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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.
The Messenger of Allah (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:
“We do not say other than that which pleases our Lord.” Read more ›
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 ›
10th Muharram – The Day Ashoora.
Muslim Youth Foundation is please to announce that the Day in which Musa (AS) was save by Allah from Pharaoh will be on Thursday 14th November.
Therefore, it is recommended to fast one day before (Weds) & Thurs.
An Iftar program will be available on Thursday at the MYF.
Reward of fasting the day of Ashoora is the forgiveness of the previous years sins.
“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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The Muslim Youth Foundation condemns the attack on the soldier in Woolwich that occurred Wednesday afternoon. It is a very tragic incident, and we condemn all acts of violence and all such acts. Our thoughts along with community and country are with the family of the deceased. The perpetrators are clearly unhinged criminals. We stand by the statement released by the Muslim Council of Britain today which state
- No cause justifies this murder
- A barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly
- Vast majority of British Muslims acknowledge armed forces for the work they do
- Calls for calm and unity in all communities
The Muslim Council of Britain this evening spoke out, in the strongest possible terms, the news of a horrific murder that has taken place in Woolwich, London. Eye-witnesses suggest that the murderers made Islamic slogans during their heinous action and were thus motivated by their Islamic faith.
This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly. Our thoughts are with the victim and his family. We understand the victim is a serving member of the Armed Forces. Muslims have long served in this country’s Armed Forces, proudly and with honour. This attack on a member of the Armed Forces is dishonourable, and no cause justifies this murder.
This action will no doubt heighten tensions on the streets of the United Kingdom. We call on all our communities, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together in solidarity to ensure the forces of hatred do not prevail. It is important we allow our police authorities to do their job without speculation. We also urge the utmost vigilance and ask the police authorities to calm tensions.
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.
They were besieged in a mountain pass, and during that time, they had little or no food. Their reputations were attacked, their own relatives waged war against them, and yet their love for him was perfect.
Some of them were dragged over the hot sands of the desert, some were imprisoned, and others were subjected to inventive and innovative ways of punishment – all of which the disbelievers inflicted upon them. Having to endure all of that, they still loved him unreservedly with heart and soul.
They were deprived of home, country, family, and wealth. They were driven out from the playing fields of their childhood and from the homes in which they were raised. Despite all this suffering, they loved him unequivocally.
The believers faced trials because of his message. The very ground under them was shaken violently, and yet their love for him continued to grow.
The best among their youth constantly had swords hanging menacingly over their heads.
Their men moved forward lightly across the battlefield, advancing to death as if they were upon an excursion or a holiday, for the simple reason that they loved him unconditionally.
One of them was charged with the duty of carrying the Prophet’s message to a king in a foreign land, and that person knew that it was a mission from which he would not return. Yet he went and fulfilled his duty. One of them was sent on a mission, knowing that it would be the cause of his death, and he went happily, for he loved the Prophet (bpuh) with unmitigated love.
But why did they love him, and why were they so happy with his message and content with his example? Why did they forget the pain, the suffering, and the hardship that resulted from following him?
To put it simply. He epitomized benevolence and righteousness. They perceived in him all the signs of truth and purity. He was a symbol for those who sought out higher things. With his tenderness he cooled the rancor from the hearts of people, with words of truth he soothed their chests, and with his message he filled their souls with peace.
He poured happiness into their hearts, until the pain that they endured from being at his side was made to seem insignificant. And he instilled into their souls a belief that made them forget every injury and every adversity that they had to endure.
He polished their insides with his guidance and he illuminated their eyes with his brilliance. He removed from them the burdens of ignorance, the depravities of idolatry, and the evil consequences of polytheism. He extinguished the fires of malice and animosity from their souls and he poured the water of faith into their hearts. Thus, their minds and bodies became tranquil and their hearts found peace.
They tasted the beauty of life with him and they knew delight in his company. They found happiness at his side, safety and salvation in following him, and inner-richness in emulating him:
And we have sent you [O’ Muhammad] not but as a mercy for all that exists.
(Qur’an 21: 107)
And verily, you [O ‘ Muhammad] are indeed guiding [mankind] to the straight path.? (Qur’an 42: 52)
And He brings them out of darkness [bv Allah’s will] unto light… (Qur’an 5: 16)
He it is Who sent among the unlettered ones a Messenger [Muhammad] from among themselves, reciting to them His Verses, purifting then [from the .filth of disbelief and polytheism], and teaching them the Book and Al-Hikmah [As-Sunnah: legal ways, orders, acts of worship, etc. of Prophet Muhammad]. And verily, they had been before in manifest error :} (Qur’an 62: 2)
He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the fetters [bindings] that were upon them. (Qur ‘an 7: 157)
(Answer Allah [by obeying him] and [His] Messenger when he calls
You to that which will give you life.} (Qur’an 8: 24)
And you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. } (Qur ‘an 3: 103)
They were truly happy with their leader and so they rightly deserved to be.
O’ Allah, send prayers and peace upon Muhammad, the liberator of minds from the shackles of deviation and the rescuer of souls from the curses of falsehood, and be pleased with his noble Companions as a recompense for their striving and for their efforts.
Open Day Every Sunday 3pm – 5pm For Non-Muslims, All Welcome
The open day provides a great opportunity for everyone to come into the MYF and have a look around at their own leisure. You can also listen to the short lectures in the tour which explain the basics of Islamic faith with the opportunity to ask questions.
The MYF also has a seated rest area where people can sit and chat with each other or chat with members of the Muslim community.
- Refreshments Provided
- Mosque Tour
- Q & A Session
Most importantly, the open day provides an opportunity to mix and chat with the Muslim community and get an insight into their lives and beliefs. Its an opportunity for us all to forge bonds of friendship and respect within the many different communities within Manchester.
This is an open invitation so please pass on to all your friends, family and colleagues.
Free Admission All Are Most Welcome
Our Doors Are Open Is Your Heart?
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.