Only Allah can judge

Tuesday 2 April 2013

This is in reference to Abdulateef Al-Mulhim’s well-written article, “Do Muslims really understand Islam,” (March 30) in which he has written about the true teachings that Islam has imparted to all human beings, Muslims in particular.

We, Muslims, are good at criticizing others for their shortcomings and weaknesses; as of blaming others will give us solace of any degree. But unfortunately it shuts out our minds and senses that then prevents us from reflecting on our own weaknesses.

Mulhim rightly said that Muslims killing Muslims have outnumbered those faithful killed by members and groups of other communities.

In Pakistan too, for instance, sectarian violence is consuming many Muslims and all this is unfortunately happening in the name of Islam.

Muslims of all hues — like Shiite and Sunnis and others — profess their faith as per the teachings enshrined in the holy books of Islam like the Qur’an and the Hadith. Having a sincere faith of ‘There is no God but Allah Almighty, and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His messenger,’ is enough for any human being to enter the fold of Islam as a faithful.

I wonder why then people from among the same one Ummah call their brothers infidels, non-Muslims or kafirs, which I think is a great sin in itself?

It is therefore not for any human being regardless of his status in the society to make the ultimate judgment about others as who is a good Muslim and who is not.

This right is reserved only for Allah Almighty to judge and we must not dare trespass into a territory which is reserved only for Allah. — Zubair, By email

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