Knowledge is Light!

Asalamu alaykum dear brothers and sisters!

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

 

In sha Allah, we begin a new enlightening section entitled Knowledge is Light.

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Through this beauty, we hope to equip you and ourselves with beneficial knowledge which will bring us closer to Allah, the Most Generous Lord, The Sustainer, The Provider and Protector. We ask Allah The Real Bestower to provide us with beneficial knowledge, from the Qur’an and Sunnah, and may He enable us to implement it to the best of our abilities, sincerely for His sake alone, as undoubtedly, the right to be worshipped belongs to Allah alone, The Almighty the Majestic, The Ever-Living Creator of all things. Laa ilaha illAllah, MuhammaduRasoolullah. May Allah abundantly bless our beloved rasool Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam always, ameen!

 

With love for the sake of Allah,

Thurrock Muslims

Eid-ul-Fitr 1435

Bismillah

Asalamu alaykum

By His Mercy, Allah has gifted us with the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr following a month of fasting in obedience to His command, Exalted and Majestic is He.

It is with great joy that we announce that the first  of Shawwal has arrived, which in sha Allah will console us for the departure of Ramadan- The Month of Mercy.

May Allah accept (good deeds) from us and from you. ameen

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Please take a few moments for the sake of Allah to discover the obligations, sunnahs and etiquettes of Eid-ul-fitr :

The etiquettes of Eid, the takbeer etc.

Seasonal reminder- Departure of an old friend, Ramadan, arrival of Eid-ul-fitr, Etiquettes, prayer and more

The Ruling and Sunnah’s of Eid

Description of Eid prayer

When should zakat-al-fitr be paid

 

Some top tips (see above links for references from Qur’an and sunnah):

1- Make sure you’ve paid zakat-ul-fitr, before the Eid salat.

2- Keep pronouncing the takbeer (starts on night of Eid until the imam emerges to lead the Eid prayer.) The Takbeer is:

Allahu Akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu Akbar, laa ilaha illAllah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillaahilHamd.

(Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, There is no true god worthy of worship, except Allah. Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great and all praise be to Allah.)

3-Have ghusl in the morning before going out to pray

4- Ensure you have eaten something before the prayer of Eid-ul-Fitr. Try eating an odd number of dates, as the prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam did.

5- Men should go out wearing their finest clothes, perfume etc.When going out or in the presence of non-mahram men, women should avoid perfume. Women can wear their fine clothes so long as it is concealed by a full and complete, unadorned Hijab. When in female only environments, or among their mahram relatives, women may adorn themselves appropriately. My dear readers, let us remind ourselves that obedience to Allah takes precedence over all else.

6- Pray the Eid prayer in congregation

7- Congratulate one another! Taqabbal Allahu minnaa wa minkum (May Allah accept (the fast and worship) from us and from you)

8- Go out to pray one route, and return by another.

Check out the links above for more!

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May Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa grant us mercy from Him in this world and the next, may He accept our good deeds, expiate our sins and make us adhere to the Qur’an and sunnah of the beloved messenger Muhammad peace be upon him. May Allah unite us in jannat al firdaus. May Allah abundantly bless His final prophet Muhammad upon him be peace. ameen!

 

Remember us in your duas too in sha Allah!

 

Thurrock Muslim Bloggers

Islam Explained (post 2)

Continued…

Previously, we discussed that the fundamental principle in Islam is to affirm the Oneness of Allah, in His Lordship, His names and attributes and His right to be worshipped exclusively. We also discussed belief in the prophets and messengers of God (Allah) , the last of whom was prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as well as the scriptures of the past, and the final revealed book, The Noble Qur’an.

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Here follows some more enlightening facts about our Islamic beliefs and principles:

7. Unseen Creation- Muslims believe in the unseen creation, such as the angels and jinns.The angels always obey Allah. Regarding the jinn, there are believers and disbelievers among the them. Satan (man’s biggest enemy) is from among the Jinn creation.

 

8.Heaven and hell- Muslims believe that there is judgement and an afterlife following this ephemeral worldly existence. We will be held accountable for our actions on the Day of Judgement. We strive to reach paradise, the abode of eternal pleasure, by obediently doing what Allah loves and is pleased with, and by striving to avoid what He forbids and is displeased with.

 

9.Divine decree and predestination- Allah has absolute control over the universe and there is no power nor strength except with Him. His Wisdom is great. His justice is perfect. And He is All-Knowing, All-Observant and All-aware, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful. He wants good for His servants. He knows exactly why everything that occurs in the universe does so, because He decreed it with infinite wisdom. He knows the past, the present, the future, i.e. what has happened, what is happening and what will happen. We have choice to do good or bad, yet this does not operate outside the comprehensive decree and irresistible will of Allah, The Irresistible, The Mighty Compeller. Good and bad things happen to us in this world, as a test of our faith in God. If we turn to God (Allah) always and have faith, trust, repent and bear patiently, we will get through the trials successfully.

 

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Islam explained (post 1)

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

Welcome dear curious reader. We’ll be giving you a brief introduction to Islam.

Whether you’re a Muslim or not, it is anticipated that you will learn much from this endeavour.

Sadly, Islam is still largely misunderstood by much of the population.

Thus, we took the initiative to tell you the TRUTH about Islam.

Let’s begin!

 

1. Allah-The Supreme Creator and Lord of all creation. The One True God worthy of worship. Allah is the Eternal, uncreated Creator.  He is One, Self-sufficient, independent from and separate from His creation. Allah does not have any partners or children. There is nothing like Allah. Allah is the All-Knowing, All-Seeing, All-Hearing, Provider, Cherisher, Sustainer and Originator of the universe. It is essential to affirm the Oneness of Allah in His Lordship, His names and attributes and His exclusive right to be worshipped without partners or associates.

You can find a superb description of Allah in chapter 112 of the Qur’an:

 

2. Islam– Means submission to the will of the One Supreme Creator of the universe known as ‘Allah’ or The One True God.

 

3. Muslim- One who submits his/her will to the Will of Allah. The purpose in life is to worship Allah, not because He needs us (remember He is Self-Sufficient, Self-Subsisting) but because we need Him. It is in everyone’s natural disposition to recognise Allah’s Lordship and His right to be worshipped exclusively.

 

4.Messengers and prophets– Allah did not leave creation without guidance. He sent prophets and messengers, who were human beings, to warn their nations and remind them to worship Allah alone. We believe in Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus among others, peace be upon them all. Incidentally, we believe Jesus was born from the virgin Mary, miraculously without a father. Jesus is not the son of God, because God (Allah) is One, without partners, associates or children. Humans and created beings have children, and God is unlike His creation! Therefore, we respect and believe in Jesus peace be upon him as a messenger of God who never claimed divinity, but rather, he called to the worship of The One True God (Allah) alone without partners.

 

5. Scriptures and revealed books– Allah sent the messengers with scriptures to guide the people to come back to the worship of One True God alone. We believe in the original scriptures, such as the Torah, Psalms and Gospel (the current day versions have been altered by man over time and are thus no longer in the original form). All the messengers and prophets (peace be upon them all) professed Islamic Monotheism. The previous messengers were sent with revelations for their people at their times. Thereafter, Allah sent a final messenger to guide,remind and warn us.

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6. The Final prophet and messenger and final book of revelation– Allah sent the final prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the last messenger after whom no new messenger will be sent to mankind. Allah revealed the final book of revelation,The Qur’an, to the prophet Muhammad, who conveyed this to his people. The Qur’an is the verbatim words of Allah.

The miracle is that the Qur’an has been preserved from change since its revelation over 1400 years ago, as Allah guaranteed to guard it from corruption.

Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’an) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption) .

[Qur’an, 15:9- English interpretation]

The message Muhammad was sent with and the final revealed book (The Qur’an)  abrogates all other books and laws before it. Muhammad peace be upon him also called to the Oneness of God and called people to worship Allah alone without partners (Islamic Monotheism), the same message of the previous prophets. The prophet Muhammad came with Islam, and the Qur’an, and this is the message all nations after him are to follow, as commanded by Allah. Indeed, it is through obeying God (Allah) that we hope to attain eternal bliss in the afterlife.

 

To be continued…