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Hazrat ‘Amr bin Al-Aas (R.A.A.) says that the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.)
said: “The only distinguishing factor between our fasting and that
of the other people of the Book is Sahri (i.e. Christians and Jews
who do not eat pre-dawn breakfast).” (Muslim)
Hazrat Jabir (R.A.A.) relates that he heard the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.)
says: “If a person takes the name of The Almighty when he enters
his house and when he eats, Satan tells his companions: ‘Let us go.
There is no room for you to pass the night in this house without
calling the name of The Almighty.’ Satan says to his companions:
‘You have at least secured lodging.’ Then if he does not remem-
ber The Almighty at the time of eating also, Satan says: ‘You have
secured both lodging and food.’ (Muslim)
Hazrat Huzaifah (R.A.A.) says: Whenever we had the chance to be
present with the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) while eating, we would not
start. On one such occasion when we were with the Holy Prophet
(S.A.W.) a girl came in rushing, as if she was very hungry, and want-
ed to eat, but the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) caught hold of her hand.
Then a villager came in and he too rushed for the food as if he
was starving, but the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) held his hand too, and
said: ‘Satan treats that food lawful for himself on which the name
of The Almighty has not been pronounced. He brought this girl in
order to make this food lawful for himself through her, but I seized
his hand also. Now by The Almighty in whose hand’s is my life, I
have Satan’s hand in my grip also along with their hands.’ Then he
pronounced the name of The Almighty and started eating. (Muslim)
Hazrat Ayesha (R.A.) says that (once) the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) was
eating in the company of six of his companions when a villager joined
them and ate up the food in two morsels. On seeing this, the Holy
Prophet (S.A.W.) remarked: ‘If he had taken the name of The Almighty,
the same would have sufficed for all of you.’ (Bukhari and Muslim)
Hazrat Abu Mus’ud Badri (R.A.A.) says: (Once) a man prepared
some food specially for the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.). Four other per-
sons had been invited along with him. But an extra person, who
had not been invited, also accompanied them. On arriving at the
door of the host’s house, the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said to the
host: ‘This man has accompanied us. If you like may be permitted,
otherwise he will return. The host replied: ‘OMessenger, (I will not
turn him back), I invite him’. (Bukhari and Muslim)
Hazrat Wahshi bin Harb (R.A.A.) relates that some of he companions
of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said to him: “O Messenger (S.A.W.),
we eat but don’t get satisfied. He said: ‘May be you eat individually.’
They said: ‘Yes, Sir.’ He told them: ‘Eat together and recite the name
of The Almighty. The food will be blessed for you.’” (Abu Daud)
Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, a world renowned
British pop singer embraced Islam in 1973. Here is an excerpt of
the interview with him.
Q: How did you come to know about Islam?
A: I first came to know about Islam through my elder brother David.
Five years he traveled to Jerusalem, and among the many Holy
places, he visited Al-Aqsa. He had never been inside a mosque in
his life before.
The atmosphere was so different from that of the Christian churches
and Jewish temples that he had to ask himself, “Why is this religion
(Islam) such a big secret?”
He was struck by the behavior of the Muslims and their peaceful
form of worship.
As soon as he returned to England, he bought a copy of the Holy
Qur’an and gave it to me, because he knew I needed guidance.
Q: What impressed you most when you read the Holy Qur’an?
A: It was the timeless nature of the message. The words all seemed
strangely familiar yet so unlike anything I had ever read before;
they were so simple, so clear. Up to this point the purpose of life
had always remained an immense mystery to me. I had always
believed that there was a master design to it all, but who was the
I had tried many spiritual paths without much satisfaction. I was
like a boat without a direction, but when I read the Qur’an it was
as if it was for it, and it for me. For over a year and a half I read
and read. During that time I never met any Muslim.
I was completely engulfed in the message of the Holy Qur’an.
I knew that soon I would have to either submit myself fully, or
continue traveling my own way making music. It was the hardest
move of my life.
One day, I met someone who told me about a new mosque which
had just opened in London; the time had come for me to accept
I started to walk to the Mosque on a Friday in winter 1977. After
the Jum’a (Friday) prayers, I approached the Imam and told him
I wanted to embrace Islam. That was the first contact I had with
the Muslim community.
Q: Now that you are Muslim, what are your impressions of
A: I think a lot of Muslims have lost their way; they have not
really studied the Qur’an itself. It is the essence of knowledge
and contains true guidance for those who are ready to under-
stand it. I believe there is only one real Islam: Surrender to
The Almighty and obey His Messenger. That to me is the safe
road to Paradise.
We must distinguish the true from the false by increasing our
knowledge and staying close to the company who are traveling
the right path. It seems The Almighty has preserved the trea-
sure of knowledge by scattering numerous keys throughout
We Muslims only have to come together in order to achieve a
more comprehensive understanding of what Islam really is. All
Muslims believe in One God, One Quran and One Muhammed
(pbuh), after that it is up to the individual, whichever path he or
she wishes to choose.
In the end, each soul will be responsible for its own deeds.
Q: How difficult was it to suddenly stop and give up many
things that you have been doing?
A: It was not difficult because I knew deep down it was right to give
up those vices which were in reality destroying me, like drinking,
smoking, usury, etc. Yet the hardest thing was to separate myself
from my old friends. I couldn’t understand why they didn’t all
grasp the message of Islam.
I tried to hold on for as long as I could without cutting myself off,
but there came a point when I decided that for the sake of my
religion, I had to draw the line between my past and Islam.
There were many tests, for instance, when I was among non-Mus-
lims, I used to have to say “excuse me” and quietly leave to perform
my Salat (Prayers). I didn’t use to tell them where I was going, so
it must have looked a little strange.
Then one day, I decided to make it known that I was going to
perform my prayers. Immediately everybody accepted it and
respected it and respected me for it.
When you stand up and do your duty The Almighty makes it easy
for you, after that I never had much problem.
Q: The pop world in this day and age has a very large following,
even among the Muslims, what is your opinion about this?
A: Unfortunately, today people are seduced into buying things
through their lower desires. Record, films, tapes, magazines, most
of them designed to make money.
Listening to pop music is like dreaming: it’s a temporary release for
the soul. People who follow this kind of music are generally yearning
for union with “reality”. Music provides them with short-term relief
an escape from this merciless system we call “modern life”.
Q: So what do you intend to do now as a career?
A: I am really literally only working for The Almighty. He sustains me
and He has arranged it so that I can do this. I want to instrumental
in establishing Islam in Britain by whatever means or in whatever
capacity I can.
Q: What do you think of Da’wah activities among non-Muslims
A:We should be careful not to follow the example of the Christians
in this matter. It is a big responsibility for all of us. The message of
Islam should not be spread by word of mouth alone.
To begin with, you must make sure that your actions are correct
and then give the good news simply and clearly: “Say, He is The
Almighty, The One.” Don’t try and convey the complete message
of Islam at once.
The Qur’an is the embodiment of the teaching which The Almighty
has sent a perfection of man, so you can’t just use it as a mouthpiece,
you must put it into practice: that means say little but do much more.
Always remember, it is only The Almighty, Who can guide a person
“It will be wrong to judge Islam in the light of the behavior of
some bad Muslims who are always shown on the media. It is
like judging a car as a bad one if the driver of the car is drunk
and he bangs it with the wall. Islam guides all human beings in
the daily life-in its spiritual, mental, and physical dimensions.
But we must find the sources of these instructions: The Qur’an
and the example of the Prophet. Then we can see the ideal of
Islam.” --YUSUF ISLAM
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