“ Eschew all sin….”
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
May the peace of Allah be upon you, and may He guide your life. Our topic in this study is the Law of Allah, the “Sharia of Allah” (the Ten Commandments). Many are saying that the Law of Allah, as written in the Ten Commandments, is no longer binding upon mankind today. Some, even among those who claim to be believers, even go so far as to say that Allah has no law– that He has abolished it! Can humans really live without laws?
A Nation without Laws
Can we imagine a nation, let’s say, without traffic laws? Or a nation dismissing all police officers from their law enforcement duties? Even worse, just suppose that a nation chooses to do away with all law. Each man would become free to do whatever he wishes! Would this not cause extreme chaos? Nothing and no one would be safe! Life would turn into a massive scene of horror. Thieves would take that which is another’s without respect for property or life. Surely such an existence would be most undesirable—even unthinkable. Yet, for some reason, some people think that the Ten Commandment Law of Allah is no longer binding!
Imagine telling someone, “Allah doesn’t mind if I have other gods.” How can that even be believed? Or this: “Allah doesn’t mind if I steal my neighbor’s belongings or lie to him or even take his wife from him.” A society based on those standards would surely come quickly to a bloody end.
Friends, has it ever dawned upon mankind that the reason this world is in such difficulty is that far too many have set aside the Law (Sharia of Allah), the Ten Commandments of Allah, as found in the Taurat?
Sura 2.93 Al-Baqarat reminds us of the Law given: “And remember We took your Covenant and We raised above you (the towering height) of Mount (Sinai): (Saying): ‘Hold firmly to what We have given you, and hearken (to the Law)….’” Would the Honored Qur’an tell its readers to “hold firmly to what was given you and hearken to the Law” (of Ten Commandments) and then later say it is no longer binding? Would Allah not offer us knowledge of His guidance and Law in divine compassion, knowing what our end would be without His law?
Is it not time to be honest with ourselves, to accept what the Honored Qur’an says in reference to the Law of Allah? In irrefutable clarity, it instructs us to eschew (avoid) all sin. “Eschew all sin, open or secret: those who earn sin will get due recompense for their ‘earnings.’” Sura 6.120 Al-Anaam.
Lessons from Job (Ayub)
Long ago, ancient men from the East were well aware of what it means to “eschew sin.” These God-fearing men were recognized in the Taurat (Holy Books). The Book of Job (Ayub) 1:1, for example, speaks of a man named Job: “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God [Allah], and eschewed evil [sin].” He was noted by Allah as being the “greatest [most properous] of all men of the east.” Job 1:3. How would this great man have known what evil (sin) is, if he was not instructed in the Law of Allah? Even today, how are we to know what sin is, unless we look at the Law of Allah? Moreover, what is sin? How is it defined, so that we understand what is being discussed here?
The Holy Injeel defines exactly what sin is. Injeel 1John 3:4 states, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” It is obvious, therefore, that a knowledge of Allah and His Law is necessary for us to even understand what sin is. And it is also vital to know what sin is, since it is mentioned well over 70 times in the Qur’an and well over 700 times in the Bible. We need to know that sin—transgression of Allah’s Law– is to be “feared.” Sura 4.25 An-Nisa.
On the other hand, obedience to the Law brings peace. This Law, the Ten Commandments, was given for man’s happiness. If men everywhere obeyed, revered, and respected this Law, how happy and peaceful our world would be. Allah would be honored supremely; everyone’s possessions would be respected; each life would be sacredly guarded. Life on this planet today would be far different, if all held in high regard the Ten Commandments of Allah.
Allah’s Special Ten
In the event the reader is unaware of the Ten Commandments of Allah given to humanity from heaven, we want to include them in this study. We already know that the Law was given long before the time of Moses, for the Taurat says that Ibrahim, the “khalil of Allah,” obeyed Allah’s Laws. The Honored Qur’an calls Ibrahim the “Imam to the nations.” Sura 2.124 Al-Baqara. He is an example of someone following God’s Laws. Taurat Genesis 26:5 states: “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws….” Here we see one from ancient times who was faithful to Allah, one who kept and respected Allah’s Laws. Should we not follow the example of Ibrahim, who is among the Hanif’?
Centuries later, because mankind had forgotten, Allah repeated the Law to Moses upon the towering heights of Mount Sinai. To impress upon the mind of the people the importance and permanence of His Law, Allah Himself wrote them upon tables (tablets) of stone. He would not commit to man this most important task. It was His own handwriting that would be seen.
Below is a list of Allah’s Ten Commandments as recorded in Taurat Exodus 20:1-17: “And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
1. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
3. “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
4. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
5. “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
6. “Thou shalt not kill.
7. “Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. “Thou shalt not steal.
9. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
10. “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”
Thus ends the ten brief laws of Allah from Taurat Exodus 20. They are also listed in Taurat Deuteronomy 5:6-21 and in various other places throughout both the Injeel and the Qur’an.
Forgiveness from Allah
This concern may be frequently on our heart and minds: “What if a man sins? Is there forgiveness with Allah?” The answer is unreservedly “Yes.” If any man sins and then asks for forgiveness, Allah has promised to forgive. But we must ask, be sincere in our repentance, and also be willing to turn from (forsake) the evil. Allah will give us repentance; He will give us a sorrowful heart to the point where we no longer will want to be involved with sin. Notice the words in the Injeel, in Acts 5:31: “Him [Isa al-Masih] hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour [al-fida], for to give repentance … and forgiveness of sins.” It is through Isa al-Masih, whom Allah sent down, that He gives us repentance and forgiveness of sins. Isa became the ransom for sin on behalf of the human race. He is the great gift of Allah! May we take hold of that gift and not reject what was sent down to us! We must not miss this point! It is through Isa al-Masih that we are forgiven! Receive Him!
Isa al-Masih Gives Power
We again turn to that ancient prophet, the one from the East whom the record says “eschewed [turned from] evil.” Job 1:1 (Taurat). How was Job (Ayub) able to do that? How can anyone turn from evil? Does man in himself have the power to do that? Can a man in his own strength fight effectively against Iblis (Satan), the originator and perpetuator of sin? The Taurat records the following in Jeremiah 17:5 NLT: “This is what the LORD says: ‘Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD.’”
With man there is only failure. There is no hope in trusting in ourselves or in another man to recover us from our fallen condition. We can have hope only as we look to Allah and to Him Who was sent down as our helper, Isa al-Masih! Injeel John 1:12 states, “But as many as received him [Isa al-Masih], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
Isn’t that what we all need? Power to resist evil? Power over our sinful habits? Power to do right? Listen, dear friend of Allah. It is through Isa al-Masih that we receive this power from Allah. Injeel 1John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he [Isa al-Masih] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
“And O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him (in repentance): He will send you the skies pouring abundant rain, and add strength to your strength: so turn ye not back in sin!” Sura 11.52 Hud.
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“Eschew (Avoid) all Sin” Sura 6.120 Al-Anaam
R. M. Harnisch