Monthly Archives: March 2008

Khalid Yasin – What is the Purpose of Life?

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Masha’Allah, Sheikh Khalid Yasin delivers one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard in regards to the purpose of our lives and an introduction to Islam. Listen to it here.
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Napoleon from Outlawz

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The Outlawz was an American rap group from Essex County, New Jersey, founded by Tupac Shakur in late 1995 after his release from prison.

Brother Mutah Beal (Napoleon) was a member of the group, before he accepted Islam.

He also had acting experience in the movie ‘Thug Life’. Brother Mutah has disassociated himself from that lifestyle of music and now has accepted the deen of Allah. Watch this video and find out how he went from a rapper (gangster) lifestyle, sleeping with a gun under his bed, making rap videos, owning three houses, to now where he lives a simple lifestyle of Islam and how he would never go back to that lifestyle again

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Naked People…Making Buildings?!?!? (pictures below)

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We see them all the time, practically every single day. I even saw some walking to class this morning. Most people stop, look for a little, and are shocked at what they see. The scary thing is that most people wish it was a lot more common and could see even more. A lot of Muslims would say that this is more common in ultra liberal societies in the “West”, but I would argue that it is just as prevalent in the “Muslim world”.

You know exactly what I’m talking about….tall and fancy buildings, I mean really tall and fancy buildings being constructed all over the place. Normally when people see these structures they are really impressed, as am I when I initially see them. However, I get a sense of fear any time I see something like that. It reminds me that the Day of Judgment is very near and that we are unmindful of the reality we are living in. Recently I got an email from my cousin in which it had several pictures and descriptions of the AMAZING continuous growth in Dubai in a matter of a few years. The growing influence and global power that Dubai has been gaining is astonishing. It’s becoming a leader in the corporate world, medical research, and obviously tourism. I would have to say I am thoroughly impressed and definitely want to visit, and maybe even live in Dubai. At the same time, Allahualum, when I saw them I honestly thought that what we are currently seeing in Dubai was specifically foretold by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as a sign of the Day of Judgement.

It’s important to note that I feel that progress is important and that I am not against building out of necessity or even comfort. Although it is a sign of the Day of Judgment, it isn’t a prohibition.

Hadith of Jibril:

Also from ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, there is that he said, “While we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless with him and grant him peace, one day a man came up to us whose clothes were extremely white, whose hair was extremely black, upon whom traces of traveling could not be seen, and whom none of us knew, until he sat down close to the Prophet, may Allah bless with him and grant him peace, so that he rested his knees upon his knees and placed his two hands upon his thighs and said, ‘Muhammad, tell me about Islam.’ The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless with him and grant him peace, said, ‘Islam is that you witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and you establish the prayer, and you give the Zakat, and you fast Ramadan, and you perform the hajj of the House if you are able to take a way to it.’ He said, ‘You have told the truth,’ and we were amazed at him asking him and [then] telling him that he told the truth. He said, ‘Tell me about iman.’ He said, ‘That you affirm Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day, and that you affirm the Decree, the good of it and the bad of it.’ He said, ‘You have told the truth.’ He said, ‘Tell me about ihsan.’ He said, ‘That you worship Allah as if you see Him, for if you don’t see Him then truly He sees you.’ He said, ‘Tell me about the Hour.’ He said, ‘The one asked about it knows no more than the one asking.’ He said, ‘Then tell me about its tokens.’ He said, ‘That the female slave should give birth to her mistress, and you see poor, naked, barefoot shepherds of sheep and goats competing in making tall buildings.’ He went away, and I remained some time. Then he asked, ‘Umar, do you know who the questioner was?’ I said, ‘Allah and His Messenger know best.’ He said, ‘He was Jibril who came to you to teach you your deen’.” [Muslim]
***“poor, naked, barefoot shepherds” refers to Arabs, and in other narrations is mentioned that these “shepherds” will become the leaders of men***
More explanation of this sign of the Day of Judgement:
-‘Abdullah ibn ‘Ata narrated this hadith from ‘Abdullah ibn Buraydah and he said in it, “And that you see deaf, dumb, blind, barefoot shepherds of sheep competing with each other in building as if the kings of people.” He said, “So the man [Jibril] stood up and left, and we asked, ‘Messenger of Allah, who are these you describe?” He answered, “They are the Arabs.”
-In the hadith of Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, there is mention of three signs, of which there is that naked barefoot people will be the top people, and of which there is that the shepherds of sheep will compete in building.
-In “that you see poor, naked, barefoot…” what is meant by the poor (‘aalah) is needy people as in His words, exalted is He, “Did He not find you impoverished (‘aa’ilan) and enrich you?.” (Surat ad-Duha: 8).
-His words, “…shepherds of sheep and goats competing in raising tall buildings” are thus narrated in the hadith of ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him. What is meant is that the least of the people will become their leaders with a great deal of wealth, to such an extent that they will boastfully compete in a great deal of building, and in decorating and bringing it to perfection.
Click on the pictures below to see the massive competition and wealth that is going on in Dubai. What?!? You really thought there were pictures of naked people here?!? AstagfurAllah, get you mind out of the gutter 🙂

Dubai in 1990 prior to the craziness

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The same street in 2003

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Last Year

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The madness. Dubai is said to have 15%-25% of the world’s cranes

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The Dubai Waterfront. When completed it will become the largest waterfront development in the world.

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All of this was built in the last 5 years, including that island that looks like a palm tree.

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The Palm Islands in Dubai . New Dutch dredging technology was used to create these massive man made islands. They are the largest artificial islands in the world and can be seen from space. Three of these Palms will be made with the last one being the largest of them all.

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Upon completion, the resort will have 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, movie theaters, and many other facilities. It is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people. It is advertised as being visible from the moon.

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The World Islands. 300 artificially created islands in the shape of the world. Each island will have an estimated cost of $25-30 million.

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The Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai. The worlds tallest hotel. Considered the only ‘7 star’ hotel and the most luxurious hotel in the world. It stands on an artificial island in the sea.

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Hydropolis, the world’s first underwater hotel. Entirely built in Germany and then assembled in Dubai, it is scheduled to be completed by 2009 after many delays.

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The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2008. At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it will easily be world’s tallest building when finished. It will be almost 40% taller than the the current tallest building, the Yaipei 101.

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This is what downtown Dubai will look like around 2008-2009. More than 140 stories of the Burj Dubai have already been completed. It is already the worlds tallest man made structure and it is still not scheduled to be completed for at least another year.

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The Al Burj. This will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Waterfront. Once completed it will take over the title of the tallest structure in the world from the Burj Dubai.

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Recently it was announced that the final height of this tower will be 1200 meters. That would make it more than 30% taller than the Burj Dubai and three times as tall as the Empire State Building.

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The Burj al Alam, or The World Tower . Upon completion it will rank as the world’s highest hotel. It is expected to be finished by 2009. At 480 meters it will only be 28 meters shorter than theTaipei 101. The Trump International Hotel & Tower, which will be the centerpiece of one of the palm islands, The Palm Jumeirah.

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Dubailand. Currently, the largest amusement park collection in the world is Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando , which is also the largest single-site employer in the United states with 58,000 employees. Dubailand will be twice the size.

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Dubailand will be built on 3 billion square feet (107 miles^2) at an estimated $20 billion price tag. The site will include a purported 45 mega projects and 200 hundred other smaller projects.

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Currently, the Walt Disney World Resort is the #1 tourist destination in the world. Once fully completed, Dubailand will easily take over that title since it is expected to attract 200,000 visitors daily.

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Dubai Sports City. A huge collection of sports arenas located in Dubailand.

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The Dubai Marina is an entirely man made development that will contain over 200 highrise buildings when finished. It will be home to some of the tallest residential structures in the world. The completed first phase of the project is shown.
Most of the other high rise buildings will be finished by 2009-2010. The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping mall in the world with over 9 million square feet of shopping and around 1000 stores. It will be completed in 2008.

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Ski Dubai , which is already open, is the largest indoor skiing facility in the world. This is a rendered image of another future indoor skiing facility that is being planned.

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Some of the tallest buildings in the world, such as Ocean Heights and The Princess Tower , which will be the largest residential building in the world at over a 100 stories, will line the DubaiMarina. The UAE Spaceport would be the first spaceport in the world if construction ever gets under way. The Dubai Metro system, once completed, will become the largest fully automated rail system in the world. The Dubai World Central International Airport will become the largest airport in size when it is completed. It will also eventually become the busiest airport in the world, based on passenger volume. There are more construction workers in Dubai than there are actual citizens.

 

In addition, I vividly recall when I performed Hajj the sights of some of the amazing buildings that have been built, and are currently under construction, around the Kaba. Before the Hajj actually began I was sitting close to the Kaba waiting for the Jummah Khutbah to begin and looked up at two massive buildings towering over the Haram Sherif. I told my close friend sitting next to me, who was also the Imam and leader of our Hajj group, to look at the buildings. He said it seems very impressive to many people, but is nothing more than a sign that the Day of Judgment is very close.

Five Towers to Overshadow Kabaa

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Perished Nations 4: Qawmi Fir’own (Prophet Musa – alayhis salam)

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Signs Before the Day of Judgement

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The Minor Signs:

  • The disappearance of knowledge and the appearance of ignorance (Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Majah, & Ahmad)
  • Books/writing will be widespread and (religious) knowledge will be low (Ahmad)
  • Adultery and fornication will be prevalent (The Prophet, peace be upon him, said that this has never happened without new diseases befalling the people, which their ancestors had not known.) (Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Majah, & Al-Haythami)
  • When fornication becomes widespread among your leaders (The Prophet, peace be upon him, said that this will happen when the people stop forbidding evil) (Ibn Majah)
  • Adultery and fornication will be performed in the open
  • The consumption of intoxicants will be widespread (Bukhari & Muslim)
  • Women will outnumber men……eventually 50:1 (Bukhari, Muslim, & Ahmad)
  • Killing, killing, killing (Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Majah, & Ahmad)
  • The nations of the earth will gather against the Muslims like hungry people going to sit down to a table full of food. This will occur when the Muslims are large in number, but “like the foam of the sea”.
  • People will beat others with whips like the tails of oxen (Muslim) ?The Slave Trade
  • The children will be filled with rage (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
  • Children will be foul (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
  • Women will conspire (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
  • Rain will be acidic or burning (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
  • Children of fornication will become widespread or prevalent (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
  • When a trust becomes a means of making a profit (at-Tirmidhi, Al-Haythami)
  • Gains will be shared out only among the rich, with no benefit to the poor (at-Tirmidhi)
  • Paying zakat becomes a burden and miserliness becomes widespread; charity is given reluctantly (at-Tirmidhi & Al-Haythami)
  • Miserliness will be thrown into the hearts of people (Bukhari)
  • Episodes of sudden death will become widespread (Ahmad)
  • There will be people who will be brethren in public but enemies in secret (He was asked how that would come about and replied, “Because they will have ulterior motives in their mutual dealings and at the same time will fear one another.”) (at-Tirmidhi)
  • When a man obeys his wife and disobeys his mother; and treats his friend kindly while shunning his father (at-Tirmidhi)
  • When voices are raised in the mosques (at-Tirmidhi)
  • People will walk in the marketplace with their thighs exposed
  • Great distances will be traversed in short spans of time
  • The people of Iraq will recieve no food and no money due to oppression by the Romans (Europeans) (Muslim)
  • People will hop between the clouds and the earth
  • A tribulation will enter everyone�s home (Ahmad)
  • The leader of a people will be the worst of them (at-Tirmidhi)
  • Leaders of people will be oppressors (Al-Haythami)
  • People will treat a man with respect out of fear for some evil he might do (at-Tirmidhi)
  • Men will begin to wear silk (at-Tirmidhi)
  • Female singers and musical instruments will become popular (at-Tirmidhi)
  • When singers become common (Al-Haythami)
  • People will dance late into the night
  • When the last ones of the Ummah begin to curse the first ones (at-Tirmidhi)
  • People will claim to follow the Qur’an but will reject hadith & sunnah (Abu Dawood)
  • People will believe in the stars (Al-Haythami)
  • People will reject al-Qadr (the Divine Decree of Destiny) (Al-Haythami)
  • Time will pass rapidly (Bukhari, Muslim, & Ahmad)
  • Good deeds will decrease (Bukhari)
  • Smog will appear over cities because of the evil that they are doing
  • People will be carrying on with their trade, but their will only be a few trustworthy persons
  • Wealth will increase so much so that if a man were given 10,000, he would not be content with it (Ahmad & Bukhari)
  • A man will pass by a grave and wish that he was in their place (Bukhari)
  • Earthquakes will increase (Bukhari & Muslim)
  • There will be attempts to make the deserts green
  • The appearance of false messengers (30 dajjals) (Bukhari)
  • Women will be naked in spite of being dressed, these women will be led astray & will lead others astray (Muslim)
  • The conquest of Constantinople by the Muslims (Ahmad)
  • The conquest of India by the Muslims, just prior to the return of Jesus, son of Mary (peace be upon both of them)(Ahmad, an-Nisa’i, at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
  • When people begin to compete with others in the construction of taller buildings (Bukhari)
  • There will be a special greeting for the people of distinction (Ahmad)
  • The Euphrates will disclose a treasure (The Prophet, peace be upon him, said that whoever is present should not take anything from it) (Bukhari & Muslim)
  • Two large groups, adhering to the same religious teaching will fight each other with large numbers of casualties (Bukhari & Muslim)
  • Wild animals will be able to talk to humans (Ahmad)
  • A man will leave his home and his thigh or hip will tell him what is happening back at his home (Ahmad)
  • Years of deceit in which the truthful person will not be believed and the liar will be believed (Ahmad)
  • Bearing false witness will become widespread (Al-Haythami & Ahmad)
  • When men lie with men and women lie with women (Al-Haythami)
  • Trade will become so widespread that a woman will be forced to help her husband in business (Ahmad)
  • A woman will enter the workforce out of love for this world (Ahmad)
  • Arrogance will increase in the earth (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
  • Family ties will be cut (Ahmad)
  • There will be many women of child-bearing age who will no longer give birth.
  • There will be an abundance of food, much of which has no blessing in it.
  • People will refuse when offerred food.
  • Men will begin to look like women and women will begin to look like men
  • The Major Signs:

    Although they appear here in no particular order, it is important to point out that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that these last, major signs will follow each other like pearls falling off of a necklace…

  • Masih ad-Dajjal (The AntiChrist)
  • The Mahdi
  • The appearance of Masih al-Isa (Jesus Christ), the son of Mary (peace be upon him)
  • Yajuj and Majuj (Gog and Magog)
  • The destruction of the Kabah and the recovery of its treasure
  • Emergence of the Beast
  • The smoke
  • Three major landslides (one in the East, one in the West, and one on the Arabian peninsula)
  • The wind will take the souls of the believers
  • The rising of the sun from the west
  • The fire will drive the people to their final gathering place
  • Three blasts of the trumpet (fear & terror, death, resurrection)
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    The Prophet Muhammad: a mercy for all creation

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    “Indeed, in this [Quran] is notification for a worshipping people. And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” [Quran: 21:106-107]

    Allaah’s Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was the kindest of men in the same way as he excelled all others in courage and valour. Being extremely kind-hearted, his eyes brimmed with tears at the slightest sign of inhumanity. A Companion, Shaddaad bin ‘Aws  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported the Apostle as saying: “Allaah has commanded you to show kindness to everyone, so if you have to kill, kill in a good manner, and if you slaughter an animal, slaughter it gently. If anyone of you has to slay an animal, he should sharpen the blade first and treat the animal well.” Ibn ‘Abbaas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him relates that a man threw a goat on its side and then started sharpening his knife. When the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) saw him he said: “Do you want to kill it twice? Why did you not sharpen the knife before throwing it on the ground?”

    A Mercy for the Believers

    The Messenger’s compassion towards the believers was of the utmost degree. The Quran describes his compassion in the following verse, which means: “There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you [i.e., your guidance] and to the believers is kind and merciful.” [Quran: 9:128]

    Sa‘d bin ‘Ubaadah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him once became ill, so Allaah’s Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) visited him in his house. On seeing his faithful Companion in a pitiful state, he was moved to tears. Then, he said: “Allaah does not punish because of tears, nor because of grief, but he punishes because of this.”- and he pointed to his tongue. [Al-Bukhaari]

    A Mercy Towards his Enemies

    The prisoners of war taken captive at the battle of Badr were amongst his bitterest enemies. Nevertheless, he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) made sure that they were given the best of treatment. Among them was Suhayl bin ‘Amr who was a fiery speaker and was denouncing the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ).  ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him one the Prophet’s closest companions, suggested that two of his lower teeth be pulled out so that he might not be so vile in his speeches. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) replied: “Were I to do this, Allaah would disfigure me on the Day of Judgement, despite the fact that I am His messenger.”

    In Makkah, his people inflicted him with every kind of suffering, eventually forcing him to emigrate to Madeenah, and then waged war on him for five years. However, when he conquered Makkah without bloodshed in the twenty-first year of his Prophethood, he asked the Makkan unbelievers who were awaiting his decision about them: “How do you expect me to treat you?” They responded unanimously: “You are a noble one, the son of a noble one.” He announced to them his decision:

    “You may go free! No reproach this day shall be on you; may God forgive you.”

    A Mercy for Women

    Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was also very kind and affectionate towards women. Women were very badly treated in those times. The Noble Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) gave them honour and dignity at par with men in the community. ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported: “We did not have much regard for women while we were at Makkah, but they were better treated in Madeenah. Allaah’s Messenger established women’s rights through his sayings and commandments, which improved their position and status.”

    A Mercy for Children

    Allaah’s Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was particularly compassionate towards children. When he saw a child crying, he sat beside him or her and shared his or her feelings. He felt the pain of a mother for her child more than the mother herself. Once he said: “I stand in prayer and wish to prolong it. However, I hear the cry of a child and cut the prayer short for the anxiety which the mother is feeling.” [Al-Bukhaari]

    He would take children in his arms and embrace them. He was once hugging his beloved grandsons, Hasan and Husayn, when Aqrah bin Haabis told him, ‘I have got ten children. So far, I have not kissed any of them.’ Allaah’s Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) responded: “The one with no pity for others is not pitied.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

    According to another version, he said: “What can I do for you if Allaah has removed from you the feeling of compassion?” [At-Tirmithi]

    A Mercy for Slaves

    The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) strongly enjoined the duty of kind and generous treatment upon slaves, servants and labourers engaged in manual work. Jaabir  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him related the Apostle of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) as saying: “Feed them with the food which you eat, clothe them with such clothing as you wear, and do not cause trouble to Allaah’s creatures.” The Apostle  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is further stated to have said: “Those whom Allaah has made your dependents are your brothers, servants and helpmates. Anybody whose brother has been made subservient to him ought to feed him with the food he eats and clothe him with the clothes he wears; command him not to do that which he is unable to do and if it becomes necessary to do so then he should help him in doing the job.”

    A Mercy for Animals

    His compassion encompassed not only human beings, but also animals.

    The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) forbade his companions to keep the unintelligent creatures hungry or thirsty, to disturb or to overburden them. He commended that kindness and putting them at ease were meritorious acts tending to bring man nearer to Allaah. Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reports the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) as saying: “A traveller who was thirsty saw a well in the way. He got inside the well and when he came out he saw a dog licking mud due to thirst. The man realised that the dog was as thirsty as him, so he got into the well again, filled his leather sock with water and carried it out holding it with his teeth. Thus, he quenched the thirst of the dog. Allaah was pleased with this act of kindness and pardoned his sins.” The Companions asked: “O Messenger of Allaah, is there recompense in the matter of beasts and wild animals also?” The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) replied: “There is recompense in regard to every creature that has a living heart.”

    ‘Abdullaah bin ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him related that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “A woman was cast away to hell only because she had withheld food and water from her cat and refused to set it free so that the cat might satisfy its hunger by eating worms and insects.”

    Once on return from a military campaign, a few Companions took away the chicks of a bird from their nest to stroke them. The mother bird came back and when it could not find its chicks in the nest, it began to fly around screeching. When informed of the matter, Allaah’s Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) became angry and ordered the chicks to be put back in the nest. [Abu Daawood]

    Conclusion

    The love and compassion of Allaah’s Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) for all kinds of creatures was not of the kind claimed by today’s ‘humanists’. He was sincere and balanced in his love and compassion. He was more compassionate than any other person. He was a Prophet raised by Allaah, the Creator and Sustainer of all beings, for the guidance and happiness of conscious beings – mankind and jinn – and the harmony of existence. Therefore, he lived not for himself but for others; he is a mercy for all the worlds.

     

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