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THE QUR’AN


The Qur’an is the complete book of guidance for mankind. It is the Sacred books for the Muslims and the main source of Law in Islam. The whole of the Qur’an is from Allah. Each word of it is a revealed word. It was sent down to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. The Qur’an is in the Arabic language. It was revealed, piecemeal and completed over a period of twenty three years.

No other book in the world can match the Qur’an, even with respect to its recording and preservation. The astonishing fact about this book of Allah is that it has remained unchanged, even to a dot, over the last fourteen hundred years. The Qur’an was recorded as soon as it was revealed under the personal supervision of the Prophet Muhammad .
The Qur’an exists today in its original form. It is a miracle, in the sense that it has survived so many centuries without being altered or tampered with in any way. The message of the Qur’an is a mercy to mankind and is the final revelation from Allah to humanity. The Qur’an addresses humanity and calls them to contemplate their creation, the purpose of their existence and then to act upon the truth based on proof.

The Qur’an is recited and memorised by Muslims all over the world everyday. No variation of text can be found in it. You can check this for yourself by listening to the recitation of Muslims from different parts of the world.
Every word in it has been preserved intact.

Allah the almighty, has Himself taken the responsibility of preserving the Qur’an and He says:

“Surely, We have revealed this reminder and lo, We verily are its guardian.”(Qur’an, Al-Hijr 15:9)

The Qur’an is a living proof of the existence of Allah, the All Powerful. It is also a testimony of the validity of the Islamic way of life for all times. Arabic the language of the Qur’an, unlike the languages of other revealed books, is a living, dynamic and a very rich language. Millions of people all over the world speak and use Arabic in their daily life. This is further testimony to the unchanging character of the Qur’an.

The subject matter of the Qur’an is MAN and HIS ULTIMATE goal in life. Qur’anic teaching cover all areas of this life and the life after death. It contains principles, doctrines and directions for every sphere of Human activity. The theme of the Qur’an consists broadly of three fundamental beliefs – TAWHEED, RISALAH AND AKHIRAH. Tawheed is the basic theme of the Qur’an. All the Prophets and Messengers of Allah called people towards Tawheed. The Qur’an gives a picturesque description of Paradise which will be rewarded to the true obedient servants of Allah. The severe punishment to be metered out to the evildoers has also been depicted vividly in the Qur’an.

The Qur’an urges mankind to follow its guidance and teachings. The success of human beings on earth and in the life after death depends on obedience to the Qur’anic teachings. We cannot perform our duties as the servants of Allah and His agents, if we do not follow the Qur’an. The Qur’an urges us to work for the supremacy of Islam and for the removal of all evils.

The superb style of the Qur’an has a tremendous effect on its readers. It totally changes the pattern of the life of those who believe and practice its teachings. It leaves a soothing effect on the mind of the reader, even if he does not fully understand its meaning.

The Pillars of Faith in Islam

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The Pillars of Faith in Islam


The Declaration of Faith, which reads: la illaha illa Allah, Muhammad ur Rasul Lul Lah (There is no other object worthy of worship but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah).
The Muslim also believes in:

All the Prophets and Messengers of Allah, including Adam, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus. etc.

All the revealed Books of Allah of which the Qur’an is the last and perfect revelation.

All the Angels who are spiritual beings of Allah.

The Islamic doctrine that the power of actions proceeds from Allah and every human being is morally responsible for his own actions.

The Day of Resurrection and of Judgement.

Obligatory Prayers, five times a day.

Fasting during the Muslim month of Ramadan. This fasting takes the form of basically abstaining from all foods, drinks and sensual pleasures from dawn to sunset.

Zakat which is an obligatory tax or ‘poor-due’ on certain assets above a prescribed quantity.

The Pilgrimage to Mecca, if one has the means of performing it.
Islam is a complete way of life. It is the guidance provided by God, the Creator of the Universe, for all mankind.

Islam is not a new religion. It is in essence, the same message and guidance provided by God revealed to all His Prophets.

“Say: we believe in God and in what has been revealed to us, and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma’il: Isaac, Jacob and The Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus and the Prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another, among them, and to God do we bow our will (in Islam).”
(Qur’an, Al-‘Imran 3:84)

The message which was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad is Islam in its comprehensive, complete and final form.

“Let there be no compulsion in Religion: truth stands out clear from error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah (one God) has grasped the most trustworthy hand hold, that never breaks. and Allah hears, and knows all things.”(Qur’an, Al-Baqarah 2:256)

PRINCIPLES OF THE ISLAMIC WAY OF LIFE

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ISLAMIC WAY OF LIFE

Islam means absolute submission to the Will of Allah and those who by choice submit to the Will of Allah are Muslims.

(Note: Allah is the Arabic word which means the One and Only God, who is Self-Subsisting; Eternal; neither Slumber or Sleep overtaketh Him; the Source of Peace and Perfection, the Supreme; the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, no vision can comprehend Him but He comprehends all; who begets not and who is not begotten and there is nothing liken unto Him that can be imagined. Such is Allah our Lord and your Lord; the only One deserving of worship; worthy of all Praise.)

THE WAY OF PEACE

1013288.largeGlory to God Most High, full of Grace and Mercy. He created all including man. To man He gave a special place in His Creation. He honoured man to be His agent, and to that end, endued him with understanding, purified his affections, and gave him spiritual insight; so that man should understand nature, understand himself and know God through His wondrous Signs, and glorify Him in Truth, Reverence and Unity.

For the fulfillment of this great trust, man was given a will, so that his acts should reflect Gods universal Will and Law, and his mind freely choosing, should experience sublime joy of being in harmony with the infinite, and with the great drama of the world around him, and with his own spiritual growth.

“Know that the life of this world is but play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting and multiplying, (in rivalry) among yourselves, riches and children. Here is a similitude: how rain and the growth which it brings forth, delights (the hearts of) the farmers: soon it withers: you will see it grow yellow: then it becomes dry and crumbles away. But in the Hereafter is a penalty severe (For the devotee of wrong) and Forgiveness from God and (His) Good Pleasure For the devotees of God and what is the life of this world, but a matter of illusion”.
(Qur’an, Al-Hadid 57:20)

The average Human Being lives for about sixty years. Twenty years of this life is taken up by sleeping and approximately ten years in growing and learning. Taking into account, another twenty years in working and worry, we are left with a meagre ten years to enjoy the ‘realities’ of life without the above ‘prerequisites’. However, even with such freedom one encounters physical pitfalls such as illness, anxiety, and the natural process of ageing. Overall, the life of this world may be summed up as a bitter-sweet game or test with no ‘apparent’ purpose.

Muslims believe that the limited life in this world merely serves as a transition toward life eternal, in Paradise. For those who strive in the right path awaits a bounteous reward and for those who strive toward ignorance, awaits a terrible punishment.

Muslims also believe that ‘to be successful’ in this world means to achieve one’s aims and duties for this life, and for the life in the Hereafter. Muslims invest in the worldly life through commitment toward the family and invest in the Hereafter through giving charity and poor-due.

Muslims view the pleasures of this world as being petty and restricted by our own senses and imagination, whereas the pleasures of the Hereafter are mind-blowing and boundless; as a gift from the Most Merciful, the Most Kind.

99 Names of Allah

 Arabic  English Translation
1  Allah (الله)  The Greatest Name
2  Ar-Rahman (الرحمن)  The All-Compassionate
3  Ar-Rahim (الرحيم)  The All-Merciful
4  Al-Malik (الملك)  The Absolute Ruler
5  Al-Quddus (القدوس)  The Pure One
6  As-Salam (السلام)  The Source of Peace
7  Al-Mu’min (المؤمن)  The Inspirer of Faith
8  Al-Muhaymin (المهيمن)  The Guardian
9  Al-Aziz (العزيز)  The Victorious
10  Al-Jabbar (الجبار)  The Compeller
11  Al-Mutakabbir (المتكبر)  The Greatest
12  Al-Khaliq (الخالق)  The Creator
13  Al-Bari’ (البارئ)  The Maker of Order
14  Al-Musawwir (المصور)  The Shaper of Beauty
15  Al-Ghaffar (الغفار)  The Forgiving
16  Al-Qahhar (القهار)  The Subduer
17  Al-Wahhab (الوهاب)  The Giver of All
18  Ar-Razzaq (الرزاق)  The Sustainer
19  Al-Fattah (الفتاح)  The Opener
20  Al-`Alim (العليم)  The Knower of All
21  Al-Qabid (القابض)  The Constrictor
22  Al-Basit (الباسط)  The Reliever
23  Al-Khafid (الخافض)  The Abaser
24  Ar-Rafi (الرافع)  The Exalter
25  Al-Mu’izz (المعز)  The Bestower of Honors
26  Al-Mudhill (المذل)  The Humiliator
27  As-Sami (السميع)  The Hearer of All
28  Al-Basir (البصير)  The Seer of All
29  Al-Hakam (الحكم)  The Judge
30  Al-`Adl (العدل)  The Just
31  Al-Latif (اللطيف)  The Subtle One
32  Al-Khabir (الخبير)  The All-Aware
33  Al-Halim (الحليم)  The Forbearing
34  Al-Azim (العظيم)  The Magnificent
35  Al-Ghafur (الغفور)  The Forgiver and Hider of Faults
36  Ash-Shakur (الشكور)  The Rewarder of Thankfulness
37  Al-Ali (العلى)  The Highest
38  Al-Kabir (الكبير)  The Greatest
39  Al-Hafiz (الحفيظ)  The Preserver
40  Al-Muqit (المقيت)  The Nourisher
41  Al-Hasib (الحسيب)  The Accounter
42  Al-Jalil (الجليل)  The Mighty
43  Al-Karim (الكريم)  The Generous
44  Ar-Raqib (الرقيب)  The Watchful One
45  Al-Mujib (المجيب)  The Responder to Prayer
46  Al-Wasi (الواسع)  The All-Comprehending
47  Al-Hakim (الحكيم)  The Perfectly Wise
48  Al-Wadud (الودود)  The Loving One
49  Al-Majid (المجيد)  The Majestic One
50  Al-Ba’ith (الباعث)  The Resurrector
51  Ash-Shahid (الشهيد)  The Witness
52  Al-Haqq (الحق)  The Truth
53  Al-Wakil (الوكيل)  The Trustee
54  Al-Qawiyy (القوى)  The Possessor of All Strength
55  Al-Matin (المتين)  The Forceful One
56  Al-Waliyy (الولى)  The Governor
57  Al-Hamid (الحميد)  The Praised One
58  Al-Muhsi (المحصى)  The Appraiser
59  Al-Mubdi’ (المبدئ)  The Originator
60  Al-Mu’id (المعيد)  The Restorer
61  Al-Muhyi (المحيى)  The Giver of Life
62  Al-Mumit (المميت)  The Taker of Life
63  Al-Hayy (الحي)  The Ever Living One
64  Al-Qayyum (القيوم)  The Self-Existing One
65  Al-Wajid (الواجد)  The Finder
66  Al-Majid (الماجد)  The Glorious
67  Al-Wahid (الواحد)  The One, the All Inclusive, The Indivisible
68  As-Samad (الصمد)  The Satisfier of All Needs
69  Al-Qadir (القادر)  The All Powerful
70  Al-Muqtadir (المقتدر)  The Creator of All Power
71  Al-Muqaddim (المقدم)  The Expediter
72  Al-Mu’akhkhir (المؤخر)  The Delayer
73  Al-Awwal (الأول)  The First
74  Al-Akhir (الأخر)  The Last
75  Az-Zahir (الظاهر)  The Manifest One
76  Al-Batin (الباطن)  The Hidden One
77  Al-Wali (الوالي)  The Protecting Friend
78  Al-Muta’ali (المتعالي)  The Supreme One
79  Al-Barr (البر)  The Doer of Good
80  At-Tawwab (التواب)  The Guide to Repentance
81  Al-Muntaqim (المنتقم)  The Avenger
82  Al-‘Afuww (العفو)  The Forgiver
83  Ar-Ra’uf (الرؤوف)  The Clement
84  Malik-al-Mulk (مالك الملك)  The Owner of All
85  Dhu-al-Jalal wa-al-Ikram (ذو الجلال و الإكرام)  The Lord of Majesty and Bounty
86  Al-Muqsit (المقسط)  The Equitable One
87  Al-Jami’ (الجامع)  The Gatherer
88  Al-Ghani (الغنى)  The Rich One
89  Al-Mughni (المغنى)  The Enricher
90  Al-Mani'(المانع)  The Preventer of Harm
91  Ad-Darr (الضار)  The Creator of The Harmful
92  An-Nafi’ (النافع)  The Creator of Good
93  An-Nur (النور)  The Light
94  Al-Hadi (الهادي)  The Guide
95  Al-Badi (البديع)  The Originator
96  Al-Baqi (الباقي)  The Everlasting One
97  Al-Warith (الوارث)  The Inheritor of All
98  Ar-Rashid (الرشيد)  The Righteous Teacher
99  As-Sabur (الصبور)  The Patient One