110 Waves Upon Waves OF Darkness In Shiah Literature

Zul Qa’dah 15, 1433 A.H, Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Every single one of the following 110 points can be found in Shiah books.

GENERAL POINTS

1. The Shiah Kalimah is different from the Muslim Kalimah Shahadah. The Shiah Kalimah is: “La Ila Haa Illallahu Muhammdur Rasoolullahi Aliyun Waliyullahi Wasiyyu Rasulillahi Wa Khalifatuhu Bila Faslin”.

2. In the Shiah Adhan the words ‘Ashadu Anna Aliyan Waliyullah’ and ‘Hujjatulllah’ are added and also the words ‘Hayya ‘Ala Khayril ‘Amal’ are added.

3. The five pillars of Shiism are: Wilayat/Imamat, Salat, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj.

4. One should recite after every Salah: “O Allah! Send down your curses upon Abu Bakr, Umar, Othman, Muawiyah, Aishah, Hafsah, Hind, and Ummul Hakam”

5. Lying is extremely meritorious and rewarding.

6. It is extremely important to conceal one’s faith.

7. Deceit and deception is a noble act.

8. Taqiyyah is permissible which is to pretend by doing or saying exactly the opposite of what a person believes or feels. Obfuscation of Shiah beliefs is allowed.

9. Nine-tenth of the whole religion lies in Taqiyyah.

10. Looking at private parts of non-Muslims is permissible and it is just like looking at the private parts of an animal.

11. Only the color of the skin has to be covered (if the skin is painted, then a person can walk around without clothes). Imam Baqir appeared without any lower garment and he said it was permissible because he had put lime on his private parts.

12. Anal sex is permitted.

13. Marriage can be conducted without any witnesses.

14. A person will enter Paradise if they wash and consume a morsel of food which has fallen in excrement.

15. Mutah i.e. temporary marriage/renting out the female body for whatever time period is allowed.

16. The sordid act of Mutah is more rewarding than Salat and Fasting.

17. If Mutah is done once, a person attains the status of Husain, if done twice, the status of Hasan, if done three times, the status of Ali, if done four times, the status of Prophet Muhammad

18. Whoever does Mutah three times, he will be completely emancipated from the fire of hell.

19. A person is allowed to let someone else benefit from his wife’s private parts.

20. Sunnis are worse than dogs.

21. Sunnis are worse than illegitimate children.

22. Sunnis are not allowed to name their children in Iran with names like Abu Bakr, Umar, Aishah etc.

23. According to Shiah narrations, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam secretly dictated a manuscript (sahifah) to Ali Radiallahu Anhu that was (upon completion) “seventy feet long”. It contains all the laws of halaal, haraam and everything else a person needs to the extent that it even contains the penalty of a scratch. It is also called the Saheefah of Ali.

24. Jafr is a container made from skin that contains the knowledge of all the Nabis, Wasiys, and Ulema that passed among the Bani Israeel.

25. In a lengthy discussion between Imam Ja’far Saadiq and Abu Basheer, the imam describes the mushaf of Fatimah saying: “A mushaf in which is three times more than your Qur’an. By Allah, not a single word of it is in your Qur’an”.

26. The angels made an error and were in a misunderstanding when Husain (R.A.) was martyred.

27. Feet are not washed in Wudhu. Only Masah and wiping of the feet should be done.

28. Sajdah Tilawat and funeral prayers are permitted without Wudhu and Ghusl.

29. It is permissible to perform prayers in the direction of the graves of the Shiah Imams.

30. Shiahs break their fast about ten to fifteen minutes after sunset.

31. Tarawih prayers in Ramadhan are not performed by Shiahs.

32. Mutah Dawriyyah is permissible where ten or twenty men can have sexual relations with one woman in one night.

33. The land of Karbala is better than the Kaabah.

34. To ask help from Ali by saying, “Ya Ali Madad”, is not shirk.

ALLAH:

35. The doctrine and quality of Badaa is ascribed to Allah which means that Allah makes mistakes and Allah forgets.

36. In a state of anger, God can not differentiate between friends and enemies.

37. Allah was scared of the companions of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam

38. Allah must judge and decide according to what the human intellect deems beneficial for humans.

39. Allah did not create everything.

QUR’AN:

40. Qur’an is incomplete and it has been tampered with, interpolated and altered.

41. The Shiah Qur’an is with the final Imam who has been hiding from the age of five in a cave in Iraq since the last 1200 years.

42. Current Qur’an completely different from Shiah Qur’an.

43. The current Qur’an right now has more than 6000 verses but the Shiah Qur’an has more than 17000.

PROPHETS/SAHABAH:

44. Prophet Adam (A.S.) is worse than Satan.

45. Accuse Adam (A.S.) of rebellion, jealousy and malice.

46. Prophets make mistakes which eventually deprives them of Prophethood like Prophet Yusuf (A.S.).

47. Ismaili Shiahs believe in the continuation of Prophethood.

48. Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam was scared of the creation of Allah and did not propagate correctly.

49. Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam rejected a gift of Allah.

50. Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam asked for compensation for teaching.

51. Ali (R.A.) had the choice and the option of divorcing the wives of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

52. The wives of the Prophet are not considered to be from the family of the Prophet.

53. All the Sahabahs except a few turned apostates and turned away from Islam after the demise of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihe Wasaalm.

54. One should dissociate with the 4 idols: Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthmaan, Muawiyya and 4 women Ayesha, Hafsa, Hind and Ummul Hakam.

55. One should curse the above after each prayer.

56. Aishah (R.A.) and Hafsah (R.A.) poisoned Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam.

57. Aishah (R.A.) was a traitor and a hypocrite and she is remembered with the vilest epithets.

58. Aishah (R.A.) committed adultery.

59. Less than ten Sahabah remained on Islam after the Prophet’s death.

IMAMAT: The concept of Imams is an integral belief of Shiism. This concept is completely different from the four Imams of Fiqh. The four Imams of Fiqh of Islam are cursed by Shiah authors and the four illustrious Imams of Fiqh are specifically called ‘dogs’.

60. Shiahs believe in the concept of 12 Imams.

61. The Imams are appointed (mansoos alaih) by Allah just as the Prophets.

62. The 12 Imams are on the same level and are on par with Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam.

63. The first Imam is Ali (R.A.) and the last Imam is hiding since the age of five in a cave in Iraq.

64. Shiah Imams are born from the thighs of their mothers because the private parts are unclean.

65. Shiah Imams are Hazir Nazir i.e. they are present every where and they are omnipresent.

66. The Imams are ma’soom (i.e. infallible, sinless) like the Prophets.

67. It is compulsory to bring Imaan on the Imams. To reject any Imam is disbelief just as it is disbelief to reject a Prophet.

68. The unconditional obedience of the Imam is compulsory.

69. The Imams receive wahi and revelation.

70. Just as the Ambiyaa and the Prophets are bestowed with certain mu’jizaat and miracles that are proof of their Prophethood, similarly the Imams have been bestowed with certain mu’jizaat that are proof of their Imaamat.

71. The Imams have the right to abrogate any command of the Shari’ah. It is permissible for them to declare a haraam thing halaal and vice versa.

72. Hazrat Ali Radiallahu Anhu and the rest of the Imams have a greater status than the Prophets.

73. The Imams have more knowledge than the Prophets A.S.

74. The entire creation including the Prophets were created for the sake of the Imams.

75. A covenant was taken from the Prophets regarding the imaamat of the Imams (that they accepted their imaamat).

76. The Prophets received prophethood because they had accepted the imaamat of the Imams.

77. Allah Ta’ala had compelled the entire creation including the Prophets to accept, whether willingly or unwillingly, the wilaayat of the Imams.

78. The Ambiyaa gain ‘noor’ and light from the ‘noor’ of the Imams.

79. On the day of Qiyaamah, Ali Radiallahu Anhu will be ahead (in front) of all the Ambiyaa.

80. On the day of Qiyaamah, Ali Radiallahu Anhu’s chair will be on the right of Allah Ta’ala’s throne (arsh) while the chairs of the Ambiyaa will be on the left of the throne.

81. The supplications of the Ambiyaa are accepted through the mediation (tufail) of the Imams.

82. The reason for Adam Alaihi Salaam not being included among the Ulool Azam Ambiyaa is that he was jealous of the status of the Imams.

83. Ibrahim Alaihi Salaam was first given nubuwwat, thereafter khullat (i.e. he was made the khaleel and bosom friend of Allah) and only then was he given imaamat.

84. Ayub Alaihi Salaam was afflicted with a severe illness because he doubted the imaamat of Ali Radiallahu Anhu.

85. If Musa Alaihi Salaam was alive it would be compulsory for him to obey the imams.

86. Yunus Alaihi Salaam was swallowed by the fish because he rejected the wilaayat of Ali Radiallahu Anhu.

87. The entire earth belongs to the imam.

88. Shiahs attribute the following statement to Ali Radiallahu Anhu: “I grant life and death. I am all living and I never die.”

89. Shiahs believe that their Imams know whatever is in the hearts of people and they are omniscient.

90. Shiahs maintain that Rasullullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam told Ali Radiallahu Anhu:

"O Ali! You are the dayyaan (one who will give reward) of this ummah and you are responsible for their account. You will be the ‘Rukn e A’azam’ of Allah on the day of Qiyaamah. Listen! Certainly the people are going to return to you and you will be responsible for taking their reckoning. The bridge (siraat) will be yours, the scale will be yours and the place of standing (mauqaf) will be yours!"

91. Many Shiah narrations mention Ali Radiallahu Anhu’s title as “Distributor of Jannat and Jahannam”.

Allamah Baaqir Majlisi has established a separate chapter in his book “Bihaar Ul Anwaar” entitled: “Certainly he (Ali) is the distributor of Jannat and Jahannam.”

92. Allamah Baaqir Majlisi the famous Shiah scholar writes in his book “Hayaatul Quloob” : “The status of Imaamat is higher than nubuwwat”.

93. The imams have knowledge of everything that occurred in the past and everything that will occur in the future and that nothing in the earth and skies is concealed and hidden from them.

94. The imams know when they will die.

95. The imams know the reality of the faith and hypocrisy of every person on earth. They have in their possession a list of all those who will enter Jannat and all those who will enter Jahannam.

96. The imams know all the different languages of the world and converse in them also.

97. The imams know the languages of the birds and animals.

98. According to Shiah narrations, the souls of the imams go on mi’raj on the eve of every Jumu’ah. During this mi’raj they reach the throne of Allah where vast knowledge is given to them.

99. According to Shiah belief, a special book is revealed to the imams every Laylatul Qadr. It is brought to them by the angels and Ar Rooh.

100. As soon as the Imams are born, they read all the divine books.

101. The Imams are capable of performing all the miracles of the Prophets.

102. Shiahs do not criticize the quarrels which took place between the followers of their Imams.

103. The companions of the Shiah Imams were bereft of truthfulness, trustworthiness and allegiance.

104. The companions of the Shiah Imams did not correctly acquire the knowledge of the Usool (fundamentals) and the Furoo’ (branches) of religion.

105. The final Imam has been in hiding since the last 1200 years in a cave in Iraq. When he will appear, the Prophet and Ali (R.A.) will pledge allegiance to him (Bay’ah).

106. The final Imam will exhume the bodies of Abu Bakr and Umar and he will hang up their naked bodies and flog them and he will cause them to die 1000 times in a day and night.

107. Aishah will be brought back to life and she will be flogged as well by the final Imam.

108. The final Imam will slaughter all the Sunnis and he will start killing their scholars first.

109. If one does not accept the Shiah concept of Imaams then the person is a Kaafir and a non-Muslim.

110. The final imam will appear when there will be 313 sincere Shiahs.

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Submitted by a Mujahid

"For People Who Think"

The Final Book

Some people reject God because they can find no evidence for Him which satisfies both their hearts and minds simultaneously. Then there are others who accept God on the basis of emotional or irrational reasons which satisfy their hearts, but leave their minds unsure. These two groups of people have never found a satisfying answer to the question of their relationship with God. Then there are yet others who have found the correct path which God intended for us: to accept Him and His message to us using our minds first and foremost, and the heart follows easily and naturally as a consequence.

Instead of searching for the answer, there are also some people who chose to simply brush the question aside and ignore it unfortunately. This is the easy way out of what appears to be a very difficult, mysterious question which may seem to have no final solution. Most of these people are unaware of a very powerful message which completely and unequivocally establishes the correct path to God. This message squares with both the mind and the heart, and it has no equal since it comes to us straight from God Himself.

The message comes in the form of a book. In fact, God has given us several Books of guidance through the years, but each one was ultimately corrupted and changed by dishonest people. Each Book essentially contained the same fundamental message as the previous Books. Mankind was expected to guard these Books from harm, but unfortunately failed to live up to this expectation. Slowly but surely, each Book was edited and tampered with, destroying its authenticity. This is partly why God kept sending us more revelations.

However, almost 1400 years ago, God sent us another Book with the same basic message as the earlier ones, but with a small but very important difference. This time, God decreed that this Book would be the last Booksent down to us because God would protect it Himself. Regarding this Final Book, God said,

"Behold, it is We Ourselves who have bestowed from on high this reminder: and behold, it is We who shall truly guard it" [Chapter 15, verse 9]

Today, if we compare the 114 chapters in every copy of this Final Book with each other, we will find they match perfectly word for word - from the oldest copies made 1300-plus years ago to the ones printed just a few hours ago. No human hand has changed it.

The rational person has every right to be doubtful, of course, if he or she has never read this book. For such people, here is a small sample of what the Final Book contains. Suppose we wanted to ask God several questions about Him and about ourselves. Short of Him speaking to us directly (such a privilege has been granted to only one person out of all humanity), the Book has the best answers one can find. It is on the strength of these answers that an honest person may be struck with the conviction that the Final Book is from none other than God Almighty. Again, here is only a small part of the information one might find.

1. On The Nature of God

Who is God? God explains in His Final Book that it is quite simply impossible for us to completely understand Him. We cannot pinpoint a definition of the Creator,

"Glory to the Sustainer of the heavens and the earth - the Sustainer, in almightiness enthroned - from all that they may attribute to Him by way of definition" [43:82]

Our inability to completely understand God does not mean that He is completely remote from us. In spite of our limited understanding, we are all quite capable of turning to God, and He is not unaware of our efforts,

"…and unto thy Sustainer turn with love." [94:8]

"Behold, for those who stand in awe of God although He is beyond the reach of their perception, there is forgiveness in store and a great reward" [67:12]

God has not left mankind entirely in the dark regarding His Nature. He refers to Himself by approximately 100 names in various places throughout the Final Book. Each name is a descriptive attribute of God, and they are all meant to help us understand the Creator. To gain this understanding involves simply thinking about God and reflecting on His names, and this type of awareness is a central pillar of faith (i.e. when one actively remembers God and is conscious of Him). A second benefit of these names is that some of them provide mankind with ideals to try to attain. For example, since God is the Most Forgiving, Most Patient, and Most Knowledgeable, we should each strive to be forgiving, patient, and knowledgeable (educated in our case).

Of all His attributes, God emphasizes a single one above all others in His Final Book: that HE IS ONE. God is not two, three, four, or more beings. There is only one deity, and He is God,

"Say: `He is God, Unique God the Eternal, the Independent. He begets not, and neither is He begotten. And there is nothing that could be compared to Him.’" [112:1-4]

In other places of the Final Book, God emphasizes His Greatness and the impossibility of fully grasping Him by using the plural sense of pronouns for Himself - but He is strictly One and Unique with no other partners or deities.

After this aspect of Unity, God chose to emphasize two of His other names more often than the rest in the Final Book: “the Most Merciful, the One who acts Mercifully.” In fact, each chapter but one in the whole Book starts with, "In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the One who Acts Mercifully." These two names cannot be emphasized enough. They are meant to stress we should not let our sins keep us from coming back to God and calling to Him at all times, in joy or sadness. The Creator is more aware of our imperfections than we are, and so when we stumble and feel bad, God is far more likely to be kind than angry.

The Last Messenger and Prophet of God (i.e. the person whom God chose to deliver the Final Book to the rest of mankind) commented on God’s mercy by informing us that,

"When God decreed the Creation He pledged Himself by writing in His book which is laid down with Him: `My mercy prevails over my wrath.’" - the Last Messenger

"God says: I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with Him when He makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me a hand’s span, I draw near to him an arm’s length; and if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him with speed." - the Last Messenger

2. The Nature of Man

Who are we, and what makes us different from all other things? We are creations of God, along with the rest of the universe. We are human beings, all descendants of a common ancestry well known to most of us: Adam and Eve. Humanity, however, is distinct from the rest of the universe in a very fundamental way according to the Final Book,

"Verily, We did offer the trust to the heavens and the earth, and the mountains: but they refused to bear it because they were afraid of it. Yet man took it up - for verily he has always been prone to be most wicked, most foolish." [33:72]

Over the years, many scholars of the Book have tried to understand exactly what God meant by "the trust". The most convincing argument (based on other parts of the Book, and on certain statements of the Last Messenger) is that it refers to our ability to make decisions both freely and intelligently. In other words, our uniqueness as human beings stems from two gifts given to us by God:

* our ability to freely choose between actions (good and evil)

* our ability to intelligently weigh and make those choices

The price of these gifts is a tremendous amount of responsibility on our part; the responsibility not to abuse our gifts by rejecting God or by hurting each other unnecessarily.

The blessings of these two gifts are immeasurable, especially when God reminds us that He could have decided things otherwise by depriving us of either gift,

"Now had it been Our will [that men should not be able to discern between right and wrong], We could surely have deprived them of their sight, so that they would stray forever from the [right] way: for how could they have had insight [into what is true]? And had it been Our will [that they should not be free to choose between right and wrong], We could surely have transformed them [rooted] in their places, so that they would not be able to move forward, and could not turn back." [36:66-67]

However, God did NOT will this, and as a result we are blessed with will and reason. The Final Book clearly warns against abusing these blessings, either by neglecting ourselves when we don’t think wisely, or by hurting others when we deny them the right to choose,

"Verily, the vilest of all creatures in the sight of God are those deaf, those dumb ones who do not use their reason." [8:22]

"There shall be no coercion in matters of faith. Distinct has now become the right way from error: hence he who rejects evil and believes in God has indeed taken hold of a support most unfailing, which shall never give way: for God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing." [2:256]

In spite of mankind’s free will and reason, God warns us in His Book always to remember that these gifts are limited after all. The Final Word lies with Him in all matters. However, this is not to say that men’s destinies are arbitrary - not at all. We are able to make decisions that affect our lives, but at the same time, God is also making decisions about us and for us,

"And had thy Sustainer so willed, all those who live on earth would surely have attained to faith, all of them: do you then think that you could compel people to believe, notwithstanding that no human being can ever attain to faith otherwise than by God’s leave, and [that] it is He who lays the loathsome evil [of disbelief] upon those who will not use their reason." [10:99-100]

"…Verily, God does not change men’s condition unless they change their inner selves…" [13:11]

3. Free Will and Reason Applied

Has God given mankind a clear path to Him? In essence, every rational reader would like to know if they can trust the authenticity of the Final Book. It is perfectly natural to feel that way; after all, this is the outcome of our God-given gift of reason. However, our own skeptical minds are the keys here: the Final Book, according to God, is addressed to people who think, pure and simple,

"…In this, behold, there are messages indeed for people who think." [39:42]

"Thus clearly do We spell out these messages unto people who use their reason." [30:28]

No one but God can make a human being believe in the Truth of the Final Book, but that human being has to read it with an open mind, applying his or her powers of reason. The price of limited free will is that we must choose to be guided. Those people who do search for the Truth with an open mind and heart may find that the Final Book, while vast, is surprisingly clear,

"Nay, but this [divine writ] consists of messages self-evident in the breasts of those who have been given knowledge - and none could knowingly reject Our messages unless it be such as would do wrong [to themselves]." [29:49]

"This divine writ - let there be no doubt about it - is a guidance for all the God-conscious…" [2:2]

The guidance of the Final Book is available to anyone who goes in search of it,

"[O men!] We have now bestowed upon you from on high a divine writ containing all that you ought to bear in mind: will you not, then, use your reason?" [21:10]

One of the most interesting aspects of the authenticity of the Final Book is the quantity of scientifically accurate statements in it - on subjects not even dreamed of 1300 years ago. A sample of these includes the following:

a large explosion marking the start of creation (Big Bang) [21:30]

the initial smokey (nebulous) nature of the skies [41:11]

the expansion of the universe [51:41]

the presence of a huge amount of time before mankind appeared [76:1]

the existence of sun and moon orbits [21;33]

the finite sun and moon lifetimes [13:2]

the final destination of the sun (Solar Apex) [36:38]

the origin of all life based in water [21:30]

In fact, God states that the amazing beauty and intricacy of the natural world around us, as well as our own complex biological makeup, will ultimately lead us to Him as we grow in understanding,

"In time, We shall make them fully understand Our messages [through what they perceive] in the utmost horizons [of the universe] and within themselves, so that it will become clear unto them this [revelation] is indeed the truth. Is it not enough that thy Sustainer is witness unto everything?" [41:53]

4. The Presence of Evil

Why does God allow men and women to be hurt? There are some people who use the presence of suffering and evil in this world as grounds to lose hope and perhaps even to reject God. However, according to the Final Book, the limited free will and reason of human beings destroys that argument. We are responsible for what we do, and must bear the consequences - that is the liability or price of freedom. The evil that we do and suffer from is chosen by us and not by God,

"…God wills no wrong to His creation." [3:108]

However, God also guarantees us that aside from our own evil actions and their effects, God Himself will put us through some trials and tribulations here on earth - but the key is they will never be more than we can handle, and they may even be good for us,

"If misfortune touches you [know that] similar misfortune has touched [other] people as well; for it is by turns that We apportion unto men such days [of fortune and misfortune]: and [this] to the end that God might mark out those who have attained to faith, and choose from among you such as [with their lives] bear witness to the truth - since God does not love evildoers - and that God might render pure of all dross those who have attained to faith, and bring to nought those who deny the truth. Do you think that you could enter Paradise unless God takes cognizance of your having striven hard [in His cause], and takes cognizance of your being patient in adversity?" [3:140-142]

"God does not burden any human being with more than he is well able to bear: in his favour shall be whatever good he does, and against him whatever evil he does…" [2:286]

An integral part of our being aware of God is hope and patience in times of hardship. In fact, the loss of hope is actually one of the symptoms of rejection of God,

"[Prophet Abraham] exclaimed, `And who - other than those who have utterly lost their way - could ever abandon the hope of his Sustainer’s grace?’" [15:56]

The greatest source of hope is that God shall allow those people who accept Him to enter Paradise and, more importantly, to be close to Him. The Final Book contains many references on Paradise, and also on Hell, the destination of those people who knowingly reject God. Paradise is quite literally a place of indescribable joy, whereas Hell is its indescribable opposite (both places are given only partial descriptions in the Book). While the inhabitants of Paradise are permanent dwellers, the inmates of Hell are not necessarily imprisoned there forever; there are some who shall ultimately be freed,

"[But] verily, as for those who attain to faith and do righteous deeds - the gardens of Paradise will be there to welcome them; therein will they abide, [and] never will they desire any change therefrom." [18:107-108]

"And whoever rebels against God and His Apostle and transgresses His bounds, him will He commit unto fire, therein to abide; and shameful suffering awaits him." [4:14]

"There shall come out of Hell-fire he who has said `There is no deity except God’ and who has in his heart goodness weighing a barley-corn; then there shall come out of Hell-fire he who has said `There is no deity except God’ and who has in his heart goodness weighing a grain of wheat; then there shall come out of Hell-fire he who has said `There is no deity except God’ and who has in his heart goodness weighing an atom." - the Last Messenger

5. This Life and the Next

What is the end to men’s lives? There are two parts to men’s lives: the part here on earth, and the part in the Hereafter. The dividing line between the two is known as death, followed by the Day of Judgement or Resurrection. As far as death is concerned, everyone must go through it, but on Judgement Day people will be sorted out from each other into different categories,

"Every human being is bound to taste death: but only on the Day of Resurrection will you be requited in full [for what you have done]…" [3:185]

Resurrection Day will actually be a huge period of time (not a regular 24-hour day) in which every single human will be resurrected and judged by God on his or her beliefs and deeds. No human being - not even any Prophet - knows when this Day will come, for this is knowledge known only to God. The Final Book does describe it in several passages as a giant disaster on many scales (physical and ecological among others), and the Last Messenger was told of some of its foreshadowing signs which he communicated to us.

6. Messengers and Prophets

Who delivered God’s Message to mankind? God has sent us many `reminders’ of Him and of our obligations to Him over the centuries, culminating in the Final Book almost 1400 years ago. Every one of those `reminders’ was delivered to us via a selected human being, one who was strong enough to deliver God’s message to his people. These human beings are called the Prophets. They were not supernatural or immortal or different in any way from other human beings except that they were entrusted by God to speak in His Name,

"For [even] before thy time, [O Prophet], we never sent [as Our messengers] any but [mortal] men, whom We inspired - hence [tell the deniers of the truth] `If you do not know this, ask the followers of earlier revelation’ - and neither did We endow them with bodies that ate no food, nor were they immortal." [21:7-8]

Some of the Prophets were allowed to perform supernatural miracles but only with God’s permission (i.e. if He willed it). However, the Final Book stresses that every Prophet is no more than a servant of God - they do not have a share in His Divinity.

There is also a small group of Prophets who were also Messengers. Every Prophet has called his people to the Truth, but Messengers were additionally given a rejuvenated Message from God to convey. Every Messenger is a Prophet, but not every Prophet is a Messenger. There have been many Prophets, of which here are the names of a few mentioned in the Book: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Lot, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Elijah, Elias, David, Solomon, Jonah, Job, Zacharias, John, Jesus, and, of course, the Last Messenger.

7. Eternal Salvation

Are certain people arbitrarily guaranteed the Favor of God, while others are excluded? The Mercy of God is not restricted arbitrarily to any one peoples. Everyone and anyone is free to accept the path to God using their own free will and reason,

"And they claim, `None shall ever enter Paradise unless he be a Jew’ - or `a Christian’. Such are their wishful beliefs! Say [to them, O Prophet]: `Produce an evidence for what you are claiming, if what you say is true!’ Yea, indeed: everyone who surrenders his whole being unto God, and is a doer of good, shall have his reward with his Sustainer, and all such need have no fear, and neither shall they grieve." [2:111-112]

The consequence of this is responsibility - everyone will be held accountable on the Day of Judgement. Some of us may be uncomfortable with this, but it is simply the price of freedom,

"It may not accord with your wishful thinking - nor with the wishful thinking of the followers of earlier revelation - [that] he who does evil shall be requited for it, and shall find none to protect him from God, and none to bring him succor, whereas anyone - be it man or woman - who does good deeds and is a believer, shall enter paradise, and shall not be wronged by as much as [would fill] the groove of a date-stone." [4:123-124]

8. Forgiveness of God

If we sin, what should we expect from God? If we subsequently feel guilty and repent after doing something evil, God wants us to expect Him to be forgiving, forgiving, and more forgiving. However, there is one sin which God will not forgive: worshipping anything besides Him (unless the person realizes his or her error and returns to worshipping the One God),

"Verily God does not forgive the ascribing of divinity to anything beside Him, although He forgives any lesser sin to whomever He wills: for he who ascribes divinity to anything beside God has indeed contrived an awesome sin." [4:48]

"Say, `O you servants of Mine who have transgressed against your own selves! Despair not of God’s Mercy: behold, God forgives all sins - for verily, He alone is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace.’" [39:53]

Again, the most common phrase in the Final Book is "In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the One who Acts Mercifully."

The Last Messenger commented on God’s forgiveness on many occasions as in the following case,

"God has said, `O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it [i.e. the earth]’". - the Last Messenger

9. The Straight Way

What is the name for the way of life described in the Final Book? It is Islam, and it means “self-surrender [to God]”. Any man or woman who accepts Islam is a Muslim. The Final Book is called the Qur’an (meaning ”the Recitation”), and it is addressed to all of mankind in spite of being revealed in Arabic, the language of its Messenger and his people: Muhammad bin Abd-Allah. The life of the Prophet serves as the other base of Islam (the first being the Qur’an), and it is known as the Sunnah. Muhammad is the Last Prophet and Messenger of God as the Qur’an says,

"[And know, O believers, that] Muhammad is not the father of any one of your men, but is God’s Apostle and the Seal of all the Prophets…" [33:40]

And God has revealed to us His proper name, and it is ALLAH. The Qur’an contains a great deal of guidance and information for anyone looking for final answers. The information given in this small essay is only the tip of the tip of the iceberg. There is no substitute for reading the Qur’an itself in its entirety - it is the closest we can come to having God speak to us directly and personally here on Earth. The Qur’an answers many questions which are commonly asked by today’s men and women. Its scope is wide: from fundamental issues such as the nature of the Creator and mankind’s limited free will and reason, to the more mundane such as marriage laws and whom to give charity to. Islam as described in the Qur’an is vastly and almost completely different than Islam as understood by most non-Muslims and even a few Muslims. The negative image of Islam today is an incredibly misleading deception. It is based on the moral weakness of some people who claim to be Muslims, and also on the unawareness of non-Muslims. Behind this image is the presence of a Truth which answers the fundamental questions we have, and which can reunite us with God. It is there for us to listen to, or to ignore.

And Allah Knows Best.

"And [know that] We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in mere idle play…" [21:16]

"Will they not, then, try to understand this Qur’an? Had it issued from any but God, they would surely have found in it many an inner contradiction!" [4:82]

"We did not bestow the Qur’an on thee from on high to make thee unhappy." [20:2]

"[O men!] We have now bestowed upon you from on high a divine writ containing all that you ought to bear in mind: will you not, then, use your reason?" [21:10]

"…so remember Me, and I shall remember you; and be grateful to Me, and deny Me not."  [2:152]

"Verily, those who attain to faith and do righteous deeds will the Most Gracious endow with love.” [19:96]

"Say [O Prophet]: `If you love God, follow me, [and] God will love you and forgive you your sins; for God is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace.’” [3:31]

"Say: `If all the sea were ink for my Sustainer’s words, the sea would indeed be exhausted ere my Sustainer’s words are exhausted! And [thus it would be] if we were to add to it sea upon sea.’” [18:109]

Some Evidence For The Truth Of Islam


God supported His last Prophet Muhammad (SAW) with many miracles and much evidence which proved that he is a true Prophet sent by God.  Also, God supported His last revealed book, the Holy Quran, with many miracles that prove that this Quran is the literal word of God, revealed by Him, and that it was not authored by any human being. This chapter discusses some of this evidence.

The Scientific Miracles in the Holy Quran

The Quran is the literal word of God, which He revealed to His Prophet Muhammad (SAW) through the Angel Gabriel.  It was memorized by Muhammad (SAW), who then dictated it to his Companions.  They, in turn, memorized it, wrote it down, and reviewed it with the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) .  Moreover, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)  reviewed the Quran with the Angel Gabriel once each year and twice in the last year of his life.  From the time the Quran was revealed, until this day, there has always been a huge number of Muslims who have memorized all of the Quran, letter by letter.  Some of them have even been able to memorize all of the Quran by the age of ten.  Not one letter of the Quran has been changed over the centuries.

The Quran, which was revealed fourteen centuries ago, mentioned facts only recently discovered or proven by scientists.  This proves without doubt that the Quran must be the literal word of God, revealed by Him to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), and that the Quran was not authored by Muhammad (SAW) or by any other human being.  This also proves that Muhammad (SAW) is truly a prophet sent by God.  It is beyond reason that anyone fourteen hundred years ago would have known these facts discovered or proven only recently with advanced equipment and sophisticated scientific methods.  Some examples follow. 

The Quran On Human Embryonic Development

In the Holy Quran, God speaks about the stages of man’s embryonic development

 We created man from an extract of clay.  Then We made him as a drop in a place of settlement, firmly fixed.  Then We made the drop into an alaqah (leech, suspended thing, and blood clot), then We made thealaqah into a mudghah (chewed substance)… 1 (Quran, 23:12-14)

Literally, the Arabic word alaqah has three meanings: (1) leech, (2) suspended thing, and (3) blood clot.

In comparing a leech to an embryo in the alaqah stage, we find similarity between the two2 as we can see in figure 1.  Also, the embryo at this stage obtains nourishment from the blood of the mother, similar to the leech, which feeds on the blood of others.3

Figure 1: Drawings illustrating the similarities in appearance between a leech and a human embryo at the alaqah stage. (Leech drawing from Human Development as Described in the Quran and Sunnah, Moore and others, p. 37, modified from Integrated Principles of Zoology, Hickman and others.  Embryo drawing from The Developing Human, Moore and Persaud, 5th ed., p. 73.)

The second meaning of the word alaqah is “suspended thing.”  This is what we can see in figures 2 and 3, the suspension of the embryo, during the alaqah stage, in the womb of the mother.

Figure 2: We can see in this diagram the suspension of an embryo during thealaqah stage in the womb (uterus) of the mother. (The Developing Human, Moore and Persaud, 5th ed., p. 66.)  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

  

Figure 3: In this photomicrograph, we can see the suspension of an embryo (marked B) during the alaqahstage (about 15 days old) in the womb of the mother.  The actual size of the embryo is about 0.6 mm. (The Developing Human, Moore, 3rd ed., p. 66, from Histology, Leeson and Leeson.)

The third meaning of the word alaqah is “blood clot.”  We find that the external appearance of the embryo and its sacs during the alaqah stage is similar to that of a blood clot.  This is due to the presence of relatively large amounts of blood present in the embryo during this stage4 (see figure 4).  Also during this stage, the blood in the embryo does not circulate until the end of the third week.5  Thus, the embryo at this stage is like a clot of blood.

Figure 4: Diagram of the primitive cardiovascular system in an embryo during thealaqah stage.  The external appearance of the embryo and its sacs is similar to that of a blood clot, due to the presence of relatively large amounts of blood present in the embryo. (The Developing Human, Moore, 5th ed., p. 65.)  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

So the three meanings of the word alaqah correspond accurately to the descriptions of the embryo at the alaqah stage.

The next stage mentioned in the verse is the mudghah stage.  The Arabic word mudghah means “chewed substance.”  If one were to take a piece of gum and chew it in his or her mouth and then compare it with an embryo at the mudghahstage, we would conclude that the embryo at the mudghah stage acquires the appearance of a chewed substance.  This is because of the somites at the back of the embryo that “somewhat resemble teethmarks in a chewed substance.”6 (see figures 5 and 6).

Figure 5: Photograph of an embryo at themudghah stage (28 days old).  The embryo at this stage acquires the appearance of a chewed substance, because the somites at the back of the embryo somewhat resemble teeth marks in a chewed substance.  The actual size of the embryo is 4 mm. (The Developing Human, Moore and Persaud, 5th ed., p. 82, from Professor Hideo Nishimura, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.)

  

Figure 6: When comparing the appearance of an embryo at themudghah stage with a piece of gum that has been chewed, we find similarity between the two. A) Drawing of an embryo at themudghah stage.  We can see here the somites at the back of the embryo that look like teeth marks. (The Developing Human, Moore and Persaud, 5th ed., p. 79.) B)Photograph of a piece of gum that has been chewed.
(Click on the image to enlarge it.)

How could Muhammad (SAW) have possibly known all this 1400 years ago, when scientists have only recently discovered this using advanced equipment and powerful microscopes which did not exist at that time?  Hamm and Leeuwenhoek were the first scientists to observe human sperm cells (spermatozoa) using an improved microscope in 1677 (more than 1000 years after Muhammad(SAW) ).  They mistakenly thought that the sperm cell contained a miniature preformed human being that grew when it was deposited in the female genital tract.7

Professor Emeritus Keith L. Moore8 is one of the world’s most prominent scientists in the fields of anatomy and embryology and is the author of the book entitled The Developing Human, which has been translated into eight languages.  This book is a scientific reference work and was chosen by a special committee in the United States as the best book authored by one person.  Dr. Keith Moore is Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.  There, he was Associate Dean of Basic Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine and for 8 years was the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy.  In 1984, he received the most distinguished award presented in the field of anatomy in Canada, the J.C.B. Grant Award from the Canadian Association of Anatomists.  He has directed many international associations, such as the Canadian and American Association of Anatomists and the Council of the Union of Biological Sciences.

In 1981, during the Seventh Medical Conference in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, Professor Moore said: “It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Quran about human development.  It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from God, because almost all of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later.  This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of God.”9  (To view the RealPlayer video of this comment click here ).

Consequently, Professor Moore was asked the following question: “Does this mean that you believe that the Quran is the word of God?”  He replied: “I find no difficulty in accepting this.”10

During one conference, Professor Moore stated: “….Because the staging of human embryos is complex, owing to the continuous process of change during development, it is proposed that a new system of classification could be developed using the terms mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah (what Muhammad (SAW)  said, did, or approved of).  The proposed system is simple, comprehensive, and conforms with present embryological knowledge.  The intensive studies of the Quran and hadeeth (reliably transmitted reports by the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW)  companions of what he said, did, or approved of) in the last four years have revealed a system for classifying human embryos that is amazing since it was recorded in the seventh century A.D.  Although Aristotle, the founder of the science of embryology, realized that chick embryos developed in stages from his studies of hen’s eggs in the fourth century B.C., he did not give any details about these stages.  As far as it is known from the history of embryology, little was known about the staging and classification of human embryos until the twentieth century.  For this reason, the descriptions of the human embryo in the Quran cannot be based on scientific knowledge in the seventh century.  The only reasonable conclusion is: these descriptions were revealed to Muhammad from God.  He could not have known such details because he was an illiterate man with absolutely no scientific training.”11  (View the RealPlayer video of this comment ).

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Footnotes:

(1)in this web site is only a translation of the meaning of the Quran.  It is not the Quran itself, which is in Arabic.

(2) The Developing Human, Moore and Persaud, 5th ed., p. 8.

(3) Human Development as Described in the Quran and Sunnah, Moore and others, p. 36.

(4) Human Development as Described in the Quran and Sunnah, Moore and others, pp. 37-38. 

(5) The Developing Human, Moore and Persaud, 5th ed., p. 65. 

(6) The Developing Human, Moore and Persaud, 5th ed., p. 8. 

(7) The Developing Human, Moore and Persaud, 5th ed., p. 9. 

(8) Note: The occupations of all the scientists mentioned in this web site were last updated in 1997. 

(9) The reference for this saying is This is the Truth (videotape).  For a copy of this videotape, please visit

(10) This is the Truth (videotape). 

(11) This is the Truth (videotape).  For a copy, see footnote no. 9.

 The Quran On Mountains

A book entitled Earth is a basic reference textbook in many universities around the world.  One of its two authors is Professor Emeritus Frank Press.  He was the Science Advisor to former US President Jimmy Carter, and for 12 years was the President of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. His book says that mountains have underlying roots.1  These roots are deeply embedded in the ground, thus, mountains have a shape like a peg (see figures 7, 8, and 9).

Figure 7: Mountains have deep roots under the surface of the ground. (Earth, Press and Siever, p. 413.)

Figure 8: Schematic section.  The mountains, like pegs, have deep roots embedded in the ground. (Anatomy of the Earth, Cailleux, p. 220.)  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Figure 9: Another illustration shows how the mountains are peg-like in shape, due to their deep roots. (Earth Science, Tarbuck and Lutgens, p. 158.)  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

This is how the Quran has described mountains.  God has said in the Quran:

 Have We not made the earth as a bed, and the mountains as pegs?     (Quran, 78:6-7)

Modern earth sciences have proven that mountains have deep roots under the surface of the ground (see figure 9) and that these roots can reach several times their elevations above the surface of the ground.2  So the most suitable word to describe mountains on the basis of this information is the word ‘peg,’ since most of a properly set peg is hidden under the surface of the ground.  The history of science tells us that the theory of mountains having deep roots was introduced only in the latter half of the nineteenth century.3

Mountains also play an important role in stabilizing the crust of the earth.4  They hinder the shaking of the earth.  God has said in the Quran:

And He has set firm mountains in the earth so that it would not shake with you…  (Quran, 16:15)

Likewise, the modern theory of plate tectonics holds that mountains work as stabilizers for the earth.  This knowledge about the role of mountains as stabilizers for the earth has just begun to be understood in the framework of plate tectonics since the late 1960’s.5

Could anyone during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) have known of the true shape of mountains?  Could anyone imagine that the solid massive mountain which he sees before him actually extends deep into the earth and has a root, as scientists assert?  A large number of books of geology, when discussing mountains, only describe that part which is above the surface of the earth.  This is because these books were not written by specialists in geology.  However, modern geology hasconfirmed the truth of the Quranic verses.
 

 Footnotes:

(1) Earth, Press and Siever, p. 435.  Also see Earth Science, Tarbuck and Lutgens, p. 157.

(2) The Geological Concept of Mountains in the Quran, El-Naggar, p. 5.

(3) The Geological Concept of Mountains in the Quran, p. 5.

(4) The Geological Concept of Mountains in the Quran, pp. 44-45.

(5) The Geological Concept of Mountains in the Quran, p. 5.

The Quran On The Origin Of The Universe

The science of modern cosmology, observational and theoretical, clearly indicates that, at one point in time, the whole universe was nothing but a cloud of ‘smoke’ (i.e. an opaque highly dense and hot gaseous composition).1  This is one of the undisputed principles of standard modern cosmology.  Scientists now can observe new stars forming out of the remnants of that ‘smoke’ (see figures 10 and 11).

Figure 10: A new star forming out of a cloud of gas and dust (nebula), which is one of the remnants of the ‘smoke’ that was the origin of the whole universe. (The Space Atlas, Heather and Henbest, p. 50.)

Figure 11: The Lagoon nebula is a cloud of gas and dust, about 60 light years in diameter.  It is excited by the ultraviolet radiation of the hot stars that have recently formed within its bulk. (Horizons, Exploring the Universe, Seeds, plate 9, from Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.)  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

The illuminating stars we see at night were, just as was the whole universe, in that ‘smoke’ material.  God has said in the Quran:

Then He turned to the heaven when it was smoke…  (Quran, 41:11)

Because the earth and the heavens above (the sun, the moon, stars, planets, galaxies, etc.) have been formed from this same ‘smoke,’ we conclude that the earth and the heavens were one connected entity.  Then out of this homogeneous ‘smoke,’ they formed and separated from each other. God has said in the Quran:

 Have not those who disbelieved known that the heavens and the earth were one connected entity, then We separated them?…  (Quran, 21:30)

Dr. Alfred Kroner is one of the world’s renowned geologists.  He is Professor of Geology and the Chairman of the Department of Geology at the Institute of Geosciences, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.  He said: “Thinking where Muhammad came from … I think it is almost impossible that he could have known about things like the common origin of the universe, because scientists have only found out within the last few years, with very complicated and advanced technological methods, that this is the case.”2  (To view the RealPlayer video of this comment click here ).  Also he said: “Somebody who did not know something about nuclear physics fourteen hundred years ago could not, I think, be in a position to find out from his own mind, for instance, that the earth and the heavens had the same origin.”3  (View the RealPlayer video of this comment ).

Footnotes:

(1) The First Three Minutes, a Modern View of the Origin of the Universe, Weinberg, pp. 94-105.

(2) The reference for this saying is This is the Truth (videotape).  For a copy of this videotape, please visit.

(3) This is the Truth (videotape).

The Quran On The Cerebrum

God has said in the Quran about one of the evil unbelievers who forbade the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) from praying at the Kaaba:

No!  If he does not stop, We will take him by the naseyah (front of the head), a lying, sinful naseyah(front of the head)!  (Quran, 96:15-16)

Why did the Quran describe the front of the head as being lying and sinful?  Why didn’t the Quran say that the person was lying and sinful?  What is the relationship between the front of the head and lying and sinfulness?

If we look into the skull at the front of the head, we will find the prefrontal area of the cerebrum (see figure 12).  What does physiology tell us about the function of this area?  A book entitled Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology says about this area, “The motivation and the foresight to plan and initiate movements occur in the anterior portion of the frontal lobes, the prefrontal area. This is a region of association cortex…”1  Also the book says, “In relation to its involvement in motivation, the prefrontal area is also thought to be the functional center for aggression….”2

Figure 12: Functional regions of the left hemisphere of the cerebral cortex.  The prefrontal area is located at the front of the cerebral cortex. (Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, Seeley and others, p. 210.)  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

So, this area of the cerebrum is responsible for planning, motivating, and initiating good and sinful behavior and is responsible for the telling of lies and the speaking of truth.  Thus, it is proper to describe the front of the head as lying and sinful when someone lies or commits a sin, as the Quran has said, “…A lying, sinful naseyah (front of the head)!”

Scientists have only discovered these functions of the prefrontal area in the last sixty years, according to Professor Keith L. Moore.3

Footnotes:

(1) Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, Seeley and others, p. 211.  Also see The Human Nervous System, Noback and others, pp. 410-411.

(2) Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, Seeley and others, p. 211.

(3) Al-Ejaz al-Elmy fee al-Naseyah (The Scientific Miracles in the Front of the Head), Moore and others, p. 41

The Quran On Seas And Rivers

Modern Science has discovered that in the places where two different seas meet, there is a barrier between them.  This barrier divides the two seas so that each sea has its own temperature, salinity, and density.1  For example, Mediterranean sea water is warm, saline, and less dense, compared to Atlantic ocean water.  When Mediterranean sea water enters the Atlantic over the Gibraltar sill, it moves several hundred kilometers into the Atlantic at a depth of about 1000 meters with its own warm, saline, and less dense characteristics.  The Mediterranean water stabilizes at this depth2 (see figure 13).

Figure 13: The Mediterranean sea water as it enters the Atlantic over the Gibraltar sill with its own warm, saline, and less dense characteristics, because of the barrier that distinguishes between them.  Temperatures are in degrees Celsius (C°). (Marine Geology, Kuenen, p. 43, with a slight enhancement.)  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Although there are large waves, strong currents, and tides in these seas, they do not mix or transgress this barrier.

The Holy Quran mentioned that there is a barrier between two seas that meet and that they do not transgress.  God has said:

He has set free the two seas meeting together.  There is a barrier between them.  They do not transgress.  (Quran, 55:19-20)

But when the Quran speaks about the divider between fresh and salt water, it mentions the existence of “a forbidding partition” with the barrier.  God has said in the Quran:

He is the one who has set free the two kinds of water, one sweet and palatable, and the other salty and bitter.  And He has made between them a barrier and a forbidding partition.  (Quran, 25:53)

One may ask, why did the Quran mention the partition when speaking about the divider between fresh and salt water, but did not mention it when speaking about the divider between the two seas?

Modern science has discovered that in estuaries, where fresh (sweet) and salt water meet, the situation is somewhat different from what is found in places where two seas meet.  It has been discovered that what distinguishes fresh water from salt water in estuaries is a “pycnocline zone with a marked density discontinuity separating the two layers.”3  This partition (zone of separation) has a different salinity from the fresh water and from the salt water4 (see figure 14).

Figure 14: Longitudinal section showing salinity (parts per thousand ‰) in an estuary.  We can see here the partition (zone of separation) between the fresh and the salt water. (Introductory Oceanography, Thurman, p. 301, with a slight enhancement.)  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

This information has been discovered only recently, using advanced equipment to measure temperature, salinity, density, oxygen dissolubility, etc.  The human eye cannot see the difference between the two seas that meet, rather the two seas appear to us as one homogeneous sea.  Likewise, the human eye cannot see the division of water in estuaries into the three kinds: fresh water, salt water, and the partition (zone of separation).

Footnotes:

(1) Principles of Oceanography, Davis, pp. 92-93.

(2) Principles of Oceanography, Davis, p. 93.

(3) Oceanography, Gross, p. 242.  Also see Introductory Oceanography, Thurman, pp. 300-301.

(4) Oceanography, Gross, p. 244, and Introductory Oceanography, Thurman, pp. 300-301.

The Quran On Deep Seas And Internal Waves

God has said in the Quran

Or (the unbelievers’ state) is like the darkness in a deep sea.  It is covered by waves, above which are waves, above which are clouds.  Darknesses, one above another.  If a man stretches out his hand, he cannot see it…. (Quran, 24:40)

This verse mentions the darkness found in deep seas and oceans, where if a man stretches out his hand, he cannot see it.  The darkness in deep seas and oceans is found around a depth of 200 meters and below.  At this depth, there is almost no light (see figure 15).  Below a depth of 1000 meters there is no light at all.1  Human beings are not able to dive more than forty meters without the aid of submarines or special equipment.  Human beings cannot survive unaided in the deep dark part of the oceans, such as at a depth of 200 meters.

Figure 15: Between 3 and 30 percent of the sunlight is reflected at the sea surface.  Then almost all of the seven colors of the light spectrum are absorbed one after another in the first 200 meters, except the blue light. (Oceans, Elder and Pernetta, p. 27.)

Scientists have recently discovered this darkness by means of special equipment and submarines that have enabled them to dive into the depths of the oceans.

We can also understand from the following sentences in the previous verse, “…in a deep sea.  It is covered by waves, above which are waves, above which are clouds….”, that the deep waters of seas and oceans are covered by waves, and above these waves are other waves.  It is clear that the second set of waves are the surface waves that we see, because the verse mentions that above the second waves there are clouds.  But what about the first waves?  Scientists have recently discovered that there are internal waves which “occur on density interfaces between layers of different densities.”2 (see figure 16).

Figure 16: Internal waves at interface between two layers of water of different densities.  One is dense (the lower one), the other one is less dense (the upper one). (Oceanography, Gross, p. 204.)

The internal waves cover the deep waters of seas and oceans because the deep waters have a higher density than the waters above them.  Internal waves act like surface waves.  They can also break, just like surface waves.  Internal waves cannot be seen by the human eye, but they can be detected by studying temperature or salinity changes at a given location.3

Footnotes:

(1) Oceans, Elder and Pernetta, p. 27.

(2) Oceanography, Gross, p. 205.

(3) Oceanography, Gross, p. 205.

The Quran On Clouds

Scientists have studied cloud types and have realized that rain clouds are formed and shaped according to definite systems and certain steps connected with certain types of wind and clouds.

One kind of rain cloud is the cumulonimbus cloud.  Meteorologists have studied how cumulonimbus clouds are formed and how they produce rain, hail, and lightning.

They have found that cumulonimbus clouds go through the following steps to produce rain:

1)  The clouds are pushed by the wind: Cumulonimbus clouds begin to form when wind pushes some small pieces of clouds (cumulus clouds) to an area where these clouds converge (see figures 17 and 18).

Figure 17: Satellite photo showing the clouds moving towards the convergence areas B, C, and D.  The arrows indicate the directions of the wind. (The Use of Satellite Pictures in Weather Analysis and Forecasting, Anderson and others, p. 188.)  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Figure 18: Small pieces of clouds (cumulus clouds) moving towards a convergence zone near the horizon, where we can see a large cumulonimbus cloud. (Clouds and Storms, Ludlam, plate 7.4.)   (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

2)  Joining: Then the small clouds join together forming a larger cloud1 (see figures 18 and 19).

Figure 19: (A) Isolated small pieces of clouds (cumulus clouds).  (B) When the small clouds join together, updrafts within the larger cloud increase, so the cloud is stacked up.  Water drops are indicated by ·. (The Atmosphere, Anthes and others, p. 269.)  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

3)  Stacking: When the small clouds join together, updrafts within the larger cloud increase.  The updrafts near the center of the cloud are stronger than those near the edges.2  These updrafts cause the cloud body to grow vertically, so the cloud is stacked up (see figures 19 (B), 20, and 21).  This vertical growth causes the cloud body to stretch into cooler regions of the atmosphere, where drops of water and hail formulate and begin to grow larger and larger.  When these drops of water and hail become too heavy for the updrafts to support them, they begin to fall from the cloud as rain, hail, etc.3

Figure 20: A cumulonimbus cloud.  After the cloud is stacked up, rain comes out of it. (Weather and Climate, Bodin, p.123.)

Figure 21: A cumulonimbus cloud. (A Colour Guide to Clouds, Scorer and Wexler, p. 23.)

God has said in the Quran:

Have you not seen how God makes the clouds move gently, then joins them together, then makes them into a stack, and then you see the rain come out of it….  (Quran, 24:43)

Meteorologists have only recently come to know these details of cloud formation, structure, and function by using advanced equipment like planes, satellites, computers, balloons, and other equipment, to study wind and its direction, to measure humidity and its variations, and to determine the levels and variations of atmospheric pressure.4

The preceding verse, after mentioning clouds and rain, speaks about hail and lightning:

….And He sends down hail from mountains (clouds) in the sky, and He strikes with it whomever He wills, and turns it from whomever He wills. The vivid flash of its lightning nearly blinds the sight.  (Quran, 24:43)

Meteorologists have found that these cumulonimbus clouds, that shower hail, reach a height of 25,000 to 30,000 ft (4.7 to 5.7 miles),5 like mountains, as the Quran said, “…And He sends down hail from mountains (clouds) in the sky…”(see figure 21 above).

This verse may raise a question.  Why does the verse say “its lightning” in a reference to the hail?  Does this mean that hail is the major factor in producing lightning?  Let us see what the book entitled Meteorology Today says about this.  It says that a cloud becomes electrified as hail falls through a region in the cloud of supercooled droplets and ice crystals.  As liquid droplets collide with a hailstone, they freeze on contact and release latent heat. 

This keeps the surface of the hailstone warmer than that of the surrounding ice crystals.  When the hailstone comes in contact with an ice crystal, an important phenomenon occurs: electrons flow from the colder object toward the warmer object.  Hence, the hailstone becomes negatively charged.  The same effect occurs when supercooled droplets come in contact with a hailstone and tiny splinters of positively charged ice break off.  These lighter positively charged particles are then carried to the upper part of the cloud by updrafts.  The hail, left with a negative charge, falls towards the bottom of the cloud, thus the lower part of the cloud becomes negatively charged.  These negative charges are then discharged as lightning.6  We conclude from this that hail is the major factor in producing lightning.

This information on lightning was discovered recently.  Until 1600 AD, Aristotle’s ideas on meteorology were dominant.  For example, he said that the atmosphere contains two kinds of exhalation, moist and dry.  He also said that thunder is the sound of the collision of the dry exhalation with the neighboring clouds, and lightning is the inflaming and burning of the dry exhalation with a thin and faint fire.7  These are some of the ideas on meteorology that were dominant at the time of the Quran’s revelation, fourteen centuries ago.
 

Footnotes:

(1) See The Atmosphere, Anthes and others, pp. 268-269, and Elements of Meteorology, Miller and Thompson, p. 141.

(2) The updrafts near the center are stronger, because they are protected from the cooling effects by the outer portion of the cloud.

(3) See The Atmosphere, Anthes and others, p. 269, and Elements of Meteorology, Miller and Thompson, pp. 141-142.

(4) See Eejaz al-Quran al-Kareem fee Wasf Anwa al-Riyah, al-Sohob, al-Matar, Makky and others, p. 55.

(5) Elements of Meteorology, Miller and Thompson, p. 141.

(6) Meteorology Today, Ahrens, p. 437.

(7) The Works of Aristotle Translated into English: Meteorologica, vol. 3, Ross and others, pp. 369a-369b.

Scientists’ Comments On The Scientific Miracles In The Holy Quran

The following are some comments of scientists1 on the scientific miracles in the Holy Quran.  All of these comments have been taken from the videotape entitled This is the Truth.  In this videotape, you can see and hear the scientists while they are giving the following comments.  (To view the RealPlayer video of a comment, click on the link at the end of that comment.

1)  Dr. T. V. N. Persaud is Professor of Anatomy, Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  There, he was the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy for 16 years.  He is well-known in his field.  He is the author or editor of 22 textbooks and has published over 181 scientific papers.  In 1991, he received the most distinguished award presented in the field of anatomy in Canada, the J.C.B. Grant Award from the Canadian Association of Anatomists.  When he was asked about the scientific miracles in the Quran which he has researched, he stated the following:

“The way it was explained to me is that Muhammad was a very ordinary man.  He could not read, didn’t know [how] to write. In fact, he was an illiterate.  And we’re talking about twelve [actually about fourteen] hundred years ago.  You have someone illiterate making profound pronouncements and statements and that are amazingly accurate about scientific nature.  And I personally can’t see how this could be a mere chance.  There are too many accuracies and, like Dr. Moore, I have no difficulty in my mind that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which led him to these statements.”  (View the RealPlayer video of this comment )

Professor Persaud has included some Quranic verses and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad(SAW)  in some of his books.  He has also presented these verses and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)  at several conferences.

2)  Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson is the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.  Formerly, he was Professor of Ob-Gyn and the Chairman of the Department of Ob-Gyn at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.  He was also the President of the American Fertility Society.  He has received many awards, including the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology Public Recognition Award in 1992.  Professor Simpson studied the following two sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) :

{In every one of you, all components of your creation are collected together in your mother’s womb by forty days…}2

{If forty-two nights have passed over the embryo, God sends an angel to it, who shapes it and creates its hearing, vision, skin, flesh, and bones….}3

He studied these two sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) extensively, noting that the first forty days constitute a clearly distinguishable stage of embryo-genesis.  He was particularly impressed by the absolute precision and accuracy of those sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) .  Then, during one conference, he gave the following opinion:

“So that the two hadeeths (the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) ) that have been noted provide us with a specific time table for the main embryological development before forty days.  Again, the point has been made, I think, repeatedly by other speakers this morning: these hadeeths could not have been obtained on the basis of the scientific knowledge that was available [at] the time of their writing … . It follows, I think, that not only there is no conflict between genetics and religion but, in fact, religion can guide science by adding revelation to some of the traditional scientific approaches, that there exist statements in the Quran shown centuries later to be valid, which support knowledge in the Quran having been derived from God.”  (View the RealPlayer video of this comment )

3)  Dr. E. Marshall Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.  There, for 22 years he was Professor of Anatomy, the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy, and the Director of the Daniel Baugh Institute.  He was also the President of the Teratology Society.  He has authored more than 200 publications.  In 1981, during the Seventh Medical Conference in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, Professor Johnson said in the presentation of his research paper:

“Summary: The Quran describes not only the development of external form, but emphasizes also the internal stages, the stages inside the embryo, of its creation and development, emphasizing major events recognized by contemporary science.”  (View the RealPlayer video of this comment )

Also he said: “As a scientist, I can only deal with things which I can specifically see.  I can understand embryology and developmental biology.  I can understand the words that are translated to me from the Quran.  As I gave the example before, if I were to transpose myself into that era, knowing what I knew today and describing things, I could not describe the things which were described.  I see no evidence for the fact to refute the concept that this individual, Muhammad, had to be developing this information from some place.  So I see nothing here in conflict with the concept that divine intervention was involved in what he was able to write.”4  (View the RealPlayer video of this comment )

4)  Dr. William W. Hay is a well-known marine scientist.  He is Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA.  He was formerly the Dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA.  After a discussion with Professor Hay about the Quran’s mention of recently discovered facts on seas, he said:

“I find it very interesting that this sort of information is in the ancient scriptures of the Holy Quran, and I have no way of knowing where they would come from, but I think it is extremely interesting that they are there and that this work is going on to discover it, the meaning of some of the passages.”  And when he was asked about the source of the Quran, he replied: “Well, I would think it must be the divine being.”  (View the RealPlayer video of this comment
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5)  Dr. Gerald C. Goeringer is Course Director and Associate Professor of Medical Embryology at the Department of Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA.  During the Eighth Saudi Medical Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Professor Goeringer stated the following in the presentation of his research paper:

“In a relatively few aayahs (Quranic verses) is contained a rather comprehensive description of human development from the time of commingling of the gametes through organogenesis.  No such distinct and complete record of human development, such as classification, terminology, and description, existed previously.  In most, if not all, instances, this description antedates by many centuries the recording of the various stages of human embryonic and fetal development recorded in the traditional scientific literature.”  (View the RealPlayer video of this comment )

6)  Dr. Yoshihide Kozai is Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University, Hongo, Tokyo, Japan, and was the Director of the National Astronomical Observatory, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan.  He said:

“I am very much impressed by finding true astronomical facts in [the] Quran, and for us the modern astronomers have been studying very small pieces of the universe.  We’ve concentrated our efforts for understanding of [a] very small part.  Because by using telescopes, we can see only very few parts [of] the sky without thinking [about the] whole universe.  So, by reading [the] Quran and by answering to the questions, I think I can find my future way for investigation of the universe.”  (View the RealPlayer video of this comment )

7)  Professor Tejatat Tejasen is the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy at Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Previously, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the same university.  During the Eighth Saudi Medical Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Professor Tejasen stood up and said:

“During the last three years, I became interested in the Quran … . From my study and what I have learned from this conference, I believe that everything that has been recorded in the Quran fourteen hundred years ago must be the truth, that can be proved by the scientific means.  Since the Prophet Muhammad could neither read nor write, Muhammad must be a messenger who relayed this truth, which was revealed to him as an enlightenment by the one who is eligible [as the] creator.  This creator must be God.  Therefore, I think this is the time to say La ilaha illa Allah, there is no god to worship except Allah (God), Muhammadur rasoolu Allah, Muhammad is Messenger (Prophet) of Allah (God).  Lastly, I must congratulate for the excellent and highly successful arrangement for this conference … . I have gained not only from the scientific point of view and religious point of view but also the great chance of meeting many well-known scientists and making many new friends among the participants.  The most precious thing of all that I have gained by coming to this place is La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolu Allah, and to have become a Muslim.”  (View the RealPlayer video of this comment )

After all these examples we have seen about the scientific miracles in the Holy Quran and all these scientists’ comments on this, let us ask ourselves these questions:

n  Could it be a coincidence that all this recently discovered scientific information from different fields was mentioned in the Quran, which was revealed fourteen centuries ago?

n  Could this Quran have been authored by Muhammad (SAW) or by any other human being?

The only possible answer is that this Quran must be the literal word of God, revealed by Him.
 

Footnotes:

(1) Note: The occupations of all the scientists mentioned in this web site were last updated in 1997. 

(2) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2643, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #3208.

Note: What is between these special brackets {…} in this guide is a translation of what the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said.  Also note that this symbol # used in the footnotes, indicates the number of the hadeeth.  A hadeeth is a reliably transmitted report by the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) companions of what he said, did, or approved of. 

(3) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2645. 

(4) The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was illiterate.  He could not read nor write, but he dictated the Quran to his Companions and commanded some of them to write it down. 

The Great Challenge To Produce One Chapter Like The Chapters Of The Holy Quran

God has said in the Quran

 And if you are in doubt about what We have revealed (the Quran) to Our worshiper (Muhammad (SAW) ), then produce a chapter like it, and call your witnesses (supporters and helpers) besides God if you are truthful.  And if you do not do it, and you can never do it, then fear the Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones.  It has been prepared for disbelievers.  And give good news (O Muhammad) to those who believe and do good deeds, that for them are gardens (Paradise) in which rivers flow…. (Quran, 2:23-25)

Ever since the Quran was revealed, fourteen centuries ago, no one has been able to produce a single chapter like the chapters of the Quran in their beauty, eloquence, splendor, wise legislation, true information, true prophecy, and other perfect attributes.  Also, note that the smallest chapter in the Quran (Chapter 108) is only ten words, yet no one has ever been able to meet this challenge, then or today.1  Some of the disbelieving Arabs who were enemies of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) tried to meet this challenge to prove that Muhammad (SAW)  was not a true prophet, but they failed to do so.2  This failure was despite the fact that the Quran was revealed in their own language and dialect and that the Arabs at the time of Muhammad (SAW) were a very eloquent people who used to compose beautiful and excellent poetry, still read and appreciated today.

The smallest chapter in the Holy Quran (Chapter 108) is only ten words, yet no one has ever been able to meet the challenge to produce one chapter like the chapters of the Holy Quran.

Footnotes:

(1) See Al-Borhan fee Oloom Al-Quran, Al-Zarkashy, vol. 2, p. 224.

(2) See Al-Borhan fee Oloom Al-Quran, Al-Zarkashy, vol. 2, p. 226.

Biblical Prophecies On The Advent Of Muhammad (SAW) , The Prophet Of Islam

The Biblical Prophecies On The Advent Of The Prophet Muhammad (SAW)  Are Evidence Of The Truth Of Islam For People Who Believe In The Bible.

In Deuteronomy 18, Moses stated that God told him: “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.  If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.” (Deuteronomy 18:18-19).1

From these verses we conclude that the prophet in this prophecy must have the following three characteristics:

1)  That he will be like Moses.

2)  That he will come from the brothers of the Israelites, i.e. the Ishmaelites.

3)  That God will put His words in to the mouth of this prophet and that he will declare what God commands him.

Let us examine these three characteristics in more depth:

1)  A Prophet Like Moses:

There were hardly any two prophets who were so much alike as Moses and Muhammad(SAW).  Both were given a comprehensive law and code of life. Both encountered their enemies and were victorious in miraculous ways.  Both were accepted as prophets and statesmen.  Both migrated following conspiracies to assassinate them.  Analogies between Moses and Jesus overlook not only the above similarities but other crucial ones as well.  These include the natural birth, the family life, and death of Moses and Muhammad (SAW)  but not of Jesus.  Moreover Jesus was regarded by his followers as the Son of God and not exclusively as a prophet of God, as Moses and Muhammad (SAW)  were and as Muslims believe Jesus was.  So, this prophecy refers to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)  and not to Jesus, because Muhammad  (SAW) is more like Moses than Jesus.

Also, one notices from the Gospel of John that the Jews were waiting for the fulfillment of three distinct prophecies.  The first was the coming of Christ.  The second was the coming of Elijah.  The third was the coming of the Prophet.  This is obvious from the three questions that were posed to John the Baptist: “Now this was John’s testimony, when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.  He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ.”  They asked him, “Then who are you?  Are you Elijah?”  He said, “I am not.”  “Are you the Prophet?”  He answered, “No.” (John 1:19-21).  If we look in a Bible with cross-references, we will find in the marginal notes where the words “the Prophet” occur in John 1:21, that these words refer to the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:15and 18:18.2  We conclude from this that Jesus Christ is not the prophet mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:18.

2) From The Brothers Of The Israelites:

Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac (Genesis 21).  Ishmael became the grandfather of the Arab nation, and Isaac became the grandfather of the Jewish nation.  The prophet spoken of was not to come from among the Jews themselves, but from among their brothers, i.e. the Ishmaelites.  Muhammad (SAW) , a descendant of Ishmael, is indeed this prophet.

Also, Isaiah 42:1-13 speaks of the servant of God, His “chosen one” and “messenger” who will bring down a law.  “He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.  In his law the islands will put their hope.” (Isaiah 42:4).  Verse 11, connects that awaited one with the descendants of Kedar.  Who is Kedar?  According to Genesis 25:13, Kedar was the second son of Ishmael, the ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

3) God Will Put His Words In The Mouth Of This Prophet:

The words of God (the Holy Quran) were truly put into Muhammad’s(SAW)  mouth.  God sent the Angel Gabriel to teach Muhammad (SAW)  the exact words of God (the Holy Quran) and asked him to dictate them to the people as he heard them.  The words are therefore not his own.  They did not come from his own thoughts, but were put into his mouth by the Angel Gabriel.  During the life time of Muhammad (SAW), and under his supervision, these words were then memorized and written by his companions.

Also, this prophecy in Deuteronomy mentioned that this prophet will speak the words of God in the name of God.  If we looked to the Holy Quran, we will find that all its chapters, except Chapter 9, are preceded or begin with the phrase, “In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.”

Another indication (other than the prophecy in Deuteronomy) is that Isaiah ties the messenger connected with Kedar with a new song (a scripture in a new language) to be sung to the Lord (Isaiah 42:10-11).  This is mentioned more clearly in the prophecy of Isaiah“and another tongue, will he speak to this people” (Isaiah 28:11 KJV).  Another related point, is that the Quran was revealed in sections over a span of twenty-three years.  It is interesting to compare this with Isaiah 28 which speaks of the same thing, “For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there.” (Isaiah 28:10).

Note that God has said in the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18“If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.” (Deuteronomy, 18:19).  This means that whoever believes in the Bible must believe in what this prophet says, and this prophet is the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
 

Footnotes:

(1) All of the verses on this page have been taken from The NIV Study Bible, New International Version, except where noted as being KJV which means King James Version.

(2) See the marginal notes in The NIV Study Bible, New International Version on verse 1:21, p. 1594.

The Verses in the Quran That Mention Future Events Which Later Came to Pass

One example of the events foretold in the Quran is the victory of the Romans over the Persians within three to nine years after the Romans were defeated by the Persians. God has said in the Quran:

 The Romans have been defeated in the nearest land (to the Arabian Peninsula), and they, after their defeat, will be victorious within bedd’ (three to nine) years….  (Quran, 30:2-4)

Let us see what history tells us about these wars.  A book entitled History of the Byzantine State says that the Roman army was badly defeated at Antioch in 613, and as a result, the Persians swiftly pushed forward on all fronts.1  At that time, it was hard to imagine that the Romans would defeat the Persians, but the Quran foretold that the Romans would be victorious within three to nine years.  In 622, nine years after the Romans’ defeat, the two forces (Romans and Persians) met on Armenian soil, and the result was the decisive victory of the Romans over the Persians, for the first time after the Romans’ defeat in 613.2  The prophecy was fulfilled just as God has said in the Quran.

There are also many other verses in the Quran and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that mention future events which later came to pass.

Footnotes:

(1) History of the Byzantine State, Ostrogorsky, p. 95. 

(2) History of the Byzantine State, Ostrogorsky, pp. 100-101, andHistory of Persia, Sykes, vol. 1, pp. 483-484.  Also see The New Encyclopaedia Britannica, Micropaedia vol. 4, p. 1036. 

Miracles Performed by the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Many miracles were performed by the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by God’s permission.  These miracles were witnessed by many people.  For example:

n  When the unbelievers in Makkah asked the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to show them a miracle, he showed them the splitting of the moon.1

n  Another miracle was the flowing of water through Muhammad’s(SAW) fingers when his companions got thirsty and had no water except a little in a vessel.  They came to him and told him that they had no water to make ablution nor to drink except for what was in the vessel.  So, Muhammad (SAW) put his hand in the vessel, and the water started gushing out between his fingers.  So, they drank and made ablution.  They were one thousand five hundred companions.2

There were also many other miracles that were performed by him or which happened to him.

Footnotes:

(1) Narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #3637, and Saheeh Muslim, #2802. 

(2) Narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #3576, and Saheeh Muslim, #1856. 


The Simple Life of Muhammad (SAW)

If we compare the life of Muhammad (SAW) before his mission as a prophet and his life after he began his mission as a prophet, we will conclude that it is beyond reason to think that Muhammad (SAW) was a false prophet, who claimed prophethood to attain material gains, greatness, glory, or power.

Before his mission as a prophet, Muhammad (SAW) had no financial worries.  As a successful and reputed merchant, Muhammad (SAW) drew a satisfactory and comfortable income.  After his mission as a prophet and because of it, he became worse off materially.  To clarify this more, let us browse the following sayings on his life:

   Aa’isha, Muhammad’s (SAW) wife, said, “O my nephew, we would sight three new moons in two months without lighting a fire (to cook a meal) in the Prophet’s (SAW) houses.”  Her nephew asked, “O Aunt, what sustained you?”  She said, “The two black things, dates and water, but the Prophet (SAW) had some Ansar neighbors who had milk-giving she-camels and they used to send the Prophet (SAW) some of its milk.”1

   Sahl Ibn Sa’ad, one of Muhammad’s (SAW) companions, said, “The Prophet of God (SAW) did not see bread made from fine flour from the time God sent him (as a prophet) until he died.”2

   Aa’isha, Muhammad’s (SAW) wife, said, “The mattress of the Prophet (SAW), on which he slept, was made of leather stuffed with the fiber of the date-palm tree.”3

   Amr Ibn Al-Hareth, one of Muhammad’s (SAW) companions, said that when the Prophet (SAW) died, he left neither money nor anything else except his white riding mule, his arms, and a piece of land which he left to charity.4

Muhammad (SAW) lived this hard life till he died although the Muslim treasury was at his disposal, the greater part of the Arabian Peninsula was Muslim before he died, and the Muslims were victorious after eighteen years of his mission.

Is it possible that Muhammad (SAW) might have claimed prophethood in order to attain status, greatness, and power?  The desire to enjoy status and power is usually associated with good food, fancy clothing, monumental palaces, colorful guards, and indisputable authority.  Do any of these indicators apply to Muhammad (SAW)?  A few glimpses of his life that may help answer this question follow.

Despite his responsibilities as a prophet, a teacher, a statesman, and a judge, Muhammad (SAW) used to milk his goat,mend his clothes, repair his shoes,6 help with the household work,7 and visit poor people when they got sick.8  He also helped his companions in digging a trench by moving sand with them.9  His life was an amazing model of simplicity and humbleness.

Muhammad’s (SAW) followers loved him, respected him, and trusted him to an amazing extent.  Yet he continued to emphasize that deification should be directed to God and not to him personally.  Anas, one of Muhammad’s (SAW) companions, said that there was no person whom they loved more than the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), yet when he came to them, they did not stand up for him because he hated their standing up for him,10 as other people do with their great people.

Long before there was any prospect of success for Islam and at the outset of a long and painful era of torture, suffering, and persecution of Muhammad (SAW) and his followers, he received an interesting offer.  An envoy of the pagan leaders, Otba, came to him saying, “…If you want money, we will collect enough money for you so that you will be the richest one of us.  If you want leadership, we will take you as our leader and never decide on any matter without your approval.  If you want a kingdom, we will crown you king over us…”  Only one concession was required from Muhammad (SAW) in return for that, to give up calling people to Islam and worshipping God alone without any partner.  Wouldn’t this offer be tempting to one pursuing worldly benefit?  Was Muhammad (SAW) hesitant when the offer was made?  Did he turn it down as a bargaining strategy leaving the door open for a better offer?  The following was his answer: {In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful}  And he recited to Otba the verses of the Quran 41:1-38.11 The Following are some of these verses:

A revelation from (God), the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful; a Book whereof the verses are explained in detail; a Quran in Arabic, for people who know, giving good news and warning, yet most of them turn away, so they do not listen.  (Quran, 41:2-4)

On another occasion and in response to his uncle’s plea to stop calling people to Islam, Muhammad’s (SAW) answer was as decisive and sincere: {I swear by the name of God, O Uncle!, that if they place the sun in my right-hand and the moon in my left-hand in return for giving up this matter (calling people to Islam), I will never desist until either God makes it triumph or I perish defending it.}12

Muhammad (SAW) and his few followers did not only suffer from persecution for thirteen years but the unbelievers even tried to kill Muhammad (SAW) several times.  On one occasion they attempted to kill him by dropping a large boulder, which could barely be lifted, on his head.13  Another time they tried to kill him by poisoning his food.14  What could justify such a life of suffering and sacrifice even after he was fully triumphant over his adversaries?  What could explain the humbleness and nobility which he demonstrated in his most glorious moments when he insisted that success is due only to God’s help and not to his own genius?  Are these the characteristics of a power-hungry or a self-centered man?

Footnotes:

(1) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2972, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #2567. 

(2) Narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #5413, and Al-Tirmizi, #2364. 

(3) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2082, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #6456. 

(4) Narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #2739, and Mosnad Ahmad, #17990. 

(5) Narrated in Mosnad Ahmad, #25662. 

(6) Narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #676, and Mosnad Ahmad, #25517. 

(7) Narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #676, and Mosnad Ahmad, #23706. 

(8) Narrated in Mowatta Malek, #531. 

(9) Narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #3034, and Saheeh Muslim, #1803, and Mosnad Ahmad, #18017. 

(10) Narrated in Mosnad Ahmad, #12117, and Al-Tirmizi, #2754. 

(11) Al-Serah Al-Nabaweyyah, Ibn Hesham, vol. 1, pp. 293-294. 

(12) Al-Serah Al-Nabaweyyah, Ibn Hesham, vol. 1, pp. 265-266. 

(13) Al-Serah Al-Nabaweyyah, Ibn Hesham, vol. 1, pp. 298-299. 

(14) Narrated in Al-Daremey, #68, and Abu-Dawood, #4510. 

The Phenomenal Growth of Islam

At the end of this chapter, it may be appropriate to point out an important indication of the truth of Islam.  It is well known that in the USA and the whole world, Islam is the fastest-growing religion.  The following are some observations on this phenomenon:

n  “Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, a guide and pillar of stability for many of our people…” (Hillary Rodham Clinton, Los Angeles Times).

n  “Moslems are the world’s fastest-growing group…” (The Population Reference Bureau, USA Today).

n  “….Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the country.” (Geraldine Baum; Newsday Religion Writer, Newsday).

n  “Islam, the fastest-growing religion in the United States…” (Ari L. Goldman, New York Times).

This phenomenon indicates that Islam is truly a religion from God.  It is unreasonable to think that so many Americans and people from different countries have converted to Islam without careful consideration and deep contemplation before concluding that Islam is true.  These converts have come from different countries, classes, races, and walks of life.  They include scientists, professors, philosophers, journalists, politicians, actors, and athletes.

The points mentioned in this chapter constitute only some of the evidence supporting the belief that the Quran is the literal word of God, that Muhammad (SAW) is truly a prophet sent by God, and that Islam is truly a religion from God.

Footnotes:

(1) Larry B. Stammer, Times Religion Writer, “First Lady Breaks Ground With Muslims,” Los Angeles Times, Home Edition, Metro Section, Part B, May 31, 1996, p. 3. 

(2) Timothy Kenny, “Elsewhere in the World,” USA Today, Final Edition, News Section, February 17, 1989, p. 4A. 

(3) Geraldine Baum, “For Love of Allah,” Newsday, Nassau and Suffolk Edition, Part II, March 7, 1989, p. 4. 

(4) Ari L. Goldman, “Mainstream Islam Rapidly Embraced By Black Americans,” New York Times, Late City Final Edition, February 21, 1989, p. 1. 


Basic Benefits Of Islam 

Islam provides many benefits for the individual and the society.  This chapter mentions some of the benefits gained through Islam for the individual.

(1) The Door to Eternal Paradise

God has said in the Quran:

 And give good news (O Muhammad) to those who believe and do good deeds, that they will have gardens (Paradise) in which rivers flow….    (Quran, 2:25)

God has also said:

 Race one with another for forgiveness from your Lord and for Paradise, whose width is as the width of the heavens and the earth, which has been prepared for those who believe in God and His messengers….  (Quran, 57:21)

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) told us that the lowest in rank among the dwellers of Paradise will have ten times the like of this world,1 and he or she will have whatever he or she desires and ten times like it.2  Also, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: {A space in Paradise equivalent to the size of a foot would be better than the world and what is in it.}3  He also said: {In Paradise there are things which no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind has thought of.}4  He also said: {The most miserable man in the world of those meant for Paradise will be dipped once in Paradise.  Then he will be asked, “Son of Adam, did you ever face any misery?  Did you ever experience any hardship?”  So he will say, “No, by God, O Lord!  I never faced any misery, and I never experienced any hardship.”}5

If you enter Paradise, you will live a very happy life without sickness, pain, sadness, or death; God will be pleased with you; and you will live there forever.  God has said in the Quran:

But those who believe and do good deeds, We will admit them to gardens (Paradise) in which rivers flow, lasting in them forever….  (Quran, 4:57)
 

Footnotes:

(1) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #186, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #6571. 

(2) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #188, and Mosnad Ahmad, #10832. 

(3) Narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #6568, and Mosnad Ahmad, #13368. 

(4) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2825, and Mosnad Ahmad, #8609. 

(5) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2807, and Mosnad Ahmad, #12699. 

Salvation From Hellfire

God has said in the Quran:

 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 (SAW) 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

Footnotes:

(1) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2807, and Mosnad Ahmad, #12699. 

Real Happiness And Inner Peace

Real happiness and peace can be found in submitting to the commands of the Creator and the Sustainer of this world.  God has said in the Quran:

 Truly, in remembering God do hearts find rest.  (Quran, 13:28)

On the other hand, the one who turns away from the Quran will have a life of hardship in this world.  God has said:

But whoever turns away from the Quran,1 he will have a hard life, and We will raise him up blind on the Day of Judgment.  (Quran, 20:124)

This may explain why some people commit suicide while they enjoy the material comfort money can buy.  For example, look at Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam), formerly a famous pop singer who used to earn sometimes more than $150,000 a night.  After he converted to Islam, he found true happiness and peace, which he had not found in material success.2

Footnotes:

(1) i.e. neither believes in the Quran nor acts on its orders. 

(2) The present mailing address of Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), in case you would like to ask him about his feelings after he converted to Islam, is: 2 Digswell Street, London N7 8JX, United Kingdom. 

Forgiveness For All Previous Sins

When someone converts to Islam, God forgives all of his previous sins and evil deeds.  A man called Amr came to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and said, “Give me your right hand so that I may give you my pledge of loyalty.”  The Prophet (SAW) stretched out his right hand.  Amr withdrew his hand.  The Prophet (SAW) said: {What has happened to you, O Amr?}  He replied, “I intend to lay down a condition.”  The Prophet (SAW) asked: {What condition do you intend to put forward?}  Amr said, “That God forgive my sins.”  The Prophet (SAW) said: {Didn’t you know that converting to Islam erases all previous sins?}1

After converting to Islam, the person will be rewarded for his or her good and bad deeds according to the following saying of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW): {Your Lord, Who is blessed and exalted, is most merciful.  If someone intends to do a good deed but does not do it, a good deed will be recorded for him.  And if he does do it, (a reward of) ten to seven hundred or many more times (the reward of the good deed), will be recorded for him.  And if someone intends to do a bad deed but does not do it, a good deed will be recorded for him.  And if he does do it, a bad deed will be recorded against him or God will wipe it out.}2

Footnotes:

(1) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #121, and Mosnad Ahmad, #17357. 

(2) Narrated in Mosnad Ahmad, #2515, and Saheeh Muslim, #131. 

Some Basic Islamic Beliefs

1) Belief in God:

Muslims believe in one, unique, incomparable God, Who has no son nor partner, and that none has the right to be worshipped but Him alone.  He is the true God, and every other deity is false.  He has the most magnificent names and sublime perfect attributes.  No one shares His divinity, nor His attributes.  In the Quran, God describes Himself:

Say, “He is God, the One.  God, to Whom the creatures turn for their needs.  He begets not, nor was He begotten, and there is none like Him.” (Quran, 112:1-4)

Chapter 112 of the Quran written in Arabic calligraphy

Chapter 112 of the Quran written in Arabic calligraphy.

No one has the right to be invoked, supplicated, prayed to, or shown any act of worship, but God alone.

God alone is the Almighty, the Creator, the Sovereign, and the Sustainer of everything in the whole universe.  He manages all affairs.  He stands in need of none of His creatures, and all His creatures depend on Him for all that they need.  He is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing, and the All-Knowing.  In a perfect manner, His knowledge encompasses all things, the open and the secret, and the public and the private.  He knows what has happened, what will happen, and how it will happen.  No affair occurs in the whole world except by His will.  Whatever He wills is, and whatever He does not will is not and will never be.  His will is above the will of all the creatures.  He has power over all things, and He is able to do everything.  He is the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, and the Most Beneficent.  In one of the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), we are told that God is more merciful to His creatures than a mother to her child.1  God is far removed from injustice and tyranny.  He is All-Wise in all of His actions and decrees.  If someone wants something from God, he or she can ask God directly without asking anyone else to intercede with God for him or her.

God is not Jesus, and Jesus is not God.2  Even Jesus himself rejected this.  God has said in the Quran:

Indeed, they have disbelieved who have said, “God is the Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary.”  The Messiah said, “Children of Israel, worship God, my Lord and your Lord.  Whoever associates partners in worship with God, then God has forbidden Paradise for him, and his home is the Fire (Hell).  For the wrongdoers,there will be no helpers.”  (Quran, 5:72)

God is not a trinity.  God has said in the Quran:

Indeed, they disbelieve who say, “God is the third of three (in a trinity),” when there is no god but one God.  If they desist not from what they say, truly, a painful punishment will befall the disbelievers among them. Would they not rather repent to God and ask His forgiveness?  For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.  The Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary, was no more than a messenger…  (Quran, 5:73-75)

Islam rejects that God rested on the seventh day of the creation, that He wrestled with one of His angels, that He is an envious plotter against mankind, or that He is incarnate in any human being.  Islam also rejects the attribution of any human form to God. All of these are considered blasphemous.  God is the Exalted.  He is far removed from every imperfection.  He never becomes weary.  He does not become drowsy nor does he sleep.

The Arabic word Allah means God (the one and only true God who created the whole universe).  This word Allah is a name for God, which is used by Arabic speakers, both Arab Muslims and Arab Christians.  This word cannot be used to designate anything other than the one true God.  The Arabic word Allah occurs in the Quran about 2700 times.  In Aramaic, a language related closely to Arabic and the language that Jesus habitually spoke,4 God is also referred to as Allah.

2) Belief in the Angels:

Muslims believe in the existence of the angels and that they are honored creatures.  The angels worship God alone, obey Him, and act only by His command.  Among the angels is Gabriel, who brought down the Quran to Muhammad (SAW).

3) Belief in God’s Revealed Books:

Muslims believe that God revealed books to His messengers as proof for mankind and as guidance for them.  Among these books is the Quran, which God revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).  God has guaranteed the Quran’s protection from any corruption or distortion.  God has said:

 Indeed, We have sent down the Quran, and surely We will guard it (from corruption).  (Quran, 15:9)

4) Belief in the Prophets and Messengers of God:

Muslims believe in the prophets and messengers of God, starting with Adam, including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and Jesus (peace be upon them).  But God’s final message to man, a reconfirmation of the eternal message, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).  Muslims believe that Muhammad (SAW) is the last prophet sent by God, as God has said:

Muhammad is not the father of any one of your men, but he is the Messenger of God and the last of the prophets… (Quran, 33:40)

Muslims believe that all the prophets and messengers were created human beings who had none of the divine qualities of God.

5) Belief in the Day of Judgment:

Muslims believe in the Day of Judgment (the Day of Resurrection) when all people will be resurrected for God’s judgment according to their beliefs and deeds.

6) Belief in Al-Qadar:

Muslims believe in Al-Qadar, which is Divine Predestination, but this belief in Divine Predestination does not mean that human beings do not have freewill.  Rather, Muslims believe that God has given human beings freewill.  This means that they can choose right or wrong and that they are responsible for their choices.

The belief in Divine Predestination includes belief in four things: 1) God knows everything.  He knows what has happened and what will happen.  2) God has recorded all that has happened and all that will happen.  3) Whatever God wills to happen happens, and whatever He wills not to happen does not happen.  4) God is the Creator of everything.
 

Footnotes:

(1) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2754, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #5999. 

(2) It was reported by the Associated Press, London, on June 25, 1984, that a majority of the Anglican bishops surveyed by a television program said, “Christians are not obliged to believe that Jesus Christ was God.”  The poll was of 31 of England’s 39 bishops.  The report further stated that 19 of the 31 bishops said it was sufficient to regard Jesus as “God’s supreme agent.”  The poll was conducted by London Weekend Television’s weekly religious program, “Credo.” 

(3) The wrongdoers include the polytheists.

(4) NIV Compact Dictionary of the Bible, Douglas, p. 42. 

Is There Any Sacred Source Other Than The Quran?

Yes.  The sunnah (what the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, did, or approved of) is the second source in Islam.  The sunnah is comprised of hadeeths, which are reliably transmitted reports by the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) companions of what he said, did, or approved of.  Belief in the sunnah is a basic Islamic belief.

Examples of the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) Sayings

 {The believers, in their love, mercy, and kindness to one another are like a body: if any part of it is ill, the whole body shares its sleeplessness and fever.}1

 {The most perfect of the believers in faith are the best of them in morals.  And the best among them are those who are best to their wives.}2

 {None of you believes (completely) until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.}3

 {The merciful are shown mercy by the All-Merciful.  Show mercy to those on earth, and God will show mercy to you.}4

 {Smiling at your brother is charity}5

 {A good word is charity.}6

 {Whoever believes in God and the Last Day (the Day of Judgment) should do good to his neighbor.}7

 {God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your hearts and looks into your deeds.}8

 {Pay the worker his wage before his sweat dries.}9

 {A man walking along a path felt very thirsty.  Reaching a well, he descended into it, drank his fill, and came up.  Then he saw a dog with its tongue hanging out, trying to lick up mud to quench its thirst.  The man said, “This dog is feeling the same thirst that I felt.”  So he went down into the well again, filled his shoe with water, and gave the dog a drink.  So, God thanked him and forgave his sins.}  The Prophet (SAW) was asked, “Messenger of God, are we rewarded for kindness towards animals?”  He said: {There is a reward for kindness to every living animal or human.}10

Footnotes:

(1) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2586, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #6011. 

(2) Narrated in Mosnad Ahmad, #7354, and Al-Tirmizi, #1162. 

(3) Narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #13, and Saheeh Muslim, #45. 

(4) Narrated in Al-Tirmizi, #1924, and Abu-Dawood, #4941. 

(5) Narrated in Al-Tirmizi, #1956. 

(6) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #1009, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #2989. 

(7) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #48, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #6019. 

(8) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2564. 

(9) Narrated in Ibn Majah, #2443. 

(10) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2244, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #2466. 

What Does Islam Say About The Day Of Judgment?

Like Christians, Muslims believe that the present life is only a trial preparation for the next realm of existence.  This life is a test for each individual for the life after death.  A day will come when the whole universe will be destroyed and the dead will be resurrected for judgment by God.  This day will be the beginning of a life that will never end.  This day is the Day of Judgment.  On that day, all people will be rewarded by God according to their beliefs and deeds.  Those who die while believing that “There is no true god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God” and are Muslim will be rewarded on that day and will be admitted to Paradise forever, as God has said:

And those who believe and do good deeds, they are dwellers of Paradise, they dwell therein forever. (Quran, 2:82)

But those who die while not believing that “There is no true god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God” or are not Muslim will lose Paradise forever and will be sent to Hellfire, as God has said:

And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him and he will be one of the losers in the Hereafter.  (Quran, 3:85)

And as He has said:

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

One may ask, ‘I think Islam is a good religion, but if I were to convert to Islam, my family, friends, and other people would persecute me and make fun of me.  So if I do not convert to Islam, will I enter Paradise and be saved from Hellfire?’

The answer is what God has said in the preceding verse, “And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him and he will be one of the losers in the Hereafter.”

After having sent the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to call people to Islam, God does not accept adherence to any religion other than Islam.  God is our Creator and Sustainer.  He created for us whatever is in the earth.  All the blessings and good things we have are from Him.  So after all this, when someone rejects belief in God, His Prophet Muhammad (SAW), or His religion of Islam, it is just that he or she be punished in the Hereafter.  Actually, the main purpose of our creation is to worship God alone and to obey Him, as God has said in the Holy Quran (51:56).

This life we live today is a very short life.  The unbelievers on the Day of Judgment will think that the life they lived on earth was only a day or part of a day, as God has said:

He (God) will say, “How many years did you stay on the earth?”  They will say: “We stayed a day or part of a day….” (Quran, 23:112-113)

And He has said:

Did you then think that We had created you in jest (without any purpose), and that you would not be returned to Us (in the Hereafter)?  So, God is exalted, the True King.  None has the right to be worshipped but Him… (Quran, 23:115-116)

The life in the Hereafter is a very real life.  It is not only spiritual, but physical as well.  We will live there with our souls and bodies.

In comparing this world with the Hereafter, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: {The value of this world compared to that of the Hereafter is like what your finger brings from the sea when you put it in and then take it out.}1  The meaning is that, the value of this world compared to that of the Hereafter is like a few drops of water compared to the sea.

Footnotes:

(1) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2858, and Mosnad Ahmad, #17560. Back from footnote (1)

How Does Someone Become A Muslim?

Simply by saying with conviction, La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolu Allah, one converts to Islam and becomes a Muslim (to hear it click here).  This saying means “There is no true god but God (Allah),1 and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God.”  The first part, “There is no true god but God,” means that none has the right to be worshipped but God alone, and that God has neither partner nor son.  To be a Muslim, one should also:

n  Believe that the Holy Quran is the literal word of God, revealed by Him.

n  Believe that the Day of Judgment (the Day of Resurrection) is true and will come, as God promised in the Quran.

n  Accept Islam as his or her religion.

n  Not worship anything nor anyone except God.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: {God is more joyful at the repentance of someone when he turns to Him in repentance than one of you would be if he were riding his camel in the wilderness, and it runs away from him, carrying his food and drink, so that he loses all hope of getting it back.  He comes to a tree and lies down in its shade (awaiting death), for he has lost all hope of finding his camel.  Then, while he is in that state (of desperation), suddenly it is there before him!  So he seizes its halter and cries out from the depth of his joy, “O God, You are my servant and I am Your Lord!”  His mistake comes from the intensity of his joy.}2

The saying, There is no true god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God

The saying, “There is no true god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God,” inscribed over an entrance.

Footnotes:

(1) As was mentioned previously, the Arabic word Allah means God (the one and only true God who created the whole universe).  This word Allah is a name for God, which is used by Arabic speakers, both Arab Muslims and Arab Christians.  For more details on the word Allahclick here.

(2) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2747, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #6309. Back from footnote (2)

What Is The Quran About?

The Quran, the last revealed word of God, is the primary source of every Muslim’s faith and practice.  It deals with all the subjects which concern human beings: wisdom, doctrine, worship, transactions, law, etc., but its basic theme is the relationship between God and His creatures.  At the same time, it provides guidelines and detailed teachings for a just society, proper human conduct, and an equitable economic system.

Note that the Quran was revealed to Muhammad (SAW) in Arabic only.  So, any Quranic translation, either in English or any other language, is neither a Quran, nor a version of the Quran, but rather it is only a translation of the meaning of the Quran.  The Quran exists only in the Arabic in which it was revealed.


 

Who Is The Prophet Muhammad (SAW)?

Muhammad (SAW) was born in Makkah in the year 570.  Since his father died before his birth and his mother died shortly thereafter, he was raised by his uncle who was from the respected tribe of Quraysh.  He was raised illiterate, unable to read or write, and remained so till his death.  His people, before his mission as a prophet, were ignorant of science and most of them were illiterate.  As he grew up, he became known to be truthful, honest, trustworthy, generous, and sincere.  He was so trustworthy that they called him the Trustworthy.1  Muhammad (SAW) was very religious, and he had long detested the decadence and idolatry of his society.

The Prophet Muhammads Mosque in Madinah

The Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) Mosque in Madinah.

At the age of forty, Muhammad (SAW) received his first revelation from God through the Angel Gabriel. The revelations continued for twenty-three years, and they are collectively known as the Quran.

As soon as he began to recite the Quran and to preach the truth which God had revealed to him, he and his small group of followers suffered persecution from unbelievers.  The persecution grew so fierce that in the year 622 God gave them the command to emigrate.  This emigration from Makkah to the city of Madinah, some 260 miles to the north, marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar.

After several years, Muhammad (SAW) and his followers were able to return to Makkah, where they forgave their enemies.  Before Muhammad (SAW) died, at the age of sixty-three, the greater part of the Arabian Peninsula had become Muslim, and within a century of his death, Islam had spread to Spain in the West and as far East as China.  Among the reasons for the rapid and peaceful spread of Islam was the truth and clarity of its doctrine.  Islam calls for faith in only one God, Who is the only one worthy of worship.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was a perfect example of an honest, just, merciful, compassionate, truthful, and brave human being.  Though he was a man, he was far removed from all evil characteristics and strove solely for the sake of God and His reward in the Hereafter.  Moreover, in all his actions and dealings, he was ever mindful and fearful of God.

(For more information on the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), please refer to the links at More on the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).)
 

Footnotes:

(1) Narrated in Mosnad Ahmad, #15078.

Christians and Jews have compromised there religion and the sanctity of there “prophet’s” messages for soooo long that if some one was to mock either Jesus or Moses (peace and blessing be upon them) they would just turn a blind eye. God and his law has just become folk tale to them. In Islam we take our faith so seriously and so personally that we will fight to defend it. The proof is in the pudding. If some mocks any of our beloved prophets, we (2 billion Muslims) collectively feel the anger and collectively will fight (with the nessery means) against those who mock the message or messengers of GOD!!! You can sit Idly twiddling your thumbs and think you’ll go to heaven just because you believe in the creator but neglect to worship him the way he ordained, but believe me the one that will truly attain His mercy and Jannah (heaven) will be those who strived for his pleasure not talk about it in congregations!!!

Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The curse of Allah is on the one who causes difficulty to his mother. The curse of the angels and the curse of mankind are on him. Allah neither accepts his fardh nor his nafl worship as long as he does not repent and obey his mother. He has to gain her pleasure as best he can. Allah’s pleasure depends on the mother’s pleasure and His wrath is concealed in her wrath.” [Ahmad]

This hadith highlights the importance of mothers and tells us how necessary it is to try to keep one’s mother happy. The only situation in which a person is not required to obey their mother is if it entails disobedience to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). 

For example, if a mother wants her daughter to not dress Islamically then she would not obey her mother in this matter, but would still try her best to keep her mother happy with her. Or if a mother asked her son to deprive his wife of the rights Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has ordained for her, then he would not obey his mother in this instance, but he would obey her in all other matters that did not involve disobedience to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). 

Allah, Mighty and Majestic, comes before all else. We do our best to obey Him and in doing so, obey those whom He asked us to obey after Him.

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How Did Satan (the devil) Disobey Allah (God)?Active Image

Islam does NOT say the devil was ever an “angel”(he always was a devil)

My question is: If humans have free-will and angels don’t - then how did satan (who was an angel) refuse to obey Allah by prostrating on the occassion of the creation of Adam as Quran mentions in chapter 2, verse 31?

Good question. The simple answer to all this is - “No” Satan (shayton) is from the “jinn" and he was never one of the angels and never will be. The jinn are . .

But let’s get the whole story from scholars atwww.islamnewsroom.com/content/view/686/1/

. created from a smokeless fire and similar to humans in that they can choose to obey or disobey Allah.  - actually, it is good to ask from the scholars and teachers rather than to work off of assumptions or just talking with people uneducate to Islamic teachings.


 Warnings For Believers

Allah Has Honored Humans With Two Gifts
The fact is this whole topic of free will is very interesting, yet, a very misunderstood topic. Almighty Allah has honored humans and endowed them with two important gifts.

Gift #1 - Know Right From Wrong
The first is the ability to differentiate between right and wrong, and that is attained by the very clean human instinct and then furthered by the dos and the don’ts as explained by Shariah.

Gift #2 - Free Will to Make Choices in Their Lives
The second gift that was given to humans by their Creator is the free will to choose between what is good and what is bad. Of course, this choice is not a blind one; rather, it is based on the Divinely-endowed will and the nature that is able to differentiate between right and wrong.

No Excuses on Judgment Day

Bearing all this in mind, none can ask to be excused on the Day of Judgment because they had no knowledge of what is right and what is wrong or did not have the free will.

People Make the Choice

The simple reason for this is, as explained before, that people do have the ability to discern what is correct and what is not, and are endowed with responsible will that enables them to take full responsibility of all their words and deeds.

Test of Right & Wrong

This very notion of being able to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong puts humans in a delicate test to explore and show their real obedience to their Creator.

Struggle to Surrender to Almighty Allah

Therefore, people who make the effort, struggle against their will and directs it towards Allah are better than angels in that sense.

Angels Have No Free Will

This is because angels do not have this free will. They are there for specific purposes and to do specific jobs like carrying the messages of Allah to the messengers of Allah, protecting human beings and recording their deeds.

Because they have no free will, and they are just cut for obedience, angels will not be reckoned on the Day of Judgment, because there is no point of doing that to them.

Humans Will Be Punished Or Rewarded

Of course, this is then completely different from human beings who, on the Day of Judgment, will be taken to task for their deeds and punished or rewarded according to their choices.

Satan (shayton) Never Was An Angel

Some people may question: if angels were created to obey and have no free will, how come then that Satan said: “No” when he was commanded to prostrate, amongst all other angels, to Adam? Is not that considered to be disobedience and thus it gives an indication of some kind of choice?

The simple answer to all this is no, simply because Satan was never one of the angels and never will be.

Quran Explains Clearly

So, if that is the case, what is the whole story behind the Satan’s being mentioned in the same context and what brought him to the scene? To answer this question, we need to refer to the Quran itself and the books of exegesis. The Quran tells us in another place that Satan was one of the jinn and he disobeyed the command of his Lord.

Almighty Allah says:

"And when we said unto the angels: Fall prostrate before Adam. And they fell prostrate, all except ‘Iblis' (Lucifer - the devil). He was one of the jinn, so he rebelled against his Lord’s command.”
(Al-Kahf 18:51)

Humans Choose Their Path Of Conduct

In his commentary on this verse, Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall, a well-known translator of the Quran, wrote: “Iblis (Satan) is one of the Jinn and not an angel, although he was among angels. This explains how he could choose to disobely, since Jinn, like humans, can choose their path..” (Pickthall, The Holy Quran, pg. 186)

Iblis (the name of the Jinn who became the DevilWas Raised to Level of Angels

With this in mind, we can understand what our scholars tell us that Iblis (a name of Satan) was actually one of the jinn, and was so obedient to Allah that He raised him, for wisdom and a purpose, to higher ranks and he was living in the heavens, worshipping with the angels.

Arrogance (kibr) Ruined Him

When he was commanded to prostrate to Adam, he was there in his place amongst the angels, but because of his nature, he was still endowed with the free will to choose.

Satan Failed His Test

His presence there was definitely for a purpose. Probably, it was a test and Almighty Allah knew that Satan was going to do this.

Either way, Satan was not one of the angels and therefore, the characteristics of the angels do not apply on him.

Satan Remains the Enemy of Mankind

One final thing remains. Humans have an eternal enmity with Satan and know that Satan is sparing no efforts all the time to misguide and mislead them. Therefore, they should be very cautious and alert, never to fall in the snares of Satan.

Muslims Seek Refuge and Protection In Allah - From the Cursed Devil

Islam teaches that the way out is to resort to Allah all the time and pray to Him for guidance and protection. Muslims are taught by the Quran to seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan and say: “I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan.”

We ask God Almighty, the God of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ and Muhammad, peace be upon all of them, to protect us all from Satan and forgive our sins and mistakes, Ameen.

Province of Chechnya. Apostates prepare for birthday of Prophet (pbuh): organizing autorallies and pouring ‘saint water’

Publication time: 2 February 2012, 01:46 

In connection with the preparation for a large-scale bida′a (innovation) of celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) the Kadyrov’s apostates organized an autorally on the 31 January, on the route Jokhar-Urus-Martan-Achkhoy-Martan.

In the rally participated the polytheists from the editorial centre named after the Chechen apostates′ boss Akhmad Kadyrov, and also those from the Kadyrov′s club Ramzan.

In all the localities of the route, the auto-ignorants were distributing specially edited by the Kadyrov′s DUM, or Muftiate, booklets with the biography of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

"A whole range of large events is prepared in the republic, dedicated to the coming holiday", said to the Caucasian Knot a Kadyrov′s DUM thug.

According to him, in the early morning of 4 February the polytheists will give fireworks in Jokhar, after which a “collective morning prayer” will be performed in the main Kadyrov′s mosque of fitna, or discord.

During the day the sufis will run and clap their hands, performing their “mavlids”.

The innovational rites will be performed in all the Kadyrov′s mosques, while in the regional centres and localities the polytheists will organize animal sacrifices. This is reported by Umma News.

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When Does Hijrah Become Obligatory: The Reality of Displaying The Deen.

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله تعالى وبركاته

When Does Hijrah Become Obligatory: The Reality of Displaying The Deen.

Many people believe that what is meant by “openly displaying one’s
religion” (amongst the disbelievers) is simply that one prays, fasts and reads the
Qur’ān in the Lands of Disbelief or the lands that are at war with the Muslims, and
nobody opposes you or harms you. So, if you do this, then you have fully and openly
displayed your religion amongst them (and fulfilled your responsibilities). And this is
a terrible mistake, and a profound miscalculation that must be cleared, since Allāh –
Majestic is His remembrance – says:

قَدْ كَانَتْ لَكُمْ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ فِي إِبْرَاھِیمَ وَالَّذِینَ مَعَھُ إِذْ قَالُوا لِقَوْمِھِمْ إِنَّا بُرَآءُ مِنْكُمْ
وَمِمَّا تَعْبُدُونَ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّھِ كَفَرْنَا بِكُمْ وَبَدَا بَیْنَنَا وَبَیْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةُ وَالْبَغْضَاءُ أَبَداً حَتَّى
تُؤْمِنُوا بِاللَّھِ وَحْدَهُ إِلَّا قَوْلَ إِبْرَاھِیمَ لِأَبِیھِ لَأَسْتَغْفِرَنَّ لَكَ وَمَا أَمْلِكُ لَكَ مِنَ اللَّھِ مِنْ
شَيْءٍ رَبَّنَا عَلَیْكَ تَوَكَّلْنَا وَإِلَیْكَ أَنَبْنَا وَإِلَیْكَ الْمَصِیر
“Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibrāhīm and those with him,
when they said to their people: ‘Verily, we are free from you and whatever you
worship besides Allāh, we have rejected you, and there has emerged between us and
you, hostility and hatred for ever, until you believe in Allāh Alone,’ except the saying
of Ibrāhīm to his father: ‘Verily, I will ask for forgiveness (from Allāh) for you, but I
have no power to do anything for you before Allāh .’ Our Lord! In You (Alone) we put
our trust, and to You (Alone) we turn in repentance, and to You (Alone) is (our) final
Return.” [al-Mumtahinah; 4]


Therefore, the open display of one’s religion is done by announcing one’s disbelief in
these organizations, and clarifying this hostility to them, and to inform these
disbelievers and apostates that we have disbelieved in them and that our enmity is for
them, and that if we were to gain the upperhand, we would not leave them on the
face (of the Earth), as ‘Umar (may Allāh be pleased with him) said when he was asked
by theMessenger of Allāh (peace be upon him) :
“What do you think, O son of Khattāb (regarding the prisoners of Badr)?”

So he replied: “I said: ‘By Allāh, I do not
agree with Abū Bakr (may Allāh be pleased with him), but I think that you should give me a
relative of ‘Umar so that I may strike his neck, and give ‘Aqīl to ‘Alī, so that he may strike his
neck, and give Hamzah his brother so that he may strike his neck- so that Allāh would know
that there is no space of any depth in our hearts for the infidels. Those are their nobles and
leaders and commanders.’ 

So, the Messenger of Allāh (peace be upon him) leaned
towards what Abū Bakr had said, but not towards what I had said. So, he (peace be
upon him) took the ransom from them. The next day, I went to the Prophet (peace be
upon him) and Abū Bakr (may Allāh be pleased with him) and found them both
crying, so I said:
“O Messenger of Allāh, tell me, what has made you and your companion
weep? If there is a reason to weep, I will weep with you, and there is no reason, I will pretend
to weep in sympathy with you because you are weeping.”

So the Prophet (peace be upon
him) said: “I am weeping because I was shown the torture to which they were
subjected. It was brought as close to me as this tree.” Then, Allāh revealed:

“It is not
for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war (and free them with ransom) until
he had made a great slaughter (among his enemies) in the land…” until the verse “…so
eat of the permissible and good things that you have obtained as war booty…” [al-Anfāl; 67-69] 

So, he made the war booty permissible for them. So, when it was the day
of the Battle of Uhud the following year, they were punished because of ransom that
they had accepted on the day of Badr. So seventy of them were killed, and the
Companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) fled from him, and his tooth was
broken and the egg was cracked over his head, and blood smeared his face, so Allāh
revealed:

أَوَلَمَّا أَصَابَتْكُمْ مُصِیبَةٌ قَدْ أَصَبْتُمْ مِثْلَیْھَا قُلْتُمْ أَنَّى ھَذَا قُلْ ھُوَ مِنْ عِنْدِ أَنْفُسِكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّھَ
عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِیرٌ
“(What is the matter with you?)When a single disaster smites you, although you
smote (your enemies) with one twice as great, you say: “From where does this come
to us?” Say (to them), “It is from yourselves (because of your evil deeds).” And Allah
has power over all things.”[Āl ‘Imrān; 165]

… because of their taking of the ransom.
And this was narrated by Muslim (1763) and Abū Dāwūd (2690) and at-Tirmidhī.
And from the most beautiful explanation of the meaning mentioned before is what at-
Tabarī has written in his Tafsīr, where he said: “In this verse:

قَدْ كَانَتْ لَكُمْ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ فِي إِبْرَاھِیمَ وَالَّذِینَ مَعَھُ إِذْ قَالُوا لِقَوْمِھِمْ إِنَّا بُرَآءُ مِنْكُمْ
وَمِمَّا تَعْبُدُونَ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّھِ كَفَرْنَا بِكُمْ وَبَدَا بَیْنَنَا وَبَیْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةُ وَالْبَغْضَاءُ أَبَداً حَتَّى
تُؤْمِنُوا بِاللَّھِ وَحْدَهُ إِلَّا قَوْلَ إِبْرَاھِیمَ لِأَبِیھِ لَأَسْتَغْفِرَنَّ لَكَ وَمَا أَمْلِكُ لَكَ مِنَ اللَّھِ مِنْ
شَيْءٍ رَبَّنَا عَلَیْكَ تَوَكَّلْنَا وَإِلَیْكَ أَنَبْنَا وَإِلَیْكَ الْمَصِیر
“Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibrāhīm and those with him,
when they said to their people: ‘Verily, we are free from you and whatever you
worship besides Allāh, we have rejected you, and there has emerged between us and
you, hostility and hatred for ever, until you believe in Allāh Alone,’ except the saying
of Ibrāhīm to his father: ‘Verily, I will ask for forgiveness (from Allāh) for you, but I
have no power to do anything for you before Allāh .’ Our Lord! In You (Alone) we put
our trust, and to You (Alone) we turn in repentance, and to You (Alone) is (our) final
Return.” [al-Mumtahinah; 4]

…the Exalted says to the believers in Him from the Companions of the Messenger of
Allāh (peace be upon him) that there was for you – O Believers – a great example, a
great model in Ibrāhīm the Khalīl (intimate friend) of the Most Merciful for you to
follow and imitate, as well as those who are with him from the Prophets of Allāh.
Ibn Zayd said regarding the saying of Allāh – Mighty and Majestic – “Indeed there has
been an excellent example for you in Ibrāhīm and those with him…” that those who
were with him are the Prophets, and His saying “… when they said to their people:
'Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allāh…” is regarding
when they said to their people who had disbelieved in Allāh and worshipped the
Tāghūt: ‘O people! We are free from you and from those whom you worship besides Allāh of
deities and gods!’ And regarding His saying “… we have rejected you, and there has
emerged between us and you, hostility and hatred for ever, until you believe in Allāh
Alone…”, He – Majestic is He – says, informing of the saying of His Prophets to their
disbelieving peoples that ‘We have disbelieved in you, and we reject what you are upon of
disbelief in Allāh and we have denied your worship and what you worship besides Allāh to be
true, and there has emerged between us and you enmity and hatred forever because of your
disbelief in Allāh and your worship of others besides Him, and there will be no peace or
kindness between us until you believe in Allāh Alone, and until you accept Allāh alone
and single Him out for worship.’ And His saying: “…except the saying of Ibrāhīm to his
father: ‘Verily, I will ask for forgiveness (from Allāh) for you, but I have no power to
do anything for you before Allāh’…” 

means that there was a great example for you in
Ibrāhīm and those who are with him in these affairs that We have mentioned – of
displaying to the disbelievers their hostility towards them and forsaking any alliance
with them – except in the case of the saying of Ibrāhīm to his father that ‘I will seek
forgiveness for you,’ for there is no example for you in this (do not imitate him in this).
And Ibn Kathīr (may Allāh have Mercy on him) said: “Allāh says to His believing
slaves - whom He has ordered to be harsh against the disbelievers and to have enmity
towards them and to avoid them and to disassociate themselves from them – that
there was a great example for you in Ibrāhīm and those with him – his followers who
believed with him – when they said to their people: ‘We are free from you,’ meaning:
we have disassociated ourselves from you and what you worship besides Allāh; ‘and
we have disbelieved in you,’ meaning: in your religion and your ways; ‘and there has
emerged between us and you enmity and hatred forever,’ meaning: enmity and hatred has
been legislated from now between us, and as long as you remain upon your disbelief,
then we will disassociate ourselves from you and hate you until you believe in Allāh
alone – single Him out to worship Him without any partners, and to abandon what
you worship along with Him of idols and gods.”

And in ‘ad-Durar as-Saniyyah,’ the two sons of Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdil-
Wahhāb said: “…and the ‘openly displaying of one’s religion’ is to declare them (the
disbelievers) to be disbelievers (Takfīr) and to point out the faults of their religion, and
to insult them, and to disassociate from them, and to protect oneself from becoming
close to them and leaning towards them, and to avoid them. Simply performing the
prayers is not considered displaying of one’s religion, and the saying of one that ‘We
avoid them when we are in prayer and we do not eat their slaughtered meats’ is good, but it
is not enough on its own to fulfill the open display of the religion. Rather, there is no
option but what has been mentioned above.”

And Shaykh Hamad ibn ‘Atīq (may Allāh have Mercy on him) said: “And what is
intended (by display of the religion) is the clear demonstration by continuous
hostility and hatred towards the one who does not single out His Lord, so whoever
fulfills this with knowledge and action, and clearly demonstrates this until the
people of his land are aware of this from him, then emigration (Hijrah) is not an
obligation upon him from whatever land he is in. And as for the one who is not like
this - rather, he assumes that if he is left to pray and fast and perform pilgrimage,
then he is no longer obligated to migrate – then this ignorance of the religion, and
heedlessness of the essence of the message of the Messengers. For the lands, if the
judgment in them is for the people of falsehood, the worshippers of graves, the
consumers of alcohol and the gamblers, then they are not satisfied except with the
rituals of polytheism and the judgments of the Tawāghīt. And every place where this
is the case, then there is no doubt for the one who has the slightest familiarity of the
Book and Sunnah that its people are upon other than what the Messenger of Allāh
(peace be upon him) was upon.” Ad-Durar As-Saniyyah (5/413-418).

And there remains an issue that has not been clarified to me up until now, and it is:
is it enough in the issue of displaying enmity for the infidel, to simply know this from
you, because of the saying of Allāh – the Exalted:

قَالُوا سَمِعْنَا فَتىً یَذْكُرُھُمْ یُقَالُ لَھُ إِبْرَاھِیمُ
“They said “We heard a young man talking against them, (he is one) who is called
Ibrāhīm.” [al-Anbiyā’; 60]

… even if you do not speak in their presence, or the presence of those who will relay
the message to them? Or, is it a must to announce this in a loud voice that is heard
everywhere, since the one who reflects upon the texts of the Sunnah will find both.
But, there is agreement that for the one whose disassociation from the disbelievers or
apostates and their religion is not known by his enemies nor by the Believers, it
becomes absolutely obligatory upon him to openly display this in any way that
would get the message across in the clearest and most well-understood manner;
otherwise, Hijrah becomes obligatory (Fardh) upon him in accordance with his
capability, and he sins by not doing so.

From the book ‘The Announcement of the Obligation to Emigrate from the Land of Disbelief
to the Land of Islām’
by the Noble Shaykh, ‘Abdil-‘Azīz al-Jarbū’ (may Allāh preserve him)
At-Tibyān Publications

واعليكم سلام ورحمة الله تعالى وبركاته

Statement Of The World Ulama’s About Khilafah,

Throughout The Unrest In The Middle East 

Safar 05, 1433 A.H, Saturday, December 31, 2011

The ulama’s who are mukhlis in this world agree to actualize the return of the Khilafah. Their calls to establish the Khilafah which is abisharah nabawaiyah (the good tidings from the Prophet), are clearly and openly proclaimed by them in the Friday sermons or in the meetings with the ummah.

In 2009, the ulama’s assembled in Jakarta in the Muktamar Ulama Nasional (National Conference of Islamic Scholars). Present there were the ulama’s of the world who gave their testimonies about the desire of the ulama’s to establish the Khilafah, as delivered by the ulama’s from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Palestine, Europe, Syria and other countries.

At the end of the year 2010 and 2011, when uprisings occurred in the Middle East, which started from Tunisia, Egypt to other countries including Syria, the ulama’s also spoke out loud about the promise of Rasulullah regarding the reestablishment of the Khilafah which is suited to the prophetic method. They talked out loud and openly, without anything hidden at all, in the presence of the ummah.

Sheikh Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz at Masjid Nur, Cairo, Egypt, in a Friday sermon before the thousands of Muslim jama’ah, as well as broadcasted live via local TV, firmly and with full confidence delivered the promise of Allah as contained in the Qur’an’s surah an-Nur verse 55:

"Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will surely establish for them [therein] their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that - then those are the defiantly disobedient." (QS. An-Nur: 55)

Other ulama’s also stated the same thing, i.e. to strive toward the return of the Khilafah"I give glad tidings based on the glad tidings of the Prophet (SAW), that there will Khilafah in the end times. And who knows, the events that are taking place the Muslim worlds maybe paving way for the return of the Khilafah," said a Sheikh in a TV show.

"We believe with certainty that the Khilafah will be established, whether America, Europe, and the secularists like it or not," he asserted.

"This is the promise of Allah and Rasulullah. I say to you, O youths of the ummah! receive this good tidings. By the Lord of the Ka’bah, the great Battle will occur, and the banner of Jihad will rise upon the ground of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the Khilafah Rashidah (rightly guided) will come to Al-Quds (Jerusalem)" said Sheikh Muhammad Hassan, in February 2011, in a TV show.

"What is oppressive rule? It is a ruler who forces the people to submit to himself. Such as Gaddafi (Libya): ‘Either me or I will burn everything’. Mubarak (Egypt): ‘Either me or chaos’. Ben Ali (Tunisia): … the same thing! Abdullah Saleh (Yemen): … the same thing! This is oppressive rule," Sheikh Abdullah Nahari asserted, Egypt, April 2011.

"During Ramadan last year, I was talking about political reports. Prediction reports and Islamic research, all of which indicate that the new Era for the Khilafah is on the way!", Sheikh Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, asserted in Yemen, March 2011, responded with takbeer by the thousands of Muslims.

"As a result of being angered and saddened by the plight of the Muslims, we used to ask Allah (SWT), for death rather than witnessing this humiliation. But Allah has prolonged our lives and we live to witness these victories occur. We changed the do’a, and now we ask Allah to prolong our lives, and allow us, even for a moment, to live under the banner of the Khilafah." said Sheikh Abdullah Nahari.

"O Muslims! Rise up to aid and support the call for Khilafah, even if it is at the expense of your lives!" said Sheikh al-Zaghby, Egypt, March 2011.

"The majority if Islamic scholars today say that this period which we live in today is the period of oppressive rule. The rule by force. Be patient, so you can hear (what is to come). This oppressive rule, its usurpation of power is by force. And it maintains itself by force. And its downfall will by force!" said Sheikh Zindani.

"This masjid has a message. The message that every masjid must have and the message of the masjid is the message of Islam and about the Oneness of Allah and the teaching of the people so that they worship Allah, the worship of the people to their Lord to the establishment of the Khilafah Rashidah amongst them," said Sheikh Umar ibn Abd al-Azaiz, Cairo Egypt.

"We, when was the shari’ah and the Islamic Khilafah, and the shari’ah was implemented, we had honour. We saw noble responses such as… ‘From Harun al-Rashid, the leader of the Believers, to Nakfour, the dog of Rome: as to what follows, My reply is what you will see, not what you will hear (a promise).’ We saw him addressing the clouds, saying: ‘Go wherever you want, for indeed your Kharaj (land tax) will come to me here, insha Allah.’ We tasted honour, my brothers. But we strayed away from Islam," said Sheikh Dr. Hazim Shawman, Egypt, March 2011.

"Our striving, now, must be in accordance with this text about which the Prophet (SAW) told us. We must strive to move from the era of the ‘Oppressive Rule’ to the era of Khilafah Rashidah on the method of the Prophethood. And all the times that is slipping through our hands these days, is a time that extends the life of this oppressive rule," said Sheikh Hatim Fareed, From Masjid Bilal, Iskandariyah, Egypt, April 2011.

"So, either we continue to extend this period, or we try to shorten it and speak about Islam and about the Rule of Allah, The Exalted, and His revelation. However, there are some people who do not want this," Sheikh Hatim Fareed added.

"Verily, the matter is certain and is definite, and in fact has the ijma’ (consensus) of all ulama’s and the consensus is an evidence as the Prophet (SAW) said, ‘My ummah will not unite upon falsehood.’ A consensus is a proof… for example there is in fiqh, a consensus of the ulama’s on the obligation upon Muslims of appointing a Khalifah and establishing an authority/state to implement the rules of Islam.. A consensus, an ijma’!" said Sheikh Hazim Salah, Egypt, February, 2011.

"The land of Islam is one, and is not allowed to be separated or divided. Indeed, there is a hadith of Rasul (SAW) that he said, ‘If an oath of allegiance is given to two Khalifahs, kill the second one.’ In another narration, ‘kill the latter.’ This means that the original rule for Muslims is that they should only have one ruler who leads them", said Sheikh Ali bin Hajj, Algeria, October, 2010.

"And if someone else tries to fight him over the authority, the Prophet (SAW) ordered to kill him person, in order to prevent the disorder and tribulations (that would arise from disunitgy). Look today at the Islamic World, how many presidents.. how many kings.. how many leaders… who if indeed they love the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet (SAW), they would have chosen to instead tear down these borders and barriers, and select one ruler to rule by the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of Rasulullah (SAW)," Sheikh Ali bin Hajj further said.

"And that’s why I am calling you to this idea.. the concept of Islamic activists united under the Islamic Khilafah, and by Khilafah, I mean the genuine Khilafah Rashidah," said Sheikh Nadir al-Tamimin, Palestina, March 2011.

"They said: We want to to separate religion from politics. Religion is religion, and politics is politics. But in this too, they are in error. For indeed, if politics means managing the affairs of the land and people, then the Qur’an was specifically revealed to take care of these with the aim of guiding people towards the pleasure of Allah The Exalted," said Sheikh Hatim Fareed, Masjid Bilal, Egypt, April 2011.

"And if they said they wanted a separation from religion or to separate religion from politics, then that would be contradict my creed as a Muslim. Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an, "If you disagree on a matter, then its judgment is for Allah," Sheikh Hatim Fareed added.

"Rasulullah (SAW) said, "Prophethood will be with you so long as Allah wills it . Then it will be removed if Allah wills. Then there will be Khilafah on the method of Prophethood (Khilafah ‘ala minhajin nubuwwah), so long as Allah wills it, then it will be removed if Allah wills. Then there will be biting rule (hereditary rule) so long as Allah wills it. Then there will be oppressive rule so long as Allah wills it, then it will be removed if Allah wills. Then there will Khilafah on the method of Prophethood then the Prophet fell silent," Sheikh Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz asserted at Masjid Nur, Cairo, Egypt, 2011.

Thus, the ulama’s who are mukhlis in many parts of the world have dared to declare the truth to greet the bisharah nabawiyah (glad tidings from the Prophet), that the Khilafah will return. Therefore, it is time that the Muslims and their ulama’s are united in actualizing that promise of Rasulllah (SAW). Insha Allah, the Khilafah is getting closer.

[m/f/a/syabab]

Translated and Submitted by a Mujahid

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The Prohibition On Making And Worshiping Statues In Al-Kitab

Safar 03, 1433 A.H, Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bissmillah, as Muslims we believe in the kitab (scriptures) sent down by Allah, including one of which is Al-Kitab Injeel (Gospels/Bible), although we believe that the existing Injeel has undergone changes by the accursed hands, there are still some verses that are in tune with the teachings of Tawheed. In the Bible, there are quite a number of Allah’s prohibitions on making statues and idols and the like, let alone to worship and prostrate before the statue or idol. However, what we find, almost every house of the Christians are displaying the statue of Jesus with his mother Mary and others.

Besides statues, pictures of Jesus and Mary can also be found almost for certain on all Christians. And generally they are very respectful of the statuettes, pictures or paintings of the face of Jesus and his mother Mary. Whereas, it is very clear in the Bible that Allah forbids the making or the worshiping of statues.

Exodus 20: 4-5 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them;”

Deuteronomy 4: 23 “Be careful not to forget the covenant of the LORD your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the LORD your God has forbidden.”

Leviticus 26: 1 “Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.”

Jeremiah 10: 1-8 “Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols.”

The commandments of Allah that are so clear, firm and strong, are not practiced at all by all Christians, they proudly display the sculptures and images of Jesus and Mother Mary. Thus Muslims, wherever we encounter them, never establish a statue or a picture of Prophet Muhammad in their houses.

In the Qur’an Allah Ta’ala says :

“And [mention, O Muhammad], when Abraham said, “My Lord, make this city [Makkah] secure and keep me and my sons away from worshipping idols. My Lord, indeed they have led astray many among the people. So whoever follows me - then he is of me; and whoever disobeys me - indeed, You are [yet] Forgiving and Merciful.”” (14: 35-36)

“And those they invoke other than Allah create nothing, and they [themselves] are created.They are, [in fact], dead, not alive, and they do not perceive when they will be resurrected.” (16:20-21)

“And [mention, O Muhammad], when Abraham said to his father Azar, “Do you take idols as deities? Indeed, I see you and your people to be in manifest error.”” (6:74)

“They said, “We worship idols and remain to them devoted.” Abraham said, “Do they hear you when you supplicate?,Or do they benefit you, or do they harm?”, They said, “But we found our fathers doing thus.”He said, “Then do you see what you have been worshiping,You and your ancient forefathers? Indeed, they are enemies to me, except the Lord of the worlds.”” (26:71-77)

“So he made them into fragments, except a large one among them, that they might return to it [and question]. They said, “Who has done this to our gods? Indeed, he is of the wrongdoers.” They said, “We heard a young man mention them who is called Abraham.” They said, “Then bring him before the eyes of the people that they may testify.” They asked, “Have you done this to our gods, O Abraham?” Abraham said, “Rather, this - the largest of them - did it, so ask them, if they should [be able to] speak.” So they returned to [blaming] themselves and said [to each other], “Indeed, you are the wrongdoers.” Then they reversed themselves, [saying], “You have already known that these do not speak!” Abraham said, “Then do you worship instead of Allah that which does not benefit you at all or harm you? Uff to you and to what you worship instead of Allah . Then will you not use reason?”” (21:58-67)

The proofs that the Christians are making statues, in fact they are even worshiping them are; the sign of the cross, the statue of Jesus, the statue of Joseph, the statue of the Angel, the statue of the Virgin Mary, the Christmas tree, and other statues. Another thing, during the EASTER celebration there is the ceremony of kissing the statue of Jesus crucified on the CROSS. Those are the evidences of their worship of idols. And of course Prophet Isa ‘alaihissalam whom they claim to be Lord Jesus, couldn’t be teaching to worship others besides Allah.

Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala says in the Qur’an:

“They have certainly disbelieved who say, “Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said, “O Children of Israel, worship Allah , my Lord and your Lord.” Indeed, he who associates others with Allah - Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.” (5:72)

“And [beware the Day] when Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah ?’” He will say, “Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen.” (5:116)

It is already clear that, it is not true that the Christians are following the teachings of Prophet Isa Al-Masih (The Messiah), and are usingAl-Kitab/Injeel as their guidance. This is only a few of the proofs of the falsehood that they make against Allah and the teachings of Prophet Isa ‘alaihissalam.

(siraaj/arrahmah.com)

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Some Extraordinary Examples Of Hazrat Umar’s Love For Rasulullah (S.A.W) Hazrat Umar (R.A) was very transparent and elegant person. When he was disbeliever, at that time once he came out of his home with the intention of martyring Rasulullah (S.A.W) but when he embraced Islam, he announced after coming close to Baitullah, “O Quraish of Makkah! Now the Muslims will perform the prayers openly. Whoever wants to make his wife widow and wants to make his children orphans, he should stand up against Umar.” In fact Allah strengthened the Muslims with the Eiman of Hazrat Umar (R.A). He used to love Rasulullah (S.A.W) more than himself. Here I will mention a few
examples of Hazrat Umar’s love for Rasulullah (S.A.W).

(1) During Fathi Makkah, Hazrat Abbas (R.A) while riding on his mule brought Hazrat Abu Sufyan (who was sitting on the same mule with him) and said to Rasulullah (S.A.W), “O Prophet of Allah! I gave protection to Abu Sufyan. Hazrat Umar said, “O Prophet of Allah! This enemy of Allah annoyed you a lot of, let me behead him. Hazrat Abbas (R.A) turned his attention to Hazrat Umar and said, “O Umar! If Abu Sufyan was from the tribe of Banno Audi, you would not have said like that. Hazrat Umar (R.A) said in response : “O Abbas! The day when you accepted Islam, was more beloved to me than the day when my father (Khattab) accepted Islam because the day when you accepted Islam, the Prophet became happy.” It means that Hazrat Umar used to prefer the happiness of Rasulullah (S.A.W) upon everything.

(2) Once a case of a Jew and Hypocrite was put up before Rasulullah (S.A.W), as the Jew was justified that is why Rasulullah (S.A.W) decided in his favour. (So the decision was against Hypocrite therefor) he thought that Hazrat Umar (R.A) is very strict to Jews, let the decision be done by him too. (So they went and put up their case before him). When Hazrat Umar came to know that Rasulullah (S.A.W) has already done the decision of this case and this Hypocrite came to me only with this intention that I may give the decision in his favour so he brought a sword from his house and slayed the Hypocrite then he said, “whoever does not agree to the decision of Rasulullah (S.A.W), Umar gives the decision of his case like this.

(3) When Hazrat Umar (R.A) became sure about the death of Rasulullah (S.A.W), he spoke these words, “O Rasulullah! My father and mother may be sacrificed on you, you used to give us sermon with the stem of a date but when the number of people was increased, you got a pulpit made so that all the people may hear. When you started delivering sermon on the pulpit (and left the tree), that tree started weeping because of your separation then you put your hand upon it so it became silent. When this has been the situation of a tree in your separation so your Ummah deserve more to weep in your separation.

(4) Hazrat Umar, during his own rule, prescribed the stipend of Hazrat Usama, 3500 and of Hazrat Abdullah Ibni Umar, 3000. Ibni Umar asked him that why did you prefer Usama upon me whereas he did not participate in Jihad so much time as long as I did. Hazrat Umar replied that Usama was more beloved to Rasulullah than you, thus Usama’s father was more beloved to the Prophet than your father that is why I preferred the beloved of Rasulullah upon my beloved.

(5) Once Hazrat Umar called Shifa Binti Abdullah Alaadviah, when she came so she saw that Aatika Binti Usid was already there. After a while Hazrat Umar gave one one sheet to both of them but Shifa’s sheet was low priced. She (Shifa) said (to Hazrat Umar) that I am your cousin as well as I embraced Islam earlier than her. Thus you have called me especially for this purpose. Aatika had come likewise neverthless you gave her the high-priced sheet. Hazrat Umar (R.A) said in response: yea, really, I had put this sheet (high-priced sheet) especially for you but when Aatika came so I had to consider the relationship of Rasulullah (S.A.W).

(6) Once Hazrat Umar (R.A), during his own rule, was walking at night, he heared from a house voice of someone reading poems, when he went close by that house, he found out that an old lady is reading poems in the love and separation of the Prophet (S.A.W), suddenly Hazrat Umar (R.A) started weeping, he knocked the door. When the old lady saw Hazrat Umar (R.A), she surprised and said: Oh!! The leader of the believers! You at night at my door! Hazrat Umar (R.A) said, yea but I have come with a complaint that you read those poems again before me which were you reading, the old lady read them: AALA MUHAMMADIN SALAT UL ABRAR SALLA ALIHI ATTAYYIBOON AL AKHYARQAD KAN QOMAN BAKO BIL ASHARYALIT SHIRI WAL MANAYA ATWARHAL TAJMAAUNI WA HABIBI ADDAR (Such the noble and good-conducted people are saying darood upon Hazrat Muhammad who were awake at nights, weeping and worshiping Allah. The death is to come. Would that I knew that I would meet my beloved (Rasulullah) after my death). When Hazrat Umar listened tp these poems, he kept on weeping over there for a long period while sitting on the earth, he became so much worried that he became patient for a few days.

So whoever speaks unpleasantly or holds a grudge for Hazrat Umar (R.A) or any of the companions of Rasulullah (S.A.W), may Allah (SWT) humiliate them and destroy them in this world and the hereafter. Ameen