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Islamic Online University – Changing the Nation through EDUCATION!

23 May

A Free Islamic University Attracts Tens of Thousands of Students

 

The Islamic Online University

Founded by Dr. Bilal Philips

 

Introducing the World’s

First Tuition-Free BA

& Diploma Courses in

Islamic Studies Online

University Level Islamic Education

Education in English

within the reach of

Anyone on the Planet!

 

§         Study where you are,

§         Set your own study times,

§         Receive continual assessment throughout session;

§         No overseas travel for exams;

§         Courses taught by qualified English Speaking Scholars;

§         Weekly live sessions in virtual classroom.

 

Studying the IOU Bachelors or Diploma courses benefits by:

·        Providing a non-sectarian, authentic, Qur’an and Sunnah based understanding of Islamic teachings.

·        Empowering Muslim women who rarely get the opportunity to study the religion and to address the contemporary issues;

·        Widening horizons through the integration of modern disciplines taught from an Islamic comparative perspective;

·        Facilitating easy access to Islamic knowledge, as all its courses are taught in English medium with the exception of Arabic;

·        Clearing up the many misconceptions which have led some Muslims into extreme views involving terrorism & Much More…

 

Did you Know? The number of students studying at IOU has increased rapidly from 1500 students in 2007 to over 35,000 students from 197 different countries by January 2011. The Islamic University of Madeenah in its 40 years of operation had 30,000 students, while the IOU has achieved that number in less than 4 years

Come…Be a part of the IOU Experience!

 

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Can I see God?

21 May

Can I see God?

         Before you ask me, “Why can’t I see God, if He is really there?”

I will ask you, “Can you see ‘ALL’ the creations of God?”

Can you see the air? But you still believe there is air right?
You can’t even see the ‘cells’ from which you are made up of.
Can you see your brain? But you still believe you have brain right?

erm..okey may be you scan yourself and show me you have brain, but what about the generations which passed without these scanning facilities?
  Did they admit they don’t have brain?

Can you see the sun blazing in the mid noon? You need coolers, sunscreens, umbrellas to help yourself from it.

After all a creation of God is so powerful like it makes blind.

       WHAT ABOUT IT’S CREATOR??

HOW MUCH POWERFULL WILL BE THE ONE WHO CREATED ‘THE SUN’?
HOW MUCH KNOWLEDGEABLE WILL BE THE ONE WHO CREATED ‘THE CELL’?

        Just because you don’t see it, that doesn’t mean its not there!

I will tell you the story of Prophet Moses (Peace be upon him) who wished to see God.

Moses (Peace be upon him) was in deep love with God and he wanted to see Him without a veil. Remember, he was the one to whom God spoke directly.
Now lets see what God says,

“And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, “My Lord, show me [Yourself] that I may look at You.” [Allah] said, “You will not see Me, but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me.” But when his Lord appeared to the mountain, He made it collapse to dust, and Moses fell unconscious. And when he awoke, he said, “Exalted are You! I have repented to You, and I am the first of the believers.”” [AlQur’aan Chapter ‘The Height’ 7:143]

Look the mountain burst to pieces. Imagine the big giant mountain couldnt bear it’s Lord, WHAT ABOUT WE?
And thats why Moses (Peace be upon Him) fell unconscious.

And remember our Lord said to him, “You can never see Me!”

     A man to whom God spoke directly can never see Him, what about we??
Do we have more strength than the mountain which collapsed??

 Ofcourse not, so shut your mind YOU CAN NEVER SEE HIM!

      And to those who claim they see God daily, like their neighbour…surely they are seeing something but that’s not their (our) God. Then what is that? You need to wait a few more weeks to know it!!

See, WE CAN NEVER SEE GOD, then what makes you to picturize Him. HOW DARE YOU DO IT?

But don’t worry, it is only this world.

       Those who believe in Him, and do righteous deeds in the way He mentioned will surely see Him in the Day of Judgement and in Paradise.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said, “The Day Of Resurrection is the first day any eye will look at Allah, the All-Great and All-Glorious” [Collected by Daraqutni & Darimi]

Sahih AlBukhari, Characteristics of Prayer 12: 770

Narrated Abu Huraira: The people said, “O Allah’s Messenger! Shall we see our Lord on the Day of Resurrection?” He replied, “Do you have any doubt in seeing the full moon on a clear (not cloudy) night?” They replied, “No, O Allah’s Prophet!” He said, “Do you have any doubt in seeing the sun when there are no clouds?” They replied in the negative. He said, “You will see Allah (your Lord) in the same way.”

“[Some] faces, that Day, will be shining and radiant. Looking at their Lord. [AlQur’aan Chapter ‘The Resurrection’ 75:22-23′]

    So definitely we can see our Lord in the Hereafter,
    The One whom we worship daily in our life,
    The One whom makes us breathe till this second,
    The One who shows mercy even to those who deny Him.

IF WE WORSHIP HIM IN THE WAY HE SAID US TO.

Wisdom behind not seeing God in this life:

          I admit I can’t see God in this life, but why?

There will be a reason behind each and every act of God, right?

    So definitely there will be a reason behind not seeing God too!

It’s not a mystery, we will get once we think about it.

      Imagine, if God is visible to us will anyone deny His presence?

Ofcourse not, and all of the human beings will be believers!!

If God wishes to make all of us as believers, definitely He can.
There are 10s of verses in the Qur’aan stating that, “If God willed, He would have made you one nation”.

Few examples,

“And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed – all of them entirely.” [AlQur’aan Chapter ‘Jonah’ 10:99]

“Had Allah willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so raise to [all that is] good. To Allah is your return all together, and He will [then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ.” [AlQur’aan Chapter ‘The table spread with food’ 5:48]

“He has created the death and life, so that He may test you which of you are best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving” [AlQur’aan Chapter ‘The Dominion’ 67:2]

  These verses are quite self explanatory, if God willed He would have made us all worship Him.
  But what He willed is to stay invisible and test who among us is going to worship Him and do righteous deeds.

We are in no way questioning Him! Whatever He wills, we just obey Him!

But readers!
     Even though He is invisible, He gaves us all means to know Him. He sent us numeroussss Prophets.
     He sent us His words.
     He gave us brain, wisdom, knowledge, reason to know that He is there now and always.

Now it is upto us, to decide whether we should believe in God or not!
It is upto us to decide whether we should enter His Paradise or not!

Points to Note:

1. I cannot see God.
2. If I cannot see God, then I can never picturize Him too.
3. But I can see Him in the hereafter, if I worship Him in the way He wants me to be.
4. If God had willed, we all would worship Him.
5. But He willed, only to test who among us are best in deeds.

Is Ka’ba an idol? <–Ready to read?

‘Image’ of God in Islaam!

15 May

‘Image’ of God according to Islam:

           We discussed the images of God according to various religious scriptures. You might think, “Okay, where is Islam there?”
You need to wait no longer to know the answer!

We saw some scriptures saying “God has no image at all” and we might realize those people worship “infinite number of images”.
As Islam is the ‘middle way’. It takes a middle approach in this too.

God has an image THAT IS SUITABLE TO HIS MAJESTY.
There are numerous verses in His Last Book saying that He has hand, eyes, shin etc etc.
Lemme quote a few,


Say: “All the bounty is in the Hand of Allah; He grants to whom He wills. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, the All-Knower.” [AlQur’an Chapter ‘The Family of Imran’ 3:73]

Say: “O Allah! Possessor of the kingdom, You give the kingdom to whom You will, and You take the kingdom from whom You will, and You endue with honour whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will. In Your Hand is the good. Verily, You are Able to do all things.” [AlQur’an Chapter ‘The Family of Imran’ 3:26]

“And construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Inspiration, and address Me not on behalf of those who did wrong; they are surely to be drowned.”  [AlQur’an Hud 11:37]

“Some faces that Day shall be shining and radiant. Looking at their Lord.”  [AlQur’aan Chapter ‘The Resurrection’ 75:22,23]

God unveiling His shin to the believers+hypocrites in the Day of Judgement,

“(Remember) the Day when the Shin shall be uncovered (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) and they shall be called to prostrate (to Allah), but they (hypocrites) shall not be able to do so,” [AlQur’aan Chapter ‘The Pen’ 68:42]

In Sahih AlBukhari  (Book #93, Hadith #510),
Narrated ‘Abdullah: “A Jew came to the Prophet and said, “O Muhammad! Allah will hold the heavens on a finger, and the mountains on a finger, and the trees on a finger, and all the creation on a finger, and then He will say, ‘I am the King.’ “ On that Allah’s Prophet smiled till his premolar teeth became visible, and then recited:–
“They have not appraised Allah with true appraisal, while the earth entirely will be [within] His grip on the Day of Resurrection, and the heavens will be folded in His right hand. Exalted is He and high above what they associate with Him.” [AlQur’aan Chapter ‘The Groups’ 39:67]
‘Abdullah added: “Allah’s Messenger smiled (at the Jew’s statement) expressing his wonder and believe in what was said.” 

Allah’s laugh (Book #73, Hadith #245) and Allah’s foot (Book #60, Hadith #371) are also mentioned in Sahih AlBukhari.

          

            Being said that, I would strongly mention that THIS WOULD NEVER GIVE US PERMISSION TO MAKE IMAGES OF GOD!

Why?
Because God has said,

There is nothing like a likeness of Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.”  [AlQur’aan Chapter ‘Consultation’ 42:11]

See, THE IMAGE OF GOD HAS NO LIKENESS TO HIS CREATIONS.

       This is not something hard to understand. Just because we and our God has an image that doesn’t mean both should look the same!
Like, we have a leg and a donkey has a leg. Both are called ‘leg’, BUT THEY DON’T RESEMBLE THE SAME!

Whatever we make as God will have a likeness to what we have seen. We cannot make something which we don’t see.
Whatever we make will have a similitude in the creations of this world. For example: A unicorn is a mixture of animals (lion tail, goat’s beard, deer’s feet, horse body, twisted horn etc).
See, we make fantasy with all those animals.

       HOW CAN WE DO THIS TO GOD, THE ONE WHO CREATED ALL THESE THINGS?

Just Remember, whatever we imagine as God, IS EXACTLY WHAT HE ISN’T!
    Because, THERE IS NOTHING LIKE HIM 🙂

So based on the above quotes, we AFFIRM, God has an image THAT SUITS HIS MAJESTY.
And also we DENY, we shouldn’t make any images of the God which we haven’t seen?

WAIT A MINUTE: CAN GOD BE SEEN?

                  Aha! Scratch your head until tomorrow! 😀

Tafseer and Hifdh of Soorah Maryam by E-jaazah.com -DONT MISS IT!

9 May

Join the Tafseer of Surah Maryam Course for FREE!

As salaamo alaykum wa rahmatulaahi wa barakaatuh,

If you would like to give yourself an opportunity to allow the Quran to enter your life like never before by learning Tafsir and memorizing in an easy way, read below!

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The Qur’an Made Easy

I know, I know. You’ve tired to memorize the Qur’an before. You had such determination. No one was going to stop you this time. At last! The verses that eluded you for so long were now yours for the taking.

You started.

Day 1 was great!

Day 2 was good.

Day 3 was so-so.

Day 4 was a weekend day so you gave yourself the day off.

Day 5 was another weekend day (day off).

Days 6-9 saw the dismantling of your determination and quiet exit from another attempt to memorize (I hope my wife doesn’t say anything to embarrass me)

Sound familiar? I know all too well! Being a native English speaker, the Qur’an was always difficult for me to memorize because I didn’t adequately understand what was being said.

We at E-jaazah.com are endeavoring to make the studying of this glorious book easy for the non-Arabs. We are offering Tafsir, implementation advice, and a user-friendly way to memorize the ayats as effortlessly as possible insha Allaah.

Here is how it works:

Step 1: Join the Class: http://e-jaazah.com/?eps=episode-1304866136

Step 2: After watching the class listen to the “Memorization Helper”. The Shaykh recites the verses and you recite with him. Only focus on the verses covered in class so as to not overburden yourself and be discouraged. The recitation is in an mp3 format so you can listen and recite along while you are in your car, on the train, on a horse (if you have one!) or anywhere else. Listen to a sample here.

Step 3: If available, spend a few minutes explaining to your wife and or children what these verses mean after dinner. Don’t spend too much time as they may not be accustomed to the change in you and you may want to introduce them slowly to keep them fully interested.

Q & A

Question: What am I going to get out of this class, when I’m so busy????

Answer: Insha Allaah you will have a grasp on the ayats that you never had before as you will not only learn the meanings of the ayats from the scholars of Tafsir (Ibn Kathir, Qurtobee, and others) but you’ll also be in a position to implement them into your life.

This will give the Qur’an a whole new station in your life that you may never have had before as you will:

1. Learn the Tafsir of the verses in a user-friendly video

2. Endeavor to implement the verses in your life through your understanding of them

3. Memorize the verses in a way that caters to the Muslim with a busy schedule

Question: How long is it going to take? I’ve started and stopped so many times!

Answer: The classes are about 45 minutes each. The special memorization helper mp3 is around 20 minutes (depending on the ayats covered). However, there is no real need to be sitting and listening for twenty minutes. You can be driving in the car, cooking dinner, or doing both (if you have a grill in the back seat). Classes are once a week, so it will not be a big burden to you insha Allaah.

Question: Where can I find these classes?

Answer: E-jaazah.com Click here to start!

Question: How much does it cost?

Answer: You must agree to make dua for all of the staff and teachers at E-jaazah.com if you benefit from it.

Question: What Surah will we be studying?

Answer: Surah Maryam

Question: Why Surah Maryam?

Answer: Most of the brothers and sisters at E-jaazah are ex-Christians and seem to have a love for the story of ‘Eisa (Jesus). Knowing Surah Maryam is also a great opportunity to help others learn the true nature of ‘Eisa and his Mother (peace and blessings upon the both).

Question: How many classes will there be?

Answer: There will be 9 classes to cover the entire Surah insha Allaah.

Question: How often are the classes?

Answer: Once a week.

Question: I’m really busy these days? How do I know I can make the classes?

Answer: The classes are pre-recorded so that you can cover the material at your leisure. The program is designed for the busy person to learn on a high level.

Join the Class: http://e-jaazah.com/?eps=episode-1304866136

 

jazakAllaahu khayr,
E-jaazah.com team

 Wow.. do you think I would wait anymore?! I signed up and got my first lesson immediately. I like the teacher really..smiling face..mashaa allaah.

   If Allah gives us an oppurtunity to learn His Deen, never ever miss it. What is more important than learning the Qur’aan in our life?

         I am in!! YOU??

     

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