Wishing u a Happy New Year.
1 Muharam 1428H
May in this year brings u happiness, success in dunya and akhirat, and ur dreams come true. insha Allaah.
Mabrok for all of u!
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For Muslim beginners
ALAYHIS SALAM - 'Peace be upon him', a formula used after the name of a prophet .
AMEEN - 'Please accept'. Used at the end of prayers and supplications (duas).
ASSALAMU ALAYKUM - 'Peace be upon you' the greeting of the muslim. [The reply is 'wa alaikumu assalam' which means 'and peace be upon you'. The fuller version reads, 'assalam u alaikum wa rahmatulahi wa baakatuhu' which means 'peace be upon you and the blessings and mercy of Alllah' the reply is 'wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatulahi wa baakatuhu'].
ALLAHU AKBAR- 'Allah is greatest'. Also called the takbir.
ALLAHU A'ALAM- 'Allah knows best'.
AL HAMDU LILAH WA SHUKRU LILLAH - 'Praise belongs to Allah and all thanks to Allah'.
ASTAGFIRULLAH- 'I ask forgiveness of Allah'.
AUDHU BILLAHI MIN ASH SHAYTAN AR RAJIM - 'I seek protection in Allah from the accursed satan'.
BARAKALLAH FIK - 'May the blessings of Allah be upon you.' When a muslims wants to thank another person, he uses different statements to express his thanks, appreciation and gratitude. One of them is Barak'Allah.
BISMILLAH AR RAHMAN AR RAHIM - 'In the name of Allah, the extremely merciful, the especially merciful
FI AMANILLAH -
Valedictory (expressing or containing a farewell) phrase meaning 'In Allahs protection'.
FI SABILILLAH- 'In the way of Allah', 'For the cause of Allah' [also used to mean 'for the love of Allah'].
HASBALA - 'Hasbunallah wa nimalwakil' meaning 'Allah is enough for us and an excellent guardian'. Usually known as 'Hasbi Allah'.
INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAYHI RAJIUN - This is something which a muslim expresses when he is afflicted by a misfortune, the meaning of which is 'We are from Allah and to Him are we returning.' It is taken from an ayat (verse) from the Quran (ch 2 vs 156). [This is usually said upon hearing of the death of an individual.]
INSHA ALLAH - 'If Allah wills' - 'God Willing'. [This is usually said when referring to a situation in the future e.g. 'inshAllah I will go to the grocery shop tomorrow etc.']
ISTIGHFAR - To ask the forgiveness of Allah, especially by saying, Astagfur'Allah, 'I seek the forgiveness of Allah'.
JAZAKALLAHU KHAIRAN - This is a statement of thanks and appreciation to be said to a person who does a favour. Instead of saying 'shukran' (thanks), this phrase is used. It means 'May Allah reward you with good'.
LA HAWLA WALA QUWWATA ILLABILLAH- 'There is no power nor strength save in Allah' . This is said by a muslim when he is struck with calamity, or is taken over by a situation beyond his control.
MA SALAMA - 'With peace', a formula for ending letters [ in reply, "Fi Aman'Allah" - In Allah's Protection].
MASHA ALLAH - 'What Allah wishes', and it indicates a good omen [example of usage, I get an A in a test, my mother would say MashAllah].
RABBANA WA LAKAL_HAMD - 'Our Lord, Praise is yours', said after rising from ruku after saying 'sami Allahuliman hamidah' [which means 'Allah listens to the one who praises him'].
SUBHANALLAH - 'Glorified is Allah.' To honour Allah and make Him free from all (unsuitable evil things) that are ascribed to Him, (or 'Glorified be Allah').
SUBHANALLAH WA TA'ALA - 'Glorified is He and exalted', an __expression that Muslims use when the name of Allah is pronounced or written [this is often abbreviated as (swt)].
TABARAK'ALLAH - The formula 'Blessed is Allah' [usually used in the context of when one hears good news].
YA ALLAH - 'Oh God' often used as rememberance of Allah subhana wa ta'ala
Family is the bedrock, cradle of human civilisation. It is the foundation and basis of Muslim society.
Adam and Hawa, our first father and mother, struggled to cultivate and endure in the earth as husband and wife. Gradually their family multiplied into multitude. Family gives mooring, anchor, stability and tranquility among the close blood related and other members.
Allah says in the Qur'an:
?O Mankind, be conscious of your duty to your Lord, Who created you from a single soul, created of like Nature, his mate, and from the two created and Spread many men and women; and be mindful of your duty to God whose name you appeal to one another and to (the ties of) the womb. Verily God watches over you?. Qur'an (4:1)
The Islamic family system brings the rights of the husband, wife, children, and relatives into a fine equilibrium. It nourishes unselfish behavior, generosity, and love within the framework of a well-organized family system. The peace and security offered by a stable family unit is greatly valued by Islam, and it is seen as essential for the spiritual growth of its members. A harmonious social order is created by the existence of extended families and by treasuring children.
The institutions of marriage and the family have been commended as the ?way of the Prophets?.
Allah says in the Qur'an:
"And surely We have sent Messengers before you, and we assigned to them wives and offspring; and it was not for any Messenger to bring assign except by God's leave. For every term has a Book."Qur'an (13:38)
And the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:
?Marriage is a part of my Sunnah. Whoever runs away from my path is not from amongst us?. [Ibn Majah, Book of Marriage]
Moreover a Muslim family has its unique features, e.g. it provides a secure and healthy 'home' environment for all its members, it guards against passions of whims and desires and channelise them to wholesome and meaningful pursuit, it proliferates human virtues, such as, love compassion, sacrifice, justice etc. and it provides a refuge against any difficulty.
And since the family is the microcosm of a society and as such there are distinct role for its members.
Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) says:
"Each one of you is a trustee (shepherd) and is accountable for that which is entrusted to him. A ruler is trustee and is accountable for his trust, a man is a trustee in respect of his family, a woman is a trustee in respect of her husband's house and children." (Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim).
Men has the leadership role in the family and in the family women have to be loyal to men.
Allah says in the Qur'an:
"Men are the supporters of women, because Allah has stowed on the one more than the other, and for what they have to provide (for them) from their sources. So the righteous women are obedient and protect in the absence of their husbands that which God ordains to be protected." Qur'an (4:34)
Leadership raises the question of responsibility, consultation (shoora) and justice. As shepherd of the house women have responsibility over the house and children.
Parents are to provide their children with basic human necessities, such as food, cloth, shelter, education and medical support. This is treated as and Ibadah (worship) for the parents. Also parents should provide their children with love, warmth, compassion, etc. As human being consists of body and spirit, parents must provide their children with the life skills and spiritual nourishment.
Also there are many traditions regarding children's responsibility toward their parents. As God ask children to obey and serve their parents and be kind and decent to them. Bukhari and Muslim narrated,
'A man came to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and asked permission to go to Jihad (fighting for the sake of Islam). The Prophet asked him, "are your parents alive?" The man said, "yes". The Prophet responded, "then strive to serve them."
The rights and responsibilities within the family are inter-twined. One's responsibility is the other's right. Rights and duties of husband, wife, parents and children are inscribed in Shariah (God's Commands). No Superiority except in Piety.
What Islam has established is equitability in the role of sexes because of many factors, such as, physiological, physical, emotional, etc. Allah has no bias for or against men and women.
No burden bearer can bear another's burden.
Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) has stressed the importance of good conduct in the family.
"The best of you is the best to his family and I am the best among you to my family". "The most perfect believers are the best in conduct, and the best of you are those who are best to their spouses "(Tirmidhi).
Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) shared household works with his wives. For genuine economic reasons both the spouses might need to engage in financial activities. But rearing up and educating children cannot be compromised. There should be frank discussion and consultation between the spouses. Children need to be involved as and when necessary and also in order to train them to become responsible in their lives.
Extended family with three to four generations under the same family structure helps Muslims to acquire many social qualities, such as sacrifice, compromise, respect, affection, consultation etc. There is mutual support in case of needs. There may be some inherent difficulties in this arrangement, but, after all, children should also learn to live in the realities of life.
Thus the family enjoys a high status in Islam. It is the core of the society, because a healthy family means a healthy society. Hence Allah, the Exalted, commands that parents be treated with gentleness and submissiveness.
Allah says in the Qur'an:
"And we have enjoined upon man (to be good) to his parents. With difficulty upon difficulty did his mother bear him and wean him for two years. Show gratitude to Me and to your parents; to Me is your final goal." (Qur'an 31:14)
Allah tells us that we will be tested. He also makes it clear to us what is expected from us when we undergo these trials and what our reward will be if we are successful.
He says: "Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives and the fruits (of your toil) but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who, when misfortune strikes them, say: 'Indeed we belong to Allah and to Him is our return. Those are the ones upon whom are blessings and mercy from their Lord and it is those who are rightly guided." [Surah al-Baqarah: 155]
The Prophet (peace be upon him)said: "No fatigue, illness, anxiety, sorrow, harm or sadness afflicts any Muslim, even to the extent of a thorn pricking him, without Allah wiping out his sins by it ." [ Sahih al-Bukhori and Sahih Muslim]
In another narration, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "No Muslim is afflicted by harm, whether it is but the prick of a thorn or something worse, without Allah expiating his evil deeds on account of it and his sins falling away from him like leaves off a tree. '" [ Sahih al-Bukhori]
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "When Allah desires good for someone, He tries him with hardships." [Sah??h al-Bukhori]
The Muslim may be tested by all sorts of difficulties like sickness, lack of income, and disobedience from his children. In fact, the many afflictions that may beset a person are incalculable. This is the point that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was stressing when he mentioned: "fatigue, illness, anxiety, sorrow, harm or sadness ???even to the extent of a thorn pricking him".
All of these afflictions, if endured patiently by the believer, are a means of attaining Allah's forgiveness as well as His reward.
Every one of us is being tested by Allah. He tests us all in different ways. We should not assume that the difficulties that we face in life are punishments or are signs that Allah is displeased with us. Likewise, we should never construe the success and pleasures that others enjoy as signs that Allah is pleased with them or that they are privileged. Sometimes, quite the opposite is true.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "If Allah wants good for his servant, He hurries on His punishment in this world, and if He wills ill for a servant, he holds back punishing him for his sin so He can give it to him in full on the Day of Resurrection."
Allah makes it clear that everything in our lives "the good and the bad of it" is a trial for us. How will we cope in the situation that Allah has placed for us? Will we be grateful in prosperity and patient in affliction or will we be arrogant and disobedient?
Allah says: "Every soul shall taste of death. And We will test you with evil and with good by way of trial. And to Us is your return." [Surah al-Anbiya' : 35].
Allah says: "Know that your wealth and your children are but a trial and that Allah has with Him a mighty reward." [Surah al-Anfal: 28]
Many people do not realize that they are tried just as severely with the good that they are given as they are by the misfortunes that befall them. Allah says: " And as for man, whenever his Lord tries him by honoring him and makes him lead an easy life, he says: 'My Lord honors me'. But when He tries him by straitening his means of subsistence, he says: 'My Lord has disgraced me'." [Surah al-Fajr: 15-16]
Some people are blessed to be born and raised in good Muslim families then turn their backs on Islam, while others are born and raised in non-Muslim countries to unbelieving parents and grow up to be among the best of Muslims.
We are tried with wealth as well as poverty. If we are wealthy, will we hoard our wealth or spend in charity? Will we use it for lawful purposes or squander it in vice? Will we trust in Allah in our investments, or will our avarice and fear of losing our wealth make us take recourse to unlawful means to preserve it and increase it?
If we are poor, will we be content and patient and seek lawful means to attain our sustenance or will we resort to unlawful means to meet our needs? Will we accept the fact that Allah gives more to some people than he does to others, or will we grow hateful and vindictive?
We are tested with health as well as sickness. A man with good eyesight is tested with regards to his use of it. Will he use the blessing of his sight to good purpose or to gaze at unlawful things? His good eyesight may be what takes him to Hell. A blind man is tested whether he will bear patiently with his disability. His patience in affliction may be what earns him his place in Paradise. Our goal is the Hereafter and we are all being tested.
Allah says: "It is He who created death and life that He may try you as to which of you is best in deeds." [Surah al-Mulk: 2]
We may also be tested through others. We know from experience that even a small child can experience suffering as well as a person who is mentally handicapped to such a degree that he cannot understand the concepts of Islam and is not legally accountable. Though it may not be that such a person is not undergoing tests of his own; however his plight may very well be a test for those his life affects. How will they treat him? Will they care for him, respect him, and give him his rights?
We may not be able to fathom the wisdom behind why Allah decrees what He does for us or for others of His creatures. However, we must know that Allah does everything in accordance with His wisdom and bear our trials patiently.
Ultimately, we must remember the words of Allah in the Qur'an: "He cannot be questioned for what He does but they will be questioned. " [Surah al-Anbiya': 23]
Since last night my young son has been unwell . When I got back from work this evening I decided to take him to hospital despite my exhaustion. Indeed, fatigue for his sake is rest.
There were many waiting?perhaps we will be delayed by more than an hour. I took my number and sat down in the waiting room. There were many faces, young and old, but all silent. Some brothers made use of the many booklets available in the waiting room .
Some of those waiting had their eyes closed, while others were looking around. Most were bored. Once in a while a nurse calling out a number broke the long silence. Happiness appears on the one whose turn it is, and he gets up quickly?then silence returns.
A young man grabbed my attention . He was reading a pocket-sized Qur`an continuously; not raising his head even once. At first I did not think much about him. However, after one hour of waiting my casual glances turned into a deep reflection about his lifestyle and how he utilizes his time.
One hour of life wasted ! Instead of making benefit of that hour, it was just a boring wait. Then the call for prayer was made. We went to prayer in the hospital?s mosque. I tried to pray close to the man who was reading the Qur`an earlier in the waiting room. After the prayer I walked with him. I informed him of how impressed I was of him and how he tries to benefit from his time .
He told me that most of our time is wasted without any benefit. These are days that go from our lives without being conscious of them or regretting their waste. He said that he started carrying the pocket-sized Qur`an around when a friend encouraged him to make full use of his time. He told me that in the time other people waste he gets to read much more of the Qur`an than he gets to read either at home or in the mosque. Moreover, besides the reward of reading the Qur`an, this habit saves him from boredom and stress. He added that he has now been waiting for one and a half hours .
Then he asked, ?when will you find one and a half hours to read the Qur`an??
I reflected?how much time do we waste?
How many moments of our lives pass by, and yet we do not account for how they passed by?
Indeed, how many months pass by and we do not read the Qur`an?
I came to respect my companion, and I discovered that I am to stand for account and that time is not in my hand?so what am I waiting for?
The nurse calling out my number interrupted my thoughts. I went to the doctor. But I want to achieve something now.
After I left the hospital I quickly went to the bookshop and bought a pocket-sized Qur`an . I decided to be mindful of how I spend the time. That was my intention when I put that Qur`an in my pocket.
How many people will do this?
And what great reward is for the one who guides others to this idea?
By: Shaykh Abdul-Malik Qasim
10 Ways of Developing Love for Allah
Adapted from Ibn Qayyim's (rah) Madarij-us-Saalikeen
Ibn al-Qayyim (rah) says: "The reasons which cause mahabbah (love) of Allaah to develop, are ten:
First: Reciting the Qur'aan, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent.
Second: Drawing closer to Allaah ? the Most High ? through optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory duties.
Third: Being continuous in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah, with the tongue, the heart and the limbs ? under all circumstances. The more continuant the dhikr, the more muhabbah develops and intensifies.
Fourth: Giving precedence to what Allaah loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.
Fifth: Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of Allaah.
Sixth: Recognizing and remembering the favors and bounties of Allaah ? both manifest and hidden.
Seventh: To be humble and submissive before Allaah ? and this is the greatest matter.
Eighth: To be in seclusion reciting the Qur'aan, during that time in which Allaah descends to the lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation with seeking Allaah's forgiveness and repenting to Him.
Ninth: To sit in the gatherings of the true and sincere lovers of Allaah, reaping the fruits of their speech, and not to speak except if there is benefit in it and that you know that such talk will increase you in goodness and that it will benefit others as well.
Tenth: To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from Allaah ? the Mighty and Majestic.
So these are the ten reasons which cause the person to develop true love for Allaah and to reach the rank of al-muhabbah, by which he reaches his Beloved.
A dialogue between a flower and a pearl.
One day, a brilliantly beautiful and fragrant flower with attractive colors met
a pearl that lives far in the bottom of the sea and has none of these characteristics.
Both got acquainted with each other.
The flower said: "Our family is large; roses and daisies are members of the family. And there are many other species that are various and countless, each has a distinctive scent, appearance ?etc."
Suddenly, a tinge of distress appeared on the flower.
"Nothing accounts for sorrow in your talk; so why are depressed?" The pearl asked.
"Human beings deal with us carelessly; they slight us. They don't grow us for our sake but to get pleasure from our fragrance and beautiful appearance. They throw us on the street or in the garbage can after we are dispossessed of the most valuable properties; brilliance and fragrance" The flower sighed.
And then the flower said to the pearl: "Speak to me about your life! How do you live? How do you feel it? You are buried in the bottom of the sea. "
The pearl answered: "Although I have none of your distinctive colors and sweet scents, humans think I am precious. They do the impossible to procure me. They go on long journeys, dive deep in the seas searching for me. You might be astounded to know that the further I lay, the more beautiful and brilliant I become. That's what upraises my value in their thought. I live in a thick shell isolated in the dark seas. However, I'm happy and proud to be in a safe zone far from wanton and mischievous hands and still the humans consider me highly valuable"
Do you know what the flower and the pearl symbolize?
You will find that
The flower is the unveiled woman
(who shows her charms)
and the pearl is the veiled woman
(who conceals her beauties)
Think about it!
Indeed Allah is gentle
and loves gentleness,
and gives due to gentleness
that which He does not give due to harshness
- Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wasalam)
[ibn Majah, ibn Hibban - Hasan]
I got this article from my best friend......
Hijab (A Piece of Clothing)
"Yeah, I just got on the bus and I'm on my way home. Okay, Ami, Allah Hafiz." I slip my cell into my bag.
A girl in a yellow tank top and dark blue cut-offs comes and sits into the seat beside me. "Ugh, I hate taking the bus, especially in this heat," she says. I nod and smile. She raises her eyebrows at the cloth wrapped around my head. "Aren't you hot in that?" she asks.
The girl shoots another question. "Why do you wear that thing on your head anyway?" I fiddle with the clasp on my bag. I wonder what I should say. Why do I wear Hijab? The word ''Hijab comes from the arabic word "Hajaba" meaning to hide from view or conceal. Proper Hijab means loose clothes. Many people now a days think that if a female is wearing a Hijab she is an extreme Muslim. Where as that believe is completely wrong. Hijab does not only applies to clothes. It is a state of mind, behaviour, and lifestyle.
Hijab celebrates a quality called Haya (modesty), a deep concern for preserving one's dignity. Hijab refers to the covering dress that Muslim women wear when they are outside their homes or in the presence of men not closely related to them. It identifies a Muslim woman as a person of high moral standards to reduce her chances of being harassed. In present days society has made women's desire to become `perfect objects'. The entertainment industry pressures teens to believe that for clothes, less is better.
In schools and professional environments, women are more often judged by their looks or bodies. Hijab forces society to judge women for their value as human beings, with intellect, principles, and feelings.
A woman in Hijab sends a message, "Deal with my brain, not my body!" It frees a woman from the pressure to `fit in'. She does not have to worry about wearing the right shade of eyeshadow or the right kind of jeans. A very good example of Hijab can be given as such that we all try to cover something if its precious. Like a pearl. The pearl, has been given a very tough and rugged Hijab - oyster shell. It protects it from sea animals and keeps it sparkling and shining inside.
Thus, Hijab is not a symbol showing how extreme that female is as a Muslim but, it shows the desire to be protected like a pearl in its shell.
We also wish our people to know that we love them more than we love ourselves, we love to sacrifice, and to fulfil their greatness, even if this means that we are the ones who pay the price for their glory, their nobility, their religion, and their hopes. One thing alone has persuaded us to take this stance; it is the feeling which seizes our hearts, controls our emotions, keeps us from sleep, and brings us to tears. It is difficult, very difficult indeed, to see how our people are presently oppressed, and then to resign ourselves to this present state of affairs, to accept a submissive role, or altogether abandon everything in despair. For when we work for mankind in the path of Allah we work harder than we would for our own selves: My friends, rest assured we are for you and no one else, we shall never be against you at any time.