Tuesday, October 31, 2006

How I Came To Love The Veil

By Yvonne Ridley Sunday, October 22, 2006; Page B01
LONDON
I used to look at veiled women as quiet, oppressed creatures -- until I was captured by the Taliban.
In September 2001, just 15 days after the terrorist attacks on the United States, I snuck into Afghanistan, clad in a head-to-toe blue burqa, intending to write a newspaper account of life under the repressive regime. Instead, I was discovered, arrested and detained for 10 days. I spat and swore at my captors; they called me a "bad" woman but let me go after I promised to read the Koran and study Islam. (Frankly, I'm not sure who was happier when I was freed -- they or I.)
Back home in London, I kept my word about studying Islam -- and was amazed by what I discovered. I'd been expecting Koran chapters on how to beat your wife and oppress your daughters; instead, I found passages promoting the liberation of women. Two-and-a-half years after my capture, I converted to Islam, provoking a mixture of astonishment, disappointment and encouragement among friends and relatives.
Now, it is with disgust and dismay that I watch here in Britain as former foreign secretary Jack Straw describes the Muslim nikab -- a face veil that reveals only the eyes -- as an unwelcome barrier to integration, with Prime Minister Tony Blair, writer Salman Rushdie and even Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi leaping to his defense.
Having been on both sides of the veil, I can tell you that most Western male politicians and journalists who lament the oppression of women in the Islamic world have no idea what they are talking about. They go on about veils, child brides, female circumcision, honor killings and forced marriages, and they wrongly blame Islam for all this -- their arrogance surpassed only by their ignorance.
These cultural issues and customs have nothing to do with Islam. A careful reading of the Koran shows that just about everything that Western feminists fought for in the 1970s was available to Muslim women 1,400 years ago. Women in Islam are considered equal to men in spirituality, education and worth, and a woman's gift for childbirth and child-rearing is regarded as a positive attribute.
When Islam offers women so much, why are Western men so obsessed with Muslim women's attire? Even British government ministers Gordon Brown and John Reid have made disparaging remarks about the nikab -- and they hail from across the Scottish border, where men wear skirts.
When I converted to Islam and began wearing a headscarf, the repercussions were enormous. All I did was cover my head and hair -- but I instantly became a second-class citizen. I knew I'd hear from the odd Islamophobe, but I didn't expect so much open hostility from strangers. Cabs passed me by at night, their "for hire" lights glowing. One cabbie, after dropping off a white passenger right in front of me, glared at me when I rapped on his window, then drove off. Another said, "Don't leave a bomb in the back seat" and asked, "Where's bin Laden hiding?"
Yes, it is a religious obligation for Muslim women to dress modestly, but the majority of Muslim women I know like wearing the hijab, which leaves the face uncovered, though a few prefer the nikab. It is a personal statement: My dress tells you that I am a Muslim and that I expect to be treated respectfully, much as a Wall Street banker would say that a business suit defines him as an executive to be taken seriously. And, especially among converts to the faith like me, the attention of men who confront women with inappropriate, leering behavior is not tolerable.
I was a Western feminist for many years, but I've discovered that Muslim feminists are more radical than their secular counterparts. We hate those ghastly beauty pageants, and tried to stop laughing in 2003 when judges of the Miss Earth competition hailed the emergence of a bikini-clad Miss Afghanistan, Vida Samadzai, as a giant leap for women's liberation. They even gave Samadzai a special award for "representing the victory of women's rights."
Some young Muslim feminists consider the hijab and the nikab political symbols, too, a way of rejecting Western excesses such as binge drinking, casual sex and drug use. What is more liberating: being judged on the length of your skirt and the size of your surgically enhanced breasts, or being judged on your character and intelligence? In Islam, superiority is achieved through piety -- not beauty, wealth, power, position or sex.
I didn't know whether to scream or laugh when Italy's Prodi joined the debate last week by declaring that it is "common sense" not to wear the nikab because it makes social relations "more difficult." Nonsense. If this is the case, then why are cellphones, landlines, e-mail, text messaging and fax machines in daily use? And no one switches off the radio because they can't see the presenter's face.
Under Islam, I am respected. It tells me that I have a right to an education and that it is my duty to seek out knowledge, regardless of whether I am single or married. Nowhere in the framework of Islam are we told that women must wash, clean or cook for men. As for how Muslim men are allowed to beat their wives -- it's simply not true. Critics of Islam will quote random Koranic verses or hadith, but usually out of context. If a man does raise a finger against his wife, he is not allowed to leave a mark on her body, which is the Koran's way of saying, "Don't beat your wife, stupid."
It is not just Muslim men who must reevaluate the place and treatment of women. According to a recent National Domestic Violence Hotline survey, 4 million American women experience a serious assault by a partner during an average 12-month period. More than three women are killed by their husbands and boyfriends every day -- that is nearly 5,500 since 9/11.
Violent men don't come from any particular religious or cultural category; one in three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime, according to the hotline survey. This is a global problem that transcends religion, wealth, class, race and culture.
But it is also true that in the West, men still believe that they are superior to women, despite protests to the contrary. They still receive better pay for equal work -- whether in the mailroom or the boardroom -- and women are still treated as sexualized commodities whose power and influence flow directly from their appearance.
And for those who are still trying to claim that Islam oppresses women, recall this 1992 statement from the Rev. Pat Robertson, offering his views on empowered women: Feminism is a "socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."
Now you tell me who is civilized and who is not.
hermosh@aol.com
Yvonne Ridley is political editor of Islam Channel TV in London and coauthor
of "In the Hands of the Taliban: Her Extraordinary Story" (Robson Books).
© 2006 The Washington Post Company

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Kindness To The Parents

An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.
The father asked his son, "What is this?" The son replied "It is a crow". After a few minutes, the father asked his sonthe 2nd time, "What is this?" The son said "Father, I have just now told you" It's a crow".
After a little while, the old father again asked his son the 3rd time, what is this?"
At this time some expression of irritation was felt in the son's tone when he said to his father with a rebuff. "It's a crow, a crow".
A little after, the father again asked his son the 4th time, "What is this?"
This time the son shouted at his father, "Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times 'IT IS A CROW'. Are you not able to understand this?"
A little later the father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his son was born. On opening a page, he asked his son to read that page. When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary:-
"Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window. My Son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a crow. I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times. I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child".
While the little child asked him 23 times "What is this", the father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the father asked his son the same question just 4 times, the son felt irritated and annoyed.
Allah s.w.t says:
“Thy Lord hath decreed, that ye worship none save Him, and (that ye show) kindness to parents. If one of them or
both of them to attain old age with thee, say not "Fie" unto them nor repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word.
And lower unto them the wing of submission through mercy, and say: My Lord! Have mercy on them both as they
did care for me when I was little”. (Surah Bani Isra’el (17); Ayah # 23~24)
So……
If your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but! Speak to them a gracious word; be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents. From today say this aloud, "I want to see myparents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me. They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make me a person presentable in the society today".
Say a prayer to God, "I will serve my old parents in the BEST way. I will say all good and kind words to my dear parents, no matter how they behave.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Islamophobia or Israeli-Phelia?!

Islamophobia or Just Israeli-Phelia?!

Abraham Lincoln was shot by a Christian

John Kennedy was shot by a Christian

John Lennon was shot by a Christian

Charles De Gaulle was shot-at by a Christian

The Kings of France were beheaded by Christians

Ronald Reagan was shot-at by a Christian

Dr. Martin-Luther King Jr. was shot by a Christian

Nelson Mandela was jailed by Christians

Marilyn Monroe was poisoned by a Christian

Mahatma Gandhi was enslaved by Christians

Al Capone, Jack the Ripper, Dr. Frankenstein & the Klu Klux Klan were all Christians

Africa was robbed and colonised by Christians

South & North America were robbed and colonised by Christians

Asia was robbed and colonised by Christians

Hiroshima & Nagasaki were bombed by Christians

Jerusalem was robbed by Christian-Crusaders & 900 years later, robbed by Jews

World War One & Two were done all by Christians and in spite of all that , We never hear that Christianity, itself, has being blamed for the above.

And now, for what can we blame Islam??Let us try, some convenient- Islamophobia , just for the sake of Islamophobia.... or for the sake of Israeli-PheliaAB

"For to us will be their return; then it will be for us to call them to account."
(Holy Quran 88:25-26)

Farewell Khutbah for the Last Friday of Ramadan by Allah's Servant, Abdul Hamid

Farewell Khutbah for the Last Friday of Ramadan
In the Name of Almighty Allah,Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu

Al Hamdu Lillaahi Rabbil 'Aalameen was Salaatu
was Salaamu 'alaa Ashrafil Anbiyaa'e wal Mursaleen

Wa Ba'd:

1. All Praise is due to Almighty Allah, the Bounteous King; He is the Mighty,Omnipotent, Gracious and Obliging, Who reveals Himself everyday in adifferent state. I always praise Him, and am thankful to Him secretly andopenly. I bear witness that no one is worthy of worship but Almighty AllahSubhanahu Wata'ala. He is One and has no partner. This is the testimonywhich I sincerely believe with my heart and tongue. I also bear witness thatour Spiritual Chief, our Apostle, and our Friend Nabee Muhammad SallallahooAlayhi Wasallam is the Servant and True Messenger, whom Almighty Allah sentwith True Guidance and explanation (of Truth).

2. O People who are present here! The Month of Ramadan is coming to an end;where are the eyes that will weep and where are the hearts that will humblethemselves by the fear of Almighty Allah, the Bounteous King? You have heardthis so many times from the Most Holy and Noble Qur'an: "All the creatureswill certainly die." Now the time of the departure of the month of Ramadanis very near and with you it will stay just like a night-guest, or like adeparting beloved. Never forget that the separation of good friends is avery bitter thing; so where are those who will perform as many good deedsduring this month? Undoubtedly those who have fasted, have collected greatbenefits and the transgressors are the losers.

3. O Ummatul Muslimeen! Bid farewell to this month with sighs, with cries and constant weeping when you say: "Salaam to you, O month of Revelation: Salaamto you O Month of Forgiveness (of Allah) and release from Jahannum! Salaamto you O Month of the Illumination of Hearts! Salaam to you, O Month ofcompensation of past sins! Salaam to you, O Sacred month, wherein lies anight which is better than a thousand months! Fortunate indeed is the onewho took for his or her companion one who helped himor her in the worship of Almighty Allah during this great night of Tawbah and Forgiveness.

4. Allah be Praised! Glad tidings are for him or her who endeavoured in Ibadahduring the Night of a thousand months - the Sacred Night of Lailatul Qadr. Iswear by Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen that this is the grand night to beclean of wrongdoing; and of forgiveness and generosity of Almighty Allah;and the Night of Remembrance of Almighty Allah Jalllah Wa'ala Most Mercifuland Exalted. A Night of Ibadah and a night of discharging our Zakat to the poor, the needy, the orphan, the wayfarer, the destitute and the underprivileged.

5. O you who believe! Welcome this Great and auspicious Night of Glory with ahigh and noble aim and with a strong will to worship and please our MostGlorious Creator and Sustainer. So many positions are raised on this greatnight; so many calamities are removed and so many repentance accepted; andso many good desires are fulfilled. Almighty Allah has sworn in His ownwords: "Ha Meen! I swear by the manifest Book [of Truth], that We sent itdown during the Blessed night [of Ramadan]".

6. The sacredness of this great night is due to the coming down of AlmightyAllah's Mercy and Bounty, and the acceptance of our Ibadah, oursupplications, our Duah's and our good deeds for the night is also named"The Night of release from the fires of Jahannum and the night of AlmightyAllah's Mercy. Rewards and sustenance from our Glorious Maker is distributed during this grand night and our lives are prolonged or shortened. This isthe Night wherein our Most Merciful and Exalted Lord addresses all true believers:

"Is there anyone who will beg for My forgiveness?
Is there anyone who will repent, for I will accept
his or her repentance? Is there anyone who will
ask his or her needs of Me, for I will give him or
her whatever is asked."

7. Salaam, Salaam, O Month of Ramadan! Salaam to you, O Month of Ramadan!Salaam to you, O Sacred month, whose nights are blessed by Almighty Allah,and are a means of one's past sins! Salaam to you, O Month of Virtue andBlessings of Almighty Allah: Salaam to you, O Month of Charity and offasting! Salaam to you, O Month of Ibadah, Tarawee and remembrance of Allah!Salaam to you, O Month of Takbir and glorification of Allah!

8. Salaam to you, O Honourable Visitor, whom we have welcomed(enthusiastically). O Traveller, we bid you an honourable farewell. Salaam,Salaam, O Month of Ramadan! Blessed are you O Month of Ramadan. O Month ofRamadan! We do not know whether you will be a witness for us, or against us(on the Day of Judgement). This is your last interview with us; we do notknow whether you will return to us (in our lifetime) or whether death willoverpower us. O Month of Ramadan! How fortunate is the person, to whom youwill return with blessings of Almighty Allah, and how fortunate is the one,against whose misdeeds you will be a witness (on the Day of Judgement!).

9. May Almighty Allah bless our Masaajids' with your presence for a long time,and may He light our lamps with your divine light. The performance ofTarawee is coming to an end, and our lamps are going to be put off (by yourdeparture). No one will wait for Iftaar, and no one will see the stars forhis or her Suhuur. For a time our bellies were under your command, and oureyes were kept awake in constant Ibadah. Undoubtedly, we are for Almighty Allah, and to Him we will all return! Oh! How sad will be your departure and separation from us. The day of your departure will be sorrowful for all of us.

10. May Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen take mercy on the person who bid farewellto Ramadan with repentance and devotion. All of you should say: "O AlmightyAllah! Let us be among those who have attained salvation during the Holymonth of Ramadan. Deliver us from the fires of Jahannum, by the honour ofRamadan. Pardon us with Your Mercy, O Most Merciful of those who show Mercy.And all praise is due to Almighty Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. I seekrefuge in Almighty Allah, from Shaytaan the rejected one. (Says AlmightyAllah in the Holy Qur'an)! "The pious will reside in an abode of Peace, in Jannah (with) fountains; they will be dressed in brocade and silk, as theysit before each other.

11. And all Praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. We seek refugein Allah from Shaytaan, the rejected one. Says Allah in the Most HolyQur'an: "Ramadan is the Sacred Month wherein the the Most Holy Qur'an hasbeen sent down, which is a true guidance for mankind, and contains manifest Signs of the Right Path, and, is a distinction between Good and Evil."

12. Salaam, Salaam O Holy month of Ramadan.
Salaam, Salaam O Month of Ramadan.

13. "Subahana Rabieka Rabiel Iezzatie Amma YaseefoonWasalamoon Alal Moersaleem Wal Hamdoelillahi RabbielAla'meen Bierahmatika Ya Arahammar Raheemeen."

Ameen Ya Rabbal Ala'meen.

Baarak Allaahu Feekum wa-sal Allaahu wa-Sallam 'alaa
Nabiyyina Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.
Was Salamualaykum
Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu
Abdul Hamid.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Farewell Khutbah for the Last Friday of Ramadan by Allah's servant: Abdul Hamid

In the Name of Almighty Allah,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu

Farewell Khutbah for the Last Friday of Ramadan
and for the Night of Laylatul Qadr...the Night of aThousand Months.

Al Hamdu Lillaahi Rabbil 'Aalameen
was Salaatuwas Salaamu 'alaa Ashrafil
Anbiyaa'e wal Mursaleen
Wa Ba'd:
1. All Praise is due to Almighty Allah, the Bounteous King; He is the Mighty,Omnipotent, Gracious and Obliging, Who reveals Himself everyday in adifferent state. I always praise Him, and am thankful to Him secretly andopenly. I bear witness that no one is worthy of worship but Almighty AllahSubhanahu Wata'ala. He is One and has no partner. This is the testimonywhich I sincerely believe with my heart and tongue. I also bear witness thatour Spiritual Chief, our Apostle, and our Friend Nabee Muhammad SallallahooAlayhi Wasallam is the Servant and True Messenger, whom Almighty Allah sentwith True Guidance and explanation (of Truth).

2. O People who are present here! The Month of Ramadan is coming to an end;where are the eyes that will weep and where are the hearts that will humblethemselves by the fear of Almighty Allah, the Bounteous King? You have heardthis so many times from the Most Holy and Noble Qur'an: "All the creatureswill certainly die." Now the time of the departure of the month of Ramadanis very near and with you it will stay just like a night-guest, or like adeparting beloved. Never forget that the separation of good friends is avery bitter thing; so where are those who will perform as many good deeds during this month? Undoubtedly those who have fasted, have collected greatbenefits and the transgressors are the losers.

3. O Ummatul Muslimeen! Bid farewell to this month with sighs, with cries and constant weeping when you say: "Salaam to you, O month of Revelation: Salaamto you O Month of Forgiveness (of Allah) and release from Jahannum! Salaamto you O Month of the Illumination of Hearts! Salaam to you, O Month ofcompensation of past sins! Salaam to you, O Sacred month, wherein lies anight which is better than a thousand months! Fortunate indeed is the onewho took for his or her companion one who helped him or her in the worshipof Almighty Allah during this great night of Tawbah and Forgiveness.

4. Allah be Praised! Glad tidings are for him or her who endeavoured in Ibadahduring the Night of a thousand months - the Sacred Night of Lailatul Qadr. Iswear by Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen that this is the grand night to beclean of wrongdoing; and of forgiveness and generosity of Almighty Allah;and the Night of Remembrance of Almighty Allah Jalllah Wa'ala Most Mercifuland Exalted. A Night of Ibadah and a night of discharging our Zakat to thepoor, the needy, the orphan, the wayfarer, the destitute and the underprivileged.

5. O you who believe! Welcome this Great and auspicious Night of Glory with ahigh and noble aim and with a strong will to worship and please our MostGlorious Creator and Sustainer. So many positions are raised on this greatnight; so many calamities are removed and so many repentance accepted; andso many good desires are fulfilled. Almighty Allah has sworn in His ownwords: "Ha Meen! I swear by the manifest Book [of Truth], that We sent itdown during the Blessed night [of Ramadan]".

6. The sacredness of this great night is due to the coming down of AlmightyAllah's Mercy and Bounty, and the acceptance of our Ibadah, oursupplications, our Duah's and our good deeds for the night is also named"The Night of release from the fires of Jahannum and the night of AlmightyAllah's Mercy. Rewards and sustenance from our Glorious Maker is distributedduring this grand night and our lives are prolonged or shortened. This isthe Night wherein our Most Merciful and Exalted Lord addresses all truebelievers:

7. "Is there anyone who will beg for My forgiveness?
Is there anyone who will repent, for I will accepthis or her repentance? Is there anyone who willask his or her needs of Me, for I will give him orher whatever is asked."
8. Salaam, Salaam, O Month of Ramadan! Salaam to you, O Month of Ramadan!Salaam to you, O Sacred month, whose nights are blessed by Almighty Allah,and are a means of one's past sins! Salaam to you, O Month of Virtue andBlessings of Almighty Allah: Salaam to you, O Month of Charity and offasting! Salaam to you, O Month of Ibadah, Tarawee and remembrance of Allah!Salaam to you, O Month of Takbir and glorification of Allah!
9. Salaam to you, O Honourable Visitor, whom we have welcomed (enthusiastically). O Traveller, we bid you an honourable farewell. Salaam,Salaam, O Month of Ramadan! Blessed are you O Month of Ramadan. O Month ofRamadan! We do not know whether you will be a witness for us, or against us(on the Day of Judgement). This is your last interview with us; we do notknow whether you will return to us (in our lifetime) or whether death willoverpower us. O Month of Ramadan! How fortunate is the person, to whom youwill return with blessings of Almighty Allah, and how fortunate is the one,against whose misdeeds you will be a witness (on the Day of Judgement!).
10. May Almighty Allah bless our Masaajids' with your presence for a long time,and may He light our lamps with your divine light. The performance of Tarawee is coming to an end, and our lamps are going to be put off (by your departure). No one will wait for Iftaar, and no one will see the stars forhis or her Suhuur. For a time our bellies were under your command, and oureyes were kept awake in constant Ibadah. Undoubtedly, we are for Almighty Allah, and to Him we will all return! Oh! How sad will be your departure andseparation from us. The day of your departure will be sorrowful for all of us.
11. May Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen take mercy on the person who bid farewell to Ramadan with repentance and devotion. All of you should say: "O AlmightyAllah! Let us be among those who have attained salvation during the Holy month of Ramadan. Deliver us from the fires of Jahannum, by the honour of Ramadan. Pardon us with Your Mercy, O Most Merciful of those who show Mercy. And all praise is due to Almighty Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. I seekrefuge in Almighty Allah, from Shaytaan the rejected one. (Says AlmightyAllah in the Holy Qur'an)! "The pious will reside in an abode of Peace, inJannah (with) fountains; they will be dressed in brocade and silk, as theysit before each other.
12. And all Praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. We seek refuge in Allah from Shaytaan, the rejected one. Says Allah in the Most HolyQur'an: "Ramadan is the Sacred Month wherein the the Most Holy Qur'an hasbeen sent down, which is a true guidance for mankind, and contains manifestSigns of the Right Path, and, is a distinction between Good and Evil."
13. Salaam, Salaam O Holy month of Ramadan.Salaam, Salaam O Month of Ramadan.
14. "Subahana Rabieka Rabiel Iezzatie Amma YaseefoonWasalamoon Alal Moersaleem Wal Hamdoelillahi RabbielAla'meen Bierahmatika Ya Arahammar Raheemeen."
Ameen Ya Rabbal Ala'meen.
Baarak Allaahu Feekum
wa-sal Allaahu wa-Sallam 'alaaNabiyyina Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.
Was Salamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,
Abdul Hamid.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The greatness of ALLAH

An Example of The Greatness of Allah
We learn from Verse 39:67 that the greatness of Allah is far beyond human comprehension - the verse states that all the universes are "folded within God's hand."
We know that our universe is the smallest and innermost of all universes. Meanwhile, our scientific advances have shown us that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is 100,000 light years across, and that our universe contains a billion such galaxies and a billion trillion stars, plus countless decillions of heavenly bodies. Our universe is estimated to span distances in excess of 20,000,000,000 light years.
Count the Stars! If we take only a quintillion [1,000,000,000,000,000,000] of the stars (while it may sound a great quantity, but in reality there are countless more stars than just this) and simply only count them [from zero to quintillion] one count per second, day and night, this will take 32 billion years (more than the age of the universe). That is how long it will take to just "count" them; but Allah "created" them.
What we cannot even "count" Allah "created" them.
SUCH is the greatness of Allah!!

Tauba

Tauba
Allah loves a believer who seeks forgiveness by asking for Tauba and Istaghfar. Tauba is among the most praiseworthy acts of virtue for the believers.

Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His servants than a person who found his lost camel in a waterless desert. In fact, Allah loves to see the believer repent more than He hates to see him sin. The Prophet said “If you were not to commit sins, Allah would have swept you out of existence and would have replaced you by another people who have committed sin, and then asked forgiveness from Allah.”

Allah says: “My mercy predominates my wrath.” Allah accepts the repentance of a believer for as long as he is not at the point of death. He (or she) who repents of a sin is like him who has committed no sin. Indeed Allah loves a believing servant who sins and then realizes his mistake and greatly repents with a true heart and seeks His forgiveness, mercy, and intends with a true heart to never repeat the sin.

When a believer commits a sin and seeks Tauba, Allah becomes so happy and says: "My servant committed a sin and then he came to realize that he has a Lord who holds the sinner responsible and accountable, and also that He has a Lord who forgives the sins if asked for forgiveness: So let him be forgiven"

Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, says: I live in the thought of My servant and I am with him when he remembers Me. When he draws near Me by the span of his hand, I draw near him by the length of a cubit, and when he draws near Me by the length of a cubit I draw near him by the length of a fathom and when he draws near Me walking I draw close to him hurriedly.

Believers are on a path of continual improvement. People do make mistakes, but believers analyze their mistakes and take positive actions to correct them. This examination is critical for creating purity in every action. In this way, believers develop a lifestyle which is firmly grounded in the principles of faith, and as loved by Allah and His Prophet. All the sons of Adam are sinners, but the best of sinners are those who repent.

Dua: Oh Allah, let us become better Muslims by repenting for our sins, major and minor, intentionally or unintentionally, openly or secretly, and accept our repentance, and save us from repeating our sins. Aameen.

An Example of Allah's greatness

An Example of
The Greatness of Allah

We learn from Verse 39:67 that the greatness of Allah is far beyond human comprehension - the verse states that all the universes are "folded within God's hand."
We know that our universe is the smallest and innermost of all universes. Meanwhile, our scientific advances have shown us that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is 100,000 light years across, and that our universe contains a billion such galaxies and a billion trillion stars, plus countless decillions of heavenly bodies. Our universe is estimated to span distances in excess of 20,000,000,000 light years.


Count the Stars!
If we take only a quintillion [1,000,000,000,000,000,000] of the stars (while it may sound a great quantity, but in reality there are countless more stars than just this) and simply only count them [from zero to quintillion] one count per second, day and night, this will take 32 billion years (more than the age of the universe). That is how long it will take to just "count" them; but Allah "created" them.


What we cannot even "count" Allah "created" them. SUCH is the greatness of Allah!!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Attacks On Islam Come Fast & Furious

Assaults on Islam Come Fast and Furious
Linda Heard, sierra12th@yahoo.co.uk
It's becoming hard to keep up with the steady stream of attacks on Islamicor its traditions coming out of the mouths of Western political andreligious leaders. It's almost as though hunting season has been declared ona quarter of the world's population, with the most unlikely individualsqueuing to take pot shots.Within just one year we've witnessed Danish cartoons denigrating the Prophet(peace be upon him), the self-styled leader of the so-called free worlddeclaring war on "Islamic Fascists", his subservient buddy across the pondpromising to combat "an evil ideology", and Pope Benedict getting in a digagainst Islam by quoting an obscure 14th century Byzantine emperor.Then last week, there was once again something rotten in the state ofDenmark when the youth wing of the Danish People's Party organized acompetition for "the most demeaning depictions of the Prophet", shown onstate-run television. British politicians have also jumped into the fraywith both feet. Last month, Home Secretary John Reid lectured BritishMuslims on how to teach their children not to hate.Then last week, the former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw admitted he hasasked female Muslim constituents to remove their niqabs a covering thatexposes only the eyes while visiting his constituency office. He describedit as a bar to effective personal communication as well as an obstacle tointer-community relations. Many moderate British Muslims were sympathetic atfirst, but that soon changed when Straw later disclosed his desire to seeMuslim women abandoning the head scarf or hijab. What was he thinking? Thisis a man known to carefully weigh his words and who has had close contactwith Muslims for many years.He must have been aware of the sensitivities surrounding this subject andcould hardly have forgotten the outcry when France banned female studentsfrom covering their heads. In fairness, Straw stressed there should be nocompulsion and he was merely expressing his personal viewpoint, but othershave latched on to his words to suit their own bigoted agendas.The racist British National Party said it has been calling for a change inMuslim dress code for some time and accused Straw of diminishing theirpolitical capital. A group of young thugs threw a newspaper at a terrifiedyoung Muslim girl, saying Jack wants you to take off your veil, while a45-year-old woman suffered the indignity of having hers grabbed from herhead.Even worse, a Tory MP is advocating a change in the law to ban the wearingof the veil so as to preserve Britain's 'Christian heritage'.When Muslims reacted strongly to George W. Bush's use of the word 'Crusade'post-Sept. 11, they were generally accused of being oversensitive but fiveyears on it looks as though their worst fears might be materializing.Indeed, this anti-Islamic momentum is being embraced by right-wing partiesthroughout Europe.In the run-up to Austria's parliamentary poll in October, Jorg Haider'sFreedom Party has taken to scaremongering. Depicting Islam as a threat toAustria's Christian identity it has produced an advertisement showing anIslamic crescent above an ancient church with this words: 'This is the truehidden desire of Muslims'.This comes on the heels of the country's interior minister calling for thebanning of hijab-clad teachers and asserting that 45 percent of Muslimswithin Austria defy assimilation. In Belgium, the right-wing party VlaamaBelang has put aside its anti-Semitism in favor of attacking Islam and indoing so has gained an increasingly large Jewish vote, especially amongAntwerp's Hassidic Jewish community. The editor of Het Volk insulted thelocal Muslim community by referring to it as 'a breeding ground forthousands of Jihad candidates'.Germany's Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries admitted earlier this year thatmany Germans wrongly associate Islam with terrorism, saying, 'Many Muslimsare faced with discrimination because of their faith as some people link theMuslim faith automatically with Al-Qaeda and terrorism.' Results of a polljointly conducted earlier this year by the Washington Post and ABC News wereshocking. Apparently 46 percent of Americans think poorly of Islam with 40percent admitting to feeling prejudice against Muslims. Some 22 percentwould not want Muslims as neighbors.Where did all this hatred come from and how can the tide be turned? Ibelieve it has its roots in America's reaction to 9-11. The 19 who committedthat heinous crime weren't called criminals. They weren't even calledterrorists but rather 'Islamic terrorists' whereas members of, say, the IRAor the Basque separatist group ETA was never referred to as 'Christianterrorists'. Thus the words "Islamic" and "terrorist" became enjoined in theminds of the ill informed.As to the cure, Muslims are divided. Moderates call for inter-religiousdialogue. They believe the xenophobic masses could benefit fromunderstanding the essence of Islam. Other Muslims believe their leadersshould get tough with such Western counterparts who aren't doing enough toquench the flames. Fundamentalists burn flags or turn to violence, playingright into the hands of those orchestrating an anti-Islamic agenda.Personally, I believe there needs to be a shift change both on PennsylvaniaAvenue and on Downing Street. Hopefully the next shift won't be in thebusiness of manufacturing enemies and invading nations on false pretexts.Until then, Muslims in the West should brace themselves. Sadly, in the shortterm, there may be worse to come

Letter From Satan...

>**This can really make you think. It actually
>made me mad while I was reading it, but I had to
>send it because of the P.S. This is deep... and I
>wasn't going to forward or share it, but that
>last
>line... you'll see. **********
>
>It really made me think woah!! damn,is satan
>around me???? ya Allah , Forgive me..
>
>A LETTER TO YOU FROM SATAN
>I saw you yesterday as you began your daily
>chores.
>You awoke without kneeling to pray Fajr.
>As a matter of fact, you didn't even say
>Bismillah
>before your meals, or
>pray Isha before going to bed last night.
>You are so unthankful, I like that about you.
>I cannot tell you how glad I am that you have not
>changed your way of living,
>Fool, you are mine.
>Remember, you and I have been going steady for
>years,
>and I still don't love you yet.
>As a matter of fact, I hate you, because I hate
>Allah.
>I am only using you to get even with Allah.
>He kicked me out of heaven, and I'm going to use
>you as long as possible
> to pay him back.
>You see, Fool, ALLAH LOVES YOU and HE has great
>plans in store for you.
>But you have yielded your life to me,
>and I'm going to make your life a living hell.
>That way, we'll be together twice.
>This will really hurt Allah.
>Thanks to you, I'm really showing Him who's boss
>in your life
>with all of the good times we've had.
>We have been watching dirty movies, cursing
>people
>out, stealing,
>lying, being hypocritical, fornicating,
>overeating, telling dirty jokes,
>gossiping, being judgmental, back stabbing
>people,
>disrespecting adults,
>and those in leadership positions, no respect for
>the Mosque, bad attitudes.
>SURELY you don't want to give all this up.
>Come on, Fool, let's burn together forever.
>I've got some hot plans for us.
>This is just a letter of appreciation from me to
>you.
>I'd like to say "THANKS" for letting me use you
>for most of your foolish life.
>You are so gullible, I laugh at you.
>When you are tempted to sin, you give in HA HA
>HA,
>you make me sick.
>Sin is beginning to take its toll on your life.
>You look 20 years older, and now, I need new
>blood.
>So go ahead and teach some children how to sin.
>All you have to do is smoke, get drunk or drink
>while under-aged,
>cheat, gamble, gossip, fornicate, and live being
>as selfish as possible.
>Do all of this in the presence of children and
>they will do it too.
>Kids are like that.
>Well, Fool, I have to let you go for now.
>I'll be back in a couple of seconds to tempt you
>again.
>If you were smart, you would run somewhere,
>repent
>for your sins,
>and live for Allah with what little bit of life
>that you have left.
>It's not my nature to warn anyone, but to be your
>age and still sinning,
>it's becoming a bit ridiculous.
>Don't get me wrong, I still hate you.
>IT'S JUST THAT YOU'D MAKE A BETTER FOOL FOR
>ALLAH.
>PS If you really love me, you won't share this letter with anyone.

Propagandic Media

>>A man is taking a walk in Central park in New York.
>>
>>Suddenly he sees a little girl being attacked by a pit bull dog. He runs
>>overand starts fighting with the dog. He succeeds in killing thedog and
>>saving the girl's life.
>>
>>A policeman who was watchingthescenewalks over and says:"You are a
>>hero, tomorrow you can read it inall the newspapers: "Brave New Yorker
>>saves the life oflittlegirl"
>>
>>
>>
>>The man says: “But I am not a New Yorker!”
>>
>>"Oh thenitwill say in newspapers in the morning: Brave American
>>saveslifelittle girl" - the policeman answers.
>>
>>"But I am not anAmerican!" - says the man.
>>
>>
>>
>>"Oh, what are you then?" the policeman asked.
>>
>>
>>
>>The man says:- "I am a Pakistani!"
>>
>>The next day the newspapers say: "Islamicextremist kills innocent
>>American dog!"

The Fake Quran (Important News!!! Please Inform as many people as possible)

You Cant Ignore this, send it to as many muslims as u can.
The new AMERICAN Quran: a dangerous trick A new Quran
is being distributed in Kuwait, titled "The True Furqan".
It is being described as the ayats of the Shaytan and Al-Furqan weekly magazine has found out that the two American printing companies;
'Omega 2001' and 'Wine Press' are involved in the publishing of
'The True Furqan', a book which has also been titled
'The 21st Century Quran'!
It is over 366 pages and is in both the Arabic and English languages...
it is being
distributed to our children in Kuwait in the private
English schools!
The book contains 77 Surats, which
include Al-Fatiha, Al-Jana and Al-Injil. Instead of
Bismillah, each Surat begins with a longer vesion of
this incorporating the Christian belief of the three
spirits.
And this so called
Quran opposes many Islamic
beliefs. in one of its ayats it describes having more
than one wife as fornication, divorce being
non-permissable and it uses a new system for the
sharing out of the will, opposing the current one. It
states that Jihad is HARAAM
This book even goes as far as attacking Allah,
Subhanahu wa Tahala!
All this is poisoning our children at approx. $3.
Brothers and Sisters please make sure you forward this
to as many people as possible so that we can
stop this dangerous trick.
Please tell everyone you know and may Allah reward
you.

Signs Of The Day Of Judgement (Forwarded Email)

Stop
Just remember-Allah is watching you.
If we could get arrested for being a Muslim,wouldthe police have enough evidence to bring us in?Why is it so hard to tell the truth but yet so easy to tell a lie?
Why are we so sleepy in mosque but right when the prayer is over, we suddenly wake up?
Why is it so hard to talk about Allah but yet so easy to talk about nasty stuff?
Why is it so boring to look at a Islamic Article but yet so easy to look at a nasty one?
Why is it so easy to delete a Godly e-mail but yet we forward all of the nasty ones?Why are the mosque's getting smaller, but yet the dance clubs are getting larger?
Just remember-Allah is watching you.
Prayer Wheel, Let's see the devil stop this one! Here's what the wheel is all about. When you receive this, say a prayer for the person that sent it to you....

There are no costs, but wonderful rewards....


Let's continue praying for one another.As we look at this article we realise how true the Messenger(P.B.U.H) was these signs were prophesized 1400 years ago!!!

Take a look.... Now this is scary!!!!
* Camels will no longer be used as a means of transport;
* People will ride on saddles that aren't saddles (cars?)
* The distance on earth will become short;
* Horses will not be used in wars;
* Muslims will defeat the Byzantines which will end with the conquest of Constantinople Istanbul);
* The Jews will gather again to live in Bilad Canaan;
* Very tall buildings will be built;
* The disappearance of knowledge and the appearance of ignorance, with much killing;
* Adultery will become widespread, and the drinking of wine will become common;
* The number of men will decrease and the number of women will increase until there are 50 women to be looked after by one man.
* Islam will become worn out like clothes are, until no one will know what fasting, prayer, charity and rituals are;
* Allah will send a disease to fornicators that will have no cure (Aids?);
* People will begin to believe in the stars and reject AL QADAR (THE DIVINE DECREE OF DESTINY);
* Men will pass by people's graves and say: "Would that I were in his place"; (large amount of sucidal deaths?)
* The Euphrates will uncover a mountain of gold for which people will fight over (the river of Alfurat that lies near Syria);
* Two large groups of people will fight one another, and there will be many casualties; they will both be following the same religion (World War II?);
* Approximately 30 DAJJALS will appear, each one claiming to be the messenger of ALLAH;
* Earthquakes will increase;
* Time will pass quickly;
* Afflictions will appear;
* Killing will increase;
* Wealth will increase;
* Women will be wearing clothes but not wearing clothes
* THE PROPHET (saw) SAID: "IF MY UMMAH BEARS 15 TRAITS (QUALITIES),TRIBULATION WILL FOLLOW IT."

DAY OF JUDGEMENT) SOMEONE ASKED,"WHAT ARE THEY O MESSENGER OF ALLAH?" HE (saw) SAID:

* When any gain is shared out only among the rich, with no benefit to the poor;
* When a trust becomes a means of making profit;
* When paying ZAKKAT becomes a burden;
* When voices are raised in the mosque;
* When the leader of a people is the worst of them; When people treat a man with respect because what he may do;
* When much wine is drunk; red wind or the earth swallow them, or to be transformed into animals."

* 'IMRAN IBN HUSAYN SAID: "THE PROPHET (AS) SAID, 'SOME PEOPLE OF THIS UMMAH WILL BE SWALLOWED BY THE EARTH, TRANSFORMED INTO ANIMALS, AND SOME WILL BE BOMBARDED WITH STONES'. ONE OF THE MUSLIMS ASKED, WHEN WILL THAT BE O MESSENGER Of ALLAH?' HE SAID, 'WHEN SINGERS AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WILL BECOME POPULAR, AND MUCH WINE IS DRUNK.'" THE GREATER SIGNS OF THE HOUR The Quran will disappear in one night, even from the people's hearts, and no Ayyah will be left on earth. (Some groups of old people will be left who will say: "We heard of fathers' saying "LAILLAHA ILLA ALLAH" so we repeat it);

* The appearance of the MAHDI;
* The appearance of the DAJJAL (Anti Christ);
* The appearance of Ya'juj and Ma'juj(biblical Gog and Magog);
* Isa (Jesus) will come during the time of Dajjal;
* The rising of the sun from the west;
* The destruction of the Ka'ba and the recovery of its treasures;
* The smoke.

So please... Do your Ibadah like today is the last day you are alive and Learn like you have a million years on Earth to go...






Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Islam and Modern Age


RELIGION AND SCIENCE – AN ISLAMIC VIEWPOINT

Asghar Ali Engineer

(Islam and Modern Age October 2006)

I had just matriculated in 1956 and I read in newspaper that Russia has sent a satellite to moon successfully. The satellite landed on moon. I was greatly exited and went straight to my father who was a maulavi with the newspaper and read out the news. My father had liberal views and welcomed the event. However, another maulavi was sitting at the time with him and he cried it is a lie. One cannot land on moon; it amounts to interfering with Allah’s work and this cannot be permitted. Soon after another satellite was sent which crashed midway. This malavi who was angry at the attempt to send satellite at moon noticed the news of the crashed and came rushing with the newspaper and threw it in my face and said see Allah’s punishment to these atheists who interfere with His work. I did not argue with him and kept quiet.

During those days a book in Urdu was published from Pakistan written by, if I recollect correctly, Dr. Ghulam Jeelani. The title of the book was Do Qur’an (i.e. two Qur’ans). The author argued that one Qur’an was of orthodox mullahs who believed in superstitions and the other Qur’an was one which accepted science and its discoveries. It contained all important principles of science and gave several examples by quoting verses from Qur’an. He also tried to draw various laws of science like law of gravity, velocity of falling objects towards earth, Darwin’s theory and so on and so forth.

The author of the book impressed me a great deal as at that time I was just a student of 11th standard. However, later on I revised my views and came to the conclusion that Qur’an should not be treated as a source book for science as it is basically a book of guidance. It should also not be treated as a book of history as various stories relating to past events in the Qur’an are narrated to draw a moral, rather than to write history of the past Prophets.

However, even today many people adopt Dr. Jeelani’s approach and treat the Qur’an as a source of scientific theories. But they are unable to explain why only after some major discovery they find it in the Qur’an and not before it? Many people have tried to prove even theory of relativity from Qur’an. They also try to prove, as pointed out, theory of evolution of life as propounded by Darwin.

If all this is in the Qur’an, Muslims should have discovered all this much before the western scientists did. However, Muslims only find it in the Qur’an after these discoveries are made by the scientists. In my opinion this amounts to dragging Qur’an in scientific controversies. Qur’an, or for that matter any religious scripture, should remain above such controversies. In the world of science what it is established through empirical observations today, may change tomorrow on discovery of other facts.

Thus religious scriptures should not be subjected to such exercise. Science deals with the world of empirical facts whereas religious scriptures like the Qur’an deal with spiritual and moral world; while higher spiritual truth is dealt with by religions. It is vital to understand this truth.

It was in pretty old days, in colonial period, to be precise, that one saw contradiction between religion and science. Today hardly anyone sees contradiction between the two. Most orthodox people also use modern technology and benefit from it. The orthodox religious priests, ulama and sadhus use T.V. channels for spreading their views. Q T.V. runs 24 hour channel telecasting Qur’anic commentary, answering people’s questions about their daily problems, throwing light on Shari’ah etc. Similarly several channels are being used by various religious leaders to telecast their religious and spiritual views. Thus gone are days when religious leaders used to reject scientific inventions.

We read in Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s writings that the ‘ulama had issued fatwas against using watch for determining timings for prayers in 19th century. Even there was fatwa against use of loud speakers for azan (i.e. call to prayer). Today all mosques are equipped with loud speakers for azan. One cannot think of any mosque, even a ramshackle tin mosque, without loud -speaker. Thus scientific and technological changes have their own force to get themselves accepted.

In my view religion and science belong to two different spheres. One should not be posed against the other. They may or may not be complimentary either. Science deals with, as already pointed out, with this world and with world of empirical facts. Religion, on the other hand, deals with higher and spiritual truth. We should also distinguish between fact and truth.

Fact is not truth and truth is not fact though truth cannot contradict fact. Fact exists out there whereas truth deals with spiritual values and may not necessarily exist out there. Science can deal with facts out there, not within ones subjective or spiritual world. Truth may also deal with the world hereafter whereas science deals with the material world we live in. Religion when it deals with material world, it deals with it in moral sense.

Science deals with facts in a systematic manner to understand their nature and also deals with the causes of various phenomena. Science answers the question how and why after systematic study of a phenomenon. It does not leave any thing to mere imagination. It also demolishes superstitions which are based on presumption without systematic study of a phenomenon.

Science enables us to understand the whole universe, how it came into existence and how it evolved over billions of years. Religion, on the other hand, deals more with the inner spiritual world than outer world. Inner world is not less complex than the outer universe. In Islamic tradition there is Prophet’s saying one who understands ones inner –self can know his Lord. There is great insight in this saying of the Prophet (PBUH). Thus religion deals with spiritual universe as science deals with material universe.

Are their contradictions? Of course it depends on point of view as to how one interprets the scriptural injunctions. Many faithfuls believe that one should take scriptural statements literally, not metaphorically. For example both the Bible and the Qur’an say about the creation of the universe, “Be and it became”. Or also both the scripture say the universe was created in seven days.

Do we take these statements in literal sense? Then yes there appears to be contradiction between what science arrives at and what these scriptures say. But the other view is one need not take these statements in literal sense. At one point of time this universe did begin representing ‘kun’ (i.e. be) and this resulted in fa yakun (thus it became). However, this does not imply that entire universe came into existence in perfect form as we see it today without any process of evolution, gradual formation and death of stars and planets.

Both the Qur’anic words kun and fa yakun can be taken in allegorical sense. An event in scientific language did take place with big bang representing kun (if we accept the big bang theory) and then began gradual evolution of the universe over billions of years representing fa yakun. It may appear rather far fetched for many theologians who take words of the Qur’an literally.

The Qur’an also says the universe was created in seven days and that Allah created seven samavat (skies). The word seven (7) should also not be taken literally but in the sense of several days or years. The Arabs often meant seven or nine to represent several. There are many such verses in the Qur’an. Also, Qur’an makes it clear that what you count as a day is thousand years with your Lord. The verse 22:47 says, “And surely a day with thy Lord is as a thousand years of what you reckon.”

Thus seven days of creation should not be taken in our mundane sense. Allah’s count is different from ours. We reckon time in terms of hours, days and months and years according to solar time. But on universal scale solar time cannot be the real measure. This count of time is relevant for earth as part of solar system but it will not apply to entire universe. It is in this light that we should understand the Qur’anic statement that Allah created this universe in seven days.

For Arabs who had no developed astronomy Qur’an had to use figures which they could comprehend. And the purpose of the Qur’an was not to teach Arabs the real nature of the universe, its evolution and its time scale but to impress upon them the power of Allah (qudrat) in creating this universe. If the Qur’an had made statements like a scientist, neither it was its purpose nor it could have been understood by the Arabs from primitive society.

The Qur’an, let us understand clearly, was addressing the Arabs in immediate context and hence it had to be comprehensible to them. But since it was not meant only for them nor only for that time alone, it had to talk at different levels of intellectual comprehension. Even Arabs, the immediate address of the Qur’an, were of different calibres from totally illiterate Bedouins to experienced Arabs of better intellectual calibre, Qur’an used plain descriptive language as well as highly allegorical and symbolic language. It talked of immediate social and economic problem as well as of cosmic and other worldly issues. The Qur’an talks of creation, sustenance and end of this universe. It is not easy to describe all this in plain and direct language. Though these statements should not be treated as scientific in usual sense of the word, yet they could not be said to be misleading in anyway. Hence its language though not scientific, it was complex and symbolic.

Difficulties were obvious. Firstly, as pointed out the Qur’an was not book of science but that of moral and spiritual guidance. Secondly, it often makes statements on beginning and end of universe involving timescale not easily comprehensible by the Arabs of the time. Thirdly, no one could have thought of numbers in terms of billions and trillions involved in talking of beginning and end of universe. Even talking in terms of those numbers would not have served any purpose.

When the Qur’an talks of beginning and end of the universe, its purpose is moral, not scientific. Thus it needs kind of language not easy to use. The statements of this kind exhorted people and yet would not be such as refutable in empirical sense. The Qur’an does this quite deftly and skilfully. The Qur’anic exhortations are very powerful. Let us, for example, take the chapter 85.

“By the heaven full of stars
And the promised Day.
And the bearer of witness and that to which witness is borne!
Destruction overtake the companions of the trench!
The fire fed with the fuel –
When they sit by it;
And they are witnesses of what they do with the believers.
And they punished them for naught but that they believed in Allah, the Mighty, the Praised,
Whose is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. And Allah is witness of all things.
(1-9)

this is only to show the Qur’anic style, its imagery and its allegories. We would also like to quote some verses from chapter 78 to show Qur’an’s description of end of universe to come and certain natural phenomenon on the earth:

“Of what they ask each other?
Of the tremendous announcement
About which they differ.
Nay they will soon know.
Have we not made the earth an expanse
And the mountains as pegs?
And We have created you in pairs,
And made your sleep for rest,
And made the night a covering,
And made the day for seeking livelihood
And We have made above you seven strong (bodies, planets)
And made a shining lamp (Sun)
And We send down from the clouds water pouring forth in abundance,
That We may bring forth thereby grain and herbs
And luxuriant gardens.
Surely the day of Decision is appointed –
The day when the trumpet is blown, so you come forth in hosts,
And the heaven is opened so it becomes as doors,
And the mountains are moved off so they remain a semblance.
Surely hell lies in wait,
A resort for the inordinate,
Living therein for long years.
(1-23)

This description of natural phenomenon of how allah created earth, planets, solar system, how it rains and earth grows grains and how truth will be revealed, mountains moved and how those spiritually dead will rise to new life and how those who deny the truth will be assigned to the hell where they will feel intense heat of uncertainties and intellectual confusion.

Thus the language used by the Qur’an is allegorical and also describes certain natural phenomenon. Thus it is mix of description of natural phenomenon as well as oral exhortation. The natural phenomenon described in these verses like creation of everything in pairs, sending down rain which enlivens earth and grains and herbs grow and so forth. This description is simple and according to day today observation. It has no element of superstition. Then it is for scientists to study these phenomenon as to how exactly it rains, how clouds are formed from the sea water and in what conditions these clouds pour out water.

It can be clearly seen that the Qur’an describes these natural phenomenon, not as scientific phenomenon but for moral exhortation. Thus Qur’an does not deal with scientific theories but describes phenomenon accurately so that scientists can study them in depth and draw proper conclusion. It also encourages believers to think, reflect and analyse so that you may understand this universe and its creator.

Thus we find verses in the Qur’an which say, “ See they not camels, how they are created? And the heaven, how it I raised high? And the earth how it is spread out? These verses require human beings to observe these natural phenomenon so that they can reflect over them and discover what is hidden from common eyes. Qur’an’s whole approach, it is important to note, is inductive.

Francis Beacon who, in a way, is founder of modern science, emphasised inductive logic in studying natural phenomenon and the universe. The Greek Philosophers had emphasised deductive logic and hence science remained static for centuries. Deductive logic entirely depends on basic premise and since no one questions the basic premise the whole deduction can go wrong if the premise is wrong.

Inductive logic, on the other hand, does not depend on any such premise but on observation and hence it remains dynamic in nature. Conclusions change in keeping with observation. Deductive logic depends on speculative assumption whereas inductive logic depends on empirical observation. Thus inductive logic is the very foundation of modern science and Qur’an repeatedly urges the believers to observe the whole universe and reflect as to how it was created.

Thus it will be seen that Qur’anic approach is more conducive to development of modern science. Had Muslims followed this inductive approach they would have made many major discoveries. But unfortunately, as also pointed out by Dr.Muhammad Iqbal in his book Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam that Muslim philosophers and intellectuals were greatly fascinated by Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle who were founders of deductive logic and hence they could not achieve what subsequently Europe could achieve.

Though it is true that Muslim philosophers and intellectuals contributed immensely in the field of science and philosophy and became harbingers of knowledge or, as pointed out by the British historian H.G.Wells in his book A Short History of the World, Arabs were foster father of knowledge, their fascination for Greek philosophy and deductive logic, made them static. The Europe, on the other hand, abandoned deductive logic in favour of inductive one and made great strides in modern sciences.

Also, add to this decline of the Abbasid State whom the renowned historian Toyenbee refers to as ‘universal state’ in Islam also gave a serious jolt to intellectual vigour and urge for discoveries and inventions and the Muslim society became static and conservative. The shari’ah debates and science of Islamic jurisprudence took precedence over philosophical and scientific debates.

It was during this period of political decline that Imam Ghazzali, himself a great philosopher and a theologian wrote his book Tahafat al-Filasifa (Random talk or smattering of philosophers). Ibn Rushd, renowned philosopher from Spain replied to Ghazzali through his book Tahafat Tahafat al-Falasifa (Randomness of Randomness of Philosophers) but it is Ghazzali who influenced the Islamic world and not Ibn Rushd.

Thus it will be seen that the Islamic world, when it was at the height of political power and had sense of security, contributed richly to the world of science but with the decline of its power and rise of European power, it began to stagnate and never achieved those heights. And as it happens, superstitions thrive in the time of insecurity, Muslims also developed superstitions directly in contrast to the Qur’anic approach.

These superstitions so overwhelmed the Islamic world that Muslim ‘ulama during eighteenth and nineteenth centuries began to oppose all scientific inventions dubbing them as against Islamic beliefs. The ‘ulama at one time also maintained that earth is flat and that it is sun which goes round the earth and not earth round the sun though there is not a single statement to this effect in the Qur’an. On the other hand the Qur’an states that all stars and planets go round in their orbits.

In conclusion one can say that religion should not be put vis-à-vis science but should be seen as a rich source of morality and spiritual growth without being opposed to modern science. In fact if science adopts religious moral and spiritual values science could really enrich humanity but in the absence of these moral and spiritual values science is being exploited as a powerful destructive force by the powerful vested interests.
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Institute of Islamic Studies,
Mumbai.
www.csss-isla.com

2nd Ashra of Ramadhan

2nd Ashra of Ramadhan
The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) has said:
It (Ramadhan) is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness and its end, emancipation from the fire (of hell) -- Bihar al-Anwar, Vol.: 93, Pg.: 342
Ashra is an Arabic word which means “ten.” In Islamic terminology, the 1st Ashra refers to the first 10 days of the Holy month of Ramadan. The second Ashra refers to the middle 10 days (11-20), and the third Ashra refers to the last set of 10 days (21-30).
The middle Ashra of Ramadan is the time for Maghfirah; the time to wash off our sins. Ramadan is the month to seek Forgiveness and repentance. Having witnessed the Mercy of Allah (SWT) by thanking Him for all that He has granted us, by being good to everyone and keeping ourselves at peace, we realize our relationship with our Rabb, and our role and duties towards Him. This is the time when Allah’s (SWT) Mercy is at its peak, and it is best to utilize this opportunity by imploring Allah to forgive our sins. The Prophet is reported to have said: "Do repent in this month to Allah for your sins, and supplicate with raised hands at the time of prayer as these are the best times, during which Allah Al-Mighty looks at his servants with mercy. Allah answers if they supplicate, responds if they call, grants if He is asked, and accepts if they entreat. O People! You have made your conscience the slave of your desires. Make it free by invoking Allah for forgiveness. Your back may break from the heavy load of your sins, so prostrate (sajda) yourself before Allah, for long intervals, and make this load lighter."
We are required to reflect on these elements in these days of Repentance even more than any other days and this is the time we seek forgiveness and make amendments for our mistakes, never intending to do them again. Do Tauba repeatedly, constantly, and sincerely for Allah loves Tauba, and especially during this Ashra Allah loves to forgive and loves him who seeks forgiveness. Forgive your brothers in Islam, and accept them as friends, and show no ill-treatment or disrespect to others. The Prophet continued and said: "O’ People! Anyone who during this month cultivates good manners, will walk over the Sirat (bridge to Paradise) on the day when feet will tend to slip. For anyone who during this month eases the workload of his servants, Allah will make easy his accounting, and for anyone who does not hurt others during this month, Allah will safeguard him from His wrath on the Day of Judgment."
DUA: May Allah guide us to Siraat-e Mustaqeem, and grant us the taufeeq to utilize this merciful and ever so forgiving Ashra of the Most Holiest of the Holy Months. May Allah accept our sujood o qayaam and tauba, for indeed His mercy prevails over his wrath, and indeed we are sinners in dire need of that mercy. Aameen.

so beautiful, surely it can bring tears to your eyes!

Allah, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes;

we have plenty of food to eat.

Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry;

we have plenty of nice clothes to wear.

And I would like to thank you, Allah, for those unmade beds;

they were so warm and comfortable last night.

I know that many have no bed.

My thanks to you, Allah,

for this bathroom,

complete with all the splattered mirrors,

soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory;

they are so convenient.

Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs cleaning.

It has served us faithfully for many years.

It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.

Thank you, Allah,

for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today;

It has baked so many things over the years.

The whole family is grateful for that tall grass that we all enjoy the yard.

My kids are healthy and able to run and play.

Allah, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says

You have richly blessed my family.

I shall do them cheerfully

and I shall do them gratefully.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings,

Thank you, Allah, that I can hear.

There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible,

Thank you, Allah, that I can see.

Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising,

Thank you, Allah, that I have the strength to rise.

There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic,

when socks are lost,

toast is burned and tempers are short,

the children are so loud,

Thank you, Allah, for my family.

There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines and the menu is at times not balanced,

There are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous,

Thank you, Allah, for the opportunity to work.

There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest,

Thank you, Allah, for life.

~Author Unknown~

Thank Allah every chance you get for the things you do have. They might not seem much, but in another person's eyes who hasn't much, we have indeed been blessed by Allah. Take the time to look around you. Give thanks to the Lord who created the Worlds and Mankind and keep your heart open to His guidance.

What is God?

What Is God? God is the Absolute and Perfect Creator. He is absolute in the absolute sense. God is absolutely One and only One, having no parts or partners of any kind. He is unique, and nothing is similar to Him. He created everything from nothing. The Almighty Creator brings everything to existence with utmost Perfection. He is the Originator of all causes and effects with no effect on Him. His presence is absolutely ever-present. He is absolutely independent of anything and everything that exists. He is the most knowledgeable. He possesses knowledge beyond human comprehension.
The Holy Qur'an mentions the relationship among the sections of the universe as evidence of the oneness of its Creator. It advises us to look at the order which exists in the universe, and the fact that such an order could not exist if there were more than One Creator. More than one administration for the universe is like more than one administration for a country. It produces confusion and disorder. If God had a partner, it would’ve created disturbance in Universe.
If there were in them (the heavens and the Earth) gods besides the Almighty God, they would have been in a state of disorder. Glory be to Him. He is above what they describe. -- Qur'an
Partnership is a defect of God, it cannot be in a true God.\n Partnership implies the fact that there are certain things even God can not do, and for that God needs a partner. In that case it would be very difficult to determine which God is better. He who needs a partner is not worthy to be worshipped because his need of partnership strongly and obviously demonstrates his weakness, and someone who is worshipped cant be weak because a weak God is without authority, and a God without authority is no God at all. If we suppose there are 2 Gods, then 1 of them should be able to remove other. If first is able to remove other, then the 2nd is not God. If 1st is not able to remove other, then he cannot be God. God is not a physical entity. God is infinite. God is Eternal. He is from ever and will be forever. Death is not for him, but rather death is a creation of His. God is free from alteration. He is same every time and every place. Change of any kind cannot be associated\n with God. He is never a child, old, asleep, awake, tired, etc. He was not born from anybody, nor has anybody been born from him. No entity in the Universe can ever comprehend His true state. No one in the world can ever physically define Him. Assigning a shape to the One who is beyond our limited perceptions would be to lie and giving a false appearance and a false representation. God is incomprehensible and unimaginable. He is not similar to anything. If anything comes to mind to be the God, even then it is not God. Tomorrow\'s Topic: The Greatness of Allah \n\t\t\n \n\n \n __._,_.___",1]
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Partnership is a defect of God, it cannot be in a true God. Partnership implies the fact that there are certain things even God can not do, and for that God needs a partner. In that case it would be very difficult to determine which God is better. He who needs a partner is not worthy to be worshipped because his need of partnership strongly and obviously demonstrates his weakness, and someone who is worshipped cant be weak because a weak God is without authority, and a God without authority is no God at all. If we suppose there are 2 Gods, then 1 of them should be able to remove other. If first is able to remove other, then the 2nd is not God. If 1st is not able to remove other, then he cannot be God.
God is not a physical entity. God is infinite. God is Eternal. He is from ever and will be forever. Death is not for him, but rather death is a creation of His. God is free from alteration. He is same every time and every place. Change of any kind cannot be associated with God. He is never a child, old, asleep, awake, tired, etc. He was not born from anybody, nor has anybody been born from him. No entity in the Universe can ever comprehend His true state. No one in the world can ever physically define Him. Assigning a shape to the One who is beyond our limited perceptions would be to lie and giving a false appearance and a false representation. God is incomprehensible and unimaginable. He is not similar to anything. If anything comes to mind to be the God, even then it is not God.

Azaan: The Amazing Phenomenon

Azaan: The Amazing Phenomenon
Amazing as it sounds, but fortunately for the Muslims of the world, it is an established fact. Have a look at a map of the world and you will find Indonesia on the eastern side of the earth. The major cities of Indonesia are Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Saibil. As soon as dawn breaks on the eastern side of Saibil, at approximately 5:30 am local time, Fajar Azaan begins. Thousands of Muazzins in Indonesia begin reciting the Azaan.
The process advances towards West Indonesia. One and a half hours after the Azaan has been completed in Saibil, it echoes in Jakarta. Sumatra then follows suit and before this auspicious process of calling Azaan ends in Indonesia, it has already begun in Malaysia.
Burma is next in line, and within an hour of its beginning in Jakarta, it reaches Dacca, the capital city of Bangladesh. After Bangladesh, it has already prevailed in western India, from Calcutta to Srinagar. It then advances towards Bombay and the environment of entire India resounds with this proclamation. Srinagar and Sialkot (a city in north Pakistan) have the same timing for Azaan. The time difference between Sialkot, Quetta, and Karachi is forty minutes, and within this time, Fajar Azaan is heard throughout Pakistan. Before it ends there, it has already begun in Afghanistan and Muscat. The time difference between Muscat and Baghdad is one hour. Azaan resounds during this one hour in the environments of Hijaaz-e-Muqaddas (Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah), Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq.
The time difference between Baghdad and Alexandria in Egypt is again one hour. Azaan continues to resound in Syria, Egypt, Somalia and Sudan during this hour. The time difference between eastern and western Turkey is one and a half hours, and during this time it is echoed with the call to prayer. Alexandria and Tripoli (capital of Libya) are located at one hour\'s difference. The process of calling Azaan thus continues throughout the whole of Africa. Therefore, the proclamation of the Tawheed and Risaalat that had begun in Indonesia reaches the Eastern Shore of the Atlantic Ocean after nine and half hours. Prior to the Azaan reaching the shores of the Atlantic, the process of Zohar Azaan has already\n started in east Indonesia, and before it reaches Dacca, Asar Azaan has started. This has hardly reached Jakarta one and half hours later, the time of Maghrib becomes due, and no sooner has Maghrib time reached Sumatra, the time for calling Isha Azaan has commenced in Saibil! When the Muazzins of Indonesia are calling out Fajar Azaan, the African Muazzins are calling the Azaan for Isha. If we were to ponder over this phenomenon thoughtfully, we would conclude the amazing fact that there is not even a single moment when hundreds of thousands of Muazzins around the world are not reciting the Azaan on the surface of this earth. Even as you read this material right now, you can be sure there are atleast thousands of people who are hearing and reciting the Azaan!!! Tomorrow\'s Topic: What\n is God? P.S. Pass it on to friends, family, neighbors, Muslims and Non Muslims alike. ",1]
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The time difference between Baghdad and Alexandria in Egypt is again one hour. Azaan continues to resound in Syria, Egypt, Somalia and Sudan during this hour. The time difference between eastern and western Turkey is one and a half hours, and during this time it is echoed with the call to prayer.
Alexandria and Tripoli (capital of Libya) are located at one hour's difference. The process of calling Azaan thus continues throughout the whole of Africa. Therefore, the proclamation of the Tawheed and Risaalat that had begun in Indonesia reaches the Eastern Shore of the Atlantic Ocean after nine and half hours. Prior to the Azaan reaching the shores of the Atlantic, the process of Zohar Azaan has already started in east Indonesia, and before it reaches Dacca, Asar Azaan has started. This has hardly reached Jakarta one and half hours later, the time of Maghrib becomes due, and no sooner has Maghrib time reached Sumatra, the time for calling Isha Azaan has commenced in Saibil! When the Muazzins of Indonesia are calling out Fajar Azaan, the African Muazzins are calling the Azaan for Isha.
If we were to ponder over this phenomenon thoughtfully, we would conclude the amazing fact that there is not even a single moment when hundreds of thousands of Muazzins around the world are not reciting the Azaan on the surface of this earth. Even as you read this material right now, you can be sure there are atleast thousands of people who are hearing and reciting the Azaan!!!

Miracles Of the Qur'an

Miracles of the Qur'an
Qur'an on MeteorologyMeteorologists will tell you that rain clouds form in the following manner:
The wind pushes the clouds so that they can begin to converge.
The clouds then join and form larger clouds.
Updrafts cause these larger clouds to grow vertically, such that they appear stacked up.
Drops of water start to accumulate in the newly formed upper parts of the clouds, and when they get heavy enough they fall to the earth as rain. The Qur’an already summarized this process more than 14 centuries ago, with stunning accuracy, and that too in an age of scientific ignorance:
Do you not realize that God drives the clouds, then gathers them together, then piles them on each other, then you see the rain coming out of them? [Al-Qur'an, 24:43]
Qur'an's Viewpoint On The Big Bang
Advanced methods have recently enabled astronomers to determine that the universe probably started as a very small ball\n of mass. A violent explosion triggered the gradual and still ongoing expansion of this ball. So what was once together has now been separated. Not too long ago, the microscope enabled us to discover that life cells are composed mainly of water. Allah already told us these facts long before anyone else had a clue. Do the unbelievers not realize that the heaven and the earth used to be one solid mass that we exploded into existence? And from water we made all living things. Would they believe? [Al-Qur\'an, 21:30] "Atom and Everything Smaller" Many centuries before the onset of Muhammad\'s prophethood, there was a well-known theory of atomism advanced by the Greek philosopher, Democritus. He and the people who came\n after him assumed that matter consists of tiny, indestructible, indivisible particles called atoms. The Arabs too, used to deal in the same concept; in fact, the Arabic word "dharrah" commonly referred to the smallest particle known to man. Now, modern science has discovered that this smallest unit of matter (i.e., the atom, which has all of the same properties as its element) can be further split into its component parts. This is a new idea, a development of the last century; yet, interestingly enough, this information had already been documented in the Qur\'an (Surah Saba\', 34:3) which states: "He [i.e., Allah] is aware of an atom\'s weight in the heavens and on the earth and even anything smaller than that..." Undoubtedly, fourteen centuries ago that statement would have looked unusual, even to an Arab. For him, the dharrah was the smallest thing there was. Yet, Qur\'an clearly\n states atom (dharrah)... and everything smaller than the atom itself! (protons, electrons, neutrons etc)",1]
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Advanced methods have recently enabled astronomers to determine that the universe probably started as a very small ball of mass. A violent explosion triggered the gradual and still ongoing expansion of this ball. So what was once together has now been separated. Not too long ago, the microscope enabled us to discover that life cells are composed mainly of water. Allah already told us these facts long before anyone else had a clue.
Do the unbelievers not realize that the heaven and the earth used to be one solid mass that we exploded into existence? And from water we made all living things. Would they believe? [Al-Qur'an, 21:30]
"Atom and Everything Smaller"
Many centuries before the onset of Muhammad's prophethood, there was a well-known theory of atomism advanced by the Greek philosopher, Democritus. He and the people who came after him assumed that matter consists of tiny, indestructible, indivisible particles called atoms. The Arabs too, used to deal in the same concept; in fact, the Arabic word "dharrah" commonly referred to the smallest particle known to man. Now, modern science has discovered that this smallest unit of matter (i.e., the atom, which has all of the same properties as its element) can be further split into its component parts. This is a new idea, a development of the last century; yet, interestingly enough, this information had already been documented in the Qur'an (Surah Saba', 34:3) which states:
"He [i.e., Allah] is aware of an atom's weight in the heavens and on the earth and even anything smaller than that..." Undoubtedly, fourteen centuries ago that statement would have looked unusual, even to an Arab. For him, the dharrah was the smallest thing there was. Yet, Qur'an clearly states atom (dharrah)... and everything smaller than the atom itself! (protons, electrons, neutrons etc)
Qur'an's Verdict on Honey Bees In the 16th chapter (Surah an-Nahl 16:68-69) the Qur\'an mentions that the female bee leaves its home to gather food. Now, a person might guess on that, saying, "The bee that you see flying around - it could be male, or it could be female. I think I will guess female." Certainly, he has a one in two chance of being right. So it happens that the Qur'an is right. But it also happens that that was not what most people believed at the time when the Qur'an was revealed. Can you tell the difference between a male and a female bee? Well, it takes a specialist to do that, but it has been discovered that the male bee never leaves his home to gather food. However, in Shakespeare's play, Henry the Fourth, some of the characters discuss bees and mention that the bees are soldiers and have a king. That is what people thought in Shakespeare's time - that the bees that one sees flying around are male bees and that they go home and answer to a king. However, that is not true at all. The fact is that they are females, and they answer to a queen. Yet it took modern scientific investigations in the last 300 years to discover that this is the case. The Qur'an had a 50/50 chance of being right, and the odds were one in two. Yet, it makes another Bull's Eye. Right on the spot yet again!! Tomorrow\'s Topic: Azaan: An Amazing Phenomenon! P.S. Pass it on to friends, family, neighbors, Muslims and Non Muslims alike. ",1]

Qur'an's Verdict on Honey Bees In the 16th chapter (Surah an-Nahl 16:68-69) the Qur'an mentions that the female bee leaves its home to gather food. Now, a person might guess on that, saying, "The bee that you see flying around - it could be male, or it could be female. I think I will guess female." Certainly, he has a one in two chance of being right. So it happens that the Qur'an is right. But it also happens that that was not what most people believed at the time when the Qur'an was revealed. Can you tell the difference between a male and a female bee? Well, it takes a specialist to do that, but it has been discovered that the male bee never leaves his home to gather food. However, in Shakespeare's play, Henry the Fourth, some of the characters discuss bees and mention that the bees are soldiers and have a king. That is what people thought in Shakespeare's time - that the bees that one sees flying around are male bees and that they go home and answer to a king. However, that is not true at all. The fact is that they are females, and they answer to a queen. Yet it took modern scientific investigations in the last 300 years to discover that this is the case.

What it the Qur'an?

What is the Qur'an ?
Verily this is a Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds: With it came down the spirit of Faith and Truth- To your heart and mind, that you may admonish. In the perspicuous Arabic language. (Surah Ash-Shu'ara, Ayahs 192-195)

The word "Qur'an" comes from the root word “qir'a” which means "recitation." The word Qur'an, therefore, may be perceived as the highest superlative form of that verb which symbolizes the text which is most read: The book of Allah.
For Muslims, the Qur'an is the revealed, eternal, and infallible word of God. It is an ultimate authority in all religious, social, and legal issues. The message of the book is straightforward: There is no God but Allah, and He has given His message to Muhammad to be relayed to the people as both a warning and a promise. The warning is to all who refuse to believe in the one God, and the promise is of eternal rewards to those who believe in Allah and do His will.
The Qur'an comprehends the complete code for the Muslims to live a good, chaste, abundant and rewarding life in obedience to the commandments of Allah, in this life and to gain salvation in the next. It is the "chart of life" for every Muslim, and it is the "constitution" of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
The Qur\'an is the guide, the “by-laws” the reference book, the check list, and an eternal contemporary of the Muslims. Each generation of Muslims has found new sources of strength, courage and inspiration in it. It is also, for them, a "compass" in the turbulent voyage of life. Indeed, there has come to you light and a clear book from Allah; With it Allah guides him who follow His pleasure into the ways of safety and brings them out of utter darkness into light by his will and guides them to the right path. (5: 15-16) It deserves the highest praise for its conceptions of Divine nature in reference to the attributes of Power, Knowledge, and Universal Providence and Unity. It is Qur'an which transformed the simple shepherds and wandering Bedouins of Arabia into the founders of empires, the builders of cities, the collectors of libraries. If a system of religious teachings is evaluated by the changes which it introduces into the way of life, the customs and beliefs of its followers, then Qur'an as a code of life is second to none! It is not strange then, that more translations and more commentaries of the Holy Qur'an have been published than that of any other book claimed to be the Divine Revelation. Tomorrow's Topic: Miracles of the Qur'an

The Qur'an is the guide, the “by-laws” the reference book, the check list, and an eternal contemporary of the Muslims. Each generation of Muslims has found new sources of strength, courage and inspiration in it. It is also, for them, a "compass" in the turbulent voyage of life.
Indeed, there has come to you light and a clear book from Allah; With it Allah guides him who follow His pleasure into the ways of safety and brings them out of utter darkness into light by his will and guides them to the right path. (5: 15-16)

It deserves the highest praise for its conceptions of Divine nature in reference to the attributes of Power, Knowledge, and Universal Providence and Unity. It is Qur'an which transformed the simple shepherds and wandering Bedouins of Arabia into the founders of empires, the builders of cities, the collectors of libraries. If a system of religious teachings is evaluated by the changes which it introduces into the way of life, the customs and beliefs of its followers, then Qur'an as a code of life is second to none! It is not strange then, that more translations and more commentaries of the Holy Qur'an have been published than that of any other book claimed to be the Divine Revelation.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Philosophy Of Salaah

The Philosophy of "Salaah"
The importance of Salaah (obligatory 5 times prayers) in a Muslim’s life is undeniable, unquestionable, and undisputable. Every Muslim would agree that acts such as recitation of the Qur’an (qirat), giving charity to the poor (zakaat), pilgrimage (Hajj), fasting during Ramadan (fasting), respecting elders, loving the younger ones, abstaining from watching hearing and doing the haraam, and practices such as taqwa, kindness, prostrations (sajda), and supplications (dua) hold extreme importance in a Muslim’s life.
Our Beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallum commanded the Muslims to practice and teach all of the above mentioned devotions to themselves, others, and especially the children. But never has the Prophet stressed so much on any other element, as He has stressed on Salaat. The Prophet has emphasized Salaat so much that a child is to be disciplined from an early tender age and be put into the practice of offering his prayers. If the child does not recite the Qur’an, that’s ok. If he does not fast, that’s ok. But it is not ok for the child to not offer his prayers. The Prophet commanded the believers to condition their children in such a way that Salaat becomes part of his daily activity from as early of an age as 7 and 10 years. Salaat is to be offered 5 times a day irrespective of any excuses, whether in a standing position, in a sitting posture, or even while lying down, but it can not be ignored. The question arises to mind that what is it about Salaat that makes it so different from other pious activities? Why has the Salaat been emphasized so much that it is one of the only few things that are actually commanded for even a child. Why???
Allah says in the Qur’an, “Seek help from Salaat.” Whenever the Prophet happened to face any difficulty, he would immediately resort to Salaat. When a Muslim offers his Salaat to please Allah, his sins are shed away from him just as leaves drop from trees in Autumn. Just as dirt can not remain on a person’s body who bathes five times, exactly similar is the effect of Salaat offered five times a day with the Grace of Allah it washes away all the dirt of the mind and spirit. Accountability of Salaat will be one of the only three questions asked in the grave, and will be the first and the foremost thing to be accounted for on the Day of Judgement.\n Salaat is the key to Paradise, the pillar of Islam, the light and mai’raaj of a Momin, and disgraces the Devil. The Mercy of Allah descends upon a person so long as he is engaged in Salaat. Of all the practices, Salaat made at fixed hours is most loved by Allah. The place of Salaat in Islam is like the head in a body. Fire of Hell is forbidden and Paradise becomes due to a person who performs his \'Wudhu\' properly and says his Salaat keenly and according to its regulations. Salaat encourages promptness in a person’s life and allows him to appreciate the value of time when he promptly offers his prayers 5 times everyday at their respective times. Salaat strengthens faith and Eemaan because it makes a believer feel close to his Creator and makes him realize that even if he can not see Allah, Allah can surely see him. Salaat promotes unity and discipline for, in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is\n embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side, and it is this subconscious indivisible unity of Islam that makes a man instinctively into a brother. With these points in mind, one begins to understand the importance of Salaat on an individual’s life, and only now can we begin to understand why Allah and His Messenger emphasized so much on Salaat and wished to embed Salaat as part of every believer’s life, children and adults alike. ",1]
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Allah says in the Qur’an, “Seek help from Salaat.” Whenever the Prophet happened to face any difficulty, he would immediately resort to Salaat. When a Muslim offers his Salaat to please Allah, his sins are shed away from him just as leaves drop from trees in Autumn. Just as dirt can not remain on a person’s body who bathes five times, exactly similar is the effect of Salaat offered five times a day with the Grace of Allah it washes away all the dirt of the mind and spirit. Accountability of Salaat will be one of the only three questions asked in the grave, and will be the first and the foremost thing to be accounted for on the Day of Judgement. Salaat is the key to Paradise, the pillar of Islam, the light and mai’raaj of a Momin, and disgraces the Devil. The Mercy of Allah descends upon a person so long as he is engaged in Salaat. Of all the practices, Salaat made at fixed hours is most loved by Allah. The place of Salaat in Islam is like the head in a body. Fire of Hell is forbidden and Paradise becomes due to a person who performs his 'Wudhu' properly and says his Salaat keenly and according to its regulations. Salaat encourages promptness in a person’s life and allows him to appreciate the value of time when he promptly offers his prayers 5 times everyday at their respective times. Salaat strengthens faith and Eemaan because it makes a believer feel close to his Creator and makes him realize that even if he can not see Allah, Allah can surely see him. Salaat promotes unity and discipline for, in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side, and it is this subconscious indivisible unity of Islam that makes a man instinctively into a brother.
With these points in mind, one begins to understand the importance of Salaat on an individual’s life, and only now can we begin to understand why Allah and His Messenger emphasized so much on Salaat and wished to embed Salaat as part of every believer’s life, children and adults alike.