Countless times the Holy Qur’an guides us about itself being a book of blessing and mercy, so that we can be alert and mindful at all times of the consequences of our actions. Allah promises to us that if we follow His commands, do good deeds and remember our motive of coming to this earth then Allah will most definitely show His mercy to us and even reward us immensely here and in the here-after.
I regretfully accept that my days and nights are not a sample of a balanced deen and dunya. I strongly believe that the Supreme King, Allah the Almighty, knows our strengths and weaknesses. Keeping these in mind our Lord has laid out the basic principles of spending our days in this life in order to salvage our afterlife.
Encouraging an environment of charity, and sharing with our fellow brothers and sisters is the Islamic way of living your life. Islam is a religion of balance, and disapproves means of extremity, praising such attributes of the citizens where they share from their wealth for helping the less privileged and the poor.
Rising above our weaknesses, aiming to achieve humility, simplicity, piety, righteousness, and sense of non-attachment with the worldly affairs, can aid us in climbing the tallest of mountains. Pleasing our supreme King with our weak attempts can help us in making this earth a blessing for all. Let us strive to feel the pain of our near and dear ones, being of assistance to those in need, lending a helping hand even when we ourselves are falling short, only for gaining Allah’s pleasure.
Allah, our loving creator, knows beforehand of our troubles and the solutions we seek. He is the most kind and has blessed us with strong antidotes to the diseases that are faced by us in this life. In His Holy Quran, He has revealed the three Surahs as cures to depression, namely: – Surah Ad-Duhaa (93) – Surah As-Sharh (94) – Surah Ar-Rahman (55). Understanding these Surahs can surely relieve us of any doubts about this life and the worldly worries in sha Allah. The only thing required is a soul seeking repentance and a heart pleading forgiveness from the most merciful Lord, Allah Subhanahu Ta’aala.
Since childhood, I wondered about the Mi’raj (Night Journey of Prophet Muhammad pbuh) and how it could have been possible. Specifically, how was it possible that the Prophet pbuh mounted a mythological hybrid horse named “Buraq” and went to the heavens, to meet and take directions from Allah SWT?The video below makes a connection between Mi’raj and the black holes. Recently, with the first photograph ever taken of a Black Hole, the interest in this debate is sparked. Was a black hole the conduit through which the Buraq took the Prophet pbuh to paradise.Another point to consider perhaps, is this; “The Encyclopaedia of Islam, referring to Al-Damiri’s writings, considers Buraq to be a derivative of Arabic: برق barq “lightning”. Taken from Wikipedia. So, either Buraq was lightening-fast, or this is some reference to light, which as one would assume, is part and parcel of space travel.
Belief in all Abrahamic holy scriptures is an article of Iman (faith) is Islam. Prophet Muhammad PBUH said;”Iman (Faith) is that you believe in God and His Angels and His Books and His Messengers and the Hereafter and the good and evil fate [ordained by your God].” – The Hadith of GabrielMuslims believe that the following texts were authored by God, and sent down to humanity via His Prophets (PBUT);Suhuf Ibrahim (Abrahamic Scrolls) – Revealed (approximately ???) to Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) PBUH revelation started 1st of RamadanTorat (Torah) – Revealed (approximately 1500 BCE) to Prophet Musa (Moses) PBUH revelation started 6th of RamadanZabur (Pslams) – Revealed (approximately 1000 BCE) to Prophet Dawud (David) PBUH revelation started 18th of RamadanInjeel (Gospel) – Revealed (approximately 1 CE) to Prophet Esa (Christ) PBUH revelation started 13th of RamadanQuran – Revealed (approximately 610 to 632 CE) to Prophet Muhammad PBUH revelation started 23rd of Ramadan
Here is an introduction of a website of Islamic texts, www.Maerifah.org. Mr. Mohammad Ali has made a tremendous effort in presenting these works.My favorite feature of this website is that one can search by topic across the works presented. For example, you type in Fasting, and you get every mention of the word Fasting across all of the works.
Riba/Usury is “unjust, exploitative gains made in trade or business under Islamic law.” Riba/Usury is strictly prohibited in Islam. Allah refers to those involved in practicing usury as “mad people”. For a transaction to be considered riba/usury, it must attest to the following conditions;Profit (Munafa)Specified (Mu’ayyun) andDemanded (Mutal’ba)On Debt (Qarz)Why is Riba Haram? Sourced from IslamMyFascinationRiba conflicts with the spirit of brotherhood and sympathy, and is based on greed, selfishness and hard heartedness.Riba is one of the major contributors towards inflation.Riba causes trauma and depression due to mounting debts.Riba creates a monopoly in society, where the rich are rewarded for being wealthy, while those who are not are forced to pay extra!
“The Quran has spoken about thinking, reasoning and knowledge nearly one thousand times. This is another indication that Islam is a firm and deep ideology, far from superstitions. Islam relies on thinking and reasoning. We do not find any phrase in the Quran supporting the use of force to gather followers.” – Excerpt from Onthesigns.com “One moment of Ma’rifah (mystical intuitive knowledge) is better than a lifetime of prayer.… Islam is about knowledge of Allah SWT, and the knowledge of Allah is not a set of arguments you read in a book.” – Sheikh Hamza Yusuf I’ve collated some references from The Quran, about the importance of Thinking, Reasoning and Reflection in Islam.
Blasphemy occurs in and against all religions. In a conservative society like Pakistan, the enactment of Blasphemy Law (Pakistan Penal Code 295-C) during the 1980s catapulted the country into a chaotic few decades. Pakistan is probably (I am not sure) the only country in the world, which has enacted such an extreme law.There are basically 2 schools of thought on this subject.
Disclaimer: I attend a Tazkeer Bil Quran (Reminders from Quran) course at Al-Mawrid Institute Canada, and my instructor is Mr. Malik Faisal Aslam. I take notes in order to be able to remember important points from the lecture/discussions and decided to share the same in synoptic form here, as and when I am able to. My only objectives are …