Never do I debate a man with a desire to hear him err in his speech, or to expose the flaws in his argument, and thus vanquish him. Whenever I face an opponent in debate I silently supplicate, ‘O Lord, help him so that truth may manifest itself in his heart and on his tongue. If it be that the truth is on my side, may he follow me; and if the truth be on his side, may I follow him.’
—Imam Shafi’i (via partytilfajr)
Anonymous asked: Was Sharia law created by men?
Shariah is God’s perfect law.
Fiqh is jurisprudence, in which human beings attempt to apply God’s perfect law to our human condition. As we are imperfect beings, we will invariably apply the law imperfectly, but we are to strive to the best of our abilities and with consciousness of God and therefore must do so with the purest of intentions.
On some level I think we underestimate the linguistic miracle of The Qur’an because our reference point for poetry is generally in English, and we do not appreciate the complexity of Arabic poetry, which is what The Qur’an responds to.