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  1. Salaam Wanted to get peoples thoughts on whether they back western intervention in Syria. Jzk khair
  2. Prayers Please

    May Allah cure him and bless him with a good life. Keep us posted.
  3. The Terrorism Game

    What Guerilla war? the US army bombs from skies and levels the ground, they use drones indisciminantly is other countries outside the middle east. Who was the enemy at the start of the Iraq war? What made Iraq an enemey to the US? I do not give them any credit, fighting in an illegal occupation, with superior might and technology. People should have the courage to stand up to what is wrong, not follow orders blindly. Your definition of terrorism changes with each post, you need to stay consistent. Your right there is no reason to blow up Police stations and bakeries, yet this is what the US army did from the skies. Including hospitals and residence towers. To stand behind this notion that collateral is acceptable and in fact is accepted is the exact reason as to why the soldiers treated the iraqis so poorly. So what if we 'accidentally' killed a dozen, they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. One life is sacred, one! yet over 115000 civilian, many of which were women and children. Entire families wiped out, yet this is not by stratergy? What was their stratergy then. I recall listening to an interview with a former General of the US army who said "the only way to stop these people is to make them taste what they can lose, no one wants to bury their own family" the answer was in reference to the amount of civilians killed. His statment showed they thought the killing of civilians brought down the morale of the iraqi's and would make them surrender. Continuing on the policy, more and more we find out about the torture that was used in the detention camps in Iraq, the rape and the humiliation committed by many soldiers, not just a few. What made them think it was perfectly fine and why didnt these, 'brave' couragous individuals as you like to call them stand up for the basic human rights of the people, in their own damn country! That was a blunder! You call close to 1m iraqis being killed 3m being displaced a blunder? Seriously what is going on in your mind. there is no word to describe it that i can think of. The US Army must take full responsibility, do you think that you can declare war on a country for no reason, based on fabrication, destroy its major cities and infrastructure, blow up hundreds of thousands of people, leaving others heavily injured, maimed and disabled, then expect the country to welcome you with open arms? No country in the world would accept that. Saddam was removed and Iraqs army was defeated, they had no uniform to fight under. Do not make the US Army to be innocent they are far from it. They killed, injured, displaced, raped and tortured. Then on top of that they showed their true colours when defending the interests of the US, namely oil sites. They then backed a government hell bent on revenge against the sunni population, but a government that bowed down to the US wishes. You may not want to admit it, but the evidence is clear, and America walks away from this all without a single charge to it name. They committed some of the worse crimes in history in Iraq and yet it is overlooked.
  4. The Terrorism Game

    Aligarr, Did the US army commit acts of terrrorism? becuase based on your definition in previous posts, they did. I have not tried to say that all iraqis are innocent, however who caused the situation to be like that? There are many ways to remove a dictator. A full scale invasion is not the best one. Again i dont support DAESH, yet you seem to love bringing them back up constantly! Lets look at this another way. If the 'noble' US Army cared so much about civilians, where was the defence of the people of homs, when they were left defenceless in a city with no food and facing constant shelling from the Assad regime. Lets move away from the arab states for a min. What about in Burma where there is outright brutal ethnic cleansing going on. Or even in Africa? Lets not kid ourselves about these airstrikes. Again you are not reading what i am writing! Im not saying what you think, im saying how it is portrayed in the media and the view held by the common person now. Secondly that is not a fact, reports suggest that US military is responisble for over 116000 civilian deaths and that is a very conservative number. can you still call all those live collaterall? You seem to be getting very defensive, i never once advocated the killing or wiping out of any people. Nor did i advocate illegal occupation. rather you seem to be trying hard to justify the blatant acts of terrorism of the US. Again i repeat there are many conflicts in different regions however the super powers only get involved when their interests are met, not for humanitarian reasons. They side with a regime which suits them and turn a blind eye so long as it suits them. Do not forget America played a key part in the Iranian revolution, which led to meddling. Do not forget that Saddam hussein was honured in the united states and seen a friend. I think you need to be honest with yourself and accept what is fact, that according to your definition the US army has carried out terrorism and supports terrorist/extremist governments.
  5. The Terrorism Game

    It seems that you do not really read what we write, you just select a few things then make up your own conclusion. I agree though with what you said, just because i want to live being ruled by the sharia law does not make me a terrorist, however 'study groups' in the west would label me as an 'Islamist' and a muslim with extreme tendancies. Clear proof on this if you dont believe me research into any Muslim speaker that preaches sharia. "It's when they start murdering and blowing up people to accomplish and establish that end , that is what makes them terrorists ." This statement from who i really like, I would like to know what you think where the US army falls under this. They have burdered and blown up a lot more Iraqi's than DAESH (I do not support DAESH at all). You failed to answer my question about Isreal.
  6. The Terrorism Game

    You say the US has donated 3.5 billion (not sure where you got this from) to the palestinians? How much of that actually gets to them and how much has isreal siezed? This is the same US that funds and backs the Isreali atrocities in gaza and the westbank, their constant breach on international law. The same US that consistently Veto's palestines efforts to be internationally recognised. Do not kid yourself into thinking that the US cares about palestine. Hamas may have been responisble for the killing of US citezens but so has Isreal. Not sure if you recall when they ran over two americans with a bulldozer trying to stop some demolition. Not to mention the various kilings of people from other nations. People who suicide bomb are usually called terrorist? what do you call people that trap people in an high walled prison (GAZA) and then drop bombs and fire mortar indiscriminantly from the beyond the walls. What would you call people that drop white phosphurous from the sky and who sit on top of the hill and cheer as bombs land as if it was a fire work display??? I do not exxagerate in the slightest, when Morsi of egypt mentioned it the whole of ikhwaan was labelled as Islamist, when any political group with sharia inclination mentions it they are labelled. do not be naive. Secondly, Saudi does not implement sharia law, ask anyone. France banning the Niqab? is that not extreme, forcing people?
  7. The Terrorism Game

    Aligarr, I agree with what you have said, that the US should have no right in deciding how other countries choose to be governed. Yet this has been a contested issue throughout. Anytime a group wishes to establish Shariah law, they are determined to be an 'Islamist' Group and tainted as extreme. Even in Palestine, Gaza, the most transparent election ever, where the people voted for Hamas as their leaders. The US intervened and has called the group voted by the people for the people illegitimate. The other point you made is the crux of the matter. The middle east has oil, which is a resource the west craves and requires in abundance. During the oil embargo in the early 1970's put in place by King Faisal becuase of the US's support of Isreal, Kissenger who was at the time the secretary of state, threatened to military action against saudi and to sieze the oil fields. This speaks volumes about Americas foreign policy. As Bush said, your either with us, or against us. which shows the mentalilty, very similar to that of a bully.
  8. Muslim Lives Matter

    Aligarr- Again i never said the media did not call it a hate crime, and you are wrong if you think the media is not quick to call anyone a terrorist. In order for a person to be proven as a terrorist there needs to be an investigation into the matter, there is rarely an investigation before a person is labelled and as the saying goes mud sticks!. I find it strange that you are defending the media when it is in fact their job to sensationalise the news. Finally, i would be interested to hear what you consider to be the definition of a terrorist.
  9. I find it disturbing how you refer to muslims as 'apes' and find us 'disgusting'. Sounds very similar to nazi germany and the view they adopted of the jews, before they murdered them in cold blood. Good thing you are a minority and a keyboard warrior.
  10. What Is Jizya

    LOL, your comments are laughable....
  11. Muslim Lives Matter

    Aligarr- while you mention that this may not be a hate crime and it may well prove not to be one (which i highly doubt) The media is very quick to jump and label any muslim a terrorist and the general public also get on the bandwagon. even if he might look remotely arab people jump to the conclusion. Take for the example of kiling of jean carlos de meneze on the london underground. The intial media reports where muslim terrorist alongside this you had "eye witnesses" coming forward saying he was arab and was heard talking arabic. Only for all of that to be dubunked later. The game the media is playing like i said before is very dangerous
  12. Muslim Lives Matter

    All lives matter... no one will disagree with that. While i do agree this has recieved enough media attention, the media needs to look deeply at how they report crime as i feel they are responsible for a lot of attacks on muslims, including this one. By labelling any criminal who has any muslim affiliation as a terrorist has planted a dangerous seed in the minds of many.
  13. You have some serious issues, Just because there are claims that a masked man using fire arms was shouting in arabic, does not automatically make him muslim. In the same way a masked man shouting in english, does not make him a christian. Secondly your statement about those who choose to become muslim is simply absurd and shows your mentalilty. maybe you need to sit down and reflect on what the real problems are. Because i can tell you in Europe the problems are not the muslims...
  14. What Has Happened To The Forum?

    just accept your a brother now.. bro paradise... henceforth that shall be your name... lol
  15. I didnt run away, nor did my parents... Its alarming, the growing extremism towards muslims... the good people of Europe... who are these good people you talk about? Fund wars in countries overseas instead of fixing poverty on their own streets. I had to deal with an idiot from America recently who wanted to fight with me because he 'discoverd' im muslim. The beard and name should have been a give away. I hope your not cut from the same cloth 'october'
  16. What Has Happened To The Forum?

    I agree... need to get more involved again!!
  17. What Has Happened To The Forum?

    Salaam Alaykum, On my part, its a lack of time. Right now we need to be more active in the real world helping, than on the net. thats not to say there is not any benefit posting on this, for sure there is, but i feel we are moving away from forums.
  18. Friday Naseeha

    Friday Naseeha When Umar ibn Khattab was on his way to collect the keys of the city of Jerusalem he had made a deal with his servant that they would take turns in riding (one day each) while the other walks in front. The journey itself was very long and when they were close to Jerusalem not only was it Umar’s turn to lead the camel but because of the length of the journey his clothes were dirty and his appearance dishevelled. Abu Ubaydah ( 1 of the 10 promised jannah) leader of the Army met him at the gates and when he saw rushed to Umar to advise him, the Romans lived in a lavish culture and he because of this he felt that Umars appearance as the leader of the muslims was not appropriate in front of the well dressed rich Romans. When Umar finished listening he struck the chest of Abu ubaydah and said. “I wouldn’t expect this to come from you. We were a people who were humiliated then Allah honoured us with Islam. If we seek honour any other way, Allah will humiliate us.” Unfortunately we live in a world that is now built on appearance; everyone is concerned about how they are perceived by others. People often find themselves doing things for no other reason just to please others, sometimes going as far as compromising on their values and beliefs. We need to remember as Muslims our honour lies in pleasing Allah alone, we should hide or cover different parts of our belief out of fear that we may be seen as strange. This is the relgion of Allah the true complete religion and never should we compromise on this. May Allah Increase us all in Honour and servitude to him. “Do they seek with them 'izzah (honor)? Rather, to Allah indeed belongs all honor” [An-Nisaa’ 139]
  19. Friday Naseeha

    Friday Naseeha “The believers are only those who when Allah in mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts and when his verses are recited unto them, they increase their faith”[surah Anfal : 8] In the build up to Ramadan through these reminders we have discussed the importance of different types of worship. The reality is that these actions mean little if the heart is not present. When Allah azawajal describes the animal sacrifice of hajj he says “it is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, But it is Piety from you that reaches him” [22:37] Allah azawjal through this ayah is teaching us, that while we are commanded to perform physical actions, alone they are not enough. It is your taqwa that reaches Allah and this originates in our hearts. So if we are performing actions mindlessly without actively engaging our hearts, how do we expect these acts of Ibadah to affect us? We have lost sight and more importantly forgot our puprose, we have become so engrossed in the dunya that our hearts have become so hard, yet we are still unaware of it. The sad reality is that we are happy to spend thousands on a holiday then look to give as little as possible in zakat. That we can spend years upon years on our career yet only give minutes to learning the deen. That we can read articles online that fascinate us, yet the Quran neither moves nor affects us. That we can spend hours in front of the TV/PC engrossed completely, yet we cannot stand for 10 mins in salah without our mind wandering. It is the reason we can watch our brothers and sister suffer all over the world, yet we do not even think about acting to help them. Why are we like this? Because we have been raised in an environment that encourages us to be ungrateful, always wanting more, believing everything good is from us and anything bad is from someone else and this cements the heart. We think ourselves independent, however it is because of this independence that fools a man into thinking he can get away with a sin but the reality is we are desperately dependent on Allah. Abu Bakr and Umar were the greatest men who lived after the prophets of Allah. They recognised their dependence upon Allah completely. In any act of Ibadah they would engage in it both body and heart 100%, they would shed tears out of the remembrance of Allah until their beards dripped. All the while they were promised Jannah while alive!! Further to this Umar would cry and make dua that Allah would just accept 2 rakah that he did out of all the salah he did in his life, just 2 rakah. Yet we pray like we don’t need it. Ramadan is now upon us, in just a weeks time, make a firm resolve to soften your heart. Look at every action you do and ask yourself, who am I doing this action for? Did I perform it in a way that was befitting? What did I take from it? What should I have taken from it? I swear by Allah if you do this, you will find a sweetness in your actions of worship, if you do this your heart will shake when you read Ayahs of Quran, if you do this you will recognise the reality of this world and recognise you are simply dependent upon Allah. May Allah soften our hearts and make us firm upon his path. “Has the time not come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’s reminder and that which has been revealed as truth” [57:16]
  20. Friday Naseeha

    Friday Naseeha – Sadaqah Never will you attain righteousness until you spend from that which you love. And whatever you spend, indeed Allâh is Knowing of it." ['Imran, 3:92] Verily those who give sadaqah, men and women, and lend Allah a goodly loan, it shall be increased manifold, and theirs shall be an honourable good reward (Paradise. [Hadeed 18]. Every single person that’s read this naseeha, will do with some degree of comfort, reading off their phone or their PC/laptops. Often we forget how fortunate we are, rather we think that we are in fact less fortunate and in some cases become depressed on this matter. To give you an idea 60% of the worlds population do not have a bank account and just over 50% of the world is living in poverty. With the majority living in Muslim countries. Sadaqah unfortunately is neglected, different people have different reasons but one thing is for sure and that is as muslims we need to step. It was once a thing that the companions loved engaging, as they saw the true essence of what sadaqah meant. They would not hesitate to rush and give in sadaqah, not only giving like we do (old clothes, used stuff, pocket change), they would give the best of what they had and go beyond what they could afford realising that temporary difficulty was never an issue. There are many Ayah and hadith on sadaqah but I would like to focus on one today, “And spend from what We have provided you before death approaches any one of you and he then says, “My Lord! Why did you not give me respite for a little while, so I would have given charity and become of the virtuous?” [Munafiqoon 10] This ayah is striking because not only is it addressing the believers but Allah is informing us of the complaints that we will have on that day. When we will plead to be sent back not to pray more, not to fast more, not to read more Quran. The biggest regret on that day will be the sadaqah, in surah Qaf Allah says "Indeed you were heedless of this, now We have removed the veil (from your eyes), and sharp is your sight this Day!" meaning that we will see the true nature of all deeds and all that we used to do, and I stress again the ayah mentions giving in sadaqah. Narrated by Ibn‘Abbas: “The Prophet saws was the most generous person, and he used to become more so (generous) particularly in the month of Ramadan” [Muslim] With Ramadan around the corner, let us embrace this lesson and adopt another sunnah. Let us become more generous in what we give this month, let our hearts become detached from the love of wealth and attach it to the currency that really matters, good deeds. Let us strive to assist our brothers and sisters in need across the world. May Allah remove the love of the world from our hearts, may he inspire in each and all of us the love of sadaqah and may he make us amongst those are rich in the deeds of sadaqah. Abi Musa Al-Asha’ri ( may Allah be pleased with him ) related that the Messenger of Allah ( PBUH ) said : There is a Sadaqa ( charity ) due on every Muslim; if he cannot give because he has no money, let him work then he can support himself and give charity; if he is unable to work, then let him help someone in need of his help; if he does not do that, let him adjoin good; if he does not do that, then he should not do evil or harm others: it will be written for him as a Sadaqa [Ahmad, Muslim] Friday Naseeha – Sadaqah Never will you attain righteousness until you spend from that which you love. And whatever you spend, indeed Allâh is Knowing of it." ['Imran, 3:92] Verily those who give sadaqah, men and women, and lend Allah a goodly loan, it shall be increased manifold, and theirs shall be an honourable good reward (Paradise. [Hadeed 18]. Every single person that’s read this naseeha, will do with some degree of comfort, reading off their phone or their PC/laptops. Often we forget how fortunate we are, rather we think that we are in fact less fortunate and in some cases become depressed on this matter. To give you an idea 60% of the worlds population do not have a bank account and just over 50% of the world is living in poverty. With the majority living in Muslim countries. Sadaqah unfortunately is neglected, different people have different reasons but one thing is for sure and that is as muslims we need to step up. It was once a thing that the companions loved engaging, as they saw the true essence of what sadaqah meant. They would not hesitate to rush and give in sadaqah, not only giving like we do (old clothes, used stuff, pocket change), they would give the best of what they had and go beyond what they could afford realising that temporary difficulty was never an issue. There are many Ayah and hadith on sadaqah but I would like to focus on one today, “And spend from what We have provided you before death approaches any one of you and he then says, “My Lord! Why did you not give me respite for a little while, so I would have given charity and become of the virtuous?” [Munafiqoon 10] This ayah is striking because not only is it addressing the believers but Allah is informing us of the complaints that we will have on that day. When we will plead to be sent back not to pray more, not to fast more, not to read more Quran. The biggest regret on that day will be the sadaqah, in surah Qaf Allah says "Indeed you were heedless of this, now We have removed the veil (from your eyes), and sharp is your sight this Day!" meaning that we will see the true nature of all deeds and all that we used to do, and I stress again the ayah mentions giving in sadaqah. Narrated by Ibn‘Abbas: “The Prophet saws was the most generous person, and he used to become more so (generous) particularly in the month of Ramadan” [Muslim] With Ramadan around the corner, let us embrace this lesson and adopt another sunnah. Let us become more generous in what we give this month, let our hearts become detached from the love of wealth and attach it to the currency that really matters, good deeds. Let us strive to assist our brothers and sisters in need across the world. May Allah remove the love of the world from our hearts, may he inspire in each and all of us the love of sadaqah and may he make us amongst those are rich in the deeds of sadaqah. Abi Musa Al-Asha’ri ( may Allah be pleased with him ) related that the Messenger of Allah ( PBUH ) said : There is a Sadaqa ( charity ) due on every Muslim; if he cannot give because he has no money, let him work then he can support himself and give charity; if he is unable to work, then let him help someone in need of his help; if he does not do that, let him adjoin good; if he does not do that, then he should not do evil or harm others: it will be written for him as a Sadaqa [Ahmad, Muslim]
  21. When Islam Is Mixed With Culture

    Wa alaykum salaam, Ali Ibn Abu Talib (RA) said that do not argue religion with people of ignorance as they may say things which cause themselves greater harm. I used to find myself in a similar situation to yours, what I would advise is to keep your replies short and only reply to them when they ask you questions (keeping it short and succint) else it comes across preachy and people dont like that. However if they ask you, then your reply wont be seen in the same light as they instigated it. Like if someone asked me as they has been done before, my reply would be "From what I have read, I did not come across the prophet or the companions celebrating this day, for this reason I stay away from it as I want to follow the example of the prophet. Maybe you have read things that I have not come across, so please share with me and if the prophet celebrated it then I will happily join in." obviously not a script, I often find with this, it makes the person question the source of it and it can lead to a more intellectual debate if they choose to persue it. Remember each person is different and you need to find the best approach, which is not always easy work!! Hope this helps
  22. Friday Naseeha

    Friday Naseeja Narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Seventy thousand of my ummah will enter Paradise without being brought to account; they are the ones who did not ask for ruqyah or believe in omens or use cautery and they put their trust in their Lord.” [bukhari & Muslim] Carrying on from last weeks nasheea, we will now discuss the issue of Ruqya in todays society. As mentioned previously the reason that a person will be excluded from one of the 70,000 who enter Jannah without reckoning is because of their perfection in their trust and understanding of tawheed. It should be noted that seeking Ruqya itself is NOT haraam, if done correctly, but it will still exclude you from the 70000. For it to be done correctly, Ruqyah must be done with the speech of Allah (Qur'an) and his names and attributes. It must also be in the Arabic language and the most important part is to believe that Ruqyah has no benefit by itself, but the benefits are all from Allah. A Raqi must come under all the following conditions: they must have the correct and firm belief in Allah (Tawheed, based on Qur'an & Sunnah, abstaining from shirk), they must uphold the law of Allah and maintain a good intention of treating people with the correct etiquettes and environment of Ruqyah e.g a lawful place / not isolating a male with a female. Anything outside of this will nullify it. In our society today we have an issue whereby people feel that they are unable to be cured except by the hands of a raqi. So they seek out another human being, pay large amounts of money and then continue to rely on such a person placing their tawwakul in them. Now such a raqi may be genuine, however this type of reliance, only Allah azawjal is deserving of and a person risks falling into shirk with this mentality. On the other hand the raqi may be a fraud in which not only is it shirk but such a person may violate many other laws of Allah including taking advantage of the person in their weak state. The real question that we all need to answer is, why can we not perform Ruqya on ourselves? Which will not exclude us from the 70000. Ask yourself, who cures? To whom does all power belong to? Or is it that you feel, you do not know enough to help yourself? Then By Allah you owe it to yourself to go learn! We have the Quran and sunnah at our finger tips go and learn your deen. Or maybe you feel Allah will not accept your dua? Know that Allah has answered this in the Quran to All of his servants “And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me - indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” [baqarah 186] Allah Azawajal in his infinite mercy has given us this gift, but the reality is do we use it? Out of fear and lack of knowledge people become reliant on others when they should have fear of Allah and not his creation ( people / jinn). May Allah grant us the strength and ability to only ever rely on him Azawjal and that he guides us to perfection in our understanding of tawheed. And depend upon Allah, if you truly believe" (Surah Al-Maida 5:23)
  23. Friday Naseeha

    Friday Naseeha- Ibn ‘Abbaas, who said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: He was shown by Jibreal his ummah and it was said“...These are your ummah, and these are seventy thousand at their head who will not be brought to account or punished.” I said, “How come?” He said, “They do not use branding, or seek ruqya, or believe in bad omens; they put their trust in their Lord.” [bukhair] Tawakkul for a believer is the light in their heart, guiding them to the path of Allah. The essence of this light is derived from two pillars: Dependence upon Allah and Trust in Allah. To give an example we may often trust a person without needing to depend upon them and likewise we may depend upon a person without ever fully trusting them. However when it comes to tawwakul both must exist aligned together completely. We must fully depend upon and have complete trust in Allah. The reality is that we are so ready to trust others, but so quick to question Allah (SWT)? I'm sure we can all recall many incidents in our lives when we experienced the mercy of Allah (SWT). What did we do? What did we say? When one of the innumerable blessings we failed to count and thank our Lord for was unexpectedly taken from us, what thoughts rushed to our minds? What regrettable words came from our mouths? Why has this happened? What did I do wrong? Why has my blessing been taken away from me? Such spur of the moment questions, tainted by our false comprehension that the blessings bestowed upon us belonged to us, in an instant, shakes our building of tawakkul, sometimes causing it to collapse, consequently opening up a door for our enemy -Shaytan. "Sufficient is Allah and whoever puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him" [surah At-Talaq: 3] Of the issues that stem from this is that a person may after having lost their tawwakul, seek help from fellow creation. Then they may begin to believe that such a person has a power to cure them and so they develop tawwakul in this person. Which leads back to the hadith at the top, the scholars have said that the reason these 70000 will enter jannah without reckoning is because of their perfection in Tawheed, recognising that there is none without power except Allah and that nothing can happen in this world except by the permission of Allah. To believe otherwise is a form of shirk and such a person has associated with Allah. That is not to say that taking precautionary measures (seeking advice and assistance from people) goes against the essence of Tawakul because if the person believes that the measures taken can only be effective by the permission of Allah then they are fulfilling the nature of Tawakul. The issue of ruqyah is now a common theme in todays ummah, and this will be discussed in next weeks naseeha inshA. May Allah make us among those who’s taweed is pure and that our tawwakul is complete and may we be of those who will be admitted straight to Jannah. Narrated By Umar the Prophet SAWS sa id: "If you truly put your trust on Allah, he would provide you (sustenance) as He provides the birds; where they leave in the morning with empty stomach and return back with full stomach." [Ahmad]
  24. Friday Naseeha

    Friday Naseeha “I will surely sit and wait for them on Your straight path. Then I will come to them before them and from behind them and on their right and on their left, and you will not find most of them grateful (to you)” [Al Araf:16-17] The likeness of this life is like a journey, our destination is the hereafter. There is only two destinations in the hereafter, Paradise or the Hell fire, however there are many pathways. All of which lead to the fire except one, and that is the Siratal Mustaqima (The Straight Path) which is path taken when one obeys the commands of Allah. The cursed Iblis (Shaytan) only has one objective in this world and that is to distract the children of Adam from travelling along the straight path, towards Jannah. He has declared himself an open enemy to us and has promised to strike at anytime, from any direction and he will not rest until the day of judgement. Shaytan was created long before Adam was created, he deceived the father of mankind and since he has continued to deceive and deceive nations and nations condemning these nations to the hellfire by the actions he influenced them to carry out. He is experienced beyond measure and he is cunning, he will make evil actions appear enticing and good, he will promote laziness with false promises of ‘more time’, he will ignite unlawful desires and beautify them for you. Inspire envy and jealousy and whisper doubt in your ears over all the good that you do. He will make you feel unworthy such that you feel ashamed to beseech Allah. Shaytan has built himself strong, however we can defeat him. “And if an evil suggestion comes to you from Shaytan, then seek refuge in Allah, indeed he is all hearing and knowing” [7:200] Success in overcoming Shaytan comes from knowing the enemy. Like in all cases of war to defeat your enemy you must recognise your enemy and determine a strategy. You must also identify your own weaknesses and not let your enemy expose them. "O Mankind indeed the promise of Allah is the truth so let not worldly life delude you and be not deceived about Allah by the deceiver (Satan). Indeed Satan is an enemy to you so take him as an enemy. He only invites his party to be among the companions of the blaze (Fatir: 5-6). We must set up barriers and the only way to do that is through Ibadah and staying far away from all prohibitions. Do not kid yourself into thinking that you will not be affected by being in an environment in which haram is being committed, shaytan is patient and will strike when you least expect it. We should remove ourselves as best we can from these harmful situations. Most importantly, we must constantly renew our intentions. Often we fall into the habit of doing things for the sake of doing them and that is when we fall. We need to constantly remind ourselves in every actions the reason to why we do it and it should only ever be to please Allah. Also if we find that we are in a good state staying away from sins then we should thank Allah continuously and not think that it is from our own selves, rather it is only from the mercy of Allah that will allow us to prevail. Only then will we remain fully alert and not forget that along this journey our enemy is waiting to strike. May Allah guide us and keep on guiding such the we walk along the straight path without deviating. The son of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal narrates the following story about his father’s death. As Death had approached him Imam Ahmad went into a semi-conscious state and repeated, “No…not yet, not yet.” This worried people around him as they did not expect a person of his piety to be warding death off. When Imam Ahmad regained consciousness, his son asked him about his statement. Imam Ahmad replied, "Shaytan came to me and said: 'Ahmad, you are free (meaning, I have lost you)!'" To this, Imam Ahmad replied “No, not yet, not yet.” meaning that a person never gets rid of Shaytan until he actually dies.
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    Ameen. That is why it is important to always re check and renew our intentions so that we stay true to what we claim and it does not just become diluted.
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