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Names of Al-Quran

Nay! This is a Glorious Quran (Al Quran 85:21) which is translated as ‘he read’, he conveyed or delivered a message.

verse (2:2) “Al-Kitb” the word “Kitab” means {he wrote}, {he brought together} and ‘{which is complete in itself}’.

The Quran is also called “Al-Dhikr (15:9)” the Book which makes provisions for eminence, fame, renown, honor, and reminding, and Al-Furqan (25:1) the book which distinguishes between right and wrong and which is divided and revealed in portions. read more

Al-Quran a miracle?

The Quran says:

And this is a blessed Book (the Qur’an), which We have sent down, so follow it and fear Allah (i.e. do not disobey His Orders), that you may receive mercy (i.e. saved from the torment of Hell). Lest you (pagan Arabs) should say: “The Book was only sent down to two sects before us (the Jews and the Christians), and for our part, we were in fact unaware of what they studied.” Or lest you (pagan Arabs) should say: “If only the Book had been sent down to us, we would surely have been better guided than they (Jews and Christians).” So now has come unto you a clear proof (the Qur’aan) from your Lord, and a guidance and a mercy. Who then does more wrong than one who rejects the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah and turns away therefrom? We shall requite those who turn away from Our Ayat with an evil torment, because of their turning away (from them). [Tafsir At-Tabari, Vol. 8, Page 95] [Qur’aan 6:155-157] read more

Lessons from Seerah

LEADING THE CHANGE

Lessons from the Seera

Sheikh Mohammad Al Hilali, Lecturer of Islamic American University

The Start

Historical Background

Mecca and Kaaba

Prophet Ibrahim was the founding father, and it all began nearly four thousand years ago, in the Sumerian town of Ur in the valley of the river Euphrates, lived a young man named Ibrahim. The people of Ur had once worshipped Allah but as time passed they forgot the true religion and started praying to idols, statues made of wood or clay and sometimes even of precious stones.
Even as a small child Abraham could not understand how his people, and especially his father, could make these images with their own hands, call them gods, and then worship them. He had always refused to join his people when they paid respect to these statues. Instead he would leave the town and sit alone,
thinking about the heavens and the world about him. He was sure his people were doing wrong and so alone he searched for the right way.
One clear night as he sat staring at the sky he saw a beautiful shining star, so beautiful that he cried out: ‘This must be Allah!’ He looked at it in awe for some time, until suddenly it began to fade and then it disappeared. He turned away in disappointment saying: / love not things that set Quran (6: 77)
On another night Ibraham was again looking at the sky and he saw the rising moon, so big and bright that he felt he could almost touch it. He thought to himself: This is my Lord. Quran 6: 78)
But it was not long before the moon set as well. Then he said, Unless my Lord guides me, I surely shall become one of the folk who are astray. Quran (6: 78)
Ibrahim then saw the beauty and splendor of the sunrise and decided that the sun must be the biggest and most powerful thing in the universe. But for the third time he was wrong, for the sun set at the end of the day. It was then that he realized that Allah is the Most Powerful, the Creator of the stars, the moon, the sun, the earth and of all living things. Suddenly he felt himself totally at peace, because he knew that he had found the Truth.
One day, while all the townspeople were out, Abraham angrily smashed all the idols with his right hand except for one which was very large. When the people returned they were furious. They remembered the things Abraham had said about the idols. They had him brought forth before everyone and demanded, ‘Is it you who did this to our gods, O Abraham?’ Abraham replied, But this their chief did it. Ask them, if they are able to speak.’ The people exclaimed, ‘You know they do not speak.’ ‘Do you worship what you yourselves have carved when Allah created you and what you make?’ Abraham continued, ‘Do you worship instead of Allah that which cannot profit you at all, nor harm you?’
Finally, Abraham warned them, read more

Leading the change

Leading the change: Lessons from the Seerah
Sheikh Mohammad Al Hilali
Sheikh Zoubir Bouchikhi
Islamic American University
Continuing Education Course
Islamic Dawah Center,
Houston, Texas

1. Introduction:
Seerah is a blueprint showing the complete embodiments of the formation of the creed, change of the course of history, and brought about a complete overhaul of society. Also, it is a source of understanding the relationship between the tactical and the strategical goals of Da’wah.

2. OBJECTIVES
a. Aqeeda is the main axis for changing human behavior in order to have that change permanent and comprehensive.
b. The Messenger of Allah is the perfect role model given to humanity by the grace of Allah.
c. Understanding the comprehensiveness of Islam. read more

مادة فقه السيرة

مادة فقه السيرة

1-التعريف بفقه السيرة:

هو فهم أحداث السيرة والظروف التي وقعت فيها تلك الأحداث فهما استيعابيا بما يرينا موافقتها المثالية لتلك الظروف ويشبع حاجاتنا العصرية، ولهذا لا نهتم بسرد وتفاصيل الأحداث إلا بالقدر الذي يعيننا على ذلك.

2- الأهداف :

يمكن للدارس لفقه السيرة أن يتوخى الأهداف التالية: read more

Ramadan Virtues, Blessings & Essential Elements

Ramadan Virtues, Blessings & Essential Elements
by Iman Badawi In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate
All praise is to Allah, Whom we thank and seek for His help and forgiveness.
We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of ourselves and the burden of our evil deeds.
Whomsoever He guides, will never be misled, and whomsoever He misguides, will never find enlightenment.
I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Mohammad is His slave and Messenger. Allah said, what translated means, “O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam” [3:102],also, “Mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve), and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah through whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations) of the wombs (kinship)! Surely, Allah is Ever an All- Watcher over you.” [4:1]
and, “O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the Truth.” [33:70]. The best of speech is the Book of Allah, and the best of guidance is the guidance sent with Muhammad – peace be upon him. The worst of matters are Bid’ahs (innovations in the religion), every Bid’ah is a Dhalalah [misguidance], and every Dhalalah is in the Hellfire. read more

Lailat Al Qadr

(From on high, We [Allah] bestowed it [i.e. the Qur’an] on the Night of Decree. Would that you knew what the Night of Decree is! The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. On that night, the angels and the Spirit by their Lord’s permission descend with all His decrees. That night is peace, till the break of dawn.) (Al-Qadr 97:1-5)

This surah speaks (loosely translated as “the Supreme Society,” including Allah and the angels). That night marked the beginning of the revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), an event unparalleled in the history of humankind for its splendor and the significance it has for the life of humankind as a whole.Its greatness is far beyond human perception. read more

Five pillars of Islam

Islam includes many religious practices. The five main pillars of Islam are…

1- The belief (Imaan): That there is no God to be worshipped except Allaah (the one God) and that Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) is His Messenger.

2- Performing the prescribed prayers (Salaat): five times a day.

3- Fasting (Siyaam): Once a year, from sunrise to sunset throughout the entire month of Ramadhan.

4- Charity (Zakaat): Which is paid to the poor and needy once every year.

5- Hajj: Which is the pilgrimage to Makkah once in a lifetime if one is physically able and can afford it financially. read more

Muhammad A to Z

Almost everyone on the earth today is discussing Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon
him. People want to know, “Who was he exactly?” “What did he teach?” “Why was he
loved so much by some and hated so much by others?” “Did he live up to his
claims?” “Was he a holy man? “Was he a prophet of God?” “What is the truth about
this man – Muhammad?”
How can we discover the truth and be totally honest in our judgment?
We will begin with the very simple historical evidences, facts as narrated by
thousands of people, many of whom knew him personally. The following is based on
books, manuscripts, texts and actual eyewitness accounts, too numerous list
herein, yet all have been preserved in original form throughout the centuries by
both Muslims and non-Muslims. read more

Qur-an: the Book of GOD (Allah)

When the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) claimed that the Qur’an was a divine book revealed to him by God for the guidance of man, there were many who did not believe him. The scriptures to them were a human rather than a divine composition. The Qur’an then gave a challenge to these skeptics, asking them to produce “a scripture similar to it,” if what they said were true. (52:34).

It declared, moreover, in no uncertain terms that, even if all the human beings and the jinns made collective and concerted efforts to produce a book like the Qur’an, they would all fail miserably in their attempt. (17:88). read more