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Oct
2015

Teaching the Creation about Allaah, His Oneness and Attributes

posted by Seifeddine-M on 22nd October 2015 - 0 comments

There is no question that guiding the creation to the understanding and implications of Allaah's Oneness سبحانه و تعالى and Uniqueness (tawheed) is the overriding purpose of the Qur'aan. It is part of the nature of a human to want to know Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, his Lord and Creator. It is the Qur'aan that eloquently tells the human about his Lord such that he will then recognise the signs of his Lord, appreciate His actions and know His attributes. [1] 

Through these teachings found in the Qur'aan, the human will increase his love and adoration for his Lord. He will worship Him with greater intensity and love and he will be a more devoted servant to Him. [2] 

Through Allaah's سبحانه و تعالى clear description of His complete power over all things, His complete power to punish and His justice, the human learns to fear his Lord because of his own sins and shortcomings toward Him. At the same time, Allaah's سبحانه و تعالى clear description of His forgiveness and great mercy as well as the generous rewards He grants to the believers for their belief and good deeds increases the human's hope in Allaah سبحانه و تعالى. Hence, all of these aspects of the Qur'aan are intended to help the human know his Lord, have the proper relationship toward Hum and to have the feelings in his heart that make him act properly towards Allaah سبحانه و تعالى. 

Thus when one reads the Qur'aan, he should realise that he is reading about his God and Lord. The Qur'aan is answering those basic human questions for him: Who is my Creator and God? What is my relationship to Him? Why did He create me? But, more importantly, Allaah سبحانه و تعالى is telling the human about Himself so the human may draw closer to Him and increase his adoration and worship Him. 

That this is one of the overriding purposes of the Qur'aan can be seen in the following hadeeth wherein the Prophetصلى الله عليه وسلم identifies the greatest or most virtuous verse in the Qur'aan: Ubayy Ibn Ka'ab رضي الله عنه narrated that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said to him, "O Abul-Mundhir! Do you know which verse of the Book of Allaah with you is the greatest?" He replied, "Allaah and His Messenger know best." Again the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم asked, "O Abul-Mundhir! Do you know which verse of the Book of Allaah with you is the greatest?" He replied, "I said, '[The verse,] Allaah, there is no god worthy of worship besided Him, the Ever-Living, the Ever-Sustaining'"? The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم then struck his chest and said, "By Allaah, may knowledge be made pleasant for you oh Abul-Mundhir [as you answered correctly]." [3] 

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Dec
2014

Eemaan (Faith) is Gratitude and Patience

posted by Seifeddine-M on 1st December 2014 - 0 comments

Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim رحمه الله said, "Faith is two halves: a half that is patience and a half that is gratitude. More than one from the Salaf said, 'Patience is one half of faith.' 'Abdullaah Ibn Mas'ood رضي الله عنه said, 'Faith is two halves, a half that is patience and a half that is gratitude.' For this reason Allaah, the Sublime, combined between patience and gratitude in His saying:

13
Nov
2014

Communicating with Spirits through Sťances

posted by Seifeddine-M on 13th November 2014 - 0 comments
Communicating with Spirits through Séances [1]

What is the Islamic position with respect to bringing back the spirits of the dead? When one studies the texts related to this point, he will conclude with certainty that such an act is absolutely impossible. Allah سبحانه و تعالى has informed us that the spirit is from the unseen which man cannot possibly fathom or reach.

12
Nov
2014

Souls of the Dead Meeting with People Who are Awake

posted by Seifeddine-M on 12th November 2014 - 0 comments
It is a common concept among some people and cultures that the souls of the dead can and do come back to the earth and converse with the living (who are awake). In order to assess the validity of such a claim it is essential to explore the various literature relating to this issue. From the sources available, research can only lead to a conclusion that it is neither possible nor proven that the souls of the dead return to the world of the living, meet with them, converse and so on. This conclusion is based on the texts of the divinely revealed law, and the following evidence from the Qur'aan and the Sunnah clearly affirms such a stand.
Evidence from the Qur'aan Against Return

7
Nov
2014

A Muslim's Obligation Toward the Qur'aan

posted by Seifeddine-M on 7th November 2014 - 0 comments
One of the most important concepts in the religion of Islaam is the concept of al-walaa'. This concept implies having loyalty to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, loving for the sake of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and hating for the sake of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, "The strongest tie of eemaan (bond of faith) is having loyalty for the sake of Allaah, disassociating from others for the sake of Allaah, love for the sake of Allaah and hatred for the sake of Allaah." 'Abdul Ghani notes that one of the first obligations of this required loyalty is to have loyalty and love for the Book of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, which is Allaah's سبحانه و تعالى speech and His revelation to mankind. So, first and foremost, a Muslim must have a strong love for the Qur'aan. But this love is not simply at a theoretical level. It must be exhibited by one's actions toward the Qur'aan. This would include reading, studying, memorising, defending and acting in accordance with the Qur'aan. [2] This love for the Qur'aan should flow from one's love for Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم. One could not possibly love Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and not love Allaah's سبحانه و تعالى speech and revelation to mankind. Conversely, love for the Qur'aan implies one's love for Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم. The Companion Sayyiduna 'Abdullaah Ibn Mas'ood رضي الله عنه said, "Whoever loves to know if he loves Allaah and His Messenger, he should look and see for if he loves the Qur'aan, he loves Allaah and His Messenger." [3] In addition to loving the Qur'aan, one must be very thankful and grateful to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى for revealing the Qur'aan and sending His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم to teach the Book. Allaah سبحانه و تعالى Himself reminds the believers of this great blessing and how before its revelation, the believers did not know the truth and were astray. Allaah سبحانه و تعالى says,
7
Nov
2014

Souls of the Sleeping Conversing with Each Other

posted by Seifeddine-M on 7th November 2014 - 0 comments

Since the previously quoted Qur'aanic verse clarifies that human souls leave the body during sleep to roam about in the spiritual realm, and it has been established that they can meet the souls of the dead, then it is logical to assume that they are able to meet each other as well. Imaam Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله confirms this point and replies to the following oft-posed question of doubt: "How does a person during sleep 'see' himself conversing other living people, even though they are far away and awake - their souls having not left their bodies?" How do their souls "meet" per se? Imaam Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله answers that this phenomenon is either a likeness (mathal) made for the soul of the sleeper by the angel of visions or a result of sleeper's soul conversing with itself (hadeethu nafs). This "conversation" is illustrated in the images seen in his dreams. [1] [2]

6
Nov
2014

Souls of the Dead Meeting with Each Other

posted by Seifeddine-M on 6th November 2014 - 2 comments

The souls of the dead may be divided into the following two categories: (a) Favoured souls (those of pious believers) and (b) Punished souls (those of sinful believers and disbelievers).

5
Nov
2014

The Nafs and the Rooh

posted by Seifeddine-M on 5th November 2014 - 0 comments

An extremely important and highly reasonable question often posed regarding the terms "nafs" and "rooh" is: "Do these terms dignify one and the same thing or are they two distinctly different entities?" The majority of Islaamic scholars agree that the nafs (soul) and the rooh (spirit) are two names for one and the same thing. However, others maintain that they are two different entities. [1] The latter is not a tenable position because it lacks clear, unequivocal delineations of these two terms from the texts of the Qur'aan and Sunnah. Rather, it is a result of a misunderstanding of the terminology in these texts and personal conjecture. This is amply illustrated in the following two examples cited in detail by Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him). [2] One group, consisting of some hadeeth scholars, jurists and Soofees, states that "the rooh is other than the nafs." Muqaatil Ibn Sulaymaan explains this view as follows: "Man has life [hayaah], a spirit [rooh] and a soul [nafs]. When he sleeps, his nafs - with which he senses and understands things - emerges from his body; however, it doesn't completely separate from the physical body. Rather, it extends from it, radiating outward like a cable. While both life and the rooh remain in his body (being the two means by which he breathes as well as tosses and turns during sleep), man sees visions by means of the nafs which emerges from him. When he is about to awaken, his nafs returns to him faster than the blinking of an eye. However, if Allaah سبحانه و تعالى wills that he die in his sleep, He seizes that nafs which had come out as described. [3]

4
Nov
2014

The Nature and Essence of the Human Soul

posted by Seifeddine-M on 4th November 2014 - 0 comments

Scholars of various schools of thoughts [1] differ greatly regarding the nature and essence of the soul [نَفْس] (nafs). Is it a part of the physical body or a non-essential [2] characteristic of it? Is it an entity consigned to dwell within the physical body, or is in an independent essence in itself? Is the nafs the same as the rooh [روح] (spirit)? What happens to the soul upon death? Is it confined to its body and its grave? If not, is it free to move about in the unseen spiritual world and on the earth? [3] Regarding this subject, leading theologians of various sects have put forward a host of conflicting opinions:

Various Views
3
Nov
2014

The Creation and Role of Humans

posted by Seifeddine-M on 3rd November 2014 - 0 comments

One of the first things that every human should realise is that this creation as a whole and humans in particular have not been created in vain and without a noble purpose. Allaah سبحانه و تعالى says in the Qur'aan,

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