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Islamic Ideology (25 Apr 2019 NewAgeIslam.Com)


  • Naseer sb.,
    You have no evidence that these inheritance laws are from God. Saying that they are in the Quran is not enough when it is easy to see that these laws are man-made, that they are a reflection of their times and are based on 7th century Arab ethos.
    All other people of different faiths have formulated their own inheritance laws. Why would God think that Muslims are not able to do so?
    If you are not capable of distinguishing between divine and man-made verses in the Quran then no amount of scientific pretensions on your part will help you.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/30/2019 12:15:54 PM

  • GM sb rejects the verses in the Quran on inheritance as from Allah. Is this based on knowledge or ignorance? If it is knowledge, then what is his evidence and proof?

    The Scientific method is alien to GM sb. He takes his own wishful thinking as fact and therefore knowledge and does not even feel the need to provide any evidence or look for it! He provides us an excellent example of the meaningless jabber that ignorance produces and he wants to discuss the meaning of knowledge with me -  how presumptuous of him! But that is exactly how an ignorant person behaves.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 4/30/2019 1:16:27 AM

  • Naseer sb. does not even know what the word "knowledge" means, hence his claim that it can be derived only from Science or Divinity is meaningless.

    By the way, making inheritance laws for us is hardly something that the Master of the Universe, God Almighty, would consider to be his  task.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/29/2019 1:03:03 PM

  • Revelation of verse 4:176 as the last verse  several years after 4:11,12 is proof  of the inability of the Prophet(pbuh) and his companions to deal with division of inheritance as per 4:12. This in no way diminishes the stature of the Prophet and his companions and they were and will remain among the foremost Muslims and Momins. 

    Allah, the All-Knowing and All-Wise, would have known that later generations would concoct ahadith in the name of the Prophet to distort Allah's Deen.

    Through this irrefutable example, Allah has made clear that Allah's Deen elucidated in the Quran, is accessible to all with the required knowledge, skills, orientation, sincerity and heedfulness and is not subject to pursuing any of the doubtful  secondary sources or following any imam however much pious.

    The Quran contains the sum total of Allah's deen understandable by itself without recourse to any secondary or tertiary sources. 

    This example also makes clear that apart from what the Quran contains by way of the verses and their explanation, nothing more  was revealed to the  Prophet by way of explanation of the Quran.

    Those who do not rely on their direct reading of the Quran for understanding its meaning although capable of it, but  instead blindly follow their imams  are covered by verse 9:31.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 4/29/2019 6:00:22 AM

  • If knowledge means "doing things right" or "knowing things correctly" or getting your facts right", then it is based on either Science or using the Scientific method or on  Divine guidance.

    If it means doing just about anything, or believing anything or not caring about fact, fiction, lies, or accuracy, then why do you need knowledge? Just enjoy your state of ignorance.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 4/29/2019 3:52:34 AM

  • mr author is studying and what he studies he writes and assumes as if he alone has perfection! 
    he has not yet got what is classical scholarship!!!

    By Raashid - 4/28/2019 10:17:20 PM

  • Naseer sb. says, "If our knowledge is not anchored in the Quran or the Sciences, then it is not knowledge but a form of ignorance."

    That is sheer rubbish unless one defines science so broadly as to include all knowledge derived from our five senses as well as knowledge derived from our experience,  cogitation and common sense. 

    What is the rationale for putting limitations on the sources of our knowledge? Who is authorized to impose such limitations?

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/28/2019 12:05:30 PM

  • "God does not impart such knowledge even to a prophet."
    This idea represents Wahabism and Kharijism.
    From articles to comments of Nasser are full of errors. His own logic can defeat his understanding very easily. 

    By Lazer - 4/28/2019 11:39:55 AM

  • There are two kinds of knowledge complementing each other. The knowledge that is not accessible to man in foresight but perfectly understandable in hindsight has been given to us through revelations to the Messengers of Allah. Knowledge which is accessible to us in foresight is in the pursuit of the Sciences and is only attainable through study. There is no knowledge beyond these two. If our knowledge is not anchored in the Quran or the Sciences, then it is not knowledge but a form of ignorance.

    In the revelation of verse 4:176 there is a powerful message. Implementing correctly verses 4:11 and 12 requires knowledge made accessible to man in the pursuit of the Sciences and this knowledge must be gained through study and personal effort in the normal course and God does not impart such knowledge even to a prophet. He has given man the required mental ability and man must use his intellect to develop the solution and live with compromise solutions in the meantime.

    Understanding of the Quran requires a good knowledge of the Sciences. You cannot understand the Quran perfectly, unless your knowledge of what God has created is accurate. Many of the verses were misunderstood and continue to be misunderstood because our knowledge of the world is defective. The simplest examples are the verses on conception which speak about the intermingling of the seed from the man issuing from his loins and the seed from the woman in her pelvis. People who thought that the seed came only from the man understood the verses differently and said that the seed comes from between the backbone and the ribs of the man. They reasoned that if the seed came only from the man then Sulb which means like a rigid rod must mean the backbone  and Taraib which means an arch must mean the ribs (rather than the pelvic area of a woman)!

     Correct understanding of the Quran, is left to human effort. A sincere seeker of the correct meaning who is also well versed in the Sciences, mathematics and logic, will understand the Quran better. Piety alone is not enough.  Any saying of the Prophet (pbuh) in explanation of the Quran is also his own understanding and not inspired by Allah as demonstrated by the necessity of revelation of 4:176. There is therefore no need to consider any hadith when the meaning of the Quran is clear. And there is no verse of the Quran that is unclear today.

     While it is beyond debate is that the Prophet (pbuh) is the foremost among the Momineen and the Muslimeen, and so also the Vanguard Muslims, it does not necessarily mean that they also had the most perfect understanding of the Quran. It is also widely acknowledged that many of the stories or ahadith about the Prophet (pbuh) and the Salaf are concocted to support the views or stand taken by various groups in the past and in the present. So, when the Quran is perfectly understandable today, why do we need anyone’s real or imaginary practice to (mis)guide us?

     What is said about the Jews in the Quran is today true about the Muslims:

    (9:31) They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of Allah, and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary; yet they were commanded to worship but One Allah: there is no god but He. Praise and glory to Him: (Far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him).

    When a Christian protested that they do worship Allah and not their priests, the Prophet is believed to have asked him ‘Do you not follow what your priests and anchorites say rather than what your scriptures say?’, the questioner remained silent.

     The call to return to the Islam of the Salaf is therefore the blind trying to lead the other blind. First of all, the “Islam of the Salaf” is poorly documented if at all, and therefore what is portrayed as the Islam of the Salaf is a hideous caricature of the Islam in the Quran. What we need to do is to correctly understand the Quran and build on it discarding the errors of the past.  

    By Naseer Ahmed - 4/28/2019 1:00:42 AM

  • We do not need 7th century laws to conduct our affairs. All laws must be formulated, amended or abrogated by contemporary jurists. All that Islam requires is that our laws be rational, fair and compassionate.
    Our eventual goal must be gender equality.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/25/2019 12:32:49 PM