What Islam Says

What does Islam say about ...

Today, Islam is coming under increasing spotlight from all the four corners of the globe and its views on matters such as Abortion, Terrorism, Parenthood and others are often points of interest. This short piece looks to surmise the Islamic view on the various topics by quoting verses from the Holy Qur'an that deal with the array of topics.

Abortion
“Their partners (whom they obey instead of God) have made the killing of their children seem fair to many of the disbelievers, in order to ruin them and confound their way of life.” (The Holy Qur’an, 6:137)

“Do not kill your children, fearing a fall to poverty. We shall provide for them and for you. Truly, killing them is a great sin.” (The Holy Qur’an, 17:31)

Arrogance
“Do not turn your nose up at men in pride, nor walk insolently on the earth – truly, God does not like those who are arrogant or boastful. Be modest in your bearing and subdue your voice. Truly, the harshest of all voices is the voice of the ass.” (The Holy Qur’an, 31, 18-19)

“Let not one group deride another group – who may be better than them. Nor let some women deride other women – who may be better than them. Nor defame one another, nor insult one another with vulgar nicknames.” (The Holy Qur’an, 49:11)

Backbiting
“Shun most suspicion, for truly some suspicion is crime. And do not spy on, or backbite, one another. Would one of you love to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You abhor it! And keep your duty to God.” (The Holy Qur’an, 49:12)

Bribery & Corruption
“Do not consume your property among yourselves in vanity. Nor give bribery to those in authority, that you may knowingly consume part of the property of others, wrongfully.” (The Holy Qur’an, 2:188)

“Whoever embezzles will bring what he embezzled with him on the Day of Resurrection. Then every soul shall be paid in full what it has earned, and they will not be wronged.” (The Holy Qur’an, 3:161)

“give full measure and full weight with justice, and do not wrong people in respect of their property.” (The Holy Qur’an, 11:85)

Co-operation
“Help one another in righteousness and piety, but do not help one another in wrongdoings and evil, and fear God. Verily, God is severe in punishment.” (The Holy Qur’an, 5:2)

Divorce
“When you have divorced women, and they have completed their term, then retain them in kindness or release them in kindness. Do not retain them to their hurt, so that you transgress – he who does that has wronged his soul.” (The Holy Qur’an, 2:231)

“And when you have divorced women, and they have completed their term, do not place difficulties in the way of their marrying their husbands, if it is agreed between them in kindness.” (The Holy Qur’an, 2:232)

“If you fear a breach between a couple, appoint arbitrators – one from his family and the other from her’s – if they both wish for peace, God will cause their reconciliation.” (The Holy Qur’an, 4:35)

Environmentalism
“Whosoever ascribes partners to God has wandered far astray – they invoke, instead of Him, only females; they pray to none other than the Devil – a rebel whom God cursed and who said: ‘Surely, I will take, of Your servants, an appointed portion. And surely I will lead them astray, and surely I will arouse desires in them; and surely I will command them and they will cut the ears of cattle; and surely I will command them and they will change God’s creation.’ Whoever chooses the Devil as a patron instead of God is a certain loser and his loss is manifest.” (The Holy Qur’an, 4:116-119)

“Do not harm on the earth, causing corruption.” (The Holy Qur’an, 11:85)

“Let there be no change to God’s creation – that is the right way, but most men do not realise.” (The Holy Qur’an, 30:30)

“The water is to be shared between them, each one’s right to drink being established.” (The Holy Qur’an, 54:28)

Extra-Marital Sex
“Do not come near to lewdness, whether openly or secretly.” (The Holy Qur’an, 6:151)

“God commands justice and kindness and generosity to kinsfolk, and forbids lewdness and wrongdoing and oppression.” (The Holy Qur’an, 16:90)

“Do not come near to extra-marital sex. Truly it is lewdness and an evil way.” (The Holy Qur’an, 17:31)

Generosity
“Righteousness is one who believes God, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book and the Prophets; and who gives his wealth – in spite of love for it – to kinsfolk, to orphans, to the poor, to the wayfarer, to those who ask, and to set slaves free.” (The Holy Qur’an, 2:177)

“A kind word and the forgiving of faults is better than charity followed by harm.” (The Holy Qur’an, 2:263)

God
“God! Nothing has the right to be worshipped except Him, the Eternal, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. Who can intercede with Him, except with his permission? He knows what happens to them in this world, and what will happen to them in the hereafter, and they will never encompass anything of His knowledge except that which He wills. His footstool includes the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And he is The Most High, The Most Great.” (The Holy Qur’an, 2:255)

“Say: ‘He is God – Unique and Alone. God, the Ultimate Objective, He has no offspring, and no parentage, and there is nothing comparable to Him.” (The Holy Qur’an, 112)

Greed
“Let not those who hoard up that which God has bestowed on them of His bounty think that it is good for them – nay, it will be worse for them. The things that they hoard shall be tied to their necks like a collar on the day of Resurrection. And to God belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth, and God is Aware of everything you do.” (The Holy Qur’an, 3:180)

“God does not love such as are proud and boastful, who hoard their wealth and encourage greed in others, and hide that which God has bestowed on them of His bounty – for disbelievers We prepare a shameful doom – nor those who spend their wealth to impress men, but who do not believe in God nor in the Last Day.” (The Holy Qur’an, 4:36-38)

“Wealth and children are only an ornament of this worldly life. But good deeds which endure in the sight of your Lord bring a better reward and greater hope.” (The Holy Qur’an, 18:46)

Honesty
“Do not confound truth with falsehood, not knowingly conceal the truth.” (The Holy Qur’an, 2:42)

“If one of you entrusts another, let the trustee discharge his trust faithfully and let him fear God, his Lord. And do not conceal evidence, for he who hides it, his heart is truly very sinful.” (The Holy Qur’an, 2:283)

“God commands that you should render back the trusts to those to whom they are due, and that, when you judge, you judge with justice.” (The Holy Qur’an, 4:58)

“Shun the abomination of idolatry, and shun lying in speech.” (The Holy Qur’an, 22:30)

“Most hateful it is with God that you say that which you do not do.” (The Holy Qur’an, 61:3)

Intoxicants (Alcohol & Drugs) & Gambling
“They ask you concerning intoxicants and gambling. Say: ‘In them is great harm and some benefits for men. But their harm is greater than their benefit.” (The Holy Qur’an, 2:219)

Jesus Christ (peace be upon him)
“The Messiah – Jesus, son of Mary – was only a Messenger of God, and His word which He conveyed to Mary and a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His Messengers, and do not say: 'Three'. Cease! It is better for you. God is only One. Far removed is it from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son." (The Holy Qur'an, 4:171)

Justice
"Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses for God, even against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, whether rich or poor - God is a better protector to both. So do not follow your desires, lest you avoid justice. And if you distort your witness, or refuse to give it, truly, God is Well Aware of everything you do." (The Holy Qur'an, 4:135)

"Stand out firmly for God and be just witnesses, and do not let the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just, that is nearer to piety, and fear God. Verily, God is Well Aware of everything you do." (The Holy Qur'an, 5:

"Judge between men in truth, and do not follow your own desire for it will mislead you from God's path." (The Holy Qur'an, 38:26)

Life
"Whoever kills a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind. And whoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind." (The Holy Qur'an, 5:32)

"Do not take life, which God has made sacred, except for a just cause." (The Holy Qur'an, 6:151)

"Are not those who disbelieve aware that the heavens and the earth were joined together, then We parted them? And We have made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?" (The Holy Qur'an, 21:30)

"O mankind! Behold, the promise of God is true, so do not let this present life deceive you." (The Holy Qur'an, 35:5)

"Know that the life of the world is only play and idle talk, and pomp and mutual boasting, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children - as the likeness of vegetation after rain, whereof the growth is pleasing to the grower, but afterward it dries up and you see it turning yellow, then it becomes straw. And in the Hereafter, there is grievous punishment and forgiveness from God and His good pleasure, whereas the life of the world is but a matter of illusion. Race with one another to earn forgiveness from your Lord, and towards Paradise, the width of which is as the width of the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who believe in God and His messengers. That is the bounty7 of God, which He bestows on whoever He wills. And God is the owner of infinite bounty." (The Holy Qur'an, 57:20-21)

"Blessed is He in Whose hand is All Sovereignty, and He is Able to do all things; Who has created life and death, to try which of you is best in conduct." (The Holy Qur'an, 67:1-2)

Oppression
"How could you not fight in the cause of God and for the weak among men, women and children, who cry: 'Our Lord! Bring us out of this town of which the people arc oppressors! Give us from Your presence a protector, and give us from Your presence a defender!'?" (The Holy Qur'an, 4:75)

"My Lord has forbidden lewdness - both open and secret - sins, unrighteous oppression, joining partners with God - for which He has given no authority - and saying things about God that which you do not know." (The Holy Qur'an, 7:33)

Parents
"Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him, and kindness to parents. If one or both of them reaches old age with you, do not speak to them harshly nor repulse them, but speak to them graciously." (The Holy Qur'an, 17:23)

Racism
"O mankind! Behold, We have created you male and female and have made you nations and tribes only so that you may know one another. Truly, the best of you in the sight of God are those who are best in conduct." (The Holy Qur'an, 49:13)

"Of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the variety of your languages and colours." (The Holy Qur'an, 30:22)

Retaliation
"Whoever defends himself after he has suffered wrong, there is no blame on him. The blame is only on those who oppress mankind and wrongfully rebel in the earth - for such there will be a painful torment. And truly, whoever is patient and forgives, that is truly of the things recommended by God." (The Holy Qur'an, 42:41-43)

"The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then your enemy will become like a close friend." (The Holy Qur'an, 41:34)

Sectarianism
"Behold! This your religion is one religion, and I am your Lord - so keep your duty to Me. But they have broken their religion into sects, each group rejoicing in its own doctrine. So leave them in their error for a time." The (Holy Qur'an, 23:52-54)

"Do not be like the polytheists - those who split up their religion and became sects, each sect rejoicing in its own doctrine." (The Holy Qur'an, 30:32)

Usury (Lending Money at Interest)
"Give up what remains due to you from usury, if you are believers. And if you do not, then be warned of war from God and His Messenger. And if you repent, then you have your principal. Wrong not, and you shall not be wronged. And if the debtor is in difficulty, then postpone repayment to a time of ease; and that you cancel the debt as charity' would be better for you, if you did but know." (The Holy Qur'an, 2:278-280)

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