The Day of Resurrection: In The Light of The Qur’an and Sunnah

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Dr. Umar S. Al-Ashqar
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 405 | Size: 5.5 MB

Belief in the Day of Resurrection is one of the central tenets of Islamic faith. It is a belief that was preached by all the prophets, and it is a belief that makes sense of a sometimes incomprehensible world. Belief in the Day of Resurrection and the final Judgement brings benefits in this world, on the individual and social level. It makes the individual focus on what is in his or her ultimate best interests, guiding the person’s actions in ways that will benefit him or her and bring happiness in this world and the next. On the broader social level, this belief imposes controls on human greed and restrains people from committing transgressions for which they would ultimately have to answer. The Qur’an and the Sunnah are filled with detailed information about what will come to pass on that great Day. Drawing upon these sources of Islam, Dr. ‘Umar al-Ashqar takes us through the events of that Day, from the first Trumpet-blast and the end of life in the universe and on earth, through the terrors of the Resurrection and the ordeals of the Judgement, to the final entry to the place of eternal abode, in Paradise or Hell. This is a book which deserves to be on Muslim bookshelves in homes, schools, and Islamic centres, for it deals with a topic of vital importance to every believer. This Islamic Creed Series of books has been translated into English by Nasiruddin al-Khattab. Continue reading

The Minor Resurrection

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Umar S. al-Ashqar
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 361 | Size: 11 MB

The Minor Resurrection (What Happens After Death) : In the Light of the Qur’an & Sunnah

About the Book: What happens after death? When will the end of the world be? Are we really living in the “last days”? These are questions which concern everyone, no matter what his or her background. Many have tried to answer these questions, producing theories that range from the fanciful to the nihilistic. But man-made notions cannot answer questions about matters which man has no way of finding out by himself.

In these as in so many other issues, Islam brings us answers. Surely the One Who gives life and takes it away, is the One Who is the best to inform us of what happens after death. The One Who has created this universe and mankind is the best to tell us about when this world will come to an end and mankind will be called for Judgment. He has informed us about these matters, in His Book and through His Prophet (pbuh).

In this book, Dr. ‘Umar S. al- Ashqar examines all these issues from the point of view of the Qur’an and Sunnah. He looks at issues of death and what happens to a person’s soul after death, including the questioning of the angels and the torment of the grave. He also examines the signs of the Hour, which indicate that the Day of Judgment is approaching – many of which are already happening. As always, he quotes extensively from the texts, placing these issues squarely within an Islamic framework and dispelling the myth and misunderstandings that have arisen and become prevalent. Continue reading

The Day Of Resurrection (Tafseer Soorah An-Nabaa)

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Shawana A. Aziz
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 129 | Size: 5 MB

Belief in the Day of Resurrection gives meaning and purpose to our brief stay in this transient world. It is the believer’s goal to win the Pleasure of His Lord by worshiping Him alone, fulfilling His Commands and refraining from His Prohibition during his worldly life-span. On the Day of Judgment, his fate will be decided in accordance with his record of deeds; he who fulfills his obligations will be rewarded with eternal bliss in Paradise, and he, who fails to be a believer will be doomed to eternal Hell-Fire.

Those who reject the idea of being brought back to life are unable to understand the reality of this life and are ever confused about what lies beyond death. In their bewilderment, they concoct mysterious stories about what, if anything, happens to the soul after death.

Those who reject resurrection also cannot explain why certain things happen like, birth and death, why some people suffer while others commit the most heinous crimes against humanity and go unpunished?

Such uncertainty in belief causes misery in life. Self-indulgence overwhelms man and he races against time to achieve physical pleasures – by hook or by crook – for fear that his time will come to an end before he can enjoy life’s pleasures. Destructive behavior and immoral attitudes take the lead because disbelief in resurrection makes following any moral principle worthless. Man becomes inconsiderate of his fellow men. Consequently, the whole society suffers from chaos, greed, transgressions and intolerance.

On the other hand, a believer in resurrection focuses on his ultimate goal and does not let trivial pleasures of the world distract him. He is always satisfied with little provision and his soul is free from cravings and greed because he knows that what is in store for him in the Hereafter is much more than this world can offer. The Prophet (sallallahu aaihe wa-sallam) said, “The world is a prison for the believer and a paradise for the disbeliever.” [Saheeh Muslim]

A believer’s certainty of faith provides him with all the answers he needs to live a serene life; he understands the purpose of life and death, struggle and trial.

He is solicitous in his attitude and behavior with others and refrains from any sort of transgression. It does not upset him if he does not receive his due in this world or is treated unjustly because he is well-aware that this world is not the final place for judgment, rewards and punishments. He is certain that the time will come for all matters to be settled justly and that time is the Day of Judgement. Reckoning thus brings comfort and solace to the heart of a believer, and peace and tranquility to society as a whole.

Soorah an-Naba was revealed in response to the Arab pagan’s denial of the Day of Resurrection. It thus contains proofs of Allah’s Ability to resurrect His creation, proofs that we witness in our day to day lives!

Soorah an-Naba describes how this great event will take place and how the ambiance of the earth will quickly change into an atmosphere that will cause terror in the hearts of the people. The Soorah depicts the evil abode of the disbelievers and their crimes. It also illustrates the rewards and blessings the believers will receive from their Lord on the Day of Judgment. It further describes the great events of that Day; the intercessions, reckoning and weighing of the deeds in the balance. The Soorah contains admonitions and glad tidings for those who take heed. Continue reading

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

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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

Life In Al-Barzakh – From Death Till Resurrection

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Dr. Muhammad Al-Jibaly
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 118 | Size: 1 MB

The Inevitable Journey, We inevitably go through the journey starting in this life and extending into the grave, before our final abode in the hereafter. In the process, we pass through stages of sickness, death, and the intermediate life in the grave (al-Barzakh). These are the subjects that “The Inevitable Journey” discusses over a sequence of tides:

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
6. The Moment of Death
7. The Soul’s Trip to the Heavens
8. The Final Test
9. The Righteous and the Sinful in al-Barzakh
10. Saviors from the Grave’s Punishment
11. Communications with al-Barzakh
12. Things That Benefit the Dead

This book is the fourth in the series. It deals with many important matters that have always perplexed the human minds, but that, as is shown in this book, have been clearly explained in the authentic Texts from Allah’s Book and His Messenger’s Sunnah. Among the subjects covered are the following: The Moment of Death, The Soul’s Trip to the Heavens, The Final Test, The Righteous and the Sinful in al-Barzakh, Saviors from the Grave’s Punishment, Communications with al-Barzakh and Things That Benefit the Dead. Continue reading

The Beginning And The End

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AbdulRahman Bin Abdulkarim Al-Sheha
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 122 | Size: 1 MB

The origin and creation of the universe is an issue which has concerned man throughout the ages, especially non-Muslims; since Islam has clarified and expounded all matters that need clarification. Therefore, Muslims are not puzzled or confused, (concerning the phenomenon that occurs in the universe) and they do not invent theories and hypothesis regarding these things, which may be discarded with the advent of a new theory.

We firmly believe that whatever is mentioned in the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah regarding these issues is the truth which all theories must conform to. All that differs with it would indeed be proven false.

Allah (SWT) the Creator of the seen and unseen worlds, is not in need of His creation; rather, His creation is in need of Him. Allah (SWT) says:

(O mankind! It is you who stand in need of Allah, but Allah is Rich (Free of all wants and needs), worthy of all praise. * If He wills, He could destroy you and bring about a new creation. * And that is not hard for Allah.) [35:15-7]

You alone would benefit from your belief and righteous deeds. Allah (SWT) says:

(If you disbelieve (then that is for your own harm), (for) Allah is not in need of you. (But) He is not pleased with disbelief for His slaves. And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you.) [39:7] Continue reading

Every Religious Innovation Is A Means Of Misguidance

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AbdulRahman Bin Abdulkarim Al-Sheha
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 49 | Size: 1 MB

All praise is due to Allah, Whose aid we implore, and Whose forgiveness, guidance, and protection against our own evil and 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 alone 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 and his household, his Companions, and those who follow their way safe from every evil, and grant them security on the Day of Resurrection.

Matters pertaining to Deen must be accepted without the slightest doubt. Allah, the Exalted, says:

(And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad PBUH) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it) and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is severe in punishment.) (59:7)

One must follow the guidance of the Prophet (PBUH) in these matters, and should not make ‘ijtihaad’ (i.e. to exert his effort to reach a ruling) in an issue that does not allow such. Allah, the Exalted, says:

(Say, “If you (really) love Allah then follow me, Allah will love you, and forgive your sins. And Allah is Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful.)
(3:31)

One of the nullifiers of Iman (Faith) as stated by the Prophet (PBUH) is not following his guidance. The Prophet (PBUH) said:

‘None of you will believe, until his desires are in accordance with what I have been sent with.’ (Baihaqi)

The Muslim is required to abstain from falsely alleging an issue or matter as being part of the Deen; for this would indeed lead one astray, and eventually lead him to Hell. The Prophet (PBUH) said:

‘Whoever innovates a matter in the Deen which is not from it, it would be rejected.’ (Bukhari #2550)

Many who claim to be Muslims do acts of worship which contradict the teachings of Islam, or they practice certain innovated rites which have no base in the Deen of Allah; they follow their whims and desires. They are condemned by the words of Allah, the Exalted:

(Have you (O Muhammad) seen him who has taken as his ilah (god) his own desire? Would you then be a Wakil (a disposer of his affairs or a watcher) over him?).
(25:43) 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

Preparing For The Day Of Judgement

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Imaam Ibn Hajar Al-‘Asqalani
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 49 | Size: 1 MB

This is a compilation of some of the wise sayings of the Prophet (pbuh), the companions, and of the pious predecessors and ascetics. Reflecting on these wise sayings and heeding these counsels will assist in infusing us with the requisite awareness and fervour to prepare for the Day of Judgement. We are all in need of such counsel, for our Day of Judgement begins not when the world ends, but when our life comes to an end – which is indeed imminent – as the Prophet (pbuh) stated.

Counsel of Threes

1 – It has been reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said, “The one who wakes up in the morning and complains about the  scarcity of livelihood, it is as though he is complaining against his Lord. The one who wakes up and is sad over the affairs of the dunya, is as though he has woken up angry with Allah.  And the one who humbles himself in front of a rich man because of his wealth will have lost two thirds of his Religion.”

2 – Abu Bakr al-Siddiq said, “There are three things which can not be attained through another three: wealth with hope, youth with dyeing [the hair], and health with medication.”

3 – Umar ibn al-Khattab said, “good interaction with people is half of intelligence, good questioning is half of knowledge, and good planning is half of subsistence.”

4 – Compassion and Kindness to Animals

5 – Uthman ibn Affan said, “the one who leaves the dunya Allah Exalted will love him; and the one who leaves sins, the Angels will love him; and the one who has no craving for the possessions of the Muslims, the Muslims will love him.”

Counsel of Nines

1 – The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Allah the Exalted revealed to Musa ibn Imran (Moses) in the Torah that the source of all mistakes are three – arrogance, envy and greed. Another six diseases were born out of these three, and thus they became nine – satiety, excessive sleep, excessive rest, love of wealth, love of praise, and love of leadership…

Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani

He was born in Cairo in 1372CE, the son of the Shafi’i scholar and poet Nur al-Din ‘Ali. Both of his parents died in his infancy, and he and his sister, Sitt al-Rakb, became wards of his father’s firs. Continue reading

The Resurrection

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Islamic Propagation Office in Rabwah
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 47 | Size: 1 MB

The Resurrection: A description of Death, the Life of the Grave, and the Day of Judgment.

We all believe that our life has an end, and nothing is eternal except Allah (SWT):

“Whatsoever is on it (the Earth) will perish. * And the Face of your Lord, full of majesty and Honour, will remain forever” [Surah Ar- Rahman (55):26-27]

It is better for all of us to ponder deeply about our future and about our eternal life which is everlasting. We are expected to devote some time in this life to ponder what will occur in the life to come.

The Day of Judgment is the day which all creation will meet fully and fairly, the reward for how they conducted themselves in this life. It is a day which is different from all other days. It will come, sooner or later.  But some questions must be raised: Are we fully prepared and aware of this day? What are its signs and horrors? When will it come? What will it look like?

Sheikh Muhammad bin ‘Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy on him, gave a sermon describing the sings horrors of such day.

May Allah (SWT) save us and make us steadfast on the right path until the Day of Judgment. [Ameen] Continue reading