Do you know why and when GM sb calls me a "Literalist"? When I support any verse of
the Quran that he is attacking. And to make it a derogatory term, he now uses
"slavish literalist". So, what is he attacking me for? For defending
the entire Quran without exception and not compromising even on a single verse
and conceding to him that it is doubtful or needs to be ignored. In other
words, he is ridiculing me for being a complete Momin and Muslim which to him
means being a “slavish literalist”. He is most definitely an apostate. who
rejects many of the Ayats of the Quran. So are you with him or with me?
وَإِنَّ الظَّالِمِينَ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۖ وَاللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الْمُتَّقِينَ
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً
وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ
2:208) O ye who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly;
and follow not the footsteps of the evil one; for he is to you an avowed enemy
The believer is being asked to become a complete Muslim. As
far as belief is concerned, there is nothing like believing a part and
disbelieving a part. Either you believe in the whole of the Quran or you
disbelieve, and anyone who rejects even one verse of the Quran, is a Kafir. A
person may not understand and seek clarification but not reject. It is not as
if even the Prophet (pbuh) was immediately comfortable with every part (11:12) Perchance thou mayest (feel the
inclination) to give up a part of what is revealed unto thee,..... The
Prophet also had to adapt to the teachings of the Quran and the commands of
Allah because even the final revelation was to some extent counter intuitive
even to the Prophet. To some of us, it may still be, and this is where faith
comes in. Those who have faith will be blessed with complete understanding and
conviction but those who lack faith will never understand and go astray.
As far as practice is concerned, a person may lag because of
laziness, indolence, succumbing to temptation etc., but as long as the person
believes that what he is not doing right is wrong, he remains a Momin though
not a perfect Muslim, but the moment he begins to justify his wrong, he has
ceased to be even a Momin and becomes a Kafir. It is therefore important to
retain perfect belief and consider what is wrong as wrong and seek forgiveness
for our shortcomings in what practice as imperfect Muslims.
This is a supplement
to the article and not a response to any comment.
GM sb responds to not what is said, but to what he imagines have been
said. He is forever indulging in straw man arguments because he has little to
say on the subject of the article.
He has a very poor understanding of the Quran and also my articles.
Religion has civilized us and if the prophets were sent to all regions and
people before a prophet was sent to the Arabs, it means that these other people
and regions were civilized by religion much earlier. The Arabs, if they had a
religion and civilization, it was only from what had rubbed onto them by
association with others. Culturally, civilizationally and religiously therefore,
they were the most backward among the people which is why their earlier period
is called Jahiliya. So, what GM understands is quite the opposite!
These articles are important to educate
people such as GM sb who misunderstand and misuse terms. For example, in his
comment, he blames Islam for intolerance rather than Muslims! He may read my
article to understand what Islam and Muslim mean: The Meaning of
Islam and Muslim
I may have to write another article to
make him understand that being adaptive is not related to either intuition or
instinct. Adaptation is related to training and learning. Yes, man adapts to conditions imposed externally such as religious laws earlier and man made laws today or to his environment. This is different from acting instinctively or intuitively.