"O my soul, it is only a few days, bear them patiently.A lifetime seems long but a flitting reverie"

~Imam Shafi~
" “The heart will rest and feel relief if it is settled with Allah and it will worry and be anxious if it is settled with people.” – Ibn al-Qayyim"....Say : "This is my way; I invite unto Allah with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me with sure knowledge" (Qur'an - 12:108) "Say: we believe in God and in what has been revealed to us, and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma'il: Isaac, Jacob and The Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus and the Prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another, among them, and to God do we bow our will (in Islam)." (Qur'an, Al-Imran 3:84) . "And if he (Muhammad SAW) had forged a false saying concerning Us (Allah),We would have seized him by the right hand;And then certainly should have cut off his life artery (Aorta),And none of you could withhold Us from (punishing) him" (Qur'an,Al-Haqqah 69:44-47) "Do they not ponder the Quran! If it were revealed from a source other than Allah,certainly they would have found,many contradictions."[Holy Quran 4:82] " O man! Verily, you are returning towards your Lord with your deeds and actions (good or bad), a sure returning, and you will meet (i.e. the results of your deeds which you did)" [Holy Qur'an, 84:6] Say, "Is it other than Allah I should desire as a lord while He is the Lord of all things? And every soul earns not [blame] except against itself, and no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another. Then to your Lord is your return, and He will inform you concerning that over which you used to differ." ~Holy Quran 6:164 Imam Malik (rh): “Do not look to the sins of people as if you are Lords, but look to your own sins as if you are slaves. Have mercy on the people of affliction and praise Allah for your well-being, and never say, ‘This person is from the people of Hellfire, and this person is from the people of Paradise.’ Do not be arrogant over the sinners, but rather ask Allah to grant them hidayah and rashad (i.e. guidance).” Ibn Kathir (Ra) narrated: كان نقش خاتم عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه : كفى بالموت واعظاً ياعمر “The engraving on ‘Umar ibn al Khataab’s(Ra) ring was: “Sufficient is death as an admonisher O Umar”. ["Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaaya]. "When you fear the creation, you run away from it, but when you fear the Creator, you feel close to Him,& run towards Him.".Ibn Qayyim . "Allahumma la‘aisha illa‘aish-al-Aakhirah": 'There is no life but the life of the next world' "And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (i.e. death)". (Quran 15:99) “And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways.And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.” [Quran: 29:69] "... And my success is not but through Allah . Upon him I have relied, and to Him I return." ~ Al Quran 11:88
"Nothing in this world is really useful to you unless it has some utility and value for the next world"-Imam Ali(R)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Why the Qur’an Was Revealed Over 23 Years

It’s important to note that if the Qur’an had been revealed all at once, people would ask, “Why was it sent down all at once and not in stages?”
The ultimate answer to such questions lies with God, the All-Wise and All-Knowing. Our decisions are based on a very limited viewpoint, as we are limited creatures. The Divine decree, on the other hand, considers everything – our moral and spiritual well-being, worldly happiness, and both the present and future – and weaves the whole into a single pattern that is coherent with grace and wisdom. Thus, the benefit we derive from the Divine commandments is immeasurable, and the blessing that flows from obeying them is beyond our imagination. And so it is with the method that God chose to reveal the Qur’an.
The Revelation began when it was time for humanity to reach maturity. The Prophet’s mission and that of his community was to become the most complete, progressive, and dynamic exemplars for humanity, and to achieve such a level of advancement that they would be the masters and guides for all subsequent people. But these reformers first had to be reformed. Their qualities and characters had been conditioned by the surrounding non-Islamic environment, where their ancestors had been living for centuries. Islam was to turn their good qualities into qualities of unsurpassed excellence and to purge their bad qualities and habits in such a way that they would never reappear.
If the Qur’an had been revealed all at once, how would they have reacted to its prohibitions and commandments? Certainly they would have been unable to understand, let alone accept and apply them in the ideal manner. This lack of gradualism would have been self-defeating, as proven by history. Wherever Islam was taken, it spread gradually but steadily, and so became firmly established. We see people all around us who cannot free themselves from their bad habits and addictions. If you confined such people, even if you convinced them to abandon their habits for their own benefit, they would not be happy with you. On the contrary, they would feel angry, bored, and irritated. They would complain and try to escape from your program of reform so that they could revert to their habits as soon as possible. All the arguments and documented evidence put forth by specialists and experts would not persuade them to change. Even those who are cured occasionally suffer a relapse. Indeed, some of those who campaign against harmful habits, such as smoking and consuming alcohol, still indulge in them!
Remember that the Qur’an came to change not one or two habits; it came to change everything – ways of living and dying, marrying, buying and selling, settling disputes, and how to perceive one’s relation with the Creator, and more. Given the scope of the change envisioned, we can begin to grasp why it was revealed in stages. The gradual revelation of the Qur’an prepared the people to accept and then live the virtues, excellent manners, and lofty aspirations it demanded. That so much was achieved in only 23 years is a miracle. As Said Nursi said, “I wonder if the scholars of today were to go to the Arabian peninsula, could they accomplish in 100 years even one percent of what the Prophet accomplished in one year?” Current campaigns to eradicate a peripheral vice, such as smoking, employ famous scholars, individuals, institutions, and the whole network of mass media, yet they still result in overall failure. If 20 fewer people die on the road per year after a campaign against alcohol, it is considered a great success. What the Prophet accomplished, at God’s bidding, over 23 years far surpasses what all of humanity has managed to achieve since that time.The Qur’an was revealed in stages so that its audience could understand, internalize, and apply its prohibitions, commands, and reforms. Revelation came when the need for guidance arose, without discouraging or grinding down morale, warning and condemnation preceded prohibition and appeal and exhortation preceded command.
For instance, alcohol and other intoxicating drinks were prohibited in three or four stages; female infanticide in two stages; uniting warring tribes and building up a close-knit society based on brotherhood, thus raising the collective consciousness, in several stages. These difficult reforms were not gestured at or expressed in slogans, they were actually achieved. Today, we design our projects according to past experience and future possibilities. Taking possible social and economic fluctuations into account, we make our plans flexible in order to leave room for any necessary modifications. Just like a young tree, the early Muslims grew slowly, adapting gradually to new conditions and thus developing naturally. Every day new people were coming into Islam. New Muslims had to learn many things, they had to reach an Islamic consciousness, train themselves to act upon Islam, and thus become members of a society rather than separate individuals or mutually hostile clans. Their characters, personalities, and their whole lives, were reshaped and reordered in accordance with Islamic precepts and the Qur’anic guidance. Such was the magnitude of their spiritual, moral, intellectual, and even physical regeneration. This transformation was achieved through a balanced synthesis of worldly life and spiritual advancement, and it happened gradually, slowly yet continuously, and harmoniously
Fethullah Gulen is an influential Turkish Muslim intellectual who inspired a series of social activities, including a transnational education and business network, interfaith dialogue forums, and multicultural encounters.

By Fethullah Gulen

Turkish Muslim Intellectual

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Indeed Allah will help those who help Him"

Al-Qur'an 22:40
"Indeed Allah will help those who help Him. Indeed Allah is Exalted in Might, All-Powerful."Al-Qur'an 22:40
Imam Ash-Shanqiti (d. 1393H) - rahimahullah - said:
Allah - the Mighty and Majestic - explains in this noble ayah that He has sworn to help and give victory to those who help Him. It is known that the help and victory of Allah comes by following what He has prescribed, obeying His commend, avoiding His prohibitions, by helping His Messengers and their followers, aiding His Religion and fighting against His enemies and overpowering them - until the word of Allah is made uppermost, whilst the word of His enemies is debased and mode low. Then Allah - the Most High, the Most Magnificent - explains the characteristics of those whom He has promised would receive His help and victory, distinguishing them from others. So He said - explaining those to whom He swore He would aid and give victory to - because He is the one to aid and give victory:
"Those who, if We establish them in the earth, establish the prayer, give the Zakat, enjoin the good and forbid the evil."Al-Qur'an 22:41
And that which this noble ayah indicates is that whosoever aids Allah, then Allah will aid Him. This is clearly explained in other than this place, such as His - the Most High's - sayings:
"O you who believe. If you help Allah, Allah will help you; and establish your feet firmly. But those who disbelieve, for them is destruction and Allah will make their deeds vain."
"Indeed, Our Word has gone forth of old for our slaves, the Messengers, that they will certainly be victorious; and that Our forces will certainly be triumphant."
"Allah has Decreed: It is My Messenger and I who will prevail."
"Allah has promised to those amongst you who believe and do righteous actions that He will grant you the khilafah in the land."
Al-Qur'an 47:7, 37:171-173, 58:21 and 24:55
And in His - the Most High's - saying:
"Those who, if We establish them in the earth, establish the prayer, give the Zakat, enjoin the good and forbid the evil."Al-Qur'an 22:41
In it is a proof that there is no promise from Allah of His help, except by establishing the Prayer, paying the Zakah, enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil. So it is these whom Allah will establish upon the earth and will strengthen His Word through them. However, those who do not establish the salah, nor pay the Zakah, nor enjoin the good nor forbid the evil, then there is no promise for them from Allah that He will aid and grant them victory. They are not from His party, nor are they his friends - those who have the promise of His help and victory. Rather, they are the party of Shaytan and his friends. So if they were to expect the help of Allah and the fulfillment of His promise upon them, then their example is like that of a hired worker who refuses to do the labour that he was hired for, yet he expects to be rewarded. So whosoever is like this, then he has no intellect! [Adwa' ul-Bayan (5/703-704) of Shaykh Muhammad al-Amin ash-Shanqiti]
So the help that we so desperately await, and the victory that we so strongly desire will only come about by: "The Muslims returning and repenting to their Lord, correcting their 'aqidah(beliefs) and cultivating themselves and their families upon the pure and correct Islam; putting into effect Allah - the Most High's - saying:
'Never will Allah change the condition of a people, until they change themselves.'Al-Qur'an 13:11"

Monday, December 25, 2017

Muhammad: A Prophet Like Unto Moses

In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses relays what God told him, “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee (Moses), and will put My words in his mouth; and will speak unto them all that I shall command him.” First, note the phrase ‘from among their brethren’.
Ishmael and Isaac were both brothers and they were the children of Prophet Abraham. When Prophet Moses, may peace and blessings be upon him, was quoting God as promising to send a prophet like Moses the verse says ‘from among their brethren’. Who are the brethren of the Israelites? They are, simply, the Ishmaelites. This is a clear and straightforward indication that the prophet who is going to be ‘like unto Moses’ from the brethren of the Israelites is Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessing be upon him.
In fact, the Hebrew dictionary of the Bible defines brethren, as used in the biblical sense, in the following terms: it says it is the personification of a group of tribes who were regarded as near kinsmen to the Israelites. There is no nearer kinsmen tribe to the Israelites other than the Ishmaelites because they are their brethren- descendents of the brother of Isaac. It is consistent.

Moses and Muhammad: “Like Unto Thee”

I think perhaps one crucial phrase that is used in the verse is when it says “from among their brethren, like unto thee.” (Duet 18:18) God is saying that He will raise up a prophet that is similar to Moses. This is significant because the only great prophets, who came after Moses, were Jesus and Muhammad. However, it does not apply to Jesus because he is not really from the brethren of the Israelites. He is himself an Israelite. (Read more: Concept of God in Christianity)
There are similarities between Moses and Jesus in the sense that they were both Jews and they were both prophets. They both had profound miracles; during their time the rulers had ordered the killing of all male children and so on. But again that contradicts the term ‘brethren’ that has already been explained. Even then, we find that when taken for the sake of argument that Jesus is a possible candidate for this prophecy, you’ll find that there are a great deal more similarities between Prophets Moses and Muhammad than the similarities between prophets Moses and Jesus, may peace and blessings be upon them all.
First of all, Moses was regarded as a Prophet and Muhammad was also regarded as a Prophet while Jesus (at least by Christians) was regarded as the Son of God. This point, alone, precludes Jesus. Because the prophecy is about a prophet like unto Moses. When Jesus is regarded as God incarnate, or the Son of God then that precludes him; at least this specific prophecy doesn’t apply to him. Like I mentioned last time, there are other prophecies that apply to Jesus but not this one.
Secondly, in terms of parents, Moses had a normal mother and father and so did Muhammad. Jesus, however, was born only from a mother. In terms of birth, the birth of Moses was normal so was Muhammad’s where as Jesus’ birth was a virgin birth according to both the Muslim and Christian faiths. (Learn more: The Messiah, Jesus, Son of Mary)
Regarding family life: Moses married and had children so did Muhammad but it’s quite unlikely with Jesus. As far as we know, there are no records of him marrying or having any children.
In terms of death, Moses and Muhammad both had natural deaths from natural causes; the death of Jesus (according to the Christian faith) was a violent death- nailed to the cross.
In terms of the emphasis on his mission, we find that Moses’ mission was both spiritual and legal; he brought about a law. So did Muhammad. Jesus’ mission, on the other hand, was spiritual. Actually, he said ‘Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill’ (Mathew 5:17).
Regarding acceptance of leadership: Moses’ leadership was, for the most part, accepted by his people. They may have given him a hard time but his leadership was accepted during his lifetime. The same is true for Muhammad. Whereas Jesus himself complained that his leadership was not accepted, but was resisted, by the very people he was sent to- the Israelites. He mentions this often.
In terms of career, we find that Moses had a career both as a prophet and as a governor/ ruler to implement the divine law. Such is the same for Muhammad. In the case of Jesus, his career did not include that authority.
In terms of battles and encounters with enemies: We find that Moses did encounter his enemies, the Egyptians and they were drowned- he had victory over them. Muhammad did encounter the pagans that tried to destroy him and his followers and he had victory over them in the battlefield. No such event occurs, in terms of physical combat, in the case of Prophet Jesus may peace and blessings be upon him.
In terms of the mission: We find that the mission of Prophet Moses was completed in a sense that he not only succeeded in his preaching, but also established a new order following those commandments. The same thing is applicable to Muhammad. Before his death, there was already an Islamic community that was victorious over its enemies. In the case of Jesus, we find the opposite is true. The persecution of Christians persisted for many years to come and not until the year 325, when Constantine was said to have embraced Christianity, did the pressures on Christians begin to lighten.
These points are not the only ones. Another striking similarity is that Moses left Egypt, his birthplace at a time when there was a conspiracy to kill him and he went to Median, to Prophet Jethro. Muhammad, also, left his birthplace, Mecca, on the same night he was to be assassinated and fled to Medina. (Click here to read Moses’ encounter with Khidr, a man of knowledge.)

Moses and Muhammad: “Put My Words in His Mouth”

The way the revelation came to Prophet Muhammad was that Angel Gabriel would come to him and dictate to him and then Muhammad would simply recites what was said to him. In other words, Muhammad was not the author of the Qur’an, as many people make this mistake. He is not the author of it, he did not create it, and he was not even using his own intellect and knowledge when he recited the Qur’an.
He was simply repeating what Gabriel was saying. This is not a hidden secret. It continued for 23 years in the presence of hundreds of followers and that the Qur’an was committed directly to memory in his presence as well as in writing. What could be a more beautiful explanation of the phrase ‘put My words in his mouth’? That God was putting the words in the mouth of Prophet Muhammad; that he was repeating what was exactly dictated to him.
To make sure that things are put in the proper context let me cite the verse following that one. It says, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall not hearken unto My words which he shall speak in My name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.” (Deut. 18: 19-20) This in the biblical language also means that he shall be put to death.
This is an interesting point because one of the signs of that foretold prophet is that he will speak in the name of God. That term has been repeated twice in verses 19 and 20. Now, this is an extremely interesting point to comment on for those who are not familiar with the Qur’an. The Qur’an contains 114 chapters called surahs. 113 of these surahs start with “Bismi Allah Al Rahman Al Raheem” which translates to “In the name of God the Beneficent, the merciful.” Virtually every chapter in the Qur’an starts with in the name of God. That’s quite interesting because the prophecy says that he will speak in the name of God, not the authorship of Muhammad that he’s presenting this in the name of God but because God revealed that to him.
This is interesting because usually the Christian term we normally hear is ‘In the name of the Father,’ or ‘In the name of the Lord,’ or ‘In the name of God,’ but that’s not the name of God. That’s a description. Only the term Allah is the personal name of God. This is corroborating evidence, again, that beautifully and perfectly fits with the terms used in the Book of Deuteronomy.

By Dr. Jamal Badawi

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Miracles In The Quran

Are There Really Miracles In The Quran?
No one can deny these miracles in the Quran. Perhaps they may choose to ignore the significance (Prophet Moses made his staff turn into a snake by Allah’s leave and Pharaoh still did not believe; so I’m under no illusion this will turn the hardcore atheist into a believer). But no one can state that these facts are not true or were just made up.
Quran Miracle #1: Dhul Qarnain Using Copper To Construct His Wall
In Chapter 18 (Surah Al-Kahf) Allah tells us the story of Dhul Qarnain. He was an ancient ruler that some have hypothesized to be either Alexander the Great or Cyros the Great. I won’t go into too much detail right now because I’ve already made a detailed video about his exploits.
Allah tells us that Dhul Qarnain was hired by a group of people to help them against a couple of warmongering tribes called Gog and Magog (Yajuj wa Majuj). The Quran even gives us some very specific details about the construction of this wall:
Bring me sheets of iron” – until, when he had leveled (them) between the two mountain walls, he said, “Blow,” until when he had made it (like) fire, he said, “Bring me, that I may pour over it molten copper.”
Chapter 18 Verse 96
Just stop a minute and think. Have you ever wondered why this much detail was given to us in the Quran? Allah could have just said “Dhul Qarnain built a wall and it kept Gog and Magog out” and that would have been enough for most of us.
Well, when I decided to look further into the properties of iron and copper, I learned some interesting things.
We all know that iron is one of the strongest metals on the planet. But despite its strength, iron rusts when exposed to water.
Copper on the other hand, is a relatively soft metal, and an excellent conductor of electricity. But the most amazing thing about copper is that it does not rust when exposed to water! In fact, the British Navy used to coat the bottom of their ships with copper.
Another thing about copper is that it produces a green, protective layer after long exposure to oxygen (oxidization). The famous Statue of Liberty in New York City is made of copper. It used to be the reddish color we all associate with copper. But it turned green after a few years of being out in the open.
So Dhul Qarnain built his wall using iron blocks, heated them up until they became one solid wall, and then poured molten copper over it to keep it from rusting. After a few years, the copper exterior turned green and blended in with the natural color of the earth, making it nearly impossible to find nowadays.
I don’t know about you, but I find it amazing that the building of such a perfectly powerful structure was described in the Quran.
Quran Miracle #2: Pharaoh Was Worshiped As A Deity
There are several verses in the Quran that show the King of Egypt (Pharaoh) during the time of Moses, actually thought he was a god. He and his people literally believed he was divine and should be worshiped.
He (Pharaoh) said, “If you take a god other than me, I will surely place you among those imprisoned.”
Chapter 26 Verse 29
And Pharaoh said, “O eminent ones, I have not known you to have a god other than me.
Chapter 28 Verse 38
And he (Pharaoh) said: “I am your Lord the Highest.”
Chapter 79 Verse 24
This may not seem like a big deal to us these day because it’s common knowledge that the ancient Egyptians worshiped their Pharaohs. Modern archaeologists have explored the pyramids and other Egyptian ruins, translated the hieroglyphics, and have a very good understanding of their religion.
But how did Prophet Muhammad know this? How did he (pbuh) know this specific information?
And he did not get it from the Bible because it’s not in the Bible. Nowhere in Exodus does it state the Pharaoh was worshiped as a deity by the ancient Egyptians. In fact, the biblical story of Moses does not emphasize any attempt by Moses to teach Pharaoh to worship Allah.
In the Bible, it’s all about letting the the Children of Israel out of slavery.
It is miraculous that the Quran tells us this specific bit of information about the Egyptian faith that could not have been known at that time. After all, the events of Moses’ (AS) time happened almost 3000 years before Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was born. The language and culture of ancient Egypt were lost and unknown by the time Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) came on the scene.
We only have this information because of extensive exploration of Egyptian ruins and the discovery of the Rosetta Stone (1799 CE).
Quran Miracle #3: Referring To The Hyksos King As “Azeez” And Not Pharoah
One of the most idiotic lies made against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is that he fabricated the Quran from his knowledge of the Bible. Those who make this claim always ignore the fact that the Quran does not copy any of the historical errors of the Bible.
One such error is the title given to the King of Egypt when Prophet Yusuf (AS) arrived there as a slave. Here’s what the Bible says:
When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. 4 And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.
Genesis 41 New International Version
However, it is well known now that during this time, Egypt had been conquered by a group of people called the Hyksos. The Hyksos ruled Egypt for about 200 years before being expelled by the Egyptians.
Even though the Hyksos ruled Egypt, their rulers did not take the title “Pharaoh.” This was a title reserved only for Egyptian kings of Egyptian descent. The Egyptian priests (crucial to anyone wanting to rule Egypt) would have never given this title to foreign rulers.
When Prophet Yusuf/Joseph (AS) and his family entered Egypt, the Hyksos were in charge. As we know from the Quran, Yusuf (AS) gained favor with the King of Egypt by correctly interpreting his dream and saving the land from famine.
And the king said, “Bring him to me; I will appoint him exclusively for myself.” And when he spoke to him, he said, “Indeed, you are today established [in position] and trusted.
[Joseph] said, “Appoint me over the storehouses of the land. Indeed, I will be a knowing guardian.
And thus We established Joseph in the land to settle therein wherever he willed. We touch with Our mercy whom We will, and We do not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.
Chapter 12 Verses 54-56
Prophet Yusuf’s (AS) family joined him soon afterwards and the Children of Israel prospered and benefited from their close relationship with the Hyksos.
Many years later, the Egyptians overthrew the Hyksos and regained control over Egypt. The Israelites were seen as co-conspirators and were enslaved by the Egyptians. And hence, by the time Prophet Musa (AS) is born, they were under severe persecution from the true, Egyptian Pharaoh.
The point is, that if Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was copying from the Bible, he would have made the same mistakes the Bible made i.e. calling the Hyksos king “Pharaoh.
But he did not. Allah revealed the truth and referred to the King of that time as “Al-Azeez” (The Master) or The King.
Quran Miracle #4: Sending Down Of Iron
I have to admit, I did not discover this miracle from the Quran on my own. I actually first heard of it from a lecture by Bilal Philips.
Allah tells us in the Quran:
And We sent down iron, wherein is great military might and benefits for the people, and so that Allah may make evident those who support Him and His messengers unseen. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might.
Chapter 57 Verse 25
Pay particular attention to the opening phrase “We sent down iron…”
You’ve probably read this verse a hundred times and never thought about it. Allah really did “send down” iron to us. He uses this same phrase when speaking about rain:
Do you not see that Allah has sent down rain from the sky and the earth becomes green? Indeed, Allah is Subtle and Acquainted.
Chapter 23 Verse 18
Just like Allah has sent us rain from above, He has also sent us iron from above. I mean literally, from above.
And there is no way Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) could have known this during his time.
And speaking of meteorites
Quran Miracle #5: Shooting Stars Not Called Stars
Most Muslims know the Islamic purpose behind so-called shooting stars. These are used by the Angels to chase the Jinn who are trying to steal secrets from the heavens.
Now, there’s no way I can prove this scientifically, and that’s not my purpose. But I do want you to consider a few facts.
1.        We all know that shooting stars are not really stars at all. They are really meteorites.
2.        The ancient Arabs, like just about everyone else in the world at that time, really did think they were stars.
3.        However, nowhere in the Quran does Allah refer to these “shooting stars” as stars!
If Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had made up the Quran from his head, he would have called shooting stars “stars” like everyone else did.
After all, they certainly do look like stars. And everyone else around him were calling them stars.
But the Quran never refers to them as stars. Instead, Allah uses the phrase “lamps” or “flame.
And we used to sit therein in positions for hearing, but whoever listens now will find a burning flame lying in wait for him.
Chapter 72 Verse 9
And We have certainly beautified the nearest heaven with lamps and have made (from) them what is thrown at the devils and have prepared for them the punishment of the Blaze.
Chapter 67 Verse 5
I believe this is another amazing fact that the Quran has right when the average human of the time would have made a mistake.
These miracles from the Quran should bolster your faith and strengthen your desire to please Allah. His Messenger (pbuh) has brought us the truth and we would be foolish to ignore these obvious facts.
Please share this article with as many people as you can, Muslim and non-Muslim. You never know who may read this and be guided to righteousness because of it. Sometimes small actions yield big results.
And Allah knows best.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Are you a Submitter (Muslim) or are you a Believer (Mu'min)?

There are only 2 categories of people defined in the Quran, who will enter heaven. Allah tells us these 2 categories in (49:14).
The Arabs say, 'We believe.' Say: 'You do not believe; rather say, "We submit"; for belief has not yet entered your hearts. If you obey God and His Messenger, He will not diminish you anything of your works. God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.' (49:14).
"We then vacated from it all the believers but we only found in it one house who had submitted." (51:35-36).
Now that we know that there is a difference between Muslim and Mu'min, the next couple of posts, (above this post), will be looking at the description of these 2 categories. From the above, we can establish that Belief (Mu'min) comes after submission (Muslim).
Description of a Muslim (Submitter).
Let's have a look at the description of a Muslim.
"And who speaks better than he who invites to Allah while he himself does good, and says: I am surely of those whosubmit?" (41:33).
1. They say that they submit.
2. They Invite to Allah.
3. They do Good Deeds.
"And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, good treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship, and his gestation and weaning [period] is thirty months. [He grows] until, when he reaches maturity and reaches [the age of] forty years, he says, "My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to work righteousness of which You will approve and make righteous for me my offspring. Indeed, I have repented to You, and indeed, I am of the Muslims." (46:15).
1. They say that they submit.
2. They repent.
3. Are appreciative for God's Favours.
4. Want to do Good Deeds to please Allah.
Say: "I have been given divine inspiration that your God is One God. Will you then Submit?"
1. Belief in One God.
As simple as it may sound, to believe in The God without committing shirk, is the most difficult thing to do on the planet because we have attached to and have moulded around so many innocent seeming sinful idols.
"God will deprive anyone who associates anything with God of Paradise and his dwelling will be fire. The unjust people have no helpers." (5:72).
Shirk nullifies any good deeds and ends with a person in hell. Allah tells us in (30:30) to Accept the natural calling which He has planted into the creation of Mankind and devote yourself to monotheism.
You don't need the Quran to be a Muslim; you have to follow your naturalinstinct. No one can deny this on Judgement Day. As you will see, the requirements of being a Muslim are requirements that humans naturally think about and know what is morally correct.
2. Doing Good Deeds.
Say, "Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited to you. [He commands] that you not associate anything with Him, and to parents, good treatment, and do not kill your children out of poverty; We will provide for you and them. And do not approach immoralities - what is apparent of them and what is concealed. And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed] except by [legal] right. This has He instructed you that you may use reason." And do not approach the orphan's property except in a way that is best until he reaches maturity. And give full measure and weight in justice. We do not charge any soul except [with that within] its capacity. And when you testify, be just, even if [it concerns] a near relative. And the covenant of Allah fulfill. This has He instructed you that you may remember. (6:151-152).
1. Don't associate anything with God.
2. Honour Parents.
3. Don't kill children (born or unborn) because of fear of poverty.
4. Don't commit gross sins whether openly or privately.
5. Do not kill a soul.
6. Do not touch orphan money and be fair with them.
7. Give full weight and measure.
8. Be just in bearing witness.
9. Fulfil your oaths.
I repeatedly witness disagreement regarding Hajj, Salah, Fasting,Messengers etc, between so many different sects and Quran alone followers. Notice above that to be a Muslim, you don't have to do any of these. Instead the above can be agreed on as something we already know morally. We feel what is right and what is wrong. Why we go against that natural questioning feeling? Well that's another story.
To be a Muslim (Submitter), a person only needs to reflect within themselves. The traditionalists have mixed up the Muslims and Mu'mins.
"Do not Obey the Disbelievers and Strive against them with the Quran a great striving." (25:52)
Description of a Believer (Mu'min).
"The believers are those who believe in God and His Messenger, then have not doubted, and have struggled with their possessions and their selves in the way of God; those -- they are the truthful ones." (49:15).
1. Have Faith in God and His Messenger.
2. Attain status of having no doubt.
3. They strive with their money and lives in the way of Allah.
4. Are Truthful.
"Those only are believers whose heartstremble when Allah is mentioned, and when His Ayats are recited to them they increase them in faith, and in their Lord do they trust. Who establish Salat and spend out of that We have provided them.
" (8:2-3).
5. Hearts Tremble when they hear Allah's name.
6. Faith is strengthened by hearing God's words.
7. They Trust in God.
8. Establish Salah.
9. Spend out of what God has provided for them. (Zakat).
The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], "We make no distinction between any of His messengers." And they say, "We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination." (2:185).
10. Believe in His Angels.
11. Believe in His Books.
12. Believe in all His Messengers.
14. They Hear and Obey.
15. They seek Forgiveness.
Why become a believer?
"When it is recited to them, they say, "We believe in it. It is the Truth from our Lord. WE WERE MUSLIMS BEFORE THIS". (28:53).
Being a Muslim is simple compared to being a Mu'min. Being a Muslim will get you into Heaven so why does one strive to become a Mu'min?
"Such are the true believers. Their reward from their Lord will be high ranks, forgiveness, and a provision." (8:4).
"These will receive DOUBLE REWARD for their forbearance, replacing evil by virtue, and for their spending for the cause of God." (28:54).
You get one reward for being a Muslim and one for being a Mu'min. This is how you attain a higher rank in Heaven. As a Muslim you make it to Heaven but in the lower Heavens. As a Mu'min you make it to the higher heavens, closer to Allah.