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2 years ago  ::  Jun 21, 2012 - 12:19PM #31
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Trading in cigarettes



Question: What is the Islaamic ruling regarding one who trades in cigarettes which are sold under licence from the cigarette company?
 
Response: Smoking is haraam, growing tobacco is haraam, and trading in it is haraam, because of the great harm which it causes. And it was narrated in the hadeeth:
 
«There should be no causing harm nor reciprocating harm»,
 
and because it is (regarded as) one of the evil things (al-khabaa.ith). Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) says, in describing the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam):
 
{He allows them as lawful at-Tayyibaat [all good and lawful things] and prohibits them as unlawful al-Khabaa.ith [all evil and unlawful things]}, [Soorah al-A'raaf, Aayah 157].
 
And Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) says (interpretation of the meaning):
 
{They ask you what is lawful for them. Say: 'Lawful unto you are at-Tayyibaat [all good and lawful things]}, [Soorah al-Maa'idah, Aayah 4].
 
And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.
 
The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Verdicts, comprising -
Head: Shaykh 'Abdul 'Azeez ibn Abdullaah ibn Baaz;
Deputy Head: Shaykh 'Abdur-Razzaaq 'Afeefee;
Member: Shaykh 'Abdullaah ibn Ghudayyaan;
Member: Shaykh 'Abdullaah ibn Qu'ood
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. - Volume 13, Page 31, Question No.1 of Fatwa No.4947

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2 years ago  ::  Jul 01, 2012 - 5:59AM #32
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Understanding the Prophet's Life
Silence


A theme which has acquired prominence in the Sunnah of the Prophet, peace be upon him, is the relative value of silence, especially when speech would serve no useful purpose. There are numerous Hadiths on this subject, including the following:


"Whoever believes in God and the Last Day, let him utter what is good or remain silent." [Muslim]


To speak only when there is occasion for speech, or when one has a purpose in doing so, is a sign of piety as the following Hadith declares:


"Part of the beauty of a person's Islam is that they remain silent about that which does not concern them." [Mishkat]


The best form of speech is that in which a little removes the need to say more, and the meaning is self-evident in the words. A person ought to be reserved in speech, and to speak only when there is some benefit to be achieved by it. In the event of there being any doubt about the benefit of talking, one ought to remain silent.


Compiled From:
"Freedom of Expression in Islam" - Mohammad Hashim Kamali, pp. 127, 128

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1 year ago  ::  Mar 13, 2013 - 1:14PM #33
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We often hear question about role of women in Islam. Here is an article, which may help most of us to have some basic ideas on this often asked question.


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The Story of The Woman in

Islam



 



By Maria Zain
 

 


 


Women are the lesser gender. They have to obey their fathers and brothers, and then to obey their husbands.


They have weaker prospects to education as to their careers. They also inherit less and their testimonials are only half of men.


What is more, they are burdened with their monthly menstrual cycle, pregnancy, giving birth, and that horrendous six weeks or so of post-partum bleeding. Therefore, women are of lesser value than men.


It all started in Jannat Adn, more famously known as “the Gardens of Eden” (via mainstream narrations), when the forbidden fruit was consumed by the first two humans. The woman, in particular, was the culprit. She had fallen prey to Satan and in turn, seduced her husband, to turn away from their Lord, apparently, in vain plight of immortality. Nevertheless, both were shamed, she was blamed, and the two were banished onto earth.


Does that story sound familiar?The fall from Eden rests heavily upon her – and all of her kind of course – they (the women of earth) are always to be seen as cursed and punished, mostly through the pain and suffering of childbirth – and that is how it has always been, and that is how it will always be.


Probably.


In mainstream beliefs, women are often seen as seductresses, the adulteress (despite having a man to adulterate with), the one carrying the burden of sin, and the one who should endure the severe punishment. And unfortunately, many Muslims play second fiddle to these beliefs, despite the fact that it was never mentioned in the Quran.


Adam & Eve in The Quran


This is what is mentioned in the Quran:


{O Adam! You and your wife dwell in the garden and enjoy (its good things) as you (both) wish: but approach not this tree or you (both) run into harm and transgression.


Then Satan began to whisper suggestions to them, bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them (before): he said, "Your Lord only forbade you this tree lest you (both) should become angels or such beings as live forever. "And he swore to them both that he was their sincere adviser.


So by deceit he brought about their fall. When they tasted of the tree, their shame became manifest to them and they began to sew together the leaves of the garden over their bodies. And their Lord called unto them: "Did I not forbid you that tree and tell you that Satan was an avowed enemy unto you?"


They said: "Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls: If You forgive us not and bestow not upon us Your mercy, we shall certainly be lost.


(Allah) said: "Get you (both) down with enmity between yourselves. On earth will be your dwelling place and your means of livelihood for a time." He said: "Therein shall you (both) live and therein shall you (both) die; and from it shall you (both) be taken out (at last)..."


O you children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you in the same manner as he got your parents out of the garden, stripping them of their raiment to expose their shame: for he and his tribe watch you from a position where you cannot see them: We made the evil ones friends (only) to those without faith.} (Al-A’raf 7: 19-27)


As per the Quran and its tafsir (interpretation), God singled out Adam for being responsible over his family (his wife Hawwa’), and asked both of them to repent for their disobedience (in which, they both did). God specifically repeats “both” several times throughout the eight verses.


Then God forgave them and sent them down to the dwelling on earth in order to populate this life with believers to worship Him. Hawwa’ (Eve) was never singled out as the burden of sin, and in fact, her slat was wiped clean with no one to carry on her burden for her.


Yet despite this clear depiction in the Quran, the misogyny runs rampant in society and is supplemented by endless feeds through the media of cultures that treat women as the secondary gender.


But the problems are two-fold. In many Muslim countries, unfortunately, women are less entitled to education and career prospects and can be said to be treated unfairly. And in some “developed” Muslim countries, women who choose to stay at home and tend to their children are seen as uneducated and less worthy of those who run rapids, competing against men and many of these women “bring upon” less worthy societal treatment upon themselves, just because they prefer to be more family-centric, or purely just a mother.


Ironic, isn’t it?


While women in Islam have and always will have the same recognition in the eyes of God, as pious believers, when they demonstrate taqwa (God-consciousness), women are not identical replicates of men. And that is where the seeds of misconception get planted and are encouraged to grow.


Just because women are seen as child bearers of their children, this does not mean that they are inferior to the male gender, because they may struggle with bouts of pregnancy and birth. Islam has made it very clear that pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding are part and parcel of love and mercy that God has bestowed upon couples to celebrate an important part of worship towards God.


{It is He Who created you from a single person and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love). When they are united, she bears a light burden and carries it about (unnoticed). When she grows heavy, they both pray to Allah, their Lord (saying) "If You give us a goodly child, we vow we shall (ever) be grateful} (Al-A’raf 7: 189)


There is no need to believe that any of the above are forms of punishment, as women’s bodies have already been designed to conceive, carry and birth a baby, unlike man’s body. Similarly, since women are designed in such a manner, that male anatomy is designed in another manner, and one “advantage” a man has over a woman to be recognized as a martyr, is to be able to fight in war, as and when the need arises to protect his people and family, for the sake of Allah.


But women too can be recognized as martyrs – in the event she dies during a pregnancy, birth or during the time of post-partum bleeding. Both are rewarded with the same blessings, because they have set out to perform a worship that is dear to God as per their own design.


Complementary Not Identical


Once we accept the notion that men and women are not identical, but complementary, do not necessarily have equal rights, but enjoy full equity based on what is prescribed in the Quran and Sunnah, a lot of misconceptions are resolved.


Rather than harp on mainstream beliefs that women are to be blamed for “misfortunes” in society, we will better understand why two female witnesses are equal to a man’s testimony (to complement multi-focal minds of women), why female inherit less than men (because she has no obligation to spend on her family, whereas a man is obliged to spend his inheritance on his wife, children and parents), and why being “just a mother” is perfectly fine (there is so much riding on the importance of mothering).


A young girl being obedient to her father or brothers or a wife being obedient to her husband is part and parcel of respecting the heavy responsibilities of men that have been bestowed upon them by God as guardians and protectors of women.


Whether misogyny is seen or injustice is served in a particular culture and does not jive with Quranic injunctions of the Prophetic Sunnah, then it falls upon culture to treat women with justice.


Throughout Islamic history, women were removed from harm, hardship, prejudice and discrimination, and even instant death. The Quran warned against female infanticide, female mutilation, preventing women from becoming learned teachers and scholars, preventing women from venturing into the masjid.


Prophet Muhammad spoke sternly about the rights of wives, and even the rights of a woman who was no longer to be wed to a man – to be released in divorce with kindness and dignity! Islam educates the mother on her responsibilities towards her children in family, so, in turn, she would always be honored as the next person to pay command to after God and Prophet Muhammad. Women used to work in the same playing field as men, as long as they were treated with dignity and respect and never eschewed their responsibilities towards their worship and families. The list goes on.


And it should go on because that is the story of the woman in Islam. She is the complementary being of the male form, she is the confidante and the companion. She is the mother who brings the next human being to the world in her own compassion and the one who feeds the future, through the natural sustenance that God has given her. She is the one who rocks the baby in the sling, and the one who rocks the world.


It is so easy to look at both genders and insist that one is seen as more superior to the other. But men and women have been made in multi-folds of love and kindness, and both are complementary to each other – just as Adam and Eve were – that is why there were two of them, in the beginning, in the Gardens of Eden. Both were asked to be deployed to the Earth, and both were asked to worship God and repent for their wrongdoings. If God has that mercy upon both of them – in equity – then it is only befitting to view gender equity as perfected in the Quran and Sunnah.


It just takes a little thought and plenty of reflection to understand how and why.





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1 year ago  ::  May 24, 2013 - 1:30PM #34
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Dimensions of the Quran -


Acts of Kindness 


4/23/2013 - Religious - Article Ref: IC0809-3656
By: Sadullah Khan 
IslamiCity* - 


 



 

Surah Al- Ma'un Acts of Kindness / Service to the Needy (Quran Chapter 107) 


This chapter is a Makkan revelation according to the majority of Qur'anic scholars. According to some authorities this is a Makkan-Madinan revelation (The first three verses are said to have been revealed in Makkah and the rest in Madinah). Yet this chapter in its theme and structure is one interwoven entity, aiming at the establishment of one of the most fundamental aspects of faith. It must be added here that the strongest evidence favors the view that the whole chapter was revealed early in the Makkan period.


The chapter deals with two basic principles of Islam whose neglect constitutes denial of religion itself and could be construed as disregard for the consequences of accountability on the Day of Judgment. These principles are: worship of God and service to humanity. The title of this chapter is taken from the word "al-ma'un" with which the chapter ends. 


"Have you observed the person who belies the Faith and denies the Judgment." 107:1


This chapter starts with a perplexing question addressed to all those who can use the faculty of thought and perception, generating suspense and holding their attention in order to make them reflect and realize the aim, the subject and the moral of this chapter. Have you observed, or reflected on the person who falsifies, misrepresents the Deen of Islam, or who undermines the final authority and comprehensiveness of the Final Judgment? It must be noted here that the word al-Deen is the infinitive noun from Arabic which means "he obeyed / earned." The word "Deen," by implication, could be construed to mean: requital, recompense, judgment or reckoning, predominance or ascendancy, mastery or rule, religious organization, righteousness, state or condition, Divine decree, habit, custom; or religion in general. In view of the different meanings of Deen, this first verse may signify reference to the person who has no faith in Divine reckoning; or one who disobeys and defies propriety to the community or society or ideological grouping to which he belongs; or one who does not believe that religion is the ultimate source of morals; or one with whom the doing of good does not become a habit; or one who does not conform his conduct to Divine Decree and thus does not develop in himself divine attributes; or one who does not worship God with true and sincere devotion. We can thus deduce that the word "Deen" includes in its signification all those things which are moral, beneficial and done with commitment, consciousness and sincerity. 


"That is the person who repulses the orphan without care or consideration and does not concern himself nor encourages others to feed the poor and help the needy"107:2-3 


The word yadu'ue, though implying harsh or rough action, could include misappropriation, usurpation, repulsing, insulting, disgracing and denigrating any orphan. The Holy Qur'an has not only urged us to give the orphans their rights but also reprimands those who do not give them respect. (Chapter 89, Verse 17). In the preceding verse we were told that denial of religion or of the Final Reckoning opens the way to heedlessness and a sense of non-accountability. These verses speak of perhaps the two most deadly ills of society, which if not scrupulous guarded against, could bring about the decline and disintegration of a community; 


  1. The failure to take proper care of the orphans (this kills the spirit of sacrifice, of sharing and caring in people). 
  2. Neglect of the poor and needy (which deprives a useful section of the society the initiative and the will to improve their condition.)


These verses represent one of the two basic principles of Islam, huquq al 'ibad (service to humanity). The Holy Prophet in numerous ahadith made reference to this spirit of service and goodwill to humanity as "shafaqatu'ala khalqillah". The verbs used in both these ayats yadu'ue and yahuddu are used in the future tense and thus the case indicate the continuity of such actions in regard to orphans and the poor. It must be noted that to feed the needy is in itself a virtuous deed, irrespective of whether the needy person be a Muslim or a non-Muslim; and to be harsh to an orphan is a sinful act in all conditions whatever religion, ideology or community the orphan may belong to.


We also realize from these verses that if we cannot feed the hungry by ourselves then we must encourage others who are able to, to do so. What is most significant to not is that at the time when this chapter was revealed the number of Muslims in Makkah was very small and the Muslim community was still in its infancy, yet the command to feed the poor and help the needy at the inception of Islamic society is proof that Islam wants to create in its followers that feeling of human sympathy, whose sphere of influence is vast enough to cover the entire humanity and on the basis of which every deserving person should be helped.


As regards the response to the question about the one who denies the Judgment or the Deen of Islam, these two verses give a direct response. It is the one who harshly repels the orphan and does not care nor urges others to feed the poor. This definition of disbelief or false claimant to belief may surprise some when compared with the traditional understanding and definition of faith, but this is the root of the whole issue. Indeed the one who misrepresents the faith is the person who is wicked, harsh, humiliating, careless and selfish. If the truth of Islam had in any way affected his heart, such a person would never treat the most needy members of society (and creation of God) with such harshness and would neither manifest a non-chalant attitude of this nature. True belief then, is not mere utterance of the mouth, but an overall change of the individual's heart and attitude, motivating him to benevolence and goodwill for all human beings, especially those that are in need of his care, attention or assistance. 


"Shame unto those worshippers who are unmindful (concerning the dimensions of) their prayer"  107:4


The unconscious worshippers have been singled out here as unmindful of the nature and the true purpose of prayer since their prayer fails to bring about in them a moral change which prayers are intended to create and the social consciousness that the jama'ah ought to develop in the worshipping person. Prayer represents the duties and obligations we owe to God and they are called huquq- God (obligations due to God- the first basic principle of Islam).


These verses also purport that the prayers of those hypocritical persons who do not discharge the obligations they owe to God's creations (huquq al-'ibad, obligations due to humanity at large) are like a body without a soul, a shell without substance. Their actions tend to be superficial and hypocritical, which instead of doing them good adds to their hypocrisy. They are those who put on a show of piety, who execute the mechanical aspects and pronounce the verbal formulae of prayer, but their hearts are not receptive to them, neither are they enriched by praying, nor is their social consciousness awakened.


Thus the essence and purpose of prayer and its components are not present in their psyche. They offer prayer merely as exercise or a habit; perhaps to impress or deceive others, but not out of true devotion to God and His commands regarding himself and the rest of creation. Muslims, it must be remembered, are obliged to offer their prayer regularly, bearing mind that these prayers are a manifestation of their servitude to God in all aspects of life and indicates commitment to the comprehensive commands of the Creator. The term sahun is derived from sahu which implies a mistake done unintentionally or a wrong done neglectfully. In the first case one could be excused, but in the second case one is not. Here, sahun purports negligence with guilt. So being unmindful of prayer could be construed as meaning not paying heed to the spirit of prayer, and prayer in jama'ah specifically should motivate members of the jama'ah to care for the jama'ah as they care for themselves. 


 


"Those who perform ostentatious prayer (prayer for show) yet refuse and refrain from helping others" 107:5-7


Prayer for show is bereft of sincerity and is merely a prayer of soulless display and hypocrisy which is done in order that people may think of the worshipper as being pious and religious. Such display their pray-fullness and their would-be piety to the public. Once again, we find the Holy Qur'an presents the fundamental nature and spirit of prayer. Any semblance of servitude which is intended for show and not devoted to God; that kind prayer that has not affected their hearts, their behavior and thus not motivated them to selfless service for the benefit of those they are able to assist; to such hypocrites God says; "fa waylul lilmusallin" (woe to such worshippers).


In connection with such hypocrisy there are statements of Prophet 'Isa (Jesus, Peace be Upon Him) which are quoted in the Book of Matthew verse 6, where he is reported to have said, "Beware of practicing your piety before people in order to be seen by them. When you give alms sound no trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the places of worship and in the streets, so that they may be praised by the people. Truly I say to you they have already received their awards (the accolades of the people for whom they are showing off). But when you give charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing; and when you pray you must not be like hypocrites for they love to stand and pray in places of worship and in public so that people may see them." Further on in Matthew, Nabi 'Isa (Peace be Upon Him) said: "Shame on you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Who devour widows' houses and for pretense you make long prayers wherefore you will receive great condemnation. Shame on you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup but inside you are full of filth. Shame on you scribe and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like a white- washed tomb, which outwardly appears beautiful, but within they are full of dead man's bones and all un-cleanliness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to people but inside you are full of hypocrisy and injustice." (Matthew, verse 23)


It would be appropriate here to reflect upon the famous hadith of the holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) "Actions will be judged and evaluated according to the intention that motivates the action. And each person will be rewarded according to his or her intention." The chapter concludes with the word al-ma'un which is also the title of the chapter. Al-ma'un refers to the necessities of life, articles of common use; can refer to zakah, acts of kindness, good deeds or helping others in general. In its wider sense it denotes aid and assistance in any difficulty. Al-ma'un is explained by Imam Bukhair (R.A) as meaning al-ma'ruf kulluhu (that is every good, or kind of charitable deed). And Ikrama (according to Bukhari), considers the highest form of ma'un to be zakah and the lowest form to be assisting others with basic useful things; thus, according to Bukhari, al-ma'un includes all acts of kindness or assistance offered to all human beings. In the last two verses of this chapter, two major issues are brought to our attention: 


  1. One is hypocrisy, where prayer is done for show and not performed sincerely; 
  2. Secondly, refusal to supply basic assistance to the needy.


This indicates that whatever is for God the insincere ones do and perform to show people, and whatever is for the benefit of people they refuse to fulfill. Here we call to mind the words of our master Muhammad (pbuh) who is reported to have said: "God is at the assistance of a person as long as that person is of assistance to his fellow human beings." Serve the Creator and Creation this chapter gives expression to the prominence, which Islam gives to helping the needy and uplifting the poor. Anyone who pays no attention to this is spoken of as one who has belied the Religion and undermined the Judgment.


Prayer to God and help to the poor are repeatedly spoken of in the Holy Qur'an as foundations of Islam. But we are told, in this chapter, that even prayer is mere show and hollow if it does not generate feelings of love, sympathy and fellow- feeling. Islam is not a way of life built on ostentation and superficiality. Different aspects of Islamic acts of worship are meaningless if they are purely mechanical, unless motivated by sincerity, commitment and devotion. Sincere worship produces effects within the individual's heart, which should cause him to act righteously, fairly, justly and in a balanced way. This will be reflected in his social behavior.


The essence of Faith, if firmly rooted in the hearts and minds of people, must immediately operate behaviorally through the person and manifest itself in the person's attitude, expression and actions. The chapter stresses that if that is not the case, then where is the faith, truly speaking. The qualities of despising orphans, refusing to feed the hungry or assist the needy, being heedless of the prescribed prayer, showing off, hypocrisy and not being co-operative with the people; illustrates miserliness, conceit and such persons have neither connection with the people nor true association with the Creator.


The holy Prophet (pbuh) is reported to have said: "Surely the selfish person is far from God, far from people, far from the paradise, close to the Fire; but the charitable, helpful person is close to God, loved by people, close to the paradise and far form the Fire." From this thought-provoking chapter, we gather the intent behind what God demands of us when He instructs us to believe in and worship Him. God is free of all wants and thus seeks no benefit for Himself, but He cares for the welfare and prosperity, the purification and happiness of His creation. The Creator wishes human life to be elevated, happy, based on pure motives and characterized by mutual compassion, brotherhood, purity of heart, clean conscience, unwavering commitment and beneficial behavior.


 


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13 months ago  ::  Aug 26, 2013 - 1:39PM #35
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As we see that God has got many characteristics. Now if we try to combine some of His qualities together and look for something similar that we know of, then we can readily conclude that we are talking about a Being that it similar in characteristics to what we call `Energy'. Only energy can possess such qualities. Now another big question comes up, "What is Energy?"


3. Concept of Energy: It is the force or power of expression or utterances; force that creates, or according to physics `ability to do work'. The wealth of our scientific information tells us that everything has been created out of energy. Everything we see around us including ourselves is nothing but a mere composition and transformation of energy. Only the `levels of energy' makes all the differences. Light, heat, electricity, radiation, waves, etcetera all are nothing but various expressions of energy. If we keep on breaking something into tiny pieces we would end up with an atom, and breaking an atom we would encounter electrical particles like electron, proton, neutron, positron, etc eventually photons and quarks. And trying to break up the quarks will result in energy the origin of the creation, which disappears and can no longer be distinguished. Thus energy exists everywhere, and we know nothing more about energy.


In the text book "Chemistry" written by Professor Radel and Navidi says the following under the topic "Matter and Energy",


"Our universe is one of unceasing motion and continuous change. Matter, by which we mean anything that has mass and occupies space, is constantly changing from one form into another. Examples of spontaneous change can be found everywhere- living organisms are born, then they mature and eventually die; ocean water evaporates and then recondenses as rain or snow or hail; radioactive material disintegrates into simpler particles; and giant stars explode and become supernovas. What makes it possible for matter to undergo these transformations? The answer is energy, ability to do work. Energy enables objects to move and undergo change. Unlike matter, energy is intangible; we cannot touch it or pick it up like a book, but we can see and feel its effects. The universe is full of energy. Stars are vast reservoirs of radiant energy, and light energy from our star, the sun, helped to develop life on earth and continues to sustain it today. People have used wind energy for centuries to propel ships and turn windmills, and the energy of moving water has been harnessed to produce electricity. Even atoms, when split, can release energy to produce motion, change, and in the case of atomic bombs, devastation. Where do the matter and energy of our universe come from? Or have they always been here in one form or another? No one knows the answers to these questions. Modern theories of cosmology, the science that deals with the origin and evolution of the universe, assume that the contents of the universe were once in a highly condensed state and that an explosion or "Big Bang" occurred about 15 billion years ago. The hot products of this explosion began to rush apart and cool, and over the years they gradually evolved into the universe in which we now live. Our universe is still expanding- the most distant stars are moving away from us at speeds more than one-third the speed of light.... It was much too hot for atoms to exist and the universe at that time was heavily populated with less complex particles, including negatively charged electrons, positively charged protons, and uncharged neutrons. Electrons are the particles that flow through wires during the passage of electric current. Proton and neutrons are of special interest to us. They are the particles that ultimately fused together to form the nuclei of the various atoms so familiar to us today. The simplest atom is the hydrogen atom, consisting of an electron moving about a proton. More complex atoms consist of two or more electrons moving about nuclei that contain protons and neutrons. Except for hydrogen, the nuclei of all naturally occurring atoms, including carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and other substances essential for life, are produced by reaction within the stars. As the stars grow old and die, these nuclei are ejected into space where they combine with electrons and gradually coalesce to form dust grains, comets, planets, new stars, and living matter. To paraphrase Carl Sagan, a modern-day astronomer:” We are all made from the dust of the stars."


Yes, we are created from the dust of the stars, note below what the Holy Qur’an has to say about this,


"O mankind! If ye have a doubt about the Resurrection, (consider) that we created you out of dust, then out of sperm, then out of a leech-like clot, then out of a morsel of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed, in order that We may manifest (our power) to you; and We cause whom We will to rest in the wombs for an appointed term, then do bring you out as babes, then (foster you) that ye may reach your age of full strength; and some of you are called to die, and some are sent back to the feeblest old age, so that they know nothing after having known (much). And (further), thou seest the earth barren and lifeless, but when We pour down rain on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells, and it puts forth every kind of beautiful growth (in pairs). This is so, because God is the Reality: it is He who gives life to the dead, and it is He who has power over all things. And verily the hour will come: There can be no doubt about it, or about (the fact) that God will raise up all who are in the graves. Yet there is among men such a one as disputes about God, without knowledge, without guidance, and without a Book of Enlightenment,- (disdainfully) bending his side, in order to lead (men) astray from the path of God: For him there is disgrace in this life, and on the Day of Judgement We shall make him taste the Penalty of burning (Fire). (It will be said): "This is because of the deeds which thy hands sent forth, for verily God is not unjust to His servants."" (Qur'an: The Pilgrimage (22): 5-10).


That is not all, Qur'an also talks about the 'Big Bang Theory' mentioned above;


"Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?...It is He who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon: All (the celestial bodies) swim along, each in its rounded course." (Qur'an: The Prophets (21): 30,33).


"Moreover He comprehended in His design the sky, and it had been (as) smoke: He said to it and to the earth: "Come ye together, willingly or unwillingly." They said:"We do come (together), in willing obedience." So He completed them as seven firmaments in two days, and He assigned to each heaven its duty and command. And We adorned the lower heaven with lights, and (provided it) with guard. Such is the decree of (Him) the Exalted in Might, Full of Knowledge." (Qur'an: Ha-Mim(41): 11-2).


"The heaven, We have built it with power, verily We are expanding it." (Qur'an: The Winds that Scatter (51): 47).


The startling phenomenon is yet to be discussed, and that is, `Conservation'. There is a law in physics, called the Law of Conservation of Energy. This states that `energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it is conserved’. And interestingly enough the Qur'an says that nobody created God and no one can destroy Him (meaning eternal), He is conserved. Finally, we could conclude that one of God's characteristics is nothing but energy; thus leading us to a way to believe in existence of God.


We can further conclude that `God is one'; whatever we see, feel, are his expressions, they are not `gods'. For example, we see the `sun', and we feel its radiations (i.e., light, heat, etc.). But the radiation is not the `sun' itself; it’s just an expression of the sun. And the sun remains with its own identity. Similarly, although `God' created everything, but his creations are not God Himself, they are independent in nature with limited characteristics. But `God the creator' is above all limitations. After all He is the creator! The following verse points the matter clearly that He is an independent Entity who would remain when everything else would perish –


"All that is on earth will perish: But will abide (for ever) the Face of thy Lord -full of Majesty, Bounty and Honor."; (Most Gracious (55): 26-7).


Even after destruction of our world, God would continue to exist with His own identity. This particular verse also hints to the possibility that our concept of “energy” may change in the future which we hold firmly today as there seem to exist different layers or levels of energy acting independently yet linked somehow. Recent success of “quantum teleportation” might explain one day how Prophet Muhammad (s) managed to travel a distance from Makkah to Masjid-ul-Aqsa in Jerusalem in just few seconds –


Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allah) [above all that (evil) they associate with Him] Who took His slave (Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) for a journey by night from Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) to Al-Masjid-al-Aqsa (in Jerusalem), the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed, in order that We might show him (Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) of Our Ayat (proofs, evidence, lessons, signs, etc.). Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer . (  سورة الإسراء  , Al-Isra, Chapter #17, Verse #1)


Everything belongs to Him.`God is one and only', and he is not `three in one' or `trinity'. As the Holy Qur'an clearly states,


"They do blaspheme who say: "God is Christ the son of Mary". But said Christ: "O Children of Israel! Worship God, my Lord and your Lord" Whoever joins other gods with God,- God will forbid him the garden, and the fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong doers be no one to help. They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them." (The Table Spread (5): 75-6).


"It is not befitting to (the majesty of) God that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! When He determines a matter, He only says to it, "Be", and it is." (Mary (19): 35).


"The Jews call 'Uzair a son of God, and the Christians call Christ the Son of God. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the Unbelievers of old used to say. God's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!" (Repentance (9): 30).


From some verses of the Our’an it seems like God does have a shape who sits on a throne, which also implicates that He is not really everywhere but His powers are encompassing all –


And believe no one except the one who follows your religion. Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): "Verily! Right guidance is the Guidance of Allah" and do not believe that anyone can receive like that which you have received, otherwise they would engage you in argument before your Lord. Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): "All the bounty is in the hand of Allah; He grants to whom He wills. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower." (Aal-e-Imran, Chapter #3, Verse #73)


And He it is Who has created the heavens and the earth in six Days and His throne was on the water, that He might try you, which of you is the best in deeds. But if you were to say to them: "You shall indeed be raised up after death," those who disbelieve would be sure to say, "This is nothing but obvious magic. " (Hud, Chapter #11, Verse #7)


"To God belong the East and the West: whithersoever ye turn, there is the presence of God. For God is All-Pervading, All-Knowing. "(The Cow (2): 115).


In 1997 a breaking news appeared under the title “Out Of Pure Light, Physicists Create Particles of Matter” that confirms that a group of scientists have successfully managed to create particle out of light.


“A team of 20 physicists from four institutions has literally made something from nothing, creating particles of matter from ordinary light for the first time. The experiment was carried out at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) by scientists and students from the University of Rochester, Princeton University, the University of Tennessee, and Stanford…” (Source: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/09/97... )


The scientists had to put a lot of effort to convert a tiny particle from energy, whereas for God it is just a matter of will.


“To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth: When He decreeth a matter, He saith to it: "Be" and it is.” (The Cow (2):117).


Energy cannot act on its own. Some external interference or process is needed to get something out of it. But God is a living being with full of intelligence who could create anything at will just by willing it. God is neither `He’ nor `She', but a Power (Authority). It doesn't mean that whatever we see around us are 'gods' and as such we have to worship them all! No wonder why `blasphemy' is such a serious crime in religion. So God never came down to earth physically, because He doesn't have to!


“Therefore exalted be Allah, the King, the Reality: there is no god but He, the Lord of the throne of Honour!”  (The Believers (23): 116).


Therefore, the concept of `incarnation of God' is illogical and a misinterpretation. Those who came talking about Him were his messengers or representatives i.e., the prophets. And all the prophets came to deliver the same basic universal message ‘God is one and only, He is our creator, so worship God not his creations.’ Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) talked about a `messiah' to come after him, and when Jesus (peace be upon him) the Christ (or the messiah) really came, Jews denied him. On the other hand Jesus predicted the coming of another prophet (the `comforter' now translated as the `helper' in some Bible, ref. John: 14-7) who would deliver further messages from God and guide people to truth, and would glorify him. Indeed Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) came, he glorified Jesus (there are many honorable mentions about Jesus in the Holy Qur'an, and a chapter is also devoted to Mary (the mother of Jesus), uttered further revelations and called the mankind to truth. But a major part of mankind around the world is still doubtful about his message. And fortunately or unfortunately Muhammad (s) did not predict of coming of any new prophet. Moreover, he declared himself as the `seal’ (the last) of the prophets (as testified in the Qur'an) and warned about the claims of `false prophets' to come.


"Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Apostle of God, and the Seal of the Prophets: And God has full knowledge of all things" (Qur'an:(33) The Confederates: 40).


Religion business is not really nonsense; it is atheism that is nonsense. An atheist says, "Everything is created out of nature", fine! But what is "nature”? Nature is nothing but 'order'! Set of rules or information, command! And God is the commander.


"Your Guardian Lord is God, who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and is firmly established on the Throne (of authority): He draweth the night as a veil over the day, each seeking the other in rapid succession: He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, (all) governed by laws under His command. Is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed be God, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds!" (The Heights (7): 54).


"Blessed is He who made constellations in the skies, and placed therein a Lamp and a Moon giving light; and it is He who made the Night and the Day to follow each other: For such as have the will to celebrate His praises or to show their gratitude. And the servants of (God) Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, "Peace!"" (Qur'an: The Criterion (25): 61-3).

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11 months ago  ::  Oct 29, 2013 - 12:44PM #36
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Who will enter Heaven by Allah's Mercy

 

<> One who replies to the call of Adhan

 


 

'Umar b. al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: When the Mu'adhdhin says: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, and one of you should make this response: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest; (and when the Mu'adhdhin) says: I testify that there is no god but Allah, one should respond: I testify that there is no god but Allah, and when he says: I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, one should make a response: I testify that Muhammad is Allah's Messenger. When he (the Mu'adhdhin) says: Come to prayer, one should make a response: There is no might and no power except with Allah. When he (the Mu'adhdhin) says: Come to salvation, one should respond:

There is no might and no power except with Allah, and when he (the Mu'adhdhin) says: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, then make a response: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. When he (the Mu'adhdhin) says: There is no god but Allah, and he who makes a response from the heart: There is no god but Allah, he will enter Paradise.

 (Muslim 4/0478)

 

<> One who by-hearted the 99 names of Allah, believes in

        their meanings and acts accordingly   

 



Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): Allah has ninety-nine Names, i.e., one hundred minus one, and whoever believes in their meanings and acts accordingly, will enter Paradise; and Allah is witr (one) and loves 'the witr' (i.e., odd numbers)

(Bukhari 8/419)

 

<> One who recites Sayyidul Istighfar with  firm faith in it,

      in the morning and evening

 


 Narrated Shaddad bin 'Aus: The prophet(pbh) said, "The most

superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is:

Allahumma anta rabbee la ilaha illa anta, khalaqtanee wa-ana ‘abduka, wa-ana ‘alaa ‘ahdika wawa’dika mas-tata’tu, a’oothu bika min sharri ma sana’tu, aboo-o laka bini’matika ‘alaya, wa-aboo-o bizambee, faghfir lee zunoobi fa-innahu la yaghfiruz-zunooba illa antt.

        â€˜O Allah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshiped except You, You created me and I am Your servant and I abide to Your covenant and promise [to honor it] as best I can, I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed. I acknowledge Your favor upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sins except You.’

          The Prophet(pbh) added, “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it and dies before the morning he will be from the people of Paradise.â€

(Bukhari 8/335)

 

<> Any person will enter Paradise only when Allah  S.W.T bestows His pardon, Favor and Mercy

 

 


Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): I heard Allah's Apostle (pbh) saying, "The good deeds of any person will not make him enter Paradise." (i.e., None can enter Paradise through his good deeds.) They (the Prophet's companions) said, 'Not even you, O Allah's

Apostle-' He said, "Not even myself, unless Allah bestows His

favor and Mercy on me." So be moderate in your religious deeds



  do the deeds that are within your ability: and none of you should wish for death, for if he is a good doer, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evil doer, he may repent to Allah."

 (Bukhari 7/577)

 


 

<> One who has faith on Allah

 

Narrated Haritha bin Wahb: Al-Khuza`i : The prophet(pbh) said, "Shall I inform you about the people of Paradise? They comprise every obscure unimportant humble person, and if he takes Allah's Oath that he will do that thing, Allah will fulfill his oath (by doing that). Shall I inform you about the people of the Fire? They comprise every cruel, violent, proud and conceited person." Anas bin Malik(RA) said, "Any of the female slaves of Medina could take hold of the hand of Allah's Apostle and take him wherever she wished."

(Bukhari 8/97) (see also Bukhari 7.648)
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10 months ago  ::  Nov 05, 2013 - 9:19AM #37
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ALLAH’S SPECIAL FRIEND,


 


PROPHET ABRAHAM (pbuh)



 




Abraham, ALLAH’S Special Friend
[Quran – 4:125 – Amatul Rahman Omar] “And who is better in faith than one who submits his whole attention to Allah and he is a doer of good to others and follows the religion of Abraham, the upright? And Allah had taken Abraham for a special friend.”

When his LORD said to him Surrender, Abraham Surrendered
[Quran – 2:131 – Pickthall] “When his Lord said unto him: Surrender! he said: I have surrendered to the Lord of the Worlds.”

Abraham’s Religion Enjoined for the Believers
[Quran – 3:95 – Pickthall] “Say: Allah speaketh truth. So follow the religion of Abraham, the upright. He was not of the idolaters.”

ALLAH’S Everlasting Honour for Abraham
[Quran – 37:109 – Al-Muntakhab] “Peace be unto Ibrahim from Allah and His angels and from succeeding generations.”

Abraham, ALLAH’S Chosen Imam, The Leader of Men
[Quran – 2:124 – Syed Vickar Ahamed] “And (remember) when, Ibrahim (Abraham) was tried by his Lord with certain Commands; these he fulfilled. He (his Lord) said: "I will make you an Imam (guide or example) to the Nations." He Ibrahim (Abraham) pleaded: "And also (Imams) from my off-spring!" He (his Lord) answered: "But My Promise is not within the reach of evildoers."

Abraham, Rendered Pure, The Chosen of ALLAH, The Exalted
[Quran – 2:130 – Yusuf Ali] “And who turns away from the religion of Abraham but such as debase their souls with folly? Him We chose and rendered pure in this world: And he will be in the Hereafter in the ranks of the Righteous.”

Abraham, The Inspired of ALLAH, The Exalted
[Quran -29:16 – Asad] “And Abraham, [too, was inspired by Us] when he said unto his people: “Worship God, and be conscious of Him: this is the best for you, if you but knew it!”
[Quran – 6:63 – Yusuf Ali] “That was the reasoning about Us, which We gave to Abraham (to use) against his people: We raise whom We will, degree after degree: for thy Lord is full of wisdom and knowledge.”
[Quran – 6:83 – Shakir] “And this was Our argument which we gave to Ibrahim against his people; We exalt in dignity whom We please; surely your Lord is Wise, Knowing.”

Abraham, The Guided of ALLAH, The Exalted
[Quran – 6:87 – Shakir] “And from among their fathers and their descendants and their brethren, and We chose them and guided them into the right way.”

Abraham The Exemplar and Obedient to ALLAH, The Exalted
[Quran – 16:120 – Shakir] “Surely Ibrahim was an exemplar, obedient to Allah, upright, and he was not of the polytheists.”


 


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Abraham, The Thankful To ALLAH. The Exalted
[Quran – 16:121 – Al-Muntakhab] “He was always thankful for the grace of Allah abounding in him; Allah chose him and guided him to His path of righteousness.”

Abraham, the servant, Chosen By ALLAH, The Exalted for a Special Purpose
[Quran – 38:45-46 – Yusuf Ali] “And commemorate Our Servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, possessors of Power and Vision. Verily We did choose them for a special (purpose)- proclaiming the Message of the Hereafter.”

Abraham, the servant, In The Sight of ALLAH, The Exalted
[Quran – 38:47 – Ali Unal] “They are in Our sight among the perfectly purified, chosen ones, the truly good.”


 


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8 months ago  ::  Jan 06, 2014 - 8:25AM #38
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PROPHET ISHMAEL (ISMA^IL) (blessings and peace be upon him)


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Ishmael (Isma^il) is the Prophet of God, who is the son of the Prophet of God, Abraham.


Ishmael and Hagar are Left in Makkah


Abraham took Ishmael and his mother, Hagar, to the land of Ash-Sham (Palestine), along with his wife Sarah. Then Prophet Abraham received the Revelation to take only Ishmael and Hagar to Makkah. Prophet Abraham put them in a location that is inside the boundaries of Masjidul-Haram (the holy mosque of Makkah with the Ka^bah in it) as it stands today.


Yet at that time there were no evident buildings there. The Ka^bah had been there until the flood of Noah, but the Ka^bah came down in that flood. No people were living there and there was no water source.


Abraham left his two dear ones, in that barren area, with a bag of dates and a leather bag filled with water. Then, Prophet Abraham left and went back to Palestine. Hagar (the mother of Ishmael) followed him.


She said, “O Abraham, where are you going, leaving us in this valley that has no water, food, companions, or anything?” She kept saying that repeatedly to him. When she realized he was not answering, she said, “Is it that God ordered you to do this?” He said, “Yes.” She said, “Then we will not be lost.” Then, she returned.


When Prophet Abraham reached a location where Hagar and Ishmael could not see him any more, Abraham turned and faced the location where the Ka^bah stands today. He lifted his hands and made a supplication to God. This is the meaning of verse 37 of Surat Ibrahim. Prophet Abraham addressed God, “O our Lord, I have settled part of my family in a valley that does not have any cultivation, by the House of God, to perform the prayers and worship. O God make people with loving hearts come to them and give them sustenance to be thankful to You”.


Abraham did not leave Hagar and Ishmael out of harshness. He deeply loved these two dear ones. Abraham left them upon the order of God. Prophet Abraham loved God most. He obeyed God at all times.


Hagar started nursing Ishmael, drinking from the water, and eating from the dates. When the water ran out from that container, she and her blessed son became thirsty. She observed him struggle from thirst. She hated to see her son in that situation. So, she left and went towards a mountain closest to her called Mount As-Safa.


Hagar climbed the mountain and looked over the valley to see if there was anyone there. She did not see anyone. So, she climbed down that mountain. When she reached the valley, she raised her dress and trekked her way through the valley, the way an exhausted person would do, until she crossed that valley and reached a corresponding mountain called Mount Marwah. Then, she went on that mountain and looked to see if she could see anyone. She did not.


Hagar did that seven times. The Prophet said in what was related by Al- Bukhariyy that this is why Muslims perform As-Sa^y between As-Safa and Al-Marwah. When she reached the last lap, she heard a sound. She silenced herself and listened carefully.


An Angel Comes as a Mercy to Hagar


Hagar called out, “If you can rescue us, then I have heard your sound.” She saw an angel. He drilled into the ground until water came out. She made a basin for that water. She put into her container any water that collected inside the basin. This was replenished from its source.


Because Hagar made a basin, the water was contained and did not flow freely on the ground. Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “May God endow the mother of Isma^il with His Mercy. Had she left the water flowing, without containing it into a basin, the well of Zamzam would have been flowing on the surface of the Earth, and people would have taken their needs from it.”
Hagar drank and nursed her child. The angel said, “Do not fear. You will neither be lost nor be destroyed in this location.” The angel told her that in this location her son and his father would build a House of God, and that God does not make those who are pious get lost.


It is interesting to note that all the Muslims that make Hajj, from the most high on down, reenact the movements of Lady Hagar. Look at her social status. Hagar was a woman slave. Despite that, every Muslim, both men and women, reenact her movements. Many lessons are contained in this, for those who have hearts to understand.


The Establishment of the City of Makkah


Hagar and Ishmael remained as such for a period of time, until people from the tribe of Jurhum passed by. They came from the direction of Kada', a place south of Makkah. Those people saw a wandering bird, circling in the sky, not landing but wanting to come down. They said, “This is a sign of water in that location”. This is what birds do when they fly over water. The tribesmen found this interesting; for their knowledge of that valley was that it was without water. They sent one or two men to check it out, and those men saw the water.


They went to the mother of Ishmael and asked for permission to stay with her. Hagar agreed, but she said that the water was hers, and not under their control. They accepted. They decided to reside in that location and sent after their people to come join them.


A group of them resided there, and Ishmael grew up among them. He learned the language of the Arabs from them. During that time, Prophet Abraham regularly visited Hagar and Ishmael. Prophet Abraham would ride al-Buraq, an animal of Paradise, leaving the land of Ash-Sham early in the morning. He would arrive in Makkah quickly enough that he would take his siesta there. Then he would leave Makkah, arriving that night to sleep in the land of Ash-Sham.


Prophet Abraham was Ordered to Slaughter Ishmael


Ishmael grew up to an age where Prophet Abraham felt hopeful that he would see a lot of goodness from him, in terms of obedience to and worship of God. When Ishmael grew up to be a young man, with the signs of intelligence on him and the readiness to obey, God subjected Prophet Abraham to a difficult test. Then was the first son of Abraham, a son so loved and cherished by him, and yet Abraham was ordered to end the life of this awaited child. God subjected Prophet Abraham to this difficult test to expose to Abraham, and us, the quickness on the part of Abraham to obey God.
Abraham had a dream that he was slaughtering his son. Abraham knew that this was an order from God, as the dreams of the Prophets are part of Revelation.


Abraham told his son to bring a rope and a knife, and to come with him, on a certain route of Makkah. On their way, Satan appeared to them, wanting to block Abraham from fulfilling the order of God.
Prophet Abraham threw pebbles at him. This is where the Muslims throw pebbles during Hajj. The significance contained in our act is that if the devil appears to us, as he appeared to Prophet Abraham, we shall degrade, reject, and throw pebbles at him like Abraham did.


When Satan became hopeless of distracting Abraham, he appeared to Ishmael, who was carrying the rope and the knife behind Prophet Abraham. Satan said, “Young man, do you know where your father is taking you?” He said, “To get wood for our family from that route.” (This is what he thought.) The devil said to him, “By God, he only wants to slaughter you.” Ishmael asked, “Why?” The devil said, “He claims that his Lord ordered him to do that.” Ishmael said, “Then let him do that which his Lord ordered him to do.”


When Ishmael did not listen to the devil, he went to Ishmael’s mother and told her, “Do you know where Abraham took Ishmael? She said, “He went to bring us wood.” The devil told her, “He only took him there to slaughter him.” She said, “No, he is very loving to his son and too merciful to slaughter him.” The devil said, “He claims God ordered him to do that.” She said, “If this was the order of God, then we are subject to the orders of God.”


The enemy of God, Satan, left as a loser, not achieving anything from Abraham, Ishmael, or Hagar. By the Will of God they did not listen to him. They unanimously stood obedient to the orders of God.
When Prophet Abraham was alone with his son on that route, which is known as the route of Thabir, Prophet Abraham addressed his son by saying, “I have seen in my dream that I am slaughtering you, so what do you have to say?” He said, “O father, do that which you are ordered and, God willing, you will find me patient.”


Then Ishmael said, “O father, if you want to slaughter me, and then tie me well so that none of my blood would splash you, because the pains of death are strong and I probably would shake under the throes of death (for death has a lot of pain). Sharpen your blade to be quicker in finishing me. When you want to slaughter me, do it in a way that you cannot see my face, and that I do not see the blade (and get scared as a result). If you want to take my clothing back to my mother to make it easier for her, then do so.”


Prophet Abraham told him, “You are such a good assistant to me in carrying out the orders of God!” Abraham tied Ishmael down and sharpened his blade, as Ishmael suggested. Abraham made sure not to look at Ishmael’s face, and he placed the blade on his throat.


The Sacrifice from Paradise


At that point an angel called Abraham and told him, “O Abraham, you have fulfilled the orders of God.” The angel told him “Take this sacrifice instead of your son”, as it is cited in Suratus-Saffat 107.



Instead of Ishmael being slaughtered, a hefty lamb with horns and red wool was slaughtered. The lamb had grazed in Paradise for forty years. God made that lamb come down to Earth, and Prophet Abraham slaughtered it in Mina. This is the reason people slaughter a sacrifice at that place in Hajj. The people making the pilgrimage spend of their money to buy an animal and the meat of that animal is given to the poor of Makkah.


The two horns of that lamb from Paradise hung on the Ka^bah for the people to see for many hundreds of years. They were still there when Prophet Muhammad lived, and continued to be there until the rulership of ^Abdullah Ibnuz-Zubayr. At that time the Blessed House was set on fire by the unjust. These two horns burned in that fire.


The Wives of Prophet Ishmael


When Ishmael grew older, the tribe of Jurhum liked what they saw of him. When he became adolescent, they had him marry one of their women. Also, Lady Hagar died. After Ishmael got married, his father Prophet Abraham came to check their situation. He did not find Prophet Ishmael at home. Abraham asked the wife of Ishmael about him. She said, “He went out hunting for us.” Then Abraham inquired about their situation and their way of living. She started complaining, saying that they were humans facing great hardships. She did not realize that she was talking to her husband's father. Prophet Abraham told her, “Once your husband comes back, give him my salutations, and tell him to 'change the step at his door'.”


When Ishmael came back, he felt that someone came to visit them. He asked his wife, “Did anyone come?” She told him, “Yes, an older man came, and his description is such and such, and he asked about you. I answered him, and he asked about how we were managing. I told him that we are facing a great hardship.” Ishmael said, “Did he give you advice?” She said, “Yes, he asked me to give you his greeting, and he said that you should change the step at your door.” At that, Ishmael said, “That was my father. He ordered me to separate from you, so go to your parents.” Ishmael divorced her, and married another woman from that tribe.


Prophet Abraham visited again after a period of time. He did not find Ishmael. He asked the new wife about him. She said, “He went out hunting for food.” Abraham asked her, “How are you doing, and how is your standard of living?” She said, “We are doing fine, and we are living well.” She started praising God. Abraham said, “What kind of food do you eat?” She said, “Meat.” He said, “What do you drink?” She said, “Water.” He said, “O God, bless their meat and their water.”


Prophet Muhammad said that they did not have grains there, and if they had, then Prophet Abraham would have asked God to bless their grain as well.


Then Abraham told the wife of Ishmael, “Once your husband returns, give him my greeting, and order him to keep the step at his door.” When Ishmael came back, he asked his new wife “Did anyone come?” She said, “Yes, an older man came,” and she described and praised him. “He asked me about you and I told him. He asked me about how we are living, and I told him that we were living well.” He said, “Did he give you any advice?” She said, “Yes, he asked me to give you his greeting, and he orders you to keep the step at your door.” He said, “That was my father, and you are the step. He ordered me to hold on to you.”


Prophets Abraham and Ishmael Rebuild the Ka^bah


Prophet Abraham went away for a time and came back. At that time, Ishmael was working on his arrows, sharpening them under a large tree, close-by to Zamzam water. When he saw his father, he stood up to receive him, and they greeted one another in the loving way of father and son.


Abraham said, “O Ishmael, God ordered me to do something.” Ishmael said, “Do what God ordered you.” Abraham said, “Would you assist me?” Ishmael said, “Yes.”


Abraham said, “God ordered me to build a house over there.” Abraham pointed to where the Ka^bah is today. Abraham and Ishmael laid down the foundations for the house, building the Ka^bah as we explained in the chapter about Prophet Abraham. Ishmael would bring the stones and Prophet Abraham would construct, until they finished building the Ka^bah.


One Branch of Arabs


Ishmael’s second wife was Lady Ra^lah, the daughter of Mudad, from the tribe of Jurhum. She delivered twelve (12) male children for him. From them came Nabit and Qaydar, and from these two in particular, God made that group of Arabs multiply.


Ishmael is the grandfather of the branch of the Arabs that are called al-Musta^ribah as opposed to al-^Aribah.


The Arabs are of two branches. The Arabs of Yemen are of the Arabs who are al-^Aribah (the original Arabs). However, the branch of the Arabs who are offspring of Prophet Ishmael are called the Arabs who are al-Musta^ribah (literally this means ‘those who became Arabs’). Prophet Muhammad is from al-Musta^ribah.


The children of Ishmael are ‘those who became Arab’ because the father of Ishmael was not an Arab, and Ishmael was not an Arab either. Ishmael was then raised in Makkah and married an Arab woman. Ishmael’s children married Arabs. Ishmael acquired the Arabic language and was the first among his people to speak Arabic at its best. God made Ishmael a Messenger to the many Arab tribes in that region. It is said that he died in Makkah, and was buried there in Al-Hijr, where his noble mother was buried.


 


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2 months ago  ::  Jun 25, 2014 - 9:26AM #39
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Importance of daily prayers in Muslim lives cannot be overstated. It connects us with our Maker and keep us grounded in reality. Here is a very short video on the idea.



Peopel of Salat (Daily prayers)


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