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A ‘Raw’ Deal

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إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَشْتَرُونَ بِعَهْدِ اللَّـهِ وَأَيْمَانِهِمْ ثَمَنًا قَلِيلًا أُولَـٰئِكَ لَا خَلَاقَ لَهُمْ فِي الْآخِرَةِ وَلَا يُكَلِّمُهُمُ اللَّـهُ وَلَا يَنظُرُ إِلَيْهِمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَلَا يُزَكِّيهِمْ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ

Surely, those who take a small price in lieu of the covenant of Allah Ta‘ala and their oaths (i.e. they break the covenant of Allah Ta‘ala for paltry worldly gain), for them there is no share in the Hereafter, and Allah Ta‘ala will neither speak to them, nor will He look towards them on the Day of Judgement (with the gaze of mercy), nor will He purify them. For them there is a painful punishment. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v77)

The Jews had pledged to Allah Ta‘ala to bring imaan in all the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam). Furthermore, their scriptures had mentioned that the final Nabi, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasalllam), would come and even contained his description. However, they did not want the Jewish masses to accept Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and bring imaan in him – even though they knew him to be the true Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala. They thus altered the description of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the Torah and told the people that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not fit the description of the Torah. They did this so that they could maintain their control over the people. In essence, they sold their Deen to secure their material comfort.

We should also be cautious and ensure that we do not make compromises and sell our Deen in order to suit our own whims and fancies. Additionally, we should be wary of scholars who alter Deen to suit their agenda and win followers. Whether these changes relate to altering the laws of niqaab by allowing women and men to intermingle freely, or any other laws of Deen, they are extremely serious as these scholars are emulating the Jews who fell under the divine curse of Allah Ta‘ala. It is thus vital for us to avoid such scholars at all costs.