Are We Forced Or Do We Have Free Will

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Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saleh al-Uthaimeen
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 65 | Size: 3 MB

Shaikh Saleh al-Fawzan writes in Mujmal Aqeedah as-Salaf,

“Many groups have been misled in their understanding of Qadar (Predestination/Divine Decree). From them are the Jahmiyah and the Jabriyah who claim that the slave is forced in his actions and he has no control, ability or will. He is like a feather or a leaf which is blown by the wind.

Another group went to the other extreme and declared that every man creates his own actions. Allah has no will or control in the slave’s action. The slave performs his actions by his choice and power that is independent of the Will of Allah. Some of them exaggerated to the extent that they said that Allah does not know the thing before it occurs…

The first group (Jabriyah) affirmed the Divine Decree and exaggerated (in their affirmation of Allah’s Will) and thus robbed the slave from his will.

The second group (Qadariyah) exaggerated in (their affirmation of) the slave’s will until they denied the Will and Decree of Allah.

Both these groups are greatly mistaken and misguided.

The Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah is on the middle path – they affirm ability, choice and will for the slave but it is subservient to the Will and Power of Allah and the slave cannot do anything except by the Will of Allah. [end quote]

This booklet gives the reader a thorough understanding of how the will, choice and ability of the slave are subservient to the Will and Power of Allah in the words of the noble Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saleh al-Uthaimeen (rahimahullah)

Apart from explaining what it means to believe in the Divine Decree, the Shaikh has expansively clarified important issues related to the subject, like Allah’s Will for the occurrence of Kufr despite His Hatred for it.

Explanation of additional issues like – the sinner’s justification by predestination, Is it obligatory upon us to be pleased with what has been decreed? – make the book more comprehensive and beneficial for the reader.

We ask Allah to forgive our mistakes and make us amongst those who are patient and pleased with the Decree of Allah. Ameen. Continue reading

Is Allah (S.W) One Or Three?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women In Islam, Liberated Or Subjugated?

Abdur-Raheem Green

Contrary to what the title suggests, this lecture is not a discussion about the onslaught of the western ideologies against the position of the Muslim woman. In actuality, this presentation is about the internal war. This lecture is about the war zone that is alive behind the closed doors of the Muslim homes. Is their a problem with our home relationships? Is their a problem in our marriages? Is their a problem with how our educational institutions are structured today? These and other important questions are analyzed, commented on, and answered in this empowering presentation. Continue reading

To Veil Or Not To Veil

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Muhammad Al-Shinawy

By Mohammad Elshinawy. “And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear therof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, or their brothers’ sons or their sisters’ sons, or their women or the servants whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex, and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers, turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss.” (Quran 24:31). Continue reading

Scholars Or Falsifiers

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Abu Adnan

To answer to the comments made by sheikh Al- Azahr about the Niqab, andthe lessons the Ummah needs to learn from his comments Allaah (swt) says: And recite (O Muhammad (peace be upon him)) to them the story of him to whom We gave Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), but he threw them away; so Shaitân (Satan) followed him up, and he became of those who went astray. [Soorah al-Araf (7):175] Continue reading

Resurrection Or Resuscitation

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Ahmed Deedat
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 18 | Size: 1 MB

Did Jesus actually die? and was he then resurrected. Or was his life merely a resuscitation from a trance? This small booklet deals with another important element from the book Crucifixion or Cruci-Fiction. This book attempts to ascertain whether Jesus really did die according to the scriptures?

Ahmed Deedat

Shaykh Ahmed Hussein Deedat (July 1, 1918 – August 8, 2005) was a Muslim scholar of comparative religion, an author, lecturer, and an orator. He was best known for witty inter-religious public debatess. In 1957, Deedat, together with two of his friends, founded the Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI) and remained its president until 1996. Continue reading

The Islamic Ruling On The Permissibility Of Self-Sacrificial Operations Suicide Or Martyrdom

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Shaykh Yusuf ibn Salih Al-‘Uyayrī
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 60 | Size: 1.5 MB

People today have neglected this great symbol of Islām, and pursued this lowly worldly life, what they love, thinking good lies in what they love, and failing to realize that good lies in that which Allāh has ordained. Allāh has blessed us, here in Chechnya, by allowing us to fight kufr – represented by the Russian army, and we ask Allāh to strengthen and assist us. We praise Allāh also for allowing us to have scored victories over the enemy. Some of us have fulfilled their obligations (i.e. martyred); and some of us are still waiting. Verily, Allāh has fulfilled His promise to us, and granted us dignity through Jihād, after we had been in humility. Our martyred brothers have written, with their blood – InShā’Allāh, a history we can be proud of, and their blood has been spilled and flows for the sake of Lā Ilāha Illā Allāh – that is how we know them as, and we know none more than Allāh does. For Allāh, the limbs of our brothers are cut to pieces, and for Allāh, their heads are scattered. Rather, their sacrifices only increase us in eagerness and longing for our own martyrdom – So that tomorrow, we can meet the Beloved Ones, Muhammad and the Companions. And Oh what happiness and joy! For the one who meets his Lord, and finds him pleased with him, and that he will soon be resurrected alongside the Prophets, the Siddīqīn, the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent those companions are! Continue reading

The Five Ground Rules For The Achievement Of The Tradition Of Victory Or Its Absence

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Imam Abdul Qadir Ibn Abdil Aziz
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 36 | Size: 1 MB

This book is taken from a chapter within the book “Al-‘Umdah Fī I’dād Al-‘Uddah Lil-Jihādi Fī Sabīlillāhi Ta’ālā”, “The Pillar Regarding Making Ready The Preparation For Jihād In The Path of Allāh Ta’ālā”, by Imām ‘Abdul-Qādir Ibn ‘Abdil-‘Azīz, may Allāh free him from prison. The Chapter is entitled “Al-Usūl Al-Khamsah Li-Tahaqquq Sunnat An Nasr Aw Takhallufihā”, “The Five Ground Rules for the Achievement of the Tradition of Victory or Its Absence”. Our work in this book was mainly translating it, but there were also a few footnotes added for clarity. Any footnote added will be preceded by “Trans. Note”. Also, there are many instances where the Imām would mention a Verse, then mention the Sūrah in which the Verse is located, but not mention the Verse number. We have added the Verse numbers, but not preceded this with the previous addition, as it seemed unnecessary. We also added the title “Conclusion and Follow-Up Discussion” near the end in order to differentiate the five ground rules from the Imām’s discussion afterwards. We ask Allāh to reward the Imām and us, as well as make this work beneficial for the Muslims.

And they are: The first: That victory is in the Hand of Allāh, Ta’ālā, Alone. The Second: That Allāh, Ta’ālā, promised His Believing slaves victory over their enemy in the Dunyā. The Third: That this promise of victory is only for the People of Complete Īmān, and for every Believer is his share of this promise according to the amount of his Īmān. The Fourth: That the absence of this promise means the absence of its Īmānī conditions. The Fifth: That if this promise is absent, then the slave doesn’t become deserving of it unless he changes his state in order to complete the conditions of this promise.

And the clarification of these fundamentals is as follows: The First Ground Rule: “That Victory is in the Hand of Allāh, Ta’ālā, Alone.” Due to Allāh, Ta’āla’s, saying,

وَمَا ٱلنَّصۡرُ إِلَّا مِنۡ عِندِ ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ

And there is no victory except from Allāh

[Sūrat Āl ‘Imrān, 126 and Sūrat Al-Anfāl, 10]

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And this Verse includes that which is considered to be from the strongest methods of restriction, and it is the negation, “…no…”, followed by the exception, “…except…”. And this meaning is also understood from His, Ta’ālās, saying,

إِن يَنصُرۡكُمُ ٱللَّهُ فَلَا غَالِبَ لَكُمۡ‌ۖ وَإِن يَخۡذُلۡكُمۡ فَمَن ذَا ٱلَّذِى يَنصُرُكُم مِّنۢ بَعۡدِهِۦ‌ۗ وَعَلَى ٱللَّهِ فَلۡيَتَوَكَّلِ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُونَ

If Allāh helps you, none can overcome you; and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? 2 And when this meaning was absent from some of the Companions, may Allāh be pleased with them, in the Battle of Hunayn, and they were impressed by their great numbers, the defeat took place so they would know that the numbers and the materials do not benefit anything except by the permission of Allāh. He, Ta’ālā, said, [
Sūrat Āl ‘Imrān, 160]

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لَقَدۡ نَصَرَڪُمُ ٱللَّهُ فِى مَوَاطِنَ ڪَثِيرَةٍ۬‌ۙ وَيَوۡمَ حُنَيۡنٍ‌ۙ إِذۡ أَعۡجَبَتۡڪُمۡ كَثۡرَتُڪُمۡ فَلَمۡ تُغۡنِ عَنڪُمۡ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا وَضَاقَتۡ عَلَيۡڪُمُ ٱلۡأَرۡضُ بِمَا رَحُبَتۡ ثُمَّ وَلَّيۡتُم مُّدۡبِرِينَ

ثُمَّ أَنزَلَ ٱللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ ۥ عَلَىٰ رَسُولِهِۦ وَعَلَى ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ وَأَنزَلَ جُنُودً۬ا لَّمۡ تَرَوۡهَا وَعَذَّبَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ‌ۚ وَذَٲلِكَ جَزَآءُ ٱلۡكَـٰفِرِينَ

Truly, Allāh has given you victory on many battle fields, and on the Day of Hunayn, when you rejoiced at your great number, but it availed you naught and the Earth, vast as it is, was straitened for you, then you turned back in flight. Then Allāh did send down His Sakīnah (calmness, tranquility and reassurance, etc.) on the Messenger and on the Believers, and sent down forces (Angels) which you saw not, and punished those who disbelieved. Such is the recompense of disbelievers. [Sūrat At-Tawbah, 25-26]

So He, Subhānahu, reminded them that He gave them victory in many battle fields, with less than this great number which they were impressed by, and that when they were impressed and inclined to the great number, it did not benefit them in any way, so they were defeated. Then Allāh gave them victory after the defeat, to clarify to them that the victory is from Him, not due to the great number which did not benefit. So He, Subhānahu, through the defeat, returned them to the first matter which had become absent from some of them, (and) that matter is “And there is no victory except from Allāh”. Continue reading

Crucifixion Or Cruci-Fiction

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Ahmed Deedat
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 91 | Size: 1.5 MB

Sheikh Deedat challenges one of the most strongly held beliefs of the Christians and contends that the theory of crucifixion is no more than a myth.

Shaykh Ahmed Hussein Deedat (July 1, 1918 – August 8, 2005) a Muslim scholar of comparative religion, an author, lecturer, and an orator. He was best known for witty inter-religious public debates. In 1957, Deedat, together with two of his friends, founded the Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI) and remained its president until 1996. Continue reading

The Qur’an And Modern Science Compatible Or Incompatible

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Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 67 | Size: 3.5 MB

Ever since the dawn of human life on this planet, Man has always tried to understand Nature, his own place in the scheme of Creation and the purpose of Life itself. In this quest for Truth, spanning many centuries and diverse civilizations, organized religion has shaped human life and, to a large extent, has determined the course of history. While some religions have been based on written text, claimed by their followers to be divinely inspired, others have relied solely on human experience.

Al-Qur’an, the main source of the Islamic faith, is a book believed by its followers, the Muslims, to be completely of Divine origin. Muslims also believe that it contains guidance for all humankind. Since the message of the Qur’an is believed to be for all times, it should be relevant to every age. But does the Qur’an pass this test?

In this booklet, the author intend to give an objective analysis of the Muslim belief regarding the Divine origin of the Qur’an, particularly in the light of established scientific discoveries.

There was a time, in the history of world civilization, when ‘miracles’, or what were perceived to be miracles, took precedence over human reason and logic. Of course, the normal defination of ‘miracle’ is simply, anything that takes place out of the normal course of life and for which humankind has no explanation.

However, we must be careful before accepting something as a miracle. In 1993, ‘The Times of India’, Mumbai, reported that ‘a saint’ by the name ‘Baba Pilot’ claimed to have stayed continuously submerged under water in a tank for three consecutive days and nights. However, when reporters wanted to examine the bottom of the tank of water in which he claimed to have performed his ‘miraculous feat’, he refused to let them do so. He argued by asking as to how one could examine the womb of a mother that gives birth to a child. Obviously the ‘saint’ had something to conceal! His claim was a gimmick simply to gain publicity.

Surely, no modern person with even the slightest inkling towards rational thinking would accept such a ‘miracle’. If such false miracles are the tests of divinity, then we would have to accept all world famous magicians known for their ingenious

A book, claiming to be of Divine origin, is in effect, claiming to be a miracle. Such a claim should be easily verifiable in any age, according to the standards of that age. Muslims believe, that the Qur’an is the last and final revelation of God, the miracle of miracles, revealed as a mercy to mankind. Let us therefore investigate the veracity of this belief. Continue reading