How can you call yourself a Muslim if you don’t know everything there is to know about Islam?

Here’s what I wrote today. Read and let the criticising begin!

Learning through practise
By Zan Azlee

SEPT 30 — To practise a religion, one must understand that religion. And to understand the religion, one needs to know the religion. But is it even possible to know and understand a religion completely so one can actually practise that religion properly?

Or would you really not be considered a true believer and practitioner if you don’t totally understand the religion? I, for one, have to admit that I do not totally understand the religion I practise (Islam, in case you were wondering).

What does that make me? An infidel? A kafir? A non-believer? Or maybe just a plain old bad and sinful Muslim? What I have been told by other Muslims (to my face even!) is that if you don’t understand the religion, just keep quiet and do as you’re told.

Now isn’t that wonderful? Just shut up and do what other people tell you, and everything will be all right. I guess ignorance is bliss. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

2 responses to “How can you call yourself a Muslim if you don’t know everything there is to know about Islam?

  1. It is an obligation upon every Muslim to learn about the religion, the minimum requirement is to be able to tell the difference between what is forbidden and what is allowed in Islam. No one can say they they truly understand every aspect of Islam 100%, some may understand some parts of the religion better than others.

    By definition, a Muslim is one who submits his/her will to the will of the Creator. So long as one submits his will to Allah, accepts Muhammad (pbuh) as the last messenger of Allah and abides by the Qur’an and the way of prophet Muhammad (pbuh), no one has the right to label that person as non-Muslim.

    Also Muslims should not just keep quiet and “do as they are told” if they do not understand something about Islam. Islam does not advocate blind-believing. One should ask, question and search for the answer. That is how you strengthen your faith: by challenging and questioning what you do not know, not by sweeping it aside because it’s too difficult.



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