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Follow ISLAM in its SPIRIT'
There are many religions. Why
do Muslims think that Islam is
true. Is there any factual basis? 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
(PBUH) (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,
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. 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. Islaam forbids urinating into
stagnant water; defecating on
the side of the road or in
places where people seek shade
or where they draw water;
from facing the qiblah (direction of prayer) or turning one’s
back towards it when passing
water or stools; holding one’s
penis in one’s right hand when
passing water; giving the
greeting of salaam (peace) to one who is answering the call of
nature; and putting one’s hand
into any vessel before washing
it, when one has just woken up. Islaam forbids the offering of
any nafl (supererogatory)
prayers when the sun is rising,
when it is at its zenith, and
when it is setting, because it
rises and sets between the horns of Shaytaan (Satan);
praying when there is food
prepared that a person desires;
praying when one urgently
needs to pass water, stools or
wind, because that will distract a person from concentrating
properly on his prayer. 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. Islam forbids haste in walking
when the iqaamah (call
immediately preceding
congregational prayer) is given,
and prescribes walking in a calm
and dignified manner. It is also forbidden to boast about the
cost of building a mosque; to
decorate a mosque with red or
yellow paint or adornments
which will distract the
worshippers; to fast day after day without a break; and for a
woman to observe a
supererogatory fast when her
husband is present without his
permission. 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; 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 ...
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