Disturber Of The Hearts

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Imam ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 105 | Size: 3 MB

The discerning scholar is adept at diagnosing the various spiritual illnesses resulting from sins, and treating the malaise in the heart. If he finds a person failing into despair, he tries to ignite the spark of hope in the heart. if, on the other hand, he see that one in a reckless and fearless state, he works to in still the fear of Allah in his heart. Thus, the scholar treats sickness by using its opposite as a cure. Ibn al-Jawzi, has collected herein ominous narration, warnings against wrongdoing, and stories of forbidding and punishment that shake the hearts from their slumber. The self-assured one becomes anxious; the heart-hearted becomes soft; the dried tear ducts start to flow; slothful becomes motivated. Continue reading

The Devil’s Deception [Talbis Iblis]

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Imam Ibn Al-Jawzi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 593 | Size: 9 MB

…Ibn Jawzi enumerates within it, many of the mechanisms and modus operandi used by the devil in deceiving and leading mankind away from the Straight Path. It is of particular value and importance because only by unearthing and accentuating some of the traps of the devil, can mankind avoid them as well as navigate others away from falling prey to his harm. Speaking about the devil and his plotting, the author wrote that, “he was only able to do so while creeping during the night of ignorance. Had the dawn of knowledge shone on him, he would have been exposed. Thus I decided to warn from his plots for identifying evil is a form of warning from it.” … Continue reading

Lying And Envying

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Abdul-Malik Al-Qasim
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 53 | Size: 3 MB

Truthfulness and kindness are the signs of happiness of the nation and the individual. The key to happiness is sincerity and compassion, while misery is associated with lying and envying. Allah has not blessed any person with a blessing after Islam greater than truthfulness and kindness. Allah has never tried a person with something worse than lying and envying, All forms of lying and envying have been discussed in this publication and the teachings of Islam have been elaborated regarding all these forms and how to cope with them in day-to-day life activities. Continue reading

Halloween: Through Muslim Eyes

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Muhammad Abdul-Raoof
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 09 | Size: 1.5 MB

Halloween is an annual Western celebration based on Celtic and European pagan doctrines and traditionally applied to the evening of October 31st. It is derived from rituals involving dead spirits and devil worship and symbolizes the beginning of the ancient Druid’s New Year, who hold that the dead revisit their homes at that time. In essence, Halloween represents the devil worshipper’s New Year.

Muslim commemoration of such a day is therefore sinful and haram; as it involves the most evil elements of polytheism and disbelief. Indeed, participation in Halloween is worse than participation in Christmas, Easter or Good Friday, as those innovated days commemorate the birth and supposed death of a Prophet, whereas Halloween is a commemoration of the worshippers of Satan. Thus, participation in it is more sinful than congratulating the Christians for their prostration to the crucifix. How therefore is the Muslim to understand this issue in the light of the shari’ah? Firstly, the Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alihy wasallam) said in an authentic narration: “Whosoever resembles a people is from them.” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]

“من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم ” صححه الألباني

This is a general statement prohibiting the Muslims from imitation of the kuffar. Any Muslim, who thereby participates with the non-Muslims in their celebrations, particularly those that involve clear shirk and kufris asking for the wrath of Allah and misguidance to descend upon him like it has descended upon the non-Muslims. For a proper understanding of this modern American celebration on October 31st, we should retrace the historical development of three early celebrations that have come together to form today’s Halloween.

The first of these precursors to Halloween dates back to pre-Christian Ireland and Scotland to a celebration of the Druids or Celtic priests. The Celtic year began on November 1st with a festival of called Samhain. The ancient Druids, believed that on that evening, Samhain, the lord of the dead, called forth hosts of evil spirits. On the eve of Samhain, October 31st, laughing bands of young people disguised themselves in grotesque masks and carved lanterns from turnips and carried them through villages. This harvest festival was also thought of as a festival of the dead. The druids believed it was on that night when the earth comes into closest contact with the spiritual world and consequently ghosts, goblins and witches supposedly destroyed crops, killed farm animals and wreaked havoc on the villagers. According to their belief, while spirits of the dead roamed around, villagers lighted bonfires to either drive them away or to guide the spirits of the dead back to their homes.

Among the ancient Celts, Halloween was the last evening of their year and was regarded as an advantageous time for examining the portents of the future. The Celts also believed that the spirits of the dead revisited their earthly homes on that evening. After the Romans conquered Britain, they added to Halloween, features of the Roman harvest festival held on November 1 in honor of Pomona, goddess of the fruits of trees.

The second precursor to Halloween dates to the Dark Ages in central Europe. There, the Christian church destroyed many of the temples of various Greek gods and goddesses, such as Diana and Apollo. However, this pagan worship was never completely eradicated and later took on the form of witchcraft. One of the most important aspects of witchcraft is a number of celebrations each year which are called “Witches’ Sabbaths.” One of the highest of the Witches’ Sabbaths is the High Sabbath or the Black Sabbath of Witches on October 31st. Today, much of Halloween’s folklore such as black cats, broomsticks, cauldrons and spells come from the Black Sabbath.

The third precursor to Halloween dates to the early Roman Catholic Church. The church had appointed specific days to honor each of its saints and basically ran out of days in the year for all their saints to have a day, so they decreed to have one day to remember all the saints, calling it All Saints’ Day. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory the 3rd changed All Saints’ Day from May 13th to November 1st. In the year 834 Pope Gregory the 4th extended this celebration to the entire Roman Catholic Church. This event was called Allhallowmass, and as one might suppose, there was a celebration on the evening before on October 31st, called ‘All Hallow E’en’, “all hallow” meaning “all of the hallowed ones.” The contraction of hallow and e’en is thus where the word Halloween is derived. The Celtic tradition of lighting fires on Halloween survived until modern times in Scotland and Wales, while the concept of ghosts and witches is still common to all Halloween observances. Traces of the Roman harvest festival survive in the custom, prevalent in both the United States and in Great Britain, of playing games involving fruit, such as ducking for apples in a tub of water. Of similar origin is the use of hollowed-out pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns, carved to resemble grotesque faces and lit by candles placed inside.

The jack-o-lantern, also known as will-o-the-wisp, fox fire and corpse candle, among other things, was believed to be a wandering soul which could not find refuge in either heaven or hell because of a particularly evil deed committed in its lifetime. The Finns believed that it was the soul of a child buried in the forest. A corpse candle is said to be a small flame moving through the air in the dark and is believed by the superstitious to be an omen of the observers’ imminent death. According to ancient folklore, a will-o-the-wisp wanders about swamp areas, enticing victims to follow. These strange fires were also known as “foolish fire,” because according to legend, only a fool would follow them. Today’s pumpkin face is symbolic of that mocking spirit. Continue reading

Smoking: An Islamic Perspective

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An Islamic centre of Qatar
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Smoking is a modern day catastrophe. It is harmful in all aspects, for it is a waste of money, an unnecessary destruction of health and it can disturb the social balance of the family. The smoker breathes harm with every cigarette he lights, because both nicotine and tar mix with his blood which ultimately poisons his health  and life. Smoking is the quickest way to contract various diseases, some of which include cardiac disease, respiratory problems, and lung cancer.

Historical Notes:

Tobacco derived from Tubago, which is an island in the Gulf of Mexico where this plant was found. It was carried to Spain then to Europe.It was introduced to the Muslim world intentionally by tobacco companies, who encouraged its spread together with all types of in toxic ants. Nowadays smoking is decreasing in the industrial countries while it is highly increasing in the poor developing countries.

Modern Statistics:

It is reported by the World Health Organization that: At least a million people die annually prematurely‘ all over the world of the 50% adults in the developing countries smoke tobacco. Smoking and chewing tobacco lead to 90% of lung cancer cases 75% of atherosclerosis and 25% of heart diseases. In America approximately 84% of laryngeal cancer patients were smokers Mouth cancers were 13 times more common in smokers Researchers proved that smokers might have 65 times the chance of contracting lung cancer than non-smokers Cancer of the esophagus was 11.5 times more common in smokers than others The newborn babies of smoking mothers are weaker and weighed 200 grams less in weight.

The view upon smoking within Islam:

«Tobacco is a foul thing. » Dr. Yusuf Al Qaradawi in his book «The Lawful and Prohibited In Islam.»

A general rule of the Islamic Shari’ah is that it is haram for the Muslim to eat or drink any thing which may cause his death, either quickly or gradually, such as poisons or substances which are injurious to health or harmful to his body. It is also haram to eat or drink large quantities of a substance if large quantities of it cause illness For the Muslim is not entirely his own master; he is also an asset to his religion and his community, and his life,health wealth and all that Allah has bestowed upon him are a trust with him which he is not permitted to diminish Allah says:

«And do not kill yourselves; indeed, Allah is ever Merciful to you.» (4,29)

He also says:

«And do not be cast into ruin by your own hands …» (2, 195)

And His Messenger (peace be on him) said:

« Do not harm yourself or others.»

As an application of this principle, we may say that if it is proved that the use of tobacco is in injurious to health it is prohibited especially for a person whose physician has advised him to stop smoking. Even if it is not injurious, to health it is still a waste of money, spent neither for religious nor for secular benefit and the Prophet (peace be on him) forbade wasting of wealth This becomes the more serious when the money is otherwise needed for the sustenance of oneself or one’s family.

Help your loved ones stop smoking:

A fifth of the world’s population is Muslim, and most Muslims live in areas where the prevalence of smoking is high and increasing by the day. According to statistics, it is estimated that out of the five million people who die due to smoking related causes every year, one million are Muslims. Yet, thanks to media influences and advertising, which erroneously portray smoking as part of a glamorous lifestyle, many Muslims, both men and women, are prompted to take to the habit themselves. In response to the growing trend, health and religious authorities across the world have launched anti-smoking drives, to deter people and raise awareness of the harmful effects of smoking. Besides the mandatory health warning on cigarette packets, it has been proposed that the pack should carry graphic images of the diseases that can be contracted by smoking, to drive the point home to smokers.

In another official initiative, many cities and public places around the world have designated areas as «non-smoking», to make it difficult for people to smoke. Recently the holy cities of Makkah and Madeenah have been declared no-smoking zones, and smoking or even selling cigarettes has been made a punishable offence there.

Similarly, mosques and religious leaders across the world have taken it upon themselves to educate people about the harmful effects of smoking, which is considered a prohibited act in Islam. The Qur’an says (what means):

“…make not your own hands contribute to your destruction” (2, 195)

“…nor kill or destroy yourselves” (4, 29) Continue reading

The Major Sins Series

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Abu Usama Dhahabi

In these series of episodes Shaikh Abu Usama Dhahabi talks on the topic of the Major Sins Series, he explained in his talk the introduction to the topic , he has taken the topic from the book of Kabair by Imam Al-Dhahabi, and he explained the major sins that were mentioned in the book. A very interesting series. Continue reading

Isbaal And The Approved Length Of The Lower Garment

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Saleh Al-Saleh
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In Islam some things are permissible and some are forbidden such as backbiting, gossiping, and slander. The writer gave evidences from the Qur’aan and Sunnah on backbiting, gossiping and so on… Continue reading

The Four Foundations Of Shirk

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Sheikh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab (rahimahullah)
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 65 | Size: 2 MB

In this book the author explains the dangerous concept of shirk through four simple principles. The sin of shirk or associating partners with Allah is the most reprehensible act that a person can do. It is for this reason that this sin is the one sin that Allah has promised He will never forgive. Unfortunately many Muslims who are unaware of the reality of shirk fall into it out of ignorance. This short treatise is an ideal work for the Muslim in order to understand the essence of shirk, and thus essential reading for the one who wishes to avoid falling into the greatest trap of shaytan. The explanation of the work of Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab has been taken from the works of Ibn Jibrin, Salih Al al-Sheikh, and other major scholars.

First Foundation of Shirk
The disbelievers, whom the Messenger fought, affirmed (Tawheed of Allah’s Lordship) that Allah is the Creator and Disposer of all affairs, yet their affirmation did not enter them into Islam (why?)

Second Foundation
The mushrikeen, who were called mushrikeen (i.e., disbelievers) by Allah and were declared to be eternally abiding in Hell, did not commit Shirk in Allah’s Lordship. They did not claim that their lords create and provide with Allah or they benefit or harm, or run the affairs alongside Allah but they did take their deities as intercessors Shafaa’ah (intercession) and its Types

Third Foundation
Allah’s Messenger came to a people who differed in their object of worship; some worshiped the Angels while others worshiped the Prophets and pious, also there were those who worshiped stones and trees and some worshiped the sun and the moon, but the Prophet did not differentiate between them – rather he (PBUH) considered all of them to be mushrikeen

Fourth Foundation
The mushrikeen (those who commit shirk) of our time are worse in Shirk than the previous generations because the former generations committed Shirk during times of ease but they would become sincere during difficult times unlike the mushrikeen of today, whose Shirk is continuous; at times of ease and hardship. Continue reading

The End Of Riba (Usury)

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Bilal Dannoun

By Bilal Dannoun. This lecture discusses the many issues pertaining to the prohibition of Riba (Interest, Usury). We hope to dispel any doubts and misconceptions regarding the Islamic ruling of Riba. Allaah says “O you who have believed, fear Allah and give up what remains [due to you] of interest, if you should be believers.” [2: 278] Continue reading