Thursday, 27 October 2011

Why Abdul Raheem Green Came to Islam

British Muslim talking about Islam Today

Greatest Threat Facing Islam Today.

FOX TV News - Islam World Most Growing Religion 2010

Catholicism is Replaced by Islam - World's Largest Religion


Is Obama Muslim Or not ?? The answer is here

Street Salah prayer ghuraba nasheed khalid yasin

How to wake up for Fajr - Khalid Yasin

(Khalid Yasin) What the non-muslim experts say

Friday, 21 October 2011

Sai Baba Exposed - Part 1 of 4

The Truth About Libya: NATO Crimes & Mass Media Lies Exposed!

The Real Reasons for the Libyan War

touching question to zakir naik by vijayalakshmi

A young man argues with Dr Zakir Naik

Hindu women challanging Zakir Naik. Muhammed in world scriptures.

A very critical question posed to Dr. Zakir Naik.

Rattansi & Ridley #24 3of4 Easter 2010

Yvonne Ridley - Speech at Al Quds London 2010

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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Hamas: Israeli Prisoner in Egyptian Custody

Military: Gilad Schalit Now in Israel

Palestinians won the Half of the Match

MITZPE HILA, Israel (AFP) - Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit finally returned home on Tuesday after emerging frail but elated from 1,941 days of captivity in a deal that saw 477 Palestinians walk free.

Thousands of spectators whistled and cheered, waving giant Israeli flags and throwing white carnations and roses as a convoy carrying Shalit and his family pulled into their home village of Mitzpe Hila, in northern Israel.

There was excitement also across the West Bank and Gaza following the release of 477 Palestinian prisoners, the first of some 1,027 who will be freed under a landmark prisoner swap between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement.

"Today we experienced the rebirth of a son," the freed soldier's father, Noam Shalit, said after his return home.

"Today we are ending a long and tiring journey that began in June 2006."

Shalit has French nationality through his grandmother and France's ambassador to Israel, Christophe Bigot, visited the family to deliver a letter from President Nicolas Sarkozy.

"Today, I want to pay homage to your courage during this terrible trial and to tell you of our joy and our emotion," said the letter, the contents of which were made public by Bigot. "France never forgot you," it said.

During his brief visit, Bigot told reporters, Shalit told him that while in captivity he had watched nature programmes and sport, including the Tour de France on television.

"I invited Gilad to be guest of honour at the next Tour de France if he would like to come to France with his family next summer," Bigot told AFP.

The prisoner exchange, which was announced by Israel and Hamas last week, kicked off before dawn when hundreds of Palestinian prisoners were bused to drop-off points in and around the occupied territories.

But it was hours before Israeli officials confirmed that Shalit, who was 19 when he was snatched by three Gaza-based groups in a deadly cross-border raid on June 25, 2006, had crossed into Israeli territory.

Following an initial medical check, Shalit's state of health was said to be "satisfactory," although footage of him showed him looking gaunt and frail.

Shortly afterwards, 477 Palestinian prisoners were freed to tumultuous scenes, with thousands of relatives and supporters welcoming them with tears and embraces.

Among them were hundreds who were serving life sentences after being convicted of involvement in deadly attacks, in what is the highest price ever paid by the Jewish state for the release of one man.

The United States voiced "concerns" to Israel over some of the prisoners who were freed, the State Department said without elaborating.

"We have looked at some of these individuals and we've communicated our position... to the Israeli government," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, adding he could not "get into the substance of our concerns too greatly."

In the southern Gaza town of Rafah, thousands of excited family members celebrated as 296 newly released prisoners crossed the border.

They were driven to Gaza City where they were met by more than 200,000 well-wishers for a mass celebration.

In the occupied West Bank, hundreds gathered by an Israeli prison to greet their relatives, only to learn that Israel had decided to drop the detainees off elsewhere, sparking angry stonethrowing.

After they were released, the 117 prisoners were transferred directly to Ramallah where many thousands greeted them, cheering and waving flags.

"Your sacrifices and your efforts and your work have not been in vain," Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas told the chanting crowd.

Shalit's return to Israel marks the first time in 26 years that a captured soldier has been brought back alive to the Jewish state.

The young Israeli had been held by militants in Gaza for more than five years, and his release sparked emotional scenes across the Jewish state.

Within minutes of the Israeli announcement, Egyptian state television began broadcasting a pre-recorded interview with Shalit, who could be seen smiling as he answered the questions.

"Of course, I missed my family, I missed going out and meeting people, speaking with people," he said in Hebrew.

He also said he hoped the remaining Palestinian prisoners would be released. "I would be very happy if they were all released, they just shouldn't return to fighting Israel."

An Israeli official slammed the interview, saying it was "forced" upon Shalit immediately after his release into Egyptian hands, while he was still weak and in shock.

The Palestinians welcomed their returning prisoners as heroes, but in Israel their release caused much soul-searching.

Under the deal, 296 prisoners were released to Gaza, of whom 163 of them were exiled there from homes in the West Bank or annexed Arab east Jerusalem.

Another 117 went home to the West Bank, 15 returned to their families in east Jerusalem and seven Arab Israelis were also sent home. Another 40 plus prisoners are headed elsewhere in the Arab world or to Turkey.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Whose Fitna is it anyway?

Now that the commotion over Fitna has subsided let us critically examine this video made by the latest 

Now that the commotion over Fitna has subsided let us critically examine this video made by the latest
wannabe McCarthyist on the block, Geert Wilders.
The 15 minute video opens with a cartoon lampooning Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) slyly implying that he is a terrorist and that Islam fosters terror. To back up this accusation, he selects certain verses from the Qur'an which speak about fighting and juxtaposes them with archive footage of terrorist acts.

Whose Fitna1 is it anyway?

"It is the context, stupid!"

The first verse he shows is
"Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of God and your enemies, and others besides, whom you may not know, but whom God knows. Whatever you shall spend in the cause of God, shall be repaid unto you, and you shall not be treated unjustly." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 8, Verse 60
At the first glance this verse might appear to be militant to most Non Muslims. But if Mr. Wilders had only bothered to quote the verse which immediately follows the one stated above, his entire argument would come crashing on it legs.
Verse 8:61 of the Holy Qur'an states
"But if they incline towards peace then you also incline towards peace, and trust in God. Indeed it is He who is the Hearing, the Knowing." - The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 8, Verse 61
I can close my argument here as any sane reader would agree that this one verse answers all the 'terror' allegations but I feel that a little more history is necessary for those who accuse Islam of being a militant faith.

"Muhammad (peace be upon Him) - the Man & his Message"

Prophet Muhammad preached the same message of "Oneness of God & brotherhood of man"whose traces are still present in every religion worth its salt. However, the ruling class of Makkah could not tolerate the iconoclastic proclamation "There is no god but God" as it struck at the very roots of their despotic society and started their torture in earnest.
In the first ten years of his prophet hood, Muhammad (peace be upon Him) and his followers were first isolated and then persecuted. For 3 years, the non muslims of Makkah, isolated the Muslims and stopped selling basic items such as food and drink to them in much the same way as Gaza, Palestine is being subjected to isolation by Israel.
The early Muslims were tortured and dragged through the streets of Makkah yet they did not even lift a finger in self defense because they did not have the permission to do so. After ten years of torture and persecution, the Muslims were finally given the command to seek refuge in the nearby city of Madinah. The Muslims of Makkah gave up all their wealth and belongings and went to Madinah to escape the persecution. The ruling elite of Makkah took over the wealth which the Muslims left behind and sent a caravan to sell those items. The Muslims in Madinah could no longer bear this injustice and appealed to the Prophet to help them recover their only means of livelihood. The stage was set for one of the most celebrated battles in Muslim history – 'The Battle of Badr'

"Battle of Badr"

Before Badr, there were two alternatives before the Muslims in Madinah, to save them selves from being overwhelmed by the Makkan mercenaries with all their resources from the rich Syrian trade. One, which had least danger for the time being, and also promised much booty, was to fall upon the Makkan caravan returning from Syria to Makkah, and led by Abu Sufyan with only 40 men unarmed. From a worldly point of view this was the safest and most lucrative course. The other alternative, which was actually adopted on the recommendation of the Prophet by the guidance of God, was to leave the booty alone and march out boldly against the well-armed and well-equipped army of 1,000 men coming from Makkah. The Muslims had no more than 313 men, ill-armed, to oppose the force. But if they could defeat it, it would shake the selfish autocracy which was in possession of Makkah. By God's help they won a splendid victory, and the standard of Truth was established, never to be lowered again.
Numerically the odds against the Muslims were three to one. In other ways they were at a disadvantage: of arms and equipment they had but little, while the enemies were well-found; they were inexperienced, while the Makkan's had brought their foremost warriors. In all this there was a test, but the test was accompanied by gracious favors of countless value: their Commander was one in whom they had perfect faith, and for whom they were ready to lay down their lives; the rain refreshed them; their spirit was unshaken; and they were fighting in God's cause. Thus the trial or test became itself a blessing.
The Chapter 8 of the Qur'an, which Geert Wilders quotes, speaks about this incident.
Coming back to the topic, this technique of 'quoting out of context' is a favored one among the 'Islam experts' although their specious arguments have been destroyed lock, stock and barrel by many a Muslim scholar.

"Terror Tactics"

The verses of the Qur'an which speak about fighting are juxtaposed with archive footage of the terrorist acts, so as to suggest that these heinous acts were justified by the Qur'an.
Bloody images of bodies laid out could be from any war, any military action - "US-backed action, perhaps...?" one wonders, attention wandering. And is that the 'Black Hawk down' incident in Somalia there where more than a thousand civilians lost their lives? Is that a re-creation or were there really video cameras capturing the bloody Algerian war of independence from the French?
The makers of FITNA are fixated in using this recurrent style as principle technique in bringing forth their argument. This included extrapolating events from the past two decades, without chronological order, with pictures from a selection of international and Arab media (including the CNN, Iraqi TV, Iranian TV, and some Dutch channels). This was also accompanied with cutting to blurry images of imams giving out spiteful speeches, buses being bombed, men torn in bloodshed, and placards praising Hitler. These are all too much out of place, yet they set the mood in the first couple of minutes.
Some of the terrorist attacks shown in the FITNA video may have been committed by Muslims, but the motivation is not Islam. The motivation was political - created by anger and helplessness vis-à-vis a neo imperialistic cabal which refuses to recognize the atrocities it has committed and do anything to reduce it.
Perhaps, the following statements will establish the context for the paragraph stated above?
"It's a hard choice, but we think, it's worth it." - US Secretary of State, Madeline Albright's response to a 60 Minutes question about the over half a million children killed by the carcinogenic effects of 'Depleted Uranium Weapons' used in 'Iraq war - part 1' by the US Army & the later due to the sanctions imposed the 'Coalition of the Willing'.
I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don't care what the facts are. - George Bush Sr, Newsweek (commenting o­n the shooting down of an Iranian airliner by the U.S. warship Vincennes, killing 290 civilian passengers.)
After the Turkish defeat by the Prussian forces at Cheshma, the Muslim world began its slow decline which finally ended with the brutal colonization by the 'liberal anglo-saxon' west. The Ist Iraq war was another page in this bloody history written by the Imperialistic powers and was a diabolical plot by Uncle Sam and his cabal to devour the meager resources of Muslim countries.

Got OIL?

Why is that, the motivation is never presented to us as political?
Simple, if people know that these (horrendous) activities are results of atrocious foreign policy, you lose your legitimacy. But, if you can somehow impute that Muslims are inherently violent, and they commit violence because of their religion, then nobody questions your motive.
Add to this the fact that most, if not all Muslim countries, are ruled by regimes which are propped up the neo imperialists. Every Muslim movement which tries to reform the situation and help ordinary citizens get on with their lives is portrayed as the enemy. Any Muslim government which believes in Islam is actively boycotted and hounded. Even if the Islamic movements for reform agree to the principles of democracy, no stone is left unturned to stop them from coming to power. For the past one year, the Palestinian government was actively boycotted and the country was turned into one big prison till the inevitable happened.

Democracy, sweet democracy!

Remember the way in which Muslim reformists of Algeria, Egypt & Turkey etc were crushed and yet the 'Democratic West' didn't care two hoots about it. Where were their empty slogans of democracy then? When impressionable Muslim youth see that there is no way to redress their grievances, then some of them will invariably turn to extremist views and this in turn will start a vicious cycle in which there are no winners. This is common sense!
Digressing from the topic at hand, I would like to ask you a question.
Wasn't the latest Palestinian government (which emerged after the 'freest elections' ever held in the history of the Middle East) A DEMOCRACY?
Before you could answer, Wolmert, the pip squeak decided to butt in.
"NO. Those ayrabs are terrorists!" screeched Wolmert. Even Sham-on, the butcher, seemed to nod in assent although he was in a deep coma.
"Oh, but wasn't Nelson Mandela labeled a terrorist at one time? And what about the Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose; were they terrorists too?"
"A few months ago an entire family on the beach was wiped out by an artillery shell. But there was hardly coverage in the media. After all it was only the little people who died."came my retort.
What becomes of them? Like it happens always..... They become a statistic.
"The beach was a part of Palestine and a young couple was wiped out along with 3 of their young children leaving their seven year old daughter, Huda to fend for herself. That explains. These people are just collateral. Imagine the kind of global furor if anything of this sort had happened on the sun kissed beaches of USA or the Zionist state of Israel."
"STOP! How dare you give a name to this statistic! You have committed a grave crime and this will have international repercussions. Our step father, Shmson will surely intervene and see to that you don't repeat this terrorism!" screamed Wolmert.
Statistics can be cruel especially if you happen to be one among the 'bad' guys; the 'other'. It makes no difference if there are hundreds of teenage girls who are held in captivity by the Zionist army. It makes no difference if thousands of Palestinian men whose age ranges from 14 to 70 are held in captivity by the Zionist army.
"Men of age 14? They are no men..... They are kids!" you exclaim.
They have seen things which can shock 'normal' men out of their lives. They graduate to being men once they see their fathers, uncles and brothers.... sisters, aunts and mothers.... being denied the dignity of a human being by the worlds most cruel armies.
"Armies? I thought it was only the IDF which had blood on its hands?" What about the army which bankrolls them and provides for them and subsidizes their cost of genocide. Oh yeah, How could you forget! The great all volunteer force from USA.... It provides the assault helicopters and F16's which bomb little people out of existence. It provides the caterpillar bulldozers which break homes and build the occupation walls. It provides billions of $s in aid to the 'impoverished' Zionists.
Impoverished, eh? What a scream! And when things get really bad it personally intervenes and chases those demonic ayrabs away! Yippee.... Hosanna to the sons of Sham-on! Hosanna to the sons of Sam! Ah! Arent you glad that you pay your taxes to the American treasury. Isn't it because of this great army that the ayrabs are held at bay and we can live freely?

Now Showing - Western Glasses

The problem with the media establishment of the liberal west is that every issue they portray is subconsciously tainted by their violent historical experience. As a result they tend to view everything through this narrow prism.
Free Speech!
Europe was unable to emerge from its dark ages until it embraced the spirit of inquiry and revolted against the Papal authority which had severely restricted independent thought. This was a lengthy affair which involved much tumult and upheaval.
As a result many westerners zealously guard this right which guarantees them the 'Freedom of Expression'. However the Muslim society did not have to undergo this trial by fire to gain the freedom of expression.
Muslims lead the world for many centuries while Europe languished in the gutter. History shows that, Islam aided the development of the experimental method and sowed the seeds of the renaissance. Over a period of time, bureaucracy, red tape and nepotism set in and corroded the Muslim civilization from within. The Mongol invasion hastened the decline of the Muslim Ummah and the Islamic bond which held diverse Muslim societies together, weakened and finally gave way. Islam is inherently democratic, yet the rise of dictatorship in Muslim countries has further pushed them into the abyss.
Europe progressed only when it threw away the shackles of Christendom but Muslims weakened when they stopped practicing Islam. The western media can easily draw the same conclusion if they are objective in their analysis.
But certain pressure groups which control the profitable businesses of Tobacco, liquor, pornography, gambling and speculation have a vested interest in keeping ordinary people of the Anglo-saxon and Muslim worlds apart. Such groups are using the 'Freedom to Insult' under the guise of 'Freedom of expression' to feed the fires of hatred which will ensure that the two major faiths of world remain at loggerheads, while they continue to reap the benefits.
Criticism of Islam or Muslims is welcome as long as it is done in a civilized manner. However, an insult cannot be considered as free speech. For instance, if someone swears your innocent mother on National television, can it still be considered free speech?


The movie FITNA has been a pathetic attempt at rabble rousing and is very similar to the rants of a recent breed of right wing politicians who seem to have made their careers by fostering hate and generating a climate of fear.
The best way to counter such propaganda is to show the true face of Islam in our daily behavior and refrain from violent reactions to this movie. We need to invite the Non Muslims to read the authentic translations of the Qur'an and decide for themselves.
In the medieval ages, Prophet Muhammad was widely marketed as the Anti Christ (nauzbillah) by the opinion makers among the Christian populace. But when they saw the fair behavior of the general Muslims, especially the blessed Prince Salahuddeen Ayyubi (May God have mercy on Him), they changed their jaundiced opinions and started investigating the truth of Islam individually and did not heed to the propaganda mills of the Pope.
We all know that the fanatic 'Christian' hordes of the crusades, the blood thirsty Spanish legions and Anglo-Saxon Imperialists did not conquer the territory they now enjoy by merely 'turning the other cheek'! Even today the Zionists continue the rape of Palestine with little regard for International laws and human rights conventions. Yet, the vast majority of the Non Muslims are not like their blood thirsty leaders and we as Muslims acknowledge this fact.
Jesus (peace be upon Him) said, "You see the sliver in your friend's eye, but you don't see the timber in your own eye." - Mathew 7:3
When you take the timber out of your own eye, then you will see well enough to remove the sliver from your friend's eye.

Peace be upon you.

- Abdul Matin.
1. FITNA – Arabic word which means Torment, Strife, Discord, Fighting depending upon the context
2. All the cartoons displayed here are the creations of Carlos Latuff, a Brazillian cartoonist
3. Wolmert & Sham-on are imaginary leaders of an imaginary country called NOIZ. Any resemblace to any character dead or living is purely unintentional :p

A Hindu's Journey to Islam

Converts to Islam
I had no religion or should I say I never believed in one. Though born in a Hindu family I had to gratify the god whom I was told is God, but never with my true heart. For my family, which is basically Arya Samaji. Religion, rituals and worship depended upon their own convenience, unlike many Hindu families in India my home never had any proper temple or idols, which were worshipped daily. I had always been adrift from the mainstream Hindu practices and rituals.
Retrospection can lead to the conclusion that I only remembered God or visited a temple nearby when I was in need, which basically arose when exam dates or results were due. Apart from this I do not remember being closer in anyway to the Almighty or having any spiritual bond, in Nietzsche's terminology I was 'areligious'.
I had always been beyond the good and evil of religion and beyond sin and profanity, I just lived a normal life following the 'basic good and bad'. My religious beliefs were always unstable, like those of the polytheists, we tend to divert our faith wherever we feel like, whatever pleases us and we never have a stable or strong faith towards anyone. For some part of my life I had been influenced by Christianity (thanks to my Missionary School) and for some time I have also been a staunch Hindu, neither by practice nor by belief but by the ongoing saffaronization (of India) movement, I was myself an anti-Muslim and thought they were raiding our nation by spreading (or imposing) their beliefs by hook or crook. However these were just the phases of my life, which passed and faded with time and age.
I had Muslim friends at school and I was never prejudiced against them but neither was I very close, however in high school I came in close contact with few of my Muslim friends and we always used to discuss about history, politics and religion, where they used to always clarify the misconceptions widely held my against Islam all over the world (especially after 9/11 and other extremist activities in India) after which I had a reasonably clearer picture of Islam yet I felt it was better not to be bound by any one particular religion. I felt that a human mind and heart should always be like an open window, where he/she should accept the good of every culture, religion or practice. I always found Islam was very strict and rigid and that it forbade an intellectual freedom, which a human mind possesses and wanted to practice. I always judged Islam as a religion of do's and don'ts, given to my lack of knowledge about it. Meanwhile at home, my parents with their growing age were seeking refuge in the cradle of religion and spirituality and it was burdened on me too. What never happened in twenty years of my life was now becoming a phenomenon. We had a temple at home with idols, pictures of gods and goddesses and a sudden fancy of my mother to splurge money on various rituals guided by some astrologers. I was disgusted by it but yet had no other option but to bear with it. As they say whatever happens is for good and God always wills it, all these activities at home made me realize the futility of all these practices. Visiting known temples across India all I found was the marketing of religion and a wide scale commercialization, by spending money you can get an easy entry to the temple, otherwise you had to stand in a long queue. You can make your god happy by spending 1000 rupees for a pooja and more happier by spending 5000. The mercy of god depended upon your ability to spend and for a poor it was impossible to even get a darshan of the deity. It appeared senseless when people poured milk and gheeover the idols while thousands in India die of malnutrition and hunger. The religion was deprived of love, tenderness and gratitude, it was increasingly becoming conditional as days passed. I was not able to see the gratification of God in that religion. I tried to remind my parents of the principles of Arya Samaj, which forbade idol worship and propagated monotheism, but all in vain as the popular beliefs were too big to be shunned in front this fading ideology and to an extent the Arya Samaj itself indulged in rituals.
All this made me frantic, confused and dismayed. My `areligious' attitude was flawed with the sham of following what was being followed at home. There was pomp in all these practices, by doing it you can convince yourself that you are making some gods happy and begetting rewards but the most important essential of any religion was lacking. There was no peace, there was no contentment, no spirituality and certainly no direct association with the Almighty. All these practices are like a vicious circle, which promise you to reach closer to God but they never lead you upto Him as you are always stuck in it.
Ultimately, I ceased participating in all these events and announced to my family not to force me into all this, for three years of my life I never prayed or even saw the face of any temple.
When I started reading about Islam, it was more casual than serious, few links here and there over the internet. Certain courses in college curriculum spoke about Islam or Islamic opinion, this made me curious to read more in this regard, I spent hours online talking to friends who use to tell me about Islam, I read various links, participated in forum discussions and my outlook towards Islam started changing, which was reflected when I spoke with my friends or discussed things with them. Of course this change was not appreciated by them, they warned me against the so-called 'brain washers' whose sole aim was to divert the Hindu to Islam.
When you speak of Islam, you face a lot of criticism. The media propagates many stories. Most of us live under the impression of these tales told by the media. In such a situation it becomes really difficult to find out what the truth is and to stand by it.
All this used to bother me, I felt scared of their disagreement, I felt as if I was cheating my friends and family by doing what they sternly disagree with. But how long can you run away from the truth and avoid accepting it?
When I was reading the Quran, every word of every verse was like a revelation. The words explain the true meaning of God, the ideal way of living a life and there is no question, which could possibly arise in your mind, which the Holy Quran has left unanswered. The Quran is the refuge to all your quests, to all your queries and to all your anxiety.
I was truly convinced by the truth that Islam preaches and that was the moment when all my fears just drifted away, if I had not accepted Islam, then I would have stayed stuck in the complexities of life of the material world where false emotions stop us from doing the right thing. It always takes courage to answer the call and stand against every odd, and as the Quran says:
"Believers, uphold justice. Always bear true witness, even if it be against yourself, your parents, or your relatives and regardless of whether the person against whom you are speaking is rich or poor. God is close to people regardless of their material circumstances. Do not be led by emotion, as this may cause you to swerve from the truth. If you distort your testimony, or refuse to testify, remember that God is aware of all your actions." The Holy Quran, Chapter 4, Verse 135
Alhamdulilah, I converted to Islam and am trying to learn more and more about the Holy Quran and the guidelines of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). InshaAllah I will walk on His path in a better way :).
- Aasiya

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The Final Message

1) A divinely revealed belief system

" And with truth We have sent it down (the Qur'an), and with truth it has descended. And We have sent you (O Muhammad(pbuh)) as nothing but a bearer of glad tidings and a warner" The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 17, Verse 105

"And truly, this (the Qur'an) is a revelation from the Lord of the Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists), which the trustworthy Ruh (Jibril(Gabriel)) has brought down upon your heart (O Muhammad(pbuh)) that you may be one of the warners, in the plain Arabic lanuguage." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 26, Verses 192-195
2) A belief system centred on the laws of Allah

"Say (O Muhammad(pbuh)): I am only a man like you. It has been revealed to me that your Ilah (God) is One Ilah (God i.e. Allah)" The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 18, Verse 110

"Say (O Muhammad(pbuh)): I possess no power over benefit or hurt to myself excpet as Allah wills. If I had the knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen), I should have secured for myself an abundance of wealth, and no evil should have touched me. I am but a waner, and a bringer of glad tidings unot people who believe." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 7, Verse 188
3) An ongoing or eternal miracle

"And they say: Why are not signs sent down to him from his Lord? Say: The signs are only with Allah, and I am only a plain warner. Is it not sufficient for them that We have sent down to you the Book (the Qur'an) which is recited to them? Verily, herein is mercy and a reminder for a people who believe" The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 29, Verses 50-51

"We will show them Our signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Qur'an) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a witness over all things?" The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 41, Verse 53
4) A message which addresses reason

"Verily, in these are Ayat ( prrofs, evidences, signs) for the people who understand." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 13, Verse 4

"Thus do we explain the signs in detail to a people who have sense." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 30, Verse 28

"Say (O Muhammad(pbuh): I exhort you to one thing only, that you stand up for Allah's sake in pairs and singly, and reflect (within yourselves in the life history of the Prophet(pbuh), there is no madness in your companion (Muhammad(pbuh)). He is only a warner to you of a severe torment." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 34, 46
5) A message to all mankind

"O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and mad eyou into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourabl of you with Allah is that (believer) who has at-Taqwa ( i.e. he is one of the Muttaqun (the pious)). Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 46, Verse 13

"It (this Qur'an) is only a reminder for all the Alamin (mankind, jinn ad all that exists). And you shall certainly know the truth of it after a while." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 38, Verses 87-88
6) A balance between the spiritual and the material

"But seek, with that (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, and forget not your portion of lawful enjoyment in this world; and do good as Allah has been good to you, and seek not mischief in the land. Verily, Allah loves not the Mufsidun (those who commit great crimes, oppressors, tyrants, mischief makers)." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 28, Verse 77

"Say (O Muhammad(pbuh)): Who has forbidden the adornment with clothes given by Allah, which He has produced for His slaves, and At-Tayyibat ( All kinds of Halal(lawful) things) of food? Say: They are, in the life of this world, for those who believe, (and) exclusively for them (believers) on the Day of Resurrection. Thus We explain the Ayat (Islamic laws) in detail for people who have knowledge." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 7, Verse 32
7) An eternal message for every time and place

"So set you (O Muhammad(pbuh)) your face towards the religion (of pure monotheism). Allah's Fitrah (Islamic Montheism) with which He has created mankind. No change let there be in Khalqillah ( the religion of Allah - Monotheism), that is the straight religion, but most of men know not." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 30, Verse 30
8) A message protected by the One who revealed it

"Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (the Qur'an) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption)." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 15, Verse 9

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

What is my duty?

Mankind! Worship your Lord, Who created you and those before you, so that hopefully you may do your duty. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 2,Verse 21
That is Allah, your Lord. There is no god but Him, the Creator of everything. So worship Him. He is responsible for everything. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 6,Verse 102
'My people, worship Allah! You have no other god than Him. I fear for you the punishment of a dreadful Day.' The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 7,Verse 59
The Unseen of the heavens and the earth belongs to Allah and the whole affair will be returned to Him. So worship Him and put your trust in Him. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 11,Verse 123
Mankind! Heed your Lord and fear a day when no father will be able to atone for his son, or son for his father, in any way. Allah's promise is true. So do not let the life of this world delude you and do not let the Deluder delude you concerning Allah. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 31,Verse 33
… So heed Allah. And know that you will be gathered back to Him.The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 2,Verse 203
Allah augments those who are guided by giving them greater guidance. In your Lord's sight, right actions which are lasting are better both in reward and end result. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 19,Verse 76
Will they not ponder the Qur'an? If it had been from other than Allah, they would have found many inconsistencies in it. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 4,Verse 82
"We have sent down the Book to you with truth. So worship Allah, making your religion sincerely His. Indeed the sincere religion belongs to Allah alone..." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 39,Verse 2-3

What is this life for?

God did not create this world without purpose. God tells mankind in the Qur’an that the life of this world is a test, a test to see “which of you is best in action” and that each soul would be repaid in full for whatever it has earned in this earthly sojourn.

We did not create the heavens and the earth and everything between them as a game. We did not create them except with truth but most of them do not know it. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 44,Verse 38-39
He Who created death and life to test which of you is best in action. He is the Almighty, the Ever-Forgiving. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 67,Verse 2
Verily We created Man from a drop of mingled sperm, in order to try him: So We gave him (the gifts) of hearing and sight. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 76,Verse 2
Not for (idle) sport did We create the heavens and the earth and all that is between them! If it had been Our wish to take (just) a pastime, We could have found it in Our presence, if We would do (such a thing)! The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 21,Verse 16-17
That which is on earth We have made but as a glittering show for the earth, in order that We may test them – as to which of them are best in conduct. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 18,Verse 7
Know that your wealth and children are a trial and that there is an immense reward with Allah. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 8,Verse 28
We will test you with a certain amount of fear and hunger and loss of wealth and life and fruits of your toil. But give good news to the steadfast: Those who, when disaster strikes them, say, "We belong to Allah and to Him we will return". Those are the people who will have blessings and mercy from their Lord; they are the ones who are guided. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 2,Verse 155-157
Know you (all), that the life of this world is but play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting and multiplying (in rivalry) among yourselves, riches and children. Here is a similitude: How rain and the growth which it brings forth delight (the hearts of) the tillers; soon it withers; you will see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away. But in the Hereafter is a Penalty severe (for the devotees of wrong). And Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the devotees of Allah). And what is the life of this world, but goods and chattels of deception? The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 57,Verse 20
The life of this world is nothing but a game and a diversion. The hereafter is better for those who guard against evil. So will you not use your intellect? The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 6,Verse 32
Wealth and sons are the embellishment of the life of this world. But, in your Lord's sight, right actions which are lasting bring a better reward and are a better basis for hope. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 18,Verse 46
"We did not give any human being before you immortality. And if you die, will they then be immortal? Every self will taste death. We test you with both good and evil as a trial. And you will be returned to Us," The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 21,Verse 34-35
You will be tested in your wealth and in yourselves... The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 3,Verse 186
Know that the life of the world is merely a game and a diversion and ostentation and a cause of boasting among yourselves and trying to outdo one another in wealth and children: like the plant-growth after rain which delights the cultivators, but then it withers and you see it turning yellow, and then it becomes broken stubble. In the hereafter there is terrible punishment but also forgiveness from Allah and His good pleasure. The life of the world is nothing but the enjoyment of delusion. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 57,Verse 20

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Monday, 10 October 2011

‎"" To Know"

Do You know what will be the first thing that will be asked from this Ummah?
Five Prayers
Do you know what was the first prayer offered By Mohammad S.A.W?
... It Was Dhuhr Prayer
Do you know who will be the first one entering Jannah?
He will be Prophet Mohammad S.A.W
Do you know who will be the first Ummah Entering Jannah?
It will be Ummah of Prophet Mohammad S.A.W
Do you know who is the first one who say Azzan in heaven?
He was Jibrail A.S

Do you know who first predicted the hours to be twelve?
It was Nooh A.S, who did this when he was on boat to find out the times for prayers
Do you know who was the first person who said SUBHANA RABBI AL AALA?
He was Israfeel A.S
Do you know what was the first ayah revealed from Al-Quran?
It was Surah Al-Alaq Ayah 1
Do you know who first wrote with pen?
He was Hazrat Idrees A.S
Do you know what was the last ayah revealed from Al-Quran?
It was Al-Baqara Ayah 281
Do you know what was the first verse revealed from Torah?
It was Bismillah hir rahman nir raheem
Do you know what is the MOST Supreme Ayah in Quran?
Its Ayatul -Kursi -----Al-Baqara Ayah 255

Friday, 7 October 2011

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One fifth of humankind shares a single aspiration: to complete, at least once in a lifetime, the spiritual journey called the Hajj.

One fifth of humankind shares a single aspiration: to complete, at least once in a lifetime, the spiritual journey called the Hajj.
Hajj, or pilgrimage to Makkah, a central duty of Islam whose origins date back to the Prophet Abraham, brings together Muslims of all races and tongues for one of life's most moving spiritual experiences.

For 14 centuries, countless millions of Muslims, men and women from all over the world have made the pilgrimage to Makkah, the birthplace of Islam. In carrying out this obligation, they fulfill one of the five "pillars" of Islam, or central religious duties of the believer.
Muslims trace the recorded origins of the divinely prescribed pilgrimage to Prophet Abraham, or Ibrahim, as he is called in Arabic. According to the Qur'an, it was Abraham who, together with his son, Ishmael (Isma'il), re-built the Ka’bah, "the House of God”. Ka’bah was the first place of worship, built by Adam to worship God. After the great flood during the time of Noah destroyed it, Abraham and Ishmael re-built it on the original foundation. On God’s command, Abraham gave a call to mankind to come on pilgrimage to this House of God.
The Great Mosque around the Ka’bah and the surrounding areas are sanctified. Neither any killing of any living being nor cutting of any tree within the precincts of the sanctified area is permitted. It was Abraham, who established the rituals of Hajj, which recall events or practices in his life and that of his wife, Hagar (Hajira) and their son Ishmael. Ever since then, people have been coming to this House to perform the pilgrimage. Ka’bah is the focal point toward which Muslims all over the globe turn their face in their worship of the one God, five times each day.
Before Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) received the divine call to re-establish Islam, pagan practices had crept into some of the original observances of Hajj. The Prophet, as ordained by God, continued Hajj after restoring its rituals to their original purity. The Prophet, by his own example, showed to his companions each rite in detail. These rites are elaborate, numerous and varied and they are carried out by the believers for the past over 14 centuries in strict conformity with the practices shown by the Prophet.
Hajj is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation upon male and female adults whose health and means permit it, or, in the words of the Qur’an, upon "those who can make their way there." It is not an obligation on children, though some children do accompany their parents on this journey.
Before setting out, a pilgrim should redress all wrongs, pay all debts, plan to have enough funds for his own journey and for the maintenance of his family while he is away, and prepare himself for good conduct throughout Hajj.
When pilgrims undertake Hajj, they follow in the footsteps of millions before them. Nowadays, over 3 million believers from over 70 nations arrive in the holy city of Makkah by road, sea and air every year, completing a journey, now in some ways less arduous than it often was in the past. Travel in earlier days was filled with lot of hazards. The roads were often unsafe due to bandit raids. The terrain the pilgrims passed through was also dangerous, and natural hazards and diseases often claimed many lives along the way. Thus, the successful return of pilgrims to their families was the occasion of joyous celebration and thanksgiving for their safe arrival.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Biography of Prophet Muhammad

Biography of Prophet Muhammad ()

Muhammad () was born in Mecca ( Makkah), Arabia, on Monday, 12 Rabi' Al-Awal (2 August A.D. 570). His mother, Aminah, was the daughter of Wahb Ibn Abdu Manaf of the Zahrah family. His father, 'Abdullah, was the son of Abdul Muttalib. His genealogy has been traced to the noble house of Ishmael, the son of Prophet () Abraham in about the fortieth descend. Muhammad ()'s father died before his birth.

Before he was six years old his mother died, and the doubly orphaned Muhammad () was put under the charge of his grandfather Abdul Muttalib who took the most tender care of him. But the old chief died two years afterwards. On his deathbed he confided to his son Abu Talib the charge of the little orphan.

When Muhammad () was twelve years old, he accompanied his uncle Abu Talib on a mercantile journey to Syria, and they proceeded as far as Busra. The journey lasted for some months. It was at Busra that the Christian monk Bahira met Muhammad (). He is related to have said to Abu Talib: 'Return with this boy and guard him against the hatred of the Jews, for a great career awaits your nephew."

After this journey, the youth of Muhammad () seems to have been passed uneventfully, but all authorities agree in ascribing to him such correctness of manners and purity of morals as were rare among the people of Mecca. The fair character and the honorable bearing of the unobtrusive youth won the approbation of the citizens of Mecca, and b y common consent he received the title of "Al Ameen," The Faithful.

In his early years, Muhammad () was not free from the cares of life. He had to watch the flocks of his uncle, who, like the rest of the Bani Hashim, had lost the greater part of his wealth.

From youth to manhood he led an almost solitary life. The lawlessness rife among the Meccans, the sudden outbursts of causeless and bloody quarrels among the tribes frequenting the Fair of Okadh (The Arabian Olympia), and the immorality and skepticism of the Quraish, naturally caused feelings of pity and sorrow in the heart of the sensitive youth. Such scenes of social misery and religious degradation were characteristic of a depraved age.

When Muhammad () was twenty five years old, he traveled once more to Syria as a factor of a noble and rich Quraishi widow named Khadijah; and, having proved himself faithful in the commercial interests of that lady, he was soon rewarded with her hand in marriage. This marriage proved fortunate and singularly happy. Khadijah was much the senior of her husband, but in spite of the disparity of age between them, the most tender devotion on both sides existed. This marriage gave him the loving heart of a woman who was ever ready to console him in his despair and to keep alive within him the feeble, flickering flame of hope when no man believed in him and the world appeared gloomy in his eyes.

Until he reached thirty years of age, Muhammad () was almost a stranger to the outside world. Since the death of his grandfather, authority in Mecca was divided among the ten senators who constituted the governing body of the Arabian Commonwealth. There was no such accord among them as to ensure the safety of individual rights and property. Though family relations afforded some degree of protection to citizens, yet strangers were frequently exposed to persecution and oppression. In many cases they were robbed, not only of their goods, but even of their wives and daughters. At the instigation of the faithful Muhammad (), an old league called the Federation of Fudul, i.e., favors was revived with the object of repressing lawlessness and defending every weak individual - whether Meccan or stranger, free or slave - against any wrong or oppression to which he might be the victim within the territories of Mecca.

When Muhammad () reached thirty-five years, he settled by his judgment a grave dispute, which threatened to plunge the whole of Arabia into a fresh series of her oft-recurring wars. In rebuilding the Sacred House of the Ka'ba in A.D. 605, the question arose as to who should have the honor of raising the black stone, the most holy relic of that House, into its proper place. Each tribe claimed that honor. The senior citizen advised the disputants to accept for their arbitrator the first man to enter from a certain gate. The proposal was agreed upon, and the first man who entered the gate was Muhammad () "Al-Ameen." His advice satisfied all the contending parties. He ordered the stone to be placed on a piece of cloth and each tribe to share the honor of lifting it up by taking hold of a part of the cloth. The stone was thus deposited in its place, and the rebuilding of the House was completed without further interruption.

It is related that, about this time, a certain Usman, Ibn Huwairith, supported by Byzantine gold, made an attempt to convert the territory of Hijaz into a Roman dependency, but the attempt failed, chiefly through the instrumentality of Muhammad ().

These are nearly all the public acts related by historians in which Muhammad () took part in the first fifteen years of his marriage to Khadijah. As for his private life he is described to have been ever helpful to the needy and the helpless. His uncle Abu Talib had fallen into distress through his endeavors to maintain the old position of his family. Muhammad (), being rather rich at this time by his alliance with Khadijah, tried to discharge part of the debt of gratitude and obligation which he owed to his uncle by undertaking the bringing up and education of his son 'Ali. A year later he adopted 'Akil, another of his uncle's sons.

Khadijah bore Muhammad () three sons and four daughters. All the males died in childhood, but in loving 'Ali he found much consolation.

About this time, Muhammad () set a good example of kindness, which created a salutary effect upon his people. His wife Khadijah had made him a present of young slave named Zaid Ibn Haritha, who had been brought as a captive to Mecca and sold to Khadijah. When Haritha heard that Muhammad () possessed Zaid, he came to Mecca and offered a large sum for his ransom. Whereupon Muhammd said: "Let Zaid come here, and if he chooses to go with you, take him without ransom; but if it be his choice to stay with me, why should I not keep him?' Zaid, being brought into Muhammad ()'s presence, declared that he would stay with his master, who treated him as if he was his only son. Muhammad () no sooner heard this than he took Zaid by the hand and led him to the black stone of Ka'ba, where he publicly adopted him as his son, to which the father acquiesced and returned home well satisfied. Henceforward Zaid was called the son of Muhammad ().

Muhammd was now approaching his fortieth year, and his mind was ever-engaged in profound contemplation and reflection. Before him lay his country, bleeding and torn by fratricidal wars and intolerable dissension's; his people, sunk in barbarism, addicted to the observation of rites and superstitions, were, with all their desert virtues, lawless and cruel. His two visits to Syria had opened to him a scene of unutterable moral and social desolation, rival creeds and sects tearing each other to pieces, carrying their hatred to the valleys and deserts of Hijaz, and rending the townships of Arabia with their quarrels and bitterness.

For years after his marriage, Muhammad () had been accustomed to secluding himself in a cave in Mount Hira, a few miles from Mecca. To this cave he used to go for prayer and meditation, sometimes alone and sometime with his family. There, he often spent the whole nights in deep thought and profound communion with the Unseen yet All-Knowing Allah of the Universe. It was during one of those retirements and in the still hours of the night, when no human sympathy was near, that an angel came to him to tell him that he was the Messenger of Allah sent to reclaim a fallen people to the knowledge and service of their Lord.

Renowned compilers of authentic traditions of Islam agree on the following account of the first revelations received by the Prophet ().

Muhammad () would seclude himself in the cave of Mount Hira and worship three days and nights. He would, whenever he wished, return to his family at Mecca and then go back again, taking wihim the necessities of life. Thus he continued to return to Khadijah from time to time until one day the revelation came down to him and the Angel Gabriel (Jibreel) appeared to him and said: "Read!" But as Muhammad () was illiterate, having never received any instruction in reading or writing, he said to the angel: "I am not a reader." The angel took a hold of him and squeezed him as much as he could bear, and then said again: "Read!" Then Prophet () said: "I am not a reader." The Angel again seized the Prophet () and squeezed him and said: "Read! In the Name of Your Lord, Who has created (all that exists), has created a man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous, Who has taught (the writing) by the pen, has taught man that which he knew not." (96:1-4 Quran).

Then the Prophet () repeated the words with a trembling heart. He returned to Khadijah from Mount Hira and said: "Wrap me up! Wrap me up!" She wrapped him in a garment until his fear was dispelled. He told Khadijah what had occurred and that he was becoming either a soothsayer or one smitten with madness. She replied: "Allah forbid! He will surely not let such a thing happen, for you speak the truth, you are faithful in trust, you bear the afflictions of the people, you spend in good works what you gain in trade, you are hospitable and you assist your fellow men. Have you seen anything terrible?" Muhammad () replied: "Yes," and told her what he had seen. Whereupon, Khadijah said: "Rejoice, O dear husband and be cheerful. He is Whose hands stands Khadijah's life bears witness to the truth of this fact, that you will be the Prophet () to this people." Then she arose and went to her cousin Waraqa Ibn Naufal, who was old and blind and who knew the Scriptures of the Jews and Christians, and is stated to have translated them into Arabic. When she told him of what she had heard, he cried out: "Holy! Holy! Verily, this is the Namus (The Holy Spirit) who came to Moses. He will be the Prophet () of his people. Tell him this and bid him to be brave at heart." When the two men met subsequently in the street, the blind old student of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures spoke of his faith and trust: "I swear by Him in Who hand Waraqa's life is, Allah has chosen you to be the Prophet () of this people. They will call you a liar, they will persecute you, they will banish you, and they will fight against you. Oh, that I could live to those days. I would fight for these." And he kissed him on the forehead.

The first vision was followed by a considerable period, during which Muhammad () suffered much mental depression. The angel spoke to the grieved heart of hope and trust and of the bright future when he would see the people of the earth crowding into the one true faith. His destiny was unfolded to him, when, wrapped in profound meditation, melancholy and sad, he felt himself called by a voice from heaven to arise and preach.

O you (Muhammad ()) enveloped (in garments)! Arise and warn! And your Lord (Allah) magnify! 
(74:1-3 Quran)

He arose and engaged himself in the work to which he was called. Khadijah was the first to accept his mission. She was to believe in the revelations, to abandon the idolatry of her people and to join him in purity of heart and in offering up prayers to Allah the Almighty.

At the beginning of his mission, Muhammad () - hereinafter called the Prophet () - opened his soul only to those who were attached to him and tried to free them from the gross practices of their forefathers. After Khadijah, his cousin' Ali was the next companion. The Prophet () used often to go into the desert around Mecca with his wife and young cousin that they might together offer their heart felt thanks to the Lord of all nations for His manifold blessings. Once they were surprised by Abu Talib, the father of 'Ali. He said to the Prophet (): "O son of my brother, what is this religion you are following?" "It is the religion of Allah of His Angels, of His Messengers and of our ancestor Abraham," answered the Prophet (). "Allah has sent me to His servants, to direct them towards the truth, and you, O my uncle, are the most worthy of all. It is meet that I should thus call upon you and it is meet that you should accept the truth and help in spreading it."

Abu Talib replied: "Son of my brother, I cannot abjure the religion of my fathers; but by the Supreme Lord, while I am alive, none shall dare to injure you." Then turning towards 'Ali, the venerable chief asked what religion was his. Ali answered: "O father, I believe in Allah and His Prophet () and go with him." Abu Talib replied: "Well my son, he will not call you to anything except what is good, therefore you are free to go with him."

After 'Ali, Muhammad ()'s adopted son Zaid became a convert to the new faith. He was followed by Abu Bakr, a leading member of the Quraish tribe and an honest, wealthy merchant who enjoyed great consideration among his compatriots. He was but two years younger than the Prophet (). His adoption of the new faith was of great moral effect. Soon after, five notables presented themselves before the Prophet () and accepted Islam. Several converts also came from lower classes of the Arabs to adopt the new religion.

For three weary long years, the Prophet () labored very quietly to deliver his people from the worship of idols. Polytheism was deeply rooted among the people. It offered attractions, which the new faith in its purity did not possess. The Quraish had personal material interests in the old worship, and their prestige was dependent upon its maintenance. The Prophet () had to contend with the idolatrous worship of its followers and to oppose the ruling oligarchy, which governed its destinies.

After three years of constant but quiet struggle, only thirty followers were secured. An important change now occurred in the relations of the Prophet () with the citizens of Mecca. His compatriots had begun to doubt his sanity, thinking him crazy or possessed by an evil spirit. Hitherto he preached quietly and unobtrusively. He now decided to appeal publicly to the Meccans, requesting them to abandon their idolatry. For this he arranged a gathering on a neighboring hill and there spoke to them of their folly in the sight of Allah in worshipping pieces of stone which they called their gods. He invited them to abandon their old impious worship and adopt the faith of love, truth and purity. He warned them of the fate that had overtaken past races who had not heeded the preaching of former Prophet ()s. But the gathering departed without listening to the warning given them by the Prophet ().

Having thus failed to induce his fellow citizens to listen to him, he turned his attention to the strangers arriving in the city on commerce or pilgrimage. But the Quraish made attempts to frustrate his efforts. They hastened themselves to meet the strangers first on different routes, to warn them against holding any communication with the Prophet (), whom they represented as a dangerous magician. When the pilgrims or traders returned to their homes, they carried with them the news of the advent of the bold preacher who was inviting the Arabs loudly - at the risk of his own life - to abandon the worship of their dear idols.

Now the Prophet () and his followers became subject to some persecution and indignity. The hostile Quraish prevented the Prophet () from offering his prayers at the Sacred House of the Ka'ba; they pursued him wherever he went; they covered him and his disciples with dirt and filth when engaged in their devotions; they scattered thorns in the places which he frequented for devotion and meditation. Amidst all these trials the Prophet () did not waver. He was full of confidence in his mission, even when on several occasions he was put in imminent danger of losing his life.

At this time Hamza, the youngest son of Abdul Muttalib, adopted Islam. Hamza was a man of distinguished bravery, an intrepid warrior, generous and true, whose heroism earned for him the title of the "Lion of Allah." He became a devoted adherent of Islam and everlost his life in the cause.

The Prophet () continued preaching to the Arabs in a most gentle and reasonable manner. He called thepeople, so accustomed to iniquity and wrong doings, to abandon their abominations. In burning words which excited the hearts of his hearers, he warned them of the punishment which Allah had inflicted upon the ancient tribes of 'Ad and Thamud who had obstinately disobeyed the teachings of Allah's messengers to them. He adjured them by the wonderful sights of nature, by the noon day brightness, by the night when it spreads its veil, by the day when it appears in glory to listen to his warning before a similar destruction befell them. He spoke to them of the Day of Reckoning, when their deeds in this world will be weighed before the Eternal Judge, when the children who had been buried alive will be asked for what crime they were put to death.

Almighty Allah said:

Nay, they wonder that there has come to them a Warner (Muhammad ()) from among themselves. So the disbeliveers say: "This is a strange thing! When we are dead and have become dust (shall we be resurrected)? That is a far return." We know that which the earth takes of them (their dead bodies), and with Us is a Book preserved (i.e., the Book of Decrees).

Nay, but, they have denied the truth (this Qur'an) when it has come to them, so they are in a confused state (can not differentiate between right and wrong). Have they not looked at the heaven above them, how We have made it and adorned it, and there are no rifts in it? And the earth! We have spread it out, and set thereon mountains standing firm, and have produced therein every kind of lovely growth (plants).

An insight and a reminder for every slave turning to Allah (i.e., the one who believes in Allah and performs deeds of His obedience, and always begs His pardon). And We send down blessed water (rain) from the sky, then we produce therewith gardens and grain (every kind of harvests that are reaped). And tall date palms, with ranged clusters; a provision for (Allah's) slaves. And We give life therewith to a dead land. Thus will be the resurrection (of the dead). Denied before them (i.e. these pagans of Makka who denied you, O Muhammad ()) the people of Noah, and the dwellers of Rass, and the Thamud, and 'Ad, and Pharaoh, and the brethren of Lot, and the dwellers of the Wood, and the people of Tubba, everyone of them denied their Messengers, so My Threat took effect." 

( 50: 2-14 Quran)

Almighty Allah also declared: 

All praises and thanks be to Allah Who Alone created the heavens and the earth, and originated the darkness and the light, yet those who disbelieve hold others as equal with their Lord. He it is Who has created you from clay, and then has decreed a stated term (for you to die). And there is with Him another determined term (for you to be resurrected), yet you doubt (in the Resurrection).

And He is Allah (to be worshipped Alone) in the heavens and on the earth, He knows what you conceal and what you reveal, and He knows what you earn (good or bad). And never an Ayah (sign) comes to them from the Ayat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Lord, but that they have been turning away from it.

Indeed, they rejected the truth (The Qur'an and Muhammad ()) when it came to them, but there will come to them the news of that (the torment) which they used to mock at. Have they not seen how many a generation before them We have destroyed whom We had established on the earth such as We have not established you? And We poured out on them rain from the sky in abundance, and made the rivers flow under them. Yet We destroyed them for their sins, and created after them other generations." 

( 6:1-6 Quran)

As the number of believers increased and the cause of the Prophet () was strengthened by the conversions of many powerful citizens, the Prophet ()'s preaching alarmed the Quraish. Their power and prestige were at stake. They were the custodians of the idols, which the Prophet () had threatened to destroy; they were the ministers of the worship, which he denounced; in fact their existence and living wholly depended upon the maintenance of the old institutions. The Prophet () taught that in the sight of his Lord all human were equal, the only distinction recognized among them being the weight of their piety.

Allah the Exalted said:

O mankind! We have created you from a male and a 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 that believer who has At Taqwa (one of the Muttaqun, pious and righteous persons who fear Allah much, abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden), and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained. Verily! Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware." 
( 49:13 Quran). 

The Quraish would have none of this leveling of distinctions, as it reflected upon their long inherited privileges. Accordingly, they organized a system of persecution in order to suppress the movement before it became firmly established. They decided that each family should take upon itself the task of stamping out the new faith on the spot. Each household tortured its own members or adherents or slaves who were supposed to have connected themselves with the new religion. With the exception of the Prophet (), who was protected by Abu Talib and his kinsmen, and Abu Bakr, and a few others who were either distinguished by their rank or possessed some influence among the Quraish, all other converts were subjected to different sorts of torture. Some of them were thrown into prison, starved, and then flogged. The hill of Ramada and the place called Bata thus became scenes of cruel torture.

One day the Quraish tried to induce the Prophet () to discontinue his teachings of the new religion, which had sown discord among their people. 'Utba Ibn Rabi'a, was delegated to see the Prophet () and speak to him. 'Utba said: "O son of my brother, you are distinguished by your qualities; yet you have sown discord among our people and cast dissension in our families; you denounced our gods and goddesses and you charge our ancestors with impiety. Now we are come to make a proposition to you, and I ask you to think well before you reject it." "I am listening to you, O father of Walid," said the Prophet (). "O son of my brother, if by this affair you intend to acquire riches, honors, and dignity, we are willing to collect for you a fortune larger than is possessed by any one of us; we shall make you our chief and will do nothing without you. If you desire dominion, we shall make you our king; and if the demon which possesses you cannot be subdued, we will bring you doctors and give them riches until they cure you." When 'Utba had finished his discourse, the Prophet () said: "Now listen to me, O father of Walid." "I listen." He replied. The Prophet (), recited to him the first thirteen verses of Surah Fussilat, which maybe interpreted as follows:

In the Name of Allah The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful.

Ha Mim (These letters are one of the miracles of the Quran, and none but Allah Alone knows their meanings). A revelation from Allah the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. A Book whereof the Verses are explained in detail; - a Quran in Arabic for people who know. Giving glad tidings (of Paradise to the one who believes in the Oneness of Allah, Islamic Monotheism) and fears Allah much (abstains from all kinds of sins and evil deeds) and loves Allah much (performing all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained), and warning (of punishment in the Hellfire to be the one who disbelieves in the Oneness of Allah), but most of them turn away, so they listen not.

And they say: "Our hearts are under coverings (screened) from that to which you invite us, and in our ears is deafness, and between us and you is a screen, so work you (on your way); verily we are working (on our way).

Say (O Muhammad ()): "I am only a human being like you. It is inspired in me that your Ilah (God) is One Ilah (God - Allah), therefore take the Straight Path to Him (with true Faith - Islamic Monotheism) and obedience to Him, and seek forgiveness of Him. And woe to Al-Mushrikeen; (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, and disbeliveers in the Oneness of Allah, etc, those who worship others along with or set up rivals or partners to Allah etc.) Those who give not the Zakat and they are disbeliveers in the Hereafter. Truly, those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger Muhammad () - Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds for them will be an endless reward that will never stop (Paradise).

Say (O Muhammad ()): "Do you verily disbelieve in Him Who created the earth in two Days and you set up rivals (in worship) with Him? That is the Lord of the Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists).

He placed therein (the earth) firm mountains from above it, and He blessed it, and measured therein its sustenance (for its dwellers) in four Days equal (all these four days were equal in the length of time), for all those who ask (about its creation). Then He Istawa (rose over) towards the heaven when it was smoke, and said to it and to the earth: "Come both of you willingly or unwillingly." They both said: "We come, willingly." Then He completed and finished from their creation as seven heavens in two days and he made in each heaven with lamps (stars) to b e an adornment as well as to guard (from the devils by using them as missiles against the devils). Such is the Decree of Him the All Mighty, The All Knower.

But if they turn away, then say (O Muhammad ()): "I have warned you of a Sa'iqa (a destruction awful cry, torment, hit, a thunder bolt) like the Sa'iqa which overtook 'Ad and Thamud (people).
( 41:1-13 Quran).

When the Prophet () had finished his recitation, he said to 'Utba: "This is my reply to your proposition; now take what course you find best."

Persecution by the Quraish grew fiercer every day and the sufferings of the Prophet ()'s disciples became unbearable. He had heard of the righteousness, tolerance, and hospitality of the neighboring Christian king of Abyssinia. He recommended such of his companions who were without protection to seek refuge in the kingdom of that pious king, Al Najashi (Negus). Some fifteen of the unprotected adherents of Islam promptly availed themselves of the advice and sailed to Abyssinia. Here they met with a very kind reception from the Negus. This is called the first hijrah (migration) in the history of Islam and occurred in the fifth year of the Prophet () Muhammad ()'s mission, A.D. 615. These emigrants were soon followed by many of their fellow sufferers, until the number reached eighty-three men and eighteen women.

The hostile Quraish, furious at the escape of their victims, sent deputes to the king of Abyssinia to request him to deliver up the refugees, that they might be put to death for adjuring their old religion and embracing a new one. The king summoned the poor fugitives and inquired of them what was the religion, which they had adopted in preference to their old faith. Ja'far, son of Abu Talib and brother of 'Ali, acted as spokesman for the exiles. He spoke thus: "O king, we were plunged in the depth of ignorance and barbarism, we adored idols, we lived in unchastity, and we ate dead bodies, and we spoke abomination, we disregarded every feeling of humanity and sense of duty towards our neighbors, and we knew no law but that of the strong, when Allah raised among us a man, of whose birth, truthfulness, honesty, and purity we were aware. He called us to profess the Unity of Allah and taught us to associate nothing with Him; he forbade us the worship of idols and enjoined us to speak the truth, to be faithful to our trusts, to be merciful, and to regard the rights of neighbors; he forbade us to speak evil of the worship of Allah and not to return to the worship of idols of woos and stone and to abstain from evil, to offer prayers, to give alms, to observe the fast. We have believed in him, we have accepted his teachings and his injunctions to worship Allah alone and to associate nothing with Him. Hence our people have persecuted us, trying to make us forego the worship of Allah and return to the worship of idols of wood and stone and other abominations. They have tortured us and injured us until, finding no safety among them, we have come to your kingdom trusting you will give us protection against their persecution."

After hearing the above speech, the hospitable king ordered the deputies to return to their people in safety and not to interfere with their fugitives. Thus the emigrants passed the period of exile in peace and comfort.

While the followers of the Prophet () sought safety in foreign lands against the persecution of their people, he continued his warnings to the Quraish more strenuously than ever. Again they came to him with offers of riches and honor, which he firmly and utterly refused. But they mocked at him and urged him for miracles to prove his mission. He used to answer: "Allah has not sent me to work wonders; He has sent me to preach to you."

Thus disclaiming all power of wonder working, the Prophet () ever rested the truth of his divine mission upon his wise teachings. He addressed himself to the inner consciousness of man, to his common sense and to his own better judgement.

Say (O Muhammad ()): "I am only a human being like you. It is inspired in me that your Ilah (God) is One Ilah (God- Allah), therefore take the Straight Path to Him (with true Faith - Islamic Monotheism) and obedience to Him and seek forgiveness of Him. And woe to Al Mushrikeen; (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, and disbeliveers in the Oneness of Allah etc., those who worship others along with Allah or set up rivals or partners to Allah etc. 
( 41:6 Quran)

Despite all the exhortation of the Prophet (), the Quraish persisted in asking him for a sign. They insisted that unless some sign be sent down to him from his Lord, they would not believe. The disbeliveers used to ask: "Why has Muhammad () not been sent with miracles like previous Prophet ()s?" The Prophet () replied: "Because miracles had proved inadequate to convince. Noah was sent with signs, and with what effect? Where was the lost tribe of Thamud? They had refused to receive the preaching of the Prophet () Salih, unless he showed them a sign and caused the rock to bring forth a living camel. He did what they asked. In scorn they cut the camel's feet and then daring the Prophet () to fulfill his threats of judgment, were found dead in their beds the next morning, stricken by the angel of the Lord."

There are some seventeen places in the Quran, in which the Prophet () Muhammad () is challenged to work a sign, and he answered them all to the same or similar effect: Allah has the power of working miracles, and has not been believed; there were greater miracles in nature than any which could be wrought outside of it; and the Quran itself was a great, everlasting miracle. The Quran, the Prophet () used to assert to the disbeliveers, is a book of blessings which is a warning for the whole world; it is a complete guidance and explains everything necessary; it is a reminder of what is imprinted on human nature and is free from every discrepancy and from error and falsehood. It is a book of true guidance and a light to all.

As to the sacred idols, so much honored and esteemed by the pagan Arabs, the Prophet () openly recited:
They are but names which you have named - you and your fathers - for which Allah has sent down no authority.
( 53:23 Quran)

When the Prophet () thus spoke reproachfully of the sacred gods of the Quraish, the latter redoubled their persecution. But the Prophet (), nevertheless, continued his preaching undaunted but the hostility of his enemies or by their bitter persecution of him. And despite all opposition and increased persecution, the new faith gained ground. The national fair at Okadh near Mecca attracted many desert Bedouins and trading citizen of distant towns. These listened to the teachings of the Prophet (), to his admonitions, and to his denunciations of their sacred idols and of their superstitions. They carried back all that they had heard to their distant homes, and thus the advent of the Prophet () was made know to almost all parts of the peninsula.

The Meccans, however, were more than ever furious at the Prophet ()'s increasing preaching against their religion. They asked his uncle Abu Talib to stop him, but he could not do anything. At , as the Prophet () persisted in his ardent denunciations against their ungodliness and impiety, they turned him out from the Ka'ba where he used to sit and preach, and subsequently went in a body to Abu Talib. They urged the venerable chief to prevent his nephew from abusing their gods any longer or uttering any ill words against their ancestors. They warned Abu Talib that if he would not do that, he would be excluded from the communion of his people and driven to side with Muhammad (); the matter would then be settled by fight until one of the two parties were exterminated.

Abu Talib neither wished to separate himself from his people, nor forsake his nephew for the idolaters to revenge themselves upon. He spoke to the Prophet () very softly and begged him to abandon his affair. To this suggestion the Prophet () firmly replied: "O my uncle, if they placed the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left hand to cause me to renounce my task, verily I would not desist therefrom until Allah made manifest His cause or I perished in the attempt." The Prophet (), overcome by the thought that his uncle and protector was willing to desert him, turned to depart. But Abu Talib called him loudly to come back, and he came. "Say whatever you please; for by the Lord I shall not desert you ever."

The Quraish again attempted in vain to cause Abu Talib to abandon his nephew. The venerable chief declared his intention to protect his nephew against any menace or violence. He appealed to the sense of honor of the two families of the Bani Hashim and the Bani Muttalib, both families being kinsmen of the Prophet (), to protect their member from falling a victim to the hatred of rival parties. All the members of the two families nobly responded to the appeal of Abu Talib except Abu Lahab, one of the Prophet ()'s uncles, who took part with the persecutors.

During this period, 'Umar Al-Khattab adopted Islam. In him the new faith gained a valuable adherent and an important factor in the future development and propagation of Islam. Hitherto he had been a violent opposer of the Prophet () and a bitter enemy of Islam. His conversion is said to have been worked by the miraculous effect on his mind of a Surah of the Quran which his sister was reading in her house, where he had gone with the intention of killing her for adopting Islam. Thus the party of the Prophet () had been strengthened by the conversation by his uncle Hamza, a man of great valor and merit; and of Abu Bakr and 'Umar, both men of great energy and reputation. The Muslims now ventured to perform their devotions in public