Abu Zarr of the Ghifar tribe somehow got angry with the freed slave of Abu Bakr, Bilal of Abyssinia. Both of them were the companions of the Prophet. The altercation became prolonged and Abu Zarr in his fury called Bilal the son of a black skinned mother. Bilal complained to the Prophet, who addressed Abu Zarr saying, “Did you call him a name reviling his mother? It appears you still retain vestiges of Jahiliyah (ignorance period before Islam)” Abu Zarr failed to understand the word Jahiliyah and took it to signify some sort of sexual immorality, and meekly questioned in surprise, “At this ripe age, O Prophet of God?” The Prophet said in reply, “Yes, you are his brother (and should be considerate and kind to him)”. Abu Zarr who had by now understood the significance of the Prophet’s remark, was ashamed and repentant and out of extreme repentance and humility requested Bilal to trample his face with his feet. Continue reading
The concept of worship in Islam is misunderstood by many people including some Muslims. Worship is commonly taken to mean performing ritualist acts such as prayers, fasting, charity, etc. This limited Understanding of worship is only one part of the meaning of worship in Islam. That is why the traditional definition of worship in Islam is a comprehensive definition that includes almost everything in any individual’s activities. The definition goes something like this: “Worship is an all inclusive term for all that God loves of external and internal sayings and actions of a person. “In other words, worship is everything one says or does for the pleasure of Allah. This of course, includes rituals as well as beliefs, social activities, and personal contributions to the welfare of one’s fellow human beings. Continue reading
Islam began when man’s career on earth began—more precisely at the time of man’s creation and his descent. Allah created Adam and Eve and enjoined them to worship Him and live a life of obedience to the Divine Will.
The Islamic way of life can be revived and reconstructed again and again with the help of the Quran and the traditions if ever, God forbid, the freshness of its true spirit wanes. The world no longer requires any new Prophet to revive Islam to its pristine glory. It is enough to have among us the learned people who know the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet and who are able to apply their teachings to their own lives and stimulate others to adopt and apply them in their lives as well. This is how the stream of Islam will continue to flow, refreshing the eternal thirst of mankind.
Islamic History is made up of Prophets of Allah T’ala from Adam to Muhammad (peace be on them), the Sahabah, and the great religious leaders who took up the challenges of their times, revived and reconstructed the Islamic way of life based on the Quran and Sunnah.