Prohibitions in Islam - Page 1

Praise be to Allah; we praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our own souls and from our evil deeds. Whomever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whomever Allah leaves astray, no-one will guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah Alone, with no partners or associates, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Slave and Messenger.
Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, has laid down obligations which we are not permitted to ignore, and has set limits which we are not permitted to transgress, and has set out prohibitions which we are not allowed to violate.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whatever Allah has permitted in His Book is allowed, and whatever He has prohibited is forbidden; whatever He has remained silent about is a concession, so accept the concession of Allah, for Allah is never forgetful.” Then he recited the aayah: “and your Lord is never forgetful” [Maryam 19:64]. (Reported by Al-Haakim, 2/375; classified as hasan by Al- Albaani in Ghaayat Al-Maraam, p. 14)
The things which have been prohibited are the boundaries or limits set by Allah: “And whosoever transgresses the set limits of Allah, and then indeed he has wronged himself” [Al-Talaaq 65:1]
Allah has issued a threat to the one who transgresses His set limits and violates His prohibitions, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “And whosoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, and transgresses His limits, He will cast him into the Fire, to abide therein; and he shall have a disgraceful torment.” [Al-Nissa’ 4:14]
Avoiding that which has been forbidden is a duty, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whatever you have been prohibited to do, avoid it, and whatever you have been commanded to do, do as much of it as you can.” (Reported by Muslim, Kitab Al-fadaa’il, hadith no. 130, Abd Al-Baaqi edition).
It is well-known that some of those who follow their desires, who are weak at heart and have little knowledge, become irritated when they hear lists of prohibitions. They grumble and mutter, “Everything is haram, and you haven’t left us anything that is not forbidden! You make our lives boring and miserable. You don’t talk about anything but what is haram, but religion is supposed to easy, not strict, and Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”
In response to such remarks, we say: Allah, May He be glorified, rules as He wills and there is none to put back His judgment. He is All-Wise and Aware, and He allows whatever He wills and forbids whatever He wills, may He be glorified. One of the basic principles of our being His slaves is that we should accept whatever He decrees and submit fully to it. His rulings stem from His knowledge, wisdom and justice, and are not the matter of frivolity or foolish whims, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice. None can change His words. And He is the All Hearer, the All-Knower.” [Al-An’aam 6:115]
Allah has explained to us the governing principle behind the allowing and prohibiting of various things (interpretation of the meaning): “He allows them as lawful altayyibaat [(i.e., all good and lawful) as regards

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