The real knowledge of Shari’ah which comprises primarily of Quran and the noble Ahadith of Rasulullah Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam is not only information contained in books. In fact, the real knowledge of Shari’ah is actually a noor (divine light) which enters the heart and spurs one to follow the dictates of Shari’ah. The various sources of information from the Quran and Ahadith etc are the means to attain the divine noor of Shari’ah which is inculcated in the heart by showing respect to the Shari’ah and various means of attaining the Shari’ah.
Allah says: “When the Qur’an is recited, listen to it and be quiet so that hopefully you will gain mercy.” (7: 204)
Knowledge of Shari’ah invokes the mercy of Allah. To attain that, it is important to display utmost respect by listening attentively to the discourses of Shari’ah and to maintain silence. If one attends a discourse of Shari’ah, for example, a tafseer or Hadeeth lesson, or tarbiyyah classes with a divided attention, for example eating or talking during the discourses, such a person will not secure the noor of that discourse. He may understand the overall message of the lesson but he will be deprived of the noor of that knowledge in his heart. This is because he did not show adab and respect to the discourses of Shari’ah. The consequences of which is the heart is not enlightened and not refreshed to practice on the information achieved in the discourses.
It is so painful to observe that when national anthems which contains Kufr with its various angles are read, a momentum of respect and honour is created. The participants display deep respect for their country and that attitude has an impact on the audience who even break down with emotions. After the anthem, a degree of reverence for the country and its people is created in the heart.
The Shari’ah is divine. It is from Allah. It is fardh to display respect to the discourses of Shari’ah. It is Haram to display any disrespect to the discourses of Shari’ah. It is disrespectful to Allah and His Rasul to conduct and observe lessons of Quran and Ahadith and general aspects of Shari’ah on mediums that are littered with various forms of filth and dirt. In one moment one is listening to a verse of the Quran prohibiting intermingling of the opposite genders-
“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and guard their modesty. That is purer for them, verily Allah is All-Aware of what they do.” (24:30)
“Tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts”(24:31)
and immediately after the discourse an unexpected add of a semi nude male/female appears with various unislamic conduct that diminishes the effect of the Shari’ah discourse. Furthermore, how can one attain the noor of Shari’ah when listening to the discourse while eating or drinking, the focus is on the meal rather than on the discourse? The attention to the discourse is subordinate and merely serves to be an entertainment. If one wants to really empower oneself in Shari’ah and inculcate the noor of Shari’ah, take out time and attend discourses of Shari’ah from Ulama-e-Haqq whose heart is filled with the noor of Shari’ah. That noor will travel in you to awaken the dead spirit and refresh you to be closer to Allah.
We observe that there are some people who have great amount of knowledge of Shari’ah. They are able to quote freely from the Quran and Ahadith. Yet their outward appearance does not resemble the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam. There is no practical example of Shari’ah, for example they commit open violations of Shariah like intermingling of opposite genders or involvement in interest bearing transactions, they present explanations from Shari’ah to justify their Haram. The only reason for this is while they know the text of the Shari’ah, they do not have the noor of the Shariah in their hearts. It is the noor of Shari’ah that leads to Allah consciousness and adherence to the Sunnah. It is the noor of Shari’ah that leads a person to deep insight of Shari’ah. He understands the spirit of the texts and abides by them. He leads by example of Shari’ah and if he errs, he regrets it and makes tawba. He does not justify his wrong. When he preaches, his audience feels the noor of Shari’ah in their heart. They see the radiance of the divine noor on his face; his discourses jolt the people to transform their lives. People with real knowledge don’t pretend to be sincere. They do not put up shows to impress people. Allah puts in the heart of sincere people to believe and respect true Ulama and follow them.
Ulama -e-Haqq do not pursue pomp and show and they may not be popular like some presenters. If you want to benefit from the Ulama-e-Haqq, take out the time and search for them like how you would search for a precious pearl.
By: Sheikh Mufti Ebrahim Desai (Hafidhahullah)
(In response to a query received regarding etiquette’s of acquiring Shari’ah through various social media networks)