Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Do not follow your father lists of prohibition.


Let every one who believe in God check within himself whether what he is doing is really what God command him to do. You may be a Muslim, a Jew, a Christian or any other religions who believe in the Oneness of God but have you really read and know your Book of Guidance?

In the Quran it is incumbent for every Muslim not to blindly follow what his father has been doing, he is to check with his Book of Guidance the Quran. We are to check and confirm what can be eaten which is lawful and what is forbidden. In the Quran God said

O ye people! Eat of what is on earth, lawful and good; and do not follow the footsteps of the evil one, for he is to you an avowed enemy. For he commands you what is evil and shameful, and that ye should say of Allah of which ye have no knowledge. When it is said to them: "Follow what Allah hath revealed:" They say: "Nay! We shall follow the ways of our fathers." What! Even though their fathers were void of wisdom and guidance? (Surah 2:168-170)

When God have commanded you what is not to be eaten then do not follow the examples of your fathers in restricting more than what has been commanded by God in His Book the Quran. He has prohibited you only these items

O ye who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided for you, and be grateful to Allah, if it is Him ye worship. He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah. But if one is forced by necessity, without willful disobedience or transgressing due limits; then is he guiltless. For Allah is Oft-forgiving Most Merciful. (Surah 2:172-173)

Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah; that which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety. This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to transgression, Allah is indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. They ask thee what is lawful to them (as food). Say: lawful unto you are (all) things good and pure: and what ye have taught your trained hunting animals (to catch) in the manner directed to you by Allah: eat what they catch for you, but pronounce the name of Allah over it: and fear Allah; for Allah is swift in taking account. This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you. The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them. (Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book, revealed before your time; when ye give them their due dowers, and desire chastity, not lewdness, nor secret intrigues if any one rejects faith, fruitless is his work, and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good). (Surah 5:3-5)

Any other than the above restriction all things good are lawful for you and if any one put any restriction with a new lists than the above, they are of those who follow their fathers and what their forefathers have listed of false prohibition and they are of those whom God has described in the following verse

But say not - for any false thing that your tongues may put forth; "This is lawful, and this is forbidden," so as to ascribe false things to Allah. For those who ascribe false things to Allah, they will never prosper. (Surah 16:116)

Even the Prophet have been cautioned not to prohibit that which God has make it lawful and he was to follow what he has been inspired to do

O Prophet! Why do you forbid (yourself) that which Allah has made lawful for you; you seek to please your wives; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (Surah 66:1)

Say (O Prophet): "I find not in the message received by me by inspiration any forbidden to be eaten by one who wishes to eat it, unless it be dead meat, or blood poured forth, or the flesh of swine; for it is an abomination - or, what is impious, (meat) on which a name has been invoked, other than Allah's". But (even so), if a person is forced by necessity, without willful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits; thy Lord is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah 6:145)


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