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  • Purpose Of Religion Ibadah Or Tazkiya? And How To Define Tazkiya?

    Posted by Abdullah AbdulRahman on July 18, 2022 at 6:36 am

    Assalamualaikum

    The topic of religion is not this life but the life after death and in the life after death one will succeed on the basis of how much he purified himself. And having that purification as purpose of religion every order from religion is given. Is that right?

    Secondly, and the addressi of that religion is moral existence of human not the materialistic one (in which we do scientific development) like harming someone is morally wrong, or interest is morally wrong etc. (if the above premise is right) in that moral addressing one can understand the moral and food purification (from moral perspective), but from where come bodily cleanliness and relation with God?

    Thirdly, at many places we get that the purpose of religion is purification but at some places we get that He has created humans and jinns only for His worship?

    Fourthly, if the purpose of religion is purification concerning life after death then in Quran we get some laws which sounds more the laws which states devise for themselves rather than concern on that purification e.g not killing anything except two situations, or Zakat as a tax?

    Umer replied 2 weeks, 4 days ago 2 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Purpose Of Religion Ibadah Or Tazkiya? And How To Define Tazkiya?

    Umer updated 2 weeks, 4 days ago 2 Members · 9 Replies
  • Umer

    Moderator July 18, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    I still have ambiguity as to what is the exact question, but following links are going to be helpful if I have understood your question correctly.

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  • Abdullah AbdulRahman

    Member August 2, 2022 at 6:04 am

    First paragraph is a premise, what i have understood what Islam is. And it addresses the problem of death not this life. And for that external life we need purification and all the orders in Islam are given concerning this purification.

    So in this process of purification, from where does come this thing which Quran says “And We have created humans and jinns only for our worship”?

    Moral purification can be understood for that paradise, why this bodily and food purification?

    If the concern is life after death then why these worldly state laws like of tax (Zakaat), etc?

    • Umer

      Moderator August 3, 2022 at 1:56 am

      This Worship which is the objective of religion is achieved through Tazkiya.

      Word Ibadah (worship) used in Quran is a very broader term encompassing almost every sphere of life and is a feeling and acknowledgement that emanates from within a human being and is manifested in one’s actions as an expression of one’s complete submissiveness to Allah. This requires some in-depth understanding of the word ‘ibadah’, which following videos will greatly help in grasping it.

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      Man is not living in isolation, a man is bound to live in a social circle which involves interaction with people with differing levels of intimacy with different people depending upon the nature of relationship; and a major part of ethics ematate from this relationship. Same is the ethical basis for our relationship with God. Purity of body effects our spiritual purity and it also effects at varying degrees, the people nearby with whom we interact at different intimacy levels.

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      Dietary impurity suppresses our spiritual purity and affects our relationship with God.

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  • Abdullah AbdulRahman

    Member August 12, 2022 at 2:50 am

    It means that physical impurities leave effects on our spiritual purification. Is there any research or experiments done on that?

    • Umer

      Moderator August 12, 2022 at 8:05 am

      I do not know about any research in this regard.

  • Abdullah AbdulRahman

    Member August 19, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    How Islam defines the spiritual aspect of humans, is it the same as in mysticism or different?

    • Umer

      Moderator August 22, 2022 at 1:21 am

      I am not aware of any such definiton done by Islam. However, some references to this can be found in Quran.

      We do not define spiritual aspects first and then study Islam. We study Islam, follow its directives and while understanding relationship of those directives with humans, spiritual aspects come into discussion under the same common concept where it is recognized that humans do not solely consist of a physical being, instead there is something more to it, beyond tangible domain which can be felt by every human being but cannot be touched.

  • Abdullah AbdulRahman

    Member September 15, 2022 at 10:43 am

    So what would be the definition of spiritual aspect of humans considering the directives of Quran?

    • Umer

      Moderator September 16, 2022 at 12:29 am

      Ethics Primarily, among other things.

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