Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Islam is cruel and violent? Backward and irrelevant to the modern times?

~ You might want to review that thought. To those who are looking for the truth about Islam and perhaps Creation in particular, I would like to share with you some excerpts from the Quran, which is simple yet all encompassing, a religion perfected 1400 years ago.Not only for Muslims, not only for the Arabs, not only for the Malaysians.

But for every soul which is born into the world, from the wombs of their mothers,regardless of the religion that you are brought up with. Do arm urself with a Quran translation at hand, but I do wish to remind perhaps myself as well, it is never enough to read the translation of Quran on its own, it is always to be supplemented with the Sunnah ( the way and the manners of the prophet) and also its commentary because The Quran is a contextual text.

The following excerpts is by no means an attempt to debunk all the bad air about Islam in the world out there.

As someone once said, if you need to test whether a calculator is working correctly, is there a need to test for every single possible numerical evaluation out there?

All good comes from Allah and may He guide me through by numerous faults.

1. Respect and honour all human beings irrespective of theirreligion, colour, race, sex, language, status, property, birth,profession/job and so on [Quran:17/70]

2. Talk straight, to the point, without any ambiguity or deception[Quran:33/70]

3. Choose best words to speak and say them in the best possible way[Quran:17/53, 2/83]

4. Do not shout. Speak politely keeping your voice low. [Quran:31/19]

5. Always speak the truth. Shun words that are deceitful andostentatious [Quran:22/30]

6. Do not confound truth with falsehood [Quran:2/42]

7. Say with your mouth what is in your heart [Quran:3/167]

8. Speak in a civilised manner in a language that is recognised bythe society and is commonly used [Quran:/5]

9. When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against arelative [Quran:6/152]

10. Do not be a bragging boaster [Quran:31/18]

11. Do not talk, listen or do anything vain [Quran:23/3, 28/55]

12. Do not participate in any paltry. If you pass near a futile play,then pass by with dignity [Quran:25/72]

13. Do not verge upon any immodesty or lewdness whether surreptitiousor overt [Quran:6/151] .

14. If, unintentionally, any misconduct occurs by you, then correctyourself expeditiously [Quran:3/134] .

15. Do not be contemptuous or arrogant with people [Quran:31/18]

16. Do not walk haughtily or with conceit [Quran:17/37, 31/18]

17. Be moderate in thy pace [Quran:31/19]

18. Walk with humility and sedateness [Quran:25/63]

19. Keep your gazes lowered devoid of any lecherous leers andsalacious stares [Quran:24/30- 31, 40/19].

20. If you do not have complete knowledge about anything, better keepyour mouth shut. You might think that speaking about somethingwithout full knowledge is a trivial matter. But it might have graveconsequences [Quran:24/15- 16]

21. When you hear something malicious about someone, keep afavourable view about him/her until you attain full knowledge aboutthe matter. Consider others innocent until they are proven guiltywith solid and truthful evidence [Quran:24/12- 13]

22. Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you smite someone inignorance and afterwards repent of what you did [Quran:49/6]

23. Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no directknowledge. (Using your faculties of perception and conception) youmust verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will beheld accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty ofreasoning [Quran:17/36] .

24. Never think that you have reached the final stage of knowledgeand nobody knows more than yourself. Remember! Above everyone endowedwith knowledge is another endowed with more knowledge [12/76]. Eventhe Prophet [p.b.u.h] was asked to keep praying, “O My sustainer!Advance me in knowledge.” [Quran:20:114]

25. The believers are but a single Brotherhood. Live like members ofone family, brothers and sisters unto one another [Quran:49/10] .

26. Do not make mockery of others or ridicule others [Quran:49/11]

27. Do not defame others [Quran:49/11]

28. Do not insult others by nicknames [Quran:49/11]

29. Avoid suspicion and guesswork. Suspicion and guesswork mightdeplete your communal energy [Quran:49/12]

30. Spy not upon one another [Quran:49/12]

31. Do not backbite one another [Quran:49/12]

32. When you meet each other, offer good wishes and blessings forsafety. One who conveys to you a message of safety and security andalso when a courteous greeting is offered to you, meet it with agreeting still more courteous or (at least) of equal courtesy[Quran:4/86]

33. When you enter your own home or the home of somebody else,compliment the inmates [Quran:24/61]

34. Do not enter houses other than your own until you have soughtpermission; and then greet the inmates and wish them a life ofblessing, purity and pleasure [Quran:24/27]

35. Treat kindly” Your parents” Relatives” The orphans” And those who have been left alone in the society [Quran:4/36]

36. Take care of” The needy,” The disabled” Those whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their needs” And those whose businesses have stalled” And those who have lost their jobs. [Quran:4/36]

37. Treat kindly” Your related neighbours, and unrelated neighbours” Companions by your side in public gatherings, or publictransportation. [Quran:4/36]

38. Be generous to the needy wayfarer, the homeless son of thestreet, and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition[Quran:4/36]

39. Be nice to people who work under your care. [Quran:4/36]

40. Do not follow up what you have given to others to afflict themwith reminders of your generosity [Quran:2/262] .

41. Do not expect a return for your good behaviour, not even thanks[Quran:76/9]

42. Cooperate with one another in good deeds and do not cooperatewith others in evil and bad matters [Quran:5/2]

43. Do no try to impress people on account of self-proclaimed virtues[Quran:53/32]

44. You should enjoin right conduct on others but mend your own waysfirst. Actions speak louder than words. You must first practice gooddeeds yourself, then preach [Quran:2/44]

45. Correct yourself and your families first [before trying tocorrect others] [Quran:66/6]

46. Pardon gracefully if anyone among you who commits a bad deed outof ignorance, and then repents and amends [Quran:6/54, 3/134]

47. Divert and sublimate your anger and potentially virulent emotionsto creative energy, and become a source of tranquillity and comfortto people [Quran:3/134]

48. Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautifulexhortation. Reason with them most decently [Quran:16/125]

49. Leave to themselves those who do not give any importance to theDivine code and have adopted and consider it as mere play andamusement [Quran:6/70]

50. Sit not in the company of those who ridicule Divine Law unlessthey engage in some other conversation [Quran:4/140]

51. Do not be jealous of those who are blessed [Quran:4/54]

52. In your collective life, make rooms for others [Quran:58/11]

53. When invited to dine, Go at the appointed time. Do not arrive tooearly to wait for the preparation of meal or linger after eating toengage in bootless babble. Such things may cause inconvenience to thehost [Quran:33/53]

54. Eat and drink [what is lawful] in moderation [Quran:7/31] .

55. Do not squander your wealth senselessly [Quran:17/26]

56. Fulfil your promises and commitments [Quran:17/34]

57. Keep yourself clean, pure [Quran:9/108, 4/43, 5/6].

58. Dress-up in agreeable attire and adorn yourself with exquisitecharacter from inside out [Quran: 7/26]

59. Seek your provision only by fair endeavor [Quran:29/17, 2/188]

60. Do not devour the wealth and property of others unjustly, norbribe the officials or the judges to deprive others of theirpossessions [Quran: 2/188]

Have you ever met a religion so particular , so meticulous about how life should be, how we interact with one another ? How relevant its values are to the times 1400 years back, now and future? If the world practised half the traits up there, the world will be a much better place for all of us to live in. Dont you think so?
It is just sad that the world meets Muslims before they meet Islam, Cat Stevens would agree.

Allah is He Who raised the heavens without any pillars that you can see. Then, He Istawa (rose above) the Throne (really in a manner that suits His Majesty). He has subjected the sun and the moon (to continue going round)! Each running (its course) for a term appointed. He regulates all affairs, explaining the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in detail, that you may believe with certainty in the meeting with your Lord. ( 13: 2)
And it is He Who spread out the earth, and placed therein firm mountains and rivers and of every kind of fruits He made Zawjain Ithnaeen (two in pairs – may mean two kinds or it may mean: of two sorts, e.g. black and white, sweet and sour, small and big, etc.) He brings the night as a cover over the day. Verily, in these things, there are Ayat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc.) for people who reflect. (13:3)
And in the earth are neighbouring tracts, and gardens of vines, and green crops (fields etc.), and date-palms, growing out two or three from a single stem root, or otherwise (one stem root for every palm ), watered with the same water, yet some of them We make more excellent than others to eat. Verily, in these things, there are Ayat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs) for the people who understand. (13:4)

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