• Religious Knowledge vs. Pretentious Knowledge

      Religious Knowledge vs. Pretentious Knowledge

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The scholars of Islam revered religious knowledge above all else. This is all the more true for the great imams, like Abū Hanīfah, Mālik, al-Shāfi`ī, and Ahmad b. Hanbal. At the same time, their reverence was born of the value they knew that religious knowledge had for people’s faith...

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    • Inspiration

      Inspiration

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      He was a leading accountant who had a problem trying to uncover a case of embezzlement. He had spent three years trying to find a solution to it without success. In the middle of the night, he was awakened by an inspiration and he took up a pen and spent a long time ...

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    • Gifts & Talents Are Treasures

      Gifts & Talents Are Treasures

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Gifts are like treasures in many ways. They are rare. Gifted people, according to certain specific criteria, constitute somewhere between two and five percent of the total population. In truth, all people are gifted in one way or another, but this is only realised...

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    • Sharia law draws rave reviews in Indonesia`s Aceh

      Sharia law draws rave reviews in Indonesia's Aceh

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      On a recent Friday, three stragglers sat sipping the dregs of their coffee as the city of Banda Aceh closed up around them. The gates of the café, like those of shops up and down the street, had been drawn and the streets were clearing of cars. Soon, sharia policewomen...

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    • Our Beliefs about the Pain in Our Lives

      Our Beliefs about the Pain in Our Lives

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      A man complained about all the misfortunes he had in life, one after another, as if his existence was a succession of sorrows and tribulations. He rarely had a reason to smile. That was not his only problem. He always ...

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    • A Son`s Complaint: `Let Me be Me`

      A Son's Complaint: 'Let Me be Me'

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      A young man once came to me with a complaint. He spoke to me about how he wanted to transfer from his neighbourhood high school to another one far away from his home. When I asked him why, he told ...

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    • The Difference between Islamic & Interest-Based Finance

      The Difference between Islamic & Interest-Based Finance

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Finance aims to facilitate economic transactions and real economic activity. Real activity refers to transactions that directly involve economic production or consumption. Finance becomes necessary when there are insufficient funds to complete the requisite transactions....

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    • Self-Criticism

      Self-Criticism

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The state of the Muslim world today, whether we speak on the level of individuals, families, communities, or nations, is best described as a state of “backwardness”. So why do we try to gloss it over, defend it, justify it, and advocate for it? Why do we accuse those who ...

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    • They Are Famous

      They Are Famous

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Albert Einstein, who set forth the theory of relativity, had an exceptional mind. He was the father of modern physics, and his name has become synonymous with genius.

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    • The Danger of Pride for Islamic Work

      The Danger of Pride for Islamic Work

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      He said: “This is just my nature. I feel joy at other peoples’ good fortune. This is why I wish to point out to you some things about your prayer, especially since I see how concerned you are to follow the Sunnah.”

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    • Avoiding the First Person Pronoun

      Avoiding the First Person Pronoun

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Some people have gotten into the habit of avoiding the first person singular pronoun, as if it were an act of piety to do so. When they are compelled to say “I”, they hasten to add: “...and I seek Allah’s refuge form that ‘I’.” I once told a young man...

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    • Know Thyself

      Know Thyself

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      A beggar was in the habit of sitting on the side of the road. He had been doing so for the past thirty years. One day, a stranger passed him by. The beggar stretched out his hat and muttered to the man: “Give me some of your loose change.” ...

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    • Paying attention to our children

      Paying attention to our children

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      When we pay attention to our children, we learn a lot. When a child exhibits aggressive or rebellious behavior, it is an act of self-assertion. When a child destroys an object ...

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    • When co-inheritors die simultaneously

      When co-inheritors die simultaneously

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      A man and his wife have died in a car accident. It is not known which of them died first. How do we calculate their separate estates so they can be distributed to their respective relatives?

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    • Celebrate the Eid

      Celebrate the Eid

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The joy of breaking the fast comes every night in Ramadān when we complete the day’s fasting, and it comes as well at the end of Ramadān when we complete the entire month. We feel joy at the end of Ramadām for fulfilling our duty to our Lord

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    • Which perfumes are suitable for women?

      Which perfumes are suitable for women?

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Question: The Prophet (peace be upon him) preferred to use musk, from all the perfumes. Can women use musk? Or is it better for women to use camphor? Which perfume is best for women according to the Prophet?

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    • Asserting that Laylah al-Qadr is the 27th Night

      Asserting that Laylah al-Qadr is the 27th Night

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      It is strongly recommended to actively seek Laylah al-Qadr throughout the month of Ramadān, especially during the last ten nights. Allah’s Messenger said: “Seek out Laylah al-Qadr in the odd nights during the last ten nights of Ramadān.”...

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    • What fasting means to us

      What fasting means to us

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Fasting is meaningful. It is prescribed for us so we can benefit in many ways. If we pause to contemplate on this matter, we will find much to enrich our thoughts and we will better appreciate the greatness of Islam, and that Allah wishes ...

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    • Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor`s Beat-up Car

      Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor's Beat-up Car

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      When I was a child, I obsessed with socialism. It was not only because my father was a self-proclaimed socialist who read every book that a good socialist should read, but also because we lived in a refugee camp in Gaza under the harshest of conditions. Tanks roamed...

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    • Ten Tools to Strengthen Ourselves against Sin

      Ten Tools to Strengthen Ourselves against Sin

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      We need to cultivate in ourselves qualities that will help us stay away from sin and make it easy for us to repent when we fall into sin. The following ten qualities can give us the strength and resolve we need: ...

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    • Globalization

      Globalization

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Question: Globalization, if it is applied in an Islamic context, will it be allowed or prohibited? Answer: Today, the Western world is proposing the idea of globalization. It has the resources ...

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    • Prayer is better than sleep

      Prayer is better than sleep

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      When young Muslims meet others for the first time and find out that they are Muslim, often one of the very first questions they ask each other is, “Do you pray?” It’s as if this is their touchstone to see if the person they have met...

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    • Avoiding extremism in religion

      Avoiding extremism in religion

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Question: What are some of the means of avoiding and warning against extremism in matters of religion?

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    • Marriage with Christian or Jewish woman

      Marriage with Christian or Jewish woman

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      It is lawful for a Muslim man to marry with a woman from the People of the Book (the Jews and the Christians). Allah says: “Lawful unto you in marriage are not only chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book revealed before...

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    • Ten Levels of Generosity

      Ten Levels of Generosity

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Generosity is a noble trait, and Allah loves those who possess it. It is sign of strength and true human feeling, and it wins the hearts of the people. Generosity comes in many forms. We can be generous with our wealth, our time, our knowledge, and our labour.

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    • Training the heart

      Training the heart

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Can you control the feelings in your heart? We have a tremendous power to influence our hearts as long as we believe we can and know how to approach it. It is only impossible for those who come with the attitude: “It is a waste of time, since I am not ...

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    • Love for Jesus can bring Christians and Muslims together

      Love for Jesus can bring Christians and Muslims together

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      And thou shalt assuredly find those who say, ‘We are Christians,’ to be the nearest of them in love to the believers. That is because amongst them are savants and monks and because they are not proud. (Al Quran 5:83)

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    • Fasting Six Days of Shawwal after Ramadan: ‘Like Fasting the Entire Year’

      Fasting Six Days of Shawwal after Ramadan: ‘Like Fasting the Entire Year’

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Hadrat Ayyub Al Ansaari (R.A.) relaties that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) said, “Whoever fasts Ramandaan and follows it with six days from Shawwal it is as if they fasted the entire year.” [Muslim]

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    • Man wants to divorce his wife so that his friend can marry her

      Man wants to divorce his wife so that his friend can marry her

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Is it permissible for a person who has two wives to divorce one of his wives so that his close friend who is unmarried and whom he truly loves for the sake of Allah, can marry her? This is what one of the Companions did. The person who ...

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    • Make Your Habitual Acts Good Ones

      Make Your Habitual Acts Good Ones

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      We carry out many of our activities mechanically without thinking about them, like walking, typing, eating, dressing, enunciating, and driving. Some activities become so automatic that if it would confuse us if we tried to think about them. For instance, We do not consider...

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    • Equality in Islamic Law - An Overview

      Equality in Islamic Law - An Overview

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Human equality, without distinction of race, color or language, is an intrinsic principle of Islam. This principle, despite its importance and obviousness, was not respected by ancient civilizations, such as those of Egypt, Persia, and Rome. People were...

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    • `O Commander of the Faithful, Let Them Be`

      'O Commander of the Faithful, Let Them Be'

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Caliph Abū Ja`far al-Mansūr was impressed by Mālik’s erudition and intelligence. He wanted to make Mālik a religious authority figure and oblige the people to follow him. Mālik described what transpired between him and the Caliph ...

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    • Bilal ibn Rabah: The symbol of human equality

      Bilal ibn Rabah: The symbol of human equality

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Bilal ibn Rabah (may Allah bless him) is one of the most illustrious names in the Islamic history. A Negro slave originally from Habasha (Ethiopia), Bilal is an evident story of Islam’s respect for human equality, anti-racism and social equity.

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    • Don`t miss the best night of your life

      Don't miss the best night of your life

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      It is a night whose blessings are extolled in Allah’s Book: “Hā Mīm. By the Book that makes things clear. Surely We revealed it [the Qur’an] on a blessed night. Surely We ever wish to warn (against evil) – On this night, every wise matter is...

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    • Love in the Holy Qur`an (4): CHAPTER 5: Love is the Root of Creation

      Love in the Holy Qur'an (4): CHAPTER 5: Love is the Root of Creation

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      God created human beings out of His mercy, for He says: The Compassionate One / has taught the Qur’an. / He cre- ated man, / teaching him [coherent] speech. (Al-Rahman, 55:1-4) And He says: Had your Lord willed, He would have made...

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    • Love in the Holy Qur`an (3): CHAPTER 4: GOD AND LOVE

      Love in the Holy Qur'an (3): CHAPTER 4: GOD AND LOVE

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      God speaks of the great reality of love many times in the Holy Qur’an. He mentions those whom He loves, such as, for example, those who rely on Him: And when you are resolved, rely on God; for God loves those who rely [upon Him]. (Aal ‘Imran, 3:159). However, ...

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    • Love in the Holy Qur`an (2): CHAPTER 2,3

      Love in the Holy Qur'an (2): CHAPTER 2,3

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Most of human beings’ basic concerns are indicated in this Qur’anic verse, for most people either spend their lives in search of sex, family, chil- dren, prestige and glory, wealth and possessions, or else in search of God’s love and the Hereafter. Most modern music...

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    • Remember Allah’s Grace

      Remember Allah’s Grace

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Every instance of worldly or spiritual good that we experience in our lives is purely from Allah’s grace. Nothing of it is our right or entitlement. This applies even to Allah’s prophets and messengers. Allah says: “But Allah chooses for His mercy whom He wills, and Allah is...

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    • Where the Qur`an mentions the Prophet`s ascension into Heaven

      Where the Qur'an mentions the Prophet's ascension into Heaven

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      We read in the Sunnah about the Prophet's night journey to Jerusalem ad then from there his ascension into Heaven from there. I know where the Qur'an speaks about the night journey to Jerusalem, but I cannot find any mention of the Prophet's ascension into Heaven...

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    • Swimming instead of wudu` for prayer

      Swimming instead of wudu' for prayer

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      While swimming at the beach or at a pool and swimming underwater, a person's whole body becomes wet. Does this mean that when the person gets out of the water, he or she can dispense with wudû' and pray immediately?

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    • Does Islam Condone Domestic Violence?

      Does Islam Condone Domestic Violence?

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Place of women in the religion of Islam has been the subject of much debate in recent years. There is a common perception in the West that Islam considers women less than men and restricts their freedoms and role in the society. Constant stream of images of women...

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    • Telling jokes & relating humorous anecdotes

      Telling jokes & relating humorous anecdotes

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      What kind of jokes are allowed in Islam? Laughter is a truly human attribute. Islam, the natural religion, does not prevent people from laughing. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to laugh and joke with his Companions, but he did not make ...

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    • Love is a Skill

      Love is a Skill

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Love, on Earth, is something from our imagination; If we had not found it therein, we’d have invented it. Those who truly love each other would not want...

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    • A Brief Biography of Prophet Muhammad

      A Brief Biography of Prophet Muhammad

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Prophet Muhammad was the son of Abdullah, who was the son of Abdul-Muttalib, who was the son of Hashim; whose ancestry reaches the Prophet Ismael son of the Prophet Abraham, peace be upon them.

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    • The Oak Tree and the Reeds

      The Oak Tree and the Reeds

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      There is an old folk story which teaches this valuable lesson. Once there was a great oak tree on a river bank. The tree was surrounded by reeds. Every day, the wind would blow and tree would stand firm and resolute, while the reeds would always bend. The oak tree...

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    • Prophecies related to the coming of The Promised Messiah & The Mahdi of Muslims

      Prophecies related to the coming of The Promised Messiah & The Mahdi of Muslims

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      World was in dire need of revelations from God for spiritual guidance at the time when our Holy Prophet (saw) had appeared in Arabia. All the laws & teachings of the previous prophets had been forgotten and man was living in the worst possible way. The great and marvelous revolution which was...

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    • Unbelievers and their fate in the Hereafter

      Unbelievers and their fate in the Hereafter

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Are Christian and Jewish lay people the same as their clergy and religious scholars? Are they also unbelievers, even though they are People of the Book and do not have the knowledge that their religious leaders have? Are they condemned to Hell for their not believing in ...

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    • Quoting the Qur`an in poetry

      Quoting the Qur'an in poetry

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Some people take the words of the Qur'ân and hadîth and use them in their poems and speeches as if they were their own words. They use the same words, but for different meanings than they were originally intended, as if it was something clever, since ...

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    • Islam And Music

      Islam And Music

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      If the religion of Islam actually does forbid music, even the majority of devout Muslims would probably find this to be very strange and a cause for concern. Why in the world would a religion prohibit Music? Do any other minor or major religions prohibit music? What did Muhammad have to say ...

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    • Laylat Al Qadr 2013: What Is The ‘Night of Power?’

      Laylat Al Qadr 2013: What Is The ‘Night of Power?’

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Laylat Al Qadr is considered the holiest night of the year for Muslims, and is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the “Night of Power,” and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, beginning with the...

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    • 40 Hadîth Explanation (8): The Religion is Naseehah

      40 Hadîth Explanation (8): The Religion is Naseehah

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      That one cannot worship Allah sincerely without being sincere to what He has revealed, and to the people according to their station in life. Also one has to respect and honour His Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), which is to respect and honour what he said, did, approved of or ...

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    • Call Them to Generosity, Call Them to Allah

      Call Them to Generosity, Call Them to Allah

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Even when Allah commands and prohibits things, He does so out of mercy for us. He has no need for what He commands us to perform, and He does not prohibit us from things for His own sake. What He commands and forbids is for our own welfare.

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    • Jesus and Islam

      Jesus and Islam

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Here are six questions that followers of Islam, and others, often ask about Jesus...

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    • 40 Hadîth Explanation (7): The Halaal is Clear and the Haraam is Clear

      40 Hadîth Explanation (7): The Halaal is Clear and the Haraam is Clear

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      This hadeeth is a great Principle from the Principles of the Sharee'ah, such that the well known Muhaddith Aboo Dawood as-Sijistaanee said, "al-Islaam revolves around four ahaadeeth" , and he then mentioned this hadeeth amongst them. And there is consensus amongst the ...

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    • The Physical, Moral and Spiritual States of Man (part 8)

      The Physical, Moral and Spiritual States of Man (part 8)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      We can confidently claim that this excellent teaching with all its devices that is set forth in the Holy Quran is peculiar to Islam. It should be kept in mind that as the natural condition of man, which is the source of his passions, is such that he cannot depart from it without a complete change in himself...

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    • Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism

      Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      People are naturally comfortable with others who share their cultural norms. The tendency to identify with one’s people or nation is something Allah has placed in human nature and He has made it a reason for people to get to know each other. Allah has also told us that ...

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    • Unbelievers and their fate in the Hereafter

      Unbelievers and their fate in the Hereafter

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Are Christian and Jewish lay people the same as their clergy and religious scholars? Are they also unbelievers, even though they are People of the Book and do not have the knowledge that their religious leaders have? Are they condemned to Hell for their not believing in Prophet Muhammad?

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    • 40 Hadîth Explanation (6): Rejection of Evil Deeds and Innovations

      40 Hadîth Explanation (6): Rejection of Evil Deeds and Innovations

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      That anything new introduced in the matter of worship, which has not already been given sanction from the Qur'aan and the Sunnah will not be accepted by Allaah. That anything new incorporated into the Deen ...

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    • The Physical, Moral and Spiritual States of Man (part 7)

      The Physical, Moral and Spiritual States of Man (part 7)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Arabic word for swine is Khinzir which is a compound of Khanz and Ara, which means: I see it very foul. Thus the very name that God Almighty gave to this animal at the beginning points to its uncleanness. It is a curious coincidence that in Hindi this animal is called ...

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    • Imâm an-Nawawî`s 40 Hadîth Explanation (5)

      Imâm an-Nawawî's 40 Hadîth Explanation (5)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      That the angel of life blows the soul into the foetus after it is 120 days old, so without doubt, terminating the life of a foetus when it is over 4 months old is definitely murder. That each child which is born has its sustenance, ...

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