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Monday, 13 November 2017

Too Excessive in Tolerance

At Previous article, it had been described how Islamic teachings is highly regard and respect the attitude of religious tolerance. There is no coercion in the matters of religion. Everything should be based on sincerity and consciousness, not based on forced, intimidation and heavy influence.

As the Prophet had formerly exemplifies an attitude of tolerance, i.e. when he received groups of delegation of Najran Christians people from Byzantine, that at that time he allowed them to carry out the service in Nabawi mosque, because Indeed at that time in Medina there was yet no church. Also, during his lifetime, Muhammad saw also had close friend of some Christians, such as Pastor Bahira and Nestor of Bostra, Waraqa and King Negus from Abyssinia.

The Foundation of the tolerance teaching in Islam is not imposing a belief and faith to others. As the following verses of the Qur'an below.

لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ ۖ قَدْ تَبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ ۚ فَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بِالطَّاغُوتِ وَيُؤْمِنْ بِاللَّهِ
فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَىٰ لَا انْفِصَامَ لَهَا ۗ وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِي

"There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing" (QS 2:256)

This is because the Almighty God has destined that not all human life in this world will be all believers, but, even the majority of the world population are people who are disbelievers. So, what it be is the will of Allah.

وَلَوْ شَاءَ رَبُّكَ لَآمَنَ مَنْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كُلُّهُمْ جَمِيعًا ۚ أَفَأَنْتَ تُكْرِهُ النَّاسَ حَتَّىٰ يَكُونُوا مُؤْمِنِينَ
"And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed - all of them entirely. Then, [O Muhammad], would you compel the people in order that they become believers? " (QS 10:99)

Then, after living a life full of tolerance, Muslims also are taught to recognize the restrictions, so we won’t be too excessive and then break the rule. Restrictions of tolerance in the Islamic teachings are as stated in the following verses of the Quran below.

لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ
"For you is your religion, and for me is my religion." (QS 109:6)

And also, the following Quran verse below stating that the duty of prophet Muhammad and also muslim people are simply delivering Islamic teachings only. The end result is for the other people's freedom to accept or reject it. And then disowned his beliefs and deeds that we did and they did. Not mixing or not mutually influence each other.

وَإِنْ كَذَّبُوكَ فَقُلْ لِي عَمَلِي وَلَكُمْ عَمَلُكُمْ ۖ أَنْتُمْ بَرِيئُونَ مِمَّا أَعْمَلُ وَأَنَا بَرِيءٌ مِمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ
"And if they deny you, [O Muhammad], then say, "For me are my deeds, and for you are your deeds. You are disassociated from what I do, and I am disassociated from what you do." (QS 10:41)

Mixing Islam with other religions, as well as mutually influencing, is a form of too excessive in tolerant. Something that is banned and leading to the false step. The following are some examples of mixing religions cases.

Holding a lecture forum within a Church and followed by Christians and Muslims all at once is one form of mixing religious teachings. According to our guru this cannot be justified. In emergency situations, such as that the Church is not yet available in a city, then it is possible for the Christian people to borrow a mosque as the place for them to worship, but there should be no Muslims who participate in such worship. For you is your religion, and for me is my religion, that's the restriction. Disowned self with the teachings of other religions.

Other examples of Islamic religious tenets of mixing cases so similar to worship of Christian is composing the verses of Qur’an into a verse of a song. According to our guru this is not justifiable, since the forms of worship, reading the Qur'an in Islam is very different from the worship of Christian which is full of chants. Similar with this is the case of composing Sholawah into the lyrics of a song.

Other things that also concern our guru is such as that the coordinator of Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia, why is it led by non-Muslims? And then the last one which mostly happened, is during inauguration of an officer who is muslim, is usually done by means of lifting the Qur’an above the head. This kind of thing is not derived from the teachings of Islam, because it was never being exemplified by the Prophet Muhammad and his companions afterwards. Lifting up the book above the head in the inauguration of an Officer was a habit of Jews people.

So, this is the article which meant to be the material for study and contemplation to keep ourselves away from the person who is too excessive in tolerance, so it will lead to mix the teachings and worships of one religion with the others. As for the other things like how to dress, how to look or how to say Greetings is not considered as essential things that can make a person too excessive that will break the rule of religon. (AK/ST)

Posted by YAKDI (Foundation of AKHLAQUL KARIMAH DARUL IMAN) in INDONESIA at 23.35