The Life Of ‘Abdullah Ibn Al-Mubarak

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Farhia Yahya
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 46 | Size: 1 MB

The pages of our Islamic history and heritage are filled with the lives of men and women whose influence on our history can only be retold by history itself. They served as beacons of light, illuminating the path set by this Ummah’s Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam), and yet they were the heroes who protected this very path. Their interests didn’t lie in worldly gain nor were their efforts for selfish reasons but they worked hard in sincerity and under burden to deliver this message of Islam to you and I. They strove day and night purifying their societies and correcting what had become corrupt in this Ummah. They were true ‘ubbaad (slaves) of Allah who had put the Hereafter before their eyes and hence worked only towards this one goal.

Their nights were not the same as ours, nor are our days comparable to theirs – and it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that a lifetime of ours could not equal a number of their days in virtue and achievement. For they were a people who valued time, knew how to live fully and work hard in ease and under pressure, in poverty and in health. They knew no bounds when it came to aiding the religion of Allah and they refused to acknowledge any limits to their efforts and struggles. They were the Companions, the Tabi’in (successors), the Atba’ al- Tabi’in (successors of the Tabi’in), they were the righteous of this Ummah in the past and they are to be the righteous of those to come.

From amongst such figures are those who excelled in certain fields be they in leadership, scholarship, political thought, arts of war, business and literature to name but a few. You could say that one was a leading figure in such-and-such field; another would be an Imam on a different platform. However, rarely has history in the post Prophethood era witnessed personalities who had gathered all these characteristics and succeeded across numerous fields and avenues. Rarely has it witnessed lives that were so enriched and yet enriching, so influential and inspiring, so powerful and empowering, so humble and yet so humbling.

One of these rarities lies in the very being of that scholar from Khurasan, the Mujahid between the army ranks, the faqeeh (jurist) and muhaddith (narrator) of his time, the righteous ‘aabid (worshipper) of his Lord, the successful merchant across cities, the well-known zahid (ascetic), the poet and writer, the grammarian and linguist, the respected and the leader of the Pious – ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak.

But who was ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak? Who is he about whom Isma’il ibn ‘Ayyash, the scholar of al-Sham said, “There is none like ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak on the face of this earth, nor do I know of a single good characteristic created by Allah except that He has put it in ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak.”

Let us delve into learning more about the life of this man whose input into Islamic Scholarship and history still benefits not just the masses today, but even the heirs to Prophethood; the scholars themselves. Continue reading

Hijab

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Abdul Aziz Bin Mohammed Al-Dowaish
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 49 | Size: 1 MB

This book talks about the value of the obligation of hijab and to beware of display and unveiling, the characteristics of the Hijab are discussed, bringing the glad tidings promised (by Allah) to those women adhering to it. It also points out the danger of dazzling displays of ornaments and beauty as well as the terrible repercussions in this life and in the hereafter.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction
2. Definition of the word Hijab
3. Proofs of the obligation of Hijab from Qur’an
4. Proofs of the obligation of Hijab from Sunnah
5. Arguments by those who legalize exposing Muslim Woman’s face
6. Conclusion Continue reading

Is Allah (S.W) One Or Three?

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Munqidh Bin Mahmoud Assaqqar
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 140 | Size: 1.5 MB

(Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; and there is none like unto Him) (Holy Quran, 112: 1- 4)

(Christ the son of Mary was no more than an apostle; many were the apostles that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food. See how Allah doth make His signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth!) (Holy Quran, 5: 75)

(He was no more than a servant: We granted Our favour to him, and We made him an example to the Children of Israel.) (Holy Quran, 43: 59)

(They say, “((Allah)) Most Gracious has begotten a son!” Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous! At it the skies are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin, That they should invoke a son for ((Allah)) Most Gracious. For it is not consonant with the majesty of ((Allah)) Most Gracious that He should beget a son. Not one of the beings in the heavens and the earth but must come to ((Allah)) Most Gracious as a servant. He does take an account of them (all), and hath numbered them (all) exactly. And everyone of them will come to Him singly on the Day of Judgment.) (Holy Quran, 19: 88 -95)

These noble verses have summarized the Muslim’s concept, faith and belief in Allah1 (S.W)2, the One and only, and His prophet Jesus (PBUH)1. He is a noble prophet and a great messenger whom Allah (S.W) sent to declare monotheism, and supported him with signs and guidance.

Monotheism, which is what Mohammad (PBUH) carried to humanity, is the faith and belief of all the prophets (PBUT) before him. (Not an apostle did we send before thee without this inspiration sent by us to him: that there is no god but I; therefore worship and serve Me.) (Holy Quran, 21: 25)

However, Christians believe contrary to the Muslims, as they believe that Jesus (PBUH) is the Son of Allah (S.W), and some of them believe that he is Allah (S.W) himself. They also believe that He, (Allah (S.W)) came down from heaven, incarnated, was slapped, suffered and crucified, for the atonement of the sin of humanity, which they inherited from their father Adam.

I question, where did they derive this belief, and is there some evidence in their books that support it? (Say, “Bring your convincing proof.) (Holy Quran, 21: 24)

In this third part of my series, considering the importance and the seriousness of this issue, I put forward my important questions, was Jesus (PBUH) a messenger or God? Is Allah (S.W) One or three? In order to answer these questions, I will search and investigate the Holy Bible, the Old and the New Testaments, supported by the clergymen’s and the western free thinker’s statements.

O Allah, show and guide us to the truth that we argue about, indeed, you guide, whom you will, to the straight path. Continue reading

Guidance For Fasting Muslims

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Muhammad ibn Saleh al-Othaimeen
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 22 | Size: 1 MB

A reference that simplified all matters pertaining to the fast and Ramadan in this short and concise treatise. Continue reading

Is The Old Testament God’s Word?

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Munqidh Bin Mahmoud Assaqqar
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 184 | Size: 1.5 MB

Praise to Allah1 (S.W)2, the cherisher and sustainer of the worlds, and may peace and blessings be upon all of His messengers.

In every age and generation there will be honest people who are looking for the true guidance. Allah (S.W.) had sent his messengers with signs, light, and true guidance. “It was We who revealed the law (to Moses): therein was guidance and light.” (Holy Quran, Surah 5. Al-Ma’ida – 44)

“And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah.” (Holy Quran, Surah 5. Al-Ma’ida – 46)

The Holy Quran, the final divine book, then was revealed to reveal the light and the true guidance. “O people of the Book! There hath come to you our Messenger, revealing to you much that ye used to hide in the Book, and passing over much (that is now unnecessary). There hath come to you from Allah a (new) light and a perspicuous Book,- Wherewith Allah guides all who seek His good pleasure to ways of peace and safety, and leads them out of darkness, by His will, unto the light,- guides them to a path that is straight.” (Holy Quran, Surah 5. Al-Ma’ida – 15 -16)

However, the previous books of Allah (S.W.) that revealed to prophets were lost due to the circumstances of writing and the way of conservation, and they were subject to distortion and loss. Thus, people went astray from the guidance and the right path, and people used other books that attributed to Allah (S.W.).

These books do not contain – except slightly – the true guidance and light. These written books contain and conclude the weakness of the human beings and their ignorance. They are full of contradictions, and issues, which no sane or wise person would accept their attribution to Allah (S.W.). This does not mean that these books are lack of the true guidance completely, but, as I mentioned, they were subject to alteration and human contradiction.

This is the Muslims’ belief of the previous books. Muslims believe in the books that Allah (S.W.) had revealed to his prophets, but they do not accept that the Old Testament is Allah’s (S.W.) word, even though it contains some of His revelation and guidance.

However, Christians and Jews believe that these books (The books of the Old Testament) are divine, and consider them the word of Allah (S.W.) that He revealed to His prophets and the Jews read and kept throughout their long history.

With this significant difference between the two teams, I propose the question, “Is the Old Testament Allah’s (S.W.) word?”, which I will try to answer in this book of this series, and present it to those who are searching for the true guidance among the people of the book (Christians and Jews).

In this series, I will search the folds of the sacred books of the Christians, to look, through the big pile of falsehood, for the truth that the prophet had spoken. In addition, I will prove, to those who believe in the divinity of these books, that they are not the word of Allah (S.W.). I have endorsed my evidence with the sayings of the church scholars, its councils, and foundations. Moreover, I used some of the sayings of the Western free thinkers, who spoke some of the truth that we are looking for in this series; the true guidance and light series.

Oh our Lord (Allah S.W), guide us to the truth by your will, indeed, you guide whom you want to the right path. Amen. Continue reading

A Guide To Hajj And Umrah

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Islamic Organization
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 84 | Size: 1 MB

This treatise was prepared by the Agency of Islamic Enlightenment in Hajj. Includes a discussion about those things which nullify a person’s Islam as well as common errors made by the commonfolk. Continue reading

He Who Has No One, Has Allah

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Navaid Aziz

I want to dedicate it to every individual who is struggling with life and doesn’t know what to do. I want to dedicate it to every individual who may have been abandoned by a father. I want to dedicate it to every individual who may have a love that was not reciprocated. I want to dedicate it to every individual who lost someone to death and found their own selves lost. I want to dedicate to everyone that just wants to be reminded. I want to dedicate this lecture to you. Continue reading

A Glimpse Of Islamic Faith

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Ghalib Ahmed Masri
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 96 | Size: 2 MB

Explaining the Fundamentals of Faith: discusses the fundamentals of faith, by outlining and detailing the objectives of the Islamic ‘Aqeedah. Numerous references are made to the Qur’an and authentic Ahadith, for establishing the sincere intention and worship to Allah, liberating the mind and thought from the irrational and chaotic losses, establishing peace of mind and sound thinking, safeguarding the intentions, learning to establish a strong Ummah (community), achieving happiness in this life and the hereafter, and more. Continue reading

On The Path Of Guidance

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There are many milestones on the path of guidance. Shaykh Abu Adnan highlights the obstacles as well as the things which aid a person on the path to guidance. “Say, ‘Indeed, the [true] guidance is the guidance of Allah’… [Surat Aali ‘Imraan : 73] Continue reading