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The role of intention

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

I read this somewhere that we will be judged by God because of our INTENT (نیتنا). Do you believe that INTENT نية is more important than performance? (as reported by Ali and Ja`far As-Saadiq, may God have been pleased with them).

If you’d agree with me then should I keep going? I still haven’t made a decision. If I choose not to, it won’t be because of my situation (calamity). I swear to my dear Lord that it’s not about misfortunes of my life. Maybe everyone hates me, even my family, all people except kids.

I just wanna see the truth, wanna see God, wanna see my Dear Lord because I believe that it would be enough for me, I’ll endure those flames just for that sight of Him. Then I’ll rest even in hell.

That will be the INTENT behind my action, so tell me as a man of God, not personal answer, as someone who knows the truth (Allah) and have a task to share that, is this forbidden too to make such a decision?

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Thank you for you kind words about the blog and for your prayer for me. May God accept it and give you same.

How do you know that you will see God? There is no evidence that this will happen except for the people of Paradise. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “When the people of Paradise enter Paradise, God will say to them, ‘Do you want more I can add for you?’. They will say, ‘Did You not admit us to Paradise and save us from the Fire?’. Then the veil will be uncovered. They would never be given anything more beloved to them than looking at their Lord.” Narrated by Suhayb ibn Sanaan and reported by Muslim who rated it authentic. In another narration of the same hadeeth, he subsequently recited, “For those who did good is the best reward and more.” (10:26)

Thus, you assumption that you may see God either way has no basis. If what you are talking about is committing suicide, God forbid, then you should know that it is the only terminal sin in Islam. All other can be remedied in time.

It is also unforgivable, regardless of the intention behind it. One day, in a battle, a man was quite the warrior. His fellows were praising his valor, but the Prophet (PBUH) surprised them by saying, “He is in the Hellfire!” Shortly thereafter, the man was so badly wounded and in so much pain that he killed himself. Now the Sahaba understood the Prophet’s prophesy about him. The Prophet (PBUH) also said that a man from the prior nations had a painful open wound, so he committed suicide. Then God said, “My servant preempted Me with himself; I have forbidden him Paradise.” (Narrated by Jandab ibn Abdillah and reported by Al-Bukhaari). If, God forbid, you should commit suicide, you would lose both this world and the Hereafter. I pray that you come to your senses and expel Satan who is whispering such delusions into your ears.

The reality of this world can certainly be hard. God made that clear to Adam, “So, We said, ‘O Adam, verily this (Satan) is an enemy to you and to your spouse, so do not let him evict you from the Garden lest you should suffer.'” (20:117)

But does that mean we should abandon living and renounce the world? If that were true, how come the Prophet (PBUH) and all his noble companions were fully engaged in the world, in spite of all its trials, tribulations and unpleasantness? The Prophet (PBUH) had uncles who cursed him and even plotted to kill him. And what did he do? He kept friendly relations with them to the end. As a matter of fact, he practiced forgiveness, largess and graciousness.

If renouncing the world was a teaching of Islam, don’t you think that God, or His messenger, would have told us so?

This world was meant to mix the good and the bad, the wholesome and the filthy, the right and the wrong, guidance and loss. How else would the free will that man took on be exercised or tested? Why do you think God keeps telling us in the holy Quran to endure, keep the faith and do good? It is precisely because human nature would lead man to despair, lose faith and detach from the world otherwise. Maybe even drink to forget. Satan is counting on it!

Life is a finite opportunity to gain God’s approval and earn His reward. This can only be done if we maintain the right faith, remain steadfast on the Straight Path, fulfill our obligations, accumulate good deeds, expiate sins and call upon God to accept what we do right and pardon what we do wrong.

Finally, the role of intention is to validate good deeds. A charity could be intended for show-off. It may still be beneficial but it ceases to be a good deed – the kind that gets recorded in one’s book of deeds. A sin remains a sin regardless of the intention that preceded it. Intention is what differentiates the sincere from the hypocrites. That is why God judges by it, and only He fully knows it.

Does Islam prophesy an Anti-Christ?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

What do you know and what do you believe about this person whom some people claimed that Prophet Muhammad prophesied as Mahdi and this event called Dajjal Fitnah. I’m not sure but I think these are unfounded claims as far as the Qur’an is concerned. I don’t know but some people relate these things to what is happening in Syria.

There are several authentic hadeeths, reported in Al-Bukhaari and Muslim’s compilations and narrated by Al-Khudri, Ibn Umar and others, which mention Al-Maseeh Ad-Dajjaal (the luring messiah). In these hadeeths, the Prophet (PBUH) forewarns Muslims of the coming of the Anti-Christ, a man who will possess great powers, even power to resurrect people from the dead, and succeed in luring most people away from true faith to follow him instead. He will claim to be God. The Prophet (PBUH) said that the Dajjaal Fitna (test of faith) is the greatest and that every prophet had forewarned his people against it.

While the Quran does not mention Ad-Dajjaal, there is no reason to doubt the story. It would be a different matter if the Quran has contradicted the story. One authentic hadeeth I know of is reported by Al-Bukhaari and narrated by `Aa’isha, may God have been pleased with her, in which she relates that the Prophet (PBUH) used to say in his supplication during prayer, “O God, I seek refuge in You from the trying times of the Luring Messiah.”

Several authentic hadeeths also mention the coming of the Anti-Christ as one of several grand signs of the approach of the Hour (the Day of Judgment). Most of the signs mentioned in those hadeeths are also mentioned in the Quran, such as the second coming of Jesus Christ, the release of Gog and Magog, and the animal which will preach to people. Thus, there is no cause to deny the story about the Anti-Christ while the other, equally spectacular stories are confirmed by the Quran.

There is no evidence that the war in Syria has anything to do with the Anti-Christ.

As for Al-Mahdi (the guided one), the hadeeths about him are far less authentic. Neither Al-Bukhaari nor Muslim have reported any hadeeth about him, to the best of my knowledge. Whether he will exist has no bearing on your or my faith, since we already have all we need to be true believers: the holy Quran and the authentic Sunna.

Are we at fault for all bad things?

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

I would like to know why do we tell “Everything good is from Allah SWT and everything bad is from us.”

If you have already answered this question in your older posts, please provide me the link.

You are referring to verse 4:79, but you should also take verse 4:78, which establishes the context, in order to understand it:

“{4:78} Wherever you may be, death will catch up with you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction. And if good comes to them, they say, “This is [coming] from God”; and if a bad [thing] hits them, they say, “This is [coming] from you.” Say, “All [things come] from God.” So what is [the matter] with those people that they can hardly understand a statement?

{4:79} What comes to you of good is [caused] by God, but what comes to you of bad is [caused] by yourself. And We have sent you, [O Muhammad,] to the people as a messenger, and sufficient is God as Witness.”

Most translations I read of these two verses fail to distinguish between the two different prepositions that God used here, namely من and من عند, which would lead the English reader to view these two verses as contradictory to each other! 4:78 says that God is the source of all things, good and bad, while 4:79 says that only good things are caused by God while bad ones are caused by us. The distinction specified in the Arabic is lost in the translation and leads to a wrong conclusion! Rather, من عند means “comes from the reservoir of” while من means “is caused by.” Thus, to be faithful to the Arabic, and in doing so dispel confusion, I suggest the above translation.

It is particularly interesting to me that in 4:78, God chastises people for not understanding plain talk. That means that this distinction I explained above was clear enough, yet people did not get it. Indeed, the source of all things is God. Who else is or can be a source? But the cause of something is creature action. If we don’t do the wrong things, nothing wrong will happen! The Sunna (way) of God is that everything is in order, working as planned, in harmony, in precise measure and timing, well designed for maximum benefit. That is why God says that the cause of good is He. God does not do anything to ruin His plan or design. But we often do.

Why are there wars, famine, scarcity, disease, poverty, ignorance, etc., in the world? It is all caused by human action. We are all capable of choosing right, but some of us willingly and knowingly choose the wrong. The result is suffering. That is the cosmic law of cause and effect that God created and set forth.

Related post: Why is there suffering, death, evil and injustice in the world?

On gentleness and responsibility

Monday, May 7th, 2012

We are such passionate beings we forget the message of Allah is one that encourages the best of manners. But it is more than a superficial gesture. We have to recall the gentleness that the Prophet always carried. We forget the strength of being kind and gentle. The refinement it carries. The respect it brings upon the personhood of the gentle being.

One day a man said something abusive to the Prophet (PBUH). `Aa’isha (RA) was standing there and heard it and she returned it in kind! The Prophet (PBUH) promptly said to her, “Easy now, `Aa’isha, God loves gentleness in everything.” Narrated by `Aa’isha and reported by Al-Bukhaari.

Indeed, the Prophet (PBUH) was gentle and friendly even to his enemies. God says in the holy Quran, “So by mercy from God, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech], thick-hearted (harsh), they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them, ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon God. Indeed, God loves those who rely [upon Him].” (3:159)

A major role for gentleness is in the call to Islam. God emphasizes that calling people to Islam must be done with “wisdom and good preaching” and that arguing with them must be “in the most beautiful manner” (16:125). Yet, you find some Muslims today that drive away potential converts by the way they behave, by the way they talk and even by the way they look! Why would anybody in their right mind consider giving Islam a first look after seeing what these Muslims do?

That is the opposite of Da`wa (proselytizing)! The Prophet’s advice to his missionaries has been, “Make things easy and don’t make them difficult. Give good news and don’t repulse.” Narrated by Anas ibn Maalik and reported by Al-Bukhaari, and also narrated by Abu-Moosa Al-Ash`ari and reported by Muslim. See how beautiful the Prophet’s advice has been and how many Muslims do the exact opposite!

Most major figures in history are either remembered for being gentle or ruthless. But, we forget that a major component of piety is gentleness.

Did you notice that the gentle are far more remembered? How many people remember Abraham (PBUH) and are named Abraham? How many people remember Nimrod, if that’s even his name?

And my major thought; the one that makes me write to you is our lack of understanding of the covenant we have made with Allah. The one we forget so easily. We proclaimed to Allah subhana wa taala, and let me know if I am wrong, that we would take care of His Earth and all its inhabitants. Is not the English word vicegerent? I wish I knew the Arabic word.

The Arabic word is Khaleefa, which means deputy. A deputy’s job is to take care of things on behalf of the King. God made it clear that man’s job on earth was to be His deputies (2:30). When God appointed David (PBUH) King of Israel, He said to him, “O David, We have made you a deputy in the land, so judge between people with the truth and do not follow desire.” (38:26)

As I mentioned in a previous post, all suffering, misery and imbalance in the world is a direct, predictable result of injustice, which comes from not abiding by the truth and following desire instead.

God praises people who cultivate and improve the earth and chastises those who ruin it and spread mischief.

We do not recall that we are the ones who are responsible for the contents of the Quran. We have forgotten that we are responsible and accountable.

Excellent point. In fact, God vowed to preserve the text of the Quran, but left to us the preservation of its teachings. But even the text of the Quran would not have been preserved if it weren’t for the righteous people who did the work! There were attempts early on to have differing versions of the Quran, however slight, but they all failed, thanks to upstanding leaders such as Uthmaan ibn `Affaan, may God have been pleased with him.

You are indeed correct that we have a covenant with God. I talked about that in this earlier post. God expects us to fulfill all covenants we make. Consider:

“O you who have believed, fulfill contracts.” (5:1)

“And fulfill [the terms of] a treaty. A vow will be accounted.” (17:34)

“And remember the favor of God upon you and His covenant with which He bound you when you said, ‘We hear and we obey’; and watch out for God. Indeed, God knows well what is within.” (5:7)

“They fulfill their pledges and fear a Day whose hardship flares up.” (76:7)

Can one sell one’s soul to Satan?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Do you know Lady Gaga? I heard that she worships, or sold her soul to satan and that’s why she’s successful. Is there really something that you sell your soul and become successful? Doesn’t success comes ONLY from Allah (SWT)? Please don’t talk about Lady Gaga at all and that all forms of music is haraam. I want to talk about people being successful by worshiping Shaytan. This not about Lady Gaga but applies to others to.

Not all forms of music is haraam (forbidden). See the Music category for explanation.

“Selling one’s soul to Satan” is a metaphor. It means following Satan’s whispers in violation of God’s teachings. The Quran calls this “being an ally of Satan”, e.g.,

“[Abraham speaking to his father], ‘O my father, do not worship Satan. Indeed Satan has ever been, to the Beneficent, disobedient.
O my father, verily, I fear that there will touch you torment from the Beneficent so you would be to Satan an ally.’ ” (19:44-45)

Abraham’s father did not, to the best of our knowledge, sell his soul to Satan, or engage in what is commonly known as Satanic rituals. However, he worshiped idols. This is what prompted Abraham to plead with his father to stop that blasphemy and follow him instead in worshiping the only true God. Abraham equated worshiping idols to worshiping Satan.

Now, your question was about whether dedication to Satan can result in success. If you define success as material wealth, fame, etc., then the answer is yes! We learn that from the holy Quran,

“So when they forgot that by which they had been reminded, We opened to them the doors of every thing until, when they rejoiced in that which they were given, We seized them suddenly, and they were [then] in despair.” (6:44)

The Quran teaches us to never be impressed with abundance of worldly goods, regardless of its source,

“And do not extend your eyes toward that by which We have given enjoyment to [some] categories of them, [its being but] the splendor of worldly life by which We test them. And the provision of your Lord is better and more enduring.” (20:131)

And that goes double if the source of the wealth is unlawful,

“Say, ‘Not equal are the filthy and the pure, although the abundance of the filthy might impress you.’ So fear God, O you of understanding, that you may be successful.” (5:100)

God teaches us to seek what is good in both this life and the Hereafter, not just what is good in this life. He says,

“…And of the people are [some] who say, ‘Our Lord, give us in [this] the nearest [life]’; they will not have in the lasting [life] not a share.
And of them are [some] who say, ‘Our Lord, give us in [this] the nearest [life] good and in the lasting [life] good, and shield us from the torment of Hell.
Those will have a share of what they have earned, and God is swift in account.” (2:200-202)

Majority of terrorism victims are Muslim

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

I just read an article that says:

A study from December 2009 by the Center for Combating Terrorism at West Point says that “the vast majority of Al Qaeda’s victims are Muslims” and that “15 percent of the fatalities resulting from Al Qaeda attacks between 2004 and 2008 were Westerners.”

How do Muslim terrorists justify killing fellow Muslims?

The same way they justify killing innocent people from all faiths: they label them hypocrite, apostate, infidel, etc. Terrorists who call themselves Muslim and claim to be guarding the faith are nothing more than a mad evil campaign that the world must confront and eradicate with force.

Terrorists cannot find backing in the Quran for their perverted agenda. The Quran condemns the killing of believers in the strongest possible language,

“Whoever kills a believer intentionally – his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and God has become angry with him and has cursed him and has prepared for him a great torment.” (4:93)

It also makes it unambiguously clear that killing one innocent life is like killing all of humanity, and saving one life is like saving all of humanity (5:32)

The fact that they call those who oppose their lunatic views infidel backfires against them! The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever calls his brother Kaafir (disbeliever), one of them returns with it!” Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar, may God have been pleased with him, and reported by both Al-Bukhaari and Muslim. The terrorists who accuse others of disbelief may be shooting themselves in the heart.

A halal armed robbery?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

This is funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. An armed robber testifies that his crime was halal (allowed in Islam) because he needed the money! He needed the money because he was a member of a terrorist group, so he couldn’t get a job! Here is a link to the news article,
http://www.muslimsdebate.com/n.php?nid=5561

This also shows you the twisted mentality of terrorists. First, they assert that what they are trying to do is good, and of course it’s evil, then they assert that the end justifies the means, and of course it doesn’t, and use that to justify everything they do on that basis.

The punishment specified in the Quran for terrorism (ترويع الآمنين), which includes armed robbery, is frightening: Execution, crucifixion, severing a hand and a leg on opposite sides or life in prison. (5:33) Islamic jurists have said that the choice of which punishment applies is left to the judge and is based on the extent of the harm done.

How can we prove that God exists?

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

We can’t! If there were proof, there would be no need for faith. That said, the existence of God is something ingrained in all of us since before we were born, see verse 7:172. That is why when God expounds His favors on us and draws our attention to His signs all around us, He sometimes asks us the rhetorical question, “Don’t you remember?” (32:4).

How do you explain the suffering that takes place in the world?

It is a consequence of the free will that chooses evil. If there were no evil chosen, there would be no suffering. And if no one could choose evil, then there is no point to the free will!

For this and other fundamental questions, this site may help you answer them.

My father-in-law has been hexed

Friday, February 4th, 2011

My father-in-law lives in Indonesia where they believe and practice this black magic stuff. He is a good God-fearing Muslim, but he takes part in all this magic stuff. He has been told that his wife and son have hexed him. Is this something that should be ignored? I don’t buy into this magic stuff. Sounds kinda silly to me, but in Indonesia they really buy into this goofy stuff.

Remind him that God calls black magic evil in Soorat Al-Falaq (113:4). And that God warns that whoever participates in magic “has no share in the Hereafter!” (2:102). This is not silly nor goofy; it is very serious stuff and should not be taken lightly.

Advise him to recite Al-Mu`awwizhatayn often (Chapters 113 and 114) to protect himself from all evil.

Many Muslims also believe that they can be possessed by Jinn (sprites). Does Islam teach that?

There is no such thing as being possessed by Jinn or by Satan. It’s a fable and a pagan belief, which Muslims should not accept. God says in the holy Quran, “And Satan said, when the affair is settled, ‘God promised you the promise of truth and I promised you then failed you. I had NO power over you except that I called you and you responded to me! So, do not blame me; blame yourselves’.” (14:22)

How can you say that when many reliable scholars have talked about their experience of being possessed? And how they remitted themselves by reciting verses from the Quran.

You should not believe in anything that violates the teachings of the Quran. I gave you the evidence from the Quran that Satan cannot and never did possess any human body. Black magic is a different topic and it is asserted in the Quran. Do not mix the two subjects.

I only point out these matters so that you can align your thoughts with what God said. Abdullah ibn Mas`ood, may God have been pleased with him, once said, “Whoever says he loves God, let him evaluate himself against the Quran, for it is the word of God.”

What do you say about the black magic done to our beloved Prophet (PBUH), for which Sura Naas and Sura Falaq (Chapters 113 and 114) were revealed?

How does that relate to Jinn possession? Black magic can do harm (113:4), if God lets it (2:102), but how did you jump to the conclusion that it leads to Jinn possession?

Jinn possession is real. There are two good books on this.

The Book of God says differently; that’s what we should follow. See this article that discusses the Quranic evidence you cited and shows why it does not mean Jinn possession.

Help me keep my faith

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I am a Muslim who has lost my faith. Not because I converted to another religion. And not because I decided to adopt a secular life-style to fit in. I’ve lost my faith, after much thinking and questioning, and finding in the end that I could not see the logic of religion at all.

I am sad to have lost my faith, and have turned to this site to get help, because I am trying to be optimistic that there is something I have missed, and that if I realize what I have missed, I will find my faith once again.

I have to admit that life can be more difficult without faith.

Some of my issues are:

1. If God is so merciful, how could possibly burn someone in Hell eternally simply because he did not believe in God.

That’s not true. God only punishes people who received His message yet chose to reject it. He says in the holy Quran,

“And We would not be tormenting until We send off a Messenger” (17:15)

What if someone wasn’t convinced of the truth of God,

Why aren’t you? Did you read the Quran? It’s not rocket science. The knowledge of God is the innate nature of all creatures.

2. … They say God created it. But who created God? Again, a classical, yet I think fair question. People of religion will argue that God wasn’t created. But that doesn’t simplify things; it means we now have to explain where God got the building materials for the universe, and how he came about.

This is an ill-posed question, because it makes the assumption that for an entity to exist, it needs building materials and a maker. This is true for creatures but not for God. God, by definition, is the One who can create without building material and exists without a maker.

To ask, “Who created God” is like asking “What revolves around the moon?” A moon, by definition, is a celestial being that revolves around a planet. Nothing revolves around it. If something revolved around it, it would be a planet (or a star) but not a moon.

3. Why doesn’t God just prove his existence? People of faith will say because then the element of faith would be non-existent. True enough. But that’s also admitting that there’s no way to prove his existence and so to punish someone who did not believe in something that could not be proved would be grotesquely unfair–especially when the punishment is eternal damnation.

Not true, because God instilled in all His creatures the certain knowledge that He is God. See 7:172. Those who reject God go against the conviction of their own souls.

You may also find this web site helpful.

4. Why did the Prophet marry a nine year old.

This a common misconception. See this post for more details.

That said, why would that be cause for you to abandon Islam? Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that the Prophet (PBUH) did something wrong, why would that convince you that Islam is not true? He was human. He made mistakes and some of them were mentioned, and corrected in the Quran.

But marrying `Aa’isha bint Abi-Bakr, may God have been pleased with both, was quite proper, since she was nineteen at the time.

5. Relating to point one, how could God eternally burn Abu-Talib simply because he didn’t believe, in spite of the fact that he was a good man, who had helped and protected Muhammad, and helped the cause of Islam?

As he was dying, Abu-Taalib, the Prophet’s uncle, had his nephew, peace be upon him, on his right side, and his brother Abu-Jahl on his left side. The Prophet (PBUH) kept begging him to say the Shahaada and he could see in his eyes that he wanted to do it, but Abu-Jahl kept shaming him by saying, “Are you going to abandon the religion of Abdul-Muttalib (their father)?” Abu-Taalib chose Taqleed instead of doing the right thing. That’s why he will be punished. Our choices in life carry consequences. The foremost choice, acceptance of God, must therefore carry the biggest consequences.

6. Why would God let his most pious followers suffer so much? I don’t really buy the argument that it’s a trial, or we don’t know. How can God justify letting a young child be raped, for example? Or justify a young child being eaten alive by a wild animal, as has happened? Can children who are unaware of the concept of God be trialed–clearly not.

Evil is a necessary result of the free will. These articles may help you understand this better.

As for horrible accidents to innocent people, they are a test of faith of those who survive them. The child is not trialed. His parents are. The child, in fact, is in heaven having skipped all trials of this world!

However, this is only true if you believe, not if you simply practice religion. I am unable to believe–I want to–but I can’t. And I want help, because I hope that there is something I’m missing that will make me believe.

What you’re missing is the Quran. It is God talking to you. Say to yourself that you are going to study the Quran like your life depends on it! Give yourself time to reflect on what you study. Ask questions about what you don’t understand. We are all here to help you.

And above all, ask God to help you. If you are sincere in seeking the truth about Him, then He will certainly guide you if you ask Him.

Thank you for your help of a complete stranger. I will go through the references you provided. I have gone from no faith to faith before, and I hope I can make the same journey once again successfully–albeit it will be a bigger challenge this time around.

You have the right attitude; it will help you a lot, in-sha-Allah. I pray to God to guide you back to Him. He is Al-Haleem (the Forbearing), the Gracious (Ar-Rahmaan), the Guide (Al-Haadi) and the One who delights when His servant repents to Him and will accept his repentance over and over again (At-Tawwaab).