The Qur’an is very critical of those who remember Allah SWT during times of danger, but the moment they are saved are quick to forget the favor bestowed upon them. The Qur’an reminds us that
فَإِذَا رَكِبُوا فِي الْفُلْكِ دَعَوُا اللَّـهَ
“When a group of people embark their ships and are in danger, they call on God.”1
But when they are saved, they forget God.
A faith that is in principle a faith that is brought about momentarily by hardship has no value even Pharaoh lipped his faith once he was face to face with death before drowning آمَنتُ – I believe 2 he said, at which point these words had no value anymore.
Allah SWT states:
آلْآنَ وَقَدْ عَصَيْتَ
“Now? And before thou didst rebel.”3
Meaning that repentance and faith now have no benefit.
The Qur’an reminds us that faith which is praised is one that comes along with stability and perseverance
قَالُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّـهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَامُوا
“Those who have said, 'Our Lord is God.' then have gone straight.”4
In life too, it is not marriage that is important, but rather the companionship of the spouse. It is not childbirth that is important, but the raising of the child that is important.
- Parables: Important Questions – Simple Answers
- Publishers Note
- 1. Why did God create the world, mankind and everything in it?
- 2. What is the role of faith in God in the life of mankind?
- 3. Is God in need of our worship that he has commanded us to pray and face the Kaaba (Qibla)?
- 4. Why are the pious and righteous people on the receiving end of problems and calamities, while wrongdoers and sinners live in comfort?
- 5. How can it be that the acceptance of all our deeds is conditional upon the acceptance of one action - our prayers?
- 6. How can the rewards of some deeds be immeasurable?
- 7. Aren’t the similes of animals used in the Qur’an for some people slander and insult?
- 8. How can we be able to see realities the way they are?
- 9. Are all Muslims “Faithful Believers”, or is there a difference between being a Muslim and being a Faithful Believer?
- 10. Is the responsibility of “Enjoining what is Right and Forbidding what is Evil” the responsibility of all Muslims or a certain group of Muslims?
- 11. Given that Allah SWT only accepts the work of pious individuals, isn’t that reason for the common individual and sinners to lose hope?
- 12. Why is there a need for a Divine Book for mankind?
- 13. What can we do so that we can live comfortably in this world?
- 14. Why is it that in Islam the value of our deeds is dependent on our intention that our deeds are for the nearness and sincerity (towards Allah SWT)?
- 15. Are all good deeds performed rewarded tenfold?
- 16. Why do we fear death?
- 17. Why is it that some of our prayers/supplications are not answered?
- 18. Does Islam want us to be constantly reciting supplications all the time with the all these supplications available to us?
- 19. How involved is God in planning the bitter and pleasant events of our lives?
- 20. If praying is supposed to stop people from doing shameful and unjust deeds, why is it that some people that pray are also perpetrators of offences?
- 21. What is our duty where the enjoining of good and the forbidding of wrong has no effect?
- 22. In today’s world, life without connections with others is not possible, so how can we say “Nor West, Nor East?”29
- 23. How can it be said that by simply saying a single sentence: “La Illah Ila Allah”, that a person will prosper?
- 24. How can one say that “I will be patient with the punishment of hellfire but I do not have the patience of separation from the Lord…”?
- 25. How can we control our sexual instincts?
- 26. Are people free willed, or predestined? What are the boundaries of free will?
- 27. Why is it that Allah SWT will not accept any deed within which there was an atom of hypocrisy or shirk33?
- 28. Allah SWT is “Mahram” to everyone, so why is it that in prayers men and women must cover themselves?
- 29. What can we do to increase our spirituality capacity (self-annihilation)?
- 30. What sins will Allah SWT not forgive?
- 31. What is the meaning of the remembrance of Allah SWT in all circumstances and why is there so much advice on this matter?
- 32. How should one deal with partners and children of the family that are not of the same thoughts?
- 33. Why does Allah SWT provide reprieve to oppressors and sinners?
- 34. What is the meaning of Awaiting the Imam of Our Time (May his return be hastened)? Does that mean silence and non-resistance towards oppression and wrong?
- 35. With so many apparent inconsistencies and abnormalities, how can we be considered to have an Islamic System?
- 36. How should we view the unbelievers and immoral people?
- 37. What does breadth of chest mean (سَعَةُ الصَّدْرِ)?
- 38. Does Islam give more importance to quality or quantity?
- 39. What role does the struggle/jihad in the path to Allah SWT have in building the Islamic community?
- 40. Does the personality and status of an individual have an effect on their reward and punishment?
- 41. What is the role of leadership in the Islamic community?
- 42. With respect to blaming and mockery on the path of the Truth that we hear, what duties do we have?
- 43. For the sake of saving face and avoiding humiliation, are we able to abandon the prayer for rain?
- 44. Presenting yourself at religious events is a form of showing yourself to others… is this a form of hypocrisy and showing off?
- 45. How should we deal with bitter experiences in our life?
- 46. How does Islam view non-believing countries?
- 47. Why are problems and hardships ever present in the world we live in?
- 48. Is faith without deed of any value?
- 49. What role does the love for the Ahlul Bayt AS have in our lives?
- 50. Is it obligatory to present or explain all Truths?
- 51. How can we believe that when Imam Mehdi reappears, may his reappearance be hastened, that he will have the face of a forty-year-old when he is 1000+ years?
- 52. From the point of view of the Qur’an, what is the relationship between the leader and the people?
- 53. What is the difference between Khums/Zakat and the taxes paid to the government?
- 54. Why do some continue to disbelief despite having witnessed the Miracles and Perfection of the prophets?
- 55. Given that the Prophets and Imams are Divinely Guided, why do they weep and seek forgiveness?
- 56. With regards to the different approaches of the Divinely Guided Imams, are their differences in their respective goals?
- 57. How can someone’s sins wipe out their good deeds entirely?
- 58. What can we do so as to increase our love towards God?
- 59. What is the philosophy behind bitter and horrific events of our life?
- 60. Why can some scientists spend their lives in the way of understanding a phenomenon, but can still have no faith in God?
- 61. Why has God created people differently and aren’t these differences a form of oppression?
- 62. When does the file of one’s deeds become sealed?
- 63. Why does the Qur’an liken backbiting to eating the flesh of our dead brother?
- 64. What is, and how does, one seek repentance?
- 65 How can we invite others to do pious deeds?
- 66. Why is the inheritance of women half that of men?
- 67. Why are women unable to be judges?
- 68. Why is the “Blood Money” for women half of that for men?
- 69. How do some people end up having bad outcomes?
- 70. In who’s hands is Death? Is it with God or The Angel of Death, Azrael?
- 71. How can one have faith in an unseen God?
- 72. What does the Qur’an say in regards to how much help should one give to others?
- 73. Why is it that those who commit sin do not benefit from the Qur’an?
- 74. What is the state of the body and soul during sleep?
- 75. How can a merciful bountiful God penalise and bring upon wrath upon His worshippers?
- 76. Are the religious laws stand alone or connected to each other?
- 77. What is the meaning of worship? Is it only praying and fasting?
- 78. What is the intended outcome of the tradition of the Qur’an?
- 79. On Resurrection Day, how can the decomposed and spread out parts of the dead come together and re-emerge from the earth?
- 80. Can a single sin change the destination of an individual?
- 81. Is it right to be saying slogans such as “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” in mosques and in holy places?
- 82. Is there any guidance in the Qur’an with regards to participating in protests and demonstrations?
- 83. Why do we have to do Taqleed (following) of jurists when it comes to the jurisprudence of our religion?
- 84. What are the attributes of the “Wilayat Faqih”?
- 85. What is the reason behind the success of the Prophets, where after so many centuries, people continue to follow their laws so passionately?
- 86. How can we shade all of our work with a divine paint?
- 87. Is seeking information necessary for everything? Does everyone need to know everything?
- 88. What should be the final word we say to those who do not accept religion?
- 89. What is the best deed to perform?
- 90. Which actions will actually be accepted by God?
- 91. In the view of the Qur’an, who is a hypocrite?
- 92. How should the relationship between believers be?
- 93. How should one deal with regards to those who are slow in accepting the Truth?
- 94. Are all forms of faith valued?
- 95. Why does God sometimes not answer our prayers?
- 96. Why is there a need to test us if God is all knowing?
- 97. Given the Qur’an says that in the end those with piety will be in charge of the world, is piety all that is needed?
- 98. Why did God create things which are dangerous to mankind?
- 99. Given the presence of science and the power of the mind, what need is there for revelation?
- 100. What is our obligation towards the enemy?