1] Allah has given us clear guidelines on how to bury our dead; what we do not do, what we have to do, and what is permitted to do. And the teachings of Islam includes treating the dead with respect in a way that will fit the dead person. We wash him, cleanse him, and put a white shroud around him, then we offer a funeral prayer (janazah) and pray forgiveness for him. Allah does not include cremation as a part of it. Thus we do not do this nor are we permitted to do so.
2] Allah says:
"And I (Allah) created not the
jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone)." [51:56]
Taghoot means anything that is worshipped
besides Allah (azza wajal) (ie. leaders, sorcerers, a sheikh, communism,
On the other hand, nationality entails
that the way of life and belief of a person is in accordance to that person's
nation. Allegiance according to family, tribe, nation, race and color
are from the days of ignorance that the prophet (peace and blessings be
upon him) took us out of. In Islam we are united under one loyalty- the
loyalty of worshipping Allah alone, and unity based on these categories
above is based on a low spiritual status.
For instance, when the Jews claimed
to be the chosen people of God, on the basis of their race, Allah, the
Most High, rejected their claim and declared that in every period of human
civilization, every race and every nationality there is only one standard
for truth which is our faith:
"And they (Jews & Christians)
say, "Be Jews or Christians, then you will be guided." Say (to
them, O Muhammad), "Nay, (We follow) only the religion of Ibrahim
(Abraham), Hanifa [i.e. to worship none but Allah (Alone)], and he was
not of those who worshipped others along with Allah."
So if they believe in the like of
that which you believe, then they are rightly guided, but if they turn
away, then they are only in opposition. So Allah will suffice you against
them. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.
In the last sermon of the Prophet
(peace and blessings be upon him) he said: "You know that every Muslim
is the brother of another Muslim. You are all equal. Nobody has superiority
over the other except by piety and good action."
Islam freed all humanity from the
fleeting ties of this life, and freed them from the chains of blood relationships
or race relationships.
The nation of the Muslim, in which he lives and which he defends, is not a piece of land. It is not the nationality determined by a government; the family of the Muslim, is not blood relationships; the flag of the Muslim, which he honors and under which he is martyred, and it is not the flag of a country and it is not a military victory. It is what Allah has described: "When Allah's help and victory comes, and thou seest people entering into Allah's religion in multitudes, then celebrate the praises of thy Lord and ask His forgiveness. Indeed. He is the Acceptor of Repentance." (110:1-3) In Islam our homeland is that place where the Islamic faith, the Islamic way of life and the Shari`ah (Law) of Allah is dominant. Only then is it worthy of man's dignity to pledge his allegiance.
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