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Islams Reformers

The bigotry of the religion reformers or bigots of science who surfaced lately to blame all previous scholars, basic fundamental beliefs or practices

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mahram [1] men’s being away form one another as a duty are attached to their country with a most sensitive vein. Another powerful weapon which religion reformers use to defend that women should work among men is material and economic advantages. For example, “You open a shop and put a girl at the cashier or counter. The customers will increase with the lustful gifts which the shop presents to the sense of sight,” they say. However, Muslim customers do not go to such shops where immodestly dressed women work and alcoholic drinks are sold. The earnings that come through harâm means are wicked and without Allâhu ta’âlâ’s blessing. Their consequence will be harmful both in this world and in the next. It is harâm and a grave sin for women and girls to exhibit themselves undressed to nâ-mahram men and for men to look at them. It does not become a Muslim to earn worldly property by means of harâm. Goods earned in such a way are useless and without Allâhu ta’âlâ’s blessing. He who slights the harâm becomes a kâfir. If a person claims to be a Muslim, his actions have to be in conformity with the Sharî’at. If he does not know how he should behave, he has to learn by asking a scholar in the Madh-hab of Ahl as-sunna, or by reading books written by scholars belonging to this Madh-hab. If what he has done runs counter to the Sharî’at’s prescription, he is by no means free from the state of sinfulness or denial (of Islam). In this case, he has to do true penance daily. Any sin or any act of denial is definitely pardonable, depending on the (trueness of the) penance one has done. If the person concerned does not do true penance, he will be tormented, i.e. punished, both in this world and in Hell. Kinds of these punishments are written at various places in our book. Parts of the body that men and women have to cover, both during namâz and elsewhere, are called “Awrat Parts.” If a person says that Islam does not contain any concept in the name of awrat parts, he becomes a disbeliever. If a person does not attach importance to the fact that one has to cover those parts of one’s body that are awrat according to the (agreements of the scholars called) ijmâ’, i.e. in all the four Madh-habs, or that one should not look at those parts of other people’s bodies; in other [1] Men and women who are forbidden to show themselves to members of other sex are called nâ-mahram. There is detailed information on this subject in Endless Bliss, IV, 8. – 106 –

words, if he does not feel any fear as to the torment he would be subjected to (in case he failed to observe this important rule), he becomes a disbeliever. Parts between a man’s knees and loins are not awrat parts according to the Hanbalî Madh-hab. A person who says, “I am a Muslim,” has to learn and respect the credal tenets of Islam and the commandments and prohibitions that are communicated in ijmâ’, i.e. in agreement by all the four Madhhabs. Not to know them does not grant an exemption. It is equal to knowing and disbelieving. A woman’s entire body, with the exception of her face and hands, is awrat according to all the four Madh-habs. The same rule applies to women’s exposing their awrat parts, singing, or reciting aloud the (eulogy that praises our Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’ and which is called) Mawlid, in the presence of men. If a person floutingly exposes a part of his, or her, body which is not awrat with ijmâ’, i.e. which he, or she, does not have to cover according to (at least) one of the remaining three Madh-habs, he, or she, will not become a disbeliever, although an act of this sort is one of the grave sins. An example of this is men’s exposing their limbs between the knees and the loins, e.g. their thighs. It is farz for every person to learn what he or she does not know. And as soon as he or she learns any new religious tenet, (such as, covering the awrat part), he or she has to do penance and begin to observe it, (e.g. cover the awrat part concerned). The following hadîths are quoted from the book Zawâjir [Egypt, 1356 A.H. (1937)] by Shafi’î scholar Hadrat Ibn Hajar al- Makkî [889-974 A.H. (1494-1567)]. “Do not show your thigh, and do not look at the thigh of a person dead or alive.” “Allâhu ta’âlâ will severely punish those who show the private parts of their body to others.” “The parts between men’s knees and navels are their private parts.” “It is a grave sin to expose one’s private parts.” “Three kinds of people will never go to Paradise. The first one is the dayyûth, that is, the person who takes no notice of his wife’s relations with other men. The second one is the woman who makes herself look like men. The third one is the one who continues to have alcoholic drinks.” Women’s making themselves look like men means to dress like them, to wear coats and trousers like them, to cut their hair like theirs, which are grave sins. – 107 –

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