This is my response to a wonderful comment by a fellow student Believer:
Thank you my dear Brother. Your responses and comments in general are always inspiring of greater and deeper thought on any subject matter. With regards to seeing “and not fornicating”; the thought that crossed my mind are the words in the Bible where it reads even if you have "thought" it you have also sinned.
“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (KJV, Matthew 5:28)
So, it is not just the act of violating a divine law or moral in a superficial sense that Jesus is talking about here but, deeper than that! What Jesus is espousing is a deeper law than what meets the eye in superficial judgement of a person’s deeds (actions) but instead, ALLAH (God) is judging our heart’s intentions.
“Allah will not call you to account for what is vain in your oaths, but He will call you to account for what your hearts have earned. And Allah is Forgiving, Forbearing.” (Holy Qur’an 2:225).
When reading the Holy Qur’an as a Muslim, which means one in submission to the will and way of God, we see that anything in thought or action that deviates from God is a violation of His Will, Way and Law that is given to us to govern our lives. It is important to note here the difference between the word ‘adultery’ and ‘fornication’; the moral difference between these two acts is that in adultery it is an act that violates commitment to your spouse in marriage. And, in the act of fornication we are also violating God’s Law but outside of the marriage commitment to a single spouse that we are committed to. In the instance and state of consciousness where as Believers in God we violate any of His Laws we are also committing adultery which is a deeper form of disloyalty to our oaths.
This is what the scriptural meaning of Jesus’ Ministry is really all about. That is that we discipline our hearts intentions to obey the righteous law of God! It seems to me that when we can discipline our hearts’ appetites (desires) then we can prepare our bodies and or persons to receive guidance directly from ALLAH (God). This we see in the scripture of the Bible where it says “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (KJV, Philippians 2:5).
Once again, thank you for your inspiring words. I love dialoguing whether verbally or in writing with expression that causes me to think and study the word of ALLAH (God). I pray my response will prove to be as good for you as it’s been for me (Heavy D)... LOL 😇