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New Book: Between Love, Hope & Fear! November 20, 2007

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Asalaamu Alaaikum,
Just want to tell you all about this new book that just came out! It’s wonderful, Alhamdulilah. Please check out the website and video for more info, and if you can please buy it (all proceeds go to charity!)!

http://www.an-najmpublishers.co.uk/index.php

JazaakAllahu Khair

Wa’alaykum Asalaam

URGENT APPEAL for Bangladesh Cyclone victims November 17, 2007

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http://ramadan.muslimaid.org/

 Please donate generously for the imminent relief work by Muslim Aid for the Bangladesh cylone victims at:
WWW.MUSLIMAID.ORG /click on link above
OR
Muslim Aid
Lloyds TSB
A/C= 00243021
S/C= 30-94-21

“Whoever abandons something for the sake of Allaah, He will replace it for him with something better than it” November 17, 2007

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Asalaamu Alaaikum,

My younger brother once told me about this great Khutba at the masjid (that i missed!). I came across it today again,masha’Allah. Slightly different from the version I heard from my bro nevertheless the same story, insha’Allah I will share with you readers:

 “Whoever abandons something for the sake of Allaah, He will replace it for him with something better than it”

AUTHOR: ‘Alee Hasan al-Halabee
SOURCE: Al-Asaalah Magazine (Issue 31, pg. 60-61)
PRODUCED BY: Al-Ibaanah.com

The teacher of our teachers,[1] the great scholar and historian, Shaikh Muhammad Raaghib At-Tabbaakh, rahimahullaah, mentioned the following story in his book “I’laam an-Nubalaa bi-Taareekh Halab ash-Shuhabaa” (7/231):

“Shaikh Ibraaheem Al-Hilaalee Al-Halabee – a pious and noble scholar – traveled to Al-Azhar University in search of knowledge. While seeking knowledge, he became very poor and used to rely on charity. One time, several days passed by and he did not find anything to eat, so he became extremely hungry.

So he came out of his room in Al-Azhar to ask for some scraps of food. He found an open door from which a pleasant smell of food was coming out of. So he entered the door and found himself in a kitchen with no one around. There he found some tempting food, so he grabbed a spoon and dipped it in, but when he lifted it to his mouth, he held himself back from eating it, since he realized that he had not been given permission to eat from it. So he left it and returned to his room in the dormitory of Al-Azhar, still hungry and starving.

But no less than an hour passed by, when one of his teachers, accompanied by another man, came into his room. And his teacher said to him: ‘This noble man came to me seeking a righteous student of knowledge to choose for marrying his daughter, and I have chosen you for him. So rise and come with us to his home where we can complete the marriage contract between you and his daughter and you can become part of his household.’ So Shaikh Ibraaheem struggled to get to his feet, obeying the command of his teacher and went with them. And behold they took him to the very same house he had been to, and which he had entered and dipped the spoon into the food!

So when he sat down, the girl’s father married her to him and the food was brought out. It was the same food he had put the spoon into before and which he abandoned. But now he ate from it and said to himself: ‘I withheld from eating it when I had no permission, but now Allaah has given me this food with permission.’

Afterward, this righteous wife went back with him to Halab, after he had finished his studies. And she bore righteous children for him.”

So this is the fruit of patience and this is the result of having taqwaa, as Allaah says: “And whoever has Taqwaa of Allaah, He will make a way out for him (from hardship), and He will provide for Him from places He never imagined.” [Surah At-Talaaq: 2-3]

But as for those who are hasty – those who do not distinguish between the truth and falsehood, seeking after the transitory vanities of this worldly life – they will never experience anything but grief and sorrow in their hearts, for they will never attain the worldly life nor will they ever achieve Religion.

This is because they forget – or perhaps neglect – the saying of Allaah: “Is not Allaah sufficient for His servant?” [Surah Az-Zumar: 36]

As for those who are patient and firm and who have Taqwaa, they will gain ascendancy in this life and glory and honor with their Lord on the Day of Judgement. And Allaah says: “So give the glad tidings to the patient ones.” [Surah Al-Baqarah: 155] And He says: “Verily, the patient ones will be given their reward without any reckoning.” [Surah Az-Zumar: 10]

Footnotes:

[1] Translator’s Note: He is referring to Imaam Al-Albaanee, who was a student of Shaikh Muhammad Raaghib At-Tabbaakh.

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Masha’Allah!

Short Film-Last Breath! November 13, 2007

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Asalaamu Alaaikum,

A reminder about death in a short film with Sheikh Belal Assad and others.

 😦

Hadithuna-Muslim Blogs! November 11, 2007

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Asalaamu Alaaikum

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http://hadithuna.com/

Just a quick update. I’ve chosen Hadithuna as my new blog’s home insha’Allah. I just came across hadithuna a few days ago, and on top of being Muslim (big plus), Hadithuna has Alhamdulilah a lot of great features and themes! A lot more than wordpress (even though Hadithuna is like an ofshoot of wordpress, or alteast they are using wordpress as their base). I encourage brothers and sisters to head on over and register a blog there!

I’ve finally chosen my theme (lol that took me forever), and now i’m going to update the blog insha’Allah. I’m planning on making a “knowledge base”, a one-stop-shop for ilm-no money needed of course. :p

Make dua that is goes well,

 JazaakAllahu Khair

Wa’alaykum Asalaam

Ten Causes that Result in Allaah’s Love For His Slave and the Slave’s Love for his Lord November 9, 2007

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Ten Causes that Result in Allaah’s Love For His Slave and the Slave’s Love for his Lord

 
Author: Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah

Source: Madarij as-Saalikeen (vol. 3, pp. 17-18)

 http://www.theclearpath.com/home.php

 

*First, reciting the Qur’an while pondering over its meanings and what is meant by it.

*Second, getting closer to Allaah by performing voluntary deeds after completing obligatory deeds. This is as is stated in a Hadith Qudsi: “My slave continues getting closer to Me by performing voluntary deeds until I love him.”

*Third, continual remembrance of Allaah under all circumstances, with one’s tongue, heart and actions. The extent of one’s love of Allaah is determined by this.

*Fourth, giving precedence to what He loves over what you love when you are overtaken by your desires.

*Fifth, the heart being avid of Allaah’s Names, and Attributes and the heart roaming in that garden of knowledge.

*Sixth, observing Allaah’s kindness, goodness and bounties, both hidden and open.

*Seventh, and this is the most wonderful, the heart being soft, subdued and meek before Allaah.

*Eighth, being alone with Allaah during the time when the Lord descends during the last portion of the night while reading His Book and ending that by asking for forgiveness and repenting.  

*Ninth, sitting with the beloved and sincere, benefitting from the most fruitful of their speech. And not to speak unless speaking is more beneficial and you know that it will improve your state and be beneficial to others.

*Tenth, remaining away from every cause that comes between the heart and Allaah.

Even when it can’t get worse, Allah Knows Best November 5, 2007

Posted by Sis Shaykha in Iman.
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Asalaamu Alaaikum,

Here is a very uplifting video that we can all reflect upon, teaching us the importance of patience, and tawakul (trust in Allah).

Made by Brother Rnjigga

Wa’alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmatullah

Salaam November 3, 2007

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Asalaamul Alaaikum dear brothers and sisters in Islam,

I haven’t been posting lately, and I’m sorry for that. I have Mid-Terms and Final Exams all this week, and the coming weeks, so I might not be the most *active blogger*.

But Alhamdulilah, I have many new ideas for the blog and I’m even thinking of making my own website *say what?!?*. 😀

Coming from a person who isn’t exactly the most knowledgeable about Web Design, this sounds really ambitious, but who knows I just *might* start planning the site. 

But I’m not 100% on this, I just might in the end stick to the “blogworld“. We’ll see…

Anyway, here is a nice site I just happened to come across a few days ago:

http://islamlecture.com

Be sure to check it out, I’m going to be using it in upcoming *projects*, insha’Allah

And also head over to the blogroll (masha’Allah excellent blogs)…..

JazaakAllahum KHair

Wa’alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmatullah  

Celebrating Halloween?! October 29, 2007

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Asalaamu Alaaikum

 Thinking about celebrating Halloween, going trick-or-treating, going to a halloween party??! Well you need to STOP and read this:

On Halloween: A. Idris Palmer

Ruling on joining in the kaafir festivals

Question:
I see many “Muslims” joining in Christmas and other celebrations. Is there any daleel from the Quran and Sunnah that I can present to them to show that these are indeed very sinful practices?.

Answer:


Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible to join in the kaafir festivals for the following reasons: 

Firstly: because this entails imitating or resembling them, and “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood). This is a serious warning. ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-‘Aas said: Whoever lives in the land of the mushrikeen and celebrates their Nawrooz (New Year) and their Mahrajaan (festivals), and imitates them until he dies, he will be a loser on the Day of Resurrection. 

Secondly: taking part in their festivals is a kind of befriending them and showing love for them. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Awliyaa’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but Awliyaa’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Awliyaa’), then surely, he is one of them… “[al-Maa’idah 5:51]

“O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers and polytheists) as friends, showing affection towards them” [al-Mumtahanah 60:1] 

Thirdly: festivals are the matter of religion and beliefs, not the matter of worldly customs, as is indicated by the hadeeth: “Every nation has its Eid, and this is our Eid.” Their Eid or festival reflects their corrupt beliefs of Kufr and Shirk. 

Fourthly: “And those who do not witness falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass it by with dignity” [al-Furqaan 25:72 – interpretation of the  meaning]. The scholars interpreted this aayah was referring to the festivals of the mushrikeen. It is not permissible to give any of them cards for their festivals, or to sell them cards or any of the other things they need for their festivals such as lights, trees or food – including turkey, candy canes, etc

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Wa’alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmatullah….

Sincere Repentance – The Aftermath October 23, 2007

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Asalaamu Alaaikum, This is a very good article, insha’Allah you can give it a read:

Sincere Repentance – The Aftermath| Sheikh `Alî Bâ Dahdah|

   http://islamtoday.com/default.cfm 

We should know that repentance is a great act of worship, and that Allah promises those who med their ways and repent that He will forgive them.  

Allah says: “Say: ‘O my servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of Allah’s Mercy. Truly, Allah forgives all sins. Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Sûrah al-Zumar: 53]  

He says: “Announce (O Muhammad) to my servants that I am indeed the Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful” [Sûrah al-Hijr: 49] 

 He says: “And most surely I am most forgiving to the one who repents and believes and does good, then continues to follow right guidance.” [Sûrah TâHâ: 82]  

The Prophet (peace be upon him) tells us how much Allah loves our repentance:  

A believer sees his sins as if he is standing beneath a mountain that he fears is about to fall on top of him. A wanton sinner sees his sins as if they were like a fly that settles on his nose that he can easily shoo away… 

 Allah is so happy when His servant repents – He is as happy as a man who is wandering in a barren wasteland after waking from a nap to find his steed had wandered off with all his food and provisions. Then, after the heat and his thirst become severe, he falls asleep in the same place and wakes to find his steed standing before him.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (6308) and Sahîh Muslim (2744)]

For repentance to be sincere, the person must desist from committing the sin with a sincere resolve never to go back to the sin again.  Allah says:

“And those who, when they commit an indecency or do injustice to their souls, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins – and who forgives sins but Allah – and (who) do not knowingly persist in what they have done. For such the reward is forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens with rivers flowing underneath – an eternal dwelling. How excellent a recompense for those who work (and strive)!” [Sûrah Âl `Imrân: 135-136]  

When a person repents sincerely, he can look forward to Allah’s forgiveness and His reward.  However, the person should be aware that just because he has resolved himself to stay away from sin – this does not mean that Satan is going to give up on him.

He should not expect that everything is going to be smooth sailing from then on.  Satan and his minions form both men and jinn do everything they can to encourage us to fall into sin. This is Satan’s purpose ever since Allah expelled Satan from His grace. Satan wants nothing other than to lead Adam’s descendants astray. He will even try to lead us astray on the very straight path we are striving to follow. 

 Allah tells us: “He said: Now, because You have sent me astray, verily I shall lurk in ambush for them on Your straight path. Then I shall come upon them from before them and from behind them and from their right hands and from their left hands, and You will not find most of them grateful.” [Sûrah al-A`râf: 16-17]  

After repenting for our sins and starting anew, we may find that some of the old sinful days creep into our memories from time to time. This happens to a lot of people. There are some things that we can do to avoid this problem or at least minimize it:  

1. We can find other things to occupy our minds. When our minds are not busy with something, they are like an empty container that will get filled with something. If we do not fill our minds with good thoughts, bad ones will certainly creep in. We should keep ourselves occupied with either our worship or our livelihood, or in study, or even with sports.

  2. Our greatest weapon against those bad and tempting thoughts is the remembrance of Allah. We should keep up His remembrance and be constant in seeking forgiveness.  Allah says: “Those who fear Allah, when a thought of evil from Satan assaults them, bring Allah to remembrance, when lo! they see (aright)!” [Sûrah al-A`râf: 201] 

 Commentators on this verse say: “Whenever the feel the inclination to commit a sin – or actually fall into sin – the recall Allah’s punishment as well as His immense reward. They remember His promise of good and His threat of what befalls sin. Because of this, they turn to Him in repentance.”  We can look again at where Allah says: “Allah says: “And those who, when they commit an indecency or do injustice to their souls, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins…” [Sûrah Âl `Imrân: 135]  

3. When thoughts of our past sins come to mind, we should bring into our thoughts how ugly those sins were and how shameful. We should remind ourselves how much our Lord hates those behaviors. We should remind ourselves to feel gratitude that Allah has spared us from those sins and promised us His forgiveness.  

4. We should cultivate the habit of reading the Qur’ân with understanding, and of contemplating on its teachings, especially the verses that speak of Allah’s reward in the Hereafter for the righteous and His punishment for the iniquitous.  

5. We should seek out good company who will strengthen our resolve to stay away from sin and encourage us to be good people.

  6. We should seek Allah’s help in patience and in supplication. We must ask Allah to strengthen our hearts and make us constant.  Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), in spite of his being divinely protected from error, used to beseech Allah saying: “O Allah, You who turn our hearts, turn my heart toward Your religion.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhî (2140)]