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Three Most Prominent Evils and God's Responses

Three Most Prominent Evils and God's Responses

 Jawed Anwar

There are three most heinous crimes and sins people commit on this earth:

  1. Shirk (partnering other gods with Allah) that is the master of all evils (shirk in all segments of life --political, social, judicial, religious, and cultural, etc.).
  2. Riba (transactions involving interest and usury).
  3. Act of nation of Lut (Lot) --homosexuality, LGBT culture.

The first corrupts the political system, the second corrupts the economic system, and the third corrupts the family and social system. These three break the fabric of the society and destroy nations.

Not believing in and practicing worship of Allah (God) --a super, sovereign, governing power and the only lawgiver in all segments of life-- is SHIRK. All the “ism”, “ship”, “cracy”, are the babies of the big idol shirk; ie, secularism, liberalism, nationalism, fascism, anarchism, socialism, capitalism, communism, dictatorship, kingship, democracy.

 Meaning: “Allah says in Quran 31: 13:

 Meaning: “And [mention, O Muhammad], when Luqman said to his son while he was instructing him, "O my son, do not associate [anything] with Allah. Indeed, association [with him] is great injustice."

 Riba (interest-based transactions) leads to capitalism, transnational super capitalism, profitism that is the root cause of poverty and economic misery of the people of the world. Riba angers Allah so severely that Allah declares war against those who involved in riba.

Quran 2: 274-281:

“Those who spend their wealth by night and by day, secretly and publicly, will find that their reward is secure with their Lord and that there is no reason for them to entertain any fear or grief.

“As for those who devour interest,5 they behave as the one whom Satan has confounded with his touch.6 Seized in this state they say: ‘Buying and selling is but a kind of interest,’7 even though Allah has made buying and selling lawful, and interest unlawful. Hence, he who receives this admonition from his Lord, and then gives up (dealing in interest), may keep his previous gains, and it will be for Allah to judge him. As for those who revert to it, they are the people of the Fire, and in it shall they abide.

“Allah deprives interest of all blessing, whereas He blesses charity with growth. Allah loves none who is ungrateful and persists in sin.

“Truly the reward of those who believe and do righteous deeds and establish Prayer and pay Zakah is with their Lord; they have no reason to entertain any fear or grief.

“Believers! Have fear of Allah and give up all outstanding interest if you do truly believe.

“But if you fail to do so, then be warned of war from Allah and His Messenger. If you repent even now, you have the right of the return of your capital; neither will you do wrong nor will you be wronged.

 “But if the debtor is in straitened circumstance, let him have respite until the time of ease; and whatever you remit by way of charity is better for you, if only you know.

“And have fear of the Day when you shall return to Allah, and every human being shall be fully repaid for whatever (good or evil) he has done, and none shall be wronged.”

Act of nation of Lut (Lot) (A.S.) is the act against humanity and human existence.

Qur’an 7: 81-85:

“And remember when We sent Lot [as a Messenger to his people and he said to them:1 'Do you realize you practice an indecency of which no other people in the world were guilty of before you? You approach men lustfully in place of women. You are a people who exceed all bounds.'2  Their only answer was: 'Banish them from your town. They are a people who pretend to be pure.' 3 Then We delivered Lot and his household, save his wife, who stayed behind,4 And We let loose a shower [of stones] upon them,5 Observe, then, the end of the evil-doers.

Sayyid Abul A’la Mawdudi (b.1903 – d. 1979) explains this Ayah of the Quran in his commentary.

 “The Qur’an refers elsewhere to the many evil deeds of the people of Lot. Here the Qur’an confines itself to mentioning that most ignominious of crimes which invited God’s scourge upon them.

The hideous act of sodomy, for which the people of Lot earned notoriety, has no doubt been committed by perverts in all times. The Greek philosophers had the distinction of glorifying it as a moral virtue. It was left, however, for the modern West to vigorously propagate sodomy so much so that it was declared legal by the legislatures of a few countries. All this has been done in the face of the obvious fact that this form of sexual intercourse is patently unnatural. God created distinctions between the sexes of all living beings for the purposes of reproduction and perpetuation of the species. As far as the human species is concerned, their creation into two sexes is related to another end as well: that the two should come together in order to bring into existence the family and establish human civilization. In view of this, not only were human beings divided into two sexes, but each sex was made attractive to the other. The physical structure and psychological make-up of each sex was shaped in keeping with the purpose of forging bonds of mutual cordiality between the members of the two sexes. The sexual act, which is intensely pleasurable, is at once a factor leading to the fulfillment of nature’s purposes as underlined by the sexual division of humankind as well as a reward for fulfilling these purposes.

Now, the crime of the person who commits sodomy in flagrant opposition to this scheme of things is not limited to that act alone. In fact, he commits along with it a number of other crimes. First, he wages war against his own nature, against his inherent psychological predilection. This causes a major disorder which leads to highly negative effects on the lives of both the parties involved in that unnatural act –effects which are physical, psychological as well as moral. Second, he acts dishonestly with nature since while he derives sexual pleasure he fails to fulfill the societal obligation of which this pleasure is recompense. Third, such a person also acts dishonestly with human society. For, although he avails himself of the advantages offered by various social institutions, when he has an opportunity to act, he uses his abilities in a manner which not only fails to serve that society but which positively harms it. Apart from neglecting the obligations he owes to society, he renders himself incapable of serving the human race and his own family. He also produces effeminacy in at least one male and potentially pushes at least two females towards sexual corruption and moral depravity.”

Rising voices against all three big evils and sins and abandoning it from our political, economic, and social lives are every Muslim’s responsibility. A peaceful resistance movement is required in North America against all these evils.

Quran 3: 104 asks:

“And from among you there must be a party who invite people to all that is good and enjoin the doing of all that is right and forbid the doing of all that is wrong. It is they who will attain true success.”

Addressing Muslims in Qur’an 3: 110, Allah says:

“You are now the best people brought forth for (the guidance and reform of) mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. Had the People of the Book believed it were better for them. Some of them are believers but most of them are transgressors.”

 Syed Jawed Anwar can be reached at





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