05 12 / 2013
Between the Prophet and a Pagan
Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the character of the Arabs was their openness, outspokenness or frankness to the point of being blunt and tough. The talk that Kinanah ibn `Abd Yalil, a pagan chief, had with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) illustrates the brusqueness of the sons of the desert.
Kinanah said: “As for adultery, we mostly remain bachelors or cannot get married, so we must need to indulge in it.”
The Prophet replied: “That is unlawful for you. God has commanded: “and come not near unto fornication. Lo! It is an abomination and an evil way.” (Al-Israa’ 17:32)
Kinanah said again: “What you say about usury means our entire property is nothing but usury.”
“You have the right,” replied the Prophet, “to get back the original sum lent by you for God has ordered: “O you who believe! Observe your duty to Allah, and give up what remains (due to you) from usury, if ye are (in truth) believers.” (Al-Baqarah 2:278)
“As regards wine,” Kinanah said further, “it is the juice of our lands and a must for us.”
“Allah has forbidden it,” replied the Prophet (peace be and blessings upon him) and then recited the verse:
O you who believe! Strong drink and games of chance and idols and divining arrows are only an infamy of Satan’s handiwork. Leave it aside in order that you may succeed. (Al-Ma’idah 5:90)
Kinanah again inquired, “What do you say about the idol Rabbah?”
“Break it,” answered the Prophet. Kinanah and his companions were taken aback.
They protested, “If Rabbah were to know that you want to break her, she would finish all of her priests!”
`Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) now intervened to say, “O `Abd Yalil, woe to you! How ignorant are you?”
What else is Rabbah except a stone?”
Kinanah and his friends replied angrily, “Ibn Al‐Khattab, we have not come to ask you.” Then turning to the Prophet, he said, “You may break it, but we cannot.”
The Prophet then said to them, “I will send someone with you who will do it for you…”
The deputation then took its leave from the Prophet who gave them a send-off. Before leaving for their homes they requested the Prophet to appoint a leader for them.
`Uthman ibn Abi Al‐`As was selected by the Prophet to act as their leader. He was the youngest among them but the Prophet (peace be upon him) had noticed his keen interest in religion and he had also learned some of the Qur’an before leaving Madinah.” (Zad Al‐Ma`ad)
Commandment for Zakat and Charity
The divine commandment making it incumbent upon the Muslims to pay Zakat i.e. a tax at a fixed rate in proportion to the worth of the property was revealed in the ninth year of the Hijrah. (Tarikh At-Tabri)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) sent the order for collection of poor‐due to all the functionaries appointed in the areas where the people had accepted Islam.
03 12 / 2013
Born to Learn: How Humans Learn
How do humans learn? What capacities do they possess for the learning process? What stages do they go through to learn?
‘Born to Learn’ is the first animation in a fascinating series aimed to provide easy-access to the exciting new discoveries constantly being made about how humans learn!
The video below, narrated by Damian Lewis, will take you on a tour to explore how you, and other humans, learn…
03 12 / 2013
How to Search Large-size Images in Google
Do you know how to search large size images in Google?
Have you tried to search and view full-size images & photo and failed before?
Did you hear of “Larger Than Size” option of Google image search?
Watch the video below and learn how to search this kind of images on Google…
02 12 / 2013
Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam
Some who do not know basic truths about Islam; whether, pseudo scholars, Orientalists or enemies of Islam, claim that Islam does not respect the legal rights of non-Muslims in the Islamic state.
Reply to the Misconception about Rights of Non-Muslims
The Islamic Shari`ah provides a different set of obligations and rights of the non-Muslim residents in the Islamic society. It may be sufficient in rebuttal of this misconception to quote the general ruling mentioned in the books of Islamic jurisprudence:
“Non-Muslims are entitled for that which Muslims are entitled. They are also obligated to do that which Muslims are obligated.” This is the general rule and from it emanates the just and equitable laws giving the non-Muslim residents in an Islamic state their rights to security, private property, religious observance, etc.
Islam permits religious discussions and dialogues with non-Muslims, commanding Muslims to adhere to the best methodology in any discussions and dialogues with the non-Muslims. Allah (the Exalted and Majestic) states in the Qur’an:
And dispute you not with the People of the Book, except with means better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury): but say, ‘We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam)’. (Al-`Ankabut 29:46)
Allah (Exalted be He) addresses those of other faiths and religions, saying in the Qur’an:
Say: ‘Do you see what it is you invoke besides Allah? Show me what it is they have created on earth, or have they a share in the heavens bring me a book (revealed) before this, or any remnant of knowledge (you may have), if you are telling the truth! (Al-Ahqaf 46:4)
Islam forbids forceful measures to convert people from other faiths, as stated in the verse of the Qur’an:
If it had been your Lord’s will, they would all have believed, all who are on earth! will you then compel mankind, against their will, to believe! (Yunus 10:99)
Both the Qur’an and the Sunnah, (prophetic traditions of the Prophet) illustrate that freedom of religion is available to members of the society under Islamic Shari`ah. Muslim history has numerous examples of the tolerance shown to non-Muslim subjects, while many other societies were intolerant towards Muslims and even their own people.
Muslims must deal justly with all other humans who have not begun any hostilities with the Muslims. Allah states in the Qur’an:
Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loves those who are just. (Al-Mumtahanah 60:8)
Those who wage war against Islam, show enmity and force the Muslims into exile, have a different treatment according to Islam. Allah states in the Qur’an:
Allah only forbids you, with regard to those who fight you for (your) faith, and drive you out of your homes, and support (others) in driving you out, from turning to them (for friendship and protection). It is such as turn to them (in these circumstances), that do wrong. (Al-Mumtahanah 60:9)
Interactions between Muslims and non-Muslims are based on cordial and just manners. Commercial transactions are permitted with resident and non-resident non-Muslims of the Islamic society. A Muslim may eat the food of Jews and Christians. A male Muslim may marry a Jewish or a Christian woman as will be explained below. We must remember that Islam gives special attention and importance on raising a family. Allah states in the Qur’an:
This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you. The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them. (Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book, revealed before your time, when you give them their due dowers, and desire chastity, not lewdness, nor secret intrigues if any one rejects faith, fruitless is his work, and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good). (Al-Ma’idah 5:5)
The article is an excerpt from the author’s book “Misconceptions on Human Rights in Islam”.
28 11 / 2013
Your Pocket Guide to Giving Da`wah
This booklet serves as a beginner’s tool kit to understanding the importance of da`wah and also how to give da`wah.
By the end of this booklet, you will have mastered a framework on how to convey the message of Islam effectively. This framework is like a skeleton which requires you to do further advanced studies in order to add meat to it.
To read the book or download it, please click here.
27 11 / 2013
How to Make an Animated GIF Image
If you want to learn how to make an animated GIF Image in photoshop CS6, this video is your guide.
Here we will be making a moving minecraft server banner that can be used on sites like planetminecraft. I hope you enjoy!
Thanks for watching!
27 11 / 2013
E-Da`wah Committee Launches First “Quran Radio” Plugin in 35 Languages
In its unremitting efforts to spread Islam to billions of Internet users through social media outlets, smartphones, open-source social networking applications and tools popular with bloggers and website owners, the E-Da`wah Committee (EDC) has lately launched its Quran Radio plugin in WordPress content management system, Dr. Abdullah Al-Ajeel, chairman of E-Da`wah Committee affiliated to Al-Najat Charity Society, announced.
The Quran Radio plugin is the first WordPress plugin that allows you to add a widget that plays an online Radio station for the translation of the Quran in some 35 languages.
“Thanks to the great work of the EDC’s development team, it is the first WordPress plugin that allows users to easily share and listen online to the translation of the meaning of the Quran via the 24-hour streaming 35 stations powered by EDC,” Al-Ajeel said.
“It is worth noting that 19% of sites on the internet runs on WordPress, so a fifth of the internet is using WordPress with over 401 million people view more than 4.1 billion pages each month in 120 languages, Al-Ajeel added.
“And from the most popular websites that publish on WordPress.com is CNN.”
Al-Ajeel concluded: “this could be a good opportunity to ask our open-handed people for donating to the E-Da`wah Committee projects aimed at spreading the proper message of Islam.”
Through the Quran Radio 1.0 new features you can play 1 out of 35 translations of the Quran 24/7, add the player to the Widget or to the post, and you can control the display of the player.
You can download the app from the page: http://wordpress.org/plugins/quran-radio/.
25 11 / 2013
New Post has been published on http://www.dawahskills.com/skills-tools/tech-skills/web-skills/create-a-youtube-channel-from-existing-channel/
How to Create a YouTube Channel From an Existing One
What do I do to create a YouTube channel from an existing channel?
YouTube now allow you to create up to 50 new YouTube channels on one account.
This saves time so you don’t have to create new accounts from scratch and you can access your Channels with just one login to YouTube.
So, in order to set up another YouTube Channel on your existing YouTube Channel, all you need to do is follow these simple steps and you’ll have your new YouTube Channel set up in no time.
1:20: Click on your name on the top left and select YouTube Settings
1:46: Click on “Create a new channel” on the bottom left of the page
1:55: Create your new Channel Name on the next page, select the Category, the viewer age and check the Pages Terms box and click on Done
3:00: Then you’ll be brought to a Verification Page where you need to add your phone number to either receive a text message or voice call to verify you’re real
3:15: Once you receive your Verification PIN, enter that into the field and click Continue
3:20: You now have your new YouTube Channel created and you can upload your videos to it
You can have up to 50 Channels on one YouTube account, so you can make as many of these as you want.
One thing you need to do is to create your Custom URL for your Channel. To do this, just follow this video:
Also set up your Channel Art. You can use the template on this video to help:
If you want to change your Channel Display Name after you’ve set up your Channel URL/Username, then you can do so with this video:
To change your Channel Icon, follow this video:
Another thing to keep in mind is to be in the right Channel when you’re uploading your videos.
If you have a video on the wrong channel and you get a lot of views and comments, you can’t move them to the channel it was supposed to be on.
If you do put it on the wrong channel, the only options you have are to leave it where is it, or to delete is, lose your comments and then upload it to the proper channel and start the work all over again.
So that’s how create a YouTube Channel and do it from an existing one…
24 11 / 2013
New Post has been published on http://www.dawahskills.com/skills-tools/tech-skills/web-skills/google-drive-2/
Email Multiple Doc with Google Drive in Gmail
Now in one safe online place you can store and manage hundreds of your files, and it is for free.
Learn here how to email multiple Google Drive photos, videos, documents and other files as attachments using Gmail.
21 11 / 2013
New Post has been published on http://www.dawahskills.com/abcs-of-dawah/dawah-cause-results/
Da`wah: The Cause and Results
What is Da`wah?
The literal meaning of “da`wah” in Arabic is to invite or call to something. When it is used in combination with Islam it means to invite mankind to submit to Allah willingly, meaning to worship Him alone, follow His straight path, and keep away from all sorts of disbeliefs and evil. Allah (Exalted be He) says:
Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching. (An-Nahl 16:125)
And verily We have raised in every nation a messenger, (proclaiming): Serve Allah and shun false gods. Then some of them (there were) whom Allah guided, and some of them (there were) upon whom error had just hold. Do but travel in the land and see the nature of the consequence for the deniers! (An-Nahl 16:36)
The ultimate aim of the da`wah is the total obedience to Allah, sincerely from one’s heart, in his inward and outward, in his private as well as public life.
Da`wah Must Be Based on Compassion
Successful da`wah must stem from sincere compassion, kindness, and the love of all goodness to people both in this life and the Hereafter. The da`iah’s (one who invites people to Islam) main concern is to bring people to the light of the truth, save them from the disbelief and its evil consequences, and to free them from all forms of slavery of the life of this world.
This task was beautifully summarized by the Companion Rab`i ibn `Aamir when the commander of Persian army asked him: “What has brought you from your land? If it is hunger go back and we will send to you food and clothes.” Rab`i proudly told him:
“Allah has sent us, with His message to mankind, so that He releases whoever He desires from the worship of people to the worship of the Lord of people, from the narrowness of the life of this world to the boundless grace of the Hereafter, and from the injustice of man-made religions to the justice of Islam.”
How to Deliver Da`wah
The da`iah’s aim and focus should be insuring that da`wah is delivered to people with wisdom and in good manners.
He/she should make sure that Allah’s message reaches people in clear, proper, and convincing ways so that they are targeted according to their level of understanding, background and culture.
Results Are in Allah’s Hand
The da`iah should not be frustrated if he gets no results in return to his efforts, for the outcome of his/her da`wah is in Allah’s Hand alone and is decreed according to His perfect wisdom and surrounding knowledge.
The Dai’ah should realize that he has no control whatsoever over people’s hearts and minds. People’s souls are fully under the control of Allah; and He knows who is qualified for His guidance. Allah says to His Messenger:
You cannot guide whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. (Al-Qasas 28:56)
The Noble Qur’an confirms in many verses that the duty of the da`iah is only to preach Allah’s message in clear terms and in the best possible manners. This means that he/she should support his da`wah with logical proofs and clear evidences; and do his best to remove any type of misunderstandings or obstacles that may prevent people from accepting his call.
And obey Allah and obey the Messenger and be cautious; but if you turn away, then know that the Messenger’s duty is only to convey the message in a clear way. (Al-Ma’idah 5:92)
Your duty is only to convey (the message) and on Us is the reckoning. (Ar-Ra`d 13:40)
When the da`iah is fully aware of these facts, he/she would continue his da`wah steadily regardless of the response of people. Getting no response from people does not mean the da`wah is fruitless or ineffective. The change is always difficult; people usually take time to accept new ideas and need more time to make decisions to change themselves.
The successful da`iah should not be incapacitated by the negative response of people so that he/she gives up his da`wah and abandons his duty. The da`iah should not worry about such obstacles because this da`wah is taken care of by Allah. He promised to make its path easy and let it go in spite of the obstacles.
As we see, although Muslims are doing almost no effort to spread Islam, Islam is the fastest growing religion in world.
And We will make your way smooth to a state of ease. Therefore do remind, surely reminding does profit. He who fears will mind. And the most unfortunate one will avoid it. (Al-A`la 87:8-11)
Allah would guide through sincere da`wah those who are qualified for His mercy: those who have good hearts and are sincerely searching for the truth. And He will turn away from it those who chose to divert from His guidance and opposed His way and thus disqualified themselves for His mercy.
Source: The article is excerpted from the author’s A Guide to Giving Da’wah To Non-Muslims”, Islam Presentation Committee (IPC), Kuwait.