Religious Freedom In Saudi Arabia

Salih Al-Husayyin
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 69 | Size: 1 MB

Thirty hours had not passed since the shocking, unlawful events of September 11, 2001, before television screens across the United States and the world were saturated with the images of two ‘pilots’ – two young men from Saudi Arabia, Amir Bukhari and Adnan Bukhari. These images, repeatedly flashed in the global media, suggested the American authorities had discovered the identities of two of the pilots, both Saudi nationals, who had crashed their respective aircraft into the World Trade Centre towers in New York, as well as the Pentagon in Washington. When it subsequently came to light that Adnan Bukhari was in fact alive and well, and that his brother Amir Bukhari had actually died in the United States a year prior to the attacks, few learned the truth. Fewer people still knew that at as the image of Adnan Bukhari were flashing across the screen, he was in the custody of American intelligence services and incapable of defending himself until long after the presumption of guilt was firmly established.

Shortly after 9/11, the world also came to ‘know’ that American authorities had identified the hijackers – nineteen Muslims, eleven of whom were Saudi nationals. Thereafter, their full identities were revealed, alongside their photographs, in the media and posted on the walls of all international airports. However, many of these suspects managed to rebut these reports by contacting newspapers and announcing that they were still very much alive. Within ten days, it emerged that at least eight of the suspected identified as participants in the attacks were actually still alive!

The passport of a ninth suspect was presented by the American administration as proof that a Saudi national had been amongst the hijackers. This despite the fact that it was highly unlikely for a passerby to discover an intact, unblemished passport in the debris of an incinerated aircraft several days after it crashed. As this official account gradually faded, the mystery of how this sole passport of a missing passenger, who was Muslim and a Saudi national, reached the American authorities remains an enigma.

Nevertheless, the walls of international airports in the U.S. continued to be decorated with the photographs of these “living dead” for a remarkable length of time. The news media remained silent, despite its responsibility for propagating misinformation about these individuals. The media was fully capable of rectifying these errors, though that may have led to questions about the American administration’s ability to handle the incident.

Less than a month after 9/11, letters laced with artificially synthesized anthrax germs, featuring the message ‘Death to Israel! Death to America! Allah is the Greatest!’, were sent to members of Congress and journalists. Thereafter, American politicians and journalists professed that terrorists had the ability to manufacture biological weapons, and had begun to use them. Fear entered into every home in North America, relevant vaccines ran short, and the postal system was altered.

However, an expert on biological weapons, Barbara Rosenberg, would not be the first to discover that the powder enclosed in the envelopes was actually a product of an American military laboratory. This was a fact the American administration of George W. Bush knew full well from the time that the letters first surfaced.

So what was the motive behind the Bush Administration deluding the world into believing that it was Saudi pilots who had been responsible for this crime while it knew the truth? What was the motive behind the American administration hoodwinking the world into believing that it was eight or more Saudis that were responsible for this crime when, in fact, they were still alive? The American administration did not revise their initial official account about the 9/11 tragedy event even after certain facts later came to light. If their account was based on factual evidence, why was false evidence needed to support it?

The reputations of the 9/11 “living dead” were tarnished internationally in a manner unprecedented in history. The presence of the definitive evidence mentioned above establishes various aspects of governmental liability, enough for any fair minded judge to order compensation or damages to the accused. So why wasn’t the conscience of a single American stirred enough to remedy the harm caused by this injustice by, at the very least, apologising?

Is it because the honour of a Muslim is not respected on the same level as other human beings? Or is it because an apology would have drawn attention to the reality behind the whole sordid affair? Moreover, why did the Bush Administration leave the American public in a state of panic and terror for a more than a month, and not disclose to them the reality it knew from day one? They, in fact, continued to embellish facts so every American citizen came to believe they were at risk of an impending act of ‘Islamic biological terrorism.’

In a democratic country, is it not strange that not a single citizen out of 300 million questioned the government regarding the potential harm they faced due to their leaders penchant for suppressing the truth? Is not an examination of this depressing public response regarding these facts enough to show us how, at the end of time, people will believe in the anti-Christ and concur with him without the benefit of an accurate assessment revealing the truth?

I had initially embarked on this work in the wake of a report that was issued by the U.S. State Department on International Religious Freedom for the year 2005. Later, certain additions were included and, as the reader will see, the initial input of the author and his specific opinions has largely disappeared.

I have limited myself to citing specific, documented facts. It is hoped that this will help the reader assess the credibility of the State Department’s religious freedom reports, and that readers might find answers to other questions periodically raised in examining similar reports. Continue reading

Unique Qualities Of The Prophet (SAWS)

Shaykh Ali Timimi

Shaykh Ali Timimi takes us through some of the unique qualities which were given to the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). Allah says, “And indeed, you [O Muhammad] are of a great moral character.” (Qur’an 68:4).

Ali Al Timimi is an American of Iraqi heritage who was born and raised in Washington DC.

On December 1, 2004, he successfully defended his dissertation on “Chaos and Complexity in Cancer” and was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in Computational Biology. He also holds undergraduate degrees in both Biology and Computer Science.

In addition to his scientific background, Ali Al-Timimi possesses a background in Islamic studies. In 1987, he was the recipient of a scholarship to study theology at the Islamic University of Medina, Saudi Arabia. While living in Medina, he also furthered his studies with the great scholars of the Prophet’s mosque.

Due to his passion for learning, he quickly progressed in his studies and is recognized as one of the few Muslim experts in the US in the field of Islamic Theology and Philosophy. He has taught both Theology and Quranic studies at the University level. Continue reading

Where Is This Woman?

Mohammad Elshinawy

Mohammad Elshinawy is a dedicated student of knowledge from Brooklyn, New York, and currently studies at the Islamic University of Madinah. Having gravitated towards the studies of Qur’an, Hadith, Fiqh, and Aqeedah, and being fluent in both Arabic and English, he has used his oratory skills to teach Islam to the community, thereby becoming one of the most prominent callers to Islam in New York City. Continue reading

Religious Police In Saudi Arabia

Prof. Mohammed Al-Bishr
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 149 | Size: 1 MB

Recent reports in the Western media and political and humanitarian organizations can be classified into four major categories:

1- Religious police, Wahhabism and allegations of religious extremism.
2- The situation of Christians in Saudi Arabia and how the religious police is dealing with them.
3- Alleged violent and cruel behavior of the religious police.
4- The status of Saudi women and how the religious police deal with them.

These are the four issues often referred to by the Western media, particularly American, the reports of the US State Department, Human Rights Watch, the press reports released by the United Nations and American research institutes concerned with Middle East studies and others.

It is not our concern in this book to dwell on everything that has been written on the Saudi religious police or try the magnitude of the subject. What we can do, however, is to pick out the general viewpoints and major trends which represent the main ingredients of this mental picture about the Saudi religious police; a picture which has been distorted by those press releases and reports. Before discussing these three categories, we would like to emphasize the following points:

1- Much of what has been written about the religious police represents only a unilateral point of view. Such representation is often devoid of truth, either because credible information on any reported adverse incident is lacking or because the person reporting the incident is ignorant of the nature of Saudi society, its values, culture and the systems prevalent in it.

2- Some of what has been written on the religious police concerned only individual cases in which Saudis or non-Saudis (Muslims or non-Muslims) may have been involved, but were made to appear representative of the entire Saudi society. We would like to cite here those cases in particular in which non-Muslim residents in Saudi Arabia were involved in breaking the law and were caught red-handed by the religious police. Those individuals later instigated the sources mentioned earlier to malign the religious police and, in the process, protect their own selves.

3- We notice that when these Western sources talk about the religious police in Saudi Arabia, they concentrate on only one aspect of the case discussed (such as, for example, apprehending an individual for a moral violation). The discussion, however, fails to mention the religious, cultural and legal considerations that had led to the apprehension. Consequently, several important aspects of the case were misconstrued and a major party to the case – the religious police – had been ignored. We can therefore claim that, in such cases, these sources are guilty of a deliberate misrepresentation of facts to meet the malicious ends of vested interests.

4- We have not come across a single piece of news, or a single political or humanitarian report in all the Western sources that mentions the positive impact of the religious police on Saudi society. This is a clear indication of the injustice and prejudice against a religious organization that is genuinely concerned with reform and with preserving and safeguarding moral values in Saudi society.

5- What is being written on the religious police in Saudi Arabia derives from a purely Western cultural approach to the concept of religion, life, behavior and morals. Such an approach, inevitably, clashes with the culture of other societies. The political, religious and cultural standards by which these Western sources judge the actions of the religious police in Saudi Arabia are, thus, wrong and unacceptable.

These five points are conclusions based on observing and following all that has been published on the religious police by Western sources, particularly the print media in the United States. These conclusions are the result of an in-depth reading of the topics discussed or the cases argued concerning the functions and duties of the religious police in Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

Saudi Women Towards A New Era

Samar Fatany
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 88 | Size: 1 MB

I write this book as a Saudi woman with a Muslim identity and a citizen of the world. I represent women with a mission to promote the empowerment of the Saudi female and advocate the global Muslim woman in tune with the world. Our aspirations are many, and the challenges that we face are more.

We have achieved a lot despite the frustrations over the reluctance to change and modernize by a large portion of our society. Consequently, the obstacles that stand in our way are detrimental to the progress of our country. However, there are enough educated and professional women who continue to fight against discrimination and welcome international initiatives available to help women develop their potentials and prosper within the global village.

There are many educated women of this country who are determined to promote and project a progressive image to the world rather than the oppressed or repressed one that has dominated the international media for sometime.

This book outlines Government efforts and the rise of civil society to change negative attitudes towards women. It is a reflection of the emerging role of Saudi women who have been marginalized by rigid traditions and restricted by misinterpretations of Islamic laws. Continue reading

The Political System Of Saudi Arabia

Prof. Abdullah Al-Turaiqi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 115 | Size: 1 MB

More than 1400 years have passed since the revelation of Islam, during which it has established a magnificent civilization that for many years brought happiness to mankind.

For a number of reasons however, this civilization has seemingly dwindled. Some seem to think it has perished, died, and become a never to be repeated relic of history; they consider the natural alternative and successor to this to be Western civilization, with its materialist global ideology. However, this is a fallacy as the fact remains that Islam has maintained all its pillars and therefore remains, theoretically, robust and dynamic enough to contend with and relate to reality.

The Saudi state, established in the mid 12th Hijri century and continuing till the present day, is an extant proof of this. This state has maintained its pillars and principles whilst concurrently deploying all measures and processes relevant to contemporary civilization.

We present this model to the reader not as a nostalgic link to history, but rather because its origins and principles stem from the timeless Islamic shari’ah, whose relevance never depletes. As Leopold Weiss (Muhammad Asad (d. 1992)), said: “The rules of this shari’ah were formulated in a way that no rule would contradict with the original nature of man and the significant requirements of human community at all places and times.”

It is a model that is built upon this classic and enduring system and which adds to that a unique variety of contemporary modernity that influences and interacts with reality and benefits from all that is modern, positive and beneficial, without adopting westernization or integration with the other.

It is a model that exerts all efforts in realizing Islam and reviving its principles and civilization without claiming perfection or infallibility.

Sufficient proof for the rectitude and suitability of this model is the fact that it is a beacon of light in an era of diversity and challenge replete with secularism, atheism and materialist conflict.

Despite the practicality and applicability of Islam, it is true that there will always be shortcomings between its theory and application. This is such because man is, by his very nature, erroneous and has limited capabilities, even if he combined his efforts. Notwithstanding this, we present the Islamic system as that which is the finest and most suitable.

We hope that the reader would join us, with objectivity and sincerity, in searching for the truth and reality, wherever and whatever it is, and regardless of whether it has an increasing number of opponents or competing viewpoints. Such a search, we wish, would be an optimistic one and not a pessimistic one that prejudges the Islamic civilization as one of aggression and evil, as portrayed by Samuel Huntington in his book The Clash of Civilizations.

The fact that the Islamic governmental model, like other models, has substance and profile, is best demonstrated when we present it, as we are doing in this work, in comparison and contrast to comparative jurisprudence. The substance is the bases, principles, values and legislation upon which the system stands, which are found within the pages of this study, and which remain constant despite the ever changing condition of people and their customs.

The profile consists of the patterns, mechanisms and means of which the system consists of, such as: relations between authorities, administrative practices, shoura (consultation) and so forth, and these are subject to change, according to welfare and situation.

We hope, dear reader, that this brief study about the system of governance in Islam and its modern application in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will be of interest to you. Continue reading

The Reality Of Our Sharee’ah

Abu Adnan

In this very important lecture, Shaykh Abu Adnan outlines the core principles and aims that make up the greatness and eminence of our Islamic Sharee’ah. It begins with a discussion of the characteristics of the Sharee’ah and its superiority over all other systems, then proceeds with the objective of the Sharee’ah – A lecture not to be missed by any serious student of knowledge.

Sheikh Abu Adnan is currently the Amir of the Global Islamic Youth Centre in Sydney, Australia. He is heavily involved in presenting informative lectures on a regular basis to a variety of audiences, delivering Juma’ah Khutbah, assisting and training potential Islamic speakers as well as playing a lead role within the Sydney Muslim community. Sheikh Abu Adnan also helped set up the Islamic College of Australia and currently holds the position of Deputy Principal at the college. He teaches many authentic Islamic courses concerning Fiqh, Tafseer, Seerah, Aqeedah, Hadeeth and Quranic Sciences, all of which require students to graduate with certified documentation. Continue reading

Prophet Muhammad’s Manner Of Performing Prayers

Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 32 | Size: 1 MB

Each worship has a quality and manner demonstrated by Allah or by His prophet peace be upon him. So the writer of this message said in the introduction: “This is a brief about the manner of praying of the prophet introduced to each Muslim to try hard to follow him for the saying of the prophet “Pray as you have seen me praying.” narrated by Bukhari. Continue reading

The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer, 2 Vol. Set (Bidayat Al-Mujtahid Wa Nihayat Al-Muqtasid)

Ibn Rushd
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 1236 | 2 Vol. Set | Size: 72 MB

Ibn Rushd’s Bidayat al-Mujtahid (The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer) occupies a unique place among the authoritative manuals of Islamic law. It is designed to prepare the jurist for the task of the mujtahid, the independent jurist, who derives the law and lays down precedents to be followed by the judge in the administration of justice. In this manual Ibn Rushd traces most of the issues of Islamic law, describing not only what the law is, but also elaborating the methodology of some of the greatest legal minds in Islam to show how such laws were derived.

This text provides a still-relevant basis for the interpretation and formulation of Islamic law. Combining his legal and philosophical knowledge, Ibn Rushd transcends the boundaries of different schools and presents a critical analysis of the opinions of the famous Muslim jurists and their methodologies.

The legal subject areas covered include marriage and divorce; sale and exchange of goods; wages, crop-sharing and speculative partnership; security for debts and insolvency; gifts, bequests and inheritance; and offences and judgements.

‘My purpose in this treatise is to lay down in it for myself, by way of remembrance, the issues (Masa’il) of the Ahkam that are agreed upon and those that are disputed, along with their evidences, and to indicate those bases of the disputes that resemble general rules and principles, for the Faqih (jurist) may be presented with problems on which the Shara’ (law) is silent” The issues are mostly those that are expressly stated in the Manthuq (unstated text of the Nass), or are closely related to those that are so stated. They are the issues agreed upon by the Muslim Fuqaha (jurists) since the generation of the Sahabah (Companions – God be pleased with them) till such time that Taqlid (following qualified scholarship) was rampant, or those over which a difference of opinion among them became widely known- ‘

Ibn Rushd was a Maliki Jurist (Qadi) but presents the views of other schools ( Hanifi, Shaf’ee, hanbali & Zahiri) with the usual Respect and objectivity. This book is among the best known example of the Shari’a science of Ilm al Khilaf (the knowledge of variant ruling) It is one of the most well knows works of ilm-ul- Khilaf, a discipline that records and analyses the differences among Muslim Jurists. Qadi Ibn Rushd, the Grandson (Known as Averrooes in the West)

Ibn Rushd , Arabic (ابن رشد), known as Averroes 510-595 AH (1126 – 1198H), was an Andalusian-Arab philosopher and physician, a master of philosophy and Islamic law, mathematics, and medicine. He was born in Cordoba, Spain, and died in Marrakech, Morocco. His school of philosophy is known as Averroism.

Also known as Averroes or ‘The Commentator’, Ibn Rushd, came from a family of jurists and was born in Cordoba in Moorish Spain. He himself trained in law and medicine and later served as qadi or judge in Seville and Cordoba. In 1182 he was appointed physician to the court of caliph Abu Ya`qub Yusuf in Marrakesh and to his son, Abu Yusuf Ya`qub, in 1195 but was recalled shortly before his death.

In the field of medicine Averroës produced his Kulliyat fi al tib (General Medicine) between 1162 and 1169. He is however better known for his great commentaries on Aristotle but.

Al-Dhahabi in Siyar A`lam al-`Ulama’ (15:452) quotes al-Abbar as saying: ‘No one of his scholarly perfection, his erudition, or his high manners was ever raised in Andalus.’

About the Translator: Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee

Associate Professor in the Faculty of Shariah and Law, Islamabad. He obtained his law degree (L.L.B) from Punjab University in 1969. In 1983, he was awarded a gold medal for his performance in the L.L.M (Shariah) at the International Islamic University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, USA. His published works include: Theories of Islamic Law, The concept of Riba and Islamic Banking, and General Principles of Criminal Law. He has also published several research articles on Islamic Law and has recently translated into English Al-Hidayah:A Classical Manual of Hanafi Law-VOL 1 (Amal Press). Continue reading

Tuhfat Al-Mujahidin: A Historical Epic Of The Sixteenth Century

Shaykh Zainuddin Makhdum
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 143 | Size: 18 MB

Tuhfat Al Muahidin Fi Ba’d akhbar al Burtughaliyyin – Tribute to the Holy Worriors in respect of a brief account of the Portuguese.

First written in Arabic in the late sixteenth century, Tuhfat al-Mujahidin is a pioneering historical work dealing with the struggles of the Malabar Muslims in southern India against the Portuguese colonisers’ encroachment in India, and the rise of Malabar as a medieval naval force under the Zamorin of Calicut. Based on the author’s own first hand information of events and what he could gather from reliable sources, it was written to motivate Muslims for the struggle against the invading Portuguese. Thus the republication of this anti-colonial manifesto could not have been more timely at a time when Muslims continue to be the only obstacle to the Western imperialistic ambitions. This translation of the Tuhfat is extensively annotated with more than 200 notes explaining local backgrounds and clearly identifying the names mentioned in the original Arabic work. The Tuhfat is compulsory reading for anybody trying to learn about post-Cordova episodes of Muslim history.

Its author, the sixteenth century’s Shaikh Zainuddin Makhdum was from the renowned Makhdum family from the town of Ponnani in Malabar, northern Kerala. He  rose to become a leading Islamic scholar, spending ten years studying in Mecca, where he also joined the Qadri order of Sufism. On his return to his native Malabar, he spent almost four decades teaching at the central mosque in Ponnani, then a major centre for Islamic studies in southern India. He also served as the envoy of the Zamorins, the Hindu rulers of Calicut, to Egypt and Turkey. Continue reading

The Dreamer’s Handbook: Sleep Etiquette And Dream Interpretation In Light Of The Sunnah

Muhammad Mustafa Al-Jibaly
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 363 | Size: 4 MB

Our soul inevitably passes though a route starting from birth, passing through death and ending with our resurrection in the next life. This route revolves around death and is strongly marked with events that precede and succeed it. These events include sickness, Pre-Death and Post-Death actions, the intermediate life in the grave (al-Barzakh}, and periods of sleep that count as “minor death”. These, and related issues of the Soul, are the subjects that “The Inevitable Journey discusses over a Sequence of Titles:

1. Sickness, Regulations & Exhortations

2. The Final Bequest, Islamic Inheritance and Will

3. Funerals, Regulations & Exhortations

4. Life in al-Barzakh

5. Dreamer’s Handbook

Sleep can be a welcome occasion of pleasurable rest, or a hateful predicament of fear and terror. Islam, praise be to Allah, presents a clear understanding of sleep and dreams, and provides a complete code of Sleep etiquettes and extolments. This can help make sleep a rewarding experience that brings useful rest and pleasant dreams.

This book starts by presenting a spiritual understanding of sleep from the Islamic viewpoint, which is followed by guidelines for recommended evening, pre-sleep, night, and morning acts of worship. The conceptual understanding of dreams is laid out next, followed by an analytical study of dreams in the Quran, and of dreams seen by the Prophet Muhammad and by his companions. The rest of the book deals with dream interpretation, its correct rules and procedures, drills to help understand these rules, and a large glossary of interpreted dream symbols.

This, we hope, fulfils two important goals regarding sleep and dreams: It establishes their understanding upon the strong foundation of the Quran and Sunnah, and it eliminates a great deal of superstition that surrounds them. Indeed, from Allah alone we seek help and acceptance. Continue reading


Sheikh Muhammad Saleh al-Munajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 18 | Size: 1 MB

All perfect praise is due to Allaah; I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad is His Slave and Messenger; may Allaah send salutations upon him and exalt his mention, as well as his family and all his companions.

Fear is the sensation that results from the anticipation of an expected harm; it is also felt when a person loses, or expects to lose, something he cherishes; it is the exact opposite of security and can be applied to worldly matters as well as those of the Hereafter; it is the disturbance of the heart from an evil or harm that may befall a person, or, it can be the sensation it feels when missing out on something that is beloved to it.

Imaam Ibn Qudaamah, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: “Fear is no more than the pain and burning that one finds in his heart due to an expected harm; it is like the example of one who committed a crime and was subsequently caught; such a person will fear being sentenced to death, and the pain which his heart will suffer is dependent on how certain he is that he will (or will not) be sentenced, depending on the severity of his crime … sometimes one fears the ruler due to the power of the latter. Thus, when one realises the power of Allaah and knows that if Allaah wished to destroy all His creation it would not affect Him, nor could anyone stop Him from doing so, and therefore, one would fear Allaah to the extent of the sins that he has committed. This is the fear of warning.”

There is a certain type of fear that is experienced only by the knowledgeable, and it is called Khashyah in Arabic, as Allaah says:

إنما يخشى الله من عباده العلماء

which means: “…Only those among His servants fear Allaah who have knowledge…” [Faatir: 28]

This is fear that is based on knowledge. Standard fear of Allaah is experienced by the general Muslims whilst Khashyah is only experienced by the devout and the scholars from among them; the more knowledge one has regarding Allaah, the more he will fear Him. When one fears a person who may or may not apprehend him then this is regular fear, whereas if he is absolutely sure that this person can seize him and inflict harm upon him, then it is Khashyah.

Fear, with its various different meanings, is mentioned in many places in the Qur’aan, and its causes are varied:

# Fear during war and hostility; Allaah says:

فإذا جاء الخوف رأيتهم ينظرون إليك نظر المغشي عليه من الموت فإذا ذهب الخوف سلقوكم بألسنة حداد

which means: “… And when fear comes, you see them looking at you, their eyes revolving like one being overcome by death. But when fear departs, they lash you with sharp tongues…” [Al-Ahzaab: 19] ‘Fear’ in this verse refers to war.

# Fear resulting from knowledge, as Allaah says:

فمن خاف من موصٍ جنفاً

which means: “But if one fears from the bequeather [some] error…” [Al-Baqarah :182]

Allaah also says:

إلا أن يخافا ألا يقيما حدود الله

which means: “…Unless both fear that they will not be able to keep [within] the limits of Allaah…” [Al-Baqarah: 229] ‘Fear’ in this verse is due to one’s knowledge.

# Fear of punishment, as Allaah says:

يدعون ربهم خوفاً

which means: “…They [i.e., the believers] supplicate their Lord in fear…” [As-Sajdah: 16]

Imaam Ibn Qudaamah, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: “Know that fear is the whip by which Allaah controls His slaves so that they may continue exerting effort in order to come close to their Lord; fear is the light which illuminates the heart and enables it to distinguish good from evil.” When a person fears another, he will attempt to flee from him, and this is the case for everyone except Allaah; one escapes from Him by fleeing to Him. Continue reading

Pillars Of Faith

Dr. Jafar Sheikh Idrees
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 35 | Size: 1.5 MB

Pillars 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.

The pillars of Faith,’Iman, enumerated in many verses of the Qur’an and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, are belief in God, in God’s Angels, His Books, His Messengers, in the Hereafter and in Qadar (Destiny).These are familiar terms; but the non-Muslim reader would be mistaken if he thought that the Islamic concepts designated by them are the same as those of other religions and philosophies. It is hoped that the following position, which is itself made in the light of the Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet, will make this point clear. It will also make clear the fact that the Islamic concept of faith itself is, in many ways, different from the popular Western one. In the West faith is usually contrasted to reason and knowledge. But according to the Qur’an true faith is that which is based on knowledge and supported by argument, any belief which is not so based and supported is considered by the Qur’an to be mere caprice and whim which a thinking person must avoid. True faith can therefore be gained through reflection and the acquisition of knowledge, and not by blind and irrational commitment. A person armed with such an enlightened faith can enter with great confidence into rational discussion with people who do not share his beliefs with the hope of showing them their mistakes and weaknesses and winning them over to truth. If this paper helps to take the reader a step in that direction it will have achieved its purpose, and all praise is due to God. Continue reading

The Rays Of Faith: Fundamentals Of Faith Notes

Sheikh Waleed Basyouni
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 192 | Size: 1.5 MB

A seminar to enlighten the minds and hearts, as we continue on our journey towards Allah SWT and explore the deeper meanings of the last five of the six articles of Islamic faith: Angels, Divine Books, Messengers, the Day of Judgment and Al-Qadar.

In Islam, the creed is directly taken from the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the prophet (SAW)

unlike any other religion. There are only three ways someone can believe something:

See it (this is obvious)
See a similar thing (also obvious)
Listen to someone trustworthy (e.g. The Qur’an and Sunnah).

The famous Hadeeth: Hadeeth Jibreel

Angel Jibreel (Gabriel) came to prophet (SAW) while he was sitting with his companion. Umar (RA) described that he was wearing very white cloth and had dark hair. There were no signs of travel in him. He sat close to the prophet (SAW) and

He said, “Tell me about eman.”

He (the prophet SAW) replied, “It is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Last Day, and to believe in Divine Destiny (Al-Qadar), both the good and the evil of it.”

He said, “You have spoken rightly.”

The scholars divide the belief into these 6 (six) categories, i.e. believing in

- Allah SWT
–  His angels
– His books
– His Messengers
– The Last Day
– Al-Qadar (Divine Destiny).

The first pillar of Eemaan i.e. believing in Allah SWT is covered in detail in two separate AlMaghrib aqeedah courses. The focus of this seminar is ‘belief in the five remaining pillars of Eemaan’. Sheikh Waleed mentioned that the purpose of this seminar is to make us familiar with the Unseen world as these five pillars are from the unseen world. Even though the people in their time met the respective Messenger, to us it is also from the unseen. Sheikh also included the discussion about the Jinn since this also is part of the unseen world.

In addition to proofs from the Qur’an and the Sunnah, sheikh tried to include a rich mixture of intellectual material, heart-softening topics, and interesting stories; serious, funny and even spooky. Continue reading

Reflections On The Prophets

Bilal Assad

Allah the Most Exalted says in the Qur’an:

•”We are relating unto you the most beautiful of stories in that what We have revealed to you from the Qur’an, though before it you were from among those who were not aware of them.” (12:3)

•”We have indeed sent aforetime Messengers before you, of them there are some whose stories We have related to you, and whose stories We have not related to you…” (40:78)

•”We relate to you the important news of their story in truth…” (18:13)

•”And all that We relate to you of these stories of the Messengers, We strengthen with them your heart. Through them there come to you the truth as well as admonition and reminder to all those who believe.” (11:120)

•”There is, indeed, in their stories lessons for people endowed with understanding. It is not any invented tale, but a confirmation of what went before it, and a detailed exposition of all things, and a guide and a mercy to the people who believe.” (12:111)

•”…so relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect.” (7:176) Continue reading

The Purpose Of Creation (Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips)

Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 97 | Size: 2 MB

Addresses the fundamental question of existence: “Why are we here?” Compares the answers of various scriptures and philosophies and ends with a details discussion of the Islamic answer. The purpose of creation is a topic that puzzles every human being at some point in his or her lifetime. Everybody at some time or another asks themselves the question “Why do I exist?” or “For what purpose am I here on earth?”

Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Jamaica, but grew up in Canada, where he accepted Islam in 1972. He completed a diploma in Arabic, and a B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool Ad-Deen) at the Islamic Univeristy of Madeenah in 1979. At the University of Riyadh, College of Education, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985, and in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, he completed a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology in 1994. Since 1994 he has founded and directed the Islamic Information Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (which is now known as Discover Islam) and the Foreign Literature Department of Dar Al Fatah Islamic Press in Sharjah, UAE. Presently, he is a lecturer of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai and Ajman University in Ajman, UAE. Continue reading

The World Of The Noble Angels In The Light Of The Qur’an And Sunnah

Umar S. al-Ashqar
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 82 | Size: 3 MB

From the moment an individual is conceived in his mother’s womb, until his death and beyond, angels play a part in human life. Angels bring forth the soul of the dying and they bring comfort or inflict torment in the grave. An angel will sound the Trumpet on the Last Day, and angels will be present on the Day of Judgment until they accompany people to their ultimate destination in Paradise or Hell.

Almost all human cultures, ancient and modern, have some kind of belief about angels. The pre-Islamic Arabs believed them to be daughters of the Almighty. Some philosophers thought that angels were the stars in the sky. In modern times, there has been a resurgence of interest in angels, and they feature prominently in movies and other forms of popular western culture. But these myths have no role to play in the belief of the Muslim.

Our beliefs are based on the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah, which tell us all we need to know about the reality of the unseen, including the world of the angels. In this book, Dr. Umar S. al-Ashqar draws on the sources of Islam to give us a comprehensive picture of who the angels are, their role in the universe and their interaction with mankind in this world and the next. Continue reading

The Bride’s Boon – (Tuhfat Al-Arous): Mahmood Mahdi Al-Istanboli

Mahmood Mahdi Al-Istanboli
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 158 | Size: 1 MB

The marital life is an interesting and necessary institution. If one fails to understand the core of the conjugal relation between man and woman he will lead a life of oblivion and disorientation.

I hope that the prospective spouse study the technique of marriage before getting into it. Unless we teach our prospective spouses the correct way of their new marital life, they may resort to erotic books or stories that mislead them. There are many misconceptions about marriage and man-woman relationship.

Therefore, I decided to write this beneficial treatise and authenticated treatment clearly explaining the way to a happy marital life. I pointed out certain issues important to everyone who marries, and with which many wives in particular have been tested. I ask Allah Most High to bring about some benefit from this treatise, and to accept this work solely for His glorious countenance. Surely, He is the Righteous, the Merciful.

It should be known that there are many etiquette in the area of marriage. All that I am concerned with here in this quickly compiled work is the Qur’anic verses and that which is authenticated of the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, that which is irreproachable from the standpoint of its chain of narration and upon which no doubt can be cast in terms of its constructions and meanings. In this way, whoever reads and follows this information will be on a clearly established basis in religion, and will have full confidence in tl1e source and validity of his actions. I hope for him that Allah will put the final seal of felicity on his life, in reward for beginning his married life with the following of the Sunnah, and to make for him among His slaves. I openly discussed sexual relation between husband and wife. No wonder, Islam is a realistic religion. Sex is a natural and creative urge. Hence, Islam lays down great importance on marriage and the constitution of a new family.

When talking about sex, the Glorious Qur’an is very euphemistic though clear. Particularly, the Qur’an uses euphemism and figurative speech when dealing with matters pertaining to sex and man-woman relationship.

The Qur’an deals with the human life and all what it contains. It permeates into the personal relationship between husband and wife to organize it. It further provides the remedy to one’s passion and passionate love.

When recounting the story of Yusuf (pbuh), the Qur’an highlights the conflict between the blazing sexual urge and the suppression of that urge by adhering to Allah’s Guidance. Allah Almighty says:

{But she in whose house he was, sought to seduce him and she fastened the doors, and said: ‘Now come,” He said: “Allah forbid! Truly (thy husband) is my lord! he made my sojourn agreeable! Truly to no good come those who do wrong and (with passion) did she desire him, and he would have desired her, but that he saw the evidence of his Lord: thus (Did you order) that We might turn away from him indecent deeds: For he was one of Our servants chosen.}} [Yusuf: 23-24]

The evidence which Yusuf saw was the evidence of faith. In the Prophetic Hadith we have also another story which emphasizes that faith is the safety belt that protects man against whatever he might face of worldly appeals. Continue reading

O My Child! You’ve Become An Adult (Question And Answer Related To Teenagers)

Mohammed Abdullah Addawish
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 60 | Size: 1 MB

Verily, all praise is due to Allah . We praise Him, ask Him for assistance, and ask His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from  the evil within ourselves and from the grave consequences of our actions. Whomever Allah guides will never go astray, and whomever  Allah sends astray will never be guided. I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is  the servant of Allah and His Messenger.

At one time, we all were children and we frequently asked such questions as: when would we become adults? What is the turning point  between childhood and adulthood? When is one considered a child, and when is one considered an adult.

Puberty marks the stage of religious obligation, which is the turning point from childhood to adulthood. When a person reaches puberty, he bids farewell to childhood, and leaves behind its affairs. The stage of puberty is characterized by various physical,  mental and psychological changes. These changes do not always occur simultaneously. The remarkable increase in growth rate and the  alteration of the voice quality and other physical signs may occur; all for a purpose known only to Allah. This period also  witnesses changes in reasoning patterns and emotions.

All these changes prepare one to enter a new stage and begin a new type of life. This is because Allah has created mankind to  worship Him; and to do so in the most perfect manner will certainly shed some light on the wisdom behind creation. At this stage,  religious obligation begins and one becomes responsible for his deeds.

At this stage, boys and girls encounter a new world, and they usually have many questions in mind. However, the answers to these  questions are not readily available because specialized books dealing with such a sensitive issue as puberty from a religious  perspective are rare. Besides, when childhood shyness persists, it often stands as a barrier to asking questions of a sensitive  nature.

For these reasons, I have written this book hoping that it may introduce young youth to the stage of puberty. It is presented in the  form of a dialogue between a father and his son to emphasize the important role played by the parents in educating their children,  especially at this transitional stage.

A writer is likely to face many difficulties when addressing his work to a generation younger than his own. He may not be able to  choose the words most appropriate for this sector of audience; he may also over-emphasize a point, which is already clear to them,  or he may oversimplify points that require deeper analysis.

However, I have put forth my best effort in this work, drawing upon my adulthood experiences as well as those deriving from my  present career as a teacher. I have already read many books and articles on the topics discussed and I hope that these varied  sources would have helped me to overcome many of the difficulties previously mentioned It is Allah Who provides success in all  matters. Peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger, and all who follow his guidance. Continue reading

Qur’an Searcher 3.0

Qur’an Searcher 3.0 | Language: Arabic | Size: 2 MB

Qur’an searcher: A rare program which helps the Arabic reader to find any verse in The Noble Qur’an in the Arabic language. After you type few letters and words in the search field you will be able to get the complete verse with the name of the chapter, the number of the verse and many other general information about the verse. Continue reading

Common Questions Asked By Hindus About Islam

Dr. Zakir Naik
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 19 | Size: 1 MB

In conveying the message of Islam to a non-Muslim, it is usually not sufficient to highlight only the positive nature of Islam. Most non-Muslims are not convinced about the truth of Islam because there are a few questions about Islam at the back of their minds that remain unanswered. This article will help non-Muslims to discover and know more common questions about Islam in more depth.



The Hindu Pundits and Scholars agree that the Vedas and other Hindu religious scriptures prohibit idol worship, but initially because the mind may not be matured, an idol is required for concentration while worshipping. After the mind reaches higher consciousness, the idol is not required for concentration.


Muslims have reached the higher level of consciousness

Muslims have reached the higher level of consciousness. If an idol is required for concentration only in the initial stages and not later on when the mind reaches higher consciousness then I would like to say the Muslims have already reached the state of higher consciousness because when we worship Allah (swt) we do not require any idol or statue.

Child asks why does it thunder?

When I was discussing with a Swami in IRF. He said that when our child asks us, “Why does the sky thunder?”, we reply that “aaee ma chakki pees rahi hai”, the grandmother is grinding flour in the heaven; because he is too young to understand. Similarly in the initial stages people require an idol for concentration.

In Islam we don’t believe in telling a lie, even if it’s a white lie. I will never give such a wrong answer to my child because later on when he goes to school and learns that the thundering sound after lightning is due to the expansion of rapidly heated air, he will either think that the teacher is lying or later on when he understands the fact he will conclude that the father is a liar. If you feel that the child may not understand certain difficult things you should simplify the answer rather than give a wrong fictitious reply. If you, yourself do not know the answer, you should have the guts to be truthful and say ‘I don’t know’. But many children nowadays will not be satisfied with this answer. If this answer was given to my son, he would say “Abba (father), why don’t you know?’ This will compel you to do your homework and thus educate yourself as well as your child.

Those in standard one require idol for concentration – (2 + 2 = 4 will remain same in standard one and ten) Some pundits while trying to convince me regarding idol worship said that in standard one the student is initially taught to worship God by concentrating with the help of an idol but later on when he graduates he no longer requires the idol to concentrate while worshipping the God. A very important fact to be noted is that only if the fundamentals of any particular subject is strong, then only will he be able to excel in future for e.g. A teacher of mathematics in standard one teaches the students that 2 + 2 = 4 irrespective whether the student passes school or does graduation or does a Ph. D. in mathematics, the basics of 2 + 2 = 4 will yet remain the same, it will not change to 5 or 6. In higher standards the student, besides addition may learn about Algebra, Trigonometry, Logarithm, etc. but the fundamental of addition will yet remain the same.

If the teacher in standard one itself teaches the fundamentals wrong, how can you expect the student to excel in future?

It is the fundamental principal of the Vedas regarding the concept of God that He has got no image, so how can the Scholars even after knowing this fact keep silent at the wrong practice being done by people.

Will you tell your son who is in standard one that 2 plus 2 is not equal to 4 but 5 or 6 and only confirm the truth after he passes school? Never. In fact if he makes a mistake you will correct him and say it is 4 and not wait till he graduates; and if you don’t correct him initially you will ruin his future. Continue reading

The World Of The Unseen

Yahya Ibrahim

Imagine yourself standing in a gathering. Crowds of people, all of them worried, more than worried… Panicking… Sweating up to their necks out of worry and terror. What’s going to happen? What will the final decision be? Have I pleased Him or have I angered Him? Have I earnt His eternal wrath or have I earnt His everlasting mercy? – question on everyone’s mind. Join us on a journey into the hereafter. After we leave this world, we enter another. A world we cannot see but is a fundamental part of our belief. How can we begin to imagine this world? Learn about how Allah ‘azza wajal and then our Prophet sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam describes the sequence of events beginning from the signs of the hour, the day of judgement and all that occurs up until we enter upon our final destination either in the terrible torments of the Hellfire or the everlasting pleasures of Paradise. May Allah ‘azza wajal make us inhabitants of Paradise. Ameen.

Yahya Ibrahim

Of Egyptian descent, Yahya Adel Ibrahim was born in Canada and currently resides in Perth, Western Australia. He began memorizing the Quran at the age of 16 and finished 20 months later, receiving an Ijaazah. He began lecturing at the main mosques in Toronto at the age 17. In his quest for authentic and classical Islamic knowledge, Yahya Ibrahim traveled the world to meet, translate and study with Islamic scholars and students of knowledge. Being proficient in Arabic and English, he has translated books and various works from Arabic into English for many Islamic dignitaries. Continue reading

Like A Garment

Abu Ammaar Yaasir al-Qaadi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 25 | Size: 1 MB

As- Salaam Alaikum! I welcome you to our ‘Like A Garment’ e-book, an initiative that seeks to educate Muslims to find conjugal bliss in their marriages.

The name of this project came from one of the most beautiful, poetic and profound metaphors of the Qur’aan. Allah states, “Permitted for you, during the night of the fast, that you approach your wives. They are your garments, and you are their garments” [al-Baqarah; 187].

In this verse, each spouse is described as a ‘garment’ to the other. The famous exegete Ibn Jarir al-Tabari (d. 311) stated that this description most aptly described the act of intimacy between the spouses, for during that act, each spouse sheds his or her other garments and then wraps around the other,takingthe place of clothes. Al-Qurtubi (d. 671) also comments on this metaphor, and adds that just as clothes protect their wearer from the external elements, similarly each spouse protects the other from external passions that would harm a marriage.

Combining between the various explanations of this beautiful metaphor found in the books of tafseer, we can derive many meanings from it:

- The act of procreation is so intimate that it is literally as if one of the spouses covers up the other, just as clothing covers up one’s body. Another euphemism that the Qur’aan uses for the sexual act is the verb ghashsha, which means ‘to cover up, to envelop’.

- One primary purpose of clothing is to conceal one’s nakedness, since this nakedness (or `awrah) is embarrassing to display, and should be hidden from the eyes of others. Similarly, each spouse conceals the other spouse’s faults, and does not reveal them to others.

- Clothing protects one from the external elements, such as heat and cold. Similarly, spouses protect one another from external desires that originate from many different sources. By satisfying these desires within the confines of marriage, external passions are removed.

- Clothing is the primary method through which humans beautify themselves. Without clothing, one is incomplete and naked. Similarly, spouses beautify and complete one another; when a person is not married, he or she is not yet complete and has not reached his or her full potential. Marriage is an essential part of being fully human, just like clothes are an essential part of being fully civilized.

- Clothes are only worn in front of others, and are not necessary in front of spouses. It is only in front of one’s spouse that the other spouse can discard his or her garments.

- Clothes are the closest thing to one’s body. Nothing comes between a person and his or her clothes. So the analogy of spouses being ‘like clothes to one another’ implies such a closeness – there is nothing, literally and metaphorically, that should come between spouses. Continue reading

Understanding The Evil Of Innovation

Abu Muntasir Ibn Mohar Ali
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 45 | Size: 4.5 MB

Praise be to Allah to Whom belongs all power and might, and to Whom is due all thanks. He it is Who has revealed the religion of Islaam for mankind in the final, perfect and complete form in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah upon His last Messenger Muhammad, upon whom be the peace and blessings of Allaah, and He it is Who has preserved it in the incorruptible Qur’aan and the authentic ahadeeth. May He guide us against the evil that is within us and the evil that is outside us and protect us from the temptations of shaitaan who watch us from positions we cannot tell and assault us with all that is at his disposal. May He affirm out feet in the path trodden by Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions, and help us against the wretched distorters of the Deen who foist their own invented practices upon the people as if Allaah had required it of them to do so, and grant us victory against His enemies from among the unbelievers and their allies the hypocrites, ameen.

This book is to be seen as a modest attempt, a small but significant and sincere contribution, to the input of materials pertaining to Islam which set to curb and eventually uproot evil and establish righteousness, so that people are helped in clinging to the only way that affords them safety from the Fire, and brings them closer to Allah with a submission to his will that is borne of easiness as a result based on correct knowledge and understanding. Continue reading

Highlights On The Meaning Of Al-Fatiha, The Opening Chapter Of The Muslims’ Glorious Book, Al-Qur’an

Dr. Salah Edin A Nefeily
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 82 | Size: 1 MB

This book on the Opening Chapter of the Muslims’ glorious book Al-Qur’an is a serious attempt to approach a great task. It deals with the chapter or ‘sura’ known to Muslims as ‘Al-Fatiha’, which is described by Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) as the greatest sura of the Al-Qur’an. Al-Bay’haqi, one of the greatest Muslims scholars explains that Al-Fatiha sums up the Qur’an and the Qur’an sums up all the books revealed to prophets before Islam. In this sense, the sura introduces the basics of belief, worship and conduct, which lead to the betterment of human beings at large.

Throughout his discussion of Sura Al-Fatiha Dr. Nefeily makes it clear that the sura presents Islam as a religion of peace, love and co-existence, not of hate, destruction and clashes. All heavenly religions, in essence promote life, lobe and peace in the world. Continue reading

Step Out Of The Illusion

Abdullah Hakim Quick

The lecture discusses the real state of the Muslim and their need to step out of the illusion which we are faced with in the 21 century. Abdul Hakim Quick also discusses who are the true Awliya’ of Allah and adds some touching history of how Muslims lived throughout history and what they sacrificed to hold on their religion.

Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick Ph.D. has travelled to more than 34 countries on lecture and educational tours. He embraced Islam in 1970 and thereafter pursued his studies at the Islamic University of Madinah, where he completed a BA from the College of Da’wah and Usul al-Din. He later read for his Masters degree and completed his PhD on the History of Islam in Africa at the University of Toronto, Canada. The focus of his thesis was the life of the great mujaddid of the 18th century, Shaykh Uthman Ibn Fudi (Usman dan Fodio), the Amir of the Sokoto Caliphate. Shaykh Ibn Fudi succeeded in combining the best of fiqh, theology and spirituality, and successfully developed an Islamic State.Shaykh Abdullah Hakim has served as Imam, teacher and counselor in the USA, Canada and the West Indies. For three years he contributed to the religious page of Canada’s leading newspaper. He is presently a Senior Lecturer at the Dar-ul-Arqam Islamic Institute and Director of the Da’wah Department of the Muslim Judicial Council, Cape Town, South Africa.As the new millennium dawns, Islam is in need of innovative rethinking based on original, authentic Islamic sources. Shaykh Abdullah Hakim provides an example of this new, progressive Islamic thinking. Continue reading

The Guidance Of Our Children

Mohammad El-shinawy

Our children are our best investment for the future of Islam – we need as Muslims to start taking this Amanah (trust) seriously and take responsibility through action.

All of you are shepherds, and each one is responsible for his flock. A leader of people is a shepherd and responsible for them. A man is like a shepherd over his family, and he is responsible for his flock. A woman is like a shepherd over her husband’s house and children, and she is responsible for them. And a slave is a guardian of his master’s property and is responsible for it. So all of you are guardians and are responsible for your charges.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). Continue reading

The Egyptian Uprising 1432

Abu Adnan

Abu Adnan discusses the shariah perspective of protesting and its evidences, the current situation in Egypt, the tyranny of the current regime, naseeha and advice to the scholars of Egypt and ways to move forward.

Sheikh Abu Adnan is currently the Amir of the Global Islamic Youth Centre in Sydney, Australia. He is heavily involved in presenting informative lectures on a regular basis to a variety of audiences, delivering Juma’ah Khutbah, assisting and training potential Islamic speakers as well as playing a lead role within the Sydney Muslim community. Sheikh Abu Adnan also helped set up the Islamic College of Australia and currently holds the position of Deputy Principal at the college. He teaches many authentic Islamic courses concerning Fiqh, Tafseer, Seerah, Aqeedah, Hadeeth and Quranic Sciences, all of which require students to graduate with certified documentation. Continue reading

Step By Step Guide To Prayer (Salah)

Bilal Dannoun

The My Prayer project is an initiative designed to assist Muslims grasp the basic knowledge about prayer and how to perform it. This is made possible through 2 mediums, a step by step instructional DVD and book.

The DVD is professionally filmed, directed and produced, offering viewers high quality educational content. My Prayer DVD is narrated by Sheikh Bilal Dannoun, guiding viewers through the actions of making ablution (wudoo) and performing prayer in a simple and easy to understand style. Other aspects of prayer, such as the pre-requisites of prayer will be discussed, giving viewers a complete overview of what is required to perform their prayers in the best and correct manner.

This DVD as well as the Booklet will be available for FREE to organisations and individuals all across the globe. Continue reading

Rules Of Purification And Prayers

Abdur-Rahman Murad
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 77 | Size: 4 MB

All praise is due to Allah, Whose aid we implore, and Whose forgiveness, guidance and protection against our own evil sinful acts we seek. He Whom Allah guides aright none can lead astray, and whom He leads astray none can guide aright.

I testify that there is no true god worthy of being worshipped except Allah, Who has no partner and I testify that Muhammad (PBUH) is the slave of Allah and His Messenger. May Allah exalt his mention and render him, his household and his Companions safe from all evil.

This is a short, but beneficial treatise on purification and Prayers.

I will state general guidelines concerning each matter and clarify common mistakes that are made during the Wudhu and Prayer.

Salaat (Prayer) is one of the main obligations which Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has ordained on His servants. It is the first act of worship decreed on the Muslim Nation (Ummah) by Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and was ordained on the night of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) ascension to the seven heavens. It is the second of the five pillars of Islam after the proclamation of the “Shahada” (the words of witness).

I ask Allah, the Exalted, to bless this work and to make people benefit from it. Ameen Continue reading

At-Tadhkirah Fiahwalil-Mawta Wal-Akhirah: In The Remembrance Of The Affairs Of The Dead And Doomsday

Imam Al-Qurtubi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 404 | Size: 33 MB

Death is not the absolute end. It is just the discontinuation of unity between the body and soul. It is a change from one state to another and a transition from this present life to that of the hereafter. “Allaah takes souls at the time of their death and [the souls] of those that do not die during their sleep. He retains those souls for which He has ordained death, whereas He releases the rest for an appointed term” [Qur’an 39:42] – ‘Every soul shall have a taste of death: And only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of Life): For the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception’ {Qur’an 3:185}.

Imam Abu ‘Abdullah Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Abu Bakr al-Ansari al-Qurtubi, was born in Cordoba, Spain, at the summlt of Its great period of Islamic civilisation. He was an eminent Maliki scholar who specialised in fiqh and Hadith. The breadth and depth of his scholarship are evident in his writings. The most famous of then is his twenty-volume tasfir al Jami’ li-ahkam al-Qar’an,

Imam al-Qirtubi was a man of great modesty who disdained worldly honours and throughout his life wore the simple gown and cap of the ordinary Muslin. He traveled from Spain to the East and settled in Munya Abi’l-Khusavb. in Upper Egypt. where he died in 671H/ 1273

Imam Abu ‘Abdullah Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Abu Bakr al-Ansari al-Qurtubi, was born in Cordoba, Spain, at the summlt of Its great period of Islamic civilisation. He was an eminent Maliki scholar who specialised in fiqh and Hadith. The breadth and depth of his scholarship are evident in his writings. The most famous of then is his twenty-volume tasfir al Jami’ li-ahkam al-Qar’an, (The first three volumes have been translated into english ).

Imam al-Qirtubi was a man of great modesty who disdained worldly honours and throughout his life wore the simple gown and cap of the ordinary Muslin. He traveled from Spain to the East and settled in Munya Abi’l-Khusavb. in Upper Egypt. where he died in 671H/ 1273 Continue reading

The Messengers And The Messages In The Light Of The Qur’an And Sunnah

Umar S. al-Ashqar
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 358 | Size: 8.5 MB

Is it true that mankind today has reached such a level of progress that they have no need of the Messengers and their teachings? Are humans capable today of guiding themselves without referring to the methods set out by the Messengers?

The answer is No. Mankind needs to know the Messenger, and the Message he conveyed. They have to believe in what he said and obey him. The only way to achieve happiness and success in this world and in the Hereafter is to follow the Messenger. By following the Messenger, man will become aware of the details of good and evil, and Allah will be pleased with him. His guidance comprises good deeds, good speech, and good morals. His speech and conduct are the criteria against which all actions are measured. Without a Messenger’s guidance, man is like a fish out of water. When man abandons this guidance, then his heart is spoiled.

Since man’s happiness in this world and in the Hereafter is linked to the guidance of the Prophet, one should know well the prophet’s teachings and biography in order to join his true and successful followers.

This comprehensive work which is full of clear proofs and evidences from the pure teachings of Islam, is an essential reading for all Muslims and seekers of truth. Continue reading

Saudi Arabia In 100 Questions

Ghainaa Publications
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 72 | Size: 1 MB

Despite the huge number of foreigners who come to Saudi Arabia every year, many were overwhelmed by the developments in the different spheres and they rarely try to examine or understand customs, traditions and the cultural and social aspects of the Saudi society or other aspects that form the identity of this society. Thus foreigners are unable to portray the real image of Saudi Arabia to the outside world. Even Saudis themselves are unable to convey an accurate portrait of the country, due to the paucity of knowledge to enable them to fulfill this role.

Emanating from a full conviction of the importance of knowledge in intermingling and communication between nations and people and due to the keenness of portraying the true image of our country to others, we have come up with the idea of this book “Saudi Arabia in 100 Questions.” The book aims at presenting a simple, comprehensive and objective picture of the various aspects of life in Saudi Arabia. We have been keen to simplify these answers to cover political, economic, cultural and social aspects and have it reach the reader without boring elaboration or inconsistent abridgement.

Some numbers of Questions:

- Is Wahabism an Islamic doctrine or a reform call?

Wahabism is not an Islamic or political doctrine as some may think. It is a reform call initiated by the late sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Wahab, a Muslim scholar whose efforts were to purify Islam from the deviations that had crept into the practices of some of its adherents. What is known in the Western media as “wahabism” is a latterly-created name that does not express the reality of this reformatory call. This call is not an Islamic or political doctrine as some believe. It is a call that demonstrates Islam’s stand vis-à-vis some violations committed by some Muslims. The call has urged Muslims to resort to the true path of religion according to the teachings of the holy Quran and the Prophet’s Sunnah.

- What are the official days celebrated in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia celebrates only two occasions which are Eid Al-Fitr which comes after the fasting month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Adha during the annual Hajj season. Saudi Arabia also celebrates its National Day which falls on September 23. The National Day is observed as a holiday in Saudi Arabia.

- What is the official religion of Saudi Arabia and what is its stance vis-à-vis the followers of other religions?

Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and the land where the Holy Quran was revealed. The Kingdom is also the custodian of the most sacred Islamic shrines “The holy Haram of Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah”. All Saudis are Muslims and Islam is a religion that respects the followers of other heavenly religions “Christianity and Judaism”

Islam recognizes the Prophethood of Jesus and Moses and that a Muslim’s faith is considered incomplete if he does not believe in all the Prophets sent by God. Islamic teachings promote non compulsion of others to embrace Islam. The rights of non Muslims, who come to work in Saudi Arabia, are respected just as the rights of Muslims coming from other countries. Continue reading

Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) In The Torah And Gospel

Daar Al-Watan
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 32 | Size: 1 MB

All praise is due to Allah alone, and may Allah praise Muhammad and render him safe from every evil.

One of the distinguishing Characteristics of a Mus1im is that they believe in all Prophets and Messengers whom Allah the Exalted, sent from Adam to Muhammad, may Allah praise them all and render them safe from all evil.

Islam commands Muslims to love and believe in all Messengers and Prophets, for they were the best of mankind.

Islam clarifies that disbelieving in one of them is tantamount to disbelief in all of them. When a Muslim believes in Muhammad (PBUH) but disbelieves in Jesus (PBUH) he is not considered a Muslim, even if he believes in Muhammad (PBUH). Similarly, if one disbelieves in Muhammad (PBUH) but believes in other prophets, he is a disbeliever in all the Prophets.

Allah informs us in the Qur’an that Muhammad (PBUH) is mentioned in the Torah and Gospel, through his description and actions.

Allah says:

ٱلَّذِينَ يَتَّبِعُونَ ٱلرَّسُولَ ٱلنَّبِىَّ ٱلۡأُمِّىَّ ٱلَّذِى يَجِدُونَهُ ۥ مَكۡتُوبًا عِندَهُمۡ فِى ٱلتَّوۡرَٮٰةِ وَٱلۡإِنجِيلِ يَأۡمُرُهُم بِٱلۡمَعۡرُوفِ وَيَنۡہَٮٰهُمۡ عَنِ ٱلۡمُنڪَرِ وَيُحِلُّ لَهُمُ ٱلطَّيِّبَـٰتِ وَيُحَرِّمُ عَلَيۡهِمُ ٱلۡخَبَـٰٓٮِٕثَ وَيَضَعُ عَنۡهُمۡ إِصۡرَهُمۡ وَٱلۡأَغۡلَـٰلَ ٱلَّتِى كَانَتۡ عَلَيۡهِمۡ‌ۚ فَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ بِهِۦ وَعَزَّرُوهُ وَنَصَرُوهُ وَٱتَّبَعُواْ ٱلنُّورَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أُنزِلَ مَعَهُ ۥۤ‌ۙ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلۡمُفۡلِحُونَ

{Those who follow the Messenger, the Prophet who can neither read nor write whom they find written with them in the Torah and the Gospel he commands them for Al-Ma’roof (i.e. Islamic monotheism and all that Islam has ordained); and forbids them from al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden); he allows them as lawful all good and lawful things and prohibits them as unlawful all evil things. He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the fetters that were upon them. So those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the light which has been sent down with him, it is they who will be successful.} [The Noble Qur’an 7: 157]

Allah mentions in the Qur’an that Prophet Ibraheem (Abraham) supplicated Allah to send a Prophet to mankind.

Allah says:

رَبَّنَا وَٱبۡعَثۡ فِيهِمۡ رَسُولاً۬ مِّنۡہُمۡ يَتۡلُواْ عَلَيۡہِمۡ ءَايَـٰتِكَ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلۡحِكۡمَةَ وَيُزَكِّيہِمۡ‌ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلۡعَزِيزُ ٱلۡحَكِيمُ

{Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own who shall recite unto them Your verses and instruct them in the Book and Al-Hikmah (full knowledge of the Islamic laws and jurisprudence) and Purify them. Verily, You are the All- Mighty, the All-Wise.) [The Noble Qur’an 2: 129]

Jesus gave glad-tidings of the coming of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Allah, the Exalted, says:

وَإِذۡ قَالَ عِيسَى ٱبۡنُ مَرۡيَمَ يَـٰبَنِىٓ إِسۡرَٲٓءِيلَ إِنِّى رَسُولُ ٱللَّهِ إِلَيۡكُم مُّصَدِّقً۬ا لِّمَا بَيۡنَ يَدَىَّ مِنَ ٱلتَّوۡرَٮٰةِ وَمُبَشِّرَۢا بِرَسُولٍ۬ يَأۡتِى مِنۢ بَعۡدِى ٱسۡمُهُ ۥۤ أَحۡمَدُ‌ۖ فَلَمَّا جَآءَهُم بِٱلۡبَيِّنَـٰتِ قَالُواْ هَـٰذَا سِحۡرٌ۬ مُّبِينٌ۬

{And (remember} when Jesus, son of Maryam said: ‘O children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allah unto you, confirming the Torah which came before me, and giving glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmed. But when Ahmed came to them with clear proofs, they said: (‘This is plain Magic’.) [The Noble Qur’an 61: 6] Continue reading

Christ In Islam

Ahmed Deedat

This is an interesting lecture in which Sh. Ahmad Deedat talks about prestige of Jesus Christ in Islam, miracles of his birth, message and death. Sh. Deedat shows the Islamic creed’s attitude towards Jesus Christ and refutes the allegations of those who have been trying to distort Jesus Christ’s image in Islam. At the end, Sh. Deedat answers some questions of the viewers. Note: Sh. Ahmad Deedat depends on Quran’s translation by Yousuf Abdullah Ali. At that time of delivering this lecture, there were not the good translations we have in nowadays. Therefore we advise our readers to see the small attached research about comparison among the different translations of the Quran below this page. Continue reading

The Bible Led Me To Islam

Ahmed Deedat
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 106 | Size: 3 MB

This effort is for all Christians who recognize their inner responsibility and yearning for guided worship of the One True God. Worship that is not based on social, secular or family norms, but because it is his/her birthright and duty to worship their (our) Creator.

This book is a compilation of excerpts from several books addressing Christianity that I had the pleasure of reading before and after I became a Muslim. After becoming a Muslim, I continued to read books about Christianity because the “skin” of Christianity was hard to cast off after 28 years in the religion; years that almost led me to becoming the minister of an African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) church In Great Falls, Montana.

I have attempted to select and arrange pertinent information from these resourceful books in a straight forward manner, so as to provide the kind of tailored and consolidated information I would have liked someone to give me during my Christian days. Nevertheless, the plan for me to embrace/revert back to Islam came as prescribed by Allah.

I would like to mention that when I refer to the word “God” in this book, I’m speaking of the One Supreme Being, who has no partners and is not part of a trinity. It should be mentioned that the Arabic word “Allah” was used by Christians as well as by Muslims according to the 1966 edition of Encyc10pedia Britannica (See the word Allah).

I encourage you to set aside your pre-conceived notions about Christianity and Islam, and have an open mind for what is presented. It is my hope (By Allah’s Will) that this effort will open before you a spark of interest that enables you to continue to read beyond the Bible, and make an educated decision after understanding both rehgions. A decision that is based on your choice and not the choice of your parents or the media. Once you have all the facts, you can then align yourself with the only purpose we were created, and that is to worship (Allah) God. Continue reading

From The Words Of ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam

Shaykh Abdullah Azzam
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 103 | Size: 1 MB

This book will consist of various quotations of al-Imam ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam – a man who truly deserves the title of ‘Imam,’ if anyone does. In addition to being a scholar and Mujahid, he also fulfilled the seldom-fulfilled role of being a brilliant murabbi – his immensely deep insight, coupled with his decades of experience in the fields of both Da’wah and Jihad, made him a priceless asset to the youth of his time and beyond.

So, we will present here various words of advice and stories of remembrance taken from his works – both written and recorded – so that we may benefit from his legacy, if Allah Wills. Continue reading

Invitation To A Good Tidings

Dr.Ibrahim S. Abunayyan
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 21 | Size: 1 MB

EVER SINCE its revelation 1400 years ago, the Qur’an has been a book of guidance and inspiration, a reference point, and a rich source of social and moral dynamism for hundreds of millions of people throughout the world who believe it to be the immutable word of God. Continue reading

The Only Way Out: A Guide For Truth Seekers

The Website of The Cooperative Office for Propagation, Guidance, and Warning of Expatriates – Jubail –
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 386 | Size: 3 MB

All Thanks, All Praise to Allah: The One, The First, and The Final.

Many people have assisted me in completing this work. First and foremost were my beloved parents who raised me to write the present book. I love you dad, I love you mom! My wife’s assistance was more than generous. She gave me all the time, support, and patience I needed. I do not know how to reward her magnanimous heart. My dear friend, Abdulkareem Ibn Adam, read the text with extraordinary attentiveness. His remarks were very precious; many thanks brother Abdulkareem. I also thank Anton Schulz whose suggestions and choice of words were extremely helpful. Abdulaziz Al Ma’taani! The book cover speaks for itself, a witty choice. I will not forget my brothers at The Cooperative Office in Jubail. Without their support, many obstacles would have prevented this work from coming out. If any one of favor has been left out, I’m confident that there reward will be with Allah, The Most Munificent.

A book which presents Islam to educated readers in the West in particular and from any other background in general. It is a book the covers a wide variety of topics from religion ot sceince and philosophy. It tackles the problem of atheism and darwinism but presents Islam from its authentic sources and shows the remarkable intellectual heritage presented by Islam as complete way of life. Finally, it is the right book to give to sincere truth seekers worldwide, God willling. Continue reading

Some Of The Manners Of The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)

A website Islamic Library
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 32 | Size: 1 MB

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, and may Allah exalt the mention of His Prophet who was sent as a mercy to the worlds, and may He render him, his household and companions safe from every evil.

There is no doubt that our Prophet (PBUH) was the paradigm of excellent manners, and beautiful characteristics and traits, which no one else comprehensively possessed. Even his enemies who fought and disbelieved in him, attested to this fact. Abu Jahl, who was one of the harshest enemies of Islam, said: ‘O Muhammad! I do not say that you are a liar! I only deny what you brought and what you call people to.’

All mankind, including his enemies recognize his Virtues

Truly what the enemy attests to is but the truth

The Prophet (PBUH) was the paradigm of excellent manners. Allah, the Exalted, praised him saying:

وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ۬

(And verily, you (O Muhammad PBUH) are on an exalted (standard of) character.) [68:4]

Allah, the Exalted, said that he is a mercy to mankind.

فَبِمَا رَحۡمَةٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمۡ‌ۖ وَلَوۡ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ ٱلۡقَلۡبِ لَٱنفَضُّواْ مِنۡ حَوۡلِكَ‌ۖ

(And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you.) [3:159]

The Prophet exemplified the Qur’an, until it was said that he was a Qur’an walking on the earth. When his wife was asked about his manners, he said: ‘Do you not recite the Qur’an?’ they said: ‘Yes’. She said: ‘The manners of the Prophet were the Qur’an.’

This book is talking about the manners of the Prophet – peace be upon him – and shows generosity and dream, Zahedan, courage, justice and company. Continue reading

Your Day In Ramadan

Website of Rasoulullah (peace be upon him)
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 16 | Size: 1 MB

This is a useful book talks about how a fasting Muslim should spend his day in Ramadan. This is regarding deeds by which he abides during his day. No doubt he should be eager to instill the good morals into himself while performing this great rite. He should not forget to ask Allah when he breaks his fasting, for Allah promised that he answers the fasting Muslim’s invocation when he breaks his fast. He should remember that it is highly recommended to perform Qiyam (supererogatory prayers at night) to get his sins forgiven.


Al Fajr prayer
Invocations and Glorifications after Fajr Prayer
Going to Work
Dohr Prayer (Noon Prayer)
Asr Prayer (Afternoon)
Before Maghrib Prayer
Maghrib Prayer
Isha’ Prayer (Night Prayer)
After Tarawih
Tahajjud (Late Night Prayer)
Sahour (Last Night Meal)
some things to bear in mind (Niyyah) and the proof of each Niyyah Continue reading

Why Did Prophet Muhammad Marry Aisha The Young Girl?

Fawzy Al-Ghoudairy – Website of Rasoulullah (peace be upon him)
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 34 | Size: 2 MB

This is an important book talks about a common issue misunderstood but misused by lots of thinkers and orientalists. It is “Why did Prophet Muhammad marry Aisha the young girl?” The author shows the reason behind their discussion. They want to distort the picture of Prophet Muhammad not criticize the marriage of young girl. Also if this kind of marriage was strange, why did not the disbelievers of Quraish use it as a pretext against Muhammad?! The author discusses other topics such as: Europe also allows marrying young girls, the age of consent in most countries worldwide.


1. Is the Purpose Criticizing the Marriage of Young Girls or Distorting the Picture of Prophet Muhammad?
2. If such Marriage was Strange, then why didn›t the Disbelievers of Quraish use it as a Pretext against Muhammad?
3. Did they know the Marriage Age in Judaism?
4. Europe also allows Marrying Young Girls!
5. The Age of Consent in Most Countries Worldwide!
6. Is it Logical to judge a Marriage Case that took Place before 1400 Years under the Laws of the 1st Century?
7. Brides in Africa are Younger than Ten?
8. It is not for Satisfying a Desire!
9. Let’s Pause here! Continue reading

My Life With The Taliban

Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 383 | Size: 3.5 MB

This “freedom” put a proud people in chains
And turned free men into slaves
“Independence” made us weak
And slaughtered us
In the name of kindness
This is democracy by the whip
And the fear of chains
With a whirlwind at its core.

This is the autobiography of Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, a senior former member of the Taliban. His memoirs, translated from Pashto, are more than just a personal account of his extraordinary life.

My Life with the Taliban offers a counter-narrative to the standard accounts of Afghanistan since 1979. Zaeef describes growing up in rural poverty in Kandahar province. Both of his parents died at an early age, and the Russian invasion of 1979 forced him to flee to Pakistan. He started fighting the jihad in 1983, during which time he was associated with many major figures in the anti-Soviet resistance, including the current Taliban head Mullah Mohammad Omar.

After the war Zaeef returned to a quiet life in a small village in Kandahar, but chaos soon overwhelmed Afghanistan as factional fighting erupted after the Russians pulled out. Disgusted by the lawlessness that ensued, Zaeef was one among the former mujahedeen who were closely involved in the discussions that led to the emergence of the Taliban, in 1994.

Zaeef then details his Taliban career as civil servant and minister who negotiated with foreign oil companies as well as with Afghanistan’s own resistance leader, Ahmed Shah Massoud. Zaeef was ambassador to Pakistan at the time of the 9/11 attacks, and his account discusses the strange ‘phoney war’ period before the US-led intervention toppled the Taliban.

In early 2002 Zaeef was handed over to American forces in Pakistan, notwithstanding his diplomatic status, and spent four and a half years in prison (including several years in Guantánamo) before being released without having been tried or charged with any offence.

My Life with the Taliban offers a personal and privileged insight into the rural Pashtun village communities that are the Taliban’s bedrock. It helps to explain what drives men like Zaeef to take up arms against the foreigners who are foolish enough to invade his homeland. Continue reading

The Prophet’s Noble Character

Website of Rasoulullah (peace be upon him)
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 34 | Size: 1.5 MB

This is a book presented by Rasoulallah Website ( shows aspects of our Prophet’s life. It contains topics as: his manners, his exemplary justice, his simple life, his love for the poor, his forgiveness shown to the non-Muslims. It includes other important topics as: how did he achieve reform, can he be taken as a model for Muslims to follow and how did he instill brotherhood among Muslims?

{By the grace of Allah, you are gentle towards the people; if you had been stern and ill-tempered, they would have dispersed from round about you} (translation of Qur’an 3:159)

About himself the prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah has sent me as an apostle so that I may demonstrate perfection of character, refinement of manners and loftiness of deportment.” (Malik, Mawatta; Ahmed, Musnad; Mishkat)

By nature he was gentle and kind hearted, always inclined to be gracious and to overlook the faults of others. Politeness and courtesy, compassion and tenderness, simplicity and humility, sympathy and sincerity were some of the keynotes of his character. In the cause of right and justice he could be resolute and severe but more often than not, his severity was tempered with generosity. He had charming manners which won him the affection of his followers and secured their devotion. Though virtual king of Arabia and an apostle of Allah, he never assumed an air of superiority. Not that he had to conceal any such vein by practice and artifice: with fear of Allah, sincere humility was ingrained in his heart. He used to say, “I am a Prophet of Allah but I do not know what will be my end.” (Bukhari, Sahih Bukhari, Chapter “Al-Janaiz”)

In one of his sermons calculated to instill the fear of Allah and the day of reckoning in the hearts of men, he said : “O people of Quraish be prepared for the hereafter, I cannot save you from the punishment of Allah; O Bani Abd Manaf, I cannot save you from Allah; O Abbas, son of Abdul Mutalib, I cannot protect you either; O Fatima, daughter of Muhammad, even you I cannot save.” (Sahahin)

He used to pray : “O Allah! I am but a man. If I hurt any one in any manner, then forgive me and do not punish me.” (Ahmed, Musnad, Vol. 6 pg. 103)

He always received people with courtesy and showed respect to older people and stated:

“To honor an old man is to show respect to Allah.”

He would not deny courtesy even to wicked persons. It is stated that a person came to his house and asked permission for admission. The prophet (peace be upon him) remarked that he was not a good person but might be admitted. When he came in and while he remained in the house, he was shown full courtesy. When he left Aiysha (ra) said : “You did not think well of this man, but you treated him so well.” . The prophet (peace be upon him) replied : “He is a bad person in the sight of Allah who does not behave courteously and people shun his company bacause of his bad manners.” (Bukhari, Sahih Bukhari).

He was always the first to greet another and would not withdraw his hand from a handshake till the other man withdrew his. If one wanted to say something in his ears, he would not turn away till one had finished (Abu Dawud, Tirmizi). He did not like people to get up for him and used to say : “Let him who likes people to stand up in his honour, he should seek a place in hell.” (Abu Dawud, Kitabul Adab, Muhammadi Press, Delhi).

He would himself, however, stand up when any dignitary came to him. He had stood up to receive the wet nurse who had reared him in infancy and had spread his own sheet for her. His foster brother was given similar treatment. He avoided sitting at a prominent place in a gathering, so much so that people coming in had difficulty in spotting him and had to ask which was the Prophet (peace be upon him). Quite frequently uncouth bedouins accosted him in their own gruff and impolite manner but he never took offence. (Abu Dawud Kitabul Atama). Continue reading

The Book Of (Nikah) Marriage

Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Al-Tuwajre
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 48 | Size: 1.5 MB

The nikah, or marriage and pairing are of the laws that Allah has passed for His creatures. Pairing applies in general to animal and vegetation. As for man, Allah has distinguished him over the rest of His creation by assigning to him a suitable system whereby man’s dignity and honor may be maintained, and his esteem may be preserved through legal nikah. Such a procedure secures a relationship between man and woman that is based on mutual respect and consent. Thus man’s natural need are fulfilled in a sound manner to preserve posterity and protect woman from being a common object.

The nikah is one of the Islamic laws to which the Messenger, peace be upon him, encouraged the youth saying:

Young people! Whoever of you can afford marriage, let him get married, for marriage helps restrain the looks, and preserve theist chastity. He who cannot afford it, let him abserve fasting for fasting is deterrent.

The Wisdom of Marriage:

1- Marriage is healthy environment in which the family maintains its cohesiveness and reciprocal love. It also helps maintain chastity and guards one from committing the prohibited.
2- Marriage is the best means of reproduction and multiplication, and preserving the family lineage.
3- Marriage is the best means of fulfilling sexual needs free from related diseases.
4- Marriage fulfills the parental and maternal senses in man through having children.
5- Marriage helps maintain the sense of security, self-contentment, and chastity for both husband and wife. Continue reading