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Attending the US – Islamic World Forum in Washington DC

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

My apologies for the longer delay between posts of late – but I will have plenty of grist for the blogging mill this upcoming month. I have been honored with an invitation to attend the 2011 US – Islamic World Forum, co-hosted by the Brookings Institution and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the State of Qatar. Normally held in Doha, this year the Forum will be held April 12-14 in Washington DC, making it extremely accessible to a wide range of US-based pundits, diplomats, and scholars. And me. The topics of conversation are sure to be dominated by the status of muslims in America and the Arab democratic wave, so it promises to be quite an informative and stimulating conference.

From my invitation:

The Saban Center at Brookings and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the State of Qatar annually convene this Forum under the auspices of His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani. During these three days, the U.S.-Islamic World Forum will address critical issues with respect to the Arab and Muslim world by providing a high-level and visible platform for thoughtful engagement, dialogue, and the development of public private partnerships and initiatives.

Since its inception, the Forum has built a unique network of relationships between leading policy and opinion leaders in the United States and the Muslim world, and has developed a reputation as both the premier convening body for American and Muslim world leaders and a catalyst for positive action. Past participants have included President Bill Clinton; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey; Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan; Commander of the U.S. Central Command David Petraeus; the Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina Dr. Mustafa Ceric; Secretary General of ASEAN Surin Pitsuwan; and Secretary General of the OIC Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

For the first time in its eight-year history, this annual gathering will be held in Washington, providing a unique opportunity for greater participation by the U.S. administration, leading policy makers and activists, the media, and the American Muslim community.

The 2011 Forum will include plenary sessions on issues critical to the Arab and Muslim worlds, working groups focused on building partnerships on key issues such as civil society, American Muslim engagement, the role of the media and culture, religious minorities, development, and a series of roundtable discussions on topical issues.

I am incredibly humbled to be able to attend this forum and I will be wearing my blogger’s hat! I am really looking forward to this. The only downside is flying into Reagan National, plagued by sleeping air traffic controllers and aborted landings.



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    Congratulations Aziz. We’ll be looking for reports. Enjoy.

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    The Return of The Golden age of Islam.
    Bismillah Ir-Rahman, Ir-Raheem. I begin with ALLAH’s auspiciousness,whose Name is the Best among all the names. All Revences, All Sanctities and All Worships are due to ALLAH alone. Ashahadu An Laa illaaha illal llahu

    Wa Ash Hadu Anna Muhammadan Abdu Hu Wa Rasooluhu

    ”I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah

    who is without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) is the Rasool.”

    “O Allah, Shower Your Peace come upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have brought peace to Ibrahim and his family.

    Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious. O Allah, Shower your blessing upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious”. Iam Satisfied with Allâh as My Rabb and Cherisher,Iam Satisfied With Islam as My Din(religion) and I am satisfied with Muhammad as a Rasulallah (Messenger)sallallahu alaihi was salam) I seek Protection with ALLAH! With the Glorious and Noble Face of ALLAH! With the Complete and Perfect words of ALLAH! With the Exalted Attributes of ALLAH! From the Punishment of Hell; From chastisement in the Grave; From the Trial of Life and Death; From the Mischief of the dajjal. There is no power nor strength with (anyone) save Allah. ALLAH is Good and Only accept that which is Good. ALLAH is the Truth and only accept that which True. ALLAH is Pure and only accept that which is Pure. Ya ALLAH! ALL the praises are for You,You are the Holder of the Heavens and the Earth, And whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All praises are for You; You are are the Substaner of the Heavens and the Earth And whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All the praises are for you;You have the Possession of the Heavens and the Earth and whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All the praises are for You; You are Light(Nur) of the Heavens and Earth And whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All praises are for You; You are the King of the Heavens and the Earth And whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All praises are for You; You are the Truth and Your Promise is the Truth, And Your word is the Truth and the Meeting with You is true, And Parardise is True And Hell is true and All the Prophets(peace be upon them) are true; And Muhammad Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) is true,And the Day of Resurrection is True. Ya ALLAH! You have promise and Your promise is the truth,Ya ALLAH! You have promise and Your words is the truth, Ya ALLAH! You have promise and You are the Truth!.

    {The Return of the Golden Age of Islam!} If we want to see the golden age of Islam! then we need to look at the Days of Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam)When He walked on this Earth! The golden age begin for Humanity when ALLAH mission Him(sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) as the Last Nabi and last Rasul, He is (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) rahmatul lil alamin(the mercy to all the Worlds)! And All of humanity is His Ummah. When The Holy Quran was being revealed to Him(sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), He lived in a time when the Hearts of Men melted when they heard the words of ALLAH. This is the real beginning of the Golden Age! when the most Excellent examples for mankind was before the faces of Men and they could see him with their own Eyes, and there was no doubt about His Character! We can not return to those days,but we can live this Din as ALLAH has instructed us to and He(sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) exemplify! Often, when we think of the Islamic Golden Age, we should think of the past and that is Good!. And The Muslims when we invoking the glory and splendor of the Islamic Golden Age,we are quick to reflex on the numerous and significant achievements of the inspired Muslim sages of history. Yet few seem to see the cause and impetus that led to fueled and propelled the Golden Age of Islam. Fewer still yet realize that perhaps a great Golden Age of Islam actually lies ahead, it will begin to take shape and to bloom in the very near future. What exactly was the Golden Age of Islam, what led to it, what is the Second Golden Age of Islam, and perhaps most importantly, what’s our part in it? The Golden Age of Islam is a period in history where the Hearts of men were open and inspired by the words of ALLAH and the Sunnah of Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) during which Muslims made significant advances in nearly every field of science known to man. Achievements were made in fields such as medicine, physics, astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, architecture, and other existential fields and sciences. Yet the most profound and significant advances in understanding Islam and It practic, during the Golden Age of Islam the Muslims hearts and Souls were actually in the obedience to ALLAH. It was during the Golden Age of Islam that emerged the greatest Scholars and thinkers the world has ever known, men and women of incomparable stature and realization. These rare and unique individuals who contributed immensely to the understanding of Islam and it Spiritual development and are now read, studied and loved by people from every tradition and in every part of the world. Although few speak of it now, it was precisely this Love for ALLAH and His Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) And His Din! that was the key to the emergence of the Golden Age of Islam. And it will be a return to this foundational root of Islam, The words of ALLAH(the Holy Quran) and the Sunnah of Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi was salam) that begin and will continue to fuel the Second Golden Age of Islam.This profound and infinitely deep spirituality, beginning with the Two Mercys that ALLAH sent too all the worlds,The Holy Quran And Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam)was the key to an expansion of the Brilliance Light(Nur) of ALLAH! the likes of which the world had never seen before or since. It was not love of power, nor love of the world, nor any other base drive or motivation that propelled the Islamic Golden Age to Great Heights. The passion and divine purpose of the Golden Age of Islam was fueled by a profound love for ALLAH and the Search for Knowledge , understanding and application. Although many contributed in many fields to the Golden Age of Islam, it was the Men and Women of ALLAH that were the true leaders in that age of Enlightenment during which much of the world was steeped in darkness and Ignorance. Now, the Ummah, the Muslim Nation is perhaps at the lowest point ever in its entire fourteen hundred years of history. Many are trying to find a way out of the current unfortunate circumstances we find ourselves, in a world where it seems no longer a point of honor and dignity to be a Muslim, this is Disgraceful! but where it seems Islam must constantly be defended from slander and accusation, from misunderstanding and prejudice. Ignorance about Islam is now the norm, and this ignorance applies not only with regards to non-Muslims, but unfortunately to Muslims as well. Few now know or remember what Islam actually is, or what Islam call’s for! its original meaning, purpose and path are lost to Hearts and Minds of the Muslim people. A part of the second Golden age of Islam is to

    ReEducate the Entire Muslim World,with basic Islam,The Sunnah and manner of everyday life,

    the first and the most important is ReEducation of the Muslim World, Islam emerged in the barren Arabian land, which was both culturally and socially backward,the age of Ignorance. Thus education was put forward as the lamp to illumine the darkness in that age. In Qur’an, the word, ‘Ilm is used, which means knowledge. It is said that Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) asked Muslims to “Acquire knowledge from cradle to grave.” The acquisition of knowledge and learning, both religious and scientific is considered an act of religious merit in Islam. The Sahabah were encouraged by Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam)to acquire knowledge wherever it was available. Consequently, the Muslims learned reading and writing with zeal from the very beginning. When Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam)asked the Muslims to go to China to acquire knowledge or to get educated from non-Muslim prisoners obviously to learned reading and writing. Not religious teachings. Islam essentially, in several ways, directs acquiring knowledge of the world and modern education. One part of Islamic Educate is Manners and behavior. Adab (good manners) is an integral part of the development of a sound Islamic Society and personality. It is something that one is brought up with, sees around him and thus acquires. The beauty of a civilization is manifested in the values and manners embodied in the interaction of its members. The more dignified the manners, the more stable and vibrant the social fabric of the society. But sadly, we live in times where adab is lacking at all levels of society. We live in an “adab-less” society where parents are disrespected, teachers are not treated with due honor, elders are not given their due rights, and the basic manners of eating, visiting, appearance and conversation are not observed. “It is therefore important for Us the Muslims to learn the basic points of adab that are applicable in everyday situations in a way that was exemplified by Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) sunnah. In the ReEducation of the Muslim world,This Adad(good manner) is designed to empower the muslims in building their Islamic personality through self-improvement in the finer points of Islamic manners.

    ALLAH (swt) said: “And whoever purifies himself does so for the benefit of his own soul; and the destination (of all)is to ALLAH”Qur’an: Surah Fater, 35:18.

    A major portion of building the Muslim personality comes from the Islamic fundamental source, al Tazkiyah or the purification of the heart and soul. Through tazkiyah comes spiritual health and morality. The traits of loving of Allah and His Prophets, adorning and practicing the ninety-nine attributes of Allah, applying the virtues of compassion and mercy, holding one’s brother or sister’s well-being higher than one’s own self, generosity, piousness, trustworthiness and much more are consequent virtues of tazkiyah.

    The Muslims, with Allah’s permission, will have a deeper awareness and appreciation for proper manners and etiquettes in a variety of everyday situations.

    The Golden Age of Islam: The Islamic world flourished during the Dark Ages of Europe: by the 13th century, both Africa and India had become great centers of Islamic civilization, and soon after, Muslim societies were established in the Malay-Indonesian world while Chinese Muslims flourished throughout China. Islam therefore is The religion for all people from whatever part of the world the people came from or background they might be: Islamic civilization is based on a unity which stands completely against any racial or ethnic discrimination. Such major people as the Arabs, Persians, Turks, Africans, Indians, Chinese and Malays in addition to countless smaller units embraced Islam and contributed to the building of Islamic civilization. Islam was not opposed to learning from the earlier civilizations and incorporating their science, learning, and culture into its own world view. Each people that embraced Islam made its contribution to the one Islamic civilization to which everyone belonged. The global civilization created by Islam also succeeded in activating the Hearts and minds and thoughts of the people who entered its fold. As a result Islam, the Muslims became torch-bearers of science and learning. The Persians, who had manufactured a great civilization before the rise of Islam, produced even more science and learning in the Islamic period than before. The same can be said of the Turks and other peoples who embraced Islam,THIS WAS THE GOLDEN AGE! . The Din of Islam was itself responsible not only for the creation of a world Renaissance , a world civilization in which people of many different backgrounds participated, but it also played a central role in inspiring the Hearts and developing intellectual and cultural life on a scale never seen before.

    Intellect and observation are the grounds of every flourishing civilization. Thousands of verses of the noble Qur’an are stimulus for inspiring the heart and expanding the mind through observation, study of nature and contemplation. The first word revealed to Muhammad Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) was “read”. This word helps open the eyes of the believers for examination and study in all fields of matter and knowledge. Furthermore, one comes across hundreds of verses in the Qur’an with inquisitive style enticing the Muslim people to enlarge their scope to think, calculate and come up with better ways to improve the quality of life. Here are some examples: “Are the blind equal with those who see? Or is the depth of the darkness equal with the light?” Qur’an, 6:50. “Say: go through the earth and see what has been the end of those guilty of sin.” Qur’an, 27:69. “Say: travel through the earth and see how ALLAH did originate creation.” Qur’an, 29:20.”Say: wonder in the heavens and earth for the signs of ALLAH.” Qur’an, 10:101. “It is He Who gives life and death, and to Him is due the alteration of night and day: Will you not then understand.” Qur’an, 23:80. The direct result of this inquisitive approach widens the horizon of exploration and the expansion of thinking and vision. This open observation phenomenon led to the making of the Golden Age and was the cradle to the scientific and academic revolution that led to the Renaissance.

    The Islamic Civilization, Islamic culture has Always shown great concern for the future of modern societies. (in all its theological, philosophical, scientific, and religious aspects) as the heritage of the Islamic cultural itself.(Culture) The Arabic equivalent for culture, al-thiqafa, means triumph, intelligence and skill, and also means talent for science, crafts and life nature. There is a need for us to recognize that we, as the Ummah of Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) possess the most comprehensive heritage in comparison with the other nations of the world. we can’t understand Islam without returning to the ReEducation of Islam, the knowledge of Islam, the practise of islam, the Manners of Islam! Islam has appeal to every age! The Islamic teachings have great inspirational traditions for equitable and gentle dealings and behavior, and inspire people to nobility and tolerance. These are teachings for humanity of the highest order and at the same time practicable. These teachings of Islam brought into existence a society, a civilization in which hard-heartedness and collective oppression and injustice were the least as compared with all other societies preceding it….Islam is replete with gentleness, courtesy, and fraternity.”

    We are, without doubt, in the Second Age of Ignorance. ALLAH! the Almighty declares in the Qur’an that a condition of a people will not be changed until they change themselves. And it is only by embracing personal responsibility as Muslim people, finally and completely relinquishing the role of victims, that the Muslim Ummah can again rise to its inherent Dignity. Verily, ALLAH does not change the condition of a people until they change themselves. –– Surah Ar-Rad (Holy Qur’an Quotes, 13:11) It is the Light( the Nur) of ALLAH that led to the Islamic Golden Age, and it will be that Light (Nur) from the pages of The Holy Quran and the Sunnah that will enable the Ummah to rise out of the current abyss it has fallen into and usher in a Second Golden Age of Islam, an age of peace, prosperity and divine purpose during which the Dignity, honor, integrity, nobility and beauty of Islam will be restored this will be in the time of the Mahdi. As Muslims, it is our divine duty to be exemplars of excellence, demonstrating perfect muslim conduct and character in all situations and under all circumstances. This Spiritual Excellence naturally emerges from an authentic and real spiritual center, root and foundation. In the Second Golden Age of Islam, a Muslim will again be a real example of Islam, one who lives in a state of internal peace, presence and sublime surrender, free of conflict, violence, aggression and resistance this will be in the time of Isa (alayhi salam). Such a Muslim will have no self-created enemies, for he or she will have transcended and dissolved , the ego, that requires conflict and hatred to survive. The Muslim of the Second Golden Age of Islam will be so rooted in seeking the pleasure of ALLAH and being close to Him that he or she will be a jewel in the world, an oasis in an utterly dry desert, and will be sought out by all for Knowledge, wisdom, clarity, guidance, direction . The Second Golden Age of Islam has not begun yet. But Small groups of Muslims throughout the world are beginning to rediscover the divine depth of Islam and it Spirituality(the true path of Islam )and its ability to raise (the human spirit) to the highest of heights, And the deepest of realizations in understanding the purity of Islam . The Second Golden Age of Islam will unveil (the Divine Destiny of humanity)that is to worship ALLAH alone,and not to join partners With Him ,in the time of Isa(alayhi’salam),it will be an un-limiting of human potential, and a realization of the Dignity of the Humanbeing, that we were created to worship ALLAH alone Wilfully, in total submission to ALLAH’s will, that is beyond all human illusions and beyond all human veils. A new world that is ispired By the Light(Nur) of the Quran is about to be born, It will not be an easy birth it will take 40 months, or 40 years to come about, thought a great war, And the threat of that great war Loom over the Horizon in the current Mideast and in the world, it is the Last War! when those circumstances occur or appear, it will be unfortunate that the majority of mankind will be very much like the son of Noah(as)instead of getting on the Ship of Islam! where it is safe! By accepting the Leadership of Isa(alayhi salam) and the Mahdi, they will go in a another direction to a so call higher authority where they will be destroyed. The Destiny of men cannot be change, what is written has to be! And it is our first and foremost duty to make the shift to a new state of consciousness, A complete change of heart toward obeying the instruction in the Quran. And also to realize the very purpose of Islam and the creation itself, and with the Hope to become a bridge of peace for Humanity, Before these circumstances appear.(Surah Al-Ma’ida (Holy Qur’an Quotes, 5:3) This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.”

    A new world beyond violence and beyond conflict, a new world based in peace and in divine surrender, submission to the Will of ALLAH. (This after the Great War!) A Second Golden Age of Islam knowledge, wisdom, understanding and righteous behavior . ALLAH said in the Quran: We created not the heavens, the earth, and all between them, but for just ends. And the hour is surely coming when this will be manifest, so transcend with gracious forgiveness.” –– Surah Al-Hijr (15:85) The way forward is to cross into th new frontier, the Golden Age of Islam! . Islam! The final Din, Final Way of Life, the Final frontier! And the Final Golden Age before day of judgement . And the journey that the Heart and soul takes, Is the journey to seek the Nearness to ALLAH. The Ummah will not be able to make positive change through force of any kind. Rather, positive change will result as a return to righteous behavior and true belief, and this can only be achieved through the Practice of Islam and thought the development of our Spiritual life. In the Second Golden Age of Islam, the Muslim, The believers will be deeply rooted in faith and in the presence of a world deeply in need of reconnection itself with ALLAH its Creator. The original Golden Age of Islam was a time of great progress and enlightenment, and it was fueled by a profound and deep belief and practice of Islam . Although the Muslim Nation now finds itself in a Second Age of Ignorance, its hope in the realization of the Second Golden Age of Islam lies in a return of Good muslim behavior and Practice. and thus a return to the very goal of Islam: To increase the growth and the development of the human beings towards a state of good character and so, through self-purification, the purification of the Soul and Divine Grace, will awaken the consciousness. this entire Universe belong To ALLAH, And to ALLAH it will return!

    Islam indisputably is a religion of spirituality, peace and tranquility. The name Islam in Arabic means peace–one of the names of ALLAH, ALLAH, is The Peace. Many more attributes of ALLAH are directly related to peace-The Giver of Peace (al Mu’min), The Reliever, The Just, The Judge, The Merciful, The Gracious, The Beneficent, The Compassionate, The Loving (al Wadood) and The Subtle (al Lateef), center around the theme of peace and love and compassion. Islam is the keys to social justice and gender equality. Ingrained in its philosophy is the brotherhood of mankind, which enables it to combine civilizations. It considers all prophets to be brothers of one another and honors their teachings. Islam’s philosophy regarding peace will become clear as we consider the following verses:

    “And indeed it (the Holy Qur’an) is a guide and mercy for the believers.” Qur’an, 27:77.

    “Seek not mischief in the land, ALLAH does not love mischief makers.” Qur’an, 28:77.

    “ALLAH commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion. “Qur’an, 16:90.

    “You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (islam). Do not follow the footsteps of Satan. He is an outright enemy of you.” Qur’an, 2:208.

    “O humankind! We created you from a single pair of a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know and deal with each other in kindness (not that you may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of ALLAH (is he who is) the most righteous of you, and ALLAH is Knower, Aware.”Qur’an, 49:13.

    “And when you judge between people that you judge with justice.” Qur’an 4:58.

    So Why did Islam spread so fast All over the then known world? The simple answer is that it was ALLAH’s will. And it will be once again ALLAH’s will that there will be a second golden age of Islam !

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    “Bismillahir -Rahman nir-Rahim I testify that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah

    And I testify that Muhammad (Sallallaho-Alaihe-Wa-Sallam) is his beloved servant and messenger. It is essential to present the excellence example of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to the People of the World, and to the Muslim people with reverence and respect for his the lofty character and habits. It is necessary that the morals character of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) become well known in our lives,and His Love for ALLAH as well, so that our Love for ALLAH,and the our love for Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) becomes dominant in our hearts and with an eagerness to follow His holy character, Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)! and with His excellence example and the Beauty of His character has become an inspiration to the hearts of People all over the world,the Muslims and the non-muslims for all times. When the Earth was bless with Islam (that is the Final Religion),That was the time when ALLAH sent two Mercy to ALL the Worlds,The first was Rasulallah(sallallahu alaihi was salam) The Second was,The Holy Quran,The Holy Quran is The Nur(light)of inspiration, And Rasulallah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam)is the Living inspiration,the Living Example of the Quran,When He(sallallahu alaihi was salam)was walking on this Earth among men, His life was the Light That inspired the Hearts of the Sahabah and Men from around the World. And today that inspirational example of excellence, lived on in the Lives of Billions of Muslims around the World. In this later time that we are living in, we Muslims People donot have the Physical present of Rasulallah(sallallahu alaihi was salam)as a comford and a physical inspiration,but He(sallallahu alaihi was salam)and His Sahabah are still our Heroes, our real life Heroes, And we Muslims people today are in need of such Heroes,that will light the Torch of truth that will burn in the Hearts of Men once again. The Light(Nur) of Islam, the Light(Nur)of Din has not gone out, It still burn very bright in,on the Pages of the Holy Quran, but the hearts of the people,of the Muslims are so Dark, that the Nur(Light)of the Quran has very littie effect, So the Din(Islam) has become like a Hot coal,this is the time of Patience and good works. It is said by some scholars that Rasulallah(sallallahu alaihi was salam)came to this world to up lift the Dignity of humanity,To restore the Dignity of mankind, and now the dignity of humanity is restore for all times, and For those who accept Islam as their way of life, their honor and dignity has increases in this world and in the hereafter. They the scholars also say a sign of that restoration was when Rasulallah(sallallahu alaihi was salam)with His own hands picked up the Black stone and placed it in the wall of the Kaba. He (sallallahu alaihi was salam) set the dignity of humanity back in to it proper place, They the scholars said that the black stone represent the Fallen dignity of the mankind, that had fallen from it high position in the world, That had fallen in to disgrace in the Sight of ALLAH, through Ignorant and idolatry. ALLAH has dignified and Honor the Humanbeing from the very beganing with the creation of the first (Man)Adam(alaihi salam). When ALLAH said, In The Holy Quran:surah Al-Baqara: 30. Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: “I will create a vicegerent on earth.” They said: “Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?” He said: “I know what ye know not.” 31. And He taught Adam the nature of all things; then He placed them before the angels, and said: “Tell me the nature of these if ye are right.”
    32. They said: “Glory to Thee, of knowledge We have none, save what Thou Hast taught us: In truth it is Thou Who art perfect in knowledge and wisdom.”

    33. He said: “O Adam! Tell them their natures.” When he had told them, Allah said: “Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and earth, and I know what ye reveal and what ye conceal?”

    34. And behold, We said to the angels: “Bow down to Adam” and they bowed down.
    Surah:Al-Hijr

    28. Behold! thy Lord said to the angels: “I am about to create man, from sounding clay from mud moulded into shape;

    29. “When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him of My spirit, fall ye down in obeisance unto him.”

    30. So the angels prostrated themselves, all of them together: It is essential to present the excellence example of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to the Hearts of the Believers with reverence and respect for his the lofty character and habits. It is necessary that the morals character of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) become well known in our lives, so that our love for Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) becomes dominant in our hearts and with an eagerness to follow His holy character, Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)! and with His excellence example and the Beauty of His character has become an inspiration to the hearts of Believers for all times. So Some aayaat and ahadith is mentioned in this regard.
    1. Allah Ta’ala says:
    “Verily, you (Muhammad) are on a lofty character.”
    (Surah Noon)
    2. Allah Ta’ala says:
    “The Nabi is inconvenienced by this act (but he does not make this known); he takes you into consideration (by his silence). But Allah speaks plainly and cares not (for anyone).”
    (Surah Ahzaab)
    This is a reference to a particular incident. Some Companions stayed longer than what was proper on this occasion at the home of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) who was anxious to retire for the night. They continued in conversation. Although Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was inconvenienced by their late stay, he nevertheless, refrained from asking them to leave, not wishing to hurt their feelings. This reticence of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was in regard to his personal matters and not to such affairs which came within the purview of Tableegh.
    3. Hadhrat Anas (radiallahu anhu) narrates:
    “I served Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) for ten years, but never did he speak a word of rebuke to me; he never said to me: ‘Why did you do this and why did you not do that?
    (Bukhari, Muslim)
    (Some of the Sahabah radiallahum anhu narrates)“Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was the kindest in disposition. Once Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) asked me to do something, but I refused while in my heart I intended to go where ordered I then went on the errand. I passed some children playing in the market-place and I joined them. Suddenly Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) arrived there and laughing he took hold of my neck and said: ‘Are you going? I said yes, I am going now.”
    (Muslim)
    4. (Some of the Sahabah radiallahum anhu narrates)““I was walking with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). He had on him a heavy shawl made in Najran. Along the way a Bedouin came. The Beduion grabbed hold of the Shawl and pulled it with such force that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was pulled forward close to the breast of the Beduion who said:
    ‘O Muhammad! Order that I too be given from the wealth of Allah, which is with you.”
    Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) smiled and ordered that he be granted a gift.
    (Bukhari, Muslim)
    5. Hadhrat Jabbir (radiallahu anhu) said that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) never refused to give anything which he was asked. If he had it, he would give it. If he did not have it, he would present an apology and make a promise to give it at another time.
    (Bukhari, Muslim)
    7. Hadhrat Anas (radiallahu anhu) narrates that once a man asked Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) for some goats which belonged to him (Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The goats were grazing in a valley. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) presented all the goats to the person who had asked for them. This man when he returned to his people, said:
    “O my people! Become Muslims. By Allah! Muhammad gives much.”
    (Muslim)
    8. Jubair Bin Mut’im said that once he was walking with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) on the occasion of his return from Hunain. A group of Beduoins surrounded Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and were asking for gifts. They grabbed from Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) everything which he had until finally they snatched even the shawl from his body. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
    “At least return my shawl … If I had camels as numerous as the trees, I would have distributed them among you; you would then not have found me to be miserly and small of heart.”
    (Bukhari)
    9. Hadhrat Anas (radiallahu anhu) narrates that after Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would complete Fajr Salaat, the servants of the people of Madinah would bring containers of water. Whoever presented a container, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would immerse his holy hand in the water. This was done for the sake of barkat. Sometimes the mornings were extremely cold, nevertheless, he immersed his hand in the water.
    (Muslim)
    10. Hadhrat Anas (radiallahu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was not harsh in disposition nor was he one who cursed. If someone had to be reprimanded he would (at most) exclaim: ‘What is the matter with him’ May dust settle on his forehead.’
    This statement, viz., ‘May dust settle on his forehead. Is not a curse. Even during Salaat, dust settles on the forehead when in Sajdah by the head touching the earth. In a way, this was a dua for the betterement of the person. It implied that the errant attain rectitude by performance of Salaat, for Salaat prevents from evil and shameless deeds. This is one of the peculiarities of Salaat. This hadith is recorded in Bukhari Shareef.
    11. Hadhrat Abu Saeed Khudri (radiallahu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was more modest that a young Purdah-Nasheen girl (a girl who remains in seluion). Hadhrat Abu Saeed Khurdi says:
    “When he (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) saw something detestable, we would realize it from the effect on his auspicious face.”
    (Bukhari, Muslim)
    He would not generally mention it due to excessive modesty.
    12. Hadhrat Aswad (radiallahu anhu) narrates that he asked Hadhrat Aishah (radiallahu anhu):
    “What did Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) do at home?”
    She replied: “He would assist his wives in their housework”.
    (Bukhari)
    Some examples of the type of housework done by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) are mentioned in the following hadith.
    13. Hadhrat Aishah (radiallallahu anhu) narrates:
    “Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would mend his shoes, sew his clothing, and do the work of the house as ordinary people among you do.”
    She also narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) did not act like a master at home. He would milk the goats himself.
    (Tirmizi)
    14. Hadhrat Aishah (radiallahu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) never killed anything with his own hands nor did he beat any servant. Yes, Jihaad in the Path of Allah, was an exception. He never hit anyone in anger nor inconvenienced anyone unnecessarily or in revenge. However, when the prohibitions of Allah were violated, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) took appropriate action for the sake of Allah Ta’ala.
    (Muslim)
    15. Hadhrat Anas (radiallahu anhu) narrates:
    “I was eight years old when I joined the service of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). I remained in his service for ten years. Whenever I damaged anything with my hands, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) did not scold me. Even if someone from the family of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) scolded me, he would prevent them, any say:
    “If anything else was decreed, it would have happened.”
    (Masaabeeh and Baihaqi)
    16. hadhrat Anas (radiallahu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) visited the sick and participated in the funeral (janaazah) service.
    (Ibn Majah, Baihaqi)
    17. Hadhrat Anas (radiallahu anhu) narrates that when making musafahah (shaking hands) with someone, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would not withdraw his hand before that person withdrew his hand; nor would he turn away his face until the other person did not turn away his face. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was never seen stretching his legs towards others.
    (Tirmizi)
    18. In the Kitaab, Shamaail Tirmizi are two lengthy narrations from which some sentences will be quoted here. Hadhrat Hasan and Hadhrat Husain (radiallahu anhuma) narrate on the authority of their father, Hadhrat Ali (radiallallhu anhu):
    “At home Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) divided his time into three periods. In one period he remained engrossed in the ibaadat of Allah Azza Wa Jal. In the other period he engaged himself in fulfilling the rights of his family. One period he reserved for himself. His special period was then further divided between others and himself. The benefits and barkat of this special period were spread among the people at large through the medium of the special companions of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). In this special period, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) granted certain distinguished Sahaabah (the Ulama among the Sahaabah) permission to sit in his company. In this special time Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) preferred the distinguished Sahaabah above others. In this time Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) engaged the distinguished group of Sahaabah in matters of the Deen and the Ummah. Allwho attended came with the motive of acquiring benefit from Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Besides the benefits of Knowledge they would also participate in meals with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). When they departed from his company, they would leave as guides of the Deen.”
    This was the atmosphere of the special and distinguished gatherings of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
    Regarding the time Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) spent outside the home, Hadhrat Hasan and Hadhrat Husain (radiallahu anhuma) narrate on the authority of their father, Hadhrat Ali (radiallahu anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was at all times pleasant and smiling. People would not quarrel in his presence. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) did not speak until another speaker completed and became silent. He overlooked the disrespect which was in the conversation of a stranger. He did not interrupt a conversation unless it exceeded the bounds of propriety. He would then intervene and bring it to an end either by his express prohibition or by leaving the company.
    This was his attitude with the general public, i.e. with those with whom he had connection, viz., the Sahaabah. Regarding his attitude towards his enemies, something will be said about it now.
    19. Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu) narrates that once someone asked Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam):
    “O Rasulullah! Curse the mushrikeen.”
    Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) replied:
    I was not sent as one who curses. “I was sent only as a mercy.”
    (Muslim)
    Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) habit was to even ask for the betterment of his enemies. Occasionally he would supplicate to Allah for protection against enemies.
    20. In a lengthy hadith narrated by Hadhrat Aishah (radiallahu anha), regarding the incident of Taaif, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) referred to the torture of the kuffaar on this occasion to have been severer than the hardship which he suffered during the battle of Uhad. On this occasion at Taaif, Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) introduced Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to the Angel in charge of the mountains. The Angel greeted Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and said: “O Muhammad! I am the Angel of the mountains. Allah has sent me to you so that you command me. If you command, I will crush the people of Taaif between these two mountains.”
    Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) replied:
    “No! I hope that Allah will create from among them such men who will worship only Allah and associate none with Him.”
    (Bukhari, Muslim)
    At this critical time too, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) never thought of revenge. He only had to give the order and his enemies would have perished. But, he chose to forgive them and supplicate on their behalf. He confronted his opponents with love and affection.

  • http://TheJusticeofUmar(TheJustRuler) khalid ibrahim

    Bismillah,ir-Rahman,ir-Rahim. Ashahadu An Laa illaaha illal llahu
    Wa Ash Hadu Anna Muhammadan Abdu Hu Wa Rasooluhu

    ”I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah
    who is without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) is the Rasool.”
    “O Allah, Shower Your Peace come upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have brought peace to Ibrahim and his family.
    Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious. O Allah, Shower your blessing upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious”. Iam Satisfied with Allâh as My Rabb and Cherisher,Iam Satisfied With Islam as My Din(religion) and Iam satisfied with Muhammad as a Rasulallah (Messenger)sallallahu alaihi was salam . (This is the Statement of ALLAH in the Quran) ” Surah 60 – Al Mumtahinah – Ayat – 001 O ye who believe! Take not my enemies and yours as friends (or protectors),- offering them (your) love, even though they have rejected the Truth that has come to you, and have (on the contrary) driven out the Prophet and yourselves (from your homes), (simply) because ye believe in God your Lord! If ye have come out to strive in My Way and to seek My Good Pleasure, (take them not as friends), holding secret converse of love (and friendship) with them: for I know full well all that ye conceal and all that ye reveal. And any of you that does this has strayed from the Straight Path.

    Surah 60 – Al Mumtahinah – Ayat – 002 If they were to get the better of you, they would behave to you as enemies, and stretch forth their hands and their tongues against you for evil: and they desire that ye should reject the Truth. I declare that ALLAH’s Enemies as His Enemies, and I donot take His Enemies as Friends or protectors. (The Dajjal and his followers are the Enemies of ALLAH). And I also Declare that the Believers are the Friends of ALLAH, and I donot take them as enemies.

    Quran: Surah:4.135 O You who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest You swerve, and if You distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that You do.

    Quran: Surah:5.8 O ye who believe! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.

    Although there have been many incidents that happened during the time of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alai was salam) in this regard, let me relate to you an incident which happened long after the passing of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alai was salam) to prove how much of His teachings, His character and His life had influenced and ingrained into the community of the first generation of Muslims. This was the period of the 2nd Caliph of Islam – Hazrath Umar Khathab (R).

    Umar came and people forgot the justice of Kisra,
    Such was the legacy of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs…’
    During the caliphate of Umar bin Al-Khattab (radiallahu ‘anh), Amr bin Al-Aas (radiallahu ‘anh) was appointed the Governor of Egypt. One of Amr’s first projects was to expand the main mosque of Cairo, which was at the time surrounded by the dwellings of ordinary Egyptians. Amr’s workers proceeded to buy the houses of the Egyptians so that they could be destroyed to pave the way for the expansion. All the people agreed to sell their houses except one Coptic Christian man. He refused to give up his home as it was of sentimental value to him. The matter reached all the way to Amr, so he asked to see the Copt. Amr offered the Copt double, triple and quadruple the value of his house but the Copt refused to sell it whatever the price. After much persuasion the Copt refused to budge so Amr became angry and ordered the Copt’s house to be destroyed by force and for him to be offered to take or leave its price.
    The Copt was distraught and felt that he had been wronged by this new Muslim Governor of Egypt. Unsure who to seek help from he was eventually advised: “Go to Madinah and speak to the Caliph, Umar bin Al Khattab, for no man is wronged in his lands.” So the Copt decided to travel to Madinah to complain to the Caliph about how he had been unjustly treated by one of his governors. When he arrived in Madinah and asked to see the Caliph he was told, “Go to the Sacred Mosque of Rasoolullah (salallahu ‘alayhe wasalam) and there you will find a man sweeping the floor. Speak to him.” The Copt thus went to the Sacred Mosque hoping that its sweeper would be able to direct him to the Caliph.
    When the Copt entered the Sacred Mosque, he found this man sweeping its floor so the Copt asked him if he could help him get to the Caliph. The Sweeper asked him, “And what business do you have to speak to the Caliph about?” The Copt replied, “I have been wronged by one of his governors so the people asked me to complain to the Caliph as he is a just man and no one is wronged in his lands,” and he related to the Sweeper the story of what had happened to his house in Cairo.
    Having listened attentively to the Copt’s story, the Sweeper picked up a stone and with another stone he scratched two lines on it, one crossing the other at right angles. He gave the stone containing the lines to the Copt and told him to give it to the Governor of Egypt with the words, “This stone is from the Sweeper of the Sacred Mosque of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alai was salam).” The Copt thought that the Sweeper was mocking him but the Sweeper reassured him to do as he said and his problem would be resolved. The Sweeper made no mention of the Caliph. The Copt thus returned to Egypt with the stone given to him by the Sweeper of the Sacred Mosque of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alai was salam).When the Copt arrived back in Egypt he went to Amr straight away and gave him the stone saying that it was from the Sweeper of Rasoolullah’s (Sallallahu alai was salam) Mosque in Madinah. No sooner had Amr seen the lines on the stone except that his face went pale in fright. Amr began to apologise profusely to the Copt and immediately ordered that the part of the mosque built over the Copt’s house must be rebuilt exactly as and where it was. Puzzled by this sudden change of heart in the Governor, the Copt asked Amr what the significance was of a simple stone with two lines on it. Amr thus related to him the story behind The Stone of Justice.
    During their early adulthood in Makkah before the advent of the Prophet , Umar bin Al Khattab and Amr bin Al-Aas were the best of friends. They were also business partners, trading in fine Arabian horses. Once they received an order for a significant quantity of horses from King Numan, the Arab King of the Al-Mundhir Governate which, being under the rule of the Persian Empire was a buffer region between Arabia and Persia (represented today by parts of modern-day Iraq). King Numan made a down payment to Umar and Amr, who promptly set about finding and training horses to meet the King’s requirements. When the horses were ready, the two friends set off to Al-Mundhir to deliver them to their buyer, King Numan.
    Whilst they were travelling through the desert in Al-Mundhir, they came across a royal entourage. It turned out to belong to a Persian prince, a son of the Emperor Kisra, who had come on a hunting expedition to Al-Mundhir. The Prince, upon sighting the fine Arabian horses, asked to see their owners. He offered to buy the horses from the two friends but was told by them that they had already been sold to a buyer, but that he could place a fresh order with them if he wanted to. The Prince doubled and trebled his offer but Umar and Amr refused to go back on their contract with King Numan, so they politely declined the Prince’s offers. After much haggling the pompous Prince grew impatient and ordered his guards to seize (without payment) the horses from the two men and to send them away.
    Distraught, Umar and Amr were unsure of what to do. Local tribesmen advised them to travel to the capital of the Persian Empire itself and speak to the Emperor, Kisra, as he was a just man and no one was wronged in his empire. The two friends thus journeyed into Persia and, weary and dishevelled, eventually reached Kisra’s court. They complained to him that their horses had been stolen by a man who claimed to be a son of the Emperor. Kisra listened to them intently and then asked the two men to return to him the following day whilst he looked into the matter. He ordered his palace courtiers to arrange hospitality for the two men, as guests of the Emperor.
    The following day Umar and Amr went to Kisra and he came down to them from his throne, asking the two to accompany him. He led them to a courtyard where, lo and behold, they saw their stolen horses. Kisra asked them to confirm if these were their horses that the Prince had seized from them and if so, that they should check that they were okay. Umar and Amr carefully checked each horse and informed Kisra that everything was just fine. Kisra then profusely apologised to the two for what had happened and he asked them if he could be of any further assistance to them. They told him that they were satisfied now and would like to continue on their journey. Kisra ordered his staff to give the men some provisions and he guaranteed them safe passage until they left the precincts of his territory. Just before they left, Kisra asked the two to leave the palace grounds from their two different gates: the Eastern Gate and the Western Gate.
    Umar bin Al Khattab left via the Eastern Gate and, to his astonishment, he saw hanging there half of the body of the Persian Prince, son of Kisra, as if he had been sawn in two. When he rejoined Amr, Amr told him that he had seen the other half of the Prince’s corpse hanging from the Western Gate. Kisra was not prepared to let a spoilt son of his damage his widespread reputation as the beacon of justice in the East. He not only wanted justice to be done, but he wanted that justice must be seen to be done.
    Having related this story to the Copt, Amr bin Al Aas , by now Governor of Egypt, told the Copt that the man sweeping the Sacred Mosque of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alai was salam)was none other than the Caliph himself: Umar bin Al Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him. And what Amr understood from the two lines scratched on the stone was that if he did not return the house to the Copt then Umar would cut him not in two halves like the Persian prince was, but into four quarters. Since Amr knew that whenever Umar said something he meant it, he took no chances and ordered the Copt’s house to be rebuilt, albeit at the expense of destroying part of the newly built mosque. No sooner had the Copt seen with his own eyes the concept of justice amongst the Muslims that he accepted Islam immediately and gave his consent for the mosque grounds to remain on the same spot where his house used to be.
    Justice is a bedrock of every successful nation, society and civilisation. Justice, especially when given to the poor and downtrodden, creates an atmosphere of secure, peaceful coexistence in which not only the people, but the society itself prospers for the good of humankind. Kisra’s intolerance of injustice, even if perpetrated by his own kith and kin, was one reason why the Persian Empire flourished as a superpower for over 500 years. Since the Emperor was just, all of his subjects were just and people felt safe in his lands. Had the Persian Empire not been conquered by a Muslim army whose soldiers established individual justice (through the fear of Allah) as well as societal justice, then it may have remained a world superpower until today. The Persians’ rejection of the Divine Message eventually led to the decay which destroyed their civilisation. When the Muslims arrived, people forgot the justice of the Persians. When Umar bin Al Khattab came, people forgot the justice of Kisra.
    And what was the justice of Umar? Ink will dry and paper will finish before it is possible to describe all the living examples of justice established by Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alai was salam)and embodied in the legacies of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs who succeeded him. Yet one statement, made by a Roman, reveals a glimpse into the justice of Umar , the second Caliph after the death of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alai was salam). One afternoon a Roman emissary arrived in Madinah on important diplomatic business with the Caliph. When he enquired as to the whereabouts of Umar , he was directed to a man sleeping peacefully under a tree: with no bodyguards, no weapons, no fortifications and no security. The Roman messenger marvelled at this sight: the sight of the leader of millions of people sleeping peacefully under a tree without a care in the world. He then remarked his famous words that remain etched into history until today: “O Umar! You ruled. You were just. Thus you were safe. And thus you slept.”
    Such is the security that justice brings to both the ruler and the ruled. Umar was just to his people so he had nothing to fear from them. He rendered to everyone their rights so they had no grievances against him. His people slept in peace. So he too slept in peace. How the world yearns for this sleep!
    O Umar! If only we had Men like you among us the Muslims Today! who would
    spread justice so the world would learn,
    That even a stone of your justice,
    Would rescue it from this fathomless abyss

  • http://thePromiseofALLAHthoughHisRasulallah(sallallahualayhiwasalam) khalid ibrahim

    Bismillah Ir-Rahman, Ir-Raheem. I begin with ALLAH’s auspiciousness,whose Name is the Best among all the names. All Revences, All Sanctities and All Worships are due to ALLAH alone. Ashahadu An Laa illaaha illal llahu
    Wa Ash Hadu Anna Muhammadan Abdu Hu Wa Rasooluhu
    ”I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah
    who is without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) is the Rasool.”
    “O Allah, Shower Your Peace come upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have brought peace to Ibrahim and his family.
    Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious. O Allah, Shower your blessing upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious”. Iam Satisfied with Allâh as My Rabb and Cherisher,Iam Satisfied With Islam as My Din(religion) and I am satisfied with Muhammad as a Rasulallah (Messenger)sallallahu alaihi was salam) I seek Protection with ALLAH! With the Glorious and Noble Face of ALLAH! With the Complete and Perfect words of ALLAH! With the Exalted Attributes of ALLAH! From the Punishment of Hell; From chastisement in the Grave; From the Trial of Life and Death; From the Mischief of the dajjal. There is no power nor strength with (anyone) save Allah. ALLAH is Good and Only accept that which is Good. ALLAH is the Truth and only accept that which True. ALLAH is Pure and only accept that which is Pure. Ya ALLAH! ALL the praises are for You,You are the Holder of the Heavens and the Earth, And whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All praises are for You; You are are the Substaner of the Heavens and the Earth And whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All the praises are for you;You have the Possession of the Heavens and the Earth and whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All the praises are for You; You are Light(Nur) of the Heavens and Earth And whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All praises are for You; You are the King of the Heavens and the Earth And whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All praises are for You; You are the Truth and Your Promise is the Truth, And Your word is the Truth and the Meeting with You is true, And Parardise is True And Hell is true and All the Prophets(peace be upon them) are true; And Muhammad Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) is true,And the Day of Resurrection is True. Ya ALLAH! You have promise and Your promise is the truth,Ya ALLAH! You have promise and Your words is the truth, Ya ALLAH! You have promise and You are the Truth!. Ya ALLAH! You have created Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) to be the most truthful of men and what He(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) has said is the absolute truth! Ya ALLAH! You have promise that You would send one who would revive,restore,rejuvevate Your Din(religion).Ya ALLAH it is geting late and time is not with us,Ya ALLAH You have Promise! Ya ALLAH You have Promise! and Your Promise is the Truth!. Ya ALLAH! we are in about 33 years in to this new Islamic century,that is one Quarter of this century has pass and there is know sign of a Mujaddid(a Reviver) or the Mahdi. Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) said: “Even if the entire duration of the world’s existence has already been exhausted and only one day is left (before the day of judgment), Allah will expand that day to such a length of time, as to accommodate the kingdom of a person from my Ahlul-Bayt who will be called by my name. He will fill out the earth with peace and justice as it will have been full of injustice and tyranny (by then). there is no doubt that the tyrant that has appear in Syria at this present time is Sufyani! and there is no doubt that the dajjal is in America,Houston,Tx.(the Learned people say in privacy(in secrecy)Yes! that’s is him,the dajjal, he’s in our city,he’s in our masjid, he’s in our midst,but what can we do? In the Public they just Look the other way.The More! the Muslims People are aware of his(the dajjal) present, the More he has too do to try to conceal himself, try to screen himself, try to hide himself under a veil of secrecy from being recognized, And the more the dajjal present is known as a fact of truth, The More there is a Need for a Mujaddid and the Greater the Need for the Mahdi! The appearance of a Mujaddid/ Muhaddith/ Muhyi-ud-Din /Khalifatullah/ Massih is indeed based on the glad tidings vouchsafed to Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) in this regard. Abu Hurairah (ra) narrated that Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) said; “VerilyAllah shall raise for this Ummah at the head(beginning) of every century a man who shall renew or rejuvenate (Restore or revive) for it its religion(Din).” [Sunan Abu Dawood, Book 37: Kitab al-Malahim [Battles], Hâdith Number 4278]. In its own way, the appearance of a Mujaddid to teach the Holy Book and to illuminate the Divine path confirms an enduring practice of Allah the Most High- the raising of those who would carries His the Messengers messeage in every age, among every people, in every land.{ The Words of ALLAH, In Surah Al-i Imran 3:101-102-103-104}Whoever holds firmly to Allah will be shown a way that is straight. O ye who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam. And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided. Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity.} Why does a Mujaddid come after 100 years? A Mujaddid is sent after every 100 years because after every century the surroundings, the environment, the manner of thinking and ways of the people tend to pass through a massive transformation. It has been stated in the Hadith of Bukhari Shareef that during the latter stages of Rasulallah’s (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) physical life, one night, after performing Esha Salaah, he stood up and said, Should I inform you of the importance of this night? From this night onwards, right up to the end of a 100 years, that person who is alive on the earth (presently) will not be alive.” SO IN THE BEGINNING OF EVERY CENTURY (OF ISLAMIC CALENDAR YEAR), ONE MUJADDID WILL BE THERE IN HIS WORK!. THAT MUJADDID IS THE ONE WHO WILL BE THE SUCCESSOR OF PREVIOUS MUJADDID AND THE REAL FOLLOWER OF (RIGHTEOUS PREDECESSORS-THE FIRST THREE GENERATIONS). AND HE WILL BE THE ONE REVIVING THE SUNNAH OF Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) AND RIGHTLY GUIDED SUCCESSORS AND OF THE FIRST THREE GENERATIONS IN TOTAL!!!.The Holy Quran promises that ALLAH will raise, among the Muslims, Khalifas (deputies or successors) to Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) :

    “Allah has promised to those of you who believe, and do good, that He will surely make them khalifas in the earth as He made those before them to be khalifas ” (24:55)
    The khalifas of Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) include not only his successors who possessed worldly rule, such as Hazrat Abu Bakr and Umar, but also his spiritual successors who came to revive the true teachings of Islam in every age. The spiritual khalifas are also mentioned in another hadith of Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam)in the following words:

    “Surely Allah will raise up for the Muslims, at the head of every century, one who will revive their religion.” (Abu Dawood)

    Such a person is known as a mujaddid (reviver or reformer). Hadrat Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) said:There will always be in my Ummah a group who safeguard the truth until Qiyamah comes” [Hakim’s Mustadrak] In accordance with all these prophecies, several renowned figures in the history of Islam have been recognised by the Muslims generally as being mujaddids of their centuries and spiritual khalifas of Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam). Among them were: Umar ibn Abdul Aziz (1st century Hijra), Imam Ghazali (5th century), This is 1433 going in to 1434 of the islamic calendar)It is 33 years in to this new century,that is one Quarter of this century has pass and there is know sign of a Mujaddid(a Reviver) or Khalifatullah or (the Vicegerent to Allah on earth)or the Mahdi, In other words, to revive the Deen is to revive those teachings of the Quran and Sunnah that are being destroyed and to give command according to the Quran and Sunnah.”Allamah Munaadi (Alaihir raHma) states: A Mujaddid is one who separates Sunnah from Bid’ah and one who degrades the status of the Ahle Bid’ah.” The concept of Tajdeed (Revival) of Deen. During the last few centuries, many Muslim scholars have called for tajdeed (Islamic rejuvenation). Although the concept of tajdeed is not mentioned in Qur’an, it is referred to at least in one hadeeth. Muhammad Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam)said, “At the turn of each century, Allah sends to this Ummah (the most compre hensive Muslim community) someone who rejuvenates its religious affairs.” The Arabic term that the prophet used and here translated as ‘someone’ is man which can mean an individual man or woman, or a group of people. For a better understanding of the concept of tajdeed, this article will address semantic and theoretical aspects of it in the light of this hadeeth. Linguistically,the term tajdeed means to make something fresh or seemingly new. The concept of tajdeed (Islamic rejuvenation) should not be confused with the related concept of islah (Islamic reform), which is referred to in Qur’an. While both of them call for correcting changes in the Muslim Ummah, the scope of changes implied in the concept of tajdeed is more compre- hensive than that of the concept of islah. The latter is more related to the practical aspects of Muslim social, economic, and political behavior, while tajdeed is more concerned with seminal, theoretical principles. The process of tajdeed starts with criticizing the current application of the Islamic fundamentals and bases in a recently changed society, and goes along the way until those fundamentals are better understood and applied. Therefore, the process of tajdeed requires more time than that the process of islah takes in order to reconsolidate the implementation of the Islamic fundamentals.
    The Qualities of a Mujaddid ? It is not necessary that a Mujaddid be from the Ahle-Bayt as claimed by the Shias and other sects. ?It is not necessary that a Mujaddid be a Mujtahid. ?What is absolutely necessary is that he be inspired with the knowledge and spirited that would ‘rejuvenation, revival,restored ‘ the Sunni with correct beliefs according to the Ahle-Sunnah wa Jamah. ?He be profound Aalim of Deen. ?He be a Master and embodiment of most of the Sciences of Knowledge. ?He be an outstanding Scholar of his time. ?His services for the Deen be purely for the pleasure of Allah and His Rasool and not for greed of wealth and other worldly gain. ?He be fearless of opposition and rulers of his time. ?He will not act or give verdicts to please any person besides Allah and His Rasool. ?He will not fear speaking or advocating Truth in all circumstances. ?He will not use Religion to gain worldly fame. ?He will be a very pious and Allah fearing person. ?He will perfect mixture of the Shari’ah and Tari’qah. ?He will not tolerate any opposition to the Shari’ah. ? it is necessary for a Mujaddid that both in the last portion of the century he was born in and the beginning of the century he passes away in, he be famous and be a fountain and focal authority of religion for the Ulama of his time. ?It is also necessary for a Mujaddid that the Scholars (Ulama) of his time observe, benefit and be convinced of his impeccable lifestyle and profound knowledge and hence acknowledge and announce in public that he is a Mujaddid. ?Therefore it is important that a Mujaddid be a perfect embodiment and Alim of both the external (Shari’ah) and internal (Spiritual) sciences of Knowledge promoting the protecting the Sunnah and fighting and destroying Bid’ah. Identification of a Mujaddid. A Mujaddid is recognized by the strong opinion of his contemporary noble Ulama who greatly benefit from his condition and prolific Knowledge. He will be an embodiment of both external and internal sciences of Knowledge supporting and defending the Sunnah and challenging and defeating Bid’ah.” Can their be more than one Mujaddid to a century? There can be more, and there has already been more than one Mujaddid to a Century. In the Hadith, the Arabic word that is used to explain the coming of the Mujaddid is in the singular tense, but according to the meaning, it is a plural as it has been explained in the Kitaabs of Usool-e-Fiqh. Allamah Mulla Ali bin Sultan Qaari (Alaihir rahmah) who is also said to be the Mujaddid of the 11th Century says, “From the words, not only one single person is implied, but the implication is towards a group of people, from amongst whom each one is reforming a single type of knowledge or all types of knowledge in his city.”So, Sometimes a single Mujaddid is born in a century and sometimes there are two or a group in one given century when a consensus cannot be reached on one person. There are time when an Alim be in the middle of century who may be more knowledgeable and excellent than the Mujaddid, but he will not be classified as a Mujaddid because he did not recived the(Blessing) Barakah to inspired the Hearts of men with Spiritual knowledge that rejuvenation, restore, renew the Din in them,that This is so generally when the century ends many of the great Ulama also pass away and great dissension and Fitna engulfs the Ummah. Bid’ah and religious corruption creeps into the masses who tend to deviate from the pristine teachings of Islam. At this crucial period there is a great need for revival and renaissance in matters of Deen. At this critical time Allah sends such an Aalim who removes all evil and religious corruption from the Ummah by publicly announcing and refuting them. He will be the best of people and most awesome amongst the dignitaries of his time. If He(the Mujaddid) ,If they were present there would be some sign of that light(that Nur) that the muslim world would experience . It is Astonishing to see how many socall muslims Frowne at the very mention of a Mujaddid or the Very mention of the Mahdi! these are the people who are really against Islam and It Restoration,They are (obscure)hiding among the muslims, but the Looks in their eyes and the tone in their voices says everything! the coming of a Mujaddid or the Mahdi in this Late and Last period of time would mean the end of corruption in Islam, because that inspiration would spread like wildfire among the believing muslims and we would feel the Spirit of Islam flooring thought our veins once again and The Nur (Light) of Din that Flame would be burning in our Hearts once again! That Flame! that would bring about a Renaissance in Islam! Such a revitalization that we will see Men who would reflex the light of the Sahabah! Abu Bakr As-Ssiddiq(the Truthful)(radi allahu anhu)Umar ibn al-Khattab (farooq )radi allahu anhu)!Uthman(radi allahu anhu)! Ali(radi allahu anhu)! and many of the sahabah, Donot misunderstan there will never be another Abu Bakr As-Ssiddiq(Radiallahu anhu)nor Umar ibn al-Khattab(radi allahu anhu)Nor Uthman(radi allahu anhu)! Nor Ali(radi allahu anhu)! there will be only men who would remind us of them, our Hearts look foreward to such a day that we will feel like we are in the early days of the Din!{Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah}. Ramadan bring the Spirit of Islam, then it gos, but to live in a time where every day seen like Ramadan, In time Where the Spirit of Islam is High! and our Heart are Free from the burden of darkness and corruption, and the Nur (the light)of the Holy Quran would touch our Hearts and Souls deeply and we will read the words(the Hadith) of Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) and it will be as if He (sallallahu alayhi wa salam)Had just spoken these words and someone just written them down!Such freshness of islam(of the Din of ALLAH) could only exist with the present of Eisa(alayhi salam).when Prophet Eisa(alayhi salam) will descend to the white Minaret (Nawwas-b-Samaan/Muslim) in the east of Damascus, wearing two garments died with saffron, placing his hands on the wings of two angels.All those that are present will recognise him, as he will look exactly like the description of Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) Resembling the Sahabi Urwa bin Masood (Abu- Huraira/ Muslim) the colour of his skin will be reddish white (Ibne Abbas/ Bukhari), he will be well built and his hair will be soft and reach his ears. When he lowers his head, beads of perspiration will fall from it and when he raises his head, beads like pearls will scatter from it. (Nawwas-b-Samaan/Muslim). Prophet Eisa(alayhi salam) will have three main tasks, when he descends on the Earth for the second time:1) The first and most important will be that he will destroy the Dajjal.2) Protect the Muslims from the barbarous tribes of Yajuj and Majuj by taking them to Mount Tur and then Praying for their (Yajuj and Majuj’s) destruction.3) Reign as a Khalifh according to the Quran and Sunnah and elevate Islam. Some Ulama have said that Prophet Eisa(alayhi salam) found many virtues of the followers of Muhammad Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) in the bible and thus he prayed to Allah to make him amongst the Ummah of Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam). Allah answered his prayer and he will return for the second time as one of the followers of Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam). (Ibne-Khathir)3) It is the Law of Allah that anything that is created from the Earth has to be buried in the Earth and not the Heavens. Thus he will return to the Earth for the second time, kill the Dajjal, live for a period of time and then he will die a natural death and will be buried with Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam). (Ashratus-Sa’ah). ????Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) said, “By him whose hands my life is in, surely the son of Maryam will come down amongst you as a just ruler. He will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the tax. Wealth will be in such abundance that none will care about it and a single prostration in a Prayer will be better than the world and all that is in it.” (Abu Huraira/Bukhari, Muslim)
    The above hadith clearly indicates that when Prophet Eisa(alayhi salam) returns to the world for the second time he will not reign as a Prophet nor, will he bring a new Shariah or Deen, as Islam is the last religion, the Quran is the last book to be revealed and our Muhammad Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) is the last Prophet. There is no Prophet to come after him and the Quran has made this fact very clear.Allah says in the Qur’an, “Muhammad ((sallallahu alayhi wa salam)) is not the father of any of you but is the Messenger of Allah and the last of the Prophets (Surah-Al-Ahzaab) All types of spiritual Enlightment and worldly blessings will descend on Earth in his time. Wealth will flow like water, everyone will be independent and have surplus wealth and property to the extent that nobody will be in the need of Zakat and Sadaqa thus receiving of Zakat and Sadaqa will be discarded.
    All hearts will be free from misery, envy, malice, and jealousy. this period in it Actualization,in it Realization, in it accomplishment may take 40 years. In this period of coming enlightment that will be a time when Once again the Quran and Sunnah will govern the lives of the Muslim people, in this time Eisa(alayhi salam)and the rightly guided Khalifh, Imam Mahdi will gain an upper hand and will be firmly established Islam in the land. The oppression, tyranny, and darkness that is prevailing all over the globe will be replaced with justice, peace and equity. The smile, which was long forgotten, will be restored on and too the faces of the Muslim people with Beauty and light{On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white){But those whose faces will be (lit with) white,- they will be in (the light of Allah.s mercy} and the sad hearts will become happy and content, so the inhabitants of the Heaven and Earth will be pleased, A Time where life would be one of submissive and humble to Allah (Khushoo). Real Khushoo is only for the believers.–Khushoo’ means being completely solemn, submissive and

    humble to Allah ()during our performance of Prayer.

    Muslims should at no time make their prayers ritualistic. However, the sad thing is that most of us have unconsciously fallen prey to this. The following narration will help us to understand this.

    Jubair bin Nufair narrates from `Aus ibn Maalik that the Messenger of Allah () looked towards the sky and said: “It is now the time when knowledge shall be raised up.” So a man from the Ansaar called Ziyaad ibn Labeed said: “O Messenger of Allah! Will knowledge be raised up, when it has been established and the hearts have stored it?”

    The Messenger of Allah (?) said: “I used to regard you

    as the best man of understanding among the people of Madinah; did the Jews and the Christians not have the Tauraat and the Injeel? So what benefit did this bring them?”

    [An?Nasa`i, Ahmad, Al?Haakim, Ibn Hibbaan]

    After reporting the Hadeeth, Jubair said,

    I later met Shaddaad ibn `Aus, so he said: “`Aus has spoken truthfully. Shall I not

    inform you of the first part of the knowledge that will be taken up?” I said: “Of course.” He said: Khushoo’ (humility

    and consciousness) in prayer, until you will not see one attentive

    worshipper.” It is when the external and the internal aspects of the Salaah are properly combined that it manifests itself through the person ?Knowing:

    “Verily, Salaah (Prayer) prevents from Al ?Fahshaa (i.e. illegal sexual intercourse) and Al ?Munkar (disbelief, polytheism or every kind of wicked and evil deed).” [Al ’Ankaboot 29:45] The above ayah clearly declares that the person who prays should not find within himself any of these two characteristics. This is so because when someone performs Salaah with consciousness and humility, then this Salaah works as a check for
    him, and in turn helps him to keep away from doing evil
    deeds.
    As was mentioned above Khushoo’ means to be solemn, submissive

    and humble to Allah the Almighty, during the
    performance of the Salaah (Prayer) and in every day life. Khushoo’, which is the most
    important aspect of the Prayer and life it self, has to be present before it (the
    prayer) is fully accepted by Allah ( ?). He, the Al?Mighty said: “Successful indeed are the believers: those who offer
    their prayers with Khushoo’ (solemnity and full submis
    siveness)… [Al ?Muminoon 23:1?2] Implied in this also is that one must be totally conscious of
    Allah ?) and let his/her heart be alive with His
    remembrance during the performance of Salaah.

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