We need to stop rejoicing in what we think we have.
There’s a reason our scholarly refutations consistently focus on the question of authority and not on actual practices.
What would happen if, instead of revelling in our selective reading of tradition, we acknowledged all that we have inherited, both the good and the bad?
Would we still blindly celebrate the esteemed scholars’ every word, or would those unasked inner questions finally break surface?
Might we allow ourselves to ask if this is truly the prophetic way? If this is truly what we find in the Qur’an? Might we allow ourselves to truly follow the best of ways, and not just a schizophrenic reading of it?