>> Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Salamz Aunties, I just started looking at your blog and haven't taken a really good look at it, but I was thinking that maybe you can help me out on this- who hijacked Islam and gave it to the scholars only? I feel like we as a community are so frozen. No offense, but Allah created us with minds and intellect. He created us to think and question. Even the angels asked Allah about His decision to create man on Earth. I guess what I'm coming with is-why are people so afraid to question? And why has Islam become limited to 'hijab' and the beard and so forh. What happened to our personal relationship with Alllah? This is just me and I'm sorry if the question bothers you. ---Want to QUESTION
Dearest Wanting to Question =)
First of all, welcome to our bloggy. I'm glad you felt comfortable enough to send in your question.
To begin with, when Allah told the angels He was going to create a khalifa, a human, He didn't order them to do anything. He simply let them know what was going to happen. But yes, the angles using their logic couldn't begin to understand why Allah would do something like that. (Of course, Allah made it clear later on that He was right and their logic had been limited. He said, "O Adam, inform them of their names." And when he had informed them of their names, He said, "Did I not tell you that I know the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth? And I know what you reveal and what you have concealed." (2: 33) .)
But let's look at when Allah commanded them to do something- to make sujood. The angels all obeyed. There was no "thinking" or "asking". Just pure obedience.
In fact, the one who did not obey Allah was Shaytaan. And the reason he didn't obey Allah was because he thought about the matter and figured that he was "better" than Adam. He used his faulty logic to rationalize why he didn't have to make sujood.
Now, let's look at Prophet Ibrahim. Subhan Allah, even though Prophet Ibrahim was a prophet, he wanted to reaffirm his faith when it came to the issue of resurrection. So he asked Allah to show him bringing something back to life. And [mention] when Abraham said, "My Lord, show me how You give life to the dead." [Allah] said, "Have you not believed?" He said, "Yes, but [I ask] only that my heart may be satisfied."
But when Allah commanded him to slaughter his son, he didn't question it.
So what are we getting at here?
There's a difference between asking a scholar for clarification/help with an issue and deciding to ask your own self if a commandment makes sense to you.
You need to be careful when, how, and who to question- and the reason is because it is Allah who told us that. He said:
"So ask the People of Knowledge if you do not know" Qur'an:21:7
He also said: It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error. (Surat Al Ahzab, 36).
I'm sure you've heard of this example before but if you wanted to do heart surgery, would you just go to any doctor? Or worse yet, try to treat yourself? Would you say "Well, Allah gave me a brain, so I should figure out how to fix my own heart"? We refer to the experts in the serious and important issues in our lives….Why should Allah's words/ religion be any less important?
In fact, recently I was listening to Bayyinah's tafsir podcast on Surat Al Baqarah. Nouman Khan was mentioning what one of the scholars (Ar-Razi) had said about the connection between Surat Al Baqarah and surat Al Fatiha. He said that in Surat Al Fatiha, we ask Allah for guidance. Surat Al Baqarah though begins with the mystery of the "letters" (Alif-Lam-Meen). No one knows exactly what those letters mean.
Allah lets us know that if you really want to get guidance from this Book – you will ask Allah to give you understanding of this religion, you cannot know it of your own accord. Submission to Allah will open the doors for true understanding.
And what about Surat Al Kahf? The Quran even shows us how even Moosa alyhee as salam was a prophet and he talked directly to Allah, he was told to ask someone more knowledgeable than him.
Well what about the fact that Islam has become only "hijab"/ "the beard"?
The reality is that Islam is a complete way of life and it's definitely not just the hijab! An extremely big part of Islam has to do with our manners and morals; the Prophet described his mission as coming to perfect our manners. (And let's not forget the hadith where the Prophet described who is truly bankrupt...or the hadith where the people asked the Prophet about the woman who prayed and fasted a lot, but was rude to her neighbors and he described her as being in hell.) Clearly, then, how we act is extremely important.
But that's not to say that we can just forget the other parts, such as the prayer, fasting, hijaab, etc. That's picking and choosing. And that just contradicts the idea of Islam, which is submission. The whole essence of Islam
And the thing is if we truly love Allah and want Him to love us, He told us how- by fulfilling what He's commanded.
God, ever blessed and exalted is He, says: “Whoever treats a friend of Mine as an enemy, on him I declare war. My servant draws near to Me by nothing dearer to Me than that which I have established as a duty for him. And My servant does not cease to approach Me through supererogatory acts until I love him. And when I love him, I become his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he grasps, and his foot with which he walks. And if he asks Me [for something], I give it to him. If he seeks refuge with Me, I place him under My protection. In nothing do I hesitate so much as I hesitate [to take] the soul of a believer. He has a horror of death, and I have a horror of hurting him” Reported by al-Bukhari, according to Abu Hurayra.
You see...."salah, hijab, and the other commandments"are all Allah Akbar (God is the Greatest)" in action.
Well, sister, I hope this helps you a bit.