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Friday, August 15, 2008

Are we waging a war against Allah?

Sahih al-Bukhari
Volume 4
Hadith Number 28

Narrated Abu Huraira
The Prophet said, "Avoid the seven great destructive sins." The people enquire, "O Allah's Apostle! What are they? "He said, "To join others in worship along with Allah, to practice sorcery, to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause, (according to Islamic law), to eat up riba (usury), to eat up an orphan's wealth, to give back to the enemy and fleeing from the battlefield at the time of fighting, and to accuse chaste women, who never even think of anything touching chastity and are good believers.

Allah has told us that taking usury/riba is almost as if waging a war against Him. However, most of us care very little about it and say that we cannot avoid it and no country can develop without it. However, it should be noted that riba was introduced in the political system in the late 18th century. Before that countries were developing without riba. Therefore, we are in theory waging a war against Allah and that is why Allah has created so many difficulties in the political system. He is fighting back.

Therefore, it is better for us to keep our money with us rather than giving it to banks who pratice riba. However, Allah has made it easier for us that he has allowed many haram things if it is very essential for us. For example, if we do not have any other food except pork and we are starving, we have a choice to eat the pork to keep us alive.

Sunan Abu Dawud
Hadith Number 2053

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas
The verse "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief
through the land is execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite side or exile from the land...most
merciful" was revealed about polytheists. If any of them repents before they are arrested, it does not prevent from inflicting on him
the prescribed punishment which he deserves.

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Anonymous said...

Good point but I don't know if you can say Allah is "fighting back", seeing as He is fully in control of the situation and, if He wanted to, He could destroy us all as a whim. It's more a sign of the destructive direction that mankind is heading in by involving itself in usury.

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

I agree. Of course, He could destroy us if he wants but I think He's just putting in little problems to warn us first.

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