This Post is meant to shed more light and some fire to my Post of the 25th instant, which was titled, “Word of God and word of man”:
The following verse of the Qur’an explains our Covenant to God and mission on earth:
2:27 –Those who break God’s Covenant (pledge) after it is ratified, and who sunder (divide, separate) what God has ordered to be joined, and do mischief on earth, cause loss (only) to themselves.
In keeping with the Covenant, Abraham was inspired to join the following:
1. Faith and Reason.
2. Word of God with Work of God in Nature.
3. Secular and Religious.
In the following verse of the Qur’an, The Prophet Muhammad (s) was inspired to join the teachings of the different Books and Prophets of God:
42:13 -He has ordained for you all, the same System of Life that He enjoined upon Noah - And We have revealed to you (O Prophet) the same message as We enjoined upon Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: “Establish the Divine System of Life and make no sects in it.” (O Prophet) the unity you call to, it is hard upon the idolaters. God draws to Himself everyone who is willing, and guides to Himself everyone who turns to Him for guidance.“ [Sects vs. Unity: 3:32, 3:104, 6:160, 30:31, 42:13, 45:17-18]
Likewise, the Prophet Muhammad (s) is instructed by God not to say and do anything in his deen which was not revealed to him.
Hence, the worldview teachings of Tawhid (unity and universality) are cardinal teachings and essence of the Islamic way of life. In simple form, these teachings of Tawhid (unity and universality) include the teaching of the Unity of God; Unity in the teachings of all the Books and Prophets of God; Unity between the Word of God and the Work of God in the Signs and science of Nature and in the history of the deen; Unity between the Word of God and the sayings and doings of the Prophets; Unity between the world of God and the world of Caesar; and so on.
In a more sophisticated manner it includes Unity between the Seen and Unseen; the secular and religious; the individual and the community; the national and the international; this world and the hereafter; and so on.
Thus, in the context of the above, the Ahlul Qur’an (especially those who belong to the Parvezi school of thought) has failed miserably to understand the Qur’an and establish a natural and universal way of life (AdDeeni Haneefan) for all of humanity.
For example, they do not wish to join the teachings and traditions of the Jews and Christians found in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible with those of Islam found in the Qur’an or even find common ground between the different sects of the Muslim Ummah. They believe that all people that do not believe in their version of salaat, saum, evolution and creationism, virgin birth of Jesus, etc, are deniers of the Qur’an, yet they flout every teachings of Tawhid (unity and universality) and the Creeds of Abraham found in the Qur’an.
Likewise, like they do not believe in joining all true teachings of all the Books and Prophets of God, they do not believe in seeking Unity between the Word of God and the Work of God in Nature and in the history of the Deen of Islam from the time of the Prophet Abraham. They have absolutely no idea that the Creeds of Abraham and many teachings of Tawhid (unity and universality) were followed by true believers of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible before it was revealed in the Qur’an.
In the same way, they do not believe in the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (s). They say that according to the knowledge of the Qur’an, the Sunnah of the Prophet (s) does not exist at all, yet many non-Muslims have observed without reading the Qur’an that Prophet (s) was the only person in history who was “most extremely successful in both the secular and religious levels”. They have absolutely no idea that the Prophet (s) belonged to Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat by following the Creeds (Sunnah) of the Prophet Abraham. If they were true followers of the Qur’an they would have found common ground with the other sects of the Muslim Ummah by stating that Sunnah of the Prophet (s) was “the path and practice of the Qur’an” and not something he is alleged to have said and done “outside” of what is written in the Qur’an.
Their biggest problem is that they do not know how to handle the intricate balance between the secular and religious according to the knowledge of the Qur’an. They separate the secular from the religious by separating the Church from the State in forming what they believe is an Islamic government. They have absolutely no idea that Islam enshrines the rights of minorities through the “no compulsion” clause in its constitution. Likewise, they have absolutely no idea that the planet earth did not have any shape or form after the Big Bang took place and that God created the sun, moon, stars, mountains, seas, dry land, plant life, animal life, etc, like we see it today, like He created Man from “sounding clay, molded in shape” and the Jinns from “fire of the scorching wind”. Hence, they have no idea that the Qur’an establishes the Truth and Reality of the secular and the religious by the account of creation revealed in the Qur’an and not by using “science based” and “evidence based” knowledge “outside” of it.
There can not be greater enemies of Islam than Muslims who claim that we should function only according to Qur’an Alone and then misinform and mislead Muslims on the True knowledge of the Qur’an. They are no better than the mullahs and N2 Muslims who claim that we should follow the Qur’an and Sunnah based on the false knowledge of the Sunnah.
Let’s introspect. Let’s join all powers and forces of the world based on the Creeds of Abraham and the worldview teachings of Tawhid (unity and universality) based on the injunctions of the Qur’an.
AK Sayed (South Africa).