Belief and Science

Belief in One God is not opposed to Science.

Science is, broadly speaking, laws of nature. These laws themselves point to the existence of a Supreme Maker, a Designer of each of these laws.

1400 years ago, the Last Messenger of Allah (SallAllahu alaihi wasallam) possibly could not have known the facts of Science that are mentioned in the Quran.

Apart from that, Allah Himself, in the Quran, points to the alteration of night and day, the  creation of this Universe, as Signs that point to His Existence. After all, Rene Descartes, (1596—1650) who is known as the Father of Modern Philosophy, proved the existence of God by his Causal Argument, that every effect has a cause, and the Universe must therefore have a cause, and eventually that Ultimate Cause that Created this Universe is God.

There are only two possibilities of how this world came into being.

1) It was Created by a Mastermind

2) It came into being merely by Probability and Evolution

The second view, held by most atheists, we propose, is a belief in and of itself. There are so many conditions required for life to exist on planet Earth – hundreds of conditions – that it is mere belief that there is no God who Created all those conditions for us to exist,

“You Prefer the Life of this World”

There is a Hadith of the Prophet (s)

“Love of this world is the source of all faults.”

There is a famous dua that the Prophet (s) taught us to make:
Rabbana aatina fiddunya hasanatun wa fil akhirati hasana; waqina azaabannar”

Now here, we are asking of the goodness of the world as well as the hereafter…

So what does it mean that we should not love this world.

It is interesting that here again, we find in Islam, an emphasis on feeling of the heart. Apparently and outwardly, a person may be a king, may Now because this world is exactly be a millionaire… But in his heart, what should he feel towards this wealth? He should not have any love for it.

This world where we have to sow so that we reap later, this saying of the Prophet does not mean that we should not have wealth, or should not progress in terms of this world and our careers etc. What it means is, that no matter what we own of this world or do not own, the love of that worldly wealth should not take place in our heart.

You will see that it is love of wealth that results in : greed, envy, malice, jealousy, pride and other such evils.

And perhaps more than all of this, one thing that love of this world does, is that it steers us away from love of Allah. From love of working for our hereafter. From increasing the good within us and following the Sunnah of the Prophet (s) in all our endeavors.

Loving this world makes us materialistic. Man by nature wants immediate gratification. But this is exactly what leads to decline of humans.

There are many example in the Companions of the Prophet (s) where we saw that four of the ten companions who were promised Jannah (Heaven) were extremely rich men. But they gave away that wealth time and again, continuously, for the sake of Allah, for the poor and needy of society. They had not love of that wealth in their hearts, subhanAllah.

The goodness of this world that we ask for in du’a will be everything that does not become an obstacle in loving Allah. Does not become an obstacle in preparing for the Hereafter; and that can only happen if we do not love this world and regard it only as a necessity that we have to earn and use in order to survive.

Scholars of Islam explain this in the following words: One thing is necessity and another is purpose. It is our necessity to earn in this world but it is not our purpose in this world to earn this world. Our purpose here is to earn for the afterlife.

Allah says in the Quran:

Never, (your denial of Resurrection is never based on any sound reason) Instead, you love that which is immediate, and neglect the Hereafter. 

In other words, our love for immediate gratification causes us to neglect the Hereafter.

And in another place:
Success is surely achieved by him who purifies himself,
and pronounces the name of his Lord, then offers prayer.
But you prefer the worldly life, while the Hereafter is much better and much more enduring. (87:15-18)

May Allah make us all who strive to purify ourselves. Who purify our hearts from false love of this world. May He Fill our hearts with love for Him and His Messenger and all who are beloved to Him.

Boys Don’t Cry

 

We really need to stop telling boys, “boys don’t cry”.
Boys don’t cry? Well clearly this is just something that has been passed on through generations in some parts of the world. But are we peopel who blindly follow previous generations? Clearly the answer is no.

Let us see what the Sunnah (the way) of the Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wasallam) is. And subhanAllah, the most beautiful of humans, despite being the most courageous, the most manly, the strongest that this world has seen, showed us this:

Real men cry… it is a sign of the softness of the heart…

Narrated Anas bin Malik: We went with Allah’s Messenger (s) to the blacksmith Abu Saif, and he was the husband of the wet-nurse of Ibrahim (the son of the Prophet). Allah’s Prophet (s) took Ibrahim and kissed him and smelled him and later we entered Abu Saif’s house and at that time Ibrahim was in his last breaths, and the eyes of Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) started shedding tears. ‘Abdur Rahman bin ‘Auf said, “O Allah’s Apostle, even you are weeping!” He said, “O Ibn ‘Auf, this is mercy.” Then he wept more and said, “The eyes are shedding tears and the heart is grieved, and we will not say except what pleases our Lord, O Ibrahim ! Indeed we are grieved by your separation.” (Book #23, Hadith #390)

“…The Prophet got up, and so did we. When he sat there (at the house of his daughter), the child (grandson) was brought to him, and he took him into his lap while the child’s breath was disturbed in his chest. The eyes of Allah’s Messenger started shedding tears. Sa’d said, “What is this, O Allah’s Apostle?” The Prophet said, “This is mercy which Allah has lodged in the hearts of whoever He wants of His servants, and verily Allah is merciful only to those of His servants who are merciful (to others).’ (Book #78, Hadith #649)

Narrated Abdullah bin Masud: Allah’s Messenger(s) said to me, “Recite (of the Qur’an) for me,” I said, “Shall I recite it to you although it had been revealed to you?” He said, “I like to hear (the Qur’an) from others.” So I recited Surat-an-Nisa’ till I reached: “How (will it be) then when We bring from each nation a witness, and We bring you (O Muhammad) as a witness against these people?” (4.41) Then he (the Prophet (s) said, “stop there, that is enough.” And I saw, his eyes were overflowing with tears.” (Book #60, Hadith #106)

Allah’s Messenger said, ‘Once Moses, Allah’s Apostle, preached to the people till their eyes shed tears and their hearts became tender, whereupon he finished his sermon….”

Until we look to the Sunnah of our Prophet (s) in every single thing we face in this world, we will never truly be successful.

And Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) says in the Quran:

Say (O Prophet): If you really love Allah, then follow me, and Allah shall love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful..[3:31]
It is the best model, the most beautiful example in the life of the Prophet (s) that Allah wants us to emulate.
It is the model that the Companions of the Prophet (s) emulated, out of love for him, that made them such humans that people looked at them and said, “we want to be like you.”

Today we have forgotten the way of the Prophet (s).
And this is the reason we have failed to become beloved in the Eyes of Allah (SWT). This is the real reason of our decline. The real reason the ummah is in tatters.

May Allah (s) Grant us all soft hearts, Sound hearts. Ameen.

What is Islam?

Islam means, peace, through submission to the one and only God.

Literally, “Salam“, which is how Muslims greet each other, means Peace.

Islam, a variant of the same root letters “seen”, “laam, “meem” means submission. But words in the Arabic language from the same root letters have overlapping meaning. Hence, the best way to simply translate Islam would be peace,

thG, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. The creator of the entire Universe. That which we know, and that which we do not know.

The name of the one and only God is Allah.

There can be many different beings or things that have been called “god” through out history. The name ALLAH is unique. Nothing else has been called Allah. And no other being can be confused with the concept of One God in Islam.

Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; (1) Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; (2) He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; (3) And there is none like unto Him. (4) (Holy Quran: 112:1-4)

There is no gender of God because it is He Himself who is the Creator of gender. Although, in Arabic, “He” is used for God but it does not mean that God is masculine. He says clearly in the Quran, that He is not like anyone or anything else. Whatever comes into our mind when we think about God, He is not like that. In Arabic it is what we would say, He is “waraa ul waraa, thumma waraa ul waraa“, He is beyond any thought any conception; beyond anything we know or can imagine in this world.

How can we know Allah?

Now the first thing people would say is, how do we know God exists?

There are different means of attaining knowledge of what exists.

1) The Five Senses:

We all know that sometimes, what our eyes can see is different than what really is. So we may be standing far from a mountain or a tall building. And the apparent height would be just a few inches. Now using our mind, our intellect, we can tell that actually, that mountain or that building is quite huge but only appears to be small because it is so far way.

Similarly, we cannot see radio-waves or microwaves. But through the help of intellect and experimentation using our five senses, we know they exist.

2) The Intellect:

The intellect, or our mind, or brain is an amazing capability that humans have to make sense of everything around us. However, even the intellect can be misleading. Just like the five senses, alone, are incomplete in guiding us to truth, the intellect, alone can lead us to faulty conclusions. An example of this would be the ‘rational’ acceptance of same sex marriages by many in the West. Or of the rational explanation of humans evolving from apes.

3) Revelation:

There is a third source of knowledge. And that is Revelation. This third category is also known as prophecy, for it has always been men, known as prophets in different nations and different times who brought news from the Unseen. And the called towards Truth, towards righteousness and towards all forms of good.

“The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will): Nor did the People of the Book dissent therefrom except through envy of each other, after knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of Allah, Allah is swift in calling to account.” (ِHoly Quran- 3:19)