Objection on Taqwa


Beliefs & Practices, Chapter 06, Islam & Modernism

Their last and biggest objection is on the condition of “Taqwa” (Fear of Allah, Piety, and Abstinence from evil- doings). According to them “Taqwa” like “knowledge” is not essential for interpreting the Qur’an. We do not understand what apprehension they have against it. According to them the complication in this regard is:

“The condition of “Taqwa” is a condition that, every scholar can reject the judgement of another scholar, because everyone has his own standard for Taqwa”. (Fikr-o-Nazar Nov.67, p.326)

August 17, 2008

Who should legislate?


Beliefs & Practices, Chapter 06, Islam & Modernism

As for the claim that Dr. Fazlur Rehman has published in the monthly “Fikr-o-Nazar” in these words:

“In Islam the Muslim Ummah as a whole had been doing legislative work and it should still have the right to do so.”

I wish they had further clarified what he meant by it. Does it mean that every individual of the Ummah should be allowed to become a legislator. Every illiterate and uncivilized person should be entrusted with legislation. Or, does it mean that the Ummah as a whole enjoys the right to select some deserving, reliable and knowledgeable person from among them to be entrusted with this sacred job? In that case it will be a work of these selected people.

August 17, 2008

The second Demand


Beliefs & Practices, Chapter 06, Islam & Modernism

The second demand of the modernists is that “there can be no monopoly of the Ulema on the Book and Traditions. Therefore, the right of their interpretation cannot be reserved for religious scholars alone”.

Those under the charm of this propaganda are tirelessly repeating this slogan and do not stop for a while to think that thus they are making themselves similar to a person who had never seen a medical college but raises the objection as to why the treatment of diseases has been served for qualified doctors only or like a fool who criticizes by saying why the experts in law and jurisprudence – alone have the right of the interpretation of law and why not others are allowed to do so?

August 17, 2008

Modernists Deviating from the Traditions


Beliefs & Practices, Chapter 06, Islam & Modernism

But for reasons unknown our modernists are allergic to this way of thinking. The traditional knowledge of the Qur’an and the Sunnah is not considered by them as an essential requirement for interpretation of and deductions from the Qur’an and the Sunnah, nor do they ‘think it necessary that such a person should necessarily’ be fearful of Allah and a devoted worshipper. For some time they have been making loud suggestion to this effect.

August 17, 2008

The way to Interpret the Quran & Sunnah


Beliefs & Practices, Chapter 06, Islam & Modernism

Who should be competent to interpret and explain the Quran and Sunnah (Prophetic traditions) and to deduce various injunctions for problems arising in new circumstances? What are the conditions and requirements necessary for this job? We find the answers to these questions in an authentic Tradition reported by Hadhrat Ali in which he said:

“I said, “O messenger of Allah! If we are confronted with a problem which has not been described in the Qur’an and Prophetic traditions, with no injunctions in favor or against it, what am I to do in such a situation?” He said: “Take advice of the jurists and faithful worshippers and do not employ your individual opinion”.

August 17, 2008