The use of the phrase: “Islaamic Customs and Traditions”

Question: Some phrases are used in Muslim societies to distinguish these societies’ way of life as following the Islaamic teachings. For example, it is said, ‘In conformity with Islaamic customs and traditions, we adopt so and so.’ Contemporary scholars have different views on the permissibility of using this phrase. Some maintain that it is impermissible to use this phrase because Islaam is different from customs and traditions. They protracted discussions on reasons of prohibition until they claimed that it is an extraneous phrase that found its way into our life at the hands of the enemies of Islaam.

Others argue that there is no harm in using this phrase, for it indicates the Muslim’s submission to the commandments of His Lord (Glorified and Exalted be He) and that of the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) regardless of any other commandments. Indeed, this is the essence of worship according to the scholar’s definition of the traditions in religious books.

Please, present a careful argument of the legal decision in this regard;whether we can use this phrase or not?

Answer: Islaam is different from customs and traditions; it is Allaah’s Revelation to His Messengers and for which Allaah revealed His Divine Books. If Muslims act upon Islaamic teachings, these teachings will be part of their identity. All Muslims know that Islaam is not a system derived from habits and traditions. This knowledge is a must for Muslims to have perfect faith in Allaah, His Messengers and the rest of the basic rules of the Islamic Sharee`ah. But it becomes common on the radio, newspapers, and magazines to use phrases like the one mentioned in the question: (In conformity with Islaamic customs and traditions). Ordinary people use this phrase with good intentions to convey their surrender to the teachings and ruling principles of Islaam… read more here.