A presentation which focuses on highlighting values and principles shared by both Islam and the West
More in Common Than You Think
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According to Wikipedia, “As of 15 May 2010, the human population of the world was estimated by the United States Census Bureau to be
Of these, more than 1,500,000,000 are Muslims.
That’s almost 5 TIMES the population of the United States (309,276,458).
That’s a lot of people.
In fact, it means that out of every 5 people, 1 is Muslim. *
Isn’t it time, then, that we start focusing on what we share in common? Isn’t it time to start building bridges?
Shocked? Check out BBC’s article “One in Four is Muslim, study says” published 8/10/09 at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8296200.stm
O mankind, verily We have created you from a single (Pair) of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is the most righteous (49:13).
Prophet Mohammed said, "O people, indeed your Lord is one and your father is one. Behold, there is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab, nor for a non-Arab over an Arab, nor for a white person over a black person, nor for a black person over a white person, except through piety." (Musnad Ahmad)
“We ordained for the children of Israel that if anyone slew a person, unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land, it would be as if he slew the whole of mankind. And if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of a whole people.” (al-Ma’ida, 5:32)
“ Nor take life which God has made sacred, except for a just cause" (al-Isra', 17:33)”.
- forbade hunting for sport
- strongly condemned cursing an animal or hitting an animal on its face
Stop hunting. No time to delay.
The Prophet said, “There is none amongst the believers who plants a tree, or sows a seed, and then a bird, or a person, or an animal eats thereof, but it is regarded as having given a charitable gift [for which there is great recompense].” [Al-Bukhari, III:513]. He also said, "If the Hour is about to take place while any one of you has a sapling in his hand, which he can cultivate before it takes place, let him cultivate it for he will be rewarded for it.”
"Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him) happened to pass by Sa'd as he was performing ablution. Whereupon he said: Sa'd what is this extravagance? He said: Can there be any idea of extravagance in ablution? Whereupon he (the Prophet) said: Yes, even if you are by the side of a flowing river.“(Al-Termithi 427)
( Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 422)
Once the Prophet passed by a graveyard and heard two people being tortured. The Prophet said, “Indeed, one of them never saved himself from being soiled with his urine while the other would go about with backbiting (to make enmity between friends).” Thus, cleaning oneself after using the bathroom is obligatory in Islam.
“Each of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. The ruler who is in charge of people is a shepherd and is responsible for them. The man is the shepherd of his household and is responsible for them. The woman is the shepherd of her husband’s house and child and is responsible for them. The slave is the shepherd of his master’s wealth and is responsible for it. Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2416; Muslim, 1829.
Prophet Mohammed said, "Your brothers are your responsibility. Allah has made them under your hands. So whosoever has a brother under his hand, let him give him food as he eats and dress as he dresses. Do not give them work that will overburden them and if you give them such task then provide them assistance" (Al-Bukhari).
He also said, “Give the worker his wages before his sweat dries.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in SaheehIbnMaajah.
Will Durant writes: ‘At the time of the Umayyad caliphate, the people of the covenant, Christians, Zoroastrians, Jews, and Sabians, all enjoyed a degree of tolerance that we do not find even today in Christian countries. They were free to practice the rituals of their religion and their churches and temples were preserved. (Durant, Will: ‘The Story Of Civilization.’ vol. 13. p. 131-132.)
Abu Darda’ reported that the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said, “Nothing is weightier on the scale of deeds than one’s good manners”. (Bukhari)
Abu Huraira said the Prophet said, “If one has good manners, one may attain the same level of merit as those who spend their nights in prayer”. (Bukhari)
“Do not turn your face away from people in contempt, nor go about in the land exulting overmuch; surely Allah does not love any self-conceited boaster;” Quran 31:18
(103 : 1-3)
So….are we really that different, after all?