A NEW BRAND OF ISLAM
Allah, the Most High, say:
WHENEVER ALLAH AND HIS MESSENGER HAVE DECIDED A MATTER, IT IS NOT FOR A BELIEVING MAN OR A BELIEVING WOMAN TO CLAIM FREEDOM OF CHOICE INSOFAR AS THEY THEMSELVES ARE CONCERNED: FOR HE WHO (THUS) REBELS AGAINST ALLAH AND HIS MESSENGER HAS ALREADY, MOST OBVIOUSLY, GONE ASTRAY. (Surah Al-Ahzaab: 36)
NAY, BY THY SUSTAINER! THEY ARE NOT BELIEVERS UNLESS THEY MAKE YOU (0 PROPHET) A JUDGE OF WHAT IS IN DISPUTE AMONG THEMSELVES, AND FIND IN THEMSELVES NO DISLIKE OF WHAT YOU (O PROHET!) HAVE DECIDED, AND SUBMIT THEMSELVES WITH FULL SUBMISSION. (Surah An-Nisaa: 65)
In many recently published Muslim magazines and newsletters, there seem to be great emphasis on ‘reinterpreting’, ‘rethinking’ and ‘redefining’ Islam by the method of contextual reading of the Quran and Ahadeeth. This can be very useful if carried out by scholars well grounded and qualified in the knowledge of the Quran and Ahadeeth. However, if half-baked westernized Muslim ‘scholars’ execute such a task, this will be disastrous and destructive.
Westernised Muslim ‘scholars’, who are products of orientalist institutions, will never keep to the contexts of the Quran and Ahadeeth. We are already witnessing examples of such behaviour in the light of modern women's liberation. Such ‘scholars’ are in the habit of using western ideologies as their ultimate goal. They try to mould the Quran and Ahadeeth to fit into western lifestyles. After all, this is what the West really wants to achieve. Once they succeed in changing the lifestyle of Muslims on western lines, it will then be very easy for them to snatch away the lmaan from their hearts. The modern trend is to lower the respect of the true “ulama” (i.e. the real ulama-e-haqq – not the so many crooked Molvis of today) in the eyes of the Muslim masses. This is really a plot used by the West and the kuffaar. They are trying to encourage Muslims not to be ‘orthodox’ or ‘fundamentalists’, but to be moderate and tolerant. Hence, Muslims should stop listening to their “ulama”, but place their trust on half-baked westernized Muslim ‘scholars’. This is the great conspiracy of the West. Alas! Muslims are once again falling prey to such tricks of the kuffaar. May Allah save us from such Satans of the West. Ameen.
In any case, how much more ‘reinterpreting’, ‘rethinking’ and ‘redefining’ can be done when Allah, the Most High, says:
TODAY, I HAVE PERFECTED FOR YOU YOUR
RELIGION AND COMPLETED MY FAVOURS UPON YOU AND HAVE CHOSEN FOR YOU
By using such buzzwords in the presence of Quranic injunctions quoted above, aren't we in fact challenging the laws of Allah? Aren't we guilty of KUFR?
May Allah save us all from the satanic tentacles of such westernized ‘scholars’ and keep us steadfast in the company of our True and Righteous Ulama. Ameen.
Abdul Haq Abdul Qadir
Umhlanga Rocks, KZN,