Not missing the point

“The foolish among the people will say, “What has turned them away from their qiblah, which they used to face?” Say, “To Allah belongs the east and the west. He guides whom He wills to a straight path.”- 2:142

This verse from Surah Al-Baqarah is a beautiful and eloquent answer of Allah when the jahiliyyah questioned The Prophet pbuh regarding the change in direction of prayers from the ancient and holy Baitul Maqdis (Jerusalem ) to the relatively newbie Masjidil Haram in Makkah.

This ayah explains very straight up that it does not matter to Allah wether the direction is in Baitul Maqdis or Masjidil Haram. The crux of the ibadah of salah is turning towards Him, wherever He chose the direction to be. He is after all, The Lord of the East and the West. Pretty much Quod Erat Demonstrandum.

Drawing parallels to this perspective, within the acts of fiqh, it is advisable to adopt similar spirit as well. Scrutinizing every minute detail of fiqh is virtuous, as it reflects active pursuit of perfection in acts of worship. However, a line needs to be drawn when Muslims become combative or vicious among each other when determining which position of fiqh is correct. Take a step back and reflect, at the very most bottom line, what exactly is demanded by Allah?

Hope day 1 goes well with everyone InshaAllah.


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