Beginners’ Course on Islam II Speaker: Muhammad Taufiq bin Abdul Majeed email@example.com Lesson 2
Re-cap: Is Islam a difficult religion? Human’s nature in Islam Understanding our relationship with: ◦ Allah ◦ His CreationsLesson Outline
“…and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty…” Quran, 22:78Allahreminded us in the verse earlier that Islam is not a difficult religionand does not get people into difficulties.The Divine law given to mankind was never meant to put people indifficulties.Whenever there are difficulties, Allah gave us the options to help us facingthese situations.Is Islam a Difficult Religion?
Examples:To perform the four unit prayers (such as Zuhr, ‘Asr and Isya’) as two unitswhile travelling.This allowance (rukhsah) was mentioned in both the Quran and Sunnah. “And when you travel throughout the land, there is no blame upon you for shortening the prayer…” Quran, 4:101The companions asked the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)whether they are still allowed to shorten their prayers in times of peace. Theprophet (peace and blessings be upon him replied): “It is an act of charitywhich Allah has done to you, so accept His charity”. Hadith narrated byImam Muslim.Is Islam a Difficult Religion?
Examples:Can a Muslim consume pork?“He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah . But whoever is forced[by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], there is no sin upon him. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” Quran, 2:173Is Islam a Difficult Religion?
The notion of fitrah.What is fitrah? ◦ The term literally means creation; causing something to exist; natural disposition which a child is born. ◦ Technically, it refers to: The nature of state of human’s birth (i.e. sinless); Unconfirmed state which exist until the individual consciously acknowledges his belief.Human’s Nature in Islam
Islam is known as religion of fitrah because it addresses the basic needs of human being: Physical Society Environment FamilyHuman’s Nature in Islam
“And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction [by refraining]. And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good.” Quran, 2:195 Physical NeedsHuman’s Nature in Islam
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the mostnoble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” Quran, 49:13 SocietyHuman’s Nature in Islam
Islam promotes justice and human rights whether the person is a believer or a non-believer. However, there are claims that Islam is unjust to…Human’s Nature in Islam
Is Islam a biased and sexist religion?Is it true that Islam treats Muslim woman unjustly and deprivesher rights?Are women always dominated by men?Is there justice in the law of inheritance in Islam?Is the Islamic dress-code unsuitable fortoday’s context?Human’s Nature in Islam
As Muslims, we are taught to devote ourselves to Allah. The devotion is showed to acts of obedience and fulfilling our obligations towards: Fellow Allah BeingUnderstanding Our Relationship
What are the obligations towards Allah that we have to observe? But most importantly: We must be CONSCIOUS of our duty and actionsUnderstanding Our Relationship
What are the obligations towards Allah that we have to observe? And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, "Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority." They said, "Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?" Allah said, "Indeed, I know that which you do not know.“ Quran, 2:30Understanding Our Relationship
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