Archive for August, 2008

Why the People of the Book Are Mentioned So Much in the Qur’an

Posted in 'Abdullah 'Azzam on August 30, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…Really, the one who follows the Noble Qur’an finds that the pages dedicated to the People of the Book are greater than their size and influence in the Arabian Peninsula. So, what is the secret behind this disproportional focus on them?

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Why Sufyan Would Urinate Blood

Posted in The Lives of the Salaf on August 28, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Here are some compiled bits that can help us overcome fear of people and encourage us to speak the truth when it needs to be said in light of the words of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) in ‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’ (168): “A man should not let his intimidation by people prevent him from speaking the truth if he knows it, witnesses it, or hears it.”

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We Need Brotherhood!

Posted in Muhammad Qutb on August 28, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…Allah Said: {“Indeed, the believers are brothers…”} [al-Hujurat; 10]

Brotherhood is from the most beautiful topics that a person can talk about! It is so pure and pleasant like light! It is so rich and beloved to the heart…

However, what is the brotherhood that is referred to in the Book of Allah?

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The Likeness of Ramadan and Prophet Yusuf

Posted in Ibn al-Jawzi, Ramadan on August 25, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“The month of Ramadan to the other months is like Yusuf to his brothers. So, just like Yusuf was the most beloved son to Ya’qub, Ramadan is the most beloved month to Allah.

A nice point for the nation of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) to ponder over is that if Yusuf had the mercy and compassion to say {“There is no reproach for you today…”} [Yusuf; 92], Ramadan is the month of mercy, blessing, goodness, salvation from the Fire, and Forgiveness from the King that exceeds that of all the other months and what can be gained from their days and nights.

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Two Women Who Stood Up to Fir’awn

Posted in Ibn Kathir, Our Prisoners in Our Hearts on August 19, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Ibn Kathir commented on the verse: {“And Allah has set forth an example for those who believe: the wife of Fir’awn, when she said: “My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Paradise, and save me from Fir’awn and his work, and save me from the wrong-doers.””} [at-Tahrim; 11]:

Qatadah said:

“Fir’awn was the most tyrannical and disbelieving person on Earth, and by Allah, his disbelief did not affect his wife when she decided to obey her Lord.”

Abu ‘Uthman an-Nahdi reported that Sulayman said:

“Fir’awn’s wife was tortured in the heat of the Sun. When her torturers would take a break and walk away, the Angels would shade her with their wings, and she would see her home in Paradise.”

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A Story of Ghayrah for Islam’s Women

Posted in Ibn Kathir, Our Prisoners in Our Hearts on August 18, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Ibn an-Nahhas mentioned in ‘Mashari’ al-Ashwaq’ (2/143) that adh-Dhahabi said in ‘Tarikh al-Islam’:

“…In the year 98, Amir al-Mu’minin Sulayman bin ‘Abd al-Malik sought to move to Jerusalem, and he moved people and wealth there. During this time, he received the news that the Romans had attacked the coast of Homs and took a number of Muslims prisoner including a woman and her son. So, he became extremely angry and said: “There is no option but for us to fight them and for them to fight us. By Allah, I will fight them until I conquer Constantinople or die trying!”

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The Aafia Siddiqui I Saw

Posted in Our Prisoners in Our Hearts on August 18, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

During the time of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم), those who entered Islam were of two types: those who remained in their lands with the general populace practicing the basic tenets of the religion, and those who took it upon themselves to migrate and join the Prophet in his expeditions. There are ahadith that show that the Prophet treated these two groups differently from each other due to their difference in status. For example, Muslim and at-Tirmidhi report that when appointing a leader to a battalion, he would instruct him on how to deal with those of the enemy who became Muslims, saying: “…invite them to migrate from their lands to the land of the Muhajirin, and inform them that if they do so, they will have all the privileges and obligations of the Muhajirin. If they refuse to migrate, tell them that they will have the status of the Bedouins, and will be subjected to the commands of Allah like the rest of the believers…” This distinction was simply of one group deciding to take upon its shoulders certain responsibilities in contrast to the other whose inactivity limited them to a very individualistic, localized, benign practice of Islam. One can in essence say that the Prophet divided the practice of the Muslims at the time into two types: the religion of the Migrants (Din al-Muhajirin, whose adherents took upon their shoulders the responsibilities of aiding and giving victory to Islam), and the religion of the Bedouins (Din al-A’rab, whose adherents did not go beyond the basics).

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