Dear Dr Shabbir and other members of the forum,
I have read and re-read all the posts related to Namaz and Saum and totally agreed with most of the postings protraying problems related to rituals. But i am still a bit confused. If the would-be Namaz and Saum are not all about rituals, then what are they all about? How can they be put in practice in our daily life?
Please avoid answers such as Salaat is closely following commands and so on. For me, such as an answer is even more difficult to understand.
Is closely following commands limited in time, ie should the commands be followed on specific times?
Why does Allah ask us to perform wudu (face, hands, head and feet) when preparing for Salaat? Does this not imply that there is a ritualistic stuff in it? How to wash and follow commands? what commands? If i attend a party to a classmate and see pork meat served, should i perform wudhu before i follow the command not to eat? should i perform wudhu before i give charity? Should i perform wudhu before i pay a visit to a sick person? etc.
When Allah says Saum has been prescribed to us as to those before us, what does that mean? How were those before us practiced it? Did the Quran clearly tells us how it was practiced? Why saum is prescribed only on a specific month?
According to Dr Shabbir, Saum is translated as ‘Abstinence’ instead of the common ‘fasting’ since it involves more than fasting, such as abstaining from intimate husband-wife relationship. Moreover, Saum literally means self-restraint, and not fasting, hence, it includes desisting from common vices such as impatience, anger, unfair criticism, envy etc. Why is it only during a specific month that we are asked to desist from these vices? what about the other months?
Kindly enlighten me with convincing answers and practical examples
May Allah grant us knowledge and guide us to the right path.