I wanted to make some Arabic calligraphy artworks for a long time. In an attempt to allow the non-Arab Muslim and the non-Muslim visitors of my page to learn, know and maybe enjoy more about Islamic culture, I'd like to start making and posting some Arabic calligraphy art, in sha'Allah [God willing]. some will be digital while others will be traditional.
Along with these calligraphy artworks, I am going to offer some answers to common questions regarding Islam. I'd like to start with the God himself -Glory be to him-.
first part: second part
9. "Does God know everything that is going to happen? - Does He have absolute control on the outcome of everything? - If so, how is that fair for us? Where is our free will then?"
Answer: The God is the All-Knowing. He Knows everything that will happen. The first thing that He created was something called Al-Qalam (The Pen) and He ordered Al-Qalam to write. Al-Qalam wrote in what is called Al-lawh al-mahfoodh اللوح المحفوظ (the Preserved Tablet or the Book of Decrees) until it had written everything that would happen. And then Allah began to create the universe. All of this was already known to Him before He created it. He does have absolute and total control at all times. There is nothing that happens except that He is in control of if. in Control means he has the power to allow it or stop it.
There is a mistake in the expression: "our Free Will." Allah alone, has Free Will, He Wills whatever He likes and it will always happen as He wills. We have something called, "Free choice." The difference is that what Allah "Wills" always happens and what we choose may or may not happen. We are not being judged on the outcome of things, we are being judged on our choices. This means that at the core of everything will always be our intentions. Whatever we intended, is what we will have the reward for. Each person will be judged according to what The God gave them to work with, how they used it and what they intended to do with it.
As regards the actual "Judgment Day" - Allah tells us that everything we are doing is being recorded and not a single tiny thing escapes from this record. Even an atom's weight of good will be seen on the Day of Judgment and even a single atom's weight of evil will be seen too.
The one who will bring the evidences against us will be ourselves. Our ears, tongue, eyes and all of our bodies will begin to testify against us in front of Allah on the Day of Judgment. None will be oppressed on that Day, none will be falsely accused.
The God could have put everyone in their respective places from the very beginning, but the people would complain as to why they were thrown in Hell without being given a chance. This life is exactly that; a chance to prove to ourselves who we really are and what we would really do if we indeed had a free choice.
Allah Knows everything that will happen, but we don't. That is why the test is fair.
10. "If there is only one God, then why are there so many religions?
Answer: Allah does not force anyone to submit to Him. He has lay out a clear path and then made it known to them the two ways (Heaven or Hell). The person is always free to make his or her own choice. There is not compulsion in the way of "Islam." Whoever chooses to worship Allah without partners and is devoted to Him and is obeying His commands as much as possible, has grasped the firm handhold that will never break. Whoever denies God and chooses some other way to worship or not to believe at all, for them there is an eternal punishment that is most horrible (Hell).
All religions originated with Allah and then people began to add or take away from the teachings so as to take control over each other. Man made religions are an abomination before the Lord and will never be accepted. He will only accept true submission, obedience and in purity and peace to His commandments.
11. "How do you know that the Qur'an is really from God?"
Answer: Muslims have something that offers the most clear proof of all, The Qur'an. There is no other book like it anywhere on earth. It is absolutely perfect in the Arabic language. It has no mistakes in grammar, meanings or context. The scientific evidences are well known around the entire world, even amongst non-Muslim scholars. Predictions in the Quran have come true; and its teachings are clearly for all people, all places and all times. No one has been able to produce a book like it, nor ten chapters like it, nor even one single chapter like it. It was memorized by thousands of people during the lifetime of Mohammed -Peace and blessings be upon him- and then this memorization was passed down from teacher to student for generation after generation, from mouth to ear and from one nation to another. Today every single Muslim has memorized some part of the Qur'an in the original Arabic language that it was revealed in over 1,400 years ago, even though most of them are not Arabs. Even if we lost all the books on this planet, religious or secular, and there were no more books anymore. The Qur'an is the ONLY book we can bring back EXACTLY, word for word, letter for letter, dot for dot, with no mistakes. Why? because countless people have memorized it the exact same way. There are over nine million (9,000,000) Muslims living on the earth today who have totally memorized the entire Quran, word for word, from cover to cover, and can recite the entire Qur'an, in Arabic just as Mohammed -Peace and blessings be upon him- did 14 centuries ago. and that's impossible. I know. except if it is a miracle. and the Qur'an IS a miracle. Alhamdullillaah. Alhamdullillaah. Alhamdullillaah. All the praise be to Allah who revealed the Qur'an, who made it easy to memorize and who preserved it and will preserve it until the end of time.
answers by Sheikh Yusuf Estes (with a little change) from [link]
I hope this was beneficial
in the past articles, some people asked some questions. and you can feel free to ask yours. for the benefit of all, I will reply them in my future articles, in sha'Allah [God willing].
IN THE DRAWING: "Laa Ilaaha Illallaah" in Arabic means there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah.
If I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is from myself.
This is very beautiful. Did you draw everything there or did you take the patterns in the back from somewhere else? If you did, the arrangement is very nice.
I was wondering something about question 10. Does the Coran say what happened to people before Islam? Were devout Christians sent to Heaven and devout Jews sent to Heaven before? Or all believers in one god?
as for your question. well, from Islamic perspective, there is no Christianity nor Judaism. all prophets of the God (Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus... and many more) preached submission to the will of the God (Islam). therefore, anyone who believed in their original message and followed them was a submitter to the God (Muslim). so yes, those who followed the original messages of these prophets were Muslims and, by God's will, will go to heaven. If you were living in an isolated island where you never heard of Christianity or Islam or any other religion. and with your intellect you could come to realize the existence of the one God. and you tried to worship him in your own way which does not involve idolatry and polytheism, then you are considered a Muslim even if you never heard of the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-.
And I didn't realize that, for some reason. Are the Christianity and Judaism that exist right now considered the same as well? I'm a bit confused about Christianity, though, since wouldn't believing in Jesus as the son of God automatically not make it work?
Are the Christianity and Judaism that exist right now considered the same as well?
i believe brother Nayzak has already answered this through your first question:
" all prophets of the God (Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus... and many more) preached submission to the will of the God (Islam). therefore, anyone who believed in their original message and followed them was a submitter to the God (Muslim). "
Therefore, the Christianity and Judaism that exist right now are not considered the same. There you go.
i hope it helps you in a way
If I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is indeed from myself.
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