Asalamwalikum, it is time to for me to start my fast but I have a few things on my mind before I go and get something to eat. Over the past couple of days, I’ve been reading other peoples blogs on Islam and I can say, I was impressed with quite a lot of them and alhumdulilah (thanks to Allah) they have been blessed to tap into people. While the others I have read were not so good and this is not because I think I am a superior writer or better than others, nor am I trying to humble myself for others because the truth of the matter is, I am just an average writer sharing my experiences and questions I get from people.
The reason why I say the others I have read were not so good was because they’ve taken the Quran, verses from the Quran and Hadiths and taking them completely out of context. This itself is misleading to the person who is trying to learn about Islam and secondly I feel it is disrespectful to the scholars who have strived for years, their entire lives to put things into perspective for us and for some people or people to take the Quran & Hadith within their own interpretation and twist it to their own desires is dangerous.
There is nothing wrong with pondering over the Quran nor is there anything wrong with attempting to interpret it yourself because Allah says several times in the Quran for us to either ponder over the verses or asks us to think of these verses which have been revealed. In Surah Saad, Surah Muhammad, Surah Ar-Rahman, Surah Yusuf and many others. It becomes a problem when you attempt to teach others the verses based on your own understanding, while the scholars themselves have put it according to the Sunnah of the Messenger Of Allah and companions and many others, while you put it according to your own desires and according to your own benefit.
A lot of times when someone begins to tell us something, we directly assume what they are trying to say, instead of listening and asking them to clarify what they are saying. There are many verses in the Quran & things from the Hadith, which seem pretty straight forward but the scholars have went into depth and explained these things which could take up to an hour to explain and this is only a few verses. While people sit there and assume these verses mean this, while it means something completely different. Totally the opposite of what has already been established in the Sunnah and what has already been agreed upon by the scholars themselves and this is not just one or a handful of scholars but a majority.
There also people whom taken the lives of scholars themselves and the hardships they’ve went through and were unable to fulfill a sunnah based on their circumstances at the time and have convinced themselves, if such and such scholar was able to avoid a Sunnah, which seems a major part of Islam, then I am too. First of all, you aren’t a scholar, nor are the hardships or trials you’ve went through compared to what they’ve been through. Nor have you put in the time and effort they’ve put into Islam explaining hadiths, making the religion of Islam easier for us to comprehend. For example, people say if Sheikh Ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy upon him) didn’t get married and it seems to be a sunnah and half of my religion, then I don’t either. It has been explained by those who have studied the history of Ibn Taymiyah, he was imprisoned for years of his life and even when released, he was imprisoned again. Could he have gotten married in that time? Allah knows best because he is the best of planners. They also say the same about Imam An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy upon him) who has great works in hadith and also responsible for putting together and categorizing Shahih Muslim which is one of the two most authentic books of hadith.
Your life may be miserable. You may have been in relationships where your heart has been torn apart and your trust meter is at an all time low but this does not give you an excuse to not fulfill half of your religion because people, scholars that are above you didn’t. Completely two different circumstances and different scenarios. Allah knows best about your trials but don’t put off a sunnah because you’ve been hurt or because you no longer trust people the way you used to. Put your trust in Allah and go from there.
The Quran & Hadith are very tough subjects and these scholars didn’t just pick up the Quran & Hadith in one night and come to conclusions as to why Allah said this and why The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him) said this. It has taken them years and the studies in these things are not easy so for us, even including myself, to take a verse or a hadith and put into my own words without fully understanding what the scholars have agreed upon is ignorance and misguidance. The worse is to take the verses and hadiths and to twist them to your own desires because Islam won’t allow certain things which seems to be the norm. You have to understand, Islam is perfect, the religion of Islam has been perfected. Allah SWT says: This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion.“ [Surah Al-Maa’ida Verse 3] Also through the Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him). So for us to come and add new things to the religion or fulfill our desires because our of wants and needs is wrong.
Abdullah Ibn Umar & Aisha (my Allah be pleased with them) & The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings be Upon Him) warned against the newly invented matters and also warned against things that were forbidden and then made halal.
The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him) said: “I warn you of the newly invented-matters (in the religion), and every newly-invented matter is an innovation, and every innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in Hellfire.” [an-Nisaa’ee]
Abdullah Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: Every innovation is misguidance, even if the people regard it as good.“[ad- Daarimee]
Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “whoever invents an act of worship, will have it rejected.” [Shahih Muslim]
The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him) said: “Among my ummah there will certainly be people who permit zinaa (fornication), silk, alcohol and musical instruments” [Shahih Al-Bukhari]
So be careful of what you are doing and how you are interpreting the hadiths and the verses of the Quran. You may be allowing something which has been established as haram and you may be making it halal. Whatever has already been established, has been established and there is nothing that can be said or you can go around it. Learn from those who are much more knowledgable than you in the religion of Islam or whatever it maybe. There are plenty of Qurans which come from commentary and I’m sure there are ones from the classical scholars such as Ibn Kathir (may Allah have mercy upon him) and plenty others. Learn the religion from those who are on the correct aqeeda (belief) and those who are away from shirk (partners with Allah) and bidah (innovation)
And Allah knows best.