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    Salaam alaykum everyone from California. My name is Steven Pearce and I am a Muslim writer and part-time imam. I also do Da'wa and giv lectures about Islam around the globe. I am the founder of Contemporary Muslim, an organization meant to do Da'wa to show that Islam is for any time and any place while at the same time speaking out against Extremism and Islamophobia. I am very happy to be in this forum and I hope to make new friends insha'Allaah.
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    hello iam Cindy , from east of Quebec, iam converted to Islam. i would like to make new friends can help me to be come better Muslim.
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    As-Salaam alaikum, Ma'amar Ibn Ahmad al-Asbahani, may Allah be Merciful to him, narrated in his 40 Hadith collection on the authority of Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said:- The Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, censured us in his khutba. He said:-- "Oh Ummah of Muhammad ! A sage among the sages showed more understanding than you when his companions called him to pleasures and disobedience. He said, 'I am ashamed of my Lord to worship Him, hoping for Paradise as a reward, and therefore be like a bad labourer: if he is given his wage he works, and if he is not given it, he does not work. And I am ashamed of my Lord to worship Him out fear of the Fire and be also like a bad labourer: if he is fearful of his master he works, and if he is not, he does not work. I only worship Him for what He deserves, for He deserves to be worshiped.'
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    Travelling on a plane was a man who was proud of his intelligence. When he discovered that the person sitting next to him was a worker, he suggested they think up some riddles to pass the time. "If you can’t answer mine, you must give me $5," he said. "And if i can’t answer yours, I’ll give you $5, OK?" "NO!" answered the worker, "I’m tired and i want to sleep" "Well a better idea" said the man intensively, "If you can’t answer mine, you must give me $5 and if i can’t answer yours, I’ll give you $10," "Alright" the worker said after a little thinking, "And i will go first". The man agreed. The worker then asked: “What has six feet on the land and only three feet when swimming?" then continued "I sleep, when you find the answer wake me up!" "OK" the man said. He thought for very long time about this, but reluctantly he had to concede defeat. When they reached their destination he woke the worker up and said "here's your $10; what’s the answer?" "I don't know", said the worker; "here's your $5."
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    The Objectives of the Islamic Penal System Part 5: A discussion of what the legislation of these types of punishment seeks to bring about in a society. The Objectives of the Islamic Penal System The Islamic penal system has many objectives, the most important of which are as follows: The First Objective: Islam seeks to protect society from the dangers of crime. It is common knowledge that if crimes are not countered with serious punishments, then society will be in grave danger. Islam seeks to make social stability and security widespread, making life in society secure and peaceful. It has made this consideration a platform for action, legislating punishments that will discourage crime. This purpose has been articulated by the following verse that discusses retribution and its effects on society: “There is (preservation of) life for you in retribution, O people of understanding, that you may become pious.” (Quran 2:179) If the murderer, or any other criminal for that matter, knows the extent of the negative consequences for himself that his crime will cause, he will think a thousand times before committing it. Awareness of the punishment will cause the criminal to abstain from committing the crime in two ways. The criminal who has already been subject to the punishment will most likely not return to the crime again. As for the rest of society, their awareness of the effects of this punishment will keep them from falling into the crime. To realize a general effect from the punishment, Islam has established the principle of publicly announcing when it will be carried out. God says: “…A group of the believers should witness the punishment.” (Quran 24:2) The Second Objective: Islam seeks to reform the criminal. The Quran often makes mention of repentance in association with the crimes that it deals with, making it clear that the door to repentance is open whenever the criminal abandons his crime and behaves properly. It has made repentance a means of waiving a fixed punishment in some instances, like the punishment for highway robbery. God says: “…except for those who repent before you take hold of them. Then know that God is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (Quran 5:34) God says regarding the punishment for fornication: “It they both repent and mend their ways, then leave them alone. Verily, God is the Accepter of repentance, the Merciful.” (Quran 4:16) God says after mentioning the punishment for false accusation: “… except for those who repent afterwards and makes amends, then verily God is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” God says after mentioning the prescribed punishment for theft: “Whoever repents after his wrongdoing and makes amends, then verily God will accept his repentance and verily God is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (Quran 5:39) This objective is seen more frequently with regard to discretionary punishments, whereby it is incumbent upon the judge to take into consideration the circumstances of the criminal and what will insure his betterment. The Third Objective: The punishment is a recompense for the crime. It is undesirable to treat a criminal lightly who threatens the security of society with danger. The criminal should receive his just recompense as long as he is pleased with taking the path of evil instead of the path of righteousness. It is the right of society to be secure in its safety and the safety of its individual members. The Quran has asserted this objective when mentioning a number of punishments. God says: “The thieves, male and female, cut off their hands as a recompense for what they have earned...” (Quran 5:38) “The recompense for those who wage violent transgression against God and His Messenger and who go forth spreading corruption in the Earth is that they should be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet should be cut off on alternate sides or that they should be sent into exile…” (Quran 5:33)
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