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“The best of people is he whose life is long and his deeds are good; while the worst of people is he whose life is long and his deeds are evil.” Collected by Ahmad, al-Haakim and at-Tirmithee [S.J.S. 3297]. See Mishkat al-Masabih, vol. 2, p. 1094.

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GLORIFYING GOD

“Glorify the praises of your Lord.” Qur’aan, 110:3. In glorifying God, man chooses to be in harmony with the rest of creation which naturally glorifies its Creator. Allaah addresses this phenomenon in many chapters of the Qur’aan. For example, in chapter al-Israa Allaah states: “The seven heavens and the earth and whatever is in them […]

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FUNERAL RITES IN ISLAAM: COVERING THE BODY

A sheet of cloth large enough to cover the whole body of the deceased should be drawn over body. This was the approved practise of the Prophet (PBUH) and the recorded practise of the Prophet’s companions. Jaabir said, “After the Battle of Uhud, my father – who had been mutilated – was brought and placed […]

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FRIENDSHIP OF ISLAAM

Ibn ‘Abbaas related that during the illness from which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) died, he came out with a piece of cloth tied around his head and sat on the podium (mimbar). He then thanked and praised Allaah, saying: “Indeed there is no one who has given more of himself and his wealth to me than […]

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THE SOUL’S ABODE AFTER DEATH: SOULS OF THE PROPHETS

The abode of the souls of the Prophets is the level in paradise of the uppermost company (ar-rafeeq al-a‘laa). It is the uppermost part of the ‘illiyyoon, the highest level of the seventh heaven. Prophet Muhammad’s wife, ‘Aa’ishah, reported that at the last moment of his life the Prophet (PBUH) called out, “O Allaah, forgive […]

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EVERY ACT WORSHIP

In the Islamic system, each and every human act can be transformed into an act of worship. In fact, God commands the believers to dedicate their whole lives to Him. In chapter al-A‘raaf, Allaah says:“Say: ‘Surely my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of all the worlds.’ ” […]

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FUNERAL RITES IN ISLAAM: BENEFITTING THE DEAD: Du‘aa

The prayers of other Muslims on behalf of the dead will benefit the dead. In chapter al-Hashr (59):10, Allaah praises the believers who pray for those who have passed away before their time. Furthermore, the funeral prayer itself consists mostly of prayers for the dead. Safwaan said: I visited Abud-Dardaa’s home in Syria, but did […]

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ZAMZAM

Ibn ‘Abbaas reported that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The best water on the face of the earth is the water from the well of Zamzam. It satisfies the stomach and cures the sick.” Collected by Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh and at-Tayaalasee [S.J.S. 3322]. The spring which miraculously appeared in the desert plain of Makkah […]

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THE RELIGION OF ISLAAM

Since there is only One God, and humankind are one species, the religion which God has ordained for human beings is one. He did not prescribe one religion for the Jews, another for Indians, yet another for Europeans, etc. Human spiritual and social needs are uniform and human nature has not changed since the first […]

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THE ANGELS: MUNKAR AND NAKEER

According to authentic narrations, Munkar and Nakeer are two angels who will question each person following their death. The Prophet (PBUH) was reported to have said: “When a dead man is buried, two bluish-black angels will come to him. One of them is called Munkar and the other Nakeer. They will ask, ‘What did you […]

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