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maan virus “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple.But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas,then each of us will have two ideas”.A Verse From The Glorious Qur’an
A Verse from the Glorious Qur’an from Surah Al-Imraan Chapter #3 Verse #64 which says : Qul ya ahla alkitabi (say oh people of the Book) taAAalawila kalimatin sawa-in baynana wabaynakum (come to common terms as in us and you) which is the first term? allanaAAbuda illa Allaha (that you worship none but Allah, Almighty God) wala nushrika bihishay-an (that we associate no partners with him) wala yattakhitha baAAdunabaAAdan arbaban min dooni Allahi (that we erect not among ourselves Lords and Patrons other than Allah) faintawallaw (if they turn back) faqooloo ishhadoo (say you bear witness) bi-anna muslimoona (that we are Muslims bowing our will to Allah Almighty God).
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The Concept of God in Hinduism and Islam
Do You Know?
The much awaited
dialogue by Dr. Zakir Naik and Sri Sri
The Concept of God in Hinduism and Islam
In The Light Of Sacred Scriptures
Took place in
Date : January 21, 2006.
Dr Zakir Naik : I started my talk by quoting a Verse from the glorious Qur’an from Surah Al-Imraan Chapter #3 Verse #64 which says : Qul ya ahla alkitabi (say oh people of the Book) taAAalawila kalimatin sawa-in baynana wabaynakum (come to common terms as in us and you) which is the first term? allanaAAbuda illa Allaha (that you worship none but Allah, Almighty God) wala nushrika bihishay-an (that we associate no partners with him) wala yattakhitha baAAdunabaAAdan arbaban min dooni Allahi (that we erect not among ourselves Lords and Patrons other than Allah) faintawallaw (if they turn back)faqooloo ishhadoo (say you bear witness) bi-anna muslimoona (that we are Muslims bowing our will to Allah Almighty God).
Dr. Zakir Naik addresses the gathering.
This Verse of the glorious Qur’an though it particularly speaks to the ahle kithaab, the Jews and Christians, it is meant for all different types of people, it says “taAAalawila kalimatin sawa-in baynana wabaynakum.” (come to common terms as with us and you) which is the first term? allanaAAbuda illa Allaha (that you worship none but God Almighty) wala nushrika bihishay-an (that we associate no partners with him).
It is not appropriate to try and understand a religion or to try and understand the concept of God in a religion, by observing the followers of that religion; because many a times the followers of that religion, they themselves may not be aware about the religion or the concept of God in the religion; neither it is appropriate to observe or look at the traditions or the cultures of the followers of the religion because many of the cultures and traditions may not be part of the religion.
The best and the most authentic way to understand any religion or the concept of God in a religion is to try and understand what the sacred scriptures have to speak about that religion or the concept of God in that religion.
Let us understand what is the meaning of the words Hinduism and Islam.
The word Hindu has geographical significance and was used to
describe the people living beyond the river Sindhu or people living in the land
watered by river
be a Vendantist, a person who follows the Vedas.
The word Islam comes from the root Arabic word salam, which means peace. It is also derived from the Arabic word silm, which means to submit your will to Almighty God. In short, Islam means peace acquired by submitting your will to Almighty God and this word Islam occurs in several places in the Qur’an and the Sahih Hadith including in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Imraan, Chapter #3 Verse #19 and Surah Al- Imraan Chapter #3 Verse #85. Any person who acquires peace by submitting his will to Almighty God, to Allah, he is called as a Muslim and this word Muslim also occurs in several places in the Qur’an and the Sahih Hadith including in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Imraan Chapter #3 Verse #64 and Surah Fussilat Chapter #41 and Verse #33.
Many people have misconception that Islam is a new religion, which came into existence 1400 years ago and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the founder of this religion. In fact, Islam is there since time immemorial. Since man set foot on the earth, and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is not the founder of this religion but he is the last and final messenger sent by Almighty God, the last and final Prophet.
If we ask the common Hindu that how many Gods does he believe in? Some may say 3, some may say 100, some may say 1000, while others may say 33 crores, 330 millions. But if you ask a learned Hindu who is well Versed with his Hindu scriptures, he will tell you that in Hinduism you should believe and worship only one God. But the common Hindu, he believes in a philosophy known as pantheism, everything is God. The common Hindu believes that the tree is God, the sun is God, the moon is God, the human being is God, the snake is God. What we Muslims believe is everything is God’s, everything belongs to God’s, ‘G’ ‘O’ ‘D’ with an apostrophe ‘s’; the tree belongs to God, the sun belongs to God, the moon belongs to God, the human being belongs to God, the snake belongs to God. So the major difference between the common Hindu and the common Muslim is that the common Hindu says everything are Gods, we Muslim say everything is God’s.
Let us try and understand what would the sacred scriptures of Hinduism have to speak about Almighty God.
It is mentioned in the Chandogya Upanishad Chapter #6, Section #2, Verse #1; ekam evaditiyam God is only one without a second. It is a Sanskrit quotation. “I know that I am speaking in front of a great scholar of Vedas Sri Sri Ravi Shankar I am just a student. So if my Sanskrit pronunciation is a bit poor, I would like to apologize. He is a great scholar of the Veda, I am just a student of Islamic comparative religion as well a student of the Hindu scriptures and the Vedas.
It is mentioned in Swethaswethara Upanishad, Chapter #6, Verse #9, Na casya kasuj janita na cadhipah, which means of him of Almighty God, there are no parents they have got no lord. Almighty God has no true father, he has no true mother, he has no true superior.
It is mentioned in the Swethaswethara Upanishad; Chapter #4, Verse #19 Na Tasya Pratima Asti of that God there is no Prathima, there is no likeness, there is no image, there is no picture, there is no photograph, there is no sculpture, there is no statue.
It is mentioned in Swethaswethara Upanishad; Chapter #4, Verse #20; no one can see the Almighty God and it is further mentioned in Bhagwat Gita Chapter #7, Verse #20; all those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires, they worship many Gods. Some of the translation says that all those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires, they worship idols and this quotation is also mentioned by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in his Book “Hinduism and Islam the common thread” in the section of not worshiping other Gods on page #3. He gives the quotation but does not give the reference. The reference is Bhagwat Gita Chapter #7 Verse #20.
It is further mentioned in Bhagwat Gita Chapter #10 Verse #3, that they know me as the unborn not begotten, the supreme lord of the world. Amongst all the Hindu scriptures, the most sacred are the Vedas.
It is mentioned in Yajur-Ved Chapter #32, Verse #3 Na Tasya Pratima Asti of that God there is no Prathima. Prathima as I said, means likeness, image, picture, photo, sculpture, statue.
It is further mentioned in Yajur-Ved Chapter #40 Verse #8 Almighty God is imageless and pure.
It is further mentioned in Yajur-Ved Chapter #40 Verse #9 Andhatma pravishanti ye asambhuti mupaste. Andhatma means darkness,pravishanti means entering, and Asambhuti means the natural things like fire, water, air. They are entering darkness those who worship the natural things like fire, water, air, etc and the Verse continues, they are entering more in darkness those who worship the Sambhuti. The Sambhuti are the created things like tables, chairs, etc; who says that? Yajur-Ved Chapter #40 Verse #9.
It is further mentioned in Atharva-Ved Book #20 Hymn #58 Manthra #3 Dev maha osi verily great is Almighty God; and amongst the Vedas, the most sacred is the Rig-Ved.
It is mentioned in the Rig-Ved Book #1, Hymn #164, Manthra #46, ekkam sat vipra bhuda vidyante Truth is one, God is one, sages call him by various names. God is one but the saintly people call him by many names and there are no less than 33 names given to Almighty God in Rig-Ved Book #2 Hymn #1 alone. One of them is Brahma. The Brahma is called as the creator. If you translate creator into Arabic, it means khaaliq. We Muslims have got no objection if someone says that Almighty God is khaaliq or Creator, but if someone says this Almighty God has got 4 heads and on each head is a crown, you are giving an image to Almighty God. We Muslims take strong exception to it. More over, you are going against Swethaswethara Upanishad Chapter #4 Verse #19 which says Na Tasya Pratima Asti, of that God there are no images.
The other name given to Almighty God in Rig-Ved, Book #2, Hymn #1, Verse #3 is Vishnu. Vishnu is called as the God who is the sustainer. If you translate Sustainer into Arabic, it is somewhat similar to Rabb. We Muslims have got no objection if someone calls Almighty God as Rabb or Sustainer, but if someone says he is Almighty God who has got 4 hands and giving an image to Almighty God, in one hand is the lotus, the second hand is the conch, traveling on the sea on the bed of snakes, we Muslims take strong objection to it. Moreover you are going against the Yajur-Ved, Chapter #32, Verse #3 which says Na Tasya Pratima Asti of that God there is no prathima. There is no likeness, there is no image, there is no picture, there is no statue, no sculpture. It is further mentioned in Rig-Ved Book #8, Hymn #1, Manthra #1 Ma chitanidi sansad worship him alone, one God, praise him alone. It is mentioned in Rig-Ved, Book #6, Hymn #45 Manthra #16, praise him alone, worship that one God and the Brahma Sutra of Hinduism is dvitiya naste neh na naste kinchan Bhagwan ek hi hai doosra nahi hai, nahi hai, nahi hai, zara bhi nahi hai. There is only one God not a second one, not at all, not at all, not in the least bit. So, if you read the Hindu scriptures, you shall understand the concept of God in Hinduism in the light of the sacred scriptures.
Let us understand the concept of God in Islam.
The best reply anyone can give you from the scriptures is quote to you Surah Ikhlaas, Chapter #112 Verse # 1 to 4 which says Qul Hu-wallaahu Ahad (say he is Allah one and only) Allaahus-Samad (Allah the absolute and eternal) Lam yalid, wa lam yuulad (he begets not nor is he begotten) walum yakul-la-Huu kufu-wan ahad (there is nothing like him). This is a 4-line definition of Allah subhaanawa thaala, of Almighty God given in the Qur’an. If any person says so and so candidate is God, if that candidate fits in this 4- line definition, we Muslims have got no objection in accepting that candidate as God. The first is Qul Huwallaahu Ahad (say he is Allah one and only) God is only one without a second. ekam evaditiyam Chandogya Upanishad Chapter #6, section #2, Verse #1. The second is Allaahus- Samad (Allah the absolute and eternal) same as Bhagwat Gita Chapter #10 Verse #3, they know me as unborn not begotten without a beginning, supreme Lord of the world. The third test is Lam yalid, wa lam yuulad (he begets not nor is he begotten) same as Swethaswethara Upanishad Chapter #6 Verse #9 Na casya kasuj janita na cadhipah of him there are no parents, no lords. Almighty God has got no mother, has got no father, he has got no superior. The fourth test is walum yakul-la-Huu kufu-wan ahad (there is nothing like him). Swethaswethara Upanishad Chapter #4, Verse #19, Yajur-Ved Chapter #32 Verse #3 Na Tasya Pratima Asti of that God there is no prathima, there is no likeness, there is no image, there is no picture, there is no statue. If any person says so and so candidate is God, if that candidate fits in these 4-line definition which we discussed of the Qur’an and the Hindu sacred scriptures, I have got no objection accepting that candidate as God.
We Muslims, we prefer calling Allah with the Arabic word Allah instead of the English word God because a person can play mischief with the English word God. But when any Muslim is speaking to the non Muslim, who may not understand the meaning of Allah and uses the English word God like what I am doing today, I have got no objection but I would like to mention that God is not the appropriate translation of the Arabic word Allah and this word Allah is mentioned in the scriptures of all the major world religions including Hinduism.
It is mentioned in Rig-Ved Book #2, Hymn #1, Verse #11, one of the names of God is given as Allah. Allah is also mentioned in Rig-Ved, Book #3, Hymn #30 Manthra #10 and also in Rig-Ved Book #9, Hymn #67, Manthra #30, there is a separate Upanishad by the name of AllOpanishad which is also mentioned in one of the books of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar a separate Upanishad, that is AllOpanishad.
This was in brief regarding the concept of God in Islam according to the sacred scriptures of Islam.
I know there are mistakes in that book. I have told before
also; this book was printed in an emergency, in urgency, when there was riots
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Is Terrorism a Muslim Monopoly?
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Is Terrorism a Muslim Monopoly? –By Dr Zakir Naik
Lecture Date : September 11, 2006.
Judge : Hosbet Suresh - A Retired Mumbai High Court Judge
The Conference took place in Mumbai in front of a jam packed crowd, at the Shanmukhananda auditorium on 11th Sept 2006. He also gave a similar lecture at Jeddah in the last week of September, 2006.
The stage was set for Dr. Zakir Naik to present his much needed views on this important topic.
Please view the Complete video in 3 (three) Parts below:
Part 1 : Speaker - Justice Hosbet Suresh
Part 2 : Speaker - Dr. Zakir Naik
Part 3 : Speaker - Dr. Zakir Naik - Question & Answer Session.
Dr. Zakir Naik said that historic records proved that a large number of terrorist acts in the 20th and 21st century were committed by non-Muslims. The so-called global phenomenon of “Islamic terrorism/militant Islam” was a creation of the western governments and their media outlets, he said.“Politics lies at the heart of labeling Muslims across the globe as perpetrators of terror acts,” he added.Dr. Zakir, who is one of the Muslim world’s leading and most prolific speakers, quoted from the scriptures of other religions and proved that associating killing with Islam is incorrect.“It says in the Book of Numbers that whoever worships other than God should be killed,” he said, referring to the Bible, yet such militant verses were conveniently ignored by the Western media.“In every religion there are black sheep and the media keep putting these people forward. This is a media conspiracy and a way of pushing people away from Islam.” he added.
Dr. Zakir Naik addresses the gathering.
On Islam, Terrorists And Terrorism
Dr. Zakir Naik said, “No religion encourages terrorist acts or violence. The word ‘Islam’ itself means ‘Peace, obtained by submitting yourself to the Almighty’. Anyone, be it Muslim or non-Muslim, who kills an innocent Muslim or a non-Muslim, kills the entire humanity. However, Islam goes a step further to say that if one saves innocent lives, the whole of humanity is saved. Injustice is the root cause of terrorism…”
He continued, “Palestinians are called terrorists just because they are fighting to get their land back.” By citing examples of LTTE (in Sri Lanka), IRA (in UK), Lord’s Salvation Army, which trains the young children to conduct terrorist attacks, and many other non-Muslim terrorist outfits he further said that, the lives claimed by these outfits are more than the ones by the Muslim terrorists.
Dr. Zakir said Naxalites/Maoists across
Drawing on international examples, Dr. Zakir said that the
Japanese Red Army, Lord’s Salvation Army and the ETA in
“So nothing is more removed from truth as to suggest that Muslims have monopolized terrorism,” said Dr. Naik. He said the Irish Republican Army, which was considered to be terrorist group, has a history of 100 years of violence against the British, but the British government doesn’t seem to be scared about them as they are about radical Islamic groups.
Besides, he also mentioned, “Even a single killing by a Muslim is condemned by Islam, whatsoever the reasons.”
On the Media, Judiciary and Politicians
Dr. Zakir appreciated the Indian media for being unbiased and upright while reporting the communal riots. He further expressed that it is the plot of the Western media to destroy Muslims.
He also said that the media controlled by the political authorities is biased and does not portray the truth or reality. He stated, “Islam does not justify using wrong means to reach the right goals. People should not take the law in their hands.”
“We should learn how to turn the tables and convey the real meaning,” said Dr. Zakir, while calling on Muslims to dispel the media’s vilifying of Muslims and the importance of having Muslim television channels and newspapers.
Later at a private Iftar organized for journalists at
Jeddah, Dr. Zakir called on Muslim businessmen across the world to boycott the
US dollar and predicted that such a move would, within two years, see the end
Having described the war on terror as an excuse to take
control of Middle Eastern oil reserves, Dr. Zakir called on businessmen to
boycott the dollar. “Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has
provided us with a strategy to stop the
Dr. Zakir added that if governments were unwilling to boycott the dollar then businessmen and businesswomen should themselves individually boycott the currency and advised them to deal in riyals, dirhams, gold and euros.
“Use the euro as an alternative. The process of having an
Islamic currency would take time and so we shouldn’t wait for that,” he said,
adding, “Now if someone insists on dealing in dollars then make sure you change
currency as soon as possible. When you change the currency then the banks will
send the dollars back to the
Islamic Peace Conference Held In Mumbai 2008..
Do You Know?
So Many People Accepted Islam Infront Of More Than 30000 People In Mumbai.
A Ten-Day Islamic Peace Conference began on 14th November to 23rd November 2008, 10 Am to 10 Pm..
Mumbai: Somaiya Ground has rarely witnessed gatherings of
this proportion that comprises people from different sections of the society-
Muslims and non-Muslims, males and females. The Peace Conference called by Dr.
Zakir Naik is continuing to attract thousands of people to the ground spread
over 30 acres beside the
There are more people attending the conference this year as compared to the last year when the conference was on similar topic but in English. Topic of the conference is ‘Islam: The Solution For Humanity’ but all lectures are in Urdu this year.
Approximately 30,000 males and females attend the program on daily basis with about 40% being females. Though most of the attendees are youths, children and aged persons can also be found there having come for various reasons.
Some say the gathering of so many ulamas and practicing Muslims refreshes their Iman (faith) and creates in them a motive to propagate the teachings of Islam even the least that they know. They take an inspiration from the speakers preaching to the audience the information about different aspects of Islam.
Many came here to know more about Islam. They are Muslims that want to learn more about Islam, ulamas in search for listening from those who are of higher caliber and non-Muslims trying to know the true teachings of Islam.
Males and females listening to the speakers have separate areas for sitting either in open air ground after Maghrib prayer till 10 pm or in the AC lecture hall.
The vast AC hall that is open from 10 am to 1 pm and 2:15 pm to 5:15 pm where in the speakers address in two sessions. With the capacity of 5,000 sitting chairs it has 60% chairs for males while 40% for females. The hall is almost full during speeches.
People who have interest in listening to the speeches are in the AC hall while some others have nice time in the Exhibition Hall. This hall is vast air conditioned hall wherein there are 200 panels and 50 models. They display the teachings of Islam, its history, Iman, pillars of Islam, prophets of Allah, the books of Allah, the works of Muslims in many fields such as calligraphy, architecture, science, medicine, astronomy, geology, geography, and other sciences, many sayings of the Prophet (saws), biographies of many Fuqaha and Muhaddiseen and the verses related to science are displayed with scientific realities. On each panel and model there is a volunteer detailing before the visitors about the contents of panels and models. He talks giving reference to the verses he recites and the hadees he reads.
Within the conference complex there are about 2,000 volunteers who devote their day and night for the conference. Therefore on every few steps one can easily find the volunteers for guiding the guests to their desired places.
The conference with this splendid management is for presenting the real face of Islam as the solution for the humanity, before as many people as possible. It also aims at removing the misconception spread about the religion Islam.
Maulana Abdul Aleem Nadwi, working in the department of Qirat in IRF, when I asked him why IRF had called the conference, he counted many benefits of it. Among them is one that many people accept Islam after listening to the speeches. He also said that through this conference we are by the blessings of Allah able to present before the world the true face of Islam and tell them that Islam is the solution for whole humanity.
Muhammad Maqsood of the media committee for the conference told that they started Peace TV channel through which they try to propagate the true message of Islam. He said that the conference is also a part of their Da’wah activities. Explaining about the need for the conference he added that for benefiting more and more people they intend to make a video of the whole program and then put it on their website. He also said that and they will let users download the video free from their website.
The most important characteristic of the conference is that about 23 representatives from all denominations of Islam were invited in it. But some of them for personal difficulties could not participate in the conference. Some of the people say that the conference is an example of the unity of the Muslim community.
The same opinion is expressed by Mamoon Rasheed Qasmi who says, ‘when I came here and found the speakers of different denominations, I hoped that the Muslim community can one day surely come on one platform to work for the betterment of the humanity.’
99 Names Of ALLAH
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The 99 Names of Allah, also known as The 99 Most Beautiful Names of God (Arabic: أسماء الله الحسنى transliteration: Asma’ Allah al-Ḥusná), are the names of God (specifically, attributes) by which Muslims regard God and which are traditionally maintained as described in the Qur’an, and Sunnah, amongst other places.
Prophet Muhammad(P.B.U.H) used to call God by all His Names:
اللهم إني ادعوك بأسمائك الحسنى كلها “O God, I invoke You with all of Your Beautiful Names.
Prophet Muhammad(P.B.U.H) is also reported to have said in a famous hadith:
“Verily, there are ninety-nine names of God, one hundred
minus one. He who enumerates [and believes in them and the one God behind] them
would get into
Of note is that this hadith does not say that there are only 99 names, but 99 names that are better than the others.
“He is Allah, the Creator, the Originator, The Fashioner, to Him belong the most beautiful names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, do declare His praises and glory. And He is the Exalted in Might, The Wise. “(Quran 59:24)
Below is a list of the 99 Names of ALLAH
Ar-Rahman -The All Beneficent, The Most Merciful in Essence, The Compassionate, The Most Gracious
Ar-Rahim -The Most Merciful, The Most Merciful in Actions
Al-Malik -The King, The Sovereign, The True and Ultimate King
Al-Quddus -The Most Holy, The Most Pure, The Most Perfect
As-Salaam -The Peace and Blessing, The Source of Peace and Safety, The Most Perfect
Al-Mu’min -The Guarantor, The Self Affirming, The Granter of Security, The Affirmer of Truth
Al-Muhaymin -The Guardian, The Preserver, The Overseeing Protector
Al-Aziz -The Almighty, The Self Sufficient, The Most Honorable
Al-Jabbar -The Powerful,The Irresistible,The Compeller,The Most Lofty,The Restorer/Improver of Affairs
Al-Mutakabbir -The Tremendous
Al-Khaliq -The Creator
Al-Bari’ -The Rightful
Al-Musawwir -The Fashioner of Forms
Al-Ghaffar -The Ever Forgiving
Al-Qahhar -The All Compelling Subduer
Al-Wahhab -The Bestower
Ar-Razzaq -The Ever Providing
Al-Fattah -The Opener, The Victory Giver
Al-Alim -The All Knowing, The Omniscient
Al-Qabid -The Restrainer, The Straightener
Al-Basit -The Expander, The Munificent
Al-Khafid -The Abaser
Ar-Rafi‘e -The Exalter
Al-Mu‘ezz -The Giver of Honour
Al-Mudhell -The Giver of Dishonour
As-Sami‘e -The All Hearing
Al-Basir -The All Seeing
Al-Hakam -The Judge, The Arbitrator
Al-`Adl -The Utterly Just
Al-Lateef -The Subtly Kind
Al-Khabeer -The All Aware
Al-Haleem -The Forbearing, The Indulgent
Al-Azeem -The Magnificent, The Infinite
Al-Ghafoor -The All Forgiving
Ash-Shakoor -The Grateful
Al-Aliyy -The Sublimely Exalted
Al-Kabeer -The Great
Al-Hafeez -The Preserver
Al-Muqeet -The Nourisher
Al-Hasib -The Reckoner
Al-Jaleel -The Majestic
Ar-Raqib -The Watchful
Al-Mujib -The Responsive, The Answerer
Al-Wasse‘e -The Vast, The All Encompassing
Al-Hakeem -The Wise
Al-Wadud -The Loving, The Kind One
Al-Majeed -The All Glorious
Al-Ba’ith -The Raiser of The Dead
Ash-Shaheed -The Witness
Al-Haqq -The Truth, The Real
Al-Wakeel -The Trustee, The Dependable
Al-Qawee -The Strong
Al-Mateen -The Firm, The Steadfast
Al-Walee -The Protecting Friend, Patron and Helper
Al-Hamid -The All Praiseworthy
Al-Muhsi -The Accounter, The Numberer of All
Al-Mubdi’ -The Producer, Originator, and Initiator of All
Al-Mu‘id -The Reinstater Who Brings Back All
Al-Muhyi -The Giver of Life
Al-Mumit -The Bringer of Death, The Destroyer
Al-Hayy -The Ever Living
Al-Qayyum -The Self Subsisting Sustainer of All
Al-Wajid -The Perceiver, The Finder, The Unfailing
Al-Majid -The Illustrious, The Magnificent
Al-Wahid -The One, The Unique, Manifestation of Unity
Al-Ahad -The One, the All Inclusive, The Indivisible
As-Samad -The Self Sufficient, The Impregnable, The Eternally Besought of All, The Everlasting
Al-Qadir -The All Able
Al-Muqtadir -The All Determiner, The Dominant
Al-Muqaddim -The Expediter, He Who Brings Forward
Al-Mu’akhir -The Delayer, He Who Puts Far Away
Al-Awwal -The First
Al-Akhir -The Last
Az-Zahir -The Manifest, The All Victorious
Al-Batin -The Hidden, The All Encompassing
Al-Waali -The Patron
Al-Muta’ali -The Self Exalted
Al-Barr -The Most Kind and Righteous
At-Tawwab -The Ever Returning, Ever Relenting
Al-Muntaqim -The Avenger
Al-‘Afuww -The Pardoner, The Effacer of Sins
Ar-Ra’uf -The Compassionate, The All Pitying
Malik-al-Mulk -The Owner of All Sovereignty
Dhu-al-Jalali wa-al-Ikram -The Lord of Majesty and Generosity
Al-Muqsit -The Equitable, The Requiter
Al-Jami‘e -The Gatherer, The Unifier
Al-Ghani -The All Rich, The Independent
Al-Mughni -The Enricher, The Emancipator
Al-Mani’e -The Withholder, The Shielder, the Defender
Ad-Darr -The Distressor, The Harmer, The Afflictor
An-Nafi‘e -The Propitious, The Benefactor
An-Nur -The Light
Al-Hadi -The Guide
Al-Badi -The Incomparable, The Originator
Al-Baqi -The Ever Enduring and Immutable
Al-Warith -The Heir, The Inheritor of All
Ar-Rashid -The Guide, Infallible Teacher and Knower
As-Sabur -The Patient, The Timeless.
“There is nothing whatever like unto Him, and He is the One that hears and sees (all things)”. Qur’an [42:11]
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Michael Jackson Confirms Conversion to ISLAM..
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The singer, who was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, converted
to Islam in a ceremony at a friend’s house in
The star - whose hits include “The Way You Make Me Feel” - was spotted looking “a bit down” by a producer and a songwriter who had both embraced Islam.
The source said: “They began talking to him about their beliefs, and how they thought they had become better people after they converted. Michael soon began warming to the idea.
“An imam was summoned from the mosque and Michael went through the shahada, which is the Muslim declaration of belief.”
Mikaeel is the name of one of Allah’s angels.
British singer Yousef Islam, 60 - who was called Cat Stevens
until he famously converted - turned up to help
It was his pals David Wharnsby - a Canadian songwriter - and
producer Phillip Bubal who counselled
The pair’s new names are Dawud Wharnsby Ali and Idris Phillips.
Last year his brother, Jermaine Friday, suggested
“I think it is most probable that Michael will convert to Islam.“He could do so much, just like I am trying to do. Michael and I and the word of God, we could do so much.”
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Five Pillars of Islam
Do You Know?
The Five Pillars of Islam is the term given to the five
duties incumbent on every Muslim. These duties are Shahadah (profession of
faith), Salat (ritual prayer), Zakaat (alms giving), Sawm (fasting during
Ramadan) and Hajj (pilgrimage to
The Five Pillars of Islam are core beliefs that shape Muslim thought, deed, and society. A Muslim who fulfills the Five Pillars of Islam, remains in the faith of Islam, and sincerely repents of his sins, will make it to Jannah (paradise). If he performs the Five Pillars but does not remain in the faith, he will not be saved.
The Islamic faith is built upon 5 Pillars
Shahadah - Declaration of faith
Salah - Five compulsory daily prayers
Zakaat - Welfare contribution
Sawm - Fasting during Ramadan
Hajj - Pilgrimage to Makkah
A Muslim declares his faith by reciting:
The arabic words mean:
“There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah”
La ilaha illal lahu muhammadur rasulul lah
The testimony of faith is saying with conviction, “La ilaha illal lahu, muhammadur rasulul lah.” This saying means “There is no true god (deity) but God (Allah), and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God.” The first part, “There is no true god but God,” means that none has the right to be worshipped but God alone, and that God has neither partner nor son. This testimony of faith is called the Shahada, a simple formula which should be said with conviction in order to convert to Islam(visit webpage “How to Convert to Islam and Become a Muslim”). The testimony of faith is the most important pillar of Islam.
Salah - Five compulsory daily prayers
Salah is the second pillar of Islam. It refers to the five compulsory daily prayers. Salah is offered five times a day individually or in congregation. We offer Salah to remember Allah. It brings us closer to him.
The Quran Says:
“Establish Salah to remember me (Allah)” (20:24)
Salah is the Practical proof of our faith in Allah and Islam. It has been made compulsory at certain fixed times.
The five daily prayers are:
Fajr - From dawn until just before sunrise
Zuhr - After midday until afternoon
Asr - From late afternoon until just before sunset
Maghrib - After sunset until daylight ends
Isha -Night until midnight or dawn
Each salat is performed facing towards the Kaaba in gratitude and worship. According to the Qur’an, the benefit of prayer “restrains [one] from shameful and evil deeds”.
Before we pray we do Wudu, or clean up in a special way. Wash before prayer as a symbol that they are cleansing their minds in order to pray. Salat consists of set prayers and movements. The fact that all Muslims pray at the same time, in the same way and facing in the same direction emphasises unity in islam and that everyone is equal before Allah.
Zakaat - Welfare contribution
Zakaat (welfare contribution) is the third pillar of Islam. The Arabic word Zakaat means to purify or cleanse. Zakaat is to be paid once a year on savings at the rate of two and a half percent(2.5%). This rate applies to cash, bank savings and gold & silver jewellery. The rate for cattle and agricultural produce is different.
Payment of Zakaat is a means of keeping our wealth clear of greed and selfishness. It also encourages us to be honest in our earnings and expenditure.
Zakaat is a compulsory payment and is neither charity nor a tax. Charity is optional and taxes can be used by the state for any purpose, but Zakaat has to be spent under fixed headings like helping the poor, the needy, payment of salaries to its collectors, to free captives and debtors, for travellers in need, to win over hearts and for the cause of Allah.
Zakaat is an act of Ibadah. Ibadah is an Arabic term which means worship and obedience. It includes all activities of life, if we do them to please Allah. We pay Zakaat to gain Allah’s favour.
Zakaat provides us with the opportunity of sharing our excess wealth with those less fortunate than ourselves. In fact we and our wealth belong to Allah. He is the real owner and we are mearly the trustees of His wealth. We do our duty as trustees if we pay Zakaat as an obligatory part of Ibadah.
In addition to the compulsory payment of Zakaat, Muslims are encouraged in the Qur’an to make voluntary contributions to help the poor and needy, and for other social welfare purposes. This voluntary contribution is called Sadaqah (Charity).
Through the payment of Zakaat, the rich share their wealth with the poor and thus the process of concentration of wealth is checked and fair distribution ensured.
An individual may also give as much as he or she pleases as sadaqah, and does so preferably in secret. Although this word can be translated as “voluntary charity” it has a wider meaning.
The Prophet(PBUH) said, “Even meeting your brother with a cheerful face is an act of charity.” The Prophet(PBUH) also said: “Charity is a necessity for every Muslim.” He was asked: “What if a person has nothing?” The Prophet(PBUH) replied: “He should work with his own hands for his benefit and then give something out of such earnings in charity.” The Companions of the Prophet(PBUH) asked: “What if he is not able to work?” The Prophet(PBUH) said: “He should help the poor and needy.” The Companions further asked: “What if he cannot do even that?” The Prophet(PBUH) said: “He should urge others to do good.” The Companions said: “What if he lacks that also?” The Prophet(PBUH) said: “He should check himself from doing evil. That is also an act of charity.”
Sawm - Fasting during Ramadan
Sawm (Fasting), the fourth pillar of Islam, is another act of Ibadah. All adult Muslims must fast from dawn to sunset every day of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This means abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking and conjugal relations during the hours of fasting. Travellers and the sick can defer fasting during Ramadan and make up for it later.
Sawm develops self-control and helps us to overcome selfishness, greed, laziness and other faults. It is to refresh us for carrying out our duties towards Allah, the Creator and Sustainer.
Sawm gives us the feeling of hunger and thirst. We experience for ourselves what it is like to have an empty stomach. This develops our feeling for the poor and hungry people. Fasting teaches us to control the love of comfort. It also helps us to keep our sexual desires within control. Hunger, comfort and sex are three factors which must be kept under control to behave as Allahs servants.
It helps us to remain truly obedient to Allah’s commands. That is why the Qur’an says:
“O you who believe; Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you that you are expected to be truly obedient”. (2:183)
A truly obedient Muslim is called a Muttaqi and his true obedience or piety - developed through Sawm - is known as Taqwa in Islam. Taqwa keeps a person away from sin.
The month of Ramadan is a month of forgiveness, mercy and means of avoiding that punishment of Hell.
The following acts will break the fast:
-Deliberate eating or drinking during fasting hours.
-If anything enters the body through the nose or mouth; this includes smoking or sniffing any powdered substance.
-Having any conjugal relations during fasting hours.
-Unintentional eating or drinking due to forgetfulness or rinsing out the mouth or bathing do not make the fast invalid.
-A Muslim is expected to remain away from all bad actions during his fast. He should not tell a lie, break a promise or do any deceitful act.
During Ramadan, Muslims are also expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam by refraining from violence, anger, envy, greed, lust, harsh language, gossip and to try to get along with each other better than normal. In addition, all obscene and irreligious sights and sounds are to be avoided.
The very purpose of fasting is to make a Muslim able to control his passions, so that he becomes a person of good deeds and intentions. Anger – a common human weakness–can also be brought under control by fasting.
Many Muslims break their fast with a dates because it is claimed Muhammed(PBUH) broke his fast with a dates.
Many Muslims traditionally break their fasts in Ramadan with
dates (like those offered by this date seller in
In addition to the compulsory fasting in Ramadan, a Muslim may fast during other times of the year. These facts will be treated as Sunnah.
Fasting is not allowed during menstruation of women. They are required to make up the days lost during this period at some other time.
A Muslim must not fast:
On the day of Idul Fitr
On the day of Idul Adha
The Qur’an was revealed in the month of Ramadan. There is a night in the month which is …
“better than a thousand months”
This night is called Lailatul Qadr (Night of Power). According to Hadith, this night occurs during the last ten days of Ramadan (most probably the odd numbered nights). It is a night of great importance; we should worship as much as we can on this night.
An additional prayer known as Tarawih (20 rakah or 8 rakah) is offered during Ramadan after Isha. This is a sunnah prayer in which efforts are made to recite as much of the Qur’an as possible. In many mosques, the whole Qur’an is recited in Tarawih prayer. This prayer is generally offered in congregation.
At the end of Ramadan Muslims celebrate Idul Fitr, a day of thanksgiving and happiness. It is one of the great occasions for the Muslim community. On this day, Muslims offer special prayers in congregation and thank Allah for His blessings and mercy.
Hajj - Pilgrimage to Makkah
Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. The Hajj is a pilgrimage
that occurs during the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah the twelfth month of the
Islamic calendar, to the holy city of
Every able-bodied Muslim is obliged to make the pilgrimage
to Makkah at least once in their lifetime if they can afford it. When the
pilgrim is around ten kilometers from Makkah, he must dress in Ihram clothing,
which consists of two white sheets. Both men and women are required to make the
pilgrimage to Makkah, as the Hajj is mandatory for both males and females. The
main rituals of the Hajj include walking seven times around the Kaaba, touching
the Black Stone, traveling seven times between
The pilgrimage, or the haji, is honoured in their community. For some, this is an incentive to perform the Hajj. Islamic teachers say that the Hajj should be an expression of devotion to Allah, not a means to gain social standing. The believer should be self-aware and examine their intentions in performing the pilgrimage. This should lead to constant striving for self-improvement.
A pilgrimage made at any time other than the Hajj season is called an Umrah.
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Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the
Barack Hussein Obama II, born August 4, 1961, is the President-elect of the
President-elect of the
Taking office: January 20, 2009
Succeeding: George W. Bush
Born: August 4, 1961 (age 47)
Birth name: Barack Hussein Obama II
Political party: Democratic Party
Spouse: Michelle Obama (m. 1992)
Children: Malia Ann (b. 1998), Sasha (b. 2001)
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Ban Bajrang Dal and VHP…
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Put A BAN On Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP)
The Bajrang Dal a Hindu organization in
The Bajrang Dal’s slogan is “service, safety, and culture.”
An integral part of its agenda is preventing the slaughter of cows. Other goals
Bajrang Dal is a religious extremist terrorist outfit that often gets into various activities such as moral policing (particularly on Valentine days), rioting, killing and burning Christians, their houses and churches. In the early days, they and their supporters used to deny their crime charges as Christian conspiracy or “it was not us, but the Hindus in general retaliating“. But ever since their political supporters (BJP) have formed the Government in the Indian states of Karnataka and Orissa, they have come out in public and claimed before the TV cameras that they have done it and they will do it again.
A Bajrang Dal Activist
Bajrang Dal leaders killed while making bombs in
Rajiv alias Piyush Mishra (25) and Bhupinder Singh (32) are among the dead, they both are reported to be Bajrang Dal core members. Bhupinder was Bajrang Dal’s city chief 10 years ago and according to Hindi daily Hindustan Piyush was present in RSS’s morning shakha the day of the blast, quoting a Sangh activist Surendra Mishra.
Police found eleven live bombs, and enough material to make nine additional bombs, seven timer devices, and batteries. Ammonium nitrate and potassium nitrate was also recovered from there.
The explosion occurred at a hostel in Kalyanpur area of
Deeds of Bajrang Dal
The Bajrang Dal, formed in 1984, played a big role in the events leading to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in December 1992, which led to widespread Hindu-Muslim violence in the country.
According to the Human Rights Watch, Bajrang Dal had been
involved in riots against Muslims in the 2002
A mass grave in Ahmedabad,
In April 2006, two Bajrang Dal activists were killed in
nearby Nanded in the process of bomb making. The same group of activists were
also suspected for perpetrating the 2003 Parbhani Mosque blasts. Those arrested
later told interrogators they wanted to avenge several blasts across the
country. NDTV subsequently accused the police of a coverup in Nandhed. A report
by the Secular Citizen’s Forum & PUCL,
The VHP leader, Praveen Togadia, was arrested in April 2003
after distributing tridents to Bajrang Dal activists in
An Armed Training Camp of Bajrang Dal in Sarojini Nagar,
The Bajrang Dal has been accused of not allowing Muslims to
own land in parts of
On several occasions, acting as “Social Police” the activists of Bajrang Dal have caught un-married couples on Valentines day and forced them to apply sindoor or tie rakhis against their wishes. The activists of Bajrang Dal have often indulged in violence, invading gift shops and restaurants and threatening couples on Valentines day.
The Bajrang Dal has also been involved in bomb making
accidents on August 6, 2006 in Nanded, and on August 24, 2008 in
In September 2008, a fresh wave of attacks directed against the Newlife Christian churches and prayer halls in Karnataka by the Bajrang Dal, as a protest against defaming hindu gods and against religious conversion carried on by the Newlife Missionaries. Later, Mahendra Kumar, the convener of Bajrang Dal was arrested in connection with it even after he publicly announced that they are not reponsible for the attacks, after the Center had strongly criticized the state Government. In addition, the National Commission for Minorities has also blamed them for the religious violence in BJP-ruled states of Karnataka and Orissa. However, some police reports claim that the Bajrang Dal was not involved and that the attacks were carried out by splinter groups. However, testimonies of Bajrang Dal activists show exactly the opposite, as they described the attacks and openly warned of more violence.
Christians wanting to return to their homes have been told by the HINDU EXTREMISTS:
“COME BACK AS HINDU OR DON’T COME BACK AT ALL”
A Hindu Extremist
DEMAND for BAN on BAJRANG DAL
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Minister for Steel Ram Vilas Paswan
Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar
Members of the Samajwadi Party
The Indian National Congress, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati have demanded a ban on Bajrang Dal and Sri Rama Sena. In this regard, Deve Gowda sent a letter to prime minister and accused Bajrang Dal “for perpetrating senseless violence” against minorities in Karnataka and Orissa.
Wakf and Minorities Welfare Minister Mumtaz Ali Khan has urged the government to ban any organisation, including Bajrang Dal, if found to be involved in anti-national activities disturbing communal harmony.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Veerappa Moily told that the party is in favour of banning the right-wing Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). “The Bajrang Dal deserves to be banned. They have earned this image for themselves. The terrorists hide and do it, Bajrang Dal do it openly,” He also said that the activities of the saffron outfit are more pronounced in the BJP-ruled states and alleged that these state governments were collaborating with the Bajrang Dal rather than checking their activities. “The BJP-ruled states think that the Bajrang Dal is an oxygen for their survival. This is very unfortunate,” Moily said while attacking the outfit for its role in anti-Christian violence in some parts of the country.“In the case of Bajrang Dal, we find that the BJP-ruled states have not recommended the ban. This means they are collaborating with the organisation,” he said.
Durga Vahini training camp on outskrirt of
The National Minorities Commission has recommended a ban on the Bajrang Dal for its alleged role in the attacks on churches in Karnataka and Orissa. The Commission is working towards a unanimous decision seeking tough measures against the Bajrang Dal as its involvement in “frequent attacks on the minorities and their places of worship across the country has been established beyond doubt”. “Despite repeated assurances from top state officials, the attacks on churches and Christians are continuing in Karnataka. It shows the state government(BJP) is not serious in reining in the elements responsible for pre-planned attacks,” commission vice-chairman Michael P. Pinto said.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) said that it had urged the Union Home Ministry to put the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on the watch list of organisations indulging in terrorist-like activities and take the “severest action.”
The monthly magazine Communalism Combat started by civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad demanded an immediate ban on the Bajrang Dal in August 2008.
Leader of the Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) Ramchandra Paswan describing the Bajrang Dal as communal organization said, “Bajrang Dal and VHP should immediately be banned.”
Bajrang Dal Dares Government to BAN it…
The Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has dared the Indian government to ban it, warning that the authorities would face the ‘consequences’ if it was outlawed.
‘We will fight the ban and we will go to the people to explain the injustice done to us. The elections are coming up soon and it (a ban) will prove costly for the government,’ Prakash Sharma, national convenor of the Bajrang Dal, told…
The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has decided to call a special cabinet meeting to discuss a possible ban on the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad over the continuing attacks on Christians and its institutions in Orissa and Karnataka.
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