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 Blind Following - Surah Al-Baqarah 2:170 and Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:104

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PostSubject: Blind Following - Surah Al-Baqarah 2:170 and Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:104   Blind Following - Surah Al-Baqarah 2:170 and Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:104 EmptyFri Jul 19, 2013 11:22 am

As Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu



Blind Following


وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمُ اتَّبِعُوا مَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ قَالُوا بَلْ نَتَّبِعُ مَا أَلْفَيْنَا عَلَيْهِ آبَاءَنَا
أَوَلَوْ كَانَ آبَاؤُهُمْ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ شَيْئًا وَلَا يَهْتَدُونَ



“And when they are told to follow what Allah has revealed, they respond,
‘no, we will follow what we found our forefathers doing.’ Even though their
forefathers did not understand nor were they guided,”

(Surah Al-Baqarah 2:170)


وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ تَعَالَوْا إِلَىٰ مَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ وَإِلَى الرَّسُولِ
قَالُوا حَسْبُنَا مَا وَجَدْنَا عَلَيْهِ آبَاءَنَا ۚ أَوَلَوْ كَانَ آبَاؤُهُمْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ شَيْئًا وَلَا يَهْتَدُونَ



“And when they are told ‘come towards what Allah has revealed and to his messenger.’
They reply, ‘No, what our forefathers did is enough for us,’
Even though their forefathers did not know anything nor were rightly guided,”

(Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:104)


Explanation:


This is a message repeated multiple times in the Qur’an. In fact, the stories found in Surah Hud all emphasize this point, that one of the major causes of misguidance is blind following of the culture, beliefs and practices of our forefathers without verification.

These verses were revealed about the disbelievers and are still true today, but it is also true for Muslims. There exist in Muslim communities too many innovated cultural practices and beliefs which have no basis in the Qur’an and Sunnah. Yet when these misunderstandings are brought to the attention of people, many respond in the exact words of the disbelievers of old, “This is what our forefathers use to do so we will follow it,”

People who make such statements should think about whether they are following the guidance of Allah or the way of the disbelievers.  One of the key characteristics of Islam is the importance given to verification of information, and with that the prohibition of blindly following practices which are proven to be Unislamic. These verses serve as a constant reminder throughout the Qur’an that this is not an acceptable excuse in the sight of Allah for persisting in wrong practices.


Source: Verse of the Day Collection by Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar


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