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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Sunnat No.1 Upon Awakening...

As salaamu alaikum Warahmatullah
Insha Allah, every week we will be posting up a simple Sunnat that we can easily implement in our lives . Lets make a concerted intention and effort to practise on them and enhance our lives by practically displaying our love for our Beloved Prophet Muhammed (Sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam). May Allah Ta'ala grant us the ability to be steadfast on the Holy Qur'aan and Sunnah, ameen.

1) Sunnat Upon Awakening:

Immediately upon awakening, rub the face and eyes with both hands to remove the effects of sleep
. (Shamaa'il Tirmidhi)
Monday, September 26, 2005

Dua when Ramadhaan Approaches

It is reported from Hadhrat Ubadah bin Samit(radhiyallahu anhu) that: Sayyidina Rasulullah(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) used to teach us these words (dua) when Ramadhaan approached:

Allahumma sal-limni li-ramadhaana wa-sal-lim ramadhaana li wa-sal-limhu li muta-qab-bala

" O Allah! Protect me (from such sicknesses, diseases, etc. that will prevent me from observing the fast of Ramadhaan, make the month of Ramadhaan clear for me (let not the crescent be obscure in the beginning and end of Ramadhaan for fear that a doubt may arise in the observance and omission of fasting) and save me from sins in the month of Ramadhaan so that my acts of worship are accepted and not nullified."

[Hayatus Sahabah Vol. 3 Pg. 275]

Courtesy: http://www.everymuslim.com/
Thursday, September 22, 2005

Ramadan Fever

by: Abu Sumaiya

The heat is on!

Once a year a dramatic change occurs in the Muslim community. Once a year Icky baby and the Sam' becomes Iqbal and Sameera. Off come the baggy jeans, the Nike 180's and the Raiders cap. On come the yellow Shalwar Kameez (clothes most Pakistanis wear), the brylcreamed hairstyle which glues on that terribly uncool Towpee (cap) and in comes the miswak in the top pocket, making you look like something like "Karachi cops".

It's during this HOLY month of Ramadan that we ditch the daytime raves and the frequent visit to the library (and we don't mean for the reference section) and begin to act it out. Icky baby becomes temporarily religious.

It's a sort of spooky feeling. The Mosques are full and your feel good. Good cos' you've done your bit for the year. One by one you scratch the days from your Ramadan timetable that your dad brought back from the Mosque-and then-thank crunchie it's Eid.

Eid Mubarak!

The Mosques again becomes museums for the old and for those deprived "ACHA BACHA" - a good baby. The crease-free shalwar kameez comes off and comes the baggy jeans, whilst the libraries reopen for "business as usual". Just 11 more months of "freedom" to go before the smelly breath season come back with vengeance.

Year after year it goes on, almost as a ritual. You know it's rough. Yet Allah (swt) is Al-Rahman and Al-Raheem as we are told by our parents (who probably also have gone through this). And anyway religion is for the old men in the mosques - with smelly breaths, and beards that sweep the floor everytime they walk from one end of the mosque to the other.

Religion is for those "fundies"(fundamentalists) at school/college, the "weirdoes" who only talk to the opposite sex about the benefits of the Khilafah ruling system or the fallacies of Western ideology such as Capitalism and Marxist Philosophy. (i.e. try saying that in one breath!).

The Game

So you go around playing this game. It's like an endless spiral. You think you're a rebel or tough - yet you're just one of the pack - a zombie, conforming to master-plan, when you turn 40 you grow your beard and take your seat in front row of the mosque, invest in a miswak, pack your bags for Hajj, and then everything is gonna be safe! - well no! It doesn't quite work like that. The million dollar question is will you ever turn 40?

Game Over

Suppose you die. Just suppose you snuff it before you turn 40? What then? It could severely damage that master-plan of yours. Alright, the chances may look slim yet the stakes are high. Nobody knows when he or she is going to die. Just suppose you're locked up in a room and there's no way out. Just suppose there's a time bomb - ticket away in this room. Now if this bomb has "6 days" on it you would probably turn "fundy" and spend all six days reading namaz (salah). Just suppose the bomb had a "?" on it? What then? That's exactly how life is!!! A ticking bomb with a "?" on it, you never know when it's gonna blow-up.

Wherever you are, death will find you. Even if you are in tower built up strong and high!" (Translation of the meaning of the Qu'ran)

30 days or a lifetime?

And anyway, even if you do go along with this "dodgy" game, don't you think your Creator will know your intention? Many people have sussed out Islam as a blind faith or and emotional/spiritual/spooky belief which leaves you a contemplating rationally about the meanings of life.

Where did you come from? Why are we here? Or the question that puts a dampner on all raves, "what's going to happen to us when we die?" Islam asks us to answer these vital questions and come to a conclusion, the correct one.

Islam doesn't rely on the dodgy culture we are brought up with either from our parents or from the Molvi-Saab (imam). Islam is far from being a "religion" as it is often coined in the media. Islam is a complete system of life - with solutions to all our problems be it for Muslims or non-Muslims.

Check out Islam for yourself and free yourself from this shallow zombie-like culture. Before your credits run out! Word out!

Remember there is no Life or Dignity without Islam.

"O you who believe answer the call of Allah(swt) and His Messenger to that which gives you Life." (8:24)

A Quick Checklist For Ramadan

Just a few resolutions we could make for this Ramadan insha Allah .By no means comprehensive and in no particular order...

� Make a resolve to win the maximum favour of Allah: perform extra voluntary prayers (Nawaafil), make frequent Du'a and increase remembrance (Dhikr).

� Try to recite some Quran after every Prayer. In fact if you read 3-4 pages after every Prayer you can easily finish the entire Quran in Ramadan! Study the Quranic Tafseer (commentary) every morning.

*Revive as many Sunnahs as possible in this Glorious Month and continue with this the effort after Ramadan.

� Seek the rare and oft-neglected rewards of 'the night better than a 1000 months', Laylatul-Qadr.

� Weep in private for the forgiveness of your sins: It is the month of forgiveness and Allah's Mercy! It's never too late.

� Learn to control your tongue and lower your gaze. Remember the Prophet's warning that lying, backbiting, and a lustful gaze all violate the fast! Abandon foul language forever.

� Encourage others to enjoin and love goodness, and to abandon everything evil. Play the role of a Da'ee (one who invites to Allah) with passion and sympathy.

� Experience the joy of Tahajjud prayers late at night and devote yourself purely and fully to Allah in the I'tikaf retreat during the last 10 days of Ramadan.
� Invite a person you are not very close with to your home for Iftar, at least once a week. You will notice the blessings in your relationships!

� Bring life to your family! Everyday, try to spend some quality time with your family and to understand each other better.

� Give gifts to at least 5 people: 2 to your family members, 2 to your good friends, and 1 to a person whom you love purely for the sake of Allah.

� Commit to an Islamic study circle to enhance your Islamic knowledge and practice. Plan to complete reading a book on Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam)'s life in these 30 days.

� Donate generously to the masajid, Islamic organizations, and any where people are in need. "This is a month of sharing!"

� Share Ramadan and its teachings of love & patience with your neighbours. Learn how at: http://www.soundvision.com/info/ramadan/

� Initiate a project to promote or revive a 'forgotten' social cause in the Muslim and non-Muslim community: fight against racism, AIDS, drugs, cancer, smoking etc.

� Did you know, our society, which constitutes only 20% of world's population, actually consumes 80% of world's resources! Volunteer at food bank or Anti-Poverty campaign, while fasting!

Slightly edited version of the original article from www.soundvision.com

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Our Beloved Nabi (Sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) has said something to the effect that a heart that holds no portion of the Qur'aan is like a deserted house.

...think... spooky...think ...abandonement...think...loneliness......think scary...think unhappiness

To Attain TRUE happiness and contentment, RECITE Al-Qur'aan Al Kareem!!!

TRY IT! Depressed? Down? Recite AL QUR'AANUL KAREEM and let the Nur of the Beautiful Words of your Creator permeate every cell of your body and purify your mind and soul.

Allow yourself to experience ecstacy like never before...RECITE Al-QUR'AANUL KAREEM!!!

Ramadhaan is around the bend, let's increase recitation in the run-up to Ramadhaan...insha Allah let us make the intention that " THIS RAMADHAAN I am going to exert myself in the way of the Holy Qur'aan, in a way that I haven't before. THIS RAMADHAAN I am going to become close to the Qur'aan cleanse my rusty heart.THIS RAMADHAAN I will become a close friend of the Qur'aan!"

A friend in need, is a friend indeed>>>>>>>>Become a friend of the Qur'aan and it will help you when YOU really need it. It will help you in THIS WORLD. It will help you in your GRAVE.IT will help you the THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT. This friend won't let you down! This friend is Truthful and Dedicated...THIS is YOUR TRUE FRIEND...OUR TRUE FRIEND!!!!!! It's up to us...Will we accept this friendship or reject it?...Let us think carefully...


Let us be true to ourselves....Let us befriend the Holy Qur'aan. Let us remember ALLAH Doesn't need us to recite the Qur'aan...We need the Qur'aan to guide US!
Sunday, September 11, 2005

Quran: Witness the Miracle

By Khalid Baig

Night after night in Ramadan, the believers witness a unique spectacle at mosques around the world. They stand in special Taraveeh prayers in which the prayer leader will recite the entire Quran from memory. Those who have accomplished this extraordinary feat of memorizing all of the 6246 verses are not a handful of devotees but there are hundreds of thousands of them. Most, just like most Muslims in the world today, do not speak Arabic. Yet they have painstakingly learnt to pronounce each and every word of the Quran correctly. The phenomenon is not a result of some religious resurgence that would pass. From the very first day that the Quran was revealed, it was memorized. And the number of those who have memorized it has been increasing ever since. Memorization of Quran has been going on all through the centuries, all over the globe wherever Muslims are.

There are other religions that claim to possess the Word of God. There are none that can show a book that has commanded anything remotely comparable to this level of devotion. Quran is the most read and the only completely memorized book in the whole world. It is also the most studied book in the world.
It has stimulated development of entire disciplines of knowledge dealing with its reading, writing, and interpretation.

Miraculous as it is, this is not the only unique aspect of the Quran.

Quran was the first book in the Arabic language. Yet fourteen centuries later, its language is as alive as it was when it was revealed. And there is no other example when the very first book in a language became any masterpiece let alone the eternal masterpiece that Quran is.

This Book is meant to command and guide humanity until the end of time. That the passage of fourteen centuries has not made the slightest dent in its language or literary beauty is only one evidence of that unique role; its contents have also been unassailable by the passage of time. It makes statements of scientific facts that science would discover centuries later but none that science could ever refute. It tells about ancient history, like the civilization of the 'Aad people in the Empty Quarter of the Arabian desert that no other historical sources, then or since, contain any information about. Yet, its veracity has only recently been verified by scientific discoveries. Above all, it provides a system of beliefs and a code of conduct for life which is as relevant, illuminating, and true today as it was fourteen centuries earlier and during all the centuries in between.

The believers know that this Book had to be above space and time because this is the Word of the Creator of space and time. And He has promised that it will always be above space and time. But those who are looking from the outside and are just curious may consider these additional facts:

· Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, did not go to any school, study from any teacher, or even learn how to read and write. He even had no interest in poetry, which was one of the most prized disciplines of his time. Yet suddenly at age forty, he began to recite this marvelous revelation.

· The style of Quran is very distinct from the words of the Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, himself, which also have been preserved in Hadith collections. His own sayings are embodiments of eloquence, but they have a different style. Moreover, they clearly are the words of a human being. Although never deviating from the truth, they do show human emotions and the effects of the circumstances in which they were said. Quran, on the other hand, never shows the slightest trace of these effects. It always speaks from above.

· It was revealed over a twenty-three year period and covers a very wide range of subjects yet it shows neither a gradual development of style nor any self- contradictions in the voluminous text. · The twenty-three years of Prophetic life was not a period spent in isolation. He did not retire to a cave to produce this miraculous work. The Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, did spend long periods of time in quiet meditation in Cave Hira before becoming a Prophet. But after Prophethood was conferred upon him, his life was one of constant struggle with the pagans, and later the Jews, of Arabia who spared no effort to stop and persecute him. It was during this period of persecution, wars, campaigns, and solving problems associated with the bringing about of greatest civilizational revolution of all times --- an extremely busy and challenging period --- that Quranic Revelation was also received and compiled.

· The Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, himself was most deeply moved by the Book. He used to stand for hours in solitary midnight prayers reciting from the Book until his feet used to get swollen. How preposterous that one should attempt to attribute the Book to him. Has there ever been another example of somebody getting so moved by his own words?

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all the evidence that proves Quran to be the Word of God. Scholars have written books expounding the miracle of miracles that Quran is. But even this small sampler may propel an inquiring mind to go and read the Book himself.

To read this Book with an open mind is to believe in it. Those who sincerely seek guidance will find their questions answered, their confusions removed, their problems solved in its pages. From the beginning until the end, every word in the Quran tells the reader that it is the Word of Allah. And those who ignore it do so at their own peril.

"And if you are in doubt as to what We have revealed to Our servant, then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers (if there are any) besides Allah, if your (doubts) are true. But if you cannot - and of a surety you cannot - then fear the Fire whose fuel is men and stones which is prepared for those who reject Faith." [Al-Baqarah 2:23-24]
Friday, September 09, 2005

Fleeing from De@th..

One day before noon a noble man arrived and ran into Sulayman's hall of justice, for Sulayman (AS) was famed far and wide for his ability as a judge. The man's face was pale with anxiety and fear and his lips were blue.

Sulayman (AS) said, "What is the matter?"

He replied, "Azra'il, the angel of death, gave me such a look, full of anger and hatred."

Sulayman (AS) said,"What do you desire of me? Ask me right away."The noble man said,"Tell the wind to carry me from here to India.. Maybe, in this way I can save my life."

Sulayman (AS) had great power, and he recommanded the wind to carry the man to India. Now, Sulayman (AS) was a great prophet, and would often meet and sit with the Angel of Death. The very next day, he asked Azra'il,

"Did you look at that Muslim with an expession of anger and hatred in order to drive him into exile from his home?"

Azra'il said,"When did I look at him angrily? I saw him as I passed by and looked at him in astonishment, because Allah had told me, "Today you will take his spirit in India." I said to myself in amazement, "Even if he had a hundred wings, it is a long way for him to be India today."
So look at all the affairs of the world and open your eyes and see! From whom shall we run away? From ourselves? How absurd! From whom shall we take ourselves away? From Allah? What a crime!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

The Thirty-Second Quiz

Author Unknown

Don't bother getting a pen and paper... just read... If you can't answer them, just keep going.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Olympics.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.

5. Name five entrants in the Guinness Book of Records.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They're the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Now here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. Name three teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worth while.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson?

The people who make a difference in your life aren't the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They're the ones who care.

(Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL day!)