What does the Quran say about Economic System

He says, “Islam means peace or “shanti”. Dont bother with worldly wealth and Economics. Its bad for your soul. Prepare to live like a Fokir, Darbesh, Beggar, as if your real home is in the graves”.

Hang on, not so fast brother. The Holy Quran is here to show us the correct way to God. Divine rules in our Deen are from evidences. Islamic Economic System is based on four principles:

1. All the wealth belongs to Allah (swt):

“And give them of the wealth of Allah which He has given you.” [An-Nur: 33]

2. The community is the trustee of the wealth:

“Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and spend whereof He has made you heirs.”[Al-Hadid: 7]

3. Hoarding of wealth is prohibited: “And those who hoard up gold and silver and spend not in the way of Allah; announce to them a painful chastisement.” [At-Tauba: 34]

4. Circulation of wealth is a duty:

“Whatsoever Allah may restore unto His Messenger – is due unto Allah and unto His Messenger – the orphans and the needy …so that it may not be confined to the rich amongst you.” [Al-Hashr:7]

Based on these principles and evidences, Islam differs fundamentally from man-made systems (such as communism/socialism and capitalism) in defining the economic problem.

Let us start with the definition of the economic problem which is the fundamental view of the economy. In Capitalism they believe that there is unlimited wants and limited resources therefore the focus of the economy should be production, so they believe in producing more and more for people to consume. This has also come be known as ‘trickle down economics’ where the focus is on increasing the size of the cake, believing that it will somehow trickle down into the bellies of the hungry. This is why they have so much emphasis on the GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

1. Islam focuses on the distribution of wealth not just the production.

Islam views the economic problem in a radically different way than Capitalism and Socialism. Islam focuses on the distribution of wealth not just the production. The problem of poverty will not be solved by producing more and more for the rich to consume rather it will be solved by ensuring that basic needs of every individual are satisfied completely. There are enough resources in the world to satisfy the basic needs of everyone. Islam looks at every individual by himself rather than the total of individuals who live in the country. It looks at him as a human being first, who needs to satisfy all of his basic needs completely. Then it looks to him in his capacity as a particular individual, to enable him to satisfy his luxuries as much as possible.

2. All basic needs guaranteed

The Ahkam Shari’ah have secured the satisfaction of all of the basic needs (food, clothing and housing) completely, for every citizen of the Islamic State. The Prophet (saw) said, “The Son of Adam has no better right than that he would have a house wherein he may live, a piece of clothing whereby he may hide his nakedness and a piece of bread and some water” [Tirmidhi] The state has a duty to provide for those who cannot provide for themselves or whose families cannot provide for them Umar ibn Abdul-Aziz, the famous Khalifah, wrote to his agent in Basra, Iraq, ‘Search for the people of the covenant in your area who may have grown old, and are unable to earn, and provide them with regular stipends from the treasury to take care of their needs.’ [Abu Ubayd, al-Amwaal, p. 805] The khilafah used to have public baths, Musafir Khana’s where travellers could stay for free and even open kitchens – e.g. in Bosnia during the Ottoman Khilafah period there were open kitchens where the poor could go and eat for free The first organised hospital was built under Islamic rule in Cairo in 872CE. The Ahmad ibn Tûlûn Hospital treated and gave free medicine to all patients. It provided separate bath houses for men and women, a rich library and a section for the insane. Patients deposited their street clothes with the hospital authorities for safe keeping, before donning special ward clothes and being assigned to their beds. Each patient would also have his or her own medical record.

3. Circulation of wealth is a duty

Allah (swt) emphasizes that the wealth should not circulate amongst the few, He (swt) says referring to wealth: “That it does not become a commodity between the rich among you.” [TMQ Al-Hashr: 7] Islam has made the circulation of wealth between all citizens an obligation, and it has forbidden the restriction of such circulation to a certain group of people to the exclusion of others. Hoarding/monopolizing goods is forbidden. Producers or retailers cannot hoard or monopolize goods in order to cause the price to rise. This is based on the ahadith: “The Messenger of Allah (saw) forbade that a foodstuff be monopolized.” [Athram] and “Whoever monopolized is a wrongdoer.” [Muslim].

4. Prohibition of Riba – encouragement of investment

The abolition of all interest based contracts, to be replaced by contracts which share returns and risks. Allah (swt) says: “Allah has permitted trade and forbidden (all) interest.” [TMQ Al-Baqarah: 275] The prohibition of Riba (usury/interest) encourages people not to just save their money in a bank waiting for the interest – rather if there will be 2.5% Zakah charged on their unused wealth – this encourages people to spend and invest which generates economic activity and is healthy for the economy. The more spending and investment, the more jobs are created and more wealth is circulated. Today interest based debts are crippling people and entire nations. Ali (ra), the cousin of Allah’s messenger, pointed out regarding the pre-Islamic age: “We withstood the weight of the Iron, the Stone and the Lash, but we could not endure the weight of debt.”

5. The Islamic economy is real and Islam prohibits the current form of financial markets

 The Islamic economy is based upon wealth generation where participants partake in investment, employment and trade in the real economy. Islam does not have a dual economy where the real economy operates alongside a financial sector. The Islamic economy focuses all participants on the real economy, through employment, company profits, utilisation of land (agriculture) and manufacturing, wealth is generated in only one sector. This brings the huge benefit of wealth only circulating in one sector – the real economy, where all can participate. The Islamic system does not recognise the financial markets in their current form. One is able to purchase shares and transfer them without actually partaking in the running of the underlying company that the shares are meant to represent. In Islam ownership is a direct role in a company and not just a share certificate which in effect the stock market allows to be traded and re-traded. It is this ability to not have a direct role in a company that allows excessive speculation. The financial markets are different to the real economy of goods and services.The size of the world’s stock markets are estimated at $51 trillion, the world derivative markets are valued at $480 trillion, 30 times the size of the US economy and 12 times the size of the world economy!

Al-Bukhari reported on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “He who takes money from people with the intention of paying it back Allah will pay on his behalf, and he who takes it with the intention to waste it Allah will waste him.” Hence, the Messenger of Allah (saw) has confirmed the obligation of fulfiling one’s rights in full in temporal life, and if one does not he will do so on the Day of Judgement. This serves as a warning for those who devour people’s rights.

Islam has its own company structures, there are 5 types which are all related to real partnerships between body and capital. These are Al-‘Inan (equal), Al-Abdan (bodies), Al-Mudharaba (two or more), Al-Wujooh (faces) and Al-Mufawadha (negotiation) Ad-Daraqutni narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (SAW) said: “The Supreme said I am the third of the two partners as long as one of them does not betray his companion. If he betrayed, I would withdraw from them.”

Islam is against monopolies and encourages competition

PLC stock market companies are able to amass huge amounts of wealth today, to the extent that some companies have more wealth than some countries. In an Islamic system this could not happen due to the prohibition of PLC’s who are able to generate this wealth by issuing shares to the public. This has a positive impact on the economy, as huge companies are able to become monopolies, duopolies or oligopolies which are able to dominate the market place such as Microsoft, Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Even Capitalist agree that monopolies are negative externalities and Adam Smith, the founding father of Capitalism dreamed of an economy with perfect competition an ideal which they can never achieve due to the free market itself. However the Islamic economic system leads to this as by applying its rules it would lead to small to medium companies competing with each other in every market which is healthy for the economy as competition decreases the price and increases quality.

6. It is prohibited to sell what you don’t have

Unlike today where we see short selling or forward selling, where people sell what they don’t yet own Islam makes it a requirement for traders to own currencies, instruments and commodities before selling them. It is narrated from Hakeem bin Hazam (ra) who said: “I said: O Messenger of Allah, there comes to me a man asking me to sell what I do not have to sell then I buy if from the market. He said: Do not sell what you do not have” [Ahmad]

7. Islam neither believes in a free market nor a command economy

The Islamic economic system is neither Capitalist where the market is left free to lead to the disasters that we are seeing nor Communist where everything is owned and controlled by the state. Islam distinguishes between public property, state property and private property. Islam forbids the private ownership of the large resources such as the Oil and Gas that we see the Western companies fighting over in the Muslim world. The Prophet (saw) said: “People share in three things, fire, water and the green pastures” reported by Abu Dawud. Anas reported from Ibn Abbas adding “and its price is forbidden”. In addition to this the Prophet (saw) used to take back lands from people if he found they contained vast resources such as a salt mine. The huge revenue generated by public resources such as Oil and Gas in an Islamic state be utilised for the benefit of the public and not for the personal interests of the rulers who siphon off the money into their swiss bank accounts and spend it for their own pleasure as we see today. The Prophet (saw) said: “The Imam is a shepard and he is responsible.” [Bukhari, Ahmad, Bayhaqi]

8. The Gold & Silver standard for currency

Today’s currency is fiat currency backed by no real assets, only backed by confidence. This is the reason we have increasing inflation the world over. Islam solves this problem as the basis of the currency in Islam is Gold & Silver, the currency is backed by and is interchangeable with it. The Prophet (saw) established the basis of the Islamic currency, the Dirham and the Dinar upon these tangible things which hold real value and retain value. The Islamic rules have been set in the Quran and Sunnah in terms of Gold and Silver such as the Nisab of Zakah. It is allowed to have paper notes as long as they are backed by Gold and Silver. So in the Islamic state you can go to the Bayt al-Mal and exchange the paper notes. Therefore inflation is eliminated as the value of gold and silver are stable. Due to the current inflation and financial crisis we can see people are turning to buying gold instead of putting their money in stocks as they know it has a real value.

Conclusion:

Phillip Hitti in ‘Short History of the Arabs’ says, “During all the first part of the Middle Ages, no other people made as important a contribution to human progress as did the Arabs, if we take this term to mean all those whose mother-tongue was Arabic, and not merely those living in the Arabian peninsula. For centuries, Arabic was the language of learning, culture and intellectual progress for the whole of the civilized world with the exception of the Far East. From the 9th to the 12th century there were more philosophical, medical, historical, religious, astronomical and geographical works written in Arabic than in any other human tongue.” Hasan al Basri narrated that Allah’s Messenger (saw) said: “He whom death overtakes while he is engaged in acquiring knowledge with a view to reviving Islam with the help of it, there will be one degree between him and the Prophets in Paradise.” [Al-Tirmidhi]

Islamizing Capitalism through Reforms, is that right?

How can an Economic System be HARAM? Capitalist economy gives you the freedom to accept or reject interest, or to gamble, or to trade in haram products (like pork or wine). So, Muslims have the freedom to islamize the capitalistic model by way of reforms. The mushrooming growth of Islamic banks is a glaring example of a reformed modern islamic economy. Pakistani scholars have written volumes on how to islamize a capitalist economy. So it cant be haram, can it? Besides, its only an economic system, its not forcing you to believe or practice any other religion.

Capitalist Economic System is haram for Muslims as it strikes at the very heart of Islamic belief (i.e. Imaan in Allah swt), by separating God from all other activities of life in society, except for spirituality. For Muslims, dominion belongs to God alone, in both worlds, Rabbil Alameen (the Lord of Both Worlds). Allah swt is the Lord of Heaven AND Earth (Rabbis samaawate wal Earthe), and this belief is opposed to secularists reducing God’s dominion, sovereignty and Lordship into one metaphysical stage, stripped off His powers in this temporal world. Islamic Banking alone does not resolve this problem. Suggesting Islamic Banking as a solution to anti-Islamic Economic System is like suggesting to change tyres for a car whose engine is busted. We cant fool our ownselves with short cuts. Let’s get down and dirty to fix that broken engine!

Islam uniquely considers distribution as the economic problem, and Muslims do not share the obsession of capitalists and communists with production. Because Islam differentiates between the basic needs and luxuries, there exists no concept of relative scarcity of resources in Islam. The resources available on earth are sufficient to secure the basic needs (food, clothing, and shelter) of fifty billion human beings. Such a misunderstanding has concealed the reality that starvation, poverty, and economic backwardness, result from maldistribution exasperated by man-made laws and systems. Under the Islamic system, Nigeria alone could support the whole of Africa, as occurred in the past when, under the system of Islam, Africa sent food to relieve the famine in Medinah during the rule of Omar bin al-Khattab (2nd Caliph of Islam).

By using labels like “Third World” and “First World,” this economic conspiracy has worked behind a deceived populace who fail to realize that the “Third World” countries are actually First World in terms of resources. While organizations like Mercy International and UNICEF keep the masses content under the circus act of “humanitarian aid,” the capitalist machine works behind the stage to gobble up the resources of the world.

The implementation of Islam would eliminate the stranglehold by which the elites control the polices of the world and milk its resources. Unlike the current systems, Islam will not impose any limits on the amount of wealth that an individual can acquire, thus creating and maintaining an incentive to work. The shortsightedness of limiting production stems from the man-made ideologies that fail to understand the nature of creation. Because the Islamic system reflects the wisdom of the Creator, then the implementation of Islam will provide a society conducive to life that will address the needs of humanity based on the correct understanding of life. Muhammad (saaw) said, “The son of Adam, if he had two valleys of gold, would desire a third and would not be satisfied till he bites the dust.”

While generating massive abundance and wealth of resources by eliminating all the restrictions and oppressive systems that prevent production, Islam will safeguard against abuses of exploitation in acquiring wealth by limiting the way in which wealth is acquired. For instance, Islam denies the “free” market of Capitalism which has led to the situation of “survival of the fittest”. Natural and vital resources would be categorized as public property and a right of every citizen of the state – Muslim or otherwise – in accordance with the Prophet’s (saw) Hadith that states, “The humans have a right to three things – water, green pastures, and fire-based fuels (An-Naar).”

Public revenue from oil and natural resources would be used to secure the needs of the whole Muslim Ummah, and not to line the pockets of casino owners. The State would provide public and vital resources without charge to cover the needs of every individual and family, and monopolies of large conglomerates would dissipate.

The Shariah also defines certain rules that regulate company structure, effectively preventing abuse and corruption. For instance, Islam forbids monopolies by outlawing the hoarding of wealth (Al-Ihtikar), and eliminating copyright or patency laws that would open the avenue for potential monopolies to develop. Also, Islam protects the ownership of businesses and companies by restricting ownership of companies only to those who contribute both capital and effort to the company or business, thus effectively putting the seal on such concepts as “corporate takeover” from ever becoming a reality.

Today, food manufacturers have cultivated the art of burning surplus food and dumping surplus milk into the ocean to artificially inflate prices by creating “scarcity,” an art that would cease to exist with the implementation of Islam.

Unlike today’s system, which opens all doors for anyone to access wealth by any means, Islam categorizes wealth in a systematic way that both protects the right of individuals to access wealth and, simultaneously protects the society and secures the needs of the Ummah. Islam mandates vital and natural resources as public property while allowing for unlimited access to luxury items. Also, Islam protects the society in ways that corrupt man-made systems have overlooked by defining certain needs as “prohibited needs.” For instance, to protect the honor (ird) of the woman, Islam would outlaw all forms of prostitution, pornography, or any type of sexual bombardment that exploits the charms and physical attractiveness of women. In addition, Islam would prohibit alcohol and gambling, killing every industry and institution derived from such filth that has seeped the Capitalist Nations in a downward spiral of corruption, social turmoil, and moral devastation.

Islamic Economy would link the currency to gold, silver or some other precious resource. By backing the currency with resources of real value, Islam creates a stable medium of exchange and eliminates the concepts of linking currencies that allow nations to manipulate currencies.

Because the currency in Islam is linked to gold or other precious resources, the implementation of Islam would cut the economic chains that USD employs by linking other currencies to the dollar.

For such a system to emerge, the Ummah must revitalize within itself the Islamic way of life and cultivate the Islamic culture and the Islamic Aqeedah as the sole basis for providing solutions to its problems. Without the clear conviction in the Islamic Aqeedah and the comprehensive understanding of the Islamic system, the corrupt regimes will continue to tame and manipulate the Muslim masses with empty slogans, while behind the curtains, the feudal landlords of Pakistan will maintain their status and the Gulf sheikhs will continue to squander the public resources of the Ummah.

Islamic and Capitalistic Aqeedas

“Capitalistic Aqeeda”, sounds strange, like a bida’h in the religion of Capitalism! We heard of religions having Aqeedas (creed, doctrine, faith, belief), but capitalism is only an Economic theory. How is Capitalism a “religion”? Besides, it was them who separated the church from the state. First, we need to understand Aqeedah (creed). Creed of Islam is Monotheism, ie Tawheed or Unity. Islam rests on this doctrine that there is only ONE GOD. Every other activity of Islam is built upon this Aqeedah. Lets just add one more god to Tawheeed without touching anything else. What will happen? We might be living in an Islamic Republic, Kingdom or Emirate, implementing the hudud laws, struggling against yahud and nasarah, mushrooming growth of Islamic banks, gold reserve highs, fuqaha, qaris, scholars can abound, miswaks, ators, sadaqah, zakah taken duly and enforcing deadly punctuality of Nomaz. Wow!! What an achievement. But is it Islamic? Ofcourse not, we moved from Monotheism (Tawheed) to Dualism (shirk) which is the greatest crime in Islam!!! We change the Aqeedah We change the Deen. A creed must be able to answer “all” the issues involving life and universe. Capitalist creed (aqeedah) is “religion and state should stay separate”. With this, capitalism allows man to take charge of the earthly matters leaving God for spiritual functions, but it does not deny the existence of God, and neither does it stop anyone from following any spiritual path. They call it Freedom of Belief, or Secularism (separation). Based on secular theory of life, man becomes the owner of everything on earth. Besides resource ownership man is also the originator and arbiter of universal justice. Man also takes the right to legislate. The economic resources belong to man, regulated by man’s justice system and judged by man’s legislative authority due to absence of God’s Legislative, Judicial and Socio-Economic powers. Islamic creed is that Allah swt is the only Creator and we go back to Him for final judgment. We will commit shirk by adding, removing or sharing any of Allah’s powers. Allah swt is the Sustainer of Heavens and Earth (rabbis samawaate wal earth…), He is the sovereign King of the Universe (Tabarakalladhi bi yadhihil Mulk…). A sovereign does not surrender to a human being’s justice system. Therefore, from a doctrinal point, Islam rejects the concept of “Freedom of Belief (or Freedom from God)”. The aqeedah of Islam is based on Allah swt’s supreme Lordship over everything. Fair enough, I guess Islam can keep its Tawheedi creed and accept those economic concepts which do not oppose shari’ah. That will solve the problem, wont it? In Islam, all resources belong to God, man is a trustee. God fixes the boundaries in which man can work freely. To live in security and honor a man needs to be careful, like a man walking through a thorny garden needs care. He swt gave us His Book al-Quran and sent Muhammad swm as a mercy for all people. Economic system of the Quran and the life example of His Rasul swm are the only sources for us. Some Islamic concepts could intersect with capitalist concepts, like the roots of two different trees crisscrossing each other (below ground) but without affecting the trees themselves. Converting a country to Islamic Economic system whilst maintaining Secular Democratic nature of government is unacceptable. In Islamic creed only Allah swt has the power to give Laws for people. Legislature is through His Laws and obeying anything other than Allah swt’s Laws is injustice. Allah swt provides a Just Socio Economic World Order based on Islamic CREED or Aqeedah. Islam’s aqeedah of Tawheed (Unity of God) and capitalist aqeedah of Secularism (separation of God), diverge into two separate paths. They are not compatible due to their divergence in the most basic tenets. Thus, obeying secular capitalist socio-economic doctrine would be “HARAM”. We can pray and fast all we want, but our social, legal and economic frameworks are religion based, prejudiced towards one particular creed and biased against free thought.

Church Surrenders to Capitalist Creed, should Islam?

Freedom of Belief brought diverse religions to keep up their unique characteristics of faith, rituals, chants and family laws. People gave God a break from worldly life while they used their faculties of reason and intellect to discover God’s great bounties. Science and Technology were not saddled by dogmas anymore, freeing up the curious mind to explore and find new ways to make life more comfortable. Had human development remained under spiritual commandments such progress in modern civilization would have been ex-communicated.

In the Catholic world, Roman Catholic Church decided on censorship of books, written by philosophers, politicians or scientists. The Church used to publish The Index which was a list of publications banned by the clergy started in 1559 by Pope Paul IV. From Wikipedia:

The Index Librorum Prohibitorum (English: List of Prohibited Books) was a list of publications prohibited by the Catholic Church. The Index included a number of authors and intellectuals whose works are widely read today in most leading universities and are now considered as the foundations of science, e.g. Kepler‘s New Astronomy, his Epitome of Copernican Astronomy, and his World Harmony were quickly placed on the Index after their publication.[51] Other noteworthy intellectuals and religious figures on the Index include Aldus Manutius, Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Voltaire, Denis Diderot, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, André Gide, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, John Milton, John Locke, Galileo Galilei, Blaise Pascal, Hugo Grotius, and Saint Faustina Kowalska. Charles Darwin‘s works were notably never included,[52] although a number of works that reconciled evolutionary theory and Catholic theology in ways unacceptable to the Church were included. Adolf Hitler‘s Mein Kampf was never put on the Index.

The Roman Church, few centuries back, coined the term “infidel” for the Believers and launched a criminal war in Al Quds unleashing savage blood thirsty murderers on a highly accomplished civilized society. After being defeated several times during the Crusades Roman Church went into another savage attack, this time on its own people. They commissioned the Inquisition. Thousands rounded up, tortured, imprisoned, killed, burned at the stake or left to rot because of church’s superstitious beliefs in witches, ghosts, exorcist, black magic and other nonsense. They spared none who stood in their way to play God on Earth.

This mad man (Roman Catholic Church) had to be stopped, somehow. Ottoman army was knocking at the gates of Vienna, while Spanish Umayyads had previously bloodied the pavement of Tours in France (100 km away from Paris) with martyrs, striking fear in their hearts (especially their writers, thinkers, philosophers and artists). They came down heavily upon the superstitious Church and their Kings for failing to protect them from Berber Muslims, for lagging behind Baghdad and Cordova in sciences and arts. Rebellion against the Church resulted in separation of Church and State, and creation of their secular, liberal, imperial (later democratic) state, that assumed a sovereign status, leaving God and spiritual matters with ‘holy men’.

American and French revolutions, Industrial revolution, colonialism, Laissez Faire of Adam Smith and Darwin’s Evolution theory, all combined to propel the secular democratic capitalistic model as a progressive, tolerant, pluralistic and scientific ruling system. It gave ‘post-modern’ definitions for ownership, production and distribution of resources. Simply owning an Economic system is not enough, it must be regulated based on some fundamentals of justice. Secularists became judges too and the citizens’ Economic system came under secular non-God jurisdiction.

Because it was largely the upper class lawyers, landlords and capitalists (and some thinkers, writers and philosophers under patronage of wealthy people) who were in charge of Legislature made sure that commoners would toil to serve the Capitalistic Economic System. Financial Freedom, whereby everyone was empowered to engage in capitalism and “make it” to the top to realize their wealthy lifestyle, was guaranteed. Concepts like ‘values’, ‘principles’, ‘morality’, ‘compassion’, ‘mercy’ etc became vague and philosophical, replaced by ‘profits’, ‘share value’, ‘greed’, ‘hostile’, ‘cut throat’, ‘competition etc.

This is the world that we live in today. We can weigh our benefits or losses but the damage to our spiritual nature will not heal without proper diagnosis and medication. Capitalist Economic Order refuses to acknowledge our need for a JUST SOCIAL and ECONOMIC WORLD Order. Why do they deny us our right? They had terrible experiences with their mullahs (priests) and our mullahs also played into their hands. We are told to become like them, to separate our Deen from the State and make ourselves Lawmakers. By so doing we too can hope to catch-up with the secularists worldly advancements, some day.

Christian Church surrendered, but what did they loose? They never had any economic policies for a state, their Kingdom was not here but up there. They gave up ruling with superstition by allowing real people with real laws to do that. What about Islam? Without a complete system of life Islamists must not claim any socio-economic policy making ambition. Mankind should not be subjected to silly fantasies about demons, witches, draculas and ghosts. Does Islam provide a complete System of Life? How? If not, we should be ready to accept any other socio-economic system for ourselves.

Ignorant Mullahs ate our Brains

We are mislead by the so-called mullahs and hujurs (like priests of any other religion). See how they turned our Government House (also called a masjid) into a ritualistic temple, similar to mandirs, churches and synagogues. In 1st Hijri, Islamic State of Medina, all matters of state and social welfare were discussed in masjid an Nabawi, especially those of strategic importance (war and peace). Today, only the most irrelevant things get attention, like ghusl, length of beards, fat cows (yes, I heard khutbas on fat cows!!!). How tragic, especially when we know we have the Holy Quran we still turn to these morons for ‘religious’ advice.

Living next to a river of sweet water, there’s no reason for us to go thirsty, without being utterly stupid. We have the HOLY QURAN, it’s language is majestic and yet easy to understand. Must remember, Al-Quran was revealed to the unlettered Bedouins who became the ‘raw material of Islam‘; and here we are with degrees from top universities saying it’s beyond our intellect to try and understand it. Did I get that right? 

There are only 2000 net words in the Quran. In writing, its not the words but the ‘ideas and meanings’ that really matter. Any elementary writer will tell us that, so why are we making an exception for the most important Book in our life?
We have been strictly commanded by the Prophet swm to look into his life, his ways and his methods for implementing the commands of Allah swt. Ayesha ra said that his (swm) life was the Quran. He swm told his followers not to write down anything of his sayings. Abu Bakr ra burned all the written ahadith which was with Ayesha ra. Umar ra categorically instructed jurists and scholars to concentrate on the Quran and to stop commentaries on ahadith. Ayesha ra said (to the effect) that these commentators turned us (women) into donkeys and dogs with their excessive commentaries, referring to the hadith about ‘namaz’ and “women, donkeys and dogs” passing in front (Bukhari). He (swm) used to pray while his wife slept in front of him(swm). (Bukhari).

 Masjids today dont talk about his (s) life. Why not? Its probably because they dont want to expose themselves. Or, they have been instructed not to do so, by somebody. Not trying to sound sinister, it is my pragmatic view of our current situation. 

 Only those ahadith can be accepted which reconcile with the divine revelation AND appeal to common sense. Prophet (S) chose milk at masjid al Aqsa and Jibreel (AS) said that it meant he chose fitrah (human nature) for his ummah. He swm removed the shackles of religion from our necks. But mullahs try to do just the opposite, wonder why….

 When we call their bluff a new world opens up before us. A world of maruf vs munkar, good vs evil, truth vs lies. Enemies of Islam were always active since the first revelation so it should not be a surprise today. Hypocrites of Medina did not vanish into thin air after the passing away of the Noble Prophet (s). They raised their heads through Nizam al Mulk, Barmakalids, hadith fabricators, Marwanids, Rafidis, Fatimids, Qadianis, Baathists, Wahhabis, Salafists, Peers, Sufis and the list goes on and on. They invented lies about the 4 caliphs, about the noble companions and tabieens and tabi tabieens only to further their evil agenda.

 I may be ex-communicated by the fatwabaz mullahs for heresy. But I will not budge from the Quran and Seerah/Sunnah as my only guide to understanding (and implementing) al Haqq. Any takers?