Friday, August 27, 2010

Are we practicing Muslims really fundamentalists?

First of all, what is a fundamentalist?

Fundamentalist is derived from the word fundamentals. A person that follows the fundamentals of anything, be it a doctor following the fundamentals of medicine in order to treat the physical body, or a person following the fundamentals of Islam, or a robber following the fundamentals of robbing techniques are all known as fundamentalist.

Are some Muslims fundamentalists?


Does this mean that those Muslims are bad?

No. If a Muslim is following the correct fundamentals of Islam, they are on the right path. There is not a single verse of the Glorious Quran which cause any harm to humanity. Examples of verses of the Quran are as below:

Regarding Charity:

"And be steadfast in prayer: practice regular charity." (Qur'an 2:43)

"And be regular in prayer, and regular charity: And whatever good you send forth for your souls before you (from this life), you shall find it with Allah: Surely, Allah sees well all that you do." (Qur'an 2.110)

Regarding treatment of women:

"Do not give away the property, which Allah has made as a means of support for (all of) you, to those weak of understanding (and the unwise), but feed and clothe them with it, and speak to them words of kindness and justice." (Quran 4:5)

Regarding polygamy and justice between wives:

"If you fear you will not be able to act justly with the orphan (girls), then marry other women of your choice, two, or three, or four; But if you fear that you will not be able to deal justly (with them), then marry only one, or (a captive) that your right hand possess. That will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice." (Quran 4:3)

Regarding parents/ kinship/neighbours:

"Serve Allah, and do not join any partners with Him; and do good to parents, (relatives) kinfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near to you in kin, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the way farer (you meet), and what your right hand possess: For Allah does not love the arrogant, the boasters" (Quran 4:36)

Regarding justice:

"O' you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and do not let the hatred of others to make your swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to Piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well acquainted with all that you do."(Qur'an 5:8)

"...Whenever you speak, speak justly, even if a near relative is concerned..." (Quran 6:152)

Regarding gossip:

"...Nor speak ill of each other behind their back. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, you would abhor it. But fear Allah, for Allah is oft Returning, Most Merciful." (Qur'an 49:12)

These are but a few verses out of the thousands of holy verses of the Qur'an. Now tell me, if all humanity followed these simple guidelines, would humanity be what it is today?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Issue of keeping a dog in the home!

I have noticed lately that many Muslims are unaware of the rulings of keeping a dog in the house. First of all, there is a scientific reason for which backs up the reason we should not keep dogs. The tapeworm grows to the full size in the tonsils of dogs, and causes chronic diseases.
SubhanAllah, the Prophet knew this 1400 yrs ago, which is why it is not allowed in the homes. There is a hadith which states :

Aishah (RA) said:

"Jibreel (Gabriel) promised to come to the Prophet at a certain time. That time came and went, and he did not come. The Prophet was holding a stick in his hand, which he threw aside, saying, 'Allah does not break His promise and neither do His messengers.' Then he turned around and saw a puppy underneath his bed. He said, 'When did this dog get in?' I said, 'By Allah, I did not even notice it. He gave orders that it should be taken out, and it was removed. Then Jibreel came to him, and the messenger of Allah said, 'You promised to come and I was waiting for you, but you did not come.' He gave orders that it should be taken out, and it was removed. He said, 'The dog that was in your house prevented me. We do not enter a house where there is a dog or image." (Muslim, 14/81, Kitaab al-Libaas waz-Zeenah,baab tahreem tasweer al-hayawaan).

Abu Talhah (RA) said that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:

"The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or an image". (Ibid, 743).

The hadith of Ibn 'Umar (RA) stated that " I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say:

'Whoever keeps a dog, unless it is a dog for hunting or herding livestock, his reward will decrease by two qiraats every day.'" (Bukhari and Muslim).

Therefore, keeping dogs just for pleasure is not allowed in Islam. We should forward that pleasure to our families and friends, who really deserve it, and recieve plenty of rewards inshAllah!

Above is the photo of the canine tapeworm found in dogs.