Be Careful Whom You’re Following!

By Rebecca Marlene Sebastian

Be careful who you’re following.

Don’t ever trick yourself into thinking that the blame and accountability for following misguided teachings and upholding misguided doctrines, some of which may even propagate lies and wickedness in the name of Allah and His messengers, will not at all be upon you, but only upon your teacher. Have no doubt that you will be questioned as to why you followed what you followed and invited others to follow, claiming it to be the truth, while in fact you were only guessing. Research the origins of their teachings and seek seek into the truthfulness of their doctrines as best as you can.

Do not believe their subliminal indoctrinating techniques, such as when they tell you that you are too ignorant and have no right to question the teachings of their predecessors who invented their doctrines. Do not fear their threats of violence and condemnation for standing up to prove their teachings to be falsehood, but fear God alone. All messengers were also given the same threatening responses from the hypocrites around them when they challenged their firmly rooted doctrines and their leaders.

For some people this is not news and may not seem like a crucial issue, but I swear by Allah, I have actually had a “muslim” tell me face to face that he truly believed if he was following misguided teachings in the name of Islam that he wouldn’t have any blame for the wrong teachings he followed and the one who spread the falsehood would only be held accountable! To me, that statement is near the top of the ignorance ladder, and I was shocked to hear a Muslim of any sect say such a thing, even while they carelessly condemn Jews, Christians, and everyone else for mixing truth with falsehood. That is obviously equal to saying that we have no responsibility and accountability for how we use the senses and rationale that Allah has instilled in us, which is an extremely misguided notion and blatantly against the teachings of the Quran.

17:36 And follow not that of which you have not the knowledge; surely the hearing and the sight and the heart, all of these, shall be questioned about that.

6:81 And how should I fear what you have set up (with Him), while you do not fear that you have set up with Allah that for which He has not sent down to you any authority; which then of the two parties is surer of security, if you know?

6:116 And if you obey most of those in the earth, they will lead you astray from Allah’s way; they follow but conjecture and they only lie.

33:67 And they shall say: O our Lord! surely we obeyed our leaders and our great men, so they led us astray from the path;

9:31 They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah , and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to serve one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him

9:34 O you who believe, indeed many of the scholars and the monks devour the wealth of people unjustly and avert [them] from the way of Allah . And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah – give them tidings of a painful punishment.

(6:114) Then is it other than Allah I should seek as judge? And it is He who has revealed to you the Book explained in detail

(13:11) Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.

(59:18) And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and be careful of (your duty to) Allah . Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.

The Human-ness of Muhammad

by Rebecca Marlene Sebastian

18:110 Say: I am only a BASHAR (mortal) LIKE YOU; it is revealed to me that your god is one Allah, therefore whoever hopes to meet his Lord, he should do good deeds, and not join any one in the service of his Lord.

41:6 Say: I am only a BASHAR LIKE YOU; it is revealed to me that your God is one Allah, therefore follow the right way to Him and ask His forgiveness; and woe to the polytheists;

-Notice when Muhammad was told to say clearly that he was only a bashar like us, he is then commanded to also say YOUR GOD IS ONE. Allah connects the point of Muhammad being only a bashar and Allah being the only 1 whom we serve.

So then, those who have grown up believing that Muhammad was far beyond being a bashar like us, they may be saying “but he didn’t make any mistakes, he was perfect” to which I want to advise them to take heed of the word of their Rabb. I will now relate to you a few ayati of the Qur’an that beg to differ about Muhammad being infallible.

33:37 And when you said to him to whom Allah had shown favor and to whom you had shown a favor: Keep your wife to yourself and be careful of (your duty to) Allah; and you concealed in your soul what Allah would bring to light, ***and you feared men, and Allah had a greater right that you should fear Him***. But when Zaid had accomplished his want of her, We gave her to you as a wife, so that there should be no difficulty for the believers in respect of the wives of their adopted sons, when they have accomplished their want of them;

66:1 O Prophet, why do you prohibit what Allah has made lawful for you, seeking the approval of your wives? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

9:43 May Allah pardon you, [O Muhammad]; why did you give them permission [to remain behind]? [You should not have] until it was evident to you who were truthful and you knew [who were] the liars.

From these verses we can see that the Prophet was fallible and was in need of Allah’s forgiveness and assistance. This is not by any means a way to degrade him, he and all the messengers were the best of those who submitted to Allah, the strongest of believers in Allah, and the noblest in good deeds! This is in fact to protect the character of the prophet and even his very nature as is described by Allah and Muhammad himself in the Qur’an. This is only to share the truth about the man, a man who had desires and weaknesses, fears and needs just as any mortal, yet he accomplished what he accomplished and he resisted turning away from the Qur’an as much as the people begged him and fought him to make him give up and he refused ! If one truly loves and respects the messenger, they ought to turn to the Qur’an for the truth about him rather than to the literature of men that was produced no earlier than 100 years after his death.

10:15 And when Our verses are recited to them as clear evidences, those who do not expect the meeting with Us say, “Bring us a Qur’an other than this or change it.” Say, [O Muhammad], “It is not for me to change it on my own accord. I only follow what is revealed to me. Indeed I fear, if I should disobey my Lord, the punishment of a tremendous Day.”