An open question to religious scholars
17 May, 2019
Chitral: With respect to the relative importance of huqooq ul ibaad (obligations towards humanity) versus huqooq ul Allah (obligations towards God), one thing needs to be clarified by religious scholars.
Let us say there are two persons (two shopkeepers for the sake of example). The first shopkeeper is a very religious man who prays five times, observes fasts and prays tarweeh and observes all religious rituals diligently. He also has performed Haj and several Umras. However in his shop he sells counterfeit goods, adulterated foodstuff and medicines and attempts to cheat at the scales and accounting etc whenever he can.
On the other hand the second shopkeeper is not very regular in prayers, fasting, and other religious rituals. However he is extremely honest in his dealings, sells genuine merchandise, does not keep adulterated foodstuff, always tells the truth and weighs correctly. In other words he is practically a sadiq and ameen in his every day dealings .
At the time of the ultimate accountability, which among the two will invoke Allah Almighty’s tribute of being “Ghafoor ur Raheem” (forgiving and merciful). Shall Allah Almighty forgive the sins against humanity of the first mentioned, or shall the Almighty forgive the second person for sins against obligations towards Allah, or shall both be forgiven.
It is hoped that learned religious scholars will clarify this ambiguity for the benefit of us Muslims. .. CN report, 17 May 2019