Check Your Brain at the Door

November 20, 2007

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Allah gave me a brain.

I’m inclined to think that he meant me to use it.

Yet I hear of those muslims who are basically telling other muslims  not to think.  I remember a discussion in which I said a particular  hadith did not make sense to me  in light of the Qur’an’s views on the same subject.  The response was basically “Astaghfirullah!  Now we are all scholars and are qualified to make pronouncements on the validity of hadith”.

No, I am not a scholar.  I am, however, a muslim with healthy brain function.  As my husband says, the Qur’an is full of exhortations and encouragements to “consider this” and “ponder that.”  But after you become muslim many people expect you to pick a scholar or group of scholars, shut your brain off and take everything they say as divine truth.

Not happening over here (insha’allah), sorry.

This is my life and my afterlife we are talking about here, and I’m the one responsible for it.  If you want to come at me and tell me I have to do X, Y, and Z, then bring your proof from the Qur’an and Sunnah.  And if I think that the Sunnah is contradicting the Qur’an on a particular issue, you ought to be able to explain clearly why I am mistaken.  If you can’t, don’t be surprised when I don’t defer to your position.  And if you think you have and I don’t agree, you are just going to have to live with that.

I have heard some crazy stuff attributed to scholars, and I can only hope that someone was mistranslating or making those things up because they defy logic, and in some cases seem to directly contradict the Sunnah.  To take those things at face value, to believe them at all would require you to either 1) not be very bright or 2) have your brain in a jar somewhere.

In any case, I’ll be keeping mine inside my cranium, thank you.

Muslimas Must Be Drab

August 24, 2007

burlapbags.jpg  So I’ve been doing some reading lately on the hijab issue.  (And for the record, yes I wear a long scarf and pin it under the chin, long sleeves and blah blah blah.)

I have come across the opinion that a muslima is not to wear bright colors or decorated scarves/garments.  Supposedly this defeats the purpose of the hijab by attracting attention.  The reasoning goes that if the scarf and clothing is beautiful, it’s a problem.

What I want to know is, where’s the PROOF?  Someone quote me the hadith in which the Prophet, sallalahualaihiwasalaam forbade women to sport embroidery or jewel-tone colors.  We have the hadith about only showing the face and hands.  The limits to the amount of skin that can be shown have been established in the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Who claims the further authority and right to limit the expression of personality?