Pearl of Wisdom

'I was in the presence of Abu Abdillah [al-Sadiq] (AS), when a man said to him, may Allah make you well, you mentioned that 'Ali b. Abi Talib (AS) would wear rough clothes and would wear a shirt that was worth four dirhams, and things similar to that, but we see you are wearing good clothes!' (He said], 'The Imam replied to him, Ali b. Abi Talib (AS) wore that in a time in which it would not be disapproved, and if he would wear those clothes today he would be defamed for it. Therefore, the best clothing of every time is the clothing of the people [of that time]. However, when our al-Qa'im [the awaited saviour Imam al-Mahdi, may Allah hasten his appearance] reappears he will be wearing the clothes of ?Ali (AS) and will follow his way of life.'

Hammad b. 'Uthman
al-Kafi, v. 6, p. 444, no. 15

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Question : #153 Category: Holy Qur'an
Subject: tafsir surah from Holy Quran
Question: Assalam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

May I ask please what this surah means?

2:256

La ikraha fee alddeeni qad tabayyana alrrushdu mina alghayyi faman yakfur bialttaghooti wayumin biAllahi faqadi istamsaka bialAAurwati alwuthqa la infisama laha waAllahu sameeAAun AAaleemun

There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break. Allah is Hearer, Knower.

What does no compulsion in religion means?

Thank you very much for your time and effort. May Allah bless you and your family.
Answer: Salaam alaykum,

To give a brief answer to this question I will first state that many people misinterpret this verse. Their perception is that it means that nobody is forced to do anything in religion and therefore can forgo certain religious obligations such as wearing the hijab. This is not the case. What the verse means is that nobody is forced to accept religion. One has the choice to accept Islam or reject it - of course he would have to live with the consequences.

Fi amanillah

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