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      I have often encountered discussions regarding whether adherence to rituals is as important (or more/less) than moral actions.

      I like to think about this in terms of a sports analogy. Rituals are like practice sessions that are supposed to get you ready for the game. The actual moral actions you live constitute the game for which you are practicing.
      You can practice all you want but if you fail to perform in the live match it counts for nothing.

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      Quote Originally Posted by krash View Post
      I have often encountered discussions regarding whether adherence to rituals is as important (or more/less) than moral actions.

      I like to think about this in terms of a sports analogy. Rituals are like practice sessions that are supposed to get you ready for the game. The actual moral actions you live constitute the game for which you are practicing.
      You can practice all you want but if you fail to perform in the live match it counts for nothing.
      By rituals, in an Islamic context, I suppose you mean daily prayers, recitation of the Qur'an and possibly even ritual purification. A sports analogy would be incorrect for this context for a couple of reasons:

      1. In a sports context, if you perform in the match, your absence from practice could be overlooked.
      2. If you fail at the match, as you said, your practice counts for nothing, or is as good as being null and void.

      In an Islamic context, both of the above would be incorrect. For instance, even if you are honest and polite with people, kind hearted etc but don't observe the daily prayers, your kindness and honesty will not absolve you for the prayers you fail to observe.

      On the other hand, if you do observe the daily prayer but are dishonest in dealings, rude etc. this doesn't make your prayers null and void and become the same as not performing them. Of course, it does show that there is a deficiency in the ritual practice as it should also make one more honest, humble etc. However, even performing it with these deficiencies absolves one from the duty (which is better than not observing it at all).

      In either case, only observing one (either ritual or moral actions) will not absolve the lack of the other.
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