Quotes from Man and the Universe: An Islamic Perspective by Dr Mostafa Al Badawi


I have just completed reading Dr Mostafa Al Badawi’s Man and the Universe: An Islamic Perspective. As I was reading I took out a series of potent and piercing quotes that I posted on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I have compiled and listed all of these quotes below under one post for easy reading [Apologies as I didn’t note down the page numbers as I went on].

‘How accurately this describes the Muslims of today: insignificant, weightless, carried by the tides of the times, lacking the moral fibre to accomplish whatever is required, jumping enthusiastically down every lizard hole that the non-believers care to dig for them.’

‘Western civilisation is the inevitable last stage in human degeneracy. The downward trend has been progressing for thousands of years, but its acceleration has now become insane.’

‘People are mentally imprisoned in the tangible world and this is precisely the dimension that the Imposter (Dajjal) will be able to master and he shall show them such wonders in that they will readily accept whatever claims he shall wish to make.’

‘The norm in Islam is thus the Sunna of the Prophet, may God’s blessings be upon him, and that of the Companions and Followers. The Sunna represents the very perfection of human behaviour and anything less than that is considered abnormal.’

‘Spiritual courage is to wage war against one’s egotism and to resist ones appetites.’

‘A good recent example of how Muslims wage war is Bosnia. The Bosnian Muslims were massacred, buried in mass graves, tortured, starved in concentration camps, and their women were raped. They never retaliated in kind. None of the war criminals under trial are Muslim. The Bosnians, being a traditional Sunni, Hanafi community, knew instinctively that to behave like animals meant relinquishing the honour of belonging to the community of Muhammad, may God’s blessings and peace be upon him.’

I would recommend the above book to anyone who would like to get a general perspective of the Islamic World View as the book is short, succinct and provides a good overview. 

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09 Sha’ban 1433 | Hadith of the Day | The Son of Adam will only be satiated by Earth (i.e Death)


The Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“If the son of Adam possessed a valley full of gold he would want to have two valleys, yet his mouth will only be filled by earth. Allah turns towards those who turn in repentance.”

[Agreed upon – Taken from Riyadh As-Salihin]

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Benefit Dependancy and Work Ethics amongst Muslims


‘And We made the night and the day two signs. Then We effaced the sign of the night and made the sign of the day sight-giving; that you may seek bounty from your Lord, and that you may know the number of years and the reckoning, and everything We have detailed very distinctly.’ [Qur’an 17:12]

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “It is better for one of you to take a rope and bring a faggot of firewood on his back and sell it so that Allah gives him what he needs than for him to ask people who then give to him or refuse.” [Bukhari] Continue reading Benefit Dependancy and Work Ethics amongst Muslims

07 Sha’ban 1433 | Hadith of the Day | Reward of Spending on Your Family


The Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“Out of a dinar which you spend in the way of Allah and a dinar which you spend on freeing a slave and a dinar which you give to a poor person and a dinar which you spend on your family, the one with the greatest reward is the one which you spend on your family.”

[Related by Muslim – Taken from Riyad As-Salihin]

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06 Sha’ban 1433 | Hadith of the Day | On Mercy


The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“Those who are merciful have mercy shown them by the All-Merciful One (Ar-Rahîm): ‘Show mercy to those who are on earth, then He Who is in heaven will show mercy unto you.’”

[Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi – Taken from Living Islam website]

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05 Sha’ban 1433 | Hadith of the Day | Everyone has a share of the reward for good deeds


The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“When a woman gives in charity some of the foodstuff (which she has in her house) without spoiling it, she will receive the reward for what she has spent, and her husband will receive the reward because of his earning, and the storekeeper will also have a reward similar to it. The reward of one will not decrease the reward of the others.”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari]

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02 Sha’ban 1433 | Hadith of the Day | Deeds are presented to the Lord in Sha’ban


Usama ibn Zaid (May Allah be pleased with him) reports that:

He asked the Prophet (May Allah bless him and grant him peace): “Messenger of Allah, I have seen you fasting in the month of Sha’ban so frequently that I have never seen you fasting in any other month.” The Prophet (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) replied: “That (Sha’ban) is a month between Rajab and Ramadan which is neglected by many people. And it is a month in which an account of the deeds (of human beings) is presented before the Lord of the universe, so, I wish that my deeds be presented at a time when I am in a state of fasting.”

[Related by Al-Nasa’i – Taken from Mufti Taqi Uthmani’s article on Sha’ban]

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01 Sha’ban 1433 | Hadith of the Day | On Fasting in the Month of Sha’ban


Â’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said:

“The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allâh fasting for an entire month except in Ramadân, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’bân.”

[Narrated by al-Bukhârî, Muslim]

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Moon Sighting Report – Sha’ban 1433


Assalamu ‘Alaikum,

Today marks the 1st of Sha’ban 1433. There were positive moon sighting reports from Morocco and South Africa last night and therefore the month of Sha’ban has now commenced.

May Allah grant us a long enough life span to meet the month of Ramadan with open arms insha Allah.

Sources:

http://www.wifaqululama.co.uk/home/274-sighting-of-the-hilal-for-shabaan-1433.html 

http://www.moonsighting.com/1433shb.html 

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27 Rajab 1433 | Hadith of the Day | Pray in the prescribed times and then go to meet your needs


The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said to Abu Dharr (RA):

“Observe prayer at its prescribed time, then go (to meet) your needs, and if the Iqama is pronounced, and you are present in the mosque, then observe prayer (along with the congregation).”

[Sahih Muslim]

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