Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The Quran says:
"He [Allah] has not laid upon you in religion any hardship"
The Prophet(p.b.u.h) says:
"This religion [of islam] is very easy, and whoever overburdens himself in this religion will not be able to contiune in the way. So you should not be Extremists but try to be near to Perfection...."(Al-bukhari)
Islam assures its followers that Allah will accept from them just such duty as they have ability to offer.
The Quran says:
"On no soul does Allah will place a burden greater than it can bear."
Complete way of life
Islam is an all-embracing way of life. It extends over the entire specturm of life showing how to conduct all humain activities in a sound and wholesome manner. Everybody can readily understand Quran and follow in the footsteps of the Prophet(p.b.u.h) to the best of his or her ability, assured by Allah that He will accept from each soul just such duty as it has the ability to offer.
When we read Quran or the prophetic traditions, we find instrctions in all aspects of life, political, social, economic, material, ethical national, and international. These instructions provide as with all the details needed to perform a certain act. The Prophetic traditions go as far as showing us all the steps we need to follow even how to use the toilet: supplictions upon entering it and leaving it, which hand to use in order to clean ourselves and so on. In a word of islam governs a Muslim's life in all its aspects. This is the reason why it is not a only religion but also a way of life....
Advantages Behind Religions Duties
Fair-minded researchers and objective observers acknowledge the face that all divine commands are beneficial to mankind and that all divine prohibitions are harmfull in one way or another. Islam calls to noblilty, truthfulness, chastity, justice, fulfilling the covenant, safeguarding trusts, displaying kindness to orpans and the poors, maintaining neighborliness, honoring the guest and enjoying the lawfull worldy pleasures in moderation. It calls to righteouness and piety, and forbids sin and transgression. In a word, it calls to all that brings about happiness and forbids all that is bound to tigger loss and ruin.
Islam provides a better alternatives for each and every thing it has decleared forbidden and unlawful
We shall briefly consider below some of the advantages and beauty of salat, [prayer] zakat, [obligatory charity] fasting, hajj, [pilgrimage] and jihad [fighting or struggling in Allah's way]
Salat [prayer]-- a Unique Spiritual Experience
Salat [prayer] is a great act of worship, which brings those who observe it closer to their creator. it is a unique spiritual experience where every muscle of the body joins the soul and mind in the worship and glorification of Allah. They begen it by saying 'Allahu Akbar' acknowledging that Allah is the greatest, Who Alone deserves to be excalted and worshipped. They then engage in praising Him in a manner suiting His Majesty. They devote themselves completely to him and totally submit to His Will, seeking His help to keep them on the straight path, that devout and the poius, and to graud them against the path of those who have gone astray and have thus earned his Wrath. When they reach the climax of worship during salat, and their hearts are deeply imbued with awe and revernce, they prostrate before him, placing the most honored part of the body on the floor, showing great submission and humility.
When they observe it regularly, they develop a strong desire to do righteous deeds.
Zakat [Obligatory charity]- an Unmatched Mode of Social financing
Next to salat [prayer] the zakat is the most important of the religious duties enjoined on the muslim. Zakat had myraid advantages and far-reaching effects in the muslim society. It is clear expression of affection towards the poor and needy, which helps satisfy their needs and settle their debts. When Zakat is paid in the precribed manner, it renders corrupt systems like commuisn and capitalism as unnecessary, letting peace and progress prevail.
The Quran Expressly enjoins that wealth should not be permitted to accumlate in a few hands and that is ought to be kept constantly in circulation in order that:
"....it may not become a fortune used by rich among you."(59:7)
Saum [fasting]- Helps develop a strong Personality and character
Fasting, or saum, is a unique moral and spiriual Islamic attribute. Its beauties and merits are limitless, this main reward behind fasting is to attain the noble status of taqwa, or peity or rigtheouness. Fasting helps the faithfull develop a strong personality and character. It also helps them develop the vitue of displaying affection towards the poor and the distressed; when one observes fasting and undergos the pangs of hunger, one actually remembers the condition and distress of the poor. It also reminds them of Allah's favor upon them when they experence hunger while fasting; this reminder prompts them to give thanks to Him for His endless bounties
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) says: "Ramadan is the month of patience and endurance."
Fasting is also a shield against many diseases. It provides one with both spiritual growth and physical fitness.
Besides all the above benefits it is also an act of worship that testifies to total submission and obediance to Allah. A part of the obligation attached to the islamic fast is that, apart from abstention from food, drink and sexual intercourse during the hours of fasting, a muslim must make special efforts attain higher standards of virtue and purity.
Hajj [Pilgrimage]- an Obligation with innumerale Merits
Hajj is another great obligation which has innumerable merits. Its creates for those who perform it an occaison to meet and know one another, to exchange views and compare experience and unite their efforts for the common good.
Hajj purifies the soul and the nutures such noble qualities as generosity, fortitude and modesty. Those who perform it are commaned to avoid all forms of wickedness and observe patience and perseverance.
The Quran says: The hajj is [in] the well-known months [ by the lunar year]. So whoever intends to perfom it therein, let there be no obsecenity, nor wickedness, now wrangling in the hajj." (2:197)
Hajj also provides a good occaision to travel in the land to fine out about its people and their customs ans traditions and also to discover the land of revelations where many Prophets and Messengers called to the worship of Allah alone. Hajj also reminds those who perform it of the day of Resurrection when all human beings will stand equal before the Lord of the worlds for judgment, barefoot, naked and uncircumcised .Hajj also opens our eyes to death and keeps our mind alert to it. For once we assume the state of ihram[ a state in which one is prohibited to practice certain deeds that are lawfull at times. The importance of remembering death is extremly great and very beneficail. Its benefits will eventually stand before Allah for reckoning.
The Quran says: Every soul shall have a taste of death, and only on the day of judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved from the fire and admitted to the gearder will be succeeded. For the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception.''(3:185)
Jihad [striving in the way of Allah] the only way to uproot injustice
Jinhad[ fighting or struggling] in the way of Allah has countless advantages. It serves to grant victory to Allah's religion and to His devote slaves.Its serves to raise mankind from the class of the animals, which are devoted of the faculty of intellect. Jihad also testifies to one's sincerity and safety from hypocrisy, as evidenced by the following hadith in which the Prophet(p.b.u.h) says: "whoever dies while he has never thought of fighting Jihad in Allah's way will die as a hypocrite (abu dawaud)
Perhaps it is apporpriate to mention here the fact that islam was not speard by the 'force of sword', as some orientalist and western writes claim. As a matter of fact , compulsion is incompatible with islam because Islam depends upon faith and self-dertemination and therefore would be meaningless if it is induced by force. Also supporting this is as if that Allah establishes truth and faslehood. while the Quran says: ''let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from faslehood"
Truth at every cost
"In the case of those who say, 'Our Lord is Allah', and further, stand straight and steadfast, the angles descent upon them [at the time of their death, saying:] 'fear not, nor grieve! but receive the gald tidings of the garden of bliss, which you have been promised, we are your friends and protectors in this life and in the hereafter: therein shall you have all that you desire; therein shall you have that you ask for" (41:30-31)
The Prophets's sincerce advice to his companion sufyan, son of Abdullah, also makes this idea clear
"Say: I believe in Allah', then remain steadfast,"
The Quran says: " O you who beleive! fear Allah and be with those who are truthfull"
Kindness to All
"Worship Allah and join none with him in worship, and show kindness to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, the poor, the neighbor who is near of kin, the neighbor who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer, and those slaves whom your right hand possess." (4:36)
Being dutifull to Parents
"And you lord has decreed that you worship none but him, and that you be dutifull yo your parents. If one od them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them, but address them in terms of honor. And lower unto them the wing of the submission and humility through mercy, and say: My Lord bestow uopn them Your mercy as they did bring me uo when i was young." (17:23,24)
Respecting the Elderly and showing Affection towards the women and young
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) says: "There is none against us who does not show mercy towards the young ones and respect and honor the elderly." (at-tirmidhi)
Helping the Needy
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) says:"A Muslim is the brother of a muslim. He neither oppresses him, nor does he fail him. HE who relieves a muslim of an affliction, Allah will relieve him of the one the afflictions of the day of judgment. He who convers a muslim's faults, Allah will cover his own fau
lts on the day of judgement." (muslim)
Mercy towards the Animals
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) says: " A women was punished in hell on account of a car which she confined until death. She neither gave it to eat or to drink when she confined it, nor did she set it free so that it might eat the vermin of the earth." (Al -bukhari and muslim)
Strengthening One Another
The Quran says: "And hold fast, all togther, to the rope of Allah [i.e, this Quran] and be not divided.'' (3:103)
Forgiving others' offences
The Quran says: ''Let them forgive and pass over [the offence], do you not desire that Allah should forgive you?'' (24:22)
"Repel evil with that which is best" (23:96)