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  1. Assalaamu'alaykum brother Yusuf! Alhamdulillah! Welcome to the family :D Dear brother, I know someone in Melbourne who is more than willing to be of assistance to you. Insya Allah I will PM you his e-mail address. Also, he has forwarded me a website, www.iisna(contact admin if its a beneficial link) perhaps you could have a look at that. I will PM you right after I post this. Alhamdulillah, once again. may Allah guide you and keep you holding tight to Allah's rope! Wassalam, Rayhana
  2. Do You Think Reverts Feel/act Superior Sometimes?

    Assalaamu'alaykum I voted for both sides are guilty. When I first embraced Islam, I thought that born Muslims were really fortunate to have been, well, born Muslims. Here I was searching all my life and only finding Islam after a quarter of a century! But alhamdulillah.. better than never.. nadhubillah. I guess in a way I felt that they were not making the most out of what they had... but after a while, I realised that many of them are searching too. And the thing is, the family plays a huge part.. the environment that they are brought up in, the friends that they mix with. However, thre are also situations where because I am a revert, whenever I say anything with regards to the religion, I am not taken seriously.. because, well, I am a revert. So well, both sides are guilty. Once we realise that, no one is different except their level of piety.. and we will never know that except Allah.. things are in better perspective, insya Allah. Wassalaamu'alaykum, Rayhana
  3. Scared Of Committing Minor Shirk

    Assalaamu'alaykum Dear Sister -IQRA- Jazzakallahu khayran for posting this topic. I have been thinking about this for a few days now... I fear that I may be committing minor shirk as well... :D I try very, very hard to make sure that whatever I do is for Allah's sake and only His sake alone, because I know that ibaadah will only be accepted based on the intentions... It's frightening to know that a person may have all the good deeds in the world but if his intentions were not in the right place.. it would not be accepted at all.. :D I have been making dua that Allah wil protect me from committing shirk.. but like you had questioned, is there any other way.? And as brother anonymous posted: "To leave an action/ibadah in fear of showing-off is in fact a form of Riya (showing-off). And to do an ibadah to show others is in fact a form of shirk." Hmmm.. there are times when I feel that I may be on the verge of committing shirk on an ibaadah for instance, and I leave it. Uh oh, now I find that that is also Riyaa..? Astaghfirullah.. May Allah keep us all from shirk and may He keep us firm in the deen, amin! Wassalaamu'alaykum
  4. The Last Message Of The Prophet

    Assalaamu'alaykum Nothing could be more fair. :D Everyone is held accountable for what they have done in this world. No one is going to bear anyone's sins except themselves. (Sure did clear my confusion about 'karma,' during the time when I was a Buddhist, and Taoist, and Hindu - rather, the non-existence of it..) Wassalaamu'alaykum
  5. Ever Been On Hajj Or Ummrah ?

    Assalaamu'alaykum :D Ah, informative. JAzzakallah :D I went for umrah (alhamdulillah!) this May. It was an amazing experience.. masya Allah. But I must say, that I was quite taken aback by the attitude of some people there.. but it was all a test! In some ways I had some sort of a culture shock... I felt that the shopkeepers were just really nasty.. although there were some who were okay. And the cab drivers! Subhanallah! They drive really madly... alhamdulillah I got home safe and sound :D There were two interesting things that happened to me in Masjidil Haram... One, after jenazah prayer, I was at the balcony, and just stood there watching people resuming their tawaf, and these group of men were running with the body out of the Masjid.. I asked my self IN MY HEART, hmmm, i wonder why they're running... And all of a sudden, this sister who was standing next to me, turned to me, and asked me if I spoke english! I was like.. um yeah.. i do. Then she asked me, Do you want to know why they are running with the body...? I was like... uhm.. yes but I did not ask it aloud! :D So she explained to me.. masya Allah. (would appreciate it if someone would explain it to me again) I remember she said that.. if a soul had wanted to leave the dunya and had no qualms about it, the body will be very light.. but if not, the body will be very heavy.. and the people carrying it would find it difficult. And as I am a new revert (Alhamdulillah!) Well, not new.. nearly 2 years now.. I haven't relaly learnt reading the Qur'an yet. So while waiting for maghrib (I think it was maghrib.. or it may have been asr..) prayers, I had this book with me and was trying to go over the arabic (I can recognise the alphabets.. ) and my reading wa slow.. then suddenly, this sister who was sitting next to me, reached into her bag.. took out a book, tapped me on the shoulder and handed me the book! She couldn't speak much english at all, but she pushed the book into my hands.. and said, "For you." I was like... For me??? (sorry.. i know it sounds stupid, but I never thought anyone would give me a book, more so a stranger!!!) and I was like.. Shukran.. (one of the few arabic words i know) and she just said.. "Dua.. (placed herhand on her chest) My name, Tuba" Masya Allah.. she gave me a Muqaddam book.. I Have NO IDEA where she is from.. masya Allah. It took me a while to accept that it really did happen.. and my proof is when I have the book in my hands heh :D Come to think of it, when I was there.. I had many 'bad experiences' but somehow the good just surpass the bad in my memories! Oh yes, the last day I was there, my shoes were stolen. We had to walk barefooted to the nearest shop to get the cheapest footwear as we were leaving! Brother Al-Faqeer, what will the weather be like during the Hajj this Dhul-hijjah? :D And is it true when they say that.. as a woman, she should not take a cab alone, and if with a mahram.. she should not enter first.. and neither should she alight first. Wassalaamu'alaykum, Rayhana
  6. For All The Nando Fans

    Assalaamu'alaykum Hmmm... I thought I read in the papers that someone died after eating chicken.... Either China or Thailand. Or maybe I am wrong! But I learnt something new.. that all diseases are in the blood.. so if a chicken is slaughtered in a halal way... then it will not carry any diseases... :D Wassalaamu'alaykum
  7. Worried About Going Back...

    Assalaamu'alaykum brother, I know how you feel, in some ways. I am currently in a job that I am not sure if I wanna be in. I'm torn between having to work, or wanting to work. I'm supposed to be enjoying myself at work, and loving it, but I am scarily finding out that I am not. And that's just no fun. Every Sunday night, I dread having to go to work. Even on Saturdays, I sometimes count the hours till I have to go to work again on Monday!! It's terrible. I know how it feels. It's as if being forced to do something one doesn't really want to. But at the end of the day, it is always important to count one's blessings. I am glad that I have a job. And I am glad that I have a salary, although not much. I am glad that I have an understanding boss; although I must admit the office setup is not a good one for me (i'm the only female, the rest are male.) I am glad and grateful to Allah for so many things... that all the not-so-fun things just seem trivial. You know brother, every time I get into this depressing mode, I always try and remind myself, that I should learn to appreciate the blessings that I have - regardless of how depressed I feel. The ability to breathe, is a blessing. The ability to worship Allah, is an even greater blessing. And the knowledge that I can always, always turn to Him in any situation, in any need, whether in hardship or ease... is just the greatest blessing of all. ALways remember, what we are worried about is only part of what the worldly life is about. Have you read the book "Don't Be Sad" dear brother? I find that a really really good book to read.. and every single page is filled with excellent advice, advice that will make one think over and over again, masya Allah. I hope you are feeling better. It IS a Monday. And I hate Mondays to Fridays coz of work hehe :D But it's not that bad. And wahtever that has happened, was meant to happen. So try not to be too depressed over it. And whatever that is not supposed to happen to you, just won't! And Allah is the Best Planner... May Allah give you ease in all that you do, and may He make things clear for you! Amin. Wassalaamu'alaykum, rayhana
  8. 'abuse Video' Outrages Malaysia

    Assalaamu'alaykum yes brother, i am. the point i am trying to make is that, it is not fair to generalise anything, what more this matter. and the other point is that, the real truth isn't known yet, and there is a special division that has been set up to investigate this matter. one may read lots of horrid stories in the media, but i know of MANY foreign workers who are doing really well, and are living a good life here in Malaysia. And whom, if given a choice, would not want to leave the country. And I also know of many many maids, who are treated really well by their 'bosses,' and some even take their maids together with them on holidays wherever they go, some even to perform hajj! magnetic north: when i clarified that it wasn't a tourist who took the video, i was merely replying to your statement " LOL ....maybe the Malaysians will check for cell phones before they start abusing their foreign visitors and foreign workers ." peace
  9. What Names Have People Called You?

    Assalaamu'alaykum Old-fashioned. Deaf. both because of the hijab. Alhamdulillah I know I am neither both heh :D Wassalaamu'alaykum
  10. 'abuse Video' Outrages Malaysia

    Peace I do not think generalising treatment of foreigners like that is very fair. Have you been to Malaysia? Mistreatment of foreign workers is not the norm, magnetic north. It happens occasionally, and I am sure it is such in other countries as well. Especially when there are people who look down upon others who are not of the same race, or of the same country. Fact of the matter is, do not generalise, unless you live here, and you know that all foreign workers are mistreated here in Malaysia. And they are not. And if I am not mistaken, the person who took the video on the mobile was a policeman. NOT a tourist. Either you got wrong info from the media, or wrong interpretation.
  11. Women Drivers

    Assalaamu'alaykum Umm.. I dunno. It's this culture we have here. See someone crossing, ACCELERATE! So.. don't cross, I guess :D But in Singapore, drivers actually STOP for pedestrians who want to cross. And they have a traffic light regulation where traffic lights are green, but they have to be careful and stop, should there be people wanting to cross. What's habla? :D Wassalaamu'alaykum
  12. Approach To Pigs And Dogs

    Assalaamu'alaykum I do not know about the first part, i.e. about 'eesa (may peace be upon him) killing the pig when he descends from heaven. But regarding dogs, here are the ahadith:- Hadith - Bukhari 4:448, Narrated Abu Talha I heard Allah's Apostle saying; "Angels (of Mercy) do not enter a house wherein there is a dog or a picture of a living creature (a human being or an animal)." Hadith -Bukhari 5:338, Narrated Ibn Abbas Abu Talha, a companion of Allah's Apostle and one of those who fought at Badr together with Allah's Apostle told me that Allah's Apostle said. "Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture." He meant the images of creatures that have souls. It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever keeps a dog, except a dog for herding, hunting or farming, one qiraat will be deducted from his reward each day.†Narrated by Muslim, 1575. It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever keeps a dog, except a dog for herding livestock or a dog that is trained for hunting, two qiraats will be deducted From Islamonline(contact admin if its a beneficial link): According to Ibn Tamiyyah, if one's clothes get wet from touching a dog's fur, this doesn't render them najis (impure), while if a dog licks a pot or a container, what it touches must be thrown away and the container should be washed off. Also, if one touches the dog's fur after making wudu', it does not break the wudu', but if one gets touched with dog's saliva, then one has got tainted with najasa (impurity) which must be removed. Book 002, Number 0549: Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: The purification of the utensil belonging to any one of you, after it is licked by a dog, lies in washing it seven times, using sand (earth) for the first time. If I am wrong, someone please correct me! My understanding is that, it is only the vessel that a dog licks, that renders it impure. And this vessel needs to be washed 7 times, first time with earth. But when one's hands are wet, or when the dog is wet, and we touch the dog or the dog touches us - then this does not make us impure. There is no need to wash 7 times. Wallahu alam. Wassalaamu'alaykum
  13. Ice Cream Flavors!:)

    Assalaamu'alaykum :D me too! and, i would eat any flavour too.. depending on my mood :D wassalaamu'alaykum
  14. Bad Day

    Assalaamu'alaykum I envy you! It's 8.30am to 5.30am for me, and sometimes I have to work late. Oh how I wish I had working hours like you do brother! But I have a job.. so I shouldn't complain... Wassalaamu'alaykum
  15. Any One Up For A Chinese ?

    Assalaamu'alaykum Yup, it's true. Chinese do eat anything and everything. But not all Chinese! :D Bird's nest is good though. Like jelly. :D There was this other dish that I used to have loads when I was a kid, yknow, typical "It's really good for you" bla bla... and after many years eating it, I found out it was frog's saliva coagulated into lumps and cooked in rock sugar. It tasted yummy when I didn't know what it was exactly!!! My relatives had scorpion and I think they said it wasn't tasty or anything, just crunchy. Yuck. Haven't met anyone who's eaten dog or cat. I've accidentally bitten into part of a ####roach which was somehow in my food. Yuck. ####roaches have this terrible smell... P/S: My dad's vegetarian now :D Wassalaamu'alaykum