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 We must have unshakable confidence in Allah's Abilities

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PostSubject: We must have unshakable confidence in Allah's Abilities   Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:48 pm

Do you ever have doubts about Allah's Abilities? Not necessarily expressing it, but deep inside, do you find yourself saying, "No... I don't think Allah could do that"? As Muslims we should have unshakable confidence that Allah has Ultimate Sovereignty over this Universe. He controls everything, and nothing happens without His Will. Do you know why we sometimes fall into this mistake? It’s because we correlate Allah's Ultimate Abilities with the appearance of the results that we want to see. If we want something specific to happen, like someone dear to us that is severely ill, to become well, and we pray to Allah for this and then this person dies, doubt starts to crawl into our hearts. We start, in our subconscious, to doubt that Allah has the ability to cure. Allah Has Ultimate Wisdom, and it is not always that we grasp the wisdom in different things. But because we are sure that Allah is The Most Merciful, we are certain that what ever happens is for our benefit. We must have firm belief in Allah's Sovereignty and Ability. It’s a Divine Law: If you have unshakable belief in Allah, He will help you.

For example, when Moses (pbuh) fled with the Children of Israel from Egypt and they found themselves in front of the Red Sea with the Pharaoh's army behind them and there was no way out, what happened? The Children of Israel said, "We are sure to be overtaken." (26:62). But Moses (pbuh) was certain that Allah has power over all things and could get them out of this situation, with confidence, "(Moses) said: "By no means! My Lord is with me! Soon will He guide me!" (26:63). He didn't know "how" Allah will help him, but he was sure that Allah "will" help him. So Allah ordered him to hit the water with his staff and the sea split open making a path between two mountains of water. Allah, The Creator, changed the properties of water, He is the One that decreed them in the first place and He is One that could change them if He wishes.

Take another example. When Abraham (pbuh) was thrown by a catapult towards a huge bonfire and while flying in the air, Jibreel (Gabriel) came to him asking, "Need any help?" Abraham replied, "From you? No thanks". Abraham was confident, totally confident that Allah Sees and Hears what's happening, and that if Allah wants to save him, He will. And that's what happened, Abraham was saved, but how? Did Allah order the sky to rain and turn out the fire? Did Allah order the wind to blow Abraham off course so that he wouldn’t fall into the fire? No. Allah changed the properties of fire and ordered it to be cool and safe for Abraham. Why did Allah do this? One reason is so that people would know that Allah is in control of everything and to strengthen their faith in His Ability. It was so that we Muslims in the 21st century realize that we worship The King of this whole universe and that nothing happens without His permission and that He has the ability to do anything He wills.

Allah says, "With Him are the keys of the unseen, the treasures that none knows but He. He knows whatever there is on the earth and in the sea. There isn't a leaf that falls but with His knowledge: there is not a grain in the darkness (or depths) of the earth, nor anything fresh or dry (green or withered), but is (inscribed) in a record clear (to those who can read)". (6:59). Do you see the how Great and Knowledgeable Allah is? And guess what? We Muslims believe in Him and obey Him. We depend on Him and He is there to help us.... What then could possibly go wrong?

In another verse Allah says, "Say: ‘O Allah. Lord of Power (And Rule), You give power to whom You please, and You strip off power from whom You please: You endue with honor whom You please, and You bring low whom You please: In Your hand is all good. Verily, over all things You have power’" (3:26). See how powerful Allah is? Imagine if your Boss at work, the Dean of your college, or the Principle of your school was your father and he promised you that he would help you with what ever you need. Imagine the feeling of security you will have, imagine the confidence you will feel. Now think about this; The Ruler of this whole universe is Allah, The Powerful, The Merciful, The Ever Living, and He says, "Behold! Verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve; Those who believe and (constantly) guard against evil;- For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the Hereafter; no change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme felicity." (10:62-64).

Brothers and Sisters, lets reinforce our confidence in Allah. Lets turn to Him with humbleness and devotion, and ask Him to help us revive our Ummah. He is the One who Gives Life, lets ask Him to give life to our Ummah. He is the Guider to The Straight Path, lets beg Him to Guide us all. Nothing is difficult for Allah. When Allah ordered Noah (pbuh) to build an ark (boat), Noah was in the middle of the desert where there was no sea or river, but because he had confidence in Allah, he got to work. To a non-Believer it would seem insane to built an ark in the middle of the desert, a waste of time. But when the flood started, the wisdom behind building the ark became obvious. Today we are building an ark that seems nonsense to a non-Muslim, or may even seem as a waste of time for a weak Muslim. The ark we are building today is "Until they change themselves". It needs lots of work and may seem pointless to many. But the day will come when those who participated in building this ark will succeed, and those who wandered away will regret. Lets get to work, all of us, because this ark needs a lot of effort, patience, and confidence in Allah!
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PostSubject: we must always humble ourselves towards ALLAH   Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:20 am

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We must always humble ourselves towards Allah

Tadaru' is a term that means exaggerated humility and humbleness caused by despair and is expressed when a person reached his final resort. Imam Ahmed ibn Hambal explained it saying, "Imagine a man drowning in the middle of the sea and all he has is a piece of wood that he is clinging onto. He is getting weaker and weaker and the salty waves are pulling him closer to death. Imagine him with his eager eyes looking desperately at the sky crying out loud ‘O Lord, O Lord!!!’ Imagine how desperate he is and how sincere he is asking for Allah's help. That is tadaru’ in front of Allah".Allah The Almighty says, "Verily, We sent (Messengers) to many nations before you (O Muhammad). And we seized them with extreme poverty (or loss in wealth) and loss in health (with calamities) so that they might humble themselves (believe with humility)." (6:42). This verse shows that Allah uses calamities as a routine method to wake people up and encourage them to run to Him for protection. It is as if a calamity is a bitter medicine for us to become better believers. Allah does this for our benefit, because we need to maintain a close relationship with Him. Allah expresses our need for this form medicine in the following verse, "And if We had mercy on them and removed the distress which is on them, still they would obstinately persist in their transgression, wandering blindly." (23:75).
In another verse Allah says, "When Our Torment reached them, why then did they not humble themselves (believe with humility)? But their hearts became hardened, and Shaytan (Satan) made what they used to do seem fair and correct" (6:43). We must not make this mistake and close our eyes and hearts in front of Allah's call to humbleness and humility to Him. We must not let Shaytan trick us into believing that our problems have nothing to do with our relation with Allah.

Allah says, "Say (O Muhammad) ‘Who rescues you from the darkness of the land and the sea (dangers like storms), (when) you call upon Him in humility and in secret (saying): If He (Allah) only saves us from this (danger), we shall truly be grateful.’ Say (O Muhammad): ‘Allah rescues you from this and from all (other) distresses, and yet you worship others besides Allah.’" (6:63-64). No one will rescue us from the darkness we Muslims are in today except Allah, but first, we must call upon Him in humility. [left]
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PostSubject: unity, we are ONE community   Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:24 am

One of the main factors that lead to the rise of this Ummah is its unity and that’s why Islam has organized our lives in a way that maintains this unity and develops it. This is a Divine Law "If you are united, you will become powerful". The non-Muslims discovered this Divine Law and they have applied it, which in turn lead to their rise and power. Look around you and read the names: The European Union, The United Kingdom, The United States of America, Euro, Shengen (Europe-wide traveling visa) etc. They have applied the Law of Unity. But because they have neglected other Divine Laws, like faith in Allah for example, their power is only temporary, and they are already overwhelmed with different internal problems and weaknesses. You must apply the whole system, the whole matrix of Divine Laws, and only then will you be able to lead the whole world to prosperity, security, and happiness.Unity is demonstrated in Islam at four different levels:

1- The level of the Ummah: Wake up Muslims!! We are ONE Ummah, and we worship ONE GOD. It doesn't matter if your father is from China or if you mother is from Jamaica, we are one body, one entity, ONE Ummah! Allah the Almighty says: "Verily, this community of yours is a single community, and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore serve Me (and no other)" (21:92).
2- The level of the Country:
Love for one's country does not contradict with one's loyalty to the Ummah or to one's Faith in Allah. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) demonstrated this form of bonding when he was migrating from Mecca to Medina. With Mecca now behind him, he looked back and said, "Oh Mecca, how much I love you, and if your people did not drive me out of you, I would have never lived in any other place."
3- The level of the Neighborhood:
Neighborhood ties are very important in Islam, to the extent that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, "Jibreel kept on telling me to take care of my neighbors and strengthen my relationship with them until I thought that they would inherit me."
4- The level of the Family:
The importance of uterine relationships (Silat Al-Arham) and family ties are constantly referred to in the Quran, and they form a small-scale level of domestic unity.

Now what have we done with these levels of unity? First it started with drifting away from the sense of unity with the rest of our Ummah. How many of us actually feel the bond that is supposed to exist with our brothers and sisters in Western China or in Turkey. How many of us even think of them? Ask your friends how they feel about the Ummah. How many of them will ask you "What? Ummah? What is that supposed to mean?” We have destroyed the first level of our unity and therefore we started to drift away from each other. Then comes the sense of belonging to one's country. How many of us actually feel that they love their countries (of course aside from supporting it during international sport events)? How many of us have feelings of patriotism? Many of us have no idea about these feelings. How many Muslims when living in a foreign country try to avoid contact with their brothers from the same country fearing that they might be a burden on him. There goes the second level of unity.
How Islam promotes Unity:
All Islamic rituals help maintain and develop unity amongst Muslims. We pray five times a day, preferably in congregation so that everyone living on the same street, working in the same place, or studying at the same school could get together in a straight line and pray to their Lord. Then there is a weekly gathering for the whole neighborhood during the Friday Prayer (Jumuah), this helps maintain the neighborhood's unity. Another larger scale of unity maintenance and development is during the month of Ramadan. All Muslims around the world spend the same month fasting. In a single city they cease from eating and start eating at the same time. This is another form of unity. And of course, there is the Pilgrimage (Hajj), the manifestation of Muslim unity. Muslims from all around the globe come to same place, wearing the same clothes, worshiping the same God, repeating the same sentence, walking in the same direction at the same time, having the same goal, and getting the same reward. It’s unity at its highest levels. See how Islam helps us maintain and develop our unity? And see how separated we are today?

During the Battle of the Trench, the Muslims were racing against time trying to finish digging a trench that would prevent the entry of some 10,000 Pagans into Medina in order to fight them. The Muslims were experiencing great hunger so they used to put a rock in a cloth and tie it around their abdomen so that the rock would press against their stomach and give it a sense of fullness. On the other hand, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was tying two rocks against his stomach. When Jaber ibn Abdullah (rAa) saw this he ran to his wife and asked her what food they had. She replied saying that all they had was one chicken and some bread. So Jaber went to the Prophet and secretly invited him alone to his house for some food. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) looked at him and asked, "Alone Jaber? You want me to come to your house and eat alone?" So Jaber replied saying that there was only a very little amount of food, but the Messenger of Allah only repeated, "Alone Jaber? Alone? I was never to eat alone when the rest of the Believers are hungry." This is how the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) felt towards the rest of the community. They were one body. This feeling of unity and care about his people is also manifested in his constant plead to Allah. He would cry, "O Allah, my Ummah, my Ummah." He constantly asked Allah to mercy us. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) wasn't living for himself, he was living for us also, and for all of humanity.

[color=green] All immigrations throughout history lead to tensions that most of the times turned violent between the native inhabitants and the immigrants. This is clearly demonstrated between the Europeans and the Native Americans in North America, the Turks and the Germans in Germany, as well as many other examples. The only immigration that was totally peaceful was the one the Muslims of Mecca made to Medina. A Muslim from Medina would take his brother coming from Mecca into his house and literally split the house into two by building a wall in the middle. He would give the immigrant, willingly, half of his wealth and possessions. Can you imagine the extent of unity that these people were experiencing? That's how we should try to be, enough selfishness, enough living just for yourself. Make a promise today; “I won't live for myself anymore. I belong to this Ummah and I will live for it!” Do you want to practice that? Do you want to start building those bridges of unity? Go home, hug and kiss your parents, or pick up the phone and call them. Ask Allah to flourish your family ties and bless you with mercy amongst one another. Invite your neighbors over and rebuild those bridges! We got lots of work to do, but at least we have a clear path ahead of us. We’re learning the Divine Laws that control the rise of our Ummah, so lets apply them!!
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PostSubject: Sins destroy our Ummah   Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:27 am

Sins destroy our Ummah

We all commit sins, but we have to start being more serious at minimizing them to the least. You are not asked to be perfect or sinless, but today we want to promise Allah and ourselves that we will never insist on a disobeying Him. Search within yourself for the sins you do and you know that they are wrong and be determined to stop them. It is understandable if you forget or get weak and do them again, but quickly repent and ask Allah for His forgiveness and renew the promise. We Must Not Insist On Disobeying Allah. Its a Divine Law "When people insist on disobedience, they are destroyed."

Imam Ali (rAa) said: "No calamity has descended except by disobedience, and no calamity is repelled except by repentance." The woman that was killed two days ago in Baghdad was because of the sins of her sister on the other side of the globe. The man that was killed yesterday in Jerusalem was a result of his Muslim brother's sin in the country next to his. The whole status of our Muslim Ummah is the result of accumulating sins for the past 100 years. It has to stop because if the disobedience goes on at this rate we will never rise up again. It’s a Divine Law and there is no way around it.

Look back in history. Why did Adam and Hawwa (Eve) leave Paradise? It was because of disobedience. Why was Shaytan (Satan) cursed and expelled from the mercy of Allah? It was because he insisted on a sin (arrogance). Look at the people of Lut, what happened to them? They were destroyed because of their sins. They refused to follow the guidance of Allah and insisted on committing their enormous sin (sodomy). Allah the Almighty says, "But the (mighty) Blast overtook them before morning, And We turned (the cities) upside down, and rained down on them brimstones hard as baked clay. Behold! in this are Signs for those who by tokens do understand" (15:73-75). Muslims!! Do you see the danger of insisting on disobeying Allah? Try your best not to commit sins, and if you do, quickly repent and be determined not to do it again.

Anas ibn Malik asked A'isha (rAa) the wife of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Mother of the Believers: "O Mother, when does the Earth shake and quake (zalzala)?" She replied, "O Son, its when drinking intoxicants spreads, as well as adultery and other forms of disobedience. Then Allah tells the Earth to shake and quake." So Anas asked, "Is it as a punishment?" She replied, "No! But it is mercy for them (so they may wake up)." Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, "If disobedience spreads in my Ummah, Allah will overwhelm them with calamities."

Never think that tiny sins don't matter because they accumulate and cause grave consequences on the long run. Like a drop of water that might seem harmless, but when these drops of water get together, they make a flood that wipes out cities.

Let tonight be a night of sincere repentance. Ask Allah to forgive your sins and promise Him and promise yourself that you will resist committing sins with all the power you have. Ask Allah to make our Ummah rise with your repentance to Him, ask Him to make our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Palestine and all over the world victorious with this repentance that you have made. We need to change, because unless we change, Allah won't change our Ummah's condition.

How to hate disobedience:

Ibn Al-Qayim described the consequences of disobedience. Learning these consequences will help you resist committing sins in shaa Allah. Print them out and hang them in your room, next to your computer screen, and in any place you frequently disobey Allah.

The consequences of disobedience:

1- The prevention of Knowledge. Knowledge is a light, which Allah throws into the heart, and disobedience extinguishes this light. Imam Al-Shaafi'e said, "I complained to Wakee' about the weakness of my memory, so he ordered me to abandon disobedience. And informed me that the knowledge is light. And that the light of Allah is not given to the disobedient."

2- The prevention of Sustenance. Just as Taqwa brings about sustenance, the abandonment of Taqwa causes poverty. There is nothing that can bring about sustenance like the abandonment of disobedience.

3- The prevention of obedience (to Allah). If there were no other punishment for sins other than that it prevents one from obeying Allah then this would be sufficient.

4- Disobedience weakens the heart and the body. Disobedience does not stop weakening the heart until its life ceases completely, rendering the body dead.

5- Disobedience reduces the lifespan and destroys any blessings. Just as righteousness increases the lifespan, sinning reduces it.

6- Disobedience sows its own seeds and gives birth by itself until separating from it and coming out of it becomes difficult for the servant.

7- Sins weaken the heart’s will and resolve so that the desire for disobedience becomes strong and the desire to repent becomes weak bit by bit until the desire to repent is removed from the heart completely.

8- Every type of disobedience is a legacy of a nation from among the nations which Allah (swt) destroyed. Sodomy is a legacy of the People of Lut, taking more than one's due right and giving what is less is a legacy of the People of Shu'ayb, seeking greatness in the land and causing corruption is a legacy of the People of Pharaoh and pride/arrogance and tyranny is a legacy of the People of Hud. So the disobedient one is wearing the gown of some of these nations who were the enemies of Allah.

9- Disobedience is a cause of the servant being held in contempt by his Lord. Al-Hasan al-Basree said, “They became contemptible in (His sight) so they disobeyed Him. If they were honorable (in His sight) He would have protected them. Allah the Exalted said, "And whomsoever Allah lowers (humiliates) there is none to give honor." (22:18).”

10- The servant continues to commit sins until they become very easy for him and seem insignificant in his heart and this is a sign of destruction. Every time a sin becomes insignificant in the sight of the servant it becomes great in the sight of Allah. Ibn Mas'ood (rAa) said, "Indeed, the believer sees his sins as if he was standing at the foot of a mountain fearing that it will fall upon him and the sinner sees his sins like a fly which passes by his nose so he tries to remove it by waving his hand around."

11- Disobedience inherits humiliation and lowliness. Honor, all of it, lies in the obedience of Allah. Abdullah ibn Al-Mubarak said, "I have seen sins kill the hearts. And humiliation is inherited by their continuity. The abandonment of sins gives life to the hearts. And the prevention of your soul is better for it."

12- Disobedience corrupts the intellect. The intellect has light and disobedience extinguishes this light. When the light of the intellect is extinguished it becomes weak and deficient.

13- When disobedience increases, the servant's heart becomes sealed so that he becomes of those who are heedless. The Exalted said, "But no! A stain has been left on their hearts on account of what they used to earn (i.e. their actions)." (83:14).

14- Sins cause the various types of corruption to occur in the land like corruption of the waters, the air, the plants, the fruits and the dwelling places. The Exalted said, "Mischief has appeared on the land and the sea on account of what the hands of men have earned; that He may give them a taste of some of (the actions) they have done, in order that they may return." (30:41).

15- The disappearance of modesty which is the essence of the life of the heart and is the basis of every good. Its disappearance is the disappearance of all that is good. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, "Modesty is goodness, all of it." A Poet said, "And by Allah, there is no good in life or in the world when modesty goes."

16- Sins weaken and reduce the magnification of Allah, the Mighty, in the heart of the servant.

17- Sins are the cause of Allah forgetting His servant, abandoning him and leaving him to fend for himself with his soul and his Shaytan and in this is the destruction from which no deliverance can be hoped for.

18- Sins remove the servant from the realm of Ihsaan (doing good) and he is prevented from (obtaining) the reward of those who do good. When Ihsaan fills the heart it prevents it from disobedience.

19- Disobedience causes the favors (of Allah) to cease and make His revenge lawful. No blessing ceases to reach a servant except due to a sin and no retribution is made lawful upon him except due to a sin. Allah the Exalted said, "Whatever misfortune afflicts you then it is due to what your hands have earned and (yet) He pardons many." (42:30). And the Exalted also said, "That is because never will Allah change the favor He has bestowed on a people until they change what is with themselves." (8:53).


Lets make a promise today that if there is any form of disobedience we're doing, we will do our very best to stop it. We won't insist on doing it any more. We can't afford accumulating all these sins because they're killing us.

Lets ask Allah to forgive us and help us obey Him. Lets do this for our own sake, and for our brothers and sisters that are being killed every day. Lets do this for our whole Ummah. Please.
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PostSubject: Muslims are not passive. If something is wrong, it must be fixed!1   Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:32 am

No Are you a passive person? When you see something wrong, do you try to fix it or do you wander on comforting yourself that for sure someone else will fix it? When you're walking down the street and you see something on the sidewalk and you know that someone might slip on it, do you pick it up, or do you look the other way as if you didn’t see it? When you see someone smoking in a non-smoking area, do you kindly bring the persons attention to what he's doing wrong, or do you just cover your nose, or leave the place? When was the last time you participated in a public poll or in elections? Remember the last time you saw someone double parking and you knew that he's going to cause a traffic jam, did you go and ask him politely to park somewhere else so that the traffic flow wouldn't be disturbed? Or did you just say to yourself, "Isn't there an officer around here to see this?" and then you just walked away. Why are we so passive? Why do we always believe that "someone else will do it"? Why don't WE take an action? I'll tell you why, because if it doesn't directly affect us, then why should we care? Or, "we won't change the world, so why should we care?" Right? Isn’t that the reason? That's not the Muslim mentality, that's not how a Muslim should act. The Muslim community is ONE body; if one organ is not functioning it affects the rest of the body.
Do you think for example that as long as you don't do drugs then your safe? Think again, because your duty isn't just to prevent yourself from taking drugs, but to help prevent it on a larger scale as much as you can. How many people are robbed by addicts that are desperate for money to buy drugs? How many people are killed by addicts? Those that were robbed or killed, they didn't do drugs, but it still affected them indirectly. Does this mean that if we see wrong we should get aggressive and force people to do what's right? Of course not. Our Lord, The All Mighty says, "Invite (all) to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Lord knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance." (16:125). We must maintain the balance between "taking an action" and "being wise and not offending people".
The Dangers of being passive:

- Allah the Almighty says in the Quran: "And fear tumult or oppression, which affects not in particular (only) those of you who do wrong: and know that Allah is strict in punishment." (8:25). See how Allah the Merciful is warning us that misconduct doesn't just affect the ones that do it, but it has a wider range.

- The Companions asked the Messenger of Allah, "Will we be destroyed even if the righteous ones are amongst us?" Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) replied, "Yes, if corruption increases." It was also reported that Allah ordered Jibreel to destroy a village that had become extremely corrupted, but Jibreel asked Allah, "O Allah, in this village is your servant that constantly prays to You", Allah replied, "Start with him! For his face never changed with disapproval to what had been going on." Because this righteous man was passive, he too was punished with the sinners.

- Omar ibn Al-Khattab said, "If a sin is committed in private, it only harms the one that does it, but if it is committed in public and no one objects and changes it, it will harm everyone!"

- The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, "Either you enjoin Good and forbid Evil or else Allah will send His punishment to you, and you will supplicate to Him, but He won't respond."

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PostSubject: Muslims are not passive. If something is wrong, it must be fixed!2   Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:38 am

Examples of those who took an action and weren't passive:

- The believer in the Family of the Pharaoh:
Despite the Pharaoh's severe opposition to the message of Prophet Moses (pbuh) one of the royal family members embraced Islam. Allah says, "A believer, a man from among the people of Pharaoh, who had concealed his faith, said: ‘Will you slay a man because he says, 'My Lord is Allah?- when he has indeed come to you with Clear (Signs) from your Lord? And if he be a liar, on him is (the sin of) his lie: but, if he is telling the Truth, then will fall on you something of the (calamity) of which he warns you: Truly Allah guides not one who transgresses and lies!’" (40:28). How did Allah reward this believer's action? Allah continues, "Then Allah saved him from (every) ill that they plotted (against him), but the burnt of the Penalty encompassed on all sides the People of Pharaoh." (40:45). Allah protected him from all the conspiracies they had planned. Allah does not abandon those who struggle for his cause.

Are you afraid for your children and what might happen to them? Listen to your Lord, "And let those fear who, should they leave behind them weakly offspring, would fear on their account, so let them be careful of (their duty to) Allah, and let them speak right words." (4:9). Fearing for your children is not an excuse, in fact Allah tells you that if you fear for them, then speak right words and fulfill your duty to Allah. He will protect them.

- The believer mentioned in Chapter 36 (Yaseen):
Allah sent three Prophets to a village. Can you believe that? Three Prophets at the same time for just one village. Of course one would think that that is more than enough. No, that's not how a Believer should react. A man came from the other side of the village to show his support to the message. He didn't react passively and comfort himself with the fact that there were three Prophets already No, he took an action! Allah says, "Then there came running, from the farthest part of the City, a man, saying, ‘O my people! Obey the apostles. Obey those who ask no reward of you (for themselves), and who have themselves received Guidance’." (36:20,21). Then what? They killed him! They killed the man that came to support the Messengers. But Allah never forgets those who struggle for his cause. The Almighty says, "It was said: ‘Enter the Garden.’ He said: ‘Ah me! Would that my People knew (what I know)! For that my Lord has granted me Forgiveness and has enrolled me among those held in honor!’" (36:26,27).

- Solomon's Hoopoe (Hud-hud Solayman):
Solomon (pbuh), a Prophet and a King had amongst his Kingdom a bird, a Hoopoe. This Hoopoe proved to be more passionate about Allah's religion than many human beings today. It saw a kingdom worshipping the sun, what did it do? Did it say "I'm just a Hoopoe, what can I do?" Did it say "No way, this is too big for me, did I see anything? Nope I didn't see anything"? Do you know what the Hoopoe did? It approached these people and investigated what they were doing, gathered the information and flew back to Jerusalem to tell Prophet Solomon (pbuh). Allah says "But the Hoopoe tarried not far: he (came up to Solomon and) said: "I have compassed (territory) which you have not compassed, and I have come to you from Saba with tidings true." (27:22). It told Solomon all about what it had witnessed, and that Hoopoe was a main reason that they all entered Islam. (Sigh) If only we had a couple of those Hoopoes today. If only Muslims today would have the same enthusiasm for Islam as the Hoopoe had.

- The Ant:
It wasn't just the Hoopoe that took an action, it was also an ant. When Prophet Solomon (pbuh) was marching with his army and was approaching an ant kingdom, an ant jumped into action and called, "O ants!! Get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it!!" (27:18). Solomon (pbuh) was impressed by this response from the ant. Allah tells us, "So he (Solomon) smiled, amused at her speech.." (27:19). Brothers and sisters, if we compared ourselves with this ant, who will turn out to be more passionate and dedicated to the welfare of their fellow beings?

-The Companion Al-Habbab ibn Al-Munzir (rAa):
This companion demonstrated to us how one could object and at the same time maintain the highest levels of courtesy and politeness. Before the Battle of Badr, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) told the Muslim army to camp in a certain place. Habbab saw that there is a more strategic place that if the Muslim army camped at, would give them an upper hand in the battle. He didn't say "Well if the Prophet said so then why should I say otherwise?" he wasn't passive, and at the same time he wasn't vulgar or rude. How did Habbab present his opinion that contradicted with the opinion of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh)? He asked, "O Messenger of Allah, is your opinion based on a revelation from Allah, or is it war tactics and strategy?" The Prophet replied "No, its war tactics and strategy." Then Habbab proposed, "Then this is not the most strategic place to camp." Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) accepted his proposal, a proposal that was one of the main factors that led to the victory of the Muslim army in this critical battle.

- A Muslim student in the 21st Century:
He lived in a "Muslim country" that was as far as possible from Islam. There wasn't a single mosque or even a prayer room in any university in the whole country. On the first day of his freshman year he asked around for a mosque or a prayer room and was answered with strange looks as if he was asking how to reach Mars. Finally a janitor told him that there aren’t any, but he could pray in an empty room in the basement. It was a dark humid room with a worn out carpet. The student said, "No, I won't pray under ground!" He went up in the middle of the campus and cried out the azan (call for prayer). People stopped and watched this strange scene. After the azan he sat for a couple of minutes then got up to pray. First few days he was alone, then the next week students started to join him because they still had faith in their hearts even though it was buried under layers of worldly distractions. The Dean saw this and was troubled by the fact that the students would make ablution (wudu') in the bathrooms and walk dripping water until they reach the prayer area, which was outdoors. The image of shoes taken off and scattered next to the students during praying also troubled him. So what did the Dean do? He built a Mosque!! Not only that, but all the surrounding Universities knew about it and they too built mosques in each campus. Can you believe that? It all started with one student that refused to be passive and had the courage and dedication to take an action. Now he gets a share of the reward all the students get when they pray in these mosques until this World comes to an end.
Allah didn't say that He doesn't change the condition of "a person" until he or she changes "him or herself", No. Allah said, "Verily Allah will never change the condition of a people until they change themselves" (13:11).
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PostSubject: A Muslim must know how to be serious   Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:34 pm

some light on the importance of "Seriousness"serious than the high percentages in our Ummah, then they will be more powerful and they will prevail. Don't under estimate your importance, because you are the meter by which the potential of our Ummah is measured. What does that mean? I'll tell you. When sociologists what to predict which country will rise in the following few decades and which country will fall, they look at the youth, they study the condition of those who will be in charge of the country in the future. Let me give you an example of how this was applied.

The Muslims ruled Spain for 8 centuries during which they built a civilization that was superior to any other European country at that time. The Portuguese were always trying to end the Muslim presence in Spain but they knew that they could never confront them with military. So they sent their spies into Al-Andalusia to investigate the condition of the youth. When the reports came in describing how the Muslim youth used to compete in memorizing Quran and Hadith, or practicing Chemistry and reciting poetry, the sociologist would conclude that its impossible to drive them out of Spain as long as their youth were that serious about self-improvement. The centuries passed by until the time came when the spies would investigate the condition of our youth in Spain to find a young man weeping because his girlfriend left him. There was no longer interest in knowledge or anything fruitful. They were no longer serious about life. Then, and only then the Portuguese sociologists wrote their recommendations stating that the time was now suitable to root the Muslims out. We lived in Spain for 800 years, and we were driven out in 20 days!

How big are your dreams? How dedicated are you to accomplish your dreams and your plans? Do you think you're too young to contribute and have an impact on your Ummah? Do you know how old Prophet Abraham (pbuh) was when he destroyed all those Idols and was thrown into the fire? The verse says, "They said, ‘Who has done this to our gods? He must indeed be some man of impiety!’ They said, ‘We heard a youth talk of them: He is called Abraham.’" (21:59,60). He was a youth, below twenty years of age!! You are not too young to contribute, but you must be serious about your mission in life, and dedicated to it. What about Prophet Yahya (John the Baptist pbuh) how old was he when Allah made him a Prophet? Allah says, "‘O Yahya! Take hold of the Book with might’: and We gave him Wisdom even as a youth" (19:12). Can you feel the dedication in Yahya the young man? Take hold of the Book with might! Come brothers and sisters, lets take hold of the Quran with might!! We aren't too young to do that, but we need to be serious and dedicated. We are over One Billion Muslims, but why are we so weak? Because amongst the things we lack are seriousness and dedication. Do you know what will happen to our Ummah if we aren't serious? The same thing that happened to the Children of Israel.

After the Children of Israel fled with Moses (pbuh) from Egypt, Moses told them to prepare to enter the Sacred Land, Jerusalem. He told them that they would have to fight the tyrant that is currently occupying the Holy Land, but how did the Jews respond? "They said: ‘O Moses! While they remain there, never shall we be able to enter, to the end of time. Go you, and your Lord, and fight you two, while we sit here (and watch).’" (5:24). They weren't serious, they didn't feel dedication to their mission. So what was Allah's response to this? Allah said, "Therefore will the land be out of their reach for forty years: In distraction will they wander through the land: And don't feel sorry over these rebellious people." (5:26). But why forty years? Allah wanted to replace this unserious generation with a new one that was more dedicated. So Prophet Moses (pbuh) spent this time bringing up a new generation and they were the ones that entered the Sacred Land under the leadership of Yusha (Joshua). So if we, the youth of the Muslim Ummah, do not get serious about our mission and about personal self-improvement, the situation will only get worse until a future generation arises that will be more serious, more dedicated and Allah will grant them the victory we wasted.

This is another example of dedication and seriousness. During the Battle of Uhud, many Muslims started to flee and the enemy started to focus their strike on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). So the Messenger of Allah while defending himself called out "Who would push them away from me and he will be guaranteed Paradise?!" So a group of Muslims rushed to their Prophet fighting fiercely to protect him, they were all teenagers. They started to fall one by one, martyr after martyr, until the last one remained, his name was Yazeed ibn As-Sakan. Yazeed (rAa) fought and fought like a lion until he was overwhelmed by his wounds and stabs and collapsed. He fell and his face hit the ground. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) cried out "No!!! Raise his face from the dirt!! Yazeed's face should never lie on the dirt, raise his face!!" The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) took Yazeed's dead body into his arms, looked up and cried, "O Allah, I bear witness that Yazeed has fulfilled his duty! O Allah, I am pleased with him!" Yazeed stood when many people fled. He defended the Prophet and gave his own life willingly to protect this religion. He was serious and dedicated.<BR.
Muhammad Al-Fateh (Sultan Mehmet Fatih) is the Muslim leader who opened Constantinople when he was only 23 years old. When he was a child he heard that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said "Verily you shall conquer Constantinople. What a wonderful leader will that leader be, and what a wonderful army will that army be!" That was it for Muhammad; he decided to be that man. That was his call, that was his dream and mission in life, and he was serious and dedicated, and Allah granted him success.

Once Omar ibn Al-Khattab (rAa) saw a young man walking slowly like a weak, sick person, and asked him, "Are you ill?" When the man replied with no, Omar rebuked him and said "We do not like, or accept that someone from the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) walks like that!" So lets get up and raise our heads, we've got a mission to accomplish. Look at Germany and Japan, how did they recover so quickly after World War 2? They had serious youth. They are non-Muslims and look at how they developed themselves. Imagine if we become as serious, not only will we excel materially but also spiritually, we will have a balanced civilization, we will deserve to be as Allah said about us "You are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah" (3:110). Seriousness!! Lets try to be a little more serious about our lives

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PostSubject: Sincerity in ISLAM   Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:11 am

Sincerity (Ikhlas)

On Sincerity (Ikhlas), Selfishness and Intentions Behind All Action and Matters - Open or Secret:

Almighty, The Exalted, said:
And they are ordained naught else than to serve The Almighty, keeping religion pure for him, and man by nature upright and to establish worship and to pay the poor-dues. That is true religion. (Qur'an 98:5)
Their flesh and their blood reach not Almighty, but the devotion from you reacheth Him. (Qur'an 22:37)

Say (O Mohammed): Whether ye hide that which is in your breast or reveal it, Almighty knoweth it. (Qur'an 3:30)
Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (raa) has related that he heard the Prophet (pbuh) recount the following:

"Three men on a journey were forced to take shelter in a cave when they were overtaken by a sever storm. A rock slipped down from the mountain and blocked the cave's entrance. One of the men said: The only way for deliverance left is to beseech The Almighty in the name of some virtuous deed. Thereupon one of them supplicated: 'O Lord, my parents are very old and I offer them their nightly drink of milk before I offer any to my children and the other members in the family. One day I came home very late and by the time I returned home, my parents had already gone to sleep. I milked the animals and brought their nightly drink to them, but I didn't want to disturb their sleep. At the same time, I didn't want anyone else in the family to drink the milk till after the parents had their drink. Thus I awaited their awakening till the flush of dawn, while the children cried out of hunger at my feet. When they woke up, they had their drink. O Lord, if I did this thing seeking only Thy pleasure, then do Thou relieve us of the distress wrought upon us by this rock.' Thereupon, the rock moved a little but not enough to let them pass out. Then the second man supplicated: 'O Lord, I have a cousin whom I loved more passionately than any man loves a woman. I tried to seduce her but she would have none of me, till in a season of great hardship due to famine, she approached me (for help) and I gave her one hundred and twenty dinars on condition that she would have sexual intercourse with me. She agreed, and when we got together and I was just going to have intercourse with her, she pleaded: Fear Almighty, and do not break the seal unlawfully; whereupon I moved away from her, despite the fact that I desired her the most; and I let her keep the money I had given her. O Lord, if I did this thing seeking only Thy pleasure, do Thou move the distress in which we find ourselves.' Again, the rock moved a little but not enough to let them pass out. Then the third man supplicated, 'O Lord, I hired some laborers and paid them their dues, but one of them left leaving behind what was due to him. I invested it in the business and the business prospered greatly. After quite some time, the laborer came back to me asking for his wages. I said to him: All that you see is yours; camels, cattle, goats and slaves. The laborer thought that I was joking with him. When I assured him that it was all his, he took all of it sparing nothing. O Lord, if I did this seeking only Thy pleasure, do Thou relieve us of our distress in which we find ourselves.' The rock moved away, and all the three come out of the cave safe and sound." (Bukhari and Muslim)

This tradition has a number of advantages. Among these, one is to seek The Almighty's mercy and help during trials and tribulations and to make one's good and pious deed as an agent for securing the same; another point is the high merit of service to parents. The importance and virtues of chastity, fulfillment of pledge, return of trust and fair consideration in dealings are also among good deeds of great merit according to this tradition. Finally, the sincerity and honesty are of equal importance. In short, according to Islamic incentive for all good work should only be the compliance of The Almighty's Orders without the anticipation for any worldly gains, in term of ostentation, publicity or monetary gains.

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PostSubject: THE BELIEVER IS LIKENED TO THE DATE-PALM TREE-A   Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:48 am

'Abdullah b. Umar reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: There is a tree amongst trees, the leaves of which do not wither and that is like a Muslim; tell me which that (tree) can be? The people began to think of the trees of the forest. Abdullah said: I thought that it could be the date-palm tree, but I felt hesitant (to say that). They (the Companions) then said: Allah's Messenger, (kindly) tell us which that can be? Thereupon he said: It is the date-palm tree. I made a mention of that to 'Umar, whereupon he said: Had you said that it meant the date-palin tree, this statement of yours (would have been dearer to me) than such and such things.

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Ibn Umar reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) one day said to his Companions: Tell me about a tree which has resemblance with a believer. The people began to mention (different) trees of the forest. Ibn 'Umar said: It was instilled in my mind or in my heart and it stuck therein that it implied the date- palm tree. I made up my mind to make a mention of that but could not do that because of the presence of the elderly people there. When there was a hush amongst them (after they had expressed their views), Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: It Is the date-palm tree.

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PostSubject: May ALLAH offer us forgiveness & Mecry   Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:10 am

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: There is none amongst you whose deeds alone would attain salvation for him. They (the Companions) said: Allah's Messenger, not even you? He (the Holy Prophet) said: Not even I, but that Allah wraps me in Mercy and He grants me pardon. Ibn 'Aun pointed towards his head with his hand saying: Not even I, but that Allah wraps me in His Forgiveness and Mercy.

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PostSubject: HADEETH ABOUT DEATH   Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:01 am

Narrated Sa'd bin Ubaid:

(the Maula of 'Abdur-Rahman bin Azhar) Allah's Apostle said,

"None of you should long for death, for if he is a good man, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evil-doer, he may stop the evil deeds and repent."


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PostSubject: The Status of Sunnah in Islam:   Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:25 am

A Declaration that it cannot dispense with The Qur'an
All Praise be to Allah, we praise Him, seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of our souls and evils of our deeds. One whom Allah guides, none can lead him astray, and one whom He misguides, none can guide him. I bear witness that there is no god(1) but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad (SAW) is His servant and His messenger.
O you who believe. Fear Allah truly, and don't die except in a state of Islam (3:102).
O Men fear your Lord who created you from one soul, and created its partner, and from them spread men and women in numbers. Take care, Allah will question you about it and the kinship. Surely, Allah is ever watchful of your deeds (4:1).
O those who believe. Fear Allah and say what is correct so that it fits you. He will forgive your sins. Whoever obeys Allah and His messenger that is a great achievement (33:70-71).
The best of speech is the speech of Allah. That is The Book of Allah. The best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. Of all matters, the worst are innovations; and everything new is an innovation, and every innovation is a deviation, and every deviation leads to Hell-fire.


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PostSubject: ADAM part1   Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:34 pm

The Holy Quran says: Your Guardian-Lord is Almighty God, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days (sittati ayyamin), and is firmly established on the throne (of authority): He draweth the night as a veil over the day, each seeking the other in rapid succession: He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, (all) governed by laws under His command. Is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed be Almighty God, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds! (7:54)

Almighty God created the universe millions of years ago by saying ‘Kun’ (be). Then created this earth and made mountains to balance it. Then brought to the earth all that needed for the sustenance of the people who dwell in it. Then covered the earth with its environment, the Sun and the Moon as appointed. Then He created angels to praise His glory from light and the Jinn from fire.

The earth was not the same as it is today. It was basically water. Waves were rough. The wind blew strongly. Volcanoes were ablaze. Huge meteors attacked the earth. Then life developed gradually.
Animals like reptiles and amphibians appeared on the surface of the earth. Dinosaurs of various kinds appeared, too. From time to time, ice covered the earth. So, plants and animals died. New kinds replaced them. From time to time, the ice melted, thus life returned to the earth again.

Almighty God took earth from heights, plains, salt marshes, and fertile land. He mixed the earth with water, so the earth became special clay with solid molecules. From that clay, God, the Glorified, created a shape like man and the water steamed. The man-like shape became as solid as the stone. The wind was whistling through it. That shape remained sleeping for a long time. Nobody knows the length of time except God, the glorified.
Azazeel: Also known as Iblis. He used to pray a lot and even used to give lectures to the angels. One day there was a notice in the heavens which said that someone was going to be ordered out of the heavens. All the angels were very worried because they thought it might be one of them.

They went to Angel Gabriel (Gibraeel) who was one of the most important angels to ask him whether he could do anything. Gabriel said he too was worried because it might be himself. Gabriel suggested that they go to Azazeel because he was very clever.
Azazeel told them not to worry at all for he would pray to God for all of them. He forgot himself thinking he was the best and it could never be him. Because he had pride (Kibr).
Then Almighty God willed to appoint a representative or vicegerent on earth (higher in rank than angels). So He talked it over with the angels.

The angels said: “Do You wish to have a representative on the earth to cause corruption and commit murder there while we always extol You.”

The angels said this because they had seen the Jinn act in this way on the earth. However, a few of the Jinn were very pious and some like Azazeel or Iblis used to worship God with the angels.

Almighty God replied to satisfy them: “I know something of which you are not aware.”
At a moment of divine favor and mercy, Almighty God breathed a bit of Heavenly Soul into the clay statue.
The statue sneezed and said: “All praise is to Almighty God (Al-hamdolillah).” The spirit crept into Adam. He breathed, opened his eyes, and moved his hands and
legs. He became a perfect human being of flawless beauty.

Then the angels were all ordered to prostrate (Sajdah) before Adam. They all did so, except the Jinn Iblis.
The Almighty asked him: “What prevented you from prostrating before Adam, to whom I created with My hands? (38:75)” Iblis replied, “I’m superior to him. You have made me from the fire and Adam from the mud. Thus I shall never obey him.”
As we can see, Iblis was only looking at the outside and not the inside and more important, He disobeyed Almighty God. It was clear that by refusing the orders of God and adopting an attitude of arrogance and impudence and showing the first seed of rebellion against God, his sin was the greatest of all and he was immediately dropped to the rank of an infidel (Kafir) and ordered out of heaven.

This way, Iblis’s jealousy deprived him from Almighty God’s perpetual blessings and he was thereafter deserted and cursed by Almighty God to become “Satan (Shaitaan)”, the Devil (Lucifer).


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PostSubject: ADAM part2 (last)   Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:19 pm

Sajdah (Prostrate/Submission): It is an action that exhibits highest degree of humility from a creature towards his Creator - the Almighty. During the process of Sajdah, man acknowledges that his creation, return and coming back to life is related to dust. Man therefore is nothing but an inferior creature in front of the Almighty.

Sajdah is a physical action, which gets the soul of a servant closer to the Almighty. “Perform the Sajdah and get closer to Me.” (96:19)

Prolonging the Sajdahs reminds the Satan about his disobedience to the Almighty and the reason for his banishment from Paradise.
Imam Sadiq (pbuh) said: “Indeed when a servant prolongs his Sajdah in a manner that no one sees him, Satan says: Woe unto me! They are obedient and I disobeyed; they prostrated and I refused.”

Hence Sajdah of a creature is meant for Almighty God only. Above the word ‘Sajdah’ conveys the meaning of obeisance or respect to Adam in whose seed the lights of Divine Glory were to be manifested.
After being cursed and sent away from Almighty God’s Divine portal, Satan hopelessly begged Almighty God to give him time to be alive until the Resurrection Day or Judgment Day (Qiyamat) and the Almighty God accepted Satan’s request and let him live till that specified day.

Then Satan asked three questions: (1.) Where will I live? (2.) Where will I eat? (3.) Where will I sleep?
Almighty God told him that he, Satan would live with the person who did not say: Bism illah.

man ir raheem (In the name of God, the beneficent the merciful) before he/she entered his/her house.
Satan would eat with the person who did not say: Bism illah ir rahman ir raheem (In the name of God, the beneficent the merciful) before he/she started to eat.
Satan would sleep with the person who did not say: Bism illah ir rahman ir raheem (In the name of God, the beneficent the merciful) before he/she went to sleep.

Instead of being grateful to God, Satan said: “Now that You have driven me away from Your Divine portal, I shall be waiting for any opportunity to mislead Adam and for doing so I will attack him and his generation from all sides. Now it’s time You come to notice that most of them won’t be thankful to You.”

But hold this firmly and understand this properly: all your actions of turning good people from the right path would further add to your sins and consequently enhance your punishment. I will see that all those who follow you shall go to the eternal damnation of hellfire (Dozakh). Then Almighty God warned Adam and his generation of the fact that Satan is their open enemy and they shall be careful not to deviate from the right path and accordingly get miserable and sinful on the earth.

After that Almighty God taught Adam His Divine attributes as well as some secrets and realities unknown to other creatures [The words taught to Adam were the names of the Holy Five (Panjatane- Pak). The Holy Prophet Muhammad his cousin and son-in-law Imam Ali, his daughter Fatima and his sons (i.e. grandsons) Imam Hassan and Imam
Hussain (Peace be upon them all)].

Almighty God then turned to the angels and asked them to recite
some of these attributes, if they knew any of them.
The angels said: “You are glorified and exempted from all the evil, and we have no knowledge but for what You have taught us. And truly You are the
Knower and the Wise.”

Adam required many things to continue his life and the Divine Will had put some potential and desires into him which were a part of his instinct and hidden somewhere inside him. On the other hand, the sole purpose of creation was not just bringing Adam “The father of Mankind” to the world but Almighty God has also wished to create other generations of mankind through the creation of Adam.

To achieve this goal, the Almighty God then needed another creature of the same kind to be a proper couple for Adam, so that together they can produce human generation in the world. In this way Eve (Hawwa) was created to serve as Adam’s spouse.
According to Almighty God’s will they were settled in Paradise temporarily and fed themselves with abundant heavenly fruits.

But they were ordered not to touch a certain tree for otherwise, they would be considered evil and cursed. Satan could not bear to see how happy Adam and Eve were in Heaven or Paradise (Jannat).

He blamed Adam for his bad luck and wanted revenge. His jealousy made him decide to mislead Adam into making a mistake. Hence, Satan was waiting for an opportunity to deceive Adam and Eve.

Although Satan was not allowed to live in Heaven anymore, he had not been stopped from visiting.

One day he entered the Heaven and started talking to Prophet Adam. He pretended to be his friend and when he had convinced Prophet Adam that he meant him no harm, he said, “Did you know that you have been kept away from the best thing in Heaven? If you eat the fruit of that tree you will remain in Heaven forever or you can even become angels.” This was the beginning of the story of deception and cheating. Once Satan enters into the hearts of man as a sincere friend to know his weakness or his hidden desires, he exploits that person to the full. Adam was after all a human being.

He had everything in Paradise for his enjoyment and satisfaction. But one thing was curiously burning inside him: Why has God forbidden him to go near that tree or enjoy its fruit?
When Prophet Adam and Eve heard these words they remembered God’s command to stay away from that tree and they became frightened. But Satan was very clever and he swore by the Name of God that he was their real friend and he would not tell them something that would harm them.

Prophet Adam and Eve had never heard a lie before and because Satan swore by God, they believed him. Satan finally succeeded in tempting them to eat the fruit which he brought from the forbidden tree [This act is called ‘Tark-e-Awla’ (leaving the better work for a less desirable thing), but not a sin].

At that moment, a wonderful event occurred. The clothes of the garden disappeared, and they became naked and hid themselves in with wide leaves of fig and banana tree. Having done this they got quite remorseful of what they did. Both of them told God how sorry they were & begged for his forgiveness.

The Almighty God accepted their repentance (7:23) but Adan and Eve could not enjoy the life of ease and comfort in Paradise and from then on Adam, Eve and their generation were destined to live on the earth with all its difficulties, hardship and tried to survive. All this was meant to redound to Adam’s own advantage, for he was to be raised to a higher position in Almighty’s grace.

We must keep in mind that Adam was created to represent Almighty God on earth as His Vicegerent and not to remain in the Paradise enjoying the life of ease and comfort. It was the original plan that Adam should live and die on earth.
When a man commits a sin (i.e., an offense, from the Shariah point of view) he is given a punishment.

Then if he repents and his repentance is accepted, the punishment is completely waived off, and he is returned to his previous position as through he had not committed the sin at all. If Adam and his wife were guilty of such a sin, they should have been returned to their place in the Paradise soon after repentance was accepted. But they were not returned to the Paradise which shows that the prohibition did not have the force of an ordained law, it was only an advice. Neglecting it had its natural effect on both of them and they had to come out of the Paradise.

The removal from Paradise was not a punishment for any crime or sin; it was the natural consequence of the wrong they had done against their own selves.
Since, Adam (Safvatullah) was ordained to give a new significance to the life on earth; this mission could not have been fulfilled, had he not fallen out of the Paradise.
Adam landed on the top of a Mountain in Sarandib. Eve landed on Marwa Mountain in Makkah. Satan landed in the lowest land. Thus, human life started on the face of the earth, and the conflict between man and Satan began.

Almighty God taught them that there were two paths in life. One is the path of obedience to God which leads to faith, happiness and Heaven and the other path is that of the sinner’s the followers of Satan islamicoccasions.com Presents Men of God ~ 9
which leads to infidelity, sorrow and Hellfire.

He also warned them that Satan would always try to make them and their children take the second path and that he was their enemy. The choice would have to be made by the children of Adam themselves.
Which path to choose; the path of salvation or the path of damnation?
Prophet Adam raised his hands in prayer (dua) saying, “O God! Satan was able to deceive me, what defense does my progeny have?”
Prophet Adam was praying for all mankind who are his progeny. God replied, “O Adam! I have given them the following:
1. If they have a bad intention but do not commit the act, I will not record it.
2. If they commit a bad deed I will record one sin for them.
3. If they do a good deed, I will reward them ten virtues (thawabs) for them.
4. If they have a good intention, I will reward them for it.”
Prophet Adam requested more defenses from God. God said, “O Adam! The door of repentance
(tawba) is always open and I always accept the sincere repentance of my servant.”


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