Halloween a day celebrated around the world when people dress up in costumes, collect candy from neighbors and have parties, but do you ever take time to think about the origins of Halloween? Most people don’t think twice about participating in it saying “It’s all in fun” or “It’s not evil to me”, but is this so called hallow evening really so innocent? Are there ties to paganism and Satanism? Shall we as Jews, Christians and Muslims celebrate Halloween or should we have an alternative name for it like Harvest Festival? Before we get into those questions let’s take a closer look at the history of this night and how it all started.
The people of Lut rejected (his) warning. We sent against them a violent Tornado with showers of stones, (which destroyed them), except Lut’s household: them We delivered by early Dawn,- As a Grace from Us: thus do We reward those who give thanks. And (Lut) did warn them of Our Punishment, but they disputed about the Warning. (Surat al-Qamar: 33-36)
Prophet Lut lived at the same time as Ibrahim. Lut was sent as a messenger to one of Ibrahim’s neighbouring communities.Read More »
Fourteen centuries ago, God sent down the Qur’an to mankind as a book of guidance. He called upon people to be guided to the truth by adhering to this book. God refers to the Qur’an in one of His verses in this way: “Mankind! Admonition has come to you from your Lord and also healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers.” (Qur’an, 10: 57). From the day of its revelation to the day of judgement, this last divine book will remain the sole guide for humanity.
The Qur’an has a clear language easily understandable by people of all ages who lived from the day of its revelation. God refers to this attribute of the Qur’an in the verse, ‘We have made the Read More »
When you look around you out in open air and in a broad field, you can readily see all objects farthest and closest to you in all their colors, shape, and size. This view, which you have obtained without making any effort, is produced as a result of numerous complex reactions and interactions in your body. Now let us look at these complicated operations closer.
The human eye has a fully automatic mechanism that works perfectly. It is made up of the combination of 40 different basic parts and all these parts have critical functions in the process of seeing. Any defect or disability in even one of these parts would make seeing impossible.Read More »
In every part of our body there reigns a tiny yet complex life. An examination under the microscope into the depths of any human organ brings us face to face with an astounding miracle of creation: millions of tiny living things that have come together to make up that organ are engaged in arduous activity. These tiny beings are cells, the basic units of life. Not only man but also all other living things are composed of these microscopic living beings.
There are about 100 trillion cells in the human body. Some of these cells are so tiny that even 1 million of them together hardly cover a space as large as the pointed end of a pin. Despite this, however, the cell is by far the most complex structure mankind has ever Read More »
Design, in brief, means a harmonious assembling of various parts in an orderly form designed for a common goal. All creatures in nature, including us, are of a design. This, in turn, shows the existence of a Creator, Who designs all creatures at will, sustains the entire creation and holds absolute power and wisdom. This Creator is Allah (swt), Who is the Lord of the heavens and the earth:
He is Allah—the Creator, the Maker, the Giver of Form. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Everything in the heavens and earth glorifies Him. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise. (Surat al-Hashr: 24)
In a hadith, The Prophet Muhammed (saas) also draws attention to the unique creative power of Allah (swt) and how He mentions this in His book, the Qur’an:Read More »
Animals in nature attract our attention with the structure of their bodies in particular. The cheetah possesses a perfect skeleton and muscles systems for it to run. The eagle possesses the world’s best aerodynamic design. The dolphin has a specially created skin and body so it can swim in the water.
These flawless designs in animals’ bodies are each proof to remind us that every species of living thing was created by God.
But possessing a perfect body is not enough. The animal also has to know how to use that body. A bird’s wings are only of any use when it succeeds in taking flight, soaring and landing with them.
When we look at the living world through these eyes, we see a most interesting truth. Each animal behaves in the most appropriate manner Read More »
Man is a being whom Allah furnishes with the faculty of thought. Yet, most people do not use this very important faculty as they should. In fact, some people almost never think.
In truth, each person possesses a capacity for thought of which even he himself is unaware. Once man begins to use this capacity, facts he has not been able to realise until that very moment begin to be uncovered for him. The deeper he goes in reflection, the more his capacity to think improves, and this is possible for everyone. One just has to realise that one needs to reflect and then to strive hard.
In the Qur’an, Allah informs us that in all circumstances the believers reflect and derive beneficial conclusions from their thinking.Read More »
Science is the investigation of the material world we live in through observation and experiment. Accordingly, in conducting such investigation, science will lead to various conclusions based on the information collected through observation and experimentation. In addition, however, every discipline of science also has certain norms that are simply taken for granted, or accepted without further verification. In scientific literature, this set of norms is called a “paradigm”.
This initial outlook charts the “course” of all related scientific investigation. As is known, the first step in scientific investigation is the formulation of a “hypothesis”. To begin with, for their research Read More »
Time is a concept that depends totally on our perceptions and the comparison we make between our perceptions. For example, at this moment you are reading this article. Suppose that, before reading this article, you were eating something in the kitchen. You think that there is a period between the time when you were eating in the kitchen and this moment, and you call it “time”. In fact, the moment you were eating in the kitchen is a piece of information in your memory, and you compare this moment with the information in your memory and call it time. If you do not make this comparison, the concept of time disappears and the only moment that exists for you will be the present moment.
Renowned physicist Julian Barbour defines time in this way:Read More »