These blessed that God has elected…

Rest assured, if you are sincere in your research and look for hard to know the true religion and Islam by belief, God will help you and will light your way and that you guessed one moment, you’ll find yourself in a world that you will certainly regret not to have known rather… Have the will, made only the first step, Allah will do the rest for you… Allah loves us so strong that can we love our own mothers, and he has no interest in what we were going to hell, on the contrary, Allah by his goodness and his infinite indulgence, created heaven and its unimaginable delights only for man, for believers and his sincere servants and hell and his torments for the demons and their allies… (Abdullah Mokhtary translated from the french).

The truth is like the Sun…

The rush of hundreds of thousands of Christians to Islam around the world, is a no-brainer, a great reality that every day that God made teaches us advantage, on the other hand the alleged conversion of Muslims to Christianity is a silly way to hide the truth.Whether we like it or not, Islam is a great truth, a truth that exists in all of us.Yet it is enough just to look around…Islam is a heavy burden on the backs of the unbelievers, enemies of Islam, his load weighs too heavily on their backs. And whatever we say or whatever you do, this great truth of God will prevail one day, and all the world knows, only for many of us, it will be too late, because everyone will know the truth at the moment even where they leave this world.

Author: Abdullah Mokhtary (translated from the French).

The Islam is a heavy burden to be carried (worn) …

 

 

 

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Unfortunately nowadays, we notice in cerains Muslim countries and everywhere else in the world, that certain Muslims “fight”(”dispute”) themselves the Islam passively and in their manners by their negative behavior and the bad interpretation(performance) of its big moral values in their everyday life(daily paper). Certain not Muslims as for them, fight(dispute) him(it) by satiric drawings (The case of charlie and other), others by slanderous and resentful papers, while others use the insidious and deceitful word in the effect to divert(hijack) and to mislead the sincere not Muslims and in search of the real spiritual way.

 

That we live in a Muslim country, in Europe or somewhere else in the world, the only mission for the real Muslim consists essentially in teaching to the not Muslims and in convincing the lost, perplexed souls and in search of the truth, by inculcating them the real moral values of our big and exemplary religion, through our good daily behavior. Thus, it is only by the knowledge, the science and the real moral values, that the Islam can conquer the world and its light will can an inchallah day, to light(enlighten) the whole humanity.

 

 

The ethics of the Islam and its big moral values, through the positive behavior of the Muslim, are fundamental weapons to defend(forbid) the Islam and its big values, and so invite the not Muslims to know the Islam and its real foundations, and to exhort them to move there and to kiss(embrace) him(her,it) with conviction and close resolution. Should the opposite occur, we become, us the Muslims, beautiful speakers who get involved to give to everything coming advice(councils) which we would need ourselves.

Before delivering the real message of the Islam according to the holy Koran and to the sunnah of the prophet Mohamed (salted alayhi wa alam Allah), it is necessary to be convinced of it oneself and to practise him(it) in its just value. The controversy, the stigmatization and the demonization of our big religion worldwide, is due just like the Muslim himself, in its negative behavior (intolerance, extremism, terrorism etc.). Arguments which interpret badly the real moral values of our Islam. That we want him(it) or not, the Muslim is unfortunately the only person in charge in this world and especially in the other one, as for the bad distribution of the Islam, the big mercy than Allah in wanted, there is of it fourteen centuries for the whole humanity. However and in front of God and men(people), it is to us Muslims, and to us only, that returns this fatal mission, this big and noble responsibility, which consists essentially in saving human beings’ maximum of fires(lights) and eternal agonies of hell, and that we shall report it to Allah the day of the Last Judgment, there is no doubt about it!

 

 

On the other hand and like it or not, the Islam is the big truth, the obvious fact which exists in each of us. Nevertheless we just have only to look around, the Islam is in us and it is useless to look for him(it) somewhere else. The Islam is a heavy burden on the back of the unbelieving, the relentless enemies of the Islam, its load(responsibility) presses heavily on their consciousnesses. And although we say or although we make, this God’s big truth will eventually triumph well one day, and everybody the connaitra, only for many of us, that will be far too much late … Nevertheless the endives which clear our cellars like to live in the darkness and loathe the sun.

However and about are the causes of certain and regrettable events which often shake the world generally and a part(party) of Europe in particular, is far from striking a blow at the good image of the Islam, because this big religion is protected by the providence. Allah ( Swt) made lower(go down) the holy Koran and the sunnah of his(her) Prophet Mohamed (salted alayhi wa salam Allah), and He will support them up to the end of time, against all odds …


Author: Abdullah Mokhtary (Article translates from French).

 

 

 

The big imposture !

 

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The majority of the religious Christians sincerely in God were unfortunately deceived, indoctrinated, influenced and misled in their faith worldwide integer. The men(people) of the church know perfectly well for the most part of enter they that they are in the error and the mécréance but in front of their stubbornness and their arrogance, they preferred denied the truth good(well) that they has him(it) know perfectly, by confining itself and by persisting in the perdition and the distraction. Their Universe and a false, distorted(altered) and corrupt world where days are dark and ambiguous although the big sun shines on heads. They are similar to Satan the devil, knowing that he(it) was eternally cursed and condemned, he did not hesitate to make a commitment blindly, hands and fists bound(connected) in the mouth of the wolf, in the renunciation and God’s blatant désobéisance, by pulling(entailing) with him all his followers and his allies among the unconscious human beings, who do not stop persisting in their blacks ideas and their devilish behavior by persisting in ” prolonging the pleasure ” in this big and fatal spiritual error. Worse still, these last agravent their case by dragging behind them certain sincere Christians and in lack of the truth sprituelle, to follow them in the way of the big human madness and make it accomplices, by adorning them the pleasures and the attractions of this mediocre life, in particular by demonizing them and sigmatisant the Islam and in their noicissant its beautiful and noble image by certain idiocies.

 

 

On the other hand certain elected representatives and by the grace(favor) of God, woke up from this horrible nightmare and returned to the reason, in particular by concentrating and by considering things in their just value. However and by their doggedness, their spiritual concerns, their searches(researches) and their studies sincere and deepened(fathomed) in the domain, they finally managed to go out of the ” perverse ghetto “, they managed by the grace(favor) of God to lift the veil who(which) wrapped them the lasting life and to free(deliver) itself from the yoke of the deceit, the trickery, the big imposture of the men(people), to recognize the lie and to go away there, by distinguishing the truth of the forgery, by noticing finally that they were deceived and “taken for a ride” by a real armada structured by an insidious and deceitful hierarchy, compound(made up) of men of the Church, of Media and islamophobic of all kinds worldwide, from whom the only and main objective, consisted in diverting and in disorientating the maximum of unconscious, perplexed Christians and in search of an exit of spiritual help, a real way of eternal safety(salute), by avoiding in particular to them moving in the Islam, To kiss(embrace) the big truth which we always hid them. A French Writer in said one day, this beautiful quotation which apperente perfectly with our subject: ” the lie to be believed has to disguise really, it is its limit there “.

 

There is no other God except Allah (excited he(it) is) and there is no other religion other than the Islam. It is useless to look somewhere else, it would be only a waste of time and the time(weather) does not belong to us! Our only Creator is Allah (Excited he is) and It is Him whose help and the guided we implore. We look for refuge with Him against the wickedness of ourselves and against our evil deeds. The one that Allah guides, will never get lost and the one that Allah misleads will never be guided. I show that The Only one who deserves the worship is Allah l’ Unique and what Mohammad (salted alayhi wa salam Allah) is His admirer and His messenger. Know expensive fréres that the healthiest and the most sincere word is the one of Allah (Koran) and the most right(straight) path(way) is the one of the Prophet Mohammed (salted alayhi salam Allah) and the noble way of its pickets Companions(Journeymen) (that Allah les Agrée all) and of all our Prophets (Peace on them), and the worst of things is the novelty and any novelty is an innovation, and any innovation in our religion is a distraction and any distraction is in hell.

 

 

Our Lord Exalté Il is guided you towards the straight and narrow, He elected you among so many servants, and granted you this big favor which is the Islam, this infinite mercy which has other remuneration no than the Paradise Eternel Inchallah. For love of Allah you left the Christianity and for some the Judaism or other faiths, I congratulate you on all my heart, you undoubtedly made the good choice, by preferring the way of Allah to that of the darkness.

 

 

You kissed(embraced) the Islam by religious belief, with sincerity, by love, obviously on second thought, studies and searches(researches) and not accidentally(by chance) and Allah guided you and opened the doors of the Islam. From now on you are saved, you are on the good and real way of Allah, this way which leads by no means somewhere else otherwise to the Paradise and to these eternal delights. The path(way) is certainly still long and difficult to travel(browse), it is sprinkled with obstacles of all kinds, with obstacles and with difficulties, with temptations, with attractions and with sins which are in fact only tests(events) through which the Lord feels(experiences) the sincerity of the faith of his servants. For the real believer, this life is nothing else than a daily battle which he has to lead with courage, with endurance and perseverance, if he wishes to arrive one day at the end of the tunnel and safe and sound.

 

 

As you must know him(it) our Islam is a religion sincere, healthy and devoid of any change or one some denaturation. A healthy religion and in compliance with the reason and with the level-headedness(weighting), thus a religion which is in the line of sight, threatened by enemies from everywhere, insane, unbelieving, resentful islamophobes from whom the only objective is to divert(hijack) people of this big religion based on the peace, love and brotherhood and to pull(entail) them towards the eternal fires(lights) of Hell.


 

Our religion represents for us, the slightest of our acts, the slightest of our words, the slightest of our thoughts, an Islam which represents all the everyday life(daily paper) of our life. The Islam is not only a spiritual life, based on the prayer, the fast, the pélérinage or other religious oblogations. The Islam is a whole lifestyle, it is a geopolitical system, a cultural and educational system, a legal system etc. The Islam is a source(spring) of life! The Islam is for the real Muslim, similar to this running water which pours(flows,sinks), fresh(cool) and how much benefactress for our body and of which it consists of 60 % and that we can survive him(her) no more than five days at the very most. The Islam is the only wholesome way for the whole humanity. The Lord learns us nevertheless in saint Coran: ” Certainly the religion is for God the Islam. Those who received the Book fell in disagreement only having received the knowledge, by injustice from them. The one who denies the signs of God, God has the fast calculation. ” (Sourat: The family of Imran-V./19.).

 

 

Be allowed guide by your hearts, become attached firmly to your religion, resist the attractions of this worldly life which is not worth being lived. Conform sincerely to the Commands of Allah, to the sunna of his(her) Prophet Mohammed (salted alayhi wa salam Allah) and in the way of his(her) noble Companions(Journeymen). Know how to choose your friends, your social background, be allowed not seduce, let you not mislead by your enemies and those of your religion, let you especially not influence by the opportunists, by the ” moralizers of the darkness ” these sects deviants and non-believers who say to themselves Muslims seemingly and who in reality represent only themselves. These sects which by their behavior and their statements are only posting(showing) and proving of advantage their real hatred and resentment to the Islam and the Muslims. These sects which fight(dispute) the Islam are numerous worldwide, but the worst of these sects is other than the sphere of influence Shiite deviant who is based in reality on no Islamic foundation, only on the adoption of faiths non-believers and of dangerous and misleading positions. Be very careful my dear brothers and sisters reconverted ( ies ). This dangerous sphere of influence which the Islam rejects and denies, is in my opinion, worse than the doctrine of Orthodox Churches, of the Judaism and even the Atheism. A cancer, a real gangrene which unfortunately in reached(affected) and indoctrinated also a good many of Muslims through certain Arab and Muslim countries in the world.

 

 

Trust Allah (Excited he(it) is) which(who) teaches you in saint Coran: ” we sent before you only men(people) to whom We make revelations. Thus ask the scholars of the Book, if you do not know “. (Sura 21-7) and often conform to sincere hadiths with a chain(sequence of movements) of reliable and known reporters. Aggripez-vous as much as you can in your religion. The Prophet (salla alayhi wa salam Allah) as for him warned well us in several hadiths against the dangers in whom(which) he was afraid for us:


 

” However, when the prophet informed that this Oumma would divide into seventy-three sects, being all in the Fire(Light) except one and it is Jama’ has. Comes then in a hadith where he says: ” they are on what I am and my companions(journeymen) today ” .On hears(understands) by the term Jama’ has ( Ahl-As Sounna) ” people of the tradition ” and among them is Sidiqin (the sincere) and Chouhadas ( The martyrs).


 

So by acting, expensive fréres and sisters in God, we shall have certainly and each from us contributed to save our beautiful religion of the claws of Shiisme komeyniste and its fatal consequences and his(her) islamophobic followers (that Allah protects us from it) .L’ Islam is a godsend, a big blessing of Allah, let us protect him(it) and let us let us protect him(it) from any infringement(achievement) and stain! Our fate(spell) is between(in) our hands!

 

 

In saint Coran Allah (swt) teaches us:

“As for those who do not believe and handle with lie Our proofs, those are people of Hell”. (Verse 10 - Sura El-Bakara (The served table). 


 

“And of those who say:” we are Christian “, We took their commitment. But they forgot a part of what was called back to them. Thus we aroused between them the hostility and the hatred until the Day of the Resurrection. And Allah will inform them about what they made. (Verse 14 - Sura El-Bakara (The served table).” O people of the Book! Our Messenger (Muhammad) certainly came to you, exposing you many of what you hide from the Book, and the passer-by on many other things! A light and a Book clarifies certainly came to you from Allah! “. (Verse 15 - Sura El-Bakara (The served table). The Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa salam) as for him warned well us in several hadiths against the dangers in whom he was afraid for us: in another hadith, The Prophet (salted Allah alayhi wa salam) describes the real sense of the life so” The life in this world with regard to the afterlife is similar to a quantity of water which gets back the one of you, when he dips his finger into the ocean “. An inconceivable thing, an obvious fact which no human brain to the world could design in its just value.


 

The Prophet Jesus (Aissa) (Peace and Safety on him) teaches us all: Jesus (that the Peace is on him) said: “love of this world and that of the other world cannot live in the heart of a believer, in the same way as the fire cannot live with the water in the same bowl.” (Biharoul Anwar, volume 14, page 327). We asked Jesus (that the Peace is on him): “who formed you?” He (that the Peace or on him) answered: “nobody trained me. I saw the ugliness of the ignorance and I avoided her. “(Biharoul Anwar, volume 14, page 326). He is brought back by the [Imam] have Sadiq (that the Peace is on him), of his father who, himself, heard his father to say:” Jesus (that the Peace or on him) was used to declaring: “as regards the terror which you do not know when you will meet her (that is the death), what prevents you from preparing you for her before it does not seize you abruptly?” (Biharoul Anwar, volume 14, page 330).

 

 

All this life so beautiful, so fascinating and so long is it, is in reality only a drop of water with regard to(compared with) the ocean!! Let us live simply and without excess, let us live good and usefully, let us despise this low life, let us turn(shoot) he the back and let us avoid(flee) its dangerous temptations, let us master and let us make of her our slave, not master(teacher) and especially let us be stronger than our passions, you will see, our life will be transformed and everything will go well for us. And why not? Our Prophets (Peace on them) and all our noble persons and pious predecessors nevertheless all lived so, why not us?


 

Dear converted brothers, the Islam and with the grace(favor) of Allah opened you its doors, it embraced you, are grateful to your Lord, and make a commitment in the distribution of this big religion worldwide!

 

That Allah Protects us and protects us from any nuisances as well as all our brothers and sisters Muslims, Amine!

 

Do not especially forget me in your prayers, I enormously need it!

 

 

Author: Abdullah Mokhtary (Article translates of the Frenchman)

 

 

 

Islamic Monothéism !

 

 

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Monotheism is the message that all of the Prophets came with.  People then deviated from the truth.  Then Prophet Muhammad, may God praise him, came as the final Messenger and restored true monotheism to humanity.  Below is a detailed explanation of monotheism in Islam. 

 

Monotheism in Islam

 

The concept of monotheism (known as tawhîd in Arabic) is the single most important concept in Islam.  Everything in Islam is built upon it.  Islam calls to the absolute oneness of God.  No act of worship or devotion has any meaning or value if this concept is in any way compromised.

Monotheism can be looked at from the following three angles:

1.     The Oneness of God in His Lordship

2.     Devotion of All Worship to God Alone

3.     The Oneness of God in His Names and Attributes

These three angles can be elaborated upon as follows:

 

The Oneness of God in His Lordship

 

The oneness of God in His Lordship means that God has complete mastery over the universe in every way.  He alone is the Creator of all things.  He alone causes everything to happen.  He is All-Powerful.  No one shares in His dominion.  None can resist His decree. 

 

This concept is one that most people on Earth would agree with.  Most people recognize that the Creator of the universe is One and He has no partner.

 

Devotion of All Worship to God Alone

 

No one has the right to be worshipped except for God (Allah).  This concept is the central idea that was proclaimed by all the Prophets throughout the ages.  It is the most important creedal belief in Islam.  The purpose of Islam is to call people away from the worship of creation and call them towards the worship of the Creator.

 

This is where Islam differs greatly from most other religions.  Though most religions teach that there is a Supreme Being who created all that exists, they are rarely free of some form of polytheism with respect to worship.  These religions either call on their adherents to worship other beings as gods besides God (Allah) – though usually placing these other gods on a lower level than the Supreme Being – or they demand that their adherents call on other beings as intercessors between them and God.

 

All the Prophets and Messengers, from Adam to Muhammad (may God praise them all) called people to worship God alone.  This is the purest, simplest, most natural faith.  Islam rejects the notion of the cultural anthropologists that the early religion of human beings was polytheism, and then slowly the idea of monotheism evolved from that.

 

The truth is that the natural religion of humanity is to worship God alone.  People later came along and corrupted this religion, introducing into it the worship of other beings.  People seem to have a tendency to want to focus their devotions on something tangible, something imaginable, even though they have an instinctive knowledge that the Creator of the universe is far beyond their imaginations.  Throughout human history, God sent Prophets and Messengers to call the people back to the worship of the One True God, and repeatedly, people returned to the worship of created beings.

 

God created human beings to worship Him alone.  The greatest possible sin is to worship anyone other than God (Allah).  It is no less sinful if the worshipper intends to get nearer to God by offering devotions to another being.  God does not need intercessors or intermediaries.  He hears all of our prayers and has complete knowledge of everything that happens.

 

At the same time, God does not need our worship.  He is completely independent of all things.  If every person in the world were to come together to worship God alone, they would not benefit God in the least.  They would not add an atom’s weight to His dominion.  Conversely, if all creation abandoned the worship of God, this would not decrease His dominion in the least.  By worshipping God, we benefit our own souls and fulfill the purpose for which we were created.  We do not fulfill any need of God.  He is needless.

 

The Oneness of God in His Names and Attributes

 

The oneness of God (Allah) in His names and attributes implies that God does not share in the attributes of created beings, nor do they share in any of His.  God is unique in every way.  Muslims believe in all of the attributes that God asserts for Himself and that His Prophet ascribes to Him with the understanding that those attributes are not the same as the attributes of created things.  Likewise, we negate any name or attribute for God that God and His Messenger negate for Him.

 

God’s attributes are all attributes of perfection and completeness.  Human deficiencies cannot be ascribed to God.  God has no deficiency or weakness whatsoever.

 

It is a form of polytheism to ascribe to God attributes of created things.  It is likewise a form of polytheism to ascribe to created things attributes that belong to God alone.  Anyone who believes that another being is, for instance, All-Knowledgeable or All-Powerful has committed the sin of polytheism, which is the greatest of all sins in Islam. 

 

Source : IslamReligion.Com

The Story Of Adam (Part 1 Of 5) : The Firstman !

 

 

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Islam provides us with the astonishing details of the creation of Adam[1].  Both Christian and Jewish traditions are remarkably similar yet importantly different to the Quran.  The Book of Genesis describes Adam as being made from “the dust of the earth,” and in the Talmud, Adam is described as being kneaded from mud.

And God said to the angels:

“‘Verily, I am going to place mankind generations after generations on earth.’  They said: ‘Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, while we glorify You with praises and thanks and sanctify You.’  God said: ‘I know that which you do not know.’” (Quran 2:30)

So begins the story of Adam, the first man, the first human being.  God created Adam from a handful of soil containing portions from all its varieties on Earth.  Angels were sent to earth to collect the soil that was to become Adam.  It was red, white, brown, and black; it was soft and malleable, hard and gritty; it came from the mountains and the valleys; from infertile deserts and lush fertile plains and all the natural varieties in between.  The descendants of Adam were destined to be as diverse as the handful of soil from which their ancestor was created; all have different appearances, attributes and qualities.

Soil or Clay?

Throughout the Quran, the soil used to create Adam is referred to by many names, and from this we are able to understand some of the methodology of his creation.  Each name for soil is used at a different stage of Adam’s creation.  Soil, taken from the earth, is referred to as soil; God also refers to it as clay.  When it is mixed with water it becomes mud, when it is left to stand the water content reduces and it becomes sticky clay (or mud).  If it is again left for some time it begins to smell, and the colour becomes darker – black, smooth clay.  It was from this substance that God moulded the form of Adam.  His soulless body was left to dry, and it became what is known in the Quran as sounding clay.  Adam was moulded from something akin to potter’s clay.  When it is rapped it produces a ringing sound.[2]

The First Man is Honoured

And God said, to the Angels:

“And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: ‘I am going to create a human (Adam) from sounding clay of altered black smooth mud.  So when I have fashioned him and breathed into him (his) soul created by Me, then you fall down prostrate to him.” (Quran 38:71-72)

God honoured the first humman, Adam, in countless ways.  Allah blew his soul into him, He fashioned him with His own hands and He ordered the Angels to bow down before him.  And God said to the Angels:

“….Prostrate to Adam and they prostrated except Iblees (Satan)….” (Quran 7:11)

While worship is reserved for God Alone this prostration by the Angels to Adam was a sign of respect and honour.  It is said that, as Adam’s body trembled into life, he sneezed and immediately said ‘All praise and thanks is due to God;’ so God responded by bestowing His Mercy upon Adam.  Although this account is not mentioned in either the Quran or the authentic narrations of the Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, it is mentioned in some commentaries of the Quran.  Thus, in his first seconds of life, the first man is recognized as an honoured creature, covered with the infinite Mercy of God.[3]

It was also said by the Prophet Muhammad that God created Adam in His image.[4] This does not mean that Adam was created to look similar to God, as God is unique in all His aspects, we are unable to comprehend or form an image of Him.  It does mean, however, that Adam was given some qualities which also God has, although incomparable.  He was given qualities of mercy, love, free will, and others.

The First Greeting

Adam was instructed to approach a group of Angels sitting near to him and greet them with the words Assalamu alaikum (May God’s peace be upon you), they answered ‘and also upon you be God’s peace, mercy and blessings’.  From that day forward these words became the greeting of those submitted to God.  From the moment of Adam’s creation, we his descendents were instructed to spread peace.

Adam, the Caretaker

God told mankind that He did not create them except that they should worship Him.  Everything in this world was created for Adam and his descendants, in order to aid us in our ability to worship and know God.  Due to God’s infinite Wisdom, Adam and his descendants were to be the caretakers on earth, so God taught Adam what he needed to know to perform this duty.  God mentions:

“He taught Adam all the names of everything.” (Quran 2:31)

God gave Adam the ability to identify and designate names to everything; He taught him language, speech and the ability to communicate.  God imbued Adam with an insatiable need for and love of knowledge.  After Adam had learned the names and uses for all things God said to the Angels…

“‘tell me the names of these if you are truthful.’  They answered ‘Glory be to You, we have no knowledge except what You have taught us.  Verily it is You the All Knower, the All Wise.’” (Quran 2:31-32)

God turned to Adam and said:

“‘O Adam!  Inform them of their names,’ and when he had informed them of their names, He said:  Did I not tell you that I know the unseen in the heavens and the earth, and I know what you reveal and what you have been hiding?” (Quran 2:33)

Adam tried to speak with the Angels, but they were occupied worshipping God.  The Angels were given no specific knowledge or freedom of will, their sole purpose being to worship and praise God.  Adam, on the other hand, was given the ability to reason, make choices and identify objects and their purpose.  This helped to prepare Adam for his coming role on earth.  So Adam knew the names of everything, but he was alone in Heaven.  One morning Adam awoke to find a woman gazing at him.[5].

 

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Salvation From Hellfire !

God has said in the Quran:

 

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“Those who have disbelieved and died in disbelief, the earth full of gold would not be accepted from any of them if one offered it as a ransom. They will have a painful punishment, and they will have no helpers.” (Quran 3:91)

So, this life is our only chance to win Paradise and to escape from Hellfire, because if someone dies in disbelief, he will not have another chance to come back to this world to believe.  As God has said in the Quran about what is going to happen for the unbelievers on the Day of Judgment:

“If you could but see when they are set before the Fire (Hell) and say, “Would that we might return (to the world)!  Then we would not reject the verses of our Lord, but we would be of the believers!” (Quran 6:27)

But no one will have this second opportunity.

The Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said: “The happiest man in the world of those doomed to the Fire (Hell) on the Day of Judgment will be dipped in the Fire once.  Then he will be asked, ‘Son of Adam, did you ever see any good?  Did you ever experience any blessing?’  So he will say, ‘No, by God, O Lord!’”[1].

 

Source : http://www.islamreligion.com/

 

WORSHIP IN ISLAM (PART 1 OF 3): THE MEANING OF WORSHIP !

 

 

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The concept and purpose of worship in Islam is unparallel to any other religion in existence.  It combines the mundane with the spiritual, the individual with the society, and the internal soul with the external body.  Worship has a unique role in Islam, and through worship, a person is regarded as a true Muslim who accords his entire life to the Will of God.

 

The importance of worship may be seen in the fact that it has been prescribed by God in all religions prior to Islam.  God said in the Quran:

 

“And assuredly We have sent among every people a messenger (with the command): worship God…” (Quran 16:36)

 

Worship in Islam has so many facets that it is difficult to describe them all in words.  The most general meaning of worship in Islam is inclusive of everything which is pleasing to God, whether they deal with issues of belief, or deeds of the body.  It may include everything a person perceives, thinks, intends, feels, says and does.  It also refers to everything that God requires, external, internal or interactive.  This includes rituals as well as beliefs, work, social activities, and personal behavior, as human being is a whole, such that every part affects every other.

 

Worship may be classified into two types:

 

1)   Specific Beliefs, feelings and visible acts of devotion paid in homage to God which He has commanded.

2)   All other acts of goodness generally encouraged in the life of a Muslim.

 

Devotion to God

 

This facet of worship entails that one fulfill certain deeds which God has commanded in His religion, whether they deal with the inner self or the outer body, and whether they be obligatory or voluntary.  This facet of worship is not only limited to following His commandments, however, but it is also inclusive of leaving those things which He has forbidden.  Worship in this sense, maybe defined as anything believed, felt, or done as an act of obedience to God.

 

In this respect, worship may also be called servitude, as it is in essence living one’s life in complete servitude to God, doing what He commands, and avoiding what he forbids, as a slave lives within the will of his master.  In essence all creations are slaves of God, whether they like it or not, for they are all subject to the laws He has placed within His creation:

 

“There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Beneficent (God) as an obedient slave.” (Quran 19:93)

“To Him submitted all creatures in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly.” (Quran 3:83)

 

But worship differs from servitude in that it must be coupled with love, awe and reverence.  No act of obedience is regarded as worship unless it is coupled these feelings; one must love the action and love, hold in awe and have reverence for the One the action is being performed.

 

For this reason, in discussing this topic, it must be emphasized that worship is a right with is solely for God.  Islam adheres to the strictest form of monotheism and does not tolerate that any act of worship be directed towards other than God.  It is God alone who demands our obedience, and it is God alone who deserves our love.  Any veneration of other deities besides God, whether they be demigods, prophets, angels, saints or martyrs, or their relics, statues or pictures, is considered as a breach in this monotheism, and a person is rendered out of the fold of Islam if committed.  Even though one may justify that they venerate saints due to their service to God, or their relics as a remembrance of them, Islam does not differentiate between direct and indirect, or subordinate and superior worship.  All worship and acts of veneration, homage and obedience must be offered for God alone.

 

The Inner Forms of Worship

 

As mentioned earlier, acts of worship prescribed by God either deal with the inner self or the outer body.  Those which deal with the inner self do so with belief and feelings.  Humans are commanded to believe in certain ultimate truths, discussed in the articles of faith, and this is the most important aspect of worship.  Belief is the basis for what a person feels and does – actions and feelings are a reflection of belief.  If a person’s belief in incorrect or weak, it will never produce the desired results in regards to their feelings or actions.  For example, if a person incorrectly believes that God has forgiven them their sins due to their mere faith, their belief will not produce the desired feeling of fear which should be present in their heart, nor will this belief cause a person to cease sinning and perform deeds of righteousness.

 

God has also commanded us to maintain certain feelings in our hearts, both towards God as well as others of His creation.  Muslims must love God, fear him, have awe in Him, place their trust in Him, and revere Him.  Muslims have also been commanded to love their fellow Muslims, to have mercy and compassion towards them, to love righteousness and to hate sin.  These are all considered acts of worship of the inner self because they are in essence a fulfillment of the commandments of God; Muslims will be rewarded for fulfilling them.

 

A suivre sur islamReligion.com

Hadj – The Journey Of a Lifetime (Partie 1 Of 2) !

 

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The hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, a central duty of Islam whose origins date back to the Prophet Abraham, brings together Muslims of all races and tongues for one of life’s most moving spiritual experiences.

 

For 14 centuries, countless millions of Muslims, men and women from the four corners of the earth, have made the pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of Islam.  In carrying out this obligation, they fulfill one of the five “pillars” of Islam, or central religious duties of the believer.

 

Muslims trace the recorded origins of the divinely prescribed pilgrimage to the Prophet Abraham.  According to the Quran, it was Abraham who, together with Ishmael built the Kabah, “the House of God”, the direction toward which Muslims turn in their worship five times each day.  It was Abraham, too who established the rituals of the hajj, which recall events or practices in his life and that of Hagar and their son Ishmael.

 

In the chapter entitled “The Pilgrimage”, the Quran speaks of the divine command to perform the hajj and prophesies the permanence of this institution:

 

“And when We assigned for Abraham the place of the House, saying ‘Do not associate Anything with Me, and purify My House for those who go around it and for those who stand and bow and prostrate themselves in worship.  And proclaim the Pilgrimage among humankind: They will come to you on foot and on every camel made lean By traveling deep, distant ravines.’” - (Quran 22:26-27).

 

By the time the Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, received the divine call, however, pagan practices had come to muddy some of the original observances of the hajj.  The Prophet, as ordained by God, continued the Abrahamic hajj after restoring its rituals to their original purity.

 

Furthermore, Muhammad himself instructed the believers in the rituals of the hajj.  He did this in two ways: by his own practice, or by approving the practices of his Companions.  This added some complexity to the rituals, but also provided increased flexibility in carrying them out, much to the benefit of pilgrims ever since.  It is lawful, for instance, to have some variation in the order in which the several rites are carried out, because the Prophet himself is recorded as having approved such actions.  Thus, the rites of the hajj are elaborate, numerous and varied; aspects of some of them are highlighted below.

 

The hajj to Mecca is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation upon male and female adults whose health and means permit it, or, in the words of the Quran, upon “those who can make their way there.”  It is not an obligation on children, though some children do accompany their parents on this journey.

 

Before setting out, a pilgrim should redress all wrongs, pay all debts, plan to have enough funds for his own journey and for the maintenance of his family while he is away, and prepare himself for good conduct throughout the hajj.

 

When pilgrims undertake the hajj journey, they follow in the footsteps of millions before them.  Nowadays hundreds of thousands of believers from over 70 nations arrive in the Mecca by road, sea and air every year, completing a journey now much shorter and in some ways less arduous than it often was in the past.

 

Till the 19th century, traveling the long distance to Mecca usually meant being part of a caravan.  There were three main caravans: the Egyptian one, which formed in Cairo; the Iraqi one, which set out from Baghdad; and the Syrian, which, after 1453, started at Istanbul, gathered pilgrims along the way, and proceeded to Mecca from Damascus.

 

As the hajj journey took months if all went well, pilgrims carried with them the provisions they needed to sustain them on their trip.  The caravans were elaborately supplied with amenities and security if the persons traveling were rich, but the poor often ran out of provisions and had to interrupt their journey in order to work, save up their earnings, and then go on their way.  This resulted in long journeys which, in some cases, spanned ten years or more.  Travel in earlier days was filled with adventure.  The roads were often unsafe due to bandit raids.  The terrain the pilgrims passed through was also dangerous, and natural hazards and diseases often claimed many lives along the way.  Thus, the successful return of pilgrims to their families was the occasion of joyous celebration and thanksgiving for their safe arrival.

 

Lured by the mystique of Mecca and Medina, many Westerners have visited these two holy cities, on which the pilgrims converge, since the 15th century.  Some of them disguised themselves as Muslims; others, who had genuinely converted, came to fulfill their duty.  But all seem to have been moved by their experience, and many recorded their impressions of the journey and the rituals of the hajj in fascinating accounts.  Many hajj travelogues exist, written in languages as diverse as the pilgrims themselves.

 

The pilgrimage takes place each year between the 8th and the 13th days of Dhul-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Muslim lunar calendar.  Its first rite is the donning of the ihram.

 

The ihram, worn by men, is a white seamless garment made up of two pieces of cloth or toweling; one covers the body from waist down past the knees, and the other is thrown over the shoulder.  This garb was worn by both Abraham and Muhammad.  Women dress as they usually do.  Men’s heads must be uncovered; both men and women may use an umbrella.

 

The ihram is a symbol of purity and of the renunciation of evil and mundane matters.  It also indicates the equality of all people in the eyes of God.  When the pilgrim wears his white apparel, he or she enters into a state of purity that prohibits quarreling, committing violence to man or animal and having conjugal relations.  Once he puts on his hajj clothes the pilgrim cannot shave, cut his nails or wear any jewelry, and he will keep his unsown garment on till he completes the pilgrimage.

 

A pilgrim who is already in Mecca starts his hajj from the moment he puts on the ihram.  Some pilgrims coming from a distance may have entered Mecca earlier with their ihram on and may still be wearing it.  The donning of the ihram is accompanied by the primary invocation of the hajj, the talbiyah:

 

“Here I am, O God, at Thy Command!  Here I am at Thy Command!  Thou art without associate; Here I am at Thy Command!  Thine are praise and grace and dominion!  Thou art without associate.”

 

The thunderous, melodious chants of the talbiyah ring out not only in Mecca but also at other nearby sacred locations connected with the hajj.

 

On the first day of the hajj, pilgrims sweep out of Mecca toward Mina, a small uninhabited village east of the city.  As their throngs spread through Mina, the pilgrims generally spend their time meditating and praying, as the Prophet did on his pilgrimage.

 

During the second day, the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah, pilgrims leave Mina for the plain of Arafat where they rest.  This is the central rite of the hajj.  As they congregate there, the pilgrims’ stance and gathering reminds them of the Day of Judgment.  Some of them gather at the Mount of Mercy, where the Prophet delivered his unforgettable Farewell Sermon, enunciating far-reaching religious, economic, social and political reforms.  These are emotionally charged hours, which the pilgrims spend in worship and supplication.  Many shed tears as they ask God to forgive them.  On this sacred spot, they reach the culmination of their religious lives as they feel the presence and closeness of a merciful God.

 

The first Englishwoman to perform the hajj, Lady Evelyn Cobbold, described in 1934 the feelings pilgrims experience at Arafat.

 

“It would require a master pen to describe the scene, poignant in its intensity, of that great concourse of humanity of which I was one small unit, completely lost to their surroundings in a fervor of religious enthusiasm.  Many of the pilgrims had tears streaming down their cheeks; others raised their faces to the starlit sky that had witnessed this drama so often in the past centuries.  The shining eyes, the passionate appeals, the pitiful hands outstretched in prayer moved me in a way that nothing had ever done before, and I felt caught up in a strong wave of spiritual exaltation.  I was one with the rest of the pilgrims in a sublime act of complete surrender to the Supreme Will which is Islam.”

 

She goes on to describe the closeness pilgrims feel to the Prophet while standing in Arafat:

 

“…as I stand beside the granite pillar, I feel I am on Sacred ground.  I see with my mind’s eye the Prophet delivering that last address, over thirteen hundred years ago, to the weeping multitudes.  I visualize the many preachers who have spoken to countless millions who have assembled on the vast plain below; for this is the culminating scene of the Great Pilgrimage.”

 

The Prophet is reported to have asked God to pardon the sins of pilgrims who gathered at Arafat, and was granted his wish.  Thus, the hopeful pilgrims prepare to leave this plain joyfully, feeling reborn without sin and intending to turn over a new leaf.

 

Next: Hajj - The Journey of a Lifetime (part 2 of 2): The Rites of Abraham

 

Source :  http://www.islamreligion.com/

AN UNMET CHALLENGE !

 

 

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Initially, the Meccan unbelievers said Muhammad is the author of the Quran.  God responded to them:

 

 

First, God challenged them to produce ten chapters like the Quran:

Or they may say, ‘He forged it,’ Say, ‘Bring ye then ten suras forged, like unto it, and call (to your aid) whomsoever you can, other than God! - If you speak the truth!’  If then they answer not your (call), know you that this revelation is sent down with the knowledge of God, and that there is no god but He!  Will you then submit (to Islam)?” (Quran 11:13-14)

But, when they were unable to meet the challenge of ten chapters, God reduced it to a single chapter:

“And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down on Our slave, then produce a surah thereof and call upon your witnesses other than God, if you should be truthful.  But if you do not – and you will never be able to – then fear the Fire whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the unbelievers.” (Quran 2:23-24)

Finally, God foretold their eternal failure to meet the divine challenge:

“Say: ‘If all mankind and all jinn[1]  would come together to produce the like of this Quran, they could not produce its like even though they were to exert all their strength in aiding one another!’” (Quran 17:88)

 

The Prophet of Islam said:

“Every Prophet was given ‘signs’ because of which people believed in him.  Indeed, I have been given the Divine Revelation that God has revealed to me.  So, I hope to have the most followers of all the prophets on the Day of Resurrection.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

The physical miracles performed by the prophets were time-specific, valid only for those who witnessed them, whereas the like of the continuing miracle of our Prophet, the Noble Quran, was not granted to any other prophet.  Its linguistic superiority, style, clarity of message, strength of argument, quality of rhetoric, and the human inability to match even its shortest chapter till the end of time grant it an exquisite uniqueness.  Those who witnessed the revelation and those who came after, all can drink from its fountain of wisdom.  That is why the Prophet of Mercy hoped he will have the most followers of all the prophets, and prophesized that he would at a time when Muslims were few, but then they began to embrace Islam in floods.  Thus, this prophecy came true.

 

Explanation of Quran’s Inimitability

State of the Prophet Muhammad

 

He was an ordinary human being.

He was illiterate.  He could neither read nor write.

He was more than forty years old when he received the first revelation.  Until then he was not known to be an orator, poet, or a man of letters; he was just a merchant.  He did not compose a single poem or deliver even one sermon before he was chosen to be a prophet.

He brought a book attributing it to God, and all Arabs of his time were in agreement it was inimitable.

 

The Challenge of the Quran

 

The Quran puts a challenge out to anyone who opposes the Prophet. The challenge is to produce a chapter (surah) similar to it, even if it were to be a cooperative effort.  A person may summon all the help he can from the physical and spiritual realms.

 

Why this Challenge?

 

First, Arabs were poets.  Poetry was their supreme ornament and their most representative form of discourse.  Arabic poetry was rooted in the oral; it was a voice before it acquired an alphabet.  Poets could compose intricate poems spontaneously and commit thousands of lines to memory.  Arabs had a complex system of evaluating a poet and the poetry to meet rigid standards.  Annual competition selected the ‘idols’ of poetry, and they were engraved in gold and hung inside the Kaaba, alongside their idols of worship.  The most skilled served as judges.  Poets could ignite wars and bring truce between warring tribes.  They described women, wine, and war like no one else.

Second, the opponents of the Prophet Muhammad were strongly determined to quash his mission in any way possible.  God gave them a non-violent approach to disprove Muhammad.

 

Inability to Meet the Challenge and its Consequences

 

History is a witness that the pre-Islamic Arabs could not produce a single chapter to meet the challenge of the Quran.[2]  Instead of meeting the challenge, they chose violence and waged war against him.  They, of all people, had the ability and the motive to meet the Quranic challenge, but could not do so.  Had they done so, the Quran would have proven false, and the man who brought it would have been exposed as a false prophet.  The fact that the ancient Arabs did not and could not meet this challenge is proof of Quran’s inimitability.  Their example is of a thirsty man next to a well, the only reason he dies of thirst is if he was unable to reach the water!

 

Furthermore, the inability of previous Arabs to meet the challenge of the Quran implies later Arabs are less competent to meet the challenge, due to their lack the mastery of classical Arabic that the previous, ‘classical’ Arabs had.  According to linguists of the Arabic language, the Arabs before and during the time of the Prophet, in exclusion to subsequent generations, had the most complete mastery of the Arabic language, its rules, meters, and rhymes.  Later Arabs did not match the mastery of classical Arabs.[3]

 

Lastly, the challenge is for Arabs and non-Arabs alike.  If the Arabs cannot meet the challenge, the non-speakers of Arabic cannot claim to meet the challenge either.  Hence, the inimitability of the Quran is established for non-Arabs as well.

 

What if someone were to say: ‘perhaps the challenge of the Quran was met by someone in the time of the Prophet, but the pages of history did not preserve it.’?

 

Since the beginning, people have reported important events to their succeeding generations, especially in that which captures attention or what people are looking out for.  The Quranic challenge was well spread and well known, and had someone met it, it would have been impossible for it not to have reached us.  If it has been lost in the annals of history, then, for the sake of argument, it is also possible that there was more than one Moses, more than one Jesus, and more than one Muhammad; perhaps many scriptures were also revealed to these imaginary prophets, and it is possible the world knows nothing about it!  Just like these suppositions are unfounded historically, it is also unreasonable to imagine that the Quranic challenge was met without it reaching us.[4]

 

Second, had they met the challenge, the Arabs would have discredited the Prophet.  It would have been their biggest propaganda tool against him.  Nothing like this happened, instead, they chose war.

 

The fact that no effort of the non-Muslim has succeeded in ‘producing a verse’ like a verse of the Quran means that either no-one has taken the Quran seriously enough to make the effort, or that they made the effort, but were not successful.  This shows the inimitability of the Quran, a unique and everlasting message.  The uniqueness of the Quran combined with the divine message it brings to mankind is a sure indication of the truth of Islam. In the face of this, every person is faced with one of the two choices.  He either openly accepts the Quran is God’s Word .  In doing so he must also accept that Muhammad was sent by God and was His Messenger.  Or else he secretly knows the Quran is true, but he chooses in his heart to refuse it.  If the seeker is honest in his seeking, he need but explore this question of its inimitability to nurture the inner certainty that he has really found the final truth in the religion it predicates.

 


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