I don’t know, maybe you can find an answer on islamqa or something?
Some of the scholars say that one third of the Qur’an is stories, historical accounts mainly of a few prophets of Allah. Allah tells us the purpose of revealing these stories to us
"So relate the stories that perhaps they will give thought." (7:176)
Some of the stories include:
Hud (as) was sent to the people of ‘Aad who were known for their strength and wealth which caused them to become tyrants in the land
Salah (as) was sent to the people of Thamud who thought that they could rely on their intellect to continue causing corruption in the land.
Lut (as) was sent to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah who were a people who did not control desires and would preform acts of sodomy in public and they had lost all sense of shame
Shu’aib (as) was sent to the people of Madyan who believed that religion should not influence their business (they had a secularist mentality) and they would cheat people in their business transactions
Musa (as) was sent to the Pharaoh who was the most corrupt leader/dictator to have ever lived
Allah has selected a few stories which He repeats often throughout the Qur’an which have specifically been chosen because we will face the same issues as these societies in our society, and so we should reflect upon these stories to understand the problem and find the solution to our problems and the consequences if we do not stop these corrupt acts.
When you read these stories, you realise that times may change, but people are people, corrupt leaders will still use the same arguments in order to deter people from the way of Allah. The masses still fall for the same tricks. People will always think that their society is more advanced than Islam and that this religion is just something that the people of old use to believe in and so we should get with the times, and so on and so forth. But who will see this except for those who ponder over the Qur’an?
"Their hearts resemble each other. We have shown clearly the signs to a people who are certain [in faith]." (2:118)
Actions stem from the heart.
Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “There will emerge from the East some people who will recite the Qur’an but it will not exceed their throats and who will go out of (renounce) the religion (Islam) as an arrow passes through the game, and they will never come back to it unless the arrow, comes back to the middle of the bow (by itself) (i.e., impossible). The people asked, “What will their signs be?” He said, “Their sign will be the habit of shaving (of their beards).
Sahih al-Bukhari 7562
(Fath-ul-Bari, Page 322, Vol. 17th)
When a person thinks about the life of this world before entering it, he considers it long. Likewise, when he thinks about it after leaving it, he sees a long period of time and knows that the stay in the grave is long. When he thinks about the Day of judgment, he knows that its fifty thousand years long, and when he thinks about Paradise and Hell, he knows that they will never end. Now, when he goes back to look at the time spent in this world, lets say 60 years, he can see that thirty of it is spent sleeping, fifteen or so is spent in childhood and most of what’s left goes to chasing after desires, food and money. When he accounts for what is left, he finds that much of it is nothing but showing off and heedlessness. The price of eternal life is the hours of his life, but what is left of them for him to buy it with?!
Source: Sincere Counsel to the Seekers of Sacred Knowledge
As promised i decided to start the Sahabiyyat series a bit early, i will be busy these next few days so i wouldnt have had any time to post anything so i am doing it now.
I dedicate this first post to a Sahabiyyat im extremely found of, her character,her persona, her mannerisms and her over all greatness. She’s someone i truly take as a role model & one day will name my daughter after. Her name is Rumayasa Bint Milhan, but she’s also known by her kunya “Umm Sulaym” Radi Allahu Anha.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
All praise is due to Allah. We seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our own selves and from the evil of our actions. And whomsoever Allah guides, there is none to misguide him, and whomsoever Allah leads astray none can guide him aright. I testify that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah, alone with no partner, and I testify that Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wasallam is His slave and messenger.
Even before Islaam was introduced to Yathrib, Rumaysa was known for her excellent character, the power of her intellect and her independent attitude of mind.
Umm Sulaym was first married to Malik ibn Nadhr and her son by this marriage was the famous Anas ibn Malik, one of the great companions of the Prophet.
Umm Sulaym was one of the first women of Yathrib to accept Islaam. She was influenced by the refined, dedicated and persuasive Mus’ab ibn ‘Umayr who was sent out as the first missionary or ambassador of Islaam by the noble Prophet. This was after the first pledge of ‘Aqabah. Twelve men of Yathrib had gone to ‘Aqabah on the outskirts of Makkah to pledge loyalty to the Prophet. This was the first major break through for the mission of the Prophet for many years.
Umm Sulaym’s decision to accept Islaam was made without the knowledge or consent of her husband, Malik ibn an-Nadhr. He was absent from Yathrib at the time and when he returned he felt some change had come over his household and asked his wife: “Have you be en rejuvenated?”
"No," she said, "but I now believe in this man ."
Malik was not pleased especially when his wife went on to announce her acceptance of Islaam in public and instruct her son Anas in the teachings and practice of the new faith. She taught him to say لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ الله. The young Anas repeated this simple but profound declaration of faith clearly and emphatically.
Umm Sulaym’s husband was now furious. He shouted at her: “Don’t corrupt my son.”
"I am not corrupting him," she replied firmly.
Her husband then left the house and it is reported that he was set upon by an enemy of his and was killed. The news shocked but apparently did not upset Umm Sulaym greatly. She remained devoted to her son Anas and was concerned about his proper upbringing. She is even reported to have said that she would not marry again unless Anas approved.
When it was known that Umm Sulaym had become a widow, one man, Zayd ibn Sahl, known as Abu Talhah, resolved to become engaged to her before anyone else did.
He was rather confident that Umm Sulaym would not pass him over for another. He was after all a strong and virile person who was quite rich and who possessed an imposing house that was much admired. He was an accomplished horseman and a skilful archer and, moreover, he belonged to the same clan as Umm Sulaym, the Banu Najjaar.
Aboo Talhah proceeded to Umm Sulaym’s house. On the way he recalled that she had been influenced by the preaching of Mus’ab ibn Umayr and had become a Muslim.
"So what?" he said to himself. "Was not her husband who died a firm adherent of the old religion and was he not opposed to Muhammad and his mission?"
Aboo Talhah reached Umm Sulaym’s house. He asked and was given permission to enter. Her son Anas was present. Aboo Talhah explained why he had come and asked for her hand in marriage.
"A man like you, Abu Talhah," she said, "is not easily turned away. But I shall never marry you while you are a kaafir, an unbeliever."
Aboo Talhah thought she was trying to put him off and that perhaps she had already preferred someone wealthier and more influential. He said to her:
"What is it that really prevents you from accepting me, Umm Sulaym? Is it the yellow and the white metals gold and silver?"
"Gold and silver?"
she asked somewhat taken aback and in a slightly censuring tone. “Yes,” he said.
"I swear to you, Abu Talhah, and I swear to God and His Messenger that if you accept Islaam, I shall be pleased to accept you as a husband, without any gold or silver. I shall consider your acceptance of Islam as my mahr."
Abu Talha understood well the implications of her words. His mind turned to the idol he had made from wood and on which he lavished great attention in the same way that important men of his tribe venerated and cared for their personal idols.
The opportunity was right for Umm Sulaym to stress the futility of such idol worship and she went on:
"Don’t you know Aboo Talhah, that the god you worship besides Allah grew from the earth?"
"That’s true," he said.
"Don’t you feel stupid while worshipping part of a tree while you use the rest of it for fuel to bake bread or warm yourself? If you should give up these foolish beliefs and practice) and become a Muslim, Abu Talhah, I shall be pleased to accept you as a husband and I would not want from you any sadaqah apart from your acceptance of Islam."
"Who shall instruct me in Islam?" asked Abu Talhah.
"I shall," Umm Sulaym replied.
"Utter the declaration of truth and testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. Then go to your house, destroy your idol and throw it away."
Aboo Talhah left and reflected deeply on what Umm Sulaym had said. He came back to her beaming with happiness.
"I have taken your advice to heart. I declare that there is no god but Allah and I declare that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah."
Umm Sulaym and Aboo Talhah were married. Anas, her son, was pleased and the Muslims would say:
"We have never yet heard of a mahr that was more valuable and precious than that of Umm Sulaym for she made Islaam her mahr."
Umm Sulaym was pleased and delighted with her new husband who placed his unique energies and talents in the service of Islam. He was one of the seventy three men who swore allegiance to the Prophet at the second Pledge of ‘Aqabah. With him, according to one report, was his wife Umm Sulaym. Two other women, the celebrated Nusaybah bint Ka’b and Asma bint ‘Amr witnessed ‘Aqabah and took the oath of allegiance to the Prophet.
Abu Talhah was devoted to the Prophet and took enormous delight in simply looking at him and listening to the sweetness of his speech. He participated in all the major military campaigns. He lived a very ascetic life and was known to fast for long periods at a time. It is said that he had a fantastic orchard in Madinah with date palms and grapes and running water. One day while he was performing Salaah in the shade of the trees, a beautiful bird with brightly colored plumage flew in front of him. He became engrossed in the scene and forgot how many rak’ats he had prayed. Two? Three? When he completed the Prayer he went to the Prophet and described how he had been distracted. In the end, he said:
"Bear witness, Messenger of Allah, that I hand over this orchard as a charity for the sake of Allah, the Exalted."
Abu Talha and Umm Sulaym had an exemplary Muslim family life, devoted to the Prophet and the service of Muslims and Islaam. The Prophet used to visit their home. Sometimes when the time of Prayer came, he would pray on a mat provided by Umm Sulaym. Sometimes also he would have a siesta in their house and, as he slept, she would wipe the perspiration from his forehead. Once when the Prophet awoke from his siesta, he asked: “Umm Sulaym, what are you doing?”
"I am taking these drops of perspiration as a barakah which comes from you," she replied.
At another time, the Prophet went to their house and Umm Sulaym offered him dates and butterfat but he did not have any of it because he was fasting. Occasionally, she would send her son Anas with bags of dates to his house.
It was noticed that the Prophet, peace be on him, had a special compassion for Umm Sulaym and her family and when asked about it, he replied: “Her brother was killed beside me.”
Umm Sulaym herself was noted for her great courage and bravery. During the Battle of Uhud, she carried a dagger in the folds of her dress. She gave water to and tended the wounded and she made attempts to defend the Prophet when the tide of battle was turning against him. At the Battle of Khandaq, the Prophet saw her carrying a dagger and he asked her what she was doing with it. She said:
"It is to fight those who desert."
"May God grant you satisfaction in that," replied the Prophet. In the face of adversity, Umm Sulaym displayed a unique calmness and strength. One of her young son Umayr fell sick and died while her husband was away looking after his orchards. She bathed the child and wrapped him in shrouds. She told others at her home that they should not inform Aboo Talhah because she herself wanted to tell him.
Umm Sulaym had another son whose name was Abdullah. A few days after she gave birth, she sent Anas with the baby and a bag of dates to the Prophet. The Prophet placed the baby on his lap. He crushed the dates in his mouth and put some in the baby’s mouth. The baby sucked the dates with relish and the Prophet said: “The Ansaar are only fond of dates.”
'Abdullah eventually grew up and had seven children all of whom memorized the Qur'aan.
Umm Sulaym was a model Muslim, a model wife and mother. Her belief in God was strong and uncompromising. She was not prepared to endanger her faith and the upbringing of her children for wealth and luxury, however abundant and tempting.
She was devoted to the Prophet and dedicated her son Anas to his service. She took the responsibility of educating her children and she played an active part in public life, sharing with the other Muslims the hardships and the joys of building a community and living for the pleasure of God..
That is the story of Rumayasa Bint Milhan, a story of strength, Iman, & courage. No matter what happen in her life her Love & Devotion towards Allah never wavered. She stood against all odds & stood for truth even if it meant loosing her husband. Now you know why she’s my role model, her story taught me many lessons one being to always stand for the Haqq regardless of who or what you lose. Like her, my reward is too with Allah. She’s someone who from early stages understood the Haqq & raised her children to be firm in the Deen. She taught her children that no sacrifice is too small or big for Allah, her actions spoke for her.
She is Rumayasa Bint Milhan Radi Allahu Anha
We are allowed to eat from the ahlul kitab but i personally dont trust christians, i think most of them they’re mushriks and a lott of them are just Christian by name here (i have no problem with kosher though, id eat that without a second thought). Tbh i don’t think theres a need to eat anything other than halal if you live in the major cities in the uk, halal food is generally widely available.
But is she right or wrong? i don’t know. but its better to stay on the safe side
"So eat of that [meat] upon which the name of Allah has been mentioned, if you are believers in His verses
And why should you not eat of that upon which the name of Allah has been mentioned while He has explained in detail to you what He has forbidden you, excepting that to which you are compelled. And indeed do many lead [others] astray through their [own] inclinations without knowledge. Indeed, your Lord - He is most knowing of the transgressors.
And leave what is apparent of sin and what is concealed thereof. Indeed, those who earn [blame for] sin will be recompensed for that which they used to commit.
And do not eat of that upon which the name of Allah has not been mentioned, for indeed, it is grave disobedience. And indeed do the devils inspire their allies [among men] to dispute with you. And if you were to obey them, indeed, you would be associators [of others with Him].” (6:118-121)
gardensoftherighteous replied to your post “Assaalmu alaikum I was wondering if it was haram or impermissible to say Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un to a kufar who has passed away or is it allowed?”
it will never be clear to us who is a companion of the Hellfire, because none of us know what is in the hearts. Nabi SAW was told by Allah but Allah does not speak to us in the same way.
we judge by what is aperent, if a kafir dies upon kufr then this means we are not allowed to seek forgiveness for them and this is how ibn Abbas explained it becoming clear to Ibrahim (as) that his father was an enemy of Allah. Allah also says
“Indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers - never would the [whole] capacity of the earth in gold be accepted from one of them if he would [seek to] ransom himself with it. For those there will be a painful punishment, and they will have no helpers.” (3:91)
and there are other ayat in the Qur’an which show that a person who dies upon kufr is bound for jahannam. So when we know that a non muslim dies in that state then we should not ask Allah for there forgiveness