I continue to have mixed feelings for Dr. Qamar Zaman’s work. On the one hand, it seems as if Dr. Zaman has devised a completely new “lexique technique” to convey his understanding of “Saum”. Most it is very heavy stuff that is undecipherable to even somewhat seasoned readers. Maybe the difficult technicality is only obvious to an expert like Dr. Shabbir, which is ostensibly why he has endorsed Dr. Zaman. However, for my part, I will have to repeat my previous point by saying that Dr. Zaman has taken too much liberty and stretched the point beyond reason.
On the other hand, if we see the section entitled “Saum Bataur Saza” (Saum” that has been ordered as a penalty for different transgressions), Dr. Zaman has brilliantly hit the nail on the head. His arguments are watertight, and convinced me at the first go. In fact, his understanding of Hajj as mentioned in “Haqeeqate Saum” (and in “Haqeeqate Hajj”, his other book) is also very enticing and merits a separate discussion on the forum, all the more because his understanding of Hajj is different from Dr. Shabbir’s interpretation of it as an “Annual Convention”.
Br. Jawaid, when I saw your post of 17.09.09 wherein you talked about the various benefits of fasting, like enabling self-control and abstinence, I was in complete agreement with it. Later however, I realized that I had experienced similar benefits with Namaaz, like peace of mind by meditative praying. However, I recognized in the end that Namaaz had been a deception all along! What if the same is as true of Roza?
So, as you can see, I stand at an unenviable crossroad. A lot of water has to flow, however, before I can reach any certain conclusion regarding Roza. It took me 3 years to give up Namaaz, and in fact, I marvel at people who can just give up major things like Namaaz and Roza so impulsively. In the case of Roza, I am not even half-convinced with Dr. Zaman, so I just can’t fathom the courage of people who have given up Roza as if at a drop of a hat.
Oh, what a responsibility on our shoulders! Our forefathers didn’t have to take such drastic decisions on their faith. They happily went about praying and fasting and innocently expected paradise in return, whereas it has now become incumbent upon us to decide the course of our Imaan by taking such radical measures.
“May you live in interesting times”, so goes the Chinese curse. There’s certainly no doubt that we’re living in very interesting times, though it’s surely a blessing rather than a curse, for Allah has opened to us those doors of knowledge that our forefathers couldn’t unearth.