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Some Qur’an exegetes have referred to the Fajr as the middle prayer, while some others have referred to the prayer of Isha (the night prayer). Some declared the Jumu’ah as the middle of the prayers (4), while others have stated that it is “the collective prayer” or “Salat-ul-Khauf”. This contention went to the extent that even the prayers of Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Azha and Witr have also been declared as the middle prayer by some or the other commentators of the holy Quran......

Rationality in Islam
Dr A Q Khan
Rationality in Islam
Dr A Q Khan

In Islam, all actions are supposed to be based on reason, logic and consideration of the feelings of others. This is derived from clear and emphatic instructions in the Quran (17:89). In the west, rationalism came in the wake of a massive social and cultural movement in the religious establishment, thus invoking reason as an alternative to religious precepts. This came about because the church had established absolute domination over society and had chained human thought and conduct to arbitrary clerical authority in the name of God. ....

Extremism in any form, of anything, in brief is an abnormal human behaviour, which is far from reasonable, or acceptable in a civilized society. Being too liberal or too harsh in understanding Islam is also an exercise in extremism, which is again not in line with normative Islam. Either of the approaches hence greatly hurts the image of Islam in its own way.....

 

First, the overwhelming majority of people who believe that their religion is supreme are tolerant, respect the beliefs of others, and happily co-exist with them. Second, fanatics show intolerance not only to those who embrace other religions, but also to believers who share their faith but whom they do not see as good believers. Clearly, intolerance here is the result of one seeing themselves better than other believers of the same faith. Third, fanaticism does not express itself in one’s relationship with God, but in one’s relationship with other people....

What I have mentioned earlier is that the Islamic prayer, initially, consisted of two Rak’ats (cycles) until the Salat-ul-Isra was revealed. This is a unanimous opinion based on the consensus of Ulema. As regards the reports telling that all the daily prayers were ordained on the very first day of divine revelation, they starkly contradict with the unanimous statement of Ulema who hold that the prayers were ordained during the event of Isra. Also, they do not corroborate the report that two prayers i.e. the dawn prayer (Fajr) and the evening prayer (Asr, which is also known as Salat-ul-Asha) were being performed before the event of Isra ....

 

Based on the books of Sirah and the Qur'anic exegeses, Islamic scholars conducted their researches and concluded that the five daily prayers were enjoined upon Muslims several years after the first Qur'anic verse was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Moreover, they have established that the Prophet PBUH would offer the Tahajjud prayer and engage in other night prayers before he proclaimed his prophethood. Hazrat Ibn Abbas narrates that the night prayers were mandatory for the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his Ummah at the advent of Islam. They continued with this practice for one or ten years until it was abrogated by the commandment of the five daily obligatory prayers....

 

Islam is the final religion and the Prophet Muḥammad   the final prophet and messenger.  Other prophets had miracles that they performed.  Moses parted the sea; Jesus raised the dead.  But those miracles were for those who were there to witness them.  Sure, we can try to imagine them, but unless you were there it's not the same.  That is more proof that it was meant specifically for their people.  While the Prophet Muḥammad   did perform some miracles, his most important miracle is the Qurʾān. ….

 

The Qur'anic exegeses point to the fact that the Prophet Muhammad PBUH used to offer Namaz (Salah) before people in the earliest three years of his prophethood, that too at the most manifest place of Mecca, known as “Muqam”. This is what outraged one of the chieftains of Quraish, Abu Jahal Bin Hisham, who threatened him for that. It implies that this verse had been revealed shortly after the revelation of the first verses of the Surah Iqra. It was at the time when the Prophet Muhammad PBUH and Abu Jahal came at odds with each other, as the Quraish could not tolerate the Prophet’s praying to a God whom they did not pray or believe, particularly at the place of Muqam. So, Abu Jahal attempted to stop the Prophet PBUH from offering his prayer....

... the commandment of Namaz (Salat) in Islam did not come at once, but it was revealed gradually, first in Mecca and then in Medina. Thus, It was completed after the Prophet (peace be upon him) migrated to Medina. We also get to know that the Prophet’s prayers consisted of only two Rak’ats when he was in Mecca, but they increased in number when he migrated to Medina. Moreover, prayers were categorized into Salat ul Muqeem (non-traveller’s prayer) and Salat ul Musafir (traveller’s prayer). In addition, some more prayers were introduced in Medina whereas they were never offered in Mecca. All this happened because of the nature of the Prophethood that attained its perfection after the Prophet’s migration to Medina. Since Namaz is one of the main pillars of Islam, its edicts progressed with the evolution of Islam…..

At the Alameda County Fairgrounds there were several non-Muslims who also attended and joined in the prayer for rain – including a man with a dog, who also was sitting in the last row of the men’s prayer lines. So perhaps God accepted the dog’s prayer? All joking aside, in our Dua (supplication), we ask God to give water to the plants and animals and ask God not to punish them as well as the innocent children for our sins…..

Humility and its Virtues
Abu Usama Ath-Thahabi

One of the clearest examples of his humility is that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) would sit in the Masjid with his companions and if a stranger or visitor came to the Masjid he wouldn’t know who the Prophet was until he asked, “Which one of you is Muhammad?” This is because he would not sit, dress, or be treated in a way that distinguished him from the people….

The Holy Book has termed this technique Sabr or patience. Invariably, God expects human beings not to be impatient. When faced with turmoil and pain, He insists that we should seek help from prayer and patience. As it is mentioned in the Quran, the Almighty is with those who hold on to the practice of patience. Those who practice Sabr become satisfied. Patience can be of multiple types....

Experience of the Presence of God
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Experience of the Presence of God
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The greatest achievement for someone in this world is to begin seeing God, to feel the presence of God near him. If he is truly alive, he will see the light of God in the brilliant rays of the sun. He will discern reflections of God in the verdant trees. He will experience the touch of God in the softness of the breeze....

Two Examples of Forgiveness
Khalid Zaheer
Two Examples of Forgiveness
Khalid Zaheer

Magnanimity, which includes forgiving others, ranks at the very top of all human virtues. If you are magnanimous, you are one of the very best of humans, no matter what your worldly status is. If you are someone who carries grudges in his heart against others, you are a very ordinary person, no matter how seemingly virtuous your deeds are. All prophets were magnanimous. We Muslims take pride in mentioning the magnanimity of our prophet, and rightly so....

 
Sufi Saints of Bihar
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
Sufi Saints of Bihar
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

‘Sufism’ comes from the Arabic word ‘Safa’, which means “purity”. The other meaning, which is derived from the term ‘Suf’, means “wool”, indicating lack of extravagance and signifying simplicity. In short a Sufi is one who lives a simple life and has purity of faith.....

In one of his recent speeches. Mr. Sultan Shahin, the founder editor of New Age Islam, triggered a thought-provoking and brainstorming process: “ ... It is very important for us to study what the Prophet did before he was chosen by God to be his messenger. We don't know much but what we do tells us that he spent hours and days in mediation… " ... This question is no doubt of paramount importance at a time when Islam is being turned into a political, extremist, exclusivist, totalitarian and fascist ideology. I would earnestly want the readers to seriously ponder over the question, particularly on the Prophet Muhammad’s birth day, so that they may find a creditable retort to the extremist interpretation of Islam by the people who peddle hate, intolerance, exclusivisim and fascism, in the name of Islam. Therefore, we should consider this point very carefully.

Though the practice celebrated by God Almighty and the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) has been an apple of discord among Muslims in the last few decades, the mainstream Muslim intellectuals, Jurists (Fuqaha) and scholars over time have come to celebrate it as part of the mental and emotional furniture of Muslim community. The birthday commemoration of the prophet, particularly among the Sufi orders worldwide, is not a departure from the mainstream but a living testimony that the contemporary Muslims are still faithful to the Qur'anic injunction:

“Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace”. [33: 56] 

Islam is based on the foundation of mysticism, total trustworthiness of the Prophet and his social activism, fight against oppression and exploitation, said Sultan Shahin, founder and editor of the multilingual Islamic website NewAgeIslam.com, addressing a mixed gathering of intellectuals, activists and youths in Pune, Maharashtra. The session was chaired by Syed Bhai, president of Muslim Satyashodhak Samaj, Pune. The founder of the Society Mr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay is at present Consul General of India, New York and was earlier India's High Commissioner in Maldives.

People who peddle hate and intolerance, exclusivisim and fascism, in the name of Islam, should study the character of the Prophet (saw), his early life as much as his career as a prophet, said Mr. Shahin. He went on: " It is very important for us to study what did the Prophet do before he was chosen by God to be his messenger. We don't know much but what we do tells us that he spent hours and days in mediation, in the way of our Sufis and Rishis, was considered a man of impeccable honesty by the people of Mecca including later his enemies and ran what today would be called a human rights NGO, called The Alliance of the Virtuous, fighting oppression, protecting the weak."

Mr. Shahin continued: "The mystic meditations of the prophet in the cave of Hira (Ghar-e-Hira) for weeks at a stretch are well known, and so are his personality traits like honesty and total trustworthiness, for which the Meccans had named him al-Ameen (The Trustworthy). But perhaps not many know about his social activism and his fond memories and moving descriptions of these activities during his days as prophet. The Prophet and his allies in the organisation were active in search of justice for all, particularly the wayfarers, traders from foreign soil who had been wronged by Meccans and other oppressed and exploited. "  

"This group of Meccan activists The Alliance of the Virtuous," explained Mr. Shahin, "had been formed by the prophet's uncles Zubair and Abu Talib, in his presence, in a meeting at the house of Abd Allah ibn Judan. The circumstances in which this Alliance  was formed and the purpose behind it are quite instructive. South African author  Farid Esack quotes a narration by Ibn S'ad (1967,1, p., 144) to tell this fascinating story of pre-Islamic Mecca. ....

One of the matters that different religions have greatly stressed is number and timings of prayers. The scheduled times of obligatory prayers are of utmost importance, as only those prayers are accepted which are offered within a certain span of time specially meant for them. That’s precisely why prayers have been deeply linked with their scheduled times right from their inception. Most of the religions have scheduled times of prayers at sunset and sunrise.  In ancient times, people merely looked at the sun to determine the various times of day for prayer. This was partly because they were unable to make out the time and partly because they showed great veneration to the sun, the moon and the stars, as they are the most prominent celestial bodies that appear and disappear every day and night…..

 

Leading prayer congregations is not a profession or hereditary status in Islam. It is rather left to the discretion of the worshippers. They can select whosoever they want to be their Imam. But just after an Imam finishes the prayer, his Imamat (leadership) too ends with it. It is not allowed for an Imam to demand any sum of remuneration for his religious services, because being an Imam is completely voluntary and temporary in Islam. This is the reason that any sane and religiously knowledgeable person can lead the prayer in congregation…….

The adherents of the primitive religions aimed at obtaining their goals and realizing their dreams when in prayer. They did not offer prayers only to express devotion and gratitude to God’s grace and attributes, they, rather, focused on achieving their selfish desires. For they strongly believed that their prayers would earn them benefit or cause harm to them, therefore, they would pray abundantly whenever any catastrophic or miserable situation fell upon them, hoping that doing that would please God and earn His favour. Most of the faiths have divided their prayers into obligatory and non-obligatory. Obligatory prayers have to be performed for God, as He has enjoined them upon His servants. As for non-obligatory prayers, they are virtuous and commendable but not compulsory. Therefore, a person who leaves them does not deserve God’s punishment. Such prayers are performed by those who wish to attain close personal relationship with God……

THE Noble Qur’an is the eternal miracle of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), because all the miracles of the prophets (peace be upon them) ended with their death, except our Prophet (peace be upon him), whose miracle is still preserved. This everlasting miracle is the Book of Allah and His revealed speech that “Falsehood cannot approach it from before it or from behind it.” (Qur’an, 41:42) Allah the Almighty confirms this fact, when He says: • “And if any one of the polytheists seeks your protection, then grant him protection so that he may hear the Words of Allah.” (Qur’an, 9:6)…..

 

Being tolerant of difference, and not being influenced by cultural, racial or religious prejudices, I do believe that a good Muslim should always be a just Muslim, especially toward non-Muslims. For example, one of the most controversial issues surrounding current day Muslim and Jewish relations revolves around how to deal with the horrific Holocaust; the large scale Nazi destruction of millions of innocent lives….

His mercy and compassion was so great that on more than one occasion, God, Himself, reprimanded him for it. One of the greatest opponents of Islam and a personal enemy, was Abdullah bin Ubayy, the leader of the hypocrites of Madinah. Outwardly proclaiming Islam, he surreptitiously inflicted great harm to the Muslims and the mission of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Knowing his state of affairs, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) still offered the funeral prayer for him and prayed to God for his forgiveness…..

The Head of the Sufi Saints Sheikh Abdul Quadir Jilani and the Contemporary Relevance of His Discourses
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
The Head of the Sufi Saints Sheikh Abdul Quadir Jilani and the Contemporary Relevance of His Discourses
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Scores of Sufi-minded Muslims the world over subscribe to his Tariqah (Sufi order) mainly in Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia and, of course, India. In his time, people of great positions including rulers and governors of states figured among his disciples venerating him as the pioneer of the noble Islamic mysticism.  Being a great Sufi saint, Islamic theologian, earnest preacher, Sheikh Abdul Quadir (r.a) was a veteran and well-versed mystical writer. He wrote and spoke quite a lot. Some of his major mystical works that have been serving the humanity as a great source of spiritual inspiration down the ages.....

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