Sayings of Prophet Muhammed

• It is an obligation for every Muslim to seek knowledge.

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Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.

Fundamentals of Islam - The

Day of Judgment
The existence of life after death brings about questions such as: What is the purpose of life? Who is the Master of these lives? How can its existence be proved? What benefits would there be if such a place existed? Islam meets man’s natural needs for logical answers to these questions.
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Scholars are the heirs of the Prophets.
• • The ink of the learned will be weighed with the blood of the martyrs on the Resurrection Day; and then, the ink of the learned would be preferred to the blood of the martyrs.
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• Anyone who pursues a course in search of knowledge, God will ease his way to paradise. • The most learned of men is the one who gathers knowledge from others on his own; the most worthy of men is the most knowing and the meanest is the most ignorant. • Acquire knowledge, it enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven.

imam ali’s answer to four questions
Once upon a time, a group of scholars approached the Umar Ibn Al-Khattab and said, “We have a few questions. If we get the answers to these questions correctly, we will accept the Islamic faith. “Ask whatever you want to ask,” said Umar. They asked the following questions. 1. What are the locks and keys of heaven?
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No Choice but to Regret
Once, a group of people were traveling on rocks at night. A voice came from the sky that whosoever picks up the rocks will regret and whosoever doesn’t pick up the rocks will regret. Now, the people were confused. How can this be? Whether you pick up the rocks or not, you will regret! Anyway, some people picked up the rocks and some didn’t. In the morning when they reached their homes, they saw that the rocks turned into diamonds. Now, those people who didn’t pick up the rocks started regretting saying “If only we had picked up some rocks.” Those people who did pick some rocks also started regretting saying “Why didn’t we pick up more rocks?” Both sides ended up regretting. Dear friend, this same incident will take place with us on the Day of Judgment. Those people who spent their time in useless things will start regretting by looking at those who achieved a great position in Paradise by spending their time in the way of God. Now, those who did achieve a position in Paradise will start regretting by looking at those who did more than them and are higher in status. “Alas! If we had only done more to please God.”
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The Force of Gravity and Orbital Movements
By: Harun Yahya

No! I swear by the planets-that recede, that ride their course [and] hide themselves. (Holy Qur’an, 81: 15-16)
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Our lives are not a result of nature’s accident. Islam says that our lives have purpose. God states in the Koran that man’s purpose in this life is to prove that he is deserving of the eternal blissful life of the hereafter. Man was also created to worship God to add meaning and focus to his life. God did not create us for few years, to live, and to die. On the contrary, there is a meaning to this cycle we go through and there are consequences to our actions. God, the Master of both this world and the hereafter is also the Just and the Merciful. As a result of these two qualities it would not logically make sense for God to punish those who do good and reward those who do evil. Just like a hard working student and a lazy student can not be given the same grade for their different level of effort. An evil tyrant and a person striving to be and do good can not both enter Paradise, or Hell-Fire. Each will be given what they justly deserve according to their deeds. According to Islam, God will raise the dead after the entire universe is vanished. Then, God will fairly judge each person according to his/her deeds. That day is called the Day of Judgment. The Day of Judgment gives life its meaning. It becomes the motive and driving force that encourages people to be good and obey God. That also discourages people from doing evil as one day they may be punished for their disobedient acts. These rules are for man’s benefit. If people are kinder, more willing to help, and pious, then, life becomes a peaceful and happier place to be in. Also no act will go unnoticed and unrecorded by God. Any good acts and struggles in the way of God will be rewarded, therefore by Him. Just as our creation did not come by accident, our actions will not be overlooked. According to our deeds in this life, God, the Just and the Merciful, will fairly judge us on the Day of Judgment. This day will take place when all will be destroyed and then called back to life. On that day, the good will be rewarded and the evil punished and live in either eternal bliss or eternal punishment.

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The word “khunnas” in Surat atTakwir (Surah #81) Verse 15 bears such meanings as shrinking and cowering, retracting and turning back. The Arabic expression translated as “hide themselves” in the 16th verse is “kunnas.” The word “kunnas” is the plural form of “kanis” and refers to a specific path: entering a nest, the home of a body in motion or things entering their homes and hiding there. Again in verse 16, the word “aljawari,” the plural form of the word “jariya” which means one that moves and flows, is translated as “that ride their course.” Bearing in mind the meaning of these words, it is very likely that these verses refer to the gravitational forces of the planets and their movements around their orbits. These words in the above verses fully describe orbital movements stemming from the force of gravity. Of these, the word “khunnas” refers to the planets’

attraction towards their own centers and also their attraction towards the Sun, which is the center of our Solar System. (God knows best.) The force of gravity already existed in the universe-although it was only possible to reveal this attractive force with mathematical formulae with Sir Isaac Newton, who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. The word “aljawari” in the following verse emphasizes the orbital movements that arise as a result of the centrifugal force that opposes this attractive one. There is no doubt that the use of the word “aljawari” together with “khunnas” (attraction towards the center, shrinkage) and “kunnas” (path, entering the nest, the home of a body in motion) indicates an important scientific truth that nobody could have known about 1,400 years ago. (God knows best.) Moreover, these verses, one of the subjects sworn on in the Holy Qur’an, are another indication of the importance of the subject.

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The Roundness of The Earth
By: Harun Yahya He has created the Heavens and the Earth for Truth. He wraps the night up in the day, and wraps the day up in the night. (Holy Qur’an, 39:5) In the Holy Qur’an, the words used for describing the universe are quite remarkable. The Arabic word which is translated as “to wrap” in the above verse is “takwir.” In English, it means “to make one thing lap over another, folded up as a garment that is laid away.” For instance, in Arabic dictionaries this word is used for the action of wrapping one thing around another, in the way that a turban is put on. The information given in the verse about the day and the night wrapping each other up includes accurate information about the shape of the world. This can be true only if the Earth is round. This means that in the Holy Qur’an, which was revealed in the 7th century, the roundness of the world was hinted at. However, it should be remembered that the understanding of astronomy of the time perceived the world differently. It was then thought that the world was a flat plane and all scientific calculations and explanations were based on this belief. However, the Glorious Qur’an has employed the most definitive words when it came to describing the universe. These facts, which we could only correctly fathom in our century, have been in the Holy Qur’an for a vast length of time.
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A Feast For Clothes
Once upon a time in the Iranian city of Shiraz, there lived the famous poet named Saadi. Like most other poets and philosophers, Saadi was not a rich man. He led a very simple life. A rich merchant of Shiraz invited Saadi along with a lot of other big businessmen of the town on the occasion of his daughter’s marriage which was to be a grand affair. Saadi accepted the invitation and decided to attend. On the day of the wedding, the host and his family were receiving the guests at the gate. They were ushering all the guests towards the dining hall. All the rich people of the town attended the wedding. They had come out in best of their attires. Saadi wore simple clothes which were neither grand nor expensive. He waited in a corner for someone to approach him but no one gave him as much as even a second glance. Even the host did not acknowledge him and looked away. Seeing all this, Saadi quietly left the party and went to a shop from where he could hire clothes. There he chose a richly brocaded dress which was embroidered in gold on the margins. He selected a fancy turban and a waist-band to go with it. As he put on the hired dress and looked into the mirror, he found himself a changed person.
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Life is Like Baking a Cake

Six traits which need six qualities

A little boy is telling his Grandma how “everything” is going wrong. School, family problems, health problems, problems with friends, etc. Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake. She asks her grandson if he would like a snack, which, of course, he does. “Here, have some cooking oil.” *”Yuck” says the boy. “How about a couple raw eggs? “ “Gross, Grandma!” “Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?” “Grandma, those are all yucky!”

With this, he entered the dining hall and this time was welcomed with open arms. The host embraced him as he would do to an old friend and complimented him on the clothes he was wearing. On seeing him, he said, “And here comes our favourite poet. What took you so long, friend? We have been waiting for you for ages! How good of you to have come. The gathering would surely have been incomplete without your gracious presence!” Saadi did not utter a word and allowed the host to lead him to the dining room where other guests had assembled. Tasty dishes had been laid out on grand carpets. Saadi was offered a seat with soft cushions. The food was served in fine crockery and cutlery made out of silver. The host led Saadi by hand and himself served out the chicken soup and the fragrant rice to him. After this, something strange happened. Saadi dipped the corner of his waist-coat in the soup and sprinkled some rice on it. Addressing the clothes, he said: “This is a feast for you, you should enjoy it.” All the guests were now staring at him in surprise. The host said, “Sir, what are doing? How can your clothes eat? And why should they? To this query, Saadi very calmly replied: “My dear friend, I am indeed surprised with the question coming from you.” “Aren’t you the same person who did not even throw a look at me when I came dressed in simple clothes. I can guess that it is my clothes and appearance that matter with you, not my individual worth. Now that I have put on grand clothes, I see a world of difference in reception here. All that I can now say is that this feast is meant for my clothes, not for me.” When prophet Muhammed was preaching the message of God to mankind, he insisted on the concept of brotherhood and sisterhood. He started with the message of “Love for your brother / sister whatever you love for yourself.” Prophet Muhammed recited this verse to the Muslims “O you men! surely We have created you of a male and a female, and made you tribes and families that you may know each other; surely the most honorable of you with God is the one among you most careful (of his duty); surely God is Knowing, Aware.” (Holy Quran 49:13) to insist the concept of brotherhood and the most honorable person is not the richest but the one who does good deeds.

To which Grandma replies: “Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! God works the same way. Many times we wonder why would He let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!”

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (P.), the first successor, leader, and Imam after Prophet Muhammed (M), said: “A man came to Prophet Muhammed (M) and asked him to teach him an action so that both God, the Exalted, and people would love him, his wealth would increase, his body would be healthy, his life time would last long, and he would be raised with him (the Prophet). Then he (M.) said: These are six traits which need six qualities: 1. If you want God to love you, be afraid of Him and guard yourself against sin. 2. If you want people to love you, be benevolent to them and decline what they have in their hands. 3. If you want God to increase your wealth, then give its alms tax (20% of your yearly income which is spent on the poor and needy). 4. If you want God to make your body healthy, pay charity more frequently. 5. If you want God to prolong your lifetime, then have regard for your kinship. 6. And, if you want God to raise you with me, then do prolong your prostrations before Allah, the One, the Dominator.”
Footnotes: (P) Peace be upon Him / Refers to Angels, Prophets, Imams, and Infallible Ladies. (M) May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him and his Progeny / Refers to Prophet Muhammed Source: Safinatul Bihar, vol. 1, p.599

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2. Who was the messenger who was neither Five are the daily prayers. Six are the days their drinking place; “Eat and drink God’s of the human nor of the Jinn and who warned of creation of the heavens and earth, as per provision, and commit not evil in the earth his people? the verse of the Holy Qur’an: “And indeed acting mischievously.”(Holy Qur’an 2:60). 3. Which are the 5 beings who were created We created the heavens and the earth and When the scholars heard the replies of Imam without the aid of ovaries? what is between them two, in six periods Ali (P) they said, “We bear witness that there 4. What are one, two, three, four, five, six, and touched us not any fatigue.” (50:38). is no god but Allah and that Muhammed (M) seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven and twelve? Seven are the seven heavens, in the light of is His Messenger and that you, Ali (P), is the Umar Ibn Al-Khattab thought over these the Qur’anic Verse: “And we have erected “Wasi” and successor of the Messenger of questions for a time, then said, “I do not know above you the seven strong ones.” (78:12) God as Aaron was the “Wasi” and successor the answers to these questions. I will take you Eight are those angels who bear the heavens, of Moses. to a man who is most knowledgeable in the as per the Qur’anic Verse: “And the angels commandments of God and the Holy Prophet shall be on the side of it; and above them and the greatest among us. He then brought shall bear that day `Arsh’ (the throne of the scholars to Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (P). authority). of your Lord, eight of them.” They asked the same questions to him. Imam (69:17) Nine are the nine signs given to Ali (P) answered thus: Moses as stated by God: “And indeed we “Acquisition of knowledge is 1. The locks of the heavens are beliefs in gave Moses nine clear signs (miracles); so incumbent on every Muslim.” more than one god, and its keys are the letters ask the children of Israel when he came to of “There is no God but Allah, Muhammed them, Pharaoh said to him; “Verily I deem Prophet Muhammed is the Messenger of God” you O’ Moses one bewitched.”(17:101). 2. The messenger who warned his people Ten are the ten days, i.e. God had promised 1. Accordingly, the tradition intends to state is the ant who, when Solomon’s army was Moses that he would stay on the mountain that at whatever stage of knowledge one is in, he passing by, said to his people, “Enter your of Toor for thirty days, and later added ten should strive to make further advances in life and houses so that the army may not stamp you more days to this duration, as it is stated in knowledge. The Prophet means that acquisition of out (without intention)”. So Allah states in the Qur’an.” And we made an appointment knowledge is obligatory for all Muslims, scholars as the Holy Qur’an, “Until they came to the with Moses for thirty nights and completed well as ignorant men, beginners as well as learned scholars. Whatever stage of knowledge valley of the Ants, said an ant (addressing it with ten more; “Thus was completed the man may attain, he is still like a child entering into adulthood i.e. he should learn things the other ants of the valley) O you ants’ term of his Lord, forty nights, and (before which were not obligatory for him earlier. enter into your dwellings, so that Solomon he went up) Moses said to his brother 2. The tradition implies that a Muslim can never be relieved of his responsibility of and his hosts may not crush you while they Aaron: You take my place among my acquiring knowledge. people, act rightly and follow not the path know it not.” (27:18) 3. No field of knowledge or science is undesirable or detestable in itself; for knowledge 3. The five beings that were not born of of the mischief-makers.” (7:142). Eleven is like light and so it is always desirable. The reason that some of the sciences have been ovaries are: Adam, Eve, the stick of Moses are the brothers of Joseph, son of Jacob, as regarded as “undesirable” is because of the undesirable effects they produce. which used to change into a snake, the camel the Qur’an states, “When said Joseph to 4. The knowledge which is incumbent on every Muslim to acquire is the one that of Saleh, and the sheep of Ibrahim (which his father, O’ my father; Verily I did see elevates man’s position in the next world, and that which brings him the knowledge of his was sent by Allah to become a ransom for the (dream) eleven stars and the sun and self, his Creator, Prophets, Messengers of God, elites of Islam, signs of God, doomsday, the moon, I saw them all prostrating to life of Abraham’s son Ishmael). and whatever causes proximity to God or divergence from the Almighty’s way. 4. One is Allah who has no partners, two me.” (12:4). Twelve are the Twelve water5. The levels of acquisition of this knowledge differs from person to person in are Adam and Eve, three are the substances springs manifested by the staff of Moses, as accordance with their talents, and even in the case of a particular person, the level of ( i.e. non-living matter, plants and animals), God states, “ And (remember) when Moses attainment changes with his evolution. Therefore, there is no limit to the acquisition of this four are the Heavenly books: Torah of sought water for his people; said We, `Strike type of knowledge, and no matter what level one reaches, it is still incumbent on him to Moses, Bible of Jesus, Zubur of Dawood the rock with your staff’ Then gushed out attain a higher level (this of course depends on his capacity and patience too). and the Qur’an of Prophet Muhammed (M). there from twelve springs; each people knew

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