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Using the Arabic term ‘Ishq to describe love for the Prophet

Loving the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is an innate feeling that exists in the heart of every Muslim. It is the condition for a believer’s complete sound faith. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “None of you truly believes until I am dearer to him than his father, his child and all mankind.” [Bukhari and Muslim] more ...

The Miracle of the Night Journey and Heavenly Ascension of Prophet Muhammad

Glory be to Him, who carried His servant by night from the Holy Mosque to the Further Mosque the precincts of which We have blessed, that We might show him some of Our signs. He is the All-hearing, the All-seeing [Quran 17:1]
Every year on 27th Rajab, Muslims around the world commemorate one of the most significant and unique events in Islami ... more ...

Writing an abbreviated form of salawat on the Prophet

Invoking Salawat on the Prophet is an Islamic obligation.
Invoking Salawat (i.e. peace and blessings) on the Prophet is principally a religious obligation. In his book Al-Istizkar, the hadith scholar Ibn Abd al-Bar said, "Scholars have unanimously agreed that invoking salawat on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is an obligation u ... more ...

The best of Creation

Ash-hadu anna la ilaha illa Allah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammad rasul Allah (I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah). This is the testimonial of faith, recited by nearly a quarter of the people on earth as a declaration of their faith. It is sounded every day in more ...

How did the Prophet achieve coexistence with other tribes outside Medina?

The Prophet’s policy in dealing with the polytheists fighting with the Quraysh after the Battle of the Trench
a- The treaty of Hudaibiyah: Sometime after the Battle of the Trench, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) along with his Companions left for Mecca, unarmed, with the intention of performing umrah [minor pilgrimage]. The ... more ...

How did the Prophet deal with cases of apostasy in Medinah?

Jabir Ibn Abdullah narrated that a Bedouin once pledged his allegiance to the Messenger of God (peace and blessings be upon him) and embraced Islam. The Bedouin caught a fever whereupon he told the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him): "Cancel my Pledge." But the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) refused. The Bedouin repeated his reque ... more ...

How did the Prophet deal with the Jews during his stay in Medinah?

Abu Huraira (may God be pleased with him) narrated that once a Muslim and a Jew quarreled and the Muslim said: "By He Who gave superiority to Muhammad over all the people!" The Jew said, "By He Who gave superiority to Moses over all the people!' Upon this, the Muslim lifted his hand to slap the Jew. The Jew went to the Messenger of God (peace and b ... more ...

What did the Covenant of Medina achieve in terms of religious coexistence?

To achieve justice among all people of Medina, the covenant was established on four main pillars:
1-Peaceful coexistence amongst all sectors of the society and the protection and security to all. The Covenant said: “This writing will not give protection to one who perpetrates an injustice or committed a crime,” and “Whoever goes out to fight ... more ...

When the Prophet migrated to Medina, how did he create religious coexistence?

This model shows Medina as a homeland shared by Muslims, Jews, polytheists, and hypocrites. In this model, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) dealt with the reality by drafting a constitution organizing the relations between all the different factions living in the city; it was a perfectly tailored political and social covenant that was ... more ...

How was the life of the Prophet’s Companions in Abyssinia?

The Muslims’ migration to Abyssinia set a great example of coexistence with non-Muslims. This model was a full realization of the concept of citizenship and delineated the social responsibility of each citizen. Muslims observed their responsibility as Abyssinian citizens and, in return, they enjoyed the protection of their full rights. more ...

Why did Muslims migrate to Abyssinia?

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) gave us a comprehensive paradigm for coexistence. The Muslims emigrants’ stay in Abyssinia provides one such good example. When some of the early Muslims were subjected to the coercion of the Quraysh to abandon their religion, they were forced to emigrate to Abyssinia. In so doing, they resorted to a me ... more ...

What are the principal works on the Prophet

Hundreds of books and treatises were composed on the noble Sirah [biography] of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), his characteristics, merits and virtues, most notable of which are: more ...

When did the books on the Sirah begin to emerge as a separate genre?

Many books were authored on the Sirah [the life of the Prophet] which emerged as a separate genre in the second half of the 2nd century AH.
The following is a list of early Muslim scholars who wrote about the Prophet’s life and expeditions: more ...

How did Prophet Muhammad receive revelation?

The following paragraphs are from the book The Quran: An Eternal Challenge by a very learned scholar, Muhammad Abdullah Draz.
We have all heard of the remarkable physical changes that were apparent on the Prophet’s face whenever he received a Quranic revelation from on high. Those who were present would see his face turn red and he would feel ... more ...

Should we imitate the way Prophet Muhammad dressed?

What we eat, drink and the clothes we wear were not known at the Prophet’s time. Does this mean that they are bid’ah? May I also mention that when Umar arranged that the taraweeh prayer be offered in congregation, he commented that it was a good bid’ah. Please comment.
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Should we direct our greetings to Prophet Muhammad directly during our visit to his holy grave?

Your offering two rak'ahs [cycles of prayer] as greetings to the Prophet's Mosque is commendable. The best place in the [Prophet's] mosque to offer prayers is, of course, the area between what used to be the Prophet's home and where he is buried, and the place where his pulpit used to be. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) described this ... more ...

Prophet Muhammad

That Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) had the highest standard of morals and the best manners is certainly true and evidenced by Quranic verses. However, it is also true that in the incident referred to in Surah 80, referring to the case of his blind Companion, the Prophet’s behavior was called into question. There is no contradic ... more ...

Are we allowed to make distinctions among prophets?

When you read the verses that require all believers not to draw distinction between God's messengers, you recognize that they refer to belief and not to the ranks of prophets whom God the Almighty chose as His messengers to mankind. Thus, the verse in the second Surah reads: "The Messenger believes in what has been revealed to him by his Lord, and ... more ...

A journey in the company of the Prophetic relics

By Hani Dawah
Deputy Advisor to the Grand Mufti of Egypt
At the gate of the chamber which contains the honorable prophetic relics in Imam Al-Hussain Mosque in Cairo, my heart beats accelerated pounding out of happiness as behind this door, the relics of the beloved chosen Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him] are found. In a short t ... more ...

Prophet Muhammad

The general policy in Islam is to guarantee full rights to non- Muslim populations and therefore people subscribing to other religions were granted full civic rights by the virtue of the Quran and through the application of Prophet Muhammad (peace be more ...

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