“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 […]
“Home” is a blessing that many Muslims nowadays overlook, unfortunately, until the time its very presence is at stake. Allah SWT said “And Allah has made for you in your homes an abode” (16:80), i.e. a peaceful retreat full of benefits. Say Alhamdu Lillah! Because when Allah SWT punished the Jews of Banu Nadeer, what exactly did He take away from them? None other than their own homes! Listen carefully “It is He Who expelled the disbelievers among the People given the Book from their homes”(59:2). Your home is a blessing!
As a result, you are expected to take care of this blessing, and put your house in order, otherwise, you risk losing it. The prophet SAW said “Allah will ask every shepherd about his flock, whether he took care of it or neglected it, until He asks a man about his household” [Ibn Habban].
I was recently asked how this generation can reach Khilafah (Islamic Governance), and my instant reply was: Start with your own home! Home is the most important element in building a Muslim society, because households and families form the building blocks of any society. If our homes abide by Shari’a, the whole society will be naturally governed by Islam, without having to wait for a savior to do it for us.
Abide by Shari’a when putting the very first block of your home, i.e. choosing a pious and righteous wife. The prophet SAW said “This world is all temporary conveniences, and the greatest joy in this life is a righteous wife” [Muslim]. Once married, the spouses should guide each other, correct each other’s mistakes, pray and give charity together and choose a good company for themselves.
Then the couple should fill their home with the remembrance of Allah,starting with the Islamic salutation and including all timely Athkar. The prophet SAW said “The likeness of a house in which Allah is remembered and the house in which Allah is not remembered is that of the living and the dead” [Muslim]. By constantly reciting their Athkar, and by constantly reminding each other of Allah, a couple would be indirectly inviting angels to their home.
There is one beautiful example between the prophet SAW and his wife Aisha, follow it and watch the miraculous change in your homes. “The Messenger of Allah used to pray Qiyaam at night, and when he prayed Witr he would say: Get up and pray witr, O Aisha” [Muslim].
Make it a habit to sit together and read Surat Al-Baqarah, at least once a month, and let’s see how many fights you’ll have from now on. The prophet SAW taught us “Do not make your houses into graves. The Shaytaan (Devil) flees from a house in which Surat Al-Baqarah is recited” [Muslim].
May Allah SWT fill your houses with love and mercy, and before both strong Imaan and certitude in Allah, Ameen.
Before Islam, Eve was portrayed as a temptress, who committed the first sin and seduced Adam to disobey God. As a result, all women before Islam were regarded as an extension of a temptress Eve, inheriting her guilt and guile, hence, were inferior. Before Islam, Menstruation, pregnancy and labor were considered a just punishment for all females inherited from Eve’s original sin.
The Greek philosopher Aristotle considered women a defective form of men, while others of his time didn’t even think women were human. Before Islam, a woman who gives birth to a girl would remain impure twice the time than if she gave birth to a boy; i.e. racism at its peak! As for the Arabs, they would simply bury their daughters to death or allow them to live a life of humiliation and degradation.
These were the conditions of women in others faiths and in the Arab Peninsula before Islam, so what happened next?
Then a book revealed to an illiterate declared both Adam and Eve equally responsible for their mistake; the first sin. That book, the Quran, came to revolutionize, correct and set the matter straight that no human could be punished for another’s sin! That book, the Quran, came to put an end to the endless blame especially on Eve for committing just “one” sin!
Instead, the Quran revealed that both Adam and Eve sinned, that they both repented, and that Allah, The Forgiver, forgave them both! The Quran came with “O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should you treat them with harshness” (4:19). The Quran came with “Whoever does good deeds, whether a male or female, and is a Muslim, We shall sustain him an excellent life” (16:97).
As per their request, the prophet of Islam designated a special day to teach women their religion; other faiths consider this Haram! Believe it or not, until today, other faiths clearly state that teaching religion to women is a major sin. This is in the 21st century! And while others faiths considered menstruation a punishment, the prophet of Islam would drink after his wife during her menstruation. Aisha said “I would drink while I was menstruating, then I would pass it to the Prophet and he would put his mouth at the place where my mouth was and drink” [Muslim].
The prophet of Islam taught “The best of you are the kindest to their wives and I am the best of you to my family” [Sahih]. Islam simply came to make Muslim women the best women on earth, if and only if, both Muslim men and women abide by Islam’s teachings. Otherwise, if Islam didn’t really make its women the best on earth, how would you explain that in every five converts, FOUR are women?!
The month of Rajab will soon end, Ramadan is less than six weeks away, and this in itself is a wakeup call for us all. It’s time to ask Allah to extend our lives so we may reach Ramadan, for how many people passed away during these days of Rajab and Shaaban. You may like to recite the following Dua': “Allahumma baarik lanaa fi Rajab wa Shaaban, wa ballighnaa Ramadan” (O Allah bless Rajab and Shaaban for us, and let us reach Ramadan).
It’s time to consider your Ramadan targets, what do you want to achieve this Ramadan? Remember, an unplanned event is surely a failed event. Write down as many targets as you wish, then in the coming couple of weeks prioritize them, then narrow them down to a maximum of five.
It’s time to make a sincere ‘Tawbah’ (repentance) and refrain from every sin, or at least try; you don’t want to reach Ramadan while still sinning. Stay away from harmful places and bad company, keep your hands busy with useful work and your tongue busy with Dhikr (remembrance of Allah).
Do not miss a single obligatory prayer during the next six weeks, otherwise, when Ramadan comes, it will be too late to change the habit. Start working on your robotic style prayer. Make the effort to ponder on the verses you read and in Who’s hands you’re reading them.
Start making up the missed fasts of previous Ramadan(s); it will make your heart lighter. You don’t want to start Ramadan with due fasts. If you don’t have any pending fasts, then start fasting Mondays and Thursdays, at least once; trust me, it makes a huge difference!
Talk about Ramadan to your family and friends, and remember, the closest ears to your mouth are yours, so it’s a reminder for you before anyone else.
Start reading the Quran on daily basis preferably with ‘Tafsir’ (explanation), even if it’s just one page, but do not miss the ritual until Ramadan.
Those were quick and simple reminders, but inshaa Allah they do make a huge difference especially when applied before Rajab ends. May Allah SWT extend your lives to reach the holy month of Ramadan, guide you to what pleases Him most in it and accept it from you. Ameen!
Rajab is one of the four Sacred Months in Islam; they are Al-Muharram, Rajab, Dhul-Qi`dah and Dhul-Hijjah. Allah SWT said “Surely the number of months with Allah is twelve months in Allah’s ordinance since the day when He created the heavens and the earth, of these four being sacred” (9:36). Rajab is also the month where the miracle of Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi`raj or the Miraculous Night Journey of the prophet SAW took place.
The word Rajab is derived from the Arabic word ‘Tarjib’, which means glorification or the high esteem Arabs used to confer upon this month. The month of Rajab is also called Rajab Al-Fard or the Solitary Rajab, because it is separated from the other three successive Sacred months.
There are many reported hadiths that discuss the virtues of the month of Rajab, however, very few of these are actually authentic. The truth is that there is only one ‘Hassan’ (good) Hadith, where the Prophet SAW was asked why he observes fasting repeatedly in Shaaban, and his answer SAW was “It (Shaaban) is a month that people neglect between Rajab and Ramadan” [Hassan Hadith]. So as per this Hadith, if people neglected Shaaban between Rajab and Ramadan, it means that Rajab has some sort of virtues. However, there is nothing indicating that Rajab has any extra virtues other than being a sacred month just like the other three.
Therefore, as a sacred month, fighting is prohibited in Rajab unless initiated by the enemy and transgression is worse than at other times. As for fasting in the month of Rajab, it is first worth clarifying that the days of Rajab are not superior to other months for fasting. And even if we were to consider the weak Hadith where the prophet SAW encouraged fasting some days of the sacred months, it still did not single out Rajab out of them.
Once a Muslim knows that Rajab is simply a sacred month, and that fasting in it is like fasting in other months, he/she is on the safe side. Consequently, Muslims are encouraged to fast the Mondays and Thursdays of Rajab, as well as its three white days (13, 14 and 15 of the month). Furthermore, if a Muslim wants to fast some extra days in Rajab as a preparation for Ramadan, he is more than welcome to do so, for as long as he/she does not consider those days any special than other days of the year.
May Allah SWT bless you in Rajab and Shaaban, enable you to reach Ramadan and accept it from you, Ameen Ameen Ameen.
When Islamophobics utter their standard “oppressed, inferior and mistreated” when describing Muslim women, you better have a decent answer. Otherwise, you’ll unconsciously end up believing that women were wronged by Islam, when this is the furthest it could get from the truth.
When the Quran has an entire chapter, 29 pages, 176 verses devoted and named “Al-Nisa’a” or “The Women”, then they were definitely not wronged. When Allah Says “Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you” (49:13), then women are equal to men.
Before Islam, the idea was that Eve tempted Adam to disobey God; after Islam, the truth was restored that both “equally” disobeyed God. Before Islam, the idea was that a woman is a source of evil. Islam came with “They are your garments and you are their garments” (2:187).
And when a man came to ask the prophet SAW who deserves his best companionship, the answer was a woman: “Your mother” [Bukhari] three times. So when Islam gives mothers triple priority over fathers, what oppression are we talking about?! What other religion on earth does this?!
And when a man came to the prophet SAW and asked his permission to join him on military Jihad, what was the prophet’s response?! The prophet asked him if he had a mother, and when the man answered yes, the prophet said “Stay with her, for Paradise is at her feet” [Ahmad]. So when a religion clearly stating that Paradise is at mothers’ feet is accused of oppressing women, I wonder how far nonsense could reach.
When a religion promises Paradise to whoever raises three daughters is accused of oppressing women, the accuser is either ignorant or stupid.
The Quran goes further to present women as role models for believers. Were these examples intended for women only? NO! For both genders! Read carefully now: “And Allah sets forth, as an example to those who believe the wife of Pharaoh” (66:11), where else do you find this?! Then who is the next role model for both Muslim men and women? “And Mary the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity” (66:12).
Now let us tackle this oppression issue in a bolder way. A woman in Islam can “NEVER” be married without her consent, which is normal. But in genuine cases, a Muslim woman is even allowed to divorce her husband, so do you seriously think that Islam oppressed women?! When other faiths deprive both genders from the right of divorce, then come accuse Islam of oppressing women, a laughter is unavoidable.
When a Muslim woman, Um Hani, protected an idolater, what did the prophet tell her? “We give protection to whom you have given protection” [Bukhari]. This woman had protected a man, whom Ali ibn Abi Taleb had vowed to kill, but the prophet SAW approved her on it. So what oppression are we talking about here?!
We are the “ONLY” religion where a woman, mother Aisha RA, narrated and taught us more Hadiths than most males of her time. Islam says “The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin right, and forbid evil”(9:71), otherwise, all oppression accusations are lies.
So as I said earlier, when the attackers appear, you got to be ready, because they are much weaker and more ignorant than you ever thought.
Islam in one verse is “We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures” (21:107), “ALL CREATURES” people; meaning humans, animals and even objects, so how could it oppress women?!
In the next Biblical verse, Jesus peace be upon him, explains why he has to go and what would happen afterwards. Let’s see. “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 7-8). So as per the Bible, after Jesus leaves, the Helper will come to set things clear regarding sin, righteousness and judgement.
Now if this “Helper” is not Muhammed SAW, who could it be? And it’s definitely not the Holy Spirit as per the Bible itself! In Luke, it clearly says that the Holy Spirit existed prior to Jesus’ birth and even descended on him in the shape of a dove. “and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove” (Luke 3:22), so obviously, the “Helper” is not the Holy Spirit.
Now for the sake of the argument, let’s assume that all those Biblical prophecies about Muhammed SAW are not about him. Wouldn’t the Bible at least warn about this fake Muhammed (Allah forbid), who is currently followed by one third of the world’s population?! Just like it clearly warned about the Antichrist, wouldn’t it have made much more sense if the Bible warned about Muhammed SAW?! But the Bible never did, it actually did the exact opposite, with no less than 10 crystal clear prophecies about Muhammed SAW!
At the very beginning of this series of articles on “Muhammad SAW in the Bible”, we mentioned that there are two reasons to tackle this topic. First, we explained how it confirms a miraculous verse in the Quran, and now is the time to disclose the second reason.
If you see a perfect stranger crossing the street unaware of a huge truck coming at full speed from behind them, what would you do?! You’d scream, shout, run, pull them or do anything you possible can to save that stranger’s life, right? Well, this is exactly the case! There are literally millions out there awaiting the same fate; it would happen the very same moment they let out their last breath.
If you think your mission on earth is to find the truth – Islam – to save yourself, and let it stop there, then you’re terribly wrong! This is a two-fold mission, you can’t help others if you don’t save yourself first, but once you do, there is no excuse not rescuing them. These are proofs from their own Books, crystal clear to the blind. Then a one-time reading of the Quran should seal it all for the brave!
The brave, who is not afraid of their family, society or the whole world, but rather of the Lord of them all.
The brave, who knows that this is a one-time chance, otherwise, the fate is miraculously described in the Quran as follows. Now read carefully:
“until, when death comes to one of them, he says: My Lord, send me back that I might do righteousness in that which I left behind. No! It is only a word he is saying” (Quran 23: 99-100).
And this is when the huge truck would hit them all. If you have read thus far, then the ball is definitely in your court by now. You have read all this for a reason! Take action or pass it on!
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…
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…
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…
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..