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  1. Animated Islamic Smileys

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  2. True Love

    True Love Love - one of the strongest emotions known to mankind- a power that can ruin or redeem a life- that can bring joy or painful heartbreak. Today as the world celebrates this emotion on Valentine’s Day, we see hearts of all sizes and shapes all around, hearts of chocolate and satin. O Yes! It’s Valentines! The day of hearts, red roses, poetry, candies and above all - Love! Where did Valentine’s Day come from? There are many traditions about its origin, but the most authentic seems to be the one from Encyclopedia Britannica that says that this day has nothing to do with Saint Valentine, instead it is related to the Roman pagan festival of their god, Lupercalia. It was celebrated on 15th February and in honour of the goddess Juno Februata, the names of girls were placed in an urn and the men would draw out the name of a girl at random who would then become their date for the remaining festival. When Christianity came to Rome, they tried to Christianize this obscene yet popular festival by replacing the names of girls by those of saints. The men were then supposed to emulate the saint, whose name they drew, for the rest of the year. However this attempt proved unsuccessful and the use of girls’ names returned. Many associated it with Cupid (the virtually naked god of love), who is the central character of Valentine’s Day paraphernalia, who shoots people with his arrows to make them fall in love. His mother is said to be Venus (goddess of love) and apparently the rose was her favourite flower. Another tradition speaks of a Saint Valentine who was killed on 14th Feb. by Emperor Claudius for secretly arranging the marriages of his soldiers whom he had banned from marriage. The Bishop is said to have fallen in love with the jailer’s daughter during his imprisonment and wrote her a letter signed ‘Your Valentine’, which became a tradition for people to come. In 496 Pope Gelasius officially replaced the pagan festival of 15th Feb with St Valentine’s Day on14th Feb. Valentine’s Day Today Whatever the origin of this day, today it seems to have returned to its pagan, vulgar roots with the child-god cupid and open dating being very much a part of it. It is celebrated in many parts of the world in different ways. For instance, in France, a girl befriends the first boy she sees in the morning and if this relationship lasts for a year, they end up getting engaged on the next Valentine’s Day. The Valentine lottery caused severe problems in France and was banned completely in 1776. Later Italy, Hungary, Austria and Germany also rid themselves of this obscene custom. England remained safe until it was under Puritan rule but then Charles II started it again and from there it entered America, where it was first commercialized by A E Howland, who made 5000 dollars from selling Valentine cards. In 1995 one billion valentine cards were delivered in the US and the postal Dept. made an extra profit of $ 30 million. Flowers began to be used in 1300. Now people all over cash in on this opportunity to kindle the fire in young hearts and instill in their minds the necessity of having a ‘Special Someone’ to love. No wonder last year’s newspaper carried news of a woman who sued her husband for divorce for not giving her anything on Valentine’s. According to her it was absolutely necessary to express one’s love on this day and her husband did not give her anything which meant that he did not love her. Apparently Valentine’s Day made her feel ‘unloved’ rather than ‘loved’. What kind of love depends upon gifts for its survival? What kind of love is restricted to one day in the whole year? What kind of love breeds hatred, jealousy and a sense of deprivation in many? Valentine’s Day also proves exceptionally painful for the not-so-popular kids in school who don’t get as many Valentine cards as their friends do. In Pakistan, this day has come to mean getting dressed in red, valentine cards, hearts, and chocolates. Through these apparently innocent things the occasion promotes the culture of free sex and male-female relations. Also becoming common are public displays of emotions including advertising love messages in newspapers, going out on romantic dates and attending valentine balls and parties. Schools are not far behind in holding such parties for their students. As a result, even young children are fed new ideas of developing lusty feelings and expressing them boldly. Closet romantics are given a chance to emerge. They imitate their favourite movie love scenes in broad daylight. In all this ‘love’ fever Islam is given a backseat to sit and see how it’s teachings are being ridiculed in public. The question that comes to mind is why should WE celebrate Valentine’s Day? Is it our national festival or a religious one? Festivals are part of a nation’s identity. They symbolize any religion or culture. ASK YOURSELF ! On this day that the world celebrates love and we see hearts all around, ask yourself: “Have I ever thought of loving the One Who created me, the One Who gave me a heart that can feel love? Has this heart ever felt love for Him? How many times have I cried for His love? Have I ever spent any time, effort or money to express my love to Him Who has given me all these things? Am I confident enough to declare my love for Him? Do I ever miss Him in solitude or amongst a crowd? Or am I wasting away a beautiful emotion that was meant for eternity-not just momentary gratification of our ego? Inspite of our ingratitude, The Merciful One continues to love us . Our love is a measure of our faith. Is our love deep enough to recognize the One we cannot see but expressions of His love are scattered all around us? Or is it so shallow that it begins and ends only with humans who often abandon and hurt us in this world when we need them the most, whose love brings heartbreak and depression and who will be the first to leave us when we depart from this world? Ask yourself, “ How much do I love Prophet Mohammad who had said: “By Him in Whose Hands my life is, none of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father and his children and all mankind†(Bukhari). Did you ever wonder how we can get Allah to love us too? Ask yourself why do I love the people I do? Are the motives all worldly like their looks or money or is it something deeper like their piety or good deeds? Ask Yourself! Ask yourself honestly, is Valentine’s Day anything but obeying our baser desires and following our lusts? Are we only like cattle following our passions and the trends without knowing why, without understanding? As a Muslim, a boy-girl friendship is totally out of bounds. In Surah An-Nisa a woman’s qualities are described: “Chaste, not lustful nor ones taking secret friends†Muslims have a beautiful institution of marriage where romance is not a summer fling nor is it based on superficial looks, but on a serene relationship of mutual affection, kindness and responsibility. T R U E L O V E For a Muslim, TRUE LOVE happens only once and eternally and that is with the Lord, The One Who exists from eternity till forever. For Muslims, love for Him supersedes everything and everyone else. Love for Allah is meaningful since it then teaches loving all His creatures (and not just a ‘Special Someone’). Muslims already have a day for expressing love and that is ‘Id-al-Azha when Muslims sacrifice a life to show Allah that they can sacrifice anything for Him-even their own lives. They relive the Sunnah of Sayidina Ibrahim -Allah’s friend-who readily proceeded to sacrifice his most beloved possession, his teenaged son, for Allah. Love demands sacrifice. Do we have that kind of pure and intense love in our life? Who do we love the most-our own selves and desires or Our Rabb? If we love Allah, how can we celebrate a pagan custom when our Beloved Lord abhors paganism more than anything else? Then how deeply do we feel on ‘Id-al-Azha and how do we feel on Valentine’s? A Muslim’s actions are not purposeless or meaningless. Even his love is meaningful and the expression of love is useful, since instead of spending thousands on flowers, on ‘Id-al-Azha meat is provided for the poor, jobs are created for many, animal skin is used for leather and so on. A Muslim doesn’t do something just because the whole world is doing it. He doesn’t waste his life. Let us be Muslims in heart, body and soul. Let us then find True Love True love seeks sacrifice and I’ve given it all. This, this is true love in it’s purest form. I turn my face towards You now. The Lord of my world and the Heavens above. I am Yours and Yours, alone. My prayer, my sacrifice are only for You. My life and death are Yours to take. A promise I make. To lay my life for You. An oath that I worship. No-one but You. (Inspired by dua of The Holy Prophet SAW to be read at Qurbani time)
  3. What is True bond of friendship ? Based upon the wisdom of Allah and his Prophet Muhammad (SAW),The bond of friendship in Islam means ..... "...And lower your wing for the believers (be courteous to the fellow-believers)." (Al-Hijr 15:88) The Prophet (SAW) said, "None of you has Iman (faith) until he desires for his brother (or sister) Muslim that which he desires for himself (or herself)." (Bukhari and Muslim) He (SAW) also said, "The Muslims in their mutual love, kindness and compassion are like the human body where when one of its parts is in agony the entire body feels the pain, both in sleeplessness and fever." (Bukhari and Muslim) I love you for the sake of Allah (SWT) ... The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "On the Day of Judgement, Allah, the Most High, will announce, 'Where are those who love each other for the sake of My pleasure? This day I am going to shelter them in the shade provided by Me. Today there is no shade except My shade." (Muslim) I will be sure to tell you of my love, Insha-Allah ... The Prophet (SAW) said, "If a person loves his brother, he should inform him of this fact." (Abu Dawud and Tirmidi) I will be merciful and compassionate toward you, Insha-Allah ... Allah (SWT) says, "Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against the disbelievers, and merciful among themselves..." (Al-Fath 48:29) The Prophet (SAW) said, "Do not be envious of other Muslims; do not overbid at auctions against another Muslim; do not have malice against a Muslim; do not go against a Muslim and forsake him; do not make an offering during a pending transaction. O' servants of Allah, be like brothers (or sisters) with each other. A Muslim is the brother (or sister) of another Muslim; do not hurt him (or her), or look down upon him (or her) or bring shame on him (or her). Piety is a matter of heart (The Prophet (SAW) repeated this thrice). It is enough evil for a person to look down upon his Muslim brother (or sister). The blood, property and honor of a Muslim is inviolable to a Musilm." (Muslim) I will keep company with you, Insha-Allah ... The Prophet (SAW) said, "Keep company with a believer only, and let your food be eaten only by the righteous." (Abu Dawud and Tirmidi) He (SAW) also said, "A person is likely to follow the faith of his friend, so look whom you befriend." (Abu Dawud and Tirmidi) I will help you when necessary and I will cover your shortcomings, Insha-Allah ... The Prophet (SAW) said, "One who helps a fellow Muslim in removing his (or her) difficulty in this world, Allah will remove the former's distress on the Day of Judgement. He who helps to remove the hardship of another, will have his difficulties removed by Allah in this world and in the Hereafter. One who covers the shortcomings of another Muslim, will have his faults covered up in this world and the next by Allah. Allah continues to help a servant so long as he goes on helping his own brother (or sister)." (Muslim) I will encourage you to the right, Insha-Allah ... Allah (SWT) says, "The believers, men and women. are Auliya (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on people) Al-Ma'ruf (i.e. Islamio Monotheism and all that Islma orders one to do), and forbids (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islam has forbidden); they offer their prayers perfectly (Iqamat-as-Salat); and give the Zakat and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His mercy upon them. Surely, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise." (At-Tauba 9:71) When the Prophet (SAW) instructed, "Help your (Muslim) brother (or sister) when he commits a wrong and when a wrong is committed against him, someone asked, "O Messenger of Allah, I understand how I can help him if a wrong is committed against him, but how can I help him if he is himself committing a wrong?" At that the Prophet (SAW) answered, "Stopping him from committing the wrong is helping him." (Bukhari) I will fulfill my minimum duties and beyond, Insha-Allah ... The Prophet (SAW) said, "A Muslim owes six obligations towards another Muslim: when you meet him (or her), salute him (or her) saying 'Assalamu Alaikum; when he (or she) invites you, accept his (or her) invitation; when he (or she) solicits your advice, advise him (or her) sincerely; when he (or she) sneezes and praises Allah, respond with the supplication Yarhamuk Allah (Allah have mercy on you); when he (or she) falls sick, visit him (or her); on his (or her) death, join his (or her funeral)." (Muslim) He (SAW) also said, "When a Muslim visits his (or her) Muslim brother (or sister) who is sick, he (or she) certainly gathers the fruits of Paradise until he (or she) returns (from visiting)." (Muslim) "The Believers, men and women, are helpers of one another..." (At-Tawbah 9:71) "... And remember Allah's Favour on you, how you were enemies but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brothers, and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make His verses clear to you, that you may be guided." [Aal-'Imraan: 103] "And We shall remove from their breasts any sense of injury - brothers, facing each other on thrones." [al-Hijr: 47] ****************** The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “If someone loves his brother, then he should tell him.†[sunan al-Tirmidhî] Once when the Prophet (peace be upon him) was with someone, a man passed by and said: “O Messenger of Allah, I love that person.†The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked: “Have you told him?†He replied: “No.†The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Then do so.†So the man went to the other and said: “I love you for the sake of Allah.†The other replied: “May He love you for whose sake you love me.†[sunan Abî Dâwûd] Narrated Anas: Allah's Apostle said, "Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. People asked, "O Allah's Apostle! It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?" The Prophet said, "By preventing him from oppressing others." Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim. So he should neither oppress him nor hand him over to an oppressor. And whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs." Sahih Bukhari Ibn `Umar (May Allah bepleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "A Muslim is a brother of (another) Muslim, he neither wrongs him nor does hand him over to one who does him wrong. If anyone fulfills his brother's needs, Allah will fulfill his needs; if one relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve his troubles on the Day of Resurrection; and if anyone covers up a Muslim (his sins), Allah will cover him up (his sins) on the Resurrection Day". [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A Muslim’s supplication for his brother in secret is answered. At his head an angel is appointed, and whenever he supplicates for his brother with something good, the angel appointed to him says: ‘Âmîn, and likewise for you’.†[sahîh Muslim (2733)] Abu Hurayrah (radhiyallaahu 'anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said, "The rights of the Muslim upon the Muslim are six." It was said, "And what are they Oh Messenger of Allaah?" He replied: 1) When you meet him, give him the greeting of peace 2) when he invites you, respond to his invitation 3) when he seeks your advice, advise him 4) when he sneezes and praises Allaah, supplicate for mercy upon him 5) when he becomes ills, visit him, and; 6) when he dies follow him (i.e. his funeral). Narrated 'Abdullah bin Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection . " Muhammad sal Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said: "Believers are like a structure, parts of which support other parts." (different wording) He said: “The believers to one another are like one solid structure where one part strengthens another." Bukhari and Muslim. See Sharh al-Sunnah, 13/47, Kitab al-birr wa'l-silah, bab ta'awun al-mu'minin wa tarahumuhum. And he said: “The similitude of the believers in their mutual love, compassion and sympathy is like that of a body: when one part hurts then the rest of the body calls out in sleeplessness and fever.†[ibid] In the hadeeth of Mu’adh reported by at-Tirmidhi, the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah said: ‘Those who love one another for My glory, will have minbars of light, and the Prophets and martyrs will wish that they had the same†[hasan saheeh hadeeth] There are three things that whoever attains them will find the sweetness of faith: if Allah and His Messenger are dearer to him than anyone else; if he loves a person solely for the sake of Allah; if he would hate to return to kufr after Allah has rescued him from it, as much as he would hate be thrown into the Fire.†[Al-Bukhari and Muslim] In Muslim it is reported our beloved Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Do not think little of any good deed, even if it is just greeting your brother with a cheerful countenance.†Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet(sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, "Allah will give shade, to seven, on the Day when there will be no shade but His. (These seven persons are) a just ruler, a youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah (i.e. worships Allah sincerely from childhood), a man whose heart is attached to the Masjids (i.e. to pray the compulsory prayers in the Masjid in congregation), two persons who love each other only for Allah's sake and they meet and part in Allah's cause only, a man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for illicit intercourse with her and says: I am afraid of Allah, a man who gives charitable gifts so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e. nobody knows how much he has given in charity), and a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes are then flooded with tears." Saheeh Bukharee Your smiling at your brother is an act of charity (sadaqah)†[reported by at-Tirmidhi who said it is hasan gharib) On the authority of Abu Hurayrah radhiAllahu 'anhu, the Messenger of Allah salAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam said: ... A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He neither oppresses him nor humiliates him nor looks down upon him. The piety is here, (and while saying so) he pointed towards his chest thrice. It is a serious evil for a Muslim that he should look down upon his brother Muslim. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith: his blood, his wealth and his honour. [saheeh muslim]
  4. Hijab is not a piece of cloth on your head. It's a way of life. Just because some of the sisters have their head covered, they think that the requirement of Hijaab is fulfilled. They don’t realize that wearing a Hijaab requires much more than just covering your head. Actually, if you think about it, Hijaab is the way you talk…..the way you walk….the very way you carry yourself. In fact, Hijaab is an attitude in itself. Its a whole way of life. Allaah says: “And say to the believing women to lower their gazes, and to guard their private parts, and not to display their beauty (zeenah) except what is apparent of it, and to extend their headcoverings (khimars) to cover their bosoms (jaybs), and not to display their beauty except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband's fathers, or their sons, or their husband's sons, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their womenfolk, or what their right hands rule (slaves), or the followers from the men who do not feel sexual desire, or the small children to whom the nakedness of women is not apparent, and not to strike their feet (on the ground) so as to make known what they hide of their adornments. And turn in repentance to Allah together, O you believers, in order that you are successful.†(Surat-un-Nur: 31). Here are some of the more common issues in light of this verse about the Hijaab. Well, my head is covered. What more do you want? If you look carefully at the ayah, it clearly states that the head covers (khumur) should be drawn over the neck slits (juyoob). Khumur is the plural of the Arabic word "khimar" which means a headcover. Juyoob is the plural of the Arabic word "jaiyb", which refers to the neck slit (of the dress). Yet, some sisters just cover their head with something, and think they are fulfilling the rights of Hijaab, although part of their hair or body is showing, or their whole neck and chest area are exposed. Actually, that was the way of the women of Jahilliyah. Al-Qurtubi said: "Women in those days used to cover their heads with the khimar, throwing its ends upon their backs. This left the neck and the upper part of the chest bare, along with the ears. Then Allah commanded them to cover those parts with the khimar." So secure the scarf well around your face, covering your neck/chest area, and keep those half sleeves and capri pants for your Mahrams Sorry.…tight jeans and short shirt just don’t cut it You can’t wear tight jeans and a short shirt with a piece of cloth on your head and think this is Hijaab. Nor can you wear anything else that is tight, describing the shape of the body in any way, even if it is long. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "In later (generations) of my ummah there will be women who will be dressed but naked. On top of their heads (what looks) like camel humps. They will not enter into paradise or (even) get a smell of it." (Muslim) If it is see-through, its NOT Hijaab You CANNOT use chiffon or other see through material to cover your hair and body. Everything should be covered and the color of the skin underneath should not be visible. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) once received a thick garment as a gift. He gave it to Osamah b. Zayd, who in turn gave it to his wife. When asked by the Prophet why he did not wear it, Osamah indicated that he gave it to his wife. The Prophet then said to Osamah "ask her to use a "gholalah" under it (the garment) for I fear that it (the garment) may describe the size of her bones." (Ahmad, Abi-Dawood) (The word gholalah in Arabic means a thick fabric worn under the dress to prevent it from describing the shape of the body). The Hijaab shouldn’t attract attention The dress should not be such that it attracts men's attention to the woman's beauty. Allaah clearly states “not to display their beauty (zeenah).†Yet, Subhaan Allaah, some Hijaabi sisters are dressed in such a way that they attract more attention to themselves than they would if they didn’t wear Hijaab!! How could such zeenah be concealed if the dress is designed in a way that it attracts men's eyes to the woman? It beats the purpose of Hijaab. Allaah tells us: “And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance…†[al-Ahzaab:32] What about make-up and perfume??? Wearing make up is also part of the zeenah that Allaah orders us NOT to display. So if your head and body are appropriately covered yet you are wearing bright red lipstick or dark eyeliner such that people confuse between you and a raccoon….uh sorry, that’s not Hijaab. And keep those nice fragrances for the home, between you and your husband. That’s part of Hijaab too, even if you are going to the Masjid. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Any woman who puts on perfume and passes by people so that they can smell her fragrance, is an adulteress.†(al-Nasaa’i, Tirmidhi: hasan by Albaani) Tinkling Jewelry and Jingling bracelets ‘Loud’ and tinkling anything, be it jewelry, bracelets, clip-clopping shoes, little bells on clothes, you name it, if it jingles or makes noise, it is against the principles of Hijaab, because it attracts attention to the one wearing it. That is what is meant when Allaah orders us in the above verse…“not to strike their feet (on the ground) so as to make known what they hide of their adornments.†No laughing, joking, or hanging out with non-Mahrams Some sisters assume that since they are properly covered, its okay for them to sit around and talk, laugh, joke, etc. with the men, but that’s not right, even if he is ‘the Shaikh’. Allaah says:". . . then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease should be moved with desire, but speak in an honorable manner." [al-Ahzaab:32] So talk to them when there is a specific need, and in a manner that is not necessarily rude, yet it is polite but firm. Staring at the brothers or ‘checking them out’ is NOT Hijaab Allaah orders us to “lower your gaze†in the above verse. Why? Because a single ‘look’ can say more than a thousand words. So, even if you are properly covered, keep those eyes down, conduct yourself with ‘Hayaa’, and avoid ‘fitnah’. ‘Chatting’ on the internet/phone is not part of Hijaab, either There is no such thing as “we’re just friendsâ€. Talking to non-Mahrams is wrong even if it is through the internet or telephone. There are too many stories of illegal relationships, fornications, broken homes, extra-marital affairs and runaway brides to even mention. That is why in Islam anything that leads to haraam is also haraam. Allaah says: “Do not (even) come close to fornication, for it is an indecency, and its way is evil.†(Surah Israa:32) Be careful, even in the way you walk Remember, you are not a runway model displaying the latest fashion. Walk with modesty and hayaa and you will be respected. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “There are two types of the people of Hell that I have not seen yet….women who are clothed yet naked, walking with an enticing gait…..†(Muslim). Don’t shake hands with non-Mahrams. Its part of Hijaab It is not permissible to shake hands with a non-Mahram, because the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “For one of you to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle is better for him than to touch a woman who is not permissible for him.†(at-Tabaraani saheeh by al-Albaani). And no, it is not rude to refuse to shake hands with non-Muslims. Simply politely explain that its part of your religion and they are very understanding. Stay away from the men’s areas I see many sisters entering the Masjid from the men’s entrance, or standing idle in the hallways or where there is a chance of unnecessary mixing with the brothers. What for? Don’t we have a separate entrance for ourselves? Why do you think Allaah ordained the Hijaab in the first place? To avoid fitnah, by reducing temptation and separating the genders. “The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said to the women on his way out of the Masjid when he saw men and women mixing together on their way home: ‘Give way (i.e., walk to the sides) as it is not appropriate for you to walk in the middle the road.’ Thereafter, women would walk so close to the wall that their dresses would get caught on it.†(Abu Dawood) Hijaab is also to conceal your sister Although some sisters wear the Hijaab themselves, they forget that they cannot talk about another sister and her beauty in front of their own husbands, brothers, etc. Remember, part of your Hijaab is to cover your sisters ‘awrah’ as well. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “No woman should mix with a woman and describe her to her husband so that it is as if he can see her.†(Muslim) May Allah guide us and bless us with the TRUE understanding of His Deen. Ameen.
  5. Did we get a bill from Allah? A man reached 70 years of age and was affected by a disease which made him unable to urinate. The doctors told him that he needs an operation to cure the disease. He agreed to do the operation as the problem was giving him severe pain for days. When the operation was completed the doctor gave him a bill which covered all the costs. After looking at the bill, the man started crying. Upon seeing this, the doctor said "If the cost is too high then we could make some other arrangements for you." The old man replied, "I am not crying because of the money but I am crying because Allah let me urinate for 70 years and He never sent me a bill!" Subhanallah! "And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them…" Al Quran (14:34) CONCLUSION We rarely thank Allah for these things which are indeed great favors. Take a little pause and think for a while about the bounties of Allah Almighty within yourself. May Allah grant us the ability to recognize His bounties and thank Him often.
  6. The Etiquettes of Women walking on the Streets Women should refrain from wearing such adornments which may attract the men's attention on the streets, like bangles, anklets, etc. that make noise and make known the presence of a women. During Jahiliyyah, when women walked in the streets wearing anklets and no one could hear them, they would stamp their feet so that men could hear their anklets ringing. Allah forbade the believing women to do this. By the same token, if there is any kind of adornment that is hidden, women are forbidden to make any movements that would reveal what is hidden. Allah says in the Qur'aan: "And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornments." [soorah an-Nur (24): 31] Women are prohibited from wearing scent and perfume when they leave their houses, lest men should smell their perfume. Abu Musa (radhiyallahu anhu) said that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "Every eye commits fornication and adultery, and when a woman puts on perfume and passes through a gathering, she is such and such meaning an adulteress." [At-Tirmidhee, similar Hadeeth is also reported by Abu Hurayrah with a Hasan isnad in Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi (8/70)] Women are forbidden to walk in the middle of the street, because it involves immorality. Abu Usayd al-Ansari said that he heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) as he was coming out of the Masjid and men and women were mixing in the street, telling the women: "… You should keep to the sides of the road." The women used to cling to the walls so much that their clothes would catch walls. [Abu Dawood (this is a weak narration but there are other narrations to support its meaning, which would classify it as Hasan. See Saheeh al-Jamee as-Sageer)]
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  8. TASMIYA: Naming Your Newborn This article is based on answers by prominent scholars like, Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (Majmoo Fataawa wa Rasa'il Fadeelat), Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd (Mu'jam al-Manaahi al-Lafziyyah), Shaykh Abd al-Aziz Ibn Abdullah Ibn Baaz (Kitaab Majmoo Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi'ah li Samaahat), Shaikh Muhammad S. Al-Munajjad and others. Do names effect the child's character? Names do not have any effect on the child's character or personality, except that the meaning of the name would inspire him, when he grows old enough to understand its meaning and indication. A good and pleasant name would motivate the person to do good acts and inspire him strength and honor, since he is repeatedly called by it. For example, if the child is named 'Abdullah' meaning 'a slave of Allah'; his name will make him realize and keep him aware of his servitude to Allah. He will understand his true role and the purpose of life. Likewise, if he is named after the Khalifah Uthmaan Ibn Affan; the character, qualities and actions of Uthmaan Ibn Affan (radhiyallahu anhu) would influence him. It might even lead him to perform actions, which befit his name and prevent those, which conflict its character. Similar is the case with unpleasant names, which denote bad qualities and actions. A bad name might even provoke the person to do evil!! Before you decide a name for your child, it is good to consider some important details. Know that the name, which you decide for your child will stay with him all through his life, therefore the name you choose should not embarrass or humiliate his personality. You should bear in mind the different stages of life and give him a name which would sound good as a child, a youth, an adult, a father, etc. and how it would suit the father to be called as, 'Abu foolan' meaning, 'Father of so and so.' Because a name which causes embarrassment or discomfort might be a cause of bad feelings of the child towards his parents. When should the child be named? Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "Every child is held in pledge for his Aqeeqah which is sacrificed for him on his seventh day, and he is named on it and his head is shaved." [(Saheeh) by Shaikh al-Albanee (1165) Abu Dawood (vol: 2, no: 2831) and others] Another narration in this aspect is related by Anas (radhiallahu anhu), who said: 'Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "A boy was born to me this night and I have given him the name of my forefather Ibraheem." [saheeh Muslim (4/ 5733)] In light of these Ahaadeeth we understand that the child can be named on the first day of his birth or it can be delayed until the seventh day. However, what is recommended is to name the child on the seventh day, as such is related in the saying of Allah's Messenger r. Regarding the Hadeeth which mentions the Prophet's practice is taken as an evidence to prove that the child can be named before the seventh day. Who should name the child? It is the right of the father to choose and name the child because the child will be ascribed and attributed to him (so and so, son/daughter of so and so). But it is Mustahabb (recommended) for the father to consult and involve his wife in the decision. It is also permissible to allow the grandparents or someone else to name the child, since this is also confirmed in the Sunnah. Anas Ibn Malik (radhiallahu anhu) narrates in a long Hadeeth that Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) named the son of Abu Talha, he said: "…The Prophet took a date, chewed it, took some of it out of his mouth, put it into the child's mouth and did Tahnik for him with that, and named him Abdullah." [saheeh al-Bukharee (7/379)] Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) also named his grandchildren; the children of Fatimah. [Reported by Imaam al-Bukharee in Adaab al-Mufrad. Saheeh according to al-Haafidh al-Isaabah (4/450)] RECOMMENDED NAMES (MUSTAHABB) 1. Names that indicate servitude to Allah A name with the first word Abd (slave) followed by any Name of Allah (which is established in the Qur'aan and the Sunnah) This indicates servitude to Allah, for e.g. Abd al-Ilaah means 'slave of the One True Lord' Abd al-Ghafoor, Abd al-Lateef, Abd al-Azeez, Abd al-Raheem, Abd al-Malik, etc. However, the best names in this category is 'Abd-Allaah' (the slave of Allah) and 'Abd al-Rahmaan' (the slave of the Rahmaan) as it was reported that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "The most beloved of names to Allaa are 'Abd-Allah and 'Abd al-Rahmaan." [saheeh Muslim (1398)] It is forbidden to use a name which is not known to be from the Perfect Names of Allah , like Abd al-Mawjood (the slave of the Present One), Abd al-Sattar, etc. This is because Allah's Names cannot be confirmed without an authentic text from the Qur'aan or the Sunnah. By doing so, we would end up giving Names to Allah, which are not affirmed for Him. Note: It is Makrooh to use any word with the name of Allah except 'Abd', like 'Rahmat Allah' (the Blessings of Allah). 2. Names of Prophets and Messengers The second priority is given to the names of the Prophets and Messenger. Amongst them, first comes the name of our Messenger, Muhammad (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam). (Ahmad is also one of his names). Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "You may name with my name." [saheeh al-Bukharee (8/206) and Saheeh Muslim (3/53254)] Then next are the 'Messengers of strong will' [soorah al-Ahqaaf (46): 35] namely, Ibraheem, Moosa, Eesa and Nooh, then the rest of the Prophets (alaihim as-salaam). Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) himself followed this principle and named his son after Ibraheem (alaihis-salaam), he said: "A son was born to me this night and I called him after my forefather, Ibraheem." [saheeh Muslim (4/5733)] 3. Names of righteous slaves of Allah The Sahabah (the Companions of Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam)), the Shuhadah (Martyrs) and the Ulama (Scholars). Above all are the Sahabah (radhiyallahu anhu); it is Mustahabb (preferable) to name after them, hoping to follow their example, attaining righteousness and high status. 4. Any good name The last category suggests those good names, which have a good and pleasant meaning, and are easily pronounced. Examples of such names are Khalid, Usaamah and for girls are Sarah, Su'ad, etc. FORBIDDEN NAMES (HARAAM) This category includes Haraam names; therefore anyone who has any of these names is obliged to change it 1. Names indicating servitude to other than Allah. Islam forbids worshiping anyone or anything other than Allah, therefore any name, which shows any servitude to anybody except Him must be avoided, whether it be Prophets, Angels or a leader, like Abd al-Rasool (slave of the Messenger), Abd an-Nabi (slave of the Prophet), or Abd Al-Ameer (slave of the prince). The great Sahabee (Companion of Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam)), Abd al-Rahmaan Ibn Awf (radhiallahu anhu) said: "My name was Abd Amr - or according to one report, Abd al-Ka'bah and when I became Muslim, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) called me 'Abd al-Rahmaan." [Narrated by al-Haakim (3/306)] Also, Haani' Ibn Yazeed (radhiallahu anhu) said: "A delegation came to the Prophet (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) and he heard them calling someone 'Abd al-Hajar (slave of the stone). He asked him: 'What is your name?" and he said, 'Abd al-Hajar.' He said, "No, you are Abd-Allaah (the slave of Allah).'" [see Al-Mawsoo'ah al-Fiqhiyyah (11/335)] It is mentioned in Kashshaaf al-Qinaa': "They (the scholars) agreed that every name which implies enslavement to anything other than Allaah is forbidden (Haraam), such as 'Abd al-'Uzza, 'Abd 'Amr, 'Abd 'Ali, 'Abd al-Ka'bah, and any other similar names, such as 'Abd al-Nabi (slave of the Prophet), 'Abd al-Husayn, 'Abd al-Maseeh (slave of the Messiah)." [Haashiyat Ibn Aabideen 5/268; Mughni al-Muhtaaj, 4/295; Tuhfat al-Muhtaaj, 10/373; Kashshaaf al-Qinaa', 3/27] 2. Names befitting Allah Alone According to the consensus of the scholars names which are particular to Allah alone are Haraam to be used, like al-Quddoos (the Most Holy), al-Khaliq (the Creator), al-Raaziq (the Provider), al-Rabb (the Lord), al-Rahmaan (the Most Merciful), etc., Also names, which are Attributes of Allah alone, like Malik al-Mulook (King of kings), al-Qaahir (the Subduer), etc. because Allah says: "Do you know of any who is similar to Him?" [soorah Maryam (19): 65] The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: 'The most despised name with Allah on the Day of Resurrection will be a man called Malik al-Mulook." [saheeh al-Bukharee] According to a report in Saheeh Muslim, he (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "The man who will be most deserving of Allah's anger and most evil on the Day of Resurrection will be a man who was called Malik al-Amlaak. There is no King except Allah." It is also forbidden to use names, which befit no one except the Prophet, such as Rahmat lil-Alameen (Mercy for the world), Sayyid Walad Adam (master of the sons of Adam), Sayyid al-Naas (master of mankind), Sayyid al-Kull (master of all)etc. because these names befit no one except him. 3 . Names, which exclusively belong to the Kuffar Foreign names, which have no basis in the Arabic and are particular to the Kuffar and other names, which denote religions of Kufr are all forbidden. Such is because these names cause imitating the Kuffar and might sooner or later create a feeling of closeness and love for them. The temptation to use such names is very strong in our time, but this is a big sin and a sign of humiliation and defeat - It is imitating the Kuffar. If taking their names is due to whims and desires, then no doubt, it is a major sin. And the person should be reminded the Hadeeth of Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "He who imitates a people is one of them." [saheeh al-Bukharee] and if using such names is because one actually believes that these names are better than the Muslim names, then this will take him away from Islam! In either case, the person who has done this must hasten to repent. (changing the name is a condition of repentance) 4. Names of Idols and false gods are all Haraam. UNDESIRED NAMES (MAKROOH) The following types of names are Makrooh meaning undesired, if somebody has one of them, he should change it. But if it is difficult for him to do so, then he is not obliged. (a) Names, which are too soft, charming or have provocative meaning, especially for the girls, like Ghaadah (delicate young woman), Huyaam (one passionately in love), Shaadiyah (female singer), etc. (B) Names of immoral people, such as singers and actors. This is a sign of foolishness and lack of pride in one's faith, which is often seen when a particular show or a movie becomes famous, people compete with one another to name their newborns after these women and actors. If these people have names carrying good meanings, then it is permissible to use them, but not in their imitation but for the good meaning! © Names, which convey any kind of sin or refer to sinners and tyrants, like 'Saariq' (thief) or 'Zaalim' (wrongdoer), Fir'awn, Haamaan, Qaroon, etc. It is also forbidden to use names of devils (shayaateen), such as Khanzab, al-Walhaan, al-A'war and al-Ajda' (d) Names of animals, which are well known for their undesirable characteristics, such as al-Himaar (donkey), al-Kalb (dog), al-Qird (monkey), etc. In the previous times, the Arabs would call their children by names of animals but it was only because of the good qualities found in those animals, and this was the desired meaning. So, when they used the name Kalb (dog), it was because of the dog's alertness and ability to work hard; when they used the name Himaar (donkey), it was because of the donkey's patience and forbearance, and so on… (e) Names with ugly and undesirable meaning, which might sound odd and provoke others to make fun of the person and cause him embarrassment, like 'Harb' (war), Sahaam (summer heat). Using such names is against the teachings of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam), who taught us to use beautiful names, he (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "On the day of Resurrection you will be called by your names and your fathers names, so make your names good." [Musnad Ahmad (5/194). It's isnaad is declared 'Hasan' (good) by Imaam an-Nawawi and Ibn al-Qayyim. However, it was declared weak by Shaikh al-Albanee and others] (f) Any name, which is added to the word 'Deen' or 'Islam' (i.e., names which appear in idaafah genitive construction with these words) such as Noor al-Deen (light of the religion), Shams al-Deen (sun of the religion), Sayf al-Islam (Sword of Islam), Imaam ad-Deen (Imaam of the Religion), etc. because of the great status attached to these two words and also because such names give a person more than what he deserves. Therefore, some scholars ruled it Haraam, while majority say it is Makrooh. This practice of using the words 'Deen' and 'Islam' along with one's name was started with giving such titles to learned men. Later people started using them as first names. Shaikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) was known as 'Taqiy al-Deen' (piety of the religion), he disliked it and he would say: "But my family gave me this nickname and it became well-known." Similarly, Imaam an-Nawawi (rahimahullah) disliked his nickname 'Muhiy al-Deen' (reviver of the religion). (g) Names of Angels - It is disliked to use the names of Angels, particularly for girls because it implies imitation of the Mushrikeen, who considered Angels as daughters of Allaah. (Na'aodhu billah). (h) Names of Qur'aanic Soorahs, such as Ta-Ha and Yaa-Seen because these words are al-Huroof al-Muqatta'ah (letters which appear at the beginning of some Soorahs and their meaning is known to Allaah Alone) [see Tuhfat al-Mawdood by Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah), p 109] (The notion that Ya-Seen and Ta-Ha are names of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) is false.)
  9. Cigarette Smoking - Is it Haraam (unlawful) in Islaam ? Many Muslims regard smoking as disliked by the Sharee’ah but not forbidden. And whenever advice is given in this regard they choose to ignore it. Though people know the evil effects of smoking, it seems that Satan wants them to keep on wasting their money and burning their chests. Certainly, Cigarettes were not present during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammed (Sallaallahu alaihe wa-Sallam), however rulings with regards to similar substances are present in the two Revelations: the Qur'aan and the authentic Sunnah. As a rule, the Qur'aan forbids every thing that is evil. As Allah says: “He (the Prophet Muhammed) allows them all that is good and lawful, and prohibits them as unlawful all that is evil.†{Soorah al-Ar’af (7): 157} Evil manifests itself in things, deeds, beliefs, persons, foods, drinks, etc. So, If it is proved that smoking is among the evil, this is in itself enough for the Believers to realize that smoking is forbidden, in the light of the above stated verse of Soorah al-Ar’af. 1. Smoking is a Killer: It causes diseases like lung cancer, tuberculosis and heart diseases (just to mention a few). And we know that Allah forbids us from killing ourselves. As He says: “And do not kill yourselves. Surely, Allah is Most Merciful to you. And whoever commits that through aggression and injustice, We shall cast him into the Fire and that is easy for Allah†{Soorah an-Nisaa’ (4): 29} Allah also says: “And do not throw yourselves into destruction.†{Soorah al-Baqarah (2):195 2. Smoking burns wealth: And Allah says: “But spend not wastefully (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the devils.†{Soorah al-Israa’ (17) 26-27} Do we not see the Muslims who smoke? Those who hold on to every penny, only to burn all of it in cigarettes! …. Subhaan Allah, along with their chests, waste on top of waste. 3. Smoking inflicts harm on non-smokers: The Messenger of Allah said: “There should be neither harming, nor reciprocating harm.†[An Authentic Hadeeth reported by Sheykh al-Albani in Saheeh al-Jaami # 7517] Many people encounter breathing problems when they accidentally inhale smoke from someone’s pipe or cigarette, especially people suffering from bronchial asthma. It is also proved medically that non-smokers are harmed when in the company of smokers (i.e. passive smoking). The smoking of parents has been linked to respiratory problems in children and crib death. It is also the cause of many devastating fires. 4. Smoking causes the spread of evil: Since smoking in evil, Muslims who smoke should remember that they set a bad example on others and invite to sin and disobedience to Allah, when they smoke openly and therefore encourage others. 5. Smoking effects worship: Many smokers dislike fasting and sitting in Islaamic study circles, because they constantly crave cigarettes. The smoker is an addict, both physically and psychologically. 6. Smoking makes the smoker smell bad: Everything that a smoker comes in contact with smell of cigarettes; His car, clothes, home, etc. Therefore, when a smoker prays in congregation he hurts his fellow humans with his smell as well as the angels, as the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever has eaten from such greens as garlic, onions or leek should keep away from our Masjid. Truly, the angels are harmed by what harms the offspring of Aadam.â€Saheeh al-Bukhari The above points constitute clear evidence that smoking is evil, and is therefore Haraam (unlawful). If a Muslim is under any kind of stress, then he must turn to Allah for help. Even medical science has rejected outright, the myth that smoking calms the nerves. What we know for sure, is that the rememberence of Allah is healing, as Allah says: “Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find tranquility.†{Soorah ar-Raad (13):28} So when the urge for smoking arises, resort to the Qur'aan and strive to comply with Allah’s commandments. “Those who strive hard in Our Cause, We will surely guide them to Our Paths.†{Soorah al-Ankabut (29):69} To Quit Smoking: One may want to take some of the following measures while depending upon Allah, seeking His help and guidance: 1. Minimize contact with smokers (this being the most important step) 2. Try to minimize drinking the drinks that become mentally related to smoking like coffee, tea, etc. 3. Whenever there is a urge to smoke, try to make yourself busy with something else, especially activities that keep your hands busy. 4. Try not to accept a cigarette from anyone. 5. Try not to finish smoking, the whole cigarette. 6. Drink a lot of water when you quit smoking. Dehydration is the main cause of the symptoms of withdrawal. 7. Try to remember that you want to gain the pleasure of Allah. Throw away all leftover cigarettes.
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  11. Slaves of Allaah! One the signs of the greatness and comprehensiveness of this religion is that it does not leave any aspect of life unaddressed. It set criteria and rules which people must adhere to and live by. All of this was through the command of Allaah and the practice of the messenger sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. It is a widely held belief among the non-Muslims and unfortunately, some Muslims that Islaam is a religion of suppression and harshness, where laughing, joking, entertainment and fun are not permitted. While it may understandable for non-Muslims to think this way, due to their ignorance of Islaam or the distorted image of Islaam portrayed constantly by the media, what is shocking and a disaster, is when we come across Muslims who hold the same opinions. O Muslims! The Sunnah of our Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) has clarified this issue and he (Peace be Up On Him) has set a wonderful example for the Muslim’s life style, for those who wish to live according to this guidance. If we refer to the Sunnah, we will find that the Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) used to joke with his companions, Abu Daawood and Tirmidhi reported that a man came to the Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) and said: “Give me an animal to ride on†the Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) replied: “I will give you the son of a female camel†the man said with astonishment: “What could I do with the son of a female camel?†(i.e., thinking that he would be given a camel too small to ride). Thereupon, the Messenger of Allaah (Peace be Up On Him) replied: “What do female camels deliver except camels?â€(i.e., that every camel, even if it is fully grown, is the product of a female camel). (Abu Daawood & Tirmidhi). Tabaraani reported that an old woman came to the Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) and said: “O Messenger of Allaah! Supplicate that Allaah permits me into Paradise†he (Peace be Up On Him) replied: “Paradise will not be entered by old women†then he went off to pray. When he came back, his wife ‘Aa’ishah., may Allaah be pleased with her, said to him: “The old woman found what you said to be difficult†he replied: “Allaah will bring all the women of Paradise to a young age before allowing them enter.†Imaam Bukhaari mentioned in his book, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, “The companions used to play by throwing watermelon skins at each other, but when it was time for seriousness, they were real men.†The Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) had the finest manners, so much so that he was always joking with and teasing children. Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated: “The Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) used to joke with us; He would call out to my young brother:“O Abu ‘Umayr! (a playful nickname), what happened to your bird (a pet that he used to keep)?â€â€ (Bukhaari). Once, some of the companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, asked the Prophet (Peace be Up On Him): “Do you joke with us?†he (Peace be Up On Him) replied: “I do, but I only say that which is true†(Tirmidhi & Bukhaari in his book Al-Adab Al-Mufrad). Slaves of Allaah! All that which I mentioned is only a tiny fraction of his joking with his companions. I did not want to elaborate more on this because it was only meant to be an introduction to the main topic, which is: ‘Etiquettes of Joking’. Brothers in faith! As you have heard, Islaam does not prohibit joking and teasing, but it sets criteria for it as our Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) instructed us, which are: 1) Saying only that which is true: If we look to the narrations mentioned above, he (Peace be Up On Him) never said a word which was not true, like in the story of the camel or the old woman. This is how joking should be, without lying, fabricating and concocting stories simply to people laugh. The Prophet (Peace be Up On Him)warned about this saying: “Woe to the one who lies to people just to make them laugh. Woe to him, woe to him.†(Abu Daawood & Tirmidhi). 2) It should not involve verses from the Qur’aan, Prophetic sayings, or any of fundamentals of Islaam. Unfortunately, some people have fallen into this terrible practice, we ask Allaah to guide them. These people tell jokes about the angels, Prophets, Qur’aanic verses and Prophetic sayings. This is extremely dangerous as it is tantamount to disbelief. Shaikh Al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “One who mocks Allaah, His verses, His signs or His Messengers is a disbeliever because this action nullifies belief.†How can someone mock that which he believes in? In fact, one who believes in something glorifies it and esteems it by making it occupy a great position in their heart. Disbelief is two types, Shunning, or turning away, from the truth and opposing the truth. The one who mocks the religion is practicing the second type of disbelief and their action is worse than the one who prostrates to an idol. This is a very dangerous issue; a person might utter a word which would cause them intense hardship and results in their destruction. They might utter a word which causes the wrath of Allaah to descend upon them and which results in them going to the Hellfire. One who mocks praying, even if they were only joking, Zakaah, fasting or Hajj becomes a disbeliever by the consensus of the Muslim scholars. Likewise, one who mocks the signs of Allaah by saying, for example, ‘Having warm days in winter is senseless’ or by saying, ‘Having cool days in summer is silly’ is a disbeliever because all the actions and creations of Allaah are done with His complete knowledge and comprehensive wisdom. During the battle of Tabook, while the Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) was riding to the battlefield, some of the hypocrites uttered words which had very grave consequences for them, although they claimed later to have only been joking. Allaah revealed verses in His Book, which is universally recited by all Muslims. Imaam Ibn Katheer mentioned in his commentary of the Qur’aan, regarding the verse in which Allaah says that which translates as: “And if you ask them, they will surely say: ‘We were only conversing and playing.’ Say, ‘Is it Allaah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking?’ †(At-Tawbah: 65). Imaam Ibn Katheer said: “Muhammad Ibn Ka’b, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported that a man from the hypocrites said: ‘Those who memorize the Qur’aan have the biggest stomachs, are the worst liars and the greatest cowards at the time of fighting’ This was conveyed to the Prophet (Peace be Up On Him), so the hypocrite rushed to the Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) and found him on his camel. He said: ‘O messenger of Allaah I was only joking.’ Thereupon, the Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) recited the verses which translate as: “And if you ask them, they will surely say: ‘We were only conversing and playing.’ Say, ‘Is it Allaah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking? Make no excuse; you have disbelieved [i.e., rejected faith] after your belief. If We pardon one faction of you – We will punish another faction because they were criminals.†(At-Tawbah: 65-66). The hypocrite was holding on to the camel of the Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) and his feet were kicking the rocks on the ground, making them fly off in different directions, due to the speed of the camel. The Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) was on his camel and would not even look at the hypocrite, although the hypocrite was holding on to the saddle and constantly repeating that he was only joking.†This is hard evidence that joking around with any aspect of the Sharee’ah, or Islamic Law, is tantamount to disbelief. Slaves of Allaah! When we talk about joking, we must stress on this important and dangerous issue which some people slight, either knowingly or unknowingly, which is joking with anything that is related to the religion of Allaah. Some people invent jokes about this. Moreover, some newspapers and magazines practice this in their ‘caricature’ section. We have already mentioned the Islamic ruling regarding this, so people must be fearful of the dire consequences of such actions. Let us always remember the saying of the Prophet (Peace be Up On Him): “A servant (of Allaah) would utter a word, without paying attention to it, which pleases Allaah and which results in Allaah elevating his rank in Paradise; And a servant (of Allaah) would utter a word, without paying attention to it, which displeases Allaah and which results in him going down into the Hellfire.†(Bukhaari). In another narration, he (Peace be Up On Him) said: “A slave (of Allaah) would utter a word, without paying attention to it, which would result in him going down into the Hellfire further than the distance between the east and the west.†(Muslim). 1) Another criterion for permissible joking is that it should not harm others, whether physically or emotionally. Allaah says what translates as, “O You who have believed. Let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name [i.e. mention] of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers.†(Al-Hujuraat: 12). It is because these things hurt people’s feelings and may even lead to physical harm, that Allaah has prohibited it. Nowadays, people have transgressed all limits under the pretext of joking. It is sad to see that some people are eager to find out about a subject that would upset their brother and tease him about that; and this leads to their brother becoming offended, which is also prohibited. 2) The final criterion for permissible joking is that people should not do it excessively, as this leads them to commit errors and lose their dignity. One who reads through the history of the Prophet (Peace be Up On Him) will realise that he would joke but would never do so excessively. Therefore, based on this finest of examples, one should not joke excessively so that they do not become known for this trait.
  12. Thanksgiving

    An Islamic Thanksgiving Shukr Suhayb ibn Sinan ar-Rumi narrated that the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: "Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks Allah, thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shown resignation (and endures it patiently), there is a good for him in it." [saheeh Muslim] The whole deen is split into two: 50% of which is based upon shukr and 50% based upon sabr. 1. In the Arabic language it means praise, to express gratitude and appreciation. 2. Islaamically it refers to 'displaying the effects of divine bounties in the heart as eemaan upon the tongue as praise and glorification, and upon the limbs as worship and obedience.' "And Allah has brought you out from the wombs of your mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight, and hearts that you might give thanks." [soorah an-Nahl (16): 78] Thankfulness is a goal in itself, whereas patience is needed in order to achieve (i.e. get to) something else. 'Aaisha narrated that the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam) used to offer prayer at night (for such a long time) that his feet used to crack. I said, "O Allaah's Apostle! Why do you do it since Allah has forgiven you your faults of the past and those to follow?" He said, "Shouldn't I love to be a thankful slave (of Allah)?" [saheeh Bukhaaree] Thankfulness is based upon: 1. Acknowledgement of Allaah's Bounties 2. Realizing one's relationship with Allah. 3. Thanking Him (shukr/ hamd): The Quranic word for thanks is "shukr." It is mentioned in the Quran many times. It is the quality of human beings and it is also the quality of Allah. According to scholars Shukr means: "It is the consideration of the favor and its acknowledgment. Shukr from the human means the recognition of the favor. Shukr from Allah means the reward and appreciation." Shukr is a very important principle in Islam. It is a quality of the believers and it is a source of all goodness. Shukr is used in the Quran sometimes as equivalent to faith. The faithful are thankful people and the unfaithful are ungrateful people. Allah has described His Prophets and Messengers among those who were thankful people. Prophet Noah was a grateful servant of Allah (Quran 17:3). Prophet Abraham used to thank Allah for His many blessings (Quran 16:121). Prophet David and his family were told to be grateful to Allah (Quran 34:13). Allah told His Prophet Muhammad: Nay, but worship Allah, and be of those who give thanks. (Quran 39:66) In Islam thanksgiving is not only a particular religious act or service; it is the whole life. The whole life should be lived in obedience to our Ultimate Benefactor, Allah. God has been good to us and so in our thankfulness we should worship Him, obey His commands and orders. Our daily prayers, our fasting during Ramadan, our Zakat and Hajj are all our acts of thanksgiving. We should do them not only as duties that must be performed but as our gratitude to our Lord and Creator. Furthermore we should remind ourselves that we are constantly under Allah's favors and blessings. There are many special prayers that the Prophet taught us to keep us on the path of gratitude and thankfulness. When we eat, he told us that we should say: When the Prophet pbuh used to eat or drink, he used to say, "Thanks be to Allah Who gave us food and drink and made us Muslims." (Al-Tirmidhi 3379) Whenever the Prophet pbuh put on any new dress, he would say, "O Allah, Thanks be to You, You gave me this to wear. I ask You to give me the good of this dress and the good for which it is made and I ask You to protect me from the evil of this dress and from the evil of that for which it is made." (Al-Tirmidhi 1689) Islam does not only teach us to thank Allah, but we are also told to thank our parents, our spouses, our friends, neighbors and all those who do any good to us. The Prophet pbuh said: "Those who do not thank people, they do not thank Allah." (Al-Tirmidhi 1878)
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  14. Thanksgiving

    Assamoalaikum, How are you guys can anyone share with me an article about thanksgiving if possible like history about thanksgiving and Islamic point of view.How should be give tips to children about not celebrating thanksgiving. Wassalam
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