Islam from Satan?
Would Satan want you to be honest? Not steal? Not cheat? Not Kill? Would he want you to be fair in your daily and business affairs? Would he tell you to be kind to your parents and help those around you? Would he want you to have good moral character? Would he tell you to live in peace among others?
I didn’t think so.
But every time I seem to put on the news. I get a dose of a media made Islam, which contradicts almost everything and anything that I stand for as Muslim myself.
I am constantly hearing that Muslims are terrorists and use war to spread Islam. I hear that they are violent in general and out to kill everyone who doesn’t share the same views as them.
Unfortunately, this is how most westerners view Islam. I learned that the best way to learn about Islam is not through media, but through actual Muslims themselves.
The Quran, which is a book of Holy Scriptures sent from The One and Only, Almighty God, is constantly speaking about peace, honesty, justice, fairness, and not to kill. He also speaks about how to treat people and to be kind to your parents. He tells us to take care of those around us starting with family then moving towards the poor.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) also teaches these very topics as well. Being a messenger of God he must.
‘Honesty means telling the truth in all cases and under all circumstances. It means fulfilling promises, whether written or give orally. Honesty means being objective in judgments, evaluations, and decisions of all types.
Honesty covers a wide range of traits. Telling the truth, sincerity in work, carrying out duties, fulfilling ones word, and being fair. It’s the opposite of lying, hypocrisy, favoritism, and deceit.’
Lying unfortunately is very common in our social lives. Even though lying may serve a purpose to give people a more favorable image or to avoid conflict, lying can be very damaging to relationships of all kinds. ‘Once a lie is exposed it undermines trust and suspicion arises and to the person who was lied to. It is also likely that there will be a great deal of mistrust towards the person who lied, which takes a great deal of time to gain back, if ever.’
These days everyone lies, public figures, lawyers, and even governments. Countries are invaded and wars are started because of lies. Unfortunately our ‘society has perfected the “art” of lying.’
In Islam, lying is an evil practice. “And do not say that which you have no knowledge.” (Quran 17:30)
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) stressed the importance of being truthful. “Truthfulness leads to piety and piety leads to paradise. A man should be truthful until he is written down as truthful with God. Lying leads to deviance and deviance leads to the fire. A man will lie until he is written down as a liar with God. (Muslim)
Be careful to not even lie about little harmless topics, and saying things like “I’m busy” or “I forgot,” when that is not true. Follow through when you say you will do something, no matter how little or insignificant it may seem. Lying is tied to hypocrisy. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) gave the characteristics of a hypocrite in a hadith. “If anyone has these four characteristics he is a pure hypocrite, and if anyone has one of them, he has an aspect of a hypocrite until he gives it up. Whenever he is trusted, he betrays his trust; whenever he speaks, he lies; when he makes an agreement, he breaks it; and when he quarrels, he deviates from the truth by speaking falsely.” (Muslim)
We should all strive to be free of hypocrisy by keeping our promises, keeping our trusts, telling the truth, and not speaking falsely.
Honesty incorporates the concept of truthfulness and reliability. It’s more than truthfulness and accuracy. It denotes integrity or moral soundness. Islam forbids lying and God commands us to be honest.
“O you who believe! Fear God, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds).” (Quran 9:119)
Honesty is essential in the character of a Muslim. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had an honest character. Abu Sufyan said about the Prophet (pbuh), “He neither lies nor betrays others, he bids people to worship God Alone and orders us to observe prayer, honesty, and abstinence.” (Bukhari)
We should all be honest in worshipping God sincerely, being truthful to yourself and following Gods laws. Being ‘truthful with others by speaking the truth and being honest in all dealings, such as buying, selling, and marriage.’
We shouldn’t deceive, cheat, falsify or withhold information. We should be the same inside and out. Dishonesty in all forms is forbidden, even in business transactions.
“Woe unto those who give short measure, those who, when they are to receive their due from people, demand that it be given in full but when they have to measure or weigh whatever they owe to others, give less than what is due. Do they not know that they are bound to be raised from the dead (and called to account) on an awesome Day, the Day when all men shall stand before the Sustainer of all the worlds?” (Quran 83:1-6)
We should all strive to seek the pleasure of God. Honesty is a very important part of it. “Honesty descended from the Heavens and settled in the roots of the heart of men (faithful believers), and then the Quran was revealed and the people read the Quran (and learned from it), and also learned from the sayings and traditions. Both the Quran and the traditions strengthened their honesty. (Bukhari)
“Let who believes in God and the Last Day either speak good or keep silent.” (Muslim)
“It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards the East or West; but it is righteousness to believe in God and the Last Day and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the freeing of captives; to be steadfast in prayers, and practice regular charity; to fulfill the contracts which you made; and to be firm and patient in pain and adversity and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the God-conscious.” (Quran 2:117)
Having good moral character is important in Islam. When you help those around you, and are kind to people this leads to good moral character and an uncorrupted heart. We as ‘individuals must be firm in our souls and be firm and unshaken in any circumstance. We must be good citizens and support our local organizations, give charity, and be true and sincere in our faith.’ This is the standard of moral character in Islam. “The most honorable among you in the sight of God is the one who is most God-conscious.” (Quran 49:13)
Humility, modesty, control of passions and desires, truthfulness, integrity, patience, steadfastness, and fulfilling promises are moral values constantly repeated throughout the Quran. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “My Sustainer has given me nine commands: to remain conscious of God, whether in private or public; to speak justly, whether angry or pleased; to show moderation both when poor and when rich; to reunite friendship with those who have broken off with me; to give to him who refuses me; that my silence should be occupied with thought; that my looking should be an admonition; and that I should command what is right.”
“And God loves those who are firm and steadfast.” (Quran 3:146)
“And vie with one another to attain to your Sustainer’s forgiveness and to a Paradise as vast as the heavens and the earth, which awaits the God-conscious, who spend for charity in time of plenty and in times of hardship, and restrain their anger, and pardon their fellow men, for God loves those who do good.” (Quran 3:133-134)
“Establish regular prayer, enjoin what is just, and forbid what is wrong; and bear patiently whatever may befall you; for this is true constancy. And do not swell your cheek (with pride) at men, nor walk in insolence on the earth, for God does not love any man proud and boastful. And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; for the harshest of sounds, indeed, is the braying of the donkey.” (Quran 31:18-19)
“For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for truthful men and women, for patient men and women, for humble men and women, for charitable men and women, for fasting men and women, for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in God’s praise: for them has God prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” (Quran 33:35)
“Those who are faithfully true to their faith (all the duties which God has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts, etc.) and to their covenants…these indeed are the inheritors. Who shall inherit Paradise. And dwell therein forever” (Quran 23:8, 23:10-11)
Being trustworthy is one who has submitted to the will of God. All Muslims should strive for this. ‘Trustworthiness is a quality that is essential for a society to function as a whole, and keeping in mind the needs and aspirations of all its citizens.’
“God says, ‘There are three people whom I shall be their opponent on the Day of Judgment: A man who was given something in My Name and then betrays; A man who sells-off a free man (as a slave) and consumes the price; and A man who hires a laborer, makes use of his service then does not give him his wages.” (Bukhari) “Verily, God does command you to render back your Trusts to whom they are due.” (Quran 4:58) “He said, “O my people! Worship God, you have no other god but Him, and give not short measure or weight, I see you in prosperity; and verily I fear for you the torment of a Day encompassing. And O my people! Give full measure and weight in justice and reduce not the things that are due to the people, and do not commit mischief in the land, causing corruption. That which is left by God for you (after giving the rights of the people) is better for you, if you are believers.” (Quran 11:85-86)
Muslims are also commanded to be just in our actions. “God commands justice and fair dealing…” (Quran 16:90) “Let not the hatred of a people swerve you away from justice. Be just, for this is closest to righteousness…” (Quran 5:8) “We sent Our Messengers with clear signs and sent down with them the Book and the Measure in order to establish justice among the people…” (Quran 57:25) “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even if it be against yourselves, your parents, and your relatives, or whether it is against the rich or the poor…” (Quran 4:135) “…If you judge, judge between them with justice…” (Quran 5:42) “We have revealed to you the scripture with the truth that you may judge between people by what God has taught you.” (Quran 4:105) “And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice. None can change His Words.” (Quran 6:115) “God commands you to render trusts to whom they are due, and when you judge between people, judge with justice…” (Quran 4:58) “…When you speak, speak with justice, even if it is against someone close to you…” (Quran 6:152)
We are also commanded to be kind to our parents. “Your Sustainer has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to your parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your lifetime, do not say to them a word of contempt nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility and say: My Sustainer! Bestow on them Your mercy, even as they cherished me in childhood.” (Quran 17:23-24)
We are told to help out our neighbors and relatives, travelers, give to the poor and take care of those around us.’ “He is not a believer who eats his fill when his neighbor beside him is hungry. (Al Mundhiri) “And render to the relatives their due rights, as (also) to those in need, and to the traveler; and do not squander your wealth in the manner of a spendthrift.” (Quran 17:26) “Believe in Allah and His messenger, and spend (in charity) out of the (substance) whereof He has made you heirs. For, those of you who believe and spend (in charity),- for them is a great Reward.” (Quran 57:7)
‘God has commanded humanity to avoid evil; he has forbidden immorality, rebellion, cruelty, aggressiveness, murder, and bloodshed. Those who do not obey this command of God are walking in the steps of Satan.’ “But as for those who break God’s contract after it has been agreed and sever what God has commanded to be joined, and cause corruption in the earth, the curse will be upon them. They will have the Evil Abode.” (Quran 13:25) “Seek the abode of the hereafter with what God has given you, without forgetting your portion of the world. And do good as God has been good to you. And do not seek to cause mischief on earth. God does not love mischief makers.” (Quran 28:77)
‘God has forbidden every kind of mischievous acts in the religion of Islam including terrorism and violence, and condemned those who commit such deeds. A Muslim lends beauty to the world and improves it.
“If someone kills another person - unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth - it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life to all mankind.” (Quran 5:32)
Islam is a religion that fosters freedom of life, ideas, and thought. It has forbidden tension and conflict among people, hurting someone’s emotions, suspicion, and even having negative thoughts about another individual. Islam has not only forbidden terror and violence, but also even the slightest imposition of any idea on another human being.’
“God does not forbid you from doing good and being just to those who have neither fought you over your faith nor evicted you from your homes…” (Quran 60:8)
If everybody fulfilled the traits that are advised by God, this world would be a much better place. No lying, stealing, forgery, bribery, killing, cheating, deceiving, unfulfilled promises, let downs, and heartbroken individuals.
Imagine if well all were obedient in these aspects. We would live much better, happier, more fulfilling lives. We wouldn’t cause harm to individuals, society, and nations as a whole.
Islam teaches us to be like this. God teaches us exactly how to act noble, and if we do, others respect us. God loves those who are honest, obedient, and those who repent when we fail in these areas and sincerely change our ways. God knows the intentions of our hearts. If we followed just these simple characteristics advocated by Islam, don’t you see how much sweeter life can be for humanity?
For all the people out there who spread hate about this religion. Your actions make you no better than the ones who shed bad light on true Muslims around the world. Unfortunately Islam is not united as one religion under one ruler as it was during the time of the Prophet (pbuh). Corrupt dictators are in no position to represent this religion, the best way is to learn it yourself and take the time to research. Like I said before, you should go look at a practicing Muslims instead of the media and the corrupt powers who are a part of this religion. Muslims have people who do not act noble, and so do other world religions. Why are they not being targeted like Muslims are? So, before you start pointing your fingers and spreading hate, look within your own community and beliefs to see if you represent what you stand for in a noble way.
Do you think any of this would come from Satan? It’s up to you to decided. In the meantime, be kind to mankind.