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Does Islam regard non-Muslims with mercy and compassion?

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Does Islam regard non-Muslims with mercy and compassion?


What is the Islamic view of humanity? Does it encourage us to love and respect others as human beings, regardless of their religion or race?

Published Date: 2012-08-15
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Praise be to Allah.

The Islamic view of humanity is filled with mercy and compassion, and it cannot be otherwise, because the Islamic religion is the last of the religions that were prescribed by Allah, may He be exalted, and He commanded all of mankind to enter this religion. He revealed this religion and sent it down to the most compassionate of mankind, Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). This is confirmed in the Book of Allah, where He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And We have sent you (O Muhammad SAW) not but as a mercy for the ‘Alameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists)”

[al-Anbiya’ 21:107].

 

With regard to that, there are commands in the Qur’aan and Sunnah to

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Freedom of ownership between Communism and Capitalism

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany


 

The ancient and modern world was bewildered in the issue of ownership or property[1]. Different schools of thought and ideas were made in this regard. Communism, for example, wasted individual’s value and freedom as no one has the right to possess a land, factory or real estate or any other means of production. S/he should work as wager for the state, which owns and possesses the resources of production and makes it impossible for him or her to have capital even if this capital is halal (lawful).

Capitalism was also there. It is based on making as holy private ownership without putting any restrictions. It gives the individual the right to possess what he wants, develop it or spend it the way he wants without any slightest restrictions on means of his ownership, development or spending and without any rights to the society in this regard.

Islam, freedom of ownership

And between the extremism of Capitalism in exaggerating the importance of private ownership and the extremism of Communism in scrapping this ownership, including the disadvantages of the two systems, Islam shows us the moderate way that combines both private and collective ownership. Islam has permitted private ownership with certain restrictions to protect others. It also prohibited right of ownership in certain cases to take care of people and encouraged collective ownership. This means that Islam has endorsed individual’s right to ownership and right of collective ownership in a balanced and moderate way.

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Islamic civilization’s care for freedom of thinking

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany

Thinking is an obligation of AllahIslam has enshrined the freedom of thought and cared for it. The Islamic civilization stands as witness for this. This was clear as Islam has called for thinking and making as functional the powers of reason in thinking about the whole universe with its skies and earth. Islam urged all the people to do this and God Almighty said: “Say: “I do admonish you on one point: that ye do stand up before Allah,- (It may be) in pairs, or (it may be) singly,- and reflect.” [Saba: 46] and also: “Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts (and minds) may thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes that are blind, but their hearts which are in their breasts.” [Pilgrimage: 46]

Islam urges use of mental faculties, proofs

Islam has blamed those who block their sensual and mental faculties from functioning and put them in a rank lower than beasts. God Almighty says: “They have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle,- nay more misguided: for they are heedless (of warning).” [The Heights: 179]

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Freedom of belief in Islam

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany

Freedom of belief is one of the basics of Islam

In a clear and basic rule about the religious freedom and the freedom of expression in Islam, God Almighty says: “Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error.” [Al-Baqara: 256]. The Prophet (PBUH) and the Muslims after him did not order anyone to compulsorily embrace Islam. Neither did they force people to look like Muslims to escape death or torture. How can they do this and they well know that if someone accepts Islam under duress, his Islam becomes valueless in the Doomsday, which every Muslim seeks to realize.

It was mentioned in the reasons behind the revelation of the aforementioned verse: Ibn Abbas said: “The women of the Helpers whose boys always died in infancy used to vow to bring up their boys as Jews if they were to live. When the Banu’l-Nadir were driven out, they had among them children of the Helpers. The Helpers said: ‘We will not leave our children!’ Upon which Allah, exalted is He, revealed: “Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error.” [1]

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Freedom, an Invaluable Gift

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

“Freewill is the most difficult of God’s gifts to understand or appreciate.  The person who gives up selfish freedom and agrees to be God’s servant will always be truly free.”

Freedom is one of the most valuable things there is, although many of us have no idea how precious it is until we suffer the loss of it.  It is considered to be one of the basic human rights, and to attempt to withhold that right without very just cause is a most serious sin.  We all like to think that we are free, and that we have freewill when making our choices in life – but let us think for a moment about the realities of the situation.  Are we really born to be free?  And if, in what ways?  What does this mean for us?

For a start, the amount of freedom we actually have is much more limited than we perhaps realize.  Let’s start with simple examples that we can all understand, things that concern our physical bodies.  How much freedom do we have over yawning, or sneezing, or sweating, or bleeding, or breathing, or digesting, or excreting?  How much freedom do we have over whether we can see, or hear, or feel, or get our muscles and limbs to work?  I used to be able to run for a bus and climb mountains – but no matter how much I insist I am free to do that now, I cannot do it.  I cannot even choose to stand up; if I have been typing for a long time my legs get so stiff I just can’t do it.  I have absolutely no control over what is going on inside my body – I have no idea how my kidneys extract waste matter, or how they can know what is needed and what is to be got rid of.  I have no idea what makes my heart beat, or when it will stop.  I cannot choose whether I salivate, urinate, coagulate, replicate, deteriorate or disintegrate!

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Freedom of Thought in Islam

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

A man called Mughees and his wife, Bareera, who were living in slavery in Madinah, decided to accept Islam. After some time the wife was set free. By winning her freedom she legally obtained the right either to live with her husband or to seek a separation from him. Bareera decided in favor of separation, but Mughees, who was greatly attached to her wanted her to change her decision and continue to live with him. This is a long story recorded in books of Hadith in details. To put it briefly, the matter was finally brought before the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.). Both of them came to the Prophet (p.b.u.h.), Bareera in front and Mughees, a black, following her. As recorded in the Hadith, the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said to Bareera: “It would be better for you to take back your decision.” Bareera replied, “O Prophet of God, is this your command?” The Prophet said: “No, it is only a suggestion.” Bareera replied, “Then I do not need it.” This is the highest and ultimate example of Islam granting such great freedom to men and women. This freedom does not mean anarchy. It is a concession to human nature. The development of human nature is possible only in an atmosphere of freedom. Just as a tree flourishes in an open environment similarly the human being develops to the full only in an atmosphere of total intellectual freedom.
By: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
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Human rights in Islam

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

 

The First Sermon

All praise be to Allah, we thank Him and seek His Help and Forgiveness. We seek refuge with Him against the evils of ourselves and the evils of our deeds.

 

Whom Allah guides, there is no one can mislead and whomever Allah misleads, no one can guide him. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone who has no partner and Muhammad is his servant and Messenger. “O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife [Hawwâ’  (Eve)], and from them both He created many men and women; and fear Allâh through Whom you demand (your mutual rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allâh is Ever an All-Watcher over you.” [Surat An-Nisa’: 1]. “O you who believe! Fear Allâh and keep your duty to Him. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for tomorrow, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Well-Acquainted with what you do.” The best speech is the Book of Allah and the best guidance is the guidance of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Indeed, the worst evil of all matters are heresies and every heresy is an error.

 

Our Lord (Glory be to Him) says: “And indeed We have honored the Children of Adam, and We have carried them on land and sea, and have provided them with At-Tayyibât (lawful good things), and have preferred them to many of those whom We have created with a marked preferment.” [Surat Al Isra’: 70]. When Allah selected human beings to inhabit the earth, He gave them rights that were not given to other creatures and gave preference to people according to their servitude to their lord.

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