Madinat al-Muslimeen Islamic Message Board
|09/17/00 at 23:05:39|
|as salaamu alaykum wa rahmatAllahi wa barakatuh, |
I'd like to vent please.
If you have devoted no more to the study of Islam than going to weekend school when you were a child, attending some conferences, and reading some books, why is it you feel like you are now capable of taking on the greatest scholars in the history of Islam?
Why is it that someone who reads a book that's an *introduction* to a science then feels like they now are knowledgeable to trash the best, most beloved people of knowledge of our time or in times past?
What?? Is reading a book a license to label people kafir/mushrik/jahil?
I just don't get it. If you hear, coming out of your mouth "I disagree with shaykh.." you better *shut* *up*. Because you know what, you and I don't know jack compared to people who have devoted their whole lives to the study of this deen. Who have sacrificed "normal" lives to try to put something beneficial into our minds and our hearts. Who have spent years in deep study of this deen, away from their families, in the worst conditions, being mocked and hated, being hounded by the "system of justice" here because they are knows as criminals.. criminals because they speak the truth and are actually doing something to raise up the disgusting condition we are in today.
I'm sick of hearing these these self righteous arrogant creatures sneering at the concept of honoring people of knowledge. Of looking disdainfully at someone who has probably written more books than they've even read in their entire life. Of never questioning themselves but questioning everything around them. Of these people devoting their lives to tearing down someones image, their reputation, because they made reference once to something they didn't like. I'm not saying we should just blindly follow people. But if you don't have sound knowledge in what's being discussed, who are you to say what's halaal and what's haraam?
You really want it on your head, on the Day of Judgement, that you accused someone of kuffr, the worst crime anyone can possibly commit, and you are in the wrong? You really want that added to your burden of sin?
Why are there four different madhahib? Why are there differing opinons on things? Islam leaves room for this flexibility, that's it's beauty. That's what's kept it alive all this time.
Lemme think about this. What would be better for those that wants to keep Islam in the shadows... tap the phones of scholars, trail them, imprison them, accuse them of crimes against the state?
Or... feeding into people's suspicion and doubt, marring a person's honor in the eyes of the people, his legitimacy, and therefore his influence? Causing division, hatred, animosity, conflict, having people spend all their time bickering and slandering and speculating while any opportunity for changing things is fading?
I know what I would do if I wanted to keep Islam down.
Just go out and do something. Do something better with your time. How many people out there know the basics of tawheed? We're sitting here having these celestial arguments, about all these abstract, obscure things, when how many people out there don't know the basics of their deen?
We need to face reality. Look at our youth. We should be in tears, our hearts should be grieving for our condition. Where are they? Are they at the mosque? Or are they in the streets, cruising in their cars trying to pick up and hook up? At school, learning once again that rationally God can't exist? Where is the beauty of Islam, these concepts of mercy, hayaa, generosity, peace? Our youth are running from Islam, from cultural baggage, from a faith that makes no sense to them. And we're sitting here arguing about whether music is haraam? About how to move your finger in prayer?
What is wrong with us? We need to do something. We have it, that's what drives me crazy, it's right here, we possess this faith. And what are we doing with it? What have we done with it? What are we gonna do about it?
|09/17/00 at 23:07:55|
You don't have to apologize for venting. What you said is all true. We need reminders like these to analyze and assess ourselves. The first step towards a remedy is recognizing that there is a problem. Thanks for posting this. InshaAllah, we will all learn from it.
|09/25/00 at 01:20:10|
VERY TRUE! Shot down my ego real fast. The best post I've read on this board.
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