Friday, February 3, 2012

7 Hadiths about Friday

 السلام عليكم
In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Here is a great slide-show about this blessed day. Friday

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New segiment - [Today's Hadith . #1]

 السلام عليكم
In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

This is a new segment called 'Today's Hadith. It's not exclusive to a specific day of the week so visit daily :)
Today we find many people using the word 'Kafir' which means disbeliever loosely. Esspecially when targeting other factions of Muslims. If you just visit youtube and see the arguments between our very own brothers in Islam, Muslim and Muslim, it really is heart breaking. Instead of focusing on buliding our relationship with nour brothers in Islam we build hate. Surly the cancer to a community is to create dispute within itself yet many of us do not remember this often.

I went searching for a Hadith that addresses this issue and I found a great one. It remind us to think before we speak.

Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,
"When a person calls his brother (in Islam) a disbeliever, one of them will certainly deserve the title, If the addressee is so as he has asserted, the disbelief of the man is confirmed, but if it is untrue, then it will revert to him."
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

That is why we must not forget my dear brothers and sisters. The only one who truly knows who is a believer and who is not a believer is the Creator Himself. Allah Almighty. And therefor when you call someone a Kafir even when they claim that they are a Muslim and a believer and not a Kafir, do so knowing that you are risking your claim being reverted back at you.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Miracles of Islam in the Qur'an

 السلام عليكم
In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Here is a series divided into 8 parts of videos roughly 8 minutes each titled "Miracles of Islam in the Quran and Science" Certain facts stated in some of these videos are increasingly awe-inspiring. For example it shows clear evidence of certain facts that were proven only recently by modern science yet have been in the Quran for the past 1400 years.

Miracles of Islam in the Quran - Part: (1/8)

Miracles of Islam in the Quran - Part: (2/8)

Miracles of Islam in the Quran - Part: (3/8)

Miracles of Islam in the Quran - Part: (4/8)

Miracles of Islam in the Quran - Part: (5/8)

Miracles of Islam in the Quran - Part: (6/8)

Miracles of Islam in the Quran - Part: (7/8)

Miracles of Islam in the Quran - Part: (8/8)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Statistical Miracle in Qur'an

السلام عليكم
In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Dr.Tarig Al Swaidan from Kuwait discovered some verses in the Holy Qur'an that mention one thing is equal to another, i.e. men are equal to women.

Although this makes sense grammatically, the astonishing fact is that the number of times the word man appears in the Qur'an is 24 and number of times the word woman appears is also 24, therefore not only is this phrase correct in the grammatical sense but also true mathematically, i.e. 24 = 24.

Upon further analysis of various verses, he discovered that this is consistent throughout the whole Qur'an, where it says one thing is like another. See below for astonishing result of the words mentioned number of times in Arabic Qur'an: Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran

Al-Dunya (This world) 115
Al-Akhira (The hereafter) 115

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Al-Mala'ikah (Angles) 88
Al-Shayateen (Satan) 88

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Al-Hayat (Life) 145
Al-Maout (Death) 145

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Al-Rajul (Man) 24
Al-Mar'ha (Women) 24

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Benefi't 50
Corrupt 50

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
People 50

Messengers 50

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Eblees (king of devils) 11 

Seek refuge from Eblees 11

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Museebah (calamity) 75

Thanks 75

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Spending (Sadaqah) 73 

Satisfaction 73

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
People who are mislead 17

Dead people 17

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Muslimeen (muslims) 41 

Jihad 41

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Magic 60 

Fitnah (dissuasion, misleading) 60

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Zakat (Taxes Muslims pay to the poor) 32

Barakah (Increasing or blessings of wealth) 32

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Mind 49

Noor 49

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Tongue 25

Sermon 25

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Speaking publicly 18 

Publicising 18

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Hardship 114 

Patience 114

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Muhammed 4 

Sharee'ah (Muhammed's teachings) 4

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Al-Shahr Month 12

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Al-Yahom Day 365

Word/ Meaning Mentioned in the Quran
Al-bahar Sea 32
Al-bar Land 13


If we add up the total words of both "sea" and "land" we get 45. Now if we do a simple calculation:
32/45 X 100% = 71.11111111%
13/45 X 100% = 28.88888888%

Above is what we know today, the percentages of Water (Sea) and Land in the world. Yet another miracle in the Quran.

The Miracles of the Quran will never end. There will never be a time where mankind can fully take in the knowledge that is in this holy book. It is a miracle to all mankind, the word of God. There is no value that one can set to the words of the Creator. It is a treasure of which guides those that want to succeed in this life and the hereafter.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

World of Angels - in Islam

 السلام عليكم

In common folklore, angels are thought of as good forces of nature, hologram images, or illusions.  Western iconography sometimes depicts angels as fat cherubic babies or handsome young men or women with a halo surrounding their head.  In Islam, they are real created beings who will eventually suffer death, but are generally hidden from our senses.

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
 World of angels - (30 min)

Below is a very accurate summary taken from here that does a very good job at summing up what Sheik Nabil Al-Awadhi says in the video above.

They are not divine or semi-divine, and they are not God’s associates running different districts of the universe.  Also, they are not objects to be worshiped or prayed to, as they do not deliver our prayers to God.  They all submit to God and carry out His commands.
In the Islamic worldview, there are no fallen angels: they are not divided into ‘good’ and ‘evil’ angels.  Human beings do not become angels after death.  Satan is not a fallen angel, but is one of the jinn, a creation of God parallel to human beings and angels.

Angels were created from light before human beings were created, and thus their graphic or symbolic representation in Islamic art is rare.  Nevertheless, they are generally beautiful beings with wings as described in Muslim scripture.

Angels form different cosmic hierarchies and orders in the sense that they are of different size, status, and merit. The greatest of them is Gabriel.  The Prophet of Islam actually saw him in his original form.  Also, the attendants of God’s Throne are among the greatest angels.  They love the believers and beseech God to forgive them their sins.  They carry the Throne of God, about whom the Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said:

“I have been given permission to speak about one of the angels of God who carry the Throne.  The distance between his ear-lobes and his shoulders is equivalent to a seven-hundred-year journey.” (Abu Daud)

They do not eat or drink.  The angels do not get bored or tired of worshipping God:

“They celebrate His praises night and day, nor do they ever slacken.” (Quran 21:20)

The Number of Angels-

How many angels there are? Only God knows.  The Much-Frequented House is a sacred heavenly sanctuary above the Kaaba, the black cube in the city of Mecca.  Every day seventy thousand angels visit it and leave, never returning to it again, followed by another group.

The Names of Angels-

Muslims believe in specific angels mentioned in the Islamic sources like Jibreel (Gabriel), Mika'eel (Michael), Israfeel, Malik - the guard over Hell, and others.  Of these, only Gabriel and Michael are mentioned in the Bible.

Angelic Abilities-

The angels possess great powers given to them by God.  They can take on different forms.  The Muslim scripture describes how at the moment of Jesus’ conception, God sent Gabriel to Mary in the form of a man:

“…Then We sent to her Our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.” (Quran 19:17)

Angels also visited Abraham in human form.  Similarly, angels came to Lot to deliver him from danger in the form of handsome, young men.  Gabriel used to visit Prophet Muhammad in different forms.  Sometimes, he would appear in the form of one of his handsome disciples, and sometimes in the form of a desert Bedouin. Angels have the ability to take human forms in some circumstances involving common people. Gabriel is God’s heavenly messenger to mankind.  He would convey the revelation from God to His human messengers.  God says:

“Say: whoever is an enemy to Gabriel - for he brings down the (revelation) to your heart by God’s will...” (Quran 2:97)

Tasks of the Angels-

Some angels are put in charge of executing God’s law in the physical world.  Michael is responsible for rain, directing it wherever God wishes.  He has helpers who assist him by the command of his Lord; they direct the winds and clouds, as God wills.  Another is responsible for blowing the Horn, which will be blown by Israafeel at the onset of the Day of Judgment.  Others are responsible for taking souls out of the bodies at the time of death: the Angel of Death and his assistants.  God says:

“Say: the Angel of Death, put in charge of you, will (duly) take your souls, then shall you be brought back to your Lord.” (Quran 32:11)

Then there are guardian angels responsible for protecting the believer throughout his life, at home or traveling, asleep or awake.

Others are responsible for recording the deeds of man, good and bad.  These are known as the “honorable scribes.”

Two angels, Munkar and Nakeer, are responsible for testing people in the grave.
Among them are keepers of Paradise and the nineteen ‘guards’ of Hell whose leader is named ‘Malik.’

There are also angels responsible for breathing the soul into the fetus and writing down its provisions, life-span, actions, and whether it will be wretched or happy.

Some angels are roamers, traveling around the world in search of gatherings where God is remembered.  There are also angels constituting God’s heavenly army, standing in rows, they never get tired or sit down, and others who bow even before the creation of earth or prostrate, and never raise their heads, always worshipping God until the day of Judgment.

As we learn from above, the angels are a grandiose creation of God, varying in numbers, roles, and abilities. God is in no need of these creatures, but having knowledge and belief in them adds to the awe that one feels towards God, in that He is able to create as He wishes, for indeed the magnificence of His creation is a proof of the magnificence of the Creator.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Heaven & Hell - Vivid descriptions (Video)

 السلام عليكم

 Sheik Nabil Al-Awadhi from Kuwait is well known for his various Islamic TV shows centered on explaining and telling many sects of the Islamic realm. He is well-respected for his knowledge and has fashioned his rep in addressing topics with unique approaches. Adults and kids alike are entranced in some of the extremely detailed stories he tells and the way he tells them ALL of course backed by verses from the Quran and Hadiths from among the most trusted of Islamic writings such as Bukhari and Muslim.

Below you'll find videos of episodes 26 and 27 of one of his TV shows. These two episodes are very eye-opening. While one episode makes you tear up with delight, the other reaffirms your faith and reminds you of our duty here on earth. Each episode split into two parts and each part roughly 14 minutes each. The first episode (26) illustrates in clear and vivid detail what happens in Paradise, it's many Heavens, and the faithful people who end up in it. The second episode (27) illustrates in clear and vivid detail what happens in Hell and the people who were in denial who end up in it.

Unfortunately the videos are in the Arabic language but I'm sure these same videos were uploaded to youtube and subtitled into many other languages. If you happen to find a version with English subtitles post the link in the comment section and I'll edit this post with the subtitled videos InshAllah.

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

 Episode 26 (Heaven) Part:1                                                Episode 26 (Heaven) Part: 2

Episode 27 (Hell) Part:1                                                       Episode 27 (Hell) Part: 2

Always after I am confronted with these types of videos and stories I am constantly reminded of my values and my true purpose on this earth. May Allah grant us the ultimate goal and prise, Paradise and the highest of it's Heavens Ameen.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Prophet Muhammad's Journey to Heaven

 السلام عليكم

 I stumbled on a very interesting site that explained one of the most famous stories and journeys of the Prophet Mohammed Peace and Blessings be upon him. An extremely good read!!
In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
"Mi'raj," the Prophet Muhammad Peace and Blessing be upon him had an experience that is similar in many respects to a near-death experience. Muhammad ascended to heaven to visit the seven heavens [and, in some accounts, the fires of hell] in the company of the archangel Gabriel. In the Koran, Muhammad's enemies are quoted as saying that they would not believe him unless he ascends to heaven and brings down a book (Sura 17:92-95).

 Isra 'and Mi'raj (VIDEO 30 min)

Muhammad went on a mysterious night journey into heaven. Some Islamic sources state this happened "in the spirit," his body remaining behind. In this legend, Muhammad is prepared for his meeting with God by the archangels Jibril and Mikail one evening while he is asleep in the Ka'bah, the sacred shrine of Mecca. They open up his body and purify his heart by removing all traces of error, doubt, idolatry, and paganism and by filling it with wisdom and belief. An animal by the name of Buraq, apparently horse-like and white, and with a human face, was provided for a ride from the mosque in Mecca to the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, from where he ascended, supposedly on a ladder of light to the seven heavens. In the first heaven Muhammad meets Adam; in the second, John the Baptist and Jesus; in the third, Joseph; in the fourth, Enoch; in the fifth, Aaron; in the sixth, Moses; and in the seventh, Abraham (who welcomed him as "Good son and good prophet"). Fifty prayers were ordained by Allah to be said by all believers daily. On the journey back, Moses, in the sixth heaven, encouraged Muhammad to go back to the seventh heaven and request a smaller quota, since this large number would be rather impractical to execute. Ten daily prayers were deducted. Again Moses encouraged Muhammad to go back and ask for still fewer prayers, which was repeated three times, until five daily were set for observance. This Muhammad did not dare query.

This story also provides teachings on what to expect at the time of death.  Muhammad states that the ladder on which he ascended to heaven was "that to which the dying man looks when death approaches." A similar concept is described in medieval literature where, at death, the soul is escorted by angels through seven heavens to the throne of God where it receives a preliminary reckoning and is then returned to the grave to await Judgment day.

The following is the full account from the "Siratu'l Rasul" vs. 270-271.

After the Prophet took this night journey from Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa, he ascended to the upper heavens. When the Prophet and Jibril arrived at the first heaven, Jibril requested the gate to be opened. The angel assigned to that gate asked Jibril, "Who is with you?" Jibril answered, "It is Muhammad." The angel asked Jibril, "Was he dispatched? Is it time for him to ascend to the heaven?" Jibril said, "Yes." So, the gate was opened for him, and Prophet Muhammad entered the first heaven.

There, Prophet Muhammad saw Prophet Adam. To Adam's right, the Prophet saw some bodies, and to Adam's left, other bodies. If Adam would look to his right he would laugh, and if he would look to his left he would cry. Adam was seeing the souls of his descendants. Those on his right were his descendants who would die as believers and those on his left were his descendants who would die as non-believers.

Then the Prophet ascended to the second heaven. In this second heaven was where Prophet Muhammad saw Prophets Jesus and John the Baptist. Jesus and John the Baptist are cousins; their mothers were sisters. They welcomed the Prophet and made supplication for him for good things. The Prophet ascended to the third heaven, where he found Prophet Joseph. Prophet Joseph was extremely handsome. Allah bestowed half the beauty on Joseph. Joseph received the Prophet with a warm welcome and made supplication for him for good things.

Then the Prophet ascended to the fourth heaven, where he found Prophet Enoch. Enoch welcomed the Prophet and made supplication for him for good things. In the fifth heaven, the Prophet encountered Aaron, the brother of Prophet Moses. In the sixth heaven, he encountered Prophet Moses. Each of these Prophets received Prophet Muhammad with a warm welcome and made supplication for him for good things.

Then the Prophet ascended to the seventh heaven, and that is where our Messenger saw Prophet Abraham. The Prophet saw Prophet Abraham with his back against al-Bayt al-Ma^mur. To the inhabitants of the skies, al-Bayt al-Ma^mur is like the Ka^bah is to us, the inhabitants of the Earth. Every day 70,000 angels go there; then exit from it, and never return. The next day another 70,000 angels go, come out, and never return. This will continue until the Day of Judgment. In this, there is an indication as to the greatness of the numbers of the angels - their numbers are far more than the numbers of the humans and the devils together.

In the seventh heaven, Prophet Muhammad saw Sidrat al-Muntaha - a very big tree of sidr. Each of the fruits of this tree is as large as a big jar. The leaves of this tree are similar to the ears of the elephants. Sidrat al-Muntaha is an extremely beautiful tree. It is visited by butterflies made of gold. When these butterflies gather on this tree, its beauty is beyond description.

Then the Prophet ascended to what is beyond the seven skies; he entered Paradise. He saw examples of the inhabitants of Paradise and how their situation would be. He saw most of the inhabitants of Paradise are the poor people.

The Prophet saw other things on the night of his ascension. He saw Malik, the angel in charge of the Hellfire. Malik did not smile at the Prophet when he saw him, and the Prophet asked why. In answer to the Prophet's question, Jibril said, "Malik did not smile since the day Allah created him. Had he smiled for anyone, he would have smiled for you."

In Paradise, the Prophet saw some of the bounties Allah prepared for the inhabitants of Paradise. He saw the Hur ul-^In: females Allah created who are not humans or devils. They are in Paradise and will be married to those men Allah willed them to marry.

The Prophet saw the wildan ul-mukhalladun: creations of Allah who are not human, devils, or angels. They are a very beautiful creation of Allah whose appearance is like laid-out pearls. They are servants of the inhabitants of Paradise. The least in status of the People of Paradise will have 10,000 wildan ul-mukhalladun to serve him. Each one of them would carry a tray of gold in one hand and a tray of silver in the other hand.

The Prophet saw the Throne, which is the ceiling of Paradise. The Throne is the largest creation of Allah in size; Allah did not create anything bigger in size than it. The seven heavens and the Earth in comparison to the Kursiyy are like a ring thrown in a desert, and the Kursiyy in comparison to the Throne is like a ring thrown in a desert. The seven heavens and the Earth in comparison to the Throne are like a seed of mustard compared to the ocean. Allah created the Throne as a sign of his Power and he did not create the Throne to sit on it.

Allah created the Throne to show his Power. It is carried by four angels, and on the Day of Judgment, it will be carried by eight. The Prophet said he was permitted to speak about one of these angels who carry the Throne. In describing this angel, the Prophet told us the distance between his ear lobe and shoulder is the distance a fast-flying bird would cover in 700 years.

Then the Prophet ascended beyond Paradise. He reached a place where he heard the creaking of the pens used by the angels who are copying from the Preserved Tablet. It is at that location Prophet was given the obligation of the five Obligatory Prayers.

At first, Allah obligated fifty prayers. When Prophet Muhammad encountered Moses, Moses told him to make supplication to his Lord to ease the obligation of fifty prayers, because his nation could not handle that. Moses said, "I have experience with the people of Israel, and I know your nation cannot bear that." So the Prophet asked his Lord to lessen these prayers for his people. Five prayers were eliminated. Once again, Moses told the Prophet to ask Allah to lessen the number of prayers. Allah did. Nine times the Prophet made supplication to Allah to lessen these prayers - until these prayers were lessened to five Obligatory Prayers. So Prophet Moses was a great benefit to us. Had we been obligated to pray fifty prayers a day, this would have been a difficult matter for us.

Also, Allah told the Prophet a good deed would be written for the person who intends to do a good deed, even if he did not do it. Also, the good deed performed would be registered for he who performs it as at least ten good deeds - up to 700 good deeds. For some people, Allah would multiply the reward of their deeds more than that. Additionally, if one performs a bad deed, it is registered for him as one bad deed; yet for the one who inclines towards committing a bad deed and then refrains from committing it, a good deed would be registered for him. Here, one should note the difference between two matters. If a thought crossed a person's mind about doing something sinful, and this person wavered in this thinking, i.e., considered whether he should do it or not, then he refrained from doing this for the sake of Allah, this is written as a good deed. However, if a person has the firm intention in his heart that he wants to commit a sin, it would be written for him as a sin, even if he does not do it. "Although Muhammad's ascension, considered strictly, was a unique privilege.