Tag Archives: Iblis

Openings for Iblis

"It is a pity," argued Gai Eaton, "that so few people believe any longer in the shaytan, the devil, if not in a personalised form, at least as an influence or a tendency. We need to be able to identify evil, not only when it manifests itself in genocide or torture, but in its roots and its ramifications. We need also to understand how subtly it can operate behind the scenes, seldom showing its true face … The idea of the devil, in Islam as in Christianity, has been that of a force – an agency – which reverses values, making evil seem good, and good seem evil."  [Remembering God: Reflections on Islam (Cambridge: The Islamic Texts Society, 2000), 22] The Read more ...

The Story of Ibrahim’s Sacrifice

The Story of Ibrahim's Sacrifice Brothers and Sisters, all of us know the story of Ibrahim's sacrifice and we say that it was a test by Allah (ta'ala). But do we really understand what Ibrahim went through ? Do we appreciate what it was like to be Ibrahim ? Can we grasp in thought what happened ? Why is it that we regard Ibrahim as the father of faith ? What was it that he achieved ? Ibrahim (alaihi as-salam) is distinguished in the Quran with the title of khalil-ul-Allah (the intimate friend of Allah). In surah al-Nisa, Allah says : "For Allah did take Ibrahim for (an intimate) friend " (Surah Al Nisa' 4:125) He is also described in surah al-Nahl as Read more ...

Prophet Yusuf (alaihis salaam) : A Dream… its Interpretation

Prophet Yusuf (alaihis salaam) : A Dream... its Interpretation The Quran was sent down to mankind by Allah to serve as a guide, it contains the very truest accounts, bringing glad tidings to man, warning him and instilling fear in him. It is a great mercy and the sole Divine Book. For that reason, it is the Quran that people must read and study above all else. As well as containing the commandments of Allah, the Quran also gives people the most accurate information on a number of subjects. Allah teaches us important wisdom in those sections that describe the lives of the prophets of the past. The life story of every prophet furnishes us both with Read more ...

Prophet Adam (alaihis salaam) : Purpose and History

Informing the Angels About Adam Allah the Almighty revealed: "And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: "Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth." They said: 'Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, - while we glorify You with praises and thanks (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners) and sanctify You." He (Allah) said: "I know that which you do not know."" [Surah 2: 30] And He taught Adam all the names (of everything), then He showed them to the angels and said: "Tell Me the names of these if you are truthful." They (angels) said: "Glory be Read more ...