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My Journey to Islam

by 

Anne Stephens 

(Khadeijah)

and 

What is Islam? 

With Azhar approval

by 

Shaykh Ahmad Darwish

Founders of Allah.com Muhammad.com and Mosque.com

The authors of over 550 innovative references

 

The Arabic word 'Allah' is a proper noun of the Creator

In English, the Arabic word 'Islam' means 'Submission' to Allah

 

My journey to Islam started by the blessing of Allah, at the early age of nine. 

 

It was in 1949, that my parents, who were practicing protestant Christians,

decided to send me to a Catholic private school in England which was

administered by the nuns of the Sisters of Mercy Order.

 

My parents sent me to that school for several reasons: first and foremost was

that I would receive a better education. Secondly, that I would learn the good

manners and code of ethics from the Sisters of Mercy. In fact our school

motto was "Manners maketh man"!

 

From the moment I entered the school I was captivated by all the statues I

saw; they were like brightly painted dolls. 

 

I didn't have many dolls at home as the Second World War had not long

ended and they weren't available in the shops. 

 

Each classroom had a table with a statue, some I was told were of Jesus,

some of Mary and the others were of saints - that is Christian Awlia - and

around these statues students placed flowers they brought from their gardens

at home to adorn them. 

 

It was very attractive to me since I was only a nine year old.

 

There were only a few protestant children in my class and when it came to

the daily religious instruction we were separated from the Catholics by

sitting in the back row of the class, but of course we listened in. 

 

In the meantime, my parents made sure I attended my own church's Sunday

School not far from our family home every week.

 

I was around ten or eleven, when Allah caused me to start thinking about

religion. 

 

I had noticed that each day around eleven o'clock the school bell would ring

and everyone would stand and say the Angelis. The Angelis is a prayer

praising Mary said on a rosary (a rosary is similar to Muslim prayer beads). 

 

The Angelis is the biblical quotation of Gabriel when he breathed into Mary

that reads, "Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with you, blessed are you

amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus". 

 

The Catholics would also supplicate saying, "Holy Mary Mother of c pray

for us", this was followed by the lord's prayer which is a prayer Jesus

taught. 

 

Not long after I started to notice many of the prayers in the morning

assembly were directed to the virgin Mary. I loved Mary, but I didn't think it

was right to be praying to her. 

 

Some time after I started to question the validity of saying my prayers to

Jesus, who I really loved, but once again I thought it wasn't right to be

saying my prayers to him, even though he loved little children. The reason

being in my young mind was that it wasn't Jesus who created me, rather I

was created by God. I didn't mention my thoughts to my parents as I knew I

would get into trouble, so I kept them to myself. 

 

The years passed I would go to the church and feel I was a bad person

because I just could not bring myself to say some of the prayers we said in

church each Sunday, especially the creed - the creed is the Christian articles

of faith (Akidah). 

 

What really troubled me was that in the creed it says Jesus went to Hell for

three days after he had suffered so much on the cross and after all, Jesus told

us that Hell was a terrible place created especially for the punishment of

sinners.

 

Remember, in my young mind I was still under the impression that God was

the father - may Allah forgive me - and my mind prompted me to think that

if I was a mother or father I could not let my son go to Hell. After all, the

Christian religion strongly preaches that God, "the father", is the God of

Love, and what parent who is all powerful and loving would let that happen! 

 

I also thought to myself that if Jesus in all his purity and proximity to God

went to Hell for three days, what chance did I have to escape from it with all

my sins! The answer was a resounding "none".

 

Then one day at my church's Sunday School, I overheard a teacher

describing the parting of the sea by Moses to a new teacher. The teacher told

the newcomer that they did not teach the parting of the sea was a miracle but

instead a natural occurrence!  I could not hold myself back, and said much to

the annoyance and shunning of the teacher, "But God can do anything!"

There was no reply, just a patronizing look as if to say, "she's too young to

understand."

 

Anyway, I had now reached my early teenage years and started to look into

other branches of Christianity, but none satisfied my heart. 

 

Yes, I loved Jesus and all the stories I had heard about him, but still I could

not bring myself rate him as high as God who created me but I remained in

my ignorance and did not question his relationship to the Creator.

 

It bothered me a great deal that the creed said - and the statement was very

clear - that Jesus went to Hell and remained there for three days so that I

decided to write to the Arch Bishop of Canterbury - he's the same rank as

the Pope of Rome for English protestants. 

 

A while later I received a reply from his Senior Chaplain with the title

"Prebendary"  saying that as the Arch Bishop was away in Africa and he

was replying on his behalf. 

 

 

 

 

The reply was even more confusing. 

 

He wrote that "Hell" was just a place for departed souls, and does not mean

a place of torment and that what the creed says is that Jesus experienced

death as we do. If that is the case, why did Jesus warn us about going to Hell

if there is nothing to fear? I was even more bewildered. 

 

In light of the reply to my letter, I decided to look up the words "died" and

"Hell". Webster's dictionary defines the word "died" as "the end of life, to

pass out of existence", whereas in Webster's larger dictionary it is defined,

"in theology, separation or alienation of the soul from God; a being under

the domination of sin, and destitute of grace or divine life." 

 

As for the word "Hell", the dictionary read, "the realm of the devil in which

the damned suffer everlasting punishment, or a place, or state of torment."

By the way I still have the letter.  

 

I was now twenty-two years old and went to a conference in London, and

during my spare time, I took the opportunity to go to music record shops, as

classical music was a great passion of mine, and in particular the music of

the Russian composer Rachmaninoff.

 

There weren't any cassettes, CD's or DVD's in those day, music was

recorded on large circular plastic disks 'records' and packaged in a 'sleeve'

- which is a kind of protective envelope - with a picture printed on the front

which often relates to the music inside. 

 

Much to my delight, as I browsed through the records I found a collector's

item, a Rachmaninov symphony, not one of his piano concertos, but a

symphony! I didn't have time to test listen to the record in the shop so I just

paid for it, packed it in my bag ready to leave for home the following

morning.  

 

It wasn't until the following Saturday that I had a chance to play the record.

I put the record on and settled down to listen and in doing so I paid attention

for the first time to the picture on the cover of the record. 

 

The picture that took the shape of an arch inside a very high building struck

me immediately. In the top right and left hand corners on the picture were

two disks with writing I had never seen before, and I started to cry, but I did

not know why, however, I did know there was something spiritual about

them. I cried so much that when a friend came to visit me that afternoon they

asked why my eyes were so puffy, but that was my secret. 

 

I tried to find out what the writing on the disks said, but no luck, and I didn't

have a clue which language it was; I thought perhaps it was Chinese! 

 

Then again, there was another strange thing, it was usual to have information

printed on the record that says where the picture was taken - but there was

nothing. 

 

At that time, there weren't many Muslims in England, and there certainly

weren't any in my area or even a mosque. Every time I looked at the record

cover I still experienced the same very spiritual feeling - but what to do!

There was no one to help me.

Some years later, I went to work in the United Arab Emirates where I saw

the same strange calligraphy I had seen on the two disks all those years ago

and when I asked, I was told they read "Allah" and "Muhammad"!

 

I had never been exposed to either Islam or Muslims at that time and I kept

asking Muslims at work in Dubai about Islam, but the answers I got were far

from satisfactory - their real interest was in dating western girls! 

 

The best answer I received was "Jesus is the same as Muhammad", I had

never questioned the status of Jesus and wondered what was meant by

"Jesus is the same as Muhammad". 

 

I went to bookstores and libraries to see if I could find out more about Islam,

but the books were written in poor Indian/Pakistani English spoken during

the previous century. What a headache that was, they were often

incomprehensible and I remained in my ignorance. 

 

What I did notice in Dubai, and it made a great impression on me, was that

when the time for prayer came I would see the poor laborers who were

tending the plants and trees in the middle of the road, stop and wash

themselves with their watering hose and then pray, as the owners of status

symbol cars passed by. It was as Heraclius, Emperor of Rome said, "The

followers of the prophets are the poor." (See our book, Heraclius, Emperor

of Rome Supported Prophet Muhammad) 

 

I also noticed that the majority of people who went to pray in the mosque

were men, which is the opposite to England where the majority are the

women who go to church. 

 

I reconciled myself that Islam had gone the same way as Christianity, that

there had been something once, but now only fragments remained. It seemed

as if Muslims had, like the Christians, exchanged spiritual values for

material values, however the Christians remained very charitable. 

 

I also observed that many Muslims were attracted to western practices and

culture and as a result they failed to appreciate and realize the value of their

own pure heritage as they amassed wealth and possessions. Greed had set it.

It was only in later life when I read the hadith of the Prophet, praise and

peace be upon him, that warned, "I do not fear your reversion to idolatry,

rather I fear you will compete with one another for worldly gain" was in the

process of being fulfilled.

 

The English newspaper "Al Khaleej" published by the Kaladari family was

delivered each morning to my home. 

 

One day by the blessing and mercy of Allah, I found a little booklet, about

twenty pages inside called "What is Islam?"  My heart jumped as I started to

read it; the book was in good English - what a change! Then I realized I was

going to be late for work, so I put it inside my handbag, and caught a taxi.

 

That day there was little or no work to do, it was very quiet, and my boss

was away, so I had the chance to read the little book and read it from cover

to cover. I was so excited; it was answering many of the questions I had

asked but had not received the answers I was looking for. 

 

I looked on the cover of the book for the name and address of the

organization that had sent it as naturally, I wanted to speak with them, but

once again - no information, just the name of the author "Ahmad Darwish".

What to do!

 

I could not let this opportunity fall through my hands, so I phoned the

newspaper and told them I wanted to contact the organization who arranged

for the booklet to be delivered. I was put on hold, passed from one office to

another, and eventually, Al Hamdulillah, someone gave me a telephone

number. I phoned the number, and it turned out to be a kindergarten school

that offered religious education to Muslim ladies after school hours. Much to

my delight, the school told me they met on a Thursday, so the following

Thursday, Al Hamdulillah, I took my first step to Islam.

 

At the school, I was made very welcome and met the author of the little

book who was giving lessons. He taught me a lot about Islam and told me

the Arabic Koran had never, ever been altered and that the first manuscripts

still exist! That really grabbed my attention. 

 

Then he told me something I had never heard before which really shook me.

He told me that the actual disciples of Jesus did not write the Gospels of

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the New Testament, but that they were

people who came sometime after Jesus but had the same name! I had to look

into this, if what he said was correct, then that would explain why their

stories didn't always match up with one another.

 

I went home and looked in the telephone directory for the number of a

church in Dubai. There wasn't one belonging to the Church of England, but

there was one belonging to the Catholic church. I phoned and inquired about

the four Gospels, and yes, the priest confirmed that they weren't written by

the actual disciples of Jesus but rather "inspired" people who happened to

have the same name as the disciples! Wow, that's one of the best kept

secrets of the Christian religion, even my father didn't know about that.

 

At the school I met the grandmother of the Kaladari newspaper owner who

attended the weekly classes and discovered it was through her persuasive

kindness that the little booklet had been inserted in her grandson's

newspaper. May Allah reward her and the author of the little book. 

 

I looked forward to Thursdays and not long after, under the guidance of

Ahmad Darwish I embraced Islam. It was like a big jigsaw puzzle coming

together, I had by the blessing of Allah found what I had been looking for,

for so many years and I felt I had come home Al Hamdulillah!

 

By the way, one day as I was in the souk, I saw the same picture I had seen

on the record cover all those years ago and discovered the picture was the

interior of the Blue Mosque in Turkey!

 

As I was writing this a thought just struck me about the name of the

composer "Rachmaninoff". I knew that "inoff is a Russian word for "son

of", but before now I had not thought of the first part of his name

"Rachman", could it be Rahman? So I wondered whether perhaps

Rachmaninoff was a Muslim - Allah knows - it's just a thought of mine.

 

Now, many years later, I live in Shah Alam, Malaysia where the late Sultan,

Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah built a splendid, truly imposing mosque and

the mosque is - smile - called the "Blue Mosque". The mosque is the largest

mosque in the far-east and it is heartwarming to know that Sultan

Salahuddin's son is very active in religious affairs and provides many

classes for all ages in the mosque.  

 

Al Hamdulillah, Allah guided me to Islam.

 

I have just read through my little story, and thought that maybe it could be

taken as being self-promoting, but I assure you this was not my intention, it

is an attempt to tell of the Favor of Allah to me, a person who was

completely lost and found her way home by the Mercy of Allah.

 

By the way, Shaykh Ahmad Darwish asked me to marry him; he wanted an

English speaking wife to help him in his preaching activities and the

translation of Islamic material. As for myself, I wanted someone who could

teach me more about Islam, so we were married. 

 

Our first major work was the translation of the meaning of the Koran in

which Shaykh Ahmad painstakingly researched the meaning and usage of

words, and the second was the seerah which I titled, "The Journey of a

Lifetime with Prophet Muhammad" that took many years to research and

develop. 

 

As I mentioned before, at that time there was very little Islamic literature

written in good English, and I was worried about our children as there were

no nice stories available to attract them, and that, in my opinion, was a

dangerous situation. I remembered once hearing a Catholic priest say that if

you catch the children at an early age, they will remain attracted to religion.

So in between working on major Islamic references I started to write short

stories for our children.  (A partial list of our work can be found at the end of

this booklet).

 

I am sure you will enjoy reading "What is Islam" which follows. Perhaps

you might like to pass it on to a friend or neighbor. As you know, anyone

who guides another to Islam receives a tremendous reward in the Everlasting

Life!

 

May Allah bless us and protect us.

Salaams

Anne Khadeijah

 

  

 

 

 

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In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Most Merciful

 

What is Islam

Ahmad Darwish

 

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, 

THE MERCIFUL, THE MOST MERCIFUL 

 

FROM MUHAMMAD   THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH 

TO HERACLIUS:  THE GREATEST OF ROMANS. 

 

Peace be upon those who follow Divine Guidance. I therefore invite you to

embrace Islam, surrender to Allah to be in peace. Allah will doubly reward

you, but if you turn away the sin of the 'Arisiyin (those who he governed)

will rest upon you.

 

"'People of the Book, (Jews and Christians), let us come to a common word

between us and you that we will worship none except Allah, that we will

associate none with Him, and that none of us take others for lords besides

Allah.' If they turn away, say: 'Bear witness that we are Muslims (those

have surrendered to Him)'." Koran 3:64

 

 

The Prophets   of Allah mentioned in the Holy Koran

Muhammad, Jesus, John, Zachariah, Elisha, Ellias, Jonah, Ezekiel, Job,

Solomon, David, Aaron, Moses, Shuaib, Joseph, Jacob, Isaac, Ishmael, Lot,

Abraham, Salih, Hood, Idris, Noah and Adam

 

 

 

 

To the reader:

 

First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time gain a better

understanding of Islam which is the religion of absolute submission to the

Creator of mankind and prophets alike, Allah.

 

We sincerely hope you will benefit from this authentic introduction to Islam,

and that it may deepen your knowledge and increase your interest.

 

People such as yourself with inquiring minds invariably have families and

friends of similar inclination, and we invite you to give them a copy of this

booklet.

 

The Mosque of the Internet team

 

Welcome!

 

Everything seems to be turned upside down these days. Crazy things are

happening all over the world, we are fed with partial information,

misinformation and so on, that many of us find ourselves in a state of

complex ignorance, that is we are ignorant that we are ignorant, and do not

know the whole truth through no fault of our own, and we form our opinions

accordingly.

 

This brief booklet presents Islam in its true form and we stress that it is not

that of the fanatical Saudi Wahabi cult, responsible, since its inception for

terrorism and the murder of many innocent people as well as Muslims. Their

actions are totally against the principals of Islam and Islam rejects and

condemns their actions. 

 

Islam is the religion of peace, brotherhood, and tolerant co-existence among

all mankind, not just amongst its followers.

 

The foremost principal of Islam is the belief in the Oneness of God, the

Creator of all, who has no partners, who is the sender of the Prophets to

whom he gave His guidance, who is the sender of the last prophet, Prophet

Muhammad who was sent for all mankind and not to one nation as were the

missions of previous prophets. Praise and peace be upon all the prophets of

Allah.

 

Many people have the inherent desire for guidance. However, in this

complicated, fast moving technological society, the pace of life is so

consuming that one is soon distracted from his/her search. New religions are

born almost every day only to fade into oblivion soon after. 

 

Many of us try to do good, but how many times has it turned out to be the

opposite? We have all heard the phrase, the road to hell is paved with good

intentions. So what are we to do? Without the correct guidance we are going

to keep falling into the same error time and time again.

 

Islam addresses each and every aspect of our life from conception to death.

It is a complete religion, both spiritually and materialistically that shows us

the right path to take, and Allah, the Arabic pronoun for God, confirms this

in the opening verses of chapter two in His Holy Book, the Koran, "That is

the (Holy) Book, where there is no doubt. It is a guidance for the cautious."

 

Muslims are no in doubt that the Arabic Koran recited today is the same as it

was when it was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad because Allah in His

Mercy promises in the Koran to protect this, His Final Word from alteration.

The Koran contains guidance for every age up until the end of time and

contains miraculous signs that await discovery in the appropriate centuries.

One such sign that awaited discovery was the developmental stages of the

fetus in the womb. This process only became known to physicians recently,

many centuries after the revelation of the Koran, and it is impossible that it

would have been known at the time of the sending down of the Holy Koran.

 

The Koran found in today's book stores can be compared to the first copies

ever to be written down, such as the one in Bukhara, USSR, there is no

difference between them. This in itself is a miracle as rabbis and priest alike

admit their books have been, for one reason or another, subjected to

alteration and/or parts deleted over the passage of time. Allah refers to the

alterations in the Koran saying: "Some Jews tampered with the words

(altering) their places saying: 'We heard and we disobey,' and 'hear, without

hearing,' and 'observe us' twisting with their tongues traducing religion c."

Koran 4:46

 

The Gospel given to Prophet Jesus by Allah is no longer found in the New

Testament, what remains, for the most part, are the teachings of Paul who

was not a prophet.

 

Islam is not a new religion. It is the completion of teachings of Prophets

Abraham, Moses and Jesus, all of whom preached that God is One and has

no partners. It is tolerant and respectful of all other heavenly religions and

their followers who share the belief in the One and only God. The Holy

Koran teaches: "There is no compulsion in religion. Righteousness is now

distinct from error. He who disbelieves in the idol and believes in Allah has

grasped the firmest tie that will never break, Allah is Hearing, Knowing."

Koran 2:256

 

THE MEANING OF ISLAM 

 

It is false to call Islam Muhammadanism, as has been done so frequently in

the West. We have already pointed out that Muslims believe that Islam is the

eternal message which Allah sent to all prophets, peace be upon them, from

the dawn of mankind, and not a new belief which began with the Prophet

Muhammad   (praise and peace be upon him).

 

Muslims call their religion Islam, and the Arabic word "Islam" implies the

attainment of peace through submission to Allah. The word "Muslim" is an

adjective derived from the noun Islam, and implies one who has peace

within himself from his submission to Allah.

 

Muslims believe in the One, Eternal God, who created the heavens and the

earth and all that exists. In Arabic, God is called Allah.

 

There is absolutely no difference between Allah and the God of Abraham,

Moses  and Jesus. Muslims do not believe that Prophet Muhammad   was

the only prophet; rather they believe that he was the last of the prophets

 of the Old and New Testament. The Holy Koran is the revealed and sacred

scripture of Islam, and it teaches: "Say (O Muslims), 'We believe in Allah

and that which is sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham,

Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the tribes; to Moses and Jesus and the prophets of

their Lord. We do not differentiate between any of them, and to Him we are

submissive (Muslims.)" Koran 2:136.

 

 

SOME BASIC BELIEFS OF ISLAM 

The most fundamental concept of Islam and the fountainhead of all its other

principles and practices is the Oneness of Allah. Islam is monotheism in its

purest form, and the logic of pure monotheism is the thread that runs through

the entire fabric of the Islamic way of life.

 

Islam teaches a fundamental difference between Allah, the Creator and that

which He has created. The sky, the moon, the stars, the harmony and

perfection of the natural world, the grace and beauty of the human body and

the excellence of the human mind, the alternation of day and night, the

change of the seasons, and the mystery of life and death all point to

something beyond, greater than themselves. 

 

To the believer these are all signs of Allah. Islam teaches that Allah is not to

be likened to anything that He has created. He is All-Powerful, All-

Knowing; He is beyond any imperfection, and is the fulfillment of all

perfection. He is not a substance, nor is He like any of His creatures. Allah is

not a far away and distant God, nor is He unapproachable ideal. He is All-

Kind, All Merciful, and the Turner of hearts.

 

Islam teaches that Allah is eternal. He was not Himself born, nor has He

fathered a son or a daughter. Islam rejects the concept of the incarnation of

Allah, which is found in Hinduism, Christianity, and other religions, and

believes that the concept of incarnation limits the concept of Allah and

destroys the believer's conviction of the activeness and perfection of Allah.

 

The Koran describes Allah being perfect and active: "Allah, there is no god

except He. The Living, the Everlasting. Neither dozing nor sleep overtakes

Him. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. Who is he that

shall intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what will be

before their hands and what was behind them, and they do not comprehend

anything of His knowledge except what He willed. His Seat embraces the

heavens and earth, and the preserving of them does not weary Him. He is the

High, the Great." Koran 2:255.

 

Islam rejects the notion that Jesus, peace be upon him, was the son of God.

Rather it honors and respects him as one of the great messengers and

prophets of Allah sent to the children of Israel. Islam rejects the Pauline

concept of trinity and considers it a contradiction of pure monotheism. It

also rejects the argument of some Christians that God made Himself

incarnate in Jesus, peace be upon him, so that God could be known by men,

and also rejects the argument that Jesus, peace be upon him, died on the

cross for mankind's sins. 

 

To begin with, Islam believes that man can come to know Allah and feel

close to Him by means of proper prayer, fasting, charity, pilgrimage, and

righteous deeds. The very practice of Islam is meant to purify the believer's

soul and to bring him/her closer to Allah. With regard to Jesus dying for our

sins, Islam teaches that no human being can bear the burden of another's

responsibility.

 

Allah is very aware of our human weaknesses and imperfection. He does not

condemn us because we are imperfect; rather He guides us to self-perfection

and He forgives us and showers His Mercy upon us when we fail and then

sincerely ask His forgiveness.

 

Muslims believe in the Divine origin of the Bible although Muslims doubt

the historical authenticity of some parts of the Old and New Testaments and

do not believe them to be exact representations of what Allah originally

revealed.

 

The Koran upheld this view of the text of the Old and New Testaments

hundreds of years ago, and in recent years, this view has been upheld by

textual studies of biblical scholars. Muslims believe in the Angels of Allah,

and His Prophets, peace be upon them. They believe in the resurrection of

the dead at the end of the world; they believe in the coming of the Day of

Judgement and eternal life in Paradise or Hell.

 

Although Muslims believe that Allah is All-Powerful and maintains

complete control over His creation, they also believe that Allah has created

man with free will and the ability to choose and act, and that Allah is just in

making man morally responsible for what does during his/her lifetime. It is

false to say that Islam teaches its followers to resign meekly and passively to

their fate or destiny. Rather, Islam challenges the believer to fight against

wrong and oppression and to strive for the establishment of righteousness

and justice.

 

 

FAITH IN ACTION 

Faith without action is a dead letter. Islam teaches us that faith by itself is

not enough until it is transformed into action. 

 

Prophet Muhammad   said; "Faith does not depend on raising hopes, but

it is something which is firmly established in the heart and testified to by

action. Indeed, there are people who have been deceived by their hopes, so

that they finally leave this world without merit. They used to say, 'We have

good expectations from Allah.' Yet they only deceived themselves. For had

they truly placed good expectations in Allah, they would have excelled in

good deeds."

 

Each Muslim is taught that he/she is personally responsible for his/her own

actions. Islam teaches that every individual must carry the responsibility of

his/her own actions and that no one can carry that burden for them.

 

THE POSITION OF WOMEN IN ISLAM 

Islam teaches that the woman is not inherently inferior to man; rather the

man and the woman are of similar nature. They both are equal in intellectual

and spiritual capacity. Furthermore, they are both equally responsible for

their deeds before Allah.

 

It is also true that Islam regards the woman as having a primary role to play

in the constitution and running of the family. Such is the importance of the

role of motherhood that Prophet Muhammad informed us that Paradise lies

under the feet of the mother, in other words one must respect, honor and be

good to one's mother. If you visit a Muslim home it will become very

noticeable how the entire family pivots around her and it is extremely rare in

Muslim countries to hear of a mother or father being farmed off into a

nursing home when they are elderly.   

 

Islam places great emphasis on the role of the Muslim woman as a wife and

particularly as a mother, and Muslims are often of the opinion that the best

position for the woman is in the home with her children and family.

However, the Muslim woman is not prohibited from leaving her home to

pursue education, a career, or other worthwhile and constructive goals that

profit not only her but society as well. The Koran establishes the spiritual

equality and mutual responsibility of man and woman in verses such as the

following: "But whosoever does good works of righteousness, whether they

be a believing male or female, shall enter Paradise, and not be wronged a pit

mark of a date stone." Koran 4:124.

 

"And indeed their Lord answered them, 'I do not waste the labor of any that

labors among you, male or female, you are from each other." Koran 3:195.

 

The relationship of the Muslim husband to his wife is not that of master to

slave. Rather the entire responsibility of economic support is placed on the

shoulders of the husband alone. He cannot demand of his wife that she also

become economically productive to support the family, although she is able

to do this if she desires.

 

The Koran explains this responsibility of men to women in the following

verse: "Men are the maintainers of women for that Allah has preferred in

bounty one of them over the other, and for that they have spent their wealth.

Righteous women are obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah has

guarded." Koran 4:34.

 

The important point that should be made is that the religion of Islam has

great respect for the woman. It does not teach that she is without a soul or

that she is the root of all evil, neither does it define a woman as being

inferior and must be kept in seclusion and subjugation. 

 

We are often asked why Muslim women wear black and are completely

veiled. This practice is nationalistic and not from Islam. The attire of a

Muslim woman is that of modesty, where her figure is not apparent to

outsiders, not of veiling, however a scarf is a necessity. In this day and age

in particular where rape is a common occurrence in the west she finds

modest clothing to be a protection from unwarranted advances by the

opposite sex. Also, modest clothing has recently been advocated by cancer

physicians as a form of protection against the sun's harmful rays that cause

melanoma, skin cancer. 

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Both Judaism and Christianity preach that the fall of Adam from the Garden

of Eden was the fault of Eve and as such women are to blame. This is not the

teaching of Islam, the Koran directs all the responsibility to Adam himself,

while adding that Allah turned to Adam in mercy and forgave him his sin.

Therefore, Adam's sin stops with Adam   himself, and Allah does not

hold mankind responsible for the sin of Adam and rejects the concept of

original sin.

 

We cannot deny that the condition of women has at times been regrettable in

the Muslim world, but the same can also be said of the rest of the world at

large. We do not wish to justify these circumstances, but only to make the

point that they did not originate from the teachings of Islam itself. Rather,

they are the results of short sightedness, ignorance and human failure. Those

believing women who were unjustly treated will be recompensed for their

patience in the Hereafter because Allah is Just and does not love injustice.

 

 

BROTHERHOOD AND EQUALITY OF MANKIND 

Islam teaches that the human family is one, that there is no superiority of

white over black or black over white. Islam rejects radically all notions of

racial prejudice and teaches that the only basis of distinction between human

beings is their belief and individual moral qualities.

 

The concept of Islamic brotherhood has two primary dimensions; the

relationship of Muslims to Muslims and the relationship of Muslims to non-

Muslims. As for the first category, Islam teaches that the brotherhood

between all Muslims is to be absolute and total and that the Arab has no

privileges over the non-Arab.

 

As for the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims, the teaching of

Islam is that this is to be a relationship of mutual respect and particularly of

tolerance. It is preferable that Muslims and non-Muslims live in peace,

protect each other, and cooperate with one another. As the Koran says:

"There is no compulsion in religion" Koran 2:256 and "To you your religion,

and to me my religion."  Koran 109:6

 

REASON 

Muslims consider their religion to be very rational and consistent with the

dictates of the believing and reasoning mind. 

 

Furthermore, the Koran teaches that rational faculty is one of the greatest

gifts of Allah to man, and encourages us to use and develop this faculty.

Islam does not ask its followers to believe and then follow everything

blindly and unquestioningly. The Koran says, for instance: "If you are in

doubt of what We

(1) have sent down to Our worshipper (Prophet

Muhammad), produce a chapter comparable to it. Call upon your helpers,

other than Allah, to assist you, if you are true." Koran 2:23

 

(1) When pronouns are capitalized they refer to the Creator, Allah.

Examples: You, He, Him, His and, Own while pronouns such as Our, Ours,

Us and We denote His Greatness not plurality.

 

Islam encourages reasoning, thought and personal opinion. The Prophet 

said: "The differences of opinion among the learned of my followers are

Allah's mercy." Islam has great respect for learning science and for man's

exploration of the secrets of nature and of creation. In fact Allah challenges

man on many occasions in the Koran to deepen his faith, knowledge, and

wisdom from study and contemplation of the natural world, its harmony,

symmetry, and beauty. For example: "(It is He) who created the seven

heavens, one above the other. You cannot see any inconsistency in the

creation of the Merciful. Then return your gaze once more and yet again,

your gaze comes back to you dazzled, and tired." Koran 67:3-4.

 

The individual capacities and unique abilities of people are the gift of Allah,

to be developed, perfected, and used for the benefit of humanity. Islam does

not try to crush the individuality of its believers, but rather to guide each

believer to perfection and purify his own uniqueness.

 

This multiplicity of expressive and developed personalities enriches society

and places it on a higher level, like the beauty of an intricate but unified

arabesque.

 

ISLAMIC ATTITUDE TOWARDS WAR 

In the eyes of some commentators on Islam in the West, Islam has been

portrayed as a militant religion, a religion of blood, fire, and sword. We have

already tried to draw attention to the fundamental concern of Islam for

tolerance and religious freedom, and have also commented upon the

emphasis Islam places on peace and cooperation among mankind. However,

Islam is a practical religion, a religion which never ignores for a single

moment the complexities and demands of the harsh realities and facts of life.

Islam is fundamentally concerned with establishing societies in which the

rights of freedom of belief, human rights, and protection of life, dignity, and

property are secure from both internal and external threats.

 

Therefore, even as Islam teaches its followers to be merciful and inclined

toward forgiveness and peace even in times of war, it never teaches them to

turn the other cheek. The philosophy of "turning the other cheek" may be

appropriate for private individuals and small day- to-day affairs, however, it

spells social suicide if it is implemented by society as an absolute value.

 

Islam therefore stipulates principles that Muslims are to follow before,

during, and after war. Peace is to be established on the basis of justice.

Muslims are not to be aggressive or to violate treaties they have concluded

with others, but war is to be waged in defense of the Muslim community and

what it stands for. It is forbidden for Muslims to be the initiators of war or

terrorist activities.

 

During war, killing of civilians and those who do no participate directly in

the war is strictly forbidden. Prisoners are to be treated humanely.

Destruction of lands, fruit trees, animals, and towns and villages are also

forbidden where avoidable. Muslims are to incline to peace if the enemy is

truthfully inclined to peace, and make treaties and agreements to preserve

that peace and then observe those treaties as long as the enemy observes

them. The concept of "jihad" is one of the highest concepts in Islam. The

term has at times been translated as "Holy War". However, this translation is

incomplete for jihad also means by language "struggling." It is a concept that

places great emphasis on the struggle of oneself with the temptations of

satan; to do good and sacrifice.

 

Prophet Muhammad   said, that the greatest jihad is the striving of the

Muslim to purify himself.

 

Jihad consists of all the striving the Muslim does in his external life, charity,

righteous living and acts, the constant effort to achieve the Right Path in his

dealings with his fellow men. This is true striving in the Way of Allah.

 

THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM 

Islam sets down five principle duties that are obligatory upon all Muslims,

and form the structure, or pillars, of his/her life.

They are:

 

1. Belief in the Oneness of Allah, and the bearing of witness to this belief

with the words: "I bear witness that there is no god except Allah, and that

Muhammad is His Prophet and Messenger."

 

2. The five daily prayers at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset and nightfall.

These five daily prayers help one to develop Allah consciousness in his/her

everyday life. The importance of these cannot be over emphasized. They are

a constant reminder to the worshipper of the Presence and Power of Allah

and help the worshipper to keep his/herself from deviating from the Right

Path.

 

3. The bestowal of charity on one's fellow man. Islam places great emphasis

on generosity and charity as a means of purifying one's soul and drawing

closer to Allah. The Muslim is enjoined to give voluntarily whenever he/she

can; however, he/she is required each lunar year to pay an obligatory charity

tax of 2 1/2% of his/her annual savings. This obligatory charity is then given

to orphans, the needy and the poor. The Zakat, which means obligatory

charity, enables the Muslim community to take care of all its members and

insures that no one will be deprived of his/her basic human right to exist.

 

4. Fasting during the ninth month of the lunar year called "Ramadan." This

fast is enjoined upon Muslims of good health and sound body who have

attained the age of physical maturity and are not prevented from performing

the fast by various circumstances like travel, sickness, mental illness, or

specifically in the case of women, menstruation, or childbirth. The fast of

Ramadan begins at dawn and lasts until sunset. During this period the

Muslim abstains from eating, and drinking, sexual activity and smoking.

Fasting teaches self-discipline and control, while purifying the soul and body

and strengthening one's consciousness of Allah.

 

5. The pilgrimage to Mecca. The pilgrimage is required of all Muslims at

least once during their lifetime, if they have the financial means. The annual

pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the greatest events of the Muslim world,

uniting Muslims from every race and from every corner of the world. This is

a great experience in the life of a Muslim that enables him/her to draw closer

to Allah. The greatest blessings of going on pilgrimage is that all one's

previous sins are wiped away and the pilgrimage returns as pure as the day

he/she was born. We would like to remind the reader that the Holy Mosque

in Mecca was built by Prophet Abraham   and his son, Prophet Ishmael

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WHO IS A MUSLIM? 

Since there is no priesthood in Islam, no clergy and no official religious

institution, all one has to do to become a Muslim is to be personally

convinced of the truth of the teachings of Islam and bear witness that "There

is no god except Allah, and that Muhammad is His Prophet."

 

One of the great beauties of Islam is its simplicity, naturalness, and lack of

formalities. Islam is the religion of Adam and of mankind in its earliest and

most advanced stages of development. Allah says in the Holy Koran:

"Therefore set your face to the religion purely, the upright creation upon

which He originated people. There is no changing of the creation of Allah.

This is the valuable religion, although most people do not know." Koran

30:30.

 

A THOUGHT PROVOKING QUESTION 

Allah asks you, "Did you think that We had created you only for play, and

that you would never be returned to Us? Koran 23:115. Have you ever

stopped and asked yourself what is this life all about, what is the purpose of

being here, the purpose of your creation? The correct answer to this question

is that you seek the truth, worship Allah alone, do good deeds for which

there is the greatest reward, the reward of living eternally in Paradise.

 

THE BENEFIT OF EMBRACING ISLAM 

Among the many benefits of embracing Islam are that once you bear witness

that: "There is no god except Allah, and Muhammad is His Prophet," all

your past sins are forgiven and are transformed into merits with an enormous

reward awaiting you in Paradise! In addition, you receive the reward of

believing the religion of the Prophet Jesus, if you are a Christian, or Prophet

Moses, if you are a Jew, and the religion of Prophet Muhammad, which

means that you receive two huge rewards, and you know that Allah loves

you because He guided you to Him.

 

Al Hamdulillah this brings to a close the end of the inspirational booklet

"What is Islam'

 

 

Footnote:

In 1975 an Islamic International Conference was held in Paris. Dr. Abdul

Haleem Mahmood, the Shaykh of Azhar of Egypt successfully arranged for

several thousands of this little book "What is Islam" to be printed and

distributed at the conference. Incidentally, "What is Islam" has been

translated into Italian, Urdu, Spanish and German,

 

Al Hamdulillah, we heard a heart-warming report about the little book's

success in Germany. Fatima Herren of the Munich Islamic Center in German

translated "What is Islam" into German and arranged for its distribution

nationwide. When we were in UK an Egyptian friend had a copy of an

Egyptian newspaper and drew Shaykh Ahmad's attention to an article that

told the story of a German priest in Berlin who had embraced Islam. 

 

The newspaper narrated the story of how that priest had gone to a university

to preach Christianity to Muslim students. While he was there, he heard a

cassette of the recitation of the Koran and inquired about it. A student told

him it was the Koran and gave him a copy of "Was ist Islam". Al

Hamdulillah, not long after the priest converted to Islam and opened his

house to German converts! 

 

We would really like to have this little book translated into Chinese so we

could distribute it amongst our Chinese neighbors. They have rights in Islam

and we fail miserably if we do not tell them about Islam and present it to

them with respect. InshaAllah, the translation of this little book into Chinese

will happen, can you help? 

 

 

 

Lifespan conclusion

 

Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him, said,

"Whosoever sees me in a dream has indeed seen me, because

Satan cannot emulate me."

 

As for my husband Shaykh Ahmad Darwish's journey to Allah and His

Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, it too started when he was

young when he had a spiritual dream in which Prophet Muhammad,

praise and peace be upon him, came to him smiling and gave him his

little finger to suck.

 

Later when my husband wrote his first Islamic booklets "How to recite

Al Koran" and the bibliographic guide "The Selected Islamic

Reference Library", he saw Lady Ayesha who spoke to him from the

Prophet's tomb saying 'Welcome, Ahmad son of Darwish'.

 

It took us over 30 years to realize these visions with our blessed

production that you are enjoying today. Al Hamdulillah.

 

 

In the 1980's the Darwish family started their production of authentic

Islamic material in Cairo, and continued thereafter in Dubai, London,

and also in Muhammad Ali, the boxer's villa near the University of

Chicago, USA. As they traveled for 28 years throughout the USA they

continued to produce their Islamic material and are currently

continuing their work with the same dedication in the most civilized

lands of Islam, Malaysia and Indonesia.

 

While the Darwish's were in Chicago, Muhammad Ali invited Shaykh

Ahmad's teacher the Grand Muhaddith of Morocco, Habib Abdullah

As-Siddiq Al Ghumari  who was a direct descendant of Prophet

Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him, to Chicago and was

captivated by his humble, spiritual demeanor. In an interview given to

the French newspaper "Figaro" Muhammad Ali expressed his love for

Habib Abdullah and said he wished he had a spirit such as his. When

the Habib returned to Tangier, he was inundated by French reporters

who came to discover this great spiritual person.

  

The Darwish family are not just regular spare time writers. They feel

that it is through Habib Abdullah's supplication that they have been

blessed to produce a complete bookshelf of over 350 titles and

growing in the languages of Arabic, English, Malay and Indonesian -

some of which are encyclopedic in size - with very little hired help,

and published by themselves. Al Hamdulillah, their production and

dedication to their work is highly acclaimed.  

 

A few centuries ago, Malaysia and Indonesia were blessed by the

presence of many scholars some of which were Habibs that greatly

influenced their civilization. Amongst such Habibs were the children

of Imam Abdullah bin Alawi Al Haddad. These scholars led the way to

freedom from the UK and Holland and built an overwhelming number

of free private Islamic schools (pondoks) for girls and boys. For

example, the students of the late Habib Syed Muhammad Alawi Al

Maliki Al Hasani, the Muhaddith of Mecca, established over 300

schools in Java, Indonesia, some of which are free in keeping with his

spirit, whereas others are not.  

 

Both Habib Muhammad Alawi Maliki and Shaykh Darwish were

blessed to share the same elite teachers, namely Habib Hafiz

Abdullah bin As-Siddiq Al Ghumari and Shaykh Muhammad Al Fateh.

 

In more recent years Shaykh Hasanayn Makhluff, a descendant of

Caliph Omar and the three times Mufti of Egypt explained the words

of the Koran and revived the books of Imam Abdullah bin Alawi Al

Haddad. 

  

In this era there are only a few middle-eastern shaykhs who have

made an impact on Islamic education. Among those scholarly

shaykhs was the late Imam Sharawi of Egypt who wrote the highly

acclaimed explanation of the Koran and was also responsible for

building a large residency complex to house students from Malaysia

and Indonesia studying in Azhar.

 

Those who made a scholarly impact in the science of the

Jurisprudence of Imam Shafi'i are Shaykh Qaradawi and Shaykh

Wahbah Zuhaili both of whom received the prized Hijra award from

the Sultan of Malaysia.

 

As for the science of Hadith, Shaykh Ahmad Darwish renewed the

entire science and is the founder of Muhammad.com and

Mosque.com. He protected the Name of Allah from being misused

through attaining the domain name of Allah.com.

 

Shaykh Ahmad Darwish was the student and scribe of Shaykh

Hasanayn Makhluff, Shaykh Sharawi and the acclaimed grand

Muhaddith of this era, Hafiz Habib Abdullah bin As-Siddiq Al

Ghumari, a descendant of Al Hasan, may Allah be pleased with them. 

 

It is by the blessing of Allah, that Shaykh Ahmad Darwish has

accomplished the tremendous, or perhaps one should say, the

breath-taking work of compiling all the authentic Hadith of the

Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, into a single reference and

by doing so he has brought the science of Hadith to its finale. It can

be said that Shaykh Ahmad Darwish is the modern day secretary of

all the scholars of Hadith throughout the fifteen centuries of Islam and

has finalized the Hadith agendas of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Imam

Shafi'i and Hafiz Suyuti.   

 

It is through the brilliant masterpiece of his workmanship that the time

span between you, the Prophet and his Companions is attainable

through the renewal and simplification of the entire Islamic

educational system. This system has been developed with a concise

approach that bridges the gap between layman and Ph.D. and

eliminates the need to search any further. 

 

THE KORAN:  Shaykh Darwish and his English wife bring to us the

translation of the meaning of the Holy Koran. 

1. As you might know, there have been over 40 attempts to translate

the meaning of the Koran none of which are by two people carrying

the mother tongues of Arabic and English. Al Hamdulillah, we were

humbled when the manager of Muhammad Ali's grandson said that

when he read our translation of the meaning that the Koran is no

longer guess work. Shaykh Darwish has produced a word-for-word

dictionary of the entire text of the Koran in Arabic, English,

Indonesian, Malay, and Chinese.

2.  In another edition he assists its understanding with approximately

2000 subtitles.

3. He also brings to us the explanation of Koran by the Prophet,

praise and peace be upon him, through the Prophet's authentic

Hadith with its commentary by Tabari the Shaykh of Tafseer, and the

Tafseer of the renowned contemporary commentator on the Koran

Shaykh Sharawi of whom the late President Sadat ordered the

Egyptian TV to record all his explanatory lectures so that they might

be preserved for future generations. Included in this work is the

explanation of the Ghumari scholars of Hadith and spirituality by ibn

Ajeebah. This explanation of the Koran also contains over 1337

authentic Prophetic Sayings, 900 Features, 830 Interpretation and

over 1700 subtitles and is very easy to learn, comprehend and

practice.

4. Shaykh Darwish, as previously mentioned has also produced a

unique Arabic dictionary of the Koran that reduces study time to a

tenth of the time of the legacy status quo. Incidentally, when we

counted the Arabic words of Koran, the total number amounted to

67267 words and from that total he removed the repeated words and

produced a dictionary that contains 18560 words. If you study the first

1000 words in his dictionary you will be able to recognize 60% of the

pages of the Koran. 

5. Sister Siti Nadriyah of Surabaya, Indonesia is currently translating

the meaning of the Koran together with our other productions into the

Indonesian language.

 

HADITH: PROPHETIC SAYINGS: 

1. As we mentioned earlier Shaykh Darwish extracted over 34000

authentic Hadith of the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, from

1850 references - amongst which are the renowned 6 and 9 famous

books and of course Bukhari and Muslim. On account of his great

achievement, the Hadith are no longer scattered but presented as a

single reference.

2. Among the features of his Hadith work is that Shaykh Darwish

organized the Hadith alphabetically.

3. He also classified these Hadith into 2500 subjects, one subject at a

time in a simple, handy manual and eliminated the false statements

attributed to the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him. Through this

accomplishment it is as if the reader were sitting directly before the

hands of the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, and learning

directly from him.

4. In conjunction with Shaykh Darwish's collection of Hadith he

produced the first Arabic Dictionary of Hadith. This dictionary is the

first of its kind and lists over 48000 words used by the Prophet, praise

and peace be upon him. 

Shaykh Darwish's 2500 subjects commencing with:

THE HADITH MANUAL OF FAITH (1300 hadith);

THE HADITH MANUAL OF ISLAMIC MANNERS (ethics and

behavior);

THE HADITH MANUAL OF SUPPLICATIONS (for each stage of

one's life). 

5. He has also produced the largest reference of fabricated Hadith

with a list of all their fabricators.

6. His HADITH DATA WAREHOUSE APPLIANCE is available for

governmental and departmental use.

 

SERAH/PROPHET'S LIFE : 

After removing the unauthenticated statements from the two best

ever written books of Serah, namely those of Supreme Justice Eyad

and Supreme Justice Nabahani, Shaykh Darwish enhanced these

great works by adding auxiliary subtitles and produced a

chronological prophetic calendar. No one can claim they know the

Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, without having studied this

elite book.

 

FIQH/JURISPRUDENCE: 

1. Shaykh Darwish has been blessed to produce a chart of over 4000

Koran verses and hadith as well as the quotations of the Companions

mentioned in Imam Shafi'is book "The Mother of Knowledge" (Al

Umm).

2. Having accomplished that, he produced in a simplified fashion,

1000 jurisprudence Questions and Answers (Q&A) together with their

proofs from the Koran and Hadith (Daleels) in subjects with a full

cross reference index.

3. In addition he has added 88 years of jurist decisions (fatwas)

judged by the leading Muftis in Azhar, Egypt, as well as all major Fiqh

references in his FIQH/JURISPRUDENCE APPLIANCE for

governmental and departmental use.

 

AQIDAH/FAITH:

Faith adhered to by Imam Shafi'i and the ulama (scholars) of the four

schools of Ahle Sunnat Wa Jamat is explained in Shaykh Darwish's

24 hours DVD. This DVD politely, yet compellingly confronts the hate

ideology of the Shi'ite of Safawi - Khomini, and the Khawarij of the

past and their modern day Wahabi offshoot with its IDOLology

attributes, money and fame marketing Salafia missionaries which

produce fanatics and terrorists.

 

TARIQAH/IHSAN/SPIRITUAL PATH:

1. Shaykh Darwish introduces the daily readings (Ratib) of the

Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, which should not be read

second to any other ratib.

2. He has also produced the first authentic celebration of the birthday

anniversary of the Prophet (Maulid), praise and peace be upon him,

and eliminated the false reports inserted into the readings that are in

current circulation. His authentic readings list 37 proofs that the

celebration is DESIREABLE/MUSTAHAB and not a forbidden

innovation (bidda). 

 

LESAN AL ARAB: 

Shaykh Darwish has replaced the famous classical dictionary called

"Lesan al Arab" (The Tongue of the Arab) by the "Lesan of the

Prophet Dictionary" as well as a complete dictionary of the words of

Koran.

 

Finally, he is very grateful for companies such as Amazon and Iphone

etc. who make the dispersal of such knowledge easy.

 

Shaykh Darwish was in Silicon Valley with Linus the founder of Linux

when Amazon had just started with a mailing list and Shaykh Darwish

was busy Arabizing the Linux Operating System.

 

Among our English translations and authorships are:

The Translation and Meaning of the Holy Koran

Imam Nawawi's Garden's of Righteousness

As Shefa - The Cure by Qadi Eyad (Seerah)

168 Children's stories and poems

Prophet Muhammad   Describes himself (40 hadith)

Heraclius Emperor of Rome Confessed & Supported Prophet Muhammad

 

We Want a Christmas Tree!

Al Ghazali's work (several books)

The Jews of Medina

The Articles of the Sunni Islamic Faith

The Journey of the Lifetime with Prophet Muhammad (Seerah)

The Rare Sermons of Prophet Jesus

What is Hadith Terminology

Bukhari (in progress)

Imam Malik's Muwatta (in progress)

Tafseer of the Koran (in progress)

What is Islam?

Worldwide (C)2011 The Darwish family via Syeh Abdul Qadir Al Jailani Darwish