The basic message of the Reading is to observe God the Lord of Universe by consent. It is to believe in the One God and the Last Day and to work righteousness; it is to fulfil one’s obligations by upholding the covenants one commits oneself to.
In God’s consented decree (mas-jidil-lah) there are also God’s laws and God’s limits which are the sha’iral-lah and hududul-lah respectively.
For example, in 5:3 God prescribes the limits of restrictions about food. He says, prohibited for us is the consumption of:
- the decaying meat
- food dedicated to other than God
- animals that die through violent death.
The subject of food is among God’s consented decrees. He decreed that only five types of foods are sanctioned as prohibited. Those who consent themselves to the deen are required to focus on these sanctions.
You shall focus towards the sanctions in the consented decree. Wherever you may be, you shall focus on it. Even those who received the previous Scripture recognise that this is the truth from their Lord. God is never unaware of what you do. (2:144)
God says He is aware of everything we do. He is not concerned with where we live or where we go. But wherever we are we must focus on the consented sanctions revealed by Him.
Each time God instructs His servants to observe a certain set of commitments He indicates this by saying, ‘these are the limits of God’. For example:
Divorce may be retracted twice. Thereafter, you shall allow them to stay in your home amicably if they so desire, or allow them to go amicably. You shall not take anything back you have given to them, unless the couple fears the violation of God’s limit (hududul-lah). If they fear the violations of God’s limit (hududul-lah) then they incur no sin if the wife forfeits anything voluntarily. These are God’s limits. You shall not transgress them. If anyone transgresses God’s limits (hududul-lah), then they are wicked. (2:229)
These are God’s prescribed limits for individuals to uphold in this domestic institution. The prescribed limits (or hududul-lah) are mentioned 14 times and they are confined to domestic issues. The religionists have abused the word hudud by introducing a set of barbaric laws of their own contrivance which they have named the hudud law. Naturally, it has nothing in common with sane and balanced Qur’anic injunctions.
This is how they abuse God’s name. In the hudud law they invented – which goes by the same name God chose for His limits – they can stone people to death, annul marriages arbitrarily without hearing the parties involved, declare you an apostate measured against their Arab religion, incarcerate you for not professing the Arab religion, banish you from the state and confiscate your property. And this they do in the name of God!
Here is another challenge to the u’lema priests. There is not a single hudud law in the Arab religion implemented by the so-called Islamic countries, which is derived from the Reading. Not one. Can you prove otherwise? If not then hang up your robes and do something more useful with your lives before it is too late.
The Arabic tribal laws (which they call hudud laws) were not prescribed by God in the Reading. The true prescribed limits or hudud in the Reading are fair principles which are meant to be interpreted and applied by individuals without any religious elements. These are the facts.