I have reviewed your “Reform agenda”...I wish you every success though I firmly believe its not practical, seems fanciful and unrealistic, for more than one reason, and with due respect...its conflictual with the Quran and now read on and see my arguments made...
Let me know why ADL and QIST is not a Pillar of your faith or that of the majority when Allah speaks so eloquently and strongly about it? Assuming you took it upon yourself to promote this concept and convince the people to accept and follow ADL and QIST, don't you feel it may be a better solution? Yes or No ?
Morality can also be subjective...and so Man relegates Akhlaq to a sort of a "consensus"...
Now how is one thing more moral and yet in some cases its immoral? Kindly explain !
There are things to be angry about...and things not to be angry about....and today the concept of ADHAB is downgraded to "mannerisms"....in such societies, etiquette is considered a virtue...
And yet Gheebah and Gossip is their traditional mainstay and so these folks who may hold etiquette in high regard would ruthlessly treat their own employees in a most inhuman way...even beat them up....or even treat Racism "Asabiyyah", Nationalism. or tribalism as though it was normal and acceptable....
Allah says "O ! ye who have embraced Islam with your tongues but in whose hearts Iman has not as yet entered...do not disparage...verily Allah will seek out your defects and whose defects Allah seeks and has Allah after his defects..he will be humiliated, even in this abode..."
Now things that do cause people to sin will come as Satan works relentlessly....but WOE to those thro' whom they come !!! Whats the remedy? Any Idea?
Its better for such people to be dead than to be amongst those thro' whom sins are manifest...
Jihad means to "live for others" and give them hope in life and enjoy pleasure in their happiness and achieve for them and not for yourselves....this is Islam of our Nabi !
Follow what Allah has sent down “to him” and “with him” and all will begin to work smoothly...
IKHWAH and AKHAWAT implies that one must wage a War which is an Inward "Jihad" and against your own Nafs (Ego)...
Nabi says this Ego of man is the Satan...and the true Jihad is to defeat one's own ego....
And this then is striving in the way of Allah (swt)...Jihad has many variables....Jihad is NOT Killing people !!! There are NO Houris either waiting !
“We sent aforetime our apostles with Clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance (of right and wrong), that men may stand forth in justice.” - Surah Al Hadid (57), Aayah 25.
The major themes of the Qur’an include God-consciousness, fairness, equity, justice, equality and balance in all our dealings. It stresses the doing of what is right because it is the truth and
The Truth represents one of the ninety-nine “beautiful names” of Allah.
As a reflection of His attributes of Al-’Adl (The Just One) and Al-Muqsit (The Upholder of Equity), we are urged to establish justice and deal with all in a manner that assures equity, fairness and balance and safeguards the rights, property, honor and dignity of all people.
God assures us that even though He is All-Powerful and none can challenge His Authority, He deals with all with truth, kindness, justice, and the rights of none will be transgressed on the Day of Judgment. ..and so your “reform agenda” conflicts Allah's above guidance where HE says HE also does not allow anyone's rights to be transgressed and deals with all with kindness and truth...though HE can destroy everything ...or am I wrong?
The narrow dictionary equivalents for Justice and Equity are the words Insaaf, ‘Adl and Qist.
The words ‘Adl and Qist are more comprehensive, represent two of God’s ninety-nine Beautiful Names and are extensively used in the Qur’an.
The words ‘Adl and Qist, in their various forms, are used in the Qur’an about twenty seven times each.
The root meanings of the word ‘Adl include the sense of Justice, Equity, Fairness, NonDiscrimination, Counter-Balance, to Rectify, Put in Order, Evenness, Proportion and the like.
So why is it NOT a Pillar of your faith and that of the majority? Explain
When Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said “help the oppressor and the oppressed”, he was stressing this same concept.
The Companions responded that they understood what “helping the oppressed” meant, but what did he mean by “helping the oppressor”?
He replied, “By preventing the oppressor from oppressing others”.
The reader must refer to the original Arabic for the exact Arabic words and the real flavor of the profound depth of the meaning.
Surah Al Ma’idah (5), Aayah 9, says O you who believe! Stand out firmly for God, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just; that is next to piety; and fear God. For God is well acquainted with all that ye do.
2. God says in Surah Al Nisa’ (4), Aayah 135: O you who believe! Stand firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor; for God can best protect both. Follow not the lust (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily God is well acquainted with all that ye do.
3. According to Surah As shu`araa’ (26), Aayat 181-184, Prophet Shu`aib tells his people: Give just measure, and cause no loss (to others by fraud). And weigh with scales true and upright. And withhold not things justly due to men, nor do evil in the land, working mischief. And fear Him Who created you and (Who created) the generations before (you).
Read Surah Al A`raf (7), Aayat 83-93 for more on Prophet Shu`aib and his people.
4. Surah Al Nahl (16), Aayah 90 says: God commands justice, the doing of good and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you that ye may receive admonition. God says, in the formal plural, in Surah Al Anbia’ (21), Aayah 47: We shall set up scales of justice for the day of Judgment, so that not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least.....And if there be (no more than) the weight of a mustard seed, we will bring it (to account); and enough are We to take account. 6. God instructs Prophet Muhammad, in Surah Al Shurah (42), Aayah 15: Now then, for that (reason), call (them to the Faith), and stand steadfast, as thou art commanded, nor follow thou their vain desires; but say “I believe in the Book which God has sent down; and I am commanded to judge justly between you. God is our Lord and your Lord; for us (is the responsibility for) our deeds, and for you for your deeds. There is no contention between us and you. God will bring us together, and to Him is (our) final goal”. 7. Surah AlHadeed (57), Ayah 25 says, in part We sent aforetime our apostles with Clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance (of right and wrong), that men may stand forth in justice.