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How to Make the Most of Ramadan

Q: Can you share with some of the inner dimensions of the fast that can highlight the real significance of fasting?

A: Ramadan is meant to enhance the feeling of the immense blessing of this month that we wait for year after year. The greatest of such blessing is to draw near Allah, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, re-affirm faith in Him, to constantly remember Him and to express our positive and willing submission to Him and love of Him through obedience and voluntary abstinence.

In fact, it is that feeling of direct and close relationship with Allah that qualifies it with the special mention in Qudsi Hadeeth that it is specially and directly rewarded by Allah on account of expressing the love of Allah through sacrifice of our appetites and desires for His sake. We need to realize that, like other acts of pure worship, the real beneficiary of obedience to Him.  .........

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The Ethics of Preaching Religions

Q: Should people of different faiths agree on a code of ethics with regard to preaching religions?

A: Proselytizing is not the same as "propagation" which means "to make known" [one's religion], which is closer to the Quranic term "balagh".

Nor is proselytizing the same as the Quranic term "dawah", which literally means invitation, a far gentler and not overbearing discourse. Even "invitation" is qualified in the Quran by the requisites of wisdom and beautiful exhortation to goodness. .............

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Islam and Co-Existence

An interview with Dr. Jamal Badawi on the topic of Islam and Co-Existence

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Preservation of the Qur'an

Part 1/9 of an interesting scholarly talk by Dr. Badawi on the preservation of the Qur'an

http://www.youtube.com/user/kingbravewisdom#p/u/36/cW1QvSHsfmU

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Islam: A Misunderstood Religion

A talk given some years ago by Dr. Badawi

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(Part 1/7: 10 minutes)

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Rituals of Hajj step by step with Dr Jamal Badawi Fri. Nov. 20, 2009

Dr Jamal Badawi's reflections of the physical, spiritual and mental aspects of the rituals of Hajj on IOL Radio

2. Saee- Running between Safa and Marwa:

Safa and Marwa are two hills in the neighbourhood of Masjid-ul-Haram 9in Makkah). The literal meaning of Sa'i is to run. Muslims who perform the Hajj must run in the middle portion of the distance between Safa and Marwa seven times,this is called"Saee".

This is a commemoration of one mother's sacrifice for her son

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Dr. Badawi's Reflections on Hajj

Pilgrims will spend the day at Arafat, at the outskirts of Makkah, tomorrow (Thursday) - This audio recording by Dr. Badawi explains the spiritual and rituals aspects of this day

3.Standing at "Arafat"Mountain:

This is the most important ritual of Hajj without which Hajj is null and void. it is sufficient to be present at Arafat awake or asleep, sitting ,standing or walking. its time is from noon of the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah until dawn of the tenth of Dhul –Hijjah.

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After sunset of today (which is the best day of the year), pilgrims will move from Arafat to Muzdalifah

This is what they will do tonight (Thursday evening)

4. Night at Muzdalifah

Pilgrims spend a night in the open at Muzdalifah, near Mecca.

Muzdalifah is a place between Arafah and Mina where pilgrims pray and then collect a fixed number of pebbles to be used on the following days at the Jamrah.

Here the pilgrims spend the night under a million of stars .They sacrifice their comforts and leave behind their pride in the name of Allah!

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5. Stoning of the Jamaraat

Stoning of the Devil or stoning of the jamarat is one of the obligatory rituals of Hajj and is prescribed for everyone who intends to do these great pilgrimage. Muslim pilgrims fling pebbles at three walls called jamarat in the city of Mina just east of Mecca. It is one of a series of ritual acts that must be performed in the Hajj.

The purpose behind this ritual is to follow the command and manifest submission and servitude to Allah, and show complete obedience without rational thought or the ego having any part in it. The aim is also to imitate Ibrahim (peace be upon him), when Iblees (may Allah curse him) appeared to him in that place to instil confusion in his mind or tempt him to sin, and Allah commanded him to throw stones at him so as to drive him away and dash his hopes.

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Together: Yes we Can

Dr. Jamal Badawi - Islamic Shura Council of Southern California Banquet 2009 (Part 1 of 2)

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A Live Talk on Muslim Minorities

IOL - 31 December 2009

Q: Free Will vs. Destiny

I always get bewildered with the concept of Allah's Will / Qadr overriding our free wil. Is it that no matter how much effort one puts, he would get whatever is decreed for him?

If something is already decreed for us and even if we make our own choice, will it ultimately result whats already decreed for us? How does Qadr and Allah's Will override our decision?

A: We should make a distinction the ultimate and full knowledge and will of Allah. By virtue of being the creator of the universe and in line with His divine attributes, Allah Almighty is All-Knowing and Omnipotent. For us as humans we should keep in mind the following:

1. We have no access to the perfect knowledge and wisdom of Allah. As such we cannot make excuses such as “God knew that I will commit sins.”

2. While everything in the universe must be subject to the overall will of Allah, on our level as sane, adult humans we are free agents and we are free to choose to obey or disobey Allah. That is what makes us responsible for our deeds.

3. We will not be held responsible for matters that Allah decreed for us as we have no control over them such as our skin colours, height or weight at the time of birth. Our responsibility is exclusively related to what we choose to do. If such responsibility is evaded in the name of Qadar, then there will be no meaning or consequences of moral behaviour or even belief in Allah.

4. Having said that, we must realize also that while the Qur’an urges us to use our minds and reason to the fullest extent in the scope that is appropriate and amenable to the human mind. On the other hand, we must also realize that there are issues of beliefs that are beyond our human capacity of perception and reasoning, yet they are not definitively proven to be contrary to reason. This is the difference between irrational and supra-rational.

5. It would be helpful to heed the advice of the Prophet, peace be upon him, not to dwell too much on such supra-rational issues and focus instead on how we should live our life in obedience and love of Allah and trust is repeated assurances in the Qur’an that He is never unjust to any of His creatures and He is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. This is indeed is the most relevant and practical challenge for all humans.

 

 
 
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Muslims in the West

A lecture by Dr. Jamal Badawi on Muslims in the West

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Bridge Building Between Christians and Muslims
 
While there are theological differences, some of which might be significant, there are nonetheless other important areas of belief that are shared by both communities .
 


With nearly one billion followers each, Islam and Christianity are major religions that influence the thinking and values of over 40 percent of the World population. While there are theological differences, some of which might be significant, there are nonetheless other important areas of belief that are shared by both communities: belief in Allah, or God; belief in revelation, in prophets, in the Holy Books of Allah; in the life hereafter and in a divinely inspired moral code organizing and regulating human life during our earthly journey to eternity.

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Kufr or Infidels

If you look at the English dictionary meaning of infidel, you would find that it means someone who does not have a faith or does not believe in Allah. Does the Quran say that the Jews and Christians do not believe in Allah? No. In Surat Al-Ankabut (29:46), Allah says that the God of Christians, Jews, and Muslims is one and the same. The word infidel is an inaccurate translation of the word kafir in this case.

The term kafir, referring to a person, or kufr, referring to an act, is used in the Quran in a variety of contextual meanings. It is not clear from the English terms non-believer or disbeliever what is the object of unbelief or disbelief, is it God, a particular prophet, or others?

It is prefered to use the term non-Muslim, as it applies to various categories of kufr, whether it refers to knowingly rejecting the message of Islam (disbelief) or being a non-Muslim due to the lack of awareness of the authentic message of Islam (unbelief). Following are examples of the varied contextual uses of the term kufr in the Quran as follows:

  • Kufr is sometimes used in a positive sense. A good believer can also be a kafir. How so? The Quran says [Faman yakfur bil taghut wayu'mim billah] (Whoever rejects (yakfur) taghut (oppression) and believes in Allah) (Al-Baqarah 2:56). Anyone who believes in one thing is a kafir (rejecter) of its opposite.
  • Kufr can be used in a neutral or benign sense, as the origin of kufr in the Arabic language means "to cover up." A farmer who puts a seed in the ground and covers it up is performing kufr. Spiritually, deliberate deviation from the true and authentic prophets is a form of "covering-up" the truth.
  • The word kufr can also be applied to Muslims who do something wrong, although not necessarily something that would place them outside the state of belief in Islam. For example, a Muslim who is able to go for Hajj but does not go, without denying the need to go, would be committing an act of kufr in a sense of their being ungrateful to Allah (3:96-97).
  • Kufr is used in the Quran as the opposite of shukr (to be grateful) (Luqman 31:12).
  • Kafir is used in the Quran, not only to refer to Jews or Christians, but also those who rejected the prophets and denied the existence of God. It has been used to refer to the people of Noah and the people of Abraham. It has also been used to refer to those who denied prophethood and rejected the existence of Allah altogether, which obviously is not the case with Christians and Jews.
  • Kafir can also be used in a more serious sense, but with a variety of meanings. It refers to the rejection of Islam. It describes one who knows the truth, but rejects it out of pride or vanity. It describes a person who knows the truth in his or her heart and deliberately rejects it.

Nonetheless, we cannot clearly assess this situation. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) gave Muslims very clear instructions after one incident when people assumed to know why someone had professed belief in Islam. He asked them whether they had opened up his heart, and if they knew whether what was in his heart was sincere or not. The bottom line is that we have to leave judging people's faith to Allah; only Allah knows the sincerity of a particular person's acceptance. Allah is All-Knowing, and He is the only Judge of all of us.

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