Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Yusuf Estes - Ex-Christian Preacher & Former Catholic Priest - Part

“And say: "Truth has (now) arrived, and Falsehood perished: for Falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish."
(Al-Qur'an, 17:81 (Al-Isra [Isra, The Night Journey, Children of Israel])
"Yusuf Estes" Ex-Christian Preacher & Former Catholic Priest How He Came to Islam?

The media classifies Muslims as "terrorists," "hijackers" and "kidnappers." So why would anyone even look at Islam? Why are so many priests and preachers going to Islam?

Many people ask me how a preacher or priest in Christianity can ever go to Islam, especially considering all the negative things that we hear about Islam and Muslims everyday. I would like to thank everyone for their interest and offer my humble story, God Willing.

Actually, a very nice Christian gentleman asked me through email why and how I left Christianity for Islam. So this is more or less a copy of the letter that I sent back to him.

How It Happened
My name is Yusuf Estes and I am the National Muslim Chaplain for American Muslims, sponsored by a number of organizations here in Washington, DC. As such, I travel around the entire world lecturing and sharing the message of the Christ of the Quran in Islam. We hold dialogs and discussion groups with all faiths and enjoy the opportunity to work alongside of rabbis, ministers, preachers and priests everywhere.

Most of our work is in the institutional area, military, universities and prisons. Primarily our goal is to educate and communicate the correct message of Islam and who the Muslims really are. Although Islam has grown now to tie Christianity as the largest of religions on earth, we see many of those who claim Islam as Muslims, that do not correctly understand nor properly represent the message of "Peace, Surrender and Obedience to God" (Arabic = 'Islam').

Dear me, I am afraid that I got a bit ahead of myself. I was trying to give a bit of background on my own personal experience to see if it would in anyway benefit those who may being going through what I experienced while trying to resolve some of the issues in Christianity. This may seem quite strange, while we perhaps may share a few different perspectives and concepts of God, Jesus, prophethood, sin and salvation. But you see, at one time I was in the same boat as many folks are today. Really, I was. Let me explain.

I was born into a very strong Christian family in the Midwest. Our family and their ancestors not only built the churches and schools across this land, but actually were the same ones who came here in the first place. While I was still in elementary we relocated in Houston, Texas in 1949 (I'm old). We attended church regularly and I was baptized at the age of 12 in Pasadena, Texas.

As a teenager, I wanted to visit other churches to learn more of their teachings and beliefs. The Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Charismatic movements, Nazarene, Church of Christ, Church of God, Church of God in Christ, Full Gospel, Agape, Catholic, Presbyterian and many more. I developed quite a thirst for the "Gospel" or as we say; "Good News." My research into religion did not stop with Christianity. Not at all. Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Metaphysics, native American beliefs were all a part of my studies. Just about the only one that I did not look into seriously was "Islam". Why? Good question.

Anyway, I became very interested in different types of music, especially Gospel and Classical. Because my whole family was religious and musical it followed that I too would begin my studies in both areas. All this set me for the logical position of Music Minister in many of the churches that I became affiliated with over the years. I started teaching keyboard instruments in 1960 and by 1963 owned my own studios in Laurel, Maryland, called "Estes Music Studios."

Over the next 30 years my father and I worked together in many business projects. We had entertainment programs, shows and attractions. We opened piano and organ stores all the way from Texas and Oklahoma to Florida. I made millions of dollars in those years, but could not find the peace of mind that can only come through knowing the truth and finding the real plan of salvation. I'm sure you have asked yourself the question; "Why did God create me?" or "What is it that God wants me to do?" or "Exactly who is God, anyway?" "Why do we believe in 'original sin?" and "Why would the sons of Adam be forced to accept his 'sins' and then as a result be punished forever. But if you asked anyone these questions, they would probably tell you that you have to believe without asking, or that it is a 'mystery' and you shouldn't ask.

And then there is the concept of the 'Trinity.' If I would ask preachers or ministers to give me some sort of an idea how 'one' could figure out to become 'three' or how God Himself, Who can do anything He Wills to do, cannot just forgive people's sins, but rather and had to become a man, come down on earth, be a human, and then take on the sins of all people. Keeping in mind that all along He is still God of the whole universe and does as He Wills to do, both in and outside of the universe as we know it.

Then one day in 1991, I came to know that the Muslims believed in the Bible. I was shocked. How could this be? But that's not all, they believe in Jesus as:

* a true messenger of God;
* prophet of God;
* miracle birth without human intervention;
* he was the 'Christ' or Messiah as predicted in the Bible;
* he is with God now and most important;
* He will be coming back in the Last Days to lead the believers against the 'Antichrist.'

This was too much for me. Especially since the evangelists that we used to travel around with all hated Muslims and Islam very much. They even said things that were not true to make people afraid of Islam. So, why would I want anything to do with these people?

My father was very active in supporting church work, especially church school programs. He became and ordained minister in the 1970s. He and his wife (my stepmother) knew many of the TV evangelists and preachers and even visited Oral Roberts and helped in the building of the "Prayer Tower" in Tulsa, OK. They also were strong supporters of Jimmy Swaggart, Jim and Tammy Fae Bakker, Jerry Fallwell, John Haggi and the biggest enemy to Islam in America, Pat Robertson.

Dad and his wife worked together and were most active in recording "Praise" tapes and distributing them for free to people in retirement homes, hospitals and homes for the elderly. And then in 1991 he began doing business with a man from Egypt and told me that he wanted me to meet him. This idea appealed to me when I thought about the idea of having an international flavor. You know, the pyramids, sphinx, Nile River and all that. Then my father mentioned that this man was a 'Moslem.'

I couldn't believe my ears. A 'Moslem?' No way!

I reminded my dad of the various different things that we had heard about these people, how they are - Terrorists; hijackers; kidnappers; bombers and who knows what else? Not only that but: They don't believe in God. They kiss the ground five times a day and they worship a black box in the desert.

No! I did not want to meet this 'Moslem' man. No way!

My father insisted that I meet him and reassured me that he was a very nice person. So, I gave in and agreed to the meeting. But on my terms.
I agreed to meet him on a Sunday after church so we would be all prayed up and in good standing with the Lord. I would be carrying my Bible under my arm as usual. I would have my big shiny cross dangling and I would have on my cap which says: "Jesus is Lord" right across the front. My wife and two young daughters came along and we were ready for our first encounter with the 'Moslems.'

When I came into the shop and asked my father where the 'Moslem' was, he pointed and said: "He's right over there." I was confused. That couldn't be the Moslem. No way. I'm looking for a huge man with flowing robes and big turban on his head, a beard half way down his shirt and eyebrows that go all the way
across his forehead.

This man had no beard. In fact, he didn't even have any hair on his head at all. He was very close to bald. And he was very pleasant with a warm welcome and handshake. This didn't make sense. I thought they are terrorists and bombers. What is this all about? Never mind. I'll get right to work on this guy.

He needs to be 'saved' and me and the Lord are going to do it. So, after a quick introduction, I asked him: "Do you believe in God?"

He said: "Yes."

(Good!)


Then I said: "Do you believe in Adam and Eve?"

He said: "Yes."

I said: "What about Abraham? You believe in him and how he tried to sacrifice his son for God?"

He said: "Yes."

Then I asked: "What about Moses?" "Ten Commandments?" "Parting the Red Sea?"

Again he said: "Yes."

Then: "What about the other prophets, David, Solomon and John the Baptist?"

He said: "Yes."

I asked: "Do you believe in the Bible?"

Again, he said: "Yes."

So, now it was time for the big question: "Do you believe in Jesus? That he was the Messiah (Christ) of God?"

Again the said: "Yes."

Well now: "This was going to be easier than I had thought." He was just about ready to be baptized only he didn't know it. And I was just the one to do it, too. I was winning souls to the Lord day after day and this would be a big achievement for me, to catch one of these 'Moslems' and 'convert' him to Christianity.

I asked him if he liked tea and he said he did. So off we went to a little shop in the mall to sit and talk about my favorite subject: Beliefs. While we sat in that little coffee shop for hours talking (I did most of the talking) I came to know that he was very nice, quiet and even a bit shy. He listened attentively to every word that I had to say and did not interrupt even one time. I liked this man's way and thought that he had definite potential to become a good Christian.

To Be Contd.

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50 signs of the Day of Judgement....

The Signs are listed in roughly chronological order, although the order is not necessarily precise, especially for those in the future.

This is a brief summary of the signs; there are many books, articles, and cassettes etc., which discuss these in greater detail. May Allah enable us to recognize and heed the Signs, and strengthen us in the times of tribulation.

"Are they waiting for anything except the Hour, to come to them suddenly? But its Signs have already come!" (Al-Quran, Surah Muhammad)

Past
1. Splitting of the Moon.

2. Death of the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

3. A form of death, which will kill thousands of Muslims. (Understood to refer to the plague of Amwas during the caliphate of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab.)

4. A major fighting in Madinah (understood to refer to the battle of al-Harrah during the caliphate of Yazid, 63 AH).

5. The Muslim conquest of Jerusalem.

6. The Muslim conquest of Constantinople.

7. Two large groups of Muslims will fight in war.

8. A war between the Muslims and a reddish people with small eyes, wearing sandals made of hair (understood to refer to the Mongol Tatar invasion of the Islamic lands.)

9. A peace agreement between the Muslims and non-Muslims from the yellow race (Chinese, Mongols, etc.)

10. Thirty impostors (Dajjaal) will appear, each thinking he is a prophet.

Present
11. Naked, destitute, barefoot shepherds will compete in building tall buildings.

12. The slave-woman will give birth to her master or mistress.

13. A trial (fitnah), which will enter every Arab household.

14. Knowledge will be taken away (by the death of people of knowledge), and ignorance will prevail.

15. Wine (intoxicants, alcohol) will be drunk in great quantities.

16. Illegal sexual intercourse will become widespread.

17. Earthquakes will increase.

18. Time will pass more quickly.

19. Tribulations (fitan) will prevail.

20. Bloodshed will increase.

21. A man will pass by the grave of another and wish he was in the latter’s place.

22. Trustworthiness will be lost, i.e. when authority is given to those who do not deserve it.

23. People will gather for prayer, but will be unable to find an imam to lead them.

Future
24. The number of men will decrease, whilst the number of women will increase, until for every man there are 50 women.

25. The Euphrates will reveal a treasure of gold, and many will die fighting over it, each one hoping to be the one who gains the treasure.

26. The Romans (Europeans) will come to a place called A’maq or Wabiq, and an army of the best people will go forth from Madinah to face them.

27. The Muslim conquest of Rome.

28. The Mahdi (guided one) will appear, and be the Imam of the Muslims.

29. Jesus Christ will descend in Damascus, and pray behind the Mahdi.

30. Jesus will break the cross and kill the swine, i.e. destroy the false Christianity.

31. The Antichrist (al-masih al-dajjal, the false Christ) will appear, with all his tools of deception, and be an immense trial. He will be followed by 70,000 Jews from Isfahan (present-day Iran).

32. The appearance of Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog and Magog), and the associated tribulations.

33. The emergence of the Beast from the Earth, carrying the Staff of Moses and the Seal of Solomon, who will speak to the people, telling them they did not believe with certainty in the Divine Signs.

34. A major war between the Muslims (including Jews and Christians who truly believe in Jesus after his return) led by the Imam Mahdi, and the Jews plus other non-Muslims led by the Antichrist.

35. Jesus will kill the Antichrist at the gate of Ludd (Lod in present-day Israel, site of an airport and a major Israeli military base).

36. A time of great peace and serenity during and after the remaining lifetime of Jesus.

37. Wealth will come so abundant that it will become difficult to find someone to accept charity.

38. Arabia will become a land of gardens and rivers.

39. Society will then decay.

40. The buttocks of the women of the tribe of Daws will again sway in circumambulation (tawaf) around the idol Dhul-Khulsah.

41. A great fire in the Hijaz, seen by the inhabitants of Busra.

42. Three major armies will sink into the earth: one in the east, one in the west, and one in Arabia.

43. An Abyssinian leader with thin shins will destroy the Ka’bah.

44. The huge cloud of smoke.

45. The sun will rise from the west (its place of setting).

46. A gentle wind, which will take the souls of the believers.

47. There is no-one left on the earth saying, "Allah, Allah" or "There is no god except Allah."

48. Eventually the Day of Judgment is established upon the worst of the people, who copulate like donkeys in public.

49. The blowing in the Trumpet by the Angel Israfil, upon which everyone will faint except as Allah wills.

50. The second blowing in the Trumpet, upon which everyone will be resurrected

Food...

The sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him)

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.)

Life Based on Ethics and Wisdom *

Life Based on Ethics and Wisdom *

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[In whatever matter you [Muhammad] may be involved, whatever portion of the Qur'an you may be reciting, and whatever work you [humankind] may be doing, We witness you when you are engaged in it. Not even the weight of a speck of dust in the earth or sky escapes your Lord, nor anything lesser or greater: It is all written in a clear record. But for those who are on Allah's side there is no fear, nor shall they grieve. For those who believe and are conscious of Allah, for them there is good news in this life and in the Hereafter — there is no changing the promises of Allah — that is truly the supreme triumph.] (Yunus 10:61-64)
Every day we are involved in different decisions related to our life affairs: our food, clothes, business, sports, entertainment, relations with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, Muslims, non-Muslims, and so on. Sometimes the issues are simple and easy, and sometimes they are complex and difficult. Sometimes they are of social and financial nature, and sometimes they are of economic and political nature. Sometimes they are national and sometimes international. Depending on who we are, our age, profession, and position in life, the place we live in, the circumstances and conditions surrounding us, we are all involved more or less, one way or another, in decision making.
Islam has a very strong ethical perspective. It teaches us that in whatever we say and whatever we do, we must think very carefully and our decisions must be ethical. We must keep in mind certain principles of our faith and certain rules of our life. Basically, each one of us is urged to consider the following:
1. Allah knows everything that I say and do, and everything is recorded in a permanent register of deeds.
2. On the Day of Judgment, I may be asked by Allah to give the account of every thing that I said and did in my life.
3. Is my action lawful or unlawful in the viewpoint of Islam, right or wrong, fair or unfair, good or bad?
4. What will be the consequences of my words and actions?
5. What are my other duties and responsibilities? Am I keeping a balance between all my duties and responsibilities?
6. What are the rights of others with whom I have relations and among whom I live?
7. What does my conscience say about the decision or action that I am going to take?
8. What is the goal of my life? What is my vision and mission?
In each and every situation, we should consult the Qur'an and the Sunnah, consensus of Muslim scholars, and mind and reason. We should also take into account customs, traditions, different cultures, and rules and regulations. Islam emphasizes all these things and puts them into consideration.
In Islamic terminology, this is also called al-hikmah (wisdom and sagacity). A wise person is he or she who knows what to do, when to do it, and in which situation.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) came to teach the Book of Allah — the Qur'an — and wisdom. This is mentioned many times in the Qur'an. (See Al-Baqarah 2:129, 151, and 231; Aal `Imran 3:164; An-Nisaa' 4:113; Al-Ahzab 33:34; Al-Jumu`ah 62:2). The Qur'an does not contain the rules only, but also the wisdom. The Sunnah is full of wisdom too. It gives us practical rules and guidelines for making ethical decisions. No one can make proper ethical decisions without being wise.
Let's take Prophet Yusuf (Joseph) (peace and blessings be upon him) as an example for ethical and wise handling of issues. The story of Prophet Yusuf is the most beautiful story in the Qur'an. It is the most rich, dramatic, and compelling story. It is full of ethical judgments. Prophet Yusuf was a very talented, intelligent, and handsome person. He had to deal with all kinds of situations: jealousy, deceit, slavery, seduction, and imprisonment, and also power, prestige, and authority.
In every situation, Prophet Yusuf acted in the most ethical manner. He survived hardships, had self-control in the face of seduction, and was compassionate and forgiving when he became powerful. He had no grudge against those who mistreated him nor against those who put him in prison. He forgave his brothers who threw him in a ditch. With all welcome, he received and fulfilled the request to interpret the vision of the King of Egypt, though Prophet Yusuf was still inEgypt's prison, and though the request came through a person who once was asked by Prophet Yusuf to remind the king of his case but forgot, causing Yusuf to remain in prison for extra years.
Prophet Yusuf did not hesitate to help the people of Egypt when they needed his help. He saved them from a disastrous famine, and in the process he was able to save his own family and his people as well. He was able to have them all migrate to Egypt.
In brief, Prophet Yusuf was smart, but he was not cunning. He knew how to take advantage of situations, but he was not an opportunist. He was a man of character, truth, and sincerity.
We have to learn how to live in every situation with great vision and understanding. We must not lose sight of our moral values under any situation. Whatever we say and do, we should be based on wisdom and ethics. Not all rules are written in the Qur'an and Hadith; a lot of rules and decisions depend upon our own conscience, the inner voice of our heart.
It is reported in a hadith thatWabisah ibn Ma`bad said,
I came to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) wishing to ask him everything concerning virtue and sin, but I found a gathering of people around him. I went towards him, crossing the people. They said to me, "Away, O Wabisah, get away from the Prophet." I said, "I am Wabisah; allow me to go near him. I really love to be close to him." The Prophet said, "Come near, O Wabisah, Come near." So I went very close to him (and sat so close to him) until my knees touched his knees. The Prophet said, "O Wabisah, should I tell you what you want to know or do you want to ask?" I said, "O Messenger of Allah, You tell me." He said, "You came to ask me about virtue and sin." I said, "Yes." The Prophet put his three fingers together and then kept sticking them to my chest and said, "O Wabisah, seek answer from your own self. Virtue is that in which the heart finds rest and soul finds peace, and sin is that which makes you uneasy and hesitant, even if people say it is all right." (Ahmad)

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Quarrelling...

The sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him)

"The most hated person in the sight of Allah is the most quarrelsome person."

Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 003 Book 043 Hadith number 637 Narrated by Aisha (r.a.)

Life Based on Ethics and Wisdom

Life Based on Ethics and Wisdom *

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[In whatever matter you [Muhammad] may be involved, whatever portion of the Qur'an you may be reciting, and whatever work you [humankind] may be doing, We witness you when you are engaged in it. Not even the weight of a speck of dust in the earth or sky escapes your Lord, nor anything lesser or greater: It is all written in a clear record. But for those who are on Allah's side there is no fear, nor shall they grieve. For those who believe and are conscious of Allah, for them there is good news in this life and in the Hereafter — there is no changing the promises of Allah — that is truly the supreme triumph.] (Yunus 10:61-64)
Every day we are involved in different decisions related to our life affairs: our food, clothes, business, sports, entertainment, relations with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, Muslims, non-Muslims, and so on. Sometimes the issues are simple and easy, and sometimes they are complex and difficult. Sometimes they are of social and financial nature, and sometimes they are of economic and political nature. Sometimes they are national and sometimes international. Depending on who we are, our age, profession, and position in life, the place we live in, the circumstances and conditions surrounding us, we are all involved more or less, one way or another, in decision making.
Islam has a very strong ethical perspective. It teaches us that in whatever we say and whatever we do, we must think very carefully and our decisions must be ethical. We must keep in mind certain principles of our faith and certain rules of our life. Basically, each one of us is urged to consider the following:
1. Allah knows everything that I say and do, and everything is recorded in a permanent register of deeds.
2. On the Day of Judgment, I may be asked by Allah to give the account of every thing that I said and did in my life.
3. Is my action lawful or unlawful in the viewpoint of Islam, right or wrong, fair or unfair, good or bad?
4. What will be the consequences of my words and actions?
5. What are my other duties and responsibilities? Am I keeping a balance between all my duties and responsibilities?
6. What are the rights of others with whom I have relations and among whom I live?
7. What does my conscience say about the decision or action that I am going to take?
8. What is the goal of my life? What is my vision and mission?
In each and every situation, we should consult the Qur'an and the Sunnah, consensus of Muslim scholars, and mind and reason. We should also take into account customs, traditions, different cultures, and rules and regulations. Islam emphasizes all these things and puts them into consideration.
In Islamic terminology, this is also called al-hikmah (wisdom and sagacity). A wise person is he or she who knows what to do, when to do it, and in which situation.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) came to teach the Book of Allah — the Qur'an — and wisdom. This is mentioned many times in the Qur'an. (See Al-Baqarah 2:129, 151, and 231; Aal `Imran 3:164; An-Nisaa' 4:113; Al-Ahzab 33:34; Al-Jumu`ah 62:2). The Qur'an does not contain the rules only, but also the wisdom. The Sunnah is full of wisdom too. It gives us practical rules and guidelines for making ethical decisions. No one can make proper ethical decisions without being wise.
Let's take Prophet Yusuf (Joseph) (peace and blessings be upon him) as an example for ethical and wise handling of issues. The story of Prophet Yusuf is the most beautiful story in the Qur'an. It is the most rich, dramatic, and compelling story. It is full of ethical judgments. Prophet Yusuf was a very talented, intelligent, and handsome person. He had to deal with all kinds of situations: jealousy, deceit, slavery, seduction, and imprisonment, and also power, prestige, and authority.
In every situation, Prophet Yusuf acted in the most ethical manner. He survived hardships, had self-control in the face of seduction, and was compassionate and forgiving when he became powerful. He had no grudge against those who mistreated him nor against those who put him in prison. He forgave his brothers who threw him in a ditch. With all welcome, he received and fulfilled the request to interpret the vision of the King of Egypt, though Prophet Yusuf was still inEgypt's prison, and though the request came through a person who once was asked by Prophet Yusuf to remind the king of his case but forgot, causing Yusuf to remain in prison for extra years.
Prophet Yusuf did not hesitate to help the people of Egypt when they needed his help. He saved them from a disastrous famine, and in the process he was able to save his own family and his people as well. He was able to have them all migrate to Egypt.
In brief, Prophet Yusuf was smart, but he was not cunning. He knew how to take advantage of situations, but he was not an opportunist. He was a man of character, truth, and sincerity.
We have to learn how to live in every situation with great vision and understanding. We must not lose sight of our moral values under any situation. Whatever we say and do, we should be based on wisdom and ethics. Not all rules are written in the Qur'an and Hadith; a lot of rules and decisions depend upon our own conscience, the inner voice of our heart.
It is reported in a hadith thatWabisah ibn Ma`bad said,
I came to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) wishing to ask him everything concerning virtue and sin, but I found a gathering of people around him. I went towards him, crossing the people. They said to me, "Away, O Wabisah, get away from the Prophet." I said, "I am Wabisah; allow me to go near him. I really love to be close to him." The Prophet said, "Come near, O Wabisah, Come near." So I went very close to him (and sat so close to him) until my knees touched his knees. The Prophet said, "O Wabisah, should I tell you what you want to know or do you want to ask?" I said, "O Messenger of Allah, You tell me." He said, "You came to ask me about virtue and sin." I said, "Yes." The Prophet put his three fingers together and then kept sticking them to my chest and said, "O Wabisah, seek answer from your own self. Virtue is that in which the heart finds rest and soul finds peace, and sin is that which makes you uneasy and hesitant, even if people say it is all right." (Ahmad)

Refuting claims of Taslima.

Refuting claims of Taslima.
by Nasreen Malik
It is very unfortunate that in this fast growing age of communication the muslim world is still unable to procure a media which would give voice to its views.What is more unfortunate is that the media highlights those things which go against Islam, without probing into its authenticity.
One of such articles was published lately in the Sunday Times.The writer of the article was the well known feminist and atheist Taslima Nasrin.She has severly condemned the Holy Quran without having an adequate and proper knowledge of the same.
She has written that 'The Quran had wrong informaton about the solar system - the sun moves around the earth,while the earth stands still because of the support of the mountains.'
No where in the Quran do we find even a slight indication of the above mentioned thing.The Holy Quran is in perfect confirmity with not only the science of modern cosmolgy but with all the other realms of science as well.
Regading the movement of the Sun and the Moon, the Quran states in surah - Anbiyaa [21:33]
"It is He who created the night and the day and the sun and the moon [and all the celestial bodies] swim along, each in its rounded course."
It is now a proven fact that all the celestial bodies float in the space but the Quran had revealed this 1400 years back. Scientists throughout the world are amazed with the scientific facts mentioned in the Quran.
Dr. Alfred Kroner,who is a renowned geologist and the chairman of the department of Geosciences, Johannes Gutenberg University,Mainz,Germany, says, ' thinking where Muhammad came from I think it is almost impossible that he could have known about things like the common origin of the universe, because scientists have only found out within the last few years, with very complicated and advanced technological methods, that this is the case.'
Taslima writes further in the article that ' The women in the Quran were treated as slaves.They were nothing but sexual objects.'
As far as the issue of the status of woman in Islam is concerned, it has been the focus of attention since last many years. Before we proceed to know the status of woman in Islam lets take a glance over the views of other civilizations in this respect. The Christian and the Jewish doctrine about woman was that 'she opens the door to satanic temptations '. In Hinduism, the woman stood debarred from being educated in the Vedas. The Greeks regarded woman as a sub-human creature whose status in society was in every way inferior to man. She was considered the root cause of all human ills and misfortunes.The condition in Rome, Iran, China, Egypt and the other centers of civilization was not any different. Centuries of inhuman treatment and universal contempt meted out to the woman had disgraced her in her own eyes. She herself had developed the mentality that she had no right and was not entitled to any place of honour in the world.
It was Islam which,at that critical juncture, granted the woman vast social and economic rights, elevated her status and provided such moral and legal safegaurds in its system for the protection of her rights and status that the like of these cannot be found in any ancient or modern social system of the world.
It was the Prophet of Islam (pbuh) who first taught the world that woman is as much a human being as man.
"Allah created you from a single soul, and from the same soul created his mate." [4:1]
Woman in Islam has a share in inheritance, she has the right to choose her husband, she has vast legal rights to obtain separation from her husband who is cruel, impotent or whom she abhors, she has the right to remarry in case of divorce or widowhood. She has full rights to own her property and to dispose it according to her will. She has the right to obtain education. In fact islam makes it possible for the woman to attain the highest degree of progress and advancement, as a woman but to become the man is non of her rights. It is neither good for her nor for the society that she should be trained for the masculine life.
The following verses of the Holy Quran would suffice to convey the idea of how highly Islam has honoured woman and elevated her status in the society.
"And among his signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves that you may dwell in tranquility with them and He has put love and mercy between your hearts." [30:21]
"Their Lord answered their prayer {and said} :'I never let go to waste the labour of anyone that works among you, whether male or female, for in My sight all of you are alike' ." [3:195]
"Wives have the same rights as the husbands have on them in accordance with the well known principles." [2:228]
Taslima adds that she does not need religion for inner peace. Her conscience and her knowledge are good enough for that. Its her conscience that makes her do good act rather than the fear of God. Its true that man has been endowed with the capacity to aquire knowledge, the faculty to think and reflect and the ability to distinguish right from wrong, but at the same time God has granted him a certain amount of freedom of will and action. The question which aises now is whether our conscience would always be capable of guiding us towards the right path or not ?
Our conscience might urge us to feed a hungry mouth or to do some other good act now and then but will it be consistent in it and more important than this will it always be strong enough to abstain us from fulfilling our malicious desires ? Will it be powerful enough to overcome the weaknesses of our soul ? Will it be firm enough to resist the temptations of this materialistic life ? The answer is definately no. Our conscience is too feeble and too unstable to be relied on, in this respect.
That is the reason why the need of religion arises, because its not the conscience but the God consciousness or the fear of God which prevents us from going astray.Thats why our Creator, who is a being of perfect knowledge and wisdom, has given us a complete way of life in the form of the Holy Quran.
The guidelines which Islam sets upon us do not handicap us in any way, rather not only do they help us in becoming better human beings but they work for the betterment of the community as a whole.
Thus its quite easy to refute false claims of people like Taslima Nasrin. But the tragedy is that their views are supported by those vested interest who are always trying to degrade the image of Islam and they are having the most powerful weapon in their hands called Media. Simultaneously we must admit that to some extent Muslims themselves are also responsible for this misuse. Inspite of being blessed with the heavenly guidance in the form of Quran, we are engaged in this materialistic world and don`t even try to ponder over it. Therefore misinterpretation, misquoting and misuse in the hands of Media through so called Knighthood holder or Taslima are easily propogated and truth is suppressed. This tragedy will continue if we ourselves prefer to walk in the dark and leave the Light i.e; Al- Quran.

Generousity- Ihsan

In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.


All praise is for Allah, the Most High, the Lord of the Worlds. And May Peace be upon His Prophets and His Angels. May Allah's blessings be upon our Holy Prophet, Muhammad (sallallaho 'alaihi wasallam).

"Generosity - Ihsaan"

"And do not make mischief in the earth after its reformation, and call on Him fearing and hoping;
surely the mercy of Allah is nigh to the Muhsineen ( those who do good (to others))." [Al-Quran 7:56]

Abu Dharr (RA) reported that Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said, "He has been successful whose heart Allah has made sincere towards faith, whose heart He has made free from unbelief, his tongue truthful, his soul calm, his nature straight, whose ear He has made attentive and his eye observant. The ear is a funnel and the eye is a repository for what the heart learns. He is successful whose heart is made retentive." [al Tirmidhi - 5200]

Assalamu 'alalikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,

Ihsaan is to be generous with others, doing favours secretly or openly, without asking for any compensation for the generosity. Being generous is a marvelous characteristic of a human being, which is free from selfishness, greediness and arrogance. A generous person (Muhsin), not only respects the rights of others but also gives more from his own generousity, purely for the sake of Allah. For such a person who spends his/her wealth, efforts, time etc for the benefits of Allah's Creatures, is there anyone who can reward him/her better than Allah himself?

Sayyidina Isa (Jesus, May Allah's blessings be upon him) is quoted in the Qur'an as saying:

قال اني عبدالله اتاني الكتاب وجعلني نبيا ¤ وجعلني مباركا اين ماكنت واوصاني بالصلاة والزكاة مادمت حيا

"He (Iesa (Jesus)) said: Verily! I am a slave of Allah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet;" ¤ "And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined on me Salat (prayer), and Zakat, as long as I live." Al-Quran [ سورة مريم (Maryam) - 19:30-31]

The saying, "And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be...", reminds us about the generosity of the Prophets, as we know the simplicity of the Prophet Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them), they both had a simple life, but filled with generousity and compassion for those who were around them and this is the path of any Muhsin (or Muslim). Allah has commanded us to be generous with those who are around us (spreading nice fragrance...), starting from those who are nearest to us (such as Our parents, children, relatives, neighbours, travellers, etc), as Ar-Rahmaan (the Most Compassionate) has said:

واعبدوا الله ولاتشركوا به شيئا وبالوالدين احسانا وبذي القربى واليتامى والمساكين والجار ذي القربى والجار الجنب والصاحب بالجنب وابن السبيل وماملكت ايمانكم ان الله لايحب من كان مختالا فخورا

  • And serve Allah. Ascribe no thing as partner unto Him. (Show) kindness unto parents, and unto near kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and unto the neighbour who is of kin (unto you) and the neighbour who is not of kin, and the fellow-traveller and the wayfarer and (the slaves) whom your right hands possess. Lo! Allah loveth not such as are proud and boastful, Al-Quran [ سورة النساء (Nisaa) - 4:36]

وسارعوا الى مغفرة من ربكم وجنة عرضها السماوات والارض اعدت للمتقين ¤ الذين ينفقون في السراء والضراء والكاظمين الغيظ والعافين عن الناس والله يحب المحسنين

  • And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord; and a Garden, the extensiveness of which is (as) the heavens and the earth, it is prepared for those who guard (against evil). ¤ Those who spend (benevolently) in ease as well as in straitness, and those who restrain (their) anger and pardon men; and Allah loves the Muhsineen (doers of good (to others)). Al-Quran [ سورة آل عمران (Aal-e-Imran) - 3:133-134]

وانفقوا في سبيل الله ولاتلقوا بايديكم الى التهلكة واحسنوا ان الله يحب المحسنين

  • And spend in the way of Allah and cast not yourselves to perdition with your own hands, and do good (to others); surely Allah loves the Muhsineen (doers of good). Al-Quran [ سورة البقرة (Baqarah) - 2:195]

Generosity is not limited to just paying some money, but rather there are many ways to be kind such as speaking kindly, smiling, forgiving, encouraging goodness, protecting from evil, strengthening in sadness, helping elders etc. In fact, Islam teaches us to be kind even with the animals.

Abu Hurayrah (radhi Allahu 'anhu) narrated:

The Prophet said, "A man felt very thirsty while he was on the way, there he came across a well. He went down the well, quenched his thirst and came out. Meanwhile he saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. He said to himself, "This dog is suffering from thirst as I did." So, he went down the well again and filled his shoe with water and watered it. Allah thanked him for that deed and forgave him. The people said, "O Allah's Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?" He replied: "Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate (living being)." [Sahih Bukhari - 003_043_646]

Abu Hurayrah (radhi Allahu 'anhu) narrated:

Allah's Apostle said, "Anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not harm his neighbor, and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should talk what is good or keep quiet.
[Sahih Bukhari - 008_073_047]

Abu Hurayrah (radhi Allahu 'anhu) narrated:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: The believer is simple and generous, but the profligate is deceitful and ignoble.
[Abu Dawud - 041_4772]

Abu Hurayrah (radhi Allahu 'anhu) narrated:

Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said, "The generous man is near Allah, near Paradise, near men and far from Hell, but the miserly man is far from Allah, far from Paradise, far from men and near Hell. Indeed, an ignorant man who is generous is dearer to Allah than a worshipper who is miserly."
[Tirmidhi - 1869]

Ibn Abbas (radhi Allahu 'anhu) narrated:

Allah's Apostle was the most
generous of all the people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan when Gabriel met him. Gabriel used to meet him every night of Ramadan to teach him the Qur'an. Allah's Apostle was the most generous person, even more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds). [Sahih Bukhari - 001_001_005]

Once again, for such a person who spends his/her wealth, efforts, time etc for the benefits of Allah's Creatures, is there anyone who can reward him/her better than Allah himself?

There is atleast one big reward, which will please every seeker of wisdom, insha' Allah. Allah the Most High, has said in at least two places that knowledge and wisdom is granted to such Muhsineen (generous).

ولما بلغ اشده اتيناه حكما وعلما وكذلك نجزي المحسنين

  • And when he (Yusuf/Joseph) had attained his maturity, We gave him wisdom and knowledge: and thus do We reward the Muhsineen. Al-Quran [ سورة يوسف (Yusuf) - 12:22]

ولما بلغ اشده واستوى اتيناه حكما وعلما وكذلك نجزي المحسنين

  • And when he (Musa/Moses) attained his maturity and became full grown, We granted him wisdom and knowledge; and thus do We reward Muhsineen. Al-Quran [ سورة القصص (Qusas) - 28:14]

يؤتي الحكمة من يشاء ومن يؤت الحكمة فقد اوتي خيرا كثيرا ومايذكر الا اولوا الالباب

  • He grants wisdom to whom He pleases; and whoever is granted wisdom is indeed given a great wealth, yet none except people of understanding learn a lesson from it. Al-Quran [ سورة البقرة (Baqarah) - 2:269]

Therefore, let us try to be helpful, if we cannot be beneficial then we should at least try not be harmful.



"Glory be to your Lord, the Lord of Honor, He is free from what they ascribe to Him!
Peace be on the Messengers, and praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds." Al-Quran [37:180-182]

wa Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatu Allah,

Abdullah

Swearing...

The sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him)

"Do not swear by your fathers; and whoever wants to swear should swear by Allah."

Sahih Bukhari Hadith No. 498 Book 93, Volume 009 Narrated by Hazrat IbnUmar (r.a.)

Friday, July 27, 2007

Spending...

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[17. Surah Al-Israa : Ayah 82]


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[17. Surah Al-Israa : Ayah 26]

And give to the near of kin his due and (to) the needy and the wayfarer, and do not squander wastefully.




[17. Surah Al-Israa : Ayah 27]


Surely the squanderers are the fellows of the Shaitans and the Shaitan is ever ungrateful to his Lord.


Our Lord! accept from us; surely Thou art the Hearing, the Knowing.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Women embracing the faith find it liberating

Women embracing the faith find it liberating
By Diana Freundl
It was a list of questions that brought Huda to the Taipei Grand Mosque. "Why can't they eat pork? Why must women cover up? And why, if men can take four wives, can't women take four husbands?"
After enrolling in a six-week course on the fundamentals of Islam she found her answers, and she found religion. "When I first heard about the course, I told myself, `This is your time to learn something new.' I discovered how to live my life according to the Qur'aan, and now I feel very peaceful," she said.
While stories of suicide attacks and beheadings permeate news coverage from Afghanistan and the Middle East, Taipei Grand Mosque Imam Ma Shiao-chi said the number of people visiting the mosque with questions about Islam has increased.
"The news always highlights the bad things. About 90 per cent of the news is negative. They hear stories about people getting their heads cut off and think Islam is a bad religion. They know very few things about Islam. They want to know what makes people do these things," he said.
Their reasons for converting to Islam vary, but these women are finding freedom in Islam.
Most of those going to the mosque are women, he said. Whether they were born into a non-practicing Muslim family, converted for marriage, or, like Huda, are simply curious to learn more about the religion, the women Shiao-chi meets want to better understand the role of women in Islam. Perhaps they have no intentions of converting but at least they take the time to dispel a few stereotypes about the religion, he said.
Some, however, do convert. As a teenager, Sana researched various religions and recalls visiting several temples, but it was Islam that appealed most to her. "So many things led me to feel Islam was the right religion. Even, when I was a child, I never liked to eat pork," she said.
After living in Pakistan with her husband and children for eight years, Sana said she is now re-adjusting to being part of a minority religion in Taiwan.
Taiwan has an estimated 130,000 Muslims, less than half of which are Chinese-Muslims.
"I am Chinese and I am Muslim. I respect both cultures," Sana said giving the example of wearing a white headscarf (a colour often associated with death in Taiwan). "If it makes someone feel sad, I take it off."
Sana and Huda describe wearing the hijab as an honour and affirmation of their faith. They agreed, however, that while its purpose is to prevent unwanted attention to their bodies, it in fact often draws more attention. This they said is part of learning to live in a non-Muslim society.
Likewise, Huda, who works in an international trading company, was originally told she could not wear her hijab at work, as it might make clients uncomfortable. "Eventually my colleagues and boss accepted it. It took time, but they know being Muslim is an important part of my life," she said.
While Shiao-chi criticised the unfair portrayal of Islam in the media, he said Muslim practitioners in Taiwan experience little persecution from the public. One reason, he said, might have to do with the small number of followers. "We are very few, so we are not really a risk to them," he said.
The majority of Chinese practising Islam are second- and third-generation Muslims, whose families came to Taiwan with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) in 1949. As years passed, people started to relax their religious observations, Shiao-chi said.
"A lot of Muslims in Taiwan were born Muslim, but not all of them pray everyday and some started to eat pork. But Islam is a lifestyle. You need to do the Muslim practices (ie the five pillars of Islam) or else it is easy to lose the religion," he said.
Nadia was born into a non-practising Chinese-Muslim household. Following in her sister's footsteps, she made the transition to a more pious observance during college. As she learned more about the religion, she began to dress more conservatively, covering all but her face and hands. "It was just an outfit on the outside, but it changed my life on the inside. I felt more confident," she said.
In addition to Muslims rediscovering their lost faith, Shiao-chi said most women embracing Islam in Taiwan do so for marriage. Of the 20 new converts last year, 12 were for marriage, he said.
According to the Holy Qur'aan, a Muslim man can marry a woman from a monotheistic religion (Islam, Christianity and Judaism), but he is prohibited from marrying a woman from a polytheistic religion (Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, etc).
Marriage is how Aisha entered Islam 20 years ago. "In the beginning it was just for marriage. I could accept that there is only one god and not eat pork. I couldn't wear the hijab," she said.
A decade later she started reading the Qur'aan, attending classes and wearing the headscarf, and feels her relationship with her husband is better for it. "Now we have the same way of looking at things. I can communicate better with my husband," she said.
Each of the women said Islam places a large emphasis on respect and equality for women. One of the most debated gender issues is the tradition that allows Muslim men to take four wives.
Sana said she would find it difficult to share her husband with another woman, but noted the practice is not exclusive to Islam.
"My father had three wives, but not the legal way. This hurt my mother and me a lot. He never asked my mother and he never treated all of his children the same," she said.
"Even if I agreed to a second marriage, there are many rights to protect me and my property. He (my husband) must still provide for me and our children," Sana said.
The women and the Imam said the conditions under which a man is permitted to take four wives make it virtually impossible for him to do so. According to the Qur'aan, a man must treat each of his wives equally, both financially and intimately.
"I don't think most men--Muslim and non-Muslim--are able to treat four women equally," Sana said. Does she think a woman could treat four men equally? "Oh, so many kids," she said, laughing.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

12 Wonders of the Holy Qur’an

12 Wonders of the Holy Qur’an



V. *"And indeed We created man (Adam) out of an extract of clay (water and earth)." (TMQ, Surat Al-Mu'minun – The Believers: 12)

This holy ayah appears in the second tenth of Surat Al-Mu'minun, which is a Makkan Surah. This Surah contains 118 ayahs. It is named in praise of the Mu'minun (Believers), demonstrating some of their merits. The main theme of this holy Surah is faith in Allah (SWT) as One and Only God who is the Self-Sufficient Master that all creatures depend on, and the One who is comparable to none; no one shares His Rule, or claims His Power. It also glorifies Allah and eliminates any description that does not befit His Glory.



Signs of creation in Surat Al-Mu'minun:


1. The creation of man from an extract of clay.

2. The extremely accurate description of the successive stages of embryonic development, and the description of the womb as "a safe lodging" (Al-Mu'minun: 13)

3. The creation of the seven skies and the levels in between.

4. The rain and how it is sent down as needed then stored under the surface of the earth, which proves that the origin of the subterranean reserves of water is rain.

5. The stress on the strong link between sending down rain from the sky and bringing forth plants from the earth along with creating the orchards of palms, grapes, and other fruit trees, in addition to different cropping plants like grain, greens, leaves, stalks and roots.

6. The description of olive trees as a source of oil and a relish to the eaters, with emphasis on the olive trees that grow in Mount Sinai in particular.

7. The description of the cattle as an example for contemplators, especially getting the milk out of their bellies, their edible meat, and using them for transportation and carrying luggage the same way we use ships; yet with more benefits.

8. Mentioning the creation of the sense of hearing before the rest of the senses like eyesight or hearts (comprehending); a fact that has been proved lately by anatomical studies.

9. Using the “alternation of night and day” as a slightly implicit signal to the fact that the Earth travels around the sun.



To scientifically explain each one of these issues we need a special session for each of them. Consequently, I will only discuss the first point in the list, which is the creation of man from “an extract of clay” as it appears in the twelfth ayah of the Surah. But, before proceeding I have to survey the views of scholars and their interpretations of the implications of this ayah.



Interpretations of this ayah by some scholars:


"And indeed We created man (Adam) out of an extract of clay (water and earth)." (TMQ, Al-Mu'minun: 12).



· Ibn-Kathir (RA) mentioned what can be summarized as: Allah describes the beginning of creation with Adam who was made from extracts of clay of altered black smooth mud. Ibn-Jarir also said that Adam’s name was derived from the word “mud” because he was created from it. Moreover, Qatada said that Adam came out of mud, hence, he is a creature of the soil. In addition, the Prophet (PBUH) said, "Allah has created Adam from a handful from all earth, so the sons of Adam came similar to earth, some of them are red, white, black and in between; evil, good and in between".

· “Safwat At-Tafasir” (The Essence of Interpretations), (may Allah reward its writer) includes an interpretation that the ayah that can be translated as, “And indeed We created man (Adam) out of an extract of clay (water and earth)."”, is an answer to an implicit oath in the ayah as if it were to be said as “By Allah, We have created man from an essence and extract taken from mud." Referring to the word “man” in the ayah, Ibn - Abbas said, "He is Adam because he came out of mud".

· Other interpretations present a similar view, so I will not mention them to avoid repetition.



Linguistic implications of the Holy ayah:


Clay (Teen): It is soil mixed with water. It is mentioned in some of the Qur’anic ayahs like: *"and He began the creation of man from clay."* (TMQ, As-Sajda: 7),* "He it is Who has created you from clay:* (TMQ, Al-An'am: 2), *"Shall I prostrate myself to one whom You created from clay?"* (TMQ, Al- Isra': 61), *"And indeed We created man (Adam) out of an extract of clay (water and earth)."* (TMQ, Al-Mu'minun: 12), *"O Haman, to bake (bricks out of) clay"* (TMQ, Al-Qasas: 38) (The Arabic verb is Taan: Motayan or Tayana: Tatyeenan, which some linguists may disagree with, and the noun Teena: means natural disposition.)



Extract (Solalah): Means the extract that is taken out in secret; it is what can be drawn out or separated from something else. While Ensal-la and Tasl-lala are two verbs that mean to withdraw from a group in secret, Sal-la or Asal-la (verbs) mean to take something out from its place. Saleel (noun) means the male descendant, and its feminine noun is Saleelah.



Toraab (Soil): It is a solid and tough substance formed from micro particles (very fine grains) in the size of those of clay and silt (1/16 of a millimeter of the grain's diameter, or 00.062 – of a millimeter). Because of their very small size, these particles can be carried by wind for long distances and for long periods, especially in whirlwinds. When the wind slows down, these particles drop to the earth.



Soil is the result of disintegration of rocks via erosion factors, especially chemical weathering of minerals and rocks. It can also be the outcome of volcanic eruptions, drizzles of sea salt, pollen, bacteria, smoke, and ash particles. Soil may merge with some other cosmic particles that come from outside the sphere like meteoric dust and cosmic dust.



Scientific implications of this Holy ayah:


First: the chemical structure of the human body confirms the relation between man and clay. The human body consists mainly of water (54% to 70% or more) in addition to protein (11% to 17%), fat (14% to 26%), and other several substances and inorganic components (5% to 6%). According to the chemical analysis of the basic substances of the human body, we can see that it is composed of the following elements:



· Oxygen 65%.

· Carbon 18%.

· Hydrogen 10%.

· Nitrogen 3%.

· Calcium 1.4%.

· Phosphorous 7%.



In addition, there are some less abundant substances like iodine, fluorine, bromine, iron, copper, magnesium, zinc, chrome, cobalt, nickel, molybdenum, tin, vanadium, silicon, and aluminum. However, despite their rarity, the shortage of any of these substances may cause an imbalance in the functions of the human body.



The components of the human body correspond in general with the chemical composition of soil when combined with water, i.e. clay. Generally, soil is made of a number of clay minerals that depend in their structure on hydrated aluminum silica, and exceed ten in number. They differ according to the degree of hydration, the percentage of both aluminum and silicon, or through the addition of other substances like magnesium, potassium, etc.



Moreover, clay minerals are combined (mixed) with different proportions of sand grains (quartz), feldspars, mica, iron oxides, and some heavy minerals, in addition to a small percentage of volcanic ashes, sea lime (calcareous) and salt particles, and ash particles that result from various combustive operations. Soil is also mixed with pollen and other plant remnants, bacteria and the remnants of other microorganisms, some remnants of cosmic and meteoritic dust, in addition to several other organic substances from the waste of various living creatures. This combination makes the chemical composition of soil and water very similar to that of the human body.



Soil is fragmented fine-grained sediment. Its granular diameter (clay) does not exceed 1/257 of a millimeter, even if mixed with some granules of silt (the diameter of its granule is 1/16 mm, 1/256 mm) and sand (1/4 – 1/16 mm.)



The proportion of porosity is as high as 70% to 80% in recently formed clay sediments. On the other hand, this proportion decreases to only 13% in old clay (mudstone) rocks, especially in shale. This high proportion of porosity in newly formed clay sediments increases after denudation (weathering) and transformation into soil. Soil pores fill with different ions of other substances, in addition to water, air and micro – wastes of living creatures. If the proportion of water increases, clay transforms into mud. The extraction from which man was created is the substances and compounds dissolving in the water held between the grains of clay metals and cracks that form clay.



Second: Man depends on plants as his main food resource and this confirms the link between humans and clay: The roots of plants absorb the substances and compounds dissolved in the water, which is stored between soil particles. Plants grow and produce different crops that man and several animals (herbivores) eat. Even creatures that eat both meat and plants (like humans), or those that eat meat only (carnivores), live, thrive, and grow depending on this blend absorbed by plants from the space between clay particles, and which turn into clay, and then into mud by watering. That is why Allah (SWT) created plants before animals and humans, because plants are the only means to transform ground substances into food chains, which are necessary for human and animal survival. Indeed, Allah says the truth in His wisely revealed Book more than fourteen centuries ago; He says what can be translated as:

- *"And indeed We created man (Adam) out of an extract of clay"* (TMQ, Al-Mu'minun: 12).

- *"Who made everything He has created good, and He began the creation of man from clay"* (TMQ, As-Sajdah: 7).

- *"And Allah has brought you forth from the (dust of) earth. Afterwards He will return you into it (the earth), and bring you forth" (again on the Day of Resurrection) *(TMQ, Nuh: 17, 18).

- Also His words said by His slave and Messenger Saleh (AS) when he spoke to his people:* "O my people! Worship Allah: you have no other Ilah (God) but Him. He brought you forth from the earth and settled you therein"* (TMQ, Hud: 61)



So said the Prophet, the seal of all Prophets and Messengers, peace be upon them all, that the elements from which man is created gather in a bone at the end of the vertebral column (the coccyx), which he (PBUH) called the “tail-tip of the spinal chord”. According to the Prophet, this bone is in the magnitude of a mustard grain, and does not decay or gets consumed by earth after death. Scientific research has proved the authenticity of this statement: (Hans Spemann, 1935).



The Prophet (PBUH) added that on the Day of Judgment, Allah (SWT) will cause water to descend from the sky and people will sprout from their coccyx, like plants from their seeds.



Third: After death, human bodies start to decompose and transform into clay extracts before they merge with the soil. The relation between the human body and soil with its water content (mud) reasserts by the huge correspondence between their chemical structures. The growth of the human body (from the embryonic stage up to maturity) depends on some ground substances and their dissolved compounds. These substances are stored between the clay particles that form the earth’s soil, which plants transform (by the Mighty power of Allah) into fruits and crops edible for man. They can also be transformed into grass, which is eaten by animals, making food for man. This marvelous food chain, in which plants play an enormous role, originally came out of this clay extract that consists of many substances and compounds absorbed by plant roots. This supports the ayah in which Allah says *"And indeed We created man (Adam) out of an extract of clay"* (TMQ, Surat Al-Mu'minun: 12).



This truth is also confirmed by the fact that after death and decomposition, the body turns into dust. By reversing this cycle of creation, we will find that it starts with soil combined with water and then turned into mud. The water contained in the mud dissolves the dissolvable substances and compounds of soil. Among the particles of this clay, lies a more special extract (an extract of clay). By vaporizing the solutions that make this extract, its components stay between the particles of clay minerals, so clay stick together and become “sticky clay” (TMQ, As-Saffat: 11). After leaving this sticky clay to dry gradually, it starts to turn black and rotten *“sounding clay of altered black smooth mud”*(TMQ, Al-Hijr: 28), further dryness causes it to become *"sounding clay like the clay of pottery"* (TMQ, Ar-Rahman: 14). Finally, Allah breathes His soul into it so it becomes a man (Adam, father of humans).



When the soul leaves the body, the latter dries until it reaches the state of stone (clay). However, after burial, it starts gradual decomposition; an operation performed by the bacteria, fungi, algae, and viruses that lived within the body during life, and those living in the soil in which it is buried. Gradually, the color of the body changes; the body starts to have a rotten smell, and it becomes “sounding clay of altered black smooth mud.” Then it starts to decay completely and turn into sticky clay. Finally, the body's water content evaporates, and the body becomes part of the soil and merges with it, except for the coccyx that Allah (SWT) preserves with His mighty power until resurrection on the Day of Judgment.



The three arguments above support the reality Allah (SWT) revealed in the Qur’an fourteen centuries ago by saying: “And indeed we created man (Adam) out of an extract of clay.” Those who are taken by the theory of organic evolution argue that this clay is the origin of creation; the origin of the first cell created on earth. The theory also claims that through division and multiplication, this cell gave birth to millions of life forms, where each form is represented by billions of individuals that lived on earth through gradual stages, until they reached the state of humans. Nevertheless, the holy Qur'an confirms that Allah (SWT) is the Creator of all things. Moreover, the genetic code and its complexity prove the necessity of the special creation of each kind. Furthermore, the division of DNA points to the fact that if we review all the reserved DNA of all the billions of humans who live on earth today, those who died, and those who are yet to come until the Day of Judgment, we will find that they all originate from one genetic code found in the body of our father Adam (AS) the moment he was created.

Moreover, recent studies in molecular biology have proved the possibility of tracing biological races through mitochondrial DNA, which are micro molecules in the cell's liquid. Their mission is to support the living cell with the energy it needs. The DNA does not participate in the meiosis process for blending the genes of the parents, because it is taken from the mother's ovum only. This way, it would be possible to trace female generations back to great-grandmothers, until we come to the first mother Hawaa (Eve); this part of the mother's DNA does not change except by mutations inherited from a generation of mothers to another.

It has been discovered that all humans share one mitochondrial DNA that they have inherited from one grandmother who is the mother of all humanity, whose existence is assumed to have been 200,000 years ago. This scientific fact refutes the “Theory of Evolution” and the superstitions that claim man’s multiple origins; a theory supported by some western anthropologists that shattered humanity in fierce racial struggles based on such devilish ideas.

Indeed, Allah says the truth in His wisely revealed Book more than fourteen centuries ago; He says *"It is He Who has created you from a single person(Adam), and has given you a place of residing (on the earth or in your mother’s wombs) and a place of storage (In the earth (in your graves) or in your father’s loins). Indeed, We have explained in detail Our revelations (the Qur’an) for people who understand." * (TMQ, Al-An'am: 98)

This truth was discovered by human sciences only two decades ago, which proves that the source of this miraculous knowledge that came in the Qur'an fourteen centuries ago cannot be human, but only divine. Allah with His divine wisdom has blessed us with the Qur'an, and preserved it in its original form and language for more than fourteen centuries, until the day He inherits earth and all its creatures (the Day of Judgment). All the praises and thanks are to Allah for the grace of the Qur'an, for the grace of Islam, and for the grace of sending us our Master, the Most Noble Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Praise and thanks be to Allah for having assured He will preserve His sacred message until the Day of Judgment, so that it remains a reminder of Allah’s voice, and a proof of the delivered message until the Day of Resurrection. Finally, Peace and Blessings be upon our Master, The Most Noble Prophet Muhammad, his family, companions, followers, and the callers for his message. Our last supplication is all the praises and thanks are to Allah, the Lord of the 'Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists).

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