Monthly Archives: July 2015

Respect of the Holy Quran

Quran - Quran lesson

Quran is the Book of Allah. Therefore it demands respect because of the wisdom which the Holy Book contains. Here are some of the ways to show our respect to the Quran.

  1. Carry the Quran carefully. When you have the Book of Allah in your bag, keep your attention on it. Don’t allow it falling down or stay on the floor. You should use both hands to get it from the bag. Be carefully and gently when you put it on the desk (it must be clean) or on the wooden reading stand. Don’t hurry when you open the Quran, realize you are touching the wisdom which Allah sent to the human.
  2. Listen to the Quran attentively.

“So when the Quran is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy. “

(Quran, 7:204).

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Kindness to Animals (Part 2) – Beasts of Burden

Kindness to Animals in Islam

Beasts of burden are animals such as donkeys, horses or oxen which are used to carry or pull things. Alah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “Fear Allah in treating dumb animals.” (Abu Dawood)

Once the Prophet (pbuh) saw a camel that started weeping with a yearning sound, so he went to it and went on wiping its head until it became silent. Then he went to its owner and said to him, “Will you not fear Allah with respect to this beast which Allah has given you? It has complained to me that you keep it hungry and load it with heavy burdens that tire it out.” (Ahmad and Abu Dawood: saheeh)

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Kindness to Animals

Kindness to Animals in Islam

Allah the Almighty is the Creator of everything. Everything belongs to Him. He created animals for our benefit, and so we have duties towards them. We will be accountable to Allah on the Day of Judgement for their proper treatment.

Animals Have Rights

Animals have rights in Islam. Allah created human beings for a purpose and created animals for a purpose. Part of our duty towards animals is to treat them kindly, Allah allows us to use some of these animals for our benefit, but this does not mean that we can treat these animals cruelly or make them work beyond their capacity.

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Muhammad (pbuh) the Final Prophet (Part 3)

Muhammad (pbuh) the Final Prophet

We saw earlier how Muhammad (pbuh) as a child had visited the city of Yathrib with his mother. Yathrib was a wealthy city, and in it lived two important tribes, the Aws and Khazraj. A certain number of Jewish tribes also lived in Yathrib. They were people with a holy book, fiercely proud of their religion, and would boast to the Arabs of their knowledge and learning. Their religious leaders, the rabbis, preached the coming of a new prophet, though they believed that he would be a member of their community

Now at a certain time each year, the Arab tribes would come in large numbers from all over the peninsula to Makkah in order to perform the pilgrimage and to visit the Kaba. News of the teachings of Muhammad (pbuh) reached the city of Yathrib through a number of returning pilgrims. And so it was that a party from the tribe of Khazraj decided to make the journey to Makkah to see and hear Muhammad s for themselves. All the while, they had in mind the stories that the Jews of Yathrib used to tell about the coming of a new prophet.

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Muhammad (pbuh) the Final Prophet (Part 2)

Muhammad (pbuh) the Final Prophet

The Archangel disappeared just as suddenly as he had appeared, and Muhammad (pbuh) was left all alone in the cave. Over whelmed and deeply awed by what had just happened, Muhammad (pbuh)hurriedly left the cave, and made for his home in Makkah. But he was not far from the cave, when he heard a voice from above him saying, “O Muhammad (pbuh)! You are the Messenger of God, and I am the angel Gabriel.” Muhammad (pbuh) looked up at the sky and, wherever he looked, there was the Archangel Gabriel

Exhausted, he returned to his house, his body shaking as if with fever. He requested his wife Khadija to cover him with a cloak or blanket. This she did, watching him with tender concern.

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Muhammad (pbuh) the Final Prophet (Part 1)

Muhammad (pbuh) the Final Prophet

According to the Quran, the last prophet to be sent to mankind by God was Muhammad (pbuh). Muhammad (pbuh) was a descendant of Abraham through his son Ishmael. We have seen how Abraham and Ishmael together had built the Kaba. Ishmael had then chosen to live close to the Kaba, summoning people to the worship of the One God. Within a short space of time, the land he lived in became a stopping place for merchant caravans on their way north, and eventually it grew into a flourishing city known by the name of Makkah.

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The Prophet Muhammad’s Message of Peace

Stories for kids from the Quran - The Prophet Muhammad's Message of Peace

A great of the Prophet’s mission was to bring peace to the world. One way of doing so was to convince people that all men and women, although living in very different regions of the world, and seemingly different from one another in color, culture and language, etc., were in fact each other’s blood brothers and sisters. The Prophet would preach to his followers: “You are all Adam’s offspring and Adam was made of clay.” And in his prayers to his Creator, he would say, “O Lord, all your servants are brothers.”

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Surat Al-Balad (The City)

Quran - Surat Al-Balad

In the Name of Allah, Most Kind, Most Merciful

  1. I swear by this city,
  2. And you are free of restriction in this city,
  3. And by the father and which was born [of him];
  4. We have certainly created man into hardship.
  5. Does he think no one has power over him?
  6. He says, “I have spent plenty of wealth.”
  7. Does he think no one sees him?
  8. Have we not given him two eyes.
  9. And a tongue and a pair of lips?
  10. And shown him the two ways?
  11. But he has not attempted to ascend the steep uphill path,
  12. And what could make you understand what the steep uphill path is!
  13. It is the freeing of a slave,
  14. Or feeding on a day of severe hunger,
  15. An orphan of near relationship,
  16. Or a needy person in misery,
  17. And then being among those who believe and urge one another to patience, and urge one another to compassion.
  18. These are the companions of the right.
  19. But those who disbelieve in our signs these are the companions of the left.
  20. Over them will be fire closed in.

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