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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 2

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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 2

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

unseen Artist?

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

my religion.

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

the world.

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

in Britain?

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

to Islam.

“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


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these organizations are non-profit organizations and the revenues

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