Thursday, November 29, 2007

Hidaya Foundation - Relief Activities for Disaster in Bangladesh

Cyclone Sidr devastated Southern Bangladesh with winds of over 150mph and a 16 foot tidal wave. The number of dead has reached over 3,500, though the toll could be significantly higher. Millions more have been rendered homeless; thousands of villages have been ravaged, leaving homes and crops totally destroyed. Poor farmers neither have money for next year's crop/harvest preparations or household expenses, nor do they have any resources to repair and rebuild their homes. Millions of people are at high risk of starvation and disease.

Hidaya Foundation's (www.hidaya.org) Response:
Short-Term Relief activities:
In the initial stages, food packages are being arranged for distribution to help families for the weeks ahead. It costs $25 to feed a family of four for approx. two week.

Long Term Rehabilitation plans:
Hidaya Foundation's main goal is to help rehabilitate farmers who have lost their crops. As such, Hidaya intends to support deserving farmers through the distribution of seeds so that they can restore their livelihood. It costs $75 to help a farmer prepare for next year's harvest.

To donate online using electronic check or credit card, please visit:
https://donation.hidaya.org/donation.aspx?projectId=50

Donate checks by mail payable to: Hidaya Foundation, P.O. Box 5481, Santa Clara, CA 95056

Sincerely,

Waseem Baloch
Office: (408) 244-3282
Toll free: (866) 244-3292
E-mail: mail@hidaya.org

Hidaya Foundation is a US based non-profit 501(C)(3) charitable organization, with Tax ID # 77-0502583. Its mission is to implement charitable projects in economically depressed areas of the world.

A deadly social evil


By Dr Syed Rizwanul Hasanat


A MUSLIM is expected to establish a strong relationship with the AllLord, on one hand, and with humanity at large, on the other. His relationship with his Maker develops through his acts of worship and is the manifestation of the Divine attributes in his own limited way.

The relationship with one another, on the other hand, becomes more cemented, when rights and duties of one another are observed and when the numerous aspects of social evils are avoided. So the All Wise Creator has given clear guidance as to the causes and effects of social evils.

Among the foremost of those things which destroy the good relationship in society is backbiting. Backbiting or ghibat as it is termed in the Qur’an originates from the root gha-ya-ba which means any thing that is absent or hidden from the eyes, invisible, unseen, nonapparent, whether it be or be not perceived by the heart or mind; anything absent from the range or beyond the reach of perception by senses, or beyond reach except through revelation. For example, in reference to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the Qur’an says: (The Prophet) does not grudgingly withhold knowledge of the unseen. (Qur’an, 81: 24).

Because the Prophet had knowledge of the unseen from Allah, and he did not hesitate to make it known what was necessary with knowledge of life meaning contained in the root, it is easy to understand the meaning of ghibat or backbiting. The Qur’an uses this to mean:

1. Evil speech with respect to a person in his absence; 2. Something said, which may not always be true although it may have a lot of truth in it; 3. Saying something about a person, in his absence, that if he should hear it, it would grieve him; 4. Imputing to a person what he dislikes of vices or faults, even though such might be true; and 5. Mentioning about a person what is in him of evil.

The Quran has expressly prohibited backbiting. It says: “0 you who believe! Do not backbite one another. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Certainly you would loathe it. So fear Allah, surely Allah is OftMost Merciful. (Qur’an, 49:12).It is not permissible to speak ill about anyone, even if that person has already passed away.

Backbiting can create confusion, enmity, hatred and above all, it breaks the good relationship with one another in society.

A nation is doomed if its people are backbiters. Backbiting can be with the tongue, through signs, with the hands, eyes, by making funny faces or by imitating another person. In short, all those gestures, which are meant to degrade another, are in the domain of backbiting and are prohibited. If one joins in the act of backbiting, or listens, or remains amongst the backbiters when he / she could have left that company, that person is also guilty. Allah has expressed disapproval for backbiting, and as a result, He says: “Woe to every backbiter”. (Qur’an, 104: 1)

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has left with us many traditions concerning backbiting. He says: Abdullah ibn Mas’ood reported that the Messenger of Allah said: To backbite a Muslim is transgression, and to fight with him is infidelity. Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “Do you know what is backbiting? They replied: “Allah and His Apostle know best.” He said: “Your talk about your brother which he dislikes.” He was asked: “What, if what we say about him is actually there?” He said, “If what you say is in him, still you will be backbiting him, and if what you say is not in him, you will be slandering him.”

Abdur Rahman Ibn Ganam reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “The best of the servants of Allah are those, who, when seen, remind one of Allah, and the worst of the servants of Allah are those, who roam about slandering people, with slanders, who create differences among the pious.”

WHO IS A TRUE MUSLIM? (IMAM HASAN)

WHO IS A TRUE MUSLIM? (IMAM HASAN)
Strong (firm) in faith, wise but kind, true in belief,
knowing and forbearing, mindful in ease, considerate
in rights, temperate in wealth and contented in
poverty, gentle (in using power) , regardful in
friendship and patient in misery. Neither
anger can vanquish him nor excitement can
baffle him. Selfishness impels him not –
abundance of wealth disgraces him not-
and he becomes not mean for desire or
greed. Always brave and steady he
will run to rescue the oppressed
and will be kind to the feeble. He
is neither niggardly nor extra-
vagant- forgives the faults and
overlooks what the ignorant
do-his own self suffers pain
at his hands, but to the
world he affords
pleasure.


ABDUL WAHID OSMAN BELAL

Hope and Greed

Hope and Greed

Caliph Haroon Rashid desired that any one who had seen the Holy Prophet (SAW) in his lifetime be brought before him. After some time a very old woman was brought before the Caliph. The Caliph asked the old woman, "Did you see the Prophet yourself?" She said, "Yes! Oh Sir." The Caliph then asked her if she remembered any narration from him. She said yes and said, "When old age comes two things become young, one is hope and the other is greed." The Caliph thanked her and gave her one hundred dinars. The woman thanked the Caliph and she was taken back.

Half the way some thought passed through her mind and she desired to be brought before the Caliph once more. When she was shown in, the Caliph asked, "Well, why have you come back?" She said. "I just came to inquire whether the monies you gave me were once for all or is it to continue every year?"

The Caliph thought. "How true is the Prophet's word?" she has hope of life even now and she has greed for money too. The Caliph said, "Don't worry; you will be paid every year." She was taken back but on the way she breathed her last.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

THE GLOBAL PEACE & UNITY EVENT

Islam Channel Presents:
THE GLOBAL PEACE & UNITY EVENT
Date: Saturday 24th November - Sunday 25th November 2007
Venue: ExCeL Exhibition and Conference Centre, 1 Western Gateway,
Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL
The Global Peace and Unity Event is a family oriented extravaganza
which is entertaining, educational and full of activities. This
event includes high profile international speakers and celebrity
guests, and features an array of entertainment ranging from live
performance to the grand exhibition of the two holy mosques. Other
highlights of this spectacular event include a vibrant souk area,
various exhibitors from around the world, international cuisine,
a selection of workshops and seminars, children's area full of
activities, competitions and lots more.
This annual event is designed exclusively to provide an uplifting
exchange both educational and entertaining underpinned with strong
messages promoting global cohesion across all communities. It has
been successful in bringing together a variety of international
speakers and performers from different backgrounds to share a
common platform and promote a message of understanding and bridge
building for a better future.
Speakers include: Dr Abdul Bari, Dr Abdullah Hakim Quick, Ahmed
Zakayev, Imam Zaid Shakir, Bishop Atallah Hanna, Dr Doug Rokke,
Dr Israr Ahmad, Dr Jamal Badawi, Jermaine Jackson, Yusuf Islam,
Malikah Shabazz, George Galloway, Shaikh Muhammad Alshareef,
Lord Nazir Ahmed, Mohamed Ali, Nawara Hashim, Robert Fisk, Ruba
Qewar, Sadiq Khan, Sheikh Salman al-Oadah, Ustadh Shabir Ally,
Shaykh Mishary Rashid, William Rodriguez, Salma Yaqoob, Simon
Hughes, Zareen Roohi Ahmed, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, and John Rees.
Artists and performers include: Native Deen, Noor, Iman, Najam
Sheraz, Junaid Jamshed, Sound of Reason, Abu Ratib, Imad Rami,
Seven8Six, Yahya Hawwa, Dawud and Idris, Osama Al Safi, Dale
Marcell, Abu al-Joud, Baba Ali, Omair Ali, Ray Hanania, and
Omar Marzouk.
For tickets and more information please contact:
Tel: 0845 688 5256
E-mail: tickets@theglobalunity.com
Website: www.theglobalunity.com

The 90/10 Principle

The 90/10 Principle  ( Very nice, don't miss it !! )


Have you read this before?
Discover the 90/10 Principle. It will change your life (at least the way you react to situations).


Don't let people fool you; YOU can control how you react.
The 90-10 principle is incredible. Very few know and apply this principle.
The result? Millions of people are suffering from undeserved stress, trials, problems and heartache.

Does this describe you? If so, do not be discouraged

You can be different! Understand and apply the 90/10 principle. It will change your life.


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Three types of Muslims...

THREE TYPES OF MUSLIMS

1) NON-PRACTICING

2) PART TIME PRACTICING

3) THOSE WHO TRY TO OBEY ALLAH(swt) IN EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE.

FIRST OF ALL WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL TO ALLAH(swt) THAT HE MADE US MUSLIM. WE ALL HAVE TO CHECK IN WHICH CATEGORY WE FALL. IF WE FALL IN FIRST TWO CATEGORIES THEN STILL WE HAVE TIME TO CHANGE OURSELVES.

BEING A MUSLIM WE KNOW IT VERY WELL THAT THERE WILL BE A DAY OF JUDGEMENT AND WE HAVE TO ANSWER ALLAH(swt). WE ALSO KNOW THAT WHY WE ARE HERE AND WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO GET SUCCESS IN HEREAFTER.

BUT WE HAVE FORGOTTON THE TRUTH OF DEATH. WE DO ATTEND FUNERAL CEREMONIES OF OUR DEAR ONES BUT JUST AS A CUSTOM. WE DON’T THINK THAT OUR TURN IS NOT TOO FAR.

WE ARE PUTTING ALL OUR EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE LUXURIES OF LIFE AND HAVE NO TIME TO THINK ABOUT DEATH. WHY DON’T WE THINK ALLAH(swt) IS ALSO PROVIDING ALL SUCH LUXURIES TO THE UNBELIEVERS. HOW IT IS POSSIBLE THAT WE WILL BE LOOSER IN CASE WE CHOOSE TEY WAY OF ALLAH(swt) TO PASS THE LIFE.

WE THINK THAT ALLAH(swt) IS GHAFOOR-UR-RAHEEM AND BEING MUSLIM WE WILL NOT BE PUNISHED WHATEVER WE DO. IF IT IS TRUE THEN WHY STRESS HAS BEEN GIVEN ON FOLLOWING QURAN & SUNNAH BY THE PROPHET(pbuh). GOOD AND BAD CAN NEVER BE EQUAL, RELIGION IS THE NAME OF OBEYING NOT JUST ONLY ACCEPTING.

WE STILL HAVE TIME TO REPENT AND ASK ALLAH(swt) TO GUIDE US. FOLLOWING ARE THE REQUIREMENT OF TRUE REPENTENCE:

1. Asking repentance from ALLAH when alone (specially in Tahajjud) with tears in eyes and true feeling of sorrow on all sins.

2. Promise to ALLAH that those sins will not be repeated again.

3. In reality leave those sins

4. Pay back & compensate the deserving in case Huqooq-ul-Ibad broken or ask for forgiveness from them.

WE HAVE DOUBLE RESPONSIBILITY FIRST IS TO FOLLOW RELIGION IN ITS TRUE SPIRIT AND SECOND IS TO CONVEY TRUE MESSAGE TO THE UNBELIEVERS. ON THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT THESE NON-MUSLIMS WILL ASK ALLAH(swt) THAT THESE MUSLIMS WERE THE CUSTODIAN OF YOUR RELIGION, THEY NEVER FOLLOWED NOR CONVEYED YOUR MESSAGE TO US. LET US BE READY TO REPLY THIS BY ASKING TRUE REPENTENCE FROM ALLAH(swt) AND FOLLOWING QURAN & SUNNAH ALONGWITH CONVEYING TRUE MESSAGE TO OTHERS.

MAY ALLAH(swt) GIVE US HIDAYA……….AAMEEN

ABUANAS

Oven...

Allah`s Messenger (peace be upon him) said,

"When a man calls his wife to satisfy his desire (ie. sexual intercourse) she must go to him even if she is occupied at the oven!"

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3257 Narrated by Talq ibn Ali

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

WHO IS MUHAMMAD (PBUH)? - Time to know the Noble Personality > Time to spread the Noble Preaching

One in every four persons on this earth firmly believes that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is the last Messenger of God. He was a Muslim and there are more than 1.7 billion such Muslims today.

Not only individual but entire countries take pride in declaring their allegiance to him. There are 56 such Muslim states today, Indeed, within the last half century, Islam, the religion brought by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), has become the second large religion in most European countries, as also in America and Canada.

Black and white, red and yellow, followers of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) come from all human races. Whether in Asia or Europe, Africa or America, in every nook and cranny of this globe, you are sure to find Muslim.

As now so always, down the centuries, across the planet, from end to end, billions and billions of men and women have lived all their lives, loving the Prophet an trying to follow in his footsteps, as no one else has been so loved and followed.

He brings light and peace to countless hearts and lives. They love him more dearly than their own selves. In him they find their greatest source of inspiration and guidance. He is the ultimate norm and the perfect example for them. Faith in him is their mainstay, and he is their chief source of support and comfort in all personal vicissitudes and tribulations.

In short, they believe that through him, a human like themselves, God has spoken to hem, and guided him to live amongst them, setting a example and a model for all times to come. Even today he motivates and induces whole populations to yearn and strive to shape their private lives, politics and policies according to his teachings.

Who, then, is this man Muhammad (Peace be upon him)?

According to every standard by which human greatness can be measured he was matchless; no man was ever greater!

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WHO IS MUHAMMAD (PBUH)? (in English)

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Khurram J. Murad

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Punishments...

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Whoever claims to have seen a dream which he did not see, will be ordered to make a knot between two barley grains (on the Day of Resurrection) which he will not be able to do; and if somebody listens to the talk of some people who do not like him (to listen) or they run away from him, then molten lead will be poured into his ears on the Day of Resurrection; and whoever makes a picture, will be punished on the Day of Resurrection and will be ordered to put a soul in that picture, which he will not be able to do."

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.165 Narrated by Ibn Abbas

Friday, November 16, 2007

Strange...

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

‘Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange, so good tidings for the strangers!

Sahih Muslim Hadith 270 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah (r.a.)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Cultivating the Love of Allah




B i s m i l l a a h i r R a h m a a n i r R a h e e m


Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barkatuh

Cultivating the Love of Allah

Sheikh Salman al-Oadah


A heart filled with the love of Allah is a heart that finds peace and tranquility. Allah says: “Indeed, by the remembrance of Allah do the hearts find contentment.” [Sûrah al-Ra`d: 28]

Allah promises those who believe and work righteousness that he will give them a life of goodness. He says: “Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily to him we will give him a life that is good and pure.” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 97]

This life which is good and pure is by way of the radiance of one’s spirit, the coolness of one’s eyes, and the happiness of one’s heart towards Allah. Religion faith provides solace to the soul’s pain. It is the physician that cures our tears and our emotional wounds.

From our love for Allah stems our love for His Messengers, His Prophets, and His angels, Our love for Allah makes us love His righteous servants among our fellows. We want to be with those who love Him, associate with them, and adopt their good ways and manners.

From our love for Allah stems a desire to exhibit goodness to all of Creation. This desire manifests itself in our good words, our good deeds, our supplications, and our help. This in itself is a reason for happiness and contentment. Those who go forth to help others and fulfill their needs are the people with the most happiness and fulfillment in their lives.

The love for Allah comes by way of keeping His Book as a dear companion – by reading it, contemplating its meanings, and acting upon its teachings. Such companionship of the Qur’ân means that the reader is always with it. Whenever he completes one chapter, he moves on to another. He never finishes reading the Qur’ân except with the intention of starting again.

A person’s love for Allah is expressed through his love for prayer, since this is the way the soul can travel to its Lord. It brings rest to the spirit. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to Bilâl: “Call the prayer, so that we may find rest in it.” [Sunan Abî Dâwûd (4985)]

Prayer safeguards us from sin and wrongdoing. Allah says: “Establish prayer, for prayer restrains from shameful and false deeds.” [Sûrah al-`Ankabût: 45]

We show our love to Allah by constantly seeking His forgiveness and by constantly striving to draw nearer to Him. A Muslim never despairs of Allah’s mercy and he never see his sins to be greater than Allah’s forgiveness. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins.

Allah says: “No one despairs of Allah’s mercy except those who have no faith.” [Sûrah Yûsuf: 87]

Allah says: “And who despairs of the mercy of Allah except those who are astray?” [Sûrah al-Hijr: 56]

Our penitence includes our repeatedly seeking Allah’s forgiveness with the prescribed wording for doing so while keeping the meaning of what we are saying clear in our minds. We must recognize and acknowledge our shortcomings before Allah. We should feel acutely how much we need Him and how much we must rely on Him at every moment of our lives.

We show our love for Allah by being aware of the numerous blessings He has bestowed upon us, despite all our sins and shortcomings.

A worshipper of Allah should never forget supplication. It is a door that is always open and never closed. Allah says: “Call upon Me. I will answer you.” [Sûrah Ghâfir: 60]

Allah says: “If My servants asks you about Me, for indeed I am near. I answer the supplication of the supplicant when he calls upon Me.” [Surah al-Baqarah: 186]

We must beseech our Lord in humility at every possible occasion and express our need of Him. Our hearts should be tied to Allah. We should wake up and pray to Him during the last third of the night, which is a special and most precious time for our worship. We should beseech Allah during the last hour of the afternoon on Friday and between the two calls of every prayer.

We should be careful that all of our sustenance is lawful and good. We should uphold our ties of kinship and honor our parents. We should respect the honor and wealth of our fellow human beings and never transgress against them.

We should receive in our hearts the glad assurance of the good that is bestowed by the One who when He wills something, just says “Be!” and it is.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Who is Muhammad (PBUH)?

One in every four persons on this earth firmly believes that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is the last Messenger of God. He was a Muslim and there are more than 1.7 billion such Muslims today.

Not only individual but entire countries take pride in declaring their allegiance to him. There are 56 such Muslim states today, Indeed, within the last half century, Islam, the religion brought by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), has become the second large religion in most European countries, as also in America and Canada.

Black and white, red and yellow, followers of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) come from all human races. Whether in Asia or Europe, Africa or America, in every nook and cranny of this globe, you are sure to find Muslim.

As now so always, down the centuries, across the planet, from end to end, billions and billions of men and women have lived all their lives, loving the Prophet an trying to follow in his footsteps, as no one else has been so loved and followed.

He brings light and peace to countless hearts and lives. They love him more dearly than their own selves. In him they find their greatest source of inspiration and guidance. He is the ultimate norm and the perfect example for them. Faith in him is their mainstay, and he is their chief source of support and comfort in all personal vicissitudes and tribulations.

In short, they believe that through him, a human like themselves, God has spoken to hem, and guided him to live amongst them, setting a example and a model for all times to come. Even today he motivates and induces whole populations to yearn and strive to shape their private lives, politics and policies according to his teachings.

Who, then, is this man Muhammad (Peace be upon him)?

According to every standard by which human greatness can be measured he was matchless; no man was ever greater!

TIME to know The Noble Personality èè

èèTIME to spread The Noble Preaching

Please read

WHO IS MUHAMMAD (PBUH)? (in English)

CHAND TASVEER SEERATH KAY ALBUM SAY (in Urdu)

Khurram J. Murad

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A British Woman on a Mission

A British Woman on a Mission
Sidra Khan reports on Aisha Bhutta's bid to convert the world to Islam
The Guardian Newspaper, London
Thursday 8th May 1997

http://www.islamfortoday.com/scottish30.htm

Aisha Bhutta, also known as Debbie Rogers, is serene. She sits on the sofa in big front room of her tenement flat in Cowcaddens, Glasgow. The walls are hung with quotations from the Koran, a special clock to remind the family of prayer times and posters of the Holy City of Mecca. Aisha's piercing blue eyes sparkle with evangelical zeal, she smiles with a radiance only true believers possess. Her face is that of a strong Scots lass - no nonsense, good-humoured - but it is carefully covered with a hijab.

For a good Christian girl to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim is extraordinary enough. But more than that, she has also converted her parents, most of the rest of her family and at least 30 friends and neighbours.
Her family were austere Christians with whom Rogers regularly attended Salvation Army meetings. When all the other teenagers in Britain were kissing their George Michael posters goodnight, Rogers had pictures of Jesus up on her wall. And yet she found that Christianity was not enough; there were too many unanswered questions and she felt dissatisfied with the lack of disciplined structure for her beliefs. "There had to be more for me to obey than just doing prayers when I felt like it."
Aisha had first seen her future husband, Mohammad Bhutta, when she was 10 and regular customer at the shop, run by his family. She would see him in the back, praying. "There was contentment and peace in what he was doing. He said he was a Muslim. I said: What's a Muslim?".
Later with his help she began looking deeper into Islam. By the age of 17, she had read the entire Koran in Arabic. "Everything I read", she says, "was making sense."
She made the decision to convert at16. "When I said the words, it waslike a big burden I had been carrying on my shoulders had been thrown off. I felt like a new-born baby."
Despite her conversion however, Mohammed's parents were against their marrying. They saw her as a Western woman who would lead their eldestson astray and give the family a bad name; she was, Mohammed's father believed, "the biggest enemy."
Nevertheless, the couple married in the local mosque. Aisha wore a dress hand-sewn by Mohammed's mother and sisters who sneaked into the ceremony against the wishes of his father who refused to attend.
It was his elderly grandmother who paved the way for a bond between thewomen. She arrived from Pakistan where mixed-race marriages were evenmore taboo, and insisted on meeting Aisha. She was so impressed by thefact that she had learned the Koran and Punjabi that she convinced the others; slowly, Aisha, now 32, became one of the family.
Aisha's parents, Michael and Marjory Rogers, though did attend the wedding, were more concerned with the clothes their daughter was now wearing (the traditional shalwaar kameez) and what the neighbours would think. Six years later, Aisha embarked on a mission to convert them and the rest of her family, bar her sister ("I'm still working on her). "My husband and I worked on my mum and dad, telling them about Islam and they saw the changes in me, like I stopped answering back!"
Her mother soon followed in her footsteps. Marjory Rogers changed her name to Sumayyah and became a devout Muslim. "She wore the hijab anddid her prayers on time and nothing ever mattered to her except her connections with God."
Aisha's father proved a more difficult recruit, so she enlisted the helpof her newly converted mother (who has since died of cancer). "My mumand I used to talk to my father about Islam and we were sitting in the sofa in the kitchen one day and he said: "What are the words you saywhen you become a Muslim?" "Me and my mum just jumped on top of him." Three years later, Aisha's brother converted "over the telephone - thanks to BT", then his wife and children followed, followed by her sister's son.
It didn't stop there. Her family converted, Aisha turned her attentionto Cowcaddens, with its tightly packed rows of crumbling, gray tenement flats. Every Monday for the past 13 years, Aisha has held classes in Islam for Scottish women. So far she has helped to convert over 30. The women come from a bewildering array of backgrounds. Trudy, a lecturer at the University of Glasgow and a former Catholic, attended Aisha's classes purely because she was commissioned to carry out some research. But after six months of classes she converted, deciding that Christianity was riddled with "logical inconsistencies". "I could tell she was beginning to be affected by the talks", Aisha says. How could she tell? "I don't know, it was just a feeling."
The classes include Muslim girls tempted by Western ideals and need ingsalvation, practicing Muslim women who want an open forum for discussion denied them at the local male-dominated mosque, and those simply interested in Islam. Aisha welcomes questions. "We cannot expect people blindly to believe."
Her husband, Mohammad Bhutta, now 41, does not seem so driven to convert Scottish lads to Muslim brothers. He occasionally helps out in the family restaurant, but his main aim in life is to ensure the couple's five children grow up as Muslims. The eldest, Safia, "nearly 14, alhumidlillah (Praise be to God!)", is not averse to a spot of recruiting herself. One day she met a woman in the street and carried her shopping, the woman attended Aisha's classes and is now a Muslim.
"I can honestly say I have never regretted it", Aisha says of her conversion to Islam. "Every marriage has its ups and downs and sometimes you need something to pull you out of any hardship. But the Prophet Peace by upon him, said: 'Every hardship has an ease.' So when you're going through a difficult stage, you work for that ease to come."
Mohammed is more romantic: "I feel we have known each other for centuries and must never part from one another. According to Islam, you are not just partners for life, you can be partners in heaven as well, for ever. Its a beautiful thing, you know."

If hijaab was just a cultural thing……

If hijaab was just a cultural thing……
By Asma bint Shameem

This article is for those sisters (and brothers) who consider that the woman’s Hijaab is just a cultural thing and that it has nothing to do with the Sharee’ah of Islaam. How far from the Truth could they be!

1) If hijaab was just a cultural thing……and women of that time were already covering themselves, then why would Allaah send us the order from above the seven heavens to cover ourselves??

Why would He order something that was already taking place??

“And say to the believing women to lower their gazes, and to guard their private parts, and not to display their beauty (zeenah) except what is apparent of it, and to extend their headcoverings (khimars) to cover their bosoms …….” (Surat-un-Nur:31).

2) If hijaab was just a cultural thing……then why would Allaah tell us not to display our beauty except to certain specific male relatives, if the women of that time were not displaying it to everyone??

“It is no sin on them (if they appear uncovered) before their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their brother’s sons, or the sons of their sisters, or their own (believing) women, or their (female) slaves. And (O women), fear (keep your duty to) Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Ever All-Witness over everything” [al-Ahzaab 33:55]

The real story
Imam Qurtubi describes the real culture of the women in pre-Islamic times:
"Women in those days used to cover their heads with the khimar, throwing its ends upon their backs. This left the neck and the upper part of the chest bare, along with the ears. Then Allah commanded them to cover those parts with the khimar".
And ibn Kathir reports, "….the women of the jahiliyyah who did not do that but would pass in front of men with their chests uncovered and with their necks, forelocks, hair and earrings uncovered".

3) If hijaab was just a cultural thing……why would Allaah order us not to be like the women of Jahilliyah??

And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of Jahilliyah (ignorance)” [al-Ahzaab 33:33].

4) If hijaab was just a cultural thing……then why would the early Muslim women tear their clothes in order to hasten to obey this command when it first came down?

‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “May Allaah have mercy on the women of the early muhaajireen. When Allaah revealed the words “and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)” (I.e. Surah Nur:3!), they tore their aprons and covered their faces with them. (Bukhaari, Abu Dawood- saheeh by al-Albaani)

5) If hijaab was just a cultural thing……then why would the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) curse the women who don’t cover themselves??


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “During the last days of my ummah there will be women who are clothed but naked, with something on their heads like the humps of camels. Curse them, for they are cursed.” (Muslim)

6) If hijaab was just a cultural thing……then why would the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) prohibit Paradise for the women who don‘t cover??


The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam said: “There are two types of the people of Hell whom I have not seen:….women who are clothed but naked, walking with an enticing gait…. they will not enter Paradise or even smell its fragrance, although its fragrance can be detected from such and such a distance.” (Muslim).

7) If hijaab was just a cultural thing……why would the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) disengage himself from the evil of a woman who doesn’t cover herself??

The Prophet said: “There are three, do not ask me about them: a man who leaves the jamaa’ah, disobeys his leader and dies disobedient; a female or male slave who runs away then dies; and a woman whose husband is absent and left her with everything she needs, and after he left she made a wanton display of herself. Do not ask about them.”
(al-Haakim, Ahmad- saheeh al-Adab al-Mufrad).

8) If hijaab was just a cultural thing……and there were no orders for the muslim woman to cover, why would the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) talk about the zinaa of the eyes??

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said, “ The zinaa of the eyes is the lustful look. “ ( Muslim)

Think over these questions and answer them truly if you are true believers………

Preparing Ourselves for the Hereafter



B i s m i l l a a h i r R a h m a a n i r R a h e e m


Preparing Ourselves for the Hereafter

Sheikh Khālid Husayn


Praise be to Allah who said: “And for those who fears the time when they will be standing before their Lord, there shall be two gardens (in Paradise).” [Sūrah al-Rahmān: 46]

May Allah bestow His peace and blessings on His prophet who said: “If you knew what I know, you would laugh little and weep much". [Sahīh al-Bukhārī (4621, 6486, 7295) and Sahīh Muslim (2359)] And may Allah be pleased with the Companions who wept upon hearing this hadīth.

It is right for us to have fear of that day that we all have to face. That Day of Resurrection is a day of distress and deep regret. It is that long and ominous Day in which all humanity will stand before their Lord. On that day, fear will make the pregnant woman miscarry. People will be as if they are drunk but they shall not be drunk save that the severity of Allah’s punishment will make them that way. On that day, fear will make the hair on the heads of small children turn gray.

We should seriously start to prepare ourselves for that day, since it is the crossroads on the long journey of our existence. From there, we will head either to Paradise or to the Hellfire. Those who enter paradise will dwell there for all eternity in perpetual happiness and enjoyment, while those who go to Hell will face torture, and the denizens of Hell will find to their distress that they have eternal lives as well.

We must, however, have an optimistic outlook regarding our Lord. His mercy is truly vast for those who believe in Him and worship Him sincerely and it always takes precedence to His wrath. The Prophet (peace be upon him) has told us that Allah is more merciful to us than a devoted mother is to her newborn child. [Sahīh al-Bukhārī (5999) and Sahīh Muslim (2754)]

The fear that we have of the Day of Resurrection should motivate us to be more devoted in worship and more ready to engage in good deeds. We should pray and fast more often and renew our efforts to make pilgrimage. We should be good to our families and show kindness to our parents. There are many different ways to do good.

This same fear should help us to abstain from sinful acts and disobedience to Allah. This fear, then, will actually have a positive effect on us. It is not a negative fear that will make us inactive and despair of Allah’s mercy.


Activities to prepare us for the hereafter

The following activities are very helpful in helping a Muslim prepare for that dreadful day, “a day wherein they will be brought forth and nothing about them will be hidden from Allah.” [Sūrah Ghāfir: 16]

1. We should read the Qur’ān and contemplate its meanings. We should consider its rulings and appreciate the good that it promises us as well as the warnings that it gives us.

2. We should read about the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him). We should study how he conducted himself in obedience to Allah and how he abstained from overindulgence in worldly pleasures.

3. We should likewise read the biographies of the Companions and those who followed after them and look at how they strove to attain success in the Hereafter.

4. We should often contemplate the inevitability of death. We should be aware of the trials that follow in the grave and during the resurrection. We should visualize ourselves standing before Allah, the most scrupulous and just of judges. We should think about the bridge that we will have to cross in order to attain salvation, a bridge from which many will slip and fall to their destruction. We should think about the joy that will be experienced by the people of Paradise and the suffering and sorrow of the denizens of Hell.

We need to always keep in mind that death can come to us at any moment. How do we wish to meet our Lord? Do we wish to do so in a state of grace and obedience or would we like to do so while engaged in sin?

Ibn `Umar relates to us that the prophet (peace be upon him) once put his hand on his shoulder and said to him: “Be in the world as if you are a wayfarer or a stranger passing through.” Because of this, Ibn `Umar would often say: “When night falls, do not look forward to the dawn and when day breaks do not anticipate the night. Take full advantage of your health before you succumb to illness and of your life before death overtakes you.” [Sahīh al-Bukhārī (6416)]

5. We need to seriously study to acquire Islamic knowledge. When we acquire more knowledge of our religion, we become more aware of Allah and more God-fearing. Allah says: “The only people who fear Allah from among His servants are those who possess knowledge.”

6. We should keep company with pious people, especially those who have Islamic knowledge and those who are engaged in calling others to Islam. Likewise, we should avoid the company of sinful and unscrupulous people. Good company helps us to purify our hearts. We also find support in such people for our efforts to do what is right. Conversely, bad company hardens our heart. Immoral people encourage us to do immoral things. Also, when our hearts become hardened, we become far away from Allah and more attached to worldly things.

7. We should always keep in mind that this world is a transient place. Those who enjoy the pleasures of this world will not be able to take those pleasures with them. They have only their deeds to send before them. Allah says: “On the Day when every soul will find itself confronted with all that it has done of good and all that it has done of evil, and every soul will long that there might be a mighty space of distance between it and that evil. Allah bids you beware of Him. And Allah is full of pity for His servants.” [Sūrah Āl `Imrān: 30]

No matter how great this world may seem to us, it is in truth quite insignificant. No matter how enduring it may appear right now, it is as fleeting as a night that must end at another sunrise. Our worldly lives will come to an end at the grave.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The life of this world compared to the Hereafter is as if one of you were to put his finger in the ocean and take it out again then compare the water that remains on his finger to the water that remains in the ocean.” [Sahīh Muslim (2858)]

8. Lastly, we must spend more time in sincere supplication to our Lord. We should ask Him to make the Hereafter dearer to us and to make us less fond of the world. We should beseech Him to grant us Paradise with all of its delights and to spare us His wrath. Truly, Allah hears and answers our prayers.

Source: Islamtoday.com