By: Uzman Muhajir
Upon the Creation of the Earth, the site of Al-Kaaba had been inaugurated with status and honour. Allah Most High had designated the Holy ground of Al-Kaabah to be the centre of the universe. The Holy ground of Al-Kaabah bears testimony to the presence of the Father of Mankind, Adam (A.S.) unto the Final Prophet, Muhammad (S.A.W.) unto whom the Revelation of the Glorious Quran descended through the Angel Jibraeel. Unto this day Al-Kaabah is the beacon to which the current 2 billion Muslims worldwide turn to pray. Geographically such magnificence is characterised by harsh terrains and soaring temperatures positioned in The Holy City of Makkah.
By: Abu Safiyyah
Umm Haram Bint Milhan (may Allah be pleased with her) was a maternal aunt of Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and he would often visit her and would sometimes take a nap in her house. One day, the prophet came to visit her and she provided him with food and started grooming his head. The prophet fell asleep and a short while later woke up smiling. Umm Haram asked,
“What makes you smile, O Messenger of Allah?” He said,”Some people of my ummah were shown to me (in my dream) fighting in the way of Allah, sailing in the middle of the seas like kings on the thrones (or he said) like kings sitting on their thrones.” Umm Haram added, “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Pray to Allah to make me one of them.’ ” So the Messenger of Allah prayed to Allah for her and then laid his head down (and slept). Then he woke up smiling (again). (Umm Haram added): I said, “What makes you smile, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “Some people of my ummah were shown to me (in my dream) fighting in the way of Allah.” He said the same as he had said before. I said, “O Messenger of Allah! Pray to Allah to make me one of them.” He said, “You will be among the first ones.” (Reported by Bukhari)
Many years later after the demise of the Prophet, when the borders of Islam had reached Syria and beyond, Mu’awiyah (may Allah be pleased with him) who was the governor at the time was facing a growing problem of Byzantine attacks on Syria’s coastline who were using Cyprus as a launch point. He sought permission from the second caliph, Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) to launch a naval attack against Cyprus to bring an end to attacks by the Byzantines. Umar didn’t give permission because of the dangers of the sea and the inexperience of the Muslims in naval warfare.
By: Sh. Ahsan Hanif
Five times in the Qur’ān does Allah refer to the ‘honoured’ or ‘Al-Mukramūn‘. In part one of this two-part article we will be analysing these five passages as well as how we can work to be from amongst them.
Al-Anbiyā’, Yā Sīn, al-Ṣāffāt, al-Dhāriyāt and Maʻārij are the five chapters in which the honoured are mentioned in the Qur’an.
Virtually all Halloween traditions are based either in ancient pagan culture, or in Christianity. From an Islamic point of view, they all are forms of idolatry (shirk). As Muslims, our celebrations should be ones that honour and uphold our faith and beliefs. How can we worship only Allah, the Creator, if we participate in activities that are based in pagan rituals, divination, and the spirit world? Many people participate in these celebrations without even understanding the history and the pagan connections, just because their friends are doing it, their parents did it (“it’s a tradition!”), and because “it’s fun!” So what can we do, when our children see others dressed up, eating candy, and going to parties? While it may be tempting to join in, we must be careful to preserve our own traditions and not allow our children to be corrupted by this seemingly “innocent” fun. When tempted, remember the pagan origins of these traditions, and ask Allah to give you strength. Save the celebration, the fun and games, for our ‘Eid festivals. Children can still have their fun, and most importantly, should learn that we only acknowledge holidays that have a religious significance to us as Muslims. Holidays are not just excuses to binge and be reckless. In Islam, our holidays retain their religious importance, while allowing proper time for rejoicing, fun and games
With Great Honour, Given to Human Beings, Comes Great Responsibility and With Great Responsibility comes great consequences should you fail to live up to them!
10 reasons why we should all recite, practice,and memorize the Qur’an as much as we can until our last breath
1. Highest ranks of Jannah for the Memorizer of the Qur’an:
“It will be said to the companion of the Qur’aan after he has entered Paradise, ‘Recite, and rise!’ For every verse he recites he will rise one level (in Paradise), until he recites the last verse with him (i.e., in his memory).” (Aboo Dawood)This Hadith mentions the merit of those who memorize part or all of the Qur’an. Some scholars, in explaining this Hadith, have mentioned that the number of ranks (levels) in Paradise is equal to the number of ayahs (verses) in the Qur’an, and that a believer will rise one rank for each ayah (verse) that he or she memorizes.
Obviously, the one who memorized the whole Qur’an will stop at the last verse of the Quran meaning they will be of those among the highest ranks of paradise.Whoever memorizes Quraan and acts upon it, Allaah will reward him and honour him greatly for that, so that he will rise in status in Paradise to a level commensurate with what he memorized of the Book of Allaah.Subhanallah!
We should all memorise as much of the Qur’an as we can until our last breath for every ayah we memorise will result in higher ranks in Jannah!
2. The Highest Honour for the Parents of the Memorizer of the Qur’an “Mu’aadh al-Juhani narrates that the Prophet pbuh said: ‘Whosoever recites the Quran and practices upon its injunctions, the reciter’s parents will be given a crown on the day of Qiyaamat. The brightness of that crown will be more intense than the brightness of the sun in your actual house.’The Prophet further said: ‘What do you think will be given to the Hafiz (reciter) of the Quran himself?’” (Mishkaat Vol I.)So not only will the Hafiz recieve rewards beyond comprehension but it will also mean the highest honour for the parents who will wear a crown on Qiyamat.
We try so hard to make our parents proud in this world but imagine how proud they will be on that day. Subhanallah!It was narrated that Buraydah said: “The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: ‘Whoever reads the Qur’aan, learns it and acts in accordance with it, on the Day of Resurrection his parents will be given a crown to wear whose light will be like the light of the sun, and his parents will be given garments which far surpass everything to be found in this world. They will say, “Why have we been given this to wear?” It will be said, “Because your child learned the Qur’aan.”’”(Narrated by al-Haakim, 1/756)So let us ALL be of those who are given such high honour on the day of judgement and encourage our children to become memorisers of the Qur’an. But those parents who prevented their child from learning the Qur’aan will be of those who lost out for eternity!
3. The best person is he who learns the Qur’an & teaches it The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it. (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
4. The memorizer of the Qur’an is worthy of envy in this world The memorizer of the Qur’an will is of two people who we should be envious of in this world:Ibn ‘Amr reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said, “There is no cause to be envious except in two cases: (the first is of a) person whom Allaah has taught the Qur’aan, and he recites it in the day and night, and one of his neighbors hears him and says, ‘Woe to me! I wish I had been given what he has been given, then I would do what he is doing! (The second is of a) person whom Allah has blessed with wealth, and he spends it in good causes, so a person (who sees him) says, ‘Woe to me! I wish I had been given what he has been given, then I would do what he is doing!” (al-Bukhaaree)
5. Every letter the Memorizer of the Qur’an recites is rewarded ten times or moreThe Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said:
“Whoever recites one Word from the Book of Allah will be rewarded for a good deed and ten more like it; and I don’t say that Alif Lam Mim is a letter but Alif is a letter and Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter” (Tirmidhi & Al-Dareemi)So for every letter of the Qur’an the memorizer received a minimum or ten rewards and of course Allah can reward a person much more if he wants to.
The Qur’an has over 6000 verses and each verse has so many alphabets. Can you imagine the number of alphabets the memoriser of the Qur’an recites. He will recite one verse again and again and has to continuously recite the Qur’an to keep it fresh in his heart. Surely he would have gained millions of rewards by completing the Qur’an just once. For the remaining 5 points go to this link http://buff.ly/1iYEGFn
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May Allah help us all to recite, practice,and memorize the Qur’an as much as we can until our last breath: Say and Type Ameen!
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Honour the wishes of your soul, do not fight against your true nature, be true unto thyself.
Honra a los deseos de su alma, no luches contra tu naturaleza verdadera, es verdad para ti mismo.
Respecteer de wensen van je ziel, niet vechten tegen je ware natuur, waar zijn gij uzelven.
Honorez les désirs de votre âme, ne se battent pas contre votre vraie nature, être vrai toi-même.
Die Wünsche Ihrer Seele ehren, nicht gegen deine wahre Natur zu kämpfen, wahr zu dir selber.
Zūnjìng nǐ de línghún de yìyuàn, bùyào duì nǐ de zhēnshí xìngzhì ér zhàn, shì nǐ ba zhēn de.
Hedra önskemål din själ, inte slåss mot din sanna natur, vara sant åt dig själv.
Pochitay pozhelaniya vashey dushi , ne borot’sya protiv svoyey istinnoy prirode , pravda , ty sam sebe.
Ruhunuzun isteklerini Namus, kendin Allah’a doğru olması, gerçek doğaya karşı mücadele etmiyoruz.
Onora i desideri della tua anima, non combattere contro la vostra vera natura, essere vero a te stesso.
Hormatilah keinginan jiwa Anda, jangan melawan sifat sejati Anda, menjadi kenyataan bagi dirimu sendiri.