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Final Words for the New Muslim

Final Words for the New Muslim

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The new Muslim convert has definitely entered into a wonderful new phase in his life. By adhering to Islam, he will be able to receive the blessings of this life and the Hereafter. 

Repentance

Repentance

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The importance of repentance for the purification of the soul cannot be overstated. It is the final pouring out of the human towards his Lord to remove all remaining blemishes and impurities from the soul, such that the soul is ready to be entered into Allah’s paradise. 

Harmful Aspects for the Soul

Harmful Aspects for the Soul

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The major impediments and dangers to one’s spiritual purification must be recognized by the Muslim. He must be aware of them so that he may protect himself from them. 

Performing Righteous Deeds

Performing Righteous Deeds

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In numerous places in the Quran, Allah makes it clear that the key to salvation is not a mere declaration of one’s faith or a false faith that has no righteous deeds as its fruits. Instead, the key is a true faith that combines with and is the driving force behind performing righteous deeds. 

The Development and Growth of One’s Faith

The Development and Growth of One’s Faith

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When one first makes the declaration of faith, he has started on the road to being a true Muslim and a true believer. The first step is to cleanse oneself of the clear, major, encompassing form of associating partners with God. 

The Increase or Decrease of Faith

The Increase or Decrease of Faith

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There is no question that there are differences in the outward deeds of humankind. This is a reflection and an aspect of the increase and decrease in faith. 

The Concept of Purification of the Soul

The Concept of Purification of the Soul

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Purification of the soul is a “process.” In other words, it is not some-thing static. It is, in fact, dynamic and it can be volatile. A person may be moving closer and closer to his absolute potential with respect to purification of his soul or he may move further away from it.

Ethics and Business Dealings in Islam

Ethics and Business Dealings in Islam

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Business dealings in Islam are not simply a matter of getting ahead in this world. They are not cutthroat competition or taking advantage of others. Instead, they are based on a very strong ethical basis. A Muslim realizes that every business transaction is a question of morals and ethics. 

A Muslim vis-à-vis Wealth and Property

A Muslim vis-à-vis Wealth and Property

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In Islam, wealth is not considered an evil. Wealth is a bounty that Allah bestows upon individuals. It is definitely not evil nor even a necessary evil, as some other religions teach. In fact, protecting and safeguarding wealth is one of the goals of the Sharee’ah. Hence, people are encouraged to engage in earning a livelihood and accumulating wealth. 

A Muslim vis-à-vis Society as a Whole

A Muslim vis-à-vis Society as a Whole

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When a Muslim accepts to live in a certain society, he is, in essence, making a pact that with that country that he will abide by the laws of that state. He does not have the right to violate the laws of that state simply because he is a Muslim and the state is not an Islamic state. 

A Muslim vis-à-vis Non-Muslims

A Muslim vis-à-vis Non-Muslims

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Obviously, Muslims and non-Muslims are following very different paths. A Muslim’s life revolves entirely around the proper belief in God. A Muslim’s attitude toward others is likewise determined by the other’s attitude toward God.

A Muslim vis-à-vis Other Muslims

A Muslim vis-à-vis Other Muslims

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if Islam is truly applied, a Muslim will be a brother/sister to all the Muslims in the world and would do nothing but good toward them and would expect nothing but good in return from them. 

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Neighbors

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Neighbors

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One should demonstrate goodness towards one’s neighbor by: helping them when they seek help, assisting them if they seek assistance, visiting them when they fall ill, congratulating them if something pleasing occurs to them, giving them condolences upon afflictions, and not harming them by letting one’s trash onto their property or in front of their household.

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Children

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Children

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Muslim scholars consider that the rights of children appear long before they are even conceived via the selection of a pious and righteous spouse. This will be the first step in providing a good household and environment for the child. 

The Rights of a Husband and a Wife

The Rights of a Husband and a Wife

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The first thing that every married person must realize that one’s spouse is first and foremost another Muslim. He/she is one’s brother/sister in Islam. Therefore, all the rights that fall upon a Muslim due to the general brotherhood of Islam are also due to one’s spouse. 

Whom One Can Wed

Whom One Can Wed

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One important issue is that of marrying men or women who are not chaste. There is a difference of opinion among the scholars over whether or not it is allowed to marry a woman whom one knows to be a fornicatress.

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Spouse

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Spouse

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Marriage is a very important institution in Islam. The family is the nuc-leus for society as a whole. If the family is on a sound foundation, it is more likely that society as a whole will be in a good state. Thus, in general, the messengers of God, the prime examples for humans, adhered to this institution of marriage.