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Q&A: Is Protesting Permissible in Islam?


Question: What is the ruling for participating in protests, and if they are permissible, what is the proof?


Answer: Protests are a means by which the Muslim community makes its voice heard regarding a specific issue, to those in authority so they can act accordingly or respond to their concerns. In the modern age, this has become the main objective behind protests: informing governments about the concerns of the governed.

Islam as a faith welcomes protests according to the definition provided above, because they serve the Muslim community to make its positions known on issues. Especially if that issues pertains to a general benefit that affects Muslims or Muslim countries such as Palestine, in general, and Gaza, in particular.

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Could Israel Be Facing The Third Intifada? (Video)

info-pictogram1 Intifada is an Arabic word that means “shaking off”, but it is more commonly associated with two Palestinian uprisings against the Israeli military occupation in 1987 and 2000.
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Praising Allah: the Power of “SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi”



By: Wael Abdelgawad

There are many hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) about the power of this phrase, “SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi”, which means, “Glory to Allah and praise him.”

1) “Whoever says “SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi” a hundred times during the day, his sins are wiped away, even if they are like the foam of the sea.” [Sahih al-Bukhari; #7:168, Sahih Muslim; #4:2071]

2) Abu Dharr reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Shall I tell you the words that Allah loves the most??” I said: “Yess, tell me, O Messenger of Allah.” He said: “The words dearest to Allah are: subhanAllah wa bihamdihi.

3) “A palm tree is planted for the reciter ‘SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi’ in Paradise.” [at-Tirmidhi; 5:511, al-Hakim]

4) The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Two Words (subhanAllah wa bihamdihi) are light on the tongue, weigh heavily in the balance, and are loved by the Most Merciful One.

Allah is so forgiving and gives us countless avenues to earn our forgiveness. Today, let’s have this phrase – subhanAllah wa bihamdihi – on our tongues, and let’s earn our forgiveness, and have entire groves of palm trees planted for us in Jannah, Insha’Allah.

Praise going up, blessings coming down

Of course there are many types of dhikr. Dhikr means praising Allah, remembering Allah. SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi is a good one, but even something as simple as saying, “Thank you, Allah” when you finish a meal is a type of dhikr.

When we have dhikr always on our tongues, we have this constant connection with God, even as we go about our daily routines. When things are going well, or when things are hard, we have this lifeline to Allah, this constant stream of praise going up, and blessings coming down. Our spirits are lighter, our hearts happier. We are grateful for everything we have, because we remember that every single little blessing – good health, the comfortable beds we sleep in, the orange juice we had for breakfast, even our beating hearts and the breath in our lungs – comes from Allah.

Dhikr is a guide to excellent character, and a light that keeps us on the path to Paradise.

We covet what we think about

Here’s another important point. I am the editor of, which is a common-sense advice website for marriage and family issues. One type of common question I get is from a young person who is madly in love with someone who is unavailable. Maybe the unavailable person is already married, or is not interested, or the parents do not approve, but it’s clear that the match is impossible.

One thing I tell such a young person is, stop thinking about the object of your desire. When the thoughts come, push them away. Absolutely do not spend your time gazing at photographs of him/her, reading old emails, dwelling on what-ifs, and fantasizing, because that will only reinforce your obsession, and keep the unavailable person in your mind.

What we think about, we come to desire.

With dhikr, we are using this principle for good. By constantly praising Allah, we keep Him in our minds and hearts. The more we do so, the more we come to desire His love, His forgiveness, and His presence. The more we think about Allah, the more we want to please him. It becomes a beautiful cycle of remembrance and blessings, reinforcing each other.

That’s why Allah described the believers as:

Who remember Allaah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides.” [3:191]

“…and the men who remember Allaah often and the women who do so – for them Allaah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” [33:35]

O you who have believed, remember Allaah with much remembrance. And exalt Him morning and afternoon.” [33:41-42]

The living and the dead

There is a very powerful hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in which he said, “The example of the one who remembers his Lord (God) in comparison with the one who does not remember his Lord is that of the living and the dead.” [Sahih al-Bukhari; 11:208, Muslim; 1:539]

I could write an entire essay about that one hadith, but I’ll just say that the essence of life is our need for Allah. Without Him, our hearts would not beat, the rain would not fall, there would be no food on our tables, and no joy in our hearts. When we remember Allah we prove that we are spiritually alive. We acknowledge our need for the One God, and we acknowledge His favors upon us.

Conversely, if we do not remember Him, it’s as if we are spiritually dead. That’s why the famous classical scholar Shaykhul Islam ibn Taymiyyah said, “The example of dhikr to the heart is that of fish to water.”

Living at peace with others means knowing when to speak and when not to.

gb copy Living at peace with others means knowing when to speak and when not to.
es copy Vivir en paz con los demás significa saber cuándo hablar y cuándo no.
nl copy Leven in vrede met anderen betekent weten wanneer te spreken en wanneer niet.
fr copy Vivre en paix avec les autres, c’est de savoir quand parler et quand ne pas.
de copy Leben in Frieden mit anderen bedeutet zu wissen, wann man reden und wann nicht.
CN67867 Yǔ qítā rén shēnghuó zài hépíng yìwèizhe zhīdào shénme shíhou gāi shuōhuà, shénme shíhou bù.
Sweden Att leva i fred med andra innebär att veta när man ska tala och när inte.
rus7897 Zhivut mire s drugimi oznachayet, znaya, kogda govorit’ , a kogda net .
4523turkey Başkalarıyla barışık yaşamak değilken konuşmak ve ne zaman bilmek anlamına gelir.
images Vivere in pace con gli altri significa sapere quando parlare e quando non farlo.
indonesiaID Hidup damai dengan orang lain berarti mengetahui kapan harus berbicara dan kapan tidak.



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