Q. Do you have sainthood in Islam? Is Allah perceptible to our senses, by ways of meditation, prayers and penance? What is Islams response to free economic market?

A. Brother has asked a question that – what about free market economy? I have given a talk brother… Interest free economy promulgated in the Holy Qur’an. The cassette is available there – You can take the cassette. It shows you how to deal with Economics… Islamic Economics. Malaysia is following it… they are improving, in short. The second… meditation, etc. – Our best form of Ibaadah… the meditation, that we call. You can call meditation…with various words, with various meanings. That’s why, we prefer to keep it out.What we do is…we worship Allah (SWT). One of the forms of worship is, and I described in my talk… Salaah – That is how, do we thank Allah (SWT). And I showed you a brief thing… if you heard the talk, I showed you that one of the medical benefits. But we Muslims, we pray… to thank Allah (SWT), to gain guidance. Besides gaining medical benefits, we get guidance, in the Salaah – What is good, what is wrong… for the human being. Regarding your first question – Is there sainthood in Islam?… there is something like priesthood . But by priesthood… if you mean, by birth – there is nothing like… He is born like a priest… in Islam. Every human being… our beloved Prophet said… Every child is born in Deen-ul-Fitr. Deen-ul-Fitr means… born as a Muslim. Irrespective, whether he is born in a Hindu family, Christian family, or a Muslim family, or Buddhist family… he is born sinless. Every child born is born as sinless. Even a child in the Hindu family, if he dies at the age of five, he is going to go to Paradise, directly. Later on, they may get convinced, with wrong views, etc. – but every child born, is sinless. Regarding priesthood… there is nothing like priesthood birth… or by family. A person who is qualified – Example… we have Imams in our Mosques. A person who can recite well… anyone who is a Muslim, who can recite well, he can be an Imam. A scholar… a person who has more knowledge about a particular field, than you… ask  him for advice. The Qur’an says… Ask the person who knows. So suppose you want to know, what medicine… you will go to a doctor. If you want to know about science… you’ll go to a scientist. If you want to know the Revelation… when it was revealed, etc….the Holy Qur’an…you will go to a Maulana, who is well versed in that field – but there is nothing like…by birth priesthood. We have the Imans, who read the prayers for congregation – We have a leader…but not by birth. Hope that satisfies you, brother. All the human beings are equal. The only thing by which you are superior, is by righteousness. If you are more righteous…you are a superior human being, than another human being. Hope that answers your question.

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Q. As a doctor of medicine, would you think it is right to discriminate against Hindus, on the basis of Religion, for jobs in the Holy land of Saudi Arabia – The advertisements say… Only Muslims and Christians can apply.

A. The doctor has asked a very good question, that can you discriminate among human beings, on the basis of Religion, for a job – like the Ads. in the paper say… Only Muslims…only Christians apply, in Saudi Arabia. I have been to Saudi Arabia – Sister this is theoretical – several times in fact, I complain the opposite. Most of the top posts held by ex-patriots in Saudi Arabia, are Non-Muslims, Hindus and Christians. I complain to them…See you should give equal justice, give us also a opportunity. Muslims are there…sweepers, etc. – But if you analyze, the top posts…I have been to Saudi Arabia, the top most – and we had a similar gathering, in the Tridant Hotel, in Jeddah. It’s a five star hotel, where we called all the white collared Non-Muslims – And the chief guest that time was, the General Manager of Air India. And there we saw the top most – there are few Muslims majority ex-patriots. Ex-patriots means, those who are not citizens of Saudi Arabia. Majority are Non-Muslims… I don’t know why? – I have to ask them. So it’s a misconception. Then, for certain job… for certain job, suppose if you have to offer Salaah in the Mosque, it has to be a Muslim. Non-Muslim cannot read the prayers – So depending upon the job. But the criteria for taking any person should be, the criteria of the job. If you require an accountant… but natural, the accountant should be good. The discrimination is not there in Saudi Arabia – It’s a misconception. Even the top agents, who sent people to Saudi Arabia – they are Hindus. In Bombay, top people, the major… major travel agents – they are Non-Muslims. So it is a misconception, sister… It’s a misconception. If your job is good… if you are a good doctor, whether Muslim or Non-Muslim – If my mother is sick, and if I know there is a Hindu doctor, who is a heart specialist… Who will I go to? I’ll go to the Non-Muslim. Because the Qur’an says… If you don’t know, ask the person who knows. Qur’an says in Surah Nahl, Ch. No. 16, V. No. 43, and Surah Furkan, Ch. 25, V. No. 59, If you are in doubt, ask the person who knows – Go to an expert. Qur’an does not say… Go to a Muslim. Qur’an says… Go to an expert. If the expert is a Muslim, InshaAllah we’ll go to a Muslim – If he is a Non-Muslim, I’ll go to a Non-Muslim. He should be an expert in the field, in which I require help. Hope that answers your question.