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mighty-poffertjes  asked:

Since Kazakhstan is a Muslim majority country, do you see Otabek being a Muslim?

Oh, you hit a jackpot with this question. In my opinion this is one of the most interesting things in Kazakh culture.

In short – yes and no, not really.

There’s a 99% chance that Otabek would be labeled Muslim BUT being Muslim in Kazakhstan comes with different stages of dedication. Otabek would surely be a “casual” Muslim. Meaning he would only be Muslim technically (would have gone through the rite in early childhood), would maybe share some beliefs and participate as one in some events/rites on occasion (such as major Muslim holidays or funerals) and that’s about it. 

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عن عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ رضي الله عنه، قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏:“‏ إِذَا قَالَ الْمُؤَذِّنُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ أَحَدُكُمُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ قَالَ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ ثُمَّ قَالَ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ قَالَ حَىَّ عَلَى الصَّلاَةِ ‏.‏ قَالَ لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ قَالَ حَىَّ عَلَى الْفَلاَحِ ‏.‏ قَالَ لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ قَالَ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ ‏.‏ قَالَ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ قَالَ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ ‏.‏ قَالَ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ ‏.‏ مِنْ قَلْبِهِ دَخَلَ الْجَنَّةَ ‏"‏ ‏.‏صحيح مسلم حديث ٣٨٥

‘Umar b. al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “When the Mu'adhdhin says: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, and one of you should make this response: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest; (and when the Mu'adhdhin) says: I testify that there is no god but Allah, one should respond: I testify that there is no god but Allah, and when he says: I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, one should make a response: I testify that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger. When he (the Mu'adhdhin) says: Come to prayer, one should make a response: There is no might and no power except with Allah. When he (the Mu'adhdhin) says: Come to salvation, one should respond: There is no might and no power except with Allah, and when he (the Mu'adhdhin) says: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, then make a response: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. When he (the Mu'adhdhin) says: There is no god but Allah, and he who makes a re- sponse from the heart: There is no god but Allah, he will enter Paradise.” Sahih Muslim 385
In-book reference : Book 4, Hadith 14
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Book 4, Hadith 748

سلسلة الأذكار والأدعية // Athkar & Invocations Series | 9

Shahadah

As-salaamu alaikum, brothers and sisters!
As of today (May 12, 2017), I have said my shahadah and am now a Muslim, one who submits to God, Allah.

Despite searching many religions over the years, I was never quite content. But I researched Islam for three years, and after spending those three years debating and putting it off, I have taken my shahadah. @reverthelp reached out to me when I was too nervous to reach out to them, and aided me to come to this conclusion. May Allah SWT bless them for their work!

May the words of the shahadah be ever on my lips, inshaAllah! And may He shower the ummah with many blessings, but most especially strong imaan. May He bring all of our loved ones to Islam through our dawah.

I am so speechless!!! I know this will be a long and difficult road, but a road to our Lord is always, always, always worth following.

Please keep me in your duas, as I will keep you in mine!

[Al-‘Adheem/The All-Glorious]
“And He is the All-High, the All-Glorious.” ‎﴾‬‎42.4﴿‬
Allah’s reality is too great to be grasped by the human mind. He is infinitely greater than His creation. “Then magnify the name of thy Lord: The All-Glorious.” ‎﴾‬‎56.74﴿‬
To magnify His name we should repeat: “subhana rabbiyal 'adheem” (Glory be to my Lord, the All-glorious).
Allah is so great that His throne, which is the symbol of authority, comprises the heavens and the earth. “The persevering of them does not weary Him; He is the All-High, the All-Glorious.” ‎﴾2.255‬‎﴿‬
As one feels the glory of the Creator, everything seems trivial and unworthy of sacrificing His good pleasure for it. The Prophet, peace be upon him, recommends that we keep saying these two phrases which are “light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azim[Glory be to Allah and His is the praise, (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection)’.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
And if one is in trouble, one should say: "There is no god but Allah, the All, glorious, the All-clement; there is no God but Allah, Lord of the seven heavens and the Noble throne.” Allah is truly glorious. Take as illustrative His throne and power, His revelation and scriptures, particularly the Qur'ān, His chain of Messengers through-out history for man’s guidance, His creation of this gigantic universe, and His reward and punishment. The Qur'ān strongly encourages us to “glorify the name of the Great Lord.” ‎﴾‬87.1) Accordingly, we recite the same formula in rukū (bowing down) of each rak'ah of prayer. As a tribute to Allah’s boundless glory we should stand before Him in prayer with utmost humility and devotion.

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ قَالَ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ فِي يَوْمٍ مِائَةَ مَرَّةٍ كَانَتْ لَهُ عَدْلَ عَشْرِ رِقَابٍ وَكُتِبَتْ لَهُ مِائَةُ حَسَنَةٍ وَمُحِيَتْ عَنْهُ مِائَةُ سَيِّئَةٍ وَكَانَتْ لَهُ حِرْزًا مِنْ الشَّيْطَانِ يَوْمَهُ ذَلِكَ حَتَّى يُمْسِيَ وَلَمْ يَأْتِ أَحَدٌ أَفْضَلَ مِمَّا جَاءَ بِهِ إِلَّا أَحَدٌ عَمِلَ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ ذَلِكَ وَمَنْ قَالَ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ فِي يَوْمٍ مِائَةَ مَرَّةٍ حُطَّتْ خَطَايَاهُ وَلَوْ كَانَتْ مِثْلَ زَبَدِ الْبَحْرِ

Whoever declares there is no god but Allah, He is one without partner, to Him is the sovereignty and praise and He is powerful over everything one hundred times a day, then he will have the reward of emancipating ten slaves, a hundred good deeds will be recorded for him, a hundred sins will be erased from his record, and he will be guarded from the devil during the day until evening. No one will exceed him except one who recited these words more often. Whoever declares the glory of Allah one hundred times a day, his sins will be erased even if they are like the foam of the ocean.

Source: Sahih Muslim 2691

عَنْ أَبي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ :
قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ :
« مَنْ سَبَّحَ في دُبُرِ كُلِّ صَلاةٍ ثَلاثَاً وَثَلاثِينَ ،
وَحَمَدَ اللهَ ثَلاثاً وَثَلاثِينَ ،
وَكَبَّرَ اللهَ ثَلاثَاً وَثَلاثِينَ فَتِلْكَ تِسْعَةٌ وَتِسْعُونَ ثُمَّ قَالَ : تَمَامَ المائَةِ لا إِله إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِيكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ المُلْكُ وُلَهُ الحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ ، غُفِرَتْ لَهُ خَطَايَاهُ وَإِنْ كَانَتْ مِثْلَ زَبَدِ الْبَحْرِ » .


Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) said :
He who recites after every prayer :
* Subhan-Allah (Allah is free from imperfection) thirty-three times;
* Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah) thirty-three times;
* Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greatest) thirty-three times;
and completes the hundred with:
* La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shai'in Qadir (there is no true god except Allah.
He is One and He has no partner with Him. His is the sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Omnipotent),
will have all his sins pardoned even if they may be as large as the foam on the surface of the sea .

[Al-Qahhar/ The Irresistible/ The Subduer/ The Dominant]
Allah’s total control over us and over all that is around us should make us all more submissive and obedient, and fearful of Him. His mastery over he heavens and the earth and what is between these is an undeniable reality.
“Glory be to Him; He is Allah, the One, The All-Dominant.” ‎﴾39.4‬‎﴿‬
The universe runs according to laws laid down by Allah. No one can reverse them and those who try to break them suffer. This involuntary submission to the laws made by Allah is one meaning of Islam. “While to Him have submitted [all] those within the heavens and earth, willingly or by compulsion, and to Him they will be returned.” ‎﴾‬3.83‎﴿‬
Allah has absolute will and the absolute power to implement it. His will is free; nothing can hinder it. “And if Allah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him. And if He touches you with good - then He is over all things competent.” ‎﴾‬‎6.17﴿‬
People may worship ‘gods’ other than Allah, but what sort of power do such gods have? “Say which is better, many gods at variance, or Allah the One, the Omnipotent.” ‎﴾‬‎12.39﴿‬
When one tends to disobey Allah, one must think of His infinite power and that He may punish sinners in any way He will. “And if Allah had willed, He could have taken away their hearing and their sight. Indeed, Allah is powerful over everything.” ‎﴾‬‎2.20﴿‬
Only He, may He be exalted, may force natural phenomena to behave in an unusual manner. The Prophets’ miracles are examples of this: “We said, 'O fire, be cool to Ibrahim and keep him safe.” ‎﴾‬‎21.69﴿‬
Al-Qahhar is the intensive of Al-Qahir (The compeller) which is another name of Allah.

I often question why I believe what I believe. Am I just a Christian because I’m afraid of going to hell or because it is what I was raised to be? What if Allah is the one I should be following? What if there is no God? Is Buddhism the path I should take? Wicca? Hinduism? I wish I knew for sure. Millions of people seem to know what they believe for certain. Why do I constantly find myself doubting what is real and true?

The principle of reliance on Allah has degrees. One degree of this reliance is that you trust in God in all your affairs, you are pleased with what He does to you, and you know that He will not fail in goodness and bounty to you, and you know that the command for that belongs to Him. Therefore, trust in God by leaving that to Him and rely on Him in it and in other matters.
—  Imam al-Kadhim (a), Usul al-Kafi, vol.2, p.65