Monday, May 9, 2011

Do Muslims believe in the Ten Commandments?

Salam!
This is a question that I got at a dawah table once, and seemed to really bother the individual when I said "no" which is partially correct.

Muslims don't believe in the ten commandments but DO believe in a majority of the principles prescribed in the ten commandments.

Let's explore the ten commandments in its relation to Islam:

1. You shall have no other gods before Me.

In order to revert to Islam you must say the shahada, "la-ilaha-illah", which means there is no God but Allah (God). Muslims say this multiple times a day in prayer and wudu. It is also mentioned in the Quran numerous times.
"Know therefore that there is no god but Allâh" (47:19) 

Another important saying in Islam is also "la-ilaha-ila-huwa", which means there is no God but he. This is also mentioned in the Quran.
"Allah, (there is) no god but He,
the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsisting by Whom all subsist" (3:2
)

Lastly is "la-ilaha-illa-ana", which means there is no God but I or no God but me. This is pretty much a replica of the 10th commandment and is mentioned in the Quran. 

"Verily I am Allah: there is no god but I: 
so serve thou me (only) and establish regular 

prayer for celebrating My praise." (20:14)

2. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments"

As for the second commandment compared to the others, the relationship with Islam is more scarce; in the fact we do believe that you should not worship pictures/idols of things of this earth as God and Allah is most merciful but we do not believe that God holds any human characteristics including jealousy. 

Allah is considered most merciful. Everyday, multiple times (at least 18 times) a Muslim will say "bismiallah" which means:  

"In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful" 

Also as stated above idol worship and putting partners with Allah is forbidden. 

"Do not sent up any idol, besides Allah, idolatry is a gross injustice" (31:13) 

"Allah forgiveth not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgiveth anything else, to whom He pleaseth; to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin Most heinous indeed." (4:48)


3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain


 In Islam, swearing by Allah is not haram (forbidden) but should not be done frequently or in jest; But it is forbidden or a sin to lie in the name of Allah.

"Allah will not impose blame upon you for what is meaningless in your oaths, but He will impose blame upon you for [breaking] what you intended of oaths. So its expiation is the feeding of ten needy people from the average of that which you feed your [own] families or clothing them or the freeing of a slave. But whoever cannot find [or afford it] – then a fast of three days [is required]. That is the expiation for oaths when you have sworn. But guard your oaths. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses [i.e., revealed law] that you may be grateful." (Quran 5:89)


4. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it"


Muslims do not celebrate in the sabbath but we do believe that Allah created the earth in six periods. As stated above, God has no human characteristics, so we do not believe that God rested in the seventh period or even requires rest. 


Your Guardian-Lord Is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days, then He 
established Himself on the Throne (of authority) " (7:54) 

5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you 

Parents in Islam are also very important as witnessed in the verse below; A noble deed in Islam is to obey one's parents and treat them respectfully. 

"Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor." (17:23)

6.“You shall not murder" 

In Islam the value of the human life is grave which can be represented in the Quran verse below and murder is haram (forbidden) unless justified by another murder, war, and/or self-defense. This principle is also a common human characteristic, it has always been wrong to murder. 

"On that account We ordained for the Children of Isra`il that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole humanity: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the whole humanity. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear (guidance), yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land." (5:32)

7. “You shall not commit adultery.

Adultery or "zina" in Islam is strictly forbidden. 

"… nor commit illegal sexual intercourse and
whoever does this shall receive the punishment" (25: 68)

8.“You shall not steal."

Stealing in Islam is forbidden and like murder is common. When has is ever been okay to steal something?

"As to the thief, Male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is Exalted in power." (5:38)

9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

This is also forbidden in Islam.

10. “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's

This is also stated in the Quran: 

"And in no wise covet those things in which Allah Hath bestowed His gifts More freely on some of you than on others: To men is allotted what they earn, and to women what they earn: But ask Allah of His bounty. For Allah hath full knowledge of all things." (4:32) 


It is pretty obvious that Islam does not completely reject the ten commandments, which are the basic laws of the Christian religion. 

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU? 

This proves the point to all that we are not all that different; in fact, we are very alike. (: 



Do Muslims believe in the Ten Commandments?

Salam!
This is a question that I got at a dawah table once, and seemed to really bother the individual when I said "no" which is partially correct.

Muslims don't believe in the ten commandments but DO believe in a majority of the principles prescribed in the ten commandments.

Let's explore the ten commandments in its relation to Islam:

1. You shall have no other gods before Me.

In order to revert to Islam you must say the shahada, "la-ilaha-illah", which means there is no God but Allah (God). Muslims say this multiple times a day in prayer and wudu. It is also mentioned in the Quran numerous times.
"Know therefore that there is no god but Allâh" (47:19) 

Another important saying in Islam is also "la-ilaha-ila-huwa", which means there is no God but he. This is also mentioned in the Quran.
"Allah, (there is) no god but He,
the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsisting by Whom all subsist" (3:2
)

Lastly is "la-ilaha-illa-ana", which means there is no God but I or no God but me. This is pretty much a replica of the 10th commandment and is mentioned in the Quran. 
"Verily I am Allah: there is no god but I: 
so serve thou me (only) and establish regular 
prayer for celebrating My praise." (20:14)

2. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments"

As for the second commandment compared to the others, the relationship with Islam is more scarce; in the fact we do believe that you should not worship pictures/idols of things of this earth as God and Allah is most merciful but we do not believe that God holds any human characteristics including jealousy. 

Allah is considered most merciful. Everyday, multiple times (at least 18 times) a Muslim will say "bismiallah" which means:  

"In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful" 

Also as stated above idol worship and putting partners with Allah is forbidden. 

"Do not sent up any idol, besides Allah, idolatry is a gross injustice" (31:13) 

"Allah forgiveth not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgiveth anything else, to whom He pleaseth; to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin Most heinous indeed." (4:48)


3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain


 In Islam, swearing by Allah is not haram (forbidden) but should not be done frequently or in jest; But it is forbidden or a sin to lie in the name of Allah.

"Allah will not impose blame upon you for what is meaningless in your oaths, but He will impose blame upon you for [breaking] what you intended of oaths. So its expiation is the feeding of ten needy people from the average of that which you feed your [own] families or clothing them or the freeing of a slave. But whoever cannot find [or afford it] – then a fast of three days [is required]. That is the expiation for oaths when you have sworn. But guard your oaths. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses [i.e., revealed law] that you may be grateful." (Quran 5:89)


4. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it"


Muslims do not celebrate in the sabbath but we do believe that Allah created the earth in six periods. As stated above, God has no human characteristics, so we do not believe that God rested in the seventh period or even requires rest. 


Your Guardian-Lord Is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days, then He 
established Himself on the Throne (of authority) " (7:54) 

5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you 

Parents in Islam are also very important as witnessed in the verse below; A noble deed in Islam is to obey one's parents and treat them respectfully. 

"Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor." (17:23)

6.“You shall not murder" 

In Islam the value of the human life is grave which can be represented in the Quran verse below and murder is haram (forbidden) unless justified by another murder, war, and/or self-defense. This principle is also a common human characteristic, it has always been wrong to murder. 

"On that account We ordained for the Children of Isra`il that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole humanity: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the whole humanity. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear (guidance), yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land." (5:32)

7. “You shall not commit adultery.

Adultery or "zina" in Islam is strictly forbidden. 

"… nor commit illegal sexual intercourse and
whoever does this shall receive the punishment" (25: 68)

8.“You shall not steal."

Stealing in Islam is forbidden and like murder is common. When has is ever been okay to steal something?

"As to the thief, Male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is Exalted in power." (5:38)

9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

This is also forbidden in Islam.

10. “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's

This is also stated in the Quran: 

"And in no wise covet those things in which Allah Hath bestowed His gifts More freely on some of you than on others: To men is allotted what they earn, and to women what they earn: But ask Allah of His bounty. For Allah hath full knowledge of all things." (4:32) 


It is pretty obvious that Islam does not completely reject the ten commandments, which are the basic laws of the Christian religion. 

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU? 

This proves the point to all that we are not all that different; in fact, we are very alike. (: 


Salam! thank you for reading, 

JAZZ (: 




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