Raza Rumi’s post on Ramzan was published by ATP on October 9. Reproduced below are some of the comments on the post relating to emphasis on rituals, mathematical count of sawab and washing away of sins:
Shueyb Gandapur says:
Of course, too much emphasis on rituals, and too little attention to character and welfare of humans … the momins of today for you! I guess this behaviour is encouraged by the prevalent way of preaching. They keep on mentioning the exponential count of sawab one can earn by such rituals and have one’s most horrible sins washed. So one may think, why not keep committing the wrong, when washing it away has been made so easy.
Shueyb–exactly right! Christians with their instant born-again forgiveness fall prey to the same way of thinking. Now Muslims are doing a version of the same thing–everything can be made right and we can go on sinning ad infiniteum….
So people who believe in the short cut and “reducing the cost” of sinning against others, I have to wonder…if they believe this do they not believe that God can’t see their true intentions in their hearts? Who do they think they’re kidding?
Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
Sister Tina: It is not that his flock is born-sinner and one confession will wash all the sins away or how many rosaries must be said or candles must be burned following each confession. Moulvi Sahab has developed a precise mathematical formula of sin-washing. You ought to try it some time.