I recently read of a story of a man who was paralyzed. He remained bed-ridden in his home for years, and eventually, boredom and a sense of failure overcame him. Doctors were unable to do anything for him. One day, while alone in the house, a scorpion descended from the ceiling of his room, and even though he saw it coming, he was unable to move. After landing on his head, the scorpion repeatedly stung him. His whole body, from his feet to his head, broke out into convulsions. Slowly, and to his astonishment, sensation returned to his limbs, and after a short period of time, he found himself to be walking about in the room. He then opened the door and went to his wife and children. They could not believe their eyes when they saw him standing before them. Only when they finally calmed down was he able to inform them of what had taken place. Read more…
At-Tanookhi gave the account of a governor in Baghdad who usurped the wealth of an old lady in his province. He took away all of her rights and confiscated her property. She went to him, wept before him, and complained of his oppression and wrongdoing. He was neither regretful nor ashamed of what he had done. In a fit of anger, she said, “I will pray against you.” He laughed at her in mockery and said, “Then you should pray in the last third of the night.” His arrogance had made him say this to her. She went away, and in accordance with the governor’s mock-advice she was steadfast in praying during the last third of the night. It was only a matter of days before he was violently removed from office. As a reward for his tyranny, his properties were seized, and he was publicly whipped. After the whipping, the old lady passed by him and said, “You did well! You advised me to pray in the last third of the night and I found the results to be most favorable.” Read more…
And my affair I leave it to Allah. (Qur’an 40: 44)
No calamity befalls, but with the Leave [i.e. decision and Divine Pre-ordainments] of Allah, and whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart [to the true faith with certainty]… (Qur ‘an 64: 11)
Allah guides the heart of one who recognizes that a calamity is by pre-ordainment and decree.
[He releases them from their heavy burdens Hoof Allah s Covenant], and from the fetters [bindings] that were upon them. (Qur’an 7: 157)
Some eminent western writers such as Kersey Meerson, Alexis Carlyle and Dale Carnegie – readily admit that the savoir of the material-minded, declining West is a belief in Allah. They propound the view that the reason behind the increasingly alarming phenomenon of suicide in the west is atheism and a lack of faith in Allah, Lord of all that exists.
(Those who wander astray from the Path of Allah [shall] have a severe torment, because they forgot the Day of Reckoning.) (Qur’an 38: 26)
And whoever assigns partners to Allah, it is as if he had fallen from the sky; and the birds had snatched him, or the wind had thrown him to a far off place.}’
(Qur’an 22: 31)
In a 1994 edition of Ash-Sharq al-Aw `sat, an interview with President George Bush’s wife was printed. In it she admits to having made more than one attempt at suicide. One attempt was made by the method of choking herself and another was to drive a car over a cliff.
Quzmaan was at the battle of Uhud, fighting on the side of the Muslims. He fought intrepidly and fiercely. The people exclaimed, “For him is the bliss of Paradise.” The Prophet (bpuh) said,
“Verily, He is from the dwellers of the fire!”
Why? Because when his wounds were serious, instead of being patient, he took his own life with his sword.
(Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds! (Qur’an 18: 104)
But whosoever turns away from My Reminder [i.e. neither believes in this Qur’an nor acts on its orders, etc.] verily, for him is a life of hardship, and we shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection. (Qur ‘an 201: 124)
A Muslim does not take the path of suicide, no matter how severe the hardship. Two units of prayer that are performed with humility and presence of mind after making ablution will guarantee the banishment of anxiety and worry from your life.
So bear patiently what they say, and glorify the praises of your Lord before the rising of the sun, and before its setting, and during some of the hours of the night, and at the sides of the day [an indication for the five compulsory congregational prayers], that you may become pleased with the reward which Allah shall give you.
(Qur’an 20: 130)
In the Qur’an there is a cogent and powerful question for the misguided ones:
What is the matter with them that they believe not? (Qur’an 84: 20)
What is it that makes them swerve away from belief, while the proofs and signs are clear?
We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this [the Qur ‘an] is the truth. (Qur’an 41: 53)
And whosoever submits his face [himself] to Allah, while he is a good-doer, then he has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold [none has the right to be worshipped except Allah]. (Qur’an 31. 22)
One day I gathered twelve different commentaries of the Qur’an: At-Tabari, Ibn Katheer, Al-Baghawi, AZ-Zamakhshari, Al-Qurtubi, AZ-Zilaal, As-Shinquiti, Ar-Raazi, Fath ul-Qadeer, Al-Khaazin, Abu Mas’ood, and Al-Qaasimi (some in this list are the names of the authors while others are the names of the actual books). I had intended to read every day the commentary of one verse of the Qur’an from each of these books. I planned to read the explanation of the daily verse from the first book, then the second, and so on, until I had completed them all. I tried this for a while but I quickly felt bored and exhausted. It is true that I was enthusiastic, but I had been too hasty in planning and in choosing a proper method of study.
To the student of the Islamic sciences I give this advice: do not overburden yourself with a great number of books. A better way is to plan and choose carefully what you read. It is of utmost importance to be consistent, even if you do only a little. The most favorite deed of the Prophet (bpuh) was the one that was practiced consistently, even if the deed was a small one.
A Western thinker said:
“It is most possible for you, while you are behind steel bars, to look out upon the horizon and to smell roses. It is also extremely plausible for you to be in a castle replete with opulence and comfort, and yet be angry and discontented with your family and wealth.”
Therefore happiness is not determined by time or by place, but instead by faith in Allah and obedience to Him, matters that are rooted in a person’s heart. The heart has a far-reaching significance in that it is the place that Allah looks at and scrutinizes. If faith settles itself in the heart, happiness and tranquility will pervade both the heart and the soul. Read more…
To be truly happy, one should enjoy the beauty and splendor of life, an enjoyment that is limited only by the boundaries set forth by Islam. Allah has created for us beautiful gardens because He is Beautiful and He loves beauty, and in order for us to study His signs that are present in His wonderful creation.
He it is who created for you all that is on the earth. (Qur’an 2: 29) Read more…
MYF is pleased to announce a new exciting 5 Aside Youth Football League commencing on the 4th of May 2014. Due to the huge success of our sunday football session’s we decided it was time to kick-off our own football league and test the skills of our gifted young players!
The league will run for 7 weeks with fully qualified FA Refs to help assist and ensure that each match is professional and fare. There is a trophy act stake here and the honor of achieving success in a competitive environment.
Please be aware that we have limited spaces so hurry up and get your boot in to prepare for an action packed league with lots of fun and entertaining football.
£25 Per Team (Weekly)
Location: Ardwick, Pitz, Power League, Manchester, 20 Union Street. M12 4JD.
For more info. call the office on 0161 832 5352
Jummah Prayer Times
- First Jummah 12.15 – 12.45pm
- Second Jummah 1.15 – 1.45pm
Maghrib 5 Mins after adhaan
Isha 5 Mins after adhaan Read more…
Dr. James Gordon Gilkee said:
“The dilemma of wanting your own identity is as ancient as the beginning of history, and it is common to all human life. Similar is the problem of not wanting to be your own self, which is the source of much personal imbalance and disturbance.”
Someone else said:
“You are a unique entity among creation: nothing is exactly similar to you, nor are you exactly similar to anything, because the Creator has brought diversity to the creation.”
Certainly, your efforts and deeds are diverse [different in aims and purposes].
(Qur ‘an 92: 4)
If applied with a correct understanding, isolation can be most beneficial.
Ibn Taymiyah said:
“At times, it is necessary for the worshipper to be isolated from others in order to pray, remember Allah, recite the Qur’an, and evaluate himself and his deeds. Also, isolation allows one to supplicate, seek forgiveness, stay away from evil, and so on.”
Ibn al-Jawzi dedicated three chapters of his well-known book
Savd al-Khatir to this topic. He said: Read more…