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Jimmy Carter: Israel’s Apartheid (Video)

info-pictogram1 Former American President Jimmy Carter speaking the truth about the apartheid regime and the persecution and oppression done by the Israeli government to the palestinian people in Gaza. He responds to a caller who asks questions concerning pressure put on the US political system and the resulting support of Israel. #‎FreePalestine‬ ‪#‎SaveGaza‬ ‪#‎PrayForPalestine‬

Good deeds should be done with the right intention, not for attention!

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The Prophet (pbuh) said, “He who lets the people hear of his good deeds intentionally to win their praise, Allah will let the people know his real intention (on the Day of Resurrection), and he who does good things in public to show off and win the praise of the people, Allah will disclose his real intention (and humiliate him).” [Bukhari]

Would you like a million pounds?

Money-in-Case

By: Oyon Ajmain

If a random guy came up to you right now and gave you 1 million pounds and walked away, what would you do?

Realistically you would probably go after the guy and try to thank him, or maybe even ask him, “why are you giving me this money?” Because you feel grateful for what he’s done or you feel that you’ve gotten something so amazing so surely he must want something in return?

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Satan the Outcast – From the 7th Heaven to Hell (Video)

info-pictogram1 Abdullah Ibn Omar, said that the Jinn, the descendants of Jaann, had existed for about two thousand years before Adam. They made mischief and shed blood, therefore God sent army of Angels who expelled them to remote islands. When the angels said, “while we glorify You with praises and thanks (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners) and sanctify You.” means we always worship You and none of us ever disobey You. We worship You day and night. And when God said to the angels, “He said, “I know that which you do not know.” means God told them that He had the best of knowledge about the purpose of their creation which they had no knowledge of it. And He said, “I am setting on the earth a vicegerent.”

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Heavenly reward for every act of kindness done to a living animal

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Q&A: Was Muhammad Really a Man of Peace?

Source: OnIslam.net

Question and answer details
Name of Questioner: Mark
Reply date: 2014/07/07
Question: Why should we believe in a religion that began by a man who fought 68 battles, at least some offensive in nature? Was Mohammed really a man of peace, as his last words were to curse the Christians and the Jews? When Jesus was attacked and taken to the cross to be tortured – he gave himself up – his last words were to forgive those who tortured him. How could Muhammad really be a man of peace?
consultant: Dr. Mohsen Haredy

 

Salam (Peace) Dear Mark,

Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.

Throughout his life, the Prophet (peace be upon him) spared no efforts in calling his people to God’s message with wisdom and good admonition.

Due to tribal conflicts, the people of Quraysh rejected the message and put the Prophet and his Companions to persecution. He was forced to leave Makkah and go to Madinah where he was also unable to preach Islam in peace.

Forced to defend God’s religion, the Prophet participated in seven battles only. In these battles the least destruction was done. Prophet Muhammad was the first to introduce the rules of war or combating. No children, women and old men are to be harmed. No trees, animals or houses of worship are to be destroyed. He put an end to the barbaric wars. Prophet Muhammad never gave orders to kill innocent people.

No battle was instigated by Muslims. All battles were in reaction to an attack on Muslims. The Prophet used to offer peace first. The Prophet asked the combatants to honor the treaties drawn up between Muslims and their opponents. Whenever the enemy laid down arms, the Prophet stopped fighting.

The Prophet also introduced unprecedented rules for Prisoners of War (POWs). Muslims treated those captured during wars kindly, and thus Muslims set good examples for 21st. century world on how POWs should be treated.

The actual fighting in Islam should be to help the oppressed people. (An-Nisa’ 4:75) This is the type of fighting for which there is a great reward in the Hereafter.

Fighting in Islam is allowed against those who wage war against them. This is termed today as war in self-defense. At the same time, Muslims are urged not to commit aggression. (Al-Baqarah 2:190) When there is a space for peace, Muslims are ordered to accept it. (An-Nisaa’ 4: 90)

As for cursing the Jews and Christians you referred to in your question, it should be understood in its proper context. The Prophet was warning Muslims against taking his grave a place of worship as the Jews and Christians did with the graves of their Prophets. He was assuring Muslims that he was no more than a human being like them and like the Prophets who came before him.

Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him)

You are referring to Prophet Jesus who when he was attacked and taken to the cross to be tortured, he gave himself up and his last words were to forgive those who tortured him.

First, Muslims do not agree with the biblical narration of the crucifixion of Jesus and his death on the cross. Muslims believe that God saved Prophet Jesus from death on the cross and that he will come back to earth as a just ruler. See for example the following answers for more details:

The Alleged Torture and Crucifixion of Jesus

The True Story of Jesus

Jesus: The Inspired Teacher

The Story of Jesus son of Mary

Top 30 Questions & Answers on Jesus in Islam

Prophet Muhammad’s Forgiveness

If we read the Prophet’s authentic biography, we will see how the Prophet reacted to the different situations in which he was attacked. A prime example is what the people of At-Ta’if did with the Prophet. They stoned him and injured him severely. The Prophet forgave them and prayed to God that He may guide them to Islam. Prophet Muhammad’s message is about mercy, forgiveness, and peace.

Throughout Islamic history, people of other faith communities practiced their beliefs freely and they were never forced to convert to Islam. The best description of the Prophet’s tolerance towards such communities is given in the following words of the Quran:

{To you be your religion, and to me be mine.} (Al-Kafirun 109:6)

Prophet Muhammad gave the best example of forgiving his opponents and co-existing with them in peace in the Constitution of Madinah whose authenticity is confirmed by Muslims and even non-Muslim scholars. In this Constitution, the Prophet explained the rights of non-Muslim communities on Muslims and the Muslim’s obligations towards to the non-Muslim communities in Madinah. You may wish to check these links for further details:

The Madinah Covenant

Covenant of Madinah: A Roadmap for Coexistence

What would you say, dear Mark, about a man who after returning from the battlefield used to tell his Companions: “We have returned from the lesser jihad (going to war) to the greater jihad (the struggle of the soul)”?

The Prophet considered self improvement and self purification more important than going into war. Can this man be a man of war?

Muslims believe that their duty towards their religion is to call others to it. The issue of guiding people to accept Islam is left to God. The Prophet was told in the Quran:

{… your only duty is to deliver the message…} (Ash-Shura 42:48)

This compels one to argue that Prophet Muhammad never fought to impose Islam on his enemies. The principle is:

{Let be there no compulsion in religion…} (Al-Baqarah 2:256)

{Say, ‘Now the truth has come from your Lord: let those who wish to believe in it do so, and let those who wish to reject it do so.’} (Al-Kahf 18:29)

Therefore, Islam had spread all over the world by the word not the sword.

If some still claim that Prophet Muhammad was a man of violence, what would you say about this quote from the Old Testament?

[They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it – men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.] (Joshua 6:21)

This is nothing more than total destruction and mass murder.

Dear Mark, what would you say about a man who enters a city victorious after being forced to leave it? This is what happened with Prophet Muhammad when he entered Makkah in the 8th Hijri year without fighting.

He was in a strong position and he could take revenge on the people who severely tortured him and his Companions. On the contrary, he set the best example of mercy and forgiveness and told the people of Makkah: “Go your way as you are free.”

Now, I ask you, Mark: Was Muhammad a man of peace?

Before answering this question let me explain that there is a difference between Islam as a religion and the way some Muslims practice it. Islam is a peaceful religion, but some Muslims are not always up to the expectations when personal interests and political biases prevail.

Now, it is safe to conclude that the argument that Muhammad was not a man of peace is a false one based on failure to read his biography correctly and understanding the circumstances that surrounded his defensive battles.

I hope this answers your questions.

Thank you again for your questions, and please keep in touch.

Salam.

Useful Links

Prophet Muhammad’s Mercy, Justice and Love

Prophet Muhammad: A Conqueror of Hearts

Prophet Muhammad and Freedom of Faith

ProductiveRamadan To-Do List!

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Source: http://productivemuslim.com/productive-ramadan-to-do-list/

By: Aneesah Satriya

We all know that the beautiful month of Ramadan is essentially about generosity, nobility, developing oneself and being more compassionate towards others. In addition to internalizing those meanings, we need to act upon them as well.

Accordingly, we at ProductiveMuslim developed a to-do list that you can use this Ramadan. The purpose is to help you organize yourselves and your time in Ramadan.

The to-do list has regular daily acts, as well as, a recommended special act to explore every day.

You can check the task that you have fulfilled every day and highlight the ones you still want to explore. This might help some of us avoid having wasted time in Ramadan or not knowing what to do with the extra time.

Please feel free to share and/or develop the list as per your needs and circumstances. Also please remember that Ramadan is not about being overwhelmed. Rather it’s about ease and mercy, and as Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) taught us, “the act most pleasing to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is that which is done continuously, even if it is small.”
[Sahih Muslim]

 

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