WAYS TO INCREASE IMAAN


1. Recite and ponder on the meanings of the Quran. Tranquility then descends and our hearts become soft. To get optimum benefit, remind yourself that Allah is speaking to you. People are described in different categories in the Quran; think of which one you find yourself in.
2. Realize the greatness of Allah. Everything is under His control. There are signs in everything we see that points us to His greatness. Everything happens according to His permission. Allah keeps track and looks after everything, even a black ant on a black rock on a black moonless night.Read More »

Signs of Weak Iman

We all notice that Imaan can be up and down, as Rasool of Allah told us: “al-Iman wears out in each and everyone of you and me like a “thaub” (garment) wears out (like our clothes wears out and they become shabby eventually. Iman wears out like that “thaub”). So Rasool of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) advised us (since our Iman wears out) “So all of you Muslims, should ask Allah (swt) to RENEW the Iman in our hearts.” (Hadeeth reported by al-Haakim in al-Mustadrak, Al-Haythami in Majma al-Zawaaid, and by al-Tabaraani in al-Kabeer).

For that, we have to know what are the “Signs of weak Imaan”, so we can always be aware. Those are:Read More »

Tree Of Iman

If someone gives you a plant to take care of. How do you think you will do it? Wouldn’t you try your best not to let that plant die? And of course, to do that you are going to make sure that all the things that plant need, you provide it and keep it away from all the harmful things. At the same time you will try to find out about the basic elements that plant is consisted of and the basic things those elements need to grow properly. Believe me or not but all of us have one, very delicate and at the same time very strong tree to take care of given to us by our Lord. Allah (SWT) has given us this tree that is planted in our hearts, called “shajarat-ul-Iman” (Tree of Iman). Read More »

COSMOLOGY

Islam is a religion (way of life) based on nature, and there is nothing in science that could contradict Islam. We in our limited knowledge often doubt this assertion about Islam, only to be proved wrong by a new discovery. Many things that modern science is discovering today were mentioned in the Qur’an more than 1,400 years ago.

In this article we will concentrate on modern cosmology and the Qur’an. Cosmology is the study of the birth and evolution of the cosmos, or heavenly bodies, and the universe.Read More »

THE JINN-A SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS

The Qur’an mentions about Jinns in several places. The Qur’an specifically says that human beings are made of clay and also made of water. These statements are scientifically correct.With regard to the Jinns, the Qur’an also says that they are made from a flame of fire. A.Yusuf Ali, the well-known English Translator of the Qur’an, says in his note #929 that jinn is simply “a spirit” or an invisible or hidden force. It is also mentioned in the book ARABIAN NIGHTS that they become personified into fantastic forms, which we will see later as possible.Read More »

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SAW) AND SCIENCE

We are enjoying the fruits of modern science and technology every second, every minute and everyday. Examples: Electricity, microphone, A.C., Automobiles, Airplanes, Space Travel, Missile Shield or Star Wars, computers, Cyber Space and Internet, robotics and Artificial Intelligence, GPS-Global Position System, Cellular Phones, Digital Media Entertainment-TV, DVD, MP3, Tele-Medicine and Tele-Surgery, Artificial Organs: Abiocor, Organ Transplants- Hand transplant surgery, stem cells in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Alzeimers, Spinal Cord Injury, Diabetes, Heart tissue repairs, or any organ repair, etc. Simply put modern science and technology is improving the quality and longevity of life of a man or woman. One must be very cautious as Science and Technology is a double edged sword and without Islamic Ethics it can destroy every human being.
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RISE AND FALL OF MUSLIM SCIENTISTS


INTRODUCTION

The rise of the Muslims to the zenith of civilization in a period of four decades was based on Al-Islam’s emphasis on learning. This is obvious when one takes a look at the Qur’an and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad(SAS) which are filled with references to learning, education, observation, and the use of Reason. The very first verse of the Qur’an revealed to the Prophet Of Al-Islam (SAS) on the night of power (Laylathul Qadr) in the month of Ramadan in 611 AD reads:

“Read: In the name of thy Lord who created man from a clot. Read: And thy Lord is the Most Generous Who taught by the pen, Taught man that which he knew not.” [Surah Al-Alaq, 96:1-5]

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Beauty and Aesthetics in Islam

Figure 1: An Abru (marbling) sample from Dr. Mehmet Kileci.

Since its outset, Islamic art followed a selective process that favoured certain motifs and styles to others. This process was undertaken by the artists themselves, many of whom were converts to the new religion and, thus, compliant with the new ethical and aesthetic criteria and to the new patrons’ needs to which art, hence forward, had to comply. Among these needs, those of worship played a predominant role. It was in religious architecture that Islamic art first expressed its genius for integrating pre-existing artistic traditions and adapting them to its own scopes and demands. The best examples of this kind of early integrations are the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem – the first monument of Islam (688-692 CE) – and the Umayyad Great Mosque in Damascus (ca. 706-716 CE).
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