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Transcripts of Friday Speeches delivered by Imam Baianonie

The Month of Allaah Al-Muharram & the Day of Aashuura’
(Mohamed Baianonie, Imam of the Islamic Center of Raleigh, NC, delivered this Friday speech, on July 2, 1993) After the season of Hajj and the month of Dhilhijjah, we welcome in the great month of Allaah Al-Muharram. This month is...

Belief in Qadar (predestination)
(Imam Mohamed Baianonie at the Islamic Center of Raleigh, NC, delivered this Friday speech on may24, 2002) Belief in predestination (qadar) is one of the basic principles of faith; without it a person’s belief is incomplete. ‘Umar (R.A.), described how...

The Mockery of the Prophet Muhammad
As Muslims, we love and glorify our Prophet but we don’t just believe and glorify him; we believe in all the Prophets sent to mankind. We believe that all Prophets sent by Allah (S.W.T.) were among the best of the people and if anyone disbelieves or disrespects any of them then it consequently implies disbelief or disrespect to all of them.

The Night of Al-Qadr & Zakatul-Fitr
We are in the last ten days of Ramadan. So it is appropriate to speak about two things in this speech: The night of Al-Qadr (power, honor, decree) and Zakatul-Fitr (break fast charity).

Belonging to Islam and The Islamic Identity
The matter of belonging to Islam and the Islamic identity on our personal and public lives is an important matter as important as the deen (religion) itself. An effort is made in this speech to focus some light on some points of these matters. The way is open for everyone to share in this discussion. What is the Islamic identity that we have to seek to verify and protect? It is just to belong to Islam by name? Or it is just the maintenance of some legal mandatory duties such as prayers, fasting, zakah and so on? Or is it just the hijab (cover) of Muslim women? In fact it is all of this and more that constitutes this Islamic Identity and defines its features.

The Ummah of Moderation
Allah (S.W.T) says in the Noble Qur’an, what could be translated as, “Thus We have made you [Muslims] a Wasat nation, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger Muhammad be a witness over you.” (Surat Al-Baqarah, Verse 143)

Eid as a Step Towards Strengthening the Community Bond
Allah (SWT) gave us many blessings, and one of the greatest blessings He has given us is the guidance to the Deen of Islam. Allah perfected the laws of Islam and chose Islam to be our true religion, our complete way of life. Allah said to the believers, what may be translated as, “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you, and have chosen Islam as your religion.” (Verse 3,Al-Ma’dah). Islam therefore is the complete religion, which contains all aspects of the human life, and satisfies all of the human needs.

The Islamic Brotherhood
Allah (S.W.T.) declared in the Noble Qur’an the nature of the relationship between Muslims, what can be translated, “The believers are nothing else than brothers…” {Verse 10, Surat Al-Hujurat} Islam does not want people to repeat the empty slogan of Islamic Brotherhood. Nor does Islam want people to claim Islamic Brotherhood, without practicing it in their lives. For that reason, Islam legislated the do’s and do not’s, which can help Muslims implement Islamic Brotherhood in their lives. This legislation also provided guidelines that would strengthen, nurture, and protect it from everything that may weaken or bring to an end.

In a previous Friday speech, we spoke about the helpful means of alleviating hardship. I mentioned that patience is the first weapon for the believer to use when facing hardship. Patience has been mentioned in the Noble Qur’an more then 90 times. Also it was mentioned many times in authentic Ahadith of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.). All of these verses and Ahadith talk about the importance of patience in the lives of the believers. All of the messengers of Allah (S.A.W.) suffered great hardships in their lives, yet all of them practiced patience. Therefore, Allah (S.W.T.) alleviated their hardship and promised them great rewards in the hereafter.

The Relationship Between Muslims and Non-Muslims
Today, our topic is about one of the most important Islamic topics because it answers many questions we often raise. This is a practical topic because we interact with Non-Muslims on a daily basis. We should understand the nature of the Muslim/Non-Muslim relationship, and its goals and guidelines.

Arrival of the Month of Ramadan & Taraweeh Prayer
We are expecting within few days to welcome the blessed month of Ramadan. This is indeed a great month. Allah has distinguished this month from all other with the obligation of fasting. He (S.W.T) made its fasting a pillar of the fundamental pillars of Islam. A pillar without which this deen could not be established. Due to the importance of fasting in the lives of people, Allah (S.W.T.) made it obligatory upon the previous nations that existed before us. Allah (S.W.T.) addresses us in surat Al-Baqarah, (verse 183), what can be translated as, "O you who believe, Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you so that you may achieve taqwa (righteousness, God-fearing)". So, we see that Allah (S.W.T.) makes it clear that the objective of fasting is to achieve taqwa in our hearts and to increase it and nourish it.

Purifying the Soul (3)
Good knowledge and righteous deeds are strongly related; the knowledge that does not lead to good deed is not a good knowledge. Also, the deed that is not based on the correct divine knowledge is not a good deed and will not be accepted by Allah (S.W.T.).

Purifying the Soul (2)
The most important task for man after knowing Allah (S.W.T.) is Tazkiyah or (soul purification). Man's success or failure in this life and in the Hereafter depends on whether man purifies his soul or not. Islam prescribed to us means that help purify the souls. It is a must that we use these means when we are in the process of Tazkiyah or (soul purification). We can not use any means that are not prescribed by Islam.

Purifying the Soul (1)
Allah (S.W.T) says in the Noble Qur'an after He swore several times in surat Ash-Shams, (Verses 9&10), what can be translated as, "Indeed he succeeds who Zak-Kaha purifies his ownself, and indeed he fails who Das-Saha corrupts his ownself."

The Consequences Resulting from not Enjoining what is Good and Forbidding what is Evil
Allah’s natural and universal laws are unchangeable and will be manifested when all the necessary conditions are present. Allah (S.W.T) said in surat Al-Fath, (Verse 23), what can be translated as, "That has been the way of Allah already with those who passed before. And you will not find any change in the way of Allah." One of these laws is that Allah (S.W.T) will afflict His various punishments on the societies infested with corruption and evil. These punishments take place (how & when) according to Allah’s will that no one can thwart.

Enjoining What is Good (Al-Ma'roof) and Forbidding What is Evil (Al-Munkar)
Allah (S.W.T) said in surat Al-Imran, (Verse 110), what can be translated as, "You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind, you enjoin Al-Ma'ruf and forbid Al-Munkar, and you believe in Allah…"

Reward of the Righteous Deed in this Life & in the Hereafter
Allah (S.W.T) said in surat An-Nahl, (Verse 97), what can be translated as, "Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he (or she) is a true believer, verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world) with respect, and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do."

The Good Deeds Remove the Evil Deeds
Allah (S.W.T.) says in surat Huod, (Verse 114), what can be translated as, "And perform Salat, at the two ends of the day and in some hours of the night (i.e. the five compulsory Daly prayers). Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds. That is a reminder (an advice) for the mindful (those who accept advice)."

Islam is Deen of Discipline
The regulation of man's conduct within one system of life is one of the most important reasons of success and stability. The absence of this regulation is one of the greatest crises a man suffers from in his life. This happens when man is left without guidance from Allah (S.W.T.) or without proper upbringing based on that divine guidance. Under these circumstances, man's life becomes miserable on this earth and he will be amongst the losers in the Hereafter.

Role of the Community in Raising Children in the Non-Muslim Society
Raising children in an Islamic way in a non-Muslim society needs everyone’s effort with no exception, starting with the parents’ efforts, to the Masjid’s, to the community’s efforts. All of these roles are important. The stronger these roles are and the more mutually complementary to one another, the better the raising process will be.

The Role of the Family in Raising the Children, Part II
Allah (S.W.T.) created man in a way that he is influenced by what he hears. He is sometimes influenced positively or negatively depending on the speaker, the words, its values, its ease of implementation, and the hearer's circumstances.

The Role of the Family in Raising the Children, Part I
Allah (S.W.T.) has entrusted parents with their children. Parents bear the responsibility to raise their children in the Islamic way. If they do that they will be blessed in this life and in the Hereafter, and if they don't, they will get bad and harmful result during their life and in the Hereafter.

The Fall of Islamic Khilafah
When we talk about the fall of Islamic Khilafah and the end of the Islamic State, we talk about one of the most important issues. The end of Khilafah was and still is the most devastating crises that happened to the Muslim Ummah in the contemporary age. The Muslim Ummah still suffers from this crises and will continue to suffer until the Muslim Ummah returns to its glory and the Islamic Khilafah as the prophet (S.A.W.) promised. He (S.A.W.) said: "The prophet-hood will last as long as Allah (S.W.T.) is willing, then he will lift it. Then, a rightly guided Khilafah will be according to the prophet’s way and will last as long as Allah is willing, then Allah will lift it. Then, there will be a hereditary power that will last as long as Allah is willing, then Allah will lift it. Then, there will be dictatorships that will last as long as Allah is willing, then Allah will lift it. Then, there will be a Khilafah according to the prophet’s way. The prophet, then fell silent." {Authentic Hadith reported by Imams Ahmad, Al-Bazar and At-Tabrani.}

The Etiquette and Rules of the Masjid
Islam made the Masjid the heartbeat of the Muslim society. It is the hangout of Muslims where they meet one another daily not to perform the prayers only but also for other acts of worship and activities that are beneficial for the Muslim community.

Important Rules of The Friday Prayer (1)
The Friday prayer as an obligation: The Muslim scholars are in agreement that salatul jum'ah (Friday prayer) is an individual obligation (and it is two rak'at.) Allah (S.W.T.) says in the Qur'an: "O you who believe, when the call for the salah of jumu'ah is proclaimed, hasten unto the remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and trading). That is best for you if you but knew." And also Imam Abo Dawod reports an authentic hadith that the prophet (S.A.W.) said: "Al-Jumu'ah is a duty upon every Muslim in the community…"

Seeking Knowledge is Obligatory
The messenger Muhammad (S.A.W.) was sent to an illiterate Ummah. Allah (S.W.T.) said in surat Al-Jumu'ah, (Verse 2), what can be translated as, "He it is who sent among the unlettered ones a messenger (Muhammad) from among themselves…"

What is After Ramadan?
Allah (S.W.T.) has blessed us with the month of Ramadan, and bestowed His favor upon us with the fasting of its day and the praying of its night. We ask Allah (S.W.T.) that he accepts from us our fasting as well as our praying and that he makes us from the people who are saved from Hell Fire, and that he allows us into Paradise from the gate of Ar-Rayan.

We Must Know the Reality of Islam & the Reality of this Society
We are facing a very great danger that is threatening Islam and its future in this country. This is due to our Misunderstanding and Misconception of two important issues:

Night Prayer During Ramadan (Taraweeh)
Allah (S.W.T) has legislated different forms of worship so that we do not continuously perform only one which would lead us to get tired of it, and as a consequence, halt performing that kind of worship.

The Role of the Masjid
To complete our thanks to Allah (S.W.T.) for His blessings, we must thank all those who contributed to this project, whether their contribution was throw an idea, with a decision, with an effort, or with money. To all those brothers and sisters who donated, we say May Allah (S.W.T.) accept your effort and reward all generously in this world as well as in the Hereafter.

Bid’ah (Innovation) (2)
Every innovation in the matters of deen is a deviation. In an authentic hadith reported by Imams At-Tirmithi, Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Al-Hakim that the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said: "...So follow my sunnah and the sunnah of the rightly guided Khalifahs. Bite down on it with your molars, and watch out for the innovations for every bid'ah (innovation) is a deviation."

Bid’ah (Innovation) (1)
In an authentic hadith reported by Imams At-Tirmithi, Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Al-Hakim the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said: "...So follow my sunnah and the sunnah of the rightly guided Khalifahs. Bite down on it with your molars, and watch out for the innovations for every bid'ah (innovation) is a deviation."

The Last Moments Before Death
At the last moments before death, Allah (S.W.T.) sends the angels of death to get the soul from the human body. Allah (S.W.T.) says in surat Al-An’am, (verse 61), what can be translated as, “He is the irresistible, supreme over His slaves, and He sends guardians over you, until when death approaches one of you, Our messengers (angel of death and his assistants) take his soul, and they never neglect their duty.”

Life & Death
Life and death are two clear and obvious facts; everyone knows that and no one disputes these two facts; the knowledgeable or the ignorant, the believer or the non-believer does not doubt these two facts.

Ibadah is a Way to Taqwa
Today, we talk about the second way to achieve taqwa of Allah (S.W.T.) that is Al-ubudiyah, which is total submission to Allah (S.W.T.) in all aspects of our lives, minor and major. This submission emanates from the absolute obedience to Allah (S.W.T.) while having total humility and deepest love to Him (S.W.T.). The more submission a person has, the more taqwa he reaches. About this, Allah (S.W.T.) says in surat Al-Baqarah, (verse 21), what can be translated as, "O Mankind! Submit your self to your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Muttaqun."

Reciting Qur’an is a way to Taqwa
From previous khutab, we know that having taqwa of Allah (S.W.T.) means: taking protection from the anger of Allah (S.W.T.) and his punishment. This protection is realized by doing what Allah (S.W.T.) commands, and refraining from everything that Allah (S.W.T.) forbids. In brief, this protection is realized by obeying Allah (S.W.T.) which emanates only from the correct and strong belief in Him. This belief comprises the genuine love of Allah (S.W.T.) as well as the genuine fear of Him.

The Importance of the Role of the Masjid
All the praises and thanks be to Allah (S.W.T.) for his blessings that He helped us in this community to start the expansion project of this center. This expansion would add more than 13,300 square feet to the existing building.

The Characteristics of People who have Taqwa, as Mentioned in the Qur’an
Today, we talk about the qualities and characteristics of people, who have taqwa. These qualities are mentioned in many verses of the Qur'an, so that we may know them and work to acquire them. And so that we will be among the people who have taqwa.

The Position of Taqwa and Its Importance in Islam
Allah (S.W.T.) said in the Qur’an, in surat An-Nisa’, (Verse 131), what may be translated as, "Verily we have directed the people of the book before you and you (O Muslims) to have taqwa of Allah."

Asabiyyah is a Diseases that weakens the Muslim Ummah Part II
We learned last Friday that asabiyyah is a deadly disease that has weakened the Muslim ummah. We also learned the meanings of asabiyyah, what causes it, and we now know its kind and harms of it. We also learned that asabiyyah is not suitable as a framework for human societies because it is a form of corruption, transgression and oppression.

Asabiyyah is a Diseases that weakens the Muslim Ummah Part I
The causes and the diseases that have weakened the Muslim ummah are many, and the asabiyyah with all its kinds and forms is one of these deadly diseases that have weakened the Muslim ummah in the past as well as today; the once unified, merciful, and cohesive Muslim ummah has transformed into differing, conflicting, warring entities.

Our Role Today is The Same as the Role of the Great Messengers of Allah (3)
For the last two Fridays, when we asked the question: What is our role in this age and in this society? We said: Our role is the same as the role of the great past messengers that Allah sent to the people. This is because we are their heirs till the Last Day, and we now know that their first task was conveying the message in the clearest way, their second task was the Da'wah, calling people to Allah, and their third task was giving glad tidings and warnings.

Our Role Today is The Same as the Role of the Great Messengers of Allah (2)
We know from last Friday, that we addressed the question: What is our role today in this society? We concluded that our role is the same as the role of the great past messengers whom Allah (S.W.T.) sent to humanity. This is because we are the messengers’ heirs till the Day of Judgment, and we know that their first task was conveying the message in the clearest way. We know that conveying the message requires courage and not fearing the people. We also learned that conveying the message can be done by reciting the holy Qur’an that Allah revealed and by clarifying the divine revelations to the people.

The Islamic Etiquette of Disagreement
Normally, when we are in agreement, it is easy for us to behave properly with each other. However, when we are in disagreement, we don't always behave properly. What makes it worse is when people try to justify their misbehavior by pretending that they are very religious. People who do this pretend that they are very concerned about the Deen of Allah. When in reality, they are just ignorant of the teachings of Islam and Islamic behavior.

Our Role Today is The Same as the Role of the Great Messengers of Allah (1)
Many of us wonder today: What is our role as Muslims in this non-Islamic society? Asking this question is a good thing in itself because it indicates the beginning of the awareness in the mind of the Muslims, after a long absence.

Manners of Talking to Others
Islam has legislated a number of rules that a Muslim should abide by when speaking to others. A Muslim must always remember, without a doubt, that he will account for every good and bad thing that he says. He will be rewarded for his good words, and he will be punished for every bad word that he says. Allah (S.W.T.) says in surat Quaaf, what can be translated as, “Not a word does he utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it) .” (Verse 18)

The Islamic Manners of Gatherings
One of the most amazing aspects of the Islamic ethical system is that it did not leave out a single aspect of human life without laying down the laws for it. Why is it so complete? It is complete because this system was created by the One who is our Creator, The Most Glorious, the one who knows us better than anyone else. He knows all about us and he knows what is best for us. Allah (S.W.T.) tells us exactly how we should behave as individuals in our interactions with others. He also tells us how we should conduct our gatherings with two sources: the Noble Qur'an and with the traditions of the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.). Today we will learn how to conduct gatherings with the best Islamic etiquette.

Means to Help Keep us Firm on the deen of Allah
Supplication, going toward Allah (S.W.T.) and asking Him to make us firm on His deen, because He is the one who guides us to His deen and He alone makes us firm on it. There are so many people whom Allah (S.W.T.) did not guide them to the truth, and many people whom Allah (S.W.T.) guided to the truth but did not make them firm on that guidance. Because of a mere trial (test), they failed. About this kind of people, Allah (S.W.T) tells us in surat Al-Hajj, (Verse 11), what can be translated as, "And among mankind is he who worships Allah as it were, upon the very edge (i.e. shaky in doubt); if good befalls him, he is content therewith; but if a trial befalls him, he turns back on his face (i.e. reverts back to disbelief after embracing Islam). He loses both this world and the Hereafter. That is the evident loss." The changing heart of this person mentioned in this verse was tested with a trial, but Allah (S.W.T.) did not help him remain firm, so he failed utterly and that is the clear failure and loss.

Staying Firm on the deen of Allah
The believer who is guided by Allah (S.W.T.) to this deen is always faced in this life with the danger of not remaining firm on the deen. This is due to a number of reasons among which...

Envy Is a Dangerous Heart Disease
Envy leads to animosity, evil thinking about others' intentions, backbiting, spreading rumors, lying, turning back on each other's, parting with bad terms, it may also lead the envious person to inflict physical damage with the envied person and even murder may Allah forbid. It is a bad seed for a terrible tree of diseases.

Prohibition of Arrogance
Arrogance is one of the most dangerous inner diseases of the heart. Those inner diseases reside in the hearts but their destructive effects are reflected in the behavior and conduct of the sick person who can be prevented from entering paradise on the Day of Judgment. In the authentic hadith reported by Imams Muslim and At-Tirmithi the prophet (S.A.W.) said, "One will not enter Paradise, if one has an atom’s weight of arrogance in his/her heart."

Cutting off Relations with Relatives is a Major Sin
Today, I will talk about one of the major sins which is spread widely among Muslims today and which has lasted so very long till it became one of the habits which people do not realize and object it; that is cutting of the relations with relatives. This is a major sin with the consensus of all scholars because its prohibition and its warning are very emphatic, that is barring from entering Paradise on the Day of Judgment. This is clear from the hadith of the prophet (S.A.W.), which is reported by Imams Bukhari and Muslim, "One will not enter paradise if he/she cuts off relations with relatives."

Divine Prohibitions Have Different Degrees of Severity
The divine prohibitions are not all on the same level of severity; they have different degrees of severity. Some prohibitions were prohibited emphatically and these form the area of haram (Prohibited), and some of them were mentioned less emphatically and these form the area of makrouh (Disliked).

The Priority of Performing the Obligatory to the Recommended
In Islam, the divine commands do not have the same level of priority; some of them are more important than others. Some of them are commanded by Allah, the legislator, emphatically; this is what categorizes the fard (obligatory). And some others are commanded by Allah less emphatically; this is what categorizes the nafel (recommended). All the scholars agree that leaving the fard results in punishment, whereas leaving the nafel is not a sin nor does it result in a punishment, but leaving the nafel leads to loss of rewards.

The Priority of Starting with the Fundamentals Before the Branches
It is very important that the Muslims' priorities be organized in such a Way that the fundamentals of deen come before its branches when it comes to building the Islamic personality and in the da’wah to Islam. The fundamentals of deen are like the foundation of a building; the foundation always comes into being first, then followed by the building itself. Also, the fundamentals of deen are like the roots of a tree; the root always comes into being before the trunk, branches, and before the leaves and the fruits.

Priority of the Deeds of the Heart to the Deeds of the Limbs
The deeds of the heart, according to Islam, are prior to and more important than the deeds of the limbs and senses. Regardless whether the deeds are good or bad, because the heart is the essence of the human being, and the deciding entity of man's righteousness or corruption. This becomes clear when we realize that the prophet emphasized this important role of the heart. The prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said in a hadith reported by Imams Bukhari and Muslim," …In the body, there is a "mudghah" piece of flesh, if it is good, the whole body is good, and if it is bad, the whole body is bad; truly it is the heart."

Priority of Seeking Knowledge to Actions & Deeds
One of the most important shar’i issues is the priority of seeking knowledge to actions and deeds; knowledge must come before deeds because knowledge is the guide and because deeds without knowledge are definitely subject to error, innovation, and misleading. For that reason Allah (S.W.T.) raised up the degree of those who have knowledge, He (S.W.T.) said in surat Al-Mujadilah, (Verse 11), what can be translated as, "Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge."

The Importance of Quality over Quantity
Islam emphasized the importance of good quality and treasured it more than the quantity, because the good quality-from peoples and from deeds-even if it is small in quantity, its effect will be great. Also, the large quantity without good quality has very little effect if any.

The Rights of the Parents are the Most Important after the Rights of Allah
Today I will talk about one of the most important Rights upon us after the rights of Allah (S.W.T), which are the rights of the parents. Allah had declared these important rights in the Qur’an in many verses. The prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) also stressed these rights even more in his many authentic ahadeeth.

The Islamic View of This Worldly Life
The Islamic view towards this worldly life is a testing and examination period. This worldly period is temporary and short because it will end with death. Man will pass it, ending up in another life, the hereafter, which is permanent and there is no death in it. There will be accountability, then great reward or severe punishment.

The Islamic View of the Universe
The Islamic view toward the universe is an intellectual, scientific view that creates the human emotions and feelings toward the greatness of Allah the creator. It also creates emotions and feelings toward the smallness of the human being and his weakness in front of this universe, which leads to the necessity to submit to Allah (S.W.T.).

The Islamic View of the Human Being
The way man views himself is one of the strongest influences in his Tarbiyah (upbringing). For this reason, Islam emphasized the importance of having man know himself very well; a knowledge that is based on the divine source from the creator, The Most High, The One who knows who He created and He is The kind and The aware.

Fundamentals of Islamic (Tarbiah) Upbringing
Allah (S.W.T.) created man for his ibadah. This ibadah means nothing but the total submission to Allah (S.W.T.) in every aspect of life, be it religious or worldly life. He (S.W.T.) said in surat Ath-Th’ariat, (Verse 56), what can be translated as, "And I did not create the jinn and men except to submit to me." In this kind of submission, the deen is established in the life of people; the highest goal for which Allah sent all the prophets peace be upon them, from Noah through Muhammad (S.A.W.). Allah (S.W.T.) says addressing this ummah in surat Ash-Shurah, (Verse 13), in what can be translated as, "He (Allah) has ordained for you the same Religion (Islam) which He ordained for Noah, and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad), and that which We ordained for Abraham, Moses and Jesus saying you should establish deen Religion, and make no divisions in it."

Hajj is one of the Pillars of Islam
Today it is important to talk about another important pillar of Islam, which happens to be hajj (pilgrimage) to the sacred house of Allah in Mecca. Our deen Islam will not be completed until we fulfill it.

Ibadah in Islam
Allah (S.W.T.) says in surat At-Thariat, (Verse 56), what can be translated as, "I did not create the Jinn and the humans but to ya'bodoon (submit to me)." When we hear this great verse, we realize that Allah (S.W.T.) did not create us but for one purpose and one goal; that is to submit to Him alone exclusively. With this, we realize the purpose of our presence in this life, and realize whether our reality conforms to this purpose or not, i.e. do we really submit to Allah alone exclusively?

Virtues (Blessings) of Fasting
Taqwa, in reality, is the secret behind the good conduct of man in this life. taqwa is not a word to be merely uttered on the tongue, but it is a word derived from protection. In other words the servant seeks protection for himself from the punishment and wrath of Allah (S.W.T), and this does not occur unless the servant does what Allah and His Messenger commanded, and keeps away from what Allah and His Messenger forbade.

Jihad in Islam Part II
We mentioned last Friday that jihad means to struggle to the utmost of one’s ability to strive and please Allah , and to uphold His word. People can practice jihad in the following three ways, by speaking with good words, spending wealth for the sake of Allah, or by using physical strength to do good. A person may practice one or more of these different types of jihad depending on a person’s situation and condition. We also mentioned four categories of jihad: jihad against personal desires, jihad against the whispering of Satan, jihad against the disbelievers, and jihad against the hypocrites.

Jihad in Islam Part I
Nowadays the term jihad that is used by the media is greatly misunderstood by not only non-Muslims, but Muslims as well. It is important for us to learn about the true meaning of jihad in Islam. Today we shall learn the truth about jihad and the different types by exploring its correct definition from the Noble Qur’an and the Sunnah of the messenger Muhammad. We will benefit greatly by understanding the truth about jihad, and we can begin to clear up any myths that may exist about it.

What do the Highest Ranked Folks Quarrel About?
Imam At-Tirmithi reported an authentic qudsi hadith from Mu'ath Bin Jabal may Allah be pleased with him. He said: "The messenger of Allah (S.A.W.), one day, did not show up for the fajr prayer until we almost noticed the sun rise, then we saw him coming out quickly, then he called for the salah, and quickly prayed, and when he made tasleem, he called for us and said...

The Month of Allah Al-Muharram & the Day of Ashura’
After the season of Al-Hajj and the month of Thilhijjah, we welcome a great season, that is the month of Allah Al-Muharram, which is the first month of the Hijri, lunar year. Allah (S.W.T.) made fasting in it, the best kind of voluntary fasting after the fasting of the month of Ramadan.

Conditions for Sound Successful Islamic Work (3)
There are many Islamic projects, activities, and tasks that are initiated and executed by Muslim individuals, groups and organizations. But, what makes a project or a task Islamic and which projects are successful and beneficial for the society, and rewarding for Muslims who worked on this project in the Hereafter.

Conditions for Sound Successful Islamic Work (2)
There is a big difference between the unrealistic dreams of poets and the goals of the planners; some dreams of poets are beautiful but destructive and deadly and may be impossible. Allah (S.W.T.) warned us from these poets in surat Ash-Shu'ara', (verse 224 to 226), what can be translated as, "As for the poets, the erring follow them. See you not that they speak about every subject in their poetry? And that they say what they do not do."

Conditions for Sound Successful Islamic Work (1)
There are certain conditions that must be met in every Islamic work in order for that work to be beneficial to the society and rewarding for the Muslims who participate in it on the Day of Judgment. These conditions are:

Three Destructive Behaviors
In a good hadith, reported by Imam Abou-Daoud and At-Trmthi that the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) says: "Three are destructive: a leading stinginess (the kind of stinginess that leads the person to obey it and follow it), a leading desire (the kind of whims and desires that lead the person to follow them), and a conceited (stuck-up, arrogant) person." In another narration, the prophet (S.A.W.) says: "opinionated individuals."

Unity, as an Outstanding Feature of Hajj
Islamic unity is one of the outstanding features of hajj. This unity is based on Islam by holding firm to the rope of Allah. This unity has been declared by Allah in His Noble book, the Qur’an, and it has been implemented and practiced by the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.), his companions, and followers. Since the time of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) this political unity has been propagated from generation to generation, up until the time when the rope that unified the Muslims was eliminated. That political unity vanished as a result of the elimination of the Islamic Rule on Earth carried by the Khilafah.

Holidays and Celebrations in Islam (part2)
In this series about the legitimated holidays in Islam, we discuss today some of those holidays that have been introduced to our lives as religious holidays with religious acts of ebadah (worship), when indeed they were invented by some people long after the death of prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.). We know that they were invented because none of the companions of the prophet celebrated them, these companions, as we know, were the most sincere when it comes to following the example of the prophet (S.A.W.). They were with the prophet, and they witnessed the revelation, and still, they didn’t do what some of us do nowadays.

The Importance of Friday
Friday is the best day of the week. Imam Bukhari and Muslim reported that Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H.) had said, "We (Muslims) came last and yet we are the first on the day of judgment. They have received the books before us (meaning Torah and Injil). We have received the book after them (meaning the Qur’an). Friday was their day to be glorified. However, they disputed on that while Allah had told us Friday is the day to glorify. Thus they will follow us. The Jews glorify Saturday, and the Christians glorify Sunday."

They are not Islamic Holidays, but Innovations
Every nation in the world has it’s own holidays and celebrations that are characteristics or landmark of that nation. This has been the case throughout the history of humanity, and it continues to be so in today’s societies.

Holidays and Celebrations in Islam (part 1)
Every nation in the world has it’s own holidays and celebrations that are characteristics or landmark of that nation. This has been the case throughout the history of humanity, and it continues to be so in today’s societies.

Surat Al-Fatiha (The Opening)
This is surat Al-fatiha, the greatest surah in the Qur’an. Which the companions of the prophet chose it to be the beginning of Qur’an. Also Allah chose it to be repeated seventeen time per day in the prayer and about double this if a person prayed the sunnan. The prayer will not be expectable without it according to the hadith reported by Imams Bukhari and Muslim what the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said: "There is no prayer for whom do not read the Fatiha."

Events from the Day of Judgement
For the last few weeks, the Imam has been telling us about the events that will take place prior to and on the Day of Judgement. The source of information has been the Qur’an and the sound ahadith of the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.). Today, the Imam has talked about yet another stage or event that will take place on that awesome day, the day of great gathering of all people, the day when each individual will stand before His Lord and be questioned about his life how he spent it, his youth how he utilized it, life how he spent it, his wealth where he earned it and how he spent it, and his knowledge and how he put it to work.

Alcoholic Drinks are Prohibited
Allah (S.W.T.) said in surat Al-Ma’idah, (verse 90&91), what can be translated as, "O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, Al-Ansab, and Al-Azlam, are an abomination of Satan’s handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful. Satan wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer, So, will you not then abstain?"

How the Judgment is Established in the Day of Judgment
We are still talking about the accountability in the Day of Judgment. That great day in which Allah (S.W.T.) judges his creation and establish justice among them. The Messenger of Allah informs us about some aspects on how judgment is established in that day.

Accountability on the Day of Judgement
The most important events that will happen on the Day of Judgement are when we will be held accountable for our deeds and when we will be questioned by our Lord Allah (S.W.T.). There are many Quranic verses and ahadith that tell us about these events so that the believers will prepare themselves for the most important, final test. They can prepare for this test with their strong faiths and with their righteous deeds.

The Torture in the Grave
Last Friday we learned about what will happen when a person dies and how his soul separates from his body for the believer and disbeliever. We also mentioned how souls ascend up into the heaven after separation and how they are returned back into their bodies in the graves. It was also, mentioned that after death, two angels come to the dead one to question him about his Lord, religion, and the message of the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) and based upon his response, his grave becomes a piece of paradise or a piece of hell.

How the Soul is Separated From the Body
Death is the inevitable end to every living being. There is no difference in this between believers or non-believers, the young or old, the great or the simple person, the rich or the poor, the healthy person or the sick. The soul of all of them will be extracted, and they will die. They will go from this world to the world of Barzakh, which is the period, which starts with the extraction of the soul and ends with the Day of Judgment.

The Muslim's Perspective of Worldly Life (Part 3)
Today, the Imam has mentioned another concern of this life, which regards adornment, and has spoken about the limits that Allah (S.W.T.) has established, and, in which the prophet (S.A.W.) has demonstrated to us, so that we would not transgress. Allah (S.W.T.) warned us when he said in surat Al-Baqarah, (verse 229), what can be translated as, "These are the limits (imposed by) Allah. Transgress them not. For whoever transgresses Allah’s limits: such are wrongdoers."

The Muslim's Perspective of Worldly Life (Part 2)
Today, we examine the limits prescribed by Allah in one of the issues of this life’s affairs, which we commonly encounter, so that we will try not to transcend its limits because Allah warns us. In surat Al-Baqarah, (verse 229), what can be translated as, "These are the limits ordained by Allah, so do not. Transgress them. If any do transgress the limits ordained by Allah, such person wrong themselves as well as others."

The Muslim's Perspective of Worldly Life (Part 1)
Allah (S.W.T.) says in surat Al-Imran, (verse 14) what can be translated as, "Beautified for mankind is love of the joys (that come) from women and offspring, and stored-up heaps of gold and silver (wealth), and horses branded (with their marks), and cattle and land. That is comfort of the life of the world. Allah has excellent Return with Him."

The Cures of Division and Disputes among the Muslims
It is not enough for us to search and trying to find the reasons that cause disunity and division among our Muslim ummah, but we have to realize the responsibilities that are upon us, to achieve our goal, which is to unite our ummah. It is not right to ignore our duties and neglect our responsibilities or to even pass them on to someone else, like the corrupted regimes, governments, and authorities that exist today in the Muslim ummah. Also we should not always blame our enemies and what they do against us. We should carry our share of responsibility because everyone, without exception needs to help solve this problem.

The Causes of Division and Disputes among the Muslims
Through many Qur’anic verses Allah (S.W.T.) laid down the most important basis for the Muslim ummah, in which Muslims should understand and implement in their lives. Especially for those vital issues related to the Muslim ummah like: The causes of division and disputes.

The Islamic Greeting and it’s Etiquette
Islam has professed the use of the Islamic greeting when encountering another Muslim or leaving the company of another Muslim because it unifies the hearts and strengthens bonds between Muslims.

Why We Must Love Allah & His Messenger More Than Anything Else?
Allah (S.W.T.) says in surat Al-Tawbah, (Verse 24), what can be translated as, "Say (O Muhammad): If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates, or your kindred; the wealth you have gained, the commerce you fear a decline or the dwellings in which you delight are dearer to you than Allah, or his Apostle, or the striving in his cause, then wait until Allah brings about his decision, and Allah does not guide the people who are Al-Fasiqoon (rebellious, disobedient to Allah).

The Islamic Hijab Cover for Muslim Woman
Allah (S.W.T.) says in surat Al-Ahzab, (verse 59), what can be translated as, "O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the woman of the believers to draw their Jalalib all over their bodies. That will be better. That they should be known so not to be annoyed. And Allah is ever oft-forgiving, most merciful."

The Islamic Way to Raise the Children
Allah (S.W.T.) has entrusted parents with their children. Parents bear the responsibility to raise their children in the Islamic way. If they do that they will be blessed in this life and in the Hereafter, and if they don't, they will get bad result during their life and in the Hereafter.

Importance of Sincerity
Allah (S.W.T.) says in surat Al-An'am, (verse 162 and 163), what can be translated as, "Say (O Muhammad): "Verily, my prayer, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the world. He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims."

The Mercy of Allah (S.W.T.)
Imam Bukhari and Muslim reported that the prophet (S.A.W.) said, "When Allah completed the creation, He wrote in His book which is with Him on His throne, "My mercy has overcome My anger.""

Bases to Establish a Real Civilization
One of the greatness of the Noble Qur’an every time you recite it and understand it properly, you will find many wisdoms and important lessons which is the base for goodness of this life on this earth. And without receiving these wisdoms great lessons the man will be at lost and destroyed, and there is no wonder of that. Allah therefore of His wisdom and mercy sent down the Noble Qur’an to be the best guidance and enlightenment for all issues of life big or small. Allah says describing the Noble Qur’an, "Verely, This Qur’an guides to that which is the best." {Surat Al-Isra’, 9}

Eid as Ibadah, Happiness, and Entertainment
Allah (S.W.T.) says to the believers in surat Al-Ma’idah, (Verse 3), what can be translated as, "This day I have perfected your deen for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your Deen."

Remembering Allah (S.W.T)
Allah (S.W.T) said in surat Al-Azab, (Verses 41 & 42), what can be translated as, "O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. And glorify His praises early morning and late afternoon."

Helping One Another in Righteousness
Allah created man and honored him over all of His other creations. He trusted man with the responsibility of carrying on Allah's commands. This is a great honor, yet it is also a hard responsibility that cannot be fulfilled completely without the full cooperation among human beings. Succeeding in fulfilling this great trust from Allah, depends on how well humans cooperate with each other. And because of this, Allah orders his servants what can be translated as, “Help one another in righteousness and piety, but do not help one another in sin and transgression.” surat Al-Ma'idah, (verse 2).

Exemptions from Backbiting
I mentioned last Friday about the prohibition of backbiting, and the saying of Allah (S.W.T.), in surat Al-Hujurat, (Verse 12), what can be translated as, "Don’t backbit one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting)." I also mentioned how the prophet (S.A.W.) defined backbiting as, "You mention your brother with something that he hates." We also mentioned that backbiting is a result of being hateful or envious to others. We also mentioned that the cure to backbiting is by fearing Allah (S.W.T.), repenting to Allah and asking Him for forgiveness, and not allowing anybody to backbite in front of us.

Do Not Backbite One Another
Allah (S.W.T.) talking to the believers said in surat Al-Hujurat, (Verse 12), what can be translated as, "Do not backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful." This verse clearly forbids backbiting. Thus it is one of the forbidden things that scholars agreed upon, and with this magnificent style of deterrence, Allah (S.W.T.) raises this question, "Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother?" Then the verse answers, "You would hate it." All sane human instincts hate eating a dead human flesh and as you all hate this, you might as well also hate falling into backbiting.

The Signs of Hypocrisy
Imam Bukhari and Muslim reported that the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said, "The signs of the hypocrite are there: That he utters falsehood when he speaks and that he breaks his promise and that he betrays when entrusted", Imam Muslim added in another narration, "Even though he fasts, prays, and claims he is a Muslim."

Everyone is Responsible for His Own Deeds
Allah (S.W.T.) says in surat Al-Isra', (Verse 15), what can be translated as, "Whoever goes right, then he goes right only for the benefit of his ownself. And whoever goes astray, then he goes astray to his own loss. No one laden with burdens can bear another’s burden…" Allah also says in surat Fussilat, (Verse 46), what can be translated as, "Whosoever does righteous good deed it is for (the benefit of) his ownself, and whosoever does evil, it is against his ownself, and your Lord is not at all unjust to (His) slaves." Allah also says in surat Fatir, (Verse 18), what can be translated as, "And no bearer of burdens shall bear another’s burden, and if one heavily laden calls another to (bear) his load, nothing of it will be lifted even though he be near of kin…"

Zakat purifies the heart from the detested trait of stinginess, and also purifies the wealth by giving out a portion of that wealth. It also causes the wealth to grow through Allah's blessings. While regular charity is strongly recommended and abundantly rewarded by Allah (S.W.T.), Zakat is a debt we owe Allah (S.W.T.), and must be paid as a part of our belief in Him.

The Position and Role of the Mind in Islam
What is the position of the human mind in relation to Islam? Dose Islam asks the human mind to accept everything without any thinking? Does Islam allow the human mind to think as it wishes without any restraint?

Ethics and Morality in Islam {Part 2}
Today we will talk about other concepts of this ethical system, and how balanced and moderate it is. This system is neither extreme nor deficient; it is in the middle between two extreme groups:

Ethics and Morality in Islam Part I
One of the most important aspects of a Muslim's life is for him to have a high standard of morals. Since the beginning of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) was mainly concerned with teaching and disciplining Muslims to have the best manners and the best personal characteristics. His personal life and behavior were reflective of his teachings, which were reveled to him by Allah (S.W.T.). In the Noble Qur'an , in surat Al-Qalam, Allah (S.W.T.) describes prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) saying: what can be translated as, “And verily, you (O Muhammad) are on an exalted standard of character.” (Verse 4)

Islam Declared Equality Among People
Allah (S.W.T.) says in surat Al-Hujurat, (verse 13), what be translated as, "O Mankind! We have created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you in the sight of Allah is he who has most taqwa among of you. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware."

The First Ten Days of Thul-Hijjah & The Sacrifice
The prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said, "There are no days of good deeds more loved by Allaah (S.W.T.) than these days" - meaning the first ten days of the month of Thul-Hijjah. Some of his companions asked: "Not even Jihaad?" (Fighting for the sake of Allaah) The prophet (S.A.W.) replied, "Not even jihaad, except that of a man who went to (Jihaad) with all of his wealth and never returned." [Reported by Imaam Bukhaari and others]

Eid Khutbah
Allah (S.W.T.) said in the Qur’an addressing the believers, reminding them of the meaning of His favor. He (S.W.T.) says in Surat Al-Maidah, (Verse), what can be translated as, "This day I have perfected your deen for you, completed my favor upon you, and chosen for you Islam as your deen."

The Obligation of Da’wah Between Facts and Obstacles, 2
Last Friday I talked about the obligations of da’wah to Allah (S.W.T). We learned that the Islamic da’wah is established on clear evidence. This da’wah is the task of the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and his followers until the Day of Judgment. Also we learned that this da’wah fought all types and forms of Shirk (association with Allah other deity), and also we learned how the prophet (S.A.W) used all available means, and ways to convey the message of Allah (S.W.T) in the clearest way, for example personal contact, public sermons, visiting the people in there gathering places, going out of Makkah, and sending letters to the kings and leaders of deferent nations.

The Obligation of Da’wah Between Facts and Obstacles, 1
Allah (S.W.T) addressed his prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) in surat Yusuf, (verse 108), what can be translated as, "Say you (O Muhammad): "This is my way; I invite unto Allah on evidence clear as the seeing with one’s eyes, I and who; ever follow me. Glory to Allah! And I am not of the mushrikin (polytheists, pagans, idolaters)."

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