Shariah Today

Ml. Ashraf Ali Thanvi writes in Al-Intibahat al-Mufeedah:

“Arguing from the conditions prevailing in the modern world, one may still raise a doubt, and say that one daily observes that if one tries to follow the Shariah, one has to face many obstructions in conducting the ordinary business of life, which only shows that its injuctions are not suitable for this age. We would reply that the complaint about life becoming difficult can be justifiable only if all the people follow the Shariah, and yet the business of life should get obstructed. And this nobody can prove. The difficulties which one has to experience these days are due to the fact that those who do not follow the Shariah far outnumber those who do, and when this minority has to deal that majority, a tension is sure to follow. Thus the real source of difficulties is our present way of life, and not the injuctions of the Shariah. It is just like physician instructing a patient to eat ten different thing, and the patient not being able to get any of these in his village. The impediment, in this case, lies not in the science of medicine, but in the condition of the village market.”

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