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Sale! Sale!


My older sister sent me this text last Ramadhan, before I had a blog, and today, I remembered it.

“The Annual Ramadhan sale is now on! With JANNAT up for grabs, and up to 50% off on all temptations and Shaytaans whispering, you CANNOT afford to miss these INCREDIBLE give aways! With every FARD purchased, you get the thawab SEVENTY FARA-ID! Dont forget, we are open during suhur and iftar, Please note Dua mastercard accepted at these times. So HURRY! What ARE you waiting for! Sale only on for this month!”

There was something about Nafl prayers aswell, but that was cut off half way….

Hoped you liked it, and Ramadhan Mubarak everyone!

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Me, Myself, and I.


Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

I went to the summer conference in Green Lane Masjid on Friday, Sat and Sun, and it was excellent. The people delivering the lectures were easy to listen to and enthusiastic about every topic they were given to do.

One of the speakers was Sheick Sajid Ahmed Umar, who was born in Leicster, brought up in Zimbabwe and educated in Saudi. MashaAllah, just by that, I was inxlined to listen to him. He said that he was given the title of a topic named: “Me, Myself, and I.” and he thought what talk he could give about that topic. He said that obviously, he thought of the obvious reaction that most people would give, and talk baout selfishness and vanity, and the likes, but he said it was too common, and every one has heard this time and time again.

He decided to do the talk about how will be alone.

We will die alone.

We will be buried alone.

We will be questioned alone.

We will be punished in the grave alone.

We will recieve the book alone.

We will be accountable for Our Own sins.

We will confront Allah alone.

We will flee from our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and friends.

We will be alone.

And just those couple of sentences that he started the lecture off with got me thinking. That is so true. And yet how much time do we spend with our friends, and families, enjoying their company and hating to be alone. Do we ever think that maybe its beneficial for us to sit alone sometimes, and ponder what we have done for the day. Do we ever reflect on our day, see if we did all the things that are pleasing to Allah

How do we know that when we sleep we will wake up the next morning?

How do we know the head that haid down might not get up again?

How do we know that when we breath in, we might not be able to breath out again?

How do we know the eyes that have closed will open again?

We don’t. So we should ponder and reflect on all we did on that day, and if we did anything wrong, aske for forgiveness. Say Astaghfirullah atleast 50 times, and mean it.

Brothers and Sisters, we need to wisen up, and know that we wont be in this world forever. We need to repent, and start doing the things you said you would do five years ago. Start worshipping Allah. Command the good and forbid the bad.

Wasalam.

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Ruling on nasheeds


The word nasheed in Arabic means raising the voice when reciting verse and making the voice sound beautiful and gentle.

There are conditions to which attention must be paid with regard to this matter:

Not using forbidden musical instruments in nasheed.

Not doing it too much or making it the focus of the Muslim’s mind, occupying all his time, or neglecting obligatory duties because of it.

Nasheed should not be recited by women, or include haraam or obscene speech.

They should not resemble the tunes of the people of immorality and promiscuity.

They should be free of vocal effects that produce sounds like those of musical instruments.

They should not have moving tunes which make the listener feel “high” as happens to those who listen to songs. This is the case with many of the nasheeds which appear nowadays, so that the listeners no longer pay any attention to the good meaning of the words, because they are so entranced by the tunes. And Allaah is the  Source of strength.

References:

Fath al-Baari, 10/553-554-562-563
Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, 8/711
Al-Qaamoos al-Muheet,411

Source: Islam QA

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Jannah…


By Ammar Alshukry

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Love isn’t blind..


The passengers on the bus watched sympathetically as the attractive young woman with the white cane made her way carefully up the steps. She paid the driver and, using her hands to feel the location of the seats, walked down the aisle and found the seat he’d told her was empty. Then she settled in, placed her briefcase on her lap and rested her cane against her leg.
It had been a year since Amie, 19, became blind. Due to a medical misdiagnosis she had been rendered sightless, and she was suddenly thrown into a world of darkness, anger, frustration and self-pity. And all she had to cling to was her husband, John.
John was an Army soldier and he loved Amie with all his heart. When she first lost her sight, he watched her sink into despair and was determined to help his wife gain the strength and confidence she needed to become independent again.
Finally, Amie felt ready to return to her job, but how would she get there? She used to take the bus, but was now too frightened to get around the city by herself. John volunteered to drive her to work each day, even though they worked at opposite ends of the city. At first, this comforted Amie, and fulfilled John’s need to protect his sightless wifewho was so insecure about performing the slightest task.
Soon, however, John realized the arrangement wasn’t working. Amie is going to have to start taking the bus again, he admitted to himself. But she was still so fragile, so angry – how would she react? Just as he predicted, Jamie was horrified at the idea of taking the bus again.
“I’m blind!”, she responded bitterly. “How am I supposed to know where I am going? I feel like you’re abandoning me.”
John’s heart broke to hear these words, but he knew what had to be done. He promised Amie that each morning and evening he would ride the bus with her, for as long as it took, until she got the hang of it. And that is exactly what happened. For two weeks, John, military uniform and all, accompanied Amie to and from work each day.
He taught her how to rely on her other senses, specifically her hearing, to determine where she was and how to adapt to her new environment. He helped her befriend the bus drivers who could watch out for her, and save her a seat.
Finally, Amie decided that she was ready to try the trip on her own. Monday morning arrived, and before she left, she threw her arms around John, her temporary bus-riding companion, her husband, and her best friend. Her eyes filled with tears of gratitude for his loyalty, his patience, And his love. She said good-bye, and for the first time, they went their separate ways. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday… Each day on her own went perfectly, and Amie had never felt better. She was doing it! She was going to work all by herself.
On Friday morning, Amie took the bus to work as usual. As she was paying the fare to exit the bus, the driver said, “Boy, I sure do envy you.” Amie wasn’t sure if the driver was speaking to her or not. After all, who on earth would ever envy a blind woman who had struggled just to find the courage to live for the past year? Curious, she asked the driver, “Why do you say that you envy me?”
The driver responded, “It must feel good to be taken care of and protected like you are.” Amie had no idea what the driver was talking about, and again asked, “What do you mean?”
The driver answered, “You know, every morning for the past week, a fine-looking gentleman in a military uniform has been standing across the corner watching you as you get off the bus. He makes sure you cross the street safely and he watches until you enter your office building. Then he blows you a kiss, gives you a little salute and walks away. You are one lucky lady.”
Tears of happiness poured down Amie’s cheeks. For although she couldn’t physically see him, she had always felt John’s presence. She was lucky, so lucky, for he had given her a gift more than sight, a gift she didn’t need to see to believe – the gift of love that can bring light where there is darkness.
We take our senses for granted. How much money would you except if someone asked for your eyes? You wouldn’t. Not a single penny. Because you know how precious your eyesight is to you.
But then again, eyesight is a wordly thing. When you feel no-one is there for you, just think that all this is going to end one day. And always always have hope.

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Life


Some times, things don’t turnout how you want them to

Sometimes you don’t get to do things that you want to do

Sometimes, people don’t see what’s going on inside of you

Sometimes, you get moody

Some one calls, but you don’t want to know who

Because you’re moody

Sometimes life’s not fair

Sometimes you get stares

Because you are a Muslim

Because you wear Hijab

Because you have a beard

Because you are a “Terrorist”

Sometimes people don’t want to listen

But instead they whisper

They gossip

Maybe about you

Maybe not

But they don’t want to listen

When you tell them something is Haram

You get ignored

They look bored

What do you do?

You surrender

And you become a pretender

Pretending you are muslim

But really, you’re not

You’re not

Sometimes life isn’t perfect

But don’t take it out on religion

Sometimes there is a collision

Of different ways of life

And you feel left out

Abandoned

So you abandon your religion

Abandoner

Follow the Qur’an

And the sunnah

And you will never feel abandoned

Nor deserted

Because you will be in Allah’s hands

(Not literally)

But He will look after you

If you look after His deen

His religion

Maybe then there will be no collisions

Because your  way of life is going  to be Islam

Islam

Submitting yourself to God

Allah

And following the way of his Prophet

Muhammad

Sallahu Alayhi Wa Salam

So do your best

To ignore wordly thoughts

Of hate

Jealousy

Abandonment

And instead, focus on Your Religion

Islam.

It might be a quest

And a half

But do it for yourself

For your own behalf

Turn back to Allah.

What do you think? please don’t forget to comment. 🙂

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Subhanallah


Subhanallah, this two year old girl knows a lot more than we do, and she is only two! MashaAllah.

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Remember death while praying


The Prophet said:

“Remember death in your prayer, for the man who remembers death during his prayer is bound to pray properly, and pray the prayer of a man who does not think he will pray any other prayer.”1

The Prophet  also advised Abu Ayyoob :

“When you stand up to pray, pray as a farewell prayer.”2

Meaning that the prayer of one who thinks that he will not pray another prayer i.e., the person praying will no doubt die, and there is some prayer that will be his last prayer, so let him have khushoo (concentration) in the prayer that he is doing, for he does not know whether or not his will be his last prayer.

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1 Silsilat alhadeeth as-Saheehah by Shaykh al-Albani, hadith number 1421. It is reported from as-Suyooti that al-Hafidh ibn Hajarclassed this hadith as hasan.

2 Ahmad, 5/412; Saheeh al-Jami, hadith number 742

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From the book “33 ways of developing Khushoo”  By Muhammd Salih Al-Munajjid.

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Etiquette for eating and drinking


by Abû Bakr Jâbir al-Jaza’iry

A Muslim considers his food and drink means to something else. They are not a goal and pleasure in themselves. He eats and drinks in order to keep his body healthy so that he may worship Allah the Almighty. This is the worship that will make him qualified for the honor of the life and happiness of the Hereafter. He does not eat and drink for the sake of eating and drinking and its desires. Therefore, if he is not hungry, he does not eat. If he is not thirsty, he does not drink. It is narrated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said:

“We are a people who do not eat until we are hungry. And if we eat, we do not eat to our fill.”

Thereby, a Muslim must adhere to the manners of eating and drinking that the Shari’ah has issued. These include:

Etiquette Before Eating

1. A Muslim should try to make his food and drink pure by preparing them from the permissible, pure sources that are free of any taint of the forbidden or doubtful. Allah the Almighty said:

“0 you who believe! Eat of the lawful pure things that We have provided you. (Qur’an 2:172)

The pure things are the lawful things that are free from any filth or being noxious.

2. The intention for eating should be to strengthen oneself for the purpose of worshipping Allah and to be rewarded for one’s eating and drinking. The permissible act then becomes an act of worship that is rewarded by Allah due to the good intention.

3. One should wash his hands before eating if they are not clean or if he is not sure that they are clean.

4. The food should be placed on a spread on the floor and not on a table. This makes the act more modest. Anas said:

“Allahs messenger (SAW) did not eat upon a table or from a platter. ( Al-Bukhari)

5. One should sit to eat in a modest fashion. He should rest on his knees and sit with the top of his feet on the ground (and his body resting on the bottom of his feet). Or he should put his right leg erect and sit upon his left leg, as in the manner that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) would sit. Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said:

“I do not eat while reclining. Instead, I am a servant, so I eat like a servant eats and I sit like a servant sits. (Al-Bukhari)

6. He should be satisfied by the food that is presented in front of him and he should not find fault with it. If he likes it, he should eat it. If he does not like it, he should leave it. This is based on the statement of Abu Hurayrah:

“Allah’s Messenger (SAW)| never found fault with any food. If he desired it, he would eat it. If he disliked it, he would leave it.” (Al-Bukhari)

7. One should eat along with others, either a guest, family member, son or daughter or servant. This is based on this Hadith:

“Eat your food together, for you will thereby be blessed in it.” (Abu Dawud and At-Tirmithi who said it is Sahih)

Etiquette While Eating

1. The person should begin his eating by saying: Bismillaah “In the Name of Allah.” Allah’s Messenger (SAW) stated:

“If any of you is about to eat, he should mention the Name of Allah. If he forgets to mention the Name of Allah at the beginning, he should say, ‘In the Name of Allah over the beginning and the ending.’” (Abu Dawud)

2. He should end his meal with the praises of Allah, Allah’s Messenger (SAW) also said:

“If a person eats any food and then says, ‘Praise is to Allah who fed me this and provided for me without any strength or power on my part,’ all of his previous sins will be forgiven.” (At-Tirmithi)

3. The person should eat with three fingers of his right hand. He should take small portions and chew them well. He should eat the food that is close to him and not take from the middle of the plate. Allah’s Messenger (SAW) told nar bin Salamah:

“O young man, mention the Name of Allah, eat with your right hand and eat from what is close to you. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Allah’s Messenger (SAW) also said:

“The blessings descend from the middle of the food. So eat from the edges and do not eat from the middled “(At-Tirmithi)

4. A Muslim should chew his food well and he should lick plate before he wipes it with a napkin or washes it with water. This is based on the Prophet’s statement:

“When one of you eats, he should not wipe his fingers until he licks them or has them licked.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Jabir stated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) ordered the fingers and plates be licked clean. He also said:

“You do not know in which part of your food lies its blessing.” (Muslim)

5. If a person drops some food, he should remove the dirt from it and eat it. Allah’s Messenger (SAW) stated:

“If a morsel of food falls from any of you, he should take it and wipe it clean of any dirt and then eat it. He should not leave it for the Shaytan.” (Muslim)

6. A Muslim should not blow over hot food; instead, he should wait until it cools down. He also should not blow into a glass of water while drinking from it. Instead, he should breathe three times outside of the vessel. Anas narrated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW), would breathe three times while drinking. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Abu Sa’id narrated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) forbade blowing into a drink. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Ibn ‘Abbas narrated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) forbade breathing into a drinking vessel or blowing into it. (At-Tirmithi)

7. A Muslim should avoid eating to his fill or overeating. Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said:

“A human does not fill any container worse than his stomach. It is enough for a human to have some morsels to strengthen his back (keep his back straight). If he must eat more, then it should be one-third of his stomach for food, one-third for drink and one-third for breathing.” (Ahmad)

8. Food and drink should be served first to the eldest in the gathering. Then it should go to those on the right. Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said:

“(Begin with) the eldest, the eldest.”

That is, one should begin with the eldest at the gathering. However, the Prophet (SAW) asked permission of Ibn ‘Abbas to pass a drink to the older people who were on his left. Ibn ‘Abbas was on his right and the older people were on the Prophet’s left. The fact that he asked permission of Ibn ‘Abbas shows that the one on the right should be given first. Indeed, in another Hadith, Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said:

“Begin with) those on the right, and those on the further right. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Allah’s Messenger (SAW) also said:

“The one who gives drink to the people should be the last of them,” (Ahmad) that is, the last of them to drink .

9. One should not begin to take food or drink if there is someone else present who should go before him, such as an older person or a virtuous person. This is considered impolite behavior. The person may then be thought of as greedy. A poet once said,

“If the hands are stretched to the food, I will not be the quickest among them, as the greediest of the people is the quickest among them.”

10. He should not burden his friend or companion by making them tell him, “Eat.” Instead, he should eat what he needs to eat without shyness or trying to be shy. In that case, he troubles his companion or guest and it may also be a type of acting for show, which is forbidden.

11. He should be compassionate with his eating companion. He should not try to eat more than him. This is especially true if there is not much food. In that case, he may be eating the food that someone else has a right to.

12. He should not look at his companions while he is eating. He should not watch them, such that they may become shy because of him. Instead, he should lower his gaze to the food that is around him. He should not look at them as this might harm them and may make them mad, in which case he would be sinful.

13. He should not do anything that the others generally consider gross behavior. He should not shake his hand off over the plate. He also should not put his head close to the food such that if something falls from his mouth, it will land in the people’s food. Similarly, if he bit off a part of his bread, he should not put the rest of that bread back into the food. He also should not discuss disgusting things while eating. In that way, he might harm one of his companions and it is forbidden to harm a Muslim.

14. When he eats with poor people, he should give them preference over himself. When he eats with his brethren and friends, there should be friendliness and happiness. When he eats with people of rank and respect, he should eat with the proper manners and respect.

Etiquette After Eating

1. One should stop eating before he becomes full, thereby following the example of Allah’s Messenger (SAW). This will keep him from suffering debilitating indigestion and gluttony that takes away one’s intelligent thinking.

2. One should lick his hand and then wipe it or wash it. It is best and preferred to wash it.

3. He should pick up whatever has fallen from his food while eating, as he has been exhorted to do. This is a way of expressing gratitude for his bounties

4. He should floss between his teeth and rinse his mouth in order to clean his mouth. This is because he uses his mouth to remember Allah the Almighty and talk to his brothers. Furthermore, cleaning the mouth will keep the teeth healthy.

5. He must praise Allah after eating or drinking. If he drank milk, he should say:

“O Allah, bless us in what You have provided for us and increase it for us. “(Abu Dawud)

If he breaks his fast at a people’s place, he should say:

“May the fasting break their fast with you, may the pious eat your food and may the angels invoke blessings for you.” (Abu Dawud)

Extracted from “Mihaj ul Muslim” Published by Dar us Salam

Source: http://hayatto.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/etiquette-for-eating-and-drinking/

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Isn’t it time to come back to Allah?


We were once lost in the gloom of ignorance

Plunged deep in the heart of unawareness

Worshipping dumb idols made of stone

“Who would resurrect us, flesh and bone?”

We would shed blood for petty reasons

Remaining in war throughout the seasons

We would bury baby girls, no mercy did we feel

Nothing seemed cruel to those hearts of steel

And just when it seemed that we were doomed

In front of our eyes our destruction loomed

Allah, the Merciful and the Almighty

Sent us Muhammad.. .a Guidance, a Mercy

He brought us out of darkness into light

He guided us, he showed us wrong from right

As we submitted to Allah, Iman filled our hearts

That’s where the great story of our Triumph starts

Under his leadership we conquered the world

With all of its treasures.. .at our feet unfurled

With Imaan in our hearts so strong so bright

No one could defeat us, such was our might

The strongest authority one had ever heard

Our only mission.. .to spread Allah’s Word

We were good Muslims.. .with patience and piety

We were One Ummah.. .all brothers with sincerity

But now those blessed days are all but gone.

Now things have been turned upside down

We abandoii

Muslims and Islam are looked down upon.

Where is our Glory? Where is our Dawn?

The world is killing us, tearing us apart

They are eating away at our very heart

We are despised, reviled.. .we’re humiliated Repent to

We’ve lost our honor, we’re subjugated

“They will invite each other to attack you,” he said

“Just as to a feast,” he foretold years ahead

“But why, O Messenger of Allah?” they said.

“Love of the Dunya and hatred of death,”

What will it take… for you to realize?

What’s going to make you open your eyes?

What will make you hear the children crying?

Do you not see your brothers and sisters dying?

How can you remain silent when you see the aggression

Why are you not moved when you see the oppression

Did you, O Dear Muslim, ever ask… “Why?”

Why are we so low, though once sky high?

Its because we strayed away from Allah

Its because we forgot the laws of Shari’ah

Its because we forgot there’s a Day of Judgment

We just got lost in the worldly enjoyment

We followed our desires, we neglected the prayer

We abandoned the Sunnah….we just didn’t care

But even in these times of shame and desperation

YOU have the power to change the situation

If each one of you will change for the better

Our strength will surely be put back together

Repent to Allah… .come back to the Sunnah

Mend your ways… .that will renovate the Ummah

Keep the Qur’an close to your side

Make the Prophet your beloved Guide

And in this tough time of hardship and despair

Don’t forget the ultimate power of prayer

Allah says, “O You who believe!”

If you help Allah, surely He will relieve…

All of your burdens…. all of your sorrow

Soon there will be a brighter tomorrow

So get up O Muslims! Time to take a stance!

If Allaah is with us, no one stands a chance!

Haven’t we been humiliated enough?

Hasn’t there been plenty of rough?

Why are you asleep? Wake up O Ummah!

Isn’t it time to come back to Allah?

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