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  1. Count To Ten

    Brother Peace thanks for the Jamican numbers... I've been prounancing them them aloud for the last few minutes!! sounds quite cool!! :sl:
  2. A Sister In Need Of Dua

    The sister is in my dua's Insha-Allah.
  3. How To View Hardships?

    Asalaam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakathahu, I just read this article and wanted to share it with my IF brothers and sisters. Allah has decreed that, in this life, hardships and disasters strike both believers and non-believers. For a non-believer, they are inconveniences that hinder him from proceeding with his normal involvement in the worldly life. For a believer, on the other hand, they are instances of rest and remembrance, tests that promise great rewards, and indications of atonement and expiation of sins. Regardless of how little is the harm that strikes a believer, it carries with it good news of forgiveness and elevated rank ( in Jannah ). The Righteous Predecessors used to be pleased when a hardship afflicted them, seeing it as a token of Allah's forgiveness and benevolence. Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. "Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error, our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us (Jews and Christians); our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Maula (Patron, Suppor-ter and Protector, etc.) (Surah Baqara Verse 286) Expiations of Sins Abu Hurayrah(ra) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: " Hardships continue to befall a believing man and woman in their body, family, and property, until they meet Allah burdened with no sins. " [Tirmidhi] Sign of Allah's Love Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: " Whenever Allah wills good for a person, He subjects him to adversity" [bukharee and others] Sign of Eeman Abu Hurayrah (RA) and Ka'b Bin Maalik (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: " The parable of a believer is that of a fresh and moist plant; the wind tilts it this way and that way; and so is the believer; he continues to be subject to affliction. And the parable of a hypocrite is that of a firm cedar tree; it does not shake - until it is uprooted all at once." [bukharee and Muslim] Sign of Righteousness The prophets and righteous people are afflicted the most, and their rewards are the highest. Sa'd (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: " The most in their suffering among the people are the prophets, then the best, then the (next) best. One is afflicted in accordance with his deen (faith). If his deen is firm his affliction is hard, and if his deen is weak, his affliction is light. Indeed, one would be so much subjected to adversity until he walks among the people without any sins. " [Ahmad, Tirmithee] Early Punishment Anas (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: " When Allah wills good for a servant of His, He expedites his punishment in this life; and when He wills retribution for a servant of His, He holds his sins for Him to judge him by them on the Day of Resurrection." [Tirmithee] Multiplication of Rewards Anas (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: " The amount of reward is in accordance with the amount of suffering. When Allah (SWT) loves some people, He tries them (with affliction). He who then is content (with Allah's decree) has achieved the acceptance (of Allah), and he who is dissatisfied (with Allah's decree) will attain the anger (of Allah)." [Tirmidhi] Rewards for Sickness One should not look to sickness as a gloomy episode, but should remember the great good in it. It is one form of affliction with which Allah (SWT) tests His 'ibaad (servants), giving them a chance to acquire rewards, as was explained above, as is further emphasized below. Removal of Sins and Elevation in Ranks Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: " Whenever a Muslim is afflicted by harm from sickness or other matters, Allah will drop his sins because of that, like a tree drops its leaves." [bukharee and Muslim] Abu Sa'eed al-Khudree (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: "A Muslim is not afflicted by hardship, sickness, sadness, worry, harm, or depression - even if pricked by a thorn, but Allah expiates his sins because of that. " [bukharee and Muslim] Sa'eed said, " I was with Salmaan (RA) when he visited a sick man in Kindah ( in Persia ), and he said to him: " Expect good because Allah (SWT) makes a believers sickness an expiation (for his sins) and a period of rest. However, when a disbeliever falls sick, he is like a camel whose owner ties it then lets it loose - it does not understand why it was tied nor why it was freed." [bukharee] 'Aishah (RA) narrated that once some pain afflicted the Prophet (SAW) causing him to suffer and turn about in his bed. she said: "Had one of us done this, you would have blamed him." He (SAW) replied: " An ailment is intensified for the righteous. whenever a believer is afflicted by a hardship, whether it is a thorn or more, a sin is taken off from him because of it, and he is elevated by one rank (in Jannah). " [Ahmad] Retaining Rewards for Deeds Before Sickness Usually, when a believer falls sick, he would not be able to do the same amount of good (prayer, fasting, helping Muslims etc) that he used to do when he was well. But Allah out of His great mercy, continues to record for him the good deeds that he was forced to stop because of his sickness. Abu Moosa Al-Ash'aree(ra) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: " For a traveling or sick person, his deeds will be recorded in accordance with what he used to do when he was resident or well." [bukharee] 'Abdullah Bin 'Amr reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: "No (believing) person gets sick, but (his deeds) will be recorded for him in accordance with what he used to do when he was well." [bukharee] Anas (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: " No Muslims body is afflicted by Allah, but He will record (his deeds) foe him in accordance with what he used to do when he was well - as long as he is sick. Thus, if He takes his life, He forgives him; and if He cures him, He washes him (from sins)." [bukharee] 'Uqbah Bin 'Aamir reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: "Each days deeds are sealed with it. thus, when a believer gets sick, the angels say, " Our lord! Your servant such and such, You have restrained him (from doing good this day)." And the lord replies, " Seal his day in accordance with his (usual) deeds, until he is cured or dies". [Ahmad] Reason for the Reward 'Atta Bin Rabaah reported that Ibn 'Abbaas (RA) told him, "Do you want to see a woman from the people of Jannah (paradise)?" He said "Yes". He said: " It is this woman. She came to the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wasallam) saying, " I have (epileptic) seizures, and I get exposed, so supplicate to Allah for me." He (SAW) said: " If you wish, be patient and you will attain Jannah; or if you wish, I will ask Allah to cure you." She replied, " I will be patient ! But my body gets exposed (because of the fall), so supplicate to Allah for me that I do not become exposed." and he (SAW) did." [bukharee and Muslim] By: MD Ziya Courtesy: Al-Islaah Publications "True believers are only those whose hearts are filled with awe whenever Allah is mentioned, and whose faith is strengthened whenever His revelations are recited to them. In their Lord do they place their trust." (Chapter 8: Verse 2)
  4. Asalam Aleykum!

    Asalaam Alaykum sis, Subhanalllah on your conversion sis anna.gfson and sis clearherthroat. Welcome to the forum!! Make sure you check out the sisters room!!
  5. I Want Attention!

    Asalaam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Hi Wa Barakathahu sis, Welcome to Gawaher!!! I joined recently myself and Allhumdalillah this site has increased my Islamic knowledge. Insha-Allah it will help you to come on to the straight path and help you overcome and difficulties that you may face. Ameen. Make sure you check out the sisters room!! Look forward to getting to know you better sis Insha-Allah.
  6. The Most Beautiful Thing

    Ayou are not allowed to post links yet. That's so beautiful sister... Jazak Allah Khair for sharing!!!
  7. Salam

    Asalaam Alaykum, Welcome to the forum!!!!!! Insha-Allah, hope it helps!!!! See you around!
  8. First Writing Since

    Asalaam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakathahu my IF brothers and sisters, I searched to see if anyone else had posted this but couldn't find it. So if anyone else has, then I apologise in advance. It's a bit long... but a worthwhile read! First Writing Since there have been no words. i have not written one word. no poetry in the ashes south of canal street. no prose in the refrigerated trucks driving debris and dna. not one word. today is a week, and seven is of heavens, gods, science. evident out my kitchen window is an abstract reality. sky where once was steel. smoke where once was flesh. fire in the city air and i feared for my sister’s life in a way never before. and then, and now, i fear for the rest of us. first, please god, let it be a mistake, the pilot’s heart failed, the plane’s engine died. then please god, let it be a nightmare, wake me now. please god, after the second plane, please, don’t let it be anyone who looks like my brothers. i do not know how bad a life has to break in order to kill. i have never been so hungry that i willed hunger i have never been so angry as to want to control a gun over a pen. not really. even as a woman, as a palestinian, as a broken human being. never this broken. more than ever, i believe there is no difference. the most privileged nation, most americans do not know the difference between indians, afghanis, syrians, muslims, sikhs, hindus. more than ever, there is no difference. 2. thank you korea for kimchi and bibim bob, and corn tea and the genteel smiles of the wait staff at wonjo – smiles never revealing the heat of the food or how tired they must be working long midtown shifts. thank you korea, for the belly craving that brought me into the city late the night before and diverted my daily train ride into the world trade center. there are plenty of thank yous in ny right now. thank you for my lazy procrastinating. thank you to the germs that had me call in sick. thank you, my attitude, you had me fired the week before. thank you for the train that never came, the rude nyer who stole my cab going downtown. thank you for the sense my mama gave me to run. thank you for my legs, my eyes, my life. 3. the dead are called lost and their families hold up shaky printouts in front of us through screens smoked up. we are looking for iris, mother of three. please call with any information. we are searching for priti, last seen on the 103rd floor. she was talking to her husband on the phone and the line went. please help us find george, also known as adel. his family is waiting for him with his favorite meal. i am looking for my son, who was delivering coffee. i am looking for my sister girl, she started her job on monday. i am looking for peace. i am looking for mercy. i am looking for evidence of compassion. any evidence of life. i am looking for life. 4. ricardo on the radio said in his accent thick as yuca, “i will feel so much better when the first bombs drop over there. and my friends feel the same way.” on my block, a woman was crying in a car parked and stranded in hurt. i offered comfort, extended a hand she did not see before she said, “we’re gonna burn them so bad, i swear, so bad.” my hand went to my head and my head went to the numbers within it of the dead iraqi children, the dead in nicaragua. the dead in rwanda who had to vie with fake sport wrestling for america’s attention. yet when people sent emails saying, this was bound to happen, lets not forget u.s. transgressions, for half a second i felt resentful. hold up with that, cause i live here, these are my friends and fam, and it could have been me in those buildings, and we’re not bad people, do not support america’s bullying. can i just have a half second to feel bad? if i can find through this exhaust people who were left behind to mourn and to resist mass murder, i might be alright. thank you to the woman who saw me brinking my cool and blinking back tears. she opened her arms before she asked “do you want a hug?” a big white woman, and her embrace was the kind only people with the warmth of flesh can offer. i wasn’t about to say no to any comfort. “my brother’s in the navy,” i said. “and we’re arabs”. “wow, you got double trouble.” word. 5. one more person ask me if i knew the hijackers. one more ask me what navy my brother is in. one more person assume no arabs or muslims were killed. one more person assume they know me, or that i represent a people. or that a people represent an evil. or that evil is as simple as a flag and words on a page. we did not vilify all white men when mcveigh bombed oklahoma. america did not give out his family’s addresses or where he went to church. or blame the bible or pat robertson. and when the networks air footage of palestinians dancing in the street, there is no apology that hungry children are bribed with sweets that turn their teeth brown. that correspondents edit images. that archives are there to facilitate lazy and inaccurate journalism. and when we talk about holy books and hooded men and death, why do we never mention the kkk? if there are any people on earth who understand how new york is feeling right now, they are in the west bank and the gaza strip. 6. today it is ten days. last night bush waged war on a man once openly funded by the cia. i do not know who is responsible. read too many books, know too many people to believe what i am told. i don’t give #### about bin laden. his vision of the world does not include me or those i love. and petittions have been going around for years trying to get the u.s. sponsored taliban out of power. #### is complicated, and i don’t know what to think. but i know for sure who will pay. in the world, it will be women, mostly colored and poor. women will have to bury children, and support themselves through grief. “either you are with us, or with the terrorists” - meaning keep your people under control and your resistance censored. meaning we got the loot and the nukes. in america, it will be those amongst us who refuse blanket attacks on the shivering. those of us who work toward social justice, in support of civil liberties, in opposition to hateful foreign policies. i have never felt less american and more new yorker – particularly brooklyn, than these past days. the stars and stripes on all these cars and apartment windows represent the dead as citizens first – not family members, not lovers. i feel like my skin is real thin, and that my eyes are only going to get darker. the future holds little light. my baby brother is a man now, and on alert, and praying five times a day that the orders he will take in a few days time are righteous and will not weigh his soul down from the afterlife he deserves. both my brothers - my heart stops when i try to pray - not a beat to disturb my fear. one a rock god, the other a sergeant, and both palestinian, practicing muslim, gentle men. both born in brooklyn and their faces are of the archetypal arab man, all eyelashes and nose and beautiful color and stubborn hair. what will their lives be like now? over there is over here. 7. all day, across the river, the smell of burning rubber and limbs floats through. the sirens have stopped now. the advertisers are back on the air. the rescue workers are traumatized. the skyline is brought back to human size. no longer taunting the gods with its height. i have not cried at all while writing this. i cried when i saw those buildings collapse on themselves like a broken heart. i have never owned pain that needs to spread like that. and i cry daily that my brothers return to our mother safe and whole. there is no poetry in this. there are causes and effects. there are symbols and ideologies. mad conspiracy here, and information we will never know. there is death here, and there are promises of more. there is life here. anyone reading this is breathing, maybe hurting, but breathing for sure. and if there is any light to come, it will shine from the eyes of those who look for peace and justice after the rubble and rhetoric are cleared and the phoenix has risen. affirm life. affirm life. we got to carry each other now. you are either with life, or against it. affirm life. Author: Suheir Hammad
  9. Salam

    Asalaam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakathu sis, Welcome to the forum... It truly is a great place, allhumdalillah... Make sure you visit the sisters room :sl: hope to see you around! xxx
  10. First Writing Since

    so sorry about the swear word I thought I had deleted that... Sorry
  11. Allah Knows Best

    Nice poem... Jazak Allah Khair for sharing sis Shameela :sl:
  12. The 'did You Know?' Thread..

    Did you know... Rats are incapable of puking!!!
  13. Random Incoherence

    Random Incoherence: I have the WORST laptop in the world... why why why oh why won't it run without the charger????? Does this mean it's not a laptop anymore... seeing as I can't take it anywhere that doesn't have an electrical socket!!
  14. What Is Hurting The Ummah?

    Asalamalykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakathu, Welcome to the forum brother Hamzah and masha-Allah on your conversion. May Allah (swt) always guide you on the right path and help you with any difficulties that arise. Ameen. You have, allhumdalillah, posted a really good topic. I think many people, unfortunately, can empathise with everything you're saying. SubhanAllah I am a born Muslim yet after many explanations a few non mehraam male members in my family still think that I am personally trying to offend them by wearing a hijaab infront of them. They say 'but I've known you since you were born' or 'your like my own sister to me'. May Allah (swt) help us all increase our deen and practice on the right path according to the word of Allah (swt) and through the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (saw).
  15. Eggs And Driving...

    loooool - I love that joke!!!
  16. Cutest Kid

    loool... Soooooo Adorable!!!!
  17. Free Rice

    ayou are not allowed to post links yet. Masha-Allah what an excellant idea... 300 for me today...
  18. Aaqib's Wisdom And Thoughts

    A######w Masha-Allah lil bro Aaqib you really have a way with words!!!! May Allah (swt) bless you for sharing this with us and reward you Insha-Allah.
  19. Random Incoherence

    Asalaam Alaikum Sister Emel, I do this before going to sleep and Insha-Allah will carry on as it does make me feel allhumdalillah good.. but Jazak Allah Khair for thinking of me... May Allah (swt) reward you Insha-Allah. Take care sis... Random: Time goes so fast...
  20. Random Incoherence

    Brother Hasib I have been trying your hot chocolate for da last few days... not working... :no: it makes me feel more awake lool, but still Jazak Allah Khair for the idea!!
  21. Advice Needed

    Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji'oon May Allah (swt) help your friend and everyone else though this time.
  22. Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Sister Ebtesam, SubhanAllah It was so nice to read your story!!! May Allah (swt) always guide you and your finace on the right path. May Allah (swt) reward you!! Take Care :sl:
  23. Please, Who's This?

    Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh, Masha-Allah that guys voice is beautiful...Jazak Allah Khair for posting this, I really want to know who it is aswel. So if anyone finds out plz post it on this... Also talking from recent experience sometimes when you send a message to people on youtube they do take a few days about it. I'm going to send a message to the person aswel and let you know if I hear anything. Wassalamu Alikum
  24. My Disabled Friend . . . . .

    Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Brother Aaqib, Wow... that is Masha-Allah soooo amazing!!! It made me cry... it was so touching, Im lost for words!!!! Im really looking forward to reading more of your poems Insha-Allah. Jazak Allah Khair for sharing with us. W'salaam
  25. The 'did You Know?' Thread..

    Did you know ... On average, 63 people each year in the UK die due to inhalation of animal hair