With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Tradition and culture in the face of revelation
Sura 34 Verse 43
When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed to them, they say, This is only a man who wishes to hinder you from the (worship) which your fathers practised. And they say,: This is only a falsehood invented and the Unbelievers say of the Truth when it comes to them, This is nothing but evident magic
The verse highlights a common challenge faced by the Prophets and which continues to this day. When faced with revelation that conflicts with the norms and customs people have grown up with the refrain is denial and immediate rejection of the oncoming truth. Reason disappears and insults are hurled- in the case here the Message bearer is called a magician and in other verses a madman. It is exactly at junctures like these that we should be asking ourselves the hard question… truth or tradition. The former is liberating but requires making the right decision.
Salaam / Peace