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The role of intention

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

I read this somewhere that we will be judged by God because of our INTENT (نیتنا). Do you believe that INTENT نية is more important than performance? (as reported by Ali and Ja`far As-Saadiq, may God have been pleased with them).

If you’d agree with me then should I keep going? I still haven’t made a decision. If I choose not to, it won’t be because of my situation (calamity). I swear to my dear Lord that it’s not about misfortunes of my life. Maybe everyone hates me, even my family, all people except kids.

I just wanna see the truth, wanna see God, wanna see my Dear Lord because I believe that it would be enough for me, I’ll endure those flames just for that sight of Him. Then I’ll rest even in hell.

That will be the INTENT behind my action, so tell me as a man of God, not personal answer, as someone who knows the truth (Allah) and have a task to share that, is this forbidden too to make such a decision?

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How do you know that you will see God? There is no evidence that this will happen except for the people of Paradise. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “When the people of Paradise enter Paradise, God will say to them, ‘Do you want more I can add for you?’. They will say, ‘Did You not admit us to Paradise and save us from the Fire?’. Then the veil will be uncovered. They would never be given anything more beloved to them than looking at their Lord.” Narrated by Suhayb ibn Sanaan and reported by Muslim who rated it authentic. In another narration of the same hadeeth, he subsequently recited, “For those who did good is the best reward and more.” (10:26)

Thus, you assumption that you may see God either way has no basis. If what you are talking about is committing suicide, God forbid, then you should know that it is the only terminal sin in Islam. All other can be remedied in time.

It is also unforgivable, regardless of the intention behind it. One day, in a battle, a man was quite the warrior. His fellows were praising his valor, but the Prophet (PBUH) surprised them by saying, “He is in the Hellfire!” Shortly thereafter, the man was so badly wounded and in so much pain that he killed himself. Now the Sahaba understood the Prophet’s prophesy about him. The Prophet (PBUH) also said that a man from the prior nations had a painful open wound, so he committed suicide. Then God said, “My servant preempted Me with himself; I have forbidden him Paradise.” (Narrated by Jandab ibn Abdillah and reported by Al-Bukhaari). If, God forbid, you should commit suicide, you would lose both this world and the Hereafter. I pray that you come to your senses and expel Satan who is whispering such delusions into your ears.

The reality of this world can certainly be hard. God made that clear to Adam, “So, We said, ‘O Adam, verily this (Satan) is an enemy to you and to your spouse, so do not let him evict you from the Garden lest you should suffer.'” (20:117)

But does that mean we should abandon living and renounce the world? If that were true, how come the Prophet (PBUH) and all his noble companions were fully engaged in the world, in spite of all its trials, tribulations and unpleasantness? The Prophet (PBUH) had uncles who cursed him and even plotted to kill him. And what did he do? He kept friendly relations with them to the end. As a matter of fact, he practiced forgiveness, largess and graciousness.

If renouncing the world was a teaching of Islam, don’t you think that God, or His messenger, would have told us so?

This world was meant to mix the good and the bad, the wholesome and the filthy, the right and the wrong, guidance and loss. How else would the free will that man took on be exercised or tested? Why do you think God keeps telling us in the holy Quran to endure, keep the faith and do good? It is precisely because human nature would lead man to despair, lose faith and detach from the world otherwise. Maybe even drink to forget. Satan is counting on it!

Life is a finite opportunity to gain God’s approval and earn His reward. This can only be done if we maintain the right faith, remain steadfast on the Straight Path, fulfill our obligations, accumulate good deeds, expiate sins and call upon God to accept what we do right and pardon what we do wrong.

Finally, the role of intention is to validate good deeds. A charity could be intended for show-off. It may still be beneficial but it ceases to be a good deed – the kind that gets recorded in one’s book of deeds. A sin remains a sin regardless of the intention that preceded it. Intention is what differentiates the sincere from the hypocrites. That is why God judges by it, and only He fully knows it.

Is euthenasia allowed in Islam?

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

When my mother was in the hospital she was declared brain dead and was only being supported by the oxygen machine. When the doctor told us there was nothing they can do my father decided to remove the life support and let her go. The rest of us however refused to do so. A day after she died naturally. Is removing the life support considered euthanasia and if its allowed in Islam?

May God have mercy on your mother.

Since removing life support escalates removal of life and keeping it slows that down, it is euthanasia. Euthanasia is a euphemism for “mercy” killing. That means it’s a killing. So, the question is “is killing a brain dead person allowed in Islam?”

To answer that question, one needs to understand when Islam allows killing. God says in the holy Quran, “And do not kill the soul which God has made sacrosanct except in truth.” (6:151). What does “in truth” mean? The Quran answers that. There are only three situations that the Quran has allowed killing: (i) self defense, which includes war, (ii) as punishment for first degree murder and (iii) as punishment for terrorism. Clearly euthanasia does not qualify.

Even calling it mercy killing is a euphemism, because in many situations the act is not done out of compassion for the sick, who may be in a coma, but in order to spare his loved ones the pain of watching him die slowly. It’s understandable why they are in pain, but that is no excuse for killing. Otherwise, suicide would be acceptable but of course it is totally forbidden.

There is a difference between deadening and killing. Deadening is when the soul departs the body naturally and that can only be done by the angel of death authorized by God. Killing is when the soul is forced out of the body. It preempts deadening and therefore it’s an infringement on God’s authority.

Are any sins unforgivable?

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

God forgives all sins. He says,
“Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves, do not despair of the mercy of God. Verily, God forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (39:53)

There is an expiation for every sin. Some sins are expiated with a legal penalty. Others are expiated with worship. Others are expiated with money. And the rest is expiated with repentance. After a sin is expiated, then God forgives it.

The only sin that cannot be expiated is suicide, because the sinner in this case did not give himself a chance to expiate it!

Even the cardinal sin, shirk (associating with God others in worship)?

Yes. What motivation then would there ever be for a mushrik (one who associates others with God in worship) to accept Islam? The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “Islam pits what was before it”, i.e., wipes it out.

If shirk cannot be forgiven then the Islam of all the Sahaaba (disciples of the Prophet PBUH), such as Umar would not be accepted, since they were mushrik before the Prophet called them to Islam.

In essence does this mean when we repent and ask for forgiveness we are forgiven immediately. This is not to make excuses for sinning, but we are humans and do and will fall into error. Salat thus becomes the constant river of forgiveness.

Not if the sin requires expiation. You can’t neglect fasting in Ramadhaan without cause, for instance, and then repent and expect it to be forgiven. Because God said in the Quran that the missed days, whether missed with or without cause, must be compensated with fasting equal number of days outside Ramadhaan, or ransoming them with food or money. The only exemption is for menstruating women.

If my thinking is clear just by the intention of repenting there is submisson to Allah. Thereby it would eradicate any shirk?

No, because faith in God has six pillars and Islam has five. Intention to repent or repentance without action do not qualify a person as a believer, unless God says so on the Day of Judgment.

Faith and shirk do combine! God says in the holy Quran,
“And most of them do not believe in God except while associating [others with Him in worship].” {12:106}

And He says,
“And do not be of the mushrileen – those who separated their religion and became sects, each faction with what they have are rejoicing.” (30:31-32).

Why are they called mushrikeen? Because they associate their imaam (leader) with God as an authority to obey! That is why scholar Ibn Hajar wrote that those who blindly follow their imaams and elders border on being like those who “took their rabbis and priests as lords beneath God.” (9:31).

Are there unforgivable sins in Islam?

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

In Islam, there is only one cardinal sin, called “Shirk.” It translates to “associating others with God in worship.” That sin is unforgivable if a person dies and has not repented from it.

There is one terminal sin, suicide. It is unforgivable too. It is the only sin one cannot repent from for obvious reasons.

The rest of the sins, major or minor, can all be expiated or forgiven if repented from in this life and may be forgiven by God in the hereafter even if the sinner died before repentence. That’s because the sinner may have accumulated more good deeds that outweigh his sins, for instance.

Accepting Islam wipes away all sins and starts a person anew like a newborn.

Where does the Quran condone terrorism?

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Can someone please give me the full Quran quotes for those verses in the Quran that encourage terrorism and let me know the meaning of them all without quoting them out of context? Thanks.

That’s easy. The answer is “Verse not Found!”

Suicide is forbidden by God. He said “Do not kill yourselves. God is merciful to you.” (4:29)

Killing is forbidden by God. He said “and whoever kills a soul not in retaliation for the killing of another soul nor because of corruption in the land, it is as if he killed all mankind. And he who saves a soul, it is as if he saved all mankind.” (5:32). The decision of whether there’s corruption in the land that warrants a capital punishment can only be delivered by a duly elected scholarly imam (head of state) or a duly appointed scholarly judge and after consultation. Not every Tom, Dick and Harry can give a religious edict.

Quite the contrary, the Quran specifies the capital punishment for the crime of terrorism! Islamic scholars have all agreed that terrorism, called in the Sharee`a (Islamic law) “terrifying the secure”, is one of the acts the Quran describes in 5:33 as “fighting God and His Messenger.”