Twisting the Qur'an with Tongues
Unfortunately today, many people
consider themselves Muslim and even very religious but are unaware of
what the Qur'an says about an issue or a concept of faith. Many
'Muslims' are happy to lead a life devoid of the direct influence
of the Glorious Qur'an. People who fit the definition of
the above type quickly reveal their ignorance to a true
believer, when, in a discussion, make remarks such as the
"I think it says in the Qur'an or it could be somewhere else (followed by what they think is there)" by some people.
...or for example by others who are more acquainted with traditions:
It says in the Qur'an (followed by an outright lie, while they even know it is a lie)"
Because of their mistaken belief that something taken from elsewhere has the credibility of the Qur'an, they think they have the right to say to every one 'it is in the Qur'an' (literally) to give their false claim authority, knowing very well it is not there. Allah has identified these sorts of intentional twisters of Allah's Scriptures in a Verse:
"Among them is a group who distort the Book with their tongues so that you think it is from the Book when it is not from the Book. They say, 'it is from Allah', but it is not from Allah. They tell a lie against Allah and they know it." (Qur'an 3:78)
The consistent features of such people is that they usually think they have true knowledge of Islam and believe they are religious while they tell lies about the Qur'an. They may indeed have vast 'technical' knowledge, but it is never based on the actual Qur'an. Allah has sealed their hearts to the Qur'an. Thus they do not really care whether what they are claiming is in the Qur'an or not, so long as it fits in with their preconceived idea of what 'Islam' is and what is acceptable by the majority. Their heedlessness of the Qur'an indicates the real lack of fear of Allah and the Last Day, despite their deceptive impressions on others by way of their appearances and so-called words of a believer.
These people, while giving the impression they are Muslims, can get into arguments and debates readily about the Qur'an, as if though they are the true adherents of the divine Book. They quote Quranic Verses though they know very little about the overall Quran's actual contents and true way of life. Unfortunately, they misguide many people with wrong information about religion and depict a twisted definition of the religion of Allah.
"Yet there are some people who, with no knowledge or guidance or any Book of Enlightenment, argue about Allah, turning scornfully aside to lead others away from Allah's path. Disgrace in this world awaits such a person and, on the Day of Judgment, we shall make him taste the suffering of the Fire" (Qur'an 22:8-9)
See also: The Religion of Nostalgia
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