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What Islam Says About Zinaa
Advice contrary to full Qur'anic teaching
For the record, let us clarify what Allah swt and His Messenger (saws) have to say about zinaa (fornication or adultery):
Islam has taken a firm and decisive stance against zinaa (fornication or adultery). Allah, the Almighty, commands in explicit and unequivocal words: "And come not near unto adultery. Lo! it is an abomination and an evil way." (Al-Isra': 32)
Thus, Islam not only prohibits zinaa, but also closes all the avenues and means leading to it. This is achieved by prohibiting every step and means leading to stimulating desires, opening ways for illicit sexual relations between men and women, and promoting indecency and obscenity.
Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:
"Adultery in Islam is one of the most heinous and deadliest of sins. Its enormity can be gauged from the fact that it has often been conjoined in the Qur'an with the gravest of all sins: shirk or associating partners with Allah."
The enormity of this sin is no small measure due to its dire consequences affecting individuals, families, and societies. Among these are that it entails infidelity and erodes the trust and tranquility that are the foundations of a fulfilling family life; it dissipates one's energies; it undermines peace at home; it corrodes the purity of one's soul and hence destroys one's faith; finally, it exposes the person to the wrath of Allah, thus resulting in eternal damnation.
It is no wonder then that Allah and His Messenger have sounded dire warnings against adultery in so many ways. To list only a few instances:
"(And the servants of the Beneficent) are those who do not invoke another god with Allah, and who do not commit fornication/adultery, for whoever does that shall receive the penalty; for him shall the torment be doubled on the day of resurrection, and therein he shall abide forever, disgraced, save him who repents and believes and does good works; those, Allah shall change their misdeeds into good works. And Allah is Forgiving, Compassionate." (Al-Furqan: 68-70)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Whoever guarantees me that he will guard his chastity, I will guarantee him Paradise." (Al-Bukhari).
Here are two more ahadeeth about zinaa, and I want you to pay special attention to the last part of each hadith:
Abu Hurayrah reports that the Messenger of Allah said, "No one commits adultery while still remaining a believer, for faith is more precious unto Allah than such an evil act!" In another version, it is stated, "When a person commits adultery he casts away from his neck the bond that ties him to Islam; if, however, he repents, Allah will accept his repentance." (Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, An-Nisa'i and others).
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Faith is like a shirt that Allah places on those He chooses; but whoever commits adultery his shirt will be taken off from him; if he were to repent sincerely, Allah will place it back on him." (Al-Bayhaqi)
PART TWO: FORGIVENESS:
If you read those two ahadeeth carefully, you will see that along with condemning the sin, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) offers us a way out of sin and back to faith, which is to repent sincerely, what we call in Islam tawbah.
Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:
"If you had extra martial affairs… and then you repented sincerely for your heinous sin, then you will be forgiven."
Allah says, "Didn't they know that it is Allah who accepts repentance of His servants and forgives sins?" (At-Tawbah: 104).
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Allah accepts the repentance of a person as long as death has not reached his collar bone" (i.e., as long as it is not done in the last pangs of death).
Sincere repentance, however, is not simply saying, "Lord, forgive me, I ask forgiveness of Allah." Sincere repentance involves experiencing a profound sense of guilt for having disobeyed Allah. Secondly, one should totally refrain from approaching that sin as well as from such circumstances that led him/her to it; thirdly, one must be resolved never to repeat the same in the future, and finally, one must also do whatever he/she can to wipe out the past sins by engaging in good works as much as possible.
So to review again, tawbah has several elements:
Feel a true sense of regret for disobeying Allah
Stop committing the sin immediately.
Resolve never to commit the sin again.
Ask Allah's forgivness.
Try to make up for it by doing good deeds.
Once the above procedures are followed, we can look forward to Allah's forgiveness for He is certainly All-Merciful and All-Forgiving.
Having said this, it is important to point out a person who has sinned in the past must continue to be vigilant, and remember that Allah Sees all that we do. The person should try to visualize Heaven and Hell as if they are in front of them. That is the way to control our carnal desires and achieve and Allah-consciousness.
So, brother, don't feel that you are going to Hell or that you are doomed. All of us make mistakes and fall from grace. Of course, some mistakes are worse than other; but believe me, everyone in the world commits sins and makes mistakes. It is human nature. That's why Allah is Ar-Rahman, Ar-Raheem. Allah will forgive you. Just make your sincere tawbah and focus on strengthening your deen and becoming a better Muslim every day.
In my opinion it was a mistake to cancel your Hajj because of this, because Hajj is exactly what we need to get forgiveness and cleanse our souls. Instead of avoiding good deeds, you should be pursuing them and seeking them out.
But that's ok, you have next year Insha'Allah. Just concentrate on strengthening your deen and asking Allah's forgiveness, and prepare yourself for next's year's Hajj. And maybe I will see you there, Insha'Allah, since I am thinking about going next year as well.
This is basically the end of my answer, but I have added a few more ayaat and hadith about the concepts of forgiveness and replacing sins with bad deeds; those who are interested, please read on.
Further Information About Forgiveness in Islam
Allah Almighty says: "Say: 'O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Az-Zumar: 53)
He Almighty also says: "Allah accepts the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and repent soon afterwards; to them will Allah turn in mercy: For Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom." (An-Nisa': 17)
Also, in Surat Al-An`am, verse 54, He Almighty also says: "When those come to thee who believe in Our signs, Say: 'Peace be on you: Your Lord hath inscribed for Himself (the rule of) mercy: verily, if any of you did evil in ignorance, and thereafter repented, and amend (his conduct), lo! He is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful."
Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in this regard:
If you committed evil but have repented sincerely, and changed your life around for better, then Allah has certainly promised to grant you mercy and forgiveness. It is one of the basic principles of belief in Islam that Allah is All-Relenting, All-Forgiving and All-Merciful."
Here are a few verses which clearly convey this crucial concept:
"Do they not know that it is Allah Who accepts the repentance of His servants and receives (approves) their charity, and that Allah is the Relenting, the Compassionate?" (At-Tawbah: 104)
"Say: "O My servants who wronged against their souls, do not despair of Allah's mercy! For Allah forgives all sins; for He is indeed Forgiving, Compassionate.'" (Az-Zumar: 53)
So do not put off repentance; take the necessary steps immediately, for no one can tell when the death will overtake us. The door of repentance is open so long as we are not in the throes of death, for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Allah accepts the repentance of His servant so long as death has not reached his collar bone." But since we have no way of knowing when death will overtake us, we must never be complacent or slack in hastening to taking steps towards repentance.
While speaking of repentance, I must rush to add, that it cannot be considered as valid unless one takes the following steps:
Firstly, one must feel deep remorse for the sins one has committed.
Secondly, one must refrain from it totally while also abstaining from all those leads or circumstances that led him to such a sin in the first place.
Thirdly, he must be firmly resolved never to sin again, and immediately becoming occupied in whatever good deeds that he can in order to wipe out his past sins.
Fourthly, all of the above involve sins involving the rights of Allah; if, however, your sins involve the rights of human beings, then you must also do whatever it takes to return or compensate or redress the grievances of the person you have wronged. Paying him his dues or compensating him in whatever ways possible becomes an essential condition of valid repentance.
Repentance, as stated above once accomplished, will undoubtedly wipe out one's sins, and guarantee him a clean record. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "One who has repented of a sin (sincerely) is like one who has never sinned at all."
Replacing Your Sins with Good Deeds
Allah says, "Verily good deeds wipe out bad deeds." (Hud: 114). The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Allah does not wash out bad deeds through bad deeds; rather He washes bad deeds only through good deeds."
So repent sincerely and get yourself occupied with good works to the best of your ability. Once you have followed these steps your sin is blotted out. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "A person who has repented (sincerely) is like one who has never sinned."
If any readers have some additional advice for this questioner, feel free to post your comments below.
Glory to You Allah, we praise You, we bear witness that there is no God except You, we ask Your forgivess and we repent to You.
Wael Hesham Abdelgawad, Administrator
When you contrast the doctrines of the Qur'an with the advice given here by the administrator you find a few clues which give away the truth that 'Imran's' eternal future may have nothing to do with his sinning in the future, or the nature and degree of his repentance. The administrator gives advice that is contrary to full Qur'anic teaching - as even the underlined section of this passage shows:
"Faith is like a shirt that Allah places on those He chooses; but whoever commits adultery his shirt will be taken off from him; if he were to repent sincerely, Allah will place it back on him." (Al-Bayhaqi)
Note - he can get his 'shirt' back - if Allah has already chosen him for Paradise; but if he was predestined for Hell what he has done and his final fate cannot be changed one iota by his 'good works' or 'repentance'! This doctrine from Hell will clearly have eternal consequences for anyone who believes it and those who believe that the circumstances of their life must mean that Allah had never chosen them will obviously lead appropriate lives of greater and more evil sin, or utter depression, as their despair envelopes them!
"Allah accepts the repentance of a person as long as death has not reached his collar bone" (i.e., as long as it is not done in the last pangs of death).
So if you do something evil in the last moments of your death this could swing open the Gates of Hell for you if the scales were weighed against you slightly! Not at all comforting. What about sins you may have committed 'in ignorance' - you cannot repent of something that you do not recognise as being sinful!
When you read 'Allah accepts the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and repent soon afterwards; to them will Allah turn in mercy:' remember that 'Imran' had admitted that he knew that what he was doing was wrong- so he did not sin in ignorance, but wilfully! Will Allah still forgive him, even bearing in mind that predestination may rule this out anyway?
When you read 'don't feel that you are going to Hell or that you are doomed' try not to think about the fact that Allah might have already doomed you to eternal death in Hell - and there is no amount of repentance and 'good deeds' that can over-turn this fact!
When you are told to 'Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful' try not to think of the predestination factor that leaves you in Hell no matter how much you sin or whether you are forgiven!
Anyone comparing Muhammad and his Qur'an with find the same pattern repeated by the false prophet of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith, copying the same pattern of producing a book (Qur'an = Book of Mormon) at the bidding of an 'angel of light'. The Bible gives clear warnings:
(2 Corinthians 11:4, 12-15): 4 For if some one comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you submit to it readily enough.…12 And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
(Galatians 1:6-9): 6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Muhammad and Joseph Smith are equally cursed to spend eternity in Hell for their deceptions (although Muhammad's deception is on a larger scale so he can expect more severe punishment, as clearly taught in the Bible - ref. Matthew 10:15; 11:21-24; 23:13; Luke12:47; Mark 12:40; Luke 20:47; Romans 2:12). Note, also, that we do not need to quote from outside the Bible to support our points. Muhammad's followers need the Sunnah and hadith to try and fill in all the imperfections and contradictions of the Qur'an - and Joseph Smith needed the Doctrine and Covenants (Pearl of Great Price) and Book of Abraham to try and fill in the 'missing links' of his Book of Mormon! Both, of course, also required correction of their original works which were supposedly protected from human tampering and delivered with 'angelic protection' to avoid any errors in the works. These claims have been shown on the preceding pages to be nothing more than an elaborate hoax!
So we have shown how vast is the contrast between the Bible and the Qur'anic doctrine of Man! As we have seen, the Qur'an states that Allah created man weak, on which account he is indulgent towards him, permitting him 'little sins' so long as he keeps the more important laws, and allowing him to break all these so long as he keeps them, if only once, more often than he breaks them, in order to keep the balance on the right side (this is assuming he was predestined to be saved!).
The doctrine that Allah breathed all the evil that is in man into him, that he misleads all he has arbitrarily chosen not to guide aright, that he denies to anyone free will, and predestines multitudes of both men and jinn to Hell, reveals the contrast between the Allah of the Qur'an, and the God of the Bible to be infinite. Note: a false teaching called Calvinism, after its founder John Calvin, attempted to teach the doctrine that Christ died only to save the elect (some are predestined to be saved while those not predestined would always be lost, as original Islam taught) made the God of the Bible to be as arbitrary and unmerciful to the non-elect as Allah of the Qur'an is in denying that the will of man has any part to play in his eternal destiny. That it is not the teaching of the Bible is proven from many Scriptures (e.g. 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4-6).
Equally great is the contrast between Mohammed's commands to his disciples to follow his example in killing those who opposed his claims, and Christ's command to His disciples in the propagation of His Gospel to be as 'wise as serpents and harmless as doves' (Matthew 10:16); to bless them that cursed them, to do good to them that hated them, and to pray for those who despitefully used and persecuted them, as loving them, and as necessary to show themselves to be the children of their Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:43,44). In Christ the Bible Law of Love becomes the Law of Personal Life (Romans 8:3-4). This absolute contrast of hate and love is sufficient of itself to prove the falsity of Islam, and the truth of the Gospel of Christ. it often seems to us that Muslims are only Muslim and not Christians because they are profoundly ignorant of the truth concerning both the Qur'an and the Gospel. At least this is true where the truly devout Moslem is concerned!
Clearly the Bible describes a very different God from the deceiving false god of the Qur'an who has the attributes of Satan! Yet you are trying to tell us that we should reject The Truth and accept 'The Greatest Deceiver/Schemer'. This 'god' Allah supposedly inspired a Qur'an that has more than 200 verses speaking approvingly of the Bible - even telling those seeking the truth to consult the 'People of the Book' (Jews and Christians) - and then, when these people declared the Qur'an to be a fraud, Muhammad received passages (four) speaking against the Bible! Clearly, Allah is a 'god' of contradictions. We have already written elsewhere about 'The Satanic Verses' that Muhammad was 'deceived' into inserting into the Qur'an by Satan (or was it Allah - or is there really any difference?). After declaring that Allah was the only 'god' these verses permitted worship and prayers to the 'daughters of Allah', Al-Lat, Al-Uzza, and Manat - and were then 'abrogated' when the obvious contradiction was pointed out!
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