Open Day Pics

Here at the Myf we always endeavour to build bridges with the community and our recent open day event was a testament to that. Wonderful day with wonderful people & many new faces!

We are blessed to have such a fantastic group of volunteers who give up there free time to promote & support our events.

Bookmark our page and website to keep up to date with future events! We look forward to seeing you all again.

Here are just a few pics of the Open Day event.

*New Tafseer of Quran Class update

We were delighted with the turn out for the new Tafseer of Quran class lastnight with Sheikh Abu Sundus. It is a successful course that has be reintroduced due to popular demand!

Many people turned up and there’s still places available, so why not improve your understanding of the Holy Quran. It’s beneficial for everybody no matter what level of understanding you currently have.

Highly recommended for reverts and people who wish to acquire more knowledge that will enlighten there ability to comprehend the blessed words of the Holy Quran.

The course is every Tuesday from 7:00pm till 9:00pm.

Please feel free to join us!

Thank you
The MYF Team

Thank you to all our volunteers & staff!

We would like to thank all the many volunteers & staff that took part in yesterday’s Open Day event. The MYF always endeavours to build bridges with the community! We are so grateful for the support and help we receive to make this possible.

Yesterday’s event thank God was very beneficial in bringing people together and hopefully dispersing many misconceptions people may have from the media.

It was wonderful to see so many new faces and the atmosphere was heart warming and a true blessing. It is our duty to bring people together from all walks of life and to live in peace and support one another.

Again thank you to all of our volunteers for making this happen! Most of all we praise & thank the most high the Lord of all things!

Pics & a review will be posted up in the coming days.

Thank you
The MYF Team

Myf Open Day Sat 30th Sept 2017

MYF Open day Saturday 30th Sept 2017
12:00pm – 6:00pm

We are inviting the wider community to come and join us on this fun packed family event!

We will have inshallah –

Hennah
Kids face painting
Hot food
Calligraphy
Mosque tour
Q & A with our local speakers
Fun for all the family and so much more

Everybody is welcome!

If you’d like to volunteer please contact the office for more details

The MYF Team

New Muslim Group Meeting Thursday 21st Sept

New Muslim Group meeting this Thursday the 21st Sept. At the MYF with Sheikh Imtiaz. 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Very beneficial group for new Muslims & Reverts.
Please come along and invite your friends & family.

The MYF Team.

New Muslim Group meeting this Thursday 7th Sept. At The Myf

Assalamu’alaikum,

The MYF New Muslims Group meeting is on this Thursday 7th of Sept. at 7:00pm till 9:00pm with Sheikh Imtiaz.

We will also be discussing preparing for the next Myf Open day, for those wishing to volunteer please come along to learn more InshAllah.

Very beneficial for new muslims and all reverts.

Please make sure you attend this social/educational meeting and invite others as well.

Sincerely
The Myf Team

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Eid Prayer Times

MYF Arafah & Eid Details.

Asalaamualikum

There will be a full iftar program at maghrib today inshallah.

Eid salah on Friday:

1st prayer – 8:00am
2nd prayer – 10:30am

Don’t forget takbeer after every fard salah on Arafah day and until Asr on the 13th.

May Allah accept from me and you ameen.

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‘Try A Scarf’ Project – Volunteers required especially sisters

Location: Market Street, Manchester
Date: Saturday 12th August 2017
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm

WAMY are holding a try a scarf project on Market St Manchester this coming Saturday between 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Looking for sister volunteers to assist with trying the scarf and all other volunteers to distribute gifts on the day.

If you are looking for reward in one of 4 sacred months (this month where the reward is higher than other months) then pop along on day and contact brother Zahid for mor info. on: 07588 569217

Please forward the message to your contacts and encourage others.

Kind regards,
MYF Team

MYF Open Day Review & Pics

The Myf opened its doors once again to the general pubic over the weekend. What a blessed occasion it turned out to be. The sun was out and we had several stalls and talks for the general public to see and take part in. Our volunteers really did a fantastic job of making everyone feel welcome and we would like to thank all of our volunteers who took part in the event.


We had such a diverse mix of people attending and it really was a happy, blessed family occasion that brought the local community together!

The Myf will always endeavor to build bridges with the wider community as we feel its our duty to invite everybody into the centre. We are always happy to see new faces and meet and greet people from all faith groups and backgrounds.

Again thank you to everybody that was involved.


May the most high grant us many more opportunities to build bridges with the community.

Thank you
The Myf Team

Try A Scarf project organised by ‘WAMY’

Asalaamualikum All praise is due to Allah (SWT) alone and peace & blessings upon the final Messenger Muhammad (PBUH). On behalf of the MYF and WAMY – I would like thank all the volunteers who sacrificed time out on their weekend to help out with Try A Scarf project organised by WAMY. Although raining throughout most part of the day, we found shelter near Boots.

We connected with many, many people who really enjoyed the experience of wearing a scarf. Many gift bags, flowers and chocolates were distributed to passers-by who were expressed gratitude and were happy to participate (as per pictures). We ask Allah to accept it from all of us and to make it a means of opening the heart and mind to the Truth and Beauty of Islam. WAMY are are organising several more projects very soon so if you want to participate or fund these projects then please get in touch.

For those who missed the opportunity, good news!!! The MYF has an Open Day next Saturday between 12-6pm. We are looking for volunteers to help on day including distributing invitation leaflets and welcoming the guests. If you can please, please contact me.

Thank you
The Myf Team

Myf Notice: Wudo area is out of service.

Our Ablution(Wudu) area is currently being refurbished, We would like to advise you to do your Wudo before you attend Jummah to avoid disappointment as we only have 5 sinks in use with the toilet area, the rest is not in service.

Myf Team
Thank you

Educational visit from Denmark

A visit from Denmark

We were pleased to have a group of students from Denmark visit us while on their educational tour in Manchester. They were given a tour of the MYF as well as a presentation about Islam followed by a Q&A session.

Day of Ashura 11th of October

Peace be unto you(Asalaamu’alikum),

‘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.”

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“We are closer to Musa than you are.”

He fasted on that day and commanded Muslims to fast on this day. (Al-Bukhari) The following year, Allah commanded the Muslims to fast the month of Ramadan, and the fasting of ‘Ashura’ became optional. It is also reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) intended to fast on the ninth and tenth. Ibn ‘Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah fasted on the day of ‘Ashura’ and ordered the people to fast on it. The people said, “O Messenger of Allah, it is a day that the Jews and Christians honor.” The Prophet said, “When the following year comes, Allah willing, we shall fast on the ninth.” The death of the Prophet came before the following year. (Muslim and Abu Dawud) For more on ‘Ashura’ and Muharram, please read: The Significance of Fasting the Day of ‘Ashura’ Virtues of the Month of Muharram & Fasting during It

We have a very special Aqeeqah tomorrow in the Myf on the day of Ashura at Magrib time. A lot of people will be fasting, so please join us for the Aqeeqah.

Everybody is welcome

Kind Regards
The Myf Team

Myf Open day Review And Pics

The MYF would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody that was involved in our successful open day that we hosted over the weekend.

All the volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure that everybody was welcomed and greeted with the best of greetings and manners.

We had such positive feedback and The MYF has always supported interfaith and the local community to build bridges of peace, love and respect for everybody!

What a wonderful positive day, we hope and pray that we always endeavour InshAllah to follow the best of manners and principles to convey the true peaceful message of Islam.
May the most high accept from you and from us all, Ameen.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the MYF open day…

Assalamu’alaikum,

On behalf of the MYF, I would like to thank each and every one who took part in the MYF open day.

The open day would not have been possible without your help and most definitely would not have been successful without all the volunteers.

Thank you for your amazing efforts and wonderful support. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.

Thank you…
MYF

Volunteers Required

Assalamualaikum,

Looking for volunteers especially sisters to help with a ‘try a hijab’ plus handing out gift bags on market street Manchester.

The MYF open day will be held on Saturday 20th of Augusts inshaAllah. Everyone is invited to attend and take part. The MYF also needs volunteers to help out with the following:

• Guided tours of the Mosque
• Catering table
• Henna painting
• Face painting
• Distributing leaflets on the day etc.

To volunteer please reply back or turn up on the day.

Please forward

Jazakallah khair
Akram

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MYF Open Day Saturday 20th August 2016 12-6 pm

MYF Open Day

Saturday 20th August 2016 12-6 pm

Asalamu’alaikum Brothers and Sisters,

The MYF open day will be held on Saturday 20th of Augusts inshaAllah. Everyone is invited to attend and take part. The MYF also needs volunteers to help out with the following:

• Guided tours of the Mosque
• Catering table
• Henna painting
• Face painting
• Distributing leaflets on the day etc.

To volunteer please reply back to this email.

Please circulate this message and invite your non-Muslim family, friends and work colleagues to this event.

MYF New Muslims Group

Assalamu’alaikum,

The MYF New Muslims Group meeting is on this Thursday at 7 pm, with shaikh Imtiaz.

Please make sure you attend this social/educational meeting and invite others as well.

Thank you…
MYF

MYF Program for the last 10 days

Last 10 Nights

Begins Saturday 25th of June 2016

  • Full Iftar Meal
  • Taraweeh
  • Tahajud 1:30am
  • Reminders
  • Sahoo (Breakfast)
  • 27th Night Program
  • And much more…

Please join us for this very special occasion.

Fascinating insight into what happens to the body during fasting period ….

Detoxification Stage 1 (Day 1 To Day 2)

On the first day of fasting, the blood sugar level drops. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen is pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst. Headaches, dizzinessnausea, bad breath, and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period.

Detoxification Stage 2 (Day 3 To Day 7)

Fats, composed of transformed fatty acids, are broken down to release glycerol from the gliceride molecules and are converted to glucose. The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or even a boil. The body embraces the fast and the digestive system is able to take a much-needed rest, focusing all of its energies on cleansing and healing. White blood cell and immune system activity increases. You may feel pain in your lungs. The cleansing organs and the lungs are in the process of being repaired. The breath is still foul and the tongue coated. Within the intestine, the colon is being repaired and impacted feces on the intestinal wall start to loosen.

Detoxification Stage 3 (Day 8 to Day 15)

You will experience enhanced energy, clear-mindedness and feel better. On the downside, old injuries may become irritated and painful. This is a result of the body’s increased ability to heal during fasting. If you had broken your arm 10 years before, there is scar tissue around the break. At the time of the break, the body’s ability to heal was directly related to lifestyle. If you lived on a junk-food diet, the body’s natural healing ability was compromised. During fasting, the body’s healing process is at optimum efficiency. As the body scours for dead or damaged tissue, the lymphocytes enter the older, damaged tissue secreting substances to dissolve the damaged cells. These substances irritate the nerves in the surrounding region and cause a reoccurrence of aches from previously injured areas that may have disappeared years earlier. The pain is good as the body is completing the healing process. The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected, as toxins accumulate in the legs. Cankers are common in this stage due to the excessive bacteria in the mouth. Daily gargling with salt and water will prevent or heal cankers.

Detoxification Stage 4 (Day 16 to Day 30)

The body is completely adapted to the fasting process. There is more energy and clarity of mind. Cleansing periods can be short with many days of feeling good in between. There are days when the tongue is pink and the breath is fresh. The healing work of the organs is being completed. After the detoxification mechanisms have removed the causative agent or render it harmless, the body works at maximum capacity in tissue proliferation to replace damaged tissue. After day 20, the mind is affected. Heightened clarity and emotional balance are felt at this time. Memory and concentration improve.

Subhaan Allah what great health benefits but think of the rewards that will really matter and given by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala in this life and the hereafter InshAllah.

Please forward this msg as people give up fasting in the first couple of days due to these symptoms , because they cant cope. Jazak’Allah

Day 1 Iftar at The MYF

Mashallah, our first Iftar was blessed with the many brothers and sisters that attended. It was beautiful to see the relaxed happy atmosphere that always comes with Ramadan.

Please don’t forget that Iftar and Taraweeh will be held at The MYF everynight.
Please invite your friends and family and lets all join together in peace and the remembrance of Allah in this most blessed month of Ramadan.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Join us for the blessed month of Ramadan 2016 (1437 Hijra)

Its been announced that Ramadan starts tonight after Magrib Prayer inshallah.

Taraweeh starts tonight straight after Esha prayer at 11:00pm

The MYF will have many activities including a daily Iftar.

• Daily congregational prayers.

• Daily Iftar.

• Daily Taraweeh Program.

• Family Weekend Iftar.

• Laylatul Qadr Program.

• Itikaaf program for the last 10 nights.

Myf Open Day Review & Pics

Our open day on Saturday 26 March 2016 was a very successful event. We opened our doors to the general public, welcomed everyone to come and see our exhibitions, and learn about Islam.

We had various stalls set up for our visitors, some of these stalls were; Henna, costumes, calligraphy, face painting for children and food stalls.

Imaam, Imtiaz Hussain lead numerous mosque tours on that day for people who wanted to see the mosque and what goes on inside our centre.

There was a steady stream of visitors throughout the day, they enjoyed a nice event with us, chatting and learning more about our centre and about Islam.

We had a special appearance from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, they were invited, but we did not expect them to turn up in a great big red fire engine.

This by far was the highlight of the day. Mr Peter Fitzpatrick and his colleagues were extremely friendly and very professional as well. We would like to thank all of them for their presence and for being with us on that day, they have yet again showed us that they can be at the heart of the community as they are always expected to be. We couldn’t thank them enough for their support.

The MYF would also like to thank each and every one who contributed to our open day, thanks to our visitors for allowing us to share this event with them. A big thanks to all our volunteers for their amazing work. The open day would not have been possible without their great support.

Thank you…

MYF

Volunteers Required for the upcoming Open day on the 26th March…

MYF mosque open day
Saturday 26th March 2016 12-5 pm

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH :-

• Guided tours of the Mosque
• Catering table
• Henna painting
• Face painting
• Distributing leaflets on the day etc.

To volunteer Please contact:
Br Ali 07533331304
Sr Sulefa 07847264193
Br Saleem 07764801802

Please circulate this message and invite your non-Muslim family, friends and work colleagues to this event.

The Journey to Paradise Every Sunday from 2pm – 4 pm at the MYF

Assalamu’alaikum,

The journey to paradise continues this Sunday with brother Hamza.

Brother Hamza will continue with “Allah’s Guidance” explaining the guidance which Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala sent down in Quran, and its importance for the believers.

“Allah’s guidance” is the perfect way for Muslims to understand their Deen in a simple and interactive way. To learn, understand, and implement the guidance in our lives.

The Muslim Youth Foundation on Thursday 18th February are happy to announce in conjunction with the Myriad Foundation’s – Manchester New Muslim Network, the commencement of Module 2 of the popular “Journey of Life – Establishing the Foundations” syllabus.

This module will build on what was covered during module 1 in 2015. Read more

MYF New Muslims Group First & Third Thursday of every month 7pm-9 pm

Assalamu’alaikum,

The Muslim Youth Foundation are happy to announce that on Thursday 18th February, in conjunction with the Myriad Foundation’s – Manchester New Muslim Network, we will be starting Module 2 of the popular Journey of Life – Establishing the Foundations syllabus.

This module will build on what was covered during module 1 in 2015. A quick recap of the subjects covered during Module 1:

  • Why do we believe in God?
  • Do we have a purpose in life and how could we ever find out? – What is the
  • Qur’an and how do we know it is what it says it is and it is preserved?
  • Who is the Prophet Muhammad, and why is he an authority in Islam?
  • Who are the Companions?
  • What is worship and how do we worship?
  • What is the Shahadah and how should we understand it?
  • What is the Salaah?
  • What is Zakaat?
  • What is fasting and Ramadan?
  • What is Hajj?
  • Why are we tested with trials and calamities?
  • Who is Shaytaan and how does he try to deceive us?

In Module 2, we’ll be building on what we learned during Module 1 by covering the following topics in depth: –

  • The Hadith of Jibreel
  • What is the Sunnah?
  • What does the Belief in Allah consist off?
  • Who are the Angels and what do they do?
  • Who are the Prophets and Messengers of Allah?
  • What are the Divine books of Allah sent to the Previous Prophets and do they still exist today?
  • What is the Last Day?
  • What happens to our soul from death to the grave to the resurrection?
  • The accounting of our deeds
  • To the journey across the sirat (bridge)
  • To the hell fire and paradise
  • What is the Qadr (Divine Decree of Allah) and how does this relate to our free will?

NOTE: It isn’t compulsory to have attended Module 1 in order to attend Module 2. The class is open to anyone looking to build on there knowledge of Islam and come closer to Allah.
Please make sure you attend, and invite other revert brothers and sisters.

Thank you…
MYF

The Journey to Paradise Every Sunday from 2pm – 4 pm at the MYF

Assalamu’alaikum,

The journey to paradise continues this Sunday with brother Hamza.

Brother Hamza will continue with “Allah’s Guidance” explaining the guidance which Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala sent down in Quran, and its importance for the believers.

“Allah’s guidance” is the perfect way for Muslims to understand their Deen in a simple and interactive way. To learn, understand, and implement the guidance in our lives.

Please make sure you attend, and invite other revert brothers and sisters.

The Journey to Paradise

The journey to paradise continues this Sunday with brother Anas.

Brother Anas will continue with his Arabic class, this is a general Arabic language
class which anyone can benefit from, it’s not necessarily Quranic Arabic, but it

The Journey to Paradise Every Sunday from 2pm – 4 pm at the MYF

The journey to paradise continues this Sunday with brother Akram.

Brother Akram will continue with “Manners in Islam” which aims to educate every Muslim on how to deal with some of the challenges they face in everyday life, and the approach to dealing with certain everyday situations.

Please make sure you attend, and invite other revert brothers and sisters.

Invocations for visiting the sick

Laa ba’sa tahoorun ‘inshaa’Allaah.

Do not worry, it will be a purification (for you) , Allah willing.

Reference:

Al-Bukhari, cf. Al-Asqalani Fathul-Bari 10/118.

‘As’alullaahal-‘Adheema Rabbal-‘Arshil-‘Adheemi ‘an yashfiyaka.

I ask Almighty Allah , Lord of the Magnificent Throne, to make you well. (Recite seven times in Arabic .)

Reference:

At-Tirmithi, Abu Dawud. See also Al-Albani, Sahih At-Tirmithi 2/210 and Sahihul-Jami’ As-Saghir 5/180.

Invocation for going to the mosque

Allaahummaj’al fee qalbee nooran, wa fee lisaaanee nooran, wa fee sam’ee nooran, wa fee basaree nooran, wa min fawqee nooran, wa min tahtee nooran, wa ‘an yameenee nooran, wa ‘an shimaalee nooran, wa min ‘amaamee nooran, wa min khalfee nooran, waj’alfee nafsee nooran, wa ‘a’dhim lee nooran, wa ‘adhdhim lee nooran, wafal lee nooran, waj’alnee nooran, Allaahumma ‘a’tinee nooran, waj’al fee ‘asabee nooran, wafee lahmee nooran, wafee damee nooran, wa fee sha’ree nooran, wa fee basharee nooran. [Allaahummaj’al lee nooran fee qabree wa nooran fee ‘idhaamee.] [Wa zidnee nooran, wa zidnee nooran, wa zidnee nooran.][Wa hab lee nooran ‘alaa noor.] 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

Annual Community Winter Dinner

Dr. Basem Khalil
Ustadh Abid Khan
Ustadh Hammad-Ur-Rahman Fahim

  • Discover the support networks within your region for New & Established
  • Muslims
  • Spiritual & inspirational talks
  • Development of existing community projects
  • Three course meal
  • Meet new people

BOOK YOUR TICKETS TODAY BY CALLING OR MESSAGING US ON:

07847264193
07764801802

dinner

The Journey to Paradise Every Sunday from 2 – 4 pm at the MYF

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

The journey to paradise continues inshaAllah, this Sunday at MYF with brother Hamza.

He will continue with “Allah’s Guidance” explaining the guidance which Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala sent down in Quran, and its importance for the believers.

“Allah’s guidance” is the perfect way for Muslims to understand their Deen in a simple and interactive way. To learn, understand, and implement the guidance in our lives.

Please make sure you attend, and invite other revert brothers and sisters.

Prophet Musa (AS) – Part I

THE PROPHECY

If we were to apply human laws, Musa AS should not have existed. Set against its historical context, his story should have ended before it began. Yet, in the face of the impossible, he did exist, and he grew up to be one of the Ulul Azm, the mightiest five Messengers and Prophets, simply because Allah ordained it so. Read more

Abu Bakr As Siddiq (RA)

ABU BAKR AS-SIDDIQ RA
(Life: 573AD – 634AD)
(Caliphate: 632AD – 634AD)

Preface: This is only a summary of the life of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq RA and in no way can it cover all the points of his story. It is not intended to be a biography, but rather a glimpse of the main incidents of his life so that we can get an idea of his character. For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with him (RA)” each time his name is mentioned or the name of each Companion, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all. Read more

The Last Sermon of the Prophet Muhammad SAW

Prophet Muhammad’s SAW Farewell Sermon / خطبة الودا, Khutbatu l-Wada

9 DhulHijjah 10 AH (9 March 632) at Mount Arafat

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) undertook his farewell pilgrimage in the year 10 A.H. His farewell pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the most significant historical events in the minds of Muslims, for it was the first and last pilgrimage made by Prophet Muhammad, as well as being the model for performing the fifth pillar of Islam, the Hajj. Read more

Surat Al Kahf with Translation

Surat Al Kahf has immense blessings.

Abu Darda’ reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: If anyone learns by heart the first ten verses of the Surat Al-Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjal. (Sahih muslim Book 004, Hadith 1766) Read more

Jaafar ibn Abi Talib (RA)

Preface: This is only a summary of the life of Jaafar ibn Abi Talib (RA) and does not cover all the points of his life story. It is not intended to be a biography, but rather a glimpse of the main incidents of his life so that we can get an idea of his character. For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with him (RA)” each time his name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all. Read more

Famous Women in Islam

Aisha Bint Aby Bakr RA

Umm-Al-Mu’minin (Mother of Believers)

Note: For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with her (RA)” each time Aisha’s RA name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all. Read more

“Allah’s Guidance” – The Journey to paradise continues @ MYF, Sundays 2-4 pm

The Journey to Paradise programme continues as usual this Sunday InshaAllah at the MYF with brother Hamza.

Over the coming weeks, brother Hamza will be going through a topic called “Allah’s Guidance” which explains the guidance that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has sent down in Quran and what this means to us as believers.

“Allah’s guidance” is the perfect way for Muslims to understand their Deen in a simple and interactive way, to learn, understand, and implement the guidance of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in our lives.

Please make sure you attend and invite other revert brothers and sisters as well.

Please note: “This programme is strictly for revert brothers and sisters only”

Dua Astaghfar (Forgiveness)

Dua Astaghfar (Forgiveness) ‎/دعاء أستغفر

Astaghfar means seeking forgiveness of Allah for the sins so far committed and turning repentant unto Allah. Read more

Bilal Ibn Rabah RA

Bilal Ibn Rabah RA was the first announcer of the time of Muslim prayer and the troublemaker to the idols. He was one of the miracles of faith and truthfulness, one of Islam’s great miracles. For out of every ten Muslims, from the beginning of Islam until today and until Allah wills, we will meet seven, at least, who know Bilal. That is, there are hundreds of millions of people throughout the centuries and generations who know Bilal, remember his name, and know his role just as they know the two greatest Caliphs in Islam, Abu Bakr RA and Umar RA! Read more

Surat Al Kahf

Surat Al Kahf has immense blessings.

Abu Darda’ reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: If anyone learns by heart the first ten verses of the Surat Al-Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjal. (Sahih muslim Book 004, Hadith 1766) Read more

Khadijah (RA)

Umm-Al-Mu’minīn (Mother of Believers)

Note: For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with her (RA)” each time Khadijah’s RA name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all. Read more

Ayatul Kursi / Surat Al-Baqarah 2:255

آية الكرسي ‎/Ayatul Kursi / Surat Al-Baqarah 2:255

Reading the Holy Quran is a great way to overcome turmoil, anxiety and distress, and to relieve us. There is one particular Ayah in particular that Prophet Muhammad salallahu alaihi wasallam spoke of, that is said to give its reader great benefits in this life and the afterlife – Ayatul Kursi (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:255), also known as the Verse of the Throne.

The narrations (hadith) that speak of the virtues, and benefits, of Ayatul Kursi are numerous. Read more

MYF Open Day 17th October 2015

The MYF open day on Saturday 17th October 2015 was a very successful day for us as an organisation. We opened our doors to the general public, welcomed people from all backgrounds to come and see our exhibitions, and learn about Islam. Read more

The Daily Routine of Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]

I am always fascinated by daily routines. I believe they are the key to leading a successful, productive life. How you live your day, each day, is how you live your life. The small consistent actions of today add up to create the life achievements (or failures) of tomorrow. Read more

A heartfelt Thank you to ALL THE VOLUNTEERS who helped with the open day

Alsalamualikom brothers / sisters

On behalf of the MYF, I would like to thank each and every one who took part in the MYF open day and helped out.

The open day would not have been possible without you, and it would not have been successful without your help.

Thank you for your amazing efforts and wonderful support. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.

We ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’alato to make your reward the highest level of paradise and bless everything that you do.

Jazakum Allah Khair,
Many thanks,

Ali Ahmed
Office manager
Muslim Youth Foundation (MYF)

Dua Astaghfar (Forgiveness)

Dua Astaghfar (Forgiveness) ‎/دعاء أستغفر

Astaghfar means seeking forgiveness of Allah for the sins so far committed and turning repentant unto Allah.

Allah has created us weak and we are likely to make mistakes and transgress. At the same time Allah has allowed us to seek forgiveness. Forgiveness is very important in Islam. By constantly turning to Allah for forgiveness of our sins, we learn humility. Our Creator time and time again tells His creation to repent so that they may be forgiven. Read more

The Last Sermon of the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W

Prophet Muhammad’s SAW Farewell Sermon / خطبة الودا, Khutbatu l-Wada

9 DhulHijjah 10 AH (9 March 632) at Mount Arafat

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) undertook his farewell pilgrimage in the year 10 A.H. His farewell pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the most significant historical events in the minds of Muslims, for it was the first and last pilgrimage made by Prophet Muhammad, as well as being the model for performing the fifth pillar of Islam, the Hajj. Read more

Umar Ibn Khattab (RA)

UMAR IBN AL-KHATTAB RA
(Life: (approx) 586AD – 644AD)
(Caliphate: 634AD – 644AD)

Preface: This is only a summary of the life of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab RA and does not cover all the points of his life story. It is not intended to be a biography, but rather a glimpse of the main incidents of his life so that we can get an idea of his character. For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with him (RA)” each time his name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all. Read more

Prophet Yahya (AS)

We have, in the story of Zakariya AS, given details of how Zakariya’s AS sincere supplication to Allah led to his wife conceiving Yahya AS in extreme old age. We also learnt how Allah selected the name Yahya for him, which was a name previously unheard of in human history.

Read more

Al-Miqdaad Ibn Amr (RA)

Preface: This is only a summary of the life of Al Miqdaad Ibn Amr RA and does not cover all the points of his life story. It is not intended to be a biography, but rather a glimpse of the main incidents of his life so that we can get an idea of his character. For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with him (RA)” each time his name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all. Read more

Zaid Ibn Al-Khattab (RA)

Preface: This is only a summary of the life of Zaid Al-Khattab (RA) and does not cover all the points of his life story. It is not intended to be a biography, but rather a glimpse of the main incidents of his life so that we can get an idea of his character. For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with him (RA)” each time his name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all. Read more

Sa’id ibn Aamir al-Jumahi (RA)

Preface: This is only a summary of the life of Sa’id ibn Aamir al-Jumahi (RA) and does not cover all the points of his life story. It is not intended to be a biography, but rather a glimpse of the main incidents of his life so that we can get an idea of his character. For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with him (RA)” each time his name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all. Read more

Jaafar ibn Abi Talib (RA)

Preface: This is only a summary of the life of Jaafar ibn Abi Talib (RA) and does not cover all the points of his life story. It is not intended to be a biography, but rather a glimpse of the main incidents of his life so that we can get an idea of his character. For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with him (RA)” each time his name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all. Read more

Eid Ul Adha 2015

Eid Ul Adha will be on Thursday 24th September InshaAllah.
The MYF will hold 2 Eid prayers:

1st Eid Prayer: 8:00 am
2nd Eid Prayer: 10:30 am

1st of Dhul Hijjah is Tuesday

1st of Dhul Hijjah is Tuesday

Arafah is Wednesday 23 Sep
Eid is Thursday 24 Sep

May Allah accept our efforts during the 10 great days.

Don’t forget to fast on Wednesday 23rd (day of Arafat) which equals the forgiveness sins the year gone and the year to come.

The Journey to Paradise educational programme

The Journey to Paradise educational programme continues as usual this Sunday InshaAllah at the MYF with brother Akram.

The lesson will be a continuation of  “Manners in Islam”.

This important topic educates new Muslims on how to deal with some of the challenges they face in every day life, and the approach to dealing with certain every day situations.

Please make sure you attend and invite other revert brothers and sisters as well.

Please note: “This programme is strictly for revert brothers and sisters only

Jazakum Allah Khairan,
Many thanks.

99 Names of Allah (SWT)

Al-Asma-ul-Husna ( اَلاسْمَاءُ الْحُسناى ) The 99 Most Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah the Almighty

He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

Surat Al-Hashr 59:24

 

And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them

Surat Al-A’raf 7:180

 

Allah – there is no deity except Him. To Him belong the best names.

Surat Taha 20:8

 

Narrated Abu Huraira: Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 50 Hadith 894

 

Abu Huraira reported Prophet Muhammad SAW as saying: Verily, there are ninety-nine names for Allah, i.e. hundred excepting one. He who enumerates them would get into Paradise. And Hammam has made this addition on the authority of Abu Huraira who reported it from Prophet Muhammad SAW that he said: “He is Odd (one) and loves odd number.”

Sahih Muslim – Book 35 Hadith 6476

 

It is not possible to perfectly translate the names and attributes of Allah from their original Arabic into English. However, here are some fairly close definitions.

 

 

هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لا إلَهَ إلَّا هُوَ
He is Allah, there is none worthy of worship except for Him

 

Name

Transliteration

Meaning

Explanation

1

الرَّحْمَنُ

Ar-Rahmaan

The Beneficent

He who wills goodness and mercy for all His creatures

2

الرَّحِيمُ

Ar-Raheem

The Merciful

He who acts with extreme kindness

3

الْمَلِكُ

Al-Malik

The Eternal Lord

The Sovereign Lord, The One with the complete Dominion, the One Whose Dominion is clear from imperfection

4

الْقُدُّوسُ

Al-Quddus

The Most Sacred

The One who is pure from any imperfection and clear from children and adversaries

5

السَّلاَمُ

As-Salam

The Embodiment of Peace

The One who is free from every imperfection.

6

الْمُؤْمِنُ

Al-Mu’min

The Infuser of Faith

The One who witnessed for Himself that no one is God but Him. And He witnessed for His believers that they are truthful in their belief that no one is God but Him

7

الْمُهَيْمِنُ

Al-Muhaymin

The Preserver of Safety

The One who witnesses the saying and deeds of His creatures

8

الْعَزِيزُ

Al-Aziz

The Mighty One

The Strong, The Defeater who is not defeated

9

الْجَبَّارُ

Al-Jabbar

The Omnipotent One

The One that nothing happens in His Dominion except that which He willed

10

الْمُتَكَبِّرُ

Al-Mutakabbir

The Dominant One

The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures and from resembling them.

11

الْخَالِقُ

Al-Khaaliq

The Creator

The One who brings everything from non-existence to existence

12

الْبَارِئُ

Al-Baari

The Evolver

The Maker, The Creator who has the Power to turn the entities.

13

الْمُصَوِّرُ

Al-Musawwir

The Flawless Shaper

The One who forms His creatures in different pictures.

14

الْغَفَّارُ

Al-Ghaffaar

The Great Forgiver

The Forgiver, The One who forgives the sins of His slaves time and time again.

15

الْقَهَّارُ

Al-Qahhaar

The All-Prevailing One

The Dominant, The One who has the perfect Power and is not unable over anything.

16

الْوَهَّابُ

Al-Wahhab

The Supreme Bestower

The One who is Generous in giving plenty without any return. He is everything that benefits whether Halal or Haram.

17

الرَّزَّاقُ

Ar-Razzaq

The Total Provider

The Sustainer, The Provider.

18

الْفَتَّاحُ

Al-Fattah

The Supreme Solver

The Opener, The Reliever, The Judge, The One who opens for His slaves the closed worldly and religious matters.

19

اَلْعَلِيْمُ

Al-Alim

The All-Knowing One

The Knowledgeable; The One nothing is absent from His knowledge

20

الْقَابِضُ

Al-Qaabid

The Restricting One

The Constrictor, The Withholder, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdom and expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.

21

الْبَاسِطُ

Al-Baasit

The Extender

The Englarger, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdom and expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.

22

الْخَافِضُ

Al-Khaafid

The Reducer

The Abaser, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.

23

الرَّافِعُ

Ar-Rafi

The Elevating One

The Exalter, The Elevator, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.

24

الْمُعِزُّ

Al-Mu’izz

The Honourer-Bestower

He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.

25

المُذِلُّ

Al-Muzil

The Abaser

The Dishonourer, The Humiliator, He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.

26

السَّمِيعُ

As-Sami’

The All-Hearer

The Hearer, The One who Hears all things that are heard by His Eternal Hearing without an ear, instrument or organ.

27

الْبَصِيرُ

Al-Baseer

The All-Seeing

The All-Noticing, The One who Sees all things that are seen by His Eternal Seeing without a pupil or any other instrument.

28

الْحَكَمُ

Al-Hakam

The Impartial Judge

The Judge, He is the Ruler and His judgment is His Word.

29

الْعَدْلُ

Al-Adl

The Embodiment of Justice

The Just, The One who is entitled to do what He does.

30

اللَّطِيفُ

Al-Lateef

The Knower of Subtleties

The Subtle One, The Gracious, The One who is kind to His slaves and endows upon them.

31

الْخَبِيرُ

Al-Khabeer

The All-Aware One

The One who knows the truth of things.

32

الْحَلِيمُ

Al-Haleem

The Clement One

The Forebearing, The One who delays the punishment for those who deserve it and then He might forgive them.

33

الْعَظِيمُ

Al-Azeem

The Magnificent One

The Great One, The Mighty, The One deserving the attributes of Exaltment, Glory, Extolement, and Purity from all imperfection.

34

الْغَفُورُ

Al-Ghafoor

The Great Forgiver

The All-Forgiving, The Forgiving, The One who forgives a lot.

35

الشَّكُورُ

Ash-Shakoor

The Acknowledging One

The Grateful, The Appreciative, The One who gives a lot of reward for a little obedience.

36

الْعَلِيُّ

Al-Aliyy

The Sublime One

The Most High, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures.

37

الْكَبِيرُ

Al-Kabeer

The Great One

The Most Great, The Great, The One who is greater than everything in status.

38

الْحَفِيظُ

Al-Hafiz

The Guarding One

The Preserver, The Protector, The One who protects whatever and whoever He willed to protect.

39

المُقيِت

Al-Muqeet

The Sustaining One

The Maintainer, The Guardian, The Feeder, The One who has the Power.

40

الْحسِيبُ

Al-Haseeb

The Reckoning One

The Reckoner, The One who gives the satisfaction.

41

الْجَلِيلُ

Al-Jaleel

The Majestic One

The Sublime One, The Beneficent, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.

42

الْكَرِيمُ

Al-Kareem

The Bountiful One

The Generous One, The Gracious, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.

43

الرَّقِيبُ

Ar-Raqeeb

The Watchful One

The Watcher, The One that nothing is absent from Him. Hence it’s meaning is related to the attribute of Knowledge.

44

الْمُجِيبُ

Al-Mujeeb

The Responding One

The Responsive, The Hearkener, The One who answers the one in need if he asks Him and rescues the yearner if he calls upon Him.

45

الْوَاسِعُ

Al-Waasi’

The All-Pervading One

The Vast, The All-Embracing, The Knowledgeable.

46

الْحَكِيمُ

Al-Hakeem

The Wise One

The Wise, The Judge of Judges, The One who is correct in His doings.

47

الْوَدُودُ

Al-Wadud

The Loving One

The One who loves His believing slaves and His believing slaves love Him. His love to His slaves is His Will to be merciful to them and praise them

48

الْمَجِيدُ

Al-Majeed

The Glorious One

The Most Glorious One, The One who is with perfect Power, High Status, Compassion, Generosity and Kindness.

49

الْبَاعِثُ

Al-Ba’ith

The Infuser of New Life

The Resurrector, The Raiser (from death), The One who resurrects His slaves after death for reward and/or punishment.

50

الشَّهِيدُ

Ash-Shaheed

The All Observing Witness

The Witness, The One who nothing is absent from Him.

51

الْحَقُّ

Al-Haqq

The Embodiment of Truth

The Truth, The True, The One who truly exists.

52

الْوَكِيلُ

Al-Wakeel

The Universal Trustee

The Trustee, The One who gives the satisfaction and is relied upon.

53

الْقَوِيُّ

Al-Qawwiyy

The Strong One

The Most Strong, The Strong, The One with the complete Power

54

الْمَتِينُ

Al-Mateen

The Firm One

The One with extreme Power which is un-interrupted and He does not get tired.

55

الْوَلِيُّ

Al-Waliyy

The Protecting Associate

The Protecting Friend, The Supporter.

56

الْحَمِيدُ

Al-Hameed

The Sole-Laudable One

The Praiseworthy, The praised One who deserves to be praised.

57

الْمُحْصِي

Al-Muhsee

The All-Enumerating One

The Counter, The Reckoner, The One who the count of things are known to him.

58

الْمُبْدِئُ

Al-Mubdi

The Originator

The One who started the human being. That is, He created him.

59

الْمُعِيدُ

Al-Mueed

The Restorer

The Reproducer, The One who brings back the creatures after death

60

الْمُحْيِي

Al-Muhyi

The Maintainer of life

The Restorer, The Giver of Life, The One who took out a living human from semen that does not have a soul. He gives life by giving the souls back to the worn out bodies on the resurrection day and He makes the hearts alive by the light of knowledge.

61

اَلْمُمِيتُ

Al-Mumeet

The Inflictor of Death

The Creator of Death, The Destroyer, The One who renders the living dead.

62

الْحَيُّ

Al-Hayy

The Eternally Living One

The Alive, The One attributed with a life that is unlike our life and is not that of a combination of soul, flesh or blood.

63

الْقَيُّومُ

Al-Qayyoom

The Self-Subsisting One

The One who remains and does not end.

64

الْوَاجِدُ

Al-Waajid

The Pointing One

The Perceiver, The Finder, The Rich who is never poor. Al-Wajd is Richness.

65

الْمَاجِدُ

Al-Maajid

The All-Noble One

The Glorious, He who is Most Glorious.

66

الْواحِدُ

Al-Waahid

The Only One

The Unique, The One, The One without a partner

67

اَلاَحَدُ

Al-Ahad

The Sole One

The One

68

الصَّمَدُ

As-Samad

The Supreme Provider

The Eternal, The Independent, The Master who is relied upon in matters and reverted to in ones needs.

69

الْقَادِرُ

Al-Qaadir

The Omnipotent One

The Able, The Capable, The One attributed with Power.

70

الْمُقْتَدِرُ

Al-Muqtadir

The All Authoritative One

The Powerful, The Dominant, The One with the perfect Power that nothing is withheld from Him.

71

الْمُقَدِّمُ

Al-Muqaddim

The Expediting One

The Expediter, The Promoter, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.

72

الْمُؤَخِّرُ

Al-Mu’akhkhir

The Procrastinator

The Delayer, the Retarder, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.

73

الأوَّلُ

Al-Awwal

The Very First

The First, The One whose Existence is without a beginning.

74

الآخِرُ

Al-Akhir

The Infinite Last One

The Last, The One whose Existence is without an end.

75

الظَّاهِرُ

Az-Zaahir

The Perceptible

The Manifest, The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.

76

الْبَاطِنُ

Al-Baatin

The Imperceptible

The Hidden, The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.

77

الْوَالِي

Al-Waali

The Holder of Supreme Authority

The Governor, The One who owns things and manages them.

78

الْمُتَعَالِي

Al-Muta’ali

The Extremely Exalted One

The Most Exalted, The High Exalted, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creation.

79

الْبَرُّ

Al-Barr

The Fountain-Head of Truth

The Source of All Goodness, The Righteous, The One who is kind to His creatures, who covered them with His sustenance and specified whoever He willed among them by His support, protection, and special mercy.

80

التَّوَابُ

At-Tawwaab

The Ever-Acceptor of Repentance

The Relenting, The One who grants repentance to whoever He willed among His creatures and accepts his repentance.

81

الْمُنْتَقِمُ

Al-Muntaqim

The Retaliator

The Avenger, The One who victoriously prevails over His enemies and punishes them for their sins. It may mean the One who destroys them.

82

العَفُوُّ

Al-Afuww

The Supreme Pardoner

The Forgiver, The One with wide forgiveness.

83

الرَّؤُوفُ

Ar-Ra’oof

The Benign One

The Compassionate, The One with extreme Mercy. The Mercy of Allah is His will to endow upon whoever He willed among His creatures.

84

مَالِكُ الْمُلْكِ

Maalik-ul-Mulk

The Eternal Possessor of Sovereignty

The One who controls the Dominion and gives dominion to whoever He willed.

85

ذُوالْجَلاَلِ وَالإكْرَامِ

Zul-Jalaali-wal-Ikram

The Possessor of Majesty and Honour

The Lord of Majesty and Bounty, The One who deserves to be Exalted and not denied.

86

الْمُقْسِطُ

Al-Muqsit

The Just One

The Equitable, The One who is Just in His judgment.

87

الْجَامِعُ

Al-Jaami’

The Assembler of Scattered Creations

The Gatherer, The One who gathers the creatures on a day that there is no doubt about, that is the Day of Judgment.

88

الْغَنِيُّ

Al-Ghaniyy

The Self-Sufficient One

The One who does not need the creation.

89

الْمُغْنِي

Al-Mughni

The Bestower of Sufficiency

The Enricher, The One who satisfies the necessities of the creatures.

90

اَلْمَانِعُ

Al-Maani’

The Preventer

The Withholder.

91

الضَّارَّ

Ad-Daarr

The Distressor

The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.

92

النَّافِعُ

An-Naafi’

The Bestower of Benefits

The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.

93

النُّورُ

An-Noor

The Prime Light

The Light, The One who guides.

94

الْهَادِي

Al-Haadi

The Provider of Guidance

The Guide, The One whom with His Guidance His believers were guided, and with His Guidance the living beings have been guided to what is beneficial for them and protected from what is harmful to them.

95

الْبَدِيعُ

Al-Badi’

The Unique One

The Incomparable, The One who created the creation and formed it without any preceding example.

96

اَلْبَاقِي

Al-Baaqi

The Ever Surviving One

The Everlasting, The One that the state of non-existence is impossible for Him.

97

الْوَارِثُ

Al-Waaris

The Eternal Inheritor

The Heir, The One whose Existence remains.

98

الرَّشِيدُ

Ar-Rasheed

The Guide to Path of Rectitude

The Guide to the Right Path, The One who guides.

99

الصَّبُورُ

As-Saboor

The Extensively Enduring One

The Patient, The One who does not quickly punish the sinners.

Much That In Appearance Is Harmful Is In Fact A Blessing!

William James said:

“Our handicaps help us to an extent that we never expected. If Dostoyevski and Tolstoy had not lived painful lives, they would not have been capable of writing their ageless journals. So being an orphan, blind, poor, or away from home and comfort are all conditions that may lead you to accomplishment and distinction, to advancement and contribution.”

A poet said:

“Allah can bestow His blessings through trials that are small or large,

And He puts some to trial by giving them of His blessings.” Even children and wealth can be the cause of misery:

So let not their wealth or their children amaze you [O’ Muhammad]; in reality Allah’s Plan is to punish them with these things in the life of this world… (Qur’an 9: 55)

Upon becoming crippled, Ibn Atheer was afforded the opportunity to complete his two famous books. Jam ‘ey al-Usool and An-Nihayah. As-Sarakhsi wrote his acclaimed book, Al-Mabsoot, all fifteen volumes of it, while being imprisoned at the bottom of a well.

Ibn al-Qayyim wrote Zaad al-Ma’ad while journeying on a riding animal; Al-Qurtubi wrote a commentary on Saheeh Muslim while traveling on a boat; Most of Ibn Taymiyah’s Fataawa was written while he was in jail.

The scholars of hadith gathered hundreds and thousands of ahaadeeth (hadiths): these were people that were poor, people that were strangers to the word `home.’ A righteous person informed me that he was imprisoned for a while, and during the period of his incarceration, he memorized the entire Qur’an and studied forty large volumes on Islamic jurisprudence.

Abu al-‘Ulaa dictated his books to others because he was blind. Taba Hussain lost his sight, and forthwith he began writing his renowned journals and books. Many bright people, upon being removed from their positions or jobs, contributed to the world in knowledge and thought much more than they ever previously did in their lives.

Francis Bacon said that,

“A little philosophy makes one lean towards disbelief, and to delve into philosophy brings the mind closer to religion.”

And these similitudes we put forward for mankind, but none will understand them except those who have knowledge [ofAllah and His Signs, etc].   (Qur ‘an 29: 43)

1t is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah.  (Qur’an 35: 28) 

And those who have been bestowed with knowledge and faith will say: `Indeed you have stayed according to the Decree of Allah, until the Day of Resurrection… ‘(Qur’an 30: 56)

Say [to them O’ Muhammad]: `I exhort you on one [thing] only: that you stand up for Allah’s sake in pairs and singly, and reflect [within yourselves the life history of the Prophet], he is only a warner to you in .face of a severe torment.          (Qur’an 34: 46)

Dr. A. A. Brill said:

“The true believer will never be afflicted by mental sickness.”

Verily, those who believe [in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger (Muhammad)] and work deeds of righteousness, the Most Beneficent [Allah] will bestow love for them [in the hearts of the believers].  (Qur ‘an 19: 96)

Whoever works righteousness, whether male of female, while he [or she] is a true believer [of Islamic Monotheism] verily, to him we will give a good life [in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision], and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do [i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter].  (Qur’an 16: 97)

And verily, Allah is the Guide of those who believe, to the straight path.  (Qur’an 22: 54)

Do Good To Others

Do not be sad – Do good to others

Being of service to others leads to happiness. In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

Verily, Allah will say to His slave as He is taking account of him on the Day of Judgment, `O’ son of Adam, I was hungry and you did not feed me. He will answer, how can I feed you and you are the Lord of the worlds! He will say, did you not know that my slave so and so who is the son of so and so felt hunger, and you did not feed him. Alas! Had you fed him you would have found that (i.e. reward) with Me. O’ son of Adam, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. He will say, How can I give you drink, and you are the Lord of the worlds! He will say, did you not know that my slave so and so, the son of so and so felt thirsty and you did not give him drink. Alas! If you had given him, you would have found that (i.e. reward) with Me. O’ son of Adam, I became sick and you did not visit Me. He will say, How can I visit you and you are the Lord of the worlds! He will say, did you not know that my slave so and so, the son of so and so became sick and you did not visit him. Alas! Had you visited him, you would have found me with him.”

Here is an interesting point; in the last third of the hadith are the words: …you would have found me with him.

This is unlike the first two parts of the hadith: “You would have found that (i.e. the reward for feeding and giving drink) with Me.”

The reason for the difference is that Allah, the All-Merciful, is with those whose hearts are troubled, as is the case with the person who is sick. And in another hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“There is reward in each moist liver (i.e. to do service to any living creature will be rewarded).”

Also, know that Allah admitted the prostitute from the children of Israel into Paradise because she gave a drink to a dog that was thirsty. So what will be the case for the one who feeds other humans, giving them drink and removing from them hardships!

In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said,

“Whoever has extra provision should give from it to the one who has no provision. And whoever has an extra mount should give with this extra to the one who has no mount.”

Commanding his servant to search out for guests, Hatim said in some of his more beautiful verses:

“Burn the coals, for truly, the night is chilly,
If you bring me a guest, then I have set you free.” And he said to his wife:
“Whenever you make food, then search
For he who is hungry, as I do not eat alone.”

Ibn Mubarak’s neighbor was a Jew. He would always feed him before feeding his own children and would provide clothing for him first and then for his children. Some people said to the Jew, “Sell us your house.” He answered, “My house is for two thousand dinars. One thousand is for the price of the house and one thousand is for having Ibn Mubarak as a neighbor!” Ibn Mubarak heard of this and he exclaimed, “O’ Allah, guide him to Islam.” Then, by the permission of Allah, he accepted Islam.

On another occasion, Ibn Mubarak passed by a caravan of people who were traveling to make the pilgrimage to Makkah, and he too was on his way to do the same. He saw one of the women from the caravan take a dead crow from a cesspit. He sent his servant to inquire about this and when he asked her, she replied, “We have had nothing for three days except that which finds its way into it.” When Ibn Mubarak heard of this, his eyes swelled with tears. He ordered for all of his provision to be distributed among those of the caravan, and having nothing with which to continue the journey, he returned to his home and gave up making the pilgrimage for that year. Later, he saw someone in a dream saying, “Your pilgrimage has been accepted, as have your rites; and your sins have been forgiven.” Allah says:

And give them preference over themselves, even though they were in need of those themselves.   (Qur ‘an 59: 9) 

One poet said:

“Even if I am a person who is far,
From his friend in terms of distance,
I offer him my help and wish to alleviate his difficulties, I answer his invitation and his call to me for help, and if he dons a wonderful new outfit I will not say, alas, were I to be blessed with the clothes that he wears.”

By Allah, how wonderful are good manners and a generous soul!

No one regrets having done well even if he was extravagant in doing so. Regret is only for the mistake or for the wrong done, even when that wrong is a minor one.

Dont be Sad

Always remember Allah

Concerning His remembrance, Allah, the All-Glorious, says:

Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.   (Qur’an 13: 28)

Therefore remember me [by praying, glorifying etc.] and I will remember you…
(Qur’an 2: 152)

And the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues, Allah has prepared for them. Forgiveness and a Great reward [i.e. Paradise].    (Qur’an 33: 35) 

 You who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (fajr) and ASR prayers. (Qur ‘an 33: 41-42)

You who believe! Let not your properties or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah.   (Qur ‘an 63: 9)

Aild remember your Lord when you fbrget…    (Qur’an 18: 24)

And glory’s’ the Praises of your Lord when you get up from sleep. And in the night-time also, glorify His Praises, -and at the setting of the stars.  (Qur ‘an 52: 48-49)

You who believe! When you meet [an enemy] force, take a firm stand against them and remember the Name of Allah much [both with tongue and mind], so that you may be successful.    (Qur’an 8: 45)

In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“The example of one who remembers his Lord in relation to one who does not remember his Lord is that of the living and the dead.”

The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) also said:

“The mufarridoon outstrip others.” His Companions asked. “Who are the mufarridoon, O’ Messenger of Allah.” He said, “The men who remember Allah often and the women who remember Allah often.”

And in another authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“Shall I not inform you of the best of deeds, and the purest of them with your Lord? The deed which is better for you than spending gold and silver (for a good cause). And which is better for you than to meet your enemy. And you cut their throats and they cut yours?” They said, “Yes_ O’ Messenger of Allah.” He said, “The remembrance of Allah.”

The following is an authentic hadith:

“A man came to the Prophet and said, Messenger of Allah, the commandments of Islam have become too much for me, and I am old in age; so inform of something that I can adhere to.’ He said, `That your tongue (continually) remains moist with the remembrance of Allah.”‘

Umar Ibn Kattab (RA)

UMAR IBN AL-KHATTAB RA
(Life: (approx) 586AD – 644AD)
(Caliphate: 634AD – 644AD)

Preface: This is only a summary of the life of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab RA and does not cover all the points of his life story. It is not intended to be a biography, but rather a glimpse of the main incidents of his life so that we can get an idea of his character. For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with him (RA)” each time his name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all.

Umar used to say: “What will you say to your Lord later?” – summing up his religion and his method of life.

Narrated Aslam:
Ibn Umar asked me about some matters concerning Umar. He said, “Since Allah’s Apostle died, I have never seen anybody more serious, hardworking and generous than Umar bin Al−Khattab (till the end of his life).”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 57 Hadith 36

PRE CONVERSION TO ISLAM

Little is documented about his life prior to his submission to Islam. We know that Umar was born into a respected Quraish family, thirteen years after the Messenger SAW was born. He learnt to read and write whilst still a child, which was rare in Mecca at that time. A merchant by trade, he was widely travelled as a result. He was a large man, it was said that he never walked among a group of men except that he was the tallest amongst them. He was a skilled horseman and was notorious for his fearsome temper. By some accounts, he was left handed, while others report him to be ambidextrous. His swiftness of temper, coupled with his extraordinary strength, made a terrifying and intimidating combination. However, he was also renowned for his strong sense of justice, and time proved that he judged himself harsher than he did anyone else.

Prior to becoming Muslim, he was a sworn enemy of Islam. The idea of Muhammad SAW preaching the Oneness of God in Mecca enraged Umar greatly, as he saw this as a great outrage and insult to the pagan practices of his forefathers. Umar was openly hostile, and even physically violent, to those who embraced Islam. Even when his slave-girl accepted Islam, he beat her on a daily basis until he was exhausted and said “I stopped because I am tired, not out of pity for you”.

EVENTS LEADING UPTO AND INCLUDING CONVERSION

Umar’s acceptance of Islam is perhaps one of the most extraordinary.

As Muhammad’s SAW influence grew, Umar became increasingly resentful. In the sixth year of the revelation, Umar was appointed by a group of Quraish men to kill the Prophet SAW. He set out towards the Prophet SAW, sword in hand, ready to kill him. Enroute he met a friend and when Umar explained what he intended to do, imagine Umar’s horror when his friend said “Why don’t you take care of your own family first and set them right?” It turned out that Umar’s own sister, Fatimah, and her husband, had secretly embraced Islam!

He was so mortified and furious at this news, and went straight to Fatimah’s house where he heard the voice of his brother in law, Khabbab bin Aratt, reciting from the Qur’an. Umar swiftly started assaulting Khabbab, whereupon Fatimah threw herself between Umar and her husband in order to defend the latter. Umar struck her violently, until she was bleeding. Injured as she was, Fatimah defiantly told Umar “O Umar, you can do what you like, but you cannot turn our hearts away from Islam”.

These words had a profound effect on Umar. What was this faith that made weak women so strong of heart? He felt pity for his sister, and his instinctive sense of fairness prevailed. So he asked Fatimah to show him what she was reading, so that he could know for himself what it was the Muhammad SAW had brought.

She refused to give it to him by saying “No, for none but the purified persons [i.e. clean from idolatry] are to touch it. Go and take a bath and get yourself purified”. He did so, returned and Fatimah gave him the Qu’ran.

“Ta-Ha. We have not sent down the Qur´an to thee to be (an occasion) for thy distress, But only as an admonition to those who fear ((Allah)) …” (Qur’an 20:1-3)

He was astounded. It was as if the Qur’an was addressing him directly! He continued reading, and verse after verse, the light of the Qur’an penetrated his heart with its undeniable truth.

“A revelation from Him Who created the earth and the heavens on high.(Allah) Most Gracious is firmly established on the throne (of authority).To Him belongs what is in the heavens and on earth, and all between them, and all beneath the soil…”

He read verses 1-8 and 14-16 of Surat Taha, and when he was done, his sense of justice could no longer deny the truth of the Message.

Unbeknownst to him, the Prophet SAW had also made a dua for this occasion – reported by Ibn Umar RA, the Messenger of Allah SAW said “O Allah, help Islam with one of the two men that is more beloved to You: Abu Jahl or ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab. And the more beloved of the two to him was Umar.”

Umar kissed the document (it is reported that the verses were written on a piece of leaf) and said “It is not proper that the One Who has sent down these Holy Verses should have a partner to be worshipped with Him. Guide me to the place where Muhammad SAW is present now”.

He then went straight to the house of the Prophet SAW. Once he was admitted in the house, the Prophet SAW asked him for the reason of his visit. Umar replied: “O Messenger of Allah, I have come to you in order to believe in Allah and His Messenger and that which he has brought from his Lord.” Upon hearing this, the Prophet SAW and the Companions shouted with elation “Allahu Akbar” so loudly that it could be heard at the Kabah!

CONTRIBUTIONS TO ISLAM DURING PROPHET’S (PBUH) LIFETIME

Public proclamation of Islam
Umar was the first person to publicly proclaim Islam – he literally went door to door to houses of the inhabitants of Mecca such as Abu Jahl to announce his conversion to Islam. Their reaction was of course of astonishment, hostility and dismay. For example Abu Jahl cursed him and slammed the door in his face! However, Umar’s courage was contagious, and his actions strengthened and boosted the morale of the small community of Muslims, who had until then, been forced to worship in the secrecy of their homes.

Worshipping before the Kabah
Umar was renowned for his outspoken behaviour, and on more than one occasion, questioned the Prophet’s SAW decisions. An illustration of this is when the elation of Umar’s acceptance of Islam had subsided, he asked the Prophet SAW “Aren’t we on the right path here and in the hereafter?” The Prophet SAW replied affirmatively, upon which Umar asked “Why then, do we have to conduct our activities secretly? I swear by Allah Who has sent you with the Truth, that we will leave our concealment and proclaim our noble cause publicly.”

Hence, prompted by Umar, the Quraishi witnessed to their alarm the first group of Muslims approaching and worshipping before the Kaabah in broad daylight, a practice which is still followed more than 1,400 years later. This was the incident that gave him the title “Al Farooq” (he who distinguishes truth from falsehood).

With Umar as the physical guardian, the hostile Quraishi were hesitant to attack the Muslims, as Umar was a fearsome enemy and was swift to retaliate.

Migration to Medina
Umar migrated to Medina ahead of the Prophet SAW. Whilst many Muslims were migrating to Medina discreetly, Umar went to the Kabah and announced his migration publicly, threatening “Anyone who wants to make his wife a widow and his children orphans, should come and meet me there behind that cliff.” Umar’s strength and ferocity was such that he was capable of killing a man in a single blow, and he was armed with his sword and his arrows. Not surprisingly, none of the Quraishi dared to stand in his way.

Consultation
It was not uncommon that whenever a difficult or complicated situation arose, the Prophet SAW would seek the counsel of Umar and Abu Bakr RA. In many instances, Umar and Abu Bakr took divergent views, Umar’s opinion being inclined to being harder than Abu Bakr’s. On more than one occasion, however, Umar’s view was confirmed as the correct one, as affirmed by Allah Himself through the revelations that subsequently guided the Prophet SAW through an issue. This included his view on the innocence of Aisha RA when her reputation and fidelity to Muhammad SAW was cast under severe doubt by the hypocrites.

On the authority of Abdur Rahman bin Ghanam, it was said that the Prophet SAW said to Abu Bakr and Umar that “if you two are agreed upon a counsel, I would not oppose you.”

The Battles
Umar participated in many of the key Muslim battles and was often the right hand man of the Prophet SAW on the battlefield. He fought keenly in the Battle of Badr, Uhud and the Trench, the Conquest of Mecca, Hunayn and the Siege of Ta’if.

Father-in-law of Muhammad SAW
Umar’s daughter, Hafsa, was widowed at a very young age when her husband was martyred during the Battle of Uhud. Her bereavement upset Umar greatly, but he was also aware that she had inherited his fiery temper. Hence he felt it best for her to be married to a much more mature man of a more sober temperament. He approached Abu Bakr, who evaded the subject, and Uthman RA, who politely declined not least because he was still grieving over the unexpected death of his own wife, Ruqayya, the daughter of the Prophet SAW. Insulted, saddened and enraged, Umar complained to the Prophet SAW, whereupon the Prophet SAW assured him with the following words: “Rest assured, Hafsa will marry a man better than Uthman, and Uthman will marry a lady better than Hafsa.”

It transpired that Muhammad SAW had indicated to Abu Bakr and Uthman that he had intended to take Hafsa as his bride, hence their non-committal replies when approached by Umar. Uthman was then married to the Prophet’s younger daughter, Umm Kulsum.

With this marriage, Umar’s status was brought at par with Abu Bakr’s, and both of them enjoyed the honour of being the Prophet’s SAW father-in-law.

Respect of Allah
Umar had such a deep respect for Allah that he was always very humble and filled with humility. It was his fear of the question of “what will you say to your Lord” that motivated all his actions. Hence he spent the rest of his life trying to atone for his persecution of the Muslims prior to accepting Islam himself.

Umar was only concerned about being saved from the fire of Hell and once said that all his good deeds not be recorded for him provided that he be saved from hell as neither having any extra good nor bearing any evil. Even when he was given glad tidings that he would be admitted into Paradise, he remained in awe and full of respect of Allah. He had always been a hard and severe person, but it was on himself that he was the hardest.

He always saw how the Messenger SAW spent his nights in prayer, some days in fasting and in fighting for Allah even though he knew that Allah had forgiven all his sins. He once asked the Prophet (PBUH) why he was doing all this. The Prophet SAW answered “Then, should I not be a thankful servant of Allah?”

THE CALIPHATE RULE
We shall not go into the political detail surrounding Umar’s appointment as the second of the Rightly Guided Caliphs. However, as Abu Bakr lay on his deathbed, it was general consensus that Umar was the fittest person to be appointed as the next Caliph. There were however, some reservations on account of Umar’s colourful temper, in that he would not be able to display the moderation necessary to lead the Ummah. Abu Bakr observed that Umar’s display of severity was meant to counteract his leniency, and felt confident that Umar would be more restrained in his opinions if the responsibility of government fell on his shoulders.

One of His Earliest Speeches
The following are excerpts from his inaugural speech:

“The mantle of Caliphate has fallen on my shoulders. I swear it before God that I never coveted this office. I wished that it would have devolved on some other person more worthy than me …

In the performance of my duties, I will seek guidance from the Holy Book, and will follow the examples set by the Holy Prophet SAW and Abu Bakr. In this task, I seek your assistance. If I follow the right path, follow me. If I deviate from the right path, correct me so that we are not led astray.

Now brothers I offer a few prayers and you say Ameen to them.

O Allah, I am hard, make me soft to promote the Truth, to comply with your injunctions and to aspire for a better life in world hereafter…O Allah, soften my heart for the faithful so that I attend to their needs with a sense of dedication…O Allah give me the power of self-criticism and self-assessment …”

Such was the shining display of humility by Umar before his people. To him, leadership was a huge responsibility to be shunned rather than sought. The speech also displayed his deep inner reflection of his personal shortcomings, which he openly admitted to the people he was leading.

When he assumed office, Umar realised that he was more feared than loved. Children who had before approached Abu Bakr and addressed his as “Father”, ran away from Umar in fear. In the first Friday sermon after he was appointed the Caliph, he appealed to the congregation, explaining that during the lives of the Prophet SAW and Abu Bakr, he assumed upon himself the role of counterbalancing their softness. He went on to say:

“O people, you have some rights on me which you can always claim. One of your rights is that if anyone of you comes to me with a claim, he should leave satisfied. Another of your rights is that you can demand that I take nothing unjustly from the revenues of the State. You can also demand that I fortify your frontiers and do not put you in danger. It is also your right that if you go to battle I should look after your families as a father would do while you are away.

O people, remain conscious of Allah, forgive me my faults and help me in my task. Assist me in enforcing what is good and forbidding what is evil. Advise me regarding the obligations that have been imposed upon me by Allah.”

And he spent the rest of his life trying to fulfil his pledge to his people.

Creation of Government
Umar created a unitary government to rule the entire empire. For each province, a governor was appointed by Umar. The appointee was usually someone who did not crave the position. He organised a group with responsibilities for revenue, military, security, treasury, his office and the chief judge.

He used to give the following general order to his governors in discharging their leadership duties:

“Remember, I have not appointed you as commanders and tyrants over the people. I have sent you as leaders instead, so that the people may follow your example. Give the Muslims their rights and do not beat them lest they become abused. Do not praise them unduly, lest they fall into the error of conceit. Do not keep your doors shut in their faces, lest the more powerful of them eat up the weaker ones. And do not behave as if you were superior to them, for that is tyranny over them.”

The Great Famine
638AD was one of the most difficult times during Umar’s rule. The famine spread far and wide throughout Arabia. He organised for rations to come in from Syria, Palestine and Iraq. Once the rations arrived in Medina, he sent his people to re-route the food caravans to go deeper into Arabia to bring food to the people. For people who were displaced and had come to Medina for help, Umar hosted a dinner every night for everyone. Some accounts said that there were over 100,000 people at the dinners.

The Great Plague
639AD was another difficult time. Just as the famine was ending a great plague was spreading in Syria and Palestine. When the plague was over, Umar went to Syria to re-organise the administration as so many of the governors had died from plague.

Other Events
It is impossible to categorise Umar’s rule in a few short pages, but the following are other examples of Umar’s outstanding leadership have been recorded:

• Once a woman brought a claim against Umar. When Umar appeared on trial before the judge, the judge stood up as a sign of respect. Umar reprimanded him saying “This is the first act of injustice you did to this woman”.
• Umar insisted that his governors live simple and austere lives, keep no guard at their door and be accessible to the people at all times. He himself set the example for them.
• Many times foreigners found him resting under a tree or praying in the mosque among the people. It was difficult for them to distinguish which man was the Caliph. He used to go about at night in the streets of Medina to see if people needed help or assistance.
• Once, he was delayed in attending Friday prayers once because he had washed his shirt and had to wait for it to dry because he had no other shirt. Can you imagine any other leader of a nation who was so frugal on himself and so afraid to misuse public funds, that he only has one garment in his possession?
• When receiving a gift of sweets from his governor in Azerbaijan, he inquired if all the people there ate the sweet. The answer was that it was reserved for the elite of the society. Umar then made the following order to the governor “Do not satisfy yourself from any kind of food until all the Muslims eat their fill from it before you”.
• He once stood guard in the night with a companion to watch over some travellers. A baby was crying but the mother was unable to make it stop. Umar asked what was wrong. She said that the baby refuses to wean. He asked why she would want to wean her baby who was still young. She replied without knowing who he was that “Umar only prescribes a share of the Treasury for the weaned ones”. Umar was devastated at hearing this statement. At dawn prayer, his voice was almost incomprehensible from his weeping. Umar felt himself having wronged those babies who may have died from being weaned too early. He then ordered that a share of the Treasury be prescribed for every Muslim child from birth.
• Umar kept his family’s activities under tight scrutiny in case they are seen to be abusing their status because of their relationship to Umar. Even when what they did was legal, he was still angered, and if they benefited financially, even if indirectly, he forbade from retaining such financial gains.
• Umar had a precept: “If any of you saw any of your brothers committing a slip, you should (screen him and) help him. You should ask Allah to repent on him and you should not assist Satan against him”. This would prevent back-biting and gossiping – two of the most common sins.

Hence, the short examples above hopefully give some colour on the outstanding leadership qualities Umar displayed throughout his rule. He constantly merciful, caring, principled, thoughtful and God fearing. Here was a man who was so worried of displaying the smallest injustice, the smallest suspicion, the smallest oppression all because he was preparing himself to answer the question “What will you say to your Lord later?”.

HIS DEATH
Umar was violently stabbed six times at the time of the morning prayer by a Persian slave named Firoz. Unconscious and bleeding profusely, was then carried home. When he regained consciousness, he asked who his murderer was. When told, he said “Praise be to God that I have not been murdered by a Muslim.”

Knowing that his death was imminent, he asked his son Abdullah RA to beg Aisha’s permission for his burial by the side of Muhammad SAW and Abu Bakr. Aisha RA wept as she came to know that Umar was on his deathbed. She said “I had reserved this place for my own burial, but I give Umar precedence over myself. Let him be buried there.”

When Umar was told of this, he said, “God bless Aisha. She has fulfilled my greatest wish. Now I can die in peace.”

Even in the final leg of his life, he was still concerned about the Ummah. Here was a man who had beaten a slave girl for her acceptance of Islam only to become a Caliph and one of the greatest Muslims that ever lived. He is a shining example of how Allah is the owner of the hearts, for the same man who set out with sword in hand to kill the Prophet SAW, now lays buried beside him in Medina.

Bukhari carries a tradition according to which the Prophet SAW said that there was to be no prophet after him, but if there were to be no bar to such prophethood, Umar would have been the prophet. That was the highest accolade that the Prophet SAW could have paid to Umar.

When reading about the Companions, it is recommended to say “O Allah, bear witness I love them for You. Make me live according to the noble example. Make me imitate them and if I cannot reach please make me resurrected with them.”

May Allah be pleased with Umar ibn Khattab and all the Companions, Ameen.

Acknowledgement
Most of the information for this work has been obtained from:
“The Successors of the Messenger (Allah’s Blessing and Peace be upon Him)” authored by Khalid Muhammad Khalid (and translated into English by Muhammad Mahdi Al-Sharif)
“The Sealed Nectar” by Shaikh Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri/Abdul Malik Mujahid
“Men and Women Around the Messenger” by Sa’d Yusuf Abu ‘Aziz
“Four Rightly Guided Caliphs” – Al Khawarizmi compilation

 

Prophet Idris

And [mention] Ishmael and Idris and Dhul-Kifl; all were of the patient. And We admitted them into Our mercy. Indeed, they were of the righteous. (Qur’an 31:85-86)

And mention in the Book, Idris. Indeed, he was a man of truth and a prophet.  And We raised him to a high station. Those were the ones upon whom Allah bestowed favour from among the prophets of the descendants of Adam and of those We carried [in the ship] with Noah, and of the descendants of Abraham and Israel, and of those whom We guided and chose. When the verses of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell in prostration and weeping. (Qur’an 19:56-58)

Who was the Prophet Idris AS? No one knows with certainty since these 2 passages are the only references to him in the entire Qur’an, he had not been positively identified.

Allah has praised Idris AS in the verses above and described him as a prophet and truthful. Our Prophets’ ancestral line meets him as many of the genealogists mentioned it. Muslim commentators say that Idris AS was deeply devoted to his Lord’s worship and law; in fact his name means “one who studies or teaches”.

After Adam and Shiith, Idris was the first man to be sent as Prophet, peace be upon them all.

Although nothing is mentioned in the Qur’an concerning the life of Idris AS, Prophet Muhammad SAW spoke of him to his Companion, Abu Dharr RA saying,

“Four – that is, messengers – were Syrians; Adam, Shiith, Nuh, and Idris, who was the first to write with a pen. Allah revealed 3 scrolls to him.”  (Tabari)

Ibn Khathir adds that Idris AS was constantly occupied with the remembrance of Allah (dhikr) and that the number of his good deeds was equal to the number of good deeds of all the people on earth during his time. Ibn Khathir mentions that Idris AS worked as a tailor, and that with each stitch he would say, “SubhanAllah”.

According to some traditions, the words “We raised him to a high station” (Qur’an 19:57), cited in the verses above, imply that Allah raised Idris AS to Himself without his experiencing death, but only Allah knows the truth. However, it is mentioned in hadith that when Prophet Muhammad SAW ascended during the blessed Miraj, he met all the earlier prophets face to face, and Idris AS was one of them. (Bukhari)  May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon all of them.

After Idris AS, his son and successor Mehthusaleh continued in Allah’s path, calling His servants to him; his lifespan is said to have been 919 years. Methusaleh’s son Lamaq succeeded him and lived 780 years.

It is said that although all these righteous descendants of Adam AS forbade their people to go among the corrupted descendants of Qabil, their advice was not heeded. As time passed, almost all the people on the mountain went down and began to live among Qabil’s descendants, adopting their evil ways and forgetting the honourable way, upright way of their grandfather Adam AS and his righteous successors.

Then a son was born to Lamaq who was named Nuh. As the first major prophet after Adam AS, he was to have a grave impact on the future of mankind.

Acknowledgement: Most of the information for this work has been obtained from: “A History of the Prophets of Islam”, Volume I, by Suzanne Haneef “Stories of the Prophets”, by Ibn Kathir (Translation by Rashad Ahmad Azami)

Prophet Adam (AS) – Part II

Part I of this beautiful story took us from the creation of Adam AS to creation of Hawwa as his companion. Let’s now follow them into the Garden of Paradise, through the dramatic turn that their lives are about to take, unknown to them, through their journey on Earth. Read more

Prophet Adam (AS) – Part I

In approaching Adam’s AS story, it is important to keep in mind that his story begins in the spiritual world, in the timeless, spaceless realm of Allah and His angels. And While Adam AS is obviously the most important character in his own story, there is another character who is also of great importance, Iblees or Shaytan, the arch-villain. Adam’s AS story is a history of our species. He is both the first man and ancestor of the human race. At a deeper level, his story is also a subtle allegory concerning mankind and the human condition, both before and after the Fall. We hope this summary of his story serves to give us a deeper insight of our true origin, nature and identity, so that we can know who we truly are and where we belong in the divine scheme of things.

THE CREATION OF PROPHET ADAM

Before the creation of mortals, Almighty Allah directed all the angels to assemble. Thousands upon thousands of angels (created from light) and Jinns (created from fire) gathered in groups. They bowed respectfully in the presence of Almighty Allah. The Creator of the universe declared that he intended to create Man. And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.” (Qur’an 2:30)  [So mention] when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I am going to create a human being from clay. (Qur’an 38:71)  The angels and Azazil or Iblees (Shaytan) reacted with surprise and concern. They quickly pointed out that human beings would cause disorder on the earth. They would make mischief and shed blood indiscriminately.

The Qur’an gives a description of this event in the following verses:

They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” (Qur’an 2:30) 

Allah, the Subtle, the All-Aware, knew with perfect knowledge that the angels neither intended to contradict Him nor express enmity towards His new creation. Rather, out of their boundless love for Him and protectiveness of His sanctity and majesty, they were simply asking to be informed about what they did not understand. Hence, Allah Most High, was not angry, but merely said to them,

“Indeed, I know that which you do not know.” (Qur’an 2:30)  In a hadith, Prophet Muhammad SAW said, Allah created Adam from a handful of clay which He took from the whole of the earth; so the children of Adam are in accordance with the earth, some red, some white some black, some a mixture, also smooth and rough, bad and good. (Mishkat)  And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “I will create a human being out of clay from an altered black mud. (Qur’an 15:28) 

The clay was brought to Allah at His command by the Angel of Death and from this clay Allah created the first human being, Adam.  Adam AS, the first prophet, the father of all mankind. Several hadith mention the day on which Adam AS was created.

The best day on which the sun has risen is Friday. On it, Adam was created and on it he was made to enter Paradise on it he was cast out of it. And the Last Hour will not take place on any day other than Friday. (Muslim) 

And what more blessed day for the most perfect and developed of Allah’s creations! Describing the creation of Adam AS, Prophet Muhammad SAW said,

Allah created Adam AS in his finished form and his height was sixty cubits (about 41 meters or 126 feet)…. Therefore, all who enter Paradise will be of the form of Adam, and the people have not stopped decreasing in stature up to the present. (Bukhari) 

Prophet Muhammad SAW also said,

When Allah had fashioned Adam in Paradise, He left him as he willed to leave him. Then Iblees went around him to see what he was. And when he found him hollow, he recognised he has been created with an uncontrolled disposition. (Muslim) 

Allah then breathed life into His creation. The breath came from the front of Adam’s head, narrated Ibn Abbas RA, and everything that flowed from it within his body became flesh and blood. [So mention] when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I am going to create a human being from clay. So when I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My [created] soul, then fall down to him in prostration.” (Qur’an 38:71-72) 

Prophet Muhammad SAW informs us, as recorded in Mishkat, when the breath in Adam’s AS body was complete, he sneezed and by divine inspiration he said, “Alhamdu lil Lahi Rabbil Alamin (All praise is for Allah, Lord of the worlds), words which became the opening verses of the Holy Qur’an. Thus Adam AS praised Allah by His own permission. And Allah replied to him, “Yarhamak-Allah, Adam (may Allah have mercy on you).” The Prophet SAW further said that when Allah created Adam, He to him, “Go and greet that group of seated angels and then listen to what they will greet you with, for that will be your greeting and the greeting of your descendants.” So Adam said to the angels, “As-salamu ‘alaikum (peace be upon you all),” to which they replied, “As-salamu ‘alaika wa rahmat-Allah (peace be upon you, and Allah’s mercy).” (Bukhari)

ADAM IS TAUGHT THE NAMES

And He taught Adam the names – all of them. Then He showed them to the angels and said, “Inform Me of the names of these, if you are truthful.” (Qur’an 2:31) 

Allah taught Adam the names of all things and inculcated into his mind the knowledge of their properties. What were these names that Allah taught Adam AS? There are various interpretations of this by Qur’an commentators. Some affirm that Adam was taught the names of angels, others say that the names were names of his own descendants, and others say that the names were holy names of Allah Himself, by which Adam AS was granted knowledge of his Lord. Majority agree that the names taught to Adam were the names of all things living and non-living. Allah’s words, “Inform Me of the names of these, if you are truthful” according to most interpretations, refer to the truthfulness of the angels’ claim of possessing knowledge that their Lord’s new creation would cause corruption and shed blood on earth, and that they themselves, as the most obedient and worshipful among his creations, were the most deserving of filling the role of His khalifah. Allah was making clear to the angels that Adam AS possessed certain characteristics and knowledge which they themselves did not possess, and that because of this, he would have a very different role and destiny from theirs. Allah most High, informed the angels that He was aware of their reservations, at the same time reminding them of the limitations of their knowledge, while assuring them that, according to His infinite knowledge and wisdom, the creation of Adam was entirely good, right and proper.

The angels then understood Allah’s wisdom and voiced their submission to His Glory:

“Exalted are You; we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Indeed, it is You who is the Knowing, the Wise.” (Qur’an 2:32)  Allah then addressed His new creation. He said, “O Adam, inform them of their names.” And when he had informed them of their names, (Qur’an 2:33) 

And then Adam AS did so. From the special knowledge Allah had granted him, he told the angels the names of the things that Allah had presented to them, names which the angels themselves did not know. And when Adam AS had finished, Allah Almighty again addressed the angels,

“Did I not tell you that I know the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth? And I know what you reveal and what you have concealed.” (Qur’an 2:33) 

In a broader sense, this may refer to Allah’s perfect knowledge, which the angels were not privy to, of the final destiny of His creation, in which Adam and his descendants would play a major role.

THE COMMAND TO HONOUR ADAM

Allah asked all the angels to bow as a mark of respect to Adam who was created so miraculously. The order to prostrate was obviously not so that the angels would worship Adam AS, for no one may be worshipped except Allah, the Creator of all things. Rather, the prostration was a mark of respect to the one whom their Lord in His infinite wisdom had created in a special manner who as a result would have a special destiny, as the father of mankind who carried within himself the seeds of all his descendants to come.

And We have certainly created you, [O Mankind], and given you [human] form. Then We said to the angels, “Prostrate to Adam”; so they prostrated, except for Iblees. He was not of those who prostrated. (Qur’an 7:11) 

And when I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My [created] soul, then fall down to him in prostration.” So the angels prostrated – all of them entirely, Except Iblees, he refused to be with those who prostrated. (Qur’an 15:29-31)

IBLEES REBELS

When Allah Most High, the All-Powerful, the Glorious, the Majestic, had given this order, all those who heard it, obeyed without question except one among them – Iblees. When this occurred, the previously unsuspecting angels became aware of had been concealed in Iblees’ heart. The arrogant, stubborn, proud Iblees who thought his being as Jinn made of fire was far superior to Allah’s creation from clay. Allah in his divine Mercy, gave Iblees a hearing for his blatant rebellion. Instead of showing remorse, the wretched Iblees attempted to justify his disobedience and shamelessly said,

“Never would I prostrate to a human whom You created out of clay from an altered black mud.” (15:33)  “Should I prostrate to one You created from clay?”  (Qur’an 17:62) 

“Do You see this one whom You have honoured above me? If You delay me until the Day of Resurrection, I will surely destroy his descendants, except for a few.” (Qur’an 17:63) 

Allah then condemned Iblees and banished him from Paradise.

Allah said, “Then get out of it, for indeed, you are expelled. And indeed, upon you is the curse until the Day of Recompense.” (Qur’an 15:34-35) 

“Get out of Paradise, reproached and expelled. Whoever follows you among them – I will surely fill Hell with you, all together.” (Qur’an 7:18) 

The arrogant Iblees, not to be outdone, goes on unabashedly, challenging Allah that as he had been let to fall into error, he would make evil and disobedience attractive for those on earth and mislead all mankind.

“Because You have put me in error, I will surely sit in wait for them on Your straight path. (Qur’an 7:16) 

“By your might, I will surely mislead them all, Except, among them, Your chosen servants.” (Qur’an 38:82-83) A

llah in all His powerful grace, declares, This is a path [of return] to Me [that is] straight. Indeed, My servants – no authority will you have over them, except those who follow you of the deviators. And indeed, Hell is the promised place for them all. (Qur’an 15:41-43)

But Iblees being Iblees, is not moved at all by the prospects of Hell, inflamed and determined to destroy the race of the one on whose account he had gone astray. The transition from a devoted worshipper and teacher of the angels, excelling in divine knowledge and the praise of his Lord, to the abased, accursed Tempter of mankind was now complete. Stripped of all the high honours, Iblees stands accursed, outlawed, and now known as Shaytan, leader of the forces of evil whose sole purpose is to entice and incite Allah’s slaves to wrong-doing and disobedience to Him.

HAWWA

With that, Iblees was cast out of Paradise, an abode filled with blessings and favours beyond imagination. Our forefather Adam AS was settled in Paradise, with everything he could desire, every kind of pure pleasure and wholesome satisfaction was his. No hunger or thirst, fatigue or boredom, cold or heat, just comfort and pleasure. No burdens or responsibilities, no sufferings, pain or sadness. In Ibn Abbas’ narrations, Adam AS fell asleep in Paradise. And when he woke, he found a woman, whom Allah had created from his rib, sitting beside his head.

It is He who created you from one soul and created from it its mate that he might dwell in security with her. (Qur’an 7:189)

To test the extent of Adam’s AS knowledge, the angels asked him, “What is her name, O Adam?” “Hawwa,” he replied “Why is she called Hawwa?” the angels asked “Because she was created from something living (hayy),” Adam AS replied, meaning that she been created from his own living self. And thus Adam and Hawwa began their life together in the blessed Garden, like innocent new‑borns, they knew nothing of evil or sin. They hadn’t the slightest idea of what lay ahead, that their Lord would soon be testing them and that their lives would change dramatically.

In Part II of Adam’s AS story, we will follow them into Paradise, where they will fall prey to Shaytan’s evil connivery in tasting from the Forbidden Tree, their subsequent banishment from Paradise to Earth, their lives together on Earth, their first descendants, their sons Qabil (Cane) and Habil (Abel) and the first bloodshed, concluding this amazing journey with Adam’s AS death.

Acknowledgement: Most of the information for this work has been obtained from:

“A History of the Prophets of Islam”, Volume I, by Suzanne Haneef

“Stories of the Prophets”, by Ibn Kathir (Translation by Rashad Ahmad Azami)

 

MYF Public Announcement

The Muslim Youth Foundation (MYF) welcomes everybody to come to the centre for prayers, and to attend various events and activities.

We are peaceful, moderate, and tolerant. We respect the views of all Madhahib (Schools of thought), However, we do not tolerate any kind of extremism or extremist ideologies inside this centre.

We urge everybody to stay within the Islamic and the UK laws.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Prophet Muhammad’s SAW Farewell Sermon / خطبة الودا, Khutbatu l-Wada

9 DhulHijjah 10 AH (9 March 632) at Mount Arafat

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) undertook his farewell pilgrimage in the year 10 A.H. His farewell pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the most significant historical events in the minds of Muslims, for it was the first and last pilgrimage made by Prophet Muhammad, as well as being the model for performing the fifth pillar of Islam, the Hajj. Read more

MYF Open Day Event on the 28th of March 2015 – 12pm till 6pm

The Muslim Youth Foundation (MYF) in Manchester is the largest Mosque in City Centre Manchester. We will be opening the doors of the Mosque to the General Public on Saturday the 28th of March 2015 between 12pm & 6pm for an “Open Day”.

The aim of the Open Day is to showcase the work that the Mosque does and to build bridges & understanding with the local community. The theme of the Open Day is, “Women in Islam”.

This theme has been chosen to mark International Women’s Day which occurs in March every year. All ages, cultures, faiths are welcome – come as you are! On the day there will be:

  • Mosque Tours.
  • Free food, coffee, tea and cakes.
  • Exhibitions on “Women in Islam”, “The Prophet Muhammad”(pbuh) and “What are the basic tenets of Islam?”.
  • A Power Point presentation & a rolling TV compilation on the above topics.
  • An information table.
  • Arabic Calligraphy demonstration
  • Henna hand painting for the ladies.
  • Children’s face painting
  • Costumes from Muslim Countries for people to try on.

The MYF is in the Northern Quarter of the City Centre(the area opposite the Arndale Market)

For more info on the event please call 0161 832 5352.

Also if you would like to volunteer please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Prophet Adam (AS) – Part I

In approaching Adam’s AS story, it is important to keep in mind that his story begins in the spiritual world, in the timeless, spaceless realm of Allah and His angels. And While Adam AS is obviously the most important character in his own story, there is another character who is also of great importance, Iblees or Shaytan, the arch-villain. Adam’s AS story is a history of our species. He is both the first man and ancestor of the human race. At a deeper level, his story is also a subtle allegory concerning mankind and the human condition, both before and after the Fall. We hope this summary of his story serves to give us a deeper insight of our true origin, nature and identity, so that we can know who we truly are and where we belong in the divine scheme of things.

THE CREATION OF PROPHET ADAM Read more

Solar Eclipse/Salahat-Ul-Kusuf

On Friday 20th March 2015, a solar eclipse will take place approx between 8am to 10am.

This very event took place during the life of Muhammad (PBUH) whereby he ordered the companions (RA) to have fear of Allah and stand in prayer in congregration during the eclipse.

In addition, he asked them to make Duaa and give in charity.

Therefore, the myf will open at 8am on Friday.

The Salah will only commence if witnessed with the eye.

The Salah consists of two units with two rukuu in each unit.

More details will be explained on the day.
solar-eclipse

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 .

O Allah, I am Your slave and the son of Your male slave and the son of your female slave . My forehead is in Your Hand (i.e. you have control over me) . Your Judgment upon me is assured and Your Decree concerning me is just . I ask You by every Name that You have named Yourself with , revealed in Your Book , taught any one of Your creation or kept unto Yourself in the knowledge of the unseen that is with You , to make the Qur’an the spring of my heart, and the light of my chest, the banisher of my sadness and the reliever of my distress.

Reference: Ahmad 1/391, and Al-Albani graded it authentic.

Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika minal-hammi walhazani, wal’ajzi walkasali, walbukhli waljubni, wa dhala’id-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijaal .

O Allah , I seek refuge in you from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from miserliness and from cowardice, from being overcome by debt and overpowered by men (i .e . others) .

Reference: Al-Bukhari 7/158. See also Al-Asqalani, Fathul-Bari 11/173.

A good life

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.” Read more

Controlling one’s emotions

Emotions flare up for two reasons: either for joy or for inner
Pain. In a hadith, the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

“Verily, I have been prohibited from emitting two foolish and wicked sounds, one that is emitted when something favorable happens, and the other that is expressed when calamity strikes.”

In order that you may not be sad over matters that you fail to get, nor rejoice because of that which has been given to you.   (Qur’an 57: 23)

For this reason, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“Verily, true patience is that which is displayed during the initial shock.”

Therefore, when one contains his emotions upon both the joyful and the calamitous occasion, he is likely to achieve peace and tranquility, happiness and comfort, and the taste of triumph over his own self. Allah described man as being exultant and boastful, irritable, discontented when evil touches him, and niggardly when good touches him. The exceptions, Allah informed us, are those who remain constant in prayer. For they are on a middle path in times of both joy and sorrow. They are thankful during times of ease and are patient during times of hardship.

Unbridled emotions can greatly wear a person out, causing pain and loss of sleep. When such a person becomes angry, he flares up, threatens others, loses all self-control, and surpasses the boundaries of justice and balance. Meanwhile, if he becomes happy, he is in a state of rapture and wildness. In his intoxication of joy, he forgets himself and surpasses the bounds of modesty. When he renounces and relinquishes the company of others, he disparages them, forgetting their virtues while stamping out their good qualities. On the other hand, if he loves others, then he spares no pains in according them all forms of veneration and honor, portraying them as being the pinnacles of perfection. The Prophet (bpuh) said:

“Love the one who is beloved to you in due moderation, for perhaps the day will come when you will abhor him. And hate the one whom you detest in due moderation, for perhaps the day will arrive when you will come to love him.”

And in another hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“And I ask you (O’ Allah) to make me just, both while being in a state of anger and while being in a state of Joy. Read more

Do not be sad Wait patiently for a happy outcome

The following hadith is found in the book of At-Tirmidhi: “The best form of worship is to wait (patiently) for a happy outcome.”

1s not the morning near?   (Qur’an 11: 81)

The morning of the afflicted is looming, so watch for it. An Arab proverb says, “If the rope becomes too tight, it will snap.”

In other words, if a situation reaches the level of crisis, then expect a light and an opening to appear. Allah says:

And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will remit his sins from him, and will enlarge his reward.  (Qur’an 65: 5)

And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him.    (Qur’an 65: 4)

In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) relates this saying from Allah:

“I am with the thoughts of my slave towards me, so let him think of me as he pleases.”

Allah, the Almighty, says:

They were reprieved] until, when the Messengers gave up hope and thought that they were denied [by their people], then came to them Our Help, and whosoever we willed were delivered.   (Qur ‘an 12: 110) Read more

Ayatul Kursi / Surat Al-Baqarah 2:255

آية الكرسي ‎/Ayatul Kursi / Surat Al-Baqarah 2:255

Reading the Holy Quran is a great way to overcome turmoil, anxiety and distress, and to relieve us. There is one particular Ayah in particular that Prophet Muhammad salallahu alaihi wasallam spoke of, that is said to give its reader great benefits in this life and the afterlife – Ayatul Kursi (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:255), also known as the Verse of the Throne. Read more

Great Women in Islam – Khadijah (RA)

Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid RA

Umm-Al-Mu’minīn (Mother of Believers)

Note: For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with her (RA)” each time Khadijah’s RA name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all. Read more

Abdurrahman – Story of an Italian who found Islam in the Maldives

This is the amazing story of the late revert brother Abdurrahmaan (رحمه الله), who had never prostrated to Allah for 49 years and found the light of Islam through a sister in the Maldives. (He refused to be called by his former name after embracing Islam).

This story is written by the sister who gave him dawah, and is as narrated by him before he passed away. Read more

Surat Al Kahf

Surat Al Kahf has immense blessings.

Abu Darda’ reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: If anyone learns by heart the first ten verses of the Surat Al-Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjal. (Sahih muslim Book 004, Hadith 1766)

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reports that the Prophet SAW said: “Whoever recites Surat Al-Kahf on Jumu’ah will have illumination from the light from one Jumu’ah to the next.” (an-Nasa’i, al-Baihaqi, and al-Hakim) Read more

The Last Sermon of the Prophet Muhammad SAW

Prophet Muhammad’s SAW Farewell Sermon / خطبة الودا, Khutbatu l-Wada

9 DhulHijjah 10 AH (9 March 632) at Mount Arafat

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) undertook his farewell pilgrimage in the year 10 A.H. His farewell pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the most significant historical events in the minds of Muslims, for it was the first and last pilgrimage made by Prophet Muhammad, as well as being the model for performing the fifth pillar of Islam, the Hajj. Read more

Much that in appearance is harmful is in fact a blessing

William James said:

“Our handicaps help us to an extent that we never expected. If Dostoyevski and Tolstoy had not lived painful lives, they would not have been capable of writing their ageless journals. So being an orphan, blind, poor, or away from home and comfort are all conditions that may lead you to accomplishment and distinction, to advancement and contribution.” Read more

Duas for the Less Fortunate

1. How blessed are we to have hot food all the time? Today at lunchtime I thought to myself we are never short of food for us or our children. We are so lucky. We should be thankful to Allah for the small things we take for granted. Look at people all over the world who don’t have these luxuries which we take for granted every single day. May Allah give us humility to never forget how lucky we truly are. Ameen Read more

The bliss of the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them)

Among the many ways in which they were blessed, the Companions were informed of their ranking through revelation. This verse was revealed about Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him):

And Al-Muttaqoon [the pious and righteous] will be far removed from it [Hell]. He who spends his wealth for increase in self purification. (Qur’an 92: 17-18) Read more

The days rotate in bringing good and bad

It has been related that Imam Ahmad visited Baqi ibn Mukhalid while he was sick and said to him:

“O’ Baqi, rejoice in Allah’s reward. The days of health are devoid of sickness and the days of sickness are devoid of health.” Read more

Precious moments

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.”

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Beneficial knowledge and fruitless knowledge

And those who have been bestowed with knowledge and faith will say: `Indeed you have stayed according to the Decree of Allah, until the Day of Resurrection, but you knew not.   (Qur’an 30: 56)

There is knowledge that is useful and there is knowledge that is harmful. As for the knowledge that is useful, the believer’s faith strengthens as a result of it; on the other hand, the disbeliever does not reap any benefit whatsoever from gaining this kind of knowledge; though the information acquired is the same, the results are very different. Allah says of His enemies:

They know only the outside appearance of the life of the world [i.e. the matters of their livelihood, like irrigation or sowing or reaping, etc.], and they are heedless of the Hereafter.   (Qur’an 30: 7)

Nay, they have no knowledge of the Hereafter. Nay, they are in doubt about it. Nay, they are blind about it.  (Qur’an 27: 66)

That is what they could reach of knowledge.  (Qur’an 53: 30) 

And recite [O’ Muhammad] to them the story of him to whom we gave Our Aayaat [proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.], but he threw them away so Satan followed him up, and he became of those who went astray. And had we willed, we would surely have elevated him therewith but he clung to the earth and followed his own vain desire. So his description is the description of dog: if you drive him away, he lolls his tongue out, or if you leave him alone, he [still] lolls his tongue out. Such is the description of the people who reject Our Aayaat [proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc]. So relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect.  (Qur’an 7: 175-176)

Allah said about the Jews and their knowledge of the truth:

The likeness of those who were entrusted with the Torah, but who subsequently failed in those [obligations], is as the likeness of a donkey that carries huge burdens of books [but understands nothing from them]. How bad is the example of people who deny the Aayaat [proofs, evidences, signs, verses, etc.] of Allah?  (Qur ‘an 62: 5)

They knew the truth from the Torah, yet they were not guided by it. They distorted its words, and if that failed to work, they distorted the meanings of the words. How could people who treated knowledge in this despicable manner ever have found happiness? It was certainly not possible in their case, for they always tried to eradicate the truth using any means at their disposal.

…hut they preferred blindness to guidance… (Qur ‘an 41: 17) 

And of their saying: our hearts are wrapped [with coverings, i.e. we do not understand what the Messengers sav] – nay, Allah has set a seal upon their hearts because of their disbelief, so they believe not but a little.   (Qur’an 4: 155) Read more

Authentic Supplication

The Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever says: La ‘ilaha ‘illa ‘allahu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahulmulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa `ala kulli shay’in qadeerun (7).

100 times would get the reward of manumitting ten slaves, one hundred good deeds would be written for him, one hundred sins would be remitted from him, it would be a shield for him from the Shaytan that day till night, and nobody would arrive with better than what he arrived with except for one that had done more than him.”

Footnotes.
(6) Tahmeed is to say ‘Al-hamdu lillahi, Tahleel is to say La ‘ilaha ‘illa ‘allahu, and Tasbeeh is to say Subhana ‘allahi.

(7) There is no ‘ilah except Allah, no partner does He have; his is the Kingdom, and to Him is all Praise, and He is ever-able to do everything.

Reporters.
Reported in Saheeh ‘Al-Bukhari and Saheeh Muslim. ‘Al-Albani included this hadeeth in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #6.

Friday Study Circle with Dr. Bassem Khalil

The Friday Study Circle with Bassem Khalil will be cancelled during February due to Dr. Bassem Khalil having prior engagements. Our apologies but the study circle will resume in March.

A handicap in one area can be compensated for by excellence in another

(Consider it not a bad thing for you. Nay, it is good for you. (Qur’an 24: 11)

Most people who are remembered today for their greatness had to overcome many obstacles on their path: their perseverance was akin to obstinacy. They felt a weakness in one faculty or area that required compensation in another. Many great scholars of Islam were actually freed slaves, such as `Ataa, Sa’eed ibn Jubayr, Qatada, Bukhari, Tirmidhi and Abu Hanifah. Read more

Gentleness helps you achieve your goals

In previous chapters, I quoted revealed texts to illustrate the importance of being gentle; here we expand on the same theme by mentioning some examples. Imagine yourself driving a car on an extremely narrow road that is enclosed on either side by a wall. There is no way for a car to pass except with a great deal of care, gentleness, and caution. However, if a driver attempted to go through this street at a high speed, he would constantly crash into the wall on the right, and then into the one on the left, eventually causing his car to break down. In both of these instances ___________that of driving carefully and that of driving recklessly at a high speed – the street is the same and the car is the same, but the way of driving is different. Read more

Signposts on the seeker’s highway

If one wants to know whether one is climbing upwards toward success, there are certain signs and indications that can help him to determine his progress.

1. As one becomes more knowledgeable, one becomes more humble and merciful to others. Think of an expensive pearl: the more heavy and valuable it is, the deeper it is in the ocean. A wise person knows that though knowledge is a gift, Allah tests the one whom He gives it to. When one is thankful for the gift of knowledge, one will be raised in ranking.

Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe and those who have been granted knowledge. (Qur’an 58: 11) Read more

Blessings in disguise

And indeed we have destroyed towns [populations] round about you. (Qur’an 46:27)

There is the tragic example of the Barmak family, a family that lived a life of opulence, comfort, and extravagance. Their end, however, has served as a lesson and example for all Arabs who came after them. Haroon ar-Rasheed, the ruler during their period, ordered an unexpected attack on the Barmak family and on their possessions. Allah’s decree came to pass over them in the morning at the hands of the closest person to them: he destroyed their homes, took possession of their slaves, and shed their blood. Their loved ones and children wept at their disgrace. There is none worthy of worship except Allah; those who know the story should especially appreciate the transitory nature of power and wealth in this world:

Then take admonition, O’ you with eyes [to see]. (Qur’an 59: 2) Read more

An obsession for revenge is poison that flows through a diseased soul

The Crucified Ones in History is a book full of stories about revenge-seekers who inflicted harsh punishments on their enemies. What one realizes as one reads this book (which is probably what the author wants us to realize) is that killing their enemies was not enough to quench their thirst for revenge. The irony that the author conveys is that the crucified person, for instance, ceases to feel pain after his soul departs from his body. Meanwhile, the revenge-seeking killer will never find peace or happiness because the fire of revenge has engrossed, or rather taken over, his entire being. 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

Things that bring about happiness

1. Good deeds:

Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he [or she] is a true?
Believer [of Islamic Monotheism] verily, to him we will give a good life [in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision]… (Qur’an 16: 97) Read more

Faith in Allah is the way to salvation

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)

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Winning people over

An indication of one’s prosperity is the ability to gain people’s love, respect and sympathy. Prophet Ibraheern (Abraham) said:

And grant me an honorable mention in later generations. (Qur ‘an 26: 84)

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MYF Open Day September 2014

The MYF opened its doors to the general public for an open day on Saturday the 27th of September 2014 with the theme of “The Golden Age of Muslim Scientists”.

The open day consisted of an exhibition upstairs on the theme of “The Golden Age of Muslim Scientists”. There was also a rolling 1 hour TV presentation on the same theme. There were displays of Arabic calligraphy & henna hand painting as well as face painting for the children. Unfortunately we didn’t have a costume display on this occasion but hope to have the stall back again on future open days inshAllah. There was hot food as well as a rest area with tea, coffee & biscuits. Mosque tours for the visitors were provided at regular intervals. Entry was free & anybody from the general public was welcome to attend.
1 English gentleman who came to the open day accepted Islam, took his shahada & became a Muslim a few days after the open day, Alhamdulillah. Read more

Do not let calamity shake you

Ahmad ibn Yusuf wrote that man positively knows that ease comes after difficulty, just as the light of day comes after the dark of night. In spite of this knowledge, the weaker part of his nature takes over when calamity strikes. A person who goes through trials should take steps to remedy his situation or else hopelessness takes control of him. Contemplating the patience of those who were tested in the past is a means of strengthening one’s determination. Read more

Contemplate these verses

And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out [from every difficulty]. And He will provide him from [sources] he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, and then He will suffice him.)
(Qur’an 65: 2-3)

Allah will grant after hardship, ease. (Qur’an 65. 7)

The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

“And know that victory comes with patience, and with hardship there is a way out, and with difficulty comes ease.”

In another hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) related that Allah said: “I am with my slave’s thoughts about me, so let him think of me as he chooses.”

Allah will suffice you against them. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.
(Qur’an 2: 137)

And put your trust in the Ever Living One that dies not… (Qur’an 25: 58)

Perhaps Allah may bring a victory or a decision according to His Will. (Qur’an 5: 52)

None besides Allah can avert it, [or advance it, or delay it]. (Qur’an 53: 58)

In order to find peace, turn to your Lord

Allah’s slave – i.e. every one of us can find comfort only by turning to Allah, the Exalted, Who mentioned tranquility in many verses of the Qur’an:

Then Allah sent down His Sakinah [calmness and tranquility] upon His Messenger and upon the believers. (Qur’an 48: 26)

…He sent down calmness and tranquility upon them… (Qur ‘an 48: 18)

Then Allah did send down His Sakinah [calmness, tranquility and reassurance, etc.] on the Messenger [Muhammad]… (Qur’an 9: 26)

Tranquility means having a heart that is at peace and that has a sound trust in Allah. Tranquility is a state of calm enjoyed by those believers who have been saved from doubt. And it is according to one’s closeness to Allah and steadfastness in following the Messenger’s way that one will achieve tranquility and peace.

Allah will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world [i.e. they will keep on worshipping Allah Alone and none else], and in the Hereafter (Qur’an 14: 27)

Three mistakes those are common in our everyday lives

1. Wasting time.

2. Talking about matters that don’t concern us, matters that are none of our business.
“From the goodness of one’s Islam is leaving alone that which does not concern him.”

3. Being preoccupied with trivial issues. Listening to rumors, predictions, and gossip are three common examples. Having these characteristic results in paranoia, anxiety, and a lack of purpose in life.

So Allah gave them the reward of this world, and the excellent reward of the Hereafter. (Qur ‘an 3: 148)

My Guidance shall neither go astray, nor fall into distress and misery. (Qur’an 20: 123)

Invocations during Sujood

Subhaanaka Allaahumma Rabbanaa wa bihamdika Allaahum-maghfir lee.

Glory is to You , O Allah , our Lord , and praise is Yours . O Allah , forgive me.

Reference: Al-Bukhari and Muslim, see invocation no. 34 above.

Subhaana Rabbiyal-A ‘laa.

Glory is to my Lord, the Most High. (This is said three times in Arabic.)

Reference: Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, An-Nasa’i, At-Tirmithi, and Ahmad. See also Al-Albani, Sahih At-Tirmithi 1/83.

Subboohun, Quddoosun, Rabbul-malaa’ikati warrooh.

Glory (to You), Most Holy (are You), Lord of the angels and the Spirit.

Reference: Muslim 1/533, see invocation no. 35 above.

Allaahumma laka sajadtu wa bika ‘aamantu, wa laka ‘aslamtu, sajada wajhiya lillathee khalaqahu, wa sawwarahu, wa shaqqa sam’ahu wa basarahu, tabaarakallaahu ‘ahsanul-khaaliqeen.

O Allah, to You I prostrate myself and in You I believe. To You I have submitted. My face is prostrated to the One Who created it, fashioned it, and gave it hearing and sight. Blessed is Allah, the Best of creators

Reference: Muslim 1/534 and others.

Subhaana thil-jabarooti, walmalakooti, walkibriyaa’i, wal’adhamati.

Glory is to You, Master of power, of dominion, of majesty and greatness.

Reference: Abu Dawud 1/230, An-Nasa’i, Ahmad. See also Al-Albani, Sahih Abu Dawud 1/166, see invocation no. 37 above.

Some of the positive effects of experiencing hardship

Hardship makes one turn humbly toward one’s Lord. Someone once said, “How Perfect is Allah, Who has elicited supplication through hardship.” It has been related that Allah tested one of His slaves in a matter and then said to the Angels that it was, “In order to hear his voice,” meaning his supplications and invocations. Read more

One is judged by one’s dominant characteristics

To be successful means for you to have good qualities which outnumber and overshadow your bad qualities? When this becomes a reality in your life, you will find that people will shower compliments upon you, even for qualities that you do not possess. People will not accept criticism of you either, even if what is said about you is true – a mountain is not increased in worthiness by an extra rock nor is it diminished by one less rock. Read more

Congratulations for new parents and how they should respond

Baarakallaahu laka fil-mawhoobi laka, wa shakartal-waahiba , wa balagha ‘ashuddahu, wa ruziqta birrahu.

May Allah bless you with His gift to you , and may you (the new parent) give thanks, may the child reach the maturity of years , and may you be granted its righteousness . The reply of the person being congratulated is to say : 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

New Muslim Group Calendar for December 27th @Nayaab

Our monthly social for December will be a dinner this coming Saturday (27th December) at “Nayaab” restaurant iA (details below). We are planning to meet at 6-30 pm for a 7pm start iA. The buffet style food set up will cost £7-99 per person (drinks are extra). Please try to come for the dinner if you can & please forward this message to any revert brothers & sisters whom you know of iA. (If any revert brothers / sisters would like to bring their non-muslim family / friends to the dinner, they are welcome to do so iA).

The booking at the restaurant is strictly from 7pm till 8-30pm so so we all need to be at our tables at 7pm & leave our tables at 8-30 pm so please arrive at the restaurant by 7pm iA.

If people think that an 8-30 pm finish is too early for them, we can go for a coffee / ice-cream afterwords iA !

Also, I need to give the restaurant the exact numbers attending, so if you would like to attend, I would need to have your confirmation (by return of e-mail or text message) by 8pm tomorrow (Friday, 26th December) iA.

The restaurant details are:

NAYAAB

5-7 Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6JZ.

Everlastingness and Paradise are there, and not here!

Do you wish to stay young, healthy, rich, and immortal? If you desire these things, you will not find them in this world; however, you can find them in the Hereafter. Allah, the Exalted, has decreed misery and impermanence for this world. He called this life a trifle and an enjoyment of deception.

There is a well-known poet from long ago, who for the greater part of his life lived a life of penury. In the prime of his youth, he wanted money and could not get it. He wanted a wife too, but he failed in that pursuit as well. When he became old, with white hair and brittle bones, he became rich. Many women were now willing to marry him and he lived a comfortable life. The irony of his story is that he was poor when he was able to enjoy all comforts and that he became rich when he could no longer enjoy the pleasures of life. He composed these verses in the latter part of his life: Read more

Everyone is searching for happiness, but…

Few are those who are guided to the path that truly leads to happiness. Regarding that and other paths, here are three points for you to reflect upon:

1. Whoever does not make the pleasure of Allah to be his main concern in life will end up losing in the end:

We shall gradually seize them with punishment in ways they perceive not)

2. In order to achieve happiness, people attempt to follow many complicated and tricky paths. Little do they know that an easier path is ready for them in the religion of Islam – a path that will bring them the best of this life and the Hereafter?

… But if they had done what they were told, it would have been better .for them, and would have strengthened their [Faith].   (Qur ‘an 4: 66)

3. There are too many people in this world who think they are doing well, but who, in reality, are losing out on this life and the Hereafter, simply because they turn their backs to the true Religion.

And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice.   (Qur’an 6: 115)

Things that bring about happiness

1. Good deeds:

Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he [or she] is a true? 
Believer [of Islamic Monotheism] verily, to him we will give a good life [in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision]…  (Qur’an 16: 97) Read more

Some other effects of depression

I recently read the translation of Dr. Edward Bodowlski’s book, Stop Worrying and Seek Betterment. Here are some of the chapter titles from his book:

– What Anxiety does to the Heart?

– High Blood Pressure Feeds off of Anxiety

Anxiety may be the Cause of some Forms of Rheumatism

As a Favor to your insides, Seek to Decrease the Level of your Anxiety

How Anxiety can be considered a Cause of the Common Cold Anxiety and the Thyroid Gland

The Victim of Diabetes and Anxiety

Dr. Carl Maninger, a specialist in psychology, wrote a book called Man against Himself: In it, he says:

“Dr. Maninger will not give you the principles of how to avoid anxiety, but instead he will give you an astonishing report on how we destroy our own body and minds through anxiety and nervousness, malice and rancor, fear, and feelings of revenge.”

And those who pardon men; verily, Allah loves the good-doer.}  (Qur ‘an 3: 134)

Among the more salient lessons that we should learn from this verse is that we should have a sound heart, peace of mind, calm nerves, and a feeling of happiness.

The French philosopher Montaigne once said:

“I wish to help you in dealing with your problems with my hands, but not with my liver and lungs.”

Invoke Allah with the following

“O’ Allah, give us a good share of piety, for you serve as a barrier between us and between our disobeying Thu. Give us that share of obedience to you with which you make us enter Paradise, and a share of the faith that serves to make the calamities of this world seem easy for us. Make us enjoy the blessings of our hearing, sight, and strength as long as you give us life… Grant us revenge against those who have wronged us and help us against those who have transgressed against us. And do not make our calamity to him in our religion; do not make the world to be the most important matter with us, nor make it the extent of our knowledge. And on account of our sins, do not give those who show us no mercy the power to subjugate us.”

Your life is replete with priceless moments

Ali at-Tantawi related two poignant experiences in his journals. The first was when he almost drowned on the shores of Beirut. He was drowning and time was running out for him when he was finally rescued and carried unconscious to land. In the brief moments of struggle before losing consciousness he recalls his utter submission to his Lord and his wish of returning to life, even if it was for an hour, to renew his faith, to do good deeds, and to try to reach the pinnacle of belief. Read more

The middle course

Thus we have made you [true believers], a just [and the best] nation. (Qur’an 2: 143)

Happiness is found between two extremes: excess and negligence. The middle course is the divinely prescribed way that saves us from the clear falsehood of two extremes – for instance, the extremes of Judaism and Christianity. Jews had with them knowledge, but they discarded action; Christians worshipped excessively, but they abandoned the divine knowledge that was revealed to them. Islam came with both knowledge and action; it cared for the body and for the soul; and it recognized both revelation and the mind, with each given its rightful place. Read more

Invocation for entering the mosque

‘A’oothu billaahil-‘Adheem, wa bi-Wajhihil-Kareem, wa Sultaanihil-qadeem, minash-Shaytaanir-rajeem. [Bismillaahi, wassalaatu.] [Wassalaamu ‘alaaRasoolillaahi.] Allaahum-maftah lee ‘abwaaba rahmatika.

I seek refuge in Almighty Allah, by His Noble Face, by His primordial power, from Satan the outcast.1 [In the Name of Allah, and blessings.]2 [And peace be upon the Messenger of Allah.]3 O Allah, open before me the doors of Your mercy.4

Reference:
1 Abu Dawud and Al-Albani, Sahihul-Jdmi’ As-Saghir (Hadithno. 4591).
2 Ibn As-Sunni (Hadith no. 88), graded good by Al-Albani.
3 Abu Dawud 1/126, see also Al-Albani, Sahihul-Jami’As-Saghir 1/528.
4Muslim 1/494. There is also a report in Sunan Ibn Majah on the authority of Fatimah (RA), : “O Allah, forgive me my sins and open for me the doors of Your mercy.” It was graded authentic by Al-Albani due to supporting Ahadith. See Sahih Ibn Majah 1/128-9.

Invocation for going to the mosque

Allaahummaj’al fee qalbee nooran, wa fee lisaaanee nooran, wa fee sam’ee nooran, wa fee basaree nooran, wa min fawqee nooran, wa min tahtee nooran, wa ‘an yameenee nooran, wa ‘an shimaalee nooran, wa min ‘amaamee nooran, wa min khalfee nooran, waj’alfee nafsee nooran, wa ‘a’dhim lee nooran, wa ‘adhdhim lee nooran, wafal lee nooran, waj’alnee nooran, Allaahumma ‘a’tinee nooran, waj’al fee ‘asabee nooran, wafee lahmee nooran, wafee damee nooran, wa fee sha’ree nooran, wa fee basharee nooran. [Allaahummaj’al lee nooran fee qabree wa nooran fee ‘idhaamee.] [Wa zidnee nooran, wa zidnee nooran, wa zidnee nooran.][Wa hab lee nooran ‘alaa noor.] Read more

Congratulations for new parents and how they should respond

Baarakallaahu laka fil-mawhoobi laka, wa shakartal-waahiba , wa balagha ‘ashuddahu, wa ruziqta birrahu.

May Allah bless you with His gift to you , and may you (the new parent) give thanks, may the child reach the maturity of years , and may you be granted its righteousness . The reply of the person being congratulated is to say : Read more

Beneficial knowledge and fruitless knowledge

And those who have been bestowed with knowledge and faith will say: `Indeed you have stayed according to the Decree of Allah, until the Day of Resurrection, but you knew not.   (Qur’an 30: 56)

There is knowledge that is useful and there is knowledge that is harmful. As for the knowledge that is useful, the believer’s faith strengthens as a result of it; on the other hand, the disbeliever does not reap any benefit whatsoever from gaining this kind of knowledge; though the information acquired is the same, the results are very different. Allah says of His enemies:

They know only the outside appearance of the life of the world [i.e. the matters of their livelihood, like irrigation or sowing or reaping, etc.], and they are heedless of the Hereafter.   (Qur’an 30: 7)

Nay, they have no knowledge of the Hereafter. Nay, they are in doubt about it. Nay, they are blind about it.  (Qur’an 27: 66)

That is what they could reach of knowledge.  (Qur’an 53: 30) 

And recite [O’ Muhammad] to them the story of him to whom we gave Our Aayaat [proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.], but he threw them away so Satan followed him up, and he became of those who went astray. And had we willed, we would surely have elevated him therewith but he clung to the earth and followed his own vain desire. So his description is the description of dog: if you drive him away, he lolls his tongue out, or if you leave him alone, he [still] lolls his tongue out. Such is the description of the people who reject Our Aayaat [proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc]. So relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect.  (Qur’an 7: 175-176)

Allah said about the Jews and their knowledge of the truth:

The likeness of those who were entrusted with the Torah, but who subsequently failed in those [obligations], is as the likeness of a donkey that carries huge burdens of books [but understands nothing from them]. How bad is the example of people who deny the Aayaat [proofs, evidences, signs, verses, etc.] of Allah?  (Qur ‘an 62: 5)

They knew the truth from the Torah, yet they were not guided by it. They distorted its words, and if that failed to work, they distorted the meanings of the words. How could people who treated knowledge in this despicable manner ever have found happiness? It was certainly not possible in their case, for they always tried to eradicate the truth using any means at their disposal.

…hut they preferred blindness to guidance… (Qur ‘an 41: 17) 

And of their saying: our hearts are wrapped [with coverings, i.e. we do not understand what the Messengers sav] – nay, Allah has set a seal upon their hearts because of their disbelief, so they believe not but a little.   (Qur’an 4: 155) Read more

Istikharah (seeking Allah’s Counsel)

Jabir bin Abdullah (RA) said: The Prophet (SAW) used to teach us to seek Allah’s Counsel in all matters, as he used to teach us a Surah from the Qur’an. He would say: When anyone of you has an important matter to decide, let him pray two Rak’ahs other than the obligatory prayer, and then say: Read more

Don’t belittle another person’s efforts

Life has taught me to put into practice something that has never failed me: to moderately express my approval of others. This policy always has a positive effect on all sorts of people. Gentle words work wonders on the hearts of people; our religion teaches us to be generous and kind in dealings:

And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you…   (Qur’an 3: 159) Read more

Invocations for when the wind blows

Allaahumma ‘innee ‘as’aluka khayrahaa, wa ‘a’oothu bika min sharrihaa.

O Allah , I ask You for the good of it and seek refuge in You against its evil.

Reference:
Abu Dawud 4/326, Ibn Majah 2/1228. See also Al-Albani, Sahih Ibn Mjjah 2/305

Allaahumma ‘innee ‘as’aluka khayrahaa, wa khayra maa feehaa, wa khayra maa ‘ursilat bihi wa a’oothu bika min sharrihaa, wa sharri maa feehaa, wa sharri maa ‘ursilat bihi.

O Allah, I ask You for the good of it, for the good of what it contains , and for the good of what is sent with it . I seek refuge in You from the evil of it , from the evil of what it contains, and from the evil that is sent with it.

Reference:
Muslim 2/616, Al-Bukhari 4/76.

Allah, who is full of Majesty and Honor…’

In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) advised us to repeat this phrase often:

“O’ (Allah) who is full of Majesty and Honor.”

He (bpuh) also advised us to say:

“O’ Ever Living, O’ One Who sustains and protects all that exists.” Read more

Seek out sustenance but don’t be covetous

All glory and praise is for the Creator and Provider. He gives sustenance to the worm in the ground, the fish beneath water, the bird in the air, the ant in the dark, and the snake within the crevice of a rock.

Ibn al-Jawzi mentioned something he witnessed that was wonderful yet strange. A blind snake lived on a branch at the top of a tree. A bird would come to it with food in its mouth. It would chirp a signal to the snake, which in return would open its mouth and allow the bird to insert the food. All praise and glory belongs to Allah, Who made this one to help the other. Read more

Do not be crushed by what is insignificant

Many are those that are distressed not by pressing matters of great import, but by minor trifles.

Observe the Hypocrites and how weak they are in their resolution. The Qur’an relates to us some of their sayings: Those who stayed away [from Tabuk expedition] rejoiced in their staying behind the Messenger of Allah; they hated to strive and fight with their properties and their lives in the Cause of Allah, and they said: March not forth in the heat’.  (Qur’an 9: 81) Read more

Smile – Pause to reflect

When you experienced sadness yesterday, your situation didn’t get any better by you being sad. Your son failed in school, and you became depressed, yet did your depression change the fact that he failed? Your father passed away, and you became downhearted, yet did that bring him back to life? You lost your business, and you became saddened. Did this change your situation by transforming losses into profits?

Do not be sad: You became despondent due to a calamity, and by doing so, created additional calamities. You became depressed because of poverty and this only increased the bitterness of your situation. You became gloomy because of what your enemies said to you; by entering into that mental state, you unwittingly helped them in their attack against you. You became sullen because you expected a particular misfortune, and yet it never came to pass.

Do not be sad: Truly a large mansion will not protect you from the effects of depression; and neither will be a beautiful wife, abundant wealth, a high position, or brilliant children.

Do not be sad: Sadness causes you to imagine poison when you are really looking at pure water, to see a cactus when you are looking at a rose, to see a barren desert when you are looking at a lush garden, and to feel that you are in an unbearable prison when you are living on a vast and spacious earth.

Do not be sad: You have two eyes, two ears, lips, two hands, two legs, a tongue, a heart, peace, safety, and a healthy body. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both [jinns and men] deny?          (Qur’an SS: 13)

Do not be sad: You have the true Religion to live by, a house to live in, bread to eat, water to drink, clothes to wear, a wife to find comfort with; why then the melancholy?

The middle course

Thus we have made you [true believers], a just [and the best] nation. (Qur’an 2: 143)

Happiness is found between two extremes: excess and negligence. The middle course is the divinely prescribed way that saves us from the clear falsehood of two extremes – for instance, the extremes of Judaism and Christianity. Jews had with them knowledge, but they discarded action; Christians worshipped excessively, but they abandoned the divine knowledge that was revealed to them. Islam came with both knowledge and action; it cared for the body and for the soul; and it recognized both revelation and the mind, with each given its rightful place. Read more

Seek out sustenance but don’t be covetous

All glory and praise is for the Creator and Provider. He gives sustenance to the worm in the ground, the fish beneath water, the bird in the air, the ant in the dark, and the snake within the crevice of a rock.

Ibn al-Jawzi mentioned something he witnessed that was wonderful yet strange. A blind snake lived on a branch at the top of a tree. A bird would come to it with food in its mouth. It would chirp a signal to the snake, which in return would open its mouth and allow the bird to insert the food. All praise and glory belongs to Allah, Who made this one to help the other.

[Nor a bird that] lies with its two wings, but are communities like you. (Qur’an 6: 38) Read more

An indication of one’s prosperity is the ability to gain people’s love, respect and sympathy. Prophet Ibraheern (Abraham) said:

And grant me an honorable mention in later generations. (Qur ‘an 26: 84)

Allah said of Moosa (Moses):

And I endued you with love from me… (Qur’an 20: 39)

The following two ahaadeeth (hadiths) are both authentic: “You are Allah’s witnesses on this earth.”

“Jibraeel calls to the inhabitants of the heavens: Indeed, Allah loves so and so, so loves him. The inhabitants of heaven then love him and an acceptance of him permeates the earth.”

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

Do not lose

Allah answers the prayer of the disbeliever who is in distress; so how much more can the Muslim expect who doesn’t associate partners with Him? Mahatma Gandhi, perhaps second in popularity in India only to the Buddha, was on the verge of slipping were it not for his dependence on the strength of prayer. And how do I know this? Because, he himself said, “If I didn’t pray, I would have gone mad a long time ago. This was the effect of prayer, and Gandhi was not even a Muslim. Unquestionably, his falsehood was great, but what kept him going was that he was on a path. Read more

Invocation for sneezing

When you sneeze , then say:

Alhamdu lillaah

All praises and thanks are to Allah.

Your companion should say :

Yarhamukallaah

May Allah have mercy upon you .

When someone says Yarhamukallaah to you then you should say:

Yahdeekumul-laahu wa yuslihu baalakum.

May Allah guide you and set your affairs in order.

Reference: Al-Bukhari 7/125.

The blessing of knowledge

And Allah taught you that which you knew not. And Ever-Great is the Grace of Allah unto you [O’ Muhammad].1 (Qur’an 1: 113) Ignorance kills one’s conscience and soul.

 Admonish you, lest you be one of the ignorant.   (Qur’an 11: 46) 

Knowledge is a light that leads to wisdom. It is life for one’s soul and fuel for one’s character.

1s he who was dead [without Faith by ignorance and disbelief] and we gave him life [by knowledge and Faith] and set. For him a light [of Belief] whereby he can walk amongst men, like him who is in the darkness [of disbelief, polytheism and hypocrisy] from which he can never come out?}  (Qur’an 6: 122)

Happiness and high-spiritedness come with enlightenment, because through knowledge, one may fulfill his goals and discover what was previously hidden from him. The soul, by its very nature, longs for the acquisition of new knowledge to stimulate it and the mind.

Ignorance is boredom and grief, because the ignorant person leads a life that never offers anything new or mind provoking. Yesterday is like today, which in turn is like tomorrow.
If you desire happiness, and then seek out knowledge and enlightenment, and you will find that anxiety, depression, and grief will leave you.

And say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge’.  (Qur’an 20: 114) 

Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created [all that exists]?   (Qur ‘an 96: 1) 

The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

‘If Allah wishes good for someone, He gives him an understanding of the Religion.”

Therefore if someone is ignorant, let him not be proud of either his wealth or his status in society: his life is lacking in meaning and his achievements are woefully incomplete. Read more

Blessings in disguise

And indeed we have destroyed towns [populations] round about you. (Qur’an 46:27)

There is the tragic example of the Barmak family, a family that lived a life of opulence, comfort, and extravagance. Their end, however, has served as a lesson and example for all Arabs who came after them. Haroon ar-Rasheed, the ruler during their period, ordered an unexpected attack on the Barmak family and on their possessions. Allah’s decree came to pass over them in the morning at the hands of the closest person to them: he destroyed their homes, took possession of their slaves, and shed their blood. Their loved ones and children wept at their disgrace. There is none worthy of worship except Allah; those who know the story should especially appreciate the transitory nature of power and wealth in this world:

Then take admonition, O’ you with eyes [to see]. (Qur’an 59: 2) Read more

Dissatisfaction is the door to doubt

Dissatisfaction opens the door that leads to doubt in Allah: in His Decree, in His Wisdom, and in His Knowledge. Rarely is the complainer free from these accompanying doubts that mix within his heart and permeate his being. If he were to delve deep into his self with honest introspection, he would find his faith to be infirm and questionable. Contentment and faith are like brothers that accompany one another; meanwhile, doubt and discontentment have a similar fraternal relationship. Tirmidhi related that the Prophet (bpuh) said: Read more

In order to find peace, turn to your Lord

Allah’s slave – i.e. every one of us can find comfort only by turning to Allah, the Exalted, Who mentioned tranquility in many verses of the Qur’an:

Then Allah sent down His Sakinah [calmness and tranquility] upon His Messenger and upon the believers.  (Qur’an 48: 26) Read more

Isolation and its positive effects

Hardship strengthens your heart, atones for your sins, and helps to suppress an inclination towards pride and haughtiness. You might remember that in times of hardship you abandoned senseless folly and you remembered Allah. When you were afflicted, others extended brotherly compassion to you, and you became the fortunate recipient of the supplications of the righteous. At such times, you willfully and humbly surrendered yourself to Allah’s will and resigned yourself to His decree. Affliction begets circumspection and provides the afflicted with an early warning against following the path of evil. The one upon whom calamity has fallen can display courage with patience; and his circumstances, unlike the one who is drunk with worldly pleasures, permit him to solemnly prepare for a meeting with his Lord. He is able to pass judgment on this world with an impartial ruling, and thus he will come to know it as something that is not worth pining for. Other points associated with the wisdom and benefits of sometimes facing hardship, though they might escape our comprehension, are definitely present and known to the Lord of all that exists.

Performing noble deeds is the way to happiness

If you love that good should befall others, then you have a blessed gift from Allah.
Ibn `Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

“In me, are three qualities? The first is that whenever it rains, I praise and thank Allah. I feel happy for this blessing, even if I myself don’t own camels or sheep to benefit from the rain. The second is that whenever I hear of a just judge, I supplicate to Allah for him, even if I don’t have a case pending with him. The third is that whenever I gain knowledge of (the meaning of) a verse from the Qur’an, I long for others to learn what I know from it.” Read more

Ponder these points

Do not be sad, because sadness causes you to regret the past, to have misgivings concerning the future, and to make you waste away you’re present. Read more

Appreciate that, compared to others, your trial is light

If you know that your trial is not in your religion, but is in worldly matters, then be content.

Know that no trick or artifice can be used to undo what has already taken place. A poet said:

“Do not use trickery to change the circumstance,
For the only trick is in leaving all trickery.”

Appreciate that the choice of what is good for you or not good for you belongs only with Allah:

…and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you.  (Qur ‘an 2: 216)

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

Eid: Etiquette and Rulings

Praise be to Allaah, Lord of the Worlds, and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his family and companions.

“Eid” is an Arabic word referring to something habitual, that returns and is repeated. Eids or festivals are symbols to be found in every nation, including those that are based on revealed scriptures and those that are idolatrous, as well as others, because celebrating festivals is something that is an instinctive part of human nature. All people like to have special occasions to celebrate, where they can come together and express their joy and happiness. Read more

Eid-ul-Adha

Eid-ul-Adha is the celebration of sacrifice, and it is important for two reasons.

First, during Eid-ul-Adha we remember the spirit of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and how he was willing to sacrifice the person he loved the most, because it was Allah’s (SWT) command. Read more

Volunteers Required to help at the MYF Open Day this Saturday 27th September

MYF OPEN DAY THIS COMING SATURDAY INSHALLAH (27TH SEPT 2014, 12PM TILL 6-30PM) – VOLUNTEERS / HELP REQUIRED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS ON THE OPEN DAY ITSELF PLEASE –

  • To distribute leaflets about the open day to the passing public & to invite them into the MYF for the open day iA. The majority of the volunteers will be leafleting on the streets close to the MYF & within sight of the MYF iA.
  • To welcome the visitors to the open day & to take them round the various stalls at the open day iA.
  • A sister is required who is good with children to play with young children & keep them amused (balloons, colouring in books etc) in a “Children’s Corner” area of the open day iA.
  • If you would like to volunteer, please come to the MYF on Saturday & make contact with the volunteers coordinator, who will direct you to your duties iA.
  • Please could everyone try to bring non-Muslim friends / family to the open day & please could everyone forward this message as widely as possible iA.

MYF Open day 27th September

The MYF will be having our quarterly open day again on Saturday the 27th of September 2014 in shaa Allah (12pm till 6-30pm).

The theme of the open day is “The Golden Age of Muslim Scientists”. An educational / scientific theme is chosen in September each year to coincide with the start of the new academic year for schools, colleges & universities.

As always there will be food stalls, various small exhibitions on the theme above (accompanied by a rolling audio-visual presentation), an Arabic Calligraphy demonstration, an Islamic Information stall, henna hand painting, children’s face painting as well as mosque tours inshAllah.

Volunteers will be greatly appreciated in the following areas in shaa Allah:

1. Creation of small exhibitions on the topic of “The Golden Age of Muslim Scientists”

– if you have any ideas on creating a small exhibition on the above theme then please let me know. The MYF can help with providing resources for you to turn your idea into an exhibition (laptop, paper, printer etc).

– if you prefer, you can do the research at home & e-mail the material to me which I can then print off & add to the exhibition inshAllah.

2. Volunteers to help set up for the open day on Friday the 26th of September 2014, 4pm onwards iA (We will meet at the MYF).

3. Volunteers to help out on the open day itself:

– Volunteers to greet people visiting the open day & take them round the open day exhibits.

– Volunteers to hand out flyers advertising the open day to people walking past the MYF to invite them into the MYF for the open day iA.

– Volunteers to generally help out on the day itself in shaa Allah.

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

Smile!

Laughing moderately can act as a cure or as therapy for depression and sadness. It has a strong influence on keeping the soul light and the heart clear. Abu Darda’ (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I make it a practice to laugh in order to give rest and comfort to my heart. And the noblest of people, Muhammad (bpuh), would laugh, sometimes until his molars became visible.”

Laughing is an efficacious way to achieve comfort and light-heartedness, but keep in mind that, as in other things, you should not be immoderate. The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said: Read more

Isolation and its positive effects

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.” Read more

How to deal with bitter criticism

Those who are ignorant have uttered curses at Allah, the Exalted, the Creator of ill that exists, so what treatment should we, who are full of faults, expect from people. You will always have to face criticism, which in its onslaught is like an interminable war: it shows no sign of ending. As long as you shine, give, produce, and have an effect upon others, then disapproval and condemnation will be your lot in life. Until you escape from people by finding a tunnel in the ground or a ladder leading to the sky, they will not desist from censuring you, from finding fault in your character. For that reason, as long as you are from the denizens of earth, expect to be hurt, to be insulted, and to be criticized. Read more

Yesterday will never return

The order that you may not be sad over matters that you fail to get…
(Qur’an 57: 23)

Adam said to Moosa (Moses) may peace be upon them, “Do you blame me for that which Allah had decreed upon me forty years before He created me.” Read more

Blessings in disguise

And indeed we have destroyed towns [populations] round about you. (Qur’an 46:27)

There is the tragic example of the Barmak family, a family that lived a life of opulence, comfort, and extravagance. Their end, however, has served as a lesson and example for all Arabs who came after them. Haroon ar-Rasheed, the ruler during their period, ordered an unexpected attack on the Barmak family and on their possessions. Allah’s decree came to pass over them in the morning at the hands of the closest person to them: he destroyed their homes, took possession of their slaves, and shed their blood. Their loved ones and children wept at their disgrace. There is none worthy of worship except Allah; those who know the story should especially appreciate the transitory nature of power and wealth in this world: Read more

A Lord who wrongs not

You should feel reassured in that you have a Lord who is just.

Allah, the Exalted, admitted a woman into Paradise because of a dog and another into the Hellfire because of a cat. The first was a prostitute from the children of Israel; because she once gave drink to a thirsty dog, Allah forgave her and admitted her into Paradise. This was a just recompense for her sincerity in doing a good deed, for her sincerity to Allah. The second was a woman who confined a cat to a room. She neither fed it nor gave it drink; by confining the cat, she prevented it from eating insects in the fields, and so Allah made her enter the Hellfire. Read more

Do not be sad – Never lose hope of Allah’s mercy

Certainly no one despairs of Allah’s Mercy, except the people who disbelieve.
(Qur’an 12: 87)

[They were reprieved] until, when the Messengers gave up hope and thought that they were denied [by their people], then came to them Our Help… (Qur’an 12: 110) Read more

Invocation for entering a town or city

Allaahumma Rabbas-samaawaatis-sab’i wa maa ‘adhlalna, wa Rabbal-‘aradheenas-sab’i wa maa ‘aqlalna, wa Rabbash-shayaateeni wa maa ‘adhlalna, wa Rabbar-riyaahi wa maa tharayna. ‘As’aluka khayra haathihil-qaryati wa khayra ‘ahlihaa, wa khayra maafeehaa, wa ‘a’oothu bika min sharrihaa, wa sharri ‘ahlihaa, wa shard maa feehaa. Read more

Invocations for anguish

Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahul-‘Adheemul-Haleem, laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu Rabbul-‘Arshil-‘Adheem, laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu Rabbus-samaawaati wa Rabbul-‘ardhi wa Rabbul-‘Arshil-Kareem .

There is none worthy of worship but Allah the Mighty, the Forbearing. There is none worthy of worship but Allah, Lord of the Magnificent Throne. There is none worthy of worship but Allah, Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth, and Lord of the Noble Throne. Read more

Istikharah (seeking Allah’s Counsel)

Jabir bin Abdullah (RA) said: The Prophet (SAW) used to teach us to seek Allah’s Counsel in all matters, as he used to teach us a Surah from the Qur’an. He would say: When anyone of you has an important matter to decide, let him pray two Rak’ahs other than the obligatory prayer, and then say:

“اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمَكَ، وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ، وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ، فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ، وَتَعْلَمُ، وَلَا أَعْلَمُ، وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ- خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي- عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ- فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ، وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي- عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ- فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِيَ الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ أَرْضِنِي بِهِ”. Read more

Istikharah (seeking Allah’s Counsel)

Jabir bin Abdullah (RA) said: The Prophet (SAW) used to teach us to seek Allah’s Counsel in all matters, as he used to teach us a Surah from the Qur’an. He would say: When anyone of you has an important matter to decide, let him pray two Rak’ahs other than the obligatory prayer, and then say:

“اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمَكَ، وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ، وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ، فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ، وَتَعْلَمُ، وَلَا أَعْلَمُ، وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ- خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي- عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ- فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ، وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي- عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ- فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِيَ الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ أَرْضِنِي 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

Invocation for going to the mosque

Allaahummaj’al fee qalbee nooran, wa fee lisaaanee nooran, wa fee sam’ee nooran, wa fee basaree nooran, wa min fawqee nooran, wa min tahtee nooran, wa ‘an yameenee nooran, wa ‘an shimaalee nooran, wa min ‘amaamee nooran, wa min khalfee nooran, waj’alfee nafsee nooran, wa ‘a’dhim lee nooran, wa ‘adhdhim lee nooran, wafal lee nooran, waj’alnee nooran, Allaahumma ‘a’tinee nooran, waj’al fee ‘asabee nooran, wafee lahmee nooran, wafee damee nooran, wa fee sha’ree nooran, wa fee basharee nooran. [Allaahummaj’al lee nooran fee qabree wa nooran fee ‘idhaamee.] [Wa zidnee nooran, wa zidnee nooran, wa zidnee nooran.][Wa hab lee nooran ‘alaa noor.] Read more

Invocations in times of worry and grief

Arabic

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, thahaaba hammee.

O Allah, I am Your slave and the son of Your male slave and the son of your female slave . My forehead is in Your Hand (i.e. you have control over me) . Your Judgment upon me is assured and Your Decree concerning me is just . I ask You by every Name that You have named Yourself with , revealed in Your Book , taught any one of Your creation or kept unto Yourself in the knowledge of the unseen that is with You , to make the Qur’an the spring of my heart, and the light of my chest, the banisher of my sadness and the reliever of my distress.

Reference: Ahmad 1/391, and Al-Albani graded it authentic.

Perform the late-night voluntary prayers

To stand for prayer late at night, when no human can see you, gives tranquility and serenity to the heart. In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said that waking up late at night, remembering Allah, making ablution, and then standing for prayer makes one active and joyful.

They used to sleep but little by night [invoking their Lord and praying, with fear and hope].  (Qur’an 51: 17) Read more

Most rumors are baseless

General George Kruk, known for his subjugation of the native Indians, wrote the following on page 77 of his famous journal: “Almost all of the misery and anxiety of the Indians originates from their imagination and not from reality.” Read more

The shari`ah is made easy for you

Ease and facilitation – these are two qualities of the Shari’ah that give comfort to the believer.

We have not sent down the Qur’an unto you [O’ Muhammad] to cause you distress. (Qur’an 20: 1)

And we shall make easy for you [O’ Muhammad] the easy way [i.e. the doing of righteous deeds].  (Qur’an 87: 8)

Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope.  (Qur’an 2: 286)

Allah puts no burden on any person beyond what He has given him. (Qur’an 65: 7)  

And He has not laid upon you in religion any hardship…   (Qur ‘an 22: 78)

He releases them from their heavy burdens [of Allah’s Covenant] and from the fetters [bindings] that were upon them.  (Qur ‘an 7. 157) Read more

Eid Mubarak!

MYF Has confirmed that Eid is tomorrow!

  • 1st prayer 8am
  • 2nd prayer 10.30am

MYF

“Taqabbala Allahu
minna wa minkkum wa
Ahaala Allaahu ‘ alaka”

“May Allah accept it from
you and us and may
Allah make it return to you”
Ameen

Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr) to be paid before Eid Salat (prayer), it is: £4.00 (per family member)

Eid Prayer at 8:00am.and 10:30am

EID PARTY ON SATURDAY 02/08/2014 2:00PM

This life does not deserve our grief

Napoleon exclaimed in Saint Helena:

“I have not known (even) six happy days in my whole life.” The Caliph, Hisham ibn Abdul-Malik, said:

“I have attempted to recall and enumerate the number of happy days in my life, and I have found them to be thirteen in total.” And his father would often repine and say, Read more

Good Life…

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.

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Virtues of the Last 10 Nights

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and blessings be upon the Trustworthy Prophet Muhammad and upon all his family and companions.

 The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to strive hard (in worship) during the last ten days of Ramadan in a way that he did not strive at any other times.

[Muslim, 1175, from ‘A’ishah]

 Among the things he did were secluding himself in I’tikaf and seeking Laylat al-Qadr during this time.  Read more

News Flash: Asalamu’ Alaikum

News Flash: Itikaf @The MYF…

MYF announces the start of Itikaf program on Friday night.

The nightly program includes (during the 10 greatest nights):

  • Full Iftaar Meal

  • Taraweeh

  • Tahajud

  • Reminders

  • Sahoor (Breakfast)

  • 27th Night Program

  • And much more…

All Welcome and please spread the word!

Iftaar & Taraweeh

Asalamu’ Alaikum Brothers & Sisters,

As we approach the halfway mark in Ramadan, if your not already aware we are providing a complete Iftaar every night in Ramadan followed by Taraweeh Prayers In Shaa Allah.

taraweeh

Let’s pray together and remember Allah as much as we can and ask for forgiveness and the best of rewards.

Also a big thank you to all the volunteer’s who work hard everyday and night in order to serve the community for the sake of Allah in this blessed month.

All are welcome, please take this opportunity to invite your families and non-muslim friends and neighbor’s to show the them the true beautiful religion of Islam.

May Allah guide us all and forgive us for our sins..

Ameen

MYF Presents Qiyam Ul-Layl for boys only from the ages 11+

myfQiyam Ul-Layl for boys Friday 11th July 2014

We are very pleased to announce Qiyam Ul-Layl for boys at the MYF.

It’s here again! Our Qiyam program has always proved to be very popular in the community, in bringing our sisters together and it is of benefit on so many levels due to the well structured program the event offers.

Program begins with a reminder at 8pm, followed by Iftar & Maghrib. Before Isha we will have a series of activities including: Tafseer of the Quran, Islamic quiz & Islamic reminders.

Finally Taraweeh to complete the evenings activities.

Please come and join us as it’s a very positive Islamic atmosphere in the blessed month of Ramadan that is beneficial to all who attend.

If you embrace Islam, there is no reason for you to be sad

Miserable are those souls that are ignorant of Islam or that know Islam but have not been guided to it. Today, Muslims need a slogan or advertisement to be broadcast worldwide, for Islam is a great message that must be conveyed to the masses. The words of this slogan need to be clear, concise, and inviting because the happiness of humanity as a whole lies in this true Religion.

And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him…. (Qur’an 3: 85) Read more

You are doing well if you are healthy and have enough food

In the year 1400 Hijri, I participated in a campaign to propagate Islam, close to the border of Yemen. I temporarily left the camp we were staying in, intending to go with one of my professors to Abha. On the way back I was upset because he was driving his car at a very high speed. I pleaded with him to slow down, but it seemed that this only had the effect of goading him on to go faster. It was raining that night, yet he continued to drive recklessly. We ended up in a valley that was filling with water. At first the water reached a level only slightly above our tires. As we reached the middle of the valley, though, the situation got worse as water started to flow into our vehicle. We left the car and with much difficulty we managed to reach the edge of the valley. We were stuck there all night without food, drink, and more importantly, because we were wet, without blankets. We were contented and thankful for our situation though, because when the flood had overwhelmed us we had expected to die. And so we were thankful just to be alive. In the early morning somebody came and took us to safety. I am reminded by this incident of a story that took place in World War II. An American ship was hit by a missile and as a result began to sink. The captain was stranded for thirteen days with only water and bread to nourish him. He was later asked whether there was a moral that he took away with him from his experience. He said, “Something important that I took away with me from this experience is that if a person is healthy and has bread and water, he has the whole world with him.” Read more

Stop to reflect

Do not be sad: for sickness is a transient state of being; the sin can be forgiven; the debt will be repaid; the captive will be released; the beloved one who is abroad will return; the sinner will repent; and the poor will be increased in their wealth.

Do not be sad, for do you not see how the black clouds disperse and the violent winds subside? Your hardships will be followed by comfort and your future is bright.

Do not be sad, for the blaze of the sun is extinguished by luxuriant shade; the thirst of noon is refreshed by fresh water; the pangs of hunger find relief in warm bread; and the anxiety of sleeplessness is followed by calm repose; the pains of sickness are soon forgotten after the return of health. It is only upon you to forbear for a short time and to be patient for a few moments.

Do not be sad, for even doctors, wise men, scholars, and poets are weak and unable to defy or change that which has been decreed. Ali ibn Jabla said:
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Ramadan Reminder

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha`ban, saying, “Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer’s sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all.” [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]

Ramadan Activities at the MYF

Asalamu’ Alaikum Brothers & Sisters,

Ramadan is here Alhamdulilah! I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Ramadan. The MYF has many activities throughout the whole month. Let’s make this Ramadan the best yet!Ramadan 2014

Please read through the activities we have to offer and join us every in shaa Allah for our full Iftaar’s and Taraweeh Prayers.

Daily Programme

  •  Iftaar Refreshments for all of Ramadhan
  • Isha (then Taraweeh) will take place at the following times: (Weeks begin Monday)
  • 1st week 11:00pm
  • 2nd week 11:00pm
  • 3rd week 10:50pm
  • 4th week 10:45pm
  • Tajweed lesson aftar asr

Saturday Programme

  • Short pre-Maghrib talks in English by local speakers (One hour before maghrib)
  • Islamic Quiz (with prizes for winners)
  • Iftar (full) meal Youth Programme
  • Girls Qiyam ul Layl (11-16year olds): Thursday 10th July 2014
  • Boys Qiyam ul Layl (11-16year olds): Friday 11th July 2014

Last 10 Days Programme

  • Itikhaf
  • Tahajjud
  •  Suhoor
  • 27th Night Programme

Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr) to be paid before Eid Salat (prayer), it is: £4.00 (per family member)

Eid Prayer at 8:00am and 10:30am

EID PARTY ON SATURDAY 02/08/2014 2:00PM

Ramadan at the MYF

timetable

Daily Programme

  •  Iftaar Refreshments for all of Ramadhan
  • Isha (then Taraweeh) will take place at the following times: (Weeks begin Monday)
  • 1st week 11:00pm
  • 2nd week 11:00pm
  • 3rd week 10:50pm
  • 4th week 10:45pm
  • Tajweed lesson aftar asr

Saturday Programme

  • Short pre-Maghrib talks in English by local speakers (One hour before maghrib)
  • Islamic Quiz (with prizes for winners)
  • Iftar (full) meal Youth Programme
  • Girls Qiyam ul Layl (11-16year olds): Thursday 10th July 2014
  • Boys Qiyam ul Layl (11-16year olds): Friday 11th July 2014

Last 10 Days Programme

  • Itikhaf
  • Tahajjud
  •  Suhoor
  • 27th Night Programme

Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr) to be paid before Eid Salat (prayer), it is: £4.00 (per family member)

Eid Prayer at 8:00am and 10:30am

EID PARTY ON SATURDAY 02/08/2014 2:00PM

Ramadan Fast Approaching!

Asalamu’ Alaikum Brothers & Sisters,

I’m sure your all looking forward to the blessed month of Ramadan which is fast approaching. We very busy in our preparation and would like to take this opportunity to remind you all of the projects we are fund raising for. Please take this opportunity to be part of this nobel cause.

MYF Projects

We have 4 Projects we are fund raising for:

PROJECT ONE:

Daily Iftaar during the blessed month of Ramadan to feed between 100 – 200 brothers & sisters.

It’s very important that we prepare for the blessed month of Ramadan. Help support our noble projects and please donate for the sake of Allah!

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Every Muslim has to give in charity.” The people then asked: “(But what) if someone has nothing to give, what should he do?” The Prophet replied: “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked: “If he cannot find even that?” He replied: “He should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked: “If he cannot do (even) that?” The Prophet said finally: “Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds, and that will be regarded as charitable deeds.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 524

Please donate generously either on-line via Paypal or call the office for more details on how to donate to our Ramadan Projects.

PROJECT 2:

We are raising funds for our saturday family Iftaar’s x5 during the blessed month of Ramadan. Our aim is to feed up to 450 brothers and sisters every saturday night during Ramadan. This will include – Dates, milk, juice and chicken & rice.

Our Target for this project is £1400 for every saturday Read more

Pause to think about hardships

Do not be sad, for sadness will weaken your determination and the quality of your worship. One of the offshoots of depression is that it often causes one to be pessimistic, to find blame in everyone, including — and we seek refuge in Allah – Allah Himself.

Do not be sad, for sadness, grief, and anxiety are the roots of mental problems, the sources of stress.
Do not be sad, for you have with you the Qur’an, supplication, remembrance, and prayer. You can lighten the load of your anxiety by giving others, doing well, and being productive. Read more

Satisfaction is richness and safety

Whoever fills his heart with satisfaction regarding the Divine Decree, Allah fills his heart with richness, safety, and comfort. And whoever becomes dissatisfied, then his heart will be filled with the opposite, and his heart will be preoccupied with matters that clash with happiness and success.

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Jummah Prayer Times For Friday Prayers

Jumma Prayer Times

First Jummah 12.15pm – 12.45pm

Second Jummah 1.15pm – 1.45pm

I heard Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) saying, “We (Muslims) are the last (to come) but (will be) the foremost on the Day of Resurrection though the former nations were given the Holy Scriptures before us. And this was their day (Friday) the celebration of which was made compulsory for them but they differed about it. So Allah gave us the guidance for it (Friday) and all the other people are behind us in this respect: the Jews’ (holy day is) tomorrow (i.e. Saturday) and the Christians’ (is) the day after tomorrow (i.e. Sunday).”

MYF Open Day Saturday 14th June

The MYF will be having our quarterly open day again on Saturday the 14th of June 2014 inshAllah.

MYF Open Day

Volunteers will be greatly appreciated in the following areas In Shaa Allah:

  • Volunteers to help set up for the open day on Friday the 13th of June 2014,      4pm onwards iA (We will meet at the MYF iA).
  • Volunteers to distribute leaflets advertising the open day around the area of the MYF (to local take aways etc) – on FRIDAY 13TH JUNE 2014 – 4PM ONWARDS.
  • Volunteers to help on the open day itself In Shaa Allah:
  • Volunteers to greet people visiting the open day & take them round the open day exhibits.
  • Volunteers to hand out flyers advertising the open day to people walking past the MYF to invite them into the MYF for the open day In Shaa Allah.
  • Volunteers to generally help out on the day it self In Shaa Allah.

MYF Open Day

Please forward this message as widely as possible In Shaa Allah.

Extinguish the fire of enmity before it spreads

Throughout my life, I found that whenever I defended myself against defamatory comments, loss and regret were the main results. At first I would think it wise that I should set things straight when some person criticized me, regardless of whether the criticism was verbal or written. In the end, however, I found the opposite to be true. By defending myself, more enmity resulted, and instead of the restoration of good ties between my critic and me, he would attempt to malign me even further. Eventually I would wish that I had never confronted him in the first place. It would have been better to forgive, forbear, show patience, turn away, and ignore the defamatory remarks. After all, this is what the Qur’an teaches us: Read more

Gentleness helps you achieve your goals

In previous chapters, I quoted revealed texts to illustrate the importance of being gentle; here we expand on the same theme by mentioning some examples. Imagine yourself driving a car on an extremely narrow road that is enclosed on either side by a wall. There is no way for a car to pass except with a great deal of care, gentleness, and caution. However, if a driver attempted to go through this street at a high speed, he would constantly crash into the wall on the right, and then into the one on the left, eventually causing his car to break down. In both of these instances ___________that of driving carefully and that of driving recklessly at a high speed – the street is the same and the car is the same, but the way of driving is different. Read more

Dissatisfaction is the door to doubt

Dissatisfaction opens the door that leads to doubt in Allah: in His Decree, in His Wisdom, and in His Knowledge. Rarely is the complainer free from these accompanying doubts that mix within his heart and permeate his being. If he were to delve deep into his self with honest introspection, he would find his faith to be infirm and questionable. Contentment and faith are like brothers that accompany one another; meanwhile, doubt and discontentment have a similar fraternal relationship. Tirmidhi related that the Prophet (bpuh) said: Read more

Your reward is Paradise…

“My soul that owns things is itself departing, Then why should I cry when something leaves me.”MYF

The whole world, with all its gold, silver, positions, and mansions does not deserve even a teardrop. In a hadith related by Tirmidhi, the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

“The world is cursed, and what is in it is cursed, except the remembrance of Allah, that which follows it (i.e. other good deeds that Allah loves), the scholar, and the student.” Read more

Sleepless nights…

If you toss and turn during the night without being able to fall asleep, do the following:

1. Remember Allah with Prophetic supplications or supplications taken from the Qur’an:

 Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.  (Qur’an 13: 28)

2. Avoid sleeping during the day, except when you have no other choice:

And have made the day for livelihood.   (Qur’an 78: 11)

3. Read or write until sleep comes:

And say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge. ‘(Qur’an 20: 114)

4. Work hard during the day:

And [it is He no] makes the day Nushur [i.e. getting up and going about here and there for daily work, etc., after one’s sleep at night or like resurrection after one’s death]. (Qur’an 25: 47)

5. Consume stimulants such as coffee and tea in moderation.

Jummah Prayer Times

First Jummah – 12.15 – 12.45pm

Second Jummah – 1.15 – 1.45pm

Sahih Bukhari Volume 002, Book 013, Hadith Number 001

Narated By Abu Huraira : I heard Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) saying, “We (Muslims) are the last (to come) but (will be) the foremost on the Day of Resurrection though the former nations were given the Holy Scriptures before us. And this was their day (Friday) the celebration of which was made compulsory for them but they differed about it. So Allah gave us the guidance for it (Friday) and all the other people are behind us in this respect: the Jews’ (holy day is) tomorrow (i.e. Saturday) and the Christians’ (is) the day after tomorrow (i.e. Sunday).”

If you lose a limb, you still have others to compensate for it

Ibn `Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

“If Allah removes the light from my eyes,
My tongue and ears still have in them light.
My heart is intelligent and my mind is not crooked, and my tongue is sharp like a warrior’s sword.”

When harm befalls you, perhaps there is a benefit that comes with it, a benefit that you cannot perceive.

And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you… (Qur’an 2: 216)

Bashhar ibn Burd said:

“My enemies disparage me, and the defect is in them, it is not a disgrace to be called defective.
If a person can see gallantry and truth,
Blindness in the eyes will not be a hindrance.
In blindness I see rewards, savings, and protection,
And for these three, I am most needy.”

Observe the difference between what Ibn `Abbaas or Bashhar said and what Saaleh ibn `Abdul Quddoos said when he became blind:

“Farewell to the world; the old man who is blind has no share whatsoever of this life.
He dies and people consider him to be of the living, False hopes have betrayed him from the beginning.”

All Divine decrees will come to pass, both upon the one who accepts them and upon the one who rejects them. The difference is that the former will find reward and happiness while the latter will find only sin and misery.

`Umar ibn `Abdul-`Aziz wrote to Maymoon ibn Mehran:

“You have written to console me for losing `Abdul-Malik. For this matter I had been in waiting, and when it finally came to pass, I had no misgivings about it.”

Do not be sad – The fundamentals of happiness

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1. Know that if you do not live within the scope of today, your thoughts will be scattered, your affairs will become confused, and your worrying will increase these realities explain the hadith:

“When you are in the morning, do not expect to see the evening, and when you are in the evening, do not expect to see the morning.”

2. Forget the past and all that it contained. Being absorbed in things that are gone is sheer lunacy.

3. Do not be preoccupied with the future. Because the future is in the world of the unseen, do not let it bother you until it comes.

4. Do not be shaken by criticism; instead, be firm. And know that, in proportion to your worth, the level of people’s criticism rises.

5. Faith in Allah and good deeds: these are the ingredients that make up a good and happy life.

6. Whoever desires peace, tranquility, and comfort can find it all in the remembrance of Allah.

7. You should know with certainty that everything that happens, occurs in accordance with a divine decree.

8. Do not expect gratitude from anyone.

9. Train yourself to be ready and prepared for the worst eventuality.

10. Perhaps what has happened is in your best interest (though you may not comprehend how that is so).

11. Everything that is decreed for the Muslim is best for him.

12. Enumerate the blessings of Allah and be thankful for them.

13. You are better off than many others.

14. Relief comes from one hour to the next.

15. In both times of hardship and ease, one should turn to supplication and prayer.

16. Calamities should strengthen your heart and reshape your outlook in a positive sense.

17. Indeed, with each difficulty there is relief.

18. Do not let trifles be the cause of your destruction.

19. Indeed, your Lord is Of-Forgiving.

20. Do not be angry… Do not be angry… Do not be angry.

21. Life is bread, water, and shade; so do not be perturbed by a lack of any other material   thing.

And in the heaven is your provision, and that which you are promised. (Qur’an 51: 22)

22. Most evil that is supposed to happen never occurs.

23. Look at those who are afflicted and be thankful.

24. When Allah loves a people, He makes them endure trials.

25. You should constantly repeat those supplications that the Prophet (bpuh) taught us to say during times of hardship.

26. Work hard at something that is productive, and cast off idleness.

27. Don’t spread rumors and don’t listen to them. If you hear a rumor inadvertently, then don’t believe it.

28. Your malice and your striving to seek revenge are much more harmful to your health than they are to your antagonist.

29. The hardships that befall you atone for your sins.

Do not be sad from the want of ample provision

Verily, the One Who provides sustenance is Allah. He has made it binding upon Himself that whatever provision He has written for His slaves will reach them.

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And in the heaven is your provision, and that which you are promised. (Qur’an 51: 22)

If Allah is the One Who provides for the creation, why curry favor with people? And why should one degrade himself in front of another person in the hope of procuring from him his sustenance? Allah said:

And no [moving] living creature is there on earth but its provision is due from Allah. (Qur ‘an 11: 6)

Whatever of mercy i.e. e. of good], Allah may grant to mankind, none can withhold it, and whatever He may withhold, none can grant it thereafter:  (Qur’an 35: 2)

Do not be sad, for there are means of making it easier to bear calamity. Among them are the following:

1. Expecting reward and recompense from Allah, the Exalted: only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning.?  (Qur’an 39: 1O)

2. Visiting those who are afflicted and seeking comfort in that you are better off than many others.

A poet said:

“If not for the many mourners around me,
Who weep for their brothers, I would have taken my own life.”

So look at those who surround you. There will not be one, except that hardship or affliction has touched him.

10 Day Trip to Bosnia – 16th of June – 26th of June 2014

10 day MYF trip to Bosnia

Brother Abu Sundus will be supervising a 10 day trip to Bosnia commencing on Monday the 16th of June 2014 & returning on Thursday the 26th of June 2014 inshAllah.

1. The trip is a 10 day trip to Bosnia, commencing on Monday the 16th of June 2014 & returning on Thursday the 26th of June 2014 inshAllah.

2. Brother Abu Sundus will be supervising the trip inshAllah.

3. The cost of the trip is £650 per person (including flights, travel in Bosnia & accommodation but does not include food, drinks, entrance fee to events, exhibitions etc).

4. The outward leg of the trip will be from Manchester (most likely airport) to Zadar in Croatia. Similarly the return leg (from Zadar in Croatia to Manchester inshAllah). The out going airport from the UK has not yet been finalized.

5. The trip will cover the following areas inshAllah:

– arrival in Zadar, Croatia.
– visit to Mostar in Bosnia.

Bosnia Tourism link

– visit the famous Kravica water fall at Ljubuski ((http://www.bhtourism.ba/eng/whattoseeanddo.wbsp?wbf_mjesto=;23😉
– dinner at old Turkish Fortress at Pocitelj & visit to Turkish Mosque(http://www.bhtourism.ba/eng/pocitelj.wbsp)
– visit to Mostar – visit to City & the famous Mostar Bridge
– visit to old Turkish house – (www.muslibegovichouse.com)
– visit to Konjic – Rafting along the Neretva river – www.badzoraft.com
– visit the Capital of Bosnia – Sarajevo – Sight seeing of City, Sleep in Sarajevo.
– visit Travnik – Sight seeing of Travnik
– visit Tuzla – visit to “Missing Persons Centre” which identifies persons missing from the Bosnian War.
– visit to Srebrenica & the Memorial Centre (in memory of the Srebrenica massacre)
– visit Jajce – City, waterfall & lake – **http://www.bhtourism.ba/eng/jajce.wbsp

Signposts on the seeker’s highway

If one wants to know whether one is climbing upwards toward success, there are certain signs and indications that can help him to determine his progress.

1. As one becomes more knowledgeable, one becomes more humble and merciful to others. Think of an expensive pearl: the more heavy and valuable it is, the deeper it is in the ocean. A wise person knows that though knowledge is a gift, Allah tests the one whom He gives it to. When one is thankful for the gift of knowledge, one will be raised in ranking.

Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe and those who have been granted knowledge. (Qur’an 58: 11)

2. The more one performs good deeds; the more one becomes cautious and fearful, in the sense that he does not feel secure from error, such as a slip of the tongue or a change of heart. He is always in a state of watching over himself and of being wary. He is like a careful bird: each time it lands on a tree, it soon leaves it for another, afraid of the skilled hunter and his bullet.

3. The older one gets the less covetous should one be for this world, for he comes to know with certainty that his time is soon finished.

4. The wealthier one becomes the more generous should one be towards others. The wealthy Muslim must understand that his wealth is a trust given to him, and that Allah is testing him in that wealth.

5. The higher one’s status becomes in society, the closer should he be to ordinary people, showing humility and fulfilling their needs.

But there are also signs that indicate wretchedness:

1. The more knowledge one attains the haughtier and arrogant he becomes. Such a person’s knowledge is not beneficial. His heart is empty and his company is heavy to bear.

2. The more he increases in deeds, the more proud he becomes and the more contemptuous he becomes of others. He doesn’t give the benefit of the doubt to anyone except to his own self. Thus, he deems that he is the only one who achieves salvation while all others are bound for destruction.

3. The older he gets, the more avarice and cupidity become part of his character. He gathers, but he never shares. Calamities and misfortune fail to move him into becoming a benefactor to others.

4. The wealthier he becomes, the more miserly he becomes with his money.

5.  The higher his position in society, the higher his level of arrogance and haughtiness. The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

“The arrogant ones will be gathered on the Day of Judgment in the form of small ants. People will trample on them with their feet.”

In each of the points discussed above, I mentioned some of Allah’s favors, favors by which He tests His slaves: some of those slaves will pass the test while others will fail it.

Jummah Prayer Times

First Jummah 12.15pm – 12.45pm

Second Jummah 1.15pm – 1.45pm

Jammat Times for May 2014

Fajr 4.00.am

Dhur 1.30pm

Asr 6:00pm

Maghrib 5 Mins after adhaan

Isha Combined with Maghrib

Leave the future alone until it comes

The Event [the Hour or the punishment of disbelievers and polytheists or the Islamic laws or commandments], ordained by Allah will come to pass, so seek not to hasten it.   (Qur’an 16: 1)

Be not hasty and rushed for things that have yet to come to pass. Do you think it is wise to pick fruits before they become ripe? Tomorrow is non-existent, having no reality today, so why should you busy yourself with it? Why should you have apprehensions about future disasters? Why should you be engrossed by their thoughts, especially since you do not know whether you will even see tomorrow?

The important thing to know is that tomorrow is from the world of the unseen, a bridge that we do not cross until it comes. Who knows, perhaps we might never reach the bridge, or the bridge might collapse before we reach it, or we may actually reach it and cross safely.

For us to be engrossed in expectations about the future is looked down upon in our religion since it leads to our having a long-term attachment to this world, an attachment that the good believer shuns. Many people of this world are unduly fearful of future poverty, hunger, disease, and disaster: such thinking is inspired by the Devil.

Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to commit Fahsha [evil deeds, illegal sexual intercourse, sins etc.], whereas Allah promises you Forgiveness from Himself and Bounty… (Qur’an 2: 268)

Many are those who cry because they see themselves starving tomorrow, falling sick after a month, or because they fear that the world will come to an end after a year. Someone who has no clue as to when he wil die (which is all of us) should not busy himself with such thoughts.

Since you ire absorbed in the toils of today, leave tomorrow until it comes. Beware of becoming unduly attached to future prospects in this world.

A just decree

Allah’s ruling is binding upon His slave: it will come to pass, and it is a just ruling, as mentioned in the hadith:

“Your decree concerning me will be carried out, and you are Just with me in Your Ruling.”

Allah, the Most High, has forbidden Himself from being unjust with his slaves. Indeed it is people themselves who do wrong and are unjust.

The above-mentioned hadith, “And You are Just with Me in Your Ruling” also includes the decree of sinning, in its effect and its punishment. Allah is the Most Just regarding His decree for sinning and for its punishment. He may have ordained a sin for one of His slaves for reasons that are beyond our grasp. There might be a purpose which, due to its being so profound in its ramifications, is known only to Him. And that is the belief of the Muslim.

Allah, who is full of Majesty and Honor…’

In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) advised us to repeat this phrase often:

“O’ (Allah) who is full of Majesty and Honor.”

He (bpuh) also advised us to say:

“O’ Ever Living, O’ One Who sustains and protects all that exists.”

Therefore, for one’s own well being, one should invoke Allah and seek His help with these phrases, and the answer will surely then follow.

[Remember] when you sought help of your Lord and He answered vou. (Qur’an 8: 9)

In the life of a Muslim, there are three truly joyful days:

1. The day that he abjures sinning and performs his obligatory prayers in congregation.

Answer Allah [by obeying Him] and [His] Messenger when he calls you…) (Qur ‘an 8: 24)

2. The day that he repents from a sin, forsakes it, and returns to his Lord.

Then, He accepted their repentance that they might repent [unto Him]. (Qur’an 9. 118)

3. The day that he dies to meet his Lord, having performed a final deed that is both good and pure.

“Whosoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him.”

After having studied the life of the Prophet’s Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all), I found in them five characteristics that distinguish them from others:

1. They led simple lives that were free from ostentation and extravagance.

And we shall make easy for you [O’ Muhammad] the easy way Ii. e. the doing of righteous deeds]. (Qur’an 87: 8)

2. Their knowledge of religious matters was as blessed as it was profound. And more importantly, they accompanied that knowledge with practical application.

Are only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah? (Qur’an 35: 28)

3. They gave precedence to deeds of the heart over deeds that others could see. Thus, they had sincerity; they depended upon Allah; they loved Him; they hoped from Him only; and they feared none save Him. Furthermore, they assiduously performed voluntary acts of worship, such as prayer and fasting.

He knew what was in their hearts… (Qur’an 48: 18)

4. They did not seek the world and its pleasures. They turned their backs in disdain on material possessions, and they reaped the fruits of this noble stance: happiness, peace of mind, and sincerity.

Arrd whoever desires the Hereafter and strives .for it, with the necessary effort due for it [i.e. do righteous deeds of Allah :s Obedience] while he is a believer… (Qur’an 17: 19)

5. Jihad was a priority for them over other good deeds until it became a banner by which they were recognized. And through Jihad, they annihilated their worries and troubles, because all of the following are a part of Jihad: remembrance, striving, effort, and activity.

As .for those who strive hard in us [Our Cause], we will surely guide them to Our Paths [i.e. Allah’s Religion – Islamic Monotheism]. And verily, Allah is with the good doers. (Qur’an 29: 69)

In the Qur’an, truths and realities that are constant and do not change are mentioned concerning this life. Here are the ones that are related to the subject matter of this book.
Whoever works for Allah, He will help him:

If you help [in the cause on Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firma (Qur’an 47: 7)

Whoever asks of Allah, He will answer him:

And your Lord said: `Invoke Me, I will respond to your [invocation]. (Qur’an 40: 60)

When one asks Allah for forgiveness, He will forgive him: He said: `My Lord! Verily, I have wronged myself, so forgive me’.

Then He forgave him. (Qur’an 28: 16)

{And He it is who accepts repentance from His slaves…. (Qur’an 42: 25)

Whoever places his trust in Allah, He will be sufficient for him: and whosoever puts his trust in Allah, and then He will suffice him. (Qur ‘an 65: 3)

There are three kinds of people whose punishment is certain: those who are rebellious against Allah, those who break their pledges, and those who plot evil deeds:

Your rebellion [disobedience to Allah] is only against your ownsel ves. (Qur ‘an 10: 23)

Then whosoever breaks his pledge breaks only to his own harm… (Qur’an 48: 10)

But the evil plot encompasses only him who makes it. (Qur’an 35: 43)

Oppressors will not escape from Allah’s punishment:

These are their houses in utter ruin, for they did wrong. (Qur’an 27: 52)

The fruits of righteousness are harvested both in the short and long term:

So Allah gave them the reward of this world, and the excellent reward of the Hereafter :} (Qur’an 3: 148)

Whoever obeys Allah; He will love him and provide sustenance for him:

Verily, Allah is the All-Provider. (Qur ‘an 51: 58)

Allah will punish the enemies of his obedient slaves:

Verily, we will exact retribution. (Qur’an 44: 16)

Shaykh `Abdur-Rehmaan ibn Sa’di wrote a valuable book called Practical Means to a Happy Life. In it he said,

“By enumerating Allah’s blessings, one will realize that he is better off than a great number of people and that he should truly be thankful for Allah’s favors upon him.”
Even in matters of religion, one finds that in spite of the negligence we are all guilty of, some of us are better than others in performing the obligatory congregational prayers regularly, in reading the Qur’an, in remembering Allah, and so on. These are all favors for which we should be thankful. Allah, the Exalted, said: Allah has perfected His Graces upon you, [both] apparent [i.e. Islamic Monotheism, and the lawful pleasures of this world, including health, good looks, etc.] and hidden [i.e. Ones Faith in Allah (of Islamic Monotheism) knowledge, wisdom, guidance for doing righteous deeds, and also the pleasures and delights of the Hereafter in Paradise, etc.]? (Qur’an 31: 20)

Adh-Dhahabi mentioned that the great scholar of hadith, Ibn `Abdul Ba’qi, observed the people as they were leaving the central Mosque of Baghdad. He was looking for someone who in all respects he wished to change places with in life, yet he reported that he found no one:

And we have preferred them above many of those whom we have created with a marked preference. (Qur’an 17: 70)

Be content with that which Allah has given you and you will be the richest of people

Wealth, appearance, children, house, and talents you must be content with your share in these things:

So hold that which I have given you and be of the grateful.  (Qur’an 7: 144)

Most Islamic scholars and pious Muslims of the early generations of Islam were poor; needless it is to say, then, that they did not have beautiful houses or nice cars. Yet, despite these disadvantages, they led fruitful lives, and they benefited mankind, not by some miracle, but because they used all that they were given, and spent their time in the correct way. Hence they were blessed in their lives, their time, and their talents.

On the contrary, there are many people who have been bestowed with wealth, children, and all forms of blessings, yet these blessings have been the very reason for their misery and ruin. They deviated from what their inborn instincts were telling them, namely, that material things are not everything. Look at those that have obtained degrees from world-renowned universities, and yet they are paragons of obscurity. Their talents and abilities remain unused. Meanwhile, others who are limited in the scope of their knowledge have managed to make mountains out of what they have been given, benefiting both themselves and society.

If you are a seeker of happiness, be satisfied with the looks Allah has favored you with, with your family situation, with the sound of your voice, with the level of your understanding, and with the amount of your salary. Certain educators go further than this by saying that you should imagine being contented with even less than you actually have now.

Here for you is a list of those who have shone from our Islamic heritage despite each being challenged by various disadvantages:

Ataa ibn Rabah was a world-renowned scholar of his time. He was not only a freed slave and snub-nosed, but he was also paralyzed.

Al-Ahnaf ibn Qays was famous among the Arabs for his singular level of patience. He achieved that fame despite being emaciated, humpbacked, with crooked legs and a fragile frame.

Al-A`mash was among the most famous scholars of hadith in his time. He was a freed slave, he had bad eyesight, and he was poor. His clothes were ripped, his appearance was disheveled, and he lived in straitened circumstances.

In fact, every Prophet was at one time or another shepherd. Dawood (David) was a blacksmith, Zakariah (Zacharia) a carpenter, and Idrees (Enoch) a tailor; and yet they were the best of mankind.

Therefore your value is in your abilities, good deeds, manners, and contributions to society. Do not feel grief, then, over that which has passed you by in life in terms of good looks, wealth, or family; and be content with what Allah has allotted for you.

It is we who portion out between them their livelihood in this world. (Qur’an 43: 32)

Remind yourself of Paradise, which is as wide as are the Heavens and the Earth.

If you are hungry in this world, if you are sad, ill or oppressed, remember the eternal bliss of Paradise. If you do this, then your losses are really profits and the hardships you face are really gifts. The most wise of people are those that work for the Hereafter, because it is better and everlasting. And the most foolish of mankind are those that see this world as their eternal abode – in it reside all of their hopes. You will find such people to be the most grief-stricken of all when faced with calamity. They will be the most affected by worldly loss simply because they see nothing beyond the insignificant lives that they lead. They see and think only of this impermanent life. They wish for nothing to spoil them in their state of felicity. Were they to remove the veil of ignorance from their eyes, they would commune with themselves about the eternal abode – its bliss, pleasures, and castles. They would listen attentively when they are informed through the Qur’an and the Sunnah about its description. Indeed, that is the abode that deserves our attention and merits our striving and our toiling, so that we may achieve the best of it.

Have we reflected at length about the description of the inhabitants of Paradise? Illness does not befall them, grief does not come near them, they die not, they remain young, and their attire remains both perfect and clean. They are in a beautiful home. In Paradise is found that which no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind has imagined. The rider travels under a tree in Paradise for one hundred years and yet he still does not reach its end. The length of a tent in Paradise is sixty miles. Its rivers are constant, its castles are lofty, and its fruits are not only close-by, but are also easily picked.

Therein will be a running spring. Therein will be thrones raised high, and cups set at hand, and cushions set in rows, and rich carpets [all] spread out.   (Qur’an 88: 12-16)

The happiness of Paradise will be absolute. So why do we not contemplate this fact?

If Paradise is our final destination and we ask Allah for Paradise – then the hardships of this world are less heavy than they may seem, so let the hearts of the afflicted ones find solace.

You who live in poverty, or are afflicted with calamity, work righteous deeds so that you shall live in Allah’s Paradise. Peace is upon you, because you persevered in patience! Excellent indeed is the. Final hornet      (Qur’an 13: 24)

 

Extinguish the fire of enmity before it spreads

Throughout my life, I found that whenever I defended myself against defamatory comments, loss and regret were the main results. At first I would think it wise that I should set things straight when some person criticized me, regardless of whether the criticism was verbal or written. In the end, however, I found the opposite to be true. By defending myself, more enmity resulted, and instead of the restoration of good ties between my critic and me, he would attempt to malign me even further. Eventually I would wish that I had never confronted him in the first place. It would have been better to forgive, forbear, show patience, turn away, and ignore the defamatory remarks. After all, this is what the Qur’an teaches us: Read more

MYF Ramadan Project 4

I’m sure your all well aware our Ramadan fund raising is in full swing and last but by no means least we’d like to take this opportunity to inform you of Project 4 ‘The last 10 nights’.

Our Qiyam project has been very successful over the years and as it’s become even more popular. Due to the high volume of brothers & sisters who attend our Qyam project we need to ensure we have the capacity to deal with the huge numbers that attend.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our fund raising targets for this particular project.

The blessed ‘Last 10 Nights’ of Ramadan Qiyam program.

Amount required for each night £250 Approx.

Amount required for the 27th night £1000 Approx.

You can pay for the whole event or part of it.

This is an opportunity to increase your reward and help others! Please donate generously and remember the benefit will help you more than you can imagine!

Cause and effect, are from the wisdom of Allah (SWT). He has connected the cause and effect of things. For example, the person who uses good methods in planting his crops will get a good harvest. Just the same way a person who eats and drinks healthily will have good health.Allah (SWT) too has linked spiritual and metaphysical causes to spiritual results. Allah (SWT) states that the one who is beneficial to his relatives will have an increase in his life span. Also Allah (SWT) states that giving charity removes evil. We human beings wonder how the cause and effect is connected, and what is the wisdom behind the incidences in life? Some cause and effects are easy to explain and the wisdom behind them is clear. On the other hand some of these phenomena’s are hard to explain. However Islam stresses that giving charity increases sustenance. Following are a few traditions that stress on this fact.

Prophet Muhammad (S) says that: “Attract sustenance by giving charity.”

Abu Abdillah (AS) says that: “Allah (SWT) gives help to person equal in quantity to the charity a person gives.”

Imam Jafar Sadiq (AS) says that: “Everything has a key, and the key to sustenance is charity.”

Prophet Muhammad (S) says that: “An act of charity shields seventy dead people from ill fate.”

Prophet Muhammad (S) says that: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.”

Imam Jafar Sadiq (AS) says that: “An act of charity given openly prevents seventy types of mishaps, and a secretly given charity cools the anger of our Lord Allah (SWT).”

Prophet Muhammad (S) has also said that: “The angel of death is told to remove the soul of a person, but if during that time charity is given then the order to remove the soul is cancelled.”

It has been related in Al-Bihar that Prophet Muhammad (S) said that: “Allah (SWT) says that when the angel of death is asked to remove the soul of a person, and if he or she gives Sadaqa, Allah (SWT) orders the angel of death to stop.”

Imam Jafar Sadiq (AS) says that: “An act of charity shields us of seventy evils of this world including an ill fated death. The one who gives charity never dies ill fatedly.”

According to Islamic beliefs, when we give charity, Allah (SWT) due to his mercy changes our fate. Allah (SWT) says in the Noble Qur’an that: “Allah removes what He wishes and establishes what He wishes, for He has the Mother of Books.” (13:39)

Ramadan Project Three

Asalamu’ Alaikum Brothers & Sisters

With Ramadan fast approaching the MYF has begun the task of raising funds for the many popular projects that benefit and support us during the blessed month of Ramadan.  I’m sure your all aware of the fantastic work MYF and it’s staff carry our during Ramadan. It’s equally important that we contribute what we can and today we’d like to make you aware of ‘Project Three’. It’s the Qyam-ul-Layl for girls & boys.

Please be aware that all donations however big or small is of great benefit in this life and the next! You can safely donate via Paypal on our website or call into the office to make cash or cheque donations.This is a great opportunity for you to give as much as you can for the sake of Allah!

Here is what Project Three consists of:

Qyam-ul-Layl for Girls (Aged 11-18yrs)

Qyam-ul-Layl for Boys (Aged 11-15yrs)

This includes: Food, drinks, quiz & prizes + suhoor for both.

Amount for Girls required is £375

Amount for Boys required is £300

In Islam, every Muslim is obliged to give to charity in whatever form to boost his piety and spread wealth and goodwill among the whole community. It’s no surprise then that the Arabic word tasadaqa (to give charity) is derived from the word “sadaqa” which means tell the truth or be sincere.

Allah (SWT) says in the Noble Qur’an: “By no means shall you attain to righteousness until you spend (benevolently) out of what you love; and whatever thing you spend, Allah surely knows it.” (3:92)

Therefore voluntary charity, or sadaqa, which is different than the zakah – the compulsory alms that are collected each year – should be part of every Muslim’s daily life. Prophet Muhammad (S) said that every good deed is charity – even a smile in the face of others is charity.

Prophet Muhammad (S) said: “There is no person who does not have the obligation of doing charity every day that the sun rises.” Whereupon he was asked: “O Messenger of Allah (SWT), from where would we get something to give in charity (so often)?” Prophet Muhammad (S) replied: “Indeed the gates to goodness are many: glorifying Allah (SWT), praising Him, magnifying Him, saying ‘There is no god but Allah’, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, removing (any source of harm from the road, listening to the aggrieved, guiding the blind, showing the seeker his need, striving as far as your two legs could carry you and with deep concern to give succour to him who asks, carrying with the strength of your arms (the burdens of) the weak. All these are acts of charity which are an obligation on you.” And Prophet Muhammad (S) added: “And your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, your removing of stones and thorns from people’s paths is charity, and your guiding a man gone astray in the world is charity for you.”

Charity, as it is traditionally understood, consists of money or various objects given by the rich to help the poor or by the strong to help the weak. Charity in its tangible, narrow sense divides people into the receivers on the one hand and the givers on the other. This division inspires among the receivers feelings of weakness and even of error, and among those who give feelings of pride and conceit. But the saying of Prophet Muhammad (S), however, takes charity out of this narrow, physical meaning and on to a spiritual plane that opens up a vast and limitless world by emphasizing that every good is charity. And on every person is the obligation of charity. This is a unique concept of charity.

Prophet Muhammad (S) makes us realize the single spiritual essence which lies behind every act of goodness. But Prophet Muhammad (S) does not want us merely to know. Knowledge is not an end in itself. Prophet Muhammad (S) wants to make us return to goodness, goodness which is the very word of Allah (SWT). Prophet Muhammad (S) wants that each of us should move and stir ourselves from within into goodness so that giving would become a habit of life, and that this habit would pass from person to person. The complete Islamic concept of charity which includes all good actions however small they may be, allows every person whether rich or poor, to become givers and receivers on an equal basis. This point to another basic principle of Islamic thought and behaviors that the standard on which life is judged is not the materialistic alone but one based on faith, feeling and sensitivity which form the center of human relations. And from it comes the ties of faith, affection and love to bind hearts.

Allah (SWT) says in the Noble Qur’an: “And united their (believers) hearts; had you spent all that is in the earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allah united them; surely He is Mighty, Wise.” (8:63)

Prophet Muhammad (S) has said: “No one of you believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”

This is the essence of charity. So begin by meeting your brother and sister with a smile. This would open up locked souls, penetrate to the depths of the heart and exert a magnetic bond on society. Read the hadith again and see how it reaches into the depths of the soul, the essence of existence and creates hearts that are tender, pure, radiant and beautiful.

And Abdullaah Ibn Haarith said: “I never came across a person who smiled as much as Prophet Muhammad (S). Prophet Muhammad (S) regarded smiling with a brother as an act of charity.” (Tirmidhi)

Indeed every act of giving is charity, even a smile in the face of your fellow.

Prophet Muhammad (S) was asked if acts of charity even to the animals were rewarded by Allah (SWT). He replied: ‘yes, there is a reward for acts of charity to every beast alive.’ (Bukhari, Muslim)

Travel throughout Allah’s uride earth

It has rightly been said that traveling drives away worries. Ramhumuzi enumerated in his book, The Noble Scholar of Hadeeth,the various benefits of traveling for the purpose of seeking knowledge. He was refuting those who think that no tangible benefit can be derived by traveling through the lands. He said:

“There is much profit to be derived from seeing new lands and new houses, in seeing beautiful gardens and fields, in seeing different faces and coming across different languages and colors, and in witnessing the wonders of different countries. The peace that one finds under the shades of large trees is unparalleled. Eating in the mosques, drinking from streams, and sleeping wherever one finds a place when night comes   these all instill affability and humbleness in a person. The traveler befriends all those whom he loves for Allah’s sake and he has no reason to flatter or to be artificial. Add to these benefits all of the happiness that the traveler’s heart feels when he reaches his destination, and the thrill he experiences after having overcome all of the obstacles that were on his way. If those who are averse to leaving their homelands knew all of this, they would learn that all of the individual pleasures of the world are combined in the noble pursuit of traveling. There is nothing more enjoyable to a traveler than the beautiful sights and the wonderful activities that are part of traveling through Allah’s wide earth. And the non-traveler is deprived of all of this.”

Do not melt into someone else’s personality

Man passes through three stages:
1) Imitation,
2) Selection and choice,
3) Invention and creativeness.

Imitation, the act of copying someone else’s personality and mannerisms, is either resorted to because of a strong liking for, or an extreme attachment to, the person being copied. When practiced in extremes, when an imitator copies someone else even in his tone of voice or bodily gestures, what he is really doing is burying his own personality. Though this might seem absurd to some, one need only look at the younger generation of today: you will find some teens imitating famous people in their walk, talk, and movements. All of their idiosyncrasies are abandoned for the sake of copying their idols. Had they been imitating noble traits and noble personalities, I would commend them, since imitating someone in seeking knowledge, in being generous, or in having good manners, is a truly noble action.

I feel compelled here to reiterate what I have said before: you are a unique entity, and since Allah created Adam (may peace be upon him), no two people are exactly alike in appearance.

…and the difference qt. your languages and colors.   (Qur’an 30: 22)

Why then, do we wish to be exactly alike in other matters, such as characteristics and talents?

The beauty of your voice is in its uniqueness and the beauty of your appearance is in its being specific to you.

…and among the mountains are streaks white and red, of varying colors and [others] very black.  (Qur ‘an 35: 27)

Jummah Prayer Times

First Jummah 12.15pm – 12.45pm

Second Jummah 1.15pm – 1.45pm

Jammat Prayer Times May 2014

Fajr 4.00.am

Dhur 1.30pm

Asr 6:00pm

Maghrib 5 Mins after adhaan

Isha Combined with Maghrib

Sahih Bukhari Volume 002, Book 013, Hadith Number 006

Narated By Abu Huraira : Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) said, “Any person who takes a bath on Friday like the bath of Janaba and then goes for the prayer (in the first hour i.e. early), it is as if he had sacrificed a camel (in Allah’s cause); and whoever goes in the second hour it is as if he had sacrificed a cow; and whoever goes in the third hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a horned ram; and if one goes in the fourth hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a hen; and whoever goes in the fifth hour then it is as if he had offered an egg. When the Imam comes out (i.e. starts delivering the Khutba), the angels present themselves to listen to the Khutba.”

Ramadan Project Two

We are raising funds for our saturday family Iftaar’s x5 during the blessed month of Ramadan. Our aim is to feed up to 450 brothers and sisters every saturday night during Ramadan. This will include – Dates, milk, juice and chicken & rice.

Our Target for this project is £1400 for every saturday

Brothers & Sisters this is an opportunity to gain great reward in contributing towards this noble project. You can pay in full or contribute towards our target figure for this particular project. Please contact the office for further details.

True believer, is The Generous One

One of the door that Allah has opened to His slaves to gain big rewards in the month Ramadan is through sadaqa (giving charity/alms). Islam always advise it’s followers to give plenty of charities, especially during the month Ramadan. And that supposes to be the manner of believers; generous. Allah and His messenger ordered, even gave example to the followers of Islam to be a generous and open-handed person. Know that generosity is one of the attribute of Allah the Exalted, as revealed in hadith below:

إن الله تعالى جواد يحب الجود ويحب معالي الأخلاق ويكره سفسافها

“Indeed, Allah the Exalted is the Giver, He love generosity and noble manners, He detest bad manners.” (Narrated by Al Baihaqi, classed sahih by Al Albani in ‘Shahihul Jami’, 1744)

In this hadith, we can infer that stinginess and tight-fisted are bad manners and are not the characteristic of manner of a true believer. Just as begging for alms is not the characteristic of a believer. But a believer is the open handed person, a lavish giver.

The messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said,

اليد العليا خير من اليد السفلى واليد العليا هي المنفقة واليد السفلى هي السائلة

“Upper hand is better than the lower hand. The upper hand is the hand of a giver, and the lower hand is the hand of a beggar.” (Narrated by Bukhari in hadith no. 1429, Muslim in hadith no. 1033)

Besides that, if a generous character is supported by a deep understanding in religious knowledge, thus the owner has joined between two characters; knowledgeable, and generous, that will be the highest position ever possessed by the slave of Allah. The messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said:

إنَّما الدنيا لأربعة نفر: عبد رزقه الله مالاً وعلماً فهو يتقي فيه ربه ويصل فيه رحمه، ويعلم لله فيه حقاً فهذا بأفضل المنازل

“The world is only for four persons: A slave whom Allah provides with wealth and knowledge, so he has Taqwa of his Lord with it, nurtures the ties of kinship with it, and he knows that Allah has a right in it. So this is the most virtuous rank.” (Narrated by Tirmidhi, no.2325, he said: “Hasan sahih”)

 

Ramadan Project One

PROJECT ONE: Daily Iftaar during the blessed month of Ramadan to feed between 100 – 200 brothers & sisters.

It’s very important that we prepare for the blessed month of Ramadan. Help support our noble projects and please donate for the sake of Allah!

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Every Muslim has to give in charity.” The people then asked: “(But what) if someone has nothing to give, what should he do?” The Prophet replied: “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked: “If he cannot find even that?” He replied: “He should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked: “If he cannot do (even) that?” The Prophet said finally: “Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds, and that will be regarded as charitable deeds.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 524

Please donate generously either on-line via Paypal or call the office for more details on how to donate to our Ramadan Projects.

The Mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you

The Mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you.  (Qur’an 102: 1)

Once, after having received a handsome sum of money, I rushed to the bookstore with the intention of buying a copy of every book I could get my hands on; the enthusiasm of the moment overwhelmed me. I filled the shelves of my wall with books from many of the sciences. The topics included Islamic jurisprudence, sociology, and books on general knowledge. I wanted to begin to read, but I didn’t

Know how to go about choosing a starting point. I found that different books in the same science tended to overlap each other. I found others to contain little of significance. I consulted some eminent scholars and asked them how I should go about studying. They guided me to a way that has proven to be successful. They suggested that I read only the main reference books in each Islamic science and that I study them in depth. All other books, they said, I should leave alone, except when research on a specific issue calls for going to a number of books. I was very pleased with the results; I felt more organized and comfortable in following their simple yet sensible advice.

The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you, until you visit the graves [i.e. till you die].   (Qur ‘an 102: 1-2)

There are some students who go to the extreme of searching for rare manuscripts. They are always gathering copies of rare books, yet you will find that most of them have not even completely read the most important reference books in the Islamic sciences. One person I know was sad that he couldn’t get a copy of the commentary of Muqaatil ibn Sulaiman, and yet he hadn’t even completely read the explanation of Ibn Katheer!

And there are among them [Jews] unlettered people, who know not the Book, but they trust upon false desires and they but guess.  (Qur ‘an 2: 78)

Never pursue minor issues when more important ones should be dealt with first. Whoever does not know his purpose will have a long and tiring journey that leads to nowhere.

MYF Ramadan Project 2014 Fund Raising Has Now Begun…

Asalamu’ Alaikum Brothers & Sisters,

With less than 10 weeks before the blessed month of Ramadan, the MYF has begun its fund raising to ensure our Ramadan Projects are successful & we can cope with the number of people who will in shaa Allah attend the MYF for Iftaar, Suhoor, Taraweeh & Itikaaf etc.

Please donate generously, contact the office to make your donation or donate directly from our website on-line.

“The shade of the believer on the Day of Judgemet will be his charity”

MYF Ramadan 2014

The inborn disposition upon which we were created

When the wind blows violently and the thunder roars and darkness permeates the sky, man’s inherent need to turn to Allah for help awakes from its slumber.

Then comes a stormy wind and the waves come to them from all sides, and they think that they are encircled therein, they invoke Allah, making their Faith pure for Him Alone…   (Qur’an 10: 22) Read more

If you really cannot do something, leave it

I used to give the Friday sermon in the city of Abha. Most of my sermons dealt with different aspects of the Prophet’s life, and this became something of a specialty with me and was something with which I felt comfortable. Somebody had asked me to give a sermon about the increasing tendency of extravagant dowries. I was loath to comply with this request because I felt more comfortable in speaking about the biography of the Prophet (bpuh). Nevertheless, I gave an impromptu sermon on the requested topic. I quoted verses from the Qur’an and sayings of the Messenger of Allah (bpuh). I was covering the topic in a desultory manner, and as I was speaking, I felt the sweat trickle down my forehead. After my sermon was over, I felt that I had done a very poor job in speaking about the subject, and so I resolved to stick to what I excelled at. Read more

Unexpected relief

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

Precious moments

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

Faith in Allah is the way to salvation

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)

Do not be chaotic in your life

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 good life…..

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

If one has inner beauty, he will discern beauty in the universe

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 5 Aside Youth Football League – Sign Up Today!

MYF Football LeagueMYF 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.

 

Team Registration

Team Name
Your Email
Contact Telephone

For more info. call the office on 0161 832 5352

 

You Are Created Unique

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)

Read more

Isolation and its positive effects

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

MYF Sunday League Football time!!

Asalamu alaikum (peace be unto you) brothers

Don’t forget we have our footy session tonight 8pm onwards at the usual spot. MarshAllah its getting very popular amongst the brothers and our squad is growing from strength to strength.

If you can’t play why not come and support and join in the fun!

Stay tuned for league details and a chance to represent the MYF on the pitch!

MYF Youth Camp Update Part 1

The MYF Youth Camp was a roaring success and everyone involved agreed it was a fun packed weekend that involved a lot of activities and team building with a true spirit of brotherhood. The event aimed to bring brothers together from all walks of life to not just appreciate and help each other but to support one another. Read more

MYF Open Saturday 29th March

The MYF will be having our quarterly open day again next Saturday the 29th of March 2014 inshAllah. The theme of the open day is “Women in Islam” – to correspond with “International Women’s Day” which was earlier this month. As always there will be food stalls, various small exhibitions on “Women in Islam”, a rolling audio-visual presentation on the TV on “Women is Islam”, an Arabic Calligraphy demonstration, an Islamic Information stall, henna hand painting, children’s face painting as well as mosque tours inshAllah.

Volunteers will be greatly appreciated in the following areas inshAllah:

  • Creation of small exhibitions on the topic of “Women in Islam” – if you have any ideas on creating a small exhibition on the general theme of “Women in Islam” please let me know. The MYF can help with providing resources for you to turn your idea into an exhibition (laptop, paper, printer etc). The theme “Women in Islam” is very broad & people can pick any topic within this vast field for their small exhibition iA (eg Muslim sports women).
  • Volunteers to help set up for the open day on Friday the 28th of March at 4pm onwards iA (We will meet at the MYF iA).
  • Volunteers to help on the open day itself iA:
  • Volunteers to greet people visiting the open day & take them round the open day exhibits.
  • Volunteers to hand out flyers advertising the open day to people walking past the MYF to invite them into the MYF for the open day.
  • Volunteers to generally help out on the day it self.
  • Please forward this e-mail as widely as possible.

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Mehmood Mughal
Project officer
MYF

Controlling one’s emotions

Emotions flare up for two reasons: either for joy or for inner
Pain. In a hadith, the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

“Verily, I have been prohibited from emitting two foolish and wicked sounds, one that is emitted when something favorable happens, and the other that is expressed when calamity strikes.”

In order that you may not be sad over matters that you fail to get, nor rejoice because of that which has been given to you.   (Qur’an 57: 23)

For this reason, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“Verily, true patience is that which is displayed during the initial shock.”

Therefore, when one contains his emotions upon both the joyful and the calamitous occasion, he is likely to achieve peace and tranquility, happiness and comfort, and the taste of triumph over his own self. Allah described man as being exultant and boastful, irritable, discontented when evil touches him, and niggardly when good touches him. The exceptions, Allah informed us, are those who remain constant in prayer. For they are on a middle path in times of both joy and sorrow. They are thankful during times of ease and are patient during times of hardship.

Unbridled emotions can greatly wear a person out, causing pain and loss of sleep. When such a person becomes angry, he flares up, threatens others, loses all self-control, and surpasses the boundaries of justice and balance. Meanwhile, if he becomes happy, he is in a state of rapture and wildness. In his intoxication of joy, he forgets himself and surpasses the bounds of modesty. When he renounces and relinquishes the company of others, he disparages them, forgetting their virtues while stamping out their good qualities. On the other hand, if he loves others, then he spares no pains in according them all forms of veneration and honor, portraying them as being the pinnacles of perfection. The Prophet (bpuh) said:

“Love the one who is beloved to you in due moderation, for perhaps the day will come when you will abhor him. And hate the one whom you detest in due moderation, for perhaps the day will arrive when you will come to love him.”

And in another hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“And I ask you (O’ Allah) to make me just, both while being in a state of anger and while being in a state of Joy.

So when a person curbs his emotions, when he controls his mind, and when to each matter he gives according to the weight of its importance, he will have taken a step towards wisdom and true understanding.

Indeed we have sent Our Messengers with clear proofs, and revealed with them the Scripture and the Balance [justice] that mankind may keep up justice. (Qur’an 57: 25)

Indeed, Islam came as much with balance in morals, manners, and dealings as it did with its straightforward, holy, and truthful way of life.

Thus we have made you a just [and the best] nation.  (Qur ‘an 2: 143)

Being just is an end that is called for in both our manners and in matters of jurisprudence. In fact, Islam is founded on truth and justice truthfulness in all that we learn from revealed texts, and justice in rulings, sayings, actions, and manners.

And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice.)  
(Qur’an 6: 115)

Youth Camp Fun begins

Youth Camp is about to get going and we have our food supplies for a fun packed weekend. Will be an awesome weekend of halal fun and team building!

We’ll keep you posted with live updates on our website.

Let the fun begin!

What are the Six Articles of Faith in Islam?

Muslims have six main beliefs.

  • Belief in Allah as the one and only God
  • Belief in angels
  • Belief in the holy books
  • Belief in the Prophets…
    • e.g. Adam, Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), Dawud (David),Isa (Jesus).
    • Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the final prophet.
  • Belief in the Day of Judgement…
    • The day when the life of every human being will be assessed to decide whether they go to heaven or hell.
  • Belief in Predestination…
    • That Allah has the knowlege of all that will happen.
    • Muslims believe that this doesn’t stop human beings making free choices.

Allah

Allah is the name Muslims use for the supreme and unique God, who created and rules everything.

The heart of faith for all Muslims is obedience to Allah’s will.

  • Allah is eternalomniscient, and omnipotent
    • Allah has always existed and will always exist.
    • Allah knows everything that can be known.
    • Allah can do anything that can be done.
  • Allah has no shape or form…
    • Allah can’t be seen.
    • Allah can’t be heard.
    • Allah is neither male nor female.
  • Allah is just…
    • Allah rewards and punishes fairly.
    • But Allah is also merciful.
  • A believer can approach Allah by praying, and by reciting the Qur’an.
  • Muslims worship only Allah…
    • because only Allah is worthy of worship.

The one and only God

All Muslims believe that God is one alone:

  • There is only one God.
  • God has no children, no parents, and no partners.
  • God was not created by a being.
  • There are no equal, superior, or lesser Gods.

Jummah Prayer Times March 21st 2014

Jummah Prayer Times Friday 21st March 2014

1st Jummah 12.o0pm – 12.30pm

2nd Jummah 1.00pm – 1.30pm

March Jammat Prayer Times

Fajr 5.30.am

Dhur 1.15pm

Asr 4:00pm

Maghrib 5 Mins after adhaan

Isha 5 Mins after adhaan

Sahih Bukhari Book 13. Friday Prayer

Narrated By Abu Huraira : I heard Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) saying, “We (Muslims) are the last (to come) but (will be) the foremost on the Day of Resurrection though the former nations were given the Holy Scriptures before us. And this was their day (Friday) the celebration of which was made compulsory for them but they differed about it. So Allah gave us the guidance for it (Friday) and all the other people are behind us in this respect: the Jews’ (holy day is) tomorrow (i.e. Saturday) and the Christians’ (is) the day after tomorrow (i.e. Sunday).”

Jummah Prayer Times at the MYF March 14th 2014

Jummah Prayer Times:

First Jummah:  12.00 – 12.30pm

Second Jummah: 1.00 – 1.30pm

Sahih Bukhari Volume 002, Book 013, Hadith Number 038

Narrated By As-Sa’ib bin Yazid I  : ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan introduced the second Adhan on Fridays when the number of the people in the mosque increased. Previously the Adhan on Fridays used to be pronounced only after the Imam had taken his seat (on the pulpit).

Jammat Times for March:

Fajr: 5.30.am

Dhur: 1.15pm

Asr: 4:00pm

Maghrib: 5 Mins after adhaan

Isha: 5 Mins after adhaan

New Muslim Group Thursday 6th March 2014, live video link with Lybia

MarshAllah, our live video link with Lybia was a  huge success and all who attended found it very interesting and positive!

Here are some words from our project manager on the night:

“The MYF New Muslims Group was involved in a live “Skype” link with a dawaa group in Libya called “Zliten Organisation” which was engaged in a Dawaa conference in “Zliten Hospital” in the Libyan City of Zliten. The Dawaa conference was host to about 60 guests, mostly non-Muslims & we at the MYF were providing moral support to the conference. Brother Abu Sundus was the host from the MYF side & we joined the conference for about one & a half hours from 7pm till 8-30 pm.

We heard speeches from some of the the conference organisers &  attendees, & contributed ourselves with 3 sisters giving short accounts of how they came to Islam. Alhamdulillah the link was a great success & 1 man from the conference in Libya took his shahada, accepted Islam  & became Muslim, Alhamdulillah. ”

Here our some pics from the night.

The speaker for the New Muslim Group this week on Thursday (13th March 2014) will be Dr Abdul Aziz.

MYF Football Team Training Session Update 10/04/2014

MarshAllah what a fabulous turnout for the MYF Football session. 25 brothers showed up for a good training session & we managed to play on 2 pitches with some good results. The atmosphere was positive and some of the brothers showed some exceptional football skills!

The MYF Football team is going from strength to strength with more interest building as each session goes by. We are really looking forward to what we can achieve in the up and coming tournament we have planned, please stay tuned to our progress and why not come and support us!

Some pics from last nights training session:

Jummah Prayer Times at the MYF

Jummah Prayer Times

First: 12.00 – 12.30pm

Second: 1.00 – 1.30pm

Sahih Bukhari Volume 002, Book 013, Hadith Number 008

Sahih Bukhari Book 13. Friday Prayer

Narrated By Salman-Al-Farsi : The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, “Whoever takes a bath on Friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jumua prayer) and does not separate two persons sitting together (in the mosque), then prays as much as (Allah has) written for him and then remains silent while the Imam is delivering the Khutba, his sins in-between the present and the last Friday would be forgiven.”

New Jammat Prayer Times for March 2014:

Fajr 5.30.am

Dhur 1.15pm

Asr 4:00pm

Maghrib 5 Mins after adhaan

Isha Beginning Time

New Muslim Support Group Tonight at The MYF 7.30pm-9.30pm

The New Muslims Project was established in response to concerns of insufficient services and support being available to those individuals around the UK who had converted to Islam or were interested in finding out more about the faith. The MYF group has grown to provide a range of services which aims to meet the social and educational needs of new Muslims in and around Manchester. Read more

Youth Camp March 2014

We are delighted to announce that our Youth Camp March 2014 is a complete sell-out! All spaces have now been taken. We are really looking forward to this Camp and will endeavor to provide many more opportunities for those that missed out to be able to attend future Camps.

We are also hoping to organize a Camp for sisters In Shaa Allah in the future, watch this space!

For all the latest updates on the March Youth Camp, please follow us our Youth Camp Facebook Page

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.

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Jealousy is not something new

If you hear the beating of resentful words in your ears, do not worry jealousy is not something new. As a poet said: “Devote yourself to the gathering of virtues, and work, and turn your back on someone who cools his jealousy by giving you censure, Know that your life’s-span is the season of good deeds, in it, they may be accepted, and after is death, when all jealousy ceases.” A wise person said: Read more

A few words on patience

Ibn Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him) is related to have said: “Relief and aid are from faith and contentment. Anxiety and grief are from doubt and anger.”
He also used to say:

“The patient one achieves the best of aims.”

Abban ibn Taghlab said: Read more

Be free from worry and fear

More than thirty chapters of the book Al-Faraju B `ada ash-Shiddah deal with the topic of ease and relief after difficulty. The book stresses the point that the more severely we become engrossed in hardship, the closer we are to ease and relief. The book has more than two hundred stories, all of which revolve around this theme. Whatever the hardship may be, it is only a matter of days before better times arrive. At-Tanookhi said,

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The bliss of the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them)

Among the many ways in which they were blessed, the Companions were informed of their ranking through revelation. This verse was revealed about Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him):

And Al-Muttaqoon [the pious and righteous] will be far removed from it [Hell]. He who spends his wealth for increase in self purification. (Qur’an 92: 17-18) Read more

The art of happiness – Pause to reflect

Do not be sad. If you are poor, then someone else is immersed in debt. If you do not own your own means of transportation, then someone else has been deprived of his legs. If you have reason to complain concerning the pains of sickness, then someone else has been bedridden for years. And if you have lost a child, then someone else has lost many children, for instance, in a single car accident. Read more

Cast off anxiety – Pause to reflect

Do not be sad, for that which has been preordained has already been decided upon and will take place though you may not like it. The pens have dried, the scrolls have been rolled up, and every affair is firmly established. Therefore your sadness will not change your reality in the least.

Do not be sad because, with your sadness, you desire for time’s suspension: for the sun to stop in its place, for the hands of the clock to stand still, for the steps of your feet to move backwards, and for the river to flow back to its source.

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Rebel boredom from your life

One who lives a life of repetition and routine will almost inevitably become a victim of boredom, especially since man by his very nature tires from a lack of change. For this reason Allah, the Exalted, the Almighty, gave us variety in times and places, in food and drink          diversity in the many forms of creation: night and day, valley and mountain, white and black, hot and cold, shade and sun, sweet and sour.

Allah mentioned this diversity in His book:
There comes, forth from their bellies, a drink of varying color.   (Qur ‘an 16: 69) Read more

What Drives People to Convert to Islam

The nature of religious faith is quite mysterious. As part of their religious faiths, people believe in a variety of deities. There arepeople who have religious faith in the unseen supreme transcendental power and then there are others who believe in some humans as Gods, animals (e.g. monkeys), fire, idols made of stone, and the list goes on. Read more

The Wisdom of Ibn Al-Qayyim

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (real name: Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr) was a famous Sunni Islamic jurist, commentator on the Quran, astronomer, chemist, philosopher, psychologist, scientist and theologian. His scholarship was focused on the sciences of Hadith (tradition of the Prophet peace be upon him) and Fiqh ( Islamic jurisprudence). But because of his extensive work pertaining to human behavior and ethics, he is commonly referred to as “the scholar of the heart.”

Teachers

At the age of 21, he joined the study circle of the Muslim scholarSheikh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, 661H – 728H (1263–1328). This most notable of his teachers kept him in his company for sixteen years as his closest student and disciple. Ibn al-Qayyim was fervent in his devotion to his teacher; defended his religious opinions and approaches; compiled and edited most of his works and taught the same, and later became his successor. Read more

Do not challenge your Lord

By being contented, one is saved from being like those who challenge their Lord in His decrees and rulings. To understand this, one needs only look at the case of Idles (the Devil). He argued and disputed with his Lord because he was displeased with His decree and ruling. Those who refuse to believe in Allah only do so because they seek to challenge Him in might and power instead of submitting to Him. Then they abandon His orders, perpetrate what is unlawful, and challenge His divine decree by showing resentment.

The past is gone forever…

By brooding over the past and its tragedies, one exhibits a form of insanity – a kind of sickness that destroys resolve to live for the present moment. Those who have a firm purpose have filed away and forgotten occurrences of the past, which will never again see light, since they occupy such a dark place in the recesses of the mind. Read more

If one has inner beauty, he will discern beauty in the universe

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)

The sweet-smelling odor, the delicious meal, and the awe-inspiring vista these all bring lightness and happiness to the soul.

Eat of that which is lawful and good on the earth…  (Qur’an 2: 168)

The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

“What has been made beloved to me from your world are perfume and women. And the delight of my eye is in the Prayer.”

Extremes of self-denial and rigid austerity have clouded and distorted for some the wonders of life. They live a life of celibacy, they purposely live in a state of penury, and they deprive themselves of food. The Messenger of Allah (bpuh) said:

“But I fast sometimes and eat (without fasting) at other times; 1 stand (for prayer at night) and I relax; I marry women; I eat meat. So whoever deviates from my way, He is not from me.”

It is strange and confusing to see what the adherents of some sects have subjected themselves to; some have abstained from certain foods; others have given up laughing; and yet others have forbidden themselves from drinking cool water. It is as though they do not realize that these actions are tantamount to torturing one’s self and to extinguishing the light of one’s soul.

Say [O’ Muhammad who has forbidden the adoration with clothes given by Allah, which He has produced for his slaves, and At-Tayyibaat [all kinds of Halaal (lawful things) of food] (Qur ‘an 7: 32)

The Messenger of Allah (bpuh) ate honey, and he is the most pious and righteous human being. This is because Allah created honey to be eaten:

There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying color wherein is healing for men.  (Qur’an 16. 69)

The Messenger of Allah (bpuh) married a virgin, and he also married women who had been either widowed or divorced.

Then marry [other] women of your choice, two or three, or four… (Qur’an 4. 3)

He wore the best of clothes on religious holidays and on other occasions as well.

Take your adornment [by wearing your clean clothes], while praying and going round [the Tawaaf of] the Ka `bah…   (Qur ‘an 7: 31)

The Prophet (bpuh) _______whom we must follow and who was sent with the true Religion _______fulfilled the rights of both, body and soul.

Do not be sad – Everything will occur according to afire-ordainment

Everything occurs according to preordainment and according to what has been decreed. Such is the belief of Muslims, the followers of Muhammad (Blessings and Peace be upon him). And nothing happens in the Universe except through Allah’s Knowledge, Permission, and Divine Plan.

No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees [Al-Lauh al-Mahfuz], before we bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah.  (Qur’an 57: 22)

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As long as you have faith in Allah, don’t be sad

Faith in Allah, the Almighty, is to happiness and peace, while disbelief is to confusion and misery. I have read about many intelligent people of a certain kind, some who might even be called geniuses, geniuses though whose hearts are bereft of the light ofguidance. And as such, they spoke wicked words about the Shari’ah (Islamic law). These are two examples that come to mind: Abu al ‘Ulaa al-Ma`arri said about the Shari’ah, “Contradiction, concerning which we can do nothing but stay quiet.” Second, is the saying of Ibn Seena, “The element that influences nature is the active intellect.”

I thus came to know that to the degree that one has faith in his heart will one be happy. More recent sayings, similar in meaning to the two above, are the offspring of the evil words of old that were spoken by Fir’aun:

Fir `aun [Pharaoh] said: ‘O’ chiefs! I know not that you have an ilah [a god] other than me…  (Qur ‘an 28: 38)

Fir’aun said: ‘1 am vour lord, most high.  (Qur’an 79: 24)

James Allen, author of How Man Thinks, said:

“Man will come to know that each time he changes his opinions and thoughts concerning things and other people, those same things and people will in their part also change… Suppose someone to have changed his thinking, and we will be astonished to learn how quickly the state of his material life changes. Therefore the sacred thing that shapes our goals is our own selves.”

Regarding incorrect thinking and its effects, Allah, the Exalted, says:

Nay, but you thought that the Messenger [Muhammad] and the believers would never return to their families; and that seemed fair in your hearts, and you did think an evil thought and you became a useless people going for destruction.  (Qur’an 48: 12)

And they thought wrongly of Allah     the thought of ignorance. They said, Have we any part in the affair? Say you [O’ Muhammad]:`Indeed the affair belongs wholly to Allah.   (Qur’an 3: 154)

James Allen also said:

“Everything that a person accomplishes is a direct result of his personal thinking… And man is capable of triumphing and of achieving his goals through his thinking; he will remain weak and miserable if he refuses to acknowledge this.”

Allah, the Almighty, said of true determination and correct thought:

And if they had intended to march out, certainly, they would have made some preparation for it, but Allah was averse to their being sent forth, so He made them lag behind… (Qur’an 9. 46)

Had Allah known of any good in them, He would indeed have made them listen… (Qur’an 8: 23)

He knew what was in their hearts, and He sent down As-Sakinah [calmness and tranquility] upon them, and He rewarded them with a near victory…    
(Qur ‘an 48: 18)

Do not grieve over trivialities for the entire world is trivial

A righteous person was once thrown into a lion’s cage, and Allah then saved him from its claws. He was later asked, “What were you thinking about at the time.” He said, “I was considering the saliva of a lion – whether it is considered by scholars to be pure or impure (i.e. whether, when I die, I will be in a state of purity or not).”

Allah described those who were with the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) according to their intentions:

Omong you are some that desire this world and some that desire the Hereafter. 
(Qur ‘an 3: 152)

Ibn al-Qayyim mentioned that a person’s value is measured according to his determination and his goals. A wise person once said words to the same effect:

“Inform me of a man’s determination and I will tell you what kind of man he is.”

A vessel capsized at sea, and a worshipper was hurled into the water. He began to make ablution, one limb at a time. He managed to get to shore and was saved. He was asked about the ablution and why he made it, to which he replied, “I wanted to make ablution so that I would die in a state of purity.”

Imam Ahmad, during the pangs of death, was pointing to his beard while others were making his ablution for him, reminding them not to miss a spot.

So Allah gave them the reward of this world, and the excellent reward of the Hereafter. (Qur’an 3: 148)

Do not grieve when you are shown overt enmity, for if you forgive and forget, you will have achieved nobility in this world and honor in the next.

But whoever forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah. 
(Qur ‘an 42: 40)

Shakespeare said words to the effect of,

“Don’t light the oven too much for your enemy in order not to burn yourself by the flame.”

Someone said to Saalim ibn `Abdullah ibn `Umar, a scholar from the early generations of Islam, “You are an evil man.” He quickly replied, “None knows me save you.”

A man said in a verbal attack to Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him):
“By Allah, I will curse you with such curses that will enter with you into your grave.” He calmly answered, “Nay, but they shall enter with you into yours.”

And someone said to `Amr ibn al-`Aas,

“I will dedicate myself to waging war against you.” `Amr replied, “Now have you fallen into what supersedes all else, and it will be your preoccupation (i.e. your misery).”

General Eisenhower once exclaimed:

“Let us not waste one minute in thought over those whom we do not love.”

The mosquito said to the tree:

Remain firm, for I wish to fly away and leave you.” The tree answered, “By Allah, I felt not your landing on me! Then how will I feel you when you fly away.” Hatim said:

“I forgive the generous one when he saves some of his wealth,
And I turn away from the curses of the accursed one generously.”

And if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass by it with dignity 
(Qur ‘an 25. 72)

(And when the foolish address them [with bad words] they reply back with mild words of gentleness.  (Qur’an 25: 63)

Confucius said:

“The angry man is always replete with poison.”

One man asked the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) to give him advice three times. He (bpuh) answered each time: “Don’t be angry.”

The Prophet (bpuh) said of anger in the following hadith: “Anger is an ember from the fire.”

The Devil overcomes man on three occasions: when he is angry, when he feels lust, and when he is in a state of forgetfulness.

Grieve not when others blame and disparage you

They will do you no harm, barring a trifling annoyance… (Qur’an 3: 111)

…and be not distressed because of what they plot. (Qur’an 16: 127)

…and harm them not. And put your trust in Allah… (Qur’an 33: 48)

…but Allah cleared him fMoosa] of that which they alleged… (Qur’an 33: 69)

An Arab poet said:

“The vast ocean feels no harm,
When the boy pitches into it a rock.”

In a hadith that has a hasan grading, the Prophet (bpuh) said: “Do not speak ill to me of my Companions, for verily, I would love to leave you with a sound breast.”

This life does not deserve our grief

Napoleon exclaimed in Saint Helena:

“I have not known (even) six happy days in my whole life.” The Caliph, Hisham ibn Abdul-Malik, said:

“I have attempted to recall and enumerate the number of happy days in my life, and I have found them to be thirteen in total.” And his father would often repine and say, Read more

The first generation of Muslims

Indeed, Allah was pleased with the believers when they gave their Baiy’ah [pledge] to you [O’ Muhammad] under the tree, he knew what was in their hearts, and He sent down As-Sakinah [calmness and tranquility] upon them, and He rewarded them with a near victory.          (Qur’an 48: 18)

This verse explains the highest goal of the believers: achieving the pleasure of Allah. Allah’s was being pleased with you is the most precious thing that you have to gain. This verse mentions Allah’s pleasure for the first generation of Muslims. In other verses, He mentions forgiveness and pardon for them:

That Allah may forgive you your sins of the past and the future…  (Qur ‘an 48: 2)

Allah has forgiven the Prophet, the Muhajiroon [Muslim emigrants who left their homes and came to Al-Madeenah] and the Ansaar [Muslims of Al-Madeenah]… 
(Qur ‘an 9: 117)

May Allah forgive you [O’ Muhammad]? Why did you grant them leave? (Qur’an 9: 43)

Seeking Allah’s pleasure, the companions made a pledge under the tree to sacrifice their lives. Why? Through their martyrdom, the religion grew and spread.
Allah, the Exalted, knew that a high level of faith dwelt in their hearts. They toiled, sweated, starved, and were tortured, but the important thing to these noble hearts was that Allah was pleased with them.

They were separated from their families, their wealth, and their homes only to face harsh realities of desert travel to another land, but they cared only for Allah and His being pleased with them.

Was the reward of these defenders of Islam camels, goats, or money? Do you think that these things would have the effect of soothing their hearts? Never! What soothed their hearts was the pleasure of Allah, His forgiveness, and His eternal reward:

And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient. Reclining therein on raised thrones, they will see there neither the excessive heat of the sun, nor the excessive hitter cold, [as in Paradise there is no sun and no moon]. And the shade thereof is close upon them, and the bunches of fruit thereof will hang low within their reach. And amongst them will be passed round vessels of silver and cups of crystal, C/ stal-clear; made of silver They will determine the measure thereof according to their wishes.   (Qur ‘an 76: 12-16)

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.

The value of Julaybeeb was his faith and his love for the Messenger of Allah, along with the principles for which he died. His humble circumstances and obscure family name did not prevent him from the great honor that was bestowed upon him. With his meager resources he achieved martyrdom, contentment, and happiness for this world and the Hereafter.

They  rejoice in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His Bounty rejoicing for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind [not yet martyred] that on them no, fear shall come, nor shall they grieve.  (Qur’an 3: 170)

So remember, it is your principles and your character that determine your value. Poverty has never stood immovable in the way of distinction and the achievement of higher aims.

Seerah Series | Part 2: Specialties of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) | Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

[The following is the video and transcript of Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s Lectures on sīrah. The transcript includes slight modifications for the sake of readability and clarity].


In our last halaqah, we began talking about the khasaa-is, or the specialties of our Prophet Muḥammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and we mentioned about 15 of them and the fact of the matter is that there are closer to 50 special things that only he was given and no other person was given. Today inshā’Allāh ta’ala we will continue talking about his characteristics and his appearances and his mannerisms. And as I told you last week, the purpose of this is to give you a little bit of a taster of the seerah. A little bit of a summary if you like, a bird’s eye view, so we get the summary of who exactly our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was.

And we will begin today by talking about his physical appearance, how he used to look ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). And realize that it is the sunnah of Allāh, it is the custom of Allāh that Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) sends prophets and messengers with the most perfect characteristics, inner and outer. And the reason He does so is so that mankind has no reason to reject this messenger. Every messenger has come with the most perfect characteristics, the most perfect mannerisms, and also perfect images as well. So the prophets, as a general rule, are all handsome in nature. And they all have beautiful characteristics.  And as we know, the Prophet Yusuf 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) was given half of all beauty. And some scholars say that half of all beauty means half of all beauty of mankind, and this is the majority opinion. But there is another opinion as well and I’m just mentioning this because to tell you that there is another opinion there, and that is some scholars say that when the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said half of beauty, he actually meant half of his own beauty. This is one opinion as well. He actually meant that half of his own beauty, because according to this opinion, the Prophet Muḥammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is the most handsome and the mostJamaal of the entire creation, he has the greatest Jamaal of the whole creation. And so they say when he is saying he has been given nisfal husn, or half, (Shatrul Husn is the hadith) half of beauty, some scholars have interpreted this to mean half of his own ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)‘s beauty.

And we have many characteristics that have been described, the physical features of our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). And some of the more beautiful ones are, for example, Ar-Rubayy’ bint Mu’awwidh one of the sahabbiyaat, when her son asked her, “What was the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) like?” this is later on, after he has passed away and she is now an old lady so people are coming to her eagerly, “Describe the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).” And so all she could say, and this is reported in At-Tabaraani’s Kabeer and also Bukhāri’s book Al-Manaqib, all she could say was, “Oh my dear son, if you were to have seen him, you would have thought that the sun had risen up.” I don’t know how to describe it to you, if you were to have seen him you would have thought that the sun has now risen up, this is the rising sun. And it is amazing that Rubayy’i describes him as a sun, beautiful sun.

Ka’ab ibn Malik describes him as a moon. Ka’ab ibn Malik, another famous companion, he said that whenever the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was happy, his face would light up as if it was the full moon. And it is beautiful that the sahabah are describing the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) with what they know to be the most beautiful, and that is the sun and the moon. So we have one sahabiyyah, she’s saying he is like the sun shining. Another one is saying he is like the full moon. And one of my favorite introductions, to this whole topic, we’re not actually describing him yet, we’re simply saying how the sahabahcould not describe him. They couldn’t describe how handsome he was because it was too much for them. And my favorite tradition, wAllāhi it is a tradition; it almost makes you want to cry when you listen to this. And this is the beautiful tradition of ‘Amr ibn al Aas. ‘Amr ibn al Aas is this sahabi, who used to be of the leaders of the Quraysh who were against Islam. ‘Amr ibn al Aas is of the mala’, he’s of the noble men who rejected Islam. He’s like Abu Sufyaan, he’s like Khalid bin Waleed, this category of people who were noble enemies, they weren’t evil enemies.  What I mean by this is you cannot compare them to Abu Lahab, to Abu Jahal, these are the vulgar enemies. There was a group of people, they opposed Islam, but they didn’t stoop to dirty tactics. And the amazing thing by the way, and we’ll talk about this later on, Allāh guided all of them to Islam and this shows that amongst the kufaar, there are two categories: those who have a good heart and because they had a good heart, Khalid ibn Waleed, Ikrimah the son of Abu Jahl, ‘Amr ibn al Aas, Abu Sufyaan, their hearts, they had a mount of good in them, they had nobility, but they opposed Islam and Allāh guided all of them to Islam because Allāh knew there was good in their hearts, whereas the others, they weren’t like this.

So ‘Amr ibn al Aas is of those who converted to Islam very late and he only had the opportunity to be a sahabi, basically for a few years, two years or so, or a little bit more than two. And later on in his life, and he lived a life of political career, he lived a life of grandeur and majesty, he became the wazeer of Muawiyyah, he lived a grand life. ‘Amr ibn al Aas later on would say that there was nothing that was sweeter to me, more beloved to me, than to stare at the face of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). Now I want you to pause here. This is not how a man talks usually, right? There was nothing more beloved to me than to stare at the face of another person…that is not how a man talks. But the beauty of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is so overpowering, his Jamaal, his noor is so great that ‘Amr ibn al Aas is saying there was nothing that I got more peace from, more serenity from, there was nothing sweeter than to simply look at the face of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). And he said, “And I could never get enough of looking at him.” I never got tired of looking at him. And yet, were you to ask me how he looked, I couldn’t describe him. Why? He said, “Because along with this desire to stare at him, there was also this awe, this reverence that I had, that couldn’t allow me to just stare directly at him. I’d have to lower my face.” In other words, there are two emotions, if you like, there’s two powers if you like, I don’t like being metaphysical, but there’s two types of types of powers emanating from the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). The first of them, he’s attracting ‘Amr’s vision to him. And the second is that awe, that overpowering-ness that ‘Amr cannot stare directly. This is Rasul Allāh ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) how can you stare at him? You have to sit with dignity. You have to sit with, what we call in Arabic, hayba and waqaar. You show a type of dignity in front of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). And therefore he’s saying even though I loved to stare, I couldn’t stare. And because of this I’m always battling between these two emotions. I really cannot do justice in describing the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). It’s a beautiful hadith that shows us, and this is coming from somebody, he is a nobleman of the Quraysh and yet this is how humbled he was just by the appearance, just by theshakal if you like, just by the soorah of the prophet Muḥammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).

Yesterday will never return

The order that you may not be sad over matters that you fail to get…   
(Qur’an 57: 23)

Adam said to Moosa (Moses) may peace be upon them, “Do you blame me for that which Allah had decreed upon me forty years before He created me.”

Concerning this last saying, the Prophet (bpuh) said: Read more

Do not be chaotic in your life

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. Read more

You are doing well if you are healthy and have enough food

In the year 1400 Hijri, I participated in a campaign to propagate Islam, close to the border of Yemen. I temporarily left the camp we were staying in, intending to go with one of my professors to Abha. On the way back I was upset because he was driving his car at a very high speed. I pleaded with him to slow down, but it seemed that this only had the effect of goading him on to go faster. It was raining that night, yet he continued to drive recklessly. We ended up in a valley that was filling with water. At first the water reached a level only slightly above our tires. As we reached the middle of the valley, though, the situation got worse as water started to flow into our vehicle. We left the car and with much difficulty we managed to reach the edge of the valley. We were stuck there all night without food, drink, and more importantly, because we were wet, without blankets. We were contented and thankful for our situation though, because when the flood had overwhelmed us we had expected to die. And so we were thankful just to be alive. In the early morning somebody came and took us to safety. I am reminded by this incident of a story that took place in World War II. An American ship was hit by a missile and as a result began to sink. The captain was stranded for thirteen days with only water and bread to nourish him. He was later asked whether there was a moral that he took away with him from his experience. He said, “Something important that I took away with me from this experience is that if a person is healthy and has bread and water, he has the whole world with him.” Read more

Pause to think about hardships

Do not be sad, for sadness will weaken your determination and the quality of your worship. One of the offshoots of depression is that it often causes one to be pessimistic, to find blame in everyone, including — and we seek refuge in Allah – Allah Himself.

Do not be sad, for sadness, grief, and anxiety are the roots of mental problems, the sources of stress.
Do not be sad, for you have with you the Qur’an, supplication, remembrance, and prayer. You can lighten the load of your anxiety by giving others, doing well, and being productive.

Do not be sad, and do not surrender to sadness by taking the easy path of idleness and inactivity, but pray, glorify your Lord, read, write, work, visit relatives and friends, and reflect. Read more

The blessing of pain

Pain is not always a negative force and it is not something that you should always hate. At times a person benefits when he feels pain.

You might remember that, at times when you felt a lot of pain, you sincerely supplicated and remembered Allah. When he is studying, the student often feels the pangs of heavy burden, sometimes perhaps the burden of monotony, yet he eventually leaves this stage of life a scholar. He felt burdened with pain at the beginning but he shined at the end. The aches and pangs of passion, the poverty and the scorn of others, the frustration and anger at injustices these all cause the poet to write flowing and captivating verses. This is because he himself feels pain in his heart, in his nerves, and in his blood, and as a result, he is able to infuse the same emotions, via his work, into the hearts of others. How many painful experiences did the best writers have to undergo, experiences that inspired brilliant works, works that posterity continues to enjoy and benefit from today. Read more

Happiness is a Divine gift that does not distinguish between the rich and the poor

It is not uncommon to see laborers who are so poor that whatever they earn on any given day is spent on that same day. Yet many of them are happy, peaceful, with strong hearts and tranquil souls. This is because they are too busy to think about yesterday or tomorrow. Their life-style has given them an appreciation of today since they have not been afforded the opportunity of thinking about anything else. Read more

Who are the righteous ones?

Waiting eagerly for the call to prayer, arriving at the mosque before the commencement of prayer, bearing no personal grudges against others, leaving alone other people’s private affairs, being content with the basic necessities of life, studying the Qur’an and the Sunnah, feeling concern for the pains of other Muslims, and being charitable with one’s wealth – these are all qualities of a righteous person. Read more

Do not grieve – There is another life to come

The day will come when Allah will gather together the first of the creation and the last of it. The knowledge of this occurrence alone should reassure you of Allah’s justice. So whoever’s money is usurped here shall find it there; whoever is oppressed here shall find justice carried out there; and whoever oppresses here shall find his punishment there. Read more

Muslim Youth Foundation Open Day Saturday the 14th of December 2013

The MYF opened its doors to the general public for an open day on Saturday the 14th of December 2013 with the theme of “The Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) in Islam”.

The open day consisted of a small exhibition & and a rolling 1 hour TV presentation on the theme of “The Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) in Islam”. There were displays of Arabic calligraphy & henna hand painting as well as face painting for the children. Mosque tours were also provided for the visitors. There was hot food as well as a rest area with tea, coffee & biscuits. Entry was free & anybody from the general public was welcome to attend.

Volunteers gave out invitation leaflets to the passing general public on the streets near to the MYF & invited them to visit the open day.  MashAllah all the volunteers worked very hard despite the cold & grey weather. Many non-Muslims came to the open day, the vast majority of whom felt that their visit had been a very pleasant & educational experience, Alhamdulillah.

Open days are opportunities for the Muslims to showcase Islam to the general public & to build bridges with the local community. The open day allows for a face to face dialogue between Muslims & non-Muslims to tackle some of the many misconceptions about Islam which are prevalent today.

Special thank you’s  &  Jazak Allah Khair from the MYF to all the volunteers who helped set up the open day on Friday the 13th of December  & to all the volunteers who helped out on the open day itself. The open day could not have been possible without the great work of all the volunteers & I ask Allah (swt) to reward immensely in every possible way everyone who helped out, mashAllah.

A special thank you to all the volunteers who stayed out in the cold distributing flyers & inviting people to come to the open day..

Jazak Allah Khair also to Dr. Abdul Aziz who gave his services magnificently throughout the day. Big Thank you’s also to all the MYF staff who worked very hard behind the scenes to make the day possible.

Please feel free to send in your comments about the open day to me so that we can continually keep making the MYF open day a better experience for all inshAllah.

The next open day at the MYF will be in March 2014 inshAllah with the theme of, “Women in Islam”.

Authentic Supplications Of The Prophet

Bismillah-Hir-Rahman-Nir-Raheem
The Messenger of Allah SAW (1) said: “Shall I not tell you the most in goodness of your deeds, the nicest to Your Owner, the highest in your ranks, better for you than spending gold and silver, and better for you than meeting your enemy whereupon you strike their necks and they strike your necks?” They said “Yes O’ Messenger of Allah.” He said: “Remembrance of Allah.” Read more

Repel boredom with work

Those who have nothing to do with their lives are the same people who spend most of their time spreading rumors and falsehood, mainly because their minds are devoid of beneficial thoughts:

They are content to be with those [the women] who sit behind [at home]. Their hearts are sealed up [from right guidance] so they understand not.} (Qur’an 9: 87) Read more

What Is the “Right” Religion?

O Allāh, none has the right to be worshipped except You alone. And, O Allāh, I bear witness that Muḥammad is Your servant and messenger!

Perhaps it is difficult to imagine, but there was once a time when these words inspired such a tremendous stir in hearts and minds that lives were forever changed, as was the course of history.

Allāh says,

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A Convert’s Story By: Hina Khan

The conversion ceremony was a very frigid one. I was looking for acceptance; they were looking for submission. In a room full of suspicious women, I was alone with a fear that numbed my senses. The imām stepped into the foyer where I was seated as though it was a demonstration for public viewing. At least that was how I felt. I was asked to repeat after the imām. Taking the shahadah was heavy, but when I recited La Ilaha Illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah that evening, a strange peace covered my heart and none of the whisperings were audible to me anymore. I don’t know if it was the silence of a chapter closing, or the tranquility of a blessed decision, but I had made a connection with a superior being and I was now under His care.

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Knowledge

Ibn Hazm mentioned that from the benefits of knowledge is that it repels evil whispers from the soul and that it rids one of worries and troubles. Read more

Grieve not Over being poor

The more the body enjoys, the more the soul become sullied, and there is safety in having little. Taking only that which you need from this world is an early comfort that Allah bestows upon those whom He pleases among His slaves.

Verily! We will inherit the earth and whatsoever is thereon. (Qur’an 19: 40) Read more

Do not carry the weight of the globe on your shoulders

In a certain class of people there rages an internal war, one that doesn’t take place on the battlefield, but in one’s bedroom, one’s office, one’s own home. It is a war that results in ulcers or an increase in blood pressure. Everything frustrates these people: they become angry at inflation, furious because the rains came late and exasperated when the value of their currency falls. They are forever perturbed and vexed, no matter what the reason.

They think that every cry is against them. (Qur ‘an 63: 4) Read more

Do not expect gratitude from anyone

Allah, the Almighty, created His slaves so that they may worship and remember Him, and He provided sustenance for them so that they may be grateful to Him. Nevertheless, many have worshipped other than Him and the masses are thankful not to Him, but to others, because the characteristic of ingratitude is widespread among human beings. So do not be dismayed when you find that others forget your favors or disregard your kind acts. Some people might even despise you and make you an enemy for no other reason than that you have shown them kindness.

And they could not find any cause to hear a grudge, except that Allah and His Messenger had enriched them of His Bounty. (Qur’an 9:74) Read more

Blessings in disguise

And indeed we have destroyed towns [populations] round about you. (Qur’an 46:27)

There is the tragic example of the Barmak family, a family that lived a life of opulence, comfort, and extravagance. Their end, however, has served as a lesson and example for all Arabs who came after them. Haroon ar-Rasheed, the ruler during their period, ordered an unexpected attack on the Barmak family and on their possessions. Allah’s decree came to pass over them in the morning at the hands of the closest person to them: he destroyed their homes, took possession of their slaves, and shed their blood. Their loved ones and children wept at their disgrace. There is none worthy of worship except Allah; those who know the story should especially appreciate the transitory nature of power and wealth in this world:

Then take admonition, O’ you with eyes [to see]. (Qur’an 59: 2) 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. Read more

Contemplate these verses

And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out [from every difficulty]. And He will provide him from [sources] he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, and then He will suffice him.)
(Qur’an 65: 2-3)

Allah will grant after hardship, ease. (Qur’an 65. 7)

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Stop to reflect

Do not be sad: for sickness is a transient state of being; the sin can be forgiven; the debt will be repaid; the captive will be released; the beloved one who is abroad will return; the sinner will repent; and the poor will be increased in their wealth.

Do not be sad, for do you not see how the black clouds disperse and the violent winds subside? Your hardships will be followed by comfort and your future is bright.

Do not be sad, for the blaze of the sun is extinguished by luxuriant shade; the thirst of noon is refreshed by fresh water; the pangs of hunger find relief in warm bread; and the anxiety of sleeplessness is followed by calm repose; the pains of sickness are soon forgotten after the return of health. It is only upon you to forbear for a short time and to be patient for a few moments.

Do not be sad, for even doctors, wise men, scholars, and poets are weak and unable to defy or change that which has been decreed. Ali ibn Jabla said: Read more

Do not be sad – Always remember Allah

Concerning His remembrance, Allah, the All-Glorious, says:

Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.   (Qur’an 13: 28)

Therefore remember me [by praying, glorifying etc.] and I will remember you…
(Qur’an 2: 152) Read more

How to deal with bitter criticism

Those who are ignorant have uttered curses at Allah, the Exalted, the Creator of ill that exists, so what treatment should we, who are full of faults, expect from people. You will always have to face criticism, which in its onslaught is like an interminable war: it shows no sign of ending. As long as you shine, give, produce, and have an effect upon others, then disapproval and condemnation will be your lot in life. Until you escape from people by finding a tunnel in the ground or a ladder leading to the sky, they will not desist from censuring you, from finding fault in your character. For that reason, as long as you are from the denizens of earth, expect to be hurt, to be insulted, and to be criticized. Read more

Abu Hurayrah

“An Abi Hurayrata, radiyallahu anhu, qal.’ qala rasul Allahi, sallallahu alayhi wa sailam…” Through this phrase millions of Muslims from the early history of Islam to the present have come to be familiar with the name Abu Hurayrah. In speeches and lectures, in Friday khutbahs and seminars, in the books of hadith and sirah, fiqh and ibadah, the n ame Abu Hurayrah is mentioned in this fashion: “On the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may God be pleased with him who said: The Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, said… “. Through his Prodigious efforts, hundreds of ahadith or sayings of the Prophet were transmitted to later generations. His is the foremost name in the roll of hadith transmitters. Next to him comes the names of such companions as Abdullah the son of Umar, Anas the son of Malik, Umm al-Mumininin Aishah, Jabir ibn Abdullah and Abu Said al-Khudri all of whom transmitted over a thousand sayings of the Prophet. Abu Hurayrah became a Muslim at the hands of at-Tufayl ibn Amr the chieftain of the Daws tribe to which he belonged. The Daws lived in the region of Tihamah which stretches along the coast of the Red Sea in southern Arabia. When at-Tufayl returned to his village after meeting the Prophet and becoming a Muslim in the early years of his mission, Abu Hurayrah was one of the first to respond to his call. He was unlike the majority of the Daws who remained stubborn in their old beliefs for a long time. Read more

Strive to help others

Aristotle said:

“The ideal person is he who takes pleasure in serving others, and who is ashamed when others do things for him, since showing compassion is a sign of superiority, while receiving it is a sign of failure.”

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Do not grieve – There is another life to come

The day will come when Allah will gather together the first of the creation and the last of it. The knowledge of this occurrence alone should reassure you of Allah’s justice. So whoever’s money is usurped here shall find it there; whoever is oppressed here shall find justice carried out there; and whoever oppresses here shall find his punishment there.

Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher, said,

“The drama of this life is not complete; there must be a second scene to it, for we see the tyrant and his victims without seeing justice being executed. We see the conqueror and the subjugated, without the latter finding any revenge. Therefore there must be another world, where justice will be carried out.” Read more

Your reward is Paradise

“My soul that owns things is itself departing, Then why should I cry when something leaves me.”

The whole world, with all its gold, silver, positions, and mansions does not deserve even a teardrop. In a hadith related by Tirmidhi, the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

“The world is cursed, and what is in it is cursed, except the remembrance of Allah, that which follows it (i.e. other good deeds that Allah loves), the scholar, and the student.”

An Arab poet said:

“Wealth and family are only a loan, and the day must come when the loan is returned.”

All of the wealth in the world cannot postpone death when its appointed time comes.

And this life of the world is only amusement and play!  (Qur’an 29: 64) Read more

Do not be sad – Always remember Allah

Concerning His remembrance, Allah, the All-Glorious, says:

Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.   (Qur’an 13: 28)

Therefore remember me [by praying, glorifying etc.] and I will remember you…
(Qur’an 2: 152) Read more

Cast off anxiety

Do not be sad, for your Lord says:

Have we not opened your breast for you [O ‘ Muhammad]? (Qur’an 94: 1)

The message of this verse embraces all those who carry the truth, who see the light, and who tread the path of guidance.
1s he whose breast Allah has opened to Islam, so that he is in light from His Lord [as he who is non-Muslim]? So, woe to those whose hearts are hardened against the remembrance of Allah! (Qur’an 39: 22) Read more

The bliss of the Prophet’s Companions

Our Prophet Muhammad (Blessings and Peace be upon him) came to all people with a heavenly message. He was not driven by worldly ambition, he had no treasure from which to spend, no splendid gardens from which to eat, and no castle in which to live. Despite all this, his loving followers pledged allegiance to him and remained steadfast, enduring a hard life full of difficulties. They were few and weak, always in fear of being uprooted by those surrounding them, and yet they loved the Prophet (bpuh) wholly and completely.

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Grieve not Over being poor

The more the body enjoys, the more the soul become sullied, and there is safety in having little. Taking only that which you need from this world is an early comfort that Allah bestows upon those whom He pleases among His slaves.

Verily! We will inherit the earth and whatsoever is thereon. (Qur’an 19: 40)

One poet said:

“Water, bread, and shade,
These form a most worthy bliss,
I have denied the favors of my Lord,
If I said that I had too little.”

What in this world are truly important, but cold water, warm bread, and plentiful shade!

Do not carry the weight of the globe on your shoulders

In a certain class of people there rages an internal war, one that doesn’t take place on the battlefield, but in one’s bedroom, one’s office, one’s own home. It is a war that results in ulcers or an increase in blood pressure. Everything frustrates these people: they become angry at inflation, furious because the rains came late and exasperated when the value of their currency falls. They are forever perturbed and vexed, no matter what the reason.

They think that every cry is against them. (Qur ‘an 63: 4) Read more

Contemplate these Prophetic sayings

“If Allah loves a people, He tests them. Whoever is pleased, for him there is pleasure, and whoever is angry, upon him there is wrath.”
“The most harshly tested people are the Prophets, followed in succession by those who are best after them. A man is tested according to his religion. If his religion is strong with him, his test will be more intense. If his religion is weak with him, he will be tested according to the level of his religion. (Allah’s) slave will continually be tested until he is left to walk on the earth without a mistake (to have to account for).”

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Smile

Laughing moderately can act as a cure or as therapy for depression and sadness. It has a strong influence on keeping the soul light and the heart clear. Abu Darda’ (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I make it a practice to laugh in order to give rest and comfort to my heart. And the noblest of people, Muhammad (bpuh), would laugh, sometimes until his molars became visible.”

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Contemplate these verses

And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out [from every difficulty]. And He will provide him from [sources] he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, and then He will suffice him.)
(Qur’an 65: 2-3)

Allah will grant after hardship, ease. (Qur’an 65. 7)

The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

“And know that victory comes with patience, and with hardship there is a way out, and with difficulty comes ease.”

In another hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) related that Allah said: “I am with my slave’s thoughts about me, so let him think of me as he chooses.”

Allah will suffice you against them. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.
(Qur’an 2: 137)

And put your trust in the Ever Living One that dies not… (Qur’an 25: 58)

Perhaps Allah may bring a victory or a decision according to His Will. (Qur’an 5: 52)

None besides Allah can avert it, [or advance it, or delay it]. (Qur’an 53: 58)

Blessings in disguise

And indeed we have destroyed towns [populations] round about you. (Qur’an 46:27)

There is the tragic example of the Barmak family, a family that lived a life of opulence, comfort, and extravagance. Their end, however, has served as a lesson and example for all Arabs who came after them. Haroon ar-Rasheed, the ruler during their period, ordered an unexpected attack on the Barmak family and on their possessions. Allah’s decree came to pass over them in the morning at the hands of the closest person to them: he destroyed their homes, took possession of their slaves, and shed their blood. Their loved ones and children wept at their disgrace. There is none worthy of worship except Allah; those who know the story should especially appreciate the transitory nature of power and wealth in this world: Read more

Despair not — Handicaps do not prevent success

An interview was published in the Arabic daily `Ukkaaz, with a blind man named Mahmood ibn Muhammad al-Madani. He studied books of Arabic literature through the eyes of others. He would listen as others read to him books of history and commentaries on the classics. He used to have one of his friends read to him until 3 o’clock in the morning. Today, he is considered to be a reference book in literature and history.

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Don’t grieve if you are poor, for your true value is not determined by your bank balance

Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

“The (true) value of every person is weighed according to the good that he does.”
Therefore the value of a scholar is based on his knowledge, on whether it is limited or vast, and on the degree to which he disseminates his knowledge. Similarly, the poet is appraised based on the quality of his poems. And so it goes for every person of every occupation: his worth with people is measured by his excellence in what he does. In terms not of occupation but of religion and life in general, everyone should strive to increase their value and worth by performing good deeds, by increasing their knowledge and level of wisdom, by cultivating and polishing their mind, and by developing noble traits in their personality.

Take a moment to reflect

Let us make these supplications, their purpose being to eliminate hardship, anxiety and grief:

“There is none worthy of worship except Allah, the Ever-Forbearing, and the Most Great. There is none worthy of worship except Allah, the Lord of the Tremendous Throne. There is none worthy of worship except Allah, the Lord of the Heavens, the Lord of the earth, and the Lord of the Noble Throne. O’ Ever-Living, and O’ One Who sustains and protects all that exists, there is none worthy of worship except you, and by your mercy do we seek your aid. ”

“O’ Allah, Your mercy do I hope for, so do not leave me to myself; not even for the blinking of an eye. And make well for me all of my affairs. There is none worthy of worship except you.” 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

Do not let calamity shake you

Ahmad ibn Yusuf wrote that man positively knows that ease comes after difficulty, just as the light of day comes after the dark of night. In spite of this knowledge, the weaker part of his nature takes over when calamity strikes. A person who goes through trials should take steps to remedy his situation or else hopelessness takes control of him. Contemplating the patience of those who were tested in the past is a means of strengthening one’s determination. Read more

Do not lose

Allah answers the prayer of the disbeliever who is in distress; so how much more can the Muslim expect who doesn’t associate partners with Him? Mahatma Gandhi, perhaps second in popularity in India only to the Buddha, was on the verge of slipping were it not for his dependence on the strength of prayer. And how do I know this? Because, he himself said, “If I didn’t pray, I would have gone mad a long time ago. This was the effect of prayer, and Gandhi was not even a Muslim. Unquestionably, his falsehood was great, but what kept him going was that he was on a path.

And when they embark on a ship, they invoke Allah, making their Faith pure for Him only, but when He brings them safely to land, behold, they give a share of their worship to others. (Qur’an 29: 65)

Is not He [better than your gods] who responds to the distressed one, when he calls Him… (Qur’an 27: 62)

(And they think that they are encircled therein, they invoke Allah, making their Faith pure for Him Alone, saying: `If You [Allah] deliver us from this, we shall truly be of the grateful. (Qur’an 10: 22)

Despite a thorough search through the biographies of Muslim scholars, Muslim historians, and Muslim writers as a group, I have failed to find a single one of them who fell prey to anxiety, confusion, and mental illnesses. The reason is that they lived in peace and serenity, and that they lived uncomplicated lives that were free from all forms of affectation.

But those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and believe in that which is sent down to Muhammad, for it is the truth from their Lord, He will expiate from them their sins, and will make good their state. (Qur’an 47: 2)

Contemplate the following statement of Ibn Hazim:

“There is only one day separating kings and me. As for yesterday, their taste of it has vanished, and both they and I equally fear what tomorrow will bring. Thus there is only today. And what will today bring?”

The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

“O’ Allah, I ask you for goodness today: in its blessings, success, light, and guidance.”

O’ you who believe! Take your precautions… (Qur’an 4: 71)

And let him be careful and let no man know of you. (Qur’an 18: 19)

And they said nothing but: `Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions [in keeping our duties to you], establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. (Qur’an 3: 147)

Do not be crushed by what is insignificant

Many are those that are distressed not by pressing matters of great import, but by minor trifles.

Observe the Hypocrites and how weak they are in their resolution. The Qur’an relates to us some of their sayings: Those who stayed away [from Tabuk expedition] rejoiced in their staying behind the Messenger of Allah; they hated to strive and fight with their properties and their lives in the Cause of Allah, and they said: March not forth in the heat’.  (Qur’an 9: 81) Read more

The art of happiness

Among the greatest of blessings is to have a calm, stable, and happy heart. For in happiness the mind is clear, enabling one to be a productive person. It has been said that happiness is an art that needs to be learned. And if you learn it, you will be blessed in this life. But how does one learn it? A basic principle of achieving happiness is having an ability to endure and to cope with any situation. Therefore you should neither be swayed nor governed by difficult circumstances, nor should you be annoyed by insignificant trifles. Based on the purity of the heart and its ability to endure, a person will shine. When you train yourself to be patient and forbearing, then hardship and calamity will be easy for you to bear.

The opposite of being content is being shortsighted, being concerned for no one but one’s own self and forgetting about the world and all that is in it. Allah described his enemies as follows:

Thinking about themselves [as how to save their ownselves, ignoring the others and the Prophet] (Qur’an 3. 154) Read more

Smile

Laughing moderately can act as a cure or as therapy for depression and sadness. It has a strong influence on keeping the soul light and the heart clear. Abu Darda’ (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I make it a practice to laugh in order to give rest and comfort to my heart. And the noblest of people, Muhammad (bpuh), would laugh, sometimes until his molars became visible.” Read more

Do not be sad – Everything will occur according to afire-ordainment

Everything occurs according to preordainment and according to what has been decreed. Such is the belief of Muslims, the followers of Muhammad (Blessings and Peace be upon him). And nothing happens in the Universe except through Allah’s Knowledge, Permission, and Divine Plan.

No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees [Al-Lauh al-Mahfuz], before we bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah.  (Qur’an 57: 22)

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Free Course – Your Guide To Islamic Finance

Shaykh Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi is offering a free course on ‘Your guide to Islamic Finance’ at the MYF on Sunday the 17th of March.

From managing your zakat to banking and mortgages, this course will run from 9.00am to 6.00pm and is highly recommend by the myf as a very useful and financially import course to attend for brothers and sisters.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Who are the righteous ones?

Waiting eagerly for the call to prayer, arriving at the mosque before the commencement of prayer, bearing no personal grudges against others, leaving alone other people’s private affairs, being content with the basic necessities of life, studying the Qur’an and the Sunnah, feeling concern for the pains of other Muslims, and being charitable with one’s wealth – these are all qualities of a righteous person.

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Blessings in disguise

And indeed we have destroyed towns [populations] round about you. (Qur’an 46:27)

There is the tragic example of the Barmak family, a family that lived a life of opulence, comfort, and extravagance. Their end, however, has served as a lesson and example for all Arabs who came after them. Haroon ar-Rasheed, the ruler during their period, ordered an unexpected attack on the Barmak family and on their possessions. Allah’s decree came to pass over them in the morning at the hands of the closest person to them: he destroyed their homes, took possession of their slaves, and shed their blood. Their loved ones and children wept at their disgrace. There is none worthy of worship except Allah; those who know the story should especially appreciate the transitory nature of power and wealth in this world:

Then take admonition, O’ you with eyes [to see]. (Qur’an 59: 2)

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Pitfalls of a Practicing Muslim

Submission

It is said: “Whoever acts by what he knows, God will bequeath to him knowledge that he does not know.”1 Thus, as a person practices what they know, they are guided to a deepening of faith, a sharpening of the spiritual faculty, and an intensifying of taqwa. The Qurʾān insists:

While as for those who accept guidance, He increases their guidance, and bestows on them their piety. [Surah Muḥammad,17]

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Do not be sad – Always remember Allah

Concerning His remembrance, Allah, the All-Glorious, says:

Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. (Qur’an 13: 28)

Therefore remember me [by praying, glorifying etc.] and I will remember you…
(Qur’an 2: 152)

And the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues, Allah has prepared for them. Forgiveness and a Great reward [i.e. Paradise]. (Qur’an 33: 35)

You who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (fajr) and ASR prayers. (Qur ‘an 33: 41-42)

You who believe! Let not your properties or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. (Qur ‘an 63: 9)

Aild remember your Lord when you fbrget… (Qur’an 18: 24)

And glory’s’ the Praises of your Lord when you get up from sleep. And in the night-time also, glorify His Praises, -and at the setting of the stars. (Qur ‘an 52: 48-49)

You who believe! When you meet [an enemy] force, take a firm stand against them and remember the Name of Allah much [both with tongue and mind], so that you may be successful. (Qur’an 8: 45)

In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“The example of one who remembers his Lord in relation to one who does not remember his Lord is that of the living and the dead.”

The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) also said:

“The mufarridoon outstrip others.” His Companions asked. “Who are the mufarridoon, O’ Messenger of Allah.” He said, “The men who remember Allah often and the women who remember Allah often.”

And in another authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“Shall I not inform you of the best of deeds, and the purest of them with your Lord? The deed which is better for you than spending gold and silver (for a good cause). And which is better for you than to meet your enemy. And you cut their throats and they cut yours?” They said, “Yes_ O’ Messenger of Allah.” He said, “The remembrance of Allah.”

The following is an authentic hadith:

“A man came to the Prophet and said, Messenger of Allah, the commandments of Islam have become too much for me, and I am old in age; so inform of something that I can adhere to.’ He said, `That your tongue (continually) remains moist with the remembrance of Allah.”‘

Know Your Soul, Know Yourself!

Many passages in the Qurʾān extol the significance of the soul or nafs. In one celebrated passage, it says:

By the soul and Him that formed it, then inspired it with its wickedness and God-fearingness. He is truly successful who purifies it, and he is indeed ruined who corrupts it. [Surah Ash-Shams, 7-10]

The Qur’ān also offers this glad-tiding:

But those who feared the standing before their Lord and curbed their soul’s desires, the Garden is their abode. [Surah An-Nazi’aat, 40-41]

The idea of curbing the soul’s passions and of seeking to purify it is reiterated in the following hadith: ‘There are three acts that, whoever does them will experience the sweetness of faith: one who worships God alone, for there is no true god but Him; one who pays his yearly zakat on his wealth with an agreeable soul – not giving a weak, decrepit nor diseased animal, but giving from his middle wealth, for God does not ask for the best of your wealth and nor orders to give the worst of it; and one who purifies his soul.’ A man inquired: What is purification of the soul (tazkiyat al-nafs)? He replied: ‘To know that God is with him wherever he may be.’1

The Qurʾān describes the human soul (nafs) as possessing three potentials or degrees which are present within it simultaneously.2

The first and the lowest degree is al-nafs al-ammarah bi’l-su’ – “the soul that constantly incites to evil”. The Qurʾān says:

…The soul does indeed incite to evil… [Surah Yusuf, 53]

 This untamed, unweaned soul is the abode of a multitude of incessant cravings and passions: be it for wealth, fame, power, physical gratification, exploiting others – that is, anything which deflects one away from God and to the lower possibilities of the human condition. Al-Jurjani (d.816H/1413CE) defined the nafs al-ammarah as: ‘It is that which inclines to the bodily nature, ordering [the pursuit of] physical pleasures and carnal appetites, pulling the heart to debasement. It is the abode of evil, giving birth to all reprehensible traits.’3 So, this nafs, equivalent to the English word “ego”, refers to the reprehensible aspects of our actions and character – actions in respect to our sins of omission or commission; character in terms of pride, envy, vanity, greed, impatience, ostentation, and the like.

As the believer strives to purge his soul of blameworthy traits (radha’il) and labours to replace them by their praiseworthy opposites (fada’il), the nafs al-ammarah is gradually weaned away from heedlessness and disobedience to God, and thus begins to give way to al-nafs al-lawwamah – “the reproachful soul.” The Qurʾān declares:  

No! I swear by the reproachful soul. [Surah Al-Qiyamah, 2]

 This soul is man’s active conscience that is afflicted with regret, remorse and self-reproach whenever the Divine Will is disobeyed and elements of the lower, evil-inciting soul resurface. Al-Jurjani writes of the nafs al-lawwamah: ‘It is that which is illumined with the light of the heart, according to the measure of how much it has become awakened from habitual heedlessness. As soon as it commits a sin due to its natural oppressive disposition, it takes to blaming itself and repenting from it.’4

After much inward striving and discipline, the nafs al-lawwamah is further purified of any opposition to God’s will or shari’ah, and is ever receptive to heavenly outpourings. Here the nafs al-mutma’innah – “the soul at peace” or “the tranquil soul” then begins to predominate. It is this soul that is most worthy of divine assistance and acceptance. It is about this that the Qurʾān says: 

O tranquil soul! Return to your Lord, pleased and well-pleasing. Enter among My servants. Enter My Paradise. [Surah Al-Fajr, 27-30]

Having established His obedience and internalized it, it is intimate with God, at peace with God’s decree (rida bi’l-qada’), tasting the sweetness of faith. Al-Jurjani defines the nafs al-mutma’innah in the following manner: ‘It is that whose illumination is completed by the heart’s light, such that is has been purged of its blameworthy traits and adorned with praiseworthy ones.’5

In all of this, four factors are crucial and have a significant bearing in purification of the soul: (i) one’s inborn nature; (ii) his upbringing; (iii) spiritual striving (mujahadah) and self-discipline (riyadah) in adulthood; and, of course, (iv) God’s tawfiq or enabling grace.

Concerning spiritual struggle or mujahadah, the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), said: al-mujahid man jahada nafsahu fi ta’ati’Llah – ‘The warrior is the one who strives against his lower soul in obedience to God.’6

So let us roll-up our sleeves and let the work begin.

Our Lord! Grant piety to our souls and purify them.

You are the Best of those who purify;

You are their Guardian

and Master.

āmīn!

References:

1. Al-Bayhaqi, al-Sunan al-Kubra, no.7275. Its chain is sahih – as per al-Albani, Silsilat al-Ahadith al-Sahihah (Riyadh: Maktabah al-Ma’arif, 1987), no.1046.

2. Cf. T.J. Winter (trans.), al-Ghazali, Disciplining the Soul and Breaking the Two Desires(Cambridge: The Islamic Texts Society, 1995), xxviii-xxix.

3. Al-Jurjani, al-Ta’rifat (Beirut: Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, 2000), 239; no.1931.

4. ibid., 239.

5. ibid., 239.

6. Ibn Hibban, Sahih, no.4707; al-Tirmidhi, Sunan, no.1671, who said the hadith ishasan sahih.

Ponder these points…

Do not be sad, because sadness causes you to regret the past, to have misgivings concerning the future, and to make you waste away you’re present.

Do not be sad, because it causes the heart to contract, the face to frown, the spirit to weaken, and hope to vanish.

Do not be sad, because your sadness pleases your enemy, angers your friend, and makes the jealous rejoice.

Do not be sad, because by being sad, you are complaining against the divine decree and showing vexation at what is written for you.

Do not be sad, because grief cannot return to you the one that is lost or is gone away. It cannot resurrect the dead; it cannot change fate, or bring any benefit whatsoever.

Do not be sad, because sadness is often from the devil and is a kind of hopelessness.

Have we not opened your breast for you [O’ Muhammad]? And removed from you your burden, which weighed down on your back? And raised high your fame? So verily, with the hardship, there is relief, Verily, with the hardship, there is relief [i.e. there is one hardship with two reliefs, so one hardship cannot overcome two reliefs]. So when you have finished [from your occupation], then stand up for Allah’s lvorship [i.e. stand up for prayer]. And to your Lord [Alone] turn [all your intentions and hopes and] your invocations. (Qur ‘an 94: 1-8)

Do not despair when you face a difficult situation

If you find yourself in a tough situation, do the following:

1. Ask yourself, what is the worst that can happen?
2. Prepare yourself to cope and deal with that worst-case scenario.
3. If something bad does occur, meet it with calm nerves in order to deal with the situation better.

Those [i.e. believers] unto whom the people [hypocrites] said: `Verily, the people [pagans] have gathered against you [a great army], therefore, fear them.’ But it [only] increased them in Faith, and they said: `Allah [Alone] is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs [for us].  (Qur’an 3: 173)

If you lose a limb, you still have others to compensate for it

Ibn `Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

“If Allah removes the light from my eyes,
My tongue and ears still have in them light.
My heart is intelligent and my mind is not crooked, and my tongue is sharp like a warrior’s sword.”

When harm befalls you, perhaps there is a benefit that comes with it, a benefit that you cannot perceive.

And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you… (Qur’an 2: 216)

Bashhar ibn Burd said:

“My enemies disparage me, and the defect is in them, it is not a disgrace to be called defective.
If a person can see gallantry and truth,
Blindness in the eyes will not be a hindrance.
In blindness I see rewards, savings, and protection,
And for these three, I am most needy.”

Observe the difference between what Ibn `Abbaas or Bashhar said and what Saaleh ibn `Abdul Quddoos said when he became blind:

“Farewell to the world; the old man who is blind has no share whatsoever of this life.
He dies and people consider him to be of the living, False hopes have betrayed him from the beginning.”

All Divine decrees will come to pass, both upon the one who accepts them and upon the one who rejects them. The difference is that the former will find reward and happiness while the latter will find only sin and misery.

`Umar ibn `Abdul-`Aziz wrote to Maymoon ibn Mehran:

“You have written to console me for losing `Abdul-Malik. For this matter I had been in waiting, and when it finally came to pass, I had no misgivings about it.”

In order to find peace, turn to your Lord

Allah’s slave – i.e. every one of us can find comfort only by turning to Allah, the Exalted, Who mentioned tranquility in many verses of the Qur’an:

Then Allah sent down His Sakinah [calmness and tranquility] upon His Messenger and upon the believers. (Qur’an 48: 26)

…He sent down calmness and tranquility upon them… (Qur ‘an 48: 18)

Then Allah did send down His Sakinah [calmness, tranquility and reassurance, etc.] on the Messenger [Muhammad]… (Qur’an 9: 26)

Tranquility means having a heart that is at peace and that has a sound trust in Allah. Tranquility is a state of calm enjoyed by those believers who have been saved from doubt. And it is according to one’s closeness to Allah and steadfastness in following the Messenger’s way that one will achieve tranquility and peace.

Allah will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world [i.e. they will keep on worshipping Allah Alone and none else], and in the Hereafter (Qur’an 14: 27)

Breaking Bread as Brothers

God insists in the Qur’an: And hold fast, all together, to the rope of God, and do not become divided. [3:103]

The Qur’an further insists: The believers are indeed but brothers. So make peace and reconciliation between your brethren. [49:10]

Brotherhood (ukhuwa) is a great principle of Islam. It is a brotherhood obliged by God. It is a brotherhood, the bonds of which are rooted in love of God and love in God. Islam’s teachings all ensure that these bonds are allowed to flower and flourish, and that whatever stands in the way to prevent this, or to incite discord or division between Muslims, is disowned by the shari’ah.

Hence the Holy Qur’an says about things that may incite schism or friction between Muslims: The Devil seeks only to cast enmity and hatred amongst you by means of alcohol and gambling, and to turn you from remembrance of God and from [His] worship. Will you not then abstain? [5:91]

Islam not only explains the ideals of brotherhood, it lays down specific teachings and measures that help to make it a reality in our lives. Among that which helps nurture a deep and abiding sense of brotherhood are:

Firstly, remembering that God has made the life and honour of every believer sacred and sacrosanct. It is forbidden to harm a Muslim’s honour or repute, as it is to harm their life or their property. Let us remind ourselves about this foundational fact with the following hadith: ‘Do not envy one another; do not inflate prices one to another; do not turn your backs on one another; and do not undercut one another – but be, O God’s slaves, brothers. A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim: he doesn’t oppress him or forsake him, nor does he lie to him or hold him in contempt. Piety is right here (pointing to his breast thrice). It is evil enough for a person to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. The whole of a Muslim, for another Muslim, is inviolable: his blood, his property and his honour.’ [Muslim, no.2564]

Secondly, to make it a part of our daily spiritual habit of supplicating for the well-being of Muslims. One hadith says: ‘The du‘ā’ of a the Muslim, for his brother [Muslim] in his absence, is always responded to.’ [Muslim, no.2733] In fact, so great an act is it, and so sacred is the life of a believer, that the Prophet, peace be upon him, declared: ‘Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and women, God records for him a good deed for every believing man and woman [he prays for].’ [Al-Haythami, Majma’ al-Zawa’Īd,10:210]

Thirdly, another way to arouse love of fellow believers in our hearts is to devote some time of our day, each day, in their service or khidmah, in whatever capacity we can. So dear is this dedication and service to God, that one celebrated hadith says: ‘God helps His servant as long as the servant continues to help his brother.’ [Bukhāri, no.2442; Muslim, no.2580]

Fourthly, trying not to end the day with rancour in our hearts against any Muslim, but striving to rid ourselves of this noxious disease whenever it arises. The following du’afrom the Qur’an is a powerful medicine for such a thing: “Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who preceded us in faith, and leave not in our hearts any rancour or ill-will towards those who believe. Our Lord! You are Kind, Compassionate.” [59:10]

Fifthly, doing one’s utmost to follow the Golden Rule: ‘None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.’ [Bukhāri, no.13; Muslim, no.45] But if one fails to live up to this lofty standard, then to never fall below the minimum level of behaviour with others – which was taught to us by the great pietist, Yahya b. Mu’adh al-Razi: ‘Let your dealing with another believer be of three types: If you cannot benefit him, do not harm him. If you cannot gladden him, do not sadden him. If you cannot speak well of him, do not speak ill of him.’1

Allahumma allif bayna qulubina wa aslih dhata baynina waj’alna min al-rashidin.

āmīn!

The key to happiness

If you know Allah and worship Him, you will have found happiness and peace. Even if you are living in a hut made of mud.

But if you deviate from the true path, your life will truly be wretched, even if you are living a life of luxury and comfort in a large mansion. If this latter case applies to you, then you do not have with you the key to happiness.

And we gave him of the treasures, that of which the keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men. (Qur’an 28: 76)

Pause to reflect

Truly, Allah defends those who believe. (Qur’an 22: 38)

In other words, He protects them from evil, both in this world and in the Hereafter. In this verse, Allah enlightens us, warns us, and gives us glad tidings. He repels evil from the believers in proportion to their faith. The evil of the disbelievers, the evil whispers of the Devil, the evil in their own selves, and the evil of their deeds – all of these does Allah ward off from the true believers. When calamity falls, its burden will be lightened from them. Every believer has a share in this divine protection. Yet it varies according to one’s level of faith: some will receive less, others more.

Among the fruits of faith is that it gives solace to the believer in times of hardship.

… And whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart… (Qur’an 64: 11)

This refers to the believer who is afflicted with hardship, who knows that it is from Allah and that it was written for him. He is satisfied and submits his will to what has been predestined for him. Thus, the fatal blow of hardship will lose its effect on him because he knows that it came from Allah and that he will be rewarded for his patience.

Do not be sad – Do good to others

Being of service to others leads to happiness. In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

Verily, Allah will say to His slave as He is taking account of him on the Day of Judgment, `O’ son of Adam, I was hungry and you did not feed me. He will answer, how can I feed you and you are the Lord of the worlds! He will say, did you not know that my slave so and so who is the son of so and so felt hunger, and you did not feed him. Alas! Had you fed him you would have found that (i.e. reward) with Me. O’ son of Adam, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. He will say, How can I give you drink, and you are the Lord of the worlds! He will say, did you not know that my slave so and so, the son of so and so felt thirsty and you did not give him drink. Alas! If you had given him, you would have found that (i.e. reward) with Me. O’ son of Adam, I became sick and you did not visit Me. He will say, How can I visit you and you are the Lord of the worlds! He will say, did you not know that my slave so and so, the son of so and so became sick and you did not visit him. Alas! Had you visited him, you would have found me with him.”

Here is an interesting point; in the last third of the hadith are the words: …you would have found me with him.

This is unlike the first two parts of the hadith: “You would have found that (i.e. the reward for feeding and giving drink) with Me.”

The reason for the difference is that Allah, the All-Merciful, is with those whose hearts are troubled, as is the case with the person who is sick. And in another hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“There is reward in each moist liver (i.e. to do service to any living creature will be rewarded).”

Also, know that Allah admitted the prostitute from the children of Israel into Paradise because she gave a drink to a dog that was thirsty. So what will be the case for the one who feeds other humans, giving them drink and removing from them hardships!

In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said,

“Whoever has extra provision should give from it to the one who has no provision. And whoever has an extra mount should give with this extra to the one who has no mount.”

Commanding his servant to search out for guests, Hatim said in some of his more beautiful verses:

“Burn the coals, for truly, the night is chilly,
If you bring me a guest, then I have set you free.” And he said to his wife:
“Whenever you make food, then search
For he who is hungry, as I do not eat alone.”

Ibn Mubarak’s neighbor was a Jew. He would always feed him before feeding his own children and would provide clothing for him first and then for his children. Some people said to the Jew, “Sell us your house.” He answered, “My house is for two thousand dinars. One thousand is for the price of the house and one thousand is for having Ibn Mubarak as a neighbor!” Ibn Mubarak heard of this and he exclaimed, “O’ Allah, guide him to Islam.” Then, by the permission of Allah, he accepted Islam.

On another occasion, Ibn Mubarak passed by a caravan of people who were traveling to make the pilgrimage to Makkah, and he too was on his way to do the same. He saw one of the women from the caravan take a dead crow from a cesspit. He sent his servant to inquire about this and when he asked her, she replied, “We have had nothing for three days except that which finds its way into it.” When Ibn Mubarak heard of this, his eyes swelled with tears. He ordered for all of his provision to be distributed among those of the caravan, and having nothing with which to continue the journey, he returned to his home and gave up making the pilgrimage for that year. Later, he saw someone in a dream saying, “Your pilgrimage has been accepted, as have your rites; and your sins have been forgiven.” Allah says:

And give them preference over themselves, even though they were in need of those themselves. (Qur ‘an 59: 9)

One poet said:

“Even if I am a person who is far,
From his friend in terms of distance,
I offer him my help and wish to alleviate his difficulties, I answer his invitation and his call to me for help, and if he dons a wonderful new outfit I will not say, alas, were I to be blessed with the clothes that he wears.”

By Allah, how wonderful are good manners and a generous soul!

No one regrets having done well even if he was extravagant in doing so. Regret is only for the mistake or for the wrong done, even when that wrong is a minor one.

Doing good to others gives comfort to the heart

The first person who benefits from an act of charity is the benefactor himself, by seeing changes in himself and in his manners, by finding peace, by watching a smile form on the lips of another person.
If you find yourself to be in difficulty or distress, show kindness to others, and you will be the first to find solace and comfort. Give to the needy, defend the oppressed, help those in distress, and visit the sick: you will find that happiness surrounds you from all directions.

An act of charity is like perfume it benefits the user, the seller,
and the buyer. Furthermore, the psychological benefits that one receives from helping others are indeed great. If you suffer from depression, an act of charity will have a more potent effect on your sickness than will the best available medicine.
Even when you smile upon meeting others, you are giving charity. The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:
“Do not dismiss certain acts of kindness by deeming them to be insignificant, even if (such an act) is to meet your brother with a smiling face (for that is a deed which might weigh heavily in your scale of deeds).”

On the other hand, when you frown upon meeting others, you are displaying a sign of enmity, an act that is so detrimental to brotherhood that only Allah knows the full extent of its evil effects.
The Prophet (pbuh) informed us that the prostitute who once gave a handful of water to a dog was rewarded for that deed with Paradise, which is as wide as the heavens and the earth. This is because the Giver of rewards is Forgiving, Rich, and Worthy of Praise.

O’ you, who are threatened by misery, fear and grief, occupy yourself in the betterment of others. Help others in different way through charity, hospitality, sympathy, and support. And in doing so, you will find all of the happiness that you desire.
We who spends his wealth for increase in self-purification, and has in his mind no.favor from anyone for which a reward is expected in return; except only the desire to seek the Countenance of his Lord, the Most High. He surely will be pleased [when he enters Paradise]. (Qur’an 92: 18-21)

The art of happiness

Among the greatest of blessings is to have a calm, stable, and happy heart. For in happiness the mind is clear, enabling one to be a productive person. It has been said that happiness is an art that needs to be learned. And if you learn it, you will be blessed in this life. But how does one learn it? A basic principle of achieving happiness is having an ability to endure and to cope with any situation. Therefore you should neither be swayed nor governed by difficult circumstances, nor should you be annoyed by insignificant trifles. Based on the purity of the heart and its ability to endure, a person will shine. When you train yourself to be patient and forbearing, then hardship and calamity will be easy for you to bear.

The opposite of being content is being shortsighted, being concerned for no one but one’s own self and forgetting about the world and all that is in it. Allah described his enemies as follows:

Thinking about themselves [as how to save their ownselves, ignoring the others and the Prophet] (Qur’an 3. 154)

It is as if such people see themselves as being the whole universe, or at least at the center of it. They think not of others, nor do they live for anyone but themselves. It is incumbent upon you and me to take time out to be preoccupied with more than just us, and to sometimes distance ourselves from our own problems in order to forget our wounds and hurts. By doing this we gain two things: we make ourselves happy, and we bring joy to others.

Basic to the art of happiness is to bridle our thoughts and to restrain them, not allowing them to wander, stray, escape, or go wild. For if you were to leave your thoughts to wander as they wish, then they will run wild and control you. They will open the catalogue of your past woes. They will remind you of the history of your misfortunes, beginning from the day that your mother gave you birth. If your thoughts are left to roam, then they will bring to you images of past difficulties and images of a future that is frightening. These thoughts will shake your very being and will cause your feelings to flare. Therefore bridle them, and restrain them by directing them to the concentrated application of the kind of serious thought that begets fruitful and beneficial work.

And put your trust in the Ever-Living One who dies not. (Qur ‘an 25: 58)

Also among the principles of the art of happiness is to value life on this earth according to its true merit and worth. This life is frivolous and does not warrant anything from you except that you turn away from it. This life is filled with calamities, aches, and wounds. If that is the description of this life, then how can one be unduly affected by its minor calamities, and how can one grieve over such material things as have passed him by? The best moments of life are tainted, its future promises are mere mirages, the successful ones in it are envied, the one who is blessed is constantly threatened, and lovers are struck down by some unexpected misfortune.

And in a hadith:

“Verily, knowledge is only acquired by the practice of learning, and tolerance is acquired by the practice of tolerating.”

If one were to attempt to apply the meaning of this hadith to the topic under discussion, then he could go one step further and say that happiness is acquired by assuming it. It is acquired by constantly smiling, by hunting for the reasons that make one happy, and even by forcing it onto one’s own self, however awkward that may seem. One does all of these things until happiness becomes second nature.

The truth of the matter is that you cannot remove from yourself all remnants of grief. And the reason for this is that life was created as a test:

Verily, we have created man in toil. (Qur’an 90: 4)

That He might to, you, which of you are the best in deeds. (Qur ‘an 11: 7)

But the message I wish to convey to you is that you should, as much as is possible, reduce the amount and intensity of your grief as

For being completely free from grief, this is for the inhabitants of Paradise in the Hereafter. This is why the dwellers of Paradise will say:

All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has removed from us [all] grief’
(Qur’an 35: 34)

This is considered to be a proof that grief will not be removed from them except in Paradise. Likewise, grudges and bitterness will not be completely removed except in Paradise.

(And we shall remove from their breasts any sense of injury [that they may have]…} (Qur’an 15. 47)

So when a person knows the nature of this world and its qualities, he comes to realize that it is dry, deceitful, and unworthy; and he comes to fully understand that that is its nature and its description. An Arab poet said:

“You have taken an oath not to betray us in our pacts, and it is as if you have vowed that in the end, you shall deceive us.”

If the description of this world is as I have described it to be, then it is worthy of the intelligent person not to help it in its onslaught, nor to surrender to depression and anxiety. What we should do is defend ourselves from all feelings that may spoil our lives, in a war that we must wage with all the strength that we have been endowed with. And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war to threaten the enemy of Allah and your enemy… (Qur’an 8: 6O)

But they never lost heart. For that which did not befall them in Allah’s Way, nor did they weaken nor degrade themselves. (Qur’an 3: 146)

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Kaaba

There is no place on Earth as venerated, as central or as holy to as many people as Makkah. By any objective standard, this valley in the Hijaz region of Arabia is the most celebrated place on Earth.

Thousands circle the sacred Kaaba at the centre of the Haram sanctuary 24 hours a day. Millions of homes are adorned with pictures of it and over a billion face it five times a day.

The Kaaba is the epicenter of Mecca.

The cube shaped building is at the heart of the most well-known real estate in the history of mankind; it is shrouded in black and its fair share of mystery.

Here are just a few things that most people may not know about the Kaaba:

10. It has been reconstructed several times

The Kaaba that we see today is not exactly the same Kaaba that was constructed by Prophets Ibrahim ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and Ismail ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) From time to time, it has needed rebuilding after natural and man-made disasters.

Of course, we all know of the major reconstruction that took place during the life of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) before he became a Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). This is the occasion when the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)averted major bloodshed by his quick thinking on how to place the Black Stone using a cloth that every tribe could lift up.

Since then, there has been an average of one major reconstruction every few centuries. The last renovation took place in 1996 and was extremely thorough, leading to the replacement of many of the stones and re-strengthening the foundations and a new roof. This is likely to be the last reconstruction for many centuries (inshā’Allāh) as modern techniques mean that the building is more secure and stable than ever before.

9. It used to have two doors … and a window

The original Kaaba used to have a door for entrance and another for exit. For a considerable period of time it also had a window situated to one side. The current Kaaba only has one door and no window.

8. It used to be multi-coloured

We are so used to the Kaaba being covered in the trademark black Kiswah with gold banding that we can’t imagine it being any other colour. However, this tradition seems to have started at the time of the Abbasids (whose household colour was black) and before this the Kaaba was covered in multiple colours including green, red and even white.

7. The keys are in the hands of one family

At the time of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), each aspect to do with the rites of Hajj was in the hands of different sub-groups of the Quraish. Every one of these would eventually lose control of their guardianship of a particular rite except one. On the conquest of Makkah, the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was given the keys to the Kaaba and instead of keeping it in his own possession; he returned them back to the Osman ibn Talha ® of the Bani Shaiba family. They had been the traditional key keepers of the Kaaba for centuries; and the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) confirmed them in that role till the end of time by these words

“Take it, O Bani Talha, eternally up to the Day of Resurrection, and it will not be taken from you unless by an unjust, oppressive tyrant.”

Whether Caliph, Sultan or King – the most powerful men in the world have all had to bow to the words of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and ask permission from this small Makkan family before they can enter the Kaaba.

6. It used to be open to everyone

Until recently, the Kaaba was opened twice a week for anyone to enter and pray. However, due to the rapid expansion in the number of pilgrims and other factors, the Kaaba is now opened only twice a year for dignitaries and exclusive guests only.

Watch the video attached here to witness the doors of the Kaaba being opened (at 50 seconds) – and the simultaneous gasps of a Million people as they cry out at this auspicious moment.

5. You used to be able to swim around it

One of the problems with having the Kaaba situated at the bottom of a valley is that when it rains – valleys tend to flood. This was not an uncommon occurrence in Makkah and the cause of a lot of trouble before the days of flood control systems and sewage. For days on end the Kaaba would be half submerged in water. Did that stop Muslims from performing the Tawaf? Of course not. As the picture below amply shows – Muslims just started swimming around the Kaaba.

Modern adjustments to the surrounding landscape and flood prevention techniques mean we may never see such sights again. Or will we? Check out this recent video.

4. The inside contains plaques commemorating the rulers who renovated it

For years many have wondered what it looks like inside the Kaaba. Relying on second or third hand accounts from those who were lucky enough to enter just wasn’t satisfying enough. Then one lucky person who went inside took his camera phone in with him and Millions have seen the shaky footage online.

The interior of the Kaaba is now lined with marble and a green cloth covering the upper walls. Fixed into the walls are plaques each commemorating the refurbishment or rebuilding of the House of Allāh by the ruler of the day. Watch the video below of the only place on Earth that you can pray in any direction you want, the House of Allāh, the first place of worship for mankind – the Kaaba.

3. There are two kaabas!

Directly above the Kaaba in heaven is an exact replica. This Kaaba was mentioned in theQurʾān and by the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).

The Messenger of Allāh ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said narrating about the journey of ‘Isra wal Miraaj

“Then I was shown Al-Bait-al-Ma’mur (i.e. Allāh’s House). I asked Gabriel about it and he said, This is Al Bait-ul-Ma’mur where 70,000 angels perform prayers daily and when they leave they never return to it (but always a fresh batch comes into it daily).”

2. The Black Stone is broken

Ever wondered how the Black Stone came to be in the silver casing that surrounds it?

Some say it was broken by a stone fired by the Umayyad army laying siege to Makkah whilst it was under the control of Abdullah ibn Zubair ®.

However, most agree that it was most damaged in the middle ages by an extreme heretical Ismaili group from Bahrain called the Qarmatians who had declared that the Hajj was an act of superstition. They decided to make their point by killing tens of thousands of hujjaj and dumping their bodies in the well of Zamzam.

As if this act of treachery was not enough, these devils took the Black Stone to the East of Arabia and then Kufa in Iraq where they held it ransom until they were forced to return it by the Abassid Caliph. When they returned it, it was in pieces and the only way to keep them together was by encasing them in a silver casing. Some historians narrate that there are still some missing pieces of the stone floating around.

1. It’s not supposed to be a cube shape

Yes, ladies and gentleman… the most famous cube in the world actually started out shaped as a rectangle.

I’ll give you a moment to pick your jaws off the floor.

Right, where were we?

Oh yeah, the Kaaba was never meant to be a cube. The original dimensions of The House included the semi-circular area known as the Hijr Ismail.

When the Kaaba was rebuilt just a few years before the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) received his first revelation, the Quraish agreed to only use income from pure sources to complete the rebuild. That meant no money from gambling, looting, prostitution, interest etc. In the ultimate sign of how deeply mired in wrongdoing the Jahili Quraish were, there was not enough untainted money in this very wealthy trading city to rebuild the Kaaba to its original size and shape!

They settled for a smaller version of the Kaaba and put a mud brick wall (called “Hijr Ismail” although it has no connection to the Prophet Ismail (A) himself) to indicate the original dimensions. Towards the end of his life, the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) intended to rebuild the Kaaba on its original foundations but passed away before he could fulfill his wish. Apart from a brief interlude of a few years during the reign of Caliph Abdullah ibn Zubair ®, the Kaaba has remained the same shape that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) saw it in.

The history of the Kaaba is not just an interesting story from our past. The Kaaba is a real and present symbol that connects all Muslims together wherever they may be. It also connects us to our glorious and not-so-glorious past so that we may derive lessons and feel that we are a part of an eternal mission. In a day and age where Muslims are increasingly disconnected from our history,as well as each other, the Kabaa reminds us of our shared heritage and bonds. It is a symbol of unity in an Ummah sorely in need of it.

 

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An intelligent and skillful person transforms losses into profits; whereas, the unskilled person aggravates his own predicament, often making two disasters out of one.

The Prophet (pbuh) was compelled to leave Makkah, but rather than quit his mission, he continued it in Madeenah — the city that took its place in history with lightning speed.

Imam Abmad ibn Hanbal was severely tortured and flogged, and yet he emerged triumphant from that ordeal, becoming the Imam of the Sunnah. Imam Ibn Taymiyah was put into prison; he later came out an even more accomplished scholar than he was before. Imam As-Sarakhsi was held as a prisoner, kept at the bottom of an unused well; he managed therein to produce twenty volumes on Islamic jurisprudence. Ibn Atheer became crippled, after which he wrote Jam `ey al-Usool and An-Nihayah, two of the most famous books in the Science of Hadith. Imam Ibn al-Jawzi was banished from Baghdad. Then, through his travels, he became proficient in the seven recitations of the Qur’an. Maalik ibn ar-Rayb was on his deathbed when he recited his most famous and beautiful poem, which is appreciated until this day. When Abi Dhu’aib al-Hadhali’s children died before him, he eulogized them with a poem that the world listened to and admired.

Therefore, if you are afflicted with a misfortune, look on the bright side. If someone were to hand you a glass full of squeezed lemons, add to it a handful of sugar. And if someone gives you a snake as a gift, keep its precious skin and leave the rest.

And it may be that you dislike a thing that is good for you…

(Qur ‘an 2: 216)

Before its violent revolution, France imprisoned two brilliant poets: one an optimist, the other a pessimist. They both squeezed their heads through the bars of their cell windows. The optimist then stared at the stars and laughed, while the pessimist looked at the dirt of a neighboring road and wept. Look at the other side of a tragedy – a circumstance of pure evil does not exist, and in all situations one can find goodness and profit and reward from Allah.

Is not He [better than your gods] Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls Him… (Qur’an 27: 62)

From Whom do the weak and the oppressed seek victory? Who does everyone beseech? He is Allah. None has the right to be worshipped except Him.

Therefore it is most advisable for you and I to invoke Him during times of both hardship and ease, to seek shelter with Him in difficult times, and to plead at His doorstep with tears of repentance; then will His help and relief quickly arrive.

(Is not He [better than your gods] Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls Him… (Qur’an 27: 62)

He saves the one who is drowning, gives victory to the oppressed, guides the misguided, cures the sick, and provides relief to the afflicted.

And when they embark on a ship, they invoke Allah, making their Faith pure for Him only… (Qur ‘an 29: 65)

As for the various supplications one makes to remove hardship, I refer you to the books of the Sunnah. In them, you will learn prophetic supplications with which you can call to Allah, supplicate to Him, and seek His aid. If you have found Him, then you have found everything. And if you lose your faith in Him, then you have lost everything. By supplicating to Him you are performing one of the highest forms of worship. If you are persistent and sincere in your supplication, you will achieve freedom from worry and anxiety. All ropes are cut loose save His, and all doors are shut save His. He is near; He hears all and answers those who supplicate to Him.

If you are living through affliction and pain, remember Allah, call out His name, and ask Him for help. Place your forehead on the ground and mention His praises, so that you can obtain true freedom. Raise your hands in supplication, and ask of Him constantly. Cling to His door, have good thoughts about Him, and wait for His help – you will then find true happiness and success.

Do not be sad: Seek forgiveness from Allah often, for your Lord is Of-Forgiving

I [Noah] said [to them]: `Ask forgiveness from your Lord; verily, He is Of-Forgiving. He will send rain to you in abundance; and give you increase in wealth and children; and bestow on you gardens; and bestow on you rivers. ‘
(Qur’an 71: 10-12)

So seek forgiveness from Allah more often and you will reap the benefits of doing so: peace of mind, lawful provisions, righteous offspring, and plentiful rain.

(And [commanding you]: Seek the forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him in repentance, that He may grant you good enjoyment, for a term appointed. And that He may bestow His abounding Grace to every owner of grace [i.e. the one who helps and serves the needy and deserving, physically and with his wealth, and even with good words]. (Qur ‘an 11: 3)

And the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

“Whosoever seeks forgiveness (from Allah) often, and then Allah makes for him a good ending for every matter of concern and provides for him a way out of every tight situation.”

Related in Bukhari is a hadith that is known as the chief of Al-Istighfaar (i.e., of supplications with which one asks Allah for forgiveness):

“O’ Allah, You are my Lord and none has the right to be worshipped except you. You have created me and I am your slave; and I am upon your covenant and promise as much as I am able to be. I seek refuge in you from the evil that I have perpetrated. I confess to you your favor upon me, and I confess to you my sin. So forgive me; for verily, none forgives sins except you.”

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