The Reality of the Shari’at (Revealed Law) And Its Necessity

In the Holy Quraan Majeed Allah Ta’aala addresses Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam saying:

ثُمَّ جَعَلناكَ عَلىٰ شَريعَةٍ مِنَ الأَمرِ فَاتَّبِعها وَلا تَتَّبِع أَهواءَ الَّذينَ لا يَعلَمونَ

(Surah الجاثية Verse 18 )

“And now have We set thee (O Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) on an ordained way of (Our) commandment; so follow it, and follow not the whims of those who know not.”

هٰذا بَصائِرُ لِلنّاسِ وَهُدًى وَرَحمَةٌ لِقَومٍ يوقِنونَ

(Surah الجاثية Verse 20 )

“This is enlightenment for mankind and guidance and mercy for a people who are certain [in faith].” 

  1. بَصائِرُ is the plural of بَصِيْرَتْ and بَصِيْرَتْ means a spiritual, inner light. Just as how بَصَرَ means to “look” i.e. apparent light. Thus the Shari’at is a بَصائِر, which means it is inner enlightenment.
  2. The Shariat is هُدًى which is absolute and complete Hidayat (Guidance). That through the Shari’at the road is seen and delivers one to the maqsood (objective).
  3. The Shariat is also رَحمَةٌ (mercy) which is the goal and the ultimate success.

It is as if the Shari’at is a combination of three things which the traveller and the seeker are most in need of. When a person sets out to reach a certain objective then he will have a goal and a way/mode through which the path becomes clear.

We should be thankful to Allah Ta’aala Who is saying to us that the Shari’at is such a set of regulations which are a combination of three aspects.

هٰذا بَصائِرُ – These are your eyes as well, وَهُدًى – and a guided path which is also determined from the Shari’at. وَرَحمَةٌ – And mercy, the ultimate objective which is ascertained by treading our lives on the path of the Shari’at.

لِقَومٍ يوقِنونَ – Thus the Shari’at is a rahmat, however not for every individual, but for those who have Yaqeen (conviction). Thus the acquirement of Yaqeen is a fundamental objective to reap the fruits of the Shari’at.

To be Continued Inshaa Allah..

Source: Shari’at and Tariqat – Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi Rahmatullahi Alaih