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“And keep reminding, because reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

This is MOHAMMAD (s.a.w.)

A fantastic effort has been made by the brothers over at IslamWay.com and the result is “This is MOHAMMAD” (s.a.w.). The visitors learn about the Seerah (life) of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), find out what non-Muslim said about him and get to know his great miracles. The website is certainly not just interesting for non-Muslims or new reverted ones.

The whole dynamic website is available in 10 different languages already: English Francais, Deutsch (German), Italiano, Espanol (Spanish), Dansk (Danish), Nederlands (Dutch), Russian, Svenska (Swedish), Norsk (Norwegan) and more to come soon, Insha’Allah Ta’ala. The content can be downloaded as PDF files, too.

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Filed under: Prophets

At The Time Of A Storm

Even if you don’t track back what happens around the globe, you’ll definitly have heard about the latest storm – Kyrill. It caused widespread damage across Western Europe, especially in the United Kingdom and here in Germany. 47 fatalities have been reported as of January 19 as well as extensive disruptions of public transport, power outages to over one hundred thousand homes, severe damages to public and private buildings and major forest damage through windthrow.

“According to the BBC, at least 58 people have been killed so far, with more deaths expected. Reports of numbers currently vary as the damage is assessed.”, Wikipedia adds.

But even – or especially – in such a situation we’ve to look at the best role model that ever walked over Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala’s earth. Do you really thought I would waste an entire entry on this Blog to just inform you about Kyrill? Click on the read more link to find out about the great Sunnah at the times of a storm…

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Filed under: Sunnah & Hadith

Beware Of Kibr/Takabbur (Pride)

The following definition of Kibr or Takabbur (Pride) has been given by Hadhrat Maseehul Ummat Maulana Mohammed Maseehullah Khan Sahab (r.a.), a companion of Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Ilyas (r.a.), student of Hadhrat Mufti Saeed Ahmad Lucknowi (r.a.) and Khalifa of Hakeemul Ummat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (r.a.).

Takabbur is to consider oneself superior to others in attributes of excellence. There are many kinds of takabbur. Most kinds are subtle, concealed and difficult to detect. It is only the thorough gaze of the Shaikh-e-Kaamil which can discern such hidden forms of takabbur. In this matter even the Ulama-e-Zaahir (those Ulama who concern themselves with only the external Law of the Shariah) are constrained to follow an expert in the Path of Tasawwuf.

In a nutshell takabbur is to voluntarily and consciously regard oneself superior to others in religious or mundane excellences in a way which engenders contempt in the heart for others. This is the reality of takabbur and this is haraam. Takabbur consists of two ingredients, viz.,

1. The feeling of superiority–considering oneself to be great.

2. Contempt for others.

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Filed under: Bad Qualities

Sunnah’s Urgent Importance

“Whatever the Messenger gives you, then grasp it (implement it) and whatever he prohibits you then stay away from it.” (59:7)
“Say (Oh Muhammad (Salla Allahu alayhi wa salam) if you love Allah follow me, then Allah will love you and forgive your sins.” (3:31)
“Indeed in the messenger of Allah is a beautiful lifestyle for you, if you have hope for (meeting) Allah and for the last day.” (33:21)

“One must affirm that there can be absolutely no doubt in the fact that each and every Sunnah of our beloved Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is considered supreme and well worthy of emulation by a true believer of and follower of his esteemed lifestyle. In fact a true lover of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would be prepared to give his life for the practical preservation of even one Sunnah. A true Ummati of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is one who endeavors to emulate every Sunnah, whether it is connected to the Ibaadat (worship) of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or his habit or lifestyle (the manner of his eating, walking, dressing etc.)

In conclusion let us understand that complete success lies in following and emulating every aspect of the blessed lifestyle of our beloved Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. The Sahaba Radhiallahu anhum understood this. Therefore their emulation knew no bounds. The eating, drinking, sleeping and dressing of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam became theirs. Let us also follow in their footsteps. May Allah Ta’âla grant the entire Ummat the ability to revive all the Sunnah practices of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. (Âmîn)”, writes Shaikh-ul-Hadith Hadhrat Moulana Fadhl-ur-Rahman Sahab (r.a.).

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Filed under: Audio, Sunnah & Hadith

A Non-Muslim’s Rights

This chapter is taken from Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ashraf Ali Thanvi (r.a.)’s “The Rights of Others in Islam”. The eBook is a little brief, but deals with most aspects of Huqooq-ul-Ibad in general.

“As a great deal of rights have been ordained in Islam, due to a person being close to you or due to having the same religion, so too some rights are ordained due to us being from the same species. That is, due to being human it is necessary to be considerate of them, even though they may not be Muslims. Their rights are:

i.Without reason do not give trouble to or harm anyone, neither in his person nor in his wealth.

ii.Without any Shari’ reason do not speak evil or insult anyone.

iii.If you see someone afflicted with difficulty, poverty or sickness, then help him, give him food and drink, and give him medical treatment.

iv.Even in those cases where Shari’at has given permission to punish someone, do not be cruel or excessive, nor should you threaten him unjustly.”

Filed under: Books, Huqooq-ul-Ibad

Hajj & Eid Mubarak: The Sacrifice Of Ibrahim (a.s.)

Someone asked Mufti Ibrahim Desai (db) once how to celebrate Eid. He replied, “Eid-ul-Adha is to slaughter an animal to show and signify solidarity upon the sacrifices of Ibraahim [a.s.] and his submission to Allah. By slaughtering an animal, to inculcate is the quality of sacrifice for the Deen of Allah, like Ibraahim [a.s.] willingness to sacrifice his household in a barren land upon the order of Allah, his eagerness to sacrifice his son to fulfil the order of Allah, his eagerness to sacrifice himself so that the Oneness of Allah may prevail and idolatory may be abolished. The celebration of Eid-ul-Adha should have the spirit of these sacrifices behind it.”

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Filed under: Qur'an, Seasonal

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