Belief In Allah In The Light Of The Qur’an And Sunnah

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Umar S. al-Ashqar
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 481 | Size: 15 MB

Although the vast majority of mankind believe in a Creator or Supreme Being, their concepts vary. Islam, in the Qur’an and Sunnah, affirms the existence and Oneness of the Creator and describes Him as having the most perfect attributes, thus enabling man to have the proper concept of Him and to establish a strong bond with Him based on the understanding of His sublime attributes. But the influence of philosophy and other ideas that are alien to Islam led to the emergence of distorted concepts about Allah.

In this book, Dr. Umar S. al-Ashqar discusses the wrong ideas that have crept into Muslims’ minds concerning Allah and His attributes, and highlights the fact that the only correct way to understand the verses of the Qur’an and the ahadeeth, which speak of Allah and His attributes, is the way in which they were understood by the first generations of this ummah (the salaf).

Dr. al-Ashqar also examines modern concepts, such as the theory of evolution, and proves that they are wrong and false. Following the Qur’anic injunction to ponder the signs of Allah in the universe, he also pays attention to the study of natural phenomena which clearly point to the existence and Oneness of the Almighty Creator. Thus, Dr. al-Ashqar affirms the principle which lies at the heart of Islamic faith and practice, namely Tawheed, the Absolute Oneness of the Divine. Continue reading

Al-Ghurabah In Light Of Ash-Shaam

Ustadh Uthman Lateef

Who are the Ghurabah (Strangers)?

Amidst the current crisis in Syria, who are the Ghurabah?

How can we aid those who are suffering?

How can we become amongst the Ghurabah?

The Prophet SAW said “Islam began as something strange, and it will return as something strange the way it began. So Tooba for the Strangers”. Continue reading

Explaining The Meaning Of An-Nur (The Light) One Of Allah’s Names

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Dr. Saleh as-Saleh
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 21 | Size: 1 MB

This nice article discusses a very nice topic. It discusses the meaning of Allah’s name: An-Nur (the Light). No doubt lots of Muslims did not read about its meaning due to its being obvious but we should take much care of knowing any aspect of Islam even if we think it is very clear. Dr. Saleh As-Saleh explains its meaning through explaining the verse in which it is mentioned in Surat An-Nur.

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful, I begin to write:

إن الحمد لله نحمده ونستعينه ونستغفره، ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ومن سيئات أعمالنا، من يهده الله فلا مضل له، ومن يضلل فلا هادي له، وأشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له وأشهد أن محمداً عبده ورسوله. صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم.

All Praise is due to Allaah, we praise Him, and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allaah, Most High, from the evils of our own selves and from our wicked deeds. Whomever Allaah guides cannot be misguided, and whomever He leads astray cannot be guided. I testify that there is no true God worthy of being worshipped except Allaah, Alone, without partner or associate. I further testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger (PBUH). May Allaah’s salaah and salaam also be granted to the Prophet’s pure family and to all of his noble companions.

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِۦ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسۡلِمُونَ

O you who believe! Fear Allaah [by doing all that He ordered and abstaining from all that He forbade] as He should be feared [obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always] and die not except in a state of Islaam. [TMQ1, aal-’Imraan (3:102)].

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱتَّقُواْ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفۡسٍ۬ وَٲحِدَةٍ۬ وَخَلَقَ مِنۡہَا زَوۡجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنۡہُمَا رِجَالاً۬ كَثِيرً۬ا وَنِسَآءً۬‌ۚ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ ٱلَّذِى تَسَآءَلُونَ بِهِۦ وَٱلۡأَرۡحَامَ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيۡكُمۡ رَقِيبً۬ا

O mankind! Be dutiful to your Rabb [Allaah], Who created you from a single person [Adam] and from him [Adam] He created his wife [Eve], and from them both He created many men and women. And fear Allaah through Whom you demand your mutual [rights] and [do not cut the relations of] the wombs [kinship]. Surely, Allaah is ever an All-Watcher over you. [TMQ, an-Nisaa’ (4:1)].

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَقُولُواْ قَوۡلاً۬ سَدِيدً۬ا – يُصۡلِحۡ لَكُمۡ أَعۡمَـٰلَكُمۡ وَيَغۡفِرۡ لَكُمۡ ذُنُوبَكُمۡۗ وَمَن يُطِعِ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ ۥ فَقَدۡ فَازَ فَوۡزًا عَظِيمًا

O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allaah and fear Him, and speak [always] the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger has indeed achieved a great success. [TMQ ,al-Ahzaab (33:70-71)].

أما بعد،،،
فإن أصدق الحديث كتاب الله، وأحسن الهدي هدي محمد – صلى الله عليه وسلم -، وشر الأمور محدثاتها، وكل محدثةٍ بدعةٍ، وكل بدعةٍ ضلالةٍ، وكل ضلالةٍ في النار، وبعد.

It proceeds that the most truthful speech is that of Allaah’s Book [the Qur’aan] and that the best of guidance is that of Muhammad (PBUH). The worst of evils are the muhdathaat (newly-invented matters [in the deen]), and every innovated matter (in the deen) is a bid’ah; every bid’ah is a dalaalah (misguidance), and every dalaalah is in the Fire of Hell.”

Know, may Allaah’s Mercy be upon me and you, that Knowing of Allaah by His Names and Attributes increases the faith in Him and the adherence to His commandments because, when established, this knowledge would enjoin the proper estimate of Allaah with the the believer. It is grave injustice on the part of some people who give high estimate to created beings while falling short in giving Allaah all the proper and most high estimate He deserves. Also when we know that creation will come to an end, then it is improper and wrong to offer worship to something that will cease to exist. The worship of creation in one form or another is due to ignorance about the Qualities of Allaah, the Ever-Existing:

مَّا لَكُمۡ لَا تَرۡجُونَ لِلَّهِ وَقَارً۬ا

What is the matter with you, that you fear not Allaah (His punishment), and you hope not for reward from Allaah or you believe not in His Oneness. [TMQ; Nooh (71):13].

The believer, who properly estimates the Greatness of Allaah, will be guided to obey, fear, hope, and seek Him Alone. This estimation of Allaah fills the heart of the true believer such that he would not introduce anyone before Allaah (SWT) and His Messenger (PBUH). Therefore, the knowledge of Allaah entails that the Muslim resort only to Him, invoking Him by His Names and Attributes. That is why Allaah (SWT) says:

وَلِلَّهِ ٱلۡأَسۡمَآءُ ٱلۡحُسۡنَىٰ فَٱدۡعُوهُ بِہَا‌ۖ

“And (all) the Most Beautiful Names Belong To Allaah, so call on Him by them.” [TMQ; al-A’raaf (7): 180].

One of the Great Names of Allaah is االنور (An-Nur: The Light). It is one of the names of Allaah that are mentioned in conjunctive constructs (related names) and they are part of al-Asmaa’ Al- Husnaa. For example, Allaah’s Name ar-Rabb ( “The Lord”) always comes related to other words in the ayaat (verses) of the Qur’aan. We read in soorat al-Faatihah:

Rabbul ‘Aalameen {رب العالمين}

The Rabb of al-’Aalameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists):

Ar-Rabb: – ال رب Allaah is the Rabb: He gives all things the power to grow, to move, and to change; and to Whom belongs the Creation and Commandment. The Master Who has no equal in His Soveignty, Predominance, and Highness. The One Who Provides, Sustains, Owns, Cherishes, Organizes all that existing. Ar- Ruboobiyyah is an infinitive noun of Ar-Rabb. Continue reading

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

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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

Toward The Light

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Imam Hassan Al Banna
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 14 | Size: 1 MB

The most dangerous period in the life of a nation, and the most deserving of critical study, is the period of transition from one situation to another. It is then that plans for the new period are laid and its guiding principles and policies are drawn up, according to which, the nation will be formed and towhich it will adhere. If these plans, principles, and policies are clear cut, sound, and solid, then announce for this nation of a long and extended life, of prosperous and flourishing work. Inform them of success and give them glad tidings of a great reward, eternal fame, the just verdict of history, and a good reputation.

This important task poses two conditions: The first is to liberate the nation from its political bonds so that it may obtain its freedom and regain its lost independence and sovereignty. The second is its reconstruction, so that it may follow its own path among other nations and compete with them in its progress toward social perfection. For the time being, the political struggle has come to a halt, and you, along with the nation, are facing a new period. You will now see two ways before you, each one urging you to turn the nation in its direction and to follow its path . Each has its particular characteristics, its distinguishing features, its effects, its results, its advocates and its promoters. The first is the way of Islam and its principles, its rules, its culture and its civilization; the second is the way of the West and the outward aspects of its life, its organization and its methods. It is our belief that the first way, the way of Islam, its principles and rules, is the only way which ought to be followed, and towards which the present and future nation should direct itself.

If we take the nation along this path, we shall be able to obtain many benefits, among them is the Islamic methodology which has already been experienced and history has testified as to its soundness. It has produced for the benefit of mankind a nation, most powerful and virtuous, most merciful, and righteous, blessed above all other nations. It possesses a sanctity and stability in the minds of men which makes it easy for all to adopt and understand, to respond to, as well as to adhere to, once they are properly oriented to it. Add to that national self esteem and sincere patriotism. For then we will construct our lives on our own rules and principles, taking nothing from others. Herein lie the highest ideals of a social and active independence, after political independence.

To take this course, will firstly mean a strengthening of Arab unity, and secondly, a strengthening of Islamic unity. The entire Islamic world will support with its heart and soul. They will see us as Brothers, and we will stand behind and support each other. And herein lies a great moral advantage which no intelligent person will shun.

This course is complete and comprehensive, and guarantees a nation the best system of organization for public life, both practical and spiritual. This is the advantage that distinguishes Islam, for it bases the organization of the life of a nation on two important pillars: the adherence to good, and the avoidance of that which is harmful. Continue reading

Magic & Envy In The Light Of Qur’an And Sunnah

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Shaykh Muhammad Mitwalli ash-Sha’rawi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 81 | Size: 3 MB

Magic, the temptation of the devil, and envy, the temptation of the ego has always been found in the societies of people. And therefore, naturally, these two threats to decency are being dealt with in the last revelation from Allah to His creation, and the last Messenger, may Allah give peace and blessings to all of them, similarly dealt with these topics in his advice to his contemporaries.

Based on the two prime sources for muslims, Sheikh Sha’rawi guides us through a deeper and more profound understanding of the origin of these two evils, and gives us ways to deal with them.

Shaykh Muhammad Mitwalli ash-Sha’rawi was born in a middle class family in the village of Daqadus in Egypt. Educated at the famous Al Azhar University where scholars such contributed Shaykh Ahmad Yusuf Nagati , Shaykh Ahmad `Imara , Shaykh Ibrahim Hamrush, Saykh Muhammad Mustafa al-Maraghi . Shaykh al-Sha’rawi mentions other non-Azharites whose knowledge he benefited from including Imam Hassan al-Banna who had a unique mythology of lecturing. Shaykh al-Sha’rawi started his Azharite teaching work in Tanta’s institute of religious studies. He was then transferred to equivalent institutes in al-Zaqaziq, Alexandria and King Abd al-Aziz al-Sa’ud university in Makkah He retired from the Azharite career in 1976. In the same year he was appointed by president Sadat as a minister of Waqf. He stayed in that position for two years. In 1980 he started his famous Friday lessons on the Egyptian television. His speaches in Qur’an interpretation (Tafsir) attracted a massive audience that is probably unparalleled by any contemporary Azharite. Continue reading

Speed Of Light In The Holy Qur’an

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Mohammed Dudah
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 70 | Size: 1 MB

Speed Of Light: in Monotheism Books, WHY?

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16 (1), pp. 24-33 (January/February 1985).
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18. G. L. Baker and J.P. Gollub, Chaotic dynamics (Cambridge University Press: New York, 1990).
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21. Hill, Julian and Hill, Julie. Looking at Light and Color (David & Charles, 1986).
22. I Newton, A new theory about light and colors, Amer. J. Phys. 61 (2) (1993), 108- 112.
23. J Eisenstaedt, Dark bodies and black holes, magic circles and Montgolfiers : light and gravitation from Newton to Einstein, in Einstein in context  (Cambridge, 1993), 83-106.
24. J Stachel, Einstein, light-quantum hypothesis, or why didn’t Einstein propose a quantum gas a decade-and-a-half earlier?, in Einstein : the formative  years, 1879-1909 (Boston, MA, 2000), 231-251.
25. J Z Buchwald, Kinds and the wave theory of light, Stud. Hist. Philos. Sci. 23 (1) (1992), 39-74. Continue reading

The Evolution Of Fiqh – (Islamic Law & Madh-habs)

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Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 152 | Size: 1 MB

The origin of Islamic law and its evolution and the four schools of law (math-habs) are discussed in this work along with the reasons for differences among them.

This is probably  Bilal Philips best-selling work on the various schools of thought in Islam, including detailed facts, insight, and commentary on the four major madhabs as well as other, less-known madhabs in Islam.

Includes mini-biographies on various eminent Islamic scholars the Evolution of Fiqh (Islamic Law & the Madh-habs), the author very clearly presents a brief overview of the historical development of Islamic law and its schools (the Madh-Nabs).

The book identifies the main reason for the appearance of the Madh-habs and the factors leading to differences among them. For those to whom the Madh-habs have been a mystery, this aspect of the book will he extremely enlightening. Although the author sheds light on both the positive and negative roles of the Madh-habs in the past, the main message of the book is call to the understanding the differences (with an aim to remove them where possible)

About the Author

Dr 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 University 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.

Abu Ameenah taught Islamic Education and Arabic in private schools in Riyadh for over ten years and for three years he lectured M.Ed. students in the Islamic Studies department of Shariff Kabunsuan Islamic University in Cotobato City, Mindanao, Philippines. 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

A Critical Analysis Of The Modernists And Hadeeth Rejecters

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Sajid A. Kayum
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 145 | Size: 8.5 MB

As Muslims, we are obliged to believe and understand our religion in a manner that Allah wants us to. The way to achieve this is mentioned in the Qur’aan. Allah says, “And if they believe as you (i.e., the Sahabah) believe then they are rightly guided, but if they turn away, then they are only in opposition.” [Soorah al-Baqarah (2): 137]. In light of this verse, the correct understanding is what emulates the beliefs and understandings of the Sahabah (the Prophet’s Companions).

The Sahabah were the fortunate people who accompanied the Prophet (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) and learned the religion directly from him (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam). They witnessed the revelation of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and experienced the circumstances in which they were revealed. The Sahabah’s understanding of the religion is therefore, the most pure and perfect, and they are a group that has definitely succeeded in achieving what Faith is meant to achieve, i.e. Allah’s Pleasure. “And the first to embrace Islam of the Muhajirun (those who migrated from Makkah to al-Medina) and the Ansar (the people of al-Medina who helped the Muhajirun) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success.” [Soorah at-Tawbah (9):100]

Apathy towards the understanding of the Sahabah as well as free interpretation of Islamic texts are the primary causes of misconceptions and confusion; and consequently straying from the path of the ‘the rightly guided’. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said, “This Ummah (nation) will split into seventy-three sects, all of them in the Fire except one.” They asked, “What is that sect?” He (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said, “That which I and my Companions are upon today.” [at-Tabaraanee] Continue reading