Friday, 25 December 2009

Birmingham Winter Conference Timetable

TIMETABLE

National Winter Conference in Birmingham 2009

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"THE PATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS BELIEF AND ACTION"

FRIDAY 25th DECEMBER

12pm Sermon, "Following knowledge with Actions" by Abu Hakeem or Abu Khadeejah
4pm "O Youth, Marry whoever pleases you of Women!" by Abu Khadeejah
7pm "The Path of the Righteous" by Shaikh Abdullaah al-Bukhaaree
9pm "The Station of the Sunnah of the Prophet in Islaam" by Abu Idrees Muhammad

SATURDAY 26TH DECEMBER

12.30pm "The Characteristics of the Dajjaal (the Anti-Christ) P1" by Abu Iyaad Amjad
2.30pm "Diseases of the Hearts and it's Cure" by by Abu Idrees Muhammad
4pm Lecture Live Tele-Link With Ash-Shaykh Ubaid al-Jaabiree
7pm "The way of the Salaf in Maintaining Strength of Imaan" P1 by Abu Hakeem Bilal Davis
9pm "Rulings Connected to Engagement and Looking before Marriage" by Abu Khadeejah

SUNDAY 27th DECEMBER

12.30pm "Imaan and Action" (Somali Language ONLY) by Abu Suhaib
2pm "The Characteristics of the Dajjaal (the Anti-Christ) P2" by Abu Iyaad Amjad
4pm Live Tele-Link Shaykh Rabee' ibn Haadee al-Madkhali: "Fear Allaah and be truthful"
7pm "The way of the Salaf in Maintaining Strength of Imaan" P2 by Abu Hakeem Bilal Davis
8.30pm Final advices and end by Abu Hakeem, Abu Iyaad, Abu Khadeejah, Abu Idrees.

OTHER IMPORTANT MATTERS

Asslaamu alaykum, we warmly welcome you to this conference. Please note: No vendors or stalls are allowed on the street or in the vicinity of the Masjid without authorization. The Police have stated that they will take action at their discretion.

STRICTLY no illegal parking or obstruction of the street facing the Masjid. Please park in the car-park allocated.Excellent manners should be employed at all times with other conference attendees, neighbours, members of the public and the local community - let us set a noble example in the call to Allaah.

The 'Salafi Bookstore' is located at 472 Coventry Rd, directly parallel to the Masjid, it will be open from 10am till 10pm.

Sisters are very welcome to shop anytime.

Since this conference is free for all, you should know that much expense is incurred in organizing our da'wah activities.

We also ask that you make each other welcome and establish the ties of brotherhood (and sisterhood) throughout the conference.

Conferences are remembered both for the knowledge disseminated and the love and brotherhood established within them.

Please prepare yourselves for unavoidable changes in the program!

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Thursday, 10 December 2009

Birmingham Winter Conference


New Book Release.....

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An Islamic Daily Journal Which Encourages Reflection & Rectification

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Monday, 7 December 2009

Reminder for those who believe

Assalamu 'alaykum

A sister just posted this ayat on facebook, and masha'Allaah it's such a great reminder for us, often we're faced with critisicm for proudly showing our islamic identity, and for what we believe in, and it can be very hurtful at times.....Allaah say's (translated to mean)

"Verily! (During the worldly life) those who committed crimes used to laugh at those who believed. And whenever they passed by them, used to wink one to another (in mockery); And when they returned to their own people, they would return jesting; and when they saw them, they said: ‘Verily! These have indeed gone astray!’ But they (disbelievers, ... See Moresinners) had not been sent as watchers over them (the believers). But on this Day (the Day of Resurrection) those who believe will laugh at the disbelievers. On (high) thrones, looking (at all things). Are not the disbelievers paid (fully) for what they used to do?" [Surah Al-Mutaffifin 83:29-36]

We will have our reward insha Allaah, and our efforts will not be wasted.x

Saturday, 5 December 2009

The story of Abu Ghayth

Assalamu 'alaykum,

Sorry I have not posted anything for a while, hope this makes up for it insha Allaaah :)

The Beautiful Story of Abu Ghayth

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

From the signs of truthfulness is fear of Allah ; for the truthful with conviction fears consuming from what is impermissible and bears poverty and hardship for the sake of Islam.

If he commits sin then he does not sleep until he returns to his Lord and repents, in order to free himself from the sin, and its burden.

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari: I was in Makkah during the season of Hajj and I saw a man from Khurasaan calling out to the people: "Oh pilgrims, oh people of Makkah – from those who are present and those far off, I have lost a pouch that contains a thousand dinars. So whoever returns the pouch, Allah will reward them with good, save them from the hell fire, and His bounty and favors will be acquired on the Day of Accounting (Day of Judgment)."

An old man from the people of Makkah approached him and said: "Oh Khurasaani, our city is in a very tough condition, and the days of hajj are few, and its season is appointed, and the doors of profit-making are closed. This money might fall in the hands of a believer who is poor and old in age. Maybe he plans to give it if you make a promise that you will give him a little bit of money that is halal (permissible) for him to use."

The Khurasaani said: "How much does he want?" The old man said: "He wants one-tenth of the money (a hundred dinars)."

The Khurasaani said: "No. I will not grant him the money and instead I will take my case to Allah, and complain to Him on the day we meet Him, and Allah is sufficient for us and the best one to trust in."

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari said: "I realized that it was the old man is poor, and he was the one who took the pouch of dinars and wishes to have a little portion of it.

So I followed him until he returned to his home. My assumptions were confirmed.

I heard him calling onto his wife:"Oh Lubabah."

She said: "I am at your service, O Abu Ghayth."

The old man said: I found the owner of the dinars calling for it, and he does not intend to give any reward to the person who finds it.

I said to him "Give us a hundred dinars and he refused and said he would take his case to Allah. What should I do O Lubabah? I must return it, for I fear my Lord, and I fear that my sin is multiplied.

His wife said to him: Oh Man! We have been struggling and suffering from poverty with you for the last 50 years, and you have 4 daughters, 2 sisters, my mother and I, and you are the ninth. Keep all the money and feed us for we are hungry, and clothe us for you know better our situation. Perhaps Allah, the All-Mighty, will make you rich afterwards and you might be able to give the money back after you fed your children, or Allah will pay the amount you owe on the day when the kingdom will belong to the King (Allah).

He said to her: Will I consume haram after 86 years of my life, and burn my organs with fire after I have been patient with my poverty, and become worthy of Allah anger, even though I am close to my grave?! No, By Allah, I will not do so!

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari said: I left with amazement concerning his condition and that of his wife. At a later point during the day, I heard the owner of the pouch calling out... Saying: "O people of Makkah, O pilgrims, who ever of you find a pouch containing a thousand dinars, let him return it and they shall surely find great reward with Allah."

The old man said: Oh Khurasaani, I have addressed you the other day and advised you that our land is low on cultivation, so reward the person who found the pouch so that he is not tempted to break the laws of Allah. I have advised you to pay the person who finds it a hundred dinars but you refused. If your money falls into hands of a person who fears Allah the All-Mighty, will you give him 10 dinars at least, instead of a 100?

The Khurasaani said: I will not do so, and I will complain to Allah on the day I meet him, and Allah is sufficient for us and the best one to trust in."

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari said: The people dispersed and left. Later on during the hours of the day, once again, the Khurasaani made the same call, saying: "O people of Makkah, O pilgrims, who ever of you find a pouch containing a thousand dinars, let him return it and they shall surely find great reward with Allah."

The old man came again and said: O Khurasaani, I said to you the day before yesterday to reward the finder a hundred dinars and you refused. Then I advised you to give him ten dinars and you refused, so will you give only one dinar so that he can buy with half of it things he needs and with the other half, sheep milk, so that he can give to the people and feed his children?

The Khurasaani said: I will not do so, and I will complain to Allah on the day I meet him, and Allah is sufficient for us and the best one to trust in. "

The old man angrily said: Come you, and take your money so that I can sleep at night, for I have not had a good mood ever since I found this money.

Ibn Jarir said: So the old man went with the owner of the money and I followed them until the old man entered his house, dug a hole and pulled out the money and said: Take your money and ask Allah to forgive me and bless me from His bounty.

The Khurasaani took the money and intended to leave, but when he reached the door he said: O old man, my father died, May Allah have mercy on him, and left behind three thousand dinars and said to me: Take out a third of this money and give it to a person from the people who is most deserving of it.

Therefore I tied it in a pouch so that I may spend it on someone who is worthy of it. By Allah, I have not seen a person, since I left Khurasaan until now, who is more worthy of it then you. So take it, May Allah's blessing be upon you, and May He reward for the trust you kept, and your patience during poverty.

The Khurasaani man left without the money.

The old man wept and prayed to Allah, saying: May Allah bless the owner of the money in his grave, and May Allah bless his son.

Ibn Jarir said: I left after the Khurasaani but Abu Ghayth (the old man) followed me and brought me back. He asked me to sit down, and said: I have seen you following me since the first day; you have come to know of our situation yesterday and today. I have heard that the Prophet said: "If you are gifted from the provision of Allah, without begging or asking, then accept it and do not reject it." So this is a gift from Allah to all those attending.

The old man called: O Lubabah, O so and so, O so and so. He called on his daughters and his sisters and wife and her mother, and sat down and made me sit down. We were 10. He opened the bag, and said spread your clothing over your laps.

So I (Ibn Jarir) did, but the girls did not have proper clothing that would enable them to do that, so they extended their hands. The old man gave dinar by dinar in order until he reached me (Ibn Jarir) and said: "Here is a dinar." The process continued until the bag was empty and I received a hundred dinars.

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari said: So joy filled my heart because of the provision they received more then the joy I had because I received a hundred dinars.

When I was leaving the old man said: O young man. You are blessed; keep this money with you for it is halal. And know that I use to wake up for Fajr prayer with this wet shirt.

After I was done I would take it off, and give it so that my daughters can pray - one by one.

Then I would go to work between Dhuhr prayer and Asr prayer and then I would come back at the end of the day with what Allah has given me from dates and dry pieces of bread.

Then I would take off my clothes for my daughters and they would pray Dhuhr prayer and Asr prayer, and the same would happen for the Maghrib and Isha prayers. And we did not ever expect to see this kind of money.

So may Allah make us make good use of them, and may Allah bless the person in his grave and multiply the reward for him.

Ibn Jarir said: So I greeted him goodbye, and took the hundred dinars and used them to write knowledge for two years! I used it to buy paper and pay rent and after sixteen years I returned to Makkah and inquired about the old man. I was told that he died a few months after the incident that occurred between us.

His wife died, along with her mother, and his 2 sisters. The only ones that remained were the daughters whom, when I asked about, found that they were married to kings and Princes. I dropped by and they honored me as a guest and treated me kindly until they died also. So May Allah bless them in their graves.

{That will be an admonition given to him who believes in Allaah and the Last Day. And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allaah has set a measure for all things. (At-Talaq 65: 2-3)
We used to say that those amongst us with the most sins are those who spe

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Characteristics of the Haasid (envier)

The following are some traits to be wary of:

1. The envier is always angry at the decree of Allaah.

2. The envier always complains and rarely thanks Allah even if he owns the whole world.

3. He follows up the mistakes if the one whom he envies, and tries to seek out his faults, and exposes them and exaggerates about them before others.

4. He conceals or ignores or belittles the good qualities and distinguishing characteristics of the person whom he envies.

5. So you will notice that the envier cannot speak in front of the one whom he envies without addressing him in a laughing, jocular manner, but deep down he is filled with hatred and resentment that is clear from the way in which he looks at him.

6. He clearly criticizes the one whom he envies, with or without evidence.

7. He looks for opportunities and makes the most of any chance to harm the one whom he envies in himself or his wealth.

8. Finally, the envier is a troubled man, due to the resentment that is always festering in his heart, so depression and dullness show on his face.

At-Turqul-Hisaan Fi Amradil Jaan
(The Jinn and Human Sickness, by Dr. Abul-Mundhir Khaleel ibn Ibraheem Ameen, pgs. 263-264)

Distinguishing a particular night with worship

Question: Some people seek Laylatul-Qadar so they active by offering their prayers and other forms of worship whilst they do not do likewise on other nights in Ramadhaan, so is this in accordance with that which is correct?

Response: No! It is not in accordance with that which is correct, for certainly Laylatul-Qadar changes. So it could be on the night of the twenty seventh, and it could be on any other night as has been indicated in many ahaadeeth.

It has been confirmed that the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said: ((In that particular year Laylatul-Qadar was revealed on the night of the twenty first)). Therefore it is not befitting for a person to specify his stand (in prayer) on a particular night or distinguish a night which he yearns to be Laylatul-Qadar (likewise). (Rather) striving in all of the last ten nights is from the guidance of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam), since when the last ten nights arrived he would tighten his waist belt and awaken his family and used to spend them all awake (in worship). So that which is befitting for the prudent believer is to strive in all of the last ten nights such that the reward does not pass him by.

Shaykh Ibn al-Uthaymeen

Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Page 855, Fatwa No.844;Fiqh al-Ibaadaat libni 'Uthaymeen - Page 207

Monday, 14 September 2009

The ruling on whoever only fasts and prays during Ramadhan.

by Albaseerah

Question:If a person is active in fasting and praying only during Ramadhan, but he leaves off the prayer as Ramadhan ends, does he have a fast?

Answer:

The prayer is a pillar from the pillars of Islam, and it is the most emphasized pillar after the two Testimonies of Faith. It is from the mandatory duties upon the individuals, and whoever abandons it while rejecting its obligation or due to laxity or laziness, then he has disbelieved.

In reference to those who fast Ramadhan and they only pray during Ramadhan, then this is an attempt to deceive Allah. What wicked people these are who do not know Allah except during Ramadhan.

Thus, their fast is not acceptable while they are abandoning the prayer outside of Ramadhan.

Permanent Committee for Research and VerdictsFatawa Islamiyah Page no, 247 Vol: 2

Source: Fatwa Islaam

How the salaf were (and weren't) when hearing the Qur'an and Dhikr.

from Sayings of the Salaf Updates

It was said to ‘Â`ishah – Allâh be pleased with her, “There are people who faint when they hear the Quran.” She said. “The Quran is nobler than to have people lose their minds from it. Rather, it [should be] as Allâh the Mighty and Sublime said:

Those who fear their Lord tremble with fear by it, then their skins and hearts settle to the remembrance of Allah. (Sûrah Al-Zumar: 23)

Abû ‘Ubayd Al-Qâsim b. Sallâm, Fadâ`il Al-Qur`ân p214.

It is reported that ‘Abdullâh b. ‘Urwah b. Al-Zubayr said, “I asked my grandmother Asmâ` (bint Abî Bakr) – Allâh be pleased with her, ‘How were the Companions of Allâh’s Messenger – Allâh peace and praise be upon him – when they heard the Quran?’ She replied, ‘their eyes would shed tears and they would tremble (with fear), as Allâh described them (in the Quran).’ I said, ‘There are some people here who, when they hear the Quran, fall down unconscious,’ She said, ‘I seek refuge with Allâh from the accursed Shaytân.’”

Al-Bayhaqî, Shu’ab Al-Îmân 3:417; Ibn Al-Mubârak, Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqâ`iq 3:54 with a slightly variant wording.

It is also reported that Asmâ` was asked, “Did any of the Salaf used to faint out of the fear of Allâh?” She replied, “No, but they used to cry.”

Al-Qâsim b. Salâm, op. cit. p214.

It is reported that Ibn ‘Umar – Allâh be pleased with him – once passed by a man from Iraq who had dropped unconscious. He asked, “What is wrong with him?” [People] replied, “When the Quran is recited to him or he hears the remembrance of Allâh he falls unconscious out of his fear of Allâh.” Ibn ‘Umar said, “We fear Allâh and we do not drop unconscious!”

Ibid p214; Al-Baghawî in his Tafsîr, Sûrah Al-Zumar: 23 with a slightly variant wording.

It is reported that Anas b. Mâlik was asked about people who drop unconscious when the Quran is recited to them. He said, “That is the behavior of the Khawârij.”

Al-Qâsim b. Salâm, op. cit. p215.

It is reported that Muhammad b. Sîrîn said, having been asked about a man who drops unconscious when the Quran is recited to him,

“Make an appointment between us and him, we will sit on a wall, and the Quran – from beginning to end – will be recited unto him. If he falls off the wall, he is as he claims.”

Ibid., Al-Baghawî, op. cit.

Friday, 11 September 2009

An Abandoned Sunnah - During The Last Ten Days Of Ramadan

Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said ," That during Ramadan Allah's messenger (Sallahu `Alaihiwassalam) would sleep , wake up and pray. However when the last ten days came he would burn the midnight oil, avoid relations with his wives, perform a Ghusl between Maghrib and Isha and have dinner at the time of Sahur."

Collected by : Ibn Abee `Asim. Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali (795 H ) graded the isnad for this hadeeth as being Hasan.

Points of Benefit:

Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali mentioned his book "Taif Al-Muarif" that performing Ghusl between Maghrib and Isha is a Sunnah to be performed during the last ten days of Ramadan.

Ibn Jarir said about this hadeeth, " The Salaf used to considered it Sunnah to take Ghusl every night during the last ten days of Ramadan .

An-Nakhaee used to wash every night, while others used to wash and dab cologne on their bodies on the night they hoped was Laylutul Qadr.

It has been reported that Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) on the 24th night of Ramadan took a bath, put on some nice fragrance, and wore his best izar.

The next morning he took it off, folded it up and didn't wear it again until next Ramadan on the same occasion.

Ayyub As-Sakhtayanni (may Allah be pleased with him) used to bathe on the 23rd and 24th night , wear new clothes and burn incense to perfume his clothes.

Hamad ibn Salamah (may Allah be pleased with him) said, " Thabit Bananee and Humayd At-Tawheel used to wear their best clothes, best fragrance and burn incense and spray aroma in the Masjid during the night in which the hoped to be Laylutul Qadr.

Tameem Ad-Daree (may Allah be pleased with him) bought an Izar for 1,000 Dirhams. He used to wear it on the night in which he anticipated was Laylutul Qadr.

Ibn Jarir-said," Therefore based on these acts from the Salaf, it establishes that it is recommended for the night in which a person thinks is Layultul Qadr to dress up, wear nice fragrance, and take a bath.

This is similar to the Sunnah for Jumu'ah and both Eed.

Translated By: Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont BattleTaken from: Taif Al-Muarif by Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali (may Allah rest him in Jannah)

Source: aloloom.net

Monday, 7 September 2009

We certainly do need a Ramadan!!



Assalamu 'alaykum! Afwan.....I know I'm a bit late with posting this, we're halfway through Ramadan already subhanAllaah! I hope everyone's fasting is going well insha Allaah.
I haven't blogged for a while on here, or even posted any articles, I'm sorry for that, I have to be honest about myself, I struggle alot with being consistent in many areas of my life, I do try to work on it, but often it's not enough. Insha Allaah I would like this Ramadan to be a fresh start for me, I have to fight my nafs, which is not always easy as I'm sure many of you will agree, but this is where I need to be most consistent insha Allaah, spending time on increasing in 'ilm (knowledge) and acting upon it, reading and memorising more of the Qur'an, making the effort again to pray the sunnah prayers, learning Arabic, improving my character, and many other things, but insha Allaah one step at a time, I just dont want another ramadan to go by and feel guilty that I've not made enough effort, at least I want to do better than last year insha Allaah.

Tonight I listened to Abu Uwais's lecture 'We need a Ramadan', masha'Allaah a great reminder for us as to why we should strive harder in Ramadan, and continue to keep it up after it insha Allaah.

Let us all take this chance to try a bit harder this year, Allaah knows if this is our last Ramadan, let's not waste it insha Allaah, and I advise myself firstly with this.

May Allaah accept our fasts, du'a and salaat and any good deeds we do for his sake only, ameen!!!

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Apologies

I'm sorry for not posting any updates for a while, I've just been busy with life in general, been away recently also to see family. I really do want to start posting again on my blogs, but I feel my life and home needs some organising first, so I can start to think a bit more clearly insha Allaah (God Willing).

So no, I haven't disowned my blogs ;) feel quite sad they've been a bit neglected, but insha Allaah will start posting again soon. x

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Me and my father

When I was 4 Yrs Old : My father is THE BEST

When I was 6 Yrs Old: My father seems to know everyone

When I was 10 Yrs Old: My father is excellent but he is short tempered

When I was 12 Yrs Old: My father was nice when I was little

When I was 14 Yrs Old: My father started being too sensitive

When I was 16 Yrs Old : My father can't keep up with modern times

When I was 18 Yrs Old : My father is getting less tolerant as the days pass by

When I was 20 Yrs Old : It is too hard to forgive my father, how could my Mum stand him all these years

When I was 25 Yrs Old : My father seems to be objecting to everything I do

When I was 30 Yrs Old: It's very difficult to be in agreement with my father, I wonder if my Grandfather was troubled by my father when he was a youth

When I was 40 Yrs Old: My father brought me up with a lot of discipline, I must do the same

When I was 45 Yrs Old: I am puzzled, how did my father manage to raise all of us

When I was 50 Yrs Old : It's rather difficult to control my kids, how much did my father suffer for the sake of upbringing and protecting us

When I was 55 Yrs Old: My father was far looking and had wide plans for us, he was gentle and outstanding.

When I became 60 Yrs Old: My father is THE BEST

Note that it took 56 Yrs to complete the cycle and return to the starting point "My father is THE BEST "

Let's be good to our parents before it's too late and pray to Allaah that our own children will treat us even better than the way we treated our parents

Allah(SWT) says: "Your lord has decreed that you worship non but him and show kindness to parents. If one or both reach old age with you then do not say uff! To them nor repulse them, but speak graciously to them" {Surah Al-Isra: Ayah 23}

O our lord, forgive me and my parents and believers on the day when the reckoning shall come to pass. {Surah Ibrahim: Ayah 41}O my Lord, have mercy on them (parents) just as they nourished me when I was small.{Surah Bani Irail: Ayah 24}

Source

Fighting your nature

In ‘Hilyat al-Awliya” (10/287), it’s related that al-Junayd said:
الإنسان لا يعاب بما في طبعه إنما يعاب إذا فعل بما في طبعه
''A person is not to be blamed for his nature. Rather, he is to be blamed if he acts according to his nature.”
This is a very deep statement.A person should not bring his status as an imperfect human being to serve as an excuse for manifesting blameworthy characteristics and actions. Yes, we were fashioned with varying degrees of negative attributes within us, such as envy, greed, lack of gratitude, arrogance, the desire to commit certain sins, etc.
However, we were also fashioned with the ability to repel, change, and strive against the inclinations to openly manifest them.
It is possible to abandon negative traits you find in yourself and change your character for the better. You just have to know what you want to become, and want it badly enough to put up a fight whenever the negative traits that get in the way begin to surface.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Worshipping idols and dead people

QUESTION: Why is it that we find people worshipping the idols that they have in their room or in their temples, when it is obvious that a piece of stone cannot do anything for them?

ANSWER: One of the scholars from several hundred years ago called ibn ul Qayyim explained this phenomenon. He mentioned in his book Ighaathatul lahfaan (2/220):

“The setting up of an idol was originally in the form of an object of worship which was hidden. So (the people) made the idol in its image, set it up and shaped it, so that it could be a representation of the hidden deity and take its place (ie the place of the hidden god).”

The idols that people have are supposed to be representations of god or gods that people cannot see or sense – so they make a physical form of their deity in order to have something tangible to direct their worship to. Muslims do not accept this idea, and idols are strictly forbidden in Islam (as indeed they are in the Bible, although we still see certain branches of Christianity encouraging statues of saints and of Jesus).

Muslims believe that they should direct their worship to Allah alone without needing any tangible representation of Allah to do so. To make a statue and direct any worship towards it constitutes an act of shirk (polytheism) which is the gravest sin in Islam.

QUESTION: Similarly, what excuse do people give for worshipping dead people who are lying in graves, when they cannot help or harm them?

ANSWER: This practice is found in many countries of the world in some way shape or form. It was also a common practice in the time of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The Quran mentions the answer that the people give when they are asked why they do this worship of the dead:

“And they worship besides Allah (those things or people) which can neither hurt them nor benefit them – and they say “These are our intercessors with Allah!” Surah Yunus (the 10th chapter) ayah 18 “We worship them only so that they can bring us closer to Allah!” Surah Zumar (the 39th chapter) ayah 3.

People think that these dead people can ask Allah for things on the living people’s behalf. Islam completely rejects this idea and says that Muslims should call on Allah directly. Allah says in the Quran: Call on Me, I will answer you. Surah Ghafir (the 40th chapter) ayah 60 Despite this, sadly we see some Muslims calling on dead ‘saints’ and dead relatives if they have a need to be fulfilled e.g a serious illness to be cured. This also constitutes an act of shirk in Islamic law and as such is a very serious matter.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

imuslimah

Please go check out Umm Saaliha's new site imuslimah, and let's support her in her efforts to gain reward from Allaah, insha Allaah.

Back on the blogsphere!

Assalamu 'alaykum,

I haven't updated the blog recently as I went away to my mum's in Wales, had a nice break alhamdulillaah, I think I needed it. Just trying to settle back into life in Brum now, and get back into my normal routine insha Allaah. So watch this space!

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Extremism is in Lenience Just as it is in Harshness

Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan

alfawzan.ws

Al Hamdulilaah wa ba'd:

There have been increasingly numerous campaigns and refutatieons against extremism in religion lately, and they are with just right, because extremism in religion has been forbidden in the Book, the Sunnah and with the consensus of the scholars. Allaah Ta'aala stated:

{Say: "O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Exceed not the limits in your religion (by believing in something) other than the truth} Al Maa-idah: 77

In another Ayah:

{O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allaah aught but the truth}

The Prophet - صلى الله عليه وسلم - said:
"Beware of extremism, for indeed the only thing that has destroyed those who came before you is extremism."

Extremism in religion is to exceed the limits of its legislated boundaries. It could be in worship, such as the three men, one of whom said: 'I will stand the whole night in prayer and not sleep.' The second said: 'I will fast continuously not missing one day without fasting.' The third said: 'I will not marry.'

Extremism can also be in rulings; such as making something that is recommended an obligation, or being extreme in the ruling of one who practices a major sin that is less than polytheism by declaring him to be a disbeliever who has left the fold of Islaam.
Extremism can be in ordering the good and forbidding the evil, such as the extremism practiced by the Mu'tazillah in the form of revolting against the rulers with the excuse of ordering good and forbidding evil as justification.
Extremism is also in declaring something permissible to be impermissible, or declaring something impermissible to be permissible.
Extremism in religion in all its forms is prohibited, it may cause the individual to exit the fold of Islaam or cause destruction, as it destroyed those who came before us, and no person who has been given understanding and foresight by Allaah in rulings and in placing things in the rightful place can doubt this.

However, there are people whose state is the exact opposite of the extremism of exceeding the limits in the religion, there are those who went to extremes in lenience and indulgence. There is no doubt that our religion is the religion of lenience, ease and justness, but this lenience must be within the legislated boundary, by acting upon the legislated permits when needed, and all the religion, and to Allaah belongs all praise, is free of hardship and restrictions.

{Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope.} Al Baqarah: 286

{And [Allaah] has not laid upon you in religion any hardship} Al Hajj: 78

{Allaah does not want to place you in difficulty} Al Maa-idah: 6

Extremism in leniency is by overstepping the boundaries that Allaah has set, and this is not called lenience, rather this is hardship itself. Nullifying al Walaa and al Baraa in Islaam, equating the believers with the disbelievers with the justification of tolerance, invalidating the implementation of the nullifiers of one's Islaam upon those who have nullified all or some of them, equating religions such as equating Islaam to Judaism or Christianity, rather equating Islaam with all religions including paganism and atheism, claiming that 'there is no diety worthy of worship other than Allaah' does not necessitate the disbelief in Tahqhoot and does not negate false religions other than Islaam - as some columnists have written in some of our local newspapers. All of these are examples of extremism in negligence and indulgence. It is an obligation to refute it, just as it is an obligation to refute the extremism of exceeding the limits in the religion. Rather, extremism in negligence and indulgence is more dangerous than the extremism of exceeding the limits in the religion, because this type of extremism reaches the point of equating the religions of the disbelievers with the religion of truth, and this is a form of disbelief by the consensus of the scholars, in contrast to the extremism of exceeding the limits, as a lot of the scholars consider it to be misguidance but does not reach the level of disbelief.

The scholars mentioned that from amongst the nullifiers of a person's Islaam, is not declaring disbelievers to be disbelievers or having doubt in that.

Those who made these grave errors must examine their own state and return to the truth, for indeed returning to the truth is a virtue, and returning to the truth is better than remaining upon falsehood.

May Allaah grant everyone success in attaining beneficial knowledge, righteous actions, and may the Salaat and Salaam be upon our prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

Translator: Nadir Ahmad, Abu Abdul-Waahid

Madeenah.com

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Truly a blessing from Allaah - Zamzam well

The Well of Zamzam (or the Zamzam Well, or just Zamzam; Arabic: �) is a well located within the Masjid al Haram in Mecca, 20 meters east of the Kaaba,[1] the holiest place in Islam. It was a miraculously- generated source of water from angel Jibril (Gabriel), which began thousands of years ago when Ibraham's infant son was thirsty. Millions of pilgrims visit the well each year while performing the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimages, in order to drink its water. By Saudi law, the water cannot be sold outside of the kingdom, but because of strong demand there is a thriving market in fake Zamzam water in other countries.





Zam Zam is 18X14 ft & 18 meter deep water well.
It started 4000 yrs ago.
Never dried since then.
Never changed the taste, no Algea or plant growth in the pond, thus no disease caused.

It was tested by European Laboratories & declared fit for drinking.

This small pond provides water to millions of people through heavy motors pulling 8000 lit: per second and after 24 hours in only 11 mins completes its level. Thus its water level never decreases


SUBHANALLAH



Friday, 20 March 2009

good news from Yemen - Dammaj‏

The following is a forwarded email from Mohamed Elmi, a brother residing in Dammaj, Yemen.

Sheikh Yahya introduction to the letter from Sheikh Saleem Hilalee

He says:"Since the fitnah of Abul Hassan al Ma'rabee up until now we haven't heard anything from Sheikh Saleem Hilalee. However, we have always considered the position of Shiekh Saleem al Hilalee to be closer than that of Ali Hassan Al Halabi, today a letter has arrived consisting of good news (from Shiekh Saleem al Hilalee) showing his position is different from that which Ali Hassan Al Halabi is upon. We have decided to read this letter to give the people glad tidings, for verily we are pleased with the firmness and saddened by the instability of a salafee wherever he may be especially when the individual is a da'ee (caller to Allah), author and from the people of knowledge.

"The letter:

In the name of Allah Most Merciful, the Most Gracious

All praise is due to Allah alone may He preserve and exalt the mention of His slave (Muhammad) as well as his kinsfolk and his companions.

From: Saleem bin Eid Al-Hilaalee

To: His brother in Islam Sheikh Yahya Al-Hajooree

May Allah grant him along with his brothers the mashaykh (scholars) of the Salafee dawah in the fortunate land of Yemen success in the obtainment of all goodness and preserve them from all evil.

I hope that you, your family, your brothers the mashaykh and your students are in the best of health and well being in that which relates to the matters of the Dunya(this life) and the Aakhira(hereafter).

My prestigious brother, verily keeping ties between us is from the most significant of ways which will aid in the manifestation of many matters. These matters being the likes of which, disorder may occur in the manner they are transmitted or confusion in their reports or individuals who have personal interests may use to distort (the truth).

It has therefore; become clear to me that Allah has made keeping ties with my brothers as well as the scholars a strengthening force for me. Perhaps you recall when I sent a letter to Sheikh Muqbil seeking his council in the establishment of the Sheikh Albani centre, may Allah have mercy upon him. May Allah also reward you with goodness for conveying the Sheikh's response to me when we met in Great Britain.

My beloved brother may Allah strengthen you with His obedience and aid you with the Sunnah. By the praise and prosperity of Allah, I have not ceased and will not cease to love, call to and remain steadfast upon the salafee methodology by the permission of Allah. This methodology, that I have learnt from our scholars Al-Albani, Ibn Baz, Uthaymeen and Muqbil may Allah have mercy upon them all. We aid the salafees in every time and place while exempting ourselves from the people of innovations and the hizbees (people of partisanship) and whosoever treads their path.

Henceforth, I have made clear in my book "the Modern day Islamic groups in the light of the Quran and Sunnah upon the understanding of the Salaf As-Salih" which I wrote nearly 30 years ago my position towards the movements of the people of partisanship and whatsoever resembles it.

As for those callers who in their early stages of their dawah seemed to be upon firmness from that which was apparent to us, then they turned their shields towards dawatus salafiyah. I have nothing to do with them! In the present time nor the future, until they stop praising the people of innovation and abandon them, then return to this blessed dawah. They must also retract their statements which contradicted the foundations of dawatu salafiyah, these individuals being the likes of Adnan Al Arour, Al-Magrahwee, and Abul Hassan Al Ma'rabee. Furthermore, I do not consider Mohammed Hassan or Al- Huwanee or those who side with them in Egypt to be salafees, rather they are certified qutubiyoon (followers of the ideology of Sayid Qutb). I have declared this in some of my books and many of my lessons.

For approximately the past 2 and half years, I have not had any relations whatsoever with those in Jordan as of late who praise, recommend and make excuses for the previously mentioned individuals. Also in my book "the methodologies of modern Islamic movements" I have established in detail my standpoint towards voting, which I hold to be a satanic blueprint in which the merchants of the dawah (those possessing worldly gains) have taken as a ladder (in reaching their goals).

In spite of our lack of communication when I am inquired about you then I have not ceased to mention you with good and I encourage any student to attend Darul Hadith in Dammaj when my advice is sought. Since the era of Sheikh Muqbil, I have always regarded (Darul Hadith in Dammaj) a strong hold of the correct dawatus salafiyah.I hope this letter will initiate good relations between us in our co-operation upon piety and taqwa (fear of Allah) as well as commanding one another with truth and patience, while we seek council from each other in that which will aid us in remaining steadfast upon the true salafee methodology.

I wish for you and your brothers the mashaykh in Yemen every good and success, I also ask our protector the mighty and great to unify us and our people upon the Quran and Sunnah upon the understanding of the companions, may Allah bless our dawah(call to Allah) and keep us save from the evil of the people of disbelief , desires and innovations. May Allah not create for them a path towards us, verily He is the All-capable.

Your beloved brother Abu Usamah Saleem Al -Hilalee12th Rabee Al- awaal 1430(hijrah).

Translation by: Abu Tu'raab As-Somali Dar Al-Hadeeth in Dammaj

Friday, 13 March 2009

Blog award for me!! Yay!



Well, I had a lovely suprise yesterday, when I sat that Umm Travis had been so kind to give me the above award, I really feel touched, Jazakillaahu khairan sis for your kind words. It is a great pleasure to know you, and to visit your blog Masha'Allaah.


I would like to also award this to a few sisters,





Umm Travis (I had to mention you sis, even though you've been given it already, I truly think your blog is 'lovely' Masha'Allaah.





The cairo wife (private blog)






Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Ibn al-Qayyim said:

'Know that the greatest of losses is for you to be preoccupied with one who will bring you nothing but a loss in your time with Allah - theMighty and Majestic - and being cut off from Him, and wasting your time with the person, a weakening of your energy, and the dispersing of your resolve. So, if you are tested with this - and you must be tested with this - deal with him according to how Allah would wish, and be patient with him as much as possible. Get closer to Allah and His Pleasure by way of this person, and make your getting together with him somethingto benefit from, not something to incur a loss from. Be with him as if you are a man who is on a road who was stopped by another man, who then asks you to take him on your journey. Make sure that you are the onewho gives him a ride, and that he is not the one giving you the ride. If he refuses, and there is nothing to gain from traveling with him,do not stop for him, bid him farewell, and do not even turn back to look at him, as he is a highway robber, regardless of who he really is.

So, save your heart, be wary of how you spend your days and nights, and do not let the Sun set before you arrive at your destination

Saturday, 7 March 2009

THE DEFINITION OF THE WORD QUR-AAN


The word Qur-aan linguistically

When broken down methodically

Means reading or recited piece

By most of those who dare to teach

It's reached us in its purest form

From massive chains still carried on

The Arabic speech of Allah

Revealed to Ibn Abdullah

In word and meaning both preserved

In mus-haf form gone undisturbed

A standing challenge for all time

For those who claim it's just a rhyme

(source-TheFiks.Org)

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Any daleel against hanging wall rugs?



Recently my husband brought me back a beautiful wall rug with the ka'abah on it (pictured above), from hajj. We have it up on our front sitting room wall. However, a couple of days back a sister came round, noticed it, and said that it wasn't allowed to put these rugs up on our walls, she said that one of the scholars had spoke about it, and mentioned a hadith, but she did not have the daleel to give me at the time.

For now I've left it up, but if anyone knows of the fatwa/hadith the sister was referring to, pls let me know, jazakumallaahu khairan.

First lesson, Qawaaid Al-Arba'

I recently registered for Al-Baseerah's online intensive course, Al-Qawaaid al-arba' with Shaykh Abdullaah Al-Ghudyaan (May Allaah accept and reward his efforts, ameen). I had my first lesson on Tuesday, and masha'Allaah it was really interesting.

It was basically an introduction to Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhab's life (May Allaah have mercy upon him, ameen), the reviver of the sunnah. He started his quest for knowledge at a time when there many scholars, but they were mostly concerned with fiqh matters, as for their 'aqeedah, this was not pure.

Masha'Allaah the shaykh travelled far in search of knowledge, the more he learnt the more he strived for more. He faced many tests and hardships along the way, almost dying of thirst and hunger on his way to Ash-Sham, alhamdulillaah Allaah saved him by a man with a riding beast packed with drink and food, who took him back to Basrah.

The Shaykh met the Ameer, Muhammad Ibn Sa'ud (May Allaah have mercy upon him, ameen), from Ad-Dir'eeyah, who had heard his daw'ah, and then gave him bai'ah (the pledge of allegiance) and supported his daw'ah and struggled in it's cause.

Alhamdulillaah, through the daw'ah the shaykh gave, there came the obliteration of all manifestations of shirk in the land of Najd, graves were destroyed, along with trees that were used for worship, he refuted the doubts of the doubtful until his daw'ah became widespread and this pleased him.

The shaykh lived a long life, and later died in 1206 AH. His grandchildren and students carried on spreading the daw'ah.

This is just a brief summary of the Shaykh's life, but so amazing and inspiring to see how hard he fought for the truth to be established once again. For those people out there who label the shaykh as a 'wahhabi' and as someone who brought something 'new' I advise you to go and read his biography properly insha Allaah, he is not called 'the reviver of the sunnah' for nothing you know. In the lesson Sh. Abdullaah Al-Ghudyaan, mentioned a hadith by the prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallaam, which he gave glad tidings that at the head of every 100 years, someone will revive for it it's religion, I did not catch all of the hadith or the source, so if anyone knows it, please let me know so I can add it on insha Allaah.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Tagged: Mom of the year award

Jazakillaahu khairan sis Anisa, for awarding me with the 'mom of the year award' very kind of you masha'Allaah, afwan for taking so long to actually do this tag!


The rules of the tag are:

1. Admit one thing you feel awful about (involving being a mom). Once you have written it down, you are no longer allowed to feel bad. Remember you are a good mom!

2. Remind yourself that you ARE a good mom, list 7 things you love about your kids, you love doing with your kids, or that your kids love about you.

3. Send this to 5 other moms of the year that deserve a reminder that they are too the best moms that they can be. Remember to send them a note letting them know you have selected them, and also add a link to your post that directs people back to the person who nominated you.

*1. I feel awful that I don't do enough with my kids, like activities, crafts, taking them to the park etc...

2.

*Alhamdulillaah I'm happy that I'm trying to instill in them good mannerism, and teaching them the importance of worshipping Allaah alone.
*I love how they're sometimes so eager to please me, I may find one cleaning the bathrooom or kitchen as a suprise, masha'Allaah.
*I love seeing the look on their faces when we go somewhere special and different than usual.
*I love it when they quietly utter the words 'I love you' what mother doesnt?!
*I love seeing my girls dressed in abayah and hijab, Allaahumma baarak feehim, may Allaah always guide them, ameen.
*My kids love it when I'm a 'cool mum' lol, and act all silly and giggly with them.
*I love my kids' individual characters, Allaahumma baarak feehim.

I think that those deserving of this award are:

Umm Travis

Tammy

Jamilah

Empress Anisa

Melissa

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Allaah is in control of everything!

Read the Caption on the first photo then look at the second photo



Look at the picture above and you can see where this driver broke through the guardrail on the right side of the culvert, where the people are standing on the road pointing. The pick-up was traveling about 75 mph from right to left when it crashed through the guardrail. It flipped end-over-end, bounced off and across the culvert outlet and landed right side up on the left side of the culvert, facing the opposite direction from which the driver was traveling. The 22-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger were unhurt except for minor cuts and bruises. Just outside Flagstaff , AZ on U.S. Hwy 100.

Now look at the second picture below...



If this guy didn't believe in Allah before, do you suppose he believes now?

Let this be a reminder to all of us, Allah is in control!

Blind girl

The Moral Of the Story Is Touching!

There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she's blind. She hated everyone, except her loving fiance. He is always there for her. Blind girl said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her fiance.

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to the blind girl and then she can see everything, including her fiance.

Her fiance asked her, "now that you can see the world, will you marry me?" The girl was shocked when she saw that her fiance is blind too, and refused to marry him.

Her fiance walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to girl saying. "Just take care of my eyes dear."

Moral: This is how human brain changes when the status changed. Only few remember what life was before, and who's always been there even in the most painful situations.

Never take someone for granted, Hold every person close to your Heart because you might wake up one day and realize that you have lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones. Remember this always in life!

"You learn to love, not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly."

The Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said: "You will not believe as long as you do not love one another." - Sahih Muslim, Hadith 19
Hadith of Prophet Mohammad(sallallahu' alaihi wa salaam)

The blessings in gaining knowledge

It was reported by Ibn al Qayyim in his book: "Rawdatul Muhibeen", I was informed by my Sheikh (Ibn Taymiyyah), he said: When I became sick the doctor said to me: Verily your research and Islamic lecturing increases your illness. I (Ibn Taymiyyah) replied: I can not stop, and I will debate you in your knowledge! If a person becomes happy and joyful doesn't this strengthen their soul or spirit, and as a result wards off illness? The doctor responded: Of course. So I (Ibn Taymiyyah) said: Verily my spirit is pleased with knowledge and it strengthens my nature and due to that I find relaxation. The doctor responded: This is something our knowledge doesn't apply to.


It was reported by Sheikh Muhammed bin Hadee to some of his visitors that he was told a story by Ahmed Al Hakimy, the brother of Sheikh Hafith Al Hakimy:
One year while Sheikh Hafith Al Hakimy was on Hajj or during Ramadan in Mecca, he was looking for the book titled: "Creation of The Servant's Action" by Imam Al Bukhari. While in Mecca he was informed that someone had arrived from India with a copy of the book and that he had given it to the library there in The Haram. Sheikh Hafith visited the library and requested to borrow the book under the condition that he would not leave the Haram and that he would return the book the following day after the rising of the sun. He took the book and requested for someone to bring him paper and a pen. He sat and made his own copy of the book. Then he continued to memorize the book until Fajr. After Fajr he rested for a short period of time and then woke up. Upon waking, he returned the original book to the library and said: Here is your original, and here is an extra copy (the copy he himself wrote) and the book is in my head (memorized).
May Allah grant Sheikh Hafith Al Hakimy ease in his grave and raise him with the righteous ameen

Saturday, 14 February 2009

The Haa'iyyah Poem of Ibn Abee Daawood (d.316)

(1) Hold tightly to the rope of Allaah and the guidance,
And do not be an innovator, so that you might be successful.

(2) And practice your religion based on the Book of Allaah and the Sunan which
have come from the Messenger of Allaah so you will be saved and earn reward.


(3) And say: Not a created thing is the Speech of our great King,
Such was the religious position of the pious ones (before us) who spoke well.


(4) And do not be a person who takes no position on the Quran,
As did the followers of Jahm, and they had been too lax (to take the right position).

(5) And do not say that the Quran is created, meaning: its recitation,
Since the Speech of Allaah, through its recitation, is made clear.


(6) And say: Allaah will make himself visible to all the creation, openly,
Just as the full moon is not hard to see, and your Lord (will be seen) more clearly.

(7) And He was not born, nor has He fathered anyone,
Nor is there anything similar to Him, exalted be the Glorified One.


(8) A Jahmee rejects this, however, we have
As a testimony to the truth of what we say - a hadeeth that clarifies it.


(9) Jareer narrated it, from the words of Muhammad,
So say what he said about that, and you will be successful.


(10) And perhaps a Jahmee might deny His Right Hand as well,
While both of His Hands are giving out all kinds of bounties.


(11) And say: The Ever-Compelling descends each night,
Without asking for exact details, magnificent is the One God and most worthy of praise.


(12) Down to the lowest heaven, granting bounties from His Grace,
As the gates of the heavens are opened and spread widely.

(13) He says: Is there anyone seeking forgiveness who would like to meet a Forgiver?
Or anyone seeking bounties of goodness and provisions, so he could be given (what he requests)?


(14) A group have reported this whose reports are not to be rejected,
But sadly some have went wrong and did not believe them, marring themselves.



(15) And say: Indeed the best of the people after Muhammad
Were his two deputies of old, and then 'Uthmaan, according to the most correct position.


(16) And the fourth of them was the best of creation after them,
'Alee, the companion of goodness, through goodness he was successful.


(17) Those are the people, those who we have no doubt about,
Upon the great camels of Firdows, shining brightly and roaming about.


(18) Sa'eed, Sa'd, Ibn 'Awf, Talhah,
'Aamir of Fihr, and Zubayr the praiseworthy.

(19) And speak with the best terms about the Companions, all of them,
And do not be one who speaks ill of them, pointing out their faults and criticizing,


(20) Since the clear Revelation has spoke of their excellence,
And in (Soorah) al-Fat-h are verses about the Companions, praising them.

(21) And regarding the pre-ordained Qadr, be convinced, since it is
The pillar that combines many affairs of the Religion, and the Religion encompasses much.


(22) And do not reject, out of ignorance, (belief in) Nakeer and Munkar,
Or the Pool or the Scales, surely you are being advised sincerely.


(23) And say: Allaah, the Great, will remove, from of His Grace,
Out of the Fire, people, burned severely, who will then be tossed

(24) Into the river in Firdows, wherein they will regain life by its water,
Like a seed taken by a flood that comes and wipes things away with its abundant water.


(25) And surely, the Messenger of Allaah will intercede,
And speak about the punishment of the grave, that it is the truth, made clear.


(26) And do not make takfeer of those who pray, even if they commit sins,
Since all of them commits sins, while the Owner of the Throne forgives graciously.


(27) And do not hold a belief like that of the Khawaarij, for it is
A position held by only those who desire it, and it is destructive and disgraceful.

(28) And do not be a Murji', one who plays games with his religion,
Surely, the Murji' is joking about the religion (ie. not taking it seriously).


(29) And say: Eemaan (faith) consists of statements, intentions,
And Actions, according to the explicit statement of the Prophet.


(30) And it decreases sometimes, due to disobedience, and sometimes
Because of obedience it grows, and on the Scale it will outweigh (other things).


(31) And keep yourself from the opinions of people and their stances,
Since the stance of the Messenger of Allaah is more befitting and easier on one's chest.


(32) And do not be from those who play games with their religion,
Attacking the people of hadeeth and reviling them.

(33) If you keep this belief all your life, O holder of this (poem),
You will be upon goodness, day and night.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Abu Bakrs advice to Umar on his death bed.‏ (May Allaah have mercy upon them, ameen)

When Abu Bakr Al-Siddeeq was on his deathbed he called ‘Umar - Allah be pleased with both of them and advised him:

"Fear Allah O ‘Umar!

And know that Allah has deeds to be done for Him in the day which He will not accept if done at night, and He has deeds to be done for Him at night which He will not accept if done during the day.

He will not accept extra (naafilah) deeds unless you fulfill the obligatory deeds.

The scales of those whose scales will be weighty on the Day of Resurrection will only be weighty because they followed the truth in this life and it was weighty to them.

And scales in which the truth will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be heavy.

And the scales of those whose scales will be light on the Day of Resurrection will only be light because they followed falsehood in this life and it was a light matter to them.

And scales in which falsehood will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be light.

Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Paradise and mentioned them in the context of their best deeds, and overlooked their evil deeds.

So when I remember them I say to myself: I fear that I will not be included with them.

And Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Hell and mentioned them in the context of their worst deeds and rejected their best deeds.

So when I remember them I say: I hope I won’t be amongst them.

The worshippers of Allah should always be in a state of hope and fear, they shouldn’t wish flimsy wishes about Allah and neither should they despair of Allah’s mercy.

If you keep to this advice of mine, no one who is not with you now should be more beloved to you than death – and it is sure to come to you.

But if you disregard this advice, no one who is not with you now should be more hated to you than death – and you cannot escape it."

(Abû Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliyâ` Vol.1 p18; and Ibn Al-Jawzî, Sifah Al-Safwah).

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Online intensive courses starting February!


Does Supplication Change That Which is Written?‏

Question:Does supplication have any effect in changing what is written for a person before he was created?

Answer:There is no doubt that supplication has an effect on changing what is written, but this change was also written because of the supplication. So, do not think that if you supplicate to Allaah that you are supplicating with something which was not written; rather the supplication is written, and what results from it is written. This is why we find that the reciter recites over the sick person and he is cured, and in the story of the military expedition which the Prophet sallAllaahu ʽalayhi wa sallam sent, they stayed as guests with a people, but they did not treat them hospitably, and it was decreed that a snake bit their leader, so they requested someone to recite something over him. The Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, imposed the condition that they should be paid for that, and they gave them a flock of sheep, so one of them went and recited Surat al-Faatihah over him, and the man who was bitten arose as if he had been freed from shackles, that is, as if he was a camel which had broken free from its tethering rope. Therefore the recitation had an effect in curing the sick person. So supplication has an effect, but it does not change what has been ordained, rather it is decreed because of it, and everything with Allaah is according to Qadar. Likewise all of the causes have an influence on the effects by Allaahʼs permission, so the causes are written and the effects are written.
Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fataawa Arkanaul-Islaam p.190 DARUSSALAM

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Gossip poem

NOBODY'S FRIEND
My name is Gossip. I have no respect for justice
I maim without killing.
I break hearts and ruin lives.
I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.
The more I am quoted the more I am believed.
My victims are helpless.
They cannot protect themselves against me because
I have no name and no face.
To trap me down is impossible.
The harder you try, the more elusive I become.
I am nobody's friend.
Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.
I topple governments and wreck marriages.
I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights,
heartaches and indigestion.
I make innocent people cry in their pillows.
Even my name hisses.
I am called Gossip.
I make headlines and headaches.
Before you repeat a story, ask yourself:
Is it true? Is it harmless? Is it necessary?
(Author Unknown)

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Be like the bee by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

As people are content with the world, so you should be content with Allaah. As they are delighted by the world, so you should be delighted with Allaah. As they are intimate with their loved ones, so you should seek intimacy with Allaah. As they desire to know their kings and their leaders, and to draw near to them in order for honor and status to be conferred on them, so you should come to know Allaah and seek His love, this will lead to the utmost honor and distinction.

Said one of the zuhhåd: "I can never imagine that someone could hear about Paradise and Hellfire and can still waste an hour without performing any act of obedience to Allaah; neither remembrance, prayer, reciting Quraan nor an act of charity or kindness.”

Someone said to him: "I weep profusely."

He replied: “That you laugh while confessing your sin is better than weeping yet being puffed-up with pride because of your deeds. For the deeds of a conceited person will never rise above his head.”

The person then requested: "Please counsel me."

So he replied: “Leave the world to those who hanker after it, as they leave the Afterlife to its seekers. And be in this world as the bee: it eats only good, produces only good, and when it rests upon anything it neither ruins it nor deflowers it.”

Al Fawaa-id, Ibn al Qayyim al Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah), Pg.187

I have this book, and Masha'Allaah it is excellent, well worth buying masha'Allaah. It's the kind of book you'd probably have to read through a couple of times to understand fully and reflect on the gems that are within it.

How to resolve Marital disagreements

Question - What is your advice for husbands and wives so that they may resolve marital disagreements that occur between them? And what is your advice to some guardians and women who prevent the marriage of girls in their care in order to get their incomes?

Answer - I advise every husband and wife to avoid disagreements between themselves and to disregard each others shortcomings. This is indicated by the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم in his words

لا يفرك مومن مومنة، إن كره منها خلقا رضي منها آخر

" A believing man should not hate a believing woman , if he is annoyed by some aspect of her character, some other aspect of her character will please him."

As those who prevent the girls in their charge from getting married in order to get whatever income they have from working - their guardians are betraying them, and it is forbidden for them to do so.If they should do this, their guardianship should be revoked and they will pass into the care of the next guardian, after the one who prevented them from marriage. If the second one prevents them also, they pass to the third and so on. If all of the guardians refuse to give them in marriage, due to fear of a rift in relations with the first guardian, then the matter should be submitted to the Court and the Judge will give her in marriage.


Ash Sheikh Ibn Uthaimin
Fatawa Islamiyyah Vol.5
pgs 365-366

Friday, 30 January 2009

I've recieved an award, Yey!!



I'm in shock! lol, I have been given an award for the coolest blog from Inspired Muslimah aka New Muslim Revert, and Empress Anisa
, masha'Allaah both beautiful sisters and really enjoy reading their blogs. Jazakillaahu khairan! Was totally not expecting this, I feel very touched and honoured, sob sob!!!


I would like to pass this award on to the following blogs:


OhSoMuslim

UmmTravis

Empress Anisa

Inspired Muslimah

Hijabee

Revert Muslimah

Umm Saaliha

Hijabista

Masha'Allaah I always find something interesting/unique and beneficial on these sisters blogs.

I've been tagged! 'Favourite things'



Masha'Allaah I've been tagged by Inspired Muslimah, Jazakillaahu khairan sis.

NOTE: You have to add one additional "favorite" thing to the end of the list when you answer.

Favorite color: Lilac

Favorite perfume (guys):

Favorite perfume (girls): Curious - Britney Spears

Favorite pj brand: As long as they look good and comfortable, I don't mind

Favorite clothes brand in general: Republic, warehouse

Favorite person in the entire world: Have more than one - my mum, kids, zawj, friends etc....

Favorite country: Only country visited outside UK, was the US -Florida, and loved it!

Favorite car: Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Favorite sport: Tennis

Favorite sport player: Don't have one

Favorite spot in America:

Favorite animal: cheetah - Masha'Allaah the speed and agility Allaah has given to this animal is amazing.

Favorite movie: Poetic Justice/Kung-fu panda

Favorite singer:

Favorite day in the week: Friday

Favorite time of the day: Evening

Favorite holiday season: Summer

Favorite number:

Favorite food: somali

Favorite chocolate: Too many!

Favorite cartoon: Rugrats (I know, sad! lol)

Favorite blogger: Many

Favorite Flavor Ice Cream: Mint chocolate chip (Inspired Muslimah - this is my fave too!)

Favorite Mobile Brand: Nokia

Favorite name: 'Abdul- shakur

Favorite hobby: Shopping, surfing net, reading

Favorite room in my house: Front living Room

Favorite Fruit: toss up: Lychee

Favorite flower: Rose

Favourite Qur'an Recitor - Muhammad Al-Luhaydan

I add - Favourite pastime - Giving birth to my first child (when the labour was over!) oh and the same for each of my children, Alhamdulillaah.

I'm gonna tag - Lady Arabiyyah, RevertMuslimah, OhSoMuslim, Umm Ismail.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

To A Palestinian Mother by Naima B. Robert

My sister
In humanity,
In the pain of childbearing
In the struggle of childrearing,
My sister in Islam

I heard that they killed your children
Slaughtered by the hundreds and thousands
Young lives snatched from the jaws of destiny
Young dreams to be dreamed no more
And I cannot comprehend.

For no matter how many times
I hear,
Read,
Or see it,
I cannot know your pain.

I cannot know what it is to once have felt a life kick and twist
inside you,
And then, a few brief years later,
lay those once kicking legs,
lifeless, into the earth.

I cannot know what it is
to once have heard a voice cry
and laugh for you
And then, a few brief years later,
lay that once smiling face,
lifeless, into the earth.

I cannot know what it is to once have held your child,
whole, inyour arms
And then, a few brief years later,
have to gather him up as blood,bones and flesh.

No matter how many times I hear,
Read,
Or see it,
I cannot know your pain.

For every number out of a hundred dead
Was a child once
With a mother who
Lived,
Loved
And sacrificed for him.

And so, my sister
Forgive me
My helplessness shames me
My powerlessness maims me
My conscience blames me.

So I will pray for you
I will give what I can for you
I will tell your story
I will remember you
But with a heart full of humility

For no matter how many times I hear,
Read,
Or see it,
I cannot know your pain.

Forgive me, my sister
Forgive me.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

A beautiful day



We went to a gathering at a sisters house yesterday, was great alhamdulillaah. The theme was 'a beautiful day', and adults and kids had to write/draw something relating to this them, I jotted down a few brief notes on my idea of a beautiful day, which would be:

* Seeing Allaah's face insha Allaah

* Insha Allaah, having the gates of Jannah opened for me and my family, and the muslim ummah, ameen.

* My mum insha Allaah taking her shahadah, and insha Allaah the rest of the family too, ameen.

* Seeing the ka'abah, insha Allaah

* Seeing the prophets/sahaabah and the ummul-mu'mineen (mothers of the believers) insha Allaah.

* Palestine beeing freed completely from the oppressive zionists, and having their land back and the soldiers,occupiers off it.

*Waking up on a beautiful summers day, with the sun shining, and the birds tweeting away, and everyone being in a good mood, aaahhh...

What is your idea of a beautiful day?

Saturday, 24 January 2009

BBC refusing to give airtime for appeals for Gaza

I recieved this message on facebook from the group 'I support the palestinian resistance!', the brother had this to say:

Once again the BBC has shown its disregard to the tragerdies faced by those suffering in Gaza, they are refusing to give any airtime to charaties organising an emergency appeal to raise money for those suffering.

The excuses of impartiality are pathetic, how does impartiality even come into it, the people of Gaza are facing a humanitarian crisis, thats a fact. The BBC gave time to a similar appeal for those suffering in the Congo yet they refuse to do the same for those in Gaza.

Tony Benn a former Labour Mp has made quite a damming statement alleging the israeli embasy is influencing the decision. I personally believe this to be quite plausable all you have to do is look at the way the BBC reported the conflict and the connections between those in charge at the BBC and israel.
Please make your complaint heard;


Insha Allaah sisters, please send in a complaint, this is not right.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Mufti Advises the Muslims Concerning Gaza

Shaykh Abdul-Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh - The Mufti of Saudi Arabia

Reference: Khutbah delivered by the Shaykh on Friday 9 January, 2008

Second part of the Khutbah

...after the opening of the Khutbah:

O Muslim; from the wisdom of Allaah in the life of this world, is the struggle between truth and falsehood, and the overpowering of the people of disbelief and misguidance over the people of faith and piety. It is a perfect wisdom, and Allaah has wisdom over what he decrees and brings to pass.

However, the true believer believes in Devine Decree, he believes in the good of it and the bad of it, the sweet of it and the sour of it. He has firm faith due to his knowledge that Allaah is all Wise in what He Decrees, no matter how great the calamity and severe the catastrophe. The believer thinks well of his Lord, and knows that whatever Allaah decrees due to His wisdom, then the consequences thereof, their knowledge is with Allaah.

You may hate something and Allaah decrees a lot of good in it, how much do people hate calamities and how much good happens due to them in the future. Allaah the Elevated knows and you know not:

{...and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allâh knows but you do not know.}

There is no doubt that what our brothers in Gaza are going through is a tremendous trial, hearts are strained in pain and sorrow when witnessing such extreme images, which indicate immense spite and a wide-spreading evil. But Allaah is all Wise over them, and Allaah is more merciful to His servants than a mother is to her child.

So it is upon the Muslims to be steadfast and patient, and hold fast to this religion, to be patient in the face of calamities and not break down. They must be fully attached to and have trust in Allaah, seeking victory from the Lord of the worlds.

It is upon the Muslims to rush, all of them, in provide aid to the wounded, and the great good that this country has given in aid, there is no doubt that this is evidence that there is mercy and compassion in the hearts of the rulers for the Muslims, may Allaah grant them success in practicing what Allaah loves and is pleased with.

However, these efforts must be multiplied, and we must supplicate to Allaah during the last part of the nights and during the day, that Allaah alleviates the calamities from them, and to turn His wrath upon the humiliated enemy, which is not prevented from a criminal people.

We ask Allaah to rectify the affairs of the Muslims, and to unify their hearts upon goodness and piety. Know that what is important, is that we think good of our Lord, and we do not say `why is this happening?` This is Devine Decree, and Allaah is the all Wise over them, a servant does not know of the consequences of events.

Allaah the Elevated said to His Messenger during the battle of Uhud, when he and his companions were afflicted with calamities, such as the death of his companions and other issues, Allaah revealed:

{When a single disaster smites you, although you smote (your enemies) with one twice as great, you say: "From where does this come to us?" Say (to them), "It is from yourselves." And Allaah has power over all things.}

And Allaah says:

{And don`t be weak in the pursuit of the enemy; if you are suffering (hardships) then surely they (too) are suffering (hardships) as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allaah (for the reward, i.e. Paradise) that for which they hope not; and Allaah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise.}

So it is upon the Muslims to be steadfast and patient:

{O you who believe! When you meet (an enemy) force, take a firm stand against them and remember the Name of Allaah much (both with tongue and mind), so that you may be successful. And obey Allaah and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength departs, and be patient. Surely, Allaah is with the patient. And be not like those who come out of their homes boastfully and to be seen of men, and hinder (men) from the path of Allaah; and Allaah is encircling and thoroughly comprehending all that they do.}

And know, may Allaah have mercy over you, that the best of speech is the Book of Allaah, and the best of guidance, is the guidance of Muhammad - صلى الله عليه وسلم – and the worst of affairs are the innovated matters…conclusion of Khutbah with Du`aa.


Translator: Nadir Ahmad, Abu Abdul-Waahid

Urgent appeal

I was forwarded this email from a trusted friend of mine, take a look insha Allaah.

Asalam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu,

As most of you know i am trying to go to the palestinian refugee camps based in syria and Jordan around the 23rd of February, the reason for going is to give aid, medical supplies and also to mentor the children who have been displaced from their homes due to the zionist state of Israel.
I need all of your help in making this possible i need people to donate and raise as much money as they can so that i can give as much to them as possible, also we have setup with a meeting with the UNRWA of Jordan and Syria to address the needs of those in the camp, the refugee camps are run by UN so we needed to gain their permission to help the muslims inside, we aim to setup a monthly scheme where muslims from UK can go for 7 - 10 days at a time to help mentor and teach those in the refugee camps and we are aiming to build a school for this.
The conditions the UN leave the camps in is far from acceptable the most infamous camps that some of you may of heard of are BAQAA and WIHDAT these 2 camps hold the biggest number of palestinian refugees more than 69 thousand in each camp and there is limited supplies, alot of people there live in sewage in a concrete hut with only that 1 room for a family of 4 also alot cannot afford even a roof for their huts.
Many children were born in this camp and this is the only life they know they do not hope or dream or much so we want to be able to give them something t least the basics they deserve and support emotionally.
Please brothers and sisters find it in your heart to donate all you can and collect from people all that you can 100% of your money will be spent on them, it will not be given to the UN or any of its associates it will be distributed amongst the people themselves depending on their needs.
If any of you are businesses/professionals that could offer donations or items to auction please please do so by calling me on 07592716578
I am currently in contact with UMMAH WELFARE TRUST who are trying to assist me all they can.
If any of you are event planners/fundraisers or are interested in helping to arrange an event please call me on 07592716578

May Allah purify your hearts and help you to give your wealth in return for jannah.


As our Prophet pbuh advised us, when you have a good intention fulfill it immediately before something overcomes you.

Please do not forget your obligations to the orphans and widows, and if you cannot acompany us please give your wealth to those who are able to go.

jazakhalla khair

your sister in islam

Umm Ismail

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Ibn al-Qayyim on the Reasons for the Oppression of the Rulers - the Corruption of the People

Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) Lays to Waste the Mawdudo-Qutb Paradigm and Demolishes the Qutubi-Suroori-Takfeeri School of Doctrine, and Exposes the Falsehood of the Activism of the Contemporary Hizbiyyeen


Reflect carefully, slowly and with great deliberation, upon every word and phrase from this excerpt from Ibn al-Qayyim, and do exactly as Ibn al-Qayyim asks you:

He says in Miftaah Daar is-Sa'aadah (2/177) [Daar Ibn 'Affaan], "And reflect in His, the Most High's wisdom in making the kings of the servants, their leaders and their rulers to be of the same type as their actions (i.e. those of the servant's). Rather it is as if their actions (those of the servants) became manifest in the appearances of their rulers and kings. If they remain upright, then their kings will remain upright, and if they turn away (from uprightness), then they (the kings) too will turn away from uprightness. And if they (the servants) oppress [themselves and others], then their kings and rulers will oppress [them], and if their appears plotting and deception from them, their rulers will [be made to] behave likewise, and if they (the servants) prevent the rights of Allaah that are with them, and become stingy with respect to them (i.e. withhold the rights of each other), then their kings and their rulers will withhold the right that they (the servants) have from them, and will become stingy with respect to them. And if they take from the one who is considered weak, what they do not deserve to take from him in their dealings (i.e. misappropriate from him), then the kings will take away from them (the servants) what they do not deserve to take (from them) and will inflict them with taxes and [other forms of] service. And everything that they (the servants) take away from the weak person, the kings will take away from them with power, force. So their actions (those of the servants) become manifest in their actions (those of the kings and rulers).

And it is not from the Divine wisdom that the evil-doers and the sinners are made to be ruled over [by anyone] except by one who is of their like.

And when the very first band (of Islaam) was the best of the generations, and the most pious of them, then their rulers were likewise. And when they became tarnished (i.e. corrupted), the Rulers were made corrupted over them. Thus, the wisdom of Allaah refuses that the likes of Mu'aawiyah, and 'Umar bin 'Abdil-'Azeez are put in authority over us in the likes of these times [the 8th Century Hijrah] (1), let alone the likes of Abu Bakr and 'Umar. Rather, our rulers are in accordance with our (nature) and the rulers of those before us were in accordance with their (nature). And both of the two matters necessitate wisdom and what it requires.

And the one who has deep rooted intelligence, when he moves his thought around in this subject will see the Divine wisdom that runs through al-Qadaa wal-Qadar (Ordainment and Pre-Decree), externally and internally, just as it runs through al-Khalq wal-Amr (the Creation and the Command) (2). So beware from thinking with your corrupt thought that anything of His ordainment and decrees are devoid of the far-reaching wisdom. Rather, all of His, the Most High's ordainments and decrees take place from the most perfect angles of correctness and wisdom. However, the weak intellects are veiled, by way of their weakness, from perceiving these [aspects of wisdom], just like eyes suffering day-blindness are veiled, by way of their weakness from the light of the sun (3) ..." End quote from Ibn al-Qayyim.



1. And we wonder whether we in the 15th Century Hijrah would be deserving and worthy of having the likes of al-Hajjaaj bin Yoosuf to rule over us, let alone the likes of Yazeed Ibn Mu'aawiyah!! Then there come the Innovators amongst the Qutubiyyah, Surooriyyah, Takfiriyyah and other than them, and complain about todays rulers!! While the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) sent to them, stated, as revealed to him by His Lord, that there will rulers over us at the end of time, "having the hearts of the devils in the bodies of men" who "do not guide by his guidance and nor traverse upon his Sunnah", and that they will "beat your back and confiscate your wealth" - and on top of all that he informed the befitting action towards them is to "hear and obey".

2. And those of sound intellect are those upon the methodologies of the Salaf in all their affairs, and especially the affairs of da'wah and rectification of the servant and the land, since they are upon the methodology of the Prophets in calling to Allaah, which is the way wisdom and intellect. And they are the qualified physicians who identify the causes (of the diseases) and treat them appropriately. And the sound intellect concords and agrees, and follows on from the Revelation, hence, soundness of intellect is in following, imitating, not innovating, deviating.

3. And those of weak intellect are the Innovators, those who concocted and invented false methodologies in the affairs of da'wah and in rectification of the servants and the land, such as takfeer of the rulers and clashing with the governments and attempting to replace them. They are the false physicians, the self-styled ones, the charlatans, who with their weak intellects only reach as far as the symptoms, and then treat them inappropriately, with mere innovation and invention. Dispite the claim of others of their intellectualism, high cerebral activity, and so called contribution to "Islamic Thought", then they are of weak and defunct intellect, because they did not follow or imitate, rather, instead they innovate and deviate.

source: Salafi Publications