In the name of Allah,
I have been going through the testimonies of new muslims and found this one very inspiring.May Allah bless all those reverted muslims who have to go through various trials after giving up their faith.SubhanAllah they have a strong will and patience to face all the challenges after accepting the truth of this life.
The Shocking Truth
By: Khadija Watson
Former Mary Sue Malvar
Professor, Theologian, Missionary, Pastor, Church Planter, Licensed Ordained Minister, fundamentalist Christian, not a likely candidate for Islam. Yet, 6 years ago, after being raised in the Christian church all my life, (first as a Roman Catholic and then as a Born-Again, Spirit-Filled Christian) and having completed a Standard Ministerial Diploma, Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Divinity, I embraced Islam! What was it that brought about such a radical change?
I started to question Christian beliefs while I was studying for my Master’s degree. As was my habit, I read through the Bible once every year for 12 years. I had done this along with multiple readings in connection with my preaching, teaching and studies. It was during these readings that I started to notice certain contradictions.
For instance, we teach the doctrine of Original Sin from Genesis 3 but it is contradicted in Ezekiel 18:1-22. If this basic doctrine is not true, the whole foundation of all Christianity falls. I saw these things as I read, and always stopped to ponder them, but never had time to research them because of my studies, etc. Yes, during my 8 years of study, we read through the Bible book-by-book, chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse; however, we never did a cross study, so any contradictions that are apparent were never addressed. Also, this was the first time we studied Church History by actual history and not from the Bible.
It was at this point that I began to question Christian Doctrines that were not in existence during the time of Jesus; rather, they began 325 years later starting with the Doctrine of the Trinity. The word “trinity” is not found in any Bible in the world, neither is it in the original Greek and Hebrew languages [these were the original languages that the Bible was written in]. This Doctrine [of Trinity] was introduced at the first of 4 councils that determine Christianity today, but because the Catholics at that time would not accept it-it had to be reintroduced 68 years later, at the 2nd council of Nicaea. Through the Doctrine of Incarnation, which makes Jesus both God and man, to the Doctrine of Propitiation, or perfect sacrifice, the formulation of all of these doctrines took more than 100 years.
I always had a hunger in my heart to know more of God. One day, I went to my professor and stated, “There has to be more to Christianity than what we teach. We tell the people they must be “Born Again” (meaning you have made a personal statement and commitment to asking Jesus Christ to come into your heart and forgive your sins and make you a new person), or you must be “Filled with the Holy Spirit”-in addition to being “Born Again” (in which the person will have an in-filling of the Holy Spirit, experienced by glossolalia or speaking in tongues). I had both of these experiences, although they are not recognized as necessary by all Christian churches or denominations. There is a lot of in-fighting and theological differences between denominations. Protestants do not recognize Catholics as even being Christian because they worship Mary, the mother of Jesus [peace be upon him] along with various saints. Baptists do not have “fellowship” with non-Baptists. In addition, there are Methodist, Wesleyan, Presbyterian, Congregational, Pentecostal churches and a thousand independent churches that do not belong to any denomination. They all differ on points of doctrine or interpretation of the Bible. I felt that if what we were teaching were genuine, there would be no need for denominations. There should be an apparent change in society around us. Instead, society is in a decline and in worse condition than it was even 50 years ago! The [so called] Christian countries are among the worst. My professor was lost for words and couldn’t respond.
I went ahead and graduated with my Masters of Divinity (a degree in Theology) in 1993. A month after graduating, I decided to study German. One of my classmates was a medical doctor who had spent six years in Dubai . We became friends and I noticed he was always asking me questions concerning the Old Testament. I was, also, always asking him questions concerning culture in the Middle East . (I was never interested in Islam, although my major throughout my studies was in missions. We had studies in Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Animism and Catholicism along with cults. My interest was in Animism, or tribal worship.) When we were together, I noticed he was different. He always wanted to pray, but in a Christian context. When we were out, he was always giving money to the beggars. He even had a plastic bag full of coins in the car for this purpose. One day I mentioned to him that if I hadn’t known better, I would have thought he were Muslim. He confessed to me that when he was in Dubai , he had embraced Islam, but had never told his family. When he returned to the Philippines , he apostatized and was no longer praying or practicing Islam. His family were devoted Catholics, although he was no longer affiliated with the Catholic Church, rather the Protestant church.
It was within this same time frame that I met a lady who had embraced Islam while working in Saudi Arabia . I was living in Manila at the time, and although there are Muslims there, it’s not like I was out looking for them. I thought this was rather strange that I should meet two people who were Muslims within such a short time. Knowing how God works in my life through ordinary circumstances, I jokingly said, “Okay, God, what are you trying to tell me?”
I asked her about Islam, and the first thing I asked concerned how women were treated. It is well known (as we are taught in the west and hear through the media) that Muslim women are second-class citizens with no rights. She must hide herself in an abaya/purdah or covering because her husband or father does not want anyone to see her. She must stay in the house, she is uneducated and along with this the husband has a right to beat her!
I was stunned by her answer. She said the wife and mother are highly respected in Islam.
When the companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) asked who after Allah should we respect (not worship)? He said, ?Your mothers!? When asked again he repeated the same thing and when asked a third time, he said, ?Your mothers then your fathers.? Imagine, after Allah-God, you are commanded to respect your mother. Even in Prophet Muhammad’s last sermon, he admonished men to respect woman and give them their rights!! The first person to embrace Islam was a woman, the wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and the first martyr in Islam was a woman. Why wouldn’t women be respected?
When I asked her about the covering that women have to ware, she explained that women are covered because it is the command of Allah for the protection of women. In the United States today every 90 seconds a woman is raped!! When a woman is raped it is because of the clothing (or lack of it) that she is wearing. Men are aroused by what they see. When prisoners convicted for rape were asked what they look for in a victim, they all said accessibility.
She also went on to explain that spousal abuse is not a part of Islam. Every 4 minutes in the United States a woman is molested or abused. These are the ones reported because they end up in hospitals or the police have been called. What about those who are too ashamed?
As far as education, Prophet Muhammad said to seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave? Muslim women are in every segment of society, as doctors, nurses, teachers, television reports, anchor women, engineers and politicians. This is not just in western countries but Islamic countries as well. The media has done a great injustice itself in portraying Muslim women as ignorant and uneducated. We are shown only pictures of countries that have a high rate of illiteracy among the populist to start with. As a matter of fact the women in the United States who are embracing Islam have more Bachelors, Master’s and PhD’s then the men who are embracing Islam!!
I was so sure that what I had been taught was right and I was ready to give all of my sympathy to these poor deprived Muslim women. Upon being told the truth, as opposed to the fallacy I had been taught, I proceeded to ask her other questions: Who is Allah, and who is Muhammad (peace be upon him) in relation to the Muslims? At that time, I was teaching in the colleges, so my questions were quite deep. She admitted to being somewhat of a new Muslim and that although she could not answer all questions, she would accompany me to the Islamic Center where someone could.
Right away I blurted out YES , I will go with you. You can’t imagine how shocked I was to hear myself saying yes, as I had all intensions of saying NO! It was like suddenly my ears heard my mouth saying yes! She was so excited and I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, so I went home and prayed “Lord, (meaning Jesus at that time), if this is Satanic or Demonic (as Christians are taught that Islam is) then show me. I will not go even one time.” After all, I wasn’t about to open myself to some demonic spirit. After that prayer I didn’t feel any hesitation, so I went with her [rather cautiously].
I was quite surprised by their approach. I taught Church Evangelism. I know that there are many strategies and methods to be used when calling for someone to follow your religion. They didn’t use any of them! There was no psychological manipulation, no subliminal influence, no harassment, none of this “let’s have a Quranic study in your house” as opposed to Christians using a Bible study, and no telephone calls. They were straightforward and honest. They gave me some books and said that if I had any questions they would be happy to answer them. I went home that night and read all of the books they had given me. I was fascinated and surprised. This was the first time I was actually reading a book about Islam written by a Muslim! All the books we had ever read during my 8 years of studies on Islam had been written by Christians. These books reflected what they think Islam is. But what they think Islam is and what Islam really is are two entirely different perspectives. The Christians are sincere, but sincerely wrong.
I went back the next day and discussed for three hours what I had read. They gave me some more books and I went home that night and read all of those books. I went back the next day and we had another three-hour discussion. This went on for a week. At the end of that time, I had read 12 books and had spent more than 15 hours in discussion. I studied eight years in formal Christian theological studies. At the end of that week, I knew cognitively (head knowledge) that Islam is true. Did I embrace Islam then? No, because even then I wasn’t a hypocrite. It wasn’t in my heart.
Among the first questions I asked that week was the question: Who is Allah? We had been taught the God of the Muslims is a pagan god (somewhat like the a Hindu god, but his name is Allah and this is the one the Muslims worship). I was surprised to find out that Allah is The Omniscient (All-Knowing), Omnipotent (All-Powerful) and Omnipresent (All-Present) God. He is the Creator, Sustainer and Provider. This certainly did not correspond with my studies in paganism, and I realized “certainly, this is not a pagan god”. There are neither rituals of secrecy nor any mediator. He is The One and Only God, without partners . This is opposed to the Doctrine of the Trinity where God is three beings: Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit, all co-equal and co-eternal. We would like to ask our Christian friends who Jesus was when he was supposed to be dying on the cross and he said “Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachtani? (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)” (Matthew 27: 46) Was he talking to himself? Perhaps you will say, “No, that was the human part of Jesus” (Doctrine of the Incarnation where Jesus was made both God and man) Man, you will say, to relate to human suffering. But if you say this, then Jesus was not the perfect Sacrifice (Doctrine of Propitiation) because according to Christian Doctrine, all men are born with original sin (This is the sin placed upon mankind because of Adam and Eve.) If he were born without this sin, he would be less than man, and could not relate to temptation and suffering.
The second question I asked was: Who is Muhammad (peace be upon him) in relation to the Muslims? I was surprised to learn that the Muslims do not pray to Muhammad (peach be upon him) as the Christians pray to Jesus (peace be upon him). The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is not a mediator. Muslims ask Allah to bless him and his descendants as we likewise ask Allah to bless the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) and his descendents at the end of our prayers. He came with the same message that all of the Prophets (peace be upon them all) brought, including Jesus. This message is to worship The One True God-Allah. Moses spoke to the people of Israel , ” Hear O Israel ! The Lord your God is ONE GOD and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4) Jesus (peace be upon him) also delivered the exact same message, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God is One God and you shall love the Lord you God with all your heart, all your mind, with all your strength.” (Mark 12:29 , 30) Note: Jesus said ONE GOD, not three in one! Jesus, himself, (peace be upon him) never claimed to be Son of God, which is what other people said of him. He always referred to himself as son of man. Each Prophet came with the same message, but there was a distinction in the deliverance of their messages. The message of Moses (peace be upon him) was delivered during the Plagues on Egypt . The distinction of Jesus (peace be upon him) is the casting out of demons and raising the dead, all by the power of Allah. The distinction of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is that the Holy Quran was revealed to a Prophet who could neither read nor write. The message of Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them) was sent to a specific people, the Jews. In the Bible, the words “Hear O Israel, Hear O Israel” are repeated over and over by the Prophets, including Jesus. The Holy Quran was not sent to a specific people although the Prophet (peace be upon him) was Arab and the language is Arabic. Allah says in the Holy Quran [more than 20 times] that Islam was sent to ALL MANKIND!
The third question asked was: What are the words of the prayer? Of course we have all seen pictures of Muslims praying toward the Kabah in Makkah. We used to think that the Muslims believe that the black cubical is their god or they think their god is in there. This again shows the ignorance that many non-Muslims and Christians in particular, have about the understanding of Islam. Since prayer and sanctification (holiness) had always been of utmost importance to me as a Christian, I was very interested to know the way and the words of the prayer.
They replied “first of all the approach to prayer is in cleanliness-both physical and spiritual. Allah, The Creator of man is the only one who has the right to say how we should come before Him in prayer. Before, as a Catholic, I genuflected and made the sign of the cross. Later, as a Protestant, we raised our hands singing, clapping, shouting, dancing and crying. In our ignorance, we thought that this was the right way to approach God. He tells us in the Holy Quran the exact way we are to approach Him (chapter 5 verse 6). We are to wash our hands, face, forearms, wipe over our heads and wash our feet. By doing so, the minor sins we committed from those parts of our body are washed away. We, then, assume a standing position while facing Makkah (the focal point of our prayer), and raise our hands saying, “God is the Greatest”. After that, we say the first Surah (chapter) of the Holy Quran: “Praise be to God, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the world, The Most Merciful, The Most Compassionate, Master of the Day of Judgment. It is Thee we worship and Thy aid we seek. Show us the straight way. The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray. (Surah 1 Ayahs 1-7) Then again we raise our hands to our shoulders and say “God is the Greatest” This is followed by bowing and placing the hands on the knees while saying “Praise be to our Glorious Lord” three times or more. When rising to a standing position, we say: “Allah hears who praises Him. Our Lord, for you is all praise.” Again the words, “God is the Greatest”. Now the worshipper will prostrate before Allah on the ground while saying, “Glory to the Lord, the Great” three times or more. After that, he reclines to a sitting position on his feet while asking Allah to forgive him his sins and assumes again the prostrating position while repeating again “Glory to the Lord, the Great” three times or more. I was so stunned at hearing the words of this prayer that I blurted out “There is nothing objectionable about this prayer! It is a prayer of praise to God!!!” The words of the prayer and the execution are by direction of Allah as shown to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by Angel Gabriel (peace be upon him). This is the way the Angels in heaven pray before the throne of God. Imagine! The Muslims are the only people in the world who pray like the Angels in heaven pray! Along with this, when one stops to think, the Muslims are instructed to pray at stated times which corresponds with the position of the sun. This means that with the rotation of the earth only the Muslims are in continuous prayer before the ONE AND ONLY MOST HIGH GOD-ALLAH 24 HOURS A DAY!
The last question I had concerned the authenticity of the Holy Quran. The Bible is made up of 66 books (the Catholic Bible has more) and is compiled by over 40 different authors. For some books the author is either unknown or not stated, for instance, the book of Ruth in the Old Testament and Hebrews in the New Testament. Although Hebrews is attributed to Paul, his signature does not appear on it, and in the middle of Hebrews, the style of writing changes. Of course, the average Christian is not aware of this and unless you are studying for a theological degree, you will not ordinarily find this out just by reading the Bible. In the Bible, you are also dealing with two languages: Hebrew in the Old Testament and Greek in the New Testament. Neither of these languages is to be confused with the colloquial or spoken languages of today. I have also never heard that Jesus spoke Greek! I had to study both languages in course of my studies. I was impressed to find out that the Holy Quran had only one author, that being Allah-God Himself! At the beginning of every chapter, except for one, it boldly states, IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MOST GRACIOUS, THE MOST MERCIFUL, unlike the Bible which states in the Old Testament: The Book of . . ., or in the New Testament which states: the Gospel according to . . . [Matthew, Mark, Luke or John]. By the way, according to Biblical scholars, Matthew, Mark and Luke were not the disciples of Jesus. They were disciples of Peter and Paul. Mark is the first gospel written around 68 AD. Many Biblical scholars feel that Matthew plagiarized from Mark and that Mark had gotten some of his information from another source called Q. Luke states in both his gospel and the book of Acts that his accounts are only second hand. John’s gospel was written about 100 AD. Like I said, unless you are studying theology, you don’t find these things out.
Another thing that impressed me is the fact that the Holy Quran has remained unchanged in 1427 years!! What is read today is exactly verbatim as it was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Those who are reading translations of the Holy Quran will usually find the Arabic next to it. It must be remembered: a translation is not a transliteration. (In every language, there will be variations in grammatical style and structure, as well as phrases that cannot be translated exactly. Therefore, translation is accomplished through finding the meaning of what is said as well as the exact words that are used. This is why every Muslim is encouraged to learn the Arabic of the Quran.) Not only are our prayers said in the original language, but this also means that Muslims are the only people on earth who are drawn together by a common language. For instance, if a Chinese Muslim came to the United States and could not speak English and the American Muslim could not speak Chinese; they could communicate by using the Arabic of the Quran.
Although, I did not embrace Islam that week, I started to attend the Islamic lectures. Again, I sat there stunned by what I was learning. Everything I had learned about Islam while studying for my Master’s degree was refuted in these classes. As a Christian we never knew that the Muslims believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. We didn’t even think that they believed in Jesus at all! But if a Muslim does not to believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, he/she is not a Muslim . I was also surprised to know that Muslims believe that Jesus was taken into heaven and will come again! Mary, the mother of Jesus, has a whole chapter of Quran in the Holy Quran named after her, yet the Muslims don’t worship her or pray to her as the Catholics do! The Catholic and Protestant Bibles have only a small paragraph devoted to her, “The Magnificent”. Surah Maryam is the name of the chapter called after her, the mother of Jesus (peace be upon him).
People have also asked me how I can believe that an angel delivered the message to Prophet Muhammad. Angel Gabriel whom Allah chose to deliver the message to Prophet Muhammad is the same Angel Gabriel who delivered the message to Mary that she was chosen to be the mother of Jesus. He was not speaking his own words but that which he was commanded to speak from Allah.
I would go home from these classes and meditate, contemplating what I was learning. Christianity had raised a lot of questions in my mind, yet Islam was giving me the answers! Everyday I attended the lectures and every night I read the Bible and every night I prayed, “God, show me if this (Islam) is true.” Somewhere along the line I had stopped saying Jesus, stopped saying Holy Spirit and stopped saying “father”. I was just saying God [whoever you are] show me if this is true. When you ask the Omniscient God to show you the truth, will He play a joke on you? It is not easy to change your religion. I didn’t want to lose my salvation, but what if there was no salvation to lose? One night about two months from the first time I had gone to the Islamic center, I had prayed this prayer as I had been doing and went to bed. Somewhere between the state of awake and asleep I physically felt something come into my heart. Immediately being fully conscience, I sat up in bed and spoke out loud, ” Allah, I believe that you are ONE GOD AND ONE GOD ONLY.” This was the first time I had used the name of Allah. Although I heard others use it, I never allowed myself to say this name until that time. After I had said that, there immediately descended upon me a peace that, Alhumdulillah (Praise be to God) has never left me to this day.
My decision was not to be without repercussion. The Christians who profess the love of Jesus and who so readily accuse others of persecuting people for becoming Christian were the very ones to perpetrate persecution on me. Of course, the first thing to go was my job. I would no longer be able to teach in the Christian Colleges . You can have a Christian teach about Islam, but you can’t have a Muslim teach about Christianity. I had already been a widow for seven years at the time I embraced Islam. That meant I must support myself. I still had three children I was financially responsible for out of nine.
The second thing to occur was that my husband’s family disowned me. My husband came from a very prominent family. His grandfather is in the history books as a recognized hero, and his father had at one time been governor. Although all three of them were dead, I had a close relationship with his family, so much so that I was actually closer to them than to my own family. After becoming a Muslim, I was told (in no uncertain terms) that I was no longer a part of the family and not to join in any of the family gatherings. There are members of the family still in politics, and it was certainly not to their advantage to have a Muslim in the family. I felt very hurt by this; as for many years I had a close relationship with them. It was not on the basis of my being a Christian, but because I was part of the family. When my husband died, it was his family that I counted on for help raising my children, only now to be turned away. I cried for many days, but whenever I made Salah (obligatory prayer) I had the peace of knowing I had made the right decision.
My own children were to be another source of contention. At this point, all of my children, except for one son who was with me, were in the United States . As I was attending the Islamic Center, I was sharing with them through letters what I was learning. After I embraced Islam, my oldest daughter (who happens to work for the headquarters of the church in which I was affiliated for 18 years) wrote me letter and said, “Don’t you know that Islam is one of the most Satanic religions?” I responded by sending her some booklets and she wrote back and said, “DON’T TRY TO CONVERT ME!” I explained to her that it was forbidden for us by Allah to force our religion on anyone, but that I had thought she might like to read them to see what it is I believed.
As a parent, when you are experiencing some difficulty with one of your wayward children, you usually call a meeting of the close relatives [grandmother, aunt, cousin] who might have some influence over the situation. Well, I found out later that my children had a meeting about me! Mother is the problem and Islam is the culprit! Like most big families, there is a dividing line among sets of children. The three oldest are the bosses, the three middle ones are the fighters and the younger ones have no say. While the discussion was in hot pursuit, the oldest ones were vehemently opposed to the whole situation, the middle ones said, “This is our mother and it is her decision. She is not forcing it on us. We want to continue to be close to her and we want her also to be close to her grandchildren.” When I finally went to the States, the older ones wanted to argue and had put up a wall that prevented any discussion. On the other hand, the middle ones were open and full of questions. Our conversations were just that-meaningful conversations-that took place in the course of natural conversation. One daughter even made a statement that I was nicer as a Muslim than when I was a Christian! This surprised me because, as a Christian, I had always tried to exemplify what I believed.
When I am in the States, I still wear abaya and hijab. This same daughter made another startling statement. She said she could tell when a Muslim man was looking at me! I was curious as to how she came to this conclusion, since I am not looking at men to begin with, and most Muslim men in the States are not wearing any distinguishing dress (most not even a beard). So I asked her how she could tell. She told me, “When they look at you, it is different. They look at you with respect.” After 6 years, the older ones have finally accepted that I am a Muslim and, by the will of Allah, will not change back to Christianity. They accept, not approve. The others said that they see Islam is a way of life unlike Christianity where you go to church, then go ahead and do anything you like. In other words, it calls for a change of lifestyle.
My son, who had been living with me when I embraced Islam, was not interested in religion (Christianity or Islam) at the time. He was 18 and religion was not in his lifestyle. Sometime after I had lost my teaching position, I was asked to start and manage a women’s section at the Islamic center. Every week, I would bring home books and neatly put them on the dining room table and every day they were still there. Periodically, I would change them, hoping that he would read them and ask me some questions. He never did. Several times that year, I had some of the brothers from the Islamic center come and talk to him. He was always polite, but uninterested. One day someone talked to him and there was a spirit of conviction on his face. He asked me, “Why didn’t you tell me this?” I was stunned and mentioned that I had left the books there, hoping he would read them and ask me questions. He then told me that when I would leave the house, he and his friends would read them and then put them back! Also, I had an Adhan (call for prayer) clock and he said when I was out of the house and he was alone, he would play it over and over! His name is now Omar. He left his old lifestyle and friends and is also working in Saudi Arabia .
He has been more successful than me in talking to his older sisters about Islam. As of yet, no one else in the family has embraced Islam, but we continue to make dua (supplications) for them. Insha’Allah, I will live to see at least some of my children and grandchildren become Muslim’s. I have never regretted becoming a Muslim and pray that Allah will give me the Iman (faith) of the Sahaba (companions of the Prophet, [peace be upon him).
Say: Indeed my Lord has guided me to a straight path-a correct religion-the way of Abraham, inclining toward truth. And he was not among those who associated others with Allah. Say: Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds. No partner has He. And this I have been commanded and I am the first [among you] of the Muslims. Holy Quran : Surah Al-An’am : 161-163.
Yet another blessed day has passed away.Have you ever reflected upon the time flying so fast?Day after day,we are losing the time which we are blessed with.The time which we had to treasure to make a beautiful Hereafter, days are just passing.Are we upto something that will help us on the Day of Judgement?Dear brothers and sisters what are we doing?Going to work,busy in the household chores,weekend shopping,leisure outings,watching movies and dramas?How can we make all our work benefit us?
Well,Allah doesnot prohibit anything that is lawful, infact Islam urges us to utilise our time in the best possible way.
Narrated Abdullah Bin Mas`ud Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said:
“A man shall be asked concerning five things on the day of resurrection: concerning his life, how he spent it; concerning his youth, how he grew old; concerning his wealth, whence he acquired it, and in what way he spent it; and what was it that he did with the knowledge that he had.”
So nowhere we are asked to stop working,stop doing our chores,stop shopping,spending leisure,watching movies.etc..But what we have to remind ourselves is that we are accountable for our actions,so we have to be careful in how we do our things.
- The time that we spend working should be halal.We just cant waste our time in the office doing nothing resourceful.Dont forget you are being paid for the work you do.
- When you are doing the household chores,inshaAllah every act can be a reward,if we do it with that intention.While working keep doing dhikr(remembrance of Allah) or reciting Quran.This way we even control our mind from wandering.
- Go out for shopping with your family, because spending the time with the family is also a part of Islamic teachings.But beware, do not spend unnecessarily.Allah says in the Quran “And render to the kindred their due rights, as (also) to those in want, and to the wayfarer: But squander not (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift.(Verse 17:26).Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet used to say, “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from worry and grief, from incapacity and laziness, from cowardice and miserliness, from being heavily in debt and from being overpowered by (other)
men.” (Bukhari).So being a miser is also disliked.
- Spending the leisure outings while pondering upon the creations of Allah is a best way of gaining hasanat(rewards).Try to go to places where your Imaan gets stronger,avoid places that may cause deviation from the right path.
- Movies and dramas are a part of entertainment, because dramas and stories have been part of cultures since long.But current world of technology has opened different channels wherein most of them are deviating, but alhamdulillah there are certain channels and sites for kids and adults that provide halal entertainment along with being a source of knowledge.
We should try to utilise our time in the right and halal manner.May Allah accept our works and intentions.Ameen.
Assalamualaikum to all my readers(peace be upon you all),
Narrated Abdullah bin Amr: A person asked Allah’s messenger (peace be upon him) “what (sort of) deeds in (or what qualities) of Islam are good?” He (peace be upon him) replied, “To feed(others) and to greet those whom you know and those whom you do not know.”(Sahih Al-Bukhari,vol 1,chapter 20: hadith no.28)
The above mentioned hadith says it all,it does not require further clarification though I would like to shed some light on few things associated with it.Generally muslims greet each other with Assalamualaikum when they meet,possibly and may be 90 percent of them greet only those whom they know.The strangers are just ignored.This is common in the place where I come from.I suppose may be its the same in other places too, but I’m not sure.Please do share whats the common practice in your place for the sake of knowledge.Here in UAE I have seen people greeting even the strangers who they don’t personally know.Really, its peace being spread no matter you are an Arab or a non-Arab.Just few simple words and you gain hasanat(reward) from Allah(swt).I personally feel an inner peace when I greet or receive a greeting by a person with a strange language,from a strange country.It shows the brotherhood which Islam teaches.It is not the colour,language,race,ethnicity,country that binds the muslims all over the world,but its the common belief that ‘There is no God but Allah and Muhammad(peace be upon him) is the messenger of Allah,the Almighty. SubhanAllah this is the teaching of Islam.
The current world needs a clear picture of Islamic teachings, leave alone the non-muslims, even some Muslims are ignorant of their faith. The basic brotherhood of Islam doesn’t imply only to Muslims but also the non-muslims.Being cousins, originating from the great grandparents Adam and Hawa (peace be upon them), our non-Muslim brethren are also our responsibility. Every person on this earth needs love,respect and peace.
The prophet (peace be upon him) used to be first to greet people. He used to greet the young and the old. Not like what we see today, it’s a common practice that when elders meet the young they wait and expect of being greeted rather than taking the initiative. Remember, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:”The best of the two persons is the one who begins with salaam.” (Related by Imam Nawawi in his book Al-Adkar).The companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to compete each other as to who would say salaam first.
Greetings and feeding are the two ways which break the ice between strangers. It opens the door to communication and paves the way to a healthy relationship. Islam has always emphasized to maintain good relations with friends and relatives and through this hadith it’s also clear regarding the case of strangers. So dear all let’s make up our old and new ties, scan our address books for our friends who have been rotting in our phonebooks for long, and let’s go easy with those whom we don’t really know. Give a smile and say salaam and feel the peace and get blessed. InshaAllah.
BISMILLAHIR RAHMANNIR RAHEEM
(IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE MOST GRACIOUS AND THE MOST MERCIFUL)
BORN: TO MUSLIM PARENTS
EDUCATION: KNOWLEDGE OF THINGS THAT ALLAH HAS BESTOWED UPON ME
AIM: TO BE A PRACTISING AND GOD FEARING MUSLIM
DEFINITION OF ISLAM
The word ISLAM has a two-fold meaning: peace, and submission to God. This submission requires a fully conscious and willing effort to submit to the one Almighty God.This means to act on what Allah enjoins all of us to do (in the Qur’an) and what His beloved Prophet, Muhammad (pbuh) encouraged us to do in his Sunnah (his lifestyle and sayings personifying the Qur’an).
GOD IN ISLAM
Islam is the complete submission and obedience to Allah (God). The name Allah (God) in Islam never refers to Muhammad (peace be upon him), as many may think; Allah is the personal name of God.
What do Muslims believe about Allah?
1. He is the one God, Who has no partner.
2. Nothing is like Him. He is the Creator, not created, nor a part of His creation.
3. He is All-Powerful, absolutely Just.
4. There is no other entity in the entire universe worthy of worship besides Him.
WHAT MUSLIMS BELIEVE ?
“I believe in Allah, in His Angels, His Scriptures, His Prophets, the Day of Judgement, and in the fact that every thing good or bad (in the world) is pre-destined by Allah the Exalted, and in the resurrection after death.”
In summary the Muslims believe in Allah, in His Angels, Holy Scriptures (Quran, true bible and Torah etc.), the Prophets, believe in the life after death, including interrogation in the grave, punishment in the grave, destruction of this Universe one day (Dooms day) resurrection, the Day of Judgement, rendering account of ones deeds, believe in the existence of Paradise, and the believers will live in it for ever, believe in the existence of Hell, with its severest punishments, and that it will last for ever.
WHO IS MUHAMMAD(PBUH)?
He was born in Arabia in the year 570 C.E. (common era), started his mission of preaching the religion of Truth, which is Islam (submission to One God), at the age of forty and departed from this world at the age of sixty-three.
During the short period of 23 years of his prophethood, he changed the complete Arabian peninsula from paganism and idolatry to worship of One God, from tribal quarrels and wars to national solidarity and cohesion, from drunkenness and debauchery to sobriety and piety, from lawlessness and anarchy to disciplined living, from utter bankruptcy to the highest standards of moral excellence. Human history has never known such a complete transformation of a people or a place before or since – and IMAGINE all these unbelievable wonders in JUST OVER TWO DECADES
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON HIM)
“…. A mass of detail in the early sources show that he was an honest and upright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who were like-wise honest and upright men.” (Vol. 12)
MICHAEL H. HART in his recently published book on ratings of men who contributed towards the benefit and uplifting of mankind writes:
“My choice of Muhammad (pbuh) to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels.” (M.H. Hart, THE 100: A RANKING OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY, New York, 1978, p. 33)
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW said about him:
“He must be called the Savior of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much needed peace and happiness.” (THE GENUINE ISLAM, Singapore, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936)
“Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is MUHAMMAD (pbuh). As regards all the standards by which Human Greatness may be measured, we may well ask, IS THERE ANY MAN GREATER THAN HE?” (LAMARTINE, HISTOIRE DE LA TURQUIE, Paris, 1854, Vol. II, pp 276-277)
Speaking on the aspect of equality before God in Islam, the famous poetess of India, SAROJINI NAIDU says: “It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy; for, in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: ‘God Alone is Great’… I have been struck over and over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes man instinctively a brother.” (S. Naidu, IDEALS OF ISLAM, vide Speeches & Writings, Madras, 1918, p. 169)
The least YOU could do as a thinking and concerned human being is to stop for a moment and ask yourself: Could these statements sounding so extraordinary and revolutionary be really true? And supposing they really are true and you did not know this man MUHAMMAD (PBUH) or hear about him, isn’t it time you responded to this tremendous challenge and put in some effort to know him?
It will cost you nothing but it may prove to be the beginning of a completely new era in your life.
Family is not just a word which describes a union of many relationships, but it specifies the love and proximity between people. For me my family means a lot. After my marriage my family expanded and thats a very blessed thing that has happened to me.New relationship means a new responsibility.Unless there is equal share in the responsibility between the newly wed the relationship will seem to be a burden.After accepting your spouse as your better half, the first step towards sharing the responsibility of a married life is to accept the new relations that come as a combo with the spouse.A healthy way of keepng your relations with your loved ones alive even after marriage is by loving and respecting ur spouses’ relatives so that u get the same response from the other side and this also increases the love between you and your spouse.As the saying goes GIVE RESPECT AND TAKE RESPECT.LOVE AND BE LOVED.
The Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon Him) always gave importance to his ties with his kinsmen.Al-Bukhari reported on the authority of Abu Hurairah, who quote the Prophet, peace n blessings be upon him, as saying: “Allah created His creation, and when He had finished it, the womb (referring to ties of kinship) got up and caught hold of Allah whereupon Allah said, “What is the matter?’ On that, it said, ‘I seek refuge with you from those who sever the ties of kith and kin.’ On that Allah said, ‘Will you be satisfied if I bestow My favors on him who keeps your ties, and withhold My favors from him who severs your ties?’ On that it said, ‘Yes, O my Lord!’ Then Allah said, ‘That is for you’. “Abu Huraira added: If you wish, you can recite: “Would you then if you were given the authority. do mischief in the land and sever your ties of kinship.”(Muhammad: 22-23)
The Prophet, peace be blessings be upon him, said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should maintain good relation with his kindred.”(Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Islam has always believed in maintaining good relations and a strong society based on love , co-operation, and sympathy.
Unfortunatey many people have neglected this right and its our responsibility to hold fast to the rope of ALLAH to save ourselves from the many uncertainities that are likely to occur if our society is not strong enough to favor this social and moral obligation.
Eid Greetings from me and my children Ammaar and Shifa
United Arab Emirates is definitely a beautiful country with people from different countries and cultures.With all the scenic beauty of the desert and the architectural wonders all the kingdoms of the Emirates are simply marvellous. Not to forget the tallest building in the world ‘Burj Khalifa’ in Dubai is definitely man’s creation favoured by the will of God also the artificial Palm Islands of Jumeirah. The peaceful mosques in almost every street doubles the desire to stay and pray SubhanAllah.
My residence in Sharjah is where i feel peace afterall as it is said HOME SWEET HOME. Beginning the blog again from the comfort of my home gave me the topic for the first post .Hopefully my readers would not mind me being selfish in this regard and beginning the very first post(of this year) with this topic.
Having a residence for your family without others sharing it is a blessing in itself.You dont have to lose your privacy and for me privacy for my family definitely matters.Here in this part of the world its a common go where many families share a flat,either due to financial condition or just to save money.Alhamdulillah by God’s grace I have not faced any such situation.I personally feel that every family should have a private space to live their life without feeling awkward or conscious of others.On the otherhand i do always welcome my guests and feel privileged to serve them for as many days as Allah wills.Dear readers i’m not an indifferent or reserved kind of person but definitely a welcoming kind.I request my readers to be optimistic with my posts.
Coming back to the main topic.My Home is beautified with the love and blessings of Allah.The three most valued among all the blessings are,my husband and 2 lovely,naughty kids,Alhamdulillah.
Following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and practising the Quran has always been a goal for my family.InshaAllah in the coming posts i will also try to focus on the parenting tips and parent- kid relationship and also the relationship between the spouses . More than external and materialistic beauty what matters is that which is among the people you live with.My relations with my family,friends,neighbours everything together beautifies my Home.I pray to Allah to make my home a safe and peaceful place for all.Ameen.
Its been a long time that i have not blogged, due to some health issues and other things i was busy with.Here is an article which i have recently written on the Recession which is very common nowadays and i hope that this article may benefit all of us here in handling such a tough situation.InshaAllah.My hubby has done the editing work for me.May Allah reward him and his family.Ameen.
Currently the world is going through a very serious epidemic -“Recession”. Whoever catches it is further effected by serious side effects like hypertension, depression, headache etc… So what is recession and how to deal with it??????? A Recession is a general slowdown in economic activity in a country over a sustained period of time. Job cuts, salary reduction, increased workload, unemployment, bankruptcy are some of the after effects of Recession. It also affects the stock markets and many businesses come to ground zero and often have to be shut down due to the tremendous effect on economical losses of a country.
In such conditions it’s very hard for an individual to digest the fact that suddenly he has been fired from the company where he has worked so long, or his salary is reduced to a minimal, increasing his financial worries. The victim under the effect of this has to go through a lot of pressure. The humiliation of losing his job makes it hard for him to face the society. The worry to carry his financial responsibilities towards his family makes him depressed. A new job hunt begins but in most cases the result is only a NO. What is the solution to tackle the situation? If there is no way left other than a new job then the individual has to subject himself to the brutality of his inner self humiliation. Is there a way out to relieve these tensions? And the answer is YES, there is a way.
This is the only way to all the problems of the world from rich to the poor, from living to non living. It has a solution to every problem. Let’s try to list down a few things that may help relieve the Recession Tension in an Islamic point of view.
1# PATIENCE: This is the most important necessity in a situation like this. Allah says in the Glorious Quran. “Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruit (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently perserve.”(2:155)
Not only during Recession, but patience is a healthy formula which acts as a stress reliever in any undesirable situation. In return you are blessed by Allah, His mercy will be on you and you will be guided by Allah. “O ye who believe! Seek help with patient, perseverance and prayer: for God is with those who patiently perserve. (Al Quran 2:153)
“Verily patience is at first stroke of calamity.” (Sahih Bukhari, Vol 2, No.372)
2# DHIKR (Remembrance of Allah): when you are stressed you may experience decreased motivation, decrease in communication and learned helplessness. According to Wikipedia, learned helplessness is a psychological condition in which a person feels that he /she has no control over his /her situation and that whatever he/she does is futile. As a result, he/ she will stay passive when the situation is unpleasant.
No matter how much loss you incur, how depressed you are, never give up on Allah. Doing so is nothing but disbelief or kufr.
“Truly no one despairs of Allah’s soothing mercy except those who have no faith.”(Al Quran 12:87)
When you are distressed always do dhikr. Dhikr refers to any form of remembrance of Allah including salat, tasbeeh, making dua (supplication) and reciting the Quran.
3# TAWAKKAL TU IL-ALLAH (Trust in Allah): Putting your complete trust in Allah is important for every muslim.Allah says, “Remember Me, and I shall remember you; be grateful to Me, and deny Me not.”(Al Quran 2:152)
“Victory will be yours; but on Allah put your trust if you have faith.”(Al Quran 5:23)
If you have lost your job, then put your trust in Allah and start a new job hunt with full confidence and Insha’Allah you will succeed in your hunt as Allah says in the above verse.
4# FAMILY SUPPORT: The support from the family of the Recession victim is very important. Instead of feeling depressed along with the victim, one should try to build up his confidence and try to make him strong enough to face the situation. If you are the spouse of the victim then you need to be more caring and responsible because your reaction will affect his performance. If you feel depressed, the victim will hold himself responsible for your condition and this will just add fuel to the fire. Shower him/her with your love and essential support. If you are a sibling, parent or friend of the victim, instead of making him realize how bad his situation is and making him feel guilty over what is happening with him, try to help him find a new job through your contacts or at least guide him spiritually, so that the stress is relieved to some extent.
5# ALLAH IS THE PROVIDER: Allah is Ar-Razzaq (the Provider). In these politically challenged times, Muslims are last to be hired and first to be fired, but getting a job and providing the family is in Allah’s Hands, not yours.
“And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose. Verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.” (Al Quran 65:3)
6# BE THANKFUL TO ALLAH: You may be going through difficult situation, but remember those other blessings which Allah has bestowed upon you. Being grateful for all you have helps to maintain a positive attitude in the time of worries and challenges.
7# SINCERE EFFORT: Just sitting idly and wishing the morsel to land in your mouth is not an effort, you need to work even for that. Success depends on your sincere efforts to the best of your abilities. Think, prioritize, plan and move forward. Insha’Allah success will be yours.
8# QURANIC DUAS:
“Our Lord grant us good in this world and good in the life after and keep us safe from the torment of the Fire.”(2:201)
“Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear, grant us forgiveness and have mercy on us. You are our Protector. Help us against those who deny the truth” (2:286)
“Our Lord! In You we have placed our trust. And to you do we turn in repentance, for unto You is the end of all journeys.”(60:4)
“O my Lord! Truly am I in (desperate) need of any good that thou dost send me!”(28:24)
Insha’Allah by following this Islamic prescription the Recession tension will be solved to an extent where you can stay in the presence of your mind.
Egg bhujia is a very light and easy to make dish which goes along well with chapathi or plain cooked rice.If u want a variation just spread some tomato ketchup and throw some egg bhujia over the chapathi, sprinkle some mozarella or feta cheese and put it on low flame on a flat pan till the cheese melts….instant Pizza !!!!!!! is ready in no time
Well herez the recipe for the egg bhujia
Onion – 2 medium chopped
Green chillies- 2 chopped
Cooking Oil- 2 tbsp
Pepper powder-1/2 tsp
salt to taste
1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and let it get soften
2. Now add the green chillies, salt and pepper
3. Let it cook for around 1 min.
4. Pour in the beaten egg into the pan , cover it n cook on low flame for 2 minutes.
5. Stir the egg mixture well and fry till light golden brown
6. Serve hot with roti/chapathi / rice and dal