About a week ago, I saw one of my juniors’ IG picture about how a recent event had brought her to being angry with someone. She then turned to the Quran. She turned to a random page, and Subhanallah, the ayaat on it totally related with what she just experienced. She broke down and cried, feeling the love from Allah the All Mighty. He talked to her, right there and then, through Al-Quran. Allahu azim. Kena tegur via Al-Quran. Ya Allah.
A couple of nights after that, after having faced a slight problem myself, I decided to follow her suit. I told myself I was going to open the Quran to a random page, and see what they ayaat on it would have to say about my situation.
I read the page I turned to, and while the verses were very useful, they didn’t relate at all with what I was going to. So I was like, “okay, that didn’t work.”
However, last Saturday, there was a ‘murattal’ at my school. It was my turn. I continued reciting after a colleague had finished reciting her part of the verses.
Then I read….it was Al-Baqarah, beginning verse 216.
The things you like may not be good for you.
And this one spoke to me straight to my heart. Slandering is graver than slaughter.
Those who slander, ponder hard.
Recently, during a closed and informal round-table meeting (that focused mainly on Arabic language), a person suggested that students who have no access to learning Arabic but are in need of it (for example: to further their studies at a university that requires Arabic language), take an online course, of which at the end, they will be certified and perhaps considered, if not as a degree holder, as a student with significant knowledge and skill of the language.
The problem is, the online course is not recognised by the education system in the sultanate, regardless of how big and out-there the ad is. (It’s been said that big names all around support and sponsor that site.)
But okay, recognition issue aside, another person gave his opinion. Although he didn’t really voice out what he really thought, I could catch on, and I agreed. His point was, even a degree holder cannot guarantee he or she can master the language, let alone an online course. Of course the second sentence, he didn’t say. But everyone knew that was what he was going for, and yes, frankly, he was speaking the truth.
Which brings me to another issue I have in mind. Regarding a non-scholar asking scholars to remove his skepticism and doubt about the contradiction in Al-Quran & Al-Hadith. Of course it was nice of him to try and ask the relevant parties to answer his questions via media (perhaps if he does directly, he won’t get any response). However, manners and politeness and tone are important. I read the article myself, and to me, it did sound like he was disbelieving, whereas his actual intention (explained later in his blog entry - and honestly if he hadn’t done so, I would have still assumed he didn’t believe in hadith), was only to know. To get explanation.
He did get a response from a relevant party. Sadly, the party highlighted his attitude in approaching this matter, rather than really answering the question sincerely. The party approached this matter in a smug and looking-down way, implying that non-qualified persons have no right to attack hadith like that, by mentioning that even scholars whose major are not of this field, don’t go around being all smart and skeptical about it.
After reading the non-scholar’s blog entry (by the way, I have to use the terms non-scholar and scholars here because that’s how it is made to look like in this case, and for the purpose of differentiating which party is which. It is not my opinion), I found out that he had made his research, so I guess he DOES have the right to ask clarification about the hadith, because even after massive research, he still couldn’t find the answer he was looking for.
Yatah his only mistake was in the way he wrote in atu. Instead of looking like he was just asking clarification, he turned out to be “attacking” the hadith.
And yeah, I guess I can’t treat qualifications in Syariah and Usuluddin the same way in Arabic language. The first two revolve around knowledge, and knowledge only - while the latter revolves around knowledge and skill. So walaupun for Arabic language you have no knowledge but have the skill, then you’re still qualified.
But that doesn’t mean we must condemn wholly those who have no qualifications in Syariah and Usuluddin, walaupun they have made a massive research, right?