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– Reading is an active mental process: Unlike sitting in front of the idiot box (TV), reading makes you use your brain. While reading you would be forced to reason out many things which are unfamiliar to you. In this process you would use the grey cells of your brain to think and become smarter.
– Reading improves your vocabulary: Remember in elementary school when you learned how to infer the meaning of one word by reading the context of the other words in the sentence? You get the same benefit from book reading. While reading books, especially challenging ones, you will find yourself exposed to many new words you wouldn’t be otherwise.
– Improves concentration and focus: It requires you to focus on what you are reading for long periods. Unlike magazines, Internet posts or e-Mails that might contain small chunks of information, books tell the whole story. Since you must concentrate in order to read, like a muscle, you will get better at concentration.
– Builds self-esteem: The more you read, the more knowledgeable you become. With more knowledge comes more confidence. More confidence builds self-esteem. So it’s a chain reaction. Since you are so well read, people look to you for answers. Your feelings about yourself can only get better.
– Improves memory: Many studies show if you don’t use your memory, you lose it. Crossword puzzles are an example of a word game that staves off Alzheimer’s. Reading, although not a game, helps you stretch your memory muscles in a similar way. Reading requires remembering details, facts and figures and in literature, plot lines, themes and characters.
– Improves your discipline: Making time to read is something we all know we should do, but who schedules book reading time every day? Very few… That’s why adding book reading to your daily schedule and sticking to it, improves discipline.
– Improves creativity: Reading about diversity of life and exposing yourself to new ideas and more information helps to develop the creative side of the brain as it imbibes innovation into your thinking process.
– Reduces boredom: One of the rules I have is if I am feeling bored, I will pick up a book and start reading. What I’ve found by sticking to this is that I become interested in the book’s subject and stop being bored. I mean, if you’re bored anyway, you might as well be reading a good book, right?
If you want to break the monotony of a lazy, uncreative and boring life, go and grab an interesting book. Turn the pages to explore a new world filled with information and ingenuity.
How many of the rulings which affect YOU personally -on a daily basis- do you know properly? e.g. The Correct aqeedah of Ahlus-Sunnah, Rulings on the prayer, purification, proper & simple tajweed rules on how to recite the Qur’an, the dealings you have with the people you interact with: your family, your friends, teachers, co-workers, e.t.c
How many of the Surahs -you read in your prayer- do you know their tafsir / meanings?
Do you know the details and the benefits of the Seerah of the The Prophet (SallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam)?
How many of the names of Allaah do you know? Their meanings?
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Please start reading for your own sake, ask Allaah sincerely to benefit you, and most importantly to grant you action after knowledge.
Remember the Power of Reading. Especially beneficial reading.
And Remember the first word & the first command to be revealed to the best Prophet sent to the best Ummah is: ‘Read’.
Have a nice reading.
“EVERY week I meet two high school girls at a place in Jeddah where I attend classes. Most of their excited talk revolves around the ‘hottest’ guy in their school to the weekly sundry crushes they have. The girls are ever-inquisitive about how many boyfriends I have, and have even managed to peep at my phone’s contact book, stopping at every male contact to look askance at me and ask: ‘This must be your boyfriend, no?’
Sometimes, in social gatherings, the ‘are you married?’ or ‘are you engaged’ questions are replaced with ‘do you have a boyfriend?’
Call me old-fashioned or simply passion-proof, I admit I have never been fascinated by my schoolmates’, and later, college mates’, obsession with the B-word. Yes, Boyfriend. ‘Top Secrets’ are kept, classes are bunked, rumors are made and even fights are picked up because of the B-word.
Why are we girls so fixated over what can be best described as an illicit non-marital (similar to extra-marital) relationship?………………….”
An excellent article I think everyone should read.
Full article @ Girls Talk – Do you have a boyfriend?
Narrated by ‘Abdullah: Allah has cursed those women who practise tattooing and those who get themselves tattooed, and those who remove their face hairs(1), and those who create a space between their teeth artificially to look beautiful, and women changing the features created by Allah. Why then should I not curse those whom the Prophet has cursed? And that is in Allah’s Book. i.e. His Saying: ‘And what the Apostle gives you take it and what he forbids you abstain (from it).’ (59.7)
(1) It would be permitted for a woman to remove a beard or a moustache that appears on her face. Even though it is facial hair, but since it is to stop women from resembling men, it is permitted. This is the opinion of the majority of scholars, in fact they have said it is recommended, not just permitted. The same will be to bleach this hair instead.
If the eyebrows are linked in between, it would be permissible to remove the excess hair from in between to separate them [i.e. the hair above the nose]. The reason for this is that linked eyebrows are looked upon as a defect, hence it would be permissible to remove it.
كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ ثُمَّ إِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ
English Dr. Mohsin Khan: Everyone shall taste the death. Then unto Us you shall be returned.
وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَنُبَوِّئَنَّهُم مِّنَ الْجَنَّةِ غُرَفًا تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا نِعْمَ أَجْرُ الْعَامِلِينَ
English Dr. Mohsin Khan: And those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh Islâmic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, to them We shall surely give lofty dwellings in Paradise, underneath which rivers flow, to live therein forever. Excellent is the reward of the workers.
الَّذِينَ صَبَرُوا وَعَلَى رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ
English Dr. Mohsin Khan: Those who are patient, and put their trust (only) in their Lord (Allâh).
وَكَأَيِّن مِن دَابَّةٍ لَا تَحْمِلُ رِزْقَهَا اللَّهُ يَرْزُقُهَا وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
English Dr. Mohsin Khan: And so many a moving (living) creature carries not its own provision! Allâh provides for it and for you. And He is the All-Hearer, the All¬Knower.
A man came to Ibn Abbas (ra) and said, “I asked for a women’s hand in marriage, and she refused me. Someone else asked for her hand and she accepted and married him. I felt jealous so I killed her. Will my repentance be accepted?”
Ibn Abbas (ra) asked, “Is your mother still alive?”
He said, “No.”
So Ibn Abbas (ra) told him, “Repent to Allah and do your best to draw close to Him.”
Then Ataa’ ibn Yasaar (ra) who over heard their conversation asked, “why did you ask him if his mother was still alive?”
Ibn Abbas (ra) said, “Because I know of no other deed that brings people closer to Allah than kind treatment and respect towards one’s mother.”
[ Bukhari, Al-Adab al-Mufrad, 1/45 baab birr al-umm [kindness to the mother].]
Our religion is the most beautiful religion of all. Why are we not embracing it? Why do we ignore the importance of knowing our religion? People these days are too caught up in wordly things that don’t matter now, and definitley won’t matter in the hereafter; like “hmm, which car should I buy Honda or Toyota.. should i buy normal, seven seater or 3 door.. which colour?.. Red looks nice no no, sorry i like the blue one.. well the silver looks rather eyecatching………………..” and on it goes.
Who cares what kind of car you get? Are you doing all of this so you make a nice impression to your neighbours? Infact, forget making a nice impression, you WANT them to know that you are well off – by having a nice car etc.. whatever happened to religion? do we take notice of what we say, that it could be makrooh (disliked act) or maybe even haraam?
People do all kind of things without giving a second thought to what they are doing.. and then come the excuses and the complication of different types of muslims… For example, (life story coming up.. :P)A couple of months or so before, I was sat in arabic class ”learning” arabic, and this guy comes up with a question that is directed to the teacher. (the teacher is from tunisia and he is a muslim)
::: “Sir, is music haraam?“
Now I’m sure we all know the answer to that, and with certainty, we would all say yes. However i was very shocked that and annoyed at the teacher when he blatantly said no, like everyone would agree. I was amazed as were 4 other students (there were only 6 students in the class) and disagreed strongly. From that point onwards, we had an argument that lasted for the rest of the lesson, all 4 students were backing me up, as we were not prepared to let him go and have the last word.
So we argued; boy did we argue! His point was that it is makrooh, so i was like if it is makrooh then why do you do it? And he’s like it’s not haraam so it’s not forbidden, and anyways too many people are dying in muslim countries and we are too caught in having beards and having above the ankle and not listening to music and all of that stuff. WHAT!! I was fuming! I said yes all that matters but we still have to pay attention to small details of our religion! you might think that music and hijaab and beard is small, but infact they aren’t and we have to pay great attention to them, as after all they still are part of the religion! He then came up with this: you are extremists. WHAT!! He said that there is a hadeeth where the Prophet (pbuh) said that it’s better to be in the middle that both extremes. I said, ok, so how come the prophet used to wear above the ankle? How come the prophet had beard, and how come he never listened to music? How many people were dying in his time? How many muslims being killed? Yet didnt he still do all the little little things? Just because major things are happening, doesn’t mean that you have an excuse to listen to music does it? Well.. he had nothing to say to that. The next lesson, I gave him my proof, and he read it and said ‘fairly’ that if I want I could go on the internet and print out proof that music is halal, since different people have different ideas. I went mad!! I was so annoyed that I asked him what muslim he was. When he said ‘Im a moderate Muslim. I want to make Islam better for people‘, I just shut up. What can I say to that? Moderate Muslims are changing the religion to how they like it, which if you think about it is haraam- it’s plain Bid’ah. I gave up trying; I literally shut up talking to him from then on. What was the point? He would never undertsand anyway. I’d done my bit.. well what else can I do?
People think religion is a joke, that it’s just some thing you pay attention to when you have time, or when you can be bothered. Its not like that. Religion is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN GET. IT’S THE ONLY THING THAT WE ARE HERE FOR!! SO START PAYING ATTENTION TO IT!