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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Is Qur’aan from God?

Greetings to all readers with love, one of the readers asked me: prove to us that Qur’aan is from God. Fine, but before we do so we need to correct this little mistake on his part, there is nothing called God, we never heard of a man of the LORD who came from the LORD speaking English, take for example the three major beliefs, Jews knew him as Elloheim, or any of its derivatives, Christians say they follow Jesus, Jesus never spoke English, and never heard of the word God, Muslims call him Allah, not only Muslims in fact also Arab Christians know the LORD by the name of Allah, then Allah is not Muslim related only, but Arab Christians know no other. Therefore, let us change this question and put it in a way this reader accepts, also we do, let us ask: is Qur’aan from the LORD, because this reader and his like do not even want to hear the name of Allah.

Fine, let us start, when we read all books said to be from above, we see them full with contradictions, Allah says in Ayah (verse) 4:82: and won’t they reflect over the Qur’aan, and if it was not from the LORD they will find in it a lot of discrepancy/contradictions. This is a clear challenge from the LORD to those who wish to show us how Qur’aan is not from the LORD. Very well, why this is so important as a proof, simple, let us look at such. When we look at all those books said to be from God, not even one does not have discrepancy/contradictions but Qur’aan has none, not one, imagine, now how many do we have, let us mention some because people do not understand this fact. Let us give few examples of what Hindu have, they have the Gita, they have Dancing with Siva, Merging with Siva also many others, they have the Gita, and the Gita as it is, in the matter of fact Hindu have books in a ton, they have a whole collection they know as: the Vedas. Now, when we go through all of such, we see endless discrepancy/contradictions, which is something like a nightmare if I may add.

Fine, Hinduism is one of the oldest beliefs, Gita says: it was 50 centuries ago when Lord Krishna spoke the Gita to his friends, 5000 years; this is much older than the Torah of Moses which dates back to about 3000 years as Jews/Christians tell us. What other books we have, an example is: Taoism have a number like Hinduism, and the same applies, also we have the Seik with their Granth Sahib, we have Buddhism, we have Unitarians with their Jaffir, we have Bahai from Iran, we have Jews with the Jewish Tanach, we have the New Testament of Christians, actually we have double in number of what I mentioned so far. And we have the Noble Qur’aan, all those books are full with discrepancy/contradictions, also false information if you will, but the Noble Qur’aan has none of such, a challenger from Allah.

With this in mind, the huge number of books said to be from above, yet only Qur’aan is safe, never been altered, also untouched, has no discrepancy/contradictions of any kind, still intact after 1400 years untouched by alterations as all others have. This is not an easy issue to just skip over just like that, and no one can stand against such, not even the Atheists, except in silly nonsense of saying: so what, this is not good enough, in the matter of fact the Jokers also Joke around, no matter how serious things are, they will say: so what, this proves nothing. If they are serious for a start, they will not be called Jokers, right? No, this issue should be taken highly in regard. On the other hand, to find a book that came 1400 years back, yet if you travel the world North, South, West and East, look in Arabic versions, you will see they match word for word, letter for letter, another evidence how this book is above any other said to be from above, no other has such wonderful things that survive 1400 years in time.

Allah said: we gave you the book this time, and this time we are preserving it, the challenge is not only how it stayed untouched for the last 1400 years, further more, all the enemies of Allah and Islam tried to alter and changed and they failed proving the promise of Allah to stand high and above. This challenge stays not only about the past, but into the future, when all other books change from time to time, Qur’aan never will as the LORD promised us. Now show me another book that cannot be altered like the Noble Qur’aan, you cannot, why? Why Qur’aan cannot be altered, simple, the LORD promised. You can play your games, but the sane will come to recognize. Talking about all other books, none other than Qur’aan is memorized by three to five year old children, why they can, not because it is easy, no it is extremely hard, but because the LORD promised to preserve, and He is preserving even in the hearts of the little ones, no other book has this privilege ever, the LORD said: we will preserve, even if taken from the books, who can take it from the hearts, if this does not make it into your brain, then we doubt if you have one.

Fine, now that I made few challenges, I will wait to see if any one can show me what other book/belief can stand those challenges to prove it is from the LORD? On the other hand, let us look inside, taking into consideration how Qur’aan came to us through Muhammad SAW 1400 years back, we need to study a little about few facts. Anyone who claims the knowledge found in Qur’aan is what humanity used to have, he/she needs to prove this to us, let us start. Now, please before debating any of the following issue coming up, do go to the search bar on your computer, write: Arabic-English Dictionary, and try to get a good one on line, because this will save us a lot of your nonsense, I will say one thing, will keep telling me it is not, you are coming to play games, I am not. So, spend 15 minutes, try to get a good Dictionary, and let us discuss, I will show you the Ayah (verse) from Qur’aan, you check by yourself, no need to seek help from any other and please do not come telling me what Translation say, most are as ignorant as Hell itself, I am giving you the tools to save us from your nonsense, use this help I gave.

Let us start with Ayah (Verse) 51:47 which says: and the sky we built with power, and we are expanding it as well. Here is in Arabic:

æÇáÓãÇÁ ÈäíäÇåÇ ÈÃíÏ æÅäÇ áãæÓÚæä, reading from right to left, the first underlined means Sky, the last underlined means Expanding. Please use this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_expansion_of_space , then look down at the details of how the universe expands, a fact we discovered today, came in Qur’aan 1400 years back. I am giving all the help you need, because you cannot and will not do this on your own, but as I said: you are going to play games and act so sad. Again, I will give you a Dictionary just in case it is hard for you to find, please go here:

http://www.alburaq.net/dictionary1/transform.cfm, Pick up any words I underlined, and place in the search bar and see the meaning for yourself.

I hope you will not act like a little child, and you will act as an adult, even if you are a small kid and wish to play games nothing but. I know after all this effort you will come saying: you did nothing, and you showed me not. I learned this ignorant kind of speech, and I expect from you as well at any time, or you will come paying circle go around, and will never come to discuss in serious manner as I am. Ok, let us look at this and ask: how Muhammad SAW had this kind of knowledge we as mankind did not discover till recent times, if you can prove me wrong, please show your proof if you do not mind. Not only showing this Qur’aan is from the LORD, but also showing that the LORD is true and a fact to sad Atheists who say: no LORD, also proving that Allah is the only true LORD for those who have any sanity left in their minds.

Let us pick up another example, Ayah (verse) 22:5 says: O people, if you are in doubt about Resurrection, we created you from Dust, then from a Sperm, then from a sticking substance (what sticks to a body near by), then from something like being chewed (like meat after chewing). Then we pick also from Ayah (verse) 23:14 that says: then we created from the look like Chewed meat bones, then we covered the bones with meat, then we made it a new creation. Now, before you do ignorant games saying: but translation says this and that, I will not play this ignorant games, you know where I stand in regard to translations. This is why, when you are ready, get your Dictionary ready, and I will bring you the verse again one word at the time, I will give you derivatives of the words to make your search easier, one step at the time. I am willing to help you to extremes, be smart, do not act as little child.

Ayah 21:33 says: and the Sun and the Moon, each in its Galaxy floats. 13:2 speaks about how the Sun and the Moon are running into their designated destiny, the fact that they are not stable, and the fact that they will come to death one day as everything else in this universe. 15:14-15 Allah says: and when we open a door for them to the space above, they will say: we are charmed (under magic) or must be drunk, or something is wrong with our eyes. When He did allow us to do so, after 200 Kilo Meters up, while we cannot look at the sun during this trip, but beyond the Sun looks like someone switched off the light, it becomes like a dark Blue star, we would think something wrong with our eyes, exactly as the Ayah (verse) describes, if this is not from the LORD then where this comes from? Ayah 12:4 speaks about 11 planets and the Moon and the Sun, the well known to us and have an effect are 11 plus the Moon and the Sun, some are invisible to our eyes to count.

Have you heard about the Black Holes, Ayah 86:1-4 tell us a lot about if you care to know how. Ayah 55:33 foretold of space travel, also the speed of light that we need for such indirectly spoke about, yet we did not accomplish all of that today. Ayah 6:125 speaks about how Air becomes less and less as we go up into the sky. Ayah 78:6-7 speaks how the Mountains are like Pins/Tent-peg, we discovered how the part that shows from the mountains is so small, 10 to 15 double in size of the mountain is inside under the ground, exactly like Pins/Tent-peg. Ayah 16:15 speaks how Allah made Mountains to balance our planet from shaking, which also proves how Earth is standing loose in space.

As you see, this message is getting very long, if I give the tens of examples, no one will be able to read this message, I will stop here, if time allows, I will bring many more in the future Insha Allah. I gave you what makes any sane accept showing how this could not be from any other than the LORD who created, information we found about recently, given to us in the Noble Qur’aan 1400 years back. Here is a sample of what I have to prove Qur’aan is from the LORD, now let us start looking at your games that I prophesized about.

Ghusl

The Principles of Ghusl (Islamic bath)

1, The intention
This involves distinguishing the acts of worship from the customary acts. The intention is only in the heart, and there is no need for it to be verbally stated.

2, Washing all bodily parts
This is based on the following: Says Allah, "If you are sexually impure, cleanse yourselves," that is, perform ghusl, and "They ask you concerning menstruation. Say: 'It is an harm, so leave women alone at such times and go not in unto them until they are cleansed," that is, until they perform ghusl. The proof that cleansing means ghusl is in the verse, "O you who believe, draw not unto the prayer when you are drunk until you know what you utter, nor when you are polluted, save when journeying upon the road, until you have bathed (taghtasilu)." This shows that ghusl, the washing of all bodily parts, is meant.

How ghusl is performed

According to the practice of the Prophet, upon whom be peace, the correct manner of performing ghusl is:

-1- wash both hands three times,

-2- wash the penis/vagina

-3- make a complete ablution (like the one made for prayer--the Prophet used to delay washing his feet until the end of his ghusl if he was using a tub, and so on),

-4- rub water through one's hair three times, letting the water reach down to the roots of the hair,

-5- pour water over the entire body, begining with the right side, then the left, washing under the armpits, inside the ears, inside the navel, inside the toes and whatever part of the body can be easily rubbed. This account is based on the following report from 'Aishah (ra - may Allah be pleased with her): "When the Prophet, upon whom be peace, took his bath after sexual intercourse, he would begin by washing his hands. Then he would pour water from his right hand to his left and wash his sexual organs, make the ablution for prayer, take some water and put his fingers to the roots of his hair to the extent that he sees that the skin is wet, then pour water over his head three times and then over the rest of his body." (Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.) In one narration it states, "He used to rub his head with his hands until he was certain the water reached his skin, and then he poured water over it three times." It is also related that she said, "When the Prophet (saw - may the peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) would perform ghusl after having had sexual intercourse, he would call for some water, which he would pour on his right hand to wash the right side of his head and then the left. He would then take water with both hands and pour it over his head." Said Maimunah (ra), "I put water out for the Messenger of Allah to perform ghusl. He washed his hands two or three times, and then he poured water from his right hand to his left and washed his private parts, wiped his hands on the earth, rinsed his mouth and nose, washed his face and hands, washed his head three times, poured water over his body, and finally moved from his place and washed his feet. I brought him a towel, but he did not take it, for he shook the water off with his hands." (Related by "the group.")

Ghusl for women

A woman performs ghusl just as a man does, except that if she has plaited hair she does not have to undo it, provided that the water can reach the roots of her hair. Umm Salamah (ra) said, "O Messenger of Allah, I am a woman who has closely plaited hair on my head. Do I have to undo them for ghusl after sexual intercourse?" He said, "No, it is enough for you to pour three handfuls of water on your head and then pour water over yourself. After doing this, you shall be cleansed." (Related by Ahmad, Muslim and at-Tirmizhi)

It is preferrable for a woman performing ghusl to cleanse herself from menstruation or post-childbirth bleeding to take some cotton smeared with musk or perfume and wipe it over the traces of blood. This will remove the bad smell of the menstrual blood. 'Aishah (ra) reported, "'Asma bint Yazid (ra) asked the Messenger of Allah (saw) about ghusl after menstruation has ended. He said, "She should use water mixed with the leaves of the lote-tree and cleanse herself. Then she should pour water over her head and rub it well till it reaches the roots of the hair, after which she should pour water over it. Afterwards, she should take a piece of cotton smeared with musk and cleanse herself with it." 'Asma (ra) asked, "How should she cleanse herself with it?" He said, "Praise be to Allah, she should cleanse herself with it." 'Aishah (ra) said in a subdued tone that she should apply it to the traces of blood. 'Asma (ra) then asked about bathing after sexual intercourse. He said, "She should take water and cleanse herself or complete the ablution, pour water on her head and rub it till it reaches the roots of her hair, and then she should pour water over herself." 'Aishah (ra) observed, "How good are the women of the 'helpers' that shyness does not keep them from learning their religion." (Related by "the group," except at-Tirmizhi.)

Questions related to Ghusl

It is sufficient to perform one ghusl for both menstruation and sexual impurity, or for the Friday prayer and the 'id prayer, or for sexual impurity and the Friday prayer, if one has the intention for both of them. This is based on the Prophet's saying, "All acts are based on intentions."

If a person performed post-sex ghusl but did not make ablution, the ghusl will suffice.

It is acceptable for a person in post-sex uncleanliness or a menstruating woman to remove their hairs, cut their nails, go to the markets, and so on, without any dislike. 'Ata said that such people can get cupped, cut their nails and their hair, and that this is allowed even if he (or she) has not performed the regular ablution. (Related by al-Bukhari).

One may enter a public bathroom. As long as he keeps his private parts from being seen, and he does not look at others' private parts. Says Ahmad, "If you know that everyone inside the bathroom is wearing a loincloth, you may enter. If not, then don't enter." The Prophet, upon whom be peace, said, "A man should not look at another man's private parts, and a woman should not look at another woman's private parts."

There is no problem in drying one's self with a towel or other cloth after performing ablution or ghusl during the summer or winter.

It is permissible for a man to use the water left over by a woman and vice-versa. This is derived from the fact that it is permissible for them to perform ghusl from the same container. Ibn 'Abbas narrated that some of the Prophet's wives were performing ghusl from a container. The Prophet came and performed his ablution or ghusl from it. They said to him, "We were sexually unclean." He said, "The water does not become impure." (Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa'i and at-Tirmizhi, who called it hassan sahih). 'Aishah used to wash with the Messenger of Allah from one container, and they would take turns taking water until he said, "Leave some for me, leave some for me."

It is not allowed to bathe in the nude in front of people. It is forbidden to uncover one's private parts. If you cover it with some clothes, it is permissible. The Messenger of Allah would cover Fatimah with a curtain when she performed ghusl. If one performs ghusl in the nude, far away from the people, it is not prohibited. The prophets Musa (Moses) and Ayyub (Job) did so, as al-Bukhari, Ahmad, and an-Nasa'i recorded.

Actions Forbidden For Those Who Require Ghusl

1, Circumambulating the Ka'bah
The reasoning behind this can be found in What actions require the ablution as a prerequisite.

2, Touching or carrying the Qur'an
The companions were all agreed that it is forbidden to touch or carry the Qur'an while one is in a state of impurity.

3, Reciting the Qur'an

According to most scholars, one who is physically unclean (because of sex or menstruation) may not recite any portion of the Qur'an. This is based on a hadith from 'Ali (ra), in which he stated that nothing kept the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, from the Qur'an save being sexually impure. This is related by "the four." At-Tirmizhi graded it sahih.

4, Staying in the mosque

It is forbidden for one who is physically unclean (because of sex or menstruation) to stay in the mosque. 'Aishah (ra - may Allah be pleased with her) said, "The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, saw that his companions' houses were practically in the mosque. He said, 'Direct those houses away from the mosque.' He then entered the mosque, but the people did nothing, hoping that Allah would reveal to Muhammad (saw) that what they were doing was permissible. After he came out, he said, 'Direct those houses away from the mosque, for it is not permitted for a menstruating woman or sexually impure person to be in the mosque." (Related by Abu Dawud.)

Umm Salamah (ra) related that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, came to the mosque's courtyard and said at the top of his voice, "The mosque is off limits to menstruating women and the sexually impure persons." (Related by Ibn Majah and at-Tabarani.) Such people can, however, pass through the mosque, for says Allah, "O you who believe, draw not near unto prayer when you are drunk until you know that which you utter, nor when you are impure save when journeying upon the road, until you have bathed" (an-Nisa' 43). Said Jubair (ra), "One of us used to pass through the mosque though he was impure." (Related by Ibn Abu Shaibah and Sa'eed ibn Mansur in his Sunan.) Zaid ibn Aslam said, "The companions (ra - may Allah be pleased with them all) of the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, used to walk through the mosques while they were sexually impure." (Related by Ibn al-Munzhir.) Yazib ibn Habib reported that the companions' doors opened up into the mosque, and that when they were sexually impure, they could find no water or any path to water save through the mosque. Then Allah revealed, "...nor when you are impure, save journeying upon the road..." (Related by at-Tabari.)

Commenting on the preceding reports, ash-Shaukani says,"The meaning is so clear that there is no room for doubt." Said 'Aishah, "The Prophet said to me, 'Hand me my cloth from the mosque.' I said, 'I am menstruating.' He said, 'Your menstruation is not in your hand." (Related by the group, except for al-Bukhari.) Said Maimunah, "The Messenger of Allah used to come to one of our rooms while we were menstruating and put his head on (his wife's) lap and recite the Qur'an. Then one of us would take his clothes and put them in the mosque while she was menstruating." (Related by Ahmad and an-Nasa'i. The report has supporting evidence.)

Actions for which ghusl (Islamic bath) is preferred

This category of actions involves a reward for performing ghusl, and no blame if he does not. Such actions are:

1, Before the Friday prayer
Muslims are encouraged to perform ghusl before they gather for the Friday prayer. In fact, Islamic law even goes to the extent of ordering one to perform ghusl at this time as part of the overall cleanliness and hygiene of the Muslim society. Abu Sa'eed (ra - may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet said,"Ghusl on Friday is obligatory (wajib) on every adult, as is using a toothbrush and applying some perfume." (Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.)

The meaning of "obligatory" here is that it is greatly recommended. This understanding of the Prophet's (saw - may the peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) saying is derived from what al-Bukhari recorded about an incident from Ibn 'Umar (ra) about his father. One day, 'Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra) was standing and delivering the khutbah when 'Uthman (ra), one of the people from among the emigrants and helpers, entered. 'Umar (ra) said to him, "What time is it now?" He said, "I was busy and could not return home. When I heard the call to prayer, I did not make more than the regular ablution." 'Umar said, "And the ablution only, when you know that the Messenger of Allah (saw) ordered us to perform ghusl ?" Commenting on the incident, says ash-Shaf'i, " 'Uthman (ra) did not leave the prayer to perform ghusl, nor did 'Umar order him to do so. This illustrates that the companions knew that this order was one of choice. It also shows that it is preferred."

Muslim recorded that Abu Hurairah (ra) reported the Prophet (saw) saying, "Whoever makes the ablution and perfects it and then goes to the Friday prayer and listens attentively, will have forgiveness during (the period) between the Friday and the next (Friday), and an additional three days." Says al-Qurtubi, "This hadith shows that ghusl is preferred. The mention of ablution, the reward and acceptability points to the fact that ablution alone is sufficient.'' Ibn Hajr states in at-Talkhis, "It is one of the strongest proofs that ghusl for the Friday prayer is not obligatory. The statement that it is preferred is built upon the fact that if one does not perform ghusl, it will not harm (his prayer). But, if others are harmed by his perspiration or bad smell from his clothes and body, ghusl becomes obligatory, and not performing it detracts from the rewards of salah (prayer). Some scholars say that the Friday ghusl is a duty even if its non-performance causes no harm (to others). Their basis for this opinion is the hadith related by Abu Hurairah (ra) in which the Prophet, upon whom be peace, said, "It is a duty upon every Muslim to perform ghusl once every seven days, by washing his head and body."

The time for the Friday ghusl is between dawn and the time of the Friday prayer. It is preferable to do it at the time of departure (to the mosque). If one loses his ablution after that, it is sufficient for him just to make a new ablution (he does not have to repeat the ghusl).

2, Performing ghusl for the 'Id (Eid) prayers

3, Ghusl for washing a corpse
According to many scholars, performing ghusl is also preferred for one who has washed a corpse. Abu Hurariah (ra) reported that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, said, "Whoever has washed a corpse must perform ghusl, and whoever carried him must perform ablution." (Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmizhi, an-Nasa'i, Ibn Majah and others.) According to the scholars, it is also preferable for one who is undertaking the pilgrimage or 'umrah to perform ghusl. Zaid ibn Thabit (ra) related that he saw the Messenger of Allah, when he intended to perform the hajj, perform ghusl. (Related by ad-Daraqutni, al-Baihaqi and at-Tirmizhi)

4, Making Ghusl upon entering Makkah
It is preferable for whoever wants to enter Makkah to perform ghusl. It is reported that Ibn 'Umar (ra), when going to Makkah, would spend the night in Tawa, and would enter Makkah during the day. He mentioned that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, also used to do this. (Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.) Ibn al-Munzhir said, "All of the scholars say it is preferred to perform ghusl upon entering Makkah, but if one does not do so, there is no expiation for him to make. Most of them say that the regular ablution is sufficient.

5, Making Ghusl at Mount 'Arafah
Such an act is preferred while one stops there during the hajj. Malik ibn Nafa' reported that Ibn 'Umar used to do so before embarking upon the hajj, upon entering Makkah, and while stopping at 'Arafah.

Actions requiring Ghusl
The actions that require Ghusl are:

1, Discharge of al-Mani owing to stimulation while asleep or awake
The opinion of the jurists in general is that ghusl is a must should one have a discharge of al-mani (sperm) owing to stimulation while asleep or awake. Abu Sa'eed (ra - may Allah be pleased with him) reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, say, "Water (washing) is (needed) after (ejaculation of) sperm." (Related by Muslim.)

Umm Salamah (ra - may Allah be pleased with her) reported that Umm Sulaim said, "O Messenger of Allah (saw), Allah is not ashamed of the truth. Does a woman have to perform ghusl if she has a wet dream?" He said, "Yes, if she sees the liquid." (Related by al-Bukhari, Muslim and others.)


2, If one has a wet dream but does not find any traces of ejaculation
There is no need for ghusl in this instance either. Ibn al-Munzhir said, "All of the knowledgeable people known to me agree on this point." The hadith of Umm Salamah mentioned earlier supports this proposition.

3, If one wakes from sleep and finds some moistness, but does not recall any wet dream, though he is sure it is sperm, what should he do?

To be safe, he should perform ghusl. Said Mujahid and Qatadah, "There is no need for ghusl until he is sure that it is sperm, for his prior condition of purity is not ended by an uncertainty .

4, Touching the two circumcised parts

This refers to the penis and the vagina. If one's penis has entered his wife's vagina, ghusl is obligatory even if there was no ejaculation. Says Allah, "If you are sexually impure, purify yourselves." Commenting on the subject, ash-Shaifi says, "In the Arabic language, sexual impurity refers to any type of sexual intercourse, regardless of whether sperm was ejaculated or not. If someone says, 'So and so is sexually impure due to so and so,' it refers to any type of sexual intercourse between them, even if there was no ejaculation. No one disagrees that the fornication which requires the prescribed punishment is sexual intercourse, even if there is no ejaculation."

Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, said, "When anyone sits between the four parts of her body and exerts himself (has intercourse), bathing becomes obligatory (for both)." (Related by Ahmad and Muslim.)

Sa'eed ibn al-Musayyab reported that Abu Musa al-Ash'ari said to 'Aishah, "I would like to ask you something, but I am embarrassed." She said, "Ask and don't be shy, for I am your mother." He asked about a man who had intercourse but did not ejaculate. She said, on the authority of the Prophet, "If the two circumcised parts encountered each other, ghusl is obligatory." This hadith is related by Ahmad and Malik with different wordings. There is no doubt that there must be insertion; if there is only touching, ghusl is not obligatory for either. All scholars agree on this point.

5, Women and their period
Concerning menstruation and childbirth bleeding, Allah says in the Qur'an, "Do not approach them until they become pure. When they are pure, go to them in the manner that Allah has prescribed for you." The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said to Fatimah bint Abu Habish, "Do not pray during your period. After it has ended, perform ghusl and pray." (Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.)


6, Death
When a Muslim dies, it is obligatory to wash his or her body, according to the consensus of the Muslims. This will be discussed in more detail later on.

7, A non-Muslim upon embracing Islam
New reverts to Islam must perform ghusl. Abu Hurairah reported that Thumamah al-Hanafi, one time when the Prophet passed by him, he finally embraced Islam. The Prophet, upon whom be peace, told him to go to the garden of Abu Talhah and perform ghusl. He performed ghusl and prayed two rak'ah. The Prophet said, "Indeed, your brother became a fine Muslim." This hadith is related by Ahmad. There is also a source for the story in reports by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

Read only if you have time for ALLAH

Let me tell you, make sure you read all the way to the bottom. I almost deleted this email but I was blessed when I got to the end

ALLAH, when I received this e-mail, I thought...

I don't have time for this... And, this is really inappropriate during work....

Then, I realized that this kind of thinking is... Exactly, what has caused lot of the problems in our world today?

We try to keep ALLAH in MASJIDS on FRIDAY...

Maybe, FRIDAY night...

And, the unlikely event of a MAGHRIB SALLAH.

We do like to have Him around during sickness...

And, of course, at funerals.

However, we don't have time, or room, for Him during work or play...

Because.. That's the part of our lives we think... We can, and should, handle on our own.

May ALLAH forgive me for ever thinking......

That... there is a time or place where..

HE is not to be FIRST in my life.

We should always have time to remember all HE has done for us.

Pass this on ONLY IF YOU MEAN IT!!

Yes, I do Love ALLAH.

HE is my source of existence and Savior.

He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I will be nothing.

This is the simplest test.

If You Love ALLAH... And, are not ashamed of all the marvelous things HE has done for you...

Send this to ten people and the person who sent it to you!

Now do you have the time to pass it on?

Make sure that you scroll through to the end.

Easy vs. Hard

Why is it so hard to tell the truth but Yet so easy to tell a lie?

Why are we so sleepy in THE MASJID but Right when the sermon is over we suddenly wake up?

Why is it so easy to delete a HOLY e-mail, but yet we forward all of the nasty ones?

Of all the free gifts we may receive, Prayer is the very best one....

There are no costs, but wonderful rewards...

Notes: Isn't it funny how simple it is for people to NOT BELIEVE IN ALLAH and then wonder why the world's going to hell.

Isn't it funny how someone can say "I believe in ALLAH" but still follow Satan (who, by the way, also "believes" in ALLAH ).

Isn't it funny how you can send a thousand jokes through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding ISLAM , people think twice about sharing?

Isn't it funny how when you go to forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it to them.

Isn't it funny how I can be more worried about what other people think of me than what ALLAH thinks of me.

I MAKE DUA, for everyone who sends this to their entire address book, they will be blessed by ALLAH in a way special for them.

And send it back to the person who sent it, to let them know that indeed it was sent out to many more.

JAZAK-ALLAH

RAZI

Reciting Soorat al-Ikhlaas 10,000 times for a sick person

Question:

I have a question related to a sick person who has found out that they have cancer. the family wishes to do a khatum(adults will gather and in silence they read the surah Iklas over and over hoping to read it 10,000 times, the niyat is for the sick individual to recover). Is this permissible, or should they just pray to Allah SWT for help individually?


Answer:

Praise be to Allaah.

Undoubtedly in the Qur'aan there is healing for mankind; and it was narrated that in certain verses and soorahs there is healing and protection for man, and that they can ward off bad things, by Allaah's leave, such as al-Faatihah, al-Mi'wadhatayn, Aayat al-Kursiy and Soorat al-Ikhlaas. Whoever recites some aayahs or soorahs, and repeats them three or seven times, as needed, without persisting in a specific number that was not referred to in sharee'ah, then there is no reason why he should not do that, so long as he believes that healing is in the Hand of Allaah Who has created in the Qur'aan healing for mankind.

To that may be added ruqyah using du'aa's narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), such as the words, "Adhhib al-ba's Rabb an-naas, wa'shfi anta al-Shaafi, laa shifaa'a illa shifaa'uka shifaa' laa yughaadir saqaman (Take away the pain, O Lord of mankind, and grant healing, for You are the Healer, and there is no healing but Your healing that leaves no trace of sickness)." (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5243; Muslim, 4061)

And one may do as the great Sahaabi advised, when someone who was suffering pain complained to him. He said: "Put your hand on the part of your body that is hurting and say, "Bismillaah" three times, then say seven times, `A'oodhu Billaahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa uhaadhir (I seek refuge with Allaah and His Power from the evil of what I am suffering from and what I am worried about)." If one does that, and recites other du'aa's that have been narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in saheeh reports, that will be very good.

If trust in Allaah is combined with thinking of the meanings of the verses and du'aa's that are being recited, and both the one who is doing ruqya and the one for whom it is done are righteous people, that will be very beneficial, if Allaah wills.

Based on the above, gathering in the manner mentioned in the question and reciting "Qul huwa Allaahu ahad" a certain number of times (10,000 times) is not something which is prescribed in Islam, so you should be content with doing that which is narrated in the Sunnah. We ask Allaah to heal your sick loved one quickly, and to grant him good health. Ameen.

What is the Qur'aan?

Question:

What is the Qur'aan?


Answer:

Praise be to Allaah.

The Qur'aan is the word of the Lord of the Worlds, which Allaah revealed to His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), to bring mankind forth from darkness into light:

"It is He Who sends down manifest Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) to His slave (Muhammad) that He may bring you out from darkness into light

[al-Hadeed 57:9 _ interpretation of the meaning]

Allaah has told us in the Qur'aan the stories of the earlier and later generations and the creation of the heavens and the earth. He has explained in detail what is halaal and what is haraam, the basics of good manners and morals, the rulings of worship and dealings with others, the lives of the Prophets and the righteous, and the reward and punishment of the believers and disbelievers. He has described Paradise, the abode of the believers, and He has described Hell, the abode of the disbelievers. He has made it (the Qur'aan) an explanation of all things:

"And We have sent down to you the Book (the Qur'aan) as an exposition of everything, a guidance, a mercy, and glad tidings for those who have submitted themselves (to Allaah as Muslims)"

[al-Nahl 16:89 _ interpretation of the meaning]

The Qur'aan explains the names and attributes of Allaah and what He has created. It calls us to believe in Allaah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers and the Last Day:

"The Messenger (Muhammad) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. (They say,) `We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers' — and they say, `We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all)'"

[al-Baqarah 2:285 _ interpretation of the meaning]

The Qur'aan describes the Day of Judgement and what will happen after death _ the resurrection, the gathering, the judgement and being brought to account. It describes the Cistern, the Siraat (bridge over Hell), the Balance [in which deeds will be weighed], the blessings and torment, and the gathering of mankind on that great Day:

"Allaah! Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). Surely, He will gather you together on the Day of Resurrection about which there is no doubt. And who is truer in statement than Allaah?

[al-Nisaa' 4:87 _ interpretation of the meaning]

The Qur'aan calls us to examine and ponder the signs of Allaah in the universe and the verses of the Qur'aan:

"Say: `Behold all that is in the heavens and the earth'"

[Yoonus 10:101 _ interpretation of the meaning]

"Do they not then think deeply in the Qur'aan, or are their hearts locked up (from understanding it)?"

[Muhammad 47:24 _ interpretation of the meaning]

The Qur'aan is the Book of Allaah for all of mankind:

"Verily, We have sent down to you (O Muhammad) the Book (this Qur'aan) for mankind in truth. So whosoever accepts the guidance, it is only for his ownself; and whosoever goes astray, he goes astray only for his (own) loss. And you (O Muhammad) are not a Wakeel (trustee or disposer of affairs, or guardian) over them"[al-Zumar 39:41 _ interpretation of the meaning]

The Qur'aan confirms the Books which came before it, the Tawraat (Torah) and Injeel (Gospel), and it is a witness over them, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"And We have sent down to you (O Muhammad) the Book (this Qur'aan) in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and Muhaymin (trustworthy in highness and a witness) over it (old Scriptures)"[al-Maa'idah 5:48]

After the Qur'aan was revealed, it became the Book for all of mankind until the Hour begins. Whoever does not believe in it is a kaafir who will be punished with torment on the Day of Resurrection, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"But those who reject Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), the torment will touch them for their disbelief (and for their belying the Message of Muhammad)"[al-An'aam 6:49]

Because of the greatness of the Qur'aan and the signs, miracles, parables and lessons contained therein, in addition to its eloquence and beautiful style, Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"Had We sent down this Qur'aan on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rent asunder by the fear of Allaah. Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind that they may reflect"[al-Hashr 58:21]

Allaah has challenged mankind and the jinn to produce something like it, even one soorah or one aayah, but they could not do that and will never be able to do that, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"Say: `If the mankind and the jinn were together to produce the like of this Qur'aan, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they helped one another'"[al-Israa' 17:88]

Because the Qur'aan is the greatest of the heavenly Books, the most complete, the most perfect and the last of them, Allaah commanded His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to convey it to all of mankind, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

"O Messenger (Muhammad)! Proclaim (the Message) which has been sent down to you from your Lord. And if you do not, then you have not conveyed His Message. Allaah will protect you from mankind" [al-Maa'idah 5:67]

Because of the importance of this book and the ummah's need for it, Allaah has honoured us with it. He sent it down to us and has guaranteed to preserve it. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur'aan) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption)" [al-Hijr 15:9]

From Usool al-Deen al-Islami by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem al-Tuwayjri

Abu Jahl & His Son Ikrimah

"Those who follow the messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they
find mentioned in their own (scriptures) ,- in the law and the Gospel;-
for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he
allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from
what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens
and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in
him, honour him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down
with him,- it is they who will prosper."
(Al-Qur'an, 7:157 Al-Araf [The Heights]))
Running Away From Islam, Then...
Adil Salahi, Arab News


No one was more hostile to Islam in its early days than Abu Jahl. In
fact he was given this nickname, which means "father of ignorance",
because of his stubborn opposition that was based on tribal interests
and personal pride rather than any valid reason. Throughout the
period when the Prophet (peace be upon him) advocated his message in
Makkah, lasting 13 years, Abu Jahl was the most hardened opponent of
Islam. He was then the man that ensured that the Quraysh army went
out to meet the Muslims at the Battle of Badr. He was killed in that
battle.

His son, Ikrimah, was also a determined opponent of Islam. After his
father's death, Ikrimah was one of the new leadership in Makkah,
maintaining a stand of hard opposition. When the Prophet entered
Makkah, after the Quraysh violated the Al-Hudaybiyah peace agreement,
some of the stalwarts of Quraysh, including Ikrimah, fled. His wife,
Umm Hakeem bint Al-HaHisham rith ibn went to the Prophet and embraced
Islam. She then said to the Prophet: "Messenger of God! Ikrimah has
fled to Yemen, fearing that you will kill him. Grant him a pledge of
security." The Prophet granted her what she requested.

Umm Hakeem traveled in pursuit of her husband, taking with her a
slave who belonged to her husband, but the slave tried to seduce her.
Feeling her vulnerability, she resorted to delaying tactics,
promising him a positive response in good time. When they passed a
tribe, she sought their help and they managed to chain him and kept
him prisoner. She continued her travel until she reached an area by
the seaside before reaching Yemen. Her husband was there.

Prior to her arrival there, Ikrimah had boarded a boat aiming for
Yemen, but the boat was caught in a storm. The headman told the
passengers that they should pray sincerely. Ikrimah asked him how to
pray, and the man told him to say, "there is no deity other than
God." He said: "I fled so that I would not say this." The people in
the boat told him: "Your deities will avail you nothing." The boat
managed to get back to shore and Ikrimah was saved. His wife caught
up with him at this stage.

She said to him: "I have come to you, having met the best, kindest
and most compassionate man. Do not risk your life again. I have
obtained a pledge of security for you." And she told him what she
did. He decided to go back with her. As they were on their way back
she told him what the slave tried to do. He killed the slave. On the
way, his wife refused him as he approached her for sex, saying that
now that she was a Muslim and he was not, she could not respond to
him. He said: "If your faith will stop you responding to me when I am
your husband, then it must be very serious."

As Ikrimah approached Makkah, the Prophet said to his
companions: "Ikrimah will be arriving soon, coming as a believer in
Islam, migrating for his faith. Do not curse his father. Cursing a
dead man will upset the living without affecting the dead person."

When Ikrimah approached and the Prophet saw him, he stood up to meet
him, delighted that he came. Then the Prophet sat down while Ikrimah
remained standing, and his wife with him covering her face. He
said: "Muhammad! This woman claims that you have given me a pledge of
security." The Prophet said: "She is right. You are safe." He
asked: "Muhammad! What do you call for?" The Prophet said: "I call on
you to declare that there is no deity other than God, and that I am
God's Messenger, and to attend regularly to prayer, and pay your
zakah to the poor, and... (The Prophet mentioned the main Islamic
duties)." Ikrimah said:

"You only advocate the truth and what is good and beneficial. Even
before you started your call, you were the most honest and honorable
among us. I declare that there is no deity other than God and that
Muhammad is God's servant and Messenger." The Prophet was delighted.

Ikrimah then asked the Prophet what was the best that he could say,
and the Prophet told him that it was the declaration of God's
oneness. He asked him what was the next best. The Prophet said: "You
say: `I ask God to be my witness and all those present that I am a
Muslim who strive for Islam, ready to abandon my home for it.'
Ikrimah said that. The Prophet said to him: `You may ask me anything
today, and I will grant you that.'

Ikrimah said: `I request you to pray God to forgive me any hostile
act I did against you, and any effort or action to which I
contributed in opposition to you, and anything I said against you in
your presence or absence." The Prophet prayed God in exactly the same
words. Ikrimah then said: "Messenger of God! Whatever financial
contribution I made in opposition to God's cause, I will now
contribute double for Islam. And whatever fight I fought against
Islam, now I will fight double that for Islam."

The Amazing Occurance of Muslim Call for Prayer (Azaan) in the World

“And for This Their Prayer Hath Allah Rewarded Them With Gardens, With Rivers Flowing Underneath,- Their Eternal Home. Such is the Recompense of Those Who Do Good.”
(Al-Qur'an, 5:85 (Al-Maeda [The Table, The Table Spread])


"In the Name Of Allah, The Most Merciful & The Most Beneficent"

"AZAAN"

Assalam-o-Alaikum Everyone, Amazing as it sounds, but fortunately, for the Muslims of the world, it is an established fact.
Have a look at a map of the world and you will find Indonesia on the eastern side of the earth. The major cities of Indonesia are Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Saibil.
As soon as dawn breaks on the eastern side of Saibil, at approximately 5:30 am local time, Fajar Aazaan begins. Thousands of Muazzins in Indonesia begin reciting the Aazaan.
The process advances towards West Indonesia. One and a half hours after the Aazaan has been completed in Saibil, it echoes in Jakarta. Sumatra then follows suit and before this auspicious process of calling
Aazaan ends in Indonesia, it has already begun in Malaysia.
Burma is next in line, and within an hour of its beginning in Jakarta, it reaches Dacca, the capital city of Bangladesh.
After Bangladesh, it has already prevailed in western India, from Calcutta to Srinagar. It then advances towards Bombay and the environment of entire India resounds with this proclamation.
Srinagar and Sialkot (a north city in Pakistan) have the same timing for Aazaan. The time difference between Sialkot, Quetta, and Karachi is forty minutes, and within this time, Fajar Aazaan is heard throughout Pakistan.
Before it ends there, it has already begun in Afghanistan and Muscat. The time difference between Muscat and Baghdad is one hour.
Aazaan resounds during this one hour in the environments of Hijaaz-e-Muqaddas (Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah), Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq.
The time difference between Baghdad and Alexandria in Egypt is again one hour. Aazaan continues to resound in Syria, Egypt, Somalia and Sudan during this hour.
The time difference between eastern and western Turkey is one and a half hours, and during this Alexandria and Tripoli (capital of Libya) are located at one hour's difference.
The process of calling Aazaan thus continues throughout the whole of Africa. Therefore, the proclamation of the "Tawheed" and "Risaalat" that had begun in Indonesia reaches the Eastern Shore of the Atlantic Ocean after nine and half hours.
Prior to the Aazaan reaching the shores of the Atlantic, the process of "Zohar Aazaan" has already started in east Indonesia, and before it reaches Dacca, "Asr Aazaan" has started. This has hardly reached Jakarta one and half hours later, the time of Maghrib" becomes due, and no sooner has "Maghrib" time reached Sumatra, the time for calling "Isha Aazaan" has commenced in Saibil!
When the Muazzins of Indonesia are calling out "Fajar Aazaan", the African Muazzins are calling the Aazaan for Isha.
If we were to ponder over this phenomenon thoughtfully, we would conclude the amazing fact that there is not even a single moment when hundreds of thousands of Muazzins around the world are not reciting the Aazaan on the surface of this earth.
Even as you read this material right now, you can be sure there Aazaan.

First They Came for the EXTREMIST, FUNDAMENTALIST & MODERATE Muslims. And I DIDN’T Speak Out Because I Wasn't An Extremist, Fundamentalist or a Moderate Muslim. Then FINALLY They Came for Me the NON-PRACTICING Muslim And NO Muslims Were Left to Speak Out for ME.

The Things Which Shaytaan Flees From

1. When you say: La ilaha illAllaah - wahdahu laa shareeka lahu - lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu - wa huwa 'ala kulli shay'in qadeer. [There is none worthy of worship except Allah alone. He has no partners. To Him belongs the Dominion, to Him belongs all praise and He is capable over all things] a hundred times a day.

The evidence is what has been reported in the Saheeh of al Bukhaari and Muslim from Abu Hurayrah (ra) that Allaah's Messenger (saw) mentioned the above words and then said: "He will receive the reward of setting free ten slaves, a hundred good deeds will be written for him and a hundred bad deeds will be erased from him. It will be a sanctuary from Shaytaan for him on that day until he reaches the evening. No one will come with something better except one who increases beyond that".


2. Recitation of Ayaat ul-Kursi when you go to bed.

Abu Hurayrah (ra) reported that the Messenger (saw) put him in charge of guarding the zakaah of Ramadan and someone would come and take handfuls from the zakaah for two nights in succession. On the third night, he (Abu Hurayrah) grabbed him and said: "I will take you to Allaah's Messenger (saw)". He (the thief) said: "Leave me alone and I will teach you some words by which Allaah will benefit you". He then said, "When you depart to go to your bed recite aayaat ul-Kursi until you complete it. There wil never cease to be from Allaah a guardian to protect you and Shaytaan will not approach you until you wake up". When he explained this to Allaahs Messenger (saw), he said, "He has told you the truth althought he is a great liar". (al-Bukhaari).


3. When you spit on your left three times and seek refuge in Allaah from the evil of what you see in a dream.

Abu Salamah bin 'Abdur-Rahman said: "I heard Abu Qataadah ibn Rab'iyy say: "I heard Allaah's Messenger (saw) say, "The good dream is from Allaah and the bad dream is from Shaytaan. When one of you sees

Sincerity Towards Allaah

Allaah says,

"There is not a single thing except that its depositories and treasures are with Us." [Al-Hijr (15): 21]

This verse comprises a [great] treasure from the treasures [of the Qur`aan], this being that nothing is sought except from the One Who possesses its depositories and treasures, the One in Whose Hands lie the keys to these treasures. Seeking [things] from anyone else is seeking something from one who does not possess them or possess any authority over them.

The saying of Allaah,

"And that to your Lord is the final goal." [An-Najm (53): 42]

Comprises an immense treasure, this being that every desired objective that is not desired for His sake and is not connected [in any form or fashion] to Him then it is temporary and soon to disappear for its final goal is not with Him. The final goal lies only with the One to Whom all matters find their conclusion, terminating at His creation, Will, Wisdom and Knowledge. Therefore He is the source of every desired matter.

Everything that is loved - if it is not loved for His sake then this love is nothing but distress and punishment. Every action that is not performed for His sake then it is wasted and severed. Every heart that does not reach Him is wretched, veiled from achieving its success and happiness.

Therefore Allaah has gathered everything that could be desired from Him in His saying,

"There is not a single thing except that its depositories and treasures are with Us." [Al-Hijr (15): 21]

And He has gathered everything that is done for His sake in His saying,

"And that to your Lord is the final goal." [An-Najm (53): 42]

Therefore there is nothing beyond Allaah that deserves to be sought and nothing finds its conclusion with other than Him

The Importance of Manners

Hadith - Bukhari's Book of Manners #271, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ahmad, and Ibn Hibban.
...Abu Darda' reported that the Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, said, "Nothing is weightier on the Scale of Deeds than one's good manners."

Hadith - Bukhari's Book of Manners #286 and Ahmad
Abu Huraira, r.a., said, "I heard Abu al Qasim (the Prophet saaws), say, 'The best among you in Islam are those with the best manners, so long as they develop a sense of understanding.' "

Hadith - At-Tabaraanee collected it, and Albani authenticated it in Silsilatul-AHaadeethis-Saheehah (#432).
The Prophet (saaws) said: "The most beloved of Allah's servants to Allah are those with the best manners."

Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Muslim, and Tirmidhi
... 'Abd Allah ibn 'Amr said, "The Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, was never obscene or coarse. Rather, he used to tell us that the best among us were those with the best manners."

Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Muslim and Ahmad
... Anas said, "I served the Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, for ten years. During that time, he never once said to me as much as 'Oof' if I did something wrong. He never asked me, if I had failed to do something, 'Why did you not do it?,' and he never said to me, if I had done something wrong, 'Why did you do it?' "

"Judge Gently"

Pray, don't find fault with the man that limps
Or stumbles along the road.
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
Or struggled beneath his load.

There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt
Though hidden away from view.
Or the burden he bears placed on your back
Might cause you to stumble too.

Dont sneer at the man who's down today
Unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.

You may be strong but still the blows
That was his if dealt to you
In the selfsame way, at the selfsame time
Might cause you to stagger too.

Dont be too harsh with the man that sins
Or pelt him with word or stone
Unless you are sure - yea, doubly sure -
That you have no sins of your own.

For you know, perhaps,
If the tempter's voice should whisper as soft to you
As it did to him when he went astray
It might cause you to falter too.

--Author Unknown

FIVE LOAVES OF BREAD

Two travelers sat together on the way to their destination to have a meal. One had five loaves of bread. The other had three. A third traveler was passing by and at the request of the two joined in the meal.

The travelers cut each of the loaf of bread in three equal parts. Each of the travelers ate eight broken pieces of the loaf.

At the time of leaving the third traveler took out eight dirhams and gave to the first two men who had offered him the meal, and went away. On receiving the money the two travelers started quarrelling as to who should have how much of the money. The five-loaf-man demanded five dirhams. The three-loaf-man insisted on dividing the money in two equal parts.
The dispute was brought to Imam Ali (AS) (the Caliph of the time in Arabia) to be decided.

Imam Ali (AS) requested the three-loaf-man to accept three dirhams, because five-loaf-man has been more than fair to you. The three-loaf-man refused and said that he would take only four dirhams. At this Imam Ali (AS) replied, "You can have only one dirham." You had eight loaves between yourselves. Each loaf was broken in three parts. Therefore, you had 24 equal parts. Your three loaves made nine parts out of which you have eaten eight portions, leaving just one to the third traveler. Your friend had five loaves which divided into three made fifteen pieces. He ate eight pieces and gave seven pieces to the guest. As such the guest shared one part from your loaves and seven from those of your friend. So you should get one dirham and your friend should receive seven dirhams.

Reward for reading the Qur'aan in translation

Question:

Asalamu-Alaikum,

This is in regards to Question 2237 `Reading Soorat Yaa-Seen in congregation on Friday nights'. Actually I am referring to the hadeeth you mentioned where The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever reads one letter of the Book of Allaah will have one hasanah (reward) for doing so, and every hasanah will be multiplied by 10. I do not say that `Alif, laam, meem' is one letter, but `Alif' is a letter, `laam' is a letter and `meem' is a letter.'"
I was wonderring if this hadith was also true if one is reading the Qur'an in a different language (i.e. English Translation) in order to actually understand what he is reading?

Thank You, Allahu-Akbar


Answer:

Praise be to Allaah. We ask Allaah to reward you for your keenness. In response to your question, the reward mentioned in this hadeeth is only for the one who reads the Qur'aan as it is in Arabic, not for the one who reads the interpretation of the meanings in any other language. However, if a person reads a translation of the meanings in order to understand the meaning and benefit from what the aayaat are saying, then he will be rewarded for doing this, and his reward is with Allaah, because the Muslim will be rewarded for reading tafseer (explanation and commentary), and a translation is tafseer. But there is no indication that the person who reads a translation will earn the reward mentioned in the hadeeth. The bounty of Allaah is immense. And Allaah knows best.

You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar

[Shaykh Aaid Al-Qarni]

Muhammad said that Everything that has gentleness within it is beautified, and whatever lacks it is spoiled.
When you meet someone, giving them a bright smile and a kind word, you are displaying a characteristic of the truly successful man, a characteristic that even a bee exhibits.

When a bee lands on a flower (doing so for a practical purpose) it does not destroy it, because Allah rewards gentleness with that which He does give for harshness.

There are certain people whose personalities are like magnets, attracting everyone who is nearby, simply because they are loved for their gentle talk, their good manners, and their noble deeds.

Winning the friendship of others is an art that is mastered by those that are noble and pious; a circle of people constantly surrounds them. Their mere presence in a gathering is a blessing, and when they are absent they are missed and asked about.

These people have a code of conduct entitled:
"Repel [evil] with one which is better, then verily! He, between whom and you there was enmity, [will become] as though he was a close friend."
[Surah Fussilat – Ayah 34.]

They suck out malice from others with their sincerity, forgiveness, and gentleness. They forget evil that was enacted upon them and preserve the memory of kindnesses received.
Biting, harsh words may be aimed at them, but such words pass by their ears without entering and continue on their path without ever returning. They are in a state of calmness.
People in general, and Muslims in particular, are safe from suffering any harm at their hands.

The Prophet said:

'The Muslim is the person whose tongue and hand do not harm others. And the Believer is he whom others trust, about their blood and wealth.'

He further said:

'Verily, Allah ordered me to keep relations with those that cut me off; to forgive the one who does an injustice with me, and to give to those who withhold from me.

Allah Ta'ala has said:

"Those who repress anger, and who pardon men: verily, Allah loves the good-doers."
[Surah Al-Imran – Ayah 34.]

Give to such people glad tidings of a reward close at hand in terms of peace and tranquility. Also give glad tidings to them of a great reward in the Hereafter, of gardens and rivers, wherein they will be in close proximity to their forgiving Lord.

"In a seat of truth [Paradise], near the omnipotent King [Allah]."
[Surah Al-Qamar – Ayah 55.]

'Alahumma infa`ni bima `allamtani wa `allamni ma yanfa`uni!

OH ALLAH! Make useful for me what You taught me
and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me!

How perfect You are O Allah, and I praise You. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except You. I seek Your forgiveness and turn to You in repentance.

'Our Lord, give us good in this world, and good in the hereafter, and safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire.' (Qur'an, 2:200-201)

(AAMEEN)

With kind and humble regards,
Your sister-in-Islam
Umme Safoora

Biography of An-Nuayman ibn Amr (Radhiallahu anhu)..Companion

The Prophet had a good laugh and so did his companions

In spite of the fact that he fought in the battles of Badr, Uhud, Khandaq and other major encounters, an-Nuayman remained a light-hearted person who was quick at repartee and who loved to play practical jokes on others.

He belonged to the Banu an-Najjar of Madinah and he was among the early Muslims of the city. He was one of those who pledged allegiance to the Prophet at the Second Pledge of Aqabah. He established links with the Quraysh when he married the sister of Abdur Rahman ibn Awl and later Umm Kulthum the daughter of Uqbah ibn Mu'ayt. She had obtained a divorce from her husband az-Zubayr ibn al-Awwam on account of his harshness and severity.

Unfortunately for a time an-Nuayman became addicted to alcohol. He was caught drinking and the Prophet had him flogged. He was caught a second time and then he had him flogged again. Because he still did not give up the habit, the Prophet ordered that he be flogged with shoes. When all this did not persuade him to stop drinking, the Prophet finally said: "If he goes back (to drinking) then kill him."

This was a severe Pronouncement and Umayr, one of the companions of the Prophet, understood from it that should he return to the drinking of alcohol, an-Nuayman would go outside the pale of Islam and deserve death. Umayr gave vent to his anger and disgust by saying: "La 'nat Allah alayhi - may God's curse be on him."

The Prophet heard Umayr's imprecation and said: "No, no, don't do (such a thing). Indeed he loves God and His Apostle. The major sin (as this) does not put one outside the community and the mercy of God is close to the believers."

While being firm, the Prophet still held out hope for an-Nuayman's reform especially on account of his past sacrifices as a veteran of Badr. Because he was not someone who went out of his way to conceal his actions, it was easier for him to acknowledge his crimes and repent and seek forgiveness from God. This he did and he won the favor of the Prophet and his companions who enjoyed his pleasantries and his infectious laughter.

Once an-Nuayman went to the suq and saw some food being sold which appeared to be tasty and delightful. He ordered some and sent it to the Prophet as if it were a gift from him. The Prophet was delighted with the food and he and his family ate of it. The vendor of the food then came to an-Nuayman to collect the price of it and an-Nuayman said to him: "Go to the Messenger of God it was for him. He and his family ate it."

The vendor went to the Prophet who in turn asked an-Nuayman: "Didn't you give it to me?" "Yes," said an-Nuayman. "I thought you would like it and I wanted you to eat some of it so I had it presented to you. But I don't have any dirhams to pay the vendor for it. So, pay, O Messenger of God!"

The Prophet had a good laugh and so did his companions. The laugh was at his expense, literally, for he had to pay the price of the unsolicited gift. An-Nuayman felt that two benefits came out of the incident: the Prophet and his family ate food that they enjoyed and the Muslims had a good laugh.

Once Abu Bakr and some companions went on a trading expedition to Busra. Various people on the trip were given fixed duties. Suwaybit ibn Harmalah was made responsible for food and provisions. An-Nuayman was one of the group and on the way he became hungry and asked Suwaybit for some food. Suwaybit refused and an-Nuayman said to him:

"Do you know what I would yet do with you?" and went on to warn and threaten him but still Suwaybit refused. An-Nuayman then went to a group of Arabs in the suq and said to them: "Would you like to have a strong and sturdy slave whom I can sell to you." They said yes and an-Nuayman went on: "He has got a ready tongue and is very articulate. He would resist you and say: 'I am free.' But don't listen

to him"

The men paid the price of the slave - ten qala'is (pieces of gold) and an-Nuayman accepted it and appeared to complete the transaction with business-like efficiency. The buyers accompanied him to fetch theft purchase. Pointing to Suwaybit, he said: "This is the slave whom I sold to you."

The men took hold of Suwaybit and he shouted for dear life and freedom. "I am free. I am Suwaybit ibn Harmalah..."

But they paid no attention to him and dragged him off by the neck as they would have done with any slave.

All the while, an-Nuayman did not laugh or batter an eyelid. He remained completely calm and serious while Suwaybit continued to protest bitterly. Suwaybit's fellow travellers, realizing what was happening, rushed to fetch Abu Bakr, the leader of the caravan, who came running as fast as he could. He explained to the purchasers what had happened and so they released Suwaybit and had their money returned. Abu Bakr then laughed heartily and so did Suwaybit and an-Nuayman. Back in Madinah, when the episode was recounted to the Prophet and his companions, they all laughed even more.

A man once came to the Prophet on a delegation and tethered his camel at the door of the Masjid. The Sahabah noticed that the camel had a large fat hump and their appetite for succulent tasty meat was stimulated. They turned to Nuayman and asked: "Would you deal with this camel?"

An-Nuayman understood what they meant. He got up and slaughtered the camel. The nomad Arab came out and realized what had happened when he saw people grilling, sharing out and eating meat. He shouted in distress: "Waa 'aqraah! Waa Naqataah! (O my camel!)"

The Prophet heard the commotion and came out. He learnt from the Sahabah what had happened and began searching for an-Nuayman but did not find him. Afraid of being blamed and punished, an-Nuayman had fled. The Prophet then followed his footprints. These led to a garden belonging to Danbaah the daughter of az-Zubayr, a cousin of the Prophet. He asked the companions where an-Nuayman was. Pointing to a nearby ditch, they said loudly so as not to alert an-Nuayman: "We haven't found him, O Messenger of God." An-Nuayman was found in the ditch covered with palm branches and leaves and emerged with dirt on his head, beard and face. He stood in the presence of the Prophet who took him by the head and dusted the dirt from his face while he chuckled with laughter. The companions joined in the mirth. The Prophet paid the price of the camel to its owner and they all joined in the feast.

The Prophet obviously regarded an-Nuayman's pranks for what they were light-hearted sallies that were meant to create some relief and laughter. The religion of Islam does not require people to disdain seemly laughter and levity and remain perpetually gloomy. An appropriate sense of humor is often a saving grace.

An-Nuayman lived on after the Prophet and continued to enjoy the affection of Muslims. But did he put an end to his laughter? During the caliphate of Uthman, a group of Sahabah were sitting in the Masjid. They saw Makhramah ibn Nawfal, an old man who was about one hundred and fifteen years old and obviously rather senile. He was related to the sister of Abdur-Rahman ibn Awl, who was a wife of an-Nuayman.

Makhramah was blind. He was so weak that he could hardly move from his place in the Masjid. He got up to urinate and might have done so in the Masjid. But the companions shouted at him to prevent him from doing so.. An-Nuayman got up and went to take him to another place, as he was instructed. What is this other place that an-Nuayman took him to? In fact he took him only a short distance away from where he was sitting at first and sat him down.

The place was still in the Masjid!

People shouted at Makhramah and made him get up again all in a frenzy. The poor old man was distressed and said: "Who has done this?" "An-Nuayman ibn Amr," he was told.

The old man swore and announced that he would bash an-Nuayman on the head with his stick if he should meet him.

An-Nuayman left and returned. He was up to some prank of his again. He saw Uthman ibn Allan, the Amir al-Muminim, performing Salat in the Masjid. Uthman was never distracted when he stood for Prayer. An-Nuayman also saw Makhramah. He went up to him and in a changed voice said: "Do you want to get at an-Nuayman?"

The old man remembered what an-Nuayman had done. He remembered his vow and shouted: "Yes, where is he?" An-Nuayman took him by the hand and led him to the place where the Khalifah Uthman stood and said to him: "Here he is!"

The old man raised his staff and bashed the head of

Uthman. Blood flowed and the people shouted: "It's the Amir al-Muminin!"

The dragged Makhramah away and some people set out to get an-Nuayman but Uthman restrained them and asked them to leave him alone. In spite of the blows he had suffered, he was still able to laugh at the deeds of an-Nuayman.

An-Nuayman lived up to the time of Muawiyah when fitnah saddened him and discord filled him with anguish. He lost his levity and laughed no more.

God never burdens anyone with more than he can bear

The situations one faces in life, no matter how tough it seems at the moment, are all actually at an intensity that one can bear. God, the Creator of human beings, gives them their souls. He knows best how much they can tolerate and how much of a burden and difficulty they can bear.
God states in many verses that He would not afflict anyone with more than he could handle and that no one would face injustice:
God does not impose on any soul more than it can bear. It shall be requited for whatever good and whatever evil it has done. (Qur’an, 2:286)

As for those who believe and do right actions—We impose on no soul any more than it can bear—they are the Companions of the Garden, remaining in it timelessly, for ever. (Qur’an, 7:42)

Without a doubt, the events people will have to deal with and be patient with will be different. Most people are tried with many different contingencies. But, in the end, God tests people in relation to their strength.

For example, some people lead a destitute life on this earth and hence their patience in a state of impoverishment is tested. Some people live in wealth and abundance and so it is their thankfulness to God, their morals and whether they cling on to the world with greed or not that are tested.

But eventually, the rich and the poor live the life that is best for them. No matter how needy the poor person becomes, it is not a difficulty that he cannot handle. Likewise, no matter to what degree the rich person lives in abundance, this would not force him to be a spoiled and ungrateful person.

In the end, these people’s faithfulness to God and their fears regarding the Day of Judgment enable them to live by the morals of the Qur’an and become people who abide by the commandments of religion. Such people submit to God in every event they encounter.

They seek only His help and His approval. They never show disappointment in the face of difficulties and never stray from religion, even if their trial is extremely hard.

For people who resign themselves to God and trust in Him, God makes things, even the hardest seeming things, easy for them as a sign of His mercy and compassion.

In Surat al-Kahf, verse 88 clarifies this point:

“But as for him who believes and acts rightly, he will receive the best of rewards and We will issue a command, making things easy for him.”

God draws attention to this truth in other verses as well:

As for him who gives in charity and guards against evil and confirms the Good, We will pave his way to ease. (Qur'an, 92:5-7)

Those who do not submit to or trust in God will regard even easy things as hard. As a result of their ungratefulness, their denial of religion, and their distance from the morals of the Qur’an, God causes them hardship in this world:

But as for him who is miserly and self-satisfied, and denies the Good, We will pave his way to difficulty. His wealth will not help him when he plummets to the depths. Assuredly, it is for Us to give guidance. (Qur'an, 92:8-12)

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Glory be to Allah and praise, there is no deity but Allah, Allah is great,
there is no power, no might but Allah, the Most High, the Most Respectful.

"Innal llaha wa Malaa'ikatahu Yu salluna allan nabiyi.
Ya Ayyuhal lazeena aamanu sallu alaihi wasallimu tasleema." (Surah Ai-Ahzab, Verse 56)

Almighty Allah says: "Surely Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Holy Prophet (Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Salim). O you who believe! Send Blessings (Durood) and Salutations (Salaams) on the Prophet with worthy Salutation". (Surah al-Ahzab: 56)

O Allah! Let Your Blessings come upon Muhammad(SAW) and the family of Muhammad(SAW) as You Blessed Ibrahim(AS) and the family of Ibrahim(AS). Verily You are the Praiseworthy Glorious.

O Allah! Confer Your Blessings on Muhammad(SAW) and the family of Muhammad (SAW) as You conferred blessings on Ibrahim(AS) and the family of Ibrahim(AS). Verily You are the Praiseworthy, Glorious.

'Our Lord, give us good in this world, and good in the hereafter, and safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire.' (AAMEEN)
(Qur'an, 2:200-201)

With kind n humble regards,
Umme Safoora

*Lamp Gives Light, Tree Gives Shade*

The greatness of an individual lies not in what he accumulates but what he
gives. Jesus is great because he suffered on the cross so that we are saved.
Gandhi was great as he fought for freedom and equality. Mother Teresa was
great as she spent her life serving poor, sick and destitute.

You need not be someone of great means to give. A lamp burns its own
existence till the last moment to fight darkness and give light. Tree never
asks anything for itself, but give flowers, fruits and shades to all who
needs it. This kind of sacrifice is only possible for those, whose heart his
filled with love and compassion for others. Their spirit has a passion for
serving and an ability to feel pain of others in their own soul. It requires
a go-give attitude more than a go-get attitude.

Dashrath Manjhi, a poor, illiterate, landless laborer, who lives in a
backward village called Gahlore situated in the sate of Bihar in Eastern
India. What a person like him could give to others?

Dashrath worked on a field near the hill that rose near the village. This
hill stood between his village and civilization with only a treacherous pass
between it. Since most of the cultivable land and shops were on other side
of the hill, the poor villagers had to brave the dangerous pass number of
times in a day. The authorities kept turning a blind eye towards the
problems for decades.

One day, his wife slipped and got injured while crossing the pass on the
hill, while bringing lunch for him. The incident disturbed Dashrath so much
that he decided to do something about it. He sold his goat, to purchase a
chisel, hammer and a rope. And with these simple equipments he set of to dig
a tunnel through the mountain, all by himself. He dug for 22 years to create
a passage that is 360 ft. long, 25 feet high and 16 ft wide, enough for a
vehicle to pass.

People called him mad, but he was a man with a purpose. Today, because of
him the life of his fellow villagers has become easier. He has thrown the
doors open for the development of his village as the passage reduced the
distance between two districts from 50 km to just 8 km. The state government
rewarded his achievement by giving him five acres of land.

But his story does not end here. Unfortunately, his wife did not survive to
witness the miracle her husband has created. She died of an illness without
treatment because of lack of proper medical facilities. So, now he wants to
build a hospital on the land he got as reward. After unsuccessful attempts
to get assistance from the local government in this regard, he decided to
meet the President of India. Since he did not have enough money to buy a
railway ticket he walked on foot a distance of nearly thousand kilometers.
Somebody rightly said that when dreams are big enough facts don't count.

This poor, illiterate gentleman, belonging to the most unprivileged class of
Indian society is a perfect example of success. His go-give attitude, his
compassion, dream, courage, faith in himself, determination and perseverance
raises him to level of greatness.

In our mundane life full of rat race for accumulation of wealth and worldly
pleasure, let us take out some time to give a bit of ourselves. Let us
become a slightly better human being than what we already are. After all the
supreme purpose of our lives is to spread happiness and help others and that
is the greatest gift of all.

God Bless You!!

Understanding ISLAM

All praise is surely due to Allah Most High. We praise Him, seek aid ONLY from Him, seek forgiveness ONLY from him and seek guidance from Him. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil within ourselves and the wicked among our deeds. Whoever Allah guides, none can lead astray and whoever Allah decrees to go astray, non can guide. I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad (pbuh) is his slave and messenger.

The Arabic word "Islam" means peace, submission, and obedience. The religion of Islam consists of the complete acceptance of the teachings and guidance of ALLAH as revealed to His Prophet Muhammad (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam), The deen (religion) of Islaam: It is the way of life that Allaah sent the Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam with. By it, Allaah terminated the validity of all other religions, perfected this religion for His worshippers, completed His favour upon them and has chosen only this religion for them - no other religion will be accepted by Him from anyone. Allaah - the Most High - said:

"Muhammad is not the father of any man amongst you. Rather he is the Messenger of Allaah and the khaatim (last and final) of the Prophets." [Soorah al-Ahzaab 33:40].

"This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion." [Soorah al-Maaidah 5:3].

"Indeed the religion with Allaah is Islaam." [Soorah Aal-'lmraan 3:19].

"Whosoever seeks a religion other than Islaam, never will it be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers." [Soorah Aal-'Imraan 3:85].

And Allaah - the Most High - obligated all of mankind to take Islaam as their religion. So Allaah said, whilst addressing His Messenger sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam

"Say: O mankind! Indeed I have been sent to you all as the Messenger of Allaah; to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. None has the right to be worshipped except Him; it is He who gives life and causes death. So believe in Allaah and His Messenger - the Prophet who can neither read nor write - who believes in Allaah and His Words. So follow the Messenger of Allaah so that you may be rightly-guided." [Soorah al-A'raaf 7:158].

Allaah is Rich, You are Poor

This is a fact that none can escape, yet you go after the treasures of the world and renounce the Lord of Truth.

"Know that the life of this world is but a play and a passing delight and a beautiful show, and the (cause of) your boastful) vying with one another, and (of your) greed for more and more wealth and children." [57:20]

Look at this world with the eyes of your heart, you will find it ugly and loathsome; look at it with your physical eyes and it will lure you to the side and slaughter you.

Be content with whatever Allah has decreed for you. Fear Allah in your innermost being. Implement His commands. Once your heart complies with the Divine Decree, the Lord of Truth will grant you from sources you never imagined:

"And whosoever is conscious of Allah, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Indeed Allah has sent a measure for all things." [65:2-3]

Beg of His mercy; turn to Him with a heart full of sincere repentance.

"O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance." [66:8]

Stand before your Lord with humility, implore the Dispenser of Grace by His Most Beautiful Names and attributes of perfection. If He fulfills your wish, increase in your gratitude and servitude to Him. If He denies your request, then succumb to the Divine Decree of the All-Wise with a submissive heart. Do not argue or object to His will. Always remember:

"…Allah knows and you know not." [24:19]

Allah disposes of everything as He wills, and commands as He wills:

"He is not to be questioned about what He does, though they are subject to His questioning." [21"23]

The sin of Pride

Hadith - Bukhari's Book of Manners #550
Abu Huraira, r.a., reported that the Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, said, "Whoever eats with his servant, or rides a donkey in the marketplace, or who ties up his goat and milks it will no be guilty of the sin of pride.

Hadith - Bukhari's Book of Manners #556, Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi
Abu Huraira, r.a., reported that a handsome man went to the Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, and said, "I love beauty, and I have been given what you see, even to the extent of my hating to be bested. Is that pride?" The Prophet replied, "No. Rather, pride is to disdain the truth and to treat others with contempt."


The sin of flattering or praising a person

(Flattering or praising is not just to say something kind about a person. Praising is to glorify especially by the attribution of perfections. Flattering is to praise excessively especially from motives of self-interest.)

Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ahmad, Abu 'Awanah, and Ibn Hibban.
Abu Bakr reported that a man was mentioned in the presence of the Prophet, saaws, and another praised the man. The Prophet, saaws, said, "Woe to you, for you have broken your friend's neck!" The Prophet saaws repeated this several times and then said, "If any of you simply must praise another, let him/her say, 'I think the person is this way or that...' if you genuinely think the person to be that way. The Final Reckoner is Allah, and no one can tell Allah anything about anyone."

Hadith - Bukhari's Book of Manners #337, Bayhaqi, and similar version by Ibn Majah.
Aslam reported that he heard 'Umar say, "Praise is slaughter." One of the narrators added, "That is, if you accept it."

Hadith - Bukhari's Book of Manners #338, Nasa'i, Tirmidhi, Ibn Hibban, and Hakim
Abu Huraira, r.a., reported that the Prophet of Allah, saaws, said, "What a fine man Abu Bakr is. What a fine man 'Umar is. What a fine man Abu 'Ubaydah is. What a fine man Usayd ibn Hudayr is. What a fine man Thabit ibn Hudayr is. What a fine man Mu'adh ibn 'Amr ibn al Jumuh is. What a fine man Mu'adh ibn Jabal is." He said, "What a foul man so and so is. What a foul man is so and so."

Hadith - Sahih Bukhari and Muslim
'A'ishah reported that a man requested an audience with the Prophet, saaws. The Prophet said, "What a foul tribesman that one is." But when the man entered, the Prophet was cordial and pleasant to him. When the man left, another asked permission to meet with him. The Prophet said, "What a good tribesman that one is." But when he entered, the Prophet was not nearly as cordial with him as he had been with the first. When he left, 'A'ishah asked, "You said what you did about the first man, yet you met him cordially. And you said what you did about the second one, and yet you were reserved with him." The Prophet said, "O 'A'ishah, the worst kind of people are those whose vulgarity must be avoided."

Give Gifts

Hadith - Bukhari's Book of Manners #594, also related by Abu Ya'la and by Nasa'i in al Kuna.

Abu Huraira, r.a., reported that the Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, said, "Give gifts to one another, and you will love one another."

Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Muslim, Nasa'i and Tirmidhi

Ibn Abi Mas'ud al Badri reported that the Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, said, "Anyone who spends money on his family and seeks blessings for doing so will find it counted as sadaqah (charity) on his behalf."

Have a sense of shame/shyness
(not being shy from doing good, but shyness from doing wrong)

Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban, and Ahmad

Abu Mus'ud reported that the Prophet of Allah, saaws, said, "Among the well-known wisdom of the prophets is the saying, 'If you have no shame, then do as you please.' "

Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Muslim, Nasa'i, Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, and Tabarani

Abu Huraira, r.a., reported that the Prophet, saaws, said, "... Having a sense of shame is one branch of faith."

Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Muslim and Ibn Majah

'Abd Allah ibn Abi 'Atabah said that he heard Abu Sa'id say, "The Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, was shyer than a virgin in her shift. Whenever he disliked something, we could see it on his face."

Speaking without Knowledge

Speaking without knowledge is a dangerous matter. Allah said in Surat al-Isra', Ayah 36:

which means: [Do not act or give judgments in the Religion without knowledge. On the Day of Judgment one's ears, eyes, and heart will be asked about their deeds.] The Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, also advised in this matter. Both at-Tirmidhiyy (in his book Al-Jami^) and the hafidh, Ibn Muhammad Ibn Abu Bakr al-Qurashiyy (in his book, As-Samt, which means "The Silence") narrated from Prophet Muhammad that he said:

These words of the Prophet mean: <> This advice is important to follow because giving judgments in the Religion without knowledge is among the ways which lead a person to be a loser in the Hereafter. Indeed, this matter is among the top reasons leading people to enter Hellfire. The one who says something is "halal" (permissible) or "haram" (forbidden) in the Religion without relying on a valid religious permission to do so is sinful and deserves the severe torture in Hellfire

The pious, knowledgeable people said it is a very good act for the person to say: "I do not know," when it is applicable to do so. If one does not know the religious judgment on a particular case, he should not venture his own opinion on it. Once, when Imam ^Aliyy was asked about something which he did not know, he said, "I do not know." Then he added, "How soothing it is for me to say 'I do not know' when I do not know." Imam ^Aliyy meant that he felt comfortable not to answer a religious question when he did not know the answer to it. We should take heed and follow the words of Imam ^Aliyy in this matter. He was one of the most honored Companions of the Prophet--known for his high level of knowledge and comprehension in the Religion.

Once, when Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, was asked what the best and the worst places were, he answered:

His words mean: "I do not know. I will ask Jibril." When the Prophet asked Jibril, Jibril also said, "I do not know." After a period of time, Jibril returned to Prophet Muhammad with the answer which Allah revealed to him: "The worst places are the markets and the best places are the mosques." This is a sahih hadith related by Imam Muslim and others.

The misguidance of the Jews with regard to ‘aqeedah

Undoubtedly the mistakes that the Jews made are more serious than those which the Christians made, although both of them have erred and are kaafirs. The Qur€ ¦’²aan mentions a number of the ways in which the Jews went astray.

1. Among them there is a group which claims that Allaah has a son, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
€ ¦’³And the Jews say: € ¦’±Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allaah, and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allaah. That is their saying with their mouths, resembling the saying of those who disbelieved aforetime. Allaah€ ¦’²s Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth!€ ¦’´
[al-Tawbah 9:30]

2. They described Allaah as having shortcomings, and they killed the Prophets and Messengers of Allaah, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

€ ¦’³The Jews say: € ¦’±Allaah€ ¦’²s Hand is tied up (i.e. He does not give and spend of His Bounty).€ ¦’² Be their hands tied up and be they accursed for what they uttered. Nay, both His Hands are widely outstretched. He spends (of His Bounty) as He wills€ ¦’´
[al-Maa€ ¦’²idah 5:64]

€ ¦’³Indeed, Allaah has heard the statement of those (Jews) who say: € ¦’±Truly, Allaah is poor and we are rich!€ ¦’² We shall record what they have said and their killing of the Prophets unjustly, and We shall say: € ¦’±Taste you the torment of the burning (Fire).€ ¦’²’´
[Aal € ¦’±Imraan 3:181]

3. They distorted the word of Allaah, i.e., the Tawraat (Torah). Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

€ ¦’³So, because of their breach of their covenant, We cursed them and made their hearts grow hard. They change the words from their (right) places€ ¦’´
[al-Maa€ ¦’²idah 5:13]

€ ¦’³Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands and then say, € ¦’³This is from Allaah,€ ¦’´ to purchase with it a little price! Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for that they earn thereby€ ¦’´
[al-Baqarah 2:79]

4. They deserved the curse of Allaah, because of what Allaah has said about them. Allaah says:

€ ¦’³Those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved were cursed by the tongue of Dawood (David) and € ¦’±Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). That was because they disobeyed (Allaah and the Messengers) and were ever transgressing beyond bounds.
They used not to forbid one another from Al-Munkar (wrong, evildoing, sins, polytheism, disbelief) which they committed. Vile indeed was what they used to do€ ¦’´
[al-Maa€ ¦’²idah 5:78-79]

The lies that they have fabricated against their Prophets are many, such as the following:

1. The Jews claimed that the Prophet of Allaah Sulayman (Solomon) was an apostate and that he worshipped idols, as mentioned in I Kings 11:5.

2. The Jews claimed that Loot (Lot) € ¦’¶ peace be upon him € ¦’¶ drank wine and committed incest with his two daughters, as mentioned in Genesis 19:30ff.

3. The Jews claimed that the Prophet of Allaah Ya€ ¦’²qoob (Jacob) committed theft, as mentioned in Genesis 31:12.

4. The Jews claim that the Prophet of Allaah Dawood (David) committed adultery, as a result of which Sulaymaan (Solomon) was born to him, as mentioned in II Samuel 11:4.

-- and so on, may Allaah curse them and put them to shame.
Allaah and His Messenger cursed them in numerous places in the Qur€ ¦’²aan and Sunnah because of their shameless actions. For example, Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings):

€ ¦’³And they say, € ¦’±Our hearts are wrapped (i.e. do not hear or understand Allaah€ ¦’²s Word).€ ¦’² Nay, Allaah has cursed them for their disbelief, so little is that which they believe.
And when there came to them (the Jews), a Book (this Qur€ ¦’²aan) from Allaah confirming what is with them [the Tawraat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)], although aforetime they had invoked Allaah (for coming of Muhammad) in order to gain victory over those who disbelieved, then when there came to them that which they had recognized, they disbelieved in it. So let the Curse of Allaah be on the disbelievers€ ¦’´
[al-Baqarah 2:88-89]

€ ¦’³Among those who are Jews, there are some who displace words from (their) right places and say: € ¦’±We hear your word (O Muhammad) and disobey,€ ¦’² and € ¦’±Hear and let you (O Muhammad) hear nothing.€ ¦’² And Raa€ ¦’±ina [in Arabic, this means € ¦’±Be careful, listen to us, and we listen to you€ ¦’², whereas in Hebrew, it means € ¦’±an insult€ ¦’²] with a twist of their tongues and as a mockery of the religion (Islam). And if only they had said: € ¦’±We hear and obey€ ¦’², and € ¦’±Do make us understand,€ ¦’² it would have been better for them, and more proper; but Allaah has cursed them for their disbelief, so they believe not except a few.
O you who have been given the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Believe in what We have revealed (to Muhammad) confirming what is (already) with you, before We efface faces (by making them like the back of necks; without nose, mouth and eyes) and turn them hindwards, or curse them as We cursed the Sabbath-breakers. And the Commandment of Allaah is always executed.€ ¦’´
[al-Nisaa€ ¦’² 4:46-47]
€ ¦’³So, because of their breach of their covenant, We cursed them and made their hearts grow hard. They change the words from their (right) places and have abandoned a good part of the Message that was sent to them. And you will not cease to discover deceit in them, except a few of them€ ¦’´
[al-Maa€ ¦’²idah 5:13]

€ ¦’³Say (O Muhammad to the people of the Scripture): € ¦’±Shall I inform you of something worse than that, regarding the recompense from Allaah: those (Jews) who incurred the Curse of Allaah and His Wrath, and those of whom (some) He transformed into monkeys and swines, and those who worshipped Taaghoot (false deities); such are worse in rank (on the Day of Resurrection in the Hell-fire), and far more astray from the Right Path (in the life of this world).€ ¦’´
[al-Maa€ ¦’²idah 5:60]
€ ¦’³The Jews say: € ¦’±Allaah€ ¦’²s Hand is tied up (i.e. He does not give and spend of His Bounty).€ ¦’² Be their hands tied up and be they accursed for what they uttered. Nay, both His Hands are widely outstretched. He spends (of His Bounty) as He wills. Verily, the Revelation that has come to you from your Lord (Allaah) increases in most of them (their) obstinate rebellion and disbelief. We have put enmity and hatred amongst them till the Day of Resurrection. Every time they kindled the fire of war, Allaah extinguished it; and they (ever) strive to make mischief on the earth. And Allaah does not like the Mufsidoon (mischief-makers).
[al-Maa€ ¦’²idah 5:64]

And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

€ ¦’³May Allaah curse the Jews, for they have taken the graves of their Prophets as places of worship.€ ¦’´

€ ¦’³May Allaah curse the Jews: fat was forbidden for them, but they melted it down and sold it,€ ¦’´
These two hadeeths are both narrated in Saheeh al-Bukhaari.

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) described them well when he said:

€ ¦’³The nation upon whom is the Divine wrath are the Jews, the people of lies, slander, betrayal, conspiracy and trickery, the killers of Prophets and consumers of ribaa (usury) and bribes. They have the most evil hearts of all nations, and the worst attitude. They are the farthest removed from (divine) Mercy and the closest to (divine) wrath. Their way is enmity and stirring up hatred. They represent the house of witchcraft, lies and trickery. They do not see anything wrong in rejecting and disbelieving in Prophets whom they did not like. With regard to a believer, they respect not the ties, either of kinship or of covenant [cf. Al-Tawbah 9:10]. They do not respect the rights of those who agree with them, or show any compassion towards them, nor do they show any justice or fairness to those who work with them. There is no safety or security for those who mix with them, and there is no sincerity towards those who use their services. The most evil of them is the one who is
most intelligent, and the cleverest one among them is the one who cheats the most. The one who is good at heart € ¦’¶ which it is unlikely to find among them € ¦’¶ is not a Jew in any real sense. They are the most bad-tempered of people, with the gloomiest houses and the filthiest courtyards. They have very bad manners € ¦’¶ their greeting is a curse, and meeting them is bad news. Their slogan is wrath and they are filled with hatred.€ ¦’´
(Hidaayat al-Hayaaraa, p. 8)

These are just a few drops from a flood of information. Whoever researches the matter will find out a great deal about their shameful actions and the forms that their kufr and deviation take. We ask Allaah to suppress them, humiliate them, put them to shame and defeat them, and to grant the Muslims victory over them sooner rather than later. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad.
And Allaah knows best.

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