For a Muslim, a lot of confusion surrounds the question on foods and meats sold in grocery stores and eating them in restaurants in the West. The matter of slaughtering animals is not a mundane issue in which an individual may act as he desires, rather it is regarded an act of worship...
For freewill or choice to exist there has to be another option other than following our base desires. There literally has to be something else to choose. That something else is voluntarily submitting to the will of Allah and exercising the choice and determination to overcome our own will to do what is better.
The universe is enormously diverse in form and function. The universe and its various elements fulfill human welfare and are evidence of the Creator’s greatness. He determines and ordains all things and there is not a thing He has created but celebrates and declares His praise.
This surah is very very deep, and very very beautiful. It got some really interesting unique qualities. For instance, the first ayah of the surah mentions four names of Allah, as opposed to a typical standard two names of Allah. So Allah says: Al-Malik, Al-Quddous, Al-Aziz, Al-Hakim.
Unlike the modern techniques that pump the person with hope without adequate attention on the consequence of inappropriate deeds, Islam encourages both and reminds the person that all our deeds are recorded and will be presented to us on the Day of Judgment.
The practice of marrying early was not an aberration to the people during the time of Prophet Muhammad and Aisha. Christians, Jews, and pagans all married very young. So if we are going to criticize Prophet Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha, why don’t we have a problem with King John of England marrying 12-year-old Isabella of Angoulême?
Believers, why do you say what you don’t do? Why do you declare God’s perfection but it does not reflect in your character, speech, behavior and lifestyles? That contrast is continuously made in all of these “musabbihat” between the submission of all existence in contrast with the submission of human beings, particularly the believing community.
There are some well-meaning individuals who put God to test by wishing to see a miracle from Him in order to fully believe that He is there and cares for them. Such persons do believe in God but have no personal relationship with Him.
What we need to understand is who God is, who Allah is. How everything declares His perfection. How He is The First and The Last. How He owns all the kingdom and dominion of all of existence...
Without God our lives do not have any ultimate meaning. If our ends are the same, in that we just pass out of existence, what meaning does that give our lives? Does it even matter if we existed at all? If the universe was never in existence what difference would it make?
Seldom does God engage humanity in attempting to prove His existence. Instead, He takes us from His existence, which is self evidently true, to His worship. One way God does this is by directing us towards His creation; encouraging us to look into creation wherein lie His signs.
Believing that God has partners or that there are people who have more access to God than others is a major sin, and Satan wants nothing more than to lead people away from God and onto a path of destruction. Therein lays the danger in Wicca. Those who consider Wicca as a religion say that casting spells is little more than asking for divine help.