They are finally here! The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah (the last month of the Islamic calender).
Most people are unaware of the great importance of this month (No, it isn’t important and sacred to only those who have gone to perform Hajj) and miss out on the immense reward one can gain during it.
Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence.
The hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam – practices required of all Muslims.
Read more on Hajj: http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/184/fifth-pillar-of-islam/
Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) has mentioned about it in the Quran in Surah Al-Fajr:
“By the dawn.
And by the ten nights…” [89:1-2]
Allah swears an oath by them, and swearing…
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There is so much talk about this book and how often is it that we are swept away with the opinion of others. In this blessed month of Ramadan, Bayyinah dedicated an hour from each night to explain portions of the first chapter of the Quran, of which only the last few days are remaining.
Ever since I was little, I have always been attracted towards gaining knowledge. Right now, I have discovered something so incredibly good, that I have no words to explain it. I’m not sure how many of you know of the speaker Nouman Ali Khan. He is one of those people who seem very down to Earth, yet when they speak, the words strike your heart. These are the rare people who are blessed with beautiful speech.
I need to point out here that is undoubtedly the content I am attracted to. There is so much that I learned about the Quran in half an hour that I haven’t in years. I am a non-Arabic speaker and it is only right to understand/learn the information by someone who knows it and studies it well. Believe me when I say that I sincerely want good for you. There is a saying in Islam, “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]
These lectures are for everyone and anyone who wants to understand the Quran. Each lecture is about an hour long but you can watch as much as you like and return to it later (this is what I do as I find more convenient). Even a few minutes of the lecture are so knowledgeable that you will, God willing, leave with something good.
You can watch the episodes from day 1 to 23 archived here on http://livestream.com/bayyinahtv
The rest will be uploaded in the coming days.
A most amazing and insightful book, The Quran leads the way to Science (by Harun Yahya), proves that Religion and Science are compatible. The reason being, that religion provides accurate and definitive answers as to how life and the universe came into being. As such, if initiated upon a proper foundation, research will reveal the truths regarding the origin of the universe and the organization of life, in the shortest time, and with minimum effort and energy.
As stated by Albert Einstein (considered one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century), “science without religion is lame”, which is to say, that science, unguided by religion, cannot proceed correctly, but rather, wastes much time in achieving certain results, and worse, is often inconclusive.
In this book, you will not find, as in some other books, the personal views of the author, explanations based on dubious sources, styles that are unobservant of the respect and reverence due to sacred subjects, nor hopeless, doubt-creating, and pessimistic accounts that create deviations in the heart. It is a clear and insightful read.
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“Behold! In the creation Of the Heavens and the Earth, and the alternation Of Night and Day – There are indeed Signs for men of understanding.” [Al-Quran 3:190]
Please find the link to a pdf version of the book at the end of this post.
With a broad select of topics included like Astronomy, Physics, Geography, Geology, Oceanology, Biology, Embryology, Botany, Zoology, Medicine, Physiology and General Science, you are sure to find your subject of interest.
It also shares the views of many well known Scientists on the topic of Religion. Here is another extract from the book:
Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
Considered the greatest scientist who ever lived, Newton was both a mathematician and a physicist. His greatest contribution to science was his discovery of the law of universal gravitation. He added the concept of mass to the relation between force and acceleration; introduced the law of action and reaction, and put forward the thesis that a moving object will continue moving in straight line at a constant speed unless acted on by a force. Newton’s laws of motion remained applicable for four centuries, from simplest engineering calculations to the most complex technological projects. Newton’s contributions were not limited to gravity, but also extended to the fields of mechanics and optics. Discovering the seven colors of light, Newton thus laid the ground for a new discipline, namely optics.
In addition to his groundbreaking discoveries, Newton wrote critical essays refuting atheism and defending Creation. He supported the idea that “creation is the only scientific explanation”. Newton believed that the mechanic universe, a gigantic clock working non-stop, in his analogy, could only be the work of an all-powerful and all-wise Creator. Behind Newton’s discoveries, which changed the course of the world, was his desire to come closer to God. Newton investigated the objects of God’s creation to know Him better. To this end, he devoted himself to studies with great energy. Newton communicated the reason underlying his zeal for scientific endeavor with the following words, in his famous work Principia Mathematica:
…He (God) is eternal and infinite, omnipotent and omniscient; that is, his duration reaches from eternity to eternity; his presence from infinity to infinity; he governs all things, and knows all things that are or can be done. He is …eternal and infinite; …he endures and is present. He endures forever, and is everywhere present; and, by existing always and everywhere, he constitutes duration and space… We know him only by his most wise and excellent contrivances of things… [W]e reverence and adore him as his servants…
(Sir Isaac Newton, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, Translated by Andrew Motte, Revised by Florian Cajore, Great Books of the Western World 34, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Editor in chief, William Benton, Chicago, 1952:273-74)
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Please find the link to a pdf version of the book The Quran leads the way to Science below:
I truly hope that this book benefits you. Thank you for reading through till the end.
This incredible event, features some of the smartest thinkers in the worlds of psychology, business, wellness, and productivity. We’re talking New York Times bestselling authors like David Allen, Shawn Achor, Tom Rath, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, Marshall Goldsmith, not to mention the 20 other experts in the lineup.
They’re revealing their strategies for getting things done. And incredibly, they’re doing this for FREE.
Click here to register.
I was made aware of this program through the Productive Muslim. It is an amazing (FREE) online event that has the potential of being super beneficial. It’s going to run for a total of 10 days and today is day 8.
If you don’t already know about it, please do go and check it out. They have some amazing speakers who have great advice for people from all fields.
Here are just some of the many fascinating topics they’re covering:
How to write the perfect To Do list
How to eat like a mental athlete
How to think like a creative genius
How to build smarter habits
How to get more sleep
How to deal with toxic colleagues
How to eliminate distractions
How to beat procrastination
How say “No” to anyone, including your boss
How to multiply your time
Day 8 – Tuesday, January 12, 2016
12:00pm EST: David Rock on How to Listen Like a Leader
1:00pm EST: Peter Bregman on Improving Your Performance in 18 Minutes a Day
2:00pm EST: Rory Vaden on How to Multiply Your Time
Tomorrow, they’re going to be discussing ways you can grow your income (and your influence) without leaving your job.
We’ll get to meet 3 experts:
- Carrie Wilkerson, author of The Barefoot Executive, will walk us through how to start a business while working for someone else.
- John Lee Dumas, host of Entrepreneur On Fire, will explain how you can grow your network through podcasting.
- Chandler Bolt, author of Book Launch, will tell us how self-publishing a book can transform your career.
Each interview will be only available for 24 hours. So quickly head off and make the most of it!