Aqeedah (Theology), Dawah/Non-Muslims

Traces of Shirk (Polytheism) in Judaism

Despite the claim of the Jews that they are upon pure monotheism, they have fallen into polytheism in a number of ways.  Their polytheism is spread across all three well-known categories of Tawheed.  The Jews have been repeatedly rebuked by God and His Messenger (pbuh) for failing to worship God alone without any partners. Polytheism in God’s Lordship – A group among the Jews took the Prophet Ezra (pbuh) as the son of God just as the Christians took Prophet Jesus (pbuh) as the son of God.  God Said in the Quran: And the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the…

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Dawah/Non-Muslims

Islamic Polygyny vs Western Mistresses

Once in a while I come across certain non-Muslims who love to pick on the topic of polygyny, having multiple wives at a time, in Islam.  And as expected, they attack the religion with it and try to show how degrading Islam is towards women by allowing him to be with more than one woman in a marriage.  However, if someone were to really think about this topic in detail, you would realize how hypocritical and misinformed the west is towards this particular issue. Polygyny in Islam There is no doubt that Islam allows up to four wives maximum at a…

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Dawah/Non-Muslims

Jesus’s Concept of Divinity Adopted From Paganism?

The Vatican was built upon the grounds previously devoted to the worship of Mithra (600 B.C.). The Orthodox Christian hierarchy is nearly identical to the Mithraic version. Virtually all of the elements of Orthodox Christian rituals, from miter, wafer, water baptism, alter, and doxology, were adopted from the Mithra and earlier pagan mystery religions. The religion of Mithra preceded Christianity by roughly six hundred years. Mithraic worship at one time covered a large portion of the ancient world. It flourished as late as the second century. The Messianic idea originated in ancient Persia and this is where the Jewish and…

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Biography

Why Ibn Taymiyyah Focused on Principles of Islam

Umar bin Ali al-Bazzar narrates that Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah be Pleased with him) wrote a lot about the principles of Islam as opposed to the branches of it. I asked him about this, and requested that he write a Fiqh book compiling all of his chosen and preferred opinions to be a main reference for issuing verdicts. So, he said: “The branches of the Religion are easy to understand, and it is allowed for whoever follows one of the scholars to simply act on his fatwa as long as there is nothing to make him believe the fatwa to…

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Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

The Heart is Never Void of Thoughts – Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

When you reject an idea that comes to you, that which is after it would be rejected. But when you accept it, it would be a wandering thought, then it would prey upon the will, and with the help of the thought, they would use the body. If it is difficult to be used, they would both turn to the heart with hope and lust, and you would direct it to what is desired. It is a well known fact that reforming ideas is easier than reforming thoughts, and reforming thoughts is easier than reforming will, and reforming will is…

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Seerah (Prophet's Life)

Only Human Ever Killed by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) With His Own Hands

Many people accuse the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) of killing many people with his own hands, however, the reality is that it is not reported anywhere that he ever killed anyone with his own hands except what follows in the incident below in self defense during the battle of Uhud. Ibn Ishaq related that: “When the Messenger of Allah [pbuh] was going up the hillock, he was followed by Ubai bin Khalaf who was saying: ‘Where is Muhammad [pbuh]? Either I kill him or I will be killed.’ The Companions of Muhammad [pbuh] said: ‘O Messenger of Allâh, do you mind…

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Akhlaaq (Manners)

Reduce Socialization and Choose the Right Friends

The following is an excerpt taken from the book The Manners of the Knowledge Seeker by Abu ‘Abdillah Muhammad Sa’id Raslan People have always been greatly divided over the issue of mixing and seclusion. So, some went with the opinion that one should always mix with the people, and some went with the opinion that one should always seclude himself from the people, and everyone is satisfied with his point of view. And Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have Mercy on him) touched upon this issue and clarified the dispute, saying: “This issue – even though the people have…

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