Iman is the core of everything in our life.With iman,we'll know what to do and achieve in this dunya.Iman is the torch we should use to light the darkness of our life.Is our battery of Iman full enough to help us find our way to Jannah?
Today, I came across a video on You Tube which has this title to it "Questions To Muslims". The person asked these questions with all seriousness in hope to understand Islam better. So after reading the questions, I really felt like replying to this person whom I believe might be an Atheist. However, I also felt like sharing it with you all out there, something like a discussion on this.
Here are the questions....Leave your opinions/answers in the comment section ok?
1- Is there punishment for apostasy in islam? what is it?
2- What is your interpretation of sura 4:34? (Surah An-Nisa': Ayat 34)
3- Why is it ok to have multiple wives, but not multiple husbands?
4- What kind of government would be best for Muslims to live under?
5- Where are the 5 pillars specifically mentioned in the koran? If they are not, then how is the Koran complete?
6- can someone be gay and muslim?
7- What is the best proof that God exists other than the Koran?
8- Is the way the koran dictates nonbelievers should be treated just? Why?
The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went further than ever. The further the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste.
To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go further and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower price. So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin.
After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.
So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan? If you were consulting the fish industry, what would you recommend?
How Japanese Fish Stay Fresh:
To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are put through a challenge and are kept "on their toes" in order to stay fresh and lively.
Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired & dull, so we need a Shark in our life to keep us awake and moving? Basically in our lives Sharks are new challenges to keep us active and lively. These sharks can come in all different forms but all for the same reason....to keep us alive and active. At times we might complain of huge sharks or too many sharks but only the sender of the sharks knows the benifit of sending.
Allah Ta'aala says:"...and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know." (Surah Baqarah: 216)
Allah Ta'aala says: "Verily your Rabb increases and decreases the provisions of whoever He wills. Indeed He is informed and watching over His slaves." (Surah Israa: 30)
All mentioned people in this untold story about Osama bin Laden (may Allah have mercy on him) really exist and the names aren’t just made up by some Jihad fanatics. Just do a little research, InsyaAllah you’ll be able to know the truth...
As Muslims, we shouldn’t let ourselves be blindly fooled by the foolish ones who foolishly declared him of being THE BAD AND HEARTLESS TERRORIST.. If we haven’t realized, and still thinking....is he a good person or bad?? Then, I just hope that, it’s still not too late to know about Osama Bin Laden and a little bit about his lifestyle, so that we won’t easily condemn his Jihadi acts without understanding his real aim and intention.
I was reading the Berita Harian today, and in it the story of Osama’s life was told. It says that Osama Bin Laden had 6 wives etc etc...(you’d know this if you read Berita Minggu), but I don’t find it interesting. However, the story below is an eye opener for me.
This is what Sheikh Abdullah Azzam (The Prince of Martyrs) said about Sheikh Usama Bin Ladin..........
"We ask All ah (SW T) to protect our Brother, Abu Abdullah Usama Bin Ladin; as for this man, my eyes have never ever seen a man like him in the entire World."
"This man represents an entire nation."
"By Allah, I bear witness that I could not find an equal to him in the whole of the Islamic World, so we ask Allah to protect his religion and his wealth, and to bless him in his life."
"He lives in his house the life of the poor. I used to visit him at his house in Jeddah whenever I used to go for Hajj or Umrah and I never found a single table or chair in his house: all of his houses. He was married to four wives and in all four of his houses, 1 never did see a single table or chair.
Any Jordanian or Egyptian labourer's house was better than the house of Usama. At the same time, if you asked him for a million riyals (US$275,000) for the Mujahideen, he would write you out a cheque for a million riyals on the spot."
"The Afghans would see the Arab as a man who had left his commerce, employment and company behind in Saudi Arabia, or the Arabian Gulf or Jordan, and had come to live a life of stale bread and tea on the peaks of mountains. And they would see Usama Bin Ladin as a man who had left behind his business deal of expanding the Sacred Mosque of The Prophet (SAWS) in Madinah, to his brothers, thereby forfeiting his share of it – SR8million (US$2.5million) – and throwing himself into the thick of the battles."
"Usama went to one of his sisters and presented to her the fatwa of Sheikh Ibn Taymiyyah regarding the obligation of spending on the Jihad, so she took out her cheque book and wrote him a cheque of SR8million (US$2.5 million ) immediately.
The people said to her, `Have you gone crazy? Eight million riyals in a single donation?'
Many Muslim women tried to dissuade her; many Muslim men tried to discourage her husband and they said to her, 'You live in a rented flat: it will only cost you one million riyals (US$275,000) to build a house for yourself, so why not spend one million of this donation for your own house?'
Therefore, she went to her brother, Usama, and consulted with him about spending one million riyals on building a house for herself .
Usama said to her, 'By Allah, not even a single riyal! You are living in a spacious flat whilst others are dying, unable even to find a tent to live in.'"
"Whenever he sits with you, you feel that he is a servant from amongst the servants of the house, with his manners and manhood. By Allah, we have found him to be like that. I said to Sheikh Sayyaf once, 'Keep this man with you and forbid him from entering the battles,' whereas he, on the other hand, was always desperate to go and confront the enemy face-to-face."
"Believe me, whenever he would come to my house in Peshawar and I would need to make a telephone call, he would go and get the telephone and place it in front of me, to avoid me having to move from my place. Manners, modesty, manhood: we ask Allah to protect him."
"The first time he invited me to his house was in Ramadan. At the time of Maghrib, he brought in a plate full of rice containing a few bones with thin streaks of meat on them, and two or three kebabs."
"Sayyid Diya', (an Afghan Commander of the Northern Alliance, a nephew of Sayyaf and one of those who fought against the Mujahideen in the US Crusade on Afghanistan that began in 2001), told a journalist from the French newspaper, Le Monde, 'We knew that Usama was wealthy, but he used to live amongst us a simple and meagre life.
He was surrounded by the Russians on two occasions: one of these occasions was during a battle that lasted 24 days, and this is the longest battle that I have ever participated in, in my entire life. Usama was surrounded for seven day s, on the peak of a mountain, with 100 of his men. They were being subjected to extremely heavy, continuous shelling from the Russians, so Usama ordered the wide open plains to be mined in order to cut the supply route of the Russians, and then he attacked the Russians on the seventh day, being victorious in the battle. Usama and the Arabs were really brave, in truth – and since that battle I have never seen a battle of that ferocity.
To be honest with you, we were very afraid of the continuous shelling upon us, and we were waiting inside our trenches for the Russians to approach us, so that we could open fire on them. The Arabs, on the other hand, were leaping up from the trenches and facing the enemy face-to-face: they were eager to fight the enemy hand-to-hand, whereas not a single Afghan was prepared to do that."