Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ahadith Qudsi2

assalamu alaikum,

This is a continuation from the AHADITH QUDSI1 post:

Hadith 4:

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said: Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection:
Where are those who love one another through My glory? Today I shall give them shade in My shade, it being a day when there is no shade but My shade.(Sahih Muslim)

Hadith 5:

narrated Abu Hurayra-radiaAllahu anhu-that the Messenger of Allah(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said:

Allah says:

When my servant intends to do a bad deed, Do not write it(as a sin) until he does it, if he does it then write it as like it(one bad deed), and if he leaves it for my sake, then write it as one good deed. And if he intends to do a good deed but does not do it, write it down as one good deed, and if he does it, then write it as from ten good deeds to seven hundred times.(Sahih Bukhari)

Hadith 6:

On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said: Allah the Almighty said:

I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assemble better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm's length, I draw near to him a fathom's length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed. (Sahiihs Bukhari and Muslim)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Virtues of the 10 Days of Thul-Hijjah

السلام عليكــم ورحمـة الله وبركاتــة ،،

عشره ذي الحجة - فضائلها

الحمد لله وحده، والصلاة والسلام على من لا نبي بعده،،، وبعد:

The Virtues of the Ten of Thul- Hijjah

1.Allah has sworn by them:

When Allah swears on something this shows the high status of that thing and its virtues, since the Mighty swears not except on something that is also mighty. Allah(ta'alla) says:

(2)وَالْفَجْرِ (1) وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ
"By the dawn;By the ten nights "[surah al fajr 1-2]

And the ten nights refer to the ten of Thul Hijjah, and this is the view of the majority of the Mufasirren from the Salaf and Khalaf, and Ibn Katheer says in His tafseer: it is saheeh.

2. They are appointed days that Allah has legislated remebrance(thikr) within them:

Allah(ta'alla) said:

وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ عَلَى مَا رَزَقَهُم مِّن بَهِيمَةِ الْأَنْعَامِ

"..and mention the Name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them.."[surah al Hajj 28]. The majority of the scholars viewed that the fixed days refer to the Ten of Thul Hijjah, among them Ibn Umar and Ibn Abbas.

3. The Messenger bore witness that these days are the most virtuous(best) of the days of Dunyaa:

bn 'Abbas reports that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, "No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these days [meaning the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah]." The companions asked, "O Messenger of Allaah, not even jihad in the way of Allaah?" He said, "Not even jihad, except for the man who puts his life and wealth in danger [for Allaah's sake] and returns with neither of them." [This is related by the group except Muslim and an-Nasa'i]

4. To realize and know that the Day of 'Arafah is among these days:

It is the best of days of as-Sunnah(Islaam) according to some of the scholars due to the hadeeth, "The best of days near Allah is the Day of an-Nahr and the Day of al Qarr."[ recorded by Abu Dawud and an-Nasai verified to be Saheeh by al-Albaani]

5. The main acts of worship are unified in this day.

Al-Haafidh ibn Hajar says in al-Fath:

(And the reason for the excellence of the Ten of Thul-Hijjah is(also) due to the state of bringing together the main acts of worship in these days like the Salah, fasting, charity and the hajj, and such a thing doesnt happen except in these days.)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lower Your Gaze-Amazing Story

assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

Lower Your Gaze beautiful story of a 16 year old sahabi!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ramadhan Kareem!!!

assalamu alaikum!!!

Allahu Akbar!! The blessed month of Ramadhan has come upon us!! May Allah allow us to live through it and live with it once more! ameen! Dont forget to increase in duaa especially for the suffering Muslims and the believers in general, lets make sure we dont miss the blessings of suhoor which it is preferable and best to eat with dates and water!! Also, lets not forget hastening the iftaar which is sunnah and the most blessed time is right before fajr salah.

We should read as much quran as we can, Ramadhan is the month of the Quran, as Allah says and try to at least finish it once. Be more generous and kind and increase in your good deeds, after all the acts of worship done in Ramadhan are doubled, Allah has also promised a special reward for those who fast. Lets not forget the duaa for breaking the fast which is a sunnah as well:

Allahuma laka sumtu wa 'ala rizquka aftartu


O Allah, it is for you that I have offered my fasting and it is with provision from you that I am breaking the fast.

Also the duaa for the one who provides you with Iftaar(host):

Allahuma ad'im man ad'amni wasqee man saqaanee


O Allah feed the one who fed me and quench the thirst of the one who quenched my thirst


Umm Abdullah

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ahadeeth Qudsi1

assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

Hadeeth #1

Narrated Abu Hurayra that he said: Allah's Messenger(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said: Allah azza wa jall said, "the son of Adam insults me, he insults time, and I am time, in my hands is the matter, (with it) I change the night and the day."(Sahih al Bukhari)

Hadeeth #2

Narrated Abu Hurayra-radiaAllahu anhu- that he said: Allah's Messenger(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said: Do you not see what your Lord says? He said, "How much blessings i bestow on my slaves but (yet) a group of them come forth as disbelievers(ungrateful). They say, "the stars, it is by the stars."(they say it is luck from things such as stars instead of crediting all thier blessings to Allah, the Creator) (Sahih Muslim)

Hadeeth #3

Narrated Abu Hurayra-radiaAllahu anhu-that he said: I heard the Prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) saying: Allah azza wa jall said, "And who is more wrongdoing than who goes to create like my creation?! Then let them create an atom, or let them create a grain, or a sha'eera(another type of grain)."(Sahih al Bukhari)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Official Muslim Response to "Draw Muhammad Day"

assalamu alaikum,

Official Muslim Response to "Draw Muhammad Day"




Hadeeth 39 from Imam Nawawis 40 Hadeeth Collection

assalamu alaikum

Hadeeth 36 : The Virtue of Gathering for the Recitation of The Qur'aan, and for the Remembrance of Allaah

by Imâm an-Nawawî
(d. 676 AH / 1299 CE)


عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه ، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ، قال : ( من نفس عن مؤمن كربة من كرب الدنيا نفس الله عنه كربة من كرب يوم القيامة ، ومن يسر على معسر يسر الله عليه في الدنيا والاخرة ، ومن ستر مسلما ستره الله في الدنيا والأخرة ، والله في عون العبد ما كان العبد في عون أخيه ، ومن سلك طريقا يلتمس فيه علما سهل الله له به طريقا إلي الجنه ، وما اجتمع قوم في بيت من بيوت الله يتلون كتاب الله ، ويتدارسونه بينهم؛ إلا نزلت عليهم السكينه ، وغشيتهم الرحمه ، وحفتهم الملائكة ، وذكرهم الله فيمن عنده ، ومن أبطأ به عمله لم يسرع به نسبه ).
رواه مسلم [ رقم : 2699 ] بهذا اللفظ

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (radiAllaahu anhu) that the Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said :

Whoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allaah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Resurrection. And whoever alleviates the need of a needy person, Allaah will alleviate his needs in this world and the Hereafter. Whoever shields [or hides the misdeeds of] a Muslim, Allaah will shield him in this world and the Hereafter. And Allaah will aid His Slave so long as he aids his brother. And whoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allaah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the Houses of Allaah, reciting the Book of Allaah and studying it among themselves, except that Sakeenah (Tranquility) descends upon them, and Mercy envelops them, and the angels surround them, and Allaah mentions them amongst those who are with Him. And whoever is slowed down by his actions, will not be hastened forward by his lineage.

It was related by Muslim in these words.

Summary :

• That this hadeeth contains encouragement to help each other for our own benefit

• That any Muslim who makes a Muslim happy will receive the Mercy of Allaah on the Day of Resurrection, and He will remove one of his griefs that Day

• That any Muslim who sees to the need of another Muslim, will have his own needs seen to by Allaah

• That any Muslim who protects another Muslim will be protected by Allaah

• That Allaah will help us as long as we help each other

• That one who strives to gain Knowledge of the Deen will be helped by Allaah in acting upon it

• That the mosques should be used to gather in to study the Deen and to recite the Qur'aan collectively

• That such groups of people receive the Peace and Mercy of Allaah, and are surrounded by the Angels, and are mentioned by Allaah to those near Him

• That this is true for any group of Muslims, whether or not they are scholars or very pious individuals

• That when we remember Allaah, He remembers us and makes mention of us

• That if one becomes lax in his religious duties, his lineage or ancestry will not avail him anything before Allaah

• Seeking knowledge of the Deen entails acting upon it and propagating it

Friday, May 21, 2010

Draw Muhammad Day

assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Muhammad(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) was the best of Allah's creation to walk this Earth. He is the leader of all the prophets and messengers, the first one to enter paradise, and the only one of the prophets allowed to make intercession for his ummah! What an honor. A mercy sent to mankind, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon our leader and guide.

There is no way one can be a Muslim and not accept the prophethood of Muhammad(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam), there is no way one can have faith and not love and respect Muhammad(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam), and there is no way one can have faith and not feel anger when such a person is insulted by anyone,anywhere!

What humiliation has this ummah come to when it doesnt stand to defend the honor of its Prophet!? what kind of followers are we? Wallahi, if we only knew what the sahaba did and how they reacted when the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) was defamed,insulted, or attacked in any way. They put thier life on the line. Now, we dont even say or do anything when the book of Allah is being flushed down a toilet or being used as target practice by the enemies of Allah! So how can we stand to defend when our leader and perfect guide is drawn! We are not even mentally affected.

After all this, we dare to ask why Allah hasnt given us victory and establishment on the land? After this, we wonder why the muslims are suffering and are in such a humiliating state?! I swear by the one who raised the skies without any pillars, that Allah will never help a people who cannot even help themselves! Allah will never help a people who dont turn back to the Quran and Sunnah! Allah will never help us until we change what is within ourselves.

Allah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن تَنصُرُوا اللَّهَ يَنصُرْكُمْ وَيُثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَكُمْ

O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firm. [Surah Muhammad:7]

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُوا مَا بِأَنْفُسِهِمْ ۗ وَإِذَا أَرَادَ اللَّهُ بِقَوْمٍ سُوءًا فَلَا مَرَدَّ لَهُ ۚ وَمَا لَهُمْ مِنْ دُونِهِ مِنْ وَالٍ

Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah). But when Allah wills a people's punishment, there can be no turning back of it, and they will find besides Him no protector.[Surah ar-Ra'ad:11]

Oh Allah help us! Oh Allah help us when we are truly deserving of your victory! Oh Allah dont destroy us for what the foolish among us are doing!

We need to revive our love for the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) for how can one feel anger and upset for someone being insulted who they dont know, have never met or lived with? We can know and live with the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) by studying and learning his seerah. After all, studying seerah is ibadah!

Here is one example of a blind man who went to defend His master(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam):

A blind man had a female slave who had borne him a child (umm walad) who reviled the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and disparaged him, and he told her not to do that but she did not stop, and he rebuked her but she paid no heed.

One night she started to disparage and revile the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), so he took a dagger and put it in her stomach and pressed on it and killed her. There fell between her legs a child who was smeared with the blood that was there.

The next morning mention of that was made to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and he assembled the people and said: “I adjure by Allaah the man who did this to stand up.”

The blind man stood up and came through the people, trembling, and he came and sat before the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). He said: O Messenger of Allaah, I am the one who did it. She used to revile you and disparage you, and I told her not to do it but she did not stop, and I rebuked her but she paid no heed. I have two sons from her who are like two pearls, and she was good to me. Last night she started to revile you and disparage you, and I took a dagger and placed it on her stomach and I pressed on it until I killed her.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Bear witness that no retaliation is due for her blood.”

This is from Sunan Abi Dawud(hadith no. 4361) and that it is a saheeh(authentic) hadith.

SubhnaAllah! just look at how this blind man reacted for the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam)and what he did! Now, he didnt ask permission or think twice if what he was doing is allowed! But his love and sincerity towards the Messenger(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) led him to do that! Any sane muslim wouldnt think bad about this incident and if they do then subhnaAllah they should double check their faith and creed.Truly this man wasnt blind but rather it is us who are blind and hardhearted. May Allah soften our hearts!

This is not the time or place to discuss the ruling on one who insults the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) but before we even get to that, we should first revive our love for the prophet(SalaAllahu alayhi wassalam) and teach our children and instill in them the love for the leader of all mankind(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam)and his beloved companions, the best to walk this Earth after the prophets and messengers. We should teach them the seerah and read to them inspirational stories of the sahaba and how they were with the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam).

And our final call is all praise is due to Allah, the lord of the al 'Alameen.And peace and blessings be upon the final messenger.

The Ruling on One who insults the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam)



by Umm Abdullah

~The Yemeni and The Tyrant~

The Yemeni and The Tyrant

Tawus ibn Kaysan, one of the righteous students of Ibn ‘Abbas and a Muhaddith said, ‘I entered the Haram (Makkah) to perform ‘Umrah and when I completed it, I prayed 2 units of prayer behind the Maqam of Ibrahim and then I sat down. I turned to look at the people in the mosque when behold, I saw a group of people with weapons, swords, spears and shields! I looked and it was al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf, the Amir of blood-shed, about whom Laila al-Akhiliya said,

حجاج أنت الذي ما فوقه أحد
Hajjaj, you are the one above whom there is none

إلا الخليفة المستغفر الصمد
Except the True Ruler, the Forgiving and Eternal One (Allah)

قتل مائة نفس وقتل سعيد بن جبير
He (Hajjaj) killed a hundred souls and he killed Sa’id ibn Jubayr(one of the companions of the prophet salaAllahu alayhi wassalam)

Al-Hajjaj once said, ‘I saw in my dream that Allah killed me once for every soul I killed except for Sa’id ibn Jubayr for Allah killed me on the Sirat (path over Hellfire) seventy times because of him.’

Tawus continues: ‘I saw the commotion so I kept seated in my place. Whilst in that state, I saw a poor, ascetic worshipper from Yemen. He went to circumambulate around the Ka’bah, then he came to pray 2 units of prayer when suddenly his garment clung to a spear from the spears of the army of Hajjaj, and so the spear fell on al-Hajjaj! He stopped him and said, ‘Who are you?’ He said, ‘Muslim.’ He said, ‘Where are you from?’ He said, ‘From Yemen.’ He said, ‘How is my brother with you people?’ (– He meant his brother Muhammad ibn Yusuf who was also a tyrannical ruler like him). He said, ‘I left him as a fat man with a fat stomach.’ Al-Hajjaj said, ‘I didn’t ask you about his health but I asked you about his justice.’ He said, ‘I left him as a deceiving and oppressive ruler.’

He said, ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ So the man said, ‘Who are you?’ He said, ‘I am al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf!’ So the man said,

أتظن أنه يعز بك أكثر من اعتزازي بالله؟
‘Do you think that he (your brother) is mightier and strengthened by you more than I am by Allah?’

Tawus said, ‘When he said that, all my hair stood on end. But al-Hajjaj let him go and left him.’

فَاللّهُ خَيْرٌ حَافِظاً وَهُوَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ

“… But Allah is the Best of Protectors and He is the Most Merciful of those who show Mercy.”
[Yusuf: 64]

- Taken from احفظ الله يحفظك by ‘Aidh al-Qarni

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

To Veil or Not to Veil

assalamu alaikum

To Veil Or Not To Veil

By Mohammad Elshinawy

Allah(azza wa jall) says:

وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَى جُيُوبِهِنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا لِبُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَائِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَائِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي أَخَوَاتِهِنَّ أَوْ نِسَائِهِنَّ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُنَّ أَوِ التَّابِعِينَ غَيْرِ أُوْلِي الْإِرْبَةِ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ أَوِ الطِّفْلِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يَظْهَرُوا عَلَى عَوْرَاتِ النِّسَاءِ وَلَا يَضْرِبْنَ بِأَرْجُلِهِنَّ لِيُعْلَمَ مَا يُخْفِينَ مِن زِينَتِهِنَّ وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ


“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear therof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, or their brothers' sons or their sisters' sons, or their women or the servants whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex, and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers, turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss.” (Quran 24:31).

link to the lecture:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ruling on Mother's Day In Islam

assalamu alaikum

Praise be to Allaah and blessings and peace be upon the Messenger of Allaah.


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us that his ummah would follow the previous nations, the Jews, Christians and Persians, but this was undoubtedly not praise for their actions, rather it is by way of condemnation and a warning. It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you, handspan by handspan, cubit by cubit, until even if they entered the hole of a lizard, you will do so too.” We asked, “O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said, “Who else?” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3269; Muslim, 2669).

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The Hour will not begin until my ummah follows in the footsteps of those who came before it, handspan by handspan, cubit by cubit.” It was asked, “O Messenger of Allaah, like the Persians and Romans?” He said, “Those are the people?”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6888)

The ignorant among this ummah, and the innovators and heretics have followed the previous nations, the Jews, Christians and Persians, in their beliefs, ways, manners and dress. Our concern here is to point out in these days their following and imitation of them through the innovation of “Mother’s Day” or “Family Day”, which is a day that the Christians innovated to honour mothers, or so they claim. This then became a day that was venerated, when government departments would be shut and people would get in touch with their mothers or send them gifts and loving messages. But when the day was over, things would go back to the way they were, with people being cut off from their mothers and disobeying them.

What is strange is that the Muslims would feel a need to imitate them in such ways, when Allaah has commanded them to honour their mothers and has forbidden them to disobey them, and has made the reward for that (for obeying them) the highest status.

Definition of the word ‘Eid

[as Mother’s Day is known in Arabic as “Eid al-umm” or “mothers’ festival”; the word Eid is derive from the root ‘aada/ya’ood meaning to come back or return]

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said:

“ ‘Eid (festival) is a name that is given to an occasion which returns, when people gather in a festive manner, whether that is annual or weekly or monthly and so on.”

(Iqtidaa’ al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem, 1/441).

Ibn ‘Aabideen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “ An ‘Eid is so called because Allaah repeatedly bestows blessings, i.e., kinds of blessings that come back to His slaves on these days, such as breaking the fast after refraining from eating, sadaqat al-fitr (obligatory charity paid at the end of Ramadaan), completing the Hajj by doing Tawaaf al-Ziyaarah, the sacrificial meats, and so on; and because the tradition on such occasions is to express joy and happiness, and to be energetic and happy.”

(Haashiyat Ibn ‘Aabideen, 2/165)

How many festivals are there in Islam?

The Muslim may note the large number of festivals that are observed among the Muslims nowadays, such as the Festival of Trees, Workers’ Day (May Day), the anniversary of the king’s accession to the throne, birthdays, etc… There is a long list of such days, but each of these is the innovation of the Jews, Christians and polytheists; they have no basis in Islam. There are no festivals in Islam apart from Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.

It was narrated that Anas ibn Maalik said: “During the Jaahiliyyah, the people had two days each year when they would play. When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Madeenah he said, ‘You had two days on which you would play, but Allaah has given you something better than them: the day of al-Fitr and the day of al-Adha.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood, 1134; al-Nasaa’i, 1556; classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani).

Ruling on Mothers Day from the Quran and Sunnah

Lets remember to fear Allah and to not innovate or practice bida'a(innovations). We should always remember the hadeeth of the prophet where he says, "… The most truthful speech is the Book of Allaah. The best way is the way of Muhammad. The worst of affairs are the novelties and every novelty is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and every misguidance is in the Fire." [Saheeh according to Sheikh al-Albaanee in Saheeh Sunan in-Nasaa'ee (no. 1487)]

عن ام المؤمنين أم عبد الله عـائـشة رضي الله عنها ، قالت : قال رسول الله صلي الله صلى الله عليه وسلم (من أحدث في أمرنا هـذا مـا لـيـس مـنه فهـو رد ). رواه الـبـخـاري [ رقم : 2697 ] ، ومسلم [ رقم :1718 ].
وفي رواية لمسلم : ( مـن عـمـل عـمـلا لـيـس عـلـيه أمـرنا فهـو رد )

On the authority of the Mother of the Faithful, Umm `Abdillaah `Aaishah (radi Allaahu 'anhaa) , who said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaau alayhi wa sallam) said:
“He who innovates something in this matter of ours [i.e. Islaam] that is not of it will have it rejected [by Allaah]”. [Related by al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
In one version by Muslim it reads: He who does an act which we have not commanded, will have it rejected [by Allaah].

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Sister Qismah bint Faisal


Allah 'azza wa jal says when narrating the story of Musa (alayhi salaam) when he had arrived in Madyan after fleeing from the tyranny of Fir'awn,

"Then there came to him one of the two women, walking shyly. She said: "Verily, my father calls you that he may reward you for having watered (our flocks) for us." So when he came to him and narrated the story, he said: "Fear you not. You have escaped from the people who are Zalimun (polytheists, disbelievers, and wrong-doers)." (Al Qasas, Verse 25).

Surely, the stories of the prophets contain many lessons, and this verse of the Quran is a perfect example of the how modesty should be displayed in the actions and speech of the righteous. This woman that approached Prophet Musa (alayhi salaam) serves as an example for the women living today, for truly the speech of Allah stands witness to her level of modesty.

In the explanation of this verse, Ibn Katheer (rahimahullah) mentions that The Commander of the Faithful, Umar ibn al Khattab (radiaAllahu anhu) said: "She was covering herself from them with the folds of her garment." In another narration, Ibn Hatim recorded that 'Amr bin Maymun said that Umar (radiaAllahu anhu) said, "She came walking shyly, putting her garment over her face. She was not one of those audacious women who come and go as they please." As for when the woman said, "Verily, my father calls you that he may reward you for having watered (our flocks) for us." The mufassireen(scholars of Tafsir) have said that this is example of good manners: she did not invite him directly lest he have some suspicious thoughts about her. Rather she said: "My father is inviting you so that he may reward you for watering our sheep," (i.e., give you some payment for that)

Modesty has become a thing that seems to be no longer existent in the lands of the kuffar and if one adorns their character with haya, they are shunned and thought to be "living in a shell". This distorted mindset has become so widespread that it is even seen among the Muslims of today. It's a norm for Muslim men and women to sit with each other in gatherings while jesting and joking with one another. Today, it's fine for Muslim men and women to talk to one another in seclusion in a study room or a chatroom, while their only excuse is that "nothing immoral is being discussed". However, one with true understanding will know that the immorality is not only limited to the topic of discussion, but rather its root is based in the setting in which people put themselves in.

My words are directed to myself and the sisters of this ummah, that inshaAllah we may be reminded of the words of Allah and His Messenger (salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) in a time where the 'aariyyaat have become many in number and the filthy kaafir women have become the primary examples for the Muslim women. When is it that we will take for role models, 'Aaishah and Khadijah? My sisters, let us be counted among those who guard themselves from the excess fitnah that we are living in today lest Allah may grant His abundant mercy on His needy slaves. When is ti that we will abandon the temptings of shaytaan so that we may be able to pursue the pleasure of Ar Rahman?

Allah (subhnahu wa ta'alla) says:

"O Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc.) and as an adornment, and the raiment of righteousness, that is better. Such are among the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, that they may remember (i.e. leave falsehood and follow truth )." ( Surah A'raaf V. 26)

Sisters, the external hijab is not enough. These jilbabs that we wear must be accompanied with the jilbabs of piety and modesty that adorn our mannerisms. Al haya must become a thing that we embrace wholeheartedly until it becomes the earth that we walk on and the determining factor for our actions. In the obedience of Allah is where true satisfaction exists, so let's arm ourselves for this battle against shaytaan (may the curse of Allah be upon him) and ask Allah (subhnahu wa ta'alla) to we count us among the victorious.

Friday, April 30, 2010


assalamu alaikum,

Athkaar for morning and evening (4):

It is reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said: Whoever says this four times four times in the morning or in the evening, Allah will spare him from the fire of Hell.

اللهم إنى أصبحت أشهدك وأشهد حمله عرشك، وملائكتك وجميع خلقك، أنك أنت الله لا إله إلا أنت وحدك لا شريك لك، وأن محمداً عبدك ورسولك

Allaahumma ‘inee ‘asbahtu ‘ush-hiduka wa ‘ush-hidu hamalata ‘arshika, wa malaa’ikataka wa jamee’a khalqika, ‘annaka ‘anta Allahu laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa ‘anta wahdaka laa shareeka laka, wa ‘anna Muhamadan ‘abduka wa rasooluka.

Oh Allah I have entered a new morning calling upon you and upon the bearers of your throne , upon your angels and upon all your creation to bear witness that surely you are Allah, there is no one worthy of worship but you alone, You have no partners and that Mohamed is your slave and your messenger.

Note: If you say this in the evening then you should say اللهم إنى أمسيت (Allahumma ‘innee ‘amsaytu…, Oh Allah I have ended another day…..)

reference:Abu Dawud 4/317

اللّهُـمَّ ما أَصْبَـَحَ بي مِـنْ نِعْـمَةٍ أَو بِأَحَـدٍ مِـنْ خَلْـقِك ، فَمِـنْكَ وَحْـدَكَ لا شريكَ لَـك ، فَلَـكَ الْحَمْـدُ وَلَـكَ الشُّكْـر .

Allahumma ma asbaha bee min ni'matin, aw bi-ahadin min khalqika, faminka wahdaka la shareeka laka, falakal hamdu wa lakash shukru.

reference:Abu Dawood 4/138 , Ibn Hibban no2361.Its chain of narration is good (Hassan)
اللّهُـمَّ عافِـني في بَدَنـي ، اللّهُـمَّ عافِـني في سَمْـعي ، اللّهُـمَّ عافِـني في بَصَـري ، لا إلهَ إلاّ أَنْـتَ
اللّهُـمَّ إِنّـي أَعـوذُبِكَ مِنَ الْكُـفر ، وَالفَـقْر ، وَأَعـوذُبِكَ مِنْ عَذابِ القَـبْر ، لا إلهَ إلاّ أَنْـتَ

Allahumma 'aafini fee badani, Allahumma 'aafini fee sam'i, Allahumma 'aafini fee basari, la ilaha illa Anta.
Allahumma inni a'udhu bika minal kufri, walfaqri, wa a'udhu bika min 'adhaabil qabri, la ilaha illa Anta .

Oh Allah, preserve for me my health. Oh Allah, preserve for me my hearing. Oh Allah, preserve for me my sight. There is no God but You. Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You from disbelief and proverty and I seek refuge

(Say it three times in Arabic )

Please note : in the evening, say ''Allahumma ma amsa bee min... and the rest of the dua' ''

‘O Allah, what blessing I or any of Your creation have risen upon, is from You alone, without partner, so for You is all praise and unto You all thanks.’

reference: Abu Dawud 4/324 ; Ahmad 5/42, An-Nasa'i 'Amal Al-Yaum wal-Lailah (n0 22), Ibn As Sunni (n0 69), Al Bukhari Al-Adab Al-Mufrad. Its chain of transmission is good (Hasan). Ibn Baz, p.26

to be continued inshaAllah...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Hijab: Essence of Modesty

assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

In the Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful.
May Allah send His peace and blessings upon His final Messenger, and upon his family and companions.

This campaign is a reminder to all our sisters about the superiority of observing Hijab for the sake of Allah. Hijab is much more than simply a scarf on the head, it is a total concept, a whole attitude. Hijab implies modesty, humility, from the way we walk to the way we talk. Observing correct Hijab provides many benefits to a Muslim woman herself, and to society.

*This campaign was put together by sisters, for sisters!
Insha'Allah please participate in this campaign by responding with any video regarding Hijab.

Jazakum'Allahu khayr

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

some more Ahadeeth from "Islahul Mujtama' "

assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

Hadeeth 58:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "The poor person is not the one for whom a date or two or a morsel or two (of food is sufficient but the poor person is he who does not (beg or) ask the people (for something) or show his poverty at all. Recite if you wish, (Allah's Statement):

"They do not beg of people at all." (2.273)

Hadeeth 59:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "One would rather cut and carry a bundle of wood on his back than ask somebody who may or may not live him."

Hadeeth 60:

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar

The Prophet said, "A man keeps on asking others for something till he comes on the Day of Resurrection without any piece of flesh on his face."

Hadeeth 61:

Narrated Anas ibn Malik:

The prophet said," show them leniency and do not be hard upon them.Give tidings (to the people) , do not create (in their minds) aversion (towards religion)"

Hadeeth 62:

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

Somebody asked, "O Allah's Apostle! Who is the best among the people?" Allah's Apostle replied "A believer who strives his utmost in Allah's Cause with his life and property." They asked, "Who is next?" He replied, "A believer who stays in one of the mountain paths worshiping Allah and leaving the people secure from his mischief."

Hadeeth 63:

Narrated Sad:

I was the first Arab to shoot his arrow for the sake of Allah and we were ones who fought(naghzu) with Allah's Apostle and we had nothing to eat then, except the leaves of the Habala (Hubula) tree and samuru tree, so that our stool used to be similar to that of sheep.

****these are trees that grow in the oultands of Arabia

Hadeeth 64:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "(There are) three (types of persons to whom) Allah will neither speak to them on the Day of Resurrections, nor look at them (They are):--(1) a man who takes a false oath that he has been offered for a commodity a price greater than what he has actually been offered; (2) and a man who takes a false oath after the 'Asr (prayer) in order to grab the property of a Muslim through it; (3) and a man who forbids others to use the remaining superfluous water. To such a man Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection, 'Today I withhold My Blessings from you as you withheld the superfluous part of that (water) which your hands did not create.' "

Enjoy! =)

Compiled by Umm Abdullah

Beautiful Hadith

assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

عن أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه ، قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ :
( مَنْ يَأْخُذُ عَنِّي هَؤُلاَءِ الكَلِمَاتِ فَيَعْمَلُ بِهِنَّ أَوْ يُعَلِّمُ مَنْ يَعْمَلُ بِهِنَّ ؟ فَقَالَ أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ : فَقُلْتُ : أَنَا يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ !
فَأَخَذَ بِيَدِي فَعَدَّ خَمْسًا وَقَالَ :
اتَّقِ الْمَحَارِمَ تَكُنْ أَعْبَدَ النَّاسِ ، وَارْضَ بِمَا قَسَمَ اللَّهُ لَكَ تَكُنْ أَغْنَى النَّاسِ ، وَأَحْسِنْ إِلَى جَارِكَ تَكُنْ مُؤْمِنًا ، وَأَحِبَّ لِلنَّاسِ مَا تُحِبُّ لِنَفْسِكَ تَكُنْ مُسْلِمًا ، وَلاَ تُكْثِرِ الضَّحِكَ ، فَإِنَّ كَثْرَةَ الضَّحِكِ تُمِيتُ القَلْبَ ) .
رواه أحمد والترمذي والطبراني في الأوسط

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam said, “Who among you will accept of me the following words and adopt and execute their meaning or teach someone to adopt them and act according to them?” Abu Hurayrah replied, “I, ya Rasulullah!”

Abu Hurayrah said, “So he held my hand and counted five things according to my five fingers as follows:
"Keep away from prohibited things and you will be the best of worshippers.

Be content with what Allah has given you, and you will be the richest of people.

Be good to your neighbor and you will be a true believer.

Love for other people what you love for yourself and you will be a (perfect) Muslim.

Do not laugh too much, for excessive laughter deadens the heart."

(Recorded by Ahmad and al-Tirmidhi)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fear Allah wherever you are!!!

assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

عـن أبي ذر جـنـدب بـن جـنـادة ، وأبي عـبد الـرحـمـن معـاذ بـن جـبـل رضي الله عـنهما ، عـن
الرسول صلي الله عـليه وسلم ، قـال : ( اتـق الله حيثما كنت ، وأتبع السيئة الحسنة تمحها ، وخالق الناس بخـلـق حـسـن ).
رواه الترمذي [ رقم : 1987 ] وقال : حديث حسن ، وفي بعض النسخ : حسن صحيح

On the authority of Abu Dharr Jundub ibn Junaadah, and Abu 'Abd-ir-Rahmaan Mu'aadh bin Jabal (radiAllaahu anhumaa) that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said :

Have Taqwaa (Fear) of Allaah wherever you may be, and follow up a bad deed with a good deed which will wipe it out, and behave well towards the people.
It was related by at-Tirmidhee, who said it was a Hasan (Good) Hadeeth, and in some copies it is stated to be a Hasan Saheeh Hadeeth.

Explanation of Hadeeth

The virtues and outstanding traits of Abu Dharr (radiAllaahu anhu) are many. He accepted Islaam while the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) was still in Makkah, and was instructed by him to return to and keep close to his tribe [in order to call them to Islaam]. However, when the Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) saw in him a great eagerness to remain with him in Makkah, and knowing that he would not be able to do so [due to the torment of the Quraysh], he said to Abu Dharr : "Have Taqwaa (Fear) of Allaah wherever you may be, and follow up a bad deed with a good deed which will wipe it out", and this is in accordance with the statement of Allaah ta'aalaa "Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds" [Hood, 114].

And his (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) statement "and behave well towards the people" means that one should treat the people the way one would like them to treat oneself. And know that "Verily the heaviest thing to be placed in the Scales [on the Day of Accounting] will be the Good Character/Behaviour". And the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said "Verily the most loved of you by me and the closest of you to me on the Day of Resurrection are the best of you in Character" [related by at-Tabaraanee, but judged weak by al-Haafidh al-Mundhiree in at-Targheeb wa at-Tarheeb]. And good character is from the characteristics of the Prophets and Messengers and the chosen ones from amongst the Believers - those who do not retaliate with evil, but rather forgive and pardon and behave well despite being treated badly.


That one must remember Allaah with Fear no matter where he may be

That one must do a good act to cover up each bad act that he commits

That a Muslim must behave well towards others

from 40 Hadeeth of Imam Nawawi(hadith number 18)

Umm Abdullah

Monday, April 12, 2010

"Beware of Jealousy..."

"Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood."

Hasad (jealousy and envy) is among the most destructive emotions or feeling which a man may have towards his fellow human being. It causes him to wish evil for others and to be happy when misfortune befalls them. The Prophet (sallallâhû alaihi wa-sallam) warned against envy by comparing it to fire that completely burns the wood.

He (sallallâhû alaihi wa-sallam) said: "Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood." [Abû Dawûd]

Hasad is a disease of the heart and it causes impurity to the heart, when Allâh's Messenger (sallallâhû alaihi wa-sallam) was asked who are the best of people? He (sallallâhû alaihi wa-sallam) replied: "The one with a clean heart and truthful tongue." They asked: 'We understand a truthful tongue, but what does a clean heart mean?' he answered: 'It is the heart of one that is pious, pure, and is free of sin, transgressions, hatred and Hasad." [Ibn Mâjah]

Hasad is such a dangerous characteristic that Allâh revealed verses of the Qur'ân to be recited as a protection from the jealous,

"Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the dawn… from the evil of envious when he envies." [Sûrah al-Fâlaq (113): 1]

At-Tirmîdhî narrated from al-Zubayr Ibn al-Awam that the Prophet (sallallâhû alaihi wa-sallam) said: "There has come to you the disease of the nations before you, jealousy and hatred. This is the 'shaver' (destroyer); I do not say that it shaves hair, but that it shaves (destroys) faith…" [(Hasan) Jamî at- Tirmîdhî (2434)]

Hasad can cause the person to indulge in disbelief because it causes the individual to feel that Allâh has not been fair with him; he forgets all the mercy and blessings which Allâh has bestowed upon him. The Messenger of Allâh (sallallâhû alaihi wa-sallam) said: "They are enemies for Allâh's bounties." They asked: "Who are they?" He said: "Those who envy people for what Allâh has given them of Bounty." [at-Tabarânî]

Allâh through His Absolute Wisdom has given some people more wealth, intelligence, beauty, strength, children, etc. than others. The believing Muslim should be content with what Allâh has destined for him.

Allâh says: "Allâh favored some of you over others with wealth and properties… Do they deny the favors of Allâh?" [Sûrah an-Nahl (16): 71]

And: "Do they envy men for what Allâh has given them of His Bounty?" [Sûrah an-Nisâ (4): 54]

"It is We Who portion out between them their livelihood in this world, and We raised some of them above others in ranks, so that some may employ others in their work. But the mercy of your Lord is better." [Sûrah az-Zukhruf (43): 32]

meaning mercy of Allâh is better than the convenience of the world. The materials of this life do not make one superior to another in Allâh's Judgment. True superiority lies in Taqwa (righteousness, fear of Allâh).

He said: "Surely, the most noble of you to Allâh is the most God-fearing." [Sûrah al-Hujurât (49): 13]

"And the Hereafter with Your Lord is (only) for those who have Taqwa." [Sûrah az-Zukhruf (43): 35]

What belongs to the transient world is of no significance before Allâh. The Prophet (sallallâhû alaihi wa-sallam) said: "If this world were worth a mosquito's wing before Allâh, He would not give a disbeliever a drink of water." [At-Tirmidhî]

The favors of Allâh in the world are a test; the more the favors, the more the tests. Al-Hasan al-Basri said: "Umar Ibn Khattâb wrote this letter to Abû Musa al-Ash'ari, 'Be content with your provision in this world, for the Most Merciful has honored some of His servants over others in terms of provision as a test of both. The one who has been given plenty is being tested to see if he will give thanks to Allâh and fulfill the duties which are his by virtue of his wealth…" [Ibn Hâtim]

Allâh, the Exalted, has therefore forbidden us from desiring what other have, "Do not wish for what we have favored some of you over others." [Sûrah an-Nisa (4): 32]

In order to discourage envy, the Prophet (sallallâhû alaihi wa-sallam) said: "Do not look to those above you. Look to those below you, as it will more likely remind you of Allâh's favors bestowed on you." [Sahîh al-Bukharî and Sahîh Muslim] On another occasion, he said: "If one of you looks at someone wealthier and better built than him, he should also look at someone of lower standard than himself." [Sahîh Muslim]

translated by Yahya Adel Ibrahim

Friday, April 9, 2010

Some Ahadeeth on the Day of Jumuah

assalamu alaikum

Some Ahadeeth on the Day of Jumuah

Narrated by Abu Hurairah (Radhi Allahu Anhu): I heard Allah's Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alayhi wa Sallam) 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)." (Al-Bukhari Book 013, Hadith Number 001.)

Narrated by 'Abdullah bin Umar (Radhi Allahu Anhu): Allah's Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alayhi wa Sallam) said, "Anyone of you attending the Friday (prayers) should take a bath." (Al-Bukhari Book 013, Hadith Number 002.)

Narrated Sahl bin Sad (Radhi Allahu Anhu) "There was a woman amongst us who had a farm and she used to sow Silq (a kind of vegetable) on the edges of streams in her farm. On Fridays she used to pull out the Silq from its roots and put the roots in a utensil. Then she would put a handful of powdered barley over it and cook it. The roots of the Silq were a substitute for meat. After finishing the Jumu’ah prayer we used to greet her and she would give us that food which we would eat with our hands, and because of that meal, we used to look forward to Friday." (Book #13, Hadith #60)

Don’t forget to send Salams and Salah upon the Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alayhi wa Sallam)and recite Surah Al-Kahf (18) (the Cave)

Umm Abdullah

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Evening&Morning DuaaPART1

assalamu alaikum,

Athkaar for morning and evening:

اللهم بك أصبحنا، و بك أمسينا، و بك نحيا، و بك نموت، و إليك النشور

Allaahumma bika ‘asbahnaa, wa bika ‘amsaynaa, wa bika nahyaa, wa bika namootu wa ‘ilaykan-nushoor

O Allah by you we enter the morning and by You we enter the evening, by you we live and by you we die and to you is the final return.

[u][b]When you say this in the evening then you should say:

اللهم بك أمسينا و بك أصبحنا و بك نحيا، و بك نموت، و إليك المصير

Allaahumma bika ‘amsaynaa, wa bika ‘asbahnaa wa bika nahyaa, wa bika namootu wa ‘ilaykal-maseer

O Allah by you we enter the evening and by You we enter the morning by you we live and by you we die and to you is our fate.

At-Tirmithi 5/466 and see Sahih At-Tirmithi 3/142

to be continued inshaAllah....

some ahadeeth from the hadeeth book "Islahul Mujtama' "

Assalamu alaikum,

here are some ahadeeth from a hadeeth book i memorized a year ago. All the hadeeth are authentic and can be found in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim.

Hadeeth 48:

Anas ibn Malik narrates: Allahs rasul said:

"None of you should search for death due to a problem which befell him, if he/she cannot remove it(like a dangerous fitnah where he fears for his or her deen) then he/she should say: O Allah make me live as long as living is better for me and make me die as long as dying is better for me."

Hadeeth 49:

Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Aas narrates: "Allahs rasul was not one who did bad things or looked for bad things and he use to say: Indeed the best among you are the best in good behavior (manners)."

hadeeth 50: Aisha narrates: "I never saw Allahs messenger laughing so badly that his molar tooth in the back could be seen he would simply smile."

Hadeeth 51:

Narrated Abu Huraira :

The Prophet said, "Every day two angels come down from Heaven and one of them says, 'O Allah! Compensate every person who spends in Your Cause,' and the other (angel) says, 'O Allah! Destroy every miser.' "

Hadeeth 52:

Narrated Abu Musa :

The Prophet said, "An honest Muslim store-keeper who carries out the orders of his master and pays fully what he has been ordered to give with a good heart and pays to that person to whom he was ordered to pay, is regarded as one of the two charitable persons."

Hadeeth 53:

Narrated 'Aisha:

Allah's Apostle said, "When a woman gives in charity from her husband's meals without wasting the property of her husband, she will get a reward for it, and her husband too will get a reward for what he earned and the store-keeper will have the reward likewise."

Hadeeth 54:

Abu Hurayra said: Allah's rasul said:

"The one who takes care of a widow and the poor person is like a Mujahid who fights in the cause of Allah OR a person who stands in prayer all night and fasts during the day."

Hadeeth 55:

Abu Musa narrates Allahs prophet as saying:"Upon every muslim there is charity (due on him)."It was asked," what if he can not find any?" He (saw) said, "He makes with his hand and then benefits himself with it and then gives it in charity." It was asked,"what if he cannot do so? He said "he helps one who needs help and cannot give." He was then asked,"what if he cannot do that?" He replied, "he enjoins the good."It was asked," what if he cannot do that?"He said " He holds back his evil from people for that will be a sadaqa for him."

Hadeeth 56:

Abu Umama (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) as saying, "Son of Adam, to give away what you have extra is better for you and to withhold it is worse for you, but you are not blamed for having a sufficiency. Give first to those who are dependent on you."

Hadeeth 57:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "Riches does not mean, having a great amount of property, but riches is self-contentment."

Umm Abdullah

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Hijaab

As-Salamu Alaykum (peace be upon you),


One day a sheikh with his wife in Hijab and a non Muslim were traveling together in the train.

The non Muslim asked the sheikh: "Why do you people cover your wife from head to toe?"

The sheikh started thinking... suddenly he took a fruit from his pocket cut it half with knife.

The sheikh asked the non Muslim: "Do you know what this is?"

The non Muslim responded: "hmmm...yum yum...Yes I know, this is fruit.

The sheikh then replied: "No....this is my fruit, while it was in my pocket your mouth didn't water but as soon as I took it out and cut it, you wanted to taste it, similarly when a woman is covered from head to toe, no one will think about her but if she removes her Hijab then every one will desire her.

What is the correct Hijab of a Muslim woman? Why should we wear it and how should we wear it?

"O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (Jilbab) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful" [Noble Quran 33:59]

The reason for women to cover is clearly stated here by Allah the Almighty as a form of protection. And in the following verse from the Quran it is clear who women are allowed to be uncovered around.

"And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts from sin and not show of their adornment except only that which is apparent, and draw their head covers over their necks and bosoms and not reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women (i.e., their sisters in Islam), or their female slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants free of physical desires, or small children who have no sense of women's nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah altogether, O you Believers, in order that you may attain success." [Noble Quran 24:31]

Definition and Description of the Jilbab (Over Garment)

The Jilbab is defined as the covering with which a woman wraps around her body on top of her regular household garments to cover herself from head to toe, and is intended to completely hide the shape of her body.

The Jilbab has been mentioned in ayah 33:59 above. This ayah orders Muslim women to draw their outer garments about themselves when they go out.

How the Salaf (Early Companions) & Other Scholars Defined Jilbab

Ibn Mas'ud said, "Jilbab is that sheet of cloth which is worn on top of the scarf."

Ibn `Abbas said, "concerning the description of the Jilbab that "it is to be fully wrapped around the women's body, so that nothing appears but one eye with which she can see." [Tafsir Ibn Kathir]

Al-Qurtubi defined it as "a cloth which covers the entire body..."

Ibn Al-Hazm said: "The word Jilbab means the outer sheet which covers the entire body. A sheet smaller than that which would cover the entire body, cannot be categorized as Jilbab." [al-Muhalla, Vol 3. Pg. 217]

Muhammad bin Sireen: "When I asked Ubaydah bin Sufyan bin al-Harith the meaning of this verse and how the Jilbab was to worn, he demonstrated it to me by pulling a sheet of cloth over his head to cover his entire body, leaving the left eye uncovered. This was also the explanation of the word 'Alaihinna in this verse" [Commentary by Ibn Jarir and Ahkam-ul-Quran, Vol.III, p .457 ]

Umm Salamah narrated that: When the verse, "That they should draw their over garments (Jalabib) close around them" was revealed, the women of Ansar came out as if they had crows over their heads by wearing over garments (Jalabib).

Al-Qurtubi, explains: "Women in the past (i.e. before the ayahs concerning covering properly were revealed) used to cover their heads with the Khimar, throwing its ends over their backs. This left the neck and the upper part of the chest bare, in the manner of the Christians. Then Allah commanded them to cover those parts with the Khimar."

Hence, the Khimar must fully cover not only the hair, but the neck, the shoulders and the chest.

Allah states further in An-Nur, 24:31: "...And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment." [Noble Quran 24:31]

The women in the time of Jahiliyyah (ignorance) wore anklets which were used to attract attention by stamping their feet and making the anklets jingle. This shows not only that this practice (of stamping the feet to draw attention), is forbidden by Allah, but also that the legs and ankles must be covered as well.

Regarding the feet, this is clarified in the following Hadith from Ibn 'Umar who reported that the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said: "On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will not look at the man who trails his garment along out of pride. Umm Salamah then asked: What should women do with (the hems of) their garments? He replied: Let them lower them a hand span. She said: Their feet would be exposed! He (Peace be upon him) then said: Let them lower them a forearm's length but no more." [Reported by At-Tabarani]

So it is clear that the dress worn in public must cover the entire body (including the feet) except what has been specifically excluded.

Therefore, from the above proofs from the Quran, the Sunnah and the Statements of the Salaf of this Ummah, we can conclude that a Jilbab or an outer garment or cloak of some type must be worn by a Muslim woman over her normal clothes whenever she goes out in public or if she is in the presence of strangers (i.e., men that are not a Mahram for her) within her own home or the home of a close relative and that simply covering the hair with a headscarf along with normal clothing is not sufficient.

Garments such as the Abaya, the chador, a cloak or other similar garments that are worn over normal clothing can also be defined as a "Jilbab" as well as any combination of clothing that covers as a single over garment (such as the Abaya) does.

The Jilbab Must be Sufficiently Thick and Loose

The Jilbab should be thick and opaque so as not to display the skin color and loose enough so as not to reveal the shape and size of the woman's body beneath it.

We find a very severe warning against wearing clothing that is transparent or tight fitting in the following Hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah who said that the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said: "I will not be a witness for two types of people who are destined for the fire: people with whips, like the tails of cows, who beat the people (i.e. tyrants who are the enemies of their own people) and women who, although clothed, are yet naked seducing and being seduced, their hair style like the tilted humps of camels. These will not enter the paradise nor will its fragrance reach them although its fragrance reaches a very great distance" [Muslim]

The Scholars have interpreted the Prophet's (Peace be upon him) statement "although clothed, are yet naked" as meaning a woman wearing clothes that do not cover her body properly.

Al-Qurtubi reports a narration from `Ayshah that some women from Banu Tamim came to see her, wearing transparent clothing. `Ayshah said to them: "If you are believing women, these are not the clothes of believing women."

Further proof that the Jilbab should be both sufficiently loose and thick can also be found in the following Hadith from Usamah ibn Zaid who said: Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) gave me a gift of thick Coptic cloth he had received as a gift from Dahiah Al-Kalbi, and so I gave it to my wife. Thereafter the Prophet (Peace be upon him) asked me: Why didn't you wear the Coptic cloth? I replied: 'I gave it to my wife.' The Prophet (Peace be upon him) then said: Tell her to wear a thick gown under it (the Coptic garment) for I fear that it may describe the size of her limbs. [Narrated by Ahmad, Al-Baihaqi, and Al-Hakim]

So, from this, we can conclude that a skin-tight body suit or blue jeans (for example) which may conceal the skin color, are nonetheless lacking as proper Hijab because they still reveal the size and shape of the body. Additionally, a Jilbab that may be sufficiently loosely fitting, but is transparent, would also be lacking because it is not opaque and thick and would reveal the skin color of the woman.

Color Must Not Be Alluring and Should Not Have Attractive Designs

The Hijab is intended to conceal the woman and her beauty from public view and should not be a thing which actually enhances her beauty or draws attention. Therefore, the Jilbab should not have bright colors, eye-catching decorations nor have a glossy and/or reflective fabric that will draw the attention of the opposite sex.

The Proof for this is as follows Allah says: "...And do not make a display of yourselves like the displaying of the ignorance of long ago..." [Noble Quran 33:33]

The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said: "Do not prevent the female slaves of Allah from attending the mosques of Allah, but let them go out unadorned." [Abu Dawud]

So, the Muslim woman is encouraged to wear soft, somber colors and to avoid Jilbabs that contain bright designs, patterns, images, bright colors or any other thing which draws attention. Additionally, the Jilbab should not be adorned with jewelry and/or perfume. Many women wear black, not because it is obligatory, but because it is the most somber color and farthest removed from being an adornment.

The following report from Abu Dawud indicates that the women of the Sahabah used to wear black in which 'Ayshah said: "After this Ayah (Al- Ahzab, 33:33) was revealed the women of the Ansar appeared like crows." The scholars have interpreted part of the meaning of "appeared like crows" as meaning that their Jilbabs were plain and black.

Also, over garments that could be considered to be extravagant dress of high status, or something worn as a status symbol) should also be avoided in accordance with Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) said: "He who wears extravagant clothing in this world will be dressed in humiliating clothes on the day of judgment" [Ahmad Abu Dawud]

Must Not Resemble Men's Clothing

A Muslim woman's clothes must not resemble men's clothing (and vice versa).

The Messenger (Peace be upon him) said: "Allah curses those men who imitate the women, and He curses those women who imitate the men." [Al-Bukhari]

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: "The man who resembles a woman and the woman who resembles a man is not from us" [Ahmad and At-Tabarani]

Must Differ from the Clothing of Kuffar

A Muslim's clothing must not resemble the clothing of unbelievers. This is a general ruling of the Shari'ah which not only includes dress but manners, religious practices and festivals, and other customs and traditions that are exclusive to the Kuffar.

'Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn Al-`Aas said: Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) saw me wearing two saffron-colored garments, so he said: "Indeed, these are the clothes of Kuffar (unbelievers), so do not wear them." [Sahih Muslim]

Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) stated: "Whoever resembles a people is one of them." [Abu Dawud]

So a Muslim woman should not resemble a Nun, for example, in her dress even if what she is wearing is appropriately long, thick and loosely fitting.

We sincerely ask Allah by His Infinite Mercy to unite our hearts upon His Book and the Sunnah of His Messenger (Peace and Blessing be upon him) and make us firm in our efforts to spread His Deen. Indeed Allah is The One with the ability to do that.

And our final Du'a is All Praise to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds...

Khadejah Jones
Share Islam Team

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Beautiful Story[MUST READ!!]

assalamu alaikum

this is a lovely story shared to me by a sister.please read and comment.

Every Friday afternoon, after the Jumma prayers, the Imam and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out "PATH TO PARADISE " and other Islamic literature.

This particular and fortunate Friday afternoon, as the time came for the Imam and his son to go to the streets with their booklets, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring rain.

The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, 'OK, dad, I'm ready!'

His dad asked, 'Ready for what' 'Dad, it's time we go out and distribute these Islamic books.'

Dad responds, 'Son, it's very cold outside and it's pouring rain.'

The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, 'But Dad, aren't people still going to hell, even though it's raining?'

Dad answers, 'Son, I am not going out in this weather.'

Despondently, the boy asks, 'Dad, can I go Please'

His father hesitated for a moment then said, 'Son, you can go. Here are the booklets. Be careful son.'

'Thanks, Dad!'

And with that, he was off and out into the rain. This eleven year old boy walked the streets of the town going door to door and handing everybody he met in the street a pamphlet or a booklet.

After two hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone-chilled wet and down to his VERY LAST BOOKLET. He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a booklet to, but the streets were totally deserted.

Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up the sidewalk to the front door and rang the door bell. He rang the bell, but nobody answered..

He rang it again and again, but still no one answered. He waited but still no answer.

Finally, he turned to leave, but something stopped him.
Again, he turned to the door and rang the bell and knocked loudly on the door with his fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch!

He rang again and this time the door slowly opened.
Standing in the doorway was a very sad-looking elderly lady. She softly asked, 'What can I do for you, son?' With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy said, 'Ma'am, I'm sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you that ALLAH REALLY LOVES AND CARES FOR YOU and I came to give you my very last booklet which will tell you all about God, the real purpose of creation, and how to achieve His pleasure.'

With that, he handed her his last booklet and turned to leave.

She called to him as he departed. 'Thank you, son! And God Bless You!'

Next week on Friday afternoon after Jumma prayers, the Imam was giving some lectures. As he concludes the lectures, he asked, 'Does anybody have questions or want to say anything?'

Slowly, in the back row among the ladies, an elderly lady's voice was heard over the speaker.
'No one in this gathering knows me. I've never been here before. You see, before last Friday I was not a Muslim, and thought I could be. My husband died few years ago, leaving me totally alone in this world.. Last Friday, being a particularly cold and rainy day, i was contemplating suicide as i had no hope left.

So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic of my home.. I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof then stood on the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. Standing on that chair, so lonely and broken-hearted I was about to leap off, when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me. I thought, I'll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away.

I waited and waited, but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louder and more insistent, and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly....

I thought to myself again, 'Who on earth could this be? Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me.' I loosened the rope from my neck and started for the front door, all the while the bell rang louder and louder.

When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes, for there on my front porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy I had ever seen in my life. His SMILE, oh, I could never describe it to you! The words that came from his mouth caused my heart that had long been dead TO LEAP TO LIFE as he exclaimed with a cherub-like voice, 'Ma'am, I just came to tell you that ALLAH REALLY LOVES AND CARES FOR YOU!'

Then he gave me this booklet, Path To Paradise that I now hold in my hand.

As the little angel disappeared back out into the cold and rain, I closed my door and read slowly every word of this book. Then I went up to my attic to get my rope and chair. I wouldn't be needing them any more.

You see? I am now a Happy Vicegerent of the One True God. Since the address of your congregation was stamped on the back of this booklet, I have come here to personally say THANK YOU to God's little angel who came just in the nick of time and by so doing, spared my soul from an eternity in hell.'

There was not a dry eye in the mosque. The shouts of TAKBIR...ALLAH AKBAR.. rented the air.

Imam-Dad descended from the pulpit to the front row where the little angel was seated....

He took his son in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably.

Probably no jama'at has had a more glorious moment, and probably this universe has never seen a father that was more filled with love and honor for his son... Except for One. This very one...

Blessed are your eyes for reading this message.

Don't let this message die, read it again and pass it to others. Heaven is for His people!
Remember, Allah's message CAN make the difference in the life of someone close to you.
Please share this wonderful message
Spread His Word, help Him and you'll see His hand in everything you do...

"This day I've perfected your religion for you, and completed my favor on you, and chose Islam for you as religion:"....Qur'an 5:3:

“And who is better in speech than one who calls to Allah and works righteousness and says: ‘Surely I am of the Muslims.’ ” (41: 33).

Prophet Muhammad (salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said:
“Whoever calls to guidance will have a reward similar to that of one who follows it.”

Umm Abdullah

Friday, March 26, 2010

Some Jumuah Reminders

assalamu alaikum,

The Best Day is Friday

Abu Hurairah (Radhi Allahu Anhu) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, "The best day on which the sun has risen is Friday. On that day Adam was created, he was admitted to Jannah, and he was expelled therefrom."

Commentary: This Hadith tells us of the excellence of Jumu’ah. Many achievements were made on this day which also go to prove its excellent position in Islam.
[Riyadh As-Salihin]

Reading Surah al Kahf

The Prophet said: "Whoever would read Surat Al-Kahf on Friday it would provide him of light for the duration between the two Fridays."


'Al-'Adawee said that opinions differed about this hadeeth. He said that it was reported by 'Al-Hakim, page 564 of volume 1 who said that it was of sound ascription.
He also said that it had testimonial in a hadeeth reported by way of 'Ibn `Umar in Targheeb, page 513 of volume 1.
'Al-'Albãni said that it was reported by 'Al-Bayhaqi, and 'Al-Hakim. It is in his Saheeh Al-Jãmi`i As-Sagheeri.

Imam Ahmad recorded that Al-Bara'aa said:

"A man recited Al Kahf and there was an animal in the house which began acting in a nervous manner. He looked, and saw a fog or cloud overhead. He mentioned this to the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) who said: "Keep on reciting so and so,for this is the tranquility which descends when one reads Quran or because of reading Quran."

This was also recorded in the Two Sahihs of al Bukhari and Muslim.

Saying Salah on the Prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam)

Aws ibn Aws(radiaAllahu anhu) narrated that the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said:
"Indeed, among the best of your days is the day of Jumuah...Therefore, say plenty of salah upon me during it, because your salah will be presented to me(after my death)." (recorded by Abu Daud, an Nasai, and others. sahih by al Albani in Sahih Abu Daud no.962 and Sahihu Targhib wat Tarhib no.696)

Therefore one of the important rights on jumuah is to say frequent salah on the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam). This means to say "salaAllahu alayhi wassalam" which means,"Allahs peace and praise be upon him." We should say this frequently and whenever his name is mentioned, as an expression of gratitude to him, because he brought us the pure message and guidance that can save us from destruction.

Saying salah upon him is an act of worship that Allah(azza wa jall) prescribed in His book:
"Indeed, Allah and His angels say salah upon the prophet. O you who believe, say salah upon him, as well as tremendous salam." (Surah Al Ahzaab ayah 56)

The Day of Al-Jumu'ah starts from Maghrib (sunset) on Thursday till the end of Asr on Friday.
(From the book "Festivals and Celebrations in Islam" by Shaykh Muhammad al Jibaly

Collected by Umm Abdullah


Satin’s Words To You By Umm Hedaya

Dear foolish son of Adam,

Narr is hot
Jannah is cool
I’m taking you to hell
Because you were a fool!
For I am the devil
Who makes you do evil
And I will not stop until
Your Iman weakens and your hate
And disgust for Islam strengthens!!!
I will misguide you until
The Hour and you will be
The one that the Fire will devour!!!

Yours truly,


Saturday, March 20, 2010

April's Fools Day

assalamu alaikum,

In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise is due to the one who gave us the perfect deen and way of life,all praise and glorification belongs to the one who sent His Messenger(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam)with the guidance and truth so that it may prevail over all other false religions.

April Fool

Praise be to Allaah, we praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allaah from the evil of our own selves and from our evil deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides, none can lead astray, and whomsoever He sends astray, none can guide.

Lying is an evil characteristic, which all religions and systems of ethics warn against and which man's innate common sense (fitrah) agrees that it is wrong. Those who possess chivalry and sound reason also say this.

Truthfulness is one of the pillars on which the moral survival of the world depends. It is the foundation of praiseworthy characteristics, the cornerstone of Prophethood, the result of taqwaa. Were it not for truthfulness, the rulings of all divinely-revealed laws would collapse. Acquiring the characteristic of lying is akin to shedding one's humanity, because speaking is an exclusively human trait.

(Bareeqah Mahmoodiyyah, Muhammad al-Khaadimi, 3/183)


Monday, March 15, 2010

My Journey from Sikhism To Islam

My Journey from Sikhism To Islam

By sister Nydiaman

I don’t know why I was hesitant to post my conversion story; I've mentioned it before briefly without mentioning Sikhism. I felt I may be mocked by other Sikhs. They may not take me seriously or consider me a traitor. However, if even just one Sikh reads this and benefits, it is worth for me to share the story. So here it goes. Another conversion story, but probably not like the ones you've heard of before.

It is important first to know some background information about the history of the Mughal empire conquering India, there is a lot of detail here, feel free to read what you want:

Most people consider there are only three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Of course, only Islam is the religion where one believes in only One God without partners. However, most people (non-Muslims) would consider Sikhism as a monotheistic religion as well, as the Sikhs say they believe in One God. The Sikhs believe however the Essence of God is different, because they believe He is Omnipresent (exists everywhere in everything). Its only today that I can realize this is seriously major shirk. You have associated all of creation with God, but none is comparable to Him. Alhamdulilah, I get it now.

What the normal Sikh grows up learning is that when the Muslims (Mughals) came to India, they oppressed the Hindus. They forced them to convert, tortured them (99.9% of Sikh temples, if not more, have graphic portraits of Sikhs and their prophets being tortured by the Mughals. Such as being boiled in pots of water/oil, being sawed in half, woman with their children's body parts put on a string like a necklace around the mother's necks. Sorry to be so graphic, but I am not exaggerating. I am just trying to put you in my shoes of what the average Sikh (or probably all) sees on a daily basis, or at least once a week when they visit the temple, regardless of how religious they are or how tolerant they are).

The Sikh children grow up being told stories revolving around these portraits. They are gifted books with such graphic portraits. This is the bulk of the Sikh history we learn at home and at a Sunday school. However, we are taught all religions are different paths to the same God. I think it’s hard to be a Sikh and not grow up with a deep-rooted hatred for Muslims, even if it’s a secret hatred. However, a lot of the teachings of Sikhism are taken directly (or mixed up and combined) from Islam and Hinduism/Buddhism. However, it is impossible to have a discussion about this with a Sikh as they will become angry if you mention this. They believe their religion is unique and not taken from the polytheistic Hinduism. They will argue that they believe in one God. In fact, the first words in the Sikh Holy Book translate to exactly: there is One God (La ilaaha illa Allah to us, which is the heart of Islam). However, all (Sikhs) say He is omnipresent (everywhere), which contradicts He is One. The Sikhs will argue and describe their belief in one God in everything as a drop of water, and God is like the body of the water, so we are part of Him and somewhat separate. I no longer believe this, nor does it make sense to me anymore. But yes, once it made sense, and I did believe in it. However, it left me with a lot of other unanswered questions, such as if God is everywhere/in everything, isn’t everything worth of worship? Also, what part of us sins, our bodies or souls? Of course, our souls. So, how could that be part of a Perfect Creator?

In Sikhism, we are taught we need to overcome our egos. Now, I feel this is the most egotistic and arrogant claim, that any part of you is part of the Divine Creator. This is not a humbling belief at all. For example, if you look around you know, EVERYTHING has been created for a purpose, but the creator/maker is not physically part of it. Take a basic table (for example), it’s made for sitting at and putting dishes and food on it. The man who made it is not physically in there, not at all. The table is a sign of the maker, and he is SEPARATE from his creation. This is so basic.

Now that I've bored you (hope I haven't), I personally grew up not hating Muslims. I had Muslim friends. I hated, HATED what the Mughal Muslims did, but I personally could not associate the Mughals with all of the Muslims (as my parents and other Sikhs do). Growing up I was told to stay away from the womanizing Muslim boys and men. This is extremely common with Sikhs, to tell their children to stay away from Muslims (especially of the opposite sex) and not to listen to what they say of their religion. We are told they rip of the heads of the animals (cruelty), have 4 wives, etc. I would say similar views of the typical close minded non-Muslim.

We were also told that the Muslims killed our Prophets. Sikhism was created during the Mughal Empire's conquest of India. A man by the name of Guru Nanak came claiming he was enlightened by God, and that there was such thing as Hindu or Muslim. We are all equal and hence, his teachings are a blend of Islam and Hinduism. They and their followers rebelled against the Mughal’s Empire and would not convert. They were tortured and killed brutally.

I would say I was "safe" from the Muslims until I went to college. There I became more open minded, maybe too much to the point that I wondered what was wrong with gay marriage, two people loved each other !?! I met my husband and we married despite my parents’ disapproval and disownment. I was actually harassed quiet a lot by them (phone calls, cursing, etc). I think now there was a lot of wisdom behind this, because this got me to somewhat disconnect from Sikhism. I always wanted to know more about God growing up. I used to call upon God to make me understand Him more. I was not finding it in Sikhism, but I never even THOUGHT about leaving Sikhism. I thought if I learned about other religions, I could apply it and "add" it to Sikhism and better understand God. I don’t know why I had an urge to learn about Islam, especially after I got married.

My husband was not practicing at that time. In fact he told me once "you know what a Kaafir (disbeliever) is? A Kaafir is one who does not believe in God, so you are not a Kaafir." This always makes me laugh when I think of it now. I used to ask him questions about Islam but I didn't always get the right answer and sometimes no answer. So, I gave up asking, but I wanted to learn more. Once after having my first son, we went to Morocco where my wonderful father-in-law (may Allah bless him and have Mercy on him) gifted me the Quran in English. I was happy to get it and curious to see what this book said. My parents weren’t there to grab it and throw it or yell at me and make me feel nervous and guilty for holding it or wanting to read it. Alhamdulilah, for the distance, I don’t know if I could ever have read it without this distance. Exalted is the Wisdom of Allah, truly!

Mind you I was not familiar with the Bible or Torah or stories of the prophets. I asked my sisters in law questions, like how did Noah fit all the animals on the ark? How did Moses separate the ocean? One sister in law (may God bless her, I love her, she's mashaAllah very intelligent and a teacher) said to me do you believe God performed miracles through the prophets? She asked me if I believed God was capable of this. I said yes, definitely. She said, that is how He did it. It clicked. Now I feel stupid for not considering that. The question was simple, the answer was even simpler, and I got it.

Then when I read the Quran, I found it so strange in a good way. I said this is different, it says We (for God), like its written in first person. I never read anything like this before. It was wonderful. I got through Surat Al-Fatihah for the first time and I couldn't put it down. I used to wonder why children die, why is there suffering, hunger, poverty, etc. When I got to the line in Surat Al Baqarah where Allah says that we will be tested with loss of wealth, loss of life, etc. and give glad tidings to the patient ones, I wept. Again, I got an answer to a basic question I had that I could not find a clear answer for in the Sikh Holy Book. In the Sikh Holy Book, I was taught that affliction is a result of bad sins committed by us in our past lives. This reasoning never stuck with me, it didn’t seem fair/correct to me. However, in the Quran, the purpose of affliction was that it is a test, and the solution is to be patient. It was like my heart and my head had said the Shahaadah without me uttering it. You know it was weird, I didn't want to be a Muslim; but here I was. I could not deny it. I could not be dishonest to my soul. A few months later in Ramadan I completed reading the Quran in English and I said the Shahaadah out loud while Allah was my only Witness. It was something special to say it alone in private. It was from my heart. It was witnessed and heard by the One and Only Knower of All who had guided me. Perfect Praise be to Him.

I still find it so strange that I am the only Sikh I know that has converted to Islam. Sometimes it makes me smile and laugh, I used to go to the temple every Sunday and sing hymns there often! And sometimes I feel humbled and honored at the drastic change but peace of mind and wonder why me? I feel I have some duty to fulfill due to my conversion, like write a book or article debunking omnipresence, this is the heart of Sikhism. If they just understood that God is not omnipresent, then only Islam would be left for them to consider. Sikhism already believes God has no children. InshaAllah, one day I will.

I think the beauty of Islam is hidden from Sikhs and others behind a veil of misconceptions and deep-rooted hatred for them all due to the horrible actions of a few misguided ones. This makes me sad and I wonder how other Sikhs will ever come to Islam. However, it brings peace to me to know that it is Allah who Guides whom He wants regardless of who it is and in what circumstance they are in.

I say to the Sikhs, SEARCH! After all, Sikh means learner or to learn. Learn about other religions, Islam AND other religions. Read the Holy Books of other religions not what people have said about them. Go to the correct source, read it with an open mind and ask the Creator to guide you to the truth. If Sikhism is preferred to you over other religions, then through your study of faiths you will only come out as a stronger and more convinced Sikh. You may love Sikhism more, but you will probably question it more. I ask you, what/who are you afraid of, your parents or the truth? What is preventing you from learning the truth about Islam from the best and correct source, the Quran? In the end, aren't the Sikhs like the Muslims? Are they not supposed to fear none but God, their Creator?

Many Sikhs like to say they are Sikh by choice. In fact, my Sikh brother has a shirt that says precisely that. I feel a lot of Sikhs are Sikh by choice because they would rather choose not to disappoint their parents, their friends and they don't want to betray a minority religion whose followers were brutally tortured. Sikh by guilt/anger. I challenge any Sikh reading this to read the Quran and then tell me if you are still Sikh by choice. Do not lie to yourself, or to your Creator.

Monday, March 1, 2010

احتفال بمولد النبوي وحكمه Celebrating the Mawlid and its Ruling!!

assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

its very sad that many muslims invent and bring things into Islam when Allah(azza wa jall) left His deen pure and complete. Allah(azza wa jall) says, "This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion."(Surah al Maidah:3)

Here are some notes on the issue of al Mawlid.

* Imran b. Husain reported Allaah's-Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying:

The best among you (are) the people (who belong to) my age. Then those next to them, then those next to them, then those next to them. 'Imran said: I do not know whether Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said twice or thrice (the words:" Then next" ) after (saying) about his (own age but he then said): Then after them (after successors or those who would succeed them) would come a people who would give evidence before they are asked for it, and would be dishonest and not trustworthy, who would make vows but would not fulfil them, and would be significant in being bulky.(Sahih al Bukhari)

* these three generations are the prophet and his companions, the tabi'een(those who saw the sahaba and were Muslims), and the atbaa' tabi'een(those who saw the tabi'een and followed them).

* if these three generations whom the prophet was witness that they are the BEST of generations didnt practice the Mawlid, then By Allah who are we to practice this falsehood all in the name of Muslims and love for the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam)?!!
* none of the 4 first rightly guided khulafaa did this
*in fact we are told that the first 3 days after the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) passed away,the companions didnt even wait to bury him, instead they were choosing the khalifa! Thats how important the matter was let alone them celebrating his birthday.

* if this (mawlid) was something to get closer to Allah, how can a sahabi not do it!? How can Abu Bakr not do it? How can Umar or Uthmaan not do it??

* Abul Fadhl ibn Hajar al Asqalani(rahimahullah) was asked about celebrating the prophets birthday and he replied that it is an INNOVATION and such a thing was not narrated from Salaf as-Salih from any of the first 3 generations!

*This was something that was only invented after them.
*None of the 4 imams practiced nor narrated such nonsense or its permissibility.
*it is not good to imitate the living since they are a fitna so but rather if you want to imitate someone then let them be the dead and they are the sahaba, the best after the prophets to walk this earth.(statement of Ibn Masood-radiaAllahu anhu-)

* some people use showing "love" of the prophet by practicing the Mawlid

Allah says:

" Say (O Muhammad to mankind): "If you (really) love Allah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qur'an and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."(Surah Ali Imraan:31)

this ayah is knows as "the ayah of examination" because it made the ones who claim love for the prophet to prove it by following his sunnah

ORIGIN of Mawlid:

*this tradition was started by a king known as al Mudhaffar Kukabri (549 – 630 A.H.) who was ruler of Irbil. This was also something in which the Fatimiyeen,an extremist Rawafid(shiaa) rulers at the time had influence in.

* they also use to celebrate the birthday of the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam)'s daughter

* the prophet didnt celebrate his own love and wife, Khadija bint Khuwaylid's bithday and he loved her more than anyone and then Aisha(radiaAllahu anhuma).

*the prophets wives didnt celebrate his birthday as well and they were his family!

*عن ام المؤمنين أم عبد الله عـائـشة رضي الله عنها ، قالت : قال رسول الله صلي الله صلى الله عليه وسلم (من أحدث في أمرنا هـذا مـا لـيـس مـنه فهـو رد ). رواه الـبـخـاري [ رقم : 2697 ] ، ومسلم [ رقم :1718 ].
وفي رواية لمسلم : ( مـن عـمـل عـمـلا لـيـس عـلـيه أمـرنا فهـو رد )

On the authority of the Mother of the Faithful, Umm `Abdillaah `Aaishah (radi Allaahu 'anhaa) , who said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaau alayhi wa sallam) said:
He who innovates something in this matter of ours [i.e. Islaam] that is not of it will have it rejected [by Allaah]”. [Related by al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
In one version by Muslim it reads: He who does an act which we have not commanded, will have it rejected [by Allaah].

There are always 2 conditions for a Muslim's ibadaah(worship)to be accepted(acceptable):

1.Ikhlaas or sincere intention
2.Al Itibaa' or doing this according to the prophet's sunnah and the way he did it.

عن أبي نجـيـج العـرباض بن سارية رضي الله عنه ، قال : وعـظـنا رسول الله صلي الله علية وسلم موعـظة وجلت منها القلوب ، وذرفت منها الدموع ، فـقـلـنا : يا رسول الله ! كأنها موعـظة مودع فـأوصنا ، قال : ( أوصيكم بتقوى الله ، والسمع والطاعة وإن تأمر عليكم عبد ، فإنه من يعــش منكم فسيرى اخـتـلافـا كثيرًا ، فعـليكم بسنتي وسنة الخفاء الراشدين المهديين عـضوا عـليها بالـنـواجـذ ، واياكم ومـحدثات الأمور ، فإن كل بدعة ضلاله ).
رواه أبو داود [ رقم : 4607 ] والترمذي [ رقم : 2676 ] وقال : حديث حسن صحيح

On the authority of Abu Najeeh al-'Irbaad ibn Saariyah (radiAllaahu anhu) who said :

The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) gave us a sermon by which our hearts were filled with fear and tears came to our eyes. So we said : "O Messenger of Allaah ! It is as though this is a farewell sermon, so counsel us".
He said :

I counsel you to have taqwaa (fear) of Allaah, and to listen and obey [your leader], even if a slave were to become your Ameer. Verily he among you who lives long will see great controversy, so you must keep to my Sunnah and to the Sunnah of the Khulafaa' ar-Raashideen (the Rightly Guided Caliphs), those who guide to the right way. Cling to it stubbornly [literally: with your molar teeth]. Beware of newly invented matters [in the religion], for verily every bid'ah (innovation) is misguidance.

It was related by Abu Dawood and at-Tirmidhee, who said that it was a good and sound Hadeeth.

* some Muslims use the "ok"ness of celebrating the prophet's birthdate because many Muslims do this as well but we should know that "actions are not or cannot be used as evidence"

Allah(azza wa jall) says, "And if you obey most of those in the earth, they will lead you astray from Allah's way; they follow but conjecture and they only lie."


By Umm Abdullah

Friday, February 12, 2010

No Excuse to Miss Salah!!!

The Story of Abdullah ibn Unays and the Salah

In the 5th of Muharram of the 4th year after tbe hijrah of the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam), the prophet(sws) sent a sahabi by the name of Abdullah ibn Unays on an operation to assassinate a man by the name of Khalid ibn Sufyan al Hudhali. The prophet(sws) said about him,

"I have been informed that Khalid is gathering a force of men to attack me. He is at 'Urana. Go to him and kill him."

Khalid ibn Sufyan was a leader of his people and a huge figure. He was was from al Hudhail tribe and they were beduins who lived in Al Hijaaz, the outskirts of Makkah. The Banu Hudhail were known as the "Poets of the Arabs" for their eloquence in poetry and Arabic.

The prophet(sws) ordered this operation to assassinate this man because he was the leader of his people and he showed hatred for Islam and the prophet (sws). He went to the extent of mobilizing his people to fight Islam. So the prophet (sws) wanted to avoid greater bloodshed by getting rid of this one man.

However, what is really interesting is that Abdullah had never seen Khalid ibn Sufyan so how on earth would he recognize him?! 

The prophet(pbuh) told him, "when you see him,you will shiver." We don't know if this was because of the great presence of Khalid or a special sign for Abdullah. 

The prophet sent Abdullah himself(as an army made up of himself alone!) This shows us the courage of the companions. So he traveled deep into enemy territory and discovered their camp. Abdullah saw Khalid and shivered. Abdullah said he never shivered from anyone in his life.

The time for Asr prayer had arrived but Abdullah was worried he would not be able to complete the operation on time.

Did he say to himself,"this is more important...prayer can wait... this a life and death situation...I have an excuse to not pray."

What did the companion do? He performed his Asr prayer while walking towards his target.

He said:

"and I would make ruku' and sujud with movements with my head." So he walked up to Khalid and greeted him and Khalid said to him "who are you?" and Abdullah said, "I am a man from amongst the Arabs who heard about you and your gathering a force for this man(Muhammad-sws-). Khalid replied, "Thats what I am doing." Abdullah said, "I came to follow you." Khalid believed the words of Abdullah  and was convinced.

When Khalid got comfortable with Abdullah and he saw that the moment had come. Abdullah struck him and killed him. He walked away and left him with his women crouched over him. The prophet (sws) greeted Abdullah when he returned by saying, "May your face be successful." Abdullah replied, "may your face be successful, O Messenger of Allah."

The thing that concerned Abdullah when he was walking towards Khalid ibn Sufyan was the Salah and the thing that concerned the sahaba when the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) was talking to them about The Dajjaal was none other than the great matter of Salah. The prophet mentioned to them that one day in the 40 days of ad-Dajjaal would be equal to a year. The next will be equal to a month, and so on. They asked, " O Messenger of Allah, will it be enough for us to pray the 5 daily prayers on that day(which is equal to a year)?" Just look at how salah was their first concern and nothing else! Their level of faith was truly amazing!

Abdullah ibn Unays in that life and death situation was worried more about his Salah than anything else. Are we this concerned about our prayers when we go to school, work, or anywhere? Is that the first thing that comes to our mind or is it our paycheck and salary? Think about it. What is worth more to you shows how much you love Allah ta'ala.

There is no excuse in missing the Salah. IF you dont have money you are excused from paying Zakah, if you are ill you are excused from fasting and you can pay fidya instead, if you dont have the financial ability or the road to hajj is not safe, you dont have to make hajj. There is no excuse to not pray. Even when in jihaad we are told to pray and are given the fiqh of it in Salat al Khawf. If this is the case of one who delays the prayer and has no excuse to then imagine the ruling of the one who leaves the Salah all together!

The predecessor, Abdullah ibn Shaqiq said, "The companions of Muhammad did not see the abandonment of any actions as constituting disbelief(kufr) except for the prayer."  [reported by Al Tirmidhi and Al Haakim]