reply to post by DerepentLEstranger
In some ways I do agree with you, in other ways I do not. Allow me to explain why, and my personal veiws on this topic.
An admonition in the Holy Quran to the Muslim was concerning what the Jews and Christians did with their Rabbi's and Monks. We are told that the Jews
and Christians took their Rabbi's and Monks as Gods besides Allah through blind following of their teachings, and we are told under no uncertain terms
not to do this thing, or we will corrupt the religion of God.
So, we cannot look to a scholar, him being fallible, as a know all end all in our faith. But we do need them sometimes, we need to learn from many
different people who are more knowledgeable than ourselves, ones who have differing opinions, to go forward in our own quest for knowledge. Our life
from cradle to grave should be spent in the seeking of knowledge, also it should be spent in meditation and reflection upon the words of Allah.
We need the guidance of the Imams from the Ahl al Bayt (as) to better understand things that are not in the Quran, to use a base example, how to pray,
the Quran tells us to pray, but does not expound on the matter. The Imams of the Ahl al Bayt (as) are our guides to matters such as this, and they
also (all 12) are infallible... we have the Prophet (saw) who was sent for the revelation, and the Imams (as) who were sent for the interpretation of
that revelation. So, while Allah told us through the Prophet (saw) to pray, it is the 12 infallible Imams who are the guardians of the sunnah of the
Prophet (saw) and who explain to us the how, since we were not there at the time of the Prophet (saw) In this time (ghayba of the Imam (atf) ) we must
look to the writings of the Imams (as) and their followers for this how....(through the ahadith)
But our beliefs must not be dictated by men, what we do is learn from the men, and formulate our own beliefs based on what knowledge we have. If I
want to know about the sciences of hadith, then I go to several of the scholars practiced at such sciences who will teach me their opinions concerning
these sciences, then I in turn
take what they have taught me, meditate and pray upon what the Holy Quran says concerning such things, and decide how I feel is best to go about
deducing which hadith I can accept, and which I do not feel I can accept... at this point, I have learned from a scholar a thing, but have taken my
relationship with Allah, and my personal reflections upon the words of the Quran and made that the most important part of my understanding and my
Jews made the religion all about laws, Christians took the same religion and made it all about spirituality... Islam seeks the balance between the
two. There must be laws, but at the same time these laws are not the end of of the religion, without spirituality following the laws becomes
Yes, there are men who seek only to destroy us through the very religion we follow, this is why being knowledgeable is very important within our own
right, rather than just taking what others say as any kind of truth without indepth examination thereof... And the words of Allah teach us these
things, and how best to cope with them. But without learning from others, there are many things we would not know... without learning from others we
would not know detailed history of revelation which helps us to understand best those words.
the point is to make sure the things we are accepting as the most plausible truth is not itself a lie, this means examining everything from many
different views and angles. And this search is a very personal one, but one that can be helped greatly by learning from others also.
We are warned that by the time of the Return very very few would be following the religion in truth, and warned also that when the Mahdi (atf) returns
to lead the Ummah it will seem to us as a different religion so far will we be removed from the original intent. This is why making it a personal
journey is of the utmost importance, while at the same time using, the necessity of the knowledge of those more knowledgeable than we, to our
advantage and not our downfall.
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