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The Prophet (saw) said: “Halal is clear and haram is clear, and between the two are ambiguous matters that many people do not know their rulings. So whoever avoids the ambiguous matters will safeguard his religion and reputation. And the one who falls into them falls in the haram, like the shepherd who gazes around the sanctuary and is about to cross into it. Indeed, every king has a sanctuary and the sanctuary of Allah is His prohibitions. And indeed in the body there is a morsel of meat that if it is well, the rest of the body will be well; and if it is corrupt, then the rest of the body will be corrupt. It is the heart.” (Bukhari)

C. The consequences

Understand fully that Allah’s word does not come to bring misery, disgrace and suffering to man. Allah (swt) said: “We have not sent down the Qur’an upon you that you be wretched.” (Taha: 1-2). On the contrary, the Qur’an is the source of happiness and success. It is impossible for a people to possess Allah’s word and yet suffer disgrace and ignominy, live under subjugation, be trampled on and kicked around, and carry the yoke of slavery on their necks, being led by the nose like animals. A people meet this fate only when they do injustice to the word of Allah (swt).

Muslims are the only people in the world today fortunate enough to possess the word of God preserved in its original form, free from all distortions, and precisely in the wording in which it was sent down upon the Prophet (saw). Paradoxically, these same Muslims suffer the misfortune of being denied the countless blessings and benefits which the word of Allah (swt) must give to those who believe in it. The Qur’an was sent to them for them to read it, understand it, act upon it, and with its help, establish on Allah’s earth the rule of His law. The Qur’an came to grant them dignity and power. It came to make them true vicegerents of Allah (swt) on earth. And history shows that whenever they acted according to its guidance, it did make them the leaders of the world. 

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