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PRODUCTIVE PARTIES FOR CHILDREN

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By Sana Gul / 16 Apr 2013

The Messenger of Allah  (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “When a group of people assemble for the remembrance of Allah  (glorified and exalted be He), the angels surround them (with their wings), (Allah’s) mercy envelops them, Sakinah or tranquility descends upon them and Allah makes a mention of them before those who are near Him.” [Sahih Muslim].

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14 tips for raising great children

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Source: Hilalplaza / 4 Feb 2013

Children are easily influenced by their surroundings. These days, it is extremely difficult to expose our children to an ideal Islamic environment given the influences from media, friends and even other members of the family.

With television, radio, Internet and forms of media mostly touting un-Islamic values, it is up to parents and adults close to the children to set the correct example. Read the rest of this entry

HOW TO SHOW GRATITUDE FOR THE BLESSING OF MOTHERHOOD

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By Sofia Nasir / 18 Mar 2013

Motherhood is a blessing which has been given to us by Allah (glorified and exalted be He). It’s full of ups and downs, tears and laughs. At times tiring, other times energising. Let’s face it, being a mother in the 21st century is not easy; so here are a few tips to keep you on your toes.

What is motherhood? The responsibility of nurturing a child. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) stated: ’Paradise lies at the feet of your mother’ [Sunan An-Nasâ’i]. Read the rest of this entry

Teaching your children about Islam

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by Hina Khan-Mukhtar | SeekersGuidance | 21 Jun 2012

I still vividly remember the first night I spent by myself in the hospital after delivering my eldest son Shaan. The guests were gone for the day, the hallway lights were dimmed, the nurses were speaking outside my room in muted tones.

“Knock, knock!” came a cheerful voice from the doorway. “Someone’s hungry and wants his mommy!”

The nurse wheeled in the crib that held my newborn, only a few hours old at the time. She cooed over him as I struggled to sit up, then efficiently handed him into my waiting arms, bustling out of the room after giving me a few words of encouragement.

 

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Valuing time with children

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By Maryam Hedayat | islam.ru | 13 Jul 2013

Children are one of the most precious and greatest gifts of Allah.  And to raise them in a good manner is every parent’s responsibility.

Children are a trust given to the parents. Parents are essentially responsible for the moral, ethical and religious teachings of their children.

However, raising children seems to be the most essential and perhaps the most difficult effort in today’s modern life. Read the rest of this entry

Remember me and I Shall remember you

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by Mufti Ali Gomaa / 14 May 2013

In our lives we encounter some hard days in which we find ourselves in deep need of resorting back to God and although the invocation of God in all times is the assured path of success and advancement, the human being always forgets about invocation. An Arabic poet once said,

The human was not called (insan) except for his forgetfulness (Nisyehi)…and the first forgetful (Nas) is the first human… Read the rest of this entry

Islamic teachings and Modern Science

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Source : The-faith.com / 2 Mar 2013

Islam is the religion of all times and places. It is a perfect system of temporal values. By practicing its laws Muslims all over the world not only attain spirituality but the pinnacle of all other glories and gain the wealth of health.

There is a great inter-relationship between modern medicine and some of our Islamic teachings.

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Does Islam give a father the right to force his daughter to Marry?

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By Ali-Gomaa.com / 30 May 2013

Question:

 Does Islam give a father the right to force his daughter to marry someone that she doesn’t want to marry? Can a woman end a marriage in Islam or is that solely the right of the man? Read the rest of this entry

10 Good Deeds

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ource : Agencies / 20 Feb 2013

1. Sitting After Subuh Salah

“Whomsoever prays Al-Ghadaa (Fajr) in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until sunrise, then prays two rak’ats of Salah has a complete reward of Hajj and Umrah.”The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) repeated the word ‘complete’ three times for emphasis. (TIRMIDHI) Read the rest of this entry

Life in the last day

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by Muhammad Abdel Haleem / 9 Mar 2013

In the Qur’an life in this world is an inseparable part of a continuum, a unified whole – life, death, life – which gives our life a context and relevance. In this context, the life of the individual is made meaningful and enriched inasmuch as it is full of ‘good works’. Life in this world leads to the afterlife, a belief which is fundamental in the Qur’an. The afterlife is not treated in the Qur’an in a separate chapter, or as something on its own, for its own sake, but always in relation to life in this world. Read the rest of this entry

The call of Islam is peace

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By Sadullah Khan / 29 Apr 2013

Islam is salaam (peace) and tasleem (submission to the Divine). In Islam Peace is the standard, it is the principle, and each person of faith has the moral obligation to maintain peace, without compromising on justice and truth. Islam invites to the subul as-salaam (pathway of peace); peace of mind, peace of conscience, peace in the family and society, peace with one’s Creator and His creation. One of the attributes of the Divine is As-Salaam (The Source of Peace) and Muslim greeting universally, upon meeting and departing, is as-salamu ‘alaykum or “peace be unto you”. The final and ultimate reward for human endeavor is Paradise, referred to in the Qur’an as Dar-us-Salaam (Abode of Peace) Read the rest of this entry

Easy Good Deeds

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Source : Steps2Paradise / 7 May 2013 

1. Sitting After Subuh Salah (fajr prayer)

“Whomsoever prays Al-Ghadaa (Fajr) in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until sunrise, then prays two rak’ats of Salah has a complete reward of Hajj and Umrah.”The Prophet SAW repeated the word ‘complete’ three times for emphasis. (TIRMIDHI)

2. Praying the Twelve Sunnat Prayers Each Day

“Allah will build a house in Jannah for whomsoever that is diligent in observing 12 Sunnat Rak’ahs (as follows): 4 rak’ahs before and 2 after Dhuhr, 2 after the Maghrib, 2 after ‘Ishaa, and 2 before Fajr.” (TIRMIDHI) Read the rest of this entry

POWER OF “ISTIGHFAR” (A MOVING STORY)

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Source : Iqrasense.com / 26 Mar 2013

This story about “Istighfar” is from the life of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal, who is considered as a renowned scholar of Islam and a famous theologian. Imam Ahmed is also considered to be the founder of the Hanbali school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and is one of the most celebrated Sunni theologians, often referred to as the “Sheikh ul-Islam” or the “Imam of Ahl al-Sunnah.” Read the rest of this entry

20 Sayings of Prophet Muhammad PBUH

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Source : Agencies / 5 Feb 2013

    1. 1. PENALTY FOR WEARING PERFUME AMONGST PUBLIC (FOR WOMEN.         The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam has stated,

    “If a woman was to apply perfume to herself, then leave her home and wander past people who were tocatch her fragrance, she would be sinful of adultery and she would also be sinful of adultery for every glance she received”. (Ahmad, Nasai and Al-Haakim:Abu Moosa Al-Ashari)

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10 steps to a happier life!

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By Ustahdha Bint Ahmad / 27 Mar 2013

Each and every human is in pursuit of happiness, whether it be a child, or an adult, a Muslim or a non-Muslim, and this is a true fact. In order to achieve this true happiness, one must comprehend what this emotion really is. Happiness is ‘feeling, causing, or giving pleasure’ and it is being ‘satisfied’according to the Oxford dictionary. It is essential to understand the psychology of happiness so we know how much of it we have control over. Read the rest of this entry

Good parenting is like being a good Muslim

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Source : Navedz.com / 24 Apr 2013

“A father cannot give a better gift to his child than a good education.” (Tirmidhi)

Becoming a parent was an amazing experience. Good parenting is like being a Good Muslim – both require continuous struggles to stay focused on our goals (that is, if we take the time to even set them in the first place), being conscious of the consequences of our choices, an ongoing and honest evaluation of ourselves, and the best efforts to improve our condition. Read the rest of this entry

Best Times to Make Dua

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Source : Agencies / 6 Feb 2013

There are certain times dua (supplication) is more likely to be accepted by Allah (SWT) as mentioned by Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). These times are as follows:

1. The Last Third Of The Night

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ACTIONS AND INTENTIONS

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Source : Islamstory.com / 23 Mar 2013

It is narrated on the authority of Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: “All actions are judged by motives, and each person will be rewarded according to their intention.  Thus, he whose migration was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim) Read the rest of this entry

HELP YOUR CHILDREN TO LOVE THE HOLY QUR’AN

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By ISWM / 6 May 2013

Umar ibn Wasil al-Basri that Sahl al-Tustari said: “My uncle once told me:`Remember Allah Who created you.’ I said: `How should I remember him?’ He replied: `Say in your heart, whenever you are alone at night, three times, without moving your tongue: Allah is with me; Allah is looking at me; Allah is watching me.” Read the rest of this entry

10 POINTS ON JIHAD

By Dr. M. Amir Ali / 23 Feb 2013

In the linguistic sense, the Arabic word “jihad” means struggling or striving and applies to any effort exerted by anyone. In this sense a student struggles and strives to get an education and pass course work; an employee strives to fulfill his/her job and maintain good relations with his/her employer; a politician strives to maintain or increase his popularity with his constituents and so on.

The term strive or struggle may be used for/by Muslims as well as non-Muslims; for example Allah says in the Qur’an:

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Tips for a righteous Muslim home

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All praise be to Allah, we praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our own selves and from our evil deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides, no one can lead astray, and whomsoever Allah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah Alone, with no partner or associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is His slave and messenger.

The home is a blessing.

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READING THE WORLD WITH YOUR KIDS

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Source : Shawuniversitymosque.org / 8 Mar 2013

Throughout the school year, parents usually ponder the skills that their children need to develop. Many parents choose to practice reading with their children, knowing that better reading skills bring better achievement in school and better understanding of life.

But, you ask, “How, in my hectic schedule, am I going to fit in time to sit down and read with my kids every night?” The solution is not to relegate reading to a specific time and place each day. Read the rest of this entry

How to Inspire children to gain knowledge?

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Source : Productive Muslim / 11 Jun 2014

Children are a product of our society and the most valuable asset of our future. We, as adults, greatly influence how a child feels and behaves. We have the power to motivate and inspire them. We need to create a positive image about learning about our deen. The only way to achieve this is by leading by example. As a parent, you will have very little impact on your child’s want to learn if you do not make the effort to do the same. Read the rest of this entry

How to raise children?

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Source : IslamWeb / 02 June 2014

Cultivation in Islam is very important, for indeed all of the religion is based upon upbringing. It starts first of all with of our own selves, then of our families, and then of the community at large. But this cultivation is most important with respect to our children, so that they are brought up upon the correct path of Islam. Read the rest of this entry

DUA FOR ANXIETY AND STRESS

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Source : Makkah.wordpress.com / 13 Mar 2013

Here are some dua’a to make when under stress and experiencing anxiety. They are a means of dispelling fear, of seeking forgiveness of Allah, seeking His aid, protection and guidance. They are the words of the Messenger of Allah (sall’allahu alayhi wasallam) and hence anyone that sincerely makes these dua during times of great need Allah will always answer the dua of the sinere seeker. May they be of benefit to us all for there is not a time in the life of a believer when he or she does not need the protection, guidance and mercy of Allah. Read the rest of this entry

Do not lose hope of the mercy of Allah swt

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source : Khilafatworld.com / 28 Jan 2013

Feeling down in the dumps, depressed, having the blues… These are just some of the terms used to describe a feeling of hopelessness and despair that can hit even the most positive of us at some point in our lives. However when sadness, gloom and unhappiness becomes a permanent mark of our lives, when it creates a feeling of hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness, when it interferes with our ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and mix with people we may be suffering from abnormal levels of despair otherwise called depression. Read the rest of this entry

Love & Honesty marked Prophet Muhammad PBUH’S manners

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Source : OnIslam.ru / 22 Apr 2013

Al Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “I asked my father how the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) behaved in his sittings, and he said, ‘the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) never got up or sat down without mentioning the name of Allah. He forbade designating a certain spot to a person so that he would consider it as his own. He sat wherever he found a spot. He also ordered others to do the same, when they entered a sitting. He divided his time equally and justly among his companions who sat with him. Read the rest of this entry

How prophet Muhammad PBUH Slept?

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Source : FollowIslamonline.com / 30 Apr 2013

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) would put his blessed right hand under his blessed right cheek. He would lie on his blessed right side facing the Qibla.

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Forty Hadith Imam Nawawi

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By Abu Amina Elias / 30 Apr 2013

Hadith 1: Intention (an-Niyyah)

Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, say:

إِنَّمَاالْأَعْمَالُبِالنِّيَّاتِوَإِنَّمَالِكُلِّامْرِئٍمَانَوَىفَمَنْكَانَتْهِجْرَتُهُإِلَىدُنْيَايُصِيبُهَاأَوْإِلَىامْرَأَةٍيَنْكِحُهَافَهِجْرَتُهُإِلَىمَاهَاجَرَإِلَيْهِ

 

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Six Tips to recharge your Iman

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By Ola El-Shamy / 10 Apr 2013

Ever felt like you’re having an Iman dip? That after being a very active, productive Muslim – praying on time, reading Qur’an frequently, always looking forward to doing good deeds – you are becoming lazy and that your enthusiasm to perform the same way is fading?

I’ve felt like that so many times. Life is full of ups and downs, and the downs are sometimes powerful enough to distract us and lower our enthusiasm. Yet, there are easy solutions that can help us get over an Iman low. Here are some tips that can help you refresh your Iman in sha Allah: Read the rest of this entry

The Inspiring Qur’an

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By Agencies / 2 Mar 2013

The blessings of reciting Ayat Al Kursi (2:255)

Ayat Al-Kursi has a high status. It was reported from the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) that “It is the greatest verse in the Book of Allah.” It was narrated from Ubayy ibn Ka`b that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked him which verse in the Book of Allah was the greatest. He said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He repeated it several times, then he said, “Ayat Al-Kursi.” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Congratulations upon your knowledge, Abul-Mundhir. By the One in Whose hand is my soul, it has a tongue and two lips, and it glorifies the Sovereign (i.e., Allah) at the foot of the Throne.” Read the rest of this entry

Tayamum (ablution without water)

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By NewMuslims.com / 12 Feb 2013

What should you do in the situation where you have to pray salah, yet neither have no water suitable for making Wudoo’, nor the time be able to find such water soon enough to pray on time?

What if you are sick and either not able to make Wudoo’, or making Wudoo’ is detrimental to your health.  What is the correct procedure in such a case? Read the rest of this entry

Rules of Joking in Islam

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Source : Islamcan.com / 16 Mar 2013

Some people joke too much and it becomes a habit for them. This is the opposite of the serious nature which is the characteristic of the believers. Joking is a break, a rest from ongoing seriousness and striving; it is a little relaxation for the soul. ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez (may Allah have mercy on him) said:“Fear joking, for it is folly and generates grudges.” Read the rest of this entry

Asceticism is the way to be loved

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source : Islamweb.net / 6 Mar 2013

Asceticism, or Zuhd, is to abandon the desire for something for the sake of something which is better, and to abandon the comfort of this world for the sake of that of the Hereafter. It also means that the heart should not desire anything that one does not possess. Knowing that this worldly life is temporary and will eventually come to an end helps the slave of Allah to be this way. Read the rest of this entry

Paradise is for believing men and women

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source : Islamswomen.com / 25 Mar 2013

We often hear speakers in Friday prayer or in admonitions talking about Paradise and all of us find our hearts, minds and thoughts tuned on to that ‘frequency’. However, majority of the speakers talk about Paradise as if it were a house for men only. Reality is not like that. Paradise is for the believing men and women. The only price for it is sound belief in Allah, love of Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him), and obedience to Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). Read the rest of this entry

Eleven signs of love for Prophet Muhammad PBUH

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By Roohaani / 18 Mar 2013

Someone who claims that he/she loves another will prefer that person to all others, he will also prefer what they like, if it were otherwise then he would be acting and his love would not be sincere. The following signs will be apparent in those who truly love the Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam, Read the rest of this entry

Golden Rule in Islam

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By Abu Amina Elias / 26 Feb 2013

The golden rule, or the ethics of reciprocity, is an Islamic moral principle which calls upon people to treat others the way they would like to be treated. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, the golden rule is defined as: (more…)

The Prophet Muhammad PBUH and helping the Poor

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By Sami Zaatari / 15 Feb 2013

One of the most widespread and dangerous problems faced by humanity is that of poverty, hunger and starvation. There is nothing more horrifying than the realization that as we live our happy lives here, millions of our fellow human beings live in hunger and face starvation. The majority of the world population today lives in poverty. It is clear that the world system we have set up today is unjust and inhumane. Read the rest of this entry

Speech on Prophet Muhammad PBUH and the message of peace

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Source : Iqrasense.com / 19 Feb 2013

There have been many biographies written and speeches given on Prophet Muhammad(peace and blessings be upon him) that have provided a glimpse of his life, the role that he played as a Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him), and the message that he brought for mankind. However, the speech delivered by Ja‘far bin Abi Talib to the Christian king of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in the 7th century to date is referenced as one of the most succinct and eloquent speeches that captured the moments of that era, and expressed the message of Islam concisely and clearly. Read the rest of this entry

The need for consultation (MUSHĀWARA)

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by Muhammad Haq / 7 June 2013

In the name of Allah, the most Merciful, the most Kind.

As Muslims, the best role model we have is of course, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ(peace be upon him). About him, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala (exalted is He) says:

“And indeed, you are of a great moral character.”

And as Aisha radi allahu `anha (may God be pleased with her) described the Prophet Muhammad SAW’s character and mannerisms as a walking Qur’an, we will look at one of the ways in which the Prophet Muhammad embodied Qur’anic values. Read the rest of this entry

PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH) IN THE BIBLE

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source : Islamawareness.net / 13 Mar 2013

“Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet whom they find written in the Torah and the Gospel with them. He enjoins upon them that which is right and forbids for them that which is evil. He makes lawful for them all things that are good and prohibits for them all that is foul and he relieves them from their burden and the fetters that they used to wear. Then those who believe in him, honor him, assist him, and follow the light which is sent down with him: they are the successful”

The noble Qur’an, Al-A’araf (7):157. Read the rest of this entry

Tests by Allah SWT سبحانه و تعالى

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by Ebrahim Saifuddin / 5 Feb 2013

Allah سبحانهوتعالىhas tested the people of the past in various ways and will keep on testing His creation. He has informed us about these tests in the Quran. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad also informed us that Allah سبحانهوتعالىwill test us from time to time. Sometimes hardships and losses occur in life due to our sins. To wash of these sins in this world, Allah سبحانهوتعالىinflicts upon us these hardships:

Narrated by ‘Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with her): Allah’s Apostle said“No calamity befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it, even though it were the prick he receives from a thorn.” (Sahih Bukhari Vol. 7, Book 70, #544) Read the rest of this entry

The Islamic way to raise the children

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Source : Islamic Life / 20 Feb 2014

Allah creates the children with pure innate nature, without defects and whatever defects that happens later on is the result of the bad education. prophet Muhammad(S.A.W.) said, ‘‘Every new born has the correct instinct, his parents make him Jewish, Christian or a fire worshipper.” Read the rest of this entry

FROM WHAT AGE ONE SHOULD TEACH CHILDREN TO PRAY?

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QUESTION:
From what age one should teach children to pray?

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THE LAST SERMON OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD PBUH

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by Imam Abdullah Antepli Huffingtonpost| 3 Feb 2012

As you read these lines, 1.5 billion Muslims will be celebrating the birthday of their beloved prophet, a day known as Milad un-Nabi or Mawlid. Muslim love and admiration for the Prophet Muhammad manifests itself beautifully through these various kinds of religious celebrations blended with local cultures and traditions. Read the rest of this entry

ISRA’ AND MI’RAJ – THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY AND ASCENSION OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD ﷺ

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One of the sacred and close to the heart of every Muslim believer day, the date of the Holy Night Isra’ and Mi`raj this year falls on the night of 13 to 14 April.

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Ramadan’s First Night: Open the Gates of Blessings

By Wael Shihab

How is the first night of Ramadan singled out?

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Recitation of the Qur’an: Meaning and Blessings

As the tongue recites and words flow from the lips, the mind ponders, the heart reflects, the soul absorbs, tears well up in the eyes, the heart quakes and trembles.

Tilawah is the word that the Qur’an uses to describe the act of its reading. No single word in English can convey its full meaning. ‘To follow’ is closest to its primary meaning.

To read is only secondary, for in reading too, words follow each other, one closely behind the other, in an orderly and meaningful sequence. If one word does not follow the other, or if the sequence and order is not observed, the meaning is destroyed. So, primarily, tilawah means, move closely behind, to go forward, to flow in a sequence, let go in pursuit, to take as a guide, leader, master, a model, to accept the authority, to espouse the cause, to act upon, walk after, practice a way of life, to understand, to follow the train of thought – or to follow. Hence, reading the Qur’an, understanding the Qur’an, following the Qur’an – that is how those who have any right to claim faith in it relate themselves to it. All-Inclusive Act Tilawah or recitation is an act in which your whole person, soul, heart, mind, tongue and body, participates. In short your whole existence becomes involved. Read the rest of this entry

Who is Right According to Qur’an and Sunnah: Ibn Baaz, Ibn Uthaymeen or Albani?

Who is Right According to Qur’an and Sunnah: Ibn Baaz, Ibn Uthaymeen or Albani?

The opponents of the four Madhabs, also known as Salafis, would have us believe that the differences between the madhabs would not exist had the madhabs all followed the Qur’an and Sunnah. In this is an insinuation that the madhabs do not necessarily follow authentic hadith. This is why when Salafis see a hadith in Bukhari, Muslim, or one of Shaykh Albani’s books which contradicts a practice in a madhab, they come to the conclusion that madhabs must be wrong because they left out the saheeh hadith and followed either the opinion (ra’y) of their Imam, legal analogy (qiyaas), or a weak narration. In order to demonstrate that this is nothing more than a fallacy, I present the translated responses to 139 questions which were put to the three most popular Salafi scholars: Al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, Al-Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen, and Al-Shaykh Al-Albaani. Read the rest of this entry

Prophet Muhammad PBUB mercy to mankind

A man who taught mercy, kindness and duty; A man who repelled evil with virtue and beauty. A man who brought forgiveness and inspired the truth; A man who dispelled racism and was never aloof. A man who sought justice and the end of oppression; A man who was forbearing through trial and repression. A man who loved orphans and supported the weak; A man who gave life to the rights that we seek. A man with compassion and loving grace; A man who smiled at every face. A man who affirmed and taught God’s Divinity; A man who inspired hope and endless serenity. A man who was upright, honest and kind; He was the Prophet Muhammad, a mercy to mankind. “And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as mercy to the worlds.” The Qur’an, Chapter 21, Verse 107 In the heart of #LeicesterSquare, #iERA unveiled an art installation about the Prophet of Mercy – Muhammad peace be upon him. #MercyToMankind To find out more, visit http://www.iera.org/mercy or to get involved, visit http://www.iera.org/mercy-campaign . . . #iERA #Islam #ConveyingTheCall #PropheticMission #Dawah #WhoIsMuhammad #London #MercyToMankind #MercyToMankind #Muhammad #God

Is it necessary to change name after becoming Muslim?

converts-wikipQuestion: Assalam Alaikum,

An aquaintance of mine has recenlty accepted Islam. He was a Hindu before he came to Islam and wants to know if it is neccessary for him to change his name. Read the rest of this entry

Quranic Verses, Hadiths and Islamic Quotes

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Imagine being questioned by Allah

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Why a Muslim Woman Is Not Allowed to Marry a Non-Muslim Man?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear sister in Islam, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

First of all, it is to be stressed that Islam does not encourage the interfaith marriages. The general rule of Islam is that Muslims should marry Muslims. A Muslim male or female should not marry a non-Muslim male or female. The only exception is given to Muslim men who are allowed to marry the chaste girls from among the People of the Book.

However, a Muslim woman is better suited to a Muslim man than a woman of Christian or Jewish faith, regardless of her merits. This is because marriage is not based on fulfilling one’s sexual desires; rather, it is an institution. It aims to establish a home on the bases of tranquility, faith and Islamic morals. To fulfil this task, the whole family must apply Allah’s course and try to convey His message.

It is obvious that Islam made it impermissible for a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim with aim of keeping her away from things that may jeopardize her faith. In fact, Islam aims at protecting religion. To achieve this goal, it prohibits a Muslim from being involved in something that represents a threat to his religion.

A Muslim woman will not feel that her religion is secure while being with a Jewish or a Christian husband especially as the majority of the People of the Book do not show due respect to our Prophet, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

Allah Almighty says:“And the Jews will not be pleased with thee, nor will the Christians, till thou follow their creed. Say: Lo! The guidance of Allah (Himself) is Guidance. And if thou shouldst follow their desires after the knowledge which hath come unto thee, then wouldst thou have from Allah no protecting friend nor helper.”(Al-Baqarah: 120) Given the fact that the husband is generally the head of the household, it’s not far-fetched for a non-Muslim husband to prevent his Muslim wife from performing some Islamic rituals which may seem a nuisance to him, for example fasting, or even refraining from marital relations during the fast.

As a result, he might force her to change her religion, and if she refuses, the situation may culminate in divorce. As for why Islam allows a Muslim man to marry a Christian or Jewish woman, it’s clear that every Muslim believes in Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them) and he holds all the Prophets of Allah in high esteem. Thus a Muslim finds no harm in his wife’s being a Christian or a Jew, for the spirit of tolerance Islam holds for other religions is ingrained in him. In his response to the question you raised, the eminent Muslim scholar,Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hanooti, member of the North American Fiqh Council, states:

“If Allah is the one who prohibits a Muslim woman from marrying a non-Muslim, then we as Muslims are supposed to believe it and to take it. As a matter of faith, you cannot become a Muslim unless you accept everything when it is ordained by Allah or carried out by his Messenger.

The Qur’an says,“O Ye who believe! Put not yourselves forward before Allah and His Messenger…”(Al-Hujurat: ) If you ask about the benefits of not marrying a non-Muslim, we can count you many reasons. A man is the manager of his household. He will persecute his Muslim wife in many dos and don’ts. She can hardly guarantee that kind of operation. Moreover, marriage is an institution for elevating our levels of having a good Islamic life. Pleasing Allah is our number one goal. If a woman is married to a non-Muslim, maybe the only thing she will accomplish in her marital life is what is good for livestock.” Shedding more light on the question, we’d like to cite the words of the eminent Muslim scholar,Sheik Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, in his well-known book,The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam: “It isharamfor a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man, regardless of whether he is of the People of the Book or not. We have already mentioned the saying of Allah,“…and do not marry (your girls) to idolaters until they believe…”(Al-Baqarah: 221) And He said concerning the immigrant Muslim women:“Then if you know them to be Believers, do not send them back to the unbelievers. They are not lawful for them (as wives), nor are they lawful for them (as husbands).”(Al-Mumtahanah: 10) No text exists which makes exceptions for the People of the Book. Hence, on the basis of the above verses, there is a consensus among Muslims concerning this prohibition.

Thus, while a Muslim man is permitted to marry a Christian or Jewish woman, a Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a Christian or Jewish man. There are many sound reasons for this difference.

First, the man is the head of the household, the one who maintains the family, and he is responsible for his wife. And while Islam guarantees freedom of belief and practice to the Christian or Jewish wife of a Muslim, safeguarding her rights according to her own faith, other religions, such as Judaism and Christianity, do not guarantee the wife of a different faith freedom of belief and practice, nor do they safeguard her rights. Since this is the case, how can Islam take chances on the future of its daughters by giving them into the hands of people who neither honor their religion nor are concerned to protect their rights?

A marriage between a man and woman of different faiths can be based only on the husband’s respect for his wife’s beliefs; otherwise a good relationship can never develop. Now, the Muslim believes that both Judaism and Christianity originated in divine revelation, although later distortions were introduced into them. He also believes that God revealed theTawrahto Moses and theInjeelto Jesus, and that both Moses and Jesus (peace be on them) were among the Messengers of Allah who were distinguished by their steadfast determination. Accordingly, the Christian or Jewish wife of a Muslim lives under the protection of a man who respects the basic tenets of her faith, her Scripture, and her Prophets, while in contrast to this the Jew or Christian recognizes neither the Divine origin of Islam, its Book, or its Prophet (peace be on him). How then could a Muslim woman live with such a man, while her religion requires of her the observance of certain worships, duties, and obligations, as well as certain prohibitions.

It would be impossible for the Muslim woman to retain her respect for her beliefs as well as to practice her religion properly if she were opposed in this regard by the master of the house at every step.

It will be realized from this that Islam is consistent with itself in prohibiting the Muslim man to marry amushrik(polytheist) woman, for since Islam is absolutely opposed toshirk(polytheism), it would obviously be impossible for two such people to live together in harmony and love.”

You can also read: Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, Muhammad `Ali Al-Hanooti الصفحة الرئيسية