Assalaamu alaikum Aaj,
(mildly) Perhaps you might want to look into who is this sheikh, and what he does.
(gently) But more importantly, it is necessary to realize that this idea that there is only one
way to interpret
Allah's Will, and that all
throw a person outside the fold of Islam is a very modern
way of understanding Islam. The vast majority of Muslims all through the history of Islam since the days of the Prophet (SAWS) have been respectful
of differences of opinion, and indeed, have seen them as a source of richness
in understanding God's Will.
(gently) When the colonial powers came into Muslim lands, they killed many, many persons of knowledge. And then populations were vacuumed into modern factories of "learning", where they were taught the superiority of homogenization and mass production and consumption. (gently) And we Muslims, in our inculcated ignorance, started to apply these modern ideas to our deen
, may Allah Forgive us and have Mercy on us.
(gently) We need to reconnect with our roots, with the great streams of thought and culture from the past. (smile) Not just Muslims, but all peoples in this world today. What we call "westernization" has little to do with the traditional cultures of the so-called "West". It is a homogenizing non-culturally-based force that has been destroying the connections between us- all
of us, everywhere
in the world-, trying to make us into identical little "products", and consumers of products. (mildly) Everyone
around the world is feeling this. Where I live in Québec, the local people feel this unease, and are led to believe that the problem is Muslims. And in other parts of the world, people are being led to believe that the problem is "the West". But these are just red herrings. The true
problem is our alienation from our cultures, from one another, from creation, as we are mass produced into mindless consumers, our loss and emptiness making us perfect receptacles to crave filling with material goods.
Modern mass-produced "Islam" is no different in this from mass-produced "pop culture". It is just as destructive and empty.
(gently) We need to reconnect with our roots - all
of us. Whether we have English or Inuit or Syrian or Mendinka or whatever roots (and we may have more than one stream... and this is a richness, too)... we need to rediscover the beauty of our cultures, and rediscover the appropriateness of our cultures for the places they were formed in. (gently) And if our ancestors have moved from those places, then we need to evaluate what is appropriate for where and when we are now... and what is not.
And this needs to be done with our Islamic knowledge, too. Alhamdullillah, we do
have some people of knowledge left who are connected with the past. (mildly) They may not have the backing of wealthy and influential persons and institutions... but they do exist. And we need to respect them, and learn from them. (gently) And we need to let go of the false security of mass-production... and open our hearts to the variety
that God Created. (gently) He Created us different
, so that we might learn and grow nearer to Him... that we might learn to worship Him to the very best
of our capacities.
(mildly) If persons of knowledge have differences of opinion as to how to understand Allah's Will... then they are just exerting themselves as they ought, enriching us with their dialogue and efforts. (mildly) And then we are all free to examine what they say and make our decisions. (mildly) Because at the end of the day, it is we ourselves who are going to be Judged for what we
did. And this, according to our
understandings and intentions
(smile) And as our great scholars of the past have said, after laying out their ideas... (my translation) however, only God
(smile) God Bless you Aaj, for caring enough to try to understand His Will. And may Allah, the Forgiving, the Gentle, have Mercy on us, and Help us to reconnect to our roots and to one another.