Tag Archives: Uthman

The Spirit of Modesty

Many Muslims – myself included — often forget about the spirit of Islam in matters of law and worship. For instance, do we not recite 114 times in the Quran, "In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful" – should this not, then, be the spirit with which all our actions and deeds are performed? Is our worship for anything other than to get closer to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala (exalted is He) – should this not, then, be the focus with which we perform every prayer? Is the essence of fasting not sacrifice for the sake of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) – should we not, then, abandon extravagance when it comes to Ramadan? This preamble brings me Read more ...

The only Ayah of Quran that was revealed inside the Kaaba

Do you know which is the only ayah in the Quran that was revealed inside the Kaaba in Masjid al-Haraam, the Sacred Mosque or Baitullah, the House of Allah? Today let us learn about this ayah, understand the amazing reason for which it was revealed, and also appreciate the miracle that exists to this day! In pre-Islamic times the Arabs used to regard the sanctity of Kaaba but in their own way. During the days of Hajj, the services of providing water to the pilgrims was entrusted to Abbas (radhiallahu anhu), the uncle of the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wassallam. The custodial duty of keeping the keys to the House of Allah and, of opening and closing Read more ...

The Democratic Republic of Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)

By Amani Aboul Fadl Farag Courtesy: http://www.readingislam.com/ The United States boasts about democracy as being an invention which it has spread all over the free world, but according to facts of history, democracy is not an American invention. It is thought that democracy was first practiced in Rome BC where the Caesar was elected by the members of the Senate. But this Roman experience could easily be detected as an incomplete democracy, as the senators themselves were representatives of aristocracy and social elites who did not voice the common Romans as much as they voiced their own caste. No matter how short lasting and incomplete the Roman experience Read more ...

‘Uthman’s Caravan: Doing Business with Allah

During a year of difficulty– during the reign of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (radhiallahu anhu), when the Muslims needed food– this HUGE caravan rolls into town. Everyone clamers around, they want to buy stuff, and it goes straight to the house of ‘Uthman (radhiallahu anhu). He owned the caravans. So they went to ‘Uthman and said “We want to buy it from you, we’ll give you double the price”– that is, double the cost, for food. They needed it that much. Subhanallah. ‘Uthman (radhiallahu anhu) said: “I can get a better deal then that.” They said: “we’ll give you triple the price”. ‘Uthman (radhiallahu anhu) said: “I can Read more ...

The Quran : Allah will assuredly guard it (from corruption)

Recording  and Preservation of the Quran The very first word revealed to Muhammad (pbuh) was 'iqra' meaning read or recite (Surah Al 'Alaq 96:1). Thus it is not surprising that as soon as a verse was revealed, prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would memorize it so that he could recite it to others, and the very next Surah that was revealed was Surah Al Qalam 68 Ayah (1-2), which emphasised the use of pen, thus not only that the revealed verses were memorized, they were also put in writing. "Nun. By the Pen and by the (Record) which (men) write." (Surah Al Qalam 68:1) "Thou art not by the grace of thy Lord mad or possessed." (Surah Al Qalam 68:2) Among the Read more ...

Brief History of Compilation of the Quran

Brief History of Compilation of the Quran During the life of the Prophet (saw) (570-632 CE) The Prophet Muhammad [Salallaho alaihe wassallam] used to recite the Quran before angel Jibreel (Gabriel) once every Ramadan, but he recited it twice (in the same order we have today) in the last Ramadan before his death. Jibreel also taught the Prophet Muhammad [Salallaho alaihe wassallam] the seven modes of recitation. Each verse received was recited by the Prophet Muhammad [Salallaho alaihe wassallam], and its location relative to other verses and surahs was identified by him. The verses were written by scribes, selected by the Prophet Muhammad [Salallaho Read more ...