I got a lot of feedback from my last post, “Bare Minimum Islam.” I was nervous about putting it out there that I’m not as submitted as I’d like to be when it comes to obeying the Qur’an and the Sunnah. I was afraid that I’d get a lot of criticism for not being obedient. But all I got was support and thoughtful advice.
I did find some other advice that was helpful as well. It said that although we are not held accountable for ignorance, we must not practice willful ignorance. This is where a person purposefully avoids learning all he can about the Sunnah (or the Qur’an for that matter) and then when confronted with something that he is doing wrong, he shrugs and says, “I didn’t know any better.” The question is, what is he going to do now that he does know? Some people are so afraid of finding out that something they like doing is haram or something they don’t like doing is required, they in a sense put on spiritual blinders and refuse to learn anything.
“Sufficient as knowledge for a person is that he fears Allah, and sufficient as ignorance for a person is that he feels impressed with the knowledge he has.” – Masrooq (student of Ibn Masud)
This says to me that we should never be self-satisfied about our knowledge, but always be striving to learn more about our faith. But it also says that we shouldn’t let squabbles about what’s right and what’s wrong distract us from the most important thing: our relationship with Allah. If that is as it should be, then the rest will follow.