A friends Nasiha

Bismillah

A Nasiha a friend of mine gave me today:

Rashid: “Okay, We are laymen of fiqh right? We dont automatically have knowledge of Shariah nor are we able to draw rulings from raw hadeeth and ayatul quran, correct?”

I say: “Ofcourse without a doubt”

Rashid “So what can we do to understand legal issues, even basic ones, let alone very tricky ones (like Imam Abu Hanifa rahimahullah was able to penetrate)?

We follow the mujtahideen inference and the muftis ruling right? And all this to perfect the outer aspects of our acts of worship and conduct, yes?”

Mustafa says: “Yes indeed”

Rashid: “Do you agree that a person’s religion consists of inner and outer aspects?”

Mustafa: “Yes”

Rashid: “And you also agree with rasoolullah sallaahu alayhi wa salam requirement that the middle path is to be taken on affairs?”

Mustafa: “Without a doubt”

Rashid: “Using this principle, we determine that in one side of this metaphorical scale is the outer aspect, and in the other side must be the inner aspect, which we discussed this morning. Correct?”

Mustafa: “Yes”

Rashid: “Now let me make sure before continuing, you believe there is nothing wrong with following a madhhab, indeed it is necessary for laymen such as us?”

Mustafa: “Without a doubt”

Rashid: “So then, Do you claim to possess upright and praiseworthy character, or know how to arrive hence? Or would you consider yourself a “layman”, if you will, of the inner aspects.”

Mustafa: “I would consider myself a layman, definnately in the terms of tazkiyah an-nafs”

Rashid: “Thus we can liken a tariqa to a madhhab, and following one is just as necessary as following the other in the case of laymen such as ourselves and the vast majority of the Umma. However, the inner workings of a person, are by nature mysterious and difficult to fathom. For this reason, we find the various practices and advice dispensed by Shuyookh at-tariqa to be hard to understand, as logical proofs such as exist for outer legal issues, seldom occur and must be drawn from insight and experience. And from the issue of necessary balance of inner and outer, we know that said practice and advice must not CONTRADICT the Sunnah.”

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