There is no pretentiousness in Islam and in the last Prophet Hz. Muhammad (a.s.v.).
Islam is totally based on cordiality, on respect for people and their opinions, on love and on tolerance. For this reason, people are let free in their worship. Islam suggests that one can worship in every clean place as God is everywhere. This point is the most important point of Islam that distinguishes it from other religions.
Islam knows that God is everywhere, so it is not compulsory to worship only in mosques, which is very important. Yet, it is very beneficial to perform the ritual prayer behind a great personality and to pray God all together cordially and without hypocrisy. It has many of merits. In spite of this, it is very thought-provoking that people are not obliged to go to mosques. There are reasons of it.
There are places of worship in all the religions except Islam. Islam does not accept the place of worship because a place of worship means a holy place in which there is one to be worshipped.
An idolater does not worship in a place where there is no idol and a Christian does not worship in a place where there are not any pictures of Hz. Jesus (a.s.) and Hz. Mary either, therefore, Islam accepts mosques where people are united or get together.
The God of Islam is One and He cannot be considered in only one place. Muslims believe that God is everywhere. They do not replace the infinite One in only one place. (1) Islam agrees that everybody can make contact with God so it is respectful to the thoughts and worships of individuals.
Islam seeks honesty, cordiality and good manners in a person.
“Kalu Rabbünallahu sümmestekamu- Those who are believers say: ‘Our Lord (Administrator, Master) is Allah’ and take the right path. (They abstain from all kinds of bad words and behaviors such as telling lies, hypocrisy, pretentious worship etc.)” (Fussilat, 30)
The above verse is a definite and indisputable proof of it. So, according to God a believer is a person who believes in God and who says: “My Lord, my Master is Allah and then becomes righteous”.
If a person is not righteous, he does not say “My Lord is Allah.” The person who says his Lord is Allah is righteous. The saying of Mawlana is a very important principle that reflects this reality of Islam:
“Be seen as you are or be as you are seen!”
There is no church discipline in Islam. Religion is left open to be discussed. There is no man of Religion either. Everybody is the man of Religion but there is a person who teaches and one who learns. This is one of the rights of people which cannot be given up.
Islam is the only religion in the world which gives this right to people.
The last Prophet Hz. Muhammad (a.s.v.) would discuss all the matters with people from every class. He would treat them respectfully; he would listen to them and not interrupt their talking saying: “Be quiet! You have become an unbeliever!” He accepted everybody as a human and he spoke to them, and spent his time with them. He would never insult them or treat them arrogantly. He would not charge anybody or people for the teaching or service of religion.He would not lay any stress on people but behave very tolerably. He would not force or urge people but let them free after he instructed religion. He would pay attention to their opinions, their honesty and relations among people and he would not consider their actions. He would not spy their worship but he would severely object to it. (2)
**The real and first Muslim belief was like this and it still continues in this way for the people who have understood its reality.**
But, afterwards, when the co-relation of king and pope and Sultan and Sheikhulislam was accepted, this was turned intopretentiousness and religious ceremonies and became a political gang. Religion was used for the personal benefits of kings, sultans, rich class and their supporters like priests, mullahs and false sheikhs. It was changed into a violent force worse than a monastic life, with the orders “Be quiet and obey!”
The real Muslims, great people such as: Mawlana, AbdulKadir -i Geylani, Sayyid Ahmed al Rufai, Muhyiddin-i Arabi, Maktul Suhreverdi, Junayd al Bagdadi, Beyazid-i Bestami, Cemaleddin-i Efgani, Muhammad Ikbal from Pakistan, Niyazi Misri, Muhammed Abduh, Sheikh Bedreddin, Sheikh Saffet from Urfa, Mehmet Akif who felt the bitterness of it in their hearts tried a lot but some of them were killed and some of them were banished.
As Ikbal said: “When the plant of Empire became strong the name of the conquest of the world became a holy war.”
What happened as a result: “Abasement took the place of greatness (dignity)” because whatever is done, if the pure religion of Muhammad was made to go off the rails, our end becomes abasement. What happens to religion? Nothing! The owner of it protects it.
If you do not protect it but interpret it wrongly, He creates another nation that will interpret it correctly. First, He destroys it and then creates a better, intellectual nation who is realist, who is respectful for realities. But conservatives may not like it and they may call the long haired people as an unbeliever. Let them say! They have no other guns….
They should not forget that the beautiful Muhammad (a.s.v.) whom God Himself created had long hair too. Our holy Master (a.s.v.) would part his hair in the middle and comb it and made himself look so handsome that his lovers would become crazy. (3)
(1) Allah is reflected only in the heart mirror. “I fit neither into the earth nor the Heavens but I am in the heart of the believer.” This does not mean that Allah enters a place because a divine heart is a mirror of Divine Light or a reflector same as the Sun is reflected in a mirror.
(2) “It is true that I was sent as a Prophet of tolerance and easiness.”
(Ibn Hanbel, vol. 5, p. 266 Buhari, İman, 29)
(3) See Hadiths and Islam Histories that mention the external appearance of our dear Prophet.