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  1. Firefox 3 Is Here

    Assalamu Alaykum Jazzakallah Khayr Sorry, but Firefox 3 was already pre-installed when I installed Ubuntu today, so it is too late for me to click the firefox button. I can feel the difference.
  2. Other Competitions

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu I do not have any photography that I can send to you, but I am very interested in competitions. Would you like audio competitions. It was just an example.
  3. Istikhara -- Can You Describe This

    Assalamu Alaykum May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala make it easy for you.
  4. Please Make Dua For Our Sister Sakinah-muslimah

    Assalamu Alaykum May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala save her from the punishment of the grave and the punishment of hellfire and give her peace and tranquility on the day of judgment. May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala give her good in this world and in the afterlife.
  5. Battles Of Heart And Mind

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu Salam
  6. How The U.S. Invited A War In South Ossetia

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu Allah knows best
  7. How The U.S. Invited A War In South Ossetia

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu There is something else that is weird in my view. It seemed to me that the Russians were already prepared for this and they attacked right away as if this was not a surprise for them. The quickness of their reaction, as if they already waited for the opportunity to attack.
  8. Man Ready To Lose Job For Beard.

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu Dear Brother Laevanay, according to the following explanation the shaving of the beard is a major sin: If it is not clear to you than I will give you more posts, but for right now I give you this one. I think it is better to give them one by one so that you do not have to read pages until you eyes become squared. Long post can be a trial and I don't want to make it a trial for you. Question and Answer Part One: Differing from the mushrikeen with regard to the beard I know that we are supposed to let our beards grow in order to be different from the mushrikeen, but nowadays they let their beards grow too. What is your opinion? Praise be to Allaah. It is waajib (obligatory) to let the beard grow, and shaving it is haraam (forbidden). Imaam Ahmad, al-Bukhaari, Muslim and others narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Be different from the mushrikeen: let your beards grow and trim your moutsaches.†Ahmad and Muslim reported from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Cut your moustaches and let your beards grow: be different from the Magians.†Persisting in shaving one’s beard is a major sin (kabeerah); the one who does this should be advised against it, and his action should be denounced, especially if he is in a position of religious leadership. The idea of being different from the Magians and other mushrikeen does not mean being different from them in every single thing, particularly if they happen to be doing something righteous or good in accordance with the fitrah (natural inclinations of man). What is meant is that we should be different from them in matters where they have gone astray and deviated from the truth and the dictates of the fitrah, and gone against the way of the Prophets and Messengers by shaving their beards. We should differ from them in this case by letting our beards grow and cutting our moustaches, following the guidance of the Prophets and Messengers, and in accordance with the fitrah. It is proven that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Ten things are part of the fitrah: cutting the moustache, letting the beard grow, cleaning the teeth with a siwaak, rinsing the nose with water, cutting one’s nails, washing between the finger-joints, plucking the armpit hairs, shaving the pubic hair and cleaning one’s private parts with water.†(Reported by Ahmad, Muslim and the four authors of Sunan, from the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her). Even if the kaafiroon start letting their beards grow, this does not mean that the Muslims are allowed to shave theirs, because as we have stated above, the idea is not to be different from them in everything, only in the things in which they have deviated from the truth and from the fitrah. Islam Q&A Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid Stop accusing this brother!
  9. Ghurabaa

  10. To Those Non-muslim Soldiers Occupying Muslim Lands

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu Victory will arrive even if we do not do anything, because the means of the victory is created and already determined by Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala. Whatever they do they cannot change Allah's Plan.
  11. Russian Tanks Have Entered Georgia

    This war will make them regret and probably the USA regret that they spent much wealth already and now they probably spend more wealth. It is the Islamic rule if money does not have any blessing then God Almighty will let the people/leaders cause a calamity like these so that the have to spend their wealth on. Why do empires use divide and rule as a weapon? Because if people are divided then they are weak, but if they are united then they are strong. This war divides the people involved.
  12. Russian Tanks Have Entered Georgia

    Peace 1. Georgia has to withdraw from Iraq. 2. Both countries weaken each other by this war. 3. This war distracts them from the war against Islam. 4. They spend a lot of money until they do not have any. 5. USA are already getting involved and this may also weaken them financially and in other ways. 6. They destroy each other's armory. 7. They destroy each others military bases. 8. They are divided and the unity among the "Romans" is severed. 9. Sorry, to bring this point but they kill each other and the leadership may kill each other out and the chiefs and leaders are usually the staunchest enemies against Islam. 10. Let us see what the future brings.
  13. Man Ready To Lose Job For Beard.

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu You need to know that there are different definitions of Sunnah. What you were talking about was the definition of Sunnah the Jurists/Fuqahaa' use which means mustahhab. However, Sunnah has different meaning depending on the category of scholar. The scholars of legal theory when they say Sunnah they do not mean Mustahhab, but the actions, approvals, and speech of the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa Sallam. Here the Sunnah means that it is confirmed through the speech, approval, and action that this particular information is Sunnah. This could be an Obligatory Sunnah, a Makrooh Sunnah, etc. Only the time after the First Encounter with Jibreel is Sunnah. The opposite here is not Fardh/Makrooh/Haram etc. but Bid'ah. The scholars of Hadeeth have a yet different definition of the word Sunnah which are similar to that of the legal theorists, but all part of the seerah of the prophet not mentioned in Qur'an is Sunnah. This even included any part of the seerah that happened before Prophethood. Sunnah can also refer to the Source of Sharee'ah which is not from Qur'an. Before, we read fatawa we first should acquaint ourselves with the definition of Sunnah in the different contexts and the we should find out which one is used in the fatwa. Do they mean Mustahhab or the opposite of Bid'ah? There is no companion that did not shave their beards. Therefore, this practice is like an Ijmaa of the Sahaba which is an infallible source of sharee'ah. If all sahaba practice something then it means it must be a Sunnah of the Prophet and a Fardh Sunnah. Don't we have a this topic in the controversial issues?
  14. Question regarding Christians' And Jews' Beliefs

    And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! (Qur'an Al-Tawba 9:30)[using large font size is not allowed] Muhammad Asad is a jew who converted to Islam and this is what he says about this verse: This statement is connected with the preceding verse, which speaks of the erring followers of earlier revelation. The charge of shirk ("the ascribing of divinity [or "divine qualities"] to aught beside God") is levelled against both the Jews and the Christians in amplification, as it were, of the statement that they "do not follow the religion of truth [which God has enjoined upon them]". As regards the belief attributed to the Jews that Ezra (or, in the Arabicized form of this name, `Uzayr) was "God's son", it is to be noted that almost all classical commentators of the Qur'an agree in that only the Jews of Arabia, and not all Jews, have been thus accused. (According to a Tradition on the authority of Ibn `Abbas - quoted by Tabari in his commentary on this verse - some of the Jews of Medina once said to Muhammad, "How could we follow thee when thou hast forsaken our giblah* and dost not consider Ezra a son of God?") (*[Qiblah in arabic] when the Muslims changed the direction of worship i.e. from Bayt Al Maqdis [in Jerusalem] to Masjid Al-Haraam in Makkah) On the other hand, Ezra occupies a unique position in the esteem of all Jews, and has always been praised by them in the most extravagant terms. It was he who restored and codified the Torah after it had been lost during the Babylonian Exile, and "edited" it in more or less the form which it has today; and thus "he promoted the establishment of an exclusive, legalistic type of religion that became dominant in later Judaism" (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1963, vol. IX, p. 15). Ever since then he has been venerated to such a degree that his verdicts on the Law of Moses have come to be regarded by the Talmudists as being practically equivalent to the Law itself: which, in Qur'anic ideology, amounts to the unforgivable sin of shirk, inasmuch as it implies the elevation of a human being to the status of a quasi-divine law-giver and the blasphemous attribution to him - albeit metaphorically - of the quality of "sonship" in relation to God. Cf. in this connection Exodus iv, 22-23 ("israel is My son") or Jeremiah xxxi, 9 ("I am a father to israel"): expressions to which, because of their idolatrous implications, the Qur'an takes strong exception. (Asad, Message of the Qur'an)[using large font size is not allowed] ..the quote that I gave from Muhammad Asad, a former Jew himself, who pointed out that, as mentioned in At-Tabari's tafsir, some Jews came to the Prophet Muhammad pbuh and said, "How can we follow you when you do not believe Uzayr is the son of God?". Notice that the Qur'an doesn't say that the Jews believe Uzayr is the son of God, but the Qur'an is very precise in saying that the Jews say Uzayr is the son of God. Thus, it cannot be a contradiction in any way since the Qur'an is only responding to the verbal proclamation of a group of Jews! Also interesting is Dr. Muhammad Mohar Ali's comments on this issue: Of course there is no evidence in the extant Old Testament about it; but the Qur'an was not referring to what is written in the Old Testament about 'Uzayr but to the belief and assertion of some of the Jews of the time who regarded 'Uzayr as the son of God. In fact the 'ayah in question, 9:30, starts with the expression: "And the Jews say". The commentator Al-Baydawi, to whome Watt refers a number of times in his book, (fn. Watt, Muhammad's Mecca, 108, note 2 to Chapter 1 and notes 2 and 10 to Chapter III) makes it clear with reference to this 'ayah that because the Old Testament was given its present form by 'Uzayr, many of the Jews of the time considered him a "son of God" and that specifically at Madina there was a group of Jews who held that belief. Al-Baydawi futher points out that the 'ayah in question was read out and recited as usual but no Madinan Jew came forward with a contradiction (fn.Al-Baydawi, Tafsir, I, second Egyptian impression, 1968, p. 412). It is to be noted that this 'ayah is unanimously regarded as Madinan. Hence the silence of the Jews of the place on the matter is suggestive enough, particularly as they were avowed critics of the Prophet. Not only Al-Baydawi but also other commentators mention that the 'ayah refers to the views of a particular group of the Jews. For instance, Al-Tabari bives a number of reports together with their chains of narrators specifically mentioning the leading Jews of Madina who considered Uzayr a son of God. The most prominent of those Jews were Finhas, Sullam ibn Mishkam, Nu'man ibn Awfa, Sha's ibn Qays and Malik ibn al-Sayf (fn. Al-Tabari, Tafsir, XIV, 201-204). Similarly, Al-Qurtubi mentions the same fact and the same names adding that the expression "the Jews" occuring at the beginning of the 'ayah means "some particular Jews", just as the expression "people told them" (qala lahum al-nas) means not all the people of the world but some particular people. He further says that the Jewish sect who held that 'Uzayr was God's son had become extinct by his (Al-Qurtubi's) time (fn. Al-Qurtubi, Tafsir, Pt. VIII, 116-117). (Muhammad Mohar Ali, The Qur'an and the Orientalists, Jam'iyat 'Ihyaa' Minhaaj Al-Sunnah 2004, p. 66) So as for what he quotes, First of all, this is the fallacy of argumentum ad ignorantium which we can refute with the expression, "absence of proof is not proof of absence". In other words, just because we don't have Judaic records that shows that Jews believed this, does not prove that no Jews ever believed this! Secondly, as was previously mentioned, there are specific historical narrations related by Qur'anic commentators like Al-Baydawi and At-Tabari which state the names of specific Jewish leaders who came forward to the Muslims and said "We cannot believe you since you do not accept Uzayr as the son of God". And notice that the Qur'an doesn't say that the Jews believed Uzayr was the son of God, it says quite clearly that they said he was the son of God. So, the Qur'an was responding to an explicit proclamation of the Jews. Either the Jews were intentionally lying, or they actually believed what they said - but in any event the Qur'an can't be wrong since the Jews of Madinah actually said this.[using large font size is not allowed]
  15. France Rejects Veiled Muslim Wife

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu We should make a difference between customs and sharee'ah. If there is no specific rule in sharee'ah in this or that specific matter then we follow and respect the customs of the land, but hijaab is a religious requirement. Therefore, one cannot compromise with this because Allah is Musharri'e and we only take the Sharee'ah from the true Musharri'e.
  16. Istikhara

    Assalamu Alaykum Why can you not perform istikharaa? If it is too personal to tell here then you do not tell it! If you cannot perform istikharaa with the salaah then you do it without Salah. Just as a du'aa. It is the du'aa that is essential. You can still say the du'aa. Listen to the lecture about Istikharaa' and Istisharaa'
  17. France Rejects Veiled Muslim Wife

    Assalamu Alaykum If a Muslim cannot practice his/her religion openly then he or she should make hijrah if it is possible financially etc. If we know that if we move to this country we cannot practice Islam openly, then why go there in the first place?
  18. More Questions...

    Assalamu Alaykum 1) What is the proper way to spell Asalama Lakem? I know that is not correct, and I feel somewhat dirty even spelling it like that, like What kind of audacity do I have. Almost haram. Answer: Assalaamu Alaykum. The transliterations can be different from language to language, so don't get confused. In English transliteration it is Assalaamu "Alaykum. Don't worry about this you will learn in the process. If you learn and you struggle during learning then this is not a sin, but can even increase your reward. 2) What is the proper way to greet and react to greetings from my Brothers. Answer: a) Assalaamu Alaykum b) Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah c) Assalaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakaatu The rule states that it is recommended to greet with Assalamu Alaykum, but if someone says Assalamu Alaykum to you then it is obligatory for you to respond with Wa'alaykum Assalaam. If the person says "Assalaamu Alaykum" then you reply with either a) Wa'alaykum Assalam, b) Wa'alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullah, or c) Wa'alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu. If the person says "Assalaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah" then you reply with "Wa'alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullaah" or "Wa'alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu". If the person says "Assalaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahee wa Barakatu" then you response with "Wa'alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullahee wa barakatu". The rule is to respond with the same that the brother says to you. If he says the long version then it is impropriate for you to just say the short version, but if he says the short version, then you can say the short or the longer versions. Remember, that it is not correct to say just "Salaam". 3) Is it wrong to talk to Sisters? Or have Sisters as friends? Only friends nothing else. Answer: It is not haraam to talk to sister or for the sisters to talk to brothers, but this should be conducted in a professional manner without flirting and other things that may lead to fornication. The voice of the woman is not awrah, but if you sense a fitna by hearing the voice of a woman then you may tell it and they will respect your request. 4) Is it wrong to not have any facial hair at all? Including the hair on ones head? I usually keep my head shaved due to the fact that I have so many many weird calics in my hair that it is impossible to keep in a kept state. My hair grows wings out the side haha. Answer: I don't have a specific answer to this point right now. 5) I want to be the best Muslim I can be, and I want everyone around me to know that I am Muslim. Is it wrong for a new convert to wear a kufi? or Topee as I have also seen it called. Are the two different? Answer: You can wear any Muslim clothes you wish. Being a New Muslim or not has nothing to do with what kind of clothes you wear. There are not special rights for born Muslims or New Muslims or Muslims who are reverts already a long time. This does not matter. 6) What is the best English translation of the Quran currently available? Answer: I would use different translations not just one. And it is beneficial to read Tafseer. 7) On learning to read, write and speak Arabic, should I learn at the Masjid, or are there books that you can recommend to supplement my learnings from the Masjid. Answer: Having a personal teacher is of course the best thing. Living in an Arabic speaking country is also beneficial. 8) I have a strong desire to bathe myself, cut my hair(as it is currently un kept) and ride over to the Masjid to learn more, but I am unsure that anyone will be there on a Sunday. Or are people there every day at times of prayer? Is it appropriate that I show up at a time of prayer to a Masjid where no one knows me and I am a white american with a shaved head and a cross tattoo on my arm? Answer: If you need to take a bath that is good, because cleanliness is part of faith and keeping yourself neat is also good, but you do not have to take shower every time you go to the masjid. It is also not correct to perform ghusl instead of wudhu before going for congregational prayers, unless it is Friday Prayer, or you are in the state of major hadath (major ritual impurity). Remember, that the water also has a right not to be wasted. Many times, I also forget to follow this, because I am concerned about my ablution. Therefore, I let the water run more than necessary. 9) Pertaining to the cross tattoo on my arm, even after I pronounce my Shahada will I always be committing haram by having a cross on my arm? Answer: Kindly refer to the following: She has a tattoo from before she was Muslim Question: When I was kafir I got a tattoo on my shoulder.Alhumdillah I am now Muslim, My husband is fine about it Alhumdillah, however we would like it removed. To have it removed by laser is expensive and I believe it requires burning of the skin and I do not want to rule out for myself being of thoes who will enter Jena without account. Inshallah I have repented, is there anymore I really need to do? Jazak Allah Khair. Answer: Praise be to Allaah Who has guided you to His Straight Path. I ask Allaah to make you steadfast in following it. As for this tattoo which cannot be removed except through this kind of surgery, you do not have to do this, because it is too difficult and will cause pain and hurt. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning); “… and [Allaah] has not laid upon you in religion any hardship…†[al-Hajj 22:78]. Your regret and dislike of that, and your determination never to do it again is sufficient. Also, Islam wipes out what came before, so in this case leaving it as it is should not cause you any harm, in sha Allaah. May Allaah help you to do that which He loves and which pleases Him. Islam Q&A Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid 10) I have read that you are supposed to fast between dawn and dusk. Is it wrong to begin preparing meals before dusk if its going to take quite sometime and you will not be eating until after dusk? How does one sustain themselves during the day? Especially working outside in the heat. Answer: You can prepare the food anytime and you are even allowed to taste the food while cooking without eating it to check if the cooking is good or not. 11) I took my Shahada in prison a couple of years ago, but once I got out, I fell away from practicing, praying, I have eaten pork as recently as last week, I have drank alcohal as recently as last week, and have just been quite a sinner. Answer: You have to repent and ask Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala for forgiveness and you regret what you did or missed. Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is the most forgiving. You do not expect yourself to be as perfect as an angel. Everytime you pray you say the shahada. By the way, sins do not make you a disbeliever unless you regard the sins as lawful. You do not become a disbeliever committing a specific sin, unless the sin is idol-worship etc. There is also a difference between insisting on sinning and doing a sin due to desire. You will understand in the process of your learning.
  19. Web Design?

    Wa'alaykum assalam Jazzakallah Khayr! I have a good book which gives me good information about HTML, CSS, PHP, Perl, JavaScript, MySql, SVG and Apache etc. This book is in German. Some more questions: 1. What Editor should I use. I used the Notepad/Wordpad, but somehow I cannot check the results with Internet Explorer? 2. What do you think about Textpad etc. 3. What do you think about FoxServ? By installing FoxServ, I install and configurate Apache, MySql, PhP, Perl, Python etc. with one installation.
  20. New: The Dust Will Never Settle Down

    Hi This is something very different. A Muslim cannot kill a Christian because he or she believes and depicts Jesus as a divinity. This has to do with belief. Difference in belief is not the same as depicting one of the prophets as dogs or in a horrible manner as it was done with Muhammad in one of the Swedish newspaper. To understand this you have to know the status of a prophet. If the personality of a prophet is tainted this would mean a great loss for humanity. If the reputation of the prophet is gone, who will take him as a rolemodel then? Their honor and their reputation is even more sacred than the physical because God Almighty sent them as guidance for mankind or a certain people. There is also a difference between if a person is aware of what he is doing or not or if he/she was in a certain state such as drunkeness or under compulsion or insane. There is a difference between those who just follow the liars and those who fabricate lies and then spread it among people. Remember, that slandering any prophet is blasphemy and slandering the Seal of the Prophets is mega-blasphemy because now mankind have to follow him and have him a rolemodel and God Almighty gave the prophets a special status. There is another thing, I would like to mention. I don't know if you understand it, but at least I try. For me it is already common sense, but I know that it might be hard to understand for you. My intention is not to confuse you, but to inform you. If the Prophet Muhammad had the option to choose between decisions then he would always choose the most merciful option. But when ever he had to choose the harsh options then it means that this would be not his choice but an order by God Almighty. The guy Ka'ab ibn Ashrak did not just slander the prophet on a personal level, but he spread the lies knowingly among the masses. His lies affected the masses of the people and influence their beliefs. Remember, that Noah prayed to God Almighty to destroy all of the people accept those who were with him already and so did Moses with the Pharaoh. Usually, we pray for someone's guidance to the truth, but in this case no. There reason was that if they lived they would just beget wicked people they beget even more wicked people and then they would corrupt the believers. Ka'ab ibn Ashrak was a Dajjal, a manipulator with a lot of deception and heinous malice. He was not just saying something to the Prophet out of ignorance. You know who propaganda can cause wars and a lot of destruction of someone's reputation. This was character assassination attempts which is different from just saying something out of unawareness. I would accept the killing of someone who commits character assassination not just to Prophet Muhammad and the other prophets, but also if these assassination attempts are against Angels such as Gabriel, Michael, Rafael, or the Angel of Death etc. However, if such a slander is against one of the companions of the Prophet such as Abu Bakr etc. then there is not killing. This rule only counts for the prophets and angels and of course if it is against Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala directly. There was a movie in which the Angel Gabriel was presented in a very disrespectful manner as someone who follows desires and following the Satan at one point. The Angel Gabriel is the Angel of Revelation. If his reputation is tainted then people do not take from the revelation because they are delivered to the prophets by the Angel Gabriel. However, it the misrepresentation are because of the beliefs of people of other faith that Angels have desires and my fall into sins then it is part of their (false) belief and therefore it is not the same.
  21. Web Design?

    Assalamu Alaykum Which server-side language would you prefer? PHP, PERL, or PYTHON What can you do with "Ayax"? Is it better to build the website per Windows or Linux?
  22. Russian Tanks Have Entered Georgia

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is the One who created the means for our victory. Like this one.
  23. Saudi Arabia Bans Sale Of Dogs And Cats In Capital

    Assalamu Alaykum It is not allowed to sell cat and dogs in Islam in the first place.
  24. New: The Dust Will Never Settle Down

    Assalamu Alaykum If this "someone" is a prophet then it is acceptable.
  25. Istikhaara ÇáÅÓÊÎÇÑÉ

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu Please, watch and listen to this lecture about Istikharaa' and Istisharaa' by Shaykh Abdulbary Yahya. It pretty answers some of the questions raised in the parent post. I found this lecture at halaltube(contact admin if its a beneficial link). Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu