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Understanding Divine Decree

Part Two: Freedom of Choice

Muslims believe that knowledge and will are two essential attributes of the Divine Being. God knows things, things exist in His Knowledge, His Will determines all of their specific and general characteristics, and His Power gives them material existence.

The overall relationship between Divine Knowledge and Destiny, is best expressed as in the Quran as God says what means,

[There is not a thing but with us are the stores thereof. We send it not down save in appointed measure] (Al-Hijr 15:21).

Everything that exists in Divine Knowledge has an individualized form and a certain measure, or, if we may say so, as a plan or project, is in a "record". ...

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The Prophet's Arrival in Madinah… A Wave of Change

The arrival of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in Madinah heralded the establishment of the first Islamic state in history.

That the foundations of this state needed continuous consolidation was very clear to the Prophet right from the beginning.

 

His initial major actions as he took charge in Madinah reflect his keen awareness of that need. He built the mosque, which was a place of worship, a people's assembly, and the palace of government, all in one.

 

He established a new and strong bond of brotherhood between his followers to consolidate the inner structure of his community. He also signed a treaty with the Jews to ensure peace in Madinah and to free himself to face outside threats, which were only to be expected

 

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The Prophet's Miracles

The noble Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) declared that he was a Prophet and, to prove his Prophethood, presented the glorious Qur'an and nearly 1,000 miracles whose  occurrence cannot be denied, even by the most obstinate unbelievers who charged him with sorcery.

Unable to deny the miracles, they took them for sorcery to justify their disbelief and continued misguiding their followers.

The Prophet's miracles have been confirmed and reported unanimously by the Hadith authorities. A miracle is the Creator's confirmation of his Prophethood, as it says, in effect: "You have spoken the truth." ...

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Why is the family so important to Muslims?

The family, which is the basic unit of civilization, is now disintegrating.  Islam’s family system brings the rights of the husband, wife, children, and relatives into a fine equilibrium.  It nourishes unselfish behavior, generosity, and love in the framework of a well-organized family system. 

The peace and security offered by a stable family unit is greatly valued, and it is seen as essential for the spiritual growth of its members.  A harmonious social order is created by the existence of extended families and by treasuring children.

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The Prayer - Salah

One mark of His compassion: in contrast to earthly kings, though majesty and might belong to Him Alone, He urges the people to bring Him their requests and pleas, saying: 'Will anyone call, that I may answer him? Will anyone seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?' Unlike the rulers of this world, He keeps an open door and does not screen  Himself away.

He allows His servants to converse with Him intimately in their Prayers, under all circumstances, be they in Congregation or in isolation. Not merely allowing, indeed, He gently urges and invites. How different are those feeble worldly kings, who grant an audience only when they have received a gift or bribe

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The Notion of Equality in Islam

Muslims believe that all human beings were created equal in the sight of God. None are born with the slur of shame on their faces, nor has anyone come into the world with a mantle of honors hung around his or her neck.

The one who is high and honored is the one who is God fearing and serves the people with good words and deeds. Distinctions of birth and glory of race are no criteria of greatness and honor. No consideration is given to one's pedigree or parentage.

The Islamic concept of well-being promotes brotherhood, insists on socio-economic justice and seeks to fulfill both the material and spiritual needs of all human beings. The reason for avoiding discriminations is that all humans are considered God's vicegerents on earth, hence fellow beings or brothers to each other. A brother can hardly be happy, if his fellow brothers are not leading a life of happiness and tranquility

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The Madinah Covenant

It is perhaps impossible to exaggerate the strength of the ties between the members of that first Islamic community. Internally, the structure of the Muslim nation was very sound. The Prophet, then, had to attend to the nation’s ‘external’ relations.

 

There were two levels of  those relations: firstly, with the people of Quraysh, who were very hostile to the new state. It was inevitable that Quraysh posed a serious threat, though perhaps not immediately.

 

The rest of Arabia adopted an attitude of "wait and see", preferring not to commit themselves to Islam until the conflict with the people of Quraysh had been resolved. Secondly, there were the other communities in  Medina itself. Islam had been accused over the years of being intolerant to other religions.

 

Nothing can be further from the truth. The example of Medina gives an insight into the true nature of this religion.

 

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Thanksgiving: Count Your Blessings!

God Increases His Blessings on Those Who Are Grateful

Every person is in need of God at every instant of life. From the air one breathes to the food he eats, from the ability to use one’s hands to the faculty of speech, from being sheltered to being in a joyful spirit, one lives completely in need of what God creates and grants him.

Still, a vast majority of people do not perceive their weaknesses and that they are in need of God. They suppose that things develop spontaneously or that they acquire everything by their own efforts. This is an important error, as well as a serious ingratitude towards God.

Ironically, people who render their thanks to a person for even an insignificant gift, spend all their lives ignoring the countless blessings that God gives them all through their lives. However, so great are the blessings granted to a person that one could never count them. God relates this fact in a verse as follows:

(If you tried to number God’s blessings, you could never count them. God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful)(Surat An-Nahl 16:18)

Despite this fact, most people fail to give thanks for any of the blessings they have ...

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Quranic Refutation of Racism

The notion of the superiority is so alien to the teachings of Quran that those who are proud and exult on earth are condemned.

It rejects all narrow views of the spiritual providence of God, who is not "the God of Israel" but "Lord of all the nations and Worlds" .

Variation in languages and modes of living have helped man to evolve new patterns of culture and enrich and beautify his life; and, indeed, as the Quran reminds us, these are all Divine blessings conferred on mankind by the Grace of the Lord:

{One of His signs is the creations of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your tongues and colors } (Ar-Rum 30:22).

Responsibility and Accountability

Islam teaches that every human being was made equally responsible for his or her actions. The idea that any saint or priest or even prophet shall intercede without God's will and save any person from the dire consequences of one's deeds was rebutted.

Despite diversity in color, race, language, religious belief and tradition, the Quran emphasizes that humanity have a common origin and a common destiny. All human beings have a common origin and a common Creator

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The Covenant of Madinah

Analysis of the Sealed Covenant

The arrival of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in Madinah heralded the establishment of the first Islamic state in history. That the foundations of this state needed continuous consolidation was very clear to the Prophet, right from the beginning.

His initial major actions as he took charge in Madinah reflect his keen awareness of that need. He built the mosque, which was a place of worship, a people's assembly and the palace of government, all in one.

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Benefits of the First 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah (12th. month in the Muslim Calendar)

Q: I heard the first ten days are special, but I’m not sure how and what I should do

A: The first days of Dhul-Hijjah are the days of Hajj, which include the Day of `Arafah, the peak of Hajj; it is the focal point when the pilgrims gather in the plain of `Arafah. Such a mammoth gathering of Muslims supplicating to Allah is bound to have all-pervasive effects on the whole world; Allah has promised an answer for those who gather on the plain of `Arafah.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) exhorted the non-pilgrims to spend these days in as much devotion as possible. This means that we must show spiritual solidarity with the pilgrims.

The Prophet is reported to have said, “There are no days that are dearer to Allah in respect of devoting oneself to devotion and worship than the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjjah.” 

He is also reported to have said, “Fasting on the day of `Arafah expiates sins of two years, the past and future.”

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True Celebration of Eid

`Eid in Islam is a symbol of tranquility and serenity, and it is an opportunity for happiness and celebrations. Muslims glorify Allah the One the Almighty and restrain themselves from falling into sins and mischief. In addition, `Eid is a field for us to vie one another in doing good.  ...

The merit of `Eid requires us to be cheerful during it. We should congratulate one another on its comings and put sorrows away. We should do our best to spread happiness among Muslims.

However, we should also to show sympathy for our displaced brothers and sisters all over the globe. We should be concerned about their problems. Truly enlightened Muslims are those who harbor feelings of sympathy for those afflicted with calamities. They show their mercy, kindness, and cooperative spirit through giving a helping hand to those tried with calamities in other countries

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Good Deeds After Hajj: A Sign of Acceptance

Of the most important things that Muslims are to be concerned with after offering any act of obedience is whether it has been accepted or not.

A person's being enabled to offer an act of obedience is principally a great blessing in itself, but in order for this blessing to be complete it is to be coupled with a far greater blessing, that is, acceptance on part of Almighty Allah.

This is clearly apparent in the case of performing Hajj. Pilgrims exert exhausting efforts while offering the rituals of Hajj; what a loss would it be if their pilgrimage was not accepted

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Safeguarding Human Life in Islam

According to Islamic teachings, all living things are partners to humans in life and each species deserves respect. ...
 
Islam gives an integrated view of life and reality, and it is unique in that it holds every human activity, whether this-worldly or the other-worldly, under the purview of religion.

That is because Islam views life as an organic whole.

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