Friday, January 26, 2007

10th Muharram...Things to do with the Fadhilat

The day of Asyura is a day which is celebrated by Muslims. There are 14 sunnahs to this day alone (10 Muharram, Monday 29 Jan '06)

1. Freeing up your time/spending on your wife and children -
Allah will free up his life this year.

2. Honouring the poor and needy- Allah will free up space in his grave later

3. Controlling your Anger - At Akhirat later, Allah will categorise him among the people who are ridha or patient

4. Show the people who are lost the true path- Allah will fill his heart with the light of Imaan

5. Running his hand on the head of a child with no parents- Allah will give him a tree for each strand of hair he touches

6. Giving alms (sadaqah)- Allah will put him away from the fire the distance a crow flies since its birth to its death. He is also given sinners as though he has given sadaqah to every poor soul in the world

7. Take care of his self-respect- Allah will provide him a life filled with the light of imaan

8. Take a Sunnah Bath: Will not get any heavy or bad sickness for the entire year. Niat: I bath on the day of Asyura, sunnah, on the purpose of Allah Ta'ala

9. Putting on kohls- He will not suffer from any forms of eye diseases.

10. To read Qulhu Allahu Ahad for a 1000 times- Allah will look at him with mercy at Akhirat later.

11. Do a 4-rakaat Sunnah prayer- Allah will forgive his sins even if it has been with him for the past 50 years. Niat: I pray on the day of Asyura, four raka'at, sunnah, for the purpose of Allah ta'ala. For the first two rak'at recite, after Al-Fatihah, Qulhu Allahu Ahad 11 times.

12. To recite "hasbunallahu wa nik mal wa kil nikmal maula wa nikmannasiru" - He won't die this year

13. Serve Iftar(break fast): Given sinners as though he has fed the entire Muslim Ummah around the world

14. Fast Niat: I fast Sunnah Asyura the next day for the purpose of Allah ta' ala- given sinners equivalent to 1000 hajjs, 1000 umrahs, 1000 Syahids and the hell is forbidden for him.

Etiquette Of Sleeping...

بــــــــسم اللــــــــه الرحـــــــــمن الرحـــــــــيم

SLEEPING ON THE RIGHT SIDE

Lying down can be on the back, on the abdomen, on the left or right side. Which of these positions is the best for the functioning of the organs?


When lying on the abdomen, as Dr Attar says, a person will feel after a while short of breath as the backbones mass prevents the chest from contracting and then relaxing during inhalation and exhalation. Moreover this position leads to an obligatory bending in the neck vertebrates. Also, the contact of the reproductive organs with the bed leads to masturbation.
The resulting respiratory crisis results in brain and heart fatigue as well.
An Australian researcher noticed the increase in the likelihood of babies sudden death when they sleep on their stomach compared to those who sleep on one of the sides. It is inimitable that these modern studies agree with what our Prophet (saw - may the peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) said as narrated by Abu Huraira (ra - may Allah be pleased with him): When the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw a man lying on his front, He said, Allah and his Prophet dislike this position in lying. (Reported by Al-Tirmdhi)
Another Hadith is the one narrated by Abu Umama (May Allah be pleased with him) he said: When the Prophet (peace be upon him) passed a man sleeping on his front in the mosque he hit him with his feet and said: wake up and seat as this is a diabolic sleep.
Lying on the back, on the other hand, causes the respiration to be through the mouth. Dr Attar sees that the mouth opens up when lying on back as the inferior jaw relax.
However, the nose is the one prepared for respiration, as it contains hairs and mucous that act to purify the air entering during inspiration, and as it has dense blood vessels that make the entering air warmer.
Respiration through the mouth then makes the person prone to colds, especially in the winter, and also to gum dryness and its resulting inflammation.
As well as it evokes potential situations of dissemble excess or gumic hugely.
So these positions the jaw and uvula oppose the wideness of nose and prevents current of breath.
So snoring will increase.
Moreover, in this case, the person wakes up with an abnormal white layer covering his tongue and an undesirable mouth odour.
Sleeping on the left side is not favoured either, as the heart would be then under the pressure of the right lung, the biggest of the two lungs, and this would affect its contraction especially if the person is old. The full stomach which itself is under the pressure of the heaviest organ in the digestive tract, the liver, which delays its emptying, would also impose a pressure on the heart.
A group of experiments done by Galteh and Butseh found that the passage of food from the stomach to the intestines takes from 2.5 to 4.5 hours if a person is sleeping on the right side whereas its takes 5 to 8 hours if he is sleeping on the left side.
Thus, sleeping on the right side is the correct position as the left lung is smaller than the right one and the pressure on the heart would therefore be less, the liver would not be suspended, and the stomach would be on it and so emptying its contents would be quicker. Moreover sleeping on the right side is one of the best medical interventions to facilitate the excretion of the mucous secretions of the left respiratory bronchioles.
That is what was said by Dr Al Rawi who added that the reason for the expansion of the airways in the left lung and not the ones in the right one is that the right lung bronchioles are laterally positioned to a certain extent, whereas the ones in the left lung are vertical and so it is harder to push the secretions upwards to be excreted. This leads to their accumulation in the inferior segment, leading to the expansion .The symptoms at this stage is excessive phlegm discharge in the morning which may exacerbate and lead to serious illnesses such as lungs collapse and urinary disease, and one of the most modern treatments for those cases is sleeping on the right side.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Imaan

Signs of weak imaan: =====================================================
Committing sins and not feeling any guilt.
Having a hard heart and no desire to read the Quran.
Feeling too lazy to do good deeds, e.g. being late for salat
Neglecting the Sunnah.
Having mood swings, for instance being upset about petty things and bothered and irritated most of the time.
Not feeling anything when hearing verses from the Quran, for example when Allah warns us of punishments and His promise of glad tidings.
Finding difficulty in remembering Allah and making dhikr.
Not feeling bad when things are done against the Shariah.
Desiring status and wealth.
Being mean and miserly, i.e. not wanting to part with wealth.
Ordering others to do good deeds when not practising them ourselves.
Feeling pleased when things are not progressing for others.
Being concerned with whether something is haram or halal only; and not avoiding makroo (not recommended) things.
Making fun of people who do simple good deeds, like cleaning the mosque.
Not feeling concerned about the situation of Muslims.
Not feeling the responsibility to do something to promote Islam.
Being unable to deal with calamities, for instance crying and yelling in funerals.
Liking to argue just for the sake of arguing without any proof.
Becoming engrossed and very involved with dunya, worldly things, i.e. feeling bad only when losing something in terms of material wealth.
Becoming engrossed and obsessive about ourselves.
LISTED BELOW ARE WAYS TO....Increase Our Imaan: ===================================================================
Recite and ponder on the meanings of the Quran. Tranquility then descends and our hearts become soft. To get optimum benefit, remind yourself that Allah is speaking to you. People are described in different categories in the Quran; think of which one you find yourself in.
Realize the greatness of Allah. Everything is under His control. There are signs in everything we see that points us to His greatness. Everything happens according to His permission. Allah keeps track and looks after everything, even a black ant on a black rock on a black moonless night.
Make an effort to gain knowledge, for at least the basic things in daily life e.g. how to make wudu properly. Know the meanings behind Allah's names and attributes. People who have taqwa are those who have knowledge.
Attend gatherings where Allah is remembered. In such gatherings we are surrounded by angels.
We have to increase our good deeds. One good deed leads to another good deed. Allah will make the way easy for someone who gives charity and also make it easy for him or her to do good deeds. Good deeds must be done continuously, not in spurts.
We must fear the miserable end to our lives; the remembrance of death is the destroyer of pleasures.
Remember the different levels of akhirah, for instance when we are put in our graves, when we are judged, whether we will be in paradise or hell.
Make dua, realize that we need Allah. Be humble. Don't covet material things in this life.
Our love for Subhana Wa Ta'Ala must be shown in actions. We must hope Allah will accept our prayers, and be in constant fear that we do wrong. At night before going to sleep, we must think about what good we did during that day.
Realize the effects of sins and disobedience- one's imaan is increased with good deeds and our imaan is decreased by bad deeds. Everything that happens is because Allah wanted it. When calamity befalls us- it is also from Allah. It is a direct result of our disobedience to Allah.
May Allah shine your blessings upon all of you sisters and let's increase our Imaan day by day!!!

The Lonely Ember

The Lonely Ember
A Musalli of a certain Masjid, who previously had been attending salaah in congregation regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the Imaam decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The Imaam found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for the Imaam's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited. The Imaam made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs.

After some minutes, the Imaam took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet fascination. As the one lone ember's flame diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and "dead as a doornail." Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.

Just before the Imaam was ready to leave, he picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the Imaam reached the door to leave, his host said, "May Allah reward you so much for your visit and especially for the " fiery" sermon. I shall be back for salaah in the Masjid at Fajr."
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1. Invite (all) to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and reason with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Lord knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance. (Qur'an Surah An-Nahl: 125)

2. Sayyidina Abdullah bin Umar(R.A.) reported that Rasullullah(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) has said that Allah created some of his creatures in order that they may fulfil the needs of people. When people face any difficulty they get worried and (enquire about them). Such people are protected from the punishment of Allah. (Tabaraani, Jama'al Fawa'id)

One Body


The Messenger Of Allah (SAW)
said:
The believers in their mutual
kindness,
compassion
and
sympathy
are just like
one body
When one of the limbs suffer,
the whole body responds
to it with wakefulness and
fever.
(Reported by: Al-Bukhari & Muslim)

Monday, January 22, 2007

The World's cry...

With the name of Allah; the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. And Peace be upon His Prophets and Messengers.
And May Peace be upon those who are being killed unjustly and on those who are being tortured wrongly, in this 'Modern' 'Caring' 'Unified' World.


Assalamu 'alalikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,
Feelings are the primary things that remind us about our existence, that we live (awareness). Many of us have seen some people hiding their sorrow and worries but we always see a smile :) on their faces. We might have also seen how a mother reacts when her child is separated from her, she is not going to tolerate it and she will do whatever she can to take her child back. Similarly; animals, birds, plants & other creatures have feelings like we humans do. Try to touch a baby-animal and see the mother's reaction! They also smile and get angry, like we do. After all, they are also created by the same creator who has created us, the Best Creator, Allahu ta'aala.
So what actually distinguishes human being from other creatures? We also hear that 'humans' are the best creatures! However, there are many other creatures that are far better than us. For example, we don't have as keen-EYES as of eagles' eys, we don't have as smart EARS as horses have, we can't smell better than dogs do, we don't even sense as far ahead as animals do (ie: before disasters come). Other creatures also have emotions, they also ful-fill their promises, they can be very patient and they are very much reliable than human beings. Don't we know how horses run fast into the bloody battles, without saying "O master, i am afraid to get into this crazy batbattle... I am leaving you here...Please get off me and join that chaos alone..." There are many other amazing things in non-human-beings, for example the ultra-tiny-brain of a tiny little ant! Ants are very smart indeed and they carry weights havier than their bodies! We also know that this tiny creature is very organised and civilized! By-the-way, it is worth mentioning a very nice website, which probably many of us already know, it is http://www.harunyahya.com/ and may peace be upon those people working there.
Again, what is special in us (human beings)? Basically, human beings are very flexible. We can shape ourselves to whatever we want. We can increase our senses and praise our Lord or we can act like dead bodies (staring in front of TVs for hours and for nothing) or become brutal arrogant (worse than devils). This is just a brief distinction and I encourage you to spend some time yourself, figuring out, to complete the picture [answers without brain-reaction is like not-gaining-much, right? :) ].
Now coming back to the main subject. Planet Earth has been serving the children of Adam ('alaihi salam) as well as many other creatures that live on it, for the sake of its Creator. This giant creature has witnessed all that has been happened on it and all that is happening right now. Events such as:
  • Children being slaughtered in front of their parents
  • Women being raped
  • Starving & dying little kids
  • Masaajid (Mosques) and other places of worship being bombed
  • Murderers of 100 people judging the one who murdered 2 people. Or the biggest terrorists solving the cases for the "global security" [this sounds really funny but in reality -- thorns hurt! In fact a very popular story of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) is important to recall, when people were asking the Prophet to punish a woman (by the law). Those people were themselves in bigger sins, so how could they punish a woman who committed a small sin (relative to them)! We should take a lesson. ]
  • Nukes & other weapons savagely ruining people, their lives and other creatures!
  • People argueing foolishly about ArRahmaan! The Greatest of all! Creator of this vast universe!
  • and the list goes on and on... you name it, we have it!

As said at the beginning, other creatures have feelings and they also praise their Lord (Allahu Ta'ala). Is here anyone who can bear witnessing a woman, being raped in front of him/her and doing nothing? Well, this poor Earth is one of those who witness those scenes and bear this silently.

This same Earth has had cried loudly when things got worse. Need to mention the story of Prophet Noah/Nuh ('alaihi salam)? A story which is mentioned in many scriptures (as Naunet, Manu, Nuwa, Ziusudra etc)! When the tears were rising up from the ground and the flood crushed every single transgressor! Who knows it might soon happen to us too, if we continue like this?

This Earth has already taken so many people inside it and there is till a lot of room for every single one of us alive here! One of the most certain event is definitely death, and it can happen any time. Young ones have tasted it but extremly sick ones escaped it (temporarily). We all have to die one day and everyone of us will leave behind all these double-story houses, latest model cars, wives & children etc... However, we can prepare for our future homes (one would be under this same earth: about 1m x 2m). If we do good on this Earth (follow what the Creator has asked us to follow), this same earth can become a very good companion in the future, until the day-of-judgment!

Allah does not punish people if there are believers among them doing their duties. When He wants to punish, He may separate believers from transgressors and then punish the transgressors. There are also Angels, praising their Lord and asking forgiveness for the believers on Earth. Peace be upon those Angels.

Al-Qur'an [Ghafir -- 40:7-9]:
الذين يحملون العرش ومن حوله يسبحون بحمد ربهم ويؤمنون به ويستغفرون للذين امنوا ربنا وسعت كل شئ رحمة وعلما فاغفر للذين تابوا واتبعوا سبيلك وقهم عذاب الجحيمربنا وادخلهم جنات عدن التي وعدتهم ومن صلح من ابائهم وازواجهم وذرياتهم انك انت العزيز الحكيموقهم السيئات ومن تق السيئات يومئذ فقد رحمته وذلك هو الفوز العظيم

  • Those angels who bear the Throne of Allah and those who stand around it glorify their Lord with His praises, believe in Him and implore forgiveness for the believers, saying: Our Lord! You embrace all things with your mercy and knowledge. Forgive those who repent and follow Your Way, and save them from the punishment of the blazing fire.
  • O Lord, admit them to the gardens of Eden which You have promised them together with all the righteous among their fathers, their wives and their descendants. You are the All-Mighty, All-Wise.
  • Deliver them from all evil. He whom You will deliver from the punishment of their sins on that Day will surely earn Your Mercy and that will surely be the highest achievement.

Al-Qur'an [ash-Shura -- 42:4-5]:
له مافي السماوات ومافي الارض وهو العلي العظيمتكاد السماوات يتفطرن من فوقهن والملائكة يسبحون بحمد ربهم ويستغفرون لمن في الارض الا ان الله هو الغفور الرحيم

  • To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. He is the Supreme, the Great
  • The heavens might have almost broken apart from above those who are elevating Allah's creatures to His rank, if the angels would have not been glorifying their Lord with His praise and begging forgiveness for those on earth. Behold! Surely it is Allah Who is the oft-Forgiving, most Merciful.

Al-Qur'an [az-Zumar -- 39:53-63]:

قل ياعبادي الذين اسرفوا على انفسهم لاتقنطوا من رحمة الله ان الله يغفر الذنوب جميعا انه هو الغفور الرحيموانيبوا الى ربكم واسلموا له من قبل ان ياتيكم العذاب ثم لاتنصرونواتبعوا احسن ماانزل اليكم من ربكم من قبل ان ياتيكم العذاب بغتة وانتم لاتشعرونان تقول نفس ياحسرتي على مافرطت في جنب الله وان كنت لمن الساخريناو تقول لو ان الله هداني لكنت من المتقيناو تقول حين ترى العذاب لو ان لي كرة فاكون من المحسنينبلى قد جاءتك اياتي فكذبت بها واستكبرت وكنت من الكافرينويوم القيامة ترى الذين كذبوا على الله وجوههم مسودة اليس في جهنم مثوى للمتكبرينوينجي الله الذين اتقوا بمفازتهم لايمسهم السوء ولاهم يحزنونالله خالق كل شئ وهو على كل شئ وكيلله مقاليد السماوات والارض والذين كفروا بايات الله اولئك هم الخاسرون

  • Allah says: "O My servants who have transgressed against their souls, do not despair of Allah's mercy, for Allah forgives all sins. It is He Who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.
  • Turn in repentance to your Lord, and submit to Him before there comes to you the scourge: for then, there shall be none to help you.
  • Follow the best way that is revealed to you by your Lord before the scourge comes to you all of a sudden while you do not even perceive it.
  • Lest someone should say: 'Alas! I neglected my duty towards Allah and I was one of those who mocked at His revelations.'
  • Or lest he should say: 'If Allah had guided me, I would have been one of the righteous.'
  • Or lest he should say upon seeing the punishment: 'I wish I had another chance, I would certainly be among the righteous.'"
  • Then Allah will say to him: "My revelations did come to you; but you denied them, were arrogant and you were among the disbelievers."
  • On the Day of Judgment you shall see that the faces of those who uttered falsehood against Allah shall be darkened. Is there not an abode in hell for such arrogant?
  • On the contrary, Allah will deliver the righteous to their place of salvation. No harm shall touch them, nor shall they ever grieve.
  • Allah is the Creator of all things and of all things He is the Guardian.
  • To Him belongs the keys of the heavens and the earth. Those who deny the revelations of Allah, it is they who will be the losers.

Al-Qur'an [an-Nahl -- 16:90]:
ان الله يامر بالعدل والاحسان وايتاء ذي القربى وينهى عن الفحشاء والمنكر والبغي يعظكم لعلكم تذكرون

  • Allah commands doing justice, doing good to others, and giving to near relatives, and He forbids indecency, wickedness, and rebellion: He admonishes you so that you may take heed.

Alhamdu lillah. Wa Astagfirullah.

Wa Assalamu 'Alaikum.And Peace be upon you.

ibn Adam

Sunday, January 21, 2007

supplication IS worship



Russia sees Muslim population boom


Russia sees Muslim population boom
By Jonah Hull



Low domestic birth rates and rising immigration from the former Soviet republics have produced an explosive growth in Russia's Muslim community.

At the same time Russia's overall population is in crisis. Short life spans and low birth rates among ethnic Russians mean the population is declining by 700,000 people a year.
The return of long-denied religious freedoms in Russia has seen Islam flourish. As a result, many ethnic Russians fear their country is losing its national identity.

There are around 25 million Muslims in Russia today, a rise of 40 per cent since 1989.
By 2020, with the continued growth rate, Muslims will account for one-fifth of the entire population.


Immigration

Their numbers continue to grow, fed by immigration from largely Muslim, former Soviet republics in the North Caucasus and Central Asia.

Islamic leaders have said that Russia is a haven for Muslim immigrants, keen to work and build on their growing community, and they discount the rise of hostile nationalist sentiment.


Damir Gizatullin, from the Council of Muftis, said: "Some irresponsible politicians want to achieve electoral success by creating nationalist waves.



"When they say Russia is for Russians,
it’s a mistaken path that could lead
to the break-up of the Russian
Federation"
Damir Gizatullin, Council of Muftis


Many ethnic Russians are terrified at the prospect of becoming a minority in their own country.

Alexander Belov, from the Movement Against Illegal Immigration, said: "History is a fight between races and religions.

"It's the law of nature ... people are used to being with people like themselves, speaking the language their mothers taught them."

The Orthodox Church, restored since the Soviet collapse, remains dominant in Russia.

But with the rise of Islam, coupled with the negative growth in Russia's ethnic Slav population, dramatic change is under way.

If the trend continues, the Muslim population could outnumber ethnic Russians within 30 years.
Source: Al Jazeera.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Hadith: Bribary

The Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed the one who bribes and the one who takes bribe.


Sunan of Abu Dawood Hadith No. 1595 Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As

Removing a Harmful Thing from the Path Is Charity



Removing a harmful thing from the path is a charity. There are so many hadeeths that relate to charity ,and this shows how merciful Allah [SWT] is upon us to give us all of these acts of charity that we can do to earn His reward and pleasure.


There are so many Muslims who see harmful things in the road and do not bother to pick them up. I am sure many Muslims might be the cause for some of the things that are harmful in the road. Sometimes people think that is not their business to remove anything harmful in the road. This demonstrates the lack of gratitude they have towards their Creator.


In thankfulness to Allah [SWT] for the many blessing He has given us, we should be willing and remove the harmful things from the path of the people. We have now established that moving something from the road is an act of gratitude to Allah and it is a clear sign of one's faith.


In one hadeth, the Prophet states, "Faith is of seventy or sixty some odd branches. The most virtuous of them is the statement, 'There is none worthy of worship but Allah.' And the lowest of them is the removing of something harmful from the path. And hayaa (modesty) is part of faith." (Recorded by Muslim.)


If every Muslim were to abide by the teaching of the Prophet they would have the cleanest roads in the world.


Instead it is the people of the West who have the cleanest roads in the world. The author makes a more important point about people not removing something from the road because they feel it is beneath them. How can we feel that a sign of gratitude to Allah [SWT] and one the branches of faith to be beneath us? We should realize that it is Allah [SWT] Who has given us His bounties and we should be grateful in performing such small tasks that will benefit Allah's creation.


The Messenger of Allah described charity using the word burhaan. Burhaan are the rays of light that come from the sun. The rays point to the existence of the sun or the source of light. Charity points to one's faith in a manner similar to how the sun's rays point to the existence of the sun. It is not a guiding light in the sense of prayer and patience. But it is a light that points to the existence of something else.


Charity is giving of one's wealth to others for the sake of Allah [SWT] . Charity also implies doing good to oneself or another person; it is not always wealth that is charity. Sadaqa is a sign of one's true belief. Wealth is something loved by humans. Allah [SWT] says in the Qur'an "And you love wealth with much love" (al-Fajr 20).


A person giving up something that he loves much proves that he has true belief and love for Allah [SWT] . His willingness to sacrifice his wealth is proof of his faith. A person's sadaqa will be proof for him on the day of judgment when he is asked how he used it in this life.


The Prophet said, "Protect yourselves from the hellfire, even if by just half a date (given in charity)." The Prophet said, "Charity in any way does not decrease the wealth." These are some of the concepts of charity in the light of the Qur'an and Sunnah.

12 tips for Muslim youth

12 Tips for Muslim Youth
Why should you, a young Muslim, be helping to bring your friends closer to Allah?
After all, you've got your own struggles to deal with: trying to explain why you pray to hostile teachers, Hijab discrimination, standing up in class when the professor attacks Islam, dealing with parents who think you've gone nuts because you're growing a beard, or all the other difficulties faced by a number of practicing Muslim youth?
Islam was never meant to be an individualistic faith, reserved for the "chosen few". Muslims have a duty to spread the Deen, and practicing Muslim youth, whether beginners, activists or leaders have a crucial role to play.
"Allah has put them in a position that perhaps no one else is in," notes Sheema Khan, former Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) advisor for eastern Canada. "They have the means to communicate with their peers, they have an understanding of what they're going through plus they have the guidance of Islam."
Who is your childhood friend, who would rather spend Fridays at MacDonald's than the Masjid, or your classmate who is Muslim in name and only knows that "Muslims don't eat pork" going to listen to: the nice Imam of the Masjid who would freak out if he saw the way they were dressed and talked or you who may have grown up with them, joked with them, or see them everyday in school?
The answer is obvious: you.
Don't panic. Here are some tips and advice which can help from other Muslims, many of whom have been there and done that:
Tip # 1 : Make Your Intention Sincere All work we do should ideally be for the sake of Allah. That includes the task of bringing someone closer to Allah. That of course means this should not be connected to arrogance, thinking you're the teacher and everyone else should be lucky you've embarked on a crusade to save them. Guidance is from Allah. Make Dua and make sincere efforts and remember Allah can also misguide you if He wills (we seek refuge in Allah from that).
Tip # 2 : Practice What YOu Preach Not practicing what you preach is wrong and you will lose the confidence of anyone, young or old, once they figure you out. Don't do it.
Tip # 3 : Use The Quran & Seerah (biography of the Prophet peace be upon him) As Dawa Guides Read and understand those chapters of the Quran which talk about how the Prophets presented the message of Islam to their people. Read the Seerah (for some good Seerah books)to see especially how the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) brought Islam to so many different people, including young people. As well, talk to Dawa workers, and check out manuals they may have written, like Yahiya Emerick's How to Tell Others About Islam.
Tip # 4 : Talk To People As If You Really Dont Know Them
Don't assume you know someone just by looking at them. You don't know that the Muslim girl in your homeroom who walks through the school's hallways as if they were fashion show catwalks (see Ambe Rehman's perspective on this) is not someone you can talk to about Allah because she looks like a snob. Or that the Muslim guy who you've never seen at Juma at your university is a "bad Muslim". Maybe he was never really taught Islam and has no idea what importance Friday prayers have in Islam, especially for Muslim men.
Tip # 5 : Smile Did you know the Prophet was big on smiling? But many "practicing" Muslims seem to have "their faces on upside down" as one speaker once said-frowning and serious. Smiling, being polite and kind are all part of the manners of the Prophet, which we must exercise in our daily lives. If we want to approach others with Islam, we have to make ourselves approachable. Smiling is key to this. But note that being approachable does not mean being flirtations with the other gender. There are Islamic rules for how men and women should deal with each other which have to be respected. Dawa is no excuse to have long and private conversations and meetings with the other sex, for example. Set up a system where someone expressing an interest in Islam is referred to someone of the same sex.
Tip # 6 : Take The Initiative & Hang Out With Them Take the first step and invite someone you may have spoken to a couple of times to sit at lunch together, to check out a hockey game or invite them over for Iftar in Ramadan. Also, share difficulties, sorrows and frustrations. Help with homework, be a shoulder to cry on when depression hits, or just plain listen when your friend is upset, discuss common problems and KEEP THEIR SECRETS. There are few things as annoying as a snitch and backstabber. But an important note: if the problem is of a serious nature,(i.e. your friend is thinking of committing suicide or is taking drugs), notify and consult an adult immediately.
Tip # 7 : Show Them Islam Is Relevent Today, Right Here, Right Now Young people may think Islam is too "old fashioned" and not in tune with the modern age. Prove this wrong. Show how Islam is really about relating to Allah, which any human being can do, anywhere, anytime. Allah is always closer to you than your jugular vein and He hears and knows everything. Encourage friends to ask Allah's help during tests, exams, and in dealing with problems at home with parents and siblings. Also point out how Islam relates to teenagers: Islam gives you focus and an understanding of who you are and where you are going, which most of "teen culture" does not.
Tip # 8 : Get Them Involved In Volunteer Work With You If you are already involved in the community, get your friend to help out. Ask them to make a flyer for one of your youth group's events or brainstorm for ideas about activities to hold this school year. This involvement makes them feel part of the Muslim community and deepens your friendship, since you are now working together on something beneficial for both of you. Make sure you thank them for their contribution.
Tip # 9 : Ask Them 4 Fundamental Questions As your friendship develops, you will notice the topics you discuss may become more serious. You may be discussing, for instance, future goals and plans. Khan recommends four questions to ask that can steer the topic to Allah and Islam: a. Where am I going in life and what would make me really happy deep down inside? b. What do I believe? c. Who should I be grateful to? d. Did I get to where I am today without the help of anyone?
Tip # 10 : Emphasize Praying 5 Times A Day Before Any Other Aspect Of Islam. A person's main connection with Allah, on a daily basis, is through the prayer five times a day. Don't emphasize any other aspect of Islam until your friend starts making a real effort to pray five times a day. Emphasize the direct connection one has with Allah in prayer. If they are facing a problem, tell them to pray, and to ask Allah for help in Salah and outside this time. When possible, make it a point to pray together during your "hang out time". If your friend begins to pray, that is the first step to other aspects of Islam like giving up swearing, treating parents with respect or dressing Islamically.
Tip # 11 : Help Instill Confidence In Adults
Adults, like Bart Simpson's dad Homer, are considered bumbling idiots in the eyes of "teen culture". Your job as a young Muslim is to help turn the tables on this false and unIslamic belief. All you have to do is this: when a Muslim adult does something good (i.e. saving someone's life, donating money to a worthy cause, the Imam gives a good speech, taking good care of his/her family) bring it up in the course of your conversations with your friend and praise the adult in question. Doing this regularly may not only change your friend's perspective, but could lead to them seeing their own parents in a more respectful way.
Tip # 12 : Support Them Even When They Become More Practicing
Remember, just because a person starts practicing Islam more regularly, this does not mean everything will be okay from this point onwards. There will still be hard times, difficulties. There may be times when your friend may have doubts about his or her newfound practice of Islam. Be there to reassure them.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

South Korean Community Looking for Imam

Assalamu alaikum. Please send this to potential candidates. I wish to encourage people who are good in English language and who have Islamic knowledge to consider going to spend some time in Korea....

South Korean Community Looking for Imam
A Request from a brother in South Korea:
Christian missionaries are coming from US to Korea in a large number for the past 100 years & they have converted 20 to 30% population to christianity. Its easy for US missionaries to come here because they come & teach English & also spread christianity. So if you know some very good religious brothers, then it will be very easy for them to come here. Inshallah we will arrange for their visa. Also we will provide accommodation. Also we will help them in getting part time english teaching job. Korean people are very nice and they listen to other people. Buddhism is their old religion but now most of the Koreans are becoming christians or atheists. It is very good time for Muslims to do dawah here.We really need some full time Dawah worker here & we request you to help us in this regard. JazakAllah Khair for reading this email. Waasalam Aamir Malik Gwangju South Korea
CONTACT:
aamir@gist.ac.kr

Help

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Help your brother whether he is an oppressor or an oppressed,"
A man said, "O Allah's Apostle! I will help him if he is oppressed, but if he is an oppressor, how shall I help him?" The Prophet said, "By preventing him from oppressing (others), for that is how to help him."
Sahih Bukhari Hadith No. 84 Book 85, Volume 009 Narrated by Anas (r.a.)

Hadith...



Narrated by Abu Huraira RA:
The Prophet SAW said: "Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights."

Friday, January 12, 2007

Free Online Course: Women And Islam

Dear Respected Reader,
Assalamu Alaikum.
The WP Virtual Islamic School (http://www.witness-pioneer.org/VSchool/index.htm) is a project of Witness-Pioneer, an Internet-based Islamic Organization that is dedicated for the study of Islam through authentic sources. Please inform others. Respected Moderators of any e-mail group are humbly requested to publish this e-mail.
It is offering a course to start soon (February 2, 2007 - May 18, 2007) Inshallah. Details are as follows: Name of the Course: GS111: WOMEN AND ISLAM: In this course, we examine the position of Women in Islam - a crucial, and debated issue in Islam. The course starts from a historical review of human creation and its relation to women. It looks into woman's position from social, economic and political perspectives; explains rights and responsibilities of women; and discusses important issues like marriage contract, divorce, polygamy, wife-beating, etc. A student will get an overview on different issues related to muslim women from this course. The course is designed primarily based on the text by Dr. Jamal Badawi, a well-known Islamic scholar of present time. Course Format: Each week, a lecture will be sent to the students. Once a week, the Instructor and TAs will meet in the discussion board to answer questions from the students. They can also be reached via email for any query. The text book is available online. Other reference materials will be given as needed during the course.
Last Date for Registration:January 26, 2007.Registration for the courses can be done either directly from the course web page at http://www.witness-pioneer.org/VSchool/registration.htm [send an e-mail to wpVSchool@yahoo.com with all the required information for any problem with Subject as - 'GS111']
Session:February 2, 2007 - May 18, 2007
Other Information:No tuition fee for the course. The instructor will notify the lecture plan at the beginning of the course. One lecture per week. The instructors and teaching assistants will fix their official e-groups CHAT schedule for discussion. Almost all the materials, including the textbooks, will be available in the online library if those are not protected by the copyright. And lecture materials will be provided. Hope to see you soon. Please inform others to do the registration for the course.
Ma'assalamDirector,
WP Virtual Islamic School.
E-mail: wpVSchool@yahoo.com

Thursday, January 11, 2007

What THEY say about Islam Part II...

Dr. T.V.N. Persaud is a Professor of Anatomy and Head of the Department of
Anatomy, and a professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the author or editor of 25 books,
and has published over 181 scientific papers. In 1991, he received the most
distinguished award presented in the field of anatomy in Canada. "It seems to me
that Muhammad was a very ordinary man. He could not read or write. In fact, he
was illiterate. We are talking about 1400 years ago. You have someone who was
illiterate making profound pronouncement and statements and are amazingly
accurate about scientific nature. I personally cannot see how this could
be mere chance. There are too many accuracy’s and, like Dr. Moore, I have no
difficulty in my mind in concerning that this is a divine inspiration or
revelation which led him to these statements."


Joe Leigh Simpson, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the North
Western University in Chicago in the United States of America.
Professor Simpson said: It follows, I think, that not only is there no conflict
between genetics and religion, but in fact religion can guide science by adding
revelation to some traditional scientific approaches. That there exists
statements in the Qur’aan shown by science to be valid, which supports knowledge
in the Qur’aan having been derived from Allah.


Professor Palmer a scientist from the U.S. We need research into the
history of early Middle Eastern oral traditions to know whether in fact
such historical events have been reported. If there is no such record, it
strengthens the belief that Allah transmitted through Muhammad bits of his
knowledge that we have only discovered for ourselves in recent times. We look
forward to a continuing dialogue on the topic of science in the Qur’aan in the
context of geology. Thank you very much.

Professor Tagata Tagasone, formerly Head of the Department of Anatomy and
Embryology at the University of Shiang Mai in Thailand. He is now the Dean of
the College of the Medicine at the University. From my studies
and from what I have learned throughout this conference, I believe that
everything that has been recorded in the Qur’aan 1400 years ago must be the
truth, that can be proved by the scientific means. Since the Prophet Muhammad
could neither read nor write, Muhammad must be a messenger who relayed this
truth which was revealed to him as an enlightenment by the One Who is an
eligible Creator. This Creator must be Allah, or Allah. Therefore, I think this
is the time to say ‘Laa ilaaha illallah’, that there is no Allah to worship
except Allah, ‘Muhammad Rasool Allah’, Muhammad is messenger of
Allah...


Professor Armstrong, Scientist works at NASA, I am impressed that how remarkably
some of the ancient writings seem to correspond to modern and recent
Astronomy. There may well have to be something beyond what we understand as
ordinary human experience to account for the writings that we have
seen.
Professor Dorja Rao, It is difficult to imagine that this
type of knowledge was existing at that time, around 1400 years back. May be some
of the things they have simple idea about, but do describe those things in great
detail is very difficult. So, this is definitely not a simple human
knowledge.
"My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons
may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only
man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular
level." --Michael H. Hart, THE 100: A RANKING OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL
PERSONS IN HISTORY, New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc., 1978, p.
33.


"No other society has such a record of success in uniting in an equality of
status, of opportunity and endeavour so many and so varied races of mankind. The
great Muslim communities of Africa, India and Indonesia, perhaps also the small
community in Japan, show that Islam has still the power to reconcile apparently
irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. If ever the opposition of the
great societies of the East and west is to be replaced by cooperation, the
mediation of Islam is an indispensable condition." (H.A.R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM,
p. 379)

The nation's claim to be a Christian country is about to meet its first
challenge: the number of practising Muslims is set to overtake Anglican
Christians.... There has also been a number of high-profile conversions to
Islam from Christianity. These include Mike Tyson, the former world champion
boxer; Chris Eubank, the British middleweight boxing champion, who has changed
his name to Hamdan; and Cat Stevens, the pop musician, who calls himself Yousef
Islam.... Prince Charles courted controversy earlier this year when he
reaffirmed his claim that when he succeeds the throne, he does not wish to be
the defender of only the Christian faith. Rajeev Syal and
Christopher Morgan Sunday Times (London, U.K.)

"I have studied him - the wonderful man - and in my opinion far from being an
anti-Christ he must be called the saviour of humanity.
" George Bernard Shaw in "The Genuine
Islam"

"Muhammad, the inspired man who founded Islam, was born about A.D. 570 into an
Arabian tribe that worshipped idols. Orphaned at birth, he was always
particularly solicitous of the poor and needy, the widow and the orphan, the
slave and the downtrodden. At twenty, he was already a successful
businessman, and soon became director of camel caravans for a wealthy
widow. When he reached twenty-five, his employer, recognizing his merit,
proposed marriage. Even though she was fifteen years older, he married
her, and as long as she lived, remained a devoted husband. "Like almost every
major prophet before him, Muhammad fought shy of serving as the transmitter of
God's word, sensing his own inadequacy. But the angel commanded
'Read.' So far as we know, Muhammad was unable to read or write, but he
began to dictate those inspired words which would soon revolutionize a large
segment of the earth: 'There is one God.' "In all things Muhammad was
profoundly practical. When his beloved son Ibrahim died, an eclipse
occurred, and rumours of God's personal condolence quickly arose.
Whereupon Muhammad is said to have announced, 'An eclipse is a phenomenon of
nature. It is foolish to attribute such things to the death or birth of a
human being. "At Muhammad's own death an attempt was made to deify him,
but the man who was to become his administrative successor killed the hysteria
with one of the noblest speeches in religious history: 'If there are any among
you who worshipped Muhammad, he is dead. But if it is God you worshipped,
He lives forever." --James A. Michener, "Islam: The Misunderstood
Religion," in READER'S DIGEST (American edition), May 1955, pp. 68-70.


"In little more than a year he was actually the spiritual, nominal and temporal
rule of Medina, with his hands on the lever that was to shake the world."
John Austin, "Muhammad the Prophet of Allah," in T.P. 's and Cassel's Weekly for
24th September 1927.

"Everything made so much sense. This is the beauty of the Qur'an; it asks you
to reflect and reason....When I read the Qur'an further, it talked about prayer,
kindness and charity. I was not a Muslim yet, but I felt the only answer for me
was the Qur'an and God had sent it to me." Cat Stevens (YusufIslam), former
British pop star.


"Four years after the death of Justinian, A.D. 569, was born at
Mecca, in Arabia the man who, of all men exercised the greatest influence upon
the human race . . . Mohammed . . . " John William Draper, M.D., L.L.D., A
History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London 1875, Vol.1,
pp.329-330

"Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never
forgotten by those around him." Diwan Chand Sharma, The Prophets of the East,
Calcutta 1935, p. l 22.


"People like Pasteur and Salk are leaders in the first sense. People like Gandhi
and Confucius, on one hand, and Alexander, Caesar and Hitler on the other, are
leaders in the second and perhaps the third sense. Jesus and Buddha belong in
the third category alone. Perhaps the greatest leader of all times was Mohammed,
who combined all three functions. To a lesser degree, Moses did the same."
Professor Jules Masserman
Ahmed Versi, editor of the weekly
Muslim News, said the growth of Islam has been constant: "The younger
generation of Muslims that I have encountered is becoming more aware of
its Muslim identity and is therefore practising its faith with
vigour."
"The extinction of race consciousness as between
Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam and in the contemporary
world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic
virtue..." (A.J. Toynbee, CIVILIZATION ON TRIAL, New York, p. 205)

"Sense of justice is one of the most wonderful ideals of Islam, because as I read in the Qur'an I find those dynamic principles of life, not mystic but practical ethics for the daily conduct of life suited to the whole world." --Lectures on "The Ideals of Islam;" see SPEECHES AND WRITINGS OF SAROJINI NAIDU, Madras, 1918, p. 167.


"History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated." --De Lacy O'Leary, ISLAM AT THE CROSSROADS, London, 1923, p. 8.

"The Muslim community is much more aware of its religion and the use that religion plays within its community." Dr Peter Brierley, executive director of the Christian Research Association, a London-based charity

Mistakes to be avoided during Solah

BismillahiRahmanirRahim
Forward it to as much Muslims. So that they can learn their mistakes with
help of Allah

Common Errors in Prayer That MUST Be Avoided:
-1. Reciting Surat al-Fatiha fast without pausing after each verse.
The Prophet (SAW) used to pause after each verse of this surah. (Abu
Dawood)

2. Sticking the arms to the sides of the body, in rukoo' or sujood,
andsticking
the belly to the thighs in sujood.The Messenger of Allah (SAW)
said: "Let not
one of you support himself onhis forearms (in sujood ) like
the dog.Let him rest
on his palms and keep his elbows away from his body." (
SahihMuslim)The
Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to keep his arms away from his
body duringrukoo'
and sujood that the whiteness of his armpits could be seen
( SahihMuslim).

3. Gazing upward during prayer. This may cause loss of concentration. We
arecommanded to lower our gaze, and look at the point at which the head
restsduring sujood.The Prophet (SAW) warned: "Let those who raise their gaze up
during prayerstop doing so, or else their sights would not return to them. [
i.e. Losetheir eyesight]. " ( Muslim)


4. Resting only the tip of the head on the floor during sujood.The Prophet
(SAW) said: "I am commanded to prostrate on! seven bones theforehead and the
nose, the two hands [palms],the two knees, and the twofeet." ( Sahih
Muslim)Applying the above command necessitates resting the forehead and the nose on the ground during sujood.


5. Hasty performance of prayer which does not allow repose and calmness inrukoo'
or sujood.The Messenger of Allah (SAW) saw a man who did not complete his
rukoo'[bowing], and made a very short sujood [prostration];he(SAW) said: "Ifthis
man dies while praying in this manner, he would die upholding areligion other
than the religion of Muhammad." Abu Hurairah (RA) said:"My beloved friend,
Muhammad (SAW) forbade me toperform postures of p! rayer copying the picking of
a rooster; (signifyingfast performance o f prayer), moving eyes around like a
fox and the sittinglike monkeys ( i.e. to sit on thighs)." (Imam Ahmad &
at-Tayalisi)The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:?"The worst thief is the one who
stealsfrom his own prayer."?People asked, 'Messenger of Allah! How could one
stealfrom his own prayer?'He(SAW) said: "By not completing its rukoo' and
sujood."(At-Tabarani &al-Hakim).To complete rukoo' is to stay in that
posture long enough to recite 'subhanarabbiyal Adtheem' three times,
SLOWLY,and'subhana rabbiyal-a'ala' threetimes, SLOWLY, in sujood.He (SAW) also
announced:"He who does not complete his rukoo' and sujood,his prayer is void."
(Abu Dawood & others)


6. Counting tasbeeh with the left handThe Prophet (SAW) used to count tasbeeh on
the fingers of his right handafter salah.lbn Qudamah (RA) said:?"The Messenger
of Allah (SAW) used his right hand fortasbeeh." ( Abu Dawud)The above hadeeth
indicates clearly that the Prophet (SAW) used only onehand for counting
tasbeeh.?No Muslim with sound mind would imagine that theProphet (SAW)?used his
left hand for counting tasbeeh. Aa'ishah (RA) saidthat the Prophet (SAW)used his
left hand only for Istinjaa', or cleaninghimself after responding to the call of
nature.?He never used it fortasbeeh. Yasirah (RA) reported:?The Prophet(SAW)
commanded women to count tasbeeh ontheir fingers.The Messenger of Allah (SAW)
said:?"They (the fingers) will be made tospeak, and will be questioned (on the
Day of Resurrection.)" (At-Tirmithi)The above hadeeth indicates that it is
preferable to count tasbee! h on thefingers of the right hand than to do so on
masbahah(rosary).


7. Crossing in front of a praying person.The Messenger of Allah (SAW)
warned:?"Were the one who crosses in front of apraying person to know the
consequences of doing so, he would have waitedfor *forty better than to cross in
front of him." (Sahih Bukhari andMuslim).*The forty in the tradition may be days
months or even years.
Allah knows best.

IF POSSIBLE PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO YOUR MATES AND RELATIVES...SO THEY TOO CANLEARN SOMETHING ABOUT THEIR MISTAKES............

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Deeds that will bring you to Paradise



A thought

A THOUGHT
May Allah Almighty let all of you taste real faith. It is sweet, realfaith's taste. When you taste real faith, you keep it, never losing it. Theone who does not taste, he quickly leaves, quickly loses.
PoEtEsS

What THEY said about Islam Part I

Bismillah-hir-Rahmaan-nir-Raheem
Assalamu'Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh
What they say about Islam, the Qur'an and Muhammad SAW

"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, a guide and pillar of stability for many of our people..." HILLARY RODMAN CLINTON, Los Angeles Times, May 31, 1996, p.3
Already more than a billion-people strong, Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion. ABCNEWS, Abcnews.com
"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the country." NEWSDAY, March 7, 1989, p.4
"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the United States..."
NEW YORK TIMES, Feb 21, 1989, p1
Moslems are the world's fastest-growing group..." USA TODAY, The population referance bureau, Feb. 17, 1989, p.4A
"Muhammed is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities. " Encyclopedia Britannica
"There are more Muslims in North America then Jews Now." Dan Rathers, ABCNEWS
"Islam is the fastest growing religion in North America." TIMES MAGAZINE
"Islam continues to grow in America, and no one can doubt that!" CNN, December 15, 1995
"The religion of Islam is growing faster than any other religion in the world." MIKE WALLACE, 60 MINUTES
"Five to 6 million strong, Muslims in America already outnumber Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Mormons, and they are more numerous than Quakers, Unitarians, Seventh-day Adventists, Mennonites, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Christian Scientists, combined. Many demographers say Islam has overtaken Judaism as the country's second-most commonly practiced religion; others say it is in the passing lane." JOHAN BLANK, USNEWS 7/20/98
"In fact, religion experts say Islam is the second-largest religion in the United States... Islam has 5 million to 6 million members, followed by Judaism, with approximately 4.5 million..... And Islam is believed to be fastest-growing religion in the country, with half its expansion coming from new immigrants and the other half from conversions." By ELSA C. ARNETT Knight-Ridder News Service
Professor Keith Moore, one of the world’s prominent scientists of anatomy and embryology. University of Toronto, Canada It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Qur’aan about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from God, or 'Allah', because almost all of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of Allah.
"But Islam has a still further service to render to the cause of humanity. It stands after all nearer to the real East than Europe does, and it possesses a magnificent tradition of inter-racial understanding and cooperation. No other society has such a record of success uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity, and of endeavours so many and so various races of mankind . . . Islam has still the power to reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. If ever the opposition of the great societies of East and West is to be replaced by cooperation, the mediation of Islam is an indispensable condition. In its hands lies very largely the solution of the problem with which Europe is faced in its relation with East. If they unite, the hope of a peaceful issue is immeasurably enhanced. But if Europe, by rejecting the cooperation of Islam, throws it into the arms of its rivals, the issue can only be disastrous for both." --H.A.R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM, London, 1932, p. 379.
"It (Islam) replaced monkishness by manliness. It gives hope to the slave, brotherhood to mankind, and recognition of the fundamental facts of human nature." --Canon Taylor, Paper read before the Church Congress at Walverhamton, Oct. 7, 1887; Quoted by Arnoud in THE PREACHING OF ISLAM, pp. 71-72.
The founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammed. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he? " Lamartine, Historie de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol. 11 pp. 276-2727
"If a man like Muhammed were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness." George Bernard Shaw
"How, for instance, can any other appeal stand against that of the Moslem who, in approaching the pagan, says to him, however obscure or degraded he may be 'Embrace the faith, and you are at once equal and a brother.' Islam knows no color line." (S. S. Leeder, VEILED MYSTERIES OF EGYPT)
Professor William W. Hay is one of the best known marine scientists in the United States. satellite photography and emote-sensing techniques. Professor Hay replied: I find it very interesting that this sort of information is in the ancient scripture of the Holy Qur’aan, and I have no way of knowing where they would come from, but I think it is extremely interesting that they are there and that this work is going on to discover it, the meaning of some of the passages. Professor Hay: Well, I would think it must be the divine being!
Professor Yushudi Kusan: Director of the Tokyo Observatory, I can say, I am very mush impressed by finding true astronomical facts in the Qur’aan.
Professor Alfred Kroner who is one of the world’s most famous geologists "Thinking about many of these questions and thinking where Muhammad came from, he was after all a bedouin. I think it is almost impossible that he could have known about things like the common origin of the universe, because scientists have only found out within the last few years with very complicated and advanced technological methods that this is the case.
Alhamdulillah Ya Allah!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Love Of This World...

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,
"The heart of an old man remains young in two respects ie his love for the world
and his perpetual hopes"


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith No. 1069 Book 81, Chapter 5 Narrated by Hazrat Abu Huraira r.a.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Great Weight-Loss Foods...

Citrus fruits like, oranges and
limes contain high concentrations of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). This Vitamin C
has a fat burning quality. Vitamin C reduces the effectiveness of fat. It
reduces its content and can liquefy or dilute fat. By diluting the fat, it makes
it less effective, and easier to flush out of your system. Vitamin C also works
on cholesterol deposits. By adding Citrus Fruits to your daily diet, you will
greatly increase your metabolism, increase your ability to get rid of fat, and
also control your cholesterol levels


Add applesauce (it's loaded with
pectin), apples, fresh fruit and berries, to your diet and let the power of
pectin pulverize the fat that accumulates on your cells. An apple a day can help
keep the fat away


Cucumbers are usually used in
many salads, besides tasting great their high water content adds to your bulk
hence making you feel full. They can be consumed before every meal which will
greatly help you from over-eating!


Berries contain a chemical call
pectin. Pectin limits the amount of fat your cells can absorb. This will put a
natural limitation on the amount of fat your cells can absorb. Pectin, once in
your system, has a water binding property, it absorbs watery substances, and
these watery substances in turn bombards the cells and makes it release fat
deposits


Garlic oil or the juice of
garlic has a significant protective quality to cells which help to reduce fatty
deposits. When taken, it brings down the levels of fat. Garlic, garlic oil, or
anything with garlic, also has an antibiotic property to it and can be used to
cure many ailments!


Breakfast cereals are typically
heavily processed foods, and most of their original micronutrients, like
vitamins or minerals, are removed during the food-processing. However, most
breakfast cereals are fortified with added vitamins and minerals, making them a
convenient source of most B-vitamins, vitamin D and several minerals including
iron. Wholegrain breakfast cereals (eg. granola, muesli, oats) are typically
rich in natural B-vitamins, soluble fiber (which helps to lower cholesterol) and
have a lower GI-value than regular refined cereals