In the Name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful
Readers' Reactions to Riba - Part 2
In this 2nd Part of Readers' Reactions, I give below my response to another reader's critical observations:
Mohamad Abdalla wrote:
In the Name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful
Who has given you the authority to issue such a slanderous fatwa, Brother? Remember what Allah says, "Woe to every slanderer ---" [Q: 104.1]
While Allah asks us to read the Quran, however, He does not ask us to
Allah does not tell us to read the Qur'aan
just ritualistically like some mantras, without understanding them, as most of
us unfortunately do. He asks, "Will
they not, then, ponder over the Qur'aan? - or are there locks upon their minds?
In fact, Prophet Muhammad has said that whosoever interprets the Quran as he desires will be cast into hell fire.
Let me quote the hadheeth translation verbatim, as I have got it:
'ahadith narrated on the authority of Hazrat Syedena Ibn 'Abbas (Radhi Allahu Ta�ala Anhu) who said:
The Holy Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi wa Sallam) said "Whoever interprets the Qur'an according to his own opinion (ra'yah), let him seek his abode in the hell fire." (Tirmidhi)'
This hadheeth indeed confirms that there is no room at all for any human, however learned he may be, to interpret any Qur'aanic word, term or verse with his own opinion.
And believe me, Brother, my fight is against all those who have been misleading the Ummah by giving their own personal opinions about the meanings of the divine terms!
Who are you to interpret the Holy Quran or verses thereof? Did you not know that it takes more than two years to reach the status of one who can interpret the Quran? Obviously you did not! Also, did you know that you need to master more than 13 types of branches of 'ilm (knowledge) before you attempt to interpret the Holy Quran? Obviously you did not!
Calm down, Brother! Your anger and your
questions are misdirected and misconceived. Who am I - a mere creature - to interpret
the Creator's words and terms? The very thought is ridiculous! How could you
ask such ridiculous questions?
Have you bothered to check what the Prophet has said about al-riba and its definition? Or have you bothered to read what the great scholars of Islam have said about it? Or have you bothered to find out what the authentic scholars of today say about it? The answer to these questions seems clear tome! NO!
Brother! Brother! You make me feel like a little innocent
child being incessantly questioned and pilloried by a very harsh schoolmaster,
for some unknown crime committed by him.
You need to fear Allah Ta'ala in your in interpretation of the verses of the Holy Quran. There is no room in such interpretations for our desires and liking.
Yes, Brother! Here I find myself in agreement with you, cent per cent. Allah says, "This is the Book - no doubt therein - of guidance for the Muttaqeen!" [Q: 2.2] The Muttaqeen are those who remain constantly aware that Allah Ta'ala is watching them and therefore shun doing anything that would be repugnant or abhorrent to Him.
And surprise, surprise you are asking for $10 to read your eBook.
You are again resorting to indulging in slander,
falsehood and arrogance, Brother! Beware of verse 104.1 quoted above and desist
from inviting Allah's wrath against yourself, please!
I invite you to go and read what real scholars (who studied for more than 2 years) say about this. One of the places that you may bother to read can be found on www.jamiat.org.za.
And I invite you to read what our Creator says about this. He says, "Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord and follow not any 'Auliya' besides Him. Little do you remember!" [Q: 7.3]
Surely, Brother, our Rabb is better than your 'real scholars'. Or don't you agree?! And one of the Chapters of the Qur'aan you may especially 'bother to read' can be Chapter 103. No, not just read ritualistically, but ponder over it! Rest assured, you can take guidance from it - Allah Himself has given that assurance - provided you are a muttaqi [Q: 2.2]
Read their article about interest. I challenge you to visit this site.
people do not throw challenges at others. They are humble enough to know that
they by themselves have no power. All that they have is a mercy from their
Lord. Throwing a challenge at any one is a betrayal of pride. And you know,
Brother, that Allah does not like pride.
Also, as you have proudly presented on your web page the statements of some supporters of your false interpretations, I challenge you to do the same with my comments. If you are truly an advocator of moral duties and obligations, then prove it by presenting this criticism of mine on your web page, which may give the readers the chance to think twice and scrutinize your claims.
Your criticism is merely a bundle of abuses,
Brother! It has no substance. Have a look at the Judgement on Interest.
Although I do not agree with it, it contains well-argued points and I have
responded to it with my counter arguments based on reason and documentary
evidences. And I have published these, for free, on my web site . I have also
published criticism from other readers, who had some reasoned arguments to
make. It is therefore surprising that you could see only the short statements
of my supporters and not these more lengthy criticisms!
Finally, Allah Ta'ala is a witness that I have sent you this message. If you have genuinely erred then ask Allah's forgiveness and desist immediately from your ways. If you do let others know of that. If you do not then you have to answer before Allah for your and others' sins.
Allah Ta'ala is witness too that I have sent
you this response. Being only human, I cannot claim that I could be absolutely
without errors, and I do ask for Allah's forgiveness for my mistakes and
errors, as every human being, you yourself not excluded, should do for
· Your resorting to abuses instead of reasoned arguments. This tantamounts to slander, which Allah has condemned in no uncertain terms.
· Your insistance that Qur'aan cannot be understood without acquiring at least 13 different types of 'ilm' and that one who has not gone through this minimum course of knowledge, should go by the interpretation of the verses by human scholars. This amounts to blatant disbelief (kufr) in the divine assertion that the verses are variously explained in details for easy understanding and guidance of the Muttaqi who ponder. It also amounts to a blatant disobedience of the divine commandment given in verse 7.3.
I do not know whether you pray for forgiveness
of your own mistakes, sins or errors, but I do hereby pray to Allah Almighty to
forgive us both our sins, mistakes and errors, to make us understand each
other and to guide us to the right Path. Amen!
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