You may be an atheist or an agnostic or you may belong to any of the religious denominations that exist in the world today. You may have been a Communist or a believer in democracy and freedom.
No matter what you are, and no matter what your religious and political beliefs, personal and social habits happen to be - You Still Must Know This Man!
He was by far the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this earth. He preached a religion, founded a state, built a nation, laid down a moral code, initiated numberless social and political reforms, established a dynamic and powerful society to practice and represent his teachings, and he revolutionized the worlds of human thought and human action for all time.
A major part of the Prophet (saw)’s mission was to bring peace to the world.
One of the ways in which he strove towards this end was to attempt to convince people that all men and women, albeit inhabiting very different regions of the world, and different from one another in color, culture and language, et cetera, were in fact blood brothers and sisters.
His message was crucial, for a proper relationship of love and respect can be established only if that is how human beings regard one another. To inculcate such feelings, the Prophet would preach to his followers, "You are all Adam’s offspring and Adam was made of clay." And in his prayers to his Creator, he said, "O Lord, all Your servants are brothers."
The fact that consumption of pork is prohibited in Islam is well known. The following points explain various aspects of this prohibition:
Pork prohibited in Qur’an
The Qur’an prohibits the consumption of pork in no less than 4 different places. It is prohibited in 2:173, 5:3, 6:145 and 16:115.
"Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah." [Al-Qur’an 5:3]
The above verses of the Holy Qur’an are sufficient to satisfy a Muslim as to why pork is forbidden.
Pork prohibited in the Bible
The Christian is likely to be convinced by his religious scriptures. The Bible prohibits the consumption of pork, in the book of Leviticus
France faces difficult days ahead, but let’s not hand the extremists a victory they could not achieve for themselves
The attack on Charlie Hebdo compels us to be clear and to be consistent. We have to condemn what happened in Paris absolutely. I said the same after 7/7 and after 9/11. And after Jordan and Bali and Mali.
As a non-Muslim living in Western society, the idea of modesty was not exactly foremost in my mind. Like all other women of my generation and mind-set, I thought such ideas were antiquated and excessive. I felt pity for the poor Muslim woman who had to "wear all that junk," or "walk around in bed - sheets" as I used to call it.
A set of basic questions and answers on Hajj
1. What are the two major religious celebrations in Islam, and what important events do they correlate with?
Eid ul-Fitr correlates with Ramadan, Eid ul-Adha correlates with the Hajj
2.What is the Hajj, and how many Muslims participate every year?
Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Makkah and around two million Muslims participate every year.
3.Overall, what do the ceremonies of the Hajj symbolize?
Answer:They symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith, such as monotheism, and commemorate the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family.
"And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favour on you; for you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, you became brothers; and you were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah make His Signs clear to you: That you may be guided." (Qur'an, 3:103)
Q: What is Islam?
A: The word "Islam" means peace and submission. Peace means to be at peace with yourself and your surroundings and submission means submission to the will of God. Islam is not just a religion but also a complete way of life. It deals with each and every aspect of life.
Muslims believe in one God and in the Day of Judgment and individual accountability for actions. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets beginning with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Issac, Jacob Joseph, Job, Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus. God's message was reaffirmed and finalised by the Prophet Muhammad.
In the name of God Most Gracious Most Merciful
36:1 Ya Sin.
36:2 By the Qur'an full of Wisdom -
36:3 Thou art indeed one of the apostles
36:4 On a Straight Way.
36:5 It is a Revelation sent down by (Him) the Exalted in Might Most Merciful.
36:6 In order that thou mayest admonish a people whose fathers had received no admonition and who therefore remain heedless (of the Signs of God).
36:7 The Word is proved true against the greater part of them: for they do not believe.
36:8 We have put yokes round their necks right up to their chins so that their heads are forced up (and they cannot see).
36:9 And We have put a bar in front of them and a bar behind them and further We have covered them up; so that they cannot see.