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5 Reasons to Fast on Arafat Day

October 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Thinking of fasting the day of Arafat but not sure? Here are 5 quick reasons why you should fast the day of Arafat (Monday).

1. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “For fasting the day of ‘Ashura’, I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” [Reported by Muslim, 1976]. This is from the bounty of Allah towards us: for fasting one day He gives us expiation for the sins of a whole year. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty.

2. Imam an-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “It expiates for all minor sins, i.e., it brings forgiveness of all sins except major sins.” Then he said (may Allah have mercy on him): “Fasting the day of ‘Arafah expiates for two years, and the day of ‘Ashura’ expiates for one year. If when a person says ‘Ameen’ it coincides with the ‘Ameen’ of the angels, he will be forgiven all his previous sins … Each one of the things that we have mentioned will bring expiation. If there are minor sins for which expiation is needed, expiation for them will be accepted; if there are no minor sins or major sins, good deeds will be added to his account and he will be raised in status … If he had committed major sins but no minor sins, we hope that his major sins will be reduced.”

3. Arafat is a day of Forgiveness from sins, freedom from the Hellfire for the people who are present in the plain of Arafat. Aa’ishah (radhi allahu anha) narrated the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) saying: “There is no day on which Allah frees more people from the Fire than the day of Arafat. He comes close and expresses His pride to the angels saying, ‘What do these people (the Hujjaj) want?’” [Saheeh Muslim]

4. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) was asked about the fasting on the day of Arafat, he said: “It expiates the sins of the previous year and that of the following year.” [Saheeh Muslim]. Imaam at-Tirmidhee (rahimahullah) (d. 275H) said: “The People of Knowledge consider it recommended  to fast on the day of Arafat, except for those at Arafat.” [Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)].

5. Imagine, in one single fast you can be forgiven for 2 years of sins. The day of Arafat is Monday. Please make plans to fast on this day and encourage others to do so. Remember, 2 years sins forgiven for 1 day. (the day might vary based on your location – 9th of Dhul Hajj) 

Wasalaam,

Saiyyidah Zaidi
Working Muslim
Source: www.WorkingMuslim.com

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Why has the civilisation of the Muslims fallen behind others? (Islam Q&A)

October 5, 2013 Leave a comment
Why has the civilisation of the Muslims fallen behind others?
 
 
Q. In these times we notice that the West has advanced far ahead of us in many things but Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “O Children of Israel! Remember My Favour which I bestowed upon you and that I preferred you to the Alameen (mankind and jinns)” [al-Baqarah 2:47]. Have these many blessings that Allah bestowed upon the descendants of Ya‘qoob ceased in our time, or will they continue until the Day of Resurrection? If they have ceased, then why are they advanced so far ahead of us in this world and at this time in so many things? What are we Arabs lacking or what is hindering us from being better than them in our thinking, inventions and manufacturing?

 

 

 

A. Praise be to Allah.

 

It is not fair for anyone who wants to examine the causes of any nation’s decline to focus only on some outward aspects of its decline that everyone can see, because achieving cultural advancement is a huge process in which innumerable interrelated factors play a role; these factors are accumulated throughout the years and penetrate deeply in all aspects of life, which leads to raising the level of communities little by little. Humans can hardly feel this progress because it is like the light of dawn; it keeps coming out until its light spreads over the horizon. 

The Holy Qur’an tells us some of the aspects of material advancement that were – and still are – a means of trials and tests, of which no one understands the great wisdom behind it and the great impact it has on historical dynamics except Allah, may He be glorified and exalted. 

Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“On the Day when those who disbelieve (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism) will be exposed to the Fire (it will be said): “You received your good things in the life of the world, and you took your pleasure therein. Now this Day you shall be recompensed with a torment of humiliation, because you were arrogant in the land without a right, and because you used to rebel and disobey (Allah)”

[al-Ahqaaf 46:20]

“Do they not travel in the land, and see what was the end of those before them? They were superior to them in strength, and they tilled the earth and populated it in greater numbers than these (pagans) have done, and there came to them their Messengers with clear proofs. Surely, Allah wronged them not, but they used to wrong themselves.

Then evil was the end of those who did evil, because they belied the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, Messengers, etc.) of Allah and made mock of them.”

[ar-Room 30:9-10]

Al-‘Allaamah Muhammad Rasheed Rida (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

The first Muslims’ belief in the Oneness of Allah (Tawheed), their knowledge of Him, their love for Him and their reliance on Him are what purified their souls, honed their ambitions and gave them a sense of pride and powerthat enabled them to establish truth and justice, and motivated them to conquer lands, rule nations, ransom them from spiritual and intellectual slavery to soothsayers, rabbis, monks and clergy, liberate them from the injustice and tyranny of kings, establish the foundations of civilisation, and revive and develop different branches of science and technology. They were able to achieve all of that in an unprecedented manner that no other nation on earth had ever achieved or even come close. 

Gustave le Bon, the famous sociologist, said: Mastery of different branches of science and technology was not possible for any rising nation in less than three generations: the first generation clings to the past; the second generation started the process of freeing themselves from blind following; and the third generation is the generation of independence and hard work. (He said that this applies to all nations) except the Arabs; they are the only ones who were able to lay the foundation of science and technology in the first generation. 

I say: The cause of that was the teachings of the Qur’an, which taught them to be independent in thinking and to avoid blind imitation. It taught them to be prepared to lead mankind in spiritual and worldly matters alike. But all of that disappeared for subsequent generations, after the demise of the Islamic caliphate and after Arabic civilisation ceased to flourish, when power shifted to the non-Arabs who had nothing of Islam except superficial traditions and were not strongly connected to the guidance of the Qur’an.

Tafseer al-Manaar, 11/173 

We cannot ignore the impact of conspiracies, both internal and external, against our ummah throughout the ages, which led to its enemies getting ahead of it in material matters. But our thought and the thought of our ummah is far above feelings of defeatism, relying on others in order to achieve revival, and feeling overwhelmed in the face of great responsibility, the responsibility of being in a leading position in relation to other nations. As for our enemies among the Israelites, they excelled at making the most of every opportunity and they strove hard in engineering events that had a global impact. They strove persistently for decades until they achieved what they wanted and reached a position of power in our times. But that has nothing to do with the verse (interpretation of the meaning): 
“O Children of Israel! Remember My Favour which I bestowed upon you and that I preferred you to the Alameen (mankind and jinns)” [al-Baqarah 2:47], because this verse speaks of previous blessings that Allah had granted to the Children of Israel throughout history, and is meant to remind them of that. Among these blessings are what is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, where Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “And (remember) when Moosa (Moses) said to his people: ‘O my people! Remember the Favour of Allah to you, when He made Prophets among you, made you kings, and gave you what He had not given to any other among the Alameen (mankind and jinns, in the past)’” 

[al-Maa’idah 5:20]

Al-Haafiz Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy on him) said: 

Here Allah, may He be exalted, reminds them of previous blessings that He bestowed upon their fathers and forebears, and the favour He bestowed upon them by sending the Messengers from among them, revealing the Books to them and favouring them above all other nations at that time. End quote.

Tafseer al-Qur’an al-‘Azeem, 1/255 

However, we regard our current situation with optimism that motivates us to advance further and succeed by striving harder to use all possible means, both spiritual and worldlyThe foundation of that is the righteous individual who always remembers that Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, is watching him in all situations. Such individuals are a constructive factor in the reform of communities and families; they do not wait for the revival to be presented to them on a golden platter or hope that programs will be set up for them to achieve that. Rather they hasten to take the initiative and strive hard to do all that is good and beneficial, putting their trust in Allah in the hope that He will bless their deeds, no matter how small, and reward those who do good for their good deeds. Allah, may He be exalted, knows who is trying to spread mischief and who is striving to do good, and the followers of His Messengers will prevail and be victorious if they take the measures that lead to victory and advancement. Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Indeed, they planned their plot, and their plot was with Allah, though their plot was a great (one, still) it would never be able to remove the mountains (real mountains or the Islamic law) from their places (as it is of no importance).

So think not that Allah will fail to keep His Promise to His Messengers. Certainly, Allah is All-Mighty, – All-Able of Retribution”

[Ibraaheem 14:46-47]

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Q&A  www.islamqa.com

‘The Best Arrows’ (Reflections on Egypt by Tarek Mehanna)

August 31, 2013 Leave a comment

egypt__s_flag_by_booode-d39eejwI received the latest issue of Time magazine today. There is a photograph on the sixth page titled ‘The Protector.’ The caption of the photograph reads: ‘An Egyptian woman stands in the path of a military bulldozer as it bears down on a wounded man near the Raba’a al-Adawiya mosque during deadly skirmishes in eastern Cairo on Aug. 14.’ I would not do it justice to describe it in words, but under the caption, it’s indicated that you can view the photo at lightbox.time.com. Please have the photo displayed before you while reading this article.

This photo could’ve been taken in Syria, Palestine, or Iraq. But it was taken in Egypt, and when I came across it, I was reminded of Egypt’s past. Egypt has been credited with much throughout its history. Many of those qualities came and went. But one remains. The great scholar Ibn ‘Aqil once said: “If you want to assess the value of Islam in the hearts of the people of the times, do not look to their crowding of the entrances of mosques or their shouting to answer the call to Hajj. Rather, look to their confronting the enemies of the Shari’ah.”

The Muslims being gassed, shot, and burned to death by secularists today in the streets and mosques of Cairo, Alexandria, and elsewhere are being targeted for just one reason: Islam. And what is happening is not but the latest in a series of events stretching far back into Egyptian history, which is replete with the stories of men and women whose lives revolved around guarding Islam and confronting its enemies. History gives context, and now is as good a time as ever to reach into it and highlight some relevant milestones along the path.

As the ‘protector’ in the photograph is an Egyptian woman, we likewise begin with an Egyptian woman – one who lived thousands of years ago: Read more…

Common Mistakes Made In The Way Men Dress: In And Outside Prayer

June 21, 2013 Leave a comment

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

 

 

 

Here are some notes on the subject that were prepared from a book by Shaikh Mashoor Hasan Salmaan.

1. Praying in tight clothes so that they press over the private parts (‘awrah)

Praying in tight fitting clothes is deemed Makrooh according to the Sharee’ah. It also harms the body and hence it is not good from the point of view of health as well. Perhaps the one praying in such clothes actually leaves parts of his prayer out.

It is known that many people who dress in such a way do not attain their prayer at all while others attain only a little, like the prayer of a hypocrite.

Those who pray, many amongst them nowadays dress in clothes that are excessively tight around one or both of their private parts (their thighs and backside)

Ibn Hajr says, that a group of the Hanafee scholars considered such practice as makrooh. [See Fathul-Baari 1/476]

If this is the case for normal trousers then what is the case when they are very tight?

‘Allaamah al-Albaanee explained that trousers have two problems:

a) This is a dress that resembles the disbelievers. Muslims used to dress in wide bottoms (saaraweel) which were loose fitting and baggy like some still do so in Syria and Lebanon. The Muslims adopted this practice of wearing trousers/pants when they were colonized. When the colonizers departed, they left behind this evil influence and changed the Muslims due to the their ignorance.

b) This type of dress constricts and presses upon the ‘awrah. The ‘awrah of a man is from his navel up to his knee. The worshipper should be as far away as he can from disobedience of Allah during his prayer. He is prostrating (in obedience and submission) to Him. How can he be praying and standing before His Lord, when his buttocks are showing and what is between is visibly magnified?

It is surprising to find many young Muslims taking exception to ladies wearing tight clothes since they cling to their bodies, yet these young men are forgetting about themselves. There is no difference between a lady wearing tight clothes, which press against her body and a man wearing trousers, which also cling to his body. The buttock of both a man and a woman are part of the ‘awrah and both of them are the same. So it is compulsory for the youth to be warned about this predicament about which, many of them are blind, except for he whom Allah has guided, which by the example set, seems to be a few. [Taken from one his tapes]

The Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) forbade a man from praying in his trousers (saaraweel) unless he had a wrapper (rida) on him. [Abu Dawud, al-Haakim and the hadeeth is Hasan]

For more details please consult the following:

“Saheeh-ul-Jaami’-us-Sagheer” of ‘Allaamah al-Albaanee “Sharh ma’aani-ul-aathaar” of Imaam at-Tahaawee Shaikh Hamood at-Tuwayjiree’s discussion about it in his book which talks about how resemblance of the mushrikoon has befallen upon many in “Al- Iidaah wa-tibyaan..”

As long as the trousers are wide and not tight the prayer is valid, but it is better to have a shirt or a top, one that covers between the navel and the knee, or lower still onto the middle of his shins, or down to just above his ankles, because that is the complete covering.

‘Allaamah Ibn Baz has a fatwah where he says that it is permissible to pray in trousers so long as the ‘awrah is not pressed against due to its expansiveness and his backside is not shamelessly visible. If his backside becomes visible then the prayer is invalidated and if only the clothes press against his ‘awrah then it is makrooh.

2. Praying in thin and transparent clothing Read more…

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How can a seeker of knowledge make a schedule to organize his time?

May 30, 2013 Leave a comment
 
Praise be to Allah.

Firstly: 

The status of the seeker of Islamic knowledge is great in Islam. Allah, may He be blessed and exalted, has praised knowledge and those who seek it, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Say: Are those who know equal to those who know not?’ It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allahs Signs and Verses)”

[az-Zumar 39:9]

“It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah”

[Faatir 35:28]. 

It was narrated that Humayd ibn ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan said: I heard Mu‘aawiyah say, when he was delivering a khutbah: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say: “When Allaah wills good for a person, He deepens his knowledge of Islam.

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Narrated by al-Bukhaari (71) and Muslim (1037). 

It was narrated that ‘Abu’d-Darda’ said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say: “Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allaah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. The angels lower their wings in approval of the seeker of knowledge, and everyone in the heavens and on earth prays for forgiveness for the seeker of knowledge, even the fish in the sea. The superiority of the scholar over the worshipper is like the superiority of the moon over all other heavenly bodies. The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets, for the Prophets did not leave behind dinars or dirhams, rather they left behind knowledge, so whoever takes it has taken a great share.” Read more…

Leaving Microsoft to Change The World

May 20, 2013 Leave a comment

This is an inspiring story of a Social Entrepreneur who left his lucrative position as Director of Marketing at Microsoft to start Room to Read.

Room to Read has opened over 3,300 libraries with more than 2 million books. We now have over 2,300 girls on long-term scholarships, and have opened more than 220 schools. Our Founder, John Wood, has a book – Leaving Microsoft to Change the World – which is in bookstores now. Help spread the work, or request a free copy of Chapter 1, by clicking here: http://www.leavingmicrosoftbook.com

Buddhists continue to massacre Rohingya Muslims by burning them alive

May 18, 2013 Leave a comment

 

The carnage in Burma (Myanmar) finally has debunked the myth of “peaceful” Buddhists. At the same time, the so-called international community, led by Western countries, again showed to the world their duplicity and hypocrisy, writes UmmaNews.

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If in the case of Syria, the West almost daily condemns “unacceptable violence against peaceful people”, ranting about freedom and humanity, and even studiously pretend that it tries to help the Syrian Muslims, alas, in the case of Burma, this activity is not anywhere seen.

 

Buddhist crowds have been carrying on with the terrifying violence for nearly a year, but the so-called international community remains stubbornly silent: there is no UN Security Council resolution, nor Obama’s threat of a “red line”, or the French and British proposal to provide “arms to insurgents”, or hints of introducing a no-fly zone over Burma.

 

The following video was shot in Meiktila during the recent violence. The entire video is accompanied by wild cries of Buddhists, including monks, looting the homes of Rohingya Muslims.

 

The clip of 1 minute 30 second in duration, captures a person lying on the ground. This Rohingya Muslim is condemned to a slow and painful death. His body was set on fire by Buddhists, it is all charred, but he is still alive and trying to make some kind of movement. He is surrounded by Buddhists and Burmese police.

 

One of those present calls to throw some water over the burning Muslim, but another voice immediately replies: “Let him die. For him, there is no water”.

 

The horrific images were captured by the police, who were standing on the sidelines.

 

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In the city of Meiktila an anti-Muslim gang, known as the “unit 969”, actively distributes leaflets with the number 969 printed on them, which is reported to have some secret meaning to Buddhists.

 

The current unrest is the repetition of the bloody violence in the past year in the state of Arakan. According to human rights NGOs, the police were mostly inactive or even joining Buddhist mobs, killing men, women and children in June and October 2012.

 

“Although in some cases the state security forces intervened to prevent violence and protect the fleeing Muslims, more often they just stood at the sidelines or directly supported the attackers who had committed murders and other offences”, says the report of the human rights defenders.

 

On Tuesday, the official Burmese authorities reported that six Muslims had been charged for “alleged involvement” in death of Buddhist monk who took part in anti-Muslim riots. All six face the death penalty. Four more Muslims are being sought.

 

In March massacre in Meiktila, there were killed at least 43 people, 12,000 became refugees – most of them Muslims, reports the Associated Press. Buddhist mobs looted the houses of the Rohingya Muslims and burned the people alive, leaving the charred body of the believers lying on the streets of the cities of Burma.

 

Only last week, Buddhists burned down several Muslim villages north of Yangon. According to Agence France-Press, a part of the Buddhist monks were directly involved in the massacre of Muslims, while others were encouraging people to boycott all stores owned by the Rohingya Muslims.

 

Human rights activists have called what is happening in Burma “ethnic and religious genocide”. 

Source: Undisclosed Internet Media

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