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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Amazing recitation of the Qur'an by a young child!

Mashallah, this kid's voice is just awesome. He's is blessed with such a beautiful voice and i simply cant get enough of it. It just emits peace throughout. Do turn on your speakers when u watch this. :)

History of Islam and The Prophet in a Nutshell

Hope this is of much use to you all.. :)

1. When was the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) born?
He was born on Monday, 9th Rabi Al Awwal, April 22nd, 571 AC.

2. Where was the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) born?
In Makkah

3. What is the name of the Prophet's father?
Abdullah Ibn Abdul Muttalib.

4. What is the name of the Prophet's mother?
Aminah Bint Wahhab Ibn Abd Manaf Ibn Zahrah.

5. When and where did his (prophet's) father die?
He died in Makkah before Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) was born.

6. What is the name of the Prophet's grandfather?
Abdul Muttalib.

7. What was his granfather's position?
He was the chief of his clan Bani Hashim.

8. What is the Prophet's (p.b.u.h.) lineage up to his fifth ancestor?
He is Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Ibn Abdul Muttalib Ibn Hashim Ibn Abd Manaf Ibn Qusai Ibn Kilab.

9. Who suckled the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.)?
First Thuyeba, the freed slave girl of his uncle Abdul Uzza known as Abu Lahab, then Haleema Bint Abu Dhuaib, best known as Haleema Al Sadiyah.

10. Who named the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.)?
Abdul Muttalib.

11. What did Muhammad's (p.b.u.h.) mother name him?
Ahmad.

12. Why did she (the Prophet's mother) choose this name?
Because she saw an angel in a dream calling the new-born baby Ahmad.

13. How old was Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) when his mother died?
Six years old.

14. Where did his mother take him?
She took him to Yathrib (Madinah) to visit her relatives.

15. Where did his mother die?
On her way back to Makkah, she died at Abwa and was buried there.

16. Who brought Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) back to Makkah?
His father's slave girl, Umm Aiman (May Allah be pleased with her).

17. Who took the charge of his care?
His grandfather Abdul Muttalib.

18. How long did The Prophet's grandfather take care of the Prophet Muhammad?
For two years.

19. How was his (Abdul Muttalib's) behavior with Muhammad (p.b.u.h.)?
He loved him very much and preferred him to his own sons.

20. What did Abdul Muttalib foretell about his grandson?
That he would hold a prestigious position.

21. Who took care of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) after the death of Abdul Muttalib?
His uncle Abu Talib.

22. How old was Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) when his grandfather Abdul Muttalib died?
About eight years old.

23. When did Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) travel to Syria and with whom?
He went to Syria with his uncle Abu Talib when he was twelve years old.

24. Who was Khadijah (May Allah be pleased with her)?
She was a wealthy merchant of Makkah.

25. Why did she (Khadijah) want to marry Muhammad (p.b.u.h.)?
Because of his truthfulness and good conduct.

26. When did she (Khadijah) marry Muhammad (p.b.u.h.)?
When she was 40 years old.

27. How old was Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) at the time of the marriage?
He was 25.

28. What did he (the Prophet) give her (Khadijah) as Mahr (dowry)?
Twenty camels.

29. Was Khadijah (May Allah be pleased with her) a widow?
Yes. The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) was her third husband.

30. How was Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) known in the society?
He was known as Al Ameen (Truthful) and Al Sadiq (trustworthy).

31. Did he get any sort of education?
No, he was illiterate.

32. What should one say when the Prophet's (p.b.u.h.) name is mentioned?
Sallalahu - Alayhy - Wa Alayhy -Wasalaam(May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

33. How many times is the name of Muhammad mentioned in the Holy Quran?
Four times.

34. What are the names of the Prophet's (p.b.u.h.) uncles?
They are: Harith, Zubair, Abu Talib, Hamzah (May Allah be pleased with him), Abu Lahab, Ghidaq, Maqwam, Safar and Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him).

35. Did his uncle Abu Talib accept Islam?
No, he died a polytheist.

36. In the New Testament by what name was the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) mentioned?
By the name of Paraclete.

37. What is Kabah?
It is the oldest house of worship on the earth.

38. Who built it?
The Prophet Ibrahim and his son Ismael (May Allah be pleased with them).

39. How did Quraish arrange rebuilding of Kabah?
They divided the work among various tribes. Each tribe was responsible for rebuilding a part of it.

40. Who laid the stones?
A Byzantine mason called Baqum.

41. Where did the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) go into seclusion?
To the Cave of Hira.

42. What was the fist stage of the revelation?
True dreams.

43. When did the first revelation come down to him?
On Monday, 21st of Ramadan, at night (August 10th, 610 AC). He was forty years then.

44. Who brought it?
Jibrael.

45. Who were the first to embrace Islam?
Four persons: Khadijah his wife, Zaid Ibn Haritha his freed slave, Ali Ibn Abi Talib his cousin and Abu Bakr his friend (May Allah be pleased with them).

46. Who accepted Islam at the instance of Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him)?
Uthman Ibn Affan, Zubair Ibn Awwam, Abdur Rahman Ibn Awf, Sad Ibn Abi Waqqaas, Talha Ibn Ubaidullah and Saeed Ibn Zaid (Umar's son-in-law) (May Allah be pleased with them).

47. Who were the ladies to accept Islam at first?
Abbas's wife Ummaul Fadl, Abu Bakr's wife Asma Bint Umais, his daughter Asma Bint Abi Bakr and Fatimah Bint Al Khattab Umar's sister (May Allah be pleased with them).

48. How was the Dawah done in the beginning?
It was done in secret.

49. How many people embraced Islam in the early stage?
About forty.

50. How many years did the call in secret continue?
For three years.

51. During this period, where would the Muslims gather secretly?
They would gather secretly in the house of a Muslim called Arqam to learn about Islam and the revelations sent down to the Prophet (p.b.u.h.).

52. When did the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) start to preach Islam openly?
After three years when he received the revelation to that effect.

53. What was the impact of his public preaching?
The people accepted Islam increasingly.

54. What was the main miracle of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.)?
The Holy Quran.

55. Did the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) perform other miracles?
Yes, the splitting of the moon was one of them.

56. Who was Abu Jahl?
One of the Prophet's (p.b.u.h.) uncles.

57. Name some of the disbelievers of Makkah who supported the Prophet (p.b.u.h.), but did not embrace Islam until the end.
Abu Talib, Mutim Ibn Adi and Abul Bukhtari.

58. How long did Abu Talib protect the Prophet (p.b.u.h)?
For 42 years – from the Prophet's childhood until he himself died.

59. Who was Mutim Ibn Adi?
A chief of Makkah.

60. When did he (Mutim Ibn Adi) give protection to the Prophet (p.b.u.h.)?
When the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) returned from Taif and wanted to enter Makkah.

61. When did he (Mutim Ibn Adi) die?
He was killed in the Battle of Badr.

62. Who was Abul Bukhtari?
He was a poet.

63. How did he (Abul Bukhtari) support the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.)?
He spoke out against the social boycott.

64. What lead the Muslims to emigrate to Abyssinia?
Their growing persecution at the hands of Quraish.

65. Which Surah lead to this emigration?
Surah Az Zumar.

66. When was Abul Bukhtari killed?
In the battle of Badr.

67. Who was then the King of Abyssinia?
The King of Abyssinia, known as Najjashi (the Negus), during the time of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) was As'hama.

68. When did the first group of Muslims leave for Abyssinia?
In Rajab, in the fifth year of Prophethood.

69. How many persons were there in the group?
12 men and 4 women.

70. How were the emigrants received in Abyssinia?
They were received warmly and hospitably.

71. When did the second group of emigrants leave for Abyssinia?
In the fifth year of Prophethood.

72. How many people formed the group?
83 men and 18 women.

73. Name a prominent companion included in this group.
Ja'far Ibn Abi Talib (May Allah be pleased with him).

74. What did Quraish do?
They despatched two envoys to Abyssinia to demand the extradition of the emigrants.

75. How did the King respond?
He refused to extradite the Muslims and assured them of his full protection.

76. When did Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) accept Islam?
At the age of 27.

77. Who was Bilal Ibn Rabah (May Allah be pleased with him)?
He was a slave of Umayyah Ibn Khalaf.

78. What was his (Bilal Ibn Rabah's) origin?
He was of Abyssinian decent.

79. What was the name of Bilal's mother?
Hamama.


80. Who was Yaser (May Allah be pleased with him)?
He was a slave of Abu Jahl.

81. Who was Sumayyah (May Allah be pleased with her)?
She was Yaser's (a slave of Abu Jahl) wife.

82. Who was Ammar (May Allah be pleased with him)?
He was Yaser and Sumayyah's only son.

83. How did Summaya (May Allah be pleased) die?
Abu Jahl murderded her with a bayonet.

84. Who was Zaid Ibn Haritha (May Allah be pleased with him)?
He was a slave.

85. Who purchased (in order to free) him (Zaid Ibn Haritha)?
Khadijah's nephew Hakim Ibn Hizam purchased him and presented him to her.

86. What did Khadijah do with Zaid Bin Haritha?
She presented him to the Prophet who set him free.

87. Did Zaid Bin Haritha want to go to his parents?
No, he preferred to live with the Prophet (p.b.u.h.).

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Why do we read Quraan, even if we can't understand a single Arabic word?

Here is a beautiful storyAn old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson.Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchentable reading his Quraan.

His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried toimitate him in every way he could.One day the grandson asked, 'Grandpa! I try to read the Qur'an just like you but I don't understand it, and what I dounderstand I forget as soon as I close the book.What good does reading the Qur'an do?'

The Grandfatherquietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, 'Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.' The boy did as he was told, but all the water leakedout before he got back to the house.The grandfather laughed and said, 'You'll have to move alittle faster next time,' and sent him back to the river with thebasket to try again.This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.The old man said, 'I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water.You're just not trying hard enough,' and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but hewanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the waterwould Leak out before he got back to the house.The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard,but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breathe,he said, 'See Grandpa, it's useless!' 'So you think it is useless?'The old man said, 'Look at the basket.' The boy looked atthe basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.'Son, that's what happens when you read the Qur'an.

You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work of Allah in our lives.

Prophet Muhammad ( p.b.u.h) says: 'The one who guides to good will be rewarded equally'

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Reality of Hijaab

"O’ Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their veils over their bodies. That is most convenient that they should be recognised and not be molested" (Sura Al-Ahzab 33:59)

One of the greatest benefits of Hijaab, is the natural protection it gives to a woman. By wearing Hijaab, a woman shields herself from the rampant desires of man. By his very nature, man is a creature of intense desire. The Hijaab controls this desire and thus not only protects the woman, but also the man. Sexually motivated crimes in the west are on the increase. Rape, molestation and harassment are reaching epidemic levels. Undoubtedly the clothing of a woman has something to do with this. When women walk around with literally nothing on, some men see it as a signal to do as they please. This results in the honour of a woman being scarred for life. The Muslim woman does not have this problem. She knows that when she walks on the streets, the men will not look at her. Why? Because there is nothing for them to look at!! She feels like a princess who is shielded from the savages of her domain. Peace and security is felt beneath the veil. The woman of Hijaab does not have to reveal her body in order to gain respect. She does not have to have her ‘bits’ hanging out so that men can drool over her. If a man desires her, then it has to be for her religion and intellect. The Hijaab gives him no other choice. She is a woman who is truly shielded from the nature of man.[7]

-Nature- The nature of a woman is fundamentally different from man. Women are more timid, gentle and caring then men. This is the reason why they have been chosen (by Allaah) to be the perfect rearers of children. The Hijaab reinforces this nature of the woman. We praise ஆல்ah that he has ordered this Hijaab, for the world that we live in seeks to change our very nature as human beings. Men try to be women and women try to be men. People are being led into confusion by the political correctness which is so popular in our societies. Many women have jumped onto the bandwagon of feminism and lesbianism, shouting how evil and oppressive men are. But when one looks at these sad creatures, their delusion is clear. While claiming to hate men, their attire suggests otherwise. Short hair, bomber jackets and steel toecapped boots, are the vogue for these women. Their hatred for men is so much, that their very appearance resembles the enemy!! Some of these women have even gone to the extreme of growing masses of facial hair. The hideous site of these bearded ladies, is enough to put anyone off their dinner!!! Such depravity is far from natural. The Hijab on the other hand, enables the woman to stay as a woman. Rather then being a monstrosity, a woman in Hijab is like an oyster with a beautiful pearl inside it. Her femininity has stayed feminine, without being altered into masculinity. There is no doubt about it, this is a TRUE WOMAN.

-Honour- Contrary to the tales of the media, the Hijab provides an honour for the woman like no other garment does. For many women, a dress designed by Versace[8] or Armani is all the honour they need. But the Hijaab carries far more honour then these worthless clothes. Whilst the dresses of the catwalks are designed by mere mortals, the Hijaab comes from the one who is immortal, Allaah. Through it a woman is held with the utmost respect. True Muslim men are obliged to keep their Muslim sisters away from the corruption of this world. Thus a Muslim will not allow for someone to ogle his wife, chat her up or harass her. The honour of a Muslim woman demands that this does not happen. How contrary this is to life in the west. Men in the west feel no obligation to protect women from the harms of society. This is why a man will allow his wife to be a stripper, call-girl and even a prostitute. Honour knows no place in the west. This honour will only be achieved from Islam and its Hijab. The honour of a Muslim woman is so high, that we believe that the state of a society is dependent upon its women. If the women are corrupt and immoral, then the society will be corrupt and immoral. If the women are righteous and god-fearing, then the society will be righteous and god-fearing. Women are the educators of the nation. But if they have no honour and have been corrupted, then society will be void of education and steeped in ignorance. This is the predicament of a society which rejects Hijab. This is the predicament of all Western societies, which stubbornly cling onto their depressing ways of life. Those who seek to reject Hijab after reading this, then their loss will eventually become apparent. But those who seek to please Allaah through this action, can be sure that this good can only bring more good: Contrary to the tales of the media, the Hijab provides an honour for the woman like no other garment does. For many women, a dress designed by Versace[8] or Armani is all the honour they need. But the Hijaab carries far more honour then these worthless clothes. Whilst the dresses of the catwalks are designed by mere mortals, the Hijaab comes from the one who is immortal, Allaah. Through it a woman is held with the utmost respect. True Muslim men are obliged to keep their Muslim sisters away from the corruption of this world. Thus a Muslim will not allow for someone to ogle his wife, chat her up or harass her. The honour of a Muslim woman demands that this does not happen. How contrary this is to life in the west. Men in the west feel no obligation to protect women from the harms of society. This is why a man will allow his wife to be a stripper, call-girl and even a prostitute. Honour knows no place in the west. This honour will only be achieved from Islam and its Hijab. The honour of a Muslim woman is so high, that we believe that the state of a society is dependent upon its women. If the women are corrupt and immoral, then the society will be corrupt and immoral. If the women are righteous and god-fearing, then the society will be righteous and god-fearing. Women are the educators of the nation. But if they have no honour and have been corrupted, then society will be void of education and steeped in ignorance. This is the predicament of a society which rejects Hijab. This is the predicament of all Western societies, which stubbornly cling onto their depressing ways of life. Those who seek to reject Hijab after reading this, then their loss will eventually become apparent. But those who seek to please Allaah through this action, can be sure that this good can only bring more good:

"Is there any reward for good – other then goodness?" (Sura Ar-Rahman 55:60)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Note to all my readers::

Salaam,

This blog, like i mentioned in my first post, is intended to be a collaboration of all our works.. so, i welcome any posts (with relevance to islam, of cos) from anyone. it could be smth u got off from sm where or entirely yours, absolutely anything. Since i've got most of the readers on my MSN list..do buzz me online regarding the posts yea? hope to hear from you guys..

Wassalaam

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

For the love of Allah s.w.t.

Following is an article by 1 of my very close friends. Let's call her..XYZ :)

Love=Life

The heading might give the impression that the writer is someone who is having trouble coping with the outburst of hormones. Nope, this is not about shadowed images of love during the adolescent stage. But in a way, the equation does make a lot of sense, doesn’t it? What would life be if one is to wake up every day without even having the energy to face another day simply because of dread? Would dread be equivalent to the absence of love? That might make sense to some of us, if not all.

Everyone (at least everyone I know), have realistic wishes for themselves. To wake up in a place they love, to work in an environment they love, to make time for themselves to do things they love with the people they love, etc. In almost everything we do, there is a display of love though not everyone can see it. A person who works very hard, though he may be a loner, he exhibits his love for money even if that is all that he may be working for. So, would it be wrong to say that love may be the essence of life?

Now, how much of this love we so often talk about, is real and how much of it is really quite over-rated? Lets look at things at a deeper level. I don’t think I am wrong if I were to say that most of the things we love in life are only for a certain period of time. It wouldn’t be much of a task for us to recall a time when we would have almost sworn that we loved a certain thing. To make it simpler, I recall loving the color purple (please note that the term love is used quite loosely here), when I was in primary school. But now, if anyone were to ask me, I will stand by red. Does that mean that my love for purple when I was younger false? It just means our love tends to alter by itself as we change. It is not a question of which was true and which false. It’s just the way life is. Merging this idea with relationships, we might be able to recall a time when we would have loved someone very much and as time passed, the love gradually faded to a point where it becomes hard to comprehend why we even loved that person in the first place. As the saying goes, the only constant is change itself.

I was talking with some friends several days ago when the topic on marriage came up. One of my friends mentioned that the love she had for her husband was just not the same like it was before. She was not sure whether she even loved him at all. An older friend of mine mentioned some things that I will like to share. Firstly, he reminded her again that love before marriage is not the same as the way love is after marriage but that does not mean that the love has changed in terms of quantity. Allah has created various ways to make it so that the love between a husband and wife does not die. For that, He has created children.
Let’s ponder about this for a while, could it be possible that when the love seems so broken between a husband and his wife, the constant attention needed by the children makes the couple try harder to make things work somehow? We have probably heard this so many times before already but could it also be true that many of them do fall in love with each other all over again during the period of ‘tolerance’ (when they put up with each other though they may believe that their love is lost). I won’t deny that the love between husband and wife is pure but is it really permanent? Take for instance, when a spouse dies, does the other sit and mourn for the rest of lifetime? Isn’t it mandatory to move on? (relating to what I have mentioned in my intro, moving on does not mean that the love was false, it simply means that one is stepping onto the next path of life, designed for them). Though the love may leave its impact till the end of days, the love is still somewhat temporary.

Compare this to the love we have for Allah(s.w.t). All other loves form the subsets of the love we have for Allah(s.w.t).. When we love a creation of Allah(s.w.t), aren’t we displaying love for Allah(s.w.t)? By loving his wife, a husband demonstrates his love for Allah(s.w.t). How often do we talk about great love without realizing that no love should be greater than we have for Him. How many of us love Allah(s.w.t) enough to love people who may wish harm upon us, to love people who may have hurt us, to love people who have nothing but venomous words throw at us? Many of us are more than willing to put up our hands when asked whether we love the Creator. However, not many of us are able to display that love in our actions. I am guilty of that too. When we are wounded because of another, it is not easy to be selfless enough to say that we love the person who has been the cause of our pain. It is easier to overlook the fact that Allah(s.w.t) is the one within each person causing them to react the way they do. Takdir. If Allah(s.w.t) had not permitted, the person would not have acted in that manner. Allah(s.w.t) has meant for that something to happen, be it pleasant or not, and He is watching to see how we would react, whether we would react in his favor or turn our backs to his words and his omnipresence. But, it is so much easier to pen it down than to practice it. It is always easier to preach than to show it in actions. It is not about becoming a saint overnight, it is about putting in the effort, no matter how little it may be. Allah(s.w.t) is watching us try and he knows the effort that goes into it. He is watching us fight the jihad within ourselves when we try to not give in to past anger and hatred.

We love Him, together with all other of His creation, would that loving be the true meaning of living?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Haram? Halal?


Sunday, April 13, 2008

A Public Lecture By Prof.Tariq Ramadan- "Prophet Muhammad's Enduring Message to Humanity"

Sat,12 Apr '08. 7.45p.m to 9.30p.m. Alhamdullilah, thanks to my sister i attended the above mentioned lecture. It was so informative and extremely enlightening. I wouldnt say that professor 'enlightened' me in a way that i went into a spiritual trance or something [haha] but it was more of an insight to some murky ideas of Islam that i had. When i came out of the ballroom after his lecture, i felt very contented. Contented with the step i took today to attend the lecture, confident that there are so many many other muslims with me, willing to learn about the religion. Insha allah, may God bless all brothers and sisters who were there today. I managed to scribble a jist of his lecture so that i can post it here for the benefit of us all. Inshallah, i would inform of the forthcoming events before hand so that more of us would be able to make it.

There were 2 parts of the lecture. One about Nabi Muhammed (P.B.U.H) and how he projected humility in his way of life. And the other was about Islam in general. I would put forth the latter topic for today.

Professor started out by providing a simple meaning to Islam. What is the real objective of Islam. I should say, he did put that answer in a very sensible and comprehensible manner. He said that Islam's objective is to bring out PEACE.Peace with your mother,your father, your sister,brother,friends,neighbours and then, through them and eventually peace with Allah s.w.t. Justice is one condition of Islam. It is one condition throught which you can achieve peace.However, being just doesnt mean to be in peace. For example, humans tend to be obsessed with being just that the forget to FORGIVE. and when you dont forgive, there's this persistent anger and hurt within you.This is hinder you from achieving peace. So Islam,in a way, encourages you to forgive and move on.Forgive others and forgive yourself.

He meant something so true. I always believe that God is an energy,a force that binds us together by giving us room to discipline ourselves to HIS principles. I always tell my friends and family that i call god as Allah, you call him as Jesus, some call him Budha, we all have different definitions but they all mean 1 thing.1 God. no matter wat religion you come from, all religion mean good for mankind.That is what religion is about.That is wat God and divinity is supposed to mean. To do good for mankind. To prevent them from deviating from the good. [ sorry if i offended anyone. All that was entirely my own opinion]

Likewise, professor said that with deep understandings of the teachings of different religion we would be able to see the common universal message because all religions mean the same. All the principles taught in every religion is instilled in us naturally but we are just forgetting it.

Following that, he mentioned that Islam is all about knowledge. As in , the faith is only powerful and significant when there's adequate knowledge to support it. He backs up his statement by saying that there is no faith withou deep understanding and knowledge.

I support that. How are we going to be good muslims and follow Islam properly if we do not understand its priciples? This reminds me that, for a person to convert to a muslim through darul arqam in singapore, he/she is advised to have cleared all doubts he/she has about the religion before embracing Islam totally.

Rasullulah(p.b.u.h) often prayed to Allah to give him the knowledge, so that he can worship Allah better. Professor said that humans unknowingly worship knowledge but tend not to worship the creator of the knowledge as much.For example, we aknowledge the knowledge by being arrogant. We get this slight haughty feeling that we know more then the rest. How often have we went like ...'I know!' ? And mind you, its is very anti islamic to potray arrogance.
Inshallah, like the Nabi(p.b.u.h) we shall doa that we are blessed with the knowledge to worship Allah and understand Islam better henceforth.

Professor told us a short story about marriage.It is written in The Quran that 'To be married, is half your religion'.
Once a Parsian came over to Rasullulah (p.b.u.h) and invited him over for dinner. And nabi(p.b.u.h) asked 'with my wife?' and the parsian said 'no, u alone!' and prophet said, ' no, i cant come'. Again,another day,the same parsian came over to Rasullulah (p.b.u.h) and invited him over for dinner again. And nabi(p.b.u.h) asked 'with my wife?' and the parsian said 'no, u alone!' and prophet said again, ' no, i cant come'. This happen thrice in total. And in the end, the parsian said..' yes, with your wife' , and then nabi muhammad(p.b.u.h) accepted the invitation.

We learn 2 things from the above incident. (1) the prophet was so patient with the way he dealt with the parsian brother. He was so soft in the way he kept saying what he kept saying. He didnt say anything more and gave time for him to understand on his own. (2) it was clearly understood that his wife was his other half.
Islam requires its muqmins to be together with your spouse by accepting their faults,strengths, qualities and encourage them to be bounded together out of love. Love and love alone.

Professor raised his voice when he said just 1 thing. That was when he said that racism,segregation,discrimination or anything of that sort is EXTREMELY ANTI-ISLAMIC. We do this unknowingly in our everyday life. We look down on someone simply dressed but give more respect to someone dressed more extravagantly. I think that is so natural. But, now i feel that we should avoid from thinking that way. 1 way is to keep telling to ourselves that, we are all equal in the eyes of god. I think that would help.

Lastly....wrapping up this post. He mentioned that sincerity is essential in being spiritual in Islam. We cannot be spiritual if we (1) do not understand the knowledge and (2) are not sincere. We have to be sincere in whatever we do. Allah will,inshallah, forgive you if you sincerely ask for it.

With this...i end part 1. Hope it has benefitted all. May Allah forgive all of our sins and bless us with humility and knowledge Inshallah. Ameen.


* P.B.U.H = Peace be upon him

Friday, April 11, 2008

Allah's Blessings is With us All the Time

Funny that we always say when we are not blessed when we are already SO blessed. A friend of mine is more of a pessimist. In my efforts to always perk her up, i have taught myself alot of things.

Once i came across a mail, a few years back, saying that if you
-have aroof above your head,
-are normal (i.e: not disabled in anyway)
-you are free from any terminal illness,
-have food in your fridge,
-do not have to worry about pocket money/food/lodging,
-are in a safe country
-you can read and write
-have a family of your own
-both your parents are together and alive

.....you are the lucky top 11% in the world.

Alhamdullilah, i believe the majority of us fit into the above. but yet, we always complain. 'I just wish i hadn't met that person, damn! im so unlucky! why did it have to be me?! i wish i was as lucky as her. ' Such stuff, we hear everyday. We even say such things sometimes. But at those times, we just happen to forget Allah and his immense blessings. Alot of simple things we live with everyday are his blessings.

Imagine, how would it be if you have a short tongue?if you were cross-eyed? if you were blind? or colour blind? or..if you had low IQ? how different would your life have been?

We are all blessed.Very, very blessed. There was an old islamic song in tamil which meant

' i am not able to thank you for all that you have blessed me with. I fear to ask for more.'

How true can that be? I am very very thankful to Allah s.w.t. to have blessed me so much. I am not perfect and my life is not problem free. Whose life is problem free anyway? But problems and hardship always makes us into a better person. Its like how a stone is carved into a beautiful statue. When the hammer keeps hitting it, it'd would hurt.For sure. But in the end, its an amazing piece of art. Likewise, the problems Allah gives us always,always makes us into a better and stronger individual.

There was a casual friend i had, a much older person - i fondly call her Aunty Malini. She went through a very, very tough life.She had a husband who totured her, who later died of liver cancer. She lost her 8yr old daughter to a car accident that happened right in front of her eyes. Everytime i listen to her stories, i just tear.Unknowingly. But, her strength and positivism always amazes me. So, one day, i asked her about this:

Me: Aunty, i am sorry to ask you this. I know that you've been through alot of hardships in life. but you always seem to be so happy, so positive...i mean if the same thing were to happen to me..i would have been crazy by now. but you seem full of life and happiness...how aunty?

[her reply moved me totally.With a smile, she said...]

Aunty: Hardships and problems are always there. God didnt create me to be sad. He created me to give life.To share happiness.To make others happy.To make the world into a better place. Earlier, i forgot when i last laughed.i cried all the time.the onli happiness i had were my kids..n when 1 of them died..i was totally broke..then only i joined bible studies.met alot of ppl.the ppl i met,i listen to them.,i hear their stories,i feel like i'm sooo much more gifted..y god gives us problems?who doesnt have problem?if today 1 problem gets over...tomorrow, there will be another 1.That is so natural..if u are without any problems...there is something wrong with u.God gives u a problem...makes you go through it,eventually he'd give you the solution.but in the meantime,the process,when u persevere,n when you go thru it - You are actualli going a step closer towards god..he is actualli lifting u up.if u have a big big BIG problem,dont cry,dont say..oh god!!! why me?say..thank you god.i know through this problem..i am much more closer to you.because the bigger the problem..the closer i am to you..every prob will have a solution.either now..or later..but there will be. God will brng you through. At the end of the day..you'd be walking hand in hand with god..anyone who has 100% faith in god...wont cry ..wont be afraid of their problems,they wont be confused..always have a pure heart..be free from sins..god will help you always.

God is always listening to us. Believe in Him and Him alone. HE will never foresake his true muqmins. Insyallah.

Alhamdullilah.

Jihad In Islam - What's the REAL truth?


Sorry readers, i couldnt enlarge the picture enough. Anyway, all you have to do is a left-click on the picture. Do read this amazing article so that we can answer the rest when they shoot questions about Jihad :)

May Allah Bless Us all in All Ways. Ameen

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bismillah

Some examples of not being modest which are common these days-being too proud of material items,blaming others,being excited over ‘happenings’ or short term happiness,expressing one’s emotions without thinking,being loud or doesnt have a stable tone of voice,the list can go on.

Its important for us to watch what we do,the walks and talks,our behaviour,what we SAY,what we choose to HEAR,and where we GO.

One way to remain modest-is to keep your Wudhu’ on always.Below is a a nice way of keeping modest through your Wudhu’:-

When washing your hands,remind yourself that,’I will only do good’
When gargling,tell yourself,’I will only speak of good things’
When cleaning your nose,say,’I will only go near good things and keep myself clean’
When washing your face,say,’I will only look at good things and may Allah give me piousness’
When washing your ears, say,’I will only hear good things’
When washing your forehead,say,’I will sujud more to Allah and love him for all that He has blessed me and more’
When washing your right hand,say,’I will do more good,for me and for the Ummah’
When washing your left hand,say,’I will not do bad things,may Allah keep me away from sins’
When washing your right foot,say,’I will only step to good places’
When washing your left foot,say,’I will not step to bad places and may Allah keep me away from sins’

MasyaAllah.How beautiful is that.

Imagine if you do that 5 times a day.You just got to remind yourself while you are washing up.It does not take extra time,but it cleanses yourself,spiritually,mentally,emotionally,and soulfully.And then you pray with a happy,content heart.

Insyallah, May Allah reward us,
Ameen.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Humanity in the eyes of Islam

God created the universe so that He could be known and recognized in all His Names and Attributes, and therefore His creation includes one creature with free will: man. Of all creatures, only man can manifest the Divine Names the All-Willing, All-Knowing, and All-Speaking. God then endowed us with the knowledge of things (“names”), and made us His vicegerent to rule on Earth according to His laws. As having free will means that one must choose, each person’s life consists of choosing between what is right and wrong.
God endowed humanity with three principal faculties fundamental to our survival and carrying out our function as His vice-gerent: an appetite for such things as the opposite sex, offspring, livelihood, and possessions; anger or forcefulness in defense and struggle; and reason or intellect. Since we are tested in this worldly life and are free to choose, God did not restrict these faculties.
According to Islam, our individual and collective happiness lies in disciplining our faculties so that we may produce a harmonious and peaceful individual and social life. If they remain undisciplined, they may drive people to immorality, illicit sexual relationships, unlawful livelihoods, tyranny, injustice, deception, falsehood, and other vices. To prevent the ensuing chaos and suffering, we must submit to an authority that guides and regulates our collective affairs. Since one person will not accept the authority of another, humanity needs a universal intellect, a guidance from beyond human reason and experience, to whose authority all may assent freely. That guidance is the religion revealed and perfected by God through His Prophets: Islam.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

One of my favourite videos.


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by Zain Bikha and Dawood Wharnsby. I simply love this one. you have to listen to the lyrics! not to be missed :)

Why covering up modesty is Wajib

'Enjoin the believing women to lower their gaze and guard heir modesty;not to display their beauty and ornaments except what normally appears thereof;let them draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their charms except to their husbands,their fathers,their fathers in law,their own sons,their stepsons,their own brothers,their nephews on either brothers' or sisters' sides,their own womenfolk,their own slaves,male attendants who lack sexual desires or small children who have no carnal knowledge of women.Also enjoin them not to strike their feet(on the ground) in order to draw attention to their hidden trinkets.And O believers!Turn to ALLAH in repentance,all of you,about your past mistakes,so that you may attain salvation.'Surah An-Nur;Ayat 31.

Monday, April 7, 2008

For a start..

Islam is Beautiful.
What you want becomes Doa.
What you ask for becomes Doa.
Just put your hands together,
face the qiblat,
put your heart into the Doa
and ask HIM. HE listens.

*Doa means prayer in Arabic

Islam is beautiful.

Saalam to all readers n my warm welcome reaches out to all of you. I am a proud muslim who feel its my duty,as a muslim, to ameliorate the rupted image of islam in our modern times. This blog, is a simple and modest effort by me in just to do so. I welcome all writers of similar interests to write in. The more hands combined, the faster the job.

May God Bless Us All,Insyallah.