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Signs of the Appearance of the Dajjal
A lengthy hadith narrated by Ibn Majah, Ibn Khuzaymah, and Ad-Dhiya', attributed to Abu Umamah, reports that the Prophet of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said:
"There will be three hard years before the Dajjal (appears). During them, people will be stricken by a great famine. In the first year, Allah will command the sky to withhold a third of its rain, and the earth to withhold a third a third of its produce. In the second year, Allah will command the sky to withhold two thirds of its rain, and the earth to withhold two thirds of its produce. In the third year, Allah will command the sky to withhold all of its rain, and it will not rain a single drop of rain. He will command the earth to withhold all of its produce, and no plant will grow. All hoofed animals will perish, except that which Allah wills."
He (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) was asked, "What sustains people during that time?" He said, "Tahlil, takbir and tahmid (saying, la ilaha illallah, allahu akbar and alhamdulillah). This will sustain them just as food does." [Sahih al-Jami' as-Saghir, no. 7875]
'Abdullah ibn 'Umar narrated that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam said:
"The fitnah of al-ahlas (continuous calamity) is mass desertion and war. Then, the fitnah of as-sarra (meaning 'the rich', when some reach people use their money to hire others to fight for them) will start from under the feet of a man who claims that he is of me (of my descendants). However, he is not of me, for my loyal friends are the ones who have taqwa. Afterwards, people will unite around a man whose reign is unstable. Then, the fitnah of ad-duhayma (it is called 'dark and black fitnah' because of its enormity) (will start) and will not leave any member of this nation without severely touching him. When it is thought that its time has come to an end, it will be lengthened. Meanwhile (during this fitnah), a man will wake up as a believer and will meet the night as a disbeliever, until people divide into two camps; a camp of belief that contains no hypocrisy, and a camp of hypocrisy that contains no belief. If this happens, then await the Dajjal on that day or the next." [Ahmad, Abu Dawud and Al-Hakim, Mishkatul-Masabih, vol. 4, no. 5403]
- Nathim Sultan
Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said, "A sign of one's excellence in his Islam, is ignoring what does not concern him." [Related by Ahmad, Malik & At-Tirmidhi]
The Status of this Hadith
Ibn Rajab said, "This hadith is a basic and an important source of good behavior in Islam." Muhammad ibn Zayd, a great scholar of the Maliki Madhhab, said, "Four ahadith comprise a perfect code of conduct. One of them is, 'Whoever believes in Allah and His Messenger should say that which is useful or keep silent.' Another is when the Prophet said to the man who sought his advice, 'Avoid getting angry.' A third is, 'The believer loves for his (believing) brother what he loves for himself.' The fourth is the above hadith."
A Sign of Excellence in Islam
A sign of one's excellence in the religion, is his ignoring what does not concern him, including all things said or done. The Muslim should only participate in what concerns him, such as anything that is his property, right, obligation or under his control. To be concerned with something entails preserving and taking care of this thing that one is allowed to be concerned with.
As for the matters that do not concern one, they are in abundance. Usually, when a person tries to interfere in such matters that do not concern him, the tool frequently used for this is the tongue. Muslims are ordered to utter only good words, for Allah said, "Not a word he (man) utters, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it)." [Al-Qur'an 50:18]
- 'Aa'id 'Abdullah al-Qarni
Remember the favours of Allah upon you and how they surround you from above and below - indeed, from every direction.
"And if you would count the graces of Allah, never could you be able to count them." [Al-Qur'an 14:34]
Health, safety, nourishment, clothing, air, and water - these all point to the world being yours, yet you do not realize it. You possess all that life has to offer, yet remain ignorant.
"He has completed and perfected His Graces upon you, [both] apparent [i.e. Islamic Monotheism, and the lawful pleasures of this world, including health, good looks, etc.] and hidden [i.e. one's faith in Allah, guidance for doing righteous deeds and also the pleasures and delights of the Hereafter in Paradise, etc.]." [Al-Qur'an 31:20]
You have at your disposal two eyes, a tongue, lips, two hands, and two legs.
"Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both [Jinn and men] deny?" [Al-Qur'an 55:13]
Can you picture yourself walking without feet? Should you take it lightly that you slumber soundly while misery hinders the sleep of many? Should you forget that you fill yourself with both delicious dishes and cool water while the pleasure of good food and drink is impossible for some, due to sickness and disease? Consider those faculties of hearing and seeing with which you have been endowed. Look at your healthy skin and be grateful that you have been saved from diseases that attack it. Reflect on your powers of reasoning and remember those that suffer from mental ailments.
Would you sell your ability to hear and see for the weight of Mount Uhud in gold, or your ability to speak for huge castles? You have been given abundant favours, yet you feign ignorance. Notwithstanding warm bread, cool water, easy sleep, and good health, you remain despondent and depressed. You think about what you do not have and are ungrateful for what you have been given. You are troubled by a loss in wealth, yet you have the key to happiness and many blessings. Contemplate and be thankful.
"And also in your ownselves [are signs], will you not then see?" [Al-Qur'an 51:21]
Reflect upon yourself, your family, your friends, and the entire world that is around you.
"They recognize the grace of Allah, yet they deny it." [Al-Qur'an 16:83]
- Yahya Adel Ibrahim
All Praise is for Allah alone. He is the Rabb of all that exists. Surely, we send the highest Salah and Salam upon the Final Prophet, the leader of the pious and upon his family, companions and those who follow their example with Ih’san till the Day of Reckoning.
One of the greatest hurdles confronting Muslims today is a lack of knowledge about certain essential beliefs that we as Muslims must unwaveringly adhere to. Of the most pertinent issues facing Muslims living in localities that are heavily influenced by western culture is how we view 'Isa ibn Maryum - Jesus the Son of Mary – 'alayhis-salam.
On a cyclical basis we are confronted with different "religious" occasions that are marked by our Christian neighbours, coworkers and acquaintances. It is paramount that we as Muslims have a firm understanding of what he – 'Isa,'alayhis-salam, represents to us as Muslims. Whether it is Easter Monday or Christmas day, we as Muslims should know what Islam says about the issues that are presented to us on a regular basis.
This article will attempt to expound upon the basic knowledge that Muslims may already have. It will also seek to introduce evidences from the Noble Qur'an and the Pure Sunnah with regards to issues that may not have been discussed in detail before.
The opinions expressed will be those that are held by the majority of the Scholars of Islam. The weaker opinions or those that do not have an evidentiary basis will not be discussed unless to show their inaccuracy or incorrectness. In discussing this issue we will only turn to the verified sources of authenticity. We will only narrate that which is accepted as true and verified by the Muslim scholars of past and present. We will not look into sources that do not have an Islamic basis. A Muslim writes this discussion for Muslims, from exclusively Islamic scholarly sources. To debate these issues from others sources (Bible) is a wholly separate discussion that has no place here.
The Muslim Nation is More Worthy of 'Isa than All Others
The one who claims that 'Isa, 'alayhis-salam, is God, or that 'Isa, 'alayhis-salam, is the Son of God, or that God is a Trinity that includes 'Isa is in fact the most distant from the teachings of 'Isa, 'alayhis-salam, even if he calls himself a devout Christian. Claiming love for someone implies that you adhere to what that individual stood for and called to. 'Isa, 'alayhis-salam, was never one who claimed any one of the previous three statements for himself. In fact neither did his true followers.
For this to become clear we will analyze four main points:
- The prophets of Allah are all related;
- The only accepted din (religious way of life) is Islam;
- 'Isa was but a humble Messenger and prophet of Allah; and
- 'Isa distances himself from the slander and unjustified claims of Christians.
The Prophets of Allah are All Related
The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said, "I am the most worthy of 'Isa bin Maryum in this life and in the hereafter." They (the Sahabah) asked: "Why is that O Messenger of Allah?" He, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, replied: "The Prophets are paternal (bloodline) brethren. Their mothers may be different (races, peoples, bloodlines) yet their din is always one (Islam)." [Reported by Bukhari and Muslim]
- Ali Al-Timimi
As-salamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu. Alhamdulillah wa's-salatu wa's-salamu 'ala rasulillah, 'amma ba'ad:
The topic that I was asked to discuss here at McGill University is the elevation of the status of women in Islam. Many, upon hearing the title of this lecture, might assume it to be an oxymoron because the prevalent idea - at least in the West - is that Islam does not elevate the status of women, but that Islam oppresses and suppresses women. So people might find the title in itself to be shocking or a curiosity at least.
In discussing this topic - since it appears to me that this is a mixed audience of Muslims and non-Muslims - I'd like to make my remarks and comments brief. I will take no more than thirty to forty five minutes, and then allow you an opportunity to ask your questions. Perhaps the question and answer session might be more fruitful in addressing specific accusations, understandings or misunderstandings regarding the status of women in Islam.
As we all know, in the world today, there are - for the overwhelming majority of humanity - basically two world views. These two views are often in conflict - not only on the personal level where individual human beings are making choices, but also on the international level in terms of the debate over the authenticity and correctness of these two world views.