Linguistically, the word Tawheed توحيد, in Arabic, means unification (to make something one). Islamically, it is in reference to Allaah being singled out alone, in all that is particular to Him. The opposite of Tawheed is ‘Shirk’ which is to associate partners with Allaah by giving (or attributing) that which is exclusively His to others. It comes from the Arabic verb (wahhada) وحد which itself means to unite, unify or consolidate. … [Read more...]
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There has been much confusion and controversy regarding this Laylatu Nisfu min-ash-Sha'baan or better known in the sub-continent as Shaab-e- Baraat. Literally In Arabic "Laylah" means "night", "Nisf" means half, "min" means "from" and Sha'baan means, well "Sha'baan- the 8th month of the Islamic lunar calendar". In farsi (persian) or urdu "Shaab" means "night" and "Baraat" means "Emancipation" just as it does in Arabic, however it is pronounced … [Read more...]
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SOME BID'AH PRACTICES ASSOCIATED WITH LAYLATU NISF-USH-SHA'BAAN (15TH SHA'BAAN) / SHABE-BARAAT The occasion of Laylatul Baraa-ah has become synonymous with some baseless beliefs and practices. 1. Burning lights and candles: Nothing has or can be found in any Hadith, whether strong or fabricated, nor in any Islaamic books. The Muslims of India,being in close contact with the Hindus, probably began imitating them in their practices, thus … [Read more...]
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The fundamental message of Islam is simple: To worship God (Allah) alone. The Quran (the revealed scripture of Islam) states: “Say, He is Allah , (who is) One, Allah , the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” [Quran chapter 112] The first part of the Muslim testament of faith forms the basis for the concept of God in Islam. Muslims bear witness that: “There is no Deity worthy … [Read more...]
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Jesus is a figure who is loved and revered by billions of people the world over. Yet there is so much confusion surrounding the status of this colossal personality. Muslims and Christians both hold Jesus in high regard but view him in very different ways. The questions raised in this article aim to get to the heart of the issues surrounding Jesus: Was Jesus God? Or was he sent by God? Who was the real historical Jesus? Some ambiguous verses … [Read more...]
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The Mi'raaj (ascension to the heavens), Expedition of Tabook (9AH) and the capture of al-Quds (Jerusalem) by Salahuddin Ayyoobi comes to mind when one thinks of the month of Rajab. It is the seventh month in the Islamic (lunar) calendar and one of the 'Arba'atul Hurum (one of the four sacred months). It is also a prelude to the month of Ramadhaan, because Ramadhaan follows it after the intervening month of Sha'baan. Thus being one of the sacred … [Read more...]