Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Islamic History -The life Abdullah bin Abi Quhafa (Abu-Bakr Siddiq)

Service to The Prophet (SAW)                        

Abu Bakr was always very close to the holy Prophet. He knew him better than any other man. He knew how honest and upright his friend had always been. So he was the first among men to believe in the Prophet's mission. He was the first adult male to accept Islam. After the first revelation, the holy Prophet told him what had happened at Mount Hira. He told him that Allah had made him His Messenger. Abu Bakr did not stop to think. He at once became a Muslim. Once the holy Prophet himself remarked, "I called people to Islam. Everybody thought over it, at least for a while. But this was not the case with Abu Bakr. The moment I put Islam before him, he accepted it without any hesitation."

Abu Bakr did more than that. As soon as he became a Muslim, he began to preach Islam to others. He had many friends. The friends knew that Abu Bakr was sincere and truthful. They knew he would never support a wrong cause. He called them to Islam and they became Muslims. Among them were men like Uthman bin Affan , Zubair bin Auwam , Talha bin Ubaidulah , Abdur Rahman bin Auf and Saad bin Abi Waqqas. These men later became the pillars of Islam.

The holy Prophet called at Abu Bakr's house every day. The two sad down and thought out ways of spreading Islam. Together they went to people and places and delivered the message of Allah. Wherever the holy Prophet went, Abu Bakr went with him.

Risks His Life

The message of Islam made the people of Mecca very angry. The idols were their gods. The holy Prophet openly mocked at these gods. He declared they could do neither any good nor harm. Among the chiefs of Mecca was one Abu Jahl. He became the greatest enemy of the holy Prophet. He was always on the lookout to hurt him or even kill him, if he could. Abu Bakr kept an eye on this man, lest he should do a grave harm to Islam.

One day the holy Prophet was saying his prayers in the Kaaba. He was totally lost in the thoughts of Allah. Abu Jahl and some other chiefs of Mecca were sitting in the courtyard of the Kaaba. "I must finish with Muhammad today," said Abu Jahl. So saying, he took a long piece of cloth. He put it around the holy Prophet's neck. Then he twisted it hard. He was going to strangle the Messenger of Allah to death. The other chiefs looked on and laughed.

Abu Bakr happened to see this from a distance. He at once ran to the help of the Prophet. He pushed Abu Jahl aside and took off the cloth from around the holy Prophet's neck. Thereupon Abu Jahl and other enemies of Islam came down upon Abu Bakr. They beat him very much. Indeed, the beating was so severe that Abu Bakr fell down senseless. He was carried home. He could not regain his senses till after several hours. And when he did come to himself, the first question he asked was, "Is the Prophet un-hurt?" Abu Bakr did not care for his own suffering. He was glad that he was able to save the Prophet's life. Abu Bakr knew full well that if any harm came to the Prophet, the only hope of mankind would be gone. This made him risk everything he held dear, for the safety of the Prophet and for the spread of his message.

Liberation of Slaves
                       As years went by, the people of Mecca became more and more hard upon the Muslims. They made life difficult for them. Muslim slaves who had non-Muslim masters were the worst sufferers. They could not run away from their cruel masters, nor would they give up their faith. The heartless masters tried all kinds of torture to make them give up Islam. They made them lie, all naked, on burning sand. Then they put big stones on their chests. The poor slaves silently bore this all. They had no way of escape. Some of them found escape only in death.

Abu Bakr's wealth came to the rescue of many helpless Muslim slaves. He bought them from their inhuman masters and set them free. Bilal Bin Raba, was one of such slaves. He was the slave of Omayya bin Khalaf. Omayya was a heartless man. He would strip Bilal of all clothes, make him lie on the burning sand at mid-day and then lash him mercilessly. Despite this torture Bilal would go on saying, "Allah is one! Allah is one!" One day Abu Bakf happened to pass by. He was greatly moved by the sight. "Why are you so cruel to this helpless man?" he asked Omayya. "If you feel for him, why don't you buy him?" Say Omayya. So Abu Bakr at once bought Bilal at a heavy price and set him free. Bilal afterwards became the well-known "Muazzim" [ one who gives the call for prayer ] at the Prophet's Mosque.

 

Abu-Bakr Migration to Abyssinia
When Muslims found life difficult at Mecca, they
thought of going to some other land. With the permission of the holy
Prophet, a part of them went to Abyssinia. here they lived in peace.
So many more Muslims followed them.
Being the first man to go over to Islam, Abu Bakr had brought upon
himself the special anger and hatred of the Meccan chiefs. Soon he
felt hard pressed and asked permission of the Holy Prophet to go to
Abyssinia. The permission was granted and Abu Bakr set off on his
journey.
On the way he met the chief of Qara, Ibn-ud-Daghna. "What place are
you bound for, Abu Bakr?" he asked.
"The people of Mecca have cast me out," replied Abu Bakr. "I am going
to Abyssinia. There I will be able to worship the Lord the way I want
to."
"A man like you should not be cast out," said Ibn-ud-Daghna. "You
help the poor. You are kind to those in trouble. You are so nice to
your guests. I will take you back to Mecca on my own responsibility."
So Abu Bakr was back at Mecca. Ibn-ud-Daghna declared to the people
that Abu Bakr was under his protection, so no one was to harm him.
The Meccans said that they would let Abu Bakr alone, only if he did
not preach his faith publicly.
Abu Bakr could not act on this condition very long. Soon he was
preaching Islam as openly as ever. The Meccans complained to Ibn-ud-
Daghna. He requested Abu Bakr not to make his position difficult. To
this Abu Bakr replied, "I do not need your protection. Allah is
enough for me."
The Title of "Siddiq"
In the tenth year of his mission, the holy
Prophet had the Miraj of Ascension. One night the angel Gabriel came
with the word that Allah the Almighty wanted the holy Prophet to come
all the way up to the highest heaven. The holy Prophet undertook the
journey.
In the morning, after the ascension had taken place, the holy Prophet
talked to people about the Miraj. This drew the jeers of his enemies.
"Look!" the howled out, "what nonsense he talks! Surely, now his
followers too will laugh at him. Who is going to believe in such a
midsummer night dream?"
The talk was going on when Abu Bakr came up. "Do you know, Abu Bakr,
what news your friend has for you in the morning?" said one of the
mean. "He says he was on the highest heaven last night, having a talk
with Allah, the Almighty. Would you believe it?"
"I would believe anything that the Messenger of Allah says," replied
Abu Bakr
When the holy Prophet learnt of this, he at once said, "Abu Bakr is
the `Siddiq'." `Siddiq' is a person so sincere of heart that doubts
never mar his love. Abu Bakr earned this title because of his faith
was too strong to be shaken by anything.
Migration to Medina with Prophet (SAW)
W hen the Meccans were intent on putting out, once
and for all, the light of Islam, Allah commanded the holy Prophet to
move to Medina. In the burning heat of the midday sun, there was a
knock at Abu Bakr's door. He ran to the door and found the Messenger
of Allah standing outside. "I must leave for Medina tonight," said
he.
"Will I also have the honor of going with you?" asked Abu Bakr
eagerly.
"Of course," came the reply. "Set about getting things ready."
Abu Bakr was beside himself with joy. "I have been looking forward to
this day for months," he exclaimed. "I have specifically kept two
camels to carry us to Medina."
It was Abu Bakr who made all the arrangements for the historic
journey. for three days he and the Prophet lay hidden in the Thaur
cave. Abu Bakr's slave tended the flocks of goats near the cave all
day and supplied them fresh milk for food. His son, Abdullah, brought
news about what the Meccans were doing.
The Meccans were searching for the holy Prophet like mad hounds. Once
they came right to the mouth of the cave. Abu Bakr grew pale with
fright. He feared, not for himself, but for the Prophet. However, the
holy Prophet remained perfectly calm. "Do not fear," he said to Abu
Bakr, "certainly Allah is with us."
Of all the companions, Abu Bakr had the honor of being with the
Prophet during the most critical days of his life. Abu Bakr knew full
well what this honor meant. And he did full justice to the trust put
in him.
Abu-Bakar's Participation in Battles
A bu Bakr took part in all the battles that the
holy Prohpet had to fight. All his life, he fought bravely under the
banner of the Prophet. At Ohud and Hunain, some of the men showed
weakness. They forgot to do their duty. But Abu Bakr's faith never
wavered. He always stood like a rock by the side of the Prophet.
At Badr, one of Abu Bakr's sons, who had not yet embraced Islam, was
fighting on the side of the Meccan. Afterwards, when he became a
Muslim, he one day said, "Father! at Badr you were twice under my
sword. But my love for you held back my hand."
"Son!" remarked Abu Bakr, "if I had got that chance only once, you
must have been no more."
When peace talks at Hudaibiya were going on, Abu Bakr sat by the side
of the Prophet. During conversation, the spokesman of the Quraish
ever now and then gave a jerk to the beard of the Prophet, after the
Arab fashion. This was too much for Abu Bakr. He took out his sword
and looked angrily at the man. "If that hand touches the beard of the
Prophet again," he warned, "it will not be allowed to go back."
This amazed the Meccan agents. "What a change in Abu Bakr!" they
whispered to one another. "He was known for soft-heartedness. How
strong and firm he is now become! He is no longer the self-same Abu
Bakr."
Tabuk was the last expedition of the holy Prophet. He was keen to
make it a great success. He asked people to help the expedition with
whatever they could. This time Abu Bakr beat all past records. He
took all his money and household articles and heaped them at the
Prophet's feet.
"Have you left back anything for your wife and children?" asked the
holy Prophet.
"Allah and His Apostle are enough for them," replied Abu Bakr calmly.
Those standing around were stunned. It was impossible to outdo Abu
Bakr in the field of service to Islam.
The holy Prophet felt much pleased at this answer. He made Abu Bakr
the standard-bearer of the expedition.
Abu Bakr's closeness to the Prophet and his boundless devotion to
Islam won him universal respect. Not only was he the first man to
accept Islam, he was also the foremost among Muslims to uphold the
cause of Islam.
Abu-Bakar as Agent to the Prophet
Mecca fell in the eight year of Hijra. Kaaba was, for
the first time, in the hands of Muslims. It had to be cleaned of the
traces of idol-worship and the silly practices of pagan days.
Hitherto pagan Arabs had done absurd things at the time of Hajj. They
went around the House of Allah naked. They did many other foolish and
unclean things. All this had to be stopped.
The first Hajj under Islam fell in the ninth year of Hijra. The holy
Prophet was too busy at Medina to lead the Hajj himself. So he sent
Abu Bakr as his agent. He was to lead the Hajj in place of the
Prophet. Ali was also sent with Abu Bakr. Abu Bakr read the Khutba
(Sermon) of Hajj. Then Ali stood up and read out to the people the
commandments of Allah concerning the idol worshippers. From that year
on, they were forbidden to enter the Kaaba.
Ever since he came to Medina, the holy Prophet himself led prayers in
the Prophet's Mosque. It was an unusually high office which the
Messenger of Allah himself filled. During his last illness, the holy
Prophet could no longer lead prayers. He grew too weak to go to the
mosque. He had to appoint someone to act in his place. This honor
also fell to the lot of Abu Bakr. Aisha, who was Abu Bakr's daughter
and a wife of the holy Prophet, thought that the burden was too much
for her tender-hearted father. She pleaded with the holy Prophet to
excuse here father from this duty. But the holy Prophet did not
change his mind.
Thus in the lifetime of the holy Prophet Abu Bakr came to fill the
highest office under Islam. One day Abu Bakr was away on some
business and Omar led the prayer in his absence. "This is not Abu
Bakr's voice," remarked the ailing Messenger of Allah. "No one but he
should lead prayers. He is the fittest person for this high office."
On the last day of his life, the condition of the holy Prophet became
suddenly better for a while. It was early morning. Abu Bakr was
leading the prayer in the mosque. The holy Prophet lifted the curtain
of his door and fixed his gaze on the worshippers. They were busy in
prayer under Abu Bakr's leadership. A smile lite up on the pale face
of the holy Prophet. He let go of the curtain, as his weak hand could
no longer hold it. But he was happy at the thought that he had chosen
the best man to fill his place.

 

Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim

Assalamu Alaikum Warahamatullah Wa Barakatuhu

Praise be to Allaah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allaah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

In continuation of the History of Abdullah ibn Abi Quhafah, Abu Aishat Abu-bakr Siddiq

Abu Bakr Elected Caliph

The holy Prophet occupied a unique place among his people. He was everything to them. From warring ignorant pagans, he had made them a nation of peaceful, God-fearing people. They were "dead" as the Quran puts it and the holy Prophet had "raised them to life." So they rightly came to look upon him as the giver of life. Life without him seemed to be an empty thing.

The news of the Prophet's death came as a stunning shock to everyone. How could it be? He had been ill for some days, they all knew. But death was unbelievable. That simply could not be. A huge crows gathered in the mosque. No one knew what to do. There was utter confusion. Omar was so overcome with emotion that he drew his sword and declared, "If anyone says that the Messenger of Allah is dead. I will cut off his head!"

Things were in this state when Abu Bakr entered the mosque. Finding the holy Prophet better that morning, he had gone a few miles outside of Medina, earlier in the day, but had come back on hearing the sad news. He took his stand in a corner of the courtyard and called out to the people. All eyes were turned towards him. Then he began his famous address:

Aisha (RA) narrated that: Abu Bakr came out and 'Umar was addressing the people, and Abu Bakr told him to sit down but 'Umar refused. Abu Bakr again told him to sit down but 'Umar again refused. Then Abu Bakr recited the Tashah-hud (i.e. none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah's Apostle) and the people attended to Abu Bakr and left 'Umar. Abu Bakr said, "Amma ba'du, whoever amongst you worshipped Muhammad, then Muhammad is dead, but whoever worshipped Allah, Allah is alive and will never die. Allah says:." Muhammad is no more than an Apostle: many were the Apostles that passed away before him.  If he died or were slain will you then turn back on your heels?  If any did turn back on his heels not the least harm will he do to Allah; but Allah (on the other hand) will swiftly reward those who (serve him) with gratitude. " Q3:144. (The narrator added, "By Allah, it was as if the people never knew that Allah had revealed this verse before till Abu Bakr recited it and then whoever heard it, started reciting it."). (Bukhar 2.333).

These words of Abu Bakr worked magic. In no time the confusion was gone. The words of the Qur'an swept of all doubts from people's minds. They got ready to face facts.

Election of Abu Bakr

The first problem before the people was the election of a new leader. There had to be a head of the State of things could not work. The need was too urgent to allow delay. Delay might have meant disorder and the undoing of all that the Messenger of Allah had done. The prophet of Allah had died but the head of the state had to live on.

The two big groups among Muslims were the Muhajirin (refugees from Mecca ) and the Ansar (helpers or the people of Medina). The Ansar gathered together at Thaqifa Bani Saida, their meeting place, near the house of Saad bin Abada. The talk naturally centered around the election of a Caliph. Saad, the Ansar leader, stood up and said that the Caliph must be from among them. Many voices seconded him. One man, however, stood up and said, "But how about the Muhajirin? They have perhaps a better claim." "Then let there be two caliphs," suggested someone, "one from among the Ansar and the other from among the Muhajirin."

Someone told Abu Bakr what was going on at this gathering. He saw the need to act quickly or confusion might set in again. So taking with him a part of Muhajirin he went to Thaqif Bani Saida. He addressed the gathering and said, "Both the Muhajirin and the Ansar have done great services to Islam. But the former were the first to accept Islam. They were always very close to the Messenger of Allah. So, O Ansar, let the Caliph be from among them."

To this a man from the Khazraj tribe replied, "If you don't want a Caliph from among us, let there be two Caliphs, one an Ansari and the other a Muhajirun."

"That won't work," said Abu Obaida bin Jarrah. "O Ansar, you are the people who made Islam strong now, don't do anything that may undo your work."

Hearing this, another man said, "O Ansar, if we did anything for Islam, we did it to please Allah and His Apostle. We did not thereby oblige anybody. This should not be made a plea to win office. Listen, the holy Prophet belonged to the Quraish tribe. The Quraish have a greater right to fill his place. By Allah, I do not think it right to quarrel with them over this matter. Fear Allah, and do not oppose them."

This speech of a man from among them silenced the Ansar. They agreed to have a Muhajirun as the Caliph. So Abu Bakr said, "Friends, I think either Omar or Abu Obaida should be the Caliph. Chose one of these two gentlemen."

Hearing this both Omar and Abu Obaida jumped to their feet, and exclaimed, "O Siddiq, how can that be? How can anyone else fill this office as long as you are among us? You are the top man among the Muhajirin. You were the companion of the holy Prophet in the Thaur Cave. You led prayers in his place, during his last illness. Prayer is the foremost thing in Islam. With all these qualifications, you are the fittest person to be the successor of the holy Prophet. Hold out your hand that we many pledge loyalty to you."

But Abu Bakr did not stretch out his hand. Omar saw that delay might lead to the reopening of the whole question. That could easily create difficulties. So he himself took Abu Bakr's hand and pledged loyalty to him. Others followed his example. Men from all sides rushed to pledge loyalty to the successor of the Prophet. Abu Bakr became Caliph by the general consent of the people.

The First Address

On the following day, Abu Bakr went to the Prophet's mosque here people took the general oath of loyalty. When this was over, Abu Bakr mounted the pulpit as the Caliph of Islam. Then he spoke to the gathering as follows:

"O people, I have been elected your leader, although I am not better than anyone from among you. If I do any good, give me your support. If I go wrong, set me right. Listen, truth is honesty and untruth is dishonesty. The weak among you are powerful in my eyes, as long as I do not get them their due, Allah willing. The powerful among you are weak in my eyes, as long as I do not take away from them what is due to others, Allah willing."

"Listen, if people give up striving for the cause of Allah, Allah sends down disgrace on them. If a people become evil doers, Allah sends down calamities on them."

"Listen, you must obey me as long as I obey Allah and His Messenger. If I disobey Allah and His Messenger, you are free to disobey me."

Such was the Magna Carta granted by the first Caliph of Islam to his people, on the first day of his rule, without their asking. Abu Bakr showed by his example that in Islam government means government of the people, by the people and for the people.

*To be continue Insha Allah on Expeditions during the tenure of Abu-Bakr*

Wassalamu Alaikum

“Oh Allah make our last word in the World La’ila ha Illal lah”

Remember me and all your Brothers and sisters in your Prayers

Abubakar M. Shehu

Excellence in doing Good to the Friends of Parents and other Relatives

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

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

Praise be to Allaah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allaah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

Excellence in doing Good to the Friends of Parents and other Relatives

`Abdullah bin Dinar reported: `Abdullah bin `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) met a bedouin on his way to Makkah, he greeted him, offered him to mount the donkey he was riding and gave him the turban he was wearing on his head. Ibn Dinar said to him: "May Allah make you pious! Bedouins can be satisfied with anything you give them (i.e., what you have given the bedouin is too much). Upon this, `Abdullah bin `Umar said, the father of this man was one of `Umars friends whom he loved best, and I heard Messenger of Allah saying, "The finest act of goodness is the good treatment of someone whom ones father loves".

Another narration goes: When `Abdullah bin `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) set out to Makkah, he kept a donkey with him to ride when he would get tired from the riding of the camel, and had a turban which he tied round his head. One day, as he was riding the donkey, a bedouin happened to pass by him. He (`Abdullah bin `Umar) said, "Arent you so-and-so?" The bedouin said, "Yes". He (`Abdullah bin `Umar) gave him his donkey and his turban and said, "Ride this donkey, and tie this turban round your head". Some of his companions said, "May Allah forgive you, you gave to this bedouin the donkey which you enjoyed to ride for change, and the turban which you tied round your head".`Abdullah bin `Umar said,"I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, `The finest act of goodness is the kind treatment of a person to the loved ones of his father after his death, and the father of this person was a friend of `Umar (May Allah be pleased with him).
[Muslim].
Commentary:

This Hadith teaches that after the death of one's parents, one should maintain contact with their friends and treat them nicely. Besides being a great virtue it is warranted by the needs for showing compassion to relatives. To forget friends of one's parents and break contact with them is condemned by the Shari`ah.

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Al Fajr

Assalam-u-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

[65. Surah At-Talaq : Ayah 2-3]

And whosoever keepeth his duty to Allah, Allah will appoint a way out for him. And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, Allah will be sufficient for him.

Significance of Morning Prayer (Al-Fajr)

[Sahih Bukhari : Volume 2, Book 21 Prayer at Night (Tahajjud), Number 243]

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi Allah Anhu) Allah's Apostle (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam ) said, "Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, 'The night is long, so stay asleep.' When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart."

[Sahih Bukhari : Volume 2, Book 21 Prayer at Night (Tahajjud), Number 245]

Narrated 'Abdullah (Radi Allah Anhu) : A person was mentioned before the Allah's Apostle (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam ) and he was told that he had kept on sleeping till morning and had not got up for the prayer. The Prophet said, "Satan urinated in his ears."

[Sahih Bukhari : Volume 2, Book 21 Prayer at Night (Tahajjud), Number 246]

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi Allah Anhu): Allah's Apostle (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam ) said, "Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest Heaven to us when the last third of the night remains, saying: "Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?"

Our Lord! accept from us; surely Thou art the Hearing, the Knowing.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Allah Respites Men till an Appointed Time!!!

                                   Assalam-u-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

[20. Surah Sura Ta-Ha : Ayah 132]

And enjoin prayer on your followers, and steadily adhere to it; We do not ask you for subsistence; We do give you subsistence, and the (good) end is for guarding (against evil).

Allah Respites Men till an Appointed Time

  [16. Surah An-Nahl : Ayah 61]

"And if Allah had destroyed men for their iniquity, He would not leave on the earth a single creature, but He respites them till an appointed time; so when their doom will come they shall not be able to delay (it) an hour nor can they bring (it) on (before its time)."

Allah's Forgiveness... (except for the Mushrik)

Assalam-o-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

[25. Surah Al-Furqan : Ayah 58]

And rely on the Ever-living Who dies not, and celebrate His praise; and Sufficient is He as being aware of the faults of His servants.

ALLAH's Forgiveness (except for Mushrik)

[Sahih Muslim : Book 35 Kitab Al-Dhikr, Number 6499]

Abu Dharr   (Radi Allah Anhu) reported Allah's Messenger ( sal-allahu-alleihi- wasallam) as saying that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, stated:" He who comes with goodness, there are in store for him ten like those and even more than those: 'And he who comes with vice, ' it is only for that that he is called to account. I even forgive him (as I like) and he who draws close to Me by the span of a palm I draw close to him by the cubit, and he who draws close to Me by the cubit I draw close to him by the space (covered) by two hands, and he who walks towards Me I rush towards him, and he who meets Me in the state that his sins fill the earth, but not associating anything with Me, I would meet Him with the same (vastness) of pardon (on My behalf)."

Friday, July 25, 2008

FRIDAY KHUTBAH "No God but Allah"

FRIDAY KHUTBAH

"No God but Allah"
|Sheikh Salman al-Oadah|

Allah is the name of the only true God, the one whom the believers worship with full sincerity and devotion, giving their hearts and their worship to no other.
Allah tells us:

"Say: Truly, my worship, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Worlds. He has no partner. This I am commanded, and I am first of those who surrender (unto Him)."

[Sûrah al-An`âm: 162-163]
The statement by which a person enters into Islam is

"There is no God but Allah."

By making this declaration, we profess Allah's lordship over all Creation as well as His exclusive right to be worshipped. We then turn all of our strengths – those of the mind, the heart, and the body – to glorifying and praising Him.
Our bodies, and the atoms that make them up, already glorify their Creator, whether we acknowledge it or not. However, we are given the choice when it comes to our minds, our hearts, and our deeds. We can willingly turn to Allah and embrace the message that he sent to us with His messenger, or we can remain heedless.
We as human beings are blessed with a natural inclination to recognize our Creator and to worship Him. We instinctively feel the need to do so. Therefore, when we worship our Lord, we are in harmony with our own natures and with the rest of Creation.
As for someone who worships something other than the Creator, that person is taken by the tides of worldly existence and his soul is torn by it. In ancient times, polytheism was generally expressed through the worship of stones and trees. The hearts and passions of the people would turn to these inert material things with their problems and hopes. This can still be seen openly today in some remote places. Indeed, it is amazing to find an educated person, a professor of microbiology or astronomy, or someone of great intellectual probity in other aspects of life, bowing his or her head to some stone statue of human manufacture, where written at its base we read: "made in 1910"!
This is just one extreme expression of devotion that people can be subject to if they neglect the worship of Allah. There are many other ways people can succumb to the world if their hearts are not devoted to the Creator. Some people fall victim to their personal desires and self-aggrandizement . Some give themselves over to material wealth, enslaving themselves to the almighty dollar. Some people give themselves over to their occupations or to attaining social status. Others revere those who wield political power.
There are many forms of devotion by which people lose themselves and stray from the guidance of Allah. All of these lead to anxiety, stress, and dissatisfaction with life.

Allah says: "Allah puts forth a parable: a man belonging to many partners at variance with each other, and another man belonging entirely to one master: are those two equal in comparison? Praise be to Allah! But most of them have no knowledge. " [Sûrah al-Zumar: 29]

Today, we even find something called "Satan worship", with adherents primarily in Europe, America, and other western countries. They have their own symbols, rites and rituals to unite them, and they build their religious beliefs and practices upon selfishness and carnal desire to the exclusion of everything else. These ideas have even penetrated into the Muslim world, capturing the imaginations of some adolescents who get together and toy with the Satanic rites and symbols.

Allah tells us: "Did I not enjoin on you, O you Children of Adam, that you should not worship Satan; for he is to you an avowed enemy? And that you should worship Me? That is the right path." [Sûrah YâSîn: 60-61]

The heart can find no peace, no true pleasure or contentment, unless its Creator alone is its object of devotion, its focus of desire, and its most beloved. Every living thing besides Allah – whether human or animal, angel or jinn – is dependent upon Allah. It needs to attain what benefits it and avoid what harms it. Therefore, it needs to understand benefit and harm. It needs to know what it needs and desires. Then it needs to know what it must rely on to attain what it needs.
Truly, Allah alone is the one who should be supplicated and longed for. It is His pleasure we should seek. He is the one who we should seek to attain what we aspire to. To turn in worship to anything else or pin our hopes upon created things will only lead us to disappointment and harm.
Only Allah can truly avail us. Everything in Creation is His. He can bring us to what benefits us in His creation. Everything that we dislike or fear in the world is also nothing other than His creation, and only through Him do we have the means to avoid what harms us.

Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) knew his Lord better than anyone else. He used to beseech Allah in supplication saying:

"O Allah! I seek refuge with Your pleasure from Your wrath, with Your pardon from Your punishment. I seek refuge with You from You. I cannot encompass your praise. You are as You have praised Yourself."

[Sahîh Muslim (751)]

He (Peace be upon him) also said in supplication to his Lord before going to sleep:

"O Allah, I have submitted myself to You and have entrusted to You my affairs, and I have taken refuge in You, in both hope and fear of You. There is no refuge or sanctuary from You except with You. O Allah! I believe in Your Book which You have revealed and Your Prophet whom You have sent."

He (Peace be upon him) then said:

"If you die in on this night of yours, then you will be on the natural faith. Make these words the last thing that you utter."

[Sahîh al-Bukhârî (247) and Sahîh Muslim (2710)]

Allah is our refuge and our sanctuary.
Everything in existence exists only by His will.
Everything we might hope for or fear
is also His creation.
So we must seek refuge with Him in everything.
He is worthy of all our praise,
and He is above all praise.

Courtesy: Sister Umm yusuf

Saying Bismillah...

In the Name Of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

             As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

Praise be to Allaah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allaah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

Saying Bismillah Is Recommended

When Fighting For The Cause Of
Allah:  
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, 
"Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah"  
[Sahih Muslim 2/69]
In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful  
Saying Bismillah in the Hadith  
Saying Bismillah Is Recommended Before Eating:  
The Prophet (saw) said, 
"Say Bismillah, eat with your right .

hand and eat what is in front of
you."  
[Bukhari 7/88, Muslim 2/207,

Ahmad 17/92, Muwatta Malik 10/32 and
Ibn Majah 1/557]  
Saying Bismillah Is Recommended When Drinking Water:  
Ibn Abbas (ra) reported that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said,  
"Do not drink in one gulp like a camel, but in two or three [Gulps].
Mention the Name of Allah when you start drinking and praise Him
after you have finished Drinking.''  
[Fath al-Bari 12/197 and Al-Trimidhi] 
Saying Bismillah Is Recommended At The Beginning Of Ablution:  
The Prophet (saw) said, 
"Make Wudu [Ablution] in the name of Allah"  
[An-Nasai 1/11 and Ibn Khuzaimah 1/84] 
Saying Bismillah Is Recommended When Entering The House:  
   Jabir (ra) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) saying,                       
"If a person mentions the Name of Allah upon entering his house or
eating, Satan says, addressing his followers: `You will find no
where to spend the night and no dinner.' But if he enters without
mentioning the Name of Allah, Satan says [To his followers]; `You
have found [A place] to spend the night in, and if he does not
mention the Name of Allah at the time of eating, Satan says: `You
have found [A place] to spend the night in as well as food."  
[Sahih Muslim 2/206] 
Saying Bismillah Is Recommended When Leaving The House:  
The Messenger Of Allah (saw) said, 
"If anyone of you when leaving the house says In the name of Allah,
I trust in Allah, there is no power and might except from Allah.
Your needs shall be fulfilled, you shall be saved from difficulties
and hardships. Shaitaan hearing these words leaves him."  
[Al-Trimidhi 2/493] 
Say Bismillah At The Time When Slaughtering An Animal:  
Anas (ra) reported that the Messenger (saw) of Allah sacrificed two
horned rams of white color with black markings over them. He also
stated: I saw him sacrificing them with his own hand and saw him
placing his foot on their sides, and recited in the name of Allah
and Glorified Him [Bismillah Allaahu Akbar] 
[Bukhari 7/133, Muslim 2/181, Abu Dawud 3/230, An-Nasai 7/231, Al-
Trimidhi 5/76, Ibn Majah 2120]  
Saying Bismillah Is Recommended When Fighting For The Cause Of
Allah:  
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said,
"Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah"  
[Sahih Muslim 2/69] 
Saying Bismillah Is Recommended Before Entering The Toilet:  
The Prophet Of Allah (saw) said 
"When you enter the toilet you should say, In the Name of Allah, I
seek protection in you from unclean spirits, male and female."  
[Abu Dawud 4/264, Ahmad 2/389 and Fath Al-Bari 1/254]  
Saying Bismillah Is Recommended Because It Causes Humiliation To The
Shaitaan: 
Abul Malih said: I was riding on a mount behind the Prophet (saw).
It stumbled. Thereupon I said: May the devil perish! He said: Do not
say: May the devil perish! For if you say that, he will swell so
much so that he will be like a house, and say: By my power.  
But say Bismillah for when you say that, he will diminish so much so
that he will be like a fly.  
[An-Nasai 6/142, Ahmad 5/59 and Abu Dawud 4946] 
Saying Bismillah Is Recommended When Night Falls: 
Allah's Apostle (saw) said, "When night falls stop your children
from going out, for the devils spread out at that time. But when an
hour of the night has passed, release them and close the doors and
mention Allah's Name, for Satan does not open a closed door. 
Tie the mouth of your water-skin and mention Allah's Name; cover
your containers and utensils and mention Allah's Name. Cover them
even by placing something across it, and extinguish your lamps. " 
[Bukhari 7/527 and Abu Dawud 3722] 
Saying Bismillah Is Recommended When Placing The Body Of The
Deceased In The Grave: 
The Prophet of Allah (saw) said, "When you are lowering the deceased
in the grave you should say In the name of Allah and in accordance
to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah." 
[Ahmad 8/58 and Al-Hakim 1/366] 
The Virtue Of Saying Bismillah 
Uthman bin Abu al-As Al-Thaqafi reported that he made a complaint of
pain to Allah's Messenger (saw) that he felt in his body at the time
he had become Muslim. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (saw) said: Place
your hand at the place where you feel pain in your body and say in
the name of Allah three times and seven times I seek refuge with 
Allah and with His Power from the evil that I find and that I fear. 
[Muslim 2/280] 
It Is Recommended When Writing A Letter Bismillah Should Also Be
Written:   
Abu Sufyan said that the contents of the letter were as follows: 
"In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful, [This letter is]
from Muhammad the slave of Allah and His Apostle to Heraclius the
ruler of Byzantine. Peace be upon him, who follows the right path.
Furthermore I invite you to Islam, and if you become a Muslim you
will be safe, and Allah will double your reward, and if you reject
this invitation of Islam you will be committing a sin by misguiding
your peasants."  
[Bukhari 4/191, Muslim 2/91, Al-Trimidhi 7/500]

Prohibition of Bewailing the Deceased

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

Prohibition of Bewailing the Deceased

Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "He who (on befalling a calamity) slaps his cheeks, tears his clothes and follows the ways and traditions of the Days of Ignorance is none of us." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

302/1658 - Riyad Us-Saliheen (Gardens of the Righteous)
Commentary:

"He is none of us" here signifies that he is not following the ways of Muslims. "The ways and traditions of the Days of Ignorance" means here wailing, i.e., `Alas! my lion, my moon, my support, one whose death has rendered his children orphan etc., etc.' This is a grave sin and there is a stern warning that one who does it, is in danger of losing his Faith because by doing so one, in fact, expresses resentment against Allah's Command.

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Prophet never allowed double standard

Prophet never allowed double standard

The Prophet, peace be upon him, always sought what is best. Many people try to put on a good show in public, saying only what is correct and what people would acknowledge as the right thing. We always speak of what is "politically correct", referring to the need to say only what is socially acceptable. Thus, when a job is advertised, the advertisement must not include anything that may be perceived to be discriminatory. For example, the employers cannot say in the advertisement, "We are looking for a young man who has such and such qualifications." The word "young" is taken as discriminating against old people and the word "man" discriminates against women. If the advertisement is to be published in a newspaper, the paper will reject it because it encourages discrimination. The employers will need to remove anything that suggests special preference. However, nothing can stop the employers choosing a young man for the post they have advertised. There are many other situations where certain values and standards must appear to be observed, and people make sure of doing so, yet they go ahead and do whatever they prefer.

The Prophet's household never allowed such double standard. The Prophet never accepted anything wrong in his homes, not even in very private matters. He realized that if he kept quiet when something wrong was done in his home, the fact that he did not speak out against it meant that it is acceptable from the Islamic point of view. Indeed, his wives, daughters and servants reported many cases of what was done in his or their homes in his full knowledge. Although the Prophet did not say anything about them, scholars accepted these as perfectly permissible. Had they not been so, the Prophet would have indicated that. Scholars established the rule that says: "The lack of a statement concerning something that needs to be clarified is itself a clarification." In other words, not saying anything for or against it means that it is acceptable. The Prophet realized this and was, therefore, keen to speak out against anything that was contrary to Islamic teachings or values. He made sure that nothing of the sort was done in his home by any member of his household. He would speak out against it, resorting to what is most suitable in every case.

He may give a kindly advice or he may reproach a person in strong terms, depending on the seriousness of the matter in hand. His aim was to make his home an image of the Qur'anic Verse that says in reference to it and its members: "God only wants to remove all that is loathsome from you, you members of the (Prophet's) household, and to purify you fully." (33: 33).This Qur'anic Verse gave every member of the Prophet's household, including his wives, daughters, grandchildren and indeed his in-laws a very clear motive to try to live up to these two ideals: removing every loathsome thing, physical or mental, and seeking purity in its widest sense. The lives of his wives, even long after he departed this life was a clear example of the working of such a motive. They always aspired for what was best.

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Intensions

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

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Mu` meneen Brothers and Sisters, As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi waBarakatuh.  (May Allah`s Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)

I heard ALLAH`s Messenger (Peace and Blessings of ALLAH Be Upon Him)saying,

"The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for."

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.1 Narrated by Umar bin Al Khattab

Patience in Seeking Prayers (Du'a)

Patience in Seeking Prayers (Du'a)

[Sahih Muslim : Book 35, Number 6593]


Narrated Abu Huraira  (Radi Allah Anhu): Allah's Apostle (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam ) said:

"The supplication of every one of you is granted if he does not grow impatient and says: I supplicated but it was not granted."

[Sahih Muslim : Book 35, Number 6594]

Narrated Abu Huraira  (Radi Allah Anhu): Allah's Apostle (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam ) as saying:

"The supplication of one of you is granted if he does not grow impatient and say- I supplicated my Lord but it was not granted."

[Sahih Muslim : Book 35, Number 6595]

Narrated Abu Huraira  (Radi Allah Anhu): Allah's Apostle (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam ) as saying:

"The supplication of the servant is granted in case he does not supplicate for sin or for severing the ties of blood, or he does not become impatient. It was said: Allah's Messenger, what does:" If he does not grow impatient" imply? He said: That he should say like this: I supplicated and I supplicated but I did not find it being responded. and theu he becomes frustrated and abandons supplication. "

Our Lord! accept from us; surely Thou art the Hearing, the Knowing.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Noble Duty

Bismi Allahir Rahmanir Raheem, wahuwa Allahu al-Wahidu al-Qahhar.


Nothing happens without the will of Allah. No one does any goodness without His Mercy. All praise is for Allah, the Most High, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace be upon all the Prophets of Allah, especially our Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa aalihi wa sallam).

"Dawah - A Noble Duty"

"By the time! Surely mankind is in loss,
except those who believe and do good deeds;
exhort one another to the truth and exhort one another to patience."
Al Quran [Surah Al-Asr]

Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him) said: 
"Convey from me, even if it is one verse."
[al-Bukhari]

Assalamu 'alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,

Victory is not achieved by erecting banners at the necks of the people. The real victory is when the banner is placed at the hearts of the people.

-=[ Da'wah - In Concept ]=-

Shaytan (devil) attacks at the hearts of people by whispering and inviting/calling them to evil. Shaytan will say at the end: "I just invited you, and you accepted my invitation. Now! Do not blame me, but blame yourselves..." al-Quran [14:22]. In contrast to the Shaytan who invites to the hell, Allah the Most Merciful invites people to the abode of Peace & Paradise and to Forgiveness. There is no compulsion in religion because the true path has been made clearly distinct from all the wrong ways. Allah says: "There is no compulsion in religion. True guidance has been made clearly distinct from error..." al-Quran [2:256]. It is our duty to display this true path and to invite others to it before the devil leads us and takes over the people.

Unfortunately we conceive these Non-Muslims to be our enemy and forget that once in time we, our forefathers, were just like them. If Allah had not guided us and our forefathers through Prophets and other noble persons, we would be no different to these people whom we call as 'Kuffar'. Every Prophet of Allah has tried to save as many people as possible from falling into the hell fire. Unfortunately, we wish all these non-Muslims to go to the hell fire... Alas! the Shaytan wins here. Allah says:

ان الشيطان لكم عدو فاتخذوه عدوا انما يدعو حزبه ليكونوا من اصحاب السعير

Surely, Shaytan (Satan) is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy. He only invites his hizb (followers) that they may become the dwellers of the blazing Fire. [Faatir - 35:6]

If the angry ones had the means to destroy all the infidels in the name of Jihad, they would had unknowingly caused chaos on earth. Jihad is a pillar of this Deen, but its misuse cannot be tolerated. Rasulullah (sallallaho 'alaihi wasallam) and his Sahabah (peace be upon them) held back their hands for more than half of the Risala period, even though they were harshly treated by the surrounded people. In fact, Prophet Musa ('alaihi salam) and his people at his time were also persecuted by the Fir'own and his people. They did not hold their hands back because they were powerless but because they did not want the disbelievers to taste the fire of hell until when Allah had destined fire for the disbelievers.

Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) was asked by an angel whether that angel should retaliate with the wrongdoers by crushing them in between the two mountains. The Prophet negated and prayed that may Allah guide these people and their children. Allah says: "Wama arsalnaka illa rahmatan lilAAalameena","And We have sent you (O Muhammad SAW) not but as a mercy for the Alameen." [al Anbiyaa - 21:107]. Our Prophet is sent as a Mercy from the Most Merciful, so should we not reflect a portion of this mercy too? It is not difficult for Allah to destroy all the wrong people on earth. Allah wants to invite everyone to His Forgiveness and Paradise. Allah says: "Your Lord is Most Forgiving, the Lord of Mercy. Had it been His Will to seize them for their sins, He would have hastened their punishment, but for that there is an appointed time, after which they will not find any refuge." [al-Kahf, 18:58].

Providing a speech, a few lectures or a few passages may not be sufficient to convince someone towards the truth. Remember that Prophet Noah ('alaihi salam) preached and tried to convince his people for 950 years. Would we had Umar bin al-Khattab (radi Allahu anhu) and other alike Sahaba if Allah had hastened His punishment at that time? Why should we get tired of promoting the true path when the Shaytan is continuously calling people to wrong ways? Who knows when Allah might choose someone who could formerly be a great enemy of His religion, then open his heart for Islam and make him a big supporter for this religion and him better than all of us? Just see the beautiful words of Allah:"Perhaps Allah will make friendship between you and those whom you hold as enemies. And Allah has power (over all things), and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." [ al Mumtahana - 60:7].

ومن احسن قولا ممن دعا الى الله وعمل صالحا وقال انني من المسلمين ¤ ولاتستوي الحسنة ولاالسيئة ادفع بالتي هي احسن فاذا الذي بينك وبينه عداوة كانه ولي حميم ¤ ومايلقاها الا الذين صبروا ومايلقاها الا ذو حظ عظيم

Trans: Waman ahsanu qawlan mimman daAAa ila Allahi waAAamila salihan waqala innanee mina almuslimeena ¤ Wala tastawee alhasanatu wala alssayyiatu idfaAA biallatee hiya ahsanu faitha allathee baynaka wabaynahu AAadawatun kaannahu waliyyun hameemun ¤ Wama yulaqqaha illa allatheena sabaroo wama yulaqqaha illa thoo haththin AAatheemin ¤

Who is better in speech than the one who calls people towards Allah, does good deeds and says: "I am a Muslim?" ¤ Good deeds are not equal to the evil ones. Repel other's evil deeds with your good deeds. You will see that he with whom you had enmity, will become your close friend. ¤ But none will attain this quality except those who patiently endure and none will attain this quality except those who are truly fortunate. [ Fussilat - 41:33-35 ]

-=[ Basic Methods & Principles of Da'wah ]=-

Muhammadur Rasulullah (sallallaho 'alaihi wasallam) invited people through words and actions.

[ With Words ]

Rasulullah ('alaihi salato was-salam) was the most gentle person, as Allah says to the Prophet: "Thus it is due to mercy from Allah that you deal with them gently, and had you been rough, hard hearted, they would certainly have dispersed from around you..." [ Aal-e-Imran, 3:159 ]. If we are rough with people, no one will want to come near us and know about this Deen.

When Allahu Ta'ala asked Prophet Musa ('alaihi salam) to deliver His message, Allah said "Speak to him in gentle words; perhaps he may take heed of the reminder or fear Our punishment." [Ta-ha, 20:44]. Therefore, one should be gentle and soft when delivering His message. Allah says: "Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and best advice, and reason with them, if you have to, in the most courteous manner: for your Lord knows best who strays from His Way and He knows best who is rightly guided." [ an-Nahl, 16:125 ].

A care must be taken when delivering the Rahman's message: don't attribute anything to Allah and His Rasool without knowledge. If one has a clear reference then include it and one should avoid his/her own interpretation unless there is a very firm back plus a high degree of certainty and experience. A simple way is to just pass/convey/circulate any message.

[ With Action ]

Allah said to the People of the Book, "What! do you enjoin men to be good and neglect your own souls while you read the Book; have you then no sense?" [al-Baqarah 2:44]. It is silliness and hypocrisy that one's own actions are contrary to his words. Allah says: "It is very hateful in the sight of Allah that you say something which you don't do" [ Saf - 61:2-3].

A Muslim in public and an Islamic society collectively displays Islam to others. If we behave well with others by following Islam, we are doing da'wah without speaking any word. Muhammadur Rasulullah (sallallaho 'alaihi wasallam) is the best model for us in this regard. Allahu ta'ala says about him as: "You are of the highest noble character." [al-Qalam, 68:4]. His wife, Aisha (radi-Allahu anha), once described him as the 'Walking Quran'. Islam was portrayed in him, therefore, we should live a life with his Sunnah to display the true Islam. Allah says: "You have indeed, in the life of Messenger-Allah (Muhammad [SAW]), the 'Best Model' for him whose hope is in Allah and the Day of the Hereafter, and who engages himself much in the remembrance of Allah." [al-Ahzaab, 33:21].

-=[ Inviting and Reminding ]=-

A Muslim might get some Islamic material and then says "I am already a Muslim, why are you giving me this Islamic material...!". The truth is that we Muslims really need to be a Muslim! A true believer will always find guidance from anything of this religion. Allah says: "And remind for verily, the reminding profits the believers." "Wathakkir fainna alththikra tanfaAAu almumineen" [Zaariyaat,  51:55]. Everything is nicely concluded in Surah al-Asr: "By the time! Surely mankind is in loss, except those who believe and do good deeds; exhort one another to the truth and exhort one another to patience.".

-=[ Call towards Allah AND Call towards Islam]=-

The noble people of the past would first tell people about Allah and then Islam (commandments and practice), although both knowledge is important. Since most of us are born Muslim, we concentrate more on the physical aspects of Islam (prayers, fasting...) and don't focus enough on the integral part: who is Rahmaan (Allah)!

When Sayyidina Musa ('alaihi salam) was delivering the message to the Pharaoh (Fir'own), Fir'own asked him "Who is this Lord of the Worlds?" Musa ('alaihi salam) replied: "He is the Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, if you would be sure." [Ash-Shuaraa, 26:23-24]. In the following passage, Sayyidina Ibrahim ('alaihi salam) explains to Namrud about his Lord.

Have you not considered him (Namrud) who disputed with Ibrahim about his Lord, because Allah had given him the kingdom? When Ibrahim said: My Lord is He who gives life and causes to die, he said: I give life and cause death. Ibrahim said: So surely Allah causes the sun to rise from the east, then make it rise from the west; thus he who disbelieved was confounded; and Allah does not guide aright the unjust people. [al-Baqarah - 2:258]

Muhammadur Rasulullah (sallallaho 'alaihi wasallam) initially preached about Allah, in surah al-Ikhlas Allah says:

Trans: Qul huwa Allahu ahadun ¤ Allahu alssamadu ¤ Lam yalid walam yooladu ¤ Walam yakun lahu kufuwan ahadun ¤

Say: He is Allah the One and Only; ¤ Allah is the Self-Sufficient (independent of all, while all are dependent on Him); ¤ He begets not, nor is He begotten; ¤ And there is none comparable to Him.

Islam without a soul is merely a tradition. Sincere devotion requires sincere attention. Rasulullah ('alaihi salato was-salam) was asked "What is Ihsan (perfection)?", he (SAW) replied "To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.". We should reflect in the Ayaat of Allah (among heavens, earth, Quran..) and advice others to do the same, so to know more about Rahman (Allah) and move closer to Him.

هو الحي لااله الا هو فادعوه مخلصين له الدين الحمد لله رب العالمين

He is the Ever-Living. There is no god but Him.Therefore call upon Him with your sincere devotion.Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. [  سورة غافر   (Ghaafir) - 40:65]

-=[ Rasulullah AND Rasul-of-Rasulullah ]=-

Allahu ta'ala says: "O Prophet, We have sent you to the entire mankind, to give them good news and forewarn them, but most men do not know." [ Sabaa - 34:28] and "O Muhammad, say: 'O mankind! I am the Messenger of Allah towards all of you from He to whom belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. There is no deity but Him. He brings to life and causes to die. Therefore, believe in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered Prophet (Muhammad) who believes in Allah and His Word. Follow him so that you may be rightly guided.'" [ al-A'raaf - 7:158]

From the above ayaat it is clear that Muhammadur Rasulullah (sallallaho 'alaihi wasallam) is the Messenger of Allah towards all of us. His Risala (Message) will continue to travel as long as there is a single Muslim alive on earth. Our duty is merely to convey this Message, the Message which we got from the Messenger of Allah, to the rest of mankind. We are therefore, Rasul of Rasulullah, as the Sahaba called themselves. This duty of conveyance is not limited to the Sahabah only. The Prophet ordained this duty on all of his followers when he said "All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness oh Allah that I have conveyed your message to your people.". So, we bear witness that our Prophet has conveyed Allah's message to us. It is our duty to deliver it to others.

Trans: Wakathalika jaAAalnakum ommatan wasatan litakoonoo shuhadaa AAala alnnasi wayakoona alrrasoolu AAalaykum shaheeda ...

"We have made you a moderate Ummah (nation) so that you may testify against mankind and that your own Messenger may testify against you..." [al-Baqarah - 2:143]

Trans: huwa sammakumu almuslimeena min qablu wafee hatha liyakoona alrrasoolu shaheedan AAalaykum watakoonoo shuhadaa AAala alnnasi faaqeemoo alssalata waatoo alzzakata waiAAtasimoo biAllahi huwa mawlakum faniAAma almawla waniAAma alnnaseeru ¤

".. He named you Muslims before in prior scriptures and in this (The Qur'an), so that His Messenger may testify against you and you yourselves may testify against rest of the mankind. Therefore, establish Salah, pay Zakah and hold fast to Allah, Who is your Protector - so what an excellent Protector and what a splendid Supporter!" [ al-Hajj - 22:78]

Allah says: "Every soul shall have the taste of death: And only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have succeeded: For the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception." [3:185]. If someone is saved from the Fire because of our conveyance then Allah has really blessed us with His special blessings! This world is nothing more than a TV play which has to end one day, if a person's sins are stacked up to the heavens and he repents and enters into Islam then Allah will forgive him and turn his sins into goodness, insha'Allah! Remember the words of Prophet Ya'qoob (Jacob, 'alaihi salam): "Never give up hope of Allah's mercy; in fact none despairs of Allah's mercy except the unbelieving people." [12:87].

When Prophet Ibrahim ('alaihi salam) was in Makkah (the barren desert), Allah asked him to call people to the House of Allah. Sayyidina Ibrahim (alaihi salam) said: "O Lord, how can I convey this to people when my voice will not reach them''. Allah said: "Call them and We will convey it.''. Therefore, let us convey the Message of Prophet Muhammad (The Messenger of Allah, sallallaho 'alaihi wasallam) and insha'Allah Allah will spread this message around, even to the other creatures.

"Tell them how We brought to you a group of jinns, who when they reached the place where you were reciting and listened to the Qur'an, said to each other: "Be silent." When the recitation was over, they returned to their people as warners. ¤ They said "O our people! We have just listened to a Book that has been revealed after Moses which is confirming that what came before it, and it guides to the truth and to the Right Way. ¤ O our people, answer the one who is calling you towards Allah and believe in him! Allah will forgive you your sins and save you from a painful punishment. ¤ He that does not answer the one who is calling towards Allah, shall neither escape in the earth, nor shall have any to protect from Him. Surely such people are in manifest error." [ al-Ahqaaf - 46:29-32]

"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." Al-Quran [Zumar - 39:54-56]


"Glory be to your Lord, the Lord of Honor, He is free from what they ascribe to Him!
Peace be on the Messengers, and praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds." Al-Quran [37:180-182]

wa Assalamu 'alaikum wa Rahmatullah,

Abdullah ibn Adam

Best Times to Make Duaa (2 of 4)

continued ...

10. During The Rain
Narrated Sahel Ibn Saad (radiAllahu anhu): that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: 'Two will not be rejected, Supplication when the Adhan (call of prayer) is being called, and at the time of the rain'.
[Al-Hakim 2: 114, and Abu Dawud #2540, ibn Majah]
'Seek the response to your du'as when the armies meet, and the prayer is called, and when rain falls'
[reported by Imam al-Shafi' in al-Umm, al-Sahihah #1469]
The time of the rain is a time of mercy from Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) so, one should take advantage of this time when Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) is having mercy on His slaves.

11. At the Adhan
'Seek the response to your du'as when the armies meet, and the prayer is called, and when rain falls'
[reported by Imam al-Shafi' in al-Umm, al-Sahihah #1469]
In another hadith; 'When the prayer is called, the doors of the skies are opened, and the du'a is answered'
[al-Tayalisi in his Musnad #2106, al-Sahihah #1413]

12. The One Who Is Suffering Injustice and Opression
The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said to Mua'ad Ibn Jabal (radiAllahu anhu), 'Beware of the supplication of the unjustly treated, because there is no shelter or veil between it (the supplication of the one who is suffering injustice) and Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala)'
[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) declared,
'Three men whose dua is never rejected (by Allah) are: the fasting person until he breaks his fast (in another narration, when he breaks fast), the just ruler and the one who is oppressed.'
[Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]
In another hadith; The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) declared:
'Three du'as are surely answered: The du'a of the oppressed, the du'a of the traveler, and the du'a of the father/mother (upon their child)'
The One who is suffering injustice is heard by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) when he invokes Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) to retain his rights from the unjust one or oppressor. Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) has sworn to help the one who is suffering from injustice sooner or later as the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said.

13. The Traveler
The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said; Three supplications will not be rejected (by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala)), the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveler.

[al-Bayhaqi, at-Tirmidhi - Sahih]
During travel supplication is heard by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) if the trip is for a good reason, but if the trip is for a bad intention or to perform illegal things (making sins) this will not apply to it.

14. The Parent's Supplication for their Child
The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said; Three supplications will not be rejected (by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala)), the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveler. [al-Bayhaqi, at-Tirmidhi - Sahih]

15. Dua after praising Allah and giving salat on the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) in the tashahhud at the end of salat.
Narrated Faddalah ibn Ubayd (radiAllahu anhu): that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
'When anyone of you makes du'a, let him start by glorifying his Lord and praising Him, then let him send blessings upon the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), then let him pray for whatever he wants'
[abu Dawud #1481, at-Tirmidhi #3477]
In another hadith; Baqiy ibn Mukhallid (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
'Every du'a is not responded to until one sends blessings upon the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam)'
[al-Bayhaqi]
In another hadith; Umar (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
'Du'a is detained between the heavens and the earth and no part of it is taken up until you send blessings upon your Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam)'
[at-Tirmidhi #486]
After a person has finished his tashahhud and before saying the 'salam', supplication at this time is one likely to be responded to.
Ibn Mas'ud narrates: I was once praying, and the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), Abu Bakr and Umar (were all present). When I sat down (in the final tashahhud), I praised Allah, then sent salams on the Prophet, then started praying for myself. At this, the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
'Ask, and you shall be given it! Ask, and you shall be given it!'
[at-Tirmidhi #593 - hasan, Mishkat al-Misbah #931]

Monday, July 21, 2008

Best Times to Make Duaa

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

Best Times to Make Duaa
by Mutma'inaa

There are certain times dua (supplication) is more likely to be accepted by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) as mentioned by Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam).

These times are as follows:

1. The Last Third Of The Night
Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: 'In the last third of every night our Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) (Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala)) descends to the lowermost heaven and says; "Who is calling Me, so that I may answer him? Who is asking Me so that may I grant him? Who is seeking forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive him?."'
[Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith Qudsi]
Amr ibn Absah narrated that the Prophet said: 'The closest any worshipper can be to His Lord is during the last part of the night, so if you can be amongst those who remember Allah at that time, then do so.'
[at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa'i, al-Hakim - Sahih]

2. Late at night
When people are sleeping and busy with worldly pleasures Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) gives the believers an opportunity, or an answer hour if they can fight sleep and invoke Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) for whatever they need.
The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: 'There is at night an hour, no Muslim happens to be asking Allah any matter of this world or the Hereafter, except that he will be given it, and this (occurs) every night.'
[Muslim #757]

3. Between Adhan and Iqamah
Anas (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: 'A supplication made between the Adhan and Iqama is not rejected.'
[Ahmad, abu Dawud #521, at-Tirmidhi #212, Sahih al-Jami #3408, an-Nasai and Ibn Hibban graded it sahih (sound)]

4. An Hour On Friday
Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu): Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) talked about Friday and said:
'There is an hour on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while offering Salat (prayer) and asks something from Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala), then Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) will definitely meet his demand.' And he (the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) pointed out the shortness of that particular time with his hands.
[Sahih al-Bukhari]
Some have said that this hour is from the time the Imam (prayer’s leader) enters the mosque on Friday’s prayer until the prayer is over (ie between the two khutbahs), whereas others have said that it is the last hour of the day (ie after the Asr prayer until the Maghrib prayer).
(Note: when we say an hour here we do not mean the hour everyone knows (60 minutes) but an unspecified period of time because the time counters which we use today came after the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) had died.

5. While Drinking Zamzam Water
Jaber (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: 'Zamzam water is for what it is drunk for.'
[Ahmad 3: 357 and Ibn Majah #3062]
This means that when you drink Zamzam water you may ask Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) for anything you like to gain or benefit from this water such as healing from illness.... etc.

6. While Prostrating
Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), said:
'The nearest a slave can be to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so invoke (supplicate) Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) much in it.
[Muslim, abu Dawud, an-Nasa'i and others, Sahih al-Jami #1175]
When a Muslim is in his Salat (prayer) he is facing Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) and when he prostrates he is the nearest he can be to Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) so it is best to invoke Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) at this time.
It is said that while in prostration, one should not ask for worldy needs (ie a nice car, a new job, etc), but for the Hereafter.

7. When Waking Up at Night
Narrated Ubada Bin As-Samit that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: 'Whomever wakes up at night and says

La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la shrika lahu lahulmulku, wa lahul hamdu, wa huwa ala kulli shai'in qadir. Alhamdu lillahi, wa subhanallahi wa la ilaha illallahu, wallah akbir, wa la hawla wala quwata illa billah

(none has the right to be worshipped but Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) He is the only one who has no partners. His is the kingdom and all the praises are for Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) All the glories are for Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) And none has the right to be worshipped but Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) and Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) is the most Great and there is neither might nor power except with Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) and then says, Allahumma ighfir li (O Allah! Forgive me) or invokes Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala),

he will be responded to and if he makes ablution and performs Salat (prayer), his Salat (prayer) will be accepted.
[Sahih al-Bukhari]

8. At The End Of The Obligatory Salat:
Narrated Abu Omamah (radiAllahu anhu): that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) was asked, O Messenger of Allah, which supplication is heard (by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala), he said the end of the night and at the end of the obligatory Salat (prayer)
[at-Tirmidhi]
This time is after saying 'At-tahyat' , and before making Tasleem (finishing prayer)

9. The Night Of 'Qadr' (Decree)
This night is the greatest night of the year. This is the night which the almighty Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) said about it, "The night of Al-Qadar (Decree) is better than a thousand months."
[Surah al-Qadr, 97: 3]
The Night of Decree is one of the odd nights of the last ten nights of the blessed month of Ramadan. The angels descend down to the earth, and the earth is overwhelmed with peace and serenity until the break of dawn and when he doors of Paradise are opened, the worshipper is encouraged to turn to Allah to ask for his needs for this world and the Hereafter.

Given reward Twice

As Salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu

Given reward Twice

Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari, (Radhi Allahu Anhu), said that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:
"There are three who will be given their reward twice: a man among the People of the Book who believed in his Prophet then believed in me; a slave who fulfills his duty towards Allah and towards his master; and a man who has a slave woman and educates her and teaches her good manners, then he frees her and marries her." (Al-Bukhari)
O Allah! Suffice us with what is lawful, so we have no need for what is unlawful, and free us from having to depend on anyone other than You. Ameen!
Wa Alaikum Salam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu

"Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us Mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower." (Surah Al-Imran 3:8)

Allah

A young man had been to Wednesday Night Class of Quranic Studies.
The Mualim had shared about listening to Allah and obeying Allah
through intuition .
The young man couldn't help but wonder, 'Does Allah still speak to
people through intuition?'
After Lessons, he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and
they discussed the message. Several different ones talked about how
Allah had led them in different ways and that at the end you'll know
it was Allah(SWT) Who has directed you.
It was about ten o'clock when the young man started driving home.
Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, 'Allah...If you still speak
to people, speak to me. I will listen.
I will do my best to obey.'
As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest
thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk.
He shook his head and said out loud, 'Allah is that you?' He didn't
get a reply and started on toward home.
But again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk came into his head.
'Okay, Allah, in case that is you, I will buy the milk.' It didn't
seem like too hard a test of obedience. He could always use the milk.
He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward
home.
As he passed Seventh Street , he again felt the urge, 'Turn Down that street.'
This is crazy he thought, and drove on past the intersection.
Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street .
At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh.
Half jokingly, he said out loud, 'Okay, Allah, I will.'
He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he should stop.
He pulled over to the curb and looked around. He was in a
semi-commercial area of town. It wasn't the best but it wasn't the
worst of neighborhoods either. The businesses were closed and most of
the houses looked dark like the people were already in bed.
Again, he sensed something, 'Go and give the milk to the people in
the house across the street.' The young man looked at the house. It
was dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were
already asleep. He started to open the door and then sat back in the
car seat.
'Allah, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake them
up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid.' Again, he felt
like he should go and give the milk.
Finally, he opened the door, 'Okay Allah(SWT), if this is you, I will
go to the door and I will give them the milk. If you want me to look
like a crazy person, okay. I want to be obedient. I guess that will
count for something, but if they don't answer right away, I am out of
here.'
He walked across the street and rang the bell. He could hear some
noise inside. A man's voice yelled out, 'Who is it? What do you want?'
Then the door opened before the young man could get away.
The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt. He looked like
he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on his face and he
didn't seem too happy to have some stranger standing on his doorstep.
'What is it?'
The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, 'Here, I brought this to you.'
The man took the milk and rushed down a hallway.
Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the
kitchen. The man was following her holding a baby. The baby was
crying. The man had tears streaming down his face.
The man began speaking and half crying, 'We were just praying. We had
some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn't have any
milk for our baby. I was just praying and asking Allah(SWT) to show me
how to get some milk.'
His wife in the kitchen yelled out, 'I ask him to send an Angel with some.
Are you an Angel?'
The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he
had on him and put in the man's hand. He turned and walked back toward
his car and the tears were streaming down his face.
He knew that Allah (SWT) still answers prayers. If you send this message you
might just be sending someone hope and belief that Allah (SWT) hears
our prayers and give hope to those who have already lost faith
considering the situation most people.
Sometimes it's the simplest things that Allah (SWT) asks us to do,
that enable us to understand His words clearer and better than ever.
Please listen, and obey!
It will bless you and others

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Email from Yusuf Estes

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Salam alaykum:
We would really value your help on this. I am hoping you have a minute to look over these suggestions for programs and projects for dawah, students of knowledge, women, youth groups - found on our websites, and you will write back to me with some of your ideas or suggestions for our next campaign coming up soon, inshallah. We really need your input, so please just take a moment and let us have your feed back, inshallah.
Jazakallah khairan - Salam alaykum, Yusuf Estes
General Dawah Projects:
www.WhatsIslam.com <**EZ DAWAH** Download the program from this site - make copies - hook a projector to the computer - project the sound and PowerPoint Presentation up on the screen or a blank wall - send out the CDs (or the link) to dawah people and masjids everywhere to use for dawah to non-Muslims, like "Open House" or "Pot Luck Dinners" or any gatherings for basic info on Islam in simple English>
www.WatchIslam.com <do the drop down list on the left side and copy some of the videos and hand them out - then ask the brothers to copy them and hand them out to others who will do the same thing - this is easy way to make dawah>
www.HearIslam.com <listen to the programs, download, copy and distribute and ask each one to copy and give them out as well>
Students After Knowledge:
www.Qtafsir.com <Use this site for helping students understand meanings of the Quran>
www.AllahsQuran.com <Basic information - Reciters - Audios - translations - Our "Learn At Home"  - Word By Word teaching recitation online (this portion of this site is scheduled to be completed within next few days, July 31)>
www.ScienceIslam.com <Use basic proofs from scientists for dawah - (9) videos of actual scientists explaining why they now believe in Quran due to the "Miracles of Quran" - answers for "Evolution vs. Creation" - Purpose of creation - download, make copies - Muslims & even other religions can use this for atheists>
(1) www.ChatIslam.com <Visit here to see how we make dawah and give shahadahs 24 hours a day - moderated chat limits visitors to be able to "be seen" by the hosts, moderators and monitors - other guests cannot see each other's comments - stops the bad things said in chatrooms and makes a very nice, comfortable and peaceful place to go to watch (Share Islam TV) and listen (Share Islam Radio) 24 hours a day - share this link>
(2) www.ChatIslam.com <Learn to be "moderators" or "monitors" on this site after you attend the live lessons, classes, lectures and the question & answer sessions - famous scholars and presenters teach Islam in simple English terms daily - share the link to this site with non-Muslims>
www.IslamClass.com <Check schedule for times and teachers - similar to the Chat Islam>
Sisters & Women Project:
www.IslamsWomen.com <Check out the many features of the site - Go to the Goodies pages - Take the Quiz - Ask questions - share the link>
Dawah to Non-Muslim Projects:
www.IslamNewsRoom.com <Go through the articles and find which of these could be used in emails - then copy the Headlines - include a link to the exact page of the story and send it out asking them to read and forward to those who might be interested in the topic - example: Harsh questions against Islam or Age of Ayesha when she married, etc.
www.BridgeToFaith.com <Read the articles here and watch the videos to get the feel for what priests and preachers of other faiths are interested in about Islam. The videos were made at the Catholic church TV station in California last year>
www.SearchForIslam.com <Type in any word(s) and see the results - only websites with the correct teachings of Islam come up without anything attacking Islam - save this search engine for Islam as a "Favorite" and share it with everyone you know>
www.ArabicInEnglish.com <Anyone not familiar with reading and writing Arabic would appreciate the lessons and games on this site, inshallah - forward it to others>
Halaqas (circles of learning) in the masjid should always include things of interest for the youth, new Muslims and those who are waking up to real Islam. Offering the time to ask questions and giving simple and plain answers to the questions.
Have actual demonstrations: How to make wudu and preform salat correctly - How to draw closer to Allah by being living examples of Islam - Keeping ourselves clean and pure through sunnah like: clipping finger nails, removing hairs, etc.
Youth Dawah Projects:
www.YouTubeIslam.com <ask each one to become members, each one set up his own account (like on any site like MySpace, YouTube) and upload some of the videos to their account for people to watch>
www.99islam.com <share this link with each brother (sisters too) and have them each email this link to friends and ask them to check out the style of the site and give us their opinion of the appearance and design (the images all move around on the page and the menu bar goes up and down in the big circle) - circulate this link with a questionaire to fill out telling us what they liked, didn't like, recommendations, etc.>
Outdoor activities - Outings are great - sports - trips - camping - hiking - sports
(and be sure to do salat on time and have some recitation of Quran and some hadeeths mixed in)
Why not join us? www.ShareIslam.com/help (sign up)
Email me back at: yusuf@shareislam.com
Salam alaykum,
Yusuf Estes
P.S. remember to www.ShareIslam.com in all your emails (like this) and www.SearchForIslam.com too!

On Prohibition of Shaving a part of Head

On Prohibition of Shaving a part of Head
Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saw a boy, some portion of whose head was shaved and some of it was left out. He prohibited them from that and said, "Shave the whole of it or leave the whole of it."[Muslim].
295/1639 - Riyad Us-Saliheen (Gardens of the Righteous)
Commentary:
This order of Prophet (PBUH) was based on the reason that that hair-style was then in vogue among the Jews and Christian priests and ascetics. This style was also popular with the group which was given to mischief and disobedience. This is, however, permissible in exceptional circumstances. In any case, either one should shave the hair completely or keep them in such a style that there is no resemblance with women.

Desired for his brother

Anas Radiyallahu anhu reported:

The Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam said,

"No one of you shall become a true believer until

he desires for his brother what he desires for himself".

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary:

This Hadith deals more comprehensively with the subject discussed above.

When a Muslim likes the same thing for another Muslim which he does for himself, then

he will be obviously expressing goodwill to his fellow Muslims. When Muslims adopt this

attitude at the community level, no Muslim will be an enemy of the other. In fact, each

Muslim would then be a well-wisher and helper of other Muslims. May Allah enable us to

adopt this attitude.