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All praise be to God, the Lord of all the worlds, the Creator


of the heavens and earth and all creatures living in them.


May God grant peace and blessings to Prophet Muhammad,


God’s final Messenger, whose message brought mercy to all


mankind. May He also give His blessings to all the prophets and messengers whom He


sent to guide mankind out of darkness and into light.


At the Osoul International Center for Islamic Advocacy, every new release that we


produce gives us a great opportunity to interact with our readers. All our releases have


the same overall objective; to present Islam to mankind, as it truly is. We aim to make


people aware of Islam’s fine aspects and profound teachings and to show clearly that


it is the only faith that provides practical and effective solutions to all the problems


faced by humanity. Islam gives clear and solid answers to all of the questions that have


troubled people over many generations, such as: How did we come into existence and


why do we exist? Where do we go from here? Furthermore, Islam is the only religion


that requires its followers to love and respect all the prophets God sent, particularly


Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them both).


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By God’s grace, Islam is the fastest growing religion in our time, as confirmed by a


study undertaken by the Pew Research Center(1), and our motive is to make this great


divine faith known to all people.


This book, Ease and Tolerance in Islam, explains that making things easy is a general


feature of all aspects of the Islamic faith. Islam shuns the extreme attitudes of strictness


that tend to prohibit what is lawful or casually permit that which God has made


unlawful. It is a religion revealed by God and can be implemented by everyone, despite


their different failings. People have their own feelings and abilities and Islamic law takes


all this into account. Therefore, Islam addresses human nature and appeals to it, allowing


everyone to practise it according to their different abilities. God says: “He has laid


no hardship on you in anything that pertains to religion.” (22: 78)


We hope that readers will find this book useful in adding to their knowledge and understanding


of Islam.


Basil ibn Abdullah Al-Fawzan


Executive Director


(1) “The Future of the Global Muslim Population”, Pew Research Center, 27 January 2011, Available at


http://goo.gl/uk8y1i


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INTRODUCTION


Islam is the religion that God revealed to all Prophets and


Messengers, from the Prophet Adam, may God exalt his mention,


to the Prophet Muhammad 1)صلى الله عليه وسلم ). God, the Exalted, says:


“Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam.” [3:19]


Each prophet called his people to the belief in the Oneness of


God and to dedicate all acts of worship to God alone, without


associating partners to Him. God, the Exalted, says:


“He has ordained for you of religion what He enjoined upon


Noah and that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad],


and what We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus -


to establish the religion and not be divided therein. Difficult for


those who associate others with Allah is that to which you invite


them. Allah chooses for Himself whom He wills and guides to


Himself whoever turns back [to Him].”(42:13)


The prophets before the arrival of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم


were sent to their peoples exclusively; the laws that God gave


them were significant to their specific period of time only. When


a Prophet died and people deviated from the message they


were given, God sent another prophet to guide them back to the


Straight Path. This Prophet would once again guide the people


to worshipping God alone and to not associating partners with


Him. God, the Exalted, says:


“And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, saying,


‘Worship Allah and avoid idolatry.’ And among them were


those whom Allah guided, and among them were those upon


whom error was [deservedly] decreed. So proceed through the


earth and observe what was the end of those who denied the


truth.”(16:36)


(1) This symbol means “may God exalt the mention of the Prophet and render


him safe from all evil.”


The last of all these


prophets and


messengers was


Prophet Muhammad.


He was sent after a long


period of no prophet


being sent to any


people.


The Message of


Prophet Muhammad


is also inclusive of all


matters that relate to an


individual, his society,


and how to interact


with those around him.


It is also suitable for all


times and places.


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The last of all these prophets and messengers was the Prophet


Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم. He was sent after a long period of no prophets


being sent to any people. He is the last of all Prophets and


Messengers. His Message is the last of all divine messages to


humankind. God, the Exalted, says:


“And We have not sent you except comprehensively to mankind


as a bringer of good tidings and a warner. But most of the people


do not know.”(34:28)


Due to the fact that this Message is the last message to


humankind, it holds many distinguishing features that make it


unlike previous messages. It holds accommodating rulings for


all of the events that have come to pass and that will come to


pass until the end of time. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy


to the worlds.”(21:107)


The Message of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is also inclusive of all


matters that relate to an individual, their society, and how to


interact with those around them. It is also suitable for all times


and places. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed


My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as your


religion.”(5:3)


Since tolerance is a distinguishing component of the Islamic


faith, we will bring to light how this factor is the mainstay of all


its rulings. Muslims are obliged to perform acts of worship to the


best of their abilities. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“Allah does not charge a soul except with that within its


capacity.”(2:286)


The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Adhere to what I have prescribed for


you… If I forbid you from something, refrain from it, and if I


order you with something, do of it as much as you can.” (Bukhari)


The reason ease and tolerance are the foundations of the Islamic


system of law is because it is a divine legal system, which takes


The Islamic system


of law is indeed a just


system that is fair, easy


to apply, and works to


alleviate difficulties.


When a new situation


arises that is not found


in a previous age, a


ruling is derived from


one of the principles


found in the Quran and


Sunnah that is suitable


to the situation.


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into consideration the emotional makeup of humanity and their


abilities. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion


any difficulty.”(22:78)


The Islamic system of law is indeed a just system that is fair, easy


to apply, and works to alleviate difficulties. When understood


correctly, it is beloved to all who hear of it. It is a joy to put into


practice, and even impartial non-Muslims have attested to this


fact. Equality and fairness in the treatment of people is provided


to all, regardless of wealth, age, or gender. Islam is a moderate


system of law; no other system has equaled its moderation and


beauty. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“And Allah wants to lighten for you [your difficulties], as mankind


was created weak.” (4:28)


The justice in Islam is not only for Muslims, but rather is for


those who are living amongst Muslims as well. Allah, the


Exalted, says:


“Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet,


whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the


Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them


what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and


prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden


and the shackles which were upon them. So they, who have


believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the


light which was sent down with him - it is those who will be the


successful.” (7:157)


One degree of tolerance within the framework of Islamic law is


that an individual is given flexibility to make personal decisions


that are fitting in light of Islamic guidelines. This is very evident


in the life story of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. One example is the story of


Muadth. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم sent Muadth, one of his companions,


to Yemen. The Prophet asked him: “How will you judge?” He


said: “I will judge by the commandments in the Book of Allah,


and if I cannot find it therein, I will go to the Traditions of the


Islam is a moderate


system of law; no other


system has equaled


its moderation and


beauty.


The justice in Islam is


not only for Muslims,


but rather is for those


who are living amongst


Muslims as well.





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Messenger of Allah, and if I cannot find it therein, I will make an


educated decision.” The Prophet then placed his hand on his


shoulder and said: “All praise is due to Allah for making it easy


for the Messenger of Allah to choose the right individual for this


post.” (Abu Dawood)


In Islam, we are given general guidelines and principles with


which we live our lives. When a new situation arises that is


not found in a previous age, a ruling is derived from one of the


principles found in the Quran and Sunnah that is suitable to


the situation. Of these rules are the following:


The principle rule that governs the nature of all things is that


they are lawful for use (unless proven otherwise).


A harmful matter should be removed and avoided.


Desperate needs legalize the unlawful.


A specific harm (that is individual) may be endured to avoid


a greater harm.


There are many other rules similar to these which make it


possible for Islamic law to adapt to all situations and places.


One degree of tolerance


within the framework


of Islamic law is that


an individual is given


flexibility to make


personal decisions that


are fitting in light of


Islamic guidelines.


When a new situation


arises that is not found


in a previous age, a


ruling is derived from


one of the principles


found in the Quran and


Sunnah that is suitable


to the situation.


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METHODOLOGY OF TOLERANCE


ISLAM AND THE


METHODOLOGY OF


TOLERANCE


When we speak of tolerance in Islam, we are not speaking


about a small component of the religion, but rather of a key


feature of the Islamic faith. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “The most


beloved matter to Allah is the tolerant faith that matches the


natural disposition of man.” (Bukhari)


Islam is built upon a methodology of tolerance. Allah says:


“And thus we have made you a just community that you will


be witnesses over the people and the Messenger will be a


witness over you. And We did not make the direction in prayer


which you used to face except that We might make evident who


would follow the Messenger from who would turn back on his


heels. And indeed, it is difficult except for those whom Allah has


guided. And never would Allah have caused you to lose your


faith. Indeed Allah is, to the people, Kind and Merciful.” (2:143)


Islam is a tolerant faith in regards to political matters and


foreign affairs. Muslims are ordered to behave in a just, impartial


manner. Allah, the Exalted, says: “As regards those who do not


fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your


homes - Allah does not forbid you from being righteous toward


them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those


who act justly.” (60:8)


Islam is tolerant in general societal matters, as well. One


should not become arrogant towards others on account of their


status in society. Allah, the Exalted, says: “O mankind, indeed


We have created you from male and female and made you


peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the


When we speak of


tolerance in Islam, we


are not speaking about


a small component of


the religion, but rather


of a key feature of the


Islamic faith.


It should be known


that when we speak


of tolerance in Islam in


relation to its various


parts, we don’t mean


to say that one can


purposely break the


commandments and


expect leniency and


tolerance.


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most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of


you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.”(49:13)


Islam is tolerant in terms of behavior and etiquette. It aims to


cultivate within Muslims high standards and habits of manners


and etiquette. Allah, the Exalted, says: “Take what is given freely,


enjoin what is good, and turn away from the ignorant.”(7:199)


Allah, the Exalted, also says: “Who spend for the sake of God


during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who


pardon the people - and Allah loves the doers of good.”(3:134)


Allah, the Exalted, also says: “And not equal are the good deed


and the bad one. Repel evil by that [deed] which is better, and


thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will


become] as though he was a devoted friend.” (41:34)


Islam is also tolerant in relation to acts of worship. No one


is overburdened, and those who put forth an effort towards


worship will be rewarded graciously for their efforts. Allah, the


Exalted, says: “But those who believed and did righteous deeds


- We charge no soul except [within] its capacity. Those are the


companions of Paradise; they will abide therein eternally.”(7:42)


Islam is tolerant in terms of economy. All means through


which one could be oppressed through finances is forbidden.


Allah, the Exalted, says: “Those who consume interest cannot


stand [on the Day of Resurrection] except as one stands who is


being beaten by Satan into insanity. That is because they say,


‘Trade is [just] like interest’ But Allah has permitted trade and


has forbidden interest. So whoever has received an admonition


from his Lord and desists may have what is past, and his affair


rests with Allah. But whoever returns to [dealing in interest or


usury] - those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide


eternally therein.”(2:275)


Islam is tolerant in terms of education and training. The


Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Give the good news, and do not make things


difficult.” (Ibn Hibban)


Islam is tolerant in


terms of behavior and


etiquette. It aims to


cultivate within Muslims


high standards and


habits of manners and


etiquette.


Islam is also tolerant


in relation to acts of


worship. No one is


overburdened, and


those who put forth an


effort towards worship


will be rewarded


graciously for their


efforts.


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The textual passages of Islam, time and time again, reaffirm


the methodology of tolerance by putting it into practice. The


Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Ease is not placed into something except that


it would beautify it, and it would not be removed from something


except that it would blemish it.” (Muslim)


The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “O Allah, whoever is given charge over


my community and they make it difficult for others, make their


lives difficult. And whoever makes things easy for others, make


things easy for them.” (Muslim)


Whoever is tolerant will be blessed with entry into heaven and


receive protection from the Hell-Fire. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:


“Whoever is easy going, soft-hearted and near to Allah, he


would be forbidden from entering Hell.” (At-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb)


It should be known that when we speak of tolerance in Islam, it


doesn’t mean that one can purposely break the commandments


under the guise of leniency.


A’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, said: “The Prophet was


not given a choice between two matters except that he chose


the easier of the two, except if it was a sinful course of action, in


which case, he would distance himself from it.” (Muslim)


The exception to this rule is in circumstances of dire need


or necessity, wherein some actions which are otherwise


considered sinful may be pardoned or overlooked due to no


other option being available.


THE TOLERANCE OF ISLAM IN


TERMS OF BELIEF:


The beliefs of Islam are the cornerstone aspect of the Islamic


faith. It is something that cannot be done away with under any


circumstances. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“Indeed, Allah does not forgive associating partners with Him


in worship, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He


wills. And he who associates in worship others with Allah has


certainly fabricated a tremendous sin.”(4:48)


The textual passages


of Islam, time and


time again, reaffirm


the methodology of


tolerance by putting it


into practice.


It should be known


that when we speak of


tolerance in Islam, it


doesn’t mean that one


can purposely break the


commandments under


the guise of leniency.


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THE ASPECT OF EASE IN THE


ISLAMIC FAITH:


It is a clear faith with no difficulties in understanding it.


All the followers of Islam are obliged to accept and believe


that the Messengers and Prophets of Allah were all sent by God


with the message of belief in the Oneness of God. Allah, the


Exalted, says:


“The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him


from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have


believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His


messengers, [saying], ‘We make no distinction between any


of His messengers.’ And they say, ‘We hear and we obey.


[We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final]


destination.’”(2:285)


No one is forced into Islam. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion.


The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever


disbelieves in idolatry and believes in Allah has grasped the


most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is


Hearing and Knowing.”(2:256)


No one has the right to force anyone into Islam. Allah, the


Exalted, says:


“And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed


- all of them entirely. Then, [O Muhammad], would you compel


the people in order that they become believers?”(10:99)


Whoever the Message of Islam has reached, and to whom it


was clarified, would have the choice of choosing their faith,


either to accept or reject the Message. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“And say, ‘The truth is from your Lord, so whoever wills - let


him believe; and whoever wills - let him disbelieve.’ Indeed,


We have prepared for the wrongdoers a fire whose walls will


surround them. And if they call for relief, they will be relieved


All the followers of


Islam are obliged to


accept and believe that


the Messengers and


Prophets of Allah were


all sent by God with the


message of belief in the


Oneness of God.


Whoever the Message


of Islam has reached,


and to whom it was


clarified, would have the


choice of choosing their


faith, either to accept or


reject the Message.


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with water like murky oil, which scalds [their] faces. Wretched is


the drink, and evil is the resting place.”(18:29)


Another aspect of its tolerance is that a person is judged


by Allah for what they do. One should not try to decipher the


inward meanings of someone’s actions and judge them based


on that. Instead, Muslims are ordered by Allah to judge others


based on what we witness ourselves.


As we established above, a person is judged by what he does


and what is apparent from his actions. This is also established


in this narration of the Prophet :صلى الله عليه وسلم


“‘Ali bin Abi Talib sent a piece of gold, not yet taken out of its ore,


in a tanned leather satchel to the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم. The


Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم distributed that amongst four people… On that,


one of his companions said, ‘We are more deserving of this gold


than these people.’ When that news reached the Prophet ,صلى الله عليه وسلم


he said, ‘Don’t you trust me, as I am the one who receives the


Divine Revelation from God?’ There got up a man with sunken


eyes, raised cheekbones, raised forehead, a thick beard, a


shaven head and a waist sheet that was tucked up and he said,


‘O Allah’s Messenger! Fear Allah!’ The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘Woe to


you! Am I not of all the people of the earth the most entitled to


fear Allah?’ Then that man went away. Khalid bin Waleed (may


Allah be pleased with him) said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, give me


permission to strike his neck.’ The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘No, for he


may offer prayers.’ Khalid said, ‘Numerous are those who offer


prayers and say by their tongues (i.e. mouths) what is not in


their hearts.’ The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘I have not been


ordered (by Allah) to search the hearts of the people or cut open


their bellies.’” (Bukhari)


When one is put in a situation and is threatened with harm,


then in that case he may take the necessary steps to protect


himself. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his belief... except for


one who is forced [to renounce his religion] while his heart is


Tolerance is that a


person is judged by


Allah for what they do.


One should not try to


decipher the inward


meanings of someone’s


actions and judge them


based on that.


When one is put in


a situation and is


threatened with harm,


then in that case he


may take the necessary


steps to protect himself.


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secure in faith. But those who [willingly] open their souls to


disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah, and for them is a great


punishment.” (16:106)


Ammar bin Yasir, one of the Companions, was in a life and death


situation, where he was almost killed by those non-Muslims who


were torturing him. He was asked by those who tortured him to


speak ill of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in order to save himself further torture,


so he did that. He was so saddened by what he had done. The


Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم consoled him and said: “How is your faith?” He said,


“I am content with Islam.” The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم then said: “If they want


to torture you again, say what you must.” (Ibn Kathir)


Islam has also freed humankind from giving servitude to


other humans and it has delivered them to worshiping God


alone. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“But they have taken besides Him gods which create nothing,


while they themselves are created, and possess not for


themselves any harm or benefit and possess not [power to


cause] death or life or resurrection.” (25:3)


Allah, the Exalted, says:


“And if Allah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover


of it except Him, and if He intends for you good, then there is


none to repel His bounty. He causes it to reach whom He wills


of His servants. And He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (10:107)


To avoid any unnecessary veneration towards any individual,


Allah clarifies that the Prophet Muhammad is merely a man,


as were all the prophets before him. They were merely men,


who deserved no excessive veneration or deification. Allah, the


Exalted, says:


“Say, ‘I myself have no power to benefit or do harm, save as


God pleases. If I had knowledge of the unseen, I would have


availed myself of an abundance of good, and no harm would


have touched me. I am but a warner and a bearer of good


tidings for those who will believe.’” (7:188)


Islam has also freed


humankind from giving


servitude to other


humans and delivered


them to worshipping


God alone.


To avoid any


unnecessary veneration


towards any individual,


Allah clarifies that the


Prophet Muhammad is


merely a man, as were all


the prophets before him.


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Allah as well orders Muslims to be fair and just towards all


people, regardless of their faith, religion, color, ethnic background,


or societal status. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“Indeed, God orders justice and good conduct and giving to


relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression.


He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.” (16:90)


One should be fair to others whether you might be in a happy


or angry mood, with Muslims or with non-Muslims. Allah, the


Exalted, says:


“O you who have believed, persistently stand firm for Allah,


witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent


you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And


fear Allah; indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do.” (4:135)


A sign of the tolerance in the Islamic Faith is that a Muslim


believes that all people have been favored by God. Allah, the


Exalted, says:


“And We have certainly honored the children of Adam and


carried them on the land and sea and provided for them of the


good things and preferred them over much of what We have


created, with [definite] preference.”(17:70)


Qais ibn Sa’d reported: “A funeral passed by the Messenger of


Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم, and he stood up. It was said to him, ‘It is a Jew.’ The


Prophet replied, ‘Was he not a soul?’” (Bukhari)


THE TOLERANCE OF ISLAM IN RELATION


TO SHARI’AH:


Nowadays, the term “Shari’ah” invokes archaic images of


lashings and other public punishments. In reality, the Shari’ah


simply denotes the divine system of Law given to humankind. It


is a system that is built on tolerance and ease. Here are a few


points to keep in mind:


The textual passages in the Quran and Sunnah (Prophetic


A sign of the tolerance


in the Islamic Faith is


that a Muslim believes


that all people have


been favored by God.


In reality, the Shari’ah


simply denotes the


divine system of Law


given to humankind. It


is a system that is built


on tolerance and ease.


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Tradition) are very easy to understand. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and


remember, so is there any who will [receive admonition and]


remember?”(54:17)


The textual passages are very clear in their meaning; there


is no difficulty in understanding what is meant by the text. If


there is a situation where one is in doubt, God directs us to ask


those who have knowledge. He says: “So ask the people of the


message if you do not know.” (16:43)


This is indeed an important aspect. If someone lacks the


knowledge on how to solve a worldly problem, they would


have to ask specialists in that area to help them resolve that


particular situation. The same applies to questions of religion.


God has ordained that speaking without knowledge is a grave


sin. Whoever speaks in religion without knowledge, and then


forbids a lawful matter or vice versa, has committed a major


sin. God, the Exalted, says: “Say, ‘My Lord has only forbidden


immoralities - what is apparent of them and what is concealed


- and sin, and oppression without right, and that you associate


with Allah that for which He has not sent down authority, and


that you say about Allah that which you do not know.’” (7:33)


The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم clarified the negative consequences


of one who is not knowledgeable speaking without knowledge.


He would surely mislead himself and others. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم


said: “God does not remove knowledge from his slaves by


causing them to forget it; rather, knowledge would be lost by


the loss of scholars. Until there will remain no scholar, then


people would appoint over themselves ignorant individuals and


they would issue judgments without knowledge and mislead


themselves and others.” (Bukhari)


There are no mysterious or unexplained issues in Islam. At


times there are issues that pertain to the unseen world that we


will not have a complete grasp over; in reality, they would not


affect one’s faith, nor bring any benefit. One such issue is, as


The textual passages


in the Quran and


Sunnah (Prophetic


Tradition) are very easy


to understand.


God has ordained


that speaking without


knowledge is a grave


sin. Whoever speaks


in religion without


knowledge, and then


forbids a lawful matter


or vice versa, has


committed a major sin.


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God says, “And they ask you, [O Muhammad], about the soul.


Say, ‘The soul is of the affair of my Lord. And mankind have not


been given of knowledge except a little.’” (17:85)


Allah, the Exalted, also says: “They ask you, [O Muhammad],


about the Hour, when will it be established? Say, ‘Its knowledge


is only with my Lord. None will reveal its time except Him.


Heavy is its burden through the heavens and the earth. It will


not come upon you except unexpectedly.’ They ask you as if


you are familiar with it. Say, ‘Its knowledge is only with Allah, but


most of the people do not know.’” (7:187)


All that will benefit us in terms of knowledge that is related to the


unseen world has already been explained to us by our Prophet


صلى الله عليه وسلم. These include the descriptions of Heaven and Hell, and the


stories of the previous nations so that we can reflect upon what


happened to them. Allah, the Exalted, says:


“So I have warned you of a Fire which is blazing. None will


[enter to] burn therein except the most wretched one. Who


had denied and turned away. But the righteous one will avoid


it - [He] who gives [from] his wealth to purify himself. And not


[giving] for anyone who has [done him] a favor to be rewarded,


but only seeking the countenance of his Lord, Most High. And


he is going to be satisfied.”(92:14-21)


Unlike man-made laws, which may be applicable to some


while exempted by others due to loopholes, the laws of Islam


are divine. The Law of God is final and definite, and it is the law


to which all would refer, be they rich or poor, noble or ignoble.


Allah, the Exalted, says:


“It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah


and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should


[thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever


disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed into


clear error.”(33:36)


Allah has ordained that all should respect and uphold this


system of law. Allah, the Exalted, says: “The only statement


There are no mysterious


or unexplained issues


in Islam. At times there


are issues that pertain


to the unseen world


that we will not have a


complete grasp over.


The laws of Islam are


divine. The Law of God


is final and definite,


and is the law to which


all would refer, be they


rich or poor, noble or


ignoble.



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