Monday, October 30, 2006

The Prevailing of Modesty


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This is a good question and there is a beautiful answer! Allaah has commanded us with every action that is good for us and prohibited us from performing every action that is bad for us. Allaah orders the Muslim woman to wear the hijaab when she steps out of the security of her home or when in the presence of strange men. So to wear the hijaab is a source of great good for you – the Muslim woman - for many reasons. Among them: You please Allaah. You are obeying the commands of your Lord when you wear the hijaab and you can expect great rewards in return.

It is Allaah's protection of your natural beauty. You are too precious to be "on display" for each man to see.

It is Allaah's preservation of your chastity.Allaah purifies your heart and mind through the hijaab. Allaah beautifies your inner and outer countenance with hijaab. Outwardly your hijaab reflects innocence, purity, modesty, shyness, serenity, contentment and obedience to your Lord. Inwardly you cultivate the same.

Allaah defines your femininity through the hijaab. You are a woman who respects her womanhood. Allaah wants you to be respected by others, and for you to respect yourself.

Allaah raises your dignity through the hijaab. When a strange man looks at you, he respects you because he sees that you respect yourself.

Allaah protects your honour 100% through your hijaab. Men do not gaze at you in a sensual way, they do not approach you in a sensual way, and neither do they speak to you in a sensual way. Rather, a man holds you in high esteem and that is just by one glance at you!

Allaah gives you nobility through the hijaab. You are noble, not degraded, because you are covered and not naked.

Allaah demonstrates your equality as a Muslim woman through the hijaab. Your Lord bestows upon you equal worth as your male counterpart, and gives you a host of beautiful rights and liberties. You express your acceptance of these unique rights by putting on the hijaab.

Allaah defines your role as a Muslim woman through the hijaab. You are a someone with important duties. You are a reflection of a woman of action not idle pursuits. You display your sense of direction and purpose through your hijaab. You are someone that people take seriously.

Allaah expresses your independence through the hijaab. You are stating clearly that you are an obedient servant of the Greatest Master. You will obey no one else and follow no other way. You are not a slave to any man, nor a slave to any nation. You are free and independent from all man-made systems.

Allaah gives you the freedom of movement and expression through the hijaab. You are able to move about and communicate without fear of harassment. Your hijaab gives you a unique confidence.

Allaah wants others to treat you – a Muslim woman - with kindness. And the hijaab brings about the best treatment of men towards you.

Allaah wants your beauty to be preserved and saved for just one man to enjoy: your husband.

Allaah helps you to enjoy a successful marriage through wearing hijaab. Because you reserve your beauty for one man alone, your husband's love for you increases, he cherishes you more, he respects you more and he honours you more. So your hijaab contributes to a successful and lasting marital relationship.

Allaah brings about peace and stability in the society through the hijaab!

Yes this is true! Men do not cause corruption by forming illegal relationships because you - the Muslim woman - calm their passions. When a man looks at you, he feels at ease, not tempted to fornicate…

So a Muslim woman in hijaab is dignified, not dishonoured, noble, not degraded, liberated, not subjugated, purified, not sullied, independent, not a slave, protected, not exposed, respected, not laughed at, confident, not insecure, obedient, not a sinner, a guarded pearl, not a prostitute…

Dear Muslim sister! Come towards the gates of Paradise with us! Fulfill your duties towards Allaah, put on your adornment - put on your hijaab, and race towards Jannah (Paradise) by doing all good actions. You should agree by now that wearing hijaab is extremely beneficial – it must be - because Allaah only commands what is good……and believe me, dear sister, it is good to obey the commands of your Lord…

"Their reward is with their Lord: Gardens of Eden underneath which rivers flow wherein they will dwell for ever; Allaah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him; this is (in store) for whoever fears his Lord." [Sooratul-Bayyinah 98:8]

Advice of Imam Abu Hanifa (ra)

A sister wrote:

Assalamu Alaikum,

I just wanted to share with you the advice given by Imam Abu Hanifa to his student Yusuf ibn Khalid as-Samit who was migrating to Basra. I think it is still pertinent to us today, especially if you are an immigrant to this country.

"Know that if you harm ten people, you will have enemies, even if they are your mothers and fathers, but if you do good to ten people who are not your relatives, they will become like mothers and fathers to you.

"If you enter Basra and oppose it people, elevate yourself over them, vaunt your knowledge among them, and hold yourself aloof from their company, you will shun them and they will shun you; you will curse them and they will curse you; you will consider them misguided and they will think you misguided and an innovator. Ignominy will attach itself to you and us, and you will have to flee from them. This is not an option. It is not an intelligent person who is unsociable to the one who is unsociable until Allah shows him a way out.

"When you go to Basra, the people will receive you, visit you and acknowledge your due, so put each person in his proper position. Honour the people of honor, esteeem the people of knowledge and respect the shaykhs. Be kind to the young and draw near to the common people.

"Be courteous to the impious but keep the company of the good. Do not disregard the authorities or demean anyone. Do not fall short in your chivalry and do not disclose your secrets to anyone or trust them until you have tested them. Do not socialise with the base or the weak. Do not accustom yourself to what you disapprove of outwardly. Beware of speaking freely with fools.

"You must have courtesy, patience, endurance, good character and forbearance. Renew your clothing regularly, have a good mount and use a lot of what is good... Offer your food to people: a miser never prevails. You should have as your confidants those you know to be best of people. When you discern corruption, you should immediately rectify it. When you discern righteousness, you should increase your attention to it.

"Act on behalf of those who visit you and those who do not. Be good to those who are good to you and those who are bad to you. Adopt pardon and command the correct. Ignore what does not concern you. leave all that will harm you. Hasten to establish people's rights. If any of your brethren is ill, visit him yourself and send your messengers. Inquire after those who are absent. If any of them holds back from you do not hold back from him.

"Show affection to people as much as possible and greet even blameworthy people.. When you meet others in a gathering or join them in a mosque and questions are discuussed in a way different to your position, do not rush to diagree. If you are asked, tell the people what you know and then say, "There is another position on it which is such-and-such, and the evidence is such-and-such." If they listen to you, they will recognise your worth and the worth of what you have. If they ask, "Whose postion is that?" reply, "One of the fuqaha "...

"Give everyone who frequents you some of the knowledge they are expecting. Be friendly with them and joke with them sometimes and chat with them. love encourages people to persevere in knowledge. Feed them sometimes and fulfil their needs. Acknowledge their worth and overlook their faults. Be kind to them and tolerant them. Do not show them annoyance or vexation. Be like one of them... Do not burden people with what they cannot do."

This was the advice of Imam Abu Hanifa to one of his students who went to Basra to teach people there the fiqh of Kufa and the opnion of it's shaykhs.

Source: "The Four Imams" their lives, Works, and their Schools of Thought, by Muhammad Abu Zahra.

Pork & Tootsie Roll Industries

Please send this warning to those who will be collecting candy and sweets tomorrow (Oct. 31st)...

(although we do not personally endorse trick-or-treating)

Pork-Based Ingredients in Popular Candy Products An employee of Tootsie Roll Industries has recently confirmed that several of their popular candy products contain beef-based or pork-based ingredients. Products with Beef-Based Ingredients Charms Blow Pops Products with Pork-Based Ingredients Sugar Daddy Pops Sugar Babies Tootsie Rolls Frooties Tootsie Fruit Rolls Tootsie Pops Caramel Apple Pops Junior Mints Junior Caramels Fruit Smoothie... Source:

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Defender of the Flag

In connection with comments from a previous post:

Defender of the Flag: In Memory of Alia Ansari

This past Tuesday, Muslims celebrated ‘Id al-Fitr, one of Islam’s two great festivals. For me, it was a beautiful day that began with a truly warm and vibrant ‘Id gathering at the Zaytuna Institute. God afforded me a wonderful opportunity to see friends who had been “missing in action,” to meet enthusiastic new converts to the Islam, and to kiss so many babies I felt like a politician. During that time, I was also able to break away from the gathering to visit the graves of some distinguished Muslims buried in a nearby cemetery. Visiting the local Muslim cemetery on ‘Id day is a practice I have been able to maintain since my earliest years in Islam. They serve as a solemn reminder that all of us have an appointment with the Angel of Death.

I was blessed to stay at Zaytuna until the early afternoon when I departed to attend a meeting at a local school, a reminder that we are in America and sometimes, despite our best efforts to clear our schedules on the day of our festivals, the requisites of our everyday duties intervene. After that meeting, I was able to visit some of the Muslim families in the area. All of those visits filled my heart with awe at the simple dignity of ordinary Muslims, many of whom are struggling valiantly to survive in this sometimes cruel, always challenging and complicated society.

The last of those visits was to the family of Alia Ansari, the Afghani-American mother of six who was gunned down in central Fremont last Thursday as she walked to pick up her children from school. The Ansari family are everyday people—and, they are proud people. As I talked with Alia’s husband, brothers, and cousins who were gathered in the family’s humble apartment, it became clear to me that, most of all, they were proud to be Ansaris, descendants of the companion of the Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him, Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, and the great Muslim mystical sage, Khawaja Abdullah Ansari. In Afghan society, they are people who are identified with piety and they endeavor to live up to that identification, in their various ways.

Alia Ansari migrated from war-torn Afghanistan at the age of 17. When her father died shortly thereafter, she became a second parent to her younger siblings. A life of hardship could not suppress her inner beauty, expressed most readily in an irrepressible smile. Her husband, Ahmadullah Ansari, an auto mechanic struggling to make ends meet for a family that includes six young children, five of them girls, spoke glowingly of Alia’s martyrdom and the place God has reserved for her in Heaven. Her story impressed on me the truth embodied in the words of a poet who said, “Be yourself beautiful, and you will find the world full of beauty.”

Her husband, contrary to the caricature of the vindictive, hateful, enraged Muslim, mentioned how the family did not wish her martyrdom be treated as a hate crime, because he did not want her death to be a source of agitation in the area’s large Muslim community. He also mentioned that the family would not want the murderer executed, because that would not bring his wife back. His wife was a martyr, her place in Paradise secure—for him that was enough.

His gentle voice was most emphatic when he mentioned that he did not want his wife’s death to be politicized. Rather, he wanted her spirit of love and reconciliation to prevail after her passing as it had during her life. He spoke of his desire that her funeral be a solemn service, where people of all faiths could gather to remind each other just how important it is to work to remove the pernicious stain of racial and religious hatred from this society lest it lead to ever deepening spirals of senseless violence.

As we sat on the floor of their sparsely furnished living room to eat a meal of traditional Afghan food, our gathering was overseen by four walls decorated with only an unframed picture of the Ka’aba, and a tapestry with Ayatu Kursi, the Qur’anic Verse of the Throne (2:255), printed on it. Husband, brothers, and cousins gathered around to tell me more about just who Alia Ansari was. They spoke proudly of a deeply religious individual who embodied the true spirit of the “Ansar,” the Helpers. The original Ansar were those Muslims in Medina who welcomed into their city and homes the faithful believers who had migrated from Mecca, fleeing the persecution of that city’s population. The Qur’an mentions the spirit the Ansar exhibited in the following terms:

As for those who had previously established homes [in Medina], having adopted the faith; they show their love and affection to those who migrated to them [seeking refuge]. You will not find their hearts harboring any desire for that given to those migrants; rather they give preference to them over themselves, even though they are themselves afflicted with grinding poverty. (59:9)

Alia was indeed a helper. In addition to her tireless and faithful service to her immediate family, she was constantly helping relatives and neighbors, many of whom themselves had recently migrated to this country from their native Afghanistan. Her brother, Humayun, remarked that she did the work of six people and never complained. A typical day might find her preparing meals for the family, dropping the children to school, taking a neighbor shopping, shuttling a newly-arrived relative to the immigration department, watching a neighbor’s child, nursing a sick relative, or numerous other tasks demanding the sacrifice of her time and energy.

Although never formally educated in Islam, she was a deeply devout and spiritual individual. Her husband noted that she never missed a prayer. He quietly added that she would stand for voluntary prayer every night until she wept beseeching God to save her daughters from the ravages of the lewd, violent, promiscuous youth culture of this country. Her deep spirituality is illustrated by the following incident. A few days before her demise, she told her husband that she had seen her deceased grandfather, an individual well known for his righteousness, in a dream. The learned sage indicated that the end of her worldly struggles was near, and a resting place in Paradise would soon be hers.

As a pious Muslim woman, she never left home without her hijab, the traditional head scarf worn by Muslim women. She was proud of her hijab. In the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, some of her friends and relatives, afraid of reprisal attacks, took off their hijabs. Alia encouraged them not to compromise their religion, especially when they had nothing to do with those crimes. As for herself, she told them that she would never take off her hijab, even if someone put a gun to her head demanding that she do so. Alia said that her hijab was her flag. She could not have known as she began the fateful walk to her children’s school last Thursday that her path would cross that of a lone gunman who in a single act of mindless violence would bring a close to a life of dedication and service. She could not have known that her grandfather’s words were so close to fulfillment. She could not have known that she would soon die defending her flag.

Among the believers are those who have been true to their covenant to God. Among them are those who have given their lives, others patiently wait their turn, having never weakened in their resolve. (33:23)

Imam Zaid Shakir

Zaytuna Institute


The author requests that you share this article with non-Muslim friends and neighbors.

*The funeral prayer (janaza) for Sister Alia Ansari will be Friday, October 27, 2006, at Lake Elizabeth Park (Paseo Padre Blvd.) in Fremont, California. The service will begin promptly at 3:00pm. The family has requested that everyone come out to show their support for Alia and her family.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Don't Forget Your 6 Fasts in Shawwal!

Six Fasts in the Month of Shawwal

It is commendable to keep six fasts in the month of Shawwal. The Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, has said:

Whoever completes fasts of Ramadan then adds to them the fast of six days in the month of Shawwal, it will carry the thawab (reward) of fasting for the whole year. (Sahih Muslim)

This hadith had described the great thawab of six fasts of this month. Therefore, the Muslims should take this opportunity of acquiring such an enormous reward from Allah. It is more preferable to start these fasts from the 2nd of Shawwal and keep fasting up to the 7th of it. However, if, they are kept in other days, it is hoped that the requirement of the above hadith may also be fulfilled.

Also, Thawban, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said,
Ramadhan is equal to fasting ten months, and fasting six days of Shawwal is equal to two months. This is equal to fasting the whole year." (Ahmad & An-Nasaii).

Therefore, fasting six days in Shawwal after having fasted Ramadhan will attain the person the reward of a perpetual fast, and more.

Furthermore, fasting Ramadhan, with belief and sincerity, erases all previous sins, as the authentic Hadiths state. The ones who have performed the fast are given this bounty at the end of Ramadhan in Eid, which is the day of rewards. Therefore, fasting again after being given this great bounty serves as an act of thanking Allah, because no bounty is greater than having your sins forgiven.

As for those who revert to their old evil ways after Ramadhan has passed, then they are indeed the losers. They loose Allah (swt)'s bounty and they do not thank Him for anything. Also, the good deeds that are performed in Ramadhan do not stop after the month ends, but they can still be performed as long as the person is alive and breathing.

Fasting after Ramadhan is like the warrior who attacks and withdraws, only to attack again. This is unlike the coward who withdraws and runs away from the battlefield. Many people today are most happy when Ramadhan ends, because they see it as a burden on them and a task that one has to do and that there is no way out of it. Anyone with such a mentality and attitude will not be eager to fast again shortly after Ramadhan ends. On the other hand, the person who fasts again right after Ramadhan will be demonstrating his will and eagerness to fast for Allah (swt)'s sake and his need to acquire Allah (swt)'s pleasure.

ps: The clocks will be set back an hour in about a week, so there really isn't much of an excuse to not fast since the days will be much shorter! Tawfiq, insha'Allah :)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Tips for Fajr/Tahajjud!

Assalamualaykum Wa Rahmatullah!

I pray everyone is in the best of every state, having the himma to continue the increased 'ibadah from Ramadan. Subhan'Allah. Well, to start off Shawwal I thought it would be great to post tips on how to wake up for Fajr (and especially Tahajjud because that salaah is of utmost importance to the one who is striving to gain Allah swt's Nearness, insha'Allah)

I pray it is of benefit. Let me know of any other new and exciting suggestion(s) that you can come up with..

Tawfiq, insha'Allah!

Tips to help you wake up for Fajr (and Tahajjud!), Insha'Allah:

1. Keep Away from Ma'aasi (acts of disobedience).
2. Avoid eating too much food.
3. Drink one or two glasses of water before going to bed.
4. Perform Wudoo (ablution) before going to bed.
5. Go to bed early.
6. Make intention in your heart to get up for Fajr/Tahajjud.
7. Set your alarm.
8. Establish Fajr/Tahajjud wake up calling system with family and friends e.g. friends/family members calling, texting etc each other to help one another wake up for the prayer.
9. Say prescribed supplications (dua) before sleeping
10. Once awake, do not linger lazily in bed.
11. Go to your local masjid to pray

Also... one thing that helps that I do when I study late, or am up until the early morning, is to put my alarm clock (which is very loud) in the bathroom... thus forcing me to get up to go to the bathroom to shut it off. While you're in the bathroom, just splash yourself with water and voila! You are awake and ready for Fajr.

Okay... so you dont have to do the splashing part, but try it.. it works Inshallah.

And the above 2 advices above about staying away from sins and sleeping early is very important. It is from the Rizq (provision/bounty) of Allah that He allows you to get up for Fajr and especially Tahajjud, and when you start sinning He may deprive you from turning to Him at Fajr/Tahajjud due to your sins and having turned away from Him. May Allah swt protect us all and grant us forgiveness and abundant tawfiq. Ameen!

ps. Do NOT sleep after Fajr!

Sunday, October 22, 2006


Moon sighting announcement (Sightings in North America)

[8:35 pm PST ]

Hilal Committees have determined that there was an authentic sighting of the hilal tonight (October 22) and hence, Eid ul Fitr will be on Monday, October 23, 2006.
Details of the hilal sighting will be posted on this site shortly.

Eid Mubarak!

What to do on Eid!! A Comprehensive Article

Shawwal: What to Do On Eid Night, Eid Day, and During the Month

By Mufti Taqi Usmani

Click here for the full article which includes comprehensive info on:

- Beginning of the Ashur-ul-Hajj
- Eid-ul-fitr
- The Night Preceding 'Eid-ul-Fitr'
- Before Going to Eid Prayer
- Sadaqat-ul-fitr
- The 'Eid Prayer
- How to Perform Eid Prayer
- Khutbah: The Address of 'Eid-ul-fitr
- Six Fasts in the Month of Shawwal

The Night Preceding 'Eid al Fitr

It had been the practice of the Holy Prophet that he would nnot sleep in the night preceding the day of 'Eid al Fitr. This night has been named in a Hadith as Laylatul Ja'izah, or the night of reward. It means that Allah the Almighty bestows His rewards to those who have spent the month of Ramadan abiding by the dictates of Shari'ah, and all their prayers in this night are accepted. Therefore, it is desirable to perform nafl prayers this night.

The Holy Prophet is reported to have said:

"Whoever stands up (in worship) in the nights preceding the two Eids, expecting rewards from his Lord, his heart will not die when the other hearts will die." (Ibn Majah)

To benefit from this opportunity, one should perform as much worship in this night as he can, and should pray for all his needs and desires.

Please remember us all in your du'aas and Eid Mubarak!

Reflect on The Success of Your Ramadaan!!

The words of RasulAllah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) serves as a grim reminder to us "Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) appeared before me and said: 'Woe to him who found the blessed month of Ramadaan and let it pass by without gaining forgiveness.' Upon that I said: Aameen. Everyday Allah decorates Jannah for them and says to it: 'The time is near when my faithful servants shall cast the great trials (of the world) and come to you'".

Let us look at our present condition in light of the effects Ramadaan had on us. Let us compare our condition at the start of Ramadaan to our condition now:

Was the advent of Ramadaan something that made us become obedient?

Do we have the will to change our lives or was this just another Ramadaan?

Whose loss is greater than he who missed the blessings of Ramadaan?

When will the one who did not reform himself during the month of Ramadaan ever do so?

When will the one who was not cured from the sickness of ignorance, sin and heedlessness in this month ever get cured?

Did it reform our actions and conduct?

Did it unify our community?

Did it remove the hatred and rancour between us?

You have responded to the call of your Allah by salaat, fasting, charity and many other good deeds, so respond to His command in all other matters and at all times. Humble your hearts for the remembrance of Allaah and be united in adherence to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam so that the Ummah may be saved from calamities.

May Allah grant us understanding and may He bless and be pleased with us.


Eid Mubarak

Zaytuna Ramadan Khatm

Assalamualaykum wa Rahmatullah!

All I have to say was the khatm tonight (Sat. 10/22, the 29th night of Ramadan) at Zaytuna was AMAZING!!!! Whoever attended please share your thoughts/comments with the rest of us!

May Allah swt accept our fasting, accept our tears, forgive our sins, and extend our years. May this blessed month be a source of mercy, guidance, unity, and peace that permeates throughout the world. Ameen.

The Messenger of God said, “Abandon desire for this world, and God will love you. Abandon desire for others’ goods, and people will love you.” Ibn Majah

Friday, October 20, 2006

How would you deal with this situation?!



“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”

-Kahlil Gibran

There is no “right way” to pray. There is no “right time” to pray. Prayer is an ongoing dialogue, a soul connection with spirit, a fusion of physics and metaphysics. Prayer is our expression of gratitude, despair, longing, appreciation. It is one means of communication and communion with All That Is. Sometimes we’re praying and we don’t even realize it. Our actions reflect our thoughts; our thoughts are prayers. What are we thinking? What are we doing about it?

“ Prayer is something deeper than words. It is present in the soul before it has been formulated in words. And it abides in the soul after the last words of prayer have passed over our lips.”
-O. Hallesby

We feel our prayers more than we really say our prayers. Prayers become real to us when the emotion behind them, within them, is so strong that the prayer becomes animated – it has life. Our soul houses these prayers before our minds even figure out how to articulate them. Prayers can be silent, yet heart-felt.
-Lissa Coffey

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Allah's Special Selection

An excerpt from
Ramadan Nights : Laylat el Qadr: The Night of Power
By Amr Khaled

He chose from all the nights, one night, which he called Laylat Al Qadr. Not only that, but he chose the people who accomplish this night. The angels which come down on this day were chosen above the rest to come down on this night. This is what I wanted you to feel, that you wish it to be you.

Now to us, there are so many things He selected you with. First, He chose you out of the millions of creation and made you a human. Sometimes when one is walking along you see a lonely dog and you may think…I wonder, who knows…He chose me to be a human. And He selected you to be from the nation of Mohammad (PBUH). And he selected you from all those millions to be able to read Arabic while others can't read the Qur'an. Then He selected you and made you able to pray, and cry at the humility to Allah. Then He selected you again for praying in the mosques, or wearing the veil, or learning more about your religion. Then He selected you again to know about Laylat alQadr. Look at how beautiful being specially chosen by Allah is. An example of the feeling of being selected like this is like when you admire someone so much, and everyone is looking at him but you are standing far away, then he looks at you and calls you over and gives you his phone number saying let's keep in touch. Then you call him but you think he's not going to answer but he does, and you increase in happiness that he chose you. Then he says come even closer to me and work with me. In this world, if someone famous does this with you and brings you closer, your heart will be filled with happiness. Allah is letting you come closer on this night! Why don't you present yourself to Him? How? By 2 prostrations in the night, with strong prayers from your heart, with a heart filled with humility, with a gaze you are averting. "Please Allah, choose me more and select me with this night."

Feeling the Qur'an

Masha'Allah this really struck me; I have selected parts of the article to post here and have highlighted other parts. Insha'Allah it is of benefit to all.

It is taken from an adaptation of a translation of a part of a book entitled "Key to the Supreme Name, and the Way of Arrival to Allah," or Miftah al-Ism al-A'dham, wa Tariq al-wusool ila-Allaah, by the Imam Shaykh Ibrahim Muhammad al-Battawi of Egypt (Allah be pleased with him).

When the Shaykh says to read the Quran, he is emphasizing that we not only enunciate sounds which are represented by characters written in ink on paper, but rather come to read the revelation of Allah, which is at the same time within you and around you. It is vital to understand that the revelation of the Quran came as sound, which we echo with our recital, and not as a written text. The written text itself is not the Revelation. We should read the Quran with our entire beings, not only with our tongues, until we come to have the Quranic character until the Quran reads us and fashions our character. We should not read the Quran as we read a newspaper, and the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, told us that there will be people who will read the Quran, but it will not pass! beyond their throats to their hearts, these people the Quran will curse. The first command Allah gave us was to recite, in His Name (not in our name) Who created us, and Who teaches us what we do not know. If Allah is not teaching you knowledge from His Presence which you do not know while you are reading the Quran, then you are in fact not reciting the Quran, but only enunciating Arabic letters)

And be steadfast in keeping the company of those who call on their Lord in mornings and evenings, who seek after His Face, and do not turn your eyes away from them seeking the pleasures and ornaments of this world. And do not obey those whose hearts We have made heedless of Our remembrance, who follow only their desires, and whose (life) is in disharmony and chaos. (Q18:28). In such a manner should you strive until Allah opens your heart to His realities, according to the level of your yearning (himma) for Him.

A Summary of the method of obtaining the experience of Laylatul-Qadr. The Way to that end is comprised in certain steps, which we will now summarize in what follows:

1. Recite the entire Quran over a certain period of time in two recitations. The first (mode of recitation) is for (the intention of) memorization and worship, and it can be either silent or aloud, according to your time and ability. The second mode is specifically for devotion and the training of the spirit and intellect in concentration in reflection upon its meanings. In this mode, your tongue does not move and your heart should not be busy except with what is recited and with Allah, Who is the Speaker, and Who encompasses you on all sides and directions (without His being in any direction). Be influenced by what you recite. We call this method of recitation active and involved recitation. Compose a small booklet or diary of the meanings that you arrive at through this reading, and keep it beside your Quran at all times. It is also recommended that there be in the margins of the Mushaf the explanation of difficult words, such as in the Tafsir of Jalalayn and Tabari and others. This, together with some hadiths which have come in relation to those ayat. Also, it is recommended that this recitation be in the night time, and also in Fajr time.

2. Act upon and according to the meanings which you have previously arrived at in your readings. Allah sent down the best of words, a book filled with allegories, doubly-repeated (mathaani), which causes the skins of those who fear their Lord to shiver, then their skins and hearts are softened to the conscious invocation of Allah (Q39:23). It becomes softened through acting upon what you read.

3. Let this recitation and action be throughout the whole year, and not only in Ramadan.

4. Make for yourself at least one night from every week for the rest of your life in which you isolate yourself with your Lord at certain times, for example 7:00 in the evening. Recite certain ayat of Quran like Fatiha, Ayat Kursi, the last ayat of Baqara, and any other ayat which you memorized from the Quran. Then recite and repeat the 99 Names of Allah, which were recorded in the books of hadith. And do not allow your himma (aspiration) to be to finish with them as soon as possible, but rather let your whole aspiration and zeal be for the Gift that Allah gives to those who perfect the recitation. Just as your himma should not be to finish the Salat as soon as possible, but rather all your himma should be to perfect it until Allah accepts it and accepts your du'aa in it. For that reason, every Name you recite should be accompanied with gathered concentration and the live awareness that Allah surrounds and encompasses you from all sides. In other words, you connect between the All-Encompassing Supreme Name and the Name that you recite. And the same situation should be in the Salat. You perceive that your spirit is before His Hands and that He encompasses (Muheet) you and the universe from all sides and directions.

5. Do not be overly occupied with the articulation of the Name or their written letters, but rather be occupied with their meanings that surround you.

6. This seclusion should not be less than an hour. Do it by yourself or with your family or friends, but with the condition that you do not preoccupy each other. Be firmly convinced that Allah will accept your repentance, and that He will heal your sicknesses and pains, and ease your affair and settle your need, and answer your call in this seclusion and in the Salat.

7. Do not let your attention waver in the Salat, and make du'aa in your prostration, and pray the Prayer of Need (haja) every night, especially before Fajr (during suhoor).

8. Increase your affection on the orphans. No connection can be formed between a slave and his Lord, and it can never be sound, if he neglects them. In fact, Allah considered the one who neglects their support (the orphans and the needy) and those who do not call others to help them, Allah considered him as rejecting the Deen of Islam, among whose marks is the aid of the orphans and love for them. And He considered their prayers as being for ostentation (riya), no matter how hidden or open he is in their performance.

9. Know very well that the Zakat is obligatory on your incoming salary, so pay it when you get it. And those who, in their wealth, there is a set portion and known right for the beggar and those prevented from asking (Q70:24-25), and give its due right on the day of its harvest (Q6:141), and O you who believe, spend out of the good things We have provided you that you have acquired, and from what We took out from the earth for you (Q2:267)."

10. Do not despise any inanimate thing or any animal, so that you will not be satisfied with despising any human.

11. Read the Quran on wudu, and work in wudu, and sleep upon wudu after you pray two raka'as with the intention that Allah unveil for you that in which lies your good and benefit. Make the reason for your sleep and movements and stillnesses to please Allah and attain His reward.

12. When you see an ayat in your sleep (from the Quran), then act upon it and repeat it often, especially if the Prophet (salla allahu alayhi wa sallam) himself pointed you to it or gave it to you. And know that it could be a certain Name from among the Names of Allah. The same applies if one of the Saliheen recited it upon you, or it was repeated in your sleep, or you woke up repeating it out of inspiration (automatically).

13. Those who have already arrived can be of help to you. The companionship of him who has already arrived for 40 days is better for you than 40 years of continuous solitary worship. Because of that (companionship), difficulties will be made easy and under your control, and far things will come nearer. Even though, however, the Perfect Shaykh is rarely to be found in this time of ours, a group of the first generations, and a few of the later generations (these are those brought near) Q56:13-14.

14. You can also find help in Surat Ya-Siin, reciting it often with the intention that Allah illuminates your way (to Him). The Messenger (salla allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: for everything there is a heart, and the heart of the Quran is Ya-Siin. Whoever reads it, Allah records for him as if he read the entire Quran 10 times without Ya-Siin, (narrated by Tirmidhi). And he said: the heart of the Qur'an is Ya-Siin. No one reads it who desires Allah and the Final Abode except that He forgives him. Read it upon your dead, (recorded by Ibn Majah, Nisa'i, Abu Dawud, and Ibn Hibban).

15. Have a positive attitude and strength in all your affairs, and enjoin the good and forbid the wrong. For if you were at the highest level of piety but left enjoining or forbidding, then that neglect will veil you from your Laylatul-Qadr, in accordance with the words of the Messenger (salla allahu alayhi wa sallam) about the one who left Jihad with the tongue and heart: there is no imaan after that, even the size of a mustard seed."

16. For every human there is his Laylat ul-Qadr, which could be at different occasions in one month or one year. (very important understanding).

17. Establish the nights of the special occasions and the Islamic holidays in the above-mentioned manner, with a seclusion (khalwat) the majority of the night, and sleep for 2 or 3 hours, and continue with the rest of the night. We have found much good in the Night of the Ascension (Rajab 27) and the Middle of Sha'aban (Sha'aban 15), and the first night of Ramadan, which is the night of the sighting of the crescent, and all of the nights of Ramadan are immense opportunities. For actions on these nights are increased. Maybe the Possessor of the Ascension (salla allahu alayhi wa sallam) might surprise you in them, and he would recharge your spiritual battery so that you arrive. Every Ramadan the angels of inspiration (ilham) and attainment (wusul) increase their descent to the earth. Other special nights include the first nine nights of Shawwal (which include the six white days), and the night of Arafat, and the night of the two Eids, and the night of 'Ashura (Muharram 10), and the first night of the lunar year, and the night of the Mawlid of Muhammad (salla allahu alayhi wa sallam). Also, expose yourself to the fragrant breezes of the Prophets, Awliya, and Martyrs by visiting their graves and making du'aa for them, and Allah will return your du'aa with something better because of them.

18. It is highly recommended that every one of these nights be preceded by a fast which you break with a vegetarian meal (no meat!), such as dates and fruit. This is the more beneficial according to experience, but not mandatory. If you do not want to fast, then let your food throughout the day be vegetarian, in a small amount in the beginning of the day, and avoid eating or drinking in the end of the day. But if you are fasting, let your futur (breaking) be in a small amount with vegetables and fruits, and there is no blame if you begin your fast (suhoor) with any food you wish. This is so that you fulfill the right of this night, and that you obtain as much as possible the Divine grants which accompany these special nights. Because those who begin their night by filling their bellies with meats and savory foods, that would stop them from arriving, because more often than not they would fall asleep anyway! "

19. Allah might unveil your insight (basira) and complete your ascension and perception, or you might feel this in an awake conscious state, and then He might for a certain time be veiled from you, so that you increase your himma and zeal and jihad, and you arrive completely after difficult trials which come with much dhikr of your Lord. And We will surely try you with something of fear and hunger, and decrease in wealth, persons, or fruits, but give glad tidings to the steadfast/patient. Those who, when a trial besets them, say: We are for Allah, and to Him do we return. Upon such will be benedictions from their Lord, and mercy, and these are the truly guided! (Q2:155-157). These difficulties carry away your sins, and purify you so that you be prepared for arrival.20. If you ask Allah for something or you pray the Prayer of Need, then increase the chances of receiving that by giving away in charity, to an orphan or needy, for that is a cleansing for you which aids in the Divine Answer. If you seek to commune with the Messenger, then bring before your communion with him some charity, for that is better for you and more pure (Q58:12). So what if you seek to commune with Allah the Lord of the Messenger! Similarly, if your aspiration weakens, or you sense some misdeed from you, then quickly go to purifying yourself with fasting and charity. Take from their wealth charity (sadaqa) which will purify and cleanse them, and send blessings upon them, for your blessings are a means of stillness and stability for them (Q9:103).

21. Laylatul-Qadr will be taken away from you if you seek for a worldly thing. Your desire could be fulfilled, but you will be veiled from arrival, which is equivalent to (or is in the place of) taking back your Jannat which your father Adam was expelled from because of his rebellion. You will regain it through your sincere obedience for the Face of Allah, free from the shirk of love of status, or the shirk of obtaining some recompense for your deeds, and so on. Any of these forms of shirk will veil you from arrival (to the Truth). "

22. For that reason Laylatul-Qadr, which you prepared for through intense devotion and fasting from rebellion all your life, is better than the life of your father Adam after his being expelled from the Garden, and better than any life that did not retrieve the lost Firdaws! The Night of Power is better than 1000 months. In it do the angels and the Spirit descend with the permission of their Lord, from every command. Peace it is, until the coming of dawn!

23. Every human has a potential for Laylatul-Qadr, as long as he prepares for it with serious deeds which take one to it, and Allah would not lose your faith (Q2:143). Indeed, the Hour is coming, and I am hiding it, so that every soul be rewarded according to its striving (Q20:15). Therefore, it is not specific to a group of people instead of another, nor a certain race over another. Rather, it is for every Salih in the community of Islam. For all those who do good, there will be good and an increase above that, and their faces will not suffer humiliation (Q10:26). The most noble of you is the most God-wary of you (Q49:13). Everyone, according to the degree of his/her action and sincerity, takes from the Grants of His Lord, and His Bestowals and Bounties, and the grants of your Lord never end! (Q17:20)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Heartbeat "Rabb Rabb"?!

Bismillahi Ta'ala wa Assalamualaykum wa Rahmatullah,

A friend sent this to me. Subhan'Allah if this is true! Let me know what you think:

A scientist has proved that the voice which comes from the heartbeat is
"dub dub".But now they analyze that it is "rub rub" ."Rabb" is an Arabic word for God that means: One who made each and everything in the universe and who has the command on everything, which is it means every heartbeat says;"ALLAH!!!!!"

Haydh in the Last 10 Days Predicament

Advice for sister on their menses (haydh) for the last days of Ramadan

As salamu alaikum,

I hope that all is well and that this Ramadan has been filled with blessings and benefit.

Bismillahi Ta'ala

Could you provide advice as how sisters on their menses can benefit from the last days of Ramadan?

Jazak Allah khair

Wa alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullah,

Insha'Allah this email reaches you in the best of every state.

Jazakillah khayr for your question. Sisters on their menses can do abundant dhikr, du'aa, salawaat upon Nabi (saw), istighfaar, they can reflect, listen to Qur'an (without reciting), study books of tafseer, seerah, and hadith. However, I would suggest sticking to the understanding of the Qur'an since this is the month of the Qur'an and great scholars of the past would put the rest of their deeni studies aside just to concentrate on the Holy Qur'an. Basically everything can be done except prayer, fasting and recitation of the Holy Qur'an.

Whatever you do, just correct your intention and try your best and Allah Ta'ala is so generous and He is al Kareem that He will reward you abundantly for every single action and intention. Tawfiq, insha'Allah

Please let me know if I can help in any other way and please remember us in your du'aas

Saturday, October 14, 2006

More Encouragement in the Last 10 Days/Nights!

The Messenger of Allah said: "Ramadaan has come to you -- a blessed month. Allah has made it obligatory upon you to fast in it. During this month, the gates of heaven are open, the gates of the Hellfire are closed and the evil devils are chained. To Allah belongs a night in it, which is better than a thousand months. Whosoever is prevented from its good, then he has been prevented."

The believer remembers the Prophet's (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) advice in different sayings
wherein he used words like "seek", "pursue", "search" and "look hard" for Laylatul Qadr.For those who worship on laylatul Qadr, their gift is that of past sins wiped away. The sincere believer who worries day and night about his sins and phases of neglect in his life patiently awaits the onset of Ramadan, the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)
promised those that worship Allah during the last ten days shall have all their sins forgiven.

Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) used to exert more in worship on the last ten than on other nights. We should worship Allah on this night with firm conviction in what Allaah has prepared for those who stand in prayer during this
magnificent night,seeking reward and the attainment of recompense, Lailat ul-Qadr or Night of Power is a very important occasion in the history of Islam and in our personal lives. Laylatul Qadr is the crowning glory of the sacred month of Ramadhan. It is associated with the sending down of the Qur'an Majeed,this day marks the anniversary of his Prophethood on earth. Allah announces to the angels His already decreed commands, rules, events, for the coming calendar year, from the present Night of Power to the next Night of Power. "We sent the Qur'an down during a blessed night Laylatul Qadr ; We forever wish to warn (against evil). In that (night) is made distinct every affair of wisdom." This is the night of honor and prestige which may be awarded to that servant who devotes himself/herself to special deeds, or to the deeds themselves for the higher value they contain on that night."

Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong)."The Night of Power is better for you to live, to experience and to enjoy than one thousand months of your personal life.If you were to live one thousand months (83 years and 4 months) with sincerity, dedication, and sacrifices and with good intentions and deeds, the Night of Power is still far better for you to live and to enjoy, whosoever is interested in receiving the blessings of Allah may look forward to the Night of Power.

Every one of us would like to live a life free of sins and free of mistakes. Everyone would like to meet Allah on the Day of Judgment without sins. Every one of us would like to feel that he/she is reborn today. All of us wish to rejuvenate ourselves, and to start a new year with a fresh
outlook and a fresh life. Every one of us wants to live a pure life and everyone wants to purify himself/herself without anguish or torment. The Night of Power is one of the best ways in which a person is to achieve all these ideals.

The opportunity of Laylatul Qadr is here now. Life is about people that take advantage of their opportunities to win the love of Allah, and this is indeed one of those chances, pray to Allah that we do not miss our opportunity of standing to Allah on Laylatul Qadr.

'A'ishah reported that she asked Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) "O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylatul Qadr, what should I say during it?"
And he instructed her to say:"Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee - O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me."

The Prophet (sallallaahu`alaihiwasallam) said: "When a man prays with the Imaam until he concludes, it is recorded that he prayed the rest of that night." Just as in this material world there is a certain climate in a certain part of the year in which the seeds of a particular crop must be sown if they are to sprout, and if done in some other periods of time it will not yield the required produce,

"And We grant Man what he asks, But if ye count the favors of Allah,
never will you be able to number them. Verily, man is given up to
injustice and ingratitude".

What we can do during these remaining days and nights:

Pray Salaah (As much as you can!)
Recite the Holy Qur'an in Arabic along with its meaning
Occupy yourself with Dhikr
Make Du'aa and Supplicate to your Lord!!

Sisters + I'tikaaf

Assalamualaykum wa Rahmatullah all!

I pray your last 10 days of Ramadan are off to a great start! Remember in these last 10 days we should be increasing all of our direct acts of worship and begging Allah swt to save us from the fire of Hell.

The Holy Prophet (saw) said: "And this [Ramadan] is a month the first part of which is mercy from Allah, the middle of which is the forgiveness from Allah, and the last part of which is liberation from Hell"

Keep racing towards Allah swt through dhikr, reflection, QUR'AN!!, and du'aa in these remaining days. Please do not forget all of your brothers and sisters in your prayers.

Since I don't have time to edit or re-pose the question and quick response to a sister's question about optional/nafl 'itikaaf (seclusion) for sisters, I am just going to paste it as is. Hope it makes sense, and I pray it is of benefit.


The sister asked: can u pls explain to me how i can make [nafl] 'itikaaf... but not for 10 days.. like can i make a niyah for a day ??

A quick reply:

You can make nafl i'tikaaf if you can't/dont want to do the full 10 days. So choose a room and when you enter the room make the intention that you will be in nafl itikaaf until you exit the room. During this time you can only read, speak and listen to things that relate to Allah swt, the Deen etc etc...nothing worldly at all. Once you leave that room your itikaaf automatically breaks. So I would recommend that you put the phone away, take away distractions, but you can listen to Quran CDs and even CDs on Islamic topics etc etc which are very interesting! Just think of the Prophet (saw) and how he would go to a cave away from the city just to reflect and to have this type of connection with Allah swt because the dunya was the last thing on his we should be like that. Whenever you go to a dars or the masjid, enter with the intention of i'tikaaf and you will get a LOT more reward,'s some more info about itikaaf for women:


Before the end of the 20th day of Ramadhaan until the moon of Eid ul-fitr is sighted, the act of sitting at the place where one offers one's Salaah at home and engaging in Ibaadah is known as I'tikaaf. There is great reward in this I'tikaaf. Once a woman commences with I'tikaaf, she can only leave that place for the purpose of relieving herself or for the purpose of food and drink. If there is someone who could bring the food and drink, she cannot leave that place even for the purpose of food and drink. She should remain in that place all the time and sleep there as well. It is preferable not to remain idle. Instead, she should occupy herself in the recitation of the Quran, offering Nafl Salaahs, engaging in the remembrance of Allah Ta'âla, etc. If a woman experiences Haydh or Nifaas, she should abandon her I'tikaaf. I'tikaaf in such a state is not permissible.

The meaning of 'I'tikaaf' is to seclude oneself at the place of Worship,
with the express intention (Niyyah) of 'I'tikaaf'.

There are three types of Itikaaf:

a) Waajib I'tikaaf (Obligatory I'tikaaf)
I'tikaaf becomes compulsory when a person makes it obligatory upon himself.
For example, when a person makes a vow to Allah that if Allah fulfils a
certain wish of his, he shall perform so many days 'I'tikaaf', in this
case, the moment his wish is fulfilled, the I'tikaaf becomes compulsory. Or a
person may just make an unconditional vow, whereby he makes I'tikaaf Waajib
upon himself for a certain number of days; this becomes obligatory for him
from that moment onwards.

b) Sunnah I'tikaaf
This was the general practice of the Holy Prophet (SAW). It means to
seclude oneself in the Masjid for the last ten days of Ramadhaan.

c) Nafl I'tikaaf
For the third category i.e. Nafl I'tikaaf, no special time and no specific
number of days are fixed. A person may make a Niyyah (intention) for any
number of days at any time, even for his whole life.

There is no limit as to the minimum period of time. Therefore, it is
desirable for anyone entering the place of Worship to make the 'Niyyah'
(intention) of I'tikaaf for the period that one remains there; so that,
while he is in Ibaadah, he also earns the reward of I'tikaaf.

And Allah Ta'ala knows best.

Tawfiq, insha'Allah!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Last 10 Nights

As we approach the closing of Ramadaan, dedicate yourselves during these most auspicious days and nights to ALLAH!!

Du'aa:* Write all the duaa you want to make for yourself, your
children, family or any duaa that you want to make. Each day try to focus on duaa, & keep on repeating it throughout the day & at times when the duaa is accepted. Make duaa to Allah to give you Ikhlaas, khushoo, make duaa that you catch Laylat-ul-Qadr (in the odd 10 nights of Ramadan). Pray for the whole Ummah. [repeat the duaa that are important to you,during the last ten days of Ramadan]

Sayyidah Aishah (ra) once asked the Holy Prophet (saw) as to what du'a she should recite in the Laylatul Qadr. The Holy Prophet (saw) taught her the following du'a:

"Allah! You are surely the most Forgiving/Pardoning, and you love to forgive, so forgive me!"

Last 10 days:* Double & triple the amount of Ibaadah you are doingduring the last ten days of Ramadan. Sleep less & worship more.. pray as much as you can & make a lot of duaa.

In "The Book of Assistance" Imam al Haddad explains:

Watch carefully for the Night of Destiny [Laylat’ul-Qadr], which is better than a thousand months. It is the blessed night in which all affairs are wisely decided. The one to whom it is unveiled sees the blazing lights, the open doors of heaven, and the angels ascending and descending, and may witness the whole of creation prostrating before Allah, its Creator.

Most scholars are of the opinion that it is in the last ten nights of Ramadan, and is more likely to fall in the odd numbered ones. A certain gnostic witnessed it on the night of the seventeenth, and this was also the opinion of al-Hasan al-Basri. Some scholars have said that it is the first night of Ramadan, and a number of great scholars have said that it is not fixed but shifts its position each Ramadan. They have said that the secret wisdom underlying this is that the believer should devote himself completely to Allah during every night of this month in the hope of coinciding with that night which has been kept obscure from him. And Allah knows best.

What to do during these last 10 nights:

<>It is desirable to study the Quran, to make a [spiritual] retreat during Ramadan - especially during the last ten days - and to increase one's efforts.

<>Bukhari and Muslim included narration from `A'ishah (Allah be pleased with her) wherein she said, "When the [last] ten [days] entered, the Prophet (Allah bless him and his family and give him peace) would tighten his waist-wrapper, stay up at night, and wake us family."

The scholars have mentioned two aspects concerning "tighten his waist-wrapper". The first is that it means avoiding his wives. The second is that it is an allusion to diligence and preparation for works. They said that the reason for his efforts during the last ten nights was out of seeking Laylat al-Qadr.

Laylatul Qadr: One attains unto the reward of worshipping on the Night of Power through any worship one does that night. The most important is to strive ones utmost to perform Isha and Fajr in congregation. After that, the most important of spiritual actions on that night is sincere repentance: one should seek to return to ones Lord through making the firm commitment to leave ones state of heedlessness and disobedience and make the commitment to turn ones heart in the direction of Divine Pleasure.

'Itikaaf: The last 10 days of Ramadaan are approaching and it is popular to find many
people performing I'tikaaf in Masjids. I'tikaaf is a 'spiritual retreat' where for the fixed period, people live and stay in the Masjids. They spend their time in devotion and prayer. Women can select a corner at home - during the last ten days of Ramadan to devote their full-time to prayer and remembrance of God.

Imam Bukhari transmits a hadith stating that Rasoolallah(SAW) used to practice I'tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadan till he departed this world.

One last reminder to not waste time!!

It is related of al-Hasan ibn Abil Hasan al-Basri that he once passed by a group of people who were laughing merrily. He said:

God, Great and Glorious is He, has made the month of Ramadan a racecourse, on which His creatures compete in His worship. Some have come in first and won, while others have lagged behind and lost. It is absolutely amazing to find anybody laughing and playing about on the day when success attends the victors, and failure the wasters.
By God, if the veil were lifted off, the doer of good would surely be preoccupied with his good works and the evildoer with his evil deeds. In too full of joy to indulge in idle sport, while for one who has suffered rejection laughter will be precluded by remorse.

Tawfiq, insha'Allah!!
Please remember us in your prayers


The last ten nights of Ramadaan are special , in which it is reported

That Allah accepts our Duas.
Before we can ask Allah for forgiveness we need to ask our parents,
Brothers and sister and friends for forgiveness.
This email is being sent to ask you, for your forgiveness for
anything my family and I have done intentionally or unintentionally to any
of you.

As the night of "Laylatul Qadr" is upon us, We need to ask
forgiveness and make what ever Dua you wish from Allah, as Allah is often
forgiving Most Merciful.
Don’t be disappointed if your Dua's are not accepted . As it is reported
that Allah grants some people their reward in this world and for the others
he is saving the reward for the Hereafter. It is reported that it is better
for you if he saves you reward for the Hereafter as this life is but a short
one and the Hereafter is eternal.

Please make me maaf (forgive me) and May Allah swt accept all your Duaa's-

Please remember me in your Duaa's....

Never take anyone for granted.

Hold the special people in your life close to your heart,

you might wake up one day and Realise that you've lost a diamond While you were too busy collecting Stones

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Gratitude in Differing Perspectives

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the
express purpose of showing him how poor people live.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"It was great, Dad."
"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.
"Oh yeah," said the son.
"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.
The son answered:
"I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
We buy our food, but they grow theirs.
We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."
The boy's father was speechless.
Then his son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."
Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.
Appreciate every single thing you have, and never forget to give thanks to Allah swt. Instead of looking at someone who has more and is 'better off' in the worldly sense, look at those who are less fortunate than you and this will compel you to be grateful and find contentment. A valuable prophetic tradition states to the nearest meaning: One who does not show gratitude to people does not show gratitude to the Almighty. In addition, to express gratitude over a bounty or favour is one of the 77 branches of faith

Tawfiq, insha'Allah

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Rwandans Embrace Islam Post '94 Genocide

In the face of the staggering number of negative media stories about Islam and Muslims, I wanted to offer an alternative news story. After the horrific genocide which gripped the country of Rwanda in 1994, many Rwandans lost faith in their parish leaders, some of whom were complicit in the violence which killed hundreds of thousands. As such, this formerly predominantly Christian nation has seen an upsurge in the number of Muslim conversions. It is truly wonderful to see people embrace the beauty of Islam in this tumultuous time in our world's history. These Rwandan converts have discovered what we all know and love about the truth and balance of our deen.

Fi sabilillah,
Your sister in Islam,

Recent Controversy over Niqab (face veil)

Jack Straw, the British MP's, comments spark anger:
A Muslim woman wearing a veil
Mr Straw says covering faces makes good community relations difficult


An important advice to the Muslim community in light of the debate over the face veil (Niqab)

All praise is due to Allah, may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and all his Companions.

In light of the ongoing debate over the veil and the comments made by Jack Straw we, the undersigned, would like to present the following important and short advice to the Muslim community irrespective of its school of thought, sect or organisation.

1- The Muslim community should remain united irrespective of its differences and irrespective of its opinions towards the veil. This request is a response to the countless number of Quranic and Prophetic traditions that command Muslims to be united. Among those is the Quranic verse that says (translation): “Hold fast all of you together upon the rope of Allah and do not be disunited” [3:103]

2- We strongly condemn any attempt from any one, whether an individual or organisation to create any disunity between the Muslim community and we see this as an attempt to create disruption for the whole society through indirect discrimination. It is the nature of modern societies to be made up of a number of different communities that coexist peacefully as one political entity. Moreover, this is seen by most of these societies as a means to enrich the experience of the country to explore the way forward. It is completely irrational to achieve cohesion of communities through causing disagreement and disunity in any of them.

3- The veil, irrespective of its specific juristic rulings, is an Islamic practice and not a traditional one by consensus of all Muslims scholar. Therefore, it is not a debatable matter nor can we vote over it. Muslims should exercise extreme caution since denying any Islamic practice might lead to disbelief. Moreover, it is worth knowing that the vast majority of scholars consider the covering of the face for an adult Muslim female with the veil in the presence of non-mahram adult males as a religiously praiseworthy action. It has been practiced during the time of the Prophet Salla Allahu alaihi wasallam and throughout history as declared by many scholars.

4- We admit that Muslims hold different views regarding the veil, yet we would like to urge all members of the Muslim community to keep this debate within themselves. Furthermore, we also warn any Muslim individual or organisation from seeking to capitalise on this debate in order to further political or personal interests. Such a thing is judged by Islam as working against the interest of Islam and Muslims and is a matter strongly condemned. Allah says in the Quran [translation] [9:71] “The believers, men and women, are Awliya' (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another” . The Prophet Salla Allahu alaihi wasallam “The Muslim is the brother of a Muslim, he does not oppress him, betray him, mislead him, or fail him.”

5- We would like to call upon all members of the Muslim community to show solidarity against any attempt to criticise the veil or any other Islamic practice since this will be a stepping-stone to ban these practices. Such tactics, unfortunately, have been widely used by many European countries. Moreover, we feel that this campaign might be used to gauge the response of the Muslim community. Therefore, our response should be firm enough to send a clear and powerful message to those who are trying to promote the banning of the veil or any other common Islamic tradition. We, the Muslim community, will never tolerate such attitudes nor we will compromise on our values and common customs. All Muslim women, especially those who wear niqab/veil, should play a major role in this response since there voice will be more effective.

6- We understand the viewpoint of those who find the veil as a barrier in communication, yet we believe that the level of resulting discomfort is insignificant when compared to the discomfort and problems that result from other common and not widely condemned practices in society. Moreover, we feel that it is against the interest of the whole society to single out the Muslim community, to put them under the spotlight, and to use them or their practices as the recurring story of the media.

7- The un-expected and surprising massive reaction of the media over the past few days on this issue gives us an indication that there is a hidden agenda behind this campaign. This becomes more apparent when bearing in mind the already tense climate against Muslims. Therefore, Muslims should take this matter seriously and defend the niqab/veil as much as they can.. It might be a battle of “to be or not to be” for Muslims in the west. We urge all the brothers and sisters to strive in countering these attacks by implementing the various avenues open to them such as sending letters to the authorities, their MPs, human rights activist etc. Also, they should be involved in the debates aimed at discussing this matter as well as being involved in the media at all levels. The most important guidelines to be observed is to react in a very responsible manner and to avoid any action that might be used as an excuse for furthering their agenda.

8- We would also like to call upon the wider society to deal with the Muslim community without any prejudice and to exercise more openness and tolerance towards Islamic practices that aim to promote values of modesty and good-manners which should be the goal of peaceful co-existence.

We conclude by asking Almighty Allah to guide us to that which is better and to bestow his victory upon justice and truth to prevail on the British society as a whole.

16th Ramadan 1427
8Th October 2006

Signed by

Monday, October 09, 2006

Young Muslims Embrace Two Worlds

Generation M redefines the American Muslim

by Maahum Chaudhry, staff writer
September 14, 2006 10:10 AM

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf's message to Muslim youth growing up in America was clear: “Good Luck!”

“It’s a challenge growing up as a Muslim youth anywhere,” said Yusuf.

Yusuf is the founder of the first Islamic seminary in the United States, Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, Calif. Last Saturday he addressed a crowd of Muslims and non-Muslims at the annual Generation M event in Union Square. Generation M is a youth organization that promotes religious tolerance and consciousness. The event brings together Muslim youth from around the Bay Area.

With the conflict in the Middle East so prominent in the news, a lot of attention has been focused on Muslims in America. They struggle to fit into American society in their schools, with friends, and in the community, while still playing an active role in Islam.

Imam Zaid Shakir, a scholar at Zaytuna, also spoke at the event.

"Youth is a time for dreaming and constructing a vision for a better world. If you can't envision it, how can it come about?" Shakir said. “It’s very important for Muslim youth to realize the scope and depth of the contribution they can make to society."

Shakir also gave some advice to young Muslim. “Be yourself, be proud, be compassionate, be merciful,” he said.

Adeel Iqbal, a board member on A Muslim Voice, an organization that defends human rights, and editor of the Daily Californian at the University of California at Berkeley, did not take long to say what he thought was the biggest issue concerning Muslim young people: identity.

He said that it was difficult to balance culture and religion. “Many (Muslim youth) try to be ‘American’ but don’t know how to balance that with religion,” Iqbal said.

Shamira Chothia studied traditional Islamic sciences in Africa, Europe, and Asia and now teaches at Zaytuna. She found a way to balance both her culture and her religion while growing up Muslim in America. “In being Muslim, incorporate the best of both worlds, both cultures,” she said.

When Chothia first started wearing the hijab in high school, which many Muslim women wear to cover their heads, a few girls thought she was making a fashion statement since she would match her headscarf with her outfits. “ Muslim women want to be treated for their minds, not body.” Chothia said, “I showed my Muslim identity with my hijab but I wore it with jeans to show my American side.”

Abdul Rasheed thinks that the American culture that the Muslim youth are “eating up” is making the them feel bad about their religion. Rasheed is a part of Discover Islam, an organization based in Virginia that produces posters and pamphlets to help educate people about Islam. He mentioned that he had heard of some men named Muhammad who began calling themselves “Mo.”

“Youth are going to think something is wrong with them,” said Rasheed. “We have to make our own definition of Islam.”

Faran Sikandar, a Bay Area Multicultural Media Academy (BAMMA) graduate, volunteered at the Generation M event. Sikander believes that one of the best ways to teach others about Islam is through your actions.

“I let people know I’m Muslim,” he said. “People respect me.” As student body president at his high school, Sikander said that he was able to use the opportunity to change the negative perception that most people had of Muslims into something positive.

Aubry Conely, who is not a Muslim, came to Generation M with his friends. “It’s rough fitting into society for them,” he said of his friends. “They get stereotyped, but they handle it with class. They say ‘I’m not a terrorist, I’m a Muslim’.”

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