Reflecting on Surah Nur:1-10

“Do I have the correct attitude towards the guidelines and restrictions that Allah has revealed or do I feel that they are too harsh? Do I acknowledge that Allah has the right to legislate what He wills in His infinite Wisdom and Mercy?”

I remember about ten years ago I was watching this documentary on television in which they showed two people who were covered up in white sheets, being stoned to death. This made me cry. I just kept thinking that it was so unfair (plus they were showing innocent people who were being killed in the name of honor, but it seemed like a capital punishment). For a long time I thought stoning was unfair, that was because I was ignorant about the teachings of Islam and the hikmah behind stoning.
As my understanding of deen started growing, I started realizing the wisdom behind stoning. First of all we should understand that because Allah has ordained it , it is without a doubt right and we are in no position to question Allah’s decisions. It is Allah’s mercy that He shows us a way to purify ourselves in this life to avert a greater punishment in the Hereafter. Had such an punishment not have been prescribed in the Shariah, committing sins of such nature would have been rampant in the society. If sins of such nature do occur in our society it is the fault only of the state as the Islamic Law has not been established in Pakistan.
I think it’s a pity that our state hasn’t adapted such a law. As a result we see two extremes in our society. People can commit zina and easily get away with it because committing such a sin wouldn’t be so difficult and at the other end people who are completely innocent are killed almost daily over such incidences. People are killing based on accusations. This shows how Merciful Allah is . Someone cannot undergo such a punishment till four eye witnesses are produced.
My attitude towards the guidelines and restrictions revealed by Allah are contrary to what it was ten years ago. I fully acknowledge that Allah has the right to legislate what He wills. In this hadd ordained Allah I do not see so much the punishment as I see Allah’s Mercy. We commit great sins yet Allah is so Merciful that He shows us the ways in which we can cleanse ourselves from such sins. Allah (S.W.T.) could have decided to punish us both in this life and the hereafter but as He is Ar-Rahman and Ar-Raheem, He opens for us doors to His Mercy.

A Student of the Quran

I realize that being called a Muslim means submitted wholly and solely without questioning. Some things we do have the capacity to understand and we can see the wisdom behind the laws and regulations. Some things remain unclear as to why they Allah has ordained them as they are. It is not because the laws are questionable; it is because our mind does not have the capacity to evaluate them. Allah (SWT) does not need for us to completely understand how His operations work. Because then if our purpose is to give explanations for every single thing in existence just as scientists, theorists, explorers, astronauts etc. and try to find answers, then we should be able to explain why the sun rises as it does and why it sets the way it does; why the grass is green and not yellow; why the baby develops the way it does and so on and on – the list is endless. The bottom line is – this is not our job. That is why Islam is easy on the mind, easy on the heart. We just simply accept and not try to explore into areas that are not our jurisdiction.

So if we are not able to explain so many things about why Allah has done things a certain way then we should not also judge His commands as right or wrong, easy or harsh. They are perfect the way He has established them just like the universe is perfect. Allah says: I have perfected your religion for you in Surah Maidah. What more can we question Him about? All rules are perfect because He knows what we know not; He sees what we see not; He encompasses all and we cannot. Alhumdulillah for such clear guidance in each and every matter.

Sadly, we understand its perfection but fall way short on its application. We at our own individual levels as well as collectively need to work on doing our bit of thanking Him and worshipping Him for His Mercy on us.

A Student of the Quran

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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