Monthly Archives: December 2009

Behind a Calamity

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The wisdom behind calamities

1 – To attain true submission and servitude (‘uboodiyyah) to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds.

Many people are slaves to their whims and desires and are not true slaves of Allaah. They say that they are slaves of Allaah, but when they are tested they turn on their heels and lose out in this world and in the Hereafter, and that is an evident loss. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And among mankind is he who worships Allaah as it were upon the edge (i.e. in doubt): if good befalls him, he is content therewith; but if a trial befalls him he turns back on his face (i.e. reverts to disbelief after embracing Islam). He loses both this world and the Hereafter. That is the evident loss”

[al-Hajj 22:11]

2 – Trials prepare the believers to prevail on earth

It was said to Imam al-Shaafa’i (may Allaah have mercy on him): Which is better, patience or tests or prevailing? He said: Prevailing is the level attained by the Prophets, and there can be no prevailing except after trials. If a person is tried he will become patient, and if he remains patient he will prevail.

3 – Expiation of sins

al-Tirmidhi (2399) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Trials will continue to befall the believing man or woman in himself, his child and his wealth until he meets Allaah with no sin on him.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2399), classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 2280.

It was narrated that Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) “When Allaah wills good for His slave, He hastens the punishment for him in this world, and when Allaah wills ill for His slave, he withholds the punishment for his sins from him his sin until he comes with all his sins on the Day of Resurrection.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2396); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (1220).

4 – Attainment of reward and a rise in status

Muslim (2572) narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The believer is not harmed by a thorn or anything greater, but Allaah will raise him in status thereby, or erase a sin thereby.”

5 – Calamities provide an opportunity to think about one’s faults and shortcomings and past mistakes.

Because if it is a punishment, what was the sin?

Continue reading here.

Galloway to Cairo

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After going to an event where Galloway gave a speech, i was truly inspired and moved. SubhanAllah, it really amazed me as i talked to some individuals–it amazed me how much they were dedicated to this mission. Even though a large amount of them were not even muslims, but look how they got together for such an amazing cause. Of course that is not the point, i mean i love it how truth will always arise between the hearts of the people. This amazing cause was started by someone who is not from the muslim world. How come we are not able to do this? I guess it is a step by step thing. George Galloway has done so much to spread the truth and reach aid to Gaza. Now its time for everyone else to step up and keep this convoy going.

The mass majority of participants were muslim youth, between the age of 16-24 (those are whom i met with) where average muslims who flew all the way from Ohio, CA, NYC, Chicago, and so on. I really admired their energy and courage to do such a task. I hope i can be one of them next time :). inshaAllah

I ask Allah to make it easy for them and to allow them to reach Gaza easily…

British Lawmaker George Galloway has appealed to Cairo to allow the Viva Palestina humanitarian aid convoy he is accompanying to enter the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The call comes as activists on Viva Palestina faced problems as the convoy was making its way to the Jordanian capital, Amman.

The aid shipment, which originally departed from London on December 3 with the aim of breaking the months-long Israeli siege on Gaza, was prevented by Jordanian police from entering Amman, where it was scheduled to hold rallies.

Instead, dozens of the convoy’s vehicles formed a rolling road block on the main highway to the city and shut down traffic in a move the organizers called a peaceful protest.

After an hour of grid blocked traffic, the police had to back off and promise to allow the pro-Gazan team into the capital city amid unexpected gestures of support from Jordanian drivers stuck in the traffic jam.

In Amman, the founder of Viva Palestina George Galloway thanked Jordanian authorities for finally facilitating the convoy’s entry into Amman and appealed to the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to also open the way for Viva Palestina.

“I ask him on behalf of our convoy, on behalf of all the people around the world, whose hearts are bleeding, whose eyes are weeping for Palestine to please open your gates for us and allow us to proceed through the gates of Rafah to besieged Palestine,” he urged.

The convoy is scheduled to spend two days in Jordan before moving to the Red Sea port of Aqaba where it hopes to take a ferry into Egypt, hopefully, crossing into Gaza.

If nothing intercedes, Viva Palestina is to cross into Gaza on December 27 to mark the first anniversary of the Israeli offensive against the blockaded enclave, but this will not happen if authorities in Cairo refuse to allow the convoy ashore.

Lifeline 3, the third international convoy headed to Gaza under the name Viva Palestina, comprises 210 trucks laden with basic food items and medical supplies

450 activists, including 30 Americans, 150 Turks and a number of Europeans are accompanying the convoy.

Source: http://aljazeera.com/news/articles/34/Galloway-to-Cairo-Open-gates-for-Viva-Palestina.html

The 10th Day

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What are the virtues of the month of Muharram:

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets and Chief of the Messengers, and upon all his family and companions.

Allah’s sacred month of Muharram is a blessed and important month. It is the first month of the Hijri calendar and is one of the four sacred months concerning which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein…” [al-Tawbah 9:36]

It was reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas said that this phrase (so wrong not yourselves therein…) referred to all the months, then these four were singled out and made sacred, so that sin in these months is more serious and good deeds bring a greater reward.

The Virtue of observing more naafil fasts during Muharram:

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘The best of fasting after Ramadaan is fasting Allaah’s month of Muharram.'” (reported by Muslim).

This hadeeth is probably meant to encourage increasing one’s fasting during Muharram, without meaning that one should fast for the entire month.

Fasting on ‘Aashooraa’

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Madeenah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa’. He said, ‘What is this?’ They said, ‘This is a righteous day, it is the day when Allaah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Moosa fasted on this day.’ He said, ‘We have more right to Moosa than you,’ so he fasted on that day and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari)

Fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa’, was obligatory  but when fasting Ramadaan was made obligatory, the obligation to fast ‘Aashooraa’ was lifted, i.e., it was no longer obligatory to fast on this day, but it is still desirable (mustahabb).

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) said: “I never saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of ‘Aashooraa’, and this month, meaning Ramadaan.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari).

Not relying too much on the reward for fasting it:

Some people who are deceived rely too much on things like fasting on ‘Aashooraa’ or the day of ‘Arafaah, to the extent that some of them say, “Fasting on ‘Aashooraa’ will expiate for the sins of the whole year, and fasting on the day of ‘Arafaah will bring extra rewards.”

It is mustahabb (encouraged) to fast Taasoo’aa’ with ‘Aashooraa’:

‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) said: “When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) fasted on ‘Aashooraa’ and commanded the Muslims to fast as well, they said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, it is a day that is venerated by the Jews and Christians.’ The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘If I live to see the next year,    insha’ Allaah, we will fast on the ninth day too.’ But it so happened that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) passed away before the next year came.” (Reported by Muslim)

Al-Shaafa’i and his companions, Ahmad, Is- haaq and others said: “It is mustahabb to fast on both the ninth and tenth days, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) fasted on the tenth, and intended to fast on the ninth.”

On this basis it may be said that there are varying degrees of fasting ‘Aashooraa’, the least of which is to fast only on the tenth and the best of which is to fast the ninth as well. And the more one fasts in Muharram, the better it is.

Bid’ahs common on ‘Aashooraa’:

Some are wearing kohl, taking a bath (ghusl), wearing henna, shaking hands with one another, cooking grains (huboob), showing happiness….

They also reported a fabricated hadeeth that is falsely attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), which says, “Whoever is generous to his family on the day of ‘Aashooraa’, Allaah will be generous to him for the rest of the year.” Reporting all of this from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is tantamount to lying.’

Nothing to that effect has been reported in any saheeh hadeeth from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or from his Companions. None of the imaams of the Muslims encouraged or recommended such things, neither the four imaams, nor any others. No reliable scholars have narrated anything like this, neither from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), nor from the Sahaabah, nor from the Taabi’een; neither in any saheeh report or in a da’eef (weak) report.

We ask Allaah to make us followers of the Sunnah of His Noble Prophet and may Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad and all his family and companions.

Extracted from Booklet by Shaykh Saleh Munajjid

[Ref: sr amatullaah]

Flowers at My Grave

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My first IGIC post!! 🙂

The most dangerous disease that will ever strike man is procrastination. As humans, we tend to carry this trait dominantly.

I remember an incident that happened to a fifth grade peer. She was a year older than me, and even though we didn’t know each other very well, we were distant friends.

Lana* was around 10 years old. She went to my same school in Saudi Arabia, and I looked up to her because she began wearing hijab that year. Lana was smart and beautiful, unique, and particularly funny. I especially admired Lana for finding the courage to wear the hijab at such a young age.

At the year’s end, Lana’s world changed. The city of Riyadh was showered with unexpected bombings. Lana’s house was even bombed, but she survived along with her family, unhurt. Naturally, though, the bombings were a huge scare for the city, and our school was worried and concerned about student safety, so they decided to end school early.

As the year came to an end, Lana and her family left to her older brother’s high school graduation. It was a wonderful, happy event, until they left home. It was written down for Lana to die that evening. Her family was in a car accident, and by the will of Allah, the angel of death visited her that night.

Verily! With Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain, and knows that which is in the wombs. No person knows what he will earn tomorrow, and no person knows in what land he will die. Verily, Allah is All Knower, All Aware (of things). [Surat Luqman: 34]

When I got a phone call the next morning (I was only 9), I didn’t really get it. My mind couldn’t wrap itself around her death, her departure from this world. Now that I remember this incident, and the beautiful girl Lana once was, it truly inspires and reminds me of how life is so unexpectedly short.

Lana began wearing the hijab, and who could have known that she was to die that particular year? Lana may have sensed her upcoming death, because earlier the day of the accident, she went around giving people flowers, telling them to put the flowers at her grave. But no one knows exactly when their time will come, and many die without warning. Subhan Allah – Lana’s house had been bombed earlier that year, but Allah willed her to die in a different state! Now, as I ponder the past, I feel so content and happy that Lana made her decision to wear hijab when she did.

For all of us procrastinators out there, just remember: life is short. Imagine if Lana had known she had to wear hijab, but decided it wasn’t time yet. What would it have been like for her?

Someone once told me long time ago that you are never ready for something until you actually take the first step in doing it. That is when you are ready.

No person knows what he will earn tomorrow, and no person knows in what land he will die. [Surat Luqman: 34]

Who knows if tomorrow will ever come. As for the present, hear a command and don’t hesitate to obey.

Check it out here.

Don’t Forget

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Bismillah,

In Surat al Baqarah, there are around 2-3 pages of discussing divorce. I remember when I was memorizing this surah, it took me so long to get these ayahs straight. There are so many ahkaam and wisdom’s and orders. SubhanAllah, divorce is so much harder than marriage :P. Anyways… look at these ayahs and listen to it with this beautiful recitation;

236. There is no sin on you, if you divorce women while yet you have not touched (had sexual relation with) them, nor appointed unto them their Mahr (bridal money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage). But bestow on them ( a suitable gift), the rich according to his means, and the poor according to his means, a gift of reasonable amount is a duty on the doers of good.

237. And if you divorce them before you have touched (had a sexual relation with) them, and you have appointed unto them the Mahr (bridal money given by the husbands to his wife at the time of marriage), then pay half of that (Mahr), unless they (the women) agree to forego it, or he (the husband), in whose hands is the marriage tie, agrees to forego and give her full appointed Mahr. And to forego and give (her the full Mahr) is nearer to At-Taqwa (piety, right-eousness, etc.). And do not forget liberality between yourselves. Truly, Allâh is All-Seer of what you do.

238. Guard strictly (five obligatory) As Salawât (the prayers) especially the middle Salât (i.e. the best prayer ‘Asr). And stand before Allâh with obedience [and do not speak to others during the Salât (prayers)].

239. And if you fear (an enemy), perform Salât (pray) on foot or riding. And when you are in safety, offer the Salât (prayer) in the manner He has taught you, which you knew not (before).

240. And those of you who die and leave behind wives should bequeath for their wives a year’s maintenance and residence without turning them out, but if they (wives) leave, there is no sin on you for that which they do of themselves, provided it is honourable (e.g. lawful marriage). And Allâh is All-Mighty, All-Wise.

[Surat alBaqarah]

These are a few of the various ayahs that discuss marriage/divorce/will and what not. But did u realize the ayah that was colored in purple. Isn’t it so interesting how it *randomly* is in the midst of these ayahs, i mean, a couple pages about divorce and one ayah reminding you about Salah? Interesting eh… but for sure we know it is not random…alhamdulilah.

I remember hearing from shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda the meaning of these verses…but the tafsir is a bit iffy in my memory. But coming across these ayahs continuously, it made me think of how people seem to forget Allah in the times of need. Usually you hear people becoming more *pious* when they are going through difficulty, but in reality, there are many who do the opposite.

A catastrophe may occur, and the aqeedah and belief in Allah in the heart of the person becomes shaky. They then start taking it out on their deen.

“That is it, I’m taking of my hijab!”

“You know what… there’s no point of praying.”

“Allah hates me, why do I even try..”

AstagfurAllah.

Sadly, I have heard these excuses. One of the hardest things of life, is probably divorce and death, and passing out the will. It includes so many rulings and papers and etc. You read and read about how to perform the divorce, the rights of the women and so on. Then in the middle, Allah jalla jallahu reminds you ‘to not forget your middle salah’. The middle salah (alsalatul wusta) ie. salat alasr (when the sun begins to descend from the zenith point in the sky).

SubhanAllah, you’d think once a calamity has hit a person, they would give their imaan and islaam a whole new look, a make over. But sadly, this is not always the case. How many times do ppl get annoyed with the qadr of Allah, or a matter they have taken a decision in, and once they do not see the benefit in it, they take it out on their deen , on their salah? I mean, islam is for you, you are the one who is in major need of Allah. He is the rich and you are the poor. He doesn’t need your salah, your duaa’, its YOU who need it. On the day of judgment, seriously, this whole world, will be a speck. and you will wish you had not taken it as a game.

It really hurts me to see the way we treat our deen. It is a precious jewel, a gift between our bare hands. But once something goes wrong, we get annoyed and stop praying.. or maybe think haram thoughts. Maybe? SubhanAllah.. we are such weak humans, we cannot even bare tests– read this

Back in the day, a woman was married to a man. After 40 days she asked for a divorce. The man asked if he did anything wrong, did he fulfill his rights to her, to Allah? She said yes, I want a divorce. He agreed and they walked to the masjid. As they were going, he tripped and his toe bled. She said never mind, let’s go home. The man was confused and asked for an explanation. She said In these 40 days, I had never seen you tested. And Allah tests those whom He loves so I was worried there was something wrong between you and Allah…

–Sarah M. (taken from tafsir surat alTakweer Dr.Reda B.)

What and how can we benefit from this. You see the level of piety in the generations before us. They already cherished their deen, and once something goes wrong, they think maybe it is because my deen isn’t straight, or maybe my salah wasn’t perfect. They go on in perfecting and making their deen more precise. When was the last time you got tested,even by tripping on a rock. We think tests are death, and divorce. Where people start belittling the will of Allah subhanahu wa tala.

So remember, when somethings going wrong, check yourself, and don’t doubt the will and power of Allah. And most importantly don’t forget your middle salah.

wallahu tala alam