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  1. Annaba Academy is one of the best tutoring academies that offers Quran and Arabic one to one classes. Learn Quran memorization Tajweed Al-Quran Quran recitation Arabic reading Quran meaning (tafseer) Arabic expressions and grammar Islamic studies All this with expert Al-Azhar university teachers. You can ensure: Effective classes with high quality Quran and Arabic materials Experienced Arabic tutors who can deal with different ages Flexible schedule and rescheduling classes Interactive class using interactive digital environment Affordable fees Free trial class and money back guarantee if you are not satisfied or you didn't find any of the condition. Taking the online education to another level www.annabaacademy.com Annaba Academy
  2. farman e mustafa (pbuh)

    This applications contains a <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.basitali.book.farman"> 40 farameen e musfata (pbuh) </a> in Urdu. These are sayings reported from our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This application hopes to increase your knowledge of Islam and prays that you lead a better life by following the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad and his Islamic way of life. This app contains following features: - Learn Hadees in Urdu language. - Very easy to access any page. - Urdu language Hadess for all. - Save page where you left reading. - Best Hadees app for all people with pagination. - Collection of 1000 Hadees in Urdu - Talks of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) - Islamic best app for all Muslims Download this app for free to get this precious knowledge and spent your life according to the Sunnah of Holy Prophet (PBUH) click below link to download https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.basitali.book.farman
  3. Benefits of Reading Quran

    Salaams everyone Just to make things interesting, can you list the benefits of reading quran with or without understanding whatever you'll know
  4. I'm hoping that once Non-Muslims read, and reflect on the meanings of, our HOLY QURAN, they will realise that THE HOLY QURAN is the FINAL WORD OF Allah (SWT) (GOD), and also the ONLY TRUE WORD OF Allah (SWT) (GOD)!
  5. Did you ever ask yourself, what is the meaning of the word "Quran"? I tried to look it up and found in this article: 100 Questions On The Glorious Quran. The word " Quran" means That which is Read. If you have any other questions take a look at this article, it has some interesting questions and answers.
  6. Follow Prof.Caner Taslaman on youtube for his upcoming videos and please spread the information for the sake of God. Who Created God? | Prof. Caner Taslaman
  7. Surat Al Fatihah

    How many ayat in Surat Al Fatihah?
  8. Surah Baqarah

    How many ayat in Surah Baqrah?
  9. Surah Baqarah

    How many ayat in Surah Baqarah
  10. Surah Baqarah

    How many ayat in Surah Baqrah?
  11. 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
  12. Memorizing Quran is difficult. Most people start with high motivation and after a couple of month they lose motivation. They lack the energy of memorizing. Thinking that they are spending too much energy with no results. They find themselves always forgetting. And they begin to ask when will I finish. Today we will tell you some tips from a Quran teacher that will help in your journey of memorizing Quran. http://omuslimun.com/memorizing-quran-2/ please share it if you like it
  13. Al-Quran MP3 is an Islamic android app which was specially designed to enlighten the people with the prior knowledge of Quran. The essence of this app is to spread the knowledge of Quran amongst the people. Essential features of this app are as follows Distinctive features: Translation:Translation of every Surah of Quran in multiple languages makes the understanding easier for the people belongs to different parts of the world and using different languages. Transliteration: Transliteration of all Chapters of Holy Quran from Arabic to English allows the user to correct their pronunciation. Stop Signs:While recitation of divine Book it is very necessary to get the understanding about the stop signs. This feature facilitates the user by giving the knowledge of that signs. Sajdas: This is the distinctive feature of this app which specifies the Surah and the verse in that Surah where Sajda sign is present. Font Size: This feature facilitates the user to bring variation in font style according to their comfort level. Daily Notification: User can receive the daily notifications which keep them inform about the latest updates Learn Tajweed help Muslims to learn Quran more accurately Mukhraj ul haroof help users to learn or pronounce Arabic letters more effectively Components of Tajweed includes all those essential signs that are important for proper pronunciation Rules of Tajweed help Muslims to learn the basics of Quran hakeem Download this app for free and get the divine knowledge of Quran and earn the countless rewards in this world and hereafter.
  14. The story of Treaty of Hudaibiyah talks about the story of Muslim's first plan to do Pilgrimage . How they got upset when they were not able to do so and so Allah revealed the verses that it was indeed a manifest Victory of Islam .Everything happens because of Allah's will.We shouldn't get very upset on things that has not happened according to our Will. For Muslims the treaty of Hudaybiyah was a failure and they were very sad and depressed but then it proved to be a golden victory and because of it more and more people accepted Islam. You can read the story here . It is particularily inspirational in modern times when People are getting upset with the western world.It is all in Allah's plan. The Treaty of hudaybiyah ; a test of Faith and a Manifest Victory of Islam
  15. The story of Treaty of Hudaibiyah talks about the story of Muslim's first plan to do Pilgrimage . How they got upset when they were not able to do so and so Allah revealed the verses that it was indeed a manifest Victory of Islam .Everything happens because of Allah's will.We shouldn't get very upset on things that has not happened according to our Will. For Muslims the treaty of Hudaybiyah was a failure and they were very sad and depressed but then it proved to be a golden victory and because of it more and more people accepted Islam. You can read the story here . It is particularily inspirational in modern times when People are getting upset with the western world.It is all in Allah's plan. [URL="http://islamhashtag.com/the-story-of-treaty-of-hudaybiyah-from-surah-al-fath/"]http://islamhashtag.com/the-story-of-treaty-of-hudaybiyah-from-surah-al-fath/[/url]
  16. The Process Of Divorce

    Islam provides a complete regulation before coming up to the final decision of divorce. If a husband decides to divorce his wife, he should wait until her menstrual cycle of that month and say the divorce sentence only once, and then wait for a period of three months. This period is called Iddah. During the period, the husband is responsible for wife’s expenses and if the issues between them get resolved and they want to reunite, they can do it without any hassle and the marriage would be sustained. This is for the first divorce. But now they will be left with only two divorce rights. Read More Info: www.ilinktours.com/blog
  17. Quran Bahasa Indonesia provide a free opportunity to read The Holy Quran on your android phones. Check out simple and easy interface to Recite Quran. Utilize its transliteration & Audio MP3 recitation feature to absorb Quran Tajweed skills, the rules of Quran Recitation. Read Quran Translation in 9 major languages. Explore and enjoy some other useful features today. Download Al Quran Bahasa Indonesia MP3 for Android Have a look on some unique App features: This app has the following features • Download Complete Quran with beautiful and easy to use interface. • 114 Ordered Chapters, from Surah Fatiha to Surah An Naas. • View translation in English, Persian Urdu,, Spanish, , Italian, Chinese, Dutch, French and Indonesian languages • Listen Recoded recitation by Misray Rashid Alfasay • Turn on Transliteration and take help regarding pronunciation • Find any verse by using “go to” option given at the bottom of each page • Find any Surah using the Search/Index bar • Tap on verse for about a second to bookmark OR Share any particular verse easily. • From settings you can choose the fonts, their size, color and background of your own choice . Explore more features and enjoy From Settings Menu you can: • Change the font size • Go to 14 sujud in Quran • Stop Signs • Change app language • Turn on Daily notification Use this app for your daily Quran reading and share your experience. Jazak Allah Abu Umamah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, "Read the Qur'an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection. "
  18. Ramadan the greatest month ever Ramadan and qur'an, they are the best combination ever, Ramadan is the best time of a year to start and finish qur'an with love and excitement, in this holy month there are a lot of good deeds could be done by Muslims to help others like serving Iftar and suhoor to the needy at rahman tables everywhere, Ramadan is a great opportunity for Muslims everywhere to redeem themselves and ask Allah for forgiveness about any wrongs or bad deeds they've done. So reading qur'an and praying are the best thing to do in the holy month beside fasting of course. Muslims love praying Taraweeh prayers as a sunnah from the prophet muhammad (peace be upon him), to gain more rewards from Allah in the holy month, and more light to their hearts. Ramadan is the best month a year for Muslims around the world.
  19. I made a pdf file containing Quran in Modern English, readable on smartphone pc and tablet http://bit.ly/1roTaPg
  20. This is a pdf Mushaf that you can read online. Its in Arabic text. There are 2 versions, one with an Arabic meaning of the words as side notes, and the other version has the side notes showing the English meanings. The Color Coded Tajweed Quran. The idea behind this concept is to make reciting the Quran correctly so easy for those who do not know the rules of tajweed (rules of reciting the Quran) by coloring the word’s letter that contains a Tajweed rule, so as the reader recites the Quran; he/she will be able to apply the correct Tajweed rule through the color of the letter. All you have to note while reading is just 4 colors, without having to learn any tajweed rules. There are four main colours: · Red: indicates a long/short vowels. · Green: indicates the nasal (Ghunnah) · Dark Blue: used for letters to be emphatically pronounced · Light Blue: used for the sound of Qualqualah (plosive sound) · Gray: used to indicate the letters that are not to be pronounced Mushaf Al Tajweed in Arabic (with English meanings): http://www.gawaher.com/1/online-pdf-books/tajweed-en.html This copy of the Holy Qur'an clarifies its words and meanings by providing English explanations in the margins of the Arabic text. In this Mushaf, letters related to the Tajweed rules are distinguished within the text by the use of colors indicating areas of slow recitation. This technique helps simplify the rules of recitation for the reader in order to encourage and facilitate correct Qur'anic recitation. ------------------------------------------------------------- Mushaf Al Tajweed in Arabic (with Arabic meanings): http://www.gawaher.com/1/online-pdf-books/tajweed-ar.html This copy of the Holy Qur'an clarifies its words and meanings by providing Arabic explanations in the margins of the Arabic text. In this Mushaf, letters related to the Tajweed rules are distinguished within the text by the use of colors indicating areas of slow recitation. This technique helps simplify the rules of recitation for the reader in order to encourage and facilitate correct Qur'anic recitation.
  21. Female vs Woman, Male vs Man A Female vs. A Woman In the early days, kings, princes and men of status, when they used to choose a wife or even buy a slave girl, beauty was not the only factor. Her knowledge, ability to communicate and convince, her awareness of the history and the surroundings, her skills in medicine, were all taken into account, not just her beauty and femininity. When you study in the history of mankind, some of the best leaders used to seek support and consultation from their own women. Everyone knows the saying; behind every great man is a great woman. Today, we find out that the opposite is true. Where does this come from? Historians in the early days used to say, if you want to know the power and strength and the future of any nation, see the condition of their own women. There is a big difference between a female, a girl and a woman. A female is the biological terminology for the female of the species. A girl is a young female, who does not know what she wants in life. What then, is a woman or a lady? She is a female with a good character, a serious goal and responsibility, and who lives her life to fulfil her goal. According to the Qur'an, the title of a woman denotes someone who carries the message of Allah, with full responsibility, with the willingness to devote and sacrifice her life for the message. The example in chapter 66, verses 10- 12 speaks for itself: Allah presents an example of those who disbelieved: the wife of Noah and the wife of Lot. They were under two of Our righteous servants but betrayed them, so those prophets did not avail them from Allah at all, and it was said, "Enter the Fire with those who enter." And Allah presents an example of those who believed: the wife of Pharaoh, when she said, "My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise and save me from Pharaoh and his deeds and save me from the wrongdoing people." And [the example of] Maryam [Mary], the daughter of 'Imran, who guarded her chastity, so We blew into [her garment] through Our angel, and she believed in the words of her Lord and His scriptures and was of the devoutly obedient. The Qur’an gives us a spectrum of examples, starting with women who married the greatest of men but still had the highest level of disobedience, such as the wives of Nuh AS and Lut AS. On the other hand, Allah honours the wife of the Pharaoh by calling her a woman, for standing up against her husband, one of the worst tyrants in mankind, and standing firm for sabeelillah, the message and the belief, even when it led to her brutal torture and death. Further, the Qur’an shows that the ultimate journey in life, to obtain Allah’s pleasure, can be done without a husband, as was demonstrated by Maryam AS. The Qur’an shows us the example of what being a true woman means. Today, we are at the end of time. The ummah and mankind have developed a lot of diseases from colonialism, media brainwashing and propaganda, which promotes the female to be an airhead, competing in material status and chasing flashy lifestyles - but losing herself, her principles, belief and integrity in the process. The woman has been conditioned to become weak, vulnerable and easily manipulated, for a bigger goal, which is to weaken the nation. In the early days, people used to say that teaching one woman is like teaching a nation. This is because of the role of women as the role models and educators of their children and the next generation. If we do the opposite and ignore the potential and role of the woman, we can destroy a nation, because any nation, and the future of any nation, is measured by the strength and the character of its own women. A Male vs. A Man Similar to women, when a man is not a man (as in he does not have the values, goals and aim in this life), he is just a biological male: hollow, vulnerable, weak, insecure, egotistical and empty. What drives him? He would want to play the role of a man, but he does not have the qualities of one. The only way to give him assurance and to make him feel satisfied with his own character and superiority, is if he finds an equally hollow person to reinforce his own fantasy of manhood and being the one in control. The man is supposed to be the developer and the maker of his own woman, not the breaker of his own woman. If he is empty inside and has nothing to give – in terms of values, character, guidance – it is easier for him to look for someone who is even more hollow than he is as his life partner. If he finds someone who possesses greater strength of character than he does, he will end up breaking her. However, the woman is also partly responsible. It is a vicious cycle: she wants a material life, wealth and companionship, regardless of his manner, character and soul. If she does not develop her own qualities and character, and is content remaining airheaded and superficial, this is the kind of man who will be drawn to her. Continue reading here: http://muslimfootsteps.com/?q=a-woman-of-substance-or-a-bimbo/page/0/1
  22. When Things Don't Go Well When things are on an even keel or on a comfortable and predictable plateau, it is not difficult to be on the path of obedience. However, once in a while, Allah shakes up your life to test your sincerity to Him. Those in a state of obedience to Allah will accept that what Allah has ordained is the best for them, and those whose sincerity is shaky, will struggle to cope with the tests. Trials in life are inevitable, and as believers, we must be prepared for our faith to be tested. These can be in the form of calamities or with the loss of things which are precious and beloved to us. Surah Al Baqarah at 2:155 makes specific mention of things that we will be tested with: “fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits [of your labour].” Hence, the Qur’an pinpoints our most basic instincts and emotions which lie at our primal core: fear, which denotes the absence of security; hunger, which denotes the inability to satisfy our most basic needs for physical survival; and the loss of our general material needs, including the people around us. The Path of the Believer What should we do when things do not go that well? The solution is simple, for Verse 2:155 of Surat Al Baqarah concludes “… but give good tidings to the patient.” Hence, the Qur’an has already told us the attitude to adopt when hardship falls upon us. With patience, we have demonstrated that our love of and trust in Allah outstrips the love of the things the loss of which we suffered. What does this mean? An obedient person accepts that nothing, absolutely nothing, happens without the will of Allah. When there is any change in circumstance or any event that disrupts the equilibrium, they do not become unbalanced or get upset about the changes, but rather, they accept the changes with patience and trust in Allah. This does not mean that believers are defeatists or losers in life. It simply means they recognize that when certain uncontrollable events happen, the best course of action is to accept such changes calmly. Despite the external hardships, their inner tranquility and emotional and psychological ability to deal with events remain intact. If our faith in Allah is weak, it seems that this state of mind requires a superhuman effort. However this is not the case at all. It is simply a matter of letting go, and submitting our will to Allah’s Will. We give priority to Allah’s plans instead of our personal ones. It requires a simple shift of control – to transfer the trust and reliance that we have in ourselves, abilities and possessions; our dependence on our money and status; our reliance on the people around us – to trust, dependence and reliance in Allah alone. Faith and love in Allah is such a beautiful thing. With the passing of every test comes rewards, both tangible and intangible, in this world and in the hereafter. All tests by Allah elevate us to a higher level in His eyes, but only if we pass them. Hence, we can either get upset, question, analyse, refuse to accept undesirable events … we can weep bitter tears, complain, shake our fists in anger - but all these misguided emotions, desires and confusions will not help us in any constructive way. On the other hand, we can submit to the will of Allah, because we know that there is a higher power which has caused these events to occur. Allah is the best Planner, and we are optimistic that whatever has happened, was the best for us. If we adopt this conviction, we are effectively entrusting the burden of our fate to Him. We will have confidence that the same God who has taken care of us all our lives, will take care of us through our difficult moments. If we pass the test and exercise patience and gratitude in adversity, He will eventually reward us with something even better to compensate our obedience and trust in Him. Indeed, in time the believer will come to understand how wonderful a gift Allah has bestowed upon us by not only providing us with this facility, but also in rewarding us for doing so. There is no reason to worry The One who created you has already identified your abilities and limits. When He tests you, He already knows your individual circumstances and your breaking point. He will never burden you with something that is beyond your capability. We will be tested again and again throughout our lives – this is an inevitable fact of life. In Surah Al Baqarah, we are reminded: “Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said, "When is the help of Allah ?" Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.” [2:214] However, there is no reason to worry. There is no reason to fear. The believer is safe in Allah’s care. The help of Allah is coming. Hence, control your inclination to break down and give up. The path to Paradise is paved with adversity and trials, but the believer must stay focused. Do not give in to your irrational emotions, for if you are with Allah, the solution is close at hand. Often these events are a catalyst for some inner reflection. Could it be that Allah has taken away your means in order for you to turn towards Him? Could it be to purify your heart of your love for the material world? Could it be to keep your arrogance in check? Could it be to absolve your sins? Could it be to strengthen you in preparation of your own future? Whatever the reason, you have to keep holding on to your trust in Allah. To do that, you have to quell your personal desires, anger, disappointments, frustrations, and all other futile and negative emotions. Instead, change your attitude and your mindset to a positive and humble one. Trust in Him, be patient, and things will be fine. What is the alternative? The first two verses of Surah Ankabut pose the following statements to us: “Do the people think that they will be left to say, "We believe" and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars.” [29:2- 29:3] Do we want to be classified as those who fail the trials that Allah has given to us? Do we want to be labelled as liars and disbelievers in Allah’s Kingdom? A disobedient person will become angry, argue with Allah, doubt in Allah, think that Allah is punishing him, resist the changes even though they are beyond his control. A disobedient person will think he knows what is best for him better than his Creator does, and refuse submit to Allah's will. Instead of trying to comprehend the wisdom behind the events, the disobedient will get caught and sucked into a self made cyclone of self pity, denial, anger and despair. This escalates his inner turmoil, confusion, sadness and impaired judgment. Worse, he runs the risk of Allah prolonging his suffering due to his lack of gratitude and trust to Allah. All inner peace is shattered; he is in a whirl of internal and external chaos and everything becomes complicated. If one adopts this attitude, where is the sincerity to Allah? It is not a happy ending ... he will end up in an emotional and psychological mess and will slowly and surely destroy his happiness for this life and the next. Allah’s Sequence The above may sound simplistic, but life is really that simple. Allah has a certain sunnah, a sequence or manner in which events unfold according to His rules, based on a simple cause and effect formula. How Allah deals with you depends on how you deal with Him. If you believe in Allah, you simply need to eliminate all your pre-conceived notions about handling your life affairs and problems, and follow the sequence commanded by Allah in the Qur’an. You have a choice of which state you want to be in. Whatever the tragedy, it is not the end of the world. Others have suffered worse and have triumphed. By empowering yourself with trust in Allah, you will realize that even though the circumstances may be tough, your attitude and ability to rise above all these events have given you the means to stay balanced even if the world is shaking. With the passing of time, you will also understand that whatever Allah chose for you, even if in the form of a calamity, was actually the best for you, even if you did not understand it when the events occurred. So be patient and seek the help of Allah in times of distress. Allah is waiting for you to turn to him, so turn towards Him and let him navigate the way through your turmoil. Similar to this: The Road to Happiness http://muslimfootsteps.com/?q=the-road-to-happiness
  23. The History of the Qur'anic Text from Revelation to Compilation : A Comparative Study with the Old and New Testaments By: Muhammad Mustafa Al-A'zami The Qur'an reigns supreme in Muslim hearts as the most sacred of texts: a profusion of exalted ideas to rouse the mind, noble histories to stir the soul, universal truths to awaken the conscience and precise injunctions directing humanity to its own deliverance, all distilled into the melodious essence that is the Word of Allah. Through fourteen centuries Muslims have persevered in championing the text against corruption, memorizing its every word and contemplating its every phrase, so that in our own times untold millions have enthusiastically committed each letter to heart. Beginning with a catalog of ancient and contemporary attacks on the Qur'an, this expansive book provides unique insights into the holy text's immaculate preservation throughout its history, as well as exploring many of the accusations leveled against it. The reception of divine revelations, Prophet Muhammad's role in teaching and disseminating these verses, the text's compilation under his guidance and the setting of its final external shape shortly after his death, are meticulously and scientifically examined alongside such topics as the origins of Arabic, its paleography and orthography, the so-called Mushaf of Ibn Mas'ud, and the strict methodology employed in assembling textual fragments. By way of comparison the author investigates the histories of the Old and New Testaments, relying entirely on Judaeo-Christian sources including the Dead Sea Scrolls and uncovers a startling range of alterations that touch almost every fact of the Biblical Scriptures. Using this as a springboard for assessing Western theories regarding the Qur'an, he makes a sophisticated yet passionate case for questioning the aims of Western scholarship in continuously undermining Islam's holy book, and illustrates convincingly that such research, motivated by more than mere curiosity, has no scientific bearing on the Qur'an's integrity. This monumental effort, a scholarly work composed in an impassioned tone, provides a welcome foundation for sincere study at a time when assailing the Qur'an has become all too common. THE AUTHOR Muhammad Mustafa Al-A'zami, one of the world's premier scholars of Hadith, was born in Mau, India in the early 1930s and received his education successively at Dar al-'UlumDeoband, India (1952),al-Azhar University,Cairo (M.A., 1955), and University of Cambridge (Ph.D., 1966). He is Professor Emeritus at King Sa'ud University (Riyadh) where he also chaired the department of Islamic Studies; he holds a Saudi citizenship. Al-A'zarni served as curator of the National Public Library, Qatar; Associate Professor at Umm al-Qura University (Makkah);Visiting Scholar at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); Visiting Fellowat St. Cross College (University of Oxford); King Faisal Visiting Professor for Islamic Studies at Princeton; and Visiting Scholar at University of Colorado (Boulder). He is also an Honorary Professor at University of Wales (Lampeter). To download, right-click to save: history_of_quranic_text.pdf (size: 15MB)
  24. ~ Extinguishing the Flame of Ignorance ~ Knowledge and Wisdom ~ The following article focuses on knowledge and the discipline for gaining it. Before you begin reading, set an intention. Intention is power and it is all we have. If your intention is pure, Allah will help you with the action and the blessing of the action that you had intended to make. And this is what we need because this is what we mean. Therefore we have to keep in mind that we need the intention, we need the Iqhlas (sincerity) of intention and it has to be purely for Allah. Wise Sayings: Ibn Al-Mubarak (RA) (one of the pious predecessors & a great Muslim scholar) once remarked that we are more in need of manner than we are in need knowledge. Another great person said:, Knowledge without manner is like a fire without wood and manner without knowledge is like a soul without a body." Umar (RA) once said: "Seek knowledge and learn to be humble & possess humility towards knowledge and learn to have humbleness & humility towards whomever you seek knowledge from. Do not be an aggressor against knowledgeable people or else knowledge will not benefit you." I.e. to say, the more you seek knowledge the more you should gain humbleness, humility and manner with everyone you are in touch with. Another person said: "The best Emaan is the one that is decorated with knowledge. The best knowledge is the one that is decorated with actions and good deeds. The best action is the one decorated with humbleness & humility. To be decorated with all of the above one has to have patience coupled with manners (manners of your knowledge)." Whoever seeks knowledge for Allah (SWT), Allah will elevate him and he will gain the happiness of this life and the hereafter. On the other hand, whoever does not seek knowledge for Allah (SWT), he loses Duniya (this world) and Akhirah (the hereafter). Whoever seeks knowledge for Allah (SWT), but wants to benefit his Duniya with it, he will not enter Jannah (Paradise). Someone asked…Who is a King? It is said by the people of knowledge that, the King of the end of time will be the one who casts Duniya away from his life. As reported by the companion Muadh Ibn Jabal (RA), the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: "A human being, will not move forward (in other words, he'll just be fixed standing – and will not be able to move forward) on the Day of Judgment, with their Lord, unless and until they're asked about 4 things. ~About his age and how he spent it. ~About his health and how he used it. ~About his wealth, where he got it from and how he spent it. ~About his knowledge and what he did with it." It is said by the scholars and wise men: "Seek knowledge in whatever way you can but Allah [swt] will not let you benefit from it until you work for it." Sufyaan Ath Thawri (One of the pious predecessors, RA) said: "If I act according to my knowledge, I am the most knowledgeable person on earth, and if I do the contrary then I am the most ignorant man on earth." Abu Darda (RA), one of the famous companions of the Prophet, said: "Whoever seeks knowledge acts and applies 1/10th of this knowledge then Allah [swt] will give him knowledge of what he does not know." Isaa (AS) said: "Whoever seeks knowledge and acts upon his knowledge and tries to teach this knowledge, he becomes a great person in the eyes of Allah [swt] and in the kingdom of Allah [swt]." Al Khidr (AS) gives Moosa (AS) advice: "O the seeker of knowledge; be careful of making your listeners becoming bored of your speech. Do not make people who sit in front of you become bored of you. You have to know that your heart is like a cup so beware of what you fill it up with. Leave Duniya behind, as it is not your residence. You are not going to stay here permanently. Duniya is like a slipper for the worshipper, he gains from it for the hereafter. O Moosa (AS), train your nafs to be silent, you will gain wisdom. Fill your heart with piety and you will gain knowledge. Train your nafs to be patient and you will stay away from a lot of sins. O Moosa (AS), if you seek knowledge, give it your prime time because knowledge is for those who value it. Do not laugh too much, but balance the way you talk. Do not argue with the ignorant. Be patient with those who give you a hard time, this is the action of the wise and the decoration of the learned people. If somebody argues with you, be silent and do not try to answer them, otherwise you will promote his ignorance against yourself. Do not ever feel arrogant over your knowledge and feel that 'you know' because what you have is not even a drop in the ocean. O Moosa (AS), do not open a door which you do not know how to close, and do not close a door for which you do not have the keys to open. O Moosa (AS), do not try to be hungry for Duniya; instead be an Abd (a Worshipper) to Allah. Be careful against feeling discontent, or to feel you do not have too much, for at this time you will become a kaafir (one who denies) of the bounties of Allah [sWT], you will not be thankful and will not be a believer in the Qadr of Allah. Seek knowledge to benefit yourself and do not seek knowledge to talk about it. O Moosa (AS), make Zuhd (staying away from Duniya) and Taqwa (Piety) your clothing. Make knowledge & remembrance of Allah your talking and increase your good deeds. Verily soon, you may become prone to committing sins. Shake your heart with the fear of Allah [sWT] and Allah will love you. And if you seek wisdom then make it beneficial to you first." Ali Ibn Abi Talib (AS) said; O the seeker of knowledge, knowledge is very high. The head of knowledge is humbleness & humility. The eyes of knowledge are to not look upon others, meaning, to not have envy & jealousy. The ear of knowledge is to comprehend with a tongue that speaks the truth (to save it is to remain silent). The heart of knowledge is pure intention. The brain of knowledge is to seek understanding. The hand of knowledge is to be full of Rahmah (Mercy). The feet of knowledge is to visit the learned and sick people. The will of knowledge is pure niyyah and the wisdom of knowledge is accepting the little. And most importantly; always talk softly and always look for the right companion and ask Allah to give you Tawfeeq (ability). Question and Answer Question: In our daily life, how can we distinguish between following our desires and following Allah and His Prophet (SAW)? Answer: The Day when man shall remember (all) that he strove for, And Hell-Fire shall be placed in full view for (all) to see,-Then, for such as had transgressed all bounds, And had preferred the life of this world, The Abode will be Hell-Fire; And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord's (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from lower desires, Their abode will be the Garden. [Quran Surah Naziat, Verses: 35-41] Desire is the mother of all evils. A Mo’min seeks only Allah’s pleasure. When you look into Islam, the pleasure of Allah [sWT] is always against human pleasure. Someone might ask, “What about food, shelter, husband, wife and kids?” This leads us to the understanding of Duniya. If our goal is to eat and to gain strength to help us to worship our Lord, then this eating and this meal will become a part of our worship. But, if we seek luxury and expensive food, just to fulfill certain desires, this meal will now become against us. Thus we should restrain ourselves from seeking certain food at certain times because of our desires. Instead we should seek a balanced diet and seek what is good for our health, without spending too much. You might say… "So and so always invites us for good food." Now this is kindness and generosity is from Allah [sWT], you did not ask for it! As a result, in life if you will be patient against your desires then Allah [sWT] will fulfill your needs in different ways. Similarly, when we walk on the street and look at different men and women we like, we are in the act of committing sins and if this is the case we will go nowhere. Similarly, when you look at the houses of other people, their style of living, clothing etc, at this time you are looking at Duniya and you are looking for the pleasure of this Duniya. Therefore if we fulfill our needs without excessive expenses and without looking at what others have and we try to be honest in the way we spend and we have time and ability for Sabeelillah (the sake of Allah), then it is allowed and Allah will put Barakah (blessings) in it… meaning this act will please Allah [sWT]. If we wake up with a desire for a certain meal, though it is expensive and we work 3-4 hours for this meal, then we are doing it for our desire and not out of necessity. Muslims should have a simple way of cooking especially during Ramadan. If you look at us today, Ramadan has become the month of eating rather than being the month of lesser eating. The month of worship should not be the prime time for eating. If we truly follow Prophet [sAW], then WE WILL BE HAVING SIMPLE FOOD IN RAMADAN. For example: In India and the majority of the Muslim nations, Iftar has become a fancy. Oily foods which are bad for health and causes stomach burns day and night that lead to weight gain and laziness are fancied. Fried food is a strict no-no for our body. Men come to Masjid smelling bad after eating the above mentioned food. In Ramadan, we should have a simple recipe, easy to digest, easy to sleep, easy to wake up & less money consuming. However, we follow our desire and disregard the amount of time & energy spent in cooking & other expenses. Now this time will become against us. The difference between seeking the pleasure of Allah and seeking the pleasure and desires of our nafs Prophet Muhammad [sAW] said that you will never be a believer unless you desire according to what I came with!!! For example; A wife should be supporting her husband in worshipping Allah and in generating the Muslim Ummah (nation). A husband should support his wife to become a good Muslim wife. However, if relationship becomes like "I am fulfilling your desires so you fulfill mine", we will disregard the fact that we are Muslims and this will result to having loyalty to other than Allah. This means, lack of Emaan & straying in our heart. To explain further; if we are looking at the beauty of our wives or husbands, the style of food, the style of clothing, houses, cars, and easy life - then we are living to fulfill our desires. But if we make money and we try to live a simple life to save money so that we can use this money for sabeelillah (the sake of Allah) and we think about the poor & needy people - then we are trying to fulfill our duty towards Allah [sWT]… there is a huge difference between the two. Now we should always ask ourselves one question: "Is what I'm doing fulfilling my desire or is it taking care of others." "Do I mostly take care about my necessities or my desires and which one will gain pleasure of Allah?" If you came to a conclusion you will understand. However, all this discussion requires a concern, awareness and a certain wakefulness of our duty and purpose on earth, meaning are we living as a Muslims and as a Mu'min. Question: I am reading a book called 'Book Of The End' about what happens to the body in the grave and what happens to the body on the day of Resurrection. After all this knowledge, how should I seek my future? Answer: Reported by Ibn Abbas [RA]: - Prophet Muhammad [sAW] said, "Gain five before five : ~Your youth before your old age. ~Your health before you get sick. ~Your wealth before you become poor. ~Your time before you get busy. ~Your life before your death. In consequence we can see that our Prophet Muhammad [sAW] advices us to gain & grab whatever we can from every aspect because today we have a chance, tomorrow we don’t. When we neglect this advice, then we lose time and money, many lost years and a lot goodness that could have been done. If we die in this state, we would wish that we were never born. Example: If we are believers now and we think about our Lord who is going to hold us accountable, we will have to report our slavery to Him. To summarize; if we are in a state of Emaan, then we will do the maximum that we can to benefit ourselves in this life & the hereafter. Therefore, the awareness of Emaan will help us to be strong against our desires, weaknesses & surroundings and enable us to purify our intentions purely for Allah [sWT] and according to the Sunnah (traditions) of the Prophet Muhammad [sAW]. In addition, when we do so, it will help us to engage in the actions and deeds that will be a witness for us and not against us on the day of resurrection. The main commitment is to be a slave to Allah, and when we lose the meaning of slavery to Allah, we become a slave to others and Duniya accordingly. Hence, any topic we talk about is due to the lack of Emaan versus the love of Duniya and La Ilaha Illa Allah versus slavery to our desires. Our effort towards the Akhirah (hereafter) is minimal and the amount of steps we take towards it is very few. The remembrance of Akhirah is very little and the majority of mankind is running after Duniya. If you do not believe me then read ‘Men Around The Messenger’ read about Abu Darda (ra) & Abu Bakr As-Siddique (RA). Read about what they have to say and their understanding about life and what they have gained. Today as Muslims we cannot make time for Allah [sWT], it has become heavy, and our prime time goes after Duniya and what is left of it is devoted to the hereafter. We are so weak that we cannot even revert back. All I can say is that may Allah [sWT] help us. Read 'The Book of End', 'Journey of the Soul' and read about The Day of Judgment and see what Allah says. Loyalty will be according to the relationship between you and Allah. Those who you are serving besides Him [sWT] will destroy you in this life and the Hereafter. And most of all, read how many verses in the Quran warn us about Duniya and the meaning of Duniya. This is the Book of Allah [sWT], the one we read and we are supposed to live by it. Read how many Hadith of the Prophet of Allah [sWT] has warned us about Duniya. Now it is time to ask: Where am I??? By Da'ee Ahmed Moait, Source: http://noora1.com/24mayhalaqa.htm
  25. Islam is from the inside out ~ As a child, and even into my adulthood, I was brought up to believe that all one needs to do to enter Paradise is to become a Muslim. This meant, from an academic understanding, to accept a certain belief system (the Islamic pillars of faith, such as the belief in God and His scriptures); solemnized by the proclamation that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad SAW is His messenger (the shahadah); and followed by the performance of the compulsory rituals that form the five pillars of Islam. I was raised to believe that if someone performs the five pillars of Islamic worship, such as the daily prayers and the monthly fast of Ramadan, his admittance to Paradise is guaranteed. A Muslim (and to my understanding, including the lucky ones who are born Muslim) has a free ticket to jannah, if they adhere to the essentials of worship. Paradise is guaranteed – even if you were dipped in Jahannam first for your sins, your Islamic birthright will give you traction to enter Paradise. This complacent attitude was confusing. What about people who pray but carry spite in their hearts? What about people who perform hajj and umrah but continue being rude and arrogant once the pilgrimage is completed? What about people who pay zakat but are tight fisted and greedy? What about people who fast but look down on the needy? I was puzzled by the disconnect between ritual and behaviour. Can people who profess the shahadah and perform the prescribed rituals really be so confident of Paradise, even if they are selfish or arrogant – or just plain unhelpful to society? Do outward acts of worship obviate the need for basic kindness, compassion, generosity and consideration? For, on the face of it, the pillars of Islamic faith and worship are silent and do not clearly impose these additional duties on us. The sad thing is, having had 11 years of formal Islamic education, I was never once taught that Islam comes from the inside out, not the outside in. How you conduct yourself should be a personification of your belief and what you carry in your heart. The first step is internal – the cornerstone of Islam is to surrender to the will of Allah. Islam is born in the heart and personified through action and manner. Unfortunately, most Islamic education today emphasizes the external aspects only - rules and rituals, the permitted and the prohibited. There are extensive discussions and arguments over small ritualistic details, but so little on establishing the understanding of what Islam truly is. I was taught how to pray but not why we pray, how to fast, not why we fast. I was taught how to recite the Qur'an, but not what the Qur'an says. There was no proper education on how to be thoughtful, generous or kind – I took these as universal values but never realized that these can also be derived from Islamic knowledge. Hence, the outward acts have been memorized to perfection, but the essence itself remained superficial. I believe that many of us suffer from the same lack of substantial Islamic understanding – a sad legacy of many postcolonial countries. As a result, the concept of piety is often misunderstood, as emphasis is placed on outward appearances and the frequency of worship. Now I know that one who prays five times a day in a Masjid but is abusive to his wife cannot be considered a pious man. Neither can a fasting woman in a hijab who continually slanders and backbites be considered a pious woman. Piety takes the whole package into account. But in the society I grew up in, appearances overwrote behaviour. Islam for so many of us starts and stops at the ritualistic acts. Many of us don't realize that the continuation of our behaviour outside of "worshipping hours" is also a reflection of our faith. Islam does not just regulate our relationship with God, but also regulates our relationships with each other. Most of all – and I believe I am not alone in this – no one explained to me that what I utter on my tongue must be in complete sync with what I have in my heart. For this is what Islam is, total submission of your entire being. If we say "La ila ha illallah" - the negation of everything and everyone but Allah – these words are only sincere if they are transmitted into affirmative action by our hearts, minds and bodies. Islam is not just a talk. When we bear witness that there is no deity but Allah and that Muhammad SAW is His final Messenger, it is then our continuing duty to learn and put into action what Allah and His Messenger require of us. This is why the belief in the holy scriptures is important. Of the sacred texts, only the Qur'an, the final guidance to mankind, is preserved in its pure and unadulterated form, and contains the guidelines by which we are to live if we want to be under Allah's acceptance and protection. Our Messenger SAW also gave us many examples to live by for the same purpose. Islam is not just about rituals. True Islamic teachings extol the value of love, kindness, sacrifice, good manners, humility, mercy, compassion, patience, generosity and all other elements which are important for the formulation of our individual characters as well as for the upholding of the social contract between us. There are plenty of warnings that traits such as stinginess, hastiness, selfishness, rudeness, backbiting, anger, arrogance, hatred, harshness and jealousy are destructive to us at an individual and collective level, and categorically prohibited in Islam. In short, Allah does not just take to task our compulsory acts of worship, but He also watches how we behave with each other and what is in our hearts. If our behaviour on the small day to day things, or even our basic manners, are contrary to what Allah has ordained, then can we say we truly carry Islam in our hearts? If we claim we believe in Allah but our manners with others indicate otherwise, then aren't our acts of worship at risk of being eroded or rejected? Will our acts of worship be anything but hollow routines, done by way of imitation rather than true comprehension? It is true that the shahadah will lead us to Jannah, but there is no guarantee that we do not have to go to hellfire first for our sins. If so, we do not know how long we will stay there. We do not know which of our deeds, including our worship, will be accepted by Allah. Islam is an entire way of life – rituals do not exist in a vacuum, but are supported by all other aspects of our conduct. It is upon us to seek the correct knowledge on this. It is said that one of the indications of whether our worship has been accepted is if it leads to a marked improvement in our conduct and the abandonment of our wrongful behaviour. Hence, someone should emerge from his prayer calm and tranquil. Someone should complete his fasting with a higher degree of compassion to the needy. Someone should emerge from giving zakat with even less attachment to his riches. Someone should come home from pilgrimage with an increased patience and obedience to Allah. The worship is a reinforcement of someone's good character. Thus, if one consistently persists in being rude, stingy, arrogant, cruel or sinful after fulfilling all his acts of worship, it is an indication that there is something gravely amiss about the quality of his worship, despite how superior it may be to the human eye. For me, this bridges many of the gaps I've always wondered about, but leads me to another eye opening thought – forget about their actions, what about my own? How much of my own good deeds and acts of worship have been accepted by Allah, and how much of it have I destroyed by behaving badly and carrying the wrong things in my heart before and after the ritual? The answer is unknown, and indeed, quite frightening. May Allah grant us sincerity in our deeds and accept all of them, ameen. Source: http://muslimfootsteps.com/?q=Islam-is-from-the-inside-out
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