Sunday, May 30, 2021

Are 14-Century Old Islamic Laws Still Relevant Today?

  Anonymous       Sunday, May 30, 2021

Some Muslims and non-Muslims may wonder how we can put a 14th-century edict into effect today. If we don't understand the nature of the Islamic Shari'ah, it's a reasonable question to ask. However, we must remember that humans have written constitutions that can survive hundreds of years. Why, if this is possible for people, isn't it also possible for God, whose knowledge spans all of time and space?

Islamic Laws Are Similar To Natural Laws

A Muslim who asks such a question is ignoring the fact that a Muslim should believe that Allah is capable of creating society laws that will last until the Day of Judgment, just as He is capable of creating natural laws that will stay forever. As a result, a Muslim must be wary about falling into heresy or disbelief. For Allah says, "But no, by your Lord, they can have no true faith until they make you judge in all their disputes, and find no resistance in their hearts to your decisions, but accept them with complete conviction." (Verse# 4:65) 

A Muslim also forgets that he has no choice but to follow what Allah commands and ignore what he does not. Allah says: {…then it is only a part of the book you believe in, and do you reject the rest? But what is the reward, for those among you behave like this, but disgrace in this life? On the Day of Judgment they shall be consigned to the most grievous chastisement for Allah is not unmindful of what you do.} (Verse #2:85)

It's crucial to understand the differences between the following types of submissions: 
1. Complete surrender to all that has been assigned to Allah, either directly or indirectly, as a principle. This statement cannot be questioned in any way. 
2. Complete subjection to clear-cut meanings in authentic texts. 
This submission (or full acceptance) is also unquestionably correct. 
3. Adherence to a certain school of thinking or legal opinion. 
This level of submission (or rather, complete adherence) is not required in many circumstances because plurality or diversity of thought is permissible.

In other words, Islamic law has an effect that extends beyond this short life and includes Eternal Life. A Muslim cannot overlook this point because he must believe that Divine law is superior to all human laws. Because Allah is the only one who knows what ensures the success and maintenance of His creation in both lives. 
Islamic law consists of basic or detailed principles that govern the creatures' relationship with Allah as well as their relationships with one another. To put it another way, Islam is a full package that includes the fundamentals of faith, rituals, a comprehensive set of rules, and moral standards.


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