Mother Day is every day, Do you agree

The mother day not one day
{We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents: In pain did his mother Bear him, and in pain Did she give him birth. The carrying of the(child) To his weaning is(A period of) thirty months. At length, when he reaches The age of full strength And attains forty years, He says, “O my Lord! Grant me that I may be Grateful for Thy favour Which Thou hast bestowed Upon me, and upon both My parents, and that I May work righteousness Such as Thou mayest approve; And be gracious to me In my issue. Truly Have I turned to Thee And truly do I submit(To Thee) in Islam.} QURAN s. 46,A15-16
{O mankind!  fear Your Guardian Lord, Who created you From a single person,  Created, out of it, His mate, and from them twain Scattered(like seeds) Countless men and women;- Fear Allah, through Whom Ye demand your mutual(rights), And be heedful of the wombs(That bore you): for Allah Ever watches over you.} QURAN s.4A.1-2
Happy every day for all mother

JESUS in Islam

?Jesus in Islam | One Reason – What’s the purpose of life

­

// // //

Key to Paradise

 

http://rasoulallah.net/index.php/en/home

http://www.huda.tv/

The complete statement of the creed of the Muslim is: “Ash-shadu anna Laa elaha illa lah. Ash-shadu anna Muhammadar Rasoolulah.” (I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger).
Every Muslim has been taught that the key to “Jennah” (Paradise) is the statement in Arabic: “Laa illaha illa allah.” (There is none worthy of worship except Allah.) Yet too many Muslims simply rely upon this statement and believe that as long as they have made this statement, nothing will harm them. They think they will be granted Paradise because of this mere verbal statement of the Shahadah.

There is no question that the mere saying of the shahadah: “I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger” is not sufficient for salvation. In fact, the munafiqeen (hypocrites) used to make this statement quite often yet Allah describes them as liars and says that they shall abide in the lowest abyss of the Hell-fire.

True scholars of Islam are quick to tell us that this testimony of faith is our “Muftah ul Jennah” (Key to Paradise). The famous follower Wahb ibn Munabbih was once asked;
“Isn’t the statement of “La ilaha illa-allah” the key to Paradise?”
He answered;
“Yes! But every key has ridges. If you come with the key that has the right ridges, the door will open for you. Yet if you do not have the right ridges the door will not open for you.”

Think about it. If you try to drive your car with the key to your house will it work?, Of course not. So, we see that the statement like a key, must meet certain conditions in order to work. In fact these conditions are what will determine who will benefit from the statement and who will not benefit from saying it, no matter how many times per day they say it. We must work hard to learn, understand and practice these conditions before we run out time and then it would be too late for our shahadah to help us at all. This article has value only if we use it to look at ourselves and make sure we are really meeting these conditions.

Then by Allah’s Mercy, the doors to Jennah will open for us with our “muftah of Laa elaha illa allah”.

“Nine Conditions of the Shahadah”:

The Qur’an and the “Hadeeth” (teachings of Muhammad, peace be upon him) are the ultimate sources for knowledge in Islam. We find contained in them the reality of the conditions necessary for the “shahadah” to work as a “muftah” to the “Jennah” for us. The number might be understood as seven, eight or even nine depending on how you would categorize them or combine them together. Regardless of how we would list them or divide them up, it still remains that we must understand and most important, apply these conditions of our shahadah if we are to enter the Jennah. We listed them here as “nine” in order to give more attention and detail to each and every aspect. However, the scholars who have listed them as seven or eight have not left anything out. They have merely combined several for easier comprehension and memorization.

The nine conditions of the shahadah are known as:
1- Knowledge
2- Certainty
3- Adherence
4 – Submission
5- Truth
6- Sincerity
7 – Love
8 – Denial
9 – Acceptance

1 – KNOWLEDGE: (‘ilm)

That is, one must have the basic and general knowledge of what is meant by the shahadah. One must understand what the shahadah is affirming and what the shahadah is denying. Allah says in the Qur’an,
“So know that there is no God save Allah, and ask forgiveness for your sin.” [Surah [Muhammad: 19, {فَاعْلَمْ أَنَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لِذَنبِكَ}, Transliteration: Faa’lam ‘Annahu Lā ‘Ilaaha ‘Illaa Allaahu Wa Astaghfir Lidhanbika

Similarly, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
«Whoever dies knowing that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah shall enter Paradise» [Recorded in Sahih Muslim].

In fact, the shahadah itself is a testimony. When one testifies to something, one must know what it is that he is testifying concerns. Obviously, a testimony about something that one does not have any knowledge about is absolutely unacceptable. Allah says in the Qur’an,

“Except him who bears witness unto the truth knowingly” [Surah Al-Zukhruf: 86], Transliteration: ‘Illaa Man Shahida Bil-Ĥaqqi Wa Hum Ya`lamūna, {إلَّا مَن شَهِدَ بِالْحَقِّ وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ}.

Now this condition probably sounds obvious; if someone said to you, “There is no God except Allah,” and then said that what he meant by Allah was Jesus, you would immediately tell him that this shahadah is nonsense. Yet can you imagine that there is a Muslim country in the world that until recently used to have a yearly weeklong celebration to “the Gods of the Sea”! All along they call themselves Muslims and they make the shahadah numerous times a day.

This clearly shows that they have no idea what the meaning of their shahadah is. Do you think that this kind of shahadah will open the doors to Paradise for them? Today, there are many Muslims who wonder why we should not accept secularism. They think that there is nothing wrong with secularism! Many of these Muslims pray five times a day and utter the shahadah repeatedly. Yet they see nothing wrong with accepting a Lawgiver other than Allah? What kind of shahadah are these people making?

All of us do our best to learn at least the basics of Islamic beliefs, the basics of what shahadah means. In this way, Allah willing, we will be making the correct shahadah. We will be witnessing to the truth as we are supposed to be witnesses to it.

2 – CERTAINTY (yaqeen):

This is the opposite of doubt and uncertainty. In Islam, in fact, any kind of doubt is equivalent to Kufr or disbelief. We must, in our hearts, be absolutely certain of the truth of the shahadah. Our hearts must not be wavering in any way when we testify to the truth of, “There is none worthy of worship except Allah.” Allah describes the believers in the Qur’an as those who have belief in Allah and then their hearts waver not. Allah says,
“the (true) believers are those only who believe in Allah and His messenger and afterward doubt not, but strive with their wealth and their lives for the cause of Allah. Such are the sincere.” [al-Hujjarat : 15], {إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَرْتَابُوا وَجَاهَدُوا بِأَمْوَالِهِمْ وَأَنفُسِهِمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الصَّادِقُونَ}, Transliteration: ‘Innamā Al-Mu’uminūna Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū Billāhi Wa Rasūlihi Thumma Lam Yartābū Wa Jāhadū Bi’amwālihim Wa ‘Anfusihim Fī Sabīli Allāhi ‘Ūlā’ika Humu Aş-Şādiqūna.

Similarly, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, «No one meets Allah with the testimony that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and I am the Messenger of Allah, and he has no doubt about hat statement, except that he will enter Paradise» [Recorded by Muslim].

Indeed, Allah describes the hypocrites as those people whose hearts are wavering. For example, Allah says,
“They alone seek leave of thee (not to participate in jihad) who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and whose hearts feel doubt, so in their doubt they waver.” [al-Tauba: 45], {إِنَّمَا يَسْتَأْذِنُكَ الَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَارْتَابَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ فَهُمْ فِي رَيْبِهِمْ يَتَرَدَّدُونَ}, Transliteration: ‘Innamā Yasta’dhinuka Al-Ladhīna Lā Yu’uminūna Billāhi Wa Al-Yawmi Al-‘Ākhiri Wa Artābat Qulūbuhum Fahum Fī Raybihim Yataraddadūna.

Many scholars have stated that the diseases of the heart, or the doubt and suspicions that one allows into one’s heart, are more dangerous for a person’s faith than lusts and desires. This is because lusts and desires may be satisfied at some time yet the person still knows them to be wrong and he may control himself and repent and give up that evil deed. On the other hand, the doubts and suspicions may linger in the heart, with no cure, until the person finally leaves Islam entirely or continues to practice Islam while, in fact, in his heart he does not have the true faith. The greatest cure for these doubts is seeking knowledge. It is through sound knowledge of the Qur’an and the Sunnah that most of these doubts will be removed.

3 – ACCEPTANCE (qabool):

If a person has knowledge of and certainty in the shahadah, this must be followed by acceptance, with the tongue and heart, of whatever that shahadah implies. Whoever refuses to accept the shahadah and its implications, even if he knows that it is true and certain about its truth, then he is a disbeliever. This refusal to accept is sometimes due to pride, envy or other reasons.

In any case, the shahadah is not a true shahadah without its unconditional acceptance. The scholars all talk about this condition as a general condition in the way that I have just stated. However, there is also a more detailed aspect that we must all be aware of. The believer accepts whatever the implications of the shahadah are. This also means that he believes in whatever is stated in the Qur’an or stated by the Prophet (peace be upon him), without any right to choose what he wants to believe and what he wants to reject. Allah says in the Qur’an,
“Do you believe in part of the book and reject part of it? And what is the reward of those who do so, except humiliation in the life of this world, and on the Day of Resurrection they will be sent to the most dreadful doom.” [al-Baqarah: 85], {أفَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِبَعْضِ الْكِتَابِ وَتَكْفُرُونَ بِبَعْضٍ ۚ فَمَا جَزَاءُ مَن يَفْعَلُ ذَٰلِكَ مِنكُمْ إِلَّا خِزْيٌ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَيَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ يُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ أَشَدِّ الْعَذَابِ}, Transliteration: ‘A Fatu’uminūna Biba`đi Al-Kitābi Wa Takfurūna Biba`đin Famā Jazā’u Man Yaf`alu Dhālika Minkum ‘Illā Khizyun Fī Al-Ĥayāati Ad-Dunyā Wa Yawma Al-Qiyāmati Yuraddūna ‘Ilá ‘Ashaddi Al-`Adhābi.

This is one aspect that the Muslims must be aware of. Although it is not the same as the complete refusal to accept the truth, by rejecting part of the truth that has come from Allah, one also negates his testimony of faith. Unfortunately, many Muslims are doing this nowadays in various ways. Although not all of these forms may necessarily be considered apostasy, they are still very dangerous. For example, if they do not like what is stated in a verse in the Qur’an, they simply reinterpret the verse according to their liking. If they do not like what is stated in a hadeeth, they simply state that the hadeeth must not be authentic although they are not scholars in that area. This kind of behavior is the antithesis of the behavior of the true Muslims. Whatever comes from Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), the true Muslim believes in as the truth. This goes hand in hand with their testimony of faith.

4 – SUBMISSION and COMPLIANCE (Inqiyad):

This implies the actual physical enactment with our deeds of our shahadah. In fact, this is one of the main meanings of the word Islam itself, “the submission to the will and commands of Allah.” This is what Allah commands in the Qur’an,
“Turn unto Him repentant, and surrender unto Him” [al-Zumar: 54], .

Allah has praised those who submit to His command by their actions. Allah says,

“Who is better in religion than he who surrenders his purpose to Allah while doing good” [[al-Nisa: 125, {وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ دِينًا مِّمَّنْ أَسْلَمَ وَجْهَهُ لِلَّهِ وَهُوَ مُحْسِنٌ}, Transliteration: Wa Man ‘Aĥsanu Dīnāan Mimman ‘Aslama Wajhahu Lillāhi Wa Huwa Muĥsinun .

Actually, Allah has clearly made it a condition of faith that one submits to the command of Allah and His messenger. Allah says,

“But nay, by your Lord, they will not truly believe until they make you [the Messenger of Allah] judge of what is in dispute between them and find within themselves no dislike of which you decide, and submit with full submission” [al-Nisa: 65], {فَلَا وَرَبِّكَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ حَتَّىٰ يُحَكِّمُوكَ فِيمَا شَجَرَ بَيْنَهُمْ ثُمَّ لَا يَجِدُوا فِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَرَجًا مِّمَّا قَضَيْتَ وَيُسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا}, Transliteration: Falā Wa Rabbika Lā Yu’uminūna Ĥattá Yuĥakkimūka Fīmā Shajara Baynahum Thumma Lā Yajidū Fī ‘Anfusihim Ĥarajāan Mimmā Qađayta Wa Yusallimū Taslīmāan

Unfortunately, there are many that claim that there is no relationship between faith and deeds. You can even hear one Muslim saying about another, “That is the best Muslim I have ever met,” yet the other person performs scarcely any of the deeds of Islam whatsoever. This incorrect understanding of faith has spread throughout the Muslim world. Indeed, our shahadah or testimony of faith must be implemented or realized in our hearts, tongues and actions. In our hearts, we must have love for Allah, fear Allah and hope in Him. With our tongues we must testify to the shahadah. And with our actions, we must implement what the testimony of faith requires from us.

Anyone who claims to be a Muslim and yet does no deeds, either does not understand Islam whatsoever or is bearing testimony against himself that his testimony of faith is not a true and correct testimony of faith. This does not mean that the true believer never commits a sin. Indeed, true believers do commit sins, but as long as they recognize that what they did is not correct and it is inconsistent with their obligation of submitting to Allah, then they have not violated the soundness of their testimony or shahadah. But do not forget they are still sinners. And what is the minimum of submission that is required from a person beyond whom there can be no claim to faith? For those scholars who say that the abandonment of prayers is infidelity, it is the five daily prayers. Whoever does not perform, at least, the five daily prayers have gone beyond the limit that is acceptable for lack of deeds. Allah knows best.

5 – TRUTHFULNESS (as-sidq),
as opposed to hypocrisy and dishonesty

This means that when we say the shahadah, we are saying it honestly. We actually mean it. We are not lying when it comes to our testimony of faith. The Prophet (peace be upon his) said, «No one bears testimony to there being no one worth of worship save Allah, sincerely from his heart, except that Allah makes the Hell-fire forbidden for him» [Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim.]

We are all familiar with those who say the testimony of faith yet they are not saying it honestly. They do not believe in it but they are simply saying it in order to protect themselves or to get some gain from doing so; these are the hypocrites. Allah has described them in the opening of the Qur’an with the following words,

“And of mankind are some who say, ‘We believe in Allah and the Last Day,’ when they believe not. They think to beguile Allah and those who believe, and they beguile none save themselves, but they perceive not. In their hearts is a disease, and Allah increases their disease. A painful doom is theirs because they lie” [al-Baqarah: 8-10], {يُخَادِعُونَ اللَّهَ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَمَا يَخْدَعُونَ إِلَّا أَنفُسَهُمْ وَمَا يَشْعُرُونَ ﴿9﴾ فِي قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌ فَزَادَهُمُ اللَّهُ مَرَضًا ۖ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْذِبُونَ}, Transliteration: Wa Mina An-Nāsi Man Yaqūlu ‘Āmannā Billāhi Wa Bil-Yawmi Al-‘Ākhiri Wa Mā Hum Bimu’uminīna, Yukhādi`ūna Allāha Wa Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū Wa Mā Yakhda`ūna ‘Illā ‘Anfusahum Wa Mā Yash`urūna, Fī Qulūbihim Marađun Fazādahumu Allāhu Marađāan Wa Lahum `Adhābun ‘Alīmun Bimā Kānū Yakdhibūna.

Obviously, the shahadah of those who become Muslims simply to benefit from being Muslim and not because they believe in Islam will be rejected by Allah in the Hereafter. They will face a painful punishment due to their lying.

6 – SINCERITY (or al-ikhlass):

That is, when we make the shahadah, we must do so solely for the sake of Allah. We must not do it for any other reason. And we must not do it for anyone else’s sake. In this manner, the meaning of sincerity is opposite of Shirk or ascribing partners with Allah. We became and remain Muslims solely for Allah’s sake. Allah says in the Qur’an,
“Worship Allah, making religion pure for him” [al-Zumar: 2], {فَاعْبُدِ اللَّهَ مُخْلِصًا لَّهُ الدِّينَ}, Transliteration: Fā`budi Allāha Mukhlişāan Lahu Ad-Dīna.

And Allah also says,
“And they are ordained not else than to serve Allah, keeping religion pure for Him, as men by nature upright and to establish worship and to pay the poor-due. That is true religion” [al-Bayinah: 5], {وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ حُنَفَاءَ وَيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُوا الزَّكَاةَ ۚ وَذَٰلِكَ دِينُ الْقَيِّمَةِ}, Transliteration: Wa Mā ‘Umirū ‘Illā Liya`budū Allāha Mukhlişīna Lahu Ad-Dīna Ĥunafā’a Wa Yuqīmū Aş-Şalāata Wa Yu’utū Az-Zakāata Wa Dhalika Dīnu Al-Qayyimahi.

And the Prophet (peace be upon him) added, «Allah has forbidden for the Hell-fire anyone who says, ‘There is no one worthy of worship except Allah,’ and say so desiring the face [and pleasure] of Allah» [Recorded by Muslim].

This is something that we should all think about, especially those of us who grew up in Muslim families and were born Muslim. We should make it very clear to ourselves that we are Muslims only for the sake of Allah. We are not Muslims for the sake of our parents, friends, family or community. It must be clear in our minds that we are Muslims for the sake of Allah first, last and only. One of the signs that we are Muslims for the sake of Allah is that we do whatever Allah asks of us, regardless of what anybody else desires or wants from us. That is, in the same way that we are Muslims solely for the sake of Allah, all of our actions are done for the sake of Allah.

However, sometimes one begins to wonder whether some people meet this condition. Some people from the Muslim world practice Islam to the extent that it is pleasing to their families. If there is anything in Islam that their families do not like- although their families are Muslim and therefore they actually should like all of Islam- then they do not practice that aspect of Islam. One common example of that nature is mixing between men and women. Sometimes a brother, here in the U.S., will not mix with women and his wife will remain separate from the men. Yet, when they return to their homes, because this is not pleasing to their families who want to mix between men and women, they easily, simply and happily compromise their religion for the sake of their parents. These people must sincerely ask themselves why they are Muslims. Are they Muslims for the sake of their parents and therefore whatever their parents like they will do and whatever their parents do not like they won’t do? Or are they Muslims for the sake of Allah and therefore whatever Allah dislikes they will not do and whatever Allah is pleased with they do?

7 – LOVE (mahabbah):

That is, the believer loves this shahadah, he loves in accordance with the shahadah, he loves the implications and requirements of the shahadah and he loves those who act and strive for the sake of this shahadah. This is a necessary condition of the shahadah. If a person makes the shahadah but does not love the shahadah and what it stands for, then, in fact, his faith is not complete. It is not the faith of a true believer. And if he loves something more that this shahadah or if he loves something more than Allah, then he has negated his shahadah. The true believer, the one meeting the conditions of the shahadah puts no one whatsoever as an equal to Allah in his love. Allah says in the Qur’an,
“Yet of mankind are some who take unto themselves (objects of worship which they set as) rivals to Allah, loving them with a love like (that which is due to) Allah only. However, those who believe are stauncher in their love of Allah” [al-Baqarah: 165], {وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَندَادًا يُحِبُّونَهُمْ كَحُبِّ اللَّهِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّهِ}, Transliteration: Wa Mina An-Nāsi Man Yattakhidhu Min Dūni Allāhi ‘Andādāan Yuĥibbūnahum Kaĥubbi Allāhi Wa Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū ‘Ashaddu Ĥubbāan Lillāhi.

And elsewhere Allah says:

“Say: If your fathers, or your sons, or your brethren, or your wives, or your tribe, or the wealth you have acquired, or merchandise for which you fear that there will be no sale, or dwellings you desire are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger and striving in His way: then wait till Allah brings His command to pass. Allah guides not wrongdoing folk” [al-Tauba: 24], {قُلْ إِن كَانَ آبَاؤُكُمْ وَأَبْنَاؤُكُمْ وَإِخْوَانُكُمْ وَأَزْوَاجُكُمْ وَعَشِيرَتُكُمْ وَأَمْوَالٌ اقْتَرَفْتُمُوهَا وَتِجَارَةٌ تَخْشَوْنَ كَسَادَهَا وَمَسَاكِنُ تَرْضَوْنَهَا أَحَبَّ إِلَيْكُم مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَجِهَادٍ فِي سَبِيلِهِ فَتَرَبَّصُوا حَتَّىٰ يَأْتِيَ اللَّهُ بِأَمْرِهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْفَاسِقِينَ}, Transliteration: Qul ‘In Kāna ‘Ābā’uukum Wa ‘Abnā’uukum Wa ‘Ikhwānukum Wa ‘Azwājukum Wa `Ashīratukum Wa ‘Amwālun Aqtaraftumūhā Wa Tijāratun Takhshawna Kasādahā Wa Masākinu Tarđawnahā ‘Aĥabba ‘Ilaykum Mina Allāhi Wa Rasūlihi Wa Jihādin Fī Sabīlihi Fatarabbaşū Ĥattá Ya’tiya Allāhu Bi’amrihi Wa Allāhu Lā Yahdī Al-Qawma Al-Fāsiqīna.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever has three characteristics has tasted the sweetness of faith. [The first of these] is that he loves Allah and His Messenger more than he loves anyone else…”(Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim.).

This is one of the most important aspects of Islam yet, for some reason, it is missing from the lives of many Muslims. They act in Islam as if Islam were a chore instead of doing things out of the love of Allah. When Allah orders us to do something, like bear witness to the faith, we should realize that that thing is pleasing to Allah and, therefore, out of our love for Allah, we should be very pleased to do the acts that are pleasing to Allah. But, as I said, this feeling is missing from many, many Muslims today.

8 – DENIAL OF FALSE WORSHIP

Although that is clear in the words of the testimony of faith, it does not seem clear to everyone who makes that testimony. Therefore, I am mentioning it explicitly here. In Surah al-Baqarah, Allah clearly reminds us of this important aspect of the shahadah, the shahadah is not merely an affirmation but it is both an affirmation and a negation. Allah states,
“And he who rejects false deities and believes in Allah has grasped a firm handhold which will never break” (al-Baqarah: 256).

Perhaps the Prophet (peace be upon him) made this point even clearer when he said, «Whoever says there is no one worthy of worship except Allah and denies whatever is worshipped besides Allah, then his wealth and blood are protected and his accounting will be with Allah» [Recorded by Muslim].

Although this condition should be obvious to everyone who says the words of shahadah, you can still find Muslims who say the shahadah and then make acts of worship for beings or things other than Allah. You will find them going to the graveyards and worshipping those in the graves. They will perform acts of worship, not for the sake of Allah, but for the sake of the dead “saints” in the grave. What kind of shahadah have these people made? Do you really think that their shahadah will mean anything on the Day of Judgment as long as they believe that acts of worship may be done for other than Allah?

9 – ADHERENCE (astaqeem) until death:

This is must if the shahadah is to mean anything for you in the Hereafter. You cannot rest on your laurels of what you may have done in the past. No, indeed, the shahadah must be your banner until your death. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, «A man spends a long time doing the deeds of the people of Paradise and then he ends his deeds with the deeds of the people of the Hell-fire. And a man spends a long time doing the deeds of the people of the Hell-fire and then he ends his deeds with the deeds of the people of Paradise» [Recorded by Muslim].

In another hadeeth, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
«By the One beside whom there is no other God, one of you does the actions of Paradise until there is just a hand span between him and Paradise and then the book [preordainment] overtakes him and he does the actions of the people of Hell and he enters into it» [Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim.]

And Allah says in the Qur’an,

“O believers, observe your duty to Allah with right observance, and die not except as Muslims “O believers, observe your duty to Allah with right observance, and die not except as Muslims [in complete state of surrender, submission, obedience to Allah]” [in complete state of surrender, submission, obedience to Allah]” [al-Imran: 102], {يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ}, Transliteration: Yā ‘Ayyuhā Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū Attaqū Allāha Ĥaqqa Tuqātihi Wa Lā Tamūtunna ‘Illā Wa ‘Antum Muslimūna.

Dear brothers and sisters, these are the conditions of the shahadah. These are the aspects of the shahadah that each and every one of us should look deep down into our own hearts and ask ourselves:

“Is my shahadah meeting those requirements?”

“Am I saying it sincerely, honestly and out of love for Allah?”

“Am I saying it based on what it really means?”

“Am I denying all other false objects of worship?”

“Is there any part of my shahadah that is weak or missing?”

It is not enough to simply memorize these conditions and the answers to the questions as though we were on our way to class to take a “pop quiz.” We might meet Muslims or even the teachers themselves, who have totally memorized these conditions and their meanings so much so that they can recite every detail. But if we look to the way they act and the way they treat others, we know that the conditions are not having the right effect on them. This is proof that no matter how much a person knows, it only matters how much they live up to it. In the Next Life their knowledge of these conditions of shahadah will not benefit them in the least if they have not put them into practice. Actually, their knowledge will be proof against them because they clearly knew the conditions, yet they were not willing to live up to them in this life.

As Muslims we need to ask ourselves right now, before we die and go in front of Allah for His Judgment. We need to consider our answers carefully to these questions. If we are weak in certain areas of these important questions, then we should work hard to remove that weakness. So that in the Next Life our shahadah will be our “Key to Paradise” and the gates of the Paradise will open wide for us and we will be able to live forever in Allah’s Jennah with Him being please with us.

“O Allah, make us of those who learn, understand and apply the true meanings of the shahadah, ameen. Forgive us were we fall short or make mistakes, ameen. Bring us closer to You by Your Mercy and enter us into Your Jennah, ameen.”

Al Hamdulilah Rabbil Alameen was salat was salam ala Rasool al kareem.

Is There a Creator ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ajAOtqJ9sg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_UTerWVXDo&feature=related

would like to answer this question by quoting a number of aayaat (verses) from the Book of Allaah (the Qur’aan – the scripture of Islam), then you can think to yourself aboutthe matter and if the truth becomes clear to you, you will have no choice but to follow it.If it does not, then continue reading until it is clear in your mind. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Were they created by nothing, or were they themselves the creators?” “Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay, but they have no firm Belief.” “Or are with them the treasures of your Lord? Or are they the tyrants with the authority to do as they like?” [al-Toor 52:35-37] “Verily, the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allaah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed aayaat (proofs, evidences, signs) for people of understanding.” [al-Baqarah 2:164] “It is He Who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it We bring forth green stalks, from which We bring forth thick clustered grain. And out of the date-palm and its spathe come forth clusters of dates hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily! In these things there are signs for people who believe.” [al-An’aam 6:99] “And it is He Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His Mercy (rain), till when they have carried a heavy-laden cloud, We drive it to a land that is dead, then We cause water (rain) to descend thereon. Then We produce every kind of fruit therewith. Similarly, We shall raise up the dead, so that you may remember or take heed.” [al-A’raaf 7:57] “Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth were joined together as one united piece, then We parted them? And We have made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?” [al-Anbiya’ 21:30] “Is not He (better than your gods) Who created the heavens and the earth, and sends down for you water (rain) from the sky, whereby We cause to grow wonderful gardens full of beauty and delight? It is not in your ability to cause the growth of their trees. Is there any god with Allaah? Nay, but they are a people who ascribe equals (to Him)!” [al-Naml 27:60] “He has created the heavens and the earth without any pillars that you see, and has set on the earth firm mountains, lest it should shake with you. And He has scattered therein moving (living) creatures of all kinds. And We send down water (rain) from the sky, and We cause (plants) of every goodly kind to grow therein.” [Luqmaan 31:10] “See you not (O men) that Allaah has subjected for you whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth, and has completed and perfected His Graces upon you, (both) apparent (i.e., Islamic Monotheism, and the lawful pleasures of this world, including health, good looks, etc.) and hidden (i.e., one’s Faith in Allaah, knowledge, wisdom, guidance for doing righteous deeds, and also the pleasures and delights of the Hereafter in Paradise, etc.)? Yet of mankind in he who disputes about Allaah without knowledge or guidance or a Book giving light!” [Luqmaan 31:20] “And the two seas (kinds of water) are not alike, this fresh, sweet and pleasant to drink, and that saltish and bitter. And from them both you eat fresh tender meat (fish), and derive the ornaments that you wear. And you see the ships cleaving (the sea-water as they sail through it), that you may seek of His Bounty, and that you may give thanks.” [Faatir 35:12] “Have you not seen how your Lord spread the shadow? If He willed, He could have made it still – then We have made the sun its guide (i.e., after the sunrise, it (the shadow) contracts and vanishes at noon, and then again appears in the afternoon with the decline of the sun, and had there been no sunlight, there would have been no shadow)” Then We withdraw it to Us – a gradual concealed withdrawal. And it is He Who makes the night a covering for you, and the sleep (as) repose, and makes the day nushoor (i.e., getting up and going about here and there for daily work, etc., after one’s sleep at night or like resurrection after one’s death). And it is He Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His Mercy (rain), and We send down pure water from the sky, – “That We may give life thereby to a dead land, and We give to drink thereof many of th e cattle and men that We had created,” [al-Furqaan 25:45-49] “And it is He Who has let free the two seas (kinds of water), one palatable and sweet, and the other salt and bitter, and He has set a barrier and a complete partition between them.” [al-Furqaan 25:53] “And a sign for them is the dead land. We gave it life, and We brought forth from it grains, so that they eat thereof.” And We have made therein gardens of date-palms and grapes, and We have caused springs of water to gush forth therein. So that they may eat of the fruit thereof, and their hands made it not. Will they not, then, give thanks? Glory be to Him, Who has created all the pairs of that which the earth produces, as well as of their own (human) kind (male and female), and of that which they know not. And a sing for them is the night. We withdraw therefrom the day, and behold, they are in darkness. And the sun runs on its fixed course for a term (appointed). That is the Decree of the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing. And the moon, We have measured for it mansions (to traverse) till it returns like the old dried curved date stalk. It is not for the sun to overtake the moon, nor does the night outstrip the day. They all float, each in an orbit. And a sign for them is that We bore their offspring in the laden ship (of Nooh). And We have created for them of the like thereunto, so on them they ride. And if We will, We shall drown them, and there will be no shout (or helper) for them (to hear their cry for help) nor will they be saved, “Unless it be a mercy from Us, and as an enjoyment for a while.” [Yaa-Seen 36:33-44] “We created you, then why do you believe not?” Then tell Me (about) the human semen that you emit. Is it you who create it (i.e., make this semen into a perfect human being), or are We the  Creator? We have decreed death unto you all, and We are not unable, To transfigure you and create you in (forms) that you know not. And indeed, you have already known the first form of creation (i.e., the creation of Adam). Why then do you not remember or take heed? Tell Me! The seed that you sow in the ground. Is it you that make it grow, or are We the Grower? Were it Our Will, We could crumble it to dry pieces, and you would be regretful (or left in wonderment), (Saying), ‘We are indeed Mughramoon (i.e., ruined, or lost the money without any profit, or punished by the loss of all that we spent for cultivation, etc.)! ‘Nay, but we are deprived!’ Tell Me! The water that you drink, Is it you who cause it from the rainclouds to come down, or are We the Causer of it to come down? If We willed, We verily could make it salt (and undrinkable). Why then do you not give thanks (to Allaah)? Tell Me! The fire which you kindle, Is it you who made the tree thereof to grow, or are We the Grower? We have made it a Reminder (for the Hell-fire, in the Hereafter); and an article of use for the travellers (and all others, in this world). The glorify with praises the Name of your Lord, the Most Great. So I swear by mawaaqi’ (setting to the mansions, etc.) of the stars (they traverse), And verily, that is indeed a great oath, if you but knew, “That (this) is indeed an honourable recital (the Noble Qur’aan).” [al-Waaqi’ah 56:57-77] “So glorify Allaah, when you come up to the evening (i.e., offer the Maghrib (sunset) and ‘Isha’ (night) prayers), and when you enter the morning (i.e., offer the Fajr (morning) prayers).” And His is all the praise and thanks in the heavens and the earth, and (glorify Him) in the afternoon (i.e., offer ‘Asr (mid-afternoon) prayer) and when you come up to the time when the day begins to decline (i.e., offer the Zuhr (mid-day) prayer). He brings out the living from the dead, and brings out the dead from the living. And He revives the earth after its death, and thus shall you be brought out (resurrected). And among His Signs is this, that He created you (Adam) from dust, and then (Hawwa (Eve) from Adam’s rib, then his offspring from the semen, and), – behold you are human beings scattered! And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect. And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. Verily in that are indeed signs for men of sound knowledge. And among His Signs is the sleep that you take by night and by day, and your seeking of His Bounty. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who listen. And among His Signs is that He shows you the lightning, by way of fear and hope, and He sends down water (rain) from the sky, and therewith revives the earth after its death. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who understand. And among His Signs is that the heaven and the earth stand by His Command, then afterwards when He will call you by single call, behold, you will come out from the earth (i.e, from your graves, for reckoning and recompense). To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. All are obedient to Him. “And He it is Who originates the creation, then will repeat it (after it has perished), and this is easier for Him. His is the highest description (i.e., none has the right to be worshipped but He, and there is nothing comparable unto Him) in the heavens and in the earth. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.” [al-Room 30: 17-27] “Is not He (better than your gods) Who created the heavens and the earth, and sends down for you water (rain) from the sky, whereby We cause to grow wonderful gardens full of beauty and delight? It is not in your ability to cause the growth of their trees. Is there any god with Allaah? Nay, but they are a people who ascribe equals (to Him)!” Is not he (better than you gods) Who has made the earth as a fixed abode, and has placed rivers in its midst, and has placed firm mountains therein, and has set a barrier between the two seas (of salt and sweet water). Is there any god with Allaah? Nay, but most of them know not. Is not He (better than your gods) Who responds to the distressed one, when He calls Him, and Who removes the evil, generations after generations. Is there any god with Allaah? Little is it that you remember! Is not He (better than your gods) Who guides you in the darkness of the land and the sea, and Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His mercy (rain)? Is there any god with Allaah? High Exalted be Allaah above all that they associate as partners (to Him)! Is not He (better than your so-called gods) Who originates creation, and shall thereafter repeat it, and Who provides for you from heaven and earth? Is there any god with Allaah? Say: ‘bring forth your proofs, if you are truthful’ “Say: ‘None on the heavens and the earth knows the unseen except Allaah, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected.'” [al-Naml 27:60-65] This is a selection of clear aayaat (verses) that include the answer to your question. We invite you to join the community of the believers and to enter the religion of Islam which Allaah has chosen as the religion for all mankind. Peace be upon those who follow true Guidance.

Is There a Creator ?

Is There a Creator ?

would like to answer this question by quoting a number of aayaat (verses) from the Book of Allaah (the Qur’aan – the scripture of Islam), then you can think to yourself aboutthe matter and if the truth becomes clear to you, you will have no choice but to follow it.If it does not, then continue reading until it is clear in your mind. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Were they created by nothing, or were they themselves the creators?” “Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay, but they have no firm Belief.” “Or are with them the treasures of your Lord? Or are they the tyrants with the authority to do as they like?” [al-Toor 52:35-37] “Verily, the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allaah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed aayaat (proofs, evidences, signs) for people of understanding.” [al-Baqarah 2:164] “It is He Who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it We bring forth green stalks, from which We bring forth thick clustered grain. And out of the date-palm and its spathe come forth clusters of dates hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily! In these things there are signs for people who believe.” [al-An’aam 6:99] “And it is He Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His Mercy (rain), till when they have carried a heavy-laden cloud, We drive it to a land that is dead, then We cause water (rain) to descend thereon. Then We produce every kind of fruit therewith. Similarly, We shall raise up the dead, so that you may remember or take heed.” [al-A’raaf 7:57] “Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth were joined together as one united piece, then We parted them? And We have made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?” [al-Anbiya’ 21:30] “Is not He (better than your gods) Who created the heavens and the earth, and sends down for you water (rain) from the sky, whereby We cause to grow wonderful gardens full of beauty and delight? It is not in your ability to cause the growth of their trees. Is there any god with Allaah? Nay, but they are a people who ascribe equals (to Him)!” [al-Naml 27:60] “He has created the heavens and the earth without any pillars that you see, and has set on the earth firm mountains, lest it should shake with you. And He has scattered therein moving (living) creatures of all kinds. And We send down water (rain) from the sky, and We cause (plants) of every goodly kind to grow therein.” [Luqmaan 31:10] “See you not (O men) that Allaah has subjected for you whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth, and has completed and perfected His Graces upon you, (both) apparent (i.e., Islamic Monotheism, and the lawful pleasures of this world, including health, good looks, etc.) and hidden (i.e., one’s Faith in Allaah, knowledge, wisdom, guidance for doing righteous deeds, and also the pleasures and delights of the Hereafter in Paradise, etc.)? Yet of mankind in he who disputes about Allaah without knowledge or guidance or a Book giving light!” [Luqmaan 31:20] “And the two seas (kinds of water) are not alike, this fresh, sweet and pleasant to drink, and that saltish and bitter. And from them both you eat fresh tender meat (fish), and derive the ornaments that you wear. And you see the ships cleaving (the sea-water as they sail through it), that you may seek of His Bounty, and that you may give thanks.” [Faatir 35:12] “Have you not seen how your Lord spread the shadow? If He willed, He could have made it still – then We have made the sun its guide (i.e., after the sunrise, it (the shadow) contracts and vanishes at noon, and then again appears in the afternoon with the decline of the sun, and had there been no sunlight, there would have been no shadow)” Then We withdraw it to Us – a gradual concealed withdrawal. And it is He Who makes the night a covering for you, and the sleep (as) repose, and makes the day nushoor (i.e., getting up and going about here and there for daily work, etc., after one’s sleep at night or like resurrection after one’s death). And it is He Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His Mercy (rain), and We send down pure water from the sky, – “That We may give life thereby to a dead land, and We give to drink thereof many of th e cattle and men that We had created,” [al-Furqaan 25:45-49] “And it is He Who has let free the two seas (kinds of water), one palatable and sweet, and the other salt and bitter, and He has set a barrier and a complete partition between them.” [al-Furqaan 25:53] “And a sign for them is the dead land. We gave it life, and We brought forth from it grains, so that they eat thereof.” And We have made therein gardens of date-palms and grapes, and We have caused springs of water to gush forth therein. So that they may eat of the fruit thereof, and their hands made it not. Will they not, then, give thanks? Glory be to Him, Who has created all the pairs of that which the earth produces, as well as of their own (human) kind (male and female), and of that which they know not. And a sing for them is the night. We withdraw therefrom the day, and behold, they are in darkness. And the sun runs on its fixed course for a term (appointed). That is the Decree of the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing. And the moon, We have measured for it mansions (to traverse) till it returns like the old dried curved date stalk. It is not for the sun to overtake the moon, nor does the night outstrip the day. They all float, each in an orbit. And a sign for them is that We bore their offspring in the laden ship (of Nooh). And We have created for them of the like thereunto, so on them they ride. And if We will, We shall drown them, and there will be no shout (or helper) for them (to hear their cry for help) nor will they be saved, “Unless it be a mercy from Us, and as an enjoyment for a while.” [Yaa-Seen 36:33-44] “We created you, then why do you believe not?” Then tell Me (about) the human semen that you emit. Is it you who create it (i.e., make this semen into a perfect human being), or are We the  Creator? We have decreed death unto you all, and We are not unable, To transfigure you and create you in (forms) that you know not. And indeed, you have already known the first form of creation (i.e., the creation of Adam). Why then do you not remember or take heed? Tell Me! The seed that you sow in the ground. Is it you that make it grow, or are We the Grower? Were it Our Will, We could crumble it to dry pieces, and you would be regretful (or left in wonderment), (Saying), ‘We are indeed Mughramoon (i.e., ruined, or lost the money without any profit, or punished by the loss of all that we spent for cultivation, etc.)! ‘Nay, but we are deprived!’ Tell Me! The water that you drink, Is it you who cause it from the rainclouds to come down, or are We the Causer of it to come down? If We willed, We verily could make it salt (and undrinkable). Why then do you not give thanks (to Allaah)? Tell Me! The fire which you kindle, Is it you who made the tree thereof to grow, or are We the Grower? We have made it a Reminder (for the Hell-fire, in the Hereafter); and an article of use for the travellers (and all others, in this world). The glorify with praises the Name of your Lord, the Most Great. So I swear by mawaaqi’ (setting to the mansions, etc.) of the stars (they traverse), And verily, that is indeed a great oath, if you but knew, “That (this) is indeed an honourable recital (the Noble Qur’aan).” [al-Waaqi’ah 56:57-77] “So glorify Allaah, when you come up to the evening (i.e., offer the Maghrib (sunset) and ‘Isha’ (night) prayers), and when you enter the morning (i.e., offer the Fajr (morning) prayers).” And His is all the praise and thanks in the heavens and the earth, and (glorify Him) in the afternoon (i.e., offer ‘Asr (mid-afternoon) prayer) and when you come up to the time when the day begins to decline (i.e., offer the Zuhr (mid-day) prayer). He brings out the living from the dead, and brings out the dead from the living. And He revives the earth after its death, and thus shall you be brought out (resurrected). And among His Signs is this, that He created you (Adam) from dust, and then (Hawwa (Eve) from Adam’s rib, then his offspring from the semen, and), – behold you are human beings scattered! And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect. And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. Verily in that are indeed signs for men of sound knowledge. And among His Signs is the sleep that you take by night and by day, and your seeking of His Bounty. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who listen. And among His Signs is that He shows you the lightning, by way of fear and hope, and He sends down water (rain) from the sky, and therewith revives the earth after its death. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who understand. And among His Signs is that the heaven and the earth stand by His Command, then afterwards when He will call you by single call, behold, you will come out from the earth (i.e, from your graves, for reckoning and recompense). To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. All are obedient to Him. “And He it is Who originates the creation, then will repeat it (after it has perished), and this is easier for Him. His is the highest description (i.e., none has the right to be worshipped but He, and there is nothing comparable unto Him) in the heavens and in the earth. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.” [al-Room 30: 17-27] “Is not He (better than your gods) Who created the heavens and the earth, and sends down for you water (rain) from the sky, whereby We cause to grow wonderful gardens full of beauty and delight? It is not in your ability to cause the growth of their trees. Is there any god with Allaah? Nay, but they are a people who ascribe equals (to Him)!” Is not he (better than you gods) Who has made the earth as a fixed abode, and has placed rivers in its midst, and has placed firm mountains therein, and has set a barrier between the two seas (of salt and sweet water). Is there any god with Allaah? Nay, but most of them know not. Is not He (better than your gods) Who responds to the distressed one, when He calls Him, and Who removes the evil, generations after generations. Is there any god with Allaah? Little is it that you remember! Is not He (better than your gods) Who guides you in the darkness of the land and the sea, and Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His mercy (rain)? Is there any god with Allaah? High Exalted be Allaah above all that they associate as partners (to Him)! Is not He (better than your so-called gods) Who originates creation, and shall thereafter repeat it, and Who provides for you from heaven and earth? Is there any god with Allaah? Say: ‘bring forth your proofs, if you are truthful’ “Say: ‘None on the heavens and the earth knows the unseen except Allaah, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected.'” [al-Naml 27:60-65] This is a selection of clear aayaat (verses) that include the answer to your question. We invite you to join the community of the believers and to enter the religion of Islam which Allaah has chosen as the religion for all mankind. Peace be upon those who follow true Guidance.

VI – Muhammad: his Position with God and Status among

VI – Muhammad: his Position with God and Status among

And We raised high for you your repute.»

(Surah ash-Sharh, 94:4) 

God described Himself as Wise and Knowing. So He chooses what He wills by knowledge and wisdom.

• «And it is He [i.e., God] who is [the only] deity in the heaven, and on the earth [the only] deity. And He is the Wise, the Knowing.» (Surah az-Zukhruf, 43:84)

• «Indeed, my Lord is Subtle in what He wills. Indeed, it is He who is the Knowing, the Wise.» (Surah Yusuf, 12:100)

With His all-encompassing knowledge and infinite wisdom, He selects from humanity prophets and messengers.

«God chooses messengers from the angels and [messengers] from the people. Indeed, God is Hearing and Seeing.» (Surah al-Hajj, 22:75)

The selection is, therefore, neither accidental nor random. Moreover, prophets were not men who planned to become prophets; rather, they were granted prophethood unexpectedly, and God chose them through His knowledge, wisdom, consideration and benevolence. For example, prophethood had never occurred to Moses, but he was chosen by God to be a prophet and messenger.

«And has the story of Moses reached you? – when he saw a fire and said to his family, Stay here; indeed, I have perceived a fire; perhaps I can bring you a torch or find at the fire some guidance And when he came

 

to it, he was called, O Moses, indeed, I am your Lord, so remove your sandals. Indeed, you are in the sacred valley of Tuwa. And I have chosen you, so listen to what is revealed [to you].» (Surah Ta Ha, 20:9-13)

 

And through His knowledge and wisdom, God also chose Muhammad to be a prophet and messenger out of the millions of people who lived in the early seventh century AD, telling him:

 

• «Recite in the name of your Lord who created – created man from a clinging substance. Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous – who taught by the pen – taught man that which he knew not.» (Surah al-‘Alaq, 96:1-5

 

• «And thus We have revealed to you an inspiration of Our command [i.e., the Qur’an]. You did not know what is the Book or [what is] faith, but We have made it a light by which We guide whom We will of Our servants. And indeed, [O Muhammad], you guide to a straight path – the path of God, to whom belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Unquestionably, to God do [all] matters evolve [i.e., return].» (Surah ash-Shuraa, 42:52-53)

• «And indeed, [O Muhammad], you receive the Qur’an from one Wise and Knowing.» (Surah an-Naml, 27:6)

And He said about him:

• «Muhammad is not the father of [any] one of your men, but [he is] the Messenger of God and seal [i.e., last] of the prophets. And ever is God, of all things, Knowing.» (Surah al-Ahzaab, 33:40)

 

The Exalted Position Given to Muhammad by God

 

A person chosen by God, the Wise and Knowing, who chooses with wisdom and knowledge, must be an exceptional human being: worthy, noble and truly respectable. We know this from the words of God revealed to prophet, Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him). In the Qur’an, God praised His chosen prophet, Muhammad, and exalted his status, saying:

 

• «O Prophet, indeed We have sent you as a witness and a bringer of good tidings and a warner.» (Surah al-Ahzaab, 33:45)

• «And raised high for you your repute.» (Surah ash-Sharh, 94:4)

• «And indeed, you are of a great moral character.»

(Surah al-Qalam, 68:4)

• «And be patient, [O Muhammad], for the decision of your Lord, for indeed, you are in Our eyes [i.e., sight].» (Surah at-Tur, 52:48)

• «Indeed, God confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [God to confer] blessing upon him and ask [God to grant him] peace.» (Surah al-Ahzaab, 33:56)

• «He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed God.» (Surah an-Nisaa’, 4:80)

•«So fear God, O you of understanding who have

 

believed. God has sent down to you a message [i.e., the Qur’an]. [He sent] a Messenger [i.e., Muhammad] reciting to you the distinct verses of God that He may bring out those who believe and do righteous deeds from darknesses into the light.» (Surah at-Talaaq, 65:10-11)

 

• «O you who have believed, do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet or be loud to him in speech like the loudness of some of you to others, lest your deeds become worthless while you perceive not. Indeed, those who lower their voices before the Messenger of God – they are the ones whose hearts God has tested for righteousness. For them is forgiveness and great reward.» (Surah al-Hujuraat, 49:2-3)

 

• «And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.» (Surah al-Anbiyaa’, 21:107)

 

He is to God, as described by Him, a witness for and against mankind, giving testimony that is fair and just according to the standards of right and justice with which he was sent. He is also a bringer of good tidings and the advocate of all goodness, truth, beauty and perfection. He is the illuminating lantern whose reputation is forever exalted and whose character was most sublime. As he moved or was motionless, spoke or acted, delivered his message, guided, taught and advised, he was lovingly watched over, guarded, and protected by God. Angels and believers invoke God,s blessings on him; obedience to him is in fact obedience to God; no voice may be raised above his. He embodied God,s mercy to all humanity, continually supplicating to God and reminding people of Him through his words, deeds, manners and conduct.

 

With Prophet Muhammad enjoying this venerable position in the eyes of his Lord, God has Himself undertaken to defend His beloved, chosen prophet and messenger.

 

«Whoever should think that God will not support him [i.e., Muhammad] in this world and the Hereafter – let him extend a rope to the ceiling, then cut himself off, and let him see: will his effort remove that which enrages [him]?» (Surah al-Hajj, 22:15) .

 

Among the connotations of this verse is that anyone who thinks that God will not support His prophet is deluded to the extent that he becomes confused and troubled and will eventually perish, because it is certain beyond any doubt that God will support His Prophet.

 

«If you do not aid him [i.e., Muhammad] – God has already aided him when those who disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, Do not grieve; indeed God is with us.» (Surah at-Tawbah, 9:40)

«Indeed, We are sufficient for you against the mockers.» (Surah al-Hijr, 15:95)

And when one of the polytheists described the Prophet as being «cut off,» that is, having no offspring, God responded through His words to the Prophet: «Indeed, We have granted you the greatest abundance. So pray to your Lord and sacrifice [to Him alone]. Indeed, your enemy is the one cut off.» (Surah al-Kawthar, 108:1-3)

After Abu Lahab insulted the Prophet and said, «May you be ruined the rest of the day,» God responded by saying: «May the hands of Abu Lahab be ruined, and ruined is he. His wealth will not avail him or that which he gained. He will enter to burn in a Fire of blazing flame, and his wife [as well] – the carrier of firewood.» (Surah al-Masad, 111:1-4)

 

Muhammad,s Place in the Hearts of Muslims

 

The number of Muslims (followers of Muhammad) is now estimated to be one billion and four hundred thousand. They represent all races, colors, languages, and backgrounds. When adding to this the number of Muslims who have lived on earth for the past 1,428 lunar years, from the time Muhammad was sent as a messenger to the present, the number is multiplied many times over. All those billions of Muslims have loved Prophet Muhammad with true, deep and sincere love, love that is stronger than that for their family members and even themselves. Why?

 

1. They love him because they believe in the existence of God and His oneness, in His ability to reveal scriptures and send messengers and in His absolute and infinite wisdom in doing so. He did not create human beings for no reason and without a program of guidance. «Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Us you would not be returned? So exalted is God, the Sovereign, the Truth; there is no deity except Him, Lord of the Noble Throne.» (Surah al-Mu’minun, 23:115-116)

From the very beginning, when God sent Adam down to the earth and charged him with responsibility, He decreed that He would send a program to guide humanity to what is best, one to be conveyed by His prophets and messengers.

 

«We said, Go down from [Paradise], all of you. And when guidance comes to you from Me, whoever follows My guidance – there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.» (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:38)

 

God has fulfilled His promise. Actual history testifies that humanity has witnessed a successive procession of prophets and messengers, from the time of Noah and ending with Muhammad. This history is consistent with in God,s words in the Qur,an: «Indeed, We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], as We revealed to Noah and the prophets after him. And We revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Descendants, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon; and to David We gave the book [of Psalms]. And [We sent] messengers about whom We have related [their stories] to you before and messengers about whom We have not related to you. And God spoke to Moses with [direct] speech. [We sent] messengers as bringers of good tidings and warners so that mankind will have no argument against God after the messengers. And ever is God Exalted in Might and Wise.» (Surah an-Nisaa’, 4:163-165)

 

2. They love him because God, who exists and is one, the all-Capable, all-Knowing, all-Wise, and who, out of mercy for mankind sent them messengers, chose Muhammad and presented him to mankind that they might believe in Him and His message. «O mankind, the Messenger has come to you with the truth from your Lord, so believe; it is better for you.» (Surah an-Nisaa’, 4:170)

 

Trusting the words and insight of one who presents another undoubtedly implies trust in him who has been presented and that he will be respected and loved. Prophet Muhammad is the one presented by God; «And who is more truthful than God in statement?» (Surah an-Nisaa’, 4:122)

 

Muslims were the first to believe in Prophet Muhammad and benefit from the enlightenment he brought. As a result, they loved him, for once a good thing is sampled it soon becomes familiar, cherished and a means of success. «So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him – it is those who will be the successful.»(Surah al-A‘raaf, 7:157)

 

3. They love him because he is the means by which they were rightly guided and their lives illuminated, for it is he who conveyed to them book of guidance and light, the noble Qur’an.

Prophet Muhammad was the means by which Muslims are guided:

• «And We have sent down to you the Book as clarification for all things and as guidance and mercy and good tidings for the Muslims.» (Surah an-Nahl, 16:89)

• «And indeed, [O Muhammad], you guide to a straight path.»(Surah ash-Shura, 42:52)

Prophet Muhammad was the means of illuminating their lives, their consciences, their minds and their hearts through the revelation he brought from God:

• «So is one whose breast God has expanded to [accept]

 

Islam and he is guided by a light from his Lord [like one whose heart rejects it]?»

(Surah az-Zumar, 39:22)

 

• «God has sent down to you a reminder – a messenger reciting to you the distinct verses of God that He may bring out those who believe and do righteous deeds from darknesses into the light.» (Surah at-Talaaq, 65:10-11)

 

The commencement of guidance and source of light and enlightenment was when Prophet Muhammad informed Muslims about their Lord, their Creator and their God, and taught them how their relationship of belief, worship and conduct with God should be.

 

Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) is the one who taught us and implanted in our hearts and minds the belief that none created the universe but God, none maintains it and runs it according to a magnificently precise system but God, none created man in the best form and honored him but God, none has knowledge of the unseen but God, none can implement whatever He wills but God, none can guide to the truth but God and none is worthy of worship but God. To Him alone, without partner, is due sincere worship; He alone is with every human being wherever he might be; He alone knows what is concealed within the heart; He is the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of all existence, who is not overtaken by weariness or sleep; He holds the keys of the unknown and knows all that is within the land and sea.

 

«Whatever is in the heavens and earth exalts God, and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. His is the dominion of the heavens and earth. He gives life and causes death, and He is over all things competent. He is the First and the Last, the Ascendant and the Intimate, and He is, of all things, Knowing. It is He who created the heavens and earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne. He knows what penetrates into the earth and what emerges from it and what descends from the heaven and what ascends therein; and He is with you wherever you are. And God, of what you do, is Seeing. His is the dominion of the heavens and earth. And to God are returned [all] matters. He causes the night to enter the day and causes the day to enter the night, and He is Knowing of that within the breasts.» (Surah al-Hadeed, 57:1-6)

 

«God – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His footstool extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.» (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:255)

 

«And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth

 

and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.» (Surah al-An‘aam, 6:59)

 

This knowledge of God is a source of unique happiness for people endowed with great minds, free consciences and upright souls.

Every person having a sound psychological and mental outlook longs in his mind and heart to know and love the Lord who created him and to draw near to Him through whatever method He might authorize for worship and deeds.

Before Muhammad was sent by God as a prophet and messenger, an Arab, Zayd bin ‘Amr bin Nufayl, was searching for a way to know and worship his Lord. He was confused and did not know how to go about it, so he supplicated, «O God, if I knew the method You like best I would worship you according to it, but I do not know.»

The method unknown to this man who had a great yearning to establish a sound relationship with his Lord was introduced by Prophet Muhammad, and through it we can know our Lord, believe in Him, love Him, worship Him, praise Him day and night and remember Him often.

Refined and ethical manners naturally demand that Muslims love the man who brought this true happiness to them, the contentment of a sound relationship with God, the most Merciful, the Great, the Exalted, the Kind, the Affectionate.

4. Muslims also love Prophet Muhammad because he is a special mercy to them on account of their belief in him, in addition to his being a general mercy to all mankind.

 

• «There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; he is concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.» (Surah at-Tawbah, 9:128)

• «[It is] an ear of goodness for you that believes in God and believes the believers and is a mercy to those who believe among you.»

(Surah at-Tawbah, 9:61)

• «The Prophet is more worthy of the believers than themselves, and his wives are [in the position of] their mothers.»

(Surah al-Ahzaab, 33:6)

5 . They also love him because one will obtain God,s love by following him. «Say, [O Muhammad], If you should love God, then follow me, [so] God will love you and forgive you your sins. And God is Forgiving and Merciful.» (Surah Aali ‘Imraan, 3:31)

6. And they love him because he struggled, endured, stood firm, and suffered abuse until the religion was complete and the blessing obtained. He conveyed Islam to them in pure form, perfected and preserved by God. Hence, when he addressed the 100,000 Muslims present during the Farewell Pilgrimage, enquiring of them, «When you are asked about me, what will you say?» They replied, «We will testify that you fulfilled [the trust], delivered [the message] and advised [the people].» He said, «O God, witness it, O God, witness it, O God, witness it.» He meant: «O God, witness that I have conveyed the religion of Islam to the people, complete and perfect as You intended.»

 

Evidences of Muslims Love for Their Prophet

 

First, he was loved during his lifetime and among his supporters. His companions respected and revered him; they hastened to respond to his call, listen to and memorize his words, obey his orders, learn and follow his sunnah (teachings and examples). And they were always ready to protect him with their own lives.

 

What was the primary motive for all that? The greatest motive was love, the love those companions had for their Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him). Here are a few examples that serve as evidence and show the love of early Muslims for their Prophet:

 

1. Abu Bakr wanted to accompany the Prophet on the hijrah (emigration from Makkah) to Madinah, and the Prophet granted him that wish. While on the journey, Abu Bakr would walk ahead of the Prophet for a time and then behind him for a time. When the Prophet asked him why he did that, Abu Bakr said, «O Messenger of God, when I remember the pursuers I walk behind you and when I remember those waiting in ambush I walk in front of you.» The Prophet said, «Abu Bakr, if something happened would you rather it happened to you than to me?» He meant, «Do you mean to protect me with your own life?» Abu Bakr said, «Yes, by Him who sent you with the truth, any disaster should strike me and not you.» And Abu Bakr used to say frequently, «We would ransom our fathers and mothers for you.»

2. Umar bin al-Khattab would tell the Prophet, «You are dearer to me than my own self.»

3. On the eve of the emigration, Ali bin Abi Talib spent the

 

night in the Prophet ,s bed to protect the Prophet with his life out of love for him. Ali was asked, «How was your love for God ,s Messenger?» He said, «By God he was dearer to us than our properties, our children, our parents and than cold water is to someone who is thirsty.»

 

4. When the inhabitants of Makkah drove Zayd bin ad-Dathannah out of the Sacred Mosque to kill him, Abu Sufyan bin Harb said, «I ask you by God, Zayd, would you not like Muhammad to be with us now in your place to strike off his head?» Zayd replied, «By God, I would not like Muhammad in the place where he is now to even be pricked by a thorn while I am sitting [safe] with my family.» Abu Sufyan said, «I have never seen among people a person who is loved by another more than the companions of Muhammad love him.»

5. When Muslims went out of Madinah to defend it after receiving information to the effect that the enemy planned to attack, the battle of Uhud took place. While the battle was raging, Abu Talhah al-Ansari made himself a human shield to protect the Prophet from enemy arrows. To this act of love he added words of love, saying, «O Prophet of God, dearer than my father, do not move away lest an arrow should strike you; my chest will protect yours.»

6. When the Prophet entered Madinah at the end of his emigration journey, the Muslims felt as if light was spreading everywhere. But when the Prophet died, they felt as if the whole city was covered in darkness. One of his companions, Anas bin Malik, said, «On the day the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) arrived in Madinah, everything in it was covered with light. But the day he died, everything in it was dark. We had barely finished with the Prophet,s funeral rites when our hearts rejected us.» Only one who is devoted will see light when the beloved is present and darkness when he is absent.

 

Second, he has been loved by Muslims in every era. The Prophet said, «Some of those in my nation who love me most will be after me. One of them would wish he could see me even for [the price] of his family and property.»

This love that had been foretold became a historical reality following the Prophet ,s passing. There are many various indications and manifestations of it, among which are the following:

 

1. Every Muslim longs to see the Prophet in a dream. When someone is fortunate enough to do so, he feels an overwhelming happiness filling his soul, heart, and consciousness, and his heart keeps yearning for another similar dream.

2. Learning and following the sunnah of the Prophet in word and deed is something motivated by love. And at the same time, it is a means of obtaining God,s love: «Say [to the people, O Muhammad], If you should love God, then follow me, and God will love you.» (Surah Aali ‘Imraan, 3:31)

3. Muslims travel specifically to visit the Prophet,s mosque and then offer greetings of peace to the Prophet and call God,s blessings and peace upon him.

4. Invocation of God,s blessings and peace upon the Prophet is done after the call for prayer, during every

 

prayer and while supplicating, during the Friday sermon, at the beginning and end of books and documents and throughout the entire day and night.

5. Thousands of volumes have been written about his biography, his sunnah and his description, and tens of thousands of beautiful descriptive poems have been written praising him.

6. His noble person and status is always defended.

Among the evidences and manifestations of the love Muslims have for their Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) is that they are always prepared to sacrifice themselves for his sake. Hence, they immediately arise to defend his noble person whenever anyone abuses him. It is defense necessitated by belief in and love for him.«So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him – it is those who will be the successful.»(Surah al-A‘raaf, 7:157) Supporting him is an important aspect of belief and love, and this undoubtedly includes defending his noble person and honored status.

It is incorrect to say that since God has guaranteed protection of His Prophet and said: «And God will protect you from the people.» (Surah al-Ma’idah, 5:67) and has said: «Indeed, We are sufficient for you against the mockers,» (Surah al-Hijr, 15:95)

that there is no need for Muslims to defend him. No doubt, God did guard His Prophet against harm until he had conveyed the message and fulfilled the trust completely and perfectly. After that he passed on to his Lord well-pleased and pleasing to Him, pure, blessed and triumphant. However, there is no methodological or practical contradiction between God,s defense of His Prophet and his defense by Muslims. Evidence of the perfect harmony and integration between God,s role and that of Muslims is in the following:

 

1. God has undertaken to defend believers: «Indeed, God defends those who have believed. Indeed, God does not like everyone treacherous and ungrateful.» (Surah al-Hajj, 22:38) However, He still made it obligatory for them to defend themselves: «Fight in the way of God those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed, God does not like transgressors.»(Surah al-Baqarah, 2:190)

2. God, the Almighty, whose decree is preordained and who but says, «Be,» and it is, is self-sufficient and needs no defense. But He tests the faith of believers through their willingness and readiness to defend and support His cause:

• «O you who have believed, if you support God, He will support you and plant firmly your feet.» (Surah Muhammad, 47:7)

• «…So that God may make evident those who support Him and His messengers unseen. Indeed, God is Powerful and Exalted in Might.»(Surah al-Hadeed, 57:25)

• «O you who have believed, be supporters of God.» (Surah as-Saff, 61:14)

In short, God has linked His ability in such matters to the application of causes, which include the means ordained by Him in the form of free, voluntary actions according to the different conditions and abilities of believers.

 

The position of Prophet Muhammad in the hearts of Muslims is unassailable and continuous. Love for him constantly fills their hearts and souls and they declare this love openly. They express their love in various forms, one of which is resolutely and persistently defending his elevated position against the abuse of any assailant.

While they love, respect and praise the Prophet, Muslims do not allow the balance of truth and justice to be tilted in their minds. For in the Muslim ,s creed there are very distinct differences between the status of prophethood and the status of divinity.

God alone is the Creator, Provider, the ever-Living, the Sustainer, the Giver of Life, the Causer of Death, the Knower of what is unseen and seen, the Omniscient, the Omnipotent. He alone is the true object of worship who is worshipped by right. He is the Exalted, the One, the Everlasting, who is unique and never merges with any of His creatures nor do they with Him.

As great in repute, high in position, and close to his Lord as he is, the Prophet was but one of God,s creations, a repentant, faithful and exceptional servant.

• «Exalted is He who took His Servant [i.e., Prophet Muhammad] by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al-Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.» (Surah al-Israa’, 17:1)

• «Then he approached and descended, and was at a distance of two bow lengths or nearer. And he revealed to His Servant what he revealed.» (Surah an-Najm, 53:8-10)

• «It is He who sends down upon His Servant

 

[Muhammad] verses of clear evidence that He may bring you out from darknesses into the light. And indeed, God is to you Kind and Merciful.» (Surah al-Hadeed, 57:9)

Thus, the human nature of prophets has been duly confirmed.

• «It is not for a human [prophet] that God should give him the Scripture and authority and prophethood and then he would say to the people, Be servants to me rather than God, but [instead, he would say], Be pious scholars of the Lord because of what you have taught of the Scripture and because of what you have studied. Nor could he order you to take the angels and prophets as lords. Would he order you to disbelief after you had been Muslims?» (Surah Aali ‘Imraan, 3:79-80)

• «Their messengers said to them, We are only men like you, but God confers favor upon whom He wills of His servants.» (Surah Ibraheem, 14:11)

• «Say, I am only a man like you, to whom has been revealed that your god is one God. So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone.» (Surah al-Kahf, 18:110)

Confirmation of the human nature of the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) has certain objectives and practical considerations:

• The first is to keep the religious creed pure and not confuse prophethood with divinity.

• The second is that the human nature of the Prophet makes it possible for other human beings to follow his example, for he is a man like themselves and not an angel from another species which they could not possibly imitate. «Say, If there were upon the earth angels walking securely, We would have sent down to them from the heaven an angel as a messenger.» (Surah al-Israa’, 17:95)

It is true that the Prophet shares this human nature with all other human beings, but he surpasses them by innumerable degrees due to his being chosen by God, due to the revelation he received, due to the honor of his ascent to his Lord and having reached the furthest boundary of existence, and due to the distinction of having received divine love, protection and care. For God had instructed him: «Be patient for the decision of your Lord, for indeed, you are under Our observation.» (Surah at-Tur, 52:48)