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WORLDLY FLAVOURS

WORLDLY FLAVOURS

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06/04/2012

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WORLDLYFLAVOURSHadrat[1]MuhammadMa’thumFaruqi(rahmatullahialaih)saysinthe56thletterofthefirstvolumeofhisMa
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tubat:MayHaqqsubhanahuwata’alablessyouwithrealizationofyourreligiousandworldlywishes!ThemedicineforprotectionagainsttheharmsofworldlyflavoursandtransientblessingsistousetheminamannercompatiblewiththeShari’at[2].Inotherwords,itistoobeyAllahuta’ala’scommandsandprohibitions.ThoseflavourswillbeharmfuliftheyarenotutilizedcompatiblywiththeShari’at.TheywillcauseAllahuta’ala’swrathandtorment.Maximumpossibleabstinencefromenjoyingthemisthesafestcoursetofollowforrealanddefinitesalvation.Thosewhocannotmanagethatdegreeofabstinenceshouldusethemedicinerequisiteforprotection.Therebytheywillbesafefromtheirharms.Shameonthosepeoplewhocanneithermanagethenecessaryabstinencenorprotectthemselvesbyusingmedicineandwho,thereby,leavethemselvesvulnerabletopatentdisastersandafflictionsinadditiontoapatheticdeprivationfrometernalhappiness![Islamdoesnotprohibitworldlyflavoursandpleasures.Whatitprohibitsisanexorbitantandbestialindulgenceinthem.]SopitiablearethosepeoplewhosuccumbtotheindulgencesoftheirnafsandfailtoenjoytheworldlyflavoursinmannersanddosesprescribedbytheShari’at,therebydivestingthemselvesofthefelicitousandeverlastingflavoursofParadise.Dotheynot
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nowthatAllahuta’alaseesall?HavetheyneverheardthatenjoymentofworldlyblessingswithinthelimitsofmoderationdrawnbyIslam’sShari’atistheonlywayofacquiringimmunityfromharms?ThereistheinevitableandimminentJudgmentDay,whenalltheworldlyactivitiesofeachandeverypersonwillbelaidbeforethem.[Apparently,thosewhochaseafterworldlypleasuresandtastesdonotseemtobelievethattherewillberisingafterdeath,thatpeoplewhoadaptthemselvestoIslam’sShari’atwillattaintheblessingsofParadise,whereasthosewhoflouttheShari’atwillbesubjectedtothefireofHell.Paradoxically,EuropeansandAmericans,whomthesedeniersofthelifetocomeloo
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onasmodernandgreatpeople,dobelieveinParadiseandHell.Theycrowdintochurches.EmbracetheworsefeaturesofEuropeansbyimitatingtheirimmoralitiesanddishonestactsinthenameofmodernism,ontheonehand,andcriticizeyourcountrymen,callingthemregressiveandbigotedpeople,onaccountoftheirbeliefintheHereafter,–whichisanassettheysharewithEuropeans–,ontheother:thisludicrousoddityunveilsthefetidinnerintentions.Weshouldnotbelievethesewretchedpeople,whoaremerelyslavestotheirsensuousdesiresandpleasures.]Howluc
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yforthosewhohaveattainedloveofAllahuta’alabyabstainingfromHisprohibitionsintheworld,whenthePromisedDaycomes!Howluc
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yforthosewhodonotsuccumbtothetemptationsofthesequinnedworldlylife,whofeartheirRabb(Allahuta’ala)andcurbtheirsensuousdesires,whoadvisetheirhouseholdandtheirinferiorsthattheyshouldperformtheirdailysalatssteadily,[andwhoteachtheirspousesanddaughtershowtocoverthemselvesinamannerprescribedbytheShari’atwhentheygoout!]Howluc
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yforthem!SalamstothosepeoplewhofollowthewaytofelicityshownbyAllahuta’alaandwhoadaptthemselvestoMuhammad‘alaihis-salam’!GLOSSARY[1]Hadrat:titleofrespectusedbeforethenamesofgreatpeopleli
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eandIslamicscholars.[2]Shari’at:(pl.ofShari’a)i)rulesandcommandmentsasawholeofthereligion.ii)religion.

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