Monthly Archives: February 2010

Do what you love!

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SubhanAllah, beautiful!

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Are those hands clean?

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Bismilah,

So this is a post i have been meaning to put up for a while.. so here i go šŸ™‚

Once upon a time, a month or so ago, we went to the Ontario Science museum. It was fun, of course! šŸ™‚ anyways, as i went to the bathroom, to make wudu’ this lady stopped me and asked me if i wanted to know how clean my hands were.

I have always been one of those people, who has a couple of sanitizer bottles in her purses, and spends a good amount of time washing my hands, with all confidence, i was like ‘Yepp sure!’

She put this liquidy soup thing and told me to spread it around my hands. Then, i had to put my hands in this black box, and she put an ultraviolet light over my hands, to show me the germ spots on my hands.

So it kinda looked like this… but obviously that’s not my hands šŸ™‚

close up:

Anyhoo, i was amazed subhanAllah. My family noticed that i was away, and came to see what i was doing. There we were , all trying to see how clean our hands were.

She told me to go wash my hands as i ‘usually’ do, and i will know how clean they are. So i go to the bathroom, put soap on my hands and rinse them for about 15 secs. I come back out, confident. Then seeing the light over my hands… still they weren’t that clean. So after a couple of tries, there were spots left. I kind of got annoyed ;), so i decided, whatever i need to pray. After the 3rd time going into the bathroom, i made wudu. Since i have been putting soup on for the past couple times, i just went on without using soup.

I came out, and we found a place to pray. As i came back, for the fourth time, i teased and wanted to see if my hands were clean, after i put them on the floor, after i had prayed.

SubhanAllah… they were SPOTLESS! it was just breathtaking! subhanAllah! There is such a wisdom behind wudu’ subhanAllah, just thinking about it, it happened a couple months ago, i was shocked.. we were all shocked : ) it literally kept us speechless! And the lady was pretty amazed too!

‘How’d you get them so clean?’
‘Ablution! :D’

Amazing šŸ™‚ alhamdulilah, is there any hadith about the importance of wudu’?

Blah.

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Procrastination refers to the deferment of actions or tasks to a later time

I dislike procrastination very much… because while you enjoy the *present* you alwaaaaays regret what comes *later*. I should write down all the times i procrastinated so that when something comes up i read through them and go ‘Ohh noo not doing that again!’ but for some odd reason we just never learn! šŸ˜¦ subhanAllah!

Surat alKahf 23. And never say of anything, “I shall do such and such thing tomorrow.”

I think i should frame this ayah!

Lol-interesting … šŸ˜›

Foul Language

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Foul language in a Muslim’s life??

by Asma bint Shameem

“What the ———-!” “Hey you, ———-, how are you?” “Where in the ——– have you been?”

If you listen to the conversation of the average Muslim youth talking to each other, unfortunately this is what you will hear…….expletiv es, bad words and cusses. In fact, foulĀ languageĀ is often heard as part of their everyday lifeĀ at school, universities and work place.

What’s worse is that they use these words without thinking…. .without remorse and without even realizing that these words are obscene, filthyĀ or repulsive… .using four letter words in every sentence and in every conversation.

Using the words ‘hell’ and calling each other ‘dog’ and ‘gay’ like it’s nothing. And these are some of the more ‘decent’ words. There are other, much worse words that are totally unmentionable. May Allaah protect us.

These people, like their non-Muslim peers, seem to be completely desensitized to the use of foul and offensive words, including many that make othersĀ cringe with shame and embarrassment.

Yet,Ā when you reprimand them for using such language, what do they say? “O come on!Ā Ā This is how everyone talks!” or “This is how I ‘express’ myself. or “We don’t mean it in a bad way, we’reĀ just joking around with each other!”

Subhaan Allaah! CallingĀ each other bad names and using foul language!
Since when did that become a ‘joke’? Since when did cussing become part of a Muslim’s vocabulary?

And, sad to say, not only the youth, but even some of the adults are guilty of the same. And, there are some, who may speak very decently under ‘normal’ circumstances, but when they are provoked or they get into a fight with someone, nothing comes out of their mouths except cusses, bad words and filth.

What a stark contrast between this and what the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) used to do.

The behavior of the Prophet (sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam)
Anas bin Malik said: “The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) was not one who would abuse (others) or say obscene words, or curse (others)…” (Bukhaari)

And Abdullah bin ‘Amr said: “The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) never used bad language neither a ‘Faahish nor a Mutafaahish. He used to say ‘The best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character.’ (Bukhaari)

And he (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: ā€œThe believer is not a slanderer, one who curses a great deal, one who indulges in obscenity or who in engages in foul talk.ā€ (Tirmidhi– saheeh by al-Albaani)

What Allaah says about cussing:

“…..nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it, to insult one’s brother after having Faith [i.e. to call your Muslim brother as: “O sinner”, or “O wicked”, etc.]. And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed Zaalimoon (wrong-doers) . (Surah Hujaraat:11)

Hellfire because of cussing:
Realize, dear brother/sister,Ā that using foul language and cussing is a sin, even inĀ joke and this is a characteristic of the people of Hellfire.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“The inmates of Hell are of five types….” AndĀ among them heĀ mentioned “…the miser, the liar and those who are in the habit of abusing people and using obscene and foul language.” (Muslim)

AndĀ while advising Mu’aadh, (RA), theĀ ProphetĀ (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: ā€œRestrain this,ā€ i.e., your tongue. I (Mu’aadh) said: O Messenger of Allaah, will we be called to account for what we say? He said: ā€œMay your mother be bereft of you, O Muā€™aadh! Will people be thrown in Hell on their faces or their noses for anything other than the harvest of their tongues?ā€ (al-Tirmidhi- – Saheeh by al-Albaani)

The worst people on the Day of Judgment
Know that people who useĀ bad wordsĀ and have dirty mouths will be one of the worst people on the Day of Judgment.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:Ā “O ‘Aaishah! Have you ever seen me speaking a bad and dirty language? (Remember that) the worst people in Allah’s sight on the Day of Resurrection will be those whom the people desert or leave in order to save themselves from their dirty language or from their transgression. ” (Bukhaari)

Cussing is evil

Cussing and swearing is so bad that even the angels cannot tolerate it.

Ibn ‘Abbas said, “Two men defamed one another in the time of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. One of them reviled the other who remained silent. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, remained seated. Then the other man answered him back and the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, got up. He was asked, “You got up?” He said, “The angels left, so I left with them. While this man was silent, the angels were answering the one who cursed him. When he answered, the angels left.” (Adab al-Mufrad)

It is a sin
Someone asked:
“What should be done with a person who calls a Muslim a dog, pig, or other offensive word? Is it a sin?”

Imaam an-Nawawi said: “It is a sin and he should be punished (taā€™zeer ā€“ punishment to be specified by the qaadi/Muslim judge). He also has to repent.” (Fataawa al-Imaam al-Nawawi)

Subhaan Allaah! Being punished for calling your Muslim brother ‘dog’! And yet, weĀ hear our youth calling each other ‘dog’ and ‘nigga’ and much worse, in every sentence,Ā while theyĀ think nothing, absolutely nothing of it!

What would Imaam an-Nawawi say if he heard some of the Muslims talking today?!!

What to do?

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:Ā “Whoever believes in God the Last Day must speak good or keep silent.” (Bukhaari)

1. RememberĀ these beautiful words of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) and either speak good or keep quiet.

2. Stay away from foul language, cussing andĀ evil words, becauseĀ YOU are a Mu’min and a Mumin does not utter filthy words or cuss at anyone.

3. Equally important is to stay away from people who speak such bad language. Because the moreĀ you hear it, the more desensitized one becomes to its evil, until a time comes when its not bad anymore.

In the end:

Bad words show disrespect to those being spokenĀ to and a total lack of self-respect.Ā The one who stays away from filthy languageĀ is not being a prudeĀ or old-fashioned; rather he /she is a Mu’min and a follower of the one with the best manners ever…that is,Ā the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam).Ā Use ofĀ such evilĀ words isĀ disrespectful, plain and simple. It is not to be toleratedĀ nor is itĀ anĀ acceptable behavior in Islam.

“Truly a man utters words to which he attaches no importance, and by them he falls into the Fire of Jahannam, and truly a man utters words to which he attaches no importance, and by them Allah raises him into the Garden.”Ā (Bukhaari)

Not a word does he (or she) utter but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it)ā€™ (Surah Qaaf:18)

Wassalam,
Al Huda Institute, Canada

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Wear a Smile TODAY! =)

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I dedicate this to a certain someone šŸ˜‰

Just a reminder to all you out there — smile! šŸ™‚ its good for you! For a couple of reasons:

1) its sunnah — The Prophet Muhammad salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said, ā€œAnd your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, your removing of stones, thorns, and bones from peopleā€™s paths is charity, and your guiding a man gone astray in the world is charity for you.ā€ [Sahih at-Tirmithi]

2) It’s contagious!

3) Relieves stress!

4) SubhanAllah it boosts your immune system (reducing some sorts of diseases)

5) keeps you optimistic- changes your mood, allows you to look at life in a different perspective

6) makes you beautiful (whats up with all those face lifts and what not!)

7) It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown

See i know i could make you smile! šŸ™‚ alhamdulilah

Greeting Earthlings

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Today, i was reminded with a beautiful reminder and thought i would share:

And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet [in return] with one better than it or [at least] return it [in a like manner]. Indeed, Allah is ever, over all things, an Accountant. 4:86

Hmm?

Well, today I talked to my friend, and as we began with our salams, I replied with something lesser then what she had began.

She began with As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullah

And i replied: Wa alaykum asalam

So my point? Well, the sister reminded me of this ayah, afraid that with me not completing, or replying the same length of the salam she sent to me, that i would be disobeying a command.

Allahu Akbar! It was so heart warming to be reminded of simple daily things. Then she shared the prophet alayhi asalam’s hadith:

Abu Hurairah reported that ā€œa man passed by the messenger (Sal Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam) and said Assalam Alaykum, The messenger (Sal Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said that for that there are 10 rewards, to say Assalam Alaykum Warahmatullah is 20 rewards, and to say Assalam Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu is 30 rewards.ā€

[Sahih Bukhari No. 986, Timidhi No. 2689, Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal No. 19,446]

It got me thinking. Look at how beautiful islam is subhanAllah. The prophet reminded this companion of the characteristics of the ta7iyah, but telling him the number of reward he would get in each stage of saying the salams. Like wow! subhanAllah!

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him), Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) said,”The rights of the Muslim on the Muslim are six.“People present there asked, “What are they, Messenger of Allah?” He replied,”When you meet him, salute him“(Muslim).

The beauty of having our rights fulfilled even in the salutes! Indeed Allah is the greatest!

I hope this was of some benefit! Insha’Allah šŸ™‚ (even though i didn’t say much.. the hadith’s themself are enough!)