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Hey! Who Am I Really? (Part Two)

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 14:21

Many questions have been received with regard to a recently published book titled “Hey! Who Am I Really?” Since many aspects in the book deal with fundamental beliefs, it was deemed necessary to explain the issues in detail in their proper perspective. The explanation will insha Allah be done in several parts.

This is Part Two of the series.

The Rooh (Soul)

The fundamental importance of following the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) cannot be overemphasized (as discussed in Part One). They are the vital link between Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Ummah. The Quraan Shareef was revealed upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) over a period of twenty three years. It was preserved and then passed on to the rest of the Ummah only through the intermediary of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Just as the words of the Quraan Shareef were passed on to the Ummah by the Noble Companions (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), likewise the expositions and explanations of the verses of the Quraan Shareef given by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) were conveyed to the Ummah by none other than the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Therefore, anyone who excludes the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) in his quest to understand the Quraan Shareef is bound to fall into confusion, delusion and deviation.

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Hey! Who Am I Really?

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Friday, 18 March 2016 06:44

Many questions have been received with regard to a recently published book titled “Hey! Who Am I Really?” Since many aspects in the book deal with fundamental beliefs, it was deemed necessary to explain the issues in detail in their proper perspective. The explanation will insha Allah be done in several parts.

This is Part One of the series.

Question: I read a book titled “Hey! Who Am I Really? and found it interesting. It was my intention to circulate it to family and friends but have now heard that there is some controversy over the book. Is it authentic and suitable to circulate to others?

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How Low Can We Stoop?

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Monday, 07 March 2016 16:00

‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) had received the divine revelation of the Injeel. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had received the divine revelation of the Quraan Majeed. With the revelation of the Quraan Majeed which is the final book of Allah Ta‘ala, the Injeel was abrogated. Thus as Muslims we have been prohibited from following the teachings of ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) which have not been endorsed by Islam.

Hence the question to ask ourselves is: If it is not permissible to follow those teachings of the Injeel which were abrogated by the Quraan, how can it ever be permissible to follow the whims and desires of those who claim to follow the Injeel? Can we stoop so low? We have made the desires of a lost nation, which has no direction, the goal of our life, whereas we have with us divine revelations in the form of the teachings of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). How can we allow man-made trends and fashions to substitute the divine way of Allah Ta‘ala? May Allah Ta‘ala protect us all, aameen.

   

What’s the Point of Reciting what I don’t Understand?

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Saturday, 05 March 2016 10:27

There was once a grandfather who had great love for the Quraan Majeed. Every night without fail, he would make wudhu, apply ‘itr, remove his beloved Quraan from its velvet cover and sit with utmost respect reciting the word of Allah Ta‘ala in a most melodious tone. As he would recite, however, his young grandson would stare at him in bemusement and scratch his head in confusion. One day, his grandson came up to him and asked, “Dada, you recite the Quraan Majeed EVERY night but you don’t even know Arabic! You read so much but you don’t even understand what you’re reading! What a waste of time!” His grandfather looked at him, smiled and said, “My child, do you see the coal basket in the corner? Good! Empty out the coal, take the basket to the stream, fill it with water and rush back as quickly as your little legs can carry you.”  The young boy ran off on his “mission”, heading towards the stream. He filled the basket, turned, and ran straight back to the house. “Dada!” he complained, “The water doesn’t stay in the basket because of all the holes! I think I’m wasting my time!” “I think you need to run faster.” suggested Dada. And so off he went again, running even faster than before. When he returned this time, there were at least a few drops of water at the bottom of the basket but even those dripped out before he could put the basket down. “One more time! Run your absolute fastest now!” urged Dada before the child could again complain. Now when the child returned, huffing and puffing from the exertion, there was at least a small puddle – but even that rapidly drained out before their eyes. “I give up Dada!” he exclaimed, “And I’ve wasted my time!” “Hold it! Not so hasty my child.” responded Dada. “Why don’t you examine the basket and tell me what you see?” he prompted. The child turned the basket in his hands, looking first at the inside and then turned it the other way, looking at the outside. “It looks brand new!” he marveled. “It’s all shiny again! All the soot has been washed off!” he said. “Exactly!” replied Dada. “The basket is perhaps unable to hold the water, but that doesn’t mean the water doesn’t affect it in any way. Rather the water cleanses and polishes it, removing all the dirt and grime. That, my child, is exactly what happens when we read the Quraan Majeed without understanding the meaning. Allah Ta‘ala not only gives us great reward but also cleanses our hearts through our recitation” he explained. “Wow! Will you teach me to read too Dada?” he asked. “Definitely!” replied Dada.  

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Intelligent Fool

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 13:55

An Atheist will reject the existence of Allah Ta‘ala by saying, “I cannot see Allah Ta‘ala, so I do not believe there is an Allah.” Using this incorrect reasoning, we will ask him, “Do you have intelligence?” He will proudly reply, “Yes, I do have intelligence.” We will then ask him, “Have you seen your intelligence?” He will arrogantly defend himself by saying, “Come on! You cannot be such a fool. My meaningful speech and actions are clear indications that I am not a mad-man. I am full of intelligence.” We will then explain to him, “Meaningful speech and actions are only signs of intelligence. It is not intelligence itself. So you believe you have intelligence and we believe in Allah Ta‘ala as our creator by seeing the signs of His creation.”

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