True to another Muslim spirit. Misery hearts company. Even countries that maintain a standardised Islamic calendar let the months recede slowly against the solar seasons. Because the drifting Islamic lunar calendar provides for a unique kind of equality. If, for example, Ramadan always occurred in July, or thereabout, it’d be terrible for folks in the far north of the world, what with their increasingly hot and interminable daylight hours. Whereas that’d be entirely convenient for folks in the global south. When Ramadan that retreats every year, we have a religious calendar that makes sure a different part of the world Unity shouldn’t ever mean unanimity. Winter, spring, summer and autumn are special and unique. Seasons Greeting would be a great expression of your venue and altitude.
Study: Being Kind to Others does make you happier…
Researchers conclude that being kind to others causes a small but significant improvement in subjective well-being. The review found that the effect is lower than some pop-psychology articles have claimed, but also concluded that future research might help identify which kind acts are most effective at boosting happiness. The claim that ‘helping makes you happy’ has become a staple of pop psychology and self-help manuals. Performing ‘random acts of kindness’ has been touted as a sure-fire way of boosting your mood — doing good makes you feel good, as well as benefiting others. But do these claims stack up, or are they ‘too good to be true’?
In order to find out, a team from the universities of Oxford and Bournemouth carried out a systematic review of the scientific literature. They analysed over 400 published papers that had investigated the relationship between kindness and happiness, and identified 21 studies that had explicitly put the claim to the test — that being kind to others makes us happier. They then conducted a meta-analysis, which statistically combines the results of these previous studies. On this basis, they calculate that there is indeed an overall effect of kindness on happiness, but that the size of the effect is relatively modest — equivalent to less than one point on a 0-10 happiness scale.
They also find that lower quality studies tended to claim larger effects than the high quality research, which suggests that the true effect may be even smaller.
In addition, they note that existing research does not distinguish between kindness to family and friends versus strangers and, taking this into account, targeted kindness rather than indiscriminate kindness may have a greater effect on happiness.
Study lead author Dr Oliver Scott Curry, from the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford, concludes: ‘Humans are social animals. We are happy to help family, friends, colleagues, community members and even strangers under some conditions. This research suggests that people do indeed derive satisfaction from helping others. This is probably because we genuinely care about others’ welfare, and because random acts of kindness are a good way of making new friends, and kick-starting supportive social relationships.’
He adds: ‘Many groups in the last decade have been keen to establish a link between kindness and happiness, including the UK government. Offering kindness to others has been explored as a possible panacea for many of our social ills, ranging from social isolation to more serious mental and physical health conditions. Our review suggests that performing acts of kindness will not change your life, but might help nudge it in the right direction. We recommend further research is done to compare the effects of being kind to family and friends as opposed to strangers. This is an area about which we know surprisingly little at the moment.’
Half of world online…
By the end of 2016, almost half of the world’s population will be using the internet as mobile networks grow and prices fall, but their numbers will remain concentrated in the developed world, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.
In the world’s developed countries about 80 percent of the population use the internet. But only about 40 percent in developing countries and less than 15 percent in less-developed countries are online, according to a report by the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
In several of Africa’s poorer and more fragile countries, only one person in 10 is on the internet. The offline population is female, elderly, less educated, poorer and lives in rural areas, said the union, a specialized agency for information and communication technologies.Globally, 47 percent of the world’s population is online, still far short of a U.N. target of 60 percent by 2020. Some 3.9 billion people, more than half the world’s population, are not. ITU expects 3.5 billion people to have access by the end of this year.
“In 2016, people no longer go online, they are online. The spread of 3G and 4G networks across the world had brought the internet to more and more people,” the report said.
Telecoms and internet companies are expanding as more affordable smartphones encourage consumers to browse the internet, causing demand to grow for data-heavy services. However, less-developed countries – LDCs – still trail the rest of the world.
“Internet penetration levels in LDCs today have reached the level enjoyed by developed countries in 1998, suggesting that the LDCs are lagging nearly 20 years behind the developed countries,” the report said.
It blamed the cost of services and of extending infrastructure to rural and remote customers and the high price of mobile cellular use.
Best Business: Organized religion rakes in more money than Apple and Google combined…
Religion in the United States is worth $1.2tn a year, making it equivalent to the 15th largest national economy in the world, according to a study.
The faith economy has a higher value than the combined revenues of the top 10 technology companies in the US, including Apple, Amazon and Google, says the analysis from Georgetown University in Washington DC.
The Socioeconomic Contributions of Religion to American Society: An Empirical Analysis calculated the $1.2tn figure by estimating the value of religious institutions, including healthcare facilities, schools, daycare and charities; media; businesses with faith backgrounds; the kosher and halal food markets; social and philanthropic programmes; and staff and overheads for congregations.
Co-author Brian Grim said it was a conservative estimate. More than 344,000 congregations across the US collectively employ hundreds of thousands of staff and buy billions of dollars worth of goods and services.
More than 150 million Americans, almost half the population, are members of faith congregations, according to the report. Although numbers are declining, the sums spent by religious organisations on social programmes have tripled in the past 15 years, to $9bn.
Twenty of the top 50 charities in the US are faith-based, with a combined operating revenue of $45.3bn.
The report points to analysis by the Pew Research Centre which shows that two-thirds of highly religious adults had donated money, time or goods to the poor in the previous week, compared with 41% of adults who said they were not highly religious.
Grim and his co-author Melissa Grim of the Newseum Institute in Washington came up with three estimates of the worth of US religion. The lowest, at $378bn, took into account only the revenues of faith-based organisations. The middle estimate, $1.2tn, included an estimate of the market value of goods and services provided by religious organisations and the contributions of businesses with religious roots.
The top estimate was based on the household incomes of religiously affiliated Americans, and placed the value of faith to US society at $4.8tn annually.
The analysis did not take account of the value of financial or physical assets held by religious groups. Neither did it account for “the negative impacts that occur in some religious communities, including … such things as the abuse of children by some clergy, cases of fraud, and the possibility of being recruitment sites for violent extremism”.
However, it concluded, “the faith sector is undoubtedly a significant component of the overall American economy, impacting and involving the lives of the majority of the US population”.
Our Worship Through the Seasons
By Asif Uddin
Many of us when hearing and reading eulogies of past communities, invariably begin to compare that past with that of our present. Naturally we begin to focus on our present days’ failings, longing to have lived in that romanticised past, free from most, if not all, difficulties. Eventually when we climb down out of the clouds and into the real world we realise that we cannot change the fact that we live in the 21st century. A century seemingly filled with daily horrors and devoid of morality, it can sometimes feel unbearably hard to live in; however, wallowing in our misgivings can often be counterproductive and rather as the proverb goes, if we were to make hay while the sun shines, there is much to gain in living in this era and in this part of the world too.
For everything there is a season…
Islām is a divinely ordained way of life, transcending time and place. In every hardship we face, there is wisdom for the believer and an opportunity for him to rise in status with his Lord. “Truly with hardship comes ease” and the Prophetic narration, “How wonderful is the affair of the believer? For his affairs are all good, and this applies to none but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and he is rewarded for that. If something bad befalls him, he bears it with patience and he is rewarded for that” are but a few examples of how Islām ingrains lessons of encouragement and positivity. Realising these lessons should help us counter the excessive complaining, procrastination and general negativity towards life that we find within many of our circles.
The United Kingdom is that part of the consumer world where life is furiously fast. Even Muslims visiting from abroad can often be left puzzled by the widely varying prayer times especially with no public call to prayer to remind them of their daily obligations. The inherent difficulties faced by Muslims here with the seasonal variations in prayer times are part and parcel of life, so what positives can we take from this difficulty?
The winter days are very short, sometimes the end of Fajr is as early as 8.00 am and Maghrib at 4pm, whilst during the summer days, Fajr ends at 4.30am and Maghrib at 9.30pm. There are many advantages we can draw from this:
Firstly, the opportunity to pray in congregation three or four times a day in the Mosque during the summer period should be very easy even for those who are working full time. And why would one want to miss out on an opportunity like this when the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said: ‘The prayer of a person in congregation is twenty seven times better than the prayer of the person individually.’ Naturally, the chance to have a wage or salary which is 27 times more for practically doing the same thing at the same time is not an opportunity any of us would want to miss (From October, 2010, the minimum wage became £5.93 an hour, so that would mean £160.11 an hour!). So why with our daily prayers, which we must pray within their fixed times, do we not grab that offer? The first offer is one that benefits us in this life and the second offer is one that benefits us in the ever-lasting life of the Hereafter.
Secondly, the time between Maghrib and the beginning of Fajr is very short in the summer, so praying the night prayer during the last third of the night is surprisingly easy. In other countries closer to the equator where the nights are much longer, waking up in the last third of the night is harder and praying most of that last third is even more so. In addition, in the winter (in the UK), the days become so short, we can wake up a short time before Fajr at a quite normal time. We can pray our night prayer after which we can carry on with the rest of our day with as much ease as when we do our daily routine of work, school etc. So, how can we deny ourselves of this opportunity, when the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) informed us: “Our Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven, when only one third of the night has remained. He says: “Who will invoke Me, so that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him.” And in another report, he (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) adds: “Then Allāh extends His Hand and says: ‘Who wants to invest [good deeds] with the One who is not wasteful or unjust?’ He continues to say this until the dawn arrives.”
Thirdly, during the winter, the beginning of Fajr until Maghrib amounts to just ten hours (6am to 4pm) and so fasting should be easy as pie! (Although, eating some pie would kind of defeat the purpose of the fast!) In fact, a person is only expected to miss out on lunch. How can one not do this when the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said: “The best fasting is the fast of David (Dawūd): he used to fast one day and not the next.” Moreover, there are the recommended Fasts for every Monday and Thursday and the middle three days of the Islamic months. Some of our scholars have considered fasting to be one of the greatest actions in Islām. Whilst all actions have a limit to their reward, fasting is an act that has not, as it consists of various types of patience, lessons in self-development and numerous guiding morals.
Fourthly, praying the recommended mid-morning prayer – Salatul-Duha (or Ishrāq) becomes effortless. The time for the mid-morning prayer is from when the Sun has risen to the height of a spear above the horizon, which is around fifteen or twenty minutes after sunrise. Since Maghrib in the winter period is a lot earlier, it would be safe to pray this slightly earlier, about 10 minutes after sunrise. However, the point is that it could be prayed before one leaves for work. How can we miss out on this, when the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever prays Fajr prayer in congregation then awaits patiently until he offers the Shurook prayer shall have the reward of a person who has completed both Hajj and Umrah, not lacking in any way.”
Fifthly, The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said that the duʿā’ from ʿAsr to Maghrib on Friday is one of the blessed times in which it is most likely to be answered. The Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said: “Friday is twelve hours in which there is no Muslim who asks Allāh for something but He will give it to him, so seek the last hour after ʿAsr.”. Since, the time after ‘Asr until Maghrib, during the shorter days of the year in the United Kingdom, is so small, the effective time we seek to make that assured duʿā’ is much easier to achieve.
Sixthly, acts of worship which are restricted by time have a higher reward in terms of the percentage of time spent in worshipping. So if someone only has one hour to do his evening adhkār – the percentage of time in that evening that he spends in performing this worship is much higher than when he does the same in his summer evenings. For instance, since the nights are very short in the summer period, the reward for praying the whole of the night is achieved simply by standing for quite a short time. The opportunity of a lifetime!
Seventhly, how many times do we hear ourselves bemoaning the terrible weather that the United Kingdom has? It snows in the summer, we get heat waves in the winter and to top it all off it rains throughout the year! But is complaining about the weather, which is by Allāh’s decree, in fact a complaint to the Most High? We need to realise the weather is from the many bounties of Allāh and seek from its opportunities in order to raise our taqwa. I will always remember when a respected shaykh from the Middle-East visited the United Kingdom and it began to rain. As the Muslims all rushed for cover, the shaykh, ran out into the rain and began to cry profusely and make duʿā’. Later he told us, “In my country, we sometimes get rain just once a year. The Muslims in the United Kingdom are blessed with this opportunity of washing away their sins and thanking Allāh for these blessings,” As our Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said: “Two are the duʿā’s that are never returned unanswered: the duʿā’ made when the prayer is being called, and at the time of rainfall.” Yet it is common practice for us to complain that the weather is bad when it is raining – How much more mistaken can we be?
There are plenty of more opportunities you can think of when you ponder and reflect on the blessings Allāh has bestowed us all with. Indeed, in everything there is a reason, for everything there is a season.
Our Vertical proximity with our Lord is partially determined by our Horizontal proximity with one another.
“You shall never attain true piety unless you spend on others out of that which you cherish; and whatever you spend – verily, God has full knowledge thereof.
We live in a country in which the government gives us money even when we temporarily do not have a job! The concept of being poor is redefined according to time and place. A person can be technically ‘poor’, but live a luxurious life or at least a life that is far better than in developing countries – this is the time and place we live in. We also live in an area in which the currency we use has far more value than the rest of the Muslim world. Therefore, the ways in which one can be charitable and gain a great reward is much easier. There are so many things one can do to help the poor and needy that would have been in the past exclusive to only a certain part of society, whom Allāh had blessed with enough wealth. By the grace of Allāh, most of us living in the developed world have been afforded the opportunity to gain great rewards through giving in charity.
For example, to make a well, would have been impossible for many of us if we lived in a less developed land. Our higher standard of living and strength of our currency means that by just saving for a few months we can easily build a well. This in itself is perhaps one of the best ways one can gain reward as the reasons for needing water are literally countless and so the associated reward for facilitating its use is even greater. That well will not only bring life to an impoverished community, it will nourish, provide clean sanitation, the ability to make ablution, help irrigate their crops and importantly, for us, is a source of immense reward.
When we read about the virtues of taking care of the widows, poor and orphans, how can we not try to help them? “One who cares for widows and the poor is like those who fight in the way of Allāh or those who spend their days Fasting and their nights praying.” The Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said, “Would you like that your heart becomes soft and that you acquire what you need? Be merciful with the orphan, pat his head and feed him from what you eat. This will soften your heart, and enable you to get what you need.” Our Lord has bestowed us the blessing of wealth in a time when millions around the World are suffering in poverty and adversity. These orphans and widows do not have a father or a husband to take care of their needs, so imagine the reward of the one who takes them under their wings. When we will be begging for help from our closest relative for just one hasanah on the Day of Judgement, ponder over how much hasanāt there is in helping those who are in great need now. The Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever removes a Worldly grief from a believer, Allāh will remove from him one of the grief’s of the Day of Judgement.” Who does not want their grief to be removed on the Day of Judgement? Moreover, who can guarantee their place in Paradise, the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said: “I and the caretaker of the orphan will enter Paradise together like this, raising (by way of illustration) his forefinger and middle finger jointly, leaving no space in between.” Some of us would scramble for the opportunity to get an autograph from a sporting celebrity, how about walking into Paradise with the greatest man to have set foot on this Earth?
The blessing of having been given more wealth than many others provides many avenues for us to gain reward. Indeed, often we struggle to perfect our own worship, either because we are physically unable or even just lacking enough concentration. While providing basic necessities is highly rewarding, the facilitation of another person’s worship, gets you a similar reward to that person without even doing that act, for example, building mosques in developing countries, again something well within our means; or buying and distributing the Qur’ān; or sponsoring scholars or students of knowledge, so they can spread and teach Islām to whole villages; and many more such projects. Imagine, every person that prays in the mosque you built, each time each one of them prays you get a reward similar to their prayer! On the Day of Judgement when you are begging for just one hasanah, you find a mountain of hasanāt from each letter that was recited from that Qur’ān you had purchased for others to use. Now imagine the reward that can be gained by sponsoring someone to become a hāfidh of Qur’ān or become a scholar. They will be leading tarāwiḥ and qiyām al-lail prayers every year, being at the service of their communities and helping them all stay on the straight path. Reward the weight of a lifetime or even lifetimes for just a few Pounds.
However, it is important that we do not rely on the good reward that we can gain as a result of helping others while neglecting developing our own selves. Just fifty years ago, travelling to perform Ḥajj and Umrah was an act usually done once in a lifetime, the cost and the risks involved were great for the majority of the Muslim world. Nowadays, with the advent of better communications and travel, going on Umrah is not only easy but an affordable holiday each year. If there is an annual holiday worth having each year, what better holiday is there than a spiritually rejuvenating visit to the most sacred places in the World? Many of us travel to other countries for our annual breaks, often spending much more than we would if we were to go on Umrah. Travelling on holiday to other countries is permissible although remember for all the permissible acts that we do in this life, they do not ultimately count for anything on the Day we are judged.
Modern technology has certainly got its perks and dose of problems too. Everything seemed so much simpler living in a village with a horse and cart. But actually the global village we now live in has many benefits for the Muslim ummah too. We live in a time and place in which information about the affairs of the Muslims is readily accessible. Within minutes we can be informed of the plight or a disaster that may have afflicted them over a thousand miles away. At least, we can raise our hands to the sky and immediately make duʿā’ for them. Indeed, how can we not, when the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said: “There is no believing servant who supplicates for his brother in his absence where the Angels do not say, ‘the same be for you.”
As I hope to have demonstrated in this short article, rewards are easily attained. We just need to have the ambition and motivation to achieve them. I would like to mention though one last action that really is amazing. The reward of it would be greater than anyone who had done so in the past. It will make history and its fruits are eternal and best of all, it is attainable by each and every one of us. How can that be possible you may ask yourself?
“Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allāh will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.”
How many believers have died since the beginning of time and how many are alive today?! May Allāh forgive the believing men and believing women, those who have passed away and those how are alive! This is your opportunity to make history – grab it!
Do not squander the opportunities that lie in abundance in front of us. Islam, the divinely ordained way of life, has provided us opportunities, in every time and in every place, to raise our ranks in the eyes of our Lord. I can think of few better words than to end with the motivational words of our beloved Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam):
“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.” 
Excerpt: Luke 1
1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife [was] of the daughters of Aaron, and her name [was] Elisabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were [now] well stricken in years.
8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,
9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw [him], he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.
22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on [me], to take away my reproach among men.
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name [was] Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, [thou that art] highly favoured, the Lord [is] with thee: blessed [art] thou among women.
29 And when she saw [him], she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed [art] thou among women, and blessed [is] the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence [is] this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45 And blessed [is] she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy [is] his name.
50 And his mercy [is] on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from [their] seats, and exalted them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of [his] mercy;
55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
57 Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.
58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
60 And his mother answered and said, Not [so]; but he shall be called John.
61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue [loosed], and he spake, and praised God.
65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.
66 And all they that heard [them] laid [them] up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
68 Blessed [be] the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
72 To perform the mercy [promised] to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways
77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and [in] the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.
Source: wwwpages: easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/luke-lbw.htm
Source: wwwpages: islamicstudies.info/tafheem.php?sura=19
عن أَبي الدرداءِ قالَ: قالَ رسولُ الله صلى الله عليه وسلّم: «ما أَحلَّ الله في كتابهِ فهوَ حَلالٌ، وما حَرَّمَ فهوَ حَرامٌ، وما سَكَتَ عنهُ فهوَ عَفْوٌ، فاقْبَلوا مِنَ
الله عافِيَتَهُ، فِانَّ الله لم يَكُنْ ليَنْسَى شَيْئاً، ثمَّ تلا:وَمَا كَانَ رَبُّكَ نَسِيًّا . رواه البزار والطبراني في الكبير، وإِسناده حسن ورجاله موثقون
It shows a most wonderful moral courage of the Muslim migrants to Habash that they recited this address in the royal court at the critical moment, when the courtiers who had been bribed were bent on handing them over to their enemies. They indeed were faced with the real threat that this frank Islamic criticism of the basic articles of the Christian faith might turn the king against them and he might hand them over to the Quraish. But in spite of this, they presented the whole truth before the king without the least hesitation.
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Translation: Abu Darda (RA) narrates that the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) said: Whatever Allah(swt) has permitted in His Book is Halaal, whatever He has forbidden is Haraam, “AND ANYTHING OVER WHICH THERE IS SILENCE IS PARDONED” so accept the pardon of Allah(swt), for Allah(swt) cannot be forgetful. Then he recited this verse: ‘and your Lord is never forgetful’ [Maryam 19:64].[Imam Haythami in Majma uz Zawaid 1:171, Hadith No. 794]
 Al-Qur’ān, 94:6
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