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Can jews study the Qur’an?

Can jews study the Qur’an? Rabbi Chaim Mintz founder and director of Oorah.org answers…

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Posted by on January 13, 2018 in Truth & evidence, Video

 

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Taif incident

In the tenth year of the message, Muhammad’s uncle Abu-Talib and his wife Khadeejah both died. With their death the abuse of Quraish multiplied greatly. Of those few people who were allowed to hear the Qur’an many became Muslims. However, the continuous and unrelenting torture of Quraish towards the Muslims drove Muhammad (pbuh) to seek an ally for them to protect them against Quraish and allow the people to hear the message of Islam.

This new situation meant that the Prophet had to explore new avenues in his search for support. After long deliberation, he set out on foot for Taif, a mountainous town about 100 kilometers from Makkah. His only companion on this trip was his faithful servant, Zayd ibn Harithah.

So he traveled to Al-Taif in search of the protection of the tribe of Thaqeef and with the hope that they might accept his message. He presented his message to Ibn Abd-Yalayl ibn Abdu Kulal and the nobles of Al-Taif. They, however, met him with curses and abuse.

They then roused the citizens and enflamed their passions against him till they stoned him out of their city and he fled from them into a farm belonging to Utba and Shaiba the sons of Rabeea. These two watched him from a distance as he sat below one of their grape arbors and supplicated to Allah.

In spite of the catastrophe and hardships faced in this journey and the sorrow that not a single body embraced Islam, the heart of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was full of love and glorification of ALLAAH (the Most High). When Muhammad (pbuh) saw that the people of Thaqeef had left him alone and returned to their daily lives, with a heavy heart he lifted his hands towards the heavens and prayed:

O my Lord, unto you I bewail my weakness, inability, and disregard of mankind towards me. O Most Merciful of the merciful, you are the Lord of the weak and my Lord. Unto whom shall you deliver me?. Unto one who is distant and shall glower at me, or unto an enemy whom you have given authority over me? If you are not angry against me then I do not care [what befalls me], but your [gifts of] well being are more commodious for me. I seek refuge in the light of your face that has overcome all darkness, and through which all matters of this life and the hereafter have been established in justice, that your retribution should fall upon me, or your disdain should befall me. Unto you is [all] appeasement until you are appeased, and no one has power or ability except in You

As Utba and Shaiba watched Muhammad (pbuh) they felt pity on him and sent to him their slave boy, Addas, to collect a bowl of grapes and take it to him. Addas collected the grapes and took them to Muhammad placing them in his hand. He then said: “Eat.” As Muhammad was about to eat he began with the words “In the name of Allah” (which all Muslims say before eating or drinking). Addas was a Christian and when he heard these words he said to Muhammad “Verily, these are not the words of the people of this land.” Muhammad asked him from which land he came and Addas replied “From ‘Ninwa’.” Muhammad said: “From the land of the pious man Jonah the son of Amittai.” Addas marveled: “And how do you know Jonah the son of Amittai?” Muhammad (pbuh) responded: “He is my brother. He was a messenger and I am a messenger” Upon hearing these words Addas took to kissing the hands, head and feet of prophet Muhammad

When Urwa and Shaiba saw this they said to one another: “Verily, he has quite corrupted our slave boy.” When Addas returned to them they said to him: “Fie upon you Addas! Why did you kiss the man’s head, hands and feet?” Addas replied: “O masters, there is nothing in this earth better than this matter. He has told me of a matter which is only known to a messenger” They rebuked him saying: “Fie unto you Addas! Do not allow him to divert you from your religion. Your religion is far better than his!”

Muhammad (pbuh) then departed and returned home practically overwhelmed with excessive sorrow. On his way home he stopped in Qarn ath-Tha’alib, as he looked up, he saw a cloud shadowing him and he saw angel Gabriel in it. Angel Gabriel then addressed him saying: “Allah has heard what your people said to you, and how they have replied to you. Allah has sent the Angel of the Mountains to you so that you may order him to do whatever you wish to these people.” The Angel of the Mountains then called out greeting him and then said, “O Muhammad! Order what you wish. If you like, I shall cause al-Akhshabayn (two mountains surrounding Al-Taif) to fall upon them.” The Prophet (pbuh), replied “No, for I hope that there shall be among their children those who will worship Allah alone, and will worship none besides Him.” He then returned to Makkah and to the abuse of its people.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2016 in Know him !, The message

 

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The Lenient

Amongst the other things that Islam has encouraged and called for is adopting leniency in buying and selling. It was narrated on the authority of Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullaah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allaah, peace and blessing be upon him, said: “May Allaah’s mercy be on him who is lenient in his buying, selling, and in demanding back his money.” [Reported by Al-Bukhaari and others].

It was also reported from Huthayfah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allaah, peace and blessing be upon him, said:

“A servant from amongst the servants of Allaah was brought to Him whom Allaah had endowed with riches. He (Allaah The Almighty) said to him: “What (did you do) in the world?” He (the person) said: “They cannot conceal anything from Allaah.” He added: “O my Lord, You endowed me with Your riches. I used to enter into transactions with people. It was my nature to be lenient to (my debtors). I showed leniency to the solvent and gave respite to the insolvent, whereupon Allaah The Almighty said: “I have more right than you to do this to connive at My servant.” [Reported by Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].

Dear reader, there are many types of adopting leniency such as not to go extremely regarding price, especially if they buyer is known with poverty, little money, and also rescinding a sale with a Muslim who is not happy with his transaction for no one will do so except the regretful whom sale causes harm to.

One should not be a reason for causing harm to his fellow Muslim brother. Therefore, it was narrated in a Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth on the authority of Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allaah, peace and blessing be upon him, said: “Whoever rescinds a sale with a Muslim who is not happy with his transaction, Allaah Will Cancel his slip on the Day of Resurrection.” [Reported by Abu Daawood with a Saheeh Sanad (i.e. authentic chain of transmission)].

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Posted by on April 18, 2016 in Relax

 

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Dua’ for the new crescent of Ramadan !

Dua’ for the new crescent of Ramadan;

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These are from the book:  Listening to the Qur’an: Insights, Commands, and Guidance for Our Life.

While Sūrah al-Fātiḥah encapsulates the essence of ṣalāh, this āyah encapsulates the essence of al-Fātiḥah:

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ
You alone do we worship, and from You alone do we seek succor. (Al-Fātiḥah 1:4)

This āyah is the affirmation of tawḥīd as both an article of faith as well as an overriding principle in total control of our actual life. The word ʿIbādah, translated here as worship for lack of a better word, implies establishing an absolute master-slave relationship, which includes unquestioning obedience, total submission, and devotional acts like bowing and prostration. Pagans do worship idols by bowing and prostrating before them and treating them as gods. Others worship wealth, power, or celebrity in a figurative sense; they put them in the driver’s seat in their life. This āyah is a bold and loud rejection of all of these acts of worship meant for anyone except Allāh. It is also a reminder that we should not start serving other gods even without realizing it.

The second part of this āyah is a corollary of the first part, but it needs an explanation. In our daily life we do offer and receive help from others. The Qur’ān itself mentions this help at many places. For example, it says: “Help each other in righteousness and piety, and do not help each other in sin and aggression.” thus regulating it by making righteousness or lack thereof as the basis for offering or withdrawing it. It praises the believers who help the Prophet ﷺ:  “So,  those who believe in him and support him, and help  him  and follow the light sent down with him,—those are  the ones who are successful.” It reports that Prophet ʿĪsā (Jesus) asked his companions for help: “Who will be my helpers in Allāh’s  cause?” Obviously this help is not  negated here; it is offered and sought under the system of cause and effect, which itself has been created by Allāh for the normal running of this universe. What is negated (“We do not seek help from anyone except Allāh”) is the help  from other beings (e.g. saints and dead men) that is thought to transcend the system of cause and effect. Also negated is any help that is supposed to work independent of—or worse in defiance of—the Will of Allāh.

Allāh can help through means that we could not have imagined—even  bypassing the system of cause and effect. And He also helps through the normal system of cause and effect. For every need we seek help from Him, and even when we call on other people for assistance we fully realize that they are not independent agents for providing that assistance.

Lastly we seek Allāh’s help in performing the worship we promised in the first part. As a Ṣūfī master suggested, if one is finding it difficult to stay away from sins and to perform acts of worship, then reciting this āyah profusely will help greatly

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2015 in Relax

 

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On Allah’s Greatness !

Muslims believe that the Quran is Almighty God’s final message to His Creation.

Unlike all previous scriptures, it is intended for all people and for all time. That is why the Quran has been preserved completely in the original state in which it was first revealed.

Done through the centuries, our scholars have made commentaries on its verses and Muslims look to these commentaries, known as “tafseer” or Quranic exegesis, to better understand the context in which verses were revealed and how they relate to the rest of Allah’s revelation.

Tafseer, then, is important for Muslims to get an informed teaching what the majority of scholars have said about the Quran. By doing so they avoid the mistakes that can come from different translations and different opinions.

In addition to this, though, Muslims can look at verses of the Quran and imagine that Allah Himself is speaking just to them, helping them to live their lives today. In this sense, every verse of the Quran can help individual Muslims to be better Muslims as they go about the business of life.

Allah is Great beyond any measure:

{There is nothing whatever like unto Him.} (42:11), and {He created the heavens and the earth and everything in between them.} (25:59).

He is transcendent, beyond the understanding of His creatures, yet He is also closer to them than the jugular vein in their neck. Indeed, {not a leaf falls but that He knows it.} (6:59)

Despite all our striving to know what Allah is like and all our attempts to describe Him in our words, the simple truth is that He is so beyond our comprehension that when we find a way of describing Him, all we really know is that He is not like that!

This is why the most beautiful image of Islam is an individual man or woman bowing on the ground, with their foreheads touching the earth, admitting that there is nothing worthy of worship but Him. In submitting to Allah, Muslims accept that they are nothing without Him, yet with His help there is nothing they cannot achieve or be.

One of the most beautiful verses of the Quran, known to us as “the verse of the Throne,” is this:

{Allah! There is no god but He – the Living, The Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as he permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) before or after or behind them. Nor shall they encompass aught of His knowledge except as He willeth.} (2: 255)

This verse captures perfectly Allah’s Greatness and His Majesty. He is the Greatest of the Most Great. This is why at least five times a day Muslims will cry out “Allahu Akbar,” Allah is the Most Great.

The words of Ayat Al-Kursi help us to understand who Allah is.

{There is no god but He – the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal.}

Almighty God, Allah, is alive and has existed always and He was not created by anyone. More than that, there is nothing like Him. That is why Muslims say that: “there is nothing worthy of worship but Allah.” There is no thing in this world or in any other world deserving of our worship. And what is more, no thing will bring us happiness and fulfillment in the same way that Allah will.

{No slumber can seize Him nor sleep.}

Not only is Allah not in need of rest, but He is always there, always there for us and always guarding and protecting His Creation. We may tire and become sleepy, but Allah is eternally awake and waiting for us to approach Him and call upon Him with our prayers and our needs.

{His are all things in the heavens and on earth.}

He not only created everything that exists, but also everything that exists belongs to Him. This is a salutary lesson for those who would hoard their wealth in this world, imaging that somehow that wealth is theirs alone. In fact, all wealth is distributed to this person or that by Allah, and He can take it away whenever He chooses. No one will take their riches to the grave.

Even the act of praying and supplicating to Him is His gift.

{Who is there can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth?}

The very words and gestures we use would not exist without His act of creating us. The very breath in our bodies is breathed into us each day by Allah.

This verse of the Throne goes on to remind us that when we do pray, Allah knows our prayers even before we utter them and every thought that comes into our heads is known to Him before we think it. And despite all our discussions and deliberations, we can only gain any knowledge, either of Him or of anything else, by His leave.

{He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) before or after or behind them. Nor shall they encompass aught of His knowledge except as He willeth.} 

{His throne doth extend over the heavens and on earth, and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them, for He is the Most High. The Supreme (in glory).}

Unlike an earthly ruler, Allah does not tire of watching over His kingdom or of watching over us. Even though we turn away from Him and fail to give Him a thought except when we want something, He is always there guarding and protecting.

Of all the beautiful verses in the Quran, this is one of the most beautiful because it speaks of what Allah is like: He is beyond our knowledge and our understanding, yet knows and cares about us with an infinite care.

Our only response in the presence of such greatness is to bow down, to submit as one who is a Muslim, and to thank Him for his uncountable blessings.

Allah-u Akbar!

By Idris Tawfiq

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2015 in Relax

 

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Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam !

Here’s an excerpt from The Independent:

The Prime Minister who led Britain to victory in World War Two was apparently so taken with Islam and the culture of the Orient that his family wrote to try and persuade him not to become a Muslim.
In a letter dated August 1907 Churchill’s soon to be sister-in-law wrote to him: “Please don’t become converted to Islam; I have noticed in your disposition a tendency to orientalise, Pasha-like tendencies, I really have.

“If you come into contact with Islam your conversion might be effected with greater ease than you might have supposed, call of the blood, don’t you know what I mean, do fight against it.”
The letter, discovered by a history research fellow at Cambridge University, Warren Dockter, was written by Lady Gwendoline Bertie who married Churchill’s brother Jack.

“Churchill never seriously considered converting,” Dr Dockter told The Independent. “He was more or less an atheist by this time anyway. He did however have a fascination with Islamic culture which was common among Victorians.”

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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in News

 

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O Allah, Pardon us !

 

Aisha radhiya Allahu `anha, that she said: “O Messenger of Allah! What if I knew which night Lailatul-Qadr was, then what should I say in it?” He said.- “Say.- (Allahumma innaka ‘affuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee.)

“O Allah You are The One Who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.”.

[at-Tirmithi and Ibn Majah with a Sahih Isnad]

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2013 in Relax

 

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