Monthly Archives: October 2014

New Muslim Group ‘Fish & Chips’ night Oct. 31st

The MYF New Muslims Group social event for October 2014 will be a “Fish & Chips” night as promised ! It will be at “Uncle B’s” in Rusholme, Wilmslow Road this coming Friday (31st October 2014) from 7pm onwards iA. The cost should be around £10 per meal depending on what you order. We may go for a tea / coffee after if
anyone wishes so it should be a great evening iA. Please try to attend if you can & please forward this message to any revert Muslim brothers / sisters whom you know of iA.

The details as provided by Sister Tracey are as follows:
Friday “fish and chip night”

7pm onwards. 1st floor reserved for myf new Muslim group.

Day of Ashura (Monday 3rd of November 2014) MYF Iftaar

MYF will have a full Iftaar, please join us. All are more than welcome.

‘Ashura’ commemorates the day that Allah saved the Children of Israel from Pharaoh.

Fasting on Muharram 10, known as the Day of ‘Ashura’, expiates for the sins of the past year. When the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) arrived in Madinah in 622 CE, he found that the Jews there fasted on Muharram 10 and asked them the reason for their fasting on this day. They said,” This is a blessed day. On this day Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy (in Egypt) and so Prophet Musa [Moses] fasted on this day giving thanks to Allah.” Read more…

The fundamentals of happiness Verses upon which to reflect

And never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy. Certainly no one despairs of Allah’s Mercy, except the people who disbelieve. (Qur’an 12: 87)

And who despairs of the Mercy of his Lord except those who are astray? (Qur’an 15: 56) 

Surely, Allah’s Mercy is [ever] near unto the good-doers.  (Qur’an 7: 56)

You know not, it may be that Allah will afterward bring some new thing to pass. 
(Qur’an 65: 1)  Read more…

Steps to take if you are fearful of a jealous person

Recite the last two chapters of the Qur’an, remember Allah, and supplicate to Him:

And from the evil of the envier when he envies.   (Qur’an 113: 5) 

Hide or keep secret your affairs from the jealous person:

‘O’ my sons! Do not enter by one gate, but enter by different gates…   (Qur’an 12: 67)

Be generous to a person who attempts to harm you, for perhaps he will then desist:
Repel evil with that which is better.      (Qur’an 23: 96)

Why grieve when you have the six ingredients?

The author of Ease after Difficuhy mentioned the story of a wise person who was afflicted by calamity. His brothers went to him and tried to console him over his loss. He answered, `I have put together a remedy that is composed of six ingredients.’ They asked him what those ingredients were, and he answered,

“The first is to have a firm trust in Allah, the Almighty. The second is resigning oneself to the inescapable fact that everything that is decreed will happen and will follow its unalterable course. The third is that patience has no substitute for the positive effect it has on the afflicted. The fourth is an unwavering belief in the implications of this phrase: Without showing forbearance, what will I accomplish? The fifth is to ask myself, `Why should I be a willful party to my own destruction? The sixth knows that from one hour to the next, circumstances are transformed and difficulties vanish.

Do not grieve if others inflict upon you harm or pain, nor should you grieve if you are oppressed or are the subject of envy.

Shaykh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah) said:

“The believer does not seek quarrel or revenge; nor does he find blame or fault in others.”

Does not despair if you face obstacles or problems; rather, forbear and be patient.

O’time, if you have any of that leftover,

From which you bring down the worthy. Then let me have it.” Patience, as opposed to anxiety, bears the it of comfort; and the one who does not voluntarily show patience will have it forced upon him by circumstances.

Al-Mutanabbi said: Read more…

Today is all that you have

When you wake up in the morning, do not expect to see the evening live as though today is all that you have. Yesterday has passed with its good and evil, while tomorrow has not yet arrived. Your life’s span is but one day, as if you were born in it and will die at the end of it. With this attitude, you will not be caught between an obsession over the past, with all its anxieties, and the hopes of the future, with all its uncertainty. Live for today: During this day you should pray with a wakeful heart, recite the Qur’an with understanding, and remember Allah with sincerity. In this day you should be balanced in your affairs, satisfied with your allotted portion, concerned with your appearance and health.

Organize the hours of this day, so that you make years out of minutes and months out of seconds. Seek forgiveness from your Lord, remember Him, prepare for the final parting from this world, and live today happily and at peace. Be content with your sustenance, your wife, your children, your work, your house and your station in life.

So hold that which I have given you and be of the grateful. (Qur’an 7: 144)
You must engrave onto your heart one phrase: Today is my only day. If you have eaten warm, fresh bread today, then what do yesterday’s dry, rotten bread and tomorrow’s anticipated bread matter?

If you are truthful with yourself and have a firm, solid resolve, you will undoubtedly convince yourself of the following: Today is my last day to live. When you achieve this attitude, you will profit from every moment of your day, by developing your personality, expanding your abilities, and purifying your deeds. Then you say to yourself:

Today I shall be refined in my speech and will utter neither evil speech nor obscenity. Also, I shall not backbite.

Today I shall organize my house and my office. They will not be disorderly and chaotic, but organized and neat.

Today I will be particular about my bodily cleanliness and appearance. I will be meticulous in my neatness and balanced in my walk, talk, and actions.
Today I will strive to be obedient to my Lord, pray in the best manner possible, do more voluntary acts of righteousness, recite the Qur’an, and read beneficial books. I will plant goodness into my heart and extract from it the roots of evil such as pride, jealousy, and hypocrisy. Read more…

Thus we have made you a just nation

Thus we have made you a just nation.  (Qur ‘an 2: 143)

Both your conscience and your Religion demand that you be just, which means that you should neither exaggerate nor understate, neither go into excess nor do too little. Whoever seeks happiness should be just, regardless of whether he is in an angry, a sad, or a joyful mood. Exaggeration in our dealings with others is unacceptable. The best course is the middle course. Whoever follows his desires will likely magnify the importance of any given situation, always making a big deal out of nothing. He will feel jealousy and malice toward others. Since he lives in a world of exaggeration and imagination, he will envisage everyone else to be against him, even to the extent that he feels others to be always conspiring to destroy him. Because of this, he lives under a dark cloud, constantly overcome by fear and apprehension. Read more…

Your value is determined by your faith and character

He was poor and wan and weak. He wore a torn garment with many patches on it. He was barefoot and hungry. Along with his having an obscure lineage, he possessed neither status nor wealth nor family. Without a roof to shelter him, he would sleep in the mosque and drink from public fountains. His pillow was his own arm and his mattress was the uneven, rough ground beneath him. But he always remembered his Lord and he was constantly reciting the verses of Allah’s Book. He would not be absent from the first row in prayer or from the front lines of battle. One day he met the Messenger of Allah (bpuh), who upon seeing him, called him by his name, “O’ Julaybeeb, will you not marry?” “And who would give me their daughter?” was his meek reply. He (may Allah be pleased with him) passed by two others who asked the same question, to which he gave a similar reply. The Messenger of Allah (bpuh) said to him, “O’ Jualaybeeb, go to so and so, the Ansari, and say to him, `The Messenger of Allah sends his greetings of peace to you and he requests you to marry me your daughter.’ This particular Ansari was from a noble and esteemed household. When Julaybeeb carried out the Prophet’s order, the Ansari replied, “And peace is upon the Messenger of Allah. O’ Julaybeeb, how can I marry you my daughter when you have neither wealth nor status?” His wife heard of the news, and she exclaimed in astonishment, “Julaybeeb! He who has neither wealth nor status!” But their believing daughter heard the words of Julaybeeb, words that to her, contained the message of the Messenger of Allah. She said to her parents, “Do you turn down the request of the Messenger of Allah? By Allah, no!” Forthwith, the blessed wedding took place. When their first night came, a caller was in the streets announcing a forthcoming battle. Julaybeeb responded without delay and set out for the battleground. With his own hands, he managed to kill seven disbelievers, and then he himself became martyred. He embraced death pleased with Allah and His Messenger, and pleased with the morals for which he sacrificed his own life. After the battle, the Messenger of Allah was asking about those who were martyred. The people began to inform him of those who died, but they forgot to mention Julaybeeb because of his obscurity. Nevertheless, the Messenger of Allah (bpuh) remembered him, and he said, “But I have lost Julaybeeb.” He (bpuh) then found Julaybeeb’s corpse, the face of which was covered in dust. He shook off the dust from his face and said, “You killed seven and then you were killed! You are from me and I am from you…” And the Messenger of Allah (bpuh) repeated the second part of that statement three times. This medal of distinction from the Messenger of Allah (bpuh) is by itself an ample reward and prize. Read more…

Invocations in times of worry and grief

Allaahumma ‘innee ‘abduka, ibnu ‘abdika, ibnu ‘amatika, naasiyatee biyadika, maadhin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadhaa’uka, ‘as’aluka bikulli ismin huwa laka, sammayta bihi nafsaka, ‘aw ‘anzaltahu fee kitaabika, ‘aw ‘allamtahu ‘ahadan min khalqika, ‘awista’tharta bihi fee ‘ilmil-ghaybi ‘indaka, ‘an taj’alal-Qur’aana rabee’a qalbee, wa noora sadree, wa jalaa’a huznee, wa thahaaba hammee . Read more…