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How are Muslims supposed to treat people of other faiths?

Posted in Extra Knowledge, Learning Islam on March 10, 2011 by Muslimah

Isn’t Islam intolerant of other religions?

Tolerance is the attitude that should govern the dealings of all people with one another. Religious tolerance is an essential principle of Islam and Muslims are ordered to have good relations with people of all religions and be kind and courteous to everyone. Muslims are ordered by the Qur’an to uphold their promises and agreements with non-Muslims and not betray or transgress against them. The lives, families, properties and honor of non-Muslims must be protected under any government that claims to apply Islamic law. Non-Muslims are also guaranteed the right and freedom to practice their own religions in an Islamic state.

Islam is a religion of mercy and justice. It teaches its adherents to interact with all people and to cooperate with them for the betterment of mankind. More than ever today, Muslims need to work together with other groups that oppose oppression, bloodshed, corruption, promiscuity and perversion. They should also cooperate with non-Muslims in upholding truth and combating falsehood, in supporting the oppressed, and eliminating such dangers as pollution and disease.

Only enemies who harbor hatred and contempt against Islam are addressed by those Quranic verses that warn Muslims against taking them as intimates and allies. Muslims are compassion as members of the human brotherhood. They are always to behave kindly toward any non-Muslim who are not hostile, whether by offering financial help, feeding the hungry, giving loans when needed, or interceding in connection with permissible matters, even if only by speaking kindly and advising them. The Quran addresses believers, saying:

” Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who are just.” (Quran, 60: 8 )

Thus, it is not permissible under any circumstance for Muslims to mistreat a non-Muslim who has not committed any aggression against them; they are not allowed to harm, threaten or terrorize him, steal his wealth, cheat him or deprive him of his rights. It is obligatory upon Muslims as well to honor whatever lawful treaties and agreements are made with non-Muslim parties.

Coexistence does not mean that we cease to promote our positive values. As an aspect of their kindness and concern for humanity, Muslims are expected to invite non-Muslims o the truth of Islam with words of wisdom, sound arguments and a pleasant manner. This is a debt owed by Muslims to the peoples of the world in gratitude to God for his guidance and countless blessings.

 

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Posted in Extra Knowledge, Learning Islam, Life of the Prophets on January 16, 2011 by Muslimah

Ramadan’s most remarkable events

Posted in Extra Knowledge, Learning Islam on August 18, 2010 by Muslimah

  • The Torah was bestowed on Prophet Moses
  • The Bible was bestowed on Prophet Essa
  • The Qura’an was bestowed on Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in the last ten days of Ramadan
  • The death of Alsayeda Khadija ( The first wife of Prophet Mohammed PBUH)
  • The death of Alsayeda Aisha ( The wife of Prophet Mohammed PBUH)
  • The death of Fatema ( Prophet Mohammed’s PBUH daughter)
  • The death of Ali Ibn Abi Talib
  • The birth of Al Hassan Ibn Ali Ibn Abu Talib
  • The Battle of Badr was won by the Muslims
  • Amr Ibn Al Aas’ Mosque was built
  • Muslims took over Mecca
  • Muslims took over Al Andalus (Spain)

A Day in a Faster’s Life

Posted in Extra Knowledge, Think about it on September 7, 2009 by Muslimah

Do you want to protect yourself from the thirst of 50,000 years on the Day of Judgment? When you fast one day in Ramadan, this means you fast 14 hours = 50,000 seconds.

Do you imagine that these 50,000 seconds protect you from the thirst of 50,000 years on the Day of Judgment? (This means that one second in Ramadan equals an entire year of the years of thirst and head on Judgment day!)

Dear brothers and sisters, half of Ramadan has already gone, once missed..it cannot be recovered. It is enough that you missed many Ramadans in your life. If you fell once, rise up and do not despair. Let this Ramadan be as if it were the last in your life. So, whet your resolution and start Ramadan projects with us as much as possible:

PROJECT (1):  How to be a multi-millionaire in 30 days?

-Do you know that the good deeds of reciting the whole Qur’an on regular days = 3.3 million good deeds deeds (it means that it cancels 3.3 million bad deeds).

Then, what about the recitation of the whole Qur’an in Ramadan? Here are hundreds of millions of good deeds in your hands. Would you let them go? Then you shall regret every single good deed you lost on the Day of Judgment? Recitation of the whole Qur’an will make you balance more than that of millionaires and billionaires!! Subhan Allah

PROJECT (2): Ramadan has changed me – Taraweeh, preparation project

Taraweeh is: the restful night prayer in Ramadan.

Prepare the part of Qur’an to be recited at night during the taraweeh prayer. Read it after afternoon prayer with deliberation and reflection and you will realize the profound difference in your concentration at taraweeh prayer.  (In this way, you will achieve two recitations of the whole Qur’an: the one at taraweeh and the one after afternoon prayer).

If possible, read the interpretation of that part or listen to a cassette on the same topic. Then you would achieve a rare recitation of the whole Qur’an: Study recitation. You can then say that there is a real change in Ramadan. Do not say that this is difficult; always remember that you’re doing this for Allah.

PROJECT (3): Lost Treasure

Many people waste their time after Iftar although that if you read just one part of the Qur’an you will recite the whole Qur’an during the month. What prevents you from doing that? Is it a comic program? Or an interview with an artist?

PROJECT (4): What are you waiting for? (Repentance Knights)

Promise Allah ( the Almighty) in Ramadan to repent every day from a certain sin and never perpetrate it again. On the first day, give up smoking, on the second give up forbidden mingling with other gender; on the third, stop listening to forbidden songs; on the fifth, clean your mobile and hard disk from anything that can cause Allah’s wrath, etc. (To do this, you should avoid anything forbidden in the two monitors during Ramadan: Internet and TV)

However, because Ramadan have passed quickly, if you still didn’t repent, it’s your chance now before it ends.

Repent, its your time! It’s your time to erase your sins, to get closer to Allah, to do more for your after life than this life. Don’t waste those days… those days that will pass quickly and we never know if we will live until next Ramadan.

Do Muslims worship God or Allah?

Posted in Extra Knowledge on July 13, 2009 by Muslimah

One of the biggest misconceptions about Islam concerns the name “Allah.” Some people believe that Muslims worship a different God than Christians, Jews and others, and some missionary organizations distribute literature in English in which they say such things as: “Allah is the God of the Muslims” and ” Muhammad told people to believe in the God, Allah.” They thus imply and reinforce the idea that “Allah” is some sort of false deity.

This is totally incorrect because “Allah” is the same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews use for God. If you pick up an Arabic Bible, you will find the word “Allah” wherever “God” is used in English. “Allah” is also the proper name of God. Therefore, Muslims use the name “Allah” even when they speak other languages.

“Allah” is a special word. It indicates the only entity in existence who truly possess the qualities of divinity and lordship, the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens and earth. It is the name of the only being worthy of worship, the one upon whom all creation is dependant at every moment. This name belongs to God alone and no one else.

“Allah” is the only word in the Arabic language equivalent to “God” with a capital “G.” It is also a unique word grammatically since it cannot be made plural or given a masculine or feminine gender. This is consistent with the Islamic concept of God. In English and other languages the word “God” can be used in various forms such as “gods” or “goddess,” all with different connotations and meanings. The only difference between “god” (meaning a false god or any object of worship) and “God” (meaning the one true God) is a capital “G.” Thus, a more accurate translation of “Allah” might be “the one and only true God.”

But there is another important point, which is that Islam is particularly concerned with the correct concept of God. Someone can have an erroneous concept of Him whether he uses the name “Allah” or the word “God.” Followers of previous religions gradually deviated from the original pure belief in God due to the fact that their scriptures were not adequately protected from loss and alteration. None of these are still available for study in their original form or language.

But this is not true of the last divinely revealed message the Qur’an. Hence, the accurate concept of God can be found therein.

Overall, Our God is everyones God. He is “one” for all human beings. One God for Muslims, Christians, Jews and everyone else. One God that created the universe and created us. We all worship “Allah”/ “God”. 

“In the name of Allah, The most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Say, Allah is One, Allah The Everlasting, The Eternal,
He has not given birth and was not born,
And no one is comparable to Him.” 
Qur’an, Surah Ikhlas (S: 112)

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Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi (Prophets birthday)

Posted in Extra Knowledge, Learning Islam, prophet on March 9, 2009 by Muslimah

Today March 9th 2009, (12 Rabi-Al awal 1430) is Mawlid Al-Nabawi, (Prophet Muhammed’s ‘S.A.W’ birthday). Yet our country ‘Kuwait’ doesn’t have a holiday. For some reason its pushed till thursday, while all the other Muslim countries are celebrating this day by having a day off.

The Mawlid al-Nabi was first observed around the thirteenth century and was preceded by a month of celebration. The actual day of Muhammad’s birthday included a sermon, recitation of litanies, honoring of religious dignitaries, gift giving, and a feast. The festival spread throughout the Muslim world and is celebrated in many countries today. 

Speeches are given about the life of the Prophet in gatherings, and dinners are held. This occasion was not celebrated in the early times of Islam and is therefore unevenly celebrated today, with great and festive celebrations in many Muslim countries . Muslims everywhere celebrate this day with great rejoicing. This occasion is not for frivolity or pleasure seeking, but an event of inner joy and happiness. Assemblies and conferences are held throughout the Muslim world to narrate the stories of the Prophet’s birth, childhood, manhood, and his preaching, his character, his sufferings and his forgiveness for even his bitterest enemies, and about his leadership, his triumphs through Allah’s mercy over the hearts of men. 

Are Muslims Terrorists?

Posted in Extra Knowledge, Learning Islam on January 5, 2009 by Muslimah

When any kind of massive destruction or terror occurs at any part of the world fingers directly point to the Middle East, to Muslims and Islam.

In a large number of western countries, people think that Islam is a religion of terror and that Muslims are ordered to kill any non-Muslim human being! This being obviously wrong and its lack of knowledge, there’s nothing more unfair than attributing such actions to a religion, to a whole nation, to millions of humans around the world.

Making things worse, some people use the name of Islam for their own purposes and false beliefs. This with the awful picture that American and Western media introduce about Islam produces a huge misconception.

On the other hand, when a Christian guy commits a crime/massacre like in Oklahoma bombings (April 1995) his action is not stereotyped/attributed to his faith/religion.

Do you Remember Timothy McVeigh? The Oklahoma bombings?  who said to be with the Aryan Republican Army? They had to raise money to “commit terrorist acts against United States”.

In 19 April, 1995. A massive bomb was detenated in a underground car park beneath the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. It killed 168 people. and injured more than 500 others. He’s Christian and former military soldier. But this has no importance to the media and doesn’t mean anything, the guy is Christian so what? Now imagine if he was an Arab! Lets say Muslim!!! (Just to make it clear, NOT all Arabs are Muslim)!

  

As well as in Christianity, Islam allows fighting for self-defense of religion or homes. And also lays down strict laws of combat/war which include prohibitions against harminf civilians, crops and churchs. As Prophet Muhamed said : “Fight in the cause of Allah. Fight those who deny Allah; Do not be embittered. Do not be treacherous. Do not mutilate. Do not kill children or those (people) in convents.”

And Abu-Bakr’s (follower of prophet Muhamed) instructions for the Islamic army: “Do not betray or be treacherous or vindictive. Do not mutilate. Do not kill the children, the aged or the women. Do not cut or bum palm trees or fruitful trees. Don’t slay a sheep, a cow or camel except for your food. And you will come across people who confined themselves to worship in hermitages, leave them alone to what they devoted themselves for.”

How come a religion that prohibits cutting trees will order killing non-Muslim civilians?

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In some minds, there is the image of an Arab horseman carrying a sword in one hand and the Quran in the other conquering and forcibly converting people to Islam.

Freedom of religion is laid down in the Quran itself: “There is no compulsion (or coercion) in the religion (Islam). The right direction is distinctly clear from error.” (Qur’an 2:256)

I know that Americans will never forget/forgive what happened in September 11. I imagine myself as an American watching the scene of that plane hitting the tower and pictures of victims played on TV for days and days and linking ALL that to one word : ISLAM.

It’s just funny how when someone attacks the US it’s outright terrorism (By Muslims), but when the US attacks someone else it’s fighting for liberty and freedom?

Of course AL Qaeda/ AL Qaida has taken credit for the attacks. As I said, alot of actions were committed in the name of Islam but this is just not what God ordered Muslims to do. Islam is a religion of peace and mercy. The Qaeda is a minority from billions of Muslims around the world. As we all know, each religion has his good and bad people. We can’t judge a religion by others people bad actions. Yet, we need to read to believe what Islam really is rather than believing media, which is controlled by “politics” or high ranked individuals.

“If they seek peace, then seek you peace. And trust in God for He is the One that heareth and knoweth all things.” (Quran 8:61)

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The word Jihad at its root means “Struggle,” but it’s lately been used more for its  “Holy war” definition( Which is not present anywhere in the Quran). Jihad has been around since the writing of the Qur’an, which occurred over a thousand years before America was even founded.There are two kinds of jihad. The other ‘jihad’ is the inner struggle of the soul which everyone wages against egotistic desires for the sake of attaining inner peace. The root of the word “Islam” is “Salam” in Arabic which means Peace, and the meaning of the word is Submission to Allah (God).

Islam = Peace and love… NOT hate or terrorism!


Quran: (Surah Al-Mai’da : 5:16)

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