Praying for small things

Should we pray for small inconsequential things too or just for big things?

God wants us to pray for all things big and small and is offended if we don’t.  His powers are not limited by time or space and He can take care of everyone’s requests.

For example you lost your keys somewhere and can’t find them.  After looking for them everywhere and trying to figure out where they could be, you start getting desperate and think whether you should ask God to help you find them.

Since you are desperate and losing hope, you will have real earnestness in your prayer and God always listens to people when they are in need.

You will find your keys where you least expected them to be.

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Who answers the distressed person when he calls upon Him?

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Prayer vs medicine

Some people ask why use medicine when prayer heals.  First of all prayer heals a lot of spiritual ills.  Secondly God wants us to use the faculties and resources He has already provided us and then ask for His help.  If we are not using what He has already given us, it doesn’t make sense to ask for more.  He wants us to make the maximum effort we can and then ask Him to make those efforts fruitful and beneficial.

There is no conflict between prayer and science.  Science describes the facts we have discovered about this world.  Prayer goes beyond science.

Science is limited by our God given faculties and effort and time.  Prayer is limited by nothing, just like God Himself.

Jesus lived to be 120 years

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Jesus was taken down from the cross by Joseph of Arimathea and was treated by both Joseph and Nicodemus, who were members of the Essenes Order (as was Jesus), and who were experts in the healing medicines (John 19:38-40).  Once Jesus was healed, he knew he had to stay out of sight and to leave the area once he had settled his affairs (John 20:14). His mission was to preach to all the tribes of Israel, many of whom had been taken to Assyria, Mesopotamia and Media (modern day Persia/Iran) by the Assyrian King Shalmaneser V. When the Persian Empire spread to Afghanistan, India and Kashmir, the so-called “Lost Ten Tribes of Israel” moved with it and permanently settled in those areas.  Jesus appeared to his followers one last time on the Mount of Olives and then disappeared in a cloud (Acts 1:9).  He travelled to Damascus and then on to Persia.  He had to change his name to Yuz Asaf (Jesus the Gatherer) to escape recognition. He reached Afghanistan and then India and settled in Kashmir.  He travelled for many years preaching to the tribes of Israel in Kashmir, India, Nepal and surrounding areas.  He died there at the age of 120 years and is buried in Mohalla Khaniyar, Srinagar, Kashmir.  More details and pictures are in this presentation.

Without God, I am nothing

If one truly believes in God, one understands that only God is permanent.

He was here before anything else, and He will be here after everything else is gone.

Everything else, and everyone else, is temporary.

So if one doesn’t believe in God, one’s existence doesn’t make any sense.

Life only makes sense if there is a God who can tell us why He created us and for what purpose.

Without God, we are nothing.

Does Prayer Change Anything?

Yes. But only if one truly believes in God.

First of all, it changes one’s outlook on life. One believes God to be the Creator and Sustainer of the world, and everything else and everyone else to be of no consequence. It gives one the courage and confidence to take bold actions and do the right things.

Secondly, even though nature follows the laws of nature created by God, only God has full knowledge of everything, and He arranges things in such a way as to help His creatures who are in trouble and seek His help.

Attributes of God

These are the attributes of God mentioned in the Holy Quran:

1 Rabb.jpg Rabb al-Aalamin Lord of all the worlds
2 rahman.gif Al-Rahman The Gracious
3 rahim.gif Al-Rahim The Merciful
4 Judgement.jpg Malik Yaum al-Din Master of the Day of Judgement
5 sovereign.gif Al-Malik The Sovereign
6 holy.gif Al-Quddus The Holy One
7 peace.gif Al-Salam The Source of Peace
8 security.gif Al-Mu’min The Bestower of Security
9 protector.gif Al-Muhaimin The Protector
10 mighty.gif Al-Aziz The Mighty
11 subduer.gif Al-Jabbar The Subduer
12 exalted.gif Al-Mutakabbir The Exalted
13 khaliq5.gif Al-Khaliq The Creator
14 bari.gif Al-Bari The Maker
15 musawwir2.gif Al-Musawwir The Fashioner
16 Al-Ghaffar The Great Forgiver
17 Al-Qahhar The Most Supreme
18 Al-Wahhab The Bestower
19 Al-Razzaq The Great Sustainer
20 Al-Fattah The Opener
21 Al-Aalim The All-Knowing
22 Al-Qabid The Seizer
23 Al-Basit The Enlarger
24 Al-Khafid The Depresser
25 Al-Rafi The Exalter
26 Al-Mu’izz The Bestower of Honor
27 Al-Mudhill The Abaser
28 Al-Sami The All-Hearing
29 Al-Basir The All-Seeing
30 Al-Hakam The Wise Judge
31 Al-Adl The Just
32 Al-Latif The Incomprehensible
33 Al-Khabir The All-Aware
34 Al-Halim The Forbearing
35 Al-Azim The Great
36 forgiving.jpg Al-Ghafur The Most Forgiving
37 Al-Shakur The Most Appreciating
38 Al-Aliyy The High
39 Al-Kabir The Incomparably Great
40 Al-Hafiz The Guardian
41 Al-Muqit The Preserver
42 Al-Hasib The Reckoner
43 Al-Jalil The Lord of Majesty
44 Al-Karim The Noble
45 Al-Raqib The Watchful
46 Al-Mujib The Answerer of Prayers
47 Al-Wasi The Bountiful
48 hakim2.gif Al-Hakim The Wise
49 loving.jpg Al-Wadud The Loving
50 Al-Majid The Lord of Honor
51 Al-Ba’ith The Raiser
52 Al-Shahid The Witness
53 Al-Haqq The True
54 Al-Wakil The Disposer of Affairs
55 Al-Qawiyy The Powerful
56 Al-Matin The Strong
57 friend.jpg Al-Waliyy The Friend
58 Al-Hamid The Praiseworthy
59 Al-Muhsi The Recorder
60 Al-Mubdi The Author
61 Al-Mu’id The Repeater
62 Al-Muhyi The Life-giver
63 Al-Mumit The Destroyer
64 Al-Hayy The Living
65 Al-Qayyum The Self-Subsisting and All-Sustaining
66 Al-Wajid The Discoverer
67 Al-Majid The Glorious
68 Al-Qadir The Possessor of power and authority
69 Al-Muqtadir The Omnipotent
70 Al-Muqaddim The Provider
71 Al-Mu’akhkhir The Degrader
72 First.gif Al-Awwal The First
73 Last.gif Al-Akhir The Last
74 Manifest.gif Al-Zahir The Manifest
75 Hidden.gif Al-Batin The Hidden
76 Al-Wali The Ruler
77 Al-Muta’ali The Most High
78 Al-Barr The Beneficent
79 Al-Tawwab The Oft-Returning
80 Al-Mun’im The Bestower
81 Al-Muntaqim The Awarded
82 Al-Afuww The Effacer
83 Al-Ra’uf The Compassionate
84 Malik al-Mulk The Lord of Sovereignty
85 Al-Muqsit The Equitable
86 Al-Jami The Gatherer
87 Al-Ghaniyy The Self-Sufficient
88 Al-Mughni The Enricher
89 Al-Mani The Withholder
90 Al-Darr The Inflictor
91 Al-Nafi The Benefactor
92 Al-Nur The Light
93 Al-Hadi The Guide
94 Al-Badi The Originator
95 Al-Baqi The Survivor
96 Al-Warith The Inheritor
97 Al-Rashid The Director
98 Al-Sabur The Patient
99 Dhul Arsh The Lord of the Throne
100 Dhul Waqar The Possessor of staidness and gravity
101 Al-Mutakallim The Speaker
102 Al-Shafi The Healer
103 Al-Kafi The Sufficient
104 Al-Ahad The Unique
105 Al-Wahid The One
106 Al-Samad The Besought of all
107 Dhul Jalal wal Ikram The Lord of Majesty and Bounty

Does God have the same attributes as man?

There are some attributes that man shares with God. After all, the purpose of man’s creation is to manifest in himself God’s attributes:

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And when thy Lord said to the angels: ‘I am about to place a vicegerent in the earth.’ (2:31)

A vicegerent is a Prophet who manifests divine attributes and becomes an image of God.

As it says in the Bible, ‘So God created man in his own image.’ (Genesis 1:27)

The Holy Quran teaches that man has been created to serve as a manifestation of God’s attributes and to illustrate them in his life.

But man’s attributes are not the same as God’s attributes, just like an image is not the same as the real thing. Man is limited in his abilities to manifest God’s attributes, whereas God manifests these attributes fully.

For example man can create things out of other things, whereas God created the whole universe out of nothing.

Why was the Holy Quran revealed in Arabic?

Why was the Holy Quran revealed in Arabic, instead of some easily accessible language like English?

God has addressed this issue in the Holy Quran:

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And if We had made it a Quran in a foreign tongue, they surely would have said, ‘Why have not its verses been made clear? What! a foreign tongue and an Arab Prophet?’ (41:45)

God always sends His guidance in the language of the Prophet and the people who are its first recipients:

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And We have not sent any Messenger except with revelation in the language of his people in order that he might make things clear to them. (14:5)

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So We have made the Quran easy in thy tongue that thou mayest give thereby glad tidings to the righteous, and warn thereby a contentious people. (19:98)

Arabic is the most expressive, eloquent and comprehensive language, and is eminently suited for the delivery of God’s final and complete message to mankind:

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We have made it a Book to be oft read, in clear, eloquent language that you may understand. (43:4)

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A Book, the verses of which have been expounded in detail, and which will be repeatedly read, couched in clear, eloquent language, for a people who have knowledge. (41:4)

It has also been proven that Arabic is the mother of all the world’s languages.

Is the Holy Quran the word of God?

The Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him) over a period of 22 years. The verses were written down and memorized by hundreds of people as soon as they were revealed.

God promised to protect the Holy Quran Himself:

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Verily, We Ourself have sent down this Exhortation, and most surely We will be its Guardian. (15:10)

Not an iota of the Holy Quran has changed in 1400 years.

Islam is to be the religion of mankind till the end of time, and the Holy Quran is to be the spiritual guidance for mankind till the end of time.

The Holy Quran is the word of God.