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Just found this video interesting:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aHWASyMjwg[/youtube]

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31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. kk

    November 15, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Can anyone direct me to a book on Islam (basic stuff – or tawheed etc.) in French? Someone who doesn’t know much English asked me if I knew of a French book but I don’t…please help, thanks!

    • Nadim

      November 15, 2009 at 12:12 PM

      Is it for someone living in the US or in France?

      You can check Dar-us-Salam publications, they have a good collection of French books:

      http://store.dar-us-salam.com/main.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=Dus&Category_Code=L_French

    • hamida

      November 15, 2009 at 1:33 PM

      salaamu alaikum @kk

      here are a few books in french, Alhamdoullilah easy to find …

      Connaitre l’islam Translation of Skeikh Ali tantawi
      Intro to islam here’s the a pdf format in french

      http://www.tasabeeh.com/english/html/book/islamF.pdf

      or you can buy it from http://www.iqrashops.com

      Another book i really really liked.It talks about the essence of tawhid

      Recueil de hadiths sur la foi (Tawhid) –
      by sheikh Hani ramadan
      *Tarik Ramadan’s brother :))

      purchase it online

      i like this last book because it answers all the pretty important questions non muslims usually have about Islam witout getting into complicated matters

      its a translation of Mehemt Ozlap 101 question on islam
      —101 questions sur l’islam —-
      you can purchase it online at

      thank you sheikh Google

    • h

      November 15, 2009 at 7:52 PM

      Alternatively, on the net…

      http://www.islamhouse.com/s/10283

    • kk

      November 15, 2009 at 8:07 PM

      jazakAllah khayr everyone…I hope these will help her out =)

  2. AbuSulaiman

    November 15, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Can those brothers and sisters who are going to Hajj please remember to make du’a that Allah releases our imprisoned brethren from prison: Sh. Ali al-Timimi, Dr. Aafia, Ismail Royer, Dr. Rafil Dhafir and Tarek to name just a few.

    jazakumullahu khair

  3. Ahmed

    November 15, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    SubhanAllah. Thanks for sharing that video, it’s absolutely fascinating! Having visited his youtube page, his name is Yousef and it sounds like is a former Christian who became Jewish (obviously). Needless to say, it does sound like he has taken a look at Islam in the past so I’d be interested in his reasons for not being Muslim :)

  4. Yus from the Nati

    November 15, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Allahuakbar. I thought this video was amazing when I saw it on MR’s blog. It reminds us of the actual Salah and that the essence is NOTHING new and was enjoined on every messenger!

    Everybody had been commanded to worship Allah subhanahu.

    There is also another related “salaah” of the Coptic Christians (and would assume Greek Orthodox). Some Habesha (Eritrean and Ethiopian) people I knew used to tell me they have a “tahiyaatul masjid” for their church! I actually seen it on Natl Geo. or Disc on some show about ancient ruins in Ethiopia about some famous church that was built into the ground and they showed a clip of a woman prostrating all the way down and getting up. Here’s a lil description.

    Not only that, but I thought which was interesting that the name of the most common Habesha Orthodox Church is “Tewahedo”! Ya sounds like Tawheed huh. Allahu’alam what happened down the line.

    Last but not least, my AA Studies teacher told us that the EARLIEST translation of the Injeel (from it’s original language) was from Aramaic into Ge’ez (an oldschool Habesha language that nobody speaks no more, but only read their bible by). I think it would be interesting for someone who would be doing comparative religions or a future Ahmed Deedat to research this for da’wah. Allahu’alam.

    • Abû Mûsâ Al-Ḥabashî

      November 16, 2009 at 11:42 AM

      Last but not least, my AA Studies teacher told us that the EARLIEST translation of the Injeel (from it’s original language) was from Aramaic into Ge’ez (an oldschool Habesha language that nobody speaks no more, but only read their bible by).

    • Abû Mûsâ Al-Ḥabashî

      November 16, 2009 at 11:43 AM

      Last but not least, my AA Studies teacher told us that the EARLIEST translation of the Injeel (from it’s original language) was from Aramaic into Ge’ez (an oldschool Habesha language that nobody speaks no more, but only read their bible by).

      Are you sure it isn’t the other way around?

      • Yus from the Nati

        November 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM

        Are you asking if the earliest translation was from Ge’ez INTO Aramaic (the supposed language of the Injeel)?

        Not sure if that is what we are asking?

        Allahu’alam.

        I’m just parroting what my AA Studies teacher said one time. He mentioned that people often believe the earliest translation of the Injeel into another language was into Hebrew, he said that this was incorrect and the earliest was into Ge’ez.

        • Abû Mûsâ Al-Ḥabashî

          November 16, 2009 at 1:27 PM

          lol I misread. I thought you wrote Amharic.

          • Yus from the Nati

            November 16, 2009 at 2:13 PM

            Do you speak it? Dinnaanaayy?!

  5. Uthman

    November 15, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Allah u Akber!……jazakAllah khair for sharing the video…..

    On another note…..smiling is sunnah and a form of sadaqa. Time magazine recently ran an article on Health and Happiness. And on the list they had smiling.

    Check it out http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1631176_1630611_1630630,00.html

    Just goes to show the Sunnah is great! walhamdulillah

  6. coolguymuslim

    November 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    assalam alaikum, a non-muslim asked me to recommend a book on the life of the prophet muhammad (SAW) to him, do you have any recommendations of a seerah book aimed towards non-muslims?

    • Ibn Malik

      November 16, 2009 at 11:17 AM

      The best book on Seerah is by Adil Salahi (I think thats the name)
      However definitely not the shortest read :)

      • Abu Rumaisa

        November 16, 2009 at 12:39 PM

        The Sealed Nector is the best.

  7. Adnan

    November 15, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    May be some of you should see other videos produced by this individual.

  8. Farhan

    November 16, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    The guy who makes this video isn’t exactly pro-Islam…lets just put it that way

  9. HIN

    February 11, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    Interesting. As a Jew, I should tell you that this is a very unusual way of praying. We do not prostrate, though we do bow, and this man has a very very strong Arabic accent. I can understand the Hebrew, but barely. I wonder what his story is…

    • Umm Bilqis

      February 11, 2010 at 9:19 AM

      Welcome HIN,
      Perhaps you would be interested in this website:

      http://www.jews-for-allah.org/
      אין שום אלוהים מלבד אללה ומוחמד הוא הנביא האחרון

      • HIN

        February 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM

        Thanks, but I’m happy being a Jew. I don’t think I’ll be converting.

        • Umm Bilqis

          February 11, 2010 at 3:48 PM

          No problem HIN, your life, your choice ultimately we have been told to inform the people but it is Allaah who chooses those truth seekers who wish to be sincerely guided to Islam the meaning of which is the submission and Muslims who are the submitters to the will of God. We say no submission to humans who have a tendency to change the laws of God and say this is from God.

  10. Umm Bilqis

    February 12, 2010 at 2:54 AM

    Thank you HIN, I believe Allah is My Lord and Islam is my beloved Faith and I stand firm on this! God Willing.

    • HIN

      February 12, 2010 at 10:35 AM

      Ok, that’s fine! I only sent you the link because I thought you might be interested in learning about other faiths (Judaism and Islam are so similar) from an intellectual perspective, as I did about Islam. It *is* possible to explore things intellectually without converting, unless you are afraid your faith is too weak to withstand this exploration. Your call.

      By the way, I saw the comment you tried to delete where you accused rabbis of “widespread trickery”. Our rabbis don’t try to “trick” G-d.

      Really nice.

      • Umm Bilqis

        February 12, 2010 at 10:43 AM

        No problem HlN, I do know what I need to know about Judaism and p.s I tell the truth according to how I see it because I do not like to hide what I feel. I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings that was not the nicest way of explaining my thoughts, and I am glad that mm so fit to delete my message to you.
        As for the rest we will see on the day of judgment> what the truth of the matter is, and so till then God willing.

      • Amad

        February 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM

        actually, the deletion was an editorial one.

        Sr. Umm Bilqis, you suggested a reading for HIN, he/she suggested a reading for you. That seems perfectly appropriate and should be no reason for attacking language. The first principle of dawah is humility and mercy.

  11. Umm Bilqis

    February 12, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Jazak’ Allah khairan for that thought brother Amad it was not my intention to attack but to wake up HIN.
    I accept that I could have been more tactful may Allah Increase me in humility and mercy and forgive my short comings and the imperfections of all those who seek Jannah (paradise). Ameen.

  12. Umm Bilqis

    February 12, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Nice story of Jewish convert to Islam Josh Hasan: ))

    http://www.jews-for-allah.org/Jewish-Converts-to-Islam/Josh-Hasan.htm

    • HIN

      February 12, 2010 at 6:06 PM

      Thanks; not interested. I’ve been to the website before and haven’t found it relevant to my life.

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