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Assalamo Alaikom. “Strongest among men in enmity to the Believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the Believers wilt thou find those who say “We are Christians”. This Quranic verse talks about how Islam views these two religions. What is meant by “enmity” between Muslims and Jews? Are we required to hate each other? And so are we closer to Christians ideologically as Muslims? Thanks
|Dr. Mohsen Haredy|
Salam dear brother,
Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.
Islam is the religion of all the prophets and messengers from Adam to Muhammad. All prophets came with one and the same message, i.e. to worship God (Allah) alone and not to associate others with Him.
All the followers of previous prophets who worshipped God and admitted His Oneness are considered Muslims.
Islam calls the Christians and the Jews Ahl al-kitab (People of the Book), i.e. the followers of the scriptures of their prophets; Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them all).
The Islamic faith is steadily growing in Zambia, with many new converts crediting the religion’s peaceful teachings for steering them away from vice and crime.
Seven Lights of Devotion in Ramadan
There are a number of highly recommendable worshipful practices to be performed during the days of Ramadan, for those who seek closeness to their Lord and His Companionship.
Even if in the first part of the month we have missed out on one or more of these acts, we can still make an effort from now to reap their benefits in sha’ Allah.
1- Don’t Forget or Neglect the Pre-dawn Meal (Sahur)
It is recommended to partake of a light meal (Sahur)prior to commencing the fast. The fast begins at first light and ends at sunset (maghrib).
This upcoming Ramadan will be my fourteenth, al-hamdu lillah, and I am looking forward to it, in sha’ Allah.
I was 27 years old when I converted to Islam and consequently spent 27 years celebrating Christian holidays and birthdays.
I did go through a transition period of adjustment to my new faith and way of life and al-hamdu lillah, I feel a deep sense of ownership and pride in the Islamic holidays I now celebrate as a Muslimah.
I made my Shahadah in April of 2002, Al-hamdulillah, before that year’s Ramadan, which happened to be in November.
I had decided to take a personal holiday from work to mark the first day of my first Ramadan, and then, quite typically actually, I stayed awake the entire night working on an article that happened to be on the subject of marriage.
The time slipped by so quickly and before I knew it, dawn was approaching and I remembered to make my intention to fast and prepared a small suhoor consisting of oatmeal, toast, and coffee.
A Kiwi Journey From Christianity to Islam
Sister Rhonda’s Journey from England to New Zealand
It was actually two years after that first day that the program on Islam was on, till when I actually took my Shahadah in London
I was born just north of Wellington into a Christian family, which means we all got up on Sunday morning and went off to Sunday school.
I was the youngest of five, and we went to Sunday school while mum and dad were sleeping, I hope my brothers don’t mind me saying this, but we used to get money to put in the plate, and they used to take mine and go and play pool.
So I think that was probably a pretty average Kiwi upbringing. I was in the school choir and I was baptized, that sort of thing, it was part of our life. It was probably more of a social thing, the parents discharging their duty and putting us on the “right” foot hopefully.
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:
“I have been sent down by God to teach moral virtues and to evolve them to highest perfection.” (Authenticated by Al-Albani, 273)
Before accepting Islam, many new Muslims had a less modest lifestyle. After accepting Islam, attention must be given to adapting oneself to a more modest way of life. This includes not only the way one dresses, but the attitudes one holds and their actions.
Seeking popularity in school, or work, etc. should not be our goal in life, and it should be seeking the pleasure of God over all others. Once we focus our attention to achieving that, we can more easily adapt ourselves to becoming a more modest, humble Muslim.
1.Fast and Steady Growth
The Islamic financing industry is growing 50 per cent faster than conventional banking. As of 2011, the global asset value of the Islamic finance industry is estimated to be at US$1 trillion. The figure is expected to reach US$5 trillion over the next five years. Indeed, there is no stopping the fast growth of Islamic banking with Islamic banks setting up shop in countries under the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Malaysia, the UK, and even in Africa along with many other regions.
2.Green Financing Platform
When Moroccan national Said Louahabi arrived in Mexico City in 1994, he and fellow Muslims had to attend religious services at the Pakistani embassy because there were no mosques or Islamic centers.
“I started looking for Muslims and a mosque when I first arrived,” Louahabi, an English teacher, told Fox News Latino. “At the time, we met at the Pakistani embassy, and there were only about 80 people – most of us were foreigners”.
Now, Louahabi prays alongside hundreds of other Muslims – foreigners and Mexicans alike – at the three-story Muslim Community Educational Center in the city’s upscale Anzures neighborhood.
Mexican Christians leave Catholicism, turn to Islam
According to the Pew Research Center, Mexico will be home to 126,000 Muslims by 2030, up from 111,000 in 2010.
Although Catholicism has been the dominant religion in Mexico for five centuries, the number of Catholics had fallen to 82.7 percent, from 96.7 in 1970, according to the Pew Research Center.