This is an excellent Circle to appreciate the Qur’an, its guidance, and rulings. Based on classical works of Qur’anic commentary (tafsir) and verses of legal rulings (ayat al-ahkam). In this podcast, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains The Prohibition Against Concealing Religious Knowledge (2:159-160).
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَكْتُمُونَ مَا أَنزَلْنَا مِنَ الْبَيِّنَاتِ وَالْهُدَىٰ مِن بَعْدِ مَا بَيَّنَّاهُ لِلنَّاسِ فِي الْكِتَابِ ۙ أُولَـٰئِكَ يَلْعَنُهُمُ اللَّـهُ وَيَلْعَنُهُمُ اللَّاعِنُونَ
Those who hide the clear proofs and guidance that We have revealed—after We made it clear for humanity in the Book—will be condemned by Allah and all those who condemn Surely those who disbelieve and die as disbelievers are condemned by Allah, the angels, and all of humanity. (Qur’an 2:159-160)
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani begins by reminding all of the importance of not concealing knowledge. Defining what is guidance, it is guidance that makes us incline toward Allah Most High when pursued in the right way and with the right motive. He goes on to explain how knowledge can have a personal good or public good, good in this world or the next, and the good could be direct or indirect.
Shaykh Faraz goes on to explain what is meant by a devotional ruling, and why it is important. Shaykh Faraz then starts to explain the verses 2:159-160 of Surat al Baqara in the Qur’an. Explaining what is the general cause and understanding of the verses. That is concealing the knowledge of the previous scriptures. He continues by expounding on what is meant by Allah cursing, and that is being away from diving mercy.
Shaykh Faraz explains how a verse’s specific meanings around its revelation do not negate its general meaning. He explained what is meant by concealing knowledge in Islam.
The ending key lessons from verses 159-160 of Surat al-Baqara are that one should make religion both manifest and accessible to all, and all have an obligation to not only support Institutions but the scholars as well.
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