Daily Archives: June 12, 2013
1. Oneness of God
A Muslim believes in ONE GOD, Supreme and Eternal, Infinite and Mighty, Merciful and Compassionate, Creator and Provider. God has no father or mother, no son or daughter. None is equal to Him. He is God of all humankind, not of a… special tribe or race.
God is High and Supreme but He is very near to the pious thoughtful believers; He answers their prayers and helps them. He loves the people who love Him and forgives their sins. He gives them peace, happiness, knowledge and success. God is the Loving and the Provider, the Generous, and the Benevolent, the Rich and the Independent, the Forgiving and the Clement, the Patient and the Appreciative, the Unique and the Protector, the Judge and the Peace. Many of these attributes of God are mentioned in the Quran.
God creates in humans the mind to understand, the soul and conscience to be good and righteous, the feelings and sentiments to be kind and humane. If we try to count His favors upon us, we cannot, because they are countless. In return for all the great favors and mercy, God does not need anything from us, because He is Needless and Independent. God asks us to know Him, to love Him and to enforce His law for our benefit and our own good.
Allaah says: “And let not those who hold back miserly from giving that which Allaah has bestowed on them from His Bounty think that it is good for them. Nay, it will be worse for them. The things that they held back from giving will be tied to their necks like a collar on the Day of Recompense. And to Allaah belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth, and Allaah is well-Aware of a…ll that you do.” [Surah Aali ‘Imraan: 180]
Narrated ‘Adi bin Hatim(R A) heard the Prophet(SAWS) saying:
“Save yourself from Hell-fire even by giving half a date-fruit in charity.”
[Bukhari :: Book 24 :: Volume 2 :: Hadith 498 ]
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Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It has been mentioned, along with daily Prayers (Salaat / Namaz), over seventy times in the Qur’an. Allaah’s word commanding “…..and establish regular Salaat and give regular Zakat…..” are referred to in many parts of the Qur’an. From this we can conclude that after Salaat, Zakat is the most important act in Islam.
Charity towards man, in the …widest sense of the word, is the cornerstone of the Islamic society and a constant theme in the Qur’anic teachings. There are two kinds of charities in Islam:
– the obligatory and the voluntary. The obligatory charity is called Zakat while the voluntary charity is called Sadaqah.
Linguistically, Zakat has two meanings: purification and growth. Technically, it means to purify one’s possession of wealth by distributing a prescribed amount to the poor, the indigent, the slaves or captives, and the wayfarer.
The proceeds of Zakat are supposed to be devoted towards:
*Relieving poverty and distress
*Helping those in debt
*Providing comfort and convenience for travellers
*Providing stipends for scholarships
*Providing ransom for prisoners of war
*Propagation of Islam
*Meeting the expenses for the collection of zakat
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