Advice

Do not attempt to implement Qur’anic commands until you are sure that you fully understand them.

The Quran instructs us not to follow that of which we have no knowledge (17:36). Even the Prophet was told to recite/teach “what was easy for him” from the Qur’an (73:20).

“And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned.” 17:36

“And recite what is easy for you of it…” 73:20

Attempting to follow the Qur’an without understanding its verses has disastrous consequences. See ISIS and Al Qaeda for reference (although they are caused in equal part by Western foreign policy–see here).

I have said it hundreds of times and I will say it again: Partial understandings of Qur’anic verses are catastrophic. Do not follow fragmented, selective misinterpretations. This is hypocrisy, and hypocrites go to Hell. Follow the WHOLE Qur’an, and make sure you understand it first.

I cannot stress this enough. If a verse in the Qur’an is giving you a headache because its meaning has been obscured for 1,400 years, do NOT try to follow the verse’s commands. Attempting to do so will only end in epic misrepresentation of God’s Decree. This is slander against the Lord.

Clear your head. Go to sleep. Read the verse again the next morning. Don’t freak out. And only try to follow it when you are sincere in your understanding of what it means.

 

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  1. As Salam Alaykum,

    I generally agree with your sentiments but I think the issue of needing scripture needs further expounding. Prophet Abraham did not need scripture to come to the conclusion that there is only one God. However, I do believe that scripture is necessary in other areas. Yes it may be a reminder. But it is also a guide. Without it we are prone to follow our desire and stray even with our best attempts to follow our true conscious. Some things may feel right, but can go against God’s teachings and vice versa. For example, the issues raised in controversial topics like Homosexuality, feminism, vegetarianism or even the nature of God. The Quran expects us to not loose track of our moral compass. But this very compass is not infallible. And at times needs further guidance from God. “… who is more astray than one who follow his own lusts, devoid of guidance from Allah?…[28:50]

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    1. I agree! I mentioned that there are some moral gray areas in my post. Overall we shouldn’t need Scripture too badly if we have a moral compass and an understanding of God, but it helps as guidance where our own morality isn’t as clear.

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  2. I agree with the core ideas expressed above. Another point worth stressing and it is one when understood puts everything in perspective, from the general to the specific, to creed to fiqh, is that the Quran ‘s main and direct target is not the communal, rather it is the individual. The quran is direct divine communication to each human, individually (and it speaks of whom in first verses of Al Baqarah), yet many of us view it merely as a communication from God to his Beloved, which we are privy to. This causes us to never absorb our inherent khalific role, which is also a prophetic one. That is to say, as Adam, we each are a vice regent, and therefore a prophet of God.
    In other words, the quran’s main aim is not change societies as a whole, rather it targets the individual, and it is the coalition of reformed individuals who make up a reformed society. Which is why the human natural disposition indeed does not scriptures, but human beings, as society, indeed do get lost and misguided, hence the need for a communal frame of reference, whether prophets or scriptures.
    Here are a blog entriy i made years ago that sorta highlight my point.

    “It only recently dawned on me that,when I hear that the Quran is a gift to humanity, I instinctively think of society, as if humanity equated society. It may be so in most cases, as society is a conglomerate of human beings, a portion of humanity.
    However, the essence of momotheistic religions is that humanity, or its orignal, singular incarnation, Adam, was created by God, and was not a direct result of evolution. To accept that as gospel, is to also accept the finality of humanity as we know it, both physically and mentally. Human beings will not change; or better yet whatever it is that defines human beings will not change drastically. We may grow bigger and stronger, we may become healthier and smarter, but we will feel and hurt and learn much the same.
    On the other hand, societies are inherently changing. They are born, grow, morph and fracture. Countless societies of note have developped only to disappear as if swallowed by the sands of time. They are inherently ephemereal.
    If the Quran is sent for humanity, to address human needs and questions, it has to be relevant to human beings of all period and times, and for every physical, mental and social incarnation of humanity at that time. It is thus doubtful that at the same time,it addresses also all societies as they come and go. This leads us to believe that maybe the Quran does seek less to regulate societies as it does humanity, as individuals, singularly; and by doing so, it almost infaibly regulates humanity as a whole, and its communal expression, the society.
    We have been provided with the rules with which to achieve morality as human beings, upon which we, as human beings and vice-regents on earth, are entrusted with the ability and care to use those rules in order to define our societies”.

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    1. You’re absolutely right. I needed that clarification. Humans have natural morality, but it’s fragile, and as collective communities, we go astray. In that sense, I doubt humans individually *require* scripture to be good, but they benefit from it.

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