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Celebs Who Are Muslim

By Ayden Zayn
May 24, 2017

 

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is the only celebrity on this list who is no longer alive. He actually died while this article was being written but I felt compelled to include this legend anyways since his influence and impact on pop culture was without comparison, in my opinion. While he was alive Muhammad Ali was not only the most famous Muslim by far, but it can be argued he was the most famous person, period.

Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky he won the heavyweight championship in 1964 at the age of 22. Shortly after he converted to the so-called Nation “of Islam” (not orthodox Islam) and changed his name. In 1967, the prime of his career, he refused to be drafted into the military to serve in Vietnam on the basis of his religious beliefs. He was subsequently arrested, convicted of draft evasion and stripped of his championship title. After a four year struggle his conviction was ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court and Ali resumed fighting.

He was a hero, especially to African-Americans, for being so outspoken during the civil rights era when doing so often resulted in imprisonment (Nelson Mandela) or assassination (Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X). He is generally considered the greatest boxer of all time and is an enduring symbol of courage, commitment and principle. He converted to Sunni (orthodox) Islam in 1975. Both during and after his boxing career, he utilized his fame as a diplomat and humanitarian to spread peace throughout the globe despite suffering from Parkinson’s disease in his later years. He died in June of 2016.
 

Hasan Minhaj
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Hasan Minhaj is an American comedian and actor of Indian heritage. He is currently a Senior Correspondent on “The Daily Show”. He was chosen to perform at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Minhaj comes from a Muslim family originally from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. His parents immigrated to Davis, California, where Minhaj was born and raised. Wikipedia
 

Mos Def
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Wikipedia says about hip-hop artist and actor Mos Def: “Dante Terrell Smith Bey was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Sheron Smith and Abdul Rahman. The eldest of 12 children and step-children, he was raised by his mother in Brooklyn, while his father lived in New Jersey. Although his father was initially a member of the Nation of Islam and later followed Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, who merged into mainstream Sunni Islam from the Nation, Mos Def was not exposed to [orthodox] Islam until the age of 13. At 19, he took his shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith.”
 

Cat Stevens
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Born in London to a Greek Orthodox father and Baptist mother, Steven Georgiou developed an interest in music at an early age and, inspired by British groups such as The Beatles, he began writing and playing music as a teenager. By the age of 18 he signed his first record deal. His success was immediate as his debut album reached the top 10 in the UK. By 1968 he contracted tuberculosis as the result of a grueling schedule that included shows, appearances and interviews. He was forced to put the pop-star lifestyle on hold while being hospitalized for several months. According to CatStevens.com he then “began a process of inner reflection and meditation… His lyrics became more subtle and intuitive, and he was now beginning to explore spiritual paths.” His newfound spirituality would be challenged when he nearly drown while swimming in the Pacific Ocean. Shortly thereafter he was given a copy of the Qur’an by his brother and in 1977 he converted to Islam. For more on his journey watch the VH1 documentary “Cat Stevens: The Story Behind the Music“.
 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Perhaps unfamiliar to a younger generation of basketball fans, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reigns as the NBA’s all-time scoring leader. He scored more points in his career than any NBA player (including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan) on his way to winning six NBA championships. He was also one of the greatest college players of all-time, winning three consecutive national championships for UCLA and three tournament MVPs from 1967 to 1969. While attending UCLA he converted to Islam and changed his name from his birth name Lew Alcindor. Today he appears frequently on TV to discuss matters of race and religion.
 

Riz Ahmed
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Rizwan “Riz” Ahmed is a British actor and rapper of Pakistani descent. As an actor, he was initially known for his work in independent films such as “The Road to Guantanamo”, “Shifty”, “Four Lions”, “Trishna”, and “Ill Manors”, before his breakout role in “Nightcrawler”. Since then, he has appeared in the films “Una”, “Jason Bourne”, and the first Star Wars Anthology film, “Rogue One”. He also starred in the HBO miniseries “The Night Of” as Nasir Khan; the show and his performance were critically lauded, earning him Golden Globe and SAG nominations. He appeared on TIME magazine’s The Most Influential People of 2017 list. Quoted from Wikipedia.
 

Jermaine Jackson
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Older brother of the late pop superstar Michael Jackson, Jermaine began his music career as a member of the group “The Jackson Five”. He would eventually leave to pursue a solo career, recording several hit songs throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Raised as a Jehovah’s Witness he embraced Islam in 1989, saying “I found in Islam the answers to those queries which I had failed to find in Christianity.”
 

Everlast
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Everlast is a rapper/singer who burst onto the music scene in 1992 with his smash hit “Jump Around” while a member of the group “House of Pain”. The song reached #3 in the U.S. and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Born into a Catholic family of German and Irish descent, he accepted Islam in 1996. His career reached its pinnacle in 2000 when he won the Grammy for “Put Your Lights On”, a song he performed with guitar legend Santana. Everlast, whose birth name is Erik Schrody, said this song was “the most personal songs I ever wrote”. He wrote it while recovering from a major heart attack. He described the song as “kind of all about hope, but coming from a really dark place… and really questioning a lot of your beliefs, and affirming… stuff in your soul.” At the end of the song he rhythmically recites the first part of the Islamic declaration of faith (shadadah) in Arabic, which translates as “No god but God”.
 

Stevie B
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You may not know the name but for fans of 80’s dance music you most likely know his song “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” which went #1 in 1990 and remained at the top of the U.S. Billboard charts for 4 weeks. He converted to Islam shortly after and his subsequent album “Healing” reflected his new spiritual path, featuring cover art adorned with Islamic motifs and several songs with a more meaningful and conscientious message. In the song “Force Inside of Me” Stevie sings “Islam is growing now, making history… Allah will set you free… Will you take a stand with me?” The song “Tender Love” speaks not about a woman’s love but rather God’s love and includes the Arabic recitation of the shahadah, the Islamic declaration of faith, much like Everlast (see above).
 

Faran Tahir
Credit: West Wing Wiki

Born in America to Muslim parents from Pakistan, Faran Tahir has become an accomplished film and television actor. He’s played major roles in such films as “Iron-Man” (2008), “Star Trek” (2009) and “Elysium” (2013). He’s also appeared in over 40 TV shows such as “Criminal Minds”, “NCIS”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “The West Wing” and “Law & Order”.
 

Irrfan Khan
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According to Wikipedia Irrfan Khan is “an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Hindi cinema. He is also known for his works in British films, and Hollywood. Film critics, contemporaries, and other experts consider him to be one of the finest actors in Indian cinema for his versatile and natural acting.” In America he’s best known for his roles in the films “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Life of Pi” (2012) and “Jurassic World” (2015). He was born in India and raised as a Muslim.
 

Why Certain Celebs Are Not Mentioned

You may have read elsewhere that celebs like Snoop Dog, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes and others are Muslim, and you may be wondering why they’re not mentioned above. The reason is that many of them follow a version of what they call “Islam” but, in reality, is a contradiction and violation of the Qur’anic teachings. Groups like the Nation “of Islam” (NOI) and the Five-Percenters are considered by Sunni (orthodox) Islamic scholars to be a heretical version of Islam.

It’s not my intention to judge any individual or group and I recognize that the NOI has uplifted many African-Americans socially, morally and spiritually and that many of them (like the aforementioned Muhammad Ali) have taken the next natural step of accepting true Islam. But until they actually do that and make it known publicly, I do not feel comfortable calling them “Muslim”, irregardless of what they call themselves.

With that said, the omission of anyone from the above list does not necessarily mean they are followers of the NOI or some other heretical sect. It simply means that I didn’t have enough information to feel comfortable including them on the list. At the end of the day this list is fluid and can and, presumably will, be updated. For this you can help by providing evidence that a particular person should be included on it. Send me a message here.

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These Real Life Superheroes Are Also Muslims

By Ayden Zayn
May 20, 2017

When we hear Muslim or Arabic names mentioned in the media today, it’s unfortunate that we often expect a negative news story to follow, such as a suspected terror plot or an actual terror attack. But as with any race, religion or culture there are those who choose evil and those who choose good. This article highlights those Muslims who chose good, who bravely acted in service to humanity while, in many cases, risking their own lives and/or reputations. In the end, these Muslims can legitimately be called “real life superheroes”.

 

Abdelkader El Djezairi

This 19th Century freedom fighter led a conscientious resistance against French colonialists in his native Algeria. A descendant of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad and a scholar of Islam, he became renowned for his humane treatment of prisoners of war and for his protection of thousands of Christians from persecution and slaughter at the hands of the Druze zealots in Damascus. This won him admiration and praise from scores of Western/American leaders, intellects and elites including Abraham Lincoln. Read More

 

Muhammad Ali

The former heavyweight boxer was not only the most celebrated athlete but, perhaps, the most celebrated person of our era. He was well known for refusing to serve in Vietnam based on his principals and religious beliefs, sacrificing his eligibility and prime years of his boxing career. A became a pioneering symbol of courage, dignity and conviction during the civil rights struggles of African-Americans. Muhammad Ali has been honored with countless awards including the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, the Presidential Citizens Medal by President George W. Bush, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the “Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold”. But lost in all the accolades was maybe his greatest feat of all… saving the life of a distraught man set on killing himself. Watch the video.

 

Noor Inayat Khan

Born in Russia to a Muslim-Indian father and an American mother, Noor Inayat Khan and her family eventually settled in France. The eldest of her three siblings, it was on the cusp of her teenage years that she was thrust into the role of family caretaker when her father died and her mother became overcome with grief. She would go on to compose music and write poetry and publish a children’s book. When France was invaded by Germany at the onset of World War II, the family fled to England where she would enlist in the Women’s Auxiliary Airforce. The rest of her story reads like a Tom Clancy spy novel. She rose up the ranks during her training and ultimately would become an undercover special agent in Nazi-occupied France. Within 90 days her intelligence and support network, including most of her fellow field agents and her superiors were rounded up by the German SS (Security Service) and arrested. On the run from the SS and with virtually no assistance, she continued to transmit critical data back to Britain. She was betrayed by another French agent and arrested. She courageously resisted SS interrogation for over a month, however, her written notes were later discovered. The SS used the data to impersonate Khan and send false messages to her headquarters arranging for false rendezvous. This led to the capture and execution of numerous other agents. After escaping prison and being recaptured, Khan was classified as “highly dangerous” and shackled for the remainder of her imprisonment until executed on September 13, 1944. Throughout her captivity she refused to divulge any information that could be useful to the Nazi war effort despite the horrific conditions she faced. She was posthumously awarded the George Cross and a French Croix de Guerre with silver star.

 

Lassana Bathily
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Lassana Bathily was working as a stockman at a Jewish supermarket just outside Paris on the day of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January of 2015. When one y the terrorists stormed into the market, Bathily protected a group of Jewish patrons by hiding them in the cellar. He ultimately saved them and helped to end the siege by slipping out and sharing critical details with police. Bathily was honored as a national hero and awarded French citizenship. Ella Bennett wrote in The Jerusalem Post, “Lassana Bathily represents everything that is positive about humanity and shows that we must not condemn people based solely on their religion, rather, we must judge people by their actions.” Read More

 

Salah Farah

In late 2015 Salah Farah was a passenger on a bus in Kenya when terrorists stormed it, threatening to kill all Christians aboard while sparing the Muslims. When they demanded the Christians and Muslims split up Farah refused, saying “Kill all of us or leave us alone.” The terrorists shot him and a few others after a brief argument. He died later from his injuries, leaving behind four children and his pregnant wife. Read More

 

Abdul Haji
Credit: The Telegraph (UK)

The headline reads “American Family in Emotional Reunion With Rescue Hero Abdul Haji”. That sums up a story that found Kenyan businessman Abdul Haji ushering trapped civilians to safety amidst a 2013 terrorist attack on a mall in Nairobi. Haji took up arms to fight the terrorists and save his brother, and then scores of other trapped mall goers including an American mother and her three young daughters. Read More

 

Mohammad Salman Hamdani

Mohammad Salman Hamdani was the NYPD cadet and EMT who was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 where he had rushed to help save lives. He was under no obligation to do so since he was not on duty at the time. He was hailed as a hero by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and the police commissioner. He was mentioned in the subsequent U.S. Congress “Patriot Act” as an example of “Arab Americans and Muslim Americans [who] have acted heroically during the attacks”. Mayor Bloomberg called him “an example of how one can make the world better”.

 

Ahmed Merabet

Ahmed Merabet was the Paris policeman killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack. He was the first officer to arrive on the scene as the gunmen were exiting the building. He was almost immediately shot and wounded, and then killed in cold blood as he laid helplessly on the ground.

 

Abdelqader Ben Ghabrit

In 1926 the Grand Mosque of Paris was founded as a token of gratitude to the more than 100,000 Muslim soldiers who died fighting for France in World War I. The mosque would also serve as home for the Muslim Institute of the Paris Mosque, a social and spiritual welfare organization founded by Abdelqader Ben Ghabrit, also known as Si Kaddour Benghabrit. When the Nazis invaded France in World War II, the institute issued certificates of Muslim identity to Jews as protection against Nazi deportation and possible execution. Ben Ghabrit also arranged to have Jewish refugees hidden in the mosque and, in some cases, secretly transported out of France to safety. About a hundred Jews were saved and the mosque is revered by many Jews and Jewish organizations up to this day. Read More

“The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust”

 

Abdol-Hossein Sardari

Head of the Iranian consulate in Paris during World War II, Sardari issued fake Iranian passports to Jewish residents in order to save them from Nazi persecution. He ended up saving 2000 Jewish lives, earning the title of “Schindler of Iran” in the process. He has been recognized by many Jewish organizations for going above and beyond the call of duty and risking his career and his life. Read More

 

Azhar Shah

This British taxi driver witnessed a horrific car crash, then raced in to pull a pregnant woman and her baby from the burning wreckage. Read More

 

Mohamed Yunus
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Hindu couple Mohan and Chitra became hopeless when rapidly rising flood waters threatened their lives and they appeared unable to escape to higher ground. That’s when Mohamed Yunus appeared with a boat and rescue team. The 26 year old businessman took it upon himself to rent four boats to search devastated areas that Indian government officials hadn’t reached yet. He saved Mohan and Chitra, who was pregnant at the time. In honor of their hero she pledged to name the baby after him, and Mohamed pledged to pay for the child’s future educational costs. Source: IlmFeed.com

 

Waleed Mohamed Shaalan
Credit: AP Photo/Time Magazine

He’s one of the unsung heroes of the Virginia Tech massacre in April of 2007. Professor Randy Dymond attests that Shaalan saved the life of a fellow student at the expense of his own. After Seung-Hui Cho began his rampage, killing many students and faculty members in cold blood, Shaalan lay on the classroom floor with serious injuries. As Cho surveyed his victims, Shaalan noticed him moving towards another student near him who was lying on the floor playing dead. Shaalan, apparently believing Cho was about to kill the other student, moved suddenly and that’s when Cho fired the shot into Shaalan which proved fatal. Witnesses believe he moved suddenly to distract Cho in an effort to save the other student. Source: Time Magazine

 

Mohammed Helmy
Photo credit: WorldCrunch

Born in Egypt, Mohammed Helmy eventually settled in Berlin where he became a prominent doctor. When the Nazis began deporting Jews during World War II, he went to great lengths to save them by concealing their identities and hiding them. Anna Gutman later wrote, “He managed to evade all [Nazi] interrogations. In such cases he would bring me to friends where I would stay for several days, introducing me as his cousin from Dresden… Dr. Helmy did everything for me out of the generosity of his heart and I will be grateful to him for eternity”. He became the first ever Arab recognized as a “Righteous Gentile” by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Museum. Source: Wikipedia

 

Refik Veseli

As a 17 year old boy living in Albania during World War II, he sheltered several Jewish families from the Nazis. According to Wikipedia “his example inspired his whole village to risk their lives in order to protect Jews… and many survivors told how their Albanian hosts vied for the privilege of offering sanctuary, on the grounds that it was an Islamic ethical obligation.” Read More

 

Selahattin Ülkümen

Utilizing his position of Turkish diplomat, he saved nearly 50 Jews from Nazi internment and potential execution during World War II. Read More

 

Derviš Korkut

An ethnic Albanian Muslim who was the chief librarian at the Bosnian National Museum at the time of World War II. The museum was home to a 14th Century Jewish relic called the Sarajevo Haggadah. According to the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous it was “the type of artifact that Hitler hoped to preserve in a ‘museum of an extinct race’ after he had killed all the Jews of Europe.” Derviš Korkut and his wife went to great lengths to hide it from the Nazis when they occupied Sarajevo. They smuggled it to safekeeping at the risk of their own lives. Read More

 

Abdull Oun
Credit: Daily Record

Saved a woman from being raped in superhero fashion. While jogging in a Glasgow park at night, he hears terrified female screams of help. Running to the scene he discovers a woman pinned to the ground by a male attacker. Abdull instinctively runs, jumps and “fly-kicks” the man in the face, knocking him out cold. He would later say “I don’t feel like I am a hero. It’s a man’s job to protect the innocent.” Read More

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Other Muhammads You Should Know

By Ayden Zayn
August 24, 2016

Most people have heard of the Islamic prophet Muhammad as well as the former heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali. But if asked to identify other Muhammads, past or present, it’s likely that many would have a hard time naming even one! Yet there are many noteworthy people having achieved great things who happen to bare the name of Muhammad (alternate spellings included). Here are a few of the most famous ones…
 

Muhammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī

Lived: 780 to 850
Highlight: One of the fathers of algebra.

Wikipedia

A Muslim mathematician who introduced the use of the decimal to the Western world. He is considered one of the fathers of algebra. Some words reflect the importance of al-Khwārizmī’s contributions to mathematics. “Algebra” is derived from al-jabr, one of the two operations he used to solve quadratic equations. “Algorism” and “algorithm” stem from Algoritmi, the Latin form of his name. His name is also the origin of “guarismo” (Spanish) and of “algarismo” (Portuguese), both meaning “digit”. Source: Wikipedia
 

Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi

Lived: 865 to 925
Highlight: Father of pediatrics.

Statue of Razi in the “Scholars Pavilion” in U.N. Office in Vienna (Yamaha5 on Wikipedia)

The first to produce acids such as sulfuric acid, writing up limited or extensive notes on diseases such as smallpox and chickenpox, a pioneer in ophthalmology, author of first book on pediatrics, making leading contributions in inorganic and organic chemistry, also the author of several philosophical works… Through translation, his medical works and ideas became known among medieval European practitioners and profoundly influenced medical education in the Latin West. Some volumes of his work Al-Mansuri, namely “On Surgery” and “A General Book on Therapy”, became part of the medical curriculum in Western universities. Edward Granville Browne considers him as “probably the greatest and most original of all the physicians, and one of the most prolific as an author” and has been described as the father of pediatrics and a pioneer of ophthalmology. Source: Wikipedia
 

Abū Nasr Muhammad ibn Muhammad Fārābī (Al-Farabi)

Lived: 872 to 950
Highlight: Widely considered second only to Aristotle in knowledge.

Al-Farabi on the currency of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Farabi made contributions to the fields of logic, mathematics, music, philosophy, psychology, and education… Credited with preserving the original Greek texts during the Middle Ages because of his commentaries and treatises, and influencing many prominent philosophers, like Avicenna and Maimonides… Philosophy: Al-Farabi had great influence on science and philosophy for several centuries, and was widely considered second only to Aristotle in knowledge (alluded to by his title of “the Second Teacher”) in his time. Physics: Wrote a short treatise “On Vacuum”, where he thought about the nature of the existence of void. He may have carried out the first experiments concerning the existence of vacuum. Psychology: Wrote “Social Psychology and Principles of the Opinions of the Citizens of the Virtuous City”, which were the first treatises to deal with social psychology. Source: Wikipedia
 

Abū l-Walīd Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Rušd (Ibn Rushd or Averroes)

Lived: 1126 to 1198
Highlight: Renewed Western interest in ancient Greek philosophy.

Statue of Ibn Rushd in Córdoba, Spain. By Saleemzohaib via Wikimedia Commons

Developed the notion that bodies have a (non-gravitational) inherent resistance to motion into physics. This idea in particular was adopted by Thomas Aquinas and subsequently by Johannes Kepler, who referred to this fact as “Inertia”… Ibn Rushd is most famous for his commentaries of Aristotle’s works, which had been mostly forgotten in the West. Before 1150, only a few of Aristotle’s works existed in translation in Latin Europe, although the tradition of great philosophers and poets of antiquity continued to be studied and copied in the Greek Byzantium. It was to some degree through the Latin translations of Ibn Rushd’s work beginning in the thirteenth century, that the legacy of Aristotle was recovered in the Latin West. Source: Wikipedia
 

Muhammad Ibn Battuta

Lived: 1304 to 1369
Highlight: Widely recognised as one of the greatest travelers of all time.

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A Medieval Berber Muslim traveler and scholar, who is widely recognised as one of the greatest travelers of all time. He is known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla (lit. “Journey”). Over a period of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited most of the known Islamic world as well as many non-Muslim lands. His journeys included trips to North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China. Source: Wikipedia
 

Mohammed Alexander Russell Webb

Lived: 1846 to 1916
Highlight: The earliest prominent Anglo-American Muslim convert.

Cover of Umar Faruq Abd-Allah’s book available on Amazon

An American writer, publisher, and the United States Consul to the Philippines. He converted to Islam in 1888, and is considered by historians to be the earliest prominent Anglo-American Muslim convert. In 1893 he was the only person representing Islam at the first Parliament for the World’s Religions. Source: Wikipedia
 

Muhammad Iqbal

Lived: 1877 to 1938
Highlight: The “Spiritual father of Pakistan”.

Muhammad Iqbal is considered one of the most important figures in Urdu literature, with literary work in both the Urdu and Persian languages… He was a poet, philosopher, and politician, as well as an academic, barrister and scholar in British India who is widely regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement. He is called the “Spiritual father of Pakistan”. In 1922, he was knighted by King George V, granting him the title “Sir”. Source: Wikipedia
 

Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Lived:1876 to 1948
Highlight: The “Father of Pakistan”.

Jinnah rose to prominence in the Indian National Congress in the first two decades of the 20th century. In these early years of his political career, Jinnah advocated Hindu–Muslim unity, helping to shape the 1916 Lucknow Pact between the Congress and the All-India Muslim League, in which Jinnah had also become prominent. Jinnah became a key leader in the All India Home Rule League, and proposed a fourteen-point constitutional reform plan to safeguard the political rights of Muslims. In 1920, however, Jinnah resigned from the Congress when it agreed to follow a campaign of satyagraha, or non-violent resistance, advocated by Mohandas Gandhi… The well documented influence of Muhammad Iqbal on Jinnah, with regards to taking the lead in creating Pakistan, has been described as “significant”, “powerful” and even “unquestionable” by scholars. He’s also cited as an influential force in convincing Jinnah to… re-enter the politics of India… Iqbal gradually succeeded in converting Jinnah over to his view, who eventually accepted Iqbal as his “mentor”… By 1940, Jinnah had come to believe that Indian Muslims should have their own state. In that year, the Muslim League, led by Jinnah, passed the Lahore Resolution, demanding a separate nation. During the Second World War, the League gained strength while leaders of the Congress were imprisoned, and in the elections held shortly after the war, it won most of the seats reserved for Muslims. Ultimately, the Congress and the Muslim League could not reach a power-sharing formula for a united India, leading all parties to agree to separate independence of a predominantly Hindu India, and for a Muslim-majority state, to be called Pakistan… Jinnah’s legacy is Pakistan. According to Mohiuddin, “He was and continues to be as highly honored in Pakistan as [first US president] George Washington is in the United States … Pakistan owes its very existence to his drive, tenacity, and judgment … Jinnah’s importance in the creation of Pakistan was monumental and immeasurable.” Stanley Wolpert, giving a speech in honour of Jinnah in 1998, deemed him Pakistan’s greatest leader. Source: Wikipedia
 

Mohammed Helmy

Lived: 1901 to 1982
Highlight: First ever Arab recognized as a “Righteous Gentile”.

Photo credit: WorldCrunch

Born in Egypt, Mohammed Helmy eventually settled in Berlin where he became a prominent doctor. When the Nazis began deporting Jews during World War II, he went to great lengths to save them by concealing their identities and hiding them. Anna Gutman later wrote, “He managed to evade all [Nazi] interrogations. In such cases he would bring me to friends where I would stay for several days, introducing me as his cousin from Dresden… Dr. Helmy did everything for me out of the generosity of his heart and I will be grateful to him for eternity”. He became the first ever Arab recognized as a “Righteous Gentile” by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Museum. Source: Wikipedia
 

Warith Deen Mohammed

Lived: 1933 to 2008
Highlight: Led largest mass conversion to Islam in U.S. History.

Warith Deen Mohammed was the son of Elijah Muhammad, a self-proclaimed prophet and leader of the so-called “Nation of Islam” or NOI (a deviant sect of Sunni, or orthodox, Islam). When the elder Muhammad died in 1975, Warith Deen (or W.D. Mohammed) took charge of NOI. Like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali before him, he embraced Sunni Islam and proceeded to disband and transform the NOI into the “World Community of Al-Islam in the West”. By 1978 most of the NOI members followed him in what became, according to Wikipedia, the “largest mass conversion to Islam in the history of the United States”. Resistance to these changes led to the reformation of the NOI in 1981 under the leadership of Louis Farrakhan, whose message of black superiority continued the NOI’s contradiction of the Qur’an’s teaching of racial equality (chapter 49, verse 13). Source: Wikipedia
 

Mohammad Salman Hamdani

Lived: 1977-2001
Highlight: Hailed as a hero by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Mohammad Salman Hamdani was the NYPD cadet and EMT who was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 where he had rushed to help save lives. He was under no obligation to do so since he was not on duty at the time. He was hailed as a hero by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and the police commissioner. He was mentioned in the subsequent U.S. Congress “Patriot Act” as an example of “Arab Americans and Muslim Americans [who] have acted heroically during the attacks”. Mayor Bloomberg called him “an example of how one can make the world better”. Source: Wikipedia
 

Waleed Mohamed Shaalan

Died: 2007
Highlight: Saved the life of a fellow student during the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.

AP Photo/Time Magazine

He’s one of the unsung heroes of the Virginia Tech massacre in April of 2007. Professor Randy Dymond attests that Shaalan saved the life of a fellow student at the expense of his own. After Seung-Hui Cho began his rampage, killing many students and faculty members in cold blood, Shaalan lay on the classroom floor with serious injuries. As Cho surveyed his victims, Shaalan noticed him moving towards another student near him who was lying on the floor playing dead. Shaalan, apparently believing Cho was about to kill the other student, moved suddenly and that’s when Cho fired the shot into Shaalan which proved fatal. Witnesses believe he moved suddenly to distract Cho in an effort to save the other student. Source: Time Magazine
 

Mohamed ElBaradei

Highlight: Won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

Mohamed ElBaradei was the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an intergovernmental organization under the auspices of the United Nations, from 1997 to 2009. He and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005… for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy, for peaceful purposes, is used in the safest possible way. ElBaradei donated all of his winnings to building orphanages in Cairo. The IAEA’s winnings are being spent to train scientists from developing countries to use nuclear techniques in combating cancer and malnutrition. Source: Wikipedia
 

Mohamed Yunus

Highlight: Saved a Hindu couple and their unborn baby from drowning.

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Hindu couple Mohan and Chitra became hopeless when rapidly rising flood waters threatened their lives and they appeared unable to escape to higher ground. That’s when Mohamed Yunus appeared with a boat and rescue team. The 26 year old businessman took it upon himself to rent four boats to search devastated areas that Indian government officials hadn’t reached yet. He saved Mohan and Chitra, who was pregnant at the time. In honor of their hero she pledged to name the baby after him, and Mohamed pledged to pay for the child’s future educational costs. Source: IlmFeed.com
 

Muhammad Haris

Highlight: Co-developer of the best-selling website template of all-time.

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The True Teachings of Islam

By Ayden Zayn
March 11, 2016

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The Holy Qur’an is the highest authority in Islam. It contains the exact words of God as revealed to Prophet Muhammad (P) and recorded by his companions. In applying the Qur’anic teachings to everyday life, Muslims rely upon the sunnah (sayings and actions) of the Prophet (P). This sunnah is a concrete implementation, a tangible form, and the actual embodiment of the will of God in the form of Muhammad’s deeds. They were recorded in what are called ahadith (pieces of news, stories, or reports). This pamphlet conveys to you just a portion of the many interesting and enlightening ahadith. Every quote below is an English translation of what Prophet Muhammad (P) is reported to have said to his companions.

Numbers 1-20 have been quoted from “Riyadh-Us-Saleheen” Volumes 1 and 2. Numbers 21-25 have been quoted from “An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith”. Both works were compiled by Imam Abu Zakariya Yahya Bin Sharaf An-Nawawi (R). Each hadith quoted in this pamphlet is followed by an individual reference which includes the name of the transmitter and the original source of ahadith collection: Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslim, Imam Abu Daud, or Imam Tirmidhi (R). The number in parenthesis indicates the specific hadith.

KEY
(P) – Peace be upon him.
(R) – May God be pleased with them.

VARIOUS SAYINGS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (P):

1) “The strong one is not he who knocks out his adversary; the strong one is he who keeps control over his temper.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#45)

2) “It does not befit a Siddiq (a true man) that he should opt to cursing.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#1552)

3) “God the Dignified has no mercy for one who has no mercy for others.” Reported by Jarir Ibn Abdullah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#227)

4) “None of you is a perfect Muslim until he desires for his brother Muslim that which he desires for himself.” Reported by Anas Bin Malik and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#183)

5) “Help your brother whether he is an oppressor or an oppressed person. A companion asked: ‘Messenger of God (it is true) I will help him if he is an oppressed person, but please tell me how I am to help him if he happens to be an oppressor.’ The Holy Prophet (P) answered: check him from doing injustice. Because preventing him from committing aggression is a help to him.” Reported by Anas Bin Malik and recorded by Imam Bukhari. (#237)

6) “Look at the person who is inferior to you; and do not look at one who is superior to you. Thereby you would be able to appreciate better the benevolences of God bestowed upon you.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#467)

7) Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘Aas says that by nature the Holy Prophet (P) neither talked indecently nor did he listen to indecent talk. He used to say: “The best of you are those who have the best manners.” Reported by Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘Aas and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#625)

8) “A person who gives surety to (safeguard) the thing between the jaws (tongue) and the thing between his two legs (private organs), I guarantee his entrance into Paradise.” Reported by Sahl bin Sa’d and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#1513)

9) “Among the Muslims most perfect, as regards his faith, is one whose character is excellent, and the best among you are those who treat their wives well.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi. (#278)

10) “Do not consider even the smallest good deed as insignificant; even meeting your brother with a cheerful face (is a good deed).” Reported by Abu Zarr and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#121)

11) “Make things easy and convenient and don’t make them harsh and difficult. Give cheers and glad tidings and do not create hatred.” Reported by Anas Bin Malik and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#637)

12) “God, the Most Exalted, has revealed to me that you should show courtesy and be cordial with each other, so that nobody should consider himself superior to another nor harm him.” Reported by Ayaz bin Himar and recorded by Imam Muslim.

13) “Do not reproach or abuse dead persons for they are facing the consequences of what they had done in this world.” Reported by Hazrat Ayesha and recorded by Imam Bukhari.

14) “Avoid jealousy for this destroys good deeds as fire destroys wood.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Abu Daud. (#1569)

15) “Do not rejoice over the troubles of your brother lest God the Most High might have mercy on him and involve you in this trouble.” Reported by Wasila bin Al-As-qa’a and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi. (#1577)

16) Prophet Muhammad (P) once asked, “Who is that person among you who loves the property of his successor more than his own property? The Companions submitted: ‘O Messenger of God (P) there is none among us who loves his successor’s property more than his own.’ He said: Then his property is which he has sent ahead; and that which he retains belongs to his successor.” Reported by Ibn Mas’ud and recorded by Imam Bukhari. (#545)

17) “God the Most High has revealed to me that you should adopt humility, so that nobody oppresses another, nor one should hold himself above another.” Reported by Ayaz bin Himar and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#602)

18) “A Muslim never taunts or curses or abuses nor resorts to vulgar talking.” Reported by Abdullah bin Mas’ud and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi. (#1734)

19) “Let no Muslim male entertain any malice against a Muslim female. He may dislike one habit in her, but may find another in her which is pleasing.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#275)

20) “Plenty of provision or abundance do not make a person rich and wealthy; real richness is the benevolence of heart.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#522)

21) “Part of someone’s being a good Muslim is his leaving alone that which does not concern him.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi. (#12)

22) “Let him who believes in God and the Last Day either speak good or keep silent, and let him who believes in God and the Last Day be generous to his neighbour, and let him who believes in God and the Last Day be generous to his guest.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#15)

23) “…Prayer is light; charity is a proof; patience is illumination; and the Qur’an is an argument for or against you. Everyone starts his day and is a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or bringing about its ruin.” Reported by Abu Malik al-Harith ibn Asim al-Ash’ari and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#23)

24) “Each person’s every joint must perform a charity every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it is a charity; every step you take to prayers is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#26)

25) “Righteousness is good morality, and wrongdoing is that which wavers in your soul and which you dislike people finding out about.” Reported by an-Nawwas ibn Sam’an and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#27)

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Islamic Virtues

By Ayden Zayn
June 4, 2016

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Muslims believe the Qur’an is the final revelation of God’s words to humanity. Although it was a book revealed in the Arabic language to an Arab man, it is a message intended for people of all races, cultures and places. It contains many stories of people and events in history, details about life after death, descriptions of the unseen and various instructions regarding the mundane such as inheritance laws, marital laws and such. But the vast majority of the Qur’an deals with morality. This is evident by opening the book to any random page and the likelihood that on that page you will find some teaching which, if implemented, would result in some kind of benefit for either the individual or for humanity as a whole.

And so one of the primary functions of the Qur’an is to serve as an instruction book for humanity; a type of handbook on life from the One who created life. Practicing Muslims use this book as a standard for correct thought and action because they have a firm belief that God, the Creator, knows what is best for His creation. In 17:9 of the Qur’an God says, “Verily this Qur’an does guide to that which is most right”.

Righteousness

“Do no evil nor mischief on the (face of the) earth.” (2:60)

“Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong.” (3:104)

“Do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are of kin, neighbors who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and what your right hands possess.” (4:36)

“[God] forbids all indecent deeds, and evil and rebellion: He instructs you, that you may receive admonition.” (16:90)

“Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you.” (49:13)

Generosity

“Give of the good things which you have (honorably) earned, and of the fruits of the earth which We have produced for you.” (2:267)

“If you disclose (acts of) charity, even so it is well, but if you conceal them, and make them reach those (really) in need, that is best for you .” (2:271)

“By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give (freely) of that which you love.” (3:92)

“Those saved from the covetousness of their own souls, they are the ones that achieve prosperity.” (59:9)

“[Do not] expect, in giving, any increase (for yourself)!” (74:6)

Gratitude

“Eat of the good things that We have provided for you, and be grateful to God, if it is Him you worship.” (2:172)

“Show gratitude to Me and to your parents: to Me is (your final) Goal.” (31:14)

“[God] likes not ingratitude from His servants: if you are grateful, He is pleased with you.” (39:7)

Contentment

“In no wise covet those things in which God has bestowed His gifts more freely on some of you than on others: to men is allotted what they earn, and to women what they earn: but ask God of His bounty.” (4:32)

Humility

“Call on your Lord with humility and in private: for God loves not those who trespass beyond bounds.” (7:55)

“Celebrate the praises of your Lord, and be of those who prostrate themselves in adoration.” (15:98)

“The servants of (God) Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, ‘Peace!'” (25:63)

“Exult not, for God loves not those who exult (in riches).” (28:76)

“Swell not thy cheek (for pride) at men, nor walk in insolence through the earth; for God loves not any arrogant boaster.” (31:18)

Kindness

“God loves those who are kind.” (5:13)

“Be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in you life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: ‘My Lord! bestow on them Your Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.'” (17:23-24)

“We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in years twain was his weaning.” (31:14)

“Treat not the orphan with harshness, nor repulse him who asks.” (93:9-10)

Courtesy

“When a (courteous) greeting is offered you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous, or of equal courtesy. God takes careful account of all things.” (4:86)

“Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames.” (49:11)

Purity

“Eat of what is on earth, lawful and good; and do not follow the footsteps of the Satan, for he is to you an avowed enemy.” (2:168)

“[God] loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.” (2:222)

“When you prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands (and arms) to the elbows. Rub your heads (with water) and (wash) your feet to the ankles. If you are in a state of ceremonial impurity, bathe your whole body… God does not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you clean.” (5:6)

Good Speech

“Say to My servants that they should (only) say those things that are best: for Satan does sow dissensions among them.” (17:53)

“[The believers] have been guided… to the purest of speeches.” (22:24)

“Woe to every (kind of) scandal-monger and backbiter.” (104:1)

Respect

“Say to the People of the Book and to those who are unlearned: ‘Do you (also) submit yourselves?’ If they do, they are in right guidance, but if they turn back, your duty is to convey the Message.” (3:20)

“Enter not houses other than your own, until you have asked permission and saluted those in them: that is best for you, in order that you may heed (what is seemly). If you find no one in the house, enter not until permission is given to you: if you are asked to go back, go back: that makes for greater purity for yourselves.” (24:27-28)

“Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: and spy not on each other, nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother?” (49:12)

Wisdom

“Invite (all) to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious.” (16:125)

Tolerance

“Say: ‘O People of the Book, come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but God; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, lords and patrons other than God.’ If then they turn back, say you: ‘Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to God’s Will).'” (3:64)

“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!” (10:99)

Justice

“Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for God can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve.” (4:135)

“God loves those who judge in equity.” (5:42)

“Take not life, which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law.” (6:151)

Mercy

“If the debtor is in a difficulty, grant him time till it is easy for him to repay. But if you remit it by way of charity, that is best for you if you only knew.” (2:280)

“We ordained therein for them: ‘Life for life, eye for eye, nose or nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal.’ But if any one remits the retaliation by way of charity, it is an act of atonement for himself.” (5:45)

“Overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness.” (15:85)

“Repel evil with good, and the person who was your enemy becomes like an intimate friend.” (41:34)

“(It is) for those who believe and put their trust in their Lord… when they are angry even then forgive.” (42:36-37)

“The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from God: for (God) loves not those who do wrong.” (42:40)

Dignity

“To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight), because they are wronged.” (22:39)

“If any do help and defend themselves after a wrong (done) to them, against such there is no cause of blame.” (42:41)

Courage

“(It is) for those who believe… when an oppressive wrong is inflicted on them, (are not cowed but) help and defend themselves.” (42:36-39)

Frankness

“Fear God, and make your utterance straight forward: That He may make your conduct whole and sound.” (33:70-71)

Hope

“Here is a plain statement to men, a guidance and instruction to those who fear God. So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: For you must gain mastery if you are true in Faith.” (3:138-139)

“What is with you must vanish: what is with God will endure. And We will certainly bestow, on those who patiently persevere, their reward according to the best of their actions.” (16:96)

Repentance

“Seek the forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him in repentance; that He may grant you enjoyment, good (and true), for a term appointed .” (11:3)

“Your Lord knows best what is in your hearts: If you do deeds of righteousness, verily He is Most Forgiving to those who turn to Him again and again (in true penitence).” (17:25)

Patience / Perseverance

“Seek (God’s) help with patient perseverance and prayer: It is indeed hard, except to those who are humble, who bear in mind the certainty that they are to meet their Lord, and that they are to return to Him.” (2:45-46)

“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere, who say, when afflicted with calamity: ‘To God We belong, and to Him is our return’. They are those on whom (descend) blessings from their Lord, and Mercy.” (2:155-157)

“On no soul does God place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns.” (2:286)

“You shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves; and you shall certainly hear much that will grieve you, from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship partners besides God. But if you persevere patiently, and guard against evil, then that will be of great resolution.” (3:186)

“Pray for help from God, and (wait) in patience and constancy: for the earth is God’s, to give as a heritage to such of His servants as He pleases; and the end is (best) for the righteous.” (7:128)

“Bear with patient constancy whatever betide you; for this is firmness (of purpose) in (the conduct of) affairs.” (31:17)

Discipline

“Bow down, prostrate yourselves, and adore your Lord; and do good; that you may prosper. And strive in His cause as you ought to strive (with sincerity and under discipline).” (22:77-78)

Self-Restraint

“Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint.” (2:183)

“[Do not follow] the lust (of your heart), for it will mislead you from the Path of God.” (38:26)

“For such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord’s (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from lower desires, their abode will be the Garden.” (79:40-41)

Balance / Moderation

“Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loves not transgressors.” (2:190)

“Commit no excess: for God loves not those given to excess.” (5:87)

“And the servants of (God) Most Gracious are those who… when they spend, are not extravagant and not niggardly, but hold a just (balance) between those (extremes).” (25:63-67)

“Seek, with the (wealth) which God has bestowed on you, the Home of the Hereafter, nor forget your portion in this world: but do good, as God has been good to you.” (28:77)

Prudence

“When you deal with each other, in transactions involving future obligations in a fixed period of time, reduce them to writing… whether it be small or big; it is juster in the sight of God, more suitable as evidence, and more convenient to prevent doubts among yourselves.” (2:282)

“If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest you harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what you have done.” (49:6)

Unity

“Hold fast, all together, by the Rope which God (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude God’s favor on you; for you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, you became brethren.” (3:103)

Frugality

“Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities.” (4:29)

“Waste not by excess: for God loves not the wasters.” (6:141)

Sincerity

“God will never change the grace which He hath bestowed on a people until they change what is in their (own) souls.” (8:53)

“Woe to the worshippers… who (want but) to be seen.” (107:4-6)

Responsibility

“Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein: And whoever recommends and helps an evil cause, shares in its burden.” (4:85)

Trustworthiness

“If one of you deposits a thing on trust with another, let the trustee (faithfully) discharge his trust, and let him fear God.” (2:283)

“God does command you to render back your trusts to those to whom they are due.” (4:58)

“Fulfill (every) engagement, for (every) engagement will be inquired into (on the Day of Reckoning).” (17:34)

Honesty / Fairness

“Cover not Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when you know (what it is).” (2:42)

“Take not your oaths, to practice deception between yourselves.” (16:94)

“Truly many are the partners (in business) who wrong each other: Not so do those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, and how few are they?” (38:24)

“Woe to those that deal in fraud, – Those who, when they have to receive by measure from men, exact full measure, but when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due.” (83:1-3)

Spirituality

“Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day, – there are indeed Signs for men of understanding, – Men who celebrate the praises of God, standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens and the earth, (with the thought): ‘Our Lord! not for naught have You created (all) this!” (3:190-191)

“Establish regular prayer: for prayer restrains from shameful and evil deeds; and remembrance of God is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt.” (29:45)

“True, there is for you by day prolonged occupation with ordinary duties: But keep in remembrance the name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him whole-heartedly. (He is) Lord of the East and the West: there is no god but He: take Him therefore for (your) Disposer of Affairs.” (73:7-9)

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Selected Verses From the Qur’an

By Ayden Zayn
January 1, 2017

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THE QUR’AN
“This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear God.” 2:2

“Do they not ponder on the Qur’an? Had it been from other than God, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.” 4:82

“(This is) the revelation of the Book in which there is no doubt – from the Lord of the Worlds. Or do they say, ‘He has forged it?’ Nay, it is the Truth from thy Lord.” 32:2-3

GOD
“Whatever is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare the Praises and Glory of God – the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. It is He Who has sent amongst the Unlettered a messenger from among themselves, to rehearse to them His Signs, to purify them, and to instruct them in The Book and Wisdom,- although they had been, before, in manifest error.” 62:1-2

“To God do belong the unseen (secrets) of the heavens and the earth, and to Him goeth back every affair (for decision): so worship Him, and put thy trust in Him: and thy Lord is not unmindful of aught that ye do.” 11:123

“God! There is no god but He – the Living, the Self-subsisting, Supporter of all. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is thee can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth?” 2:255

“Put thy trust in God. For God loves those who put their trust (in Him). If God helps you, none can overcome you: if He forsakes you, who is there, after that, that can help you? In God, then, let Believers put their trust.” 3:159-160

“God is He, than Whom there is no other god – the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the justly Proud. Glory to God! (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him.” 59:23

“Say: He is God, the One and Only; God, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; and there is none like unto Him.” 112:1-4

JEWS AND CHRISTIANS
“And dispute ye not with the People of the Book [Jews and Christians], 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 God and your God is One; and it is to Him we submit (in Islam).'” 29:46

“O People of the Book! Exceed not in your religion the bounds (of what is proper), trespassing beyond the truth, nor follow the vain desires of people who went wrong in times gone by – who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from the even Way.” 5:77

THE PROPHETS
“Muhammad is no more than a messenger; many were the messengers that passed away before him. If he died or were slain, will ye then turn back on your heels? If any did turn back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to God; but God (on the other hand) will swiftly reward those who (serve him) with gratitude.” 3:144

“Behold! the angels said: ‘O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to God; he shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous.’ She said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?’ He said: ‘Even so; God createth what He willeth: when He hath decreed a matter, He but saith to it, ‘Be’, and it is! And God will teach him the Book and Wisdom, The Torah and the Gospel.” 3:45-48

“O Moses! I have chosen thee above (other) men, by the messages I (have given thee) and the words I (have spoken to thee); take then the (revelation) which I give thee, and be of those who give thanks.” 7:144

“Abraham: he was a man of Truth, a prophet. Behold, he said to his father: ‘O my father! why worship that which heareth not and seeth not, and can profit thee nothing? O my father! to me hath come knowledge which hath not reached thee: So follow me: I will guide thee to a way that is even and straight. O my father! serve not Satan: for Satan is a rebel against (God) Most Gracious.'” 19:41-44

THE HOLY SPIRIT
“Say, the Holy Spirit has brought the revelation from thy Lord in Truth, in order to strengthen those who believe, and as a Guide and Glad Tidings to Muslims.” 16:102

“…Gabriel – for he brings down the (revelation) to thy heart by God’s will, a confirmation of what went before, and guidance and glad tidings for those who believe.” 2:97

SATAN
“Behold! We said to the angels, ‘Bow down to Adam’: they bowed down except Iblis [Satan]. He was one of the Jinns [spirits with a free-will], and he broke the Command of his Lord. Will ye then take him and his progeny as protectors rather than Me? And they are enemies to you! Evil would be the exchange for the wrongdoers!” 18:50

“Satan’s plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?” 5:91

“And Satan will say when the matter is decided: ‘It was God Who gave you a promise of Truth: I too promised, but failed in my promise to you. I had no authority over you except to call you, but ye listened to me: then reproach not me, but reproach your own souls. I cannot listen to your cries, nor can ye listen to mine. I reject your former act in associating me with God. For wrongdoers there must be a Grievous Penalty.'” 14:22

SIGNS IN NATURE AND CREATION
“It is He Who sends down rain from the sky. From it ye drink, and out of it (grows) the vegetation on which ye feed your cattle. With it He produces for you corn, olives, date-palms, grapes, and every kind of fruit: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought. He has made subject to you the Night and the Day; the Sun and the Moon; and the Stars are in subjection by His Command: verily in this are Signs for those who are wise. And the things on this earth which He has multiplied in varying colours (and qualities); verily in this is a Sign for those who are mindful. It is He Who has made the sea subject, that ye may eat thereof flesh that is fresh and tender, and that ye may extract therefrom ornaments to wear; and thou seest the ships therein that plough the waves, that ye may seek (thus) of the bounty of God and that ye may be grateful. And He has set up on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should shake with you; and rivers and ways: that ye may guide yourselves; and marks and sign-posts; and by the stars (humans) guide themselves. Is then He Who creates like one that creates not? Will ye not receive admonition? If ye would count up the favours of God, never would ye be able to number them: for God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. And God doth know what ye conceal, and what ye reveal. Those whom they invoke besides God create nothing and are themselves created. (They are things) dead, lifeless: nor do they know when they will be raised up.” 16:10-21

“Seest thou not that God sends down rain from the sky, and leads it through springs in the earth? Then He causes to grow, therewith, produce of various colours: then it withers; thou wilt see it grow yellow; then He makes it dry up and crumble away. Truly, in this, is a Message of remembrance to Men of understanding.” 39:21

“Do they not reflect in their own minds? Not but for just ends and for a term appointed, did God create the heavens and the earth, and all between them: yet are there truly many among men who deny their meeting with their Lord (at the Resurrection)! Do they not travel through the earth, and see what was the End of those before them? They were superior to them in strength: they tilled the soil and populated it in greater numbers than these have done: there came to them their messengers with Clear (Signs), (which they rejected, to their own destruction): it was not God who wronged them, but they wronged their own souls. In the long run Evil in the extreme will be the End of those who do evil; for that they rejected the Signs of God, and held them up to ridicule”. 30:8-10

“Among His Signs is this, that He created you from dust; and then – behold, ye are men scattered (far and wide)! And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colours: verily in that are Signs for those who know. And among His Signs is the sleep that ye take by night and by day, and the quest that ye (make for livelihood) out of His Bounty: verily in that are Signs for those who hearken. And among His Signs, He shows you the lightning, by way both of fear and of hope, and He sends down rain from the sky and with it gives life to the earth after it is dead: verily in that are Signs for those who are wise.” 30:20-24

JUDGMENT DAY AND THE HEREAFTER
“Man says: ‘What! When I am dead, shall I then be raised up alive?’ But does not man call to mind that We created him before out of nothing?” 19:66-67

“And ye devour Inheritance – all with greed, and ye love wealth with inordinate love! Nay! When the earth is pounded to powder, and thy Lord cometh, and His angels, rank upon rank, and Hell, that Day, is brought (face to face)- on that Day will man remember, but how will that remembrance profit him? He will say: ‘Ah! Would that I had sent forth (Good Deeds) for (this) my (Future) Life!’ For, that Day, his Chastisement will be such as none (else) can inflict, and His bonds will be such as none (other) can bind. (To the righteous soul will be said:) ‘O (thou) soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction! Come back thou to thy Lord – well pleased (thyself), and well-pleasing unto Him! Enter thou, then, among my Devotees! Yea, enter thou My Heaven!'” 89:19-30

“God hath promised to Believers – men and women – Gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein, and beautiful mansions in Gardens of everlasting bliss. But the greatest bliss is the Good Pleasure of God: that is the supreme felicity.” 9:72

“It is God Who has created the heavens and the earth, and all between them, in six Days, then He established Himself on the Throne (of authority); ye have none, besides Him, to protect or intercede (for you): will ye not then receive admonition? He rules (all) affairs from the heavens to the earth: in the end will (all affairs) go up to Him, on a Day, the space whereof will be (as) a thousand years of your reckoning. Such is He, the Knower of all things, hidden and open, the Exalted (in power), the Merciful – He Who has made everything which He has created Most Good: He began the creation of man with (nothing more than) clay, and made his progeny from a quintessence of the nature of a fluid despised: But He fashioned him in due proportion, and breathed into him something of His spirit. And He gave you (the facilities of) hearing and sight and feeling (and understanding): little thanks do ye give! And they say: ‘What! When we lie, hidden and lost, in the earth, shall we indeed be in a Creation renewed?’ Nay, they deny the Meeting with their Lord! Say: ‘The Angel of Death, put in charge of you, will (duly) take your souls, then shall ye be brought back to your Lord.” 32:4-11

“The (Judgment) ever approaching draws nigh: no (soul) but God can lay it bare. Do ye then wonder at this recital? And will ye laugh and not weep – wasting your time in vanities? But fall ye down in prostration to God and adore (Him)!” 53:57-62

“As to those who believe not in the Hereafter, their hearts refuse to know, and they are arrogant. Undoubtedly, God doth know what they conceal, and what they reveal: verily He loveth not the arrogant. When it is said to them, ‘What is it that your Lord has revealed?’ they say, ‘Tales of the ancients!’ Let them bear, on the Day of Judgment, their own burdens in full, and also (something) of the burdens of those without knowledge, whom they misled. Alas, how grievous the burdens they will bear!” 16:22-25

“Do they not think that they will be called to account?- on a Mighty Day, a Day when (all) mankind will stand before the Lord of the Worlds?” 83:4-6

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