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  1. This Is What I Don't Understand About Islam

    Assalam O Alaikum, :sl: to all who have answered the question. I will try answering this question in a very simple way and I hope that I clear a bit of your misconceptions. The Holy Quran to us Muslims is the ultimate truth. No Muslim, be it in any part of the world, will disagree to what the Quran says. How is that possible? I am a non-Arab and I AM a Muslim Alhamdulillah. I read the Holy Quran. I read the translations aswell to understand it better. If your point was valid then I guess the Quran would have been irrelevant to me as I am not an Arab. Its guidance and words would have not affected me, why, simply because I am not a part of the Arab culture. However that is not the case. I simply cannot refuse that everytime I read the Holy Quran's translation it affects me. It reaches deep down into my soul. The words said by Allah (SWT) are extremely powerful. But if I am reading the translation then it shouldnt affect me because if Holy Quran has been limited to Arabic then I do not qualify for it. You see the Holy Quran came down 1400 years ago. At that time Arabic was one of the more vast languages when it came to vocabulary. It was alot more advanced as compared to the other languages present at that time. And also since our Prophet Muhammad :sl: was born in the Arabs. Hence Arabic was chosen as a mode of communication. The original texts of the Torah and Bible are in Hebrew and Aramaic . So then could we say that it restricted itself to those particular areas where only these languages was spoken? They were only directed to a particular group as these languages were only a part of their culture? No. Christianity is wide spread. Allah(SWT) chose a particular language because we are of a very lesser understanding and caliber. We might not have understood the divine words in any other way. Language has been invented to be a mode of communication right? English, which is spoken worldwide and I am writing in English this very minute, is a mode of communication throughout the world. From sign boards, to instructions, to names, etc. are written in English all over the world so that anyone from anywhere could understand. Why do we choose English? Because we think its the best mode of communicating in todays times. Similarly back then Arabic was a vast language and the best mode of communication. And all of the other Muslims who are not Arabs like me and others in this forum, we choose to read both, Arabic text and the translations. And we all live in different parts of the world and we implement the teachings of the Holy Quran in our daily life no matter where we are. Its quite easy. It has nothing to do with the Arabic culture. As it is the Arabic culture 1400 years ago was much different before Islam. It was Islam which changed it through and through. Therefore it means that the Holy Quran has nothing to do with what the Arabic culture was back then. JazakAllah!
  2. Muhammad Cartoons

    :sl: Welcome to the forum and its good to see people from other faiths or beliefs taking interest in our forum. I hope from the above two replies you have understood why we are forbidden from drawing any images of Prophet Muhammad :sl: . In very simple words the explanation I can give as a learner as I am not as qualified to go into details as my brothers and sisters is that we are forbidden from drawing pictures of living beings because it can lead to shirk. Shirk means to associate something or someone with Allah which is a major sin. As Muslims when we take the Shahadah we fully testify that We believe in no other God but Allah and that Prophet Muhammad :no: is His Messenger. By saying this it means that there is nothing in this world that can compare to or be associated with Allah (SWT). In the past many civilizations have felt the need to have some sort of physical representation of their god in order to maybe strengthen their belief or achieve better concentration or some other purpose. Which is why many religions have idols or pray to physically present things. As Muslims we do not need such a representation and nor should we have one. Hence to stop this practice we have been ordered to not create and images of Allah(SWT) or the Prophet Muhammad :j: as nothing that we create can take their place. Allah knows the human mind inside out and He knows that if we start creating images we will end up worshipping in front of them as the past civilizations have. It is forbidden for us to do so. Therefore we do not draw any pictures. I hope I have helped with this answer of mine. JazakAllah.
  3. How Close Are We To The End?

    :D Very true Brother. We do not know whether we will live to see tomorrow or not. Death cannot be predicted but it is the ultimate truth. However I wish as Muslims we all became more than more closer to Allah :sl: I see alot of Muslims in which I would include myself aswell who are becoming too involved in this Dunya than thinking about why we are here in the first place. I am in no place to comment on anyone but myself. So I will only include my example. There are days when I am so involved in this life that I totally forget about remembering Allah :no: which is SO sad. I feel horrible about it. Then there are some bouts during the year when I feel close to my Deen and remembering Allah :j: is all that I want to do. However during those days I do notice that when I am closer to my Deen I find lesser people understand me. :sl: I dont know why I feel so but everytime I start talking about Deen and Allah :D and what the Prophet Muhammad :D said and did during his lifetime, I dont have alot of people on the same page as me. For example when I meet my friends or cousins and I want to sit and do Zikr with them. Talk to them about how glorious Allah :D is or discuss past events which have taken place in the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad :D I find that most of them would for that very minute nod and smile and say yes thats wonderful but then they want to move on to a more materialistic talk. If I mention to them that how death is always lingering around since we never know when it will hit us the replies I usually get is "oh stop scaring us". So hence usually what happens is that my zeal also dies down because I feel very isolated and strange. I know thats very very bad. I know my reply is going totally off the topic but my connection to the topic is that I find it sad that people like me sometimes get so involved in Dunya that we forget our purpose in life. We always tend to think that we still have a long way to go. There is still our old age for repentence and praying. Right now we dont need to think of death. However with the way the world is nowadays everything is so unpredictable. We really need to become stronger as Muslims. May Allah :D give us all the strength and will to become better Muslims. Ameen!
  4. How Close Are We To The End?

    :sl: It is very ironic. I had posted this question around Maghrib time on IF. And now as it is 10 PM here, I checked my email and found an email in my inbox from my mother which is actually one of those forward on emails. Its subject is Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) said this 1400 yrs ago! . It states the signs of the Hour, minor and major. As it is a forward email I dont know how authentic it is but I will still paste alot of the content here as MANY of the signs mentioned in this email are close to what Brother Muhammad has mentioned in his reply. However these are just one lined signs with no further explanations. Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) said these 1400 yrs ago! * Camels will no longer be used as a means of transport; * People will ride on saddles that aren't saddles (cars?) * The distance on earth will become short; * Horses will not be used in wars; * Muslims will defeat the Byzantines which will end with the conquest of Constantinople · Istanbul); * The Jews will gather again to live in Bilad Canaan; * Very tall buildings will be built; * The disappearance of knowledge and the appearance of ignorance, with much killing; * Adultery will become widespread, and the drinking of wine will become common; * The number of men will decrease and the number of women will increase until there are 50 women to be looked after by one man. * Islam will become worn out like clothes are, until no one will know what fasting, prayer, charity and rituals are; * Allah will send a disease to fornicators that will have no cure (Aids?); * People will begin to believe in the stars and reject AL QADAR (THE DIVINE DECREE OF DESTINY); * Men will pass by people's graves and say: 'Would that I were in his place'; (large amount of sucidal deaths?) * The Euphrates will uncover a mountain of gold for which people will fight over (the river of Alfurat that lies near Syria ); * Two large groups of people will fight one another, and there will be many casualties; they will both be following the same religion (World War II?); * Approximately 30 DAJJALS will appear, each one claiming to be the messenger of Allah; * Earthquakes will increase; * Time will pass quickly; * Afflictions will appear; * Killing will increase; * Wealth will increase; * Women will be wearing clothes but not wearing clothes The email further continues stating: * THE PROPHET (P.B.U H) SAID: 'IF MY UMMAH BEARS 15 TRAITS (QUALITIES), TRIBULATION WILL FOLLOW IT.' (DAY OF JUDGEMENT) SOMEONE ASKED,'WHAT ARE THEY O MESSENGER OF Allah?' HE (P.B.U.H) SAID: * When any gain is shared out only among the rich, with no benefit to the poor; * When a trust becomes a means of making profit; * When paying ZAKKAT becomes a burden; * When voices are raised in the Masjid; * When the leader of a people is the worst of them; when people treat a man with respect because what he may do; * When much wine is drunk; The Majors signs of the Hour include: * The appearance of the DAJJAL (Anti Christ); * The appearance of Ya'juj and Ma'juj (biblical Gog and Magog); * Isa (Jesus) will come during the time of Dajjal; * The rising of the sun from the west; * The destruction of the Ka'ba and the recovery of its treasures; * The smoke.
  5. How Close Are We To The End?

    :sl: Brother, You have indeed given a very detailed answer to my question. :j: From what I have understood of the answers you have posted I believe that most of the lesser signs are already prevalent in our society today. I guess all of us can feel that. The way things are right now it seems as even a 100 more years will also be alot before Dajjal appears. The way it has been said that the signs will appear quickly after one another which is so true. I mean when we read through the list of the lesser signs its like we can tick practically all of them as true and occurring right now around us. If the coming of Prophet Muhammad :no: is one of the minor signs of the Hour then mankind has travelled 1400 years now from then. By which one can only imagine how far we have travelled from the starting of the minor signs. I cant be too sure as we cannot predict anything and only Allah :sl: knows for sure when the major signs will occur and whether we will come to see any one of the three people mentioned in our lifetime but in my opinion the stage has been set. I mean look around us. Everything is happening the way Dajjal and Shaitaan would want it to be in order to lure the people into their trap. The power that israel has is not just a mere coincidence. Its a part of a greater plan. As the Muslim Ummah we need to open our eyes and see whats happening around us. We all do but we either fail to or refuse to realize whats happening. Alot of people I talk to about this and ask them what else do you think is happening around us usually respond by saying " I know Dajjal will come, but Im sure not in our lifetime. Its still hundreds of years later." However to me it seems that maybe even a 100 years is too far. We need to unite. We need to make ourselves strong enough to fight this battle and above all we NEED to come back to our Deen.
  6. :sl: Brothers and Sisters. I don't know why but lately I have been pondering over this topic alot and I have been thinking about the end of this world alot. Maybe it is the turmoil around us that we see in the news every single day. The oil spills, the attacks on innocent people, the injustice all around us and how the blood of our fellow Muslims is being spilt all over like it is of no worth. I dont know what it is that makes me think of the end of times or death so often. I want to know more about this as my research is just like a small drop in the ocean compared to the knowledge others have on this topic. How close are we to the end? Our Prophet Muhammad :no: did give us some insight into what will happen towards the end. The coming of Dajjal (Anti-Christ), the zahoor of Imam Mehdi (A.S) and then the second coming of Hazrat Essa (A.S) . However I am not that much aware of the signs there will be for all these happenings. I recently came across the documentary "The Arrivals". It really made me think aswell. It did make sense. The "New world order" could might as well be the start of the end. I have heard that towards the end natural disasters will increase. Also I did read a few Hadith with stated some of the signs. As some of them are below however I am not sure about their authenticity: Allah's Messenger :j: said: "The Harj (will increase)." They asked, "What is the Harj?" He replied, "(It is) killing (murdering), (it is) murdering (killing)."(Bukhari) "Signs following one another like the pieces of a necklace falling one after the other when its string is cut."(Tirmidhi) Also there was another Hadith which I dont have in writing which stated something about people competing to construct tall buildings. Please do quote the Hadith if you have it. I would like it if the well learned people of this forum can give me more insight. I believe that we as a Muslim Ummah need to wake up before we lose everything. If the end is near we need to be steadfast. I think if we drew a timeline from the time Hazrat Adam (A.S) set foot on earth to the time when everything will perish, I guess we stand only a little away from the end. The pointer will be only a few inches away from the end. But thats only what I think and feel from what I see around me and from what I can make out of the situations at the present. Hope you all can enlighten me more with the correct facts. :D :sl:
  7. Roadmap To Jannah (paradise)

    JazakAllah! Brother I really enjoyed reading this post. Its so nicely put and plus it makes us smile and even more motivated. I hope we all arrive at our destination safely and above all may our fuel and batteries never run out. I hope we as in the Muslim Ummah win this race and be the smiling champs at the end of this journey InshAllah! :sl: :sl:
  8. Please Welcome Our New Sister :)

    Assalam O Alaikum Sister and to the rest of the readers, Alhamdulillah it is a great news that we are welcoming another person into the fold of Islam. SubhanAllah!!! Sister Mary may you find peace and harmony in your life because of this great change. May Allah (SWT) grant you lots of happiness, bliss, health and above all always guide you towards the right path. Do share your story with us because it gives us all great strength and joy. Congratulations!! :sl: JazakAllah.
  9. Facebook: Social Networking Or Social Engineering?

    Assalam O Alaikum Brother, JazakAllah! This article truely does ring a bell and makes us realize how tied up we are to such networks that being a part of them feels like almost a neccessity. We hardly think to ourselves that WHY do we need to be a part of them? It makes no difference if people know what I am upto and see pictures of my so called "happening" life.........however the way we have been tuned we just HAVE to do so........ I had left Facebook for a while last year mainly because I knew I was getting addicted to it firstly and secondly....and most importantly.....for some weird reason I was comparing my life with others. I was constantly judging myself whether my status updates, or my pictures, or my life was upto the mark. If it was as interesting as my friends. Hence instead of getting into that constant battle with my mind I chose to stay off the network for a while. It really helped. And now after what all has happened in the past week, I have finally resolved to myself that no more social networking on my part. I mean people did survive before these things came into being and so will I. Alhamdulillah!
  10. Little In Patience, Great In Iman

    Asalamu alekum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu. I hope you are in the best of health and Imaan when you read this reply sister. My heart reaches out to you right now as I have just finished reading your post. I am very sad that you have to go through all this. I have been through depression as well and major bouts of it but in my case its not been because of my Deen. Alhamdulillah I was born a Muslimah.....but when I read stories and incidents of people like you who have MashAllah opted for Islam as their Deen with their own free will, it makes me see you and others like you on a much higher level. Its easy to be born in a religion and to continue practicing it specially when one is born in a Muslim country. However to go against everyone and everything and then convert to Islam is extremely difficult. I wonder that myself that if I had been born in any other religion would I have the strength and patience and also the knowledge to distinguish between which religion is right. Would I have converted or had that strength to convert? I dont know. As far as you are concerned sister trust me right now you are a hero in my eyes for going through so much and doing so much for Islam. I know I cant do much to ease your pain except Duas and kind words but still I will try to make you feel okay. Sister Allah (S.W.T) tests us in a million ways in this life. Thats the reason why we are here which most people dont get. Alot of people when afflicted with pain and troubles say "Why me?". The answer to that is because Allah (S.W.T) chose you to go through it. He could have chosen the person next to you or your friend or your neighbour but He chose you. So I believe when going through troubles instead of saying "Why me?" we should infact be saying SubhanAllah He chose me. For every pain we face in this world we get closer to Jannah as our sins are being eradicated and its upto us how we handle ourselves during that pain. If we have patience than we win it all. If we lose patience and strength then what do we have left except distress. I know you must be thinking that I dont even know half of what you are going through and infact you are absolutely right. But sister I want you to stay strong. One day all this will ease. One day InshAllah you will find a place in your life where you can live happily and practice your Deen and live a fullfilling life. Till that day however you need to hold on. It will be very tough at times but during those times you will have to remember that Allah chose you to go through this because He wants you to get a better life here and hereafter. The first step of Him choosing you was your turning towards Islam. MashAllah! Please sister stay strong and keep the hope alive that one day life will change and also that this life vanishes in the blink of an eye. Its the Hereafter which will matter. When you keep on reminding yourself of these two things trust me every trouble seems less. Lot of Duas for you sister. *hug* please stay strong! JazakAllah!
  11. My Problem With Islam

    :sl: Brother and everyone in the forum, I know what you are going through because I have seen alot of Muslim brothers and sisters go through it around me. Living in Pakistan we have a somewhat different interpretation of Islam which is mainly formed by the Ullema. I have seen so many of my friends getting fed up with Islam and religion so much so that they would call themselves "spiritual" rather than "Muslims". I know that the way Islam is taught by such Ullema is not inviting at all rather it is more scary than inviting. One would rather want to disassociate himself or herself from the whole religion than being a part of it. However thanks to all my brothers and sisters on this forum who have rightly said that you should indeed look into what Islam is for real. The true Islam. Study for yourself as well rather than just relying on what a certain Jamaat has to say. I am not saying that all of the Ullema's are wrong but a major sect is collaborating deen and culture together and therefore making Islam alot more difficult. Firstly Brother read the Quran over and over again and try to understand it fully. Read the translation with the aim of better understanding of what Allah (SWT) has said. Secondly look into the life and ways of Hazrat Muhammad :j: and not just listen to what others have to say but read articles and books by reknowned people to see for real what our Beloved Prophet did and how he lived. Look into the lives of the Sahaba. Read as much as you can in books. Then only will you be able to see Islam in a different light. Everyone here has rightly said that Islam is not just about culture. The Pakistani culture in itself cannot be given the title of Islam because Islam is far beyond cultures. Islam was brought forth for mankind in general not a particular culture and plus it was for centuries to come so therefore it simply cannot be bound to one culture. Take all this from a Pakistani, someone who lives in that society and still considers Islam to be the best and most sophisticated religion. It is indeed the best religion. Please do not give up so easily on it. There is still alot more to learn and alot more to know. I hope all of us have helped you. :no: :sl:
  12. The Best Treasure

    :D Brother, :j: It is indeed a beautiful post. This is exactly what we need to keep in mind for todays world. We are so lost in our worldly lives that we do not realize that now is the time that we create a place for ourselves in Jannah or we can create a place in Hell. This is the time. This the time when we can act accordingly and choose what we have to do. If we lose out on this time it shall never return and who knows where we are tomorrow. We need to think of Allah :no: every second and base all our actions on our love for Him. May Allah :D guide us to the right path and keep us strong on it. :sl: :D :sl:
  13. Depressed

    :D Sister, I know right now you must be extremely confused about what to do. I was in the same situation as you and for some reasons I could not continue my graduate program as I had planned hence I had to quit University in the middle without completing my degree. For days I was confused and depressed and didn't know what to do with my life. However Allah :j: has His ways and after days of despair He finally made me see the solution. Since I couldn't continue as a regular student I chose to rethink my options and subjects as well and now I am doing my Bachelors as an external student. :D It is not as bad as it seems Sis. :D soon you will be back on track as well. Try looking for external options at universities around you. This way you can study at home at your own pace. Later on you could apply to a university for Masters as a regular student if it seems appropriate. Just keep your trust in Allah :no: . He knows best and whatever will happen will be the best for you. Keep praying and be patient, this too shall pass. :sl: :sl:
  14. I Converted To Islam From Christianity

    :no: Sister, :sl: I am so happy for you that you have converted. Islam is indeed the best religion and the best way of living. May Allah :j: make you a better Muslim by the day and may He strengthen your future marriage with love and respect. You have indeed made the right decision so keep reminding yourself that everytime you feel weak and plus you have a whole "virtual" family right here to support you. Take care Sis. :D :sl:
  15. Where Do You Live?

    :sl: everyone, Pakistan :j: :sl:
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