726. The Muslims nowadays suffer from physical colonialism in some cases but also mental/spiritual colonialism. And often the spiritual and mental colonialism is much more lasting and damaging to the Iman of the Muslims; with physical invasion one can see there is a need to throw the invaders out, this need may not often be realized in the case of mental colonialism.
727. The Sunnis agree that any matter not of the religion is indeed a Bid’ah; however, it may be that a matter is new but has a basis in the Quran and Sunnah, so it is not technically a Bid’ah. (in here referring to evil innovations) Continue reading
We need to consider that the freedom of opinion rule when applied with an iron fist gives rise in and of itself to problems and conflicts in worldviews and within societies, where previously there were relatively fewer problems and conflicts. This is because contentions and conflicts are exacerbated, sometimes even artificially engendered, all in the name of encouraging people to voice their opinions and disagree with one another.
Muslims do not at all deny visible (sensory) knowledge. Yet we accept that there is another sort of knowledge that is not directly accessible to us, and we need Prophets (Alayhim As-Salaam) and revealed books to know about this other type of knowledge. Very importantly, rejecting Mawjood (directly accessible and present) knowledge is as heretical as claiming the hidden knowledge that is only known through Revelation (i.e. claiming Wahy).
Scholars mention that the Ru’ya of Allah will take place on the Days of Eid in Jannah (same as we have here on Earth the Jumu’ah, Fitr and Adha Eids).
Of course people talk of the dichotomy between democracy and dictatorship, but we see that even bona fide dictators use big words such as democracy, human rights, justice, determination, national sovereignty, etc. So will we say that these concepts are totally wrong and unacceptable? (i.e. supposing hypothetically that the Euro-American paradigm is correct; analogy is made with Islamic splinter groups which use the terminologies of Islam in a damaging way)
The Christian may ask “(In this case) what would Jesus do?”, but the Muslim asks “What did Muhammad (ﷺ) do?” So note the difference in approach, the different mandate each Prophet (Alayhi as-Salaam) had, and the amount of care taken in recording the life of the Prophet (ﷺ).
(An answer to an often asked question) What are we celebrating in Eid al-Adha (those of us not in Hajj)? We are celebrating the completion of our utmost efforts during the first 9 days (counting into the 10th) of Dhul-Hijja, because as we know from the Ahadeeth the weight of the deeds during this time is enormous.
The Eids and the Jumu’ah are periods of atonement. In Islam, the celebration is done by remembering Allah. It is not a Sabath though, rather we celebrate the completion of our religious obligations for that week, that month, etc.
(As mentioned) Those who draw a representation of ‘God’ are in fact not worshiping God, nor venerating Him per a representation of Him, but only worshiping themselves, since their minds have come up with a picture they have called “God” without any basis. This is also a fundamental gateway to outright atheism.
Yes, it was very wrong for others to take their priests and rabbis as ‘gods’ when they changed Halal and Haram, but this same issue is seen when the individual interprets (basically makes up) rulings of the Deen. Thus, the major problem is going against the established indubitable religious rulings, regardless of one’s level in religious studies (and the ability to ‘play games’ based on this).