Thursday, February 28, 2008

Important notice

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Making the heart tender

Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 76 :: Hadith 498

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:

The Prophet narrating about his Lord I'm and said, "Allah ordered (the appointed angels over you) that the good and the bad deeds be written, and He then showed (the way) how (to write). If somebody intends to do a good deed and he does not do it, then Allah will write for him a full good deed (in his account with Him); and if he intends to do a good deed and actually did it, then Allah will write for him (in his account) with Him (its reward equal) from ten to seven hundred times to many more times: and if somebody intended to do a bad deed and he does not do it, then Allah will write a full good deed (in his account) with Him, and if he intended to do it (a bad deed) and actually did it, then Allah will write one bad deed (in his account) ."

Ten Commandments for Peace of Mind

In the name of Allah, the Most-Merciful, the All-Compassionate

"May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon You"

*Ten Commandments for Peace of Mind**

*1. Do Not Interfere In Others' Business Unless Asked**

**Most of us create our own problems by interfering too often in others’ affairs. We do so because somehow we have convinced ourselves that our way is the best way, our logic is the perfect logic and those who do not conform
to our thinking must be criticized and steered to the right direction, our direction. This thinking denies the existence of individuality and consequently the existence of Allah. Allah has created each one of us in a unique way. No two human beings can think or act in exactly the same way.
All men or women act the way they do because God within them prompts them that way. There is God to look after everything. Why are you bothered? Mind your own business and you will keep your peace.
2. Forgive And Forget

This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often develop ill feelings inside our heart for the person who insults us or harms us. We nurture grievances. This, in turn, results in loss of sleep, development of stomach ulcers, and high blood pressure. This insult or injury was done once, but nourishing of grievance goes on forever by constantly remembering it. Get over this bad habit. Believe in the justice of Allah and the doctrine of Destiny. Let Him judge the act of the one who insulted you. Life is too short to waste in such trifles. Forgive, Forget, and march on. Love flourishes in giving and forgiving.
3. Do Not Crave For Recognition

This world is full of selfish people. They seldom praise anybody without selfish motives. They may praise you today because you are in power, but no sooner than you are powerless; they will forget your achievement and will start finding faults in you. Why do you wish to kill yourself in striving for their recognition? Their recognition is not worth the aggravation. Do your duties ethically and sincerely and leave the rest to Allah, which is Tawakkal.
4. Do Not Be Jealous

We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our peace of mind. You know that you work harder than your colleagues in the office, but sometimes they get promotions; you do not. You started a business several years ago, but you are not as successful as your neighbor whose business is only one year old. There are several examples like these in everyday life. Should you be jealous? No. Remember everybody's life is shaped by his or her previous Destiny. If you are predestined to be Rich, nothing in the world can stop you. If you are not so destined, no one can help you either. Nothing will be gained by blaming others for your misfortune. Jealousy will not get you anywhere; it will only take away your peace of mind.
5. Change Yourself According To the Environment

If you try to change the environment single-handedly, the chances are you will fail. Instead, change yourself to suit your environment. As you do this, even the environment, which has been unfriendly to you, will mysteriously change and seem congenial and harmonious.

6. Endure What Cannot Be Cured

This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an advantage.
Every day we face numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations, and accidents that are beyond our control. If we cannot control them or change them, we must learn to put up with these things. We must learn to endure them cheerfully, thinking, "Allah wills it so, so be it." Allah's plans are beyond our comprehension. Believe in it and you will gain in terms of patience, inner strength and will power.

7. Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

This maxim needs to be remembered constantly. We often tend to take more responsibilities than we are capable of carrying out. This is done to satisfy our ego. Know your limitations. Why take on additional loads that may create more worries? You cannot gain peace of mind by expanding your external activities. Reduce your material engagements and spend time in prayers, introspection and meditation. This will reduce those thoughts in your mind that make you restless. Uncluttered mind will produce greater peace of mind.
8. Meditate Regularly

Meditation calms the mind and gets rid of disturbing thoughts. This is the highest state of peace of mind. Try and experience it yourself. If  you meditate earnestly for half an hour everyday, your mind will tend to become peaceful during the remaining twenty-three and half-hours. Your mind will not be easily disturbed as it was before. You would benefit by gradually increasing the period of daily mediation. You may think that this will interfere with your daily work. On the contrary, this will increase your efficiency and you will be able to produce better results in less time.
9. Never Leave the Mind Vacant

An empty mind is the devil's workshop. All evil actions start in the vacant mind. Keep your mind occupied in something positive, something worthwhile. Actively follow a hobby. Do something that holds your interest. You must decide what you value more: money or peace of mind. Your hobby, like social and charitable work , may not always earn you more money, but you will have a sense of fulfillment and achievement.  Even when you are resting physically, occupy yourself in healthy reading or mental reciting of Allah's name.

10. Do Not Procrastinate and Never Regret

Do not waste time in protracted wondering " Should I or shouldn't I?" Days, weeks, months, and years may be wasted in that futile mental debating. You can never plan enough because you can never anticipate all future happenings. Always remember, Allah has His own plan, too for you. Value you time and do the things that need to be done. It does not matter if you fail the first time. You can learn from your mistakes and succeed the next time.
Sitting back and worrying will lead to nothing. Learn from your mistakes, but do not brood over the past. DO NOT REGRET. Whatever happened was destined to happen only that way. Take it as the Will of Allah. You do not
have the power to alter the course of Allah's Will. Why cry over spilt milk? *

Best of Luck.

“May Allah grant you the serenity to accept what you cannot change?

Courage to change what you can,

And the wisdom to understand the difference”.

Compiled, edited and adapted by Khalid Latif

The Dangers Of Political Islam...

The Dangers of Political Islam
11/02/2008

Dr. Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni

Dr. al-Qarni is a Saudi-born Islamic preacher and scholar. His book "Don't Feel Sad"  (La Tahzan) has sold millions world wide.

I'm of the conviction that Islam is the solution as a creed, as a government, and as a way of life, but according to the ways of our Prophet, God's prayer and peace be upon him.

Today, I will be brave to the extent of sounding a voice of advice to my Islamist brethren in the Islamist movement. I will set courtesy aside until I finish writing this article.

I say: Haven't we had enough of the bloody sorrowful experiences and incidents that have been the product of confrontations and bloody clashes with authorities without any understanding of the laws of history or the realities?

Why have the subscribers to political Islam moved from reforming the individual and the nation to seeking power at any cost in order to rule "poor and feeble" peoples that are ignorant of religion?

Why do we make the establishment of the Caliphate one of the most important demands of religion and aims of the creed, as the Shiites said about the imamate?

The most important demands of religion is to believe in God alone, not to worship anyone other than God, to follow the example of His Messenger, God's prayer and peace be upon him, and to obey Him; therefore, why are we so committed to assuming the posts rejected by those who are more pious, more knowledgeable, and more honorable than us, such as Al-Thawri, Ibn al-Musayib, Al-Hasan al-Basri, Malik, Al-Shafii, Abu-Hanifah, Ahmad, and all the imams of Islam?

What is this sharp escalation in the address, challenging for duels, and commitment to confrontation? Do we want more tortures, more of our sons to be killed, more of our homes to be demolished, and more of our women to be homeless?

I say this as my heart bleeds for our brethren in Palestine as they live through siege, killing, destruction, restrictions, even famine and incursions by a giant evil enemy who was given opportunities by all sides to carry on the rampage and shed the blood of Muslims.

I do not ask the Islamists to resort to the policies of some Arab regimes that opted for humiliation, subjugation, and subordination to the occupation. I ask the Islamists to follow the policy of our Prophet, God's prayer and peace be upon him, who is the imam and role model. At the time of weakness, the Prophet preferred not to go for confrontation, as he did with the polytheists in Mecca, and he focused on reforming the people, and educating them until he brought up a rational ideal generation, and then he established a state that was the greatest and fairest state known in history.

The brethren in Palestine, and in the other Muslim countries, should not rely much on the useless sentimental verbal stances, which always end up with a letter of sympathy and solidarity signed by a thousand Muslim ulema. By God, if a petition is written without financial and military support, and was signed by a hundred Muslim ulema, and was relayed 99times by the most famous satellite channel, this petition would not feed the sons of the Palestinian people bread from the "grocery shop," or provide them with a single glass of water.

What have we gained from the bloody confrontations with the regimes in Egypt, Syria, Algeria, and Tunisia other than imprisonment, killing, turning the children into orphans, wasting the families, banning the Islamic call, and encroaching upon the ulema?

A number of Islamists consider that man will not go to Paradise until he is imprisoned, his back gets torn in the prison cell, and then he is slaughtered and skinned. However, we ask God to forgive us and to grant us health; the Hadith includes: "Do not wish for meeting the enemy, but ask God to grant you health." Ibn-Khaldun said in his Introduction: "Whenever a group considered to be ulema is dependent on a Sultan, whether just or unjust, it will eventually perish, because it disregarded the Prophet's way stipulated in the Hadith: He who amongst you sees something abominable should modify it with the help of his hand; and if he has not strength enough to do it, then he should do it with his tongue, and if he has not strength enough to do it,(even) then he should (abhor it) from his heart, and that is the least of faith."

These Islamist movements, rather than following the Prophet's call by reforming the nation and educating the new generation, they want to jump to the top of the pyramid, disregard the grassroots, and confront regimes, which even if corrupt, they possess military columns, police armies, squadrons of aircraft, and convoys of tanks, while the Islamists have 10 summer centers, and 100 boy-scouts' tents.

Let us consider the Islamists in Algeria. I know that the regime wronged them when they won the elections; however, their method in Islamic call was immature. They were required to educate the brave Algerian people about faith, because this people came out of the colonialist era ignorant of their religion and creed, and needed rational Islamic education. However, they left all this, and went for emotional, fiery, rhetorical speeches calling for fighting and confrontation without knowledge or deliberation. The demonstrations were staged, and then there were confrontations, killing, and destruction, followed by tearing up the Algerian people, and killing quarter of a million Muslims whose blood was proscribed. Did the Islamists know that the Algerian Government has half a million heavily-armed army soldiers, quarter of a million gendarmes armed with grenades, and depots of equipment, while the Islamists had nothing other than 1,000 books, 100 mosques, and one newspaper? Can you find 10 prominent Shariaa ulema in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, or any other country?

O Islamists, wake up and follow the example of the policy of the Prophet, God's prayer and peace be upon him, in studying the stages, recognizing the situation, and understanding the message of Islam and aims of Shariaa. Reform the people, and restore the people to the belief in God and the way of the Prophet, God's prayer and peace be upon him. Let us abandon the empty rhetoric and anger that never even killed a fly, but brought us suffering, detention camps, and crises.

By the way, I salute the Islamic Justice and Development Party in Turkey. I have visited Turkey three times, and I have found out that the party educates the people according to the correct teachings of Islam, and that it has wisdom, patience, intelligence, diplomacy, understanding of the reality, and mastery of international climate.

O Islamists, learn, and revise your reading. This is an advice from a brother who loves you, "I only desire (your) betterment to the best of my power; and my success (in my task) can only come from God. In Him I trust, and unto Him I look [Surah Hud, from Verse 88]."

Sunday, February 17, 2008

I WISH YOU ENOUGH

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Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said, "I love you and I wish you enough".

The daughter replied, "Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom".

They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?".

"Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?".

"I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is - the next trip back will be for my funeral," she said.

"When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough'. May I ask what that means? ".

She began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone". She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled! even more. "When we said, 'I wish you enough', we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them". Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how grey the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
She then began to cry and walked away.

What does the Qur’an have to say?

This should be important to know for all who are concerned with humanity and peace in this world, torn apart by strife, hatred and violence. It should be important whether one believes that the Qur’an is the Word of God or not.

To know what the Qur’an says is important because the Qur’an has made a deep and abiding impact on the course of human civilization and history in many fundamental ways’ because it has been inspiring, shaping, governing, and directing countless human lives over the ages, since it first appeared fourteen hundred years ago. And, it still does.

The Qur’an, among all other books believed to be divine, is the only book which itself claims, and is believed by its followers, to be literally the word of God. Those who first heard it from the lips of the prophet Muhammad had absolutely no doubt that, through him, God was speaking to them. It totally transformed them: it quickened their hearts, it reshaped their minds; it made their eyes overflow with tears and their bodies tremble with awe, it changed them into new individuals, as well as a new society and polity; it lead them to be the leaders of making and founders of a rich and flowering civilization.

However, everyone cannot venture to read the whole of the Qur’an though its length is less than that of the New Testament. Yet everyone should have the opportunity to taste the delicious fruits in the garden of the Qur’an.

The Quranic Treasures is a small step towards the fulfillment of the enormous task of making the words of the Qur’an heard in our times. This pocket-size, short book is an anthology of its selected verses, arranged under various topics. Though an anthology by its very nature has to leave out much precious and important material, these selections, it is hoped will give even the unfamiliar and the uninitiated a good glimpse of the vast treasures of knowledge and wisdom offered in the Qur’an, and will bring them face to face with the light that the Qur’an is.

This short pocket book, it is also hoed may spur and temp the readers to take up the reading of the whole of the Qur’an. Even the believers may fine it a useful companion for keeping in touch with the Qur’anic Teachings and making them heard in our times.

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Khurram J. Murad

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WHAT IS FAITH?

by MOEGHSIEN MOHAMED
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Can you explain?
Is faith that which ends a drought with much rain?
Indirectly, yes it is, God brings the rain, and patiently waiting for the rain is the part you play,
Believing that only God, Whom you've never seen can ease your pain,

Believing in the unseen, the unknown,
Believing in what cannot be physically shown,
Let me address those who do not believe,
Those who do not know why our souls must leave,

Look around, O! clueless one,
Who created the heavens and the earth, the moon and the sun?
With such intricate detail,
Who created the male and the female?

Human DNA is like a computer programme,
but far far far more advanced than any software ever created,
Is this a topic that can truly be debated?
Complex programmes are created, they do not evolve,
Yet you use the logic that the blueprint of life,
the far more complex programme of DNA developed
by chance as the world began to revolve?

Have you not read the Holy Scriptures, The Quran, the Bible, the Torah?
Do you not take note that they inform us of many scientific truths that are only being proven today?
In this make believe world that I just disproved, is this where you want to stay?

In the hereafter you'll get your fair share,
A time when it will be too late to run,
So change your way of thinking,
take a look around you,
contemplate on who created these natural wonders,
and Believe that God is the one.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Day of Judgment (Qiyamah)

The Day of Judgment (Qiyamah)
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When the earth shall suffer a tremouring quake
When men will ask, what has made her shake?
When mountains will fly in the air like flake
The sun will be lowered and the earth shall bake

The day when a loud trumpet be sounded
And all that is standing shall then be grounded
With a bang so loud, the ears will be pounded
With fright and fear, the hearts will be wounded

It is the day of a very loud burst
The day when mountains will scatter like dust
These are the signs of the day of just
And the day of just, its coming is a must

The bones shall be taken out of the clay
And then be assembled back on that day
And then he be asked, on earth did he pray
Khums and Zakah if ever did he pay

There will be faces, glorious and bright
On reclined couches relaxed at a height
And there will be faces filled with fright
Exposed to heat, engulfed in plight

Oh my Lord, forgive me my sins
After all I am, just a human being
For getting your blessings, really I am keen
From this moment onwards, I shall remain clean
And from the bottom of my heart, this is what I mean

'AL-HAMDO LILLAHE RABBIL AALAMEEN

SOMETIMES LIFE SEEMS HARD TO BEAR

SOMETIMES LIFE SEEMS HARD TO BEAR
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Full of sorrow, trouble, and woe,
its then I have to remember
...that it's in the valleys I grow.

If I always stayed on the mountain top
...and never experienced pain,

I would never appreciate Allah’s love
And would be living in vain.
I have so much to learn

And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it's in the valleys I grow.

I do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Allah will see me through

Forgive me Allah, for complaining
When I'm feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it's in the valleys I grow

Continue to strengthen me, Allah
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.

Thank you for valleys, O Allah
For this one thing I know
The mountain tops are glorious
But it's in the valleys I grow.

Pre-islamic period ignorance

The sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)



“Among my people there are four characteristics belonging to pre-Islamic period of ignorance which they do not abandon:

1. boasting of high rank,

2. Reviling other peoples' genealogies,

3. seeking rain by stars, and

4. wailing. And he (further) said: If the wailing woman does not repent before she dies, she will be made to stand on the Day of Resurrection wearing a garment of pitch and a chemise of mange.

Sahih Muslim Hadith 2033 Narrated by Abu Malik al-Ash'ari

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Stars...

The sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

“Don't you know what your Lord said? Your Lord observed: ‘I (Allah) have never endowed My bondsmen with a favor, but a section amongst them disbelieved it, and said: stars, it was due to the stars!’”

Sahih Muslim Hadith 133 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

Darus Salaam Masjid...

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullah:

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May Allah reward you for all your deeds, Ameen.

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Your Darus Salaam Masjid Committee

Monday, February 04, 2008

My money...

The sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

The son of Adam says, `My money, my money!' Yet, what is your money except that which you eat and use up, wear and tear, and spend in charity and thus keep (in your record). Other than that, it will go away and will be left for the people (the inheritors).)

In addition, Imam Ahmad reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The life of this world is the residence of those who have no residence, the wealth of those who have no wealth, and it is harvested by those who have no sense of reason.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

For the non-Muslims from a Canadian Lady

For the non-Muslims from a Canadian Lady
I am no scholar, and I am new to Islam (about a month)
But one of the biggest things that I like to discuss are in fact women's rights in Islam.
There are many questions I have received from friends and family members since my conversion and most of them have been related to this topic.
Some of the main questions from people who know little about Islam were: "Won't your husband be oppressive, and isn't the hijab oppressive? Wont your husband beat you?"
Please, ladies, know your rights in Islam! Men are not allowed to beat women in Islam. In fact IF they DO touch you, they can't even leave a mark on your skin, there should not even be a red mark (you know, that fades away in seconds).
The hijab is a woman's choice, it is not forced upon them. Anyone that forces their women to wear it is ruled by culture, and not by Islam.

Most women make the choice to wear hijab because it FREES them from oppression. Do you truly think a half naked woman sitting on a car to SELL the car is not oppression? Women being used as sexual objects? A woman in hijab is looked at with the highest respect, and for her mind, and not her beauty.
About men being allowed 4 wives. Do you think a woman would really want four husbands? Would YOU want 4 husbands to take care of at the end of the day?! It¡¯s hard enough caring for one! (laundry, dinner, ETC)
The whole reason behind men being allowed 4 wives is for social needs. In the times of the Prophet (peace be upon him) there was a lot of war. Men would leave their wives and kids and not return home. What were these women supposed to do to care for her family? There was no social support in those days. Everything about Islam is an answer to a problem. You don't see too many Muslim men taking more than one wife these days because he has to treat each one equally. That means, a house for each wife, he has to spend the same amount of time with each wife, therefore you have to be WELL OFF in order to do this. And in fact, while polygamy is allowed, even Allah SWT in the Quran says one is better.
Another question I get is this "If a father dies, why the son gets more than the daughter? In the Quran, it says that the son is to receive double of what the daughter would get. HOW IS THIS FAIR???¡± Well I will tell you how it is fair. The Quran also says that the son must care for all the women in his family until his sisters are married, and if the mother doesn't remarry it is the son's responsibility to care for her entirely, just as his father did. That means, any money that he received, he will likely not see a penny of it for himself after he cares for his sisters and mother. ALSO the money the daughter receives is her in its entirety. While the son is paying for her living expenses and food, the money she gets, she may spend on whatever she likes, it is hers and nobody can touch it. Now does that seem fair?
How about women in Islam that don't have jobs and slave away at home. Well, that is the woman's choice. A woman can either work, or stay at home and care for her children. Since it is the man's duty to provide for his family, the woman usually prefers to watch her kids grow, then to have them in daycare while she makes money. If she does decide to work however, any of the money she makes is hers to spend on whatever she likes, and she does not have to put a single penny of it towards the household.
Women in Islam are seen as more precious then diamonds and pearls. We are held high. It is US that carry life inside of us for 9 months, it is us that raise the children.
Allah (SWT) gives men and women equality or rights. We as women however are not the same as men. Men were made to be able to provide for a family, to be strong in times of need, to be the king of the home. But as history tells this story, No king can run a country without a right hand. No palace can stand without a pillar. We my sister, are the pillars for our men.
I am sorry for going on like this, May Allah guide you to the truth. Aameen.

Snow Crystals...

ASA Family,

Subhanallah this is really amazing; the pictures are at:

http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/photos/photos.htm

This should leave us in no doubt about the Quran, being the words from
Allah (Ref. Surah Ar Rahman in particular). And it should re-enforce
our belief about each and every word said there-in. Once the belief is
there, what is stopping us from putting our trust in Allah SWT for all
our worldly matters, in tolerating things which are small discomforts,
and focusing our attention on the never ending life of Akhirat,
success in which comes ONLY with attaining the pleasure of Allah SWT.

Hoping that this will bring about a change in the lives of those so
dear to my heart.