By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
23 July 2018
The spirituality of 'acting-out' the
uncomfortable events that were faced by Messenger Muhammad, often create a
comical if not illogical expression when the devotees try to comply with them
as his Sunnah. Emulating Apostles' actions is praiseworthy, but when ignorant
spirituality is applied to its expression it often ends up in tragedy of
- One such example of this that came to
pass was the case of an overtly religious widow who moved from the city to a
small town, only a few kilometres away where she bought a bigger house at half
the price of what she sold her home in the city.
Having settled down in her new place, few
weeks later she visited her friends in the city and in a flush of piety
announced to her friends that she has performed the Sunnah of the Messenger's Hijrat
just as he had done. She added that she had come to the city to greet them just
as Rasulullah had done on a visit to his old city Makkah.
Needless to say that she made the move in
the modern comfort of her reasonably posh car driven on the motorway
accompanied by her family. Her household goods had been professionally packed
and delivered safely at the new place.
An elderly person of her family to whom she
related her comfortable Sunnah of Hijrat, reminded her of the “ordeal” of the
Apostle, and his only companion during his Hijrat to Madinah, travelling ten
times the distance in the desert on foot, escaping the city with their lives in
the dead of the night. He referred her to Chapters 9 & 17 of Quran.
- In a small gathering of friends to
welcome back a hajji couple, a Sunnah was enacted by a priestly looking person
who was offered the customary sip of Zamzam. He stood up, turned in the
direction of Qiblah and gulped the water down, announcing that, that was the
established Sunnah of Rasool. Other drinks, he said, the Rasool drank sitting
down and not facing the Qiblah.
- The imminent hajj, the most comfortable
obligation today to perform as an ordeal for Believers', Quran-ordained sunnah
is the closet to the verse: “...God intends every facility for you; He does not
wish to put you in difficulties 2-185”.
Travelling in A380, 747's and such like
comfortable planes, faster than sound can travel, and then staying in
unbearable luxury hotels in Makkah and Madinah, come as close to the Sunnah of
Muhammad's times, but in modern technology driven comforts.
Though it must be said that not all
pilgrims can afford the above, yet the “custodians” there have assured those
many who can afford to, do not miss on acquiring the Sawaab of
difficulties of performing hajj, in the seven and more stars luxury hotels. For
the Desert Arabs al-A'raab, the commercial benefits are immeasurable;
Li Tashtaru Bihi Thamanan Katheera?
all and witness the (enormously rich) benefits...22-28” of our hajj enterprise.
The Sunnah of journeying on foot and on
lean and hungry camels and horses, over the mountains and across arid valleys,
to go to hajj and sleep under the billion-star canopy that was the Sunnah in
Apostle's times and till not so long ago, is now obsolete and uncalled for, for
it is the spirit that lies in the performance of Sunnah that is important to
follow and not the method, they say.
- Associated with the above is the
complying with Messenger Ibrahim's Sunnah, NOT that of sacrificing a son, as is
given to believe that he had proceeded to do but instead now devotees
sacrificing an animal or two and even more; is a good example of taking it easy,
as given in 2-185. It does not however seem right that a kind and benevolent
God would command His Messenger to kill his long prayed for son. Neither does
it seems logical or even possible that a father and a Messenger of God at that
would scum to such brutal spirituality just on the basis of a dream and proceed
to kill that son! Nor does it synchronize with God's contention that He does
not change His given commands.
What is interesting to note in this tragedy
of errors is that this Sunnah is now also valid for those who have no sons to
their name to offer for sacrifice and yet perform it by offering even multiple
animals for sacrifice to the same God who says He has no need for the blood and
It should also be reminded that Apostle
Ibrahim and his son's drama was not performed during any hajj congregation.
There are few more of these Sunnah in the
religious practices, but then Religion is not the ad-Deen, of Quran, hence
Islam is not a Religion based on illogical and comical showbiz spirituality;
which is mocked at 4-142 and 107-6 etc of the Book.
It is a pity that sometimes this deeply
held spirituality of religious mockery of Sunnah back fires. Take for example
the obligation of jihad, the command for struggle and endeavour; And whosoever
strives hard, strives for themselves. Surely God is self sufficient, above the
need of his creatures 29-6 etc.
With the use of modern technology, invented
and manufactured by others and supplied by those who want to destroy other's
lives and disturb the peace of the world for their own political strategies;
explosive laden vest are worn, ostensibly to blow-up the 'enemy' in the spirit
of jihad, with a press of a button. It always ends up with the Mujahid – the
one undertaking that Sunnah of jihad, blowing themselves to smithereens and
also their non-combatant unarmed innocent brethren, particularly in their
houses of worship during their performance of worship.
These events are taken with a pinch of salt
and as a routine in Muslim countries now, except by those survivors who had
lost their fathers, brothers husbands, kith and kin and friends in the unholy
blast! Not that there were any such holy blasts in Muhammad's time to claim as
May be there is something missing here.
Just may be, there is that religious spirituality and the earnest endeavour of
the suicide murderers to achieve nearness to God – 5-35, and to acquire other
promised heavenly 'goodies' as a bonus.
But for those who had lost everything they
loved, as a result of this heinous evil can only take solace in the verse that
says that they the murderers are actually nothing but: “perverted
Warped humour or not, God's laws and
Rasuls' Sunnas based on those laws, which if followed in the true spirit by
mankind (women-kind included) guarantee mankind's progress and prosperity as a
whole: “They are on the true guidance of the Lord and it is they who will
prosper 2-5”; and not those who follow their worldly Illaha and the Arab
religion based in the Vatican of Muslims, Makkah.
The Book Quran repeatedly asks its reader
to contemplate and put the Code ad-Deen in practice with mankind's benefit
arrogantly in the land and plotting EVIL. And the evil plot besets none but the
plotters. So they wait for none but the way of the ancients (miscreants). But
you will not find changes in the Sunnah of God; and you will not find Him
exchanging His Sunnah (for you or anybody else) 35-43”.
The Sunnah of All Apostles was “Do good for
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