Friday, December 28, 2007

Christ in Islam

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Allah, the Almighty, says: "O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity” : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs." (Al-Nisa: 4:171)

Christ in Islam

A detailed description of Prophet Eesa; Jesus Christ (PBUH) in Islam. This book discusses Jesus Christ's (PBUH) life, his miraculous birth and his status in Islam.

A Muslim is someone who submits to the will of God.

Some Christian Brothers are astounded, bewildered, and astonished to hear when we say that Prophet Jesus is mentioned twenty five times in the Qur'an, five times more than Prophet Muhammad.

The Qur'an portrays Jesus as God's mighty messenger and no Muslim's faith is complete unless he accepts Jesus as a Prophet of God.

What is remarkable about the life of Prophet Muhammad is that he came to clear the name of Prophet Jesus that he blasphemed against God by claiming a share in God's divinity. Prophet Muhammad hallowed Prophet Jesus as the messiah and as a devoted servant of God.

It was Prophet Muhammad who brought the good news that Prophet Jesus did not die on the cross as the Qur'an so affirmatively asserts. He cleared the name of Prophet Jesus that he allegedly betrayed his covenant to God as a prophet and divine messenger. He put the life of Prophet Jesus in clear perspective and bore witness that he was but a man commissioned by God to call humanity to God's way and was given special powers to help him accomplish his mission.

Sheikh Ahmed Deedat use to say: "The Christians out of their love for Prophet Jesus say that he is God or the son of God, and the Muslims out of their love and obedience to God say he is a mighty messenger of God".

Prophet Jesus was a great man and is unsurpassed in many ways, but you don't elevate a man or a Prophet by making him a God simply out of your love, respect and admiration for him.

Who has the good news right? Is Jesus as portrayed in the Qur'an, a devoted servant of God, the truth or what the Church teaches through its doctrine of the trinity, God the father, the son, and the holy ghost?

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Health Guidelines From Qura'n And Sunnah





Health Guidelines From Qura'n And Sunnah

Shahid Athar, M.D.


This article is not about the glory of Islamic Medicine of past 1000 years which produced great physicians like al-Razi and Ibn-Sina. This article is also not about virtues of honey, the center point of discussion in most of the articles written these days on Islamic Medicine. This also is not an article saying that since science has now confirmed certain Quranic statements, therefore Quran must be a divine book. To the contrary, we begin with the belief that all Quranic statements are true, science has confirmed some of them in the past, and will confirm the rest in the future. If science has not confirmed it yet, it needs to examine its data more deeply, or may be repeat the experiment, rather than question the authenticity of Quran.

The Quran is not a book of medicine or of health sciences,but in it there are hints which lead to guidelines in health and diseases. Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H.) has set as an example to the mankind so his traditions in matters of health and personal hygienic are also a guide for his followers.

We start our discussion with the following verse:

"Everything good that happens to you (O Man) is from God, everything bad that happens to you is from your own actions". 4:79

Therefore, the pathology (disease) is defined by the famous pathologist William Boyd as physiology (natural state) gone wrong. It is our tampering with natural process that leads to unnatural outcomes.

Human body can be compared to some degree with a machine created by man. The fascinating tape recorder has many mechanical and electronic parts but life does not come to it till electrical current is passed through. Similarly, in the components of human body there arc the anatomic parts and fluids but also the spirit (the soul). As the care of a machine requires keeping it clean, giving it some rest, and passing electricity of proper voltage, and using it carefully and wisely, so are the requirement for the body and of the body as whole.

Before we come to the physical care of human body, let us talk about the spiritual care.


The spiritual care

The spiritual care involves the acts of worship. The problem is that Iman cannot be translated into belief, nor Salaat into prayer, Nor Wadu into washing hand, face and feet nor; Sawm into fasting nor Sakat into charity nor Haii into pilgrimage to Mecca. T'hey are entitles in themselves.

A. Iman:

The belief in God is the first and foremost important need for spiritual stability. Belief in God includes belief in his aU attributes, his angels, his books, the day of judgement, the heaven and hell and belief that - all good and bad is within his reach. Imam Rumi has called faith being superior to prayers. In illness, according to Imam Ghazai, the awareness of God increases and man becomes closer to God by realizing his own weakness. Without true belief, neither our prayer, nor charity, nor fasting nor pilgrimage will be accepted. The essence of belief is to rid ourselves of all false Gods around us, or within us, and to worship no one except God alone.

B.Salat:

There are three health aspects of Salat

I. Wadu: Washing all the exposed areas of the body, hand, feet, face, mouth, nostrils etc. 5 times a day is a healthy preventive procedure. Hand washing is being emphasized more and more in hospitals now in order to prevent spread of germs. However non-Muslims did not know that hand- washing is so important - it has been ordered in Qu'ran (5:7) 1400 years ago. And for complete cleanliness bathing is advised (4:43)

2. Recitation of Quran: Has a healing effect on body, mind and heart. These healing effects are due to the effect of sound (Echo) and the meaning. The letter Alif resounds unto the Echoes to heart and the letter YA resounds unto Echoes to the pineal gland in the brain.

"O Mankind: There has come to you a direction front your Lord and a healing for the (disease) in your hearts - and for those who believe a guidance and mercy !!"
10:57

"We sent down in the Quran that which is healing and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss". The movement in Salaat are mild, uniform, and involve all muscles and joints. The caloric output is desired to keep the energy balance."
17:82

C: Zakat (Charity):

The word itself means purification and growth. Here it is meant to imply the purification of legitimately earned wealth. Many of our crimes are committed with money or for love of money, and in the love of money one becomes violent in behavior.

And he is violent in his love of wealth:
100:8

In Islam the ownership of wealth belongs to God. We are the disposer of that trust. Therefore, this concept establishes peace at heart and our behavior in the loss of money or unusual gain, In either way, we thank God.


D. Sawm:

The Islamic fasting: Islamic fasting is prescribed as way training of our mind, and body in self-restraints.

"O you who believe is prescribed to you, as it was prescribed
to those before you, so that you can learn self-restraint."
2:183

Therefore, during the period of fast one may not only get rid of nibbling food, coffee, smoking but also of anger and excessive sexual passion.
In fact, the fast not only gives rest to stomach but also stabilizes the secretion of harmones which control our behavior.

E. Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca):

The morale is Prophet lbrahim's submission and absolute surrender to God's will, the opportunity for repentance, and the social and political gathering of the Ummah depecting brotherhood, and equality. However this can be used for programming and testing us for physical endurance, a requirement for all able men and women. The long walks, the heat, the sun, the thirst, the physical exercise, etc. is to remind us of the day of judgement. We should perform Hajj when young and physically well rather than wait for the old age. We should keep ourselves in good shape before and years after the Hajj.


The maintenance of the physical structure in which the spirit resides

After describing pillars of faith as a basis for the spiritual health, let us talk about the maintenance of the physical structure in which the spirit resides.


(A) Nutrition:

Allah loves his creations so much that he is concerned even with what we eat and put in our body. Our muscles, bones, lungs, liver, brain and secretions are made from the raw product we feed it. If we provide the factory with junk raw products, the factory will not produce tough bones, strong muscles, good pump (heart) and clean pipes (vessels).

"O you mankind: Eat of what is lawful and good on earth.
2: 168

"Eat of the things which god has provided for you lawful
and good, but fear God in whom you believe". Forbidden
to us are dead meat, blood and flesh of swine (5:4) and intoxicants (5:93 and 2:219).
5:91

Science so far has not confirmed any beneficial effects to the prohibitions.
The blood and meat of the dead could be full of germs and other harmful elements like antibodies. The pork meat is high in cholesterol, salt and may have worms, and alcohol and other intoxicants cloud our mentation, our inhibition and interfere with our normal capacity of judging good and bad. Therefore, a person under the influence of alcohol may want to take off his dress, engage in unlawful sexual acts, become violent and abusive without even knowing what he is doing. On medical damages due to alcohol, whole books have been written.

The second component in nutrition (after Permission of the lawful and probation of the unlawful) is the moderation in the lawful.

Obesity is a major American tragedy, a form of malnutrition, affecting million of people, of all age. 99% of obesity is due to overeating. Allah advises as to be moderate in quantity.

" But waste not by excess for God loves not the wasters."
7:31

"Eat of the good things we have provided for your sustenance, but commit no excess therein, lest my wrath should justly descend on you, and those whom descends my wrath do perish indeed."
20:81

According to one Hadith of Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H.) we are advised to leave one third of our stomach empty after finishing the meal. I understood this Hadith only when I broke my blender/mixer in the kitchen after stuffing it to the top and then turning the machine on. After all, what is stomach, if not a blender, grinder, mixer and food processor, all in one !!

Certain types of food i.e. fruits are especially emphasized in Quran
(36:57, 43:73, 16:67, 50:68)

"And the fruits of date palm and grapes you get wholesome
drink and nutrition: Behold in this is a sign for those
who are wise."
16:67

Fruits are low in calorie, high in vitamins and minerals, and fiber and sugar is fructose and not sucrose. In a recent study by Dr. Anderson fructose has been shown to cause no rise in blood sugar and even lowers the high blood sugar of diabetics. Honey is fructose.

Cleanliness:

Allah is pure and likes purity. He is clean and likes cleanliness. Therefore, cleanliness of body and mind is stressed in Quran (4:43, 5:7). Miswak (brushing teeth) is not a new invention of last 200 years. This was stressed as part of our daily routine by Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H.). He also advised us on flossing (khilal) as now being advised by all the dentist. In fact, he is known to have said that if it was not hardship for Muslims, he would have advised miswak before each prayer i.e. 5 times a day. Cleanliness of our mind is prerequisite for total creaminess (body and mind).

Value of exercise in maintaining health

Though we do not find much in Quran about specific exercise, recommendation, the Prophet's (P.B.U.H.) Iife was full of recommendations. advised all Muslims to teach their children swimming, archery and horse riding. He, himself used to walk at fast pace even race with his wife, Ayesha (Ra). Most importantly, he used to work with his hands whether at home, in the kitchen, or with his companions collecting wood for fire, or fighting during wars etc.

It is a pity that Muslim men and women have become sedentary and, I because of excessive consumption of starches, obesity has crept into them. We should keep ourselves fit to go for jihad, and feel healthy in peacetime.

The State of disease


Many of the common chronic illnesses, coronary heart disease, hyper-tension, diabetes, peptic ulcer disease, obesity and depression have also common man-made etiology, that is rich food, too much food, too much salt, too much sugar, smoking, stress and alcoholism. If we give up excessive salt, sugar and cholesterol from our diet, and do not drink and smoke, and be active, it is possible that - the pump (heart) won't be rusted from inside.


What should a Muslim do when disease is confirmed

A. Accept it as a will of God as kaffara for his sin, and ask him to remove the affliction.

"If God touches thee with affliction, none can remove it- but He: if He touches thee with happiness He has power over all thing." 6:17

B. Many Muslims won't seek early medical attention, contrary to the Prophet's practice and teaching. In Christianity there is a sect believing in faith healing who have let their members die rather than go to the physician.

Usamah Bin Shareek (Ra) Reports "I was with the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) and some Arabs came to him asking "O Messenger of Allah, do we take medicine for any disease.-"-He said, "Yes, 0 You servants of Allah take medicine as Allah (SWT) has not created a disease without creating a cure except for one. They asked which one, he replied old age'.

C. Increase your knowledge of health and disease, of medications and side effects. This knowledge is not a monopoly of doctors. You can have it, and use it in preventing the illness, recognizing it early when symptoms appear, seeking early medical attention, then monitoring the course of disease, implementing the treatment (i.e. knowledge of diet for diabetics) and recognizing side effects of the medicine. Those of my patients who do as the above, make me very happy that I can trust their health to them as they do trust it to me.

In summary, our healthy body is a gift from God, we are the trustees, we should not misuse it, nor provide wrong raw product for the factory. and should keep superb maintenance of this delicate and sensitive machine, in order to enjoy it will be the container of our soul.

Source: islam-usa.com

Those who repent…

Those who repent…
By Muhammad Baihiqi
Allah the Most High said: "Let there be among you a community who enjoin good and forbid evil; it is they that shall be successful," (3:104), and: "You are the best community that has ever been brought forth for mankind: you enjoin good and forbid evil, and you believe in Allah," (3:110), and: "Those who repent, those who worship, those who praise, those who persevere, those who bow down, those who prostrate, and those who enjoin good and forbid evil," (9:112), and: "Those of the Israelites who were unbelievers have already been cursed on the tongue of David and Jesus, son of Mary, for they were disobedient, and transgressed. They did not forbid one another from committing the evil that they wrought. What they used to do was foul indeed." (5:79). The Holy Qur'aan is full of passages which treat of this subject.
Imam Muslim relates on the authority of Abu Saeed that Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) said, "Whoever sees something evil should change it with his hand. If he cannot, then with his tongue; and if he cannot do even that, then in his heart. That is the weakest degree of faith." He also relates on the authority of Abdullah bin Masood that the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) told that there was not a single prophet among those who were sent before him, who did not have apostles and companions and followed his Sunnah and obeyed his commands, but afterwards, other generations came whose words belied their deeds, and whose deeds were not in accordance with what they commanded others to do, whoever struggles against them with his hand is a believer, whoever struggles against them with his tongue is a believer, and whoever struggles against them with his heart is a believer, but when none of these things are done, then not a single mustard's seed weight of faith is present.
Bukhari and Muslim relate that Zainab said, "The Holy Prophet once awoke, and his face was dark, as he said three times, 'There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah! Woe betide the Arabs, because of an evil which will soon come! Today, the barrier of Gog and Megog has been breached by so much,' and he made a circle with his thumb and forefinger." And Zainab remarked, "I said, 'O Messenger of Allah! Even when the righteous still dwell amongst us?' and he said, 'Yes, when moral degradation becomes widespread.'"
Malik bin Dinaar once recited the verse, "There were in the city nine men who caused corruption in the earth, and would not cause reform," (27:48), and said, "Nowadays, there are people in every clan and district who cause corruption in the earth, and do not cause reform."
He also said, "We have become accustomed to loving the world, so that we do not enjoin good or forbid evil to one another. Allah the Most High will certainly not permit us to continue doing this, but would that I knew what kind of punishment shall befall us!" Umar bin Abdul Aziz said, "It used to be that Allah the Most High does not punish the common people for the sins of the elite; but when the evil is done openly, and they do not repudiate it, they all become deserving of His punishment."

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

My money...

The son of Adam says, `My money, my money!' Yet, what is your money except that which you eat and use up, wear and tear, and spend in charity and thus keep (in your record). Other than that, it will go away and will be left for the people (the inheritors).)

In addition, Imam Ahmad reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

The life of this world is the residence of those who have no residence, the wealth of those who have no wealth, and it is harvested by those who have no sense of reason.

Biographies of women in Islam...

The Holy Book mentions women by their family references instead of by
their own names(an Arab social tradition of the times). However, there is one
exception - Bibi Mariam who is clearly mentioned by her own name, elucidating
therefore the unique position or status of the Holy Virgin. Also, the Quran
mentions 'good' and 'negative' examples of women.

THE FIRST LADY - HAVA
She does not appear in the Quran as such. She is simply referred to as 'the
spouse of Adam'. She was created by Allah as companion to Adam, and together
they were to live in Paradise.Misled by Shaitan, they both defaulted. Repenting,
they together sought forgiveness in the words from Surah Araf "Our Lord! We have
been unjust to ourselves, and if Thou forgive us not, and have no mercy on us,
we shall certainly be of the losers." In the same Surah, Allah says: "O Children
of Adam! Let not the Shaitan cause you to fall into affliction as he expelled
your parents from the garden, pulling off from both of them their clothing..."

SARAH
She was the wife of Hazrat Ibrahim with who she migrated first to Palestine and
then to Egypt. In her old age, the angels approached her with a prophecy that
she would give birth to a son, Ishaq: "And his wife was standing by, so she
laughed, then we gave her the good news of Ishaq and after Ishaq of (a son's son)
Yaqoub.She said: O wonder! Shall I bear a son when I am an extremely old woman
and this my husband an extremely old man?..."

HAJIRAH
She is described as the younger wife of Hazrat Ibrahim, and mother to Hazrat
Ismail. Allah ordered Ibrahim to leave her with her son alone in the desert of
Mecca. Frantic for water for her infant, she ran across between the mountains of
Safa and Marwah. This action was later on made mandatory by Allah for every
pilgrim. In a miracle, water gushed forth for mother and son in the form of
'Zamzam'.

ZULEKHA
She is mentioned as the wife of an Egyptian chief. She made repeated attempts to
seduce Hazrat Yusuf who had been brought as a young slave to her palace."And she
in whose house she was sought to make him yield to her, and she made fast the
doors and said:Come forward..." Failing in her seductive attempts she had him
imprisoned. Yusuf was tried and acquitted, and Zulekha confessed her sin:"...The
chief's wife said:Now has the truth become established; I sought him to yield to
me, and he is most surely of the truthful ones." This confession is viewed as
the transformation of her soul - from worldly love to love of God.

EUCABID
Believed to be Hazrat Musa's mother whom Allah addressed: "And we revealed to
Musa's mother saying:Give him suck, then when you fear for him, cast him into
the river and do not fear nor grieve; surely We will bring him back to you and
make him one of the apostles. (28:7)

ASIYA
She is described in the Quran as the wife of Pharoah. She adopted Hazrat Musa
after he was rescued from the Nile. She also protected him from the Pharoah and
pleaded for him:"And Firon's wife said:"A refreshment of the eye to me and to
you; do not slay him;may be he will be useful to us, or we may take him for a
son."

SAFURAH
She is Hazrat Musa's wife. In the Quran, she is one of the two women whom Hazrat
Musa rescued from bad men and helped them:"So he watered their sheep for
them..." She recommended him to her father for employment:"O my father! employ
him, surely the best of those that you can employ is the strong man,the faithful
one." The father then offered the girl in marriage to Musa:" I desire to marry
one of these two daughters of mine to you on condition that you should serve me
for eight years..."

BILQUIS, THE QUEEN OF SHEBA
Bilquis is the name given by the Arab Jews to the Queen of Sheba, who in the Old
Testament is depicted as a temptress. However, the Holy Quran vindicates her as
a powerful. wise and enlightened monarch. She refuses her advisors to try their
military prowess against Hazrat Sulaiman. After visiting him, she accepted the
faith:"Surely I found a woman ruling over them, and she has been given abundance
and she has a mighty throne." " I found her and her people adoring the sun
instead of Allah..." Finally, convinced of the truth, she submitted"...and I
submit with Sulaiman to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds." Her reference in the
Quran offers a strong argument to those who believe that Islam is not against
the concept of a woman ruler.

MARIAM (Mary)
Exalted in the Quran "above the women of all the worlds":"O Mariam! Surely Allah
has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the world...O
Mariam! Keep to obedience to your Lord and humble yourself..." She is the only
woman who is mentioned in the Quran by her own first name and has a Surah named
after her. Two Surahs - Al Imran and Mariam narrate her story in considerable
detail.
She was brought up by the prophet Zakariya who soon discovered her spiritual
link with Allah. When she became an adult, she was approached by angels:"O
Mariam!, surely Allah gives you good news with a Word from Him (of one) whose
name is the Messiah, Isa, son of Mariam, worthy of regard in this world and the
hereafter and of those who are made near to Allah."
In the Quran, there is evidence of all the experiences a woman in her
circumstances undergoes - embarassment and anxiety, labour and delivery pains,
and her agony at not being able to have any proof of her chastity in the face of
questioning people. She testified to the truth of the words of her Lord (Allah)
and of His revelations, and was one of the most devout believers: "And Mariam,
the daughter of Imran, who guarded her chastity, so We breathed into her of Our
inspiration and she accepted the truth of the words of her Lord and His books,
and she was of the obedient ones." (66:12)

AYESHA
Ayesha, daughter of Abu Bakr, was one of the wives of the Holy Prophet(PBUH). It
is said that she was very young, in her teens, at the time of her marriage. She
was unduly involved in a scandal by the hypocrites in Madinah, and the Quran
declared her innocence by stipulating that whoever fails to prove an allegation
against a woman should himself receive punishment for adultery: "Surely they who
concocted the lie are a party from among you... Every man of them shall have what
he has earned of sin...he shall have a grievous chastisement." (24:11)
Bibi Ayesha was a brilliant woman. She is believed to have narrated more than
2000 Hadith of the Holy Prophet(PBUH). She was considered to be an authority on
the Prophet's life as well as on the interpretations and meanings of the verses
of the Holy Quran. Her guidance was frequently sought on intricate religious and
judicial matters. Testifying to the sublimity of the Prophet's morals she
commented: 'His morals are the Quran'. She lived for some 48 years after Prophet
Muhammad(PBUH).

The Quran also mentions 'negative' women.

NUH'S WIFE
Her first name is not known. She was a non-believer: "Allah sets forth an example
to those who disbelieve, the wife of Nuh and the wife of Lut: they were both
under two of our righteous servants, but they acted treacherously towards
them...and it was said: Enter both the fire..."(66:10) She was drowned in the
great flood.

WIFE OF LUT
She was also a non-believer married to Prophet Lut. When Allah chose to wipe out
the people of Sodom for their sin, she too was wiped out: "We will most surely
deliver them all, except his wife; We ordained that she shall surely be of those
who remain behind." (15:59-60)

URWAH
Wife of Abu Lahab, a non-believing uncle of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). She used to
cut down thorny branches and spread them in the Prophet's way as he passed
by. Surah 111 called Lahab (Flame) speaks of Abu Lahab and his wife: "...And his
wife, the wood carrier, upon her neck a halter of strongly twisted rope."

It is a well known fact that in Islam, women are held in high esteem. Bibi Khadija, Prophet Muhammad's (p.b.u.h.) wife was a business woman and in fact the Holy Prophet was her employee! Then, our beloved Bibi Fatima (a.s.) the Prophet's daughter was helping him and Hazrat Ali in the management and distribution of charities and social welfare of the Muslim Ummah of the time.

KHADIJA

Among Khadija's merits was her being one of the four most perfect of all women of mankind, the other three being: Fatima daughter of Muhammad (pbuh), Maryam bint `Umran (Mary daughter of Amram), mother of Christ (as) and niece of prophet Zakariyya and Ishba (Elizabeth), and `Asiya daughter of Muzahim, wife of Pharaoh. Prophet Zakariyya, as the reader knows, was the father of Yahya (John the Baptist), the latter being only a few months older than prophet Jesus (as). The Prophet of Islam (pbuh) used to talk about Khadija quite often after her demise, so much so that his youngest wife, `Ayesha daughter of Abu Bakr, felt extremely jealous and said to him, "... But she was only an old woman with red eyes, and Allah has compensated you with a better and younger wife (meaning herself)." This caused him (pbuh) to be very indignant, and he said, "No, indeed; He has not compensated me with someone better than her. She believed in me when all others disbelieved; she held me truthful when others called me a liar; she sheltered me when others abandoned me; she comforted me when others shunned me; and Allah granted me children by her while depriving me of children by other women." Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Abu Hatim, al-Dulabi, al-Tabari, and many others, all quote `Ayesha saying: "One day, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) mentioned Khadija affectionately, so I was carried away by jealousy and said about her what I should not have said. It was then that his face changed color in a way I never saw it change except when he (pbuh) was receiving revelation, so I realized what I had done and felt overwhelmed by regret to the extent that I could not help uttering these words: `O Lord! If You remove the anger of Your Messenger right now, I pledge not to ever speak ill of her as long as I live.' Having seen that, he forgave me and narrated to me some of her merits." Both Muslim and Bukhari indicate in their respective Sahih books that among Khadija's merits was the fact that the Lord of Dignity ordered Jibraeel (Gabriel), peace be upon him, to convey His regards to her. Gabriel said to Muhammad (pbuh): "O Muhammad! Khadija is bringing you a bowl of food; when she comes to you, tell her that her Lord greets her, and convey my greeting, too, to her." When he (pbuh) did so, she said: "Allah is the Peace, and He is the source of all peace, and upon Gabriel be peace." Khadija died of an attack of fever on the tenth or eleventh day of the month of Ramadan, ten years after the start of the Prophetic mission (in the year 619 A.D.), 24 years after her marriage with Muhammad (pbuh), and she was buried at Hajun in the outskirts of Mecca. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) dug her grave and buried her... Funeral prayers (salat al janaza) had not yet been mandated in Islam. It is reported that by the time she died, her entire wealth had already been spent to promote Islam; she left not a single gold dinar nor a single silver dirham, nor anything more or less...
O soul that are at rest! Return to your Lord,
well-pleased (with Him),well-pleasing (Him),
so enter among My servants, and enter into My garden.
(Qur'an, 89:27-30)
[1] This temple was built by Solomon (Prophet Sulayman) to express his gratitude for what the Almighty had granted him. Solomon had in advance obtained his Lord's permission to erect it. A glimpse of its grandeur is described in the Holy Qur'an in 27:44: "It was said to her (to Balqees, the Queen of Sheba): Enter the palace; but when she saw it, she deemed it to be a great expanse of water," that is, its marble floors shone like glass, reflecting her image as water does. This temple was later ordered by Solomon to be demolished in its entirety, and the claim of the Jews that the al-Aqsa mosque is built on its very foundations is false. The Jews plot to demolish the al-Aqsa mosque in order to rebuild Solomon's Temple. Jews intend to do so at the right time, when they realize that the Muslims of the world, because of the weakness and hypocrisy of their rulers, are too weak to stand between them and the achievement of their most vile goals, and when the "Christian" West will be ready, more than now, to help them achieve their objectives. The West has been supporting the Jews against the Muslims, and there will never be any reversal to this trend... We are Allah's, and to Him shall we return...

Devout worshipper

Devout worshipper
By Phil Minshull
in Madrid
Malian striker Frederic Kanoute
Kanoute is a devoted Muslim
Malian striker Frederic Kanoute has splashed out more than US$700,000 to buy his own mosque in Spain.
The mosque is located in the Spanish city of Seville, where Kaounte plays his club football for Sevilla.
The privately owned mosque was due to be sold after a contract to use the premises by the local Muslim population had expired.
But Kanoute, one of the finalists for the 2007 BBC African Footballer of the Year award, stepped in to purchase the building.
Most of Seville's Muslims who will benefit from Kanoute's gesture are immigrants from north and west Africa.
The Islamic Community of Spain confirmed that a last-minute appeal was made to Kanoute after the mosque had been put up for sale.
"The worshippers at Ponce De Leon are quite diverse but if it had not been for Kanoute then we would not have had a mosque on Fridays, which is the most holy day of the week for Muslims," a spokesman for the Islamic Community of Spain told the local paper Diario de Sevilla.
The 30-year-old striker has not made any comment on the matter.
But city authorities have confirmed that the property has been registered in Kanoute's name.
It is estimated that Kanoute has spent almost a year's salary to buy the mosque.
"We haven't got anything to say about the matter. It was a property up for sale; it's in a good area and it's a normal investment," added a Sevilla club official.
Kanoute is a devout Muslim, having made a public conversion 10 years ago.
At the start of last season, he controversially taped over the logo of the Sevilla club's shirt sponsors - internet gaming company 888.com - because he said his religion forbade the promotion of gambling.

THE MOTHER

THE MOTHER
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For those who are lucky to still be blessed with your Mum, this is beautiful. For those who aren't, this is even more beautiful.

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?" She asked. And the guide said: "Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning." But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams; and the sun shone on them and the young mother cried. "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this."

Then the night came, and the storm, and the path was dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle, and the children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come."

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children," A little patience and we are there." So the children climbed, and when they reached the top they said, "Mother, we would not have done it without you." And the mother, when she lay down at night looked up at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage. Today, I have given them strength."

And the next day came strange clouds which darkened the earth, clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said: "Look up. Lift your eyes to the light." And the children looked and saw above the clouds an everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness. And that night the mother said, "This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children Allah." And the days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she was little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And when the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather; and at last they came to a hill, and beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.
And mother said: "I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them." And the children said, "You will always walk with us, mother, even when you have gone through the gates." And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said: "We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence."

Your mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street; she's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks; she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not well. Your mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop. She's the place you came from, your first home; and she's the map you follow, with every step you take. She's your first love and your first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can separate you. NOT TIME, NOT SPACE... NOT EVEN DEATH!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

O my dear Prophet

O my dear Prophet

I am just a sinful slave of God who tries to resemble you but haven’t succeeded so far.

I don’t know what to write now. I am just at a loss for words.

O my Prophet, I try to imagine you sometimes. I want to dream about you sometimes. When I hear your name, I feel deeply in sorrow. Yesterday in our lesson, when we were talking about you, I felt you near me. It was as if you were looking at me. I didn’t know what to do then O my Prophet. I felt I was going to cry. Did you really come there? I hope you did. If you did come there, I will feel myself as a worthy person. I will feel that I have gained Allah’s and your trust and love. Then I will have more determination fort he dawah. I know to struggle for our dawah I don’t need to see you, I must do it any way but that will give me courage.

I still wonder. Did you really come there? Did you really look at me? Did you see that I was going to cry?

Whenever your name is mentioned, I feel the same, even now. You are really so great a person that Allah created the whole universe just for your sake. (I am saying ‘are’ because you are not dead in our hearts)So how don’t I admire you? This will be foolishness. O my Prophet! How I wish I had seen you, sat next to you, listened to your speech. I envy the sahabah for that. They saw you, sat next to you, listened to you. They were so lucky.

But you call us Muslims living at the last times of the world as your brothers and sisters. Are we your brothers and sisters? That’s the biggest honour we could ever have and you give it to us.

I wonder about one more thing? When you have such a great character and honour, how can people still make fun of you? How can they? They surely don’t know you O my beloved Prophet, They really don’t know you. Because anyone who knows just a bit about you and who thinks a bit about you cant do these things’ my Prophet, whatever they do you wont be strained, Allah has cleaned you so how can they strain you?

O my dear Prophet, this is a small gift to you from me. I wrote what I feel. I hope you will come to my dreams and I will see you, sit next to you and hear you. At least in my dream.

O my God!

O my God!

What is happening to us?

Why are we all scattered around?

Why are we just tired of practising?

Has practising our religion ever brought bad things to us?

No. Then why are we just tired of it?

Why don’t we prefer what is good for us?

Why do we say when someone asks us to take our wudhu that the water is too cold?

Don’t we know that the Hell is waiting for us in that case?

Allah has created us perfectly without taking anything from us. Then why do we hesitate to do what He has ordered us?

Is it so hard to pray five times a day in return for all He has given us; our bodies, health, wealth, parents…?

Is it so hard to give to the poor with the money He gives us? Where do we think all our Money comes from? Our parents? No. Our relatives? No. Our bosses? No. It all comes from Allah. Don’t we know this? Then why do we hesitate to give to the poor.

Is it so hard just to fast for a month in a year of 12 months? Didn’t He give us this perfect body? Then why do we say ‘I can’t stand staying hungry. It harms my body. Moreover, I have to study hard this year and when I am hungry, I can’t concentrate.’ Just tell me ‘who gave us this brain and the ability to think?’He did it. Then how can He want us to do something that will really harm our bodies and brains? He surely knows us better than we do.

Is it so hard to ask our friends to come to the masjid and pray with us? We normally find plenty of time to talk about fashion, models; then why shouldn’t we find any time for informing our friends about our religion and what it requires?

Now O my friends we shouldn’t forget this: Anything we do may be the last thing we will do. Why shouldn’t it be something that will please Allah? There is no excuse for not practising. Why don’t we want to practise? Or do we think Islam isn’t worth practising? Now is the time for asking these questions to ourselves before it gets too late, before saying ‘O my God, what have I done? I have wasted my life.’

One more point: For some things there is no compensation.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Learn Short Surahs online

In the name of Allah, the Most-Merciful, the All-Compassionate
"May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon You"
Assalamualaikum Wr. Wb.
The following website allows you to learn Surahs online. Translation provided.

Do visit it and forward it.

Wasalams

Respect...

The Prophet (peace be upon him) came out to us leaning on a stick.

We stood up to show respect to him.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: ‘Do not stand up as pagans do for showing respect to one another.’

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 5211 Narrated by Abu Umamah

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Eid Mubarak!!!

Assalamu Alaikum Wr Wb!

We would like to wish all of you a very happy Eid! :)

May Allah bless you all :D

JazakAllahu Khairan :)

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the world is in good-hands

Afghanistan was invaded

because 9 Saudis-citizens and 2 Yemenis

and one Lebanese

have (allegedly) done the 911 attacks

and none was Afghani.

Iraq was invaded

because Saddam Hussein should, allegedly, have had

the Weapons of Mass Destruction,

which he never had .

Iran will be invaded

because 4 years ago, it stopped developing Nuclear power

which many others do anyhow have.

Lebanon might also be invaded

because France calls the Syrians in Lebanon:

" foreign-interference".

Otherwise , the world is perfectly in good-hands !!

Venezuela ,

is lead by an alleged "dictator",

who has held recently a free election

and has lost it , even.

The USA ,

being allegedly the greatest democracy on earth

is holding  presidential election ,which,

without the huge money contributions

no candidate could survive .

Israel,

being the only democracy in the Middle East

is negotiating with its  60 years-old-non-stop-victims.

Otherwise , this world is in good-hands.

Sherlock Hommos

eighth day of December 2007

Calamities expiate for sins

The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said:

"No Muslim is afflicted by a harm,

be it the pricking of a thorn or something more

(painful than that), but Allah thereby causes his sins to fall away

just as a tree sheds its leaves."
(Reported by Al - Bukhari and Muslim)

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Parents...

Mu` meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah`s Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)

Hadith

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4941   Narrated by Abu Umamah (May Allah be pleased with him)

A man said, "O Messenger of Allah (Blessings and peace be upon him), what rights can parents demand from their children?"

He (Blessings and peace be upon him) replied, "They are (or your relation with them will determine) your Paradise or your Hell."

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Why do people think Islam is strict?

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

When your servant brings your food to you, if you do not ask him to join you, then at least ask him to take one or two handfuls, for he has suffered from its heat (while cooking it) and has taken pains to cook it nicely."

Sahih Al Bukhari Hadith No. 370 Volume No. 007 Book No. 065 Narrated by Abu Huraira (r.a.)

The Worst Vessel...

Miqdad bin Ma\dikarib (r.a.) reported: I heard Prophet (peace be upon him) say: " No man fills a container worse than his stomach. A few morsels that keep his back upright are sufficient for him. If he has to, then he should keep one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for his breathing."

Hadith At Tirmidhi.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Historic Makkah... (Part 1)

The holy shrine of Saydatina Khadijah at a graveyard named, "Ma'ala"
Ma'ala is not decorated. Only stones are placed around there just as how the Prophet Muhammad SAW did.

The Tree Mosque: According to history, a tree from the foundations of this mosque had walked in the direction of Rasulullah SAW and said the Salam to a Bedouin who asked the Prophet SAW to prove that he is really a Prophet of Allah SWT.

Entrance to the Hira' Cave, Jabal Nur (Mountain of Light)
The Tower clock near Marwah Hill was the place where Saydatina Khadijah's house was located. There is a public toilet near the Tower clock. That's where Abu Jahal's house once stood.
The first picture shows a library, built over what was the birthplace of Rasulullah SAW.

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