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Sixth Characteristic

Within the common features of the ancient and modern Jahiliyyah is the circulation of moral indecencies, like drinking of intoxicants, fraudulent deals, cheating, telling lies and sodomy. Referring to these indecencies, the Holy Qur'an says, "Satan's plan is but to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain. 5/91"

"Woe to those that deal in fraud. Those who, when they have to receive by measure from men, exact full measure; But when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due. 83/1-3"

"Do ye indeed approach men and cut off the highway and practice wickedness even in your councils? 29/29"

Moreover, they have mocked at the guiltless people: "And his people gave no answer but this: they said, 'Drive them out of your city. These are indeed men who want to be clean and pure!' 7/82"

History has registered the name of Ja'far ibn Abi-Talib for he abstained from drinking intoxicants and committing fornication in the pre-Islamic era.

Within the other indecencies of the Jihillyyah is that survival has been for the strongest. Moral standards, human idealities and divine moralities have no longer been existent. The foremost and most important thing has been personal interests. The current civilization is smashing entire peoples and destroying crops and cattle for the sake of the so-called interests, which in their conceptions are above everything else. They have also considered the actual aim that man must seek, which is the pleasure of Almighty Allah and the obtainment of the rewards of the Next World—they have considered this aim as retardation and reactionism.

The Holy Qur'an says, "While another band was stirred to anxiety by their own feelings, moved by wrong suspicions of Allah-suspicions due to ignorance. They said, 'What affair is this of ours?' Say thou, 'Indeed, this affair is wholly Allah's.' They hide in their minds what they dare not reveal to thee. They say to themselves, 'If we had had anything to do with this affair, We should not have been in the slaughter here.' Say, 'Even if you had remained in your homes, those for whom death was decreed would certainly have gone forth to the place of their death;' but all this was that Allah might test what is in your breasts and purge what is in your hearts. For Allah knoweth well the secrets of your hearts. 3/154"

The one and only goal of the individual of Jahiliyyah has been to have anything to do with the affairs.




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