Fruits for the Week

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Islam is an ummatic (community) religion. Muslims have to help one another in the pursuit of anything good for the community and in the deterrence of anything bad and harmful to the community. With regard to intoxicants, Islam warns people against the danger as they affect the whole community in a number of ways. Therefore, it becomes a Muslim’s responsibility, as a member of community, to try to help anyone he knows who is about to fall victim to any of these intoxicants or have already fallen into their traps, by whatever means he can. In the above-mentioned case, at least one of the four Muslims in the group should have reminded and deterred the others from proceeding with the intention of celebrating the birthday with alcoholic drinks!

Islam also puts great emphasis on general health consciousness. Our Prophet (saw) said: “The most important knowledge is religious knowledge which protects the soul, and the knowledge of health which protects the body.

Muslims should be people possess a remarkable way of practising healthy living. Islam appreciates and blesses every good thing that brings betterment to life, and dislikes and opposes things that bring destruction.  In stressing the importance of distancing oneself from any destruction, Allah (swt) says: “And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to your destruction but do good, for Allah loves those who do good.” (Al-Baqarah: 195)