Questions in Islam
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I am a student of
science.Alhamdulillah I have a strong faith in Allah.As far as I know( and this
is just my opinion),every rule and law in Islam is backed by a scientific or
logical reason.Though I`m compelled to follow islam as it is, I feel i`m more
convinced about a query in islam, if its proved by logical reasoning, rather
than by some example from the past.The following are couple of doubts that i
wanted to clear, and i would be very grateful if you could support answers with
1:Apart from blind
faith in Allah, is questioning islam(not to doubt in it, but rahter to
stregthen it) wrong.
2:Why is listening
to music haraam.
3:Why is drawing
or taking pictures haraam.
4:Why can i not
talk to or touch a non-mehraam girl. I have asked these questions before, and
am still awaiting its reply.I would be honestly thankful, if i could get an
answer this time.
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Questions in Islam
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask
for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever
He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that
there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam,
no dai, nobody!) worthy of
worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His
slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
from blind faith in Allah, is questioning islam(not to doubt in it, but rahter
to stregthen it) wrong.
anything in Islam to increase one’s faith,
and search and seek the wisdom behind every word and command of Allah
Subhanah and His Messenger (saws) is not wrong at all; it is absolutely allowed and encouraged in
Islam! For when one is convinced with
the wisdom and logic behind the commands of Allah and His Messenger
(saws), his faith in the deen will
increase and make him a better practicing believer.
one asks a question to learn and/or understand the deen, or one asks a question so that he may
understand the ‘hikmah’ or wisdom behind any command of the deen so that he may
follow it with more conviction; there
is absolutely no harm; in fact, such questions where one may learn and
understand the deen of Islam are encouraged.
When one wants to learn or understand the deen, he is encouraged to ask any number of
question on any belief or command of Islam.
But if one is a muslim, and is fundamentally against the guidance
and teachings of Allah and His Messenger (saws), and has absolutely no intention to accept, follow or obey their commandments, but simply asks questions to challenge the
commands and prove them wrong and non-beneficial; such type of questions are discouraged in Islam.
The above guidance is only for
the believers. If one is a non-believer, he is allowed to ask any number of questions
he wants on Islam; and the believers
and scholars must strive to satisfy his queries in the most polite and best manner, to enable his heart to soften to the Truth
Your question:Why is
listening to music haraam.
itself is not forbidden in Islam; only
some type of music is forbidden. We
have written a comprehensive answer on the issue of ‘music’ and are attaching
the answer for your perusal.
Your question:Why is
drawing or taking pictures haraam.
or taking pictures are not forbidden per say,
only drawing pictures of animate objects is forbidden.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood
Hadith 4140 Narrated by Ali ibn AbuTalib
The Prophet (peace
be upon him) said: ‘The angels do not
enter a house which contains an (animate) picture, a dog, or a man who is
impure by sexual defilement.’
Hadith 7.843 Narrated by Abu Salim
promised to visit the Prophet but he delayed and the Prophet got worried about
that. At last he came out and found
Gabriel and complained to him of his grief (for his delay). Gabriel said to
him, "We do not enter a place in which there is an (animate) picture, or a dog."
Hadith 7.834 Narrated by Muslim
We were with Masruq
at the house of Yasar bin Numair. Masruq saw pictures on his terrace and said,
"I heard 'Abdullah saying that he heard the Prophet (saws) saying, "The people who will receive
the severest punishment from Allah will be the (animate) picture makers.'
Hadith 4.448 Narrated by Abu Talha
I heard the
Messenger of Allah (saws) saying; "Angels (of Mercy) do not enter a house
wherein there is a dog or a picture of a living creature (a human being
or an animal)."
Hadith 3.428 Narrated by Said bin
Abu Al Hasan
While I was with
Ibn 'Abbas a man came and said, "O father of 'Abbas! My sustenance is from
my manual profession and I make these pictures." Ibn 'Abbas said, "I will tell you only what I heard from Allah's
Apostle. I heard him saying, 'Whoever
makes an (animate) picture will be punished by Allah till he puts life in it, and he will never be able to put life
in it.' "
Hearing this, that man heaved a sigh and his face turned pale. Ibn 'Abbas said to him, "What a pity!
If you insist on making pictures, I
advise you to make pictures of trees and any other unanimated objects."
can i not talk to or touch a non-mehraam girl.
When something is declared
‘haraam’ in Islam, then all the roads
that lead to the haraam are also considered haraam! Allah Subhanah has declared the act of ‘zina’ haraam and a grave
sin in Islam; thus all the roads that
lead one to the path of ‘zina’ are also considered haraam.
Allah Subhanah created man and
woman, and He is the one who created
their nature. He has put a natural
physical attraction between the man and the woman, and opened a legal way of marriage to fulfill this natural
requirement, and made this natural
requirement a process that would result in the continuation of mankind on this
When one meets, or talks,
or touches ones mother, or
sister, or daughter, or any other mehram woman, there is no sexual physical attraction
towards these woman. But when one
meets any non-mehram woman, or talks casual
talk to her, or touches her, his natural physical attraction is aroused
towards these woman, which may lead the
person to the path of the heinous sin of fornication or adultery. And this act of fornication and adultery
is so evil and so heinous, that it
starts destroying oneself, one’s
family, and ultimately one’s society
with its evil results!
Islam (and almost all other
religions) have recognized this evil of fornication and adultery as being evil
and harmful to man and his society, and
although ‘zina’ is discouraged in all religions, Islam is the only religion which has closed all the roads that
lead one to the evil path of zina!
Islam has commanded both, the
believing man and the believing woman,
to lower their gaze and guard their modesty when in the presence of
non-mehrams, commanded both, the believing man and the believing
woman, not to socialize casually with
non-mehram members of the opposite sex,
commanded the believing woman not to display her beauty in public, commanded the believing woman to cover
herself adequately in the presence of non-mehram men, etc. After closing all
the doors that lead to the evil path of zina,
Islam has declared the sin of ‘zina’ haraam and a grave sin!
Meeting, talking casually, and touching a non-mehram woman opens the door to the evil of
zina; thus these acts are absolutely
discouraged and considered a sin in the deen of Islam.
Every society looks down upon
adultery and fornication, but in their
ignorance have allowed the non-mehram man and woman to meet, talk casually, and touch and even kiss each other! These so-called modern-educated-ignorant people recognize the
evils of adultery in society, but have
opened all the doors that lead to adultery and fornication! The societies that so propagate and open
the doors to the evil of ‘zina’ in their self-declared notions and slogans of
‘rights’ and ‘freedom’, are today
paying the price for their ignorance!
Statistics are galore that in
such societies, a huge percentage of
their daughters lose their honor in their teens, a huge percentage of their daughters are pregnant while still in
school, a huge percentage of their men
and women prefer to stay single for they shun the responsibilities of marriage
because they can satisfy their natural physical requirements easily, and a vast majority of their married men and
women cheat out of marriage! That is
precisely the society Islam does not want to build for mankind; for Islam guides the believers towards building a wholesome and righteous society
of morality, honesty, justice and God-consciousness: where man,
his property and above all, his honor,
are safe and sacrosanct! Then
and only then, can man accomplish the
honorable mission that he was sent for on earth!
Whatever written of
Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever
of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows
Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
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