invite to islam

Do not force the religion on the people around you. Show them the beauty of the religion through your own practice.

Umar ibn al-Khattab (radiallahu anhu) said: Invite people to Islam even without words. They asked: How? He replied “With your Manners.

The story of how the Mother of Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه became Muslim

What follows is a tremendous example of striving patiently and persistently for the guidance of others, particularly family members, trusting in Allah, making du'a.

Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه stated: “I used to invite my mother to Islam whilst she was a polytheist. One day I was inviting her (giving her da'wah to accept Islam) and she said something to me (in response) regarding the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم that I hated. So I came to the Messenger of Allah  صلى الله عليه و سلم weeping (from sadness) and I said, “O Messenger of Allah! Indeed I used to invite my mother to Islam (regularly) and she would refuse, and I invited her (gave her da'wah) today and she said something regarding you that I hated, so make du'a to Allah that He guides the mother of Abu Huraira”.

So the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “O Allah, guide the mother of Abu Huraira”

So I exited happy due to the du'a of the Prophet of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم (like the one given a glad-tidings). So when I arrived and approached the door, it was actually locked, and my mother heard my footsteps and said, “Remain in your place O Abu Huraira!”, and I heard the sound of water trickling. She made Ghusl and wore her garment and quickly covered her head then opened the door, then she said, “O Abu Huraira! I bear testification that there is no deity worthy of worship in truth except Allah and I bear witness that Mohammad is his servant and Messenger”.

So I returned to the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم and (this time) I was shedding tears from joy and I said, “O Messenger of Allah, glad tidings to you, Allah has answered your du'a and guided the mother of Abu Huraira!” So he صلى الله عليه و سلم praised Allah, and mentioned goodness..“

[Saheeh Muslim: Chapter - The Virtues of Abu Huraira 2491 | Translated by: Abu Muadh Taqweem]

Okay Mom. Na’am Ummi. Shh.

Do you feel happy when she calls you? I know, more likely irritated as it seems, right?

Do you look for her when you come home? I know, probably you’ll go straight upstairs to your room and check how many retweets, reblogs and likes you have from your last status update, right?

Do you appreciate how she reminds you for your own good? I know, you must be thinking “why am I the always one “seen” in this house”.

Don’t deny it, well you can, but you cannot deny it infront of Allah, always remember that. 
_____

You know, sometimes, it really hits me that a lot of us take our mothers for granted knowing that she would always be there when we need her.

But today I want everyone to realize how blessed they are if they were born Muslim with Muslim parents, why? because I know a lot of reverts that struggle a lot within themselves because their parents aren’t Muslims yet you find such reverts amongst people who treat their parents with the utmost kindest and respect. Subhan’Allah.

Whenever I hear someone reverts to Islam, I remember the Sahabah RA, why? because almost all of them were reverts and it is quite a shame how we treat reverts, how there comes a discrimination within that line. Astagfirullah. 

Let me narrate to you a story of one of the greatest Sahabah RA that ever walked in this world, Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu Anhu. Did you know how much he tried and convinced his mother to revert to Islam? How much he endured patiently even when at times his mother would be so angry with him, yet he sought for what is good for his mother and never despaired?
_____

Abu Hurairah RA narrated that his mother was a polytheist who often got angry when I invited her to Islam every now and then.

“One day, I again called upon her to embrace Islam, but she flew into a rage and uttered some offensive remarks against the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. Deeply upset, I went to the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam with tears in my eyes and said “I always invite my mother to Islam, and she always refuses. I asked her again to accept Islam today, but she said some things against you that have made me really sad. May I request you to pray that Allah guide my mother?”

The Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam prayed very generously and cheerfully, “O Allah! Guide Abu Hurairah’s mother to the right path.”

My joy knew no bounds to have the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam pray for my mother. I returned home and found the door closed from the inside. My mother had heard the sound of my footsteps and said: Abu Hurairah, wait until I open the door. In the meanwhile, I heard splashing of water. Then my mother hurriedly took bath, got dressed, covered her head with a sheet of cloth and opened the door. As she opened the door, she said, Abu Hurairah! I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and that the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam is His Servant and Messenger.”

I again went to the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam crying with joy and said: “O Allah’s Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam! I have good news, Allah has answered your prayer and guided my mother to Islam.”

The Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam praise and glorified Allah and prayed for goodness. I further said: “pray that Allah may instil love for me and for my mother in the believers and let our hearts be filled with their love.” So the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam  prayed for it. 

Accordingly, this supplication was answered by Allah so that every believer who hears of me or sees me has love for me.”

______

Alhamdulillah. Subhan’Allah. 

My brothers and sisters in Islam, revert or born Muslim, I know we all go through such struggles. Born Muslims who are in situations where their parents are still trapped with the cultural bang of traditions and revert Muslims who are still struggling to invite their parents to Islam, this is a beautiful struggle for all of us.

Never give up on inviting your family to accept and practice Islam accordingly. Yes, our situations may all be different but we all are striving to invite them to the same way, to the same path. 

Take advantage of these remaining days of your life, invite them everyday to Islam just like how Abu Hurairah RA did with his mother, even when she got angry with him often, still this did not stop him from seeking what is good for her mother.

Always accompany your invitation and calling to Islam with a sincere du’a for only Allah can turn hearts. So rely upon Him at all times. Every word said and act done for His Sake will surely be rewarded. So never despair.

Just like how reverts are doing their best to invite more people from their family to come to the fold of Islam, born Muslims should also do same efforts to clear out the cultural traditions they have mixed with Islam so that our religion would be practiced appropriately.
______

May everyone of you, who is struggling with such situation, be inspired through this story of Abu Hurairah RA to not give up from what you are doing for His Sake. May Allah accept all your efforts and grant us beautiful blessings here and in the hereafter.

May He unite us all with our loved ones in His Paradise. Amin

Zohayma
_____


Story was taken from Sahih Muslim, Hadith 2491

Invite people to Islam even without words. They asked: How? He replied “With your Manners.
—  Umar Ibn Al Khattab (radiallahu anhu)
A man who turned back from Islam was brought to Abu Musa. He invited him to repent for twenty days or about so. Muadh then came and invited him (to embrace Islam) but he refused. So he was beheaded.
—  Sunan Abi Dawud 4356

anonymous asked:

Hey darlin, wondering if you're open to receiving a private message about inviting people to Islam? It's alright if that's not something you're into talking about. Have a good day regardless, take care. 😊

I don’t proselytize, sorry, and even if someone is personally interested I’m very iffy about guiding them because I don’t see myself as being well-versed enough to do that

anonymous asked:

Firstly, if we were to give dawah to non Muslims, what should we address them in order for us to invite them in the best way possible and make them feel warm inside? What did prophet Muhammad sallallahhu alaihi wassalam do?

What would you tell your own self if you were to invite your own self to Islam? That’s what you should tell them.

Inviting and giving dawah should always have the heart in it. People will see it through the sincerity of your words and your actions.

Remember, a lot of those who entered the fold of Islam during the time of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was through seeing the character of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaiihi Wassalaam. His actions were his dawah. Allahu’akbar. Subhna’Allah. 

Islam: Who’s a ‘scholar’?  What’s a ‘scholar’ anyway?

English-speaking Muslim folks often (mis)use the term “scholar” to refer to public Muslim figures who talk about Islam. 

Personally, I only use that term for people at doctorate levels who are trained in the social sciences–especially those who perform research. To me, it’s a secular term, so it should be used in a secular way. The term is way too murky and thrown around way too often as replacement for a plethora of islamic terms–e.g., da'i, mufasir, muhaddith, qaari, haafez, mutakallim, faqih, mujtahid, ‘aalim, etc.

Roughly speaking:

Da‘i - lit. “inviter” to Islam, preacher.

Haafez - lit. “guardian”, a person who has memorized the entire Qur’an (with proper Arabic recitation).

Mufasir - commentator, a specialist in elucidating on the meaning and context of the revelation of verses of the Qur’an.

Muhaddith - a specialist in the prophetic reports of sayings and actions of Muhammad (saw), and in the chain of oral transmission by which those reports reached the Muslim community.

Qaari - a reciter, a specialist of the rules of the recitation of the Qur’an.

Mutakallim - a specialist in kalaam, or islamic theology.  

Faqih - a specialist in fiqh, or islamic jurisprudence–aka, the science of differentiating that which is permitted and that which is prohibited. 

Mujtahid - a specialist in islamic law who is deemed qualified to perform ijtihad–or independent reasoning based on evidence from the Qur’an and the prophetic precedent of Muhammad (saw). 

‘Alim - lit. “learned one”, usually meant to refer to someone who is part of the ‘ulama–the body of scholars in traditionally Muslim societies who issue religious rulings on many different matters, often advising Muslim leaders.

_______

Our religious tradition is rich and full of specialists of different kinds!  Often times some of these terms may overlap in some ways.  And often, learned specialists need to have a broad understanding of each of these categories to be better at their job.  

But sometimes, as average Muslims, we use the term ‘scholar’ as a catch-all term for any combination of these things, and sometimes even worse: we misuse it to refer to people who really are merely preachers or imams, folks in the public sphere who are neither secular scholars in the academic sense nor the specialists denoted above. 

I encourage English-speaking Muslims to be more careful in our use of the word, and to reevaluate our criteria for considering “scholars” as such–lest we raise people higher than they are or lower those who are better qualified.

(This post could have never happened without the thought-provoking conversations with my friend Shehnaz H., who always gets me to question.)

ISLAM 101: Basic Islamic Terms

Assalaamu Ayakum wa Rahmetullah,

This is a long post as a reference. Every way of life has its own vocabulary. This enables people to communicate about detailed topics using only a few key words. It is important that Muslims learn the vocabulary of Islam so that we all know what we’re talking about. This unites us as Muslims and brings us closer to a sense of belonging to the same community.


Abdul:This means “Servant of.” Many Muslims like to change their names from non-Muslim names to Muslim names. A favorite choice is Abdul. But who is the person a servant of? You must always have something after “Abdul.” The place to look is in the 99 Names of Allah. Allah has many names, such as Wadud (the Loving), Malik (the King), Rahman (The Merciful), Hakim (the Wise.) Just add one of those after Abdul and you become “The Servant of _______”. (For example: Abdul Khaliq: The Servant of the Creator.) etc…

Adab: Manners and ettiquette.

Adhan: (Athzan) The call to prayer.

Ahl al Kitab: This means the “People of the Book.” Allah uses this term in the Qur'an to refer to the Jews, Christians and any other people who received revelation from an authentic Prophet in the past. Because the Ahl al Kitab lost their revelations and twisted the teachings they had, Allah sent one last Messenger to the world, the Prophet Muhammad. He brought the Qur'an from Allah. The Ahl al Kitab are called to believe in Allah’s last message. To repeat: their own message has been lost or changed so much that there is very little of Allah’s truth left in it. The Bible is not the word of Allah. It is a book made up of people’s writings that was put together by Europeans in the year 325 at Nicea. That’s 300 years after the time of Prophet Jesus (‘Esa).

Akhee: My brother.

Akhirah: The next life or the life after death.

Akhlaq: Your character and behavior or the way you conduct yourself.

Alhumdu lillah: All Praise is for Allah.

‘Alim: A scholar or a learned man. The plural is ‘Ulema.

Allah: The name for God in the Arabic language. (Literally: THE GOD). Muslims prefer to say “Allah” no matter what language they speak because in Arabic it is a stand-alone word. In other words, you can’t make it masculine or feminine, plural or whatever. In English you can change “God” to Gods, Goddesses, Demi-God, etc… There is no way to do that in Arabic to the name, Allah.

Islam teaches that Allah is not a male or a female, nor is He black or white. He is not even a human like us. We cannot percieve what god is because our brains are only limited to percieve matter and time and anything beyond this is not percievable at all.
We only use the term “He” when we refer to Him because their is no “it” in Arabic and it seems disrespectful to call Allah an “it” in English. Allah sometimes refers to Himself as “We” or “Us” but don’t be mislead because the reason he says this is because he is the most high and worthy of the highest respect. In many languages, (including English) a single being can call himself a “We” if he wants to so that it emphasizes his power. Allah is everywhere and nowhere. He is never tired and He never needs a “rest.” He is Loving and the upholder of justice and He is the Source of Creation.

Allahu Akbar: “Allah is the Greatest.” This is the universal catch-all phrase of Muslims. When a Muslim shouts, “Takbeer” (Who’s the Greatest!) everyone replies with “Allah Akbar!”

Amir: This means a leader. The Prophet said every group of Muslims must make a leader among them, even if they were only three in number. An Amir is not a dictator and can’t just order people around, however. He must also be elected by the consent of the majority. Because Allah said believers consult each other in their affairs (shura), the Amir must listen to the opinions of the Muslim group and take them seriously. If an Amir begins to clearly go against Islamic teachings, then the Muslims must elect a new one.

Angels: In Arabic they are called the Mala-ika. They are created from light energy. Their only purpose is to serve Allah. They are behind the forces of nature. Some Angels are given the job of watching humans and noting their good and bad deeds for the day of judgment where we will be judged according to what we did in this life and our good and bad deeds will be weighed and whichever is heavier will mean either heaven or hell. Angels can take on physical form, sort of like a hologram, and can appear as humans or whatever.Again we can’t percieve what they look like because our brains cannot think beyond what is on this earth and which is visible to the human eye.Angels are all good and never disobey Allah. They are not male or female. Christianity teaches that some angels went bad and that’s where Satan and the devils came from. Islam teaches that this is not true. Angels are also not people running around in white robes with halos over their head.

Ansar: The helpers. The basic reference is to the new Muslims of Medina who helped the Prophet and the Meccan Muslims after they fled Mecca.

Arabic: A language which originated in the Middle East, specifically in the Arabian peninsula. It is the language Allah chose to reveal His last revelation to the world in.

Arkan al Islami: This means the Pillars of Islam. There are five main practices or “pillars” in the life of a Muslim.

Assalamu 'alaykum: “Peace be upon you.” This is the universal Muslim greeting. The Prophet said that Muslims must use this greeting when they meet. There are also verses in the Qur'an about it. If a person approaches a group, the person should say it first. A younger person should greet an older person first. The reply is “Wa alaykum assalam.” “And upon you be peace.”

Ayah: A verse of the Qur'an. The word literally means a “sign.” The plural is Ayat.

Barzakh: The time in between our death and the day we are raised up for judgment. Our souls will be in “storage"or Barzakh. The word literally means, “Partition” or “Dividing Line.” The stage after our death leading on till the day of judgement.

Bid'a: This means “Innovation” or “Unauthorized Changes.” The Prophet forbade people from making any changes to the teachings or practices of Islam. He said such things and people would go to the Hell fire.So it is essential that we all keep away from deviant sects and the innovators of Islam who mask themselves as being on the straight path but are certainly not.Always stick the the Qur'an and Strong Hadith from the opinion of the majority of scholars.

Da'wah: This means calling or inviting people (to Islam). If you’re talking to someone about Islam you’re doing Da'wah. A Da'i is the person who does Da'wah.

Deen: Way of Life. Islam is not a religion, it’s a complete way of life.

Dhikr (Thzikr): This means to remember Allah. When you repeat words or sentences over and over so you can meditate on Allah and his greatness in the vast universe he has creaated and this earth which he has made just for us as a test ground but we will all return to him.Meditate about all these things whilest praising the lord and cleanse your mind, you are doing or making dhikr. Common dhikr phrases are: “La ilaha illa Allah” (There is no god but Allah.) “Subahanullah wa Bihumdeehee”(Glory to Allah and His is the Praise.) “Alhamdolillah” (all praise be to allah). “Allahu akbar” (allah is the greatest). Saying that last one 100 times gets all your sins forgiven according to the Blessed Prophet. There are many more. Many Muslims like to get those prayer beads to help them keep count but the Prophet said you get more reward if you do it on your fingers alone.

Du'a: This means to call on Allah. Its supplication when one supplicates to the lord. Whenever you ask Allah for something, whether out loud or inside, you are calling on Him. You can make du'a in any words, in any language and Allah has promised to respond, although in a way we might not expect. Many Muslims like to learn some of the du'as that the Prophet said, but you can use your own words to talk to your Maker.

Dunya: This world. “Hayatud Dunya”: “The life of this world.”

'Eid: (Or: 'Id.) The Muslim holiday. There are two Eid’s. One at the end of fasting in Ramadan is called Eid ul Fitr. The other after the Hajj is over is called Eid ul Adh ha.

Fard: Something you must do in Islam.An act which is obligatory on us to complete or fulfill. Something that is required by Allah for us to do.

Fatwa: A scholar’s opinion or judgment on an issue related to Islam. It is not binding on a Muslim if there is doubt about it or it can be shown to be faulty. Only a recognized scholar, or 'Alim can issue Fatwas and other scholars must investigate the veracity of their basis.

Fiqh: The science of understanding the Shari'ah. In the past small groups of people with similar opinions about the Shari'ah joined together and formed intellectual clubs called a Math-hab. Today there are five big groupings of these Madh-habs. Shaf’, Hanbali, Maliki, Jafari and Hanafi. Not all Muslims accept the Jafari school as valid due to technical reasons. A Muslim can follow the ideas of any one of them or none of them at all. After all, we have the Qur'an, the sayings of the Prophet, the sayings of his companions and our brains. Don’t be afraid to use them.

Ghusl: A full shower. A Ghusl is required after any sexual discharge or activity before prayers can be offered again. A Ghusl is highly recommended on Fridays before going to Jum'ah prayers.

Hadith: A saying or report by or about the Blessed Prophet. The most reliable collections of Hadith are named after the scholars who collected them in the early days of Islam and checked on them for accuracy. They are: Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, An Nisa'i, Ibn Majah. There are some good books that take Hadiths from the main six and group them by topic. Those good resource books are as follows: “Riyadh as Saliheen”“Mishkat ul Masabih” and “Al Muwatta.”

Hafiz: (Hafithz) A memorizer or guardian of the entire Qur'an.A person who’s memorised the whole Qur'an by heart.

Hajj: The pilgrimage to Mecca that one is required to do once in a life time if one can afford it.

Halal: Allowed for a Muslim.

Haram: Forbidden for a Muslim.

Hijab: The scarf a woman wears over her head. Some Muslims who like to compromise their beliefs say it’s not required in Islam and they are very wrong and have no knowledge of their Islam. It is obligatory on women to cover as is said to us by our lord for a women to protect her chastity and keep her respect because a women who shows off her beauty and bodily definitions is certainly not respected in the eyes of a man rather looked at in a sexual way. So Islam has the utmost honour and respect for women and given them such a high position in society compared with the west which is quite the opposite. The face-veil (niqab) is entirely upto the individual and it depends on the level of faith of the sister whether she wants to wear it or not although a lot of scholars do say it should be worn because Allah also told the women in the Prophet’s family in the Qur'an to wear the veil and if he told them to wear it then it should also be worn by all Muslim women but other scholars say it is preferrable but not compulsory.

Hijra: To migrate. This term refers firstly to the great migration of the Muslims in the year 622 from the hostile city of Mecca, which was controlled by idol-worshippers, to the safer city of Madinah (then called Yathrib) where Islam could exist freely. The Islamic calendar begins with the Hijra as the first year.

'Ibadah: This term is often translated as “worship” but it is not a correct translation. The word worship in English just means praying and bowing, like worshipping in a church. But the term 'Ibadah literally means “service” and it comes from the root word, “to serve.” When we say that Islam considers all life to be 'Ibadah, we mean that our whole life should be lived in the service of Allah. We are here to serve Allah. In Islam, any good deed, action or thought, even just holding a steady job or smiling at someone is considered doing 'Ibadah for Allah.

Iftar: The meal you eat after sunset in Ramadan. Suhoor is the light breakfast before first light in the morning during Ramadan.

Imam: Literally: leader. Although most Muslims take this term in the sense of a leader of the prayers, it does apply to the group leader outside of prayer as well. An Imam must be elected by the Muslims or at least accepted by them if he is appointed from outside. If the community rejects him, then he cannot be the Imam.

Eman: (Eemaan) Belief or faith. The root word of Eman is Amuna. It implies three meanings: 1) to believe, 2) to confirm that belief in your heart, and 3) to feel safe. Eman is what makes a person a Muslim. Often spelled “Iman”.

Ihsaan: Usually translated as “goodness”. The Prophet (p) defined it as knowing that Allah is watching you even though you don’t see Him.

Injeel: The Gospel of Prophet 'Esa (Jesus). The New Testament of the Bible is not the Gospel of Jesus. The New Testament was written by a lot of different authors well after Jesus went up to the heavens, and it contains stories about Prophet 'Esa, but it is not 'Esa’s message. The present New Testament was assembled three hundred years after the time of Prophet 'Esa by a group of white men on a Greek Island who voted on what their “holy” book should contain. Most of the votes were hotly debated! The Roman emperor who ordered them to do it then told all Christians to accept this new compilation of writings. All other Christian writings were ordered to be destroyed. The New Testament contains four books called Gospels: (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Hundreds more “Gospels” from other authors were burned. A few such as the Gospel of Barnabas and Thomas have survived. The Gospel of Jesus was never written down and is lost.

Insha'llah: If Allah wills something to happen only then will it happen.

Iqamah: The second call to prayer just before the actual prayer begins.

Islam: To surrender to Allah and find peace.To submit oneself TOTALLY to the lord.

Jahannam: Hell.

Jam'a: Together, in a group.

Jannah: Paradise, Heaven. It literally means “the Garden.”

Jibra'il: The angel that brought Allah’s revelation to the Prophet. Allah is so powerful and majestic that it is beneath him to reveal Himself to humans. We are like an ant next to a star in comparison to Allah. He sends the angels to do these small jobs, though He doesn’t need them. In English his name is Gabriel.

Jinn: These are another type of creature Allah created. They are invisible to us but they can see us. They were made from fire elements and thus are pure energy. They are not like ghosts or weird monsters. They can influence your thoughts, encourage you to do wrong, and whisper fears into your mind. They can be good or bad. The good jinn leave us alone. The bad ones, who are also called Shayateen, or Devils, want to destroy you. Astrologers and fortune tellers get their “predictions” and “readings"from them. Jinn spy on the Angels and learn secrets about the future, then they whisper it into the minds of the fortune tellers. Jinn live, die and have families like us but they exist on another plane altogether. The Prophets could control the Jinn but none of us ordinary people can. Although we believe Jinn can possess a human body, Islam teaches that it’s not very common. Don’t believe every “Jinn story” Muslim immigrants will tell you about their aunt or second cousin’s brother. Most of it will be superstitious stories that are culturally based.

Jumu'ah: The Friday Prayer in which all Muslims gather to hear a sermon called a Khutba. It’s time is in place of the Zuhr Salah, usually somewhere between 12 pm and 2 pm. It is mandatory on all men to attend. It is optional for women. The Prophet said if you miss three Jumu'ahs in a row then hypocrisy will start to enter your heart.

Kafir: This means a person who covers up the truth. Usually we say the easier English word “unbeliever.” The plural is Kuffar. (Unbelievers.) The noun (unbelief) is Kufr.

Khalifah: This word means Steward, Manager or Care-taker. Allah made humans to be the Khalifah of the earth. In other words, we were given the earth as a trust to take care of. We shouldn’t ruin it or pollute it. The head of the Muslim Ummah is also called a Khalifah because he is to take care of the Muslim community. Muslims are supposed to elect a Khalifah, but there hasn’t been a world-wide Khalifah for a long time.

Khatib: The person who gives the Khutbah, or Friday sermon. The preacher during Friday services.

Kitabullah: The Book of Allah. (The Qur'an.) The word Kitab means book.

Mahr: The money (or whatever else) that the man has to give to a woman in order to marry her. It is called the marriage-gift and a woman can ask for whatever she wants. If it is money, it can be deferred and paid gradually over time. The husband can never take it away for any reason.

Malik ul Mawt: The Angel of Death.

Masjid: Literally means, “the place of bowing.” This is the name for a Muslim prayer hall or commonly known as Mosque.

Madh-hab: This means, “School of Thought.” In Islam we have the Qur'an, the example of the Prophet and the sayings and guidance of the Prophet’s companions. Through the centuries, various Muslim scholars have tried to make those teachings easier for Muslims to live by through organizing them, talking about them and trying to use those tools to find answers to questions where those first three sources are quiet.

Of course different opinions developed between different scholars and some people chose to follow one scholar or the other. Those differences in ideas about how to follow Islamic rules are called “Schools of Thought.” There are 4 main schools today. Some people say you have to “follow” one of those schools to be a Muslim, but this is not true. You have to follow Islamic teachings but you don’t have to put some label on yourself. Each of the four schools is named after the scholar who founded or inspired it.

The four are: Maliki, Hanafi, Hanbali, Shaf'i. The books and writings of the schools are a good source of information about the particulars of Islam, but our real label is, “I am a Muslim, and only a Muslim.” The Hanafi and Shaf'i schools are considered the easiest school and the Hanbali is considered the hardest in terms of social and personal rules.But they are all right in their own way and it is recommended to follow one in order to safe guard ones self from following ones own desires although it is not obligitory it is recommeneded.

Mecca: (Also spelled Makkah). A city in Arabia founded thousands of years ago by Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). At that time it was called “Becca.” Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was born there in the year 570.

Medina: (Also spelled Madinah). A city about 200 miles north of Mecca. The Prophet established the Islamic community there. He passed away there and is buried there.

Mu'adhan: The person who does the call for prayer.

Mujahid: A person who does Jihad or holy war.

Mu'min: A person with Iman(faith). A true believer.

Mus-haf: The Arabic text of the Qur'an. “Brother, hand me a Mus-haf.” (Qur'an with the Arabic in it).

Mushrik: A person who commits Shirk (making partners with Allah). Usually an idol-worshipper. A Hindu would be considered a Mushrik because they bow down to many idols and statues.

Muslim: A person who surrendered to Allah and is working at finding peace.

Nabi: This term means Prophet.

Nafs: This is often translated as “soul” but it really means “the self,” i.e. “You and only you.”

Naar: The fire (of Hell).

Nikkah: The Islamic wedding ceremony.

Qadr: This term is often translated as “Destiny” or “Pre-destination.” This is not entirely accurate. It means literally “to measure.” The religious idea behind it is that Allah measured everything in the universe. The length of your life is “measured,” as is your fortune and your life’s circumstances. Because of the knowledge of Allah, He knows if you will be a believer or a kafir but He doesn’t make you be either one of those.

Qadiani: Another name for the sectarian deviant Ahmadiyya movement and they are not Muslims but call themselves Muslims.

Qiblah: The direction of Prayer. All Muslims make their prayers, or salat, facing Mecca. Allah commanded us to do this in the Qur'an as a show of unity and to remember Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) who built the first shrine there in that place so many thousands of years ago. Prophet Adam is said to have built an even older shrine many thousands of years before that in that very place.

Qur'an: This is the name of the Book Allah revealed to the Prophet Muhammad from the years 610-632. Allah revealed it in stages, one section at a time, as the Muslims were ready to follow it. It has 114 chapters called surahs. It was revealed in the Arabic language and has never been lost, changed or edited, like the Bible or Buddhist books have.

We have lots of translations of the Qur'an into English, but a translation can never be as good as the original words and their full meaning. All Muslims try to learn Arabic so they can read the Qur'an. Be advised, there are two different types of Arabic. The first is the language of the Qur'an, in other words, whatever vocabulary words are used in the Qur'an. The second type of Arabic is everyday Arabic, in other words, things that would help you talk about a sports game, a vacation or a day at the office. Many Muslims get bogged down by studying the second type of Arabic. You should work towards the first type if your main goal is to understand the Qur'an.

Ramadan: The ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims are required to fast from before sunrise to sunset every day of this month. There are many details concerning this so consult the section on beliefs and practices.

Rasul: This term means Messenger.

Ruh: Your spirit or soul. Allah gave it to you on loan and thus you had better not sin and dirty it up.

Sadaqah: Charity.

Sahaba: A companion of the Prophet.

Sahabiyat: The female companions of the Prophet.

Sajda: Bowing on the floor in prayer; prostration.

Salafi: This is the name of a group of Muslims who took stance of Abdul Wahaab who was a reformer. Their name is derived from the Salaf, (ancestors) which is a reference to the Sahaba and the generation immediately after them. They tend not to follow a madhab.

Salat: (or Salah) This means prayer, the prayer in which you stand, bow and prostrate. The literal meaning of the word is: to make a connection with.

Shahadah: The Declaration of Faith. By believing in and declaring the following phrase, a person becomes a Muslim: “Ash hadu an la ilaha illallah, wa ash hadu anna Muhammadar rasulullah.” “I declare that there is no god but Allah, and I declare that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” There are other ways to say this formula but this is the most common one. When a person accepts Islam, all his or her past sins are forgiven and his or her record is wiped clean and they start again from that moment as if they were just born.

Shaykh: Literally: Chief or Boss. It is the title that Muslims sometimes give to their scholars. It is not required in Islam but many people like to use this term.

Shari'ah: It is usually translated as Islamic Law. It means the path of Islam.

Shirk: This is the greatest and most terrible sin. It is the one sin that can keep your soul out of Paradise and doom you to Hellfire. It means making partners with Allah. If a person says that there are many gods, or says that Allah is divided up into different people (such as the Trinity teaching of Christianity) then they are committing Shirk. Allah said it is the one sin He won’t forgive if you die while doing it. The Blessed Prophet Muhammad once mentioned also that a person who likes to feel greatness in their heart was also committing a kind of Shirk. This is because all greatness is for Allah and we should always try to be humble. The Prophet also said, “La Yad khulu al Jannah min kana fee qal beehee mith qalu habbatin min kibr.” “They won’t enter Paradise, the one who has even a little bit of the love of greatness in their heart.”

Shaytan: (or Shaytan) It means Satan. (The literal meaning is to separate from.) Islam teaches that a Jinn named Iblis didn’t want to bow when Allah commanded a bunch of angels to bow down to Adam in respect of his knowledge. Iblis thought he was better than both humans and angels. Allah banished him to earth and let him have extended life until the Day of Judgment. That is because Iblis challenged Allah and said if he had time he would corrupt all human beings. Iblis’s name literally means “Frustrated.” He is also known as the Shaytan, or Satan.

Siyam (or Saum) Fasting.

Subhanullah: “Glory to Allah.” This phrase is said whenever we’re happy or when we see something wonderful or hear about something wonderful.We as Muslims should say it as often as we can becasue of its GREAT rewards.

Sufi: This is the name for a group of another sect of Muslims who want to be super-spiritually oriented. Sufis tend to try and be as close to the Sunnah as possible and they like to do group dhikr and chanting. While most Sufis are okay Islamically, there are a few groups that go way out and are close to being outside of Islam. Most Sufis you will encounter are of the okay kind. They are distinguished by their traditional Islamic dress and turbans. The word Sufi comes from the term for wool cloth, which was a material early Sufis liked to wear to emphasize how they didn’t want to be captured by the love of fineries in this world.

Sufis organize themselves into “orders” or groups, called Tariqas. These groups are headed by a leader called a Shaykh who is considered the most spiritual man with the most Taqwa among them. Some famous Sufi Tariqas that operate all over the world are the Naqshabandis and Qadiriyya. The most famous Sufi Muslim scholars that ever lived are Jalaluddin Rumi, Muhammad al Ghazali and Abdul Qadir Jilani.

Suhoof: “Scrolls.” This is the name of the revelation given to Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) about 4,000 years ago. It was lost.

Sunnah: The example or “way” of the Prophet. How he lived his life and what his practices were.

Sunni: This is the name of the largest sect or group of Muslims. This group amounts to about 85-90% of all Muslims world-wide. Sunni’s believe in the mission of the Prophet as he taught it and try very hard to adhere to the Prophet’s example with no changes. This doesn’t mean that Sunni’s are somehow the only 'true’ Muslims, however, because the Prophet never taught that we should even label ourselves Sunni’s or Shi'as.

Sunni Islam is just closer to real Islam because it is the way of the Prophet and his companions aswell as the righteous predecessors. The best thing for a Muslim to do is to drop all the labels and just say, “I’m a Muslim."But there are many Muslims in the world who get emotional about wanting to call themselves some kind of label besides the basic, "I’m a Muslim.” Have patience with them and do what is right. The term Sunni comes from the title, “Ahl as-Sunnah wal Jam'a” which means, “People of the Example (of the Prophet) and the Main Group (of First Muslims).”

Surah: It is a chapter of the Qur'an. The word literally means “a step up in progression” or a “fence.”

Tafseer: Commentary or explanation of the Qur'an. Many Qur'an translations will have footnotes on the bottom of the page to help you understand the meaning of an ayah. That would be called Tafseer.

Taqwa: This term means many things at once. The first meaning is that you are always aware that Allah is watching you. This brings you to the second meaning and that is that you will try to be good always. Do you see how the two things wrapped together can be so beautiful? When a Muslim has Taqwa, we say they are “Aware of Allah” “Conscious of Allah” and striving to be righteous.The main meaning is the fear of allah, because if we fear him then we will not go astray.Allah loves those most who fear him the most.

Tauhid: Sometimes it’s spelled Tawhid. It means the Oneness of Allah. Allah has no partners, He is not divided up into parts and He is not in need of anyone to help Him in anything whatsoever.

Taurah: The revelation given to Prophet Musa (Moses). The first five books of the old testament in the Bible are said to be the “Torah” of Moses, but no serious Bible scholar, whether Jewish or Christian believes that anymore. Musa’s message was lost long ago. Just take a look, everything about Prophet Moses in the Bible is written in third person: “And Moses said this,” and “Moses went there,” Someone else wrote those things, certainly not Moses!

Ukhtee: Means “My sister.”

Wahy: This word means revelation or inspiration. When Allah was revealing His messages to the Prophet, we would say the Prophet was receiving “Wahy.” The Blessed Prophet once said that after him, all Wahy from Allah was finished except for one thing: dreams that can come true.

Wudu: Washing for prayer.

Yowm ul Qiyamah: The Day of Judgment. (Literally: Day of rising.)Because that is the day all creation from the begining till the end will rise on the plains of arafat and be judged on their life and actions.

Zabur: The revelation given to Prophet Dawud (David). The Psalms in the Bible are not the pure Zabur. Christian scholars admit that at least half of the verses in Psalms were written by temple priests, government workers, etc, in ancient Israel. And no one knows which half are from Prophet Dawud and how many have been lost or altered.

Zakah: This is often translated as “Charity” or “Poor-due” but the literal meaning of the word is actually, “Purifying."Zakah is the third pillar of Islam. It involves giving 2.5% of your yearly wealth, after expenses, for the benefit of the poor and the needy. The "purifying” part comes in by learning not to be greedy. If you give some of your money for the sake of Allah to the poor, you make your heart less prone to greed.

Also check this out please:

http://reverthelp.tumblr.com/post/112704810626/islam-101-basic-islamic-phrases

This is true Islam

The Muslims of the Arizona mosque invited the armed anti-Islam protesters to join the evening prayer. This is what happened when two of the protesters actually accepted the invitation….

Jason Leger, a Phoenix resident wearing one of the profanity-laced shirts, accepted an invitation to join the evening prayer inside the mosque, and said the experience changed him.

“It was something I’ve never seen before. I took my shoes off. I kneeled. I saw a bunch of peaceful people. We all got along,” Leger said. “They made me feel welcome, you know. I just think everybody’s points are getting misconstrued, saying things out of emotion, saying things they don’t believe.”

Paul Griffin, who had earlier said he didn’t care if his t-shirt was offensive, assured a small crowd of Muslims at the end of the rally that he wouldn’t wear it again.

“I promise, the next time you see me, I won’t be wearing this shirt,” he told one man while shaking his hand and smiling. “I won’t wear it again.”  [x]

Oh no, I have this necklace that protects me, it once save my grandfather from a bullet! 

Oh yes, I know my mother had that colorful thing on her hip and that kept her healthy and away from harm.

No really, it is same with my sister, we have this ring that saves us from evil eyes and melts the hearts of those who want to do harm with us.

OKAY. Whoww.

Ever heard such things? I know it’s kinda weird but its happening as we speak. 

Have you ever had those amulets? Take them off, wallah we put our trust in Allah Azza Wa Jall not on these things.

Protection comes only from Allah. If you are saved from a strayed bullet, it is from the will of Allah, nothing happens unless He decrees. 

Let me remind you of this story that would make you think twice of actually wearing such things.
_____

Jabir Ibn ‘Abdullah Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that they were with the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam in Dhat ar-Riqa’ when they came to a shaded tree and left the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam underneath so that he could sleep. The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam hung up his sword and we dispersed to take shade under the trees.

During this time, we (the Muslims) were at war with the Ghatfan tribes who had begun to pursue us and as the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam was resting under the tree an opening was seen in Muslim ranks. 

A man called Ghawrath Ibn Al Harith approached until he stood over the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam with his sword drawn close to the Prophet’s Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam head and said: “Who can save you from me?”

The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam neither got scared nor panicked but instead he said: “Allah will stop you.”

When Ghawrath heard these words from the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam, fear overcame his body and he began to tremble that caused his sword to fall from his hand, whereupon the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam took hold of it and said: “Who can save you from me?”

Ghawrath said: “Nobody. The sword is now in your hand so kill me if you must.” 

Instead of killing or hurting the man, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam with his ability to forgive and pardon in the most surprising of situations showed remission and further invited him to submit to Islam. 

Ghawrath may have not submitted to Islam that time, but when he came back to his people, he told them: “I have come back to you having been with the best of people.”


And Allah says in the Qur’an: You are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah.” 3:110
______

Yes, we know that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam was a man not to be killed, but realize O my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, if it was not with the Will and Protection of Allah Azza Wa Jall, they could have hurt him instead, but when the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam spoke and mentioned the name of Allah Azza Wa Jall, his enemy trembled with fear! Allahu’akbar! 

How powerful is Allah that with the mentioning of His Name, their knees tremble and they get that change of heart. 

Remember, O Muslim, when you submitted to Islam, you submitted to Allah in completion. So why look for protection other than His Protection! O Muslim, you know well that only Allah owns the Protection that no army can defeat nor any calamity can destroy! Allahu’akbar! So put your trust in him and not from things that can be worn and be worn out for His Protection never dies for He never dies!
_____

And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall blankets us all with His Protection every single millisecond and that with that we remember glorifying His Name not only at the tip of our tongue but in the core of our hearts! 

Amin

Zohayma

_____

Story was taken from:

• Sahih Al Bukhari, Hadith 438, Sahih Muslim, Hadith 521
• Sahih Al Bukhari, Hadith 4135, Sahih Muslim, Hadith 843, 5959, Musnad Imam Ahmad (3/363.365), As Sirat An Nabawiyyah, As Salabi (2/249,250)

A German brother who is a revert to Islam gives Da'wah in Germany streets inviting the non-Muslims to Islam, Masha'Allaah!

This duty of conveying the message of Islam is incumbent upon every member of the Muslim Ummah. As Allaah سبحانه و تعالى says in the Qur'aan:

“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good; enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, they are the ones to attain success.” [Qur'aan, Surah Ali’ Imran [3:104]]

SOME OF THE BEST QUOTES EVER

Ameerul Mu'mineen" Umar ibnul Khattab (ra), the second Khalifah of Islam

“Get used to a tough life, for luxury does not last forever”
— Umar ibnul Khattab (ra)

“I have never regretted my silence. As for my speech I’ve regretted it many times”
—Umar ibnul Khattab (ra)

“Allah loves moderation and hates extravagance and excess.”Umar Ibn Khattab (ra)

“I thought of all types of wealth, but couldn’t find a better wealth than contentment in a little”
— Umar ibnul Khattab (ra)

“Let not your love become attachment, nor your hate become destruction.”
— Umar ibnul-khattab {ra}

“May God bless the man who says less and does more.”
— ‘Umar ibnul Khattab (ra)

“Patience is the healthiest ingredient of our life.”
— Umar Ibnul-Khattab (ra)

“Doing good for a good done to you is simply repayment, whereas doing good for an evil done to you is a tremendous virtue.”'Umar ibnul Khattab (ra)

Umar ibnul Khattab (ra) said: ”Invite people to Islam even without words” They asked ”How?” He replied ”With your manners.”

“I fear the day where disbelievers are proud of their falsehood and Muslims are shy of their faith.” Umar ibnul-Khattab (ra)

"The biggest gift after Iman (Faith) is your wives.”
— Umar ibnul Khattab(ra )

SubhanAllah:
May Allah (SWT) grant us taufeeq to implement Aameen.

Kindly share to reach many …