Tuesday, March 21, 2006

NO RACISM ALLOWED IN ISLAM

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said in his last sermon: "All
mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a
non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; also
a white has no superiority over a black, nor a black has any
superiority over a white - except by piety and good action."

Abu Dharr said the Prophet told him: "You are not better than people
(of other races) unless you excel them in piety."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1361

LET THERE BE NO COMPULSION IN RELIGION

"If it had been the will of your Lord that all the people of the world
should be believers, all the people of the earth would have believed!
Would you then compel mankind against their will to believe?" The Holy
Quran, 10:99

"(O Prophet) proclaim: 'This is the Truth from your Lord. Now let him
who will, believe in it, and him who will, deny it.'" The Holy Quran,
18:29

"If they turn away from thee (O Muhammad) they should know that We
have not sent you to be their keeper. Your only duty is to convey My
message." The Holy Quran, 42:48

"Let there be no compulsion in religion." The Holy Quran, 2:256

Monday, March 13, 2006

HADITH OF THE DAY: KNOWLEDGE MUST BE PUT TO BENEFICIAL USE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A servant of God will
remain standing on the Day of Judgment until he is questioned about
his (time on earth) and how he used it; about his knowledge and how he
utilized it; about his wealth and from where he acquired it and in
what (activities) he spent it; and about his body and how he used it."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 148

Thursday, March 09, 2006

ACKNOWLEDGE THE RIGHTS OF THE POOR

A man once said to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him): "I have
plenty of property, a large family, a great deal of money, and I am a
gracious host to my guests. Tell me how to conduct my life and how to
spend (my wealth)." The Prophet replied: "Pay regular charity out of
your property, for truly it is a purifier. . .and be kind to your
relatives, and acknowledge the rights of the poor, neighbors and
(those in need who seek your help)."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 3

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

RESTRAIN YOUR HANDS FROM INJUSTICE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If you guarantee me
six things on your part I shall guarantee you Paradise. Speak the
truth when you talk, keep a promise when you make it, when you are
trusted with something fulfill your trust, avoid sexual immorality,
lower your gaze (out of modesty), and restrain your hands from
injustice."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1260

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

REPLY TO IGNORANCE WITH WORDS OF PEACE

"The (true) servants of (God) the Compassionate are those who walk on
the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, reply with
(words of) peace."

The Holy Quran, 25:63

Monday, March 06, 2006

RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SIN

When a person asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) about
righteousness and sin, he said: "Righteousness is that with which the
soul is tranquil and the heart is tranquil, but sin is that which
rouses suspicion in the soul...even if people give you a decision in
its favor."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 842

HELPING OTHERS IS A FORM OF WORSHIP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The person who looks
after a widow or the poor is like&someone who prayers all night and
fasts all day."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 265

Friday, March 03, 2006

FEAR THE CRY OF THE OPPRESSED

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once told a newly-appointed
government official: "Fear the cry of the oppressed, for there is no
barrier between it and God."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 1

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

History Channel to Air 'Secrets of the Koran'

http://www.historychannel.com/

SECRETS OF THE KORAN, PART 1
Premieres: Thursday, March 2 @ 9pm ET/PT

The Koran--one of the most influential religious books of all time. Muslims worldwide believe the Koran is God's guidance, a sourcebook to help believers follow the right path. But much of the non-Muslim world sees the Koran as a text shrouded in mystery...and controversy. We'll attempt to demystify and explain the text: where it came from, what it says, and what it means. Like any holy scripture, the Koran can't be separated from its historical context. We'll examine the history of the verses and also their implications for modern times, as well as the striking similarities and differences between the Koran and the Bible--and the ways in which Muslims believe the Koran corrects some of the Jewish and Christian scriptures. The program will get at the heart of one of the world's holiest books, capturing its majesty and mystery and illuminating for the audience the very foundation of
Islam.

SECRETS OF THE KORAN, PART 2
Premieres: Thursday, March 9 @ 9pm ET/PT

In this hour, we explore what role the Koran has played throughout Islamic history. From the 500-year Golden Age of Islam, to the legendary clashes of Muslim and Christian forces during the times of the Crusades, we'll identify what influence the Koran had on the individuals living out those momentous events. We also look at the use of the word jihad, its meaning within the Koran, and how the concept has been used by others including modern-day Islamic radicals. The messages in Islam's holy book have been used to launch some of the world's greatest civilizations, and at times its interpretations have been used as justification for acts of violence. We'll attempt to get at the heart of one of the world's holiest books, capturing its majesty and mystery, and illuminating for the audience the very foundation of Islam.