Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) .. a pioneer of the environment
Within the polluted environment,and all the conferences calling for saving resources, greening, preserving nature, Prophet Mohamed (Prayers and Peace be upon him) was the pioneer from more than 1400 years in guiding the Muslim community to protect our environment.
In one of his Ahadith (speaches/sayings) : "There is none amongst the believers who plants a tree, or sows a seed, and then a bird, or a person, or an animal eats thereof, but it is regarded as having given a charitable gift [for which there is great recompense].” [Al-Bukhari, III:513].
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Islam and equality
Within the recent decades, people are trying to prove their point that no one is better than the other, because of their race or their color of skin. The only thing that distinguishes you is your actions.
These were the words that prophet Mohamed (SAWS) had said in his last speech from almost 1500 years ago.
I had chosen few words from his speech below , but the whole speech is very touching and worth reading."All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action."
Peace and Prayers be Upon him.
Ever thought of how our bodies are performing ? Or what are the metabolic reactions that occur inside our bodies?
That was a discussion, I had with a friend of mine who works as a doctor, and we approached the metabolic reactions thing that happen in our bodies.
I didn't know how precise are these metabolic reactions that happen in our bodies, as my friend was explaining to me, that our bodies are having chemical reactions and everything is very precise and any small change (like extra or decrease in hormones or anything) can affect the whole thing.
While thinking of that and the great precision in our bodies elhamdullah, isn't that a great evidence of a creator who did all that with so much great detail and precision? Do some people still claim and wonder if God exists or not ? Who creates our own systems so perfect ... Isn't He the Creator... the one and only God!
Do some people still wonder and think ?
" Most surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day, and the ships that run in the sea with that which profits men, and the water that Allah sends down from the cloud, then gives life with it to the earth after its death and spreads in it all (kinds of) animals, and the changing of the winds and the clouds made subservient between the heaven and the earth, there are signs for a people who understand" (verse 164, chapter 2, Quran).
what is mercy? it is there.. we feel it in our hearts. We see it in how parents deal with their children, we see it in animals with their offsprings. We see it in many different forms, in those who help weak people, helpless and homeless people. It is something in the hearts .. elhamdullah for any mercy in our hearts. Although there are cruelity in the world for those who have little or no space of mercy in their hearts.. but Thanks God that with the mercy we feel by the beauty of things.
Allah's most merciful, has divided the mercy into 100 parts, where one part He distriuted on earth among all the humankinds, animals, insects, anybody and He kept the 99 parts for Himself until the judgement day, where He takes this part again. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “He has prescribed Mercy for Himself ” (TMQ, 6:12)
The moral of mercy is invited in Islam for people to practice. It is not only enough to know it but to practice it as well. The prophet (SAWS) said: " He who shows no mercy for people, Allah, the Exalted, the Glorious, does not show mercy to him''.
Allah's mercy is everywhere... it is an endless topic... just look around and thank God.
Some Features of prophet Muhamad's (PBUH) behaviour
The more I read about his story and his noble pesonality. The more I feel by how much we should love him. The more I read about his behaviour, I feel ashamed from myself, and I question myself where do I stand ?
1- He was known as the most honest person. He was known before the prophecy by being very honest, that he never said a lie. The most clear eveidence, that on the day he wanted to announce and call people for Islam. He stood on a high mountain called " ElSafa" calling Quraish tribes. He asked them that if he told them that there are horses behind this mountain which want to invade them, would they believe him? They all agreed. They said (by what it means) they never witnessed from him a lie or dishonesty till that time. But even though when he called them for Islam and told them that he is a prophet and the messenger of Allah, most of them didn't believe in him.
2- He was very humble. There is a story that a Muslim man went to the prophet one day and he was trimbled for meeting the prophet (PBUH). The prophet (PBUH) told him (by what it means ) to take it easy on himself, and that he is not a king, but he is a slave(God's slave), and he eats like what the slave (God's slave) eats, and walks like how the slave walks and that his mother in Mecca used to eat something (I cant translate but something very modest).
3- His forgiveness. In the day the Muslims managed to open Mecca, after the prophet was forced to leave by its people going to Madina. After its' people had tortured his companions and tried to kill him. On the openning day, all Mecca's people were afraid from the revenge after what they had done to him and his friends. The prophet (PBUH) forgave them and told that they are free. This situation gives an example till now in our lives when we would like to hit an example of how forgiveness could reach to a level so high.
There are more and more indeed thatwe can learn from his noble personality.
Peace and prayers be upon prophet Mohamed, the seal of the prophets.
Islam encourages people to do charity ( the unobligatory charity ) for the needy people. This helps in spreadig the wealth and the good will among the comunity members. Many verses in Quran highlight on the reward that the person takes when he/she gives charity. To help people and feel by them and have strong bond all together.
The prophet (PBUH) encourages us by tells us that our wealth doesn't decrease with giving out charity. Muslims have yaqeen ( faith) in that. Not only will " not decrease" but God promises that charity payers will be rewarded by much much more.
Because we deal with the most merciful. If we his slaves give from our wealth that He gave to us, so how He the Mighty would be His reward inshaaAllah.
When I look on how he charity should be given and the quran verses that encourgae for charity , i feel by God's mercy. [Ye will not attain unto piety until ye spend of that which ye love. And whatsoever ye spend, Allah is aware thereof.]
(Quran :Aal `Imran 3:92).
Poor and needy people can give themselves charity by working and spending on their homes, because their homes are themselves the needy people. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “When a Muslim spends on his family seeking reward for it from Allah, it counts for him as charity.” (Reported by Muslim)
Charity " sadaqah " in Arabic could be done in Islam in intangible forms. To judge justly between two persons is regarded as sadaqah; and to help a man concerning his riding animal, by helping him to mount it or by lifting his luggage on to it, is also regarded as sadaqah; and (saying) a good word is also sadaqah; and every step taken on one's way to offer the compulsory prayer (in the mosque) is also sadaqah; and to remove a harmful thing from the way is also sadaqah.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim
Even a smile or a kind word is considered charity! How merciful is God with us and how can we take rewards from the simplest things, that we may do by default but we should renew our intension to Allah.