Serving and treating fellow human beings with courtesy and kindness is an essential part of a good moral conduct. All world religions share and support this concept.
The Final revelation of the God Almighty, the Qur’an, emphasizes two essential principles to live by after charting the course of life according to fundamental Islamic beliefs:
- First is to have strong relationship with Allah -Glory be to him-, and fulfilling those rights which He has upon us. We are required to have firm belief in the monotheistic doctrine and submitting and worshipping the God alone with no partners.
- The second principle is to be good, kind, and helpful to fellow human beings. This entails fulfilling obligations and duties we owe to our parents, relatives, neighbors, orphans, widows, poor, sick and the needy.
The Mission of Islam:
The mission of Islamic life is to be of service and a source of comfort, and not a cause of hardship or discomfort to others. All human beings are not alike; some are well to do while others are under-privileged. Islam demands from the former to serve the latter and provide them what they need for survival. This is part of the divine test in this earthly life. The God tests the wealthy and healthy ones with what he gave them, and he tests the needy ones with what he deprived them. The blessings we enjoy day and night are given by Allah, and we did not really earn, nor did any thing special to deserve them. It is God’s love and mercy for which we should be thankful and the best way to thank Him is to let the “have-nots” share those blessings with those of us who have. No one can claim that he deserves what the God has given him, unless he is an arrogant ungrateful rebel and mentally blind. The man should first look at himself and the miraculous and amazing body which he has been given. Each part performs its functions precisely and tirelessly - the eyes, ears, heart, brain, hands and legs to mention a few. Imagine life without them. Then he should look beyond to the world around him. And if he does not feel the need to serve and lack the will to help others, he then is a thankless person who does not recognize his Creator. The Qur’an warns on such insensitivity, and exhorts Muslims to serve mankind.
The God said in his final testament:
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
أَلَمْ نَجْعَل لَّهُ عَيْنَيْنِ
Have We not made for him (man) two eyes?
And a tongue and two lips?
And have shown him the two ways?
فَلَا اقْتَحَمَ الْعَقَبَةَ
But he has made no haste on the path that is steep.
وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْعَقَبَةُ
And what will explain to you the path that is steep?-
It is the freeing of a slave
أَوْ إِطْعَامٌ فِي يَوْمٍ ذِي مَسْغَبَةٍ
Or feeding on a day of severe hunger
يَتِيمًا ذَا مَقْرَبَةٍ
An orphan of near relationship
أَوْ مِسْكِينًا ذَا مَتْرَبَةٍ
Or a needy person in misery
ثُمَّ كَانَ مِنَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْمَرْحَمَةِ
Then will he be of those who believe, and enjoin patience, and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion.
أُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ الْمَيْمَنَةِ
Such are the Companions of the Right Hand.
وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِآيَاتِنَا هُمْ أَصْحَابُ الْمَشْأَمَةِ
But those who reject Our Signs, they are the (unhappy) Companions of the Left Hand.
عَلَيْهِمْ نَارٌ مُّؤْصَدَةٌ
Over them will be fire closed in.
translation of 90:8-20
Serving and helping others is serving Allah in the sight of Islam. If some one stretches his hand out to you to seek help, and if it returns empty, you than have refused to help The God*. To please Allah is through pleasing His bondsmen. The One in heaven becomes kind to you if you are kind to those who inhabit the earth.
the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon hm- once said:
“Verily, Allah the Exalted and Glorious will say on the Day of Resurrection: ‘O son of Adam, I was indisposed but you did not visit Me.’ He would say: ‘O my Lord, how could I visit You as You are the Lord of the world?’ Thereupon Allah would say: ‘Did you not know that such and such slave of Mine was ill but you did not visit him? Did you not realize that if you had visited him, you would have found [its reward] with Me? O son of Adam, I asked food from you but you did not feed Me.’ He would submit: ‘My Lord, how could I feed You as You are the Lord of the worlds?’ Allah would say: ‘Did you not know that such and such a slave of Mine asked you for food but you did not feed him? Did you not realize that if you had fed him, you would have found [its reward] with Me? O son of Adam, I asked for water from you but you did not give it to Me.’ He would say: ‘My Lord, how could I give you (water) as You are the Lord of worlds.’ There upon Allah (SWT) would say: ‘Such and such a slave of Mine asked you for water to drink but you did not give it to him. Did you not realize that if you had given him the drink you would have found (its reward) with Me.”
... to be continued, in sha'Allah [God willing]
I hope this was beneficial.
*know that the God does not need our help. he is self-sufficient and our help gives him neither good or bad. whatever good we do is for our own good. therefore, the expression 'help the God' should be understood as 'doing God's will on earth'
if I am right, it is from Allah. if I am wrong, it is from myself.
also, various exorsist have claimed that they sensed the devil in vatican. and with good reason.
how sad for yahve and jesus to have been forgothen by those people that only worship fake divinity and devilish acts
Philippians 2:6–7 gives us a bit more insight on what transpired when Jesus left heaven to become man. The New Living Translation says, “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.” Jesus was already one with the Father, but He set aside His rights as Divinity and took the form of a baby (John 1:1). He went on to live the normal life of a Jewish boy, obeying His earthly parents (Luke 2:51).We dont support Roman catholicism. Also astarte is middle eastern God she in the old testament and I think new to but she doesn't match mary.
Astarte, the ancient Phoenician great goddess of fertility, motherhood, and war, is the counterpart of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, and is one of the oldest Middle Eastern aspects of the great Goddess, dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Tammuz also is identified as her son/consort as he is with Ishtar. According to legend Astarte descended to earth as a fiery star, landing near Byblos in a lake at Alphaca, the site where the original Tammuz is said to have died.
The Phoenicians portrayed Astarte with cow horns, representing fertility. The Assyrians and Babylonians pictured her caressing a child. She was associated with the moon and called the Mother of the Universe, giver of all live on Earth. She ruled all spirits of the dead residing in heaven, visible from earth as stars; hence came her name Astroarche, "Queen of the Stars." She was called the mother of souls in heaven, the Moon surrounded by her star-children, to whom she gave their "astral" (starry) bodies. Occultists still refer to the astral body as the invisible double, without remembering the term's original connotation of starlight. And did you say 1800 years the life of Jesus was 1 Ad to 34 ad and christianity was foun 34 ad which was like 2000 and something years ago so yeah wrong.
love your god without participating in the hate spread by your fellow human. live different, both from the commoner and from the common religious person. and only then, will you have a chance that god (no matter the name you give him) will open up the paradise doors for you.
Africa is a huge continent.
Anyway, let's see some needy Russians or Chinese. I hate the fact that starvation is associated with Africa when children go hungry all around the world.
I am not sure we are living in the same world. but the world I am living in, Africa has no great civilization. it is ripped between internal conflicts and western occupation...
But I honestly am curious.
Have Islamic nations ever helped Africa? I really don't know!
Hey where do you get the hadiths and do you know where I can get them in Arabic
I don't do good deeds out of the fear that many religous people do, fearing if they don't their going to hell, I do it because it's the right thing to do. Wether it be giving a few dollars to a homeless man, donating food, clothing, toys or just helping someone with a task. I do it because when my fellow man needs help i'm gonna help them as much I can.
Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainish, Scientology and even Atheism are all religions that seek in their own way to relieve suffering of people. If someone doesn't believe helping others who are suffering is part of what makes us human, it's irrelevant what religion they belong to. It means that person fails at what it means to be human.
I got some Atheists telling me they believe we are animals. going by that logic, the golden rule means nothing. if I did not believe in the God and in the judgment day, I would neither believe I will give account to the God for my evil actions nor that I will be punished for them. so why should I avoid evil (if doing evil may be beneficial for me -for example stealing will increase my wealth therefore it is good for me-) for that matter, stealing from others is not evil in my book.
how would you convince me that what you believe is evil is evil indeed and I should avoid from it?
To see people smile and happy is what makes me happy. I am not religious. I do not want to put me into any religion, nor do I want to call myself an Atheist. The thing is, I don't want to be part of a group. I want to be myself. I studied to become a nurse, because I wanted to help people who are sick to return to their normal life. I did not do it because it brings me happiness. Happiness for others are my number one priority. And I do get happy for helping people. Especially those who are in need of help. But even if I tell you that it makes me happy, I always put what I want futher back. I am a example of a person who rarley think about my own well being, because I care for others so much. To say ''I want'' sometimes isn't bad. Sometimes, you do need to think about yourself for a bit. But when you do it too much, that's when the problem occurs. Trust me on that one. I was brought up in a household with a handicaped brother. I was always left behind because my parents had to take care of my brother so much. But I still love my brother. He is the best brother I ever had the chance to have.
Anyway, the thing is, we humans has the same morally and ethical thinking, no matter if you believe in any religion or not. For example, I know smoking is bad, because it will damage your lungs and the rest of your body. I never read the Bible to know that it was bad. I was told by my non-religious Mother and doctors about that. And as you know, it is a rule that you SHOULD NOT involve politics and religion into work. Plus, I got Asthma. If I smoke, I would put my life at risk. I also know from scientific studies that alcohol damages the liver and will cause illnesses if consumed in high amount.
Any stealing, murder or other crime will be punished right away. You'll be send to prisson or you'll have to pay an amount of money to the one you cause troubles to. These rules were even written before any religion had affected the whole world.
I respect your beliefs that you need God to do good deeds, even though I highly disagree. I just wanted to give you another persons view on this subject. Humans and it's mind are complicated things and we cannot fully explain how it works. Our mind tells us something is wrong without any influence of any religion. Many YouTube Gamers (who plays games on YouTube and make videos about it) sends A LOT of their fortune from the videos to charity for clean water, food to the starving kids, animal hospitals, people with mentall illnesses like depression and so on. And most of these people are not influenced by religion. As I said, it IS hard to explain why we think why some things are right and some bad wrong. We have yet to discover that.
The Atheists you have met with seem to be the equivalent of Christians who preach antisemitism or call for murdering people who they see as sinners. Regardless of faith, if a person is able to see the value of helping others, it is because he can see himself or herself in them and think of helping others as helping themselves.
If someone could not appreciate that reasoning, then they ARE an animal and not a human, and you shouldn't waste a jewel like Islam on their sorry selves.
what if I were to say "I am a very logical person. if you give me a convincing logical reason why I should stop evil, I stop right away."
do you have some arguments to use in this case?
another thing. I do not think there is a person who does not deserve a chance to see the truth. even if they are not human enough to be called humans. they still deserve someone to sit with them and try to reason with them. who knows. guidance comes from the God. and this immoral person could get it if it is shown to him properly...
I don't know how well-versed you are in Biblical text (for the record, I am nowhere NEAR an expert in Biblical text)but in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13 verses 13-30, Jesus tells us the parable of the farmer sowing seeds onto a road. Some seeds, representing the Word, doesn't take root because of circumstance, but some do and grow into an abundance of wheat. The moral being that while the message of goodwill MUST be spread to all, some simply will not listen to it because some they just refuse to hear it, or they cannot hear it.
Some people just cannot accept the fruits of Islam or of Christianity, or even of the basic idea of doing something regardless of faith because it's rooted in our concept of what it means to be human.
I never said that I would not try to convince an immoral person to do good simply for its own sake, but that even if I did, there was no guarantee that person would change. I also don't think that using the argument of the possible suffering on the Day of Judgment is a better method of proving why one should change their ways. If anything, that would be a weaker argument from a humanist or Atheist perspective.
I sincerely hope I have not deeply hurt your feelings with my comments. Please know I respect anyone's beliefs and viewpoints, and I hope to have more discussions like this with you in the future. You are without a doubt one of the most intelligent and talented people I've met one here. I hope any offense I might have caused you will not make you think less of me as a person.
in my place, I would donate bread or food instead (I don't think there is a place where Alcohol and drugs are available but other food is not). and I believe the God will reward people based on their good intentions.
and the God knows best.
as for the other story, remember that woman is a Catholic. she is not a Muslim. her behaviors do not reflect Islamic teachings. therefore, we can not use her as sample when we discuss Islamic behavior. I merely shared her article because it represents her (non-Muslim) perspective of Hijab.
And yes, I understand about the woman, that part of the text just really marked me because I thought it was very wrong of her to use it for that specifically
there is one saying of prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- (if my memory didn't betray me) where he said "try to find seventy excuses for what you brother does (and you do not understand). and if you find none, then take that as the excuse (for not thinking ill of him)"
which means that when you do not understand what someone does, try to find excuses for them, and if you find no excuse and still ignoring the reasons and causes of their behaviors, then that should be the excuse for not saying or thinking ill of them.
and the God knows best.
There is a magazine called 'The big issue' which people former beggers)can sell and make a profit from. And there are many charities (and people)which you can donate food or money to, who will provide food for the homeless. This is better than giving it directly to them (money not food)
very very very nice
i wish i can give them a looooooooooooooot
but ALLAHE is kind ^_^