Monthly Archives: July 2013

Four Characteristics of a believer

“The believer has four characteristics. If he is afflicted by any misfortune he remains patient and steadfast. If he is given anything, he is grateful. If he speaks, he speaks the truth. If he passes a judgment on any issue, he is just.

– Hadhrat Ubayy ibn K’ab Radi Allahu Anhu

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Iftar, The Breaking of Fast, Time

970269_524437637610424_1228993598_n (1)Narrated Ibn Abi Aufa: We were in the company of Allah’s Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) on a journey. He said to a man:
Get down and mix Sawiq (powdered barley) with water for me.
The man said: The sun (has not set yet), O Allah’s Messenger
……..The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said to him: Get down and mix Sawiq with water for me. The man dismounted and mixed Sawiq with water for him. The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) drank it and then beckoned with his hand (towards the East) and said:

إِذَا رَأَيْتُمْ اللَّيْلَ أَقْبَلَ مِنْ هَا هُنَا فَقَدْ أَفْطَرَ الصَّائِمُ

When you see the night falling from this side, then a fasting person should break his fast.
[Sahih Bukhari] Read the rest of this entry

7 Tips to Continue to Lose Weight in Ramadan

ramadhan foodsQ: “Even though Ramadan is first for Allah and my intentions are that. How do I continue to lose weight this Ramadan”?

A: 7 Tips to lose weight in Ramadan

From Mubarakah Ibrahim Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Expert

Although it may seem to many that we should lose weight during Ramadan because we are not eating for such a large portion of the day, unfortunately the opposite is not normally true. Due to the fact that we are going 17-20 hours with nothing to eat our metabolism slows down and begins to store fat. In addition eating very large calorie rich iftar meals makes matters worse. It’s like putting a ton of bricks on the back of a turtle. Our metabolism is already running very slowly and then we load it up with lots of calories that it can not burn. The straw that breaks the “scale’s” back is the reduction of physical activity during the month. For some people its just not physically possible to exercise while engaging in such long days of fast, so we reduce the amount we move around without reducing how much we are eating. I don’t recommend that you use Ramadan to start an exercise and diet program however if you were already on a weight loss regimen here is how you can continue to lose weight in Ramadan or at the very least prevent yourself from gaining weight. Read the rest of this entry

Concept of Worship in Islaam

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The concept of worship in Islaam is misunderstood by many people, including some Muslims. Worship is commonly taken to mean performing ritualistic acts such as prayers, fasting, charity, etc. This limited understanding of worship is only one part of the meaning of worship in Islaam. That is why the traditional definition of worship in Islaam is a comprehensive definition that includes almost everything in any individual’s activities. The definition goes something like this: “Worship is an all inclusive term for all that God loves of external and internal sayings and actions of a person.” In other words, worship is everything one says or does for the pleasure of Allaah. This, of course, includes rituals as well as beliefs, social activities, and personal contributions to the welfare of one’s fellow human beings.

Islaam looks at the individual as a whole. He is required to submit himself completely to Allaah, as the Qur’aan instructed the Prophet Muhammad to do:
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Making the Best in Ramadan By Shaikh M. Ibrahim Memon

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The Holy month of Ramadan is a great opportunity for all believers to reestablish their relationship with Almighty Allah . During this month, Allah opens the doors of guidance, mercy, and forgiveness and showers His blessings on mankind. Blessed are those who avail this opportunity and work hard to obtain the pleasure of Allah .

Following are some points to remember that may help us have a better Ramadan:

Sahoor: Rasulullah said, “Allah sends blessings on those who eat Sahoor (meal before Fajr) and the angels pray for them.” (Ibn Habban) We should never miss Sahoor as it is blessed food and a Sunnah of the Prophet . Read the rest of this entry

Real love of a iraqi kid to her mom + Picture

1016736_603777326322303_1278793701_nAn Iraqi orphan who lost his Mother as a result of the war, so he drew himself “a Mother” on the ground and slept next to her. :(((

Tips for Healthy Ramadan Fasting

Tips-for-Healthy-Ramadan-Fasting-PicRamadan, a holy month for all Muslims, falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims are encouraged to practice self-restraint. This includes fasting or the refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk.

Make it a healthy Ramadan

Fasting during Ramadan carries a high risk of dehydration as food and drink are limited to before sunrise and after sunset. Furthermore, as fasting individuals are encouraged to wake up very early to have their Suhoor (or pre-dawn meal), sleep deprivation and dehydration can lead to headaches.

Here are some tips on healthy fasting:

1. Don’t skip Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) Read the rest of this entry

Srebrenica – The Massacre

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Anyone still remember July, 11, 1995 ??
More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys slaughtered in July 1995 by Serb forces at Sebrenica, Bosnia ..

What do you feel, when you see these coffin in front of your eyes ??

 

Srebrenica – The Massacre

Bosnian Muslim women pray before some of the 613 coffins laid out in preparation for mass burial ceremony at the Srebrenica Memorial Cemetery in Potocari.

Tens of thousands of people commemorate the 16th anniversary of the moment the UN-protected enclave fell to Bosnian Serb troops. 396112_417127345005345_1178530039_n

The remains of 613 people will be buried alongside the 4,524 victims of the massacre already interred in the vast cemetery, which faces the former UN army base.

Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in just a few days after the eastern town under UN protection was captured by Bosnian Serb forces 16 years ago.

Photo – Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Levels of Jihad

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The eminent Muslim scholar, Sheikh Muhammad `Ali Al-Hanooti, member of the North American Fiqh Council, states:

“Jihad in the Qur’aan is a term that signifies striving and endeavoring. The root of that word in Arabic is Jahd, which means spending energy and potential for a certain cause. It covers up practically four areas in the Islamic cause:

1) Teaching people the message of Islam: Any plans or steps of making Da`wah is a kind of Jihad. Allah, Most High, says: “O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites! Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey’s end.” (At-Tawbah: 73)

We know that addressing the hypocrites in this verse never means combating, but means Da`wah because a hypocrite is still a Muslim and a Muslim cannot combat another Muslim.

2) Disciplining one’s soul: Any disciplinary work for improving one’s faith and behavior is Jihad. Refraining from wrongdoing and following stannic ways is Jihad. Read the rest of this entry

What do I do when I feel down?

421875_601964233181475_283767908_nThrough out this month you’re going to face some serious challenges. From the biggest of them is that you’re going to be LAZY! It’s going to get so bad that it will ruin the feeling of Ramadan. You won’t want to read Quran. You won’t want to go to Taraweeh. You’ll just want to lay in bed or be entertained. What can you do to fight this off?

1- Remember that you may not live to see another Ramadan.

2- Make the following supplication regularly through out the day.

للّهُـمَّ إِنِّي أَعْوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الهَـمِّ وَ الْحُـزْنِ، والعًجْـزِ والكَسَلِ والبُخْـلِوالجُـبْنِ، وضَلْـعِ الـدَّيْنِ وغَلَبَـةِ الرِّجال

Allahumma inni ‘audhubika min al-hammi wal huzani,wal ‘ajzi wal kasali, wal bukhli wal jubni, wa dala’ad-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijâl. Read the rest of this entry

People who maintain the Sunnah of Suhoor

 

Narrated Ibn Umar [R.A] , “Allah’s Messenger[S.A.W] said, “Verily, Allah and His Angels send Salaat upon those who eat the Suhoor (the pre-dawn meal of fasting).”
[Saheeh at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb (1/519)]

Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree [R.A] said that Allah’s Messenger[S.A.W] said, “The Suhoor is a meal of blessings, so do not leave it, even if one of you just takes a (gulp) of water, since Allah sends Mercy, and His Angels seek forgiveness for those who take the Suhoor.”
[Reported by Ahmad (3/12 and 44) and Ibn Abee Shaibah (3/8) and their isnads support each other]

This Hadeeth shows the Prophet’s keenness for his Ummah to receive the Mercy of Allah and His forgiveness, which is why he encouraged us to drink even a sip of water for Suhoor.

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How To make Ramadan the best month of the year?

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Strengthen your faith during this month by confirming your belief in the unity of God.
Have the intention of pleasing God with all your acts of worship.
Keep away from the things that nullify your faith.

Follow the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad.
Feed the poor and the needy. Feel the gift of giving in Ramadan.

Before going out for `Eid prayer, make sure to pay Zakat al-Fitr.
Perform the daily prayers at their fixed times and in congregation as much as you can. Attend the Tarawih prayers constantly and perform extra prayers. Rediscover the power of prayer in Ramadan and concentrate much while praying. Leave this worldly life behind your back once you raise your hands and say Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest). Read the rest of this entry

How to read and complete the noble Quran in 30 days of Ramadhan?

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Beginning of Ramadhan 2013

1069414_560616043980293_1120918617_nIn the name of Allah the most Beneficent the most Merciful

Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahe wabarakatuh

FIRST DAY OF RAMADAN: WEDNESDAY – JULY – 10 – 2013

RAMADAN MUBARAK !
Based on International Moon Sighting Criteria, the Islamic Forum has made the following decision:

* FIRST TARAWEEH: TUESDAY NIGHT – JULY – 09 – 2013
PROGRAM STARTS AT 10:30 PM

* FIRST DAY OF RAMADAN: WEDNESDAY – JULY – 10 – 2013

* FIRST DAY OF FASTING: WEDNESDAY – JULY – 10 – 2013
ISLAMIC FORUM OF CANADA

and,
@ U.K Tara’wih prayer will start at tomorrow 11.00pm at the East London Mosque. Insha’Allah observe Ramadan Wednesday July 10th.

Starting Taraweeh prayers will start after Esha Adhan insha’Allah.

Prayer timetable for your reference: http://tinyurl.com/lyve5go

MAS Staten Island wishes you a happy and blessed Ramadan.

May Allah exalted is he accept our fast and forgive our sin.

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Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia…

Just a short time ago, Green Lane Masjid was informed of the official decision and announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia that since the moon of Ramadhaan was not sighted this evening, in Saudi Arabia, we shall be completing thirty (30) days of Sha’baan (1434 A.H.), in accordance with the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam):
((Fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you, then complete thirty days of Sha’baan. And break your fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you then fast thirty days)), [transmitted by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim].

Subsequently, we shall be starting our taraaweeh prayers tomorrow (Tuesday 9 July 2013) after the ‘Ishaa prayer (11pm), in preparation for the first fast of Ramadhaan on Wednesday 10 July 2013, inshaa.-Allaah.

Can one have sex during ramadhan?

Why Ramadhan Is called month of forgiveness?

Authentic Hadiths about Charity

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The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once had several coins that he asked his wife to distribute in charity. But due to the Prophet’s illness at the time, she did not have an opportunity to give out the coins. When the Prophet learned of this, he asked for the coins, placed them in his hand, and then said: “What would God’s Prophet think if he were to meet God, who is Great and Glorious, while (still) possessing these?” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 586

The Prophet also said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 589

THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 604

The Prophet also said: “Every act of goodness is charity.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 496

EVERY MUSLIM MUST GIVE IN CHARITY Read the rest of this entry

Ideal Suhoor for Ramadhan

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40 DAYS IN THE WOMB

1044952_351883934941020_1776588733_nJoe Leigh Simpson, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the North Western University in Chicago in the United States of America:

As we know, these chromosomes contain all the characteristics which the new human being will have such as the color of the eyes, skin, hair, etc. Hence, many of the details in the human being’s make-up are determined in his chromosomes.
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Are Muslims exempt from punishment (in an Islamic state) for killing of Non-Muslims?

1010457_10151754057987806_120302489_nRecently someone brought to our attention a hadith that is being propogated on the net as “Muslims are allowed in Islamic state to kill non-Muslims”.

The hadith from Sahih Bukhari is as follows:

Narrated Abu Juhaifa: I asked ‘Ali “Do you have anything Divine literature besides what is in the Qur’aan?” Or, as Uyaina once said, “Apart from what the people have?” ‘Ali said, “By Him Who made the grain split (germinate) and created the soul, we have nothing except what is in the Qur’aan and the ability (gift) of understanding Allah’s Book which He may endow a man, with and what is written in this sheet of paper.” I asked, “What is on this paper?” He replied, “The legal regulations of Diya (Blood-money) and the (ransom for) releasing of the captives, and the judgment that no Muslim should be killed in Qisas (equality in punishment) for killing a Kafir (disbeliever).” – Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 83, Number 50 Read the rest of this entry

Are You Ready For Islaam?- AL-GHURABAA’ -THE STRANGERS

1016600_471924049559397_671124637_nThe concept of Ghurbah – Strangeness:

The Arabic word “Ghurabaa`”, is the plural of the word “Ghareeb” which is a derivative of the word “Gharaba” – which means, “to go away, depart, absent o.s., withdraw (from), leave (s.o., s.th.)”. The word “Ghareeb” means, “strange, foreign, alien, extraneous” (see Hans Wehr Dictionary).

It has been reported from the Messenger of Allah SAW, which has been authenticated by al-‘Allaamah al-Muhaddith al-Albaani in his Sahih al-Jami’ as-Sagheer – that he SAW said:
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Make plenty of time for Allah this Ramadan

43356Allah (Glory be to Him) explains in the Quran that people are busy competing with each other in piling up worldly things, until they reach the graves[1]. He (glory be to Him) also says that people will come to know when they see the hellfire for themselves and are asked about every luxury and delight that they enjoyed in the life of this world[2]. In …another part of the Quran Allah (The Most high) asks ‘Oh Mankind, what has made you forget your Lord the Most Generous?[3]’

It is not difficult to see how busy most people’s lives are, especially in the western world and especially in our modern time. In many families both partners are working and indeed this is the direction families are being pushed in by western governments. Despite the development of modern gadgets and technology such as mobile phones, internet shopping, twenty four hours opening supermarkets, educational TV channels, online learning and computer based Learn Quran Online services and other ‘time saving devices’, we still do not have much free time. For many Muslims around the world, it is a struggle to pray five times a day on time every day, let alone to pray in jama’ah in the masjid. Many workplaces, hospitals, stations and airports do have prayer facilities these days; more and more mosques are being built around the world. All this makes it easier and quicker for us to fulfil our daily obligatory acts of worship. Read the rest of this entry

Biological Evolution – An Islamic Perspective

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Many Muslims wonder about the theory of biological evolution – the theory that living species on Earth today are descended from others in the past, and that the present diversity of living species we see is a result of descent with modifica…tion over the course of numerous generations.

Muslims also wonder about one of the main processes that evolutionary theory proposes to explain how evolution takes place – the process of natural selection. This is the idea that the individuals within a populations of living organism vary in their individual traits – they are not exactly alike – and that the organisms which are most successful at leaving descendants will pass on their unique traits to the next generation at the expense of the traits possessed by less successful organisms in the population, thereby contributing to a long-term gradual change in the suite of traits found within the population.

We as Muslims must ask:  Read the rest of this entry

Is the Religion True or False?

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If we would like to know whether a religion is true or false, we should not depend on our emotions, feelings, or traditions. Rather, we should depend on our reason and intellect. When God sent the prophets, He supported them with miracles and evidences which proved that they were truly prophets send by God and that the religion they came with was true.

The true religion can be found by answering three questions: Read the rest of this entry

Are You Ready For Islaam

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A beautiful advice to the people of this world

Alluring to people is the love of women and sons, and mountains of gold and silver and fine horses and cattle and land. These are the glamours of the life of this world. The hereafter is best in ALLAH’s sight. Should I tell you about something which is better than these things? For those who believe and do right, there wil…l be for them gardens of paradise, beneath which rivers will flow. I give you the good news of being there.

ALLAH has made a trade with the believers that in return for their wealth and their own selves, He will give them a home in His paradise, gardens of happiness beneath which rivers flow, to stay in there forever. A repayment from their Lord, for their good deeds. They will have therein pure friends, and ALLAH will make them enter cool shades. The promise of ALLAH is true, and whose word can be truer than ALLAH’s? Read the rest of this entry

Discussing Religion with the People of the Scripture

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Engaging the Jews and Christians in meaningful dialogue is something that we need to do. Those who wish to participate in this activity, however, should observe some general guidelines:
1. Any attempt at dialogue must be able to practically address what Islam is, explain its principles and issues properly, and demonst…rate clearly Islam’s position on Judaism and Christianity. It must be able to do so in a scholarly manner, making reference to the Qur’ân and Sunnah. It should be able to show the difference between what Islam teaches about how Muslims should relate to the Jews and Christians and what is actually going on in Muslim society. Read the rest of this entry

Taqwa (piousness) in Ramadan

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(O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.) (Al-Baqarah 2:183)

(O ye who believe! fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam.) (Aal `Imran 3:102)

“Every deed of the child of Adam is for him except fasting; it is for Me and I shall reward it. Th…e (bad) breath of the mouth of a fasting person is more pleasing to Allah than the perfume of musk.” (Al-Bukhari) Read the rest of this entry

Do I confess?

942647_476899735728495_1630705552_nSomeone may ask: I would like to repent but is it necessary for me to confess to someone and declare my sins before him? Is it a condition of repentance that I should go to a Qadi in the court, recount all my crimes and seek to be punished? and what else the stories of Ma’iz, the Ghamedi woman, and the man who kissed a girl in a garden suggest? Read the rest of this entry

Why do Muslims Fast?

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Firstly: We Muslims fast the month of Ramadan because Allah has commanded us to do so. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “O you who believe! Observing As-Sawm (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (pious)” [al-Baqarah 2:183]

So we worship Allah by doing this act of worship which is beloved to Allah and which He has enjoined upon us. The believers hasten to obey the commands of Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), in obedience to His words (interpretation of the meaning):

“The only saying of the faithful believers, when they are called to Allah (His Words, the Qur’aan) and His Messenger, to judge between them, is that they say: ‘We hear and we obey.’ And such are the successful (who will live forever in Paradise)” [al-Noor 24:51]

“It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed into a plain error” [al-Ahzaab 33:36] Read the rest of this entry

Advice from Shaykh Bin Baaz (RH) about preparing for Ramadhan

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What is your advice oh shaykh for the Muslims, for preparing for this virtuous month?

My general advice to all the Muslims is that they fear Allah most high. And that they welcome this month with sincere repentance for their sins. They should learn more about their religion, and learn the rulings concerning fasting, and night prayer. This is from the saying of the Prophet (SAW), “Whoever Allah wants for them good, he will give them understanding in the religion.” (Bukhari)

And, “When Ramadhan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained.” (Bukhari) And,“

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If I make it to Ramadhan, Allah will see what good I’ll do!!

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A friend of mine took a seat in the place for ‘Eid prayer, and he began to talk to himself secretly, he was going over the memories of an entire month…an entire month passed, as if it was one day. As he sat, he was going over these nights that have now left him, and the days that were now gone. He tried to link himself with some of the people that were around him, only to find the distance between them far…they entered the “battlefield” in one day, actually one hour, but he delayed and procrastinated, no, he actually slept, until they all passed him. He tried to look at them as closely as possible, but he was unable. For indeed they passed him by a great distance, and won the great big reward… My friend was searching through the “pages” of his life, through the actions that he did this past month, so that he may find something to lift up his broken soul. He turned to his record of Qur’anic recitation, and could not find one completion of the Holy Qur’an! And he would hear, not from the pious people of the past, but from news of the pious people around him, even the youth, those that finished reciting the Qur’an 5 times, even those that finished 6 times, actually those that finished the Qur’an 10 times!!
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Practical steps for memorizing the Noble Qur’aan

179512_10151045075179496_615514862_nAlmost every Muslim wishes to memorise the Quran and many have embarked upon the journey of doing so, yet a number among them do this task rather haphazardly, which leads to difficulty in the process of memorisation as well as increasing their chances of forgetting what they have memorised. In view of the great need of ensuring the successful memorisation of the Quran, some practical steps toward efficient memorisation and avoiding setbacks are stated in this article:

1. The Same Copy

Use the same Mus-haf (copy) when you read the Quran and stick to it so that you may become familiar with it and know the sites of various verses and how to find them quickly when you revise what you have memorised. Read the rest of this entry

Alleged Missing Qur’anic Verse of Rajam (Stoning)

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In this article, insha’Allah (by the will of Allah), I’ll refute the non-Muslims’ false allegation of incompletion of the Qur’an and reveal the truth about alleged missing ayah (1) of Rajam (Stoning).

They claim:

Islamic textual evidence suggests that Allah revealed the ayah of rajam (stoning) to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and it is not found in the mushaf (codex) of Qur’an that we have today; thus, the Qur’an is not preserved and incomplete.

First, Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’an that it has been completed (interpretation of the meaning):

“this day have I perfected your deen for you”(2) and He says that He will preserve it (interpretation of the meaning): “We have, without doubt sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption)” (3). Read the rest of this entry

Authenticity Of the Noble Qur’aanfrom“The Bible, The Quran and Science”

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The Quran holds a unique place among the books of Revelation, shared neither by the Old or the New Testament. The main reason for the preservation of the Quran is, that it was written down at the time of Prophet; we shall see how it came to be written, i.e., the process involved.
Here a distinction should be made between the hadiths and the Quran. The Quran is a book of revelation, while the hadiths are the collections of sayings if Muhammad (saws). Some of the Prophet’s companions started to write them down from the moment of his death. None of the hadiths were written down during the time of the prophet, so there is a possibility of human error slipping in. But this is not the case with Quran, as we will shortly see. Read the rest of this entry

9 Great Benefits of reciting the Holy Qur’aan

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Indeed to reflect on Allah’s verses is a form of worship that will draw one close to Allah Most High. This reflection is not a reckless and wandering one, rather it includes a study of the classical tafseer of the verses being pondered over, as this would fulfill Ibnul-Qayyim’s great advice, “Such as reflecting over a book which a person has memorized and he expounds it so that he may understand what its author intends by it.”

Indeed the Book of Allah is not a book like any other, it is the timeless Speech of Allah, not a created thing, the study guide for life and death and what comes after. Therefore it deserves a more careful study than anyone else’s speech. It necessitates that its reader return to the early narrations of those who witnessed its revelation and heard its explanation by the one deputed by Allah to rehearse and explain His Words to humanity (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). Read the rest of this entry

The First Arab elected President

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Muhammed Morsi is
1) The first elected arab president.
2) first civil president
3) first arab president that memorises the whole Quran of by heart.
4) first arab president thats from an islamic party.
5) first arab president that allows people to criticise him, theres over 30 channels in egypt that insults him day and night.
6) first president that shakes hand with his previous prison guard.
7) first arab president that forbids putting up his pictures in government buildings. first arab president that lives in a rented apartment and receives a normal wage just like any other egyptian.
9) first arab president that takes his family out on holidays on his own costs.

History will judge for Morsi, whether he had mistakes or not, he is by far the best arab leader in our time, compare him to any other leader and you will know for your self.

Clean Your Heart Before Ramadaan

 

625_3973681953585_206085858_nRamadaan is a month when we do huge ibaadaat, Fasting, reading Qur’aan, qiyaam, du3aa’. but as soon as Ramadaan is over we are back to our routine & normal lives. These huge acts of worship do not affect us!!
Do you know how to do gardening?
Can you plant on cement? NO!!
You have to remove the cement, bring soil to plant the plants.
Why is that many of these acts of 3ibaadah have not changed us, they didn’t affect us? Because, we are planting on hard grounds.
In order to have these 3Ibaadah affect us, we have to clean our hearts first.

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Stay hydrated in Ramadan Connect your water with your prayer

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Wake and Prepare for Sahoor
• Drink 8-10 oz. of Water

FASTING

Iftar – Break Fast
• Drink 8-10 oz. of Water

Pray Magrib and Eat Dinner
• Drink 8-10 oz. of Water

Pray Isha
• Drink 8-10 oz. of Water

Make Sunnah Salat and prepare for Tawarih
• Drink 8-10 oz. of Water

Pray 1st part of Tawarih and during the break
• Drink 8-10 oz. of Water

Break between Tawarih Rakats
• Drink 8-10 oz. of Water

Before going to Bed
• Drink 8-10 oz. of Water

http://www.RamadanSurvivalGuide.com/

turn not your face away from men with pride…

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“And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allâh likes not any arrogant boaster
“And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking, and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is the braying of the ass.”

… – Surah Luqman 31:18-19

Control your tongue- Hadith

Sahl ibn Sa’ad (RA) – reported that the Messenger of Allah(PBUH) said, “Whoever guards what is between his jaws(tongue) and legs(chastity). I shall guarantee him paradise.” –

Saheeh al-Bukhari (8/481)

Worshiper of Dunya or Allah??

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Many of us seem to spend an incredible amount of time and energy chasing the dream job. Afterall, a bigger paycheck often translates
into a better car, a bigger house and a higher worldly social status.But we are warned about this in The Qur’an:

… “Rivalry in worldly increase distracts you (from the remembrance of Allah), till you come to the graves” (102: 1-2).

“Your wealth and your children are but a trial, and Allah has with Him a great reward.” (64:15).

Ever think of the results of all of your worldy efforts? Read the rest of this entry

choosing the right friends and companions

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The task of choosing the right friends and companions is essential to preserving our identity. Befriending righteous and virtuous muslims is one of the prerequisites for staying on the Straight Path and pleasing Allah (swt). Islam has given us a road map to navigate through our lives in order to succeed both in Dunya and Akhirah. We must always abide by the hukm sharai’ in all aspects of our lives… and choosing the right friends is no exception. Read the rest of this entry

My dear Sister and brother take a stand, don’t crack under peer pressure

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“Want to have a drinking party tonight?” Your reply, ‘No, I am a Muslim I don’t drink.” Your friends say “Oh, come on! Why are you so boring? Its just one night and its going to be fun”

Confronted with a choice, you may stand up to this pressure or let the dark cloud of ignorance overpower you. We often find ourselves in situations like this, where standing out seems ridiculous.

It’s natural fo…r people to want to be liked and accepted by the people that matter to them. Yet in the end, remember that each one of us is individually responsible for the successes and failures in this life, and when your peers pressure you to do or accept something that’s not right and goes against your values, you should stay firm and stand up to the pressure.

“And be patient over what they say and avoid them with gracious avoidance.” [Qur’an: Chapter 73, Verse 10]

“Take what is given freely, enjoin what is good, and turn away from the ignorant.” [Qur’an: Chapter 7, Verse: 199]

The merits of Isha & Fajr prayer – Hadith

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Aishah(RA) reports that Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) said: “The two (sunnah) rakahs of Fajr are better than this world and all it contains.”

[Sahih Muslim, Tirmidhi]

Some Easy Actions For Which Rewards Are Multiplied

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– Preserving the ties of kinship:
” Whoever wishes that his provision be increased and his age lengthened, let him maintain the ties of kinship.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim]

… – Performing voluntary prayers at home.
“Superiority of a man’s prayer in his home over his prayer when people see him is like the superiority of an obligatory prayer over a voluntary one.” [al-Bayhaqi, classed as Saheeh by al-Albani]
“The most superior prayer of a person is in his home, except for obligatory prayers.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim]
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”Count your blessings”

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A Thought-Provoking short Story  -”Count your blessings”

An-Nu’maan ibn Al-Basheer said: “He who does not thank Allaah for small favors will not thank Him for great ones; and he who does not express gratitude to people (for doing him favors) will not express gratitude towards Allaah. Appreciating and mentioning the favor bestowed upon one from Allaah is gratitude, and not doing so expresses ingratitude.” [Ahmad]

It was once told that a King ordered that 10 dogs be made hungry so that he could throw to them any minister that made a mistake so that they would eat him. One day a minister gave a wrong opinion and it didn’t please the King at all so he ordered he be thrown to the dogs to make an example of him.

Then the minister said to him: “I have served you for 10 years and you do this to me!? Please just give me 10 more days before you implement this judgement.”

So the king replied: “You may have that.”

The minister went to the dog guard and said to him: “I just want to serve the dogs for ten days.” The dog guard accepted but was confused about this offer. So the minister began taking care of the dogs, he fed them and washed them and provided for them all means of comfort. Read the rest of this entry

A warning every Muslim must pay heed to nowadays

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The Virtue of Ramadan and the Qur’an

Imam Ibn Kathir

THE OBLIGATION OF FASTING

Allah says in the Quran:

“O uou who have faith! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you – so that hopefully you will have taqwa.” – Al Baqarah(2):183 Read the rest of this entry

Caliph Umar’s Son marries a milkmaid

One night, Caliph Umar as usual went in disguise with his companion Ibn Abbas to see the condition of the people. They strolled from one quarter to another. At last they came to a colony where poor people lived.

While passing by a small house, the Caliph heard a whispering talk within. The mother was telling her daughter that the amount of milk fetched by her… for sale that day was very little. She told her that when she was young, and used to sell milk, she always mixed water with milk, and that led to considerable profit. She advised her daughter to do the same.

The girl said, “You adulterated milk, when you were not a Muslim. Now that we are Muslims, we cannot adulterate milk.” The mother said that Islaam did not stand in the way of adulteration of milk. The daughter said, “Have you forgotten the Caliph’s order? He wants that the milk should not be adulterated.” The mother said, “But the Caliph has forgotten us. We are so poor, what else should we do but adulterate milk in order win bread?” The daughter said “Such a bread would not be lawful, and as a Muslim I would not do anything which is against the orders of the Caliph, and whereby other Muslims are deceived.”

The mother said, “But there is neither the Caliph nor any of his officers here to see what we do. Daughter you are still a child. Go to bed now and tomorrow I will myself mix the milk with water for you.” The girl refused to fall in with the plan of her mother. She said, “Caliph may or may not be here, but his order must be obeyed. My conscience is my Caliph. You may escape the notice of the Caliph and his officers, but how can we escape the notice of Allah and our own conscience.” Thereupon the mother remained quiet. The lamp was extinguished and the mother and the daughter went to sleep.

The next day, Caliph Umar sent a man to purchase milk from the girl. The milk was unadulterated. The girl kept her resolve. CaliphUmar turned to his companion and said, “The girl has kept her resolve in spite of the exhortation of her mother. She deserves a reward. What reward should I give her? She should be paid some money,” said Ibn Abbas. Caliph Umar said, “Such a girl would become a great mother. Her integrity is not to be weighed with few coins; it is to be measured in the scale of national values. I shall offer her the highest award in my gift, and which shall also be in the highest interest of the nation.”

The Caliph summoned the daughter and the mother to his court. The mother trembled as she stood before the mighty ruler. But the girl faced the Caliph boldly and with great equanimity. She was beautiful, and there was an impressive dignity about her. Then before the gathering, Caliph Umar related how he had overheard the mother and the daughter, and how in spite of the exhortations of the mother the daughter had kept her resolve.

Someone suggested that the mother should be taken to task. The Caliph said that ordinarily he would have punished the mother, but he had forgiven her for the sake of her daughter. Turning to the girl the great Caliph said, “Islaam needs daughters like you and as a Caliph of Islaam it devolves on me to reward you by owning you as a daughter.” The Caliph called his sons, and addressing them said, “Here is a gem of a girl who would make a great mother. I desire that one of you should take this girl as wife. I know of no better bride than this girl of sterling character. In matters of wedlock, it should be the character and not the stature in life that should count.”

Abdullah and Abdur Rahman the elder sons of the Caliph were already married. Asim the third son was yet unmarried, and he offered to marry the girl. Thereupon with the consent of the milkmaid and her mother Asim was married to the girl, and milkmaid became the daughter-in-law of the Caliph.
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The Life of Imaam Abu Hanifah Rahmatullah Alaihe

Better known as ‘Imam-e-`Adham’ (The Greatest Imaam), or by his kunyah ‘Abu Hanifah’, Nu’man ibn Thabit was born in Parwan Province, Hufyan Area of Afghanistan. in the year 80 A.H (689 A.D). Born into a family of tradesmen, the Imam’s family were of Persian origin as well as descendin…g from the noble Prophet’s (saw) Companion Salman al-Farsi (ra). Imaam Abu Hanifah’s father, Thabit, had met in Kufa Imam `Ali Ibn Abi Talib (ra) who made dua for him and his progeny, and some say that Abu Hanifah was a result of this dua. Read the rest of this entry

What Is Meant by the Holy Spirit in the Qur’an? Q&A

QUESTION:

Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I was a Christian before, and now I am confused about the definition of the Holy Spirit. What is the Holy Spirit according to Islam? I would like to know the meaning of the Holy Spirit specifically in surat al-Ma’idah (5: 110). Jazakum Allah khayran. Read the rest of this entry

10 Ways to Prepare for Ramadan

 

The blessed & most beautiful month is near and what better time to prepare for it than right now. Some of us deceive ourselves into thinking that when Ramadan comes we will suddenly change and worship Allah night and day but we are only decieving ourselves in thinking like this.

The Sahaaba used to prepare for Ramadan six months in advance. So if we …really want to make the best of this Ramadan then we need to prepare for it now! Read the rest of this entry

Straight Answers to the Controversial Questions about Islaam

As-Salaamu ‘alaikum wa Rahmatullah,
Please Download the book, Straight Answers to the Controversial Questions about Islaam, Read the rest of this entry

Misconception: Muslims worship the Black-Stone in Ka‘bah

This is a misconception. Muslims do not worship the Black-Stone, but they kiss the same because Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.S.) did so. So, it is a Sunnah (tradition). Kissing anything does not come into the modes of worship. If kissing is considered as a mode of worship, then we must know that man kisses his wife and …children too. Does it mean he worships his wife and children too? A Muslim remains a Muslim as long as he believes in that there is no God but Allah. Narrated By ‘Abis bin Rabia : ‘Umar came near the Black Stone and kissed it and said “No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit anyone
nor harm anyone. Had I not seen Allah’s Apostle kissing you I would not have kissed you.” (Saheeh Bukhari Volumn 002, Book 026, Hadith Number 667.) Read the rest of this entry

Excerpts from ‘The Angels’

The Angels

Angels are unseen beings of a luminous and spiritual substance that act as intermediaries between God and the visible world. Belief in their existence enters into the definition of faith itself: “The Messenger believes in what was sent down to him from his Lord, and the believers: Each one believes in Go…d, His angels, His Books, and His Messengers” (Quran II:285; cf. II:177, IV:136).

The word for angel, malak, whose root meaning is “messenger”, occurs more than eighty times in the Quran and repeatedly in the Hadith. The Islamic concepts of creation, revelation, prophecy, the events that occur in the world, worship, the spiritual life, death, resurrection, and the central position of man in the cosmos cannot be understood without reference to the angels.

In philosophical and Sufi texts, angelology is often an essential component of both cosmology and spiritual psychology, since the angels enter into the definition of both the macrocosm and the microcosm. Read the rest of this entry