الثلاثاء، 22 يناير، 2013

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Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “By Him in whose hand is my soul, if you did not sin Allah would replace you with people who would sin and He would forgive them.”

[Sahih Muslim, Book 37, Number 6622]

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لَوْ لَمْ تُذْنِبُوا لَذَهَبَ اللَّهُ بِكُمْ وَلَجَاءَ بِقَوْمٍ يُذْنِبُونَ فَيَسْتَغْفِرُونَ اللَّهَ فَيَغْفِرُ لَهُمْ

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WAS JESUS REALLY DIED?
WHAT WAS THE SIGN OF JONAH?

Over a thousand million Christians today blindly accept
That Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ. They produce
"a thousand and one" prophecies from the Jewish Bible
(The Old Testament) to prove their claim that Jesus was the
Messiah promised to the Jews. Let us hold the thousand"
Prophecies in abeyance for a moment and examine the only
Unequivocal claim made by Jesus in the Gospels and
Examine whether he fulfilled his promise to the Jews.
We must admit that the word CHRIST is not a name.
It is a title. It is a translation of the Hebrew word Messiah,
Meaning "anointed." The Greek word for "anointed" is Christos
From which we get the word Christ.
Priests and kings were "anointed" when being consecrated
To their office.
The Holy Bible confers this title even on a heathen king CYRUS (Isaiah 45:1).

We are reminded in the Gospel of St.Luke that
"WHEN EIGHT DAYS WERE ACCOMPLISHED FOR THE
CIRCUMCISING OF THE CHILD, HIS NAME WAS CALLED JESUS
,WHICH WAS SO NAMED OF THE ANGEL BEFORE HE
WAS CONCEIVED IN THE WOMB." [Luke 2:21].
Jews want proof;
The name that was given to Mary for her yet unborn son
was JESUS and NOT Christ. It was only after his baptism
at the hands of John the Baptist that he, Jesus, claimed to
be the Christ. The Jews were not the ones to accept his
claim on its face value.

They wanted proof!
MIRACLE AS PROOF
Matthew records that the learned men among the Jews
- the Scribes and Pharisees - came to Jesus and asked,
"MASTER, WE WOULD SEE A SIGN FROM THEE".
[Matthew 12:38].
What they really wanted was some "magic trick,"
some "sleight of hand"like producing a rabbit
out of a hat or walking on the water or flying in the air or trodding on burning coal.
This is the type of "sign" or MIRACLE they were looking for.
The Jews mistook him for a sorcerer, a wizard, a charlatan.

NO "SIGN" BUT ONE
With righteous indignation Jesus replies:
"AN EVIL AND ADULTEROUS GENERATION
SEEKETH AFTER A SIGN; AND THERE SHALL
NO SIGN (no miracle) BE GIVEN TO IT, BUT
THE SIGN (miracle) OF THE PROPHET JONAS:
FOR AS JONAS WAS THREE DAYS AND
THREE NIGHTS IN THE WHALE'S BELLY;
SO SHALL THE SON OF MAN BE THREE DAYS AND
THREE NIGHTS IN THE HEART OF THE EARTH."
Matthew [12:39-40].

Jesus says, "NO SIGN." He does not refer the Jews to blind
Bartimeus whose sight he had restored. He does not speak
about the "woman with issues" who was healed by merely
touching him; or about the 2000 pigs he had destroyed to
heal "a man possessed;" or the 5000 and the 3000 people
he had fed and satiated with a few pieces of fish and a few
pieces of bread. "No sign," says Jesus, BUT ONE! –
"THE SIGN OF THE PROPHET JONAS!"
He is putting all his "eggs" in one basket. His claim to being
the Messiah (Christ) stands or falls the ONLY "sign" he was
prepared to give.
Did Jesus fulfill the only sign he gave?
Christendom answers with a unanimous Y-E-S!without
heeding the Biblical advice - 'not to take things for granted.' - but
"PROVE ALL THINGS!"
[1 Thessalonians 5:21]

2)

JONAH FLEES HIS CALL
What was the "sign" (miracle) of Jonah?
We have to go to the "Book of Jonah" in the Old Testament
to find out. God commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh and
warn theNinevites to repent from their
"evil ways, and from the violence that is in their hands."
[Jonah Ch 3:Verse 8]
But Jonah was loath to go as a warner unto the Ninevites,
so he goes to Joppa instead of Nineveh, and takes a boat
to run away from the Lord's command.
While at sea, there was a terrible tempest.
According to the superstition of the mariners,
a person fleeing from his Master's command creates such a turmoil at sea.
They began to enquire among themselves and said,
"COME, AND LET US CAST LOTS,
(like the tossing of a coin, "head" or "tail")
THAT WE MAY KNOW FOR WHOSE CAUSE THIS
EVIL IS UPON US. SO THEY CAST LOTS, AND THE
LOT FELL UPON JONAH."
[Jonah 1:7].
Though here was a temporary lapse on the part of
Jonah in fulfilling his mission, he manfully and most
outrageously volunteers:
"AND HE SAID UNTO THEM TAKE ME UP,
AND CAST ME FORTH INTO THE SEA; SO
SHALL THE SEA BE CALM UNTO YOU: FOR I
KNOW THAT FOR MY SAKE THIS GREAT TEMPEST
IS UPON YOU."
[Jonah 1:12]

DEAD OR ALIVE?
Since Jonah was selflessly offering himself as a "vicarious"
sacrifice there was no need for strangling him before throwing
him into the sea, no need to spear him or break his arm or limb.
In his own words: "TAKE ME UP AND CAST ME FORTH."
The question now arises, that when the shipmaster and the
crew threw him overboard, was Jonah dead or alive?
Any Christian child who has attended Sunday School will
give an immediate reply: "ALIVE!"
The storm subsides. Was this perhaps a coincidence?
A fish swallows Jonah. Was he dead or alive when swallowed?
The answer again is "ALIVE" Was he dead or alive when
"JONAH PRAYED UNTO THE LORD HIS
GOD OUT OF THE FISH'S BELLY?"
[Jonah 2:1]
Surely dead men don't cry and don't pray!
The answer again is "ALIVE" For three days
and three nights the fish takes him around
the ocean: dead or alive? "ALIVE!" is the
answer. On the third day it vomits him on
the seashore: dead or alive? A-L-I-V-E, of course!
What had Jesus prophesied about himself?
He said: "AS JONAH WAS ..... SO SHALL THE SON OF MAN BE"
LIKE JONAH. And how was Jonah? Was he dead or alive
for three days and three nights? Alive! ALIVE! ALIVE!
is the unanimous answer from the Jew, the Christian and the Muslim!

UNLIKE JONAH
If Jonah was alive for three days and three nights,
then Jesus also ought to have been alive in the tomb
as he himself had foretold! But Christianity hangs on the
flimsy thread of the death" of Jesus for its salvation.
So it has to answer that Jesus was DEAD for three days
and three nights. The contradiction between his utterance
and its fulfillment is obvious. Jonah ALIVE, Jesus DEAD!



Very UNLIKE Jonah! Jesus had said "LIKE Jonah" not UNLIKE Jonah.
If this is true then according to his own test Jesus
is not the TRUE Messiah of the Jews.
If the Gospel record is genuine then how can we
blame the Jews for rejecting "CHRIST".

TIME FACTOR?
THREE AND THREE = 72 HOURS?
The Doctor of Divinity and the Professor of Theology
replies that in Matthew 12:40 under discussion, the emphasis is on the
TIME factor –
"as Jonas was THREE days and THREE
nights in the belly of the whale, so shall
the son of man be THREE days and THREE
nights in the heart of the earth."
"Please note," says the learned theologian,
"that the word "THREE" is repeated F-O-U-R times
in this verse to prove that Jesus was going to fulfil
the prophecy as regards the length of time he was
going to remain in the tomb, and NOT 'As Jonas was'
in relation to his being alive or dead. If it is the time
factor that Jesus was stressing then let us ask whether he
fulfilled that aspect of his promise to the Jews as well.
The Christian dogmatist answers: "OF COURSE!"

PUBLIC HOLIDAY
The question arises: when was Christ crucified?
The whole Christian world answers: "FRIDAY!"
Is this the reason we celebrate "Good Friday" –
as a Public Holiday in every Christian nation from
America to Zambia, from Abyssinia to Zaire at Easter?
What makes Good Friday" so good? "it is the death of
Christ on the Cross on this day to wash off our sins," says the Christians.
So he was killed on the cross on a Friday, 19xx years ago?
"YES!" says the Christians. From the Gospel records we gather
that the Jews were in a hurry to eliminate Jesus.
Hence the midnight trial, and then dispatching him off to Pilate in the morning;
from Pilate to Herod and then back again to Pilate.
The vested interests were afraid of the general public.
Jesus was their hero. He had been their benefactor.
His enemies had to do away with him quickly, and
succeeded in doing so. However, as much as they were
in a hurry to hang him on the cross, they were in equal
hurry to bring him down from the cross before sunset on
Friday because of the Sabbath.
The Sabbath starts at about 6 p.m. on Friday
and the Jews were warned in [Deuteronomy 21:23]
that the victim of crucifixion was an "accursed of God"
and was not to be permitted to remain hanging on the Sabbath day,
"that thy land be not defiled which the Lord
thy God giveth thee for an inheritance."
To satisfy the religious scruples of the Scribes and
Pharisees the "secret disciples" of Jesus took down
the body from the cross. They gave the body the Jewish burial-bath,
plastered it with
"one hundred pounds weight of aaloes and myrrh"
[John 19:39]
then placed the shrouded body into the sepulcher before night-fall.

WHY "SUPPOSED"?
There are numerous differences between the
various sects and denominations of Christianity,
but on the above they are unanimous.
Jesus is ‘SUPPOSED’ to be in the tomb on the night of Friday.
He is still ‘SUPPOSED’ to be in the tomb on the day of Saturday.
He is still ‘SUPPOSED’ to be in the tomb on the night of Saturday.
Christians agree whole-heartedly with this.
It will be noted that I have repeated the word 'SUPPOSED' three times.
The reason is that the Gospels are silent as to when
exactly Jesus came out of the tomb. He could have
been taken away on Friday night by his "secret disciples"
to a more congenial and restful place, but I have no right
to assume about what the Gospel writers are silent. I have,
therefore, repeated the word 'SUPPOSED' three times.


4)
In the final analysis, let us see whether Jesus was THREE days and THREE nights in the tomb:-


EASTER WEEK

FRIDAY - [ - nil - One night]
SATURDAY [-One day One night]
SUNDAY - [- nil - - nil - ]
TOTA {One Day Two Nights}





You will no doubt note that the GRAND TOTAL
isONE day and TWO nights, and NOT three days and three nights.
According to the Christian Scriptures Jesus had failed a SECOND time.
FIRST he was unlike Jonah, who was ALIVE in the belly of the fish,
which is the exact opposite of what the Christians claim had
happened to their master Jesus, who was DEAD for the same
period of time as Jonah was - ALIVE.
SECONDLY, we discover that he also failed to
fulfill the TIME FACTOR as well. The greatest mathematician even ‘ALBERT EINSTEIN,
And whole Christendom will fail to obtain the desired result –
THREE days and THREE nights. We must not forget that the
Gospels are explicit in telling us that it was "before sunrise"
on Sunday morning (the FIRST day of the week),
that Mary Magdalene went to the tomb of Jesus and found it empty.



GOD OR THE DEVIL?

The question arises, who deceived the millions of
Christians for the past more than TWO THOUSAND
years. GOD or the DEVIL?
If this is the belief of the Christian Faith in the world today,
may we not then ask: is this not the mightiest hoax in history?

Islam Guide: What is the Purpose of Life?

quran

‎"And said, 'Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver(10)He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers(11)And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers(12)"

Quran (Surat Nūĥ :10-11-12)
"And said, 'Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver(10)He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers(11)And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers(12)"

Quran (Surat Nūĥ :10-11-12)
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What's Islam? Islam in Brief - Yusuf Estes

The letter reads:



  • The Leicester Mercury published a lovely open letter from a local resident to the community of Masjid Umar in Evington Road, Leicester regarding the Snow Clean Up via Leicester Dawah - #SnowDawah

    The letter reads:

    “I want to thank your community for the most amazing selfless act that happened on Friday night – it has truly moved me and has changed my attitude and I am feeling very humble today. Let me explain why.

    “Along with most of Leicester, I was crawling home at a snail's pace and was facing the long hill of Evington Road. What I saw in front of me was truly wonderful.

    “There were many Muslim men, wrapped up and facing icy winds and freezing temperatures, stopping the traffic to guide cars out of side roads, to make sure the traffic flowed and pushing the more modern computerised cars up the hill.

    “They were putting themselves in front of heavy vehicles that could have slid and crushed them – still they carried on.

    “I knew my old car would make it – no computer to tell it not to.

    “I chugged up the hill, but also saw your men pushing the less able and the whole event really opened both my eyes and my heart.

    “It didn't matter who was in these cars – black, white, any creed and any colour, all were assisted, without any prejudice.

    “At 52, I have grown up with prejudice in my heart.

    “My cousin was blown up in a market in Afghanistan, serving his Queen and country, so my prejudice was strengthened even further.

    “A bit of snow and community spirit has changed my outlook on many things. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

    Annie Ward-Pearson, Leicester.

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‏‎Invite to God‎‏
STORY

An old man saw a scorpion drowning and decided to pull it out from the water.
He calmly extended his hand to reach the creature. When he did, the scorpion stung him. With the effect of the pain, the old man let go the creature and it fell back into the water.

The man realizing that the scorpion was drowning again, got back and tried to rescue it but then again it stung him. He let go of it again.

A young boy standing by, approached the old man and said,"excuse me Sir, you are going to hurt yourself trying to
save the evil-vicious creature, why do you insist? Don't you realize that each time you try to help the scorpion, it stings you?"

The man replied, "the nature of the scorpion is to sting and mine is to help. It will not change in helping the scorpion."

So the man thought for a while and used a leaf from a nearby tree and pulled the scorpion out from the water and saved it's life.

MORAL LESSON:
Do not change your nature. If someone hurts you, just take precautions.
Some pursue happiness while others create it. Let your conscience be your guide in whatever you do.
Allah hu akbar
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STORY

An old man saw a scorpion drowning and decided to pull it out from the water.
He calmly extended his hand to reach the creature. When he did, the scorpion stung him. With the effect of the pain, the old man let go the creature and it fell back into the water.

The man realizing that the scorpion was drowning again, got back and tried to rescue it but then again it stung him. He let go of it again.

A young boy standing by, approached the old man and said,"excuse me Sir, you are going to hurt yourself trying to
save the evil-vicious creature, why do you insist? Don't you realize that each time you try to help the scorpion, it stings you?"

The man replied, "the nature of the scorpion is to sting and mine is to help. It will not change in helping the scorpion."

So the man thought for a while and used a leaf from a nearby tree and pulled the scorpion out from the water and saved it's life.

MORAL LESSON:
Do not change your nature. If someone hurts you, just take precautions.
Some pursue happiness while others create it. Let your conscience be your guide in whatever you do.
Allah hu akbar
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‏‎Islam House‎‏
عن أبي موسَى عبدِ اللهِ بنِ قَيسٍ الأشْعريِّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ ، عن النَّبيّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ،قَالَ : (( إنَّ الله تَعَالَى يَبْسُطُ يَدَهُ بالليلِ لِيَتُوبَ مُسِيءُ النَّهَارِ ، ويَبْسُطُ يَدَهُ بالنَّهَارِ لِيَتُوبَ مُسِيءُ اللَّيلِ ، حَتَّى تَطْلُعَ الشَّمْسُ مِنْ مَغْرِبِها )) رواه مسلم .


Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said: "Allah, the Exalted, will continue to stretch out His Hand in the night so that the sinners of the day may repent, and continue to stretch His Hand in the daytime so that the sinners of the night may repent, until the sun rises from the west".
[Muslim].
عن أبي موسَى عبدِ اللهِ بنِ قَيسٍ الأشْعريِّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ ، عن النَّبيّ  صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ،قَالَ : (( إنَّ الله تَعَالَى يَبْسُطُ يَدَهُ بالليلِ لِيَتُوبَ مُسِيءُ النَّهَارِ ، ويَبْسُطُ يَدَهُ بالنَّهَارِ لِيَتُوبَ مُسِيءُ اللَّيلِ ، حَتَّى تَطْلُعَ الشَّمْسُ مِنْ مَغْرِبِها )) رواه مسلم .


Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said: "Allah, the Exalted, will continue to stretch out His Hand in the night so that the sinners of the day may repent, and continue to stretch His Hand in the daytime so that the sinners of the night may repent, until the sun rises from the west".
[Muslim].
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❝ Dad, do you believe in heaven? ❞




❝ Dad, do you believe in heaven? ❞


When young Jeffery asked his father Dr. Jeffrey Lang about the existence of heaven as they walked their dog along the beach, it was apparent that this child possessed a highly inquisitive mind. There perhaps was also a sign that he would subject things to a logical scrutiny and validate them from a rational perspective. Little surprise was it, then, that one day he would end up being a professor of mathematics, a matter where there is no place for anything but logic.

During his senior years at the Notre Dam Boys High, a Catholic school, he formed certain rational objections against belief in the existence of a Supreme Being. Discussions with the school Priest, his parents, and classmates could not convince him of the existence of God, and to the dismay of the Priest and his parents, he turned into an atheist at the age of eighteen. He was to remain so for the next ten years throughout his undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral studies. It was a little before or after his becoming an atheist that he first saw the following dream:

It was a tiny room with no furniture, and there was nothing on its grayish-white walls. Its only adornment was the predominantly red-and-white patterned carpet that covered the floor. There was a small window, like a basement window, above and facing us, filling the room with bril­liant light. We were in rows; I was in the third. There were only men, no women, and all of us were sitting on our heels and facing the direction of the window.

It felt foreign. I recognized no one. Perhaps I was in another country. We bowed down uniformly, our faces to the floor. It was serene and quiet, as if all sound had been turned off. All at once, we sat back on our heels. As I looked ahead, I realized that we were being led by someone in front who was off to my left, in the middle, below the window. He stood alone. I only had the briefest glance at his back. He was wearing a long white gown, and on his head was a white scarf with a red design. And that is when I would awaken.

During the next ten years of his atheist life, he was to see the same dream several times. He would not be disturbed by the dream, however, for he would feel strangely comfortable when he awoke. But not knowing what it was, he could not make any sense out of it and thus gave no importance to it despite its repetitions.

Ten years later in his first lecture at the University of San Francisco, he met a Muslim student who attended his mathematics class. He was soon to develop a friendship with him and his family. Religion, however, was not the topic of discussion during the time he shared with that Muslim family, and it was much later that one of the family members handed to him a copy of the Qur'an.

He was not looking for a religion. Nevertheless, he started reading the Qur'an, but with a strong prejudice. "You cannot simply read the Qur'an, not if you take it seriously. You either have surrendered to it already or you fight it. It attacks tenaciously, directly, personally; it debates, criticizes, shames, and challenges. From the outset it draws the line of battle, and I was on the other side." Thus he found himself in an interesting battle. "I was at a severe disadvantage, for it became clear that the Author knew me better than I knew myself." It was as if the Author was reading his mind. Every night he would make up certain questions and objections, but would find the answer in his next readings as he continued his readings in the accepted order. "The Qur'an was always way ahead of my thinking; it was erasing barriers I had built years ago and was addressing my queries." He fought vigorously with objections and questions, but it was apparent that he was loosing the battle. "I was being led, working my way into a corner that contained only one choice."

It was early 80's and there were not many Muslims at the University of San Francisco campus. He discovered a small place at the basement of a church where a few Muslim students made their daily prayers. After much struggle in his mind, he came up with enough courage to go and visit that place. When he came out of that place a few hours later, he had already declared the shahada, the proclamation of a new life – "I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His messenger."

After he made his proclamation, it was the time for the afternoon prayer and he was invited to participate. He stood up in rows with other students behind a prayer leader named Ghassan, and started following them in prayer -

We bowed down in prostration with our faces on the red-and-white carpet. It was serene and quiet, as if the sound had been turned off. And then we sat back on our heels again.

As I looked ahead, I could see Ghassan, off to my left, in the middle, below the window that was flooding the room with light. He was alone, without a row. He was wearing a long white gown and on his head was a white scarf with a red design.

The dream! I screamed inwardly. The dream exactly! I had forgotten it completely, and now I was stunned and frightened. Am I dreaming? I wondered. Will I awaken? I tried to focus on what was happening to determine whether I was asleep. A rush of cold flowed through my body, making me shudder. My God, this is real! Then the coldness subsided, succeeded by gentle warmth radiating from within. Tears welled up in my eyes.

Everyone's journey to Islam is unique, varying from one another in many different ways, but Dr. Lang's is an interesting one. From one who challenged the existence of God, he became a firm believer in God. From a warrior who fought a fierce battler against the Qur'an, he became one who surrendered to it. From one who never knew love and who only wanted to live a comfortable materialistic life until he died and became "long-forgotten soil underneath an unmarked grave", he turned into one whose life became full of love, mercy, and spiritualism. "God will bring you to your knees, Jeffery!", said his father when he denied the existence of God at the age of eighteen. Ten years later, that became a reality. He was now on his knees, and his forehead on the ground. The highest part of his body that contained all of his knowledge and intellect was now on the lowest ground in complete submission before the Majesty of God.

Like all Muslim reverts, Dr. Lang felt that he was favored by God's mercy and that it was God Himself who directed him to Islam. "I perceived that God was always near, directing my life, creating the circumstances and opportunities to choose, yet always leaving the crucial choices to me. I was awestruck by the realization of the intimacy and love that reveals, not because we deserve it, but because it is always there and all we have to do is turn to Him to receive it. I cannot say with certainty what the meaning of that vision was, but I could not help seeing in it a sign, a favor, and a new chance."

Dr. Lang is author of two books – both make interesting readings and are useful for both Muslim converts and born Muslims to read. He is married with three daughters. It is no surprising that his children shared some of his inquisitive mind. The boy who threw questions at his father, was now a father himself who was to face questions from his children. One day he was confronted by his eight-year-old daughter Jameelah after he finished the noon prayer with her -

"Daddy, why do we pray?"

Her question caught me off guard. I didn't expect it from an eight year old. I knew of course the most obvious answer—that as Muslims we are obligated to—but I did not want to waste the opportunity to share with her the experience and benefits of salah. Nevertheless, as I tried to put together a reply in my mind, I bought a little time by beginning with, 'We pray because God wants us to!'

'But why, daddy, what does praying do?' she asked.

'It is hard to explain to a young person, honey. Someday, if you do the five prayers every day, I'm sure you'll understand, but I'll do my best to answer your question.'

'You see, sweetheart. God is the source of all the love, mercy, kindness, and wisdom—of all the beauty—that we experience and feel. Like the sun is the source of the light we see in the daytime, God is the source of all of these and much more. Thus, the love I feel for you, your sisters, and mommy is given to me by God. We know that God is kind and merciful by all the things He has given us in this life. But when we pray, we can feel God's love, kindness, and mercy in a very special way, in the most powerful way.

For example, you know that mommy and I love you by the way we take care of you. But when we hug you and kiss you, you can really feel how much we love you. In a similar way, we know that God loves and is kind to us by the way He takes care of us. But when we pray, we can feel His love in a very real and special way.'

'Does praying make you a better daddy?' She asked me.

'I hope so and I would like to think so, because once you are touched by God's love and kindness in the prayer, it is so beautiful and powerful, that you need to share it with those around you, especially your family. Sometimes, after a hard day at work, I feel so exhausted that I just want to be alone. But if I feel God's kindness and mercy in the prayer, I look at my family and remember what a great gift you are to me, and all the love and happiness I get from being your daddy and mommy's husband. I'm not say­ing that I am the perfect father, but I believe I would not be as good a father without the prayers. Am I making any sense at all?'

'I kind of understand what you mean,' Jameelah answered.

Then she hugged me and said, 'And I love you, Daddy!'

'I love you too, sweetie pie. I love you too.'

A River In A Matchbox



  • A River In A Matchbox

    “A man came to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, teach me but make it concise.’ He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘(1) When you stand to pray, pray like a man bidding farewell. (2) Do not say anything for which you will have to apologize. (3) And give up hope for what other people have.’” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

    If we pray as though it is our last prayer we will implore Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) very humbly and supplicate Him very seriously. If our every prayer is like this then how much sin could we possibly accumulate between prayers?

    The second piece of advice that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) gave was concerning the use of the tongue. Before uttering words, their results should be considered carefully, since spoken words cannot be taken back, and ill speech may cause unlimited losses.

    When we do not vie for that which other people possess, our hearts will be clear of envy, jealousy, rancour and other negative feelings. We will be able to focus on acquiring the ever-lasting goods of the Hereafter rather than the temporary adornments of the world. When we do not look at others’ possessions enviously they will also feel more secure with us and relationships will improve.

    The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) rarely gave long speeches. He would keep his words brief and to the point. He didn’t want to burden or bore anybody. Since what he said he felt from the bottom of his heart, it left its impact on the hearts of those who heard him. His speech wasn’t just the result of the activity of his vocal cords, but a manifestation of his own condition. So a few words were enough to convey his thoughts and confer change in others.

    Subhan-Allah! Such concise advice that will simultaneously straighten my relationship with my Creator as well as my relationship with His creation! With this advice the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) has fit a river into a matchbox.
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    A River In A Matchbox

“A man came to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, teach me but make it concise.’ He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘(1) When you stand to pray, pray like a man bidding farewell. (2) Do not say anything for which you will have to apologize. (3) And give up hope for what other people have.’” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

If we pray as though it is our last prayer we will implore Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) very humbly and supplicate Him very seriously. If our every prayer is like this then how much sin could we possibly accumulate between prayers?

The second piece of advice that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) gave was concerning the use of the tongue. Before uttering words, their results should be considered carefully, since spoken words cannot be taken back, and ill speech may cause unlimited losses.

When we do not vie for that which other people possess, our hearts will be clear of envy, jealousy, rancour and other negative feelings. We will be able to focus on acquiring the ever-lasting goods of the Hereafter rather than the temporary adornments of the world. When we do not look at others’ possessions enviously they will also feel more secure with us and relationships will improve. 

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) rarely gave long speeches. He would keep his words brief and to the point. He didn’t want to burden or bore anybody. Since what he said he felt from the bottom of his heart, it left its impact on the hearts of those who heard him. His speech wasn’t just the result of the activity of his vocal cords, but a manifestation of his own condition. So a few words were enough to convey his thoughts and confer change in others.

Subhan-Allah! Such concise advice that will simultaneously straighten my relationship with my Creator as well as my relationship with His creation! With this advice the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) has fit a river into a matchbox.
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