Way To The Qur’an

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Khurram Murad
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 97 | Size: 1 MB

My aim in writing this book is very modest. This is not a work of erudite scholarship. I am no learned mufassir, nor am I writing for scholars. I am not presuming to teach and guide, for I have no pretensions to that office. I am writing for those ordinary, inexpert and unlearned seekers after the Qur’an, especially the young men and women, who are struggling hard to fulfil their desire to understand, absorb and live the Qur’an, as I am doing myself. I am writing for students about things which I am learning myself. In this book, then, I write as one wayfarer to another, trying to share with him whatever I have found and grasped as useful as I have stumbled, with all my deficiencies, along the easy and rewarding road to and through the Qur’an. I am sure that they, with their greater sincerity, devotion and competence, will improve greatly upon what I have presented here.This book is the product of a long and still-continuing search. Its contents have been gathered over many years of reading. The beginning of this book goes back more than three decades when I had just begun my own struggle to live by the Qur’an, and when I was given the duty of explaining how to study the Qur’an to a group of similarly committed young students. Most of what I said then, I owed to a small number of sources: Hamiduddin Farahi’s Tafdsari Fardhi; Sayyid Mawdudi’s Tafhimul Qur’an; Amin Ahsan Islahi’s Tadabburi Qur’an; al-Ghazali’s lhya’ ‘Ulum al-Din; Shah Waliullah’s Hujjah-Allah al-Balighah and al-Fawz al-Kabir fi Usul al-Tafsir, and Suyuti’s al-Itqan fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an. For all that this book contains, I continue to owe a debt of gratitude to them. And whilst I would like to acknowledge this, I must also point out that none of these authors are responsible for my own errors of understanding and presentation. The first opportunity to put my thoughts in writing arose in 1977 when I wrote a short introduction to Yusuf Ali’s translation of the Qur’an published by the Islamic Foundation ‘The Way to the Qur’an’. Continue reading

The Religion Of Ibrahim

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Abu Muhammad Aasim al-Maqdisi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 267 | Size: 2 MB

We present to the English reader, Millat Ibrāhīm, by the noble Shaykh, Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisī, may Allāh preserve him. This particular treatise has been an influential and significant book with many of the contemporary Islāmic groups intent upon forming an Islāmic state. Herein, the author draws several parallels between the form of idolatry in the time of the Messenger of Allāh (PBUH) and that which the apostate regimes have instituted from fabricated laws and methodologies of falsehood in the lands of the Muslims, which are the main obstacles to the formation of such a state.

Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi. born 1378 A.H. (1959 A.D.) in the province of Nablus, Palestine,At a young age his family emigrated to Kuwait. He later studied at the University of Mosul in Iraq. He began to travel around Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in order to visit the numerous religious students and sheikhs. He than began to study the writings of Sheikh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah and Imam Ibnul Qayyim. While in Medinah he read the writings of Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al Wahhab and was strongly influenced by them. Maqdisi travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan and met many of the mujahid groups there at the time. In 1992 he returned to Jordan. He began to denounce the Jordanian government and the man-made laws that were being implemented there. His teachings gained many adherents and this earned him the attention of the government, and he was arrested and imprisoned. During the years 1995-1999. He was later released and stayed in Jordan, where he was later rearrested on terrorism charges for conspiring to attack American targets in Jordan. He was released again in July 2005, but arrested again after he gave an interview to al Jazeera.He was released again in 2008. Continue reading

Benefits From The Story Of Prophet Yusuf (Parts 1 And 2)

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Muhammad Saleh al-Munajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 26 | Size: 2 MB

This book is an adaption of a friday khutbah given by Shaykh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid which explains the fruits that can be taken from the life of prophet Yoosuf (may Allah be pleased with him). This chapter Yusuf relates to the story of one of the noble prophets, peace be upon him, and includes great admonitions and numerous benefits for the believers, as well as Islaamic rulings which the scholars of Islaam have extracted from this wonderful story that Allaah revealed to His Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. The story of Prophet Yusuf, peace be upon him, has a distinct, beautiful style, and neither the Jews nor the Christians have anything like it in their books, especially in such detail. Continue reading

Al-Hajj Al-Mabroor

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Sheik Muhammad Mitwaly Ash- Sha‘râwy
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 118 | Size: 2 MB

In the journey of ever continuous giving of the venerable Imam, Sheik Muhammad Mitwaly Al-Sha‘râwy, are shining lights and inspirations that illumine the way of the seekers, guide the astray and teach humanity the religious matters that have been kept hidden from it. Done for the Love of Allah, the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) and Islam by Abdullah translation group and as homage paid to our venerable Imam, Sheik Muhammad Mitwaly Ash- Sha‘râwy.

Hajj…that sublime fifth Pillar of Islam, rich with farreaching shoreless meanings, wisdoms, morals, philosophies and symbols; a rehearsal to the Day of Crowding, a great scene of equality where all privileges melt into thin air. In Hajj there is a reenactment of Prophet’s Ibrâhîm (peace and blessings be upon him) firm stand against the black whispers of Satan. He stoned him seven times, a physical matter that agrees with our corporality, for us to learn that we should always stone the devil within ourselves in a nonphysical sense, barring all his gateways to us, by our defiance to yield to his satanic temptations until he recedes and leaves us dispossessed of all power over us.

All hajjis came answering the call of The Great Summoner – His Majesty, Allah, all praise and glory be to Him. All are standing before Allah just with a seamless piece of cloth on body like the shroud you shall come out of this world wrapped in.

Tawâf, Sa‘y, Standing at ‘Arafat, offering sacrifice, Zamzam…. and other Hajj rites, all have a wisdom and a moral, all teach a lesson that we should live by. Hajj with it majesty and the magnificence of worship in it is the hope of every Muslim to establish the Fifth Pillar of his Islam; hope of becoming a hajji, a traveler whose destination is the Sacred House of Allah and visiting His Messenger Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. Continue reading

Christianity: The Original And The Present Reality

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Muhammad bin Abdullah as-Saheem
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 28 | Size: 1 MB

Christianity The Original And The Present Reality: The author has given a brief history of original Christianity with reference to context, as well as, the present reality of Christianity in the modern world.

All the praise is due to Allâh, Who has guided us to His straight path. We seek His forgiveness and we seek refuge in Him from the evil of our own selves and our bad deeds. ‘Christianity – the Original and the Present Reality’ is a brief treatise in which the author has attempted to open the Christians’ eyes to the true reality of their erroneous beliefs and to guide them to the Truth.

All the Messengers of Allâh had tried their best, to convey the correct creed to their peoples. Prophet ‘Isa, or Jesus, was also among those upright Messengers who strove hard to guide his people to the Truth, but most of them followed their whims and desires and thus went astray.

Believing in the Oneness of Allâh is a basic fundamental in Islam. This belief establishes the relationship between human beings and their Rubb (Lord). As Muslims we firmly believe that Allâh is our Creator, Sustainer and the true God; only He has the right to be worshipped. There is no partner with Him. He has the free hand in the disposal of all affairs.

I am thankful to Br. Muhammad bin ‘Abdullah As-Saheem who has written this booklet in the Arabic language and given us permission to translate it into English. I pray to Allâh to render this booklet beneficial and be a source of guidance and blessing in both this world and the Hereafter. I also appreciate Darussalam’s staff, who spared no effort to complete this work in a very good manner. General Manager: Abdul Malik Mujahid

Introduction:

All praise and thanks are due to Allâh, Who has not taken any creature as a son, nor does He have any partner in His dominion, nor has He any protector from among the lowly creatures. His Greatness is greater than all else. I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship in truth besides Allâh Alone Who is singular and without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad (PBUH) is His slave, servant and Messenger.

This is a very brief summary in which I intend to clarify the origin of Christianity (Nasraaniyah) and its current reality. It is principally intended for a Christian in order that he may be aware of the roots of his belief. He will perhaps come to understand how Christianity has undergone change and substitution to the point that it has evolved into a man-made composition – this, after having once been a Divine message. I have made it a point to bring forth, within this summary, those evidences that brought forth the truth of the matter from actual texts of the Torah (Tawrah) and the Injeel. This was done to illustrate, to every Christian reader, my intention to point out the truth and to guide towards that which is correct. Thus I write, seeking Allâh’s help. Continue reading

Who Wrote The Qur’an

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The Memphis Dawah Team
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 23 | Size: 1 MB

Who Wrote The Quran: A proof that the Qur’an is from God and that Muhammad is a Messenger of God.

What is the Quran:

The Qur’an (”Qor-Ann”) is a Message from Allah (swt) to humanity. It was transmitted to us in a chain starting from the Almighty Himself (swt) to the angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad (saw). This message was given to the Prophet (saw) in pieces over a period spanning approximately 23 years (610 CE to 632 CE). The Prophet (saw) was 40 years old when the Qur’an began to be revealed to him, and he was 63 when the revelation was completed. The language of the original message was Arabic, but it has been translated into many other languages.

The Qur’an is one of the two sources which form the basis of Islam. The second source is the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw). What makes the Qur’an different from the Sunnah is primarily its form. Unlike the Sunnah, the Qur’an is literally the Word of Allah (swt), whereas the Sunnah was inspired by Allah but the wording and actions are the Prophet’s (saw). The Qur’an has not been expressed using any human’s words. Its wording is letter for letter fixed by no one but Allah.

Prophet Muhammad (saw) was the final Messenger of Allah to humanity, and therefore the Qur’an is the last Message which Allah (swt) has sent to us. Its predecessors such as the Torah, Psalms, and Gospels have all been superseded. It is an obligation – and blessing – for all who hear of the Qur’an and Islam to investigate it and evaluate it for themselves. Allah (swt) has guaranteed that He will protect the Qur’an from human tampering, and today’s readers can find exact copies of it all over the world. The Qur’an of today is the same as the Qur’an revealed to Muhammad (saw) 1400 years ago.

The Qur’an was revealed in pure Arabic to Prophet Muhammad (SAW) over a period of twenty-three years ending in 632 A.D., the year he passed away. The first revelation was only five verses, the first five verses of Chapter 96. Among the very early revelations are Surah 73, 74, 80 and 97. The revelations were sent by Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala (SWT), the creator and sustainer of the universe, and transmitted to him by the Archangel Jibril (as) (Gabriel). The revelations he received were sometimes a few verses, a part of a chapter or the whole chapter. Some revelations came down in response to an inquiry by the nonbelievers. The ordering of the Qur’an is not the same as the revelations. Archangel Jibril (as) taught the ordering of Ayat and Surahs (refer to Surah 75) as he transmitted the revelations to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

The Qur’an speaks in the first person, i.e., Allah’s commandments to its creation. The Qur’an also uses the royal “We” for Allah’s commandments. The main theme of the Qur’an and all previous revelations has been the absolute oneness of Allah, the creator and sustainer of the universe, who is without partner(s). Allah (Glory be to Him) did not beget nor was He begotten. The Qur’anic verses address people in a variety of ways depending on the context. It says “O mankind” and “O people” in a general sense addressing to all people, and in other instances “O believers” for those who have already accepted the message of Qur’an.

The Qur’an is the direct Word of Allah and it does not contain a single alphabet from anyone, even Prophet Muhammad. The sayings of Prophet Muhammad are contained in separate compilations known as Hadith, and include his deeds, lifestyle, and decisions on a variety of issues. The Qur’an and Hadith form the foundation of daily life of a practicing Muslim. The Qur’an has not changed by even an alphabet since its revelation fourteen centuries ago. Allah (SWT) has promised in the Qur’an that He will preserve it to the end of time. It is also for this reason there is no need for any new prophet or revelation (guidance) to come to humankind. The Qur’an is read in Arabic with great emphasis on the accuracy of recitation, including the recognition of diacritical marks and places where one pauses momentarily or stops.

The Arabic word Surah is loosely translated as chapter and Ayah as verse for the English readers who are unfamiliar with Qura’nic concepts. The Ayah (plural Ayat) means a sign. Those who have read the meaning of the Qur’an thoroughly and have had time to reflect upon them appreciate the word ayah as it is truly a sign from Allah (SWT), the lord of the universe, the absolute, without any partners or associate. Allah is the personal name of God, the Lord of the universe, the owner of the day of judgement. The word Allah is not subject to gender (male or female, such as god or goddess) or plurality (such as gods or goddesses). This word is found in Semitic languages, spoken by Prophets (I’sa) Jesus and (Musa) Moses, peace be upon them both (as).

According to the Qur’an, Allah sent Numerous Nabi (prophets) and Rasool (messengers), i.e., those prophets who were also given revelations or books from Allah. Among them are many that are also mentioned in the old and new testaments, and others that are specifically mentioned in the Qur’an. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) came about six centuries after Prophet I’sa (Jesus) and was the last prophet of Allah. He is the seal of the Prophets. The words Islam and Muslim are defined in the Qur’an, and Allah (SWT) states in the Qur’an that the religion of all Prophets was Islam and called them Muslims. Specifically, Prophet Abraham, among others, is called a Muslim in the Qur’an. The word Islam means total submission (to the will and commandments of Allah). It is derived from the root word SLM and salam means peace (shalom in Hebrew). A Muslim is one who submits to the will and commandments of Allah. The Qur’an is sent for both humankind and Jinns. Continue reading

The Virtues Of The Qur’an

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Abdul Qadir Al Arna’oot
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 14 | Size: 1 MB

The Virtues Of The Qur’an: An informative book about the virtues of studying, understanding, reciting, memorizing, and acting upon of the Qur’an, as well as a mention of the virtues of various Surahs.

THE VIRTUE OF HE WHO LEARNS THE QUR’AAN AND TEACHES IT

(1) The Messenger of Allah Blessings and Peace be upon him’ said:

“The best of you is he who learns the Qur’aan and teaches it.”
(Reported by Bukhari)

(2) And he (PBUH) also said:

“Will not any of you go to the Masjid and learn or read two verses from the Book of Allah ‘The Exalted’, Mighty and Glorified be He? (For) that is better for him than two she-camels, and three (verses) are better for him than three (she-camels), and four (verses) are better for him than four (she-camels). And the number (of verses read in total) are better than the same number of camels.” (Reported by Muslim)

(3) And he (PBUH) said:

“There is no envy (acceptable) except in two (cases): a person whom Allah has given the Qur’aan and recites it throughout the night and throughout the day. And a person whom Allah has given wealth, that he gives out throughout the night and throughout the day.” (Reported by Bukhari and Muslim)

THE VIRTUE of READING THE QUR’AAN

(4) The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:

“Whosoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a Hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the Hasanah (good deed) is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-laam-meem is (considered as) a letter (in reward), rather Alif is a letter, laam is a letter, and meem is a letter.” (Reported by At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darami)

(5) And he (PBUH) also said:

“He who is skillful in reciting the Qur’aan is with the unveiled, honorable, and pious (i.e. Hur al-Ain). And he who stutters when reading the Qur’aan, (and its recitation) is difficult upon him, will receive two rewards.” (Reported by Bukhari)

(6) And he (PBUH) said:

“Verily he who has nothing of the Qur’aan in his heart, is like a house (which has been) destroyed.” (Reported by At-Tirmidhi) Continue reading