Thanks to Brother Dr. Shabbir we know that Namaz is not Salat. And the Haj Muslims perform every year has nothing to do with the Haj mentioned in the Quran. Our so-called Imams turned Salat and Haj into worthless rituals, which benefit neither the individual nor the society or humanity. The only beneficiaries of these rituals are our Imams, Mullahs, and Mulvis whose livelihood depends on these rituals. What about Soum? Is it really fasting (roza)?
In his Urdu Book “Haqiqat Soum” Dr. Qamar Zaman argues that Soum is not fasting. His arguments are based on understanding the teachings of the Quran from within and they are very compelling and forceful. If Soum means fasting, how come five out of six times it is used as a punishment? Further, God claims Soum will make us Muttaqi. Does fasting make us Muttaqi? At the end of fasting we do not see any change in the character or behavior of Muslims who fast during the entire month of Ramadan. They are essentially the same before, during, and after fasting. Why?
If you can read Urdu, please study this book online and comment. Can any brother/sister refute Dr Qamar Zaman’s claim that Soum is not fasting? Here is the link.
I will try to write a brief summary of the book and post it on the Forum as soon as I get a chance.
By the way Dr Qamar Zaman has written books on Salat and Haj as well. I did not find much difference between his views and that of Dr. Shabbir’s regarding Salat and Haj.