Saturday, August 23, 2008

Culture Mixed with Religion

Salamun alaikum

Culture as such is the way we as a group of people do things, our parties, celebrations and events. This can be good or it can be bad, sometimes in line with our Holy Quran and sometimes not. What is dangerous is when we mix culture and our Deen.

Allah have given us the Holy Quran as guidance for our spiritual and mundane life, He has clearly stated in the Quran that It is fully detailed and that anything we need to achieve a life as Allah want us to live is found there.

So if you add all kind of practices to the simple way of life outlined in the Quran, you are doing shirk, plain and simple. This is because you add to Allahs Deen. So all practices in connection to our Deen MUST be found in the Holy Quran, if not it has NOTHING to do with our Deen.

You may argue that how shall we perform all our Muslim practices and rituals that we do as Muslims if they are not found in the Quran? The answer is very simple, we do not do them!

The above statement will freak out the majority of todays Muslims. Why?? Because their RELIGION has endless practices not found in the Quran. So where do they find the basis for all these practices? They find them in the practices of their family, tribe or religion. Many of these practices are also found in the Hadith collections.

39:23 “Allah has sent down the best narration, a Scripture that is similar with two paths. The skins of those who reverence their Lord shiver from it, then their skins and their hearts soften up to the remembrance of Allah. Such is Allah’s guidance; He guides with it whoever He wills. And for whomever Allah misguides, then none can guide him”.

So, if you want to live as Allah wants you, please try to study the Quran. Unfortunatly so many translations are biased towards cultural input and Hadiths, so it is not easy to find a translation pure and correct. Still I hope in time more people will translate the Quran correct and also that all that call themselves Muslims will belong to the Deen of Allah, not continue being Sunni Muslims, Shiah Muslims, and any of the sects created.

Allah urges us to read, to study and verify everything for ourselves, not blindly following our parents, groups, imams and Hadith collections.

17:36 “And do not uphold what you have no knowledge of. For the hearing, eye-sight, and mind, all these you are responsible for”.

2:170 “And if they are told: “Follow what Allah has sent down, “they say: “No, we will follow what we found our fathers doing!” What if their fathers did not understand anything and were not guided?”

3:138 “This is a clarification for the people and a reminder for the righteous”.


Monday, August 04, 2008

Cutting my Hair, or not

Salamun alaikum dear readers,

My hubby got a mail from a local imam about the sinfulness of a woman cutting her hair. He sent me the mail and here are some excerpts of it;

In general, the major classical Hanafi Fiqh books prohibit the cutting of hair for women. This is also affirmed by many Indian Subcontinent scholars. However, some scholars of the Arab world have permitted it conditionally.

In a Hadith, "the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) forbade women from shaving their hair." (Sunan Tirmidhi, 2/246 & Sunan Nasa'i, 5/407)

Imam al-Haskafi (Allah has mercy on him) mentions in his famous book in Hanafi Fiqh:

"If a woman cuts her hair, she will be sinful and cursed. In al-Bazzaziyya it is added: "Even with the permission of the husband, as there is no obedience to the creation in disobeying the Creator." (See: Radd al-Muhtar with the Durr of al-Haskafi, kitab al-hazr wal-ibaha, 5/261)

The main two reasons given by scholars for the impermissibility of women cutting their hair are:

a) Imitation of the Kuffar (non-Muslims),
b) Imitation of men,

both of which have been clearly prohibited in Shariah.

In Wikipedia it is written: The longest head of hair belonged to Xie Qiuping of China and measured 5.627 metres (18 feet 5.54 inches) on 8 May 2004.

Wow, so according to the above a woman in some cases would have to drag around up to 3-5 m long hair, what a burden, if not self chosen. If this was the case, that it is Haram for women to cut their hair, would it not be stated in the Quran?

Since Allah say in the Quran that it is fully detailed, all sinful practices are stated there. And guess what, no forbidding of cutting the women’s hair are stated.

Again we are left with two conflicting views, on one side a fully detailed Quran as God has said, and on the other side various Hadiths with dubious origin that state another view.

As we Muslims often end our discussions, Allah knows best.


PS. My dear hubby don’t care as long as my hair is shoulder length as he likes it like this ;- )