|Islamic View Of The Well-Being Of Man|
|Written by Ala' Eddin Kharofa|
Dear brothers and sisters,
First of all I would like to thank my brother, Dr. Zikria, Chairman of the Conference, for inviting me to talk on this occasion, on the topic of the "Islamic View of the Well-Being of Man." I feel embarrassed indeed to talk to you on this subject, because you are more qualified than me to talk about it, since you are experts in the science of the body of man.
Brothers and sisters, the view of Islam of the well-being of man is to abstain from everything that it has forbidden, and to do everything that it has commanded him to do.
If anyone studies in detail the science of Jurisprudence, he will amazed how Islam takes care of man, not only his childhood, but even before he is born.
Let us begin with the first stage of human being, the fetus. Islam considers fetus a human being who has right in inheritance. Islam gave the fetus part of the inheritance to be kept until it is born.
After birth and during childhood if the parents are separated, Islam recommends that the child is to stay with the woman, to be suckled and raised by a woman, and not by a man at this age. I mean from the day he is born until the age of 7 or 9 - according to the opinion of different scholars, he is to stay with a woman. It is obvious that the woman is more patient than the man in this regard. She will suckle and raise the child happily. We see mothers spending days and nights, raising their children and they do so without any complaint, It is a secret of Allah (S.W.T.).
Islam recommends parents to be patient with the child and raise him according to the teachings and principles of Islam. Parents should teach the child prayer, and should order him to pray at the age of seven and to study religion. Then Islam ordered the children to obey their parents totally and blindly, since they cannot have any better well-wishers than them.
Islam urges its followers to acquire knowledge. God says in His book:
In another verse, God Says:
We as Muslims, have to feel the need of Islamic medicine, "the punishment," more than anyone else. since we know the influence of the punishment on the society, and we believe in it, and it was prescribed to us by Allah.
I am quite sure that if this country changes its policy of punishment, you will see another result and another situation. The punishment according to the scholars, has to be severe, and stronger than the crime per see in order to do its job.
Now let us come back to man, and how Islam protects him.
The dignity of human being is protected by Islam and I shall not go into any details explaining this kind of punishment in order to save time.
To help human beings live in happiness and tranquility, Islam has legislated marriage. The ideal life, according to Islam is that a man has to live with his wife, and the ideal life for the woman also is to live with her husband. Islam has recommended that one lives with the society and cooperate with others, and to keep brotherly relations with all. Islam has recommended that the whole community works together. The well-being of man in Islam consists in working together with the community, and not in working alone. he is a member of a team, and must put the team-spirit ahead of him. He is under a moral obligation to safeguard the interests of the 'team' at all times. he must work and live as if the existence of the team depended upon him along. Our Prophet (S) said:
HE WHO DOES NOT CARE FOR MUSLIMS, WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THEM.
If we had followed these teachings, we would not have faced the problems that we had to face in endless, Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Philippines and lastly, Iran and Iraq.
Brothers and sisters,
What I have told you so far, related to the well-being of the body of man. Now I would life to talk to you briefly about the well-being of the soul of man.
There is one word in Quran that is the key to the well being of the soul of man, and that word is "taqwa," which means "fear of God." When a Muslim commits a sin, he repents before God, and asks for His forgiveness.
If he is sincere in his repentance, and will never repeat the error, he is to be considered good. God in His mercy, might forgive him. But the condition of forgiveness is the man's sincerity. If he is going to repeat his errors, his repentance will not mean anything.
A Muslim knows that his life on this earth is temporary, and he also knows that he is here on "probation" therefore, he does not attack too much importance to wealth, power, rank, position, children etc. If, through a reversal in fortunes, he loses these, be is not overwhelmed with sorrow. He is not crushed. He never surrenders to despair. He is always full of hope, and knows that adversity might be a test of his faith. He, therefore, puts his trust in God's boundless mercy, and accepts whatever befalls him, without any gripe. He never doubts that things, no matter how bad at the time, would work out for him in the end. His faith in God's infinite mercy remains unshaken through thick and thin. He always remembers the saying of Allah:
THAT YOU MAY NOT GRIEVE OVER WHAT IS LOST TO YOU, NOR EXULT BECAUSE OF THAT WHICH HE HAS GIVEN TO YOU. AND ALLAH LOVES NOT ANY SELF-CONCEITED BOASTER. (Hadid. 57.23)
Brothers and sisters: Allow me please to repeat what I have said in the beginning:
"Islam's view of the well-being of man is to abstain from everything that it has forbidden, and to do everything that it has commanded him to do"
if anyone is going to follow these teachings, he or she will be happy here, and happy in the Hereafter.
I hope that Allah will help us all to do so.
Thank you for your courtesy and your interest.
Dr. Ala'Eddin Kharofa