With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Surah 57 (Hadid)
Living like a Monk is not what Allah prescribes
Verse 26-27: And We sent Noah and Abraham, and established in their line Prophet hood and Revelation: and some of them were on right guidance. But many of them became rebellious transgressors. Then, in their wake, We followed them up with (others of) Our messengers: We sent after them Jesus the son of Mary, and bestowed on him the Gospel; and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him Compassion and Mercy. But the Monasticism which they invented for themselves, We did not prescribe for them: (We commanded) only the seeking for the Good Pleasure of Allah; but that they did not foster as they should have done. Yet We bestowed, on those among them who believed, their (due) reward, but many of them are rebellious transgressors.
In contrast to the earlier verses warning us against getting too attached to our material possessions (V20), the opposite is warned against here. The introduction of Monasticism by the scholars of the Church – a life lived renouncing the gifts of the world – is here clearly stated to be wrong as well. Allah (SWT) requires us to live a justly balanced life with compassion and mercy but not go to extremes. Doing so will certainly lead to our downfall (See S17V29). It is interesting to note that Allah (SWT) states that He did not prescribe monasticism but was a man-made invention and we too should be weary of doing the same.
Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah