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The Islamic Online University
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· 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
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There was only 15 minutes left before Salat-ul Isha.
He quickly made Wudhu and performed Salat-ul Maghrib.
While making Tasbih, he again remembered his grandmother and was embarrassed by how he had prayed.His grandmother prayed with such tranquillity and peace.
He began making Dua and went down to make Sajdah and stayed like that for a while.
He had been at work all day and was tired, so tired. He awoke abruptly to the sound of noise and shouting. He was sweating profusely. He looked around. It was very crowded.
Every direction he looked in was filled with people. Some stood frozen looking around, some were running left and right and some were on their knees with their heads in their hands just waiting. Pure fear and apprehension filled him as he realized where he was. His heart was about to burst.
It was the Day of Judgment!
When he was alive, he had heard many things about the questioning on the Day of Judgment, but that seemed so long ago.
Could this be something his mind made up?
No, the wait and the fear were so great that he could not have imagined this.
The interrogation was still going on. He began moving frantically from people to people to ask if his name had been called. No one could answer him.
All of a sudden his name was called and the crowd split into two and made a passageway for him. Two angels grabbed his arms and led him forward. He walked with unknowing eyes through the crowd. The angels brought him to the centre and left him there. With his head down his whole life was passing in front of his eyes like a movie.
He opened his eyes but saw only another world.
People were helping others. He saw his father running from one lecture to the other, spending his wealth in the way of Islam. His mother invited guests to their house and one table was being set while the other was being cleared.
He pleaded his case, I too was always on this path. I helped others and spread the word of Allah. I performed my Salah. I fasted in the month of Ramadhan. Whatever Allah ordered us to do, I did. Whatever he ordered us not to do, I did not.’ He began to cry and thought about how much he loved Allah. He knew whatever he had done in life would be less than what Allah deserved and his only protector was Allah.
He was sweating like never before and was shaking all over. His eyes were fixed on the scale, waiting for the final decision.
At last, the decision was made.
The two angels with sheets of paper in their hands turned to the crowd.
His legs felt like they were going to collapse.
He closed his eyes as they began to read the names of those people who were to enter Jahannam.
His name was read first.
He fell on his knees and yelled that this couldn’t be,‘How could I go to Jahannam?
I served others all my life, I spread the word of Allah to others’. His eyes had become blurry and he was shaking with sweat.
The two angels took him by the arms.
As his feet dragged, they went through the crowd and advanced toward the blazing flames of Jahannam. He was yelling and wondered if there was any person who was going to help him. He was yelling of all the good deeds he had done, how he had helped his father, his fasts, prayers, the Noble Qur’an that he read, he was asking if none of them would help him.
The Jahannam angels continued to drag him. They had gotten closer to the Hellfire. He looked back and these were his last pleas.
Had not Rasulullah [salallaahu alaihi wasallam] said, ‘How clean would a person be who bathes in a river five times a day, so too does the Salah performed five times cleanse someone of their sins’
He began yelling,‘My prayers? My prayers? My prayers.?’
The two angels did not stop, and they came to the edge of the abyss of Jahannam. The flames of the fire were burning his face. He looked back one last time, but his eyes were dry of hope and he had nothing left in him.
One of the angels pushed him in. He found himself in the air and falling towards the flames.
He had just fallen five or six feet when a hand grabbed him by the arm and pulled him back.
He lifted his head and saw an old man with a long white beard.
He wiped some dust off himself and asked him, ‘Who are you?’
The old man replied, ‘I am your prayers’.
‘Why are you so late? I was almost in the Fire! You rescued me at the last minute before I fell in’.
The old man smiled and shook his head, ‘You always performed me at the last minute, did you forget?’(And what of those who perform no prayers at all?)
At that instant, he blinked and lifted his head from Sajdah. He was in a sweat. He listened to the voices coming from outside. He heard the Adhan for Salat-ul Isha and got up quickly and went to perform Wudhu.
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”.
“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.
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