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An Englishman asked Sheikh Ahmed Deedat:
Why don’t Muslim women greet men and shake hands with them?
The Sheikh replied beautifully, saying to him: Can anyone greet Queen Elizabeth and shake hands with her in Britain?
The Englishman said: There is a law that defines seven types of people that the law allows them to do so.
The Sheikh replied: We also have eleven completely specific types that are permissible for them:
- the father .
- And grandfather.
- And the husband.
- And the father-in-law.
- And the son.
- And the brother.
- And uncle.
- And uncle.
- A nephew.
- And the nephew.
- And the son of the son.
- The son of the girl.
Just as you do that out of respect and reverence for the queen, we have (in Islam) all women are queens and every queen has a courtiers to greet her and shake hands with them, and the rest of the men for her are a people.
For as long as I can remember, there has been a certain depiction of Heaven and Hell portrayed in popular culture. Heaven is always luminescent, white, and in the clouds, while Hell is dark, red, and fiery underground. I remember seeing these scenes in cartoons as a kid, but there was always a comedic air to it. In Islam, there is nothing funny about the topic of Heaven and Hell—they are very much serious realities.
Heaven and Hell are oft-repeated themes in the Quran, for they serve as a reminder to mankind regarding the temporary nature of this world. A person will be taken to task for their actions during their lifetime on this earth, and in the end, he or she will end up in either Heaven or Hell. The mention of these places in the Quran can serve as a motivation for people to do good and avoid bad. Below are just a handful of verses specifically about Heaven. They paint a beautiful picture of the scene that awaits those who spend their lives doing good works.
“And give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow. Whenever they are provided with a provision of fruit therefrom, they will say, ‘This is what we were provided with before.’ And it is given to them in likeness. And they will have therein purified spouses, and they will abide therein eternally.” (Q. 2:25)
The phrase “gardens beneath which rivers flow” is a very common scene depicted about the eternal Heaven. Other descriptors mentioning lush, green, and life are also common elements that arise.
“Their Lord gives them good tidings of mercy from Him and approval and of gardens for them wherein is enduring pleasure. [They will be] abiding therein forever. Indeed, Allah has with Him a great reward.” (Q. 9:21-22)
A great reward is God’s pleasure, for that is what any practicing Muslim is working toward. Heaven is a result of that pleasure, but ultimately His approval, love, and glad tidings are what we hope to achieve.
“Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – their Lord will guide them because of their faith. Beneath them rivers will flow in the Gardens of Pleasure. Their call therein will be, ‘Exalted are You, O Allah,’ and their greeting therein will be, ‘Peace.’ And the last of their call will be, ‘Praise to Allah, Lord of the worlds!’” (Q. 10:9-10)
This pair of verses highlights what the conversation in Heaven will be like—peace. For a believer who worked in this life to please Allah, there is no greater comfort and pleasure than hearing a greeting of peace from his Lord in the ultimate abode of Heaven.
“Those will have gardens of perpetual residence; beneath them rivers will flow. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and will wear green garments of fine silk and brocade, reclining therein on adorned couches. Excellent is the reward, and good is the resting place.” (Q. 18:31)
In the above verse, we get a tangible and detailed description of what the inhabitants of Paradise will be adorned with—gold and silk. They will be in the most comfortable and luxurious of spaces for all of eternity.
“…the chosen servants of Allah. Those will have a provision determined—fruits; and they will be honored in gardens of pleasure on thrones facing one another. There will be circulated among them a cup from a flowing spring, white and delicious to the drinkers; no bad effect is there in it, nor from it will they be intoxicated.” (Q. 37:40-47)
Another pleasure of Heaven is that of its fruits and drink. Whenever I cut different types of fruit, I am always reminded of Allah and His greatness—there is such an intricacy and uniqueness in each fruit. Bananas, oranges, pomegranates, kiwis, grapes…and that is only what we have been exposed to living in the United States! We have not even heard or dreamt of what is available in other parts of the world, let alone Paradise. This verse additionally describes the special drinks of Heaven, which unlike drinks in this world, cause no harm and only result in joy and satisfaction.
“[Other] faces, that Day, will show pleasure. With their effort [they are] satisfied. In an elevated garden, wherein they will hear no unsuitable speech. Within it is a flowing spring. Within it are couches raised high and cups put in place and cushions lined up and carpets spread around.” (Q. 88:8-16)
Here too, we get more descriptors of the comforts in Paradise. Couches, cushions, carpets, and my favorite—no ill speech! A pet peeve of mine was always hearing people throwing around curse words on the bus at college. My mind would jump to verses like this that promised no vain or vulgar talk in a place like Heaven, which definitely was something to look forward to.
It is Verse al-Kursi
The benefits of this verse:
cast out demons
A cure for many diseases, including magic
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The descent of Christ, peace be upon him
The Noble Qur’an is the book of God that was revealed to His Prophet Muhammad
And he wrote in it everything that God commanded and forbade him
Hearing this Quran is comfort, reassurance, happiness and peace of mind
In it, God told us the news of previous nations and prophets such as Moses, Jesus, Abraham and Noah
And God told us how he created the heavens and the earth and the stages of formation of the fetus in its mother’s womb
.God told us about some of the events that will happen in the future
Magic: is the knot of a string or rope and spells, and the words that a magician speaks, writes, or does something that affects the bewitched’s body, heart, or mind
The first type: true magic: that is, sorcery has a real effect abroad, as it may get sick and kill and combine the two spouses with love, and divide the spouses with hatred, prevent marriage, remove the mind and affect feelings. Positively and negatively
The second type: Imaginary magic: It is magic that is based on camouflage, deception and imagination that it does not achieve for it
Ways to prevent magic
First: The firm belief that God is one worthy of worship, and he has no wife, children, or daughters
Second: Abiding by the teachings of Islam
Third: seeking refuge with God from demons
Fourth: Increase the remembrance of God
Well, suppose I am bewitched and I know the wizard who has charmed me, what should I do? Should I go to a magician for a witchcraft cure, definitely not
I will read to myself a supplication and read some Qur’anic verses in which God Almighty said that he will heal, or I will go to a man who adheres to the teachings of Islam to recite prayers and Qur’anic verses
:When you die, two angels will come to you and ask you three questions
who’s your God
what is your religion
who is your prophet
:Then the Muslim answers
my god is ALLAH
My Religion is the islam
My prophet is Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him
Then the two angels say, You have right
Then he is told to turn to the left, then he turns and finds the fire, then he will be told this is your place if you disobeyed God then he is told to turn to the right, and he finds paradise and he will be told this is your place because you obeyed God
The non-Muslim responds
Haha, I don’t know
Haha, I don’t know
Haha, I don’t know
Then he hit his head with an iron hammer and shouted screams that everyone beside him could hear, except demons and humans
Then he is tortured in his grave until Judgment Day
Then they tell him that he will be tormented on the Day of Resurrection
But the matter is not that easy, because only a Muslim can answer these questions, and the two angels who ask him are frightening
Leave life’s worries aside and listen