” … Eat and drink until the white thread becomes distinct to you from the black thread of the dawn. Then resume the fast till nightfall … “ [Al-Qur’an 2:187]
It was narrated that Adi ibn Hatim, may Allah be pleased with him, said when the following verses were revealed:
” … until the white thread becomes distinct to you from the black thread,” that he took two strands of hair, one black and the other white, and kept them under his pillow and went on looking at them throughout the night but could not make anything out of it. So, the next morning he went to Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him, and told him the whole story. He explained, “that verse means the darkness of night and the whiteness of dawn.” [Recorded by al-Bukhari]
It was also narrated by Sahl ibn Saud, may Allah be pleased with him, that when the following verse was revealed:
” … Eat and drink until the white thread becomes distinct to you from the black thread … “ and “of the dawn” was not revealed, some people who intended to fast, tied black and white threads to their legs and went on eating till they differentiated between the two. Allah then revealed the words, “of the dawn”, and it became clear that meant night and day. [Recorded by al-Bukhari] Continue reading
“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort justice or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.”
Human life on Earth will neither prosper nor enjoy stability unless it is established upon a foundation of justice. All of the sacred scriptures call people to being just. The crux of Islamic law is the realization of justice.
“And the word of your Lord has been accomplished in truth and justice; there is none who can change His words, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing.”
All people instinctively crave justice for themselves and despise being oppressed. In spite of this, far too many people treat other people unjustly. Too many people fail to be offended when injustice is perpetrated against their fellow human beings. Continue reading
[17:33] Nor take life – which Allah has made sacred – except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand retaliation or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life, for he is helped (by the Law)
Based on this verse, it is Islamically unlawful to murder anyone who is innocent of certain crimes. It is well to remember at this point the distinction made above between Qur’an and Sunnah, and the Muslims: only the Qur’an and Sunnah are guaranteed to be in accordance with what the Creator desires, whereas the Muslims may possibly deviate. Hence, if any Muslim kills an innocent person, that Muslim has committed a grave sin, and certainly the action cannot be claimed to have been done “in the name of Islam.”
It should be clear, then, that “Muslim terrorist” is almost an oxymoron: by killing innocent people, a Muslim is commiting an awesome sin, and Allah is Justice personified. This phrase is offensive and demeaning of Islam, and it should be avoided. It is hoped that as the general level of public awareness and understanding of Islam increases, people will keep “terrorism” and “Islam” separate from each other, not to be used in the same phrase. Continue reading
Bilal was a black slave belonging to ‘Umayyah ibn Khalaf. He was tall, thin and slightly hump-backed. Thick grayish hair crowned his head. He moved about silently – speaking only in reply. He was born to two slave parents, making him a slave. He used to travel to ash-Sham for ‘Umayyah’s trading caravan, braving the bitter cold of winter and the extreme heat of summer. His only recompense was a handful of dates each day that he ate to strengthen his body. At his master’s house he would serve the guests while going hungry. He was overworked and mistreated as were ‘Umayyah’s other slaves.
Bilal would often hear about Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and Islam, through the alarming dicussions between his master and guests. Soon he felt drawn to this religion. He would listen to Abu Bakr calling to Islam, and slowly his heart was filled with ‘iman. He went with Abu Bakr to the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and declared his submission to Islam. This was a daring move from a slave who belonged to a staunch enemy of Muhammad. He was the seventh person to accept Islam. Abu Bakr and others of the same tribal status, were spared from harm by the Quraysh. However, the wrath of the disbelievers fell upon the Muslims who had no tribe to defend them. ‘Umayyah ibn Khalaf used to force Bilal to go outside during the hottest part of the day wearing a suit of armour where he would then be thrown face down in the sand and leave him to bake in the sun. He would not return except to turn him on his back. He owuld have a gigantic rock placed on his chest and then say, “You will stay here until you die or deny Muhammad and worship al-Lat and al-‘Uzzah.” Bilal used to endure this only by saying, “One, One.” Abu Bakr passed by one day while they were torturing him. He said to ‘Umayyah, “Have you no fear of Allah that you treat this poor man like this?” ‘Umayyah replied, “You are the one who corrupted him, so you save him from his plight!” Abu Bakr replied, “Then sell him to me, you can state your price.” ‘Umayyah who was not to let a good deal pass by, sold Bilal, he added, “I would have sold him to you even if you had offered me but an ounce of gold.” Abu Bakr answered, “I would have bought him even if you asked a hundred ounces.” Abu Bakr and Bilal went to the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam with the good news. There he announed, “I am setting Bilal free, O Messenger of Allah.” This greatly pleased the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam not to mention Bilal himself. Continue reading
The term “Allah” the Almighty is originally an Arabic word, which was used by the pre-Islamic Arabs. They believed in Allah, the Almighty, the supreme God and the one and only God. Some of them worshiped other gods besides Him, while others were polytheists worshiping idols.
Allah’s Existence and Attributes Continue reading
Aisha ( Allah bless her) narrated that the messenger of Allah( pbuh) said:( The one whoever requests the satisfaction and pleasure of Allah towards the indignation of people , Allah will satisfies him and put gratification on people’s hearts for him. and the one whoever seeks satisfaction of people towards the indignation of Allah, Allah will worth him and put indignation in people’s hearts for him) The book of al Termithi.