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This verse is from The Holy Quran; chapter 2, verse 201.
This verse is from The Holy Quran; chapter 2, verse 201.
For those who would like to know why the Arabic word Allah is preferred to the English word God in Islam, please refer to this previous post.
‘The best of supplications is the supplication on the day of ‘Arafah and the best which I and the Prophets before me have said (is):
‘None has the right to be worshiped except Allah, alone, without partner. To Him belongs all praise and sovereignty and He is over all things omnipotent.’’
Abu Productive, from Productive Muslim, sent me an email this morning introducing a productive game which motivates you to increase your good deeds. He wanted people to try it before their free webinar, What Hajj Teaches Us About Barakah, goes live tomorrow at 12:00 PM (Central Time). Abu Productive will be sharing what the story of Ibrahim/Abraham (PBUH) teaches us about Barakah. If you haven’t registered already, please do, you will gain much more than you expect In sha Allah (God willing).
So, what is Barakah?
Imam Al-Raghib has a beautiful definition for Barakah, he says that:
If Allah attaches Divine Goodness to your money.. you might have little money but you help so many people with it.. or perhaps you’re a rich person and Allah attaches Barakah to your wealth, and you do even more good! (Think of Uthmaan Bin Affan (RA) who was a wealthy companion of the Prophet and who did so much good with his wealth!)
If Allah attaches Barakah to your home, to your family, to your work… you’ll see increase and benefit from them! How beautiful is that!..
Click barakahgo-a4-printable to download the BarakahGo Sheet!
Here’s how the game works
You have 21 sources of Barakah and your goal is to tap into as many of these sources Barakah as you can before our webinar tomorrow on the lessons of Hajj & Barakah (If you haven’t registered for the webinar, register here).
I’ll ask those who attend the webinar session LIVE tomorrow; how many of the sources of Barakah they were able to collect in 24 hours? The one with the highest number will get this cool new poster from the ProductiveMuslim Store on the 21 Sources of Barakah!
Hope that you earn tons of good deeds in these blessed days of Dhul-Hijjah. All the very best!
P.s. The marriage piece in the printout is for attending a marriage, you don’t have to get married to check it off ❤
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.
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.
“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:
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…
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.
Arabic is not my native language, but I definitely love it; both written and spoken. I truly admire those who choose to pursue this language. It is quite difficult and requires an amazing level of dedication.
Today I was trying out different styles of Arabic calligraphy by writing out a part of a favorite verse from the Quran (Holy Book). You need a proper set of tools, including good quality ink and specific paper (some master calligraphers make their own!). But since I didn’t have those, I tried with a broad-tipped pencil instead.
This style is called Ruqaa:
The full verse, with translation, is:
Do you find Arabic interesting? Have you ever tried learning this language? Do you have a favorite calligrapher? I’d very much like to hear your views and experiences and gain some pointers on the subject.
You can see the various different styles by numerous talented artists here.