Sunday, 30 September 2012

A Wise Young Muslim Boy ..


Many years ago, during the time of the Tâbi'în (the generation of Muslims after the Sahâbah), Baghdâd was a great city of Islam. In fact, it was the capital of the Islamic Empire and, because of the great number of scholars who lived there, it was the center of Islamic knowledge.

One day, the ruler of Rome at the time sent an envoy to Baghdad with three challenges for the Muslims. When the messen

ger reached the city, he informed the khalîfah that he had three questions which he challenged the Muslims to answer.

The khalîfah gathered together all the scholars of the city and the Roman messenger climbed upon a high platform and said, "I have come with three questions. If you answer them, then I will leave with you a great amount of wealth which I have brought from the king of Rome." As for the questions, they were: "What was there before Allâh?" "In which direction does Allâh face?" "What is Allâh engaged in at this moment?"


The great assembly of people were silent. (Can you think of answers to these questions?) In the midst of these brilliant scholars and students of Islam was a man looking on with his young son. "O my dear father! I will answer him and silence him!" said the youth. So the boy sought the permission of the khalîfah to give the answers and he was given the permission to do so.


The Roman addressed the young Muslim and repeated his first question, "What was there before Allâh?"


The boy asked, "Do you know how to count?"


"Yes," said the man.


"Then count down from ten!" So the Roman counted down, "ten, nine, eight, ..." until he reached "one" and he stopped counting


"But what comes before 'one'?" asked the boy.


"There is nothing before one- that is it!" said the man.


"Well then, if there obviously is nothing before the arithmetic 'one', then how do you expect that there should be anything before the 'One' who is Absolute Truth, All-Eternal, Everlasting the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden?"


Now the man was surprised by this direct answer which he could not dispute. So he asked, "Then tell me, in which direction is Allâh facing?"


"Bring a candle and light it," said the boy, "and tell me in which direction the flame is facing."


"But the flame is just light- it spreads in each of the four directions,


North, South, East and West. It does not face any one direction only," said the man in wonderment.


The boy cried, "Then if this physical light spreads in all four directions such that you cannot tell me which way it faces, then what do you expect of the Nûr-us-Samâwâti-wal-'Ard: Allâh - the Light of the Heavens and the Earth!? Light upon Light, Allâh faces all directions at all times."


The Roman was stupified and astounded that here was a young child answering his challenges in such a way that he could not argue against the proofs. So, he desperately wanted to try his final question. But before doing so, the boy said,


"Wait! You are the one who is asking the questions and I am the one who is giving the answer to these challenges. It is only fair that you should come down to where I am standing and that I should go up where you are right now, in order that the answers may be heard as clearly as the questions."


This seemed reasonable to the Roman, so he came down from where he was standing and the boy ascended the platform. Then the man repeated his final challenge, "Tell me, what is Allâh doing at this moment?"


The boy proudly answered, "At this moment, when Allâh found upon this high platform a liar and mocker of Islam, He caused him to descend and brought him low. And as for the one who believed in the Oneness of Allâh, He raised him up and established the Truth. Every day He exercises (universal) power (Surah 55 ar-Rahmân, Verse 29)."


The Roman had nothing to say except to leave and return back to his country, defeated. Meanwhile, this young boy grew up to become one of the most famous scholars of Islam. Allâh, the Exalted, blessed him with special wisdom and knowledge of the deen. His name was Abu Hanîfah (rahmatullâh 'alayhi- Allâh have mercy on him) and he is known today as Imâm-e-A'dham, the Great Imâm and scholar of Islam.


Adapted into English from "Manâqib Abî Hanîfah" written by Imâm Muwaffaq Ibn Ahmad al-Makki (d. 568 Hijri). Dar al - Kitâb al-'Arabiy, Beirut, 1981/1401H.
 

Saturday, 29 September 2012

The Red and Blue coat ..


Once there were two boys who were great friends, and they were determined to remain that way forever. When they grew up and got married, they built their houses facing one another. There was a small path that formed a border between their farms.
One day, a trickster from the village decided to play a trick on them. He dressed himself in a two-color coat that was divided down the middle. So, one side of the coat was red, and the other side was blue.

The trickster wore this coat and walked along the narrow path between the houses of the two friends. They were each working opposite each other in their fields. The trickster made enough noise as he passed them to make sure that each of them would look up and see him passing.

At the end of the day, one friend said to the other, "Wasn't that a beautiful red coat that man was wearing today?"

"No", the other replied. "It was a blue coat."

"I saw the man clearly as he walked between us!" said the first, "His coat was red."

"You are wrong!" said the other man, "I saw it too, and it was blue."

"I know what I saw!" insisted the first man. "The coat was red!"

"You don't know anything," the second man replied angrily. "It was blue!"

They kept arguing about this over and over, insulted each other, and eventually, they began to beat each other and roll around on the ground.

Just then, the trickster returned and faced the two men, who were punching and kicking each other and shouting, "Our friendship is OVER!"

The trickster walked directly in front of them, and showed them his coat. He laughed at their silly fight. The two friends saw this his coat was red on one side and blue on the other.

The two friends stopped fighting and screamed at the trickster saying, "We have lived side by side like brothers all our lives, and it is all your fault that we are fighting. You have started a war between us."

"Don't blame me for the battle," replied the trickster. "I did not make you fight. Both of you are wrong, and both of you are right. Yes, what each one saw was true. You are fighting because you only looked at my coat from your own point of view."

 

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Islamic Quotes on Friendshp ..


A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim,
He does not wrong him nor does he forsake him when he is in need,
Whosoever is fulfilling the needs of his brother,
Allah will fulfill his needs.

- Prophet Muhammad
  Peace Be Upon Him
















Best Friend Till Jannaah

Once Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was asked,
'What person can be the best friend?'

'He who helps you remember Allah (SWT), and reminds you when you forget Him,'
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), counseled.






















 Choosing a Good Friend

Did you know that your friend can be your way to Paradise?
So how we choose our Good Friends?
Check for these 3 quality's
✓If you see them; they will remind you of Allaah (SWT).
✓Their way of life will guide you to the path of Allaah (SWT).
✓Their speech will increase your Imaan.
 

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Islamic Quotes and More on Fortune-Telling ..


FORTUNE - TELLING

The Salaah (Daily Prayer) Of Whoever Approaches A Fourtune - Teller And Asks Him About Anything Will Not be Accepted For 40 Days And Nights.

- Prophet Muhammad 
(Peace Be Upon Him)






















Astrology, horoscopes, superstition and fortune-telling are all actions of Jaahiliyyah (ignorance) which Islam came to show as false and to explain that they are Shirk, because they involve depending on something other than Allaah and believing that benefit and harm come from something other than Him, and believing the words of fortune-tellers who falsely claim to have knowledge of the unseen in order to cheat people of their money and change their beliefs. 

The evidence (Daleel) for that is the Hadeeth narrated by Abu Dawood in his Sunan with a Saheeh Isnaad from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allaah (Peace Be Upon Him) said:

“Whoever learns anything of astrology has learned a branch of witchcraft (al-Sihr)…”

And al-Bazzaar narrated with a Jayyid Isnaad from ‘Imraan Ibn Husayn that the Messenger of Allaah (Peace Be Upon Him) said: 

“He is not one of us who practises augury or has it done for him, who tells fortunes or has his fortune told, or who practises witchcraft or has that done for him.”

Whoever claims to know some matter of the unseen either is a fortune-teller or is acting like a fortune-teller in some sense, because Allaah is the only One Who has knowledge of the unseen. Allaah says:

“Say: ‘None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah…’” [27:65]

 

To everyone who has anything to do with these matters is to repent to Allaah and ask for His forgiveness, and to depend only on Allaah and to put their trust in Him in all their affairs, whilst following the practical means that are prescribed or permitted in Sharee’ah. 

They should give up these matters of Jaahiliyyah, keep away from them and avoid asking the people who practice them or believe what they say, out of obedience to Allaah and His Messenger (Peace Be Upon him), and in order to protect his commitment to Islam and his ‘Aqeedah (religious belief).

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Islamic Quotes on Peace ..


Islam
a religion of peace

 

Allaah, you are the Perfect Peace and peace comes from You. Blessed are You, O Owner of majesty and honour.

Allahumma antas-Salamu wa minkas salamu, tabarakta ya dhal-Jalali wal-Ikram



















Only in the remembrance of Allaah can the heart find peace.

[13:28]