February 13, 2008 at 11:08 pm Leave a comment

Gratitude,Worship and Starvation

Medihah Hussain (Group Ruqayyah)
This lesson made me realize that Allah has made it so easy to obey Him. He commands us to eat from what He has provided of the pure and lawful. I was shocked that something as small as eating, which we do without thought, can be an act of worship. Subhanallah! If this is not easy then I do not know what is. Eating from what is pure and lawful is being grateful to Allah and shows that you acknowledge the blessing of food. At the end of the verse Allah says be grateful if it is Him that you worship. This is a strong statement and it made me think about the connection between gratitude and worship. Without being grateful you can not be one who worships Allah. Worshipping Allah only comes out of gratitude for all that He has given us.
  Being grateful is hard when you think that there is too much that Allah has made haram for us. However, those who believe there is more haram than halal are deceived. In fact, Allah has only made unlawful the following:
He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allāh. But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], there is no sin upon him. Indeed, Allāh is Forgiving and Merciful. [Al Baqarah:173]
 The list of haram is small compared to what is allowed. So what exactly is made haram? Animals that are already dead- which may have died due to natural death or because of being killed- are haram. The reason is because one condition of meat being halal is that the blood has to flow at the time that the animal is slaughtered. The blood that pours forth at the time of slaughter is also haram except for the blood that remains in the meat. The flesh of swine is also forbidden. Some may find this hard to understand but it makes sense when one considers the filth of the animal and the potential risk a person is in from the diseases that the meat of the animal carries.
  Worms and other bacteria are found in the meat of swine even after it is dead and can also infect anyone who eats from that meat. Also forbidden is any animal that is called out for other than Allah. At the time of slaughter the name of Allah is mentioned on the animal but if it is not then one can not eat from this meat.
  However, there is one condition in which a person may eat from the above categories. When one is in the state of extreme hunger it is okay to eat from what is haram. This hunger is not when one does not have anything in the house but when it is a matter of life and death. Life is seen as more sacred so it is allowed to eat as much as is needed to keep one alive but the condition is that you feel wrong in your heart and do not go back to that sin. In such a case who can be more merciful and forgiving than Allah who has made a way for everyone.

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