THE TWO EVILS: LAXITY AND EXTREMISM

Author: 
Jimoh Lateef
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The weekly Da’awah Enlightenment programme of MSSNUI came to live again on Thursday, 10th November 2022. As it has always been, it was a medium to extend the Islamic morals and teachings to Muslim students and other members of the Muslim community. 
 
Topic: In between the Extremes...
 
The programme started with Islamic nasheeds and a short admonition by the MC of the programme while Brother Ridwanullah and Imam Ibrahim engaged the students before the arrival of the lecturer. 
 
The lecturer, Ustadh Qomarudeen Taoheed, a renowned Islamic scholar and educational introduced the topic which is: Islam between the two ends- laxity and extremism- by saying  Islam discourages seeing oneself as the messiah or as the constituted authority. He further stressed that no matter the nature of the society, Islam must have its place. 
 
He explained Islam as a religion that grows naturally and does not require rigidity in getting one’s point to people. He noted that it is until your discussion sounds appealing to humans' ears that determine whether people listen or not. Say the difficulty in putting on Khimar under the scorching sun, but people find it easy when the presentations about this topic appeal.
 
 
The Indices of Laxity
 
Laxity in this context will mean a Muslim is not friendly to the aqeedah of Islam. When a Muslim has doubt whenever issues of aqeedah are raised, for example, Allah is One and one’s belief does not go in that direction, then that is laxity.
 
Issues or rulings on ibaadat and also interactions. For example, the issue of Al Amanah (trust) is seemingly important, though it’s a bit placed low among the fundamentals of Islam. If one sees it as insignificant then one may be lax. 
 
Fornication, usury, and alcohol are forbidden, and the fact it's not part of the pillars of Islam does not mean one should not take them seriously. If one thinks why must I have to observe 5 daily prayers, then there is an issue; Why must I have to wear Hijab during this hot weather in this part of the world? Why must I have to recite the Quran every day? Then there is an issue. Why must Allah make alcohol forbidden? Then one is lax. Those who suffer from laxity are those who do not give apparent respect to Allah and have unresolved issues about the fundamentals of Islam.
 
 
The Indices of Extremism
 
He said one of the major manifestations of extremism is not being cognizant of the reality of ones society.
 
Examples abound of the way the prophet lived in Makkah. He would, on many occasions, not allow the companions to go to the Kaabah to recite the Quran despite the fact that they want to; not because he was an alien, but because he wanted to save them from the threats of the unbelievers. 
 
The lecturer cited many companions during the prophet, like Abu Hurayrah, when his mother would abuse him each time he was going to learn from the prophet. He never abused his mother or scuffed at her, but whenever he got to the circle of learning, he would start crying. One day when the prophet noticed him, he inquired about what happened and he told him what happened after which the prophet said his mother will accept Islam and, on getting home that day, his mother had already accepted Islam.
 
Another index of extremism is when there are contradictory issues with three different scholars' views, and you, from your stance, say your stance is the best, then one is an extremist. 
 
He cited about wanting to place and compell all Muslims on one word, one ruling out of several rulings that scholars may have come up with. He talked about the rosary. The fact that one doesn’t use it does not mean one should see those who used it as kaafir (unbeliever). The fact that some scholars go against it, does not mean it is forbidden, they may have their reasons. 
 
Conclusively, the lecturer gave some pieces of advice to the students in attendance. He cautioned them on being laxity and extremism in their acts of worship, and in interacting with people. 

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