A lot of times we hear conflicting views about an issue and we are perplexed as to which way is the right path. These conflicts may arise due to shifting definitions of Halal and Haram in contemporary viewport. Sometimes this conflict is merely a difference of opinion between contemporary islamic jurists while on other occasions it could be due to a natural tendency to choose the path of over-simplification and convenience. And, sometimes it is just a matter of choosing a better option.
Whether I should wear niqaab?; Should one part ways with his/her abusive spouse; should ‘halal’ labelled electrocuted meat be consumed, should I follow an organization which is apparently sincere to Muslims but whose working style looks different, Cryptocurrency, orthodoxy or modern approaches, and it is an endless list which is unique to everybody.
Our Creator and the One who knows what is the best path for us has guided us in such difficult circumstances. Allah Taala says
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ إِن تَتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّكُمْ فُرْقَانًا وَيُكَفِّرْ عَنكُمْ سَيِّـَٔاتِكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ ذُو ٱلْفَضْلِ ٱلْعَظِيمِ۔ (الأنفال - 29)
O people who are believers, if you observe piety Allah will give you the the wisdom to differentiate between the right and the wrong and will and will remove from you your sins, and forgive you; and Allah is the Owner of the great bounty.
My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Jalil Ahmed Akhoon damat barkatuham used to teach with regards to the above verse that observing piety and refraining from sins brings wisdom in such situation of indecisiveness that help the pious people steer themselves towards a path which is best for them. And observing piety also erase the already committed sins and brings forgiveness from the Lord.
The above method of finding the truth does not undermine the role of knowledge and Ulema. It is a separate and clear advise to seek knowledge from those who posses it.
فَسْــٴَـلُوْۤا اَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ اِنْ كُنْتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُوْنَۙ ( الانبیاء 7)
So, ask the people (having the knowledge) of the message, if you do not know. – 21:7)
While both paths are guided by Allah SWT, the former gives a (وہبی) divinely gifted method and the latter provides an (کسبی) acquired means of finding the right path.
A person should use both of these described treasures and lead his/her life with conviction and peace of mind.