Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Islam Declares Equality

Some quick facts

Thee alone we ask for help.
Show us the straight path,
The path of those whom thou hast favoured;
Not the path of those who earn Thine anger

Muslims today can be found in many countries and many cultures, speaking many languages.

Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)  said:
"Halaal is clear and Haram is clear; in between these two are certain things that are suspected. Many people may not know whether those items are Halaal or Haram. Whosoever leaves them, he is innocent towards his religion and his conscience. He is, therefore, safe. Anyone who gets involved in any of these suspected items, he may fall into the unlawful and the prohibited. This case is similar to the one who wished to raise his animals too close to a restricted area, so that the animals may step into that area. Indeed for every landlord there is a restricted area. Indeed the restrictions of Allah are the Haram." (Sahih Bukhari & Sahih Muslim)
Allah (S.W.T.) says in Surat Al-Hujurat, (verse 13), what be translated as, "O Mankind! We have created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you in the sight of Allah is he who has most Taqwa among of you. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware."
With this verse, Islam declares equality among people, that is because Islam respect a human for being a human not for any other reason; Islam dose not distinguish between two races, or two groups of people, or between two colors, and the prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)  addressed the people signifying that concept during the last pilgrimage, saying: "O People! Your Allah (God) is one; your father is one; no preference of an Arab neither over non-Arab nor of a non-Arab over an Arab or red over black or black over red except for the most righteous. Verily the most honored of you is the most righteous."
Not only did Islam emphasize the equality principle theoretically, but did it practically in some of the worship acts that translated this principle into a sensible fact that dose not escape people minds, thus: in the mosques where Friday prayer is held once every week, as well as the five daily prayers; equality is exercised practically and all the differences vanishes among people. That is, whoever came to the Mosque first, took his place in the front rows despite his financial states or position, and whoever come late, his place is late and if you look at any row among the prayer's rows, you would find in that row the rich and poor, the knowledgeable and the one with no knowledge, the Arab and the non Arab, no differences all the same in sight of Allah (S.W.T.), their direction during prayer, as well as their reveled book, as their Lord is one and also their movements during the prayer following one Imam.
Also, another practical application of equality in Islam is the equality among people in front of the law and regulations. What is allowed is for all people and what is forbidden as well upon all people. The obligations are upon everyone, and whoever deserved punishment gets it, regardless.
An example of such was when some of the companions talked to Osama Bin Zaid R.A., the favorite of prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)  to intervene for the sake of the well reputed woman from Quraish tribe who deserved punishment for stealing (that is cutting her hand), Osama talked to the prophet (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)  the prophet (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)  got angry and said, "Those before you were districted, that is because the renowned is untouched when he steals, and the poor is punished, verily if Fatima daughter of Muhammad stole, I would have cut her hand."
Women are not oppressed in Islam. Any Muslim man that oppresses a woman is not following Islam. Among the many teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)   that protected the rights and dignity of women is his saying, "...the best among you are those who treat their wives well."
In respect to protecting the environment in relation to these two aspects, let's listen to the words of Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) "Faith has more than sixty branches. One of these branches is removing things that give people trouble. In this sense, removing a rock the middle of the road is a requirement of faith" (Bukhari,). "Whenever one of you sees ugly behavior or something unpleasant let him change it with his hand. If he does not have the strength to change it with his hand, let him change it with his tongue. If he is not strong enough to do this, let him reproach it in his heart. The last approach is the weakest form of faith" (Muslim), One of the striking matters in these hadiths is the placing of the awareness of responsibility within the framework of faith. This is very important in respect to showing the connection between a Muslim's understanding of life and faith.

For Roman Catholic
Paul really made in the head coverings address, look at the passage again and see how the commands are very simply stated in verses 4-5a. Don’t let the discussion of related issues distract you from the simplicity of the command itself. Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head. 5 But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head.
Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her? For her hair is given to her for a covering.
I Corinthians 11:13-15

Muslim women wear the head-covering (Hijaab) in fulfillment of Allah (God's) decree to dress modestly. From a practical standpoint, it serves to identify one as attempting to follow Allah (God) in daily life and, therefore, protects women from unwanted advances from men. This type of modest dress has been worn by righteous women throughout history. Prominent examples are traditional Catholic Nuns, Mother Teresa and the Virgin Mary, mother of Isa A.S. (Jesus).

The Qur'an answers the question. Our bodies did not develop our skin--- so thin and fur free that it requires external covering for protection---because of some unexplained evolutionary accident. Our Creator designed it this way so we will always need clothing. He also put in us the sense of shame that forces us to cover ourselves. On the other hand, the first act of Satan was to cause Adam and Eve to expose themselves: "So by deceit he brought about their fall: when they tasted of the tree, their shameful parts became manifest to them, and they began to sew together the leaves of the Garden over their bodies." [Al-Araf 7:22]. This is the source of the tension we see. Two Pair of opposing forces). Good and evil. “
With that background we can understand the importance of clothing. "Oh! Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover your shame as well as to be an adornment to you. But the raiment of righteousness---that is the best." [Al-Araf 7:26]. The address here is to all humanity, emphasizing thereby the universal human need to cover ourselves properly. The Qur'an then warns that Satan was not finished after his first attempt: "Oh Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduces you in the same manner as he got your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to expose their shame." [Al-Araf 7:27].
Once we realize the nature of the dress issue, it is natural that we should turn to our Creator to seek guidance for the proper dress code. Qur'an and Sunnah have provided ample guidance on the subject
"Oh Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduces you (Stay sharp)
In Islam, the learning process is never complete.  As you grow in understanding of the Muslim faith, you may come across more questions, or more topics you want to study.  The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) told his followers to "seek knowledge, even unto China" -- i.e. pursue your study to the farthest reaches of the earth.

I pray Allah SWT make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

MashALLAH beautiful!! many ppl think women in islam are 2nd class citizens or not treated well.. the ppl who do this are not following islam at all!!! they need to understand the most fundamental thing!! and that is to follow the footsteps of the phrophet muhammad (saw) he was awesome in every way shape and form SubhanALLAH