This day, I have perfected your Deen for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your Deen.TMQ: Surah Al-Maa’idah, 5:3
All praise belongs to Allah (ﷻ), Lord of all creation for favouring and making us Muslims. Through the best of His creation and the last and final prophet Muhammad (saw) we received His guidance and the Deen of Islam. A “Way of Life” to provide comprehensive guidance on all of life’s matters until the end of time itself. Complete with no imperfection.
How is it then that we find people (even Muslims) calling for the reformation and modernisation of Islam? They argue that Islam no longer fulfils or addresses the needs of the people today and has become outdated.
Firstly, as Muslims we must understand that Allah (ﷻ) has “completed” his favour and that there will be no further revelation or prophethood after Muhammad (ﷺ). After the death of each Prophet came another to lead and guide people but this was no longer required as Allah (ﷻ) offered His final revelation.
The Children of Israel were led by the prophets; whenever a prophet died, a prophet succeeded (him). Lo! There will be no prophet after me.Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) was not sent to a specific people (e.g. Arabs), but for all of mankind.
[Before] a prophet would be sent to his own people only, while I have been sent to all of mankind.Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim
To suggest Allah (ﷻ) would have no knowledge of the future and offer incomplete guidance would amount to contradicting the Ayah of the Qur’an, Allah forbid. Muhammad (ﷺ) was tasked with the heaviest of burdens; delivering Allah’s final message to all of mankind and we are all witnesses for him succeeding insha’Allah.
Regarding the people’s needs, the believer should ask what has actually changed? Are people constructed differently? There are still men and women, they still have hands and feet and so on. Have their instinctive and emotional needs changed? Mankind continues to love, hate, envy and experience happiness, fear and grief. It would not survive or function without fulfilling its organic or instinctive needs (e.g food, procreational needs etc). These remain constant and will do so till al-Yawm ul-Qiyamah.
TMQ: Surah Fatir, 35:43
You will not find in the creation of Allah any alteration.
Allah (ﷻ) addresses the nature of man to regulate and manage mans motivations and behaviour. If anything has changed then it is the beliefs, systems and laws people govern themselves with which created the very problems they are looking to solve. Beliefs, systems and laws which strayed away from the Deen of Allah (ﷻ), promoting what is forbidden and forbidding what is permitted and encouraged.
Dear Muslims, never accept the idea of a ‘reformed or modernised Islam’! It is but a deception to deviate us away from striving in the true path of Allah (ﷻ). Allah is Al-Akhir (The Infinite One) and He gave us Islam as an eternal way of life with a promise that it would be protected until the end of our time and He categorically forbade innovation or changes to Islam based on the whims and desires of His creation. Instead of reforming Islam to fit present society, we should change society to accept Islam. Let us remain steadfast to these attempts to change and mould Islam to the liking of the disbelievers, who have rejected Allah (ﷻ) and strive to extinguish his light.
They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.TMQ: Surah As-Saff, 61:8