Islam

99 Names of Allah: Al-Malik

“He is Allah, besides Whom there is no god, the King” (59:23), ain’t it time we all get to know the King? The Arabic word ‘Mulk’ means the ability to dispose of things, for Allah, this includes the ability to dispose […]

converts

The Humanitarian Message of Islam – Introduction

Alright, so you reverted to Islam, now what? It’s not like you’re going to lock yourself at home or in the masjid. It’s rather the opposite. Islam is a universal message. It’s a message for humanity. And it has been circulating […]

Sunnah

Prophet Muhammed Biography – Part 1 – Family Background

The Prophet SAW was born of the noblest family of the noblest clan, Banu Hashim, of the noble Quraysh tribe of Mecca. There was no Quraysh clan at Mecca with whom the prophet SAW was not closely related by blood or […]

Women

Women in Islam – Fatimah bint Mohamed – Part 1

Today’s lady is the leader of the women of Paradise. Today’s lady is the one which had the remarkable resemblance to the prophet SAW. Today’s lady was remarkably similar to the prophet SAW in his way of speaking, sitting, standing and […]

Life

Intentions – Part 1

“The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for” […]

 

Muhammad SAW in the Bible – Part 4

Prophets

The next verses from the Old Testament speak about a future revelation, about some incidents that will take place and about their reasons. “The oracle about Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia you must spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites” (Isaiah 21:13). The verse speaks about a prophecy in Arabia, where the people of Dedanites would be moving in caravans. So who are the Dedanites?! As per all Bible descriptions, the Dedanites were an Arab tribe residing South of Edom, i.e. residing somewhere in today’s Saudi Arabia!

Then it goes on to say “Bring water for the thirsty, O inhabitants of the land of Tema, Meet the fugitive with bread” (Isaiah 21:14). It’s getting clearer now. These people moving in caravans would arrive thirsty to the land of Tema, where they would be met with water and bread, i.e. where they would be welcomed. Furthermore, the verse clearly states that they are fugitives; we’ll know why in a moment, but first, where is “the land of Tema”?!

Once again, as per all Bible descriptions, Tema is a city named after one of the sons of prophet Ismail AS, and where exactly is it located? On the route between Damascus and Mecca, in the northern part of the Arabian peninsula, and it’s called Tema. Does it ring any bells people? Tema, or mayba Tiba, the other name of Medina?! Where the prophet SAW and his followers escaped from Mecca? And hence, was called “the fugitive”?!

Now why exactly did they flee? The answer is in the very next verse: “For they have fled from the swords, From the drawn sword, and from the bent bow And from the press of battle” (Isaiah 21:15). Remember when the tribes of Mecca brought forward a man with a sword from each tribe to kill prophet Muhammed SAW? Remember when he fled from their swords with his companion Abu Bakr, and migrated to the land of Tiba? Medina? Caravans? North?!

In the next prophecy, God speaks to prophet Ibrahim AS and promises him a few things. Let’s see because this is interesting too. “Now the LORD said to Abram: Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you. And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing. And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3).

If God asked Abraham to leave his homeland, to a place where God would make a great nation, and Abraham’s name great? Where could this be? Actually, if this is not the Arabian Peninsula, precisely Mecca, where else could it be? And how else could this prophecy be fulfilled?! Now please pay attention, God promises Abraham that He shall make his name great and a blessing. What do we, Muslims, say in our prayer?! “O Allah..bless Prophet Muhammad and the family of Prophet Muhammad, as You have blessed Prophet Abraham and the family of Prophet Abraham”. This is repeated in every single prayer during ‘Tashahhud’, FIVE times a day, where the name of prophet Abraham is made great and blessed!

Say “They wish to put out Allah’s light with their mouths, whereas Allah will perfect His light even if the disbelievers are averse” (Quran 61:8).

To be resumed inshaa Allah in Part 5…

Muhammad SAW in the Bible – Part 3

Prophets

Kindly read the following quote, then try to figure out where it’s coming from. This is a very simple exercise, really. The quote is: “Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying: ‘Please read this’. And he will say: ‘I cannot read’.”

How many thought this was from the Quran or a Hadith of the prophet SAW? Surprise! This is the Book of Isaiah from the Old Testament, chapter 29, verse 12! Now you know why Allah said “Those who follow the messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their Torah and Gospel” (Quran 7:157).

Let’s move on to another quote, where God describes the upcoming messenger as “My chosen one” (Isaiah 42:1), that’s OK, now read this: “He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street” (Isaiah 42:2). Does this ring any bells? Now compare this to Aisha’s description of the prophet SAW as “neither indecent nor obscene and did not raise his voice in markets”- [Tirmdhi].

The next quote is still from the Old Testament and it speaks about the followers of this awaited messenger. Pay attention, it’s all about you now! “Let the wilderness of and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar does inhabit, let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains” (Isaiah 42:11). Now let us summarize.

So the followers of this messenger inhabited an uncultivated and uninhabited area. Then the verse speaks about Kedar, and who is Kedar?! Kedar, as per the Torah is the son of prophet Ismail. And those followers shall raise their voices with joy from the tops of mountains. Now who raise their voices with joy yearly in the month of Dhul Hijjah from the tops of Mountain Arafah with “Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk”?! None other than Muslims from all over the world. Consequently, this particular verse from Isaiah 42:11 is clearly speaking about Muslims!

The next verse is describing two upcoming prophets by what each of them shall be riding. Are you ready for more surprises?! Read on! “When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention” (Isaiah 21:7). So the first prophet would be riding a donkey, whereas, the second would be riding a camel. Now read this: “Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written” (John 12:14). So if you ever wondered why Jesus AS was never quoted riding a camel in the Bible, and why prophet Muhammad SAW migrated to Medina on a camel, now you know why!

Prophet Muhammed SAW migrated from Mecca to Medina on a camel simply to fulfill a prophecy written in the Torah thousands of years ago!

To be resumed inshaa Allah in Part 4…

Muhammad SAW in the Bible – Part 2

Prophets

Someone may ask, what’s the use of proving that prophet Muhammed SAW is mentioned in the Bible? And this is a very good question indeed. First, proving the prophecy of Muhammed SAW in the Bible confirms a miraculous verse in the Quran. Now read carefully: “Those who follow the messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in the Torah and the Gospel with them” (7:157). The present tense used in the Arabic version of the verse “whom they find” means that the prophecy is there at all times, until today!

Now let’s turn to the Bible, Revelation 2:27-28, and you will find this amazing prophecy about an upcoming messenger. Pay attention now. Revelation 2:27 “He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations”. What do you deduct so far? A messenger, who shall 1) prevail, 2) keep God’s deeds until the end of time and 3) be sent to all nations.

Then in Revelation 2:28 “and he shall rule them with a rod of iron”. Rod of Iron people! Rod of Iron! meaning he shall fight with a sword! Now could this prophecy be made clearer?! Could this person be anyone other than our beloved prophet Muhammed SAW?!

Now let’s move on to Genesis 49:10 where it says “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet”. So basically, the prophecy here is that the monarchy shall not be withdrawn from Judah until something happens. So what is it exactly? Genesis 49:10 “Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples”. So until “Shiloh” comes and people follow him.

Now let’s find out who “Shiloh” is.The origin of the word in Aramaic is “Shilya”, meaning trustworthy and peaceful. Does it ring any bells?! Does it ring any bell people?! Who was called the “Honest” and the “trustworthy” by his people? Who other than Muhammed SAW?

I would like to leave you with a quote by Bishop David Benjamin of Uramiah, who revealed all those details to us. His words made me cry.

“If Muhammad were permitted to reappear today in Mecca or Medina, he would be met by the Muslims with the same affection and ‘obedience’. And he would see with a deep sense of pleasure that the holy Book he had left is the same without the least alteration in it and that it is chanted and recited exactly as he and his companions did. He (Muhammad SAW) would be glad to congratulate them on their fidelity to the religion and to the unity of Allah; “and to the fact that they have not made of him a god or son of a god” – Bishop David Benjamin of Uramiah.

To be resumed inshaa Allah in Part 3…

Muhammad SAW in the Bible – Part 1

Prophets

If you really want to know where exactly prophet Muhammed SAW was mentioned in the Bible, better ask a priest, I mean a former priest. A priest, who had supposedly studied the Bible and Christianity as a whole from cover to cover, is in a much better position to help you. So when such a priest tells you that Muhammed SAW was “clearly” mentioned in the Bible, you better pay attention.

David Benjamin is former Bishop of Uramiah, so let’s see how he proved the prophecy of Muhammed in today’s Bible. In Haggai ii. 7-9, the original Hebrew text reads “ve yavu himdath kol haggoyim”, which means “and will come the Himda of all nations”. Now the question is, what exactly does the Hebrew word “Himdath” mean, that will come for all nations? Pay close attention now. “Himda” is derived from the Aramaic root hmd (pronounced hemed), which means desired. In Arabic, it’s “Hamida” or praised. Now read your Quran where Jesus declares the coming of an “Apostle from God whose name was to be Ahmed” (61:6), or “Hamida”, that is.

In the Gospel of St. John, which is written in Greek, the word “Paracletos” is used instead. So what exactly does “Paracletos” mean? “Periclytos” in Greek literally means “Praised”. Now kindly translate this to Arabic, what do you get? Ahmed, or Muhammed, you choose!

In Haggai 9, it says “and in this place I will give Shalom”, so the “Himda” of all nations will come, and there will be “Shalom”. Now once again, what does the Hebrew word “Shalom” mean? Peace, and in Arabic “Salam”, from which is derived “Islam”. So the prophecy now becomes that God will send the Ahmed of all nations.. then in this place He will give Salam or Islam.

Now let’s move on to an even more interesting verse, which you can read in every single version of the Bible today. “The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran” – Deuteronomy 33:1-2. We all know that Moses received his revelation in Sinai, which explains the part “The Lord came from Sinai”. How about Seir? Mount Seir, or Sa’ir as it’s known today, is where Jesus used to preach. Now we’re only left with mount Paran? And where exactly is that? The desert of Paran as per the Biblical explanation was the home of prophet Ishmael; enough said! It’s Mecca!

So as per the Bible, if God came from Sinai refers to Moses, rose from Seir referring to Jesus, what exactly does mount Paran refer to? The mountains of Mecca, where the last revelation was revealed to prophet Muhammed SAW.

To be resumed inshaa Allah in Part 2..

Why I Love Islam

Islam

Islam is the “only” religion in the world that its name means surrender or submission, i.e. total and sincere surrender to God. As a religion, Islam was “not” named after an individual or a tribe, nor a name chosen by humans, it was rather chosen by God. Believing that any of God’s creation shares in His power or attributes is considered polytheism and disbelief in Islam. God is One!

Islam forbids any intercessors between humans and God; The Creator needs NO intermediaries. He is closer to them than their jugular vein. The Quran, God’s words to humanity, was perfectly preserved by God, The Guardian, until the end of time. The miracle of the Quran lives on, as it challenges all of humanity to dare and change a “LETTER” in it until the end of time. This miracle of Quran preservation since more 1400 years and until the end of time, is in itself proof that it’s the final book.

As people throughout history attempted to discredit the Quran, God set a simple challenge to them combined: Produce something similar! Fourteen centuries down the road, no human ever produced anything similar to the Quran ; not even a three-verse chapter. The Quran is, therefore the “only” book today that is fully authored by God; that’s exactly why no one produced anything even close to it.

There is one verse in the Quran that pretty much sums up the uniqueness of this faith; a meaning that has never been revealed before. “This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion” (5:3). Yet, the fact that the ones who question Islam, continuously take its teachings out of context, is in itself proof of its validity. Otherwise, why would you purposely take the teachings of another faith out of context, unless you believe they make perfect sense?

Yet, as a Muslim, there’s one particular verse in the Bible, which I find truly fascinating.Why? Because it’s speaking about Muhammed SAW. In the Bible, Jesus says “I will pray the Father, and he shall give another comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (John 14:16). Subhan Allah, Muhammed SAW mentioned in the Bible until this day, and until the end of time. And by the way, it’s not the only verse!

But the beauty of that particular verse is in the word “another” comforter or helper, do you know why? Because as per every single dictionary on earth, the word “another” means something of the “SAME” type, and usually refers to “persons”! So when Jesus AS says in the Bible that God will send “another comforter” that comforter MUST be human like Jesus, otherwise it’s meaningless.

In all other Biblical verses, the references of the comforter is made to Moses. Why? Because both will have two parents, unlike Jesus. Therefore, as per the Bible, the comforter must be human and must have two parents, so how else could it not be Muhammed SAW?

I simply love Islam because it’s the final revelation, protected by God no matter how hard people throughout history try to conceal it.

Love in Islam – Part 6

Life

Islam necessitates love between us as Muslims and the world around us in order to reach our full potential as humans. You are asked as a Muslim to fill your heart with love towards your family, friends, humanity as a whole, and before them all to Allah. In other words, it’s by being kind, generous and compassionate to others for Allah’s sake, that our love for Allah is continuously being tested.

By remembering Allah in every act of kindness to His servants that you truly live by His verse “Remember Me, I shall remember you” (2:152). And by increasing those selfless acts of kindness for Allah’s sake, you automatically lead yourself to the greatest reward of all: Allah’s love! This is clearly prescribed in the Qudsi Hadith: “And as he (the slave) continues to get closer with selfless acts of giving I (Allah) love him” [Bukhari].

The lesson here is that, as Muslims, we should always show our love for others, whether by selfless acts or by simply saying it out loud. Can’t you see that the noblest person ever created, the prophet SAW expressed his love for his companions when he SAW told Muazh “Muazh, by Allah I do love you” [Ibn Habban]? So what are you waiting for? Brothers, go tell your brothers in Islam that you love them for Allah’s sake. Sisters, let your sisters know it!

If you truly want to be blessed by a loving spouse, fill your hearts with Allah’s love first, express it towards His creatures and hang on. If you truly want to transform your houses and bring back that genuine love you always dreamed about, take the first step. Show love!

It’s as simple as vowing to Allah that this first selfless act is for His sake alone, and renewing your intention every single time. Then wait for the miracle to come, as Allah SWT would shower you with love; the kind of love that pleases Him, and is best for you!

– Completed –

Love in Islam – Part 5

Life

We previously mentioned that theprophet SAW started his first sermon in Medina with “Love that which Allah loves! Love Allah with all your hearts!” [Biyhaqi], so why is that? Why would the first sermon to the newly established nation be about love and not about faith for instance? Well, the answer is as simple as love and faith are no different! This might shock some of you, but the fact is that love for Allah and vice versa is another definition of faith. Please read the following verse with this idea in mind:

“O you who have faith whoever among you turns back from his religion Allah will surely bring forth a people He loves and who love Him who are humble before the faithful and exalted before the deniers. They strive in the way of Allah and fear no blame from any blamers. This is the favor of Allah, He bestows it on whomever He wills. For Allah is All-Encompassing, All-Knowing!” (5:54).

If you turn your back from Islam, i.e. reneges from religion, Allah will bring others whom He loves and who love Him. So make no mistake about it, faith starts by loving Allah more than anything in this world, and hence gaining Allah’s love. And it is this love that eventually teaches us how to deal with life’s trials, how to be generous to others in our lives and how to sacrifice for your beloved ones. Furthermore, the one and only way to this “very” special love is to walk in the footsteps of the prophet SAW.

Let us now turn to one of Allah’s beautiful names, Al-Wajid, which in Arabic means bringing into existence. So you might like to think that Al-Wajid is the One Who brings love into existence just like He brings everything else, but wait! Al-Wajid also means intense love! Can you believe this?! Now the meaning becomes Allah is the One Who brings intense love into existence, whether that is love for Allah, or love for any other human or non-human in your life! But once again, bear in mind that the love for Allah now becomes the primary reason for your existence, and that without it there is no way you could learn how to love anything else.

Now did you ever wonder why the prophet SAW used to repeat this Dua until it reached us: “O Allah, I ask for Your love, and the love of those persons who love You and love of actions that bring me closer to Your love” [Bukhari]? Well, now you know. It’s because Allah’s love is the key to every other love in this world as it ennobles us, transforms us into better persons and helps us reach our full potential as human beings. It’s as simple as loving the prophet SAW, hence gaining Allah’s love and being rewarded by learning how to love life as a whole and everything in it in a way, which pleases our Creator.

To be resumed in shaa Allah in Part 6…

Love in Islam – Part 4

Life

Did you know that “True Love” was expressed in the Quran? Can you imagine “True Love” defined in the Almighty’s Own words?! This is when Allah SWT said “And of His Signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy” (30:21).

The base upon which “True Love” grows and prospers – as expressed by Allah – is not passion, nor desire, nor physical attraction, but rather affection and mercy! It is not ardent love, extreme desire or unrealistic hopes, which pave the way for a successful relationship in Islam, but rather those quiet and mature feelings, which translate into affection and mutual mercy! How else would you imagine the prophet SAW putting his mouth on the same place his wife Aisha RA ate or drank? How else would you imagine him SAW using her ‘Siwak’ (Tooth stick) and not his while on his deathbed? That was deep love wrapped in layers of affection and mercy!

The real problem is that we cannot and we will not find “True Love” except through Quran and Sunnah. So try as much as you can, dream as much as you can, and at the end, you would still come down to the same conclusion. That is, True love is affection and mercy, which are only taught by the teacher of all humanity SAW. Therefore, in order to learn your lesson well, you first need to love your prophet SAW as commanded by Allah SWT.

If you do not already believe that Islam is the religion of “Love”, and that it came to teach us how to manifest Allah’s love in our lives, then there is no way you would find “True Love” between you and your spouse, kids, family or friends. The prophet SAW was sent to teach us all how to manifest “Love” in our interactions with the people around us, and hence bring out their own deep love for Allah, His prophet and definitely for us.

Are you aware that when the prophet SAW decided to give his first sermon after his migration to Medina he SAW decided to talk about “Love”? He SAW told the nation “Love that which Allah loves! Love Allah with all your hearts! Grow not weary of hearing the Word of Allah. Do not stop remembering Him. Do not let your hearts grow hard toward Him” [Biyhaqi]. Please go back and count how many times the words “Love” and “Hearts” were mentioned in just those two lines! Only then you’d realize the weight Islam has put on “Love”!

Now let’s get back to the Quran, and conclude with how to gain Allah‘s love:

“Say, if you love Allah, then follow me (the prophet) and Allah will love you greatly and forgive your sins for Allah is Forgiving and Merciful” (3:31).

To be resumed in shaa Allah in Part 5…

Love in Islam – Part 3

Life

Many Muslims nowadays think of love as this one-dimensional image relentlessly portrayed in the media, movies and TV shows, where a boy and girl know each other during high school or college, live a long romantic story, and finally get married. There are two shocking facts about this type of love, which could make a major impact on your perception of love in general. This type of marriage where love is present between the couple before marriage is called “Love marriage”, as opposed to “Traditional marriage”, where the couple formally get to know each other, get engaged then decide to get married when they feel mutually compatible for each other.

The first fact is that these so-called “Love marriages” are a failure as far as numbers and statistics are concerned. A study conducted few years ago by Cairo University, the leading university in Egypt, concluded that 88% of such marriages end up in either separation or divorce. Whereas, in “Traditional marriages”, the divorce rate is no more than 30%. Consequently, why would any sane human being commit themselves to a relation they know in advance has a success rate of no more than 12%?! Furthermore, the study excluded all those cases where the “love” couple broke-up before marriage, which if included would make the numbers much worse!

You might think that the numbers would be different in the West, but again, you would be wrong. A similar study conducted by Syracuse University in the U.S. came up with similar results, confirming that love before marriage is no guarantee of a successful marriage. Professor Saul Gordon, a lecturer at the same University had this to say about the phenomenon: “When you are in love; to you the whole world revolves around this person whom you love. Marriage then comes to prove the opposite and destroy all your perceptions. This is because you discover that there are other worlds that you have to be aware of. It is not the world of humans, but the world of concepts, values and habits which you paid no attention to before”.

Furthermore, please listen carefully to how Professor Frederick Koenig from Tulane University differentiates between “romantic love” and “true love”. Professor Koenig says “Romantic love is very strong and emotional, but does not last, while real love is linked to the land and life and can withstand trials”. He goes even further to conclude that such “real love” could only be found after marriage by saying that “.. real love means sharing the concerns of daily life and cooperation for it to continue. Within the framework of this cooperation, one can achieve his human need”.

Now the second shocking fact is that almost no romantic relationship before marriage is purely chaste. The couple, as boyfriend/girlfriend, give themselves the right to be alone, touch, hug, kiss and sometimes even more. As a result, this type of relationship opens the door for lewdness, moral deviation and the violation of sanctity and honor. Now please ask yourself a simple question, do you expect Allah to bless such relationships?! Now you know why the failure numbers are so high in those “Love marriages”, so please get down to earth and love Allah’s way, love Islam’s way.

To be resumed in shaa Allah in Part 4…

Love in Islam – Part 2

Life

Now that a Muslim understands that he/she should express their love for their fellow brothers/sisters in Islam, and that they should spread the greeting of peace among each other at all times and all occasions, it is time to move to the third level of love. This third level of love in Islam takes us to a brand new dimension, which encompasses all imaginable dimensions. It is a level, which reveals that love in Islam has no particular form or shape; that it is not restricted to humans, not even to a single human, and definitely not to particular days or celebrations.

Another Hadith by the prophet SAW explains to us that love in Islam extends to inanimate things, where he SAW says: “This is Uhud, a mountain which loves us and we love it” [Bukhari and Muslim]. Here the prophet SAW is talking about the mountain of Uhud in Medina. Now please pay attention, we all know that every piece on this earth loves the prophet SAW. We all know the story of the palm trunk against which the prophet SAW used to lean while preaching. Later on, when the prophet SAW climbed his new pulpit for the first time, that trunk started crying like a baby. It cried because it was separated from the prophet SAW.

A story like this one tells us that even objects loved the prophet SAW, which is clearly a miracle, but the new thing here is how the prophet SAW loved everyone and everything, which loved him back. The prophet SAW had to go down his pulpit, embrace the trunk just as a mother would embrace her little baby, caress it and promise it a place in Paradise. Only then the trunk stopped crying; when it was assured that it would be reunited with the prophet SAW in Paradise. That was a love story between the prophet SAW and a palm trunk!

And in the Hadith quoted earlier from Bukhari and Muslim, the prophet SAW tells us that mountain Uhud is “a mountain which loves us”, which we could definitely assume; and who truly knows the prophet SAW and does not fall in love with him?! But listen now to the rest of the Hadith “and we love it (mountain Uhud)”, so if the prophet SAW loves it, then so should you and so should every other Muslim on earth. Now if this is how you should feel about a mountain made of rocks, how should you feel about a fiancé(e) or a spouse?! This is exactly the message of love in Islam!

The message of love in Islam takes you slowly from the love for Allah SWT to the love for the prophet SAW, to the love for the companions may Allah be pleased with them, to the love for the righteous Muslims, to the love of Islam itself, until you reach the love of even inanimate objects as we have just seen. Hence, Islam asks you not to cut a tree but rather to plant one, etc. Once you have moved across those levels and grasped the wide dimensions of love in Islam, you would be ready to love the woman/man Allah has chosen for you to share your life, innermost thoughts and inner feelings.

To be resumed in shaa Allah in Part 3…