36- Islam and the soul
Is Islam a strict religion, restricts the freedom of the soul and restrain it from enjoying life?
Islam is not a cruel religion, it does not order hardship, it does not agree to extremism in general. It does not bond the soul or prevents its desires or cravings, but it inhibits it from practicing that in ways lead to harm, evil, wickedness and diseases.
For example, Islam allows man to satisfy his sexual desire, but according to legal ways, by marriage, to keep offspring and to keep people healthy away from different diseases that result from illegal sexual practices like AIDS which is the plague of the age.
When Islam orders a Muslim not to drink alcohol, it is because of the different harms proved by medicine to those who drink it, the most dangerous is destroying the liver and spoiling the mind, this leads to irresponsible behaviors.
When Islam orders a Muslim not to eat pork, it is because the type of meat can affect man, a pig is not jealous for its female, so we see people who eat lots of pork are not jealous for their spouses or children, and now we see this so clear among those who eat pork.
So when Islam restricts something it is for high reasons that can be discovered by modern science at such fields. We see that life can be correct and normal only if one follows the method set by Islam.