“And obey Allah and obey the Messenger. But if you turn away, then Our Messenger is responsible only for conveying the message clearly. (Qur’an 64:12)
My mother’s (May Allah bless her in this life and in the life to come) conversation with representatives of the Qur’an only Religion from India.
So recently my mother mentioned she had a conversation with a brother/sister from India. They mentioned that they do not wish peace and blessing upon Prophet Muhammed (Saw) or Prophet Ibrahim (as) during AT TAHIYYATU in the prayer.
They told my beloved mother it is ‘association of partners with Allah‘.
I asked my beloved mother if they say ‘Al Fatiha‘ in the prayer. She replied, “yes they do.”
I told my beloved mother, ‘Well Al-Fatiha says:
“Ghairil maghduubi’ alaihim waladaaleen.” -Those who have earned your wrath and those who have gone astray.
So why are they mentioning people, “who have gone astray and those who have wrath upon them” and that is not ‘associating partners with Allah’ but somehow wishing peace and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammed (saw) and the Prophet Ibrahim (as) and their families are?
It is clear we direct our prayers only to Allah (swt). No one is asking anything of Prophet’s Muhammed or Ibrahim (upon them Allah’s choicest blessings) in the prayer.
Then I asked my beloved mother do they believe that is fine for a parent to seek medical attention while their child is sick? She told me,’They do’.
Then I recited to my beloved mother the following:
Iyyaaka na’abudu wa iyyaaka nasta’een- you ALONE we worship and you ALONE we ask for help.
I advised my beloved mother, “Maybe we should tell them to stop committing shirk since they are asking other people for help!“
Then I mentioned to my beloved mother when we say “Jazak’Allahu khayran‘ which in Arabic literally means “Thanks be to Allah who provided the provision.” Now it is obvious that a person who is giving you medical assistance, offering you food, giving you a job, money, love, and affection etc…are the means by which Allah (swt) is providing these things and they are not the divine themselves!
Yet, we recognize that these things are the asbaab (the means/doors/avenues) in a world of cause-effect.
“But when Jesus became conscious of their disbelief, he cried: Who will be my helpers in the cause of Allah? The disciples said: We will be Allah’s helpers. We believe in Allah, and bear thou witness that we have surrendered unto Him.” (Qur’an 3:52)
Are we going to accuse Jesus (as) and his disciples of shirk for claiming to be the ‘helpers of Allah‘? Obviously not.
Seeing that this way was cut off they then told my mother that the way the majority of Muslims do their prayers is incorrectly due to the following verse:
“Say, “Call upon Allah or call upon the Most Merciful. Whichever name you call – to Him belong the best names.” And do not recite too loudly in your prayer or too quietly but seek between that an intermediate way.” (Qur’an 17:110)
So I advised my beloved mother, “Do these people take the Qur’an in context because the following verse says:
“And say, “Praise to Allah, who has not taken a son and has had no partner in His dominion and has no need of a protector out of weakness; and glorify Him with great glorification.”?
There is a conjunction here; WA QULI (And say) so do these people in include in all of their prayers, “Praise to Allah, who has not taken a son and has had no partner in [His] dominion and has no [need of a] protector out of weakness; and glorify Him with great glorification?”
I asked her to ask them the following:
1) Do you say these words or ignore the context?
2) Where do you say these words in the prayer?
3) Do you say them in each Rakat and if so where is the proof for that?
4) Do you say these words at the beginning of the prayer and if so where is the proof for that?
5) Do you say these words in the middle of the prayer and if so where is the proof for that?
6) Do you say these words at the end of the prayer and if so where is the proof for that?
Come to find out that they don’t say it at all! So they will take verse 17:110 and have no idea the context or occasion of the revelation and yet will ignore the verse immediately after it.
Let us also look again at the part where it says, ” And do not recite too loudly in your prayer or too quietly but seek between that an intermediate way”. What actually is that ‘intermediate way’? How do they know for certain? The Qur’an has no internal evidence to tell you how this recitation should be carried out. This is only obtainable through the recourse of the secondary sources of Islam. In this case the Blessed Messenger (saw) and those whom he recited the Qur’an to.
This is what happens when we don’t understand and take on board that the Messenger of Allah (saw) was the living, walking, breathing example of the Qur’an This among a multitude of other reasons is why the Qur’an Only Religion continues to be problematic.
“And obey Allah and obey the Messenger. But if you turn away, then Our Messenger is responsible only for conveying the message clearly.” (Qur’an 64:12)