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There is a prayer/dua for occasions when one is told "I love you". May He, for Whose sake you love me, love you also.
This information is taken from "Selected Prayers - A collection of Dua from The Quran and Sunnah", compiled by Dr. Jamal A. Badawi


 

"An Iranian religious organization has sent Chelsea Clinton an interpretation of the Koran at her request. Officials for the Islamic Science and Religion Center in Isfahan said Chelsea Clinton, a freshman at Stanford University, wrote to the organization and asked that it send her literature on Islam. Chelsea Clinton was reportedly impressed by an Iranian Islamic delegation on a trip to China. The center sent her a three-volume set,
r according to the Islamic republic news agency,"   -Religion Today


 

Did you know that even 1400 years ago, after Islam came about, women used to discuss politics with our Prophet and they even used to go to war! How's that for dispelling the notion that Islam is a religion that oppresses women.

This information was taken from "Islam: The Straight Path" by John L. Esposito who is Professor of Middle East Studies, College of the Holy Cross.



Did you know that Pork is NOT forbidden to Muslims Only?

The Jews and Christians are also forbidden from eating pork.

Here is a quote from the Old Testament to that effect: "And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase." Deuteronomy 14:8

Many Christians believe that this verse was directed only at the Jews. But Jesus himself says during the Sermon on the Mount; "Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill."


 

During the time of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) the authenticity and credibility of Islam, the Quran and the Prophet himself laid in the hands of one man at a particular point.

Abu Lahab did not believe in Islam.

When Abu Lahab was still well and alive, a short chapter of the Quran was revealed to the Prophet. The chapter said that Abu Lahab will die a non-muslim and will go to hell for not believing in the Oneness of God.

"The power of Abu Lahab will perish, and he will perish. His wealth and gains will not exempt him. He will be plunged in flaming Fire, And his wife, the wood-carrier, Will have upon her neck a halter of palm-fibre." Al Qur'an Chpt 111.

Abu Lahab lived for many years after this prophecy was revealed. He could have destroyed the credibility of Islam and the Prophet simply by pretending to convert. But he didn't....Allah knows all. It is the will of God that is revealed in the chapter above and Abu Lahab, nor anyone in the world can go against the will of God.



Was Islam Spread by the Sword? Was it Forced upon People?

Gandhi wrote in Young India, "I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place in Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self- affacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every trouble."

Ofcourse, the pen is mightier than the sword and one learned man is harder on the devil than a thousand ignorant worshippers.



Did you know that Allah is God in Arabic and it does not necessarily mean the Islamic God or God for Muslims only?? It is an Arabic word and even Arabs who are CHRISTIANS call God
by the name Allah-God

 

Puff Daddy and The Family included the 'Ajan'/'Adhan' (see above) on their album - No way Out. The track - "NO WAY OUT - Introduction" - portrays the scene of an accident with the sounds of sirens and helicopters in the background while in the foreground, a man whispers a prayer. He is the accident victim and as he dies, he says a prayer......in the meanwhile, 42 seconds into the track, the 'Ajan'/'Adhan' is played. It is a beautiful, haunting track that is sure to move you especially if you are a Muslim who is familiar with the significance of the 'Ajan'/'Adhan'.

The track is very meaningful because, as its title speaks for itself, it asserts the fact that DEATH is inevitable - No Way Out. It will come and that will be the time when you have to leave everything and everyone behind to return to the Lord.

In Loreena McKennitt's album entitled, 'The mask and mirror', she includes diary entries during her travels to exotic places. Each some in the album reflects her experiences and feelings at a particular place.

Before the song 'Full Circle' she wrote..

"March 23, 1993 - Morocco...Ramadan; I wake up early to catch my flight hoome, and at 5.30 a.m. hear men chanting in the mosque, one of the most moving and primitive sounds I have ever heard. They are calling their God. I think, when have I heard this before?"

What is the 'Ajan'/'Adhan'? - It is a call to Prayer - to inform anyone who is listening that it is time to pray. Long ago, people did not have any watches and were totally dependant on it. Muslims pray 5 times a day and if you are near or within a mosque, you can hear the 'Ajan'/'Adhan' five times a day even today. It can also be heard on TV and Radio in some countries.

Approximate translation of the words are :

Allah is Great, Allah is Great.
Allah is Great, Allah is Great.
I believe that none has the right/deserves worship other than Allah x 2
I believe that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah x 2
Come to prayer x 2
Come to do good x 2
Allah is Great, Allah is Great.
There is no god but Allah.




Prophet Muhammad told of a prostitute who saw a thirsty dog hovering around the well, lolling it's tongue. She lowered her socks down the well and watered the dog. Allah forgave all her sins for this one act of kindness despite the fact that she makes a living by giving men sexual pleasure. She could have walked on by without giving a thought to the thirsty dog, but she stopped. God rewarded her for her kindness. This illustrates one of my favourite aspects of Islam - GOD'S MERCY AND KINDNESS. You may make a living out of sin but God knows the true nature of your heart. You can be labelled a "slut" but still
have more kindness and mercy in you than a school teacher.

The Prophet is said to have forbidden the use of skins of wild animals as carpets or clothing. Sport hunting is forbidden in Islam and animals are never to be used as a target. ANIMALS KILLED IN SPORT CANNOT BE EATEN AND THE MEAT IS REGARDED AS HARAM AS
PORK!