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Is Equating Tradition andRevelation a Relapse into Polytheism?Leslie TerebessyPreview................................................................................................................................................1Preface.................................................................................................................................................1Tribalism and Ethnocentrism.........................................................................................................2Education...........................................................................................................................................3Eclipse of Revelation by Tradition..................................................................................................3Abandoning the Quran....................................................................................................................4Revelation and Tradition.................................................................................................................5Equality of Tradition and Revelation.............................................................................................6Two Revelations?..............................................................................................................................6Tradition as Revelation?...................................................................................................................7Recommendations:...........................................................................................................................7PreviewIt is taken for granted that the knowledge of Islam is derived from two roots, revelation andtradition. But the relationship between the two is under scrutiny. For it is asserted, rightlyor wrongly, that tradition rose at the expense of revelation. A few exegetes assert thatrevelation and tradition“stand onan equalfooting.” They assert that “the sunna becomesa part of the Quran.” Different exegetes go further; they maintain that tradition “judges”revelation. Do these assertions amount to an expression polytheism? Should they bereconsidered? Has the relationship between tradition and revelation been properlyarticulated and understood? Did tradition eclipse revelation? How did this happen? Howto respond to it?PrefaceThe Quran says that “We never change the condition of people unless they change whatis inside themselves.”1What changed? In early Islam, Muslims were focused on revelation.Subsequently, they became enchanted by tradition.At first, they had Allah to guide them. Subsequently, they turned to the prophetictraditions as “supplementary” and “explanatory” revelation. They accepted asecondrevelation to guide them. This is what the believers changed in themselves. Muslims knowthat not all is well.As a child, I opened my heart and soul to the Ummah's trials andanguish as expressed by its writers and poets. Where I grew up, in1Quran, 13: 11.
2Makkah, in the classroom and between the covers of my books, thepages of history opened before my eyes and, in my imagination, I relivedthe Ummah's best and worst moments along with the finest and mostcourageous of its heroes. Often bitterness and frustration crept into thedepths of my soul; but more often did the urgency of the crisis fill myheart with determination and the conviction that things must change.2I constantly pondered the crisis of the Ummah, searched for its causes,and sought answers and solutions. Nor was I ever satisfied withlamentation, emotional outbursts of anger, or even sentiments of zealousloyalty. To me, the problems of the Ummah demand understanding,study, andanalysis…Dayand night I pondered the Ummah's history,event by event, in quest of deeper understanding. I sought only the truthand the remedy.3The ummah declined because it strayed from the true path:the one and only reason forthe social and cultural decay of the Muslims consisted in the fact that they had graduallyceased to follow the teachings of Islam.4It seems that different aspects of Islam werepenetrated or tainted by polytheism. Renewal will require purifying Islam of thesepolytheistic tendencies.

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