Tuesday, 2 March 2010

ISLAM is simple :

Islam is the Right Religion but most among mankind do not know it (Qur’an 12:40 and 30:30).  Unfortunately, those who understand Islam as the Right Religion are not united. Not all of them adhere to the Qur’an and the Sunnah (Traditions or Practices, which include the Ahâdith or teachings and sayings of Prophet  Muhammad (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam).  They are divided into different sects in the same way as the non-Muslims are divided.  Mankind must have ample and correct knowledge of Islam based on the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah in order to be with the rightly guided Ummah  (Muslim Nation) of the Prophet  (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam) who will be saved from the Hell-Fire:

 Abu Hurairah   (radhiallâhu anhu) narrated that the Prophet  (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam)  said: “The Jews were split up into seventy-one or seventy-two sects; and the Christians were split up into seventy one or seventy-two sects; and my community will be split up into seventy-three sects.”  (Abu Dawud  4579)

Abdullah Bin Amr   (radhiallâhu anhu) narrated that Allâh’s Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “There will befall my Ummah exactly (all those) evils which befell the people of Isra'il, so much so that if there was one amongst them who openly committed fornication with his mother,  there will be among my Ummah one who will do that; and if the people of Isra'il were fragmented into seventy-two sects my Ummah will be fragmented into seventy-three sects. All of them will be in Hell Fire except one sect.” They (the Companions) said: “Allâh’s Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam), which is that?” Whereupon he said: “It is one to which I and my companions belong.”  (Tirmidhi  171)

 The above authentic hâdîth tell us that only those who adhere and follow the Prophet’s Sunnah will be saved from the Hell-Fire.  For the guidance of the whole mankind, Allâh Subhanahu wa Ta'ala has commanded us to believe and follow Prophet  (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam)   Muhammad (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam). Allâh the Almighty  tells us in His Book: 

 “O mankind!  The Messenger has come to you in truth from Allâh Subhanahu wa Ta'ala.  Believe in him: it is best for you...”    (Qur’an 4:170)

  “Say (O Muhammad): ‘If you do love Allâh follow me: Allâh will love you and forgive you your sins for Allâh is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.’  Say: ‘Obey Allâh and His Messenger.’  But if they turn back Allâh loves not those who reject Faith.”    (Qur’an 3:31-32)

 “Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet  (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam), whom they find mentioned in their own (Scriptures);  -- in the Torah and the Gospel; for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil.  He allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure).  He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them.  So it is those who believe in him, honor him, help him, and follow the Light which is sent down with him -- it is they who will prosper.”   (Qur’an 7: 157)

The above Qur’anic Ayât (Verses)  clearly tell us that it is a must for all of us to follow and obey Prophet  Muhammad (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam), Allah’s Final Messenger and Prophet to the whole mankind. We have to follow his Sunnah as it is a clear divine commandment from Allah the Almighty Who Alone is our Creator and Sustainer.  Those who do not follow the Prophet’s Sunnah do not actually follow the Qur’an for Allah the Exalted has repeatedly tell us in the Qur’an to follow and obey  His Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam).   He has warned those who disobey the Prophet (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam) with humiliating punishment in the Hell-Fire:

 “But those who disobey Allah and His Messenger and transgress His limits will be admitted to a Fire, to abide therein.  And they shall have a humiliating punishment.”  (Qur’an 4:14)

 In line with the Qur’anic divine injunctions on obedience to Prophet Muhammad (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam)  and adherence to his Sunnah, our beloved Prophet  (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam)  himself enjoins us to follow his Sunnah.  He admonishes us to keep away from the different sects that have deviated from the True Path, Islam.  He  tells us to keep away from those sects and not to change Islam as it is the Right Religion: 

Hudhaifah ibn  Al Yaman   (radhiallâhu anhu) narrated that the people used to ask Allâh’s Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam) about good, but I used to ask him about evil for fear that it might overtake me. Once I said, "O Allâh’s Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam)! We were in ignorance and in evil and Allâh has bestowed upon us the present good; will there be any evil after this good?" He said, "Yes.” I asked, "Will there be good after that evil?" He said, "Yes, but it would be tainted with Dakhan (i.e. Little evil).” I asked, "What will its Dakhan be?" He said, "There will be some people who will lead (people) according to principles other than my  Sunnah (Tradition). You will see their actions and disapprove of them.” I said, "Will there be any evil after that good?" He said, "Yes, there will be some people who will invite others to the doors of Hell, and whoever accepts their invitation to it will be thrown in it (by them).” I said, "Allâh’s Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam)! Describe those people to us.” He said, "They will belong to us and speak our language.” I asked, "What do you order me to do if such a thing should take place in my life?" He said, "Adhere to the group of Muslims and their Chief.” I asked, "If there is neither a group (of Muslims) nor a chief (what shall I do)?" He said, "Keep away from all those different sects, even if you had to bite (i.e. eat) the root of a tree, till you meet Allâh while you are still in that state.”  (Bukhari 4/803 and 9/206)

 Abu Hurairah   (radhiallâhu anhu) narrated that Allâh’s Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam) said, "Every child is born with a true faith of Islam (i.e. to worship none but Allâh Alone) but his parents convert him to Judaism, Christianity or Magianism, as an animal delivers a perfect baby animal. Do you find it mutilated?" Then Abu Hurairah  (radhiallâhu anhu)  recited the holy verses: "The pure Allâh’s Islamic nature (true faith of Islam) (i.e. worshipping none but Allâh) with which He has created human beings. No change let there be in the religion of Allâh (i.e. joining none in worship with Allâh). That is the straight religion (Islam) but most of men know, not.” (30:30).    (Bukhari 2/ 296, 441; 6/298 and Muslim)

 For our salvation, it is a must that we must strive hard to know Islam based on the Qur’an and the Sunnah in order to revive the Sunnah of Allâh’s Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam).  The following Ahâdith must serve as inspirations for us to revive the Prophet’s Sunnah:

 Hasan Al-Basri (radhiallâhu anhu) narrated that Allâh’s Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam)  said: “He whom death overtakes while he is engaged in acquiring knowledge with a view to reviving Islam with the help of it, there will be one degree between him and the Prophet  (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam) in Paradise.” (Tirmidhi  249 and Darimi)

 Sa’id ibn Thabit  (radhiallâhu anhu) narrated that he heard Allâh’s Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam)  say: “May Allâh brighten a man who hears a tradition from us, gets it by heart and passes it on to others. Many a bearer of knowledge conveys it to one who is more versed than he is; and many a bearer of knowledge is not versed in it.”   (Abu Daud 3652)

Bilal ibn Harith al-Muzani (radhiallâhu anhu) narrated that Allâh’s Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “He who revived a Sunnah out of my Sunnan, which has died after me, for him is the reward like the reward of those who acted upon it, without any decrease in that reward...”   (Tirmidhi  168)

Abdullah (radhiallâhu anhu)    reported on the authority of his father, “I heard Allâh’s Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam)  saying, “He who revived a Sunnah of mine that was extinct after me, would (receive) a reward like the reward of one of the people who acted upon it without any diminution in their rewards...”    (Ibn Majah 1/210)

For our complete guidance, it is a must for us to learn and follow the Sunnah.  If possible, let us invite others to learn and follow the same. We must know that our Creator sent His Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam)  with Guidance and the Religion of Truth to make it prevail over all religions and that He promises great rewards for those who support the Truth.  Allâh the Exalted tells us:

  “It is He (Allâh) Who has sent His Messenger (sallallâhu  ‘alayhi wasallam) with Guidance and the Religion of Truth. That He make it prevail over all religions, even though the pagans may detest (it).”   (Qur'an 61:9)

 “And he who brings the Truth and he who confirms (and supports) it -- such are the men who do right.  They shall have all that they wish for, with their Rabb (Only God, Cherisher and Sustainer).  Such is the reward of those who do good: so that Allah will remit from them (even) the worst in their deeds and give them their reward according to the best of what they have done.” (Qur’an 39:33-35).

The Creation of the Universe

"Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together, then We clove them asunder? And We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?" (21:30) This verse is specifically addressed to non-believers, and touches upon the creation of the universe and the origins of all life. The Qur'an mentions the existence of a gaseous mass (dukhan,41:11) which is unique and whose elements, although at first fused together (ratq) subsequently became separated (fatq). The separation process resulted in the formation of multiple worlds, a notion which crops up dozens of times in the Qur'an (1:1): "Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds." [1,2]

The Origins of Life

"And We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?" (21:30)

The building blocks of all living things are called cells. They are the basic units of life.

Protoplasm (cytoplasm nucleus) is the substance of all living things. Cytoplasm is a jelly-like material consisting of water and dissolved substances. The constitution of protoplasm is about 80-85% water. Without water life is not possible. [2]

None of the myths on the origins of life that abounded at the time of the Qur'an are present in the text. Furthermore, the fact that all life originated from water would not have been a very easy thing to convince people of 1400 years ago, especially in the desert!

The Expansion of the Universe

The expansion of the universe is the most imposing discovery of modern science. Today it is a firmly established concept and the only debate centres around the way this is taking place.

"The heaven, We have built it with power. Verily, We are expanding it." (51:47)‘We are expanding it' is the translation of the plural present particle musi'una of the verb ausa'a meaning "to make wider, more spacious, to extend, to expand." Some translators were unable to grasp the meaning and provided mistaken translations. Others sense the meaning, but were afraid to commit themselves eg. Hamidullah talks of the widening of the heavens and space, but he includes a question mark. Zidan & Zidan, and The Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs refer to the expansion of the universe in totally unambiguous terms. [1,2]

The Mountains

Mountains have always been looked upon as conspicuous landforms, characterized by lofty protrusions above their surroundings, high peaks and steep sides.However, the Qur'an accurately describes mountains as stabilizers for the Earth that hold its outer surface firmly, lest it should shake with us, and as pickets (or pegs) which hold that surface downwardly as a means of fixation."Have we not made the earth an expanse, and the mountains stakes (awtad)?" (78:6-7) and "And God cast into the ground mountains standing so that it does not shake with you." (31:10). [1,3]

The Developing Human Embryo

Statements referring to human reproduction and development are scattered throughout the Qur'an. It is only recently that the scientific meaning of some of these verses has been fully appreciated. The Qur'an determines that human development passes through stages (39:6). The realization that the human embryo develops in stages was not discussed and illustrated until the 15th century. The staging of human embryos was not described until the 20th century. Streeter (1941) developed the first system of staging which has now been replaced by a more accurate system proposed by O'Rahilly (1972). However, the Qur'an was the first source to mention the (23:12-16). The Qur'an and Hadith also state that both parents share in the origins of the offspring: "O mankind! We created you from male and female." (49:13) and "We created mankind from a mixed drop (nutfah-amshaj)." (76:2)The mixed drop refers to the mixture and convergence of a small quantity of sperms with the ovum (and its associated follicular fluid) to form the zygote. It has the form of a drop and consists of a mixture of male and female secretions."Then we made the drop into a leech-like structure (‘alaqah)." (23:14) ‘alaqah in Arabic means (i) to cling and stick to a thing; (ii) a leech or bloodsucker; (iii) a suspended thing; and (iv) a blood clot. Amazingly, each of the meanings for ‘alaqah can be applied to human prenatal development.For example, taking ‘alaqah to mean a leech we find that the embryo is surrounded by amniotic fluid just as a leech is surrounded by water. The human embryo clings to the mothers womb, in the same way that a leech clings to the skin. A leech is a pear shaped organism and thrives on bloodsucking. The diagram above clearly indicates that the shape of the embryo does in fact resemble a leech! At this stage the cardiovascular system has started appearing and the embryo is now dependant on the maternal blood for its nutrition like a leech! As there were no microscopes or lenses available in the 7th century, people could not have known that the embryo has this leech-like appearance."Then out of that leech-like structure We made a chewed lump (mudghah)." This statement is from Surah 23:14. The Arabic word mudghah means "chewed substance or chewed lump." Towards the end of the 4th week, the human embryo looks somewhat like a chewed lump of flesh. The chewed appearance results from the somites which resemble teeth marks. The somites represent the beginnings of the vertebrae (backbone). (For a detailed discussion concerning the Qur'an and modern embryology see 1,2,4,5,6).

Lost Civilizations

In the 89th chapter of the Qur'an, the city of "Iram" is mentioned: "Have you not seen how your Lord dealt with Aad, of the city of Iram, with lofty pillars the like of which was never created in any land?" Iram has been unknown to history, so much so that it apparently became an embarrassment to some Muslim commentators of the Holy Qur'an. In 1975, in North-Western Syria the ancient city of Ebla was excavated.Ebla is over 4500 years old. In the ruins of the Palace Library they found the largest collection of cuneiform clay tablets ever discovered - around 15,000. Written in the oldest Semitic language yet identified, the tablets reveal that Ebla rivalled Egypt and Mesopotamia as a major power of the ancient world. They found in there a record of all the cities that Ebla used to do business with including one IRAM! [7,8,9]

What happened to the body of Pharaoh of the Exodus ?

The Biblical version of Pharaoh's story states that he was drowned in the pursuit of Prophet Moses (Exodus 14:28-29). Unknown to the world till only of late, the Holy Qur'an made a definite prediction about the preservation of the body of that same Pharaoh of Moses' time 10:90-92:"This day We shall save you in your body so that you may be a sign for those that come after you". The body was discovered in the tomb of Amenhotep II in 1898. [2,12]

The resting place of Noah's Ark

The Bible states that "And the Ark rested... upon the mountains of Ararat." Genesis 8:4. According to the Holy Qur'an (11:44): "The Ark came to rest upon Al-Judi." According to recent evidence from an archaeological find in Eastern Turkey, experts believe they may have discovered the remains of an ancient vessel whose dimensions mirror those of Noah's Ark as told in the Bible. However, the discovery was made on Al-Judi! [10,11]

The Holy Qur'an:- God's final Guidance to Mankind

"How could a man, from being illiterate, become the most important author in terms of literary merits in the whole of Arabic literature? How could he the pronounce facts of a scientific nature that no other human being could have possibly known at that time, and all this, without once making the slightest error in his pronouncement on the subject?".
You owe it to yourself to find out the TRUTH about : ISLAM, the Holy Qur'an and the Life and teachings of God's final Messenger, Muhammad.

The Qur'an is the last revealed Word of God. It is a record of the exact words revealed by God to the Prophet Muhammad through the Angel Gabriel. It was then dictated to his Companions who memorized it, and it was written down by scribes. The Qur'an is in every detail the unique and miraculous text which was revealed to Muhammad fourteen centuries ago. Not one word of its 114 chapters has been changed over the centuries.The Qur'an deals with all subjects which concern us as human beings: wisdom, doctrine, worship, and law, but its basic theme is the relationship between God and His creatures. There are also many verses in the Qur'an concerned with natural phenomena that are astounding. It is impossible to explain their presence in humans terms, given the state of knowledge at the time the Qur'an was revealed. In the West, such statements had never before formed the subject of a scientific communication until recent times.On .
  Prophet Muhammad(saw) was himself illiterate and was living among illiterate people. The Arabs at that time worshipped idols and believed in horoscope and magic and were superstitious. The Arabs very actively opposed the teachings advanced by the Prophet through his revelations.This short article is for you to read and to consider. Because the subject matter is so vast, ( only a few brief facts from the Amazing Qur'an).

The message of ISLAM is simple :

There is nothing worthy of worship except GOD alone, and Muhammad is his messenger and servant.
.................... Find out the truth!...............
Note: Please take note of the meaning of the following Arabic words used in this article:
Subhanahu wa Ta'ala – ‘The Exalted’
Sall-Allahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam – ‘Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him’
Radia Allahu ‘Anhu – ‘May Allah be pleased with him’, Radi Allahu ‘Anha- ‘May Allah be pleased with her’, Radi Allahu ‘Anhum - ‘May Allah be pleased with them.’

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