Interpreting the statements and actions of the pious


Tuesday, 13 April 2010 21:14

Q: Why is it that when a pious person does an action that apparently contradicts the shari`ah then an excuse is presented for his action, but this is not the case if a layman has to do the very same action?

A: The lives of the pious are always in conformity to the shari`ah. Therefore, it is very seldom that they will commit an action against shari`ah. Thus, it will be weighed against the rest of their actions and in the light thereof an explanation will be given for their action.

Firstly, no proof is required to have good thoughts of a believer; because his Islam alone demands that others have good thoughts of him. However, when a believer is fulfilling the injunctions of the shari`ah entirely and he refrains from evil actions then this enhances the good thought. Thereafter, as one’s steadfastness on the injunctions of shari`ah strengthen so too will good thoughts of him increase. This continues to a stage where people now begin following such a person and accepting his words. If at this stage a person commits an action that apparently contradicts the shari`ah, then all his previous actions prove that it is impossible for such a person to utter such a statement or commit such an action. For example, if a person who is an ardent follower of the sunnat and every facet of his life is enshrouded by the nooraniyyat of the sunnat claims to be a rasul or a nabi, what will one say? Nobody can declare that his emulation of the sunnat was incorrect and that his pious actions were incorrect. Instead, an explanation and an interpretation will be given for his statement. It will be said that he had meant that he is the servant of the rasul and a follower of the nabi.