I am a big fan of Dr. Shabbir's approach towards Islam, but the deeper I dig the more confused I get. For example, if Meraj is a forgery, Namaz has been contrived, and Zakat is not fixed at 2.5%, then what have we so far been following?
Do we have clear guide lines for As Saum (Roza) in the Qur'an? What about the current way of Hajj where people are chosen through ballot and pay hefty charges for performing Hajj? What is the role of a Muallim in this entire process?
I also listen to Mr. Javed Ahmed Ghamidi. He too makes a lot of sense to me, but his take on Sunnah is so strong. He supports Namaz as the pophet's legacy and so on...
Now where is the truth for an average guy like me? I do not understand Arabic, I have a thousand different versions of translations. People say a translation is not Qur'an in the real spirit. I read Muhammad Asad's translation of Surah Al Fil and that makes more sense to me sans all the fantasy and science fiction of birds throwing down stones and killing people (sounding more like a Sinbad story.)
And then there are these Tafseers that would leave you astounded. How people want to pour their understanding of a matter so strongly into your brains.
Why did Allah make it so hard to understand for the non-Arabic speakers?
By the way, I do not perform Namaz five times a day. I don't slaughter animals on Eid ul Azha, but fast regularly, and believe that I am a kind, peaceful and loving human being otherwise. Nevertheless, I am afraid of missing things that my Allah might have ordered me to do but I am ignorant of that. I am confused.
Can someone help?