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  1. Saying The Tashahhud While Praying

    Thank you for the link. I have downloaded the software and it is helping me a lot. But what should I do till I perfect the prayer? Is it permissible to "read" the Tashahhud (from a book or something) when praying, till I learn it by heart? Right now I am spending around 10 minutes before each salat to relearn the Tashahhud. And still I am not sure if I say them properly during the prayer. Should I continue with this till I perfect it? Am very scared that my prayers are not being accepted by Allah (Subhana wa Tala). It has been a month now since I have reverted and am not even sure if a single of my prayers was valid. Thanks again for the response.
  2. Making Dua While In Sajdah?

    Assalamu alaykum I have read on a site that we should make dua in sajdah. And I read on another site that one should not ask for worldly things during the salat, because the salat is for glorifying Allah(Subhana wa tala). Is either of them wrong, or am I misunderstanding the two concepts? Assalamu alaykum.
  3. Saying The Tashahhud While Praying

    Assalamu alaykum I am learning to pray for the past one month, using the links provided on this site but still am unable to learn the tashahhud. I have to relearn it everyday as I keep forgetting it. I have no knowledge of Arabic and have learnt a few verses of the Holy Quran. But I just am unable to learn the Tashahhud. What should I do in this situation? Can the Tashahhud be substituted with something else, while praying? Is there any site from where I can learn the Tashahhud step by step? Using the method used in mounthira? Assalamu alaykum
  4. Muhammad Was Waited By The Hindus!?

    Assalamu alaykum Firstly, I am not a scholar of Hindu scriptures! Certainly, there are thousands of them and to even read all of them one has to spend his/her entire life on the subject. Regarding the question whether all Hindus have access to the same scriptures. Nowadays, yes. Any man or woman can research on the scriptures. But it wasn't so always. Earlier, only Brahmins had access to the scriptures. And even now Hindu rituals can be performed only by Brahmins. Now coming to the case of Bhavishya Purana. I have been told that it isn't one of the main Puranas. Also, I have been told that it isn't authentic as it supposedly prophecies about the British rule in India but nothing after that. I haven't had the oppurtunity to read it myself, so I am relying on what the priests say. The consensus is that the events "prophesied" in Bhavishya Purana were written after they had come to pass, but with a Hindu touch to it. Like I believe there is a Hindu text called Allah Upanishad, which says that Allah is a partner of two Hindu dieties!!! But yes, I haven't read any one of them (as they are not classified as "important"), so cannot say much about it. I have read the verses that speak of Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him), but don't know how to reconcile it with the polytheistic attitude of other Upanishads and Vedas. I know there are many places in the Vedas which talk of monotheism, but they do talk of polytheism most of the time. But definitely, the idea of "avtar" and messenger is very different. And well, "kalki avtar" isn't Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), cause avtar means incarnation of a diety. I believe that Prophet Muhammad is the seal of the prophets and was prophesied in all monotheistic scriptures. But the people corrupted the scriptures by adding their own views. But, I don't think that Hindu scriptures that we have today, can be used to support Islam ... It is highly possible I am wrong, but this is my opinion until something changes it:) Assalamu alaykum.
  5. She Converted To Islam And Died....

    The scholars we are talking about here are those who have studied Islam thoroughly. It naturally follows that they know more about Islam than the common Muslim. And what if a Muslim thinks for herself and comes to the conclusion that Islam is the true religion and all the Islamic practices some term "backward" are indeed beneficial for the mankind? Will you then accept his/her decision? Will you accept it that a Muslima wishes to wear the hijab out of her own free will? Do you accept that Muslims reject the "modern entertainment" out of their own free will and not State censorship? I guess when you encourage people to think for themselves you ask them to come to your conclusions. Correct me if I am wrong.
  6. Muhammad Was Waited By The Hindus!?

    Assalamu alaykum As I belong to a Hindu family and have embraced Islam, I think I can clear up a few things here. Firstly, I donot hold any of the Hindu scriptures as divine ... or even authentic. Now, coming to the Kalki Purana... it is a prophetic writing which talks of the Hindu "messiah". He is supposed to be a Hinddu warrior and spiritual leader. He is to establish the kingdom of dharma (literally meaning religion and here it is meant righteousness) on this earth. People say he will be a great swordsman. According to me this is where his similarities with Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) ends. It is written that Kalki will be an incarnation of the diety named Vishnu. He will not be human, but will be Vishnu, but in human form. He will be the last incarnation (not messenger) of diety Vishnu (not God) to the humans. And in the articles quoted here, the author has very loosely translated the names of Kalki's parents. Vishnubhagat means a "devotee of the diety Vishnu" and not "slave of God". God (the One God) is called Ishwara or Bhagwan in Sanskrit and slave of God would be translated as Ishwara-das or Bhagwan-das in Sanskrit. And Sumani (not somanib as stated) means "one who has a beautiful mind" and not literally "peace". "Peace" in sanskrit and Hindi is "shanti". Plus, there are numerous minor things that are prophesied about Kalki Avtar that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) never did. It is very much possible that originally the prophecy was about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and has got corrupted. But the story of the Kalki as mentioned in the Kalki Purana is very different from that of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). I would also like to add here that there are many Sanskrit writings which glorify Allah and His Messenger (!!!), but these were written after the arrival of Islam to India. And also, I have never heard of Prof. Vaid Prakash and donot believe that any Hindu priest would agree that Prophet Muhammad was foretold in Hindu scriptures, even if it was true!!! I hope this helps. Assalamu alaykum.
  7. Assalamu Alaykum

    Assalamu alaykum Thank you for your support. It strengthens my determination to overcome the odds. Yes, I am having a little trouble with my family members over issues like going to the temple etc. I refuse to go and my mother got angry. Though I haven't told her about my conversion, I guess she suspects that I offer the prayer. She has increased insulting Islam and says horrible things about those who convert. I don't think my mother would seriously harm me (ie. physically) but I have some relatives who might. So I think it would be best if I did not disclose it to anyone. Will pray for strength and that my mother realises the truth in Islam.
  8. Madhabs

    Assalamu Alaykum I have being hearing a lot about madhabs (shafie, hanafi, etc) on the news lately. I have read the wikipedia article on it and have gained a little insight. What I want to know is this - is it necessary to follow a madhab? Especially in countries like India, where shariah isn't followed what role do these madhabs play? Also, is their any major difference in these schools? And can a person choose which madhab to follow or is it decided by which region he is in? Thank you in advance.
  9. How To Pray If I Donot Know Arabic

    Assalamu alaykum I am a new convert to Islam. As I live in India I have practically no knowledge of Arabic. I don't know the script or the pronounciation of words. I know Surah Al Fatiha by heart (after learning for more than a week... and the pronounciation isn't perfect). But Surah Al Fatiha and a few Arabic phrases are all I know. I have viewed many prayer guides on the net and I understand that I need to know Arabic. But until I learn, how should I pray? Is there any other option? I am living with my Hindu mother and cannot tell her that I have converted. So attending Arabic classes will be a little difficult. Thanks for the help.
  10. Assalamu Alaykum

    Thank you dear brothers and sisters for your supportive posts. Your concern and kindness has touched me deeply. Today Eid is being celebrated in most parts of India. So Eid Mubarak to everyone on these boards. I have a few questions regarding the replies I got. What is the duration of the last third of the night? Is it the hours before dawn? Inshallah, I will do my best in trying to show my mother the correct picture of Islam and pray that she embraces the true religion. The story of Abu Huraira is very beautiful and has made me hopeful about the future. Thanks for posting it. Also I have some questions on Islam. Will post them in the Beginners Section. Take care.
  11. Assalamu alaikum My sincere greetings to everyone on this board. I am a 20 year old girl, from India, born in a Hindu family. I believed in God all my life, but couldn't bring myself to follow the Hindu religion. Slowly, in the face of the pleasures of everyday life, that belief too had begun to fade. It was the loss of my dear father that made me aware of the spiritual void I was living in. The past two years I spent exploring different faiths. I regret to say that Islam was the last religion I read about. I had always thought that Islam was the religion of the terrorists and women-oppressors. How wrong I was! I really couldn't believe that I actually was so mistaken about Islam. As I read the Holy Quran (translation) and browsed Islamic articles I went straight from being an Islamophobist to a Muslim. But there are many problems. As I mentioned, my family is Hindu. My mother is very close to me, but she would really get mad if she knew I was even interested in Islam. There are certain people here who might physically harm me. And as I am still in college (and the fees are exorbitant) I don't have the financial support to fall back on. I have said my shahadah (though not in front of two witness) with full conviction. I am learning to pray from some internet sites and am having a lot of difficulty since I donot know arabic. I have learnt the Surah Al Fatiha by heart ... it was a surreal experience. But I donot know anything else in Arabic. Though I wanted with all my heart to fast this Ramadan, I couldn't. I couldn't think of an excuse to skip the family meals. I just can't confront my family with the fact that I am a Muslim. And I don't know how I can go on living as a Hindu. And I also want to approach my mother with Islam. But she always insults Islam and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). I try not to get angry and tell myself that she doesn't know about Islam ... but how can I explain the Islamic concept of One God when she is saying that all Islam contributed to the world was violence? I am afraid for her afterlife cause she is a good woman otherwise. The media and her radical Hindu upbringing might be the cause of her antiMuslim stand. I feel very confused about the future sometimes. But though these problems are quite serious the peace and happiness I have gained outweigh them. I feel that I am not the same person I was half a year ago. It seems like I have finally made peace with myself and Allah (Subhana wa tala). I used to hate people of other races and countries. I used to think that they were somehow inferior to us. I feel so ashamed when I think of it. Today my eyes fill with tears when I think of the suffering in Africa, Palestine, Kashmir ... the list doesn't end does it? I don't know how this change happened. I can no longer identify myself with the diary entries I made last year. I had a lot of hatred in my heart ... after learning about Islam it is slowly being replaced by hope and love. Inshallah one day things will work out. I pray that I have the strength to face the future. Thank you for your time.