Until the mid-20th century, the prevalent view across the world was that the universe was infinite, had existed forever and that it will continue to do so for all time. According to this view, known as the “static universe model,” the universe had no end or beginning.
In maintaining that the universe is a collection of fixed, static and unchanging substances, this view has constituted the basis of materialist philosophy and has consequently rejected the existence of a Creator. However, as science and technology progressed during the 20th century, the static universe model has been completely uprooted.
We have now entered the 21st century and a new dawn is upon us. Through numerous experiments, observations and calculation conducted by some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, modern physics has proven that the universe did indeed have a beginning, that it came into being from nothing in a single moment in a huge explosion. Furthermore, it has been established that the universe is not fixed and static, as materialists still stubbornly maintain. On the contrary, it is undergoing a constant process of movement, change and expansion. These recently-established facts all act as nails in the coffin of the static universe theory. Today, all these facts are universally accepted by the scientific community. Read more…
It may be that you hate something when it is good for you and it may be that you love something
when it is bad for you. Allah knows and you do not know. (Surat al-Baqara: 216)
One should beg one’s Lord with a will and full devotion, for there is nothing in the eye of Allah which
He cannot grant. (Muslim)
Translated by Ibrahim Gamard
* Note at the end of the poem
1. Listen to the reed (flute), how it is complaining!
It is telling about separations,
2. (Saying), “Ever since I was severed from the reed field,
men and women have lamented in (the presence of) my shrill cries.
3. “(But) I want a heart (which is) torn, torn from separation,
so that I may explain the pain of yearning.”
4. “Anyone one who has remained far from his roots,
seeks a return (to the) time of his union.
5. “I lamented in every gathering;
I associated with those in bad or happy circumstances.
6. “(But) everyone became my friend from his (own) opinion;
he did not seek my secrets from within me.
7. “My secret is not far from my lament,
but eyes and ears do not have the light (to sense it).
8. “The body is not hidden from the soul, nor the soul from the
body; but seeing the soul is not permitted.”
9. The reed’s cry is fire — it’s not wind!
Whoever doesn’t have this fire, may he be nothing! Read more…
These books can help your students understand the practices and meanings behind the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. These books are informative, engaging, and colorful for readers young and old. Excellent for parents as well, to expose their children to the diverse celebrations of the world.
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Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab: I heard Allah’s Messenger saying. “If you all relied on Allah with due reliance, He would certainly give you provision as He gives it to birds who issue forth hungry in the morning and return with full belly at dusk.”(At-Tirmidhi)
From St. Petersburg Times
By SHERRI DAY
Published September 8, 2006
Her mother named her Elizabeth after the queen of England. More than four decades later, she took another name: Safia Al-Kasaby, reflecting her new identity as a Muslima.
Safia, 43, is an unlikely candidate for conversion. She claims Jewish and Puerto Rican ancestry. She is a former sergeant first class in the Air Force National Guard. And she lost eight relatives — one uncle and seven cousins — in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Back then, Safia did not imagine the faith professed by the hijackers would one day become her own.
“It didn’t really matter who did it,” says the Tampa woman now, reflecting on the 2001 attacks. “I just never hated Islam. I never hated Muslims. For me to be angry about what happened to the twin towers would be like me hating all the Germans that killed the Jews.” Read more…