The Quran is full of exciting stories, adventures, teachings and prayers, which show Allah's love for us and explain what He requires from us as believers in and sincere servants of our Creator.
The Quran Stories for Little Hearts series is specially
designed to provide an easy way to help your children understand more about the stories of the Quran by enjoying them and learning form them in a natural way. It's a wonderful way to explain the greatest stories of the Quran to children and encourage them to explore the meaning and purpose of the word of Allah. A simple text and magnificent colour illustrations will captivate young, active minds.
The Honoured Guests is a beautifully illustrated and creatively written story about the Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH). It will capture the interest of children both at home and in the classroom.
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Pages from Islamic History
In Islamic History you will learn many interesting details about ten important events in the history of Islam. When and where were the first Islamic coins produced? Who was Al-Idrisi? We all know that Christopher Columbus sailed west from Europe in 1492 CE, but why is this date so important in Islamic history?
This book will answer these questions and many others. You will learn why Islamic history matters and why all Muslims should actively read and treasure their rich history.
The Outstanding Features of the book include:
• Succinctly written material from the pages of history
• Introduction to important landmarks in Islamic History
• Prophet's letter to King Heraclius
• Many unique illustrations showing first islamic coins, a beautiful silver dirham of the 12th century, etc.
This is the obverse of a beautiful silver Sasanian drachm. These coins were in use in the Middle East during the time of the Prophet Muhammad 4. The coin shows the Sasanian Persian emperor wearing a tiered crown. Old Persian, or the pre-Islamic Pahlavi inscriptions fill the space on either side of the emperor's head.
THEMES FOR THE 2 1 S T C E N T U R Y
"Islam Under Siege goes beyond assigning guilt, to understanding the world that has produced such hatred and misunderstanding. In this sometimes personal and consistently courageous meditation on the uncertainties of our time, Akbar Ahmed offers hope by focusing on shared notions of honor and human dignity."
Tamara Sonn, President of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies
"Akbar Ahmed is one of the wisest and bravest writers on Islam. This work confirms his reputation as a savant in the field."
Chris Rojek, Nottingham Trent University
"Akbar Ahmed's understanding of the relationship between politics and culture sets him apart from other analysts of contemporary Islam." Louis W. Goodman, Dean, School of International Service, American University
In this groundbreaking book, Akbar Ahmed, one of the world's leading authorities on Islam, who has worked in the Muslim world but lives in the West, explains what is going wrong in his society by referring to Islamic history and beliefs. Employing theological and anthropological perspectives, he attempts to answer the questions that people in the West are asking about Islam: "Why do they hate us?" "Is Islam compatible with democracy?" "Does Islam subjugate women?" "Does the Quran preach violence?" These important questions are of relevance to Muslims and to nonMuslims alike. Islam Under Siege points out the need for, and provides the route to, the dialogue of civilizations.
Does one seek forgiveness for doing something
wrong, or for violating a prohibition?
Is one required to seek forgiveness for what he
did while unaware?
Is one required to seek forgiveness for what they
thought about but did not act upon?
If one repents for a sin and then commits it later,
is his original repentance invalid or not?
Over 250 easy to understand Masaail
and an extremely useful guide from the month of
Ramadhan to Hajj, as well as containing vital advice
that is relevant for the guidance of Muslims on important subjects.
The lives of the Prophets, their calls to their nations, 'and their actual practices as related to us in the Qur'an are examples for the believers to follow. Furthermore, the Qur'an contains signs for the future and some mysteries upon which the believers must reflect. Such is the case with Surat al-Kahf, one of its suras.
Prophet Muhammad (saas) and many Muslim scholars have pointed out Surat al-Kahf for this reason. The Qur'an's account of the Companions of the Cave (Ashab al-Kahf) and Ar-Raqim, Prophet Musa's (as) experiences with Khidhr (as) (the person of knowledge), and the account of Dhu'l-Qarnayn (as) contain many secrets and expressions hinting at the End Times. Many prophetic hadiths connect Surat al-Kahf with the End Times. In one of them, our Prophet (saas) said: "Whoever enters his (the Dajjal's) Hell, let him seek refuge with Allah and recite the. opening verse of Surat al-Kahf, and it will become cool and peaceful for him, as the fire became cool and peaceful for Abraham:' (Ibn Kathir)
Surat al-Kahf contains the signs required for the believers' defense and fight against the Dajjal and the irreligious movements bringing so much evil to humanity, which he wants to spread around the world, as well as many lessons from which the Muslims can learn. Our Prophet's (saas) recommendation to memorize and read this sura attentively is a clear indication of this.
The purpose of this book is to make readers ponder and meditate upon Surat al-Kahf, which contains very imp...read more
Nothing is more important to the believer than attaining admittance to Paradise and avoiding Hell. This will be the fruit of his/her deeds in this life. These issues, which are matters of the unseen, are major issues of faith. In this book, Dr. Ashqar has covered all the facts pertaining to these issues. The descriptions of Paradise and Hell and their inhabitants will make every reader more conscious of his/her ultimate goal in life, and keep him/her busy in remembering these realities.
What happens after death? When will the end of the world be? Are we really living in the "last days"? These are questions which concern everyone, no matter what his or her background. Many have tried to answer these questions, producing theories that range from the fanciful to the nihilistic. But man-made notions cannot answer questions about matters which man has no way of finding out by himself.
In these as in so many other issues, Islam brings us answers. Surely the One Who gives life and takes it away, is the One Who is the best to inform us of what happens after death. The One Who has created this universe and mankind is the best to tell us about when this world will come to an end and mankind will be called for judgement. He has informed us about these matters, in His Book and through His Prophet (pbuh). In this book, Dr. Umar S. al- Ashqar examines all these issues from the point of view of the Qur'an and Sunnah. He looks at issues of death and what happens to a person's soul after death, including the questioning of the angels and the torment of the grave. He also examines the signs of the Hour, which indicate that the Day of judgement is approaching - many of which are already happening. As always, he quotes extensively from the texts, placing these issues squarely within an Islamic framework and dispelling the myth and misunderstandings that have arisen and become prevalent.
Although the vast majority of mankind believes in a Creator or Supreme Being, their concepts vary. Islam, in the Qur'an and Sunnah, affirms the existence and Oneness of the Creator and describes Him as having the most perfect attributes, thus enabling man to have the proper concept of Him and to establish a strong bond with Him based on the understanding of His sublime attributes. But the influence of philosophy and other ideas that are alien to Islam led to the emergence of distorted concepts about Allah. In this book, Dr. 'Umar S. al-Ashqar discusses the wrong ideas that have crept into Muslim minds concerning Allah and His attributes, and highlights the fact that the only correct way to understand the verses of the Qur'an and the ahaadeeth which speak of Allah and His attributes is the way in which they were understood by the first generations of this ummah (the salaf). Dr. Al-A shqar also examines modern concepts, such as the theory of evolution, and proves that they are wrong and false. Following the Qur'anic injunction to ponder the signs of Allah in the universe, he also pays attention to the study of natural phenomena which clearly point to the existence and Oneness of the Almighty Creator. Thus Dr. Al-Ashqar affirms the principle which lies as the heart of Islamic faith and practice, namely Tawheed, the Absolute Oneness of the Divine.
Belief in the Day of Resurrection is one of the central tenets of Islamic faith. It is a belief that was preached by all the Prophets, and it is a belief that makes sense of a sometime incomprehensible world. Belief in the Day of Resurrection and the final judgement brings benefits in this world, on the individual and social levels. It makes the individual focus on what is in his ultimate best interest, guiding his actions in ways that will benefit him and bring him happiness in this world and the next.
On the broader social level, this belief imposes controls on human greed and restrains people from committing transgressions for which they would ultimately have to answer.
The Qur'an and Sunnah are filled with detailed information of what will come to pass on the great Day. Drawing upon these sources of Islam, Dr. Umar S. al-Ashqar takes us through the events of that Day, from the first Trumpet-blast and the end of life in the heaven and on earth, through the terrors of the Resurrection and the ordeals of the judgement, to the final entry to the place of eternal abode, in Paradise or Hell. This is a book which deserves to be on Muslim bookshelves in homes, schools and Islamic centres, for it deals with a topic of vital importance to every believer.
Some people think that writing about this topic is writing about a matter that should remain on the periphery of knowledge. They believe in going over this topic in the quickest of fashions and not giving it too much thought.
They think that the benefits of such a study are very limited, and that being ignorant of this topic is not harmful at all.
However, this is not an irrelevant matter. Humans today spend billions of dollars, with which they could develop countries and end poverty in the farthest reaches of the world, on research to discover whether there is any possibility of life on nearby planets. Scientists spend a great deal of their time and resources on this question. What about living beings that are known to exist right here with us on our earth? They live in our houses and they eat and drink with us. In fact, they affect our thoughts and our hearts and even drive us to destroy our own selves and to spill one another's blood.
No price can be put on the importance of the texts of the Qur'an and authentic hadeeth that have reached us, giving us knowledge of this mattern Those texts uncover for us the secrets of these fellow-creatures: the world of the jinn.
From the moment an individual is conceived in his mother's womb, until his death and beyond, angels play a part in human life. Angels bring forth the soul of the dying and they bring comfort or inflict torment in the grave. An angel will sound the Trumpet on the Last Day, and angels will be present on the Day of judgement until they accompany people to their ultimate destination in Paradise or Hell.
Almost all human cultures, ancient and modern, have some kind of belief about angels. The pre-Islamic Arabs believed them to be daughters of the Almighty. Some philosophers thought that angels were the stars in the sky. In modern times, there has been a resurgence of interest in angels, and they feature prominently in movies and other forms of popular western culture. But these myths have no role to play in the belief of the Muslim. Our beliefs are based on the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah, which tell us all we need to know about the reality of the unseen, including the world of the angels. In this book, Dr. Umar S. al-Ashqar draws on the sources of Islam to give us a comprehensive picture of who the angels are, their role in the universe and their interaction with mankind in this world and the next.
Is it true that mankind today has reached such a level of progress that they have no need of the Messengers and their teachings? Are humans capable today of guiding themselves without referring to the methods set out by the Messengers?
The answer is No. Mankind need to know the Messenger, and the Message he conveyed. They have to believe in what he said and obey him. The only way to achieve happiness and success in this world and in the Hereafter is to follow the Messenger. By following the Messenger, man will become aware of the details of good and evil, and Allah will be pleased with him. His guidance comprises good deeds, good speech, and good morals. His speech and conduct
are the criteria against which all actions are measured. Without a Messenger's guidance, man is like a fish out of water. When man abandons this guidance, then his heart is spoiled.
Since man's happiness in this world and in the Hereafter is linked to the guidance of the Prophet, one should know well the prophet's teachings and biography in order to join his true and successful followers. This comprehensive work which is full of clear proofs and evidences from the pure teachings of Islam, is an essential reading for all Muslims and seekers of truth.
CD car hanging with Ayatul Kursi and Dua Safar
CD car hanging with Kalima and Dua Safar
Ma'ariful-Hadith spread in its eight volumes is a collection of Ahadith on all topics of religion. These are then explained in lucid language by Mawlana Muhammad Manzoor No'mani. Beginning with the Hadith about the importance of intention in performance of deeds, the Book takes us through Ahadith on faith, on the duties in Islam and ends up with Ahadith on supplication.
In explaining the Ahadith the Mawlana has relied upon Mawlana Shah Waliullah for the final word.
The Ahadith are chosen mainly from Mishkat al Masabeeh but a few directly from the main books of Ahadith.
Subject headings are copiously given and the sequence of Ahadith is conducive to understanding the meaning and objective. They do not follow each other in chronological order.
We at Darul-Ishaat have the honour of now presenting the set of Ma'riful Hadith in its English translation. We have tried our best to do justice to the original work, and hope that our readers will benefit from it.
The volumes 5,7 and 8 have been translated altogether by us while the translation of other volumes is not only revised but also those Ahadith and explanations which had been omitted in the earlier work, we have translated and included them. We have also changed the terminology in the earlier translation which was not consonant with our traditions.
Mr Haque was born in Sylhet (Bangladesh) of religious parents on November 7, 1933. He graduated from the Sylhet Government High Madrasah in 1953, did his B.A. Honours in English from Dhaka University in 1958, M.A. in English from Rajshashi University in 1960 and M.A. in Journalism in 1964 from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
He did several diplomatic assignments, both in Pakistan and then in Bangladesh. His lastest diplomatic assignment was in Baghdad, Iraq, from 1973 to 1976. He also served as a Senior Director in the Central Bank of Bangladesh for seven years until he resigned in 1983 to do Da'wah work all over the world.
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