A Call to Go Back to the Natural Disposition

A Call to Go Back to the Natural Disposition

By Editorial Staff
A Call to Go Back to the Natural Disposition

And in yourselves. Then will you not see? (Adh-Dhariyat 51:21)

Look at the universe around you. Who runs this universe and that He is always of in full control of it?

In the Quran we read:

Indeed, Allah holds the heavens and the earth, lest they cease. And if they should cease, no one could hold them [in place] after Him. Indeed, He is Forbearing and Forgiving. (Fatir 35:41)

Look into yourself.  Every single cell points to the existence of God. We read in the Quran:

And in yourselves. Then will you not see? (Adh-Dhariyat 51:21)

Plants and galaxies point to the existence of God.

Who takes care of the embryo in the deep darkness surrounding it? None other than God.

We read in the Quran:

Do the disbelievers not see how rain clouds are formed, how the heavens are lifted, how the mountains are raised high, how the earth is spread out? (Al-Ghashiyah 88:17-20)

No matter how accumulated the clouds of suspicions to prevent the truth light from reaching the insights, the fact that this universe has a creator will remain firm and undeniable in the hearts.

It is a fact uttered by every atom of the universe and every human emotion that is deeply rooted in his heart. Man longs for an Exalted creator who subjugated his servants and predestined their affairs.

It is a matter that no one may disclaim.

Here we tell you about that fact and reflect with you on its evidence around us so that you think about going back to your natural disposition.

 

Source: This video is produced by Osoul Global Center and taken from Guide To islam Youtube Channel.

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Whom Must We Worship?

Whom Must We Worship?

Allah written in Arabic and English

Allah is the Name of the One True God. His Name is not chosen by man and does not have a number or gender.

By Dr. Saleh As-Saleh

The submission of man to His Creator is the essence of Islam. The name “Islam” is chosen by God (Allah) and not by man. It is the same unifying Message revealed to all the Prophets and Messengers by Allah and which they spread amongst their respective nations. In its final form it was revealed to Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a complete Message to whole mankind.

The Lord, Allah, is the True and Only Creator that deserves to be worshipped. No worship is worthy of being given to a stone, statue, a cross, a triangle, Khomeini, Farakhan, Eliajahs, or Y, Ghandi, Krishna, Guru, Buddha, Mahatma, Emperor, Joseph Smith, Sun, Light, Fire, rivers, cows, Rama, Temples, Prophets, Messengers (Yes! Muslims do not worship Muhammad, peace be upon him), Saints, Priests, Monks, Movie Stars, Sheiks, etc.!!! All are created beings or things.

Allah is the Name of the One True God. His Name is not chosen by man and does not have a number or gender. It is known that Allah is the Name of God in Aramaic, the language of our beloved Prophet Jesus and a sister language of Arabic. The Name “Allah” has been used by all previous Prophets starting with Adam and by the last and final Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon them all).

The Innate Nature in man recognizes what is good and bad, what is true and false. It recognizes that the Attributes of Allah must be True, Unique, and All-Perfect. It does not feel comfortable towards any kind of degradation of His Attributes not does it qualities to the Creator. Many who became “discontent with God” did so because of the practices of the Church in medieval Europe and because of the claims of “god dwelling in a son” and the concept of the “original sin”. However, they “escaped” into worshipping a new theory called “mother nature” as well as the “material” World. With the advancement of materialistic technology, people from different religions adopted the concept of “forgetting about God” and “let us live this life and enjoy it!”, not realizing that they have chosen the worship of the “original god” of Rome: Desire!. As a result the “enjoyment” is turning to “suffering” from AIDS.

Now we can see that all of this materialistic and secular progress produced a spiritual vacuum that led to complex social, economic, political, and psychological problems. Many of those who “fled” their “religions” are in search again. Some try to “escape” the complexity of their daily lives via various means.

Those who had the chance to examine the Qur’an and Islam, proceed with a complete way of life that relates man to establish a purpose for his presence on earth. This is well recognized in the Attributes of Allah and what does He require from man. He does not want man to be enslaved to any false deity: nature, drugs, lust, money, other man, desire, or sex. He provides man with the proofs that He is the One who can redeem so that man can free himself from the slavery to any form of creation and to turn to his Creator Alone.

This Creator Has Perfect Attributes. He is the First, nothing is before Him, the Ever Living. To Him is the Final Return where everyone will be dealt with in the Most Perfect and Just way. He does not beget nor is He begotten. Those who attribute Divinity to Jesus forget or ignore the fact that Jesus was in a mother’s womb. He needed nutrition; he was born and grew up to be a man. He was trusted with the Gospel as a Message to the Children of Israel:

“For there is One God, and one mediator (i.e. a messenger) between God and men (the Children of Israel), the man Christ Jesus) (I Timothy 2:5).

A man-messenger calling his nation not to worship him: “But in vain they do worship me!” (Mathew 15:9).

A man who needs to eat, walk, sleep, rest, etc.. cannot have Divine Attributes because he is in need and God (Allah) is Self-Sufficient.

As far as Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Marxism, and Capitalism, there is the devotion of worshipping created being/things in one form or another. Jews had attributed a “Nationalistic” belonging to Allah. They labeled Him “The Tribal God” for the Children of Israel.

Men and women following these “religions” were born with the natural inclination of submission to their Creator, Allah. It is their parents who had driven them into their respective traditions. However, once people are exposed to the Signs of Allah around them, or in the Qur’an or to someone who triggers their fitrah (nature), the reverting process begins and that is why we see a universal spreading of Islam.

In the West and despite that many distortions of Islam in the media, many admit that Islam is the fastest growing faith. No sense of fairness can be achieved without a genuine attempt to know the Word of Allah in the Qur’an and not on the 30-min-Evening News. This is the real challenge for those who seek the Truth. Man is created for a purpose: to live a life in accordance with Allah’s way. Why Not? Do we possess the air we breathe? Did we create ourselves or others? Or were we ourselves the Creators? We are limited and weak. So is our right to ignore our Creator where we all need Him?

Islam is the submission in worship to Allah Alone and it is the essence of all the Messages sent to all nations before us. Allah is All-Just and All-Wise. He does not intend confusion for His Creation. The religion accepted to Him is the one chosen by Him. Its essence must be One, because He is One. It is free from geographical, racist, and status oriented concepts.

Islam is a perfect and complete way of life. All these qualities of God are chosen by Allah in His Only Religion: Islam. Its details are in in the Qur’an, read it and come with an open heart because none can expose better than the World of Allah. The Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. He did not author it. He was unlettered. Its translation is available in many languages in bookstores or in an Islamic Center close to you.

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Source: Taken with modifications from: sultan.org.

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Between Love of Allah and Love of Oneself

Between Love of Allah and Love of Oneself

By Editorial Staff

Those who have true love of Allah must have initially loved themselves. It is a prerequisite of truthful and sincere love of God, which is one of the attributes of the believer. Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There are three qualities whoever has them, will taste the sweetness of faith: To love Allah and His Messenger more than anyone else; to love a slave (of Allah) only for (the sake of) Allah; and to abhor returning to infidelity after Allah has saved him from it as he would abhor to be thrown into the fire (of Hell)”. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The hadith makes the love of Allah a key requirement for the soundness of faith. A Muslim has to be filled with love of Allah and His Messenger more than anybody or anything else.

The video at hand explains one of the fundamental preconditions for the love of Allah, which is to love yourself in advance. Yes, no wonder! Loving yourself is firstly required to love Allah the Almighty. A true Muslim appreciates himself, his mind, his soul, his character, his personal characteristics, etc. and thus loves the one who have given him all these things and the other blessings around without any interference or contribution from his own part.

Imam Al-Ghazali (a great Muslim scholar) explains in his book Al-Mahabbah wa Ash-Shawq wa Al-Uns wa Ar-Rida (Love, Longing, Intimacy and Contentment) that if love for oneself is necessary for one’s own existence, then one has to love Allah. God, according to Al-Ghazali, is the one who created man and gave him the ability to love, He is the source of love, He is the All-Loving, He created the everything around, His blessings knows no end, so one must love him.

Enjoy watching this video by Hamzah Tzortzis to know more about the relationship between loving oneself, the love of Allah the Almighty and the love of the last Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him).

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Source: The iERA Youtube Channel

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The Most Beautiful Names of God: Allah

The Most Beautiful Names of God: Allah

By Editorial Staff
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Allah is an Arabic proper name which has not ever been used for anyone other than the Almighty Creator.

Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an,

And He is Allah , [the only deity] in the heavens and the earth. (Al-An`am 6:3)

Allah is an Arabic proper name which has not ever been used for anyone other than the Almighty Creator. It has not been narrated in any of the Arabic history or heritage whether before or after Islam that the Name Allah was given to anything or anyone except God, the Creator. The Qur’an also reads in this concern,

Lord of the heavens and of the earth, and of all that is between them; so worship Him, and be constant and patient in His worship: do you know of any who is worthy of the same Name as He? (Maryam 19:65)

The Name Allah refers to the Deity who is worshiped in view of His embracement of all the attributes of divinity and lordship, and is adored by all creatures by means of love and glorification. Almighty Allah has singled out Himself with this Name and distracted people from taking it. All the other Beautiful Names of God can refer to this Name but it does not refer to any Name. In the widely known hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah has ninety-nine Names, one-hundred less one; and he who memorized them all by heart will enter Paradise.” (Al-Bukhari)

Allah is the Greatest Name of God which refers to the God who combines all the Attributes of perfection and characteristics of Glorification, and is far above any attribute of imperfection that does not befit the exaltedness of Divinity and Lordship. All the attributes of glorification, sublimity, magnificence, and omnipotence are most related to the Name Allah than any other Name. Also, the Name Allah includes all merits included in the other Beautiful Names and Attributes of God, such as Ar-Rahman, Ar-Rahim, Al-Malik, etc. It is narrated that God has taught His Name Allah to Adam among the names he taught him at the beginning of life. Almighty God says,

And He taught Adam the names of all things; then He placed them before the angels, and said: “Tell me the names of these if ye are right.” (Al-Baqarah 2:31)

The Name which expresses Divinity and Godhood also involves Lordship in all its meanings and attributes pertaining to God. As the Name Allah means the only true God, He is also the sole Creator, the Omnipotent, the Provider, the Sovereign… The Qur’an reads,

He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. (Al-Hashr 59:22-24)

The Name Allah in the Qur’an

The Name Allah is numerously repeated in the Qur’an referring to the Almighty God. It is said that it was repeated 2360 times in the Qur’an. Almighty Allah says,

  • [All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the worlds. The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. Sovereign of the Day of Recompense. (Al-Fatiha 1:2-4)
  • Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of existence. (Aal `Imran 3:2)
  • So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no deity except Allah and ask forgiveness for your sin and for the believing men and believing women. And Allah knows of your movement and your resting place. (Muhammad 47:19)

The Name Allah in Hadith

  • Abu Hurairah narrated: “One day while Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) was sitting with the people, a man came to him walking and said, “O Allah’s Messenger, what is belief?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Belief is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Apostles, and the meeting with Him, and to believe in the Resurrection.” The man asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him), what is Islam?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied, “Islam is to worship Allah and not worship anything besides Him, to offer prayers perfectly, to pay the (compulsory) charity i.e. Zakat and to fast the month of Ramadan.” The man again asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) what is Ihsan (i.e. perfection or Benevolence)?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you do not achieve this state of devotion, then (take it for granted that) Allah sees you.” (Al-Bukhari)
  • Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them) said: “One day, I was riding behind the Prophet (peace be upon him) when he said, “O boy! I will instruct you in some matters. Be watchful of Allah (the Commandments of Allah), He will preserve you. Safeguard His Rights, He will be ever with you. If you beg, beg of Him Alone; and if you need assistance, supplicate to Allah Alone for help. And remember that if all the people gather to benefit you, they will not be able to benefit you except that which Allah had foreordained (for you); and if all of them gather to do harm to you, they will not be able to afflict you with anything other than that which Allah had pre-destined against you. The pens had been lifted and the ink had dried up”. (At- Tirmidhi)

Reflections on the Name

  • The Name Allah is the most distinguished and ritualistic Name among the Most Beautiful Names so that no other Name can be used in the declaration of faith in Islam, namely “La Ilaha Illa Allah, Muhammad Rasulu Allah” (There is no (true) deity but Allah, and Muhammad in the Messenger of Allah) or in other rituals.
  • Scholars stated that it is the greatest Name of God which one should use while supplicating Allah with full hope that Allah answers one’s supplications.
  • The Name Allah is the most used Name in the phrases of Zikr (remembrance of Allah) such as Subhan Allah (Glory be to Allah) Al-Hamdulillah (praise be to Allah) and Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest). It is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The best of the remembrance of Allah is “La ilah illa Allah” (There is no God but Allah).” (At-Tirmidhi)
  • The meanings of all other Beautiful Names of God can be partly shared by people, such as Ar-Rahim (All-Merciful) or Al-`Alim (the All-Knowledgeable). However, only the Name Allah cannot be shared whether partly or in full, explicitly or metaphorically by anyone else.
  • Sheikh Ash-Sha`rwi also said in his exegesis of the Qur’an, “Arabic has a grammatical rule that “Ya” (an interjection) should not be used before any name that has “Al” (a definite article), with the exception of the Name Allah which all people use to address God and supplicate Him. Indeed, this Name is most distinguished even in its grammatical and pronunciation rules.
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Islamic Beliefs: What Is Faith?

Islamic Beliefs: What Is Faith?

We should be aware of these important facts about faith, because unfortunately, the Muslim nation has been subject to great misfortunes and calamities due to the problem of Takfir.

Iman or faith has been linguistically defined as believing and confidence.[1] Termly, it is defined as the expression of the tongue, the conviction of the heart and the work of the organs, and it increases and decreases. The expression of the tongue refers to the declaration of faith; that is no one is worthy of worship except Allah, and Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger. The conviction of the heart is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Prophets, the Last Day and the Divine Decree. The work of the organs means the observance of good deeds and the abstention from misdeeds. This is the position of Ahl Al-Sunnah Wal-Jama`ah (the followers of Sunnah and Muslim community) regarding the concept of Iman.

Ibn Taymiyyah mentioned in his book Al-Fatwa that Imam Al-Shafi`i said, “There has been an Ijma` (unanimous agreement) among the companions of the Prophet, their followers and our scholars that Iman (faith) is a declaration, work and conviction and that none of the three suffices for the others.”[2]

Ahl Al-Sunnah view that Iman can be increased or decreased; it increases by doing good deeds, acts of worship and contemplating on the Qur’an, rulings of Islam, hadiths and the creation of Allah, and decreases by misdeeds, following evil desires and Satan and negligence of reciting the Qur’an.

Narrated Abu Hurairah: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Iman consists of more than sixty branches, and modesty is a branch of faith.” (Al-Bukhari)

This meaningful and highly expressive narration is one of the greatest hadiths of Islam. It deals with the concept of Iman and highlights one of its parts, namely modesty’. The Prophet (peace be upon him) shows us that the term of Iman is not restricted to mere believing. Yet, it includes actions as well. He informs us that Iman consists of more than sixty parts and it includes sayings and deeds, as mentioned in other narrations of the hadith.

Yet, someone may say, “The Prophet was asked ‘what is Iman?’ in the well-known hadith of Jibril (angel Gabriel) and he restricted the meaning of Iman to beliefs.” Sheikh Ibn `Uthaimin clarifies this by saying, “Iman in the sense of belief is based on six principles, which are mentioned in the hadith of Jibril (peace be upon him), when he questioned the Prophet (peace be upon him), who said: “Iman means to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and the Divine Decree, both good and bad.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Yet, the broad meaning of Iman includes good deeds of various kinds and it has seventy-odd branches. In this context, Allah called prayer Iman in His Saying:

And never would Allah have caused you to lose your Iman. Indeed Allah is, to the people, Kind and Merciful. (Al-Baqarah 2:143)

The scholars of Tafsir (Qur’an Exegesis) said: “Iman” here means prayer, because the companions used to pray towards Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa before they were commanded to face the Ka`bah in their prayers.”[3]

The hadith at hand confirms the stance of Ahl Al-Sunnah, that is Iman is not only restricted to beliefs but it includes deeds. In the hadith, the Prophet mentions that modesty’, which is the work of organs, is a branch or part of faith. Also, there is another narration of the hadith reported by Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Iman has sixty odd or seventy odd branches. The uppermost of all these is the Testimony of Faith “La ilaha illallah” (there is no true god except Allah) while the least of them is the removal of the harmful objects from the road. And modesty’ is a branch of Iman.” Thus, it considered the declaration of faith and the work of organs, represented in the removal of harmful objects from the road and modesty’, as branches and parts of Iman.

Actually, this is an extremely important principle that should be understood and taken into consideration. There are those who claim that pronouncing the Testimony of Faith is enough to be a believer deserving the Mercy of Allah and His Paradise. This hadith refutes these false claims, because a Muslim has to work hard to get closer to Allah by means of acts of worship.

A Muslim with perfect faith is the one who declares Islam by the tongue, believes in Allah, His Messenger and what they told, and performs the good deeds and refrains from misdeeds. Those who declare Islam without observing the good deeds and refraining from misdeeds are with weak Iman and are treading the ways of Satan to the hellfire.

In the same context, there are some sects that went to the extremes in this matter. They deemed actions as part of Iman but they did not admit that Iman decreases or increases. Those are the Khawarij.  They believe that Iman neither decreases nor increases. For them, Iman is inseparable and is lost by committing major misdeeds. Thus, they consider a Muslim who commits major sins as disbeliever or non-Muslim. Therefore, they fell in the quagmire of Takfir (considering Muslims as non-Muslims) and violated the rules of Islam. They deemed a lot of Muslims as non-Muslims because they committed some sins.

Actually, the fact that Iman increases and decreases is a separator between Ahl Al-Sunnah and misguided sects. Ahl Al-Sunnah believe that Iman (faith) increases by doing good deeds and decreases by committing wrongdoings. Ahl Al-Sunnah have a middle position, admitting that a believer who commits bad deeds, even most of the major sins, is still a believer but with weak Iman. I said, “most of major sins” because some major sins rules a Muslim out of Islam, such as cursing the Prophet, denying parts of the Qur’an and accusing Lady `A’ishah (the Prophet’s wife, may Allah be pleased with her) with adultery.

The followers of Sunnah neither exclude actions from Iman nor consider negligence or committing sins a kind of apostasy. Their position is in the middle and avoids both extremes.

In fact, ruling a believer out of Islam is contingent on certain conditions that must be met. These conditions are relevant to the sin itself, the doer and his awareness of the ruling. Ibn `Uthaimin said, “There are four prerequisites to deem a person as Kafir “disbeliever”: First, the saying or action committed or neglected must be established to be requiring the state of apostasy. Second, the doer must be established to commit it and he or she is in a state of legal accountability. Third, he or she must have known and understood the ruling of this act or negligence. Fourth, there must be no restraints of ruling the doer as an apostate.”[4]

We should be aware of these important facts, because unfortunately, the Muslim nation has been subject to great misfortunes and calamities due to the problem of Takfir. This problem spread among Muslim youth and groups causing great losses and catastrophes. In fact, determining someone as a believer or disbeliever is not up to us.  Rather, it is up to Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him). The basic principle is that the one who appears outwardly to be a Muslim is regarded so, until it is proven otherwise based on acceptable and authentic legal proofs. Takfir (ruling others as disbelievers) is an extremely dangerous matter and one should keep away from it. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “If a man declares his brother to be a kafir, it will apply to one of them.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

May Allah preserve the Muslim nation of all that harms it!

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[1] The Islamic Research Magazine, vol. 17, http://www.alifta.net/Fatawa/fatawaChapters.aspx?View=Page&PageID=2495&PageNo=1&BookID=2 (last accessed 24-11-2013)

[2] Ibn Taymiyyah, Majmu` Al-Fatawa, King Saud Edition, 1381 AH, vol. 7, pp. 170-171.

[3] Ibn `Uthaimin, Fatwa Ibn `Uthaimin, vol. 1. p. 54.

[5] Ibn `Uthaimin, Fatwa Ibn `Uthaimin, vol. 3. Al-Wala’ and Al-Bara’ section.

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Is God a Truth or Delusion?

Is God a Truth or Delusion?

By Editorial Staff

When one talks about God, one is talking about the Source of the whole being, the Creator of the entire universe, the One Who controls everything, determines their existence and dominates their ultimate destination. God, according to Islam, is completely different in concept from other doctrines’ conceptions as Islam views that He is the Absolute creator and Dominator of everything other than Him. Therefore, He is the only True God while other gods are false. This approach is so important to be recognized because it averts from many differences that may generate major difficulties in understanding Islam. In other words, Islam stresses that this universe does not come into existence by chance or by itself but rather there is one who created, dominated, and controlled it and will continue to be so. This Creator is unlike people; He possesses limitless Omnipotence, Power, Intelligence and all the perfect characters. The least thing in the earth or sky testifies to His wisdom, power, and majesty.

Some people believe that the notion of the existence of God is meaningless, untrue or futile as they may view that universe is going on with natural laws that control its course and it will continue to be so with no interference of anyone whosoever. However, this belief is dubious because it goes against logic, sound reason and scientific approach. The creation of the universe and its birth into existence have been authenticated by science, reason and revelation, which is the Islamic viewpoint.

Regarding the question “Is God a Delusion or Truth?”, Sheikh Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, who is an international public speaker on Islam, tries to answer this question in a very interesting, scientific and rich lecture. Moreover, Abdurraheem Green, who is an active figure in the field of Daw`ah to Islam, talks about the need of people for religion in their society and life as a whole and manifests the relationship between Islam and social life and the importance of Islam for communities.

Enjoy watching this video by Hamza Tzortzis and Sheikh Abdurraheem who will be talking about the notions of the existence of God as well as people’s need for Islam.

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Source: Allah’s Deen Youtube Channel

 

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