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  1. Dear all Please feel free to listen / download the following audo file: (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.calltoislam(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/forum/index.php/topic,187.0.html"]Islam & Indiscriminate Violence - By Jalal Abualrub[/url] Regards Aboo Uthmaan
  2. The Prophet Of Mercy

    Dear all Please feel free to listen / download the following audo file: (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.calltoislam(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/forum/index.php?topic=191.msg297#msg297"]The Prophet of Mercy - By Jalal Abualrub[/url] Regards Aboo Uthmaan
  3. By Imaam ibn Rajab al-Hanbali "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.sabeelillaah.co.uk"]source[/url] This is similar to the hatred of the Salaf-us-Saalih (the Pious Predecessors) that a person should put himself forward to give religious verdicts (fataawaa) and to crave them, and to hasten to it, and to do it in excess. Ibn Lahee`ah reports from `Ubaydullaah ibn Abee Ja`far in mursal form from the Prophet (saw) that he said, "He who is boldest from you in giving religious verdicts, will be the boldest in proceeding to the Fire" [it is reported by ad-Daarimee 1/57 and its chain of narration is weak since it is mursal (i.e. there is a missing link or links between the last narrator and the Prophet (saw)]. `Alqamah said, "They used to say, 'The boldest of you in giving religious verdicts is the one having the least knowledge.'" Al-Baraa' said, "I met a hundred and twenty of the Ansaar from the Companions of Allaah's Messenger (saw) and when one of them was asked about a matter there was not a single man amongst them except that he wished that his brother would suffice him (by answering)." [This saying is reported by ad-Daarimee (1/53) and Ibn `Abdul-Barr in Jaami` (2/163).However it is the saying of `Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Abee Laylaa and not the saying of al-Baraa`, and its chain of narration is saheeh. As for the saying of al-Baraa`, then it is, "I saw three hundred of the people of Badr, there was not a single one of them except that he loved that someone else should take his place in answering." It is reported by Ibnul-Mubaarak in az-Zuhd (no. 58), ibn Sa`d (6/11) and others and its isnaad contains Aboo Ishaaq as-Sabee`ee who is acceptable (sadooq) except that he was mudallis and reports it without stating that he heard it directly.] In a narration there occurs the addition, "…so this one would refer it to another, and he would refer it to someone else until it would eventually return to the first one." From Ibn Mas`ood, (ra), who said, "The one who gives a religious verdict to the people about everything that he is asked is indeed insane." [Reported by Ibn `Abdul-Barr (2/164-165), al-Khateeb in al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih (2/197-198) and Aboo Khaithamah in al-`Ilm (no. 10) and its chain of narration is saheeh.] `Umar ibn `Abdul-`Azeez was asked about a question and replied, "I am not one who is bold about giving religious verdicts." He also wrote to one of his governors, "By Allaah I am not one who craves after giving religious verdicts, as long as I can find a way to avoid it." Ibn Yameenah said, "This affair is not for those who love that the people should have need of them, rather this affair is only for those who love that someone can be found to take their place." It is also reported from him that he said, "The most knowledgeable of people concerning religious verdicts is the one who is most often silent, and the most ignorant of people about them is the one who speaks the most with regard to them." [Reported by al-Khateeb in al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih (2/166) and its isnaad is weak.] Sufyaan ath-Thawree said, "We reached the scholars and they used to hate answering questions and giving religious verdicts until they could find no way out except to give a verdict, but if they were relieved of having to do so then that was more beloved to them." Imaam Ahmad said, "He who puts himself forward to give religious verdicts has put himself forward to something very serious, unless he is forced through necessity." It was said to him, "Then which is better: for him to speak or to remain silent?" He said, "It is more beloved to us that he should withhold." It was said, "But if there is a necessity?" So he started saying, "Necessity! Necessity!" And he said, "It is safer for him to withhold." So those who give religious verdicts should realise that they are transmitting Allaah's orders and prohibitions and that he will be made to stand to account and be questioned about it. Ar-Rabee` ibn Khaitham said, "O giver of religious verdicts! Look and see how you are giving verdicts." `Amr ibn Deenaar said to Qataadah when he sat to give religious verdicts, "Do you realise the affair that you have fallen into? You have come between Allaah and His worshippers and say, 'This is correct and this is not correct.'" [Reported by al-Khateeb in al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih (2/168)] From Ibnul-Munkadir who said, "The scholar enters between Allaah and His creation, so let him look and see how he enters between them." [Reported with variations in wording by ad-Daarimee (1/53), and al-Khateeb in al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih (2/168) and its isnaad is saheeh.] When Ibn Seereen was asked about anything pertaining to the permissible and forbidden his colour would change and he would alter so that he would not seem to be the same person. [Reported by ibn Sa`d (7/195), al-Khateeb in al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih (2/167) and its isnaad is saheeh]. When an-Nakhaa`ee was asked about something then hatred would be seen upon his face and he would say, "Could you not find someone else to ask other than me?" He also said, "I spoke and if I had found any way out I would not have spoken, and indeed a time when I am the scholar of Koofah is an evil time." [Reported in meaning by Aboo Khaithamah in al-`Ilm (no. 131).] It is related that Ibn `Umar, (ra), said, "You ask us for religious verdicts in such a manner that it is as if we are people who are not going to be questioned about the verdicts that we give you." [Reported by al-Fasawee (1/490) and al-Khateeb in al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih (2/168) and its isnaad is weak.] Also from Muhammad ibn Waasi` who said, "The first of those who will be called to account are the scholars." It is reported about Maalik, (ra), that when he was asked about a matter it was as if he were standing between the Paradise and the Hell-Fire. [Reported by al-Khateeb in al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih (2/167) and its isnaad is weak.] One of the scholars also said to a person who used to give religious verdicts, "When you are asked about a matter then do not let your concern be to release and find a way out for the questioner, but rather to release and save your own self." [The one who said this was `Umar ibn Khaldah az-Zurqee and he was speaking to Rabee`ah ibn Abee `Abdir-Rahmaan. This narration is reported with very close wordings by al-Fasawee (1/556-557), Aboo Nu`aym in al-Hilyah (3/260-261) and al-Khateeb in al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih (2/169) and its isnaad is saheeh.] Another said, "If you are asked about a matter then consider - if you find a way out of it then speak, otherwise remain silent." The sayings of the Salaf about this are too many to quote and gather.
  4. Based on a booklet by The Cooperative Office for Call and Guidance - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon Mohammad, His last messenger. The purpose of this hand-out is to correct a false idea spread among those willing to adopt Islam as their faith. Some people have a wrong notion that entering into the Islamic fold requires an announcement from the concerned person in the presence of high ranking scholars or shaikhs or reporting this act to courts of justice or other authorities. It is also thought that the act of accepting Islam, should, as a condition, have a certificate issued by the authorities, as evidence to that effect. We wish to clarify that the whole matter is very easy and that none of these conditions or obligations are required. For Allah, Almighty, is above all comprehension and knows well the secrets of all hearts. Nevertheless, those who are going to adopt Islam as their religion are advised to register themselves as Muslims with the concerned governmental agency, as this procedure may facilitate for them many matters including the possibility of performing Hadj (Pilgrimage) and Umrah. If anyone has a real desire to be a Muslim and has full conviction and strong belief that Islam is the true religion ordained by Allah for all human-beings, then, one should pronounce the "Shahada", the testimony of faith, without further delay. The Holy Qur'an is explicit on this regard as Allah states: "The Religion in the sight of Allah is Islam." (Qur'an 3:19) In another verse of the Holy Qur'an, Allah states: "If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (Submission to Allah), Never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (their selves in the hell fire)." (Qur'an 3:85) In addition, Islam is the only religion prevailing over all other religions. Allah states in the Holy Qur'an: "To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety..." (Qur'an 5:48) Mohammad, the Prophet of Allah (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him), said: "The superstructure of Islam is raised on five (pillars): testifying that there is no God (none truely to be worshiped) but Allah, and that Mohammad is the messenger of Allah, performing the prayer, paying the Zakah (poor-due), fasting the month of Ramadan, and performing Hajj." The Shahada can be declared as follows: "ASH-HADU ANLA ELAHA ILLA-Allah WA ASH-HADU ANNA MOHAMMADAN RASUL-Allah" The English translation is: "I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah, and I bear witness that Mohammad is the Messenger of Allah" However, it would not be sufficient for anyone to only utter this testimony oraly either in private or in public; but rather, he should believe in it by heart with a firm conviction and unshakeable faith. If one is truly sincere and complies with the teachings of Islam in all his life, he will find himself a new born person. This will move him to strive more and more to improve his character and draw nearer to perfection. The light of the living faith will fill his heart until he becomes the embodiment of that faith. What would be next after declaring oneself a Muslim? One should then know the real concept underlying this testimony which means the Oneness of Allah and meet its requirements. One must behave accordingly, applying this true faith to every thing one speaks or does. What do the words of the "Shahada" signify? The significant point which every Muslim must know very well is the truth that there is no God (deity) to be worshipped other than Allah. He - glory be to Him - is the only true God, Who alone deserves to be worshipped, since He is the Giver of life and Sustainer and Nourisher of mankind and all creation with His unlimited bounties. Man must worship Allah, Who alone is worthy of worship. The second part of the Shahada (i.e., Wa ash-hadu anna Mohammadan rasul-Allah) means that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is the servant and chosen messenger of Allah. No one must have two opinions about this matter. In fact the Muslim has to obey the commands of the Prophet (PBUH), to believe him in what he has said, to practice his teachings, to avoid what he has forbidden, and to worship Allah alone according to the message revealed to him, for all the teachings of the Prophet were in fact revelations and inspirations conveyed to him by Allah. What is the meaning of worship? It simply means rendering sincere service, showing reverence for Allah. In a deeper shade of meaning, it implies total submission and complete obedience to Allah's commandments both in utterances and actions of man whether explicit or implicit. Worship fall into two categories: Visible (manifest or outward) Invisible (concealed or inward) Visible worship includes acts such as uttering the two parts of the "Shahada", performing prayers, giving Zakah (the poor-due), recitation of the Holy Qur'an, supplication, adoring Allah by praising Him, purifying our bodies before prayers, etc. This type of worship is associated with movement of the parts of the human body. Invisible worship is to believe in Allah, in the Day of Judgement (in the Hereafter), in the Angels, in the Books of Allah, in the Prophets of Allah, in the Divine Decree of destiny (that good and bad are determined by Allah alone). This type of worship does not involve movement of parts of the body but it surely has bearing on one's heart which subsequently affects one's way of life. It should be borne in mind that any worship not dedicated to Allah alone will be rejected as one form of polytheism and this causes apostasy from the Islamic fold. The next step for a newly revert to Islam is to purify himself by taking a complete bath. He should then resolve to comply with the principles and rules of Islam in their entirety. He should disown all forms of polytheism and false beliefs. He should reject evil and be righteous. Such rejection of evil and being righteous is one of the equisites of the motto of Islam - that is, Laa Ilaha Illallah. Allah states in the Holy Qur'an: "...whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy Hand-hold, that never breaks..." (Qur'an 2:256) We have to consider that when we declare from our heart that "there is no god (deity) worthy to be worshipped but Allah", it implies on our part love, devotion, faith and obedience to the rules of Islamic legislations which are legally binding on all Muslims. It is a requirement of "there is no god worthy to be worshipped but Allah" to love for the sake of Allah and to reject for the sake of Allah. This is the firmest anchor of belief which materialise the meaning of "AL WALA" and "AL BARA". It means that a Muslim should love and be loyal to his Muslim brothers. He should, as a practice, dissociate himself completely from the unbelievers and refuse to be influenced by them, both in worldly and religious matters. We conclude with a humble prayer to Allah that may He cleanse the hearts and souls of those who are genuine seekers of truth and may He bless the community of believers. Aameen.
  5. Are You Ready For Ramadan?

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  6. By Dr. Saleh as-Saleh [d.1429H] The Qur’aan is a proof for the believer who establishes what is required of him/her regarding this Noble Book. The requirement is stated in the great hadeeth in which the Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] declared that: “Religion is advice…†He [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] clarified that part of this advice is: “To Allaah, His Book…†[Muslim] Advice to the Book of Allaah has many aspects to it, including: 1. Defending the Qur’aan against all kinds of tahreef [alteration]. 2. Believing in all of the reports mentioned in the Qur’aan without any kind of doubt. 3. Pondering over the Qur’aan and its meaning and complying with its commands. 4. Keeping away from the prohibitions found in the Qur’aan. 5. Believing that the legislations in the Qur’aan are the best and the most perfected laws. 6. Believing that the Qur’aan, letters and meanings, is the Speech of Allaah, and that He [subhaanahu wa ta’aala] spoke it to Jibreel [‘alayhi-salaam] who brought it down to Prophet Muhammad [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam]. The Qur’aan is a proof against the one who does not establish the advice it demands. The one who knows ponders over and abides by the Qur’aan and his life is in constant attachment to it, whereas the one who abandons the Qur’aan in one way or another is like a person whose chest is in a state of confinement. The types of abandonment of the Qur’aan were summarised by Imaam ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah [rahimahullaah] as: 1. Abandoning the Qur’aan by not listening to its recitation, believing in it or giving attention to it. 2. Abandoning of the Qur’aan by not acting by it and abiding by what it has prescribed of halaal or haraam even if the one who does so still believes in it or recites it, meaning, it is not sufficient to believe in it and recite it to then abandon acting by it. 3. Abandoning the Qur’aan by not ruling by it or taking it as judge in all matters of religion, believing that it does not warrant certainty of conviction and that its evidences are merely literal in the sense that it does not result in knowledge. 4. Abandoning the Qur’aan by not reflecting upon its meanings, understanding them and knowing what Allaah [the One who spoke it] desires from the one who recites it. 5. Abandoning the Qur’aan by not using it as a cure for all of the diseases and ailments of the heart, such that one seeks the cure for his/her illness in other than the Qur’aan thus abandoning its use as a medicine. All of this is signified in the saying of Allaah: “And the Messenger [Muhammad] will say: ‘O My Lord! Verily, My people deserted This Qur’aan [neither listened to it, nor acted on its laws and Orders]’.†[Al-Furqan 25:30] Even though some types of abandonment are lesser than others in magnitude one of the Salaf said: “Nobody sits with the Qur’aan and leaves mutual, he will either win or he will loose.†He then recited the following verse: “And we send down from the Qur’aan that which is a healing and a Mercy to those who believe [in Islamic Monotheism and act on it], and it increases the Zaalimoon [polytheists and wrong-doers] nothing but loss.†[Al-Isra 17:82] Ibn Mas’ood [radee Allaahu ‘anhu] said: “The Qur’aan is an intercessor whose intercession will be accepted and a disputant and credible adversary. So whoever places it [the Qur’aan] as its leader it will lead him to Paradise and whoever places it behind his back it will lead him to the Fire of Hell.†[‘Abdur-Razzaak in his Mushanaf, its chain is “saheehâ€] Aboo Moosaa al-Ash’aree [radee Allaahu ‘anhu] said: “Verily, this Qur’aan is either a reward for you or a burden upon you, thus follow the Qur’aan and not let the Qur’aan follow you. Whoever follows the Qur’aan, it will make him to light upon the Gardens of Paradise and whosoever the Qur’aan follows it will push or thrust him from behind until it casts him into the Fire of Hell.†Imaam ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah [rahimahullaah] pointed out the statement of Imaam al-Bukhaaree [rahimahullaah]: “Nobody enjoys it [the Qur’aan] and benefits from it except the one who believes in it.†Then said: “Nobody will enjoy the Qur’aan, its recitation and its understanding except the one who testifies that it is the Words of Allaah that He really Spoke and revealed to His Messenger [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam].†Anyone who does not believe that the Qur’aan is the a True Book from Allaah that He Truly Spoke to Jibreel [‘alayhi-sallam] and revealed to Muhammad [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] and that it is not part of His creation, then his heart is constrained by difficulty there from. Anyone who says that the Qur’aan has an inward meaning that opposes its outward meaning or says that it has a figurative interpretation that opposes its apparently understood meaning then his heart is tried by difficulty there from. Anyone who says that the Qur’aan has a meaning that we can’t understand or apply and that we worship Allaah by the mere recitation of it, then such a person’s heart is confined by difficulty there from. Nobody subjects the Qur’aan to baseless opinions, the irrationality of the people of scholastic theology and the sophistry and the superstitions of the Sufi’s except that his heart is constrained by difficulty there from. Anyone who makes the Qur’aan subservient to his fiqh, madhhab or to the far stretched ideas of whom he blindly follows then his heart is confined by difficulty there from. Anyone who does not take the Qur’aan as a judge in open or in secret and in all matters of deen and does not submit to its rules, no matter what they are, then his heart is constrained by difficulty there from. Anyone who does not comply with the commandments found in the Qur’aan or refrains from what it forbids and its restraining statements and does not believe in all of its reports, then his heart is restricted by difficulty there from. All of those people, their hearts are not affected by the meanings of the Noble Qur’aan, nor do they understand it as it should be understood, so they do not find the joy of its sweetness and taste which the companions and their successors found. 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  7. Walaikum salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh Yes, very true Br. Yusha, al-Qur'aan was-Sunnah 'ala fahm as-Salaf-us-Saalih!
  8. By Shaykh-ul-Islam ibn Taymiyyah [d.728H] If it is asked why is one supplicating for guidance to the Straight Path when a Muslim is already regarded to be on the Straight Path? Shaykh-ul-Islam ibn Taymiyyah says, …The case mentioned above is similar to what some of them ask concerning His saying, “Guide us to the Straight Path†[Al-Fatihah 1:6] saying: ‘Allaah has already guided the believer, so what benefit is there in seeking guidance?’ Then some of them reply by saying that the meaning is ‘Keep us firm upon guidance’ as the Arab would say to the one who is asleep, ‘Sleep until I come to you’. Others say that the meaning is, ‘Keep our hearts form upon the guidance’ and that the request for firmness has been omitted. Yet others from amongst them say that it means, ‘Increase me in guidance.’ This question really occurs due to the absence of their pondering the Straight Path to which the servant seeks guidance to, for the meaning [of this verse] is [seeking guidance to] act according to what Allaah ordered, and leaving what He forbade in all matters. This is because the person, even if he has believed that Muhammad [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] is the Messenger of Allaah and that the Qur’aan is the truth in a general way, I is commonly in need of knowledge of that which would benefit him and harm him. He is in need of knowledge concerning what he has been commanded to do and forbidden from doing in the finer aspects of his life and in those areas of which he has no knowledge. [Not only this but we find that] that which he does have knowledge of, he does not put the greater part of it into practice! Assuming that all of the commands and prohibitions contained within the Qur’aan and Sunnah have reached him, then the Qur’aan and Sunnah contain laws that are general and universal for which it is not possible to specify to every individual person - therefore the person has been commanded due to the likes of this to ask for guidance to the Straight Path. Guidance to the Straight Path includes all of the following matters: cognisance of what the Messenger [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] came with in detail, cognisance of what comes under his general orders and concern for acting according to ones knowledge, for indeed just having knowledge is not a cause for attaining guidance if one does not act according to his knowledge. This is why He said to His Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] after the treaty of Hudaybiyyah, “Indeed We have given you a manifest victory. That Allaah may forgive you your sins of the past and the future, complete His favour upon you, and guide you on a Straight Path.†[Al-Fath 48:1-2] And He said with respect to Moosaa and Haroon, “And We gave them the clear Scripture, and guided them to the Right Path.†[As-Saffat 37:117-119] The Muslims have differed as to what Allaah willed from the textual matters - matters of knowledge, belief and action whiles all of them are agreed that Muhammad [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] is the truth and the Qur’aan is the truth. If all of them were to have attained guidance to the Straight Path in totality, they would have never have differed. Furthermore the majority of those who know what Allaah has ordered disobey Him and do not follow His Way. If they were guided to the Straight Path in these matters then they certainly would have performed what they had been commanded to do, and left what they had been forbidden from. As for those whom Allaah guided from amongst this nation until they became from the God-Fearing Friends of Allaah, the greatest reason for this was their supplicating to Allaah with this supplication [guide us to the Straight Path] in ever prayer along with the knowledge of their continuous need of Allaah that He guide them on the Straight Path. So due to their continually saying this supplication and their acknowledging their continuous need of Him they became God-Fearing Friends of Allaah. Sahl bin ‘Abdullaah at-Tustari said, ‘There is not a route between a servant and Allaah closer to Him than need.’ The one who has attained guidance in the past is in need of guidance in the future, this is the real meaning behind the saying of those who say that it means: ‘Establish us and guide us to being firm upon the Straight Path.’ The opinion of those who say that it means: ‘Increase us in guidance’ includes what has preceded. But all that has been stated refers to His guidance to the Straight Path that is to be granted in the future, for indeed action in the future is upon knowledge that is not yet attained. And the person is not considered to be on who is guided until he acts according to his knowledge in the future, but it is possible that this knowledge may not be there in the future, rather it could be removed from the heart, and if it still be there it is also possible that it not be acted upon. Therefore all of mankind is in dire need of this supplication, this is why Allaah made it obligatory upon them in ever prayer and they are not in need of any supplication as they are of this one. When guidance is obtained to the Straight Path then help, provision and all of the happiness that the soul seeks are obtained [from Allaah]. Allaah knows best. [19] Allaah commands His servants to supplicate, “Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us mercy from Yourself. Indeed You are the Bestower.†[Aali Imran 3:8] Footnote: [19] Ibn Taymiyyah, ‘Diseases of the Heart and their Cures’ Eng. Trans., pp. 44-47. The original text is to be found in his Majmu Fatawa, vol. 10, pp.91-138. [Daar us-Sunnah Publishers 2003] Refer also to Ibn ‘Atiyyah, vol. 1, pg. 74-75; al-Baghawi, vol.1, pg. 54; Ibn Kathir, vol.1, pg. 52; al-Alusi, vol.1, pg. 126 Transcribed from: The Spiritual Cure: An Explanation of Surah al-Fatihah [A Summary of Numerous Classical Commentaries on the Qur’aan], Pgs. 152-155, Prepared by Abu Rumaysah, Translated by Abu Rumaysah, Published by Daar us-Sunnah Publications (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_islamictexts.wordpress(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2008/07/31/ok-but-i%e2%80%99m-already-muslim-why-do-i-need-to-ask-allaah-swt-for-guidance/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_islamictexts.wordpress(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2008/07/...t-for-guidance/[/url]
  9. Why Do I Need To Ask Allaah [swt] For Guidance?

    Walaikum salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh Dear Br. Yusha May Allaah reward you for the added points of benefit! Was-salaamu 'alaikum Aboo Uthmaan
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  11. The Effects of the Qur'aan upon the Hearts of the People By Shaykh Khaalid al-Jaasim The Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said: “Allaah did not send any Messenger to a people except that He sent him with something through which people would believe in him.†When Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta’aala] sends a Messenger, He sends him with a miracle or something that is amazing that people cannot reproduce and that is suitable for that time. If we look at the example of Moosaa [‘alayhi-sallam], we find that he was sent with a staff that was used for and turned into a snake, since in that time magic was wide spread. If we look to ‘Isa [‘alayhi-sallam], his time was famous for practicing medicine and finding cures for different diseases, so Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta’aala] sent him with that ability [by His will] to cure the lepers, the blind and the deaf. One of the greatest miracles that the Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] was sent with is the Qur’aan. It is the miracle that will remain until nobody believes in Allaah and it is the miracle with which Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta’aala] challenged the Jinn and Mankind to produce the like thereof. Allaah described it as: “[This is] a Book [the Qur’aan] which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.†[sad 38:29] Before the Qur’aan was sent, at that time the Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] lived in a time in which the Arabs used to pride themselves on their eloquence and they used to gather in their seasonal markets and recite poems to each other. A poet would come and recite a poem consisting of 100 or 200 lines and people would go home having memorised the entire poem, and they used to take pride in that. Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta’aala], challenged the Jinn and Mankind, after revealing it, to reproduce anything that is similar or the like of the Qur’aan and He challenged them by saying: “Say: ‘If the Mankind and the Jinn’s were together to produce the like of this Qur’aan, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they helped one another’.†[Al-Isra 17:88] In order for us to appreciate and truly understand the greatness of the Qur’aan, we need to ponder and reflect over those verses in which Allaah challenged the Jinn and Mankind to bring the following: We have different degrees of that challenge, starting with the verses we just mentioned [above], Allaah said that they are not able to bring a whole book that resembles the Qur’aan, since they were not able to do it to that degree, Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta’aala] lessened the challenge and He [subhaanahu wa ta’aala] said: “Say: ‘Bring you then ten forged Surah [chapters] like unto it’.†[Hud 11:13] The challenge was reduced from the whole book to ten chapters like that of the Qur’aan. Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta’aala] then challenged anyone to bring just one chapter like a chapter in the Qur’aan, and that the word chapter here is indefinite which from Arabic Grammar implies any chapter, short or long. And then lastly Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta’aala] said: “...then produce a Surah [chapter] of the like thereof...†[Al-Baqarah 2:23] Meaning that since you have not been able to bring anything like that of the above then something close to any chapter, but nobody from mankind or from the Jinn was or has been able to achieve this. Does that not prove beyond any doubt that this Book is indeed very great because nobody has been able to meet the challenge? This also proves to us that this Book, as Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta’aala] said, is from the Revelation of the One Who is Wise and the One who is All-Aware of everything. The greatness of the Qur’aan is shown by the fact that even Non-Muslims may [come to] realise its greatness, even though they may not understand the meaning of the Qur’aan they may still find its greatness. Unfortunately, as Muslims, sometimes we may not appreciate the greatness of the Qur’aan. When the Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] was in Makkah, the people gave him an offer, they said: “Oh Muhammad, if you want wealth or money we will give it to you, if you want women we will marry you to the most beautiful women of the Arabs, and if you want to rule us, we will give you the kingdom, just leave what you are doing and stop calling the people to Allaah [to tawheed].†After which the Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said: “Have you finished?†And this shows the manners of the Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] to a Non-Muslim who is calling him to disbelief, he did not interrupt him until he finished and asked him: “Have you finishedâ€, and the man stated that he had. Then the Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam], started reciting Surah Fussilat in reply to his offer, and he kept reciting until he reached the saying of Allaah: “But if they turn away, then say [O Muhammad]: ‘I have warned you of a Saa’iqah [a destructive awful cry, torment, hit, a thunderbolt] like the Saa’iqah which overtook 'Ad and Thamood [people]’.†[Fussilat 41:13] When he [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] reached the above verse, the man who had come to negotiate and make an offer, he said: “Enough O Muhammad, enough O Muhammad.†He could understand the meaning [of what was being recited] and he became affected by it. Another example is the story of Jibrayah Muta’im. Before [his reversion to] Islam the disbelievers of Makkah waged a public relations war on the Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam]. They used to tell everyone not to listen to him and spread propaganda claiming that he [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] was magician, a poet etc., despite this, Jibrayah Muta’im went to see the Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] and he saw him praying near the Ka’bah. The Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] [after Maghrib] was reciting Surah at-Tur, and he said: “When he reached: ‘Were they created by nothing, or were they themselves the creators?’ [At-Tur 52:35] I thought my heart was going to fly out of my body.†One of my friends was studying in America. He was travelling on a bus and he was reciting Surah ad-Dhua. An American woman heard him, approached him and asked: “What are you reciting?†He said: “This is the Book of Allaah, I am reciting the Qur’aan.†She said: “This attracted me can you recite it again?†So the brother started to recite Surah Zalzalah, the women said: “This is not what you recited before but it is still nice, could you give me something that I can benefit from, like a tape or something I can listen to?†The brother went and he forgot, but when she saw him again [on the bus] she reminded him: “Remember you promised to give me a tape.†He said: “I searched through my sound library but I only found a tape by Shaykh Ali ‘Abdullaah Jaabir, which was recorded in a studio as opposed to the Masjid in Makkah. There is a difference because the recitation in the Masjid in Makkah is generally more beautiful, but inshaa’Allaah she will be affected by it!†He gave her the tape. After three months they met again and she said: “There has not been a single night from that time until now except that every single night I listened to this tape, and when I tried to go to bed without this tape I couldn’t do it.†This woman didn’t even know the difference between Alif, Baa and Taa, so how comes it affects the Non-Muslims and many times it does not affect us, the Muslims? Imaam al-Qurtubi [rahimahullaah] related a story in which he said: In that time it was the custom of the rulers to gather yearly and to have meetings. They would invite the scholars and the people of knowledge so that the meetings would be full of knowledge. There was a man in that gathering who could speak Arabic well and it was said to the ruler that this individual is not actually a Muslim, he is a Jew. He [the ruler] was surprised and so he said to him: “Why don’t you become a Muslim and I will give you something to strengthen you in Islam, like some money or something material?†But he [the Jewish man] said: “This is the religion of my forefathers and so I will stay on it.†When the next years gathering was taking place, the same man was in the gathering and so the ruler looked at him and said: “Are you the same man I saw last year?†It appeared that the man had embraced Islam, and so he asked him: “Have you embraced Islam?†He said: “Yes!†The ruler asked him: “What made you embrace Islam?†He replied: “I am a man with very good handwriting so I decided to try the three books, the Torah, the Bible and the Qur’aan, to see which one of them is the truth. I copied three copies of the Torah with my nice handwriting and I added things to it from myself and I took some things out of it myself, and I took it to the market and decided to sell it, and the people bought all of them from me, so I knew that the religion [of Judaism] is false.†He did the same with the Bible and the same happened, he did the same with the Qur’aan and nobody bought a single copy from him because they realised that this was not the true Qur’aan, he said: “Then I knew that this is the true religion and I embraced Islam.†A great scholar was at that gathering by the name and when he heard the story [of the man’s reversion]; he addressed the ruler and informed him that there is what confirms to what he has just said in the Qur’aan, in Surah al-Ma’idah. Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta’aala] says: “And the rabbis and the priests [too judged the Jews by the Tauraat [Torah] after those Prophets] for to them was entrusted the protection of Allaah’s Book, and they were witnesses thereto. Therefore fear not men but fear Me [O Jews] and sell not My Verses for a miserable price.†[Al-Ma’idah 5:44] And: “It is We Who have sent down the Dhikr [i.e. the Qur’aan] and surely, We will guard it [from corruption].†[Al-Hijr 15:9] So Allaah took it upon himself to protect the Qur’aan and with everything that has been mentioned, unfortunately, many of us have abandoned the Qur’aan and we do not treat it seriously, nor do not study it. The Messenger [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said: “Indeed my people have abandoned this Qur’aan.†Abandoning the Qur’aan can take different shapes and forms: First of all, not reciting it regularly, maybe we do not recite the Qur’aan for a few days in a row; perhaps we do not even recite the Qur’aan for several weeks. Secondly, we may recite it but we may not reflect on what we recite. Thirdly, we may leave acting upon the Qur’aan, what it makes Halaal and what it makes Haraam. Fourthly, we may abandon treating one another with the Qur’aan. Finally, we may even abandon taking the Qur’aan as our judge between us. So if you have abandoned the Qur’aan, then which type of abandonment have you fallen into? We must be very careful not to fall into that du’aa in which the Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said to Allaah that his people have abandoned the Qur’aan. There is a great hadeeth in the Musnad of Imaam Ahmad [rahimahullaah] stating that the Qur’aan is the accepted intercessor, meaning that when it defends someone and intercedes for that person, Allaah accepts its intercession, and a defender who is believed, when the Qur’aan defends someone Allaah believes and accepts their defence. Whoever puts the Qur’aan in front of him, the Qur’aan will take him to Paradise, and whoever puts the Qur’aan behind him, the Qur’aan will take him to the Fire. Imaam Muslim [rahimahullaah] narrated in his book as part of a long hadeeth a saying of the Prophet [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] in which he said: “The Qur’aan is either a proof for you or against you.†There is no third choice, the Qur’aan will either testify for you and will be proof for you or it will be against you, you have to think which way it is going to testify, you have to look at yourself and decide in all honesty, are you really in the group that will be protected and defended by the Qur’aan. That is why we must pay attention to the Qur’aan by studying it, memorising it and understanding its meanings, because the Qur’aan is a treasure that we must learn and discover its knowledge. ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab [radee Allaahu ‘anhu] appointed as a governor of an area, a person who was set free at that very moment, who used to be a slave and he was set free, and he appointed him as a governor straight after that, some people said to him: “Why are you appointing this man to be a governor when we have other Companions?†‘Umar replied to them and said: “Keep quiet because I heard the Messenger of Allaah [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] say: ‘Indeed Allaah raises the status of some people through this Book and lowers the status of some other people through this Book’.†This man [the freed slave] has memorised the Qur’aan and this is what made ‘Umar respect him and raise his status; and that is why a person who memorises the Qur’aan, his status will be raised in this world and he will be mentioned with good things in this world and in the Hereafter. And finally, I want to advise all of my brothers and sisters to be keen and eager and to put effort into memorising the Qur’aan, they should not be prevented by age or things that may occupy them because learning and memorising the Qur’aan little by little all the time is better than something you do a lot but doesn’t last, you must have that intention in your heart that you want to memorise the Qur’aan, and I indeed hope for every single person who truly intends to memorise the Qur’aan and does what he or she can to do so. Even if they die and they have not memorised the Qur’aan, I hope sincerely that Allaah will treat them on the Day of Judgement as if they have memorised the Qur’aan and that is why we must expend extra effort to try and memorise, learn and understand this Qur’aan, because one day the Qur’aan will be taken away from the earth to the extent that not a single verse will remain. Taken from: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_islamictexts.wordpress(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2008/07/30/the-effects-of-the-quraan-upon-the-hearts-of-the-people/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_islamictexts.wordpress(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2008/07/...-of-the-people/[/url]
  12. Click the link below to listen to / download this audio file: (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 yet4shared(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/file/56825924/e10d0500/Practical_Ways_to_Abstain_from_Disobedience_to_Allah_by_Shaykh_Khaalid_al-Jaasim.html"]Practical Ways to Abstain from Disobedience to Allaah by Shaykh Khaalid al-Jaasim[/url]
  13. Practical Ways To Abstain From Disobedience To Allaah

    Walaikum salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh Mashaa’Allaah brother, some great advice and nice pointers, jazak’Allaahu khairan! The audio link I have posted does touch on some of the points that you have made mention of as well as others, such as having awareness of Allaah, i.e. He Sees All, Hears All and Knows All, etc. Was-salaamu ‘alaikum Aboo Uthmaan
  14. Practical Ways To Abstain From Disobedience To Allaah

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  16. Tim's Reversion Story

    Dear all Please feel free to listen / download the following audo file: (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.calltoislam(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/forum/index.php/topic,167.0.html"]Tim's Reversion Story - By Br. Tim[/url] Regards Aboo Uthmaan
  17. Where Can I Find Tafseer For Sheikhmuhammad Ibn Al Uthaymeen

    Sorry, not aware of any other places to download the recordings. You can also use a software like: (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 yetspeedbit(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetspeedbit(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/[/url] For faster downloads, the great thing about it is that if your internet connection cuts off for any reason you can just resume the download from where you left off. Also, some ISP's only let you download two files at a time, but if you use the software at the link above you can download as many files as you like at any one time.
  18. No Longer Muslim

    As-salaamu 'alaikum Dear Knottystevn I am also a revert to Islam and as such maybe I can understand where you are coming from since I may have had similar questions to you at one stage or another. It would be beneficial if you could (as many brothers and sisters have already asked) let us know your questions! I hope that we hear from you soon inshaa'Allaah! Was-salaamu 'alaikum Aboo Uthmaan
  19. Where Can I Find Tafseer For Sheikhmuhammad Ibn Al Uthaymeen

    Walaikum salaam You can download the real player version then convert it very easily and quickly to whatever format you like using: (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 yetdownload(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/3000-2140_4-10780710.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetdownload(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/3000-2140_4-10780710.html[/url] Hope that helps! Was-salaamu 'alaikum Aboo Uthmaan
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  21. Giving Alcohol To Non-muslims

    As-salaamu 'alaikum Dear I Bow Only 2 Allah In Sunan Abee Daawood (No. 3189) it is narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (radee Allaahu 'anhum) said: "The Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: 'Allaah has cursed alcohol, the one who drinks it, the one who pours it, the one who sells it, the one who buys it, the one who squeezes it (squeezes the grapes, etc), the one for whom it is squeezed, the one who carries it and the one to whom it is carried'." (See: Saheeh Abee Daawood, 2/700) I think that you already know the answer, but anyhow... I hope the above hadeeth is of benefit inshaa'Allaah ta'aala! Was-salaamu 'alaikum Aboo Uthmaan
  22. Islam & Indiscriminate Violence

    Well it’s not impossibility because it has already been actualised, and yes there will always be people who do not act fully in accordance with the Sharee'ah, but that does not negate the fact that a true Islamic state can exist and has existed.
  23. Islam & Indiscriminate Violence

    This is part of the problem, do you not believe that people have the right to defend themselves or do you believe that they should sit by and watch as an oppressor enters their home, ties them up and rapes their children? Islam is not a pacifist religion, but neither is it a terroristic religion; rather, it offers the balanced path to follow in all matters, from creed to social interaction. One end of the spectrum is one extreme, those who commit acts of terror, be it on an individual, group or state level and at the other end are those who do not believe in terror but also believe that they should sit there and watch as their children are beaten. It is of course an obligation in Islam to give others their rights, yet, how often do others stop to think about the rights that they owe to the One who created them and provided them with food and sustenance? I agree with what you say about many of the resistance movements in the Middle East, yet I would beg to differ how many are actually resisting for the sake of Allaah. A lot of what goes on seems like nationalism and internal power struggles to me. There is an old Arabic poem that states: “Everyone claims to love Layla but Laya loves none of them.†In the same vein, anyone can claim that what they are doing is in the name of Islam but we have to first establish if there is any truth in that claim, and if not then Islam is free of them and their claims.
  24. Islam & Indiscriminate Violence

    Lars Do you actually want to discuss the issues at hand or do you just want to post misinformation and half truths whilst not answering any questions that have been asked of you? Islam is one thing, and how some decide to apply it is another thing. For the record, there is no minimum that one has to pay for the dowry. The problem is that you are not returning to the "solution"; rather, you are just citing this and that, had you bothered to return to the Qur'aan and Sunnah you would have known that some of the Prophet's (sall-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) Companions married for that which they knew of the Qur'aan, this was their dowry... Far from being a material cost greater than the price of a slave girl don’t you think?