You scholars, stop sanctification of ancestors!
In this article, I call on the intellectuals and scholars of the nation, who are now tasked with removing the nation from its dilemma through correcting the misconceptions and halting the sanctity of the ancient ancestors. You should stop sanctification of the traditions and the jurisprudence of the previous nations that Muslims are not obligated to follow. These traditions are not supported by what Allah has revealed to His noble Messenger. These old concepts and anomalous terms were able to distract people from the Holy Quran and create a contradiction between the words of the Messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – revealed by Allah Almighty in the holy book. The holy Qur’an included the divine speech to all people to inform them and teach them wisdom and rituals of worship. Muslims should follow the example of the Prophet in his moral behavior and high-ranking values that appeared in his relationships with all people regardless of their race and religions. The prophet dealt with people in care and compassion. The prophet used to preach people with wisdom and good advice that presents them with the message of Islam and shows them the path of good, justice, freedom and peace.
The tales and narrations were made up by unknown people after the death of the Prophet – peace be upon him. These tales have been poisoned by rumors that insult the message of Islam and the high principles of the noble Prophet. These narrations depend on sayings attributed to the Companions and were paid by the forces of evil and the enemies of Islam to contradict the words of the noble Prophet. The prophet used to recite the verses of Allah to people to guide them to the ways of peace. The prophet explained to people that: “This Quran does indeed guide to the best way of moral rightness which has had everlasting residence in the character of the Godhead and to the uprightness of decision. It announces joyful tidings to those who acknowledge Allah with hearts impressed with the image of religious and spiritual virtues and with deeds of wisdom and piety; they shall be recipients of a great reward.” (Al Isra: 9)
At present, all scholars, academics and researchers in all civil, religious and scientific fields are required to honestly carry out their duty in front of Allah in order to correct religious concepts without discrimination of sect, race, or affiliation. They are asked to exclude all the narratives and sources from all groups. We should all adopt the holy Qur’an as our only reference that encourages cooperation and serious research to achieve a single objective. This objective is to gather the nation under the banner of Allah Almighty. The nation is to know the purpose and intention of the verses of the holy Qur’an to achieve what is good for humanity.
We should start with our conviction that there is no reference to the Islamic religion except one, namely, the Book of Allah Almighty, which was revealed to His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), whom Allah Almighty has commanded to inform all people, in confirmation of the Almighty saying: ” And We either show you O Muhammad in your life time some part of the retributive punishment We promised them or occasion your death before. You are only responsible for relating the divine message and We are responsible for their trial in Day of judgement.” (Al Ra’d: 40)
Our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, complied with the divine command and conveyed the message honestly. Let us all join together to raise the voice of the Qur’an and clarify its light to all humanity. The holy Qur’an calls for justice, mercy, freedom and peace. We pledge to Allah, as He commanded us to do, that we do not take a reference except the holy Qur’an, or to be bounded by human narrations or myths. We will restore what we have lost because of following the narrations of the devils and their followers. We should restore the Islamic dignity and status through committing to what Islam calls for such as the upright and doing good for all mankind. Through committing to the orders of Allah Almighty, we will be blessed and granted the mercy and blessings of Allah. We will live in security and peace and will lead humanity to the righteousness of safety and stability. Thus, people will live in prosperity, cooperation on good deeds and piety. In addition, we should not cooperate in sin and transgression.
«Muslims .. Between the religious speech and the divine speech», issued by «Al Nokhba House for Printing, Publishing and Distribution», by the researcher and great Islamic thinker Ali Muhammad al-Shurafa al-Hammadi.