Thursday, 28 February 2013

WHAT IS HALAL IS SUFFECIENT, WHILE WHAT IS HARAM IS SUPERFLUOUS





WHAT IS HALAL IS SUFFECIENT, WHILE WHAT IS HARAM IS SUPERFLUOUS

One of the beauties of Islam is that it has prohibited only such things as are unnecessary and dispensible, while providing alternatives which are better and which give greater ease and comfort to human beings. This point has been explained by Ibn Al Qayyim:

ALLAh has prohibited seeking omens by drawing lots but has provided the alternative of istikhara which is a supplication for seeking ALLAH’s guidance. HE has prohibited gambling but has permitted betting on forms of competition which are useful for their (the Muslims) religious striving, such as horse or camel racing and competing in marksmanship. HE has prohibited (to men) the wearing of silk but has given them the choice of other materials such as wool, linen, and cotton. HE has prohibited adultery, fornication, and homosexuality but has encouraged lawful marriage. HE has prohibited intoxicating drinks in order that they may enjoy other delicious drinks which are wholesome for the body and mind. And HE has prohibited unclean food but provides alternative wholesome food.

Thus, when we survey the Islamic injunctions in their totality, we find that if Allah limits the choice of HIS servants in relation to some things, HE provides them with a still wider range of more wholesome alternatives in relation to other things of a similar kind. For assuredly Allah has no desire to make people’s lives difficult narrow and indefinite; on the contrary; HE desires ease, goodness, guidance, mercy for them, according to

HIS saying:
ALLAH desires to make clear to you and to guide you to the ways of the (righteous) people before you and turn to you in mercy; and ALLAH is All-Knowing, All-Wise. And ALLAH desires to lighten your burden, for man was created weak. (Surah An- Nisa’ 26-28)