Friday, April 29, 2011

Writing a Will is a MUST for the wealthy


For those who are wealthy it is obligatory for them to write a will according to guidance prescribed in the Quran. It is a wrong attitude that most Muslims did not write a will because he thinks that the Quran has prescribed in detail those who will be the inheritance of his estate. But the Quran only shows the guidance who and how much portion is due and the actual will have to written by the testator himself according to the composition of his family who are still living. He has to have the will officially documented with the proper authority in the country he resides.

In the Quran it is stated it is obligatory for all to write a will those who have assets and since none of us know when we will leave this world it is better to write a will as early in our life as possible as the day we start earning our living and do our saving. None of the close relatives should be discriminated as the ordained portion is due to them whether we love or hate them it is a duty to include them in our will. Even if they are left aside in our will they have the right to contest it with the authority.

Men shall have a portion of what the parents and the near relatives leave, and women shall have a portion of what the parents and the near relatives leave, whether there is little or much of it; a stated portion. (Surah 4:7)

It is prescribed for you, when death approach one of you, if he leave wealth, that he bequeath unto parents and near relatives in kindness. This is a duty for all those who ward off evil. If anyone changes the bequest after hearing it, the guilt shall be on those who make the change. For Allah hears and knows (All things).
(Surah 2:180-181)

In the case where a will have not been written there is still the requirement for the testator to will it orally by getting two people to witness who are to be his beneficiaries.

O you who believe! When death approaches any of you, take witnesses among yourselves when making bequests; two just men of your own brotherhood or others from outside if you are journeying through the earth, and the chance of death befalls you (thus). If ye doubt their truth, detain them both after prayer, and let them both swear by Allah: "We wish not in this for any worldly gain, even though the (beneficiary) be our near relation: we shall hide not the evidence before Allah: if we do, then behold the sin be upon us!" (Surah 5:106)

We cannot deny that the wealth which we accumulate in this world is the bounty and grace from God and before we die God ordained us due portions should be distributed as He commanded it to be. Do not think that the wealth that we accumulated is due to our skill or our ingenuity in business, we may fall into haughtiness as that of Qarun as described in the Quran:

He said: "This has been given to me because of a certain knowledge which I have." Did he not know that Allah had destroyed, before him, (whole) generations which were superior to him in strength and greater in the amount (of riches) they had collected? But the wicked are not called (immediately) to account for their sins. (Surah 28:78)

Thus be not like Qarun who thinks the wealth he accumulated was of his own ingenuity but be humble that the wealth we gain from God we shall distributed it to those He wishes us to inherit before we die according to the guidance He prescribed in the Quran.

The Quran give a simple non complicated formula for the distribution of estates due for the beneficiaries. The portion which has been ordained in the Quran for the children, parents, wives and other near of kin is obligatory to be given to them. Only the surplus from the ordained portion if there is any is legally can be bequest to others whom we pleased. Take the example of the loner who is an orphan being raised in an orphanage who have no one as his next of kin.

Consider him as a man (or a woman) who is wealthy since he has nobody as his legal next of kin or there is no ordained portion obligatory for him to be included he can therefore make a will according to whom he pleases and the Quran allow him to do so:

To everyone We have appointed heirs of that which parents and kinsmen leave, and those with whom you have sworn compact. So give to them their share; God is witness over everything. (Surah 4:33)

Since this man has no parents or next of kin he is allowed to bequest to any one he pleases “with whom you have sworn compact” according to the Quran cover other than his kin and this can be his best friend to inherit the total amount of his estates. The friend can get 100% of the deceased estates when he dies. In his will he has to write Mr A to get 100 percent of his estates. However when he gets married he has to change his will now that his wife is entitled to ¼ portion he has to reduce the portion of his friend Mr A from 100% or 1 to ¾ because his wife has a right to his estate whether he loves her or not. The will is now officially to be rewritten before he dies with his wife to get ¼ (if it is the woman the husband gets ½ against the other free ½) as the ordained portion and the friend is to get only ¾ portions as his will. The will shall keep changing as the composition of his family changes or as he changes his mind and he is allow to change the free non ordained portion from giving it to his friend Mr A the ¾ portion back to his wife as his will but the minimum ordained portion of ¼ must be reserved to his wife.

The verse below will indicate the kind of will that is expected on the testator whose wife/husband and parent were dead and has no children (kalaalati) and the remaining kin are indicated below:

They ask thee for a legal decision. Say: Allah directs (thus) about those who leave no descendants or ascendants as heirs. If it is a man that dies, leaving a sister but no child, she shall have half the inheritance: If (such a deceased was) a woman, who left no child, Her brother takes her inheritance: If there are two sisters, they shall have two-thirds of the inheritance (between them): if there are brothers and sisters, (they share), the male having twice the share of the female. Thus doth Allah make clear to you (His law), lest ye err. And Allah hath knowledge of all things. (Surah 4:176)

In the above it can be translated when the man is still living and he has the family composition as stated in the above verse, he can take the guidance from the Quran to make his will before he dies. He can reserve what is the ordained portion he is obligatory to include and the free portion he is able to will to whoever he pleases.

When a man has only his sister living

If a man was married but his wife dies and he has only his sister still living then he should will ½ of his estates to his sister as ordained by God and the other half he has the right to will it to any one he pleases it can be his friend Mr A. In his will he should officially write as follow

Sister to get ordained portion ½ and friend Mr A get ½.of the free portion. But if he changes his mind he can shift the 1/2 of the free portion from his friend to his sister but he is not allowed to do the other way round because the sister’s portion is ordained portion by God but not the friends’.

When a woman has only her brother living

If a woman was married and has no child and she has only her brother living then before she dies she has to write a will giving all her estate to her brother as this is ordained portion by God. In this case she is not allowed to will it to her friend as there is no extra or free portion from the ordained portion.

When a woman has only her 2 sisters living

In this case she has to will 2/3 of her estate to her sisters as ordained portion and 1/3 of the extra or free non ordained portion to any body he pleases.

When a woman has only brothers and sisters living

In this case she has to will 2/3 of her estates to the brothers and sisters to share among themselves with the male to get twice the share of the females. The remaining 1/3 she can will it to any body she pleases. The non ordained portion is her right to give it any one she pleases.

With the ordained portion already fixed as shown in the Surah 4:176 a will can easily be written when a man or a woman is left with a family composition as depicted in the above examples, the will must show the ordained portion going to the next of kin and the free portion or the extra if any may go to others than closed blood relatives. In the above examples it can be interchanged whether it is a man or a woman writing the will.

The verse below will indicate the kind of will that is expected on the testator whose wife/husband is still alive but the parent were dead and has no children and the remaining kin are indicated below:

In what your wives leave, your share is a half, if they leave no child; but if they leave a child, ye get a fourth; after payment of legacies and debts. In what ye leave, their share is a fourth, if ye leave no child; but if ye leave a child, they get an eighth; after payment of legacies and debts. If the man or woman whose inheritance is in question, has left neither ascendants nor descendants, but has left a brother or a sister, each one of the two gets a sixth; but if more than two, they share in a third; after payment of legacies and debts; so that no loss is caused (to any one). Thus is it ordained by Allah; and Allah is All-knowing, Most Forbearing. (Surah 4:12)

When a woman has only her husband living

When she write her will she must include her husband an ordained portion of ½ her estates and the other free ½ portion she is allowed to will it to any friend she wish.

When a man has only his wife living

When he writes his will he must include his wife an ordained portion of ¼ of his estates and he can will it to any body he pleases the free portion of ¾ of his estates.

When a woman has only her husband and a sister living (same if no sister but a brother living)

When she writes her will she must include her husband an ordained portion ½, the sister an ordained portion 1/6 (same if a brother) and the balance free portion of 1/3 she can will it to any one she pleases.
(If it is a man who writes the will, wife to get ¼ (3/12) and sister to get 1/6 (2/12) ordained portion and the free portion 7/12 is available for him to will it to who ever he pleases)

When a woman has only her husband and a sister and a brother living

When she writes her will she must include her husband an ordained portion of ½ (3/6), the sister and the brother to share an ordained portion of 1/3 (or 2/6 the male get 2 portion of the female) and the 1/6 free portion she can will it to any one she pleases.

[If it is a man, wife to get 1/4 (3/12) while the sister and the brother to share a 1/3 (4/12) ordained portion the balance free portion of 5/12 to whom he pleases]

However the situation of writing a will shall be quite different when the family composition is bigger with the wife/husband, the children and the parents are still living. With this composition the brothers and the sisters has no legal claim on the estates. The Quran stated the ordained portion as follows:

Allah (thus) directs you as regards your Children's (Inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females: if only daughters, two or more, their share is two-thirds of the inheritance; if only one, her share is a half. For parents, a sixth share of the inheritance to each, if the deceased left children; if no children, and the parents are the (only) heirs, the mother has a third; if the deceased Left brothers (or sisters) the mother has a sixth. (The distribution in all cases ('s) after the payment of legacies and debts. Ye know not whether your parents or your children are nearest to you in benefit. These are settled portions ordained by Allah; and Allah is All-knowing, Al-wise. (Surah 4:11)

When a man has only his wife and parent still living

When he writes his will, the wife is to get ¼, the mother will get 1/3 and the father to get 1/6 ordained portion and the ¼ balance free portion he can will it to any one he pleases.

When a man has his wife and parent and his brothers and sisters still living

Since the brothers and the sisters are still living the ordained portion of the mother from 1/3 is reduced to 1/6 maybe because they can participate to take care of the mother too.

His will shall consist of his wife to get ¼ and the mother to get 1/6 of the ordained portion and the balance ½ free portion can be bequest to any one he pleases.

When a man has his wife and his child living

He has to reduced the ordained portion of his wife from ¼ to 1/8 and his child (male or female) get ½ and the balance free portion of 3/8 he can will it to whom he pleases.

When a man has his wife and his children more than two living

He shall will for the wife to get 1/8 (3/24) and the children 2/3 (or 16/24 the male get two shares than the female) and the balance free portion of 5/24 he can bequest to any one he pleases.

So far all the ordained portion in all the above family compositions there is some leeway for a free portion allowing the testator to will it to some one he pleases but the following family composition not only disallow the testator to will it to some one he pleases but he is enforced to reduce some ordained portion from the beneficiaries because if all of them stick to their portions, their claim will exceed the asset as show n below

When a man has his wife, his children more than two and both his parent still living

What is indicated in the above Surah 4:11 is that by not writing a will if he leaves behind a wife, children more than two and both his parent are still living, the total claim will exceed more than one which means there is more claims than there is asset. When God made it compulsory in the Quran to write a will there is consequences for those who did not write their will be it in this world or in the next world.

Without an official will written by the testator, what the Quran shows is that the beneficiaries can claim the ordained portion as follow

The wife can claim ordained portion of 1/8 or 3/24
The children can claim an ordained portion of 2/3 or 16/24
The parent can claim an ordained portion (1/6 each) 1/8 or 8/24
Total Claim 27/24

The total claim of 1(one) 3/24 cannot equal to the total asset of 1, there will be an over claim of 3/24. Or to put it in term of percentage the claim is 112.5 % over an asset of 100% which mean there is an extra claim of 12.5%.

Here it is glaring that without an official will if all the above beneficiaries stick to their claim of their ordained portion they can never find a solution and that is the reason why many Muslims were unable to solve their inheritance problem simply because there is no will written from whose portion it should be reduced and the authorities have no right to take out the 3/24 or 12.5% from any of the beneficiary because it is all ordained portion in the Quran.

Thus God has made it in such a way that the only solution to avoid this complication is to write a will before we die and the testator is the only one responsible to reduce this amount of 3/24 or 12.5 % when he writes his will. If God is the One Who command we are to write a will He will certainly give us a way how to settle the ordained portion if we are to have a family unit on that composition. The distribution of estates in the Quran

The wife ordained portion is 1/8 or 3/24
The children ordained portion is 2/3 or 16/24
The parent ordained portion (1/6 each) 1/3 or 8/24
Total Claim 27/24 extra 3/24

If the testator is to make his own decision there are many options he can do to streamline the total fractions above to equal 1. See table below

1. He can take off the whole 1/8 or 3/24 from the wife who will get nothing

The children get 16/24 and the parent 8/24 this will add to 24/24 equal 1.

2. He can take off the 3/24 from the children, they get less

The wife gets 3/24, the children gets 13/24 and the parents gets 8/24 and this will adds to 24/24.

3. He can take off the 3/24 from the parent, they get less

The wife gets 3/24, the children get 16/24 and the parent gets 5/24 and this will add up to 24/24.

But by doing one of the above it will expose the testator preference of his love ones, which means if he takes off from his wife the 1/8 or 3/24 unconsciously he loves more of his children and his parent. Should he decides to take off from his children 3/24 it means he loves more of his parents and if he takes off 3/24 from his parents he is showing that he is nearer and loves his children more than the parents.

However God in the Quran want us to make a decision based on His guidance and He said in the Surah 4:11

…….Ye know not whether your parents or your children are nearest to you in benefit. These are settled portions ordained by Allah; and Allah is All-knowing, Al-wise. (Surah 4:11)

The tip above send a straight message with regards of our children and our parent that since we do not know who are nearest in benefit between them to us but we are responsible to make a decision to reduce the ordained 3/24 from the total claimant of 27/24 in our will and as God mentioned the children and parent, it means the wife portion of 3/24 is to remain intact.

To be fair if God says that we do not know who are nearest to us in benefit between our children and our parent the best solution is to take off from them half of 3/24 (or 6/48) and the formula will be as below and it will certainly be with God’s Blessing

The original ordained portion in the Quran before writing of a will

Wife to get 3/24 or 6/48,
Children to get 16/24 or 32/48
Parent 8/24 or 16/48 Total 54/48 an over claim of 6/48

The ordained portion after officially writing a will before dying

Wife to get 6/48
Children 32/48 (minus 3/48) 29/48
Parent 16/48 (minus 3/48) 13/48 Total 48/48 equal 1

(the same exercise as above if woman is the testator except her husband get ¼)

What can be observed from the law of inheritance in the Quran is that blood relation is important and all relatives mentioned that make up the composition of the family unit of their ordained portion must be reserved for them and only if there is free portion left can a person will it to whom he pleases. In the case where the composition of the wife, the children and the parent are still living we can conclude that it is our will that it be reduced as God wants us to write it as He guides us in the Quran.

This is the Limits (Hudud) set by God and those who follow it will be rewarded in heavens and those who disobey the limit above will be admitted in the fire.

Those are limits set by Allah: those who obey Allah and His Messenger will be admitted to Gardens with rivers flowing beneath, to abide therein (for ever) and that will be the supreme achievement. But those who disobey Allah and His Messenger and transgress His limits will be admitted to a Fire, to abide therein: And they shall have a humiliating punishment. (Surah 4:13-14)


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Quran is against Sharia stoning to death


There is evidence from the Quran that our good Prophet did not apply the stoning to death penalty to the Muslims during his time because if he did he will contradict the very message he was supposed to deliver from God. The stoning was only applicable for those who have the punishment written in their scriptures. The Torah and the Bible condoned such punishment but not the Quran.

The following evidences from the Quran are proofs against the hadith that claimed the Prophet applied the law of stoning to death to his people during his time

Sahih Bukhari
Volume 4, Book 56, Number 829:
Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar:

The Jews came to Allah's Apostle and told him that a man and a woman from amongst them had committed illegal sexual intercourse. Allah's Apostle said to them, "What do you find in the Torah (old Testament) about the legal punishment of Ar-Rajm (stoning)?" They replied, (But) we announce their crime and lash them." Abdullah bin Salam said, "You are telling a lie; Torah contains the order of Rajm." They brought and opened the Torah and one of them solaced his hand on the Verse of Rajm and read the verses preceding and following it. Abdullah bin Salam said to him, "Lift your hand." When he lifted his hand, the Verse of Rajm was written there. They said, "Muhammad has told the truth; the Torah has the Verse of Rajm. The Prophet then gave the order that both of them should be stoned to death. ('Abdullah bin 'Umar said, "I saw the man leaning over the woman to shelter her from the stones."

Proof that this was rightly applied by the Prophet to the Jewish couple

Yes this was what the Prophet did he gave judgment for the Jews with the punishment written in their own scripture. It is stated in the Quran the Jews were to be judged by their Book the Torah (Surah 5:44-45) and the Christians by the Gospel (Surah 5:46-47). So the Jews should not take the Quran for the punishment when they have their own law? And it is stated in the Quran

Why do they come to you for decision when they have their own law before them? Therein is plain command of God, yet even after that they would turn away for they are not really people of faith. (Surah 5:43)

From the above evidence the stoning to death is not for the Muslim offenders because the Prophet was commanded to use the Quran to judge the Muslims and this is clearly stated in the Quran:

To you We sent the scripture in truth confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what God has revealed, and follow not their vain desires diverging from the truth that has come to you. So each among you have We prescribed a Law and an open way…..(Surah 5:48)

Thus it is impossible that the Prophet applied the Jewish law on the Muslims, it is ordained in the Quran for the offence of fornication it is lashes as stated in Surah 24:2 The woman and the man guilty of fornication flog each of them with a hundred stripes!

Volume 8, Book 82, Number 803:
Narrated Ash-Sha'bi:

from 'Ali when the latter stoned a lady to death on a Friday. 'Ali said, "I have stoned her according to the tradition of Allah's Apostle."

Proof that the above narration by Ali is a falsehood

There is no such evidence of the tradition of Allah’s Apostle in the Quran or such word as the “Sunnah of the Prophet stoning to death”. Whatever command inspired by God to the Prophet it will be in the Quran and he obeyed by his action so it is impossible the Prophet’s action is not as what is depicted in the Quran. Again this tale can be written off as false because what Ali said is not reflected anywhere in the Quran. If Ali is the man of the Prophet at his time he would have followed the Prophet who followed the Book of God

As to those who hold fast to the Book (The Quran) and establish regular prayers- never shall We suffer the reward of the righteous to perish. (Surah 7:170). And this is a Book which We have revealed as a blessing: so follow and be righteous that you may received mercy. (Surah 6:155)

Volume 9, Book 89, Number 303:
Narrated Abu Huraira and Zaid bin Khalid Al-Juhani:

A bedouin came and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Judge between us according to Allah's Book (Laws)." His opponent stood up and said, "He has said the truth, so judge between us according to Allah's Laws." The bedouin said, "My son was a laborer for this man and committed illegal sexual intercourse with his wife. The people said to me, 'Your son is to be stoned to death,' so I ransomed my son for one hundred sheep and a slave girl. Then I asked the religious learned men and they said to me, 'Your son has to receive one hundred lashes plus one year of exile.' " The Prophet said, "I shall judge between you according to Allah's Book (Laws)! As for the slave girl and the sheep, it shall be returned to you, and your son shall receive one-hundred lashes and be exiled for one year. O you, Unais!" The Prophet addressed some man, "Go in the morning to the wife of this man and stone her to death." So Unais went to her the next morning and stoned her to death.

The above hadith is again proof of distortion of what actually is factual

In the above narration the Bedouin requested the Apostle to judge according to Allah’s Book and the Apostle replied he will judge between them according to Allah’s Book but Allah’s Book do not have the punishment of stoning to death so how can the story be authenticated? So it is a contradiction and that mean the law of fornication have been falsified to include the stoning to death which is not sanctioned by God and thus was not inspired to the Prophet Muhammad.

Book 017, Number 4191:
'Ubada b. as-Samit reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Receive (teaching) from me, receive (teaching) from me. Allah has ordained a way for those (women). When an unmarried male commits adultery with an unmarried female (they should receive) one hundred lashes and banishment for one year. And in case of married male committing adultery with a married female, they shall receive one hundred lashes and be stoned to death.

It is an injustice law doing the same offence of sexual intercourse but different punishment because of status.

The Quran is fair to all whether unmarried or married the punishment of doing the same offence is to be flogged a hundred lashes. If stoning is part of the punishment for married offenders then it will contradict with the following message of the Quran

And whoever among you has not within his power ampleness of means to marry free believing women, then (he may marry) of those whom your right hands possess from among your believing maidens; and Allah knows best your faith: you are (sprung) the one from the other; so marry them with the permission of their masters, and give them their dowries justly, they being chaste, not fornicating, nor receiving paramours; and when they are taken in marriage, then if they are guilty of indecency, they shall suffer half the punishment which is (inflicted) upon free women. This is for him among you who fears falling into evil; and that you abstain is better for you, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful (Surah 4:25)

If the married free woman found guilty of fornication is to be stoned to death then how to punish the married slave girls who shall be penalized half the punishment which is inflicted upon the free women as stated above? Stone her half death?
This shows that stoning to death is not the Muslim way of punishment.

Another factor which stoning to death will contradict the message brought by the Prophet is against the attribute of God Who is ever Merciful and Forgiving

And they who do not call upon another god with Allah and do not slay the soul, which Allah has forbidden except in the requirements of justice, and (who) do not commit fornication and he who does this shall find a requital of sin; The punishment shall be doubled to him on the day of resurrection, and he shall abide therein in abasement; Except him who repents and believes and does a good deed; so these are they of whom Allah changes the evil deeds to good ones; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful (Surah 25:68-70)

The punishment by stoning to death will not give time and opportunity for the offenders to mend themselves and seek God forgiveness as stated in the above verse. The punishment of God is life saving in this world there is time for amend and repentance and this attribute of mercy is even extended in the case of murder.

O ye who believe! The law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain then grant any reasonable demand, and compensates him with handsome gratitude, this is a concession and a Mercy from your Lord. After this whoever exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty. In the law of equality there is saving of life for you, O you men of understanding; that you may restraint yourselves.(Surah 2:178-179)

From the above evidences there is no way to make accusation that the Prophet Muhammad teaches his people to punish the fornicators by stoning to death, this is falsehood created by sinister to tarnish the good name of our Prophet (Pboh)


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)


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

God will test you


For any body who says he believe in God and the Day of Judgment he must be prepared to go through a test and to prove his words that he believes he must also prove it by his actions. Then only is true what he believe is what he does.
God in the Quran cautioned mankind who are believers in God to make their words worth that of their actions, He cautioned and will put us to the test if we really believe in Him.

O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do, it is most hateful to God that you should say which you do not do (Surah 61:2-3)

Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods
or lives or the fruits of your toil, but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. (Surah 2:155)

You shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves, and you shall certainly hear much that will grieve you, from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if you persevere patiently, and guard against evil; then that will be a determining factor in all affairs. (Surah 3:186)

It is He Who has made you His viceroys, inheritors of the earth: He has raised you in ranks, some above the others; that He may test you in the gifts He has given you: for your Lord is quick in punishment; yet He is indeed Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah 6:165)

O you who believe! God will surely try you with something of the game that your hands and lances attain, that God may know who fears Him in the Unseen. Whoso thereafter commits transgression, there awaits him a painful chastisement. (Surah 5:94)

There are many things one can do to keep up one spirit of patience and perseverance when encountering something of fear and hunger, loss of love ones or the failure of our toils for sustenance in this world. One of the most effective ways to keep up our spirit is to read the Quran. The Quran tells us about the plight and the experiences of the prophets and those who were righteousness when they were tested for the patience, they too nearly loosing their hope and they too cried to God for His help. If those nearest to God were tested to the edges of their strength then who are we to compare to them?
And God said in the Quran:

Or do you think that you shall enter the garden of bliss without such trials as came to those who passed away before you? They encountered sufferings and adversity and were so shaken in spirit that even the Apostle and those of faith who were with him cried: “When will came the help of God?” Ah! Verily the help of God is always near! (Surah 2:214)

An another way to keep up the spirit of patience and perseverance is to be constant in our prayers to God by establishing the obligatory Salat and prayers for extra credit and will keep our focus seeking in the hope for His grace and His mercy when performing the prayers.

And seek assistance through patience and prayer, and most surely it is a hard thing except for the humble ones, who know that they shall meet their Lord and that they shall return to Him. (Surah 2:45-46)

O you who believe! Seek help with patience persevere and Prayer (salat): for God is with those who patience persevere. (Surah 2:153)

Thus reading the Quran and establishing the Salat is the most important ritual to keep up our spirit to maintain patience perseverance when being tested by God while to purify our souls is to pay the obligatory alms or zakat.

That is the Book in it is guidance sure, without doubt to those who fear God; who believe in the unseen, are steadfast in prayer (salat) and spend out of what We have provided for them; and who believe in the revelation sent to you (O Muhammad) and sent before your time and in their hearts have the assurance of the hereafter. They are on true guidance from their Lord and it is these who will prosper. (Surah 2:-5)