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Signs of fearing Allah

Faqih [Abu Layth Samarqandi] (Rahimullah) says, the fear of Allah is shown through five things:
Tongue – Because of the fear of Allah it stops from lies, evil-speaking, backbiting and unnecessary talking and engages in Tilawat and Zikr.
Stomach – A person puts only Halal food in his stomach and saves it from Haram, and even Halal enters just as much as necessary.
Eye – It dislikes Haram and looks at Halal as well only for admonition, not because of desires.
Hand – It stops from all these actions that Allah dislikes, it’s actions are only for the sake of Allah’s pleasure.
Foot – It doesn’t take a step towards the things including Allah’s disobedience, but runs for the pleasure of Allah.
Heart – In the Allah-fearing heart in the place of hatred, envy and jealousy is love, friendliness, humanity and respect.
Ikhlas – Someone fearing Allah keeps on exploring Ikhlas to avoid that Ikhlas missing somewhere causes all the actions to get wasted.

For people like this the Qur’an says,

“The Hereafter, in the sight of thy Lord is for the Righteous [Muttaqeen].” (43:35)

“Verily for the God-conscious [Muttaqeen] there is supreme fulfilment in store.” (78:31)

“As to the Righteous [Muttaqeen] (they will be) in a position of Security.” (44:51)

“Not one of you but will pass over it: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be accomplished. But We shall save those who guarded against evil, and We shall leave the wrong-doers therein, (humbled) to their knees.” (19:71-72)

[”Tanbihul Ghafileen” by Faqih Abu Layth Samarqandi (Rahimullah Ta’ala)]

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Posted by on January 1, 2008 in Articles

 

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30 – Cold and Hot

If you ask someone to tell the first thing that comes into his mind when he hears the word “cold”, his answer will usually be “hot”. One of these two opposites, “hot” (hare) is mentioned 4 times with all its derivatives while; the word “cold” (berd) is also mentioned 4 times. Below, two verses are given as an example;

81- …and clothes for protection against the hot.
16. The Honey-Bees, 81

69- We said “O fire, be cold and safe for Abraham.”
21. The Prophets, 69

The word Number of occurrence
Hot 4
Cold 4
 
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Posted by on December 30, 2007 in Articles

 

29 – Hope and Fear

The Quran mentions that “hope” (raghben) and “fear” (reheben) should co exist in praying ritual. Keeping these two conflicting feelings in balance will save us from despair, on one hand and from being spoiled and arrogant on the other. These two words, used in conjunction and present two divergent feelings, are mentioned 8 times each, in the Quran. Below is an example;

90- …These were men who vied in good deeds with one another, and prayed to Us with hope and fear…
21. The Prophets, 90

The word Number of occurrence
Hope 8
Fear 8
 
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Posted by on December 30, 2007 in Articles

 

28 – Righteousness and Reward

The word “birr”, which means righteousness and all its derivatives, are mentioned 20 times the Quran. God informs us that we shall reap what we have sown in the next world. None of our good deeds will be left unrewarded. All the derivatives of the word “reward” (sewab) good deeds are used in equal numbers, i.e. 20 times. Below are two verses in which these words are used;

2- …but help one another in righteousness and piety…
5. The Feast, 2

195- …and the best of rewards is with God.
3. The Family of Imran 195

The word Number of occurrence
Righteousness 20
Reward 20
 
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Posted by on December 30, 2007 in Articles

 

Jesus in the Glorious Qur’an – Miracles of Jesus (Isa Alaihissalam)(Peace be upon Him)

Jesus in the Glorious Qur’an

Introduction

   The Qur’an tells us a lot of wonderful things about Jesus.  As a result, believers in the Qur’an love Jesus, honour him, and believe in him.  In fact, no Muslim can be a Muslim unless he or she believes in Jesus, on whom be peace.

The Qur’an says that Jesus was born of a virgin, that he spoke while he was still only a baby, that he healed the blind and the leper by God’s leave, and that he raised the dead by God’s leave.

What then is the significance of these miracles?  First, the virgin birth.  God demonstrates his power to create in every way.  God created everyone we know from a man and a woman.  But how about Adam, on whom be peace?  God created him from neither a man nor a woman.  And Eve from only a man, but not a woman.  And, finally, to complete the picture, God created Jesus from a woman, but not a man.

What about the other miracles?  These were to show that Jesus was not acting on his own behalf, but that he was backed by God.  The Qur’an specifies that these miracles were performed by God’s leave.  This may be compared to the Book of Acts in the Bible, chapter 2, verse 22, where it says that the miracles were done by God to show that he approved of Jesus.  Also, note that Jesus himself is recorded in the Gospel of John to have said, “I can do nothing of my own authority” (5:30).  The miracles, therefore, were done not by his own authority, but by God’s authority.

What did Jesus teach?  The Qur’an tells us that Jesus came to teach the same basic message which was taught by previous prophets from God—that we must shun every false god and worship only the one true God.  Jesus taught that he is the servant and messenger of that one true God, the God of Abraham. These Quranic teachings can be compared with the Bible ( Mark 10:18; Matthew 26:39; John 14:28, 17:3, and 20:17) where Jesus teaches that the one he worshipped is the only true God.  See also Matthew 12:18; Acts 3:13, and 4:27 where we find that his disciples knew him as Servant of God.

The Qur’an tells us that some of the Israelites rejected Jesus, and conspired to kill him, but Allah (God) rescued Jesus and raised him to Himself.  Allah will cause Jesus to descend again, at which time Jesus will confirm his true teachings and everyone will believe in him as he is and as the Qur’an teaches about him.

Jesus is the Messiah.  He is a word from Allah, and a spirit from Him.  He is honoured in this world and in the hereafter, and he is one of those brought nearest to Allah.

Jesus was a man who spoke the truth which he heard from God.  This can be compared with the Gospel According to John where Jesus says to the Israelites:  “You are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God” (John 8:40).

  

The Virgin Birth of Jesus

Muslims believe in the virgin birth of Jesus.  When the angels announced to Mary (peace be upon her) about Allah’s promise that she will have a son, she was surprised, since she was a virgin.  “How can this be?”  she thought.  She was reminded that it is easy for Allah to create whatever he wills.

She said:  My Lord!  How can I have a child when no mortal hath touched me?  He said:  So (it will be).  Allah createth what He will.  If He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only:  Be!  and it is (Qur’an 3:47).

It is not difficult for Allah to do anything he wants.  He can create a child with both human parents or only one.  No miracle is beyond His power.  After all, He had created Adam (peace be upon him) from neither a man nor a woman.  He created the rest of us from both man and woman.  What is so hard if Allah decides to create a human being from a woman only?  He only commands “Be!”  and it occurs.

Some people think that since Jesus, peace be upon him, had no human father then God must be his father.  The Qur’an rejects this view.  The position of Jesus with Allah is comparable to the position of Adam with Allah.  Just because Adam had no human parent does not mean we should call him the Son of God.

Lo! the likeness of Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam.  He created him from dust, then He said unto him:  Be! and he is. (Qur’an 3:59).

According to the Qur’an, everyone except Allah are His servants.

And they say:  the Beneficent hath taken unto Himself a Son.  Assuredly ye utter a disastrous thing, whereby almost the heavens are torn, and the earth is split asunder and the mountains fall to ruins, that ye ascribe to the Beneficent a son, when it is not meet for (the Majesty of) the Beneficent that He should chose a son.  There is none in the heavens and the earth but cometh unto the Beneficent as a slave.  (Qur’an 19:88-93)

The Miracles of Jesus

According to the Qur’an, Jesus, on whom be peace, performed the following miracles by Allah’s leave:

1.  Spoke while he was only a baby.
2.  Healed those born blind.
3.  Healed the lepers.
4.  Revived the dead.
5.  Breathed life into a bird made of clay.

In the Qur’an Allah quotes Jesus, peace be upon him, as saying:

    Lo! I come unto you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird by Allah’s leave.  I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah’s leave.  And I announce to you what you eat and what you store up in your houses.  Lo! herein verily is a portent for you if you are to be believers.
   
And (I come) confirming that which was before me of the Torah, and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you.  I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to Allah and obey me.  Lo! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him.  That is a straight path.  (Qur’an 3: 49-51).

Again, in the Qur’an Allah tells us about the situation on the Day of Judgement:

    In the day when Allah gathers together the messengers and says:  What was your response (from mankind)? they say: We have no knowledge.  Lo! Thou, only Thou art the Knower of Things Hidden.
   
When Allah says: O Jesus, son of Mary! Remember My favour unto you and unto your mother; how I strengthened you with the holy Spirit, so that you spoke unto mankind in the cradle as in maturity; and how I taught you the Scripture and Wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and how you did shape of clay as it were the likeness of a bird by My permission, and did blow upon it and it was a bird by My permission, and you did heal him who was born blind and the leper by My permission . . . (Qur’an 5:109-110)

Not all of these miracles are recorded in the canonical gospels, the four gospels contained in the Christian Bible.

The fact that Jesus spoke while he was yet a baby is not written anywhere in the Bible.  This should not be surprising, because none of the Gospels can claim to recover every single event in the life of Jesus.  Instead, the gospel According to John seeks to emphasize that the events were too many to record.

Similarly, the miracle of breathing life into a bird made of clay is not attested by the Christian Bible.  This too should not make us wonder.  It is obvious that the writers of the gospels could write down only the tradition that was available to them.  Furthermore, they could not write down everything they knew about Jesus for they were writing on papyrus material that were very limited in length.

What is worthy to notice here is that the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, was honest enough to promulgate this information about Jesus.  The religion taught by God through Muhammad would deny the divinity of Jesus.  Any human being, therefore, who wished to deny the divinity of Jesus would have tried to belittle Jesus.  Since Christians looked upon the miracles of Jesus as a proof of his divinity, we might expect that any human being who tries to deny the divinity of Jesus would not have informed people of miracles not previously known to them.  He might have even tried to deny some of the miracles recorded in the canonical gospels.  On the other hand, the prophet Muhammad honestly conveyed the message delivered to him from Allah.  (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.)

Allah tells us the truth without fear.  Human beings trying to win followers tell us only what is conducive to winning us over.  They usually withhold information that could lead to opposite conclusions.  On the other hand, Allah informs us about the miracles of Jesus even if people use this information to support their prior commitment to the doctrine of the divinity of Jesus.  Allah does not need to win worshippers.  Those who worship Allah does so for their own good.  And those who worship false gods do so to their own detriment.

What Allah emphasizes, though, is that the miracles of Jesus do not prove he was divine.  The miracles he performed were a sign, a proof, that he was God’s messenger.  He performed them with God’s help and permission.  Those who use his miracles as proof of his divinity would choose to forget the following sayings of Jesus:

I can of my own authority do nothing. (John 5:30)

They also forget the declaration of Peter:

Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves know. (Acts 2:22 KJV).

These passages suggest that Jesus did not do miracles on his own.  These, rather were accomplished by God’s leave.  Allah reminds us of this.  Jesus also constantly repeated to his audience that the miracles he performed were by God’s leave.

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2007 in Articles

 

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Quranic Evidence for Resurrection in the Hereafter


 

..So the unbelievers say: This is a strange thing. What! When we die and become dust (shall we be resurrected?). That is a return far from our understanding! (50:2-3)

By: Siraj Islam Mufti, Ph.D
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According to the Islamic worldview man is a representative (Khalifah) of God on the earth. In order to fulfill this tremendous responsibility, man has been endowed with appropriate faculties and a great potential, along with the subjugation of nature for him. But all this is bestowed as a trust (Amanah) such that he is responsible for its proper utilization and, at the end, will be held accountable for it, and answerable to Allah, his Creator and Lord.

As such, a major and recurring theme of the Quran is the human resurrection in the eternity of the Hereafter. The essentiality of this concept cannot be overemphasized. It is on the answerability in the Hereafter that the Islamic system centers all human actions. A Muslim’s foremost duty is to uphold the ‘truth’, work for that which is ‘good’ and eliminate that which is ‘wrong.’ In order to achieve this, the center of all his activities should be God and his every motion should be directed towards seeking guidance from Him. And he should be convinced that he will be rewarded for his actions, some of these rewards are in this world, but the most complete reward is given only in the Hereafter.

Thus the concept of the Hereafter is a very logical phenomenon. As well as essential to direct and reform humankind for its own good, proceeding in accord with the good for human society, and in harmony with the rest of nature. If this sense of answerability in the Hereafter is lost from someone, his life becomes devoid of the moral basis of actions, as well as a search for the ultimate good and righteousness; and so also, the hope and certainty that the ultimate justice will be rendered by the Lord Almighty. Because of this, a person who does not believe in the Hereafter cannot be considered Muslim (submitting to the will of God).

In this article we will dwell on some verses of the Quran from chapter 50, Surah Oaf. This surah belongs to the early Makkan period – a period that was wholly devoted to expounding the basic Islamic postulates. Accordingly, the whole surah carries severe warnings – such that it would awaken a person from his deep slumber, and he should become vigilant, and duly cognizant of his responsibility and his conduct in life. In view of its importance, the Prophet Mohammad used to recite this surah often in his Friday khutbah (sermon).

It deals with aspects of eschatology Ð the coming future when this life is done, telling of the agony of death and giving examples of terrifying scenes from the Hell, thus pointing to the inevitability of the Hereafter and of the human accountability there. Consider, for example, the following verse from this Surah.   “Throw, throw into Hell every contumacious Rejecter (of Allah)! Ð Who forbade what was good, transgressed all bounds, cast doubts and suspicion; who set up another god beside Allah: throw him into a severe penalty.’ His companion will say: ‘Our Lord! I did not make him transgress, but was (himself) far astray.’ He will say: ‘Dispute not with each other in My Presence: I had already in advance sent you Warning. The Word changes not before Me, and I do not the least injustice to My Servants” (50:24-29).

Then, reflect on a contrasting scene from the Heaven: “And the Garden will be brought nigh to the Righteous Ð no more a thing distant. (A voice will say:) ‘This is what was promised for you Ð for everyone who turned (to Allah) in sincere repentance, who kept (His Law), who feared (Allah) Most Gracious unseen, and brought a heart turned in devotion (to Him): Enter you therein in Peace and Security; This is a day of Eternal Life!’ There will be for them therein all that they wish Ð and more besides in Our Presence” (50: 31-35).

Such scenes of the Hell and Heaven are repeatedly and variously described in the Quran in order that the conscience of a man becomes alive and the lesson becomes ingrained in his psyche, imbuing his senses with sensitivity, molding his mind and his soul; and correspondingly his actions, towards righteousness, such that he constantly works for success in the eternity of the Hereafter.

In addition to the above, other evidence in support of its claim of resurrection is presented. Since the Quranic examples are taken from the immediate environment of man, a most common example is the human observation of nature. Man observes that the once dry land with the rain gives rise to vegetation that grows, which in due course of time becomes dry stubble and to all intents and purposes is dead; but with the next rain it becomes alive again. Such will be the human resurrection, it says. For an example from this Surah: “And We sent down from the sky rain charged with blessing, and We produce therewith gardens and grain for harvests; and tall (and stately) palm trees with shoots of fruit stalks, piled one over another Ð as sustenance for (Allah’s) Servants Ð and We give (new) life therewith to land that is dead: thus will be the resurrection” (50:9-11).

A quite logical argument is also made: That since God created humans in the first place, he could recreate them; resurrection cannot be more difficult than the original creation. For example, Ayah 15 of this Surah: “Were We then weary with the first Creation, that they should be in confused doubt about a new Creation.”

With reference to this specific Surah it may be said, that it came at a time when the Prophet had just started his mission, and the people were perplexed and amazed at the concept of resurrection and accountability; and would argue, that it is an impossibility and something that the intellect would not accept. Their question was, how it could be possible that when humans are dead, their particles scattered through the earth, and then after thousands of years they will be brought back? 

Thus the surah starts as follows: “Qaf; By the glorious Quran. But they wonder that there has come to them a Warner from among them. So the unbelievers say: ‘This is a strange thing. What! When we die and become dust (shall we be resurrected?). That is a return far from our understanding!” (50:1-3). 

That a Warner came from among them is a reasonable and natural phenomenon and should not be a cause for alarm because he would share in whatever is happening to them, would go through emotions like them, and thus would understand them. And speaking their language, communicate with them and guide them effectively and would be able to tell them whatever changes are needed Ð in order to remove the excesses they commit, and reform their conduct so that they should not suffer from its bad consequences. 

Actually, this wondering was not only regarding the mission of the Prophet, but also it emphasized the question of life after death and human responsibility in the Hereafter. The answer to the question of life after death is provided in the next verse. “We already know how much of them the earth takes away: With us is record well guarded” (50:4).

We will deal with an explanation of this verse in the remainder of this article.

Modern discoveries have shown that the DNA from plant and animal remains that have been naturally preserved in rocks, from millions of years ago, could be living, and, therefore, could be subjected to genetic manipulation. For a better common understanding, I often quote the characterization from the movie ‘Jurassic Park.’ It shows that dinosaurs of the Jurassic era Ð 135,000,000 to 180,000,000 years ago, were recreated through genetic manipulation of their DNA from cells carried by mosquitoes that fed on them.

Therefore, when the human body succumbs to the natural course of weathering and decays, and is no more than mere dust, then from some remnant cells – even if there is one viable cell from among billions of body cells, then, at least theoretically, it would be possible to recreate a human being from it. This, because each of the body cells carries the same information, and, as further explained below, all of this information is available in each of these cells. Thus the Creator Lord, Allah who knows all about how much of our bodies will decay, and what will be left of us, tells in the Quran: “We already know how much of them the earth takes away.”

The storehouse of information in the cells is DNA, variously composed into genes, which are carried by the chromosomes. There are 23 sets of chromosomes in each human body cell; one of these sets comes from the mother, the other from the father. These sets get separated and divided in the formation of sperm and egg cells, which during reproduction reunite to form a fertilized egg. The fertilized cell then keeps on multiplying during growth, and as the cells multiply and develop into specialized body organs, they get differentiated from each other; the genes whose function is required in a particular cell of an organ get turned on, while those whose function is not required, are turned off in that specific organ. And such is the case in all other organs. But since they started from the same fertilized cell, all of the original information is still there, and available in each and every one of the body cells.

Recently a publicly funded Human Genome Project Consortium in association with a private company, Celera Genomics announced that, after 10 years of arduous research, they were able to determine the sequence of the entire 3 billion letters, or base pair units of DNA in the 23 human chromosome sets. And, that this genetic information was contained in approximately 34,000 genes.

Now, after the gene analysis is done, the information gathered is saved, and stored as libraries in computers so that could be utilized for numerous future uses Ð from correcting genetic disorders to effecting desired changes, etc. If humans could make use of their God-given intelligence and come up with such information for their use, what about the One who created them? Thus he tells us in the Quran: “With us is a record well guarded.” Thus even if, supposing our bodies were completely decayed with no viable DNA left, resurrection would still be possible. Because, our blueprints are already there, well preserved with our Creator Lord, and whenever He wants it, He will recreate us. 

The beauty of the Quran is that it is the only word authentic word of Allah, and is available to us for all times, intact in its original form, and to the exclusion of any human addition. It is from the Eternal One who created us and the whole universe, is All Wise, has Absolute Knowledge and is Free from All Limitations. Therefore, as our knowledge increases, we come to better understand many a phenomena described in the Quran, that were not understood or were fuzzy at the time of its revelation 1,400 years ago. Many examples of this could be quoted that would require much more than the limited scope of this article, but much could be gleaned from the writings of current Islamic scholars. A good reference to start with is the study by a French surgeon, Maurice Bucaille, in a book named “The Bible, The Quran and Sciences” and a recent article entitled, “Do You Know This Book?

Worth mentioning is Bucaille’s great surprise that “the Quran most definitely did not contain a single proposition at variance with the most firmly established modern knowledge, nor did it contain any of the ideas current at the time on the subjects it describes. Furthermore, however, a large number of facts are mentioned in the Quran which were not discovered until modern times. É Modern man’s findings concerning the absence of scientific errors are therefore in complete agreement with the ‘Muslim exegetes’ conception of the Quran as a book of revelation. It is a consideration which implies that God could not express an erroneous idea.”

Siraj Islam Mufti, Ph.D. is a researcher and free-lance journalist

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2007 in Articles

 

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10 things every Muslim can do to make a difference


 

Through these ten points several aspects of Islam are being served and we can feel that we are doing something in an organized fashion to help promote a healthy and constructive way of life

By: IslamiCity
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Doesn’t it seem like there’s just too much that needs to be done and it is beyond me to do anything about this?

There is extreme poverty and hunger all around the world, (There are about 1 billion people who are living on less then $1 per day and about 2.8 billion people who live on less then $2 per day). A large part of the Muslim world is suffering under these conditions of poverty along with the pain and agony of war; the kings and dictators are plundering our lands; there is systematic and rampant misinformation about Islam that is consistently being propagated; our children are succumbing to a life of materialism and the nothingness of pop culture; some of our families have no interest in understanding and practicing Islam; the Islamic Center, Schools and Organizations need funds; a large part of the world and specifically the Muslim world is deprived of the process of acquiring knowledge…

Have you ever felt like the problems are just too great to solve? Have you ever blocked it out of your mind because if you really thought about it, you would become depressed? If so, then you’re not alone. Of course, there are some people who will make one specific issue their focus and they’ll work to help in that direction. For example, someone might make the support of the local Islamic Center his or her cause. Someone may make it their lifetime objective to share the message of Islam with humanity. Another person may adopt the mission to support and establish Islamic Schools and yet someone else may take on the task of providing relief to war and disaster victims. But most of us don’t have time to do justice to those types of goals like we should.

But the alternative, sitting at home and watching TV is hardly worth our time when there are real people out there who need us, and a cause that we must support.

As Muslims we constantly need to understand the real meaning of submitting our selves to the will of God and practice the essence of humanity taught to us by the one who was sent to us as a mercy to the worlds, our beloved Prophet Muhammad .

So in view of all the variables that affect most of our lives in the modern world, following is a list of ten easy things that every Muslim family can do so that we can contribute to the betterment of our selves, the Muslim community and humanity at large. Please click here to see “10 things every Muslim can do to make a difference

Once you go through the list you can add your own things to do to this list.
 

#1 Sponsor an Orphan. Before anything else, there are hungry children everywhere who have needs right now. There are several reputable programs that offer orphan sponsorship  at very low monthly cost. We know that we can afford to do it. Supporting an orphan can make us close to the Prophet in Paradise. Click here for Orphan Sponsorship

#2 Go to the Mosque at least once a week for Salat. Even if someone can not go to the local Mosque for the Friday prayers because of their job, then we can at least go for one Maghrib (evening prayer) once a week or for Zuhr (noon prayer) on the weekend. Whatever time is suitable we can at least take timeout for this once a week Ð with our family. This will help us and our family make the Mosque a center for activity and our children will develop ties to the community. If we don’t like the way the Mosque is operated, we have an opportunity to make it better by getting involved. If someone lives in a remote area that does not have a Mosque, then pray together at home with all the family members.

#3 Send your children to an Islamic School. If your children go to public school, and there is no Islamic school nearby, then make sure they either get into some Sunday school program, or, if the local Islamic Center doesn’t run it right, then pool together with some like-minded families and run your own program at somebody’s house every Saturday or Sunday and conduct it the way you think it should be done. This is the minimum requirement for not losing our children to materialism and other social ills. 

#4 Buy at least one book, audio or video produced by a Muslim company or author per month. Have you ever wished that there were better items for you and your family’s pleasure? Unfortunately, there is not enough support for writers and artists. People who write or produce for the Muslim market have a very difficult time sustaining them selves. That must change if you want to see wonderful products for ourselves and our children. Just buy one product per month. Collectively, this can encourage our creative and talented brothers and sisters to do more. Visit IslamiCity Bazar.

#5 If you see new Muslims at the Islamic Center, then become a host family to them. The convert experience is basically one of isolation and loneliness. You’d be surprised to know that most converts are often ignored by the people in the Islamic Centers. Beyond a few pleasantries and handshakes, they are usually never made to feel welcome or accepted. They are often cut off from their non-Muslim friends and relatives so they are doubly vulnerable. A new convert should be invited into various people’s home for dinner as often as possible and especially on Islamic holidays. Get together with others and make sure you all put the new convert on your guest list for any sort of gathering.

#6 Keep three extra Quran translations and some literature in your home at all times. You never know when you’ll find someone interested who wants to know more. Besides, our children may only understand English. Encourage the children to read the translation and discuss the Quran with them.  Quran and Quran study materials.

# 7 Invite your neighbors to your home for dinner. Most of the time we are so involved with our circle of friends, family and co-workers we forget the people who are living right next to us. To be good to your neighbor is an important example shown to us by Prophet Muhammad. So invite your neighbors to your house and get to know them and let them know you.

#8 Make a big deal out of the family meal. The concept of a family meal is a dying trend. The dinner table is not only a place of sustenance and family business but also a place for the teaching and passing on of our values. Manners and rules are subtly absorbed over the table. Family mealtime should communicate and sustain ideals that children will draw on throughout their lives.

#9 Establish an Islamic culture in the home. Make sure you and your family have cultural-type items in your home in abundance that are associated with Islam or Islamic culture. Everyone in your home should have prayer beads, prayer rugs, kufis, Hijabs, (even if they’re worn only for prayer), gowns, posters, wall plaques, stickers, logo-shirts, Islamic screen-savers on the computer, and so on. You want to establish an identity in your home.

#10 Be a good example. Face it: human beings learn and form opinions primarily through modeling. In fact, we can’t avoid being an example and model to our family, children, friends, co-workers, neighbors and even strangers, whether good or bad. Being a good example, then, is probably our most important job.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. These are just some things that can be done, with minimal trouble and fuss, by each and every Muslim family. Through these ten points several aspects of Islam are being served and we can feel that we are doing something in an organized fashion to help promote a healthy and constructive way of life, at the same time we can fulfill our responsibility to our Creator. Give it a try and see how easy these things really are.


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Posted by on December 25, 2007 in Articles

 

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