February 6th, 2013 — Islamic Knowledge
With the arrival of February, the most awaited day of the month is the 14th of February. Valentine’s Day or the day of love is celebrated on this date, and the event is celebrated all across the world with full enthusiasm and joy.
Muslims have special reservations towards this day. A majority of Muslims does not celebrate this day, while those who do it, do on the name of liberalism and religious freedom. The Quran tutoring academies who teach to Western Muslims, recommend them not to celebrate this day. The lines below with two verses of Quran clearly give the verdict on Valentine’s and other such celebrations.
The first verse of Quran that can be consulted for the purpose of taking a verdict upon the celebration of Valentine’s Day is:
“Guide us to the Straight Way, The way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray.” (1:6-7)
In these verses, the clear supplication of a Muslim is given. A Muslim needs to ask Allah Almighty for the way upon which the people passed who received blessings from Allah and not His anger, neither the path of those who went astray.
Now a Muslim needs to ask, whether the Valentine’s Day celebration is the Right Path? Is it the path on which the earlier Muslims followed? Is it the path that will lead to blessings from Allah Almighty?
The answer to all these questions is a big ‘No’.
Valentine’s Day celebration is not an activity of the followers of right path, it does not bring blessings of Allah Almighty, and rather it brings His anger. The reason for all this is that, if it had been an activity of righteous people, then all Muslims must have celebrated it before the Christians and Jews started it. If it were the celebrations of rightful people, then the Jews and Christians would have been Muslims. The fact is quite contrary, where it is a day where great expenditure is made by people to show their partner how much they love each other, without considering the constraints of gender laid forward by Islam. Moreover, it encourages the ill passion of carnal lover and sexual desire among individuals, a factor that is against Islamic preaching and truly a path of those who fall astray and receive the anger of Allah Almighty.
In Islam, husband and wife can show their love to each other and celebrate it, but this love does not rely on any special day, rather you can do it any time. So, if you are husband and wife and truly love each other, then every day is Valentine’s Day for you and every night is New Year eve.
Along with the recitation of Quran if a Muslim understands the meaning of the verses then he can easily find answers to problems. Regarding Valentine’s Day another verse of Quran that gives the clear message is:
“O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are (in fact) allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you then indeed, he is (one) of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.” (5:51)
In this ayah, Allah Almighty forbids Muslims to join with Christians and Jews and not be an ally with them. Now if we view the characteristic of an ally, then one immediately gets to know that being ally means following the other ally and complementing to whatever they do. In this way, as the Valentine’s Day is celebrated by Christians and Jews, therefore, anyone who celebrates it is an ally of them. Thus, a Muslim who follows the instructions of Quran knows that celebrating Valentine’s day is an event of Christians and Jews, thus in order to be not one of them, a Muslim needs not to celebrate Valentine’s day.
In conclusion, the two aforementioned verses of Quran make it clear that celebration of Valentine’s Days is neither supported nor commended by Islam. Celebration of Valentine’s Day comes with no social, economical, or religious benefit, therefore, Muslims must condemn it and celebrate events only that are supported by Islam, and that come with benefit to humankind.
January 23rd, 2013 — Islamic events, Muhammad (PBUH)
Islam is a religion of love and peace. Islam teaches its followers to live in a state of peace and harmony by eliminating the differences and finding out the commonalities. However, the followers of Islam like others are Humans, and where there are humans there are differences of opinion. One such prevalent difference of opinion is on the celebration of 12 of Rabiul Awal.
Across the world in different Muslim countries, 12th of Rabiul Awal is celebrated as the day of birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). There are two opinions regarding the celebration of 12th of Rabiul Awal, one group is in favor while the other opposes its celebration. However, both these groups do it out of love and respect for Prophet (PBUH), and not out of personal likings or disliking.
The lines below give the importance of love of Prophet (PBUH) for a Muslim and the arguments put forward by both the sides regarding the celebrations of 12th of Rabiul Awal.
The Love of Prophet:
For a Muslim, the love of Prophet (PBUH) is the essence of faith. A Muslim cannot complete his faith without the love of Prophet (PBUH). The hadith of Prophet (PBUH) in this regard is:
“None of you believes until he loves Me more than he loves his children, his parents, and all people.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
This hadith shows that for a Muslim to be a true believer, he needs to love Prophet (PBUH) more than anything else in the world. Therefore, there are no two opinions regarding the love for Prophet (PBUH). In Quran, Allah Almighty also emphasizes on the love of Prophet (PBUH) by saying:
“So fear Allah and set things right between you, and obey Allah and His Messenger if you are (in truth) believers.” (8:1)
In this ayah, Allah Almighty makes the obeying of Prophet (PBUH) equal to obeying Him. Therefore, for a Muslim it is imperative to love and obey Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
After establishing the roots, let us now move on to the topic of the opinion of two groups regarding celebration of 12th of Rabiul Awal. Let us first consider the group that opposes its celebration and their arguments.
The first argument put forward by the opposing group is that as there is no sound historical consensus on the date of birth of Prophet (PBUH). Some think of it to be in different months of lunar year, while if the month be Rabiul Awal, there is still a contradiction on the 12th of the month. So, when there is no proven date then there is no point in accepting 12th as a date of the birth of Prophet (PBUH).
The second argument put forward by the opposing group is that the celebration of 12th Rabiul Awal has no roots in hadith of Prophet (PBUH) and none of His Sahaba celebrated it therefore, it is a Bidah (innovation) therefore, one cannot celebrate it. The hadith to support this argument is the following:
“…The people of Israel were divided into 72 sects, my Ummah will divide into 73 sects, all of them will be in the hellfire, and one of them will be in paradise.” The Companions asked “Which one is saved?” The Prophet (PBUH) replied: “The one that is with Me and my Companions.”” (Tirmidhi)
Another hadith put forward by the opposing group is:
Anas bin Malik (RA) said: “The Messenger of Allah came to Madinah and the people had two days when they would play and have fun. He said, ‘What are these two days?’ They said, ‘We use to play and have fun on these days during the Jaahiliyyah. The Messenger of Allah said, ‘Allah has given you something bettern than them, the da of Adhaa and the day of Fitr.” (Abu Dawood)
Therefore, according to the opposing group, as there is no evidence of either Prophet (PBUH) commending the celebration of his day of birth, celebrating it Himself, or any of the Sahabaas of Prophet (PBUH) celebrating it after His passing away. Basing on this argument, the opposing group detests the celebration of 12th of Rabiul Awal.
Moving on to the arguments of the group who celebrate the 12th of Rabiul Awal as a day of Birth of Prophet (PBUH), the following arguments are given by the favoring group in support of celebration:
Arguments in Favor:
The first argument is regarding the birth of Prophet (PBUH), and the following hadith of Prophet
(PBUH) is quoted as a reference:
“Iblis cried loudly four times, first when Allah declared him as cursed, second when he was thrown out, third When Prophet (PBUH) was born and fourth when Surah al-Fatiha was revealed.” (Ibn Al Kathir)
Therefore, the celebrating groups says that it was satan who was disturbed and in anguish upon the birth of Prophet (PBUH), meaning that the day of His birth is of importance for Muslim, because it brought anguish to Satan. Therefore, such a day is worth celebrating.
The second argument given by the favoring group is in the light of Quran. The 12th Rabiul Awal celebrating group refers to the following ayah in which Allah Almighty says:
“Say: in the bounty of God. And in His Mercy, in that “Let Them rejoice”: that is better than the (wealth) they hoard.” (10:58)
In this ayah, Allah Almighty commends the Muslims to rejoice the Mercy and bounty of God. Further, in Quran Allah Almighty calls Prophet (PBUH) as Mercy:
“We have not sent you but as a ‘Mercy to the worlds’. (21:107)
So when joining these two verses, Allah Almighty says to Muslims to rejoice His Mercy and Prophet (PBUH) is the Mercy of Allah Almighty upon mankind. Therefore, in light of these verses, it is allowed to celebrate the birth of Prophet (PBUH) as the Mercy was revealed to Mankind on this day.
The 12th Rabiul Awal celebrating group also puts forward a hadith of Prophet (PBUH) that indirectly supports the celebration. The hadith is:
“Abu Qatada Ansari (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) was asked about fasting on Monday, whereupon he said: It is (the day) when I was born and revelation was sent down to me.” (Sahih Muslim)
From this hadith it is evident that Prophet (PBUH) would fast on Monday in remembrance of His birth. Fasting is a kind of worship and worship represents the gratitude of a person, therefore, Muslims must also show gratitude on the day of Birth of Prophet (PBUH).
In short, both these groups hold their opinion just because of the love for Prophet (PBUH) and Islam. Both these groups have numerous arguments in support of their stance. Therefore, no final verdict can be given in this regard, and only Allah Almighty can be asked for guidance to the right path.
May Allah Almighty guide us towards the right path and keep the love of Prophet (PBUH) alive and throbbing in our hearts! Ameen!
January 21st, 2013 — Islam Religion
Perhaps one of the most discussed religions in the world today is Islam. People all across the globe known its name and have an impression of it as well, which unfortunately is not a good one. However, the point to ponder is that people simply believe on what anyone says about Islam without knowing what it truly is.
It is a common practice that whenever one has to create an impression of anything of any person on one’s mind, a research is done and knowledge is gathered about the respective phenomenon. The lines below give a brief introduction about Islam and some of its basic concepts.
The etymology of the word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace’ or ‘submission’ in Arabic. Therefore, in its meaning, Islam is a religion of peace and submission to Allah Almighty. The Muslim greeting word ‘As-Salam u Alaykum’, which means ‘peace be with you’ has its roots in the word Islam. It is considered one of the Abrahamic monotheistic religions of the world in addition to Christianity and Judaism.
The people who follow Islam are called ‘Muslims’. The root of ‘Muslim’ also comes from Islam, meaning ‘someone who follows Islam’. At this point of time because of Muslim population, Islam is one of the largest religions of the world with over a billion followers which constitute almost 1/5 of the world’s population. The Muslims are as diverse as the world could be, the followers are spread all across the globe and belong to different cultures.
Like every religion Islam also has a set of Beliefs. The prime Islamic belief is the oneness of Allah Almighty. In Islam, Allah Almighty is the only God having no equal and no family. Allah Almighty is alone and the supreme authority according to Muslim beliefs. One cannot be a Muslim without accepting Allah Almighty as the One and Only God. Including this primary belief, Muslims have six articles of faith which are:
- Faith in the unity of God
- Faith in angels
- Faith in Prophet
- Faith in Divine Books
- Faith in Afterlife
- Faith in destiny/fate
Pillars of Islam:
Besides the article of faith, Islam also has five pillars upon which the building of Islam stands. When a person concurs with the articles of faith, the next thing a person needs to do is to follow and apply the five pillars of Islam in his or her life. These five pillars of Islam are basically concerned with worshipping. The concept of worshiping in Islam is very broad and everything a person does in life can also be regarded as an act of worship if done under the guidance of Islam. There are five pillars of Islam, which are:
Kalima- It is the testimony of faith that Allah Almighty is one and Muhammad (PBUH) is His Prophet.
Salah- These are the prayers, which every Muslim has to say five times a day. The prayers are mandatory upon every Muslim man and woman.
Zakah- It is Almsgiving where the rich Muslims who have a certain amount of gold, money or such assets that can be converted into monetary values give a certain part of it to poor every year. This is also mandatory upon the Muslims who are eligible for it.
Sawm- Another mandatory way of worshiping upon Muslims is fasting. There is the month of Ramadan every year, in which the Muslims have to fast for the whole month.
Hajj- It is the pilgrimage which Muslims pay to the House of Allah Almighty in the month of Zill-Hujja. It is also mandatory for the able Muslims only.
The general impression that the life of a true Muslim would have nothing to do with this world is plain wrong. Islam is a religion of moderation, and recommends its followers to keep both religion and world side by side and condemns the life of seclusion and leaving the world altogether. A Muslim needs to balance his or her life, and Islam in no case encourages any form of extremism, whether it is religious extremism, or adapting extremely to worldly life and forgetting religion. This is why the true Muslims in the west, besides their busy life, manage time to read Quran online, thus keeping both world and religion side by side.
In short, the image or preaching of Islam is against what the apparent image Islam has today. Rather, Islam is a religion of peace where a Muslim has to keep world and religion abreast without being too much inclination towards religion or the world.
January 8th, 2013 — Islam Religion
Appearance of wrong or extreme image of Islam is due to two factors. Partly it is because of some fundamentalist groups who have somehow conceived the notion that Islam encourages the use of force to make a point without any discrimination of innocent and the corrupt, and partly because of media which airs the fire of Islam-hate by calling such people as ‘Jihadists’ or ‘Islamists’.
The message and teaching of Islam are quite contrary to what those specific people think or what the western media portrays to the world. Islam is a religion of peace, and there is no religion in the world that preaches peace and love for humanity more than Islam. The lines below give the anti-terrorism stand of Islam in light of Quran and sayings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Islam regards killing of people unjustly as a grievous sin and calls the killing of one innocent life as equal to killing the whole of humanity. Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person- unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.” (5:32)
In this ayah, Allah Almighty clearly states that whosoever kills a person for an unjust purpose has killed the whole of humanity, and the one who saves a person saves the whole of humanity. Therefore, it is outwardly wrong to say that Islam propagates terrorism.
Its not only the life that is sacred to Islam, rather all the associations of humans are sacred to Islam and no one is allowed to disrespect or mean any harm to the dignity, family, wealth and property of a person. Rather they are to be protected and respected, and those who don’t do so are transgressors and sow fasad (corruption) according to Islam. Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“…. and seek not corruption in the earth; lo! Allah loveth not corrupters.” (28:77)
Thus, Allah Almighty calls those people ‘corrupters’ who violate and do not respect the life, property, dignity, or family of a person. Then how can such Muslims call themselves as the bearer of Islamic message if they commit such hideous acts.
At another instance, Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for your faith, nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: For Allah loves those who are just.” (60:8)
In this ayah, it is evident that Allah Almighty forbids the fighting of people that do not fight Muslims on their faith or expel them from their homes. Meaning that no matter whatever the situation is Islam will never back the killing of innocent civilians in the name of Islam. Therefore, those who kill innocent civilians in the name of Islam are not doing it for Islam rather they have some other false agenda.
Rather, Islam preaches the message of fair dealing, piety and observing of justice whenever confronted with such matters. Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from the justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.” (5:8)
In short, Islam preaches it followers to be just. A just Muslim would never kill civilians or damage any of the property or respect of another person whether a Muslim or non-Muslim. Therefore, if anything, Islam can never be called a religion of terrorism or violence, rather the essence of Islam lies in peace, harmony and love for humanity.
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January 7th, 2013 — Qur'an
Allah Almighty is the wisest and all knowing and the ordinary human mind often cannot get to the wisdom hidden behind His decisions. Similarly, Allah chose the best persons to be his Prophets to perform the job of being reformer of a nation and to tell them about good deeds and refrain from evil ones.
The miracles of Prophets (A.S.):
In order to empower these pious people to do their job efficiently, Allah granted them with different miracles and wonders. Allah selected the miracle out of the field of which these nations had excelled to make the magnitude of the message clearer and easily comprehensible for the people. Similarly, Allah bestowed the miracle of Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who is also the last of the Prophets and there will be no Prophet after him. Allah says in Holy Quran,
“We shall show them Our signs on the horizons and within themselves until it will become clear to them that it is the Truth. Does it not suffice that your Lord is Witness over all things?” (41:53)
The legacy of Arabic literature:
Arabic is a very powerful, eloquent, and rich language and many scholars have endorsed this particular claim of Arabs. The Arabs at the time of Holy Prophet (PBUH) were generally illiterate and totally oblivious of any scientific knowledge. However, they were far superior to the other nations because of greatness of their language. Furthermore, they created the masterpieces of poetry that are comparable with that of any other language. Arabs were so proud of their literature that they used to call non-Arabs as “Ajmi” that literally means dumb.
The challenge of Holy Quran:
The centuries of hard work by Arab Bedouins and constant refinement resulted in extremely rich vocabulary and an extra ordinary Arabic literature. Therefore, Allah decided to bestow the primary miracle to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in this very field of language that is Holy Quran.
When Quresh of Makkah rejected the claims of Holy Prophet (PBUH) of being Prophet and alleged that he himself had written Holy Quran, Allah Almighty threw a great challenge towards them. Allah in Holy Quran challenged them to create a similar piece of writing if they think that the Holy Quran is not a word of Allah.
“Or do they say: “He (Prophet Muhammad,) has forged it (this Qur’an)?” Nay! They believe not! Let them then produce a recitation like it (the Qur’an) if they are truthful.” (52: 33-34)
However, disbelievers failed miserably but Allah kept on making his challenge simpler for them and finally asked Quresh to write only a single Surah at par with the literary quality of Holy Quran. Allah describes the other challenge in the following words,
“And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant, then produce a Surah like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers (if there are any) besides Allah, if your (doubts) are true.” (2:23)
However, again disbelievers from entire Arabia could not write even a single line that is similar in quality and meaning to any of the verse of Holy Quran. Allah Almighty also challenged them in the following words,
“Say: If the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support.” (17:88)
Arabs who considered their language as the master of languages were not able to imitate even a single Surah (chapter) or even Ayah (verse) of this great divine book. They completely failed to win the challenge Allah throw to them. Therefore, it was proved that Muhammad (PBUH) had not written the Holy Quran but it is indeed the word of God.
The challenge of Holy Quran is still open to everyone who is skeptic about the divinity of Holy Quran. As far as literary point of view is considered, the Holy Quran is a masterpiece of literature written in half poetic and half prose fashion. Different people have tried desperately to adjust grammatical rules according to that used in Holy Quran in order to produce a work similar in quality to Holy Quran. However, none of them has managed to succeed and no one will manage to succeed ever.
January 3rd, 2013 — Qur'an
Quran has spoken all about what has passed and what will happen in the future up till the Day of Judgment. Quran has said something directly, while about others it has spoken in a discreet way and has left it to the understanding of the readers whether they perceive it literally or figuratively.
One such matter related to the signs of the End of Days is the arrival of Gog and Magog. Different scholars and critics view the Islamic addressing of Gog and Magog differently. This writing will focus on the figurative interpretation of Gog and Magog as per their mention in Quran.
In Quran it is said about Gog and Magog:
“He said: “This (wall) is a mercy from my Lord: but when the warning of my Lord comes to pass, He will reduce it to dust (and Gog and Magog would thus be released into the world); and the promise of my Lord is true.” (18:98)
From this ayah the figurative interpretation about Gog and Magog can be made that they are a group, who near the time of end of days will successfully penetrate into each and every part of the world.
The other mention of Gog and Magog in Quran is:
“But there is a ban on a town which We have destroyed: that they (the people of the town) shall not return (to reclaim that town as their own); until Gog and Magog are let through (their barrier), and they swiftly spread out in every direction (replicating themselves amongst all the peoples of the world).” (21:95-96)
As per this ayah, the people of a certain town who were exiled from it will try to reclaim the town and the only way they will succeed in doing so would be when they have the support of Gog and Magog, who by then would have spread all across the world and would have become a part of the people of the world.
From these verses, three major points can be extracted related to Gog and Magog;
- They will rule the whole world
- They will inflict injustice and suffering on the ones who are righteous
- They will be very eager to reclaim the Lost Land
If all these points are to be found in some group or a coalition, then it is to be found in Jew Christian coalition or the new world order formed by the west. An explanation of the argument is given below.
If the world be analyzed at this point of time, then there is only one group of nations that is dominating the whole world in terms of politics, in terms of economics, culture, sports, entertainment, media and fashion and so on. At this point of time, there is no other power that can stand equal or above the current western, or Jew Christian combined civilization. They have penetrated to each and every part of the world and even to the deepest level of in the house of everybody. These groups on their own can cause economic recession, make countries fight with each other, destroy or build new things and so on. The world has never been under the control or rule of a single authority till now. Thus, the Judeo-Christian civilization has completely conquered the world and rules it willfully.
When it comes to infliction of pain and suffering to the world the suffering that is there in Africa, Asia in general and Arab world in particular has never been there before. Just after the coalition of Jews and Christians, now we see their dominance everywhere. Somewhere the bring suffering by shrinking the economy of that country, or else the conventional war method is always there. The coalition works on the philosophy of not letting any of the oppressed nations to rise; rather they want them to stay under the oppression and sufferings as much as they can.
The most important factor regarding which the Coalition has been strict and passionate from day one is the liberation of the Holy Land. For this very purpose the Christians started the crusades which longed for over a thousand years, and finally ended in the year 1917 when the British Army entered Jerusalem. Since then, Israel has become the apple of the eye of western countries, and they are doing their best to make it stronger and dominant in world.
Thus, these three aspects of the Judeo-Christian coalition verify the aspects mentioned in Quran, and in figurative interpretation of the verses, this coalition can be called the Gog and Magog.
However, the coalition being regarded as Gog and Magog is totally an interpretation of the meanings, the real knowledge about the phenomenon only lies with Allah Almighty.
May Allah Almighty save us from the evil of Gog and Magog and let us be on the side of Truth and Justice when the time comes. Ameen!
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January 1st, 2013 — Islam and Muslims
It is obligatory for every Muslim woman to cover her body when she happens to go outside her home. For that purpose Muslim girls and women use Hijab which is especially used to cover the face. The basic interpretation of concept of Hijab is that it provides security and freedom to a woman from lecherous eyes and protects the women from the lustful attacks by men.
In Holy book of Quran Allah orders Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to instruct Muslim women to cover themselves when they step out of their homes in the following words.
“O Prophet! Tell your wives, your daughters, and the woman of the believers to draw their Jalalib all over their bodies. That will be better. That they should be known so not to be annoyed. And Allah is ever oft-forgiving, most merciful.” (33:59)
What actually is Jalalib?
In this particular verse, Allah has referred to Jilbab that is actually a piece of cloth worn over the proper dress. The purpose of this extra clothing is that it conceals all parts of woman’s body from head to the toe.
According to a Hadith of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) reported by Imam Muslim that once, Hazrat Um Atyya (R.A.) said;
“Oh messenger of Allah, one of us may not have a Jilbab.”
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) answered;
“Let her sister lend her one of her Jilbabs to wear.”
Conditions in which it is obligatory to wear Hijab:
According to Quran and Sunnah, Hijab is mandatory for Muslim women to wear in the following conditions.
Islam has forbidden Muslim women to look at men with desirous looks. If someone happens to see a man, she is not allowed, she should not look at him again. The first look was accidental so there is no sin involved in it. The same condition applies to Muslim men as well.
In the second condition, Allah has proclaimed in Islam, a woman should not expose her private parts to the forbidden men because it will result in Zina that is a major sin in Islam. Furthermore, they cannot let any part of their body naked even to the members of the family.
The third condition orders Muslims women not to show their Zeenah except that is allowed in Islam. Muslims Scholars have differed on this condition as what can be the meaning of natural adornment. According to some famous scholars like Ibn Mas’oud, it is the outer clothes only.
However according to other well-known philosophers like Imam Abu Hanifah, Malik, Ash-shafi’i, and Al-Awza’I, hands, and face are exceptions here.
The Holy Quran commands a Muslim woman to cover their necks with the headgear as well. According to Hazrat Abdullah Bin Zubair (R.A.), the condition applies to both neck and breast so that no part of these portions of the body is visible.
This is very important condition laid down by Allah in Quran. Allah forbids Muslims women to stamp their feet on the ground with force so that no one can even hear the voice of bracelets if they are wearing one.
In sixth condition, Allah asks both men and women to repent if they have committed any crime that will lead them to happiness and success in both worlds.
What are the requirements of Hijab?
As per above-mentioned conditions, there are many requirements of Hijab that need to be fulfilled. These conditions are;
- Hijab should be able to cover all parts of the body except that is allowed that are hands and face
- Hijab should not be used as a means of adornment and ornamentation
- Hijab should not be transparent so that nothing is visible underneath it
- Hijab should be loose and large so that it does not make the body parts prominent
Can Muslim women go outside of her home in Hijab?
Muslim women can step outside of their homes in Hijab if they have to fulfill their needs only. Otherwise, Muslim women are not allowed to go outside in any case.
As discussed in the first paragraph, hijab acts as a savior of women where women feel a sense of protection inside them. The Allah Almighty is the wisest and there is a great deal of wisdom behind His commands and instructions. It is the case with the Hijab as well and the worldly and ordinary human minds are unable to get the wisdom that the concept of Hijab encloses.
December 28th, 2012 — Qur'an
For a Muslim, it is a compulsory condition of belief that a Muslim believes on the Judgment Day. Every Muslim believes that every one of them will die and be in their graves, and then there will be a final day when the world will come to its end and at that day, Allah Almighty will set up His court and reward people according to their deeds.
In Quran, Allah Almighty clearly depicts different scenarios of the judgment day. He clearly mentions the scenario and what kind of condition would the unbelievers and those who have disobeyed Allah be in. the lines below give the judgment day in light of Quran.
Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“The trumpet is blown and those in the heavens and those in the earth swoon away, except those Allah wills. Then it is blown a second time and at once they stand upright, looking on. And the earth shines with the Pure Light of its Lord; the Book is put in place; the Prophets and witnesses are brought; it is decided between them with the truth; and they are not wronged. Every self is repaid in full for what it did. He knows best what they are doing.” (39:68-70)
In these ayahs, Allah Almighty clearly sketches the whole scenario of the judgment day and the way the court will be set up. According to these ayahs, on the judgment day, the trumpet will be blown twice, once all in the heaven and earth would faint and the second time they all will rise and the formal procession would commence. The earth would be shining and all the witnesses will be called upon and every person would be rewarded or punished according to their deeds.
As far as the matter of nonbelievers is concerned, on Day of Judgment they will be in a quite painful plight. Regarding them, Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“They will say, “Alas for us! Who has raised us from our resting-place? This is what the All-Merciful promised us. The Messengers were telling the truth.” (36:52)
In this ayah, Allah Almighty tells the condition of the non-believers, who when raised from their graves will see the judgment day there will be in extreme pain and lament on their plight and then will remember the day when Messengers told them about the judgment day and they did not heed to their teachings and ridiculed any such day.
Further in Quran Allah Almighty tells about the situation and the plight in which the wrongdoers would be in the following verses:
“The Day when a wrongdoer will bite his hands and say, “Alas for me! If only I had gone the way of the Messenger! Alas for me! If only I had not taken so-and-so for a friend! He led me astray from the Reminder after it came to me.” Evil always leaves man in the lurch.” (25:27-29)
In this ayah it is evident that the wrongdoers will then lament and wish if they had stayed on the right path, had good company which followed the right path he or she would not have been in this situation.
Regarding the blood relations of lineage coming to rescue of a person on the judgment day, Allah Almighty says:
“When the Deafening Blast comes, the Day a man will flee from his brother and his mother and his father, and his wife and his children: on that Day every man among them will have concerns enough of his own.” (50-33-37)
In this ayah it is evident that on the judgment day no one would come to the rescue of anyone, rather, everyone will be concerned with him or herself. The selfishness will be to such an extent that no father no mother or no brother will come to the rescue of his siblings or off springs.
In short, the judgment day is a fact, therefore, it is imperative that a Muslim follows the message of Quran, stays on the right path so that at the Day of Judgment he or she is not amongst the ones who lament about their deeds, rather he or she must be amongst those who will rejoice at that day.
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December 26th, 2012 — Islam Religion
Different people in the world have different beliefs about the presence of the God. It is a fact that many strange and mysterious myths are prevailing among different factions of people living in various parts of the world. Almost all these suppositions are wrong and are not even close to reality. However, before discussing more about the actual nature of God, it is better to learn about contrasting presumptions of people belonging to different nations and faiths about the existence of God.
What atheists say?
There is huge number of people in this world who think that God does not exist at all. Their basic objection is that there is not apparent evidence that proves the presence of a divine being and is able to satisfy their minds and hearts. They believe that universe came into being in its own and is running smoothly at its own. As far as living organisms are concerned, their perception is that they are a result of thousands of years of evolution.
Emotional and irrational faith in God:
There are also such people who believe in God on emotional and irrational grounds. These people never try to satisfy their minds that whether an omnipotent and omnipresent God really exists. Some of their beliefs about God are based on fear of catastrophes, natural phenomena, and things like that. However, they never ponder on how these things really happen and who is actually behind them. Therefore, it is certainty that both of above-mentioned groups have never been able to find a satisfying and correct answer about their Creator.
Then there is yet another race of people who just do not bother to thing about God altogether. These people find it better to simply ignore the most difficult and mysterious question which apparently has no answer. According to them, the situation is so intricate that it seems to have no solution.
What these people are oblivious of:
Unfortunately, all of above-mentioned groups are completely oblivious of a true and powerful message that explicitly explains what is right and wrong. This divine message answers all the difficult questions and satisfies the queries of brain and heart.
People on the right path:
Finally, there are also people that are on the right path that God Himself has proclaimed for humankind. This path tells people to first identify their Creator by using their brains and after that worship Him from their hearts because this is the most natural method of establishing the presence of anything. The people who are following these righteous directions are called Muslims and the divine message is known as Islam.
The fate of divine books:
God had enclosed this great information in many religious books and revealed these books on different Prophets (S.A.) for the guidance of humankind. Unfortunately, dishonest followers of these books corrupted and tempered them and changed their actual message in order to axe their own material grinds. That is why God kept sending Prophets (A.S.) and kept revealing divine books and fateful people kept making changes in these scriptures.
The Holy Quran:
However, over more than 14 century ago, God send Prophet (PBUH) to the entire humanity as His last messenger and revealed Holy Quran on him. The Holy Quran contains the similar message incorporated by former divine books but with one exception. Allah the Exalted has made the Holy Quran the last of divine scriptures and after that; there will be no more book to bring human being towards right path. That is it is complete in all respects and God Himself has promised to protect this book in actual shape until judgment day. Allah says in Holy Quran,
“Behold, it is We Ourselves who have bestowed from on high this reminder: and behold, it is We who shall truly guard it” [Holy Quran 15: 9]
Holy Quran was revealed more than 1400 years ago and if you compare the earliest copies of the Holy Quran word by word with the currently published texts, we will find that there is no difference at all. Only this evidence is enough to prove that Holy Quran is indeed the word of God and no human being has authored this great book. Still, If people are still skeptic about the truth that Quran encloses, they can consult different methods to learn and understand Quran like learned Islamic scholars or reliable teachers offering Holy Quran online tutoring. After that compare that treasure of knowledge with the teachings of other religions and make a decision yourself.
Every wise and rational person is rightfully doubtful about this book if he or she has not gone through this book. However, as mentioned above, there are many options for people to know more about Quran like learning online Quran offered by different Muslim organization. In fact, Allah has answered each question in this book, which a person can ask, and we should be grateful to God for this showing us the right path.
December 24th, 2012 — Islam Religion
There are several issues and concerns people have regarding Islam. People believe it to be a religion that is hostile, that promotes aggression, oppresses women, and is against progress and civilization and so on. The fact of the matter is that all these are mere accusation and the projections of western media; the real Islam is quite contrary.
Among the several accusations made against Islam, the major accusation is that Islam oppresses women and is strictly against their education and enlightenment. The fact is quite contrary, as Islam is an ardent supporter of education of women, and Muslim women have a great place in Islamic history. The lines below discuss the emphasis put by Islam on education of women.
First of all this thing needs to be cleared out from the head that Islam only encourages the education of men and does not allow it for female. On contrary, Islam is supportive of education and learning without any gender discrimination. The hadith of Prophet (PBUH) says:
“Acquisition of knowledge is binding on all Muslims (both men and women without any discrimination)”. [Ibn Maja 1:81]
It is clear from this hadith that Prophet (PBUH) enforces the acquisition of knowledge by both the genders equally. A woman has the equal right and duty of getting educated as does a man. Therefore, there is no truth in the false accusation that Islam is gender biased in the matter of education.
Pertaining to education, first of all a Muslim needs to understand the concept of education in Islam. In Islam education does not mean only attaining of worldly or religious knowledge or degrees, rather Islam emphasizes on education of manners along with the formal and conventional education. The hadith of Prophet (PBUH) in this regard is:
“The best parents are those who provide the best of education, which includes the best of manner.” (Al-Bukhari)
This hadith clearly interprets into the fact that education does not only comprise of degrees and knowledge of science or arts or philosophy or religion, rather it also includes the manners. And when it comes to manners, the Muslim women have been at the best of them, thus according to hadith, those prestigious women are considered educated. Some of the renowned Muslim women that fulfill the Islamic criterion of education are mentioned below:
Hazrat Khadija bint Khuwalid (R.A) - She was the first wife of Prophet (PBUH) and the first women to accept Islam. Her status as a successful business woman shows her education and learning of business, and her status in Islam as being the one along with her daughter Fatima as the perfect women, shows her education of manners as well.
Hazrat Aisha (R.A) - Among Muslims, Hazrat Aisha (R.A) at that time as well as till now is regarded as one of the most intellectual women with the qualities of leadership. She is among the personalities who have narrated the most hadith of Prophet (PBUH). Her knowledge of hadith qualifies her as an educated women and the reverend place she held among Muslim because of her manners makes her a perfect example of educated women.
Hazrat Umm Salama (R.A) - She was another wife of Prophet (PBUH) known for her wisdom and intellect. She gave important advice to Prophet (PBUH) regarding crucial matters and all her life she was a confidante whenever her husband required her to be so.
In short, this image of Islam oppressing women is merely a false projection of the western media who does not want Islam to spread and the Islam which opposes the limitless liberalism west idealizes. Islam is equally biased when it comes to education of women. The hadith of Prophet (PBUH) and the examples of Muslim women in Islamic history show that women are equally valued and given importance in Islam when it comes to education.
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