Author: ehamdy

Four types of Jahiliyyah (Ignorance)

The term Jahiliyyah is an Islamic term that refers to the period of time, and the state of humanity before the call of the Prophet Muhammad (s), where the landmarks of the prophethood were forgotten, and the traces of monotheism were erased. In the Holy Quran, there are four certain words, which are mentioned in connecting with the term of Jahiliyyah which collectively represent the aspects and characteristics of the Jahiliy community. Firstly: The thought of ignorance In Surat Al-Imran, Allah says which means: “Then after the distress, He sent down security for you. Slumber overtook a party of...

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Maintaining your Islamic identity in Australia

People have different forms of identifications. They’ve identifications, called passports, when they travel from one country to another. They have identifications, called driver licenses, when they drive. They’ve identifications, called citizenships, when they acquire nationality of countries. The common denominator among identifications is that all made of papers (or plastics) which means that all of them are changeable depending on the change of the time , place and circumstances. However, Muslim have another kind of identification which comes before all these identifications and which is different from all of them as it isn’t made of paper or subject to changes depending on the changes of time , place or circumstances . It is your Islamic identity. The Islamic Identity is taken to mean the way of life of a Muslim, a comprehensive set of beliefs, practices and lifestyle derived from the Quran and the example of Prophet Muhammad (s). It is the purpose of life described in the Quran: ” Say (O Muhammad ): “Indeed my Salat (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin . He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims.” (Quran ?? : ???) Islamic identity is that which separates us from others. It is also what differentiates between strong and shaky Muslims. It is the...

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Importance of maintaining ties with relatives

Rendering of a Khutbah-Juma given at Cabramatta Mosque, Sydney on the topic. One of the signs of a purified soul is maintaining good ties and being dutiful to your relatives through blood or marriage or what is known as silat-ar-raham in the Islamic terminology. The Qur’an and the Sunnah encourage us to strengthen ties with relatives and warn us against severing them. Allah says “O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife [Hawwa (Eve)], and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship) . Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you.” The excellence of having good relations and ties with relatives are mentioned in many traditions of Prophet Mohammad (s). Kindness to relatives is a sign of Iman. The Prophet said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should maintain good ties with relatives.” Maintaining good relations and ties with kinship blesses the provisions and brings success in life. The prophet said, ‘He who desires that he be granted more provisions and his life be prolonged should maintain good ties with his kinship”. The meaning of increased provisions and wealth and prolonged life is that Allah fills provisions and life with...

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