Du’aa is part and parcel of every Muslim’s life. Not only does it please our Lord and save us from arrogance, its goodness extends to our well-being.
A voice calls out from heaven: ‘My slave has spoken the truth, so prepare for him a bed from Paradise and clothe him from Paradise, and open for him a gate to Paradise.’
A person must also have the feeling of humbleness and thankfulness to God that He helped him or her perform this good deed.
We can best teach people by example, not words. He talked about his puzzlement when, in his early days as a Muslim, he was given some advice by different groups of Muslims. He stressed we must not divide ourselves into groups. We are all just Muslim.
The message of Islam was very simple: there was just One God in heaven, Who had created them and Who still cared for them. In turning to that One God (known in Arabic as “Allah”) they could find inner peace and a way to live that would make sense and bring them happiness.
The essence of Islam is very simple. In fact, Muslims have made its message seem so very complicated, yet it can be summed up in two sentences: that there is no god but the One God in heaven; and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last in a long line of prophets sent by this God to His Creation.
Islam nourishes the heart and the soul. Purifying ourselves is easily accomplished by reading and contemplating the meanings found in the Quran and Sunnah, and holding to the five pillars.
The Quran was revealed orally, it was revealed not in writing. It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by the angel Gabriel orally and then Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, remembered the verses and told other people and they learned the verses by heart.
Well, if the simple minded people of the past rejected the miracles and the Creator, how would we think that today's population who are brain washed with ideas of evolution and secularism and atheism believe?
In our time and age, we need to be careful about what Islam is and what it isn’t. There are too many factors that may lead us astray. We either need to seek authentic Islamic knowledge or ask about our religion from moderate scholars.
Jesus (peace be upon him) would show the politicians of today that he has no gun hidden within his robes and that he has no hidden agenda to be superior to others or to force people to do anything against their will.