Daily Archives: July 3, 2013

The Virtue of Ramadan and the Qur’an

Imam Ibn Kathir

THE OBLIGATION OF FASTING

Allah says in the Quran:

“O uou who have faith! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you – so that hopefully you will have taqwa.” – Al Baqarah(2):183 Read the rest of this entry

Caliph Umar’s Son marries a milkmaid

One night, Caliph Umar as usual went in disguise with his companion Ibn Abbas to see the condition of the people. They strolled from one quarter to another. At last they came to a colony where poor people lived.

While passing by a small house, the Caliph heard a whispering talk within. The mother was telling her daughter that the amount of milk fetched by her… for sale that day was very little. She told her that when she was young, and used to sell milk, she always mixed water with milk, and that led to considerable profit. She advised her daughter to do the same.

The girl said, “You adulterated milk, when you were not a Muslim. Now that we are Muslims, we cannot adulterate milk.” The mother said that Islaam did not stand in the way of adulteration of milk. The daughter said, “Have you forgotten the Caliph’s order? He wants that the milk should not be adulterated.” The mother said, “But the Caliph has forgotten us. We are so poor, what else should we do but adulterate milk in order win bread?” The daughter said “Such a bread would not be lawful, and as a Muslim I would not do anything which is against the orders of the Caliph, and whereby other Muslims are deceived.”

The mother said, “But there is neither the Caliph nor any of his officers here to see what we do. Daughter you are still a child. Go to bed now and tomorrow I will myself mix the milk with water for you.” The girl refused to fall in with the plan of her mother. She said, “Caliph may or may not be here, but his order must be obeyed. My conscience is my Caliph. You may escape the notice of the Caliph and his officers, but how can we escape the notice of Allah and our own conscience.” Thereupon the mother remained quiet. The lamp was extinguished and the mother and the daughter went to sleep.

The next day, Caliph Umar sent a man to purchase milk from the girl. The milk was unadulterated. The girl kept her resolve. CaliphUmar turned to his companion and said, “The girl has kept her resolve in spite of the exhortation of her mother. She deserves a reward. What reward should I give her? She should be paid some money,” said Ibn Abbas. Caliph Umar said, “Such a girl would become a great mother. Her integrity is not to be weighed with few coins; it is to be measured in the scale of national values. I shall offer her the highest award in my gift, and which shall also be in the highest interest of the nation.”

The Caliph summoned the daughter and the mother to his court. The mother trembled as she stood before the mighty ruler. But the girl faced the Caliph boldly and with great equanimity. She was beautiful, and there was an impressive dignity about her. Then before the gathering, Caliph Umar related how he had overheard the mother and the daughter, and how in spite of the exhortations of the mother the daughter had kept her resolve.

Someone suggested that the mother should be taken to task. The Caliph said that ordinarily he would have punished the mother, but he had forgiven her for the sake of her daughter. Turning to the girl the great Caliph said, “Islaam needs daughters like you and as a Caliph of Islaam it devolves on me to reward you by owning you as a daughter.” The Caliph called his sons, and addressing them said, “Here is a gem of a girl who would make a great mother. I desire that one of you should take this girl as wife. I know of no better bride than this girl of sterling character. In matters of wedlock, it should be the character and not the stature in life that should count.”

Abdullah and Abdur Rahman the elder sons of the Caliph were already married. Asim the third son was yet unmarried, and he offered to marry the girl. Thereupon with the consent of the milkmaid and her mother Asim was married to the girl, and milkmaid became the daughter-in-law of the Caliph.
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The Life of Imaam Abu Hanifah Rahmatullah Alaihe

Better known as ‘Imam-e-`Adham’ (The Greatest Imaam), or by his kunyah ‘Abu Hanifah’, Nu’man ibn Thabit was born in Parwan Province, Hufyan Area of Afghanistan. in the year 80 A.H (689 A.D). Born into a family of tradesmen, the Imam’s family were of Persian origin as well as descendin…g from the noble Prophet’s (saw) Companion Salman al-Farsi (ra). Imaam Abu Hanifah’s father, Thabit, had met in Kufa Imam `Ali Ibn Abi Talib (ra) who made dua for him and his progeny, and some say that Abu Hanifah was a result of this dua. Read the rest of this entry

What Is Meant by the Holy Spirit in the Qur’an? Q&A

QUESTION:

Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I was a Christian before, and now I am confused about the definition of the Holy Spirit. What is the Holy Spirit according to Islam? I would like to know the meaning of the Holy Spirit specifically in surat al-Ma’idah (5: 110). Jazakum Allah khayran. Read the rest of this entry

10 Ways to Prepare for Ramadan

 

The blessed & most beautiful month is near and what better time to prepare for it than right now. Some of us deceive ourselves into thinking that when Ramadan comes we will suddenly change and worship Allah night and day but we are only decieving ourselves in thinking like this.

The Sahaaba used to prepare for Ramadan six months in advance. So if we …really want to make the best of this Ramadan then we need to prepare for it now! Read the rest of this entry

Straight Answers to the Controversial Questions about Islaam

As-Salaamu ‘alaikum wa Rahmatullah,
Please Download the book, Straight Answers to the Controversial Questions about Islaam, Read the rest of this entry

Misconception: Muslims worship the Black-Stone in Ka‘bah

This is a misconception. Muslims do not worship the Black-Stone, but they kiss the same because Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.S.) did so. So, it is a Sunnah (tradition). Kissing anything does not come into the modes of worship. If kissing is considered as a mode of worship, then we must know that man kisses his wife and …children too. Does it mean he worships his wife and children too? A Muslim remains a Muslim as long as he believes in that there is no God but Allah. Narrated By ‘Abis bin Rabia : ‘Umar came near the Black Stone and kissed it and said “No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit anyone
nor harm anyone. Had I not seen Allah’s Apostle kissing you I would not have kissed you.” (Saheeh Bukhari Volumn 002, Book 026, Hadith Number 667.) Read the rest of this entry

Excerpts from ‘The Angels’

The Angels

Angels are unseen beings of a luminous and spiritual substance that act as intermediaries between God and the visible world. Belief in their existence enters into the definition of faith itself: “The Messenger believes in what was sent down to him from his Lord, and the believers: Each one believes in Go…d, His angels, His Books, and His Messengers” (Quran II:285; cf. II:177, IV:136).

The word for angel, malak, whose root meaning is “messenger”, occurs more than eighty times in the Quran and repeatedly in the Hadith. The Islamic concepts of creation, revelation, prophecy, the events that occur in the world, worship, the spiritual life, death, resurrection, and the central position of man in the cosmos cannot be understood without reference to the angels.

In philosophical and Sufi texts, angelology is often an essential component of both cosmology and spiritual psychology, since the angels enter into the definition of both the macrocosm and the microcosm. Read the rest of this entry