CRS ESSAY PART.
Now when the traders took Joseph to Egypt, they sold him as a slave to a man named Potiphar, who was a captain over the king’s guard. God was with Joseph and everything he did went well. Potiphar was pleased with him and put him in charge of his house and everything he owed. So God blessed everything that Potiphar had and Potiphar did not worry about anything. Now Joseph was good-looking and after a while Potiphar’s wife began to desire him and so she asked him to commit adultery with her. He refused and said, “How could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” But one day when he went into the house to do his work, none of the servants were there. She caught him by his robe and said, “Come to bed with me.” But he left his robe behind and ran outside. Then she became angry and called for the servants. When they came in, she told a lie about Joseph, “He came in here to go to bed with me, but I cried out and so he left his robe and ran outside.” She kept the robe with her until her husband came home and then she told him the same story. He became very angry with Joseph and had him thrown in the jail where the king’s prisoners were kept. But in jail God was still with Joseph and blessed him The jailer was pleased with Joseph and so he put him in charge of all the other prisoners. Some time later the cupbearer and baker of the king of Egypt offended him and he had them thrown in the jail where Joseph was. They were in jail for some time and then one night they both had strange dreams. When Joseph came in the next morning, they were worried and so he asked them, “Why do you look so sad?” They said, “Both of us had a dream, and there is no one here to explain what the dreams mean.” Joseph answered, “God gives the ability to explain dreams. Tell me your dream.” So the cupbearer said, “In my dream there was a grapevine in front of me with three branches on it. It budded and blossomed and the grapes ripened. I was holding the king’s cup; so I squeezed the grapes into the cup and gave it to the king.” Then Joseph said, “The three branches stand for three days. In three days the king will lift you up and give you back your job, and you will hand the king his cup like you did before. But please be kind enough to tell the king about me and try to get me out of this jail, for I have not done anything wrong and shouldn’t be here.” When the baker saw that the dream had a good meaning, he said to Joseph, “I had a dream too. I was carrying three baskets of baked goods for the king on my head, but the birds were eating them out of the top basket.” Then Joseph said, “The three baskets stand for three days. In three days the king will lift you up and hang you, and the birds will eat your body.” Three days later on his birthday, the king gave a feast and released the cupbearer and baker from jail. He gave the cupbearer back his old job and had the baker hanged. But the cupbearer forgot all about Joseph. It was two years later that Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, had two dreams. He dreamed that he was standing by the Nile River when seven fat cows came up out of the river and began to eat the grass. Then seven thin cows came up out of the river and ate up the fat cows. But they didn’t get any fatter. Then the king woke up. He fell asleep again and had another dream. He dreamed that seven fat heads of grain were growing on one plant. Then seven thin heads of grain came up and they swallowed the seven good heads. But they were just as thin as before. In the morning when the king woke up he was worried about the dreams. So he sent for the wise men of Egypt to explain what his dreams meant. But the wise men did not know what they meant. Then the cupbearer said to the king, “Today I remember my faults. When you were angry at the baker and me and put us in jail, one night we both had dreams. A young Hebrew man told us what our dreams meant and things happened just as he said they would.” So the king sent for Joseph and they brought him from prison. They king said to him, “I have had a dream and no one can explain it. I have heard that you can explain dreams.” Joseph answered, “I cannot, but God will tell you what it means.” So the king told Joseph his dreams. Then Joseph said, “The two dreams mean the same thing. God has told you what He is going to do. The seven fat cows and the seven fat heads of grain are seven good years when the crops will grow well. The seven thin cows and the seven thin heads of grain are seven bad years that will follow. Nothing will grow and they will be so bad that the seven good years will be forgotten. Therefore Pharaoh should choose a wise man to be in charge of collecting food during the good years and storing it up, so that it can be eaten during the seven bad years.” This seemed like a good idea to Pharaoh the king and so he said, “Where can we find a better man than this, whose has God’s Spirit in him?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “God has made you wise, so I will put you in charge of my country, and all my people will obey your orders. You will be second only to me.” So the king put fine clothes on Joseph and a gold chain around his neck and made him governor of all Egypt. He also gave him a wife named Senath, the daughter of an Egyptian priest.
(i)We should lean and give our total trust in God for he knows what the future holds for us.
(ii)We should flew from youthful lust and concentrate on the things of the kingdom.
(iii)God is omnipresent on our all areas of life without any doubt caring and always loving us dearly.
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
(i)The miracle entails that our strength lies in faith in Christ Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith
(ii)It shows that he handle all issues barriers without any obstruction from the Pharisee serving as hindrances
(iii)It shows the power of Jesus and authority over all sickness and infirmity
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And that day was the Sabbath. The Jewish reacted to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. In others words Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
The Criteria Of the Authenticity of Hadith..
(i) The narrator be righteous and pious and Adala has it’s requirements.
(ii) There is no shudhudh, meaning that a trustworthy narrator does not contradict those who are more trustworthy than him.
(iii) There is no deficiency that would make the Hadith rejected.
(iv) The narrator be perfect in accurateness, both accurate in memory or in writing.
Classification of Hadith
(i) SAHIH: sahih is an Arabic word which literally means correct while technically, it means authentic.
(ii) HASAN : According to An-nawawi(1986) is a Hadith which has a clear chain of transmitter.
(iii) DA’IF : Literary means weak, impotent, deficient or frail. But technically it means weak in both Isnad and matn
Qadr also known as pre-destination means that Allah has knowledge of everything that will happen. Nothing can happen unless it is the will of Allah. However, Muslims believe that this doesn’t stop human beings making free choices. Qadr is one of the five pillars of Islam.
There are two types of Qadr ie.
Importance of Belief in QADR in the Life of a Muslim
(i) Belief in Qadr develops a Muslim’s faith in the divine will and encourages them to seek Allah’s guidance in all their endeavors.
(ii) It brings about acceptance of life situations whether good or bad as being part of the will of Allah.
(iii) It encourages Muslim’s to exercise patience when afflicted by calamities.
Al-Ghazali was born in 450AH or between March 1058 to February 1059CE. With the original name of Abu Hamid Ibn Muhammad Al-Ghazali to many westerners he is known as Algazel.
Al-Ghazali was a Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher and a mystic descending from the Persians. He was born in the town of Tabaran in the district of Tus which is now situated in modern day Iran.
Al-Ghazali was then bestowed the titles of “brilliance if the religion” and Eminence among the religious leaders. By 1091 Nizam al-mulk promoted Ghazali to the professorship in Baghdad.
During Al-Ghazali life he wrote more than 70 books on science, Islamic philosophy and Sufism Al-Ghazali has a significant influence on both Muslim and Christian Medieval philosophers.
According to most historians, Al-Ghazali passed in the year 1111 on the 18th of December.