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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

What is Jihad?

Posted in Learning Islam on October 19, 2010 by Muslimah


The image of Muslim women in some people’s mind.

“Jihad” is a term often misunderstood and associated with violent radical militants. This Arabic word is frequently mistranslated as ” holy war,” although there is no such thing in Islam. Holy war is something undertaken to forcibly subject others to certain religious doctrines. As we have seen this expressly forbidden in Islam.


The concept of Jihad in peoples mind

The Arabic word “Jihad” actually means a struggle or striving within and applies to any great effort on the personal as well as the evil from oneself and from society. This exertion of effort can be spiritual, social, economic or political. For example, one of the highest levels of jihad is to stand before a tyrant and speak a word of truth. Restraining the self from wrongdoing is also a form of jihad. It is a broad Islamic concept that includes opposing evil inclinations within the self, opposing injustice by peaceful means, the exertion o effort to improve the quality of life in society, as well as striving by military forces on a battlefield in defense of the community or of peoples oppressed.  Jihad is not synonymous with war, as that is only one possible aspect of the term and it certainly does not include terrorism!

There is also jihad of the soul, which means striving to purify the soul, to increase its faith, incline it toward good and keep it away from evil. Then there is jihad through wealth, which means spending it in various beneficial ways, including charities and welfare projects. And there is jihad through the self  which comprises all good works done by a believer.

It includes the protection of societies from oppression, foreign domination and dictatorships that usurp rights and freedom, that abolish just and moral rule, that prevent people from hearing the truth or following it, and that practice religious persecution. Jihad endeavors to teach belief  in the one supreme God and worship of Him, to spread good values, virtue and morality through wise and proper methods. Jihad means striving for social reform and the elimination of ignorance, superstition, poverty, disease and racial discrimination. Among its main objectives is securing rights for weaker members of society against the impositions of the powerful and influential.

Armed jihad is not an option for Muslim individuals or groups. It can only be declared by the Muslim head of state and religious leadership. Moreover, it must never be fought for worldly gain, conquest or revenge. Muslims may only engage in battle to protect people’s lives, properties and freedom.

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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)

purpose of human creation

Posted in Learning Islam on July 12, 2010 by Muslimah

Allah, the Al Mighty, created human beings to do his bidding and to obey his commands. Allah says in the Qur’an:

“I have not created Jinn and mankind (for any other purpose) except to worship me” (51:56).

‘Worship’ in this verse means total obedience to Allah’s commands. The Quranic word for worship is ‘Ibadah. Everything we do comes under ‘Ibadah, if we do them for Allah’s sake. Our purpose in life is to please Allah through ‘Ibadah.

And so worship is the way to reach success and happiness in life and after death.

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How to become a Muslim

Posted in Learning Islam on June 23, 2010 by Muslimah

You need to believe that there is One God and Prophet Mohammed is his last Messenger. You need to believe in all of the prophets and the message that they brought which was monotheism. Belief in the angels and the last day. You need to believe that Prophet Jesus was not the son of God but a Prophet. In addition, you need to believe that Prophet Jesus will return back to Earth. You have to believe in the Bible, the Torah, (the first that came out, not these books we see these days) and the Quran. You need to have faith that the Quran is the final book for all mankind and it is the word of God. After you meet all of this criteria then you need to say the testimonal of faith to become a Muslim.

Do you want to become a Muslim?

Say with all your heart the following words:

La ilaha illa Allah
wa-Muhammad rasul Allah.

There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Prophet of God.

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How Muslims pray and what they say

Posted in Learning Islam, Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 by Muslimah

 Who do Muslims pray to?  

Muslims pray to One God without associating any partners with Him. They pray facing the Holy Mosque in the city of Makkah. Facing this mosque is simply for uniformity and homogeneity in the prayers of all Muslims around the world and not as an act of worship to the mosque itself. 

Call to the prayers  

A Call is made from the mosque, indicating that it is time for the obligatory prayer. There are five obligatory prayers in a day. On hearing the Call, people start preparing themselves for the prayer. Appearing below is the transliteration and translation of what a caller to the prayer says. 

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
[God is the greatest, God is the greatest]
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
[God is the greatest, God is the greatest]
Ashadu an la ilaha ill Allah X2
[I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but God]
Ashadu anna Muhammadan rasoolullah X2
[I bear witness that Muhammad is the prophet of God]
Hayya’alas salah  X2[Come to prayer,]
Hayya’alal falah  X2 [Come to success,]
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
[God is the greatest, God is the greatest]
La ilaha ill Allah
[There is no deity but God.] 

What do Muslims do?   

Muslims stand before their God by making the intention to pray, leaving all other chores and concerns aside.
 

While standing  

While standing, the first chapter of the Quran is recited. This chapter can be translated as follows.“In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee (alone) we worship and Thee (alone) we ask for help. Show us the straight path. The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.” (1:1-1:7) 

After the first chapter, any other passage from the Quran is recited. Following is a translation of one such passage.“Say: He is Allah, the One! Allah is He on Whom all depend. He begetteth not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him.” (112:1-112:4) 

 While bowing

Muslims then bow to God and glorify Him. This glorification can be translated as follows.“Glory be to my Lord, the Almighty.”

 
While Prostrating 

To express complete submission and humility before God, Muslims then prostrate and place their foreheads on ground. According to the prophetic traditions, at this moment of humility, the worshipper is closest to his/her Lord. While prostrating, Muslims glorify God as follows.“Glory be to my Lord, the most High.”

Other than glorifying God, it is also a moment for Muslims to ask God for His forgiveness, mercy, blessings and bounties. Muslims then sit for a few seconds and prostrate one more time before standing up again. Depending on the time of the prayer, Muslims repeat this cycle once, twice or thrice in each prayer.


While sitting
 

In the end (and also in the middle for some prayers) Muslims sit as shown in the figure. At this point they testify before God that there is none worthy of worship but Him and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His slave (meaning creation that is subject to it’s Lord’s commands at all times) and His Messenger. Muslims then ask God to send His peace and blessings on His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) as He did on Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him). The translation is as follows. 

“All service is for Allah and all acts of worship and good deeds are for Him. Peace and the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you O Prophet. Peace be upon us and all of Allah’s righteous slaves. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
O Allah exalt Muhammad and the followers of Muhammad, just as you exalted Abraham and the followers of Abraham. Verily you are full of praise and majesty. O Allah send blessings on Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, just as you sent blessings on Abraham and upon the followers of Abraham. Verily you are full of praise and majesty.”
At the very end, Muslims turn their face to the right and the left, sending God’s Peace on those surrounding them. This greeting of peace can be translated as follows.“Peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah” With this greeting, the obligatory prayer ends.  

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