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You are not my Scholar

by | Mar 21, 2021

The word ‘Alim in Arabic means scholar or scientist. The word ‘Alim itself derives from the word ‘Ilm, which means knowledge or science. However, when used alone, by default, ‘Alim means a religious scholar. Therefore, the religious scholar knows with the utmost certainty the truth of Allah and his religion.

Of all of Allah’s servants, only the knowledgeable ˹of His might˺ are ˹truly˺ in awe of Him.

Surah Fatir (35 – 28)

So anyone who is unaware of His might or is in awe of someone or something else than Allah is truly ignorant. Moreover, if someone has knowledge of the Quran and ignores Allah’s directives or bows to another entity or power besides Allah for worldly gain is among the scum of this Earth.

Those who hide the clear proofs and guidance that We have revealed—after We made it clear for humanity in the Book—will be condemned by Allah and ˹all˺ those who condemn.

As for those who repent, mend their ways, and let the truth be known, they are the ones to whom I will turn ˹in forgiveness˺, for I am the Accepter of Repentance, Most Merciful.

Surely those who disbelieve and die as disbelievers are condemned by Allah, the angels, and all of humanity.

Surah Al-Baqarah (2 – 159-161)

Indeed, those who trade Allah’s covenant and their oaths for a fleeting gain will have no share in the Hereafter. Allah will neither speak to them, nor look at them, nor purify them on the Day of Judgment. And they will suffer a painful punishment.

Surah Ala-Imran (3 – 77)

Have you ˹O Prophet˺ not seen those who were given a portion of the Scriptures yet trade it for misguidance and wish to see you deviate from the ˹Right˺ Path?

Surah An-Nisa (4 – 44)

I know, many hypocrites (people who feel targeted) will be quick to say that these passages are specific to Rabbis and Priests who used the past Scriptures (Torah and Gospel) to their advantage. Didn’t the prophet Muhammad (ppuh) say:

“You will most certainly follow the ways of those who came before you, arm’s length by arm’s length, forearm’s length by forearm’s length, hand span by hand span, until even if they entered a hole of a mastigure (lizard) you will enter it too.” They said: “O Messenger of Allah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said: “Who else?”

Sunan Ibn Majah, Tribulations, 3994.

The original reason for revelation might have been corrupt Rabbis and Priests, but the intended audience is that of similar deeds in action and speech. Allah never singles out a denomination without making them an example to follow or to avoid. Therefore, mimicking past people begets the same retribution; good and bad.

Now, the position of a Muslim scholar is not an enviable one. Since there are no more prophets, they have inherited their burden; scholars are the sieve of truth. They are the defenders of Islam, they maintain its limits, they are more powerful than any ruler! And tyrants know this, that is why these tyrants use corrupt scholars to mislead people. And don’t think that this is a recent phenomenon. After the Rashidun Caliphate, pressure has been exerted on scholars to comply with the ruler’s desires. For instance, the example of Imam Ahmad (the Quran is a creation instead of the word of Allah). He was imprisoned and lashed on multiple occasions for staying steadfast on the right path. Now, practically all Muslims have heard about him, but how many remember any of the “scholars” that served the tyrant of his time. However, in recent years, all limits have been transgressed. “Scholars” are not just used to acquire worldly advantages or support a perverse interpretation of the Quran; they are presently being used to actively destroy this religion.

Despots hide behind this shield, yet scholars comply?! Once again, the devil’s advocate speaks: “You think you’d do a better job than these so-called religious scholars if you were in their place?” The answer… I thank Allah that I am not in their shoes for two reasons. I never wish to have this burden of responsibility on my shoulders and I would not wish on anyone to witness the reckoning they will receive on the Day of Judgement. With this said. Scholars have accepted the responsibility that comes with the job.

Fortunately, not all scholars are corrupt hypocrites. Many do actually stand up for what is just and true. On the downside, they more often than not they are the first to face the brunt of unjust rulers. They are imprisoned, tortured, or killed; thus, leaving the court empty for the remaining “scholars”, i.e. hypocrites.

So for these remaining “scholars”, all we ask of you is to be quiet. We do not wish to see you harmed, so just be quiet. Forget about taking a stance, it is not everyone that is up to the task, and it is very, very understandable… but please, just shhhhuuush!!! We don’t need more people to be led astray and we surely don’t need tyrants to find legitimacy in your words. This life is short enough as it is. This life is not worth the eternal anger of Allah.

In conclusion, A religious scholar is judged by his stance, not his knowledge. He is judged by his actions, not his appearances on national TV. He is judged by his tongue, not his Facebook likes. Moreover, he is judged by Allah, not his worldly leader. So say the truth, or say nothing.

Is there Anything Bad in the Quran? – Existential Questions

Is there Anything Bad in the Quran? – Existential Questions

When I mean bad, I mean something that everyone will agree to as fundamentally wrong. I don’t mean what is acceptable to modern standards, but fundamentally evil. Not only there is no evil within what is ordained, but it can only be depicted as righteous and good when looked at as a whole. Here are some Islamic principles that are listed in the Quran:

Say, “Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited to you. [He commands] that you not associate anything with Him, and to parents, good treatment, and do not kill your children out of poverty; We will provide for you and them. And do not approach immoralities – what is apparent of them and what is concealed. And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed] except by [legal] right. This has He instructed you that you may use reason.”

And do not approach the orphan’s property except in a way that is best until he reaches maturity. And give full measure and weight in justice. We do not charge any soul except [with that within] its capacity. And when you testify, be just, even if [it concerns] a near relative. And the covenant of Allah fulfill. This has He instructed you that you may remember.

And, [moreover], this is My path, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from His way. This has He instructed you that you may become righteous.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 151-153)

Indeed, Allah 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.

Surah An-Nahl (16 – 90)

And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.

And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.”

Your Lord is most knowing of what is within yourselves. If you should be righteous [in intention] – then indeed He is ever, to the often returning [to Him], Forgiving.

And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully.

Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.

And if you [must] turn away from the needy awaiting mercy from your Lord which you expect, then speak to them a gentle word.

And do not make your hand [as] chained to your neck or extend it completely and [thereby] become blamed and insolvent.

Indeed, your Lord extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]. Indeed He is ever, concerning His servants, Acquainted and Seeing.

And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin.

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.

And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right. And whoever is killed unjustly – We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported [by the law].

And do not approach the property of an orphan, except in the way that is best, until he reaches maturity. And fulfill [every] commitment. Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned.

And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in result.

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.

And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height.

All that – its evil is ever, in the sight of your Lord, detested.

That is from what your Lord has revealed to you, [O Muhammad], of wisdom. And, [O mankind], do not make [as equal] with Allah another deity, lest you be thrown into Hell, blamed and banished.

Surah Al-Isra (17 – 23-39)

Most of the accusations come from people who do not agree with the standard of morality or virtue that is ordained in Islam. For instance, the Hijab for women; not being allowed to have a sip of wine or not even having a girlfriend… These practices have become customary in “modern” civilizations, yet they are considered illicit in Islam. Society is always faced with dumbing down standards and laws to curtail the desires of the majority. But the fundamental question remains; what makes it right now but made it wrong before (and vice versa)? This type of thinking induces decadence. Virtues and morals become trivial, unattainable utopias, unrealistic… mockeries.

This was the same discourse used by the people of Lot thousands of years ago when they wanted him and his family out of their city.

But the answer of his people was only that they said, “Evict them from your city! Indeed, they are men who keep themselves pure.”

Surah Al-Aaraf (7 – 82)

Wow! Accused of being too pure… It’s like someone who says: “Ah! He gets on my nerves because he is too polite.” or: “look at her; she thinks she is so superior! She doesn’t even want to dress like us.” and the classic: “Look at that geek; he thinks that his A+ is going to stop him from that face pounding.” What is it that makes that person’s conduct wrong in the first place; what did he do to deserve this reprimand? Is it high self-esteem (or lack of it)? Is it because a person is different (where his difference is not accepted)? Is it because of jealousy (or more likely envy)?

It is sad to see that we have reached a point where righteous conduct is ridiculed and marginalized. Someone who gives his seat on the bus is looked at awkwardly; a student who says Mam and Sir is called a suck-up; a 16-year-old virgin is made fun of. But, as we have seen, this attitude has been present for millennia, all depending on the context and stage in which a society is to be found.

But in the end…

And it will be said to those who feared Allah, “What did your Lord send down?” They will say, “[That which is] good.” For those who do good in this world is good; and the home of the Hereafter is better. And how excellent is the home of the righteous –

Surah An-Nahl (16 – 30)


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