Should I put my children in a public school?

I put my children to kindergarden until they were five and seven. It is very hard to have the children in a school that do not teach about islam or pray or anything that has to do with islam. They learn many things, but they forget about islam. If you work, you will definitively not have time to guarde your childrens' education. That is why I moved to an islamic country. Before I did that it was almost impossible to teach them arabic, about islam, prayer or anything. But after they attended this new school where everybody around them talks arabic and they learn arabaic in school and also Qur'an, and they hear adhan and see many people go to the masjids and see me pray more, they started to get interested in islam. They were not exposed either to nudity and when they came back to Sweden in only one year after that, they were chocked about how many that wore little clothes. They asked why mummy? Why? That is a progress. The year before that they really did not care at all, none of them. Now they understand. And you have to teach them now, before they reach 12 years old. AFter that you can't give them the "feeling" and the good basics and perhaps they won't even listen to you. So please, think about your decision. It is much better to have home-school, than putting them to this school. In Sweden it is forbidden to have home-school and that is too sad because of the communist system.

If it is not possible to live in a Muslim country and let the children have friends there, certainly you must strive to take your teenage girl or boy to places where she or he can meet Muslim girl-friends/sisters,or boy-friends/brothers  like the Mosque. She or he is also old enough to make Hajj and visit Egypt, Saudi-Arabia and other Muslim countries. You must make her or him FEEL islam. Talk about things that she or he can't talk about with others like the unknown - "ghost" djinn - angels - what happens after death in the graves. Read not only for her, or him but tell her and him the things that excites you the most. He or She will FEEL that. It is too late to start something with her. You have one chance - before he or she is twelve/adult - then he or she must act within, with his or her own intentions, if he or she does not, it will all be forbiddance for him or her and perhaps he or she will hate islam! You have a year to go inchallah, make a plan directly and please have home-schooling (i have with my children in Sweden where it is forbidden to have home-schooling)

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Allaho akbar


Why I admire Umar ibn al-Khattab

It took me about 12 years before I started to love Umar Ibn al-Khattab.

All the time I knew that he was a great person. He was a strong person. He was the person that everybody was afraid of. It was not until this year, recently, that I found out that this person that I thought was an old man, I thought he was in his 45-50s, actually was much younger. I often reflected upon him, but I never liked to think about him. I did not. Until now.

Umar Ibn al-Khattab was only 27 when he became a Muslim.  

The age made ALL the difference.

He was just a young boy. He was younger than me.


Do the souls of the dead meet and exchange visits and confer?

The question about the souls has always interested me!

I want to know everything about the soul as the science haven't given so much of that subject to us yet. Most people believe that we have a soul. Christians and Jews too. But most of us don't know so much about the soul. We make up stories. 

That is why islam is so fascinating. It does not talk only about life, rules and heart. Islam talks about life after death, the soul, the Ressurection day, The Paradise. 

The souls cannot be ghosts

Ghosts are not souls that are dead. Ghosts or more precisely "djinn" and they are made of fire. We cannot see the djinn with our own eyes, but the donkeys can, as the rooster is able to see the angels. That is why everytime you hear a donkey do his noisy loud you can be sure he has seen a djinn and every time a rooster makes his sound, he has seen an angel coming or leaving. 

But for the souls, I will tell you the truth. 

1. There are two sort of souls

Its answer is that the souls are two parts: /Those who are /tortured souls and /those who are/ benefactor souls. The tortured is in occupation with what it is in, of the torture from the exchange of visits and the colliding. The benefactor souls, are those related, not imprisoned meeting, exchanging visits and confering what was of it in the world, and what is of the people of the world. 

2. The spirits meet at the death and talks to each other

"Saleh Al-Mari said: 'It reached me that the spirits meet at the death, and the souls of the dead say to the soul going out of earth: How was your dwelling, and in which of the two bodies were you? A Pleasant on or evil? Then he cried until the weeping had overcome him.'"

3. The people of the graves are waiting and asking about us

"The son of Abu ad-Dunia had mentioned from a hadith by Sufyan, from Amr ben Dinar, from Ubaida ben Umair. He said: 'The people of the graves are waiting and asking about the news. If the dead comes to them they would say: What did Such do? Thereupon he would say: He is righteous, what did Such do? He would say: He is righteous. What did Such do? Thereupon he would say: Did not he come to you? Did noo he come forward to you place? Thereupon they would say: We are to Allah, and we are to Him returning. He proceeded trough a way other than our way.'"

4. Not everybody meet each other

"Ubaid ben Umair said: 'If the dead dies the souls meet him asking him as the convoy ask what did Such do? If he says: He died, and they did not come to him, they would say: He went with it to Hell" (Fire). 

This means that if a person dies and he is righteous he will meet other righteous people. 

When the souls start to talk they ask each other about others they knew and what happened with them, and sometimes the answer is that the person they knew and had died never came to them at all. 

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Why I love The Character of the Muslims and of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him

The Muslim Tradition

We are told that in the year 628 A.D., six years after the Hijira from Mecca to Madinah, Muhammad sent letters to various kings around Arabia, including Heraclius, Emperor of the Byzantine Empire, inviting them to Islam. In his typical style, Muhammad warned him to "Embrace Islam and yours shall be peace and safety" (Aslem, Taslam), or they will be responsible for the sins of his people. After receiving this letter, Heraclius met with Abu Sufyan, a Meccan who was on a merchantile trip to Syria, and who was an enemy of Muhammad. During this meeting, Heraclius inquired about Muhammad and his followers. The details of this meeting are given in Sahih Bukhari:
Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Abbas:

Abu Sufyan bin Harb informed me that Heraclius had sent a messenger to him while he had been accompanying a caravan from Quraish. They were merchants doing business in Sham (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan), at the time when Allah's Apostle had truce with Abu Sufyan and Quraish infidels. So Abu Sufyan and his companions went to Heraclius at Ilya (Jerusalem). Heraclius called them in the court and he had all the senior Roman dignitaries around him. He called for his translator who, translating Heraclius's question said to them, "Who amongst you is closely related to that man who claims to be a Prophet?" Abu Sufyan replied, "I am the nearest relative to him (amongst the group)."
Heraclius said, "Bring him (Abu Sufyan) close to me and make his companions stand behind him." Abu Sufyan added, Heraclius told his translator to tell my companions that he wanted to put some questions to me regarding that man (The Prophet) and that if I told a lie they (my companions) should contradict me." Abu Sufyan added, "By Allah! Had I not been afraid of my companions labeling me a liar, I would not have spoken the truth about the Prophet. The first question he asked me about him was:
'What is his family status amongst you?'
I replied, 'He belongs to a good (noble) family amongst us.'
Heraclius further asked, 'Has anybody amongst you ever claimed the same (i.e. to be a Prophet) before him?'
I replied, 'No.'
He said, 'Was anybody amongst his ancestors a king?'
I replied, 'No.'
Heraclius asked, 'Do the nobles or the poor follow him?'
I replied, 'It is the poor who follow him.'
He said, 'Are his followers increasing decreasing (day by day)?'
I replied, 'They are increasing.'
He then asked, 'Does anybody amongst those who embrace his religion become displeased and renounce the religion afterwards?'
I replied, 'No.'
Heraclius said, 'Have you ever accused him of telling lies before his claim (to be a Prophet)?'
I replied, 'No. '
Heraclius said, 'Does he break his promises?'
I replied, 'No. We are at truce with him but we do not know what he will do in it.' I could not find opportunity to say anything against him except that.
Heraclius asked, 'Have you ever had a war with him?'
I replied, 'Yes.'
Then he said, 'What was the outcome of the battles?'
I replied, 'Sometimes he was victorious and sometimes we.'
Heraclius said, 'What does he order you to do?
I said, 'He tells us to worship Allah and Allah alone and not to worship anything along with Him, and to renounce all that our ancestors had said. He orders us to pray, to speak the truth, to be chaste and to keep good relations with our Kith and kin.'
Heraclius asked the translator to convey to me the following, I asked you about his family and your reply was that he belonged to a very noble family.
In fact all the Apostles come from noble families amongst their respective peoples. I questioned you whether anybody else amongst you claimed such a thing, your reply was in the negative. If the answer had been in the affirmative, I would have thought that this man was following the previous man's statement. Then I asked you whether anyone of his ancestors was a king. Your reply was in the negative, and if it had been in the affirmative, I would have thought that this man wanted to take back his ancestral kingdom.
I further asked whether he was ever accused of telling lies before he said what he said, and your reply was in the negative.
So I wondered how a person who does not tell a lie about others could ever tell a lie about Allah. I, then asked you whether the rich people followed him or the poor. You replied that it was the poor who followed him. And in fact all the Apostle have been followed by this very class of people. Then I asked you whether his followers were increasing or decreasing. You replied that they were increasing, and in fact this is the way of true faith, till it is complete in all respects.
I further asked you whether there was anybody, who, after embracing his religion, became displeased and discarded his religion.
Your reply was in the negative, and in fact this is (the sign of) true faith, when its delight enters the hearts and mixes with them completely. I asked you whether he had ever betrayed. You replied in the negative and likewise the Apostles never betray. Then I asked you what he ordered you to do. You replied that he ordered you to worship Allah and Allah alone and not to worship any thing along with Him and forbade you to worship idols and ordered you to pray, to speak the truth and to be chaste. If what you have said is true, he will very soon occupy this place underneath my feet and I knew it (from the scriptures) that he was going to appear but I did not know that he would be from you, and if I could reach him definitely, I would go immediately to meet him and if I were with him, I would certainly wash his feet.'
Heraclius then asked for the letter addressed by Allah's Apostle which was delivered by Dihya to the Governor of Busra, who forwarded it to Heraclius to read.
The contents of the letter were as follows: "In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful (This letter is) from Muhammad the slave of Allah and His Apostle to Heraclius the ruler of Byzantine. Peace be upon him, who follows the right path. Furthermore I invite you to Islam, and if you become a Muslim you will be safe, and Allah will double your reward, and if you reject this invitation of Islam you will be committing a sin by misguiding your Arisiyin (peasants). (And I recite to you Allah's Statement:)
'O people of the scripture! Come to a word common to you and us that we worship none but Allah and that we associate nothing in worship with Him, and that none of us shall take others as Lords beside Allah. Then, if they turn away, say: Bear witness that we are Muslims (those who have surrendered to Allah).' (Âl 'Imran 3:64).
Abu Sufyan then added, "When Heraclius had finished his speech and had read the letter, there was a great hue and cry in the Royal Court.
So we were turned out of the court. I told my companions that the question of Ibn-Abi-Kabsha) (the Prophet Muhammad) has become so prominent that even the King of Bani Al-Asfar (Byzantine) is afraid of him. Then I started to become sure that he (the Prophet) would be the conqueror in the near future till I embraced Islam (i.e. Allah guided me to it)."
The sub narrator adds, "Ibn An-Natur was the Governor of llya' (Jerusalem) and Heraclius was the head of the Christians of Sham. Ibn An-Natur narrates that once while Heraclius was visiting ilya' (Jerusalem), he got up in the morning with a sad mood. Some of his priests asked him why he was in that mood? Heraclius was a foreteller and an astrologer. He replied, 'At night when I looked at the stars, I saw that the leader of those who practice circumcision had appeared (become the conqueror). Who are they who practice circumcision?' The people replied, 'Except the Jews nobody practices circumcision, so you should not be afraid of them (Jews).
'Just Issue orders to kill every Jew present in the country.'
While they were discussing it, a messenger sent by the king of Ghassan to convey the news of Allah's Apostle to Heraclius was brought in. Having heard the news, he (Heraclius) ordered the people to go and see whether the messenger of Ghassan was circumcised. The people, after seeing him, told Heraclius that he was circumcised. Heraclius then asked him about the Arabs. The messenger replied, 'Arabs also practice circumcision.'
(After hearing that) Heraclius remarked that sovereignty of the 'Arabs had appeared.
Heraclius then wrote a letter to his friend in Rome who was as good as Heraclius in knowledge. Heraclius then left for Homs (a town in Syria) and stayed there till he received the reply of his letter from his friend who agreed with him in his opinion about the emergence of the Prophet and the fact that he was a Prophet.
On that Heraclius invited all the heads of the Byzantines to assemble in his palace at Homs.
When they assembled, he ordered that all the doors of his palace be closed. Then he came out and said, 'O Byzantines! If success is your desire and if you seek right guidance and want your empire to remain then give a pledge of allegiance to this Prophet (i.e. embrace Islam).
'(On hearing the views of Heraclius) the people ran towards the gates of the palace like onagers but found the doors closed. Heraclius realized their hatred towards Islam and when he lost the hope of their embracing Islam, he ordered that they should be brought back in audience.
(When they returned) he said, 'What already said was just to test the strength of your conviction and I have seen it.' The people prostrated before him and became pleased with him, and this was the end of Heraclius's story (in connection with his faith). (Sahih Bukhari, vol.1, book 1, no. 6)

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The future of the religion and islam - Part I

There is a trend in the history that repeats over and over again. 

The civilization goes through a certain path. They start weak and then they grow gradually during hundreds of years until then they reach the peak, the top. For example, the Persians civilization before islam (2000 years of duration until it peaked), the Byzantins and the Romans (1200 years of growth until it peaked) and you see this over and over again. 

But what people don't understand is that when a civilsation collapses, it collapses so quickly.

The Persians were the highest in civilisation and competed only with the Romans. Their capital was in Irak. They had the most powerful army in the world. 350 000 people battled in those armies. 
How many armies in the world today have these numbers? They had the best fighters and the best equipments in the world. You want to talk about science, art etc? They were the highest of countries when islam started. They were united under one King and it was a huge empire. They excelled in every area of the life. The first attack was in the 12th of Hijrah. One was held by Ali (raa) and the other army attacked the north of Irak. The attacks started in the 12th year of hijrah. 

Khalid ibn Walid was a leader when they attacked Irak and then he was ordered to go to Palestine. Another one continued the attack. They faced the Persians under the battle al'Qadisiyya in 15th of Hijra. It took three years before the Persian civilastion collapsed. How could this happen? They were the best in army, techique, art, science, they are politically strong, the highest and so on. What cause that civilazation to collapse?

Another example. 
Let us take the Roman civilization. It was the second superpower of the world, military speaking.  But they were competeing with the Persians. They had three capitals, Constantinopel which is Istanbul, Jerusalem and al-Quds, Alexandria for northern Africa which controled all AFrica. It was a huge imperial under one leader, Ceasar.

When the prophet sent his messenger Ceasar was i Jerusalem, but normally he was in Istanbul. 340 000 men were in the roman army. We know about the roman politics, philosophy etc. It was a very strong civilisation.  
The first attack on the Roman. Four armies with 34 000 men (310 000 less than the Roman empire's armies) were sent by Abukri Sadiq raa. Amr Ibn Al-As was sent to Palestine and Jordan, and Ziad ibno Abi one to Syria, one to Palestine and Libanon and one Muawiya to the northern of Palestine and Syria. They started to move. When Ceasar heard about this he left Jerusalem and went to Damascus and when they came further he left Damascus for Instanbul. He was aware of this new power. He knew. Ceasar was very clever. when he left Syria he said: Good bye Syria forever. So they moved. 

340 000 of Ceasars men were sent to battle the Muslims. When the Muslims heard about it they knew that this was a huge danger. Khalid ibn Walid saw that the leaders in Palestine were not United. So he united the four armies and choosed Khalid ibn Walid as the leader, because nobody could lead an arrmy as Khalid. They broke the back of the roman and the rest was so easy. A civilization that were that strong collapsed in two years. 

Umar ibn al-Khattab became the director and he said Let me conquer Egypt. This was the 18th year after Hijrah. The number to fighting men were 4 000. He was attacking 1 000 000 in Egypt with only 4 000 them. The armies were already reaching india during this time. This number were applied with 8 000 men. Amongst the 4 000 there are counted as 1 000, so there is 8 000 men. Do we see today men that counts up to 1000. Most of the men don't face up to one. 

Egypt was one of the strongest nations in the world AND reign by the Romans. They conquered Egypt, not in years, but in months. What is this? So few conquer so many and so strong civilisations. 

The first attack on the Spanish empire was in the year of 9th Hijrah. Led by Tariq ibn Zied who was not an Arab. 92 was the first attack. 95 they finished Spain and Portugal and was only 60 km from Paris one years later. What happened to the French? Why could not they stop them? We are not talking about hundreds of years here. Only two or three at maximum. 

Two things!

1. Moral destruction within. They had no morals and were corrupt from inside. They were materialistic, sexual relations, individualism which is very close to our civilisatioin today. But this is not enought for the collapse of the civilasation. 
2. A stronger civilisation materialistically or morally is attacking or challenging them. That is why the Mongolians conquered Europe because they were stronger materialistically (not morally). And we see this trend over and over again. 

Don't be fouled by the power of the unbelievers. It does not last. 

The islamic civilazation! 

islam is the only nation that have not been perished. They are still here today. 
Islam started in Mecka. A civilization start when you start without a country until you establish it on land. The first years the ideology were developed. There was no political system, social system, judicial system at the beginning. There were only prayer, fasting, zakah and hajj. 

So with Hijrah, the lands civilization started in Medina. This was also the start of a state. Even the Qur'an changed. The style from the Meckanian time to the Medina time in the Qur'an changed. 

How large was the state? One very small town, Yathrib (today Medina in Saudi-Arabia). Approximately 30 000 lived there with Jews and every one counted. 

Year 2 of Hijrah The Battle of Badr .The Muslims in Badr were 314 in numbers. The unbelievers were 950. So they were not larger in number. The whole battle was a very small battle. The battle lasted two hours. Not two days. Two hours. One of the kuffar, who was not from Quraish. He watched it as a movie. His name was Asham. He expected an long Indian movie or something. So he thought for himself: I have never seen a surprise like this. They are running like women. 

Five years later he visited Medina. The Prophet saw him and asked hiim his name and if he watched the battle. Didn't you say this and he peace upon him said what the man thought that moment he saw the battle. He was startled as he had never spoken this to anyone. He converted to islam directly on place. Only 17 vwere killed and 17 were wounded less than people that dies today in Irak. And this battle is the greatest of Islam. Why? A small battle in numbers, very short i time and limited in place. They did not conquer Mecka. So why? 

It is the battle that divide the good from the evil. 
We understand it from one person from Medina. When he one day came back from a battle he said: "Why are you congratulating us. We met some old bold men. That was very simple." That was so easy. The prophet peace be upon him heard saying that and corrected him. "Don't say this, my nephew. We killed the leaders". Only two of the leaders from Quraish were saved. Abu Lahab, the uncle of the Prophet, who did not attend the battle. When he heard the news, he was so angry and sad that he died three days later. Only Abu Sufian who took care of the caravan So after this the political system changed in the Quraish because every member of the Parliament were dead in one shot.  

The Muslims were defeated in Uhud. Allah wants to tell them: It is not strength that makes you win, It is when you take the straight path, obediance. This was in 3 of Hijrah.

The battle of Khaybar. On the 5th year the Muslims were helped by the Jews and many more Arab tribes. The army was very strong. 10 000 men at that time was very strong. This is the battle of the ditch or the Anzab, the allies. They was attacked in huge stony places. From the SW from the mountains protected them, in the N the ditch, in the SE the Jews were supposed to help the Muslims.. But they did not keep their promises. They agreed instead with the Quraysh to attack the Muslims from the south. This is when the Muslims were so afraid. It was THE test. You know how many that left? EVeryone of the 10 000 ran away and were left with only 300. Allah made the enemy so afraid that they all ran away. 

Was this a strong civilisations with buildings, mosques, art, science, materialstic things? No, nothing. This was not a great civilisation from a materialistic point of view. They did not have a strong army or equipments. What did they have? 
If somebody dies from a wound from a battle he is a shaheed

The battle of At'taif and the battle of khunayn.
It is not the strength that makes them defeat the other. It is obediance to Allah. So in one battle they were very strong. They were many and the enemies so few. For the first time they were 1200 and the enemies were 10 000 and they were defeated. Because they thought they were stronger of their numbers. They forget that they were in the army of Allah. Only 100  men were left with the prophet peace be upon him. The prophet did not left the battle. This is when 100 men from the Muslims defeated 10 000. This was the battle when the Muslims collected the remains. 

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Prophets and Messengers in islam

There are so many prophets from Adam to Muhammad peace be upon Him, you can't believe it. When a Muslim says he believe in Allah and his Messengers he means ALL the prophets and messengers. 

Here are some the known prophets:

Jesus, son of Mary
Yahya, son of Zakariah 
Dhul Kifi
Joseph, son of Jacob

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My penpal Isaac Settor from Ghana

When I was 17 years old I had a letter from a penpal called Isaac Settor from Ghana, West Africa. He lived in Nkawkaw. I did not remember that I had him as penpal as we did not exchange so many letters. That is why I am now curious about who he is and what it became of him. I think that he is a Christian. The reason for receiving this letter is that I wanted penpals. I don't remember in which paper I sent the request to, perhaps Bamse or another. I really don't remember. 

"Thank you for your very nice letter that you wrote me. How is your condition of health? I hope everything is making with you smothing by the grace of God Almighty. Now I cannot explane you how much happines I was when I got your nice letter vecause I do not have any penfriend and I hope we would be  a very Good penfriend ever and forever, and everlasting. Now let me introduce my self to you: I am Ganaian boy of 17 years of age and I have succesfully completed junior Secondary school, and my hobbies are listing to music, dancin, collecting any kinds of banknotes and exchange of gift. Now something about my family. I have two sister and trhee brothers and my fathers name is mr Stephane and my mothers name is Patience. Please something about my self: i have lovely black hiar and a brightly black and white eyes, I am bout 5 feet tall. 
Please try to send me a walkman. I would be very much happy. The reson why I am asing you to send med a walkman is that since I have completed Junior Scendery School I ever I am in houses alon and sad because my brothers and my sisters always got o school and my parents also goes to work, so please i beg you kindly send me a walkman to enjoy my self a bit. I you want it back  please inform me so that I will send it back to you and your family and hope to hear from you soon. Bye. 

NB I want to tell you something about my country and Africa in next letter."

The sad thing is that I was very suspicious about his request and I did not reply I think and certainly did not send him the walkman. Even today I am suspicious about the request. Why is that? At that time I did not look up Ghana and where it was. I did not know anything about it. I only thought that the black people in Africa were poor, or that they deceived you. Now, when I read the letter, 15 years later, I am very curious about what he became, if he is married and if he has a job, and perhaps too, if he is alive, at all. I know more about Ghana, I love the nature, the environment and the animals. i really want to visit Ghana sometimes. 

Perhaps somebody knows him. Perhaps not. 

Am I a Muslim believer or a Hypocrite? How does a hypocrite behave?

Sometimes you wonder whether you are amongst the Hypocrites and not the Muslims? But what is a Hypocrite? 

There was a known hypocrite living amongst the people of the prophet Muhammad peace be upon Him. His name was Abdullah ben Ubay ben Salul. He did many harms to the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. When he was told to do djihad, he refused to, when the people wanted to give saddaqa, charity, he stopped them, when it was too hot he did not want to pray and said it was too warm. When Abdullah ben Ubay ben Salul died his son came to the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and asked him to do genesa, prayer over the dead person, and implore pardon for him. The prophet knew about his hypocrisy, but his Mercy and heart was filled with compassion and for him it was equal to demand pardon for him and it would take no time, so why not. The prophet Muhammad peace be upon him wanted to do genesa even though Umar ibn al-Khattab, one the closest friends to the prophet, reminded him of Abdullah ben Ubay's mischiefs and hypocrisy. Even though the prophet peace be upon him was reminded he peace be upon him wanted to demand pardon for Abdullah ben Ubay ben Salul. So Allah revealed a verse for him, not to pray over a hypocrite, and another verse. And after the second verse was revealed, while the prophet was doing the genesa, the prophet peace be upon him stopped in the middle of genesa and never did that again to anyone.  

"Ibn Umar reported that when Abdullah ben Ubay ben Salul died, his son Abdullah ben Abdullah (ben Ubay) came to Allah's Messenger may peace be upon him and begged him his shirt which he would use as a coffin for his father, /and the Messenger of Allah/ gave him that. Then he begged him to pray the funeral prayer for him. Allah's Messenger may peace be upon him had hardly got up to pray for him when Umar may allah be pleased with him stood up and caught hold of the garment of Allah's Messenger may peace be upon him and said: O Allah's Messenger! Are you going to conduct prayer for this man, whereas Allah the Exalted has forbidden you to pray for him? Thereupon Allah's Messenger has said: 'You may beg pardon for them or you may not beg pardon for them, and even if you beg pardon for them, seventy times"

 9:80] اسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ أَوْ لاَ تَسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ إِن تَسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ سَبْعِينَ مَرَّةً فَلَن يَغْفِرَ اللّهُ لَهُمْ ذَلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ كَفَرُواْ بِاللّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَاللّهُ لاَ يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْفَاسِقِينَ

 I am going to add over the seventy. He was a hypocrite and Allah's Messenger may peace be upon him prayed for him, then Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, revealed this verse: "Do not offer prayer for any one of them at all and donot stand upon their graves for (offering prayer over them)"

[9:84]  وَلاَ تُصَلِّ عَلَى أَحَدٍ مِّنْهُم مَّاتَ أَبَدًا وَلاَ تَقُمْ عَلَىَ قَبْرِهِ إِنَّهُمْ كَفَرُواْ بِاللّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَمَاتُواْ وَهُمْ فَاسِقُونَ

He added: "He then abandoned offering funeral prayer for them". 

How does a hypocrite behave? There are some characteristics!

Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri may allah be pleased with him that during the lifetime of Allah's Messenger may peace be upon him the hypocrites behaved in this way that when Allah's apostle may peace be upon him set out for a battle, they kept themselves behind, and they became happy that they had managed to sit in the house contrary to Allah's Messenger may peace be upon him, and when Allah's Apostle may peace be upon him came back, they put ofrward excuses and took oath and wished that people land them for the deeds which they had not done. It was on this occasion that this verse was revealed: "Think not that those who exult in what they have don, and love to be praised for what they have not done. Think not them to be safe from the chastisement; and for them is a painful chastisement /in the here after/"  

[3:18]  شَهِدَ اللّهُ أَنَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ وَالْمَلاَئِكَةُ وَأُوْلُواْ الْعِلْمِ قَآئِمَاً بِالْقِسْطِ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ

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Why do I pray and do I really have to pray ALL the time?

During the month of Ramadan, the increase of prayer is significant. The mosques all over the world are filled with worshippers. Some of them pray the whole year too, five times a day and more. Some of them pray only four or five times a day and some of them do not pray at all during the rest part of the year. For the latter ones, Ramadan is like Christmas. Prayer is not something you do all the time, it is only a feast that everybody around you does they think. Some of those who did not pray regurarly repent, but most of them continue to live like they did before. Many Muslims do not have taqwah, fear and love for Allah, in their heart, but they are still Muslims. Those are the people who do not pray,  drink alcohol, wear inappropriate clothes etc. 


The prayer is a type of worship consisting of specific statements and actions. It is begun by pronouncing the greatness of Allah, and is concluded with salutations of peace. The prayer is the essence of Islam. 

To state it simply, prayer must exist, for without it Islam can not stand. The Prophet, upon whom be peace, said, "The head of the matter is Islam, its pillar is the prayer, and the top of its hump is jihad /struggle/ in the way of Allah." It was the first act of worship that was made obligatory by Allah. Its obligation was revealed directly to the Prophet, during his asscension to heaven. Said Anas, "The prayers were made obligatory on the Prophet, upon whom be peace, the night of his ascension to heaven. At first, they were fifty in number, but were reduced several times until they were five. Then it was proclaimed, 'O Muhammad, the order is not changed. These five are (equivalent) to the fifty."

As to the authenticity of the report, it is related by Ahmad, an-Nasa'i and at-Tirmidhi, who said it is sahih. 

Every prophet have worshipped Allah, and even Jesus /Eisa/ peace be upon Him prayed every morning and evening and more. He also prayed like the Muslims, with the forehead on the ground. 

Okay, I understand why I have to pray and where it comes from, but must I persist in praying? 

Salah is the first act that I will be held accountable for. 'Abdullah ibn Qart related that the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said "The first act that the slave will be accountable for on the Day of Judgement will be prayer. if it is good, then the rest of his acts will be good. And if it is evil, then the rest of his acts will be evil." (Related by at-Tabarani.)

It is the last thing that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, recommended to hos nation before he died saying, "Prayer, prayer and what your right hand possesses." It will be the last thing taken away from the religion. When it perishes, Islam will perish.

The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said, "If islam were stipped away, piece by piece, people would hold tight to the next one. The first thing taken would be ruling and governance, and the last thing would be prayer." (Related by Ibn Hibban from the hadith of Abu Umamah.) In many verses of the Qur'an, Allah follows up prayer with the remembrance of Allah. "Lo! Worship preserves (one) from lewdness and iniquity, but verily, remembrance of Allah is more important." (al-'Ankabut:45) "He is successful who grows and remembers the name of his Lord, so pray (al-A'la: 14-15; " So Serve Me and establish worship fr My remembrance" (Taha: 14). Sometimes He mentions prayer along with zakah: "Establish prayer and pay zakah" (al-Baqarah: 110). And at times, with patience: "Seek help in patience and prayer" (al-Baqarah: 45), and with Hajj: "So pray unto your Lord and sacrifice" (al-Kauthar: 2); "Say: Lo! My worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Worlds. He has no partner. This am I commanded, and I am the first of those who surrender (unto Him)" (al-An'am:162-163). At other times, Allah begins the acts of piety with prayers and ends with them, as in the verses about the ma'arij (ascension to heaven): "Successfull indeed are the believers who are humble in their prayers," and the verses, "And who pay heed to their prayers. These are the heirs who will inherit Paradise. There will they abide" (al-Mu'minun: 1-2, 9-11).

I understand that the prayer is obligatory and it is important to pray. But do I really have to pray ALL the time?

The importance of salah is so great that one is ordered to observe it while travelling or not, while one is safe or in fear: "Be guardians of your prayers, and of the mid-most prayer, and stand up with devotion to Allah. And if you go in fear, then (pray) standing or on horseback. When you are safe, remember Allah, as He has taught you that which (heretofore) you knew not" (al-Baqarah: 238-239). Allah explains how to pray during fear, safety or wartime: "And when you are among them and arrange their prayers for them, let only a party of them stand with (to worship) and let them take their arms. then, when they have performed their prostratios, let them fall to the rear and let another party come to pray with you, and let them take their precautions and arms. They who disbelieve long for you to neglect your arms and your baggage, that they may attack. Is is no sin for you to lay aside your arms, if rain impedes you or if you are sick. but take your precautions. Lo! Allah prepares for the disbelievers shamful punishment /in the here-after/. When you have performed your prayer, remember Allah, standing, sitting and reclining. And when you are in safety, observe your prayer properly. Prayer at fixed hours has been enjoined on the believers" (an-Nisa': 102-103)

Allah also strongly warns those who tamper with their prayers or are heedless. Says Allah in the Qur'an, "Now there has succeeded them a later generation who have ruined their prayers and have followed lusts. But they will meet deception" (Maryam: 59); "Ah, woe unto worshippers /Muslims/ who are heedless of their prayers" (al-Ma'un: 4-5).

Prayer is one of the most important acts in Islam, and thus it requires a special guidance. Ibrahim peace be upon Him asked his Lord to give him descendants who abided by their prayers: "My Lord! Cause me and (some) of my offspring to remain constant i prayer. And O our Lords! Accept my supplication" (Ibrahim: 40) 

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The hardness of the heart

How can we make the heart softer? It is essential to me, as I am a Muslim to always soften my heart, as much as possible. As I am a woman it is easy to cry, and my tears are good because they are the sign that my heart is alive. 

The servant is not afflicted with a punishment greater in severity than the hardening of the heart and its being distant from Allaah. The Fire was created to melt the hardened heart, this heart which is the most distant of hearts from Allaah. If the heart becomes hardened the eye becomes dry [and finds no joy or tranquillity].
There are four matters, when the limits are transgressed with regards to them, which harden the heart: food, sleep, speech and sexual intercourse. A body afflicted by disease does not derive nourishment from food and water and similarly a diseased heart does not benefit from admonishment or exhortation.
Whosoever desires to purify his heart then let him give preference to Allaah over his base desires.
The heart that clings to its base desires is veiled from Allaah in accordance to the strength of its attachment to them. The hearts are the vessels of Allaah upon His earth, hence the most beloved of them to Him are those that are most tender, pure and resistant to deviation.
[A reference to the hadeethTruly, Allaah has vessels from amongst the people of the earth, and the vessels of your Lord are the hearts of his righteous slaves, and the most beloved of them to Him are the softest and most tender ones” and it is hasan. Refer to as-Saheehah (no. 1691)]
The transgressors preoccupied their hearts with the pursuit of this world. If only they had preoccupied them with Allaah and seeking the Hereafter then they would have instead reflected upon the meaning of His Words and His Signs that are witnessed in creation. Their hearts would have returned to their owners (in whose chests they reside) bestowing upon them marvellous wisdom and pearls of benefit.
When the heart is nourished with dhikr, its thirst quenched with contemplation and cleansed from corruption, it shall witness remarkable and wondrous matters and be inspired with wisdom.
Not every individual who is endowed with knowledge and wisdom and dons its robe is from among its people. Rather the People of Knowledge and Wisdom are those who have infused life into their hearts by slaughtering their desires. As for the one who has destroyed his heart and given precedence to his desires then knowledge and wisdom are deprived from his tongue.
The destruction of the heart occurs through possessing a sense of security and negligence. The heart is fortified through fear of Allaah and dhikr. If the heart renounces the pleasures of this world then it will be directed towards pursuing the bliss of the Hereafter and it will be amongst those who call to it. Should the heart become content with the pleasures of this world the bliss of the Hereafter ceases to be pursued.
Yearning for Allaah and meeting Him is like a gentle breeze blowing upon the heart, blowing away the blazing desire for this world. Whosoever causes his heart to settle with his Lord shall find himself in a calm and tranquil condition and whosoever sends it amongst the people shall be disturbed and excessively perturbed. This is because the love of Allaah can never enter the heart which contains love of this world until the camel passes through they eye of a needle.
Therefore the most beloved servant to Allaah is the one who He places in His servitude, who He selects for His Love, who He causes to purify his worship for Him, who dedicates his life to Him, his tongue to His dhikr and his limbs to His service.
The heart becomes sick as the body becomes sick and its cure lies in repentance and seeking protection from evil.
It becomes rusty as a mirror becomes rusty and it is polished through dhikr.
It becomes naked as the body becomes naked and its adornment comes about through taqwaa.
It becomes hungry and thirsty as the body becomes hungry and thirsty and its hunger and thirst is satiated through knowledge, love, reliance, repentance and servitude to Allaah.

l-Fawaa’id [pp. 111-112] of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, may Allaah have mercy upon him.

[The translation is taken from ‘An Explanation of Riyaadh as-Saaliheen’ Vol. 1, Trans. Abu Sulaymaan and modified.]

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Does the dead person know about the visit of the livings and their salutations?

Nobody have ever talked about death as the Muslims do. The Christians don't and the Jews don't. When somebody talks about death in the Western society, they only talk about how to bury the dead person. That is it. Then they talk about the grief about the person who lost somebody. That is it. But, in islam, we have many hadiths about the death and what happens after death. When I first read about it and heard about it, I was amazed, terrified and astonished. How could Muslims know? And i detail? 

When you visit a grave, you sometimes talk with the dead. But does the dead person hear you? The people of the believers know about us and hear us on Fridays. They want us to come to them every Friday. They like our visits.  

The son of Abdel-Barr said: It was confirmed from the Holy Prophet peace be upon him who had said: No Muslim who passes by the grave of his brother, knowing him in the world, and he salutes him, but Allah Ta'ala (The exalted) returns on him his soul, until (the dead) returns the salutation, i.e. the dead person knows him in specific, and he will return the salutation. 

...And in the two Sahihs (Sahih Muslim and Sahih al-Bukhari), from him (peace be upon him) from many phases: "That he had ordered with the slain during Badr to be thrown in Qulaib (well). Then he came until he stood over them and he called them by their names: O' Such, the son of Such, and O'Such, the son of Such, did you find what your Lord had promised you?" Thereupon Umar said to him: O' Messenger of Allah, do you talk to dead people? He, peace be upon him, said then: By whom had sent me with the righ, you do not hear me with what I say more than them. But they ar not able to answer."

And it was cinfirmed from him (The messenger, may the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) that the dead hears the tapping of the scuffs of the escorts, if they go away from him. 

"Uthman bin Sawda at-Tafawi had narrated, he said: His mother was among the worshippers. She was called a nun. He said: When she was at the brick of death, she raised her head to the sky, and said: O, my Supplier, and on whom I depend i my life, and after my death, do not dismay me at the death time, and do not make me alone in my grave. He said. then she died. I used to come to her every Friday, invoking Allah and asking forgiveness for her and to the people of the graves. I saw her one day in my dream. I said to her: O' mother, how are you? She said: O, son, that for death a vehement anguish, and I am by the prais of allah in an extoled partition, stretching out the musks, and lying in it on the sacrenet and the silk brocades til the Day of Resurrection. I said to her then. Do you want anything? She said: yes. I said: And what this can be? She said: do not abandon what you used to do, of visiting and invoking for us, and I feel happy with your coming on Friday, when you come from amongst your family. It would be said for me: O, nun, this is your son, he has com. I would be happy and all those around me of the dead will be happy."

Does the dead know what we, the living persons, do?

Abdullah ben al-Mubarak said: Thawr ben Yazid had narrated from Abu Aiyub. He said: 
'The deeds of the living are exhibited on the dead, if they see good they are happy and anounce the glad tidings and if they see evil they say: Our Lord, see in it'. 
And the son of Abu ad-Dunia had mentioned from Ahmad ben Abu al-Hawari. he said: 'Muhammad my brother had narrated, he said': 
'Abbad ben Abbad had come upon Ibrahim be Saleh. He was in Palestine. He said': 'Preach me'. 'He said: 'With what I preach you, may Allah lead you to the right way?' 'It reached me that the deeds of the living are exhibited on their dead relatives, then wait for what is exhibited on the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him of your deeds.' 
Then Ibrahim cried until his beard became wet. 

From the book "The soul - Kitab ar-ruh" Compiled by Imam Shamseddin abi Abdullah from Ibn Kaiyim al-Jawziya 1292 - 1356 A.C. (691-751). Rendered to English by F. Amira Zrejn Matraji. Corrected and revised by Mahmoud Matraji. Dar el Fikr, Beirut.  

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Test: Are you a Muslim?

Test: Are you a Muslim? Answer yes or no!

  1. Do you believe that there is a God and that He has sent a Messenger called Muhammad peace be upon him to us?
  2. Do you pray five times a day the same way a Muslim do?
  3. Do you fast during Ramadan?

Result: If you have answered yes on all of these then you are a Muslim, but perhaps not a Believer. If you have answered yes on only one or two, you can consider yourself a hypocrite or worse a Kafir. I you have answered no on every one, then you are not a Muslim, you are a Kafir. 

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Who converts to islam?

Why does a sain, healthy person wants to become a Muslim? 

That is the question many ask them selves every day. 

That is why I have collected a bunch of convertitestories. If you are not a Convert to islam, you may find it difficult to understand why a person could even consider being a Muslim. Perhaps you think that the person wants mysteries in his life or that a girl has been brain-washed or forced to be a Muslim by her husband. Nothing further from truth is those statements. Any who convert to islam MUST believe in God and his Messengers (Muhammad, Jesus, Noah, Adam, Abraham, Moses). He also MUST pray and fast during Ramadan. If a so called Muslim does NOT do that, then he is not supposed to be called a MUSLIM but rather a hypocrite or sometimes a NON-Believer. 


The Forbidden Days to Fast

There are som ahadith that explicitly prohibit fasting on certain days. These are: 

  1. The days of 'Id: All scholars agree that such a fast is prohibited. It does not matter if the fast is obligatory or voluntary. 'Umar testifies: "The Messenger of Allah has forbidden fasting on these two days. Converning the 'id of breaking the fast, it is for you to break your fast [of Ramadan]. On the 'id of sacrifice, you should eat from what you sacrifice." This is related by Ahmad, an-Nasa'i, at-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, and Ibn Majah.
  2. The days of tashreeq (that is, the three days following the 'Id al-Adha): It is not permissible to fast during the three days following the 'Id al-Adha /after Hajj/. Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of allah, upon whom be peace, sent 'Abdullah ibn Hudhaqah to announce at Mina: "You are not to fast these days. They are the days of eating and drinking and remembering Allah." This is related by Ahmad with a good chain. The Shaf'iyyah allow fasting on the days of tashreeq if there is some reason for the fasting - that is, if it is due to an oath, for expiation, or for making up a missed day of Ramadan. Those fasts that hav eno special reason behind theym are not allowed, and there is no disagreement on this point. The Shaf'iyyah applied the same reasoning that they used in saying that prayers that are performed for a specific reason are allowed to be performed during the prohibited times of prayer. 
  3. It is prohibited to single out Friday as a day of fasting: The day of Friday is a kind of weekly 'id for Muslims and, therefore, it is prohibited to fast on that day. Most scholars say that this prohibition is one of dislike, not one of complete forbiddance. (According to Abu Hanifah and Malik, it is not disliked, but the evidence presented disagrees with their opinion on this matter). If one fasts on the day before or after it, or if it is a day that one customarily fasts on (for example, the 13th, 14th, or 15th of the month), or if it is the day of 'Arafah or 'Ashurah, then it is not disliked to fast on such a Friday. 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr reported that the Messenger of Allah entered the room of Juwairiyah bint al-Harith while she was fasting on a Friday. He asked her: "Did you fast yesterday?" She asnwered, "No." He said: "Do you plan to fast tomorrow?" She answered, "No." Therefore he said: "Then break your fast." This is related by Ahmad and an-Nasa'i with a good chain. 
  4. It is also forbidden to fast every day of the year: It is forbidden to do so because there are certain days of the year on which one is not allowed to fast. The Messenger of Allah said: "There is no [reward for] fasting for the one who perpeutally fasts." This is related by Ahmad, al-Bukhari, and Muslim. 
  5. It is prohibited to fast consecutive days withous eating at all [al-wisal]: Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said: "Do not perform al-wisal." He said that three times and the people said to him: "But you perform al-wisal, O Messenger of Allah!" He said: You are not like me in that matter. I spend the night in such a state that Allah feeds me and gives me to drink. Devote yourselves to the deeds which you can perform." This is related by al-Bukhari. The scholars say this prohibition implies that the act is disliked. Ahmad and Ishaq say that it is allowed to fast until the time of the pre-dawn meal as long as it is not a hardship on the one fasting. This opinion is based on what al-Bukhari recorded on the authority of Abu Sa'id al-Khudri: "The Messenger of Allah said: 'Do not make al-wisal. If one of you insists on making al-wisal, he may continue his fast [after sunset] until the time of the pre-dawn meal.'"
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