Top 5 Muslim Stories of 2017

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Top Five Viral Muslim Stories of 2017


Throughout the year of 2017, there were many challenges facing the Muslim Ummah. However, throughout the year, there were also Muslim stories that inspired many around the world to do good and showed us the true meaning of Islam through acts of kindness. These Muslim Stories inspire Muslims to become better examples for mankind.

Allah says in the Quran:

كُنتُمۡ خَيۡرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخۡرِجَتۡ لِلنَّاسِ

تَأۡمُرُونَ بِٱلۡمَعۡرُوفِ وَتَنۡهَوۡنَ عَنِ ٱلۡمُنڪَرِ وَتُؤۡمِنُونَ بِٱللَّهِ‌ۗ

You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah

(Quran 3:110)

These stories were chosen because of their impact on social media and their inspirational value.

Muslim Man Breaks Up Street Fight

 

 

Ibn Ali Miller spotted two boys getting into a fight and immediately intervened. In this incredible act of selflessness, he shows those young boys the reality of their situation. He tells them that they are almost men, and says that their friends who were recording and laughing were cowards. A life lesson they will now never forget after the video went viral.

 

An act of forgiveness like no other

 

An emotional story about a Muslim father whose son was killed in a robbery. The father forgave and hugged his son’s killer in the middle of the courtroom after a guilty verdict was given. Abdul-Munim Sombat Jimtoud hugged the man who was sentenced for being complicit in his son’s murder, saying that forgiveness is “the greatest act of charity in Islam”.

 

The Muslim man looking after children no one else would

 

In another act of selflessness, this American Muslim takes care of terminally ill children. Mohamed Bzeek is a 62-year-old Libyan American Muslim who looks after terminally ill children in Los Angeles and fosters them despite knowing very well many of them will die during his care due to their illness.

 

Cycling from London to Makkah, the Hajj Ride.

 

Muslims cyclists from the UK rode from London to Makkah for charity in Syria. These brothers brought the situation of Syria back into the spotlight by riding from London to Makkah. These brothers created awareness on a forgotten people by riding a bike across 3500 km.

 

Muslims Saves lives in London fire

 

In this tragic event, 70 people were killed by a fire that consumed the Grenfell Tower. Muslims were among the first to be on the scene as they rushed to the knock on the doors of unsuspecting residents and evacuate the building. Locals said that if it wasn’t for the Muslims who were awake for early Morning prayers, the death toll would have been much higher.

These Muslim Stories have been a true inspiration to all mankind through their acts of kindness. We ask Allah to bless those believers.

Six ways to win friends from the Sunnah

Six ways to win friends from the Sunnah

Many around the world have read the best-seller “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carneige, but how many are actually aware of the striking similarities one could draw between his book and the practices, or Sunnah, of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

As a Muslim, this comes as no surprise, considering the fact that we know very well that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ had mastered the art of interacting and dealing with people, far beyond the capacity of any other human.

As Allah explicitly mentions in the Quran:

“And you (Oh Muhammad) are of excellent moral character”.

Quran 68:4

We’ve compiled a list of a short selection of Dale’s recommendations along with the practices of our Messenger that correspond accordingly.

Mention their name.

The Prophet always placed great value on the names of those who surrounded him.

On many occasions, he would even change the names of those with disreputable names to names of nobility.[1]

Always smile.

The Prophet was always seen smiling in the face of his companions.

Ibn Jaz is narrated to have said:

“I have not seen anyone who smiled more than the Messenger of Allah ﷺ.”

“Allah’s Messenger ﷺ never refused me permission to see him since I embraced Islam and never looked at me but with a smile.”[3]

Jabir bin Abdullah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:

“Every good is charity. Indeed, among the good is to meet your brother with a smiling face and to pour what is left in your bucket into the vessel of your brother.”[4]

Have a genuine interest in them.

The Prophet also showed interest in all those around him, including young children.

On one occasion he asked a young boy about his sparrow, nicknamed Nughayr, after it had passed away.

Anas ibn Malik said, “The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to mix with us to the extent of asking a younger brother of mine, ‘Abu ‘Umayr! What has happened to the little sparrow?'”[5]

Another narration tells of an instance whereby the Prophet was led around the city of Madinah by a young girl. Although he was incredibly busy at the time, he stayed with the girl until she had completed her tour.

Anas ibn Malik reported: Any of the young servant girls among the people of Medina would take the hand of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and lead him wherever she wished.

Sahih Bukhari

Abu Hurayrah also reported that a black man or a black woman used to take care of the mosque, then he or she died. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) asked after him (or her) and was told that he had died.

He said: “Why did you not inform me? Show me his grave (or her grave).” Then he went to the grave and offered the funeral prayer over it.”[6]

Appeal to their wants.

Although the Prophet would never compromise his duty to uphold the religion of Allah, he would at times encourage people to do good deeds by informing them of the great rewards they would receive in return, whether they were rewards of this life or the next.

For example, the Prophet encouraged one of his companions to renounce worldly desires by informing him that he would gain the love of God and people.[7]

Avoid unnecessary criticism.

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was known for never getting angry over worldly matters and had always advised others towards patience.

Anas Bin Malik who lived in service to the Prophet for over 10 years mentions that the Prophet had never said a word of disapproval to him.

“I served the Prophet ﷺ at Medina for ten years. I was a boy. Every work that I did was not according to the desire of my master, but he never said to me: Fie, nor did he say to me: Why did you do this? or Why did you not do this?”[8]

The Prophet’s wife Aisha also narrated that the Prophet would never express displeasure over food that was brought to him.

The Prophet ﷺ never criticized any food (he was invited to) but he used to eat if he liked the food, and leave it if he disliked it.[9]

This is not to mention that the Prophet lived a life of extreme hardship and poverty, enduring many months at a time without basic food.[10]            

Always acknowledge them

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ would always express his thanks and gratitude to the good done to him and others.

He would even continue to acknowledge them for years on end. For instance, he would send gifts to the family of his late wife Khadija as a sign of gratitude.

In one narration, the Prophet ﷺ said:

“He who does not thank the people has not thanked Allah”.[11]

He ﷺ also emphasised this in another narration:

“Whoever receives a favour should respond to it right away if he can find him. If he cannot, he should praise him. Actually, by praising him, he thanks him. Whoever does not respond to a favour is ungrateful.” [12]

 

[1] Narrated by Ibn Umar, “the Prophet ﷺ changed the name of ‘Asiyah, he said: “You are Jamilah.” (Tirmidhi) Sahih

[2] Tirmidhi (3641, Hassan)

[3] Sahih Muslim (2475)

[4] Tirmidhi (1970)

[5] Bukhari Adab Al Mufrad (Sahih) 269

[6] Bukhari and Muslim.

[7] “Renounce the world and Allah will love you, and renounce what the people possess and the people will love you.” Ibn Majah (Hassan).

[8] Sunan Abi Dawud (Sahih).

[9] Sahih Al-Bukhari (5409).

[10] Narrated Aisha “The family of Muhammad did not eat to their satisfaction white bread with meat soup for three successive days till he met Allah.” (Bukhari)

[11] Tirmidhi (1954 Sahih)

[12] Abu Dawud (1672 Sahih)

The Four Stories of Surah Al-Kahf

The Four Stories of Surah Al-Kahf

The Prophet said,

“One who memorized the first ten verses of Surah al Kahf will be secure against the Dajjal (Anti-Christ).” (Muslim)

Surah Al-Kahf is the found in Chapter 18 of the Quran. It includes four historical stories, which we can derive amazing lessons from.

The Story of the people of the cave – A Trial of Faith

This story is about a number of young men who were driven out of their homes because they believed in Allah. They ended up in a cave where Allah made them sleep for many years (309 lunar years which is 300 solar years).

When they woke up they felt they had slept for a day or half a day. One of them went to the town to get some food disguising himself thinking that the people would recognise and harm him. Only to find himself amongst a different people. The people of the town were amazed at his appearance of this man and the old coins he was using.

The story shows us how Allah protects the righteous who believe in Him no matter how hard their situation is.

The Biblical version of the story is called ‘The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus”, however, the Qur’an doesn’t mention the number of those who were in the cave.

(Some) say they were three, the dog being the fourth among them; (others) say they were five, the dog being the sixth,- doubtfully guessing at the unknown; (yet others) say they were seven, the dog being the eighth. Say thou: “My Lord knoweth best their number; It is but few that know their (real case).” Enter not, therefore, into controversies concerning them, except on a matter that is clear, nor consult any of them about (the affair of) the Sleepers. (Quran, 18:22)

The Story of the man who owns two gardens – A Trial of Wealth

This is a story about a man who owned two beautiful gardens, but he became arrogant and told his friend “I am greater than you in wealth and have more servants and attendants and children!!” (Quran 18:34)

The man forgot to be thankful for the bounties Allah has bestowed upon him, hence Allah destroyed his gardens.

This story is a lesson to those who take worldly matters for granted and forget that all that they have is from Allah and He is capable of taking it all away if he wills.

The Story of Musa and Al-Khidr – A Trail of Knowledge

Prophet Muhammad said: “Once Moses stood up and addressed Bani Israel. He was asked who the most learned man amongst the people was. He said: “I.” Allah reprimanded him as he did not attribute absolute knowledge to Him (Allah). So, Allah said to him: “Yes, at the junction of the two seas there is a slave of Mine who is more learned than you.” Moses said: “O my Lord! How can I meet him?”

So Allah instructed Musa as to where to find the man who was known as “Al-Khidr”-The Green One.

Musa goes on a journey with Al-Khidr where he learns that Allah bestows his knowledge on whoever he wishes. Nobody should ever feel he/she is the most knowledgeable, as all knowledge belongs to Allah. Hence, Al-Khidr says, “…And I did it not of my own accord…” (Quran 18:82)

The Story of the Dhul Qarnayn (A Righteous King) – A Trial of Power

Dhul Qarnain was a righteous and just king, who traveled the lands from West to East.  The Qur’an mentions three of his journeys.

On his last journey, he reaches a place between two mountains where he met a tribe of people. They asked him to build a wall between them and the people of Gog and Magog “Ya’juj and Ma’juj” who were causing mischief in the land. Dhul Qarnain agreed to do so.

Dhul Qarnayn was not proud of his achievements, in fact, the Quran mentions that  after he built that great wall,

“He said: ‘This is mercy from my Lord. But when the promise of my Lord comes to pass, He will make it level (with the ground), and the promise of my Lord is ever true’.” (Quran 18: 98)

The Prophet taught us that

“Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on Friday, Allah will bestow upon him light between those two Fridays.”

(Narrated by al-Bayhaqi; classed as Saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami‘. )

 

May Allah help us make Al-Kahf a regular part of our Friday routine.

Jumu’ah Mubarakah (Have a blessed Friday).

Drugs Almost Killed Me

The day drugs almost killed me

In this new episode of Living Muslim, brother Fred Nagi from Sydney gives a brief insight into what his life was like under the influence of drugs. It’s a heartfelt and compelling piece that should make any drug user reconsider ever taking drugs again.

Nagi was first exposed to drugs at the age of 12-13 as a teenager, then was gradually introduced to heavier and more harmful forms of drugs after socialising with bad influences.

“I’ve seen many things in my life, friends get killed, lives get ruined, I almost ruined my life”, Nagi stated.

He expresses his deep regret in living a life that jeopardized his relationship with his mother, father, wife, and children.

“I regret it every day I wake up”, he told Living Muslim.

He also sheds light on his turning point in life, which was triggered by a frightening near-death experience which saw him being rushed into the resuscitation ward at the Hospital after overdosing on a heavy amount of drugs. It was a gut-wrenching experience that made him realise the dreadful impact the drugs were taking on his life.

“I thought that was the end. I thought it was going to be all over”, he painfully expressed.

As he recalls the moment he lay on the hospital bed with nurses and doctors preparing defibrillators to shock his heart back into action, he reminds us of the Hadith of the Prophet ﷺ which taught us that everyone will be resurrected in the state in which they died.

“Each person will be resurrected according to the state in which he died.”

Sahih Muslim

He tearfully states that he did not want to ever be of those people who met Allah in a state of intoxication and sin.

By the grace of Allah, Nagi has been off drugs for quite some time now and has promised himself and his family to make a change for the better. He expresses the importance of surrounding yourself with a positive environment and steering clear from negative influences in life in order to safeguard one’s sobriety.

He also left viewers with a strong message to never leave anyone behind or look down on anyone who may be under the influence of drugs. It’s of crucial importance that we work hard to ensure that our brothers and sisters aren’t left to the streets, but rather we constantly advise them and offer our support and services to help them give up their addiction and make a change for the better.

Why does Allah trial the believers?

Why does Allah trial the believers?

How often are we hit by a calamity or tribulation in life and then immediately ponder over whether it is a punishment from Allah or not?

In this segment, Mufti Zeeyad Ravat breaks down the concept of tribulations in Islam and gives us guidelines to decipher whether such tribulations are punishments from Allah or if they are rather tests designed to elevate your status.

Ideally, he breaks down the concept into two scenarios:

If the calamity sees you only grow in distance from Allah, then it is indeed a punishment.

However, if the calamity sees you only move closer towards Allah, then it is a test designed to elevate your status.

As Allah states in the Quran:

“And we will surely let them taste the nearer punishment short of the greater punishment that perhaps they will repent.”

Quran 32:21

There are also indeed instances whereby an apparent good would befall us, yet if it only distances you from Allah, then that too would be considered a punishment.

 

How many Muslims are there around the world?

Here are how many Muslims there are in the World.

It is estimated that the population of Muslims around the world is around 1.7 billion. According to Pew Research Center Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world.

 

What is Islam?

Muslims follow the guidance of the Quran which is the word of Allah (God) that was revealed to the last Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Muslims also, follow the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

 

What is the Origin of Islam?

Islam can be traced back to the 7th century in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The prophet Muhammad introduced Islam in 610 A.D, around 1400 years ago, after experiencing what he claimed to be an angelic visitation from Archangel Jibreel (Gabriel).

Muhammad preached and spread the message from God with the people of Mecca.

The tribe leaders of the area persecuted Muhammad and his followers. They were afraid that Muhammad’s ideas about racial equality and monotheism would cause instability and an uprise from the lower class. The constant oppression Muhammad and his followers faced forced some of the new Muslims to migrate to Abyssinia (present-day Ethiopia and Eritrea).

After several years of constant prosecutions, Muhammad and his followers migrated to Madina, Saudi Arabia where they established a state that adhered to the teachings of Islam.  

 

Muslim Refugees

Much of the rhetoric surrounding the topic of Islam today, focuses on the population of Muslims. Many Islamophobes claim the rising numbers of refugees and immigrants from the Middle-East will result in the “Islamization” of the West, and that there exists a hidden conspiracy which “supposedly” will destroy Christian values.

These discussions typically rely on projected or outdated data, and often people on both sides of the debate will have widely varying figures to base their arguments on.

Whilst Muslims are without a doubt a growing population in Western Europe, they are still statistically very small, only accounting for about 5% of the population despite the rising numbers of refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle-East who are in dire need of help.

In other western countries, like the United States, Canada, Australia, and Canada, where Islamophobia is rising dramatically, the Muslim population is even smaller (1-3% of the population).

 

Countries with the highest Muslim Population

Although many may associate Islam with countries in the Middle East, nearly 62% of Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the Pew Research Center analysis. In fact, India and Pakistan’s Muslim population (344 million combined) is larger than the population of Muslims in the entire Middle East-North Africa region (317 million).

 

The Spread of Muslims around the World

As part of their annual ranking of the 500 most influential figures in the Muslim world, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre publishes a thorough list of population statistics, highlighting the number of Muslims in every country around the world, as well as what percentage of the total population are Muslim.

 

Rank Country/Region Muslims Percentage (%) of World Muslim population
1 World Total 1,703,146,000 100.0
2 South Asia 507,000,000 32.0
3 Middle East-North Africa 321,869,000 19.9
4 Southeast-East Asia 257,000,000 15.0
5 Sub-Saharan Africa 242,544,000 15.0
6 Indonesia 204,847,000 12.7
7 Pakistan 178,000,000 11.0
8 India 172,000,000 10.9
9 Bangladesh 145,607,000 9.2
10 Nigeria 93,839,000 4.7
11 Iran 74,819,000 4.6
12 Turkey 74,660,000 4.6
13 Egypt 73,800,000 4.9
14 Central Asia 54,000,000 3.0
15 Europe 44,138,000 2.7
16 Algeria 40,400,000 2.7
17 Sudan 39,027,950 1.9
18 Morocco 32,381,000 2.0
19 Iraq 31,108,000 1.9
20 Afghanistan 29,047,100 1.8
21 Uzbekistan 26,833,000 1.7
22 Saudi Arabia 25,493,000 1.6
23 Ethiopia 25,037,646 1.8
24 Yemen 24,023,000 1.5
25 China 22,000,000-50,000,000 1.4
26 Syria 20,895,000 1.3
27 Niger 19,502,214 1.0
28 Tanzania 19,426,814 0.8
29 Malaysia 17,139,000 1.1
30 Mali 15,667,704 0.8
31 Senegal 14,584,931 0.8
32 Burkina Faso 11,270,000 0.6
33 Tunisia 11,190,000 0.6
34 Russia 9,400,000-16,379,000 1.0
35 Somalia 9,231,000 0.6
36 Kazakhstan 8,887,000 0.5
37 Azerbaijan 8,795,000 0.5
38 Guinea 8,693,000 0.5
39 Ivory Coast 7,960,000 0.5
40 Chad 7,827,653 0.4
41 Tajikistan 7,006,000 0.4
42 Jordan 6,397,000 0.4
43 Libya 6,325,000 0.4
44 Philippines 5,896,000 or 11,000,000 0.3
45 Mozambique 5,340,000 0.3
46 Americas 5,256,000 0.3
47 Uganda 5,030,000 0.3
48 France 5,020,000 0.3
49 Cameroon 4,940,000 0.2
50 Kyrgyzstan 4,927,000 0.3
51 Ghana 4,914,000 0.2
52 Turkmenistan 4,830,000 0.3
53 Palestine 4,298,000 0.3
54 Mauritania 4,171,633 0.2
55 Sierra Leone 4,171,000 0.3
56 Thailand 3,952,000 0.2
57 Congo 3,648,267 0.1
58 United Arab Emirates 3,577,000 0.2
59 United Kingdom 3,106,368 0.2
60 Kenya 2,868,000 0.2
61 Benin 2,710,000 0.1
62 Kuwait 2,636,000 0.2
63 United States 2,595,000 0.2
64 Oman 2,547,000 0.2
65 Lebanon 2,542,000 0.2
66 Burma (Myanmar) 2,237,495 0.1
67 Italy 2,220,000 0.1
68 Malawi 2,011,000 0.1
69 Sri Lanka 1,967,227 0.1
70 Eritrea 1,909,000 0.1
71 Spain 1,887,906 0.1
72 Albania 1,879,172 0.2
73 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1,790,454 0.1
74 Gambia 1,669,000 0.1
75 Germany 1,600,000-4,500,000 0.3
76 Kosovo 1,584,000 0.1
77 Israel 1,287,000 0.1
78 Nepal 1,253,000 0.1
79 Qatar 1,168,000 0.1
80 Canada 1,053,945 0.1
81 Bahrain 866,888 < 0.1
82 Djibouti 853,000 0.1
83 Togo 827,000 0.1
84 Netherlands 825,000/1,000,000 0.1
85 Comoros 785,000 < 0.1
86 Argentina 784,000 0.1
87 Singapore 721,000 < 0.1
88 Guinea Bissau 705,000 <0.1
89 Belgium 658,463 < 0.1
90 South Africa 654,064 < 0.1
91 Greece 610,000 <0.1
92 South Sudan 610,000 <0.1
93 Rwanda 589,429 < 0.1
94 Bulgaria 577,000 < 0.1
95 Austria 573,876 < 0.1
96 Western Sahara 528,000 < 0.1
97 Liberia 523,000 <0.1
98 Macedonia 500,000 <0.1
99 Zimbabwe 488,656 < 0.1
100 Australia 476,291 < 0.1
101 Sweden 450,000-500,000 < 0.1
102 Georgia 442,000 <0.1
103 Central African Republic 403,000 < 0.1
104 Switzerland 400,000 < 0.1
105 Ukraine 393,000,- 2,000,000 < 0.1
106 Maldives 309,000 <0.1
107 Brunei 295,000 < 0.1
108 Cyprus 273,000 < 0.1
109 Cambodia 255,000 < 0.1
110 Burundi 250,000 < 0.1
111 Mauritius 230,118 < 0.1
112 Denmark 230,000 < 0.1
113 Serbia 227,000 < 0.1
114 Hong Kong 220,000 <0.1
115 Madagascar 220,000 <0.1
116 Mongolia 200,000 < 0.1
117 Mayotte 197,000 < 0.1
118 Japan 185,000 <0.1
119 Norway 163,180 < 0.1
120 Gabon 145,000 <0.1
121 Zambia 140,000 < 0.1
122 Swaziland 129,230 < 0.1
123 Montenegro 118,477 < 0.1
124 Venezuela 95,000 < 0.1
125 Angola 90,000 < 0.1
126 Suriname 84,000 < 0.1
127 Trinidad and Tobago 78,000 < 0.1
128 Republic of Congo 77,736 < 0.1
129 Slovenia 73,568 < 0.1
130 Romania 73,000 < 0.1
131 Vietnam 71,200 < 0.1
132 Ireland 70,158 <0.1
133 Portugal 65,000 < 0.1
134 Croatia 60,000 < 0.1
135 Taiwan 60,000 < 0.1
136 Guyana 55,000 <0.1
137 Fiji 54,000 <0.1
138 Finland 42,000 <0.1
139 New Zealand 41,000 < 0.1
140 Colombia 40,000 to 80,000 < 0.1
141 Brazil 35,167 < 0.1
142 Reunion 35,000 < 0.1
143 South Korea 35,000 < 0.1
144 Equatorial Guinea 28,000 < 0.1
145 Panama 25,000 < 0.1
146 Poland 20,000 < 0.1
147 Belarus 19,000 < 0.1
148 Moldova 15,000 < 0.1
149 Honduras 11,000 <0.1
150 Luxembourg 11,000 <0.1
151 Slovakia 10,866 < 0.1
152 Czech Republic 10,500 < 0.1
153 Cape Verde 10,000 < 0.1
154 Cuba 10,000 < 0.1
155 Namibia 9,000 < 0.1
156 Botswana 8,000 < 0.1
157 New Caledonia 7,000 < 0.1
158 Hungary 5,579 <0.1
159 Mexico 3,700- 980,000 < 0.1
160 Lithuania 3,000 <0.1
161 North Korea 3,000 < 0.1
162 Chile 2,894 < 0.1
163 Estonia 2,623 < 0.1
164 Barbados 2,000 < 0.1
165 Bolivia 2,000 < 0.1
166 Dominican Republic 2,000 < 0.1
167 Ecuador 2,000 < 0.1
168 El Salvador 2,000 <0.1
169 French Guiana 2,000 <0.1
170 Guadeloupe 2,000 <0.1
171 Haiti 2,000 <0.1
172 Latvia 2,000 <0.1
173 Liechtenstein 2,000 <0.1
174 Papua New Guinea 2,000 < 0.1
175 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2,000 < 0.1
176 Gibraltar 1,000 <0.1
177 Guatemala 1,000 <0.1
178 Jamaica 1,000 <0.1
179 Laos 1,000 <0.1
180 Lesotho 1,000 <0.1
181 Malta 1,000 <0.1
182 Nicaragua 1,000 < 0.1
183 Paraguay 1,000 < 0.1
184 Puerto Rico 1,000 < 0.1
185 Timor-Leste 1,000 < 0.1
186 Iceland 770 <0.1
187 American Samoa < 1,000 < 0.1
188 Andorra < 1,000 < 0.1
189 Anguilla < 1,000 < 0.1
190 Antigua and Barbuda < 1,000 < 0.1
191 Armenia < 1,000 < 0.1
192 Aruba < 1,000 < 0.1
193 Bahamas < 1,000 < 0.1
194 Belize < 1,000 < 0.1
195 Bermuda < 1,000 < 0.1
196 Bhutan < 7,000 < 0.1
197 British Virgin Islands < 1,000 < 0.1
198 Cayman Islands < 1,000 < 0.1
199 Cocos (Keeling) Islands < 1,000[47] < 0.1
200 Cook Islands < 1,000 < 0.1
201 Costa Rica < 1,000 < 0.1
202 Dominica < 1,000 < 0.1
203 Faroe Islands < 1,000 < 0.1
204 Falkland Islands < 1,000 < 0.1
205 Federated States of Micronesia < 1,000 < 0.1
206 French Polynesia < 1,000 <0.1
207 Greenland < 1,000 <0.1
208 Grenada < 1,000 <0.1
209 Guam < 1,000 <0.1
210 Isle of Man < 1,000 <0.1
211 Kiribati < 1,000 <0.1
212 Macau < 1,000 <0.1
213 Marshall Islands < 1,000 < 0.1
214 Martinique < 1,000 < 0.1
215 Monaco < 1,000 < 0.1
216 Montserrat < 1,000 < 0.1
217 Nauru < 1,000 < 0.1
218 Netherlands Antilles < 1,000 < 0.1
219 Niue < 1,000 < 0.1
220 Northern Mariana Islands < 1,000 < 0.1
221 Palau < 1,000 < 0.1
222 Peru < 1,000 < 0.1
223 St. Helena < 1,000 < 0.1
224 St. Kitts and Nevis < 1,000 < 0.1
225 St. Lucia < 1,000 < 0.1
226 St. Pierre and Miquelon < 1,000 < 0.1
227 Samoa < 1,000 < 0.1
228 San Marino < 1,000 < 0.1
229 São Tomé and Príncipe < 1,000 < 0.1
230 Seychelles < 1,000 < 0.1
231 Solomon Islands < 1,000 < 0.1
232 Tokelau < 1,000 < 0.1
233 Tonga < 1,000 < 0.1
234 Turks and Caicos Islands < 1,000 < 0.1
235 Tuvalu < 1,000 < 0.1
236 U.S. Virgin Islands < 1,000 < 0.1
237 Uruguay < 1,000 < 0.1
238 Vanuatu < 1,000 < 0.1
239 Vatican City 0 0
240 Wallis and Futuna < 1,000 < 0.1

 

Islam and Diversity

The perception that Islam is an Arab-centric faith hostile to other ethnicities is numerically false. The Indian sub-continent alone holds 3x as many Muslims (539 Million) as all the ‘Arab’ nations in the Middle-East combined (236 Million), and the country of Indonesia alone has almost as many Muslims (230 Million) as the entire Middle-East.

The fears and propaganda generated in the West are being portrayed to these countries with even smaller and more vulnerable populations, leading to the increasingly troubling violence and hate we see today and the game of “Us Vs. Them”…

The Problem with Divorce

The Problem with Divorce

In this episode of Living Muslim, Mohamed Hoblos expresses his frustrations with the number of divorces that are occurring in today’s society. It’s becoming beyond ridiculous to see the petty and somewhat trivial excuses many people are giving to divorce and separate their spouses.

This video is not denying the legitimacy of divorce in Islam and the fact Allah has allowed it in certain situations, including a means of escape from violent and toxic relationships, but this is far from the reality of the majority of cases we are seeing today.

This is a must watch video,  something that the Muslim Community really needs to confront head-on today.

If divorce does occur, it should only occur after a means of arbitration has taken place involving family and/or community members representing each of the spouses. If both parties legitimately are willing to reconcile their affairs, they would also find Allah ever capable of restoring their affairs.

“And if both parties wish to reconcile. Allah will cause it between them”.

Quran 4:35

It should also be done in a manner that upholds the fair treatment of both individuals and most importantly should avoid harming the children if any are involved.

As Allah states in the Quran:

“Keep her in an acceptable manner or release (divorce) her in an acceptable manner”

Quran 2:229

Ashamed to be Muslim Spoken Word

Never be ashamed to be Muslim

This is a newly released powerful spoken word piece titled “Ashamed to be Muslim”, from the Talk Islam team at OnePath Network.

The video is a response to Muslims who go about their daily lives in the constant fear of people finding out their true faith and those that are always embarrassed by their religion, finding it difficult to be true to their religious views and principles.

The piece aims to not only inspire Muslims to once more be proud of their faith and embracing the fact that they are different, but it also aims to bring hope and light to those that are struggling to hold onto their faith in such difficult times.

The lyrics are as follows:

“Hi, I’m a Muslim and I’m ashamed of my religion

I try to hide my faith and I’m embarrassed by my tradition

I try to blend in so I don’t cause any suspicion”

If this sounds familiar, you might want to give this a listen.

Dear Muslims, of the internet

If I could kindly request that we stop trying to be cool and relevant

and start trying to be people of actual benefit

If we could stop trying to fit in, and start trying to stand out.

I mean we were never meant to blend in

And I assure you, we were never meant to just go along with the crowd.

You see being different, is exactly what being Muslim is about.

As the Prophet said

فَطُوبَى لِلْغُرَبَاءِ

“Glad tidings to those who are strange”.

But unfortunately, today when it comes to our faith, most of us are ashamed

We try to hide our identity and even change our names

Which is funny, because those on falsehood aren’t hiding at all, they’re in full public display

Walking proudly down the street, even waving flags in parades

And I’m not taking any shots, nor am I here to complain

All I’m saying is it’s about time things start to change

We should be proud to be different, and embrace the fact we’re not the same.

You see, for instance, we should never be embarrassed to say:

“Hey, I’m a Muslim and I follow the religion of Islam,

I don’t smoke, don’t drink, and I don’t go to clubs and dance

And I actually believe that marriage should only ever be between a woman and a man

And I’m sorry sister but I can’t really shake your hand

I hope it doesn’t offend you, I sure hope you understand

Coz I’m just being me, in all honesty, this is just who I really am”

And I don’t plan on ever giving this up

See, I’m a Muslim, and Allah has told us:

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ

 

We’re the best of nations, brought forth for the people

We enjoin the good and we forbid the evil

and we believe in Allah, without any partners nor any equals.

So why should I be ashamed?

We’re the kind of people who are kind to people, and we treat others like we like to be treated

I mean, we have Allah, as the supporter, the friend and the protector of the believers

And we have Muhammadﷺ, the best of all leaders.

So I honestly don’t understand why we should ever feel defeated

I mean, why do we always feel the need to leave our faith neglected

Like we need to give up our ways in order to be accepted.

Or that we need to go rearrange and reform our faith, so we can somehow have it corrected

Failing to realise, we can never improve something that Allah has already perfected.

And look I get it, some of us do feel disconnected, and it does get hard.

We might slip and fall and at times we might feel far

And this is normal for sure, I mean it’s why we were taught to make the Du’aa

يَا مُقَلِّب الْقُلُوب ثَبِّتْ قَلْبـِي عَلَى دِينك

“Oh turner of the hearts, keep our hearts steadfast”.

So don’t worry, just be calm, and keep yourself connected to the pious, the righteous and above all the Houses of Allah.

And if you still feel disengaged,

Or if you just feel out of place

Or if you came and you were turned away,

For your looks or your past mistakes

It’s fine, it’s okay, just keep trying, keep praying

And at the end of the day,

no matter what happens, never lose your faith.


Never be ashamed.

Black and Muslim in America

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Video 1/2 ft Gareth Byrant

Video 2/2 ft Ousainoue Touray

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What’s it like to be black and Muslim in America

The above videos are two short excerpts from the series “Black Muslims Speak” directed by Ahmed Eid from Eid Films.

In this short segment featuring Ousainoue Touray and Gareth Bryant, both young Muslims complain of undermining treatment in the Muslim community.

“So often times, they think they are privileged to rule over us just because they have had Islam for centuries… they see us as their religious servants and there’s a news flash that needs to be had, we’re not that” Bryant stated.

“One thing I want non-black Muslims to know is that our opinion does count. Our word and scholarship should be appreciated”, Touray added.

“We do have a lot of scholars and a lot of people with knowledge”, he continued as he shed light on the unfortunate reality of constantly being seen as someone who is new to the religion and still learning.

The director Ahmed Eid, hopes that this series will give an insight into what it’s like for Black Muslims living amongst the Muslim community.

Black Muslims comprise 23% of the Muslim American population and have been in America since its inception. Oftentimes, however, the black-Muslim perspective is sidelined when addressing Muslim-American issues and concerns despite Black Muslims laying the foundation for what it means to identify as an American Muslim.

#BlackMuslimsSpeak is a video series highlighting Black Muslim voices- their concerns, experiences, struggles, and hopes”, Eid stated.

May Allah make the affairs of our Black Muslim brothers and sisters easy and allow us to unite together as one strong diverse Muslim Ummah.

The Seven most beloved places to the Prophet ﷺ

Seven of the most beloved places to the Prophet ﷺ

There are seven physical places that Prophet ﷺ loved and spoke about on several occasions. As Muslims, we should all make sure we stay connected to these places in the hope to grow our love to our Prophet ﷺ and become closer to him.

Makkah

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  was born in Makkah and his prophethood journey began from there. He taught us to make Makkah our Qibla (Direction for Prayer) and a single prayer performed in Al-Masjid Al-Haram is equivalent to a hundred thousand performed in any other mosque.

Sahih-Ibn Mujah

It is a sanctuary where shedding blood (i.e killing) is prohibited.

Saheeh-At-Tirmidhi

The Prophet ﷺ  openly announced his love of Makkah and its significance in the sight of Allah when he ﷺ said, addressing it: “I swear by Allah! You are the best of the lands of Allah and you are the most beloved land to Allah.”

 [Saheeh-At-Tirmidhi and Ahmad]

Al-Madinah Al-Munawwara

Our Beloved Messenger’s ﷺ loved Madinah so much that he made a prayer for it,

“O Allah! Make us love Madinah as much as we love Makkah or even more.”

Bukhari

It was narrated that When the Prophet ﷺ would return from a trip and see the walls of Al-Madinah, he would speed up his riding camel, and if he was upon a beast, he would agitate it, out of his love for Al-Madinah.

(At-Tirmidhi)

Al-Quds (Jerusalem)

Jerusalem (Al-Quds) is considered a sacred site in Islamic tradition, along with Mecca and Medina.

Part of Jerusalem’s significance and holiness to Muslims derives from its strong association with Abraham, David, Solomon, and Jesus. They are all regarded as Prophets of Islam and their stories are mentioned in the Qur’an. Due to such significance, it was the first Qibla (direction of prayer) for Muslims before it was changed to Makkah.

The Prophet ﷺ took a miraculous night journey to Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

“Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing” (17:1)

The Prophet ﷺ led all the Prophets in prayer in Masjid Al-Aqsa (Jerusalem)

(Muslim)

Masjid Quba’ (Quba’ Mosque)

Quba is the place on the outskirts of Madinah where the Prophet ﷺarrived and first stayed after emigrating from Makkah. A masjid was established there by the Prophetﷺ, and it was the first mosque to be built in Islam.

A verse in the Quran shows the greatness of this mosque:  “…A mosque founded on righteousness from the first day is more worthy for you to stand in.” (Quran 9:108)

The Prophet ﷺ said: “The Salat in Masjid Quba is like Umrah.”

(At-Tirmidhi)

Mount Uhud

Mount Uhud is the largest mountain in Madinah. It is located in the north of Madeenah with a length of seven kilometers. It is at a distance of five kilometers from the mosque of the Prophet ﷺ.

The famous historic Battle of Uhud took place near this mountain. During this battle, the polytheists were victorious due to the mistake that was committed by the Muslim archers, who disobeyed the orders of the Prophetﷺ. The Prophet ﷺ ordered the archers to stay on the mountain to protect the backs of the fighters, but they descended when they thought that the battle was over. The fighters were therefore exposed from behind, and the polytheists killed many Muslims.

The Prophet ﷺ however made sure that the Muslims stay connected to the mountain despite this tragic event and he said: “This mountain loves us and we love it. O Allah! Indeed Ibrahim made Makkah sacred, and I make sacred whatever is between its (i.e. Al-Madinah) two lava tracts.”

(At-Tirmidhi)

Al-Baqi’ (Burial Grounds in Madinah)

The Burial grounds of most of the Prophet’s companions, uncles, and aunties. Also, the Prophet’s son Ibrahim was buried there as well as his daughters, Zaynab, Ruqayyah, Umm Kulthum and Fatima.

There are an estimated 10,000 companions of the Prophet buried in Al-Baqi’.

It is called Jannatul Baqi’ because it’s like a piece of Paradise on earth since the Prophet ﷺ used to make dua’ for the people buried there.   

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to go to the Baqi’ (graveyard in Al-Madinah) at the last part of night and say, “May you be safe, O abode of the believing people. What you have been promised has come to you. You are tarried till tomorrow and certainly we shall follow you if Allah wills. O Allah, forgive the inmates of the Baqi’-al-Gharqad.”

(Muslim)

Al-Rawda Al-Sharifa

Located inside the Prophet’s ﷺ mosque between the house of Aisha and the Prophet’s pulpit.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Between my house and my pulpit there is a garden of the gardens of Paradise, and my pulpit is on my fountain tank (i.e. Al-Kauthar).”

(Bukhari)

Visitors of the Prophet’s Mosque are always keen to offer nafl (non-obligatory) prayers in Rawdah.  
Make sure to build a connection with these places in order to develop a greater love for our beloved Prophet ﷺ.