Easing religious hardship, but how?

Across all spectrums of the religious scale, it is held by most that the religious principle of making things easy requires curbing aspects of the shari'ah. Of course, in many instances it does, but it is not a necessary given. The understanding that ease requires some sort of cutback has become axiomatic, even those who doggedly refuse any notion of moderation – usually of the literalist kind – take the hadith to be a reference to legal concessions (rukhas). This tends to be due to the widespread religious culture of viewing most things, including religious ease and hardship, only through a legalistic (fiqhi) lens.

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