THE simple answer is: Muslims DON’T stone the devil in Hajj every year. We stone the Jamarat, not any devil, Shaitan or Shayateen (pl. of Shaitan). The pillars of Jamarat are not devils. This is a misconception even among a few uneducated Muslims. Scholars continue to clarify this point every year during Hajj.
HAJJ, one of the five pillars of Islam, is obligatory on every adult Muslim once in his lifetime if he is financially and physically capable to undertake the journey.
Allah (God in Arabic language) said in the Qur’an (God’s final revelation to mankind through Prophet Muhammad ﷺ):
And pilgrimage to the house is duty upon mankind owed to Allah for whoever can find a way there (Qur’an 3:97)
HAJJ literally means ‘to set out for a place‘. Islamically however it refers to the annual pilgrimage that Muslims make to Makkah with the intention of performing certain religious rites in accordance with the method prescribed by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
What Islam Says About Jesus
- Jesus was born miraculously to Mary.
- Mary was a chaste virgin. She was chosen above all women to give birth to God’s messenger.
- God revealed the Injeel (Gospel) to Jesus, just as He revealed Torah to Moses and Zaboor (Psalms) to David and the Qur’an to Muhammad (peace be upon them all).
- Jesus will return and rule the earth with justice establishing God’s laws.
- When Jesus returns, he will kill Dajjal (the False Messiah).
- Jesus, by the will of God, cured the lepers, healed the blind, brought the dead back to life, and spoke when he was a child in cradle. These are miracles that God gave to Jesus, just as He gave miracles to all His prophets.
Islamic Online University began with a vision to make Islamic education accessible through the Internet to anyone in the world. Starting with humble beginnings, the IOU had to face a multitude of challenges to make this incredible vision a reality – none of which would have been possible without Allah’s support and then IOU staff’s hard work. Today the IOU has over 190,000 registered students from 228 countries, alhamdulilah
EDITOR: HOW DID IT ALL START?
DR. BILAL: After teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai (AUD) for 6 years, around the year 2000, I got the idea of starting an Islamic university online using the material which I had developed at AUD as an alternative to the distance learning method of mailing tapes and books to students, exams over the telephone, papers mailed, which were used by the American Open University in Washington, D.C. and the London Open College based in al-Muntada’s headquarters in London.
Umm Muhammad during the interview. Right: A copy of the Saheeh International translation
I cannot tell you how delighted I was when Umm Muhammad Assami, whose translation of the Quran's meaning you know as Saheeh International, agreed to meet me during my recent visit to Jeddah.
I drove to her apartment with my mother who is her former student. She welcomed us with a tray of delicacies and drinks that she insisted on serving herself. Her friend Amena Tanveer was also present.
I have known Umm Muhammad as a role model, mentor and a caring elder, having been blessed to get to know her through email last year. I have since regularly benefited from her advice and support.
She was born in southern California in 1940 and embraced Islam in 1974 in Syria. In 1981 she moved to Saudi Arabia, and has taught classes in tafseer and basic fiqh at an Islamic center in Jeddah since 1991. She has authored and/or revised more than 80 Islamic books in English, mostly for Dar Abul-Qasim. She lives with her husband in Jeddah, has married children and grandchildren who are settled in different parts of the world. Baarak Allahu feehim.
Many may not realize how special she is. To give you a glimpse of Allah’s favor on her, her work is one of the most widely read translations of the Quran in English. Millions of people read it every day to understand the meaning of the Quran. Uncountable number of articles, books, websites and apps quote Saheeh International’s translation.
And yet, she remains virtually unknown to most of us.
Dubai's Islamic affairs department recently published a book in which over a 100 people shared their reasons for converting (or reverting) to Islam. The UAE is perhaps one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and hence the inputs from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives make the book especially interesting. We are happy to have transcribed them for you.
1.ONENESS OF GOD:
2.GOD HAS NO GOD:
IT was 1433 years ago, when a man in Makkah – ridiculed and persecuted by his people – left on a mission to the close-by mountainous town of Taif.
The man had declared to the Makkan people that he was a messenger of God who receives, through an angel, revelation from the Creator of the Universe. Why would anyone believe that, you may wonder? Well, read on.