Zufiqar Haider sb, the only persons who can accept what I
say are those who are confident in their own knowledge without having a vested
interest in perpetuating the status quo. That rules out the scholars and leaves
only the lay people who are ignorant.
The following is a comment from a college mate on this
“You write very well and bring a totally fresh
Can't judge how right or wrong you are as that
requires knowledge beyond what I possess.
Nevertheless l am sure that if we were doing
things the right way we would be certainly more successful.
I am also of the view that the pretentious
interpreters have been wrong and hopelessly ignorant.
They have tried and successfully established a
priestly/ brahmanical class. A thing which is non existent in Islam. “
Islam is a faith
without Priests, Feasts without Sacraments
There is no church hierarchy in Islam, nor do the mosque and
its Imam exercise formal power or influence on the people in its vicinity.
There is no mystical ritual in Islam and there are no interceders between man
and Allah. There are no sacraments to be administered by a priestly class to
the supplicant laity. All men and women are equal before Allah and nearness to Allah
is only based on their righteousness and heedfulness to the commands of Allah.
Forgiveness for sins does not require the waseela or intermediation of a
Redeemer or a priest.
Comparing Islam with Christianity, “this unadorned
relationship cancels the need for baptism, confirmation, confession, extreme
unction and the central Christian act of communion, as well the functions of a
ministering priesthood. For many Christians, Christ bequeathed the foundation
of a future church in the person of St Peter, and He ordained the method of
access to the divine with the ritual of holy communion. Only through the
Church, therefore, as the successor to St Peter, can salvation (and thus
everlasting life) be obtained” Paul Grieve
In Islam, the Qur'än, is Allah's legacy to man, unreservedly
accessible to all equally, to read, contemplate and interpret for himself,
although this process may initially be assisted by the writings or teachings of
experts. It is a duty every Muslim owes to Allah and His Book, to finally reach
a level of understanding of Allah’s word, without the help of experts, and
dispensing with their opinions and interpretations, unless one agrees with
these, in which case, it becomes his own personal understanding. The final
understanding must be one’s own, and not because so and so said this or that.
The contaminated Islam has a priestly class, mystical
rituals, feasts with sacraments and interceders between man and Allah, and
demi-gods whose favours and intercession is sought. There is the laity and the scholarly
class on whom the lay people are dependent. While Islam freed mankind from the sovereignty
of man, the scholars through their theology, have once again chained it, but
these are weak chains only in the minds of the followers because of their
ignorance. Once this ignorance is dispelled, Islam can shine once again.