Glad Tidings to the Strangers

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) said:
“Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange. So glad tidings (Tooba) for the Strangers.” (Sahih Muslim)

The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) has given the glad tidings of a tree in Paradise for those who have to live as Strangers because the people are deviating from the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah. The characteristic of this tree in Paradise as the Prophet (Peace be upon Him) explained when He said:
“Tooba is a tree in Paradise, one hundred years big. The clothes of the people of Paradise are made from its calycs (outer casing of its flowers).” (Sahih Ibn Hibban)

This glad tiding of the tree of Tooba for the Strangers should make us all wish, strive and aspire to be from among the strangers in this time in which Islam has truly become strange again.

May Allah make us from the Strangers in this world and the inheritors of Tooba in the Hereafter.

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) said:
“Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange. So glad tidings (Tooba) for the Strangers.” (Sahih Muslim)

The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) has given the glad tidings of a tree in Paradise for those who have to live as Strangers because the people are deviating from the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah. The characteristic of this tree in Paradise as the Prophet (Peace be upon Him) explained when He said:
“Tooba is a tree in Paradise, one hundred years big. The clothes of the people of Paradise are made from its calycs (outer casing of its flowers).” (Sahih Ibn Hibban)

This glad tiding of the tree of Tooba for the Strangers should make us all wish, strive and aspire to be from among the strangers in this time in which Islam has truly become strange again.

May Allah make us from the Strangers in this world and the inheritors of Tooba in the Hereafter.


Selected Articles

Selected Articles

1) Islam is the ONLY acceptable Religion by Allah

Allah says in the Qur’an (interpretation of the meaning): “Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam.” [3:19]

And He says (interpretation of the meaning): “And whoever desires other than Islam as religion - never will be accepted from him, and he, in the hereafter, will be among the losers.” [3:85]

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2) The superiority of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) to all of creation

Our Lord says in the Qur’an (interpretation of the meaning): “Those Messengers! We preferred some of them to others.” [2:253]

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3) How to convert to Islam? What are the Pillars of Islam?

Islam is based on five pillars which the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has explained for us, when He said: “Islam is built upon five [pillars]: the testimony that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; establishing regular prayer (salaah); paying the zakaah; Hajj (pilgrimage) and fasting Ramadaan.” [Al-Bukhari]

The non-muslim enters Islam by saying the two testimonies, i.e., to say: Ash-hadu ALLA 'ilaaha 'illa Allah wa Anna Muhammadan Rasoolu-laah.

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Prayer
Zakat, Fasting & Hajj

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4) What is ‘Aqeedah?

‘Aqeedah refers to those matters which are believed in, with certainty and conviction, in one’s heart and soul. They are not tainted with any doubt or uncertainty.

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5) Islam is a peaceful Religion with those who are peaceful

Allah says in the Qur’an (interpretation of the meaning): “Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with equity.” [60:8]

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6) Changing an evil, Punishments in Islam

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by hating it and feeling that it is wrong] – and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim]

With regard to crimes in Islam like stealing, commiting adultery, etc., or the crimes whose doer deserves to be killed like apostasy (leaving Islam or disbelieving in one of its tenets). It should be noted here that punishments generally are carried out ONLY by the Muslim authorities. So no individual should give himself the right to act on behalf of the authorities.

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7) The meaning of Tawheed and its categories

Tawheed in Arabic means attributing Oneness to Allah and describing Him as being One and Unique, with no partner or peer in His Essence and Attributes.

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99 Names of Allah

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8) Islam is appropriate for all people in all times and circumstances

Allah says in the Qur’an (interpretation of the meaning): “Do you know better or does Allah?” [2:140]

The call to reinterpret what is proven and clear (of Islamic beliefs and principles) in a way as to make them drift from the original, definitive meaning, and twist the meanings and objectives of these principles in such a way as to suit the people’s changing whims and desires, thoughts and ideas, then in that case the purpose behind it (reinterpreting basic Islamic beliefs and principles) is undoubtedly unaccepted.

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The Journey of The Strangers Book

In this treatise, Ibn Rajab deals with the topic of the Strangers (Al-Ghurabaa). He begins by listing the many ahaadith reported about them, in which the Messenger of Allah describes their attributes and explains their position. They are given this name because they will be strange during the Last Days, due to their adherence to the Sunnah and to the Way of the First Muslims, the Salaf As-Saalih (Righteous Predecessors).

Author : Al-Hafiz Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali, translated by: Isma’eel Alarcon.


The Strangers - Sheikh Khalid Yasin

 


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