REASONABLE UNDERSTANDING OF REVELATION (QURAN)

 

QURAN was revealed over a 23 year period to our beloved Prophet (PBUH). It was written down immediately by few scribes, including Ali (SA). Then, it was collated and organized to its current form few years after Prophet's death during the time of OSMAN in the year 25 A.H. under Imam Ali's supervision.

 

QURAN has 114 Surah (Chapters) close to 6200 Ayet (Sentences) and 80,000 words. Ayet was delivered like a Jigsaw puzzle and was organized by our beloved Prophet (PBUH). For example, the first Ayet was Surah 96-Ayet 1-5, then 68-33, then 73-10, and the last Ayet was 5-3 and the last Surah was 110. To understand QURAN one must know when and why which Surah and Ayet was revealed (Shaan Nozol). For example, in relation to Alcohol, the first Ayet (Time 87) Sura 2-Ayet 219 says, "Alcohol has great sin and some profit for men but sin is greater than profit." Second Ayet (Time 92) Sura 4-Ayet 43 says, "Do not come close to prayers while you are intoxicated until you understand what you say." The last Ayet (Time 112) Sura 5-Ayet 90 says, "believers, wine and gambling are sin by devil, avoid them so you can prosper." If one does not know the time of revelation, meaning may change significantly. Based on this Ayet, drinking Alcohol and Gambling are HARAM (Forbidden) for all believers anywhere in the world.

 

In an Islamic Country: Alcohol and gambling must be banned. Purchase, sale, production, import, or export of alcoholic drinks must be illegal. Violators must be punished by law - initially by fine, then by loss of income of alcohol dealers or gambling houses. Since alcohol and gambling are both socially harmful to the society it must be banned. A person can drink alcohol because he is free, but once he gets cancer of liver, society must spend thousands of dollars to treat him. Or, if he gets drunk and drives under its influence, he could kill someone. Therefore, it is reasonable to ban alcohol. The same applies for gambling: once a person looses his wealth and destroys his family, he will be useless for the society. Therefore, banning alcohol and gambling is reasonable and supported by revelation.

 

Hejab (Head Cover). Islamic appearance.

QURAN says there is no compulsion in religion. "Truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error." Surah 2-Ayet 256 (Time 87)

 

QURAN says both men and women must lower their gaze and keep their modesty. "Believing women should cover their shoulders and their chest by their scarf, but if they are very old (after menopause), they do not have to cover but they must keep their modesty. Righteous women must wear long garments so they will be recognized and respected." Surah 24-Ayet 30 & 60 (Time 102) Surah 33- Ayet 59 (Time 90)

 

In Islamic Country: Hejab is recommended by QURAN as means of perfection. There is no compulsion in Islam. Since there is no social damage from bad Hejab, therefore enforcing Hejab is not necessary. Enforcing Hejab harshly in some Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia or Iran, is not Islamic Law. It is unreasonable and it is an indication of male chauvinism. In Islamic country, modesty should be encouraged. And, if Hejab is forced for women then having  a beard and wearing kufi hat should also be forced for men. Forcing Hejab in Saudi Arabia or Iran is as unreasonable as forcing to remove Hejab in France. Both are indication of male ignorance.

 

Enforcing Hejab (Head Cover) in mosque is necessary for men and women since it is the Sonnat. But, because men enforce the rules, women have to wear Hejab. Yet, the men themselves come to prayer without having a beard and wearing kufi hat, ocassionally wearing jeans and t-shirts, which are unreasonable.