Who Are Ahl As-Sunnah wa Al-Jama`ah?

Who Are Ahl As-Sunnah wa Al-Jama`ah?

By Editorial Staff

Ahl As-Sunnah wa Al-Jama`ah are the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him), those who succeeded them perfectly and those who adhered to their approach and adopted their way from believers till the end of time.

They are the most adhering people to the Sunnah, which the Prophet (peace be upon him) intended in his saying, “Indeed the children of Isra’il split into seventy-two sects, and my nation will split into seventy-three sects. All of them are in the hell except one sect.” They said, “And which is it O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “What I am upon and my Companions.” (At-Tirmidhi)

They were called Ahlu As-Sunnah because they observed the Sunnah of the Prophet and followed in his steps. Sheikh Ibn `Uthaimeen said, “Ahl As-Sunnah wa Al-Jama`ah are those who stick to the Sunnah (in its broad sense), unite upon it and paid no attention to other than the view of the Muslim mainstream and Sunnah in both the matters of faith and practice. They are called Ahl As-Sunnah (people of Sunnah) because they adhere to the Sunnah, and they called Ahl Al-Jama`ah because they are united upon following it.” (see Majmu` Al-Fatawa wa Ar-Rasa’il by Ibn `Uthaimeen)

Enjoy watching this interesting video by brother Waleed Basyouni in which he explains the terms of Ahl As-Sunnah wa Al-Jama`ah both linguistically and terminologically. He touches on the creedal dimension of the term which characterizes the most correct ideology from among the whole Islamic school of thought.

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Source: The video is taken from the Amjaonline.org

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The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam

The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam

Rights of non-Muslims in Islam

Islam recognizes the existence of different creeds and builds its relationship with them on a the basis of coexistence and respect.

By Editorial Staff

Difference is the norm of this life. It happens to everything in the creation and shapes the general picture of our existence in this universe which is replete with dissimilarity in everything. Almighty Allah has highlighted this in the Qur’an and made it a proof for His Power and Omnipotence. God says,

And He it is who causes gardens to grow, [both] trellised and untrellised, and palm trees and crops of different [kinds of] food and olives and pomegranates, similar and dissimilar. Eat of [each of] its fruit when it yields and give its due [zakah] on the day of its harvest. And be not excessive. Indeed, He does not like those who commit excess. (Al-An`am 6:141)

This rule is also true for the issue of faith as Islam recognizes the existence of different creeds and builds its relationship with them on a basis of coexistence and respect. The Qur’an admitted the divergence of faiths and the existence of the guided and the misguided. Almighty Allah says,

And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed – all of them entirely. Then, [O Muhammad], would you compel the people in order that they become believers? (Yunus 10:99)

The verse tells us that if Allah willed, all people would be believers but His Wisdom required the existence of different creeds and doctrines. Regardless of the soundness of these religions, Islam gives specific rights for the followers of these religions that protect their identity and dignity. In this article we will tackle the rights of non-Muslims upon Muslims and review the fairness and tolerance of Islam towards people of other creeds. The following are some of these rights:

The Right to inviting non-Muslims to Islam

Allah says in the Qur’an referring to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him):

Say, “This is my way; I invite to Allah with insight, I and those who follow me. And exalted is Allah ; and I am not of those who associate others with Him.” (Yusuf 12:108)

This obligation and right is encompassing and is not limited to a specific time, place, gender or age among Muslims. Calling others to Islam, the last religion, is obligatory upon everyone who assumes following the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Islam is the only true religion that lends a hand to the success in this life and the hereafter. So, it is a kind of injustice to withhold this goodness from those who have no knowledge about it. The Muslim is obligated to show the true teachings of Islam, in word and action and with wisdom and kindness, to those who do not believe in it. Almighty Allah says,

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided. (An-Nahl 16:125)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) commanded us to convey the call of Islam to others, even if it is only by one verse. `Abdullah ibn `Amr (may Allah be pleased with them) reported: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Convey from me even an ayah of the Qur’an…” (Al-Bukhari) The Prophet also illustrated that calling people to Islam is one of the best acts in Islam. Sahl ibn Sa`d narrated that the Prophet said on the battle of Khaybar to `Ali ibn Abu Talib, “Go to them patiently and calmly till you enter the land. Then, invite them to Islam, and inform them what is enjoined upon them, for, by Allah, if Allah gives guidance to somebody through you, it is better for you than possessing red camels.” (Al-Bukhari)

The Right to good treatment

Almighty Allah states in the Qur’an,

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)

Scholars have divided non-Muslims into two main categories. The first one is the non-fighting non-Muslims which applies to every non-Muslim who does not show antagonism towards Islam and does not engage in any offensive actions against the Muslims. The other category is the fighting ones who engage in wars against Muslims and aim at destroying the Muslim communities and territories.

As for the first category, which is true for the general majority of non-Muslims nowadays, they owe the right to be mercifully treated and welcomed, especially if they are relatives or neighbors. The proof of this is the narration from Asmaa’ bint Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with them both) that she said, “My mother came to me during the lifetime of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) and she was a pagan (i.e. a non-Muslim worshipping idols). I said to Allah’s Messenger (seeking his verdict), “My mother has come to me and she desires to receive a reward from me, shall I keep good relations with her?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Yes, keep good relation with her. ” (Al-Bukhari)

The non-Muslims, although being of invalid faith from the Muslims’ viewpoint, they must not be put to harm because of their creed so long as they do not cause harm to others. Islam’s stance on this regard should be clear to everyone. Islam does not stand on the opposite side against the non-Muslims. Rather, Islam urges Muslims to respect, tolerate, and have  good relations with non-Muslims. It is reported from Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) that a young Jewish boy who was in the service of the Prophet (peace be upon him) fell ill. The Prophet (peace be upon him) went to visit him.” (Al-Bukhari)

Also, `Abdur-Rahman ibn Abu Layla narrated that: “Sahl ibn Hunayf and Qays ibn Sa`d were sitting in the city of Al-Qadisiya. A funeral procession passed in front of them and they stood up. They were told that funeral procession was of one of the inhabitants of the land (i.e. of a non-Muslim) under the protection of Muslims. They said, “A funeral procession passed in front of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and he stood up. When he was told that it was the coffin of a Jew, he said, “Is it not a living being (soul)?” (Al-Bukhari)

This indeed is the spirit that Islam seeks to instill in the hearts of Muslims towards non-Muslims.

The Right to Justice

In a divine hadith narrated by Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said among what he narrated from Allah (the Most High) that He has said, “O My slaves, I have made injustice unlawful for myself and I have made it unlawful among you, so do not oppress one another.” (Muslim) All kinds of injustice are equally prohibited whether the person is Muslim or non-Muslim. The divine texts and Prophetic hadiths are so clear on this point. God said,

They will have from Hell a bed and over them coverings [of fire]. And thus do We recompense the wrongdoers. (Al-A`raf 7:41)

Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Beware of injustice, for injustice will turn into excessive darkness on the Day of Resurrection.” (Muslim)

The warning against committing injustice is more stressed in the case of non-Muslims as stated in the hadith narrated by Safwan from a number of Companions of the Messenger of Allah that the Messenger of Allah said: “Beware, if anyone wrongs a contracting man (a non-Muslim who has a treaty with Muslims), or diminishes his right, or forces him to work beyond his capacity, or takes from him anything without his consent, I shall plead for him on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud) That is the true tolerating Islam.

The Right to protect their souls

Killing is purely an aggression against the creation of Allah the Almighty. It is the most offensive, repulsive and punishable action in Islam next to shirk (having partners with God in worship). Almighty Allah has forbidden it numerous times and warned of its severe punishment. He says,

And those who do not invoke with Allah another deity or kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed], except by right, and do not commit unlawful sexual intercourse. And whoever should do that will meet a penalty. Multiplied for him is the punishment on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein humiliated. (Al-Furqan 25:68)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) stressed the prohibition of killing in numerous hadiths such as the hadith of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Avoid the seven destructive things.” It was asked: (by those present): “What are they, O Messenger of Allah?” He replied, “Associating anyone or anything with Allah in worship; practicing sorcery, killing of someone without a just cause whom Allah has forbidden…” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

However, with regard to the non-fighting non-Muslim, protecting their souls is more stressed and the prohibition and punishment became more established owing to their specialty and the covenant of Islam to protect them from harm. Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Indeed, whoever kills a Mu`ahid (a non-fighting non-Muslim) that has a covenant from Allah and a covenant from His Messenger, then he has violated the covenant with Allah and the covenant of His Messenger. He shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise; even though its fragrance can be sensed from the distance of seventy autumns.” (At-Tirmidhi)

Their right to remain on their religion

Islam is a belief and course of conduct that initially begins from the heart, the reason and the soul then its impacts flow over the body. Allah does not accept the outer obedience unless it emanates from a faithful and sincere heart. Islam views that claiming Islam with the tongue and practicing worship by the body parts without true faith in God is nothing but a cursed form hypocrisy whose doer is a loser. Therefore, the issue of following Islam remains a matter of freedom and none can be forced on following Islam. Almighty Allah has stated that compulsion on religion cannot be accepted. He says,

And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed – all of them entirely. Then, [O Muhammad], would you compel the people in order that they become believers? (Yunus 10:99)

The Right not to insult their gods and sacred things

Almighty Allah forbade insulting the gods of non-Muslims or making little of them because this will lead to greater harm, that is they may insult our God (Glory be to Him) in revenge. Almighty Allah says,

And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah , lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do. (Al-An`am 6:108)

Al-Qurtubi (a renowned Muslim scholar) said, “Scholars said that the ruling of this verse is permanent all the way. So, if the non-Muslim is in power and it is feared that he curses Islam, the Prophet Muhammad or Almighty Allah; it is not permissible for the Muslim to curse their crosses, religion or churches and not to commit what leads to this.” (Tafsir Al-Qurtubi)

These are some of the rights of non-Muslims upon the Muslims that should be taken into consideration by every Muslim. These rights show both the greatness of Islam as well as its tolerance towards those who do not follow it by preserving their dignity, identity, life and religions.

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The Main Features of the Islamic Message

The Main Features of the Islamic Message

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In Islam, there is no conflict between spiritual and worldly life. Rather, Islam provides a balance between all aspects of human life.

By Majed S. Al-Rassi

Allah has made the Islamic message easy to understand and to follow. He annulled some previously prescribed rites and practices while affir

ming others according to His wisdom. As a result, the Islamic creed and law suit peoples’ spiritual, psychological, social and economic needs, for all of humankind and for all eras. Islamic message have the following unique features:

Rationality

One should not have to derive the truth from a series of complicated logical proofs, only to arrive at something he or she is unsure of (as is common in other religions or philosophies). When the truth is found, it should be clear and obvious. The truth is so simple that anyone is capable of seeing it, and this is the most compelling feature of Islam.

Perfection

Since Allah is perfect, His teachings must also be perfect and free from any contradiction or error. The Qur’an challenges its readers to find any errors in it, if they do not believe it is really from Allah:

Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction. (An-Nisaa’ 4: 82)

Dr. Maurice Bucaille, a French Christian physician, found many scientific facts mentioned in the Qur’an that were not known by humans at the time that the verses of the Qur’an were being conveyed by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to those around him. Bucaille wrote, “I could not find a single error in the Qur’an.” (Bucaille, The Qur’an and Modern Science)

Clarity

Allah is the Most Compassionate. He therefore guides people through clear and simple revelation free of myths, superstitions and mysteries.

Scientific validity and accuracy

It is not surprising to find in the Qur’an and statements of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) information which has only recently been discovered by modern science. This indicates that the Qur’an is the word of Allah and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His Prophet.

On the other hand, the religious views which the Church presented concerning God, the Bible, and the individual’s relation to God forced people into an unfortunate choice: either science or God. Most educated people have come to the conclusion that one cannot be a scientist or an educated person and be a true Christian at the same time. Many philosophers, scientists and the majority of lay people lost hope of reconciling religion and science; thus the ideology of secularism was developed. This dichotomy would not have arisen if the original Gospel which was revealed to Jesus (peace be upon him) had not been distorted.

Islam, the pure religion, raises no contradiction whatsoever between religion and science. This is naturally obvious because both religion and true scientific knowledge are from the same source: Allah, who does not contradict Himself.

Prophetic fulfillment

Many of the events prophesied in the Qur’an and in the Prophet’s statements have come to pass. This is further proof that Islam is not a man-made religion, because it is unimaginable for an uneducated man who was living isolated from other civilizations to make up such prophecies.

Moderation

In Islam, there is no conflict between spiritual and worldly life. Rather, it provides a balance between all aspects of human life, taking into account the needs and wants of individuals and society. Therefore, secularism, materialism, monasticism and extreme asceticism are all rejected in Islam, which provides a middle way to achieve harmony and balance between the spiritual and material needs of people. This is why Allah has called the Muslim nation in the Qur’an as a:

…just community [moderate nation]… (Al-Baqarah 2: 143)

Comprehensiveness

Islamic teachings provide people with definite guidelines to follow in all aspects of life: spiritual, individual, social, moral, political, economic, and so on.

Uniqueness

For anyone who claimed that Islam was man-made, Allah challenges them to:

…produce a chapter the like thereof…  (Al-Baqarah 2:23)

Indeed, the entire Qur’an – its language, its elegance, its miraculous nature – is unparalleled. The ancient non-Muslim Arabs tried to construct a verse yet failed, even though their language and poetry was very highly developed in that era.

Even many recent non -Muslim scholars admit that the Qur’an is one of the greatest books known to humankind. This point ultimately leads to the fact that Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) – the illiterate – was a true prophet to whom the Qur’an was revealed.

Justice

All of humankind descended from one man and one woman (Adam and Eve). Islam teaches that the criterion by which each human being is judged is righteousness, not the color of one’s skin or one’s status in society. The best person in the view of Allah is the most righteous. A verse of the Glorious Qur’an reads:

…Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you… (Al-Hujurat 49:13)

Universality

Islam is a universal message to all of humankind and for all times, until the Day of Judgment, whereas every other Prophet was sent to his own people, and for a limited time period. Prophet Jesus’ mission was limited to the ‘lost sheep of the house of Israel’. (Matthew 15:24) Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent for everyone: male or female, rich or poor, Arab or non-Arab, slave or freeborn. Islam can be practiced anywhere on the earth; it is not tied to locality or culture.

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Source: Taken with modifications from the author’s “Whom Should We Worship?”

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Islam: Guidance to the Straight Path

Islam: Guidance to the Straight Path

Description of the Straight Path

Islam, which is submission to the commands of Allah, is also a familiar and well-trodden path, the path of all the Prophets and their followers.

Muslims plead to be guided to the straight path at least seventeen times a day while reciting Surat Al-Fatihah (the first chapter of the Qur’an) in the five daily prayers. How many of us have reflected on the nature of this guidance and the path that we are supposed to be upon?

“Guide us” (Ihdina)

In Arabic the word hidayah does not simply mean guidance, but it means to guide gently. The word “gift” (hadiyyah) in Arabic also comes from the same root letters as the word for guidance (hidayah). Religious guidance is the greatest gift that a person can possess. It is also something that we do not control or own, but rather it is bestowed upon us in an act of infinite mercy and grace of Allah (Exalted is He).

Notice how it is in the plural- not ‘guide me’ but “guide us”. This instills in us a sense of brotherhood by making this request on behalf of fellow Muslims, especially as we stand in prayer as a group.

Types of Hidayah Mentioned in the Qur’an

There are four types of hidayah mentioned in the Qur’an, according to (Ibn Al-Qayyim).

1- General hidayah that is given to all creation. This type of guidance and knowledge is given by Allah to all created things. By this guidance, animals, plants and even inanimate objects fulfill the purpose for which they were created. This also includes the general intellect, wits and inherent intuitive knowledge given to all responsible beings regardless of their faith. This is referred to in the following verse:

He said, “Our Lord is He Who gave each thing its form and then guided (it)”. (Ta-Ha 20:50)

2- Hidayah that is in the form of explanation and education by way of defining the two paths of good and evil. It is when someone guides you by explaining that which is good and warns you from that which is evil according to Islam. This is the type of hidayah referred to in this verse::

And indeed, (O Muhammad), you guide to a straight path. (Ash-Shura 42:52)

3- Hidayah that is tawfiq (a specific type of divine guidance) and inspiration (ilham) from Allah to be guided to the truth of iman (faith), Islam (submission), etc. The following verses refer to this type.

…Thus does Allah leave astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. (Al-Muddaththir 74:31)

No disaster strikes except by permission of Allah. And whoever believes in Allah He will guide his heart. And Allah is Knowing of all things. (At-Taghabun 64:11)

4- Hidayah that is in the next life, by which one shall be guided to Paradise.

And We will have removed whatever is within their breasts of resentment, (while) flowing beneath them are rivers. And they will say, “Praise to Allah, who has guided us to this”. (Al-A`raf 7:43)

Each one of the above types of hidayah has a sequential connection and relationship. Without the first level of guidance you will not have the capacity to attain the second and without the second you cannot attain the third and fourth levels.

We have absolutely no power to guide anyone using any of the above types of guidance except for the second type of hidayah that is explanation and education.  This type of guidance is what is referred to in the following verses.

And indeed, (O Muhammad), you guide to a straight path. (Ash-Shura 42:52)

You are only a warner, and for every people is a guide. (Ar-Ra`d 13:7)

The remaining types of guidance, particularly the third type which is tawfiq from Allah to have iman, are what are referred to in the following verse of the Qur’an, again addressing the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him):

Indeed, (O Muhammad), you do not guide whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He is most knowing of the (rightly) guided. (Al-Qasas 28:56)

In other words even the Prophets cannot guide whom they choose to become believers in the sense of actually putting faith in a person’s heart.  They can only guide in terms of explanation, exhortation, clarification and instruction regarding the truth.

The first lesson here is that we should seek guidance in every matter with Allah first and foremost before turning to others. Secondly, it should humble those of us who are inviting or ‘guiding’ others to Islam to acknowledge and internalize the fact that we have no real power over this matter, and that true guidance is the sole dominion of Allah, the ‘turner of the hearts’.

However, that should not make us despair of the work we do, for which our reward is with Allah. But rather it should increase our confidence in inviting others knowing that the result is not dependent on ‘my da`wah’ or speech, which is full of weakness and defects, but is in the hands of Allah Who can instantly change the hearts of the most wicked and tyrannical into the most pure and righteous.

The Ten Levels of Guidance

A Muslim may question why he or she has to ask for guidance at least seventeen times a day whilst they have already been guided to Islam. Scholars have explained that it is because firstly we ask for constancy (thabat) on guidance and secondly because there are so many levels and aspects of guidance that we are in need of in every detail of our daily life.

The following will help to clarify. For example, there are a further ten levels of guidance that need to be attained for one to be truly guided. (Ibn Al-Qayyim)

Therefore one should bear in mind when asking for guidance that one is asking Allah to:

1- Be granted guidance of knowledge and clarity, in order for one to know and reach the truth.

2- For the capacity to be guided

3- Make one desirous of guidance

4- Make one act upon the guidance

5- Make one remain steadfast on guidance

6- Remove all barriers and obstructions that impede guidance

7- Be granted a distinctive and detailed level of guidance on the path itself and its stations

8- Be granted sight of one’s ultimate goal along the path, to be alerted to it so that one can perceive it on the journey, catching sight of it without being blocked from seeing it.

9- Make one aware of one’s own destitution and desperate need for guidance (from Allah) over and above all other necessities.

10- Make one see the two misguided paths that veer off from the path of guidance; firstly the path of the people of wrath- those who intentionally, out of rebellion, turned away from following the truth; secondly the path of the people of misguidance- those who turned away out of ignorance and misguidance. One then sees the straight path upon which are all the Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them) along with their followers from the truthful (siddiqeen), the martyrs and the righteous.

We are instructed by Allah to ask for guidance to the straight path (as-sirat al-mustaqim). What then is the nature of this path?

Description of the Straight Path

In the language of the Arabs a path (sirat) needs to possess five qualities for it to be called a sirat. The path needs to be:

1- Straight

2- Easy to travel upon

3- A familiar well-trodden path

4- Wide and spacious

5- Leading one to the desired destination

Since the path that we are asking guidance to is Islam itself, notice and reflect on how these qualities apply to Islam. Islam is straight in that it is a correct and firmly established way, pure and protected from any crookedness or deviation from the truth.  Allah describes those who want to block people on the path of Allah:

…Who averted (people) from the way of Allah and sought to make it (seem) deviant while they were, concerning the Hereafter, disbelievers. (Al-A`raf 7:45)

Islam is also easy as Allah has said:

Allah intends for you ease, and does not want to make things difficult for you, (Al-Baqarah 2:185))

and as the Prophet said, “The deen (Islam/religion) is easy…” (Al-Bukhari).

Allah does not burden a soul beyond its capacity. There will be challenges, temptations and difficulties in living as a Muslim but they are things that we ultimately have the capacity to bear. Everything in Shari`ah (Islamic law) benefits us or wards off harm for us in this world and/or the next.

Islam, which is submission to the commands of Allah, is also a familiar and well-trodden path, the path of all the Prophets and their followers. As Allah says:

And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger – those will be with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favour of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions. (An-Nisaa’ 4:69)

The final, universal revelation of Islam is wide and spacious and accommodates all, regardless of color, race or social status. It is us with our parochial attitudes that restrict the vastness of this path to our favorite ‘saved’ group, way of thinking, sheikh or a specific allegiance that excludes others that Islam hasn’t excluded.

Ibn Majah records that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “I have left you on a (wide, spacious) clear (white) path, its night is like its day, whoever deviates from this after me will be destroyed….”

Indeed, the path of Islam leads to the desired destination, which is Allah’s Pleasure gained by obeying Him. Allah says:

So those who believe in Allah and hold fast to Him – He will admit them to mercy from Himself and bounty and guide them to Himself on a straight path. (An-Nisaa’ 4:175)

You will also notice that the word as-sirat (path) in the surah (chapter) has the definite article “Al”. The definite article is close to the meaning of ‘the’ which renders it ‘the straight path’ in English and has several possible meanings in Arabic. Here it is said that it denotes something definite which is in the mind as well as in reality.

For example, when students waiting for their teacher to arrive say ‘the teacher is late.’ The teacher they are referring to is known amongst them and in their minds they know exactly who they are referring to. In that sense, grammatically, ‘the teacher’ is a definite noun phrase and not an indefinite one. They would not say a teacher is late in this case.

Similarly, in this case, it is a specific and definite known path that we are seeking guidance to. It is the path that Allah has ordained for the people that He has favored, the path that leads to His Pleasure and His Paradise, which is in fact His deen (religion) – besides which nothing is acceptable to Him.

It is said that it is also the path that we intuitively know in the deepest core of our hearts that must exist because as human beings we were affirmed, when we were created, that Allah is our Rabb (Lord).

All praise is to Allah Who has gently guided us to the straight path, described to us with crystal clarity its features and guided us to pray for it every day of our lives.

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Source: suhaibwebb.com

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Is Religion Necessary in Our Life?

Is Religion Necessary in Our Life?

By Editorial Staff
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The issue of religion, in light of the Islamic notion, is as crucial as life. It is not marginal or supplementary.

For a non-Muslim, he or she should be excused for the conflicting and eerie feelings and impressions they might have about Islam. They may not be blamed for their reactions regarding a religion that has been globally portrayed as barbaric and terroristic, even if the truth is the very opposite.

Islam is propagated as the religion of violence, extremism, terrorism, fundamentalism and backwardness. Yet, the term terrorism, although not clearly defined, is depicted as an Islamic issue not a universal dilemma that knows no religion or race.

Moreover, a non-Muslim is generally confused through understanding Islam within the perspective of their faiths and practices which are completely different in Islam. These things as well as other influences such as the extremist movements that committed the most abominable atrocities under the name of Islam added to the spoiled image of Islam in the eyes of the common.

Also, they helped to lengthen the distance between non-Muslims and Islam, the merciful religion and created a psychological barrier between them and Islam.

However, the issue of faith, in light of the Islamic notion, is as crucial as life. It is not marginal or supplementary but it is as essential as it touches on the various sides of a person’s life and afterlife. It is produced by Islam entirely different from other faiths. God, the Provider and Creator of life, maintains that the purpose of creating people is to practice the worship to Him Alone. He says in the Qur’an:

And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me. I do not want from them any provision, nor do I want them to feed Me. Indeed, it is Allah who is the [continual] Provider, the firm possessor of strength. (Adh-Dhariyat 51:56-58)

Then, Allah clarifies that He has made the universe serviceable for man to help him be dedicated for the worship of God. Almighty Allah says,

It is Allah who created the heavens and the earth and sent down rain from the sky and produced thereby some fruits as provision for you and subjected for you the ships to sail through the sea by His command and subjected for you the rivers. * And He subjected for you the sun and the moon, continuous [in orbit], and subjected for you the night and the day. * And He gave you from all you asked of Him. And if you should count the favor of Allah , you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is [generally] most unjust and ungrateful. (Ibrahim 14:32-34)

It is Allah who erected the heavens without pillars that you [can] see; then He established Himself above the Throne and made subject the sun and the moon, each running [its course] for a specified term. He arranges [each] matter; He details the signs that you may, of the meeting with your Lord, be certain. (Ar-Ra`d 13:2)

Allah censures those who took some idols or persons as gods despite the fact that these worshipped things cannot create or cause harm or benefit to their worshipper, even they are created by Allah, the Only true God. He says in the Qur’an,

But they have taken besides Him gods which create nothing, while they are created, and possess not for themselves any harm or benefit and possess not [power to cause] death or life or resurrection. (Al-Furqan 25:3)

So, the importance of religion should not by any means discarded. It is the single key for the perfect and integrated success in life. The Qur’an clearly maintains that the true believers in God who follow the commands of Allah are rewarded by utmost pleasure and success in this life and the afterlife. God says,

Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do. (An-Nahl 16:97)

One passes by many people who have scored the highest scientific degrees but this does not save them from psychological and spiritual failures because they did not recognize the existence of God. Their life became thus ruinous. Those who possess sound faith enjoy their life in the complete meaning of the word. The life we are in is not separated from the unseen world which explains the reality of our existence, controls and preserves it and ensures it survival. God is the One who created, administered, dominated, operated, directed and designed the whole being. Those who want to experience their life without a religion are actually attempting to contradict reality and the actual rules of survival. They want to break the relationship between an animate being, namely the universe, which is not run by itself but by the Power of the Omnipotent God and the powerless man, and the world of the unseen which brought the universe to existence and watches over its circle of its life.

The negligence of religion, according to Islamic faith, means dispensing with the Superpower and going against the Will of the Creator, which is the utmost loss. All people are in dire need to God, as the Qur’an says,

O mankind, you are those in need of Allah , while Allah is the Free of need, the Praiseworthy. (Fatir 35:15)

Moreover, we find that Islam has been keen to perfect and rectify the social aspects of the individuals and community through linking them with God Who is All-Seeing and Watchful. A true Muslim is the one who is conscious of his Lord all the time whether he/she are in public or in secret. So, they have to observe the commandments of God at all times, which include justice, mercifulness, cooperation, mutual love, coexistence, respect of others, good manners and altruism.

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided. * And if you punish [an enemy, O believers], punish with an equivalent of that with which you were harmed. But if you are patient – it is better for those who are patient. * And be patient, [O Muhammad], and your patience is not but through Allah . And do not grieve over them and do not be in distress over what they conspire. * Indeed, Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are doers of good. (An-Nahl 16:125-128)

Also, Islam forbids all kinds of oppression, transgression and all kinds of evil. The Qur’an briefs this in a word saying,

Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him – it is those who will be the successful. (At-Tawbah :157)

When one comes to know the truth about Islam all the falsities that have been misleadingly introduced to him will evaporate. They could not stand in front of the bright and convincing proofs and commandments of Islam that shape the life in the most proper way. So, let’s think again about the issue of religion and search for the most truthful faith, which is only Islam.

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The Holy Trinity between the Sacred Texts and the Nicene Creed (Watch)

The Holy Trinity between the Sacred Texts and the Nicene Creed (Watch)

While the Holy Trinity underlies the contemporary Christianity, we do not come across this doctrine in clear terms in the Bible, either in the Old Testament or the New Testament.

So many people do not know that the Holy Trinity is mainly attributable to the First Council of Nicaea held in 325 A.D. rather than any earlier sacred scriptures. So let’s trace the origins of the Holy Trinity to find out where it exactly sprang from.

Watch this video to know more about the true origins of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity between the Bible and the Nicene Creed!

 

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