Cherry Picking

Wrong direction of G25

Wrong direction of G25

We are not done yet with the book titled “Breaking the Silence”. Due to the number of discrepancies with respect to Islamic theology, it would take some time before we are done. I will try to be concise so that we do not have any cases of death due to boredom.

We will look into the fallacies people commit when they are trying to uphold their personal agenda or vendetta. Such narrow mindedness is used to decipher the text and context of the Word(s) of God. This method of interpretation is not found in any schools of Islamic scholarship.

Here is a fallacious remark with regards to compulsion in religion,

  1. The Holy Qur’an and the Prophetic Traditions which affirms the fact that the Almighty has endowed individuals   with rights such as the right to privacy and the right not to be compelled in matters of faith;[1]

We are very much interested in this particular phrase “…and the right no to be compelled in matters of faith”. This phrase is indeed very interesting because the author seems to have a dilemma between being a Muslim and having his own version of Islam.

The dilemma is between wanting to follow Islam or self interest. The foremost tenet of becoming a Muslim is the Syadatain or in English “two declarations of faith”. The first being to declare that “there is no God but God” and second is “Muhammad S.A.W. is the messenger of God”.

Now the here is where the dilemma comes, if a person believes in The Messenger of God, he/she has to obey the Messenger, as mentioned in the Quran,

O you who have believed, obey God and obey the Messenger and do not invalidate your deeds.

Quran 47:33

So now, the author being a representative of G25’s views claims there is no compulsion in matters of faith. It seems the idea of obedience of the author is not in line with the Quran. Just to make things even more clear we look into the commentary of this specific verse,

In other words, the deeds’ being beneficial and yielding of good results depends wholly on one’s obedience to God and His Messenger. After one has turned away from obedience, no deed remains a good deed so that one may deserve any reward for it.[2]

And

(Obey God and obey the Messenger and do not invalidate your deeds.) This made them fear that some sins could nullify their deeds.” It has also been reported from Ibn `Umar, may God be pleased with him, that he said, “We, the Companions of God’s Messenger , used to think that good deeds would all be accepted, until God revealed,

(Obey God and obey the Messenger and do not invalidate your deeds. ) So we asked each other: `What is it that can nullify our deeds’ So we said, `The major sins, great offenses that require admission into the Fire and immoral sins.’ But then God revealed,

Verily, God does not forgive joining partners with Him in worship, but He forgives except that to whom He wills.

Quran 4:48

After this was revealed, we ceased saying that. We thereafter continued to fear for those who committed great sins and immoral sins and to have hope for those who did not.” Then, God commands His believing servants to obey Him and His Messenger , which would result in their happiness in this worldly life and the Hereafter. He also prohibits them from apostasy, because that would result in the nullification of their deeds. Thus He says,

(and do not invalidate your deeds.) meaning, by apostasy. Thus, God says after this,

(Verily, those who disbelieved and obstructed others from the path of God and then died as disbelievers — never will God forgive them.[3]

As can be seen from the two commentaries above the, once someone goes away from obedience to either one, no deed remains a good deed AND those who disbelieved and obstructed others from the path of God will never be forgiven by God. One has to wonder what was the intention of G25 if not to deviate, obstruct and isolate the public from Islam.

Islam is about obedience to God and His messenger. How could one possibly be a Muslim but deny the verses of the Quran and deviate from the intended meaning? God also says in the Quran about the obedience to the Prophet as being obedient to Him,

He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah ; but those who turn away – We have not sent you over them as a guardian.

Quran 4:80

Even from the linguistic point of view, the verse is clear about obedience to God and His Messenger. Let’s go look into the meaning of the word used in the Quran to convey the word “obey”. The word used is, أَطَاعَ (read ato’) , let’s see what it means in English,

The word denotes obedience to what was commanded

The word denotes obedience to what was commanded.[4]

How can one deviate so far from the intended meaning and say that there is no compulsion in Islam. If G25 is allowed to go on with these views, it would be very detrimental to the religion of Islam. As the methods used to deviate to the liberal side are also used by their mirror group the IS, Boko Haram and others which is plan first and then justify the actions.

Actions are not based on Islam, but what they is do somehow “justified” by their ignorance and “scholars”. Plans are made to carry out actions which are then justified by cherry picking the verses of the Quran and traditions of the Prophets, and by taking them out of context and text. This is not how Islamic jurisprudence works.

All intended actions should be gauged or assessed by referring to the Quran and/or the traditions of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. and if the actions can not be justified hence these actions can not be executed. This is how it is supposed to work, but not in the case of G25, IS, Boko Haram and others.

The same deviant methods are used to interpret religious texts without context. As liberal as G25 is, the sad truth is that the methods used to interpret the Quran are the same as religious extremists and fanatics. A method to merely justify actions by taking every piece of text out of context.

G25 should worry about its method of interpretation, as they can also give birth to religious extremism on the opposite end of the spectrum. On the last note, Islam is about obedience to the one and only God Almighty and His Messenger, if someone claims otherwise his/her faith is indeed questionable.

Interpreting the Quran in a way deemed to suit someone’s interest is like shooting an arrow first, and drawing the bullseye where the arrow lands. It is only a self delusional method which has nothing to do with Islam or Islamic scholarship. It is the same exact method used by the fundamentalist fanatics as well as the G25. As God says in the Quran,

And say: “Truth has (now) arrived, and Falsehood perished: for Falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish.”

Quran 17:81

Falsehood in this case as displayed by G25 has no place in Islam as the truth will always overcome the falsehood.

And Allah knows best wAllahua;lam.

[1] Page 29, “Breaking the Silence”, Marshall Cavendish, 2015

[2] Tafheem-ul-Quran, Abul A’la Maududi, Retrieved from http://www.tafheem.net/tafheem.html, Surah Muhammad verse 33, note 40 on 19 December 2015

[3] Tafsir Ibn Kathir, retrieved from http://www.qtafsir.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2024&Itemid=103 19 December 2015

[4] Edward William Lane’s Arabic-English Lexicon, Volume 5, Page 1891, retrieved from http://www.studyquran.org/LaneLexicon/Volume5/00000176.pdf 19 December 2015