Whoever has completed the religious education and has received the degree in theology in any recognized institutions or has been long recognized by the Muslims as an Islamic scholars are call by nowadays Muslims as Ulama.The title is given to them by the general Muslims public according to their understanding of who is the Ulama of Islam. No Institution has been accredited by the Muslims to be able to award the title Ulama to any Muslims in this world. The title Ulama is a title given by the general Muslims to a certain personalities that they believed to be pious and God fearing person. The title is given base on the general impression of the general Muslims. When certain group of the Muslims communities recognized certain individuals in the communities as pious and God fearing they call them Ulama while those Muslims that do not recognized the individuals as pious and God fearing would not call that particular person as Ulama.The title Ulama is very ambiguous and inconsistence. There is no standard being use in designating a person as Ulama. Because of this, the term Ulama is not a reliable indicator of a person well verse in Islamic theology and a God fearing. We may have a standard in Islamic theology but it is almost impossible to have a standard in God fearing qualities. How can we measure the quality of God fearing in a person? Read the rest of this entry »
Monthly Archives: December 2010
By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net,
Bhopal: Muslims all over the world are at the receiving end for directing all their efforts and energies on materialism and giving a goby to spiritualism which links them to their Creator, said Maulana Shaukat addressing the “Aalami Tablighi Ijtima” (World Preachers’ Congregation) here on Sunday
Maulana Shaukat addressing intellectuals in the 63rd “Aalami Tablighi Ijtima” on December 26 said that Muslims are at the receiving end everywhere despite the fact that the amount of wealth and education possessed by the followers of Islam the world over is much more than what they had 1400 years ago at the time of advent of Islam during the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and later during the rule of four of his Caliphs. The Muslims nowadays, however, despite having everything with enormous resources at their disposal are scorned and despised by other communities as they have abandoned the way of life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
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Posted by Dr. Momin Sohil
Maryam (Mary), the mother of Isa (Jesus), was a pious Muslim woman during the time of Prophet Zakariyya. She was Maryam daughter Imran from the family lineage of Dawud (David), the offspring of the Children of Israel. In the Quran there is a chapter named Maryam which talks about Maryam, her birth, her story, the birth of her son Prophet Isa (Jesus), and other things. Allah also mentioned the story of her mother’s pregnancy with her in Surah Al Imran.
Maryam’s mother, Hannah, conceived and delivered Maryam when she was an old woman, at an age when women usually can no longer have babies. With the birth of a son in mind, Hannah vowed that she would dedicate the child to the service of the Sacred House in Jerusalem, dedicate the child for worship, freed from all worldly affairs. Instead Almighty Allah blessed Hannah with a daughter. She named the girl “Maryam,” which literally means “maidservant of Allah,” and she asked Allah to protect Maryam and her offspring from evil. Maryam could not be devoted to temple service as her mother had intended, due to being a female, under the Mosaic Law at the time. However, as the new born was marked out for a special destiny to be the mother of the miracle-child, Prophet Isa, Allah had accepted her for His service.
The Holy Quran says:
(Remember) when the wife of ‘Imran said: “O my Lord! I have vowed to You what (the child that) is in my womb to be dedicated for Your services (free from all worldly work; to serve Your Place of worship), so accept this, from me. Verily, You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knowing.”
Then when she delivered her [child Maryam (Mary)], she said: “O my Lord! I have delivered a female child,” – and Allah knew better what she delivered, – “And the male is not like the female, and I have named her Maryam, and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and for her offspring from Shaitan (Satan), the outcast.” (Surah Al-Imran:35-36)
Since Maryam’s father had died, she lived under the care of Zakariyya, who was the husband of Maryam’s sister and the father of John “the Baptist”. He was a great man among Children of Israel at the time, to whom they would refer their religious matters. She grew up as a righteous, pure, and pious Muslim woman worshipping Allah and endeavoring greatly in performing obedience to Him. Zakariyya saw astonishing miracles occur from her that amazed him.
So her Lord (Allah) accepted her with goodly acceptance. He made her grow in a good manner and put her under the care of Zachariyya. Every time he entered Al-Mihrâb (a praying place or a private room) to (visit) her, he found her supplied with sustenance. He said: “O Maryam! From where have you got this?” She said, “This is from Allah.” Verily, Allah provides sustenance to whom He wills, without limit.” (Surah Al-Imran:37)
It has been mentioned that he would find her with winter fruit during the summer and summer fruit during the winter.
She became the best of the women in the world. It is mentioned in the Quran that the angels said Allah chose Maryam and preferred her to the other women of the world.
And (remember) when the angels said: “O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allah has chosen you, purified you, and chosen you above the women of the ‘Alamîn (mankind and jinns).”
O Maryam! “Submit yourself with obedience to your Lord (Allah, by worshipping none but Him Alone) and prostrate yourself, and Irkâ’i (bow down etc.) along with Ar-Râki’ûn (those who bow down etc.).” (Surah Al-Imran:42-43)
And as the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Many men reached the level of perfection, but no woman reached such a level except Maryam, the daughter of Imran and Asia, the wife of Pharaoh.” (Hadith – Sahih Bukhari 4.643, Narrated Abu Musa Al Ashari ) Read the rest of this entry »
By Zainab Lakhani for TwoCircles.net
I grew up eating turmeric in the various dishes that my mom crafted in our Southern California home. I did not know that turmeric had any other properties other than the ability to turn things yellow (sometimes permanently). Then I saw the weirdest thing. My father brought home (from his ranch in the valley) a pregnant goat nearing the end of her gestation period. As she lay on her side in the backyard, bleating away, my mother prepared a drink for her. One of the ingredients in it was: you guessed it, turmeric. This will save her from infection after she has given birth, explained my mother. I was confused, but hey whatever my mom thought was best, I just wanted to play with some kids. Read the rest of this entry »
And He feeds me and quenches my thirst and when I fall sick then He (Allaah) cures me. [Soorah Shu’araa: 80].
Some scholars of Tafseer explain that there is a relation between what we eat and drink and falling sick since most people fall ill because of their diet. This could be a reason why Allaah mentioned that Ibrahim (peace be upon him) recognized that Allaah is the One who provides sustenance for us but that sickness is due to our own self and this is why sickness is mentioned after food and drink in this verse.
1- Abdullah Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them both) narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “teach, promise, don’t preach hardships and if one of you got angry he should stay silent” (Imam Ahmed in his Musnad 1/329, in Saheih Al gaame’ 693, in Al tyalessy 2608 and in Al adab Al mofrad 245 by Al Bukhary)
The medical recommendation says:
Take a “time out”…counting to 10 before reacting
2- Abu Thar Al Ghefarey (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said : “if one of you got angry while standing he should sit till he calm down, and if he did not, he should lie down” (Musnad of Imam Ahmed 5/152, Saheih Al gaame’ 694, Fayd Al Kadeer, Al manawy 408, Abu Dawood 4782 which is corrected by Ibn Hebban 5688) Read the rest of this entry »
For Iranians marriage is considered to be an event, which must be celebrated not quietly but with glory and distinction. It is the most conspicuous of all the rituals and must be celebrated in the presence of an assembly, which can bear witness to the event.
In the ancient times, the musicians playing at marriage gatherings used drums to announce the marriage to the people of the town or village. The group that gathered for the marriage was called the assembly “Anjoman” for the queenly bride.
Traditionally, both the bride and the bridegroom would dress in white with wreaths of flower on their necks, something similar to the Hawaiian Lei. These wreaths of flower are still worn in modern wedding ceremonies in Pakistan (which used to be part of the great Persian Empire), but it is eliminated from the Iranian wedding ceremony. The color white is a symbol of purity, innocence and faithfulness. Today most modern Iranian couples follow the western dress code and style.
There are two stages to a Persian marriage. Most often both take place on the same day, but occasionally there could be some time between the two. The first is called “Aghd”, the legal process of getting married, when both the bride and bridegroom and their guardians sign a marriage contract. The second stage is “Jashn-e Aroosi”, the actual feasts and the celebrations, which traditionally lasted from 3 to 7 days. Read the rest of this entry »