If you’ve recognized that title, you’re probably a) South African b) a 90’s kid and c) desperately trying to now get that song out of your head.
If you aren’t familiar with said advertisement, it basically features singing potatoes who (which?) are thrilled to be becoming simba chips. In typical South African spirit, they convey their happiness by singing (title reference), “I wanna be a Simba Chippy”. Let’s leave them (that?) aside and their snootiness/racism towards Lays and Dorito aside. Let’s focus more on the lone potatoe that fell off the truck, then pitifully stated, “Oh, I also want to be a simba chippy”. Fam, no, you got saved.
I mean, it’s funny. Until we realize that we’re that potatoe. The one that wants to be massacred because everybody else is being massacred. We live our lives emulating the Christians and the Jews and the Hindus and we want to live only in the shadows of Islam. Fam, no, you got saved.
Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, ”Whoever imitates a nation is one of them.” (Abu Dawood)
We imitate other religions because we’re not confident in our image. We tighten our abaya’s, we shorten our sleeves and we loosen our morals. We put on nail polish and we fashion our turban hijabs with just a peek of hair showing at the front. We sip grape juice in wine glasses and learn about which fork to use when because using our fingers is uncultured.
Yallah, stand up tall (or, you know, stand on a chair or something). Realize your worth because as much as you’re struggling to get everybody to understand that Muslims are normal, you’re struggling to understand that we aren’t. We’re different. Alhamdulillah.
Take a staircase in a world of escalators. A staircase is made to feel inferior because well, it’s old fashioned. It stands still. An escalator is modern; it became a better version of the staircase in the minds of many. Because it moves. That’s great, yeah. But never forget that an escalator can only go one way at a time while a staircase can go both (I mean yeah, technically both aren’t going anywhere). The entire Dunya can prefer an escalator to a staircase, but that doesn’t lessen the one-up a staircase has on an escalator.
Side note: I so made up that analogy and I’m tired so I should know better because I obviously didn’t think it through correctly but hey, if we don’t ponder on that thought for long periods, it seems genius. Seems xD.
Abd-Allah ibn al-Aas said: “Whoever lives in the land of the mushrikeen and celebrates their Nawrooz (New Year) and their Mahrajaan (Festivals) and imitates them until he dies, he will be a loser on the Day of Resurrection.”
Allow me to clarify. Yes, we love Isa (عليه السلام). No, we do not celebrate Christmas. Yes, we believe in being grateful for all we’ve been blessed with. No, we do not celebrate Thanksgiving.
Everybody is having fun without a care of the Hereafter and we too want to follow their ways. Then, like the chip would have had an epiphany, realizing that the enjoyment was punishment in disguise, so too will we have an epiphany realizing that this Dunya isn’t worth it. That we’re killing ourselves to follow a world that is only temporary; to please individuals that won’t be answering for us on the Day of Qiyamah.
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,