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On the fateful morning of September 11th 2000, in what at first appeared to be a ‘freak’ accident, an aircraſt crashed into one of the Twin Towers of the Worlds Trade Centre in New York. Reality was far more shocking and horrifying than any disaster fiction Hollywood could produce. Minutes later another plane crashed into the other tower and almost simultaneously another slammed into the Pentagon in Washington, it was clear this was no accident. Within an hour and these two iconic symbols of global capitalism and he so-called ‘free world’ came crashing down like carded wool. On ursday, July 7, 2005, will be remembered all over the world for series of bomb attacks took place in the British capital, London. ese barbaric attacks leſt behind them dozens of dead and hundreds of injured, and went down in history as causing terrible material and psychological damage. ese events were referred to as “Islamic terror”, in a manner that deeply wounds the entire Islamic world. It creates severe distress in the hearts of sincere believers, and lays blame on a community numbering more than 1.5 billion. However aſter the 9/11 attacks, though the media tried to portray Islam as bar- baric religion astonishingly more than 35000 Americans studied Islam and reverted back to it. Speaking of the attacks on Islam, the Imam Siraj Wahhaj made a comment that should indeed be written in GOLD: Eid Mubarak WHAT’S INSIDE ? “If they don’t attack us, we’ll grow. If they attack us, we’ll grow even BIGGER” Allah says: “And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Al- lah is the best of planners.” [e Glorious Qur’an- 3:54] ere is no room for the concept of terror in Islam and these events have absolutely nothing to do with the Islam. When we look at the Qur’an And Authentic Hadiths, which are the sole sources of Islam, and at the practices of all Muslim rulers throughout the history of the world, beginning with our Proph- et , we can see the truth of this in all clarity. Terrorism is a terrible plague that has infected the world for [Continued to Page 5] A note from the editor 2 Eid ul fitr... 3 Keeping ramadan spirits alive 7 Divine wisdom behind diseases 9 e Ability to see the Signs of God 10 Prepare now!!! 12 Al Qur’an... 13 Womenz vision 15 Pearls of the Prophet 17 You ask and the qur’an 18 Kidz Vision 19 Ask... 22

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  • On the fateful morning of September 11th 2000, in what at

    rst appeared to be a freak accident, an aircra crashed into

    one of the Twin Towers of the Worlds Trade Centre in New York.

    Reality was far more shocking and horrifying than any disaster

    ction Hollywood could produce. Minutes later another plane

    crashed into the other tower and almost simultaneously another

    slammed into the Pentagon in Washington, it was clear this was

    no accident. Within an hour and these two iconic symbols of

    global capitalism and he so-called free world came crashing

    down like carded wool.

    On ursday, July 7, 2005, will be remembered all over the

    world for series of bomb attacks took place in the British capital,

    London. ese barbaric attacks le behind them dozens of dead

    and hundreds of injured, and went down in history as causing

    terrible material and psychological damage.

    ese events were referred to as Islamic terror, in a manner

    that deeply wounds the entire Islamic world. It creates severe

    distress in the hearts of sincere believers, and lays blame on a

    community numbering more than 1.5 billion. However a er the

    9/11 attacks, though the media tried to portray Islam as bar-

    baric religion astonishingly more than 35000 Americans studied

    Islam and reverted back to it. Speaking of the attacks on Islam,

    the Imam Siraj Wahhaj made a comment that should indeed be

    written in GOLD:

    Eid Mubarak

    WHATS INSIDE ?

    If they dont attack us, well grow. If they attack us, well grow

    even BIGGER Allah says:

    And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Al-

    lah is the best of planners. [ e Glorious Quran- 3:54]

    ere is no room for the concept of terror in Islam and these

    events have absolutely nothing to do with the Islam. When

    we look at the Quran And Authentic Hadiths, which are the

    sole sources of Islam, and at the practices of all Muslim rulers

    throughout the history of the world, beginning with our Proph-

    et , we can see the truth of this in all clarity.

    Terrorism is a terrible plague that has infected the world for

    [Continued to Page 5]

    A note from the editor 2Eid ul tr... 3Keeping ramadan spirits alive 7Divine wisdom behind diseases 9 e Ability to see the Signs of God 10Prepare now!!! 12Al Quran... 13Womenz vision 15Pearls of the Prophet 17You ask and the quran 18Kidz Vision 19Ask... 22

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    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmathullahi wa barakathuhu.

    Yes, the blessed month Ramadan has ended. We saw people going to the hous-

    es of Allah (Masjid) in groups and individually, and we saw them striving to per-

    form the obligatory prayers on time and to give in charity, competing with one

    another in doing good deeds. Undoubtedly the purpose for which Allah created

    everyone was to worship Him Alone, to worship the Lord of the Worlds, with

    no partner or associate. is was achieved in the most beautiful manner during

    Ramadan.

    But what a er Ramadan? Indeed, steadfastness a er Ramadan and the recti-

    $ cation of ones statements and actions are the greatest signs that one has gained

    bene$ t from the month of Ramadan and striven in obedience. ey are tokens

    of reception and signs of success. But if good deeds, charity, come to an end with

    the end of Ramadan will it not be like deceiving the Lord?

    Allah compares such a person and says:

    And be not like her who undoes the thread which she has spun, a er it has

    become strong.. [ e Glorious Quran 16:92]

    No doubt that Allah can never be deceived, for He has perfect knowledge of

    the secrets and what the hearts conceal.

    It was narrated from some of the Salaf-us-Salih (righteous predecessors) that

    they used to pray to Allah for six months that they would live until Ramadan,

    then they would pray for $ ve months a erwards that He would accept it from

    them.

    Will Allah accept from us if we suspend fasting until next Ramadan, if we stop

    praying at nights, if we stop being kind to others?... No, never.!

    Ramadan is an opportunity for us to return to Allah with sincerity. However,

    it is not a meager pit stop in a race of laxness and disobedience, but an impetus to

    do good deeds continuously. Its passing should not witness the end of our exer-

    tion in worship. Let us be warned of turning backward a er having attained the

    guidance.

    Let us make the Quran and Sunnah as our guide lights and practice Islam as

    much as possible and make our non-Muslim brothers and sisters of our country

    see Islam in the lives of Muslims, then they will not require much persuasion to

    accept the fact that Islam is the true religion and the best way of life.

    Let us carry forward the lessons and blessings of Ramadan, Let us strive to

    cultivate goodness and happiness on our way by spreading the message of peace

    to our brethrens, and keep in our hearts the prayer of the believers:

    Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate a er You have guided us, and grant us mercy from Yourself; indeed, You are the

    Bestower! [ e Glorious Quran 3:8]

    -Editor

  • Eid is any day of gathering. It is derived from Aada (mean-

    ing returned), because people return to it periodically.

    Ibn`Aabidayn said:

    Eid days are thus named because Allah renews His

    bounties in them; and He distributes His blessings to His

    worshippers. us on Eid ul Fitr, He permits them to eat

    a er having been restrained from food; and He requires

    paying sadaqatul- tr (the charity of breaking the fast) to

    the needy.

    And on Eidul-Adha, He permits the completion of Hajj

    (pilgrimage) with the nal tawaf (circulating around al-

    Kabah); and He requires o ering sacri ces and distribut-

    ing their meat, etc.

    Also, it is customary for people to be joyful, happy, and

    to rejoicing during the Eid days.

    Two Eids: A Mercy from Allah

    Anas reported that upon arriving in al-Madinah, the

    Prophet found its people celebrating two days whose sig-

    ni cance was held over from the Jaahiliyyah. e Prophet

    said:

    When I came upon you, you had two days that you con-

    tinued to celebrate from the Jaahiliyyah; indeed Allah has

    substituted them for you with what is better: the day of Sac-

    ri ce and the day of Fitr (breaking the fast).

    Shaykh Ahmad `Abdur-Rahman al-Banna said:

    ( ey are better because,) the day of Sacri ce and that

    of Fitr are legislated by Allah, and are His choice for His

    creatures. ey follow the completion of two of the great-

    est pillars of Islam, Hajj (pilgrimage) and Fasting. On these

    days, Allah forgives those who performed Hajj and who

    fasted, and He sheds mercy on all of His obedient creatures.

    On the other hand, the days of Nayruz and Mihrajan

    were devised by the people of those times, because of good

    weather or other passing qualities.

    e di erence between the two cases is apparent for

    whoever ponders upon this.

    Completeness and perfection of the Deen:

    By Allahs blessing and mercy, Islam contains the complete

    and perfect guidance for humanity. Allah said:

    is day I have perfected your religion for you, have

    completed my favor upon you, and have chosen for you Is-

    lam as your religion. [ e Glorious Quran 5:3]

    Islam did not neglect any information needed by people

    to achieve happiness and avoid harm, in all matters - small

    or large. It informs them of all that would save them from the

    Fire and let them into the Gardens in the Herea er. is was

    the mission of all of the prophets, as declared by Muhammad

    :

    Never was a prophet before me, but he disclosed to his

    people what he knew to be best for them, and warned them

    of what he knew to be evil for them.

    is was the mission of the Final Messenger as well,

    as he said:

    ere is nothing that would bring you closer to Jannah

    and farther from the Fire but it has been clari ed [by me]

    to you.

    EID

    A mercy from Allah

  • Some mushrikun (idol worshipers) tried to mock Islam

    by saying to Salman , It seems as if your prophet has

    taught you everything, even how to defecate! Salman

    responded with dignity:

    Yes indeed! He prohibited us from turning our faces or

    backs to the Qiblah when defecating or urinating, from us-

    ing the right hand to cleanse ourselves, from using less than

    three stones to cleanse ourselves [in the absence of water],

    and from using animal waste or bones to cleanse with.

    With His encompassing Wisdom, Allah made His Final

    Revelation, Islam, a universal message for all peoples at all

    times, without any distinction:

    We have not sent you [Muhammad] but to humanity at

    large, to be a herald of glad tidings and a warner.

    [ e Glorious Quran 34:28]

    Furthermore, this most important Message is preserved

    intact through the centuries, as is clearly observed today by

    any impartial examiner. is is a ful llment of Allahs prom-

    ise:

    It is We indeed who have sent down the dhikr (the Mes-

    sage), and it is We who shall surely guard it [from corrup-

    tion]. [ e Glorious Quran 15:9]

    Holidays: part of the complete Deen

    Evidence from the Quran and the Sunnah clearly demon-

    strates that the Eids are distinctive features for every nation.

    Allah said:

    To every people we have appointed rites (of sacri# ce)

    that they must observe. [ e Glorious Quran 22:67]

    From authentic hadiths that are cited above and subse-

    quently, it is concluded that the Muslims have only three Eid

    days, a weekly Eid (every Friday), and two annual Eids: al-

    Fitr and al-Adha.

    us, the Eids are purely religious occasions for the Mus-

    lims. ey are the only holidays in Islam, and were granted to

    the Muslims by Allah. is indicates His great love and mer-

    cy toward those who adhere to His blessed religion: Islam.

    And when Allah, the most Generous, grants something,

    he grants it complete and perfect. us, He granted us the

    Eids, as well as instructions for celebrating them.

    It becomes clear then that:

    Allah alone has the right to prescribe Eids and to set their

    dates.

    Allah alone has the right to prescribe the manner of cel-

    ebrating them.

    Islamic concept of Celebrating:

    Islam teaches Muslims how to celebrate the Eids. On these

    days, the Muslims take a bath and wear their best clothes.

    Even though fasting is not permitted on the Eid days, yet,

    the major part of the celebration is not eating or drinking -

    rather, it is a prayer that brings Muslims together to remem-

    ber Allahs bounties and celebrate His glory and greatness.

    e Eids and their celebration in Islam carry a distinctive

    meaning and spirit. ey are totally di erent from the cel-

    ebrations in other nations and cultures.

    For other nations, a holiday is a chance to immerse in

    worldly pleasures, or to involve oneself in prohibited acts to

    the utmost. Not so for Muslims!

    For Muslims, the Eid is an occasion to increase in good

    deeds. Each Eid marks the conclusion of an important wor-

    ship, and the determination to continue in obedience and

    submission to Allah.

    In moments of extreme pleasure or sadness, a Muslim

    never forgets his Lords greatness, might, glory, and watch-

    fulness. A Muslims actions are always controlled by this con-

    tinued remembrance and awareness.

    us the Eid is not an occasion to take a vacation from

    Islamic responsibilities and commitments or to waste time

    and money in extravagance. It is not fun for the sake of fun.

    Rather, it is controlled and directed rejoicing that is of ulti-

    mate and de nite bene t for the Muslim.

    e Eid is a chance to multiply good deeds by bringing

    happiness and pleasure to the hearts of other Muslims, by

    helping and supporting the poor and needy, and by getting

    involved in pastimes that emphasize the strong and serious

    Islamic character.

    We conclude then that:

    Islam contains the complete and perfect guidance for hu-

    manity. [Continued to page 22...]

  • [From Page 1]

    hundreds of years. Even though actions may di er from

    country to country, all terrorist organizations aim at defense-

    less civilians and send their messages by way of these people.

    ousands of people have lost their lives in attacks against

    Muslims in India over the years.

    In the terrorist attack in Oklahoma in the USA 167 people

    were savagely slaughtered, 19 of them children.

    A fanatical Jew who opened a hail of re on Muslims pray-

    ing in a mosque in Palestine caused the deaths of 29 people.

    Terrorist attacks both great and small have for years been

    perpetrated in France, Spain, the Philippines, Japan and Ire-

    land.

    One could go on. However, the entire world came face to

    face with terror in 2001. In the wake of the attacks against

    two major cities in the USA which led to the deaths and inju-

    ries of thousands of people, the concept of terrorism began

    to be debated from then. at was because that attack had

    been carried out at an unexpected time, against a country

    regarded as the worlds only superpower, and in a totally un-

    foreseen manner. e attack created an air of fear and panic

    all over the world, especially in America.

    Islam opposes terror attacks and the killing of the inno-

    cent. All forms of terrorist attack are roundly condemned

    in Islam. According to the Quran, it is a great sin to kill an

    innocent person, and anyone who does so will su er great

    torment in the Herea er:

    If someone kills another person-unless it is in retali-

    ation for someone else or for causing corruption in the

    earth-it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if any-

    one gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life

    to all mankind. Our messengers came to them with clear

    signs, but even a er that, many of them committed out-

    rages in the earth. [ e Glorious Quran- 5:32]

    is verse equals the killing of one innocent to slaughter-

    ing all of humanity. Another verse expresses the importance

    of human life:

    ose who do not appeal to any other deity besides Al-

    lah [alone]; nor kill any soul whom Allah has forbidden

    [them to] except with the right to do so; nor fornicate. Any-

    one who does so will incur a penalty.

    [ e Glorious Quran- 25:68]

    Any Muslim who believes in Allah with a sincere heart,

    who scrupulously abides by His verses and fears su ering in

    the Herea er, will avoid harming even one other person. He

    knows that the Lord of In nite Justice will suitably reward

    him for all his deeds. In one of the hadith, our Prophet

    listed the kinds of people who are not pleasing to Allah:

    ose who act cruelly and unjustly in the sacred lands,

    those who yearn for the ways of the ignorant, and those

    who wrongly shed human blood. [Sahih Bukhari]

    Terror Will Disappear When People Come to

    Live by the Moral Values of Islam

    In the Quran (32:9), Allah reveals that He has breathed

    into man, the soul (created by Allah for that person); And

    He gave hearing (ears), sight (eyes) and hearts. And that He

    has raised man in ranks on Earth (Quran, 6:165). One of the

    most important di erences between man and the animals is

    that man was created with both earthly desires and with a

    conscience. Every person possesses desires that incite him

    to evil, along with a conscience that inspires him to avoid

    it. Alongside such pleasing moral attributes inspired by that

    conscience-love, sacri ce, compassion, humility, a ection,

    honesty, loyalty and kindness-he also possesses destructive

    and undesirable tendencies, stemming from his earthly de-

    sires. e believer can distinguish between right and wrong

    and opt for what is morally right. Strong belief in and fear

    of Allah, faith in the Herea er, powerful fear of the end-

    less torments of Hell and a yearning for Paradise all keep

    the temptations of his earthly desires at bay. erefore, he

    always behaves well towards people, is forgiving, responds

    to wickedness with good, assists those in needs, and shows

    compassion, love, a ection and tolerance.

    On the other hand, those who listen to their earthly

    desires turn to violence and to all forms of wickedness in-

    stead of their consciences. ey become loveless, aggressive

    people who easily hurt others without the slightest pang of

    conscience. Having no fear of Allah, they do not practice

    the morality of religion. Nothing can stop them from com-

    [Islam- Not the source of Terrorism...]

  • mitting crimes. Someone who doesnt heed the voice of his

    conscience can easily turn to crime when on his own, or sur-

    rounded by people of like mind. at being the case, a model

    of society emerges which is composed of individuals who

    lie when necessary, have no hesitation about making unjust

    pro ts, and feel no unease about oppressing the weak. It is

    clear that physical precautions and measures will bear no

    fruit in a society which has no fear of Allah and which has

    lost its spiritual values. Islam, on the other hand, commands

    a person to refrain from evil, even if he is all alone, even if

    nobody will punish him for his evil deeds. It is evident that

    a person who knows that he will be called to account in the

    presence of Allah for his every deed, his every decision and

    his every word, and that he will be suitably rewarded for

    these in the eternal life of the Herea er, will scrupulously

    avoid committing evil.

    Terrorist organizations cant possibly have any place in

    a society whose people avoid evil of their own free will.

    Where religions morality prevails, problems that give rise

    to organizations supporting the use of violence will disap-

    pear naturally. If the whole society possesses superior virtues

    like honesty, sacri ce, love and justice, there can be no place

    for such things as poverty, unequal distribution of income,

    injustice, the oppression of the weak, or limitations on free-

    doms. On the contrary, a social order will emerge that meets

    the wants of the needy; where the wealthy protect the poor

    and the strong, the weak; where everyone can enjoy the very

    best health care, education, and transport systems. ere,

    tolerance and understanding will dominate the relationships

    between di erent ethnic groups, religions and cultures.

    For these reasons, proper morality is the key to solving so

    many social problems. e source of that key, in turn, is the

    Quran, which Allah has revealed as a GUIDE for Mankind.

    Allah reveals,

    Why were there not people with good sense among the

    generations of those who came before you, who forbade

    corruption in the earth

    [ e Glorious Quran- 11:116].

    Believers should possess the good sense that Allah de-

    scribes in the verses. While terrorists hope to achieve their

    aims by violence, believers know that true success can be

    achieved only by clinging tightly to the religion of Allah, and

    acting accordingly. is is Allahs promise to all His believing

    servants, which will de nitely come true.

    Terrorist ideology is built on sand. Its foundations can

    easily be swept away by mobilizing a proper education cam-

    paign. Believers must explain that these ideas are wrong and

    that no idea can prevail by means of violence, oppression and

    cruelty; and despotism can never bring about beauty. Sincere

    believers in all parts of the world can help to end the igno-

    rance that breeds terrorism by igniting the truth of Islam and

    by searching for solutions, writing books and articles, pro-

    moting educational activities and disseminating their own

    cultural heritage. e prevalence of tolerance, peace and se-

    curity on the Earth, as commanded by Allah, will make ter-

    rorism disappear into the pages of history forever. Adopting

    a defeatist, pessimistic attitude in the face of terror is unac-

    ceptable. Our hope is that this su ering will not be repeated,

    and that all measures will be adopted to that end.

    May Allah have mercy on the families of those who died

    in those hateful attacks, and may He heal the injured and

    guide them.

    All the articles being published in this Magazine are solely based on the views and perspectives of

    the respective authors. So none of the articles should be considered as the views and perspectives of

    the magazine. e articles may or may not be copyrighted by the respective authors.

    -Editor

  • 10 tips to help you keep those Ramadan habits

    Ramadan was great! Some started praying ve times a day

    on time. Some touched the Quran. Some started remember-

    ing Allah. But once the blessed month is over we fear, -the

    momentum -drive and -motivation will fade out. We will be

    worried that this good habit might not last.!

    But it doesnt have to be that way. In fact, a number of

    psychologists agree that a person needs about three weeks

    to develop a good habit. If youve been praying regularly,

    fasting, controlling your temper, trying to be more patient,

    or keeping any other good habit during Ramadan, youre al-

    most sure, Insha Allah, to keep up with it a erwards. ats

    How islam is the natural religion with practical solutions to

    human problems.

    Nonetheless, we all slip up. As well, the drive that pushes

    us to do good in Ramadan is usually not as strong the rest

    of the year. Here are a few things you can do to maintain the

    good habits you picked during Ramadan:

    1. Make Dua:

    It was Allah who gave you the ability to keep the good

    habit in Ramadan, and only He can help you maintain it af-

    terwards. Make Dua that Allah helps you not only keep the

    habit, but that He accepts it and makes it a way for you to

    grow in closeness to Him.

    2. Make it a habit:

    If you want to keep good habits, youve got to make sure

    they remain part of your daily schedule. For instance, fast-

    ing. Did you know that the Prophet encouraged fasting

    on Mondays and ursdays? He said: A mans deeds are re-

    ported (to Allah) on Mondays and ursdays and I prefer

    that I should be fasting when my deeds are reported (Tir-

    midhi).

    is is a great way of maintaining the habit so youre not

    rusty by next Ramadan.

    Or for example, were you extra generous during Rama-

    dan? Well, maybe you can portion out a set amount of your

    weekly or monthly paycheck to a charitable cause to main-

    tain the habit of giving.

    Make the habit part of your daily and weekly schedule.

    e point is to keep the action in practice, and of course gain

    rewards from Allah.

    3. ink about your day each night:

    Evaluating ourselves, our intentions, words and actions,

    every night is a very good way to maintain good habits.

    Self-evaluation doesnt only help you see where you are

    and where youve got to go. Its also a great reminder of what

    you were supposed to do and didnt.

    Add a question or two (or three or four) about your spe-

    ci c habit into a daily self-evaluation questionnaire. Ask

    yourself, for instance, how o en did I pray today? What was

    the quality of my prayer? Did I pray on time? etc. ese serve

    to remind you to keep up the habit and do better next time.

    4. Evaluate yourself weekly:

    is helps you see the bigger picture. Youll be able to eval-

    uate on a more long-term level how well youve been keep-

    ing your habit in practice. You can do the same thing on a

    monthly and yearly basis.

    For those who are really into the technical aspect of self-

    evaluation, maybe you can make a graph to help you chart

    how well (or not so well) youve been keeping up with your

    good habit.

    Keeping Ramadan Spirits Alive

  • 5. Get a friend to help:

    What are friends for anyway? If youve got a close friend

    you feel you can share your new habit with, let them join you

    in keeping up with it and keeping tabs on you while theyre

    at it. is will not only encourage you, but Insha Allah, itll

    deepen your brother/sisterhood as well.

    Alternatively, look for groups where you can maintain the

    habit. If, for instance, you memorized Quran regularly in

    Ramadan and want to keep the habit, join an Islamic study

    circle focused on memorization.

    6. Dont fall apart once you make one mistake:

    e beauty of Tawbah (repentance) in Islam, is that Allah

    blesses us with this opportunity to return back to Him a! er

    doing something wrong. We should remember that we are

    humans and that we will err. Only Allah is Perfect.

    is is why, for instance, if we were able to pray on time

    all through Ramadan, but become slack a! erwards, we must

    realize it, seek Allahs forgiveness sincerely, and try our best

    to get back on track, asking Allah to help us.

    We should not give up trying to pray on time just because

    we have missed doing so on a couple of occasions.

    7. Ask yourself WHY you kept the habit:

    Niyyah or intention is a key to Allahs acceptance of our

    good deeds. If we developed a habit to impress others, for

    instance, we may be able to keep the momentum for a while,

    but most probably itll wear out a! erwards.

    But if we maintained a habit sincerely for the sake of Al-

    lah, Insha Allah, not only will we be rewarded for it, but our

    intention will help us maintain the necessary motivation to

    continue to do good.

    8. Dont expect the same results:

    If you were ready to spring out of bed in anticipation for

    Fajr during many of the days of Ramadan, but nd your-

    self barely waking up for the prayer a! erwards, dont be sur-

    prised, but dont become slack either.

    Good habits are o! en easy to maintain in Ramadan, the

    blessed month. e hard part is doing so a! er the high of

    Ramadan. is is where youll have to work hard to force

    yourself to maintain your habit, whether its waking up for

    Fajr, not smoking, eating less, being more patient, etc.

    Be thankful when youre able to maintain your habit and

    think about practical things you can do to keep it up on a

    regular basis.

    9. Work your way up slowly:

    Aisha(ra) reported that the Prophet said: Do good

    deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and remember

    that you shall enter Paradise only through Allahs Mercy, and

    also remember that the most beloved deed to Allah is that

    which is regular and constant even if it is little [Bukhari].

    e wisdom in this Hadith is tremendous and it is one way

    of keeping up good habits you have picked up in Ramadan.

    For example, lets say you were motivated to read Quran

    for half-an-hour on a daily basis in Ramadan. But now that

    its over, you feel sluggish, lazy and want to give it up. Yet, you

    had wanted to maintain this habit a! er the blessed month

    was over.

    Instead of trying to read Quran for the same amount of

    time, reduce the time period to as much as you are initially

    able to do, even if its just ten minutes a day.

    If you keep up this ten minutes a day habit, Insha Al-

    lah, you will see the amount of Quran you read will increase

    slowly but gradually, perhaps even surpassing your Rama-

    dan maximum in the long-term, Insha Allah!

    10. Dont give yourself the option:

    What makes you get up for work in the mornings, no mat-

    ter how tired you are? What makes you drag yourself out of

    a warm bed on a cold morning to get ready for school? Its

    the fact that you have no option, and you know that there are

    negative consequences to not going to work (youll be red)

    or school (youll fail).

    Use the same kind of psychology on yourself when it

    comes to maintaining your good habit. Tell yourself, for in-

    stance, that Allah will be very angry with you if you do not

    pray Fajr, no matter how cold your room is on a frosty De-

    cember morning. at in turn can lead to more bad deeds,

    which could lead to decreased faith, and a downward spiral

    in your life. And Allah can punish you in various ways in this

    world as well as the next for not praying. You could lose your

    job; you could have a family crisis, etc.

  • Divine wisdom behind diseases

    Divine wisdom behind diseases

    People who live in the societies of ignorance continually

    make plans for the future and hope these plans proceed as

    they desire. is being the case, an unexpected disease or

    some accident throws their life into complete disarray, since

    such incidents were not incorporated into their future plans.

    While they are enjoying good health, many of them never

    think that such incidents-even though it happens to thou-

    sands of others every day-could happen to them.

    at is why, when confronted with such unexpected in-

    cidents, the ignorant people immediately become insolent

    towards their Creator. ey contradict the fact of destiny

    and say, Why has this happened to me? for people who are

    far from possessing the morality commanded in the Quran,

    tend not to put their trust in God at times of sickness or ac-

    cident, or to seek the good in what befalls them.

    Such people, who do not grasp the reality of destiny, as-

    sume that it is merely the viruses or microbes that cause a

    sickness. Similarly, when they are involved in a tra c acci-

    dent, they assume it is the driver of the other car that caused

    the accident. However, the truth is otherwise. Each disease-

    producing agent, such as a microbe or bacteria, or anything

    that causes harm to man, are, in actuality, creatures created

    by God as a cause. None of them are haphazard causes;

    they all act under the control of God. Man is vulnerable to

    microbes because God wills it so. If a man becomes seri-

    ously ill due to a virus, it happens because this is within the

    knowledge of God. If a car hits a person, leaving him disa-

    bled, this is also an event that has come into being by Gods

    Will. No matter how one strives to avoid them, he can never

    alter the course of these happenings; not even a single one of

    them. He cannot remove a single moment from his destiny,

    because, fate is created as a whole. For a person who submits

    himself to the All-Mighty God, and who trusts in His in nite

    wisdom and mercy, an accident, disease or another adversity,

    is a temporary trial that leads to ultimate bliss.

    It is the good moral qualities that a person adheres to in

    such circumstances that is important. Diseases and accidents

    are the incidents in the face of which believers have the op-

    portunity to show forth their patience and good morals, and

    through which they can draw nearer to God. In the Quran,

    God discusses diseases while relating the importance of pa-

    tience through such times:

    ... ose with true righteousness are those who believe

    in God and the Last Day, the angels, the Book and the

    prophets, and who, despite their love for it, give away their

    wealth to their relatives and to orphans and the very poor,

    and to travellers and beggars and to set slaves free, and who

    attend to their prayers and give alms; those who honour

    their contracts when they make them, and are steadfast in

    poverty and illness and in battle. ose are the people who

    are true believers. ose are the people who go in fear of

    God. [ e Glorious Quran 2:177]

    A person confronted with a physical dilemma must keep

    in mind that it is a trial for him, and that it is only God Who

    brings about diseases and their cures. is is the reasoning

    necessary for maintaining a proper moral attitude. A person

    bene ts from thinking about the good and divine purpose in

    the disease he su! ers, or an accident he might be involved in,

    even though he may not be able to grasp them immediately.

    It may be that he must go through a temporary di culty,

    but that, in the herea er, as a servant who has wholeheart-

    edly submitted himself to his Lord, he will be rewarded with

    in nite bliss.

    We all need to keep in mind, however, that it is essential to

    recognize this fact deep in our hearts and to maintain high

    morals immediately a er being confronted with a similar in-

    cident. For this end, we need to know that all diseases are

    created for a purpose. If God were to will it, a person would

    never become sick or feel pain. But, if a person is a# icted

    with such a trial, then he must be aware that it is for a pur-

    pose, helping him to grasp the transience of this world and

    the in nite might of God.

  • Say: Praise be to Allah. He will show you His Signs and

    you will recognise them. Your Lord is not heedless of any-

    thing you do. [ e Glorious Quran- 27:93]

    In todays society, people assess the Quran very di erently

    from what is the real purpose of its revelation. In the Islamic

    world, in general, very few people know the contents of the

    Quran.

    Some Muslim people o en hang the Quran on the walls

    of their houses within a decorative cover and elderly people

    read it from time to time. ey assume that the Quran pro-

    tects those who read it from misfortune and trouble. Ac-

    cording to this superstition, they consider the Quran a sort

    of amulet against misfortunes.

    e Quranic verses, however, inform us that the purpose

    of the Qurans revelation is entirely di erent from what is

    mentioned above. For instance, Allah says:

    is is a communication to be transmitted to mankind

    so that they can be warned by it and so that they will know

    that He is One God and so that people of intelligence will

    pay heed. [ e Glorious Quran- 14:52]

    In many other verses, Allah emphasises that one of the

    most crucial purposes of the Qurans revelation is to invite

    people to ponder.

    In the Quran, Allah invites people to reject blindly ac-

    cepting the beliefs and values society imposes on them and

    to ponder by pushing aside all the prejudices, taboos and

    constraints on their minds.

    Man must think on how he came into being, what is the

    purpose of his life, why he will die and what awaits him af-

    ter death.! He must question how he himself and the whole

    universe came into existence and how they continue to exist.

    While doing this, he must relieve himself of all constraints

    and prejudices.

    By thinking, while isolating his conscience from all social,

    ideological and psychological obligations, the person should

    eventually perceive that the entire universe, including him-

    self, is created by a superior power. Even when he examines

    his own body or any other thing in nature, he will see an

    impressive harmony, plan and wisdom at work within its de-

    sign.

    At this point again, the Quran guides man. In the Quran,

    Allah guides us as to what we should re" ect on and inves-

    tigate. With the methods of re" ection given in the Quran,

    he who has faith in God will better perceive Gods perfec-

    tion, eternal wisdom, knowledge and power in His creation.

    When a believing person starts to think in the way shown in

    the Quran, he soon realises that the whole universe is a sign

    of Gods power and art, and that, nature is a work of art, not

    the artist itself . Every work of art exhibits the exceptional

    skills of the one who has made it and conveys his messages.

    In the Quran, people are summoned to contemplate nu-

    merous events and objects that clearly testify to the existence

    and uniqueness of God and His attributes. In the Quran,

    all these beings that bear witness are designated as signs,

    meaning tested evidence, absolute knowledge and expres-

    sion of truth. erefore, the signs of God comprise all the

    beings in the universe that disclose and communicate the

    being and attributes of God. ose who can observe and re-

    member will see that the entire universe is only composed of

    the signs of God.

    The Ability to see the

    Signs of God

  • is, indeed, is the responsibility of mankind; to be able

    to see the signs of Allah... us, such a person will come to

    know the Creator who created him and all other things, draw

    closer to Him, discover the meaning of his existence and his

    life and so prosper.

    Each thing, the breaths a human takes, political and so-

    cial developments; the cosmic harmony in the universe, the

    atom, which is one of the smallest pieces of matter, is each

    a sign of God and they all operate under His control and

    knowledge, abiding by His laws. Recognising and knowing

    the signs of God calls for personal e ort. Everyone will rec-

    ognise and know the signs of God in accordance with his

    own wisdom and conscience.

    Undoubtedly, some guidelines may also help. As the rst

    step, one can investigate certain points stressed in the Quran

    in order to acquire the mentality that perceives the whole

    universe as an articulation of the things created by Allah.

    Signs in nature are emphasised in the Glorious Quran:

    It is He who sends down water from the sky. From it

    you drink and from it come the shrubs among which you

    graze your herds. And by it He makes crops grow for you

    and olives and dates and grapes and fruit of every kind. .

    ere is certainly a sign in that for people who re ect. He

    has made the night and the day subservient to you, and the

    sun, the moon and the stars, all subject to His command.

    ere are certainly signs in that for people who use their

    intellect. And also the things of varying colours He has cre-

    ated for you in the earth. ere is certainly a sign in that

    for people who pay heed. It is He who made the sea sub-

    servient to you so that you can eat fresh esh from it and

    bring out from it ornaments to wear. And you see the ships

    cleaving through it so that you can seek His bounty, and so

    that perhaps you may show thanks. He cast rmly embed-

    ded mountains on the earth so it would not move under

    you, and rivers and pathways so that perhaps you might be

    guided, and landmarks. And they are guided by the stars. Is

    He Who creates like him who does not create? So will you

    not pay heed? [ e Glorious Quran- 16:10-17)

    In the Quran, Allah invites men of understanding to think

    about the issues which other people overlook, or just dismiss

    using such barren terms as evolution, coincidence, or a

    miracle of nature.

    In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alter-

    nation of night and day, there are Signs for people of intelli-

    gence: those who remember God standing, sitting and lying

    on their sides, and re" ect on the creation of the heavens and

    the earth:

    Our Lord, You did not create this for nothing. Glory be

    to You! So guard us from the punishment of the Fire. [ e

    Glorious Quran- 3: 190-191]

    As we see in these verses, people of understanding see the

    signs of Allah and try to comprehend His eternal knowledge,

    power and art by remembering and re" ecting on them, for

    Allahs knowledge is limitless, and His creation " awless.

    For men of understanding, everything around them is a

    sign of this creation.

    Allah Warns:

    And those who disbelieve and deny Our signs - those

    will be companions of the Fire; they will abide therein eter-

    nally. [ e Glorious Quran 2:39]

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    e great journey Ticket: One-way (return ticket not available)

    Cost: Absolutely free

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    Details of journey: Departure point: Anywhere on earth

    Destination: Second world

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    Duration: Few seconds or few minutes

    Time of departure: Time of death

    Important instructions: All pass engers are requested to keep in mind that the tickets are Nonnegotiable and nontransferable. erefore eve-

    ryone must be ready and keep an eye to the pilot of the plane -the angel of death.

    For more information, read instructions to be found in the Holy Quran and the Sunnah (tradition of Prophet

    Muhammad ). You can also consult the learned ulema. It is important this is done as soon as possible. You are reminded

    no oxygen mask will be given as it is not required, in fact your respiratory system will be closed down before the journey

    begins.

    Luggage: Even though each plane carries only one passenger, restrictions are imposed on the luggage that can be taken with

    you. You are allowed to carry 5 meters of white clothes and small amount of cotton. e real luggage must be good deeds,

    good conduct, time spent in inviting mankind to good deeds and prohibiting evil, knowledge obtained and used properly,

    children raised and educated to be good muslims. Apart from these and luggage of these types, other luggage will be at your

    own risk.

    ere is no need for any boarding pass, passport or other travel documents, just get ready. To get ready attendance

    of the 5 daily prayers in the masjid or with jammaat is highly recommended.

    Study the Quran and the Sunnah and put them into practice.

    is ticket may be called in at any time so PREPARE NOW!

    Prepare Now!!!

  • If we are like most Muslims, we probably have a copy

    of the Quran somewhere in our home. We may not know

    where it is, but that is only because we never needed to look

    for it. Most o en, it occupies the top shelf in any stack of

    books (ensuring maximum accessibility!), or found wrapped

    in multiple layers of decorated cloth (ensuring optimum vis-

    ibility!). More likely than not, its the one book with the most

    dust on it and the one we are least likely to pick for our night-

    time reading. ere is a reason we treat this holy book in

    such a disgraceful manner: we do not know why we have it

    and why we need it in the rst place.

    By our indi erence, we have ignored its awesome power

    to change people and transform societies. By our misguided

    love for the physical Book, we have made it untouchable,

    suitable only for occasional mouthing of its syllables, but

    otherwise to be stored away. By our overemphasis on minute

    details, we have erected barriers between the Quran and

    ourselves, counting on someone else to tell us how to under-

    stand it, so that we hardly ever interact with it personally!

    e Quran as Reality:

    Allah! None has the right to be worshipped but He, the

    Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that ex-

    ists. It is He Who has sent down the Book (the Quran) to

    you (Muhammad ) with truth, con rming what came

    before it. [ e Glorious Quran- 3: 2-3]

    For those who heard it for the rst time from the lips of

    the Prophet , the Quran was a living reality. ey had no

    doubt that, through him, Allah was speaking to them. eir

    hearts and minds were therefore seized by it. eir eyes over-

    " owed with tears and their bodies shivered. ey found each

    word of it deeply relevant to their concerns and experiences,

    and integrated it fully into their lives. ey were completely

    transformed by it - both as individuals and as a community

    - into a totally new, alive and life-giving entity. ose who

    grazed sheep, herded camels and traded petty merchandise

    became the shepherds and leaders of mankind!

    How do we make the Quran, again, a living, relevant force,

    as powerful for us now, 1430 years away, as it was then? Only

    by entering the world of the Quran as if Allah were speaking

    to us through it now and today, and by ful lling the neces-

    sary conditions for such an encounter.

    Encountering the World of the Quran:

    Firstly, then, we must realize what the Quran, as the word

    of God, is and what it means to us, and bring all the rever-

    ence, love, longing, and will-to-act that this realization de-

    mands. Secondly, we must read it as it asks to be read, as

    Allahs Messenger instructed us, as he and his Companions

    read it. irdly, we must bring each word of the Quran to

    bear upon our own realities and concerns by transcending

    the barriers of time, culture and change.

    e New World that Awaits You:

    As you come to the Quran, you come to a new world. No

    other venture in your life can be so momentous and crucial,

    so blissful and rewarding, as your journey to and through

    the Quran. It is a journey that will take you through the end-

    less joys and riches of the words that your Creator and Lord

    AL QURAN: Your gateway to a new world

  • has sent to you and all mankind. Here you will nd a world

    of untold treasures of knowledge and wisdom to guide you

    on the pathways of life, to mould your thoughts and actions.

    In it, you will nd deep insights to enrich you and steer you

    along the right course. From it, you will receive a radiant

    light to illuminate the deeper reaches of your soul. Here you

    will encounter profound emotions, a warmth to melt your

    heart and bring tears running down your cheeks.

    Undertaking the Journey:

    To remain determined and steadfast on our road to its

    discovery, and to derive the maximum bene t from our un-

    dertaking of studying the Quran, we must approach it with

    certain convictions.

    First, our lives will remain meaningless and ruined unless

    they are guided by the Quran, the word of God.

    Second, the Quran, being the eternal guidance given by

    the Ever-living God, is as relevant for us, today; as it was

    fourteen centuries ago, and will remain so forever.

    ird, we almost have a right, in some sense and measure,

    to receive its blessings today as its rst believers did; provid-

    ed, of course, that we come to it and move in it in a manner

    that may entitle us to share its rich harvest.

    Fourth, every Muslim has a duty to devote himself to

    reading, understanding, memorizing and implementing the

    Quran.

    Fi" h, one must abandon oneself totally, in thought and

    deed, to whatever the Quran has to o! er. Any pride, arro-

    gance, sense of selfsu" ciency, reservation, or ingenuity that

    can mistakenly be read into it, is fatal to its understanding

    and would shut the door to its blessings.

    Sixth, the path of the Quran is the path of self-surren-

    der, of practising what it tells you, even if one learns only

    one Verse. One Ayah learnt and acted upon is better than a

    thousand explained beautifully but which do not impart any

    beauty to the readers life. Obedience, a# er all, is the real key

    to understanding.

    Living the Quran

    Reading the Quran will be of little bene t to you, it may

    even bring misery and harm, unless you, from the rst mo-

    ment, begin to change and reconstruct your life in total sur-

    render to God who has given you the Quran. Without the

    will and striving to act, neither the states of heart and enrap-

    tures of the soul, nor the ecstasies of mood, nor intellectual

    enrichment will be of any use to you. If the Quran does not

    have any impact upon your actions and if you do not obey

    what it enjoins and avoid what it prohibits, then you are not

    getting nearer to it.

    Reading the Quran should induce faith inside your heart;

    that faith should shape your lives. It is not a gradual piece-

    meal process, by which you rst spend years reading the

    Quran, then understanding it and strengthening your faith,

    and only then act upon it. All things take place simultane-

    ously: as you hear or recite the words, they kindle faith inside

    you; as you have faith inside you, your life begins to change.

    What we must remember is that to live by the Quran re-

    quires a major decision on our part: we have to completely

    alter the course of our life, irrespective of what may be the

    dominant thought-patterns around us, or what our society

    may be dictating, or what others may be doing.

    $ is decision requires major sacri ces. But unless we, as

    believers in the Quran being the word of God, are prepared

    to take the plunge, not much good will come out of the time

    spent with the Quran.

    O people! ere has come to you an exhortation from

    your Lord - a healing for what is in the hearts, a guidance

    and a mercy for the believers. Say: In this bounty of Allah,

    and in His mercy, in it, let them rejoice!

    [ e Glorious Quran- 10: 57-8]

    Let us rejoice then and re-acquaint our selves with Allah

    through His Book.

    Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam-

    May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him

    Alayhissalaam-

    Peace be upon him

    Radhiallahu anhu-

    May Allah be pleased with him.

    Rahimahullah-

    May Allah have mercy on him

  • One day the Angel Jibril told Prophet about Hafsah(ra):

    She is an o en fasting and worshipping lady and she

    will be your wife in Paradise too. [Mustadrak Al-Hakim

    4/15]

    Hafsah(ra) was the daughter of Umar Faruq(RA), and the

    niece of another famous Sahabi, Uthman bin Mazun(RA).

    Her uncle from the paternal side was Zayd bin Khattab. Ab-

    dullah bin Umar was her brother.

    Hafsah(ra) was an extremely religious lady who used to

    spend her time in prayer and fasting. An excellent writer and

    orator, an ardent follower of Islam.

    Hafsah(ra) had such noble qualities and such an amiable

    nature that Aishah (ra) remarked that among wives of the

    Prophet only she could compare with her. Her life is ex-

    emplary, brought up as she was by a Companion of the cali-

    bre of Umar bin Khattab .

    Hafsah(ra) was born in the family of a great warrior

    and wrestler, Umar bin Khattab who was well known for his

    martial skills. In her growing years she was brought up in

    an Islamic environment, both her parents and her aunts and

    uncles having already reverted to Islam. When she was old

    enough, she was married to Khanis bin Huthafah As-Sahmi.

    He was in# uenced by the teaching of Abu Bakr Siddiq

    and had accepted Islam.

    Due to worst cruelty and oppression, Khanis had to mi-

    grate to Al-Madinah with his wife. He was welcomed by

    Rafah bin Abdul Munthir and stayed in his house as his

    guest.

    Both Khanis and Hafsah(ra) loved the new life in Al-Ma-

    dinah. Hafsah(ra) made special arrangements to memorize

    the Ayat of the Quran as and when they were revealed. $ en

    she would give deep thought and attention to the meaning

    and interpretation of the Ayat. Her husband meanwhile was

    enthusiastically preparing himself for Jihad and improving

    his martial skills. He was constantly alert to the movements

    of the enemy and was ever ready to meet them head on.

    News came that the Quraysh of Makkah, a er making

    elaborate preparations for a war to wipe out the Muslims,

    were marching towards Al-Madinah under the leadership of

    Abu Jahl.

    $ e Muslims under the leadership of the Prophet ,

    practically unarmed, reached Badr and set up camp taking

    control of the only source of water. All they had with them

    was their strong faith in the Allah.

    Khanis bin Huthafah , Umar Faruq and the mater-

    nal and paternal uncles of Hafsah(ra) and her cousin were

    all part of this courageous band. Her husband was deter-

    mined to win the battle for Allah and bring to dust the pomp

    and grandeur of Abu Jahls forces. Finally the forces met and

    Khanis bin Huthafah went tearing through the ranks of

    the enemy. He was seriously wounded, but most of the lead-

    ers of the disbelievers were killed, and Islam triumphed. It is

    one of the greatest battles fought in history where a handful

    of unarmed and outnumbered men routed a powerful and

    well-equipped army.

    When Hafsah(ra) heard of her husbands heroic deeds she

    was very happy, and praised his valour in battle; but she also

    realized that in this condition he would need the best care

    possible. She immediately recited the Ayah of Surat Al-Anfal

    which were revealed in connection with the Battle of Badr,

    Allah made it only as glad tidings, as that your hearts

    be at rest therewith. And there is no victory except from

    Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise. [ e Glorious

    Quran 8:10]

    $ ese Words of the Allah Almighty promising victory in-

    spired her and she happily turned to the task of nursing her

    husband back to health. But it was not to be, for he was to

    be blessed with an exalted position. A few days later he suc-

    cumbed to his injuries and joined the ranks of those who are

    blessed with eternal life. When the Prophet heard of his

    passing away he arranged for him to be buried in Jannatul

    Baqi, next to the uncle of Hafsah(ra) ; he personally led the

  • funeral prayers. Hafsah(ra) was, naturally, grief stricken, but

    being a true believer she respectfully submitted to the Will of

    Allah. She turned towards her Maker and courageously gave

    herself even more to prayer and meditation. She was at this

    time barely twenty-one years old.

    For her father it was very painful to see his daughter in

    this state. Her silent courage under these circumstances,

    her patient prayers and her study of the Quran irradiated

    her countenance with a spiritual beauty and innocence, but

    there was also a sadness because of the harsh loneliness that

    had become part of her life. A er deep thought Umar Faruq

    decided to approach Uthman bin A! an , whose wife

    Ruqayyah(ra) the Prophets daughter, had passed away. He

    thought that sharing a common bond would help to allevi-

    ate their sorrow in losing worthy spouses. So, having taken

    this decision he went direct to Uthman . A er the formal

    greeting and expression of condolences on his wifes death

    he broached the topic closest to his heart. Uthman low-

    ered his eyes and then a er a few moments pause, he said he

    needed time to think it over.

    Umar Faruq met him again a er a few days and asked

    him if he had thought over the proposal. Uthman an-

    swered that he was not presently planning on marriage.

    From there he went to Abu Bakr Siddiq and o! ered him

    his daughter in marriage. He too lowered his gaze and did

    not answer him. Imam Bukhari in his book of Hadith, As-

    Sahih Al-Bukhari, has given a whole chapter to the topic of

    an honorable man o! ering his sister or daughter in marriage.

    Umar Faruq was very upset because both the men he

    approached had either avoided or refused marriage to his

    daughter. He was con dent of a willing and joyful accept-

    ance but things turned out otherwise. He was very upset and

    worried at the turn of events; in a sense it was an a! ront to

    him and his position as a sincere defender of the faith. Peo-

    ple, he thought, would consider it an honor to have an al-

    liance by marriage with him. With this grievance he went

    to the Prophet and explained to him the position he

    found himself in. e Prophet smilingly answered that

    he should neither grieve nor worry, and Allah willing he

    would nd a man better than Uthman for Hafsah(ra)

    and Uthman in turn, would nd for himself a better woman

    than Hafsah(ra).

    Umar Faruq was pleased on hearing this from the

    Prophet himself, but also a little perplexed over who such

    a man could be? A few days later the Prophet married his

    daughter, Umm Kulthum(ra) to Uthman . Umar Faruq

    realized that one part of the prediction had come true,

    but he continued to puzzle over the second half of the state-

    ment. Who could possibly be a better man than Uthman

    ? en the Prophet proposed marriage to Hafsah(ra)

    . Umar Faruq could not believe his ears; his daughter

    would have the honor of joining the select band of women

    who were known as the Mothers of the believers! Aishah

    (ra) and Sawdah (ra) were already part of the Prophets

    household. It seemed too good to be true. us Hafsah(ra)

    was joined in marriage to the Prophet in the 3rd year af-

    ter Hijrah, before the Battle of Uhud. She was about twenty-

    two years old at the time. On seeing o! his daughter to her

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    who have surpassed you? Nobody would overtake you and you would be better than the people amongst whom

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  • 8) What happened to the previous nations

    when they disobeyed Allah?

    So We punished each (of them) for his sins; of them were

    some on whom We sent Hasib (a violent wind with shower

    of stones) (as on the people of Lut (Lot) , and of them were

    some who were overtaken by As-saihah (torment awful

    cry. (as amud or Shuabs people), and of them were some

    whem We caused the earth to swallow (as Qarun (Korah),

    and of them were some whom We drowned (as the people

    of Nuh (Noah), or Firaun (Pharaoh) and his people). It was

    not Allah Who wronged them, but they wronged them-

    selves. [ e Glorious Quran- 29:40]

    9) Does Allah guard and save the Quran from

    corruption?

    Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e.

    the Quran) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption).

    [ e Glorious Quran- 15:9]

    10) Who should we worship?

    Verily! I am Allah La ilaha illa Ana (none has the right

    to be worshipped but I), so worship Me, and perform As-

    Salat (Iqamat-assalat) for My Remembrance.

    [ e Glorious Quran- 20:14]

    11) What is the religion of Allah?

    Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam. ose who were

    given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) did not di" er

    except, out of mutual jealousy, a# er knowledge had come

    to them. And whoever disbelieves in the Ayat (proofs, evi-

    dences, verses, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, then surely,

    Allah is Swi# in calling to account. [ e Glorious Quran- 3:19]

    12) What is the religion accepted by Allah?

    And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will

    never be accepted of him and in the Herea# er he will be

    one of the losers. [ e Glorious Quran- 3:85]

    13) Where does the Quran come from?

    Likewise Allah, the All-Mighty the All-Wise sends Rev-

    elation to you (O Muhammad ) as (He sent Revelation

    to) those before you. [ e Glorious Quran- 42:3]

    (Say (O Muhammad ) Shall I seek a judge other

    than Allah while it is He Who has sent down unto you the

    book (the Quran), explained in detail. ose unto whom

    We gave the Scripture (the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel

    (Gospel) know that it is revealed from your Lord in truth.

    So be not you of those who doubt.

    [ e Glorious Quran- 6:114]

    14) Why did Allah send messengers?

    We sent no Messenger, but to be obeyed by Allahs

    Leave. [ e Glorious Quran- 4:64]

    15) Do we have to believe in all the messengers?

    e Messenger (Muhammad ) believes in what has

    been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the be-

    lievers. Each one believes in Allah, His angels, His Books,

    and His Messengers. ( ey say), We make no distinction

    between one another of His Messengers and they say,

    We hear and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our

    Lord, and to You is the return (of all).

    [ e Glorious Quran- 2:285]

  • Al-Bukhari narrated that Abu

    Hurayrah said:

    e Messenger of Allah ap-

    pointed me to guard the Ramadan

    zakaah. Someone came and started tak-

    ing some of the food. I grabbed hold of

    him and said, I am going to take you to

    the Messenger of Allah !

    He said, Let me be, for I am in need

    and I have children and am in great

    need. So I let him go. e following

    morning, the Prophet said, O Abu

    Hurayrah , what did your prisoner

    do last night? I said, O Messenger of

    Allah , he complained of being in

    great need and having children to look

    a# er, so I took pity on him and let him

    go. He said, But he was lying, and he

    will be back. So I knew that he would

    come back, because of what the Mes-

    senger of Allah had said.

    I lay in wait for him, and he came

    and started taking some of the food.

    I grabbed hold of him and said, I am

    going to take you to the Messenger of

    Allah ! He said, Let me be, for I

    am in need and I have children. I will

    not come back again. So I took pity

    on him and let him go. e following

    morning, the Prophet said, O Abu

    Hurayrah , what did your prisoner

    do last night? I said, O Messenger of

    Allah , he complained of being in

    great need and having children to look

    a# er, so I took pity on him and let him

    go. He said, But he was lying, and he

    will be back.

    So I lay in wait for him on the third

    night, and he came and started taking

    some of the food. I grabbed hold of

    him and said, I am going to take you

    to the Messenger of Allah ! is is

    the third and last time. You said that

    you would not come back, then you did

    come back.

    He said, Let me go, and I will teach

    you some words by which Allah will

    bene t you. I said, What are they? He

    said, When you lie down in your bed,

    recite Aayat al-Kursiy, Allaah! Laa il-

    aaha illa Huwa (none has the right

    to be worshipped but He), the Ever

    Living, the One Who sustains and

    protects all that exists [ e Glori-

    ous Quran 2:255] until the end of the

    verse, then you will have a protector

    from Allah and no shaytaan (devil) will

    come near you until morning comes.

    en I let him go.

    e following morning, the Prophet

    said, What did your prisoner do

    last night? I said, O Messenger of Al-

    lah, he claimed that he would teach me

    some words by which he said Allah

    would bene t me, then I let him go.

    He asked, What are they? I said,

    He told me, when you lie down in your

    bed, recite Aayat al-Kursiy, from the

    beginning to the end of the verse, Al-

    laah! Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has

    the right to be worshipped but He),

    the Ever Living, the One Who sustains

    and protects all that exists [ e

    Glorious Quran 2:255].

    And he told me, you will have a

    protector from Allah and no shaytaan

    (devil) will come near you until morn-

    ing comes.

    And they [the Sahabah ] were al-

    ways keen to do good. e Prophet

    said: He indeed told you the truth, al-

    though he is a liar. Do you know who

    you have been speaking with for the

    past three nights, O Abu Hurayrah

    ? I said, No. He said, at was a shay-

    taan (a devil).

    The Liar who

    told the Truth

  • 1. Major di erence between Islam and most

    other religions

    All religions basically exhort mankind to be righteous and

    eschew evil. But Islam goes beyond that. It guides us towards

    practical ways of achieving righteousness and eliminating

    evil from our individual and collective lives. Islam takes into

    account human nature and the complexities of human soci-

    ety. Islam is guidance from the Creator Himself. erefore,

    Islam is also called the Deen-ul-Fitrah (the natural religion

    of Man).

    2. Islam commands us to shun robbery and

    also prescribes method of eleminating robbery

    a. Islam prescribes method of eliminating robbery

    All major religions teach that the! is an evil act. Islam

    teaches the same. So what is the di" erence between Islam

    and the other religions? e di" erence lies in the fact that

    Islam, besides teaching that robbing is evil, shows a practical

    way of creating a social structure in which people will not

    rob.

    b. Islam prescribes Zakaat

    Islam prescribes a system of Zakaat (obligatory annual

    charity). Islamic law prescribes that every person who has a

    saving that exceeds the nisaab level i.e. more than 85 grams

    of gold, should give 2.5% of that saving every lunar year in

    charity. If every rich person in the world gave Zakaat sin-

    cerely, poverty will be eradicated from this world. Not a sin-

    gle human being would die of hunger.

    c. Chopping o the hands as punishment for robbery

    Islam prescribes chopping o" the hands of the convicted

    robber. e Glorious Quran says in Surah Maidah:

    As to the thief, male or female, cut o his or her hands:a

    punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime:

    and Allah is Exalted in power, full of wisdom. [ e Glori-

    ous Quran 5:38]

    e non-Muslim may say, Chopping o" the hands in this

    20th century? Islam is a barbaric and ruthless religion!

    d. Results achieved when Islamic Shariah Implemented

    America is supposed to be one of the most advanced coun-

    tries in the world. Unfortunately it also has one of the highest

    rates of crime, the! , and robbery. Suppose the Islamic sha-

    riah is implemented in America i.e. every rich person gives

    Zakaat (2.5% of his savings in charity above 85 grams of gold

    every lunar year), and every convicted robber has his or her

    hands chopped o" as a punishment. Will the rate of the!

    and robbery in America increase, remain same or decrease?

    Naturally it will decrease. Moreover the existence of such a

    stringent law would discourage many a potential robber.

    I agree that the amount of the! that takes place in the

    world today is so tremendous that if you chop o" the hands

    of all the thieves, there will be tens of thousands of people

    whose hands will be chopped o" . e point here is that the

    moment you implement this law the rate of the! will decline

    immediately. e potential robber would give it a serious

    thought before jeopardizing his limbs. e mere thought of

    the punishment itself will discourage majority of the rob-

    bers. ere will barely be a few who would rob. Hence only a

    few persons hands would be chopped o" but millions would

    live peacefully without fear of being robbed.

    Islamic Shariah is therefore practical, and achieves results.

    3. Islam prohibits the molestation and rape of

    women. It enjoins hijaab and prescribes capital

    punishment for a convicted rapist.

    a. Islam prescribes method of eliminating molestation and

    rape. All the major religions declare the molestation and rape

    All religions teach men to be righteous, then why follow only Islam?

    ASK

    All religions basically teach followers to do good deeds.

    Why should a person only follow Islam? Can he not follow any of the religions?

    ? Dr. Zakir Naik

  • of women as grave sins. Islam teaches the same. What then

    is the di erence between Islam and the other religions? e

    di erence lies in the fact that Islam does not merely preach

    respect for women, or abhor molestation and rape as serious

    crimes, but also gives clear guidance as to how society can

    eliminate such crimes.

    b. Hijaab for men

    Islam has a system of hijaab. e Glorious Quran ! rst

    mentions hijaab for the men and then for the women. Hijaab

    for the men is mentioned in the following verse:

    Say to the believing men that they should lower their

    gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater

    purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that

    they do. [ e Glorious Quran 24:30]

    e moment a man looks at a woman and if any brazen

    or unashamed thought comes to his mind, he should lower

    his gaze.

    c. Hijaab for women

    Hijaab for women is mentioned in the following verse:

    And say to the believing women that they should lower

    their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not

    display their beauty and ornaments except what (must or-

    dinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils

    over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to

    their husbands, their fathers, their husbands fathers, their

    sons.... [ e Glorious Quran 24:31]

    e extent of hijaab for a woman is that her complete

    body should be covered. e only part that can be seen, are

    the face and the hands up to the wrists. If they wish to cover,

    they can even cover these parts of the body. However some

    Islamic scholars insist that even the face should be covered.

    d. Hijaab prevents molestation

    e reason why Allah has prescribed Hijaab for the wom-

    en is given in the Quran:

    O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the

    women of the believers to bring down over themselves

    [part] of their outer garments. at is more suitable that

    they will be known and not be abused. [ e Glorious

    Quran 33:59]

    e Quran says that Hijaab has been prescribed for the

    women so that they are recognized as modest women this

    would prevent them from being molested.

    e. Example of twin sisters

    Suppose two sisters who are twins and who are equally

    beautiful, walk down a street. One of them is wearing the

    Islamic Hijaab i.e. the complete body is covered except for

    the face and the hands up to the wrists, and the other twin

    is wearing a mini skirt or shorts. Around the corner there is

    a hooligan who is waiting for an opportunity to tease a girl.

    Who will he tease? e girl wearing the Islamic Hijaab or

    the girl wearing the mini skirt or shorts? Dresses that expose

    more than they conceal, are an indirect temptation to the

    opposite sex for teasing, molestation and rape. e Quran

    rightly says that the hijaab prevents women from being mo-

    lested.

    f. Capital punishment for rapist

    e Islamic shariah prescribes capital punishment for a

    convicted rapist. e non-Muslim may be horri! ed at such

    a stringent punishment in this age. Many accuse Islam of

    being ruthless and barbaric. I have asked a common ques-

    tion to hundreds of non-Muslim men. Suppose God-forbid,

    some one rapes your wife, your mother or your sister and

    you are made the judge. e rapist is brought in front of you.

    What punishment would you give him? All of them said, we

    would put him to death. Some went to the extent of saying,

    we would torture him to death, If your wife or your mother

    is raped you want the rapist to be put to death. But if some-

    one elses wife or mother is raped, capital punishment is a

    barbaric law. Why the double standards?

    g. U.S.A. has one of the highest rate of Rape

    e United States of America is supposed to be one of the

    most advanced countries of the world. An F.B.I report in the

    year 1990 says that 1,02,555 cases of rape were reported. It

    further says that only 16% of the cases of rapes are reported.

    us, in order to know the actual number of rapes that took

    place in 1990, the reported ! gure should be multiplied by

  • 6.25. We get a total of 6,40,968 rape cases that took place

    in the year 1990. If the total is divided by 365 the number

    of days in a year, we get an average of 1,756 rape incidents

    everyday.

    Later another report said that an average of 1900 cases of

    rape are committed in U.S.A every day. According to Nation-

    al Crime Victimization Survey Bureau of Justice Statistics (U.

    S. Dept. of Justice) in 1996 alone 3,07,000 cases of rape were

    reported. Only 31% of the actual cases of rape were reported.

    us, 3,07,000 X 3.226 = 9,90,322 rapes took place in 1996.

    at is, an average of 2,713 cases of rape took place every-

    day in America in 1996. Every 32 seconds one rape is taking

    place in America. Maybe American rapists got bolder. e

    FBI report of 1990 continues and says that out of the rape

    cases that were reported only 10% of the rapist were arrested,

    that is only 1.6% of the actual rapes committed. Out of those

    arrested, 50% were let free before the trial. is would mean

    that only 0.8% of the rapists faced a trial. In other words if

    a person commits 125 rapes the chances that he will get a

    punishment for rape is only once. Many would consider

    this a good gamble. And the report says that of those people

    who faced trial 50% received sentences of less than a years

    imprisonment though the American law says rape carries a

    seven year sentence of imprisonment. For a rapist, the judge

    is lenient to rst time o enders. Imagine a person commits

    125 rapes and the chances of being convicted is only once,

    and 50% of the time the judge will grant leniency and give a

    sentence of less than a year!

    h. Results achieved when Islamic Shariah Implemented

    Suppose the Islamic shariah is implemented in America.

    Whenever a man looks at a woman and if any brazen or una-

    shamed thought comes to his mind, he lowers his gaze. Every

    woman wears the Islamic Hijaab, that is the complete body is

    covered except the face and the hands upto the wrists. A" er

    this if any man commits rape, he gets capital punishment.

    e question is, will the rate of rape in America increase,

    will it remain the same or will it decrease? Naturally it will

    decrease. Islamic Shariah gets results.

    4. Islam has Practical Solutions for the Prob-

    lems of Mankind

    Islam is the best way of life because its teachings are not

    doctrinaire rhetoric but practical solutions for the problems

    of mankind. Islam achieves results both at the individual and

    collective levels. Islam is the best way of life because it is a

    practical, universal religion not con ned to any ethnic group

    or nationality.

    Islam did not neglect any information that would be need-

    ed by people to reach happiness and to avoid harm, in all

    matters, whether minute or large.

    Islam is the only guidance tailored for all peoples at all

    times.

    Islam has been preserved, and will remain intact through

    the ages, as the only true guidance capable of helping and

    saving people.

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    Corrections in Ramadan Special Issue:

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    Destroy every miser

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  • Isnt Jihad a rebellion against non-Muslims???

    Doesnt the Quran direct to

    kill the non-Muslims at sight???

    No!!! Jihad means to strive or to struggle.

    All the e orts for leading a pious life and to propagate Islam are Jihad.

    e main weapon for Jihad is nothing but The Glorious Quran

    No!!! ere is a direction to kill enemies at the warfront and it is applicable only at the warfront under the

    leadership of the Islamic Nation. is is is not an exhortation to kill any of the religious sects or innocent

    civilians, Childrens. e command to annihilate the enemy is normal in any war and such commands and

    orders, excusively for warfront, can be found even in the books and scriptures of other religions!

    Permission [to ght] is given to those against whom war is being wrongfully waged and verily,

    Allah is able to give them (believers) victory; ose who have been expelled from their homes

    unjustly only because they said: Our Lord is Allah.... [ e Glorious Quran 22:39,40]

    And ght in the way of Allah those who ght you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allah

    likes not the transgressors. [ e Glorious Quran 2:190]

    But if they incline to peace, you (also) incline to it, and (put your) trust in Allah. Verily, He is

    the All-Hearer, the All-Knower. [ e Glorious Quran 8:61]

    So obey not the disbelievers, but strive against them (by preaching) with

    the utmost endeavour, with the Quran. [The Glorious Quran- 25:52]

    When the freedom of worship, for living according to Islam, and its propagation are obstructed, the

    armed struggle for the liberation under the leadership of the Islamic Nation is also called Jihad.

    But racial struggles can never be called Jihad.

    Jihad is not a rebellion against non-Muslims, but a struggle for the religious freedom.

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