The Age of Injustice

Many of today’s problems are rooted in injustice. Rich countries are exploiting poor countries. These countries use their natural resources such as oil and gas and in return, they gave them the destruction and poverty!

In 2003 under the pretext of weapons of mass destruction, a country was attacked and millions of people were killed or injured or displaced. Oddly enough, after all these crimes, it was announced that there were no weapons of mass destruction!

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These days, there are some preparations to attack Syria under the pretext of the use of chemical weapons. I do not know how many people are in this war to be killed.

These are just a few examples of injustice in our time. Due to the lack of justice, human became cruel. In one part of the world much money is spent on pornography and illicit sex while in another part, some are dying because of hunger. Occupy Wall Street movement is the result of injustice in the West.

All these problems are due to neglect of the divine teachings. Holy Quran says: “God commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion. He instructs you that ye may receive admonition.” (16:90)

May be it is appropriate to call this course of history, the age of injustice.

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Is God Most Popular Thing in Our Lives?

Let me ask a question explicitly. My word is with the believers. Have you ever thought that who is your real God? Do not be surprised. I explain. True believers are those who have the greatest respect and love for the Lord. “But those who believe love God more (than anything else).” (The Holy Quran, 2:165)
Now back to the question. What exactly do we worship? God is the most popular thing in our lives?

Some people like their passions more than anything. They prefer their own lust even to the Commandments of God. “Have you seen him who takes his own lust (vain desires) as his God” (The Holy Quran, 45:23)
Some have chosen wealth and property as God. Their love is money and they sacrifice everything for money.

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For another group sexual instinct is the most popular matter. They do not care for what is lawful and what is forbidden. In fact, they worship sex and private parts!

Also power and ambition can be named as additional examples.

In fact, such people associate other things with God, while the greatest right of God … is that worshiping Him without associating anything with Him. (Imam Sajjad, the treatise on rights, right n.1)

Let us ask God to help us and grant us success in worshiping Him sincerely.

The Best Way to Fulfillment Sexual Instinct

Since the sexual instinct is the most difficult to control, one should choose the best way to fulfillment this natural instinct. Taking a moderate stance is liked by Islam and is according to the nature of our creation. Islam does not allow its followers neither exceeding the bounds nor falling short. As an example for opposition of Islam to the theory that has totally abandoned sex, read this story:
A few of the companions of the Noble Prophet of God, decided to avoid having sexual intercourse with their wives, eating breakfast and sleeping at night. Um Salmah (the wife of Prophet) told this to the Prophet. The Prophet Muhammad went to them and asked: “Do you abstain from (going to) your wives? I go to my wives, eat in the daytime and sleep at night. Whoever forsakes my tradition is not from me.” (Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, v.14, p.8)
As you see Islam strongly opposes to those who have considered sex to be an animal act and have called it filthy.

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On the other hand, Islam is strongly opposes those who commit adultery. The Holy Qur’an says: “Nor come nigh to adultery: for it is a shameful (deed) and an evil, opening the road (to other evils).” (17:32)
The important point in this verse is that the verse says do not even approach adultery let alone committing. It shows that there are some other deeds that might ultimately lead to adultery. Acts like flirting, looking, nudity, reading sexy books, viewing pornography, and going to centers of corruption or being in a private place with another person of the opposite sex are all preparatory actions which might lead to adultery.

We should remember that making love with our legal wives is the moderate stance regarding sexual instincts.

The Marriage, the Best Way to Protect From Corrupt

Among human instincts sexual instinct is a major force attract men and women towards each other. In history sex and marriage have always been a hot topic of discussion in all religious or scientific gatherings. Some theories related to this issue, are extremist while others are normal. The followers of extremist theory believe in sexual freedom. In other hand some theories have considered sex to be an animal act and have called it filthy. We see great scholars that are the follower of this theory who never married and advised all men and women not to marry.

The sacred religion of Islam takes the balanced view and condemns both extremist views. In this view, sexual instincts are neither let loose, nor are they totally abandoned.

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According Islamic teaching God has encouraged the people to get married. On the other hand, any form of sexual deviation or being loose is seriously fought with.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him and His Progeny) has said: “O young people! Any of you who have the means to marry should do so since this is the best way to protect your eyes from corrupt and treacherous looks, and to guard the private parts from sin and immodesty. Whoever does not have the means to marry should fast continually since fasting can reduce lust.” (Makarim al-Akhlaq, p.196)