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Advises From The Quran.

When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against a relative. (6/152)

If you do not have complete knowledge about anything, better not say anything. You might think that speaking about something without full knowledge is a trivial matter. But it might have grave consequences. (24:15-16)

When you hear something malicious about someone, keep a favorable view about him/her until you attain full knowledge about the matter. Consider others innocent until they are proven guilty with solid and truthful evidence. (24:12-13)

Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no direct knowledge. (Using your faculties of perception and conception) you must verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will be held accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty of reasoning. (17:36)

(Interpretations of meaning)

Shirk- Associating partners with Allah is the gravest sin in Islam, about which Allah said: “I will forgive every sin except Shirk.”

Pharaoh committed this sin & claimed that he is God, he did not even associate any other person but himself. He made himself equal to Allah & this sin angers Allah the most but still Allah ordered Prophet Moses to go to Pharaoh & invite him to the worship of One God.

Allah said: “Go you and your brother with My Ayat (proofs, lessons, verses, evidences, signs, revelations, etc), and do not, you both, slacken and become weak in My Remembrance. Go, both of you, to Pharaoh, verily, he has transgressed all bounds in disbelief and disobedience and behaved as an arrogant and as a tyrant. And speak to him MILDLY, perhaps he may accept admonition or fear Allah.” (Qur’an 20:42-44)

Did Allah allow Prophet Moses to curse Pharaoh or abuse him? The answer is No. Even in this case when a human committed the worst sin, Allah ordered another human to speak to him in a kind & gentle manner. This clearly shows, that no human has the right to curse or abuse anyone, a Muslim or a Non Muslim. Even if the other person is mocking or talking ignorantly to a Muslim, he is not allowed to do the same in return.
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But, today the attitude of Muslims is opposite to this. They curse & abuse not only non Muslims but even Muslims & then they think that Allah will forgive them & they will go to Paradise, just because they have a tag “Muslim” with them. But, they are just deceiving their own selves.

Prophet Muhammad peace be upon Him stated that a person said: “By Allah, Allah will not forgive so & so (person).” Thereupon Allah said: “Who is He who swears by Me & says that i will not forgive so & so? Listen, Verily I have forgiven so & so & nullified your deeds or as the Messenger peace be upon Him said.”

This narration teaches us the politeness needed by a Muslim towards Allah and that one should not involve himself in matters that are left for Allah to decide i.e. nobody can know who will go to Hell and who will enter Paradise.

Allah advises us in Qur’an:  “Invite (all) to the Way of your Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Rabb (God) knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.” (16:125)

Not for you (O Muhammad) is the decision; whether He turns in mercy to (pardon) them or punishes them; verily, they are the wrongdoers.” (Qur’an 3:128) “Your duty is only to convey (the Message) and on Us (God) is the reckoning.” (Qur’an 13:40)

But what is the condition of Muslims today?

Few days back, I saw a video, in which an old Muslim man was offering Prayer very fast & incorrectly. Someone recorded the video & uploaded on Facebook with the title “Curse him & share”. 

Is this what Allah told Muslims to do? Instead of correcting him & trying to help him, they mocked & cursed him. Did Allah allow any human being to do so? We can clearly see from above Quranic verses that this is not the way of Islam. Muslims have to understand this, that, there is a difference between Allah judging humans & humans judging humans.

Humans can judge others based on their actions but not their hearts. For example, if someone is alcoholic, it is a Muslim’s duty to correct him & tell him that this wrong, but, he cannot say, ‘you drink, you will go to hell’. As Muslims, our duty is to correct people & call them towards the way of Allah, in the best possible manner, that is all. We have no right to curse or abuse anyone or to tell people that you will burn in Hell. This is what only Allah decides, because Allah knows what’s inside the hearts & we humans don’t.

Islam does not teach us to be quiet when there is Injustice and Falsehood. It is every Muslim’s religious obligation to forbid evil & call towards good. But it does not mean that Muslims are allowed to be rude or harsh, when it comes to conveying the message of Islam.

Allah says: “And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah (i.e. this Qur’aan), and be not divided among yourselves.” (Qur’an 3:103)

“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as just witnesses; and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just, that is nearer to Taqwa (piety).”(Qur’an 5:8)

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This is the message of Islam “Unity”, “Justice” & “Tolerance”. But sadly, today Muslims are the most intolerant & unjust people. They show zero tolerance. If anyone goes against their views, they start cursing & abusing them. This is the reason today Muslims are suffering all over the world. Muslims need to come back to the true message of Islam & unite.

If you are a supporter of one leader or scholar, don’t call the supporters of others, ‘dogs’, don’t curse them. Because the problem is not the person who is not supporting your favorite person, but you, the one who is cursing & abusing other Muslims & non Muslims.

Today, because of the rude & harsh attitude of Muslims, so many non Muslims hate Islam & they hate Muslims, because the first thing that Muslims tell them is “you are going to hell”. This is very sad, Muslims have left the book of Allah & they justify their wrongdoings by cherry picking verses from the Qur’an. They misuse Qur’an.

I invite you all,  to study the Qur’an & Narrations of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) & then judge. This is a request, that please do not judge Islam by looking at Muslims. The basic message of Islam is to believe in only One Creator, & this is not only for Muslims, we all human beings are equal in the sight of Allah & even the Muslims who will disobey Allah, will be punished. No Muslim has a free pass to Paradise. There is no blind following in Islam & it is everyone’s (Muslims & Non Muslims) duty to study it.
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Muslims (& other religious people also) have this misconception that only they are going to paradise. But lets look at the issue logically, and in accordance to the teachings of Islam.

No one has a choice to be born in a Muslim family or a non-Muslim family, thus it is not as if every person who is born in a muslim family, or names himself Abdullah, or Mohamed, or Ayyub, or Jaafar, etc. has an unconditional guarantee to enter Paradise! Also, if this would be the case, it would be injustice with the ones who are not born Muslims. And we know that Allah is not unjust in the least degree.

As Allah said in Qur’an: “This is what your hands have sent forth, and verily, Allah is not unjust to His servants.”  (22:10).

We all have equal responsibility to study the book of Allah & try to find the truth. Allah invites all of us to study the Qur’an & reflect on its verses. 

Just saying that, ‘I believe there is no God but Allah’ & following your desires is not sincerity & is not at all enough, this statement “La Ilaha illallah (There is no God but Allah)” is not shallow, it has a deep meaning & we all need to understand it.

Your wealth, culture, fame, family, anything that is more important for you than Allah, is your God, meaning, if a Muslim believes that there is only one God, Allah, but at the same time deals with Riba (Interest), then his God is that illegal money not Allah. In the same way, if a Muslim does things to please people, to show off & his intention is not to please Allah but people, then those people are his God. If a Muslim blindly follows an Imam or a scholar without understanding the book of Allah, then, that scholar is his God.

As Allah said: “Have you seen him who takes his own lust as his god? (who abides by his lust, and whatever his lust portrays as good he implements it, and whatever his lust portrays as evil, he abandons it!) And Allah, left him astray with knowledge, and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who then will guide him after Allah? Will you not then remember?” (Quran 45:23)

This is very important & we all need to understand this because associating partners with Allah is the major sin which Allah will never forgive. Shirk (associating partners with Allah) does not only mean, to bring a statue at home & pray to it or to go to graves & pray to the dead, but shirk is to give priority to anything, over Allah. It can be your family (“There is no obedience to creation in disobedience to the Creator.”), illegal money, fame etc.

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon Him) said: “The first of people against whom judgment will be pronounced on the Day of Resurrection will be a man who died a martyr (in the Cause of Allah). He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His favors and he will recognize them. Allah, The Exalted, will say: ‘And what did you do about them?’ He will say: ‘I fought for You until I died a martyr (in Your Cause). Allah will Say: ‘You have lied – you did but fight that it might be said [of you]: He is courageous. And so it was said.’ Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire. [Another] will be a man who has studied [religious] knowledge and has taught it and who used to recite the Quran. He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His favors and he will recognize them. [The Almighty] will Say: ‘And what did you do about them?’ He will say: ‘I studied [religious] knowledge and I taught it and I recited the Quran for Your sake.’ Allah will Say: ‘You have lied – you did but study [religious] knowledge that it might be said [of you]: He is learned. And you recited the Quran that it might be said [of you]: He is a reciter. And so it was said.’ Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire.[Another] will be a man whom Allah had made rich and to whom He had given all kinds of wealth. He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His favors and he will recognize them. [The Almighty] will Say: ‘And what did you do about them?’ He will say: ‘I left no path [untrodden] in which You like money to be spent without spending in it for Your sake.’ Allah will say: ‘You have lied – you did but do so that it might be said [of you]: He is open-handed. And so it was said.’ Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire.”

So, no one has a free pass to paradise. We all have to strive to find the truth. There is no blind following in Islam, we all will be responsible for our own selves on the Day of Judgement.  Whoever strives in search of truth, benefits him/herself only.