Archive for August, 2011

What Does Islam say about Hanging Pictures | The true Concept

Islam is the pure religion without any invention and Muslims are the best nation in the world. It is just because of their strong belief on Allah and his book Quran. Today, the topic under discussion is about the picture hangings in the house. It is sure that hanging pictures are not allowed in Islam as Muhammad (pbuh) said that “Do not leave any picture without blotting it out and do not leave any built-up grave without leveling it.” (Narrated by Muslim, 1/66). You can get more information through Quran tutor where professional tutors will give you the right answer to your every question related to Islam.
What does islam says about pictures

You can ask to your grandparents about this concept then they will tell you that the angels do not enter in the house where the pictures or statues are hanging and Allah will not accept the worship that you do for the sake of Allah. It is also mentioned in Hadith as Muhammad (pbuh) said that: “The angels do not enter a house in which there are statues or pictures” (Narrated by Imam Ahmad). If you have the interest to hang pictures, then you can replace these with natural trees, mountains, flowers, occasions, or animated pictures.

People usually hang the pictures of the dead people that have no worth as it may cause to increase or renew the pain or grief. Some time it specifies the concept of shirk, when people do worship in front of any mankind’s picture, so let us remember that Allah will forgive everybody except the one, whoever involves in shirk. May Allah help us to do what satisfy him and his messenger (pbuh). Jazak Allah Khair.


Status of Love in Islam | All about Love

In preparing to write this article, I visited several other Muslim websites to read what the scholars there had to say about love. I was hoping to find some good stories of love and mercy between the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his wives.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Most of what I found on these sites were rants against love and compassion. They mostly said the only valid love is the love between the slave and Allah. Some even said a husband is to be blamed for falling in love with his wife.

Perhaps this type of thinking works in other cultures where the men are supposed to be stoic and unfeeling towards their wives and the women are supposed to be subservient, quiet, niqaab-clad baby machines.

Allah has blessed me with a little (very little) Islamic knowledge, and I am in no position to dispute what these scholars say when it comes to Islam. However, their concept of love is very old-fashioned, dry, and narrow.

Status of love for muslims

But that’s not gonna fly with Muslims in the West. Most Muslims are going to be turned off by this type of thinking and will try to figure things out on their own. My goal in this series of posts, Inshallah, is to prevent that.

You should seek advice and guidance concerning love and marriage as it is a big part of your life. If you’re a young person, you have probably never been married and may have been affected by western romanticism and Disneyesque fairy-tales.

My hope is that I can give you some passionate, yet practical advice concerning one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make.

There’s Nothing Wrong With Love

Let me reassure you, it’s perfectly okay to love another person. In fact, I would highly recommend that you love your parents, siblings, best friends, children, and spouses. It makes things much easier in life.

The problems arise when you let this love lead you to do bad things, or it makes you leave good things.

I am married. And yes, I love my wife. My love for her does not cause me to neglect my prayers, nor will it make me do something evil. It is simply a love that has developed over many years of ups and downs, bills and children, fights and apologies.

That is married life in the West, even for Muslims. It is not glamorous, but it’s worthwhile. And it would be impossible (or at least impractical) without love.

But let’s look at how someone who was much better than me dealt with the women he loved. Of course, I’m talking about Prophet Muhamamd (peace be upon him).

The Prophet and Khadijah

The Prophet’s first wife was Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid. His love for her was very clear. Let’s look at a few examples of this love.

One day, after having been appointed the Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sitting with Khadijah. He saw a person in the sky between heaven and earth. He told Khadijah what he saw, and she told him to move closer which he did.

She asked him if he still saw the person, and he replied that he did. Then Khadijah advised him to put his head under her garment, which he did, and asked if he still saw him. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said that he no longer saw him.

Khadijah then said: “Relax, this is an angel. If it had been a devil, it would not have been ashamed of looking at you while you were under a woman’s garment.”

There are many things we can get from this short story.

  1. Khadijah absolutely believed in the message that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) brought.
  2. The Prophet had no problem getting intimately close with his wife.
  3. The Prophet depended on Khadijah for advice and support and she willingly gave it to him.
  4. The Prophet had no issue seeking help from his wife, even when he was feeling anxiety about his new mission.
  5. Khadijah was a very wise and intelligent woman.
  6. These two individuals loved each other very much.

One more story about the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her).

After her death, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) married other women, the most famous of whom was Aishah Bint Abi Bakr (may Allah be pleased with them both).

Aishah narrated the following hadith:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) rarely went out of the house without mentioning Khadijah and praising her. One day he mentioned her and I grew jealous and said: “Was she not an old woman whom Allah replaced with a better woman?”

He got angry and said: “No, by Allah! Allah did not replace her with a better woman! She believed in me when people disbelieved, supported me with her wealth when people denied me theirs, and Allah blessed me with children from her and not from other women.”

Aishah then said to herself: “Never will I speak negatively of her again.”

You can see how serious the Prophet was in his love for Khadijah, even years after her death. He would not even let Aisha, whom he also loved, speak ill of her.

Brothers and sisters, that is true love.

The Prophet and Aishah

Let’s first look at another hadith regarding Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her):

Amr Ibn Al-’As reported: The Prophet deputed me to lead the Army of Dhat-as-Salasil. I came to him and said, “Who is the most beloved person to you?” He said, ” ‘Aisha.” I asked, “Among the men?” He said, “Her father.” I said, “Who then?” He said, “Then ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab.” He then named other men.

Related in Bukhari.

In this hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) openly declares his love for his wife Aishah first before anyone else, even his best friend. He says it to another man, in fact a man who once fought against Islam (Before accepting Islam, Amr ibn Al-’As once tried to convince the King of Abyssinia to expel the Muslims who were living there).

But for an even better example of love, tenderness, and mercy, let’s look at another hadith.

Narrated Aisha: Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) came to my house while two girls were singing beside me the songs of Buath (a story about the war between the two tribes of the Ansar, the Khazraj and the Aus, before Islam).

The Prophet (peace be upon him) lay down and turned his face to the other side. Then Abu Bakr came and spoke to me harshly saying, “Musical instruments of Satan near the Prophet (peace be upon him)?”

Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) turned his face towards him and said, “Leave them.” When Abu Bakr became inattentive, I signalled to those girls to go out and they left.

It was the day of Eid, and the Black people were playing with shields and spears; so either I requested the Prophet (peace be upon him) or he asked me whether I would like to see the display.

I replied in the affirmative. Then the Prophet (peace be upon him) made me stand behind him and my cheek was touching his cheek and he was saying, “Carry on! O Bani Arfida,” till I got tired.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked me, “Are you satisfied (Is that sufficient for you)?” I replied in the affirmative and he told me to leave.

Can you see how affectionate the Prophet was towards his wife Aishah? Especially when she describes placing her cheek on his cheek. I wonder how many Muslim men today show this sort of affection towards their wives? Very often men only show affection when they want intimacy.

Certainly, Allah has sent us a perfect example in His messenger (peace be upon him).

The Difference Between Love And Lust

Too often people (Muslims included) confuse love with lust. Lust has its place in life. But it is the wrong thing to base your life around.

In my own caveman way of thinking, I believe men and women commit sexual sins based on two reasons:

  1. Men are often motivated by lust.
  2. Women are often motivated by a desire for love.

Of course there are exceptions. But the point is that lust i.e. the desire for sex, is a powerful factor. Which is why I wrote “The Ultimate Muslim Sex Guide”. I try to explain the role of sex in a Muslim’s life and the proper way it should be approached.

Lust is not all that bad. In fact, it is necessary. Little Muslim babies don’t come along simply because a husband and wife admire each other’s inner qualities.

But this lust must be controlled and released in the proper manner. And the only manner that is allowed in Islam, is through marriage. Once you are married, you can act out your lustful behavior in varios ways with your spouse (also discussed in “The Ultimate Muslim Sex Guide”).

Love At First Sight

Before concluding this article, I want to touch on a common phenomenon. This is the proverbial “Love at first sight.” Supposedly, two people can fall in love upon first meeting each other.

I really don’t believe this is possible. The feelings that these two people feel are almost certainly lust and not love. Love may develop after time, but it is nearly impossible to suddenly love a complete stranger with one glance.
Of course, a certain type of love may develop after meeting someone, getting to know them, and appreciating their qualities. But it is difficult for this to happen without spending many hours with that person.

And other than marriage, there are few permissible avenues for a Muslim man and women to get to this point.So if you feel yourself falling head over heels for someone after one or two meetings, it might be time to make dua and ask Allah for guidance.

Or maybe it’s time to ask that person to marry you

Online Quran School Spreading Holy Quran Teachings

Quran is a divine book and it every single word of the Holy Quran is the word of Allah. This means that through Quran, Allah communicates with His servants directly. It is for this reason that Quran is considered a form of worship and there are many rewards associated with the reading and recitation of Quran. According to a Hadith,

“The best of you is he who learnt the Holy Quran and taught it to others.” (Bukhari)

People often asked the Prophet (PBUH) on how to get their hearts cleaned. The Prophet (PBUH) replied,

“To remember death in abundance and to recite the Holy Quran.” (Mishkat)

Reading and reciting the Holy Quran have many benefits because the Quran is the beloved book of Allah and Allah likes people who read His book so as to understand His message. It is also important to read the Quran regularly because Quran is the book of guidance and direction. Therefore, Muslims should read Quran regularly. According to a Hadith,

“Whoever read the Quran and memorized it and belived its’ Halal to be Halal and its Haram to be Haram [i.e., accepted it commandments of Halal and Haraam], Allah will accept the intercession for such 10 people on from him whom Hell had already become Wajib”. (Tirmizi, Ibn-e-Majah)

For a Muslim, it is important that he understands the Quran and tries to learn something from a Quran School from a quran tutor to live a graceful life. This means that he will follow the teachings of Quran in all aspects of life and will seek guidance from Quran whenever needed.

Online Quran Organizations Hire Female Quran Teachers for Online Tutoring

Most individuals prefer to have female Quran tutors for their daughters as they are not comfortable with their daughter learning Quran from a male teacher. However, there is a lack of female Quran tutors and for this reason, many parents had to compromise and carry on with the male Quran tutors.
Female Quran tutor attending the online session
Because of this reason, many Quran Schools faced problems and lost students only because they did not have female Quran tutors and the parents did not want their daughters to be taught from male Quran tutors. Hence, these online Quran tutoring schools started hiring female tutors for their female students. There are not many female Quran tutors not because women are not capable, but because they do not have the right platform to come to the front and start tutoring Quran to Muslim children. With the online Quran learning schools, even female Quran teachers are comfortable to teach children the basics of Quran and Islam. These Quran schools have eliminated the need to go to mosques and other Quran schools and now parents can inculcate basic Islamic knowledge to their daughters from the safety of their homes. Therefore, if you are one of those parents who have had trouble finding female Quran tutors for your daughter, you can simply register or become a member of these online Quran tutoring schools. This way, you will not have to worry about the safety of your daughter or go through the hassle of driving your child to and from the Quran School. Therefore, register your daughter with an online Quran school and hire a female Quran teacher for her. Hope this article will help you. Jazakallah