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What Book is Best for a New Muslim to Study?

One of the good book for a new Muslim to begin with learning of Aqeedah and Fiqh is titled: "What must be known about Islam", by Shaykh Muhammad bin Ali al-Arfaj. It is a good book, very suitable for the new Muslim who has recently embraced Islam. A new Muslim is like a child. He/She needs to be taught bit by bit, and is in need of studying the religion gradually in levels. And this book has gathered that which the new Muslim requires in regards to Aqeedah and Fiqh. You can Buy or find this book on the Internet. You can Download from here too. Hope will be beneficial. Read more ...

Special Du’a: For the People of Palestine

A Special Du'a by Mishary Rashid Alafasy for Gaza / Palestine Allah is sufficient for us. He is the best disposer of affairs. Allah is sufficient for us. He is the best disposer of affairs. Oh Magnificent, oh Honoured One, Oh Magnificent, oh Honoured One, Oh Allah, Save the Muslims of Gaza, Oh Allah, Save the Muslims of Gaza, Oh Allah!!! Oh Allah, be a Guardian and Helper for them, Oh Allah, Our Lord, strong are those who are near to You, Glorious is Your Praise and sanctified are Your Names, Oh Allah no one can abolish Your command and no one can defeat Your army. Praise and glory to You, Oh Allah, to You the Jews (those Read more ...

Begging is Permissible till one gets what will support life

Qabisa b. Mukhariq al-Hilali narrates that: "I was under debt and I came to the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) and begged from him regarding it. He said: 'Wait till we receive Sadaqah, so that we order that to be given to you.' He again said: 'Qabisa, begging is not permissible but for one of the three (classes) of persons: one who has incurred debt, for him begging is permissible till he pays that off, after which he must stop it; a man whose property has been destroyed by a calamity which has smitten him, for him begging is permissible till he gets what will support life, or will provide him reasonable subsistence; and a person Read more ...

If what you desire does not happen, then desire that which does

If you are obliged to do something or forced into a situation then you might as well enjoy it!. This is what I used to say to a young man who had diabetes. He used to drink tea without sugar and feel sorry for himself. I would say to him, “When you feel sorry and sad while drinking your tea, does the bitterness turn into sweetness?” “No”, he replied. I said, “Then, so long as you are forced in to a situation, enjoy it.” What I mean here is that the world is not always as we wish it to be, and this happens frequently in our lives. Perhaps your car is old, its air conditioner is not working and the seat covers are all torn. At present, you Read more ...

Interpersonal Skills: Be kind at the first meeting

It was the habit in some rural areas of old Egypt that a groom before his wedding night would hide a cat in his room. On the wedding night, when alone with his wife, he would move a chair slightly to so as to free the cat. He would then demonstrate his might to his wife by getting hold of the poor cat and strangling it to death! Why? So that the first impression of him imprinted in the mind of his wife would be one of awe! When I graduated from university and took up a position as an instructor at a college, a senior instructor advised me, saying, “Be stern with the students during your first lesson and stare at them with furious eyes so they will Read more ...

Why Muslims Don’t Drink Alcohol

It is a well known fact that Muslims do not drink alcohol. It is haraam, forbidden. They do not eat foods with ethanol, they do not wear perfumes containing alcoholic ingredients and they stay away from all forms of intoxicating substances. This abstinence is a command from God, the law maker for Muslims’ health and environment. But why else is alcohol haraam in Islam? Let’s take a look. Alcohol in Islam Linguistically, khamr Arabic for “wine”, is alcohol derived from grapes. This is what is prohibited by specific texts of the Quran. "O  you  who  have  believed,  indeed,  intoxicants,  gambling,  [sacrificing  on]  stone  alters  Read more ...

Life Lessons : Is Fir’awn a Believer or Not?

Source: Muslimmatters.org | By: Shaykh Waleed Basyouni “Son, on the Day of Judgment, Allah will not ask you about Fir'awn, whether HE was believer or not, so do not worry about that individual.” I had just asked him about a contemporary figure whose opinions we young, aspiring students of knowledge had been debating over, and I was eager to prove his views wrong. “You will not be asked about him, rather you will be asked about yourself.”   These were the words of Sh. Abdul-Razzaq  in response to my request to have him look over one of the first books I had written. It was a refutation of Sh. Abdul-Fattah Abu Quda . I was very excited and Read more ...

Life Lessons : The Impact of Meeting Shaykh Ibn Baz

Source: Saudilife | By: Waleed Basyouni I traveled to Riyadh to meet Shaykh Ibn Baz [the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia] carrying with me a copy of an invitation to a concert in our city Dammam in Saudi Arabia. To tell you the truth I was not sure if my visit would make any difference; these types of concerts were supported by some powerful people in that region, I had only met Shaykh Ibn Baz up until that point a few times and I didn’t even think he knew me as I was only a freshman in college. So here I was, an unknown freshman entering the office of the Mufti of Saudi Arabia. His office was large, it could host up to seventy people in Read more ...

Broken Pieces of Clay and Pottery: A Lesson in Humanity

I was once walking along a narrow but busy street in Cairo when ahead of me was a donkey-cart laden with handmade pottery and clay utensils. It belonged to an old man who had been walking slowly beside it, and trying to sell whatever he could to make an income. He walked with hunched-shoulders, a turban tied round his head like a Sa’idi from Upper Egypt, his face wrinkled by age and the harsh Egyptian sun. It wasn’t hard to see that many difficult years had passed over him and he had probably been doing this for a long while. As I continued to walk, I heard a cry and some commotion. The donkey had staggered back (probably startled by something) and Read more ...

What is the Punishment of Rape crime in Islam?

  Praise be to Allah. The Arabic word ightisaab refers to taking something wrongfully by force. It is now used exclusively to refer to transgression against the honor of women by force (rape). This is an abhorrent crime that is forbidden in all religions and in the minds of all wise people and those who are possessed of sound human nature. All earthly systems and laws regard this action as abhorrent and impose the strictest penalties on it, except a few states which waive the punishment if the rapist marries his victim! This is indicative of a distorted mind let alone a lack of religious commitment on the part of those who challenge Allah Read more ...