What is Islam?

by James William Lovegrove (Habeeb-Ullah)

Kith and Kin

  • Allah’s pleasure is in father’s pleasure, and Allah’s displeasure is in father’s displeasure.
  • The blessings of Allah do not descend upon the family in which is one who deserts his relations.
  • He who wishes to enter Paradise must please his father and mother.
  • “O! Apostle of God,” cried a follower, “I have done a crime. Is there any act by which I may repent?” “Have you an aunt?” “Yes,” said he. “Go do good to her, and your crime will be pardoned.”
  • Lord Muhammad used to rise to his feet and spread a cloth for the woman that performed the role of a nurse to him when young.
  • Lord Muhammad would go out in advance to receive his daughter Fatima, when she would come from her husband’s house.
  • A man must do good to his parents, although they may have injured him.
  • The duty of a junior to a senior brother is that of a child to its father.
  • Giving alms to the poor has the reward of one alms, but that given to kindred has two rewards.
  • Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever has not kindness has not faith.
  • Whoever is kind to the creation, God is kind to him.

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