Friday, February 27, 2009
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
- I love Chocolate
- I love Cheesecake, and any combination of chocolate AND cheesecake :P
- I love to read, especially Islamic books
- Favourite colours are purple and aqua
- I've been married once before
- I have no children, but would like to have 3 InshaAllah(so I need to find a hubby)
- I can speak Japanese (enough to get around)
- I love learning about Islam, and I try to learn as much as I can
- I have been engaged twice (didn't work out, Allahu alim)
- I love Chinese and Indian food
- I love Mango ice-cream( Jamaica's Devon House Ice-cream is the best in the WORLD)
- I like Peach Iced Tea
- I drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, take vitamins and exercise (sometimes I get these bursts of wanting to be healthy)
- I'm in the middle of a sewing project which I will post on my fashion blog if it looks 'acceptable' lol
- I am artistic and scientific at the same time, la hawla wa la quwata illa billah
- I'm shy at first but once I get to know you, I'll have you cracking up with laughter
- I have one 'big' little sister, I'm what some people refer to as short, lol
- I have a short attention span, and need to multitask so I don't get bored (ADHD???? naw )
- Back in the day I knew Vanilla Ice's 'Ice Ice baby' by heart....and MC Hammer's 'Can't touch this' lol
- I like knee high socks in different colours to match my outfits, black socks with everything does not cut it for me
- I am learning Arabic at home and in a class setting (still not so good though, InshaAllah I will get better)
- I have the best Dad in the WHOLE WORLD, Alhamdullilah!
- For a long time the Matrix trilogy were my favourite movies
- I have a thing for superhero shows, Smallville is currently my favourite (yes I watch TV shows sometimes, I havent reached to that level of 'No TV' yet....working at it , am down to one day a week now...Thursdays for Smallville of course :-), been replacing my need for tv with Islamic lectures
- I sleep with two pillows, one under my head and the other I throw my leg over, I don't know why but it feel comfy like that
Friday, February 20, 2009
After reading on 'the truth will set you free blog' about a sisters experience at Jumuah with persons gossiping and chatting during the Khutbah, I decided to post some information about the etiquettes and importance of Jumuah. I found the article below on the internet and modified it slightly, I am not sure who the original writer is but it seemes to have come from a khutbah, may it be a reminder for us all InshaAllah.
al-Jumu’ah or Friday is obviously a significant day for Muslims, but do we (as Muslims) know why it’s significant and do we show this day the respect it deserves? In reality, many of us don’t know much about it, except that it’s a day when we gather for salaat al-Jumu’ah/the Friday prayer.
As for the significance and importance of this day, Allaah(SWT) created the Prophet Adam (AS) on this day, the verse in which we are informed that Allaah perfected our religion for us was revealed on a Friday, and the day of Resurrection will occur on a Friday. We learn of these facts and of the importance and significance of this day from authentic ahaadeeth of the prophet (SAW).
Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “The most virtuous of your days is Jumu`ah. On that day, Adam was created and on that day he died, (on that day) the horn will be blown and the people will be dumbfounded! Increase your prayers upon me as your prayers upon me will be presented to me” The people said: “O Messenger of Allah, how will our prayers be presented to you when you have passed away?” He said: “Allah has prohibited the earth from eating the bodies of the Prophets”. (Ahmad, Abu Daawood, Ibn Maajah, Ibn Hibbaan & Al-Haakim)
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) also said: “It was Friday from which Allah diverted those who were before us. For the Jews (the day set aside for prayer) was Saturday, and for the Christians it was Sunday. In this order they (Jews and Christians) would come after us on the Day of Resurrection. We are the last (of the nations) among the people in this world and the first among the creatures to be judged on the Day of Resurrection”. (Muslim)
It was the practice of our beloved prophet (SAW) to honor this day and hold it in high esteem by performing certain acts of worship on it either in abundance or on it specifically.
It is preferred to pray for Allah’s blessings on the prophet (SAW) in abundance during the day and night of Jumu`ah as the Prophet (SAW) said: “Make many prayers upon me during the day of Friday and the night of Friday” (Al-Bayhaqi).
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) is reported to have said: "People should not neglect Friday Prayers under any circumstances, otherwise their hearts will be sealed, (the will be deprived of Divine Guidance); they will become one with those who are forgetful (of Religion)." (Muslim)
One should take extra care to clean and purify oneself for saying Friday prayers. Islam lays a great deal of emphasis on bathing and adorning oneself for the day which is full of blessing and auspiciousness.
Abu Sa'eed (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:"It is binding upon every one who has attained maturity that he should take a bath (ghusl) on Friday. He should use the siwaak (tooth-stick) and perfume if it is available." (Bukhari)
Salman (RA) reports that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "An individual who bathes on Fridays, performs ablution, oils (grooms his hair), and scents himself, then goes to the mosque in the noon, without disturbing two persons already sitting in the line, offers the prescribed prayer, and listens to the khutba (sermons of the Khatib) attentively, shall have all the sins he may have committed between this Friday and the pervious one pardoned." (Bukhari)
So we should adorn ourselves before going to the Friday prayer, but what do we do once we get to the Masjid? Well, instead of chatting and gossiping, one should keep himself occupied with the remembrance of Allah, supplication, and recitation until the Imaam begins his khutbah. But when the Imam starts his khutbah, one must be completely silent.
Listening to the Khutbah is obligatory, and one should not disturb or talk to others while the Imam is delivering the khutbah. Even saying As-Salamu-Alaikum is not allowed when the khutbah is being delivered.
Allah’s prophet (SAW) said: “When the Imaam is delivering the Khutbah, and you ask your companion to keep quiet and listen, then, no doubt you have done an evil act”. (Al-Bukhaari, Muslim, Maalik, and Abu Daawood)
It is recommended to recite certain surahs/chapters of the Quran on Friday. “The reciter of Surat al-Kahf on Jumu`ah will be blessed with a light that will rise from underneath his feet to the peak of the sky. This will be a light for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven for what is between this Jumu`ah (and the next) Jumu`ah” (Al-Haakim in his Mustadrak, Al-Bayhaqi in his Sunan, and Ad-Daarami in his Musnad).
The messenger of Allah (SAW) also used to recite Surat al-Jumu`ah and al-Munaafiqoon or al-Ghaashiyah and al-A`la during the Jumu`ah prayer. (Muslim, Tirmithi, and Ibn Maajah)
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “A man who performs ghusl on Friday, perfumes himself if he has perfume, wears form the best of his clothes, then goes to the mosque covered with calmness until he reaches the mosque, and offers two rak’ahs of prayer if he wishes, and does not harm/disturb anybody, and then listens quietly while the Imaam speaks until he offers the prayer, all his sins between that Friday and the next Friday will be forgiven”(Ahmad)
There are other matters regarding Friday that many of us may be unaware of. The blazing fire is kindled to intensify its heat everyday, except on Friday. On Friday, there is a spell of time when Allah gives to a Muslim servant whatever he asks for. This is reported in the two Saheeh books of hadeeth. Giving Sadaqah (charity) on that day is preferred to giving it on any other day. In paradise, the believers will see Allah and visit Him on Friday. It is the best day which Allah has chosen from the days of the week, just as he has chosen Ramadan as the best of the months and Laylat al Qadr (the night of decree) as the best of the nights and Muhammad as the best of His creatures.
My dear brothers & sisters; as much as we all know Friday is important, it is sad to see that many of us fail to realize that and don’t give Friday the attention it deserves. Some people even try to find excuses to not go to Friday prayer.
And here in the Quran, Allah (SWT) tells us:"O you who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and traffic): that is best for you if ye but knew!" (al-jumu'a 2-)
So, if you are working, you must make arrangements with your employer and take extra time off so that you can make it to prayer. Note that you should not expect a freebie from your employer. Let them know why you need the extra time off and even offer to make it up. If they give you the extra time without asking you to make that time up, then Alhamdulillaah that is a bonus. But you should not expect it for free.
We should make the extra effort to supplicate to Allaah more abundantly on this day, particularly after ‘Asr and before Maghrib prayer. Teach your kids and show them that it is a special day.
I hope this serves as a reminder for all of us to spend Friday as our beloved Prophet (SAW) used to spend it. Do not make it an empty ritual like some may have with their holy days. Instead, let us utilize it a in a way that it serves as a tool for expiating our sins.
I ask Allah (SWT) to help us so that we may thank Him for the blessings and favors He has bestowed on us, remember Him, and worship Him in the best way. I ask Allah to forgive all of us for our mistakes and our sins. (ameen)
NB: It should be noted that it is not obligatory for women to attend the Jumuah prayer, but if we do we should follow all the proper etiquettes, and we should not wear perfume based on the following hadith:
Zainab, the wife of Abdullah (b. 'Umar), reported: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said to us: When any one of you comes to the mosque, she should not apply perfume. (Sahih Muslim, The Book of Prayer #893)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
that he heard Allah's Apostle saying, "Allah willed to test three Israelis who were a Leper, a blind man and a bald-headed man. So, he sent them an angel who came to the leper and said, 'What thing do you like most?' He replied, "Good color and good skin, for the people have a strong aversion to me.' The angel touched him and his illness was cured, and he was given a good color and beautiful skin. The angel asked him, 'What kind of property do you like best?' He replied, 'Camels (or cows).' (The narrator is in doubt, for either the leper or the bald-headed man demanded camels and the other demanded cows.) So he (i.e. the leper) was given a pregnant she-camei, and the angel said (to him), 'May Allah bless you in it.'
The angel then went to the bald-headed man and said, 'What thing do you like most?' He said, 'I like good hair and wish to be cured of this disease, for the people feel repulsion for me.' The angel touched him and his illness was cured, and he was given good hair. The angel asked (him), 'What kind of property do you like bests' He replied, 'Cows,' The angel gave him a pregnant cow and said, 'May Allah bless you in it.'
The angel went to the blind man and asked, 'What thing do you like best?' He said, '(I like) that Allah may restore my eye-sight to me so that I may see the people.' The angel touched his eyes and Allah gave him back his eye-sight. The angel asked him, "What kind of property do you like best?' He replied, 'Sheep.' The angel gave him a pregnant sheep.
Afterwards, all the three pregnant animals gave birth to young ones, and multiplied and brought forth so much that one of the (three) men had a herd of camels filling a valley, and one had a herd of cows filling a valley, and one had a flock of sheep filling a valley.
Then the angel, disguised in the shape and appearance of a leper, went to the leper and said, I am a poor man, who has lost all means of livelihood while on a journey. So none will satisfy my need except Allah and then you. In the Name of Him Who has given you such nice color and beautiful skin, and so much property, I ask you to give me a camel so that I may reach my destination. The man replied, 'I have many obligations (so I cannot give you).' The angel said, 'I think I know you; were you not a leper to whom the people had a strong aversion? Weren't you a poor man, and then Allah gave you (all this property).' He replied, '(This is all wrong), I got this property through inheritance from my fore-fathers' The angel said, 'If you are telling a lie, then let Allah make you as you were before. '
Then the angel, disguised in the shape and appearance of a bald man, went to the bald man and said to him the same as he told the first one, and he too answered the same as the first one did. The angel said, 'If you are telling a lie, then let Allah make you as you were before.'
The angel, disguised in the shape of a blind man, went to the blind man and said, 'I am a poor man and a traveler, whose means of livelihood have been exhausted while on a journey. I have nobody to help me except Allah, and after Him, you yourself. I ask you in the Name of Him Who has given you back your eye-sight to give me a sheep, so that with its help, I may complete my journey' The man said, 'No doubt, I was blind and Allah gave me back my eye-sight; I was poor and Allah made me rich; so take anything you wish from my property. By Allah, I will not stop you for taking anything (you need) of my property which you may take for Allah's sake.'
The angel replied, 'Keep your property with you. You (i.e 3 men) have been tested and Allah is pleased with you and is angry with your two companions."
(Sahih Bukhari:Volume 4, Book 56, Number 670)
Sometimes Allah(Subhana wa ta a'la) tests His slaves by giving wealth and property in order to see whether one considers it as a trust from Allah (Subhana wa ta a'la) or one's own treasure. It is, however, a fact that wealth often makes people proud and negligent.
Allah (Subhana wa ta a'la) says in the Glorious Qur’an; “And know ye that your possessions and your progeny are but a trial.” (Qur’an: 8/27)
The greed for earning more and more wealth , has caused widespread immodesty, repulsion from religion, lack of faith and betrayal of conscience. Simultaneously, evil is rampant in every place. Moreover, there is a hadith which affirms this fact that wealth is a source of trial for human beings. The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa salam) says; “Verily for every people there is a trial and the trial of my ummah is wealth.” (Tirmizi: 2/59)
On an occasion, the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa salam) warned his companions saying: "By Allah! I do not fear your poverty, but I fear the worldly materials will be extended to you, they were to the people before you. And you also would compete for the luxuries of life as they did. And consequently you too would perish as they did.” (Muslim; 2/407)
We should always endeavour to be generous with the poor and the deprived for the sake of Allah (Subhana wa ta a'la) .
The above Hadith tells of the consequences of two misers (i.e. the leper and the bald-headed man). Therefore, keeping in mind their fate, we ought to avoid being stingy. A Hadith clearly points out that miserliness is a bad thing. The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa salam) said; "Verily you should avoid miserliness as it had destroyed the earlier people and moreover, it instigated them to bloodshed. It sometimes tempted people to make lawful the unlawful." (Muslim : 2/320)
The Noble Qur’an also throws light upon this subject; So keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him as much as you can; listen and obey; and spend in charity, that is better for yourselves. And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, then they are the successful ones. (At-Taghabun 64:16)
Allah(Subhana wa ta a'la) has bestowed many favors upon us, and for these we should be thankful by:
1- Recognizing, and affirming Allah's favor upon us.
2- Confirming that His bounties upon us are from Him.
3- Spending of His bounties given to us for His Pleasure and sake (such as giving out Zakat and charity etc.).
When harm touches man, he calls to Us (for help), then when We have (rescued him from that harm and) changed it into a favour from Us, he says: "Only because of knowledge (that I possess) I obtained it." Nay, it is only a trial, but most of them know not! (Az-Zumar 39:49)
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Among the most famous of these myths was the Roman belief that Romulus, the founder of Rome, was suckled one day by a she-wolf, which gave him strength and wisdom.The Romans used to celebrate this event in mid-February each year with a big festival.One of the rituals of this festival was the sacrifice of a dog and a goat. Two strong and muscular youths would daub the blood of the dog and goat onto their bodies, then they would wash the blood away with milk. After that there would be a great parade, with these two youths at its head, which would go about the streets. The two youths would have pieces of leather with which they would hit everyone who crossed their path. The Roman women would welcome these blows, because they believed that they could prevent or cure infertility.
The connection between Saint Valentine and this festival:Saint Valentine is a name which is given to two of the ancient "martyrs" of the Christian Church. It was said that there were two of them, or that there was only one, who died in Rome as the result of the persecution of the Gothic leader Claudius, c. 296 CE. In 350 CE, a church was built in Rome on the site of the place where he died, to perpetuate his memory.
When the Romans embraced Christianity, they continued to celebrate the Feast of Love mentioned above, but they changed it from the pagan concept of "spiritual love" to another concept known as the "martyrs of love", represented by Saint Valentine who had advocated love and peace, for which cause he was martyred, according to their claims. It was also called the Feast of Lovers, and Saint Valentine was considered to be the patron saint of lovers.
One of their false beliefs connected with this festival was that the names of girls who had reached marriageable age would be written on small rolls of paper and placed in a dish on a table. Then the young men who wanted to get married would be called, and each of them would pick a piece of paper. He would put himself at the service of the girl whose name he had drawn for one year, so that they could find out about one another. Then they would get married, or they would repeat the same process again on the day of the festival in the following year.The Christian clergy reacted against this tradition, which they considered to have a corrupting influence on the morals of young men and women.
It was abolished in Italy, where it had been well-known, then it was revived in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when in some western countries there appeared shops which sold small books called “Valentine’s books”, which contained love poems, from which the one who wanted to send a greeting to his sweetheart could choose. They also contained suggestions for writing love letters.
The above quotation is excerpted, with slight modifications, from www.Islam-qa. com
As regards the Islamic stance on this festival, Dr. Su`ad Ibrahim Salih, professor of Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh) at Al-Azhar University, states the following:
Indeed, Islam is the religion of altruism, true love, and cooperation on that which is good and righteous. We implore Allah Almighty to gather us together under the umbrella of His All-encompassing Mercy, and to unite us together as one man. Allah Almighty says: (The believers are naught else than brothers. Therefore make peace between your brethren and observe your duty to Allah that haply ye may obtain mercy.) (Al-Hujurat 49: 10)
Focusing more on the question in point, I can say that there are forms of expressing love that are religiously acceptable, while there are others that are not religiously acceptable. Among the forms of love that are religiously acceptable are those that include the love for Prophets and Messengers. It stands to reason that the love for Allah, and His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) should have the top priority over all other forms of love.
Islam does recognize happy occasions that bring people closer to one another, and add spice to their lives. However, Islam goes against blindly imitating the West regarding a special occasion such as Valentine’s Day. Hence, commemorating that special day known as the Valentine’s Day is an innovation or bid`ah that has no religious backing. Every innovation of that kind is rejected, as far as Islam is concerned. Islam requires all Muslims to love one another all over the whole year, and reducing the whole year to a single day is totally rejected.
Hence, we Muslims ought not to follow in the footsteps of such innovations and superstitions that are common in what is known as the Valentine’s Day. No doubt that there are many irreligious practices that occur on that day, and those practices are capable of dissuading people from the true meanings of love and altruism to the extent that the celebration is reduced to a moral decline.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Allah, then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic monotheism,
follow the Quran and the Sunnah), Allah will love you
and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving,
Most Merciful." (Quran: 3:31)
"And Allah loves as-Sabirun (the patient)." (Quran:
Justice and Dealing with Equity
"Be just: that is nearer to piety; and fear Allah."
Putting Trust in Allah
"Certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in
Him)." (Quran: 3:159)
Perfection of One's Work
The Messenger (peace be upon him) said: "Allah loves
that if one does a job he perfects it."
Abu Ya ‘la Dailami and Ibn Asakir narrated: Abu
Hurairah and Anas Ibn Malik said: Allah's Messenger
(peace be upon him) said: "Allah loves rescuing the
one who needs rescue."
Being Kind and Gentle to Others
Baihaqani narrated: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon
him) said: "Allah is kind and gentle (to others)."
"Aisha narrated: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon
him) said: "Allah loves kindliness in all matters."
"Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto him in
repentance." (Quran: 2:222)
"Verily, then Allah loves those who are al-Muttaqun
"Truly, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers)."
"And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and
pure [ i.e. who clean their private parts with dust
(which has the properties of soap) and water from
urine and stools, after answering the call of
nature]." (Quran: 9:108)
Humility of the Rich
Muslim narrated: Sa'd Ibn Abi Waqqas said: Allah's
Messenger (peace be upon him) said: "Allah loves the
believer who is pious and rich, but does not show
Belief and Work
Al-Tabarani narrated: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon
him) said: "Allah loves the slave who believes and
acquires a career (or work)."
Reflection of Allah's Grace
Al-Tirmidhi narrated: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon
him) said: "Allah loves from amongst his slaves, the
one who has a sense of zeal or honor."
Al-Hakim narrated: The Messenger of Allah (peace be
upon him) said: "Allah is All-Generous and He loves
generosity in sale, purchase and judgment."
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "
Allah loves the slave-believer who is poor but
virtuous enough to refrain from begging though he has
many children." (Muslim and Ahmed)
Al-Tabarani narrated: the Messenger of Allah (peace be
upon him) said: "Allah loves lofty matters and
superiority and hates inferior matters."
Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: "Allah
loves that you be just toward your children even when
kissing them." (Ibn Al-Najjar)
Muslim narrated: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him)
said: "The strong believer is better and more loved by
Allah than the weak one, but they are both good."
Love for the Sake of Allah
Al-Tabarani, Ibn Ya'la, Ibn Hibban and Al-Hakim
narrated: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said:
"If two men love each other for the sake of Allah, the
stronger in love to his brother will be more loved by
Ibn Iday narrated: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon
him) said: "Allah is All-Forgiving and He loves
Continuous Performance of Righteous Deeds
Bukhari and Muslim narrated: Allah's Messenger (peace
be upon him) said: "The best loved deeds to Allah are
the ones that are continuous even if they are not very
Loving and Visiting Believers
Malik narrated: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him)
said: "Allah said: My love is due to those who meet
for My sake, visit one another and make any effort for
Exhortation and Advising
Abdullah, the son of Imam Ahmed narrated: It was said:
Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: "The best
loved slaves to Allah are those who exhort their
Love of Virtuous Deeds
Ibn Abi Al-Dunya narrated: Allah's Messenger (peace be
upon him) said: "The best loved slaves to Allah are
those who are made to love virtue and loving virtuous
deeds is made lovely to them."
Good Manners and Conduct
Al-Tirmidhi narrated: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon
him) said: "The best loved by me and the nearest to me
on the seats on the Day of Resurrection are those who
have the best manners and conduct amongst you, who are
intimate, are on good terms with others and are
humble, and the most hated by me and who will be on
the furthest seats from me are those who are talkative
Love of Allah is the basis of worship that should be
directed to Him alone. Any other love should be for
His sake too. The real love of Allah is to do whatever
He ordained and to abandon whatever He forbade, in
addition to following the Prophet's Sunnah.
Whoever obeys someone or something other than Allah
and His Messenger, or follows any saying other than
theirs, or fears other than Allah or seeks the
pleasure of other than Allah, or puts his trust in
other than Him, does not love Allah, nor does he love
His Messenger. Muslims should also love one another
and wish the best for one another. Allah's Messenger
(peace be upon him) said:
"One will not be a true believer unless he loves for
his brother what he loves for himself." (Bukhari,
Muslim, Nasa'i, Ahmed and Ibn Majah)
Imam Malik and Imam Ahmed narrated: Allah's Messenger
(peace be upon him) said: "Allah said: My love is due
to those who love one another for My sake."
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The story on BBC "A jewel thief dressed as a wealthy Muslim woman has stolen rings worth hundreds of thousands of euros from dealers across Europe, police say. "
Read the entire story here