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VIDEO – What if I told you the truth about Islam

This video serves to showcase the truth about Islam, by clearing many of its misconceptions. It also brings the dialogue back to the basics of what Islam is really all about.

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FOOD CRISIS

LETS SEE WHAT SAYS ABOUT ISLAM AND NUTRITION

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“O ye people! eat of what is on earth lawful and good; and do not follow the
footsteps of the evil one for he is to you an avowed enemy. Q2:168

The Qur’an contains many passages that give Muslims advice about healthful eating habits and nutrition. These passages not only relate to the
preservation of a human being’s physical well- being, but also to his
spiritual health. Encouragement to eat only good and pure foods is combined
with warnings to remember Allah and avoid Satan. In this way, Muslims are
shown that eating is not merely an action to satisfy the hungry body, but
that, as in all of man’s actions, it has an effect on how well or how poorly
a Muslim will serve Allah SWT.

Since a Muslim wants to direct his activities towards serving Allah in the
best way, the object of eating is to nourish his or her body so that it will
be in the best possible condition for doing so. In several verses, the
Arabic word “tayyeb” is used to describe healthful food. Tayyeb is
translated as “good” and it means pleasing to the taste as well as pure,
clean, wholesome and nourishing. Foods which are not tayyeb and which cause one to lose control of the body and mind will not help one to prosper. They distract from the worship of Allah and cause one to lose sight of why it is
necessary to eat at all. Thus, a Muslim should strive to get the vitamins,
minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and so forth that his body needs to
function well and avoid falling into eating habits that slow him down or
make him weak.

Man’s growth should be a balance between the physical and spiritual, but
these two aspects are intertwined. If he becomes obsessed with food, not
only is his time and effort distracted from serving Allah but the diet may
make him physically weak. On the other hand, if he concentrates so
exclusively on spiritual matters that he neglects his body’s proper nourishment, the same result will come about i.e., weakness and illness will
prevent him from carrying out all his obligations to Allah Ta’alaa. The
Qur’an thus guides man to strike a wholesome balance between the two
extremes and advises him on how to create this balance. This policy of the
middle road is a basic theme in Islam in most matters of action and effort.
It is a theme that is easily observed in nature: too much or too little in
terms of substance or action usually yields a bad result. No, to extremism
and no, to laxity but, moderation in all respect.

Some places in the Qur’an specifically mention the benefits of certain
foods. They not only give a list of lawful foods, but also an idea of what
types of things are, in general, good for man. Specific foods that are
mentioned include milk, dates, grapes, honey, corn, grains, nutritious
plants, olives and livestock. It is also mentioned, in conjunction with
these foods, that reflection on their life cycles will tell man something
about his own existence.

Mother’s milk is also mentioned and encouraged as the best form of
nourishment for the infant, so much so that even when parents divorce, it is
advised that arrangements be made so that the mother may continue to nurse
her child if she does not live with the child. Islam has therefore taken
care of the issue of breastfeeding of the infant long ago, though it is now
that campaign are all over the place to emphasise this.

There is not an extensive list of lawful and unlawful foods in lslam. Those
things, which are forbidden by Allah, are specifically mentioned, (i.e.,
blood, carrion, pork e.t.c.) and all else is lawful. A Muslim, thus, may
partake of the bounties of Allah, so long as he avoids the stated
prohibitions. This means, however, that a Muslim must use judgement in
eating foods. Besides avoiding forbidden foods, he must also keep in mind the injunction to eat what is good for him. While sweets, for example, are
lawful, a steady diet of sweets leads to poor health. A Muslim must eat a
variety of foods that provide for all his bodily needs and remember not to
indulge in excesses, but rather use common sense to decide what is good and wholesome.

On Ettiquettes of Eating

When the Prophet SAW sat down to eat, he would always mention the name of Allah at the commencement of eating and after eating. At the commencement
he would say: Bismillah wa ‘ala barakatillah (In the name of Allah and with the blessings of Allah). After food he SAW would say alhamdu lillahillazee
at’amana wa saqaanaa waj’alana minal Muslimeena. (All praises for Allah who
gave us food and drink and made us Muslims).

It is important that the actual act of eating should be moderate with no rush or greed. Eat what is in front of you and if it is in a group, (which is good) you do not do it to irritate those around you. The talkings should also be moderate.

Make your hamdallah and get up when you are full. Preserve left-overs of
food very well and as much as possible avoid wastage. Know that while getting your rewards from Allah SWT for the obligatory and voluntary fasts, you are at the same time doing your system some good of over-hauling and
cleansing.

More Tips

Variety and moderation are essential for good health. Be sure to eat a
variety of foods every day so as to achieve a healthy and nutritionally
balanced diet.
A balanced diet is not just about foods you should avoid, it is about foods
you choose to include.
Take lots of fluids, fruits and vegetables to help your digestion. It still
adds to the beauty of eating when husbands and wives and the children sit together to eat, or how else do you talk of Baraka ?

Waste not, want not,” according to the English proverb. Here the same wisdom
is preached from a higher motive. See what magnificent means God provides in nature for the sustenance of all His creatures, because He loves them all.
Enjoy them in moderation and be grateful. But commit no excess, and commit no waste: the two things are the same from different angles of vision. If you do, you take away something from other creatures and God would not like your selfishness.

“It is He who produceth gardens with trellises and without and dates and
tilth with produce of all kinds and olives and pomegranates similar (in kind) and different (in variety): eat of their fruit in their season but render the dues that are proper on the day that the harvest is gathered.
But waste not by excess: for Allah loveth not the wasters” Q6:141 (An’am)

And as we get ready to take the next meal,(of course, from Halal sources)
let us remember to thank Allah for the sustenance and continue to ponder
over His abundant Ni’ima so that we remain ever grateful to Him on High SWT.
Alhamdulillah, MashaAllah Barakallah.

Moon Split – Visible Today

A rocky streak [gap] is clearly shown across the moon surface

Dr. Zaghloul El-Naggar, professor of earth science and geology, recalls, ‘[firstly] the Indian and Chinese calendars have recorded the incident of the splitting of the moon…. While I was giving a lecture at the Faculty of Medicine at Cardiff University, in Wales, a Muslim asked me a question about the verses….about the splitting of the moon, and whether it is considered as one of the scientific signs which are mentioned in the Qur’an and whether there is any scientific evidence discovered to explain this incident. My answer was that this incident is considered one of the most tangible miracles, which took place to support the Prophet when he was challenged by the polytheists and disbelievers of Quraish, showing them this miracle to prove that he is a Messenger of God. Anyway, miracles take place as unusual incidents that break all regular laws of nature. Therefore, conventional science is unable to explain how miracles take place, and if they were not mentioned in the Qur’an and in the Sunnah of the Prophet we would not have been obliged to believe in them…When I finished my speech, a British man from the audience named Dawud Musa Pidcock…asked to add something to my answer.

He said: “It is these verses, at the beginning of Surah al-Qamar that made me embrace Islam in the late seventies.” This occurred while he was doing extensive research in comparative religion, and one of the Muslims gave him a copy of translation of the meanings of the Qur’an.

When he opened this copy for the first time, he came across Surat al-Qamar, and he read the verses at the beginning of the surah, and could not believe that the moon had split into two distinct parts and they were rejoined, so he closed the copy of the translation and kept it aside.’

In 1978 Mr. Pidcock was destined by God’s Will to watch a program on BBC, where the host was talking with three American space scientists and accusing the USA of over spending and wasting millions of dollars on space projects while millions of people were in a state of poverty here on Earth. The scientist responded, “We were studying the moon surface to examine the extent of similarities with the Earth’s surface…we were astonished to find a belt of melted rocks that cuts across the surface and deep into the core of the moon. This information was promptly given to our geologists, where they were shocked by their findings and stated that this phenomenon could never happen unless the moon at one time was split and brought back together and the surface rocky belt is the resulting collision at the moment of this occurrence.”
Mr. Pidcock went on to say, “When I heard this, I jumped off my chair , and said this is a miracle which took place fourteen hundred years ago to support Muhammad and the Qur’an narrates it in such a detailed way. After this long period and during the age of science and technology, God employs people (non-Muslims) who spent all this money for nothing but to prove
that this miracle had actually happened. Then, I said to myself, this must be the true religion, and I went back to the translation of the meanings of the Qur’an, reading it eagerly. It was these verses at the opening of Surah al-Qamar that lie behind my…[conversion] to Islam.”

Malcolm X. From Darkness to Light

Born in poverty and obscurity on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm Little, the fourth child of Earl and Louise Little, rose to become one of the most dynamic Black Nationalist leaders of his time. He felt the sting of racism and was denied opportunity from his earliest years, from most, if not all, of the existing institutions of the day. Without the possibility, the hope, of upward mobility, with less than a ninth grade education, a life of crime was practically inevitable for young Malcolm.

After his arrest and subsequent incarceration, Malcolm began reading a variety of literature made available to the prison by a rich philanthropist.

Religion, race and world history were his favorite subjects. He also had time enough to review his old life-style. He began receiving letters from various family members. Two of his brothers, Philbert and Reginald, began writing him about a religious leader named Elijah Muhammad. At first he thought it was a scam to get his prison sentence cut short. But Malcolm began listening to his younger brother Reginald, who explained about his new faith. And Malcolm became fascinated with the doctrine taught by Elijah Muhammad. Soon after, he embraced the Lost and Found Nation of Islam, based in Chicago and headed by Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm received his X symbolizing his unknown African tribal name. It was also a candidates first step into the Nation.

From the time of his release from prison, in 1952, until he left the Black Muslims, (as the followers of Elijah Muhammad were called in those days), Malcolm X became not only the organizations most articulate spokesman, but one of its architects and most ardent supporters. Malcolms only concern was to change the condition of his people, long victimized by social injustice and institutionalized racism. His approach to this state of affairs was to focus attention on them, by reminding the powers of his day of their responsibility for those conditions. He stressed the importance of not perpetuating such conditions because of self-hate, ignorance, and substance abuse.

After falling out with Elijah Muhammad in 1963 and leaving the Nation of Islam, Malcolm undertook the journey that every person of the Islamic faith must, as a religious obligation. The Hajj or pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. These two events culminated in a complete turnaround in Malcolms views on both his religion and his approach to the problems of racism and oppression of blacks in America.

While performing the pilgrimage rites at the first house of worship built for the worship of the One God, Malcolm saw something he had only heard about, or dreamed of before: the true equality of man, as believers of all colors, and all social levels, stood to worship… the One God.

Understanding the true message of Islam as taught by the Prophet Muhammad (p)1 , Malcolm now saw that the problems facing man were usually the direct result of the rejection of those beliefs and practices commanded by God from the earliest times. He also understood that all men could live together as one when they accepted the belief that the best of men are those who sincerely worship God and maintain the duties God has placed on men regarding their interaction and their relationship with one another.

In his own words, as told to Alex Haley, Malcolm wrote Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and such overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this Ancient Holy Land, the home of Abraham and all the other Prophets of Holy scriptures. For the past week I have been truly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors. I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca … There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue eyed blonds to black skinned Africans. But we were all practicing in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and the non-white.

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white, but the white attitude had been removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen such sincere and true brotherhood, practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.

You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen and experienced has forced me to rearrange much of the thought patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds. I have always kept an open mind, a flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of the intelligent search for truth.

I could see from this, that perhaps if white Americans could accept the Oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept in reality the oneness of man and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their differences in color.

What better testament could there be to the unifying power of Islam, the faith of over one billion people, comprising one fifth of the human race. This was the only faith Malcolm believed in, one that could rid the world of the evils of racism. Islam is a faith that rejects the ideas of inherent racial or nationalistic superiority and that acknowledges the nobility of all men as their birthright. This was the only religion whose message was powerful, yet subtle, enough to capture the heart of this man possessing an indomitable spirit, of resolute convictions and of faith in the Almighty Creator of the Universe.

The change of his name from Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz symbolized his final stop on the journey from the darkness of erroneous beliefs to the truth and the light of Islam.

There is one verse in the Glorious Quran, which not only restates the common origin of man, explains the division of humanity into nations, or race and tribes, tells us that the object and purpose of this division was also the ultimate unification of humanity, but goes a step further: It points out to us the one and only criterion, the only standard by which man is judged by god, and thus by which we should also judge our fellowman.

As you will presently see, ( THIS CRITERION IS NOT HIS COLOR, NOR HIS RACE, NOT HIS SOCIAL STANDING OR CASTE, NOT EVEN HIS SKILL AND THE DEGREE OF HIS INTELLIGENCE ) . It is something which to achieve lies within reach of every human being, black or brown, white or yellow, rich or poor, if only he made an effort to cultivate it within himself.

Says the Glorious Quran:

O mankind we created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of god is (he who is) the most righteous of you and god has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). [Al-Quran 49:13]

This verse of the Holy Quran is the answer of Islam to racism, an answer which, as far as the Muslim community is concerned, did not remain a pious exhortation but sounded the death knell of racial discrimination in the world of Islam as borne out not only by the example set by the Prophet Mohammed (p); but also subsequent events in the history of all Muslim nations and by the general attitude of the Muslims until the present day.

The Muslim community would like to invite every one to the light of faith, reason and humanity, to the light of Islam!

1 (p) here stands for peace be upon him