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March 2010 eGazette – Utilitarian purpose of Islamic teachings

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Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam

Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, demonstrated the superiority and practicality of Islamic teachings to a spell bound, interfaith gathering of more than 7000 people, through the reading of this thesis.

The Conference of Great Religions was held at Lahore on December 26-29, 1896. The organizer of the conference was a concerned Hindu, Swami Shugan Chandra. Representatives of various religions accepted his invitation, and the Conference of Great Religions was held during the Christmas holidays of 1896. Each of the speakers, from different religions, was required to address five questions published in advance by the committee. The five questions were:

  1. The physical, moral and spiritual states of man
  2. What is the state of man after death?
  3. The object of man’s life and the means of its attainment,
  4. The operation of the practical ordinances of the Law in this life and the next
  5. Sources of Divine knowledge.

After receiving prophetic revelation from God, on the 21st of December, a week before the meeting, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad publicly declared that his essay would be the most overpowering one. To read the book and comments about it please click here.

Chastity – Essential for Preservation of the Institution of Marriage
by Nasir M. Malik

“They are a garment for you, and you are a garment for them.” (Al Surah Al-Baqarah 2:188)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2009 that births to unmarried women have reached an astonishing 39.7%.

How much does this matter? More than words can say. There is no other single force causing as much measurable hardship and human misery in USA as the collapse of marriage. It hurts children, it reduces mothers’ financial security, and it has landed with particular devastation on those who can bear it least: the nation’s underclass.

During the last few decades the divorce culture became a fact of life – turning weddings into overwrought exercises in consumer spending, as if by just plunking down enough cash for the flower girls’ dresses and tissue-lined envelopes for the RSVP cards, we can somehow improve our chance of going the distance. Islamic teachings about chastity and marriage are covered in these links [ Link One ] [ Link Two ].

Saving yourself from HIV infection
by Zia H Shah

“Do they seek a religion other than Allah’s, while to Him submits whosoever is in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly, and to Him shall they be returned?” (Al Surah Ale-Imran 3:84)

Seven thousand people sink every day in the dark sea of HIV infection. What can each individual do to save himself or herself from this unfortunate fate!

Promiscuity and sexuality has almost taken the form of an addiction. In this article it is reviewed, as to how and why millions have condemned themselves to the misery of HIV infection. How a lack of religiosity or wrong choice in religion, is making people vulnerable to HIV at least in the continent of Africa, is examined in a Muslim Sunrise article.

HIV Infections

In most of the Muslim countries the prevalence of HIV is fairly low.

Alcohol: moderate use a gateway to alcoholism

Muslims realize that all the detrimental consequences related to alcoholism are a proof that alcohol is the reason for numerous problems in the society. The non-Muslims especially the Westerners have a convenient rationalization. They fracture the reality into two parts, moderate use and excessive use and keep trying to blame all problems on excessive use, while applauding the recreational value of moderate use and its other benefits. This also requires denying any possible relationship between moderate and excessive use.

“Thus unto every people have We (Allah) caused their doing to seem fair.” (Al Surah Al-An'am 6:109)

The simple fact is that every alcoholic starts as a moderate consumer of alcohol. He may or may not have a genetic predisposition but the reality is that if he had never tasted alcohol his vulnerability would not have been exposed.

http://knol.google.com/k/alcohol-moderate-use-a-gateway-to-alcoholism#.

There are several other Google knols about alcohol and Islam also.

March 2010


Persecution News

For latest updates of the persecution of the peaceful Ahmadiyya Muslim Community please visit www.ThePersecution.org or at the The Persecution Blog

 


Gambling related problems: An international repository

“They ask thee concerning wine and the game of hazard (gambling). Say: ‘In both there is great sin and also some advantages for men; but their sin is greater than their advantage.’” (Al Surah Al-Baqarah 2:220)

This Google knol has an article about the problems associated with gambling addiction that in its earlier form was published in Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America:

http://jima.imana.org/

It was also published in JAMMA.

All the Google knols linked here provide possibility for readers to add information there. Please make well referenced contributions in the comment section to make it an international repository, to demonstrate the truth of this verse of the Holy Quran:

http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/gambling-related-problems-an/1qhnnhcumbuyp/48#


Pope John Paul flagellated himself, new book says

The late Pope John Paul flagellated himself regularly to emulate Christ’s suffering, a new book shows.

The book, called “Why a Saint?” was written by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the Vatican official in charge of the process that could lead to Roman Catholic sainthood for John Paul. It includes some previously unpublished documents. Many saints of the Church, including St. Francis of Assisi, St Catherine of Siena and St. Ignatius of Loyola, practiced flagellation and asceticism as part of their spiritual life.

The book, which was published this year, reveals that even when he was not ill, he inflicted pain on himself, known in Christianity as mortification, so as to feel closer to God.

“In Krakow as in the Vatican, Karol Wojtyla flagellated himself,” Oder writes in the book, citing testimony from people in the late pope’s close entourage while he was bishop in his native Poland and after he was elected pope in 1978.

“In his closet, among his vestments, there was hung on a clothes hanger a particular kind of belt for pants, which he used as a whip,” Oder writes in an AP news item in February, 2010.

Islam does not prescribe any such self infliction or self-mortification to progress in spirituality.


Prohibition of sex during menstruation: wisdom of the Quranic teaching
(By Zia H. Shah MD, Bashir Chaudhary MD, Hassam E. Fadel MD.)

The Holy Quran has been revealed by All-Knowing and Omniscient Allah. Therefore its teachings when properly understood by human mind are above criticism and any question. The validity of the verses of the Holy Quran has to stand the test of time and scrutiny of accurate methods of science if the above statements are indeed true. The Quran has certainly maintained its validity through such testing. In the medical field several teachings of the Quran have been shown to be very accurate and helpful. The Quranic teaching about shunning alcohol can prevent numerous problems related to alcoholism. The Quranic teaching about gambling likewise will prevent the crime and the numerous other problems related with gambling. The teaching about chastity will go a long way in preventing the high prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancies and broken families. The Quranic teaching about moderation in eating will certainly help control obesity. In this article we examine the benefit of a particular teaching of Qur’an about menstruation.


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