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  1. Milk Based Harira?

    Salaam, I'm not very much of a cook and do not know how to cook harira but I love harira soup which chicken in it, It's amazing, my neighbour cooks it for me. sorry i couldn't be more help.
  2. Ramadan Health Guide

    Asalaamalikum, I've read the Ramadan Health guide and it is very useful, worth a read or even a quick browse. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetsheffieldpct.nhs.uk/news/5-1-ramadan.php"]Ramadan Health Guide[/url] Walikumsalaam
  3. Donation

    Asalaamalikum, Ramadan Kareem, May Allah Accept all your dua's Inshallah. :sl: I was just was after some advice really, I’m wanting to set up regular monthly donation inshallah but I’m not sure which UK based charity I should go for? I’ve only ever used a charity twice before. Usually I give sadaqa and zakat to my parents and they take care of distributing it amongst the needy but I’m know wanting to set up something more regular, ideally donating money to an orphan so was hoping someone could recommend a reliable charity Inshallah. Jazakallah in advance for your help. Walikumsalaam
  4. Hadith Denier

    Asalaamalikum, I pray you are all in the best of health, iman and taqwa. I work alongside a Muslim lady, occasionally we've discussed Islam and where we stand on certain issues etc... Like you do... However the reason for me writing this post is because she has said something which has concerned me a great deal... She doesn't believe in hadiths, she doesn't believe they are authentic and can't be trusted... from what I understand, she refuses to believe in hadiths, she questions Allah swt decision (one of her relatives died and she was extremely upset saying her death was wrong, out of order etc...) . She has said other similar things. I've tried to explain to her in a kind, gentle and soft manner that some of the things she is saying are completely out of order and explained why this is so, but I seem to be talking to a brick wall. I think initially I was quite shocked. To me it feels like she is ashamed to be a muslim,.. Can anyone give me any ideas on how to give dawah to such a person? walikumsalaam
  5. Blood Donation

    Asalaamalikum While on t similar topic, I have always been curious to know as to whether Muslims are allowed to donate their organs after death? walikumsalaam
  6. ~ Girl Stoned To Death For Converting To Islam ~

    Asalaamalikum something I came across.... There is a reference to this punishment in the Bible, for instance. It reads: "If a man is found sleeping with another man's wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die." (Deuteronomy 22: 22) and also in Leviticus, we find the following verse:"If a man commits adultery with another man's wife-with the wife of his neighbor-both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death" (Leviticus 20: 10). walikumsalaam
  7. ~ Girl Stoned To Death For Converting To Islam ~

    Asalaamalikum Inna Lilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioun, May Allah grant the sister a high place in Jannah There are a lot of interesting views some I find shocking… as for the matter of stoning someone to death…for me I feel it is irrelevant what WE as weak individuals feel about stoning someone to death, not everyone is going to agree. Yes it is shocking the whole idea of stoning someone to death for adultery or any other crime which requires stoning, MAYBE that is the point, to shock people away from committing crimes against themselves. What matters is that we apply the laws of Allah swt correctly and follow the sunnah of the prophet Muhammed. Stoning someone to death may be uncomfortable for people to stomach, some people may say it is not acceptable in this day and age? My question is why? Why are the Law’s of Allah not relevant now? Also a side point....Its only uncomfortable for those who lead happy lives in their own comfortable homes. What we must understand is that, its not for us as individuals to deciede what is right and what is wrong. Or which rule needs to be changed and which doesn't according to how our emotions are. Today we might feel that stoning to death should be abolished, tommorow our emotions may swing in a different way and we might change more of the rulings on punishment. The point being is that, we are weak individuals, we will change, our thoughts change...our emotions fluctuate....but we ultimatley put our Trust in Allah swt in ALL our affairs, we know he is the One who gave us life and He will end it. If he desires that stoning should be the punishment then we accept it. Punishments have always been considered an integral part of the concept of justice in Islam, not only Islam but for other religions too. Muslims should not feel they have to apologies or make excuses to explain or make acceptable to the West what has been so clearly laid down by the Qur’an and the Prophet. Finally, if there is scope for change with the Hudood (punishment) laws then thats a matter for the scholars to deciede on the basis of texts Quran and Sunnah..and we shouldn't change the laws based on how we at a certain time might feel, otherwise we fall into the same trap as the disbelivers, who once upon a time frowned upon Homosexuality and now openly embrace it....Once you were considered strange if you were homosexual, now your strange if you dislike homosexuality and reject it... Finally I leave this with you... It has been reported from the Messenger of Allah SallAllahu 'Alai wa Sallam, which has been authenticated by al-‘Allaamah al-Muhaddith al-Albaani in his Sahih al-Jami’ as-Sagheer – that he SallAllahu 'Alai wa Sallam said: "Islam began as something strange, and it shall return to being something strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers." walikumsalaam
  8. Analogy Of Life

    Asalaamalikum. I've read this analogy before and I think it's a really good one. Walikumsalaam
  9. The Great Virtue Of

    Asalaamalikum The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah Allah, the Exalted said, "Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their private parts; that will make for greater purity for them. Indeed Allah is well acquainted with all that they do." [an-Nur (24):30] So Allah made purification and spiritual growth to be the outcome of lowering the gaze and guarding the private parts. It is for this reason that lowering ones gaze from (seeing) the prohibited things necessarily leads to three benefits that carry tremendous value and are of great significance. The First: Experiencing the Delight and Sweetness of Faith This delight and sweetness is far greater and more desirable that which might have been attained from the object that one lowered his gaze from for the sake of Allah. Indeed, "whosoever leaves something for the sake of Allah then Allah, the Mighty and Magnificent, will replace it with something better than it."[1] The soul is a temptress and loves to look at beautiful forms and the eye is the guide of the heart. The heart commissions its guide to go and look to see what is there and when the eye informs it of a beautiful image it shudders out of love and desire for it. Frequently such inter-relations tire and wear down both the heart and the eye as is said: When you sent your eye as a guide For your heart one day, the object of sight fatigued you For you saw one over whom you had no power Neither a portion or in totality, instead you had to be patient. Therefore when the sight is prevented from looking and investigating the heart finds relief from having to go through the arduous task of (vainly) seeking and desiring. Whosoever lets his sight roam free will find that he is in a perpetual state of loss and anguish for sight gives birth to love (mahabbah) the starting point of which is the heart being devoted and dependant upon that which it beholds. This then intensifies to become fervent longing (sabubah) whereby the heart becomes totally dependant and devoted to the (object of its desire). Then this further intensifies and becomes infatuation (gharamah) which clings to the heart like the one seeking repayment of a debt clings firmly to the one who has to pay the debt. Then this intensifies and becomes passionate love (ishk) and this is a love that transgresses all bounds. Then this further intensifies and becomes crazed passion (shaghafa) and this is a love that encompasses every tiny part of the heart. Then this intensifies and becomes worshipful love (tatayyuma). Tatayyum means worship and it is said: tayyama Allah i.e. he worshipped Allah. Hence the heart begins to worship that which is not correct for it to worship and the reason behind all of this was an illegal glance. The heart is now bound in chains whereas before it used to be the master, it is now imprisoned whereas before it was free. It has been oppressed by the eye and it complains to it upon which the eye replies: I am your guide and messenger and it was you who sent me in the first place! All that has been mentioned applies to the heart that has relinquished the love of Allah and being sincere to Him for indeed the heart must have an object of love that it devotes itself to. Therefore when the heart does not love Allah Alone and does not take Him as its God then it must worship something else. Allah said concerning Yusuf as-Siddiq (AS), "Thus (did We order) so that We might turn away from him all evil and indecent actions for he was one of Our sincere servants." [Yusuf (12): 24] It was because the wife of al-Aziz was a polytheist that (the passionate love) entered her heart despite her being married. It was because Yusuf (AS) was sincere to Allah that he was saved from it despite his being a young man, unmarried and a servant. The Second: The Illumination of the Heart, Clear Perception and Penetrating Insight Ibn Shuja al-Kirmani said, "whosoever builds his outward form upon following the Sunnah, his internal form upon perpetual contemplation and awareness of Allah, he restrains his soul from following desires, he lowers his gaze from the forbidden things and he always eats the lawful things then his perception and insight shall never be wrong." Allah mentioned the people of Lut and what they were afflicted with and then He went on to say, "Indeed in this are signs for the Mutawassimin." [al-Hijr (15): 75] The Mutwassimin are those who have clear perception and penetrating insight, those who are secure from looking at the unlawful and performing indecent acts. Allah said after mentioning the verse concerning lowering the gaze, "Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth." [an-Nur (24): 35] The reason behind this is that the reward is of the same type as the action. So whosoever lowers his gaze from the unlawful for the sake of Allah, the Mighty and Magnificent, He will replace it with something better than it of the same type. So just as the servant restrained the light of his eye from falling upon the unlawful, Allah blesses the light of his sight and heart thereby making him perceive what he would not have seen and understood had he not lowered his gaze. This is a matter that the person can physically sense in himself for the heart is like a mirror and the base desires are like rust upon it. When the mirror is polished and cleaned of the rust then it will reflect the realities (haqaaiq) as they actually are. However if it remains rusty then it will not reflect properly and therefore its knowledge and speech will arise from conjecture and doubt. The Third: The Heart Becoming Strong, Firm and Courageous Allah will give it the might of aid for its strength just as He gave it the might of clear proofs for its light. Hence the heart shall combine both of these factors and as a result, Shaytan shall flee from it. It is mentioned in the narration, "whosoever opposes his base desires, the Shaytan shall flee in terror from his shade."[2] This is why the one who follows his base desires shall find in himself the ignominy of the soul, its being weak, feeble and contemptible. Indeed Allah places nobility for the one who obeys Him and disgrace for the one who disobeys Him, "So do not lose heart nor fall into despair; for you must gain mastery if you are true in faith." [Ali Imran (3): 139] "If any do seek for nobility and power then to Allah belongs all nobility and power." [Faatir (35): 10] Meaning that whosoever seeks after disobedience and sin then Allah, the Might and Magnificent, will humiliate the one who disobeys Him. Some of the salaf said, "the people seek nobility and power at the door of the Kings and they will not find it except through the obedience of Allah." This is because the one who obeys Allah has taken Allah as his friend and protector and Allah will never humiliate the one who takes his Lord as friend and patron. In the Du`a Qunoot their occurs, "the one who You take as a friend is not humiliated and the one who You take as an enemy is not ennobled."[3] Notes: [1] Reported by Ahmad [5/363], al-Marwazi in "Zawaid az-Zuhd" [no. 412], an-Nasa'i in "al-Kubra" as mentioned in "Tuhfah al-Ashra" [11/199] from one of the Companions that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "indeed you will not leave anything for the sake of Allah except that Allah will replace it with something better than it." The isnad is saheeh. [2] This is not established as a hadeeth of the Prophet . [3] Reported by Abu Dawood [Eng. Trans. 1/374 no. 1420], an-Nasa'i [3/248], at-Tirmidhi[no. 464], ibn Majah [no. 1178], ad-Darimi [1/311], Ahmad [1/199], ibn Khuzaymah [2/151] from al Hasan from Ali (RA). The hadith is sahih. The isnad has been criticised by many, however none of the criticisms hold. Refer to: "Nasb ar-Rayah"[2/125] and "Talkhis al-Habi" [1/247]
  10. Safeguarding The Tongue

    ASalaamalikum enjoyed reading article...Jazakallah Khayr walikumsalaam
  11. Hindu Goddess Is Man From London

    Asalaamalikum Lolz I can’t help but laugh, I find it quite amusing. Any way, May Allah guide these people back to the straight path which leads to jannah Inshallah. Walikumsalaam
  12. Showing Kindness

    Asalaamalikum... Good reminder… I’ve just been reading a thread and I really am quite saddened and shocked to some extent to see how harsh some people can be when giving advise.. There a certain manners to be adhered to when giving someone advise. When someone turns to us, it may be because they have no one else to talk to, kindness and gentleness goes along way for someone when they in a state of distress. By being harsh, you may be adding to that individual’s despair and anguish. Think before you speak! Walikumsalaam
  13. Who Hijacked Islam?

    Asalaamaliku... really good video I thought I'd share... (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=VqmMdPKw378"]Who Hijacked Islam[/url] Walikumsalaam
  14. Who Hijacked Islam?

    Asalaamalikum tech diver if only it was as simple as you put it! Did you even take the time to watch the video before replying??? Walikumsalaam
  15. My Great Gran..

    Asalaamalikum, It's always difficult to lose a loved one, May Allah grant you patience and May Allah grant your grandmother jannah Inshallah. walikumsalaam
  16. Need Duas-very Serious Hardship Occured On Close Ones

    Asalaamalikum, Sorry to hear what your family is going through, I make dua that Allah facilitates your families affairs in the best manner Inshallah. Walikumsalaam
  17. Rapes Are Decreasing.

    Asalaamalikum Interesting article. My opinion is that people are more worried about such issues know than they were ever before. This is partly due to the moral panic fuelled by the media. There is a lot more hysteria around such issues than there has been in the past, I guess rightly so. walikumsalaam
  18. The Retreat

    Asalaamalikum, Just to let you know of an interesting programme on Monday 27 February on BBC 2 at 9pm called The Retreat, in which six British volunteers embark on a journey of self-discovery when they leave their everyday lives behind to join an Islamic retreat in Spain for four weeks of prayer, daily work and contemplation. It gives the volunteers an opportunity to find what’s missing in their lives. Walikumsalaam
  19. Asalaamalikum The Reasons For Fearing Allah:[using large font size is not allowed] O servants of Allah, there are many reasons why we should fear. The following is a list of a number of them; the fear of death before repenting; the fear of not living up to one's repentance and breaking one's promise; the fear of not being able to fulfil Allah’s obligations; the fear of losing one's softness in the heart and its hardening; the fear of losing consistency; the fear of allowing temptations to dominate; the fear of Allah making one's self responsible for doing goods deeds because of conceit; the fear of becoming arrogant and egotistical due to the abundance of bounties; the fear of being distracted from Allah by other creation; the fear of being led to an evil ending through excessive bounties; the fear of being punished early (i.e. in this world); the fear of being disgraced at the time of death; the fear of being beguiled by the glitter of this world; the fear of Allah revealing one's secret in one's state of oblivion; the fear of being stamped with a bad death at the time of death; the fear of the pangs of death; the fear of the questions of Munkar and Nakeer in the grave; the fear of the punishment of the grave; the fear of the horrors of the horizon (at the time of resurrection); the fear of the awe during the presentation in front of Allah; the fear and the shame of being naked (at the time of resurrection); the fear of being questioned about every little thing in life; the fear of the bridge (over Hell) and its sharpness; the fear of the fire, its chains and its torment; the fear of being deprived of Paradise, the Eternal and everlasting kingdom and abode and the fear of being deprived of seeing Allah's tremendous visage. Walikumsalaam[using large font size is not allowed]
  20. The Reasons For Fearing Allah

    Asalaamalikum, Dear brother, The Qur'an states that hopefulness is an important characteristic of a believer. Do remember that everything happens according to Allah’s will so don’t become hopless or pessimistic. When we Muslim’s pray salah or make dua, we do this in a state of hope so that Allah may accept our dua’s and prayers. You need to have hope in Allah as having hope then also demands fear and Conversely, fear demands hope. don't ever lose hope in Allah's mercy. walikumsalaam
  21. Asalaamalikum Weeping From the Fear of Allah[using large font size is not allowed] Based on a lecture "Al-Khawf min Allah" by Sh. Waheed `Abdussalam Baali "Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah's Reminder and that which has been revealed of the truth, lest they become as those who received the Scripture before, and the term was prolonged for them and so their hearts were hardened? And many of them were rebellious, disobedient (faasiqoon)." [Al-Hadeed, (57):16] Allah sent to us the Qur'an and "the skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it). Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allah." [39:23] He mentioned in the Qur'an the promise and the threat, and made clear that His believing servants are fearful and shivering from the punishment of their Lord. Our Lord the Exalted elucidated to us that the believer, whenever his iman strengthens and his certainty increases, becomes more fearful of Allah. Weeping of the Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam The Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, said to `Abdullah ibn Mas`ood, "Read to me the Qur'an." He said, "O Messenger of Allah! Should I recite to you and it was revealed to you?" He said, "Yes, for I like to hear it from others." "I recited Soorat an-Nisaaa' until I reached the ayah, "How (will it be) then, when We bring from each nation a witness and We bring you (O Muhammad) as a witness against these people?" [An-Nisaa' (4):41] He then said, 'Stop now.' I found that his eyes were tearful." [Fath al-Bari 8:712] Abdullah ibn ash-Shikhkheer, radhiallahu `anhu, said: "I saw the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, praying with us, and I heard the sound of his weeping coming out of his chest, which was like the sound of a boiling pot." [Abu Dawood, An-Nasaa'i, and At-Tirmidhi in ash-Shama'il, authenticated by Ibn Khuzaymah, Ibn Hibban and Al-Hakim] Weeping of Abu Bakr, radhiallahu `anhu `Aaisha said, "During his illness, the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, said: 'Order Abu Bakr to lead the prayer.' I told the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, that, 'Indeed, if Abu Bakr stands in your place the people will not be able to hear him due to his (excessive) weeping.'" [al-Bukhari] Our weeping The righteous have cried, the worshippers have cried and the believers have cried. And in this time there are people by whom a complete year passes and they do not drop a single tear from the fear of Allah. O Allah we seek refuge with you from hard hearts. O Allah soften our hearts to Your remembrance! "Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest." [Ar-Ra'd (13):28] "The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses (this Qur'an) are recited unto them, they increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone)." [Al-Anfaal (8):2] So why do we not cry today? We do not cry from the strength of the hardness of our hearts and our hearts' attachment to this world. So our hearts have hardened and our eyes have dried. We are distant from our Lord. Had we been close our hearts would not have hardened. So he, who spends a whole week without his eye dropping a tear, let him sit and supplicate and humble himself. Maybe his heart would soften and his eye would drop a tear. And if his heart doesn’t drop a tear, then let him open the Book of Allah and read its ayat with contemplation, humility and submissiveness. So if his eye cries, his heart fears and his soul humbles he has succeeded; and if he continues in the state of the hardened heart, let him sit in a dark room and weep over his state, for his heart has died. Walikumsalaam
  22. A Poem Called "harsh Words"

    Asalaamalikum, Jazakallah khair for sharing that beautiful poem. Walikumsalaam
  23. Pearls From The Qur'an

    ASalaamalikum, Lots of wonderful advice and useful tips Jazakallah khaire walikumsalaam
  24. Treating Women With Kindness

    Asalaamalikum Jazakallah khairan, I found this and I thought it was lovely. Woman was made from the rib of man, She was not created from his head to top him, Nor form his feet to be stepped upon, She was made from his side to be close to him, From beneath his arm to be protected by him, Near his heart to be loved by him. Walikumsalaam
  25. War On Terror

    Asalaamalikum, I thought this article is so funny, not sure is anyone has posted it before... Please read all the article. Guardian Comment: Moderate motorists must speak out Friday, 09 February 2007 Guardian Comment is Free Vikram Dodd February 8, 2007 3:40 PM No one has yet been seriously hurt by the letter bombs sent, it is suspected, by an angry motorist. None the less, it is a serious and well-planned campaign, bringing terror to many. So, now, the country faces two wars on terror, two sets of enemies within. One with violent Muslims, one with violent motorists. Will the tactics used to tackle one, now be used against the other? Shall Tony Blair demand that their leaders of the pro-driving lobby speak out unequivocally against the violence. Can we expect their spiritual and ideological leaders, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Littlejohn, to denounce the violent extremists in their midst? They bang on all the time about motorists' rights and how harassed drivers are, but if they don't like it here, why don't they just stop whining and get off the road? No one forces them to drive here, do they? I hear that these motorists - I'm not one myself by the way - gather in strange places. Will there now be raids on car showrooms? Shall car enthusiasts be monitored by the police? I hear they prefer to exclude those who aren't quite like them, like cyclists or public transport users. Their decision to choose to be separate from the rest of us ... well, it clearly threatens social cohesion. They have their own schools for driving, when they can plunge deeper and deeper into this culture. The real fanatics even go to advanced driving schools. And driving, you know, it never had a Reformation, so - although I know it's a bit politically incorrect to say so - it's a bit backward. Not as modern as swiping an Oyster card. These motorists have their own publications, where they buy and sell their chattels, and eulogise their fetish. Oh, and they have websites and programmes on television, even on BBC2, on which their spiritual leaders incite their followers every Sunday evening. Can you believe it the BBC giving these people and their fellow travellers a platform? I hope the authorities are watching this week for coded messages contained in this Top Gear programme. One of the so-called presenters even risked his life for his cause, nearly died, and now the video is on the internet to further inspire the followers of this fundamentalist movement that so often results in death. And they have funny special clothes. I don't know about you, but I feel uneasy when I meet someone wearing driving gloves. It just is a barrier to shaking hands properly and connecting. They moan about cameras, which are to keep the rest of us safe. Some of the real extremists have been known to shoot, burn and bomb these cameras. And do you think the community elders ever inform on these young hotheads and their misdeeds? This is a discontent that has been allowed to fester into violence, and you have to wonder whether a society that is too soft and tolerant is to blame, bending over backwards so not as to offend these motorists. We should have spelled it out years ago that they, too, have rights and responsibilities. The government have spent so much money on them, building them special projects and their own areas where they can practise their culture, and still they complain. You'd hardly know this is England sometimes. We just keep putting up with these people; no wonder we're going to hell in a handcart. walikumsalaam