One of the things that attracted me to Islam was that the message and guidelines set fourth by the Qur'an and Sunnah are timeless. They applied 1400 years ago, and they apply now. Perhaps this is why it bothers me when I see people trying to change those timeless rules to suit the 'needs' of today's society.
None of us follow Islam perfectly, we can strive to, and do our best to learn what is right and wrong, but in the end, we all fall short. My main goal when acquiring knowledge or asking questions is to get to the correct answer. I realize that there are differences of opinions on many things, but it seems that there is a huge movement of ‘Modern Muslims’ growing in the Ummah.
In the Qur’an it says:
9. They [think to] deceive Allāh and those who believe, but they deceive not except themselves and perceive [it] not.
10. In their hearts is disease, so Allāh has increased their disease; and for them is a painful punishment because they [habitually] used to lie.
11. And when it is said to them, "Do not cause corruption on the earth," they say, "We are but reformers."
12. Unquestionably, it is they who are the corrupters, but they perceive [it] not.
13. And when it is said to them, "Believe as the people have believed," they say, "Should we believe as the foolish have believed?" Unquestionably, it is they who are the foolish, but they know [it] not.
Now I’m not saying that these ayats talk about Modern Muslims, but I find ayat 11 very appropriate to them. ‘They say “we are but reformers”’. The modern Muslim movement wants to do just that… reform Islam, when it does not need reforming.
I've said this before in my posts, but it still holds true. If we were able to ask the Prophet these questions, what would he say? If we asked him if we can listen to top 40 music and heavy metal, what would he say? If we asked him if its ok for men and women to shake hands, what would he say? If we asked him if we should eat meat from a slaughter house that electrocutes animals before killing them, what would he say?
Its seems like 'modern' Muslims are in a big hurry to get away from what the Prophet taught us. In this day and age, Islam is under fire. The world sees us through the eyes of the media, and not as we really are. I know that perhaps the intentions are good, but should we really compromise what the Qur'an and Sunnah teaches us to appear more likable to the rest of the world?