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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Speak What is True and Straight! Do not Contrive! Do not Bend Truth!

ALLAH The Most High has said, 
أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ اتَّقُواْ اللَّهَ وَقُولُواْ قَوْلاً سَدِيداً - يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَـلَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَن يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ 
فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزاً عَظِيماً
which means,  O you who believe! Have Taqwa of Allah and speak (always) the truth.) He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great victory. Al-Hafidh Ibnu Katheer, may ALLAH have mercy on him said,“Here Allah commands His servants to have Taqwa of Him, worshipping Him as if they can see Him, and to
قَوْلاً سَدِيداً
(speak (always) the truth.) meaning, to speak in a straightforward manner, with no crookedness or distortion. He promises them that if they do that, He will reward them by making their deeds righteous, i.e., enabling them to do righteous deeds, and He will forgive them their past sins. With regard to whatever sins they may commit in the future, He will inspire them to repent from them. Then He says:
وَمَن يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزاً عَظِيماً
(And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great victory.) meaning, he will be saved from the fire of Hell and will enjoy everlasting delights (in Paradise).”(Tafseer Ibn Kathir)
In the above quoted translation of the Ibnu Katheer’s commentary and interpretation of these words, there is nothing mentioned about the conditions or situation during the moment of their revelation. This is one of many simple messages ALLAH sent to mankind in His Speech. However, it is also one of the most ignored. For some reason(s) Muslims wish to complicate the understanding of the religion and use strange foreign (to Islam, not to any culture or geographic population) philosophical essentials for arguing newly introduced theoretical and controversial thinking around issues in the Islam and human life where it is not required. 

People are using their minds and logic without a complete knowledge base, and tenaciously and uncouthly implore such thought upon everyone they know. There are few issues in Islam which have some ambiguity because the text (Qur'an AND authentic hadeeth) provided limited detail, and it was left to the people of knowledge to work it out for the best, inshaALLAH, and ALLAH knows best. Most other issues, however, do not require this approach, as the texts were vivid, specific, and abundant; Muslims who cannot cope with the implications of these texts resort to controversial thought of innovating textual interpretation, and selecting text with minimal or irrelevant details, which will convince only those who (like them) do not know, or those who (like them) want a religion that permits everything they desire. Al-Islam is a perfect and just religion, not a permissive one. Furthermore, permissiveness is not what constitutes a fair and just religion, rather it is ALLAH who constitutes that, and what he has declared and defined what is perfect and just, and also what He has made mankind instinctively aware of justice. 

Muslims who desire things like music, profit gain from usury, homosexual companionship, marital companionship with other than those whom ALLAH has permitted, pre-marital companionship, slackness in the Salaah, wearing fewer clothes as non-Muslims do, and secular societies where the book of ALLAH and the Sunnah is does not govern the people, cater to this foolishness; the keen observer will note that they are never straight forward, nor completely truthful. They do not establish the authority of ALLAH’s Divinity and His Message, and if they do, they do not present sufficient evidence from His Message to establish their way. If evidence from the Ayat of ALLAH or from His messenger peace be upon him, and the companions is too striking, they invent interpretations controversially, but ALLAH said
قَوْلاً سَدِيداً
“speak the truth” and it is understood that this language means do not bend the truth and be straightforward. If they are not cunning enough to innovate, they will invent some baseless dismissal of hadeeth science and rely on a personalized interpretation of the Qur'an. ALLAH said to obey the prophet, in many places in the Book, and the Prophet, peace be upon him, said to understand as he explained and as he taught the companions.