Wednesday, March 31, 2010

No One can Heal You but Allah

Being humans we commit good and bad deeds. It is very natural that a person intentionally or unintentionally does some deeds which are not permitted in religion. So we should always ask Allah for guidance and forgiveness as we are advised to do so in Quran.

“And your Lord said: “Invoke Me, I will respond to your (invocation). Verily! Those who scorn My worship (i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness, they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!” (Ghaafir 40:60)

The life is full of hardships, calamities, twists and turns. Being a Muslim we should have firm belief in Allah that He will always rescue from the mishaps. From Quran we can find many verses in which Muslims are advised to ask for relief through supplication. Hence, belief in Allah is the source of security and peace. And the hearts that are devoid of trust are always far from Allah and are full of fright and confusion.

Supplication is the dearest thing to Allah. It is the way to patience in the cause of Allah. It is a sign of sincere dependence on Allah and keeping away from incapacity and laziness. It is an easy-to-make act of worship and it can be done at all places and times.

The supplicant must be a sincere believer. He should face the qiblah while making the supplication and should be sure that he is in the state of purity. He should raise his hands to Allah. He should be resolute in his supplication, supplicate at the times when invocations are most likely answered and select the supplications that are authentically reported from the Prophet. He should also not forget to make a sadaqah before his supplication.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fake Islamic Sites and Our Responsibility

Despite of the various benefits of the internet regarding information gathering, there are certain groups who are using this medium for propaganda against Islam. Enemies of Islam have got a good platform to misguide the people about Islam and Muslims. Although Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, but unfortunately Muslims are weak in technology and this weakness is being exploited by anti Islamic groups to keep the people away from Islam.

We have encountered some websites that apparently look to be run by Muslims and pretend to be Islamic sites but actually these are spreading wrong information just to misguide non-Muslims who are keen to know about Islam. Instead of showing the real meaning of Quran, they twist the meaning of verses and present it in front of the public.

When we see such kind of websites, normally we react with anger. In fact it is a sign of strong faith and shows our love for religion Islam. But such things cannot be dealt with anger. What we need is to follow the proper channel and compete with them.

Don’t go for dialogue if you are not completely prepared. Otherwise they will defeat you if you lack in religious knowledge. So make sure that you have grasped complete knowledge of what you are going to talk about. Another thing you should remember that you shouldn’t publicize these fake websites. Doing this you are making these websites popular that will help the owner of these websites.

The best way to deal with fake Islamic websites is to develop a website that accurately defines the concept of Islam. We should guide people who don’t understand Arabic through Online Quran Translations. We should provide people with the answers according to the teachings of Quran and sunnah because lots of people turn to the internet when they need to know the answers for certain issues.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Big Bang Theory and Quran

Various theories are described by many cosmological philosophers. Herman Bondi, Thomas Gold and Fred Hoyle introduced a theory that states that the universe was the same as it is now, matter is continually created to fill the gaps between galaxies. This theory was replaced with the Doppler effect and astronomers explained that the galaxies are moving away while the universe is expanding. This is somehow man made theories, Quran explains this very clearly.

Do they not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation) before we clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?

Big bang theory states, in the beginning explosion happened, that explosion wasn’t the same like an observer observe on earth. When that explosion was over space and time were born. Temperature of universe was hundred thousand million degrees and there was abundance of electrons.

Allama Yusuf Ali says “The evolution of the ordered worlds as we see them is hinted at. As man's intellectual gaze over the physical world expands, he sees more and more how Unity is the dominating note in Allah's wonderful Universe. Taking the solar system alone, we know that the maximum intensity of sun-spots corresponds with he maximum intensity of magnetic storms on this earth. The universal law of gravitation seems to bind all mass together. Physical facts point to the throwing off of planets from vast quantities of diffused nebular matter, of which the central condensed core is sun."

We must understand the scientific terms in order to open our minds towards Allah’s will because everything is created by God and we shouldn’t separate science and Quran. As Quran really explains everything. You can recite Online Quran and seek the truth.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Islam and the Concept of Unity

Islam poses great stress on the importance of unity. The Islamic concept of Tauheed is the other name of the unity of mankind. The basic concept of Islam is the unity of God. Allah’s unity teaches us the message that we should not divide humans into sections and sects. Almighty Allah in the Quran says that the division of people in the races and clans is only for their introduction. The best one out of them is the man of piety.

Islam is a religion that bears other religions and orders its followers to respect and protect all humans irrespective of color, religion and ethnicity. According to a Hadith of the Holy Prophet all persons belong to Adam and Adam was from soil. The racial discrimination has been strictly prohibited in Islam. In the last sermon from the mountain of Arafat the Holy Prophet had clearly announced that no Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab; or the white over the black.

Islam advocates equal rights for all humans in the world and gives clear enjoinments for the respect, safety, security and prosperity of the non-Muslims as well.

When we Learn Quran we fine three levels of unity. These three levels are:

Unity of humanity

The Quran in Sura Al-Hujurat (The Inner Apartments) says:

“O, Mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you with Allah is the one who has piety.” (49:13).

In this verse, Allah addressed believers and whole humanity rather than addressing only Muslims.

Unity of the People of Book

The people of the Books are the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims. In Sura Al-e-Imran the Quran says:

” O, people of the Book! Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with him, and that none of us will take others as lords besides Allah. Then if they turn away, say; Bear witness that we are Muslims” (3:64).

Unity of Muslims

In Sura Al-e-Imran the Quran says;

“And hold fast, all of you together to the rope of Allah, and be not divided among yourselves.” (3:103).

Islam is to serve humanity. It has come to reform and unite humans, not to divide them. We must condemn separatism extremism and terrorism in the name of Islam and unite humanity if we believe in the unity of God.