|ADVICE FROM OUR PROPHET (SAAS) REGARDING FASTING, BROTHERHOOD AND PROPER MORAL VALUES DURING RAMADAN|
The Era of the Four Caliphs and the Golden Age - I
During the era of the Four Caliphs, which followed the death of Prophet Muhammad (saas), Islam spread far beyond the boundaries of the Arabian Peninsula. It was a time when Muslims won great victories and lived in comfortable ease-in all, a good foretaste of the Golden Age predicted by the Prophet (saas).
In this period, an Islamic state stretched from Tripoli in the west to Horosan in the east and the Caucasus in the north. After Islam emerged from the Arabian Peninsula, it was adopted by various peoples and nations in Asia and Africa. During this period, the new Islamic states were to found their political and legal foundations. The caliphs Abu Bakr (ra), Umar (ra), Uthman (ra) and Ali (ra) followed in the footsteps of our Prophet (saas), continuing to spread the just moral teachings of the Qur'an over an ever-increasing territory. For this reason, the era of the Four Caliphs is known as Khulafa' ar-Rashidin, or the era of the "Rightly Guided Caliphs." Since these four were elected to their position of caliphs, this same period is called the Republican Era.
What Will The Golden Age Be Like?
In order to understand how the era of the Four Caliphs resembled the Golden Age, it will be useful to look briefly at the predictions of our Prophet (saas) about it.
According to Islamic texts, the Golden Age will come shortly before the end of the world; it will be a time when the moral teachings of the Qur'an will dominate and people will practice the Islamic religion. Conditions will enable people to live in peace and contentment. Former hardships will vanish, and be replaced by the blessings of justice and plenty. During this period, all manner of immorality, injustice, falsehood and degeneracy that run contrary to religion will be eradicated. This happy time will be the blessed time of peace, contentment, justice, plenty and the dominance of Islamic morality that all believers have been expecting for centuries. (see Harun Yahya's book, The Golden Age). In the Qur'an, Almighty Allah reveals to His faithful servants that Islamic morality will dominate throughout the world:
Allah has promised those of you who believe and do right actions that He will make them successors in the land as He made those before them successors, and will firmly establish for them their religion with which He is pleased and give them, in place of their fear, security. They worship Me, not associating anything with Me. Any who disbelieve after that, such people are deviators. (Qur'an, 24:55)
The Golden Age will last for more than half a century and, in many ways, will resemble the Blessed Period of our Prophet (saas). We call this period the Golden Age because our Prophet (saas) described it as similar to Paradise. It will be marked by the abundance of every type of goods and harvest of crops, the establishment of security, justice, peace, and happiness; and the use of advanced technology for humanity's comfort, ease, joy, and peace. No one will feel in need, for all goods and services will be available to satisfy everyone's material needs.
Many hadiths say that "weapons will be silenced," and thus herald a world filled with peace. In the Golden Age, enemy nations will become as one harmonious family and re-establish peace, friendship, and love among their leaders and peoples.
Here are some hadiths in which the Prophet speaks about the Golden Age:
The Golden Age will be a blessed time when Allah's commands will be honored completely, when justice, self-sacrifice and generosity will flourish. No one will be oppressed by want, but every need will be supplied. Everyone will consider the comfort, well-being and prosperity of others. Through this sharing, everyone will be on the same level of prosperity. Hunger, misery and many other problems will resolve themselves.
In addition to the Golden Age's abundance, technological developments and artistic achievements, public life will be very pleasant. Those who have faith in Allah and practice their religion will be granted a life even more wonderful than they could have imagined. In the Qur'an, Allah promises good things to His servants who do good and obey the moral teachings of the Qur'an:
Allah calls to the Abode of Peace and guides whom He wills to a straight path. Those who do good will have the best and more! Neither dust nor debasement will darken their faces. They are the Companions of Paradise, remaining in it timelessly, forever. (Surah Yunus: 25-26)
Another aspect of the Golden Age revealed by the Hadith literature is that the original religion will no longer be misunderstood. In the Golden Age, all heretical misunderstandings that entered Islam after the time of our Prophet (saas) will be eliminated, and the original religion will be restored:
At that time will be removed all the distortions that hinder an individual's approaching Allah and living His religion; Islam will be cleansed of all later mythical accretions-false beliefs and methods of worship-and all that is not germane to religious morality.
We must take note of the zealous efforts on the part of sincere Muslims in returning of religious morality to its origins. During this period, the disagreements and divisions that have arisen in the Islamic world will be repaired. Muhyidin Ibn al-Arabi, one of the greatest scholars in the history of Islam, wrote the following words in his book entitled Futuhat al-Makkiya (The Revelations of Mecca):
Even this short summary is enough to let us imagine what the Golden Age will be like. Now, let us see how the Caliphs' personalities, activities and administrative genius created an environment that prefigures that of the Golden Age.
The Period of Abu Bakr (ra) (632-634)
Abu Bakr (ra) was a friend of our dear Prophet (saas) before he received his prophetic call. He was one of the first people to receive the message and to become a Muslim. Abu Bakr (ra) accepted Islam at a time before it was openly proclaimed and the Prophet was alone by himself. A close friend of our Prophet (saas) and a fine representative of Islamic morality, he was responsible for leading several individuals to the practice of Islam notably Uthman (ra), Talha ibn Ubaydullah (ra), Sa'd ibn Abi Vakkas (ra), Zubayr ibn Awwam (ra), Abd al-Rahman ibn Awf (ra) and Abu Ubayda ibn al-Jarrah (ra).
When Muhammad (saas) fell ill, he appointed Abu Bakr (ra) as imam, or leader. And when the Prophet (saas) died, Abu Bakr (ra) was chosen as caliph on the recommendation of Umar (ra) and his friends. Historical sources record a very significant speech given by Abu Bakr (ra) to the people after his becoming caliph:
With these words, Abu Bakr (ra) perfectly sums up the duties of the ideal leader. Even though his caliphate lasted only two years, it was very influential.
After the death of our Prophet Muhammad (saas), disagreements emerged among some factions of Islam, Abu Bakr (ra) called these Muslims together and re-established his political authority. He labored intensely to collect and preserve the texts of the Qur'an. He was instrumental in spreading the religion of Islam from the borders of the Arabian Peninsula into Syria, Palestine and Iraq. He opposed false prophets and movements not founded upon religious morality, thus ensuring that the Islamic religion and the moral teachings of the Qur'an remained the same as they were in the time of our Prophet (saas).
His good character, mercy, humility and meticulous practice of the Qur'an's moral teachings in his life brought him great respect among the companions of the Prophet (saas). These qualities earned him great love and adulation from the people. He disliked arrogance and took pleasure from helping the poor and those who had fallen upon hardship; he loved receiving guests and entertaining them. He secured the freedom of many Muslim slaves by paying their owners significant sums of money. As a wealthy merchant, he spent all his abundance to spread the moral teachings of Islam. For this reason, the Prophet (saas) said of him, "In the giving up of his wealth, Abu Bakr is most notable. What a good friend he is! We are joined by the love and brotherhood of Islam." (Sahih Bukhari, Tirmidhi Hadiths)
With the strength of his faith, his genius and excellent statesmanship, Abu Bakr (ra) preserved the unity of Islam and left a strong state for those who came after him.
|EXAMPLES TO LIVING FOSSILS:|
Age: 360 to 325 million years old
Size: Matrix 6.2 centimeters (2.4 in) by 6.2 centimeters (2.4 in)
Formation: Edwardsville Formation
Location: Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA
Today's starfish possess the same characteristics as starfish of millions of years ago. This fossil, revealing that starfish have remained the same for 360 - 325 million years, refutes the claims of evolutionists and show that living things were created with the same features they still have.
Age: 50 million years old
Size: 8.3 centimeters (3.25 in) by 3.2 centimeters (1.25 in)
Location: British Columbia
Formation: Cache Creek formation
The mooneye fish is a medium-size North American fish that normally lives in large lakes and rivers. Like other living creatures, this species of fish has survived for millions of years without any change in its physical structure. The fact that a 50-million-year-old mooneye fish is identical to its living descendents cannot be explained by evolutionists.
|THE NAMES OF ALLAH:|
Truly Allah, He is the Provider, the Possessor of Strength, the Sure. (Qur'an, 51: 58)
Allah is most gentle and compassionate towards His servants, and allows them to live on land that is full of blessings. To such an extent that soil produces shoots and greenery even when man does not work it. Out of that soil come yellow, green, red and orange fruits and vegetables. The bright blue seas are also full of thousands of delicious and different tasting fish. It is Allah, the Provider, who gives us these things.
Allah gives all these blessings to man in the life of this world. In paradise, far more beautiful blessings await the faithful. Allah draws attention to the superior nature of the blessings in paradise in the 17th verse of Sura 32, "No self knows the delight that is hidden away for it in recompense for what it used to do."
|THE EVOLUTION DECEIT:|
The Irreducible Complexity in Living Things Invalidates the Theory of Evolution
The intricate complexity of anatomical systems makes the stage-by-stage development espoused by evolutionists completely impossible. For example, it is impossible for organs such as the tear gland, retina or iris, some of the components of the eye, to have formed separately, in gradual stages. Eyesight can take place only after all the components of the eyeball are present and fully functioning. If even one is missing or deficient, eye will be useless. And, according to the theory of evolution, any functionless organ should be eliminated by way of "natural selection."
The Human Brain Is Organized in a Highly Complex and Superior Way
The brain consists of some 100 billion nerve cells, which communicate with one another by way of connection points known as synapses. There are 10,000 synapses in every neuron, so that any one neuron can communicate with 10,000 other neurons at the same time. The number of synapses in the human brain is estimated to be around 1 quadrillion-enabling 1,000,000,000,000,000 acts of communication. The transistors in computers, analogous to the brain's nerve cells, have only six connection points.
The fastest computer in the world can perform an average of 109 processes per second. The brain can manage 1015 (that is, 10,000,000,000,000,000 actions per second.) In addition, the computer has a memory capacity of 1011 bytes (a byte being the smallest unit of information capable of being recorded on a computer). Compare that to the brain's capacity of 1014. In other words, the human brain has a capacity equivalent to that of 1,000 computers.
It is absolutely impossible for chance to organize the brain cells in such a way as to give rise to such a dazzling communications network. This system is far more complex and wondrous than Internet technology, one of the greatest developments of the 20th century. Internet technology-indeed, even the simplest telephone switchboard system cannot form by chance. People are well aware that engineering, design, information, and intelligence are all essential for such technology. How, then, can they still manage to claim that the brain's far more extraordinary system came into being by "evolution"-by slow, incremental chance?
There is no doubt that this is the result of blind devotion to the theory of evolution. But approaching matters in an unprejudiced manner can clearly reveal the full glory inherent in humanity's creation.
|THE SIGNS LEADING TO FAITH :|
The Symmetry In Wings
When we look at the butterfly wings in the pictures, we see a perfect symmetry prevailing over them. These lace-like wings are so adorned with patterns, spots and colours that each of them is like a work of art.
When you look at the wings of these butterflies, you notice that the patterns and colours on both sides are fully identical, no matter how intricate they may seem. Even the smallest dot is present on both wings, thereby introducing a flawless order and symmetry. In addition, none of the colours on these thin wings mixes with the other, each being sharply set apart from the other. Actually, these colours are formed by the amassing of tiny scales clustered one on top of another. Isn't it a wonder how these small scales that are easily dispersed with your hand's slightest touch can be arranged in both wings without any mistake in their disposal so as to produce exactly the same pattern. Even the replacement of a single scale would destroy the symmetry in the wings and impair their aesthetics. However, you never see any muddle in the wings of any butterfly on the earth. They are as neat and elegant as if made by an artist. And they are indeed made by Allah.
He is Allah, the Creator, the Shaper out of naught, the Bestower of forms (or colours). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, declares His Praises and Glory: and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. (Surat al-Hashr, 24)
|BOOK OF THE DAY:|
Love is one of the greatest blessings God has bestowed on man. Everyone wishes to spend their lives with people they love, trust and feel close to. The majority of the blessings bestowed by God find their true value in environments where there is true love and friendship. For example, someone who takes pleasure from a beautiful view wishes to share that pleasure with someone they love. In the same way, even the most superb banquet or gorgeous, well appointed home may not seem all that attractive to someone who is alone.
That is because God has created human nature to take pleasure in loving and being loved, and to enjoy friendship and closeness. Being with people who abide by the moral values of the Qur'an and experiencing their love and friendship gives a believer more pleasure than a great many other blessings.
|SITE OF THE DAY:|
NIGHTMARE OF DISBELIEF. COM
In this site, you will find how the regulation of life by the "norms of morality" introduced by the Qur'an revealed to mankind by Allah will banish the "nightmare of disbelief," how pessimism, corruption and social restlessness can be eliminated from society, how the individual can surround himself with an ideal environment, what spiritual and material benefits he is likely to attain by adherence to these norms of morality, and finally, that the unique alternative to all these problems is the morality of the Qur'an.