Why does the religion of Islam regard simple things like ghusl, pork and removing the hairs on the body as conditions of entering Paradise?
Submitted by on Mon, 11/04/2011 - 10:57
Dear Brother / Sister,
Islam is a religion that embraces the whole life and that takes every issue into consideration. The most important point that always needs to be remembered is the purpose of the creation of man. Man is a being that was created so that he would know the loftiness of Allah and would do all of his deeds in order to serve and worship Allah. Then, he should eat, wear clothes, lie down, stand up and have sexual intercourse with the consciousness of worshipping. If he intends to take the Prophet as an example in all of his deeds and practices what the Prophet did in daily life, his daily chores and deeds will be regarded as worshipping.
It is very good advice for man that the religion of Islam made ghusl, which cleans the body, fard and made eating the flesh of pig (pork), which is a dirty animal, haram.
The prerequisite of entering Paradise is to believe. Therefore, the issues mentioned in the question are not the basic conditions of entering Paradise. If a person has believed, he will enter Paradise after being purified of his sins in Hell even if he has committed major sins. Those who will stay in Hell forever are unbelievers.
Some of the decrees of Islam are regarded as fard and haram. A person who acts against them is regarded to have committed sins. Some of the decrees are regarded as adab (manners). A person who acts against them are not regarded to have committed sins and he is not tortured because of them; for instance, manners regarding eating-drinking, bodily cleaning, and starting doing something with the right hand. A person is not regarded to have committed sins when he abandons them.
The verse, “ … do good; for Allah loveth those who do good” (al-Baqara, 2/195) explains why Muslims pay/should pay attention to doing everything good and are advised to do so.
Questions on Islam
- What is Taharah (Cleanliness)?
- Issues related to ghusl
- Why does God prohibit people from consuming alcohol and pork though there are more important things like wars?
- What conditions are necessary for ghusl to be valid?
- Is it permissible for men to pluck or to shave the hairs on their body parts?
- Is it permissible for women to paint their nails by polishing them?
- Is it right to have ones body tattooed?
- Do zarurahs (necessities) render harams halal? Is it possible in Islam to abandon fards for harams or to commit a haram deed for something fard? If yes, when?
- Ghusl (Major Ablution)