The A-B-C’s of Meditation
Cont’d from page 1
It’s a fun and simple system that I have found very helpful. It may not work for you, but you might think of other ways that would work. The important thing is to help focus our minds so that we can think about God more often. Meditation is a trait of the believers, and it’s something that can earn us extra credit with God. And don’t we all need as much extra credit as we can get?!
They are the repenters, the worshipers, the praisers, the meditators, the bowing and prostrating, the advocators of righteousness and forbidders of evil, and the keepers of God’s laws. Give good news to such believers. [9:112]
In the privacy of the night, they meditate on their Lord, and fall prostrate. [25:64]
During the night, you shall meditate for extra credit, that your Lord may raise you to an honorable rank. [17:79]
Comments From a Canadian Submitter Family
I have been on a search for the truth for quite some time now. I have already dedicated my life to the one true God and was trying to sift through all the false doctrines. I was raised a Christian but as I got older I started to realize that we were not following any teaching that I could locate, other than the doctrines and by-laws of our church. I separated myself from the church and for a long time was lost.
I recently starting researching facts about religions and trying to uncover the true word of God that wasn’t changed and altered by many different alterations. I felt moved when I started to look up Islam and thought to myself: I have found it.
I admit I became disheartened when I found the mixed teachings of the Hadith [sayings attributed to Prophet Muhammad]. I didn't quite understand them or their purpose within the Islamic religion, but everywhere I turned they seemed to be quite important to those who followed.
I do believe that the Quran is the word of God but was so perplexed by the traditions and rituals being performed according to the teachings in the Hadiths. I decided to research the Hadiths and what they were and why they were so important. I came to find out that maybe they shouldn’t be that important: as in how we worship or submit.
I am so thankful I found your website. I know the Creator guided me here to see the truth. Thank you for clearing up all these confusing barriers that have been placed in our way. Peace to you all.
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I’ve have just learned of Islam less than a month ago. I had been one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 13 years…because Allah has blessed us with Christians who do not worship idols or believe in the trinity….and know that the God of Abraham has many names…though One God…..they call him Jehovah in English.
I found out about Islam at Username: JesusIsAProphet on You Tube...
Anyway, as soon as I started reading the Quran I knew that it was God’s Word….the Only True God, of Abraham!
However, while both myself and my son quickly recognized the Quran was the Truth from Allah…we also quickly recognized that the Muslims were not following it. This was after just a few visits to the Masjid.
I will attach emails written today that will explain clearly how I am in agreement with you. How can it be that they memorize the entire Quran but don’t get the sense of it?
Please write back.
[Quran 62:5] The example of those who were given the Torah, then failed to uphold it, is like the donkey carrying great works of literature. Miserable indeed is the example of people who rejected God's revelations. God does not guide the wicked people.
Comments From Another Submitter
I cannot tell you how happy I am that i found this website. Thank God for it. I was raised a Christian and I accepted Islam when I was 19 years old. I began studying Islam after I began feeling confused about the labyrinths of Christianity. I did not believe God would make things so difficult for people to understand. After about a year of reading every book I could find on Islam, I knew this was the truth. I became engrossed with all aspects of it.
I started learning Arabic and memorizing the Quran, traveled to Islamic countries, and met Muslims. I soon realized though that my Islam was not the same as theirs it seemed. I had learned to rely completely on the Quran and it seemed the majority of the people I met did not. They relied more on hadiths and it seemed I heard more praising of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) than of Allah. This really discouraged me because I witnessed people doing and saying things that are not required. Doesn't God say not to do something that he hasn't requested of us?
I saw "Muslims" doing all kinds of things in the name of "something someone's neighbor, that was close to the Prophet, heard his best friend say he said". You see how confusing and unreliable that is. How ridiculous it is that the majority of "Muslims" rely on and pick and choose what they will follow from these statements.
I didn't understand why Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) seemed to be idolized. Didn't he say himself he was only a man? The idolization of Jesus Christ (pbuh) was what led me from Christianity. I started to just feel lost again. I thought perhaps I had missed something while studying Islam and maybe my perception of it had been all wrong because I hadn't met anyone with the same opinion as me.
Then, alhumdulliah [thank God], I found this website, and felt an instantly renewed spiritually. I know now that I have it right and just because the majority of people seem not too does not make me wrong. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. May God bless you in your work.