- 1. Life of a Human Being
- 2. Rich of the World
- 2A. Worldly Asset Limits and Accountability
- 3. Rich of Akherat
- 3A What is a Good Deed?
- 3B. Asset Accumulation Process
- 3C. No Limits
- 3D. Pre-Conditions of Acceptance of Deeds
- 4. Roadmap to Heaven
- 4A. First STOP
- 4B. Proceed if Conditions are Fulfilled
- 4C. Second STOP
- 4D. Third STOP
- 5. Proceed Now after 3 STOPS
- 5. Relative Load Factors of Good Deeds
- 5A. Frequent Deeds
- 5B. Major Deeds
- 5C. Sadqa-e-Zaria
- 5D. Worldwide Da’wah
- 5E. Why Da’wah is Highly Paid?
- 5F. Super Deeds
- 6. How to Avoid Bankruptcy in the Life Hereafter
- 7. How to Get Sins Converted into Good Deeds
- 8. Calculate your Asset Before You Leave this World
- 9. Areas of Fine Tuning (Extra Enhancement)
- 9A. Intercession by Rasul
- 10. Rich Levels of Heaven
- 11. After Entry to Heaven
- 12. Where Do you Stand?
- 13. Last Word
- 14. Make Your Move NOW
- 15. Sources [S’s]; [M’s]; [P’s] Reference
Table of Contents:
If you want to be a rich person (with lots of good deeds) in the life hereafter, you need to plan accordingly. Nothing happens automatically in this world. Each of us works very hard to achieve our goals and objectives for a short life. Similarly, each of us need to work very hard and need to do whatever possible and necessary for the eternal life where we have to live forever. Allah can give guidance to whomever He wants. He can forgive anyone He wants. However, He has defined certain guidelines and formats. If you sincerely try and follow those guidelines, Allah will consider them, can forgive you and let you go to heaven. Since the stakes are so high in such a short time, it is wise to do your best with minimum flaws and defects. Then it is more likely that Allah will consider your sincere efforts and reward you accordingly. As a Muslim, one of our fundamental beliefs is fate/decree. Each of us should get whatever is destined for us in this world. This is fixed. In Akherat, opportunities are unlimited. There are no limit or restrictions. You decide your goals and objectives. You can achieve whatever you are shooting for. Allah and Rasul says clearly [S1*, S2] (*see all Sources at the end of the book.). In this little book, steps are shown to avoid pitfalls, comply with acceptable conditions, choose the best Deeds, generate maximum assets, minimize loss for Akherat so the person can be rich, and get the best deal from Allah in the hereafter.
1: Life of a Human Being
The life of a human is very short (0-120 years maximum). Even if you live 120 years, 40 years will go to sleep, 40-50 years on work, worry, stress, tension, etc. You are left with basically 30-40 years to enjoy the assets if you are not sick. However, if you compare your eternal life, this comfort is negligible. The Day of Judgment itself is 50,000 years. So your 120 years life is in fact 3.4 minutes, your comfort life is only 1 minute [S3-6]! You should think seriously: how much of your energy, time, resources and talent should be devoted to the worldly affairs as compared to Akherat [S7]? If you think you are too smart to take care of this worldly affairs, how smart you should be for Akherat?
Day of Judgment Bridge
Time after the Day of Judgment is only the beginning. It is forever. If you can go to heaven, you are lucky, everything is set for you. If you go to hell even for a second, you will not be able to tolerate the punishment. It is very severe for a human. Now think, how will you stay there for years, millions or billions of years?. Sometimes, we are afraid to take a little shot, asks the nurse to use a thinner/smaller needle quickly. How will this fragile human body tolerate those severe punishments!!!
2. The Rich of this World
A person in this world can be very rich such as a millionaire or billionaire depending on his/her assets/savings/net worth:
Asset can be acquired/increased by the following ways…
- Inheritance such as property, companies, minerals, etc.
- High profession: Entrepreneur, Doctor, Lawyer, Actor, Inventor, Scientist, Sports player, Investor, Corporate Executives, Future Commodities Trader, Wall Street Trader, etc.
- Good business person with good planning, strategy, hard work, some luck, etc.
- Politicians with legal/Illegal earnings.
- Income from various illegal ways and means.
- Cut your losses and run. This is used by investors everyday. If you cannot increase your profit, you change business, profession, job, etc to something better for MORE Return On Investment (ROI).
2A: Worldly Asset Limits and Accountability
Even if you are a millionaire or billionaire in this world, you have the following difficulties/limitations:
- Always worry to protect/keep them for this short life (0-120 years)
- You lose your ownership of assets as soon as you die. In some instances, you can lose before death. You don’t have to wait for death to lose.
- Cannot take ANYTHING with you at the time death.
- Cannot benefit you in the life hereafter rather you have to give account for every single cent (how you earned, how you spent) [S8]. A poor person with similar good deeds will enter heaven 40 years AHEAD of a rich person.[S9]. Make your decision wisely.
- The more worldly possessions you have, you will have stricter accounting on the Day of Judgment besides worldly IRS worries.
- If your assets are used on unislamic things even after you leave, you are responsible. The reverse is also true.
3. The Rich of Akherat
A rich person in Akherat is the one who has net positive good deeds. His/her deeds are more than sins/loss. This will be established on the Day of Judgment by measuring on the balance.
The Rich of Akherat
3A. What is a Good Deed?
A good deed is defined as any action (small or big), which is an order of Allah and is done according to the way of Rasulullah (SAW). [S10]
3B: Asset Accumulation Process
Assets can be accumulated by different Deeds. Deeds can be small such as making nafl salat, to big such as giving Da’wah or going for Jihad. Each Deed has a certain reward. Beyond Fard (compulsory) actions, be selective to pick any deed, which gives MAXIMUM rewards from Allah.
3C: No Limits
There is no limit of how much assets you can to acquire. In fact the people of heaven will feel sorry (not for anything except) for the time spent in this world without any Deed. [S11]
3D: Pre-Conditions of Acceptance of Deeds
Any deed will be acceptable to Allah if these 5 pre-conditions are met:
Pre-Conditions of Acceptance of Deeds
#: Not 51% as some misconception. Do not gamble with your Akherat.
- Must be a Muslim (must believe in Allah, Last Messenger -Muhammad, Qur’an, Last day, etc.) [S12-13]
- Belief in the ONENESS of God without associating partners with Him, this is a MUST EVEN if you are a Muslim) [S14-17]
- Eat legal (only 100% Halal, not 51%) food. No good deeds are acceptable to Allah if your food is haram. You are responsible for this without any excuse. [S18-19]
- All deeds according to Qur’an and Sunnat [S20]
- Intention of 100% for the satisfaction of Allah ONLY) [S21-24]
4. Roadmap to Heaven…..
4A. First Stop
First STOP here: If you do not meet these 5 conditions, do not proceed any further. You must qualify to start; otherwise you will waste your time and energy!!! Since Muhammad (SAW) is the last Messenger from the Same God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, you must accept the truth revealed and brought by Muhammad (SAW) . Otherwise you cannot qualify to go to heaven. This is a prerequisite. You cannot rely or believe on any other holy books, any other prophet.
Since 610AD (after Muhammad (SAW) became LAST prophet) till the last day of this world, the only acceptable religion to Allah is the final/latest religion, Islam brought by Muhammad (SAW) through the final holy revealed book: Qur’an. If you believe in any other religion, any other old holy book, you MUST switch to Islam [25-28]. See all holy verses from the SAME God in Qur’an to verify. Life after death is forever whether one goes to heaven or hell. You should accept the truth as soon as possible and act accordingly to buildup your assets. The example is like this: if a person is illegal in the USA (no status), he can stay illegally without being caught for many years, but his duration of stay is not counted towards his status. On the other hand if he is legal (say a green card holder), after 5 years, he can qualify to become a US citizen. In the same manner, if you do not meet those five conditions, none of your good deeds are acceptable to Allah. You can pretend or hope without any guarantee. So, before your account of good deeds starts ticking, make sure you meet these 5 conditions. This is your responsibility. Each person is individually responsible. No one can help you. Only your acceptance of TRUTH and good deeds will help. You should check them NOW, not before your death, not on the Day of Judgment. You cannot come back. It is a one-way street.
4B: Proceed if Conditions are Fulfilled
Are you ready now? Did you fix those 5 conditions? If you are sure, then proceed. This checking should be done for the rest of your life. You are responsible, and you have to face it on the Day of Judgment; do not rely or make any compromise from any person’s rulings. It is you who must face the consequences. You must be 100% sure. In this world you need to be 100% sure on many things before you proceed such as---valid passport, valid air ticket, valid driver’s license, etc, to name a few. When police stops you for speeding, you can’t say, I did not see the speed limit sign. It is your responsibility to know before you drive. Dealing with Allah must be taken seriously. You cannot fool Him. You cannot by-pass Him. You cannot avoid Him. You will face Him sooner or later. The stakes are very high for eternity. You cannot come back to this world to do it again after you find out that you are wrong on the Day of Judgment!!! Check and test here now.
4C. Second Stop
The Second stop is for people to avoid those conditions, which Allah and Rasul (SAW) said that if anyone does such act, they will NEVER enter heaven, hell fire is a MUST for him/her. None of us should be in those situations. If you fall in these categories; your good deeds cannot help or simply will not be counted. Here are some of them:
- Eat Haram, Dress haram, Body nourished with haram [S29-30]
- Acquire Knowledge (Ilm) for worldly gain. [S31]
- People with Arrogance in Heart [S32]
- Breaks Ties with Relatives [S33]
- A Tale Spreader [S34-35]
- Wrongfully Acquired a Muslim’s Belongings no matter how small it may be. [S36]
- Did not perform Hajj though he had Means to do so. [S37]
- Cheater [S38]
- One who boasts about his/her Sadaqa [S38]
- Prayer not Accepted if Zakat is not paid. [S39]
- Disobeyed Rasul (SAW) [S40]
- Harm Neighbor. [S41-42]
- Abuse a Muslim. [S43-45]
- One who is in charge on people but cheated/deceived people [S46]
- Avaricious (extreme desire for wealth) person. [S38, 47]
- Most hated to Allah - One who quarrels and argues the most [S48]
4D. Third STOP: Major Sins [See M’s]
Allah says: If you avoid the major sins, which you are forbidden to do, We shall remit from you your (minor) sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance (Paradise). (An-Nisa:31)
- 1. Associate partners in worship with Allah. [M01]
- 2. Swear by others than Allah. [M02]
- 3. Commit illegal sexual intercourse. [M03]
- 4. Practice sorcery [M04]
- 5. Abandon salat. [M05-7]
- 6. Kill such life, which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause.
- 7. Eat usury. [Riba]
- 8. Eat property of orphan.
- 9. Show one’s back to the enemy.
- 10. Accuse chaste women who never think of anything touching their chastity and are good believers.
- 11. Refuse to pay Zakat. [M08-9]
- 12. Break Fast. [M10]
- 13. Deny Hajj despite having ability to perform. [M11]
- 14. Give forged statement and false testimony. [M12].
- 15. Break ties of kinship. [M13-14]
- 16. Adultery, Fornication. [M15]
- 17. Sodomy/Homosexuality. [M16-18]
- 18. Riba/Usury. [M19-20]
- 19. Eating up the property of an Orphan. [M21]
- 20. Telling lies against Allah and His Rasul. [M22-24]. This also includes saying illegal act as legal in Islam.
- 21. Fleeing from battlefield during fighting. [M25]
- 22. A treacherous Ruler to his people. [M26]
- 23. Pride, Arrogance and Self-Conceit. [M27-28]
- 24. Drinking Intoxicants (Alcohol). [M29]
- 25. Gambling. [M29]
- 26. Accuse Chaste Women (of adultery). [M30]
- 27. Ghulul (taking some of the booty before the leader divides it among the participants in the war). [M31]
- 28. Stealing. [M32]
- 29. Banditry. [M33]
- 30. Al-Yamin Al-Ghamus (False Oath). [M34-35]
- 31. Injustice or Oppression. [M36-37]
- 32. Al-Makas. [M38]
- 33. Commit Suicide. [M39-40]
- 34. Telling Falsehood (Lying). [M41]
- 35. Judging by Laws other than those Allah has decreed. [M42-44]
- 36. Taking Bribe for Passing unjust Judgment. [M45-46]
- 37. Men and Women imitating one another. [M47]
- 38. The Cuckold and the Pimp. [M48]
- 39. Not cleaning one’s private parts after Urinating. [M49].
- 40. Slander. [M49]
- 41. Branding/Marking an Animal in the Face. [M50].
- 42. Conceal Islamic Knowledge. [M51-52]
- 43. Al-Muhalil and Al-Muhalal. [M53]
- 44. Betrayal (Treason). [M54-55]
- 45. Treachery. [M55]
- 46. Al-Mannan (one who reminds others that he is generous, benevolent, etc). [M56]
- 47. The Man lowers his garments below his anklebone. [M57]
- 48. Disbelief in Divine Preordainment. [M58]
- 49. Spying on Others. [M59-60]
- 50. Cursing. [M61-62]
- 51. Consulting or Believing Soothsayers. [M63]
- 52. Recalcitrance (violation of Marital duties) on the Part of the Wife [M64- 65]
- 53. Use Statues and Photos of Living Things. [M66-67]
- 54. Bewailing the Deceased. [M68]
- 55. Arrogance and Oppression. [M69-70]
- 56. Encroaching (cruelty) upon the Weak, or your wife, or your Maids and Servants, or your Domestic Beasts and Animals. [M71-72]
- 57. Annoying the Neighbors. [M73]
- 58. Annoying the Muslims. [M74]
- 59. Attack A Muslim’s Honor Unjustly [M75]
- 60. Eating and Drinking out of Gold or Silver Utensils. [M76]
- 61. Wearing Silk by Men. [M77-78]
- 62. Wear Gold by Men. [M79]
- 63. Offer Sacrifice (slaughter) for Others than Allah. [M80]
- 64. The Slave Running away from his Master. [M81]
- 65. Denying One’s Father or lineage. [M82]
- 66. Cheating in measure and Weight (when selling to others). [M83]
- 67. Feeling Safe from Allah’s Guile. [M84]
- 68. Eating Dead animals, Blood and the Flesh of Swine. [M85]
- 69. Abandoning Congressional Salat in the Masjid with Special Reference to Friday Salat. [M86-89]
- 70. Calling a Muslim ‘Kafir’ (Disbeliever). [M90]
- 71. Cursing the Prophet’s Companions. [M91]
- 72. Wearing Tattoos and Wigs by Women. [M92]
- 73. Pointing a Weapon at a Brother in Faith. [M93]
- 74. Backbiting. [M94]
- 75. Changing a Landmark. [M95]
- 76. Innovating an Evil Practice (Bidah) in Islam. [M96]
Paradise is a Must
- 1. Died during Jihad or during Da’wah [S49-50]
- 2. Love and Visit for Allah. [S51]
- 3. Take care of Tongue and Private Parts. [S52]
- 4. Sound Hajj [S53]
- 5. Generous [S47]
- 6. Whoever defends a Muslim’s honor [S54]
- 7. Take care of your parents [S55]
- 8. An Woman whose Husband is Pleased with Her. [S56]
Rasul’s Neighbor in Heaven
- 1. One who gives Da’wah
- 2. Poor but Religious
- 3. One who brings up an Orphan [S57]
- 4. Love for Rasul (SAW) [S58-60]
- 1. Simple people [S61]
- 2. Weak, not harsh in dealings and behavior [S61]
- 3. Moderate and soft [S61]
- 4. People consider him/her unimportant [S61]
Part of Paradise
- Riazul Jannah. [S62-63]
People of Hell (Characteristics)
1. Non-believer; 2. Miser [S61]; 3. Insolent [S61]; 4. Arrogant [S61]
Constantly Seek Knowledge (High Rewards)
- 1. Best Amongst you he who is either teaching Qur’an or leaning [S64]
- 2. Learning a chapter of knowledge is better than 1,000 rakats of nafl salat. [S65]
- 3. One Faqih is more powerful than 1,000 devout worshippers. [S66]
- 4. Seek knowledge and spread [S64-68]
Highly rewarded Deeds
- 1. Da’wah [S69-97], Jihad. See details later…
- 2. Zikr [S98-106]
- 3. Best Zikr- recitation of Qur’an [S100]
- 4. Visit a Sick Muslim [S107]
- 5. Recite D’ua in Market [S108]
- 6. Help a Muslim [S109-111]
- 7. Treat Daughters well 
Very Heavy Deed on Scale
- 1. Good Manners [S113]; 2. Zikr [S102]; 3. Help Muslim [S109-111]
Strong Person for Action
- 1. Controls anger [S114]
Poorest person on the Day of Judgment
- 1. Violator of Rights. [S115]; 2. Lot of Negative balance/Asset
First Deed to be checked on the Day of Judgment
- 1. Salat [S116]
Major Loss in Akherat
- 1. Violation of Rights [S115];
- 2. Backbite [S117-118];
- 3. Owe money, land, etc [S115]
Good Deeds without Rewards from Allah
- 1. Deeds done with Haram Food [S29-30]
- 2. Without Intention for Allah [S24]
- 3. Deeds for worldly gain [S1]
- 4. Incorrectly Performed Deeds.
Foolish People of Earth
- 1. Sacrifice Akherat for worldly gain. [S119]
- 2. Prefer to Associate with Rich people than Religious people
Defuse Allah’s Anger
- 1. Give Sadaqa [S120-122];
- 2. 2. Seek Istegfar;
- 3. Keep Masjid Alive/Active with Deed
4E: Proceed Now after 3 STOPS
Proceed Now after 3 STOPS
- After you have crossed these 3 stops, you are clear to proceed. [S122]. From now onwards, any of your good deeds insallah will be counted and rewarded accordingly. These deeds can be small or big. [S20].
5: Relative Load Factors of Good Deeds
- Relative Load Factors are rough estimates, not actual or absolute values. Use as a reference only. Estimate is based on the amount of (a) TIME, (b) EFFORT/SACRIFICE, and (c) BENEFIT to MUSLIM COMMUNITY as compared to Fajr Salat. Use these numbers as guidelines.
5A: Frequent Deeds
- Tahajjud~ 0.5 each, Any Nafl salat ~ 0.1 each, ~ 200/year (average)
- Daily Qur’an/Zikr: ~ 0.5/day ~ 200/year (average)
- Qur’an complete: ~ 300-500 (depends on accuracy in reading)
- Family Take Care: ~1,000-2,000/year (depends on need, difficulty)
- Halal earnings Efforts: ~1,000-2,000/year (depends on hardship)
- Prayer at Masjid: 27 TIMES [S126] as compared to home. If you can choose
Five Pillars of Islam
*Kalema Tayyeb: ~ 0.1 (one time recitation)
*Salat: Fajr-1, Zohr-2, Asr-1, Maghrib-1.5, Isha-2, Witr-0.5 ~ 4,000/yr
*Fasting: 10/day ~ 300/year [S123]
*Hajj: ~1,000-2,000 (first time), 200-300 (later times) [S124]
*Zakat: ~ 200-500/year (minimum efforts for rich) [S125]
* These deeds are compulsory for a Muslim regardless of price tag.
Proceed Now after 3 STOPS
* [S72]; **Depends on your strong belief, sincerity, etc. [S71].
Important Tip: You may not be able to go to Jerusalem, Madinah, Makkahh, but you have the option from anywhere in the world to get comparable/more rewards (**) with Da’wah. Details discussed later.
5B: Major Deeds (Community based* activity gets higher rewards)
- Help a Muslim: ~ 3,000-5,000
- Solve dispute between Muslims: ~ 3,000-5,000
- Help an Orphan: ~ 5,000-7,000 (Depends on type, how needy). [S57]
- Serve parents: ~ 5,000–7,000 [S55]
- Hafez of Qur’an: ~ 10,000-20,000
- Jihad in the path of Allah: ~ 100,000-500,000
(Try to help a Muslim = 10 years of I’tekaf @ Masjid-e-Nabawi
= Hell-fire distances 8.5 million years away) [S109] (Reward for
ACTUAL help = Allah Knows)
(Depends on type of issue, # of Muslims involved, etc) [S127]
(Depends on how old they are, how much need, etc)
(Takes 10 persons of his/her family with him/her to heaven
if followed Qur’an on halal and haram). If you are not a
Hafez, make one of your children, grandchildren.
(Straight into heaven without any reckoning)
* Equal rewards from all people for any Deed initiated.
5C: Sadqa-e-Zaria (Local) (Community based)
- Build Hospital/Vocational Training for Muslim: ~ 5,000-10,000
- Build Masjid: ~ 10,000-50,000
- Start Elementry Madrasa: ~ 10,000-20,000
- Start Islamic School: ~ 10,000-20,000
- Start Darul-Uloom: ~ 40,000-50,000
(Depends on size), ~ 1/patient/visit
(Depends on size, # of people praying), ~ 2/Musallin/day
(Depends on size, type and level of education), ~ 300-500/Student
(Depends on size, type and level of education), ~ 300-500/Student
(Depends on size, type and level of education), ~ 500-1,000/student
5D: Worldwide Da’wah (Universal) (Community based)
- Write an Islamic book: ~ 10,000-50,000
- Start Da’wah Center: ~ 500,000-700,000
- Going out for Da’wah: ~ 10,000-50,000
- Fikr and Concern for the welfare of Ummat: ~ 100,000-1,000,000
(Depends on type of knowledge, # of circulation, benefits to # of Muslims, etc)
(Depends on size, activities), 5,000-10,000/Dayee
(Depends on # of days, activities, Sphere of influence, Depth of knowledge, areas covered, fikr and concern for Deen, etc.).
(Depends on fikr, Depth of knowledge on the condition of Muslims, how much you are actually doing about it, etc.).
5E: Why is Da’wah Highly Rewarded?
- Da’wah is called the Mother of all Deeds. When Da’wah is active in an area, other activities grow such a more Masjids, more Musallins, more Madrasas, more Islamic schools, more Daul-Ulooms, More Hajis, more Zakat, etc. Rasul (SAW) said to give Da’wah even if you know a single ayat of Qur’an [S69]. Rasul (SAW) is the Last Messenger and his prophethood is for the entire universe till the last day of the world. As Muslims, we must do Da’wah, which he left with us to continue.
- Let us calculate (estimate) some rewards to see how much Allah is willing to pay you for Da’wah. See few references. [S69-97]
- All Deeds are multiplied by up to 700,000 times. [S71]
- One Morning or Evening in the path of Allah is better than the world and all that it contains. [S70]
- Headache in the path of Allah forgives all past sins. [S77]
- No other deed can be better than Jihad itself in getting Allah’s closeness. [S50]
- The hell-fire smoke cannot come in contact with the Dayee. [S88-90]. This means he/she can’t go to hell.
- Lailatul Qadr (LQ) (during Ramadan) =1,000 months of good deeds. [S128]. In Makkah it is 100,000 times increased = 100,000,000 months of good deeds, which equals 8.3 million years. A person goes for Da’wah for a short time (say few hours) gets more than 8.3 million years of good deeds. [S73]. You don’t have to wait for Ramadan to find LQ or go to Makkah to get more. You can get more rewards throughout the year from anywhere simply by going for Da’wah. No one can beat that price!!!
- A person who stays home with his family and perform all kinds of good deeds throughout his/her life. He/she generates big assets. The second person goes for Da’wah for a short time (say few hours) will earn more than the first person. [S74].
- These are few examples. You can’t compete with a Dayee (gives Da’wah) nor can you catch him/her with any Deed! You need to go yourself to get such big rewards. These rewards are available for anybody, anytime, anywhere. For details of Da’wah, see Reference-1, Chapter-C.
Calculate (estimate) some rewards
Multiply your Rewards (as much as you want) Through Da’wah Forever…..
5F: Super Deeds
- Engage yourself in Da’wah most of the time.
- (Highest rewards).
- Combine and perform several Deeds together. For example:
- Make your own combination, which fits your situation. Be smart. Allah’s treasure is unlimited. Take as much as you want. Get engaged every moment. The idle brain is the devil’s workshop! Never be without any action. Never be contented with what you are doing for Akherat. Budget your time and plan ahead of time.
- Parallel Processing: If you are not in Da’wah, then choose the Next Best Deed, which is usually community based; or choose several of them. I know one Dayee who does 5 things at the same time all the time such as: Talking on the phone giving Da’wah, writing a letter, faxing the letter, responses to email, fikr and concern for Muslims in mind while doing everything, looking at the conditions of Muslims worldwide in the headlines, etc. This is just an example. You can be very innovative and with the help of Allah you can accomplish many things at the same time. That is how the Barakat of time and money works. It is said that people use only 5% of their brainpower. 95% is sitting idle. You can do many things more than what you actually do. Make your own package and act accordingly. Then try to add more and do it. Think deeply, twine them to optimize activities.
- Look at the activities of Rasul (SAW) during 23 years. How much he accomplished in so many areas so quickly and left. The mind is a terrible thing to waste. It has unlimited potential. There is always room for Da’wah + Da’wah Center Development + Write an Islamic Book improvement on what you are doing. You have to open your mind and see…find them, cut them, sort them, organize them, streamline them, update them, record them……..continuously. [S129]
- Intentions: If you cannot find anything to do during any moment, still you can generate lots of Deeds. You can make lots of Intentions on good deeds [S21-24, 130], plans on good deeds, fikr for ummat, ponder on how can you participate in Da’wah, help Muslims, etc. This was the fikr and concern of Rasulullah (SAW) all the time. [S129]
- Prepare: If you have absolutely nothing to do, then exercise; build your body and soul. Do not oversleep or overeat or be a couch potato. Get prepared for Da’wah next moment, go to masjid. The Sahabas used to raise horses and camels with intentions to use them for Jihad.
All deeds described in 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D, and 5E are defined as individual Deed load factors. You cannot always perform all these Deeds all the time. If you want to maximize your asset of accumulation (greedy for Akherat), then you can do Super Deeds like the followings.
6: How to avoid Bankruptcy in the Life Hereafter
See for yourself in the table below how costly it is to pay in the Day of Judgment. If you use this formula, calculate yourself: how many rakats of salat you have in your life (assuming you comply with Stop#1, 2 and 3 to start accumulating) and if you owe someone a few dollars, all your life’s salats will be needed to pay in Akherat!!!
Worldly Debt you can pay in Akherat with Salat
*Assume you prayed daily 5 salats, Ramadan Tarawih, Eid, nafl, etc. from age 10, you can generate ~ 13,000 rakats/year. Real numbers will vary Debt ~ 750 rakats of Salat ~ 25 Days Salat slightly from person to person. From the table it shows that: if you are 25, you will need all your salats to pay off $8 worldly debt and so on. Now think about the violation of other bigger rights and how you will pay since you just used up your salat!!!
Think of other violation of rights, backbiting, etc, and how you will pay for them. See [S117-118] for details on backbiting.
7. How to Get Sins Converted into Good Deeds?
There are some instances when Allah will exchange your sins with good deeds. You can do it in this world, not hereafter. Try to perform those Deeds. Here are some examples…
How to Get Sins Converted into Good Deeds?
8. Calculate your Asset Before You Leave this World
Many people are busy performing good deeds, active in Islamic activities, running Masjids, Madrasa, etc. They fail to eat halal (these days it is very difficult) foods, mix halal with haram constantly without thinking of the consequences, and randomly violate rights…. and think that they will go to heaven. May Allah help us.
9: Areas of Fine Tuning (Extra Enhancement)
If you are doing the following things…
Then….you are on the right track. You can take certain steps besides going for Da’wah/Jihad to enhance your prospect for better Akherat. Here are a few items; if you adopt them, your opportunities will be much higher; you will be better off on the Day of Judgment. These are highly desirable. Most of the friends of Allah are careful in these small details.Control-eating, sleeping. Do less and less, only selective food, no junk food. Remember 1/3rd of your life is here. You can save a lot.
9A. Intercession by Rasul (SAW)
On the Day of Judgment, Rasul (SAW) will plead to Allah for each of his follower’s forgiveness; he will serve water from House-e-Qauser well. Any person who drinks that water will never feel thirsty until he/she enters heaven. Angels will stop some people who were his followers but did not care about the Deen/Islam and were busy with their own worldly business. When Rasul will hear about this, he will say: go away, go away. Where will you go? Some people will receive his intercession.
10: 10 Rich Levels of Heaven
There are 8 heavens with various levels. To show you how to achieve higher levels of heaven, the following 10 levels are defined. Only Allah knows all the levels. You can envision these levels to see how to advance. These are based on historical prospective. Use as reference.
1. Highest Level: Jannatul Ferdous. Rasul’s (SAW) Heaven
2. Sahaba/Companions of Rasul (SAW)
3. Tabeyee – who saw Sahaba in their lifetime.
4. Tabe Tabeyee – who saw Tabeyee in their lifetime.
5. Great Scholars/Imams with significant contributions to Qur’an, Hadith, Fiqh, etc.
6. Mujaddid/Reformer – who helped to establish the basic beliefs during times of confusion, misunderstanding, Distortion, etc.
7. Scholars with significant contributions to Islamic explanations, clarifications, Da’wah activities, etc.
8. Friends of Allah who devoted their life for Islam, preaching, etc.
9. Ordinary poor people with good Deeds.
10. Last person to enter Paradise. [S85].
At the present time, most of us are facing all kinds of difficulties: weak Iman, uncertainties, confusion, halal/haram food question, nakedness everywhere, more worldly engagement, etc to name a few. We cannot change overnight nor can we change our environment quickly. There may be exception. Here are few things we should do to increase our prospect. Real results are in the hands of Allah.
11. After Entry into Paradise….
Your hard work is paid off… Read the sample description of Paradise [see P’s…]. Be familiar with Paradise where you will live forever. After you enter Paradise, you will think you have everything you needed and dreamed of…..then……
1. Allah will remove His Veil [S141] and the people of heaven will see Him Direct.
2. Allah will recite Qur’an Himself to the people of Heaven.
3. Allah will come to your Heaven and Pat your back to tell you that you don’t worry any more; you can live in heaven forever! This is the HIGHEST reward of Allah: ASSURANCE.
12. Where Do You Sand?
Here is your Roadmap to Heaven…..
13. Make Your Move NOW…
Whatever is discussed in this book, will only benefit someone who will believe in the unseen, work smart, and be prepared for the unseen hereafter. Heaven and Hell are real. It is coming soon. Get ready NOW
Here are your checklist…….
14. Last Word
Caliph Harun-ur-Rashid (SAW) was passing through the streets of Baghdad with his wife and soldiers. There was a man in Baghdad named Bahlul. He was an ordinary person. People used to think he was a crazy person. Actually he was a friend of Allah. He stood on the side of the street and loudly said showing a torn piece of paper: Is there anyone who wants to buy heaven? Caliph did not bother to respond. But his wife asked Bahlul: How much is it? When he said some price, she took off her precious necklace and gave it to Bahlul to buy his paper. Bahlul took the necklace, sold it and distributed to the poor. Caliph was annoyed with this and rebuked her for her stupidity to buy a piece of torn paper with her precious necklace. She kept quite. At night, Caliph saw a dream: he was walking in a very beautiful garden, and then he saw a very beautiful palace in the garden. He saw his wife through the window inside the palace. He went to the door and asked her to open for him. She said: you cannot enter because it is mine, I bought it from Bahlul. Caliph started crying, his eyes were filled with tears. He woke up and saw his pillow got wet with his tears. In the morning, Caliph called for Bahlul. Bahlul came and said: are you going to punish me? Caliph said: I want to buy your heaven. Bahlul said: I cannot sell any more. You already saw it. Caliph said: How can I buy one? Bahlul said: Firm belief in the unseen Truth.
15. Sources [S’s]
S01. Whoever desires the harvest of the hereafter, We grant increase in his harvest and whoever desires the harvest of this world we give him the fruit thereof but there is no portion for him in the hereafter. (As-Shura:20).
S02. When my followers will begin to adore worldly benefits, their hearts will be deprived of the dignity and love of Islam and when they stop preaching of truth and preventing transgression, they will be deprived of the blessings of the revelation and when they will abuse each other, they will fall from the esteem of Allah. (Tirmidhi).
S03. Rasulullah (SAW) said: If the world was worth a mosquito’s wing to Allah, He would not have given the disbeliever even a sip of water (Tirmidhi).
S04. By Allah! This world compared to the Hereafter is like one of you dipping his finger in the ocean and then observing the quality of water on it. (Muslim).
S05. When the People of Paradise have entered Paradise and the People of the Fire have entered the Fire, death will be brought and will be placed between the Fire and Paradise. And then, it will be slaughtered, and a call will be made (that), 'O people of Paradise, no more death! 0 people of the Fire, no more death.' So the people of Paradise will have happiness added to their previous happiness, and the people of the Fire will have sorrow added to their previous sorrow. (Bukhari)
S06. Your (ordinary) fire is one of 70 parts of the (Hell) Fire. Someone asked, "O Allah's Messenger! This (ordinary) fire would have been sufficient (to torture the disbelievers)." Allah's Messenger said, "The Fire (Hell) has 69 parts more than the ordinary (worldly) fire, each part is as hot as this (worldly) fire." (Bukhari, Muslim).
S07. Three follow the dead, two return and one remains with him. His family, his wealth and his deeds follow him whereas his family and wealth return and his deeds remain with him. (Muslim).
S08. On the Doomsday on one will be able to move either of his steps till the reckoning is completed and 5 questions are not answered properly: 1. How he spent his life, 2. How his youth was spent, 3. How his wealth was earned, 4. How his wealth was spent, 5. How much he acted on the knowledge he had. (Tirmidhi).
S09. Once Rasul (SAW) prayed to Allah: O Allah! Keep me poor in life and give me death in poverty and raise me with the poor on doomsday. When Aisha asked the reason of such prayer, Rasul (SAW) replied that the poor would go to paradise 40 years before the rich men. (Meshkat).
S10. Hadith Qudsi: When Allah had created paradise, He said to Jibrail (Alaihis Salam): Go and visit it! So he went and saw it, returned, and submitted O my Rab! By Your Might and Honor, none shall hear about it except that he shall (strive to) enter it! Then (Allah) surrounded it with adversities (adherence to Sariah, which at times is against personal desires) and ordered: O Jibrail! Go and visit it (again). So he went, saw it, and returned; then submitted: O my Rab! By Your Might and Honor, indeed I fear that none shall (be able to) enter it! Then, Rasulullah said: When Allah created the Fire (of hell), then He said: O Jibrail! Go and visit it! So he went and saw it, returned, and submitted: O my Rab! By Your Might and Honor, none shall hear about it except that he shall (strive to) avoid it! Then (Allah) surrounded it with carnal desires, and ordered: O Jibrail! Go and visit it (again)! So he went, saw it, and returned, then submitted: O my Rabb! By your Might, Honor, and Majesty; I fear that none shall (be able to) avoid it! (Abu Dawud).
S11. Those who are admitted into paradise will not regret over anything of this world, except the time spent without zikr in their life. (Tabarani, Bayhaqi).
S12. A villager came to Rasulullah (SAW) and said: Guide me to a deed, by doing which I shall enter paradise. Rasulullah replied: Worship Allah and do not ascribe any partner to Him, and establish the obligatory salat, and pay the obligatory Zakat, and fast in Ramadan. The villager replied: By Him in Whose Hand my life is, I shall not add anything to it. When he had turned away, Nabi said: Anyone who wishes to see a man from among the people of paradise, he may look at this man. (Bukhari).
S13.Hadith Qudsi: Nabi (SAW) (SAW) narrated: When the people of Paradise will have entered Paradise, and the people of the Fire will have entered the Fire, Allah Ta’ala will say: Take out from it whosoever had in his heart Iman equal to the weight of a mustard seed. Accordingly, they will be taken out from the Fire, blackened (by it). They will be cast into the River of Life from where they shall sprout afresh, as a seed sprouts on the bank of a torrential stream. Have you not seen how it comes out yellow and curved? (Bukhari).
S14. Kalima Tayyab: There is no worthy of worship except Allah, Muhammad (SAW) is His Messenger.
S15. Kalima Sahadat: I testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and I testify that Muhammad (SAW) is Allah’s worshipper and Messenger.
S16. Iman-e-Mufassal: I believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, in the Day of Judgment, Fate-good and bad is from Allah and life after death.
S17. Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him, but He forgives except that to whom He wills; and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin. (An-Nisa:48).
S18. Halal and Haram Definition
Halal + Haram = Haram (any %)
Halal food with Animal ingredients = Haram.
Bread, cookies, ice-cream, etc with animal ingredients = Haram
Illegal income, Stealing, Interest, Alcohol = Haram
Meat NOT slaughtered in the name of Allah = Haram
Income from selling Haram such as Liquor, Lottery, etc = Haram
Body nourished with haram food = No good Deeds accepted.
S19. Haram Implications
S20. So whosoever does good deed equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant) shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant) shall see it. (Az-Zalzalah:7-8)
S21. Verily, all actions are but driven by intentions and for everyone is what he intended. (Bukhari, Muslim).
S22. Undoubtedly upon resurrection, people will be treated according to their intentions. (Ibne Majah).
S23. Allah has spelled out good deeds and bad ones (to the appointed angels over you). He then explained it. If any one intends to do a good deed but does not do it, Allah enters for him in His record as a complete good deed; and if he intends to do a good deed and does it, Allah enters for him in His record as 10 to 700 and many more times as much. If any one intends to do a bad deed and does not do it (because of fear of Allah), Allah enters it for him in His record as a complete good deed; but if he intends to do it and does it, Allah records it for him as one bad deed. (Bukhari).
S24. The first amongst the people against whom judgment will be pronounced on the day of Resurrection will be a martyr. He will be brought forward. Allah will remind him of His favors and he will acknowledge them. Allah Ta’ala will ask: What did you do (to show gratitude) for these favors? He will reply: I fought for You till I was martyred. Allah will say: You have lied; you fought to be called brave, so it has been said. Command will then be issued about him. He will be dragged on his face, until cast into the fire. Next, a man who had learnt and taught (religious) knowledge and recited the Qur’an will be brought forward. Allah will remind him of His favors and he will acknowledge them. Allah Ta’ala will ask: What did you do (to show gratitude) for these favors? He will reply: I learnt and taught (religious) knowledge and recited the Qur’an for Your sake. Allah Ta’ala will say: You have lied, you acquired knowledge to be called learned, and you recited the Qur’an to be Qari (reciter of the Qur’an); so you have been called such. Command will then be issued about him. He will be dragged on his face, until cast into the fire. Next a man whom Allah Ta’ala had made wealthy and to whom He had given all kinds of riches, will be brought forward. Allah Ta’ala will remind him of His favors and he will acknowledge them. Allah Ta’ala will ask: What did you do (to show gratitude) for these favors? He will reply: I left no cause in which You like money to be spent, except that I spent in it for Your sake. Allah Ta’ala will say: You have lied; you did so to be called generous, so it has been said. Command will then be issued about him. He will be dragged on his face and cast into the fire. (Muslim).
S25. This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.
S26. And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, It will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.
S27. By the time. Verily man is in loss, Except those who believe, and do good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to the patience. (Al-Asr:1-3).
S28. Whosoever does an evil deed, will not be requited except the like thereof; and whosoever does a righteous deed, whether male or female and is a true believer, will enter paradise, where they will be provided therein without limit. (Momin:40)
S29. Du’as are not accepted if earnings are haram/unislamic. Qur’an says: O you who believe! Eat from the halal that we provided you. (Al-Baqara:172)
S30. Du’as are not accepted if you eat haram food, dress is haram and is nourished from haram.(Bukhari, Muslim)
S31. Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "He who acquires knowledge by which Allah's pleasure is sought, (and) he does not acquire it, but (acquires it) to gain worldly good, will not sense the odor of the Paradise on the Day of Resurrection." (Ibne Majah)
S32. He will not enter into paradise who has the smallest particle of arrogance in his heart. (Muslim).
S33. He will not enter Paradise who breaks ties of kinship. (Bukhari)
S34. A tell-tale will not enter Paradise. (Bukhari)
S35. The tale spreader shall not enter paradise. (Nasai).
S36. If anyone acquired what rightly belongs to another Muslim, by his (false) oath Allah has made Hell obligatory for him and prohibited his admission to Paradise. A man asked: Even, if it is a small thing, O Rasulullah! He replied: Even if it is a branch of the Arak tree. (Muslim)
S37. One who does not perform Hajj though he can afford to do so, no matter if he dies as a Jew or Christian. (Tirmidhi, Meskat).S38. Neither a cheat nor an avaricious person nor one who boasts of his sadaqa will enter the paradise. (Tirmidhi, Meshkat).
S39. Establish salat and give Zakat. One who does not give Zakat, his prayer is not accepted. (Bukhari, Meshkat).
S40. All of you will enter paradise except for those who refuse. They said: O Allah’s Messenger, who refuses? He said: Whoever obeys me enters paradise. And whoever disobeys me as refused. (Bukhari).
S41. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should be generous to his neighbor. (Bukhari, Muslim).
S42. When asked about a woman who fasted during the day and spent the night in prayer bit she would harm her neighbors. Rasul (SAW) said: She is in the hellfire. (Hakim).
S43. A Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hand the Muslims are safe. (Bukhari, Muslim).
S44. Every Muslim is inviolable to any other Muslim, his life, his wealth and his honor. (Muslim).
S45. Abusing a Muslim is wickedness and fighting against him is kufr (major sin). (Bukhari, Muslim).
S46. If Allah puts any servant (human) in charge of a people and at the time of his death he was deceiving or cheating those over who he was in charge, Allah will forbid paradise for him. (Bukhari, Muslim).
S47. Generosity is a tree in paradise. One who is generous will hold one of its branches and will enter paradise through it. Avarice is the tree of hell. One who is avaricious will hold one of its branches till it will get him entered into the hell. (Meshkat).
S48. The man who is most hateful to Allah is the one who quarrels and argues the most. (Bukhari, Muslim)
S49. Allah calls to the Home of peace (paradise), and guides whom He wills to the straight path. (Yunus:25).
S50. The deed which brings one closest to Allah ‘Azza wa Jall is to strive in the path of Allah. No other good deed can be better than Jihad itself in getting Allah’s closeness. (Bukhari).
S51. A man went to visit another person and it was said to him: Was it for some need you had with him? He answered: No. The questioner then said: Was it due to some blood relation that exists between you and him? The man said: No. The questioner said: Was it because of some bounty you have with him? He answered: No. The questioner said: Then Why? He said: I love him for the sake of Allah. The other then said: Allah has sent me to you informing you that He loves you because you love that man for Allah’s sake. Paradise has become obligatory for you. (Muslim).
S52. He who guarantees me of what is between his jaws and what is between his legs, I shall guarantee him paradise. (Bukhari).
S53. Sound Hajj has no reward except paradise. (Bukhari, Muslim).
S54. Whoever defends his brother’s honor will have Allah turn his away from the hell-fire on the Day of Resurrection.
S55. A man came to Rasulullah (SAW) and asked: O Rasulullah! Who is the most deserving of my excellent conduct and service? He replied: Your mother. The man asked: Who is next? He replied: Then your mother. The man asked: Who is next? He replied: Then your mother. The man asked: Who is next? He replied: Then your father. (Bukhari),
S56. Any woman, who died while her husband was pleased with her, will enter Paradise. (Tirmidhi)
S57. Rasulullah (SAW) said: I, and the one who brings up an orphan, will be like this in Paradise, and he pointed his forefinger and middle finger with a slight gap between them. (Bukhari)
S58. Say (O Muhammad (SAW) to mankind): If you (really) love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is OftForgiving, Most Merciful. (Al-Imran:31).
S59. A man asked Nabi (SAW) : When would be the last Hour O Rasulullah? Rasulullah replied: What have you prepared for it? He replied: I have not prepared for it with much of Salat, nor Saum, nor Sadaqah; but I love Allah and His Messenger. He said: (On the day of Resurrection) You will be with those whom you loved (in this world). (Bukhari).
S60. Whosoever sends Salawat on me once, Allah will bestow him with 10 blessings and 10 virtues will be written for him. (Tirmidhi).
S61. Should I not inform you of the people of paradise? Anyone who is weak, not harsh in dealings and behavior, but moderate and soft; people (also) consider him unimportant, (but he is so close to Allah that) if he swears by Allah, He will fulfill his words. And the dwellers of Hell are miserly, insolent and arrogant. (Bukhari).
S62. Rasulullah (SAW) said: Whoever sends me Salam near my grave, I myself can hear and whoever sends Salam from far away, those Salam are delivered to me. (Meskat).
S63. One of the gardens of Paradise lies between my house and my pulpit.
S64. The best of you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches other. (Bukhari).
S65. Rasulullah (SAW) told me: O Abu Dhar! If you go in the morning and learn a verse from the Book of Allah, it is better for you than performing 100 Rakat of salat. And if you go in the morning and learn a chapter of knowledge, which may or may nor be applicable at that time, it is better for you than performing a 1,000 Rakat of Nafl salat. (Ibne Majah).
S66. One Faqih (learned man) has more power over Saitan than a 1,000 devout worshippers. (Tirmidhi).
S67. Acquiring knowledge in company for an hour in the night is better than spending the whole night in prayer. (Tirmidhi)
S68. Indeed, among the actions and good after his death are: (i) Knowledge which he taught and spread, (ii) righteous children whom he left behind, (iii) the Qur’an which he left as an inheritance, (iv) a masjid which he built, (v) a rest house which he built for the travelers, (vi) a stream which he caused to flow, (vii) a charity that he gave from his wealth, while he was alive and healthy. For all these, he will continue to receive rewards after his death. (Ibne Majah).
S69. Convey to the people even if it were a single sentence. (Bukhari).
S70. A morning or an evening spent in the path of Allah is better than the world and all that it contains. (Bukhari).
S71. Verily, the reward of remembrance of Allah, in the path of Allah is enhanced 700 times over the spending thereof. In another narration the reward is increased 700,000 times. (Ahmad)
S72. Praying in this Masjid of mine is 1000 times better than praying in other Masjid except the Sacred Masjid and praying in the Sacred Masjid is 100,000 times better than praying in other Masjids. (Ahmad, Ibne Majah).
S73. To be in the path of Allah, for a short while, is better than worshipping on the night of Al-Qadr in front of Hajaril-Aswad. (Ibne-Hibban).
S74. Your striving in the path of Allah for a short while, is far better than your good deeds of the whole life staying with your family. (Hakim).
S75. O you who believe! Shall I tell you about a trade that will save you from a painful torment? That you believe in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad ), and should strive for the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives. That is better for you, if you but know it. (If you do so) He will forgive your sins, and enter you into gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwellings in ‘And (Eden) paradise. That is indeed the great success. (AsSaff:10-12)
S76. One who guides to something good has a reward similar to that of its doer. (Muslim).
S77. He who suffers a headache in the path of Allah, and hopes for a reward, then all his past sins are forgiven. (Tabarani).
S78. If anyone of you improves his religion, then his good deeds will be rewarded 10 times to 700 times for each good deed and a bad deed will be recorded as it is. (Bukhari)
S79. Whoever guides others to do good, his reward is like the one who does it. (Abu Dawud).
S80. Verily, the reward of offering Salat, Siyam and Zikr, in the path of Allah is enhanced, 700 times over the spending in the path of Allah. (Abu Dawud).
S81. If anyone makes a contribution towards Allah's path, 700 times as much will be recorded to his credit. (Tirmidhi, Nasai).
S82. He who helps prepare for the journey of one going in the path of Allah, for him is the same reward. And he who looks after the families of those in the path of Allah in their absence, and spends on their families, for him also is the same reward. (Tabarani).
S83. The deeds of anyone of you will not save you (from hell-fire). They said, "Even you, O Allah's Messenger? He said, "No, even I, unless and until Allah bestows His Mercy on me. Therefore, do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and worship Allah in the forenoon and in the afternoon and during a part of the night, and always adopt a middle, moderate, regular course whereby you will reach your Target (Paradise)." (Bukhari).
S84. There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) health and free time for doing good. (Bukhari).
S85. I know the person who will be the last to come out of the (hell) fire, and the last to enter Paradise. He will be a man who will come out of the (hell) Fire crawling, and Allah will say to him, 'Go and enter Paradise.' He will go to it, but he will imagine that it had been filled, and then he will return and say, 'O my Rabb, I have found it full.' Allah will say, 'Go and enter Paradise, and you will have what equals the world and ten times as much (or you will have as much as ten times the like of the world).' On that, the man will say, 'Do you mock at me (or laugh at me) though You are the King?"' I saw Allah's Messenger (while saying that) smiling that his premolar teeth became visible. It is said that he will be the lowest in degree amongst the people of Paradise. (Bukhari).
S86. We sent you not (O Muhammad (SAW) ), but as a Mercy for all creatures. (AlAnbiya:107)
S87. You who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger (Muhammad (SAW)) and render not vain your deeds. (Muhammad:33)
S88. When the dust of the path of Allah enters the body of a Muslim, Allah prohibits Hell-fire on him. (Ahmad, Tabarani).
S89. Whosoever’s feet become dusty in the path of Allah ‘Azza wa Jall; Allah ‘Azza wa Jall will prohibit those feet from hell-fire. (Ahmad).
S90. The dust of the path of Allah and the smoke of Hell can never be together in the nostrils of any Muslim. (Nasai).
S91. To be a guard a single night in the path of Allah is better than a 1,000 nights of worship standing by night and fasting in the day. (Ahmad).
S92. The example of a Mujahid in the path of Allah, is like a man who fasts, spends the night reciting the Qur’an in salat, and does not give up fasting and giving sadaqa until the Mujahid returns to his family. (Ibne-Hibban).
S93. Whoever invites towards righteousness, his reward would be equal to the rewards of all those who followed him, without diminishing their reward in any respect. And whoever invites towards wrongdoing, the sin of which he is guilty would be equal to the sins of all those who followed him, without diminishing their sins in any respect. (Muslim).
S94. Rasulullah (SAW) deputed Abdullah ibne-Rawaha on an expedition and that was Friday. His companions set out on an expedition and that was a Friday. His companions set out in the morning, but he decided to stay back and offer salat with Rasulullah, and join them later. When he offered salat with Nabi, Nabi saw him. He enquired: What prevented you from going out in the morning with your companions? He replied: I intended to offer Salatul-Jumu’ah with you and then join them. Rasulullah said: Even if you spend whatever is in the world, you will not be able to achieve the reward of those who left in the morning. (Tirmidhi).
S95. Rasulullah (SAW) came out to a man’s funeral. When the bier was laid down, Umar ibnil-Khattab said: Do not offer his funeral salat, O Rasulullah, for he was sinful. Rasulullah turned towards the people and inquired whether any of them has seen him doing any deed of Islam. A man replied: Yes; O Rasulullah! He guarded one night in the path of Allah. Rasulullah offered his funeral salat and spread dust over his grave. Then he said (to demised): Your companions think that you are one of those who will go to hell but I testify that you are one of those who will go to paradise. (Baihaqi).
S96. A young Jew, who used to serve Nabi (SAW) , fell ill. Nabi visited him and sat by his head and said to him: Accept Islam. He looked at his father, who was beside him. His father said: Obey Abul Qasim. So he accepted Islam. At this Rasulullah came out saying: All praise be to Allah, Who has saved him from the fire. (Bukhari).
S97. Abdullah ibne-‘Amr narrates that a man died in Madinah, he was one of those who were born in Madinah. Rasulullah (SAW) offered his funeral salat, then said: Alas! He would have died somewhere else other than his place of birth! The Sahabah said: O Rasulullah! Why so? He replied: When a person dies at a place other than his birthplace, he is given abode in paradise by measuring the distance from his place of birth to the place where he died. (Nasai).
S98. Verily there is a tree in paradise that a rider, traveling under its shade for 100 years, will not be able to cross it. Recite, if you wish: (in shade long extended) (56:30). (Bukhari).
S99. The one who recites 10 verses at night, is not written amongst the negligent. (Hakim).
S100. It is not permissible to have jealousy except for 2 persons: A man whom Allah has blessed with the Qur’an and he recites it during some hours of the day and some hours of the night; and the man on whom Allah has bestowed wealth and he spends (to please Allah) during some hours of the day and some hours of the night. (Muslim).
S101. Is anyone of you unable to recite 1/3rd of the Qur’an in a night? It was asked how can one recite 1/3rd of the Qur’an. Rasulullah replied: Recite: Qul huwal lahu ahad (Ikhlas:112), it is equal to 1/3rd of the Qur’an. (Muslim).
S102. Whoever says, 'Subhanallah wabihamdihi (All Glory and Praises are for Allah.) one hundred times a day, he will be forgiven for all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea." (Bukhari)
S103. There are seven persons whom Allah will cover with His Shade of Mercy on the day when there will be no other shade but His: (1) A just ruler, (2) A young man who grows up worshipping Allah, (3) A man whose heart is attached to the masjid, (4) Two men who love one another for the sake of Allah, meeting thus and separating thus, (5) A man whom a woman of rank and beauty tempts and he says : I fear Allah, (6) A man who gives alms concealing it so that his left hand does not know what his right hand spends, and (7) A man who remembers Allah in solitude with his eyes overflowing. (Bukhari)
S104. Would you like me to tell you the best of all your deeds and the purest of them to your Lord, which raises your ranks to the highest and is better for you than the spending of gold and silver (in the path of Allah), and better for you than that you encounter your enemy whose necks you cut and who cut your necks? The Sahabah replied: Yes, indeed! He said: It is the Zikr of Allah, the Exalted. (Tirmidhi).
S105. He who says (following words) in the morning 3 times, and then recites the tast 3 verses of Surah Al-Hashr (59:22-24), Allah will appoint 70,000 angels for him, who will continue to invoke blessings on him till the evening; and if he were to die that day, he would die as a martyr. And the one who recites them in the evening, he would be in the same rank. (Tirmidhi).
S106. O Abbas! O my uncle! Shall I not give you? Shall I not present you? Shall I not gift you? Shall I not tell you an action if performed, you would get ten benefits; Allah will forgive your sins, the past and the future, the old and new, (committed) unknowingly and knowingly, minor and major, secret and open? You should four Rakat reciting in each one Surah Fatiha and a Surah, and when you finish the recitation in the first Rakat, you should say 15 times while standing: Subhanallahi Walhamdulillahi wa La ilaha illallahu Wallahuakbar. Then you should perform Ruku, and say it 10 times while you are in Ruku. Then you should raise your head after Ruku and say it 10 times while standing. Then you should go down in Sajdah and say it 10 times. Then you raise your head from Sajdah and say it 10 times while sitting. Then you should raise your head and say it 10 times while sitting. That is 75 times in every Rakat. You should do that in all the four Rakat. If you can offer this (Salat-ut-Tasbih) once daily, do so; if not, then once every Friday; if not, then once a month; of not, then once a year; if not then once in your lifetime. (Abu Dawud).
S107. No Muslim who visits a sick Muslim in the morning except that 70,000 angels invoke blessings on him till the evening; and if he visits him in the evening then 70,000 angels invoke blessings on him till the morning and for him there is a garden of fruits in paradise. (Tirmidhi).
S108. He who enters a market and says the following D’ua of market, Allah will record for him a million virtues, and erases a million evils, and elevate him by a million ranks: (None is worthy of worship but Allah, Who is Alone. He has no partner, to Him belongs the dominion, and to Him Praise is due, He gives life and causes death, and He is the ever Living and Eternal, and in His Hand is all the Good, and He has Power over all things). In another narration, in place of elevating his rank by a million it is mentioned that, a palace is built for him in paradise. (Tirmidhi).
S109. Going out for a brother’s need is better than 10 years I’tikaf (confining oneself to a masjid exclusively for the worship of Allah). He who observes I’tikaf of one day for Allah’s sake, 3 trenches are placed between him and hell; each trench is wider than the distance between the earth and the sky. (Tabarani).
S110. The rights of a Muslim upon another Muslim are five: Replying to his greeting, visiting the one who is ill, following the funeral procession, responding to his invitation and responding to him when he sneezes. (Bukhari, Muslim).
S111.None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself and he dislikes for him what he dislikes for himself. (Bukhari, Muslim).
S112.Whosoever assumed the responsibility of (managing) the affair of his daughters and treated them well, then these daughters will become shield for him from the fire. (Bukhari).
S113.There will be nothing heavier on the scale than good manners. (Abu Dawud).
S114.The powerful is not he who knocks down others; undoubtedly the powerful is the one who controls himself in a fit of anger. (Bukhari).
S115. Do you know who is poor? Sahabah replied: The poor amongst us is he who has no money or property. Rasulullah explained: The poor amongst my Ummah is one, who will come on the Day of Resurrection with Salat, Saum, and Zakat, but who had abused somebody, slandered someone, usurped the goods of another person, had shed blood or beaten another person. So this one and that one will be given a part of the aggressor’s good deeds; should his good deeds fall short, before he clears what he owes then the aggrieved person’s sins and faults will be transferred from them to him; and he will be thrown into Hell Fire. (Muslim)
S116. The first among the deeds of a person to be reckoned for on the Day of Judgment shall be his salat. A person will succeed and attain his goal if his salat is accepted, and he will fail and lose badly if it is rejected. If any deficiency is found in his fard salat, Allah will say 9to the Angels): Look for any nafl salat in his account. Then the deficiency in his fard salat will be made good by nafl salat. The rest of the deeds (Fast, Zakat, etc) will be reckoned for in the same manner.
S117. When I was taken up (on the ascendance), I passed by people who had nails of copper and they were scratching their faces and chests. I asked: O Jibrail! Who are these people? He replied: They used to eat (backbite) human flesh and dishonor people. (Abu Dawud)
S118. Do you know what is backbiting? Sahabah said: Allah and His Messenger know better. He said: Saying something about your brother he dislikes. It was asked: Does the matter stand if what is said really exists in my brother? He replied: If what you say is true, then verily you have backbitten; but if it is not present in him, then you have slandered him. (Muslim)
S119. The worst of people as regards his rank in the Hereafter is he who spoils his life of the hereafter for the worldly benefit of others. (Baihaqi).
S120. Be quick in giving sadaqa as calamity and misfortune cannot jump over the sadaqa. (Meshkat).
S121. Rasul (SAW) started that to give sadaqa to a poor is only sadaqa, while giving it to a relative is 2 things – sadaqa and good treatment with a relative. (Tirmidhi).
S122. The world is a prison-house for a believer and Paradise for a non-believer. (Muslim)
S123. Everyday and night of Ramadan Allah sets free a great number of souls from hell. And for every Muslim during everyday and night there is a time when his du’a is certainly accepted.
S124. The expenses incurred during Hajj is like that incurred in Jihad; rewarded 700 times. (Ahmad, Bayhaqi).
S125. If Zakat is mixed with other wealth, it will destroy that wealth also. (Bukhari, Meshkat).
S126. Salat in congregation is 27 times greater in reward as compared to salat offered individually. (Muslim).
S127. He who has spoken untruthfully to strike reconciliation between two persons has not lied. (Abu Dawud)
S128. In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful. Verily. We have sent it (this Qur’an) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Power). And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr is? The Night of Power is better than 1,000 months. Therein descend the Angels and the Ruh (Jibril) by Allah’s permission with all Decrees. There is Peace until the appearance of dawn. (Al-Qadr:1-5).
S129. My example and that of yours is like that of a person who ignites a fire and moths and other insects start falling into it. He tries to prevent them from falling in the fire. Similarly, I am grasping your wrists and holding you back from the fire, and you are trying to escape from my hands. (Muslim).
S130.Whoever goes to bed with an intention to offer Tahajjud salat in the night, but is overpowered by sleep till dawn breaks (and he is unable to offer it), a complete reward for Tahajjud salat is written for him on what he had intended, and his sleep is an added gift from Allah. (Nasai).
S131. Every sin of a martyr is forgiven except (his) debt. (Muslim).
S132. If I had gold to the extent of Mount Uhud; I would not like to keep any of it more than 3 days, except what I put aside to re-pay a debt. (Bukhari).
S133. People, repent to Allah. Verily, I repent to Allah 100 times in a day.(Muslim).
S134. Three Du’as are surely answered, of which there is no doubt: Du’a of a father, Du’a of a traveler, and Du’a of an oppressed. (Abu Dawud).S135. He who believes in Allah and the last Day, should speak what is good or be silent. (Bukhari).
S136. Indeed Allah has disliked three habits for you. A. Gossiping, 2. Squandering wealth, and 3. Asking too many questions. (Bukhari).
S137. Whoever after listening to the Adhan says the Adhan D’ua (O Allah! Rabb of this perfect call (of not ascribing partners to You) and of the regular prayer, which is going to be established! Kindly give Muhammad the right of intercession and superiority and send him (on the Day of Judgment) to the best and the highest place in Paradise which You promised him), then intercession for me will be permitted for him on the Day of Resurrection). (Bukhari).
S138. The closest to me from my Ummah on the Day of Resurrection will be one who sends Salawat on me excessively. (Tirmidhi). S139. No one asks for Allah’s blessings upon me but Allah returns my soul so that I may return his greetings. (Abu Dawud).
S140. He will be the most blessed by my intercession on the Day of Resurrection who says La ilaha illallh with all the sincerity of his heart. (Bukhari).
S141. Hadith Qudsi: When the people of paradise will have entered paradise, Allah Ta’ala will say: Do you desire that I may bestow upon you with one more blessing? They will reply: Have you not enlightened our faces! Have You not made us enter into paradise, and saved us from the Fire! Rasulullah said: Then Allah will remove the veil, (between him and them); and they will not have been given anything dearer to them than looking at their Sustainer, the Mighty and the Magnificent. (Muslim).
M01. Rasul said: Major sins are: To associate partners with Allah in worship and to be undutiful to one’s parents. (Bukhari, Muslim)
M02. He who swears by other than Allah, commits kufr or shirk. (Tirmidhi).
M03. ….nor commit illegal sexual intercourse- and who ever does this shall receive the punishment. (Al-Furqan:68)
M04. They followed what the Saitan gave out in the lifetime of Sulaiman. Sulaiman did not disbelieve, but the Saitam disbelieved, teaching men magic. (Al-Baqara:102)
M05. ….who has given up salat and have followed lusts. They will be thrown in hell (Maryam:59).
M06. He who abandons salat, becomes a disbeliever. (Tirmidhi).
M07. The person who missed even one salat is as though he has been deprived of his entire family and wealth. (Ibne-Hibban).
M08. And let not those who covetously withhold of that which Allah has bestowed on them of His Bounty (wealth) think that it is good for them….(Al-Imran:180)
M09. Anyone whom Allah has given wealth but he does not pay its Zakat, then on the day of Resurrection, his wealth will be presented to him in the shape of a bald-headed poisonous male snake with two poisonous glands in its mouth and it will encircle itself round his neck and bite him over his cheeks and say: I am your wealth, I am your treasure. (Bukhari).
M10. Whoever breaks his fast on any day of Ramadan without an excuse, which Allah has permitted, can not make up for it even if he fasts for a whole year (Tirmidhi, Ahmad).
M11. And Hajj to the House is a duty that mankind owes to Allah…(AlImran:97)
M12. Rasul warned against giving forged statement and false testimony. (Bukhari, Muslim).
M13. Would you….severe your ties of kinship? Such are they whom Allah has cursed, so that He has made them deaf and blinded their sight. (Muhammad:22-23)
M14. Whoever severe the bond of kinship will not enter paradise. (Bukhari, Muslim)
M15. And come not near to the unlawful sexual intercourse….(Al-Isra:32)
M16. And Lout when he said to his people: you commit Al-Fahishah (sodomy) which none has preceded you in it in the Alamin (Al-Ankabut:28)
M17. Whomever you find practicing sodomy, then kill the doer and the one who is doing. (Abu Dawud)
M18. Allah will not look (on the Day of Judgment) at a man who practiced sodomy with another man or with his wife. (Tirmidhi)
M19. Allah has permitted trading and forbidden usury (Al-Baqara:275)
M20. Rasul (SAW) cursed the one who accepts usury and the one who pays it, the one who records it and the two persons who stand witness to it. (Tirmidhi)
M21. Verily, those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans, they eat up only a fire into their bellies. And they will be burnt in the blazing fire. (AnNisa:10)
M22. And on the Day of Resurrection you will see those who lied against Allah, their faces will be black. Is there not in Hell an abode for the arrogant? (AzZamur:60)
M23. Whoever tells a lie against me intentionally then let him occupy his seat in hell-fire. (Bukhari).
M24. When a man tells a lie, the angels move a mile away from him due to the bad odor of what he came with. (Tirmidhi).
M25. O You who believe! When you meet those who disbelieve in a battlefield, never turn your backs to them. And whoever turns his back….drawn upon himself wrath from Allah. And his abode is Hell…..(Al-Anfal:15-16)
M26. If Allah appoints anyone of His slaves as a ruler over a people and he dies when he is still treacherous to his people, Allah shall forbid him from entering Paradise. (Bukhari, Muslim).
M27. ….He (Allah) likes not the proud. (An-Nahl:23)
M28. He who has, in his heart, a grain of arrogance will not enter paradise…. Arrogance means ridiculing and rejecting the Truth and despising people. (Muslim).
M29. O you who believe! Intoxicants, gambling….are an abomination or Saitan handy-work…(Al-Maidah:90)
M30. Verily, those who accuse chaste women…..are cursed in this life and in the hereafter. And for them will be a great torment. (An-Nur:23)
M31. It is not for any prophet to take illegally a part of booty. And whosoever deceives his companions…he shall bring forth on the Day of Resurrection that which he took. Then every person shall be paid in full what he has earned. And they shall not be dealt with unjustly. (Al-Imran:161)
M32. Cut off (from the wrist joint) the (right) hand of the thief, male or female, as a recompense for that which they committed as a punishment by way of example from Allah. (Al-Maidah:38).
M33. The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on the opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. …(Al-Maidah:33).
M34. Rasul said: Of the major sins are……killing without justification and taking a false oath (intentionally). (Bukhari).
M35. A man asked Rasul: …..what is Al-Yamin Al-Ghamus? Rasul said: swearing falsely to usurp the property of a Muslim. (Bukhari).
M36. Be on your guard against committing oppression, for oppression will be darkness on the day of Resurrection. (Muslim).
M37. O my slave, I have taken upon myself to wrong no one, and have made oppression unlawful for you. So do not oppression one another. (Muslim).
M38. Al-Makas is a person who requires people to pay ‘Toll’ to pass through the road. The toll keeper, toll writer and toll income keeper are all sinful. Qur’an says: The way is only against those who oppress men and wrongly rebel in the earth……painful torment. (As-Shura:42).
M39. And do not kill yourself (nor kill one another)…… whoever commits that through aggression and injustice, We shall cast him into the Fire….(AnNisa:29-30)
M40. He who commits suicide by throttling shall keep on throttling himself in the hell-fire forever). And he who commits suicide by stabbing himself shall keep on stabbing himself in the hell-fire (forever). (Bukhari).
M41. Truth leads to piety and piety leads to Paradise. A man persists in speaking the truth till he is recorded with Allah as a truthful man. Falsehood leads to transgression and leads to hell-fire. A man continues to speak falsehood till he is recorded with Allah as a great liar. (Bukhari, Muslim).
M42. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such are the kafireen (disbelievers). (Al-Maidah:44).
M43. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such are the Zalimeen (polytheists). (Al-Maidah:45).
M44. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed such are the Fasiqeen (rebellious). (Al-Maidah:47).
M45. And eat up not one another’s property unjustly, nor give bribery to the rulers that you may knowingly eat up a part of the property of others sinfully. (Al-Baqara:188)
M46. Allah’s curse is on the briber and on the one who takes bribery. (Ahmad).
M47. Rasul (SAW) cursed men who appear like women and cursed women who appear like men. (Bukhari).
M48. Three kind of people Allah has made paradise forbidden on them: the alcoholic, the disobedient (to parents) and the cuckold who does not mind his wife having affairs with other men. (Ahmed).
M49. One day Rasul (SAW) was passing by a graveyard, he heard the voices of 2 persons who were being tortured in their graves. The prophet said: These 2 persons are being tortured not for a major act. Indeed one of them never saved himself from being soiled with his urine, while the other used to go about with calumnies (to make enmity between friends). Rasul (SAW) then took a green branch of a date-palm tree, broke it into 2 pieces and put one on each grave. When asked, he said: I hope that their torture might be lessened, till these get dried. (Bukhari).
M50. An ass with a brand on the face happened to pass before Rasul (SAW) . When he saw, he said: May Allah curse the one who has branded it. (Muslim).
M51. Verily, those who conceal the clear proofs, evidences and the guidance which We have sent down after We have made it clear for the people of the Book, they are the ones cursed by Allah and cursed by the curses, except those who repent and do righteous deeds, and openly declare. …..(AlBaqara:159-160)
M52. He who is asked about knowledge and conceals it, will be bridled with a bridle of fire on the Day of Resurrection. (Abu-Dawud, Tirmidhi).
M53. Al-Muhalil is the person who marries thrice-divorced woman in order to make her a legal wife to her first husband again through pre-planned tricks. Al-Muhalal is the first husband who has made his wife forbidden on him until she marries another man by divorcing her thrice. Rasul (SAW) ( ) said: Allah has cursed Al-Muhalil and Al-Muhalal. (Ahmad).
M54. O you who believe! Betray not Allah and His Messanger, nor betray knowingly your amanat. (Al-Anfal:27).
M55. Whoever has these 4 characteristics, he is a hypocrite. Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays, whenever he speaks, he tells a lie, whenever he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous, whenever he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and insulting manner. (Bukhari).
M56. O you who believe! Do not render in vain your sadaqa by reminders of your generosity or by injury (Al-Baqara:264)
M57. There a 3 types of people to whom Allah will neither speak on the Day of Resurrection nor look at nor purify them. And they will have a painful chastisement. Rasul (SAW) repeated it 3 times. When asked, Rasul said: One who lets down his lower garments (below his anklebone), one who boasts his favors done to others, and one who sells his goods by taking a false oath. (Bukhari).
M58. If Allah will torture the people of His heavens and earths, He will torture them without oppressing them. And if He has mercy on them, then His Mercy will be better for them than their (good) deed. And if a man has the mountain of gold like ‘Udud’ and he spends it in the cause of Allah, Allah will not accept it of him until he believes in predestination and its good and evil.
M59. And spy not. (Al-Hujurat:12)
M60. Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales. And do not look for the other’s faults, and do not do spying on one another. (Bukhari).
M61. Reviling a Muslim is Fusuq (disobedience to Allah) and killing him is disbelief.
M62. When a person curses somebody or something, the curse goes up to Heaven and the gates of heaven get closed. Then it comes down to earth and its gates get closed. Then it turns right and left. And if it does not find an entrance to go anywhere, it returns to the person or thing that was cursed. If he or it deserves to be cursed. Otherwise it returns to the person who uttered it. (Abu Dawud).
M63. He who goes to one who claims to tell about matters of the unseen and believe in him, his salat will not be accepted for 40 days. (Muslim). It includes ‘horoscope’, ‘palm reading’, ‘fortune cookies’.
M64. As to those women on whose part you see ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next) refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful). But if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance). Surely, Allah is Ever Most High, Most Great. (An-Nisa:34)
M65. If a man calls his wife to his bed and she refuses, and thus he spends the night angry with her, the angels continue cursing her till the morning. (Bukhari, Muslim).
M66. The painters of pictures will be punished on the Day of Resurrection and it will be said to them: ‘Make alive what you have created. (Bukhari).
M67. Aisha (peace be upon her) narrated: Rasul (SAW) returned from a journey when I had placed a curtain of mine having some images over the door of my room. When Rasul (SAW) saw it, he tore it and said: The people who will receive the severest punishment on the Day of Resurrection will be those who try to make the like of Allah’s creation. So we turned it (curtain) into one or two cushions. (Bukhari).
M68. He who (befallen by a calamity) slaps his cheeks, tears his clothes and follows the ways and traditions of the Days of Ignorance (pre-Islamic era) is none of us. (Bukhari, Muslim).
M69. The way (of blame) is only against those who oppress men and wrongly rebel in the earth without justification, for such there will be a painful torment. (As-Shura:42).
M70. Verily, Allah has revealed to me that you should adopt humility. So that no one may wrong another and no one may be disdainful and haughty towards another. (Muslim).
M71. A woman was punished in Hell because of a cat, which she had confined until it died. She did not give it something to eat or to drink when it was confined, not did she free it so that it might eat of the vermin of the earth. (Bukhari, Muslim).
M72. The expiation for beating or slapping a slave on the face for something he has not done is to set him free. (Muslim).
M73. He will not enter paradise whose neighbor is not secure from his wrongful conduct. (Muslim).
M74. And those who annoy believing men and women undeservedly they bear the crime of slander and plain sin. (Al-Ahzab:58).
M75. Indeed the biggest amongst the major sins is to attack a Muslim’s honor unjustly. (Abu Dawud)
M76. Verily, the person who eats or drinks out of utensils made of gold or silver, in fact, kindles in his belly the fire of Hell. (Muslim).
M77. Do not wear silk. For whoever wears in this life will be deprived of them in the hereafter. (Bukhari, Muslim).
M78. Silk (clothes) are worn only by him who has no shire in the hereafter. (Bukhari, Muslim).
M79. These (silk and gold) are forbidden to be worn by the men of my Ummah, but lawful to be worn by women. (Tirmidhi).
M80. Allah curses whoever slaughters for others than Allah. (Muslim).
M81. When the slave runs away from his master, his salat will not be accepted. (Muslim).
M82. He who (falsely) attributes his fatherhood to anyone besides his real father, knowing that he is not his father, will be forbidden to enter paradise. (Bukhari, Muslim).
M83. Woe to Al-Mutaffifun (those who give less in measures and weight). (AlMutaffiffin:1).
M84. O You Controller of the hearts (Allah), make my heart fast on Islam. (Ahmad).
M85. Say (O Muhammad), I find not in that which has been inspired to me anything forbidden to be eaten by one who wishes to eat it, unless it be Maytatah (dead animal) or blood poured forth, or the flesh of swine (pork) for that surely is impure, or impious (unlawful) meat (of an animal) which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allah. But whoever is forced by necessity without willful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits, certainly, your Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Al-Anam:145).
M86. O you who believe, when the call is proclaimed for Salat on Friday, come to the remembrance of Allah and leave off business. This is better for you if you did but know. (Al-Juma:9)
M87. When one carelessly abandons the Friday salat, Allah will seal his heart. (Ahmed).
M88. No doubt, I was about to order somebody to pronounce the Iqama of Salat and then I would go to the houses of those who do not attend the Salat (in the Masjid) and burn their houses over them. (Bukhari).
M89. Whoever hears the call to salat and does not come (to the Masjid) without any excuse (such as sickness or fear of harm) has no salat (accepted of him). (Ibn Majah).
M90. When a person calls his brother (in Islam) a disbeliever, one of them will certainly deserve the title. If the addressee is so as he has asserted, the disbelief of the man is confirmed. But it is untrue, and then it will revert (apply) to him. (Bukhari, Muslim).
M91. Do not curse my companions, for if anyone of you spent the equal of Uhud (mountain) (in Allah’s cause) it would not be equal to a Mudd (2/3 of a Kg) or even a half Mudd spent by one of them. (Bukhari).
M92. Allah has cursed the lady who artificially lengthens (her or someone else’s) hair, and the one who gets her hair lengthened and the one who tattoos (herself or someone else), and the one who gets herself tattooed. (Bukhari).
M93. None of you should point a weapon at his brother because he does not know that Saitan may make it lose from his hand, and as a result, he may fall into a pit of hell-fire (by accidentally killing him). (Bukhari, Muslim). To point any such weapon towards a Muslim to frighten him is forbidden.
M94. And backbite not one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is the One who forgives and accepts repentance, the Most Merciful. (Al-Hujurat:12).
M95. And Allah curses whoever changes a landmark. (Muslim).
M96. And whoever innovates an evil practice in Islam will shoulder its sin and the sins of all those who will act upon it, without diminishing in any way their burden. (Muslim).
P01. The ultimate aspiration of a believer is paradise. It is his/her burning desire, which motivates to set the highest example of heroism, Jihad, and sacrifice. In the battle of Badr, Umayr was eating some dates. Then he said to himself: how long I’ll be eating? He threw the dates away and joined the battle, fought until he became martyr. (Muslim).
P02. Allah has promised to Believers, men and women, Gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein, and beautiful mansions in Gardens of everlasting bless. But the greatest bless is the Good pleasure of Allah: that is the supreme felicity. (At-Tauba:72)
P03. Verily the companions of the Garden shall that Day have joy in all that they do, they and their associates will be in groves of (cool) shade, reclining on Thrones (of dignity), (every) fruit (enjoyment) will be there for them; they shall have whatever they call for; Peace- a word (of salutation) from a Lord Most Merciful. (Ya-Sin:55-58).
P04. (Here is) a Parable of the garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink; and rivers of honey pure and clear. In it there are for them all kinds of fruits; and Grace from their Lord. (Can those in such Bliss) be compared to such as shall dwell forever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water so that it cuts up their bowels (to pieces)? (Muhammad:15).
P05. Verily for the righteous there will be a fulfillment of desires, gardens enclosed, and grapevines; companions of equal age; and a cup full. No vanity shall they hear therein, nor untruth; recompense from your Lord, a Gift, sufficient, - (from) the Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all between, - (Allah) Most Gracious: none shall have power to argue with Him. The Day that the Spirit and the angels will stand forth in ranks, none shall speak except any who is permitted by (Allah) Most Gracious, and he will say what is right. (An-Naba:31-38).
P06. The First People to Enter Paradise: Rasul (SAW) said: On the Day of Resurrection, I will come to the gate of paradise and ask for it to be opened. The gatekeeper will ask: Who are you and I will answer: Muhammad. Then he will say: you are the one before whom I was ordered not to open the gate for anyone. (Muslim).
P07. The First Group to Enter Paradise: Rasul (SAW) said: The first group of people to enter paradise will be shining like the full moon, and the next group will be shining like the brightest star. They will pass neither urine nor stools nor mucus, neither will they spit. Their combs will be made of gold, their sweat will be musk and their incense-burners will be made of aloe wood. Their companions will be al-Hur al-Ayn. Their hearts will be as the heart of a single man. They will be in the image of Adam, his height being 60 cubits.
P08. The Gates of Paradise: Whoever spends in the way of Allah, will be called from the gates of paradise: O slave of Allah, this is good. Whoever performs Salat will be called from the gate of salat. Whoever performs Jihad will be called from the gate of Jihad. Whoever fasts will be called from the gate of Al-Rayyan. Whoever gives charity will be called from the gate of Charity. Abu Bakr said: May my father and mother be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah! Whoever is called from these gates need not fear, but is there anyone who will be called from all of them? Rasul (SAW) said: Yes, and I hope the you (Abu Bakr) will be one of them.
P09. There is no death in Paradise: Rasul (SAW) said: When the people of Paradise enter paradise, a voice will call out to them: You will live and never die; you will remain healthy and never fall ill; you will remain young and never grow old; you will enjoy a life of ease and never suffer. (Muslim).
P10. Different Levels of Paradise: Rasul (SAW) said: Whoever believes in Allah and His Messenger, and establishes regular prayer and fast Ramadan, will be admitted by Allah to paradise, whether he migrated for the sake of Allah or remained in the land of his birth. The companions asked: O Messenger of Allah! Shall we tell the people about this? He said: In paradise there are 100 levels, which Allah has allocated to those who strive in Jihad for His sake. The distance between each two of these levels is like the distance between the heavens and the earth. If you ask anything of Allah, ask Him for al-Firdous al-A’la, for it is in the center of paradise and its highest point; above it is the Throne of the Most Merciful, and from it flow the rivers of paradise. (Bukhari).
P11. The People of Paradise
P12. The Women of Paradise: If any of the women of paradise were to look towards the people of earth, she would illuminate the space between the heavens and the earth, and fill it with perfume. The veil on her head is better than the world and all that is in it. (Bukhari).
P13. The Food and Drink of the People of Paradise
P14. Description of Paradise: The people of paradise will have life of peace: peace surrounds them; the angels greet them with peace and safety, they greet one another with peace, and peace reaches them from Allah.
P14A. The Apartment of Paradise
P14B: The Tents, Gardens and Soil of Paradise
P14C: The Trees of Paradise
P14D: The Market of Paradise: Rasul (SAW) said: In paradise there is a market, which the people will go to every Friday. A wind will come from the North and blow dust into their faces and clothes. This will increase their beauty, and they will return to their wives thus increased in beauty. Their wives will say: You have increased in beauty since we last saw you. And they will say: You too have increased in beauty since we last saw you. (Muslim).
P14E: The Palaces of Paradise: Rasul (SAW) said: I entered paradise where (I found myself) in a palace of gold. I said: Whose is this? They said: It is for a man from Quresh. I thought that I was he, and I said, Who is he? They said: Umar ibn al-Khattab. Nothing stopped me from entering it - O son of alKhattab- except what I know of your jealousy (regarding his family and womenfolk).
P14F: The Rivers of Paradise: Rasul (SAW) said: I entered paradise and found myself standing in a river. I struck the water flowing in it with my hand, and found it was the finest-smelling musk. I asked: what is this, O Jibrail? He said: It is al-Kawthar which Allah has given you.
P15.The Greatest Blessings in Paradise: Rasul (SAW) said: When the people of paradise enter paradise, and the people of hell, enter hell, a voice will call out to them: O people of paradise, Allah has made a promise to you, which He wishes to fulfill. They will say: What is it? Has Allah not increased (the weight of good deeds in the) balance, and whitened our faces, admitted us to paradise and saved us from the fire? Then the veil will be lifted and they will see Him. By Allah, Allah has not given them anything more dearly and precious to them than that they should see Him.
P16.The People with the Lowest and Highest Status in Paradise: Rasul (SAW) said: Musa said to his Lord: Who has the lowest position in paradise? Allah said: It is a man who will come, after the people of paradise have entered paradise, and will be told: Enter paradise. He will say: How is that, O my Lord, when the people have already taken the positions and rewards to which they are entitled? He will be asked: Would you not like to have the equivalent of the kingdom of one of the kings of the world? He will say: I would be satisfied with that, O my Lord. Allah will say: You will have that. Then this exchange will be repeated 4 times, and on the 5th time, the man will say: I would be satisfied with that O my Lord and Allah will say: This is for you, and tenfold besides. You will have what your heart desires. The man will say: I am satisfied with this. Musa said: O my Lord, who has the highest position in paradise? Allah said: Those whom I have chosen, and I have prepared the reward for them with My own hands and sealed it, and no eye has seen, or ear has heard, nor has it occurred to the human heart. (Muslim).
Roadmap to Paradise……
In this world, we are constantly looking and checking price of every thing we deal with and decide accordingly…what to buy, what sell, etc. We are very particular about the worldly affairs; we take care of every small detail.
There is also price for Akherat… Grave, Day of Judgment, Bridge, Heave or Hell. If the price is RIGHT, you will be able to overcome difficulties and punishments and eventually enter into Paradise and live forever. There is no quick or magic solution. Allah and His Rasul (SAW) has laid down the ground rules. This book describes step by step the roadmap to paradise. If you are serious to be successful in the life hereafter, you should seriously plan, act, avoid pitfalls, build asset, pray to Allah, etc. There is no second chance. You can not come back to this world and correct your past mistakes. Ask Allah to forgive your past mistakes, settle with those whose rights you have violated. You must do it right, be fully prepared to face Allah and give accounts of your deeds. You can’t deny them. Your lips will be seale d. All your body parts will speak to give witness. You cannot fool Him. You cannot by-pass Him. You cannot avoid Him. You will face Him sooner or later. The stakes are very high for eternity. So, if you are smart then be prepared.
As it is shown in the book, Da’wah/Jihad for the cause of Allah carry highest rewards. Try to organize yourself to actively participate in Da’wah as much as you can and build your asset. May Allah help us all and make us big winners in the hereafter.
General Frequently Asked Questions
Islam is the name of the religion that Muslims follow. People who practice Islam are called Muslims, just like those who practice Christianity are called Christians. The literal and lexical meaning of Islam means submission. Islam comes from the root Arabic letters s-l-m which are the same root letters the word peace (salam) comes from. The term Islam itself does not mean peace, but it implies that one finds peace (salam) through submission (islam). The term Arab is often used interchangeably with Muslim, but this is incorrect. Arab is a ethnicity while Islam is a religion. Not all Arabs are Muslim and most Muslims are actually not Arab. Arabs make up about 13% of the Muslim population.
Islam is named after the action of submitting to God’s commands and will and not a person. Other religions are often named after a person or people. For instance, Christianity is named after Christ, Judaism is named after the tribe of Juda, and Buddhism is named after Buddha. Islam is not name after Muhammad because Islam existed before him. The message of previous Prophets, such as Adam, Abraham, Noah, and Moses was to submit (islam) to God. Hence, the message of Islam did not start with the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. It started with Adam and continued until today. With the passing of time, God would send new Prophets and Messengers to remind mankind of His message, to worship Him alone. Muhammad peace be upon him is the last of these Prophets.
What do Muslims believe?
- Muslims believe in God the Creator of the universe. The Arabic term for God is Allah. Sometimes Muslims prefer to use the name Allah over God because Allah linguistically does not have a gender and cannot be made plural. The English name God could become goddess or gods. The main message of the Qurʾān is that God is one. He has no partner, child, or helper.
- Muslims believe in angels. There are many angels and that all obey God. Unlike humans, angels do not have free will and must obey all the commands of God. Different angels have different tasks. For example, the angel Gabriel was responsible of communicating the message of God to human Prophets and Messengers. The Angel Michael (Mikaaeel) was responsible for rain. Angels also help and assist believers in times of difficulty.
- Muslims believe in all Prophets and Messengers. A Muslim is required to believe in Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Joseph, Jesus, and Muhammad peace be upon all of them. They all came with the same message, to worship one God and not associate any partners with him.
- Muslims also believe in all previous scripture that God sent to His Prophets and Messengers. Moses was given the Torah, Abraham was given the scrolls, David was given the Psalms, and Jesus was given the Injeel. With the exception of the Qurʾān, no previous scripture is completely preserved in its original form. With time, many of these scriptures were lost or corrupted. The Qurʾān was sent as a the “final testament” and it functions as God’s final message to mankind.
- Muslims believe in the afterlife. There will be a day of judgment where God will hold people accountable for their actions in this world. Those who did good will enter paradise and those who did evil will either be forgiven or punished in hell. Everyone will be compensated for their actions in this world.
- Lastly, Muslims believe in God’s divine will and decree. God has knowledge of all things that will happen. He does not force humans to make decisions, we choose what we want to do. However, there are certain things that God decreed and are outside of our control. These things include the time and place we were born, where and when we will die, and anything that happens that is outside our control. Muslims submit to these things as part of God’s decree and will.
Belief in these six items is what makes one a Muslim. One might not practice Islam perfectly, they may commit sins and make mistakes, but as long as they have these beliefs they are considered to be a Muslim. Put differently, these are the most basic requirements of being a Muslim.
What makes one a Muslim is the acceptance of Islam’s core beliefs found here. This article will not focus on the main beliefs of Islam, but rather the core practices of the faith. Islam is built on five pillars. These pillars do not make up the entire religion, but they are the pillars that hold up the rest of the religion.
Testimony of faith (shahada):
The testimony of faith in Islam is the that one testifies that there is no God except Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. The testimony is what one says to become a Muslim Ash-hadu Ana Lā ilāha illā Allah wa ash-hadu Ana Muhammad Rasul Allah.
Muslims must pray 5 times a day. This prayer is not to be confused with supplication or calling on God which can be done at anytime. These ritual prayers consist of standing, reciting some Qurʾān, bowing, prostrating, and glorifying God. The prayers are done before sunrise, in the afternoon, late afternoon, sunset, and night. There are windows of time in which these prayers are performed and they do not need to be done at an exact time. For example, the afternoon prayer might begin at 1 pm and end at 5 pm. This gives you a 4-hour window to perform the afternoon prayer. Each prayer takes about 5-10 minutes to perform and can be done anywhere such as your home, office, or a park. The prayer is meant to keep one connected to God. It gives one a break from the business of the day and reconnects them to God.
Zakah is an obligatory charity for Muslims who are not poor. This charity must go into the hands of the poor and not given to institutions, mosques, or schools. The charity is 2.5% of one’s extra money that has been sitting for a year. For example, if one has $100 in their bank account on Jan 1, and then a year goes by and they still have $100 sitting in their bank account on Jan 1 of the next year, they are to give 2.5% of that money in charity directly to the poor and needy.
There is a month in the Islamic calendar called Ramadan. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. They refrain from eating, drinking, and intercourse during the daylight. Fasting instills a sense of discipline and control over one’s desires and most basic needs. It teaches that happiness can be found outside of food, drink, and satisfying the needs of the body. Although Muslims experience fatigue, hunger, and thirst, there is a spiritual happiness that is only found when one experiences during the month of Ramadan. During the nights of Ramadan Muslims go to the mosque, break fast together, and spend much time in prayer and supplication. When the month of Ramadan is over, Muslims celebrate and have a holiday called The Feast Holiday (Eid al-Fitr).
Once in their lifetime, any Muslim who is financially and physically able to make a journey to Mecca during the pilgrimage season must do so. During the pilgrimage, Muslims wear two pieces of white cloth. By replacing all their attire with these two pieces of cloth it brings the individual down to their basic humanity. Ultimately, we are all the same and no matter what fancy clothes or attire we decorate ourselves with, we are all the same. It is meant to allow each pilgrimage to feel a sense of equality. The white and black, the rich and the poor, the king and the servant are all the same before God. This has a tremendous impact on the lives of many . The hajj is the largest annual religious gathering in the world, every year over two million people perform the pilgrimage. The ocean of people also serves as a reminder of the day of judgment where God will resurrect and gather all mankind for accountability.
These are called the pillars of Islam because, although they are not the entire faith, they are necessary to complete it. When one performs these actions, it helps him or her refrain from other bad habits. In this regard, Islam is a complete way of life where one is always connected to God in some way shape or form.
The most fundamental teaching of Islam is to believe in the Oneness of God, in the sense of His being the only Creator, Preserver, Nourisher, etc. But this belief is not enough. Many of the idolaters knew and believed that only the Supreme God could do all this and yet they associated other gods with Him. Therefore, one must acknowledge the fact that it is God alone who deserves to be worshipped, and thus abstain from worshipping any other thing or being. Likewise, Muslims believe that God has no father or mother, no son or daughter. None is equal to Him. He is God of all humankind, not of a special tribe or race.
Worship of God alone and no one else
The Quran, the holy book of Islam, reminds us of the falsity of all alleged gods. To the worshippers of man-made objects, it asks: ‘How can you worship things you carve with your own hands, when it is God who has created you and all your handiwork?’ (37:95-96)
At another point, God says, “Say, ‘Why do you take protectors other than Him, who can neither benefit nor harm even themselves?’ Say, ‘Are the blind equal to those who can see? And are the depths of darkness equal to the light?’ Have the partners they assign to God created anything like His creation so that their creation is indistinguishable from His? Say,‘God is the Creator of all things: He is the One, the All Compelling.’” (13:16)
To the worshippers of heavenly bodies the Quran cites the story of Abraham: “When the night grew dark over him he saw a star and said, ‘This is my Lord,’ but when it set, he said, ‘I do not like things that set.’ And when he saw the moon rising he said, ‘This is my Lord,’ but when it too set, he said, ‘If my Lord does not guide me, I shall be one of those who go astray.’ Then he saw the sun rising and cried, ‘This is my Lord! This is greater.’ But when the sun set, he said, ‘My people, I disown all that you worship beside God. I have turned my face as a true believer towards Him who created the heavens and the earth. I am not one of the polytheists.’” (6:76-79)
Importance of Faith: Belief in God Unseen
Having achieved this knowledge of the One True God, one should constantly have faith in Him, and should allow nothing to induce them to deny the truth. When true faith enters a person’s heart, it impacts the person’s outlook and behavior. Prophet Muhammad, the final messenger of Islam, said, “Faith is that which resides firmly in the heart and which is proved by deeds.”
One of the striking results of faith is the feeling of gratitude towards God, which could be said to be the essence of worship.
Believers love, and are grateful to, God for the bounties He bestowed upon them. They are aware of the fact that their good deeds can never be equivalent to Divine favors, and therefore they are always anxious to please God. They remembers God often. The Quran promotes this feeling of gratitude by repeating the attributes of God very frequently.
“He is God: there is no god other than Him. It is He who knows what is hidden as well as what is in the open, He is the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy. He is God: there is no god other than Him, the Controller, the Holy One, Source of Peace, Granter of Security, Guardian over all, the Almighty, the Compeller, the Truly Great; God is far above anything they consider to be His partner. He is God: the Creator, the Originator, the Shaper. The best names belong to Him. Everything in the heavens and earth glorifies Him: He is the Almighty, the Wise.” (59:22-24)
On their own, human beings cannot be fully guided, understand God, the hereafter, or the purpose of life. Accordingly, God communicated to mankind by selecting prophets who would deliver his message to the rest of humanity. To convey the purpose of existence to humans, God sent clear and practical instructions through prophets. Muslims believe that a prophet was selected for every nation at some point in its history. These prophets Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, peace be upon them all. Muslims believe there were about 124,000 prophets in all, of whom only 25 are mentioned by name in the Quran, the holy book of Islam.
Each Prophet Conveyed the Same Message
The religion that God established for all mankind is Islam, which means to submit or surrender. Islam is not limited to the revelation that was sent to the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, but was also the message of previous prophets. Therefore, the Qurʾān teaches that previous religions, such as Christianity and Judaism, in their authentic and original forms were based on the Oneness of God.
Each prophet conveyed the consistent divine message of worshiping one God and living a morally upright life. However, the message of these prophets was lost, abandoned, or changed over time, and only parts of the original message remained intact. God sent Muhammad, peace be upon him, as the final prophet to all of humanity in the 7th century C.E. to restore the divine message of all prophets. Muhammad did not bring a new message, but conveyed the same message as previous prophets. In the chapter of the Qurʾān titled “The Prophets” (Al-Anbiyā’) it states: We did not send any messenger before you except that We revealed to him that, “There is no deity except Me, so worship Me.” (Qurʾān 21:25). In this same chapter, we also find God describing all prophets as belonging to the same religion Indeed this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me (Qurʾān 21:92).
Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad and all other prophets are considered to be one family. The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said: “I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the son of Mary both in this world and the hereafter. The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.” (Bukhari) This spiritual connection of brotherhood between prophets is due to the fact that all prophets delivered the same message, but at different times to different people. Muslim scholars have stated that the above quoted tradition, prophets are described as having different mothers because their laws and practices were different. However, they are paternal brothers because their creed was the same. In other words, prophets may have had different laws concerning prayer, marriage, charity, and purification, but their beliefs concerning God, the hereafter, scripture, and morals were the same.
Islam, Judaism and Christianity share the core concept that God sent prophets to guide their fellow people. However, Islam also differs from these two faiths on important aspects related to prophethood. For instance, Islam teaches that all prophets of God were of high moral character and did not succumb to the sins their people committed. For example, the Qurʾān exonerates Aaron even though the Old Testament depicts him as someone who worshipped the golden calf. Additionally, Islam strongly rejects deification of prophets, so Jesus is revered as a prophet of God, but not God or the son of God. At the same time, Islam recognizes that prophets were capable of human errors of judgment, but these unintended mistakes did not diminish their superior integrity.
Muslims honor all prophets
Muslims are obligated to believe in and honor all the prophets, and to testify that prophethood has been completed with the coming of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
“Say, ‘We believe in God and in what was sent down to us and what was sent down to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and what was given to Moses, Jesus, and all the prophets by their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we devote ourselves to Him.’” (Quran, 2:136)
In common folklore, angels are thought of as good forces of nature, hologram images, or illusions. Western iconography sometimes depicts angels as fat cherubic babies or handsome young men or women with a halo surrounding their head.
In Islam, they are real created beings who will eventually suffer death, but are generally hidden from our senses. They are not divine or semi-divine, and they are not God’s associates running different districts of the universe. Also, they are not objects to be worshipped or prayed to, as they do not deliver our prayers to God. They all submit to God and carry out His commands.
In the Islamic worldview, there are no fallen angels: they are not divided into ‘good’ and ‘evil’ angels. Human beings do not become angels after death. Satan is not a fallen angel, but is one of the jinn, a creation of God parallel to human beings and angels.
Angels were created from light
Angels were created from light before human beings were created, and thus their graphic or symbolic representation in Islamic art is rare. Nevertheless, they are generally beautiful beings with wings as described in Muslim scripture. Angels form different cosmic hierarchies and orders in the sense that they are of different size, status, and merit.
The greatest of them is Gabriel. Muhammad (pbuh) actually saw him in his original form. Also, the attendants of God’s Throne are among the greatest angels. They love the believers and beseech God to forgive them their sins. They carry the Throne of God, about whom the Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said:
“I have been given permission to speak about one of the angels of God who carry the Throne. The distance between his ear-lobes and his shoulders is equivalent to a seven-hundred-year journey.”
Angels do not eat or drink. The angels do not get bored or tired of worshipping God:
“They celebrate His praises night and day, nor do they ever slacken.” (Quran 21:20)
The Number of Angels
How many angels there are? Only God knows. The Much-Frequented House is a sacred heavenly sanctuary above the Kaaba, the black cube in the city of Mecca. Every day seventy thousand angels visit it and leave, never returning to it again, followed by another group.
The Names of Angels
Muslims believe in specific angels mentioned in the Islamic sources like Jibreel (Gabriel), Mika’eel (Michael), Israfeel, Malik – the guard over Hell, and others. Of these, Gabriel and Michael are also mentioned in the Bible.
The angels possess great powers given to them by God. They can take on different forms. The Muslim scripture describes how at the moment of Jesus’ conception, God sent Gabriel to Mary in the form of a man:
“…Then We sent to her Our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.” (Quran 19:17)
Angels also visited Abraham in human form. Similarly, angels came to Lot to deliver him from danger in the form of handsome, young men. Gabriel used to visit Prophet Muhammad in different forms. Sometimes, he would appear in the form of one of his handsome disciples, and sometimes in the form of a desert Bedouin. Angels have the ability to take human forms in some circumstances involving common people.
Gabriel is God’s heavenly messenger to mankind. He would convey the revelation from God to His human messengers. God says:
“Say: whoever is an enemy to Gabriel – for he brings down the (revelation) to your heart by God’s will…” (Quran 2:97)
Tasks of the Angels
Some angels are put in charge of executing God’s law in the physical world. Michael is responsible for rain, directing it wherever God wishes. He has helpers who assist him by the command of his Lord; they direct the winds and clouds, as God wills. Another is responsible for blowing the Horn, which will be blown by Israafeel at the onset of the Day of Judgment. Others are responsible for taking souls out of the bodies at the time of death: the Angel of Death and his assistants. God says:
“Say: the Angel of Death, put in charge of you, will (duly) take your souls, then shall you be brought back to your Lord.” (Quran 32:11)
Then there are guardian angels responsible for protecting the believer throughout his life, at home or traveling, asleep or awake. Others are responsible for recording the deeds of man, good and bad. These are known as the “honorable scribes.” Two angels, Munkar and Nakeer, are responsible for testing people in the grave. Among them are keepers of Paradise and the nineteen ‘guards’ of Hell whose leader is named ‘Malik.’ There are also angels responsible for breathing the soul into the fetus and writing down its provisions, life-span, actions, and whether it will be wretched or happy. Some angels are roamers, traveling around the world in search of gatherings where God is remembered. There are also angels constituting God’s heavenly army, standing in rows, they never get tired or sit down, and others who bow or prostrate, and never raise their heads, always worshipping God.
In summary, the position in Islam is that angels are a grandiose creation of God, varying in numbers, roles, and abilities. God is in no need of these creatures, but having knowledge and belief in them adds to the awe that one feels towards God, in that He is able to create as He wishes, for indeed the magnificence of His creation is a proof to believers of the magnificence of the Creator.
In Islam, an individuals life after death or their Hereafter, is very closely shaped by their present life. Life after death begins with the resurrection of man, after which there will come a moment when every human will be shaken as they are confronted with their intentions and deeds, good and bad, and even by their failure to do good in this life. On the Day of Judgment the entire record of people from the age of puberty will be presented before God. God will weigh everyones good and bad deeds according to His Mercy and His Justice, forgiving many sins and multiplying many good deeds. One who excels in goodness will be rewarded generously, whereas one whose evils and wrongs overweigh his good deeds will be punished. Those who emerge successful in this judgment will go to paradise and the doors of eternal bliss will be opened to them. Those who are condemned and deserve punishment will be sent to Hell – the abode of fire and torture.
Those who disbelieve say: The Hour will never come unto us. Say: Nay, by my Lord, it is coming unto you surely. (He is) the knower of the unseen. Not an atoms weight, or less than that or greater, escapes Him in the heavens or in the earth, but it is in a clear Record.That He may reward those who believe and do good works.For them are pardon and a rich provision. But those who strive against our revelations, challenging (Us), theirs will be a painful doom of wrath.[Al-Quran: 34: 3-5]
The Need to Believe In Life After Death
Belief in life after death has always been part of the teachings of the Prophets and is an essential condition of being a Muslim.Whenever we are asked to do something, it is our very nature to think about its benefits and its costs.We regard a useless action as unnecessary and are not prepared to waste our time doing it. Similarly, we are not very eager to avoid a thing that is harmless. The deeper our conviction about the usefulness of something, the firmer our response to it will be. The more doubtful we are about its usefulness, the more wavering and shaky would be our attitude.After all, why does a child put his hand in fire? Because he is not sure that fire burns. Why does he evade studying? Because he does not fully grasp the importance and benefits of education.
This Belief Divides People Into Three Categories
First, there are those who do not believe in the Hereafter and regard life on this earth as the only life and nothing destroys them except time. Naturally, they judge something to be good if it produces desirable results and evil if it brings about undesirable results.
Second, there are those who do not deny the Hereafter, but they depend on the intercession or atonement of someone to absolve them of their sins. Among them are some who regard themselves as Gods chosen people, who will receive only nominal punishment, however grave their sins may be. This deprives them of the moral advantage, which they could have derived from their belief in the Hereafter. As a result their behavior becomes very much like that of those who deny the Hereafter.
Third, are those who believe in the Hereafter and do not delude themselves that they have any special relationship with God or that anyone can intercede on their behalf. They hold themselves accountable for their actions and their belief in the Hereafter becomes a great moral force. As a result they find a permanent guard, stationed within them, which cautions and admonishes them whenever they deviate from the right path. There may be no court to summon them, no policemen to apprehend them and no public opinion to pressure them. Instead the guard within them is ever alert and ready to remind them when they transgress.The consciousness of this inner presence makes them fear doing anything that is prohibited. Should they succumb to temptation and violate the law of God, they are ever ready to offer sincere regrets and to enter a firm contract with God not to repeat the same mistake in the future.
A person who is focused on successes or failures in this world alone will be concerned with the benefits and harms that come to him in this life only. He may be reluctant to do good deeds that have no worldly benefit. Similarly, he may not be prepared to stop doing awrong act that will not harm him in this world.
On the other hand, a person who believes in life after death would look upon all worldly gains and losses as temporary and would not put at stake eternal bliss for a transitory gain. Belief in the next world instills in one the desire to do well and avoid the wrong, however costly it may be in terms of worldly sacrifices.
What! Do those who seek after evil ways think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe and do righteous deeds, – that equal with their life and their death? Ill is the judgment that they make. God created the heavens and the earth for just ends, and in order that each soul may find the recompense of what it has earned, and none of them be wronged.[Al-Quran 45:21]
There is a big difference in the way of life of the two types of people. For one, the idea of a good act may be limited to its value in this temporary life: for example gains in money, property, public recognition or similar things which give one position, power, reputation or worldly happiness.
Such things become the objectives of life and they may not deter one from pursuing cruel and unjust means in their achievement. In contrast, for a believer, all that pleases God is good and all that invokes His displeasure and wrath is evil. A good act for a believer will remain good even if it brings no personal benefit in this world.
A believer will be confident that God will reward him in the eternal life and that would be the real success. Similarly, they would not fall a prey to evil deeds merely for some worldly gain, for they would know that even if they escape punishment in this short worldly life, they would still have to answer to God.
True justice becomes apparent by believing in Life after Death.
God created people and made them responsible for their actions. In this world, we notice that the virtuous often live in a wretched state while the wicked often seem to have the good things in life.
Innocent people often suffer at the hands of exploiters and criminals, who seem to gain rather than suffer by their crimes in this world. If there were no future life in which the virtuous are rewarded and the vicious are punished, there would be no justice. There would be no point in creating people with a conscience and in sending Prophets to remind them of their responsibility.
We shall set up scales of justice for the day of Judgment, so that not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least. And if there be (no more than) the weight of a mustard seed,We will bring it (to account): And enough are We to take account.[Al-Quran: 21:47]
God is the Most Just; He will establish justice among all His creatures and no one can escape from God. Islam, therefore, places great emphasis on having absolute assurance of the Hereafter.This assurance should be similar to the certainty we have in death (which can overcome us at any time). Therefore, striving to earn the pleasure of God becomes the objective of life.
February 1, 2003 – Shortly before the scheduled end of its 28th mission, space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members. It was indeed an unexpected, abrupt and horrible end of a momentous journey.
Can anyone believe that NASA, by any stretch of imagination, expected this catastrophic end to Columbia? And, were they so careless as to neglect preparing themselves to the minutest details to avoid such disasters? Your answer to both these questions would most probably be ‘No.’ Then, why did it happen?
Of course, it was the choice of those seven crew members to travel in the space shuttle, but they didn’t opt for that tragic end. And, herein lies the difference between the Islamic concept of destiny and the free will we human beings possess – we’re free to choose our actions but God has ultimate control over the outcome of those actions. According to teachings of Islam, God (Allah in Arabic) has given humans free will to make choices in their lives but only God has foreknowledge of our destiny, and He has total control over it. (Read more: Concept of God in Islam)
Predestination: An Islamic Perspective
To understand the Islamic perspective on destiny and free will, we first need to know a few basic facts which form the foundation of faith for Muslims:
1- God is the Only Sustainer of the whole universe and He is the Most Merciful. The Quran begins with, “Praise belongs to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy…” (1:1-2)
2- God has created humans in the finest state. God mentions in the Quran: “We have certainly created man in the best of stature.” (95:4)
3- The primary objective of human life is to worship God. “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (Quran, 51:56). It must be noted that the Islamic concept of worship encompasses all human endeavors that are pursued for just ends, and in accordance with God’s commandments.
4- Our life is a test and we’ll be judged for our actions in the hereafter. God says in the Quran, “Blessed be He in Whose hands is Dominion; and He over all things hath Power; He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving.” (67:1-2).
5- He’s All Wise, and He tests us according to our strength. The Quran cites: “God does not burden any soul with more than it can bear: each gains whatever good it has done, and suffers its bad.” (2:286)
6- God is Omniscient and Omnipresent – i.e., he is fully aware of His creation and is always present. He is also All Powerful, so whatever He decrees takes place, and whatever He does not will does not happen. God – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. (2:255)
In other words, humans are God’s best creation who have a special purpose in life, i.e., to worship Him. Islam teaches that in order for us to freely perform in the test of life, He has given us free will to lead our lives as we wish, but the outcome of each of our actions is governed by the will of God. If God does not will for something to take place, it will not happen no matter how hard we try. And if He wills for something to occur, it will transpire no matter what we do to stop it.
One may say then, “What’s the use of striving in this life if we will get what is already decreed by God?” This seems logical, but it is, of course, a misconception. In fact, Islam places great emphasis on making efforts towards a desired end. In the Quran, God says, “And that there is not for man except that [good] for which he strives And that his effort is going to be seen – Then he will be recompensed for it with the fullest recompense And that to your Lord is the finality”(53:39-42).
Again, making an effort is part of the power we have in the form of free will – if we waste it away with a complacent attitude, then we’re being ungrateful for the blessing we have. We must do everything within our power to optimize our lives – at the same time, we must recognize that God’s power and domain are far greater. He is not thinking only about us, but for the entire humanity, the whole world, nay, the universe itself! He is the One who, through destiny, balances the lives of humans, animals, plants, while at the same time harmonizing planets and other celestial bodies.
Many people protest that if God controls everything, why does He allow massacres of innocent people, torture, disease and the worst forms of evil to exist? Indeed, Islam does not ascribe evil to God. God allows tragedy and misery to take place in this world for reasons which often escape humans; it could be a test for those people, a form of purification, or warning for the rest of us to rehabilitate our lives. The Ultimate Truth is known only to God and our conviction is that God is Just and Good, even in those matters where we do not understand His Will. The Quran gives us a glimpse of this in the interaction between Moses and a learned man in Chapter 18, verses 60 through 82. (See it here.)
In addition, God has ordained accountability for humans on the Day of Judgment, when He will reward us for obeying Him and acting righteously in this world or punish us for transgressing His limits and living a whimsical existence. This further proves the importance of free will in our lives. God will judge us according to the choices we make in this life, not based on the destiny He has decreed for us. The Quran confirms this as: “Whoever does righteousness – it is for his [own] soul; and whoever does evil [does so] against it. And your Lord is not ever unjust to [His] servants.” (41:46).
The Impact of Belief in Divine Destiny
Truly, when we accept the Divine Destiny we lead a more satisfying and productive life. When we don’t get what we wish or strive for, our belief in divine destiny prevents us from becoming despondent or frustrated. We accept the tragedy as a test from God and submit to His will with patience and dignity.
And if our plans work successfully or something good happens to us, belief in divine destiny will prevent us from becoming too boastful or arrogant. Many successful people feel that their wealth and status are because they are smarter, wiser, stronger, or just more deserving of success than others. But the truth is, they may have made certain choices, it is God who made those choices work out well for them.
God says in the Quran, “No misfortune can happen, either in the earth or in yourselves, that was not set down in writing before We brought it into being––that is easy for God–– so you need not grieve for what you miss or gloat over what you gain. God does not love the conceited, the boastful” (57:22-24). This mindset helps us live a fulfilling and happy life. We become more thankful and learn to give empowering meanings to our experiences, whether good or bad.
The belief in divine destiny is also a great source of courage. When we know that no calamity or harm can touch us without the will of God and the time of our death is prefixed, we lead a righteous and valiant life. Quran mentions:
“Say, ‘Only what God has decreed will happen to us. He is our Master: let the believers put their trust in God.’” (9:51)
“Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction…” (4:78)
In conclusion, Destiny is one of the articles of faith in Islam. It teaches Muslims to make the most out of their resources and leave the results to God.
Quran – an intricate and beautiful book that is a light, a warning, a promise for Muslims. It was divinely revealed over fourteen hundred years ago. Ever since, the Quran remains a Muslim’s solace, hope, and guide.
Quran, the holy book of Islam
The Quran, the holy book of Islam, was given to Muhammad, the final prophet of Islam. The Quran contains many references to other books that God sent to prophets at different times in history – namely, the Book of Abraham, the Torah (Taurat) to Moses, the Psalms (Zabur) to David and the Gospel (Injeel) to Jesus. Believing in all four books is an essential part of the Islamic creed.
Each book was revealed by God to these messengers who then passed His words onto their people. While the Book of Abraham has been entirely lost, the Psalms, the Torah, and the Gospel, according to Islam, are no longer in their original state. They have been added to, cannot be traced directly to their prophets, or were simply altered. Only the Quran has been preserved in its original state, exactly as it was revealed to Prophet Muhammad.
Quran affirms the messages that preceded it
The Quran affirms the core message present in the former books. It verifies that each contained divine guidance and elaborates upon their beliefs. At the same time, it points out the modifications and reinforces the correct message. Hence, the Quran, the final revelation for all of humankind until Judgment Day, was sent to confirm, explain, and to an extent, correct the books that already existed.
“We sent Jesus, son of Mary, in their footsteps, to confirm the Torah that had been sent before him: We gave him the Gospel with guidance, light, and confirmation of the Torah already revealed– a guide and lesson for those who take heed of God. … We sent to you [Muhammad] the Scripture with the truth, confirming the Scriptures that came before it, and with final authority over them.” (Quran, 5:46, 48)
Despite their differences, the central beliefs in all four books are the same. Each text preaches that there is one God. They share the concept that God sends prophets to teach the common people how to live their lives according to God’s instructions. The four books also say that we will all be held accountable on the Day of Judgment, and that, eventually, everyone will end up in either hell or paradise.
Each holy book is greatly significant to its people, and every Muslim must believe in them. After all, they were sent down by the One God, with one purpose: to guide people to His worship which enables them to lead righteous lives. And, although all four books are, by now, very different, they are still bound, as one, by the same message: that God is eternally, infinitely one.
The Quran is the last revealed Word of God. It is a record of the exact words revealed by God to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through the Angel Gabriel. It was then dictated to his Companions who memorized it, and it was written down by scribes. The Quran is in every detail the unique and miraculous text which was revealed to Muhammad fourteen centuries ago. Not one word of its 114 chapters has been changed over the centuries.The Quran deals with all subjects which concern us as human beings: wisdom, doctrine, worship, and law, but its basic theme is the relationship between God and His creatures.
There are also many verses in the Quran concerned with natural phenomena that are astounding. It is impossible to explain their presence in humans terms, given the state of knowledge at the time the Quran was revealed.
In the West, such statements had never before formed the subject of a scientific communication until recent times. On 9th November 1976, an unusual lecture was given at the French Academy of Medicine. Its title was ‘Physiological and Embryological data in the Quran’ and was delivered by the famous French physician Dr. Maurice Bucaille. His reason for doing this was that “our knowledge of these disciplines is such, that it is impossible to explain how a text produced at the time of the Quran could have contained ideas that have only been discovered in modern times.The citations included in this pamphlet appeared in the Quran during the 7th century C.E. [Read more: The Quran and Modern Science by Dr. Maurice Bucaille]
The Prophet Muhammad was himself illiterate and was living among illiterate people. The Arabs at that time worshipped idols and believed in horoscope and magic and were superstitious. The Arabs very actively opposed the teachings advanced by the Prophet through his revelations.This short article is for you to read and to consider. Because the subject matter is so vast, we have space to mention only a few brief facts from the Amazing Qur’an.
The Creation of the Universe
“Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together, then We clove them asunder? And We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?”(21:30) This verse is specifically addressed to non-believers, and touches upon the creation of the universe and the origins of all life. The Quran mentions the existence of a gaseous mass (41:11) which is unique and whose elements, although at first fused together subsequently became separated (fatq). The separation process resulted in the formation of multiple worlds, a notion which crops up dozens of times in the Quran (1:1): “Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds.” [1,2]
The Origins of Life
“And We made from water every living thing.Will they not then believe?” (21:30)
The building blocks of all living things are called cells. They are the basic units of life.
Protoplasm (cytoplasm nucleus) is the substance of all living things. Cytoplasm is a jelly-like material consisting of water and dissolved substances. The constitution of protoplasm is about 80-85% water. Without water life is not possible. 
None of the myths on the origins of life that abounded at the time of the Quran are present in the text. Furthermore, the fact that all life originated from water would not have been a very easy thing to convince people of 1400 years ago, especially in the desert!
The Expansion of the Universe
The expansion of the universe is the most imposing discovery of modern science. Today it is a firmly established concept and the only debate centres around the way this is taking place.
“The heaven, We have built it with power. Verily, We are expanding it.” (51:47)‘We are expanding it’ is the translation of the plural present particle musi’una of the verb ausa’a meaning “to make wider, more spacious, to extend, to expand.” Some translators were unable to grasp the meaning and provided mistaken translations. Others sense the meaning, but were afraid to commit themselves eg. Hamidullah talks of the widening of the heavens and space, but he includes a question mark. Zidan & Zidan, and The Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs refer to the expansion of the universe in totally unambiguous terms. [1,2]
Mountains have always been looked upon as conspicuous landforms, characterized by lofty protrusions above their surroundings, high peaks and steep sides. However, the Quran accurately describes mountains as stabilizers for the Earth that hold its outer surface firmly, lest it should shake with us, and as pickets (or pegs) which hold that surface downwardly as a means of fixation.”Have we not made the earth an expanse, and the mountains stakes (awtad)?” (78:6-7) and “And God cast into the ground mountains standing so that it does not shake with you.” (31:10). [1,3]
The Developing Human Embryo
Statements referring to human reproduction and development are scattered throughout the Quran. It is only recently that the scientific meaning of some of these verses has been fully appreciated. The Quran determines that human development passes through stages (39:6). The realization that the human embryo develops in stages was not discussed and illustrated until the 15th century.
The staging of human embryos was not described until the 20th century. Streeter (1941) developed the first system of staging which has now been replaced by a more accurate system proposed by O’Rahilly (1972). However, the Quran was the first source to mention this (23:12-16).
The Quran and Hadith also state that both parents share in the origins of the offspring: “O mankind! We created you from male and female.” (49:13) and “We created mankind from a mixed drop (nutfah-amshaj).” (76:2) The mixed drop refers to the mixture and convergence of a small quantity of sperms with the ovum (and its associated follicular fluid) to form the zygote. It has the form of a drop and consists of a mixture of male and female secretions.”Then we made the drop into a leech-like structure (‘alaqah).” (23:14) ‘alaqah in Arabic means (i) to cling and stick to a thing; (ii) a leech or bloodsucker; (iii) a suspended thing; and (iv) a blood clot.
Amazingly, each of the meanings for ‘alaqah can be applied to human prenatal development.For example, taking ‘alaqah to mean a leech we find that the embryo is surrounded by amniotic fluid just as a leech is surrounded by water. The human embryo clings to the mothers womb, in the same way that a leech clings to the skin. A leech is a pear shaped organism and thrives on bloodsucking. The diagram above clearly indicates that the shape of the embryo does in fact resemble a leech! At this stage the cardiovascular system has started appearing and the embryo is now dependant on the maternal blood for its nutrition like a leech! As there were no microscopes or lenses available in the 7th century, people could not have known that the embryo has this leech-like appearance.”Then out of that leech-like structure We made a chewed lump (mudghah).” This statement is from Surah 23:14. The Arabic word mudghah means “chewed substance or chewed lump.” Towards the end of the 4th week, the human embryo looks somewhat like a chewed lump of flesh. The chewed appearance results from the somites which resemble teeth marks. The somites represent the beginnings of the vertebrae (backbone). (For a detailed discussion concerning the Quran and modern embryology see 1,2,4,5,6).
In the 89th chapter of the Quran, the city of “Iram” is mentioned: “Have you not seen how your Lord dealt with Aad, of the city of Iram, with lofty pillars the like of which was never created in any land?” Iram has been unknown to history, so much so that it apparently became an embarrassment to some Muslim commentators of the Holy Quran. In 1975, in North-Western Syria the ancient city of Ebla was excavated. Ebla is over 4500 years old. In the ruins of the Palace Library they found the largest collection of cuneiform clay tablets ever discovered – around 15,000. Written in the oldest Semitic language yet identified, the tablets reveal that Ebla rivalled Egypt and Mesopotamia as a major power of the ancient world. They found in there a record of all the cities that Ebla used to do business with including one IRAM! [7,8,9]
What happened to the body of Pharaoh of the Exodus?
The Biblical version of Pharaoh’s story states that he was drowned in the pursuit of Prophet Moses (Exodus 14:28-29). Unknown to the world till only of late, the Holy Quran made a definite prediction about the preservation of the body of that same Pharaoh of Moses’ time 10:90-92: “This day We shall save you in your body so that you may be a sign for those that come after you”. The body was discovered in the tomb of Amenhotep II in 1898. [2,12]
The resting place of Noah’s Ark
The Bible states that “And the Ark rested… upon the mountains of Ararat.” Genesis 8:4. According to the Holy Quran (11:44): “The Ark came to rest upon Al-Judi.” According to recent evidence from an archaeological find in Eastern Turkey, experts believe they may have discovered the remains of an ancient vessel whose dimensions mirror those of Noah’s Ark as told in the Bible. However, the discovery was made on Al-Judi! [10,11]
The Holy Quran:- God’s final Guidance to Mankind
“How could a man, from being illiterate, become the most important author in terms of literary merits in the whole of Arabic literature? How could he the pronounce facts of a scientific nature that no other human being could have possibly known at that time, and all this, without once making the slightest error in his pronouncement on the subject?” (Dr. Maurice Bucaille).
You owe it to yourself to find out the TRUTH about : ISLAM, the Holy Quran and the Life and teachings of God’s final Messenger, Muhammad.
The message of ISLAM is simple:
There is nothing worthy of worship except GOD alone, and Muhammad is his messenger and servant. There are today, over one-thousand million followers of ISLAM. Find out the truth!
Muslims acknowledge the TORAH, OLD TESTAMENT and NEW TESTAMENT, but believe these Texts have become corrupted over time. God promised in the Quran to protect and preserve the Quran.
Absolutely, we have revealed the reminder, and, absolutely, we will preserve it.[Quran 15:9]
This is an honorable Quran. In a protected book. None can grasp it except the sincere. A revelation from the Lord of the universe.[Quran 56:77-80]
Indeed, it is a glorious Quran. In a preserved master tablet.[Quran 85:21-22]
The Quran literally meaning "the recitation" is the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims believe to be a revelation from God. The Quran is divided into chapters, which are then divided into verses. Muslims believe the Quran was verbally revealed by God to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel (Jibril), gradually over a period of approximately 23 years, beginning on 22 December 609 CE when Muhammad was 40, and concluding in 632, the year of his death.
CONGRATULATING AN ATHEIST
Normally, when I meet an atheist, the first thing I like to do is to congratulate him and say, "My special congratulations to you", because most of the people who believe in God are doing blind belief - he is a Christian, because his father is a Christian; he is a Hindu, because his father is a Hindu; the majority of the people in the world are blindly following the religion of their fathers. An atheist, on the other hand, even though he may belong to a religious family, uses his intellect to deny the existence of God; what ever concept or qualities of God he may have learnt in his religion may not seem to be logical to him.
My Muslim brothers may question me, "Zakir, why are you congratulating an atheist?" The reason that I am congratulating an atheist is because he agrees with the first part of the Shahada i.e. the Islamic Creed, 'La ilaaha' - meaning 'there is no God'. So half my job is already done; now the only part left is 'il lallah' i.e. 'BUT ALLAH' which I shall do Insha Allah. With others (who are not atheists) I have to first remove from their minds the wrong concept of God they may have and then put the correct concept of one true God.
LOGICAL CONCEPT OF GOD
My first question to the atheist will be: "What is the definition of God?" For a person to say there is no God, he should know what is the meaning of God. If I hold a book and say that 'this is a pen', for the opposite person to say, 'it is not a pen', he should know what is the definition of a pen, even if he does not know nor is able to recognise or identify the object I am holding in my hand. For him to say this is not a pen, he should at least know what a pen means. Similarly for an atheist to say 'there is no God', he should at least know the concept of God. His concept of God would be derived from the surroundings in which he lives. The god that a large number of people worship has got human qualities - therefore he does not believe in such a god. Similarly a Muslim too does not and should not believe in such false gods. If a non-Muslim believes that Islam is a merciless religion with something to do with terrorism; a religion which does not give rights to women; a religion which contradicts science; in his limited sense that non-Muslim is correct to reject such Islam. The problem is he has a wrong picture of Islam. Even I reject such a false picture of Islam, but at the same time, it becomes my duty as a Muslim to present the correct picture of Islam to that non-Muslim i.e. Islam is a merciful religion, it gives equal rights to the women, it is not incompatible with logic, reason and science; if I present the correct facts about Islam, that non-Muslim may Inshallah accept Islam. Similarly the atheist rejects the false gods and the duty of every Muslim is to present the correct concept of God which he shall Insha Allah not refuse. (You may refer to my article, 'Concept of God in Islam', for more details)
QUR'AN AND MODERN SCIENCE
The methods of proving the existence of God with usage of the material provided in the 'Concept of God in Islam' to an atheist may satisfy some but not all. Many atheists demand a scientific proof for the existence of God. I agree that today is the age of science and technology. Let us use scientific knowledge to kill two birds with one stone, i.e. to prove the existence of God and simultaneously prove that the Qur'an is a revelation of God. If a new object or a machine, which no one in the world has ever seen or heard of before, is shown to an atheist or any person and then a question is asked, " Who is the first person who will be able to provide details of the mechanism of this unknown object? After little bit of thinking, he will reply, 'the creator of that object.' Some may say 'the producer' while others may say 'the manufacturer.' What ever answer the person gives, keep it in your mind, the answer will always be either the creator, the producer, the manufacturer or some what of the same meaning, i.e. the person who has made it or created it. Don't grapple with words, whatever answer he gives, the meaning will be same, therefore accept it. SCIENTIFIC FACTS MENTIONED IN THE QUR'AN: for details on this subject please refer to my book, 'THE QUR'AN AND MODERN SCIENCE - COMPATIBLE OR INCOMPATIBLE?
THEORY OF PROBABILITY
In mathematics there is a theory known as 'Theory of Probability'. If you have two options, out of which one is right, and one is wrong, the chances that you will chose the right one is half, i.e. one out of the two will be correct. You have 50% chances of being correct. Similarly if you toss a coin the chances that your guess will be correct is 50% (1 out of 2) i.e. 1/2. If you toss a coin the second time, the chances that you will be correct in the second toss is again 50% i.e. half. But the chances that you will be correct in both the tosses is half multiplied by half (1/2 x 1/2) which is equal to 1/4 i.e. 50% of 50% which is equal to 25%. If you toss a coin the third time, chances that you will be correct all three times is (1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2) that is 1/8 or 50% of 50% of 50% that is 12 x 1/2%. A dice has got six sides. If you throw a dice and guess any number between 1 to 6, the chances that your guess will be correct is 1/6. If you throw the dice the second time, the chances that your guess will be correct in both the throws is (1/6 x 1/6) which is equal to 1/36. If you throw the dice the third time, the chances that all your three guesses are correct is (1/6 x 1/6 x 1/6) is equal to 1/216 that is less than 0.5 %. Let us apply this theory of probability to the Qur'an, and assume that a person has guessed all the information that is mentioned in the Qur'an which was unknown at that time. Let us discuss the probability of all the guesses being simultaneously correct. At the time when the Qur'an was revealed, people thought the world was flat, there are several other options for the shape of the earth. It could be triangular, it could be quadrangular, pentagonal, hexagonal, heptagonal, octagonal, spherical, etc. Lets assume there are about 30 different options for the shape of the earth. The Qur'an rightly says it is spherical, if it was a guess the chances of the guess being correct is 1/30. The light of the moon can be its own light or a reflected light. The Qur'an rightly says it is a reflected light. If it is a guess, the chances that it will be correct is 1/2 and the probability that both the guesses i.e the earth is spherical and the light of the moon is reflected light is 1/30 x 1/2 = 1/60. Further, the Qur'an also mentions every living thing is made of water. Every living thing can be made up of either wood, stone, copper, aluminum, steel, silver, gold, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, oil, water, cement, concrete, etc. The options are say about 10,000. The Qur'an rightly says that everything is made up of water. If it is a guess, the chances that it will be correct is 1/10,000 and the probability of all the three guesses i.e. the earth is spherical, light of moon is reflected light and everything is created from water being correct is 1/30 x 1/2 x 1/10,000 = 1/60,000 which is equal to about .0017%.
The Qur'an speaks about hundreds of things that were not known to men at the time of its revelation. Only in three options the result is .0017%. I leave it upto you, to work out the probability if all the hundreds of the unknown facts were guesses, the chances of all of them being correct guesses simultaneously and there being not a single wrong guess. It is beyond human capacity to make all correct guesses without a single mistake, which itself is sufficient to prove to a logical person that the origin of the Qur'an is Divine.
CREATOR IS THE AUTHOR OF THE QUR'AN
The only logical answer to the question as to who could have mentioned all these scientific facts 1400 years ago before they were discovered, is exactly the same answer initially given by the atheist or any person, to the question who will be the first person who will be able to tell the mechanism of the unknown object. It is the 'CREATOR', the producer, the Manufacturer of the whole universe and its contents. In the English language He is 'God', or more appropriate in the Arabic language, 'ALLAH'.
QUR'AN IS A BOOK OF SIGNS AND NOT SCIENCE
Let me remind you that the Qur'an is not a book of Science, 'S-C-I-E-N-C-E'but a book of Signs 'S-I-G-N-S' i.e. a book of ayaats. The Qur'an contains more than 6,000 ayaats, i.e. 'signs', out of which more than a thousand speak about Science. I am not trying to prove that the Qur'an is the word of God using scientific knowledge as a yard stick because any yardstick is supposed to be more superior than what is being checked or verified. For us Muslims the Qur'an is the Furqan i.e. criteria to judge right from wrong and the ultimate yardstick which is more superior to scientific knowledge.
But for an educated man who is an atheist, scientific knowledge is the ultimate test which he believes in. We do know that science many a times takes 'U' turns, therefore I have restricted the examples only to scientific facts which have sufficient proof and evidence and not scientific theories based on assumptions. Using the ultimate yardstick of the atheist, I am trying to prove to him that the Qur'an is the word of God and it contains the scientific knowledge which is his yardstick which was discovered recently, while the Qur'an was revealed 1400 year ago. At the end of the discussion, we both come to the same conclusion that God though superior to science, is not incompatible with it.
SCIENCE IS ELIMINATING MODELS OF GOD BUT NOT GOD
Francis Bacon, the famous philosopher, has rightly said that a little knowledge of science makes man an atheist, but an in-depth study of science makes him a believer in God. Scientists today are eliminating models of God, but they are not eliminating God. If you translate this into Arabic, it is La illaha illal la, There is no god, (god with a small 'g' that is fake god) but God (with a capital 'G').
"Soon We will show them our signs in the (farthest) regions (of the earth), and in their own souls, until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that thy Lord doth witness all things?"
What is the Purpose of Life?
Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? One of the first questions that comes to mind when considering our purpose of life is, "where did we come from?" Are we here based on random natural coincidences or is there a higher intelligent being, a creator? Acknowledging the existence of a creator is the first step in understanding our true purpose in life. There are many logical and rational reasons for believing in a creator. Three reasons are briefly mentioned below.
1. Beginning of the Universe
The first evidence that points to the existence of God relates to understanding the origin of the universe.
Imagine walking in a desert and finding a watch. We know a watch consists of glass, plastic and metal. Glass comes from sand, plastic from oil, and metal extracted from the ground - all these components are found in the desert. Would you believe that the watch formed itself? That the Sun shone, the wind blew, lightning struck, the oil bubbled to the surface and mixed with the sand and metal, and over millions of years the watch came together by random or natural coincidences?
Some may ask, "Who created God"? God, the Creator, is different to His creation. God is eternal, has always existed and has no beginning; therefore the question of who created God is irrational.
Human experience and simple logic tells us that something that has a beginning does not simply come from nothing, nor can something create itself. Therefore, the most rational explanation is that a higher "being" created the universe. This "being" must be powerful and intelligent as it brought the whole universe into existence and created the ‘laws of science' which govern it. We can also reason that this "being" is timeless and spaceless, because time, space and matter began at the creation of the universe. All of these attributes make up the basic concept of God, the creator of the universe. This is in perfect agreement with modern science which concludes that the universe is finite and has a beginning
2. Perfection of the Universe
The second evidence that points to the existence of an intelligent creator is the order and perfect balance of our complex universe.
Many features in the universe clearly indicate it to be specially designed to support life, such as the earth's distance from the sun, the thickness of the earth's crust, the speed at which the earth revolves, the percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere, and even the earth's tilt. If these measurements were slightly different to what they currently are, life could not exist.
In the same way that a watch has an intelligent maker to keep accurate time, so too must the earth have an intelligent maker to keep accurate time around the sun. Could this occur by itself?
When we see the order, precise laws and systems within ourselves and throughout the universe, is it not rational they have an organiser? This ‘organiser' is best explained by the existence of God - the one who brought about this order.
3. Revelation from God
- The third evidence that points to the existence of God is the actual revelation that God has sent to humankind as a sign of His existence. There are clear signs that the book of Islam, the Quran, is the word of God. Below is a brief summary of reasons that support this claim. The Quran:
- Is over 1400 years old and contains many scientific facts that were unknown to people of that time and which have only been discovered recently by science. Examples include: water being the origin of all living things (Quran 21:30); the expanding universe (Quran 51:47); and the individual orbits of the sun and moon (Quran 21:33).
- Contains many historical facts that were unknown to the people of that time as well as numerous predictions which have proven to be correct.
- Is free from any errors or contradictions despite gradual revelation over 23 years and covering a wide variety of topics.
- Has been preserved, word-for-word, since its revelation in its original Arabic language, unlike other scriptures which no longer exist in their original form.
- Has a simple, pure and universal message which appeals to Man's intellect and inherent beliefs about Almighty God.
- Has a deep and moving effect on people.
- Was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who was known to be illiterate, yet contains a unique style of language that is universally known as the pinnacle of Arabic eloquence and linguistic beauty.
- The most rational explanation for the many unique and miraculous aspects of the Quran is that it is from God.
God Sends Guidance
Upon acknowledging that we have been created by the All-Wise Creator, we would expect to be informed of our purpose. How can we know what God expects from us? Do we live in trial and error, or make our own purpose? Do we "go with the flow" by following others? No. God sent Prophets and revelation to inform us of our purpose.
God sent thousands of Prophets, at least one to every nation, with the same message: to worship God alone and to follow His guidance. They included Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them all).
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the last in the chain of Prophets, was the perfect example of an honest, just, compassionate and brave human being. He was sent with the final revelation from God, the Quran, to demonstrate how its teachings should be applied.
The Quran is a book of guidance and explains many concepts such as the purpose of our existence; who God is; the actions liked and disliked by God; the stories of the Prophets and their lessons; accounts of Heaven, Hell, and the Day of Judgement. It aims to clarify misunderstandings about the nature of God, such as clarifying the nature and role of Jesus compared to the nature of God.
Jesus, like all the other Prophets, performed miracles and called to the worship of The One true God (Quran 19:36).
The Nature of Jesus
When trying to understand the concept of God in Islam, it is important to discuss the status of Jesus, given the widespread confusion and claims about his nature.
Some Christians claim that "Jesus is God" or part of a trinity - that is, he is the incarnation of God on earth and that God took on a human form. However, according to the Bible, Jesus was born, ate, slept, prayed and had limited knowledge – all attributes not befitting God. God has attributes of perfection whereas Man is the opposite. So how can anything be two complete opposites both at the same time? This is not rational.
However, some may ask, "If God can do anything, why can't he become a man?" By definition, God does not do ungodly acts, so if God became man and took on human attributes, he would, necessarily, no longer be God.
Furthermore, the Bible contains many verses in which Jesus speaks and behaves as if God is a separate being to himself. For example, Jesus "fell on his face and prayed" [Matthew 26:39]. If Jesus was God, then would a God fall on his face and pray? And, who would he be praying to?
Some Christians claim that "Jesus is the Son of God." We should ask ourselves, what does this actually mean? Surely God is far removed from having a physical and literal son. Rather, we find that the term "Son of God" is symbolically used in the earliest biblical languages for a "righteous person". It is used throughout the Old Testament for many righteous people such as David, Solomon and Israel - not exclusively for Jesus, "...Israel is my firstborn son," (Exodus 4:22) is one such example. "It is not befitting for Allah to take a son; He is perfect and flawless!"Quran 19:35The Islamic belief about Jesus explains who the real Jesus was, whilst maintaining the pure belief about God and His complete Greatness, Uniqueness and Perfection. Jesus was as an honourable Prophet sent by God to call to the worship of God alone.
So... why am I here?
Everyone would acknowledge that our body parts, such as our eyes, ears, brains and hearts, have a purpose. Wouldn't it then make sense that the individual, as a whole, also has a purpose?
God, the All Wise, did not create us to simply wander aimlessly or to only fulfil our basic instincts and desires. Rather, we have a higher purpose - to acknowledge and worship God alone, so that we live upon the guidance of our Creator. This guidance enables us to live a successful and blessed life in all aspects. This includes personal acts of virtue like prayer, as well as beneficial acts to society, like being good to one's neighbours, supporting one's family, honesty, and caring for animals.
God forbids us from worshiping anything else (e.g. statues, the sun, moon, saints, priests or even Prophets). He does not need any partners or intermediaries. Everyone can always worship God directly.
God describes this life as a test, and people are tested in different ways. We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we react. Patience during adversities, and gratitude for blessings, are a means of getting closer to God and attaining eternal Paradise. We are also warned of a terrible punishment in Hell if we choose to disbelieve and ignore His commands.
So... what do I do now?
The test of one's faith is in using one's intellect to contemplate and recognise God's signs and live according to His guidance. This is done by submitting to God's commands, which in Arabic means to become a "Muslim".
God, the One and only Creator - 'Allah' in Arabic - has made Islam accessible to everyone, regardless of their history, background or present situation. Therefore, anyone can become a Muslim by simply believing in, and uttering the following testimony of faith:
"I testify that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah, and I testify that Muhammad is Allah's Messenger."
Isn't it time for you to fulfil your purpose of life, submit to the truth and acknowledge your Creator?