Do You Make Allah Judge In Your Affairs?

Posted: May 25, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim….

It has come to my attention from the comments section of this blog that some muslims feel that it is okay to judge by and follow laws that are contrary to the laws of Allah, subhana wa ta’ala. In all my years as a muslim, I have never doubted that man-made law was derived from human beings that for some reason felt that Allah’s laws were not good enough and so decided to create laws of their own.

Prophet Adam and his descendants and all of the subsequent prophets and their followers, all followed the laws of their creator, Allah. This law was and is complete and covers every aspect of our daily lives with truth and justice. So how can anyone who takes worship of Allah (Islam) as their way of life also give credence to man-made law? The law of atheists and pagans? The law of power tripping dictatorships and deviant, irreligious, misguided prostelytizers?

Allah gives us proof that his law is what we should judge by and live by and make uppermost on earth, in many ayats in the qu’ran:

“5:44 It was We who revealed the law (to Moses): therein was guidance and light. By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the prophets who bowed (as in Islam) to allah’s will, by the rabbis and the doctors of law: for to them was entrusted the protection of allah’s book, and they were witnesses thereto: therefore fear not men, but fear me, and sell not my signs for a miserable price. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) Unbelievers.

and

5:48 To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what allah hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way. If allah had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (His plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to allah. it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute;

and

5:49 And this (He commands): judge thou between them by what allah hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, but beware of them lest they beguile thee from any of that (teaching) which allah hath sent down to thee. And if they turn away, be assured that for some of their crime it is allah’s purpose to punish them. And truly most men are rebellious. –

and

6:114 Say: “Shall I seek for judge other than allah. – when He it is Who hath sent unto you the Book, explained in detail.” They know full well, to whom We have given the Book, that it hath been sent down from thy Lord in truth. Never be then of those who doubt.

Allah tells us that if we are placed in a position of authority on earth, it is not for us to judge by our vain desires as this will be a source of punishment and loss for us:

38:26 O David! We did indeed make thee a vicegerent on earth: so judge thou between men in truth (and justice): Nor follow thou the lusts (of thy heart), for they will mislead thee from the Path of allah. for those who wander astray from the Path of allah, is a Penalty Grievous, for that they forget the Day of Account.

3:3 It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment between right and wrong).

5:66 If only they had stood fast by the law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that was sent to them from their Lord, they would have enjoyed happiness from every side. There is from among them a party on the right course: but many of them follow a course that is evil.

Allah’s law is sufficient for us. We obey and follow the laws of state that do not go against what Allah has already revealed, otherwise that law has no basis. For example, homosexual marriage has been made lawful in American courts. Do we adopt this law as our own or does it go against what Allah has made lawful. The practice of polygyny and in some cases marriage at a young age is also deemed unlawful. Is it correct to judge by other than what Allah has decreed?

Indeed Allah’s earth is spacious. And the earth indeed belongs to him. And wherever you maybe, it is required that you obey Allah and judge by what he has decreed. And to him is our final return.

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Comments
  1. Nabeelah says:

    assalamu alaikum
    totally agree with you there, and it always bothers me the way people behave when they say that immigrants are coming into our country, and they fail to realise that the earth does not belong to anyone except Allah.

  2. peacefulmuslimah says:

    Qatar’s legal system is based on so-called Shariah. Qatari women are not legally allowed to marry non-Qataris without permission from the government. Is this God’s Law, sister? This is a so-called Muslim country with what is supposedly Islamic Law.

    “Shariah” is not passed directly in Quran as God’s word. It is, instead, and extrapolation made by MEN based upon their interpretation of the Quran and Sunnah. That seems pretty man-made to me; in fact, right up there with the way the Ten Commandments have been used as a basis for British Common Law and later American Common Law.

    Salaam Alaikum,
    PM

  3. tabarakallah says:

    wow… your comments never cease to amaze me. How do you call yourself muslim if you don’t know where sharia law is derived from. Please educate yourself about our beautiful religion. Sharia law is based on what Allah commands us in the qu’ran which are his uncreated words, unlike the bible which the christians agree is not revelation but rather words inspired and written down by various individuals, and the sunnah or words (also derived from revelation) and actions of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. From the qu’ran alone we find indepth laws concerning marriage, divorce, inheritance and war captives. Nothing is “extrapolated” it is all very clear. Please read my post on Law and Islam for more info.

    Just because you live in a “Muslim” populated country doesn’t mean that said country rules by sharia.

    Some of your comments make me feel that maybe you are not muslim at all but maybe just like to post on blogs to see if you can start trouble or maybe your like that lady they did the expose on 20/20 about where she pretends to be muslims so she can get paid by the government for her help in tracking terrorists.

    Whatever the case, your comments are very scary.

  4. Safiyyah says:

    As Salaamu Alaikum Dear Sister:

    You responded:

    Some of your comments make me feel that maybe you are not muslim at all but maybe just like to post on blogs to see if you can start trouble or maybe your like that lady they did the expose on 20/20 about where she pretends to be muslims so she can get paid by the government for her help in tracking terrorists.

    With all due respect sister, may Allah (swt) forgive you.

    You will probably delete this comment; after all, it’s your corner of the cyber world like you said. And you have warned. But Insha Allah you will think about what I am writing, and permit this comment to stand. If one makes their blog a public forum, they should welcome all comments and views. Even those they disagree with. Otherwise, you have the option of making your blog private. Or make “protected” posts and only invite those to comment who will agree with you.

    Every Muslim is commanded to seek justice; to point out what is wrong with our ummah.

    Love and respect to you sis
    Safiyyah

  5. Safiyyah says:

    Salaams Nabeelah:

    Have you tried going to Saudi, kuwait, or UAE and over-staying your visa? I understand in the UAE that one cannot maintain dual citizenship.

    Even the Prophet (saw) asked permission before he entered Mecca.

    Every country has a right to sovereignty, i.e., its borders.

    And all Sovereignty belongs to Allah (swt)/Ameen

  6. Aaminah says:

    Asalaamu alaikum.

    “If one makes their blog a public forum, they should welcome all comments and views.”

    It is sad that many Muslims feel this way, that because someone posts a public blog they should tolerate being disrespected in their own space. No, one does not have to “welcome all comments and views” – it is one’s own space. That does not necessarily mean that one only accepts comments from those who agree with them, but that there is a limit to what sort of fitnah they should feel compelled to tolerate in their own space.

    I have always moderated comments on my blog and I do not allow anything through that I find unnecessarily argumentative or disprespectful. This is as much for my other readers’ sakes as my own because I know that some readers would feel compelled to defend me. There are also certain Muslims who make a habit of going around to other Muslim blogs and starting arguments, always trying to show a different view. Most often, these are one of two kinds: either the hyper rigid (while still relatively ignorant), or those who like to chuck out aspects of the deen at will. I do not allow such discussion to go on in my sphere, because it does not bring any healthy or respectful feelings between brothers and sisters.

    Everyone has the right to decide what is best for their own blog, and to allow discussion of a level they can deal with. So, Safiyyah, you may feel that your blog is better for allowing all different opinions, alhamdulAllah. That does not mean that you should advise others to allow the same thing in their own space.

  7. tabarakallah says:

    if I decide to delete a comment then trust me it was particularly nasty. But commenters beware, I will not hesitate to defend what I think is correct. And may Allah please forgive me if I over step boundaries, but as I have shown, making manmade laws equal to or above Allah’s laws and referring back to them when Allah has already made a judgement concerning a matter is Kufr. Not my words or opinion.

    I have lived overseas for a number of years and hope to return soon, not sure what you mean by overstaying the visa, but I definetly do not intend to return here when I leave.

    Jazakallahu Kheiran for the naseehah

  8. Safiyyah says:

    Salaams All:

    Points taken. Jazaka Allahu Khayrn.

  9. TheAngryMuslimah says:

    I agree totally with Aminah………

  10. About the orig. topic. Shari’a laws (Allah’s laws). Yes good points, we should all try to follow the shari’a laws as best we can. Right now unfortionatly there is no real Muslim country implimenting correct shari’a as far as I know. All of these Arab countries have gone astray from the real shari’a and only when the Mehdi comes to establish the Islamic State in SAudi will the REAL shari’a exist. Until then we can only do our personal best to impliment what we can under the laws of the countries we live in. May ALlah forgive us.
    about the comments: Some poeple like free-for-all commenting and other like moderation for comments both ways are fine because it’s everyone personal blogs and anyone can dictate what they want for coments. I personally would delete really hatefull or “guiding away from true Islam” comments too.

  11. tabarakallah says:

    This is the beauty of Islam. Sharia (this term that the powers that be have made so scary) is something that everyone can implement by themselves. There are some cases where our Lord stipulates that a judge or a certain number of witnesses must be present. But in the case of marriage, Allah has made this easy. You do not need permission to marry except what is agreed upon between you and your family. And a man does not need permission to take another wife. Allah has legislated all of his rulings for our life on earth and perfected it. When you take a bath and attend jumuah on friday, isn’t this Sharia? I think we have a misunderstanding in that regard.

  12. tabarakallah says:

    And don’t get me wrong, I love a good debate (ask my husband) but comments like the one the sister made about me asking for a handout for hijrah (it was sarcasm and she knows it) was a bit over the top. I would have posted her comment were it not for that. Moderation has to take place, if not a pleasurably experience like blogging can turn into WWF Smackdown (and I won’t allude here to who would be getting said smackdown either).

  13. Caminante says:

    Assalamu `alaykum,
    I have some points to make:

    a) I think that unfortunately many people don’t understand what “Sharia” is, sometimes call “sharia” something that it’s not sharia, and even most importantly, many Muslims don’t know about Islam enough (or got their knowledge mainly from the internet which is a source of misguidance mostly) and become “pharisees” not realizing that Sharia is a comprehensive lifestyle, not just random rulings that you can apply in a vacuum.

    And one of the examples is: “And a man does not need permission to take another wife”

    I believe that this is a typical example of taking little rulings in a vacuum without considering sharia as a whole.

    Yes, according the 4 madhahib, for a nikah to be valid you don’t need to ask your first wife permission to marry another one. But the mere validity of a contract doesn’t mean that it was really done according to sharia or that it is something that gives pleasure to Allah swt.

    Now… is this the example of the prophet? Did the prophet ignored his wive’s wishes and told them to shut up and marry others? No. Did the prophet lie and married other women in secret? No. Is it OK according to Sharia to make your wife suffer? No. Is it OK according to Sharia to do things that will destroy your family? No.

    So please let’s not say that marrying another wife not giving a penny for your wife’s feelings it’s according to sharia, because it’s not. If a husband wants to marry a second wife for selfish reasons (which is 99% of the cases) and the wife would be hurt? What is the “sharia” thing to do?? For me, the laws of Allah swt are clear: the best of men are those who are best to their wives. So Sharia calls for putting the man’s selfish desires for his wife’s sake. Now if the brother wants to take another wife for non-selfish reasons (VERY uncommon) and the other wife objects, then what will he do according to Sharia? Be the best with his wife. He will explain to her why he wants to do this, he will talk to her and try to make her understand, even if it takes 2 years for her to come to terms. Maybe he will also leave her the option of giving her a divorce with good monetary support (and not making her life hell) so she can go and re do her life. Or maybe… he will realize that in Islam… there are many, many, many ways of practising sunnahs and getting the pleasure of Allah swt, so maybe he will choose to practise those sunnahs that won’t hurt his wife!!! If you all you are seeking is the pleasure of Allah swt, the you shouldn’t mind seeking it in a way that won’t hurt your wife. MAybe your wife and you can create a women’s shelter , for e.g.
    Now… THIS is sharia.

    b) Sharia is not all codified, either in the book of Allah swt or in the hadiths. There are some cases in which is very clearly written and thus there’s not difference of opinion. But in most cases, people need to “interpret” what sharia would be in different situations. And it is in this “step” of interpreting, that mistakes are made. Scholars are fallible human beings, so many of the rulings that they come up with and say it’s “sharia” maybe it’s not. For e.g., I think many scholars would agree that not letting women drive is not sharia, however, many Saudi scholars would disagree.
    So we need to be careful and more humble when we say, this or that is Sharia because sometimes we could be on the wrong.

    c) Allah swt’s laws prevail over any law. And it is Allah swt’s law that commands us to respect the contracts we enter in, with Muslims or non-Muslims. So when we live in these countries, we signed a tacit contract that we would obey the law of the land. And so this is what Allah swt commands us to do.
    If a law that we deemed fundamental to our religion (e.g. praying) was prohibited, then we would have to options: hijra or jihad.
    According to most scholars who do fiqh of Muslim minorities, polygyny doesn’t qualify as “fundamental” because it’s not even a recommended sunnah (we need to remember that the prophet practised both monogamy and polygamy so both are fine). But even those who think that it’s fundamental, they should then take the path of sharia, and either do hijra or jihad (it can be jihad on the courts, it doens’t mean we need to kill people!). But marriage in secrecy, having to lie to your colleagues, friends, co-workers, the government, hiding things from people, leading a “double life”… that is defintiely NOT sharia.

    WaAllahu `alam.

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