Archive for August, 2010

What are They Afraid of?

August 21, 2010

Open Google and read the blogs.

Have you noticed that anything related somehow to Islam always has to come on the first page?

Of course, they are not always good reads.

What are they writing about?

About their fear? Fear of what? Fear of Muslims walking around, or fear of Muslims multiplying in number?

Are their fears real? Must they be afraid?

Am I a beast in disguise?

I just keep on wondering …

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The World’s Most Beautiful Masjids

August 21, 2010

Here is a collection of photos of the most beautiful Masjids in the world:

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The Twenty-First Chapter of the Quran: The Prophets

August 21, 2010

So, I seem to be posting more and more verses from the Holy Quran. No problem. It is good to share the wisdom and beauty of the Quran with the world.

Here are some verses from the twenty-first chapter in the Quran, the Prophets:

Or have men taken for themselves gods from the earth who resurrect [the dead]? (21) Had there been within the heavens and earth gods besides Allah , they both would have been ruined. So exalted is Allah , Lord of the Throne, above what they describe. (22)

Quran 21:21-22

And read the following verses, and you are reminded of science:

Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe? (30) And We placed within the earth firmly set mountains, lest it should shift with them, and We made therein [mountain] passes [as] roads that they might be guided. (31) And We made the sky a protected ceiling, but they, from its signs, are turning away. (32) And it is He who created the night and the day and the sun and the moon; all [heavenly bodies] in an orbit are swimming. (33)

Quran 21:30-33

The Seventeenth Chapter of the Quran: The Night Journey

August 19, 2010

I found a good Website for reading the Quran with the meanings.

I finished reading the seventeenth chapter of the Holy Quran, the Night Journey. I would like to share some of the verses with you:

And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word. (23) And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.” (24)

Quran 17:23-24

And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully. (26) Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful. (27)

Quran 17:26-27

I like the following verses. They are precious advices and are full of wisdom:

And do not make your hand [as] chained to your neck or extend it completely and [thereby] become blamed and insolvent. (29) Indeed, your Lord extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]. Indeed He is ever, concerning His servants, Acquainted and Seeing. (30) And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin. (31) And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way. (32) And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right. And whoever is killed unjustly – We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported [by the law]. (33) And do not approach the property of an orphan, except in the way that is best, until he reaches maturity. And fulfill [every] commitment. Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned. (34) And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in result. (35) And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned. (36) And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height. (37) All that – its evil is ever, in the sight of your Lord, detested. (38)

Quran 17:29-38

And tell My servants to say that which is best. Indeed, Satan induces [dissension] among them. Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy. (53)

Quran 17:53

And We have certainly honored the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with [definite] preference. (70)

Quran 17:70

A Difficult Time for Muslims

August 18, 2010

There are so much things I want to write about right now, but I do not know where to start and what to say.

I am very sad. Although I am an ordinary Muslim woman living a happy normal life, I still feel sad. I am feeling sad for what is happening in this world. I have not thought in my childhood that one day I will be hated just because I am Muslim.

Being a Muslim, I am shocked to read about what non-Muslims think, or rather, believe about us and about Islam. Just reading what they have in mind makes you think they are living in isolation, or more correctly they are living in their own world. I do not know. How do they learn about us? Where do they get their information? Are they really researching about Islam, or are they just depending on the propaganda in the media to get their information about other people?

To my dismay, some still attack Muslims when the latter present them with the truth and offer correct information about Islam. Are we speaking in a vacuum? Why not listen to the Muslims? Yes. There are bad Muslims, but what do other Muslims have to do with those evildoers?

Evildoers, of every religious, political, and racial background, have been known since the beginning of humanity. Only Muslims, today, are all portrayed as evil!

Muslims are facing hate and racism worldwide, even on the Internet. You wake up in the morning with a happy face, open the laptop, check the news, and then you wear a sad face, close the laptop and stare into the space.

What have I done to be hated?

The Thirteenth Chapter of the Quran: The Thunder

August 18, 2010

Peace be upon you!

I finished reading the thirteenth chapter of the Holy Quran, the Thunder. I would like to share some of its verses with you:

Alif. Lam. Mim. Ra. These are verses of the Scripture. That which is revealed unto thee from thy Lord is the Truth, but most of mankind believe not. (1) Allah it is Who raised up the heavens without visible supports, then mounted the Throne, and compelled the sun and the moon to be of service, each runneth unto an appointed term; He ordereth the course; He detaileth the revelations, that haply ye may be certain of the meeting with your Lord. (2) And He it is Who spread out the earth and placed therein firm hills and flowing streams, and of all fruits He placed therein two spouses (male and female). He covereth the night with the day. Lo! herein verily are portents for people who take thought. (3) And in the Earth are neighbouring tracts, vineyards and ploughed lands, and date-palms, like and unlike, which are watered with one water. And we have made some of them to excel others in fruit. Lo! herein verily are portents for people who have sense. (4)

Quran 13:1-4

He sendeth down water from the sky, so that valleys flow according to their measure, and the flood beareth (on its surface) swelling foam – from that which they smelt in the fire in order to make ornaments and tools riseth a foam like unto it – thus Allah coineth (the similitude of) the true and the false. Then, as for the foam, it passeth away as scum upon the banks, while, as for that which is of use to mankind, it remaineth in the earth. Thus Allah coineth the similitudes. (17)

Quran 13:17

See they not how we visit the land, reducing it of its outlying parts? (When) Allah doometh there is none that can postpone His doom, and He is swift at reckoning. (41)

Quran 13:41

Food Wars in Ramadan

August 18, 2010

If you go to the hypermarket in any Arab country, especially in the Gulf, during Ramadan, even before, you will see long queues of shoppers pushing trolleys filled to form a mountain. This can be seen all Ramadan long, and I always think there is going to be a war that I have not heard of, yet!

Why this waste of food in Ramadan? Maybe some of the shoppers buy this much of food to distribute it in Masjids or Iftar tents, but why only in Ramadan people go crazy about food and cook so much dishes and eventually throw most of it in the garbage?

You know what? Ramadan is Eid for stray cats.

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

O Children of Adam! Look to your adornment at every place of worship, and eat and drink, but be not prodigal. Lo! He loveth not the prodigals. (31)

Quran 7:31

Who can eat that much in Ramadan?

All Humans are Weak

August 17, 2010

Even if we are different in color, we are still humans. And all humans are weak. No one is superior to others because of their color.

We cannot walk on gravel without wearing shoes, can we?

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

Allah would make the burden light for you, for man was created weak. (28)

Quran 4:28

And no one is better than the other except those who are good in their faith. Allah says in the Holy Quran:

O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware. (13)

Quran 49:13

Love each other!

Ramadan Questions & Answers

August 16, 2010

I would like to share some questions and answers regarding the holy month of Ramadan from Islam Question and Answer Website:

And here is a link to a book about “70 Matters Related to Fasting” from Islam Question and Answer.

Flooded Pakistan

August 15, 2010

The recent floods in Pakistan have come in a difficult time for its people. They have to struggle against the evildoers of Al-Qaeda, and Ramadan this time is different for most of them:

Let us pray for them and support them in every possible way.

Give Charity

August 15, 2010

One of the good deeds in Islam is giving charity. It ensures that the poor and those who cannot get their basic needs can continue to live happily.

Allah says in the Holy Quran regarding charity:

The alms are only for the poor and the needy, and those who collect them, and those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to free the captives and the debtors, and for the cause of Allah, and (for) the wayfarer; a duty imposed by Allah. Allah is Knower, Wise. (60)

Quran 9:60

And He says regarding the method of giving the charity:

If ye publish your almsgiving, it is well, but if ye hide it and give it to the poor, it will be better for you, and will atone for some of your ill-deeds. Allah is Informed of what ye do. (271)

Quran 2:271

Allah has given us many ways to increase our good deeds, and one of those ways is giving charity. Do not stop helping the poor and the needy!

A Muslim by Name

August 14, 2010

In every religion there are two types of followers:

  1. followers by name, and
  2. followers by practice.

In other words, a person of Muslim backgrounds can be either a person practicing Islam, or a person with only “Islam” printed on his/her passport, or any other identifying document, as a proof of following the religion. There are Muslims who pray, fast, pay Zakat, refrain from sins and do good, of course in degrees, but the worst Muslims are the ones who do none of the above, intentionally.