Namaz - Objections and Counterobjections

by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Thursday, August 02, 2012, 15:43 (1842 days ago) @ Syed Ijlal Hussain

[1. Namaz does not make one pious of itself; I agree, but it does help create self-discipline.]

I could do yoga every day and discipline myself this way! A flippant remark but piousness comes from understanding the Quran which positively affects your character, not the number of prostrations, not even “humbleness” which is said to happen by those who put their heads on the ground.

[2. It is written by Dr. Shabbir Ahmad that the ritual Namaz was contrived during the period when the Islamic capital was shifted to Persian territories. I can agree with that but it seems like something is amiss here. Even if the Khalifas in Kufa (or wherever) forced people to adapt a new ritual, what about those who resided in Makkah and Madina? Were there no true believers left who objected to the sudden change in the application of the commandments of the Qur'an? Historically, there should have been a great war between the conformists and non-conformists. Is it sound logic to say Islam was in perfect shape till the capital was not shifted from Madina? What happened to the citizens of Madinah? How and why did they give up on the true Islam?]

There was always wars going on between Muslims, who knows why they fought but if one group succeeded another it is quite possible to impose their viewpoints on society. It only takes one generation to change a practice for the next to think it is from their traditions. Try reading the following, Conspiracies Against The Quran, by Dr. Syed Abdul Wadud, to get a flavour of what was done:-

[3. If one-rakat ritual was observed during mosque congregations during the times of The Prophet (S) there has to be at least one remnant Islamic society where the actual practice continued, but we find none today. ]

History is in the hands of the victors. There was an early movement called the Kharijites who were particularly violent against what they perceived as un Islamic practices, but they innovated themselves!

Look at how the Shia/Sunni split so easily occurred, so something wrong was going on from the early days.

This answers Q2 as well, since the kharijites came up against the Mutazila, different schools of thought:-'tazila

[4. When you are in a post-coital state and have not taken a bath, you could still be in a clean state and unoffensive to others in the congregation. Furthermore, why the need for ablution to prepare for congregational prayer (5:6)? Are we missing something here to prove ourselves right? What is the need for ablution, the method of which is actually prescribed in the Quran? When we go to social gatherings, don't we go in a clean state and well groomed? Why then do we need to do wudu or take the ceremonial bath after coition before entering a congregation in a mosque? ]

It seems unusual to me that Allah would tell us to wash before attending Salat yet leave out the ritualised details most Muslims believe are the requirement for this. Either that, or we gather in the mosques to debate the issues society faces and solve them; always keeping in mind the rules, regulations, principles etc of the Quran. To “closely follow” the Quran in every aspect of our lives is going salat.

Ablution can be seen to be a mental cleansing as well, clearing your head of falsehood, doing right acts [hence cleaning our arms] and walking on the straight path [cleaning feet]. It is not just about physical purity when gatherings occur, which is important as well.

[5. While the above objections do come to mind and I fail to find a satisfactory answer, I disagree on one point totally: Reading words of God back to Him! Are we reading words of God back to Him or reading His words for ourselves to be reminded of what He has ordained? As I said, it depends on how you look at a picture, especially an abstract one. ]

The verses are read over and over again, how many reminders do you need? How many people actively think about what they are saying and try to adhere to their understanding of them?

Why not gather for salat, read verses of the Quran that pertain to the problems we face, discuss them and then find solutions? That way we will read many verses over a short time period and be much better in tune with what Allah wants us to do; FOLLOW HIS GUIDANCE.

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