Monthly Archives: May 2006

Q & A: Why we should follow mazhabs

Question:

It says in the Quran that we should not create sects.So why is it necessary to follow one of the mazhabs?Why cant one just say I follow Islam as told by Prophet Muhammad(sw)?

Answer:

You may not know this, but qualified Islamic scholars are not expected to follow a madhab (a particular school of highly scholarly Islamic interpretation). It would be wonderful if every Muslim was sufficiently knowledgeable to be able to interpret Allah’s revelation so accurately that we knew in every situation what Allah would allow and what He would not allow. Unfortunately, that is not the reality of our Ummah. Since we are required to follow the Qur’an and Sunnah, but most of us are not qualified Islamic scholars, it is only reasonable to seek those Muslims of greatest knowledge for guidance. The four established madhab are based on the knowledge of some of the greatest minds in the history of Islam. It seems to me this explains fairly well why we need madhab.

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Follow-up question:

Why then do we have a permanent set of 4 choice of mazhabs only? Why can't there be more, or less. It is certainly not a divine decree that those 4 are the chosen ones, so why do we so strictly follow it?

Answer:

Many Muslims today ask a similar question, so it is obviously an issue of interest. To have four madhab is not by sacred law, but by well reasoned tradition. The scholars of the four madhab are considered to have been among the greatest in the history of Islam. Additionally they were much closer in time to the Islam practiced by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the companions than more modern scholars. It is believed there are no scholars alive today who equal the founders of the four madhab in knowledge of Islam, so no advantage could be gained by introducing another madhab. There have been other madhab in the past, and even today there a few minor, not well accepted madhab around. Perhaps in the future there will come a time when a scholar exists of such great knowledge that another madhab will come from his interpretations. It is not now as fixed an issue as it had been for many hundred years in the past as the door to ijtihad has opened a bit. What is important is how well we understand the teachings of the Qur’an and the Sunnah, and it seems for that purpose the four existing madhab are quite excellent and sufficient.
For a more detailed and well written discourse please see:

Why Muslims Follow Madhabs , by Nuh Ha Mim Keller

http://www.sunnipath.com/Resources/PrintMedia/Articles/AR00000083.aspx

The Answer Man

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Aphorism: In the creation of a true Islamic state,…

In the creation of a true Islamic state, and in regard to the place of non-muslims in that Islamic state, a fair first step is to be sure the non-muslims do nothing which is a bad influence on Muslims.

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Aphorism: Having a sophisticated knowledge of Islam

A simple but accurate knowledge of Islam is sufficient to bring about a world good and right in every aspect, but a full and sophisticated knowledge of Islam can greatly accelerate that process.

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Q & A: Why does Allah need help?

Question:

I thought Allah was omnipotent, meaning all powerful. I thought Allah could do anything. If this is true why does Allah need the help of human beings to be his Khalifah "to ensure the Physical Creation unfolds rightly according to His Will"? I think this question is very important so can you please answer it?  

Answer:

You are right; Allah is omnipotent, all powerful. There is nothing Allah cannot do; therefore, Allah needs no help from anyone. The reason that Allah has created human beings to be His Khalifah (helper) is that for the completion of our spiritual advancement we need to be Allah's Khalifah. So rather than Allah creating us to be His Khalifah because He needs our help, Allah through His unparalleled Mercy has granted us the opportunity to be His Khalifah so that by successfully fulfilling the responsibilities of that most honoured role we may fulfill our spiritual destiny.

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Aphorism: No Muslim should ever..

No Muslim should ever influence any person to go down the negative path as judged from the perspective of where that person is at that point in their life on the continuum of good and evil.

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Fully and Truly Islamic World (Part 7) – Tsunami Disaster and the Will of Allah

This is the last part of the Fully and Truly Islamic World series. Prof Muhammad al'Mahdi discusses the recent Tsunami tragedy and the theological controversies that result. A distinction is made between what Allah wants and what Allah wills. The atrocities of the tsunami aftermath should be a responsibility of human beings who have failed to utilize their freewill. Allah wills for it to happen through the mechanisms of the natural world.

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Fully and Truly Islamic World (Part 6) – Genetic Engineering, Abortion

If you can alter the genetic structure in a way that improves the human being, that better fulfills Allah's plans for the human species. Surely Allah wouldn't give the ability to do it and ask us not to do it.

Abortion shouldn't be an issue you have to deal with because you are asked to decide on something that shouldn't occur. In the present situation, it would be better to go ahead and do it while keeping in mind that it is wrong.. until we have a society where it isn't a problem.

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