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Today's Reminder

December 05, 2021 | RabiÊ» II 29, 1443

Living The Quran

Law of Requital
Surah Al-Fatiha (The Opening) Chapter 1: Verse 4

"Master of the Day of Judgement"

Evil takes many forms but it always contains some element of transgression, excess, waste, misapplication or disorder and implies deliberate pursuit of these ends.

The struggle between good and evil is decided according to the law of requital, which is subordinate to the divine purpose that good must ultimately outweigh evil and falsehood must yield place to truth. Without this not only would the essential balance be disturbed, the whole object of creation would be frustrated. The law of requital is in operation all the time but the final determination awaits the Day of Judgement when God as judge and master will 'decide the issue'. The concept of the hereafter is inseparable from the process of evolution. It is arbitrary to assume that this process which governs growth and decay, selection and survival, generation and regeneration at different levels of existence, should come to an abrupt and final end in physical death.

Compiled From:
"Translations from The Quran" - Altaf Gauhar, p. 70

From Issue: 723 [Read original issue]

Understanding The Prophet's Life

Zamzam

Both Bukhari and Muslim confirm that the Prophet (peace be upon him) drank of Zamzam water and said, "It is blessed (water); it is food for the hungry, and a healing for the sick." It is reported that the angel Gabriel washed the heart of the Prophet with its water on the Night Journey.

At-Tabarani in his Al-Kabir, and Ibn Hibban have reported from Ibn Abbas that the Prophet said: "The best water on earth is the water of Zamzam. It is food for the hungry, and a healing for the sick."

A person drinking Zamzam water should intend and hope for healing, blessings and whatever is best for him in this life and in the hereafter. The Prophet said, "The water of Zamzam is (good) for whatever it is intended." [Bayhaqi]

Compiled From:
"Fiqh-us-Sunnah" - As-Sayyid Sabiq

From Issue: 807 [Read original issue]

Blindspot!

Liberation

Islam, in a word, means liberation from all sorts of slavery such as may inhibit the progress of humanity or may not allow it to follow the path of virtue and goodness. It means man's freedom from dictators who enslave him by force or fear, make him do what is wrong and deprive him of his dignity, honour, property or life. Islam liberates man from such tyranny by telling him that all authority vests in God and God alone; He alone is the Real Sovereign. All men are His subjects and as such He alone controls their destinies, none of them having the power to cause any benefit or avert any distress from his own self independent of the Divine Will. All men shall be presented before Him on the Day of Judgment to account for their performance in this life. Thus Islam brings to man freedom from fear or oppression inflicted on him by men like himself and who, in reality, are as helpless as he is and who are no less subject to the Will of God Almighty than he himself is.

Islam also means freedom from lust, including the lust for life, as it is this very weakness of man which is exploited by tyrants and dictators intentionally or otherwise in enslaving their fellowmen. But for it no man would silently accept subservience to men like himself or sit idle to watch tyranny on the rampage and dare not challenge it. It is a great blessing of Islam that it taught man to fight tyranny and oppression bravely rather than cringe before them in abject servitude.

Compiled From:
Islam Its Meaning and Message, "Islam and the Crisis of the Modern World" - Muhammad Qutb, p. 248

From Issue: 901 [Read original issue]