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Passion Islam I September 2009 SPECIAL FEATURE I 19
Tirmithee, saheeh] children into an Islamic school to give The verses in the Quran are
Our mindset dictates how we them a good upbringing, a praiseworthy intertwined
approach the Quran act in response to Allah’s command in The Quran has not come with chapters
Despite the overwhelming Surah Tahrim for specific topics. Hence there is no
connection we have with the Quran, “O ye who believe! Save yourselves section only for prayer, zakat, hajj,
sometimes it can become an emotional and your families from a Fire whose fuel Governance, fasting, inheritance,
affair. Hence the Quran will be read is Men and Stones” At-Tahrim [66:6] Economics, marriage, orphans or
during Ramadhan and forgotten for the But the same parents will endorse foreign policy. Rather the verses are
rest of the year. having haraam mortgages on their addressed throughout the Quran and
Sometimes after a tragic event, a house by making up excuses that in some cases in three verses, one
Muslim wants spiritual comfort, maybe there is no other option apart from this after the other, Allah addresses three
a death in the family, feeling depressed despite Allah addressing in the very completely different topics. In Surah
or failed some major exams or loss of same Quran in Surah al Baqarah. Al-Baqarah Allah says between verses
work. “O ye who believe! Fear Allah and 187, 188, 189.
Even listening to the Quran recited give up what remains of your demand “It is made lawful for you to have
in the Taraweeh prayer may just be a for usury, if ye are indeed believers”. Al- sexual relations with your wives on the
comforting exercise for our souls as a Baqarah [2:278] night of As-Saum (the fasts). They are
soother after the stresses of the day. Libas [i.e. body cover, or screen, or
Pushing the Islamic Solutions VS Sakan], for you and you are the same
Referring to the Quran for our Western Politics for them”. (2:187)
actions When we face international situations “And eat up not one another’s
The Quran was revealed to be the as an Ummah like Gaza or the recent property unjustly (in any illegal way e.g.
reference point for our actions, a decider Swat offensive in Pakistan, many of us stealing, robbing, deceiving, etc.), nor
of what is good and what is bad for us, want to do something because Allah give bribery to the rulers (judges before
laws to do with our relationship with (swt) said presenting your cases) that you may
Allah (swt), laws to do with ourselves “O you who believe! Stand out firmly knowingly eat up a part of the property
and laws for human interaction in for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even of others sinfully” (2:188)
society. Allah (swt) says in Surah though it be against yourselves, or your “They ask you (O Muhammad) about
Ibrahim parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, the new moons. Say: These are signs to
“This is a Book we have revealed Allah is a Better Protector to both (than mark fixed periods of time for mankind
unto you, O Muhammad, in order that you)”. Surah An-Nisa (4:135) and for the pilgrimage”. (2:189)
you may lead mankind out of darkness But many of us run to any option Hence the Quran makes no
into the light”. [TMQ Ibrahim:1-2] disregarding how Islam has asked difference in Politics and Government
The Muslim who looks at Islam as us to solve our Political problems, and ablution and prayer. So why do we?
the source for his thinking makes it his including contacting MP’s, asking So can a Muslim pick and choose what
basis for all actions. Abu Muhammad for UN resolutions, joining Political they want to practice in the Quran?
Abdullah bin Amr bin Al Aas (ra) reported parties, asking for council motions,
that the prophet (saw) said- None of writing letters to the Prime Minister or Conclusion
you truly believes until his desires are President for help. The Messenger of Allah (saw) was
in line with what I have brought” This is despite knowing that described as a walking example of the
And in a similar hadith the prophet Western powers have caused the mess Quran. Was he not a judge, a family
(saw) said “None of you truly believes in the Muslim World and jeer at the man, commander of the armed forces,
until his aqal (thinking) is in line with continuation of this as it suits Western leader of a state, a teacher of students,
what I have brought” Political agendas. Muslims still endorse Husband of his wives and a ruler?
Hence the Prophet (saw) makes it Western politics. So why should Muslims separate
explicit that we must make the revelation commands in the Quran and claim
of the Quran as a permanent basis for “Consequences” of selectively that’s too Political or this is too ‘extreme’
our thinking. So are we making the referring to the Quran in this day and age?
Quran our source of thinking? Muslims should not fear to raise the Are we then approaching the Quran
correct Islamic solutions based on what comprehensively??
The “Selective” Quran Approach the Quran says, but should stand for Isn’t this what the British
We are affected by many thoughts Justice and call for the true Solutions Governments British version of Islam all
such as Islam is only for our personal with no compromise. How can we in about? Isn’t this what Obama referred
affairs, Islam is our ‘moral’ guide, Islam this month of Ramadhan after hearing to as moderate Islam in his speeches in
is a ‘religion’ like others, Islam needs to the Quran, reading it, searching into Egypt and Turkey??
be packaged to fit with modern western its meaning and Tafseer still base our The Quran must be the source for
standards……and the list goes on. With actions on other than it? Allah (swt) our thoughts, actions and behaviours.
this mindset we are then affected by the says in the Quran in Surah Al-Baqarah Otherwise we will suffer in the misery
way in which we approach the Quran. “Then is it only a part of the Book that we are facing internationally as an
The reality dictates to us what to do and that you believe in, and do you reject ummah and individually in our personal
what not to do, instead of the Quran. the rest? What is the reward for those lives.
among you who behave like this except The Prophet (saw) said: “Allah will
Islamic Schools vs Haraam disgrace in this life and on the Day of elevate some nations through this book
Mortgage Judgment they shall be consigned to and degrade others with it” [Muslim]
Hence a parent will accommodate his the most grievous penalty.” (2:85) By Majed Iqbal
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