Tag Archives: Ibrahim

And proclaim to mankind the Hajj..

Allah says: It was said to Ibrahim: “And proclaim to mankind the Hajj. They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant mountain highway (to perform Hajj)” [Surah Al Hajj 22:27] This verse above is brought to life by a plethora of accounts spanning one and a half millennia. It seems particularly salient given that right up until the first third of the twentieth century, people of all colors, languages and lands were traveling (at least in the last leg of their journeys) on ‘camel’ and on ‘foot’ to the holy sanctuary. Around 4,000 years ago Ibrahim ibn Azar, thought to be from the ancient Read more ...

Hajj : Trusting in the Promise of Allah

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said that the one who performs Hajj and does not commit any obscenity and wrongdoing will come out as the day he or she was born – pure and free from sins. The Hajj season is upon us once again with millions of pilgrims preparing to don their ihraam and travel to the holy cities in search of Allah’s mercy and forgiveness, striving to turn over a new leaf in their lives and come closer to their Creator. In preparation for this journey, pilgrims will have spent many hours hunting for the best value Hajj packages by speaking to friends and family, checking references, and comparing 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 ...

The Callers to Allah : Nuh and Ibrahim, `alayhim as salam

The Callers to Allah : Nuh and Ibrahim, `alayhim as salam - by Salih ibn Ghanim al-Sadlan Excerpted from "The Callers to Allah", Huda, Safar 1420 Nuh (Noah) `alayhis salam The name of the Prophet Nuh `alayhis salam has been mentioed in the Quran forty-five times. Let us recall some of the ayat and surahs that mention his name; then we will follow up with a recollection of selections from the history of his guidance in his call to Allah. Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala says (what means): "And indeed We sent Nuh to his people, and he stayed among them a thousand years less fifty years, and the deluge overtook them while they were wrong-doers." (Al-`Ankabut 29:14) Allah Read more ...

Picture Perfect : Hajj – The Journey of a Lifetime

Moving images, striking panoramas, majestic mosques and minarets, special aerial images, intimate scenes of rapturous pilgrims - these are just a few rare close up moments of one of the Most important cities in the world, Makkah and Madinah. These pictures are recent (most from 1431 Hijri [2010]) and I believe these images will awaken the understanding of religion, brotherhood and of Hajj, the journey of a Lifetime. Photo Courtesy : http://www.flickr.com/photos/29070131@N02/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/noushadali/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/alshreif/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/55363625@N04/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/aljazeeraenglish/ And Read more ...

Thrown in the Fire…

The Miracle of Ibrahim, for Abu Muslim. When Al-Aswad (The False Prophet) gained a considerable following in Yemen, he sent for Abu Muslim Al-Khaulaanee (radhiAllahu anhu). When Abu Muslim came before him, Al-Aswad haughtily asked, “Do you bear witness that I am indeed the Messenger of Allah?” Abu Muslim said, “I do not hear.” Al-Aswad said, “Do you bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam)?” Abu Muslim said, “Yes.” Al-Aswad repeatedly asked the two questions, and Abu Muslim repeatedly gave the same answers for both. So furious did Al-Aswad become that he ordered for Abu Muslim to be thrown Read more ...

Khutbah : And the Winner Is?

Khutbah : And the Winner Is? By Muhammad Alshareef The Transcript: Part I During his Caliphate, ‘Umar (RA), may Allah be pleased with him, once set out for ash-Sham (Damascus) and with him was Abu ‘Ubaydah. They came upon a deep creek which they needed to cross. So ‘Umar took off his sandals and carried them on his shoulders. Then he took the reign of the camel and began ploughing through the water. Abu ‘Ubaydah – seeing the Khalifah (Leader) of the Muslims in this state – felt saddened and said, “I fear that the people of the village will think you without any honour.” ‘Umar said, “Oh Abu ‘Ubaydah, if only someone less Read more ...

Durood sharif

(In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful) “O Allah! bestow benediction on Muhammad and on his offspring just as You showered benediction on Ibrahim and on his offspring. Most certainly You are adorned with the best qualities and are elevated in thought. O Allah! confer blessings on Muhammad and on his offspring just as You conferred blessings on Ibrahim and on his offspring. Most certainly You are adorned with the best qualities and are sublime.” Read more ...

A True Hajj

The Hajj requires complete submission to Allah and taking special care to overcome all shortcomings and errors in all religious obligations by traveling abroad in the way of Allah and visiting the holy places. In effect, one should return home reborn spiritually. The way one conducts his life after the Hajj is the actual measure of whether a person has truly benefited from the blessings of Hajj or has remained devoid of them. One whose later life does not bear any impact of Hajj cannot hope to overcome his weaknesses in any other way. The pilgrim, therefore, has to consciously weigh his intention before proceeding for the Hajj, perform each rite with full Read more ...

Picture Perfect : Supplications of Prophet Ibrahim (AS)

The Holy Quran, Surah Ibrahim, 14:35-41 14.035 Remember Ibrahim said: "O my Lord! make this city one of peace and security: and preserve me and my sons from worshipping idols." 14.036 "O my Lord! they have indeed led astray many among mankind; He then who follows my (ways) is of me, and he that disobeys me,- but Thou art indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful." 14.037 "O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation, by Thy Sacred House; in order, O our Lord, that they may establish regular Prayer: so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them, and feed them with fruits: so that they may give thanks." 14.038 Read more ...