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31 August 2009

Debate: Is non-vegetarian food permitted or prohibited?

TOPIC: Is Non-vegetarian Food Permitted Or Prohibited For Human Being?

Dr. Zakir Naik v/s Rashmibhai Zaveri (Patkar Hall, Mumbai, India, 9th May 1999) The Almighty Creator has permitted consumption of meat of certain animals. However in recent times, Vegetarianism as a way of life is being strongly propagated worldwide by vegetarians. In this dialogue, Dr. Zakir Naik gives a very informative and fitting reply to the contentions of propagators of vegetarians.

The genesis of this dialogue is as follows: In the year 1999, in India, the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha (commonly known as Bakri Eid in India) fell on the same day as "Mahavir Jayanti", a Jain festival to commemorate the birthday of Mahavir, the founder of Jainism. Since the Jain community observes vegetarianism as a way of life, they appealed to Muslims all over India to NOT sacrifice animals on the day of Bakri Eid this year, out of respect for the sentiments of the Jain community. With this objective in mind, Mr. Dhanraj Salecha, who is an active member of the vegetarian movement in India, and who is also the President of the Rushabh Foundation in Mumbai, visited the office of the Islamic Research Foundation. He brought with him a lot of literature on vegetarianism and on the theme of mercy to all creatures as mentioned in various religious scriptures. He also stated, "according to the Qur'an killing animals for meat is prohibited". (Similar banners were also put on various streets of Mumbai).

Some discussions took place and he suggested that such a dialogue should be held in public so that the masses at large get to hear and know both the viewpoints and form their own judgement. Accordingly Rushabh Foundation proposed Mr. Rashmibhai Zaveri, who is the President of Indian Vegetarian Congress, Mumbai, to speak on their behalf, at a public dialogue with Dr. Zakir Naik, President of the Islamic Research Foundation, on the topic, "IS NON-VEGETARIAN FOOD PERMITTED OR PROHIBITED FOR A HUMAN BEING?" This debate was held on 9th May 1999 at 10.00 a.m. at Patkar Hall, Mumbai. Mr. Rashmibhai Zaveri was the first to speak. He spoke for 50 minutes. Dr. Zakir Naik in his presentation successfully refuted each and every point of Mr. Rashmibhai Zaveri. Moreover, Dr. Zakir Naik raised some important issues supporting the permissibility of consumption of non-vegetarian food. Mr. Rashmibhai Zaveri did not reply to any of the issues raised by Dr. Zakir Naik.

There was a huge turnout of audience members and there was great enthusiasm during the Question and Answer Session. Both the speakers were posed questions. Dr. Zakir Naik gave convincing replies. In order to have a good feel of this dialogue, to understand this issue better and to judge for yourself, we suggest that you view the tape of this debate, "IS NON-VEGETARIAN FOOD PERMITTED OR PROHIBITED FOR A HUMAN BEING?" released by the Islamic Research Foundation.

30 August 2009

PRINCIPLES OF SUCCESS- In the light of Seerah

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

It is a well-known fact that the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was the supremely successful man in the entire human history. But he was not just a hero, as Thomas Carlyle has called him. According to the Qur’an, he was a good example for all mankind. He has shown us the way of achieving supreme success in this world.

By studying the life of the Prophet we can derive those important principles which were followed by the Prophet. In short, the Prophet of Islam was a positive thinker in the full sense of the word. All his activities were result-oriented. He completely refrained from all such steps as may prove counter-productive.

First Principle: To begin from the possibleThis principle is well explained in a saying of Aishah. She said: "Whenever the Prophet had to choose between two options, he always opted for the easier choice." (Al-Bukhari)To choose the easiest option means to begin from the possible, and one who begins from the possible will surely reach his goal.

Second Principle: To see advantage in disadvantageIn the early days of Mecca, there were many problems and difficulties. At that time, a guiding verse in the Qur’an was revealed. It said: "With every hardship there is ease" (Quran 94:5).This means that if there are some problems, there are also opportunities at the same time. And the way to success is to ignore the problems and avail the opportunities.

Third Principle: To change the place of actionThis principle is derived from the Hijrah. Hijrah was not just a migration from Mecca to Medina. It was to find a more suitable place for Islamic work, as history proved later on.

Fourth Principle: To make a friend out of an enemyThe prophet of Islam was repeatedly subjected to practices of antagonism by the unbelievers. At that time the Qur’an enjoined upon him the return of good for evil. And then, as the Qur’an added, "You will see your direst enemy has become your closest friend" (Quran 41:34).

It means that a good deed in return of a bad deed has a conquering effect over your enemies. And the life of the Prophet is a historical proof of this principle.

Fifth Principle: To turn minus into plus After the Battle of Badr, about 70 of the unbelievers were taken as the prisoners of war. They were educated people. The Prophet announced that if any one of them would teach ten Muslim children how to read and write he would be freed. This was the first school in the history of Islam in which all of the students were Muslims, and all of the teachers were from the enemy rank. Here I shall quote a British orientalist who remarked about the Prophet of Islam: He faced adversity with the determination to wring success out of failure.

Sixth Principle: The power of peace is stronger than the power of violence. When Mecca was conquered, all of the Prophet’s direst opponents were brought before him. They were war criminals, in every sense of the word. But the Prophet did not order to kill them. He simply said: "Go, you are free." The result of this kind behavior was miraculous. They immediately accepted Islam.

Seventh Principle: Not to be a dichotomous thinkerIn the famous Ghazwa of Muta, Khalid bin Walid decided to withdraw Muslim forces from the battlefield because he discovered that the enemy was unproportionately outnumbered. When they reached Medina, some of the Muslims received them by the word "O Furrar" (O deserters!) The Prophet said "No. They are Kurrar" (men of advancement)."

Those Medinan people were thinking dichotomously, either fighting or retreating. The Prophet said no. There is also a third option, and that is to avoid war and find a time to strengthen yourself. Now history tells us that the Muslims, after three years of preparation, advanced again towards the Roman border and this time they won a resounding victory.

Eighth Principle: To bring the battle in one’s own favorable fieldThis principle is derived from the Ghazwa of Hudaibiyya. At that time, the unbelievers were determined to engage Muslims in fighting, because obviously they were in an advantageous position. But the Prophet, by accepting their conditions unilaterally, entered into a pact. It was a ten-year peace treaty. Until then, the meeting ground between Muslims and non-Muslims had been on the battlefield. Now the area of conflict became that of ideological debate. Within two years, Islam emerged as victorious because of the simple reason of its ideological superiority.

Ninth Principle: Gradualism instead of radicalismThis principle is well-established by a hadith of Al-Bukhari. Aishah says that the first verses of the Qur’an were related mostly to heaven and hell. And then after a long time when the people’s hearts had softened, the specific commands to desist from adultery and drinking were revealed in the Qur’an.This is a clear proof that for social changes, Islam advocates the evolutionary method, rather than the revolutionary method.

Tenth Principle: To be pragmatic in controversial mattersDuring the writing of Hudaibiyyah treaty, the Prophet dictated these words: "This is from Muhammad, the Messenger of God." The Qurayshi delegate raised objections over these words. The Prophet promptly changed the word and ordered to write simply Muhammad, son of Abdullah.

These were the principles through which the Prophet of Islam gained that success which has been recognized by historians as the supreme success.

In the end, I would like to repeat those ten principles of success:

1. To begin from the possible
2. To see advantage in disadvantage
3. To change the place of action
4. To make a friend out of an enemy
5. To turn minus into plus
6. The power of peace is stronger than the power of violence
7. Not to be a dichotomous thinker
8. To bring the battle in one’s own favorable field
9. Gradualism instead of radicalism
10. To be pragmatic in controversial matters

28 August 2009


Prophecy On The Coming of

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him)

in Other Scriptures

To many, it may be a great wonder and almost unbelievable if it is said that PROPHECIES - regarding the coming of prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) - appear in the Sacred books of OTHER

The Sacred books are supposed to have been revealed, or written, many centuries before the coming of prophet Muhammad (s.a.w). In order to understand how these prophecies appear in other religious Scripture, one must understand this:-

From the time of appearance of Man on earth - from the time of Adam - God has been appointing a most righteous man among a society as a prophet of that period, to guide mankind towards truth and ultimate goal of reaching Him, whenever mankind slips into moral disaster and aimless life.

All prophets - from the first to the last (and there were more than one hundred thousand of them (peace be upon all of them)) Preached the same message, namely:-

  • "There is no god except the only God - the Creator and Sustainer of the whole universe and its contents."
  • "Pray only Him, and no others."
  • "Believe and follow the messenger (of that period of time)."
  • "Do good; and avoid evil."
And all these prophets have prophecied the coming of last prophet - Muhammad (s.a.w.) -


The scriptures of Hinduism, known as Vedas, Shastras, Puranas, etc are all in Sanskrit Language. It is universally accepted that Sanmskrit had been one of the languages in the world. In this Sanskrit Language, there is a scripture known as "BHAVISHA PURANA". This is supposed to have been written by the Sage, Maha Rishi Viyasar.

In this Verse (Parvam:3 Part 3, chapter3; verse 5-8), the name "Muhammad" is mentioned directly as "Mhaamat" at the beginning of the second sentence. Also, in this, there is very clear prophecy regarding prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.).

The translation reads as follows:-

"A 'Milechar' (a foreigner) will appear as a teacher of a new religion, with the help of his friends. His name would be 'Mahaamat'. A king of this land will give great respect to his teaching; and praise him. Cleansing himself with Gangeswater and Panjagouyam,he would say, "I whole-heartedly follow you". He (Mahaamat) would be devoid of all sins. Coming from dry (desert) land, he would be very holy. He will fight against evil forces. He will gather warriors, for this purpose. He will give protection even to enemies."

"King of this land" giving great respect to Mahaamat's teachings - refers to a South Indian King by name of Cheramaan, who had trade contacts with Arabs and later became a Muslim at the time of prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.).

"Adarva Veda" is Sanskrit Scripture, that was written even before "Bhavisha Purana." It is not known how many hundreds of years before the birth of prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was Adarva Veda written. In this scripture, in Episode (Kandam) 20, Chapter (Sutra) 127 Verse (Mantra) 1, 2, 3 reads as follow (translation) :-

"Oh Mankind, listen with complete belief: A man, who will be of all praise, will be created amongst mankind. We shall provide him sanctuary against his sixty thousand and ninety enemies. He and his friends will come in twenty camels; the dust stirred by these camels will be so much as to cover the horizon. He will give gold. horses and cows as gifts."

  • "Man of praise" refers to prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). In fact the actual meaning of the Arabic word 'Muhammad' means "be praised."
  • It is not known exactly how many enemies prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) had at his time; but it is however established that there were thousands.
  • When he made his Hijrah (emigration) from Makkah to Madinah, he went on camels.
  • Whatever gold, horses and cattles that prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) received, he gave away as gift to the poor and needy.
From these it is very clear, the verses in Adarva Veda prohecies the coming of prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) In another chapter of 'Adarva Veda' - Chapter 1, Verse 10 - the translation reads as follows:-

"Allah is complete. (The word 'Allah' do appear in the original Sanskrit text). The whole universe belongs to Him. Mahamat (Here again, the word 'Mahamat' do appear in the original text) whoglorifies God's existence, is His Messenger. Oh, God! Oh, God! God, who activated the universe, is the Creator ans Sustainer of the earth. There is only One God, no one else. Behold the magnitude of The Formless God! God, who revealed this Adarva Veda containing "On Herim', created mankind, cattle and everything. Pray only The Formless One - God. Mahamat, who will destroy the evil with 'On Reem' prayer, is Allah's Messenger. There is no other god except the Omnipresent God"
(Allobanished 1:10)
In another of the four Vedas - in Rig Veda - it is said: "Mahamat, who is truthful, knowledgeable and powerful, will bless me. He is a Blessing for the whole world. He is glorified with ten thousand people."
(In Al-Quran, prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) is refered to as "Rahmatun - Lil -Alamain". Meaning "Blessing for the whole world" - same phrase as appears in the above quotation. Also, the mention of ten thousand people refers to the ten thousand sahabat (friends) of prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) who accompanied him when he marched into Makkah.

In Same Veda - one of four Vedas of Hinduism - too, this is prophecied as:

"A man called Mamma (Muhammad) will attain victory with ten thousand people.".
In the Bible too, in Deutronomy, this coming with ten thousand people is stated as below:-

"...................... he shone from Mount Paran he came with the ten thousands of holy ones .................."

(Deuts 33:2)


Pharsi Religion (the religion that was practised in Iran in pre-Islamic era) is one of the oldest religions on the world. Its Scriptures are known as "Dasatir" and "Jant Avasthe".
In the 'Dasatir' in its 14th Verse, Islamic principles appear with administ laws.

In these Verse, Prophecy about prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) are stated very clearly. It says (translation):

"When Persian morality declines to lowest, a man will appear from Arabia. Those following him will choke the Persian Crown, religion and everything. The authority and control of Persia will go to them.

The idols in their (Arabic) permanent temple (Kaaba) built by their ancestors will be removed. But, people will give immense honour to the empty temple. Das and Bulk (two big cities of thet time in Persia) will fall. The learned people and others of Persia, will join those who follow him (prophet Muhammad s.a.w.). This older Persian scripture is still found in present - day Iran.

Due to ignorance of the true concepts of the teachings of Budha, many Buddhists believe that in Buddhism there is no place for BELIEF IN GOD! But, many archaelogical findings prove to the contrary - Buddha has emphasised to believe in One God and he has prophesied the coming of prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). A famous scholar, Arthur Lily, says that the following was seen as an inscription on a stone - slab as the saying of Buddha:-

"Believe in God and do whatever righteous things He has commanded you to do; because He is the Only One, Who is fit to be prayed and showed your humbleness. I declare openly that there is no other way equal to this belief (of One God) to attain the Bliss of Heaven. So oh, my people, put in all your efforts, to attain this highest goal".
(Quotation from Book title "India in Primitive Christianity" - Page 85)


Budha could have been one of the many prophets; and he too had prophecied the coming of prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.).

'Thikanikaya' is one of the Budhist Scripture. In it, is stated that 'Maitriya' will finally come.

(The word "Maiteiya' - or 'Metteya' in Bali language and all corresponding words used in Burmese, Chinese Tibetian, or Japanese - carry the same meaning; namely same as "Rahmat" in Arabic, meaning "Blessed". And prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) has been proclaimed by God Himself in al-Quran as "Rahmath - Lil - Aalameen"- Blessing for the whole world).
It is stated in book "Arshagyanam" (Page 282), as Buddha having said,

"All must believe the 'Maitriya', the prophet to come."


The Holy Bible - in 'Song of Solomon' 5:16 reads as follows (in the original Hebrew Language).

"Hikko Manittadim Vikkulu Mahamadim Zahyudi Vezeur Raai Benute Yafus Halam".

"His speech is most sweet (His teaching are most sweet). He is Mahamad. He is my beloved; he is my friend. Oh, daughters of Jerusalam, I love him very much".

(In the Bible in other language).

In this song, in Hebrew language, the word Mahamad is mentioned very clearly. The last two letters-- im' which come with that word, are used as 'word of respect' in Hebrew language. The Jews do sing this hymn even today; but do it as some sort of rites; without really realising what they are reading. (In the Bible of other languages -- English etc, that phrase has been translated as "He is altogether lovely" -- the original word Mahamad being left aout and replaced with "altogether lovely" !! -- for reasons known only to the translators.

Also, in Deutronomy 18:18, it says as God saying to Moses:

"I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and I will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall comman".

Although Christians may say that this prophecy refers to Jesus Christ, if the verse is carefully analysed, it can be clearly understood that it refers to prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.).

a) Other than the fact that both Moses and Jesus were Jews and that both were prophet there are no other similarity
b) If it is to be said that Jesus befits this verse because of these facts, then it can be claimed that the prophets Solomon, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Malachi, John The Baptist etc., should also fit this verse; because all of them were Jews and prophets.
Where as, Moses ans prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) were alike because:-
  • Moses and prophet Muhammad (s.s.w.) both brought new covenants to the people of the time. Jesus did not bring any new covenant but he came to affirm and testify existing laws brought by Moses as he himself says in Matthews 5:17 - 18:-
  • "Think not that I am come to destroy the laws, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy. but to fulfil".
  • Moses and Muhammad both had father and mother. Jesus had mother, but not father.
  • Moses and Muhammad (s.a.w.) married and be got children. Jesus remained a bachelor.
  • Both Moses and Muhammad (s.a.w.) died natural death. Jesus according to Christianity, was violently killed on the cross.
  • Both Moses and Muhammad (s.a.w.) finally attained leadership and authority over their society. They were both unproclaimed kings of their people. Jesus did not attain this.
  • Also the verse says "FROM AMONG THEIR BRETHREN".
  • Ishmael (Ismail) and Isac (Ishak) are sons of the same father, prophet Abraham (Ibrahim a.s); and so they are brothers. Thereby, the children of one are 'BRETHREN' to the children of the other. The children of Isaac (Ishak) are Jews; and the children of Ishmael (ismail) - who are Arabic are their "BRETHREN". The bible affirm this:-

"And he (Ishmael) shall dwell in the presence of ALL HIS BRETHREN".
(Genesis 16:12)

"And he (Ishmael) died in the presence of ALL HIS BRETHREN".
(Genesis 16:12)

The children of Isaac (Ishak) are brothers of Ishmaelits (Arabs). Likewise Muhammad (s.a.w.) is from among the BRETHREN of the Israelis (Followers of Moses) because Muhammad (s.a.w.) was a descendent of Ishmael (Ismail), the son of Abraham - fulfilling the prphecy of the verse:
".... from among their brethren"
(Deut. 18:18)

Also, the verse goes on: ".....AND I WILL PUT MY WORDS INTO HIS MOUTH". Not even one Quranic verses are words of Muhammad (s.a.w.). They are words, which he heard through angel Gabriel (Jibrael) and repeated word for word. None of them are his. He merely repeated what "was put into his mouth".

AND, Jesus too confirms this, by saying:

"I have much more to say to you, more than you can bear. But when he, the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own. He will speak only what he hears and he will tell you what is yet to come"
(John 16:12, 13)

Thus, Moses, in Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament prophecy the coming of the last prophet - prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.).

26 August 2009

Islam & Democracy

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16 August 2009


By Dr. Shahid Athar M.D.

At the onset of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world start fasting from dawn to dusk daily for 30 days as ordained in Quran.

"O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you just as it was prescribed for those before you. Perhaps you would attain piety!" (Quran 2:183)

But why do we need to fast? It is our experience that temptations and ways of the world tend to spoil our purity and austerity. Thus we indulge in food all of the time, snacking and nibbling the whole day, heading to obesity. We drink too much coffee, or tea, or carbonated drinks. Some sexaholics cannot stay away from sex unless they do it at least once or more a day. When we argue, we leave our decency aside and resort to vulgar talk and even physical fighting.

Now when one is fasting, he or she cannot do all of that. When he looks at the mouth watering food, he cannot even taste it and he has to give up snacking and nibbling as well as smoking cigarettes if he does. No constant coffee, tea or Coke drinking either. Sexual passions have to be curtailed and when he is provoked to fight, he says " I am fasting that I cannot respond to your provocation". To achieve God consciousness or God nearness, a better word, we are advised to do additional prayer and read the Quran.

Medical benefits of Ramadan

Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits which are of a secondary nature. Fasting has been used by patients for weight management, to rest the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as of crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The calorie intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the nutritional requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.
Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, there effects will be long lasting. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.

The difference between Ramadan and total fasting is the timing of the food; during Ramadan, we basically miss lunch and take an early breakfast and do not eat until dusk. Abstinence from water for 8 to 10 hours is not necessarily bad for health and in fact, it causes concentration of all fluids within the body, producing slight dehydration. The body has its own water conservation mechanism; in fact, it has been shown that slight dehydration and water conservation, at least in plant life, improve their longevity.

The physiological effect of fasting includes lowering of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for the treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity, and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on "Health and Ramadan", held in Casablanca, entered 50 extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients' health or their baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from severe diseases, whether type I diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not be allowed to fast.

There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, "If one slanders you or aggresses against you, say I am fasting."

This psychological improvement could be related to better stabilization of blood glucose during fasting as hypoglycemia after eating, aggravates behavior changes. There is a beneficial effect of extra prayer at night. This not only helps with better utilization of food but also helps in energy output. There are 10 extra calories output for each unit of the prayer. Again, we do not do prayers for exercise, but a mild movement of the joints with extra calorie utilization is a better form of exercise. Similarly, recitation of the Quran not only produces a tranquility of heart and mind, but improves the memory.

One of the odd nights in the last 10 days of Ramadan is called the night of power when angels descend down, and take the prayer of worship to God for acceptance.
Fasting is a special act of worship which is only between humans and God since no one else knows for sure if this person is actually fasting. Thus God says in a hadith qudsi that "Fasting is for Me and I only will reward it". In another hadith, the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) has said "If one does not give up falsehoods in words and actions, God has no need of him giving up food and drink".

Of the health benefits of fasting Ramadan are:

  • Giving rest to the digestive system. Ramadan is the period of rest for the digestive system, which is responsible for the metabolism process of food. Consequently, the liver also takes rest as it is the main factory of food metabolism. To achieve this benefit, Moslems should adhere to the tradition (sunnah) of the Prophet by abstaining from having too much food after breakfast. The Prophet (PBUH) said;"The son-of-Adam never fills a bowl worse than his belly. Some bites are enough for man to prop his physique. Had he wished otherwise, then one third for his food, and one third for his drink, and one third for his breath." It is of benefit to the body that the break of fasting starts with some dates (as indicated in the Prophetic tradition). Dates are rich in Glucose and Fructose, which have a great caloric benefit specially for the brain, and are useful in raising the level of sugar gradually in blood, thus reducing the feeling of hunger and the need for large quantities of food.
  • Moderate loss of weight. During fasting, the consumption of sugars decreases, and so does the level of sugar in blood. This makes the body rely on providing the needed calories for metabolism by burning sugar stored in the body. Glycogen stored in the liver, and fats in tissues are decomposed and transferred into calories and energy needed by the body. This results in moderate shortage of body weight. Therefore, fasting is considered of great value for overweight persons and stable non-insulin diabetes.
  • Decrease of cholesterol level in blood. Several studies proved that cholesterol level in blood during fasting, as well as the rate of precipitating on the walls of arteries have decreased. This in turn reduces the chances of cardiac and cerebrovascular accidents, and prevents the raise of hypertension. Shortage of fats in blood helps reduce stones of gall and choledocus. The Prophet (PBUH) said; "Fast! You will be healthy."
  • Rest of renal system. Some studies revealed that abstaining from drinking water for about 10-12 hours is not necessarily bad; it is rather useful in many cases. Concentration of liquids in the body causes moderate dehydration that the body can tolerate, as there is a sufficient liquid reserve, and as long as man has no complaint of renal lithiasis, both kidneys get rest of the process of waste disposing. The prophetic tradition mandates that Suhur (a meal before the dawn) be delayed and Fotoor (the breakfast meal) be expedited, thus reducing the time period of dehydration as much as possible. Shortage of liquids leads in turn to moderate decrease of blood pressure that the normal man can tolerate and be of use to those complaining of hypertension.
  • Educational and psychological benefits. Fasting Ramadan is useful as it has a restraining power over the soul's whimsies, and an urge to abandon bad habits, specially when the smoker is obliged to abstain from smoking even if for a temporary period, on the hope such abandon will be permanent. This is also applied to drinking too much coffee and tea. The psychological benefits are numerous. The fasting person feels complacent, attains mental and psychological rest, refrains from all that disturbs the integrity of his fasting, and maintains the proper behaviour controls, that all reflect positively on the general community. The Prophet said; "Fasting is restraining. When anyone of you is fasting, he should refrain from obscene language or any acts of ignorance. And if anyone slanders him or quarrels with him, he should say; 'I am fasting, I am fasting.'" Several studies revealed that crime rate in Islamic countries decreases during Ramadan .

Harvest the Benefits of Ramadan

By Ali Al-Timimi

In the month of Ramadan it is very important that we spent a few moments to understand some of the wisdoms and lessons that we can learn from this month of fasting. Unfortunately, many Muslims come in to this month and they are as a companion of the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: "Let it not be that the day that you fast and the day that you break fast be equal." Meaning, one's behaviour, attitude and outlook are the same whether one fasts or not, i.e. fasting has no effect upon that person. This is why we need to reflect on some of these lessons.

LESSON 1: Gaining Taqwa (piety)

God legislated fasting for gaining Taqwa, "O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed upon you as it has been prescribed upon those before you, so that you may attain Taqwa." (meaning of Soraatul Baqarah (2):183) Taqwa in this case means to make a shield between oneself and God's anger and Hellfire. So we should ask ourselves, when we break our fasts, 'Has this fasting day made us fear God more? Has it resulted that we want to protect ourselves from the hellfire or not?

LESSON 2: Drawing closer to God

This is achieved by reciting and reflecting on the Quran during night and day, attending the taraaweeh prayers, remembering God, sitting in circles of knowledge and, for those who can, making `umrah. Also for those who can, making I`tikaaf (seclusion) in the last ten nights of Ramadan, so as to leave all worldly pursuits and seclude oneself in a masjid just thinking of God, so as to bring oneself closer to God . When one sins, one feels distant from God. That is why one might find it heard to read the Quran and come to the masjid. However, the obedient worshipper feels closer to God and wants to worship God more, because he is not shy from his sins.

LESSON 3:Acquiring patience and strong will

God has mentioned patience more than seventy times in the Quran and has commanded patience in more than sixteen ways in His Book. So when one fasts, and gives up one's food and drink, and one's marital sexual relations for those hours, one learns restraint and patience. This Ummah needs man and women that are strong willed, who can stand upon the Sunnah and the Book of God and not waver in front of the enemies of God. We do not need emotional people, who just raise slogans and shout, but when the time comes to stand upon something firm, they cannot do so, they waver.

LESSON 4: Striving for Ihsaan (righteousness and sincerity) and staying away from riyaa' (showing off)

Ihsaan means to worship God as if one seeks Him, and even though one does not see Him, He sees all. Hasan al-Basree said, "By God, in the last twenty years, I have not said a word or taken something with my hand or refrained to take something with my hand or stepped forth or stepped back, except that I have thought before I have done any action, 'Does God love this action? Is God pleased with this action?' So when one is fasting, one should gain this quality of watching oneself and also staying away from riyaa' (showing off). That is why God said in a hadeeth qudsee, "Fasting is for Me and I reward it." (al-Bukhaaree) God singles out fasting from all other types of worship saying, "Fasting is for Me", because no one knows whether you are fasting or not, except God. For example, when one is praying or giving charity or making tawaaf, one can be seen by the people, so one might do the action seeking the praise of the people. Sufyaan ath-Thawree used to spend the nights and the days crying and the people used to ask him, "Why do you cry, is it due to the fear of God? He said, 'No.' They said, "Is it due to the fear of the Hellfire?" He said, 'No. It is not the fear of Hellfire that makes me cry, what makes me cry is that I have been worshipping God all these years and doing scholarly teaching, and I am not certain that my intentions are purely for God.'"

LESSON 5: Refinement of manners, especially those related to truthfulness and discharging trusts.

The Prophet (may God send His blessing and peace upon him) said, "Whoever does not abandon falsehood in word and action, then God has no need that he should leave his food and drink." (al-Bukhaaree) What we learn from this, is that we must pay attention to the purification of our manners. The Prophet (may God send His blessing and peace upon him) said, "was sent to perfect good manners." (Maalik) So we must check ourselves, are we following the behaviour of the Prophet (may God send His blessing and peace upon him)? For example: Do we give salaam to those we don't know and those we do know? Do we follow the manners of Islam, by telling the truth and only telling the truth? Are we sincere? Are we merciful to the creation?

LESSON 6: Recognizing that one can change for the better

The Prophet (may God send His blessing and peace upon him) said, "Every son of Adam sins and the best of the sinners are those who repent." (Ibn Maajah) God provides many opportunities to repent to Him and seek His forgiveness. If one was disobedient they can become obedient.

LESSON 7: Being more charitable

Ibn `Abaas said, "The Prophet (may God send His blessing and peace upon him) was the most charitable amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when Jibreel used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month." (al-Bukhaaree) The Prophet (may God send His blessing and peace upon him) said, "He who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will receive the same reward as him, without nothing being reduced from the fasting person's reward." (at-Tirmidhee)

LESSON 8: Sensing the unity of the Muslims

The Prophet (may God send His blessing and peace upon him) said, ".Those of you who will live after me will see many differences. Then you must cling to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided khaleefahs. Hold fast to it and stick to it." (Aboo Daawood) In this month we sense that there is a possibility for unity, because we all fast together, we break-fast together, we all worship God together, and we pray Salaatul-`Eid together. Therefore we sense that the unity of possible. It is possible for Muslims to be a single body, but this will only be achieved when obedience is only to God and His Messenger.

LESSON 9: Learning discipline
The Prophet (ma God send His blessing and peace upon him) made us adhere to discipline and strictness, strictness that does not lead to fanaticism or going outside the bounds that God has laid down. One cannot knowingly break the fast before the sunset, as this will not be accepted by God. Muslims should learn to be very strict in their lives, because they are people of an important message, which they mold their lives around.

LESSON 10: Teaching the young to worship God

It was the practice of the people of Madina that during the fast of `Aashooraa (which is now a recommended fast of one day) to get their children to fast with them. When the children would cry of hunger and thirst, their parents would distract their attention by giving them some sort of toy to play with. The children would break their fast with their parents. (as mentioned in al-Bukhaaree). So the young should be brought to the Masjid and they should pray with their parents, so that they are able to get into the habit of becoming worshippers of God. If one does not encourage children to fast when they are young, they will find it very difficult to fast for thirty days at the age of puberty. This is why the Prophet (May God send His blessing and peace upon him) said, "Command your children to pray at the age of seven and beat them at the age of ten (if they do not pray." (Haakim)

LESSON 11: Caring for one's health

Fasting has many medical benefits and it teaches Muslims to take care of their health and too build strong bodies. The Prophet (May God send His blessing and peace upon him) said, "A strong believer is better and is more beloved to God than a weak believer, and there is good in everyone." (Muslim)

15 August 2009

Qur'an and the Bible in the light of science

About the Debate: Dr. Zakir Naik had a unique public debate with Dr. William Campbell on the topic "The Qur'an and the Bible in the light of Science" on April 1, 2000 in Chicago, United States of America.

Dr. William Campbell, a medical doctor and a Christian Missionary, is the author of the book "The Qu'ran and the Bible in the light of history and science" which is a reply to the famous book " The Bible, the Qu'ran and Science" by Dr. Maurice Bucaille. Dr. William Campbell in his book, which is also on the internet, had pointed out several "scientific errors" in the Qu'ran. His book and his contentions were unanswered for several years, and were used by Christian Missionaries to harass the Muslims.Alhamdulillah, the debate proved to be victorious event from the Islamic perspective. Dr. Zakir Naik gave logical and convincing replies to each and every of the alleged scientific error in the Qu'ran pointed out by Dr. William Campbell.

This historic event organised by the 'Islamic Circle of North America', U.S.A., had Dr. William Campbell conceding that he had difficulties in replying to many of the scientific errors in the Bible pointed out by Dr. Zakir Naik.

Video cassettes of this debate were released on September 3, 2000, at the Patkar Hall in Mumbai, where a recording of this unique and historic debate and its question and answer session was screened for the benefit of a packed and over flowing audience of more than a thousand people.

Those who witnessed this recording were extremely pleased with this event, Alhamdulillah. Several positive comments were received as feedback after the programme. One young Muslim stated, "After having seen this programme, for the first time in my life I felt proud of being a Muslim".

Note: Because the crushing defeat of Answering Islam's premiere writer and scholar, Dr. William Campbell, the Answering Islam team (Christian Missionaries) has systematically REFUSED to put the debate on their website nor to even make known that such a debate took place to its congregation!

The Topic of Debate: The Qur'an and the Bible in the light of Science.

(Note:Video quality is minimized for faster download)

Dr.William Campbell

Dr.Zakir Naik


Question & Answer Session

14 August 2009

Sincerity & Devotion in Ramadan

by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Jibaly

Recorded at Melbourne University

A brief introduction for Shaykh Muhammad Al-Jibaly :
  • - Acquired a sound knowledge of al-Albānīs fiqh and methodology through personal contact with the Shaykh and an extensive study, indexing, and teaching of his works
  • - Studied and maintained strong friendship with most of the late Nāsir ud-Dīn al-Albānīs prominent students from Syria, Jordan, and other countries (1983 to current)
  • - Authored many original books and articles in various areas of fiqh, `aqīdah, manhaj, da`wah, etc.
  • - Lectured at many conferences and seminars, in North America and around the world.
  • - Taught a large number of modern and classic treatises.
  • - Chaired al-Qurān was-Sunnah Society of North America (1991-1997)
  • - Headed Dar ul-Arqam elementary school in Arlington, Texas (1997-1999)
  • - Widely known in the West for his strong support of the Sunnah and the guidance of the Salaf
  • - Personally known by many of the `ulamā of Sunnah in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, and other countries.

He has also authored many books such as, The Quest for Love & Mercy, Life in al-Barzakh, The Dreamer's Handbook, Knowing Allah, and many more.

Questions & Answers session


Whatever plant or animal we examine, the final result of our search will always point to the reality of a flawless creation. All living things have countless undiscovered aspects, and each one of these is created for its own particular purpose. Every living thing contains the proof of its creation. It is the duty of every rational individual to reflect on God’s creation and to praise and glorify our Lord at all times.



Whatever you have in your life is meaningful through your senses—vision and others. Your family, your house, your office, your friends and everything else in your surroundings, you quickly identify thanks to your vision. Without eyes, you could never get a quick, complete sense of everything that’s happening around you. Without them, you could never imagine colors, forms, scenes, or human faces. But you do have eyes, and thanks to them, you can see your surroundings.


Technology, collective labor, military strategy, advanced communications network, an astute and rational hierarchy, discipline, urban planning… These are fields where human beings may not always be successful enough, but where the ants always are. In this film you will explore the amazing world of ants, a very complex socio-biological system which could not have been originated by chance mechanisms and stay clear as an example of the intelligent design in nature. At the same time, you can see the mistakes in the theory of evolution and witness Allah’s immaculate creation.


In this film, you will be looking at seeds and pollens, which are a miracle that most people are not even aware of. Flowers that guide insects… Insects that have been specially created for these flowers… Orchids that provide bees with perfume… Seeds that use parachutes, just like engineers... And seeds able to withstand journeys in water lasting thousands of kilometers.
You will see some of the interesting techniques that plants use to make other creatures carry their seeds for them. And you will see that these systems in plants are too perfect to have come into existence by chance.
It is Almighty God Who regulates all of this; it is He Who knows the creation and needs of plants and places other means at their service.
He calls to us on this subject:

God is He Who splits the seed and kernel. He brings forth the living from the dead, and produces the dead out of the living. That is God… (Surat al-An‘am, 95)



13 August 2009

Treat Your Wife Right

Great advice to avoid the many divorces that's taking place all over the world. If you adhere to his advice according to the Quran (Word of Allah)and Sunnah i.e. the ways of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), one can never go wrong in building up a sound relationship with one's wife. Also it's a great means of avoiding adultery which is one of the root causes of divorces today.