Saved sects

Isn’t it strange that Muslims celebrate so much when a person embraces Islam? Because there seems to be nothing Muslims delight in more than declaring their fellow believers heretics, apostates or adherents of a sect destined for the hellfire, on the basis of assumed beliefs, imagined alliances and a large dose of group think. Continue reading “Saved sects”

Convertitus

I have a friend afflicted with a particularly virulent strain of Convertitus. Anyone know the best treatment for this insidious condition? I’m minded to just put him in quarantine until it goes away, but his strain of Convertitus is unfortunately manifesting itself in extremely unpleasant ways, with terrible effects on all who come into contact with him. Is there a known cure?

On rejection

If you went out to buy a car and a salesman tried to convince you that the car you were buying was a Tesla Model S, when it was in fact a Ford Mondeo, we’d commend your discernment if you rejected his proposition. Continue reading “On rejection”

Religiosity

Why is it that the more religious people get, the harsher they become? It’s meant to be the other way round. You’re meant to embody mercy, become a softer, nicer and better person all round.

Lessons

Do not be rude in speech (3:159)

Restrain your anger (3:134)

Be good to others (4:36)

Do not be arrogant (7:13)

Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199)

Speak to people mildly (20:44)

Lower your voice (31:19)

Do not ridicule others (49:11)

Be dutiful to parents(17:23)

Write down what you owe in debt (2:282)

Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170)

Grant more time to repay if the debtor is in hard times (2:280)

Don’t consume interest (2:275)

Do not engage in bribery (2:188)

Do not break your promises (2:177)

Keep your trusts (2:283)

Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)

Judge with justice between people (4:58)

Stand out firmly for justice (4:135)

Do not devour the property of orphans (4:10)

Protect orphans (2:220)

Do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly (4:29)

Try to make settlements between people (49:9)

Avoid suspicion (49:12)

Do not spy or backbite (49:12)

Spend wealth in charity (57:7)

Encourage feeding poor (107:3)

Do not spend money extravagantly (17:29)

Do not invalidate charity with reminders (2:264)

Honour your guests (51:26)

Order righteousness to people only after practising it yourself(2:44)

Do not commit abuse on the earth (2:60)

Fight only with those who fight you (2:190)

There is no compulsion in religion (2:256)

Do not burden a person beyond his scope (2:286)

Do not become divided (3:103)

Think deeply about the wonders and creation of this universe (3:191)

Do not be miserly (4:37)

Shun envy (4:54)

Do not kill each other (4:92)

Do not be an advocate for deceit (4:105)

Do not cooperate in sin and aggression (5:2)

Cooperate in righteousness (5:2)

Be just (5:8)

Don’t reduce weight or measure to cheat people (6:152)

Eat and Drink, But Be Not Excessive (7:31)

Protect and help those who seek protection (9:6)

Never give up hope of God’s Mercy (12:87)

Invite to God with wisdom and good instruction (16:125)

Walk on the earth in humility (25:63)

Repel evil with good (41:34)

Decide on affairs by consultation (42:38)

Save yourself from covetousness (64:16)

Seek forgiveness from God. He is Forgiving and Merciful (73:20)

Verses ignored

It is interesting that our Book often contradicts or conflicts with ideas and beliefs that we are taught are part of our tradition, and yet we will zealously defend those ideas and beliefs regardless, convincing ourselves that our orthodoxies have priority over Verses clear and true. We’d rather put the Book to one side than reevaluate our inheritance or question what we have received.

Muhaddithin

Some people seem to have forgotten that we have what is called the science of hadith precisely because there were problems with hadith. It was an attempt to separate truth from falsehood.

It’s tragic that all of this has been forgotten, such that whenever anyone attempts to evaluate hadith in this day and age, there is a knee-jerk reaction from the community: you’re deniers of hadith, you’re modernist liberals, you’re heretics…

Of course these are age-old accusations, levelled even at those scholars who devoted their lives to evaluating the veracity of hadith — some of whom, ironically, are revered as the top muhaddithin by the masses today.