Free Islamic Books for Kids

“Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists)” Holy Qur’an 96:1 (Al-Alaq:1)

Reading is an important part of our lives.  It opens the doors to knowledge and allows us to experience things that, in some cases, cannot not be experienced any other way.

Finding books that are rooted in Islam and that are well-written and interesting for our Muslim children can sometimes be a challenge.  But Harun Yahya has produced many that not only provide an Islamic foundation, but a scientific one as well.

If you haven’t explored his material before, you have a chance right now to do so.  He has made several of his books available for free download online at Truths for Kids. These are full-length, illustrated books that are wonderful for sharing with your children.

These books can be downloaded as text or pdf files, whichever format suits you best.  And, if that’s not enough, they’re available in many languages including Arabic, Farsi, Albanian, Dutch, Indonesian, Turkish, Spanish, Polish, Malay, French, Bosnian, Russian and Swahili!

Here are some of the titles you’ll find:

Stories for Thinking Children 1

Stories for Thinking Children 2

Miracles in Our Bodies

Wonderful Creatures

Wonders of Allah’s Creation

The Glory in the Heavens

Enjoy!

By Sonia Dabboussi

Love one another for the sake of Allah (SWT)

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This particular topic was discussed in one of the weekly ‘Halaqas’ for the teachers and as always I was very much impressed by the knowledge of Shaikh Abdullah, our Imam and founder of Al-Hijra School. Inspired by the discussion, I have compiled a few additional topics here for the sake of our readers. Hope everyone will be benefitted by it.

(Br.) Zafar M. Momin

There are three things, that whoever attains, will find the sweetness of faith: If Allah and his messenger are dearer to him than anyone else; if he loves a person solely for the sake of Allah; and if he would hate to return to disbelief (kufr) after Allah has rescued him from it, as much as he would hate to be thrown into fire.” [Bukhari & Muslim]Our love for each other for the sake of Allah implies a willingness to sacrifice our needs for the sake of our fellow Muslims’ needs in a manner that far outweighs normal sacrifice for the sake of friendship. This pure love is crucial to maintaining Muslims’ faith, if Muslims don’t have strong relations with each other, their faith will automatically decrease.

Loving for the sake of Allah means to love Allah and to show loyalty to Him by following His Shariah. It means to love all that is good and permissible in the Quran and Sunnah. This type of love requires one to defend Allah’s deen and to preserve it. It is to love those who are obedient to Allah and to defend and assist them. These are the party of Allah.

Support one another
“The relationship between believers is like a wall, parts of which support other parts.”[Muslim]

A Muslim should not forsake or abandon his brother, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “There should be no breaking off of ties, no turning away from one another, no hating one another. Be brothers, as Allah has commanded you.” [Muslim]

Loved by Allah (SWT)
It is mentioned in a hadith Qudsi “My love is incumbent upon those who love one another for my sake, those who exchange visits for my sake, those who sit with one another for my sake, and those who put themselves in the service of one another for my sake”. It is the loyalty of those who love one another not for worldly benefits but only in the cause of Allah. Those are the ones for whom Allah’s love is incumbent.

Shaded by Allah (SWT)
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Prophet (SAW) said, “Seven are (the persons) whom Allah will give Shade of His Throne on the Day when there would be no shade other than His Throne’s Shade: A just ruler; a youth who grew up worshipping Allah; a man whose heart is attached to mosques; two persons who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man whom an extremely beautiful woman seduces (for illicit relation), but he (rejects this offer by saying): `I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand does not know what the right has given; and a person who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes well up”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah, the Exalted, will say: `Where are those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory? Today I shall shelter them in My Shade when there will be no shade except Mine”[Muslim]

Seated on pulpits of light
Mu`adh (bin Jabal) (RA) reported: Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: `For those who love one another for the sake of My Glory, there will be seats of light (on the Day of Resurrection), and they will be envied by the Prophets and martyrs”. [Tirmidhi]

On one occasion the Prophet (SAW) finished the prayer and turned toward the people and said, “O people, listen and understand. Allah has slaves who are neither prophets nor martyrs, but both the prophets and martyrs envy them for their closeness to Allah.” A bedouin stepped forward, pointed to the Messenger of Allah and said, “O Messenger of Allah, tell us about these people.” The Prophet was pleased with the bedouin’s request and said, “They are from various peoples and tribes who have no ties of relationship between them. They love each other purely for the sake of Allah. On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will present them pulpits of light for them to sit on. Their faces will be light and their clothes will be light. The people will be scared on the Day of Resurrection, but they will not be scared. They are the friends of Allah who will not have any fear upon them nor will they grieve. [Ahmad and Abu Ya’la with a hassan chain]

Acts of love for one another
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Prophet (SAW) said, “A man set out to visit a brother (in Faith) in another town and Allah sent an angel on his way. When the man met the angel, the latter asked him, “Where do you intend to go?” He said, “I intend to visit my brother in this town”. The angel said, “Have you done any favour to him?” He said, “No, I have no desire except to visit him because I love him for the sake of Allah, the Exalted, and Glorious.” Thereupon the angel said, “I am a messenger to you from Allah (to inform you) that Allah loves you as you love him (for His sake)”. [Muslim]

“If a man loves his brother in faith, he should tell him that he loves him.”[Abu Dawud]

Anas bin Malik (RA) reported: A man was with the Prophet (SAW) when another man passed by and the former said: “O Messenger of Allah! I love this man (for Allah’s sake)”. Messenger of Allah (SAW) asked, “Have you informed him?” He said, “No”. Messenger of Allah (SAW) then said, “Tell him (that you love him)”. So he went up to the man and said to him, “I love you for the sake of Allah;” and the other replied, “May Allah, for Whose sake you love me, love you.” [Abu Dawud].

“Two men who love each other for the sake of Allah, meeting for that reason, and parting with this love (still cherished by both of them) will enjoy Allah’s shade.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

So let’s all show affection towards our family, friends and muslim brothers and sisters for ALlah’s sake….Indeed every good act is a good deed and it will surely be rewarded.

Is it time for prayer?

Prayer Time

الصلاة

الصلاة هي الركن الثاني من أركان الإسلام الخمسة, قال الله تعالى ( إِنَّ الصَّلاَةََ تَنْهَى عَنِ الفَحْشَاءِ وَالمُنْكَروَ لَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ ) . سورة العنكبوت

وفي سورة النساء (إِنَّ الصَّلاَةََ كَانَتْ عَلَى المُؤْمِنِينَ كِتَاباً مَوْقُوتاً ), صدق الله العظيم. للصلاة أثر في حياة الفرد حيث تقوي روحه على مواجهة الأحداث , قال سبحانه وتعالى (وَاسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبِْروَالصَّلاَةِ…) سورة البقرة. إليكم الحوار الذي دار بين تلميذتين من الصف الرابع حول الصلاة.

Listen in here!

True Reliance

Trust in Allah

Trust in Allah

TRUE RELIANCE…..

They scream……They cry….They’re hurt…They’re maimed….They’re killed….They are Silent!

The atrocity that we and the world are witnessing that is happening in Ghaza has grasped the attention, the feelings, the hearts and lives of each and every one of us. We have responded with rallies, petitions, candlelight vigils, meetings, sermons, bulletins, prayers, cries, anger, and silence.

I have been asked from my own dear students what they can do, and I have told them to pray in every prayer and at each opportunity that they have and it saddened me to hear one reply, “But we are and nothing has happened….”

My advice to her and the others who supported the statement with a muffled, “Ya”, was “Don’t stop, don’t give up, put your full trust in Allah, the Creator , the One and Only who sees all and Knows all.”

What would have happened if the mother of Prophet Musa didn’t put her full trust in Allah SWT? Would she have cast her small infant into the river, allowed for fate to take place, and her son to be granted a great position for the sake of Allah?

Tawwakul is true reliance on Allah and is the attitude of a true believer. It reflects a strong trust in Allah and yet it also requires the Muslim to ask Allah for help and do his part as well.

Allah SWT says, “And in Allah therefore let the believers put their trust.” (64:13)

We tend to say we have full trust in Allah, yet the sad thing is there is always a “but” at the end of that sentence showing that we have some doubts or weakness in that trust. A believer must strengthen his faith with remembrance of Allah and his great attributes and put our full one hundred percent trust in Him.

When Prophet Musa (as) was faced with the Pharoun’s army, one of his follows who were impatient and nervous said, “In front of us is this impassable barrier, the sea and behind us the enemy; surely death cannot be avoided!”

Musa (as) replied, “Nay verily my Lord is with me and He will guide me!” 26:62

Prophet Musa (as) didn’t give up he put his trust in Allah, and Allah provided a way for them to escape the enemy.

When Prophet Muhammad (s) was in the cave of Tawr, Abu Bakr whispered, “O Prophet of Allah, if one of them would look into this cave they will see us.” Prophet Muhammed (s) said with full confidence in Allah, “O Abu Bakr what do you think of the two with whom Allah is the third?”

These are only a couple of the great examples of putting ones’ full trust in Allah, SWT, and if it weren’t for this full trust we can only imagine where our faith would be at this point.

Witnessing the massacres that are happening in Ghaza and being so far from being able to help in other direct means is disheartening, discouraging, frustrating, and many times even maddening, so what can we do to keep focus and to help our brothers and sisters in the best way possible?

We support our actions of doing what we can in letting our voices be heard and standing forth upon the truth of letting it be known to one and all. Even if all we can do is a simple prayer, we must put our trust in Allah. We must not stop these prayers or small supplications because of what we are seeing, but we must put our trust in the One and Only, Allah.

Allah the Almighty commands us, “And put your trust in the Ever Living One who dies not.” 25:58

And they said, “Allah is sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs.” 3:173

“Allah loves those who put their trust in Him.” 3:159

Prophet Muhammad (s) said, “If all of you were to rely upon Allah in the manner He deserves from you, then He would certainly grant you provision as He provides it to the birds that depart hungry in the morning, and return with a full belly at dusk.” (At-Tirmithi)

I remind my myself, my students, and all my brothers and sisters around this world to keep speaking the truth, keep standing in support, keep helping, keep giving, keep praying, never give up and above all, in anything that you do, put your True Reliance upon Allah and you will be victorious!

Remember upon leaving his house Prophet Muhammad (s) used to say “In the name of Allah; I trust in Allah; there is no might and no power in Allah.”

Sr. Nadia Hammoud

Ibn Al-Haytham: The Father of Optical Science

Optical Science

Optical Science

Ibn Al-Haytham is a very religious Muslim scholar and a physicist who created theories as well as many discoveries in the field of optics. He was extremely intelligent and very advanced for his age, and his discoveries have allowed us to advance in physics today.


By Ammal El Assar

Take it to heart…read, understand, implement

Islam and You

I begin with greeting you with the greeting of Islam, Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu.

We seem to read so much information these days and don’t always have time to understand it, and with regards to implementing, that’s almost non- existent. From exercise routines, to stress reducers, to the most popular diet tips of the year, month or day, we seem to be bombarded with do’s and don’ts of everything. Let’s put aside all the materials and information outlets on hold for a just a few moments and focus on the following bit of advice.

Reading a hadith of our beloved Prophet(pbuh) and trying to adhere to his teachings can be as easy as one, two, three, or reading it, understanding it, and implementing it.

Take a look at the following hadith where the Messenger (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “The rights of one Muslim on another are six” it was said: What are they O messenger of Allah (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)? He (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “When you meet him greet him, and when he invites you accept, and if he seeks your advice then give it. And when he sneezes and says al-hamdulillah then say yarhamak Allah, and when he is sick then visit him, and when he dies follow his funeral” (Bukhaarie & Muslim).

I look at the simplicity of this hadith and think how easy they are to implement but how great the responsibility truly is behind the action. I look at what these simple actions are and how we must make a conscious effort to uphold the responsibility behind the trust.

If these are rights of a Muslim, then that means they are a trust and a duty upon us all.

First, when you meet him you greet him. A simple right, but how should that greeting be; a smile, a word, a hug, a nod, and what if you’re not in the mood?

Second, if he invites you accept, but what is the occasion, the time, the date, the place, and is it for or against the sake of Allah?

Third, if he seeks your advice then give it, and we all know its human nature to love to give your opinions about everything. Right or wrong we enjoy telling someone what “we” would do in certain situations and why “we” wouldn’t make the other decision. Are you giving your opinion or sincere and well thought out advice that you yourself would adhere to before anyone else?

Fourth when he sneezes and says, alhumdullah then say yarhamakAllah. Do we take the time to reply or feel silly in paying attention to his bodily function? Are we paying attention that we are actually making a prayer that Allah has mercy upon them or snicker at the sneeze itself?

Fifth, when he is sick then visit him. There are times when we are sick and think we want to be left alone but when someone stops by for even a moment to drop a greeting, or ask how we’re feeling, we forget the sickness altogether. Are we paying attention to the action that we will bring happiness to the one who is sick and remember that we too can ask for them to pray for us knowing that the prayer of the sick is answered?

Sixth, even as one departs this world they have a right upon us to follow their funeral. This is a final opportunity that will bring peace and blessings of Mercy for the deceased who is prayed for by all who attend. We in turn will be reminded of the rights that this person had upon us when they were alive and whom this will be our last opportunity to give them their rights and be relinquished of our responsibility to them.

With rights come responsibilities. With responsibility rights are protected. As we touch all the lives that we do on a day to day basis in the jobs that we perform and even within our own families, we must remember to uphold their rights and take on the responsibility. If we can take one hadith of information a day, read it, understand it, and implement it, we can truly make such a difference in our own lives as well as all those around us.

Exciting Facts for Science and Social Studies Teachers – Part 2

In Part 1 we explored many innovations brought to us by Muslim scientists and inventors of the past.  Here are a few more items that I’m sure you’ll enjoy learning about.

11 Windmill:
The windmill was invented in 634 for a Persian caliph and was used to grind corn and draw up water for irrigation. In the vast deserts of Arabia, when the seasonal streams ran dry, the only source of power was the wind which blew steadily from one direction for months. Mills had six or 12 sails covered in fabric or palm leaves. It was 500 years before the first windmill was seen in Europe.

12 Vaccination:
The technique of inoculation was not invented by Jenner and Pasteur but was devised in the Muslim world and brought to Europe from Turkey by the wife of the English ambassador to Istanbul in 1724. Children in Turkey were vaccinated with cowpox to fight the deadly smallpox at least 50 years before the West discovered it.

13 Fountain Pen:
The fountain pen was invented for the Sultan of Egypt in 953 after he demanded a pen which would not stain his hands or clothes. It held ink in a reservoir and, as with modern pens, fed ink to the nib by a combination of gravity and capillary action.

14 Numerical Numbering:
The system of numbering in use all round the world is probably Indian in origin but the style of the numerals is Arabic and first appears in print in the work of the Muslim mathematiciansal-Khwarizmi and al-Kindi around 825. Algebra was named after al- Khwarizmi’s book, Al-Jabr wa-al-Muqabilah , much of whose contents are still in use. The work of Muslim maths scholars was imported into Europe 300 years later by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci. Algorithms and much of the theory of trigonometry came from the Muslim world. And Al-Kindi’s discovery of frequency analysis rendered all the codes of the ancient world soluble and created the basis of modern cryptology.

15 Soup:
Ali ibn Nafi, known by his nickname of Ziryab (Blackbird) came from Iraq to Cordoba in the 9th century and brought with him the concept of the three-course meal – soup, followed by fish or meat, then fruit and nuts. He also introduced crystal glasses (which had been invented after experiments with rock crystal by Abbas ibn Firnas – see No 4).

16 Carpets:
Carpets were regarded as part of Paradise by medieval Muslims, thanks to their advanced weaving techniques, new tinctures from Islamic chemistry and highly developed sense of pattern and arabesque which were the basis of Islam’s non-representational art. In contrast, Europe’s floors were distinctly earthly, not to say earthy, until Arabian and Persian carpets were introduced. In England, as Erasmus recorded, floors were “covered in rushes, occasionally renewed, but so imperfectly that the bottom layer is left undisturbed, sometimes for 20 years, harbouring expectoration, vomiting, the leakage of dogs and men, ale droppings, scraps of fish, and other abominations not fit to be mentioned”.
Carpets, unsurprisingly, caught on quickly.

17 Pay Cheques:
The modern cheque comes from the Arabic saqq, a written vow to pay for goods when they were delivered, to avoid money having to be transported across dangerous terrain. In the 9th century, a Muslim businessman could cash a cheque in China drawn on his bank in Baghdad.

18 Earth is in a spherical shape?
By the 9th century, many Muslim scholars took it for granted that the Earth was a sphere. The proof, said astronomer Ibn Hazm, "is that the Sun is always vertical to a particular spot on Earth". It was 500 years before that realisation dawned on Galileo. The calculations of Muslim astronomers were so accurate that in the 9th century they reckoned the Earth’s circumference to be 40, 253.4km – less than 200km out. The scholar al-Idrisi took a globe depicting the world to the court of King Roger of Sicily in 1139.

19 Rocket and Torpedo:
Though the Chinese invented saltpetre gunpowder, and used it in their fireworks, it was the Arabs who worked out that it could be purified using potassium nitrate for military use. Muslim incendiary devices terrified the Crusaders. By the 15th century they had invented both a rocket, which they called a "self-moving and combusting and a torpedo – a self-propelled pear-shaped bomb with a spear at the front which impaled itself in enemy ships and then blew up.

20 Gardens:
Medieval Europe had kitchen and herb gardens, but it was the Arabs who developed the idea of the garden as a place of beauty and meditation. The first royal pleasure gardens in Europe were opened in 11th-century Muslim Spain. Flowers which originated in Muslim gardens include the carnation and the tulip.

By Zafar Momin