Wednesday, December 06, 2006

As A Humble Opinion... Sorry, NO!

As an admirer of Ahmad Bahjat (an Ahram newspaper columnist), i daily read his column. Today, i came across a part in his article that as i remember stirred a lot of criticism (article here: http://www.ahram.org.eg/Index.asp?CurFN=amod1.htm&DID=9057).
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The part mentions what the "then very unpopular" Grand Mufti of Egypt Mohammad Hussain Tantawi (now the Grand Imam of AL Azhar institution) said.
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The then Mufti was asked what is the Islamic view of Tourism. Besides saying it is ok and all that, i'll just drill down to the part i (as a muslim) don't approve. Not to mention of course the criticism he got from a lot of scholars becuase of it at that time...

Note: Put in mind i am trying to think from a muslim's perspective in a supposed to be muslim state (who doesn't want to do something against what Quran & Suna tells us to do).

ثالثا ـ حول ما يفعله السائح من شرب للخمر ولعب للقمار والملابس القصيرة‏,‏ قال المفتي إن من حق السائح أن يتصرف في حدود عقيدته الخاصة‏.
Ok, i can understand the drinking and wearing what he\she (the forigner) wants in terms of personal freedom for people..etc.
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‏رابعا ـ حول ما تستلزمه السياحة من استيراد الخمور ولعب القمار‏,‏ قال المفتي إنه لا شيء في ذلك‏..‏
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Now, that's what i don't like (and which caused a lot of criticism at that time).
Here's why...
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We as muslims (with a muslim ruler and Constitution that - only on paper, not applied in reality in most things...lelasaf - says we are a muslim coutry) are not supposed to gamble or drink liquor. Not only that, we are also not supposed to assist, sell or to have anything related to them per the following:
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يا أيها الذين آمنوا إنما الخمر والميسر والأنصاب والأزلام رجس من عمل الشيطان فاجتنبوه لعلكم تفلحون، إنما يريد الشيطان أن يوقع بينكم العداوة والبغضاء في الخمر والميسر ويصدكم عن ذكر الله وعن الصلاة فهل أنتم منتهـون المائدة: 90، 91
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Concerning Liquor in Suna...
(كل مسكر خمر، وكل خـمر حرام » [رواه مسلم ]،

ونهي عن صناعتها للتداوي وأخبر أنها داء وليست بدواء، فقد روي مسلم عن طارق بن سويد الجعفي أنه سأل النبي عن الخمر فنهاه أو كره أن يصنعها فقال: إنما أصنعها للدواء؟! فقال: )إنه ليس بدواء ولكـنه داء (.
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فقد روي مسلم عن ابن عباس (أن رجلا أهدي لرسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- راوية خمر، فقال له رسول الله صلي الله عليه وسلم: (هل علمت أن الله قد حرمها ؟ قال: لا، فسار إنسانا، فقال له رسول الله صلي الله عليه وسلم : بم ساررته ؟ فقال : أمرته ببيعها، فقال: إن الذي حرم شربها حرم بيعها قال: ففتح المزادة حتى ذهب ما فيها ( رواه مسلم.
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عن عائشة رضي الله عنها: لما نزلت آيات سورة البقرة عن آخرها خرج النبي صلي الله عليه وسلم فقال: )حرمت التجارة في الخمر(رواه البخاري
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As for what "Mayser" in the Qur'an verse means...
فقد قال ابن عباس و قتادة ومعاوية بن صالح وعطاء وطاووس ومجاهد: الميسر القمار. فكل ما كان قمارا فهو ميسر محرم بالآية الكريمة
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Besides the clear Qur'an verse and the few Suna proofs stated above, there are many others i didn't mention. I also read a lot of Fatawa from Al Azhar, Dar Al ifta'a and Islamonline that say the same thing.
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Ok now, Egypt is an Islamic state... history wise (last 1400 years), population wise (%88-%94 depending on different sources) and Constitution wise (second part of the constitution).
So, as a muslim country and as muslims we are not supposed to have anything to do with them (Liquor and Gambling).
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I can't imagine myself a government official giving permissions to muslims to sell liquor or build gambling areas (not that i am or will ever be an official..lol).
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Now someone might say, what about Egyptian Christians? do you want them to stop liquor just because they are in an Islamic country? where's their freedom?
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Well, if you ask me (and i only represent myself), maybe they (Egyptian Christians) are the only ones who should be permitted (in Egypt) to sell liquor (to anyone who wants it). Since in their religion (as far as i know) it is not wrong to do so.
Maybe that would solve the whole liquor issue (muslims not to deal with it while christians can).
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Actually, that was exactly what the muslims did when they first came into Egypt 1400 years ago. Omar Ibn AL Khattab ordered the muslims to leave the Christians alone (including their liqour..etc.).
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As for gambling, i think (not sure) that even in Orthodox Christianity, gambling is not permitted (not sure about this info!).
Becuase of that (besides it's obvious distructive effect on people), i think gambling in Egypt should be banned.
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Walaho A3lam...
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Mood: Wondering...

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