Allah has always guided the mankind through two main channels. These were the Prophets and the Holy Scriptures. Allah (SWT) has never left the humankind to wander in the darkness of this universe. He has always enlightened the path to success or the right path for humankind through the two major channels of communication.
Primary Channels Of Communication For Muslim:
Allah (SWT) completed his knowledge upon his humankind through his last Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his last scripture, Holy Quran. These are the two authentic sources of information for Muslims now, which have been classified primary sources of information. However, if you have problem in understanding any issue, you even have the option to take help for the religious scholars.
The values in Islam have been derived from the laws defined through Quran and Sunnah. The basics remain constant; however, the values keep on changing according to the time and culture, since the interpretation changes from culture to culture. The interpretation changes because Quran has been revealed in Arabic and the Arabic dialects change from place to place.
Interpretation, hence, plays an important role in our religion. Therefore, interpreters must consider following things:
- They should keep in mind the context in which the subject is being dealt. Same applies for the Sunnah as well.
- Keep in mind the background of the revelation. It will help you understand the topic deeply.
- Keep in mind the role of Sunnah in interpreting or defining the meaning of the Quran-ic text.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the living example of our Quran. That is why Sunnah has been considered the second source of information. You cannot understand the issues directly from Quran or Sunnah alone. You need to go through both of them to understand the issues deeply. For example, prayers have been commanded in Quran; however we learn the praying method from the Sunnah only. Our beloved Prophet got these revelations from Gabriel, who himself was a means of communication between our Lord and our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Man – Woman Spiritualism According To Islam:
Allah (SWT) has made man and woman equally and similar in spiritual nature. Allah (SWT) says “O mankind! reverence your Guardian-Lord, Who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, his mate, and from them two scattered (like seeds) countless men and women; reverence Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights) and (reverence) the wombs (that bore you): for Allah ever watches over you…” (An-Nisa’ 4: 1)
A woman, however, in many cultures is not dealt decently and one of the reason for this is, no understating of religion. Islam is the first religion that ensures equal rights amongst both of genders. However, equal rights do not mean similar rights. Many people have trouble in understanding this issue, because they view the whole picture on a smaller canvas. These matters need to be seen on a broader canvas.
Benefit from the multiple sources of information that you have, Quran teaching and Sunnah. Keep yourself open to changes and ask Allah (SWT) for guidance!