Chitral: The potential adversaries of the Islamic faith have always looked for ways and means to weaken the faith of the followers.
After curbing the 1857 Muslim uprising against British imperialism, the English think tank put it’s heads together to plan ways to degrade the muslims so that they don’t rise again. Accordingly they recruited muslim clerics, paid them handsome salaries and asked them to only concentrate on prayers and rituals in their sermons and teachings and ignore the aspect of character building. The result was Muslims through the years though became particular about saying prayers but went adrift about adopting the strong character traits of a true muslim. Telling lies, cheating, hypocrisy, financial dishonesty unscrupulousness etc gradually became part of the new Muslim culture. The religious preachers kept emphasizing that if Muslims recite such and such verse from the Holy Quran or observe such and such ritual, their sins will be forgiven. This encouraged Muslims to commit sins which they believed would be easily pardoned by the afore-mentioned methods. Gradually we Muslims have ended up to be the most doubted and distrusted people world over.
Today when social Media is ruling the minds and souls of people, the same mission by the detractors of Islam has been effectively transferred onto Facebook, whatsapp etc which are doing their ‘job’ efficiently.
It is not unusual to see on daily basis posts quoting some religious figure or even fake Ahadees which proclaim that observing a certain ritual or reciting a certain Quranic verse will wash away your sins. Posts claiming that if you recite durood shareef once your thousands of sins will be pardoned, if you attend Jumma prayers and listen to Khutba carefully all your sins for the past one week will be pardoned, if you walk towards the mosque under every step sins will get brushed away etc etc. Even it has been heard from preachers saying that if a person recites Kalima Tayyaba once, his eight million sins will be pardoned.
With preaching like this how are Muslims expected to refrain from sins and develop sound character?
It is time Muslim clerics should be told to stop appeasing the followers by giving them ‘good news’ about their sins being pardoned so easily. Instead our preachers whether they be the mosque imam or the Tableeghi jamat activist should emphasize on the Quranic injunction that “Allah almighty shall not pardon sins against humanity (huqooq ul Ibaad) under any circumstances until the aggrieved person forgives” and no amount of recitations from the Holy book or rituals will help there.
The religious preachers if at all they want to give ‘good news’ and want to talk about forgivance of sins, should specify clearly that sins that can be forgiven through recitation from the Holy Quran or through rituals are sins related to Huqooq Allah e.g missing of prayers, missing fasting etc. No sin deliberately committed against Allah’s creatures shall be forgiven, it should be made clear.? .. CN Editorial, 16 Sep 2018