Allah The All-Mighty Says:
"This day I have prefected your religion for you and completed My favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your reglion." (5.3)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

'Poem by Me"

I' Remember those days when my eman was weak
When my weak yaqeen in Allah (swt) would
lead me through only the bad
I' Remember those days when my du'a
was unsincere
when was absolutely everything on earth i would fear
When my heart was dirty and full of darkness
when this duniya was my only source of strength and might
What was wrong with my nafs
Why did it fall??
didnt i know that Allah(swt) chose what is best?
Didint i know that He(swt) hears our soul...
He hears our cry.......
HE sees as fall...........
He sees as sigh..........
Allah is Great..... Allah is Al-hakeem
His ways are 'Just' no mattar how dark it may seem.....
Hold my nafs, Hold on to it
Whenever it falls, bend down and restart
Let those tears fall and wipe the heart...
Remember my nafs the beauty of the promised Paradise,
You know its your dream to build there a house
Never get back to those days.....
that i still Remember and regret...!
"Then which of the blessings of your lord will you both (mankind and jinn) deny? (55:16)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Hijab is not a piece of cloth on your head. its the 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 itYou 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 HijaabYou 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 attentionThe 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 HijaabAllaah 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 friends”.

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 walkRemember, 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 HijaabIt 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 mosque 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

A Glimpse on the beauty of Islam

Islam is a very simple religion with a very clear and simple set of beliefs and practices. It also a very easy religion.

The Quran says:
"He [Allah] has not laid upon you in religion any hardship"

The Prophet(p.b.u.h) says:
"This religion [of islam] is very easy, and whoever overburdens himself in this religion will not be able to contiune in the way. So you should not be Extremists but try to be near to Perfection...."(Al-bukhari)

Islam assures its followers that Allah will accept from them just such duty as they have ability to offer.

The Quran says:
"On no soul does Allah will place a burden greater than it can bear."

Complete way of life

Islam is an all-embracing way of life. It extends over the entire specturm of life showing how to conduct all humain activities in a sound and wholesome manner. Everybody can readily understand Quran and follow in the footsteps of the Prophet(p.b.u.h) to the best of his or her ability, assured by Allah that He will accept from each soul just such duty as it has the ability to offer.

When we read Quran or the prophetic traditions, we find instrctions in all aspects of life, political, social, economic, material, ethical national, and international. These instructions provide as with all the details needed to perform a certain act. The Prophetic traditions go as far as showing us all the steps we need to follow even how to use the toilet: supplictions upon entering it and leaving it, which hand to use in order to clean ourselves and so on. In a word of islam governs a Muslim's life in all its aspects. This is the reason why it is not a only religion but also a way of life....

Advantages Behind Religions Duties

Fair-minded researchers and objective observers acknowledge the face that all divine commands are beneficial to mankind and that all divine prohibitions are harmfull in one way or another. Islam calls to noblilty, truthfulness, chastity, justice, fulfilling the covenant, safeguarding trusts, displaying kindness to orpans and the poors, maintaining neighborliness, honoring the guest and enjoying the lawfull worldy pleasures in moderation. It calls to righteouness and piety, and forbids sin and transgression. In a word, it calls to all that brings about happiness and forbids all that is bound to tigger loss and ruin.

Islam provides a better alternatives for each and every thing it has decleared forbidden and unlawful

We shall briefly consider below some of the advantages and beauty of salat, [prayer] zakat, [obligatory charity] fasting, hajj, [pilgrimage] and jihad [fighting or struggling in Allah's way]

Salat [prayer]-- a Unique Spiritual Experience

Salat [prayer] is a great act of worship, which brings those who observe it closer to their creator. it is a unique spiritual experience where every muscle of the body joins the soul and mind in the worship and glorification of Allah. They begen it by saying 'Allahu Akbar' acknowledging that Allah is the greatest, Who Alone deserves to be excalted and worshipped. They then engage in praising Him in a manner suiting His Majesty. They devote themselves completely to him and totally submit to His Will, seeking His help to keep them on the straight path, that devout and the poius, and to graud them against the path of those who have gone astray and have thus earned his Wrath. When they reach the climax of worship during salat, and their hearts are deeply imbued with awe and revernce, they prostrate before him, placing the most honored part of the body on the floor, showing great submission and humility.

When they observe it regularly, they develop a strong desire to do righteous deeds.

Zakat [Obligatory charity]- an Unmatched Mode of Social financing

Next to salat [prayer] the zakat is the most important of the religious duties enjoined on the muslim. Zakat had myraid advantages and far-reaching effects in the muslim society. It is clear expression of affection towards the poor and needy, which helps satisfy their needs and settle their debts. When Zakat is paid in the precribed manner, it renders corrupt systems like commuisn and capitalism as unnecessary, letting peace and progress prevail.

The Quran Expressly enjoins that wealth should not be permitted to accumlate in a few hands and that is ought to be kept constantly in circulation in order that:

" may not become a fortune used by rich among you."(59:7)

Saum [fasting]- Helps develop a strong Personality and character

Fasting, or saum, is a unique moral and spiriual Islamic attribute. Its beauties and merits are limitless, this main reward behind fasting is to attain the noble status of taqwa, or peity or rigtheouness. Fasting helps the faithfull develop a strong personality and character. It also helps them develop the vitue of displaying affection towards the poor and the distressed; when one observes fasting and undergos the pangs of hunger, one actually remembers the condition and distress of the poor. It also reminds them of Allah's favor upon them when they experence hunger while fasting; this reminder prompts them to give thanks to Him for His endless bounties

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) says: "Ramadan is the month of patience and endurance."

Fasting is also a shield against many diseases. It provides one with both spiritual growth and physical fitness.

Besides all the above benefits it is also an act of worship that testifies to total submission and obediance to Allah. A part of the obligation attached to the islamic fast is that, apart from abstention from food, drink and sexual intercourse during the hours of fasting, a muslim must make special efforts attain higher standards of virtue and purity.

Hajj [Pilgrimage]- an Obligation with innumerale Merits

Hajj is another great obligation which has innumerable merits. Its creates for those who perform it an occaison to meet and know one another, to exchange views and compare experience and unite their efforts for the common good.

Hajj purifies the soul and the nutures such noble qualities as generosity, fortitude and modesty. Those who perform it are commaned to avoid all forms of wickedness and observe patience and perseverance.

The Quran says: The hajj is [in] the well-known months [ by the lunar year]. So whoever intends to perfom it therein, let there be no obsecenity, nor wickedness, now wrangling in the hajj." (2:197)

Hajj also provides a good occaision to travel in the land to fine out about its people and their customs ans traditions and also to discover the land of revelations where many Prophets and Messengers called to the worship of Allah alone. Hajj also reminds those who perform it of the day of Resurrection when all human beings will stand equal before the Lord of the worlds for judgment, barefoot, naked and uncircumcised .Hajj also opens our eyes to death and keeps our mind alert to it. For once we assume the state of ihram[ a state in which one is prohibited to practice certain deeds that are lawfull at times. The importance of remembering death is extremly great and very beneficail. Its benefits will eventually stand before Allah for reckoning.

The Quran says: Every soul shall have a taste of death, and only on the day of judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved from the fire and admitted to the gearder will be succeeded. For the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception.''(3:185)

Jihad [striving in the way of Allah] the only way to uproot injustice

Jinhad[ fighting or struggling] in the way of Allah has countless advantages. It serves to grant victory to Allah's religion and to His devote slaves.Its serves to raise mankind from the class of the animals, which are devoted of the faculty of intellect. Jihad also testifies to one's sincerity and safety from hypocrisy, as evidenced by the following hadith in which the Prophet(p.b.u.h) says: "whoever dies while he has never thought of fighting Jihad in Allah's way will die as a hypocrite (abu dawaud)

Perhaps it is apporpriate to mention here the fact that islam was not speard by the 'force of sword', as some orientalist and western writes claim. As a matter of fact , compulsion is incompatible with islam because Islam depends upon faith and self-dertemination and therefore would be meaningless if it is induced by force. Also supporting this is as if that Allah establishes truth and faslehood. while the Quran says: ''let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from faslehood"

Truth at every cost

"In the case of those who say, 'Our Lord is Allah', and further, stand straight and steadfast, the angles descent upon them [at the time of their death, saying:] 'fear not, nor grieve! but receive the gald tidings of the garden of bliss, which you have been promised, we are your friends and protectors in this life and in the hereafter: therein shall you have all that you desire; therein shall you have that you ask for" (41:30-31)

The Prophets's sincerce advice to his companion sufyan, son of Abdullah, also makes this idea clear

"Say: I believe in Allah', then remain steadfast,"

The Quran says: " O you who beleive! fear Allah and be with those who are truthfull"

Kindness to All

"Worship Allah and join none with him in worship, and show kindness to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, the poor, the neighbor who is near of kin, the neighbor who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer, and those slaves whom your right hand possess." (4:36)

Being dutifull to Parents

"And you lord has decreed that you worship none but him, and that you be dutifull yo your parents. If one od them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them, but address them in terms of honor. And lower unto them the wing of the submission and humility through mercy, and say: My Lord bestow uopn them Your mercy as they did bring me uo when i was young." (17:23,24)

Respecting the Elderly and showing Affection towards the women and young

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) says: "There is none against us who does not show mercy towards the young ones and respect and honor the elderly." (at-tirmidhi)

Helping the Needy

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) says:"A Muslim is the brother of a muslim. He neither oppresses him, nor does he fail him. HE who relieves a muslim of an affliction, Allah will relieve him of the one the afflictions of the day of judgment. He who convers a muslim's faults, Allah will cover his own fau
lts on the day of judgement." (muslim)

Mercy towards the Animals

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) says: " A women was punished in hell on account of a car which she confined until death. She neither gave it to eat or to drink when she confined it, nor did she set it free so that it might eat the vermin of the earth." (Al -bukhari and muslim)

Strengthening One Another

The Quran says: "And hold fast, all togther, to the rope of Allah [i.e, this Quran] and be not divided.'' (3:103)

Forgiving others' offences

The Quran says: ''Let them forgive and pass over [the offence], do you not desire that Allah should forgive you?'' (24:22)

"Repel evil with that which is best" (23:96)