Halal and Haram is The Beauties of Islam

What is Halal sufficient and What is Haram superfluous in Islam

One of the beauties of Islam is that it has prohibited only such things which are unnecessary and dispensable, while providing alternatives which are better and which give greater ease and comfort to human beings. This point has been explained by Ibn al-Qayyim :

“Allah has prohibited seeking omens by drawing lots but has provided the alternative of istikharah which is a supplication for seeking Allah’s guidance.

Islam has prohibited usury but has encouraged profitable trade. He has prohibited gambling but has permitted betting in the form of competition which is useful for religious striving, such as horse or camel racing and competing in marksmanship.

Islam has prohibited (to men) the wearing of silk but has given them the choice of other materials such as wool, linen, and cotton. He has prohibited adultery, fornication, and homosexuality but has encouraged lawful marriage.

Islam has prohibited intoxicating drinks in order that they may enjoy other delicious drinks which are wholesome for the body and mind. And, He has prohibited unclean food but provided alternative wholesome food.

Thus, wherever we survey the Islamic injunctions in their totality, we find that if Allah limits the choice of His servants in relation to some things, He provides them with a still wider range of more wholesome alternatives in relation to other things of a similar kind. For, Allah has no desire, indeed, to make people’s lives difficult, narrow, and circumscribed; on the contrary,

He desires ease, goodness, guidance, and mercy for them, according to His saying,

*Allah desires to make clear to you and to guide you to the ways of the (righteous) people before you and to turn to you in mercy; and Allah is Knowing, Wise. And Allah desires to relent to you, and those who follow their lusts desire that you should deviate with a great deviation. And Allah desires to lighten your burden, for man was created weak. (An-Nisa’: 26-28)


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