Benefits of Becoming a Muslim

May 4, 2010

1. As far as the Creator (whose proper name is Allah) is concerned, you will be able to identify Him and get to know Him, His role and your relationship to His names, you will be able to communicate with Him any time, 24 hours a day, throughout the whole year. As a result of this category, you will be able to know your origin, your roots and the wisdom as to why you are on this planet. You will be able to have good answers to the questions why, how, when, where, what and other philisophical questions.

2. As a result of the first benefit, your loyalty, allegiance, and obedience will be to the Creator himself. You will transcend yourself from all types of allegiance for this world. This means that if there is a conflict of interest between your boss, your job, your government, your system or any worldly relationship with the Creator, you will undoubtedly put your trust in Allah, the Creator of the universe. You will follow Him before you follow anyone else.

3. As a result of the second benefit, you will be able to acquire peace, harmony, tranquillity and happiness within yourself, with your family, with people of the world, with the environment and with the universe. One has to remember that the source of peace is Allah, and one of his beautiful names is that He is The Peace.

4. As an endorsement to the third benefit, you will get rid of the extra electrostatic charges from your brain and the central nervous system by performing the daily Salah. Through Salah, you are to prostrate by putting your forehead to the floor; and as such are grounding yourself, and you are discharging these extra charges into the ground. As a result of this act, you will get rid of many of the neurological diseases from your body.

5. As a result of the fourth benefit, you will acquire a pleasant personality. You will be friendly and amicable. You would not need to drink alcohol, to use drugs or to get involved in vulgarity or immorality.

6. Through the experience of fasting in Islam, you will be able to have self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline, self-education, self-evaluation, and self-obedience to Allah the Creator. You undoubtedly will be able to improve health, personality, character, and behavior.

7. As a result of the sixth benefit, you will be able to control your lusts, selfishness, desires, greed, ego, and conceitedness.

8. Another side reaction of the sixth and seventh benefits is that you will be generous and hospitable; you will try to purify yourself and your mistakes by sharing your happiness and your wealth with those who are less fortunate than you. Your rewards will manifold, compounded daily until the Day of Judgement.

9. By performing pilgrimage to Makkah, you will transcend yourself from being nationalistic, sectarian, or denominational into being universal. You will be part and an essential constituent of the rainbow of Islam. You will be also part of the brotherhood of Islam with those who already submitted themselves to the Creator. At the same time, you will get rid of any inferiority or superiority complexes. You will also find yourself in synchrony and harmony with all the prophets and messengers of Allah since the creation of Adam and Eve until the last final messenger to mankind, prophet Muhammad (pbuh). While in makkah, you will be able to visit the places of revelation of the Qu`ran as well as the places visited by prophet Abraham and members of his family such as Hagar and Ishmael. You will visit the place where the first astronauts, Adam and Eve landed on earth.

10. In becoming a Muslim, you will do your best to stop all types of exploitations in all their forms: economic, biological, mental, spiritual, psychological, political, etc.. You will also work to liberate people and give them freedom of worship, freedom of speech, and freedom of expresssion. You will be a leader and help lead people to peace, tranquillity and happiness.

11. In accepting Islam, you will help to reduce all types of social ills in the society: juvenile delinquency, child abuse, domestic abuse, incest, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, premarital relationships, extramarital relationships, and other vices.

12. As a result of the eleventh benefit, you will reduce and eliminate venereal diseases, AIDS, and other diseases of similar nature in the society.

13. Finally, when you die, you will die at peace. You will have a happy life in the grave and later, eternal happiness. Angels at the time of death will comfort you. They will also show you your place in paradise. On the Day of Judgment, you will be able to see and meet all the prophets and messengers of God to mankind including Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad. You will be able to see and meet any and all of your friends and relatives. You will live an eternal life of bliss in paradise.

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Criticism on Islam

May 4, 2010

HTML clipboardCriticism of Islam has existed since Islam’s formative stages. Early written criticism came from Christians, prior to 1000 AD, many of whom viewed Islam as a radical Christian heresy. Later there appeared criticism from the Muslim world itself, and also from Jewish writers and from ecclesiastical Christians. In the modern era, criticism has come from Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, most notably ex-Muslims who became atheists or agnostics, as well as people both inside and outside Islam, on a wide variety of topics.

Objects of criticism include Islam’s forced conversions, intolerance of criticism, intolerance of other religions, perceived inability of Islamic population to objectively discuss reforms in Islam or offer constructive self criticism without being labeled apostates or heretics, attitudes towards perceived heresy and accused heretics, and the treatment towards non-believers or kafir and apostates in Islamic law. Another area focuses on the morality of the life of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, both in his public and personal life. Issues relating to the authenticity and morality of the Quran, the Islamic holy book, are also discussed by critics. Other criticisms focus on the question of human rights in modern Islamic nations, and the treatment of women in Islamic law and practice. In wake of the recent “multiculturalism” trend, Islam’s influence on the ability of Muslim immigrants in the West to assimilate has been criticized.

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Belief in the Prophet (saaw)

May 4, 2010

One day the Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – sat with his companions when a Bedouin came.  Immediately the man asked the Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam, “When is the final hour?”  A question the Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – disliked.  The Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – replied, “What have you prepared for it?”  The Bedouin said, “I have not prepared much Salah, or much Sawm, or much Sadaqah, but one thing: I love Allah and His Messenger.”  Then the Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – said, “You shall be with whom you love!”  Anas – Radi Allahu Anhu – the narrator of the hadith said, “By Allah, nothing brought us more happiness after our Islam than that statement: ‘you shall be with whom you love.’  I love Allah and His Messenger, and Abu Bakr and Umar; And I hope to be with them (on the final day) eventhough I have not done as much as they did. – Muslim

In the hadith of Jibraeel, when he came to the Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – in front of the companions in the form of a man and asked him – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – about Islam, Iman, and Ihsan.  He said when asked about Iman, “Iman is to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His Messenger, the Final Day and the divine decree, the good and the bad thereof.”  Today we shall talk about Iman in the messengers.  And specifically, Iman in the final Messenger, Muhammad ibn Abdillah – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam.

When the Messenger of Allah – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – performed Hijra from Makkah to Medinah, he and his companion Abu Bakr – Radi Allahu Anhu – stopped at the home of Umm Ma’bad.  They asked her for food/milk and she said that there was none.  Then, seeing a weak, frail calf in the corner, the Messenger of Allah – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – asked if he could milk it.  The Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – pet the calf on the back, praying, until it opened it’s legs in preparation for milking.  The milk poured and poured as Umm Ma’bad watched in shock.

Later, when her husband came home with the frail flock he saw the blessing shine from the walls and inquired, “What has happened here?”  Umm Ma’bad then described the Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam.  Her description of the Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – is one of the most detailed.  Amongst the things she said was that his face was like a moon and his voice was beautiful.  His beard was long and full, his hair reached his shoulders.  Tranquility befell him when he was silent, and if he spoke he was magnificent.  From far he was the handsomest man, and from near he was the greatest.  Flanking him were men, if he spoke they listened, and if he commanded, they hastily complied.

Abu Ma’bad knew who he was.  He said, “Verily this is the man that Quraish is looking for.  I once thought of following him, and when I meet him I shall.”  He then called out poetry that all the inhabitants of Makkah heard on the horizon:

Jaz Allahu Rabbin Naasi Khayra Jazaa’ihi / Rafeeqayn Qaala Khaymati Umma Ma’badi
Huma Nazalaaha bil Huda, fah tadat bihi / Faqad Faza man Amsa Rafeeqa Muhammadi
What can you say in only one Khutbah about a man that Encyclopedias were written on only his character.  I would like in these short moments however to reflect on some of the things Allah blessed His Messenger – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – with, in this world and the next.

1. The Final Messenger.  Muhammad ibn Abdullah was the final Messenger of Allah, There shall be no Prophets or Messengers after him.  And whoever claims such is a liar.  He – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – said, “The example of myself and the prophets before me is that of a man who built a house, beautifying it, except for a corner where a brick was missing.  People would go around admiring the structure but remarking, ‘if only it was completed here.’  The Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – then said, “I am that brick, I am the last of the Prophets.”  – Muslim

2. Security for the Ummah.  Rasul Allah – Sal Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam –  – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – was a protection for the Ummah.  Allah would not punish them so long as he was amongst them.  Allah declared [And Allah would not punish them (so long) as you are amongst them.  Nor shall he punish them so long as they seek forgiveness.]  Anfal 8/34

3. His wives are our Mothers.  Rasul Allah’s – Sal Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam – wives are our mothers.  Allah declared [The prophet is closer to the believers (those of Eeman) than their ownselves and his wives are their mothers.]  Al-Ahzaab 33:6

4. Protected by Allah.  No one could harm the Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – because Allah was his protector.  [And Allah will protect you from the people…] Al ma’idah 5/67

5. The Greatest.  He was the greatest human.  He – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – told us, “I am the chief son of Adam, with no boast.”

6. The Greatest Followers.  He lived amongst the greatest men and women, his companions. He – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – said , “The best generation is my generation…”

7. A witness over us all.  Rasul Allah – Sal Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam –  – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – shall be a witness over the entire Ummah of Islam.  Allah – Subhaanahu wa Ta ‘Aala – says [ How  (will it then ) be, when we bring from each nation a witness and we bring you ( O Muhammad – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam –) as a witness against these people?]  This is the verse that made Him weep.  Nisa 4:41

8. Allah Swore by Him.  And Allah testified by his life in the Qur’an.  [By your life (O Muhammad – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam –) verily they are in their intoxication wandering blindly] Al Hijr 15/72

9. The Most Followers.  And he will have the most followers than any other Prophet.  He – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – said, “Amongst the Prophets on the day of resurrection I shall have the most followers.”

And on the day of judgement, Rasul Allah – Sal Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam –  will claim the highest position amongst creation: Al Maqaam Al Mahmood.  Allah will give him the fountain of Al-Kawthar.  And He will be allowed to intercede for his Ummah.

Mustafa Ar-Rifaee commented “It’s interesting how many Muslims have failed to recognize the wisdom behind the name of the Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – being called 5 times across the world:  Ash-hadu Anna Muhammadur Rasullullaah.  Not only that, but in every Salaah and Nafilah, his name is whispered all across the body:  Allahumma Salli ala Muhammadin … Could the wisdom be nothing other than the Ummah not cutting off the remembrance of their Prophet for not a single day of history, for not even a portion of the day.”  And Allah knows best.

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How to perform Qaza Namaz

May 4, 2010

HTML clipboardIf someone have missed Salahs in their account. Either one time’s or of many years, they must pray their Qaza as soon as possible. Salah is a Fard and not forgiven. On the day of judgement Salah will be the first thing asked about.

For the people who have many years of missed Salahs. There is a way to pray them quickly. Following instructions have four exeptions and has all Fards and Wajibs for a complete Salat. Please pray your Qaza as soon as possible. Even of you could pray one days Qaza Salahs every day which are only 20 rakahs (3 wajib witr), please do it. It only takes few mins to perform 20 rakahs according to the following instructions.

1) In Ruku and Sajdah instead of reciting “Subhaana Rabbiyal Azeem” and “Subhaana Rabbiyal A’la” three times, say it only once. But make sure do not leave Ruku poster untill the Meem (M) of Azeem has been said properly. Similarly do not leave the posture of Sajdah until Ala has been said completely. Just make sure to say these Tasbeehaat properly and do not rush.

2) In third and four Rakah of Fard Salah instead of reciting the whole Soorah Fatiha say, “Subhan Allah” three times and go to Ruku, . Make sure “Subhan Allah” has been recited three times properly, do not rush. This exeption is only for Fard. In third rakah of Witr it’s a must to recite full Soorah Fatiha followed by at least three ayahs of Quran or a soorah (as we usually do in first and second rakah).

3) In last Qaidah (when we sit for Attahyyat) before Salam, after Attahyyat instead of full Durood and Dua just say, “Allah Humma Salle Ala Sayedena Mohammad Wa Aalihi”, then finish the Salat with Salam. Dua is not a must here.

4) In Witr, instead of full Dua-e-Qunoot just say “Rabbigh Fir Lee” one or three times.

(Fatawa Rizvia, Part 3, Page 622)

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May 28, 2009


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