QUOTE(Dieni @ May 8 2009, 10:45 PM)
To interpret the Qur'an, we have to see the history behind it. Interpretation can be vary so it required someone who really understand like scholars. We can not just interpret the meaning by our own perspective
I don't know about the scholars. I was watching a subtitled vid. by an eastern teacher (not sure if he was an official "scholar") where he was trying to use the Quranic verse saying that a person who drank poison and dies was going to hell; and trying to say that that would be the same as someone smoking tobacco.
Well, that didn't fly with me since a person who deliberately took poison would be *intending* to kill themselves. Whereas someone who smokes, just has a bad habit that might end up hastening their demise. If you start going down that road where do you stop? Eating meat with too many nitrates, tanning, drinking out of those really-clear plastic bottles. Everything will kill you eventually, some things just work faster than others.
Another person was trying to say that the practice of multiple wives was just because everyone was really poor back then and didn't really apply to today. Of course this was one of those western "scholars" who had a vested interest in contorting Islam until it resembles something that is acceptable to the "christian west".
There are a lot of strange rulings coming from scholars and others (and some good stuff too, I might add), it's a bit hard to filter much of it.
Personally, I hope that I never make trouble for any of the Ummah by saying that the Quran is more or less restrictive than it is!