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Article 1 : What is ISLAM?
SEVEN STAGES OF LIFE IN ISLAM
Read this article : posted by Prof Dr Haji Mohamad Ebrahim Sulaiman MD.
Islam = submission to the Will of Allah (GOD).
The newly born baby is clean, innocent , free from sins, grows, develops , learns and is brought up in muslim families or in non-muslim families. The soul in the baby forgot Allah and the promise (covenant) given in the heaven that Allah is his Creator and Lord.
Audio Seven stages of life in Islam
Islam = submission to the Will of Allah (GOD).
Islam has beginning and end. Those who embrace Islam are called Muslims. The word Muslim is derived from the word Peace. The traditional muslim greeting is peace be unto you.
Who is Allah? Allah is The One and The Only God who created the worlds, Angels (created by light), Jinn (created by Fire), Satan (devil) is an outcast Jinn, man (created from sounding clay), animals and contents of the universes. Allah is One, there is no God other than Him, without any partners, He is eternal without a beginning and enduring without end, Absolute, Self-Sufficient, Self-Existing, never dies, not borne nor gives birth, has no companion and nothing is comparable to Him. He never sleeps nor slumbers. All-Knowing, All-Hearing, All-Seeing. Nothing happens except what He wills. He gives life and death. He is The Most Gracious and The Most Merciful. He is intensively and continuously merciful to his creatures even though Non Muslims do not believe in him. He is far above from any created being. He is The Creator of everything in the universe, heaven and earth and its content. He will never perish or come to an end. When Allah wants anything to happen he says "Be" and it is. Muslims do not believe that Allah assumed Human form and came down to this earth. Human body form has animal properties and animal characteristics are created by Allah. Allah is high above all the creations.
Creation of Mankind
The first Man's (Adam ) body was created from sounding clay. His companion woman "Hava " was created from Adam's rib. All his descendant's bodies are created by sperm of man and ovum of women. Jesus (Prophet ISA) son of Mariam (Mary) was created by Allah's word (Be and it is) like Adam but in Mariam's womb. Jesus was a human prophet and not son of God. He was not crucified but taken up alive (Holy Quran).
Allah breathed into the body of man part of His spirit called (Ruh) Soul . When the soul enters the body it becomes alive. When this soul is withdrawn from the body it dies and the body decays, putrefies and is eaten by microorganisms. Every day man experience temporary death at night when he sleeps and resurrects when he wakes up. Allah keeps his soul in a safe place during his sleep. Allah has appointed angels as guardians to the right and left side and allowed satan to disturb humans. All these facts are described in Holy Quran.
Stage 1. Life in Lau Ho Mahfuz.
Allah created all the souls of the descendants of Adam and Hava who were predestined to come to this earth. Everything about the universes and our soul before and after creations are documented and recorded in the tablet (book) board in heaven(Lau Ho Mahfuz).
Allah once asked all the created souls, "who is your Lord?". All the souls said "You are our Creator our Lord". But souls forget the covenant when they descend to the earth. Some have faint or vague memory of Allah (God) in the inner core of the heart. At times of life threatening danger man will automatically shout "Oh God !". But who is that God? If no one tells him he will not know. At that time they usually do not address false gods. They usually point up to the heaven and say Almighty God meaning ALLAH.. If they say that many times they will forget false gods. That is the inner instinct of Humans.
Stage 2. Life in the mother's womb.
The soul is sent down to this earth into the body of fetus developed in the mother's womb and the fetus becomes alive. The fetus was swimming in the amniotic fluid inside the uterus like a fish. It does not breathe air. The fetus was fed by the blood through the placenta of the mother and supplied to the body of the fetus by means of umbilical cord. In pregnant women there is no menstruation until the baby is born. Do we remember how we lived 9 months inside the mother's womb?
Stage 3. Life in this world.
At the fetal age of 36 to 40 weeks (pregnancy) the baby is born. The baby breaths the first time and cries. Whereas the nurses, friends, parents and relatives laugh, are happy and praise the baby. When the same baby become old and dies, the relatives and friends cry. Some practice infanticide (kill babies) if the baby is female. Islam does not allow infanticide and abortion. The newly born baby is clean, innocent , free from sins, grows, develops , learns and is brought up in muslim families or in non-muslim families. The soul in the baby forgot Allah and the promise (covenant) given in the heaven that Allah is his Creator and Lord.
The babies brought up in muslim families will be taught Quran and reminded about Allah and Islam to worship only The One Allah. To avoid worshipping false gods. False gods are either made by man from wood or stone or the creation of Allah (such as sun , moon, tree, fire, water, animals , spirits, the content of the universe). Muslims only worship one creator (Allah) but not the creations. Muslims do not associate anything with Allah. Allah has sent 124,000 Prophets from the time of Adam to the time of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the last Prophet, to remind all mankind to worship one God Allah. There were divine revelations (books) sent down through Prophets including Abraham, David , Solomon, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (Pbuh).
Muslims believe all the Prophets and their books (psalms, Torah, Bible and Quran). Quran is the latest divine revelation (words of Allah) revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) 1400 years ago and is preserved without any flaws and amendments done by humans up to date. Whereas all the other Holy books were altered or corrected by humans and the original statements were corrupted and become doubtful. Allah said in Quran he will preserve the Holy Quran until the end of the world so no man can alter it. Quran is preserved in the hearts of Hafizs (Those who have memorized the whole book Holy Quran by heart). There are millions of Hafizs in this world. Burning all the copies of Quran will not make miraculous Quran disappear from this world. Quran is revealed in Arabic language whereas the Bible was revealed in Hebrew language. Quran updates all the previous holy books and teaches mankind about universal laws, moral concepts and narratives. The Quran's timeless text remains a miracle, an inspiration and guide to all humanity.
Muslims believe in Quran and follow Prophet's saying and example of his way of life. Those who believe in one Allah, his prophets, his books, his angels, the last day of judgment, the next life, good or bad come from predestined decree of Allah, the existence of hell and heaven, reward for good people and punishment of bad people are called Muslims. All souls are provided with limited free will to choose. There is no compulsion in Islam. All souls have to taste death. When the soul leaves the body, relatives and friends cry. The soul of man will be extracted by the angel of death either gently or roughly when the time is ripe. When a soul is pulled out from the body man must remember his faith in Allah (that Allah is his Creator) otherwise he will be sent to hell.
Satan, the devil is proud and cast out by Allah because he is jealous of Adam, disobeyed Allah, and became avowed enemy of Mankind. He has the power to disturb man from the front, behind, by the sides and can enter the body, whisper evil in Man's heart as approved by Allah. Satan, the devil's job is to mislead man to hell. It is easy for Satan to mislead non-muslims to worship other than Allah but not true Muslims. Satan will destroy Muslims by using many tactics but especially by 1. Jealousy and 2. Greediness . Satan was punished because of jealousy and Adam was punished because of greed. Satan certainly will try to persuade muslims at the time of death when a person is in semi conscious state to say that there are other gods than Allah. If Satan succeeds the soul of Muslim or non Muslim will go out from the body at the time of death without faith and that soul will enter hell.
Muslims therefore practice and profess "there is no God except Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah" (in Arabic "La ilaaha illallah Muhammadur Rasullulah") it must be said by mouth and believed in the heart all the time and practiced all the time to make it habitual during sleep or while awake or in shock or distress. Allah has provided a way for mankind to drive away Satan by uttering the divine revelation 'A-'oo thu bil-laa-hi mi-nash-shai-¬taa-nir ra-jeem. Bis-mil-laa-hir- Rah-maa-nir Ra-heem." meaning "I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the outcast, In the name of Allah , The Most Gracious , The Most Merciful". Whenever a Muslim starts to do anything e.g. eat, drink, sleep, travel, switch on the computer, open the book to read or write, enter bath room , twilight , travel, enter into vehicle, sleep with his wife, gets up from sleep, he recites this verse to drive away Satan.
Muslims always say in good or bad status Alhamdulillah (All praises and thank be to Allah), that is submission to the Will of Allah. Muslims will say to Allah "Thee do we worship and Thine aid we seek. Please show us the right way." Muslims must understand that we are tourists travelling and not permanent in this world. We must love Allah more than our life. Family and other worldly things come next. Allah says in Holy Quran "Man and Jinn are created for nothing except to worship (serve) Allah". So our first priority is to serve Him and to please Him with good intention. Allah will not accept the worship or service if performed without good intention e.g. To Pay charity or pray to show off will not be accepted. Intention of doing any good must be to please Allah. Muslims are Vicegerent (representatives) of Allah. Muslims always say Insha Allah (God willing) before they plan to do things. Masha Allah (will of God) to appreciate things.
In order to die as a Muslim with faith one must also practice virtues of Islam (good practice) such as the 5 pillars of Islam.
1. Faith ("Laa ilaha illallah Muhamadur Rasullulah") "there is no God except Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah", it must be believed in the heart and said by mouth repeatedly to become habitual and to not forget at the time of accident or sleep or distress or death. This is the most important faith. This is the visa to enter paradise. Without faith one may not enter paradise. The biggest tug of war inside our soul is faith. A muslim will not bow his head to anything living or non living to worship except Allah.
2. Pray five times a day (dawn, afternoon, evening, sunset and night).
3. Pay Zakat (poor man's money Alms)
4. Fasting one month in Ramadan
5. Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) once in a life time.
The first two are compulsory and a must for all muslims. The other three depends upon one's health and wealth. The above practice with good intention will make a muslim the best person on the earth and remember Allah at the time of death. At the time of death if a muslim or a non-muslim remembers Allah and utters "La ilaaha illallah Muhamadur Rasullulah" ("there is no God except Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah"), he will be taken to paradise and otherwise to hell. So non-muslims may remember The Creator just before death and enter paradise because Allah has kept open His door of forgiveness and mercy until before his death. A Muslim cannot point at the non-muslims and say he is going to hell because he himself is not sure about hell or paradise.
Therefore this stage 3 is very important testing ground for human being. It is the duty of muslims to remind each other and his non-muslim friends about Allah, death, the next life (resurrection), reward and punishment, hell and paradise. Muslims are like living in jail in this temporary world. Muslims must obey the laws stated in Quran, avoid adultery, alcohol, gambling, cheating, observe Halal (lawful) and Haram (unlawful) food and Halal and Haram money and usury, etc. Muslims must undergo many tests and practice Islam. Muslims must be patient constantly, must bear and accept that good and bad are preordained and decreed by Allah and say Alhamdullilah (All praise and thank be to Allah) all the time in order to enjoy reward in the Hereafter, which is everlasting. Muslims must work hard in this third stage temporary world with fear, repentance , ask forgiveness for wrong doing mistakes with hope and mercy from God to prevent from hell fire and enjoy reward in the next life. Muslims will say "Our prayers, our good deeds, our life and death are for Allah our Lord, Creator of the Worlds." Allah created evil but He does not like it. Allah created good and He likes it. He encourages us and guides us to do good. He will guide and protect the obedient servants. But those who refuse to accept Allah's revelation sent to prophets, and follow Satan, Allah will not guide them any more. They will go astray. Allah will forgive all kinds of sins except Polytheism.
Stage 4. Death.
After the soul is drawn from the body Allah keeps it in a place called Alam Barzaak. Good people's soul are kept in a good place and bad people's soul in a bad place until Kiyamat (Judgment day) arrives, when everything is destroyed except Allah. There will be resurrection of all Mankind
Stage 5. Resurrection on the Judgment day.
All souls will get up from the graves. Obedient souls will go to paradise for ever. Disobedient souls will go to hell for punishment. Those who ignore or reject or refuse to believe Allah and who worshipped false gods rather than Allah, The Creator , in this world , will go to Hell forever in the next world. Muslims do not believe in Incarnation (reborn again) to this world.
Stage 6. The end stage for disobedient soul is to enter Hell fire.
Stage 7. The end stage for obedient soul is peaceful to enter paradise in the form of new creation with different forms. Allah said that it is easy for Him to do so (Holy Quran). In paradise they will be free from sickness, illness and will at all times be healthy, clean, peaceful and satisfied with provisions, with beautiful young companions and of no ageing, to dwell in forever. This is because Allah is satisfied with the soul who is obedient to His Divine laws and the soul is also satisfied with Allah.
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Article 2 : Can Muslims be friends with Jews, Christians and other religion?
The following verse from the Quran capsulates this issue:
O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other (not that you may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). (Quran 49:13).
So we must be honest,sincere and helpful to our friends who are non muslims as righteous Muslims. Not to forget that we muslims are Vicegerent (reps) of Allah the most gracious and most merciful. Allah SWT has been kind to non muslims. he provides all the goods in this world to them even though they worship other false Gods. Allah gave every human limited free will to choose what he likes. There is no compulsion in Islam. Muslims must remind in a polite and gentle way to non Muslims that there is only One God Allah to worship. To worship the creator Allah and not to worship the creations. Allah is 1.One he has no partner. 2. He is absolute. 3.He does not give birth. 4. Nor is he borne. 5.There is non like unto him, he is One. If a person is borne he is not God. God is high above all the creations. Our capacity of intelligence cannot comprehend Allah.
Article 3 : Islamic Medicine
Healthy life style has within the Islamic faith.
A life style that is encouraged by the Almighty Allah, the lord of all Creations, and by His beloved Prophet Muhammad , peace be upon him.
All that a person needs to live a better and healthy life has been described in the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of the last messenger, Muhammad , peace be upon him.
1400 years ago Prophet Muhammad , peace be upon him, stated that the importance of the natural simple foods and try and apply holistic remedies for ailments, which if applied to our daily lives , will not only help make our life become better, but will improve our over-all health dramatically.
Article 4 : HOLY Quran is a miracle.
It is healing for those who believe.(Surah 17: 82)
Surah 17. Al-Isra, Verse 82:
وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلَا يَزِيدُ الظَّالِمِينَ إِلَّا خَسَارًا
And We send down from the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism and act on it), and it increases the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) nothing but loss.
Reading Verses of Holy Quran and blow on water and drink and rub that water on the body. It is called Ruqya.
Believers practice Ruqya by reading certain verses of the Holy Quran.
Non muslims also go to the Mosques at prayer times and request Mulsims to blow RUQYA into the water they brought and treat their beloved ones.
Healing depends on Allah's Will and having 100% submission of faith in HIM is the satisfaction in our mind.
Do you have sleep disorders? (Insomnia).
Rolling in bed fighting for sleep?
Here is the prescription for sleep.
When you are wide awake at 2am, 3am or 4am don’t worry about being unable to sleep.
Instead capitalize on this opportunity as a gift from Allah. Get up make ablution and pray two rakaats.(Salaat).
And go back to sleep, as you lie in bed , begin to meditate (say a Prayer), "Bis Mayka Allahuma amootu wa Ahya" (In your name O Allah , I die and I live) . Then You repeat “ Laa Ilaa Ha Illalaa” . (There is no God except Allah), Subhaan Allah (Glory to God) , Alhamdullilah (praise and thanks be to Allah). Allahu Akbar (Allah is greatest), Astagfirrulah ( Please forgive me for my wrong doings , Oh Allah) . Keep repeating this softly say it loud or to your self (so as not to disturb your sleeping partner).
Keep bringing your attention to the meaning of your prayer. When other thoughts arrive, let them drift away , and refocus your attention on the prayer. Sytan the devil will whisper into your mind and disturb you. You say “AA OO THU BILLAA HI MINASH SYTAN NIR RA JEEM”
( I seek refuge in Allah from the devil the rejected). Continue the prayer for 30 minutes.
Definitely , prayers are the essence of any practice , faith , the belief that there is meaning to every thing, hope, the sense that ultimately , Allah will cure me .
No matter what happens to me I accept and I submit 100% to the Will of Allah. You will have peace in mind.
Allah said In Holy Quran “ Those who , believe, they do remember Allah and get peace and satisfaction in their heart. Definitely , In the remembrance of Allah Do hearts find satisfaction.” Quran : 13:28
Use this time to quiet your mind, since a quiet mind and peaceful mind regenerates the body. Mind controls the body.(Psychosomatic). If you do not have peace in your mind and the body is sick , the sickness become worse. (Somatico-Psychic).
The above practice of prayer allows you to stay restfully in bed, pain go away and sleep returns. InSha Allah. (God Willing).
Prof Dr Hj Mohamad Ebrahim Sulaiman MD.
Article 5 : What is the meaning of our lives here on Earth?
What is the meaning of our lives here on Earth? What is the soul ? The Spiritual World, in Islam.
where did it come from, and what happens to it after we die? Islam provides its followers with answers to these and many other questions related to both this earthly sojourn and the life to come. Muslims believe that we all have four stages to go through on our great journey
called life and that each station has its own unique challenges and rewards.
Islam also has an explanation for the creation of the Earth and the appearance of living beings upon it. It differs significantly from the biblical version and has been called
more scientifically accurate. Our Holy Book, the Qur’an, goes even further and tells us
that life arose for a purpose. All life-forms on this planet, and beyond, have a special
duty to live in quiet praise and appreciation of the Lord of the Universe.
While Islam says all creatures accomplish this automatically, humankind is the one
exception. We have the free choice to accept God or not. The path of Islam gives us a
way to surrender ourselves to God if we so choose. Free will is our great burden, and
there will be rewards and consequences on account of it.
Article 6 : Learn what Islam says about the significance of conception, life, death, and beyond.
Discover what Islam says about abortion and when it is allowed.
Know about the scientific marvels found in the Qur’an.
Discover the main duty of the angels who watch over us.
Find out what happens to a person’s soul after death.
There has been a lot of controversy in recent times about the meaning of life and death. When does life begin? When does it end? Does our quality of life determine how long we should live? Islam would say that all of these issues are wrapped up in a larger one—our purpose for being alive. Given that the Qur’an teaches that people are alive to learn to surrender to God, it stands to reason that Islam’s answers on many of these tough issues would be framed in that context.
Islam puts forward the proposition that human life begins at conception, that the unborn attain person hood at a definite time, and that life is a testing ground. However,Islam goes even further by asserting the existence of our soul after our physical body has ceased
to function. We will live while we’re waiting for Judgment Day, but unlike the fun-loving
ghosts in Beetle juice or the vengeful spirits of Poltergeist, Islam tells us that we will be put into a kind of storage bin, so to speak, and will get a foretaste of our eventual fate. This is called the Life of the Grave. As you’ll see, Islam has quite a lot to say about what will happen there.
Four Lives for Each Life According to Islam, we all have four well-defined segments of life that we will pass through from our conception in the womb until our death and beyond. These are the stages from the time a soul is joined with the flesh in the womb until we are in either Heaven or Hell. Each of our life stages has its own unique challenges and features, and each is considered separate from the ther, like a series of doors we must pass through on our journey back to our Lord.
Indeed, the whole concept of life in Islam is that our soul is on loan to us from God.
Remember that primordial spirit lump from which all of our souls came and that accepted free will eons ago? Well, that’s Allah’s property, and when we die He takes back our souls. Of course, now that we have become individuals we won’t be stripped of our uniqueness.
He has a different purpose for us then.
The stages of life are in the heaven (Lau Ho Mahfuz).
Life in the womb.
Life in this world.
Life at death.(Transition)
Life in the grave.
Life at Kiyamat (Judgement day)
The next life (Heaven or Hell).
As you learn about each stage, notice how the Islamic emphasis on our utter dependability on God is interwoven with the events and features therein.
Life in the Womb.
Physical life begins at conception, according to Islam. This is the beginning of the
second stage of life for us. In the womb we are in our most vulnerable state. Our bodies
are growing and developing, and our soul becomes one with our physical self. It is
understandable, then, that Islam has teachings concerning the welfare of the fetus.
Islamic Law recognizes the right of the mother to have a protected pregnancy and the
right of the fetus to be brought to term. If anyone assaults a pregnant woman and the fetus dies, the criminal must pay penalties and compensation, though the act is not classified as full murder in the same sense of killing an already born person. But the very fact that there are penalties for harming a person in the womb shows that Islam considers this stage of life important and worth protecting.
Abortion and Islam (The Shari’ah Law)
(Islamic Law) states that the fetus has rights. No one has the right to kill a baby in the womb, especially when it has no defense. Abortion is quite forbidden.
Islam considers it to be taking away the right of Allah to allow—or not to allow—a pregnancy to come to full term. Despite popular ideas today about personal choice and freedom to birth or abort, Islam does not change with the times and stands firm. There is no trend or tradition, however, of opposing abortionists through individual acts of violence, so in that regard Muslims have been hesitant to fully embrace all of the tenants of the Right-to-Life movement, which is known to have a radical fringe element.
As a rebuttal to the main reason given for people aborting their babies, the Qur’an has formulated this reply: A lack of resources is no excuse to harm a fetus. The Qur’an commands people not to kill their offspring because they are afraid of being poor or because they feel they won’t be able to take care of them. God will provide for the newborn somehow, the Qur’an states, so let the baby live.
Equally forbidden, as an excuse for abortion, is the desire to have a male child over a female one.
Throughout the world, many people misuse sonograms (ultrasound)to learn the gender of the baby in the womb, aborting the baby if it will be a girl. This problem is especially prevalent in India and China, and Muslim scholars, basing their decision on clear and direct Qur’anic principles, have denounced the practice as sexist. A pregnancy is considered a gift and a trust from Allah not to be terminated by our choice. The Prophet Muhammad said, “Be kind to daughters and treat them well, for I am also the father of daughters.”
Are there any exceptions to the rule that abortion is forbidden in Islam? Yes, but only one. A principle of Islamic Law is that if there are only two bad choices, then take the lesser of the two evils. While the Law does not accept abortion, the law does makes an allowance when it is necessary to save the life of the mother. The principle behind this exception is that it is better to keep the life of a wife and mother than to prefer someone who has no social relations yet. So in very clear terms, Islam is extremely pro-life. Only God can decide whether the developing fetus should proceed to term, not us. Even rape or incest is not grounds for an abortion, because the unborn child can’t be killed simply on account of the horrible way he or she was conceived. Why should the baby have to pay for the crime?
Article 7 : Islam and contraceptives
Islam and Contraceptives are generally allowed in Islam to prevent the fertilization of the egg. Destruction of an already fertilized egg crosses the line. Therefore, abortion pills and such have been declared forbidden by modern Islamic scholars. The entire process after fertilization is considered sacred, as the following passage from the Qur’an illustrates:
“O People! If you have any doubts about the
Resurrection, [consider] that We created you out of dust, then out of sperm, then out of a clinging thing, then out of a morsel of flesh—partly formed and partly unformed in order that We may make clear [Our Power] to you. We cause whom We will to rest in the womb for an appointed term then We bring you out as babies
then [foster you] so you can reach your age of
full strength. Some of you are called to die early and some are sent back to the feeblest old age so that you know nothing after having known . Quran 22:5
When Is a Fetus a Person?
When is a fetus considered a full-fledged person in Islam? This is determined by when it gets a soul. The Prophet Muhammad explained that after 120 days an angel comes to the baby in the womb and breathes the soul into it. Then the angel begins to write in a book, which will become that person’s book of deeds.
The four things that this angel writes are: Will he or she be rich or poor, will the person be happy or sad, how long will the person live, and what will be his or her preferred type of deeds? The answers to these
questions are not predetermining the person’s fate, however, but merely taking a notation of the future, which God sees as well as He sees the present and the past.
“The Measurement of Life.”
Although it may seem strange to count our time in the womb as a stage of life, it is
that some babies do not survive their time in the womb because of God’s will and that this is a test for us. According to Islam, all children who die prematurely will go to Heaven.
The Prophet even taught that if a person loses two children and bears their loss with patience, The person will be saved from Hellfire on the Day of Judgment.
The pre-Islamic Arabs had many superstitions about how pregnancy was caused, just as many
other civilizations have also had ideas that were outlandish and incorrect. The Qur’an explains the process of fertilization, development, and birth of the fetus in great detail. However, you will not find a single passage or group of passages that lay out the stages all in one listing. The Quranic method of teaching is often based on presenting a religious idea, then giving a proof from nature that only God could have known at the time, and finally reiterating the principle introduced. This following of the Qur’an provides a good example:
“By the sun and its radiance, and the moon
as it reflects, by the day as it reveals, and the night as it covers up. By the cosmos and He
Who built it, and the Earth and He Who
spread it, and by the soul and He Who per-
fected it, and gave to it innate knowledge of
right and wrong. By the same token know
that whoever purifies his soul shall prosper,
while whoever corrupts it shall fail.” (Qur’an
By first calling on signs in nature, we are introduced to the idea that in a world full of opposites our soul can also be good or bad. Statements that refer to fetal development in the Qur’an, then, are there to give proof to religious concepts. The very first chapter that was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, while he was meditating in a mountain cave in the year 610 C.E it was said, “Read in the Name of your Lord Who created humans from a clinging [zygote].” (Qur’an 96:1–2) .
Article 8 : Life in this world.
In the teachings of Islam, the moment we are born we enter the life of the world.
This is the third stage of life. In this environment we will need to learn how to lead
a moral and upright lifestyle pleasing to God. If we are denied the opportunity to learn as children because of neglect or abandonment by our parents, then our fitrah (inner feeling from Allah) will help to guide us in seeking such knowledge. When we enter puberty, the standard for adulthood in Islam, God will hold us account able for our beliefs and actions.
Shaytan (devil) will continually attempt to corrupt us by whispering evil suggestions into our minds.
All the pleasures of the world will present themselves on a platter,tempting our lower animal desires. Our animal self will rule over us until we begin to use our reason and inner spiritual motivations to motivate our heart and mind to seek God. The Qur’an describes this world as an illusory place of deception and play, rivalry and amusement, boasting and hoarding. If as new adults we aren’t careful, we just might fall into this trap.
The span of our life, which was recorded in our book of deeds, will not last a minute longer than it is supposed to. While we are alive, however, we will be confronted with a series of challenges and tests in life: The
car breaks down; whom should I marry; I got a big raise; someone stole my credit card; my mother passed away, and so on. All of these daily life circumstances happen in order to give us the opportunity to improve ourselves and to draw closer to God. According to
Islam, these tests and challenges in life serve a purpose. They can bring out the best in us and cause us to dig deep within ourselves where bravery, courage, perseverance, and fortitude reside. Without being tested, how would we know that we have the guts to carry through in times of crisis? The Qur’an asks,“Do people think they can just say,‘We believe’ and they wouldn’t be tested in what they claimed? You can be sure We tested those before them and Allah will show those who are true and those who are false.” (Qur’an 29:2–3)
Many people take the opposite approach, though, and choose not to rise to the occasion. They fail their tests and forget about God. They resort to lying, cheating, back
biting, corruption, violence, or worse when faced with life’s difficult choices. The
Qur’an describes them as people who are sitting on the edge of a fence: When times
are good, they are satisfied; but when the going gets tough, they engage in evil deeds
with no regard for the rights of anyone else.
Does God Try to Fool Us?
Some people have charged that God turns us into unbelievers or believers. There are
several verses in the Qur’an that say such things as, “God will mislead them” or
“Nobody believes unless it is God’s will.” When taken out of context, these verses can
give a false impression. The Qur’an is very clear about this principle: God wants us to
believe in Him. He’s not going to keep us from surrendering to Him. The problem occurs when we reject God first. He warned that if we do that, He will let us wander off in error as much as we want, and as an added punishment He will cover our hearts with a veil so we understand even less about the truth. The more we reject God, the more we lose our way. If we move closer to God, however, He opens our hearts more and more to the reality of all things. The Qur’an puts it this way:
“No soul can believe except by the Will of Allah and He will place doubt in the hearts of those who refuse to understand. You can say to people, ‘Hey, look at all the signs of God in space and on Earth ...’ but neither signs nor Warners profit those who won’t believe. So do they expect anything besides what happened in the days of the people who passed away before them? Tell them, ‘Wait then, for I, too, will wait with you.’ In the end We deliver Our messengers and those who believe. Thus is it fitting on Our part that We should deliver those who believe!” (Qur’an 10:100–103).
Careful! You’re Being Watched
The Qur’an says that we all have two angels who follow us around throughout our
lives. They are called the Kiraman Katibeen, or the Noble Writers. One figuratively sits
on our right shoulder while the other sits on our left shoulder. Their only job is to
write in our book of deeds every action, thought, or feeling we have each day. The
right angel records our good deeds and the left angel our bad deeds. (Imagine if some-
one followed you around all day with a camcorder!) Muslims often joke with their
children that one of their two angels is very busy writing: Which one is getting a tired hand?
This book in which the angels are writing is our cumulative record, which we will be
confronted with on the Day of Judgment after our death. There is a widely circulated
story in the Muslim world to bring home the point of God’s omnipotence. A religious
scholar, or Shaykh, wanted to test his young students.
He gave each one a piece of candy and told them to go and eat it where no one could see them. All of the students went away and came back some time later. The teacher asked if everyone had eaten their sweets, and they all raised their hands except one boy. When the Shaykh questioned the boy about eating the candy, he answered, “I couldn’t find a place where Allah couldn’t see me.”
The Qur’an calls this life a time of trial and testing to show who among us has the
most consciousness of God and behaves the best. “O People!” the Qur’an announces,
“We created you from a single pair of a male and a female and made you into nations
and groups so you can come to know each other. Certainly the noblest among you in
the sight of Allah is the one with the most Taqwa [awareness of Allah].” (Qur’an 49:13)
The preferred lifestyle Islam envisions is one based on prayer, repentance, contempla-
tion, responsibility, and morality. Islam doesn’t demand that we become perfect. It
merely states that we have to use this life to be the best we can be in all spheres of life.
The Prophet Muhammad said, “Allah loves a person who, when they do something , they try their best. According to the Prophet Muhammad, Allah said,
“O son of Adam, so long as you call
upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind.
O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask
forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as that".
A Muslim who lives a normal life span is expected to work, marry, have a family,
participate in social activities, and do his or her part to advance the cause of Godliness.
Waste and extravagance are to be avoided, and thrift and conservation are praiseworthy values to acquire. In every sphere of life, religious guidance must be consulted and followed.
Islam says that if you really believe this, then you must act like it and not merely feel
smug and do whatever you want. Follow the straight path of Islam in your life and
you will please God Whom you will have to face regardless of your personal opinions about His existence on a day that you cannot avoid.
A person may live for 20, 50, or even 100 years, and every day will still be a continuous challenge to remain on the path of surrender to God. There are no easy tickets to Heaven. There is no salvation moment whereby we are guaranteed admittance to Heaven regardless of what we do for the rest of our lives. If we believe in God one day but reject Him a day later and then die, our whole life will be judged by the condition of our belief when we left the physical world.
Life in the Grave One of the more graphic and compelling teachings of Islam begins with the moment of our death. Islam teaches that when we are dying, our soul rises in our body and collects in our throat. An angel called Malikul Mawt,or the Angel of Death, arrives and is given the task of removing the soul. This angel isn’t the handsome young person. He’s stern and unflinching in his duty and has no crisis of identity.So how does the angel remove our soul from our body? Our soul, or ruh, is an otherworldly substance.
The angel merely takes hold of it as it separates from our physical body and pulls.
If the person believed in God and led a virtuous life, then the Angel of Death
and his assistants gently draw out the soul from the body.
But if the soul was that of a person who denied God or a person who led an evil life,
then the angels will tear out the soul violently, like yanking cotton through a metal grate.
The exact moment when death is inevitable is described in the Qur’an as a moment of complete realization:
“When a dying person breathes his last, when, ‘Can any doctor save him?’ the people ask, then, in the pangs of death he’ll know his time is due.His knees will shake as death approaches and then he will return to his Lord.” (Qur’an 75:27–30)
When you take your last breath, you finally know your time is up and you may panic or be filled with regret. But repentance is too late then. God accepts no repentance from a person who is that close to death.
When the process is moments away from completion, the cutoff point has arrived.
The Qur’an records the final minutes of the Pharaoh’s life, just before he was
drowned in the Red Sea while chasing the fleeing Israelites. The Pharaoh said, “Now I believe.” But God answered by saying he was too late.
Article 9 : Death is not final
Muslims don’t view death as final.
It is merely passing on to another stage of life. Pain is naturally felt at the removal of a loved one from this world. However, no Muslim feels that the person is gone forever. Appropriate words of sympathy to tell a grieving person who has lost a loved one are:
“To Allah we belong and to Him we return.” One may add the line,
“May Allah forgive them and grant them a high place in paradise.
Suicide is forbidden.
Euthanasia is equated with murder and suicide in Islamic Law and is thus completely forbidden. If someone is in a vegetative state,
however, our scholars say that their feeding tubes can be removed because our record of
deeds stops when our mind stops functioning.
Spirit on a wing
What happens to the soul now? Islam teaches that there is another world, or parallel reality if you will, in which only spirit material and energy beings like jinns and angels can exist.
When we die, our soul is released from every cell of our body and is now in that other
realm. The angels who took us out will now hold our soul fixed over our corpse. We
can see all of the people gathered around our body, but they cannot see us. We try to
speak to them, but they can’t hear us. We see everything that happens to our body.
When it is finally time to take the corpse to the graveyard, our soul floats along with
it. A person who has been good will say, “Take me forward,” but a person who has
been evil will say, “Curses, where are you taking me?”
A good soul will be carried gently by the angels and clothed with shrouds from Paradise. The angels will ascend upward into Heaven and will pass through its gates announcing who the soul is. When they reach the highest place in Heaven, Allah gives the command, “Write My servant’s name in Illiyun.” (Illiyun is the record of who will get into Heaven after Judgment Day.) Then the angels are told, “Take him back to Earth because I promised them that from it I created them, into it I return them and from it I will resurrect them once again.” The soul of an evil person is also carried to the gates of Heaven, but when the angels bring the soul there, the gates will not open for the soul to pass through. It is written in the Qur’an that the doors of Paradise will not be opened for someone who rejected Allah. Allah will then command that the person’s name should be written in Sijjin, which is the register of Hell. Next He will order the angels to return the soul to Earth for the same reason He also returns good souls.
Article 10 : Soul Storage
Even as a person’s body is being lowered into the grave and buried, his or her soul is
brought down with it by the angels. We will hear the dirt being shoveled in and also
the footsteps of the people as they walk away. Then we are alone, but not for long. By
the way, it doesn’t matter whether our body is destroyed or remains intact. Our soul
will stay near the place where our body was last placed. So a person who dies in a fire
and whose body is destroyed will find his or her soul sinking into the ground there.
Even if the body is cremated and the ashes put in an urn and displayed on a shelf,
the soul will sink into the earth somewhere along the way.
Now the life in the grave begins. The term for this life stage is Barzakh, or the Partition.
It is sometimes referred to as “soul storage.” Our soul will wait in this time-less existence until the Day of Judgment. No contact with the living or the souls of the other dead is possible, and we will be aware of nothing except our own self.
Islam does not believe that the spirits of the dead can be contacted by clairvoyants or that departed souls can inhabit the bodies of the living. Muslims believe that evil jinns work with psychics and spirit mediums and fool people into believing that they really did talk to their long dead aunt or grandmother. Islam says death is final and there is no coming back.
So what happens to us in the grave?
According to the Prophet Muhammad, two angels with black faces and blue eyes are sent to us shortly after burial with an interesting mission. Their names are Munkir and Nakir.
When they arrive, they force our soul to snap to attention. These angels are the Questioners of the Grave, and they ask us three questions:
“Who is your Lord?” “What was your way of life?”
“Who was your prophet?”
Islam accepts that there were other prophets sent by God to the world before the
Prophet Muhammad. In fact, as mentioned earlier, Islam teaches that all people in
the past received some type of divine guidance through an authentic prophet.
Muhammad(SAW) is merely the last of the prophets in a long chain. So the correct answers to those three questions are: “God”, “Surrender to God’s will,” and then the name of
the prophet we followed, whether Muhammad(SAW), Jesus(AS), Moses(AS), or whoever.
If we answer all three questions correctly, then something amazing happens. Our
good deeds become personified into a being resembling a person who says to us,
“I’m here to give you good news. Allah has accepted what you did, and you will receive
eternal gardens of delight. This is the day you were promised. I am your good deeds.
By Allah I only knew you to be quick in obeying Allah and slow in disobeying Him.
May God reward you with good.” Then a door is opened to Heaven and another to Hell.
We are shown where we would have gone in Hell if we were bad and then we’re told to look at the place we will go to in Paradise instead. Then the angels expand the size of
our soul storage bin to the size of a large room. A soft warm light fills the space, and we will be told to go to sleep and to dream peacefully until the Day of Judgment. Every day an angel will come and nudge us in our dreams and open a window through which we will see our place in Heaven again.
If we don’t answer the questions correctly, and only a true rebel against God will fail the test, then something horrible happens. The angels appear terrifying to us. They strike our spirit body with a heavy mace, and they command our soul storage bin to squeeze in upon us until we feel suffocated. Our bad deeds become personified into a being resembling an ugly person who says,
“I’m here to give you some bad news. I am your evil deeds. By God I only knew you to be
slow in obeying God and quick in disobeying Him.
May God repay you with evil.” Then the angels come to us and open a window through which we see our future spot in Hellfire. We stay tormented and screaming until the Day of Judgment.
Islam teaches that animals can hear the screams of those being tormented in the
grave. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said that if we could hear their cries, we would faint
in terror. He often encouraged us to pray for protection against the Punishment of the Grave, as it is called. Time has no meaning there in the real sense, but this experience can be either a pleasant or a terrifying one, and, as Islam says, we will all have to
IT IS written.
Prophet Muhammad(SAW) told an interesting story about Death. It seems the angel of death
was sent to Moses and when he went to him, Moses slapped him severely, spoiling one of
his eyes. The angel went back to his Lord, and said, “You sent me to a slave of Yours who
does not want to die.” Allah restored his eye and said, “Go back and tell Moses to place
his hand over the back of an ox, for he will be allowed to live for a number of years
equal to the number of hairs coming under his hand.” (So the angel came to him and
told him the same). Then Moses asked, “O my Lord! What will happen after those years
pass?” He said, “Death will happen.” Moses said, “Then let me die now.
The least you should know.
1.Islam counts our time in the womb and our lying in the grave as stages of life.
2.Abortion is all but prohibited in Islam. Saving the life of the mother is the
only valid reason for abortion.
3.Islam says faith can render any situation, good or bad, into a way to please God.
4.When we die, our soul lives in the grave until Resurrection Day.
Article 11 : ARE YOU DEPRESSED?ARE you afraid of Death? Here is a prescription spiritual and physical (mind and body) for healing.
Are you suffering from severe chronic disease? Are You afraid of surgery? Is everything in your life upside down? Difficult to sleep? Loss of job? Loss of business? Loss of dearest ones? Are you thinking of giving up? Do not give up. Don’t worry. Analyse, Is this warning for you? Is the time up for you? If so we cannot run away from death. We cannot hide anywhere from death. We have Spiritual remedies and alternative therapies to heal you.
If you are a muslim or non mulism --100% submission to the Will of Allah is a must. Remember Allah said " I have created Jinn and man for nothing except to worship me".
So the prescription is to believe and worship One God (Allah) the creator.. Do not worship false Gods made by man and those which are created ones. Allah is high above all the creations. Pray 5 times prayers (not one time, two times, 3 times or 4 times). Give zakat, sadaqah, fast during Ramadan, Haj once in life time. The first two are compulsory. The latter 3 is to do if you are healthy and wealthy and affordable. Zikir (remember Allah) many times as possible. Repent for your sins. Do all good things Allah taught us to do as in the Holy Quran. with in two weeks you will have peace of mind.
Death is at any time for us, on the road, in the house, in the hospital , in the bed, young or old. If we submit 100% to the Will of Allah, we should not worry for death. We are passing to the next life which is better than the life of this world. Muslims think of death every time every day and be prepared for death. By that we get peace in mind. InshaAllah
Warning signs . Your time has come. Your grave is located and allocated. Death is the door that every single person will enter.
Definition of death is the beginning of another life. Death comes only once. Average life span is 60 to 70. We work from 8am to 6 pm every day. We Work hard day and night. For success . To pass the exam and to be prosperous. For about 25 years we go to school. We study hard to pass the exam. After school we work, earn , and marry have children. Work for another 30 years and come to expiry date. Teach our children to go to school and the cycle repeats. e.g Usually expiry date is written as Best before 2013 Dec. Some say use before 31 Dec 2015.So make use of your life before the expiry date.
Islamic view of death is a gift from Allah. Price and reward is a gift you will get after death. After the exam you get reward. After the test you get higher qualification . If your test is many and tough you get more qualification.If a person is blind, his arms or legs cut off. Or if he is in stroke , paralysed and still he remember and thank Allah. He will get more reward in palace in heaven. If you are good your neighbor and people will miss you. If you are bad , people will curse you and say it is better he died. Repent and ask forgiveness for your sins and bad deeds..
Prepare for death. Before too late. Repent for forgiveness is never too late. Allah will forgive your sins before the expiry date. When the angel of death comes to you then the door of forgiveness is closed. Try before the expiry date. You cannot hide or run away from death. Surgery, medicine, and therapies can comfort you for a while but nothing can prolong your life span.
In Quran 36 :68 Allah said ,if we grant long life to any, We cause him to be reversed in nature, Will they not understand." Another verse says' "Some of you are called to die early and some are sent back to the feeblest old age so that you know nothing after having known . Quran 22:5
We should only ask for healthy life to worship Allah. If we are too old with loss of memory, Physically weak and wearing diapers, Ask yourself, is it worth asking for long life? Praise be and thank to Allah. It is good to go back best before expiration date. So Start preparing now for death and follow the above prescription.
When we are ill, faithful muslims are with patience and , ask Allah for cure. From Allah!!
الَّذِي خَلَقَنِي فَهُوَ يَهْدِين
Al Lathee Khalaka ni Fa hu wa yahtheen.
"Who created me, and it is He Who guides me;
وَالَّذِي هُوَ يُطْعِمُنِي وَيَسْقِينِ
"Who gives me food and drink,
وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ
And when I am ill, it is He who cures me.
وَالَّذِي يُمِيتُنِي ثُمَّ يُحْيِينِ
"Who will cause me to die, and then to life (again);
وَالَّذِي أَطْمَعُ أَن يَغْفِرَ لِي خَطِيئَتِي يَوْمَ الدِّينِ
"And who, I hope, will forgive me my faults on the day of Judgment. Quran 26: 78-82.
It is a great error to turn away from Allah. For only Allah can heal them. Doctors, hospitals, medicines , can be provided only with Allah’s guidance and permission. The Ultimate healer is Allah (SWT).
There is always hope because in Hadith about Medicine:
Bukhari :: Book 7 :: Volume 71 :: Hadith 582
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet S.A.W said, "There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment." We need to search for it.
Prof Dr Hj Mohd Ebrahim Sulaiman
Article 12 : Surah Al-Fatihah
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Surah 1. Al-Fatiha, Verse 1:
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the 'Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists).
Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds;
Surah 1. Al-Fatiha, Verse 2:
The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Surah 1. Al-Fatiha, Verse 3:
مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ
The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection)
Surah 1. Al-Fatiha, Verse 4:
إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ
You (Alone) we worship, and you (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything).
Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek.
Surah 1. Al-Fatiha, Verse 5:
اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ
Guide us to the Straight Way
Show us the straight way,
Surah 1. Al-Fatiha, Verse 6
صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ
6.The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace,
غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ
7.Not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray.
Allah said in Alquran
Surah 15. Al-Hijr, Verse 87:
وَلَقَدْ آتَيْنَاكَ سَبْعًا مِّنَ الْمَثَانِي وَالْقُرْآنَ الْعَظِيمَ
And indeed, We have bestowed upon you seven of Al-Mathani (the seven repeatedly recited Verses), (i.e. Surat Al-Fatiha) and the Grand Quran. Sura Fatiha is also known as the opening chapter of the Grand Quran.
There are 7 verses in Alfatihah to be repeatedly recited with the grand Quran.
The first three verses are praising Allah (SWT).
The last three verses are asking DOA and Guidance.
In the middle of the seven verses is the promise, covenant, agreement that" Thee do we worship and thine aid we seek"
إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ
"Eeyaa ke Na A budu - wa eeyaa ke nast ta een"
It is easier said by mouth than done.
In emergency matters we can always forget and run to others to worship knowingly or unknowingly and/or seek help.
We must stick to our faith that we only worship Allah and we only ask Him direct for his help. No third person. We shall not go to not even to Prophet Mohammad's (SAW)grave and ask for help. That is Shirk. We can say Salaam at the grave or send Salaam through Allah to the soul. In Medina at the Prophets's (SAW) grave you are not allowed to face the grave and ask DOA. The security guard will tell you to face KIBLA which is opposite to Prophet's grave for Doa.
If we are in doubt verify with this verse 4
إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ
and correct our selves that we only worship Allah and we only ask from Him direct. There is nothing between you and Allah to worship or seek help. 100% submission to the Will of Allah. When we stick to that faith Allah will guide us and protect us from Hell fire..
To be continued later.
Article 13 : Your Protection without Bodyguard
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