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Topic: Discover Islam ....
Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Subject: Discover Islam ....
Date Posted: 31 March 2008 at 1:46am
Greetings and Salams to all
 
This thread is a continuation of an earlier thread with the same title archived at this URL:
 
http://whyislam.org/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=17819 - http://whyislam.org/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=17819
 
What is The Qur'an?
 
Q: Please give me a brief and clear idea about what exactly is the Qur’an and if the translations are also Qur’an. Is Islam simply the Qur’an?
 
A: The Qur’an was revealed in the course of the 23 years of the prophetic career of Muhammad (pbuh), in accordance with the requirements of the particular contexts that called for divine guidance in certain issues.
 
For this reason, in order to arrive at the correct understanding of many of its verses, we need to know the circumstances in which these verses were revealed. That is why the foundation of the religion of Islam is not just the Qur’an; but it includes the sayings and the example of the messenger, as well.
 
This also means that the best interpreter of the Qur’an is the prophet, to whom the verses were actually revealed ...
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 April 2008 at 12:53am

Prophets...What If They Were Angels?

Questions

- Why did God choose human beings as His messengers?

- Wouldn't it be more appropriate if God sent angels to guide people and to show them the straight path?

- Wouldn't people be more eager to believe an angel than merely another human like themselves?

- How fair would it be for human beings to have angels as their prophets?

Answers

A messenger is assigned to convey the law of God and to inform people about the divine message, so he must be one of them — speaking their language and knowing their habits — to be able to convey the message. People must have known him before his mission; his honesty, truthfulness, and noble manners should be unquestionable.

Not only would the prophet convey the divine law, but he would also teach people how to apply it. The law is theoretical and must be practically applied; people need to see their messenger offering prayers, performing Hajj, and applying the divine law he brought to them. Therefore, the humanity of the prophet is imperative. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 April 2008 at 7:41pm

The Concept of Sin in Islam

Q: How do you distinguish who is a sinner and who is not?
 
A: Both Christians and Muslims are united in the belief that Adam – the father of mankind – was misled by Satan to disobey God and to eat the forbidden fruit, and consequently God expelled him and his progeny from Paradise.

 

Muslims believe that Adam soon after the act of disobedience became aware of the seriousness of his sin and repented. He sought the forgiveness of God and God forgave him.

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Posted By: scruggnut
Date Posted: 02 April 2008 at 10:07am
I tend to think that things would be much clearer were god to come down himself and tell us.
I have a really hard time believing people who aren't equipped with all of the answers...even the prophets didn't have all of the answers.
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 April 2008 at 4:28pm
Nature of Prophethood
 
 Islam sets up a different model of prophethood in which prophets are examples of the best of human beings

http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1154235133013&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam%2FDIELayout - The Nature of Prophethood



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 April 2008 at 12:51am

Answers to Questions on the Translations of the Qur'an

by Dr. Jamal Badawi (Part 2 of 3)

Questions:

- What is the meaning of translation in reference to the Qur'an?

- How did translations of the Qur'an develop?

Answer:

Many problems are likely to occur when translating between any two languages. Some aspects of translation are quite difficult regardless of which language you are translating to or from.

However, we should elaborate on the fact that the Arabic language has certain characteristics that make it even more difficult to translate, in addition to other characteristics that are peculiar to the Qur'an itself as a standard of the Arabic language ...

In an interview with Yusuf Islam (previously known as Cat Stevens), a super pop musician from Britain who became Muslim, he indicated that one of the most powerful things that really changed his life completely, even though he did not know anything about Islam, was reading the Qur'an. He did not read it from the original, but through some of the available English translations. Cat Steven's case is not the only one; there have been numerous others like that despite all the problems with translation ...

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1203758500721&pagename=Zone-English-Living_Shariah%2FLSELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1203758500721&pagename=Zone-English-Living_Shariah%2FLSELayout



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 April 2008 at 6:23pm

Good to be Selfish?

Q: Ever since we are young, we are always taught to act in an unselfish manner. It is better to help an old lady cross the street just because it is good to do so rather than helping her purely for some reward? ...

My point is that we should do good just for the sake of doing good rather than for a reward but in Islam and other religions doing good acts is simply for the purpose of gaining paradise, is this not selfish?

A: Every act we perform has an intention behind it, either good or bad. Our intention for any good deed should always be for the sake of Allah, to please Him because He created us and to Him we shall all return

We serve Allah not because He is in need of it, but because we need it. That is true mercy from the Lord of all the worlds. Allah is not in need of us to do good, and is not affected if we do evil. We are the ones who benefit or suffer from our actions.

 

However, if we do not seek reward from people that is one thing, but if we do not seek reward from Allah, what are we trying to accomplish in performing good deeds? ...

 

In the Hereafter there are only two final destinations for mankind, Paradise and Hellfire. When we see the Hellfire, and every one of us will have to see it, we will wish that we could do anything to get as far away from it as possible ...

 

We seek the pleasure of Allah because He has given us everything, including our own selves. He is the reason we exist and the reason for our existence is to worship Him. We worship Him by doing things that please Him, in the ways that please Him ...

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 April 2008 at 6:07pm

An Islamic renaissance

The Islamic Renaissance is a relatively new social phenomenon which is of immense importance to the future of the Muslim civilization, and which presumably has some serious implications for the whole world ...

The term is generally used in the sense of a general awakening that has been taking place among the Muslims since the middle of the nineteenth century under the influence of some fresh thinking and activism. 

It is a process of moderernization of the Muslim world with an Islamic orientation to design the scheme of modernization by conforming to Islamic norms. Even though a heavy emphasis on intellectual, political, economic and technological development in common in both, the European Renaissance and the Islamic Renaissance, the two are significantly different in their orientations. 

There are three undercurrents that together constitute the mainstream of the Islamic Revivalist movement: reformism, Intellectualism and activism. apparently the three undercurrents maintain their separate identity, but because of he commonality of goals, they reinforce and strengthen one another. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 April 2008 at 1:35am

Keys to Happiness in Islam

Happiness is the only goal on earth that all people without exception are seeking to attain.

Believers and unbelievers alike seek to be happy, but each party is using different methods. However, only believers can achieve genuine happiness, and all forms of happiness attained through other than belief in Allah the Almighty are mere illusions. ...

An Important Key

Do not be preoccupied with the future because the future is in the world of the Unseen; do not let it bother you until it comes

For More Keys:

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 April 2008 at 11:28am

Husband-Wife Relationship

In Islam, the relationship between a husband and his wife is all about affection, respect, faithfulness, cooperation in being loyal to Allah, and contribution to the building of a wholesome society.

Even in times of dispute, mutual understanding and fairness should be the dominant arbitrators

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 April 2008 at 9:20am

New Muslim: Nicole Queen (Dallas)

Found out how Nicole found Islam through Youtube, and later took shahada in May 2007

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 April 2008 at 1:08am

The First Islamic Democracy in Madinah

The first true democracy which addressed the public at large, specially in  sensitive issues like electing the ruler, was recorded immediately after the death of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

 

When the Prophet Muhammad felt he was dying, he wanted to settle the issue of his successor to prevent people from having splits among themselves; specially that the newborn state he established in the Peninsula was full of not only various but also historically rivaling ethnic, tribal and political factions.

 

Deep inside him, Prophet Muhammad wanted his best friend and companion during the Hijrah (emigration from Makkah at the time of the Prophet ), Abu Bakr, to succeed him, but he could not have had his wish outspoken because this would have gone against people's human right to choose their ruler.

 

He only asked Abu Bakr to lead the people, during his last illness, in the congregational prayer in a symbolic gesture of his wish. He did not do any more to let people understand his will, which if he had declared frankly, people would have obeyed blindly.

 

But for the Prophet, more important than having Abu Bakr as a successor was to educate his citizens the principle of democracy as the only cornerstone for building a modern state which guarantees social justice and national security.  

 
Although most people understood the gesture, yet others insisted on practicing their right to choose.

 

Two Main Political Parties

 

At the time of the Prophet's death, the main political parties in Madinah were the Muhajirun, or the emigrants — mainly those who emigrated with him from Makkah to Madinah to escape tyranny — and  the Ansar, or the supporters. These were the inhabitants of Madinah who received him and his people, hosted them and divided their own  wealth among them. ...

  

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 April 2008 at 3:47pm

The Meaning of Wisdom

Q: What is the meaning of Al-Hikma in Islam ?

A: Practically speaking, a wise person is someone who is able to make best decisions at the right time and the right place.

Naturally, this is associated with a type of maturity, which is not necessarily a function age. Also, such a possessor of wisdom is thought to have both a better grasp with the bigger picture of things and, most importantly, a faculty apt to make decisions and commitments that are more viable in the long run. So on the operational level, wisdom is associated with not having short-sightedness. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 April 2008 at 12:18pm

Who Is "Allah"?

The name "Allah" is a word that is heard quite often these days whether it is on the television or passed along in conversation. But most non-Muslims have no idea who Allah is ...

Muslims believe that Allah is the One and Only God without partners and that the name "Allah" is unique to the sole Creator of this World and everything in it. To liken Allah to another supposed god in any way shape or form is to commit the one unforgivable sin of shirk, or ascribing partners to Allah ...

Muslims believe in submitting their entire will to Allah through acts of worship, obedience and good deeds. Muslims believe that Allah is ever-present watching over His Creation and is always close to them ...

The Quran reveals that there are Beautiful Names of Allah, which is how Muslims get to know the Creator. Muslims are forbidden to ponder upon Allah’s appearance or to attribute Him to anything in this World as some faiths liken Allah to man. Islam rejects this entirely. We can know about Allah from His beautiful names of which Prophet Muhammad said:

 

"Verily, there are ninety-nine names of God, one hundred minus one. He who enumerates (and believes in them) them would get into Paradise." (Al-Bukhari)

 

Some of the names are:

 

Al-Wadud — The Loving

Al-Khaliq — The Creator

Al-Ahad — The One

Al-Aziz — The Mighty and Strong

 

The best way for humans to understand Allah as the Creator is to open their eyes and see His design. Who else but Allah could create a flower as perfect as the rose? ...

 

Allah is the Most Kind and the Most Merciful. All that Allah has asked for humans to do is to be pious, worship Him alone and be kind to our fellow man. In return, humans are the veritable owners of the Earth to rule it as they see fit as Allah continuously showers His innumerable blessings upon humanity  ...

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 April 2008 at 12:43am
 

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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Posted By: Salamseeker
Date Posted: 28 April 2008 at 2:53am
Alhamdulillah, I like the title.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 May 2008 at 1:27am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 May 2008 at 11:52am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 May 2008 at 4:32pm

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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Posted By: Salamseeker
Date Posted: 05 May 2008 at 8:26pm
Alhamdulillah, very encouraging.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 May 2008 at 1:07am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 May 2008 at 12:06pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 May 2008 at 4:56pm

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 http://www.readingislam.com/English/In_Depth/islamintro/Prophet/Said/article01.shtml - 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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 May 2008 at 4:44pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 May 2008 at 12:03pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 May 2008 at 12:02am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 May 2008 at 12:32am

Prophethood or Prophecy?

Dr. Jamal Badawi
 
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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 May 2008 at 2:49pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 May 2008 at 12:19am

Captivated By the Call to Prayer

"Not even a million words are enough to express my love to God sufficiently. It is a deep, sincere feeling coming from the depth of my heart, moving through every part of my body up to my fingertips, when I talk to God in my prayers.

I am so thankful to Him for His gift and for making me a Muslim. In all my life I will praise Him and thank Him.

 

My journey to Islam started simply and inconspicuously. I always smile when I remember the beginning. I loved traveling with my parents. We visited various Muslim countries.

 

Egypt was the last one and its culture and everything in it captured my attention. It was my first time to be near a mosque, but I did not enter it since I did not know if I could as a non-Muslim.

 

Whenever I heard the call to Prayer, my heart trembled and I got into a sort of trance and did not hear anything but the voice from the minaret. I was absolutely captivated by it. The solidarity between people gathering in mosques and praying together charmed me and has remained in my memory until today." ....

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 May 2008 at 4:58pm

Contemplation

Contemplation is one of the greatest deeds performed by the heart; it is the key that opens the door which allows the light of guidance to enter; it is the initial step in the direction of correct understanding and comprehension; many people know its virtue but are unaware of its reality, essence and its fruits ...

The most beneficial type of contemplation is over:

 

· What benefits the slave in the Hereafter and how to achieve them.

· Preventing evil consequences in the Hereafter and how to avoid them.

 

These are the most honourable matters to contemplate over, and the way to attain such benefits and prevent such evils is by contemplating over the favours of Allaah, His commandments and prohibitions, His Names and Attributes in the Quran and the Sunnah, how quickly this life will vanish, and the eternal nature of the Hereafter. The more one thinks about the brevity of this life, the more effort he will exert to appropriately utilise his time. After these matters, the following are next in importance:

 

· Matters that are beneficial in this life, and how to attain them.

· Evils that could afflict one, and how to avoid them.

 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 May 2008 at 4:26pm

The Undeniable Appeal of the Qur'an

The Qur'an has a remarkable method in presenting the truth of existence to human nature. It appeals to it as a whole, yet it addresses every one of its aspects in every single context. It goes through every opening in human nature and deals with all its thoughts and feelings. The Qur'anic method is also remarkable as it tackles the main issues of existence, revealing certain aspects of it which are readily acknowledged both by human nature and the human intellect. They respond to these and formulate their clear vision on them. It also answers the needs of human nature, releases its potentials, and puts it on the right course.

We cannot but marvel at the unique Qur'anic approach as it takes human nature by the hand and moves up with it gently, step by step, yet with much energy and clarity of vision. It takes it to a sublime height, giving it true knowledge, definite response, firm reassurance, consistency of action, and a clear and relaxed awareness of the fundamental truths of existence.

The Qur'anic approach is unparalleled as it appeals to human nature from angles where no response could have been imagined to come. Yet we find human nature ready with its positive response. The fact is that the One who has revealed the Qur'an is the Creator of man who knows His creation. He is closer to a person than his or her jugular vein

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 May 2008 at 5:04pm

Social Relationships in Islam

Islamic point of view, if friendship is based on love of God and commitment to the faith, then it will be blessed; however, if it is based on trivial factors, then it is not likely to last. In addition to this, both the Qur'an and the Prophetic tradition contain warnings against friendship with people who may take the believer away from the straight path of truth rather than help him to become a better believer.

Prophet Muhammad said,

"Individuals follow the same way of life and thinking as their close friends, therefore let each of you be careful about who he is taking as his close friend"

(Hadith in At-Tirmidhi)

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 31 May 2008 at 10:27am

The Basis of Society

Islam sees life is an organic whole and the same principles should guide and govern it in all its ramifications. It stands for life-affirmation and life-fulfillment and refuses to divide life into watertight compartments of the sacred and the secular, of the holy and profane. It gives an integrated view of life and reality. The teaching of Islam cover all fields of human activity, spiritual and material, individual and social, educational and cultural, economic and political, national and international. They cater for the aspirations of the soul as well as for the demands of the law and social institutions.

Islam’s uniqueness lies in spiritualizing the whole matrix of life. Every activity, whether related to things like prayer and fasting, or to economic transactions, sexual relationships, diplomatic dealings or scientific experimentation’s, is religious if it is undertaken with God consciousness and accords with the values and principles revealed by Him; and it is irreligious if it is in violation of them.

The Islamic outlook on life is revolutionary as it gives a new dynamism to what has been traditionally regarded as religious. What makes an activity religious is the attitude with which it is undertaken and its conformity or otherwise with the values enunciated by God and His Prophet.

Islam makes faith and religion the basis of the entire human society and the mainspring for the network of its relationships. Commitment to Islam integrates man not only with God but also with the community of believers. Islamic community is a fraternity of faith - anyone who believes in the Islamic religion and ideology is an inalienable part of this nation - whatever his race, color, language or place of birth

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 June 2008 at 6:02pm

Family: A Divinely Inspired Institution

In Islam, the family is a divinely inspired and ordained institution. It was not evolved through human experimentation involving a process of trial and error spread over time.

It was an institution that came into existence with the creation of man. The human race is a product of this institution and not the other way round ...

 

... marriage is a social contract: a noble and sacred contract, but a contract nonetheless. It leads to a number of relationships and engenders a set of mutual rights and obligations.

 

Each contract, however, is not a sacrament; it is not irrevocable. Divorce is permitted in cases where marriage has failed. Remarriage is allowed, even encouraged. There is no stigma attached to remarriage or to marrying a divorced woman or a widower

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 June 2008 at 5:06pm

Criteria for a True Faith

Q: How do you know that Islam is the true faith?

A: For a faith to be true, it must be accessible to all people, regardless of what language they speak, what age they are, what period they live in, or what their level or type of education is. Neither the blood in their veins nor the color of their skin should ever influence their ability to enter the faith and feel fulfilled by it. The message and doctrines must be simple enough for everyone to understand and its rituals and practices easy to perform for the greatest majority of people. 

Its message must touch the innermost soul of those who believe in it and offer the believer the opportunity to develop the strongest of bonds with the One God Who created all of us. This faith must not contradict itself nor be full of contradictory doctrines and practices. It must take people of all types and all backgrounds from the darkness of ignorance to the light of understanding and knowledge

Its divine book or scripture must speak directly to the heart of anyone who reads it. Its words must teach justice, peace, and prosperity for all who follow them.

It must teach its followers to be distinguished examples of conduct for all of humanity to strive to become like them. It must teach its followers to be well balanced, helpful and caring towards others regardless of their religious beliefs.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 June 2008 at 5:52pm

Taking Oneself to Account

http://islaam.com/Scholar.aspx?id=6 - Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi

It is necessary for an individual to pause at the end of each day that has passed, in order to check himself and run through his achievements: What has he done in the course of the day? Why has he done it? What has he omitted? Why has he omitted it?

How excellent it would be if this self-criticism were to take place before one retired to bed.

This period of self-criticism and appraisal should certainly be counted among man's moments of progress; it is a moment when man impartially sits as a judge over himself and reviews his yearnings and inclinations, his instincts and motivations.

It is a moment when the believer appoints, out of his conviction, a policeman to watch over himself, an investigator to probe him, and a judge to condemn or acquit him. In this way he progresses from the state of "the soul that incites to evil" to the state of "the self- reproaching soul" which reproaches its owner whenever he plunges into sin, or falls short of expectation.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 June 2008 at 12:38am

Are We “Born to Be Free”?

Free will is the most difficult of God's gifts to understand or appreciate

Freedom of the Human Spirit

Belief in the freedom of the human spirit is one of the key things God has revealed down the ages. In Islam, we are taught that it was something God granted to human beings which He did not grant to angels. We may not be able to choose what we are physically, but we have to choose what we will do as regards our soul-activity. We are requested by God to take control of our selves, and make particular choices and act in particular ways—but He never forces us. We do not even have to believe in Him, and we may choose to ignore Him or disobey Him. Millions of people do ...

Reconciling Destiny and Free will

So, what about the Muslim concept of qadar, the key doctrine of God’s complete and final control over the fulfillment of events, or destiny? How does one balance the idea of God knowing absolutely everything with the idea of free will? If God knows in advance everything that will happen, then surely a person’s life must be entirely predestined? Furthermore, if God does not intervene to stop particular things happening, then one can say that He alone is responsible for them. This is linked to the problem of evil. Who is responsible for evil, if God is ultimately responsible for everything? A thief or a terrorist might plead innocence, because he was surely predestined to steal, or to hijack and bomb, and therefore how can it be his fault? ...

The real truth lies in the realm of Al-Ghayb (matters which lie beyond human perception). All that we believers can do is to ask for guidance along our path of life. We may not be able to see the road way into the distance, but we can pray that God will show us the next step, one step at a time. If it were impossible for people to choose because their futures and destinies were already fixed, not only would God be unfair instead of just, but there would also seem to be very little point in us even trying to live good lives. Fatalism leads to despair and helplessness, defeatism, and hindering people from making any effort to improve either their own lot or the lot of those around them.

What Does God Want?

What does God want for us? He wants us to achieve happiness and success. He wants us to find true freedom. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 June 2008 at 10:27am

Purposes of Islamic Law (Maqasid Al-Shariah)

Why is giving charity (zakah ) one of Islam's principle 'pillars'?

What are the physical and spiritual benefits of fasting the month of Ramadan?

Why is drinking any amount of alcohol a major sin in Islam?

What is the link between today's notions of human rights and Islamic law? How can the Islamic law contribute to 'development' and 'civility'?

'Maqasid al-Shariah' are principles that provide answers to the above questions and similar questions about the Islamic law.

Maqasid include the wisdoms behind rulings, such as 'enhancing social welfare,' which is one of the wisdoms behind charity, and 'developing consciousness of God,' which is one of the wisdoms behind fasting.

Maqasid are also good ends that the laws aim to achieve by blocking, or opening, certain means. Thus, the Maqasid of 'preserving people's minds and souls' explain the total and strict Islamic ban on alcohol and intoxicants. Maqasid are also the group of divine intents and moral concepts upon which the Islamic law is based, such as, justice, human dignity, free will, magnanimity, facilitation, and social cooperation. Thus, they represent the link between the Islamic law and today's notions of human rights, development, and civility.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 June 2008 at 12:17am

Peace and Justice in Islam

Peace and justice, are joined in the slogans we hear from many activists, especially here in the United States, "No Justice, No Peace!"

This linkage is logical, as justice must be considered one of the indispensable prerequisites of any lasting peace.

This article intends to briefly look at the ideas of peace and justice in Islam and explore their deeper significance in the life of a Muslim

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 June 2008 at 11:51pm

Beyond Hope and Fear: Learning to Love Prayers

Q: The number one reason I keep coming back to performing salah is that I fear Allah, but then I get weak. It's killing me inside and I feel so sad. Could you please give me some pointers?

A: hope should always outweigh fear. First, as Imam Al-Ghazali mentions, continuous dependence on fear undoubtedly leads to despair. At any stage, one should have a little more hope than fear.

Works based on hope are so much better than ones based on fear. This is why traditional scholars of Islam say that throughout life, Muslims should not think that they are destined for salvation and Paradise; but when on the deathbed, Muslims should believe otherwise — Allah will be pleased and will accept them into Paradise.

Still, neither fear nor hope is the highest rank that believers should aim for. Ihsan (excellence), as explained by our most beloved Prophet, is "worshiping Allah as if you see Him" (Muslim). This is the highest form of worship. It consists of many more aspects than mere fear or hope: love, satisfaction, absolute submission to Allah, infinite certitude, and intent for closeness ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 June 2008 at 12:32am

Torn Between Two Loves

The Story of Zainab, the Prophet's Eldest Daughter

As a young Arab woman, she was married to a wealthy man from Shams, a tribe of Quraish.

However, as Islam came to Makkah, little did the family realize that Zainab's marriage had to be terminated, having to choose her beloved father over her husband.

Her tale is an emotional one, embalmed in tears — both sad and happy. ...

After returning the goods to Makkah, Abul-Aas made his way back to Madinah and embraced Islam. The Prophet reinstated his marriage to Zainab. It was one of the happiest days of his family and the city of Madinah rejoiced at their reunion ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 June 2008 at 11:33pm

Zakah Made Easy

Q: I've recently converted to Islam and I'd like to know about zakah:

When to give it, how much to give, and any conditions of the charity given.

A: Zakah is the third pillar of Islam. It is obligatory on each Muslim, male or female, provided its conditions are met. To be subject to Zakah, you must own (outside exempt items that will follow) an amount called nisab that equals approximately Euro 1000. Once you own this amount, you look a lunar year later (i.e. after the passage of 354 days), if then you have Euro 1000 or more you are required to pay zakah on all the amount you have at the rate of 2.5 percent. This is repeated every year on that same date. This date sets what we call the fiscal year for one's zakah. This means zakah is on savings and wealth

Exempt items include every part of income a person spends (in contrast to what he or she saves), residence (whether owned or rented), personal and household items (like cloth, furnitures, appliances, and personal and family transportation means, be it a horse, a car or a plane as long as it is for personal transportation), and women jewelry as long as it is in reasonable amounts and in use (in contrast to being hoarded or excessive compared to her peers).

In other words, zakah is required on savings, long-term savings (like managed retirement plans, investment, shares, business assets, and inventory). ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 June 2008 at 11:47pm

The Path to Paradise: Creating the Balance

Islam does not subscribe to the type of asceticism where we purify our hearts and yet remain immersed in political, economic or social corruption. Purification  must encompass our entire life, the privacy of our thoughts as well as their social manifestations in our daily life.

Everything must be in conformity with Allah's will.

This will of God also requires you to seek and maintain a delicate balance between the various obligations that demand your attention; between your obligations to Allah, your obligations towards others and your obligations towards yourself.

The Prophet advised us against extremism of any kind. It is reported that he said to Abdullah ibn Amr,

Have I heard right that you fast everyday and stand in prayer all night? Abdullah replied, "Yes, O Messenger of Allah"  The Prophet said, "Do not do that. Fast, as well as eat and drink. Stand in prayer, as well as sleep. For your body has a right upon you, your eyes have a right upon you, your wife has a right upon you, and your guest has a right upon you." (Muslim)

Unless you approach purificationas an all-embracing process, you will find that your life is compartmentalized, certain parts impeding the development of others. This can only result in a life of disharmony and unhappiness.

Approached as a comprehensive and all-embracing process, however, you will find that each part of your life will complement some other part.

This should, God willing, make your struggle on the path to God and Paradise easier and full of grace. As you struggle to make headway on the path to God, always remember that you have an excellent example before you. This is the example of the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 July 2008 at 12:52am

Social Responsibility in Islam

Social responsibility in Islam is understood to mean that the individual members of society work together to fulfill the general needs of society as well as the individual needs of its members and that they work together to protect society from harm.

Each member of society is aware not only that he has rights, but also that that he has responsibilities towards others, especially those who are incapable of fulfilling their own needs. These responsibilities entail providing for the needs of these people as well as protecting them from harm.

The Scope of Social Responsibility in Islam

Muslim society is one that applies the belief system and laws of Islam, as well as the methodology, value system, and codes of behavior that Islam espouses. These are all articulated by the Qur’ân and Sunnah and exemplified by the Prophet (peace be upon him), his Companions, and the Rightly Guided Caliphs.

When society adheres to these principles and values, social responsibility becomes a tangible reality, every aspect of which is fulfilled.

This is because Islam pays careful attention to society-building, providing a number of texts and legal injunctions to bring about the society described by Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) when he said: “The believers, in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other, are like a single body; if one limb feels pain, the whole body becomes feverish and restless.”

Therefore, social responsibility in Islam is not based on material interests, even if such interests form an integral part of it. It extends far beyond such concerns to embrace all the needs of society and its members, whether they are material in nature, spiritual, intellectual, or otherwise.

In this way, all the fundamental rights of both the individual and society at large are attended to.

Likewise, social responsibility in Islam is not only with regard to other Muslims; it extends to all of humanity, irrespective of their different beliefs and ways of life. Allah says:
Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you because of your religion nor drove you out of your homes. Verily Allah loves those who deal justly.
This mutual responsibility exists because of the honor and dignity of every human being. Allah says:
And indeed We have honored the descendants of Adam and carried them on land and sea, and We have provided them with all the good things and have preferred them over much of what We have created.

The Domain of Social Responsibility in Islam

Islam considers social responsibility to be one of its fundamental objectives. It extends to all of humanity, believers and disbelievers alike. Allah says:
O mankind. We have created you from a male and female and made you nations and tribes so you could come to know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you with Allah are the most righteous.

Social responsibility encompasses everyone by degrees. It starts with the Muslim and his personal sphere of life, extends to his family, then to the society that he lives in, and finally to all the diverse societies that exist on Earth.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 July 2008 at 1:08am

The "Science" of Decision-Making

There are many aspects of decision-making that we need to consider:

1. Having options is demanding. When there is only one choice – when there is only one road to take, it's easy – we do not have any decision to make. There are no demands on our minds, no resolutions to be responsible for, and no cause for seeking advice. ...

2. Sometimes when faced with a dilemma, we need to determine what option we are obliged to choose. We need to understand our decision in the context of our duties and obligations. This becomes difficult when certain options present us with unpleasant consequences. ...

3. At other times, there is no dilemma, no question of duty, but there is still a need to determine which option is the best. The question may not always have a clear answer.

We may be faced with a choice between a number of desirable options. We might decide which of these options is most pleasing to Allah, or which is more beneficial to the people. ...

4. The "science" of making good decisions is multidisciplinary. There have not been many books written in the field of Islamic Law devoted exclusively to the topic of decision-making. However, we see the topic being explored in a number of other specialized areas of research.

5. There are many branches of Islamic Law where issues related to decision-making are explored in depth. This is the case for any branch of law that deals directly with issues of public welfare...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 July 2008 at 4:56pm

Forgiveness Vis-ŕ-Vis Repentance

Asking for forgiveness of God is a regular aspect of worship for believers. People can ask forgiveness of God all day long for all their sins, whether deliberately or unintentionally committed. Moreover, as well as asking for forgiveness for themselves, they can also do it for other believers, as stated in the Qur'an.

In Arabic, the word for "asking for forgiveness" is istighfar which is "asking for God's attribute of Ghafir, or He who forgives.

Thus, asking for forgiveness of God is like pledging to purify one's self and hence seeking refuge in the mercy and grace of God.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 July 2008 at 11:47pm

Get a Good Teacher!

Advice from American convert Abdul-Lateef Abdullah to fellow new Muslims

My advice to you as a new Muslim is to find and learn the deen from a teacher. In my year and a half of being Muslim (I'm 28 years old), one of the most important experiences for me has been the guidance and support of a very knowledgeable and pious teacher.

Islam is a not a religion of self-interpretation. It is a straight path based on knowledge that must be acquired. It is a lifestyle that has to be adhered to, and is unfortunately being influenced by many negative elements, both within and outside Islam.

Although many new Muslims, especially in the US, choose to teach themselves Islam through books, lectures and videos, there are many pitfalls to doing this that should be avoided. Without a teacher or a guide, one who armed with the combination of knowledge and experience, the pitfalls of the ego and desires can confuse and lead us astray quite easily.

Self-teaching is a western phenomenon, and because many of us are brought up in the west, we assume we can apply our cultural norms to Islam as well. However, Islam is not of the west, thus, our western norms cannot be applied to it with much success.

For centuries, classical Islamic education was taught through direct contact with teachers. This is how wisdom, not just knowledge, was acquired. You cannot gain wisdom from just reading. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 July 2008 at 6:20pm

Does God Need Our Worship?

Q: If Allah is free of all wants, why does He ask us to worship Him?

A: Allah said:

*{To Allah belong all things in heaven and earth: verily Allah is He (that is) free of all wants, worthy of all praise.}* (Luqman 31:26)

This verse tells us that Allah has no needs; that He is completely independent and free. So it was not out of any necessity on his part that He created the humans and asked them to worship Him.

 

And yet He created them, because He is the Creator par excellence. And it is part of His creative plan that He created beings who can understand and appreciate His creative power, along with countless insensate beings and inanimate things.

 

Allah on His own chose to be Merciful, Bounteous, Loving and Forgiving. And all these are qualities that require that there be beings who should receive His mercy, His bounty, His love and His forgiveness.

 

Maybe that is why He created such beings; who out of their gratitude to Him are asked to willingly, and not out of compulsion, worship Him. This was never a need on the part of Allah.

 

Nor can any of His creation provide him or help him with anything. As all beings came into existence out of Allah's own will and whatever they possess by way of ability or power — and indeed their very existence — was given to them by Allah the Almighty Himself. ...

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 July 2008 at 12:14am

Pearls of Wisdom in Islam:

Hold Your Tongue

Speaking little and listening much are virtues and signs of maturity. The desire to make oneself heard at all times is a sign of spiritual imbalance and shamelessness, even if some explain it away as a form of insanity.

Any words spoken should be directed toward solving a problem or answering a question. In either case, the one who asks the question and the one who listens to the answer should not become bored.

It is natural that one speak only when necessary, and keep silent when words are out of place. However, it is always better that those words which are of great benefit to others should take precedence.

Nevertheless, this depends on acquiring good manners and perceiving the virtue of keeping silent. Such wisdom is reflected in a beautiful proverb: Those who speak a lot make many mistakes.

People reveal themselves through their words, and manifest their spiritual rank through their manners. Those who act as though they are the only ones with the authority to speak inevitably become disliked and are condemned by their friends.

As a result, any valuable words they might express are rejected out of hand. As a corollary, these truths are not accorded the respect they deserve.

Holding the tongue, like eating and sleeping only a little, always has been a golden rule followed by men and women of perfection.

Those who wish to develop their spiritual faculties are advised firstly to hold their tongue and to refrain from idle talk. They should not say whatever comes into their heads ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 July 2008 at 4:32pm

"No God but God"

The statement by which a person enters into Islam is "There is no God but Allah." By making this declaration, we profess Allah's lordship over all Creation as well as His exclusive right to be worshipped. We then turn all of our strengths – those of the mind, the heart, and the body – to glorifying and praising Him.

Our bodies, and the atoms that make them up, already glorify their Creator, whether we acknowledge it or not. However, we are given the choice when it comes to our minds, our hearts, and our deeds. We can willingly turn to Allah and embrace the message that he sent to us with His messenger, or we can remain heedless.

We as human beings are blessed with a natural inclination to recognize our Creator and to worship Him. We instinctively feel the need to do so. Therefore, when we worship our Lord, we are in harmony with our own natures and with the rest of Creation.

As for someone who worships something other than the Creator, that person is taken by the tides of worldly existence and his soul is torn by it. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 July 2008 at 5:27pm

"…and He put love and mercy between your hearts"

"And among His Signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He put love and mercy between your hearts. Verily in that are Signs for those who reflect." [Sűrah Rűm: 21]

We should think about this verse of the Qur'ân. We should consider it well. What does it tell us about married life?

The verse tells us quite clearly that the marital relationship is to be established on a basis of mutual understanding, compassion, and love. Moreover, this relationship is a reciprocal one. It is not one-way. This relationship something that both the husband and wife must maintain together with closeness, affection, softness of heart, and mutual caring. This is the way that the "tranquility" mentioned in the verse is realized.

The measure of marital success is in the harmony and openness of the marital relationship. Its failure can be measured in the degree of discord and emotional imbalance it suffers from.

Marriage is one of the noblest of human relationships. It is the very foundation of society. Allah has established a strong foundation for this relationship.

Love and affection are translated into action through kindness of expression, leniency in conduct, sincerity, mutual respect, and other behaviors. Tranquility comes about through their familiarity for one another, their natural sense of ease and comfort in being together, their need for each other. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 July 2008 at 5:07pm

“Allah forgives all sins…”

Allah says: “Say: O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Sűrah al-Zumar: 53]

This verse speaks about those who repent. It tells us that any sin, no matter how major, is expiated by sincere and proper repentance.

There are conditions for repentance to be sincere and proper. The first of these is that the penitent person desists from the sinful act. The second is that he feels deep and genuine regret for having committed the sin. The third is that he resolves in his heart never to return to the sin again. Finally, if the sin caused a transgression against the rights of another person, he needs to do his best to make amends.

When Allah sees this sincere repentance from one of His servants – a servant who truly turns to his Lord in fear and hope – He not only forgives the sin, but replaces those sins for good deeds to the servant’s credit. This is from Allah’s infinite grace and munificence.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 July 2008 at 8:40am

A Life of Remembrance

Allah, Most Gracious and Loving, commends:

(Remember Me and I shall remember you. Be grateful unto Me and deny Me not) (2:152)

Those who remember Allah standing, sitting and reclining and who reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth are highly commended in the Noble Quran. They are wise in that, they fill their hearts with the remembrance of God in every moment in every circumstance and in every posture of our lives.

 

The exhortation to remember Allah at all times is a reflection of Allah's all-embracing and overwhelming love for us. The door to Allah is always open to us: (Remember Me and I will remember you) (2:152). We need only to find our way to and through that door. 

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 July 2008 at 4:59pm

‘Going Green’ in the 6th Century

Prophet Muhammad: the Environmentalist

Creating a Balance

 

Concern and care for the environment is also a teaching of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), and therefore a duty on all Muslims.

 

Prophet Muhammad guided mankind to an ideology in which the human need for development has underpinnings of justice, generosity and good governance. Therefore, human progress must be fair to all concerned, be it man, woman, animal, or plant.

 

Prophet Muhammad encouraged simplicity of life. This trait is a good example he set for us in "going green". This means no fancy jargon or complex techie thingies that might save energy but cost the world. We should seek just simple doable solutions to problems that were once avoidable but today are at least still controllable. Three paradigms seem central to the Prophet's explanation of humanity's relationship with the environment.

 

Humility: An understanding that all of creation belongs to God.

 

Justice: Deeds must be just and fair to all concerned.

 

Sustainability: Avoidance of all extravagances and measured use of any natural (or other) resource.

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 August 2008 at 12:48am

Reliance on Allah

 

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:

 

{So he who gives (in charity) and fears(Allah) and [in all sincerity] testifies to the best – We will indeed make smooth for him the path to Bliss.} (Al-Layl 92:5-7)

 

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.

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 August 2008 at 1:12am

“The most honored of you with Allah…”

“O humanity! We have created you of a male and a female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another.

Lo! The most honored of you with Allah are those who are the most God-fearing. Surely Allah is Knowing, Aware.” [Sűrah al-Hujurât: 13]

Islam declares all ideologies that summon to bigotry, racism, tribalism, or ethnic chauvinism to be false. Islam calls upon us to abolish bigotry from our hearts. There are no grounds to discriminate between people on the basis of race, ethnicity, or language.

Islam teaches us that people are as equal as the teeth of a comb.

The superiority of one person over another is only by virtue of a person’s superior deeds, not because of that person’s lineage or pedigree. What matters most is a person’s righteousness and conduct. It is related to us from the Companions that: “Whoever has shortcomings in his deeds will find no compensation for it in his lineage.” [Sahîh Muslim (4867)]

Allah created all of us from a single soul: “O humankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord Who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate and from them twain hath spread abroad a multitude of men and women.” [Sűrah al-Nisâ’: 1]

Yes, there are differences between people as individuals. Though all of us descend from one set of parents, each of us is unique as a person. We all have different appearances, complexions, and degrees of beauty. We differ in physical strength, in our preferences, and our dispositions. We are identical to each other only in our basic makeup and our natural human instincts. We differ greatly in our individual characteristics.

Allah has blesses us all differently. Some people are wealthy while others are poor. People have different ancestries and backgrounds. Nevertheless, all of us were created for the same purpose – to worship our Creator. Allah says: “I created neither the Jinn nor humanity except to worship Me.” [Sűrah al-Dhâriyât: 56]

Therefore, in spite of our diversity in our personal traits and circumstances, the criterion by which some of us are superior to others is the criterion of piety. Allah says: “The most honored of you with Allah are those who are the most God-fearing.” Sűrah al-Hujurât: 13]

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 August 2008 at 12:14am

What Does It Mean to Be a Muslim?

1. To worship Allah alone

2. To be respectful and kind to parents

3. To be good to relatives, to the poor, and to travelers

4. To be careful with money and not waste resources

5. To take good care of children

6. To steer clear of adultery and illicit relations

7. To respect every life and not to kill anyone unless in the pursuit of justice

8. To take care of the orphans

9. To fulfill promises and commitments

10. To be honest in business dealings

11. To act upon knowledge and not follow hearsay or act on half-truths

12. To be humble and have no arrogance

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 August 2008 at 7:53am

The Afterlife: The Resurrection

Allah in the Holy Qur’an appeals to man’s reasoning and addresses his power of reflection and judgment by asking him to reflect on how rain revives the dead earth. This is something that is obvious to us; if so, how can we then deny the truth of the resurrection, when Almighty Allah can just as easily revive the dead bones as He revives the earth?

(It is Allah Who sends forth the Winds, so that they raise up the clouds, and We drive them to a land that is dead, and revive the earth therewith after its death: even so [will be] the Resurrection!) (35: 9).

The Qur’an repeatedly tells us that those who believe and do righteous deeds will be greatly rewarded in the afterlife, while those who disbelieve and do bad deeds will be severely punished.

Belief in life after death gives meaning to our life, for it tells us that this life is only a test and preparation for an eternal life. Furthermore, we know that in the afterlife we will receive justice for all the wrongs we suffer here. It may seem that the sinful and corrupt are often happier or wealthier than the righteous, but that is only for a short time. In the afterlife they will get their due

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 August 2008 at 8:02am

Why Did God Create the Universe?

The universe, which has been ornamented with every sort of art, is like an endless parade or exhibition designed to attract us and make us reflect. Its extraordinary diversity and magnificent adornment, the sheer abundance and flow of events, present a certain reality to our senses and minds.

Muslims believe that this reality indicates the existence of an agent who brings it into being. Islam teaches that it is through the reality of His works and deeds we come to know the Doer, and so His Names. Through these Names, we try to know His Attributes.

Through the channels and prayers opened to our hearts, we strive to know Him in Himself. This raising up of our being is inspired across a wide domain of reality — things, events, the vast realm of humanity's stewardship, as well as the relation or connection between us and the universe and the realm of God's Names and Attributes

While we perceive things from a human perspective, the way Muslims see it, God does not. While we act out of necessity or desire, God does not. In other words, we cannot ascribe human attributes and motivations to God.

But why did God create all of this? ...

(Find out the answer ...)

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Date Posted: 18 August 2008 at 6:46am

Who Is "Allah"?

Allah is the Arabic form of the word "The One True God". Muslims worship the exact same God that Jews and Christians do.

 

However, Muslims prefer to call God by His proper name Allah and refrain from using the word "god" itself since it can be attributed to so many other things. For example, in proper English the feminine form of "god" is "goddess" and let’s look at Greek Mythology where the Greeks worshipped many "gods".

 

Muslims believe that Allah is the One and Only God without partners and that the name "Allah" is unique to the sole Creator of this World and everything in it. To liken Allah to another supposed god in any way shape or form is to commit the one unforgivable sin of shirk, or ascribing partners to Allah.

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 August 2008 at 6:17am

Why Prophet Muhammad Emigrated to Madinah

The Unique Environment of Madinah

In the first place, it was free from any hostile feelings like those which existed in Makkah.

Hence Islam, with its clear and simple logic, had a great appeal among its inhabitants. Secondly, the monotheistic idea was particularly appealing to the Arabs of Madinah, owing to their respect for the Jewish religion. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 August 2008 at 8:51am

Truthfulness… Staircase to Heaven

Certain virtues are highly valued in all societies, one of which is truthfulness. Islam recognizes that other religions and communities attach great importance to such virtues. Islam also endorses such virtues and lays strong emphasis on them. Indeed, the Prophet said, "I have been sent with my message in order to complement the best of virtues" (Ahmad and Al-Hakim). In this definition of his message, the Prophet emphasizes that virtues that are acceptable to common sense exist in all societies and are inevitably upheld by all communities. What Islam does is to complement and perfect them.

Indeed, Islam has a unique way of doing that. It imparts to its followers a sense of direction that remains present in their minds throughout their lives. The ultimate aim is to win admission into Heaven. Every action we do can either bring us closer to that overall aim or move us away from it. Therefore, Muslims always weigh up their actions before embarking on them. If they are of strong faith, they have no hesitation in refraining from doing anything that diminishes the likelihood of them being admitted into Heaven. They are always aware that they may die at any moment, and they know that they must be prepared for the hereafter. Any indulgence in anything forbidden moves them away from attaining their goal. Therefore, they are always on their guard.

It is not surprising, therefore, that Islam stresses the great importance of those virtues that affect people's behavior and their standing in society. One of these is truthfulness. Islam views falsehood in any form as utterly repugnant. To tell a lie is something that is totally unacceptable in Islam. The Prophet was once asked about various actions that Islam forbids and whether a believer may commit any of these. He said that a believer may be guilty of such forbidden things as theft, adultery, and drinking intoxicants, but a believer cannot tell a lie. Telling a lie is against the very concept of faith ...

 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 August 2008 at 7:52am

Ablution: A Dual Message of Spirituality and Cleanliness

The Islamic ordinance of ablution depicts an excellent example of how Islam combines the concept of spirituality with temporal affairs or — to be more precise in this case — personal hygiene and cleanliness.

To better understand this, one has to apprehend the optimal station of a person's relationship with God, a station that should be aspired to by all and that forms the cornerstone of a person's relationship with God.

This station is the love for God. It is the highest aim of true believers who truly love God and reach a point where God loves them back ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 August 2008 at 1:11am

Purpose of Fasting

The Qur’an says what means, (O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who were before you, in order that you may learn taqwa (piety)) (Al-Baqarah 2:183). 

Taqwa is a very important spiritual and ethical term of the Qur’an. It is the sum total of all Islamic spirituality and ethics. It is a quality in a believer’s life that keeps him/her aware of Allah all the time. A person who has taqwa loves to do good and to avoid evil for the sake of Allah. Taqwa is piety, righteousness and consciousness of Allah. Taqwa requires patience and perseverance.

Fasting teaches patience, and with patience one can rise to the high position of taqwa. 

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said that fasting is a shield. It protects a person from sin and lustful desires

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 August 2008 at 5:05pm

10 great goals to set for this Ramadan

1- Eat, drink and be moderate

2- Give a dollar a day in charity...or five or ten

3- Memorize 4 new Surahs from the Qur'an

4- Go to Tarawih prayers

5- Attend the Tarawih prayer in which the recitation of the whole Quran will be completed

6- Stop swearing and/or backbiting

7- Call/email your relatives

8- Go on a technology diet

9- Read 5 minutes of Quran a day

10- Forgive everyone who has hurt you

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 31 August 2008 at 2:03am

The Spiritual and Health Benefits of Ramadan Fasting

The physiological effect of fasting includes lowering of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for the treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity, and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on "Health and Ramadan", held in Casablanca, entered 50 extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients' health or their baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from sever diseases, whether type I diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not be allowed to fast.

There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, "If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting." This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes. There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in energy output. There are 10 extra calories output for each unit of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory.

One of the odd nights in the last 10 days of Ramadan is called the night of power when angels descend down, and take the prayer of worship to God for acceptance.

Fasting is a special act of worship which is only between humans and God since no one else knows for sure if this person is actually fasting. Thus God says in hadith qudsi that "Fasting is for Me and I only will reward it". In another hadith, the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) has said "If one does not give up falsehoods in words and actions, God has no need of him giving up food and drink".

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 September 2008 at 6:10pm

Achieving Piety Through Fasting

Islam teaches that the purpose of fasting is not to make people hungry and thirsty, or to deprive them some of their comfort and conveniences. The real purpose of fasting, according to Islam, is to learn piety.

Piety is highly emphasized in the Quran and Sunnah. There are more than 158 verses in the Quran on piety, and there are hundreds of hadiths on this subject.

Muslim scholars see pietyas being Islam itself. It is the total sum of all Islamic values and virtues. If one has piety,one has achieved everything. Pietyis the consciousness of God. It is to do one's best efforts to live by His commands and to avoid His prohibitions.

The Quran has used the word pietyto mean consciousness of God, fear of God, worship of God, sincerity in faith, and avoidance of disobedience to God.

How does fasting build the character of piety according to the Islamic worldview? Let us look at some of the things that a fasting person is supposed to do, and see how they are related to the concept and spirit of piety ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 September 2008 at 2:27pm

The Prophet in Ramadan

Into the hearts of his followers, the Prophet instilled the love and fear of God and love for humanity. His example was inspiring and irresistible; and each of them became eager to be his closest follower.

To them he was the sincerest and the most cordial of leaders. And his life was open before them like a book; they could see him practicing most closely in his own life what he was preaching.

Letting the Spirit Reign Supreme

The Prophet demonstrated to his people how this world is less important than the next, and how the body is less important than the soul. In fasting, the Prophet taught them step by step how to ignore the physical demands so that the spirit reigns supreme.

Abandoning food, drink, and sex was only a prelude to the next stage of greater significance: of conquering avidity and cupidity, lust and licentiousness; of liberating one's mind from flights of passion and fits of temper. Indeed the Prophet said:  

"The strong person is not the one who can wrestle someone else down. The strong person is the one who can control himself when he is angry." (Bukhari) 

Also about the effect of fasting on one's behavior, the Prophet said, "Fasting is a shield, so the one who fasts should avoid obscene speech and ignorant behaviour. If someone abuses him or starts to fight with him, he should reply by saying: 'I am fasting. I am fasting'." (Bukhari)

The core of fasting according to the Prophet was one's willingness not merely to give up self-indulgence, but to feel the need of one's brother as one's own. And no one was more kind-hearted and generous than the Messenger of God; and his generosity reached its peak in Ramadan. (Bukhari)

The Prophet stressed on the importance of treating people nicely when he said:

"Make things easy for people and do not make them difficult, and cheer people up and do not drive them away." (Bukhari)

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 September 2008 at 12:19am

The Prophet as a model for our societies

An interesting dialogue moderated by Tariq Ramadan, with Karen Armstrong & Adil Salahi on the prophet of Islam, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him:

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 September 2008 at 1:17am

Causes and Remedy of Anger

The remedy of any defect mainly depends on the elimination of its causes. Self-admiration, joking, argumentation, and betrayal are among the primary causes of anger. Undoubtedly, these are ill morals that the Shari`ah condemns, and in order to get rid of them, people should treat each of them with its opposite.

To remedy the habitual anger, the Muslim, male or female, should do certain things, as follows:

First: He should become well acquainted with the virtues of forgiveness, forbearance, endurance, and restraining anger.

Second: He should frighten himself with the punishment of Allah the Almighty by saying to himself, “Allah’s might over me is much greater than my might over that person (who has enraged me), so if I punish him now, I cannot be sure I will be safe from Allah’s punishment on the Day of Resurrection, and I am much more in need of His forgiveness (than His punishment)!”

Third: He should warn himself against the consequences of enmity, revenge, and glee at the misfortune of his disputants, for, like them, he is not free from calamities that may afflict him at any time.

Fourth: He should meditate on how ugly his image seems when he is angry and on that he should not lead himself to such a terrible image.

Fifth: He should think over the cause that invites him to take revenge. For example, the cause of his anger may be because Satan says to him, “You should not stand still after hearing such humiliating words (that he may have just heard from someone), otherwise you will become humble in the sight of people.” At that moment, he should say to himself, “Do you fear that you should become humble in the sight of people and do not fear of being humble in the sight of Allah, the angels, and prophets?” In this way, he may restrain his anger and escape from the destructive traps of Satan.

Sixth: He should remember that his anger has been caused by something that happened according to Allah’s will and not his own will, so how can he comply with his own will other than the will of Allah the Almighty?

This is how the Muslim should act when he has the flaw of anger so that he may avoid its ruinous and baleful consequences.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 September 2008 at 2:04am

Does God Hear me?

Recently, I asked God for something very, very important to me. I prayed to Him night and day. I got up in the early morning to pray extra devotional prayers before sunrise to make that supplication to Him. I prayed to God at times when the Prophet said God will answer those who pray to Him. I prayed almost constantly for this particular thing. It did not come.

Needless to say, I was sad and disappointed. In the midst of my sadness, a barrage of thoughts and questions raced through my head: "What went wrong? Was it something I did or said? Is God angry with me?" In fact, I almost wanted to say, "Why?" Furthermore, my sadness gave way to momentary spiritual weakness in that I had transient thoughts of rebellion against God. I said to myself, "All this prayer, and it was not answered. Did God not hear me?" 

No, God indeed did hear me, but He chose not to give me what I asked of Him at this particular moment in my life. The above exchange in my head was born out of the fact that I am a human being, subject to all of the weaknesses and hypocrisies of the human condition.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 September 2008 at 1:49am

The Prophet Muhammad Today

Black and white, red and yellow, followers of the Prophet Muhammad come from all races. Whether in Asia or Europe, Africa or America, in every nook and cranny of this globe, you are sure to find Muslims. They live in the most advanced, sprawling megalopolis as well as in the most primitive nomadic tent, village, hamlet, and even in the bush.

 

As now so always, down the centuries, across the planet, from end to end, billions and billions of men and women have lived all their lives, loving the Prophet and trying to follow in his footsteps, as no one else has been so loved and followed.

 

They have lived and died, believed and acted, married and raised families, worshipped and ruled, made war and peace, even eaten and dressed, walked and slept, just as he did or taught them to do.

 

Indeed, never in history has a man influenced mankind, even beyond his death, so deeply and so pervasively as he has. He brings light and peace to countless hearts and lives. They love him more dearly than their own selves. In him they find their greatest source of inspiration and guidance.

 

He is the ultimate norm and the perfect example for them. Faith in him is their mainstay, and he is their chief source of support and comfort in all personal vicissitudes and tribulations. They also look to him to lead them through social and political turmoil.

 

He has always inspired them to greater and greater heights of spiritual and moral upliftment and civilizational achievements. And still does.

 

In short, they believe that through him, a human like themselves, God has spoken to them, and guided him to live amongst them, setting an example and a model for all times to come.

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 September 2008 at 1:16am
 

The Fruits of Fasting

Fasting instills compassion in humans. A compassionate society is better than an arrogant society. In addition, only when you are in one's shoes can you know where they pinch. It is only by staying hungry, and keeping our regular activities, we can know how those less fortunate than us get through the day.

 

This compassion would inculcate the practice of regular charity. Charity in turn would benefit the economy of a society. There would be more equal distribution of wealth, and the less privileged would enjoy a better life.

 

Now let's see benefits for the individual. As per research done by Dr. Elson M. Haas, M.D., Director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin, California, fasting is one of the best natural therapies for detoxification and cleansing of the system, which is one of the trilogies of nutrition.

 

According to Otto Buchinger, Sr., M.D., Germany's great therapist,  "Fasting is, without any doubt, the most effective biological method of treatment... it is the 'operation without surgery'... it is a cure involving exudation, re-attunement, redirection, loosening up and purified relaxation."

 

Similarly, there has been sufficient research to prove that fasting adds to healthy living, and is beneficial to humans.

 

Furthermore, fasting helps improve self-control. ...

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 September 2008 at 1:30am

GOODNESS IN ALL

All things are created with wisdom and with an ulterior purpose. In consort with this ulterior purpose, there are benefits for the believers in all happenings. Because Allah is on the believers' side and does not let them down.

Encounters in life may at first seem unfavorable for the believers. However, one should understand that even seemingly events, for example, a plot hatched against them by the others, will ultimately turn out well for them. Allah will sooner or later let them savor His beneficence so, believers should be completely sure that there is goodness in all. 

There are many examples of this kind of situation in the Qur'an; the life of Yusuf (Joseph) is one of the most remarkable. In his childhood, Yusuf had been thrown down to the bottom of a well by his brothers. He was later rescued and then accused and imprisoned, even though he was innocent.

For a person without faith, these incidents may be thought of as the greatest misfortunes. Nevertheless, Yusuf always kept in mind that these could only happen under Allah's will and that all would certainly turn out for the better. And this proved to be true. Allah turned the "disasters" to good account; Yusuf was released from prison and in time became one of the governors of that land

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 September 2008 at 2:12pm

The Fasting of Ramadan: A Time for Thought, Action, and Change!

"Fasting in Ramadan develops in a person the real spirit of social belonging, of unity and brotherhood, and of equality before God.

This spirit is the natural product of the fact that when people fast they feel that they are joining the whole Muslim society (which makes up more than one fifth of world's population) in observing the same duty, in the same manner, at the same time, for the same motives, and for the same end.

No sociologist or historian can say that there has been at any period of history anything comparable to this powerful institution of Islam: Fasting in the month of Ramadan. People have been crying throughout the ages for acceptable 'belonging', for unity, for brotherhood, for equality, but how echoless their voices have been, and how very little success they have met..." says Hammudah Abdalati, in Islam in Focus.

"What is fasting?" "How does the fasting of Muslims in Ramadan differ from the fasting of other faiths?" "Why should one 'torture' one's body in the first place?" "What do you really gain from fasting in the end?"...These are a few questions that a number of non-Muslim friends and colleagues often ask us, usually out of fascination with this spiritually-uplifting practice of Islamic faith, and at times out of pity and sympathy for us, thinking, why should anyone suffer from hunger and thirst like Muslims? ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 September 2008 at 12:34am

Ten Days of Forgiveness: Ready?

The blessed days of Ramadan are passing so quickly.

The special days of Allah's great mercy, forgiveness and favors are going; therefore, every one should evaluate the efforts he exerted in Ramadan before it is too late. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) told us that the first part of Ramadan is for Allah's mercy, its middle is for forgiveness, and its end is for salvation from Hell-fire.

No one knows whether or not he gained the mercy of Almighty Allah before the end of the first third of Ramadan. We should all be faithful and honest when evaluating our success in gaining His mercy in the first part of this blessed month. We should realize our shortcomings in order not to miss out on the blessings of the few days that remain.

Now we are favored with the days of forgiveness. Are we ready to work for forgiveness? Have we prepared ourselves to be forgiven by Almighty Allah? It is our great opportunity to repent, to return to Almighty Allah, and to seek His forgiveness. It is a precious time that we should not miss out on. If we fail to gain the forgiveness of Almighty Allah during the days of forgiveness, when would our sins would be forgiven?

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), his companions, and the righteous Muslims throughout the ages used to pay due attention to Ramadan and the blessings it contains. Wise people should never miss the merits of every single day of Ramadan.

Now, the important question is: How should we seek the forgiveness of Almighty Allah during these blessed days of Ramadan? Below are some tips that we should consider and implement:

1. Everybody should sincerely repent to Almighty Allah, seeking His forgiveness,

2. Wrongdoings and prohibitions should be avoided,

3. One should offer more optional acts of worship such as Tahajjud (night prayer), charity, dhikr, and Qur’an recitation.

4. Obligatory acts of worship such as the five daily prayers should be carried out properly and faithfully, and

5. One should earnestly make du`aa’ to Almighty Allah to bless him with His favors and forgiveness.

O Allah, help us all to gain Your mercy, forgiveness, and blessings, Ameen.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 September 2008 at 1:52pm

Ramadan: Striving for God Consciousness

The essence of fasting Ramadan and its goal is summed in the Qur'an in one word: taqwa.

"O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may attain taqwa." (Qur'an 2:183)

But what is taqwa? And how does it relate to the physical act of fasting?

Taqwa is a recurring theme in the Qur'an and a paramount Qur'anic value. Taqwa is both an attitude and a process. It is the proper attitude of the human toward the divine that denotes love, devotion, and fear. Love to the source of good and beauty that make life worth living; devotion to God's boundless wisdom and majesty; and fear of misunderstanding the divine intent or failing in maintaining the appropriate posture and relationship. 

The attitude of taqwa cannot and does not stay in the confines of the human spirit, but is ultimately revealed in expression and action. The attitude of taqwa is ultimately revealed in, and in turn reveals, the true character it nurtures: the commitment to the sublime values stressed by divine revelations of courage, generosity, compassion, honesty, steadfastness, and cooperation in pursuing what is right and true.

Taqwa is equally the process by which the believers internalize the sublime values of revelation and develop their character. Thus the Qur'an reminds the believers that they should not reduce religious practices to a set of blind rituals, of religiously ordained procedures performed at the level of physical movement, and that they should always be mindful that religious practices, like praying and fasting, ultimately aim at bringing about moral and spiritual uplifting ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 September 2008 at 1:05am

Gems of the Quran: The Gates of Hell vs. The Gates of Paradise

Allah says: The people are being driven to the gates of Paradise. They are being taken there and they come upon Paradise....and - They find the gates ALREADY OPEN. They saw it while coming upon it, they saw it as they came upon it, they are able to gaze into the open doors. This SINGLE LETTER causes the image of these gates to change by showing the state of the gates as the people come upon them.

There is no surprise. There is no questioning. There is no wonder if this place is meant for them....it is meant for them. They are welcome. The gates are open already and it is why they have been taken there. Paradise is theirs and they are being called into it from these gates.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 September 2008 at 2:06am

I Am Fasting: Prophet Muhammad in Ramadan

The Prophet tells us that if someone is to argue or slander a fasting person, he should say: "I am fasting." A lot of people will just read this without reflecting upon what it alludes to. I confess I was one of these people for a long time.

 

However, when I discovered what lies behind these words, I was amazed. Such a statement is basically a message in time management and power management. To make this simple, imagine if you are sitting at your office doing something very important and do not want to see anyone, what can you simply do?

 

You may think of putting a notice at your door saying 'BUSY.' If you are in a meeting and do not want anyone to interrupt, you will simply either silence your mobile phone or switch it off and turn on the red light at the door of your office.

 

This is very important in time management. Otherwise, if you leave everything running as normal, it will be, at least, extremely difficult to accomplish any task.

 

Likewise, the sign of 'I am fasting' keeps intruders away and allows you to make the most out of your fasting.

 

Upon raising — whether verbally, or mentally — such a sign of 'I am fasting' Muslims are always reminded of our task and main goal, so as not to be consumed in any side tasks like arguing with others, disputing with them, or trying to win a discussion.

 

This is a very important lesson in time management and personal development, since the person who puts so many things in front of his eyes will definitely fail to accomplish any of them perfectly.

 

In time management, we are always encouraged to plan our time by making a time sheet that specifies what we will be doing at what time and this is definitely what is meant by raising such a sign 'I am fasting.' It is as if you are announcing to any time destroyers that this time is dedicated to this task of fasting and it cannot be spoiled by anything else ...

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 September 2008 at 1:15am

http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1184649613925&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam%2FDIELayout - Prophets...What If They Were Angels?

Why did God choose human beings as His messengers? Wouldn't it be more appropriate if God sent angels to guide people and to show them the straight path? Wouldn't people be more eager to believe an angel than merely another human like themselves? How fair would it be for human beings to have angels as their prophets?

A messenger is assigned to convey the law of God and to inform people about the divine message, so he must be one of them — speaking their language and knowing their habits — to be able to convey the message. People must have known him before his mission; his honesty, truthfulness, and noble manners should be unquestionable.

Not only would the prophet convey the divine law, but he would also teach people how to apply it. The law is theoretical and must be practically applied; people need to see their messenger offering prayers, performing Hajj, and applying the divine law he brought to them. Therefore, the humanity of the prophet is imperative.

For this reason, God chose honorable humans to be His Prophets, a choice that the disbelievers would oppose till the Day of Judgment. Every prophet was a human and was attacked by his people for being one.

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Posted By: Cyra
Date Posted: 24 September 2008 at 12:37pm
As mere humans, we could not handle the sight of God Himself.  I think also, that most have a problem believing what they see with their own eyes.
 
As far as the prophets having all the answers?  No, not as accepted in human terms.  But if you were to research the holy books a little deeper, you might find that the answers have been provided by God through the prophets.
 
This is in response to something scruggnut posted.


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 September 2008 at 1:55pm
Welcome to the forum Cyra
 

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.

One of the evil traits of character to which Pharaoh had degraded himself, mentioned in the Quran, was that he had divided his people into high and low, noble and ignoble. And one of these two classes he despised and degraded .

The teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, reflect the Quranic pronouncements,

Prophet Muhammad said:

O people remember that your Lord is one. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab, also a black has no superiority over white, nor a white has any superiority over black, except by piety and virtuous deeds. (Al-Baihaqi)

He also said:

Let people stop boasting about their ancestors. One is only a pious believer or a miserable sinner. All men are progenies of Adam and Adam made from dust. (Abu Dawud)

The Quran begins with the assertion that God is not the God of Muslims alone; He is the Creator and Sustainer of all mankind and of the whole universe.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 September 2008 at 5:42am

Wisdom behind Prohibition of Riba (Usury)

Q: Could you please furnish me with the wisdom behind the prohibition of Riba?

A: "Islam permits increase in capital through trade.

Referring to this, Allah Almighty says, “O you who believe, do not consume your property among yourselves wrongfully, but let there be trade by mutual consent...” (An-Nisa’: 29)

At the same time, Islam blocks the way for anyone who tries to increase his capital through lending on usury or interest (Rriba), whether it is at a low or a high rate, ...

The wisdom behind the prohibition of interest

The strict prohibition of interest in Islam is a result of its deep concern for the moral, social, and economic welfare of mankind. Muslim scholars have sound arguments explaining the wisdom of this prohibition, and recent studies have confirmed their opinions, with some additions and extensions of their arguments. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 September 2008 at 1:15pm

Achieving Piety Through Fasting

Islam teaches that the purpose of fasting is not to make people hungry and thirsty, or to deprive them some of their comfort and conveniences. The real purpose of fasting, according to Islam, is to learn piety.

Pietyis highly emphasized in the Quran and Sunnah. There are more than 158 verses in the Quran on piety, and there are hundreds of hadiths on this subject.

Muslim scholars see pietyas being Islam itself. It is the total sum of all Islamic values and virtues. If one has piety,one has achieved everything. Pietyis the consciousness of God. It is to do one's best efforts to live by His commands and to avoid His prohibitions.

http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1219723077652&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam%2FDIELayout - http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1219723077652&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam%2FDIELayout



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 September 2008 at 9:52pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 October 2008 at 5:50am

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. ..

http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-AAbout_Islam/AskAboutIslamE/AskAboutIslamE&cid=1173364209524 - http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-AAbout_Islam/AskAboutIslamE/AskAboutIslamE&cid=1173364209524

 



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Posted By: Cyra
Date Posted: 01 October 2008 at 8:35am
Thank you for a wonderful post.  Loved the story about the father and his sons...


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 October 2008 at 10:24am
Welcome Cyra
 
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." 

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1221720530438&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1221720530438&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout

Here is one of her talks explaining Islam:

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 October 2008 at 10:15pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 October 2008 at 12:46am

Dialogue on IOL with Imam Ahmad Saad - North London Mosque

Ask About Muhammad

Questions

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?

Answers

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.

http://www.readingislam.com/livedialogue/Browse.asp?hGuestid=Y6228j&hSession=Recent - http://www.readingislam.com/livedialogue/Browse.asp?hGuestid=Y6228j&hSession=Recent


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 October 2008 at 10:44pm

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

http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1154235101843&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam%2FDIELayout - http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1154235101843&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam%2FDIELayout


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 October 2008 at 2:02pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 October 2008 at 11:01pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 October 2008 at 10:09pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 October 2008 at 11:00pm

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 ...

 

http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1224089029850&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam/DIELayout - http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1224089029850&pagename=Zone-English-Discover_Islam/DIELayout

 



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 October 2008 at 6:06am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 October 2008 at 11:02pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 November 2008 at 11:02pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 November 2008 at 11:38pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 November 2008 at 10:59pm

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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