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22 Apr '16

What is the Quran (Koran)?

Posted by Nosheen Z in What is the Quran

Quran is the word of Allah

The Quran (Quran / Koran) is the word of the Lord of the Worlds, which Allah revealed to His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), to bring mankind forth from darkness into light: 

“It is He Who sends down manifest Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) to His slave (Muhammad) that He may bring you out from darkness into light

[Surah (Chapter of) al-Hadeed 57:9 – English interpretation of the Quranic Verse] 

Quran has details on what benefits mankind

Allah has told us in the Quran (Quran / Koran) the stories of the earlier and later generations and the creation of the heavens and the earth. He has explained in detail what is halaal and what is haraam, the basics of good manners and morals, the rulings of worship and dealings with others, the lives of the Prophets and the righteous, and the reward and punishment of the believers and disbelievers. He has described Paradise, the abode of the believers, and He has described Hell, the abode of the disbelievers. He has made it (the Quran (Quran / Koran)) an explanation of all things:

“And We have sent down to you the Book (the Quran (Quran / Koran)) as an exposition of everything, a guidance, a mercy, and glad tidings for those who have submitted themselves (to Allah as Muslims)”

[Surah (Chapter of) al-Nahl 16:89 – English interpretation of the Quranic Verse] 

Quran has names and attributes of Allah

The Quran (Quran / Koran) explains the names and attributes of Allah and what He has created. It calls us to believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers and the Last Day: 

“The Messenger (Muhammad) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. (They say,) ‘We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers’ — and they say, ‘We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all)’”

[Surah (Chapter of) al-Baqarah 2:285 – English interpretation of the Quranic Verse] 

Quran describes the Day of Judgement

The Quran (Quran / Koran) describes the Day of Judgement and what will happen after death – the resurrection, the gathering, the judgement and being brought to account. It describes the Cistern, the Siraat (bridge over Hell), the Balance [in which deeds will be weighed], the blessings and torment, and the gathering of mankind on that great Day: 

“Allah! Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). Surely, He will gather you together on the Day of Resurrection about which there is no doubt. And who is truer in statement than Allah?

[Surah (Chapter of) al-Nisaa’ 4:87 – English interpretation of the Quranic Verse] 

Quran shows us signs of Allah

The Quran (Quran / Koran) calls us to examine and ponder the signs of Allah in the universe and the verses of the Quran (Quran / Koran): 

“Say: ‘Behold all that is in the heavens and the earth’”

[Yoonus 10:101 – English interpretation of the Quranic Verse] 

Quran makes us to think deeply

“Do they not then think deeply in the Quran (Quran / Koran), or are their hearts locked up (from understanding it)?”

[Muhammad 47:24 – English interpretation of the Quranic Verse] 

Quran is a book for all humanity

The Quran (Quran / Koran) is the Book of Allah for all of mankind: 

“Verily, We have sent down to you (O Muhammad) the Book (this Quran (Quran / Koran)) for mankind in truth. So whosoever accepts the guidance, it is only for his ownself; and whosoever goes astray, he goes astray only for his (own) loss. And you (O Muhammad) are not a Wakeel (trustee or disposer of affairs, or guardian) over them”[Surah (Chapter of) al-Zumar 39:41 – English interpretation of the Quranic Verse] 

Quran confirms the previous divine revelations from Allah

The Quran (Quran / Koran) confirms the Books which came before it, the Tawraat (Torah) and Injeel (Gospel), and it is a witness over them, as Allah says (English interpretation of the Quranic Verse): 

“And We have sent down to you (O Muhammad) the Book (this Quran (Quran / Koran)) in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and Muhaymin (trustworthy in highness and a witness) over it (old Scriptures)”[Surah (Chapter of) al-Maa'idah 5:48] 

Quran is the book of guidance until the end of the world

After the Quran (Quran / Koran) was revealed, it became the Book for all of mankind until the Hour begins. Whoever does not believe in it is a kaafir who will be punished with torment on the Day of Resurrection, as Allah says (English interpretation of the Quranic Verse): 

“But those who reject Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), the torment will touch them for their disbelief (and for their belying the Message of Muhammad)”[Surah (Chapter of) al-An’aam 6:49] 

Because of the greatness of the Quran (Quran / Koran) and the signs, miracles, parables and lessons contained therein, in addition to its eloquence and beautiful style, Allah says (English interpretation of the Quranic Verse): 

“Had We sent down this Quran (Quran / Koran) on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rent asunder by the fear of Allah. Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind that they may reflect”[Surah (Chapter of) al-Hashr 58:21] 

Allah has challenged mankind and the jinn to produce something like it, even one soorah or one aayah, but they could not do that and will never be able to do that, as Allah says (English interpretation of the Quranic Verse): 

“Say: ‘If the mankind and the jinn were together to produce the like of this Quran (Quran / Koran), they could not produce the like thereof, even if they helped one another’”[Surah (Chapter of) al-Israa’ 17:88] 

Because the Quran (Quran / Koran) is the greatest of the heavenly Books, the most complete, the most perfect and the last of them, Allah commanded His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to convey it to all of mankind, as He says (English interpretation of the Quranic Verse): 

“O Messenger (Muhammad)! Proclaim (the Message) which has been sent down to you from your Lord. And if you do not, then you have not conveyed His Message. Allah will protect you from mankind” [Surah (Chapter of) al-Maa'idah 5:67] 

Because of the importance of this book and the ummah’s need for it, Allah has honoured us with it. He sent it down to us and has guaranteed to preserve it. Allah says (English interpretation of the Quranic Verse): 

“Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Quran (Quran / Koran)) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption)” [Surah (Chapter of) al-Hijr 15:9] 

 

 

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22 Apr '16

Islamic Treatment of Evil Eye and Magic - DUAs from the Quran and Hadith on Ruqyah Treatment

Posted by Nosheen Z in Islamic Treatment of Evil Eye

This page allows you to download for FREE the following PDF booklet on Ruqyah:

 "Ruqyah Treatment (from Quran and Hadith) for Evil Eye and Magic"

 Ruqyah uses Allah’s words and prayers from the Quran and the Ahadith to seek protection from and to treat a person. Allah says in the Quran,


“And We send down from the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe..” [Quran, Al-Isra 17:82]

 The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “There is no ruqyah except in the case of the evil eye or fever.” al-Tirmidhi, 2057; Abu Dawood, 3884.

 Description (Ruqyah DUAs for Treatment and Prevention of Evil Eye and Magic - Summarized)

 This booklet contains the following topics:

 

Effects of Evil Eye and Sihr (magic) – An Introduction

About Sihr (Magic)

What is Ruqyah?

Warning by the prophet against those who wear amulets and lucky charms

Ruqyah Giudelines

Brief Ruqyah Dua’s

Ruqyah treatment DUAs from the Quran

Ruqyah treatment DUAs from the Hadi

 

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22 Apr '16

Holy Books in Islam

Posted by Nosheen Z in Holy Books in Islam

Throughout the ages, Allah revealed scriptures to some of His selected prophets. Muslims must believe in Allah’s books, and it is one of the key articles of faith that keep a Muslim within the fold of Islam.

The final book of Allah is the Quran, revealed to His final messenger, Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). The Quran has been unchanged since it was revealed 1,400 years ago and remains in its original language.

Some fundamental Islamic beliefs regarding the books of Allah include:

  • Injeel – this is the book revealed to Jesus and known commonly as the Gospel. However, Muslims do not consider the Gospel, as it exists today, the word of God as they it has been changed many times and does not exist in its original language.
  • Taurat – this is the Torah, revealed to Moses. Like the New Testament, Muslims do not believe that the Torah survived time in terms of content and original language of revelation.
  • Zaboor – this is the book revealed to prophet Dawood (David), known commonly as the Psalms. Allah says in the Quran (Surah Israa, verse 55): “And it is your Lord that knoweth best all beings that are in the heaven and on earth: We did bestow on some Prophets more (and other) gifts than on others: and We gave to David (the gift of) the Psalms.”
  • Superiority of Quran – the Quran encompasses previous books and adds to it, with the Prophet saying that the Mufassal surahs (short chapters) gives the Quran its raised status. The Prophet said: “I have been given the long seven Surahs instead of the Torah, I have been given the Mi’un Surahs instead of the Psalms, I have been given the Mathani Surahs instead of the Gospel and I have been privileged with the Mufassal portion". (Al-Imâm Ahmed 2/107). (Buy Quran English here)

 

22 Apr '16

Poor & Needy in Islam

Posted by Nosheen Z in Needy in Islam

Charity in Islam is more than merely giving money, food and clothing to the poor and needy. It is a great act of worship.

When a Muslim gives charity, his or her main reason is to please Allah and seek His reward. A true Muslim would never help the poor so that others can see what a good person he or she is.

By seeking Allah’s pleasure, a Muslim is taking this act of charity beyond human recognition and humbling himself before Allah.

There are many aspects to alms-giving in Islam.

  • Zakat – this is the compulsory charity that all Muslims must pay based on the wealth they possess at the time of payment. In Surah At-Tauba, verse 103 of the Quran, Allah says: “Take alms from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it.” The minimum amount to pay is roughly two and a half per cent of the wealth you possess.
  • In secret – it is better to give charity in secret because you can then be sure that your intention is solely for Allah’s pleasure. Giving in public is fine as long as you do not do it to impress people. Abu Hureira reported that the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said that one of the seven types of people who are given shade on the Day of Judgment are those who give charity “so secretly that their left hand do not know what his right hand has given (nobody knows how much he has given in charity).”
  • Clean money – charity should be given with money that is earned in a halal (permissible) manner, i.e. not involving gambling, alcohol etc.
  • Rewards – if you sacrifice some of your wealth for the sake of Allah, you can be sure that Allah will multiply your reward, either in this world or in the afterlife.
22 Apr '16

Holy Books in Islam

Posted by Nosheen Z in Holy Books in Islam

Throughout the ages, Allah revealed scriptures to some of His selected prophets. Muslims must believe in Allah’s books, and it is one of the key articles of faith that keep a Muslim within the fold of Islam.

The final book of Allah is the Quran, revealed to His final messenger, Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). The Quran has been unchanged since it was revealed 1,400 years ago and remains in its original language.

Some fundamental Islamic beliefs regarding the books of Allah include:

  • Injeel – this is the book revealed to Jesus and known commonly as the Gospel. However, Muslims do not consider the Gospel, as it exists today, the word of God as they it has been changed many times and does not exist in its original language.
  • Taurat – this is the Torah, revealed to Moses. Like the New Testament, Muslims do not believe that the Torah survived time in terms of content and original language of revelation.
  • Zaboor – this is the book revealed to prophet Dawood (David), known commonly as the Psalms. Allah says in the Quran (Surah Israa, verse 55): “And it is your Lord that knoweth best all beings that are in the heaven and on earth: We did bestow on some Prophets more (and other) gifts than on others: and We gave to David (the gift of) the Psalms.”
  • Superiority of Quran – the Quran encompasses previous books and adds to it, with the Prophet saying that the Mufassal surahs (short chapters) gives the Quran its raised status. The Prophet said: “I have been given the long seven Surahs instead of the Torah, I have been given the Mi’un Surahs instead of the Psalms, I have been given the Mathani Surahs instead of the Gospel and I have been privileged with the Mufassal portion". (Al-Imâm Ahmed 2/107). (Buy Quran here)