The reason I believe 1) the Qur'an is true is that it describes what people we see around do, in real-time, to a high degree of accuracy. 2) traditional Islam is not in the Qur'an.
This thread is a witness:
God: Here's a book of guidance for *anyone* who wants to live a righteous life (2:2)
Muslims: This is OUR book, and you "non-Muslims" have no right to interpret it. Can't even touch it, actually, if it's in Arabic.
(what about non-Muslim Arabs, how do they read?)
God: There is no compulsion in The Way (2:256)
Muslims: if you change your religion, you should be killed. If you have doubts, you should undergo rehabilitation. If you speak against it, you can be persecuted.
The average Malay Muslim has been told so often that he is incapable of understanding the Qur'an on his own, that he is utterly dependent on someone else's interpretation to the point that the interpretation is now akin to the word of God Himself.
As a result, these man-made interpretations cannot be questioned, and a different understanding of the verses cannot be comprehended or processed.
To be fair, there is no real basis for comparison, because he thinks he will not be able to understand a pure translation.
Because these interpretations have been accepted for centuries, the Qur'an is anchored to the period in which the interpretations were made, instead of being interpreted in light of the currently available evidence.
It's hard to defend your faith against detractors because there are so many similarities between the Taliban / ISIS and traditional Islam
Sunnah & Hadith ✅
Ijma' (consensus) ✅
Qiyas (analogy) ✅
Even the attestation of faith is the same ✅
In Shafi'i-centric Malaysia, there is even some amount of support for the Taliban.
So how can you glibly say "They are not Islam" to non-Muslims?
Are you even allowed to declare others who call themselves Muslims "non-Muslims"?
The minutiae of faith and actions are opaque to non-practitioners. Even practitioners themselves quibble over matters (hence ijma'), so how do you expect non-Muslims to know these fine details?
And afterwards, we will find that conventional banking, with the policies that are reasonably good and equitable, is already Islamic, without needing specific labels.
And there is no need to compel people to use it either because the right way is clear from error.
But it's really difficult to get people to do so.
Even Islamic Banking experts who know there is something definitely wrong with it – and prefer to use conventional banking – are still not willing to find out what the Qur'an is actually saying.
So there's this huge flood one day, and an entire town looks like it's going to be swallowed up by the waters. And the Police and Rescue Agencies are running all over the place trying to get people to safety.
So they send the rescue boat over to this house where a guy's sitting on the roof with the water lapping around his ankles and they say "Come on, quickly, there isn't much time"
To which he says "Nah, it's ok, God will provide"
About an hour later they're zooming past in the boat again and they notice the guy's still there, only the water's up to his waist... "Quick" they say, get in the boat, it's going to get worse before it gets better.
"Nah, don't worry - God will provide"
Practical Solution from the Qur'an for the Palestinian.
The conflict that began after WW2 has not shown any signs of ending towards peace, but only continuous sufferings by both parties.
Unfortunately, it is the Palestinians who are receiving the biggest blow in this conflict while Israel continues to dominate through its systematic aggression and expansion activities.
Hamas, Fatah, PLO have all failed to offer practical solutions to the Palestinians but remained with the same approach that had never delivered practical solutions, while the Israelis continued to expand their territories.
God says “Do good and I will reward you. Every deed, even as small as a mustard seed will be counted. I am the best accountant, trust me.”
Muslims do not trust God.
They trust those they have appointed associates of God, who tell them doing this gets you so many points, doing that gets you so many points... and if you'd do this on a certain day, night, or month, you get so many extra points.
God says “I will teach you, explain to you, and guide you if you ask for it. I have the truth and the best explanation, and you will not find a Guide better than Me”
Present-day Muslims who do not study history think that Quranists are a new movement.
However, the 𝘔𝘶'𝘵𝘢𝘻𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴 (in the 8th century) and 𝘈𝘩𝘭 𝘢𝘭-𝘬𝘢𝘭𝘢̄𝘮 before them, were opponents of Imam Al-Shafi‘i ...
...and his principle that the final authority of Islam was the hadith of Muhammad, so that even the Qur'an was "to be interpreted in the light of [the hadith], and not vice versa."
𝘈𝘩𝘭 𝘢𝘭-𝘬𝘢𝘭𝘢̄𝘮 argued to the contrary, that the book of God was an explanation of everything (16:89), and that verses in the Qur'an ordering Muslims to obey the Messenger meant that Muslims should obey the Qur'an, which God had revealed through Muhammad.
Malays say they are falling behind other ethnic groups in many fields. They seem to think that it is all because the non-Malays are in control of the economy and the country.
The solutions offered to them by their political and religious leaders are the same; they were told that they must unite and that they must follow the real teachings of their religion. It is the same advice given to them all these years since independence.
It did not work out to help the Malays and the poor. How much more unity can the Malays achieve, and how much more Islamic can they be?
I wish to offer the Malays a new practical solution to their problems.
Recently, I raised the issue of child marriage amongst Muslims, and I asked this "scientist" how old he believed Aisha was when she was married to Prophet Muhammad. He said "9".
We "know" this because it is mentioned in the hadith that the marriage was when she was 6, but the consummation took place when she was 9.
Then I said I do not believe that because ...
1) the Qur'an has laid down guidelines on how to determine if a girl is eligible to marry (not the onset of menses - but the ability to manage their own finances, the ability to give their own consent, and the ability to enter into a legal contract) AND
In a country where thinkers are assassinated,
and writers are considered infidels and books are burnt,
in societies that refuse the other,
and force silence on mouths and thoughts forbidden,
and to question is a sin,
I must beg your pardon, would you permit me?
Would you permit me to bring up my children as I want,
and not to dictate on me your whims and orders?
Would you permit me to teach my children that the religion is first to God,
and not for religious leaders or scholars or people?
Would you permit me to teach my little one that religion is about good
manners, good behaviour, good conduct, honesty and truthfulness,
before I teach her with which foot to enter the bathroom
or with which hand she should eat
Muslims, if you are being told this, please challenge the person telling it to you - even common sense tells you that following anything blindly is stupid, and Islam does not teach you to be stupid.
Not to mention contradicting the Qur'an in 2:171 (The likeness of such blind followers is that of a herd of sheep which hear the shepherd’s call, but hear in it nothing more than a sound and a shout. Deaf, dumb, blind, for they do not use their reason), ...
... 17:36 (You shall not uphold that which you have no knowledge of), and exhortations of the Qur'an to use Reason in 2:44, 2:76, 3:65, 6:32, 7:169, 10:16, 11:51, 12:109, 21:10, 21:67, 23:80, 28:60, 36:62, 37:138.
Adelina Lisao’s case, a young Indonesian domestic worker who passed away on the 11th February 2018 due to organ failure as a result of abuse and neglect, has caught the eyes of many across nations.
This petition demands for Ambika MA Shan to be charged separately under Section 304 of the PC which provides for deaths caused by culpable homicide not amounting to murder or those caused by negligence. The prosecution is looking to correct this grave miscarriage of justice.
Imam Al-Syafie states:
"If a man commits adultery with a woman and gives birth to a daughter, then the man can marry either the woman or his daughter. This is because Allah only makes the mahram relationship based on halal marriage only”. [Al Syafie, Ahkam al-Quran, p. 189]
Imam al-Khatib al-Syirbini said: A woman born of adultery, intentional or not (rape) ... then the law of both of them is halal because it is considered foreign as there is no respect for adulterous sperm. ” [Mughni al-Muhtaj, 4/287].
The final opinion of the al-Syafie school, the seeds resulting from non-sharia intercourse have no legal value.