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Don't Hate… Educate

Prophet Muhammad's Communication Skills

This golden rule is reflected in the behavior of the Prophet who taught that a smile is charity, even to strangers, and always used a person's favorite name to address him, even with enemies.

 

He sat anywhere in a gathering not in the center, he didn't select a status title, and refused that people stand up for him. He always allowed personal direct contact for both friends and foes. He used to clear a place opposite him for the guest and never pulled away from the conversation first, even when it got aggressive.

 

Someone once pulled the Prophet's cloak forcefully to get his attention, but the Prophet didn't respond with equal force, he merely ordered him firmly to let go, and the man did out of the sheer authority of the order.

 

He respected even the youngest or poorest until each one thought himself the most favored ...

 

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Alhamdulillah, I like the title.
"Truthfully,whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak a word of good or keep quiet."-Prophet Muhammed(peace and blessings be upon him)
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Reliance on Allah & The Path to Paradise

 
Self-confidence is borne from the believer's intimate knowledge and understanding that Allah is ever ready to assist those who strive and struggle in His way.
 
Self-confidence comes from depending upon Allah and knowing that He is there to help you, protect you and shower His mercies upon you ...
 

Self-confidence also emanates from knowing that Allah in His infinite mercy has equipped you with all that you require to undertake the tasks set before you. It is not characteristic of the One that is Most Just and Most Merciful to prepare you for a task without equipping you with the necessary tools.

 

Self-confidence is thus borne of total reliance and trust in Allah. It is knowing that at every step of your journey, Allah is there assisting you. If you constantly hold yourself back believing that you are weak and incapable and blame your incompetence on minor inadequacies, then you are bound to fail. ...

 
Likewise, having hope is central to your efforts and your success. You must sincerely hope and believe that everything you do to earn the pleasure of Allah will lead you to fulfillment ...
 
 
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Q: How Does Islam View Human Emotions?

Islam and Emotional Management

 

Emotional interaction is inevitable. We experience emotions constantly in our daily lives in relation to events and people. But, to what extent should we allow ourselves to affect and get affected?

 

Islam teaches moderation in everything, aiming to create equilibrium so that one is always at peace with one's self, the universe, and Allah. It is advised to avoid extremes in negative or positive emotions, as any extremes are destructive if left uncontrolled.

 

For example extreme happiness leads to indulgence in excesses to give a false sense of 'celebration'. While extreme sadness leads to being destructive to one's self and others (as in committing suicide or causing pain to others).

 

Here are some examples of emotional-related teachings in Islam:

 

Positive Emotions

 

Emotions such as love, hope, enthusiasm, determination, etc.,are strongly encouraged in the Quran and teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him), as they result in a positive attitude for the Muslim at home, in public, and in relation to the rest of the world and all creations.

 

The Prophet teaches that no one's faith is complete until they love for others what they love for themselves, which is a very positive state of mind.

 

Love is recognized and respected as the noblest emotion; however, in a man-woman relationship, it is regulated to assure building long-term bonds, rather than just satisfying momentary urges.

 

Negative Emotions

 

Anger, depression, hate, envy, etc.,are strongly discouraged. A Muslim is advised to practice strict control over those destructive emotions, and to repent if they influenced deeds or attitudes towards others.

 

To do so, one is expected to maintain strong ties with Allah, and to draw strength and support from Him at all times. If one believes there is an All-Wise, All-Knowing God, running the universe and that everything happens for a good reason within a wise and just master plan, then there would be no reason for despair or envy or depression.

 

Emotional Recycling

 

A Muslim is instructed to take the negative energy of destructive emotions and use it as steam to move forward in a positive direction, thus turning it into positive energy. The same applies to the energy of excess positive emotions. Instead of becoming euphoric or hysterical, one should re-channel this energy to use it for something constructive, rather than let it go to waste. ...

 

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Islam A State of Becoming

Remember that Islam is a state of becoming not a state of being. Each day you must strive to improve and better yourself -- and you will improve.

Tazkiya or this new program for self-improvement that you now find yourself in, is a process that unfolds itself step by step.

 

You cannot expect to change all at once. This is against the laws of nature. The Prophet was always aware of this when he was dealing with his Companions.

 

Whenever someone embraced Islam, the Prophet would not ask that person to do everything immediately. Instead, he would teach and expect that person to start fulfilling his obligations only as much as he could bear at a time.

 

This gradual process of change is also clearly reflected in the manner in which the Quran was revealed over a period of 23 years. In all your efforts towards becoming a better believer, you must bear in mind this principle of gradualism

 

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Alhamdulillah, very encouraging.
"Truthfully,whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak a word of good or keep quiet."-Prophet Muhammed(peace and blessings be upon him)
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When Everybody Lets You Down

The Prophet's Trip To Taif

... the Prophet had to explore new avenues in his search for support. After long deliberation, he set out on foot for Taif, a mountainous town about 110 kilometers from Makkah. His only companion on this trip was his faithful servant, Zayd ibn Harithah.

Taif was populated by the Thaqif, the second largest tribe in Arabia. As he began his journey, Muhammad was full of hope. If the Thaqif would respond favorably to the call of Islam, that would signify a new, happier phase in the history of the Divine message. ...

 

None gave him a word of encouragement ...

 

When the Prophet reentered Makkah after his disappointing journey to Taif, he must have felt that he was in a very dire situation. Within the same year he had lost his loving wife and his uncle, who afforded him unwavering support.

 

His attempt to compensate for this dual loss with outside support not only failed to win him anything, but also compelled him to seek the protection of al-Mutim, a Quraysh notable who did not believe in Islam. Muhammad was now a fully aware tat he could no longer rely on his own clan, the Hashemites, for any measure of firm support.

 

He felt himself alone in the whole world. His few followers were no match for the forces opposing him. Yet he firmly believed in the truth of the message he was preaching. His faith in God did not waver.

 

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Islam & Technological Progress

The pursuit of any proper and beneficial knowledge can bring us nearer to Allah and earn for us His blessings, as long as it facilitates for humanity the habitation and management of the Earth, and the establishment of the faith therein.

As the jurist al-Mâwardî put it: “…anything that helps us realizes our duties and develop civilized life on Earth.” This includes Islamic knowledge as well as the various knowledge pursuits in the fields of medicine, craftsmanship, commerce, technology, and culture. All of these types of knowledge benefit humanity and help us in fulfilling our duties as vicegerents of Allah on Earth.

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What is the Sunnah?

Sunnah means the way of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). It includes everything he said, did, and approved of. We know the Sunnah from the statements called Hadiths that have been handed down from the Companions of the Prophet.

Islamic Law is taken from the Qur’an and Sunnah. The Sunnah in this sense both explains the Qur’an, and also gives additional rules and guidance. The Qur’an in many places tells us to obey the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and thus it is wrong—as some deviant sects claim—that the Qur’an is sufficient and that we do not need the Sunnah.

According to Islamic jurists, the Sunnah is second to fard. Fard means something is obligatory and it must be done; to neglect it without any excuse is a sin. The Sunnah is divided into confirmed (Sunnah mu’akkadah) and optional (Sunnah ghair mu’akkadah). The confirmed Sunnah also should not be neglected, though it is not as important as the fard. The optional Sunnah is recommended, but if someone neglects it, there is no sin or blame on that person.

Sunnah Prayers refer to the additional ritual Prayers (Salah) that are recommended before or after the obligatory (fard) Prayers. It is not necessary to perform these additional Prayers, but it is highly recommended to do so. This is because we will be rewarded for imitating the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and because, on Judgment Day, those Sunnah Prayers will compensate for any obligatory Prayers that were missed or not accepted. For each of the obligatory Prayers, there is a certain number of rak‘ahs of Sunnah Prayer to be performed before and or after the obligatory ones.

Sunnah can also refer to those things that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did in order to bring himself closer to Allah, in contrast to those things that he did simply out of habit or custom. So, for example, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) slept on a simple mat out of habit or custom. We are not required to follow him in this. But he also went to sleep on his right side and advised us to do the same. Thus sleeping on the right side is a Sunnah, something he did to please Allah

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The Purpose of Creation

The purpose of creation is a topic that puzzles every human being at some point in his or her lifetime. Everybody, at some time or another, asks themselves the question: "Why do I exist?" or "For what purpose am I here on earth?"  ..

Why did God create man?

To answer the question: "Why did God create man?" it must first be determined from which perspective the question is being asked. From the point of view of God it would mean: "What caused God to create human beings?" While from the human point of view it would mean: "For what purpose did God create humans?" Both points of view represent aspects of the intriguing question: "Why do I exist?" ...

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Life and Beyond

In the Qur'an life in this world is an inseparable part of a continuum, a unified whole - life, death, life - which gives our life a context and relevance. In this context, the life of the individual is made meaningful and enriched inasmuch as it is full of 'good works'.

Life in this world leads to the afterlife, a belief which is fundamental in the Qur'an. The afterlife is not treated in the Qur'an in a separate chapter, or as something on its own, for its own sake, but always in relation to life in this world. ...

The Importance of the Resurrection and Judgment in the Afterlife

Divine wisdom and justice necessitate the resurrection of the dead and judgment in an afterlife:

We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them save in truth. Surely the Hour' is coming.
15:85

The resurrection is thus:

...a binding promise from God that shall be fulfilled though most people may not know it, so that He may resolve their differences for them.

In the Qur'an, judgment is so essential to human beings that God has created them with a peculiar, innate permanent judge within themselves, that is 'conscience', the 'reproachful soul'

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A Sea With No Shore

My Experience in Seeking Knowledge

Allah commanded The Prophet to seek knowledge by saying:

 

{And say: 'My Lord! increase my knowledge}

 

Prophet Muhammad mentioned that  it  is obligatory on every Muslim to seek knowledge. The Prophet says:

 

"Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allah will make a path to paradise easy for him" (Al-Bukhari)

 

My advice to new Muslims (or those interested in studying Islam)

 

I believe there are six etiquettes for learning about Islam:

 

1.  Asking questions in a good manner (do not be shy).

 

2.  Remain quiet in Islamic lectures (make sure you take it all in) and listen attentively.

 

3.  Understanding well (this could involve asking more questions if you do not understand something and keep asking until you understand!)

 

4.  Memorizing.

 

5.  Teaching.

 

6.  And it is like fruit on a tree: Acting upon the knowledge and keeping its limits.

 

The purpose of acquiring knowledge is to bring us closer to Allah, it is not for fame and fortune as this could lead you down a very bad path.

 

Knowledge is pursued and practiced with modesty, humility leading us to beauty, dignity, freedom and justice.

 

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Prophethood or Prophecy?

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In the Islamic worldview, prophecy is different from prophethood. Prophecy is not a sufficient condition for a person to become a prophet. Prophecy is seen as a gift that God bestows on certain prophets. In addition, in the broader sense of the word, if taken to mean "foretelling the future", this gift can be bestowed to a limited degree by God on people who are not prophets.

Some people may be familiar with experiences of seeing events in their dreams which later come true in real life. This is one minor form of prophecy. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said that "The phenomenon of a believer seeing dreams come true is equivalent to 1/46th of prophethood" (Bukhari).

As is related in the Hadith, the Prophet Muhammad experienced this phenomenon of prophecy before he started receiving Qur'anic revelation. He would have vivid dreams that would come true.

In addition to this kind of prophecy, prophets can also be given information by God foretelling future events. This applies to many prophets, including Prophet Muhammad and other prophets mentioned in the Old Testament. For example, in the Qur'an, some verses foretelling a future event were revealed before the event happened.

In this sense, although Muslims do not reject the notion of prophecy, they do not overemphasize it as the key aspect of prophethood. In Islam, prophecy is not seen as a test of prophethood

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The Influence of Islamic Philosophy and Ethics on The Development of Medicine During the Islamic Renaissance

Islam and the Promotion of Science

1- Stressing the importance and respect of learning. For example, the first word revealed to Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was “read.”

2- The general philosophy in Islamic medicine is that the healer is Allah Most High and the doctor is the instrument that Allah uses to heal the people. The doctor-patient relationship is stronger in Islam than it is in modern medicine as he has responsibilities, which Allah on the Day of Judgment will ask about.

3- There is no censorship in Islam on scientific research, be it academic, to reveal the signs of God in His creation, or applied, aiming at the solution of a particular problem. Freedom of scientific research shall not cause harm to any human being or subject anyone to probable harm, or withhold anyone’s therapeutic needs, or defraud or exploit anyone.

4- Islam provides laws and a basis for the protection and safeguarding of the human body as well as the spirit and seeks to prevent any hindrance to either body or soul. The holy Qur’an says:

And whoever saves a life it would be as if he saved the life of all the people. (Al-Ma’idah 5:32)

5- Islam developed in Muslims the respect for authority and discipline. For example, realizing the scourges and terror of plague, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) decreed, “No man may enter or leave a town in which plague broke out.”

6- Tolerated other religions. The Islamic religion recognizes Christianity and Judaism and considers their followers to be people with holy books like Muslims. Moreover, they treated the Jews honestly, at a time when the latter were persecuted in Europe.

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