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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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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.
Hijab al Faisal is a professional Content Writer working for QuranReading.com. The organization provides online Quran learning program where the students take live Holy Quran lessons from tutors. The experienced Quran tutors, teach the students about different Islamic beliefs in detail an example of which is Judgment Day as Depicted in Quran.
December 17th, 2012 — Qur'an
Muslims believe in the Supremacy of Allah Almighty and believe that He is the creator and sustainer of this world, and all that happens in this world is according to His will and knowledge. This believe in supremacy of Allah Almighty comes natural to Muslims.
On the other hand, there are non-Muslims and skeptic Muslims who are always looking for answers, and want to know and factually prove the existence of Allah Almighty and the titles of Him being the sustainer and Creator of this world. The lines below give the proofs of Allah Almighty by relating the world with its mentions in Quran and what science proves it now.
Allah Almighty clearly says in Quran about the creation of this world in the following words:
“‘Be’ and it is” (Yasin: 82)
This ayah shows that Allah Almighty created this universe out of just a single command. He said it to ‘Be’ and it was created instantly. Moreover, to emphasize on Him being the creator of this world, Allah Almighty further says in Quran to the non-believers:
“Have not the unbelievers ever considered that the skies and the earth were once one mass, and then We split them asunder? And We have created every living thing from water. Will they not believer? (Al-Ambiya 30)
This ayah shows that all this earth and the sky were once together and Allah Almighty separated them in to their present condition. The science now proves the fact that there was some kind of a big bang and that everything was once one, after the bang it all separated and came to be as it is now.
Moreover, Allah Almighty has decorated this earth with all the amenities for the betterment of humankind. Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“Allah has made the earth for you as a wide expanse so that you may walk in its spacious paths.” (Surah Nuh: 19-20)
Allah Almighty has furnished the earth with plants, animals, rivers, in order to establish an ecosystem. Moreover, with all the gases Allah Almighty has created an atmosphere which makes life possible and easy for the humans. Science now proves that the atmosphere of earth is self-sustaining and close into which nothing enters nor does anything escape from it.
Adding to this ayah, Allah Almighty further tells about the creation of this world by saying:
“He is the One Who has made the earth a cradle for you, traced the roads on it for you to walk on: and sends down from the sky with which we produce pairs of various kinds of vegetation.” (Surah Ta-Ha: 53)
This ayah is evident of the fact that Allah Almighty is the creator and He is the one who supports and sustains life in this world.
Further in Quran Allah Almighty gives prove of Him being the creator of the world and describes the whole water cycle. By saying:
“We send the winds fertilizing (to fill heavily the clouds with water), then cause the water to descend from the sky, and we give it to you to drink, and it is not you who hold the storage of this wealth (water). (Surah Al-Hijr: 22)
In this ayah, Allah Almighty gives the whole water cycle, which science was able to prove centuries later after the verse was revealed. Thus, the verse proves the truth about the Creator and Sustainer.
Allah Almighty further enunciates His being Creator, Provider and Sustainer of this world in the following words:
“Let man reflect on the food he eats. We pour down rainwater in abundance and cleave the soil asunder. We bring forth grain, grapes, and nutritious vegetation, olives and dates, lush gardens, fruits, and fodders as a means of sustenance for you and your cattle.” (Surah Abasa: 24-32)
Concluding, it can be said that each and every verse of Quran points towards the fact that Allah Almighty is the sole creator, provider and sustainer of this world. Everything goes according to His will and the instructions He has given to it. Moreover, if a skeptic person analyzes the verses of Quran, he or she will definitely reach the conclusion that Allah is the Only God and there is no God but Him.
QuranReading is an organization that offers al Quran online tutoring as well as online Quran learning for students. QuranReading also answers several questions regarding Islam from time to time, and this writing is an answer to the skepticism on Allah being the Creator and Sustainer of this world.
September 14th, 2012 — Islam Religion, Islam and Muslims, Islamic Knowledge, Muhammad (PBUH), Qur'an
Every person who is born to Muslim parents is a Muslim by birth and a person who accepts Islam after by saying the Kalma is also a Muslim. However, being a Muslim is far more than merely being born to Muslim parents or just entering Islam by saying Kalma. The need for a Muslim is to follow and practice Islam.
After entering Islam or realizing the fact of being a Muslim, it is the duty of every Muslim to follow the Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The lines below give useful tips extracted from Sunnah and Quran that can help a Muslim to become a pure:
1. Faith In Allah-
First of all you need to have a strong unflinching faith on the Supremacy of Allah. He is the creator of all and whatever happens in this world is as per His will. Have strong faith in Allah, all His Prophets and Books He bestowed upon mankind.
2. Pray- Thing to adhere to in prayers is not saying them as a robot, rather there needs to be sincerity in your prayers. Take prayers as a source that helps you avoid all other sins, instead of just performing prayers and continuing sins likewise. Pray with true heart and spirit.
3. Midnight Prayers- Say the prayer of Tahajjud at midnight when most of the people are in sleep. Waking up at midnight shows that your love with Allah and for only him you have woke up and not for reasons of boasting in front of others.
4. Zikr- Reciting the name of Allah Almighty all the times makes a person blessing full. The Zikr purifies a person and makes him close to Allah Almighty.
5. Shukar- Being grateful to Allah Almighty for all you have whether it’s physical, spiritual or mental is another trait of a pure Muslim. When a person believes that all is from Allah Almighty and he becomes more thankful and grateful to Allah for all His blessings.
6. Quran and Hadith- In order to become a true Muslim, a person needs to stay in constant touch with Quran and Hadith of Prophet (PBUH). Both these sources provide guidelines to becoming a true Muslim, no matter whichever walk of life you belong to. If you don’t have time to read Quran at home, you can read Quran online in your office, same goes for Hadith as well.
7. Protect Chastity- Adultery is one of the major sins, therefore, to become a true, you need to protect chastity and always ask Allah for protection.
8. Keeping Promises- Prophet (PBUH) always kept His promise no matter whatever the situation is. Therefore, to become a pure and true Muslim you need to keep your promises, and honor your commitments.
9. Fast- Besides the month of Ramadan fast in other months as well. But do not fast to impress, rather fast only because you want to do it for Allah and Prophet (PBUH) did it as well.
10. Never Lie- One among the people who is most hated by Allah is whom who lies. In order to become a pure Muslim, you need to be a void of lying. When you become a pure Muslim, you become a role model, and a role models are not worth following if the person is a liar. Therefore, commit never to lie.
11. Be Kind- To become a pure you also need to be a kind to everyone, regardless of that they are Muslim or not, as it is what our Prophet (PBUH) did. Moreover, if you are a man, then the best thing you can do is to be kind to your family, as Prophet (PBUH) said:
“The best of you is he who is best to his family.”
12. Strive Towards Goodwill- The path of becoming a pure Muslim also requires sacrifice. In order to practice goodwill, you will have to sacrifice your personal will, be giving, be considerate, helpful, courteous, and charitable, participate in Quran teaching and be a source of providing happiness to others.
In short, being a pure Muslim is not just following a single instruction of Islam. Rather, to become a true Muslim you will have to follow Quran and Sunnah and make them a part of your life, and to seek guidance from both these sources.
August 30th, 2012 — Islam Religion, Islam and Muslims, Islamic Knowledge, Qur'an
Many people consider themselves as more Islamic and religious but they are unaware of the proper teachings of Islam and the Holy Quran. They take the belief from any other source which might not be that authentic, and the credibility is also doubted. Some sources spread false knowledge about the Holy Quran, and some people start believing in that knowledge, as a result their perception gets distorted and their belief becomes weak. Allah has identified about these twisters as follow:
“Among them is a group who distort the Book with their tongues so that you think it is from the Book when it is not from the Book. They say, ‘it is from Allah’, but it is not from Allah. They tell a lie against Allah and they know it.” Al-Imran, 3:78, Al-Qur’an
One of the consistent features of such people is that they think that they have true knowledge of the religion Islam and believe they are religious while they fail to describe the verses of Holy Quran. There might be vast technical knowledge, but it is not based on the Holy Quran. Therefore, they don’t care what they are claiming in the Holy Quran is true or not. While giving the impressions of Muslims, many people get into the debates and arguments about the Holy Quran. Quran teaching for kids and adults help them to understand the real knowledge of Allah Almighty.
Holy Quran contains the religious text of Islam. Muslims consider it as the verbatim of word of Almighty Allah. It is regarded as one the finest pieces of literature in the Arabic language. It is divided into 114 suras of different lengths. Holy Quran was revealed through the Angel Hazrat Jibril A.S from Allah to Muhammad PBUH over a period of almost 23 years. After the death of Muhammad (P.B.U.H), Holy Quran was compiled into a single book at the suggestion of Hazrat Umar (R.A). After the Caliph Umar (R.A) died, widow of Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and daughter of Umar (R.A) was entrusted with the text of Quran. Uthman R.A made many copies of redaction for standardizing the text. This process is known as “Uthmanic recension.” The current form of the Holy Quran is final as it is compiled by Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique R.A.
Muslims regard the Holy Quran as the miracle of Muhammad (P.B.U.H). The culmination of series of divine messages starts with the messages that are revealed to Hazrat Adam A.S, regarded in Islam as the first Prophet. Therefore, the authenticity of Holy Quran cannot be challenged. It is therefore a great sin for a Muslim to doubt its authenticity.
To know better about the Holy Quran, a Muslim must understand its teachings through Quranic verses translation, only this way a person will be able to understand the real teachings of Islam. Here two points arise, one situation is where a person is ignorant and the other is where the person has the knowledge but he spread false information. In order to know about the right teachings of Islam, one can look out for good Quran teacher who can teach you well. While people who present the teachings of Holy Quran in a twisted manner will definitely get punishment for this act at the Day of Judgment.
June 14th, 2012 — Islam Religion, Islam and Muslims, Islamic Knowledge, Islamic News, Islamic events, Muhammad (PBUH), Qur'an
There are several occasions that are deemed as a blessing and gift from Allah Almighty other than Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adhaa in Islamic societies all around the world, and one such revered occasion is Isra or Me’raj that occurs on 27th of Islamic month of Rajab (the 7th month according to Islamic calendar). This year, Isra/Me’raj will fall on 17th of 2012.
Isra or Me’raj, according to Islamic theology, concerns establishment and acknowledgement of Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) miraculous journey from Mecca through Jerusalem and his eventual ascension to Heavens before the all mighty all powerful Allah (SWT).
Isra, Me’raj and Qur’an
Some people refer to this revered event as a fabrication because of its details that do not concede with common human intellect. In fact, the ascension of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to Heavens is the truest of events as there are narrations of it in a source as authentic and eternal as Holy Qur’an:
“Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allaah) [above all that (evil) they associate with Him] Who took His slave (Muhammad) for a journey by night from Al‑Masjid Al‑Haraam (at Makkah) to Al‑Masjid Al‑Aqsa (in Jerusalem), the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed, in order that We might show him (Muhammad) of Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc.). Verily, He is the All‑Hearer, the All‑Seer”[al-Isra’ 17:1]
In fact, that is why learning Qur’an is seen as a religious obligation on Muslims ever since its revelation, as it contains knowledge and information on everything that people might ever need. Today, one can even recite and read holy Quran online, getting high quality assistance needed to do so while sitting within the comforts of their own homes.
Fact of the matter is that Isra/Me’raj is not described in detail in Qur’an. The details come to us from hadith and other authentic Islamic traditions that explain this miraculous journey in fine details. According to those details, this journey comprised of two parts:
Isra – First part of the journey
Islamic scholars are of the view that this miraculous journey comprised of two parts; the first one referred as Isra that involves Muhammad’s (PBUH) visit to Jerusalem in company of Archangel Gabriel (may peace be upon him) where he prayed with all the Prophets including Adam, Jesus, Moses, and others. Gabriel presented Muhammad (PBUH) with Burraq, a special kind of ride bestowed to them by Allah Almighty that travelled lightening fast to enable them complete this multidimensional journey merely in a matter of one night.
According to Islamic traditions, Burraq was a ride specially sent from heavens for Muhammad (PBUH) to help him travel at lightening speeds. Many scholars also believe it resembled a horse, which by the way, should not matter, because the point lies in its lightening fast speed rather than its size, shape, or nature.
Me’raj – Second part of the journey
Islamic theology states that Me’raj constitutes the latter half of this revered journey when Muhammad was ascended to Heavens where he practically witnessed hell and heaven by wish and will of Allah Almighty. The word Me’raj equates to “ladder” in Arabic that is also expressive of the nature of this journey. Different levels and intensities of hell and heaven were shown to Muhammad (PBH) during this phase of journey as well.
Incumbency of daily prayers
It is also through Me’raj that Muslims were granted the gift of 5 daily prayers by Allah Almighty. As a matter of fact, Allah initially awarded 50 prayers a day to Muhammad (PBUH), which was later on reduced to 5 times a day. This is another great significance of Me’raj.
How Muslims honor Isra/Me’raj
Muslims commemorate this gracious event by praying to Allah Almighty and praising Muhammad (PBUH). They try to pray as much as possible this day to appease Allah (SWT). Muslims try to recite as much of Qur’an this day as possible. As stated earlier, one can also perform Quran recitation to express their love, respect, and gratitude to The One Who deserves all praise and worship, i.e. Allah Almighty.
This revered occasion bestows Muslims with great opportunity of not only thanking Allah Almighty and His beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), but it also serves as a reminder to them about the power and might of Allah (SWT) Who is capable of showing us anything He wants. May Allah Almighty bestow us with all the blessings this Isra/Me’raj and set our direction right.
June 1st, 2012 — Islam Religion, Islam and Muslims, Islamic Knowledge, Qur'an
The infinite colors of this world and the whole universe have always been a great source of inspiration for brilliant minds, intriguing them to uncover and explore what inspires them and much beyond. However, no matter how colorful, bright, and attractive all this might be; it was never meant to be eternal, as told by the ultimate Creator and Cherisher of the whole cosmos several times in Holy Quran and that is why Qur’an is referred as the ultimate source of guidance and knowledge for whole of the humanity.
Though there are many verses in Holy Qur’an, presenting the same ultimate truth in various perspectives; given below is just one example that should suffice very much in this regard:
(Qur’an; 5:22) O mankind! if ye have a doubt about the Resurrection, (consider) that We created you out of dust, then out of sperm then out of a leech-like clot, then out a morsel of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed, in order that We may manifest (Our Power) to you; ……. .
This inevitable event, marking the end of this worldly life, whose exact time is known by none other than Allah Almighty, is referred as The Judgment Day or The Day of Resurrection as we get to know from various verses of Holy Quran. In fact, that is why Allah and His last apostle Muhammad (PBUH) insisted so much on reading and learning Qur’an. For people like us, living their lives in this information rich world, there is a great opportunity to read Quran online as well, as offered by many online Quran schools.
Some signs for The Resurrection Day (Irrespective of chronological order)
Getting back to the main theme of this article; though the exact moment that is going to host this call for Resurrection is known only to Allah Almighty; many of its signs are illustrated in Hadeeth as well, some of which are described in the lines to follow:
- The inevitable coming of Allah’s last Apostle Muhammad (PBUH), which in fact, has already happened
- Slaves getting in place of masters
- Engagement of shepherds into construction of very tall buildings; this is something to be witnessed currently as in Saudi Arabia and almost all of the United Arab Emirates
- Coming of Anti-Christ (also referred as Al-Dajjal)
- Rebirth of Jesus the Christ (PBUH)
- Population of females in the world increasing significantly greater than the population of men, and this is also something already happening in many countries of the world, such as the United States of America, France, Australia, Austria, etc
- Fornication and drinking will increasingly prevail among all societies of the world; yet another undeniable reality, getting more and more visible with every passing day
- Another sign marking the nearing of The Day of Judgment will be that time will pass more quickly than ever, so much so that a year will pass like a month; month will go by like a day and a day speeding up like an hour
The point is not when exactly will this inevitable event of Resurrection take place; the point is in heeding to what Allah Almighty wants from us as His humble creatures, and the best way to equip ourselves with this kind of knowledge is none other than Qur’an and Hadeeth. As mentioned earlier, as inhabitants of current times, online Quran schools can be one of the most effective and convenient mediums for Quran learning, Quran teaching, and knowledge of Hadeedht as well.
The best way to conclude this discussion is to present readers with the true purpose and objective of our lives as mentioned in the Holy Quran:
Did you then think that We had created you in jest (without any purpose), and that you would not be returned to Us (in the Hereafter)? So, God is exalted, the True King. None has the right to be worshipped but Him… (Quran, 23:115-116)
“And those who believe and do good deeds, they are dwellers of Paradise, they dwell therein forever.” (Quran, 2:82)
May 11th, 2012 — Islam Religion, Qur'an, Quran Learning
Religion has always been there; even long before we could ever expect. This is not a religious fanatic making such claims, but this is what comes to surface by historians and explorers. They are just amazed to see no matter how old a civilization they might come across while digging and excavating; it has got its religious symbols and manifests of one type or the other.
This is simply because Allah Almighty, the one and only creator of the whole universe did not set to rest after creating the universe and human beings; but He also bestowed His favorite creatures (human beings) the guidance and assistance they needed. That is why Allah (SWT) endowed humanity with more than one hundred and twenty four thousand of His Messengers.
In fact, this very fact is mentioned quite clearly in Qur’an, the final Scripture that Allah Almighty chose to reveal upon the final Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) more than 1400 years ago in the following words:
For We assuredly sent amongst every People a messenger, (with the Command) “Serve Allah, and eschew Evil”: of the people were some whom Allah guided, and some on whom Error became inevitably (established). So travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who denied (the Truth). (16:36)
Now, this is something for which Muslims (in particular and all people in general) are advised to learn Qur’an, since it contains so diverse, profound, and true knowledge. As knowledge is not deemed significant without sharing it further; Muslims are also advised not only to learn Qur’an themselves, but also to help others learn it. Look what Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said about Quran teaching and learning:
“The best of you is he who has learnt the Qur’an and then taught it.” (Bukhari)
The fact that Qur’an proves as the ultimate source of truth and guidance is also authenticated by conversion of countless non Muslims to Muslims in past couple of decades; in fact, much so after 9/11 debacle back in 2001. The truth is that anti-Muslim forces conspired globally to blame Islam for such an insane act, which is nothing but pure fabrication and totally contradictory to Islamic teachings and beliefs. Look at the following verse from Holy 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 any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land. (5:32)
Killing someone for unjust reason is a serious issue; let us see what Qur’an tells us on smallest concern of calling each other bad names and backbiting:
“You who believe, do not let one (set of) people make fun of another set.” “Do not defame one another.” “Do not insult by using nicknames.” “Do not backbite or speak ill of one another.” (49:11-12)
Do you think a religion instructing its followers to act so politely and nicely in smallest domains of life would advise them or want them to act as insane as killing thousands of people for any unjustifiable reasons? Definitely not, and it is these clear, open, precise, and eloquent instructions from Allah Almighty stated in Qur’an that turn people towards it. If by any circumstances, you have not been able to go through the content of glorious Qur’an till now, one of the best ways to do so these days is to read Quran online, where expert Qur’an teachers assist students all across the world in learning and understanding Qur’an.
Nobody can deny the fact that every living being has to perish one day or the other. Much better is the case to learn and acknowledge the biggest reality and submit ourselves truly to the might of great lord Allah (SWT) for our own betterment before it is too late. Make sure you are among the ones who do so before it is too late!
April 27th, 2012 — Islam Religion, Islam and Muslims, Islamic Knowledge, Qur'an, Quran Online
Though Islam is not the only divine religion descended upon humanity for the ultimate purpose of their guidance, but it is definitely the final one chosen for this purpose by the ultimate creator Allah Almighty. This is not just some positive apprehension, but it is a fact mentioned by Allah (SWT) in the final Scripture, the Holy Quran, such as in the verse mentioned below:
This day, I have perfected your religion for you and completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion…” (Holy Qur’an, 5:3)
Now, mention of the word “complete” means comprehensively complete; covering all aspects of life, including the most talked about one today, i.e. human rights. Unlike what is portrayed about state of affairs related to human rights in Islamic societies on media, let us have a deeper look at the ultimate source of guidance for Muslims, i.e. the Holy Quran and try to infer truth from it. This shall also compel us to find a learned and experienced Quran teacher who might guide us in detail about teachings of Islam as mentioned in Qur’an.
Freedom of choosing religion
Let us start by one of the most popularized allegation on Islam, i.e. people are forcefully converted to Islam. Have a look at this clear and blunt verse that shall serve enough to conclude the true state of affairs in this regard from true Islamic perspective:
Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things. (2:256)
Protecting all under Islamic jurisdiction
Yet another proof to Islam’s intent to unbiased justice and freedom in an Islamic society comes from the fact that it not only cares for Muslims living in an Islamic society, but cares for all, irrespective of their religions. “Dhimmi” is a term that refers to non Muslims living in an Islamic state. Look what Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said in this regard:
“One who kills a man under covenant (i.e., dhimmi) will not even smell the fragrance of Paradise.”
Today, media portrays Islam as a religion that promotes tyranny. Though it appears true under current circumstances when majority of Islamic societies are being ruled by tyrants, but this is much far from true Islamic perspective that can be seen from the following statement of the first Caliph of Muslims, i.e. Abu Bakar (R.A):
“Cooperate with me when I am right but correct me when I commit error; obey me so long as I follow the commandments of Allah and His Prophet; but turn away from me when I deviate.”
Share of needy in basic necessities of life
This is yet another brilliant chapter in Islam’s concern about human welfare. It asks and encourages for provision of basic necessities of life to all, especially the needy ones, as evident from the following verse:
Adh-Dhariyat [51:19] And in their wealth and possessions (was remembered) the right of the (needy), him who asked and him who (for some reason) was prevented (from asking).
Securing life and property
Security of human life and property is also very important in regard to Islam’s concept of human welfare. Have a look at the following words from The Last Sermon of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at Hajja-tul-vida:
“Your lives and properties are forbidden to one another till you meet your Lord on the Day of Resurrection.”
The points mentioned above serve just a little fraction of the comprehensive teachings of Islam on human rights in Qur’an and Sunnah. That is why learning both of them are so imperative to Muslims. In fact, we can do it in the most convenient manner by registering with Quran online institutions where tutors help people in learning the ways of Quran and Sunnah.
Remember, Allah Almighty has descended His final message to humanity in the form of Quran, to be complemented by Sunnah as well. Now, it rests upon us to get acquainted with it and get the best out of it. Make sure you also do that before it is too late.