Who is a Muslim?

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What is Islam?:

What is Islam? Who is a Muslim?

My gift to you all. An introduction to our Creator and to His Message for us all.:

My gift to you all. An introduction to our Creator and to His Message for us all.

Islam is universal :

Islam is universal Allah ﷻ : Creator/Sustainer of the Worlds Muhammad ﷺ : Mercy to the Worlds Qur’an: Guidance for all Mankind Last Word: No change till the Last Day N o compulsion on anyone to follow it

1489 years ago:

1489 years ago Alaq 96: 1 .  Read! In the Name of your Rabb, Who created (all that exists), 2.  (He) created man from a clot, 3.  Read! And your Rabb is the Most Generous, 4.  Who taught by the pen, 5.  ( He) taught man that which he knew not . The first word revealed was, ‘Read’.

And then…:

And then… Khadija bint Khuwailid (R) took him to her cousin Waraqa bin Nawfal who said: Waraqa said, “This was Al Mamoos -al Akbar, the same one who keeps the secrets whom Allah ﷻ had sent to Moses (Jibreel  ). I wish I were young and could live up to the time when your people would turn you out .”    “There has come to him the greatest Law that came to Moses; surely he is the prophet of the people.” Qur’an is the Spoken Word

What is reading?:

What is reading? La e-la-ha ill- allahu Wah -da- hu la sha-reeka-lahu So did you read that? What does it mean? So did you read it or not if you don’t know what it means? What does it mean to say, ‘READ !’?

Read, but what?:

Read, but what? The Open Book – The Universe The Book you must open…. – The Qur’an So let us read…….. To read means to understand the message

Bar-tailed godwit 11,500 km nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand in 9 days and nights:

Bar-tailed godwit 11,500 km nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand in 9 days and nights

Ruby Throated Hummingbird (Weighs 4.5 grams) :

Ruby Throated Hummingbird ( Weighs 4.5 grams)

Gulf of Mexico (500 miles – North/South):

Gulf of Mexico (500 miles – North/South ) Ruby-throated Hummingbird Flies nonstop for 26 hours and crosses the Gulf of Mexico Average speed of 25 mph (40 kmph ) its range is 606 miles (975 km)

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Al- Mulk : 67: 19 Do they not see the birds above them, spreading out their wings and folding them in? None upholds them except Ar-Rahman . Verily, He is the All-Seer of everything. أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا إِلَى الطَّيْرِ فَوْقَهُمْ صَافَّاتٍ وَيَقْبِضْنَ مَا يُمْسِكُهُنَّ إِلَّا الرَّحْمَنُ إِنَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ بَصِيرٌ

Question:

Question If you were to create an animal which had to camouflage and match texture and color exactly – which senses would you say would be critical for it?

So what’s the message?:

So what’s the message? What did we read?

يُؤتِي الْحِكْمَةَ مَن يَشَاء وَمَن يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا وَمَا يَذَّكَّرُ إِلاَّ أُوْلُواْ الأَلْبَابِ :

يُؤتِي الْحِكْمَةَ مَن يَشَاء وَمَن يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا وَمَا يَذَّكَّرُ إِلاَّ أُوْلُواْ الأَلْبَابِ  Baqara 2: 269 .  He grants  Hikmah   (wisdom) to whom He pleases, and he, to whom  Hikmah (wisdom)  is granted, is indeed granted abundant wealth. But none remember (recognize the signs) except people of understanding.

Islam invites us to reflect:

Islam invites us to reflect And to have wisdom in our approach

What is the Qur’an? :

What is the Qur’an? How does it work?

The Qur’an :

The Qur’an Literal Word of God – Speech of Allah ﷻ Spoken Word – First listened to before being written and read It entered the heart and changed lives It speaks of the Glory & Majesty of Our Creator – of His Mercy & Forgiveness – of His Love and our meeting with Him Introduction, Invitation, Challenge – A Message of Love

Why do we exist?:

Why do we exist? Dhariyaat 51: 56.  And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone ). 57 .  I seek not any provision from them (i.e. provision for themselves or for My creatures) nor do I ask that they should feed Me (i.e. feed themselves or My creatures ). 58 .  Verily, Allah is the All-Provider, Owner of Power, the Most Powerful. Ya’abudoon is also Ya’arifoon We worship Him because we recognize Him

How to do that?:

How to do that? A’al Imraan 3: 31.  Say (O Muhammad  to mankind): “If you (really) love Allah then emulate me (Qur’an & Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful .” Emulating the Prophet ﷺ is worship It’s result is the love of Allah ﷻ .

So who is Allahﷻ?:

So who is Allah ﷻ ? He introduced Himself

Glory & Majesty:

Glory & Majesty Baqara 2: 255 .  Allah! La ilaha illa Huwa  (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither dozing, nor sleep overtake Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter . And they will never have anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His  Kursi  extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. 

His Glorious Attributes:

His Glorious Attributes Hashr 59: 22 .  He is Allah , other than Whom there is  nobody worthy of worship. The All-Knower of the unseen and the seen (open). He is the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. 23.  He is Allah, other than Whom there is nobody worthy of worship. The King, the Holy, the One Free from all defects, the Giver of security, the Watcher over His creatures, the All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glory be to Allah! (High is He) above all that they associate as partners with Him. 24.  He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. To Him belong the Best Names . All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.

Allahﷻ the One :

Allah ﷻ the One Ikhlaas 112: 1.  Say (O Muhammad ﷺ ): “He is Allah, (the) One .” 2. “ Allah-us- Samad  (The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need). 3. “ He begets not, nor was He begotten; 4. “ And there is none equal or comparable unto Him .”

We worship Allahﷻ:

We worship Allah ﷻ The One Who is free from all constraints The One Who is not like us in any way The One Who created and was not created The One who forgives anyone who asks The One whose Mercy overcomes His anger The One to Whom we will all return Because only He is worthy of worship

What did He say to us?:

What did He say to us? This defines our relationship

Direct address:

Direct address Ta-ha 20: 14   “Verily ! I am Allah! La ilaha illa Ana (none has the right to be worshipped but I), so worship Me, and establish   As- Salat   (The Prayer) for My Remembrance .” Because the relationship is One-to-one

He welcomed the seeker:

He welcomed the seeker And promised His help

Our connection is direct:

Our connection is direct Baqara 2: 186   And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near. I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be rightly guided. We ask and He answers

His forgiveness, infinite:

His forgiveness, infinite Zumar 39: 53   Say : “O! Ibadi  (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful .” All we have to do is ask

Those who know Him:

Those who know Him وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِ اللّهِ أَندَاداً يُحِبُّونَهُمْ كَحُبِّ اللّهِ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلّهِ  Love Him above all else Baqara 2: 165   And of mankind are some who take (for worship) others besides Allah as rivals (to Allah). They love them as they love Allah. But those who believe, love Allah more (than anything else).  

Love defines the relationship:

Love defines the relationship Taqwa means to fear to offend the One we love above all else Taqwa is the highest expression of love and connection with Allah ﷻ More the love, more the Taqwa T he connection is called Taqwa

Deuteronomy: 6:

Deuteronomy: 6 Hear, O Israel: The  Lord  our God, the  Lord  is one. Love the  Lord  your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength . The message is always the same

His Messenger:

His Messenger Muhammad ﷺ

Why was he sent?:

Why was he sent? Al-Anbiya 21: 107 And We have sent you (O Muhammad) but (only) as a mercy for the  A’alameen   (all that exists). The essence of Mercy is forgiveness

What was his message?:

What was his message? قُلْ إِنَّمَا يُوحَى إِلَيَّ أَنَّمَا إِلَهُكُمْ إِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ فَهَلْ أَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ Al-Anbiya 21: 108.  Say (O Muhammad ): "It is revealed to me that your  Ilah  (God) is only one  Ilah  (God - Allah). Will you then submit to His Will (become Muslims)?"

Good character:

Good character  “I have only been sent to perfect good moral character.” [ Musnad Ahmad]    “Nothing weighs heavier in the balance on the Day of Judgement than good character. Allah ﷻ hates that which is wanton and base.” [ Trimidhī   & Abī Dāwūd ] Islam teaches us how to live in this world

Faith empowers:

Faith empowers Esa (Jesus)  said to his A postles: “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there ,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible .” Taqwa is about developing this faith

Islam is a reminder:

Islam is a reminder It’s not something new

What’s the Legacy:

What’s the Legacy o f Muhammad ﷺ and how does it help me?

What is his legacy?:

Qur’an and Sunnah – Message & Method Forgiveness of Allah ﷻ to be reflected in forgiveness on earth between people Charity as an act of worship Egalitarianism – brotherhood of mankind and of faith (Not only of Faith) A legal system before which there is absolute equality between Muslim and non-Muslim, rich and poor, powerful and powerless What is his legacy?

What is his legacy?:

Complete equality in rights of people with no distinction between Muslim and non-Muslim Rights for women that they don’t have to this day even in the so-called Free World A Constitution (first such document in history) which guarantees equal rights for everyone irrespective of faith An unparalleled example of personal life as a guidance to all humankind What is his legacy?

Complete equality:

Complete equality No discrimination

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ :

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ  Hujuraat 49: 13 .  O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may recognize one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has  At-Taqwa. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.

And the Prophetﷺ said..:

And the Prophet ﷺ said.. “He is not of us who advocates the cause of racial discrimination, he is not of us who fights in the cause of racial discrimination and he is not of us who dies in the cause of racial discrimination.” (Abu Dawud ) Nationalism is not patriotic. It is racism

Of men and women:

Of men and women Complete equality in all respects

وَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِنَ الصَّالِحَاتَ مِن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَى وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَأُوْلَـئِكَ يَدْخُلُونَ الْجَنَّةَ وَلاَ يُظْلَمُونَ نَقِيرًا :

وَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِنَ الصَّالِحَاتَ مِن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَى وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَأُوْلَـئِكَ يَدْخُلُونَ الْجَنَّةَ وَلاَ يُظْلَمُونَ نَقِيرًا  Nisa 4: 124 .  And whoever does righteous good deeds, male or female, and is a true believer in the Oneness of Allah, they will enter Jannah (Paradise) and not the least injustice, even to the size of a  Naqira   (speck on the back of a date-stone), will be done to them.

إِنَّ الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ وَالْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَالْقَانِتِينَ وَالْقَانِتَاتِ وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالصَّادِقَاتِ وَالصَّابِرِينَ وَالصَّابِرَاتِ وَالْخَاشِعِينَ وَالْخَاشِعَاتِ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقِينَ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقَاتِ وَالصَّائِمِينَ وَالصَّائِمَاتِ وَالْحَافِظِينَ فُرُوجَهُمْ وَالْحَافِظَاتِ وَالذَّاكِرِينَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتِ أَعَدَّ اللَّهُ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًا :

إِنَّ الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ وَالْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَالْقَانِتِينَ وَالْقَانِتَاتِ وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالصَّادِقَاتِ وَالصَّابِرِينَ وَالصَّابِرَاتِ وَالْخَاشِعِينَ وَالْخَاشِعَاتِ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقِينَ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقَاتِ وَالصَّائِمِينَ وَالصَّائِمَاتِ وَالْحَافِظِينَ فُرُوجَهُمْ وَالْحَافِظَاتِ وَالذَّاكِرِينَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتِ أَعَدَّ اللَّهُ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًا 

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Ahzab 33: 35 .  Verily, the Muslims men and women, the believers men and women, the men and the women who are obedient (to Allah), the men and women who are truthful (in their speech and deeds), the men and the women who are patient, the men and the women who are humble (before Allah ), the men and the women who give Sadaqat   (charity), the men and the women who fast, the men and the women who guard their chastity and the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward.

Marriage:

Marriage Husbands & Wives

وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ أَنْ خَلَقَ لَكُم مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَزْوَاجًا لِّتَسْكُنُوا إِلَيْهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَكُم مَّوَدَّةً وَرَحْمَةً إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ :

وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ أَنْ خَلَقَ لَكُم مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَزْوَاجًا لِّتَسْكُنُوا إِلَيْهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَكُم مَّوَدَّةً وَرَحْمَةً إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ  Rum 30: 21 .  And among His Signs is this, that He created for you spouses from among yourselves, that you may find tranquility in them, and He put between you affection and mercy. Verily, in that are indeed signs for people who reflect.

Treatment of wives:

Treatment of wives “ The best among you is the best towards his wife, and I am the best of you to my wives . ” (Ibn Majah ) “ The most complete of the believers in faith, is the one with the best character. And the best of you are those who are best to their women . ” ( At- Tirmidhi )

To have hope :

To have hope When all around us is despair

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What remains today?:

What remains today? 1.5 billion people across nations, nationalities, races and geographies who love him and believe in him and accept his message Even if they have to die because of that

Treatment of non-Muslims:

Treatment of non-Muslims When Muslims are in authority

Treatment of non-Muslims:

Treatment of non-Muslims Rasoolullah ﷺ warned Muslims in authority:   “If any man oppresses a non-Muslim or tries him beyond his strength, I will be the advocate for the oppressed before Allah ﷻ .”    

Charter of Privileges in 628 C.E to the monks of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai.:

Charter of Privileges in 628 C.E to the monks of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai. “ This  is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far; We are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims' houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God's covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate . No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants violated. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world ).” English translation from ‘Muslim History: 570 – 1950 C.E.’ by Dr. A. Zahoor and Dr. Z. Haq , ZMD Corporation. P.O. Box 8231 – Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8231 – Copyright Akram Zahoor 2000. P. 167.

Treaty of Omar ibn Al Khattab:

Treaty of Omar ibn Al Khattab “In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. This is the assurance of safety which the servant of God, Umar, the Commander of the Faithful, has given to the people of Jerusalem. He has given them an assurance of safety for themselves, for their property, their churches, their crosses, the sick and healthy of the city and for all the rituals which belong to their religion. Their churches will not be inhabited by Muslims and will not be destroyed. Neither they, nor the land on which they stand, nor their cross, nor their property will be damaged. They will not be forcibly converted .”  

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She’s surrendering because she thinks the camera is a gun

To have mercy:

To have mercy When we have been brutalised by cruelty

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After Malik al- Kamil , Salahuddin Ayyubi’s nephew defeated the Franks during the Crusades, Oliverus Scholasticus praised the Islamic laws of war, commenting on how al- Kamil supplied the defeated Frankish army with food. They left us benchmarks

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“Who could doubt that such goodness, friendship and charity come from God? Men whose parents, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, had died in agony at our hands, whose lands we took, whom we drove naked from their homes, revived us with their own food when we were dying of hunger and showered us with kindness even when we were in their power.”   ~ Oliverus Scholasticus

To stand for justice:

To stand for justice When that is a capital crime

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Nisa 4: 135.        O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even though it is against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector of both (than you). So follow not the lusts (of your hearts) so that you may not be unjust and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do.

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Harvard Law School quoted this Ayah of the Qur’an as one of the greatest expressions of justice in the world . https ://www.cair.com/press-center/american-muslim-news/12359-harvard-recognizes-quranic-verse-as-one-of-the-greatest-expressions-of-justice.html

Stop injustice:

Stop injustice Abu Sa`id Al- Khudri  reported: Rasoolullah ﷺ said, “Whoever amongst you sees an evil, he must change it with his hand; if he is  unable to do so, then with his tongue; and if he is unable to do so, then with his heart (he must hate it in his heart); and that is the weakest form of Faith.” [ Muslim ]. Because the silence of the good is the best aid to the evil

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Cowardice asks the question - Is it safe? Expediency asks the question - Is it politic? Vanity asks the question - Is it popular? But conscience asks the question - Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular….. But one must take it because it is right .

To be concerned :

To be concerned About problems that don’t directly affect us

Criterion for the Best:

Criterion for the Best A’al Imraan 3:110 You are the best of people selected for the benefit of the people The Prophet ﷺ said, “The best of people is the one who is the most beneficial to the people.”

Spread Peace:

Spread Peace The Prophet ﷺ said: O! you people, spread peace, feed people, be kind to your relatives and pray at night when others are asleep, and you will enter Jannah (Paradise) safely. [ Tirmidi , Ibn Majah ] Because only actions deliver results

Are Islamic values of….:

Are Islamic values of…. Love Responsibility Accountability Equality Mercy Justice Compassion Courage Worth struggling for in today’s world?

Does Islam still have relevance?:

Does Islam still have relevance? Does Islam make sense?

For conversation:

For conversation www.mhmic.org

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