The Quran is a confirmation and protected scripture of the books that were revealed before it to Moses, Jesus and other prophets which unfortunately over time were corrupted and led people to falsehood.
In this episode of the Learn Islam series, Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim briefly introduces the Quran.
He was born in the city of Makkah (Mecca) in the Arabian Peninsular (modern day Saudi Arabia) in the year c. 570 AD into the ruling Quraysh tribe at a time when idol worship was prevalent.
He was illiterate all his life, yet he recited impromptu poetry that mesmerised his contemporaries and continues to do so today; this was the Quran that was revealed to him by the angel Gabriel (Jibreel).
In this episode of the Learn Islam series, Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim briefly introduces us to who Muhammad (PBUH) was.
SubhanAllah during the tribulation of Gaza in 2023, a woman makes dua in the rain that Allah sends down from the heavens.
Narrated in Sahih Muslim by Anas bin Malik:
It rained upon us as we were with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) removed his cloth (from a part of his body) till the rain fell on it. We said: Messenger of Allah, why did you do this? He said: It is because it (the rainfall) has just come from the Exalted Lord.
Published by The Daily Reminder, a popular channel on YouTube.
So what exactly is Islam all about and why are people turning to it?
Who are the People of the Book mentioned in the Quran?
The title refers to the Jews and Christians who were given scripture beforehand via the prophets Moses and Jesus; peace be upon them both.
The Jews and Christians had previously been gifted original scriptures of divine origin from Allah; the Torah to Moses (PBUH) and the Injeel to Jesus (PBUH), but over centuries they had strayed from the teachings.
Approximately 600 years after Jesus, Allah sent his last messenger Muhammad (PBUH) and revealed to him The Quran which reached out in particular to the People of the Book as they had previously been given scripture.
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Joram Van Klaveren, a former far-right Dutch politician, converted to Islam in 2019.
How did Joram Van Klaveren became a Muslim? In this video he tells Towards Eternity his journey to becoming muslim. How was his life previously in regards to faith? All these questions and more answered.
In his own words, from extreme nationalism and far-right politics to compassion and empathy, watch the incredible transformation story of Joram van Klaveren, a former Dutch parliamentarian.
Joram Van Klaveren, a former far-right Dutch politician reverted to Islam in 2019. His journey to the truth started while he was writing an anti-Islamic book. He realized in his research that the right path was Islam.
Shaykh Abu Eesa of AlMaghrib Institute gives a concise answer to whether zakat is payable for children.
It is quite possible that children have funds saved for them whether it be government welfare systems that contribute to a fund or parental donations.
Normally in the acts of worship the conditions are that one is baligh, mature, can be held accountable etc. Zakat however according to the sahaba and the majority of scholars is not held by these conditions. In other words zakat is payable on assets that are held by children even if they do not have ‘aql’ or the power of reasoning / mental capacity.
Imam Abu Hanifa however held the opinion that zakat is not taken from children or the mentally incapacitated because intention is a key component of an act of worship. Therefore such individuals are not required to pay zakat as they cannot understand the intention of giving zakat.
The vast majority of other Imams and Madhahib however hold that zakat is an exception to that logic and that the right of zakat applies to wherever the wealth is found as opposed to the person.
In general the average muslim does not need to make this calculation. They should simply follow their local masjid and the majority of the muslims in their area/ land. Unity of muslims is better than discord over the differences of opinion.
It is for those who need to make this decision to consider the differences of opinion and come to a judgement for their locality/ communities. The differences are primarily an issue when the land in question approaches the polar regions and is far from the equator. In such regions it is possible to have differences of a whole hour or so between the different calculations.
The time in question is the beginning of fajr as this denotes the time at which suhoor must end. The Quran clearly states that one may eat until the white thread of dawn is distinguished from the black thread of the night. However this phenomenon is not purely dependent on the sun. It can be dependent of one’s location, how observable the horizon is, one’s own eyesight and other such factors.
The astronomical dawn i.e. the point at which the night ends and the twilight of dawn begins is considered when the sun is 18 degrees below the horizon. For this reason traditionally and many Islamic apps today use 18 degrees as the basis as the time of imsak i.e. the point at which the suhoor meal must be completed.
However the astronomical dawn does not strictly meet the criterion of the Quranic imsak. There are too many variables that determine when exactly the whitishness of the true dawn occurs on a given day.
Some may say that one should be safe and make imsak a bit early, but for those who do not have much time to eat, we need to consider their needs. Furthermore, it is a sunnah to eat until the adhan is given.
In fact many studies into this have concluded that imsak occurs after 18 degrees and when the sun is more in the region of 15 degrees below the horizon and even upto 13 degrees depending on one’s location.
Therefore in conclusion, the calculation of suhoor can vary for legitimate reasons and because the Earth is not one uniform globe. And the best advice is to follow your community and the majority.
Those who wish to understand further should watch the video for Shaykh Yasir Qadhi‘s exact words.