Allah has provided us with Guidance about how to seek and find Him. If we choose to ignore His Guidance then the fault lies with us and not with Allah.
An example of this is the sight granted to man. But to be able to see we need to have our eyes open and for there to be light. If a person wants to keep his eyes closed and still to see then he is not following Allah’s Guidance. He has provided this Guidance because He loves mankind and knows that without such Guidance man will not be able to reach Him.
But he loves all creation and provides the whole creation with His Guidance. The rest of creation has no choice but to follow Allah’s Guidance. It is humankind that is provided with the Guidance and given the choice of whether or not to follow it. Allah has made known to man His attributes and He wants us to follow those attributes such as being forgiving, merciful, kind etc.
Speaking in the context of the death of his son, Mubarak Ahmad, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad says that property and children that one is endowed with are a trial. Even if one loses everything one should not complain but keep seeking Allah’s pleasure for nothing else in this world matters.
The Holy Quran tells us that to unquestioningly believe everything that the so called scholars and leaders, religious and others, is to equate them with the Divine Being.
Jews and Christians denied that they believe their religious leaders to be Divine. On this, The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) challenged these people and asked whether or not they unquestioningly accept whatever their religious leaders command. This he said was treating them like God.
George from Ohio, America sent in a question last week asking
How is the Holy Quran different from other holy books?
A Muslim is required to believe that Allah sent His guidance to all nations. This guidance was in the form of revelation to prophets who appeared amongst the people inhabiting different parts of the globe. Their followers tried to learn and remember this guidance. None of the prophets made arrangements for the revelation they received to be written and preserved. Of course the fact that writing implements and the ability to read and write were not common made this task difficult.
Much of the Old Testament was committed to memory by Jewish rabbis. It is said that when it was decided to commit it to writing. 400 Rabbis wrote down what they had learnt. The text produced by each was compared and found to be the same. This took place several hundred years after the appearance of the Israelite prophets.
If we look at the titles of the books of the New Testament, we find that these books were not written by Jesus or at his time. These books were not even written by those who heard Jesus preach but those who came after. This is why their titles contain the words: “Gospel According to “. There was therefore considerable room for doubt about what Jesus may have said.
The Holy Quran is the only book which was compiled by the Prophet who received the revelation found in it. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) made arrangements for scribes to be close to him at all times. As soon as he received a revelation he would call a scribe and dictate the words to him and instruct him as to where in the Holy Quran the revelation is to be added.
At the time of the Holy Prophet’s death these writings were brought together so that all the revelations received by the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) could be preserved in exactly the format in which it was complied by Him.
The high importance accorded to ritual worship and remembrance of Allah at all times is shown by this section of the Holy Quran.
Muslims are told that they can reduce the size of the ritual prayer when on a journey or fighting but they still must say the prayers.
They are also told that they must remember Allah at all times even when they are not engaged in ritual prayer.
This section of the Holy Quran also shows how brave and courageous the Holy Prophet Muhammed was. During fighting he would stand at the head of the soldiers lining up to pray making it obvious to the enemy who was the leader.
The new ‘Ask The VM’ series is now up and running! The first question comes from Steveo_23 who asks
What is meant by the religion of Islam?
Islam is the name given to Guidance sent by Allah to mankind through the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The name of this Guidance is different from the name of the Prophet to whom it was sent. One reason is that Allah, Himself, says that the name of this religion is Islam. Some religions are named after their founders such as Christianity and Buddhism; others were named by the followers of that religion. But Allah says in the Holy Quran : “The religion with Allah is Islam.” (3:19)
Islam is not just a religious doctrine or dogma in the sense that people normally consider a religion to be. In Arabic, it is called “deen”. Although, this is generally translated as religion, the word deen has a broader scope. The best translation may be “the way of life”. Islam encompasses in its teachings everything about life from small details about an individual’s life such as how to clean one’s teeth to affairs of state such as rules of engagement in war.
The word Islam signifies peace. Firstly, peace between man and God and, secondly, peace between men. The primary significance of Islam is that this Guidance was sent to mankind so that nations submit to Allah and thus live in peace with each other.
Section 4 of Al Nisa deals with those who did not migrate to Madina to join the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and how they will have to account for their failure on the Day of Judgement.
Our khutba below deals with how ready Muslims were to obey Allah and how on hearing the first verse of this section a family with an old and disabled father, living a long way away from Medina, put their father on a stretcher and his sons carried him to Makkah – the father dying during the journey! It was a marvellous example of obedience to Allah’s Command which when Muslims hear they should obey.
We discuss the first eight verses of Chapter 96 of the Holy Quran.
Looking at why Allah commanded not only the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) but the whole of humanity to read and secondly why the command to read occurred twice in those verses.
The Holy Quran tells us that Allah is closer to us that our life vein and if we call on Him He is very close.
He forgives all human beings their shortcomings out of mercy and does not need to sacrifice an innocent person for our sons.
How can God be Just if he punished His own son for sins that others committed?