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Prophetic manners of travel and staying late

Whenever planning a trip, Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him used to teach his companions to perform Estekharah prayer. In fact, Prophet peace be upon him used to teach the companions Estekharah as he used to teach the surah from the Holy Quran.
Estekharah is a prophetic Sunnah that the traveler uses to know if his/her trip will be good for him/her or staying otherwise. It teaches and educates the Muslim to always be attached to Allah in all of his/her matters and always seeks Allah’s guidance and assistance. Estekharah therefore nullifies some pre-Islamic or ignorant traditions of asking fortune tellers or magicians or other unacceptable acts.

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Araheeq Al-makhtoom (sealed nectar)

Beyond a shadow of doubt, the biography of Prophet Muhammad manifestly represents an exhaustive embodiment of the sublime Divine Message that he communicated in order to deliver the human race from the swamp of darkness and polytheism to the paradise of light and monotheism. An image, authentic as well as comprehensive, of this Message is therefore only attainable through careful study and profound analysis of both backgrounds and issues of such a biography. In view of this, a whole chapter is here introduced about the nature and development of Arab tribes prior to Islam as well as the circumstantial environment that enwrapped the Prophet’s mission.

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Preparation for the Month of Ramadan

Prophet peace be upon him said: Fasting and Quran intercede for the Muslim on the Judgment Day. Fasting would say: Oh Allah, I prevented him/her from food and drinks so let me intercede for him. And the Quran would say: Oh Allah, I prevented him/her from sleeping at night, therefore let me intercede for him/her. Both will intercede for the Muslim.

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Woman in Islam vs other religion

Five years ago, I read in the Toronto Star issue of July 3, 1990 an article titled “Islam is not alone in patriarchal doctrines”, by Gwynne Dyer. The article described the furious reactions of the participants of a conference on women and power held in Montreal to the comments of the famous Egyptian feminist Dr. Nawal Saadawi. Her “politically incorrect” statements included : “the most restrictive elements towards women can be found first in Judaism in the Old Testament then in Christianity and then in the Quran”; “all religions are patriarchal because they stem from patriarchal societies”; and “veiling of women is not a specifically Islamic practice but an ancient cultural heritage with analogies in sister religions”. The participants could not bear sitting around while their faiths were being equated with Islam. Thus, Dr. Saadawi received a barrage of criticism. “Dr. Saadawi’s comments are unacceptable. Her answers reveal a lack of understanding about other people’s faiths,” declared Bernice Dubois of the World Movement of Mothers. “I must protest” said panelist Alice Shalvi of Israel women’s network, “there is no conception of the 2 veil in Judaism.” The article attributed these furious protests to the strong tendency in the West to scapegoat Islam for practices that are just as much a part of the West’s own cultural heritage. “Christian and Jewish feminists were not going to sit around being discussed in the same category as those wicked Muslims,” wrote Gwynne Dyer.

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