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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The First Punishment (Article For Muslims)

The First Punishment: 'The Original Punishment' for 'The Original Sin'


The verses from the Quran: Chapter 7: verses 11-31 mention the story of Adam (Aadam) (pbuh) and Eve (Hawwa/Havva) (pbuh). Wherein it is mentioned that Satan/Iblis cheated them both to disobey Allaah/Allah/God. In a way, it can be understood that both Adam and Eve commited a sin in the view of Allah.

In Allah's kingdom, a sin is a punishable act. Thus, if Adam and Eve have commited a sin, then there should be a punishment for them. So, from the aforementioned verses, it is understood that as soon as they commited a sin by tasting the fruit of the forbidden tree, their shame became visible.

In short, it is clear that the first punishment onto mankind from Allah, was making them naked.

But it is really astonishing that, in this modern world, people have been making themselves naked by wearing minimal clothing. Thus adopting the punishment of God by their own willingness, deprived of God's gift of Beautiful Clothing, which Allah has granted only to mankind, and not to any of the animals.

If you have got the meaning of the verses above, and understood my point here, then there is an indication in the explanation of these verses as a SIGN FOR THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND, that only those people who give though for it, can only understand the meaning from these verses.

Although many people have talked about 'the first sin' termed as 'the original sin' especially from the Biblical passages, but people have hardly pondered upon 'the first punishment' or 'The Original Punishment'.

...Yet to complete. But please pass on your suggestions in the comments.

Verses from the Holy Quran: Chapter 7 (The Heights): Verses 11 to 31.

007.011 It is We Who created you and gave you shape; then We bade the angels bow down to Adam, and they bowed down; not so Iblis; He refused to be of those who bow down.

007.012 (God) said: "What prevented thee from bowing down when I commanded thee?" He said: "I am better than he: Thou didst create me from fire, and him from clay."

007.013 (God) said: "Get thee down from this: it is not for thee to be arrogant here: get out, for thou art of the meanest (of creatures)."

007.014 He said: "Give me respite till the day they are raised up."

007.015 (God) said: "Be thou among those who have respite."

007.016 He said: "Because thou hast thrown me out of the way, lo! I will lie in wait for them on thy straight way:

007.017 "Then will I assault them from before them and behind them, from their right and their left: Nor wilt thou find, in most of them, gratitude (for thy mercies)."

007.018 (God) said: "Get out from this, disgraced and expelled. If any of them follow thee,- Hell will I fill with you all.

007.019 "O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden, and enjoy (its good things) as ye wish: but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression."

007.020 Then began Satan to whisper suggestions to them, bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them (before): he said: "Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest ye should become angels or such beings as live for ever."

007.021 And he swore to them both, that he was their sincere adviser.

007.022 So by deceit he brought about their fall: when they tasted of the tree, their SHAME BECAME MANIFEST (open) to them, and they began to sew together the leaves of the garden over their bodies. And their Lord called unto them: "Did I not forbid you that tree, and tell you that Satan was an avowed enemy unto you?"

007.023 They said: "Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls: If thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we shall certainly be lost."

007.024 (God) said: "Get ye down. With enmity between yourselves. On earth will be your dwelling-place and your means of livelihood,- for a time."

007.025 He said: "Therein shall ye live, and therein shall ye die; but from it shall ye be taken out (at last)."

007.026 O ye Children of Adam! We have bestowed RAIMENT (CLOTHES) upon you TO COVER YOUR SHAME, as well as to be an ADORNMENT to you. But the RAIMENT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,- that is the BEST. Such are among the SIGNS OF GOD, that they may receive admonition!

007.027 O ye Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you, in the same manner as He got your parents out of the Garden, STRIPPING THEM OF THEIR RAIMENT, TO EXPOSE THEIR SHAME: for he and his tribe watch you from a position where ye cannot see them: We made the evil ones friends (only) to those without faith.

007.028 When they do aught that is shameful, they say: "We found our fathers doing so"; and "God commanded us thus": Say: "Nay, God never commands what is shameful: do ye say of God what ye know not?"

007.029 Say: "My Lord hath commanded justice; and that ye set your whole selves (to Him) at every time and place of prayer, and call upon Him, making your devotion sincere as in His sight: such as He created you in the beginning, so shall ye return."

007.030 Some He hath guided: Others have (by their choice) deserved the loss of their way; in that they took the evil ones, in preference to God, for their friends and protectors, and think that they receive guidance.

007.031 O Children of Adam! WEAR YOUR BEAUTIFUL APPAREL at every time and place of prayer: eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for God loveth not the wasters.

007.032 Say: Who hath forbidden the beautiful (gifts) of God, which He hath produced for His servants, and the things, clean and pure, (which He hath provided) for sustenance? Say: They are, in the life of this world, for those who believe, (and) purely for them on the Day of Judgment. Thus do We explain the SIGNS in detail FOR THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND.

And Allah Knows Best!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Decent Clothing (Article For Muslims)


Alhamdulillah, clothes are one of the greatest gifts of Allaah bestowed upon humans. But are we considerate enough to know whether we are taking care of our gifts? So, being in your home, just spend few minutes to look around you and sense the reality. Observe the clothing worn by the male members of your family, viz, father, brother, husband, son, etc. And then observe the clothing worn by the female members of your family, viz, mother, sister, wife, daughter, etc. At first glance, nothing looks special. So, try to make a note of what clothes are generally worn by these immediate members of your family.

(Considering the dressing trends of an Indian family.)

Men:Shirt-Pants, T-Shirt-Jeans, Kurta-Pyjama, Punjabi Suit, Sherwani, Blazer, etc.

Women:Saree-Blouse, Salwar-Kameez, Frock, Maxi (Nighty), Skirt, Burqa, etc.

If you observe more, you can see that most of the clothes worn by men have collar, full sleeves, loose fitting, thick material, etc. But similarly, if you observe women’s clothes, you can find the following:

Saree:1.Tight enough to show the figure of a woman, especially from the back.
2.If a woman is climbing a high step, the legs above the feet become visible.
3.Since it is generally thin, it can't hide the parts which are uncovered by a blouse; and it can't fully cover the hair too.

Blouse:1.Doesn't have a collar. So, complete neck and the chest (including some private part of chest) is very much visible.
2.The design of the neck is so broad that the back is completely open; and shoulders, backbone, etc are all clearly on display.
3.Doesn't have full sleeves; so arm, elbow and forearm can be seen.
4.Length is too short. Hence, the belly, navel, waist, back and some part of hips, etc are visible.
5.Generally thin and transparent in such a way that the inner garment (bra, etc) is clearly visible. And similarly the visibility of the skin-color and skin-folds is obvious.

Salwar:1.It is so thin that, if viewed, the shape of the legs is easily visible thru the garment. And if a woman stands in a bright place, the legs can be completely seen very clearly.

Dupatta:1.Very-very thin. Doesn't serve the purpose of hiding any body parts when spread. But it is used just as a matching piece of cloth with the complete dress.
2.And most of the times, it hangs only near the throat leaving the upper chest open.

Tight Leggings: 1.The new and easy way of dressing is the tight and CHEAP leggings, over a CHEAP kurti with long slits.
2.Its tightness shows the complete figure of the legs, if the top doesn't cover the legs. It is as good as showing 'colored legs'.

Burqa:1.Although the Burqa is supposed to cover everything, including the colors, shine, designs of the clothes, jewellery, etc, it is not doing so. Recent trends in burqas have shown that burqas are available in very attractive patterns, actually more than the regular clothes. Instead of covering the shine of the clothes, burqas themselves are shiny with colorful and shining designs, patterns over it.
2.Another new trend in Burqas is the transparency. Nowadays, the burqas have some part cut-off from them as a design, or instead a net is used instead of cloth. So, from this part, the clothes worn inside are displayed. And if the clothes are not covering this part, then this skin is visible to others, even after wearing the burqa.
3.Some women wear the Scarf of the Burqa in such a way that it covers only the ears. The face is open. The scarf is not big enough, so the hair are visible from back, and the hair on the forehead. Moreover, since it is short, it displays the figure of the chest, and some skin between chest and throat is also visible.

So, one or the other similar properties can be observed in other dresses too of the females. Any of these dresses hardly have the collar like that of what men wear.

Sense of good and bad:It is amazing to know that we hardly know what is haraam and what is halaal. Although we say that women should be modest, we never notice anything wrong with our own women, since we have lost this sense of good and bad. Even if our mothers are showing their navels through their small blouses, we are not feeling anything wrong in it. Because we are slowly losing our sense. If this continues, the day is not far when Islam is completely lost from our lives.

The Struggle (Jihaad):Finally, we need to conclude that, to make sure we are guarding our households, we need to struggle for it. So, dear brothers and sisters, please make sure of common 4 things especially in an Indian family: Chest, Back, Elbow, Waist. Convey to your women that even the household dress should cover their chest and their back with the help of a collar, the hands must be covered at least till elbow with full sleeves, and the blouses should be long enough to cover the waist, belly and navel. And show them that men are covering more skin than the women, although women are supposed to cover their shame more. Moreover, it should be noted that men would also be questioned by Allaah, about their ignorance towards their women, and why they had not provided sufficient money to buy full covering clothes.

Please make sure that women cover their bodies more than men in your home, and not the vice-versa!!!