Saturday, September 09, 2006

Prophet Yusuf (as)

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Surah Al-Fatihah

We ask Allah's guidance in every rakah of every prayer.

Surah Al-Fatihah
In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful

1. In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
2. All the praises and thanks be to Allâh, the Lord of the 'Alamîn (mankind, jinns and all that exists).
3. The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
4. The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection)
5. You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything).
6. Guide us to the Straight Way
7. The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger (such as the Jews), nor of those who went astray (such as the Christians).

This surah we read in every rakah of every prayer. We are asking Allah to Guide us to the Straight Way.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Scientists’ Comments on the Scientific Miracles in the Holy Quran

Scientists’ Comments on the Scientific Miracles in the Holy Quran:

The following are some comments of scientists(1) on the scientific miracles in the Holy Quran. All of these comments have been taken from the videotape entitled This is the Truth. In this videotape, you can see and hear the scientists while they are giving the following comments. (To view the RealPlayer video of a comment, click on the link at the end of that comment. For a copy of this videotape, please visit this page.)

1) Dr. T. V. N. Persaud is Professor of Anatomy, Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. There, he was the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy for 16 years. He is well-known in his field. He is the author or editor of 22 textbooks and has published over 181 scientific papers. In 1991, he received the most distinguished award presented in the field of anatomy in Canada, the J.C.B. Grant Award from the Canadian Association of Anatomists. When he was asked about the scientific miracles in the Quran which he has researched, he stated the following:

“The way it was explained to me is that Muhammad was a very ordinary man. He could not read, didn’t know [how] to write. In fact, he was an illiterate. And we’re talking about twelve [actually about fourteen] hundred years ago. You have someone illiterate making profound pronouncements and statements and that are amazingly accurate about scientific nature. And I personally can’t see how this could be a mere chance. There are too many accuracies and, like Dr. Moore, I have no difficulty in my mind that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which led him to these statements.” (View the RealPlayer video of this comment Video Clip)

Professor Persaud has included some Quranic verses and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad in some of his books. He has also presented these verses and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad at several conferences.

2) Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson is the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA. Formerly, he was Professor of Ob-Gyn and the Chairman of the Department of Ob-Gyn at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He was also the President of the American Fertility Society. He has received many awards, including the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology Public Recognition Award in 1992. Professor Simpson studied the following two sayings of the Prophet Muhammad :

{In every one of you, all components of your creation are collected together in your mother’s womb by forty days...}2

{If forty-two nights have passed over the embryo, God sends an angel to it, who shapes it and creates its hearing, vision, skin, flesh, and bones....}3

He studied these two sayings of the Prophet Muhammad extensively, noting that the first forty days constitute a clearly distinguishable stage of embryo-genesis. He was particularly impressed by the absolute precision and accuracy of those sayings of the Prophet Muhammad . Then, during one conference, he gave the following opinion:

“So that the two hadeeths (the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad ) that have been noted provide us with a specific time table for the main embryological development before forty days. Again, the point has been made, I think, repeatedly by other speakers this morning: these hadeeths could not have been obtained on the basis of the scientific knowledge that was available [at] the time of their writing . . . . It follows, I think, that not only there is no conflict between genetics and religion but, in fact, religion can guide science by adding revelation to some of the traditional scientific approaches, that there exist statements in the Quran shown centuries later to be valid, which support knowledge in the Quran having been derived from God.” (View the RealPlayer video of this comment Video Clip)

3) Dr. E. Marshall Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. There, for 22 years he was Professor of Anatomy, the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy, and the Director of the Daniel Baugh Institute. He was also the President of the Teratology Society. He has authored more than 200 publications. In 1981, during the Seventh Medical Conference in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, Professor Johnson said in the presentation of his research paper:

“Summary: The Quran describes not only the development of external form, but emphasizes also the internal stages, the stages inside the embryo, of its creation and development, emphasizing major events recognized by contemporary science.” (View the RealPlayer video of this comment Video Clip)

Also he said: “As a scientist, I can only deal with things which I can specifically see. I can understand embryology and developmental biology. I can understand the words that are translated to me from the Quran. As I gave the example before, if I were to transpose myself into that era, knowing what I knew today and describing things, I could not describe the things which were described. I see no evidence for the fact to refute the concept that this individual, Muhammad, had to be developing this information from some place. So I see nothing here in conflict with the concept that divine intervention was involved in what he was able to write.”(4 ) (View the RealPlayer video of this comment Video Clip)

4) Dr. William W. Hay is a well-known marine scientist. He is Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA. He was formerly the Dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA. After a discussion with Professor Hay about the Quran’s mention of recently discovered facts on seas, he said:

“I find it very interesting that this sort of information is in the ancient scriptures of the Holy Quran, and I have no way of knowing where they would come from, but I think it is extremely interesting that they are there and that this work is going on to discover it, the meaning of some of the passages.” And when he was asked about the source of the Quran, he replied: “Well, I would think it must be the divine being.” (View the RealPlayer video of this comment
Video Clip)

5) Dr. Gerald C. Goeringer is Course Director and Associate Professor of Medical Embryology at the Department of Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. During the Eighth Saudi Medical Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Professor Goeringer stated the following in the presentation of his research paper:

“In a relatively few aayahs (Quranic verses) is contained a rather comprehensive description of human development from the time of commingling of the gametes through organogenesis. No such distinct and complete record of human development, such as classification, terminology, and description, existed previously. In most, if not all, instances, this description antedates by many centuries the recording of the various stages of human embryonic and fetal development recorded in the traditional scientific literature.” (View the RealPlayer video of this comment Video Clip)

6) Dr. Yoshihide Kozai is Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University, Hongo, Tokyo, Japan, and was the Director of the National Astronomical Observatory, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan. He said:

“I am very much impressed by finding true astronomical facts in [the] Quran, and for us the modern astronomers have been studying very small pieces of the universe. We’ve concentrated our efforts for understanding of [a] very small part. Because by using telescopes, we can see only very few parts [of] the sky without thinking [about the] whole universe. So, by reading [the] Quran and by answering to the questions, I think I can find my future way for investigation of the universe.” (View the RealPlayer video of this comment Video Clip)

7) Professor Tejatat Tejasen is the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy at Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Previously, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the same university. During the Eighth Saudi Medical Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Professor Tejasen stood up and said:

“During the last three years, I became interested in the Quran . . . . From my study and what I have learned from this conference, I believe that everything that has been recorded in the Quran fourteen hundred years ago must be the truth, that can be proved by the scientific means. Since the Prophet Muhammad could neither read nor write, Muhammad must be a messenger who relayed this truth, which was revealed to him as an enlightenment by the one who is eligible [as the] creator. This creator must be God. Therefore, I think this is the time to say La ilaha illa Allah, there is no god to worship except Allah (God), Muhammadur rasoolu Allah, Muhammad is Messenger (Prophet) of Allah (God). Lastly, I must congratulate for the excellent and highly successful arrangement for this conference . . . . I have gained not only from the scientific point of view and religious point of view but also the great chance of meeting many well-known scientists and making many new friends among the participants. The most precious thing of all that I have gained by coming to this place is La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolu Allah, and to have become a Muslim.” (View the RealPlayer video of this comment Video Clip)

After all these examples we have seen about the scientific miracles in the Holy Quran and all these scientists’ comments on this, let us ask ourselves these questions:

n Could it be a coincidence that all this recently discovered scientific information from different fields was mentioned in the Quran, which was revealed fourteen centuries ago?

n Could this Quran have been authored by Muhammad or by any other human being?

The only possible answer is that this Quran must be the literal word of God, revealed by Him.

Next: The Great Challenge to Produce One Chapter Like the Chapters of the Holy Quran



(1) Note: The occupations of all the scientists mentioned in this web site were last updated in 1997. Back from footnote (1)

(2) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2643, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #3208.
Note: What is between these special brackets {...} in this guide is a translation of what the Prophet Muhammad said. Also note that this symbol # used in the footnotes, indicates the number of the hadeeth. A hadeeth is a reliably transmitted report by the Prophet Muhammad’s companions of what he said, did, or approved of. Back from footnote (2)

(3) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2645. Back from footnote (3)

(4) The Prophet Muhammad was illiterate. He could not read nor write, but he dictated the Quran to his Companions and commanded some of them to write it down. Back from footnote (4)


Monday, June 26, 2006

French Coach Troussier Reverts to Islam

French Coach Troussier Reverts to Islam

"I want to keep my feelings for myself," said Troussier.

RABAT, March 24, 2006 ( & News Agencies)

Famed French soccer coach Philippe Troussier and his wife Dominique have reverted to Islam in the Moroccan capital where they live, sources close to the couple confirmed Thursday, March 23.

"Troussier is no longer Philippe, he has taken the name Omar and his wife is no longer Dominique but Amina," the French-Moroccan daily L'Opinion reported Thursday.

A source close to the couple confirmed the reversion to Agence France-Presse (AFP), adding that the ceremony took place last Friday.

The widely-travelled Troussier, 51, is former coach of the Moroccan national team and French club Marseille.

He also had spells in charge of South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Qatar and Japan, whom he guided to the second round of the 2002 World Cup.

"Wonderful Surprise"

L'Opinion hailed the reversion as "a magnificent and wonderful surprise."

"Welcome Omar and Amina to the Kingdom of the All Powerful, the Kingdom of the Truth," it wrote.

"As Muslims we are happy to see such a strong and well recognized personality as Philippe Troussier become part of this religion of peace and tolerance."

The newspaper added that when contacted Troussier said he "did not want to elaborate too much on the subject."

"I want to keep my feelings for myself," Troussier was quoted as saying, adding: "as you see things evolve ..."

The Moroccan Evening newspaper reported that the couple have adopted two local girls Selma and Mariam.

Thousands of French revert to Islam every year in France, but not all of them declare their new faith outright, fearing discrimination at home or work and a stereotypical view that reverts tilt towards extremism, according to recent studies and surveys.

Anelka, who played for Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City, eventually had to leave for the Turkish league after increasing harassment.

Some imams in France have ruled that it was permissible for new reverts to conceal their faith if they feared rejection from family members and colleagues or security harassment.

Many Arabs and Muslims were even forced to change their names and hide their roots to spare themselves police and employers' discrimination.

A Sorbonne research released earlier in the year by the French Observatory Against Racism found that Arab names and dark complexion represent an obstacle to jobseekers.

France is home to some six to seven million Muslims, the largest Muslim minority in Europe.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Muslim women preachers

Magda Amer preaches in one of Cairo’s leading mosques. She is part of an emerging trend of female Muslim preachers in Egypt.

Two years of study are required to obtain the necessary licence, though there is no financial backing from the government for her work.

At the time I was wearing mini skirts and had long hair. Veiling was the most difficult decision of my life.

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

De schoonheid van Azrail

Dr.Haluk Nurbaki

De schoonheid van Azrail

Een waar gebeurd verhaal van

Dr. Haluk Nurbaki een dokter die 40 jaar gespecialiseerd is in Kanker onderzoek heeft opmerkelijke
dingen meegemaakt in zijn carrière als doctor verteld hij een van de opmerkelijke gebeurtenis wat
heel bijzonder vond dan alle andere gevallen.
Een van de opmerkelijke dingen die ik meegemaakt heb in het jaar 1976 wil ik graag met jullie
Toen ik leidinggevende dokter was van een in Kanker gespecialiseerde ziekenhuis had ik een patiënt
die Serap heette. Bij deze patiënt was kanker ontdekt in de borst. Zij wilde voor onderzoek naar
het buitenland maar door aantal redenen was het helaas niet mogelijk om dit te kunnen doen.
Serap had ik met veel belang persoonlijk ondertoezicht voor behandelingen. In korte tijd hadden we
positieve resultaten behaald van de behandelingen die we hadden verricht. Zoals alle andere kanker
gevallen moest zij de eerste 5 jaar van haar ziekte goed en oplettend doorbrengen. Serap was een
zakenvrouw, na 4 jaar wou ze om zaken te doen naar Izmir gaan. Omdat het winter periode was heb ik
haar toegelaten als ze met vliegtuig naar haar bestemming ging.

Vanwege de aanhoudende kou kon ze geen ticket vinden om naar Izmir te reizen. Daarom besloot ze om
met de bus naar Izmir te reizen. Tijdens de reis met de bus naar Izmir krijgt ze een
verkeersongeluk waar ze 6 uur lang klem heeft gezeten in de verongelukte bus. Kort na dat ze terug
kwam voor controle bleek dat de kanker cellen zich hadden verspreid naar haar botten en longen.
Vanwege kanker in haar been botten kon ze niet meer lopen en de aangetaste longen moest er zuurstof
toegediend worden om normaal te kunnen ademen. Na elke zin wat ze sprak moest ze meteen de zuurstof
masker pakken omdat ze anders bezweek.

Toen ik naar haar huis ging, probeerde ze met moeite met mij te praten:

“Dokter”, zei ze. “Ik ben…boos op u” “Waarom ben je boos op me?” vroeg ik
“U bent…een gelovige man. Waarom vertelt u mij niets over Allah, de dood en het leven na de dood?”

Omdat ik wist dat haar religieuze kennis weinig was stond ik erg verbaasd toen ze dit tegen me zei.
Zonder haar te kwetsen zei ik:

“Behandeld worden door een Dokter is makkelijk” zei ik. “Als je genoeg geld hebt kan je behandeld
worden door elke dokter die je maar wilt. Maar voor een geloof behandeling moet je vanuit je hart
behoefte hebben.”
Omdat ze moeite had met praten schudde ze haar hoofd op en neer om aan te geven dat ze die behoefte
had. Naast het geen resultaat opleverende behandelingen waren we begonnen met het recept Imaan
(geloof) voor eeuwige leven in versnelde vorm.
Door mij vertelde waarheden over Islam begreep ze heel goed en zag dat ze uit hart ook het voelde
en tussen door stelde ze mij ook vragen daarover.

1 week voor haar overlijden vroeg ze mij:

“Dokter” zei ze. “Wat moet ik zeggen als ik doodga?”

“Jouw geval is heel bijzonder” zei ik. “Sahada (Lailahe Illallah, Muhamedurrasullah) zal te lang
zijn voor jou. Als je die moment bereikt da is “Muhammed (vzmh) is genoeg voor je om te zeggen”
Opdat moment schudde zij haar hoofd rustig om aan te geven dat ze het begrepen had. Omdat ze
behoorlijk last had van haar ziekte diende we regelmatig morfine om haar in slaap te krijgen.
Vanwege een zaken bezoek kon ik een tijdje niet bij haar zijn. Toen ik terug kwam belde haar moeder
mij op en zei:

“Serap wil al een week lang geen morfine meer. Tot vroeg in de ochtend uren slaap ze niet en heeft
behoorlijk pijn.”
Ik ben meteen naar haar huis gereden om te vragen waarom ze geen morfine toegediend wilt hebben.
Het antwoord wat ik van haar kreeg kan ik nog steeds niet vergeten en als ik eraan denk krijg ik
nog steeds kippenvel van.
“Wat als ik in slaap komt te overlijden omdat ik elke keer morfine krijgt en daardoor nooit de kans
om Muhammed (vzmh) te zeggen als mijn moment aangekomen is.” zei ze.
Zo een vrouw was Serap. Ze vroeg of ik voor haar istihare-gebed kon verrichten en vroeg als ze
eventueel nog paar dagen te leven had dat ze de laatste dag zodanig morfine toegediend kon krijgen
dat ze toch nog wakker was.

Istihare-gebed was niet iets wat ik regelmatig deed maar donderdag avond heb ik voor Serap’s belang
het istihare-gebed gedaan en gaan slapen en kreeg een gevoel dat ze t/m dinsdag nog zou leven.

* Istihare is een gebed wat je voor het slapen verricht om over bepaalde zaken een teken of een
oordeel van Allah krijgt in je dromen

De volgende dag:

“Niet bang zijn! Je kan gerust morfine toegediend krijgen” zei ik.
Met een blik als afscheid overkwam stelde zij haar laatste vraag. En zei:

“Dokter…Hoe gaat Azrail zich tonen aan mij?”

Ik zei:
“Lieverd, je weet dat hij een engel is.” “Maak je niet druk, naar jou zal hij als een knappe prins
Dinsdag hoorde ik dat het slecht ging met Serap. Ik ben meteen naar haar toegegaan maar vergeefs
was ik niet op tijd, ze was overleden. Haar familie was kapot van verdriet. Een van de familie
leden een goed gelovige vrouw keek lang naar Serap en kwam naar me toe.
“Dokter, weet u dat er net een wonder is gebeurd in dit kamer?” en vertelde verder.
“Serap heeft 1 uur voor haar overlijden de zuurstofmasker weggedaan. Terwijl het onmogelijk was
voor haar dat ze op kon staan, stond ze op en deed wassing, ze heeft 2 rakaat gebeden. Wij waren
verbaasd en keken toe alsof we bevroren waren en vervolgens heeft ze de sahada (Lailahe Illallah,
MuhamedrrasulluAllah) gelezen en kort voor ze overleed zei ze “Vertel aan de dokter dat Azrail
mooier is dan hij gezegd had.”


Friday, May 19, 2006

Islam and Terrorism

Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) sent a message to the monks of Saint Catherine in Mount Sinai:

"This is a message written by Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, far and near, we are behind them.

Verily, I defend them by myself, the servants, the helpers, and my followers, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be changed from their jobs, nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims' houses.

Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God's covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they (Christians) are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them.

If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, this is not to take place without her own wish. She is not to be prevented from going to her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation is to disobey this covenant till the Day of Judgment and the end of the world."

(Reference: Muslims and Non-Muslims Face to Face by Dr Ahmad H Sakr, isbn: 0911119-31-9)

Ibn Arabî

Ibn Arabî, al-Shaykh al-Akbar (Great Master) is one of the greatest spiritual teacher of Islam.

His full name is Muhyiddin Ebu Abdullah Muhammedi Ibn Ali Ibn Muhammed Ibn Ahmed Ibn Ali Ibn Arabî el Hatemî et-Taî el Endulusî.

Known as also; Muhyiddin (the Revivifier of Religion) ibn Arabî.

He was born in 1165 in Murcia, Spain and died in Damascus in 1240.

He wrote more than 350 works.

To know him better, we need to know his works.
Some links as a beginning;

Ibn Arabi in Wikipedia

Ibn Arabi Society
Ibn Arabi
Some books by Ibn Arabi
Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi
Ibn Arabi and Physics
Ibn Arabi and the Mystical Journey
Selections from al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya

It is reported that the Messenger of God said: "God is beautiful and He loves beauty".

It is God who made the world and brought it into existence. The entire universe is therefore supremely beautiful. There is nothing ugly in it. On the contrary, in it God has brought together all perfection and all beauty.

Futuhat al-Makkiyya