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The Spirit of `Eid Al-Fitr

`Eid is the day of thanks. It marks the end of the month of fasting. We feel happy and we give thanks to Allah that we obeyed His commands; we fasted during the month of Ramadan.

... there are two feelings that are clearly uppermost in our hearts and minds: the feeling of joy and satisfaction on the completion of our religious duty, and the feeling of brotherhood, sisterhood, and solidarity among ourselves ...

Let us keep this spirit of `Eid among us always. Let us strengthen our bond with our Creator and with each other. Let us be more united. Let us all become more and more committed to righteousness in our own lives, in the lives of our families, and in the society in which we live ...

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Fun and Celebrations in Islam

Q: How does one celebrate and have fun in Islam?

A: ... it is important to remember that Islam is not just a religion, but a complete way of life. It covers every aspect of our lives. Our lives are made up of very ordinary days, but they are also filled with days of sadness and days of great rejoicing, and Islam has something to say and something to contribute to all of this. However we feel, Islam helps us. Whatever we think, Islam informs our thinking.

It is most important to laugh and joke, then, and to show the world that Islam brings great happiness to our lives. It is not a faith of sin and punishment, but one of total hope in the mercy and the greatness of Allah. ..

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Faith on YouTube

Laura, a 33-year-old American Muslim convert from Virginia, uses YouTube to wash away misconceptions about her new faith.

She has posted over 23 videos over the past few months under the nickname AdvocateIslam.

In her videos, hijab-clad, plain-spoken Laura appears sitting in a home office, with a computer, some shelves of books and a small American flag as she addresses and corrects some of the common Western misconceptions on Islam.

Whenever she needs to read from the Noble Qur'an to explain tenets of her faith, Laura refers to a copy of the Muslim holy book on her laptop.

"I hope to do whatever I can to promote Islam for the sake of Allah." 

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Here is one of her talks explaining Islam:

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TV Program : Social Justice and Solidarity in Islam

A program last month in London presented by Dr. Tariq Ramadan with three guests from the UK:

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Ask About Muhammad

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1. do muslims say prayers for loved ones like christians do with scriptures from their bible?

2. Muslims pray 5 times a day but are they aloud to ask God to grant them things in their prayer?


3. Do Muslims believe that there's an evil spririt known to other religions as Satan and that he attacks?

4. DO muslims believe in protection of appointed angels?

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1- Muslims pray for their loved ones from their hearts and yes, the Qur’an includes some verses of supplication. Yet, people can choose in their supplication whatever words they want.
2- Yes, Muslims can ask God for their needs inside and outside the prayer.
3- Yes, Muslims believe that Satan is the arch-enemy of man and he is there to bewilder and deceive him all the time and man should seek help and refuge in God from Satan’s deception.
4- Yes, Muslims believe that two angels are there writing their deeds and that there are angels that are assigned to protect human beings.

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Freedom of Economic Activity

Interest has crumbled empires, while making oppressors out of others. Most importantly, our sustenance is determined by Allah, and He has promised to decrease the sustenance of the collector of interest and increase the sustenance of the one who gives alms. While the reality of this may seem against intellect, it is a fact that will be clear tone with a proper understanding of the Ability of Allah.

As the religion of the middle path, Islam decries extremism to either side and encourages moderation in all affairs. In terms of spending on oneself and on others, Islam condemns both niggardliness and extravagance. Niggardliness stems from a misunderstanding of the nature of wealth, which is from Allah and is bequeathed to people for a limited time. Whatever we do not spend of our wealth in this life is in reality not our wealth in the first place. Allah describes the abject nature of the niggard as a man having his hand tied to his neck and unable to extend it.

On the other hand, extravagance is also seen as distinctly un-Islamic. Lavishness and excess often lead to arrogance, and at the least, produce a tendency toward base desires. Additionally, they can breed envy and resentment between the affluent and less wealthy segments of society. The true Islamic way lies in temperance between extravagance and miserliness. It entails spending generously and practically, for to others, society, and oneself, while sincerely intending the pleasure of Allah

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Prophet Muhammad in the Bible

According to Islam, almost all previous prophets predicted Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon them all). Despite the distortions suffered by the Torah, the Psalms, and the Gospels, we find indications of his coming

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Love and Reverence for Prophet Muhammad

 

One of his companions described him as "the most generous in giving, most forbearing, softest by nature, the easiest to get along with, and most committed to truth and integrity. When one would first meet him one would be in awe of him, and those that came to know him came to love him." (At-Tirmidhi)

 

Another simply said, "When you saw him, you were seeing the sun in its glory." (Ad-Darimi)

 

In the sixth year after Hijrah the Prophet entered into a treaty of truce with Quraish (the people of Makkah, his home town from which he and the believers had had to flee in search of freedom to worship as they believed). Leading up to the treaty, Quraish had sent multiple emissaries to the Muslims' camp to get different people's perspectives on the state of the Muslims, their intent, their readiness for war, etc.

 

Each of the emissaries in turn came under one pretext or another and went back to Quraish with his analysis. One such emissary was Urwa ibn Masud, a well-traveled man with considerable experience in matters both military and diplomatic.

 

Upon his return he simply told his people, "I have visited Caesar in his court, and Khusraw in his palace. I have never met a people that love their leader the way the followers of Muhammad do." (Abu Al-Qasim Al-Suhaili, Al-Rawd Al-Anif, vol. 4, p. 47)

 

Together with this love, existing with it simultaneously, harmoniously, and quite naturally in view of the person and the role of the Messenger was a deep seated, essential reverence for Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Without such reverence the message would not be complete and the mission of the Prophet would be impossible.

 

Reverence for the messenger is in fact one of the keys to understanding. Messengers are chosen: the role is not one for which one prepares or auditions. Messengers are nurtured by God and prepared through life experience, trials of significant hardship, and manifest divine intervention for the heavy burden that they would have to bear.

 

It cannot be otherwise for someone that will serve as the living connection between the world of appearance and the world of reality. And it cannot be otherwise for someone that will bear the rejection of human beings and their enmity and injury while seeking with love and compassion to save them from their own injustice. And no one that recognizes these objective realities could fail to have the deepest reverence for such a person.

 

Such a person is no longer "just" a human being; he is in fact the human being par excellence. Humility before Truth generates reverence for the embodiment of truth. And the reverence becomes a lens that enables adequate vision of truth.

 

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Pilgrimage of Spiritual Awakening

In addition to Islam's spiritual, political, economic and other aspects, the religion is a social phenomenon constructed and understood through the vision and faith of its followers. As social phenomena, Islam and the Muslim community have changed since Islam's inception, and travel - whether it be in the form of Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca), hijra (migration from lands where the practice of Islam is hindered), ziyara (visits to exceptionally sacred spaces), or rihla (travel in search of knowledge) - has played an important role in bringing about these changes. These forms of travel signify, above all else, a departure from that which is familiar and an encounter with the unknown. Muslim travelers return from their journeys aware of and appreciative of diversity and difference. 

Appreciation of difference has always been important, but it is increasingly so in today's atmosphere of globalization. ...

The Hajj pulls believers out of their environment and places them among new surroundings; it also gives them a different pace, marked by both calming and frenetic rituals. It beckons Muslims to go on a journey like no other, with the destination the K'aba - the center of the Islamic world, the earth and the cosmos. In journeying to this center, pilgrims delve into their inner selves. The world, community and self are united in a mutual quest; the Hajj is a journey to the heart of Islam. 

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The Path to Paradise

The Meaning of Dhikr

Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah) must not only be felt by the heart and uttered with the tongue, but must also effect good deeds.

Significantly, Ibn Al-Qayyim suggests that dhikr encompasses "any and every particular moment when you are thinking, saying or doing things which Allah likes".

 

Hence, if your conversation is filled with the words of God, this is dhikr. And if all your actions are in accordance with His will, this is dhikr. Indeed Allah commends that we remember Him while standing, sitting and even while reclining. This is only possible if dhikr embraces every single aspect of life. ...

 

We may thus conclude, that attending to your personal needs, earning a livelihood and spending on your family are all forms of dhikr. But of course, they can only be dhikr if, alongside with the relevant supplications in the heart and on the tongue, they are done in obedience to Allah, for His pleasure, to attain Paradise ...

 

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God Bless Our Friendship

It is amazing how Allah Almighty, draws the reader's attention to two essential points that are definitely anchor points in any relation of friendship. The two points are:

  1. Who do we take as friends?
  2. How do we go about our friendship?

Many social theorists are of the opinion that friendship is the most powerful relation that provides "long term happiness". It is the only relation that the person chooses willingly, and continues in willingly, with no reluctant obligations whatsoever. We are born to find our parents and families to be our parents and families. ...

Since life is usually tough, full of hardships and obstacles on the way, then the person needs some company to keep him from deviating and to provide him warmth and companionship.

This is why God recommends that we would choose good company for this long-yet-temporal path. He does not want us to miss the point about this life. In case we are trapped with negative company, we will be trapped with their negative deeds. This is not because we would ever be judged for them, but because it is natural that friends share each other's lifestyle. They affect one another. ...

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Paradise: Spiritual or Physical?

Allah created us as both physical and spiritual beings. Angels are spiritual creatures only in that they were created from light. ...

Paradise is a place where no one will experience any type of worry or annoyance. No feelings of jealousy or ill-will would be found among the hearts of its inhabitants. There is no aging and no death, only happiness and enjoyment of the finest things of life, human life. The greatest reward, however, is to be able to look upon Allah as He really is and to have Allah's pleasure.

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Understanding Divine Decree

Part 1: Does God Know It All?

God has full and exact knowledge of the universe and all its contents. ...

Since God is beyond all time and space, both of which are united in His knowledge as a single point, and since His eternal, all-encompassing Knowledge does not depend on them, time is a unified whole.

Given this, precedence, sequence, or division of time, and all other time-related concepts do not exist for Him. We should always remember that our categories of past, present, and future time are only artificial categories designed to make our lives more manageable. Time and space are also only two dimensions of creation.

Everything eternally exists in God's knowledge, and He literally knows everything about everything. Divine power clothes a thing in material existence according to Divine will, and this transference from Knowledge into our own world takes place within the limits of time and space.

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