Prohibitions in Islam - Page 3

Allah also mentions what kinds of earnings are forbidden, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “Allah has permitted trading and forbidden riba (usury)” [Al- Baqarah 2:275]
Allah, Who is Merciful towards His slaves, has permitted innumerable good things, of many kinds. He has not described the permitted things in detail because they are so many; in contrast, He has described the prohibitions in detail because they are limited, so that we will be aware of them and can avoid them. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “He has explained to you in detail what is forbidden to you, except under compulsion of necessity” [Al-An’aam 6:119]
But what is halal is permitted as a general principle: as long as something is good and pure, it is permitted: “O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and good on the earth” [Al-Baqarah 2:168]
It is a part of His Mercy that He has made all things halal in principle, except where there is proof (daleel) that they are haram. This is part of His generosity and bounty towards His slaves, for which we must obey him, and give praise and thanks.
When some people hear a detailed list of the things that are haram, they become alarmed about the rules of Sharee’ah. This is due to their weak faith and poor understanding of Islam. One cannot help wondering whether these people really want to be given a list of every type of thing that is halal, so that they can be convinced that Islam is easy! Do they need for us to enumerate every type of good thing so that they can rest assured that Islam will not make their lives dreary?
Do they want to be told that the meats of camels, cattle, sheep, rabbits, deer, goats, chickens, pigeons, ducks, geese and ostriches over which the name of Allah has been mentioned, and fish and locusts, are halal?
That vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible seeds are halal?
That water, milk, honey, oil and vinegar are halal?
That salt, seasonings and spices are halal?
That using wood, iron, sand, stones, plastic, glass and rubber are halal?
That travelling via riding-beasts, cars, trains, ships and airplanes are halal?
That using air-conditioners, fridges, washing-machines, tumble-dryers, mills, dough mixers, meat-grinders, juicers, medical instruments, engineering tools, calculators, microscopes, telescopes, machinery for extracting water, oil and minerals, filters for purifying water, printing presses and so on are halal?
That wearing cotton, linen, wool, camel hair, fur, permitted leathers, nylon and polyester are halal?
That in principle marriage, buying, selling, sponsorship, bills of exchange, renting, professions and trades such as carpentry, metalworking, repairing machines and tending sheep is all halal?
I wonder what would happen if we were to explain all this in detail to them. “And what is wrong with these people that they fail to understand any word?” [Al-Nissa’ 4:78]
As regards their claim that Islam is easy, this is true, but they are twisting the truth to try and prove something that is false. What is meant by saying that Islam is easy is not that it is in accordance with their desires and opinions, but that is it easy in accordance with what the Sharee’ah has brought. There is a huge difference

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