"When Muslims entered Egypt, they came across the Egyptian pyramids. Unsure what to do with them, they wrote 'Umar (God be pleased with him), seeking his advice. His response illustrates the profound understanding of Islam's principles the companions of the Prophet (God's peace and blessings to him) had:
"Forget about the dead; worry about the living!"
Islam is adhering to principles that serve as anchors through any age or society. One of the most important principles is fle...xibility in secondary issues, or issues where the harm or the benefit of a situation demands attention because they could undermine one of faith's principles (think about the man who urinated in the Prophet's mosque, or 'Umar bin 'Abd al-Aziz slowly changing society instead of a quick implementation of all things Shari'ah, or the concession to eat the forbidden if a person fears death).
Amazing! We are taught to hold strictly to the principle of compromise and concessions, where allowed!
Both are brought together in the statement of the prophet (Salla Allahu 'Alahi wa Sallam),
"I was sent with a faith that is anchored in God's oneness and compassion."