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2014 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,800 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Written by S Ibrahim

Dec 30, 2014 at 7:46 am

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Belief in the Day of Judgment / Day of Resurrection

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The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you, Until you visit the graves (i.e. till you die). (Qur’an 102:1-2)

What?

Muslims believe that the present life is only a trial preparation for the next realm of existence.  This life is a test for each individual for the life after death.  A day will come when the whole universe will be destroyed and the dead will be resurrected for judgment by God.  This day will be the beginning of a life that will never end.  This day is the Day of Judgment.  On that day, all people will be rewarded by God according to their beliefs and deeds. (Source: http://www.islam-guide.com/ch3-5.htm)

And those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, they are dwellers of Paradise, they will dwell therein forever. (Qur’an 2:82)

Belief in the Day of Judgment is part of our Imaan or faith.

Why?

To establish accountability & absolute justice. Humans naturally seek justice in all aspects of their lives. For our work, we expect pay or salary. When an individual is harmed, he seeks compensation. Even though humans strive hard to establish justice, the reality is that this world will never be perfectly just. Many criminals go unpunished while the oppressed are denied basic rights. Do their lives simply dissolve without any accountability or fair dealing? Should the powerful persecutors of innocents (e.g.: Pharaoh, Abu Jahl, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, etc.)  go unpunished forever?

Or do those who commit evils think We will make them like those who have believed and done righteous deeds – [make them] equal in their life and their death? Evil is that which they judge. (Qu’ran 45:21)

 

That Day, the people will depart separated [into categories] to be shown [the result of] their deeds. So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it,And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it. (Qur’an 99:6-8)

How?

Record of our deeds:

And [for] every person We have imposed his fate upon his neck, and We will produce for him on the Day of Resurrection a record which he will encounter spread open. [It will be said], “Read your record. Sufficient is yourself against you this Day as accountant.” (Qur’an 17:13-14)

Witness:

That Day, We will seal over their mouths, and their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will testify about what they used to earn (Qur’an 36:65)

When?

Only God knows when it will happen.

Indeed, Allah [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. And no soul perceives what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul perceives in what land it will die. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. (Qur’an 31:34)

 

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Written by S Ibrahim

Jun 7, 2014 at 3:22 pm

2013 in review

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2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,400 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Dec 31, 2013 at 9:45 pm

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2012 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 14 years to get that many views.

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These are the posts that got the most views in 2012. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.

 

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Written by S Ibrahim

Jan 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Diseases, Calamities and Losses: Is God Really Merciful and Just?

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Hardships, accidents, marital woes, sickness, loss of beloved family members, and other “bad things” in life cause many people to ask questions like “If there is really a God, why do these things happen?”, “Is the God really Merciful?”, “I have been a good guy, and yet I’m suffering. My neighbor is an evil person, yet he is enjoying life. Why does your God give good things to bad guys, and bad things to good guys?”, etc.

Varying perceptions of Good and Bad:

This is one of the Names of Allah. It means The Most Forgiving One.

Before we get into answers, let us understand our definitions for bad/evil and good. A child thinks the injection the doctor gives her is a bad thing. A school student thinks the warning from his teacher is a bad thing. As they grow older, they don’t consider the injections and warnings as bad.

Some consider hijab (veil) as bad. Some economists consider Communism (or, Capitalism) as bad. And there are others who consider these as good. What do you think causes the differences in perceptions?

Promotions in the office are good things, right? Ask those who couldn’t perform well in the new positions and were fired/terminated. Getting married to the prettiest women of the city or country may be considered the best thing by some people. Others disagree. We make judgments based on our emotions and limited knowledge of the past. We have no clue about the future. God is Wise and omniscient.

Have you met employees, who were bitter when they were ignored for promotions, and who later on expressed their happiness with, “Thank God. I wasn’t promoted”. Have you been irritated by some event (e.g.: a flat tire, missed flight, cancelled meeting, etc.), and then felt relieved to know later on that the first event saved you from a major mishap. Would you still consider the first unpleasant event as bad?

“Punishing” the Good People:

A few people ask, “Tsunami is pure evil. It killed not just thousands of people – good and bad, and cattle, but also destroyed some ecosystem. Why did God allow Tsunamis?”.

There are two parts in this question:

1. Pure evil: No one knew making medicines from poisonous snakes until a few decades ago. It is probable that some people asked earlier, “Venomous Snakes are pure evil. They kill people and animals. Why did God create these snakes?”. The point is we may not know the wisdom behind God allowing calamities like Tsunami. We don’t know yet any benefits of Tsunami. But, that doesn’t allow us to label that as “pure evil”.

2. Affecting the good people:

And fear the Fitnah (affliction and trial, etc.) which affects not in particular (only) those of you who do wrong (but it may afflict all the good and the bad people), and know that Allah is Severe in punishment. [Qur’an 8:25]

 

Islamic Perspective:

Islam says sufferings can happen to people for two reasons:

  1. Disciplining/Punishment
  2. Test/Trial

Punishments are what happen to people in return for their evil deeds. Trials are tests which are sent to try people, and people may be tested by good things or by bad.

I. Discipline is required everywhere. Weeds need to be removed from your garden and fields. When we do bad/evil things, we may be punished in this world or Hereafter.

Evil (sins and disobedience of Allah, etc.) has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned (by oppression and evil deeds, etc.), that Allah may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repenting to Allah, and begging His Pardon) [Qur’an 30:41]

And verily, We will make them taste of the near torment (i.e. the torment in the life of this world, i.e. disasters, calamities, etc.) prior to the supreme torment (in the Hereafter), in order that they may (repent and) return [Qur’an 32:21]

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “There is no sin more deserving of having its punishment hastened in this world, in addition to what is reserved in the Hereafter for the one who does it, than transgression and cutting ties of kinship.” [Abu Dawood and others. Al-Albani graded it Saheeh (sound)]

Also, please see the Quranic verses al-Nisa’ 4:79, al-Shoora 42:30, 7:64, 11:82, and Aal ‘Imraan 3:141

Truly, Hell is a place of ambush. A dwelling place for the Taghun (those who transgress the boundary limits set by Allah like polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, hypocrites, sinners, criminals, etc.) [Qur’an 78:21-22]

II. Allah tests all the believers. He may test us with sufferings or even with abundance of good things. A rich Muslim is tested with riches (how he earns and spends), and a poor Muslim is tested with lack of means.

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.” [Qur’an 2:155-156]

Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested? And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars [Qur’an 29:2-3]

It was narrated that Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “When Allah wills good for His slave, He hastens the punishment for him in this world, and when Allah wills ill for His slave, he withholds the punishment for his sins from him until he comes with all his sins on the Day of Resurrection.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2396); classed as Saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (1220).

Muslim (2572) narrated that ‘Ayisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The believer is not harmed by a thorn or anything greater, but Allah will raise him in status thereby, or erase a sin thereby.”

Conclusion:

We can’t tell which event is a test and which one is a punishment. Muslims should be patient and seek forgiveness. Punishments in this world is nothing compared to those of Hell. Allah is Merciful, and so He punishes us for our sins in this world. Allah is Just  in that His punishment is never greater than the evil/bad things we do. Allah is so Kind that His rewards are always greater than our good deeds.

Whoever brings a good deed (Islamic Monotheism and deeds of obedience to Allah and His Messenger SAW) shall have ten times the like thereof to his credit, and whoever brings an evil deed (polytheism, disbelief, hypocrisy, and deeds of disobedience to Allah and His Messenger SAW) shall have only the recompense of the like thereof, and they will not be wronged [Qur’an 6:160]

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Written by S Ibrahim

Oct 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm

2011 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for https://islaamiccreed.wordpress.com blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

 

These are the posts that got the most views in 2011. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.

1 52. Seeing the Prophet Muhammad
2 51. Can Allah be seen? Does God have an image?
3 10. The conditions of La’ilaha illa-Allah
4 05. Proofs for Existence of God from Quran
5 50. Transcendence. Or, is God everywhere?

Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom & India were not far behind.

The top referring sites in 2011 were:

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Written by S Ibrahim

Jan 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm

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