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Prohibition of Lustful Leer

Prohibition of Lustful Leer

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All divine religions prohibit lustful leer at the members of the opposite gender outside marriage.

As a matter of fact, all divine religions prohibit lustful leer at the members of the opposite gender outside marriage, especially when marriage with the intended member is unlikely like the case of married persons.

We observe that the prohibition of lustful leer is one of the Ten Commandments in the Torah. Such prohibition is repeated more than once in the Old Testament. We read: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.” (Exodus 20:17, Deuteronomy 5:21)

In the New Testament, we notice that lustful looking at a woman is deemed to be tantamount to adultery. No wonder, lustful looking is more likely to lead to adultery. Adultery is more likely to be preceded by lustful looking.

We read: “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder,’ and ‘anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment…You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28 (NIV))

The Qur’an orders Prophet Muhammad to tell Muslims, men and women, to abstain from looking at each other lustfully and maintain their purity. In the Qur’an, we read the following verses:

Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do. And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts… (An-Nur 24:30-31)

Prophet Muhammad indicated that the unintentional look is forgiven but a Muslim should not follow up such an unintentional look with an intentional one for the latter is not forgiven like the former.

It is reported that Prophet Muhammad said: “Do not follow a look at a woman with another. Verily, only the first one is for you but not the second.” (Ahmad)

Since sitting down at the sides of the streets is more likely to involve looking at the passersby, including women and girls, Prophet Muhammad warned against it. However, when the Companions argued that this is unavoidable, he instructed them to avoid gazing at the passersby as a part of the street etiquette.

Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri narrated that the Prophet said, “Beware! Avoid sitting on roads.” They (the people) said, “O Messenger of Allah! We can’t help sitting (on roads) as these are (our places) where we have talks.” The Prophet said, “lf you refuse but to sit, then pay the road its right.” They said, “What is the right of the road, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “Lowering your gaze, refraining from harming others, returning greeting, and enjoining what is good, and forbidding what is evil.” (Al-Bukhari)

Prophet Muhammad admired the following verse composed by Antarah, the pre-Islamic poet:

“I lower my gaze wherever my female neighbor appears to me until my female neighbor gets into her home.”

Prophet Muhammad admired this verse for it calls for good manners, especially decency.

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- Sahih Al-Bukhari

3- Munad Al-Imam Ahmad

4- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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Prohibition of Rape

Prohibition of Rape

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All divine religions prohibit rape, dispraise rapists and mete out severe punishment to them

Indeed, all divine religions prohibit rape, dispraise rapists and mete out severe punishment to them. Equal dowry is due to the female raped.

According to the Old Testament, a rapist has to marry his victim and give her guardian an equal dowry.

In the Old Testament, we read the following verses:

And if a man entices a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. If her father utterly refuses to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins. (Exodus 22:16-17)

The New Testament did not deal with rape explicitly. However, since a rapist is still a fornicator or adulterer, he is dispraised and incriminated by those verses handling adultery.

According to some verses in the New Testament, the adulterers will not inherit the kingdom of God. We read:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Given that rape is forced adultery, it is more prohibited than adultery which is already forbidden by the New Testament. We read the following verses in the New Testament:

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:8-10)

As for Islam, a rapist is stoned to death if he is married or flogged if he is not married. According to Al-Shafi, Malik, Al-Layth and other scholars, he should pay an equal dowry to his victim.

Like the New Testament, the Qur’an did not deal with rape explicitly. However, since a rapist is still a fornicator or adulterer, he is dispraised and incriminated by those verses handling adultery.

Not only does the Qur’an prohibit adultery but also just approaching this sin. In the Qur’an, we read the following verse:

“And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.” (Al-Israa’ 17:32)

Prophet Muhammad included adultery in the most cardinal sins. Ibn Mas`ud reported: “I asked the Messenger of Allah ‘Which sin is the most serious?’ He replied, ‘To attribute a partner to Allah, though He Alone has created you.’ I asked: ‘What next?’ He said, ‘To kill your child, fearing that he will share your food with you.’ I asked again, ‘What next?’ He said, ‘To commit adultery with your neighbor’s wife.’” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- Sahih Al-Bukhari

3- Sahih Muslim

4- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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Prohibition of Gossip

Prohibition of Gossip

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All divine religions prohibit gossip

There is no denying that all divine religions prohibit gossip and curse and penalize those who spread rumors.

The Old Testament forbids circulating false reports. We read the following verse: “You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.” (Exodus 23:1)

The New Testament forbids coming out with idle talk. We read the following verse: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29)

In the Qur’an, God tells Prophet Muhammad that He would allow him to turn against the hypocrites and those who spread rumors if they do not cease to spread such rumors.

In the Qur’an, we read the following verse:

If the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is disease and those who spread rumors in al-Madinah do not cease, We will surely incite you against them; then they will not remain your neighbors therein except for a little. (Al-Ahzab 33:60)

The Qur’an also prohibits espionage and backbiting. We read the following verse:

O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful. (Al-Hujurat 49:12)

Prophet Muhammad told us that God disapproves idle talk among other things. He said: “Verily Allah disapproves three things for you: “Idle talk, wasting of wealth and persistent questioning.” (Al-Buhari)

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- Sahih Al-Bukhari

3- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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Man is Honored and Rendered Better Knowledgeable

Man is Honored and Rendered Better Knowledgeable

Man's Honor and Knowledge

Both the Bible and the Qur’an honor man and teach that God has rendered him knowledgeable more than all other creatures

As a matter of fact, both the Bible and the Qur’an honor man and teach that God has subjected all creatures to man for him to worship God. The fact that man was created in God’s image is confirmed in both the Qur’an and the Bible.

In addition, both the Bible and the Qur’an teach that God has rendered man the most knowledgeable creature. That is why God has appointed him as His vicegerent on earth.

The following verses in the Bible tell us how God honored man by creating him in His own image and subjected all creatures to him:

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. (Genesis 1:26-29)

The following verses in the Bible tell us how God rendered man the most knowledgeable creature by teaching him the names of the other creatures:

Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. (Genesis 2:19-20)

The following verses in the Qur’an state that God honored the children of Adam and subjected all creatures to man for him to worship God:

And We have certainly honored the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with [definite] preference. (Al-Israa’ 17:70)

Prophet Muhammad confirms the fact established by the Bible that man is created in God’s image. Prophet Muhammad said: “Allah created Adam in His image, and his (Adam’s) height was sixty cubits (about 30 meters). When He created him, He said (to him), ‘Go and greet that group of angels sitting there, and listen what they will say in reply to you, for that will be your greeting and the greeting of your offspring.’ Adam (went and) said, ‘As-Salamu alaikum (Peace be upon you).’ They replied, ‘As-Salamu ‘Alaika wa Rahmatullah (Peace and Allah’s Mercy be on you).’ So they increased ‘wa Rahmatullah’”. The Prophet added, “So whoever enters Paradise will be of the shape and image of Adam. Since then the creation of Adam’s (offspring) (i.e. stature of human beings) is being diminished continuously up to the present time.” (Al-Bukhari)

The following verses in the Qur’an tell us how God honored man by giving him such knowledge which angels themselves did not have:

And He taught Adam the names – all of them. Then He showed them to the angels and said, “Inform Me of the names of these, if you are truthful.”

They said, “Exalted are You; we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Indeed, it is You who is the Knowing, the Wise.”

He said, “O Adam, inform them of their names.” And when he had informed them of their names, He said, “Did I not tell you that I know the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth? And I know what you reveal and what you have concealed.” (Al-Baqarah 2:31-33)

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- Sahih Al-Bukhari

3- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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Prohibition of Fornication & Adultery

Prohibition of Fornication & Adultery

What does God say about adultery?

All divine religions prohibit extramarital affairs including fornication and adultery

In fact, all divine religions prohibit extramarital affairs including fornication and adultery. We observe that the prohibition of adultery is one of the Ten Commandments in the Torah. In the Bible, we read: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)

The New Testament tells us that Jesus prohibited adultery among other sins. In the New Testament, we read the following verse: “He said to Him, ‘Which ones?’ Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness.’” (Matthew 19:18)

The New Testament also states that adulterers are included in those people who will not inherit the Kingdom of God. We read the following verses in the New Testament:

Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV))

Not only does the Qur’an prohibit adultery but also just approaching this sin. In the Qur’an, we read the following verse:

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.(Al-Israa’ 17:32)

Prophet Muhammad included adultery in the most cardinal sins. Ibn Mas`ud reported: “I asked the Messenger of Allah ‘Which sin is the most serious?’ He replied, ‘To attribute a partner to Allah, though He Alone has created you.’ I asked: ‘What next?’ He said, ‘To kill your child, fearing that he will share your food with you.’ I asked again, ‘What next?’ He said, ‘To commit adultery with your neighbor’s wife.’” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) confirmed that a true believer cannot commit adultery and one cannot have faith in Allah while committing adultery. He said: “When an adulterer commits illegal sexual intercourse, then he is not a believer at the time he is doing it; and when somebody drinks an alcoholic drink, then he is not believer at the time of drinking, and when a thief steals, he is not a believer at the time when he is stealing; and when a robber robs and the people look at him, then he is not a believer at the time of doing it.” (Al-Bukhari)

Prophet Muhammad listed the spread of adultery as one of the portents of the Hour (the end of the world). He said: “The Hour will not be established” or said: “From among the portents of the Hour is that the religious knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious scholars) and general ignorance (of religion) will appear; and the drinking of alcoholic drinks will be very common, and (open) illegal sexual intercourse will prevail, and men will decrease in number while women will increase so much so that, for fifty women there will be only one man to look after them.” (Al-Bukhari)

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- Sahih Al-Bukhari

3- Sahih Muslim

4- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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Prohibition of Theft

Prohibition of Theft

Theft

All divine religions prohibit theft

Indeed, all divine religions prohibit theft. We observe that the prohibition of theft is one of the Ten Commandments in the Torah. In the Old Testament, we read: “You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15)

The New Testament tells us that Jesus prohibited theft among other sins. In the New Testament, we read the following verse: “He said to Him, ‘Which ones?’ Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness.’” (Matthew 19:18)

In the Qur’an, Allah told Prophet Muhammad to instruct Muslims to refrain from theft among other things. We read the following verse in the Qur’an:

O Prophet, when the believing women come to you pledging to you that they will not associate anything with Allah, nor will they steal, nor will they commit unlawful sexual intercourse, nor will they kill their children, nor will they bring forth a slander they have invented between their arms and legs, nor will they disobey you in what is right – then accept their pledge and ask forgiveness for them of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (Al-Mumtahanah 60:12)

Therefore, Prophet Muhammad would accept the pledge of allegiance provided that the new converts refrained from theft among other sins.

Ubada bin Al-Samit reports: “I gave the pledge of allegiance to the Prophet with a group of people, and he said, ‘I take your pledge that you will not worship anything besides Allah, will not steal, will not commit infanticide, will not slander others by forging false statements and spreading them, and will not disobey me in anything good. And whoever among you fulfills all these (obligations of the pledge), his reward is with Allah. And whoever commits any of the above crimes and receives his legal punishment in this world, that will be his expiation and purification. But if Allah screens his sin, it will be up to Allah, Who will either punish or forgive him according to His wish.’” (Al-Bukhari)

Prophet Muhammad confirmed that a true believer cannot commit theft and one cannot have faith in Allah while committing theft. He said: “When an adulterer commits illegal sexual intercourse, then he is not a believer at the time he is doing it; and when somebody drinks an alcoholic drink, then he is not believer at the time of drinking, and when a thief steals, he is not a believer at the time when he is stealing; and when a robber robs and the people look at him, then he is not a believer at the time of doing it.” (Al-Bukhari)

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- Sahih Al-Bukhari

3- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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