Spiritual Advancement by Doing Good Deeds

24:35 Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. A likeness of His light is as a pillar on which is a lamp — the lamp is in a glass, the glass is as it were a brightly shining star — lit from a blessed olive-tree, neither eastern nor western, the oil whereof gives light, though fire touch it not — light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He pleases. And Allah sets forth parables for men, and Allah is Knower of all things

In this Khutba Brother Talha looks at Verse 35 from Chapter 24 of The Holy Quran and in this short verse of the holy Qur’an, Allah has mentioned the important role of divine revelation working for the moral and spiritual advancement of human beings. Allah by taking oath of fig, olive, Mount Sinai and Makkah has provided undeniable historical evidence to vindicate its truth.

Judge Reads Complete Quran Before Giving Judgement

In order properly to analyse these speeches, it is necessary, to have a basic understanding of Islam, its terminology and its tropes. It is also important to have an understanding of the historical context of the Qur’an (the Revelation) and the Sunna (the practice of the Prophet Muhammad) and the contemporaneous circumstances in which the Revelations were made to Muhammad (in particular, the need for Muhammad and his followers to defend themselves against physical persecution at the time). The Court heard detailed evidence from experts on Islam and read extensive materials, including the entire Qur’an and the monograph “Milestones” by the 20th Century ideologue, Sayyid Qutb.

 

It is common ground that Islam is a religion of peace. The Qur’an is a book of peace. The words Islam, Muslim and Salaam all share the same Arabic triconsonantal root, s-l-m, which denotes “peace”. Islam forbids extremism, including extremism in religion. Islam forbids terrorism.

 

The Arabic word jihad or jihad means literally “struggling” or “striving”. It has a wide variety of religious meanings in Islam including ‘spiritual struggle’. Unfortunately, the word jihad has now become synonymous in everyday language with ‘armed jihad’ or ‘holy war’.

In the case of Shakeel Begg vs the BBC, the judge read the whole Quran before deciding the case and came away with the Lahore Ahmadiyya interpretation.

Does The Holy Quran Advocate Violence

Rob Wallace and Lauren Effron from abc news;

While some fundamentalist Muslims may declare they follow Muhammad’s instructions to “fight the infidels,” moderate scholars argue the infidels he was referring to have been dead for 1,300 years.

 

“‘Infidel’ in the Koran is not just a noun or an adjective, it is the word that the Koran uses to describe explicitly and exclusively the Meccan aristocracy with which the Muslim community was at war with,” explained Dr. Reza Aslan, a Muslim scholar and author of several books on the Middle East.

 

Father Dan Madigan also pointed out the key passage that follows the “fight the infidels” line that many radical Islamists often ignore or don’t know it exists.

 

“The verse immediately after it says, ‘If any of the unbelievers asks you for sanctuary, then take them into your houses so that they might hear the word of God and then let them go on their way,'” he said.

ABC News took questions from viewers and posed them to a group of Muslim and non-Muslim scholars of the Holy Quran. The above extract was in relation to the question of whether the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) demanded that infidels be killed.

Click here to see the other questions and answers.

Pranksters Read Bible Passages to People, Telling Them It Was the Qur’an

A lot of people are arguing on television and in print media that the Holy Quran is just filled with violence and misogyny. American conservative Christians talk about the peaceful message of the Bible and seem to forget or are oblivious to what is actually contained in the Bible.

A Youtube channel run by a group of Dutch producers called ‘Dit is Normaal’ decided to buy a copy of the Bible but put the cover of the Holy Quran on the front and read passages to people and asked for their thoughts.

Their responses, in the video above, went exactly as you expect.

Who came by night and why?

In this khutba we will be looking at Chapter 86 of The Holy Quran, verses one to three.

Allah seeks of a person who comes by night. Who is this person and what is the point of his coming? These are are the questions we try and answer by looking at these verses.

Who does Allah bestow His favours upon?

This khutba carries on in general terms from the speech one of our younger members, Bushra Ahmad, made at the October Community meeting. She discussed the mention in the Holy Quran of an ant speaking to other ants and explained how ants communicate by exchanging chemicals.

This khutba looks at the fact that the Holy Quran is a book of guidance and if it mentions something then Allah must want us to study that phenomenon be it sun and the moon or be it the behaviour of ants.

The khutba also points to the fact that some latest research shows that ants do speak in the sense of producing sounds.

It is also pointed out that when Muslim ask for Allah to grant them the wisdom to follow those upon whom he has bestowed favours it does not just mean spiritual or religious matters but also science and knowledge.

From Call to Prayer to Prayer

In Chapter 5 verse 6, the Holy Quran gives us instructions about how to perform the wudhu (physical cleaning) before prayer. In this khutba we look at what the message is of the Call to Prayer and the wudhu.

The Call draws our attention to the fact that seeking Allah and His pleasure is better than anything else we may be engaged in. The wudhu is a symbolic cleansing of our physical bodies to match the spiritual cleansing we should undergo when praying.

Desires

Surah Al-Ikhlas is the 112th Chapter of the Holy Quran.

It is the second most important chapter of the Holy Quran after Surah Fatiha – the very first Surah. The Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have said that Surah Al-Iklhas by itself is equal to one third of the Holy Quran.

In this Khutba we look at human desires in the light of Surah Al-Ikhlas and the following chapters and verses of the Holy Quran;

Chapter 7, Verse 19
And (We said): O Adam, dwell thou and thy wife in the garden, so eat from whence you desire, but go not near this tree, lest you become of the unjust.

Chapter 3, Verse 14
Fair-seeming to men is made the love of desires, of women and sons and hoarded treasures of gold and silver and well-bred horses and cattle and tilth. This is the provision of the life of this world. And Allah — with Him is the good goal (of life).

Chapter 3, Verse 145
And no soul can die but with Allah’s permission — the term is fixed. And whoever desires the reward of this world, We give him of it, and whoever desires the reward of the Hereafter, We give him of it. And We shall reward the grateful.

Chapter 4, Verse 27
And Allah desires to turn to you (mercifully). And those who follow (their) lusts desire that you should deviate (with) a great deviation.