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ADULTERY: A gateway to evil

Iqbal Ebrahim
UNDERSTANDING ISLAM

Islam and in fact every other major faith has a firm and decisive stance against adultery. In every upright society, adultery is regarded as one of the most immoral and heinous of sins. Almighty Allah declares in the Quran: ‘Nor come near to adultery; for it is a shameful deed and an opening of the road to other evils’. (Ch. 17: 32). Even the Bible says: “Thou shalt not commit adultery (Exodus 20: 14)

In the above verses we see that The Almighty commands us to avoid adultery, in explicit and unambiguous words. In the Islamic context adultery includes both pre-marital and extra marital sex, hence both are totally prohibited. Therefore, not only is the act of adultery prohibited, but also all the avenues and means leading to the opening of ways leading to these illicit relations.

In today’s world, unfortunately, both of these have almost become an ‘epidemic’ in modern society, with people giving them all sorts of different names, like ‘bit / piece on the side’ in order to justify their lustful, uncontrolled passions and desires. Little do they realise that The Almighty declares: "Say, 'Verily, my Lord has prohibited the shameful deeds, be it open or secret, as well as sins and trespasses against the truth and reason"' (Quran 7: 33).

In our daily lives adultery is a violation of the sacred marital contract; in fact, it is a crime, not against one person but affects individuals, families and the whole of society. A great proportion of marriages that result in divorce these days are as a result of or the main reason for that divorce is linked to illicit affairs, adultery, infidelity and unfaithfulness of one of the partners.

The fall-out from such actions has a long term and even devastating effect on the partners, their children and their families. The greatest tragedy is that children from such a broken home will go through life with this heavy burden in their hearts and it will spawn many negative perceptions of the life ahead. Throughout their lives trust will become just a very difficult concept to practice and believe in.

This action of infidelity erodes the trust and tranquillity that are the foundations of a fulfilling and a happy family life; for adulterers this illicit running around causes mental strain; it undermines peace at home; it corrupts the purity of one’s soul and slowly destroys one’s faith; and finally it exposes the person to the wrath of Allah, in the end resulting in eternal damnation.

Adultery has all the evil characteristics that include lack of piety and lack of one’s honour and more so includes defiance of our religious faith. It is difficult to find an adulterer who at the same time can be pious, as good as his word, truthful, keeps good company or has a sense of honour.

In the teachings of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) he has said: “No one commits adultery while still remaining a believer, for faith is more precious unto Allah than such an evil act”: “When adultery becomes rampant in a nation, Allah will expose them to His punishment.”: “When promiscuous behaviour becomes rampant in a nation, Allah will send upon them such (strange) diseases that their own ancestors never heard of.” If one were to look around at the world today we will realise that some of the sexually transmitted diseases of today have never been heard of just a few years ago. 

In Islam the enormity of adultery is borne out by the fact that its mention has often been made in the Quran together with the gravest of all sins: that is, associating partners with The Almighty. This means that not only is illegal sex prohibited, but also anything that leads to it is also illegal.

Adultery is always committed with other kinds of sins that precede it, accompany it and follow it. For, indeed, it is an open gateway to evil. Those who commit adultery have the audacity to server the blood relationship, to be ungrateful and unkind to their parents and family members, to earn that which is prohibited, to consume intoxicants, to be unjust to people, to lose their spouse and children.

This can lead to many years of heartbreak, mistrust and unhappiness into the lives of all those affected. In some instances to get even they might also have the audacity to kill and perhaps resort to practices of witchcraft and magic and/or commit extremely abominable acts, wittingly or unwittingly.

It is no wonder then that The Almighty has throughout the ages and via His Messengers (peace be upon them all) have always sounded warnings against adultery in so many ways. Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) has often said that adultery is one of the major sins. “O mankind! Beware of fornication/adultery for it entails six dire consequences: three of them relating to this world and three to the next world.

As for the three that are related to this world: it removes the glow of one’s face; brings poverty (constant debt); and reduces the life-span. As for its dire consequences in the next world: it brings on the wrath of Allah upon the person; subjects him to terrible reckoning, and finally becomes the cause of him being cast into the hell-fire”

Besides giving stern reminders for those who transgress the limits and boundaries of The Almighty, the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) also used positive preaching methods to encourage one and all to uphold sound morals and conduct. He said, “Whoever guarantees me that he will guard his chastity, I will guarantee him Paradise”.

Allah Almighty instructs the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh): "Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that will make for greater purity, and God is well acquainted with all they do. And say to the believing woman that they should lower their gaze, and guard their modesty."(Quran 24: 30-31)

This world of today has many temptations that challenge our hearts and minds and it goes without saying that we are faced with them on a daily basis but we must remember that true enjoyment and happiness of a marriage can never be achieved by indulging in that which The Almighty has made forbidden – the pleasure and bounty of The Almighty can only be attained by being obedient to Him. The transient pleasures of this world are indeed of no significance in comparison to the ever-lasting bounties bestowed by The Almighty to the Faithful who remain steadfast at all times.

Allah says in The Holy Quran:  Allah would never change the grace He has bestowed upon a people until they change their own condition. And verily, Allah is all- hearing, all -knowing.” (Quran 8: 53).

Let us hope that we don’t fall into the temptations of an adulterous relationship that is the beginning of a spiral into the destruction of a family unit and the hurt and mistrust that will haunt the concerned partners for a long time to come.

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‘RO, ‘RO ‘RO YOUR ‘BOT

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If I say the word ‘robot’ to you,  I can guess what would immediately spring to mind –  a cute little Android or animal-like creature with human or pet animal characteristics and a ‘heart’, that is to say to say a battery, of gold, the sort we’ve all seen in various movies and  tv shows.  Think R2D2 or 3CPO in Star Wars, Wall-E in the movie of the same name,  Sonny in I Robot, loveable rogue Bender in Futurama,  Johnny 5 in Short Circuit…

Of course there are the evil ones too, the sort that want to rise up and eliminate us  inferior humans – Roy Batty in Blade Runner, Schwarzenegger’s T-800 in The Terminator,  Box in Logan’s Run,  Police robots in Elysium and  Otomo in Robocop.

And that’s to name but a few.  As a general rule of thumb, the closer the robot is to human form, the more dangerous it is and of course the ultimate threat in any Sci-Fi movie is that the robots will turn the tables and become the masters, not the mechanical slaves.  And whilst we are in reality a long way from robotic domination, there are an increasing number of examples of  robotics in the workplace.

ROBOT BLOODHOUNDS Sometimes by the time that one of us smells something the damage has already begun – the smell of burning rubber or even worse, the smell of deadly gas. Thank goodness for a robot capable of quickly detecting and analyzing a smell from our very own footprint.

A*Library Bot The A*Star (Singapore) developed library bot which when books are equipped with RFID location chips, can scan shelves quickly seeking out-of-place titles.  It manoeuvres with ease around corners, enhances the sorting and searching of books, and can self-navigate the library facility during non-open hours.

DRUG-COMPOUNDING ROBOT Automated medicine distribution system, connected to the hospital prescription system. It’s goal? To manipulate a large variety of objects (i.e.: drug vials, syringes, and IV bags) normally used in the manual process of drugs compounding to facilitate stronger standardisation, create higher levels of patient safety, and lower the risk of hospital staff exposed to toxic substances.

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ROBOTS Applications include screw-driving, assembling, painting, trimming/cutting, pouring hazardous substances, labelling, welding, handling, quality control applications as well as tasks that require extreme precision,

AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS Ecrobotix, a Swiss technology firm has a solar-controlled ‘bot that not only can identify weeds but thereafter can treat them. Naio Technologies based in southwestern France has developed a robot with the ability to weed, hoe, and assist during harvesting. Energid Technologies has developed a citrus picking system that retrieves one piece of fruit every 2-3 seconds and Spain-based Agrobot has taken the treachery out of strawberry picking. Meanwhile, Blue River Technology has developed the LettuceBot2 that attaches itself to a tractor to thin out lettuce fields as well as prevent herbicide-resistant weeds. And that’s only scratching the finely-tilled soil.

INDUSTRIAL FLOOR SCRUBBERS The Global Automatic Floor Scrubber Machine boasts a 1.6HP motor that offers 113″ water lift, 180 RPM and a coverage rate of 17,000 sq. ft. per hour

These examples all come from the aptly-named site www.willrobotstakemyjob.com    because while these functions are labour-saving and ripe for automation, the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the workplace will undoubtedly lead to increasing reliance on machines and a resulting swathe of human redundancies in a broad spectrum of industries and services.

This process has been greatly boosted by the global pandemic due to a combination of a workforce on furlough, whether by decree or by choice, and the obvious advantages of using virus-free machines – I don’t think computer viruses count!  For example, it was suggested recently that their use might have a beneficial effect in care homes for the elderly, solving short staffing issues and cheering up the old folks with the novelty of having their tea, coffee and medicines delivered by glorified model cars.  It’s a theory, at any rate.

Already, customers at the South-Korean  fast-food chain No Brand Burger can avoid any interaction with a human server during the pandemic.  The chain is using robots to take orders, prepare food and bring meals out to diners.  Customers order and pay via touchscreen, then their request is sent to the kitchen where a cooking machine heats up the buns and patties. When it’s ready, a robot ‘waiter’ brings out their takeout bag.   

‘This is the first time I’ve actually seen such robots, so they are really amazing and fun,’ Shin Hyun Soo, an office worker at No Brand in Seoul for the first time, told the AP. 

Human workers add toppings to the burgers and wrap them up in takeout bags before passing them over to yellow-and-black serving robots, which have been compared to Minions. 

Also in Korea, the Italian restaurant chain Mad for Garlic is using serving robots even for sit-down customers. Using 3D space mapping and other technology, the electronic ‘waiter,’ known as Aglio Kim, navigates between tables with up to five orders.  Mad for Garlic manager Lee Young-ho said kids especially like the robots, which can carry up to 66lbs in their trays.

These catering robots look nothing like their human counterparts – in fact they are nothing more than glorified food trolleys so using our thumb rule from the movies, mankind is safe from imminent takeover but clearly  Korean hospitality sector workers’ jobs are not.

And right there is the dichotomy – replacement by stealth.  Remote-controlled robotic waiters and waitresses don’t need to be paid, they don’t go on strike and they don’t spread disease so it’s a sure bet their army is already on the march.

But there may be more redundancies on the way as well.  Have you noticed how AI designers have an inability to use words of more than one syllable?  So ‘robot’ has become ‘bot’ and ‘android’ simply ‘droid?  Well, guys, if you continue to build machines ultimately smarter than yourselves you ‘rons  may find yourself surplus to requirements too – that’s ‘moron’ to us polysyllabic humans”!

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