Prohibitions in Islam - Page 21

Allah be upon him) said: “There are three whom Allah will deprive of Paradise: the one who drinks intoxicants, the one who is disobedient to his parents, and the one who accepts immoral conduct on the part of his family.” (Reported by Imam Ahmad, 2/69; see also Sahih Al-Jami’, 3047).

One of the many examples of this in modern times is men turning a blind eye to their daughters or wives contacting non-mahram men and chatting to them in a way that may be described as “romantic,” or accepting one of the women of his household being alone with a non-mahram man, or allowing them to sit alone with a driver or other employee, or letting them go out without proper hijab, so that everyone may look at them, or bringing home immoral magazines and movies.

Making false claims about a child’s lineage, or denying one’s own child

According to Sharee’ah, it is not permissible for a Muslim to claim to belong to anyone other than his father, or to claim to belong to a people of whom he is not a member. Some people may do this for material gains, and may obtain documentation to “confirm” their false identity officially. Some people may do this out of hatred towards a father who abandoned them when they were children. All of this is haram, and may lead to much chaos and corruption in a number of fields, such as knowing who is one’s mahram, marriage, inheritance and so on. Sa’ad and Abu Bakrah (may Allah be pleased with them) both reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever knowingly claims to belong to anyone other than his father, Paradise will be denied him.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari; see Fath Al-Bari, 8/45).

It is also forbidden to tamper with lineages or make false claims about a person’s descent. There are some people who, when they want to fight dirty in arguments with their wives, accuse them of immoral conduct and disown their children, without any proof, when the child was born “in their bed” (i.e. is the husband’s child and no-one else’s). Then there are some wives who betray their trust and become pregnant with another man’s child, but claim that it belongs to the husband. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) issued a stern warning against such conduct. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that when aayat Al-mulaa’anah [Al- Noor 24:7 - check] was revealed, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The woman who brings into a people someone who does not belong to them has nothing to do with Allah, and Allah will not admit her to His Paradise. Any man who denies his own child when he is looking at him, Allah will conceal Himself from him and expose him before all the people.” (Reported by Abu Dawood, 2/695; see also Mishkat Al-Masaabeeh, 3316).

Consuming riba (usury or interest)

In the Qur’aan, Allah does not declare war on anyone except the people who deal in riba (interpretation of the meaning): “O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah and give up what remains (due to you) of riba (from now onward), if you are (really) believers. And if you do not do it, then take a message of war from Allah and His Messenger.” [Al- Baqarah 2:278-279]

This is sufficient to explain the abhorrence of this deed in the sight of Allah, may He be glorified. One may easily discern the extent of devastation, at the individual and the international level, caused by dealing with

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