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Lying and Importance of Investigation in Islam

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Source: maestrouzy.com

By: Hajira Khan

Lying in Islam is a major sin, it’s considered one of the most evil characteristics of a person, and there are severe punishments prescribed by Allah and His Prophet (s) for those who lie,  depending on the grievousness of the lies uttered.

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British jihadists want to come home, say they made ‘mistake’

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Source: metro.co.uk

British jihadist fighters have contacted a university in London to say they regret their decision to join Islamist extremists in the Middle East.

The jihadists, thought to be a 30-strong group, said they wanted to return home to Britain but were afraid they would be jailed if they did so.

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Nouman Ali Khan: Lessons From the Past (Quran Weekly)

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8 Things You Should Understand About Converts

1. A lot of things are running through our heads right now.

“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient”  (Qur’an, 2:155).

New converts to Islam have just made the biggest decision of their lives, and changed their religion to one that they are unfamiliar with in many ways. There are a lot of stimuli around us that we are not used to, being in the mosque, hanging out with Muslims, hearing foreign languages other than Spanish, etc. Often, new Muslims might look uncomfortable because they are not used to their surroundings. A big change has just occurred in the convert’s life, and each person will respond differently to these situations.

While we are learning the basics of Islam, either before or after our shahada (testimony of faith), we are constantly coming across new things that we’ve never heard of before. It takes a long time to be able to have a consistent foundation that’s strong enough to feel any amount of comfort in the religion. This process is similar to moving to a foreign country, not knowing the language, customs, or environment that surrounds us. We often have no idea about the origin of certain customs and whether they are from Islam or a person’s culture, and it takes time to be able to discern between the two.

2. Our family life is uncertain.

A man asked the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him): ‘What is the right of parents on their offspring?’ The Prophet  replied: “They are your Paradise and your Hell.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

People who are born into Islam have the benefit of having a foundation with their parents and family. The Qur’an is on their bookshelf, Arabic words are mixed into conversation without needing definition, and there is an environment of tradition that provides a reference point for looking at the world. A convert is experiencing the total opposite. He or she doesn’t have any sort of religious connection with their family anymore, and there is sometimes backlash from parents and extended family about the decision to become a Muslim.

Even if there’s no significant backlash, there are no blood relatives to talk to about Islam, no one to clarify things, and no family support to be offered in the entire process. All of these things can cause an immense amount of stress and disillusionment. It’s common for converts to have moments of breakdown where they feel like nobody is on their side. For those who are lucky enough to have a close friend or mentor to help them in situations like this, it’s still not the same as having family help. Converts need an exceptionally good amount of emotional support from individuals in their community to feel empowered as Muslims. This doesn’t require a full-time therapist, but just people to make them feel at home.

3. Our friends are leaving us.

“A man follows the religion of his close friend, so each of you should be very careful about whom he takes as a close friend.” —The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi)

Friends are known for being brutally honest. When a convert tells his friends that he or she just became Muslim, they are going to receive a wide range of reactions. Even if their friends are supportive, they will still be really puzzled and they will ask a million questions that most born Muslims would have trouble answering. And while most converts don’t get a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies before becoming Muslim, they’re going to sometimes feel pushed into a corner when tested by their friends.

Their friends might stick around for a while, but chances are their habits are not always what a new Muslim wants to be around. After you deny a few invitations to go to parties, they might stop calling all together. Friends who seem to have abandoned you can cause a lot of depression and loneliness, and it will always take a while to replace a decent group of friends with a good group of Muslim friends.

4. We don’t know how to spend our free time.

“Whenever a Muslim is afflicted with a hardship, sickness, sadness, worry, harm, or depression –even a thorn’s prick, Allah expiates his sins because of it.”  —The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (Bukhari, Muslim)

After the distance is created with friends and family, it’s hard to fill free time or stay busy enough to not start feeling down sometimes. Converts will notice a gap in their schedules that was previously filled with something else like hanging out with friends, going to concerts, or partying. This is especially hard to cope with in a smaller city where there isn’t much else to do and not enough Muslims to spend time with.

In this situation, there might be a desire to go back to old habits to feel “normal” again, or there will be an urge to stay alone and away from other people. While Islam doesn’t allow monasticism or hedonism, this causes a problem for converts to Islam when it’s a minority religion in the society. Eventually the situation will get easier and there won’t be any problem in staying busy, but initially it can be very hard to stay positive.

5. We don’t know what to learn and who to learn from.

“Make things easier, do not make things more difficult, spread the glad tidings, do not hate.” —The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (Bukhari)

Converts usually experience some trouble in the beginning with differences in fiqh (jurisprudence). Their background is usually from a religion with a narrower view of right or wrong. Often converts will think: “So do I raise my hands after bowing or not? Which one is right and which one is wrong?” The fact is there are many correct opinions regarding such issues in Islam. Converts will often find themselves in the dilemma of whether to take the easier opinion or the stronger one.

At the very best, this will cause only a small amount of confusion at first. Remember that converts don’t have a family to help form their opinions about these things, and they are getting information from all sides. A common decision converts will make is choosing between zabiha (ritually slaughtered) and non-zabiha meat. In reality it’s a fact that there is a difference of opinion among scholars regarding the meat of Ahl-al-Kitab (People of the Book, i.e. Jews and Christians), but converts can feel pressured to take one opinion over the other based on someone’s limited knowledge of the issue.

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If you do 99 things correct, and 1 thing incorrect, people will ignore the 99, and spread the 1 mistake.

gb copy If you do 99 things correct, and 1 thing incorrect, people will ignore the 99, and spread the 1 mistake.
es copy Si lo haces 99 cosas correctas, y 1 cosa incorrectos, la gente ignore los 99, y se extendió el 1 error.
nl copy Als je dat doet 99 correct, en 1 ding verkeerde dingen, zullen de mensen de 99 negeren, en verspreid het 1 fout.
fr copy Si vous faites 99 choses correctes, et une chose incorrectes, les gens vont ignorer le 99, et répandre le 1 erreur.
de copy Wenn Sie 99 Dinge zu korrigieren, und 1, was falsch zu tun, werden die Menschen die 99 zu ignorieren, und die Ausbreitung der ein Fehler.
CN67867 Rúguǒ nǐ zuò 99 jiàn shì zhèngquè hé 1 bù zhèngquè de dōngxi, rénmen huì hūshì 99, hé chuánbò 1 de cuòwù.
Sweden Om du gör 99 saker rätt, och 1 sak felaktiga, kommer folk att ignorera 99, och sprida den 1 misstag.
rus7897 Если вы делаете 99 вещи правильные, и 1 вещь неправильные, люди будут игнорировать 99, и распространять 1 ошибку.
4523turkey Doğru ve 1 şey yanlış 99 şeyler yaparsanız, insanlar 99’a görmezden ve 1 hata yayılacak.
images Se fai 99 cose corrette, e 1 cosa non corretti, la gente ignorerà il 99, e diffondere il 1 errore.
indonesiaID Jika Anda melakukan 99 hal yang benar, dan 1 hal yang salah, orang akan mengabaikan 99, dan menyebarkan 1 kesalahan.

You shouldn’t see mistakes as a barrier, in fact they are just another road to wisdom.

gb copy You shouldn’t see mistakes as a barrier, in fact they are just another road to wisdom.
es copy Usted no debe ver los errores como una barrera, de hecho, no son más que otro camino a la sabiduría.
nl copy Je mag geen fouten zien als een barrière, in feite zijn ze gewoon een andere weg naar wijsheid.
fr copy Vous ne devriez pas voir les erreurs comme une barrière, en fait, ils sont juste une autre route de la sagesse.
de copy Sie sollten Fehler nicht sehen, als Barriere, in Wirklichkeit sind sie nur ein weiterer Weg zur Weisheit.
CN67867 Nín bù yìng gāi kàn dào de cuòwù zuòwéi píngzhàng, qíshí tāmen zhǐshì lìng yītiáo dàolù, yǐ zhìhuì.
Sweden Du ska inte se misstag som en barriär, i själva verket är de bara en annan väg till visdom.
rus7897 Vy ne dolzhny videt’ oshibki v kachestve bar’yera , na samom dele oni prosto yeshche odin put’ k mudrosti.
4523turkey Siz aslında bilgelik için başka bir yol vardır, bir bariyer olarak hataları görmek gerekir.
images Non si dovrebbe vedere errori come una barriera, in realtà sono solo un’altra strada alla saggezza.
indonesiaID Anda tidak akan melihat kesalahan sebagai penghalang, pada kenyataannya mereka hanya jalan lain untuk kebijaksanaan.

Mistakes happen, it is not the mistake that condemns you, it is your inability to move forwards that does.

gb copy Mistakes happen, it is not the mistake that condemns you, it is your inability to move forwards that does.
es copy Los errores suceden, no es el error que te condena, es su incapacidad para moverse hacia delante que hace.
nl copy Fouten gebeuren, het is niet de fout die je veroordeelt, het is uw onvermogen om vooruit dat doet bewegen.
fr copy Des erreurs se produisent, ce n’est pas l’erreur que vous condamne, c’est votre incapacité à aller de l’avant que ne.
de copy Fehler passieren, es ist nicht der Fehler, dass Sie verurteilt, ist es Ihre Unfähigkeit, nach vorne zu bewegen, das tut.
CN67867 Cuòwù fāshēng, tā bùshì qiǎnzé nǐ de cuò, zhè shì nǐ wúfǎ xiàng qián yídòng, zuò.
Sweden Fel händer, det är inte det misstag som dömer dig, är det din oförmåga att gå framåt som gör.
rus7897 Oshibki sluchayutsya , eto ne oshibka, chto osuzhdayet vas , eto vasha nesposobnost’ dvigat’sya vpered , chto delayet.
4523turkey Hatalar o seni mahkûm hata değil, olur, öyle ileriye taşımak için yetersizliğidir.
images Gli errori accadono, non è l’errore che ti condanna, è la vostra incapacità di spostare in avanti che fa.
indonesiaID Kesalahan terjadi, itu bukan kesalahan yang mengutuk Anda, itu adalah ketidakmampuan Anda untuk bergerak maju yang tidak.