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  1. Five times a day from hundreds of thousands of mosques and places of worship the sound of the Adhan (call to prayer) is heard throughout the world, announcing prayers five times a day. The Adhan (call to prayer) is that gentle meaningful alert after which Muslims stop and turn to the Lord, get in touch with Him; thanking Him, remembering Him, bowing down to him in prayer. Instead of using material objects to announce the prayers like a bell or any artificial or digital sound the Islamic Adhan is a human voice carrying a very delicate and passionate message. It has a special formula that affirms the faith in God and is a summary of the message of Islam and the content and nature of its teachings. The Adhan begins with an affirmation of the supremacy and greatness of God. Then comes the Shahadah (Testimony of Faith), which consists of the profession of the unity and oneness of God the negation of shirk (associating other beings/gods with Allah), and the confirmation that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the Messenger of God. After that comes the call to the prayer and to success (in this life and Hereafter) and then rounding it up by praising God again as the great and affirming faith in Him. Each line is repeated for affirmation and emphasis. The words of the Adhan are articulated as follows: Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. Ash hadu an la ilaha illa Allah I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Ash hadu an la ilaha illa Allah I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Ash hadu anna Mohammadan rasoolu Allah I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah Ash hadu anna Mohammadan rasoolu Allah I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah Hay `ala as-Salah, hay `ala as-Salah Hasten to the Prayer, hasten to the Prayer Hay `ala al-falah, hay `ala al-falah Hasten to real success, hasten to real success Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. La ilaha illa Allah There is none worthy of worship but Allah. Now listen to the adhan said by Abdul-Baset Abdul-Samad, with its Arabic phrases displaying in beautiful Arabic calligraphy:
  2. Is God testing us?

    Ok, but please restrict your posts against Islam or religions to the Refuting non-Muslims section, as per our forum rules. I've moved your post here, in its own topic.
  3. Is God testing us?

    so you are proudpagan in that other forum?
  4. Is God testing us?

    Is that your own writing, or did you copy it from somewhere, like this post ?
  5. Jinn

    Really, you worship the devil? but why then you label yourself a Hinduism follower?
  6. Holy Holocaust!

    Holy Holocaust! by Edgar J. Steele My name is Edgar J. Steele. This is a Nickel Rant. Recently, a list subscriber pointed out that my name had been added to the short list of "(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.adl(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/learn/ext_us/steele.asp?LEARN_Cat=Extremism&LEARN_SubCat=Extremism_in_meria&xpicked=2&item=steele"]American Extremist Individuals[/url]" carried on the ADL's Web page, alongside the likes of Ernst Zundel, William Pierce, David Irving, Dr. Ed Fields, Willis Carto and Bo Gritz, among others, all of us identified as being "Holocaust Deniers." To those individuals, first let me say that I am at once honored and unworthy to be included in your ranks. To the ADL, I say...THHBBTTT! That's it! I have freakin' had it! This "Holocaust" business has gotten way out of hand. Like a dog that bites the neighborhood kids, it needs to be put down...for good. You want "Holocaust Denial," you Jewish Supremacist creeps? I'll give you Holocaust Denial and I won't dress it up in scholarly robes, either. Y'know, I've never really quite "gotten" this Holocaust business. First of all, it happened a long time ago, so it isn't relevant to life today. Second, it didn't happen to me. What's more, my family didn't cause it, so why should I even care? In fact, several members of my family fought in that war, which was openly declared by world Jewry against Germany in 1933, several years before Germany dared respond to Jewish demands that Germany be destroyed. The Holocaust as Religion Since then, the Holocaust has taken on aspects of a State Religion in Western nations. It simply cannot be questioned in any regard, under penalty of prison. I kid you not - prison! The "Holy Holocaust," if you will. Seems kind of odd, somehow - the very countries that rescued the Jews by defeating Germany end up being enslaved by those same Jews. Germany, of course, has become the most slavish of all. I was confronted with this issue recently by a Jewish talk-show host, Donny Deutsch, on national television. He demanded to know if I thought that 6 million Jews dying in the Holocaust was an exaggeration. "Look," I said, "one would be too many, but the numbers are grossly exaggerated. After all, they keep changing the sign out in front of Auschwitz. First, it said 4 million Jews died there, then it quietly was replaced with a sign that claimed 2.6 million. Today, the sign claims only 1.5 million Jews died in Auschwitz, with serious discussions taking place about lowering that into the range of 700,000, yet the reductions never seem to make it into the claim of 6 million total." Deutsch, who insisted that the 6 million figure was gospel ("holy," don't forget), looked like he was going to pop an aneurism as I continued: "You know, 75 million people, military and civilian, died worldwide during WWII, yet we are supposed to honor the memory of only 6 million." I was cut off before adding that most of that 6 million never existed and, besides, it seemed to me that Jews should be honoring those of us who rescued them, not the other way around. That's how it is every time free speech hits the holy Holocaust wall - it must yield. The Holy Roundup Now they are jailing scholars for the crime of saying things as mild as what I said on national TV. Jews forced Ernst Zundel to be arrested here in America on a phony visa charge and deported to Canada, where he spent two years in solitary confinement for saying 6 million was too many; now he faces a five-year prison term in Jewish-controlled Germany for the same "crime." In a replay of the Zundel pantomime deportation, scientist, historian and publisher Dr. Germar Rudolf was arrested in America on a phony visa charge and deported to Germany by Jews. I now call this routine "being Zundeled." David Irving, one of the most-respected historian author/scholars in the world, now languishes in a European jail on the orders of Jews. And others - many others. All face lengthy prison terms, merely for saying 6 million is an exaggeration. Look, I couldn't just make something this ridiculous up, you know. Prison...for speaking the truth! They aren't even accused of lying, which, of course, they aren't. They are jailed under the vague charge of "Holocaust Denial." What's wrong with this picture? Things Get Worse Hold on, though - it gets worse. Last month, the execrable United Nations adopted a resolution written by israel which designates January 27 as the "International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust." The UN's decree goes on to reject "any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or part." This would be a good time for you to go look up the definition of "chutzpah," a Yiddish term. But wait - it gets even worse. You probably aren't going to believe this next item. I scarcely believe it myself. Last week, the US House of Representatives adopted a Jewish-sponsored resolution to designate every January as "Jewish History Month" throughout America. All that remains is for the President to issue an appropriate Executive Order. Did I mention that the House voted unanimously? Unanimously. That means both you and I voted for it, since our state representatives cast our votes for us. Unanimously. Can you believe it? Now go look up the definition of "hubris," which really ought to be a Yiddish term. And you thought you were sick of Black History Month? You ain't seen nothin' yet. Coming right up behind it now is Jew History Month. How appropriate. What? You don't get the joke? Think about it. Staking the Devil Now, I'm no historian. I'm no authority on World War II and I sure don't claim to be a scholar. But, since the Jews have locked up all those who fit those descriptions and who dare to speak out on the so-called "Holocaust," it falls to the rest of us to pick up where they left off. What should we do? We should drag this Holocaust myth out into the daylight and, in plain view of the entire world, drive a stake through its evil heart, once and for all. I mentioned the Auschwitz signs. That's proof enough, right there, that 6 million is a lie. A lie - not a mistake - a Jewish lie! But there is so much more. By the way, if the Nazis killed so many Jews, how come there are so many "Holocaust survivors," anyway? Just asking. The WWI Holocaust Did you know that the Jews trotted out their 6 million lie before, during WWI? No, I didn't think so. They want you to forget about that claim, which simply didn't stick. People were better read and educated then, I suppose, else it might have gained the traction that it has achieved today in couch potato land. "Six million men and women are dying" in the Ukraine, claimed The American Hebrew periodical on October 31, 1919, the very same claim that Jews made twenty years later. You see, Jews thought they were going to establish israel right after WWI, due to the Balfour Declaration's promise of Palestine in exchange for Jews causing America to enter the war against Germany. Since (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_globalfire.tv/nj/04en/jews/6millionlie.htm"]Jewish Talmudic prophecy[/url] demands that there be a 6-million-Holocaust offering prior to Jews returning to the Promised Land, it was incumbent upon them to fabricate the Holocaust then and there. The Talmud called for cleansing the "chosen" souls through the sacrifice of 6 million in "burning ovens," since unclean souls could not be allowed to return to the Promised Land. That is the real source of the "6 million" myth, as well as the myth of the "ovens." However, Britain was unable to deliver up Palestine as promised by Lord Balfour, since Palestine still was possessed by Turkey. It took another twenty years and another World War to make good on Balfour's promise. Quietly, the 6-million lie was put to rest, only to be revived just prior to WWII. The self-same claim about 6 million Jews dying was made, as part of the propaganda to once again force America to enter a war which involved none of its interests. Jewish Hubris You really must have a glimmering of the true extent of Jewish hubris in order to appreciate their belief that, if they got the whole world to repeat their 6-million lie, then God would be fooled into allowing them to enter the "Promised Land." Jews actually teach that their best Rabbis have the ability to beat God in debates, by the way. Hubris. This time, do what I told you before and actually look it up. This is why the figure 6 million is sacred to our new State religion, the Holocaust. If there is a Jewish God, which I sincerely doubt since most Jews are atheists, then he must be really dumb. 75 million people throughout the world died in WWII. 75 million. Yet, we are supposed to honor and remember only 6 million? Out of 75 million!!! Just 6 million...Most of whom never existed in the first place! Simple Logic The whole premise of the Jewish Holocaust defies simple logic: Why would Germany, fighting a war on two fronts...with fuel scarce...short of all resources...ship millions of Jews by railroad...hundreds and thousands of miles...to camps specially built just to hold them...feed them...clothe them...tattoo them in order to keep track of them....just to KILL them? It doesn't even begin to make sense. If the Germans had wanted to kill the Jews, they would have done it the way the Russian Jews murdered 20 to 80 million Russian Christians earlier in the century...with a bullet to the base of the skull, wherever they were found. Or, as my buddy Al likes to say: In all of German-occupied Europe , there were 2.4 million Jews. After the war, 3.8 million Jews applied for Holocaust reparations. Tragically, the remaining 6 million were lost. More Jews received pensions than were present in German-occupied Europe because so many of them moved west from Russia after the war and cleaned up on the pension scam. Even a cursory examination proves that the Jews are lying. For example, the Jewish Encyclopedia confirms Al's figures. Otherwise, the Jewish prewar worldwide population figure of 15 million would read 9 million after the war instead of the 16 million that it gives. That's right - the worldwide Jewish population actually increased during WWII! In fact, the WWII Jewish Holocaust did not really take shape until fully fabricated by Jews during the late 1950s. That is why, in the memoirs of so many WWII leaders and generals, including Eisenhower, Churchill and De Gaulle, as recently pointed out by Professor Richard Lynn, "one will find no mention either of Nazi 'gas chambers,' a 'genocide' of the Jews, or of 'six million' Jewish victims of the war." The Evidence "What about the Auschwitz gas chambers?" you ask. Per Willis Carto's late, great Spotlight newspaper, none other than Dr. Franciszek Piper, senior curator and director of archives of the Auschwitz State Museum, has admitted on film that "Krema 1," the only alleged "homicidal gas chamber" on display to hundreds of thousands of tourists every year at Auschwitz, was built after the war by the Soviet Union. In 1948, three years after the war ended, formal Allied Commissions of Inquiry concluded that nobody died of poison gas at any of the German concentration camps, a conclusion also reached by modern engineering forensics expert Fred Leuchter after extensive examination of the grounds and buildings. Leuchter lost his business, his job and his reputation simply for telling the truth about his engineering and chemical tests, many of which were repeated by Dr. Germar Rudolf, who confirmed Leuchter's results. That was the major crime for which Dr. Rudolf now sits in a German prison. And yet the Holocaust myth endures! "But the confessions..." you splutter. False. Every one of them. All those German officers were tortured by Jews prior to the Nuremburg show trials, most of them having had their testicles crushed in the process, which is why they signed all those confessions. What's more, they signed confessions written mainly in English, a language most of them could neither read nor speak. You know the torture that Jews inflict upon Palestinians today when they catch them? That's nothing compared to what Jewish interrogators did to their German prisoners at Nuremburg. What's even more telling, all the prosecutors and judges at Nuremburg were Jews. No wartime aerial photos of the camps show piles of corpses or crematoria in action. Reasonable people ask, "If six million are dead, then where are the bodies?" That and Talmudic prophecy wording is where the gas oven stories came from: "They went up in smoke." No bodies were found then, nor was any billowing smoke seen emitted by the camps, nor have any remains been found near any of the camps in amounts which add up to anything more than the relatively small number of prisoners acknowledged to have died of typhus and other diseases while imprisoned. International Red Cross documents clearly show that fewer than 300,000 Jews died during WWII in all German concentration camps combined. As a race, Jews gave far fewer to the war efforts than did any other nation involved, which is why their total population increased during the war, in contrast to that of most combatants. The ridiculous claims about Jews being made into soap and lampshades were debunked thoroughly long ago and Jews would like you to forget them now that they have made their 6-million hoax into a viable religion. After all, the absolute lack of any proof of Jewish soap or lampshades would weaken their new religion, wouldn't it? The Real Holocausts Meanwhile, there are genuine Holocausts which actually did happen last century, yet which are not memorialized. In fact, Jews file (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.armenialiberty(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/armeniareport/report/en/2005/01/CADFADD6-921B-4B2D-96CB-5E90B3E3AA0E.ASP"]lawsuits to suppress[/url] their mention and/or accurate description in public schools and in modern media. The undisputed (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.armenian-genocide(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/encyclopedia/young_turks.htm"]genocide of 1.5 million Armenians[/url] at the hands of their Turkish oppressors in 1915 is particularly maddening since Turkey at that time was controlled by Donmeh Muslims. Now, you may not know this, but Donmeh Muslims are a sect comprised entirely of (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_donmeh.biography.ms/"]Jews who "converted" to Islam[/url] yet continued secretly to practice Judaism and refused to intermarry with true Turks. This was last century's first Holocaust and it was caused by Jews. My children are one fourth Armenian (my wife is half Armenian and half German...for what it is worth, I am half Scotch and half Irish). Does that make them Holocaust survivors? In the post-revolution, Jewish-controlled Soviet Union, between 20 and 80 million White Christians systematically were murdered from 1917 to 1953. This was the second Holocaust of the Twentieth Century, perpetrated directly by Jews, in a preview of what they have in mind for American Christians during this coming century. What? You didn't think the de-Christianization of American schools, government and Christmas would stop where it currently stands, did you? In what amounts to the third Holocaust of the Twentieth Century, the Allies firebombed Dresden, Germany, during WWII, simply to see if they could create a self-perpetuating firestorm. They succeeded and, in the maelstrom that followed, murdered upwards of 500,000 people, most of them civilians, and destroyed one of the most beautiful cities then in existence. Since the war was prosecuted at the behest of and for the benefit of Jews, the blood of Dresden is upon Jewish heads (to borrow the Biblical phrase, "His blood be upon our heads," uttered by the Jews who engineered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ). The fourth Holocaust, of course, is America's laying waste to both Nagasaki and Hiroshima with nuclear bombs. The Jewish connection requires a short explanation. America cut off Japanese oil supplies, forcing their attack upon Pearl Harbor. Franklin Roosevelt had advance knowledge of Pearl Harbor, yet simply let it happen so that the American people finally would be outraged enough to allow him to declare war on Japan, which until then had been engaged in a long-standing, low-grade war solely with China. Without oil, Japan was sure to lose to China, thus was forced to lash out at America. Because of Japan's mutual defense pact with Germany, American Jews finally had their war against Germany, too, their primary objective in causing the US to interfere with Japan's war, which until then had been confined solely to Asia. Thus, the nuclear holocaust unleashed upon Japan also is to be laid at the feet of world Jewry. The truth puts the lie to the laughably deniable so-called Jewish Holocaust. So few Jews died during WWII and those mainly of natural causes, at that, that the term Holocaust should not even be applied to what happened to them. Indeed, the four events of the Twentieth Century that actually deserve the term Holocaust all were caused by Jews themselves, advancing their own interests! Why? Since the Jewish Holocaust is so easily disproven, why do Jews hold onto it with such fervor? There are many reasons, in addition to the Torah prophecy, of course, which must be met. Incidentally, speaking of prophecy, do you believe in it? Did you know that the Jewish population of the United States now is about 6 million? Did you know that the Jewish population of israel also numbers about 6 million at this time? Lessee now, if prophecy actually gets fulfilled, which do you suppose will get nuked out of existence first? But, back to the benefits the Holocaust holds for Jews: First and foremost, it protects Jews, both individually and collectively, from criticism. It also has provided prodigious income, both in reparations and in contributions from the deluded, particularly American aid to israel, which, prior to the beginning of the current Iraq war, amounted to about $64,000 from every American family. What's more, the "Holocaust" forms a sort of "them-against-us" mentality for Jews to use in keeping their brethren all pulling in the same direction. And the Holocaust enables israel to formulate and direct American Middle-Eastern policy. The Holocaust also diverts attention from the many Jewish-instigated true holocausts of the Twentieth Century. In Closing Now, that's real Holocaust Denial! None of this penny-ante, "Gee, was it 6 million or 5 million?" business for which fellows like Zundel, Rudolph and Irving now sit in jail, awaiting trial. And, God, how the Jews deserve it, believe me. When they labeled me a Holocaust Denier, they asked for it. In for a penny, in for a pound. I don't want to hear them complain now, simply because I gave them that of which they accused me. And I'm not done, either. In fact, I'm just getting warmed up. Interestingly, when Deutsch threw that question at me on national TV about how many Jews died during the Holocaust, the first response that floated across my mind, as though on a Teleprompter, was a joke punchline, as so often is the case with the way my mind works. I resisted the impulse to read it off as it floated by, just as I usually do, and, instead, gave the answer I related above. What was the initial answer my somewhat twisted mind offered up? Not enough! Mind you, I do not mean to suggest that we do unto Jews as they have done unto us, time and again. But, if 6 million really had died during WWII, do you suppose we would be having the troubles on their account that we have today? As I like to say: I agree with those who say anti-Semitism is a disease. You catch it from Jews! My name is Edgar J. Steele. Thanks for listening. Please visit my web site, (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.conspiracypenpal(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/"] www.ConspiracyPenPal(contact admin if its a beneficial link)[/url], for other messages just like this one. ====================== Islamic Forum comment: We at the Islamic forum have nothing against Jews at large, we are only against Zionist Jews. In fact, there are many Jewish groups who openly reject zionism, and there are good Jews everywhere. Judiasm is the first of the three holy religions that all Muslims believe in and respect, in their true and original forms. Zionism, on the other hand, is pure evil, not just for Muslims, but for the entire human race.
  7. Israeli Terror State

  8. Wife beating anytime and for any reason is never allowed in Islam. There is however a condition in Noble Verse 4:34 where Allah Almighty allows the husband to beat his wife, and that is after he gives her two warnings to stop showing ill-conduct and disloyalty toward him. The prophet taught us that what is meant by beating a wife is no more than using his teeth brush (miswak, a very light plant stem, about 3" tall) softly on the wife's shoulder, not to inflict any pain, but just to show his resentment. Scholars and commentators have stated that Muhammad directed men not to hit their wives' faces,[33]not to beat their wives in such a way as would leave marks on their body,[33][nb 5] and not to beat their wives as to cause pain (ghayr mubarrih).[20] Scholars too have stipulated against beating or disfigurement, with others such as the Syrian jurist Ibn Abidin prescribing ta'zir punishments against abusive husbands.[34] In several hadidths, the Prophet forbade wife beating. Narrated Mu'awiyah al-Qushayri: "I went to the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) and asked him: What do you say (command) about our wives? He replied: Give them food what you have for yourself, and clothe them by which you clothe yourself, and do not beat them, and do not revile them. (Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 11, Marriage (Kitab Al-Nikah), Number 2139)" In another hadidth the Prophet said: “Approach your tilt when or how you will, give her (your wife) food when you take food, clothe when you clothe yourself, do not revile her face, and do not beat her. (Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 11, Marriage (Kitab Al-Nikah), Number 2138)" [35] Some jurists argue that even when beating is acceptable under the Qur'an, it is still discountenanced.[nb 6][nb 7][nb 8] Ibn Kathir in concluding his exegesis exhorts men to not beat their wives, quoting a hadith from Muhammad: "Do not hit God's servants" (here referring to women). The narration continues, stating that some while after the edict, "Umar complained to the Messenger of God that many women turned against their husbands. Muhammad gave his permission that the men could hit their wives in cases of rebelliousness. The women then turned to the wives of the Prophet and complained about their husbands. The Prophet said: 'Many women have turned to my family complaining about their husbands. Verily, these men are not among the best of you.
  9. Ummati

    A beautiful song about our beloved prophet Muhammad. In Arabic: In English:
  10. Is Wife Beating Allowed In Islam?

    CaptainHowdy, This is one of the false claims repeated by the enemies of Islam. I will give you the benefit of the doubt and presume that you have no bad intentions, unless you prove otherwise. Here is the answer to your false claim: ‘answering the false claim that women are oppressed in islam’ (misunderstood hadith) Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 72, Number 715: Narrated 'Ikrima: Rifa'a divorced his wife whereupon 'AbdurRahman bin Az-Zubair Al-Qurazi married her. 'Aisha said that the lady (came), wearing a green veil (and complained to her (Aisha) of her husband and showed her a green spot on her skin caused by beating). It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah's Apostle came, 'Aisha said, "I have not seen any woman suffering AS MUCH AS THE BELIEVING WOMEN. Look! Her skin IS GREENER THAN HER CLOTHES!." When 'AbdurRahman heard that his wife had gone to the Prophet, he came with his two sons from another wife. She said, "By Allah! I have done no wrong to him but he is impotent and is as useless to me as this," holding and showing the fringe of her garment, 'Abdur-Rahman said, "By Allah, O Allah's Apostle! She has told a lie! I am very strong and can satisfy her but she is disobedient and wants to go back to Rifa'a." Allah's Apostle said, to her, "If that is your intention, then know that it is unlawful for you to remarry Rifa'a unless 'Abdur-Rahman has had sexual intercourse with you." Then the Prophet saw two boys with 'Abdur-Rahman and asked (him), "Are these your sons?" On that 'AbdurRahman said, "Yes." The Prophet said, "You claim what you claim (i.e. that he is impotent)? But by Allah, these boys resemble him as a crow resembles a crow," In the above Hadith, there are few points to notice and mention: 1- The man failed to follow Noble Verse 4:34 which was sent by Allah Almighty to protect women from harmfull men. 2- The woman was trying to get back with her first husband. In Islam, if a woman gets divorced or divorces herself from her husband through the Islamic court by "Khala'", then the only way she can get back with her husband, or her husband gets back to her is by HER MARRYING ANOTHER PERSON, HAVE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH HIM, AND THEN GET A DIVORCE FROM HIM. This is to guarantee that divorce would not be a joke among Muslims. 3- The woman was claiming that her second husband was sexually no good. The husband disputed that, and brought his two sons from another marriage as a proof that he can perform sex. The Prophet peace be upon him then told the woman "by Allah, these boys resemble him as a crow resembles a crow". 4- Aisha's opinion about the woman's bruise doesn't prove or disprove anything. She got angry because she saw another woman badly beaten, which is perfectly fine and acceptable. But her emotions and opinions are not Islamic Verdicts! Many authentic hadith proof that Islam liberated women and made them free. See hadith Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 11, Marriage (Kitab Al-Nikah), Number 2138& 2139. In ‘Sahih Muslim, Book 018, Number 4251’ we see that a woman in islam is even allowed to take from her husband's property without his knowledge if he falls below this basic level of supporting her. Also Umar Ibn khattab told the prophet that ‘women had the upperhand over men in Medina in’ in Sahih Bukhari,Volume 7, Book 62, Number 119’ , the prophet showed a smile after hearing this. This clearly proofs that aicha’s reaction was based on emotions, which is normal and perfectly fine. We also have to notice that in pre-islamic (before islam) time women were depressed by the arabs, Islam came to liberate those women and to give them many rights. Unfortunately some muslim men (still today) fail to follow the true message of Islam, instead of this they follow their evil (pagan) cultural practices and customs! , this has nothing to do with Islam! Islam honours women and clearly fobids the cruel beating of wives! Secondly the hadith tells only one part of the incident, it doesn’t mention anything about the decision made by the prophet after this incident , simply because only one part of the story is known and written down. So it’s rediculous to say that Islam and the prophet allowed wife beating, as a matter of fact the opposite is true! Noble Verses and Sayings about the prohibition of wife beating: The following Noble Verses and Sayings from the Noble Quran and Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him respectively seem to very well support the above interpretation: "...Do not retain them (i.e., your wives) to harm them...”(The Noble Quran, 2:231) "If a wife fears cruelty or desertion on her husband's part, there is no blame on them if they arrange an amicable settlement between themselves; and such settlement is best; even though men's souls are swayed by greed. But if ye do good and practise self-restraint, God is well-acquainted with all that ye do.” (The Noble Quran, 4:128) Narrated Mu'awiyah al-Qushayri: "I went to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) and asked him: What do you say (command) about our wives? He replied: Give them food what you have for yourself, and clothe them by which you clothe yourself, and do not beat them, and do not revile them.” (Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 11, Marriage (Kitab Al-Nikah), Number 2139) Narrated Mu'awiyah ibn Haydah: "I said: Apostle of Allah, how should we approach our wives and how should we leave them? He replied: Approach your tilth when or how you will, give her (your wife) food when you take food, clothe when you clothe yourself, do not revile her face, and do not beat her.” (Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 11, Marriage (Kitab Al-Nikah), Number 2138) "on the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take a dislike to them it may be that ye dislike a thing, and God brings about through it a great deal of good.” (The Noble Quran, 4:19) Riyad as Saliheen, chapter 34, ‘treating women well’ Nr. 279. Iyas ibn 'Abdullah ibn Abi Dhubab reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Do not beat the female slaves of Allah." Then 'Umar came to the Prophet and said, "The women have become bold towards their husbands," and so he made an allowance to beat them. Then many women surrounded the family of the Messenger of Allah to complain about their husbands. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The people of the household of Muhammad have surrounded by many women who are complaining about their husbands. Those men are not among the best of you." Another authentic version in Sahih Ibn Hibban (9:491) adds that the Prophet then revoked the dispensation. Also the prophet did never beat any of his wives Aaishah (Radhiallahu 'Anha) said: "Allaah's Messenger (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) never hit anything with his hand ever, except when fighting in the path of Allaah. Nor did he ever hit a servant or a woman." [Recorded by Ibn Maajah. Al-Albaanee graded it Saheeh.] As muslims we have to follow the example of the prophet (who never beat his wives !) "You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example for him who hopes in Allah and the Last Day and who remember Allah much" Surah Ahzab [33:21] Riyad as Saliheen, chapter 34, ‘treating women well’, nr 278. Abu Hurayra stated, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'The most perfect of believers in belief is the best of them in character. The best of you are those who are the best to their women.'" [at-Tirmidhi] Riyad as Saliheen, chapter 34, ‘treating women well’, nr. 275. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "A believing man should not hate a believing woman. If he dislikes something in her character, he should be pleased with some other ­ or another­ trait of hers." [Muslim] Riyad as Saliheen, chapter 34, ‘treating women well’, nr. 273. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Treat women well. Woman was created from a rib. The most crooked part of the rib is the top part. If you try to straighten it, you will break it. If you leave it, it remains crooked. So treat women well." His statement that “the best of you are the best in their behavior towards their wives, and I am the best of you in my behavior towards my wives” shows that (1) wife-beaters are the worst men and (2) no Muslim wife-beater can possibly claim to imitate the Prophet , although Allah Most High said to imitate him : {Verily in the messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the last Day, and remembereth Allah much} (Quran 33:21). ------------------------------------ You can read more answers to such false claims here: http://www.answering-christianity.com/karim/mistranslations_of_hadiths.htm
  11. Asalaamu Alaikum

    Wa alaikum assalam to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here .As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here: New Members: Read This! And now here is your welcome drink, on the house!So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  12. Can we touch the Quran without Wudu?

    Assalamo alaikum brother As far as I know, if you're studying the Quran no need to be in wudu, but if you're reading or memorizing it, as an act of worship, you should be in wudu.
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    Assalamo alaikum brother, Wait until you reach 7 posts .
  14. A-Salamo Alaikom

    Wa alaikum assalam to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here .As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here: New Members: Read This! And now here is your welcome drink, on the house!So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  15. Assalamo alaikum This page has a set of nice tutorial videos to teach you how to say the adhan (azan / call for prayer) beautifully: https://my2cents.gawaher.com/7890
  16. Wa alaikum assalam sister Please don't lose hope. That's the worst thing you can do. Allah subhanahu wataala said "do not despair of the mercy of Allah" We are all here temporarily, not just you. We are all in this together. All you need is to strengthen your relation with Allah. Pray, listen and read the Quran. This will do wonders for you. Watch this video : Did you try natural remedies? there are people who were cured eating and drinking carrots. Fermented food, like sauerkraut, also helps. Stop consuming carbs (sugar, bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, legumes). Those cancer cells live on the carbs you provide them with in your own food. Stop carbs and they just starve and die. Eat healthy fresh food, lots of tomatoes, broccoli, onion and green leafy vegetables. Cancer Cure Death is something which we cannot run from. Its always going to be awaiting each and every one of us. We must remember this as a Muslim. When we are given News of an illness it is just a reminder that we will die one day, however death itself is guaranteed whereas an illness isn’t. Put simply, the Cancer doesn’t mean those who have it will die before those who don’t. Its just a way Allah is reminding you and those around you of death so we don’t forget why we are here. A dua (supplication) for cancer. I believe first the Qur’an cures Cancer and second I believe that if you are meant to be cured that it will happen. I ask you first to pray for all the people who are suffering from incurable diseases and second for myself for posting it for you and third for anyone who shares this to anyone on Twitter, Facebook or through an email or website. Let us also emphasize that a dua (supplication) is good only when the intention is correct. To be cured of cancer you should also follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) using black seeds and honey. Here is an article on a woman who cured herself by black seeds: Cancer Cure Using Black Seeds Healing cancer takes a total protocol, Every mercy falls under the mercy of the Prophet (Peace be upon him): Health is a Mercy, Wealth is a Mercy, To be in a good position in this life is a Mercy, To be in good standing in the hereafter is a Mercy. All the mercies that’s coming, Allah SWT put in the hearts of our Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), and his family. So the one to whom Allah SWT, bestowed His Mercy knows what kind of remedy will help against every sickness. Shaykh Nazim is carrying knowledge of Prophetic medicine that he has inherited by his spiritual connection with the Prophet through the chain of saints. He explained that there is a dormant cancer in every human being. It doesn’t awaken except in certain patients. He said the best thing is to take onion juice. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said that although onion and garlic have a bad smell, they are cures for 70 different illnesses that cannot be cured by any other means. So people of Allah, recommend onion juice. There was a lady. She had a tumour in her head. She had a child. On behalf of Shaykh Nazim who told her to drink water after reciting Surat Al-Fatiha (the first chapter of Qur’an) Seven times and blow it onto this water. One week later she had an x-ray at the hospital and the tumour was gone. It’s not because she read or she took the onion juice, it’s because she believed that it could happen. She believed in Allah,and she believed in the Prophet (Peace be upon him). So a year later people saw her again, and she had been cancer free for the whole time with no operation and no chemotherapy. So recommendation for people with this problem is to take onion juice and to readSurat Al-Fatiha seven times on water, and drink it. If they are not able, someone else can read Surat for them. DUA FOR THE CURE OF ANY ILLNESS Ayesha (R.A.) stated that when anyone among them had an illness, Prophet Mohammad (SAW.) used to rub the area of the pain reciting the following dua: أَذْهِبِ الْبَأْسَ رَبَّ النَّاسِ وَاشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي لَا شِفَاءَ إِلَّا شِفَاؤُكَ شِفَاءٌ لَا يُغَادِرُ سَقَمَاً “O Lord of the people, remove this pain and cure it, You are the one who cures and there is no one besides You who can cure, grant such a cure that no illness remains”. “Ayesha (R.A.) stated that when Prophet Mohammad (SAW.) was ill, he used to recite the four Quls, blow on his hands and pass them over on the back and front. He also recited these surahs, blew on his hands and passed them over his body during his fatal illness” [Bukhari, Muslim] For more supplications visit: Supplications From Holy Quran For Diseases The Prophet(Peace be upon him) said that: ” Zamzam water is what one intends to drink it for. When one drinks it to be healed, Allah heals him; when one drinks it to be full, Allah makes him full; and when one drinks it to quench his thirst, Allah quenches it. ” [Ahmad, and Ibn Majah] Here are some more duaa that I suggest you say in your prayers, specially in sujood (Prostration), when your head is on the ground: http://duasalawat.blogspot.com.eg/2013/10/shifa-healing-cancer-and-other.html
  17. Jerusalem Temple Animal Sacrifice

    Actually, there is atonement in Islam. We call it kaffara. In Islamic law, Shari'a, specifies the different kinds of atonement for different transgressions committed by Muslim men and women. The Quran has more than 15 different words for sin, each denoting a different kind of wrongdoing. Muslim tradition recognizes the original sin of Adam, which led to his and Eve's eviction from the Garden of Eden, in the Chapter of the Cow 2: 35-38: And We said: O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the garden and eat from it a plenteous (food) wherever you wish and do not approach this tree, for then you will be of the unjust. But the Shaitan made them both fall from it, and caused them to depart from that (state) in which they were; and We said: Get forth, some of you being the enemies of others, and there is for you in the earth an abode and a provision for a time. Then Adam received (some) words from his Lord, so He turned to him mercifully; surely He is Oft-returning (to mercy), the Merciful. We said: Go forth from this (state) all; so surely there will come to you a guidance from Me, then whoever follows My guidance, no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve. This shows that the story of Adam in the Quran is similar to the one in Genesis. According to Muslim belief, it is in the nature of man to make mistakes and sin, but the best person is one who admits his wrongdoing and repents (thawaba). Only when a person shows a deep recognition of his sins, takes responsibility for their consequences and commits to making amends for them can there be atonement (kaffara) followed by forgiveness (ghufran). There are some 14 verses in the Quran about atonement: The Cow, 2:271: If you give alms openly, it is well, and if you hide it and give it to the poor, it is better for you; and this will do away with some of your evil deeds; and Allah is aware of what you do. The Chapter of Hud 11:114: And keep up prayer in the two parts of the day and in the first hours of the night; surely good deeds take away evil deeds, this is a reminder to the mindful. The literal meaning of the word for atonement, kafara, is to hide. Muslim commentators note that the difference between atonement and forgiveness is that atoning for a sin means hiding it in this world, whereas forgiveness means erasing it in the world to come. Forgiveness comes after reparation. Reparation means doing good deeds to repair the consequences of the sins. If people were hurt by the act of sinning, they must be appeased first. Their forgiveness is a precondition for divine forgiveness. But if the sin was a matter of faith and the connection between man and God, the required actions are ones that strengthen one's faith and connection with God: prayer, fasting, pilgrimage to holy sites (haj), charity, reading the Quran and freeing slaves. The act of reparation is determined by the kind of sin and the ability of the sinner. For instance, atonement for unintentional killing, in the Chapter of Women 4:92: And it does not behoove a believer to kill a believer except by mistake, and whoever kills a believer by mistake, he should free a believing slave, and blood-money should be paid to his people unless they remit it as alms; but if he be from a tribe hostile to you and he is a believer, the freeing of a believing slave (suffices), and if he is from a tribe between whom and you there is a covenant, the blood-money should be paid to his people along with the freeing of a believing slave; but he who cannot find (a slave) should fast for two months successively: a penance from Allah, and Allah is knowing, wise. For perjury, Chapter of the Table 5:89: Allah does not call you to account for what is vain in your oaths, but He calls you to account for the making of deliberate oaths; so its expiation is the feeding of 10 poor men out of the middling (food) you feed your families with, or their clothing, or the freeing of a neck; but whosoever cannot find (means) then fasting for three days; this is the expiation of your oaths when you swear; and guard your oaths. Thus does Allah make clear to you His communications, that you may be faithful.With all of Islam's intense encouragement to repent and atone for sins, there are sins which cannot be atoned for: Idol worship. Chapter of the Women 4:116: Surely Allah does not forgive that anything should be associated with Him, and He forgives what is besides this to whom He pleases; and whoever associates anything with Allah, he indeed strays off into a remote error. The intentional killing of a believer. Chapter of the Women 4:93: And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell; he shall abide in it, and Allah will send His wrath on him and curse him and prepare for him a painful chastisement. Leaving Islam. Chapter of Imran 3:90: Surely, those who disbelieve after their believing, then increase in unbelief, their repentance shall not be accepted, and these are they that go astray. Source
  18. https://quran.com/1 Click the above link to listen to the Quran. You can choose from a variety of reciters. Each verse is followed by its meaning in English (Other languages are also selectable from the settings on the top right side) If you click any Arabic word a small window would display its meaning, and the word will be recited for you. This helps you to understand the meaning of each word and how it us pronounced. https://quran.com/1
  19. Consider Ayat 28 of Surat Al-Kahf

    Jazakum Allahu khairan brother. I suggest you get your Quran quotes from https://quran.com
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  21. Salam

    Wa alaikum assalam to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here .As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here: New Members: Read This! And now here is your welcome drink, on the house!So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  22. Salam

    Wa alaikum assalam to GawaherI'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other.As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our Forum Rules. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here.As a new member, you will notice a number of temporary limitations. Please read about them here:New Members: Read This!And now here is your welcome drink, on the house!So sit back, and let me pour you a few glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice!. Drink all you can.
  23. :sl: Here is the English translation of the meanings of The Holy Quran, as translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali. Please bear in mind that the Quran, the true words of God Almighty, has no versions other than its original Arabic. All other translations, including this one, is only a human try to translate its meanings, as understood by the translator. While this is very useful for non-Arabic speakers, it should be clear that it does not substitute the original Arabic text. This and other translations should not be used to memorize and recite the Quran in your prayers. You need to memorize from the original Arabic text. There are transliterations that would make that easier for non-Arabic speakers. We also have the online version of this translation (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgawaher(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/show.php/showtopic/29615.html"]here[/url]. This translation is available below, in 2 forms: as a self extractor exe file, and as a zip file. Both are the same, except that the self extractor does not require a zip tool on your computer to unzip it, as it self extracts itself. quran.zip quran.exe
  24. Yusuf (as)

    Yusuf (AS) 1: In the Name of Allah (SWT), the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. Peace and blessings be upon our master, the most noble Prophet Muhammad (SAWS[1]). We praise Allah (SWT), thank Him, seek His help, guidance and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah (SWT) from the evil in our souls and the sinfulness of our deeds, "He whom Allah guides, he is the rightly-guided; but he whom He sends astray, for him you will find no guiding advocate.” Today, we shall talk about the story of Prophet Yusuf (AS), as related in the Holy Qur’an. However, we should all keep in mind that every word in the Qur’an is meant for us and that the Qur’an is but the cure of our hearts. If you read Surat Yusuf, you will surely find one of the problems you are facing lying there between its lines. Hence, we have to read this Surah with the intention that it is a cure for our souls. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “And We are sending down, of the Qur’an, that which is a cure and a mercy to the believers.” (TMQ, 17:82)[2]. Thus, the Qur’an cures one from his worries, vanity, and hardheartedness. The word 'cure' was mentioned only twice in the Holy Qur’an; when talking about honey and when talking about the Qur’an. Honey cures body's diseases whereas the Qur’an cures heart's diseases. Thus, it should be clear for all of us that we will not find the cure of our hearts anywhere else except in the Qur’an. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “… And We have been sending down on you the Book as an evident (exposition) of everything, and as a guidance, and a mercy, and as good tidings to Muslims (i.e., those who surrender to Allah).” (TMQ, 16:89). I once visited a man and talked to him about some problems I was facing at that time. When I asked him for a solution, he just stretched his arm, got the Holy Qur’an, and went on skimming through its Ayahs. Then he stopped at a particular Ayah and said, “I think the solution of your problem lies in this Ayah.” Surat Yusuf is definitely one of the best heart-curing Surahs in the Qur'an. Surat Yusuf was revealed in Makkah, and before it was Surat Hud. It was revealed in ‘the year of sadness’ after the death of Abu-Taleb (RA) and Lady Khadijah and after the Prophet (SAWS) had been exposed to severe harm and conspiracies. It was sent to him as a consoling message; for, like him, Yusuf (AS) had been wronged by his family members, driven away from his country, and eventually blessed by victory from Allah (SWT). Thus, this Surah was revealed to comfort the Prophet (SAWS) and all the believers facing any calamities until the Day of Judgment. Surat Yusuf relieves anyone who is sad. It is really the Surah of the sad and miserable, the lonely, and the wronged ones. It is said that Omar Ibnul-Khattab (RA), out of his great interaction with this particular Surah, used to cry whenever he read it. Today we shall discuss five Ayahs only, but let us agree together that we shall memorize the whole Surah, so that by the time we finish discussing the story, we will have finished memorizing the Surah and applied all what is mentioned in it. Omar Ibnul-Khattab (RA) spent three years memorizing Surat al-Baqara and in some narrations a whole year. The reason behind this is that he never moved on from one Ayah to the next unless he applied all the teachings given in the first one. Thus, he learnt and applied. Let us agree then on applying what we learn and memorize. Despite all the afflictions mentioned in Surat Yusuf, it provides relief and content to those who read it and despite knowing how it ends, we never feel bored reading it over and over. Normally, if we watch a movie more than once, we get bored. However, the case differs with Surat Yusuf which we read hundreds of times and never feel bored. This is one of the miracles of the Holy Qur’an. Repetition in songs, movies, and books cause boredom, but the Qur’an does not. In Surat Yusuf, many incidents do not accord with logic as we, human beings, perceive it. The strong fatherly love that Yusuf (AS) enjoyed caused his brothers’ extreme hatred. He was thrown into the well, which we would consider a bad turn of events. However, this led to his being taken to Egypt. There he was imprisoned; yet, that which we consider a disaster caused him to hold a high position in Egypt. Thus, we have to learn to trust in Allah (SWT). This special meaning will be stressed on as we proceed in the story. Moreover, Surat Yusuf is full of afflictions and trials like: 1. Being envied by his brothers. 2. Parting with his family. 3. Being thrown into the well and separating from his father. 4. Being enslaved. 5. Being subjected to the lust and temptation of the ladies of the country. 6. Being imprisoned. 7. Being accused of a moral crime. 8. Being afflicted by wealth and welfare. 9. The ordeal of forgiveness. 10. Moving from one ordeal to the other unexpectedly which might cause psychological disturbance to many people (for example the quick transfer from enjoying his father’s love to being thrown into the well). Later on, we will tackle all the afflictions with which he was stricken in detail, but for now, let us compare between these afflictions and the ones you have faced all through your life. If you were put in the same situation as Prophet Yusuf (AS), you would probably collapse, and might not be able to go on with your life. If you had to face the ordeals he faced, you might be filled with a great desire for vengeance, and even if you were able to go on with your life, you would still suffer from psychological disturbances. Any one of us might be put in the same situation as Yusuf (AS), but how far can we stand it? Listen to this Hadith; it is narrated on the authority of Hudhaifa, “We were sitting in the company of Omar and he said, "Who amongst you has heard the Messenger of Allah talking about the turmoil?" Some people said, "It is we who heard it." Upon this he remarked, "Perhaps by turmoil you presume the unrest of man in regard to his household or neighbor." They replied, "Yes." He (Omar) observed, "Such (an unrest) would be done away with by prayer, fasting and charity. Who amongst you has heard the Apostle (SAWS) describing that turmoil which would come like the wave of the ocean?" Hudhaifa said, "The people hushed into silence. I replied, 'It is I.'" He (Omar) said, "Ye, well, your father was also very pious." Hudhaifa said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah observing, 'Temptations will be presented to men's hearts as reed mats are woven stick by stick and any heart which is impregnated by them will have a black mark put into it, but any heart which rejects them will have a white mark put in it. The result is that there will be two types of hearts: one white like a white stone which will not be harmed by any turmoil or temptation, so long as the heavens and the earth endure; and the other black and dust-colored like a vessel which is upset, not recognizing what is good or rejecting what is abominable, but being saturated with lust.'" Hudhaifa said, "I narrated to him (Omar), 'There is between you and that (turmoil) a closed door, but there is every likelihood of its being broken.'" Omar said, "Would it be broken? May you be rendered fatherless! Had it been opened, it would have been perhaps closed." I said, "No, it would be broken," and I narrated to him, "Verily that door implies a person who would be killed or die. There is no mistake in this Hadith.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 1, 2067). This brings us to the importance of patience as manifested in Prophet Yusuf’s story. Actually, there are three kinds of patience: 1. Patience in the face of sins. 2. Patience in Allah's obedience. 3. Patience during hardships and afflictions. Prophet Yusuf (AS) practiced the three kinds of patience. He was patient in the face of seduction. He was patient in Allah's obedience when he was given money and spent it for the sake of Allah (SWT) and when he forgave his brothers. He was also patient during all the hardships and afflictions he had been through. Now we come to the question: which kind of patience do you think was preferable to Allah (SWT)? Is it Yusuf’s patience in prison or his patience against the seduction of the Aziz's wife? In other words, which do you think is more preferable to Allah (SWT); patience during afflictions or patience in the face of sins? Actually, patience against sins is better as it is optional. When it comes to afflictions, you are helpless. You can never prevent an ordeal from striking you, thus, you have no other choice but to be patient, whereas in the case of sins, you make the choice yourself; whether to commit them or not. Hence, patience in the face of sins is more preferable to Allah (SWT). Again, was it Yusuf’s patience in prison or his patience in the well that was more preferable to Allah (SWT)? It is his patience in prison that was more preferable to Allah (SWT) as he said, "He said, “Lord! Prison is more beloved to me than what they call me to.”(TMQ, 12:33). It was he who chose to be put in prison, whereas, being thrown in the well was never his choice. Another question to pose: was it his patience against seduction or his patience in obedience after he had been given great wealth that was more preferable to Allah (SWT)? In other words, which is better: patience in the face of sins or patience in Allah's obedience? Some scholars believe that patience in the face of sins is far more preferable to Allah (SWT) because resisting your inner self and desires is very arduous, whereas patience in obedience is much easier since the love of worship is instinctive in man and gives him pleasure every time he performs it. On the other hand, a minority of scholars believes that patience in obedience is more preferable to Allah (SWT). The comparison they draw is between two persons, one who always worships Allah (SWT) patiently, but at the same time commits all kinds of sins, and another who neither worships Allah (SWT) nor commits sins. Certainly, the former is better than the latter, as he has performed the role for which he has been created, whereas he, who neither worships Allah (SWT) nor commits sins, has never known the purpose of his existence. Another example is of a person who worships Allah (SWT) and commits sins equally. In this very case, Allah’s mercy dominates His anger. Allah (SWT) says in a Qudsi Hadith, “My Mercy dominates My Anger.” Therefore, patience in Allah's obedience is more preferable to Allah (SWT) than patience in the face of sins. Hence, moving from the better to the good, the three kinds of patience will be arranged as follows: 1. Patience in Allah's obedience. 2. Patience in the face of sins. 3. Patience during afflictions. Moreover, patience is one way of worshipping Allah (SWT). In times of welfare, one worships Allah (SWT) by thanking Him for His grants, whereas in times of afflictions, one worships Him by being patient. Those who are not patient during hardships do not know the wisdom that Allah (SWT) hides deep in the ordeals they are in. As a matter of fact, we worship Allah (SWT) best in times of afflictions. It is the time when one feels very close to Allah (SWT), and tastes the sweetness of worship, which rarely happens in times of welfare. Thus, Yusuf’s story teaches us that the best way to worship Allah (SWT) in times of afflictions is to be patient and to raise your hands and heart up to Him, asking Him for relief. Now, let us move on to Surat Yusuf in the Qur’an. At the very beginning of the Surah, you will read, “Alif-Lam-Ra.”(TMQ, 12:1) Those letters have been mentioned in many other Surahs. It is as if Allah (SWT) is telling us these are the letters of your language, a language out of which the Qur’an has shone as a miracle until the Day of Judgment. Listen to this story to feel how miraculous the Qur’an is. In one of America’s greatest universities, a Muslim student got amazed at the huge number of laws of inheritance books his Professor possessed. The student said, "I am amazed! In the Qur’an the laws of inheritance are summarized in only three Ayahs, whereas your laws need this great number of enormous books!" The Professor was greatly surprised and asked the student for a translation of those Ayahs. He took the translation and returned after a week asking the student about the procedures of embracing Islam. Thus, the Qur’an is an everlasting miracle. Now let us go back to the Ayahs. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “Those are the ayat (Verses, signs) of the Evident Book” (TMQ, 12:1) By ‘Evident Book,’ Allah (SWT) means ‘miraculous.’ However, in what way is the Holy Qur’an miraculous and how is it the miracle of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)? The Inimitability of the Qur’an: 1. Rhetorical inimitability: meaning the inimitability of words. 2. Scientific inimitability: the newly set down scientific theories have been mentioned in the Qur’an 1400 years ago. 3. Objective inimitability: whoever follows the teachings of the Qur’an is granted honor and leadership in life. A clear proof for this can be detected in: · The way the Prophet's companions differed before and after Islam. They used to worship idols. In their journeys, they used to leave their idols behind so that they would not be heavy to carry and they used to fetch some other rocks to make other idols to carry along with them and then throw away as soon as they go back home. Omar Ibnul-Khattab (RA) used to worship an idol made out of dates so that whenever he became hungry he ate it. Those companions, who used to bury newborn girls alive before Islam, became the leaders of the whole world after embracing Islam. · Again, we ourselves represent a good example for such inimitability. Those of us who are controlled by sins, and pulled away from the path of Allah (SWT) change completely the minute they repent to Allah (SWT) and return back to the teachings of the Qur’an. It is as if they become completely different persons. Musa’s (AS) (Moses) miracle lied in his stick, while Isa’s (AS) (Jesus) was in bringing back life to the dead ones upon Allah’s will. Nevertheless, however great those miracles were, they died the minute those Prophets breathed their last. The miracle of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS), the last of all Prophets, on the other hand, remains until the Day of Judgment so long as we apply all the teachings of the Qur’an. We have to fear Allah (SWT), so that we become true representatives of the Qur’an and a good proof of its inimitability. The only way to achieve this is to become successful persons and good role models for whoever meets us. · In the following Ayah, Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “Surely We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an, that possibly you would consider.” (TMQ, 12:2). Arabic is the language spoken by people in paradise, by Adam (AS), and by the angels too. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “We, Ever We, narrate to you the fairest of narratives in that We have revealed to you this Qur’an.” (TMQ, 12:3). This Ayah was revealed when some of the companions asked Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) to tell them some stories. Allah (SWT) then revealed what can be translated as, “We relate unto you (Muhammad) the best of stories through Our Revelations unto you, of this Qur’an.” (TMQ, 12:3). We learn from this that using stories is a very important technique in teaching people and in Da’wa (inviting others to Islam) work in general. We have to invite people to Islam in a nice way, a way that they would like. This was the first Surah in the Holy Qur’an that relates a complete story. Other stories are cut down into episodes each of which is related in a separate group of Ayahs. These different ways of relating stories are meant to teach us more. In one of the greatest Arab Universities, a professor of literature and fiction mentioned that he had studied fiction for 30 years; yet, upon reading the Holy Qur’an thoroughly, he was amazed to find in it all the fruits of his 30-year studies. In the Qur’an, he found short stories like the one of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) (Abraham) when about to slaughter his son. The short story also shows in the highly sophisticated dialogue between Musa (AS) and the Pharaoh. He also found in the Qur’an dramatic monologues like the one in which Ibrahim (AS) talks to himself. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “Then, as soon as he (Ibrahim) saw the moon emerging, he said, “This is my Lord.”” (TMQ, 6:77). He went through with his observation until he reached the story of Prophet Yusuf (AS); which has all the elements of a complete story. Now, why do you think Allah (SWT) has described Prophet Yusuf’s story as “fairest of narratives” (TMQ, 12:3)? Well, this is because: 1. It includes many lessons and pieces of wisdom that benefit all Muslims, in this life and in the hereafter. It is the greatest of all stories. In it, you can read about economics, trade, the science of Ro’yah (vision) interpretation, management, planning, psychoanalysis, as well as values and ethics. 2. It is the only story with a happy ending for all the characters involved. Prophet Yusuf (AS) was very happy at the end; Prophet Yaqub (AS) (Jacob) finally reunited with Yusuf (AS), restored his eyesight, and enjoyed the reconciliation between his sons, the Aziz’s wife confessed to her mistake, the king became happy after his country had been saved, and Yusuf’s brothers reconciled with him. Thus, the story ended up with everyone being happy. In the following Ayah, Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “We, Ever We, narrate to you the fairest of narratives in that We have revealed to you this Qur’an, and decidedly before it you were indeed one of the heedless.” (TMQ, 12:3). This was the first time Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) learned about that story. Were it not for the revelation, Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) would have never known anything about it. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “As Yužsuf said to his father, “O my father, surely I saw (i.e., in a dream) eleven planets and the sun and the moon; I saw them prostrating to me.”” (TMQ, 12:4). The story started by relating a vision and ended when that vision came true. Then, Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “And he said, “O my father, this is the interpretation of my vision earlier; my Lord has already made it true;” (TMQ, 12:100). This of course is meant to attract the reader’s attention. Notice that: The name Yusuf is an Arabic one, derived from the Arabic word Asaf (apology). This signifies how Yusuf (AS) used to repent and apologize to Allah (SWT) a lot. Yusuf (SAWS) is the son of Yaqub (AS), son of Ishaq (AS) (Isaac), son of Ibrahim (AS). Hence, he, his father, and his grandfather are all Prophets. Even his great grandfather was the one whom Allah (SWT) has taken for a friend. However, despite that, he was stricken by many afflictions. When Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) was once asked about the best of people he said that he is the one who fears Allah (SWT) most. When the companions said that they were not asking about that, he said, “It is Yusuf, the Prophet of Allah, son of the Prophet of Allah, son of the Prophet of Allah, son of the friend of Allah." (The complete version of this Hadith is in Sahih Muslim, Book 030, Number 5862). Once, Omar Ibnul-Khattab (RA) passed by a man telling his friend, “Do you know who my father is? I am the son of so and so…etc” and he went on telling his full lineage. The names he mentioned were either those of hypocrites or disbelievers, yet, rich people. “Do you know Yusuf?” asked Omar (RA). “Yes,” answered the man. “Do you know who his father is?” asked Omar (RA), “He is a Prophet, son of a Prophet, son of a Prophet, and you are an evil man, and so are your ancestors, and in the Day of Judgment, you will all be dipped deep in hell.” Yaqub (AS) had eleven sons together with Yusuf (AS) and Benyamin (Benjamin) who were from a different mother. “… and the sun and the moon; I saw them prostrating to me.” (TMQ, 12:4) The Qur’anic expression ‘The Moon’ refers to the mother whereas ‘The Sun’ represents the father who gives knowledge. The sun gives out bright light and represents strength and knowledge, whereas the moon, with its tender light beams, fits the mother who is the source of compassion. “He said, “O my son, do not narrate your vision to your brothers” (TMQ, 12:5). We know from this Ayah that Yaqub (AS) was an expert in vision interpretation. He inherited this God-given gift from his grandfather Ibrahim (AS). Despite knowing the interpretation of that vision, Yaqub (AS) did not tell his son about it. He wanted him to face his fate without being dependant on anyone or anything and without waiting for what was to come. Actually, this is the wisdom of Allah (SWT) that He grants a very few number of people the gift of vision interpretation so that we would not be dependant on the visions we see and stop working to achieve what we want. Vision interpretation was acknowledged in the days of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). He himself used to interpret visions and dreams. Of the companions, Abu-Bakr (RA) was the one who did that the most. Khaled Ibnul-Walid once had a vision. He saw himself moving from a very narrow land to a much wider one. Abu-Bakr (RA) interpreted this as Khaled’s conversion from disbelief to Islam. Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) himself had many visions, one of which was about the battle of Uhud. He saw cows slaughtered, his sword’s blade partly broken, and his hands in an impervious armor. He interpreted this as follows: his companions would be killed and one of his family members would be martyred, whereas the impervious armor stood for al-Madinah. This is one of Prophet Muhammad’s famous visions. Ibn-Sireen is considered the most popular Muslim Scholar in the field of dream interpretations. One day, a man came to him seeking an interpretation for a vision where he had seen himself saying the Adhan (call for prayer). Ibn-Sireen, knowing that this man was a devoted Muslim, interpreted the vision saying that this man would perform Hajj (pilgrimage). However, when a sinner related to him the same vision, Ibn-Sireen interpreted it saying that this man would be publicly shamed. He derived the two interpretations from the Holy Qur’an. In the first one, he depended on the Ayah in which Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “And announce to mankind the Pilgrimage;” (TMQ, 22:27), whereas in the second, he depended on the one in which Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “Thereafter a crier announced, (Literally: an announcer announced) “O you (of) the caravan, surely you are indeed thieves!" (TMQ, 12:70). As we can see, the science of vision interpretation is based on the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah, and requires quick-wittedness and sharp intelligence. “He said, “O my son, do not narrate your vision to your brothers” (TMQ, 12:5). We should note here that there is a difference in Arabic between Ro’yah (vision of the eyes when one is awake) and Ro’ya (vision of the mind or the mental images one sees when one is asleep). Hence, according to this Ayah, you can hide some of the graces that Allah (SWT) blesses you with if you are afraid of being envied. However Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “And as for your Lord’s favor, then discourse about it! (i.e., proclaim it).” (TMQ, 93:11). Normally, you are supposed to tell about those graces, but not in detail so that your enemies would not envy you. Thus, everyone can have a vision; whether they are believers or disbelievers (like Khaled’s vision before embracing Islam), young or old. The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said, "Nothing is left of the prophethood except al-Mubashirat." They asked, "What are al-Mubashirat?" He replied, "The true good dreams (that conveys glad tidings). (Narrated by Abu-Huraira in Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 87, Number 119). He also said, "A good vision (that comes true) of a righteous man is one of forty-six parts of prophethood." (Narrated by Anas Ibn-Malik in Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 87, Number 112). The 23 years of Mohammad's prophethood were preceded by a period of six months of true visions. If we divide six months by 23 years, we will find out that they constitute one part of 46 parts. In other words, the period of these six months of true visions constituted an integral part of the forty-six parts of prophethood. In another Hadith, the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said, “The good vision is one part of the 70 parts of prophethood.” (Narrated on the authority of Nafi' in Sahih Muslim, Book 029, Number 5634). The more pious you become, the more parts of prophethood you acquire. We should not refuse to acknowledge good visions, as they come true, however, we should never set up a legitimate rule based on the visions we have. Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) saw that his hands were in an impervious armor and interpreted this as a symbol that he should remain in al-Madinah. However, he had to give the upper hand to consultation, being a legitimate rule. He consulted his companions and, following their opinion, went out of al-Madinah. He gave consultation the priority over vision, since no legitimate rule can be set up on the latter. There was a very famous incident in 1978 in which a group of young men occupied the Holy Haram in Makkah. As a result, prayers were stopped in the Haram and eventually police forces had to kill these men. It was later discovered that they all had the same vision where they saw one of them being the expected Mahdi and that they had to occupy the Holy Ka’ba. That is why we say that visions are not a source of legislation. What do you think is the difference between a vision, a dream, and a Satan's trick? Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) says, "There are three types of dreams: the reflection of one's thoughts and experiences one has during wakefulness, what is suggested by Satan to frighten the dreamer, or glad tidings from Allah (SWT). If someone has a dream which he dislikes, he should not tell it to others, but get up and offer a prayer." (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 87, Number 144). In visions, you might see mind-boggling images; you might for example see yourself falling down and turning into chickens and pigeons; all fantasy. Al-Bukhari said that he used to remain sick for days after having a bad dream until he heard a Hadith narrated by Abu-Qatada in which he said, "I too, used to see a dream which would make me sick until I heard the Prophet (SAWS) saying, "A good dream is from Allah, so if anyone of you saw a dream which he liked, he should not tell it to anybody except to the one whom he loves, and if he saw a dream which he disliked, then he should seek refuge with Allah from its evil and from the evil of Satan, and spit three times (on his left) and should not tell it to anybody, for it will not harm him." (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 87, Number 168). Now, what are you supposed to do when you have a vision? 1. Any Muslim may have a vision; whether he is young or old, a sinner or a devoted practicing person. A vision is more likely to come true as long as it does not contradict any legitimate rule. 2. If you have a good vision, relate it to those whom you love. If, on the other hand, you have a bad dream, you should never relate it to anyone; just spit on your left and turn to the other direction. 3. If you feel that the vision you had needs to be interpreted, search for a devoted Muslim who knows how to interpret dreams and ask him for an interpretation. One day, a man came to Ibn-Sireen seeking an interpretation for a vision he had. He saw that all his teeth fell out and was told that this was a symbol that all his family members would die soon. Shocked, the man came to Ibn-Sireen seeking another interpretation. Ibn-Sireen interpreted the vision saying that the man would be the last one to die in his family. Hence, vision interpreters can be bearers of good tidings or bringers of bad news. Once, a boy saw in a vision Satan incarnate telling a big crowd of people that Allah (SWT) has rendered permissible all that was forbidden before. “You are a liar,” the boy shouted, “It can not be true that Allah (SWT) would permit anything forbidden.” “Then, let us race together and whoever wins will be followed by this crowd,” said Satan. They raced and the boy won. Years later, the boy became one of the greatest Muslim scholars. Thus, do not ask about each and everything. Trust in Allah (SWT) and He will settle everything for you. Finally, let us agree on memorizing this part of Surat Yusuf and next time we shall start talking about the plot of Yusuf’s brothers against him. [1] Sala-llahu Alaihi Wa-Sallam = All Prayers and Peace of Allah be upon him. [2] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. 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  25. :sl: Among the beautiful tasks that All Muslims love to accomplish during the blessed month of ramadan, is reading and reciting the Quran. And in preparation for ramadan, we made available to you now, a very useful tool to help you in that regard: the Holy Quran, in Arabic, English meanings, as translated by Yusuf Ali, and transliteration with sound for every verse of the Quran. The reciter is sheikh Al Hudhaify, imam of Masjid Al Nabawy. Insha'Allah you find it useful. Go here for (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgawaher(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/show.php/showtopic/42453.html"]The Quran in Arabic, English and Transliteration with sound[/url]. Insha'Allah you all have so much good deeds in the blessed month of ramadan. May The Quran be the light of our hearts and souls, and may Allah subhanahu wataala accept our begging for His mercy and contempt, and may He accepts our duaa, qiyam and salah, ameen.