Toronto, ON (PRWEB) December 05, 2011
Many people are often confused about what is acceptable sexually within their religions. In the new book, Intimacy and the Sacred: in Muslim Communities (published by iUniverse) Islamic scholar, Shaikh Habeeb Alli, details sexuality and what the Quran and Hadith have to say about it.
“Oftentimes, as Muslims, we are unsure about what is halal, or sinful, with regard to romance, marriage and sexuality,” explains Alli. “These issues have become ever more cogent in this post-modern era where practices such as dating and multiple partnering have become normalized.”
Alli, who has appeared on Vision TV’s new documentary series, “Sex+Religion,” and the radio show, “Sex City,” writes that Islam is far from being a “prudish” religion, as it is viewed by some, and has in fact consistently elaborated upon these topics in core Islamic literature. His book not only clarifies sexuality, but also educates and explains how modern sexuality fits within the Muslim religion.
Excerpt from the chapter, “Pleasure – Is it a Sin?”:
Pleasure seeking and being pleasured are natural dispositions of the human psyche. With a life full of sadness and disappointments, God naturally placed activities in our lives so we may find happiness. Eating, meeting people, and traveling; wearing beautiful clothing, making love and sharing with another, are all acts that bring joy to the heart. Just as spiritual encounter with God evicts a wonderful sound of happy delight, when one is in the realm of ecstasy Heaven and Earth are barely different!
Intimacy and the Sacred will remove Muslims’ doubts about the things they can enjoy sexually within matrimony and within the parameters of their faith. It deals with issues of foreplay, self-satisfaction and love in a dynamic way, without losing the reverence of religious references.
About the Author
Shaikh Habeeb Alli is an author, scholar, poet and educator born in Enmore, Guyana. He grew up in Guyana during his formative years and then pursued his graduate studies in India. He has authored fourteen books on Islam and poetry. In addition, Alli has published numerous articles and has been a guest lecturer at many conferences. He is often invited in the media to speak on Islam and contemporary issues within the Canadian context. Alli is a member of the Canadian Council of Muslim Theologians, Secretary of the Canadian Council of Imams, Governor at the Canadian International Peace Project, an Executive at the Canadian Guyanese Writers Association and a member of the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition.
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