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IMAM.UMAR EL-HAJJI SHARIF

MASJID AL-SALAAM

 

 

All praise belongs to Allah. We praise him, and we seek his aid and forgiveness we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our own selves and from our evil actions. Whom so ever Allah guides, none can misguide him and whom so ever Allah misguide then none can guide him. I bear witness that nothing has the right to be worshipped except Allah, in his oneness, without any partners and I bear witness that Muhammad PBUH is his slave and messenger.

 

The Qur'an discusses miracles that were given to prophets to give assurance to those who had doubt about the truth of their message. What is a miracle? A miracle is a sign or a manifestation of Allah's Power. It is also proof of a prophet's claim. For example, Prophet lsa (Jesus) (PBUH) was given the ability to perform the miracle of healing the blind and the leper, giving life to the dead and making birds out of clay. Prophet Musa (Moses) was given the ability to perform the miracle of turning his staff into a serpent. These miracles were performed, by the Power of Allah, not by the power of the Prophets who performed them. The Qur'an states:

 

"And (appoint him) Isa, an apostle to the Children of Israel, (with this message): "1 have come to you, with a sign from your Lord, In that I make for you Out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird and breathe into it, And it becomes a bird by Allah's permission, And I heal those born blind, and lepers, And I quicken the dead, by Allah's permission;" (3:49) "

 

Moses said: "0 Pharaoh! I am an apostle from The Nourisher of the worlds,-- One for whom it is right to say nothing but truth about Allah. Now have I come unto you (people), from your Nourisher, with a clear (Sign): So let the Children of Israel depart along with me." (Pharaoh) said: "If indeed you have come with a sign, show it forth,-- If you are telling the truth." Then (Musa) threw his rod, And behold! it was A serpent, plain to see." (7:104- 108)

 

The miracles performed by Prophet lsa (PBUH) and Prophet Musa (PBUH) were for a particular time and was witnessed only by those who were in the midst of the prophets. However, the miracle of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) will be witnessed until the end of time. After looking at the miracles of Prophet Isa (Jesus) and Prophet Musa (Moses) the next question is, "What was the miracle of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)?" The miracle of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the Qur'an. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

 

"Every prophet was given miracles by which people believed but what I have been given is divine inspiration (Qur'an) which Allah has revealed to me".

 

The miracle of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was not confined to a particular time, his miracle (Qur'an) is a proof for all times. We are witnessing the powerful force of the Qur'an today. The miraculous nature of the Qur'an was witnessed by those who were amongst Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) , as it is being witnessed by those who are living today and as it will be witnessed by future generations, for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is described in the Qur'an as:

 

"A mercy to all the worlds". (21: 1 07)

 

"A universal (messenger) to men, giving glad tidings, and warning them (against sin)," (34:28)

 

The Qur'an is a miracle that has changed the thinking and lifestyles of people throughout the world. It is a book of guidance that addresses every issue of man at every age. It provides solutions for human problems. The Qur'an states:

 

"Nothing have We omitted From the Book". (6:38)

 

There are over one billion Muslims in the world whose lives have been affected by the message of the Qur'an. The Qur'an is a miracle by virtue of the fact that it has brought about the greatest transformation in the history of man. It has produced a people (believing Muslims) who have changed the course of humanity. Accepting the fact that the Qur'an has worked miraculously in the lives of others, it is up to us to internalize the relevant and powerful message of the Qur'an and use it's message to shape our lives. What steps should be taken to accomplish this task? We should follow the uswatuh hassanah (excellent model) of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who exemplified the best method by which we should follow in making the Qur' an the dominant influence in our lives.

 

Prophet Muhammad is the greatest human being that ever walked on earth. He was an obedient servant of Allah. He was the best helper in assisting the growth of man. He was the best teacher. He was the most affectionate man. He was the greatest reformer. He was the best husband, the best father, the best businessman, and he also was the best political leader. Whatever area of life that has been affected by the excellent example of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the results have been outstanding.

 

It is interesting to note that as we examine the excellent example of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) you will notice that in the word excellent, you will find the word excel, which means to outdo, to be greater than or to do one's best. The excellent example of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stimulates the dormant resources in man. We need excellent mothers and fathers, sons and daughters as well as excellent brothers and sisters. We need excellent teachers and excellent students. We need excellent leaders and followers. All people regardless of age, color, status or geographical location can learn valuable lessons from the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). We are to obey the teachings of the Qur'an, by following the excellent model of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which will allow us to witness the miraculous nature of the Qur'an just as those who were with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) witnessed its power. The Qurtan encourages man to strive for excellence.

 

Just as the rain revives the earth after it showers upon it, likewise for man, his heart and mind can be revived when the Qur’an showers upon him. Proper understanding of the Qur’an makes the believer, an enthusiastic individual. The reason why many Muslims are enthusiastic about Al-Islam, is because they have taken the necessary time to study AI-Islam. The more knowledge a person has of something, the more enthusiastic they become. Why is it that some people are not enthusiastic about this beautiful way of life called AI-Islam? It is because, they know very little about AI-Islam. If we are to live out the verse in our lives where Allah states, "The believers must succeed" (23:1), we must be enthusiastic and have focus in our lives.

 

Success and enthusiasm go hand to hand, like a hand and a glove. People who succeed in life, are those who have an enthusiastic spirit. You cannot achieve much out of life if you have a dead spirit. You must be alive and alert to succeed in life. I encourage that we become sincere students of the Qur’an so that we can better live out the excellence of our nature. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, "None of you truly believes until you go after what I have brought." What did Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) bring? He brought the revelation of the Qur’an, which ignited the greatest revolution in the life of man. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also said, "The best of you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches it." What better teacher can you be than a teacher of the Word of Allah?

 

One active Muslim after another tells us that Muslims in North America must cooperate and coordinate more if the community is to progress. These sisters and brothers realize we have gone just about as far as a community of individuals and factions can go. Of course, there are several North American examples of Muslims working together to advance the Islamic agenda and bring justice to this continent. But these are the pioneers, the exceptions. There is so much more work to be done, and there are so many more Muslims to be won over to the idea of working together.

 

Convincing Muslims to communicate, cooperate and coordinate is no easy feat. Muslims here have a history of division. We have allowed race, sex, age, ethnicity, insecurity, nationality, disrespect, distrust, ignorance, social status, arrogance and organizational loyalty to come between us for decades. But, praise be to Allah, we are beginning to realize that we cannot go on like this and be loyal to Allah. So we are starting to make a conscious effort to understand each other, to tear down these artificial barriers between us.

 

It's slowly sinking into our heads that the only way we can make significant progress in Islamic education, politics, media, social services, economics, etc. is to pool our resources and work together. Based on Integrity

 

The Holy Quan:

Says:           That he Allah (GOD) would not change the condition of a people until they first change what is in their souls. I am challenging American leadership to wake up and be strong. Strong leadership will encourage the people to learn for themselves.

 

Masjid Al-Salaam

Congregational Prayer

From: Fair to Isha

Holy Qur’an 4:103

For such prayers are enjoined on believers at stated time