Response to those who say that Islam imposes difficulty on the people through its teachings

What would be the response to those who say that Islam imposes difficulty on the people through its laws?

The fundamental goal from Islamic law is to remove difficulty from human beings. Allah سبحانه و تعالى mentions this in the Qur’an:

“...Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you difficulty…” [1]

“…Allah has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty…”[2]

These verses are clear evidences that Islam does not impose any difficulty upon human beings. Distorted understanding of the religion may make us think of its teachings as being hard and difficult. For example, one may think of the obligation of Salah as burdensome as it appears to be merely a ritual of physical movement that is repeated each time. However, if we realize that the purpose of our creation is to worship Allah and the goal of human beings is to attain righteousness, we should also realize that worshipping Allah leads to righteousness. The obligation of the five daily prayers is in fact a system whereby we can remember Allah throughout the day. Even with this ease that Allah gives us in terms of organizing us to remember Him, He also gives us along with it certain concessions. For example, when we are travelling, we are allowed to shorten our 4 units’ prayer into 2 units. We may also join the dhuhr and asr salaah into one, as well as maghrib and isha. Allah makes our spiritual life easier through His mercy. He makes our path to Paradise easier for us. So, the fundamental goal of the Islamic law is to make the path of righteousness easier for human beings. When we see the various religious obligations and add up the number of things that are prohibited in Islam, we will find them to be very few in comparison to those which we are allowed to do. The things that are allowed for us are many, and the things that are prohibited for us are few. All of these prohibitions are meant to protect the human beings from harm to both their spiritual and material life.

References:

[1] [Qur’an 2:185]

[2] [Qur’an 22:78]

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