Christchurch Massacre Attack – Why Mosques?

Christchurch Massacre Attack – Why Mosques?

Christchurch Massacre Attack

Last Friday, the world woke up on an ugly crime against humanity: an extremist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand; killing about 50 worshipers and injuring dozens in one of the worst forms of abhorrent terrorism fueled by hate speech and racism.

There is no doubt that this abhorrent incident, which is not approved by any person, regardless of religion or race unless it is imbued by feelings of extremism and racism, emphasize the following:

The need to admit that terrorism has no religion and no race, and to put it into its true character and logical context. This needs to interact with all the events of terrorism with the same reaction and with the same force. It is not fair to interact with an event if it is from a certain religion and exaggerate it, and overlook other events if they are relating to another religions.

Christchurch Massacre Attack - Why Mosques?

Islam is the religion of coexistence and it does not coerce people of other faiths to convert.

It must be noted that Islam is the religion of coexistence and it does not coerce people of other faiths to convert but made freedom of conscience a voluntary choice. Almighty Allah says in His Book:

There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. (Al-Baqarah 2:256) 

In another verse, Allah says: 

The truth is from your Lord, so whoever wills – let him believe; and whoever wills – let him disbelieve. (Al-Kahf 18:29)

How Does Islam Protect the Places of Worship of Non-Muslims? 

Since Islam acknowledges freedom of faith, it allows non-Muslims living in Muslim countries to freely practice their religious rites inside their places of worship. As such, it guarantees the security of their places of worship and accords them special protection by prohibiting all forms of aggression against them.

Islam goes even further and commands its followers to be just, merciful and kind towards non-Muslims. The Qur’an says:

Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly. (Al-Mumtahanah 60:8) 

In addition, we as Muslims reiterate and re-emphasize that Isis and other such terrorist groups are met by complete condemnation by the whole Muslims communities. The Muslims scholars denied their brutal actions by legitimate evidences from the Qur’an and the Sunnah, clarifying that their beliefs and deeds are un-Islamic. 

The Mosques, the Houses of Allah Almighty 

The Mosques, the houses of Allah Almighty, are places of worship for Muslims and it is built for offering prayers, mentioning Allah, strengthen their relationship with their Creator, meet their Muslim brethren, and renew their sense of belonging.  A mosque means a place where people prostrate; where they show extreme humility and humbleness in total submission and obedience. By placing your forehead on the ground, it demonstrates total humility. Whenever the real concept of a mosque emerges in the mind of a true Muslim, it will always manifest itself as a place of worship of total obedience.

Almighty Allah says:

[Such niches are] in mosques which Allah has ordered to be raised and that His name be mentioned therein; exalting Him within them in the morning and the evenings. (An-Nur 24:36) 

The Virtues of the Mosques

– There is great reward in building a mosque for Allah’s sake.

It was narrated that The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever builds a mosque for Allah, Allah will build for him likewise in Paradise.” (Agreed Upon)

– Performing Prayers in Congregation is better than an individual prayer by twenty seven times. 

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Prayer in congregation is twenty-seven times more meritorious than a Prayer performed individually.” (Agreed Upon)

– Cleaning and taking care of the mosques has a great reward. 

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: “A black man or a black woman used to sweep the mosque and he or she died. The Prophet (peace be upon him)asked about her (or him). He was told that she (or he) had died. He said, “Why did you not inform me? Show me his grave (or her grave).” So he went to her (his) grave and offered her (his) funeral prayer.” (Al-Bukhari)

– The Angels will pray for the one who attend the Mosques.

Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) as saying: “The angels invoke blessings on everyone among you so long as he is in a place of worship with these words: O Allah! pardon him, O Allah, have mercy upon him, (and they continue to do so) as long as, he ablution (of the worshiper) is not broken, and one among you is in prayer and so long as he is detained for the prayer.” (Muslim)

– There is also a great reward for walking to the Mosque.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah will prepare for him who goes to the mosque (every) morning and in the afternoon (for the congregational prayer) an honorable place in Paradise with good hospitality for (what he has done) every morning and afternoon goings.” (Al-Bukhari)

To sum up, we should fight terrorism in all its forms, deny hate speech and racism. Islam is the religion of moderation. It rejects extremism and isolation. There is a need to confront deviant ideology where it appears, including in school curricula. Islam is the religion of diversity and tolerance.

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Offer Prayer till Death

Offer Prayer till Death

Offer Prayer till Death

Almighty Allah says on the Quran:

And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive. (Maryam 19:31) 

This is a very powerful reminder about our approach to Salah, how we approach prayer, and how we perceive and think, and how we implement prayer in our lives. You see we supposed to pray… it’s saying as long as I am alive.

Now what is that exactly meant? It means no matter what comes up, Salah is something that will I hold on to till my last breath. I will concern myself with, till death. And the Prophet (peace be upon him) demonstrated this, he lived this. This isn’t just theory, this isn’t something just fancy to say, it’s not just a fancy slogan.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) lived it. You know, about a week before the passing of the Prophet (peace be upon him), he fell very ill. He became ill and the Prophet was incapable of standing up and even walking on his own, very soon after. So, the Prophet (peace be upon him), what he did? He would send for a couple of hid Companions to come to his home to get him, alright.

You could watch this interesting talk about the importance and excellence of Prayer with Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jangda.

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Source: Quran Weekly Youtube. 

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What Kind Of Salah Are You Praying?

What Kind Of Salah Are You Praying?

What Kind Of Salah Are You Praying?

Breaking away from an overloaded daily schedule with so many things to do, I seek refugee in Allah; turning to Him in Salah. Yet, as soon I start praying and say Allahu Akbar (God is the Greatest) many things, even trivial details, are going on my mind, distracting me.

Does this happen to you too? As soon as you stand in Salah you are distracted by many thoughts? How could I be standing between God’s hands and still be overwhelmed by other things whatsoever?

How could I prevent that mixing between contacting with God and thinking in other things in salah?

Allah Almighty says:

Successful indeed are the believers, who are humble in their prayers… (Al-Mu’minun 23:1, 2)

How could I attain total khushu (humility and submission) in Prayer? How could I stand before God thinking in Him alone? What am I asked to do?

Here Nouman Ali Khan raises these questions, explaining how to reach khushu`, get entirely engaged in Prayer …

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Can a Muslim have Islam without the Prayer?

Can a Muslim have Islam without the Prayer?

Can a Muslim have Islam without the Prayer?

Before asking such a question, find an answer to that: How could we worship God without connecting with him? While we stand in prayer we are literally talking to Allah.

Our salah (Prayer) is a very meaningful act of worship and on it all other things are based. Prayer works on all man’s sides; physical, mental, spiritual and emotional.

In this episode of the Deenshow Sheikh Nasir Jangda explains the meaning behind Prayer and why it has such status in Islam.

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Does Allah Need Our Salah?

Does Allah Need Our Salah?

Does Allah Need Our Salah?

When you say you can’t pray, but Allah says yes, you can. So what?

Why must I pray if Allah does not need my prayer? Why such a burden and obligation? What for?

With that loaded schedule and hectic pace of life you (think) you don’t have the time to pray five times a day. Do you really believe that? Do we really have excuses to not pray?

Also, does Allah really care if I pray or not? Put it differently, does Allah need my prayer? Why I’m obliged to pray to Allah? What would it add to Him (Exalted is He) or to His kingdom?

But while we might raise all these questions we know that’s not the case- it’s not about God; it’s about us.

Then the question should be altered to: Why do we, humans, need to pray?

If you don’t feel that it’s a need in your life that you can’t manage without, then there’s a problem with you faith.

The fact is illustrated here by Nouman Ali khan answering a questioner, tackling all such striking inquiries….


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Source: the deenshow

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