LAME EXCUSES OF WIVES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE

In a lengthy Hadith Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) described a scene in the Divine Court on the Day of Qiyaamah. A woman who will be ushered into the Divine Presence, will be asked about her neglect of Salaat (and also about her other violations of the Shariah). This woman will say in her defence that her obligations to her husband and children, and her household duties did no permit her the time to regularly perform Salaat. She will also present the excuse of her husband’s foul temper which had instilled fear in her. She was therefore constrained to be at his beck and call, hence she was unable to fulfil her Deeni obligations. Allah Ta’ala will then command that Hadhrat Aasiyyah (rahmatullah alayha) be ushered into His Presence. It will then be said to the woman. “Was your husband a greater oppressor and worse than her husband, Fir’oun?” The woman will reply: “O Allah! No one was a greater oppressor and more evil than Fir’oun.” It will then be said to this woman: “Despite Aasiyyah having been the wife of such a cruel and evil tyrant, she was never neglectful of her ibaadat nor forgetful for a moment of Allah’s remembrance. If the oppression of any husband could have prevented any wife from Salaat and her Deeni obligations, then most certainly, Aasiyyah would have been prevented. O woman! The excuse of your husband is baseless. You, of your own accord was neglectful of the Deen. You did not fear My punishment, hence you disobeyed My commands, and rebelled against the teachings of My Rasool. Today you shall taste of My chastisement.” Allah, Rabbul Aalameen will then command the Angels to cast her into Jahannum. May Allah Ta’ala save us from such disaster. Wives should understand that the first allegiance of every Muslim is to Allah Ta’ala, not to the husband. Furthermore, in almost all cases, the excuse of the husband is a smokescreen presented to deceive others and to perpetrate self-deception. Obedience to the husband in any act which results in disobedience to Allah Ta’ala is haraam. While the wife is required to fulfil her obligations to her husband, it is strictly prohibited for her to present the excuse of her husband’s orders and wishes to justify her commission of haraam. In fact, if her husband intransigently requires her to disobey Allah Ta’ala, she should opt for separation, leave the marital home and take refuge in the home of her parents. On the Day of Qiyaamah, the lame excuses tendered in selfdefence and in justification of sins will not avail.

AWAKE: RAMADHAAN / SEPTEMBER 1429 / 2008

SHARIAH ON VACCINES


Shariah on Vaccines
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                                                                                                  DECLARATION ON VACCINES:
Timely Reminder of the Shariah on Vaccines

The Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Allah has not placed a cure for your diseases in things that He has forbidden for you.” (Baihaqi, Bukhari). And Allah has forbidden constituents that are inextricably harmful as the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam also said: “There (must be) no harm and no harming.” (Ibn Majah). And hence ‘vaccinations’ as we know them (including the current globally propagated COVID-19 vaccines) are not permissible by the Creator as vaccines contain proven harmful components such as:
bacteria, aborted fetal tissue, cells and blood from animals, harmful chemicals and neurotoxins such as formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, mercury, aluminum and others.Vaccines can cause serious health problems, including permanent injuries and death.*
Do not kill yourselves, indeed God is the Most Merciful upon you.” (Qurʾan: 4:29)
Do not throw yourselves into destruction with your own hands. Do good, for God certainly loves those who do good.” (Qurʾan: 2:195)
Rather than being a treatment for the sick human body, vaccination introduces, in most cases, cancerous and neurotoxic substances. In other words, clearly harmful contents are administered into a healthy body. No case in the acquittal of the clear harmful outcomes of vaccination will have any legitimacy as long as the exponents of ‘vaccination’ fail to rationally respond to the solid medical findings of injurious effects, including permanent injuries and deaths caused by this particular intervention of ‘vaccines’ as known today.
After acquainting oneself with the overwhelming evidence of the clear harm and thus haraam of “vaccines” of the current criminal capitalistic drug manufacturing establishments a true Muslim will never believe that Shifa (healing) is contained in this concoction of neurotoxins and poisons, and, would never forget the irrefutable fact that Allah has not ordained the Shifa of His Ummah in the defiled – in najaasat – and substances which He has made harmful.
If one just takes a look behind the sophisticated veneer of the pharmaceutical industries’ propaganda the published proofs by medical experts conclusively proving the irreparable damage that vaccines cause to the human being are insurmountable. This makes more than clear the impermissibility to inject najaasat into our Allah entrusted bodies. Note it is by clear default according to the plain nass of the Shariah that “vaccines” as currently known are Haraam and thus Muslims will be held accountable by the Creator of consenting to this najaas intaking/injecting brew. For a Muslim supporter of vaccines the onus is on him/her to present an evidenced “fatwa” to make this obvious haraam concoction of vaccination as permissible – this task would be a tenuous one to say the least especially after being apprised of the overwhelming evidence of the clear harm and danger of ‘vaccinations’ since its inception from the late 18th century. Hence it is Waajib to abstain from the rijs (filth) of ‘vaccines’ just like it is obviously Wajib in Islam to abstain from taking/inserting a known poison into a healthy body.
He makes lawful to them what is good and pure and prohibits them what is foul and impure.” (Qur’an 7:157)


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FROM:https://shariahonvaccines.page.tl/

A CONFIRMED MURTAD

Q. If a person says the following, is he still a Muslim?

  1. Stoning is not part of Shariah. He goes on to give explanation that some commentators of the Quran included the Hadith about stoning. And they need to interpret one in light of another. He also says they said there was a verse in Quran whose recitation was abrogated but the ruling remained. He says that some people said that you can’t have Hadith abrogating the Quran.
  2. Shariah laws like cutting of the hands are not applicable today. He goes on to say that we read that when Isa (AS) comes back then he will abolish the jizya. So he explains that it depends on the time and place.
  3. There is no apostasy law ( I think he means no death penalty). He explains that there is no compulsion in religion and so the Hadith may not be authentic or it would mean that the Hadith applied to a certain circumstance in the time of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
  4. He feels that the ‘Muslim countries’ should be ruled by majority (democracy).
  5. He believes that transgenders can marry.
  6. He says because we believe that Isa (AS) is a prophet and so during Christmas we should have lectures etc to honour the birth of Isa (AS).
  7. You can believe in evolution theory.
  8. You can give interest in the case of a mortgage as it is difficult nowadays.
  9. He believes there is something like black magic but he says that if people had the power today then they would use
    it to change governments etc.
  10. He says Non Muslims can go to Jannah if they do good actions within their range.
  11. He says if you follow the Prophet (SAW) in the minor things then often times we lose the bigger picture. The minor things are taken from Hadith. I think he meant that the bigger picture is to submit to Allah.
  12. He explains crucify as a method of killing but he says that in the case of Isa (AS), Isa (AS) was crucified but not to the point that he was killed. Then he quoted some Tafsir book.
  13. He is friends with pro LGBGTQ priest.
    A. A man holding these clear-cut beliefs of kufr is termed Akfarul Kaafireen, i.e. he is among greatest of the kuffaar, perhaps worse than Fir’oun and Iblees.
    In this era the Ummah abounds with kuffaar of this category. They masquerade as Muslims whilst every capillary in their body pulsates with kufr. One does not have to be an Aalim to understand the kufr of people of this kind. Their kufr is a conspicuous exhibition which pours out from every aperture of their bodies and from every pore on their skins.

The Tribulation of Doubts and Desires

The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) informed us that all this would occur. With regards the tribulation of doubts, he(sallallahu alaihi wasallam ) told us, as reported via a number of routes, that his nation would split into more than seventy sects, the narrations differ as to precisely how many sects, and that all of these sects would be in the Fire save one: that which would be upon what he|(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and his Companions were upon.
With regards the tribulation of desires:

  1. Muslim records the hadith of ‘Abdullah ibn Amr (radiyAllahu anhu) that the Prophet(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “How will you be when the treasures of the Persians and Romans are opened to you? What sort of people will you become?” ‘Abdu’l-Rahman ibn ‘Awf (radiyAllahu anhu)said, “We would say as Allah ordered us.’ He said, “Or something else: you would compete with each other, then be envious of each other, then turn your backs on each other, then hate each other.”
  2. Bukhari records on the authority of Amr ibn Awf (radiyAllahu anhu) that the Prophet|(sallallahu alaihi wasallam ) said, “By Allah! I do not fear poverty for you but I fear that the world be proffered to you as it was proffered to those before you such that you vie for it as they vied and it destroy you as it destroyed them.”
  3. A hadith carrying the same meaning as this one has been recorded by Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Uqbah ibn Amir(radiyAllahu anhu).
    When the treasures of Chosroes were conquered at the hands of Umar (radiyAllahu anhu), he wept and said, ‘This has never come into the hands of a people except that it caused discord and splitting to occur amongst them/ or words to that effect.1
    The Prophet(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) would fear these two tribulations,
  4. Imam Ahmad records on the authority of Abu Barzah (radiyAllahu anhu) that the Prophet|(sallallahu alaihi wasallam ) said, “I only fear for you the desires of misguidance brought about by your stomachs and private parts and the misguiding tribulations,” and in another narration, “…misguiding desires.”
    Most people succumbed to one or both of these tribulations as a result of which they ended up splitting and hating each other after having been brothers, loving each other. The tribulation of desires has afflicted the majority of creation and they have fallen victim to the allurement of this world and its luxuries; it has become their goal and they covet it, only when they attain it are they satisfied. For its sake do they come to anger, for its sake do they make allegiance, and for its sake do they declare enmity.They sever the ties of kinship, spill blood, and disobey Allah all for the gain of some worldly lot.
    1 <Abdu’l-Razzaq #20034 and ibn al-Mubarak #768 with a sahlh isnad.

    With regards doubts and misguiding desires, it is on account of these that the People of the Qiblah split into many sects and factions, each hating the other and some charging others with disbelief, this after they used to be brothers, their hearts united as if in one body. Of all these sects, only one will be victorious and it is mentioned in his (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) saying,
  5. ‘There will always be a group of this nation manifest upon the truth, they will not be harmed by those who forsake them or oppose them until the Command of Allah comes, and they will still be in that state/’
    In the last days, they will be the strangers mentioned in these ahadith: those who rectify the affairs when the people become corrupt, those who correct what the people have corrupted of the Sunnah, those who flee from trials and tribulations in order to safeguard their religion, and those who have departed from the tribes; this is because they are few – only one or two will be found in some tribes and none at all in others, just as the first Muslims were. It is in this way that the Imams have explained this hadith.
    TAKEN FROM : THE JOURNEY OF THE STRANGERS BY IBN RAJAB AL-HANBALI AND IMAM AL-AJURRI PAGES 72-74

NATURAL REMEDIES

CLEANS LUNGS
Eating chilli peppers is good for the lungs and helps clear stuffy noses due to colds, says Irwin Ziment, professor of medicine UCLA. He also recommends hot peppers for emphysema, sinusitis, hay fever, asthma and chronic bronchitis. Hot foods thin secretions in the air passages.

THE VALUE OF GINGER
FIGHTS NAUSEA Recent tests in Denmark showed that ginger reduced seasick sailors’ vomiting by 70%. British research found ginger as effective as drugs at relieving nausea after surgery.
REDUCES INFLAMMATION. In Japan, an anti-inflammatory drug is based on gingerol, the aromatic compound in ginger. A study at Denmark’s Odense University found that three quarters of 56 patients with rheumatoid arthritis or muscular discomfort got relief from pain and swelling after taking ginger daily for at least three months.
THINS BLOOD. Several studies suggest ginger makes blood platelets less likely to stick together, helping to prevent blood clots that lead to heart attacks and strokes. A Danish researcher, K.C. Srivastava, found the same effect in cumin, turmeric and especially cloves, which are stronger than aspirin in this aspect.
(The Hadith too mentions the medicinal properties of cloves – YMMA)
KILLS GERMS. Ginger and turmeric, destroy bacteria including salmonella, a common cause of food poisoning.

Having hope in the great mercy of Allah Ta’ala

Question

Does the following Hadith come in more detail?

Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) has narrated that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Four people will come out of the fire [of Jahannam] and will be presented before Allah [Ta’ala]. One of them will turn and say: “O my Rabb! Since you have removed me from it [i.e. the fire of Jahannam], do not return me to it!”

Allah Ta’ala will then grant him salvation from it.’

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 192; Also see: Sharhus Sunnah, Hadith: 4362)

Is there any narration in which Allah Ta’ala instructs them to throw themselves back into the fire, after which all but one complies? Allah Ta’ala will then ask those that threw themselves back into the fire as to the reason for complying, and He will ask the one who hesitated as to the reason for his hesitation.

Answer

Ibn Abid Dunya (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Bilal ibn Sa’d (rahimahullah).

(Husnudh Dhann Billah, Hadith: 59; Also see: Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2599, Sahih ibn Hibban, Hadith: 5262, Sharhus Sunnah, Hadith: 4362, Fadhlul Mun’im, Hadith: 494, and Mirqat, Hadith: 5605)

Hereunder is an explanatory translation of the narration:

Bilal ibn Sa’d (rahimahullah) has narrated:

‘The instruction will be given to extract two men from the fire [of Jahannam]. When they are removed, they will stand [before Allah Ta’ala].

Allah [Ta’ala] will say to them: “How did you find your resting place and the wretchedness of your abode?”

They will say: ‘A disastrous resting place and a most wicked of abodes that the servants have come to!’

He [Allah Ta’ala] will then say to them: “[This is] because of what your [own] hands have sent forth; and I am not one that oppresses the servants [in the least bit].

He will then instruct that they two return to the fire. One of them will then rush in his chains and shackles until he plunges into it [i.e. the fire].

As for the other, he will hesitate.

Allah Ta’ala will then command that they both be returned [to stand before him again]. He will say to the one who ran in his chains and shackles till he plunged into the fire: “What led you to do what you had done whilst you had just experienced it [i.e. the unbearable torment of the fire of Jahannam]?

He will reply saying: “O my Rabb! Indeed, I have most certainly experienced the outcome of sin to such an extent that I could never again face Your wrath a second time!”

Allah Ta’ala will then speak to the one who hesitated saying: “[And] what led you to do what you have done?”

He will reply saying: “My good thoughts, that when you removed me from the fire, you would not return me to it.

Allah Ta’ala will then show mercy to them [both] and instruct that they enter Jannah [Paradise]”

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Farhan Shariff

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

PICTURES AND THE ANGELS OF MERCY

The following is a brief discussion about pictures on passports, money, school books etc. and how this may or may not affect the angels of mercy from entering one’s house. this answer was given by maulana a.s. desai. h.a.

As far as passport, identity document and other similar necessary documents are concerned, it will not be sinful to have one’s photo taken for these purposes since one has no choice. With regard to the Angels of Rahmat entering houses in which the pictures are concealed, we cannot say with certitude if they will enter homes where the pictures are hidden, not displayed. The malaaikah have a natural aversion for pictures of animate objects, just as we have a natural aversion for a bad odor. If a cat excretes in a hidden corner under the bed where no one can see the mess, the inmates of the house will soon perceive the terrible stench, search for it and clean up the place. In spite of it having been hidden from our sight, our sense of smell detected its presence. The malaaikah walk through solid objects like walls. Physical and solid objects are not a barrier for them. Covering up pictures, does hide them from our sight, not from the malaaikah. It is therefore, our opinion that even if we conceal pictures and even if the books in which the pictures are, are closed, these can prevent entry in to the home of the malaaikah of rahmat. My practice when reading such books is to affix a sticker over the whole head as I go along reading.

The only consolation we can think of is that Allah Ta’ala is Merciful. He will not deprive us of the companionship of the Angels of Mercy because of something which is beyond our control. Passport pictures and the like are beyond our control. Ugly pictures of fussaaq and kuffaar human faces are on all the paper money in our pockets. But we have no alternative other than to carry such evil pictures with us. We therefore hope that Allah Ta’ala Who is the Creator of the Malaaikah will create a method which will make it impossible for the Angels to detect the photos which we hide and which we detest. We believe that as long as we abhor these pictures and exercise care and display our aversion, Allah Ta’ala will not deprive us of the barakat of the Malaaikah of Rahmat.

It has become the practice of this sinful bandah when counting money, never to keep the picture on top or facing me. I turn the notes around if there is a picture only on one side, then count the money so that my soul does not suffer the mental torture of having to stare at something which Allah Ta’ala and His Malaaikah abhor.

Regarding pictures which can be easily destroyed such as the pictures on soap wrappers or on any packets, etc. in which food and other items are enclosed, it is necessary to immediately open up these items and discard the wrappers. A variety of cheap plastic containers and bottles, etc. is available for storing these items.

Regarding the foam mattress with pictures, do understand that your baby is more precious than the bed. It comes in the hadith that shaitaan causes distress to babies. If he happens to be around, he interferes with babies. Therefore, do not take chances with your baby. Covering up the pictures will not suffice. Remove the cover and sew a clean one on to it. This is the safest.

The chemical sulphur and anything having an offensive or pungent odor disturbs and chases away the Angels. I suggest that when lighting a candle, light it in a remote place of the home, outside the bedrooms. Anyhow, the odor of the match will soon disappear. Gas stoves and lighters too pose a problem because even the odor of gas is offensive to Malaaikah. But there is no option. Allah Ta’ala is merciful. Try to avoid such things without imposing too much inconvenience on yourself and your wife. Don’t undertake something which is too difficult to sustain. While pictures are haram, lighting a candle with a match is not haram.

A misinterpretation of the Hadith regarding staying at home for protection

Question

Staying home [during Covid times] is a Prophetic teaching:

“Those who stay at home to protect themselves and others are under the protection of Allah.” – Musnad Ahmad

Answer

This narration is authentic. However it does not refer to staying at home as a form of isolation or quarantine to protect others/oneself from disease.

In Musnad Ahmad, the Hadith is worded as follows:

Sayyiduna Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) informed them that five deeds secured the protection of Allah. The fifth deed being “…Whoever sits in his house so that people are safe from him and he is safe from people, [his security is guaranteed by Allah].”

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 241)

The version in Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah and Sahih Ibn Hibban clearly explain what is meant by ‘People are safe from him and he is safe from people’:

Sayyiduna Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “…..Whoever sits at home and does not backbite people, will be under the protection of Allah.”

(Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, Hadith: 1495, Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 372)

Therefore this Hadith is referring to staying at home and not harming people by speaking ill of them, swearing them or physically harming them.

(Also see: Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 3960)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,

Furthermore, ‘the protection of Allah’ that is promised in the Hadith refers to protection from Jahannam, with entry into Jannah.

(Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 3960, At-Taysir, and As-Sirajul Munir).

Prohibited times for sexual relations

QUESTION

“Please see below and advise if this is valid or not.

Prohibited times for sexual relations

“It is makrooh to indulge in sex during 3 nights of each Islamic month – the 1st, last & the 15th night because on these nights shaytaan is (more) on the prowl. Therefore Tuesday night (i.e. after sunset on Tuesday which will be Wednesday night Islamically) and the 2 Eids must also be avoided.

It is also makrooh to have sex in the early part of the night because this will result in the possibility of staying in a napaak (impure) state the entire night.

Sexual intercourse on a full stomach is harmful due to medical and health reasons for both the woman and the man. Furthermore, the resultant child conceived will be a dull and backward.

Preferable times for sexual relations are:

Sunday night- the child will (probably) become a Qari.

Monday night- the child will be a generous big hearted child.

Wednesday night- the child will be an uprighteous, Allah-fearing, sagacious child.

Thursday night- the child will be sincere.

Friday before Jumuah- the child will be born with good fortune.

Always remember to recite the Masnoon dua at the time of commencing cohabitation and at the time of ejaculation. The dua should be ‘recited’ in the mind only, not verbally. Both husband & wife should ‘recite’ the dua. It is reported that if a person does not recite these duas, shaitaan becomes a participant and derives pleasure from his wife.

Shah Abdul Haq Dehlawi (rahimahumullah) states in this regard: If a Dua like this is not made at time of coitus, and only the sexual urge is fulfilled like animals, the child that is born out of such a union will not be saved from the evil influence of shaytaan. This is one of the main reasons that the morals of the present generation are immoral” (Rifaatul Muslimeen)

ANSWER

The acts and advices in the question are obscure and generally unknown to the Ulama. However, we cannot discount these issues as false. There is the strong probability of the advice and admonition being valid. These kinds of issues are to be found in reliable Kutub (books) such as the works of Imaam Ghazaali, Sayyid Abdul Qaadir Jilaani, Abu Taalib Al-Makk,i Shah Abdul Haq (Rahmatullah alayhim) and others. These personalities were illustrious Ulama who at the same time were Auliya of outstanding calibre.

The narrations of these Authorities of the Shariah may not be dismissed as fabrications as is the attitude of ulama who are spiritually barren. There is strong reason to believe that these illustrious Ulama had acquired these issues from Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) – such Ahaadith which are not found in the popular Hadith Kutub. But this is not reason for discounting narrations. The popular Hadith kutub embrace an extremely small percentage of the Ahaadith which the Muhadditheen had compiled and from which they had selected for inclusion in their kutub such as Saheeh Bukhaari, Saheeh Muslim, Sunan Abu Daawood, Sunan Nasaa’, Muwatta Maalik, Ibn Maajah and numerous other reliable Hadith kutub.

Imaam Buhkaari (Rahmatullah alayh) said: “I have memorised one hundred thousand Saheeh Ahaadith and two hundred such Ahaadith which are not Saheeh.” From this treasure of 300,000 Ahaadith, Imaam Bukhaari included in his Saheeh Bukhaari only 7,275 narrations, and after deducting the repetitions, there are only approximately 4,000 Ahaadith.

Further, the 200,000 Ghair Saheeh (not Saheeh) narrations are not fabrications to be discarded. They are technically not Saheeh in terms of the criteria formulated by Imaam Bukhaari for his high standard of authenticity. Numerous Ahaadith which are not Saheeh according to Imaam Bukhaari, are Saheeh according to other illustrious Muhadditheen. Thus, Ghair Saheeh should not be misconstrued to mean unauthentic, fabrications, forgeries, etc.

The Muhaddith, Imaam Abu Zur’ah Ar-Raazi (Rahmatullah alayh) had memorized more than 600,000 Ahaadith. He said that from these 600,000 he had memorized 100,000 Ahaadith in the manner in which Surah Ikhlaas (Qulhuwallaah) is memorized.

From this vast treasure trove of Ahaadith, the combined total of the Sihaah Sittah is approximately 10,000 narrations. Thousands of other authentic Ahaadith are scattered in innumerable kutub, and many of these kutub are no longer extant. Numerous Ahaadith were transmitted by reliable narration from generation to generation – from one Shaikh to the other down his Silsilah. It is therefore, moronic to deny the validity of advices and admonition which appear in the kutub of illustrious Ulama and Auliya such as Imaam Ghazaali, etc.

Regarding the issues mentioned in the question, it will not be sinful if not observed and not practically implemented. Nevertheless, wisdom dictates caution. It is in one’s best interest to observe the advices. And Allah knows best.

18 Muharram 1436 – 12 November 2014

Can You Interpret Qur’an Based on Personal Opinion?

By Daniel Haqiqatjou

One of the most important things young Muslims should learn early in their studies of Islam is this: Do not speak about the meaning of the Qur’an based on your personal opinion.

The Prophet ﷺ said “He who speaks about the Qur’an on the basis of his personal opinion, he commits an error, even if he is right” [Tirmidhi].

Many Muslims have been affected by the modernist attitude that everyone is equally able to interpret texts and provide an opinion about their meaning and that should be valued in a democratic society because “Everyone has a voice.”

But this is contrary to sound Islamic understanding and it is contrary to basic adab with the Words of Allah. When Allah Most High speaks, we have to first and foremost shut our mouths. That’s the minimum amount of decency. Next we listen and next we obey. Our personal opinion has nothing to do with it.

Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with * reflecting on the meaning of the Qur’an and thinking about how the Divine Address is relevant to you and is meaningful to you. We should all do this, as Allah tells us to reflect and ponder upon His ayat. The problem is when you take those personal reflections as exegesis of the Qur’an and disseminate that by speaking or writing to others as if you are explaining the Qur’an.

Another related problem is saying things like, “If the Prophet ﷺ were here today, he would not approve of this,” or, “He would side with this [activist group or cause],” etc. The problem here is not simply that one does not know and is merely speculating. The problem is it is inappropriate to presume to speak on behalf of the Messenger of Allah. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ is not your buddy that you can casually speak about in this way.

Without proper adab with Allah and His Messenger ﷺ, no other adab is possible.
أدبني ربي فأحسن تأديبي