Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The "Strict" Opinion

I pretty much never find myself following the strictest opinion on topics in Islam. Overall, my feeling is that they might be doing things very strictly to avoid ever falling into haram. But isn't making the halal haram something that is haram?

Personally, I would fear making the halal haram or requiring more from Muslims in their faith than Allah Himself does way too much to make the types of fatwas I see in some places (in particular, islam-qa). It's one thing to recommend doing something or avoiding something - where no "haram" or "fard" labels are used, but to require things from a Muslim based on a source considered "authentic", I'll give them that (often one single lonely hadith), with no real support from the Qur'an... I can't find it in me to believe these rulings as truth.

9 Comentários:

Candice said...

I should add that I don think the intentions are bad for the most part, I just think their perspective can be "off".

Faizan Chaki said...

i can understand your reservations, but something that should be understood for a learner of Islam - as I presume you surely are one of them - is that we, on our own intellect are not able enough to understand Quran by ourself without the help of scholars. hadith is there to interpret for us what is meant from the verses of the Quran and then Fiqh is there for us to make it as simple as possible for us general public to understand what has been asked of us from ALLAAH.

Our Nafs(Inner Soul) will not ask us to follow any ruling, not even the Salah, as it is against it's easiness and comfort to follow accordingly. Many a times, our thinking of some rulings as being strict is not because of that ruling really being strict, but it is our nafs that tells us it's not comfortable enough for me to follow that.

PS: Islam-qa is not a reliable source for your daily life's ruling issues. check askimam.org or daruliftaa.com. I'm sure you'll be more comfortable and at ease with the explanations and logic to the rulings given. :)

May ALLAAH guide us all, pardon me if my language was harsh. :)

Safiyah said...

I agree with you, Candice :) There is also a hadith that says we shouldn't be extremists, but follow the middle way.

I have serious issues with islam-qa and the best advice I can give you is to ignore that website and not visit it anymore, since it would be detrimental for anyone's imaan.(including mine)
There are other websites out there. A website that seems moderate on first glance is www.qibla.com and they have a lot of interesting information and articles :)

Nikki said...

I agree 100%, Candice. I've been reading the Qur'an more throughout Ramadan and a recurring theme seems to be "do not limit yourselves beyond what God has asked of you/do not make the halal haram, etc."

Often times it is in reference to the Jews of the day who were apparently ascribing laws and restrictions that were totally manmade to God. Does that not sound like what so many in Islam are doing today? How is it that they don't see this connection?

Nora said...

If those people had just sacrificed a cow instead of asking what kind what kind what kind, it would have been much simpler for them, yes? Those people went to extremes and made things difficult. My impression is that any cow would have been acceptable, but they insisted on getting specifics, so Allah got more specific until they almost couldn't find a cow to fit the description. Look to the wrong people and websites and it starts looking like you can't do the smallest thing without consulting a scholar.

Candice said...

Faizan: I didn't find your language harsh at all.

Safiyah: Thanks for the link, I'll check it out. I definitely go for more "moderate" sources. It seems clear to me that this is what Allah asks of us (to be moderate and of the middle way) and these scholars are scholars too. For some Muslims, it's as though a person cannot be a worthy and respected scholar unless he follows very strict interpretations which is wrong.

Nikki: It's hard to understand why they don't see it... I don't understand how. They totally lose perspective of things! I see Muslims all the time finding reasons to call other Muslims bad ones or wrong ones or flat-out non-Muslims sometimes! It's crazy that they can't see the harm they are causing.

Nora: Wow, I hadn't made the link between this story (of the cow) and the scholars trying to find out exactly how to do every little thing in a very precise way but yes - it's right there in the Qur'an plain as day isn't it? Another worthy lesson, we just need to open up our eyes to see it.

Candice said...

Faizan: Sorry, I was planning on commenting with more than that but pressed publish too fast!

I believe our soul is the closest thing to God and we just need to tap into it to know the truth. It's difficult though, it's clouded by all sorts of things... But it's there in all of us and available to those willing to make the effort to find it.

Faizan Chaki said...

The closest thing to ALLAAH of ours is our heart :)

I think you misunderstood the meaning of nafs here. It's the Eschew Evil.

There are 3 stages to it,

3) Nafs-e-Ammara: This is the nafs which suggests us to do all those evil and bad things we act upon mistakenly in our daily life. This is all evil.

2) Nafs-e-Lawwama: This is the next stage, it is the nafs which is mostly good, but if it calls towards evil, it is ashamed and immediately asks towards repentance. One can achieve this level of nafs with Remembrance of ALLAAH and continuously doing good deeds.

1) Nafs-e-Mutmainnah: This is the most superior level of our nafs, this is that nafs which is the closest to ALLAAH, in fact ALLAAH says about this nafs in Surah Fajr, something like this:

[To the righteous it will be said], "O reassured soul, Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him],And enter among My [righteous] servantsAnd enter My Paradise." [Surah Al Fajr (89) Ayah 27-30]

So, this is all it is. If someone is on the 1st level of his/her nafs, then instead of having people telling you to follow a ruling, you yourself would pray for having specific rulings on matters in life. :)

The Shariah is very easy, very very easy, it's us people who think it to be strict and difficult to follow because of the level of Imaan and level of Nafs we are on.

I hope I made myself clear this time around :)

Candice said...

Yes, we weren't thinking of the same thing! Thanks for the information! I will need to read about it further sometime.

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