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  1. A man should stand up for his wife when his family is wrong & remember that she gave up everything to be with him. Too often we allow our family members to trample over our wives leaving them in tears, helpless & even suicidal. The worst is when we forget that she is a human being just like we are & begin to trample over her ourselves. Where does she go? Who does she turn to besides the Almighty? He is watching, He will come to her rescue. Why can't each one strive to make life easy for the other instead of difficult? The world would be a better place. Gone are the days when a daughter in law was equivalent to an unpaid house maid! Shame upon those who look at her that way.
  2. sin could be your weakness, but to force your dependants to sin with you is a heinous crime. A sin could be your weakness, but to be upset when your dependants choose not to sin with you is worse. To force others to please you & ignore what pleases the Almighty is lack of spirituality. Let's make mends.
  3. The heart & mind are connected in an amazing way. They are a very powerful gift of the Almighty through which He tests us. To lead a happy life & ensure success in the hereafter too, we should never allow either of these to be controlled by others no matter who they are. The only exception is revelation from the Almighty via His Messenger pbuh. Many have regretted allowing others access to their hearts & minds.
  4. Face each difficulty as an opportunity to greatness. Treat each difficulty and hardship as a calling from your lord to purify your soul and increase your ranks in the hereafter. The way you face and see each trial is half the battle. Realize that you cannot flee from trials, but you can pass all trials successfully with Allah's help. Know that each trial is an opportunity to get closer to Allah, for nothing in this world is more valuable than a moment spent in contemplation and worship of Allah. Oh Allah, give me eyes to see the benefits of each hardship, give me ears to only hear your messages in them, give me a heart to find contentment in your decree, and give me wisdom to turn hardships into blessings. If we face each hardship with the realization that one, we cannot escape what has been destined for us, and two, that any hardship no matter how painful it may be, it is to better us for the hereafter, and that it was decreed by Allah because he loves us. If we keep those thoughts in the forefront of our head, we have won the battle inshAllah! ─F.D
  5. Allah constantly guides us. Every time I stray, I remember that Allah's mercy is greater than His wrath. I also know that Allah guides us always especially when we start deviating from the straight path. I am very thankful for the constant blessings and reminders of the almighty. May He keep us on the straight path when we stray and may he forgive us when we err. The Qur'ân and Sunnah speak frequently and emphatically about the fact that a worshipper who repents and asks forgiveness for his sins will be forgiven and will not be asked about those sins again. In fact, Allah tells us that those sins will be exchanged for good deeds. Allah says: "Except those who repent and believe and work righteous deeds, for them Allah will change their evil deeds to good deeds, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." [sûrah al-Furqân: 70] So when you err repent to Allah. Know that if you are sincere in your repentance, Allah will surely forgive you. Surely, Allah knows best our condition and He is always just. -F.D
  6. Mufti Ismail Menk - Recognise the Greatness of Your Creator .
  7. “What am I going to do? Why is my life so messed up? Why can't I find happiness? Why am I alone? Why do I feel stuck? Why do I have these problems?" These questions only have meaning if we direct them to Allah. No one else can answer them. When we're out of ideas, surrounded by problems, and feeling totally alone; we are not alone. Allah is with us. If we pray sincerely and strive, He will put light in our hearts and help us from sources we did not expect. Ask Allah sincerely, open yourself to Him and accept what He gives you even when it goes against your own desires. The answers to your questions are there with Allah, I promise you. All those terrible questions that you ask yourself in the silence of your mind, the answers are with Allah.
  8. Allah is always there In your times of deep despair, Do you feel there is no hope? As the darkness closes in on you, Do you feel you cannot cope? As you struggle on through every trial, Do you say “When will it end?” As you cry yourself to sleep at night, Do you wish your spouse was there? When your body’s racked with aches and pains, Do you feel you are alone? When you think about the future, Do you fear the great unknown? There is someone who really cares, And He hears your every cry. His arms are reaching out to you, And on Him you can rely. When things close in around you, He sees your fear and doubt He wants to hold you in His arms, And He will never cast you out. As you stumble through the darkness, He will be your guiding light. He wants to wipe away your tears, For you are precious in His sight. Reach out right now to Allah, And let Him take complete control. He’ll take that heavy burden, And He’ll touch and make you whole. He’s reaching out His arms to you, And He wants to be your friend. Let Him take you in His loving arms, For His love will never end.
  9. All my relatives do that but in this month female only..thats what i wanted to know is this bidah? im fighting against this and now mufti sahib allows it... one needs to make their mind up bidah or no bidah?
  10. Avoid the Temptation by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh) ‘I recall from my childhood days, someone saying :“...For temptation will lead you into trouble and make you cry.” - And indeed this is exactly what happens when one gives into the temptation to engage in any Haraam. …Ask those who have given into the demands of nafs and shaytaan, about the repercussions of their sins. …They will say: Trouble, trouble and more trouble. Tears, tears and more tears. Temptations will always be there. If there was no temptation, then there would have been no such thing as Taqwa. The demand is to resist, to stay away, to abstain. Not to do sins is so much easier than ‘doing’ sins.’ Haraam Attractions and Distractions In an accident, or due to a slip or fall, if the joint of the shoulder or leg is dislocated, traction is normally the means adopted in the healing process. The sinful, immoral attractions and distractions which form the entertainment of those who have forgotten Allah Ta’ala are such, that they dislocate the joints of Imaan. …The traction for indulgence in sins is sincere taubah (sincere repentance), distancing oneself from sins and from venues of sins; together with attending good, Deeni programmes and associating with the pious. …There are so many, so many, who have gone towards some Haraam (forbidden) attraction, never to return therefrom : So many have lost their identity as Muslims, and sometimes they have even lost their Imaan and suffer the loss of their Aakhirah. Thousands have died engaging in Haraam entertainment; whether at the casinos, discos, raves, prostitute quarters, massage parlours, in adultery, etc. One earthquake, one tsunami, one gale-force wind, one fire, and death comes upon thousands – many of whom are also engaged in sins. What guarantee do we have that we won’t be singled out this holiday, for our return to Allah Ta’ala? So think… And think again! What would be the condition of that person who comes face to face with the Angel of Death whilst engaged in gambling, drink, dance, raves, adultery or fornication? …Which Muslim wants to return to Allah Ta’ala in a state of sin? Such matters should not be taken lightly. (Allah Ta’ala protect us all.) This holiday period is a time of great test and trial : Invitation to sins, promotion of sins, temptation to sins, enticement and encouragement towards all kinds of Haraam is the order of the day. Beach partying, intermingling and courting, immodest dress, loud music and dance, smoking and drinking and drug-taking then become even the programme and timetable for many Muslims. …Salaah becomes a forgotten duty for holiday-makers. The Islamic dress and identity are discarded so that there is freedom to engage in more sinful activities. Shaytaan’s trump card to Haraam entertainment is even held up by Muslims, who also invite to Haraam just as the non-Muslims do. …Inna Lillahiwa-innailayhira`ji-oon. Is this what we were created for? Allah Ta’ala asks, “Did you think that We created you for nothing, and that you will not be brought back to Us?” [surah Mu`minoon23 : 115] The shocking behaviour of our Muslim youth (and even many Muslim adults) leaves us numb, disturbed, distressed and deeply, deeply grieved … What shocks does the heart have to contend with. The Muslim youth are supposed to be tomorrow’s leaders for the Ummah, are expected to be the representatives of Deen, inviting the non-Muslims to Islam, with the modesty and purity of thought, speech, dress and actions which should be characteristic of every Muslim. Deen and Shariah do not stifle us, do not deprive us of pleasure and enjoyment, do not deny us happiness and celebration. Deen and Shariah accommodate leisure and pleasure. Islam is beautiful. Most beautiful. Islam is not ‘dry’. It is enjoyable. …Allah Ta’ala has only placed certain boundaries through His Divine prohibitions for our own benefit, safety and well-being. So let us make the effort and avoid the temptations towards sins. Let us not walk the route towards sins. Let us keep clear of the venues of sins like how we would if we had fore-knowledge that there will be an earthquake, tsunami or bomb-blast devastating such places. …We fear for our lives. The greater need is to fear for our Imaan and that of our children’s Imaan. Let us not forget that we are Muslims. Let us not forget our relationship with Allah Ta’ala. Let us not forget that death can visit very unexpectedly. Let us not forget that there is accountability. Let us not forget Jannat. Let us not forget Jahannum. This world is a prison for the Believer and a paradise for the disbeliever. … What will be ‘good’ for the disbelievers will not be good for the Believers. If they find enjoyment in Haraam, the Muslim will find HARM in that same Haraam. Every person is given the choice. A person either makes a wise decision or an unwise decision. If we adopt Taqwa, we restrain and abstain from disobedience to Allah Ta’ala, then when we leave this world, we leave behind a prison. When we leave this world, we leave free. When the disbeliever leaves this world, he leaves behind his paradise. When he leaves this world, he enters a prison; wherein there is no release, no bail, no escape and no parole. This worldly life is short. Very short. Understand the reality :Every passing second is delivering us closer and closer to the bridge of death. And there is no choice. We have to cross that bridge. My Shaykh, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (DB) says in poetry: “Strange is the visa of life; It can be cancelled at any time. The duration of its validity is unknown And its extension too, impossible. Time is running out. The journey is long. The life after this is eternal. There is no return to this world. …What preparation have you made? What provision have you procured? Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhiwaSallam) said : “The intelligent one is he who suppresses his desires and practises for what is after death, and the foolish one is he who makes his nafs follow its desires and (he) places (baseless) hope on Allah.” Imam Shafi (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) summed up this life very simply and aptly: “This worldly life is a just a moment; let it be a moment of obedience.”
  11. The Wash Cycles for the Heart by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh) Once, on viewing the Mataaf from one of the upper levels of Masjidul Haraam, the scene of thousands of people engaged in Tawaaf, brought to my mind the following analogy: The sight of those thousands of people moving around the Baitullah reminded me of the wash cycles of the washing machine. And indeed, we find that parallels can be drawn between the Tawaaf and the work of the washing machine. The purpose of the washing machine is to wash our clothes clean. …We place dirty clothes into the drum of the machine and we add the detergent, bleach, softner. With a press of the Start button, the drum starts to spin, water pours in and the machine does its work of extracting the dirt, repeatedly, until the final rinse. Once the drum stops, the clothes are taken out, hung up to dry, and when dry, they are ironed – with the end result being well pressed, crease-free, clean clothing. Tawaaf has some resemblance to the purpose and work of the washing machine; except that we are not washing dirty clothes; rather we are washing our hearts – our spiritual hearts. Like dirty clothes are placed into the washing machine, we place our dirty hearts into the Tawaaf – hearts which are stained with all kinds of sins, including the ‘tough’ stains of major sins. …What is not found in this heart? So much has soiled and spoilt our hearts : Pride, Jealousy, Malice, Vanity, Hubbe Dunya, Hubbe Jah and the deep, dirty stains of lustful gazes, backbiting, and other such evils have blotted our hearts, have smeared and blackened them. Before washing badly stained clothing, a stain remover is used. Accordingly, the stain remover of regret and remorse over our sins, and the sincere intention that what is past being really past, is applied to our hearts. The Hajre Aswad can be likened to the ‘START’ button. The intention of Tawaaf and the raising of the hands with ‘Bismillah Allahu Akbar wa-lillahil Hamd’, signify the commencement of the Tawaaf. Simultaneously the washing of the heart commences. The detergents of Istighfaar, Durood Shareef, and Zikrullah, then contribute to the cleansing of the heart. Just as water gushes into the drum, Allah Ta’ala’s Tajalli, His Special Mercy and Noor, which is cascading onto the Baitullah, drench those who are in Tawaaf. These are the ones who are the first to benefit and they benefit more than all others. Their hearts too are being soaked with this Noor, similar to how the dirty clothes become soaked with water. The detergent of sincere Istighfaar and Taubah wash the heart. …The amount of detergent a person needs for washing his clothes, depends on the size of the load. So if our hearts are heavily loaded with sins, then naturally, the demand will be of plenty of Taubah and Istighfaar. If we want our hearts to be white, the bleach of Zikrullah is added to the Tawaaf, just as bleach is used when a person wants his white clothes to be as white as possible. If we want our hearts to be soft, then the softner of Durood Shareef is also released into the washing of our hearts. Each round of Baitullah is similar to the wash and rinses that the dirty clothing go through for a good, clean wash. Round and round, each cycle is completed with Istighfaar and Taubah, Durood Shareef, Dua and Zikrullah. Together with that Tajalli, the dirt of the heart is being extracted, until the final rinse and spin – the 7th round. Now the heart is clean and purified. …If we entered the Tawaaf with full concentration on Allah Ta’ala, and complete focus of the great privilege of Tawaaf of Baitullah – which is in reality Tawaaf of Rabbul-Bait, then we will experience that beautiful Noor and that Tajalli. Naturally, for the full benefit of Tawaaf, the gaze has to be controlled. If a person has ‘khauf-e-Khuda’ and he has ‘Azmat’ of Baitullah, he will not raise his glance towards strange women; he will not cast an evil gaze – in the Tawaaf and out of Tawaaf. …If during Tawaaf, the person is engaging in lustful gazes and other sins, there will be just an accumulation of darkness and dirt. Once the heart is washed, it is taken out of the Tawaaf – clean and bright and white. After completion of the 2 Rakaats of Waajibut Tawaaf, the person proceeds to the Multazam, where he places his chest against the wall. That pressing of his chest, is akin to pressing and ironing the “creases” of his heart; similar to how clothes are ironed, making them ‘crease-free’. The tears shed at the Multazam are like droplets of sweet musk which now fragrance that heart. SubhanAllah, what a sparkling heart, emitting the sweetest of scents… Whilst we will sense it – Insha-Allah - we will have to thereafter look after this cleanliness and this sparkle. We have to make sure that we fulfill the rights of that Taubah, by making amends on our shortcomings in Huqooqullah (the rights of Allah Ta’ala) and Huqooqul Ibaad (the rights of the servants of Allah Ta’ala). Whatever is outstanding of Salaah, Zakaah, fasts, will have to be made up for, and whatever is due to people will have to be returned to them, or forgiveness secured from them. May Allah Ta’ala grant us all the Taufeeq of making such Tawaafs, which only increase our hearts in purity and whiteness, which increase that Qurb (proximity) to the Owner of the House.
  12. The silence of God Have you ever wondered why God is with us in the beginning, we walk with Him and feel His presence, but eventually we go in a period of drought, whereby our prayers are like crops with no rain. They don't seem to yield any results. Our seeking of Him continues, yet we seem to not be able to find Him. No matter our call, He is silent. He seems distant. We feel we are alone again in the battles of this life. But that's far from the truth. I'm sure you have wondered why silence. After all, now that we are walking in His path we need His constant guidance. We need the comfort and reassurance that we are walking in His path. This is the time we really need Him. But that's not true. Your search of Him gave you lots of knowledge. It made you strong and tough. It allowed you to understand God and ultimately find Him. Now that you have found Him, He will allow you to walk a period of time without Him so you can understand Him more. This is a period of time to build your character and understand your need of God. It may be counter intuitive to think that God's silence is good for us. After all, why wouldn't I want the guidance of the ultimate master. But the answer lies deep inside our soul. Think of silence as a period of personal development. It is a time of testing by God. This is the time to see our true character. Your striving was for you to find the truth; to find God, now God is wanting to know how long you are willing to strive for Him. This is a period where you will explore the darkest and deepest places of your soul. You will struggle and search for answers until you understand that He is always present. Know that silence is trust from God that we will succeed on the task at hand. It is through silence that we learn valuable life lessons and position ourselves for greatness that is destined for us. His silence is really His gift to you. His silence prepares you for better and greater things to come. His silence is His way of building you character. You will ultimately understand the meaning of His silence when you mature in faith. Written by: F.D
  13. Unknown call to muslimah This is a very nice story which will InshAllaah make you all aware on this matter, especially for young Muslims! After finishing Salatul ‘Ishaa, a Muslimah sat on her Salah mat to make Du’aa. Once after she finished making du'aa to her Lord, her mobile rang. She picked up saying : ”Assalamu 'alaykum Wa Wahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu.” A voice of a young man replied : ”Wa'alaikum Assalam Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuhu! Can I speak to (so and so) please?” The Muslim girl said: ”Sorry brother, you have dialed the wrong number”...Then she hung up. After few minutes, her mobile rang again. She picked it up, it was the young man who called her few minutes ago. He told her : ”I called again to apologize for disturbing you! You seem to be a good girl! Can I know you better?” The girl was shocked for few seconds but then she replied: ”Brother… Fear Allah! you are suppose to be at Masjid praying salatul ‘Ishaa but here you are going after girls to flirt with them at night! Here you are disobeying your Lord instead of obeying HIM! Shame on you!!!” After saying these words, she immediately hang up. Few days later, he called her again: ”Assalamu 'alaykum Wa Wahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu sister, please don't hang up! I want to apologize again and inform you that I went back to pray all my 5 daily prayers at Masjid! All praises to Allah and thank you for waking me up from my neglectfulness! Please, can I know the name of the one through whom Allah guided me? I really need someone like you in my life to strengthen my Iman and support me to stay on the right path! Please help me sister, may Allah reward you for that!” She didn't reply and started to think : ”Should she accept to help him to stay on the right path? Should she accept that he will be in touch with her from time to time to help him strengthen his Imaan?” She heard a satanic voice whispering: ”He is a good guy now! Why are you so worried about it?! Let him call you... you both have pure intention! He really needs you! If you refuse his suggestion, he will go astray and it will be your fault!! “ She was about to tell him her name but suddenly a little voice whispered: ”Allah is watching you”… It was her conscience which woke her up from making a big mistake! “Sorry brother!” she replied finally: ”If you are sincere in your repentance then you will find people who are better than me to help you! Even I need someone who helps me to stay at the right path more than you! At Masjid, you will surely find many righteous brothers who would be good company which will help you to get closer to Allah! Please, if you really fear your Lord now and afraid of HIS punishment, then do not call this number ever again! Assalamu 'alaykum Wa Wahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu!” Then she hang up and she went back to her Salah mat rising her hands to make this Duaa: “O' Allah, Turner of the hearts, make my heart firm on your Deen and save me from the evil of Fitnah, Ameen!”
  14. Formula for Unlimited Blessings by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh) The Story of Hazrat Halima Sa`diyya (Radiyallahu anha), the foster mother of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) is well-known. The custom of the Arabs who lived in the towns was to entrust their young children in the care of the Bedouin women, who earned a living by being wet nurses. For the town Arabs, this time afforded their children the healthy environment of the desert; facilitating good health, strength and an opportunity to master the rich, untainted speech of the Bedouins. Thus, it was the good fortune of Hazrat Halima Sa`diyya(Radiyallahu anha), that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) was destined for her. In the many books on the Seerah, we read Hazrat Halima’s(Radiyallahu anha) personal account of how she, her husband and baby travelled in the company of other women, in search of children to suckle. It was a time of famine and drought and theirs was a state of hunger and want, to the extent that she could not even feed her baby. On reaching Makkah Mukarramah, none of the women were prepared to accept Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) once they were told that he was an orphan. Their hope was to secure a child whose father would reward them generously. Whilst the other women were successful in their quest,Hazrat Halima(Radiyallahu anha) was not. Before departing from Makkah Mukkarramah, she decided to take the orphaned baby, rather than have none to take home. There was no other choice that she had. Hazrat Halima (Radiyallahu anha)relates herself, that the moment she lifted him into her arms, she found to her great surprise, that she had sufficient milk to feed him, as well as her own little baby. And she thereafter related the good fortune that came their way whilst taking care of the little Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) : Their she-camel was suddenly blessed with plentiful of milk; her lean, slow donkey was suddenly blessed with strength and speed; their barren land was blessed with plentiful of grass for their animals to feed on. And like this, prosperity filled their home due to the presence and blessings of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam). Reflecting over this, we learn so much: Just the physical body of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) coming into the arms of Hazrat Halima (Radiyallahu anha) as a little baby, caused such blessings to pour into their lives. Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) was not able to give lengthy speeches in the arms of Hazrat Halima; nor was his character, his dealings, his relationships with people, his honesty and his truthfulness, his charity and his sincerity, his nobility and forgiveness, and other beautiful characteristics apparent at that time when she took the little baby into her arms. At this stage, it was only the physical body of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) as a baby … yet look at the tremendous Barakah. Blessings in their lives, in their home, in their time and crops, in their animals and their food … Barakah in everything . If so many blessings came with just lifting and carrying the physical body of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam), then what would we say about the Barakaat and the blessings that a person will see and experience in his own life if he has to bring the teachings of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) in his life? What kind of blessings will he experience? …And what kind of blessings will the Ummah of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) experience if they have to bring into their lives, the beautiful Sunnah? We will experience the same Barakaat that Allah Ta’ala gave to Hazrat Halima and thereafter what became even more manifest in the lives of the Companions of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam). Look at their condition : Most of the Sahaba-e-Kiraam (RA) were extremely poor, undergoing extreme difficulties, tests and trials. But with the implementation of the teachings of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) in their lives, look at the Barakaat that Allah Ta’ala gave to them : The Persian Empire at their feet, the Roman Empire at their feet – something that could not be even imagined at one time but the Prophecies of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) were seen and experienced by them. Of course they did not just sit and do nothing. They did what they had to do - they fulfilled their part of the contract.They made their Salaah, they gave their Zakaah, they kept their fasts, they performed Hajj if it was Fardh, they were kind, they were charitable, they were honest, they were truthful; each one brought the beautiful, noble character of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) in his or her life. …They went forth in Jihad with Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) and after his demise also, they spread the message of Islam and the teachings of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) in the world – and then look at the Barakaat that came pouring into their lives… “Barakaat minnas sa’maa’i wal ardh”(Blessings from the heavens and the earth). Thus, if someone looks at that incident of Hazrat Halima Sa`diyya (Radiyallahu anha), and the blessings of just taking Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) into her arms as a baby, then we draw the lesson : Barakaat is sure to follow, in abundance, if we only bring into our lives the beautiful Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam). So simple. Let those who wish to enjoy blessings, bring alive the Sunnah.
  15. The Spiritual Drip by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh) In a Majlis of my Shaykh, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum), Hazrat requested one of his mureeds to recite a verse of his poetry. Each time, the verse was rendered, the person was told to read it again. This went on for one solid hour – that is, the repetition of the one verse; but the effect on the hearts was seen in the tears that were shed by those who were present. The verse, translated, is : “If you hide and commit sins, Someone is watching from above (Allah Ta’ala)…” A person who in not acquainted with the aim and objective would say that listening to the same verse repeatedly, for an entire hour, would be boring, tiresome, uninspiring … but not so for those who are sincerely seeking the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. The true believer understands that anything good repeated benefits him. “And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the Believer.” [surah Zaariyaat 51 : 55] An analogy came to mind when giving thought to the above experience: The likeness of the repetition of this one verse of poetry and its benefit upon the hearts of all those who were present at the time, is like that of a ‘drip’. A person is admitted into hospital due to various reasons: dehydration, loss of blood, surgery, childbirth, an accident, etc. Many a time, there is a need for the use of a drip. The ‘drip’ is called ‘drip’ because its work is to administer fluid slowly, drop-by-drop, directly into a vein. Thus, one drop at a time, enters the person’s system… until the drip is empty. This process is a slow process, taking, sometimes, a number of hours - yet the drip is described as a very efficient process whereby the entire body quickly receives the supply of medication which it requires. Moreover, a drip chamber controls the process whereby the fluid flows into the vein without air entering the bloodstream because if air is introduced into the bloodstream, this can lead to health complications, which could even be fatal. If it is a blood transfusion, the patient receives healthy blood through a drip. Depending on how much of blood is required, the process can run into hours. If it is dehydration, then the drip is used to hydrate the patient with a solution of glucose and electrolytes because glucose boosts the energy system once it enters the blood stream. If due to some other ailment, accordingly, the drip is used to supply the medication or nutrients needed. No sane patient will complain that the process is too long, he is becoming bored, and the drip should be removed because it is a tedious experience… The person knows his health is dependent on the drip. Now if we have to look at our own condition as Muslims, as an Ummah, we find that we have lost so much of spiritual blood, or we are so severely dehydrated spiritually, that these sessions or Majaalis of the Mashaa`ik are like short term ‘hospitalization’ where we are attached to a drip – the drip being the Suhbah of the Mashaa`ik, their advice and tawajjuh and duas, by which we hydrate our Imaan which is withering away, or we regain the spiritual blood that we have lost due to our own negligence and indulgence in sins. The repetition of Qur`aan Shareef, Ahaadeeth and the poetry of the Ahlullah are the medication or nutrients which are supplied to our souls through this spiritual ‘drip’ and which, in turn, keep us spiritually alive. If we do not take this recourse – of attaching ourselves to a spiritual ‘drip’ – a Shaykh-e-Kaamil, we can find ourselves in a critical and spiritually life-threatening condition. May Allah Ta’ala protect us. These Majaalis of the Mashaa`ik are to be appreciated – more especially in these times of fitnah, where indulgence in sins has led to severe spiritual dehydration, loss of spiritual blood and has led to a domino effect of corruption and immorality throughout the world. Our weakness is evident at every turn, except for those who continuously supply their soul with the nourishment of Taqwa via these spiritual drips. Allah Ta’ala has confirmed this in the Qur`aan Shareef: “O You who Believe, Fear Allah and join the company of the Truthful ones (the pious, the Auliya Allah).” [surah Taubah 9 : 119] Hazrat Maulana Maseehullah (Rahmatullahi alaih) had explained very beautifully, that this Ayah (verse) draws attention to three important matters : Imaan, Taqwa and Suhbah. And Hazrat Maulana (RA) elaborated, saying that for the nourishment, growth, health and preservation of Imaan, Taqwa is required. Without Taqwa, one’s Imaan will weaken, will decline … will wilt and wither away. However, for the nourishment, development, growth and progress of Taqwa, the Suhbah (companionship) of the pious is indispensable. It is absolutely essential. Allah Ta’ala commands us to keep the company of the ‘Siddiqeen’, the truthful ones – because they are truthful in their piety. They have the reality of what they project. Another point that we are informed of was that if air is introduced in the bloodstream, this would lead to health complications which can be fatal as well. Similarly when a person keeps such company and attends such majaalis, but entertains in his heart insincerity, or in his good efforts, the person begins to suffer the infection of ujub or kibr, or the person becomes jealous of others and allows malice to breed in his heart – then this is that poison which can lead to spiritual death, despite being in the right environment and company. Allah Ta’ala grant us all Ikhlaas and full benefit in the efforts we make to keep company with His Friends.
  16. How can success be achieved when the call to success is ignored? "Hayya alal Falaah!"
  17. We won't judge your closeness to the Almighty based on your dress but your choice of dress itself judges your own distance from the Almighty.
  18. A strong person is not the one who doesn't cry. A strong person is one who is quiet and sheds tears for a moment, and then picks up her sword and fights again..
  19. Those strange Muslims (Part I) Us Muslims are strange, but in a good way. We have so many little things taught to us by our Prophet (peace be upon him} which we try our best to implement in our daily lives. Obviously, most of these things are not very apparent to outsiders. However, sometimes you may come across a Muslim who is practicing his or her religion, but you find the act or behavior very strange. I'll mention a few things that we practice that might appear strange to Non-Muslims. One very important rule in Islam is that Muslims cannot shake hands with the opposite gender (or touch them, for that matter). So, say, if you are a male interviewer and a Muslim lady in hijab and jilbab (the long outer garment that covers the body) walks in for the interview, it's best not to extend your hand. But, let's assume you forgot or you weren't aware of this, and you offer the handshake, please don't be offended if she politely refuses the handshake. It's not that she's having a bad day or she thinks your fingers are odd-shaped, she's just trying to follow her religion. (Just to let you know, we actually practice how to most politely refuse the handshake without appearing to be impolite, in case the interviewer is of the opposite gender). Same thing goes for men, too. They can't shake hands with women. Of course, we can shake hands of our mothers, sisters, aunts, etc., (for men) and fathers, brothers, uncles, etc., (for women) because they are our close relatives. And, obviously, women can shake women's hands, and men...yeah, you guessed it. So, what's the reason for this? Imagine, if you had a very rare diamond, you most likely wouldn't want people touching it, except those who are very close to you. Well, our mothers, sisters, wives, etc., are even more precious to us than all the diamonds in the world! We believe women are so precious that only their close relatives have the right to touch them. Another thing that you might encounter is a Muslim praying. If you have never seen a Muslim praying, you can just look it up on YouTube to familiarize yourself with it. So, don't be alarmed if you see a bearded man bowing and prostrating several times. Relax, he's just praying. I've heard people even call the police just because they thought a group of Muslim men praying was "suspicious activity." When it's time for prayers and we're not at home, then really, we can pray almost anywhere - on the sidewalk, at the office, public park, the beach, the airport, even the airplane! Oh, and we're not allowed to talk while we're praying. Prayer is one of the most important act of worship for a Muslim. So, when the time for prayer comes in, stop, drop (everything), and pray! Something else you might see is that Muslim men wear their pants above the ankles. This might not be very obvious and not many Muslim [men] practice this, but it is something taught to us by the Prophet (peace be upon him). So, there is a chance you might come across a Muslim man who, on a cold day (or any day), is wearing his lower garment above his ankles. This is how the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to wear his lower garment and we love him so much that we try to emulate him in every way we can. The best part is, all of this is rewarded! These are some of the "strange" things we do. But, in reality, they are not really that strange if you understand the purpose behind them. So, I hope this brief article has given you some insights in to Islamic lifestyle. More to come on Part II, Insha'Allah. Carrying on from Part I on the list of "strange" things us Muslims do, here are some more things that you are likely to find very interesting. Remember us praying? Well, before we pray we have to make (wudu) ablution to spiritually and physically clean ourselves. Just like praying, you can even look this up on YouTube (what can't you look up on YouTube these days?) To be honest, you might never see a Muslim making wudu, unless you work with a Muslim in an office environment or go to school/college with lots of Muslim students. Nevertheless, since making wudu is a prerequisite of praying, and like I said, we can pray almost anywhere, we need to find a way to make wudu. I, personally, have made wudu at work and in college. I don't think anyone has seen me making wudu at work, but at college, it's very common. Non-Muslim students come in and out and they see us washing our face, hands up to the elbow, the head, and...the feet! It's so common that even if someone is on the next sink, they don't even look at you like you're doing something strange, which is a very positive thing about living in a large diverse city. People are generally open-minded. When it comes to eating, like Jews who are supposed to eat only Kosher food, Muslims only eat Halal food. I am sure, if you live in New York City, you have definitely seen those halal carts, right? That's exactly what I am talking about. So, now for example, let's say you have a Muslim friend and you both waltz in at your local McDonald's. You are standing there ordering bacon and chicken, while your friend is ordering a veggie sandwich, he's most likely doing that because he can't eat that meat. For meat to be Halal, it has to be slaughtered according to set Islamic guidelines. Very few fast food chains in the West offer Halal meat. There are, however, many Muslim owned restaurants and they are growing. Alhamdulillah. By the way, halal meat and "un-halal" meat taste the same, if you were wondering what's the difference. It's just that we slaughter the animal differently. Also, alcohol, beer, wine, vodka, all of these things are out of the question, as well. They are impermissible and we all know the harm in them. Some time back, I was offered to come and have lunch with wine with someone at work. I told him I brought my lunch (or in other words, "No, thanks, man!"). My lunch was Chicken Gyro from halal cart! Another thing that I can think of, and also very important, is that we are commanded to lower our gaze. By "lower our gaze," what I mean is that we are not allowed to look at the opposite gender. Yes, this is very difficult for almost all of us. I'm sure you can imagine how hard it can be to try and avert our sights when there are men and women walking everywhere. The hardest part is that, living in the Western world, it's very usual to see people dressed in revealing clothes during the warmer part of the year. This is one of the biggest challenges for us. The reason for this? Well, amongst other reason, as a man, it's right for me to respect the body of another woman. This is one of the reason why Muslim women cover their bodies. So, for those women, Muslim or not, who do not cover their bodies, it is our responsibility to lower our gazes as a sign of respect. Lastly, and this might sound really, really strange, Muslims are NOT allowed to have boyfriends or girlfriends. Now, you're probably thinking, how do you get married, then? There are things we are allowed to do when it comes to marriage and there are things which are outside the boundary. For example, one can meet, see, ask questions, discuss relevant issues, etc., to a potential spouse just to get to know them. However, there's a fine line between meeting someone and having any sort of pre-marital relationship which we all know can lead to a lot of other "things." In marriage, the love, understanding, trust, happiness, security, comfort, and of course, children, all come after marriage when the couple live together. Now, some people might think that if you don't know someone beforehand, then your marriage is likely to fail. Well, that's not the case. I and hundreds and thousands of other Muslims can reassure you that our families and other couples we know have successful marriages without dating or having any sort of pre-marital relationships. And, let's be honest, there are thousands of couples who have done everything from dating to having kids before tying the knot, yet these marriages end up in divorce. Plus, the divorce rates are insanely high nowadays. I hope you enjoyed this mini-series on "strange" things Muslims do and I am sure it has given you a different perspective on many of the things we do. So, next time if you come across someone doing any of the above, you know why. Article submitted by Brother Anonymous.
  20. There are many ways to Jannah… its our duty to know them so that we may choose the correct paths the way Allah wants us to follow… May Allah AlHayyul Kayyum guide all of us with His hidayah… 1. First and foremost.. stay away from shirk… we need to know what is shirk and how it leads us to shirk… so that we may be on-guard not to fall into this category.. knowingly or out of ignorance… since ignorance is the root to all evil.. thats why it is our duty to seek knowledge.. know the ahadith very well… thats why it is important for us to follow the sunnah of Rasulullah saws.. one who refuses to follow Him.. is not part of his Ummah… if we refuse to follow his examples… tell me… whose example should we follow… 2. Love Allah and His Messenger as your first priority… hold on to the rope of Allah, ie follow the Quran and sunnah of His Rasul saws … and do everything for the sake of Allah only… 3. Love and hate for the sake of Allah… make it a point to love and hate for the sake of Allah AlHayyul Kayyum.. Azza wa Jal.. whatever He forbades and hates… stay away from it … what Allah loves and what is halal .. take it.. what Allah hates… dont do it…. like arrogance, envy, injustice, etc… 4. Have faith in Allah… iman is faith… our faith can increase or decreace depending on the situation… eg… most of our faith will increase during month of Ramadhan… iman must come with amal soleh.. without amal soleh there will be no iman… Allah stress this statement more than one hundred times in the Holy Quran… Iman must come with amal soleh… so keep our iman high on the agenda… do check our faith daily… before sleeping… think what i have done today to please Allah.. 5. Memorize all the Attributes/Names of Allah… and their meanings.. Allah promises us Jannah if we can do it… the most grandest/majestic of all the names is Allah AlHayyum Kayyum.. use this attributes in your doa.. and He will InshaAllah grant your good request…6. Safe-guard our mouth and private part… Allah promises Jannah if we can avoid making fitnah, backbiting, lying etc and avoid zina and fornication… 7. Get rid of arrogance, envy and injustice… these are diseases of the heart… if we are arrogant we will be lowering our status same as iblis… because of his arrogance that led him to be disobedient to Allah…. in the hereafter Allah will make these arrogant people as small as the ant, people would step and trampled on them… 8. Be always thankful to Allah… those who dont thank the people… dont thank Allah… and never curse on food, the weather and time… these are from Allah… always be thankful… 9. Be khushuq in our prayer… one who takes a complete wudhu and pray with khushuq is better than one who prayed hundred times without khushuq… pray as though it is our last prayer… always remember death as it will soften our heart… and death can come at any moment…. and remember, the moment we are born… the process of dying begins… its getting nearer every day… not further away… remember… death is not the end but a beginning of a new life…Rasulullah saws said….our average life is between 60 to 70… if we live above 60, its a bonus from Allah… thank Allah every day for His Mercy…. 10. Be kind to all human beings and animals and avoid anger… maintain your kindness and humbleness at all times, to all the people and in any situation… 11. Pray to Allah for hidayah/guidance always… Allah has said Those whom I guide… no one can misguide.. and to those whom I misguide… no one can guide… always pray for Allahs guidance… we have limited access to our brain, our sub-councious mind is controlled by Allah… that is why you cannot control your dream… offcourse the dream has connection with what you think and do.. but the actual dream itself is from Allah… that is why when you pray… your mind is always wandering somewhere else… 12. It is compulsory for us to seek knowledge of our deen… and to spread the message of Islam… and if you can convert a non-Muslim to Islam… Allah promises Jannah for you… we can give them Islamic books to open their hearts… even pay zakat to them… and show our kindness to them as an examplary Muslim… 13. Say… surely… my prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death is only for You Allah, Sustainer of the worlds… 14. Be a practicing Muslim… worship Allah with all honesty and sincerety… fear Allah as He sees us every second… we can enter Jannah only with the Mercy of Allah… it is not from our ibadah… but from the Mercy of Allah… 15. Before going to sleep… dont keep any grudges and forgive all the people… because to err is human and to forgive is divine… EVERY GOOD DEED IS A CHARITY…. WHEN THE HEART IS CORRUPT..THE WHOLE BODY WILL BE CORRUPTED. TO HAVE GOOD RELATION WITH ALLAH IS IMPORTANT…KNOWING HOW TO ACHIEVE THAT IS MORE IMPORTANT…
  21. When you are overwhelmed and ready to give up, take one last push by seeking Allah's help. Sometimes, we are so focused on the task at hand, that we forget where the real source of strength comes from. Remember, when we face a problem together with Allah, the problem merely becomes an instrument of success. Know your priorities and the source of all your strength. Indeed my strength is in Allah, and my hope is from Allah, and my future depends on Allah. I will always seek things from Him, and I will always be satisfied of the outcome! [F.D]
  22. Why do we suffer. Is there a purpose to all the suffering and hardships in your life? Certainly, as Allah has told us that no believer will be left with just saying I believe. [29:2] Do the people think that they will be left to say, "We believe," without being put to the test? [29:3] We have tested those before them, for God must distinguish those who are truthful, and He must expose the liars. [2:155] We will surely test you through some fear, hunger, and loss of money, lives, and crops. Give good news to the steadfast. To pass the test, the believer must maintain his trust that God only can relieve his hardship. The believer will maintain his prayer and call onto God. Hardship and adversity is also decreed by God as a cleansing of our souls for sins we have already committed. As a result, some of the bad things that happen to us are a direct result of sins we have committed. [42:30] Anything bad that happens to you is a consequence of your own deeds, and He overlooks many (of your sins). It can also be said that God, being the Most Just, would not punish us twice for the same sin. This means that the punishment we are given cleanses us and no further punishment is due. The concept of cleansing the human from sins in this life is a Quranic truth. It can be achieved through the experiencing of hardship and adversity (as 42:30), and it can also be through the payment of a “sadaqa” (charity) for the specific reason of cleansing the soul from sins which have been committed. [9:103] Take from their money a ‘sadaqa’ (charity) to purify and sanctify them. And encourage them, for your encouragement reassures them. God is Hearer, Omniscient. Suffering through hardship and adversity is also a reminder for people who tend to take things for granted and forget all of God’s blessings. Despite all the blessings given to the human by God, the human being is unappreciative. A little reminder in the shape of hardship or adversity may hopefully do the job of teaching the human not to take God’s blessings for granted. [14:34] If you count God's blessings, you can never encompass them. Indeed, the human being is transgressing, unappreciative. [41:51] When we bless the human being, he turns away, and drifts farther and farther away, and when he suffers any affliction, he implores loudly. Adversity and hardship is also a very effective reminder for those who are too much absorbed in the worldly life, and thus they may not be as devoted to God as they should be. Due to their being too preoccupied with this worldly life they do not seek God nor call on God as they should. Many people are either oblivious of, or need to be reminded of God’s absolute authority. Hardship and adversity are one way to remind them that no one can save them but God, and also remind them of God’s absolute authority. They also need to be reminded that they need God in every minute of their lives. Sadly when God relieves the adversity, many of them return to idol worship once again. [35:15] O people, you are the ones who need God, while God is in no need for anyone, the Most Praiseworthy. [39:49] If the human is touched by adversity, he implores us, but as soon as we bestow a blessing upon him, he says, "I attained this because of my cleverness!" Indeed, this is only a test, but most of them do not know. [10:12] When adversity touches the human being, he implores us while lying down, or sitting, or standing up. But as soon as we relieve his adversity, he goes on as if he never implored us to relieve any hardship! The works of the transgressors are thus adorned in their eyes.
  23. Live a fulfilling life Don't wait to pray to Allah until you are overwhelmed with hardships, instead, pray to Allah during times of ease as well. A simple "Thank You" to Allah during times of ease is greater than many prayers during times of distress. Know your priorities, fulfill your duties, and never lose focus in your ultimate destination. Ignore falsehood, embrace the truth, and be a fountain of knowledge for others. Be a Muslim of faith, of peace, and of obedience. Embrace the will of Allah. Keep Him with every step you take. Choose Him over anything. And never do to others what you do not want done unto you! Be a symbol of peace and success. Be You! ─F.D
  24. Do not lose your trust in Allah even in the darkest of times How many of us are stumbling in the dark, or sitting quietly in despair, not knowing where to turn? How many have giant boulders blocking our progress, preventing us from living happy lives? How many are stuck, immobilized like fish in a net? Sometimes we are so frustrated at our situations that we don't see that our problems themselves are tests and opportunities given by Allah. To develop as human beings, to become better people and move closer to Allah, we must experience hardships. That is a fundamental principle of our creation. Those are the rules. They are no different for us. “Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said, 'when is the help of Allah?’ Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.” (Quran, Al-Baqarah, 2:214) In hardship lies opportunity. Adversity is the soil in which we grow. The challenge is to recognize that, and to know that Allah is very near, guiding us all along. Proud Muslimah
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