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Crime as a cause of the fall of nations

Crime as a cause of the fall of nations

The Arabic term ‘JǓRM’ (جُرم) primarily means cutting off (fruits of a tree) (for oneself) or shearing off (wool of a sheep); it also refers to selfish exploitation of resources for one’s own personal advantage. Other meanings of the term JǓRM include: a crime; an offence; or an unlawful act. In the Quran, prevalence of JǓRM (جُرم) or crime in the society has been given as one of the causes for the downfall of nations. Allah says in the Quran:…

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Injustice as a cause of the fall of nations

Injustice as a cause of the fall of nations

The Arabic term ZULM (ظُلم) primarily means ‘not putting a thing where it belongs or where it ought to be’; it refers to ‘unfairness and injustice’ by depriving people of their due rights; acting wrongfully, injuriously or tyrannically; exceeding or falling short or deviating from proper time or place; transgressing proper limits; making someone to suffer loss; oppression; tyranny; and inequity. ZULM has been described as one of the key reasons for the downfall and destruction of nations, in the…

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Four Key Obligations on Muslims

Four Key Obligations on Muslims

According to the Quran, there are four key obligations on Muslims: two as individuals and two collectively as a Muslim community/state. Individual Obligations   1. Fasting/Abstinence (الصیام)    يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ O Believers! Fasting/Abstinence is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for the people before you so that you may attain TAQWA. [Al-Quran Surah 2: Verse 183] 2. Making a Will (الوصیۃ) كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذَا حَضَرَ أَحَدَكُمُ…

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Dispelling Fear and Grief

Dispelling Fear and Grief

Fear of occurrence of undesirable events in future and grief upon the unpleasant events happened in the past are common phenomena in our lives. FEAR is highly correlated with ANXIETY; GRIEF is highly correlated with DEPRESSION. Some measures suggested in the Quran to dispel fear and grief, are given in the following: 1. BELIEF (ایمان)  إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالنَّصَارَىٰ وَالصَّابِئِينَ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ Surely, those who (profess to…

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Purpose of Salaat

Purpose of Salaat

1. Allah’s Zikr The primary purpose of salaa(t) is Allah’s Zikr. أَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِذِكْرِي …Establish SALAAT for my ZIKR… [20:14] يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا نُودِيَ لِلصَّلَاةِ مِن يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ فَاسْعَوْا إِلَىٰ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَذَرُوا الْبَيْعَ O You who believe! When the call is made for the SALAAT on the Day of the Congregation, hasten to the ZIKR of Allah and leave your commerce…[62:9] 1.1 Some Results of Allah’s Zikr The purpose of Allah’s ZIKR is as follows: i. To feel a…

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Allah’s Support

Allah’s Support

Muslims reiterate in their every prayer to Allah: [إِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ (You alone we ask for help & support) {Surah 1: Verse 5}]. They realize that Allah is the one Whose support should be sought [وَاللَّهُ الْمُسْتَعَانُ {Surah 12: Verse 18}][رَبُّنَا الرَّحْمَٰنُ الْمُسْتَعَانُ {Surah 21: Verse 112}]. At the same time, Allah has ordained Muslims to establish a system of mutual support to one another in this worldly life. Allah has directed Muslims to mutually support one another in deeds of…

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Criteria for Allah’s Guidance

Criteria for Allah’s Guidance

Allah, the Creator of this Universe, not only brought everything into existence but also provided it guidance towards the fulfilment and actualization of its potential. The major difference between human beings and other beings is that the other beings have been provided guidance by default while human beings are provided guidance by choice through Allah’s chosen Messengers, in the form of Divine Books – the last and final version being the Quran. إِنَّ عَلَيْنَا لَلْهُدَىٰ Surely, it is for Us…

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