2010/01/26

A HADITH FROM PROPHET MUHAMMED (P.B.U.H)

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) said: 'When a man dies and his relatives are busy in funeral, there stands an extremely handsome man by his head. When the dead body is shrouded, that man gets in between the shroud and the chest of the deceased.
When after the burial, the people return home, 2 angels, Munkar and Nakeer(names of two special Angels), come in the grave and try to separate this handsome man so that they may be able to interrogate the dead man in privacy about his faith. But the handsome man says, 'He is my companion, he is my friend. I will not leave him alone in any case. If you are appointed for interrogation, do your job. I cannot leave him until I get him admitted into Paradise '....

Thereafter he turns to his dead companion and says, 'I am the Qur'an, which you used to read, sometimes in a loud voice and sometimes in a low voice. Do not worry. After the interrogation of Munkar and Naker, you will have no grief.'
When the interrogation is over, the handsome man arranges for him from Al-Mala'ul A'laa (the angels in Heaven) silk bedding filled with musk..
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) said: 'On the Day of Judgement, before Allah, no other Intercessor will have a greater status than the Qur'an, neither a Prophet nor an angel.'
Please keep forwarding this 'Hadith' to all ....because
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) said:
'Pass on knowledge from me even if it is only one verse'.
May Allah bestow this favour on all of us.

2010/01/24

Virtues of Knowledge

Abu Nu’aym reports some sayings of Mu`aadh bin Jabal about the excellence of knowledge, among which we find the following:

“Knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness, it is the best companion during travels, and it is the inner friend who speaks to you in your privacy. Knowledge is the discerning proof of what is right and what is wrong, and it is the positive force that will help you surmount the trials of comfort, as well as those of hardships. Knowledge is your most powerful sword against your enemy, and finally, it is your most dignifying raiment in the company of your close companions. Through knowledge, Allah, blessed be His Name, raises some people in rank, and He makes them leaders in righteousness and models in morality. The vestige of their faith is avidly sought, their deeds are emulated perceptively, and people will seek and sanction their opinions solicitously and unequivocally. The heavenly angels seek their company and anoint them with their wings, every fresh or withered life they pass by implore Almighty Allah to forgive them their sins, even the fish in the oceans, the beasts of the lands and every bird of prey and migratory bird pray and solicit the mercy of Almighty Allah on their behalf. This is because knowledge revives the dead hearts and drives them out of darkness into light, and because knowledge is the light of the inner eyes that cures one’s blindness and restores his inner sight”

2010/01/17

The Creator




Not alike are the inmates of the fire and the dwellers of the guarden: the dwellers of the guarden are they that are the achievers.

Had We sent down this Quran on a mountain, you would certainly have seen it falling down, splitting asunder because of the fear of Allah, and We set forth these parables to men that they may reflect.

He is Allah besides Whom there is no god; the Knower of the unseen and the seen; He is the Beneficent, the Merciful.

He is Allah, besides Whom there is no god; the King, the Holy, the Giver of peace, the Granter of security, Guardian over all, the Mighty, the Supreme, the Possessor of every greatness, Glory be to Allah from what they set up (with Him).

He is Allah the Creator, the Maker, the Fashioner; His are the most excellent names; whatever is in the heaven and the earth declares His glory; and He is the Mighty, the Wise.

Ref:
[The meanings of chapter Al-Hashr, Verses:
20-24, Al-Quran.]


" 95. Verily it is Allah who causes the seed-grain and fruit-stone (like date-stone) to split and sprout. He brings forth the living from the dead, and it is He Who brings forth the dead from the living. Such is Allah, then how are you deluded away from the truth ?

96. He causes the dawn to break. He has appointed the night for resting, and the sun and the moon for reckoning. Such is the measuring of the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing.


97. It He Who has set the stars for you, So that you may guide your course with their help through the darkness of the land and the sea. We have (indeed) explained in detail Our Ayat (Proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, Revelations etc.) for people who know.


98. It is He Who has created you from a single person (Adam), and has given you a place of residing (on the earth or in your mother's wombs) and a place of storage (in the earth or in graves)
Indeed, We have explained in detail Our revelations (this Quran) for people who understand.

99. It is He Who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it We bring forth green stalks, from wich We bring forth clustered grain. And out of the date-palm and its spathe come forth clusters and dates hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily ! in these things there are signs for those who believe.



100. And they make the jinn associates with Allah, while He created them (the jinn), and they attribute falsely without knowledge sons and daughers to Him. Be He Glorified and Exalted above all that (evil) they attribute to Him.



101. He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. How can He have childrens when He has no wife?


He created all things and He is the All-Knower of everything.

102. Such is Allah your Lord! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshiped but He), the Creator of all things.

So worship Him (Alone), and He is the Wakil (Trustee, Disposer of affairs, Guardian) over all things


103. No vision can grasp Him, but He grasps all vision, He is Al-Latif (the most Subtle and Courteous), Well-Aquainted with all things.

Verily, Proofs have come to you from your Lord, So whoever sees, will do so for (the good of) his ownself, and whoever blinds himself, will do so to his own harm, and I (Muhammad peace be upon him) am not a watcher over you.

105. Thus We explain variously the verses so that they (the disbelievers) may say : "You have studied" (the books of the people of the scripture and brought this Quran from that).


And that We may make the matter clear for the people who have knowledge.

106. Follow what has been revealed to you (O Muhammad peace be upon Him) from your Lord, La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshiped but He) and turn aside from the polythiests.

Reference:
The Holy Quran
Chaptor #06 Al-Anaam
Verses 95 To 106

Praise be to Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth! Who appoint the angels having two, three and four pairs of wings as His messengers. He adds to His creation as He pleases; for Allah has power over all things.[1] None can withhold the blessings which He bestows on people and none can award besides Him what He withholds. He is the Mighty, the Wise.[2]

O mankind! Call to mind the favors of Allah on you; is there any other creator than Allah who provides for you from the heavens and the earth? There is no god but Him. How then are you being deceived?[3]

O Prophet! If they deny you, so were the Messengers denied before you. All affairs shall ultimately be presented before Allah.[4]

O mankind! Certainly the promise of Allah is true, therefore let not the life of this world deceive you nor let the chief
deceiver (Satan) deceive you about Allah.[5] Surely Satan (Satan) is your enemy: so take him as an enemy. He is inviting his adherents towards his way so that they may
become companions of the blazing fire.[6] Those who disbelieve shall have a terrible punishment, and those who believe and do good deeds shall have forgiveness and a magnificent reward.[7]

Can that person be guided whose evil deeds are so fair seeming to him that he
considers them good? The fact is that Allah leaves to stray whom He wills and guides whom He pleases. Therefore, O Prophet, let not your soul expire in sorrow on their
account. Allah is aware of all their actions.[8]

It is Allah Who sends forth winds to raise up the clouds, then drives them to a dead land and therewith revive the earth after its death. Similar will be the resurrection of the dead.[9]

If anyone is seeking honor, let him know that all honor belongs to Allah Alone. Good
words ascend to Him and good deeds are exalted by Him. As for those who plan evil deeds, they shall have severe punishment and their plots will be brought to
nothing.[10]

It is Allah Who created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then He made you pairs. No female conceives or delivers without His knowledge. No longlived
man grows old or has his life cut short but is written in a Book; surely all this is
easy for Allah.[11]

The two bodies of water, of which one is sweet and pleasant to drink and the other is salty and bitter, are not alike. Yet from each kind of water you eat fresh meat and extract ornaments which you wear; and you see the ships plough their course
through them to seek the bounty of Allah, that you may be grateful.[12]

He causes the night to pass into the day and the day into the night, and He has made the sun and the moon to serve you; each one follows its course for an appointed term. Such
is Allah, your Lord; His is the kingdom; and those to whom you pray besides Him do not even own a thread of a date-stone.[13] If you pray to them they cannot hear your prayers and even if they could hear you they could not answer you. On the Day of Resurrection they will deny your associating them with Allah.

O mankind! None can
inform you about all this except the One Who is All-Aware.[14]

O mankind! It is you who stands in need of Allah, and it is Allah Who is Free of all wants, Worthy of all praise.[15] If He wants, He can destroy you and replace you with a new creation;[16] and this is not at all difficult for Allah.[17]

No bearer of a burden will bear another’s burden, and if a heavy laden person cries out for help, none will
come forward to share the least of his burden, even though he be a close relative. O Prophet! You can only admonish those who fear their Lord - though they cannot see Him - and establish Salah. He that purifies himself does so for his own good. To Allah
is the destination of all.[18]

The blind and the seeing are not alike;[19] nor the darkness and the Light;[20] nor the shade and the heat;[21] nor the living and the dead. Certainly Allah can make anyone hear if He so wills; but, O Prophet, you cannot make those who are in the graves hear you.[22] You are nothing but a Warner.[23] Certainly We have sent you
(O Muhammad) with the Truth as a bearer of good news and as a Warner, for there has not been a nation which has not had a Warner.[24] If they disbelieve you, know that their predecessors also disbelieved their Messengers who came to them with clear signs, scriptures and the light-giving Book.[25] But in the end I seized the
disbelievers, and behold, how terrible was My disapproval![26]

Do you not see that Allah sends down rain from the sky with which We bring forth fruits of various colors? Similarly, in the mountains there are streaks of various
shades including white, red, jet-black rocks.[27] Likewise men, beasts and cattle
have their different colors. In fact, only those among His servants who possess
knowledge fear Allah; surely Allah is All-Mighty, All-Forgiving.[28] Surely those who recite the Book of Allah, establish Salah, spend out of what We have given them, secretly and openly, may hope for imperishable gain.[29] That He may pay them back their full reward and give them even more out of His grace; surely He is
Forgiving and Appreciative of His devotees.[30] O Prophet, what We have revealed to you of the Book is the Truth, which confirms the previous scriptures. Surely, with respect to His servants, Allah is well Aware and fully Observant.[31]


Al-Quran
Chapter: FATIR (THE CREATOR)
Verses: 1-31


Oh dear God
My love to thee who is the merciful and kind indeed
Fair and mighty he judge us by deed
Not my color does he care
Or the texture of my hair
It is not the shoes I wear
Nor the language which I speak
For he judge me by my deed

He created one man so long ago
And taught him the knowledge from himself
Bow to Adam so he said
But the Jinn stood tall and proud
And before his lord refused to bow
The Jinn was ungrateful arrogantly so
And fell from grace
To be abhorred

But quietly not he left he promised to make mischief in the land
And behind our ears he whispers thought
But never take our hand in action
We make the choice to follow true
Or fall to lies and pay our due

The righteous shall do whats right
The wrong shall be punished with great might
They well ask for second chance
But will be granted nothing of the sort

The prophets came to them indeed
So why not follow them in heed
To love thy lord what makes you not
Is it that you just forgot

The blessing are abundant so
The food we eat the plants we grow
The children we have
The friends we love
His glory be in what we know

The little things both good and bad
Show you all you need to know
To give you chance
To repent your soul

Frolic upon beauty so bright
But only if thee do what right
Though the pressure great and strong
T'was what call them to stray away

Darkest nights
And brightest sun
All create by the one
The grass that grows
The trees that shade
Should cause man to stop and think

Not one could cause a plant to grow
Though the think they causest so
But if it be that you are
Then try to give the blind man sight

Or try to stop a human death
Or try to go right when he command you left
Control the time with your hand
Make food grow upon destitute land

Then ye know the truth indeed
Understand the will of God
None is better then our lord
He is better to be adored

Upon my rest
I'll think of thee
The one you save me from my self
The one who strengthens me with health
You rest me down to sleep
And bring me live from the dead

Please lord bless me one more night
To forbid what's wrong
And do what's right
So I be among heaven sent
And not among the burning dead

(Poem  Nuriddeenk)



2010/01/13

The Importance of Tawheed (Oneness of God)

Anas bin Malik (R.A) narrated that the Prophet (Muhammad sallAllahu alaihe wa sallam) said:

"Allah will say to the person who will have the minimum punishment in the Fire on the Day of Resurrection, 'If you had things equal to whatever is on the earth, would you ransom yourself (from the punishment) with it?'

He will reply, 'Yes.' Allah will say, 'I asked you a much easier thing than this while you were in the backbone of Adam, that is, not to worship others besides Me, but you refused and insisted to worship others besides Me.' "


Ref: Sahih Bukhari

2010/01/11

Umm 'Ammarah

We who cry for foolish pain
And are afraid to fight
Will we ever know the strength
The strength
Of Umm 'Ammarah

For we who are sad when life passes us by
For we who are depressed and cry
Will we ever know the pain
Of Umm 'Ammarah

For we who spend time
Foolish time
Wasting our lives
Will we ever be as brave, as brave as
Umm 'Ammarah

Umm 'Ammarah
Who swore her oath
Allegiance to the prophet
Umm 'Ammarah whose husband spoke for her

Was called by Allah
When she wanted to help
She was call instead to fight
She took the calling
In faith
Letting her vessel fall to the floor

She took hold of the fleeing weapons
Defending the Messenger besides the men
Umar even said "When I turned left or right on the day of the battle of Uhud, I always saw her (Umm 'Ammarah) fighting in my defense"

Fighting besides the men!
Fighting to defend the prophet
Fighting in the name of Allah
Fighting to defend Islam

She lived with the wound
That gave her great pain
But when the prophet mentioned her along with his name
She knew the paradise far surpasses the pain

Her son followed in her steps
Habeeb was captured by the liar Musaylamah
From the tribe of Banu Haneefah
He tried to change his heart
But he couldn't even change his tongue

'Am I the Messenger?' he would say
And her son would answer 'I can't hear you'
His blood boiled like the sun
And her son was taken for torture

There was not a limb that couldn't feel his pain
But only the truth would remain
He would profess not a lie on his lips
The son of Umm 'Ammarah

Soon his spirit departed
And she was given the news
The anger
The rage
The pain!

But not a single word of unbelief
She was a women
She was a wife
She was a mother
The life she lived
Was like no other!

She asked the prophet and his men
When he is slain
May I be there to kill the man
Who killed my air

The times had changed
And the prophet passed
Her chance still came
That she would see before her last breath
Ageing and feeble

She went through the crowds
Looking for him
So she could could take his life
But Allah let her free with no blood on her hands
It was Wahsi ibn Hab
Who killed the man
That killed the son
The son of Umm 'Ammarah

It was a life of harshness
But the fact remains
Tomorrow she will meet her beloved
It was worth the pain that came

Pain
Pain
Pain
I continue to repeat
But don't only take that from her story
She was a women
Wise and brave
Who remained steadfast to Allah and his deen
Who accepted his kadr
His tests
His reliefs

And as sad as it seems
We should all wish for her life
Because she knows what life is truly for
Life is for worship
Life is for Allah
Life is to follow the Messenger
Home is Jenna if you choose
Umm 'Ammarah may Allah be pleased with you!

(This poem is inspired by the book 'Women around the messenger' authored by Muhammad 'Ali Qutb in which he devote a section to Umm 'Ammarah's life)

2010/01/10

Remembrance

Remembrance
Is remembering what it feels like to be whole
What it feels like to be completely in love
What it feels like to be in peace
In silence

Every pebble pushed
Every breathe taken
Is another reason
To remember
To call to mind
A presence greater then ourselves

To feel blessed
To have a breathe
To break the silence
And feed the words
In reverse order of there conception

To remember every blessing
To remember the sweet taste of heaven
To remember the pain of hell
To remember the deeds of our father
To remember the hardship of our mother

To listen and obey
And remember
Remember Allah
Though he does not need you
But wants you

Wants you to remember him
In trials and tribulations
Wants you to remember
In joy and happiness

Because we live
We live
To remember
La illaha ilala

2010/01/09

Imam Ash-Shafi'i on friends

A friend who does not benefit at the time of hardships,
Is close to an enemy on the scales,
The friend does not remain, during all times,
Nor does the brother, except for consolation.
I searched the days, with all my strengths
for a brother to trust, but my search was fruitless,
The lands and those who live them were barren,
As though its people were not people [I wanted them to be]
“I love those who are pious but Alas! I am not from amongst them
Maybe Allaah will bestow upon me (due to my love for them) Piety”

2010/01/08

A Contented Life

Let the days pass as they will
Be content with Allah’s will.
Do not regret what this day’s cast,
For this world’s pains for sure won’t last.
Be a man against fears strong,
Be kind and loyal, all life long.
If in folk’s eyes your faults abound,
And you wish that they be gowned:
Then shelter seek beneath kind acts,
For kindness well all blame retracts.
From enemies hide your weakness
For gloating foes do bring distress.
From misers never seek favor:
In fire there is no water.
Patience won’t reduce income,
Nor fretfulness increase the sum.
Neither pain nor joy shall last,
Nor poverty, nor riches vast.
But if your heart is satisfied
Then you do own the whole world wide.
A man on whom his fate alights
No depths shall save, nor any heights.
Allah’s earth is wide, but know,
That destiny makes it narrow.
Face each day on even keel.
There’s no balm from death can heal.
[Imam al-Shafi`i]


(photo taken near my home )

2010/01/05

A Story from the Life of Prophet Moses (pbuh) and Al-Khadir (pbuh)

Ubi Ben Kaab (ra)
narrated that the Prophet (Muhammad peace be upon him) said, "Once the Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) stood up and addressed Bani Israel. He
was asked, "Who is the most learned man amongst the people. He said, "I am the most learned." Allah admonished Moses as he did not attribute absolute knowledge to Him (Allah). So Allah inspired to him "At the junction of the two seas there is a slave amongst
my slaves who is more learned than you." Moses said, "O my Lord! How can I meet him?"

Allah said: Take a fish in a large basket (and proceed) and you will find him at the place where you will lose the fish. So Moses set out along with his (servant) boy, Yusha' bin Nuin and carried a fish in a large basket till they reached a rock, where they laid their heads (i.e. lay down) and slept. The fish came out of the basket and it took its way into the sea as in
a tunnel.


So it was an amazing thing for both Moses and his (servant) boy. They proceeded for the rest of that night and the following day. When the day broke, Moses said to his (servant) boy: "Bring us our early meal. No doubt, we have suffered much fatigue in this journey."

Moses did not get tired till he passed the place about which he was told. There the (servant) boy told Moses, "Do you remember when we betook ourselves to the rock, I indeed forgot the fish." Moses remarked, "That is what we have been seeking. So they went back retracing their footsteps, till they reached the rock.


There they saw a man covered with a garment (or covering himself with his own garment).
Moses greeted him. Al-Khadir replied saying, "How do people greet each other in your land?" Moses said, "I am Moses." He asked, "The Moses of Bani Israel?" Moses replied in the affirmative and added, "May I follow you so that you teach me of that knowledge which you have been taught." Al-Khadir replied, "Verily! You will not be able to remain patient with me, O Moses! I have some of the knowledge of Allah which He has taught me and which you do not know, while you have some knowledge which Allah has taught you which I do not know." Moses said, "Allah willing, you will find me patient and I will not
disobey you in aught.


So both of them set out walking along the seashore, as they did not have a boat. In the meantime a boat passed by them and they requested the crew of the
boat to take them on board. The crew recognized Al-Khadir and took them on board without fare. Then a sparrow came and stood on the edge of the boat and dipped its beak once or twice in the sea. Al-Khadir said: "O Moses! My knowledge and your knowledge have not decreased Allah's knowledge except as much as this sparrow has decreased the
water of the sea with its beak."


Al-Khadir went to one of the planks of the boat and plucked it out. Moses said, "These people gave us a free lift but you have broken their boat and scuttled it so as to drown its people." Al-Khadir replied, "Didn't I tell you that you will not be able to remain patient with me."


Moses said, "Call me not to account for what I forgot." The first (excuse) of Moses was that he had forgotten. Then they proceeded
further and found a boy playing with other boys. Al-Khadir took hold of the boy's head from the top and plucked it out with his hands (i.e. killed him). Moses said, "Have you killed an
innocent soul who has killed none."


Al-Khadir replied, "Did I not tell you that you cannot remain patient with me?" Then they both proceeded till when they came to the people of a town, they asked them for food, but they refused to entertain them. Then they found there a wall on the point of collapsing. Al-Khadir repaired it with his own hands.

Moses said, "If you had wished, surely you could have taken wages for it." Al-Khadir replied, "This is the parting between you and me." The Prophet (Muhammad peace be upon him) added, "May Allah be Merciful to Moses! Would
that he could have been more patient to learn more about his story with Al-Khadir. "

Luqman on patience, knowledge, and goodness

`Abdur Razzaq told us after Mu’amir after Ayyub after Abu Qulabah as saying: Luqman was once asked: Who is the best one in terms of patience? He said: It is the one who practices no harm after observing patience. Those who asked him said: Who is the best one in terms of knowledge? He said: It is he who adds to his own knowledge through the knowledge of others. They asked: Who is the best from among the whole people? He said: It is the wealthy. They said: Is it the one who has properties and riches? He said: No! But, it is the one if whose good was sought, he would not hold it back or prevent it. And, it is the one who does not need anything from others.

(photo taken by my brother in the Himalayas using his cellphone )

2010/01/04

bring out the spiritual blessing (baraka) in each period

Imam Al Ghazali (May Allah have mercy on him) wrote this in his book:
'The Beginning of Guidance'

"You should not neglect your time or use it haphazardly; on the contrary you should bring yourself to account, structure your litanies and other practices during each day and night, and assign to each period a fixed and specific function.

This is how to bring out the spiritual blessing (baraka) in each period. But if you leave yourself adrift, aimlessly wandering as cattle do, not knowing how to occupy yourself at every moment, your time will be lost.


It is nothing other than your life, and your life is the capital that you make use of to reach perpetual felicity in the proximity of God the Exalted. Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and, once gone, can never be retrieved.

Do not be like that deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their life shortens. What good is an increase in wealth when life grows ever shorter?

Therefore be joyous only for an increase in knowledge or in good works, for they are your two companions who will accompany you in your grave when your family, wealth, children and friends stay behind."

2010/01/03

Martyrdom of Umar bin Al-Khattab (R.A) and Selection of Usman (R.A) as Third Caliph (Part : 1)

Amr bin Maimun (May Allah be pleased with him) I saw 'Umar bin Al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) a few days before he was stabbed in Medina. He was standing with Hudhaifa bin Al-Yaman and 'Uthman bin Hunaif to whom he said, "What have you done? Do you think that you have imposed more taxation on the land (of As-Swad, i.e. 'Iraq) than it can bear?" They replied, "We have imposed on it what it can bear beCause of its great yield." 'Umar again said, "Check whether you have imposed on the land what it cannot bear." They said, "No, (we haven't)." 'Umar (R.A) added, "If Allah should keep me alive I will let the widows of Iraq need no men to support them after me."



But only four days had elapsed when he was stabbed (to death). The day he was stabbed, I was standing and there was nobody between me and him (i.e. Umar) except Abdullah bin 'Abbas (R.A). Whenever 'Umar (R.A) passed between the two rows, he would say, "Stand in straight lines."

When he saw no defect (in the rows), he would go forward and start the prayer with Takbir. He would recite Surat Yusuf or An-Nahl or the like in the first Rak'a so that the people may have the time to Join the prayer. As soon as he said Takbir, I heard him saying,
"The dog has killed or eaten me," at the time he (i.e. the murderer) stabbed him. A non-Arab infidel proceeded on carrying a double-edged knife and stabbing all the persons he passed by on the right and left (till) he stabbed thirteen persons out of whom seven died. When one of the Muslims saw that, he threw a cloak on him. Realizing that he had been captured, the non-Arab infidel killed himself. 'Umar (R.A) held the hand of 'Abdur-Rahman
bin Auf (R.A) and let him lead the prayer.

Those who were standing by the side of 'Umar (R.A) saw what I saw, but the people who were in the other parts of the mosque did not see anything, but they lost the voice of 'Umar (R.A) and they were saying, "Subhan Allah! Subhan Allah! (i.e. Glorified be Allah)." Abdur-Rahman (R.A) bin Auf led the people a short prayer.



When they finished the prayer, 'Umar (R.A) said, "O Ibn 'Abbas (R.A) ! Find out who attacked me." Ibn 'Abbas (R.A) kept on looking here and there for a short time and came to say. "The slave of Al Mughira." On that 'Umar (R.A) said, "The craftsman?" Ibn 'Abbas (R.A) said, "Yes." 'Umar (R.A) said, "May Allah curse him. I did not treat him unjustly. All the praises are for Allah Who has not Caused me to die at the hand of a man who claims himself to be a Muslim. No doubt, you and your father (Abbas R.A) used to love to have more
non-Arab infidels in Medina." Al-Abbas had the greatest number of slaves. Ibn 'Abbas said to 'Umar. "If you wish, we will do." He meant, "If you wish we will kill them." 'Umar (R.A) said,
"You are mistaken (for you can't kill them) after they have spoken your language, prayed towards your Qibla, and performed Hajj like yours."


Then Umar (R.A) was carried to his house, and we went along with him, and the people were as if they had never suffered a calamity before. Some said, "Do not worry (he will be all right
soon)." Some said, "We are afraid (that he will die)." Then an infusion of dates was brought to him and he drank it but it came out (of the wound) of his belly. Then milk was brought to him and he drank it, and it also came out of his belly. The people realized that he would die.
We went to him, and the people came, praising him. A young man came saying, "O chief of the believers! Receive the glad tidings from Allah to you due to your company with Allah's Apostle and your superiority in Islam which you know. Then you became the ruler (i.e. Caliph) and you ruled with justice and finally you have been martyred." 'Umar (R.A) said, "I wish that all these privileges will counterbalance (my shortcomings) so that I will neither lose nor gain anything."

When the young man turned back to leave, his clothes seemed to be touching the ground.
'Umar (R.A) said, "Call the young man back to me." (When he came back) 'Umar (R.A) said, "O son of my brother! Lift your clothes, for this will keep your clothes clean and save you from the punishment of your Lord." 'Umar (R.A) further said, "O 'Abdullah bin 'Umar! See how much I am in debt to others." When the debt was checked, it amounted to approximately eighty-six thousand. 'Umar (R.A) said, "If the property of 'Umar's family covers the debt, then pay the debt thereof; otherwise request it from Bani 'Adi bin Ka'b, and if that too is not sufficient, ask for it from Quraish tribe, and do not ask for it from any one else, and pay this debt on my behalf."




'Umar (R.A) then said (to 'Abdullah), "Go to 'Aisha (the mother of the believers) and say: "Umar is paying his salutation to you. But don't say: 'The chief of the believers,' beCause today I am not the chief of the believers. And say: "Umar (R.A) bin Al-Khattab asks the permission to be buried with his two companions (i.e. the Prophet, and Abu Bakr)."

Martyrdom of Umar bin Al-Khattab (R.A) and Selection of Usman (R.A) as Third Caliph (Part : 2)

Abdullah (R.A) greeted 'Aisha (R.A) and asked for the permission for entering, and then entered to her and found her sitting
and weeping. He said to her,
"'Umar bin Al-Khattab (R.A) is paying his salutations to you, and asks the permission to be buried with his two companions."

She said, "I had the idea of having this place for myself, but today I prefer 'Umar (R.A) to myself." When he returned it was said(to 'Umar), "'Abdullah bin 'Umar (R.A) has come." 'Umar (R.A) said, "Make me sit up." Somebody
supported him against his body and 'Umar (R.A) asked('Abdullah), "What news do you have?"
He said, "O chief of the believers! It is as you wish. She has given the permission."

'Umar (R.A) said, "Praise be to Allah, there was nothing more important to me than this. So when I die,
take me, and greet 'Aisha (R.A) and say: "Umar (R.A) bin Al-Khattab asks the permission (to be buried with the Prophet), and if she gives the permission, bury me there, and if she refuses, then take me to the grave-yard of the Muslims."



Then Hafsa (Daughter of Umer (R.A), the mother of the believers (R.A)) came with many other women walking with her.
When we saw her, we went away. She went in (to 'Umar R.A) and wept there for sometime.
When the men asked for permission to enter, she went into another place, and we heard her weeping inside.


The people said (to 'Umar R.A), "O chief of the believers! Appoint a successor." Umar (R.A) said, "I do not find anyone more suitable for the job than the following
persons or group whom Allah's Apostle had been pleased with before he died." Then 'Umar (R.A) mentioned 'Ali (R.A), 'Uthman, AzZubair(R.A), Talha (R.A), Sad and 'Abdur-Rahman (bin Auf) (R.A)
and said,
"Abdullah bin 'Umar (R.A) will be a witness to you, but he will have no share in the rule. His being a witness will compensate him for not sharing the right of ruling.


If Sad (R.A) becomes the ruler,
it will be alright: otherwise, whoever becomes the ruler should seek his help, as I have not
dismissed him beCause of disability or dishonesty."

'Umar (R.A) added, "I recommend that my successor takes care of the early emigrants; to know their rights and protect their honor and sacred things.

I also recommend that he be kind to the Ansar who had lived in Medina before the emigrants and belief had entered their hearts before them.


I recommend that the (ruler) should accept the good of the righteous among them and excuse their wrong-doers, and I recommend that he should do good to all the people of the towns (Al-Ansar), as they are the protectors of Islam and the source of wealth and the source of annoyance to the
enemy.


I also recommend that nothing be taken from them except from their surplus with their consent.


I also recommend that he do good to the 'Arab bedouin, as they are the
origin of the 'Arabs and the material of Islam. He should take from what is inferior, amongst their properties and distribute that to the poor amongst them.


I also recommend him concerning Allah's and His Apostle's peace be upon him protectees (i.e. Dhimmis) to fulfill their contracts and to fight for them and not to overburden them with what is beyond their ability."



So when 'Umar (R.A) expired, we carried him out and set out walking. 'Abdullah bin 'Umar (R.A) greeted ('Aisha R.A) and said, "'Umar bin Al-Khattab (R.A) asks for the permission." 'Aisha (R.A) said, "Bring him in." He was brought in and buried beside his two companions.

When he was buried, the group(recommended by 'Umar R.A) held a meeting.


Then
'Abdur-Rahman (R.A) said, " Reduce the candidates for rulership to three of you." Az-Zubair (R.A) said,
"I give up my right to Ali." Talha (R.A) said, "I give up my right to 'Uthman (R.A)," Sad, 'I give up my right to 'Abdur-Rahman bin 'Auf (R.A)." 'Abdur-Rahman then said (to 'Uthman and 'Ali), "Now
which of you is willing to give up his right of candidacy to that he may choose the better of the (remaining) two, bearing in mind that Allah and Islam will be his witnesses." So both the sheiks (i.e. 'Uthman and 'Ali R.A) kept silent. 'Abdur-Rahman (R.A) said, "Will you both leave this matter to me, and I take Allah as my Witness that I will not choose but the better of you?"
They said, "Yes."

So 'Abdur-Rahman (R.A) took the hand of one of them (i.e. 'Ali R.A) and said, "You are related to Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him) and one of the earliest Muslims as you know well. So I ask you by Allah to promise that if I select you as a ruler you will do justice, and if I select
'Uthman (R.A) as a ruler you will listen to him and obey him." Then he took the other (i.e. 'Uthman (R.A)) aside and said the same to him. When 'Abdur-Rahman (R.A) secured (their agreement
to) this covenant, he said, "O 'Uthman (R.A) ! Raise your hand." So he (i.e. 'Abdur-Rahman (R.A)) gave him (i.e. 'Uthman (R.A)) the solemn pledge, and then 'Ali (R.A) gave him the pledge of allegiance and
then all the (Medina) people gave him the pledge of allegiance.



Ref: Sahih Bhukhari

Answer To Non Muslims, Common Questions About Islam:-WAS ISLAM SPREAD BY THE SWORD?

Answer To Non Muslims, Common Questions About Islam :PART1
Answer To Non Muslims, Common Questions About Islam :PART2
Answer To Non Muslims, Common Questions About Islam :PART3
Answer To Non Muslims, Common Questions About Islam :PART4

Question:
How can Islam be called the religion of peace when it was spread by the sword?

Answer:
It is a common complaint among some non-Muslims that Islam would not have millions of adherents all over the world, if it had not been spread by the use of force. The following points will make it clear, that far from being spread by the sword, it was the inherent force of truth, reason and logic that was responsible
for the rapid spread of Islam

1. Islam means peace.
Islam comes from the root word ‘salaam’, which means peace. It also means submitting one’s will to Allah (swt). Thus Islam is a religion of peace, which is acquired by submitting one’s will to the will of the Supreme Creator, Allah (swt).

2. Sometimes force has to be used to maintain peace.
Each and every human being in this world is not in favour of maintaining peace and harmony. There are many, who would disrupt it for their own vested interests. Sometimes force has to be used to maintain peace. It is precisely for this reason that we have the police who use force against criminals and anti-
social elements to maintain peace in the country. Islam promotes peace. At the same time, Islam exhorts it followers to fight where there is oppression. The fight against oppression may, at times, require the use of force. In Islam force can only be used to promote peace and justice.

3. Opinion of historian De Lacy O’Leary.
The best reply to the misconception that Islam was spread by the sword is given by the noted historian De Lacy O’Leary in the book “Islam at the cross road” (Page 8): “History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myth that historians have ever repeated.”

4. Muslims ruled Spain for 800 years.
Muslims ruled Spain for about 800 years. The Muslims in Spain never used the sword to force the people to convert. Later the Christian Crusaders came to Spain and wiped out the Muslims. There was not a single Muslim in Spain who could openly give the adhan, that is the call for prayers.

5. 14 million Arabs are Coptic Christians.
Muslims were the lords of Arabia for 1400 years. For a few years the British ruled, and for a few years the French ruled. Overall, the Muslims ruled Arabia for 1400 years. Yet today, there are 14 million Arabs who are Coptic Christians i.e. Christians since generations. If the Muslims had used the sword there would
not have been a single Arab who would have remained a Christian.

6. More than 80% non-Muslims in India.
The Muslims ruled India for about a thousand years. If they wanted, they had the power of converting each and every non-Muslim of India to Islam. Today more than 80% of the population of India are non-Muslims. All these non- Muslim Indians are bearing witness today that Islam was not spread by the
sword.

7. Indonesia and Malaysia.
Indonesia is a country that has the maximum number of Muslims in the world. The majority of people in Malaysia are Muslims. May one ask, “Which Muslim army went to Indonesia and Malaysia?”

8. East Coast of Africa.
Similarly, Islam has spread rapidly on the East Coast of Africa. One may again ask, if Islam was spread by the sword, “Which Muslim army went to the East Coast of Africa?”

9. Thomas Carlyle.
The famous historian, Thomas Carlyle, in his book “Heroes and Hero worship”, refers to this misconception about the spread of Islam: “The sword indeed, but where will you get your sword? Every new opinion, at its starting is precisely in a minority of one. In one man’s head alone. There it dwells as yet. One man
alone of the whole world believes it, there is one man against all men. That he takes a sword and try to propagate with that, will do little for him. You must get your sword! On the whole, a thing will propagate itself as it can.”

10. No compulsion in religion.
With which sword was Islam spread?  Even if Muslims had it they could not use it to spread Islam because the Qur’an says in the following verse: “Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from
error” [Al-Qur’an 2:256]

11. Sword of the Intellect.
It is the sword of intellect. The sword that conquers the hearts and minds of people. The Qur’an says in Surah Nahl, chapter 16 verse 125: “Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching;
and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious.”  [Al-Qur’an 16:125]

12. Increase in the world religions from 1934 to 1984.
An article in Reader’s Digest ‘Almanac’, year book 1986, gave the statistics of the increase of percentage of the major religions of the world in half a century from 1934 to 1984. This article also appeared in ‘The Plain Truth’ magazine. At the top was Islam, which increased by 235%,  and Christianity had increased
only by 47%. May one ask, which war took place in this century which converted millions of people to Islam?

13. Islam is the fastest growing religion in America and Europe.
Today the fastest growing religion in America is Islam. The fastest growing religion in Europe in Islam. Which sword is forcing people in the West to accept Islam in such large numbers?

14. Dr. Joseph Adam Pearson.
Dr. Joseph Adam Pearson rightly says, “People who worry that nuclear weaponry will one day fall in the hands of the Arabs, fail to realize that the Islamic bomb has been dropped already, it fell the day MUHAMMED (pbuh) was born”.

[Source: From the talk of Dr.Zakir Naik]

La Ilaha Ilala (There is not God but God)

Say one God
There's only one God
Say one God
La ilaha ilala

There's is one God
There is everything
I can do anything
There is one God

There are mountains
There are heavens
There are stars and the Moon
La ilaha ilala

Say it proudly
Scream it loudly
La ilaha ilala

LA ILAHA ILALA
LA ILAHA ILALA
LA ILAHA ILALA
LA ILAHA ILALA

There is only God and nothing else
There's is no page
To write words
Imagination is grave
Compared to my lord's extravagance

Take a bullet
Take my blood
But my spirit it is one
La ilaha ilala

God is the God of all
The meek and the strong
The kafr and the sincere
The jinn and the babies
La ilaha ilala

He is where
He whats to be
He heres you
He heres me
He knows my heart

Actions are nothing without intentions
Those who are loved
Receive ascension
With there lord they'll ponder in grace

La ilaha ilala
Know the trust is all right there
There is no God but God
There is no God but God

There is no truth without this fact
It is the only truth
Before all knowledge
Before you utter one word

Stop the noise
Dont utter a sound
Besides
La ilaha ilala

Know God is watching
Know God is listening
Know God is knowing
God is
God is
God is

God is
God is
God is
God is

There is no God but God
Don't dare say a word about
My Lord's creation
Don't spit out philosophy, math or, science

Don't say anything
Anything
Anything at all

There is no knowledge without
La ilaha ilala
There is absolutely no-thing
Without Allah

LA ILAHA ILALA
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There is only God
Everything else is a manifestation of his greatness
Everything else makes sense

Say nothing not a word
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