By Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
Human sexual desire may be insatiable, the more we indulge in it the stronger it grows, until it destroys us in one form or the other. Unbridled attempts at quenching the sexual thirst is like putting out a fire with gasoline, it only burns with stronger flames!
We should judge any set of teachings, be they secular or religious, by the golden principle given to us by Jesus, may peace be upon him:
By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (Matthew 7:16-20)
“When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
The detailed teachings mentioned in the Holy Quran about chastity are not matched by any other scripture. For details from the Holy Quran, see the book, the Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam.
Seven thousand people sink every day in the dark sea of HIV infection. What can each individual do to save himself or herself from this unfortunate fate!
In most of the Muslim countries the prevalence is fairly low.
With up to half a million football fans expected to visit South Africa for the World Cup, and up to half of South Africa’s prostitutes carrying the HIV virus, fears that Football World Cup could increase spread of HIV infection in 2010 is on the mind of every health care provider in South Africa.
The UN estimates that in South Africa 5.7 million people are HIV positive, more than in any other country. A 2005 University of Michigan study found that 46 percent of female sex workers in Johannesburg had HIV.
For centuries religion significantly influenced human behavior. That gradually eroded in the last century in line with Nietzshe’s predictions, outlined in the article below! Today, sexuality, like alcoholism and pathological gambling has become another addiction.
In July of 2007, myspace.com announced that the online site has found more than 29,000 registered sex offenders among its 180 million members. This may only be the tip of the iceberg. In the last three decades 65 million people have condemned themselves to capital punishment through HIV. HIV/AIDS represents the single greatest humanitarian crisis in modern history. Since the beginning of the epidemic nearly 20 million people have died from the disease. By the end of 2003 over 40 million people were living with HIV/AIDS around the world, including 5 million people who acquired HIV that year. Current projections indicate that an additional 45 million people will become infected by 2010. What leads to such large scale self condemnation?
Promiscuity and sexuality has almost taken a form of addiction. In this article it is reviewed, as to how and why millions have condemned themselves to the misery of HIV infection. How a lack of religiosity or wrong choice in religion, is making people vulnerable to HIV at least in the continent of Africa, is examined in this Muslim Sunrise article.
Read further on page 24 of the Muslim Sunrise winter volume 2007