Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quran is the source of glory and happiness for the Ummah - I

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Praise be to Allah Who Revealed His Noble Book in the best style and Impressed hearts with its good wording and eloquent compositions. He Revealed it in the form of clear verses, Segmented it into Surahs and verses, Arranged it in the best way with His Extensive Wisdom and Composed it in the greatest way with the most eloquent words and sublime structure. Blessings and peace be upon the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, to whom the Quran was revealed to warn and remind. Allah Revealed the Quran to his noble heart and this alleviated his hardship and expanded his breast. Also, blessings and peace be on the Prophet's, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, family and Companions from among the Muhajiroon and the Ansar.

Despite technical advancement, the prosperity of industries and inventions and the new world order, the world today is failing with all its organizations, institutions and innovations to bring happiness to humankind or provide it with security and comfort. Here are the ratios of the disease of the age; anxiety and depression, increasing day after day. Here are also the ratios of poverty, ignorance, hunger, killing, suicide as well as the collapse of values, principles and morals multiplying year after year.
Villa Spaza, a Spanish scientist, said, "All the amazing discoveries of the West are neither able to prevent even one tear nor to make even one human smile..."

Alexis Carrel said, "Modern civilization does not suit us …. Although it was established through our contributions, it does not suit us. We are indeed unhappy people because we have morally and mentally deteriorated." 

The same applies to some of those who are called Muslims. They have their wealth, positions and dreams, though they live in worries, anxiety and pain. What is the solution? What is the refuge? It is the Quran!

The Quran is the source of glory and happiness for the Ummah, the basis of knowledge, action and tranquility, and the spring of steadfastness at the time of conflicting ideas and changing concepts. It is the fortified dam in facing temptations, allegations and desires.

At such a time, all of us need the Quran to strengthen our faith and certainty so that we keep steadfast before such desires and challenges.

Each Muslim needs the Quran to reassure him when he feels alienated, soothe him when he is afflicted with a disaster, create hope in him when he is distressed or suffers from despair of the Mercy of Allah and warn and frighten him when he is overcome with fancies and lusts.

O Muslims, nation of the Quran, there is neither steadfastness, nor affection for the self, nor relief for the soul, nor fulfillment of a promise nor security from a punishment nor firmness of belief nor continuity of one's good mention unless one moves with all his feelings, sentiments, heart and body to the Book of Allah, the Noble Quran through recitation, reflection, learning and acting accordingly.

This key actually opens the locks of the heart. The Quran is the key of the hearts. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {Then do they not reflect upon the Quran, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?} [Quran 47: 24]

O Muslim, you should read the Quran with your heart first before your tongue to find:

Purity of meanings which quench your thirst from the water of eloquence, gentleness where you smell the breeze of the garden as well as words when they are strict, they are like waves of the overflowing seas and when they are lenient, they are the breaths of the life to come.

The Quran is the source of lighting the heart as well as life and remedy for souls. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {O mankind, there has to come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers. Say, "In the Bounty of Allah and in His Mercy - in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate."}
[Quran 10: 57-58]

The Quran achieves happiness for the human, spreads security and tranquility and provides glory, prosperity and safety. All this is achieved through the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, who said: "I have left among you two things you will never go astray as long as you hold fast to them: the Book of Allah and my Sunnah." [Sheykh Al-Albani classified it as Hasan (good)]

Brothers and sisters, we do not need to clarify a fact which is known to friends and confirmed by enemies. We do not need to clarify this fact which the believers believed in and the opponents admitted. We do not need to assert that the Noble Quran is a sublime summit and a high peak in eloquence and fluency. The masters of eloquence failed to bring anything like the Quran. We do not need to repeat this whenever we talk about our Quran. It is enough for us in terms of glory and honor that the Quran is the Words of Allah.

We hear many of those who try to prove the strength of eloquence and effectiveness in the Quran for the enemies. Had we been truthful with ourselves, we would have wondered: What is the effect of the Quran on our souls? What is the effect of its eloquence on our hearts? Is this not poof against us that we are away from the Quran and therefore we are weak? Where are we from the Quran; the light of our hearts, the constitution of our lives, the Favor of Allah and His greatest Bounty over us?

We are often in dire need of those who remind us, admonish us, soften our hearts and help us to stay always on the straight path, with neither exaggeration nor negligence.

There are moderate souls which accept, are disciplined and even become happy and demand this reminder. Contrary to this, there is another type of Muslim who is far away from the Islamic etiquettes and morals. They are even away from dedicating worship to Allah and doing what befits the Majesty of Allah of love, exaltation, submission and surrender. Such people need strong alerts and admonishments which put an end to their heedlessness and take them out of their deviation. There are no stronger alerts than the alerts of the Noble Quran which greatly influenced the Arabs, not only due to its inimitable style but also due to its alerts, prohibitions as well as the way of narrating stories in all its Surahs.

Have such people heard the verse in which Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {O you who have believed, do not take your fathers or your brothers as allies if they have preferred disbelief over belief. And whoever does so among you - then it is those who are the wrongdoers.} [Quran 9: 23]

Have such people read in the Quran the verse in which Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {Say, [O Muhammad], "If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and Jihad in His Cause, then wait until Allah Executes His command. And Allah Does not Guide the defiantly disobedient people."} [Quran 9: 24]
When one of the leaders of the Quraysh heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, reciting the verse in which Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {But if they turn away, then say, "I have warned you of a thunderbolt like the thunderbolt [that struck] 'Aad and Thamood.} [Quran 41: 13], he begged him to stop the recitation.
The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, strictly warned against returning to the morals of the pre-Islamic era saying: "The example of the one who helps his people with falsehood is like a camel that fell into a well and it moves its tail but can not get out." [Sheykh Al-Albani classified it as Saheeh (authentic)]

He also said: "I am seizing your waistbands and trying to pull you away from the Fire but you are trying to get away from me." [Muslim]

Why are those who are enslaved by traditions and vain pretensions and their words and deeds have become so far from Islam, not frankly told that their status is due to weakness of faith and keeping away from reflecting on the verses of the Quran? Actually, the Quranic stories and examples as well as the sayings of the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, have a wonderful effect on reforming and deterring the soul and putting it on the straight path. O people of the Quran, when will we realize that civilization and advancement do not contradict adherence to religion? When will we realize that the Quran is a light and guidance for the Muslims?

It is really astonishing! Why do we quickly respond to the enemies when they dictate that advancement can not be attained unless one abandons Islam? Could we not be civilized while we are praying and fasting? Could we not be civilized while we are straight and righteous?

I wonder in astonishment; is the condition of civilization and advancement to disobey Allah and contradict His commands? If it is so, then this is the real backwardness. This is actually backwardness to the ages of ignorance, Shirk, darkness and worshipping desires and the idols of fancy! Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {Indeed, this Quran guides to that which is most suitable and gives good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a great reward.} [Quran 17: 9]

Is this the effect of ignorance about the Quran? Or is it shame to follow the truth of Islam? Or it is the effect of desires and lusts and surrender? O people of the Quran, the Quran calls to progress in all fields; all worldly and religiously matters. Nevertheless, it is the type of progress which is controlled by the noble Quranic etiquettes and divine teachings. Non-Muslim scientists and wise people wondered about the Noble Quran which preceded them to reflection and advancement by hundreds of years. This is happening at a time when many Muslims have deserted the Quran.

To be continued...


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Explanation of Soorat Al-Bayyinah (Clear Evidence) - II

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The text of the chapter [from verse 6 to the end]

6. Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the worst of creatures.
7. Indeed, they who have believed and done righteous deeds — those are the best of creatures.
8. Their reward with Allah will be gardens of perpetual residence beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, Allah being pleased with them and they with Him. That is for whoever has feared his Lord.
Explanation
Allah, the Most High, informs us about the end of the unjust rejecters of faith from among the People of the Book and the polytheists who oppose the revealed Books of Allah and the Prophets, may Allaah exalt their mention, sent by Him, saying that they (the rejecters) will be thrown into the Hell-fire on the Day of Resurrection, to abide therein for all eternity. They will not be able to evade it, nor will they be removed from it.
"Those are the worst of creatures."
That is, the most despised of Allah's creatures. Then He, Most High, informs us concerning those who are pious, fear Allah and are true Believers, confirming by their words and deeds that they are the best of created beings. Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him, and a number of Muslim scholars, may Allaah have mercy upon them, have concluded from this verse that the true believer is superior to the angels, who are part of the creation.
"Their reward with Allah," that is, on the Day of Resurrection.
"Gardens of Eden under which rivers flow; they will dwell therein forever." That is, without interruption, without ceasing.
"Allah being pleased with them-" That is, Allah's Pleasure is better and more sublime than the lasting felicity, which they are given.
"and they with Him." That is, with the infinite Grace bestowed on them by Him.
"That is for whoever has feared his Lord."
That is, this reward can be achieved by him who fears Allah and is devout with a sincere devotion, who worships Him always as if he was seeing Him, knowing that, though he does not see his Lord, his Lord sees him. It is reported on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that he said: "The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said:
"Shall I not inform you about the best of creation?" They (the audience) said: "Certainly, O, Messenger of Allah!" He said: "A man who takes the reins of his horse (and rides it) in the Way of Allah (in Jihaad) and whenever he hears the call of one in distress, he rides to his rescue. Shall I not inform you of the best of creation?" They said: "Certainly, O, Messenger of Allah!" He said: "A man who (even when he) is busy with his sheep, is steadfast in prayer and pays Zakah (alms). Shall I not inform you about the worst of creation?" They said: "Certainly, O, Messenger of Allah!" He said: "The one who asks in Allah's Name, but does not give in His Name." [Imam Ahmad]
Maalik Ibn 'Amr Ibn Thaabit Al-Ansaari, may Allah be pleased with him, said: "When the ayah (Quranic verse) "Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists…" [Al-Bayyinah] was revealed, Archangel Jibreel (Gabriel) said to Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam: "O, Messenger of Allah! Verily, your Lord orders you to recite this Soorah to Ubayy (one of the prominent reciters and scribes of the Noble Quran among the Companions)." So, the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said to Ubayy, may Allaah be pleased with him: "Verily, Jibreel has ordered me to make you recite this Soorah."Ubayy said: "Then I was mentioned, O, Messenger of Allah?" He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "Yes." Then Ubayy, may Allaah be pleased with him, wept. [Imam Ahmad, Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Imam At-Tirmithi and An-Nasa'ee, may Allaah have mercy upon them, have reported something similar. This Soorah was read to Ubayy Ibn Ka'b, may Allaah be pleased with him, merely to strengthen him in his faith, to convey the Message and as a reminder, not for Ubayy to learn something which he did not know or to make him memorize it - and Allah Knows best.
Source: Tafseer Ibn Katheer, Juz' 'Amma

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Monday, January 15, 2018

The Importance of Marrying Someone With Deen

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The Importance of Marrying
Someone With Deen


Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhu): The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: 'A woman is married for four (reasons/things); her wealth, her family status, her beauty and her religion.  So you should take possession of the one with Religion, otherwise you will be a loser' [Bukhaari Vol 7. No:5090]

Narrated Sahl: A man passed by Allaah's Messenger, and Allaah's Messenger asked (his companions), ýýwhat do you say about this man?  They replied, 'If he asks for a lady's hand, he ought to be given her in marriage; and if he intercedes (for someone), his intercession will be accepted; and if he speaks, he will be listened to.' Allaah's Messenger kept silent, and then another man from the poor Muslims passed by, and Allaah's Messenger asked (them), 'what do you say about this man?'  They replied, 'If he asks for a ladyýs hand in marriage, no one will accept him, and if he intercedes (for someone), his intercession will not be accepted; and if he speaks, he will not be listened to'. Allaah's Messenger said, 'This poor man is better than so many of the first as to fill the earth'[hadith No:5091]

Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said:

This clarifies that what matters is the religion (of a person) and not wealth and status......and all these (men) were from the Sahaabah.end of quote]
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This is not to say that one becomes lazy and refrains from striving to provide for his family.  Inshaa-Allaah we'll post those ahaadith in that regard. 

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Factors Affecting Physical Growth in Children

There is no doubt that different aspects of the human personality are integrated and affect each other. They constitute a cohesive unit and cannot be separated except in the field of theoretical study. From the time a person is born until he fully grows up, the different elements of his formation interact and affect each other, sometimes evidently and at other times in a hidden way, owing to the close relationship between the soul and the body. The soul affects the body and the body affects the soul. They are not separated from each other. Therefore, the growth of the body affects the other aspects of growth: mental, psychological and social, and it is affected by them.

Growth of the body and the effect of the psychological and social atmosphere:

Physical growth is affected by the psychological and social atmosphere in which youngsters live with their families and also by nervous tension, as well as emotions and anxieties. The physical growth of youngsters might be afflicted with some diseases and ailments, which have a neural and psychological origin and yet affect the biological and physiological functions of the body and hinder physical growth. Pedagogical researches proved that anxiety is detrimental to the general health of individuals and to their digestive system, blood circulation and sleep. If anxiety and fear persist, leading to system disorder for a long period of time, then they will slow down the process of physical growth.

The effect of mental growth on physical growth:

The broader the mental faculties of an individual and the more he grows, understands and comprehends, the more he adopts healthy methods pertaining to nutrition, cleanliness, and preventive and curative health habits. In other words, he develops his sound health awareness in such a way that he maintains the health of his body, caring for it, protecting and treating it in case of ailments. This guarantees him better growth and integration of the bodily functions.

The effect of physical growth on other aspects is certain:

There is no doubt that health, strength, good growth and physical fitness contribute directly or indirectly to the mental development of an individual, to the integrity of his personality and his success in life. They confirm the famous Latin saying "a healthy mind in a healthy body" as being a general health rule that is evident in our lives. This is because the source of human happiness lies in the integrity of mind and body together. An individual who suffers from diseases, feebleness and a weak body cannot benefit from his intelligence and mental abilities because he is disabled by his sickness and ailments.

Intelligence tests confirm the theory:

Many researches indicate that intelligence is linked with the soundness of one's physical constitution. In his book about intelligence and diseases, Sandwick measured the intelligence of 423 students and chose the forty students who were proved by experiment as having the highest rates of intelligence. He subjected the forty students to a comprehensive medical examination and found that 52 percent of the brilliant students had no physical disabilities. In the meantime, none of the forty students with below average intelligence were like that.

In this sense, while seeking to form an integrated Muslim personality, we should concentrate on the growth of the body and physical upbringing. By means of sound bodies, the children's mind open, their insight is illumined and they get rid of boredom. Likewise, anxiety and sadness are removed, and Satan retreats. There is a strong relation between the righteous child, whom we talked about before, and the active athletic child, whom we seek. The righteous child is athletic, because paying attention to the body, nutrition and upbringing strikes the core of faith.

The noble Sunnah (Prophetic tradition) emphasizes the necessity of caring about the body. It assigns rights towards the body, on the grounds of the importance of health, comfort of the body and its good growth, in the life of man, his happiness and ability to undertake his duties as well as obligations related to the world and the Hereafter. In addition, the Sunnah realizes that mental, psychological and social growth is linked with physical growth. No wonder, the body is the bowl of the brain, the frame of the soul and beauty where the powers of the soul interact, and the body is also the means of achieving one's purposes and wishes. Therefore, due care must be paid to the body.

It was narrated on the authority of 'Abdullaah ibn 'Amr ibn Al-'Aas, may Allah be pleased with him, that he quoted the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, as saying: "'O Abdullah. Is it true that you fast during the day and pray during the night as I have been informed?' 'Abdullah said, 'Yes, Messenger of Allaah.' He said: 'Do not do that. Fast and break fast, pray at night and sleep, because your body has a right over you, your eyes have a right over you and your spouse has a right over you.'" [Al-Bukhari]

Following is the research plan and steps to success on our way to raising an athletic child, or to how to raise your children physically so that you can make them athletic children.

• Developing sound nutritional awareness

• Encouraging them to pay attention to the methods of personal cleanliness

• Inviting them to take care of their physical fitness

• Encouraging them to relax when feeling exhausted

• Guiding them towards beneficial means of recreation

• Encouraging them to have an interest in the methods of hygiene

• Encouraging them to be careful about the methods of sound medical treatment

• Stressing the act of investing the strength, capabilities and energies of the body in a fruitful manner

 


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Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Call for Harmony and Cordiality Between the Spouses

Marital happiness resembles the honey produced by two bees; the greater their efforts are, the sweeter it will be. There is ‎no doubt that marital happiness is the ‎responsibility of both spouses and this necessitates the existence of ‎love between them.‎

At the same time, we say that the happy house does not only depend on ‎love, but also the spirit of tolerance must be present. Marriage in the sight of Islam means psychological tranquility, spiritual comfort, and heartfelt harmony as well as cooperation between the two spouses to make the permanent journey of life together.

The Quran describes the marital relationship in the most eloquent way saying (what means): {And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy.} [Quran 30:21]

This affection and cordiality can solve any problem, and there will be problems between lovers who love each other sincerely, and not just because of personal interests.

This is a call for cordiality and love between the spouses and a call for overlooking faults.

How can we achieve cordiality and harmony between the spouses?

We can achieve cordiality and harmony through the following stages:

- Kind mutual frankness has a magical influence on marital life.

- Ask your wife to sit next to you and embrace her along with giving her looks and touches that express your love and longing for her. Treat your wife kindly and she will do the same to you. Make her feel that you favor her over yourself and that you are keen on making her happy and maintain her health. Let her know that you sacrifice for her sake when she is sick, for example.

- Play with your wife and joke with her to arouse her feelings and emotions towards you. Learn from the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, who said: "It is better to marry a virgin who plays with you and you play with her." [Al-Bukhari]

- Even 'Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, who was an example of seriousness and prudence said, "One should be like a boy among his family [i.e. in terms of cordiality and kindness], but when he deals with the people, he should be a man."

- The wife should receive her husband heartily after adorning herself and applying good perfume.

- Look at the faults of your husband with the eyes of a lover, because this will make you see his mistakes as trivial faults.

- Be quiet when your husband gets angry and later speak with him about what he did and rebuke him cordially.

- I advise the husband to always be calm and avoid anger, because anger causes hatred. If you have wronged your wife, apologize to her, and never spend a night while you are angry with her or with her shedding tears. Always remember that what made you angry is only a trivial matter that does not deserve to disturb your marital life. Seek refuge with Allah The Almighty from the accursed devil and try to be calm. Always bear in mind that the bonds of love between you and your wife are too pure to be blemished by a temporary outrage.

- Dear wife, keep yourself busy with satisfying your husband to receive what pleases you. A Bedouin woman said to her daughter, "Be his bondmaid, and he will be your slave."
Umm Salamah, may Allah be pleased with her, reported that the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "Any woman who dies while her husband is pleased with her will enter Paradise." [At-Tirmithi]

- Always call him "My darling" and tell him that you love him, because this is not for lovers but rather for spouses.

- If you are a working woman, do not allow the problems of work disturb the relationship between you and your husband. Leave all the problems associated with your work in your workplace and return home without any concerns.

- Dear husband, if you dislike anything in your wife, remember her good qualities to get rid of any bad feelings towards her. Remember the Hadeeth in which the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "A believer should not hate a believing woman (i.e., his wife); if he dislikes one of her characteristics he would be pleased with another."
So, try to overlook the negative aspects in the personality of your wife and remember that she has many other good aspects to make up for this negative aspect.

- Make your wife feel that she is safe and you will never let her down or abandon her.

- Deal with your wife's behavior and mistakes with forbearance and away from any hostile behavior.

- Do not insult your wife because insults would be deeply engraved in your wife's heart and mind. The most dangerous abuses that may not be forgiven by your wife are to lose your temper and beat her or curse her family or raise doubts about her chastity.

- "You are a wonderful woman, but…." Avoid this style of praise, because your wife will forget everything and only remember the "but".

 

Here, we want to pose the following question: Do harmony and cordiality between the spouses affect the life of the family members?

To answer this question, we should mention the importance of cordiality and harmony in the life of the family:

- Harmony strengthens the relationship between the man and woman and increases the husband's wish to get close to his wife.

- Harmony and cordiality refreshes the marital life and renews the love of the spouses every day.

- It increases the husband's respect for the family of his wife and vice versa.

- Harmony and cordiality spread tranquility in the house.

- Harmony makes both spouses realize their roles in the true sense of the word as a husband and a father for the man and as a wife and a mother for the woman.

- Harmony and cordiality renew the faith-boosting environment in the home, refine the souls and strengthen the relationship with Allah The Almighty.


- Harmony and cordiality improve the relationship between the spouses and their friends and relatives.

- Harmony and cordiality enable the parents to treat the problems of the children wisely and calmly away from hostility and anger.

- Harmony and cordiality improve the psychological stability of the children and their relationship with and attachment to their parents. In this way, they will seek help and support from their parents when they face any problem.

- Harmony and cordiality decrease the amount of disagreements with the children and achieve mutual understanding between children and parents. Likewise, the children's educational achievements will improve.

May Allah The Almighty provide all Muslim families with the harmony to lead happy lives.


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