ALLAH (GOD) HATES DIVORCE - PART I
by Minister Louis Farrakhan
It is written in the Holy Qur'an that Allah (God) hates divorce. Whatever Allah (God) hates, the righteous should also hate. Hate is an intense dislike for someone or something. The righteous look to Allah (God) for guidance on how best to live, for He, the Best Knower, the Eternal One, knows best what is good for His creatures. The righteous, therefore, must look at what Allah (God) hates and look within themselves and ask the question; why do I tolerate or even love what Allah (God) hates? The more we approve or tolerate that which Allah (God) hates and/or disapproves it brings us into disfavor with Allah (God).
There are many things written in the scripture of the Bible and Holy Qur'an that are loathsome in the eyes of Allah (God). One of these hateful things in His sight is divorce. Divorce goes against the very basic unit of civilization, for divorce breaks up family. Where there is no strong family, there is no strong community or nation. If we study the laws of Allah (God); the strongest punishments are for the breaking of these laws which disturb, break-up, and destroy marriage and family.
One of the signs of the decadence and fall of a civilization is its rate of divorce. Sociologists bear witness that this major sign appeared in every great nation and civilization as a sign of its fall. Likewise, the sociologists bear witness that the divorce rate in America and throughout the world is on the increase. Over 50% of all marriages in America end in divorce. This is extremely sad. The parents are so centered on their pain and frustration with their mates that they do not consider the harmful effect that divorce brings on the children and family. Under the Mosaic law, that which breaks up family: adultery, fornication, and other sins destructive to family are seriously punished, even with death. When Allah decrees a death sentence for a particular sin, this should teach us that the weight of that sin is exceedingly great because that sin is destructive of family.
All laws that are found written in the Bible and Holy Qur'an, if followed, produce strong marriages, families, communities, and nations.
I have heard recently of many in the Nation of Islam who are seeking or desirous of divorce. This had disturbed me greatly, because it is a sign of a fall. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that, "The Nation of Islam would fall, but that it would rise and never fall again." If the Nation of Islam is never to fall again and an increase in divorce is a sign of a fall, then the wise among us must check the rate of divorce and stop it in order to stop an ultimate fall. Who of us would like to be a contributor to the fall of our Nation?
What does our vow to Allah (God) mean? What does our vow to each other mean? If our word means nothing, then, we are walking in the path of Satan, for the Holy Qur'an teaches that Satan promises without ever intending to fulfill his promise. A Muslim's word must be made bond.
We are taught that when our word fails life is lost. The life of the marriage is lost if we fail to live up to our duty, obligation, and our word. None of us are perfect. Therefore, our striving to become as one is a very difficult task, but not an impossible one.
Prophet Muhammad said that marriage is one half of faith. As I studied these words, I came to see that the journey of faith is to take every human being who travels the pathway of faith to an ultimate meeting or oneness with Allah (God). When a believer can say that he or she has become one with Allah (God), that believer has made the greatest accomplishment in life and has become a soul at rest pleased with Allah (God) and Allah (God) is pleased with that believer. The journey of faith and our meeting or oneness with Allah (God) is filled with trials, tribulations, and great adversity, but we are told through the scriptures of the Bible and Holy Qur'an that Allah (God) loves those who are steadfast under trial; who weather the storms of tribulation that come against their faith.
Allah (God) also loves those who weather the storms that come against their word or vow that they gave to one another to struggle to become as one. Many of us think that when we say our vows we are actually married. To be married means to be united in spirit and mind, and to become completely as one.
When we say our marriage vows we are only declaring our intent to struggle to become as one. This is a life long journey or struggle. Many of us are so quick to get in and out of marriage in the same manner that we go in and out of stores shopping for some merchandise, and, when we find a flaw in the merchandise, we take it back to make an exchange. We take marriage and our word to Allah (God) and to our mate as a trivial thing, while, with Allah (God) it is a great and serious thing. Those of us who cannot weather the personal storms that come against our vows and quickly seek divorce will more than likely fail to weather the trials, tribulations, and adversities that come with the journey of faith and soon will drop out of the greatest of struggles for life's true purpose.
The Holy Qur'an teaches us that if it had been a short journey and a near gain all would have gone forth. However, when the journey is long and the gain is not near only those who fully believe will be able to continue. That is why it is written in the scripture that the race is not to the swift nor the strong, but to those who can ENDURE to the end.
(This article originally appeared in The Final Call, Vol. 14, No.17)
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