Surah Al-Baqara, Verse 208:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ
O you who believe! Enter perfectly in Islam (by obeying all the rules and regulations of the Islamic religion) and follow not the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan). Verily! He is to you a plain enemy.
As muslims, we are those who submit entirely to Allah’s will. Whatever we are told, we respond with “we hear & we obey” [24:51]. We take precedence over pleasing Allah than ourselves & likewise, we are severe in our love for Allah.
“But those who believe, are more severe in their love for Allah (love Him more than anything else) [2:165]
Then who are those who are choosy in following the commandments of Allah? If such & such is haram, they continue to do it, following the footsteps of shaitan (2:208) & taking precedence over personal pleasure than Allahs. And if such & such is mandated, they turn their faces away in pride, shaitan inciting deceptive thoughts in them: ‘He is the Most Merciful, isn’t He?
Indeed He (swt) said:
“It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah & His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.” (33:36).
No doubt, we need to take charge of our lives and submit ‘whole-heartedly’ to Allah. May He gift us with more from His ‘Gems’ and make of those who live with the whole Qur’an, in heart and in mind, ameen.