Have You Discovered Its Real Beauty

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Naji Ibrahim al-Arfaj
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 96 | Size: 13.5 MB

A great book which explains the real beauty of Islam, by Dr Naji Ibrahim Arfaj. This book presents just some examples of its real beauty and greatness.

# It inspires us to have good intentions, positives attitudes, and kind feelings towards others.
# It teaches us to forgive, and love for others what we love for ourselves.
# It urges us to smile sincerely and be kind to others.
# It instructs us to act courteously.
# It commands us to have a good conduct and behave with respect.
# It teaches us to be gentle to humans, animals, birds, and our environment.
# It instructs us to respect and care for our parents and the elderly; and to be a good to our families, spouses and children.
# It encourages us to help, feed, and support the weak, the poor, the needy, and the disabled.
# It urges us to think, ponder, reason, and base our judgments on proof.

Before I reveal the secret, let me point out that additionally “it”…

# teaches us that all humans are equal regardless of their race, color, or nationality.
# instructs us not to hurt, hate, transgress against, put down, or despise others.
# clearly tells us why we are here, who brought us, where we are heading, and what our final destination is.
# instructs us to live in peace and good relations with God, self, and others.
# clearly answers our significant and critical questions.

Indeed, it leads to ultimate truth and success, true peace of mind, real happiness, salvation, and eternal life. Continue reading

The Dajjaal – (Al-Maseeh Al-Dajjaal)

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Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 26 | Size: 1 MB

There are over fifty scholarly comments on the meaning of the word Maseeh (Messiah). They said that this word is applied both to the Truthful One [True Messiah, i.e., ‘Eesa (Jesus)] and to the misleading liar [the “antichrist” or Dajjaal]. The Messiah is the Truthful One, ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (Jesus the son of Mary), the Messiah of guidance, who healed those who were born blind and lepers, and brought the dead to life by Allah’s Leave. The false messiah (al‐maseeh al‐dajjaal) is the liar who leads people astray, the messiah of misguidance who will tempt people by means of the signs that he is given, such as bringing down rain, reviving the earth to bring forth vegetation, and other “miracles.”

So Allah has created two messiahs, who are opposites of one another. The scholars said that the reason why the Dajjaal is called maseeh (a “messiah”) is because one of his eyes is mamsooh (lit. “wiped”; smooth or abraded, i.e., he will be blind or defective in one eye). Or it was said that it is because he will survey or travel throughout the earth (yamsah) in forty days… The former view is more correct, because of what was said in the hadeeth narrated by Muslim (no. 5221) from Anas ibn Maalik, who said: “The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: ‘The Dajjaal will be blind ( mamsooh) in one eye, and between his eyes will be written ‘kaafir’…’”.

The word Dajjaal is taken from the expression “Dajala alba’eer (he smeared the camel)”, referring to when they covered it with tar. The root dajala means to mix. The word dajala is used to mean deliberately confusing matters and being vague and ambiguous, The Dajjaal is the one who speaks in vagaries, who tells many lies and deceives many people. The word “Dajjaal” became a title given to the lying, one‐eyed, false messiah. The Dajjaal is so called because he will conceal his kufr from the people by lying to them, deceiving them and confusing them.

The Dajjaal will be a man from among the sons of Adam. He will have many attributes which were described in the ahaadeeth to acquaint people with him and to warn them of his evil. So when he comes, the believers will know him and will not be misled by him. They will know his features which
the Truthful One (the Prophet) (PBUH) has told us about. These features will distinguish him from other people, so that no one will be deceived by him except those who are ignorant and whose doom has already been decreed. We ask Allah to keep us safe and sound.

Among these attributes are: He will be a young man with a ruddy complexion, short, with thick curly hair, a wide forehead, and broad upper chest, blind or defective (mamsooh) in the right eye. This eye will be neither prominent nor sunken, and will look like a floating grape. His left eye will be covered with a thick piece of flesh growing at the edge of his eye. Written between his eyes will be “Kaaf faa’ raa’،(ك,ف,ر) (K‐F‐R)”, in separate (Arabic) letters, or “kaafir ,”(كافر) with the letters joined. This will be read by every Muslim, literate or illiterate. Another of his characteristics will be that he will be sterile, with no children born to him. The following are some of the saheeh ahaadeeth in which the above attributes are mentioned. These ahaadeeth form part of the evidence (daleel) concerning the emergence of the Dajjaal: From ‘Abd‐Allah ibn ‘Umar (RA), who said: “The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:

‘Whilst I was sleeping, I saw myself performing Tawaaf around the Ka’bah, when I saw a dark man with straight hair, standing between two other men, with water dripping from his head. I asked: “Who is this?” They said: “The son of Maryam.” Then I turned and saw a ruddy‐complexioned man, well built, with curly hair, blind in his right eye, with his eye looking like a floating grape. I asked: “Who is this?” They said: “This is the Dajjaal.” The person who looks most like him is Ibnu Qatan.’” (Narrated by al‐Bukhaari, no. 6508; Ibn Qatan was a man from Banu Mustalaq from Khuzaa’ah). Continue reading

[Usool At-Tafseer] The Methodology Of Qur’anic Interpretation

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Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 243 | Size: 4 MB

An Excellent Gift to Students of Islamic Sciences. Literally translated ‘The Fundamental Principles of Qur’aanic Interpretation,’ this book refers to the branches of knowledge which are necessary to provide an accurate interpretation of the Qur’anic texts, such as Arabic grammar and syntax, Arabic literature and Qur’anic sciences (‘uloom al-Qur’aan).

Addressed topics include the Tafseer of the Qur’an, books of tafseer, translations of the Qur’an, Wahy (‘divine revelation’), reasons for revelation, the differences between Makkan and Madinan revelations, Naskh, the Muhkam and Mutashaabih, and more.

This Book contained some significant material not found in other works in English such as Ahmad Von Denffer’s work, and the shared material is presented in a different way.

‘Shaykh Riaz Ansary, a graduate from the College of Sharee’ah, Islamic University of Madeenah, who has undertaken the arduous task of thoroughly revising and preparing the manuscript for publication. He not only edited my translations and verified the hadiths according to the standards of my other books, but he also added a glossary and an index of hadeeths. He also added a section on al-Qurtubi’s tafsir, books on Asbaab an-Nuzool and Naasikh wa Mansookh, a section on scientific miracles, a refutation of some of the claimed contradictions in the Qur’aan,’

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

33 Ways Of Developing Khushoo’ In Salaah (Prayer)

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Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 44 | Size: 1 MB

Salaah is the greatest of the practical pillars of Islam, and khushoo’ in prayer is required by sharee’ah. When Iblees, the enemy of Allaah, vowed to mislead and tempt the sons of Adam and said “Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left…” [al-A’raaf 7:17, interpretation of the meaning], one of his most significant plots became to divert people from salaah by all possible means and to whisper to them during their prayer so as to deprive them of the joy of this worship and cause them to lose the reward for it. As khushoo’ will be the first thing to disappear from the earth, and we are living in the last times, the words of Hudhayfah (may Allaah be pleased with him) are particularly pertinent to us: “The first thing of your religion that you will lose is khushoo’, and the last thing that you will lose of your religion is salaah. There may be a person praying who has no goodness in him, and soon you will enter the mosque and not find anyone who has khushoo’.” (al-Madaarij, 1/521).

Because of what every person knows about himself, and because of the complaints that one hears from many people about waswaas (insinuating thoughts from Shaytaan) during the salaah and the loss of khushoo’, the need for some discussion of this matter is quite obvious. The following is a reminder to myself and to my Muslim brothers, and I ask Allaah to make it of benefit.

This book talks about on how to develop Khushoo in prayers, rulings on Khushoo, the means of developing Khushoo, knowing the advantages of Khushoo in prayers and etc. Continue reading