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  1. When Things Don't Go Well When things are on an even keel or on a comfortable and predictable plateau, it is not difficult to be on the path of obedience. However, once in a while, Allah shakes up your life to test your sincerity to Him. Those in a state of obedience to Allah will accept that what Allah has ordained is the best for them, and those whose sincerity is shaky, will struggle to cope with the tests. Trials in life are inevitable, and as believers, we must be prepared for our faith to be tested. These can be in the form of calamities or with the loss of things which are precious and beloved to us. Surah Al Baqarah at 2:155 makes specific mention of things that we will be tested with: “fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits [of your labour].” Hence, the Qur’an pinpoints our most basic instincts and emotions which lie at our primal core: fear, which denotes the absence of security; hunger, which denotes the inability to satisfy our most basic needs for physical survival; and the loss of our general material needs, including the people around us. The Path of the Believer What should we do when things do not go that well? The solution is simple, for Verse 2:155 of Surat Al Baqarah concludes “… but give good tidings to the patient.” Hence, the Qur’an has already told us the attitude to adopt when hardship falls upon us. With patience, we have demonstrated that our love of and trust in Allah outstrips the love of the things the loss of which we suffered. What does this mean? An obedient person accepts that nothing, absolutely nothing, happens without the will of Allah. When there is any change in circumstance or any event that disrupts the equilibrium, they do not become unbalanced or get upset about the changes, but rather, they accept the changes with patience and trust in Allah. This does not mean that believers are defeatists or losers in life. It simply means they recognize that when certain uncontrollable events happen, the best course of action is to accept such changes calmly. Despite the external hardships, their inner tranquility and emotional and psychological ability to deal with events remain intact. If our faith in Allah is weak, it seems that this state of mind requires a superhuman effort. However this is not the case at all. It is simply a matter of letting go, and submitting our will to Allah’s Will. We give priority to Allah’s plans instead of our personal ones. It requires a simple shift of control – to transfer the trust and reliance that we have in ourselves, abilities and possessions; our dependence on our money and status; our reliance on the people around us – to trust, dependence and reliance in Allah alone. Faith and love in Allah is such a beautiful thing. With the passing of every test comes rewards, both tangible and intangible, in this world and in the hereafter. All tests by Allah elevate us to a higher level in His eyes, but only if we pass them. Hence, we can either get upset, question, analyse, refuse to accept undesirable events … we can weep bitter tears, complain, shake our fists in anger - but all these misguided emotions, desires and confusions will not help us in any constructive way. On the other hand, we can submit to the will of Allah, because we know that there is a higher power which has caused these events to occur. Allah is the best Planner, and we are optimistic that whatever has happened, was the best for us. If we adopt this conviction, we are effectively entrusting the burden of our fate to Him. We will have confidence that the same God who has taken care of us all our lives, will take care of us through our difficult moments. If we pass the test and exercise patience and gratitude in adversity, He will eventually reward us with something even better to compensate our obedience and trust in Him. Indeed, in time the believer will come to understand how wonderful a gift Allah has bestowed upon us by not only providing us with this facility, but also in rewarding us for doing so. There is no reason to worry The One who created you has already identified your abilities and limits. When He tests you, He already knows your individual circumstances and your breaking point. He will never burden you with something that is beyond your capability. We will be tested again and again throughout our lives – this is an inevitable fact of life. In Surah Al Baqarah, we are reminded: “Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said, "When is the help of Allah ?" Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.” [2:214] However, there is no reason to worry. There is no reason to fear. The believer is safe in Allah’s care. The help of Allah is coming. Hence, control your inclination to break down and give up. The path to Paradise is paved with adversity and trials, but the believer must stay focused. Do not give in to your irrational emotions, for if you are with Allah, the solution is close at hand. Often these events are a catalyst for some inner reflection. Could it be that Allah has taken away your means in order for you to turn towards Him? Could it be to purify your heart of your love for the material world? Could it be to keep your arrogance in check? Could it be to absolve your sins? Could it be to strengthen you in preparation of your own future? Whatever the reason, you have to keep holding on to your trust in Allah. To do that, you have to quell your personal desires, anger, disappointments, frustrations, and all other futile and negative emotions. Instead, change your attitude and your mindset to a positive and humble one. Trust in Him, be patient, and things will be fine. What is the alternative? The first two verses of Surah Ankabut pose the following statements to us: “Do the people think that they will be left to say, "We believe" and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars.” [29:2- 29:3] Do we want to be classified as those who fail the trials that Allah has given to us? Do we want to be labelled as liars and disbelievers in Allah’s Kingdom? A disobedient person will become angry, argue with Allah, doubt in Allah, think that Allah is punishing him, resist the changes even though they are beyond his control. A disobedient person will think he knows what is best for him better than his Creator does, and refuse submit to Allah's will. Instead of trying to comprehend the wisdom behind the events, the disobedient will get caught and sucked into a self made cyclone of self pity, denial, anger and despair. This escalates his inner turmoil, confusion, sadness and impaired judgment. Worse, he runs the risk of Allah prolonging his suffering due to his lack of gratitude and trust to Allah. All inner peace is shattered; he is in a whirl of internal and external chaos and everything becomes complicated. If one adopts this attitude, where is the sincerity to Allah? It is not a happy ending ... he will end up in an emotional and psychological mess and will slowly and surely destroy his happiness for this life and the next. Allah’s Sequence The above may sound simplistic, but life is really that simple. Allah has a certain sunnah, a sequence or manner in which events unfold according to His rules, based on a simple cause and effect formula. How Allah deals with you depends on how you deal with Him. If you believe in Allah, you simply need to eliminate all your pre-conceived notions about handling your life affairs and problems, and follow the sequence commanded by Allah in the Qur’an. You have a choice of which state you want to be in. Whatever the tragedy, it is not the end of the world. Others have suffered worse and have triumphed. By empowering yourself with trust in Allah, you will realize that even though the circumstances may be tough, your attitude and ability to rise above all these events have given you the means to stay balanced even if the world is shaking. With the passing of time, you will also understand that whatever Allah chose for you, even if in the form of a calamity, was actually the best for you, even if you did not understand it when the events occurred. So be patient and seek the help of Allah in times of distress. Allah is waiting for you to turn to him, so turn towards Him and let him navigate the way through your turmoil. Similar to this: The Road to Happiness http://muslimfootsteps.com/?q=the-road-to-happiness
  2. 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  3. Many women won’t want to put up with a scratchy-faced partner. But think twice before you tell your man to reach for a razor, because beards and moustaches might be beneficial for men’s health. This is still, it has to be said, an emerging field of thinking — but here, with tongue half in bearded cheek, we reveal the health upside of men’s facial hair… PROTECTS AGAINST THE SUN A fuzzy face offers significant protection against sun damage and skin cancer, according to a recent study from the University of Southern Queensland published in the journal Radiation Protection Dosimetry. The researchers found that the parts of the face covered by beards and moustaches on average had a third less exposure to harmful UV rays compared with hair-free areas. The study was conducted in the Outback sun with mannequins and stick-on beards (1.5in and 3.5 in long), with a clean-shaven mannequin used as a comparison. The researchers used dosimetric techniques, which measure the amount of rays or radiation absorbed in a given time. Their results showed the beards appeared to offer 90 to 95 per cent protection against the sun, depending on length of hair. Generally hair offers good protection against the sun, says Dr Nick Lowe, a leading London-based dermatologist. That’s why women have much less sun damage if their hair covers the back of their necks and the sides of their faces. ‘It’s also a question of the thickness of hair,’ he says. ‘It’s similar to an SPF factor — the higher the hair density and thickness, the higher the SPF. ‘I frequently see the classic example of this when I work in southern California. ‘A balding, bearded surfer will have more sun damage and pre-cancers on their heads than they will on the top of their faces.’ Another theory is that coarse, curly beard hair breaks up the sun’s rays, says Iain Sallis, a consultant trichologist. ‘Light travels in straight lines, but when it hits curly hair the light waves refract, or break up, so they hardly ever reach the skin underneath.’ It also depends on how long the beard has been growing. Sun damage can also occur when it reflects off surfaces below the face — such as pale sand or water — so hair growth on men’s faces will add to the protection under the chin and neck. However, Dr Lowe recommends men with facial hair use a thin sun lotion or spray that isn’t too greasy over the hair because a lot of beards are not very dense. MAY PREVENT ASTHMA ATTACKS Men whose asthma is triggered by pollen and dust could find facial hair helps reduce their asthma symptoms Men whose asthma is triggered by pollen and dust could find facial hair —– or more specifically, a big moustache —– helps reduce their asthma symptoms. Moustaches that reach the nasal area may stop allergens going up the nose and being inhaled by the lungs, says Carol Walker, hair medical expert and owner of Birmingham Trichology Centre. Dr Rob Hicks, a London-based GP, thinks it’s only pollen — which is sticky — that might be trapped this way, preventing it getting into the airways. ‘Dust particles are microscopic,’ he says. Even if moustaches did trap dust, then a downside, according to Dr Hicks, is that it can build up and it just takes one wipe or knock before it goes into the nose. ‘In theory, a moustache could stop things that trigger asthma entering the airways, but it would have to be a big one,’ says Dr Felix Chua, a consultant respiratory physician at the London Clinic, Harley Street. SLOWS DOWN AGEING Over time, facial hair can help keep the skin young and in a good condition. The hair stops water leaving the skin — keeping it moisturised — by protecting it from the wind, which dries the skin and disturbs the protective skin barrier, says Dr Lowe. ‘Also, if you put a moisturiser on then it will stay put under a beard or moustache much better than on an exposed or shaven skin where it can be more easily rubbed off.’ The simple presence of hair follicles on the face also helps, as do the sebaceous glands in the skin that coat the hair in protective oils. Anywhere hair follicles and oil glands are present — including the chin, lower face and sides of the — makes the skin thicker (and men have more hair follicles in this area than women do). ‘Thicker skin is more resistant to damage, even if the man doesn’t have a beard, compared with women, whose skin tends to be thinner and have fewer hair follicles,’ says Dr Lowe. HELPS FIGHT OFF COUGHS Thick beards that have grown under the chin and neck will raise the temperature of the neck and may help battle colds, says Carol Walker. ‘Hair is an insulator that keeps you warm. Long, full beards that trap the cold air and raise the temperature of the neck are going to be an added bonus when you’re under the weather,’ says Carol. ‘When you have a sore throat, the body builds up temperature to kill the virus. ‘It has to run its course, but the warmer you keep yourself and the more fluids you drink equip you to fight it better. ‘Hair around the chin and neck adds another layer of protection.’ Facial hair can act as a physical barrier to cold temperature, says Dr Chua. ‘A higher body temperature can help a cough, though you need to look at the underlying causes to treat it, too. ‘I’ve had patients who have said that if they wrap up by using something like a scarf their cough gets a bit better. It’s possible that a beard could also do this.’ PREVENTS NASTY SKIN RASHES Not shaving means no more nasty rashes. Shaving is usually the main cause of bacterial infections in the beard area, says Dr Martin Wade, consultant dermatologist at the London Skin and Hair Clinic. ‘It can lead to razor rash, ingrown hairs and conditions such as folliculitis (infection of the hair follicles that causes spots), so men would benefit from growing a beard,’ he says. ‘Men need to wash and trim their beards and moustaches regularly and make sure debris from food isn’t left around,’ adds Carol Walker. (source:dailymail) More on the sunnah of growing beard: http://www.gawaher.com/topic/25762-the-issue-of-growing-a-beard-in-Islam/
  4. salaam 'alaikum brothers and sisters in Islam / Muslim members of gawaher.com a belated and blessed Eid Mubarak to all Muslims worldwide from the Philippines :) there's this website creative-poems.com I was wondering if any one of you would like to start or run a website a bit similar to that one, in that it would be an online community place where Muslims (Muslims only) can start their membership and post Islamic poems written by them, Islamic short stories or Islamic articles/essays written by them, as well as creative Islamic photos or images with Islamic advice designed by them. just a suggestion for Allah's sake :) wasalaam
  5. Praying Taraaweeh in congregation in Ramadaan is Sunnah and not a bid’ah (innovation) Is praying Taraaweeh in congregation considered to be a bid’ah (innovation), because it was not done at the time of the Prophet and the first one who established that was ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him)? Praise be to Allaah. The view that Taraaweeh prayer is a bid’ah is not valid. Rather we should ask whether it was one of the Sunnahs of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab, because it was not done at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) but it was done in ‘Umar’s time, or was it one of the Sunnahs of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)? Some people claim that it was one of the Sunnahs of ‘Umar, and they base that on the fact that ‘Umar “commanded Ubayy ibn Ka’b and Tameem al-Daari to lead the people in praying eleven rak’ahs.” He went out the same night and saw the people praying, and he said, “What a good innovation this is.” This indicates that it had not previously been prescribed… But this opinion is da’eef (weak), and those who say this are ignoring the reports proven in al-Saheehayn and elsewhere, that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) “led his companions in praying for three nights, and on the third or fourth night he did not lead them, and he said: ‘I am afraid that it may be made obligatory upon you.’” This was narrated by al-Bukhaari (872). According to a version narrated by Muslim, “But I was afraid that prayer at night may be made obligatory upon you, and you would not be able to do it.” (1271). So it is proven that Taraaweeh is part of the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) referred to the reason why he did not persist in it, which was the fear that it might become obligatory; he did not say that it is not prescribed. This fear no longer applied following the death of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), because when he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) died, the revelation ceased and there was no longer any concern that it might become obligatory. Once the fear that it might become obligatory was no longer present, because the revelation had ceased, then the reason for not doing it was also removed, and so it was restored to its position of being Sunnah. See al-Sharh al-Mumti’ by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, vol. 4, p. 78. It was narrated in al-Saheehayn from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would forgo doing something that he liked to do lest the people do it and it become obligatory upon them. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1060; Muslim, Salaat al-Musaafireen, 1174). Al-Nawawi said: This shows how kind he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was and how compassionate towards his ummah. So there is no basis for saying that Taraaweeh prayer is not part of the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), rather it is part of the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), but he forsook it for fear that it may be made obligatory upon his ummah. When he died, this concern no longer applied. Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) was distracted by the wars against the apostates and his reign was short, lasting only two years. When the reign of ‘Umar came and the Muslims became secure and victorious, he commanded the people to gather together for Taraaweeh prayers in Ramadaan, as they used to gather with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). All that ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) did was to go back to that Sunnah and revive it. And Allaah is the Source of strength. Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid Source: http://islamqa.info/en/ref/21740
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