Friday, July 30, 2010

Church to Celebrate Burning Quran

While Muslims in the States are still busy trying to change stereotypes about Islam, another radical group comes up to public with an anti-Islam campaign.

Obama does have a lot of 'internal terrorism' to fight, he's just looking at the wrong people.

p.s: Guardian wrote about it too: Church will burn Qur'an on 9/11

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Was America founded as a Judeo-Christian Nation? TheDeenshow

Dr. Gerlard Dirks, Bible scholar who finished his masters from Harvard's Divinity School and spent 30 years as a Methodist preacher - before converting to Islam -, proves it wasn't.




I liked the talking images of the forefathers in the video.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Crystal Clear Proof that Mohammad was mentioned in the Bible

The Video is from Discovery Channel

[video has been removed due to unacceptably loud background music You can search for the video by yourself but I won't be posting it here until I find an edited version with no music background]

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Why Veiled Women Cannot Participate in Society...

The only limitations on women who wear Niqab are set by their society, not by the piece of fabric on their face. Veiled women are very capable of studying (yes, even in language classes!), working, socializing, travelling, voting, driving, expressing their opinions, etc. In fact, the concern about Niqabis voting is laughable. If I am going to vote, or register at a university, or write an exam, or travel (to name a few examples), I am expecting that I will need to show my face to someone, in order to be identified. It is preferable that there be female employees present in all cases, so that I only have to show my face to a woman, but in a worst case scenario, I will show my face to a man in order to be identified. I do not need (or expect) to vote without my identity being checked!

There is an interesting side note about Muslim society in which most people think women are forbidden from working: since it is preferable to most women that their doctors, pharmacists, hair dressers, tailors, teachers, and customs agents (and the list goes on) are women too, well that seems like a pretty good way to ensure employment opportunities to women now doesn’t it? 

The veil is certainly not about hiding my identity. It is only about hiding my beauty, which I don’t think my boss, co-worker, governmental representative, traffic policeman - or even the guy who sells me my groceries - needs to see. People who deal with me on a regular basis can still recognize me, by my voice, my eyes, my posture, gestures and clothing etc. We are not all anonymous blobs of black, but we will only be that if you blur your own vision to see us that way. For those men who feel offended that I choose not to show you my face, sorry but tough luck. There are enough scantily clad women in the streets of Toronto in summer that one less woman to look at should not faze you too much. And if it’s actually because you want to “communicate with me properly”, please just give it a try and you will see that the only person limited by my veil is you, and all the other ethnocentric, closed minded people. If you actually listen to what I have to say, you will hear me speaking. Please stop telling me that I’m oppressed... you shouldn’t have to forcibly undress women in order to “liberate” them from their own choice in clothing, whether it’s their blouse, head scarf or face veil. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Life before and After Accepting Islam

I just read this article on readingislam.com and I very much liked it, it is called "Living With a Void: Life Before and After Accepting Islam". Read it here.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Islam is Not About Minarets


It is without doubt that the voting to ban minarets in Switzerland is a provocative action. One could think that The far-right, anti-immigrants, anti-Muslim Swiss People’s Party (SVP) either aimed to anger Muslims worldwide in order to use the angry reaction to strengthen their vision of violent Islam, or... actually I can't think of a reasonable alternative. Either way, the voting has shocked many people and made others critical of Switzerland’s neutralism.

To many Muslims, minarets are a sign of peace; signalling – as they call to prayers or merely by looking at them on their way to the mosque – that they can practice their religion openly without feeling threatened. To me, minarets are an architectural symbol of religion that were borrowed from the Christian church after Muslims conquered Christian lands in Syria and north Africa in 2nd Century after Hijra – around 9th century AD.

These ‘imported’ architectural symbols of Islam (the minaret, the domes, and even the crescent) as well as many other foreign rituals (celebrating prophet Muhammad’s birthday, building shrines over tombs, honour-killing and many others) are a worry to me and anyone who is concerned in purifying Islam, in terms of understanding and practice, from all new things that were added to it, whether by culture or from other religions.

Islam strongly emphasizes its ‘universality’; that it is a religion that connects people through beliefs and practices regardless of sex, race, ethnicities or culture. Although it does teach to respect different traditions of people, it does not discourage nor embrace any of them; not even the traditions of Arabia.

The reason why these things are a worry to me is because many people, including Muslims and non-Muslims, mix these imported symbols and rituals with the original teachings of the Quran and the prophet – may peace and blessings be upon him and his family; the teachings which he described in a hadeeth ‘Verily, I have been sent to (teach) the most perfect of morals.’ Some of these imported rituals are nonsensical or harmful, and therefore people are led to believe that it Islam that promoted such unacceptable behaviour.

There are about 160 mosques in Switzerland; only four of which have minarets. If the minaret voting becomes a law, new mosques will be built without minarets, and hopefully without domes and crescents too, just like how the mosques were built by the prophet and his companions, in the times when the purity and greatness of this religion prevailed.

Islam did not become the fastest growing religion on earth because of minarets, domes and crescent symbols, but with its truth, clarity and simplicity that touched even the hardest hearts, convinced even the most sophisticated minds and moved the souls to their original pure instinct of answering the call of their Creator.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

تسجيل جديد لسورة البقرة

سورة البقرة ( بقراءة حدر )

قراءة حدر: قراءة سريعة للقرآن، يكثر فيها وصل الآيات المستكملة للمعنى، ولا تمد فيها المدود المنفصلة،



ثلاثة ملفات كل ملف حوالي 15 دقيقة فقط!


الجزء الأول

http://www.alquraa.com/abdallatef/ab1/1429/b1.mp3


http://www.alquraa.com/abdallatef/ab1/1429/b2.mp3


الجزء الثالث

http://www.alquraa.com/abdallatef/ab1/1429/b3.mp3


نقلا من موقع

http://sa3ed.wordpress.com


يرجى المساهمة في نشر الروابط

ودعوة كافة المسلمين إلى قراءة سورة البقرة والإستماع إليها في بيوتهم على الدوام

لأن الشيطان يفر من البيت الذي تقرأ فيه سورة البقرة.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

كلمات لو خطت بماء الذهب ما وفتها من الجمال والروعة

بنيَّ:



إياك أن تتكلم في الأشياء وفي الناس..

إلا بعد أن تتأكد من صحة المصدر


وإذا جاءك أحد بنبأ فتبين ..

قبل أن تتهوَر

وإياك والشائعة..
لا تصدق كل ما يقال.. ولا نصف ماتبصِر...

وإذا ابتلاك الله بعدو..قاومه بالإحسان إليه
ادفع بالتي هي أحسن ...
أقسم بالله.... أن العداوة ستنقلب حباً...

تصوَّر!


إذا أردت أن تكتشف صديقاً.. سافرمعه
ففي السفر ..ينكشف الإنسان.. يذوب المظهَر

..وينكشف المخبر
ولماذا سمي السفر سفراً

.. إلا لأنه عن الأخلاق والطبائع يسفِر؟


وإذا هاجمك الناس وأنت على حق
أو قذعوك بالنقد...فافرح
إنهم يقولون لك: أنت ناجح ومؤثِر
فالكلب الميت...لا يُركل.. ولا يُرمى

إلا الشجر المثمِر


بنيَّ :


عندما تنتقد أحداً
فبعين النحل تعَود أن تبصِر..

ولا تنظر للناس بعين ذباب فلا تَقعُ إلا على ما هو مستقذر

وقد أحكي لك قصة المعزة والذئب

حتى لا تأمن من يمكُر.. وحينما يثق بك أحد

فإياك إياك أن تغــدُر !

سأعلِّمك أنّ الاسد لم يصبح ملكاً للغابة لانه يزأر
ولكن لأنه عزيز النفس

لايقع على فريسةغيره إن كان جائعاً يتضوَّر..

فلا تسرق جهد غيرك فتتجوَّر



سأذهب بك لـلــحربــاء
حتى تشاهد بنفسك حيلتها.. فهي تلون جلدها بلون المحيط

وإعلم أن في البشر مثلها نسخ تتكرر..

وأن هناك منافقين
وهناك أناس بكل لباس تتدثر

وبدعوى الخير والنصيحة والدين تتستر


تعوَّد، أي بنيَّ ...

أن تشكُر
اشكر الله.. فيكفي أنك مسلم
ويكفيك أنك تمشي وتسمع وتبصِر


أشكر الله وأشكر الناس.. فالله يزيد الشاكرين شكرا
والناس تحب الذي إذا ما بذلت له معروفا وجهدا قدَّر

يابنــيًَّ
إنّ أعظم فضيلة في الحياة الصدق
وأن الكذب، وإن نجّى، أهلك

والصدق أخلق بمن كان مثلك يا بندر

بُــنيَّ


إستفـد من كل الفرص

لان الفرص التي تأتي الان قد لا تتكرر
لا تــشــكي ولا تـتـــذمـــر
أريدك متفائلاً... مقبلاً على الحياة..

اهرب من الــيـائــسـين والـمـتــشائــمين
وإياك أن تجلس مع رجل يتطيّر

لا تشمت ولا تفرح بمصيبةغيرك
وإياك أن تسخر من شكل أحد

.. فالمرء لم يخلُق نفسه
فأنت في الحقيقة الأمر تسخر
من صُنعِ الذي خلق وأبدع وصوَّر


لا تفضح عيوب الناس.. فيفضحك الله في دارك...

فالله الستّير... يحب من يستُر

لا تظلم أحداً
وإذا دعتك قدرتك على ظلم الناس
فتذكر أن الله هو الأقدر


وإذا شعرت بالقسوة يوماً..

فامسح على رأس يتيم
ولسوف تدهش... كيف للمسح..

أن يمسح القسوة من القلب...

فيكاد أن يتفطَّر


لا تجـــادل ...
في الجدل... كلا الطرفين يخسر..

فإذا انهزمنا فقد خسرنا كبرياءنا

وإذا فزنا
فلقد خسرنا الشخص الآخر...
لقد انهزمنا كلنا
الذي انتصر... والذي ظن أنه لم ينصر

لا تكن أحادي الرأي

لكن إياك أن تذوب في رأي الآخرين

وإذا علمت أن رأيك مع الحق..فاثبت عليه ولا تتأثر


تستطيع يابني أن تغير قناعات الناس..

وأن تستحوذ على قلوب الناس وهي لا تشعر
ليس بالسحر ولا بالشعوذة

فبابتسامتك... وعذوبة لفظك..

تستطيع بهما أن تسحر


ابتسم
فسبحان من جعل الابتسامة في ديننا عبادة

وعليها نؤجر

ألم تر أن في الصين
إن لم تبتسم لن يسمحوا لك أن تفتح متجر ؟

!!

إن لم تجد من يبتسم لك...

ابتسم لهم أنت أكثر


فإذا كان ثغرك بالبسمة لا يفتر...

تتفتح لك القلوب لتعبر

وحينما يقع في قلب الناس نحوك شك..

دافع عن نفسك.. وضِّح.. و بَرِِّر..
لا تكن فضولياً... تدس أنفك في كل أمر..

تقف مع من وقف إذا الجمهور تجمهر


بني...

ترفع عن هذا... فإنه يسوءني هذاالمنظر
لا تحزن يابني على ما في الحياة
فما خُلقنا فيها إلا لنُمتَحن...

ونُبتلى... حتى يرانا الله... هل للقياه نصبر؟


هون عليك... ولا تتكدر.. وتأكد أن الفرج قريب
فإذا اشتد سواد السحب... فعما قليل ستمطر


لا تبكِ على الماضي...

فيكفيك انتقاما منه أنه مضى...

فمن العبث أن نُمسك نشارة الخشب.. وننشر


أنظر للغد... استعد... وشمِّر

.. كن عزيزاً ...وبنفسك افخر..


فكما ترى نفسك سيراك الآخرون..
فإياك لنفسك يوماً أن تحقر

.. فأنت تكبُر حينما تريد أن تكبُر...
وأنت فقط من يقرر أن يصغر
وإذا أردت إصلاح الكون برمته
سأقول لك... لا ... أرجوك
لا نريد أن نفقد الشر


تخيل أن الكون من غير غشاشين.. ومن غير كذابين
كيف سيعيش الشرفاء... ومن أين سنقتات؟؟
وكيف سنكون نحن.... الاميز والاشهر...


قررت أن أربيك وأنتفي صغرك...
لتكون أعظم شخصية...
ستكتشف

أن الانسان لو كبر .. لن ينفع معه إلا معجزة

مالم هو بنــفسه يتغير


Sunday, July 6, 2008

Translators Needed

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،

أنا بحاجة ماسّة لإخوة وأخوات مترجمين ممكن يستطيعون المساعدة في ترجمة كتب وكتيبات إسلامية مهمة من اللغة العربية إلى اللغات الإنكليزية/الفرنسية/الإسبانية/الألمانية وغيرها... وهذا هو جزء من مشروع يهدف إلى إصلاح صورة الإسلام في الغرب

أضافة إلى ذلك، أحتاج إلى مدققين لغويين في اللغات المذكورة آنفا ممن لديهم الإجادة المطلقة لتلك اللغة، كمية العمل كبيرة جدا وهناك أجر عظيم ينتظر كل واحد منكم بإذن الله.

العمل يتضمن ترجمة لأحاديث النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، ومقتطفات من أقوال بعض سلف الأمة رضوان الله عليهم، إضافة إلى شروحات وتفاسير بعض المواضيع الإسلامية في العبادات والأخلاق والقضايا الإجتماعية الهامة.

شاركونا ولو بترجمة صفحة واحدة!!

لو كنت ترغب بالمساهمة لكنك لا تمتلك مقومات الترجمة لأي لغة، يمكنك المساهمة من خلال نشر هذه الدعوة بين أصدقائك وفي مدرستك وجامعتك ومسجدك ومكان عملك، أو من خلال نسخ هذا الإعلان إلى مدونتك مع الإشارة لكل من يرغب بالمساهمة بالإتصال بي عن طريق مدونتاي
http://me-vs-myself.blogspot.com/
http://introduce-islam.blogspot.com/

جعله الله هذا الخير في ميزان حسناتكم وجزاكم عن الإسلام خيرا

ماجد



asSalamu Alaikum!

I'm looking for Muslim translators - brothers and sisters, who can help me translate several important Islamic books and documents from Arabic to English/French/Spanish/German, as part of a campaign to clear misunderstandings about Islam in the west.

I also need Muslim brothers and sisters who can proofread English/French/Spanish/German, there's a lot of work needed and a lot of reward is awaiting inshaAllah.

Translation and Proofreading include Hadeeth (sayings of the prophet Mohammad - peace and
blessings be upon him -), quotations from the early Muslim generations, and explanation on several Islamic issues, with focus on issues related to Islamic ethics, worships and views on social matters.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

If you want to help but don't have the skills to translate or proofread, you probably know at least someone who does, so please pass this call to your friends, neighbors, in your school, university, mosque, work... copy/paste this to your blog... ask everyone interested to contact me through my blog me-vs-myself.blogspot.com or introduce-islam.blogspot.com.

Jazakom Allah Khayran!

Majed

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Why do Muslims think that Islam is true?

Question:
There are many religions. Why do Muslims think that Islam is true.
Is there any factual basis?


Answer:

Praise be to Allah.

This is a reasonable enough question for one who has not entered Islam, but one who believes in and practices this religion already knows the blessings which are his because of this religion. There are many reasons for this, which include the following:

(1) The Muslim worships One God, Who has no partner, and Who has the most beautiful names and the highest attributes. Thus the Muslim’s focus and aim is concentrated, focused on His Lord and Creator; he puts his trust in Him and asks Him for help, patience and support; he believes that Allaah is able to do all things, and has no need of a wife or son. Allaah created the heavens and earth; He is the One Who gives life and death; He is the Creator and Sustainer from Whom the slave seeks provision. He is the All-Hearing Who responds to the supplication of His slave, and from Whom the slave hopes for a response. He is the All-Merciful and All-Forgiving, to Whom the slave turns in repentance when he has committed a sin or fallen short in his worship of Allaah. He is the Omniscient and All-Seeing, who knows all intentions and what is hidden in people’s hearts. The slave feels ashamed to commit a sin by doing wrong to himself or to others, because his Lord is watching over him and sees all that he does. He knows that Allaah is All-Wise, the Seer of the Unseen, so he trusts that what Allaah decrees for him is good; he knows that Allaah will never be unjust to him, and that everything that Allaah decrees for him is good, even if he does not understand the wisdom behind it.

(2) The effects of Islaamic worship on the soul of the Muslim include the following:
Prayer keeps the slave in contact with his Lord; if he enters it in a spirit of humiliation and concentration, he will feel tranquil and secure, because he is seeking a "powerful support," which is Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted. For this reason, the Prophet of Islaam, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say: "Let us find relaxation and joy in prayer." If something distressed him, he would hasten to pray. Everyone who finds himself faced with disaster and tries prayer finds strength, patience and consolation, because he is reciting the words of his Lord, which cannot be compared to the effect of the words of a created being. If the words of some psychologists can offer a little comfort, what do you think of the words of the One Who created the psychologist?

Now let us look at zakaat, which is one of the pillars of Islaam. Zakaat purifies the soul from stinginess and miserliness, and accustoms people to being generous and helping the poor and needy. It will bring a great reward on the Day of Resurrection, just like other forms of worship. It is not burdensome, like man-made taxes; it is only 25 in every thousand, which the sincere Muslim pays willingly and does not try to evade or wait until someone chases him for it.

Fasting involves refraining from food and sex. It is a form of worship, and a way in which one can feel the hunger of those who are deprived. It is also a reminder of the blessings of the Creator, and it brings rewards beyond measure.

Hajj is the Pilgrimage to the sacred House of Allaah, which was built by Ibraaheem (Abraham, upon whom be peace). By performing Hajj one is obeying the command of Allaah and the call to come and meet Muslims from all over the world.

(3) Islaam commands all kinds of good and forbids all kinds of evil. It encourages good manners and proper treatment of others. It enjoins good characteristics such as truthfulness, patience, deliberation, kindness, humility, modesty, keeping promises, dignity, mercy, justice, courage, patience, friendliness, contentment, chastity, good treatment, tolerance, trustworthiness, gratitude for favours, and self-control in times of anger. Islaam commands the Muslim to fulfil his duty towards his parents and to uphold family ties, to help the needy, to treat neighbours well, to protect and safeguard the wealth of the orphan, to be gentle with the young and show respect to the old, to be kind to servants and animals, to remove harmful things from the road, to speak kind words, to forgive at the time when one has the opportunity to take revenge, to be sincere towards one’s fellow-Muslims, to meet the needs of the Muslims, to give the debtor time to repay his debt, to prefer others over oneself, to console others, to greet people with a smiling face, to visit the sick, to support the one who is oppressed, to give gifts to friends, to honour his guest, to treat his wife kindly and spend on her and her children, to spread the greeting of peace (salaam) and to seek permission before entering another person’s house, lest one see something private that the other person does not want one to see.

Some non-Muslims may do these things out of politeness or good manners, but they are not seeking reward from Allaah or salvation of the Day of Judgement.

If we look at what Islam has prohibited, we will find that it is in the interests of both the individual and society as a whole. All these prohibitions serve to safeguard the relationship between the slave and his Lord, and the relationship of the individual with himself and with his fellow-man. The following examples demonstrate this:

Islam forbids the association of anything in worship with Allaah and the worship of anything other than Allaah, because this spells doom and misery. Islaam also forbids visiting or believing soothsayers and fortune-tellers; magic or witchcraft that may cause a rift between two people or bring them together; belief in the influence of the stars on events and people’s lives; cursing time, because Allaah is directing its affairs; and superstition, because this is pessimism.

Islam forbids cancelling out good deeds by showing off, boasting or reminding others of one’s favours; bowing or prostrating to anything other than Allaah; sitting with hypocrites or immoral people for the purposes of enjoying their company or keeping them company; and invoking the curse or wrath of Allaah on one another or damning one another to Hell.

Islaam forbids urinating into stagnant water; defecating on the side of the road or in places where people seek shade or where they draw water; from facing the qiblah (direction of prayer) or turning one’s back towards it when passing water or stools; holding one’s penis in one’s right hand when passing water; giving the greeting of salaam (peace) to one who is answering the call of nature; and putting one’s hand into any vessel before washing it, when one has just woken up.

Islaam forbids the offering of any nafl (supererogatory) prayers when the sun is rising, when it is at its zenith, and when it is setting, because it rises and sets between the horns of Shaytaan (Satan); praying when there is food prepared that a person desires; praying when one urgently needs to pass water, stools or wind, because that will distract a person from concentrating properly on his prayer.

Islam forbids the Muslim to raise his voice in prayer, lest it disturb other believers; to continue offering supererogatory prayers at night when one feels drowsy - such a person should sleep then get up; to stay up all night in prayer, especially one night after another; and to stop praying when there is doubt as to the validity of one’s wudoo’ - unless one hears a sound or smells an odour.

Islaam forbids buying, selling and making "lost and found" announcements in the mosque - because it is the place of worship and remembrance of Allaah, where worldly affairs have no place.

Islam forbids haste in walking when the iqaamah (call immediately preceding congregational prayer) is given, and prescribes walking in a calm and dignified manner. It is also forbidden to boast about the cost of building a mosque; to decorate a mosque with red or yellow paint or adornments which will distract the worshippers; to fast day after day without a break; and for a woman to observe a supererogatory fast when her husband is present without his permission.

Islaam forbids building over graves, making them high, sitting on them, walking between them wearing shoes, putting lights over them or writing on them. It is forbidden to disinter the dead or to take graves as places of worship. Islam forbids wailing, tearing one’s clothes or leaving one’s hair unkempt when a person dies. Eulogizing the dead in the manner of the times of Ignorance (Jaahiliyyah) is also forbidden, although there is nothing wrong with informing others that a person has died.

Islaam forbids the consumption of riba (interest); all kinds of selling which involve ignorance (of the product), misleading and cheating; selling blood, wine, pork, idols and everything that Allaah has forbidden - their price, whether bought or sold - is haraam; najash, which is offering a price for something one has no intention of buying, as happens in many auctions; concealing a product’s faults at the time of selling; selling something which one does not own or before it comes into one’s possession; undercutting, outbidding or out bargaining another; selling produce before it is clear that it is in good condition and free of blemish; cheating in weights and measures; and hoarding. A partner who has shares in a plot of land or a date palm tree is forbidden to sell his share without consulting his partners. It is forbidden to consume the wealth of orphans unjustly; to bet or gamble; to take anything by force; to accept or offer bribes; to steal people’s wealth or to consume it unjustly; to take something for the purpose of destroying it; to undermine the value of people’s possessions; to keep lost property which one has found, or to keep quiet about it and not announce it, for it belongs to the one who recognizes it; to cheat in any way; to ask for a loan with no intention of repaying it; to take anything of the wealth of a fellow-Muslim, unless it is given freely, because what is taken because of another person’s shyness is haraam; and to accept a gift because of intercession.

Celibacy and castration are forbidden, as is marrying two sisters, or a woman and her aunt (paternal or maternal), whether he marries the aunt after marrying her niece or vice versa, for fear of breaking the ties of kinship. It is forbidden to make deals in marriage, such as saying "Let me marry your daughter and I will give you my daughter or sister in marriage." Such reciprocal deals are a form of oppression and injustice, and haraam. Islaam forbids mut’ah (temporary marriage), which is a marriage contract for a period of time agreed by the two parties, at the end of which the marriage expires. Islaam forbids intercourse with a menstruating woman, until she has purified herself (by taking a bath after her period ends), and also forbids anal intercourse. A man is forbidden to propose marriage to a woman when another man has already proposed to her, unless the other man withdraws his proposal or gives him permission. It is forbidden to marry a previously-married woman without consulting her, or a virgin without seeking her permission. It is forbidden to wish (a newly married couple) "Bi’l-rafaa’ wa’l-baneen (a joyful life and many sons)," because this is the greeting of the people of Jaahiliyyah, who hated daughters. The divorced woman is forbidden to conceal what Allaah has created in her womb (if she is pregnant). A husband and wife are forbidden to speak (to others) about the intimacies of married life. It is forbidden to turn a woman against her husband or to take divorce lightly. It is forbidden for a woman to ask for another’s divorce, such as asking a man to divorce a woman so that she can marry him. A wife is forbidden to spend her husband’s money without his permission, or to keep away from his bed without good reason, because the angels will curse her if she does that. A man is forbidden to marry his father’s wife, or to have intercourse with a woman who is pregnant from another man. It is forbidden for a man to practise ‘azl (coitus interruptus) with his free wife without her permission. It is forbidden for a man to return home from a journey late at night and startle his family, unless he has previously notified them when he will arrive home. A man is forbidden to take anything of his wife’s mahr (dowry) without her consent, or to keep annoying his wife so that she will give up her wealth.

Islaam forbids women to make a wanton display of themselves (tabarruj). It also forbids extreme forms of female circumcision. Women are forbidden to admit anyone into their husband’s home without his permission; his general permission is acceptable so long as they stay within the limits of sharee’ah. It is forbidden to separate a mother and child (in case of divorce); to let one’s womenfolk behave foolishly (in an immoral fashion) and not say anything; to let one’s gaze wander everywhere; and to follow an accidental glance with an intentional glance.

Islaam forbids the eating of dead meat, regardless of whether it died by drowning, strangulation, shock or falling from a high place; eating blood, pork and anything slaughtered in a name other than that of Allaah or for idols; eating the flesh or drinking the milk of beasts that feed on filth and waste matter; eating the flesh of every carnivorous beast that has fangs and every bird that has talons; eating the meat of domesticated donkeys; killing animals by keeping them and throwing stones at them until they die, or detaining them without food until they die; slaughtering with teeth or nails; slaughtering one animal (for food) in front of another; or sharpening the knife in front of the animal to be slaughtered.

In the area of clothing and adornment, men are forbidden the extravagance of wearing gold. Muslim are forbidden to be naked or to expose their thighs; to leave their clothes long (below the ankles) and trail them on the ground for the purpose of showing off; and to wear clothes that will attract attention.

It is forbidden to bear false witness; to make false accusations against a chaste believing woman; to accuse someone who is innocent; to utter lies; to slander and backbite; to call people by offensive nicknames; to spread gossip and malicious slander; to make fun of the Muslims; to boast about one’s status; to shed doubts on a person’s lineage; to utter slander, insults and obscenities; to speak in an indecent or rude manner; or to utter evil in public, except by one who has been wronged.

Islaam forbids telling lies; one of the worst kinds of lie is to lie about dreams, like fabricating dreams and visions in order to prove one’s virtue, or make some material gains, or to frighten an enemy.

Muslims are forbidden to praise themselves, or to talk in a secret way: two may not converse secretly to the exclusion of a third, because this is offensive. It is forbidden to curse a believer or someone who does not deserve to be cursed.

Islaam forbids speaking ill of the dead; praying for death; wishing for death because of some suffering that one is passing through; praying against one’s self, one’s children, one’s servants or one’s wealth.

Muslims are told not to eat the food that is directly in front of others or to eat from the centre of the dish or platter; rather they should eat from what is directly in front of them or thereabouts, because the barakah (blessing) comes in the middle of the food. It is forbidden to drink from a broken edge of a vessel, because this could cause harm; or to drink from the mouth of a vessel; or to breathe into it. It is forbidden to eat while lying on one’s stomach; to sit at a table where wine is being drunk; to leave a fire burning in one’s house when one sleeps; to sleep with Ghamr in one’s hand, like an offensive smell or the remainder of food (grease); to sleep on one’s stomach; or to talk about or try to interpret bad dreams, because these are tricks of the Shaytaan.

It is forbidden to kill another person except in cases where it is right to do so; to kill one’s children for fear of poverty; to commit suicide; to commit fornication, adultery or sodomy (homosexuality); to drink wine, or even to prepare it, carry it from one place to another, or sell it. Muslims are forbidden to please people by angering Allaah; to offend their parents or even to say "Uff" (the slightest word of contempt) to them; to claim that a child belongs to anyone but his real father; to torture by means of fire; to burn anyone, alive or dead, with fire; to mutilate the bodies of the slain; to help anyone commit falsehood; or to cooperate in wrongdoing and sin.

It is forbidden to obey any person by disobeying Allaah; to swear falsely; to swear a disastrous oath; to eavesdrop on people without their permission; to invade people’s privacy or look at their private parts; to claim something that does not belong to one or that one did not do, for the purpose of showing off; to look into someone’s else’s house without permission; to be extravagant; to swear an oath to do something wrong; to spy on others or be suspicious about righteous men and women; to envy, hate or shun one another; to persist in falsehood; to be arrogant or feel superior; to be filled with self-admiration; to be pleased with one’s arrogance. Islam forbids taking back one’s charity, even if one pays to get it back; employing someone to do a job without paying him his wages; being unfair in giving gifts to one’s children; bequeathing everything in one’s will and leaving one’s heirs poor - in such a case the will should not be executed; writing a will that concerns more than one third of one’s legacy; being a bad neighbour; or changing a will to the detriment of one or some of one’s heirs. A Muslim is forbidden to forsake or shun his brother for more than three days, except for a reason sanctioned by sharee’ah; to hold small stones between two fingers and throw them because this could cause injury to eyes or teeth; to include his heirs in a will, because Allaah has already given heirs their rights of inheritance; to disturb his neighbour; to point a weapon at his Muslim brother; to hand someone an unsheathed sword, lest it harm him; to come (walk) between two people except with their permission; to return a gift, unless there is some shar’i objection to it; to be extravagant; to give money to foolish people; to wish to be like someone to whom Allaah has given more of something; to cancel out his charity by giving offensive reminders of his giving; to wilfully conceal testimony; or to oppress orphans or scold one who asks for help or money. It is forbidden to treat with evil medicines, because Allaah would not create a cure for this ummah which includes something that He has forbidden. It is forbidden to kill women and children in warfare; to boast to one another; or to break promises.

Islaam forbids betraying a trust; asking for charity that one does not need; alarming a Muslim brother or taking away his possessions, whether jokingly or seriously; changing one’s mind after giving a gift, except in the case of a gift from a father to his child; practising medicine without experience; or killing ants, bees and hoopoe birds. A man is forbidden to look at the ‘awrah (private parts) of another man, and a woman is forbidden to look at the ‘awrah of another woman. It is forbidden to sit between two people without their permission; or to greet only those whom one knows, because the greeting is to be given to those whom you know and those whom you do not know. A Muslim is forbidden to let an oath come between him and good deeds; he should do what is good and make expiation for the oath. It is forbidden to judge between two disputing parties when one is angry, or to judge in favour of one party without hearing what the other has to say. It is forbidden for a man to walk through the market-place carrying something - like a sharp weapon - that could harm the Muslims, unless it is properly covered. A Muslim is forbidden to make another person get up, so that he can take his place.

There are more commands and prohibitions which came for the benefit and happiness of individuals and mankind as a whole. Have you ever seen any other religion that can compare to this religion?

Read this response again, then ask yourself: is it not a great pity that I am not one of them? Allaah says in the Qur’aan (interpretation of the meaning): "And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers." [Aal ‘Imraan 3:85]

Finally, I hope that everyone who reads this will be guided to the correct way and to follow the truth. May Allaah protect you and us from all evil.

[answered this question, sheikh Mohammed Salih al-Monajjid, from Islam Q&A]