Basic rules (5-9)

Please read the first part Basic rules (1-4)

IV. Inventing strategies to make the Haram to become Halal is Haram.

Giving another term for the Haram things to make it lawful is Haram in itself because you are tricking people to involve in it. Banks do tricks to entice people. What did the Bani Israel used to do? They used to do tricks. You can fool people but you cannot fool Allah.

V. Good intention does not justify the Haram act.

You cannot do something Haram and say you have a good intention for it. There is no good intention in doing Haram. Allah ﷻ does not erase a bad deed with another bad deed but He erases a bad deed with a good deed.

VII. Avoiding suspicions. Stay away from questionable things.

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Halal is clear and Haram is clear and between them are doubtful things.” Stay away from questionable things to be safe in the religion. Allah ﷻ has made it clear for us what is Haram. So do not go around the Haram and tell yourself: “I am away from it.” Stay away from the thing that could be Haram and you are not sure. Sometimes people make it hard on themselves, people make the Halal forbidden, by saying: “I meant to do this and what if I go there and if happens, then we will see if it is Halal or Haram.” Get away from doubtful matters, the things that are between the Halal and the Haram. If you can live without going to the doubtful, then so be it, otherwise go for it only in times of necessity. Go to the Halal and hold on to it.

VIII. Haram is for all, either Muslims or non-Muslims.

“Thus did We show Abraham the kingdom of the heavens and the earth that he might be of those possessing certainty.” [Ali ‘Imran 3:75]

You cannot treat other people in a bad way because they are non-Muslims. It means that you are a hypocrite because you do Haram to others but not to the Muslims. For example, you cannot steal from a Muslim but you can steal from a non-Muslim. That means you will never be emotionally stable. You cannot be a normal human being that you can move from one stage to another, from a non-stealing individual to a thief.

You are selling something, but Allah ﷻ said cheating is Haram, now you say “But the buyers are non-Muslims.” What is Haram is Haram for everyone, either a Muslim or a non-Muslim. You do not say: “But it is okay because I am talking about the non-Muslims,” whatever she is, she is human. Allah ﷻ is so fair, He respects you as human, whoever you are.

Allah ﷻ is training us with the limits He sets for us. So if one is trained with a non-Muslim then you will be trained with a Muslim. It cannot confuse you and again, the mercy of Allah ﷻ is emphasized, not to get you to the point of suffering and fighting yourself. And the more you understand the wisdom behind the prohibitions, it will make you appreciate the rules and The One Who made the rules. It makes you follow the rules with ease.

IX. To be compelled permits the Haram, on conditions that

  • You do not want to do it and
  • It is due to necessity (like death, starvation…)

“He hath forbidden you only carrion, and blood, and swine flesh, and that which hath been immolated to (the name of) any other than Allah. But he who is driven by necessity, neither craving nor transgressing, it is no sin for him. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” [Al-Baqarah 2:173]

“O you who believe! When ye rise up for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands up to the elbows, and lightly rub your heads and (wash) your feet up to the ankles. And if ye are unclean, purify yourselves. And if ye are sick or on a journey, or one of you cometh from the closet, or ye have had contact with women, and ye find not water, then go to clean, high ground and rub your faces and your hands with some of it. Allah would not place a burden on you, but He would purify you and would perfect His grace upon you, that ye may give thanks.” [Al-Ma’idah 5:6]

Allah ﷻ always wants for us the best of things as human beings.