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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 11th, 2012 — Islam and Muslims
Among religions of this world, the prominent religions that are ancient and have followers that are prominent in numerous areas of the world include Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. These three religions have a long history, which is full of one opposing the other and striving for its own survival.
The followers of these religions have long been fighting over the differences between the beliefs. However, there are certain values and beliefs that these religions have in common. This writing identifies the beliefs of Islam that are shared by Christianity and Judaism, along with how Muslims perceive about Christians and Jews.
The biggest belief that Islam shares with Christianity and Judaism is the belief in one God. According to these three religions, there is only one Creator who has created this world and the universe. This Creator is the lord of all and all the human dogmas and heavenly instructions come from him. The religions believe in the Supremacy of God, and the history of humans is the almost the same in all these religions. The creation of world, the interaction of God with humans, the expulsion of Satan all these are the same in these religion with slight narrative variations.
2. After Life:
The second belief commonly shared by these religions is the afterlife. Both Christianity and Judaism have the concept of after life, where there will be the judgment day, the dead will be resurrected, and heaven or hell will be allotted to people according to their deeds in this world. Those who have followed the instructions of God will go to heavens, while those who strayed from the instructions will go to hell and have an eternal life there.
For Muslims, Muhammad (PBUH) is the final Prophet of God. On the other hand, Christians and Jews believe their Prophets, Moses (AS) and Jesus (AS) to be sent from God. All Muslims and Islam agree on the fact that Moses and Jesus were sent by God and were authentic Prophets.
Like Islam, Judaism and Christianity preach the message of peace. Regardless of the broader message of universal peace they preach, even the greetings in the religions are same which connote ‘peace be upon you’, as in Islam its “Assalam-o-Alaikum”, “shalom Aleichem” in Judaism, and “pax vobiscum” in Christianity.
5. Spread of Religion:
Like Islam, every religion has their heroes who have fought for the spread of their religion. Joshua and King David for Jews, Richard the Lion Heart for Christians, is the same as Saladin for Muslims. All these religions have done their best to spread their religion, and it is one of the preaching of their religion to do as much as possible for the spread of religion.
Perception Of Muslims Regarding Christianity and Judaism:
The perception of Muslims regarding Judaism and Christianity hails from Quran. Muslims believe on teaching Quran to the new entrants and children so that they have an understanding about other religions. In Quran it is written:
“Say, We believe in God, and in what has been revealed to us, and in what has been sent down to Abraham and Ismail and Isaac and Jacob and their offspring, and what has been revealed to Moses and Jesus and to all the prophets of our Lord. We make no distinction between them and we submit to Him and Obey”. (Quran 3:84)
In this ayah of Quran, it is clear that Muslims out to believe in the Prophecy of Jesus and Moses. Therefore, all Muslims revere Jesus and Moses, and regard them as true prophets of God. Moreover, when it comes to the books of Jews and Christians, Muslims, share a belief that God also revealed His word in the form of Books on both these nations, however, there books are not in the true form and there is human fabrication in them. Therefore, according to Muslims, Qur’an reading is the only source to true guidance and blessing of God.
Another objection of Muslims against Christian is regarding the concept of trinity. Muslims believe that there is no God but Allah, He has no son or daughter, therefore, the concept of Jesus being the son of God is rejected by Muslims.
In short, the world of today needs to focus on the similarities between these religions if there is to be world peace. The monotheistic belief, the message of peace and the common concepts of evil and good among these religions are reason enough for them to co-exist in peace and harmony.
December 4th, 2012 — Islam and Muslims
Islam is a divine religion and guides his followers about all fields of individual and social life. The essence of Islamic teachings is that all human beings are equal to Allah Almighty and there is no distinction among anyone. According to Islam, one particular race is not superior to other for example Whites are not better than Blacks and Arabs are not higher in degree than Non Arabs. Furthermore no one is preferable to God on the basis of his or her color, nation, sex, wealth and social status. Only such person is admired by God who is pious and obeys His teachings and instructions whit zeal and zest.
Foundations of Equality in Islam:
In fact Islamic concepts of brotherhood and equality are based on two important principles. Firstly Muslims believe in one God and also believe that he is the master of whole universe and all the creatures dwelling in this universe. Therefore, all the humans were created equal be Allah and enjoy the same status in His magnificent court.
Secondly Muslims also believe that all the humans are the children of Hazrat Adam (A.S.) and therefore they share the same pedigree. Therefore, if all people are from same father and mother, how can they be superior from others in terms of language or location?
Holy Prophet (PBUH) and Islamic brotherhood:
The early days of Islam presents glorious examples of brotherhood among Muslims. Ansars of Madinah cordially welcome the emigrants from Mecca after the Holy Prophet (PBUH)’s migration from Mecca to Madinah. They not only provided them shelter but also made them partners in their homes and property. Furthermore, Hazrat Bilal (R.A.) was a Negro slave but he embraced Islam and attained a very high status in Islamic society in those days when Negros were looked down upon and persecuted throughout the world. He has the distinction to be the first Moazen in Islam and achieved everything because of his piety and stern belief in Allah and Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Quran and Equality:
During Holy Quran reading, one comes across many verses that explain the equality of all the humans. In one such Ayah Allah denounces racism as Allah describes in Holy Quran,
“O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female and have made you into nations and tribes for you to know one another. Truly, the noblest of you with God is the most pious. Truly, God is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (Quran, 49:13)
Furthermore Islam is a religion of Justice and peace as proclaimed by Allah,
“And act justly. Truly, God loves those who are just”. (Quran, 49:9)
Modern World and basic Islamic beliefs:
Despite of being the religion of blessings and virtues, Islam is the subject of excessive criticism not only by Non Muslims but by some so called “liberal” Muslims as well. Some of the basic beliefs of Islam that are under fierce censure are,
Islam being religion of peace and mercy believes in tit for tat, that is eye for eye and life for life. Allah orders to amputate the hand of a thief and announces capital punishment for a murderer unless the relatives of the victim forgive the murderer. These Islamic punishments are explained as harsh and cruel by the Western scholars. They are unaware of the fact that if implemented properly, these punishments can really eliminate crimes from the society which are on the rise especially in western societies where death punishment has been abolished.
The basic principle of Islam that is Jihad (the Holy War) has been most widely reproached owing to the activities of fundamentalists and radicals. Non Muslims associate Jihad with terrorism and violence. This is factually incorrect because Islam in no case supports acts of terrorism including killing of children and women and plundering the cities. The Holy War can be fought only against those miscreants who try to eliminate Islam from map of the world or those forces or countries that persecute or oppress Muslims in any part of the world.
The activities of current militants do not represent Islam and Jihad correctly and Non Muslims should examine the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Holy Quran. Only the leader of any religion and its scriptures portray the true picture of any religion not what the misguided followers of that religion are doing. For that matter life of Holy Prophet (PBUH) and Quran learning can immensely help non Muslims to understand the concept of Jihad properly.
Islam is another name of peace, justice, emancipation, mercy and compassion. Islam is the religion that eliminated the oppressions and aggravations from the earth and gave equal rights to everyone regardless of their religion, race, color or gender. Furthermore, Islam is the last and true divine religion and its teachings are for entire humanity and for all ages till judgment day.
November 27th, 2012 — Islam and Muslims
If Muslim history be taken into consideration, several names come up that laid a great foundation to the prosperity and spread of Islam. Among those names, the one prominent name is of Hazrat Umar (RA) who was the second Caliph of Muslims and under his reign Islam and Muslims enjoyed great prosperity and success.
Hazrat Umar (RA) is considered one of the best role models for Muslims from different aspects. All the roles he undertook in his life are an ideal example for Muslims of every generation. The lines below give a brief biography of Hazrat Umar (RA).
Hazrat Umar (RA) was the son of Khattab. He was initially a non-Muslim but converted to Islam later. After his becoming Muslim, he was given the title of “Al-Farooq” meaning the one who distinguishes the right from wrong. His conversion to Islam is also one of the most remarkable events in Islamic history.
Before his passing away, Hazrat Abu-Bakar (RA) after consultation with other Sahaba, elected Hazrat Umar (RA) to take charge as Caliph after his passing away. Thus, he became the Second Caliph of Muslims.
Umar (RA) as Caliph:
All the four Caliph are renowned for one or another accomplishment. Hazrat Umar (RA) is recognized for his discipline, administration, and the conquests that took place during his reign. During his reign, the Islamic empire stretched to Persia, Rome and even brought Egypt under the Islamic flag. During his Khilaafat, he brought reforms and worked extensively on the welfare of his subjects.
Conquest over Romans:
In the reign of Hazrat Abu Bakkar (RA) Muslim army laid siege of Damascus. However, after his passing away, when Hazrat Umar (RA) took the charge,t he Muslim army under the leadership of Hazrat Khalid bin Walid (RA) conquered Damascus. The Governor of the city surrendered and a treaty was signed.
Appointing of New Commander:
Muslim armies were conquering areas leaps and bounds under the leadership of Hazrat Khalid bin Waleed (RA). Seeing this, Hazrat Umar (RA) changed the commander and made, Hazrat Abu Ubaida bin Jarrah (RA) the new commander of Muslim army. The reason why he did this was, because he was afraid that Muslims will start associating all the victories with Hazrat Khalid bin Waleed (RA) instead of thinking them from Allah. Secondly, all such victory and recognition might have brought arrogance in Hazrat Khalid bin Waleed (RA), therefore, he called him back, and Hazrat Khalid bin Waleed (RA) gladly obeyed his decision.
Victory over Persians:
After several sieges and defeats at the hands of Persians, Muslims at last achieved victory over Persians during the reign of Hazrat Umar (RA). He had to send several reinforcements to ensure that the Muslim army conquered the army of Rustum. Muslim army defeated Persians in 14 A.h.
In his reign, Muslims also conquered Jerusalem. The Christians of the city decided to accept defeat against the siege of Muslim army. The ruler of the city gave the keys to Hazrat Umar (RA) personally, and a treaty was signed that guaranteed the safety of citizens of the city.
Hazrat Umar (RA) brought numerous reforms in the governance during his reign. Some of the major reforms introduced by Hazrat Umar (RA) are:
- The establishment of Bait-ul-Maal (State’s treasury for people) was one of his major achievements.
- A proper Judicial system was established, where Magistrates and Judges would have courts and would decide on cases.
- Army headquarters were established for protection of country.
- Canals and roads were constructed.
- The Imams, Teachers and Moazzins were given pay in schools and Mosques.
- Prisons and Police station were built.
- The first Islamic Lunar calendar was established and the Hijrah system was initiated.
- Population census was made.
- Welfare homes and orphanages were built.
Hazrat Umar (RA) was assassinated by a Persian non-Muslim named Firoz. He stabbed Hazrat Umar (RA), as a result of which he passed away three days later on 1st of Muharram.
In short, Hazrat Umar (RA) is the role model for every Muslim. He was an epitome of justice, principles, piety, humility and character. He performed all his roles whether personal or professional with due diligence and not a single example can be put forward that shows that he performed his role less than perfect.
May Allah Almighty provide us with the heart to live life the way Hazrat Umar (RA) lived and become a better Muslim. Ameen!
November 15th, 2012 — Islam and Muslims, Muharram
The sighting of moon of Muharram marks the beginning of new Islamic year. A year, for which everyone makes prayers that; may Allah bless them and their loved ones; and they have a peaceful year and experience prosperity in each of its months.
Every month of Islamic year has its own significance and blessings; every month brings a specific set of blessings with it. Muharram is the first month of Islamic calendar, and contains numerous blessings and instructions both from Allah Almighty and from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The lines below give the importance and significance of Muharram in light of Quran and Ahadith.
Importance From Quran:
A Qualified Quran tutor, who knows and understands Quran will definitely emphasize on the importance of Muharram to his or her students. Almighty Allah says in Quran:
“Four of them (Zil-Qadah, Zil-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab) are sacred.” (At-Tawbah:36)
Virtues Of Muharram From Ahadith:
Every month of Islamic calendar carries certain virtues and has specific sayings of Prophet (PBUH) about it. Among several other virtues of Muharram the one emphasized the most is the virtue of fasting. There are several sayings of Prophet (PBUH) regarding fasting in Muharram; some of them are given below:
“The best of fasts besides the month of Ramadan is the fasting of Allah’s month of Muharram.” (Muslim)
The hadith clearly shows that besides the Holy month of Ramadan in which Muslims fast for the whole month, the other month that is most recommended for fasting is Muharram.
In another hadith, the Prophet (PBUH) said:
“The one that keeps a fast in the month of Muharram will receive the reward of thirty fasts for each fast (in this sacred month).” (Tabraani)
The hadith clearly differentiates between the obligatory fasts and Nafl fasts. The obligatory fasts are of the month of Ramadan and have no equal in reward. However, when it comes to Nafl fasts, a person who fasts for one day in Muharram receives the reward for 30 Nafl fasts. Therefore, if you are thinking of fasting out of will, then Muharram is the best month to fast.
Moreover, to receive the reward for 30fasts against one fast, it is not the condition that a person must fast for the whole of Muharram. Rather, fasting any day of it will equal the reward of 30 fasts.
Although the whole month of Muharram is sacred but the day of Aashora, which is the 10th day of Muharram is the most sacred of all. Aashora is among one of the most blessed and prestigious days of Islamic calendar.
History- When Prophet (PBUH) migrated to Madina with His companions, He saw the Jews of Madina who would fast on the 10th day of Muharram. The Jews fasted on this day in rememberance of the freedom which Allah Almighty provided Bani-Israel from Pharoah, when Prophet Musa (AS) crossed the Red Sea miracoulusly with his followers, while Pharoah drowned in it. On seeing their fast, Prophet (PBUH) said:
“We are more closely related to Musa than You.” (Abu Dawood)
Afterwards, Prophet (PBUH) directed the Muslims to fast on the Aashora day.
Furthermore, to distinguish Muslim fasting from Jews, Prophet (PBUH) said:
“Observe the fast of Aashora and oppose the Jews. Fast a day before it or a day after.” (Baihaqi)
Different other Ahadith and scholars say that to compliment this hadith, Muslims must fast either a day before or a day after along the day of aashora.
Recommended Deeds- Although The Quran proves the sanctity of the month of Muharram, but there are certain deeds which are emphasized by Prophet (PBUH) in his different Ahadits for the day of Aashora. Some of the ahadiths pertaining to the deeds of Aashora are given below:
Prophet (PBUH) said pertaining to fasting on the day of Aashora:
“This fast is a compensation for the (minor) sins of the past year.” (Muslim)
Prophet (PBUH) also instructed on being more generous and loving towards the family on aashora days more than normal days. Prophet (PBUH) said:
“One who generously spends on his family on the day of Aashora, Allah will increase (his provision) for the whole year.” (Baihaqi)
Meaning that besides fasting, a Muslim needs to be extra generous towards his family, the fruits of which will then start appearing throughout the year.
In short, Muharram is one of the most sacred months in Islamic calendar in light of both Quran and Ahadith. Among the days of Muharram Aashora is the most sacred one, and Muslims must try to observe fast on Aashora day and perform whatever good deeds possible.
May Allah Almighty bless us in this Holy month of Muharram and We all enjoy a prosperous and peaceful year.
November 6th, 2012 — Islam and Muslims
The total population of Muslims in United State is round 7 million. Hence they form a strong community that has the power to manipulate the upcoming presidential elections. Analysts and experts have been engaging in fierce arguments about who will win the sympathies of Muslims and take away their votes. According to recent surveys conducted throughout the United States Obama seems to have an edge over his Republican rival Romney.
Although policies and manifestos of both Democrats and Republicans are apparently different to each other, they are considered as two sides of the same coin by Muslims. However, they take Republicans as a bigger evil while some Democrats seem smaller evil but an evil is evil. Nonetheless, Muslim community has decided to actively participate in the Election 2012 in order to make themselves heard.
There are many factors that has influenced majority of Muslims to incline towards Obama. It is the fact that Republican Party is traditionally an anti Muslims organization and Matt Romney’s irresponsible remarks about Muslims have added insult to injury. Furthermore Muslims also do not like Romney’s stance on sensitive Middle East issues like ongoing Arab-Israel conflict. Muslims have also been disappointed by Republican Party who passed an amendment that there will be a complete ban on any foreign law. Obviously they are targeting the Sharia Law which is a set of religious rules and regulations of Muslims. In addition, Muslims still have not forgotten the treatment they were subjected to by Republican Party under President Bush regime after 9/11. Moreover, Republicans are continuously passing rhetoric comments against Islam.
Although Muslim community has a clear inclination towards Obama yet Democrats have committed some mistakes that have disillusioned some Muslims factions. For example, accepting Jerusalem as a capital of Israel is a horrendous mistake on the part of Republican Party and has seriously hurt the sentiments of Muslims. Furthermore, Obama government has totally failed to counter the rising discriminatory incidents against Muslim Community. Muslims are also disappointed by Obama’s apathy towards Islamophobia that is on the rise throughout United States.
In addition, Obama’s deliberate failure to punish culprits who parody and contempt Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has also exasperated Muslims. They want those miscreants to be brought to justice which Obama has not been able to do so far. Obama enjoyed 89% of Muslim vote in 2008 but passion of Muslims for him has definitely subsided this time round. Despite of these hurdles, Obama is still expected to win the votes of overwhelming majority of Muslims.
In addition to above mentioned factors, final swing of Muslim vote will depend on many other reasons as well. For example as elections are approaching close, Republican leaders find it beneficial to criticize Muslims as much as possible. Perhaps they have learned the technique from European countries where bashing Muslims is a formula for guaranteed success. Furthermore, Muslims also want things which other Americans want that are education, employment, economy, health care. However, they also want the restoration of their civil rights which have been abolished in prevailing security situation in America.
Although Muslims are a small minority as compared to overall population of America yet they are concentrated in decisive states like Michigan and Florida. There vote can change the course of general polls in the last minute and both parties would be aware of that. But surprisingly both parties have totally ignored Muslims in their campaigns. They were the focus of Obama’s campaign last time but even he has not incorporated anything for them in current campaign.
But one thing is confirm, anti Muslim policies could result success in the past but both Obama and Romney should keep in mind that Muslims are rapidly growing as a community. Moreover, they are mostly present in states that are going to have final impact on the outcome of the presidential elections.
November 2nd, 2012 — Islam and Muslims
If the human history be analyzed from its beginning, it comes as a prominent fact that in every age there have been disasters and natural calamities that caused lot of destruction and death of humans. Whether it is the Black Death, the plague, or in recent times the hurricane Katrina, all have caused great destruction and death.
The most recent calamity, which the humankind has faced, and which is still not over, is the Sandy Storm. The storm has caused great destruction in USA and continues its journey towards the other countries of American continent. No matter how the rest of the world reacts to it and such calamities, the way of Muslim is different and best to cope up with such disasters.
The Approach Of A Muslim:
The right approach to respond and deal with calamities can be found by Holy Quran reading. In Quran, Allah Almighty says:
“Certainly, We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss of wealth, lives and fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to (As-Sabireen) those who patiently persevere.” (Surat-al Baqarah 155)
The ayah clearly shows that, all these calamities that cause loss of wealth, life, and cause hunger and fear is all a test from Allah Almighty, and the ones that stay firm and patient in the test are the ones who are successful both in this world and the world hereafter.
Moreover, if a person does not think him or herself worthy of the test, then the ahadith of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) provides the best solution to avoid such calamites. Prophet (PBUH) said:
“Give Charity without delay, for it stands in the way of Calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi- 589)
Therefore, a Muslim needs not to wait for a calamity to open up the purse, rather a Muslim must be charitable if he or she wishes to avoid the calamity and remain under the blessing of Allah Almighty.
Duas To Recite:
There are certain duas which a Muslim must recite in case of hit by storm or if there be any danger of being hit by the storm. The first dua is:
“O Allah, I ask You for it’s goodness, the good within it, and the good it was sent with, and I take refuge with You from it’s evil within it, and from the evil it was sent with.”
This dua shows complete faith of a Muslim on the omnipotence of Allah Almighty and His being the only savior. Another such dua is:
“O Allah, don’t end our lives with Your wrath, and do not make us perish with Your punishment and forgive us before that.”
This dua shows that a Muslim needs to be humble in times of calamity and turn towards Allah asking forgiveness and help to survive the calamity.
Besides the duas and the approach of dealing with calamities like Sandy storm, there are other actions that serve as guidelines for Muslims to perform in such conditions. A thorough Holy Quran learning with understanding can help a Muslim cope better with natural calamities. Some of the general instructions for Muslim in case of being hit or to be hit by Sandy storm are:
- The first thing to do is to increase the Istighfaar in the Dhikr. The more istighfar the Muslims do, more does it calm the wrath of Allah Almighty. Therefore, go to the nearby Mosque, say prayers and do istaghfaar. If the Mosque or Islamic Centers are closed than perform prayer and do istighfaar at home.
- The second thing to do in case of the danger or being hit by storm is not to panic. A Muslim with faith must never panic, rather the wise thing to do would be to carry on normal affairs as much as possible. Moreover, in case of intimation of storm a Muslim must prepare for it like washing clothes before hand, protecting important documents etc.
- Thirdly, take the calamity as an opportunity to remember Allah. If you have kids, then tell them about life, death, grave and the life hereafter and how would be the judgment day, like.
- Fourthly, revive the Muslim spirit and check on your neighbors, especially if they are old.
- Fifthly, in times of catastrophe, when everyone thinks of themselves only, a Muslim thinks of the society, therefore, be as helpful and facilitating to the community as possible.
A Muslim needs to have faith in times of calamity. The approach of a Muslim should be such that he/she must take the calamity as a test from Allah Almighty and endure the loss patiently. Moreover, a Muslim needs to keep on reciting the duas for protection from storm and find refuge in Allah Almighty only, because He is the only One Who can gives protection.
May Allah Almighty save us all from disasters and calamities and give patience to those who got hit by Sandy Storm. Ameen
October 25th, 2012 — Islam and Muslims, Islamic events
Muslims have two Eids every year, Eid is a day when Muslims celebrate with joy and there is happiness and cheerfulness all around. First is Eid ul Fitr that comes after the month of Ramadan, while the second eid is Eid ul Adha that is celebrated at the end of Hajj in the month of Dul-Hijja.
Out of the two Eids, it is a general observation that Muslims celebrate Eid ul Fitr with more joy and spirit compared to the latter Eid. In preaching of Islam and from noble Qur’an reading a Muslim knows that both the eids are of same importance and bring the same blessings. However, among present Muslims, the spirit of celebration of Eid ul Fitr supersedes Eidul Adha. The lines below explain how Eid ul Adha can be celebrated with full spirt.
One of the major reasons why Muslims tend to celebrate Eid ul Fitr with more spirit compared to Eid ul Adha is because before Eid ul Fitr here is the Holy month of Ramadan. In Ramadan, Muslims do extensive Ibadaah and fasting, so when the month ends, Eid comes as a reward for all the Muslims, thus all the joy and celebrations.
On the other hand, before Eid ul Adha there is no such month. The fact of the matter is that most Muslims are ignorant of the importance of the month of Dul Hijjah. The first 10 days of Dul Hijjah are of extreme importance for a Muslim. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) has called the first 10 days of Dul Hijjah as the best days, and last 10 nights of Ramadan as the best nights of the year. Therefore, the importance of Dul Hijjah is at par with the importance of Ramadan.
Moreover, the Companions of Prophet (PBUH) would fast, say excessive prayers do good deeds, ask forgiveness from Allah Almighty excessively during the first 10 days of Dul Hijjah, and hence without any doubt they were able to celebrate Eid ul Adha with full joy and spirit.
Therefore, if we realize the importance and significance of the first 10 days of Dul Hijjah, perform excessive Ibadah and fast in them, then Eid ul Adha would come to us as does Eid ul Fitr; full of the spirit of joy and happiness.
Relating With Ibraham:
The second reason why Muslims fail to celebrate Eid ul Adha in the way it is supposed to be celebrated is because they fail to understand the whole reason behind the activity of sacrifice. The activity of sacrificing an animal comes from Abraham.
The need is to learn Quran to find the background of the sacrifice of Abraham. Abraham saw a dream in which He was ordered by Allah Almighty to sacrifice his son in His name. Abraham complied with it and when He was sacrificing His son, it was replaced by a ram. The message behind this whole sacrifice of Abraham was to submit to the will of Allah Almighty and sacrifice His most beloved belonging on His order.
If Muslims relate to the sacrifice of Abraham, and understand that Eid ul Adha is all about sacrificing their will upon the command of Allah, then they will be able to enjoy the Eid ul Adha in full spirit. Moreover, the love for sacrifice can easily be developed, if Muslims brought the animal for sacrifice to their homes a month before the day of sacrifice. This way they will feed it, care for it, and develop a feeling for it, thus the sacrifice would be a sacrifice of something loved. Thus by relating to Abraham, Muslims can enjoy Eid ul Adha with full spirit and joy.
Sunnah of Prophet (PBUH):
Either it’s the events of daily life, or the Islam rituals, there is no better personality to look at than Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). His Sunnah is the best example when it comes to celebration of eids. If Muslims could just do what Prophet (PBUH) did on the day of Eid ul Adha, then it would suffice for the spirit of joy and celebration. Some of the Sunnahs of Prophet (PBUH) pertaining to the day of Eid ul Adha are as follows:
- Doing ghusl on the day of Eid
- Wearing the most beautiful clothes when going for Eid prayers
- He would go for prayers walking from one way and come back from the other way
- Say the Eid prayers in the prayer place
- Congratulate all the fellows for Eid
- Eat nothing before eating the meat of the animal He sacrificed
The reason Muslims are not able to or do not celebrate Eid ul Adha as they do Eid ul Fitr is because they lack the feeling that is developed in the month of Ramadan. If Muslims realized the importance of first 10 days of Dul Hijjah (prayed and fast in them), relate to the sacrifice given by Abraham, and on the day of Eid observed the Sunnah of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), then we as Muslims will be able to celebrate and enjoy Eid ul Adha the way it needs to be celebrated, with the spirit of joy, happiness and sacrifice.
October 3rd, 2012 — Islam Religion, Islam and Muslims, Islamic Knowledge, Islamic News
The latest issue haunting the Muslim world is the derogatory movie made against the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The protest and the fire in the heart of Muslims across the world had not ceased, that a French magazine came up with the caricature of Prophet (PBUH) resulting in adding insult to injury. The only reason because of why Western world could come up with against all this derogation and hurting of billion Muslims is the Freedom of Speech.
Freedom of speech is to say what a person wants regardless of any insight to the consequences. The lines below give a detail of the concept of freedom of speech in West and their contradictions, along with the sayings of Islam on freedom of speech in light of holy Quran learning and Sunnah.
West And Its Contradictions:
Every where the modern countries of West are found speaking freedom of speech, however, firstly their lie contradiction in their saying and doing, and secondly, as per say there cannot be such a concept of freedom of speech.
Some of the major contradictions in the Western world pertaining to the slogan of freedom of speech are:
- In Europe certain social and legal limits are imposed on publication of Semitic cartoons, and as per law the person doing so is liable to be prosecuted legally. Moreover, in some of the European countries the law restricts everyone not to say that Hitler was the killer of Jews. On the other hand, when it comes to the movie and sketches against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the hypocritical Europe calls it freedom of speech.
- In UK there exists Official Secrets Act, which binds all the workers of UK intelligence agencies to sign a paper which restricts their freedom of speech in matters of national security.
- In United States also the CIA officials are bound to keep everything secret as per law. The law initiated when CIA officials started writing memoirs. Thus the hypocrisy of United States pertaining to freedom of speech.
As a matter of fact, no matter how liberal the West is, they have never been able to establish a true definition of freedom of speech. Would calling prostitution good, pornography a healthy thing be considered freedom of speech? The answer is that it is very subjective and the West could never define freedom of speech, neither can it allow someone to speak against its opinions. Therefore, the Western Freedom of Speech slogan is fallible; hence it needs not to be followed.
Islamic Point Of View:
The Islamic point of view about the freedom of speech is quite clear; there is no ‘freedom of speech’ slogan in Islam. Rather Islam has given us Quran and Sunnah as the boundaries, staying within which a Muslim can say or debate about anything. Therefore, there is no need to follow the Western slogan of freedom of speech. Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“We have set you on a plain way of commandment so follow it, and not the desires of those who have no knowledge.” (Quran 45:18)
Therefore, Holy Quran reading gives guidance to Muslim about anything they want to say about anything. In lights of Quran Muslims can decide whether the speech about a particular person or topic is to be made or not.
It is not that Islam does not allow proclamation of opinion freely; rather it is allowed but within the boundaries set by Quran and Sunnah. Some examples that show the Islamic freedom of opinion and respect to the feelings of others are given below:
- Harun al-Rahid would give financial incentives to those who would learn, teach and debate about issues of deen for the purpose of clear understanding.
- Prophet (PBUH) said: “The master of martyrs is Hamza bin Abdul Muttalib and a man who stood up to an oppressive ruler, ordered hi (to do good) and forbade him (from doing evil) and was killed by him.” Thus Muslims have freedom of expressing their opinion when it is against an oppressor abusing his authority or anything happening against Islam.
- When it comes to tolerating non-Muslims, Prophet (PBUH) clearly said: “Whoever hurts a non-Muslim citizen of an Islamic state hurts me, and he who hurts me annoys Allah”. (Bukhari) The hadith clearly shows the value preached to Muslims in respecting and securing the non-Muslim citizens, their beliefs and lives both.
In short, a Muslim of today’s world does not need to follow the Western hypocritical slogan of freedom of speech. Rather a Muslim needs to follow the instructions of Quran and the Sunnah of Holy Prophet (PBUH) which in reality are what they preach on contrary to Western slogan. Therefore, a Muslim must always speak and express opinion in guidance of Quran and Sunnah and not follow the hollow charm of West.
September 20th, 2012 — Islam Religion, Islam and Muslims, Muhammad (PBUH)
Every now and then the biggest issue Muslim world faces is a person or a group of people publishing, writing, or creating something that is against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In response to which the Muslims all across the globe protest in despair and try everything possible that emphasizes their protest even if it’s violent.
Although a Muslim, who reads Quran, knows about hadith and Sunnah of Prophet (PBUH) has every right to protest in the strongest way possible. However, the Muslims of today need to learn Quran preaching, be cautious and sensible and try to understand the reasons behind these offenses against Prophet (PBUH) and what are their aftermaths. The lines below explain that why the evil people offend Prophet (PBUH) and how should Muslims react in response to it, but before that a little background of the current situation.
Background of Current Situation:
The situation at hand is that an unknown person has made a movie about Muslims and in the movie Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has shown in an insulting manner. The movie was to be released in the remembrance of 9/11. The information about the movie caused great anger among Muslims and strong protests were made in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Sudan, Tunisia and other Middle East countries along with all other countries with Muslim population. The rallies started as peaceful turned out violent, resulting in fires and the Ambassador of US getting killed in Libya along with 4 other diplomats. From then onwards the protests have been going on across the globe.
The Reasons Why They Offend:
A Muslim needs to analyze the reasons for why such people offend Islam in particular and Muslims in general, so that the according response could be exhibited. First of all the need is to analyze the kind of love and revere Muslims have for the Prophet (PBUH). Some of the major hadith’s in this regard are:
The Prophet (PBUH) said that no one can have true faith until “Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to you than anything else” (ibn Al- Arabi)
Moreover the Prophet (PBUH) also said that “No one is a believer until I become more beloved to him than his father, son, and the whole humanity.” (Ibn Dakik)
These two hadith’s show the love Muslims carry for the Prophet (PBUH) and the importance the reverence and lover for Him holds in Islamic faith.
Now coming to the reasons why such people offend against the feeling of Muslims for Prophet (PBUH). There are several reasons besides them being non-Muslims. The major ones are:
- The reason for such offense could be that such people want Muslims to be distracted from Islam by doing such things. This situation is the same as the people of Makkah would do where they would tell the visitors not to meet Prophet (PBUH) by calling him a wizard, and magician.
- The other reason could be to gain fame. All those people who have offended Prophet (PBUH) previously and those who did it now were unknown to the world prior to their offence. Therefore, to gain fame the cheap way they offend Muslims that makes such people the subject of talk across the globe.
- The third major reason is to earn money. With an offensive picture or movie, that gets publicity all over the world, it is bound to generate a lot of money compared to if it were ignored.
- Political tactics and political gains is another reason for such offense. Like in this particular case, Libya was to select its political government and the riots broke.
- Last but not the least of all reasons could be to harm the image of Islam and Muslims. The culprits know that Muslims get extremely offended by such actions. Thus they want to show Muslims as barbarians, savages and violent people and portray Islam in the same way.
It is the duty of every Muslim to respond to such offense only after knowing the above mentioned reasons or any other reasons behind the offense.
How Muslims Should Respond:
Before moving forward to how Muslims should respond to such an offense, the need is to develop an ideology for the response.
There is no denying the fact that every Muslim loves Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) more than anything and anyone in this world. However, fiqh also teaches us to keep an eye on the consequences as well. A Muslim must take an action after considering the principle, and consequences.
In the given case, the principal is to take as severe stance against the offender as possible. However, when the consequences are considered, where most of the times it results in loss of life, property of others, a bad image of Islam, violence and distress in the country, then fiqh tells us to give the consequence priority. By Quran reading a Muslim can find the perfect example of it in the instance of when Prophet Moses went on the mountain and on his back people made a bull god and started worshiping it, and upon his arrival Moses became furious and angry with Harun (his brother). As mentioned in Quran, the reply of Harun was:
“I was afraid lest you should say: You have caused a division among the children of Israel and not waited for my word.” (Taha 20:94)
In this case also the principle was to stop Bani Israel from worshiping a bull god; however, the consequences would have been division among the people and violence. Therefore, Harun opted for consequences, and Moses asked for his forgiveness from Allah Almighty.
Now coming back to the point of how to address such offense, the lines below give details that are totally practical while keeping both the principle and consequences in mind.
Ignore- The first and most effective way of responding to such offenses is to ignore them. This seriously demoralizes the offenders and does not let them succeed in their plans mentioned above. In Quran Allah also says:
“And turn away from the ignorant” (Al-A’raf 7:199)
Therefore, responding to such offenses in any way gives air to fire. So totally ignore!
Reflect- The second thing the Muslims must do is to take a leaf out of the life of Prophet’s (PBUH) life. He was an epitome of forbearance, patience and forgiveness. Whenever such an epitome strikes, Muslims should try to idealize how He would have reacted to such situation. His obvious response would have been to bear such a person as He did all his life and to view things from forgiveness perspective.
Be Smart- Muslims should use their head and consider such an offense as an opportunity to show their positive side. Everyone in the world thinks of Muslims as vicious people, therefore, by reacting to such offenses calmly and peacefully would send a positive message about Islam and Muslims to all the people of world.
Appreciate Denouncers- Everyone who denounces and disregards such an offensive movie, the Muslim should appreciate them and join hands with them. Every statement of apology from any embassy or State should be appreciated instead of attacking them.
Professional Response- On contrary to the response showed by Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Libya the right way of expressing the freedom would have been to show it the way the offender’s show, by making a movie, journalistic writing, poetry and all other forms of arts.
There is no denying the fact that the love for Prophet (PBUH) is the life of a Muslim and nothing is above that, and Muslims possess every right to be furious. However, in Quran Allah Almighty says:
“No one should be held accountable for others’ mistakes.” (Al- An’am)
Therefore, Muslims must show forbearance and appreciate those who denounced the movie and all the people associated with it. Moreover, burning building and property of others who are not affiliated with the offending person goes against the preaching of Islam. Hence it is the duty of every Muslim to record protest against every offense made against Islam in the most professional, peaceful and calm manner, so that the world sees the peaceful, forgiving, loving and humanitarian side of Islam.
May Allah guide us all to the right path and make us better Muslims and lovers of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Ameen!