Rabu, 03 Juli 2013

History Of Islam - The Wives Of Prophet

Khadija was Muhammad’s first and only wife for the first twenty-five years that he was a married man. Traditional stories of Khadija portray her as calm, fearless, loving, and free of doubt. According to Tamam Kahn, author of Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad, Khadija was “the rock upon which Muhammad built his family and religion.” She was older than Muhammad. She was a wealthy businesswoman and widow, having borne children with her previous husbands.

Khadija and Muhammad had four daughters. The youngest, and favorite, was Fatima. They also had one or possibly two sons who died very young.

The open hand symbol we call hamsa — which means five in Arabic — is, according to Kahn, a defining symbol of protection for Muslim women, who call it “The Hand of Fatima.”

Khadija died at sixty-five and her death was closely followed by the death of Abu Talib, Muhammad’s uncle who loved him like a son. Muhammad’s relationship with Abu Talib was especially important because Muhammad’s father died before he was born, and his mother died while he was very young. After Khadija died, Muhammad took twelve more wives. Ten were also widows. According to Kahn, being a widow in Arabia was difficult, and marriage to Muhammad gave each woman protection, affection, and spiritual community.

Untold employs prose and short lyric poems to bring the wives of Muhammad into a new light. The format — called prosimetrum — includes prose narrative with poems embedded in it. Kahn’s prose carries authentic historical information from traditional Muslim sources, while her poetry adds texture and imagination. “Tamam Kahn has created a new genre of Islamic literature,” writes Islamic scholar Arthur Buehler. Her poetry gives us reason to linger, while the prose keeps us on the information highway. READ MORE AT HERE.....

History Of Islam - Religion, History, and Civilization

In this informative and clear introduction to the world of Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr explores the following topics in depth:

•What Is Islam?

•The Doctrines and Beliefs of Islam

•Islamic Practices and Institutions

•The History of Islam

•Schools of Islamic Thought

•Islam in the Contemporary World

•Islam and Other Religions

•The Spiritual and Religious Significance of Islam

Finally, a good, up-to-date introduction to Islamic faith and history. Providing compelling analysis of contemporary Islam and its conflicts without overwhelming the reader with information, Nasr, one of the most admired Islamicists, introduces all the important movements and beliefs of Islam in broad, sweeping sections on the history of Islam, the schools of Islamic thought, and other topics. Whereas most introductions breeze past the diversity within Islam to focus on the common ground, Nasr proves himself equal to the challenge of distilling 1,400 years of faith and history by discussing and lauding Islamic diversity in some detail; for instance, he treats Sufism and Shi'ism in general and also historic and contemporary sects within those traditions. Even readers of Karen Armstrong's Islam (2000), by far the most popular introduction to Islam, will learn a lot here, although Nasr lacks the compelling narrative voice that makes Armstrong so popular. His is a deep, thoughtful, sympathetic introduction to the diversity and history of Islamic faith and practice. READ MORE AT HERE ...

History Of Islam - 1001 Inventions

More than 1.5 billion cups of coffee are drunk worldwide every day—enough to fill nearly 300 Olympic-size swimming pools. If you do not have
a jar of coffee in your kitchen, you are in a minority. Coffee is a global industry and the second largest commodity-based product; only oil beats it.

More than 1,200 years ago hardworking people fought to stay awake without this stimulant until, as the story goes, a herd of curious goats and their watchful master, an Arab named Khalid, discovered this simple, life- changing substance. As his goats grazed on the Ethiopian slopes, he noticed they became lively and excited after eating a particular berry. Instead of just eating the berries, people boiled them to create al-qahwa.

Sufis in Yemen drank al-qahwa for the same reasons we do today, to stay awake. It helped them to concentrate during late night Thikr (prayers in remembrance of Allah). Coffee was spread to the rest of the Muslim world by travelers, pilgrims, and traders, reaching Mecca and Turkey in the late 15th century and Cairo in the 16th century.

It was a Turkish merchant named Pasqua Rosee who first brought coffee to England in 1650, selling it in a coffeehouse in George-yard, Lombard Street, London. Eight years later, another coffeehouse called Sultaness Head was opened in Cornhill. Lloyd’s of London, today a famous insurance company, was originally a coffee shop called Edward Lloyd’s Coffee House. By 1700, there were about 500 coffeehouses in London, and nearly 3,000 in the whole of England. They were known as “penny universities” because you could listen and talk with the great minds of the day for the price of a coffee.

The consumption of coffee in Europe was largely based on the traditional Muslim preparation of the drink. This entailed boiling the mixture of coffee powder, sugar, and water together, which left a coffee residue in the cup because it was not filtered. However, in 1683, a new way of preparing and drinking coffee was discovered, and it became a coffeehouse favorite.

Cappuccino coffee was inspired by Marco d’Aviano, a priest from the Capuchin monastic order, who was fighting against the Turks besieg- ing Vienna in 1683. Following the retreat of the Turks, the Viennese made coffee from abandoned sacks of Turkish coffee. Finding it too strong for their taste, they mixed it with cream and honey. This made the color of coffee turn brown, resem- bling the color of the Capuchins’ robes. Thus, the Viennese named it cappuccino in honor of Marco D’Aviano’s order. Since then, cappuccino has been drunk for its enjoyable, smooth taste.  READ MORE HERE ......

History Of Islam - A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

We in the west share a common narrative of world history. But our story largely omits a whole civilization whose citizens shared an entirely different narrative for a thousand years.

In Destiny Disrupted, Tamim Ansary tells the rich story of world history as the Islamic world saw it, from the time of Mohammed to the fall of the Ottoman Empire and beyond. He clarifies why our civilizations grew up oblivious to each other, what happened when they intersected, and how the Islamic world was affected by its slow recognition that Europe—a place it long perceived as primitive and disorganized—had somehow hijacked destiny.

Tamim Ansary's 'History of the World through Islamic Eyes' is purposefully reminiscent of H.G. Wells's 'Outline of History' or of Will Durant's many volumes, or of any high school textbook of Western Civilization, meaning implicitly everything worth recording. Ansary declares as much in his preface. He intends to write a universal history from the point of view of the 'Middle World', in which Europe will be peripheral until the final chapters. No, not Jung Gwo, the "Middle Realm" of China! In fact, China will be even more peripheral than Europe in Ansary's textbook. His Middle World will be Islam, as a culture and a civilization, and his middle point in geography, Mecca, will also be his starting point in time.

The European outline of history has always been the westward succession of leadership, from Greece to Rome to northern Europe to America, a viewpoint of manifest destiny that has justified much imperialism and jingoism. An Islamic history, Ansary says, would be an expansion from a center, rather like ripples spreading from the event of the Hijra in 622 AD, an expansion that should have been destined to encompass the whole world. For the first thousand years of this history, it was perfectly plausible for the most educated classes of Islamic societies to maintain such a viewpoint, Ansary maintains. But then that 'destiny' was disrupted by the unforeseen economic and technological revolutions of the rude barbarians of Europe. Such a perception of history, as a calamitous disruption of the proper order of things, underlies the resentment and hostility of Muslims throughout the Middle World toward the West.

Ansary writes very simply. His prose would pass muster for a high school textbook. But his simplicity is eloquent and lucid. Even when events force him to pass harsh judgements on any party to any controversy, his words are never strident. It would be hard to take offense at what he writes unless, of course, the reader is passionately committed to one point of view and intolerant of any other. In short, this is a book that will infuriate bigots and outrage ideologues. All the more reason why it should be widely read!


History Of Islam - The Life of the Prophet Muhammad

The Life of the Prophet Muhammad by ibn Kathir Vol I: 1 873938 16 0

Ibn kathir's the Life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is one of the celebrated works in the respective field. As a Muslim theologian, he successfully captures various events unfolding in the Arabian Peninsula that necessitates the advent of a messenger from God. He then goes into sketching the Prophet's life before he is endowed with the mission to establish the religion of God. This volume (which is the first of a four-volume series) comes to an end when the Prophet starts preaching the new faith to the polytheistic Arab and some of them start listening to him.

Even though the book is very informative, ibn kathir, resorting to the practice of his era, provides as many narrations as possible to relate a single anecdote. He even mentions the chain of narrators from whom he related the story. Though his style is an indispensable tool for a Muslim scholar to discern the authentic reports from the false ones, it, however, affects the smooth reading of the material. In addition, ibn Kathir often leaves the reader in the darkness regarding the authenticity of a story being told; thus, making it accessible to a scholar only.

There are a number of works on the life of the Prophet (PBUH) that relate the authentic stories alone. Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtum and When the Moon Split - both by Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri are some good references on this subject.

Anyway, this book is worth having in your library as a reference to the life of a great Prophet!


History Of Islam - Muhammad: His Life

A reconsidered release of the globally acclaimed life story of the prophet

• Contains unique English interpretations from eighth and ninth century accounts, exhibited in definitive dialect

• Represents the last redesigns made on the content after the creator's demise in 2005

Martin Lings' account of Muhammad is a globally acclaimed, thorough, and legitimate record of the life of the prophet. In light of the sira, the eighth-and ninth-century Arabic accounts that describe various occasions in the prophet's existence, it holds unique English interpretations of numerous significant sections that uncover the expressions of men and ladies who caught Muhammad talk and saw the occasions of his existence.

Trustworthy and exhaustive in its constancy to its sources, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources is put forth in an account style that is effortlessly intelligible, yet legitimate and motivating in its utilization of dialect, reflecting both the effortlessness and magnificence of the story it tells. This overhauled release incorporates new segments enumerating the prophet's unfolding impact and his spreading of the message of Islam into Syria and its neighboring states. It stands for the last upgrades made to the content after the creator's passing in 2005. The book has been distributed in 12 dialects and has appropriated various honors, incorporating acknowledgment as ideally life story of the prophet in English at the National Seerate Conference in Islamabad.


What is Islam?

Islam is the quickest developing religion on the planet. Undoubtedly, one out of each five persons on this earth is a Muslim. There are practically 3 million Muslims living in United Kingdom and the number is developing. Yet, lamentably, Islam is additionally the most misjudged religion. Muslims live in diverse parts of the planet going from China to Argentina, Russia to South Africa. The nation with the biggest Muslim populace is Indonesia.

Islam implies the dynamic submission to the one God. It is strictly a monotheistic religion since it confines love to the one matchless Lord who is the Originator and Creator of the universe. Peace (the root from which the saying Islam is inferred) is accomplished through complete compliance to the rules of God, for God is the wellspring of all peace. Muslims are those who trust in one God and in Muhammad as the last Prophet of God. They commit their lives to the administration of God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.

Islam shows that God (called Allah in Arabic) is the wellspring of all creation and that individuals are the best of His creation. He conveys by moving them towards goodness and by sending Prophets who convey God's message. Muslims accept that the first Prophet was Adam accompanied by a long tie of Prophets to guide humankind. The Qur'an, consistent with Muslim conviction, is the expressions of God uncovered to Prophet Muhammad. It says numerous different Prophets like Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Moses, Jacob, Joseph and Jesus. All the Prophets carried the same message, i.e., confidence in one God, upright human conduct and faith in the responsibility of human acts at the finish of time.

Islam is the last religion uncovered to mere mortals through the final Prophet who was called Muhammad. He was conceived in Mecca (in Saudi Arabia) in the year 570 A.d. Muhammad was an exceptionally truthful and trustworthy individual. He was additionally extremely devout and hated the ethical debauchery of his social order. At the age of forty, God asked him, through the holy messenger Gabriel, to declare the religion of Islam freely. God's message to mankind was conveyed in the Qur'an which was uncovered to Muhammad. The Qur'an, which is the blessed book for Muslims, holds 114 sections (called Suras). Muslims accept that it is the immaculate expressions of God, unadulterated in excess of 14 centuries. It manages issues that influence homo sapiens in their natural lives; issues like devotion, upright human conduct, revere, the making of a fair and highminded social order and the act of morals.

Islam has two major schools of thought – the Shi'a and the Sunni. The Sunnis accept that the group chose its own particular pioneer after Prophet Muhammad's demise though the Shi'as accept that the Prophet had delegated 'ali, by celestial will, to be his successor. Administration is along these lines perfectly designated. It is to be noted that both the Sunnis and the Shi'as are united in their major convictions i.e., they put stock in the same God, the same book, the same Prophets and implore in the same course. The distinctions are fundamentally religious and jurisprudential.

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Senin, 01 Juli 2013

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Main exemplary For Muslim Women - Khadijah

She's still got wonderfulness, brains, and an enthusiasm for design -yet since tolerating Islam, her existence has undoubtedly altered. In "Khadijah's Life in Motion", Khadijah needs to face challenges that will destroy her discernment of the planet she supposed she knew. Dull mysteries lie ahead when she supposes she's overcome even her greatest obstacles. With Allah as her guide and petition to God as her weapon, she rapidly figures out that losing what she once had just makes space for that which is greater and superior to she ever envisioned of. Travel with her down a street loaded with affection, disdain, development, misfortune, enthusiasm, double-crossing, reinvention, and delight; discover why her existence is without a doubt in movement.

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Rabu, 26 Juni 2013

A Brief About Islam Religion

It has been said that true bankruptcy is a full belly and an empty  soul. Religion must be a matter of conscious choice. Not a  matter of accidental birth. Because on it depends our peace of  mind, how we view the world, our relationships with others,  what choices we make and the results of those choices in this  life and the Hereafter.

What we choose to believe or reject must  be done thoughtfully after due reflection and investigation  because our present and our everlasting future both depend on  it. It can‘t be left to incidental following of traditions and  customs we don‘t even know the origin or meanings of just  because our parents or elders used to do them.  One‘s spiritual journey is as important if not more, as one‘s  journey in this life in terms of one‘s career or other criteria and   so deserves an equal mindshare and effort.

It has long been on my mind to write a small, easy to  understand book about Islam for the average non-Muslim who  has questions about Islam and Muslims, many of which may be as a result of the prejudiced representation which has become the fashion in the media and elsewhere today. I believe it is therefore necessary to state the facts as they stand and leave it to the reader to draw their own conclusions.

It is not my purpose in this book to convince you one way or the other. Simply to present facts about Islam so that the reality of  what Islam is and stands for is before you. The rest is up to you.

I believe that the single biggest source of conflict is bad information. Wrong information about someone or their culture, beliefs and ways which leads to others making assumptions about them that develop into stereotypes. The difficult part is that for most people it is not easy to get good information, firstly because they don‘t know who to ask and  secondly because in the case of some technical or legal matters it is necessary to have some basic knowledge and understanding  of sources, derivative principles and interpretations to understand a particular ruling.

On the other hand the media in its single minded pursuit of  profit irrespective of means or methods uses Islam in particular as a means of attracting attention by sensationalizing  everything possible instead of taking a reasoned and rational  approach. The result is that the average viewer/reader is left at best bewildered and at worst, forms negative opinions based purely on propaganda masquerading as fact. ‗News‘ today is
closer to advertising copy than to the accurate reporting of events.

It is in this context that I decided to write this book. Over the years many people, friends, strangers, Muslim and  non-Muslim, have asked me questions about Islam.

In answering them I tried to do two things:
1. Give evidence for my answers and explanations from the  two foundational sources of Islam, the Qur‘an and the  Sunnah (Hadith)
2. Try to explain in the common person‘s language giving  examples which are modern and easy to understand.

This seems to have worked well and on the suggestion of some  of the questioners who found the answers they were looking for,  I have tried to put together as many answers as I can in this book. The arrangement of the questions and answers is not sequential and so you can open the book at any point and read.
It is not necessary to read it from beginning to end. READ MORE AT HERE

What Is Islam - Answering Common Questions Of Non-muslim

The common misconceptions about Islam arise in the minds of a majority of non-Muslims, because they are constantly being bombarded with misinformation about Islam. International media is mainly controlled by the
western world, whether it is international satellite channels, radio stations, news papers, magazines or books. Recently the Internet has become a powerful medium of information. Though it is not controlled by anybody, one finds a large amount of virulent propaganda about Islam on the Internet. Of course, Muslims too are utilizing this tool to portray the right image of Islam and Muslims, but they are far behind as compared to the propaganda against Islam. I hope the efforts by the Muslims will increase and continue to be pursued.

Misconceptions change with time
The most common questions about Islam are different in different periods and eras. This set of twenty most common questions is based on present times. Decades earlier, the set of questions was different and decades later too, the set of questions may change depending upon how Islam is projected by the media.

Misconceptions are the same throughout the world
I have interacted with people in different parts of the world and have found these twenty most common questions about Islam to be the same everywhere. There may be a couple of additional questions depending upon the locale, the surrounding or culture. For instance in America, the additional common
question is - “Why does Islam prohibit taking and giving of interest?”
I have included among these twenty most common questions, certain questions more common among the Indian non-Muslims. For instance, “why do Muslims have non-vegetarian food?” The reason for including such questions is that people of Indian origin are spread throughout the world and constitute about
20% i.e. 1/5th of the world population. Thus, their questions become common questions asked by non-Muslims throughout the world.

Misconceptions of non-Muslims who have studied Islam
There are many non-Muslims who have studied Islam. Most of them have only read books on Islam written by biased critics of Islam. These non-Muslims have an additional set of twenty common misconceptions about Islam. For instance, they claim to have found contradictions in the Qur’an, they contend that the
Qur’an is unscientific, etc. There is another set of additional replies clearing these twenty misconceptions among non-Muslims who have studied Islam from distorted sources. I have also given the replies to twenty additional less common questions among the non-Muslims in my public talks and book on “Answers to Common Questions about Islam by Non-Muslims who have some knowledge about Islam”.
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About Islam - Sunni and Shia (Shiite)

The majority of the world’s Muslim population follows the Sunni branch of Islam, and approximately 10-15% of all Muslims follow the Shiite (Shi’ite, Shi’a, Shia) branch. Shiite populations constitute a majority in Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, and Azerbaijan. There are also significant Shiite populations in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen. Sunnis and Shiites share most basic religious tenets.

The differences between the Sunni and Shiite Islamic sects are rooted in disagreements over the succession to the Prophet Muhammad, who died in 632 AD, and over the nature of leadership in the Muslim community. The historic debate centered on whether to award leadership to a qualified, pious individual who would follow the customs of the Prophet or to transmit leadership exclusively through the Prophet’s bloodline. The question was settled initially when community leaders elected a companion of the Prophet’s named Abu Bakr to become the first Caliph (Arabic for “successor”). Although most Muslims accepted this decision, some supported the candidacy of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Prophet’s cousin and son-in-law, husband of the Prophet’s daughter Fatima. Ali had played a prominent role during the Prophet’s lifetime, but he lacked seniority within the Arabian tribal system and was bypassed.

This situation was unacceptable to some of Ali’s followers, who considered Abu Bakr and the two  succeeding caliphs (Umar and Uthman) to be illegitimate. Ali’s followers believed that the Prophet Muhammad himself had named Ali as successor and that the status quo was a violation of  divine order. A few of Ali’s partisans orchestrated the murder of the third Caliph Uthman in 656 AD, and Ali was named Caliph. Ali, in turn, was assassinated in 661 AD, and his son Hussein (680 AD) died in battle against forces of the Sunni caliph. Ali’s eldest son Hassan (d. 670 AD) is also revered by Shiite Muslims, some of who claim he was poisoned by the Sunni caliph Muawiyah.

Those who supported Ali’s ascendancy became later known as “Shi’a,” a word stemming from the term “shi’at Ali,” meaning “supporters” or “helpers of Ali.” Others respected and accepted the legitimacy of his caliphate but opposed political succession based on bloodline to the Prophet. This group, who constituted the majority of Muslims, came to be known in time as “Sunni,” meaning “followers of [the Prophet’s] customs [sunna].”

The caliphate declined as a religious and political institution after the thirteenth century, although the term “caliph” continued to be used by some Muslim leaders until it was abolished in 1924 by Turkey’s first President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The decline and abolition of the caliphate became a powerful religious and political symbol to some Sunni Islamic activists during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These activists argued that leaders in the Islamic world had undermined the caliphate by abandoning the “true path” of Islam. Inspired by these figures, some contemporary Sunni extremists, such as Osama bin Laden and others, advocate the restoration of a new caliphate based on “pure” Islamic principles. The religious, ethnic, linguistic, and socioeconomic diversity that exists within the global Muslim community present significant challenges to the reemergence of centralized, pan-sectarian, and widely recognized Islamic religious
leadership.  Read More at this article here (pdf)

Islam Beliefs - Learn About Islam (Shiites)

No religion has suffered as much as Islam has.

Religions can be classified in two categories; they are either forged  and concocted by individuals or those revealed by divine inspirations. As for the first category, no one mourns any distortion  that befalls this kind of religions. As for those revealed by the Divine, their role has expired and their function has come to an end,
and although any distortion and corruption in those religions is an immense crime, and treason beyond which there is none, however these afflictions would not be lamented since they have served their purpose, and have passed their time.

As for Islam, it is alive even though some have fatally hit it, and it is a mountain even if it is engulfed by tornados, and it is light even if surrounded by darkness, Islam is like an individual who is being buried alive while he is crying I am alive, help me, rescue me, do not entomb me!

No religion has been oppressed like Islam has: it has been repressed by its own people through their ignorance, and it has been repressed by its enemies by their injustice . . . amongst its followers it is distant
and in its homeland it is foreign.

It is therefore imperative upon every Muslim to repel this injustice and oppression that has, willingly or unwillingly, befallen Islam, and rescue this victim of oppression from the claws of its exploiters and
abusers, and those who are ignorant of it.

The start of this defence is through the pen and the spread of the word. So the pens must start moving, and words of the mouth must spread, and the conscience must awaken. For the manifestation of Islam are its basic harmonious beliefs and principles, its prophethood  and leadership, its politics and organizations, its justice and wisdom, its religion and its government, . . . and it being presented and offered to the people; then it is up to them to take up the offer or refuse it:
^. . . that those who died might die after clear Sign (had been
given), and those who lived might live after a Clear Sign (had
been given) . . .`

In my role I present in this paper a brief outline of the Islamic belief, which is the foundation, in the light of the Qur’an, the Hadith (the Tradition), and reason as I see it as my obligatory duty, and Allah is
the helper.  More at this ebook here