Think before you follow precedessors blindly
THINK BEFORE YOU FOLLOW PREDECESSORS BLINDLY
بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
قَالَ ادْخُلُوا فِي أُمَمٍ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ مِنَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنْسِ فِي النَّارِ ۖ كُلَّمَا دَخَلَتْ أُمَّةٌ لَعَنَتْ أُخْتَهَا ۖ حَتَّىٰ إِ…ذَا ادَّارَكُوا فِيهَا جَمِيعًا قَالَتْ أُخْرَاهُمْ لِأُولَاهُمْ رَبَّنَا هَٰؤُلَاءِ أَضَلُّونَا فَآتِهِمْ عَذَابًا ضِعْفًا مِنَ النَّارِ ۖ قَالَ لِكُلٍّ ضِعْفٌ وَلَٰكِنْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ
He will say: Enter into fire among the nations that have passed away before you from among jinn and men; whenever a nation shall enter, it shall curse its sister, until when they have all come up with one another into it; the last of them shall say with regard to the foremost of them: Our Lord! these led us astray therefore give them a double chastisement of the fire. He will say: Every one shall have double but you have no knowledge.
وَقَالَتْ أُولَاهُمْ لِأُخْرَاهُمْ فَمَا كَانَ لَكُمْ عَلَيْنَا مِنْ فَضْلٍ فَذُوقُوا الْعَذَابَ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ تَكْسِبُونَ
And the foremost of them will say to the last of them: So you have no preference over us; therefore taste the chastisement for what you earned. [Al-Araaf: 38 – 39]
Islam gives us a complete code of life based on the Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammadصلی اللہ علیہ وسلم, for us to follow and adapt our lives according to it. Doing so will be of our benefit and turning away and ignoring the Guidance will have extremely harmful result.
O children of Adam! if there come to you messengers from among you relating to you My revelations, then whoever shall guard (against evil) and act aright– they shall have no fear nor shall they grieve.
And (as for) those who reject Our revelations and turn away from them haughtily– these are the inmates of the fire they shall abide in it. [Al-Araaf: 35 – 36]
Following any customs and traditions set by people before us which are clashing to the regulations given by ALLAH may be destructive for us, as mentioned in the above ayats of Surah Al-Araaf, so think before you indulge in any practices that oppose ALLAH’s Orders even though they are practiced widely.
Reading ayat 38 carefully, makes clear that all those who followed their ancestors while ignoring ALLAH’s Commands will blame and curse them for leaving behind a wrong example and misguiding the successors. For our clarity of mind ALLAH Tells us that no such blame game would be allowed and listened to, for if one group led their following generation astray, then those who followed were on the same track to lead those coming after them off the right path by being an incorrect model for the later, so they all stand at the same level and deserve equal punishment.
Instead of going for the traditions and customs blindly everyone should make an effort to gain authentic knowledge from the Qur’an and Sunnah to clarify any doubts and confusions about unclear matters. Following individuals and nations who are not on the right track prescribed by ALLAH, will not be of any advantage, because such role models, heroes, ideals, leaders etc. are not going to be of any help but disown you anyway, as said in ayat 39.
O you who believe! Take care of your ownselves, If you follow the (right) guidance no hurt can come to you from those who are in error. The return of you all is to ALLAH, then He will inform you about that which you used to do. [Al-Maeda: 105]