Monday, February 19, 2007

Is SunniPath Sufi-influenced?

I mini ranted about the censoring of Sunnipath on certain internet forums awhile back. Seems like I'm not the only one who has run into this. Too bad I couldn't post this on said forums without it getting deleted.

From Sunnipath via Travellers on the Path of Knowledge:

Is SunniPath sufi-influenced and lax
Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

1 - I was talking the other day with someone about online Islamic sites and I brought up SunniPath. The other party acknowledged how the word on SunniPath is that it is Sufi-influenced and too lax about innovations and sinful sufi methods that exist. What is your answer to this? I know people shouldn’t worry about the opinions of others but you have to defend so people can feel comfortable having SunniPath as a teacher.

2 - As far as the actual general rulings of SunniPath go, there are also misconceptions about them as well. Some feel that your answers are too “modern” and don’t have a tendency to be on the safe side like islam-qa, askimam, and other Islamic sites do. That they aren’t god-fearing. What is your response to this?

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

Is SunniPath Sufi-Influenced?

SunniPath believes that Shariah-grounded spirituality is the very essence and core of the guidance that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) came with. Ths is the understanding of mainstream Islam, and the way of the scholars of all four Sunni schools.

Are We “Modern” and “Lax”?
We follow the principles of giving legal verdicts and religious guidance, and our answers are according to relied-upon positions within mainstream Islamic scholarship, as explained by classical and contemporary jurists (fuqaha).

We strive to promote deen in the lives of people through our answers, and to encourage them to pursue the ways of seeking to perfect their submission to Allah. This often requires encouraging or guiding people towards caution and taking the stricter opinion; at other times, however, this calls for making people aware of a dispensation. At all times, however, we try to do our best to frame our answers in a positive rather than negative way.

As for being godfearing, we believe that this entails not just blanket-caution, but striving our utmost to give the answer that is best and most beneficial–in that it best promotes the good for the person and for society given the case and circumstances.

If there are specific answers that are erroneous, we urge people to tell us. We will, insha’Allah, hasten to correct the mistakes. After all, the truth is most deserving of being followed.

And Allah alone gives success.
Faraz Rabbani

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