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    The Table Spread

    People in the religion forum....listen up:

    Surah al-Maidah
    Ayahs 101,102

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

    "Believers! Do not ask about the things which, if made clear to you, would vex you; for, if you ask about them while the Quran is being revealed, they will be made manifest to you. Allah has pardoned whatever happened in the past. He is All-Forgiving, All-Forbearing. Indeed some people before you had asked such questions and in consequence fell into unbelief."


    Many secrets are wisely hidden from us. If the future were known to us, we would not necessarily be happy. If the inner meaning of some of the things we see before our eyes were disclosed to us, it might cause a lot of mischief.

    Examples of Unnecessary and Irrelevant Inquiries

    People used to ask the Prophet (salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) many questions which were of no practical relevance to either religious or day-to-day affairs. Once, for instance, a person asked the Prophet (saw) in the presence of a crowd: "Who is my real father?"

    Likewise, many people used to ask unnecessary questions about legal matters. In the Quran, for example, Hajj had been declared obligatory. A person who became aware of this, came to the Prophet (saw) and inquired: "Has it been made obligatory to perform it every year?" To this, the Prophet (saw) made no reply. On being asked for the third time, the Prophet (saw) said, "Woe to you! Had I uttered 'Yes' in response to your question, it would have become obligatory to perform it every year. And then you would not have been able to observe it and would have been guilty of disobedience." [al-Bukhari, Ahmad, Malik]

    Prophet's Warning and its Implications

    The Prophet (saw) once said, "God has imposed upon you certain obligations, do not neglect them; He has imposed certain prohibitions, do not violate them; He has imposed certain limits, do not even approach them; and He has remained silent about certain matters - and has not done so out of forgetfulness - so do not pursue them." In this Hadith an important fact has been called to our attention. In matters where Allah has chosen to lay down certain injunctions only broadly, without any elaborate details, or quantitative specifications, He has done so not because of neglect or forgetfulness, but allows us latitude and ease in following His commandments.
    Purpose of the Verse and Its Neglect Today

    The people referred to in this verse are the Jews, and the Muslims who followed in their footsteps and left no stone unturned, despite the warnings contained in the Quran and in the sayings of Prophet (saw).

    Now there are some people who make unnecessary inquiries, cause elaborately prescribed, inflexibly determined and restrictive regulations to be added to the Law. Some others, in cases where such details are in no way deducible from the text, resort to analogical reasoning, thereby turning a broad general rule into an elaborate law, full of restrictive details. Both sorts of people put Muslims in great danger, especially in the area of 'Aqeedah (belief).

    That is exactly why it would be foolish to pry into things too deep for us to understand, either individually or collectively. When foolish questions are asked by people with a weak faith, and no answer is available, it further weakens their faith with all sorts of doubts.

    [compiled from "Towards Understanding the Qur'an", by Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdudi, Vol. II, p. 197-8]

    There is a mystic thread of life
    So dearly wreath'd with mine alone,
    That Destiny's relentless knife
    At once must sever both, or none.


    "Labaik, Allahumma Labaik, Labaik La Sharika Laka Labaik, Innal Hamda Wa N'amata Laka Wal Mulk, La Sharika Lak." "Here I am at your service, O Allah, here I am. Here I am at your service and no partners do you have. Verily All Praise and All Bounty belong to you, and Yours alone is The Sovereignty. No partners do you have."
    22.1 . O mankind! Fear your Lord . Lo! the earthquake of the Hour ( of Doom ) is a tremendous thing .