Daily Archives: February 3, 2012

Jumm’a Reminder

“O believers! When the call for Salah is made on Friday, hasten to the remembrance of ALLAH and cease your business. That is better for you if you but knew. When you finish the salah, then disperse through the land and seek the bounty of ALLAH. Remember ALLAH frequently, so that you may prosper.” [Al-Qur’an… 62: 9 – 10]

اللهم صــلی علٰی محمد و علٰی آل محمد كما صليت علٰی إبراهيم و علٰی آل إبراهيم انك حميد مجيد
اللهم بارك علٰی محمد و علٰی آل محمد كما بار كت علٰی إبراهيم و علٰی آل إبراهيم انك حميد مجيد

Salutations on the Prophet (saw) on Jumuah
Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
Amma ba’d

The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: 

Frequently send salutations on me on Friday during the day and night. Whoever sends one salutation on me, ALLAH will send ten to him.

Collected by Al-Bayhaqi in his Sunnan. Shaykh Al-Albani graded this hadeeth as being “Hasan” in Saheehah 1407.

Imam Ibnul-Qayyim (rahimahullaah), who wrote a book about the virtues of sending salutations on Prophet Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), listed some benefits for practicing the above hadeeth: 

1. Doing this act is following ALLAH’s order

2. Sending salutations on the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is an act the Angels do.

3. Sending salutations on the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) raises your rank ten levels.

4. Sending salutations on the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) removes ten bad deeds and adds ten good deeds to your record.

5. Sending salutations on the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is a means to draw you closer to the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) on the Day of Judgment.

6. Sending salutations on the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) allows him to return the same salutation to you.

7. Sending salutations on the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is a way to earn ALLAH’s mercy.

8. Sending salutations on the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saves you from being stingy in giving him salutations.

9. Sending salutations on the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) with the du’aa after the Adhaan earns you the right for his intercession on the Day of Judgment.

Al-Manaawee said: There are lots of words and phrases for sending salutations on the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). The most famous and best is:

Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammadin wa ‘ala alee Muhammadin, kama sallaita ‘ala Ibrahim wa ‘ala alee Ibrahim [Faydul Qadeer #1403]

Subhanak Allaahuma wa bihamdika ash-hadu anlaa illaaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of ALLAH (peace and blessings of ALLAH be upon him) said: ‘Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.’”

                                        **********Surah Al-Kahf during Friday***************
The person who recites Surah Al-Kahf on Friday will have a bright light lit up for him till the next Friday. (Nasai)

**** Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh****

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من قرأ سورة الكهف في يوم الجمعة أضاء له من النور ما بين الجمعتين
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Whoever recites Surat al-Kahf on Friday, light shall shine forth for him between the two Fridays. (narrated by al-Bayhaqi & al-Hakim classified as status of Hasan by Ibn Hajar)
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It is recommended to recite Surat al-Kahf completely the night before Friday, and it is also recommended to do so Friday itself, before Maghrib time. Ibn Abidin said, And it is best to do so early on Friday, in order to rush to the good and to avoid forgetting. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar, Bab al-Jumu`ah]
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Let’s recite surah al-Kahf today, not only for this Friday but every Friday in our lives. This is also a way to show our love
to the prophet Muhammad S.A.W. and he will never forget those who love him by their heart and follow his steps.
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****Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh****

Jumu’ah Reminder

Jumu’ah Reminder

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

ALLAH Ta’ala says in the Quran:

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ إِذَا نُودِىَ لِلصَّلَوٰةِ مِن يَوۡمِ ٱلۡجُمُعَةِ فَٱسۡعَوۡاْ إِلَىٰ ذِكۡرِ ٱللَّهِ وَذَرُواْ ٱلۡبَيۡعَۚ ذَٲلِكُمۡ خَيۡرٌ۬ لَّكُمۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ تَعۡلَمُونَ (سُوۡرَةُ الجُمُعَة 

Translation : “O you who believe! When the call for jumu’ah salaat is made, hasten towards the remembrance of ALLAH Ta’ala and leave all transactions. This is best for you if only you know. “


Rasulullah (ALLAH bless him & give him peace) said: “The person who has a bath on Friday, purifies himself as far as possible, applies oil to his hair, applies perfume, leaves for the musjid, when he arrives at the musjid he does not sit down by removing anyone from his place, offers as many nafl salaats as possible, when the imam delivers the khutbah he remains silent – then his sins from the previous jumu’ah till now will be forgiven. “ (Sahih Bukhari)


Friday (Jumu’ah) is the best day of the week:
Abu Hurairah reports that the Messenger of ALLAH sallallahu alehi wasallam said: “The best day on which the sun rises is Friday. [On Friday] Adam was created and on that day he entered paradise and on that day he was expelled from paradise. And the Hour will come to pass on Friday.” This is related by Muslim, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i, and at-Tirmizhi who calls it sahih.

Abu Lubanah al-Badri relates that the Prophet said: “The most prominent of the days [the leader of the days] is the day of Jumu’ah and the most honored in ALLAH’s sight, and it is more honored in ALLAH’s sight than the day of breaking the fast or the day of sacrifice (both Eid days). It has five significant merits: ALLAH created Adam on this day; on this day ALLAH sent Adam down to the earth; on this day, ALLAH caused Adam to die; on this day, there is a time during which if anyone asks anything of ALLAH it will be granted to him unless he asks for something which is forbidden; and on this day, the Hour will be established. There are no angels close to ALLAH or sky or earth or wind or mountain or sea who are not worried concerning the day of Jumu’ah.” This is related by Ahmad and Ibn Majah. Al-Iraqi says its chain is hasan.

Making many prayers and salutations upon the Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam during the night and the day of Jumu’ah
Aus ibn Aus reports that the Prophet said: “The most virtuous of your days is Jumu’ah. On that day, Adam was created and on that day he died, (on that day) the horn will be blown and the people will be dumbfounded! Increase your prayers upon me as your prayers upon me will be presented to me.” The people said: “O Messenger of ALLAH, how will our prayers be presented to you when you have passed away?” He said: “ALLAH has prohibited the earth from eating the bodies of the Prophets.” This is related by the five, except for at-Tirmizhi.
Recitation of Surah al-Kahf :
It is preferred to recite surah al-Kahf during the day and night of Jumu’ah. 
Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reports that the Prophet said: “Whoever recites Surah al-Kahf on Jumu’ah will have illumination from the light from one Jumu’ah to the next.”

This is related by an-Nasa’i, al-Baihaqi, and alHakim. 


Ibn ‘Umar reports that the Prophet said: “Whoever recites Surah al-Kahf on Jumu’ah will be blessed with a light that will rise from underneath his feet to the peak of the sky. This will be a light for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven for what is between the Jumu’ah [and the next] Jumu’ah.” This is related by Ibn Mardwwiyah with a faultless chain. 

Supplications during Friday: 
One should do one’s best to make supplications during the last moments (or hours) of Jumu’ah. 
‘Abdullah ibn Salam relates: “I said, and the Messenger of ALLAH was sitting: ‘We find in the Book of ALLAH that on Friday there is an ‘hour’ in which, if a believing slave prays to ALLAH for something, his prayer is (indeed) accepted and he is granted what ever he prays for.’ The Messenger of ALLAH pointed toward me and said: ‘Or part of an hour.’ I said: ‘You have spoken the truth: or part of an hour.’ I asked: ‘What hour is it?’ He replied: ‘The last hour of the day.’ I remarked: ‘That is not a time of salah?’ He responded: ‘Certainly [it is]; if a believing slave offers salah and then sits, he will not be sitting, save due to the salah, and he will be in salah.”‘

This is related by Ibn Majah.

Reflections On Surah Al Kahf (The Cave)

Reflections On Surah Al Kahf

The surah is incredibly rich in dynamic verbs. It includes an assortment of verbs representing verbal, physical, and spiritual  activities, hereby presenting a vivid portrayal of true life stories that carry genuine lessons for people to comprehend and reflect upon.

Imam Ahmad recorded that al Bara narrated: “A man recited surah al kahf and there was an animal in the house which began acting in a nervous manner. He looked and saw a fog or a cloud overhead. He mentioned this to the Prophet (peace be upon him), who said:

“keep on reciting so and so, for this is the tranquility which descends when one reads Quran or because of reading Quran”. This hadith has been recorded in the two Sahihs (Sahih Muslim and Sahih Bukhari) and the man who recorded it, according to ibn Kathir, is said to be Usayd bin Hudayr.

I was marveling at how each chapter of the holy Quran carries a unique spirit of its own, and in most cases a functionality that makes it sought after for particular purposes and at specific circumstances. I stopped at Surah al Kahf, chapter 18 of the Quran, and kept going through its verses over and over again. I felt a shiver that never haunted me before, as though I was reading the Surah for the first time in my life. The rush I felt was sort of a stream of energy that penetrated through me while reading the Surah and deeply contemplating its meanings and implications.

And I could relate to a sensible theory once suggested by the renown Egyptian Muslim preacher, Dr. Amr Khaled, who said that the great number of verbs  of movement, or dynamic verbs, mentioned in Surah al Kahf, acts as a good motivator for people to be more active and engage in more meaningful activities. No wonder Muslims are advised to recite this noble Surah every Friday; which concludes a week and kick starts a new one in most Islamic countries or countries of considerable Muslim population.

Dynamic verbs;
The noble Surah narrates three main parables, that of People of the Cave, the Two Men who received Equal Blessings from God but reacted differently and thus were destined to two different fates, and the third parable telling the story of Prophet Moses’ journey to gain knowledge at the hands of al Khidr.

The surah is incredibly rich in dynamic verbs. It includes an assortment of verbs representing verbal, physical, and spiritual  activities, hereby presenting a vivid portrayal of true life stories that carry genuine lessons for people to comprehend and reflect upon.

Let me list you a few examples:

“[Mention] when the youths retreated to the cave and said, “Our Lord, grant us from Yourself mercy and prepare for us from our affair right guidance.” [The Holy Quran 18: 10]

“And [had you been present], you would see the sun when it rose, inclining away from their cave on the right, and when it set, passing away from them on the left, while they were [laying] within an open space thereof. That was from the signs of Allah . He whom Allah guides is the [rightly] guided, but he whom He leaves astray – never will you find for him a protecting guide. [The Holy Quran 18: 17]

“And he entered his garden while he was unjust to himself. He said, “I do not think that this will perish – ever.”

[The Holy Quran 18: 35]

“His companion said to him while he was conversing with him, “Have you disbelieved in He who created you from dust and then from a sperm-drop and then proportioned you [as] a man?” 

[The Holy Quran 18: 37]

“So they set out, until when they had embarked on the ship, al-Khidh r tore it open. [Moses] said, “Have you torn it open to drown its people? You have certainly done a grave thing.” [The Holy Quran 18: 71]

“[Al-Khidh r] said, “Did I not say that with me you would never be able to have patience?” 

—[The Holy Quran 18: 72]

“[Moses] said, “Do not blame me for what I forgot and do not cover me in my matter with difficulty.”

—[The Holy Quran 18: 73]

“So they set out, until when they met a boy, al-Khidh r killed him. [Moses] said, “Have you killed a pure soul for other than [having killed] a soul? You have certainly done a deplorable thing.” 

—[The Holy Quran 18: 74]

“So they set out, until when they came to the people of a town, they asked its people for food, but they refused to offer them hospitality. And they found therein a wall about to collapse, so al-Khidhr restored it. [Moses] said, “If you wished, you could have taken for it a payment.” —[The Holy Quran 18: 77]

“Until, when he came to the rising of the sun, he found it rising on a people for whom We had not made against it any shield.” —[The Holy Quran 18: 90]

“Then he followed a way” —[The Holy Quran 18: 92]

You can’t help but feel rejuvenated and ignited to rise up and get into some activity or another. Reading through the Ayas I feel a rush to get moving. A blend of inspirational, vivid and vibrant description of all sorts of human movement and activities that awaken dull spirits and lifeless souls. 

I’ve always tried to commit to the weekly schedule of reciting Surah al Kahf on Fridays, particularly before noon or Jumaa Prayer. But lately I decided to search out its merits, hopng to expound more of its blessings and grasp new level of its meanings.

And so it was.

Surah al Kahf has proved specially meritorious, and I bet you will commit to its weekly recitation like you never did before if you read through this piece of reflections.

Shield against Anti Christ:
Abu Dardaa (may Allah be pleased with him) related that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: ” One who memorized the first ten verses of Surah al Kahf will be secure against the Dajjal (Anti-Christ) . And in another version, he (pbuh) is narrated to have said: “One who commits to his memory the last 10 verses of this surah will remain immune from the Dajjal.
— narrated by Imam Muslim

Light:
According to al Baihaqi Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “He who recites Suratul Kahf on Friday, Allah will shine a light for him between the two Fridays.”

Would you compromise such blessings?! I personally dare not.

As for the wisdom extracted from the Surah, it’s timelss.

The three parables described in the Surah combine a set of moral values and rationales essential for sound and faithful Muslim character.

The story of The People of the Cave speaks of the Supreme Power and Will of God, His Divine wisdom in running His creation. The parable tells the story of a group of  monotheistic youngsters  who were persecuted and thus fled to some land where they took shelter in a cave that witnessed the peak of their story. And there God caused them to sleep for a period of time said to be 309 years, neither the gust of the wind nor the heat or the light of the sun would awaken them. And when they woke up after all those years, they found the community surrounding them becoming monotheistic as well.

The second parable mentioned the story of two men who had both been given blessings from Allah (SWT), but one wronged his soul by acting arrogant and saying that nobody and simply nothing can take away his garden, and because of his arrogance, God’s wrath befallen him and his garden was destroyed.

As for the third parable it comprises of a set of mind-boggling incidents that make up the journey of enlightenment and knowledge of Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) at the hand of some man, referred in most sources as al Khidr.

Towards the very end of the Surah there’s a fourth parable describing a man, named Dhul Qarnayn (the two-horned one), said to have travelled far and wide, setting off on a journey that took him east and west. About the story of Dhul Qarnayn, one of the issues at the heart of controversial debates about Islam, Ibn Kathir, the famous and prominent Mufassir or Expert of Quranic exegesis, had said that the community of disbelievers in Mecca sent to the people of the book asking them for some knowledge or information that would help them in their mental battle against Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Responding to their request, The People of the Book told them to ask about the man who travelled extensively, and was provided every means on earth, that is Dhul Qarnyan.  

Allah concludes the Surah with outright affirmation of Allah’s Supreme and Divine Power, His full control over the Universe. The Surah also sums up the Law of God, which rewards those who are faithful and punishes the disbelievers.

The recitation of this noble Surah and setting it as a weekly custom is quite essential for a productive and all-fruitful week. It would surely boost your faith, help you grow wiser and more confident of Allah’s support, let alone trust in His Supreme Wisdom that runs all matters in a way that surpasses the limited human mind capacity.

As dynamic as it is, the Surah primarily revives a resonate soul that is more attached to the future as well as what’s imminent, a soul that’s guided by light of Allah (SWT), a soul that’s tied to its Fitra (natural instinct) as originally created by Allah; a faithful soul.

Wassalaam,
Maha Youssuf

Recitation of Surah Al-Kahf on Friday (Jummah)

SECRETS OF SURAH AL-KAHF 

I take refuge in Allah, from Satan, the outcast.
In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful.
Ever wondered why Prophet Muhammad(SAW) asked us to recite Surat Al-Kahf every Friday?
Let’s find out today inshaAllah…

This Surah has Four stories in it,having some morals, lets see them and understand what they are saying to us:

1) The People Of The Cave

Its the story of young men who lived in a disbelieving town, so they decided to migrate for the sake of Allah and run away. -Allah rewards them with mercy in the cave and protection from the sun – They woke up and found the entire village believers.
MORAL:TRIAL OF FAITH.

2) The Owner Of Two Gardens
A story of a man whom Allah blessed with two beautiful gardens, but the man forgot to thank the One who blessed him with everything and he even dared to doubt Allah regarding the afterlife.So His garden was destroyed – He regretted ,but was too late and his regret did not benefit him .
MORAL:TRIAL OF WEALTH.

3) Musa(AS) and Khidr(AS)
When Musa(AS) was asked-“Who’s the most knowledgeable of the people of earth?”” Musa(AS) said:Me…,but Allah revealed to him that there’s someone who Knows more than him.Musa(AS) traveled to the man and learnt how the Divine Wisdom can sometimes be hidden in matters which we perceive as bad.
MORAL:TRIAL OF KNOWLEDGE.

4) Dhul-Qarnayn
Its a story of the great King that was given knowledge and power and was going around the world,helping people and spreading all that’s good.He was able to overcome the problem of Yajooj-Majooj and build a massive dam with the help of people whom he could not even understand.
MORAL:TRIAL OF POWER.

In the middle Allah mentions Iblees as the one who stirs these trials:
Behold! We said to the angels “Bow down to Adam”: they bowed down except Iblis. He was one of the Jinns, and he broke the Command of his Lord. Will ye then take him and his progeny as protectors rather than Me? And they are enemies to you! Evil would be the exchange for the wrongdoers!

Now let us see what’s the relationship between Surat Al-Kahf and the Dajjal (Anti-Christ)?
Dajjal will appear before Day of Judgement with the 4 trials:

***He’ll ask people to worship him and not Allah:
Trial of Faith .

***He’ll be given powers to start/stop rain and tempt people with his wealth:
Trial of with his wealth. .

***He’ll trial people with the “knowledge” and news he gives them:
Trial of Knowledge .

He’ll control huge parts of the Earth.
Trial of Power .

How to survive these trials? The answers are in Surat Al-Kahf

# Survival Kit 1: Good companionship.
“And keep thy soul content with those who call on their Lord morning and evening, seeking His Face; and let not thine eyes pass beyond them, seeking the pomp and glitter of this Life; no obey any whose heart We have permitted to neglect the remembrance of Us, one who follows his own desires, whose case has gone beyond all bounds.”

(The Holy Quran Surat Al-Kahf, verse 28)

# Survival Kit 2: Knowing the Truth of this World .
“Set forth to them the similitude of the life of this world: It is like the rain which we send down from the skies: the earth’s vegetation absorbs it, but soon it becomes dry stubble, which the winds do scatter: it is (only) Allah who prevails over all things”

(The Holy Quran Surat Al-Kahf, verse 45)

# Survival Kit 3: Humbleness.
“Moses said: “Thou wilt find me, if Allah so will, (truly) patient: nor shall I disobey thee in aught.””(The Holy Quran Surat Al-Kahf, verse 69)

# Survival Kit 4: Sincerity.
“Say: “I am but a man like yourselves, (but) the inspiration has come to me, that your Allah is one Allah. whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner.” (The Holy Quran  Surat Al- Kahf, verse 110)

# Survival Kit 5: Calling to Allah .
“And recite (and teach) what has been revealed to thee of the Book of thy Lord: none can change His Words, and none wilt thou find as a refuge other than Him.” (The Holy Quran Surat Al-Kahf, verse 27)

# Survival Kit 6: Remembering the HereAfter .

“ One Day We shall remove the mountains, and thou wilt see the earth as a level stretch, and We shall gather them, all together, nor shall We leave out any one of them. And they will be marshalled before thy Lord in ranks, (with the announcement), “Now have ye come to Us (bare) as We created you first: aye, ye thought We shall not fulfil the appointment made to you to meet (Us)!”: And the Book (of Deeds) will be placed (before you); and thou wilt see the sinful in great terror because of what is (recorded) therein; they will say, “Ah! woe to us! what a Book is this! It leaves out nothing small or great,but takes account thereof !” They will find all that they did, placed before them: And not one will thy Lord treat with injustice.” (The Holy Quran Surat Al-Kahf, verses 47-49)

May Allah save us from the trials of modern times and may He guide us the straight Path of Islam. Aameen. May Allah reward you for viewing the note.

Virtues of the Jumma’h Prayer

Almighty Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe (Muslims)! When the call is proclaimed for the Salaah (prayer) on Friday (Jumu‘ah prayer), come to the remembrance of Allaah [Jumu‘ah religious talk (Khutbah) and Salaah (prayer)] and leave off business (and every other thing). That is better for you if you did but know!”
[The Holy Quran, Surrah al-Jumu’ah 62:9][/b]

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Zaad al-Ma’aad (1/376):

Friday prayer is one of the most important obligations in Islam, and one of the greatest gatherings of the Muslims. Gathering on Friday is more important and more obligatory than any other gathering apart from ‘Arafah. Whoever neglects it, Allaah will place a seal on his heart.

It was narrated from Abu’l-Ja’d al-Damari – who was a companion of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) – that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever neglects three Jumu’ahs, Allaah will place a seal on his heart.”
[Narrated by Abu Dawood, 1052; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 928]

It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah that they heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say on the minbar:
“Let people stop neglecting Jumu’ah, or Allaah will place a seal on their hearts, then they will be among those who are neglectful.”
[Narrated by Sahih Muslim, 865]

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best day on which the sun rises is Friday. On it Adam was created, on it he was admitted to Paradise and on it he was expelled therefrom.”

[Narrated by : Sahih Muslim, 1410]

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu):
Abu-l-Qasim (the Prophet) (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “On Friday
there is a particular time if a Muslim happens to be praying and invoking
Allah for something good during that time, Allah will surely fulfill his
request.” The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) pointed out with his
hand. We thought that he wanted to illustrate how short that time was.

[Sahih Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 409]

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best prayer before Allaah is Fajr prayer on Friday in congregation.”

Narrated by al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Eemaan; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1119

Acts of worship which are prescribed on Fridays:

1 – Salaat al-Jumu’ah (Friday prayer) [al-Jumu’ah 62:9] 
2 – Making a lot of du’aa’. [al-Bukhaari, 893; Muslim, 852] 
3 – Reading Soorat al-Kahf. [Saheeh al-Targheeb, 836]
4 – Sending a lot of blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). [Abu Dawood, 1047]

A Pious Muslima, Jailed for Wearing Islamic Viel

Now you judge and tell us where is Democracy and Human Rights to give right For this woman and like her Tousand of other Sisters who has been Penalized In France and other European Countries ????

French mother, 32, set to become first woman to be jailed for wearing banned Islamic veil
  • Refused to accept court sentence that she spend 15 days learning her civic duties
  • ‘Judges need citizenship lessons – not me’
  • Taking case to court of human rights

By PETER ALLEN

Last updated at 2:15 PM on 13th December 2011

 A 32-year-old mother from France is set to become the first woman ever to be sent to prison for wearing an Islamic veil.

Hind Ahmas refuses to accept the legitimacy of a Paris court which has ordered her to spend 15 days learning her civic duties.

She was sentenced by magistrates in Meaux, a Paris suburb, yesterday – after being arrested wearing an outlawed veil outside the Elysee Palace in the French capital on April 11.

Facing jail: Hind Ahmas, left, could be sentenced to two years in prison for wearing a banned Islamic head covering in FranceFacing jail: Hind Ahmas, left, could be sentenced to two years in prison for wearing a banned Islamic head covering in France

That was shortly after Nicolas Sarkozy’s government introduced a ban on all forms of Islamic head coverings, including the niqab and the burka.

Ahmas was not allowed into the hearing at Meaux Criminal Court because she refused to remove her face covering.

But prosecutors made it clear to her lawyer, Gilles Devers, that Ahmas now faces two years in prison and a £27,000 fine.

‘There is no possibility of me removing the veil,’ Ahmas said.

‘I’m not taking it off. The judge needs citizenship lessons, not me.’

Ahmas, who has already refused to pay a fine of around £100 for wearing a veil on another occasion, intends to take her case to the European Court of Human Rights.

She has launched a pressure group, Do Not Touch My Constitution, along with Kenza Drider, another veil wearer who wants to run for president in the Spring.

New law: Ahmas, 32, pictured with would-be presidential candidate Kenza Drider, is taking her case to the European Court of Human RightsNew law: Ahmas, 32, pictured with would-be presidential candidate Kenza Drider, is taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights

If Ahmas does become the first woman in the world to go to prison for wearing a veil, then it will be seen as a huge propaganda coup for Islamic-rights campaigners.

Mr Sarkozy said the ban on head coverings was not aimed at persecuting Muslims, but merely to make France a more tolerant, inclusive society.

When it was introduced, he said the ban was aimed at stopping criminals – from terrorists to shoplifters – disguising their faces from security staff and CCTV.

But the sight of a young mother being led away to the cells merely because she refuses to take off her veil will cause outrage around the world.

Mr Devers said the veil ban was ‘unconstitutional’, while senior police officers have told judges that it is unenforceable without persecuting women.

France became the first country in Europe to outlaw the veil, while similar legislation has since been passed in Belgium and Holland.

One has been mooted in Britain by a number of politicians, including Conservative backbenchers, but there are no immediate plans to introduce one.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2073579/Mother-32-set-woman-jailed-wearing-Islamic-veil.html#ixzz1lIb6dXmo

Story of an American Reverted Muslima, Alhmdllah :)

Assalamu Alaikum – السلام عليكم Brothers and Sisters! I am Ameera هايدي.

I am American revert into Islam.

I used to be Catholic. Reason why I choose Islam is because, I always felt it was true, right, and felt safe with the Quran. When I used to looked at the Bible when I was a kid, and today’s Bible, it’s not all the same. It’s was very confusing for me, and I didn’t know what to believe.

So I went to some book store, to look at books, I picked up the Quran. It blew me away, I saw a bright light that I never seen before, and I had all the chills, but it was a good feeling.So I studied in Islam, then did Shahada.

First of all I’d like to thank God for blessing me, and inspiring me to become a better person.

I am thankful for all the people I have met on my journey, and all the priceless things I have learned. I reverted to Islam on July 1, 2007.

There is only One God, He alone is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe! Thanks to God, Glory be to Him and all praise is His, I am stronger in Faith, in peace and contentment, illuminated, consciously aware, inspired, and wiser.

I hope for world unity in a society spiraling out control.

I believe that the character of a person goes so much deeper than sight. Truth seeker, researcher, optimistic, loyal, responsible, and open-minded. Determined (giving up is not applicable to me, there’s no such thing as impossibility). Looking forward to meeting people who share my interests. I love to seek/share knowledge, and learning this beautiful deen (way of life). Islam – a religion of Peace, LOVE, Justice and Tolerance… I know some people in my family didn’t accept me cause I am a revert into Islam, but I don’t pay no mind.

I always tell them never judge anyone, only let Allah judge them. Cause no one can judge anyone, but only Allah can. You know I never been as happy in my life, since I ever revert into Islam.

“Without Islam I don’t know where I would be today. My motivation for succeeding academically and succeeding professionally – all that stems from Islam, and I don’t think it’d be there if it weren’t for Islam.”

Eventually I hit a moment of truth: my new-found self-fulfilling activism was nothing more than merely embracing a faith called Islam where I could live in peace as a “functional” Muslim. I bought a beautiful long gown and head cover resembling the Muslim woman’s dress code and I walked down the same streets in “Jersey Shore” in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and neighborhoods where only days earlier I had walked in my shorts, very short dresses, or “elegant” western business attire. Although the people, the faces, and the shops were all the same, one thing was remarkably distinct–I was not–nor was the peace at being a woman I experienced for the very first time. I felt as if the chains had been broken and I was finally free. I was delighted with the new looks of wonder on people’s faces in place of the looks of a hunter watching his prey I had once sought. Suddenly a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I no longer spent all my time consumed with shopping, makeup, getting my hair done, and working out. Finally, I was free.

Of all places, I found my Islam at the heart of what some call “the most scandalous place on earth,” which makes it all the more dear and special.

Today I am still a feminist, but a Muslim feminist, who calls on Muslim women to assume their responsibilities in providing all the support they can for their husbands to be good Muslims. To raise their children as upright Muslims so they may be beacons of light for all humanity once again. To enjoin good–any good–and to forbid evil–any evil. To speak righteousness and to speak up against all ills. To fight for our right to wear Hijab and to please our Creator whichever way we chose. But just as importantly to carry our experience with Hijab to fellow women who may never have had the chance to understand what wearing Hijab means to us and why do we, so dearly, embrace it.

I couldn’t be happier to shed all my very short dresses in trash and the “glamorous” Western lifestyle to live in peace with my Creator and enjoy living among fellow humans as a worthy person. It is why I choose to wear Hijab, and why I will die defending my inalienable right to wear it.

Today, Hijab is the new symbol of woman’s liberation.

To women who surrender to the ugly stereotype against the Islamic modesty of Hijab, I say: You don’t know what you are missing…

Fearing from Allah SWT

Almighty Allaah says In the Holy Quran:
“O you who believe fear Allah as He should be feared and die not except in the state of Islam”.                                                    [Holy Quran, Surrah al-Imran 3:102]

Be a muslim today, tomorrow & forever,
Be a Muslim in faith & in your behaviour,
Be a Muslim in private & in public.
Be a Muslim with others & with your ownself,
Be a Muslim when at ease & in hardship.

Always be in a state of Islam,
in a state of submission to your Allaah,
so that when death comes to you will be ready

Do not disappear from Allaah’s mercy, always ask for forgiveness if u do any wrong

Do not disappear from Allaah’s mercy, always ask for forgiveness if u do any wrong

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) reported that the devil said to God:
“I shall continue to lead Thy servants astray as long as their spirits are in their bodies.”
And God replied,”(Then) I shall continue to pardon them as long as 
they ask for My forgiveness.”
[Al-Tirmidhi] 

‘It is He who accepts repentance from His servants, and pardons bad deeds, and knows all that you do. And He answers those who have faith and do righteous deeds, and gives them- out of His bounty- far more.’ 
(The Holy Quran, Surah al-Shura 42: 25-6)