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The Merits Of Islam

25 Nov

This is a reasonable enough question for
one who has not entered Islam, but
one who believes in and practices this
religion already knows the blessings
which are his because of this religion.
There are many reasons for this, which
include the following:
(1) The Muslim worships One God, Who
has no partner, and Who has the most
beautiful names and the highest
attributes. Thus the Muslim’s focus and
aim is concentrated, focused on His Lord
and Creator; he puts his trust in Him
and asks Him for help, patience and
support; he believes that Allaah is able
to do all things, and has no need of a
wife or son. Allaah created the heavens
and earth; He is the One Who gives life
and death; He is the Creator and
Sustainer from Whom the slave seeks
provision. He is the All-Hearing Who
responds to the supplication of His
slave, and from Whom the slave hopes
for a response. He is the All-Merciful
and All-Forgiving, to Whom the slave
turns in repentance when he has
committed a sin or fallen short in his
worship of Allaah. He is the Omniscient
and All-Seeing, Who knows all intentions
and what is hidden in people’s hearts.
The slave feels ashamed to commit a sin
by doing wrong to himself or to others,
because his Lord is watching over him
and sees all that he does. He knows
that Allaah is All-Wise, the Seer of the
Unseen, so he trusts that what Allaah
decrees for him is good; he knows that
Allaah will never be unjust to him, and
that everything that Allaah decrees for
him is good, even if he does not
understand the wisdom behind it.
(2) The effects of Islaamic worship on
the soul of the Muslim include the
following:
Prayer keeps the slave in contact with
his Lord; if he enters it in a spirit of
humiliation and concentration, he will
feel tranquil and secure, because he is
seeking a “powerful support,” which is
Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted.
For this reason, the Prophet of Islaam,
Muhammad (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) used to say: “Let
us find relaxation and joy in prayer.” If
something distressed him, he would
hasten to pray. Everyone who finds
himself faced with disaster and tries
prayer finds strength, patience and
consolation, because he is reciting the
words of his Lord, which cannot be
compared to the effect of the words of
a created being. If the words of some
psychologists can offer a little comfort,
what do you think of the words of the
One Who created the psychologist?
Now let us look at zakaat (the poor
due), which is one of the pillars of
Islaam. Zakaat purifies the soul from
stinginess and miserliness, and
accustoms people to being generous
and helping the poor and needy. It will
bring a great reward on the Day of
Resurrection, just like other forms of
worship. It is not burdensome, like
man-made taxes; it is only 25 in every
thousand, which the sincere Muslim
pays willingly and does not try to evade
or wait until someone chases him for it.
Fasting involves refraining from food
and sex for an appointed time. It is a
form of worship, and a way in which one
can feel the hunger of those who are
deprived. It is also a reminder of the
blessings of the Creator, and it brings
rewards beyond measure.
Hajj is the Pilgrimage to the sacred
House of Allaah, which was built by
Ibraaheem (Abraham, upon whom be
peace). By performing Hajj one is
obeying the command of Allaah and the
call to come and meet Muslims from all
over the world.
(3) Islaam commands all kinds of good
and forbids all kinds of evil. It
encourages good manners and proper
treatment of others. It enjoins good
characteristics such as truthfulness,
patience, deliberation, kindness,
humility, modesty, keeping promises,
dignity, mercy, justice, courage,
patience, friendliness, contentment,
chastity, good treatment, tolerance,
trustworthiness, gratitude for favours,
and self-control in times of anger.
Islaam commands the Muslim to fulfil
his duty towards his parents and to
uphold family ties, to help the needy, to
treat neighbours well, to protect and
safeguard the wealth of the orphan, to
be gentle with the young and show
respect to the old, to be kind to
servants and animals, to remove
harmful things from the road, to speak
kind words, to forgive at the time when
one has the opportunity to take
revenge, to be sincere towards one’s
fellow-Muslims, to meet the needs of
the Muslims, to give the debtor time to
repay his debt, to prefer others over
oneself, to console others, to greet
people with a smiling face, to visit the
sick, to support the one who is
oppressed, to give gifts to friends, to
honour his guest, to treat his wife kindly
and spend on her and her children, to
spread the greeting of peace (salaam)
and to seek permission before entering
another person’s house, lest one see
something private that the other person
does not want one to see.
Some non-Muslims may do these things
out of politeness or good manners, but
they are not seeking reward from Allaah
or salvation of the Day of Judgement.
If we look at what Islam has prohibited,
we will find that it is in the interests of
both the individual and society as a
whole. All these prohibitions serve to
safeguard the relationship between the
slave and his Lord, and the relationship
of the individual with himself and with
his fellow-man. The following examples
demonstrate this:
Islam forbids the association of anything
in worship with Allaah and the worship
of anything other than Allaah, because
this spells doom and misery. Islaam also
forbids visiting or believing soothsayers
and fortune-tellers; magic or witchcraft
that may cause a rift between two
people or bring them together; belief in
the influence of the stars on events and
people’s lives; cursing time, because
Allaah is directing its affairs; and
superstition, because this is pessimism.
Islam forbids cancelling out good deeds
by showing off, boasting or reminding
others of one’s favours; bowing or
prostrating to anything other than
Allaah; sitting with hypocrites or
immoral people for the purposes of
enjoying their company or keeping them
company; and invoking the curse or
wrath of Allaah on one another or
damning one another to Hell.
Islam forbids the Muslim to raise his
voice in prayer, lest it disturb other
believers; to continue offering
supererogatory prayers at night when
one feels drowsy – such a person should
sleep then get up; to stay up all night in
prayer, especially one night after
another; and to stop praying when
there is doubt as to the validity of one’s
wudoo’ – unless one hears a sound or
smells an odour.
Islaam forbids buying, selling and
making “lost and found”
announcements in the mosque –
because it is the place of worship and
remembrance of Allaah, where worldly
affairs have no place.
Islaam forbids building over graves,
making them high, sitting on them,
walking between them wearing shoes,
putting lights over them or writing on
them. It is forbidden to disinter the
dead or to take graves as places of
worship. Islam forbids wailing, tearing
one’s clothes or leaving one’s hair
unkempt when a person dies. Eulogizing
the dead in the manner of the times of
Ignorance (Jaahiliyyah) is also forbidden,
although there is nothing wrong with
informing others that a person has died.
Islaam forbids the consumption of riba
(interest); all kinds of selling which
involve ignorance (of the product),
misleading and cheating; selling blood,
wine, pork, idols and everything that
Allaah has forbidden – their price,
whether bought or sold – is haraam
(unlawful); najash, which is offering a
price for something one has no
intention of buying, as happens in many
auctions; concealing a product’s faults at
the time of selling; selling something
which one does not own or before it
comes into one’s possession;
undercutting, outbidding or out
bargaining another; selling produce
before it is clear that it is in good
condition and free of blemish; cheating
in weights and measures; and hoarding.
A partner who has shares in a plot of
land or a date palm tree is forbidden to
sell his share without consulting his
partners. It is forbidden to consume the
wealth of orphans unjustly; to bet or
gamble; to take anything by force; to
accept or offer bribes; to steal people’s
wealth or to consume it unjustly; to
take something for the purpose of
destroying it; to undermine the value of
people’s possessions; to keep lost
property which one has found, or to
keep quiet about it and not announce
it, for it belongs to the one who
recognizes it; to cheat in any way; to
ask for a loan with no intention of
repaying it; to take anything of the
wealth of a fellow-Muslim, unless it is
given freely, because what is taken
because of another person’s shyness is
haraam (impermissible); and to accept a
gift because of intercession.
Celibacy and castration are forbidden, as
is marrying two sisters, or a woman and
her aunt (paternal or maternal),
whether he marries the aunt after
marrying her niece or vice versa, for
fear of breaking the ties of kinship. It is
forbidden to make deals in marriage,
such as saying “Let me marry your
daughter and I will give you my
daughter or sister in marriage.” Such
reciprocal deals are a form of
oppression and injustice, and haraam.
Islaam forbids mut’ah (temporary
marriage), which is a marriage contract
for a period of time agreed by the two
parties, at the end of which the
marriage expires. Islaam forbids
intercourse with a menstruating woman,
until she has purified herself (by taking
a bath after her period ends), and also
forbids anal intercourse. A man is
forbidden to propose marriage to a
woman when another man has already
proposed to her, unless the other man
withdraws his proposal or gives him
permission. It is forbidden to marry a
previously-married woman without
consulting her, or a virgin without
seeking her permission. It is forbidden
to wish (a newly married couple) “Bi’l-
rafaa’ wa’l-baneen (a joyful life and
many sons),” because this is the
greeting of the people of Jaahiliyyah
(ignorance), who hated daughters. The
divorced woman is forbidden to conceal
what Allaah has created in her womb (if
she is pregnant). A husband and wife
are forbidden to speak (to others) about
the intimacies of married life. It is
forbidden to turn a woman against her
husband or to take divorce lightly. It is
forbidden for a woman to ask for
another’s divorce, such as asking a man
to divorce a woman so that she can
marry him. A wife is forbidden to spend
her husband’s money without his
permission, or to keep away from his
bed without good reason, because the
angels will curse her if she does that. A
man is forbidden to marry his father’s
wife, or to have intercourse with a
woman who is pregnant from another
man. It is forbidden for a man to
practice ‘azl (Reproduction interruptus)
with his free wife without her
permission. It is forbidden for a man to
return home from a journey late at
night and startle his family, unless he
has previously notified them when he
will arrive home. A man is forbidden to
take anything of his wife’s mahr (dowry)
without her consent, or to keep
annoying his wife so that she will give
up her wealth.
Islaam forbids women to make a wanton
display of themselves (tabarruj). It also
forbids extreme forms of female
circumcision. Women are forbidden to
admit anyone into their husband’s
home without his permission; his
general permission is acceptable so long
as they stay within the limits of
sharee’ah (Islaamic law). It is forbidden
to separate a mother and child (in case
of divorce); to let one’s womenfolk
behave foolishly (in an immoral fashion)
and not say anything; to let one’s gaze
wander everywhere; and to follow an
accidental glance with an intentional
glance.
Islaam forbids the eating of dead meat,
regardless of whether it died by
drowning, strangulation, shock or falling
from a high place; eating blood, pork
and anything slaughtered in a name
other than that of Allaah or for idols;
eating the flesh or drinking the milk of
beasts that feed on filth and waste
matter; eating the flesh of every
carnivorous beast that has fangs and
every bird that has talons; eating the
meat of domesticated donkeys; killing
animals by keeping them and throwing
stones at them until they die, or
detaining them without food until they
die; slaughtering with teeth or nails;
slaughtering one animal (for food) in
front of another; or sharpening the knife
in front of the animal to be slaughtered.
In the area of clothing and adornment,
men are forbidden the extravagance of
wearing gold. Muslim men are
forbidden to be Unclad or to expose
their thighs; to leave their clothes long
(below the ankles) and trail them on
the ground for the purpose of showing
off; and to wear clothes that will attract
attention.
It is forbidden to bear false witness; to
make false accusations against a chaste
believing woman; to accuse someone
who is innocent; to utter lies; to slander
and backbite; to call people by offensive
nicknames; to spread gossip and
malicious slander; to make fun of the
Muslims; to boast about one’s status; to
shed doubts on a person’s lineage; to
utter slander, insults and obscenities; to
speak in an indecent or rude manner;
or to utter evil in public, except by one
who has been wronged.
Islaam forbids telling lies; one of the
worst kinds of lie is to lie about dreams,
like fabricating dreams and visions in
order to prove one’s virtue, or make
some material gains, or to frighten an
enemy.
Muslims are forbidden to praise
themselves, or to talk in a secret way:
two may not converse secretly to the
exclusion of a third, because this is
offensive. It is forbidden to curse a
believer or someone who does not
deserve to be cursed.
Islaam forbids speaking ill of the dead;
praying for death; wishing for death
because of some suffering that one is
passing through; praying against one’s
self, one’s children, one’s servants or
one’s wealth.
Muslims are told not to eat the food
that is directly in front of others or to
eat from the centre of the dish or
platter; rather they should eat from
what is directly in front of them or
thereabouts, because the barakah
(blessing) comes in the middle of the
food. It is forbidden to drink from a
broken edge of a vessel, because this
could cause harm; or to drink from the
mouth of a vessel; or to breathe into it.
It is forbidden to eat while lying on
one’s stomach; to sit at a table where
wine is being drunk; to leave a fire
burning in one’s house when one
sleeps; to sleep with Ghamr in one’s
hand, like an offensive smell or the
remainder of food (grease); to sleep on
one’s stomach; or to talk about or try to
interpret bad dreams, because these
are tricks of the Shaytaan.
It is forbidden to kill another person
except in cases where it is right to do
so; to kill one’s children for fear of
poverty; to commit suicide; to commit
fornication, adultery or sodomy
(homosexuality); to drink wine, or even
to prepare it, carry it from one place to
another, or sell it. Muslims are
forbidden to please people by angering
Allaah; to offend their parents or even
to say “Uff” (the slightest word of
contempt) to them; to claim that a child
belongs to anyone but his real father;
to torture by means of fire; to burn
anyone, alive or dead, with fire; to
mutilate the bodies of the slain; to help
anyone commit falsehood; or to
cooperate in wrongdoing and sin.
It is forbidden to obey any person by
disobeying Allaah; to swear falsely; to
swear a disastrous oath; to eavesdrop
on people without their permission; to
invade people’s privacy or look at their
private parts; to claim something that
does not belong to one or that one did
not do, for the purpose of showing off;
to look into someone’s else’s house
without permission; to be extravagant;
to swear an oath to do something
wrong; to spy on others or be suspicious
about righteous men and women; to
envy, hate or shun one another; to
persist in falsehood; to be arrogant or
feel superior; to be filled with self-
admiration; to be pleased with one’s
arrogance. Islam forbids taking back
one’s charity, even if one pays to get it
back; employing someone to do a job
without paying him his wages; being
unfair in giving gifts to one’s children;
bequeathing everything in one’s will
and leaving one’s heirs poor – in such a
case the will should not be executed;
writing a will that concerns more than
one third of one’s legacy; being a bad
neighbour; or changing a will to the
detriment of one or some of one’s
heirs. A Muslim is forbidden to forsake
or shun his brother for more than three
days, except for a reason sanctioned by
sharee’ah; to hold small stones
between two fingers and throw them
because this could cause injury to eyes
or teeth; to include his heirs in a will,
because Allaah has already given heirs
their rights of inheritance; to disturb his
neighbour; to point a weapon at his
Muslim brother; to hand someone an
unsheathed sword, lest it harm him; to
come (walk) between two people
except with their permission; to return
a gift, unless there is some shar’i
objection to it; to be extravagant; to
give money to foolish people; to wish to
be like someone to whom Allaah has
given more of something; to cancel out
his charity by giving offensive reminders
of his giving; to wilfully conceal
testimony; or to oppress orphans or
scold one who asks for help or money.
It is forbidden to treat with evil
medicines, because Allaah would not
create a cure for this ummah which
includes something that He has
forbidden. It is forbidden to kill women
and children in warfare; to boast to one
another; or to break promises.
Islaam forbids betraying a trust; asking
for charity that one does not need;
alarming a Muslim brother or taking
away his possessions, whether jokingly
or seriously; changing one’s mind after
giving a gift, except in the case of a gift
from a father to his child; practising
medicine without experience; or killing
ants, bees and hoopoe birds. A man is
forbidden to look at the ‘awrah (private
parts) of another man, and a woman is
forbidden to look at the ‘awrah of
another woman. It is forbidden to sit
between two people without their
permission; or to greet only those
whom one knows, because the greeting
is to be given to those whom you know
and those whom you do not know. A
Muslim is forbidden to let an oath come
between him and good deeds; he
should do what is good and make
expiation for the oath. It is forbidden to
judge between two disputing parties
when one is angry, or to judge in favour
of one party without hearing what the
other has to say. It is forbidden for a
man to walk through the market-place
carrying something – like a sharp weapon
– that could harm the Muslims, unless it
is properly covered. A Muslim is
forbidden to make another person get
up, so that he can take his place.
There are more commands and
prohibitions which came for the benefit
and happiness of individuals and
mankind as a whole. Have you ever
seen any other religion that can
compare to this religion?
Finally, I hope that everyone who reads
this will be guided to the correct way
and to follow the truth. May Allaah
protect you and us from all evil.

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