5 things to do on Laylatul Qadr

Allahu_Akbar5 things to do on Laylatul Qadr

So valuable is this Night of Qadr that the Quran devotes a special surah to it “Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months” [97:3]

This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The most authentic account of the occurrence of the Night indicates that it can occur on any one of the last ten, odd numbered nights of Ramadan, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29.
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Checklist – The Last Ten Nights and Days of Ramadan…

In this blessed month of Ramadan, we have now come to the grand finale – the last ten days of Ramadan that are even more blessed than the rest of Ramadan. In it is a night that Quran tells us is better than 1000 months (yes, months – not days).

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month which Allah has enjoined you to fast, during which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained up. In it there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.” Narrated by al-Nasa’i, 2106; Ahmad, 8769. classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 999.
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A blessed month for fasting to enrich our souls

Fasting in general has been used in medicine for medical reasons including weight management, for rest of the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as so-called crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The caloric intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the national requirement guidelines. In addition, the fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily taken and is not a prescribed imposition from the physician.

Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training, with the hope that this training will last beyond the end of Ramadan. If the lessons learned during Ramadan, whether in terms of dietary intake or righteousness, are carried on after Ramadan, it is beneficial for one’s entire life. Moreover, the type of food taken during Ramadan does not have any selective criteria of crash diets such as those which are protein only or fruit only type diets. Everything that is permissible is taken in moderate quantities.
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Islam and the education of women!

By Xenia
Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

Read! in the name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists).
( سورة العلق , Al-Alaq, Chapter #96, Verse #1)
Education is a necessity in this time and age. Islam exhorts us to get educated.
In all times and especially in our times to be able to face the many challenges of life we need to be educated.
Allah swt says addressing both men and women in the Holy Qur’an:
O mankind! Reverence your Guardian Lord,
Who created you from a single person,
created of like nature his mate
and from them twain scattered (like seeds)
countless men and women. (Holy Qur’an 4:1)
And Allah also says in the Holy Qur’an
“Surely the men who submit and the women who submit,
and the believing men and the believing women,
and the devout men and the devout women,
and the truthful men and the truthful women,
and the patient men and the patient women,
and the humble men and the humble women,
and the charitable men and the charitable women,
and the fasting men and the fasting women,
and the men who guard their chastity
and the women who guard their chastity
and the men who remember Allåh much
and the women who remember Allåh much,
Allåh has prepared for them forgiveness and a mighty reward.” (Qur’an 33:35)
From the above verses , we can establish that there is equality between male and female (what’ s good for one is good for the other) with a few exceptions , those exceptions deal with the nature and function of the female rather than reflect badly upon her competence morally or rationally.

  • So as Muslim women we are encouraged to get an education. .
    The life of Aa’ishah (radiyallaahu ‘anhaa) is proof that a woman can be far more learned than men and that she can be the teacher of scholars and experts. Her life is also proof that the same woman can be totally feminine and be a source of pleasure, joy and comfort to her husband.
    She (ra) did not graduate from any university but still her utterances are studied in faculties of literature, her legal pronouncements are studied in colleges of law and her life and works are studied by students and teachers of Muslim history as they have been for over a thousand years.
    How can we get education in the West?
    Problem: Segregation between the sexes in educational institutions or rather the lack of it.
    Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:
    Is it permissible for a man to study in a mixed university where men and women mix in one classroom, knowing that the student has a role to play in calling people to Allaah?
    He replied:
    What I think is that it is not permissible for anyone, man or woman, to study in a mixed school, because of the grave danger that it poses to his chastity, integrity and morals. No matter how great a person’s integrity, morals and innocence, if a woman is sitting beside him on the seat – especially if she is beautiful and unveiled – he can hardly avoid fitnah and evil. Everything that leads to fitnah and evil is also haraam and is not permitted. We ask Allaah to keep our Muslim brothers safe from such things which will only bring evil, fitnah and corruption to their youth. If there is no other university apart from this one, he should go and study in another city or country where this mixing does not happen. I do not think that this is permissible but others may have a different opinion.
    Fataawa Islamiyyah, 3/103
    This might be possible where there are single sex educational establishments in our countries or if we have the means to go and study elsewhere.
    Seeking an education we first have to exhaust all routes that comply comply with the Shareeah.
    Now days when technology is so far advanced, we have the option of distance studying and learning.
    But what happens if our course requires us to attend in order to qualify?
    It becomes a case of necessity
    It is a well-established rule that Muslim society is under a collective obligation – Far∂ Kifayah – to have enough professional personnel to cater for the needs of the society.
    Muslim jurists say that there has to be enough tailors, bakers, teachers, Imåms, judges, medical people and midwives, etc. to satisfy the needs of the community. Muslims prefer female doctors for examining females, males to examine males. From a professionalpoint of view this is much better. From a religious point of view it is essential. Unless, therefore, we have females in such professions we will be failing in our religious duty.
    What steps can we take to protect ourselves and our children from fitnah?
    To meet the challenge :
    1) Be diligent in prayers and ask Allah to strengthen our faith;
    2) As we step out from the home, ask Allah to guard us and protect us against all temptations;
    3) Hang around with only good friends who are upright and moral;
    4) Make ourselves always busy with our study; if we have spare time take up some good projects which will keep us busy;
    5) Use our free time to learn Islam by attending classes with respectable teachers;
    6) be Modest- Observe the Hijaab ( males and females)- Outer garments and behaviour;
    Allah (swt) says in the Holy Qur’an:
    “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts from sin and not show of their adornment except only that which is apparent, and draw their headcovers over their necks and bosoms and not reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women (i.e., their sisters in Islam), or their female slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants free of physical desires, or small children who have no sense of women’s nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah altogether, O you Believers, in order that you may attain success.[An-Nur, 24:31]
    …And do not make a display of yourselves like the displaying of the ignorance of long ago… [Al-Ahzaab, 33:33]
    O Prophet, Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their outer garments about themselves (when they go out). That is better so that they may be recognised and not molested. And Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. [Al-Ahzaab, 33:59]
    7) Try to keep our distance from the opposite sex, avoid idle talk.
    8) We should never allow the distractions of this world and our education to overthrow the importance of our duty to Allah (swt).
    The above solutions sound so simple, the reality is that they are not always.
    You have to have faith in yourself and in Allah. “Each step a person takes order to become closer to Allah, he/she will be rewarded for every dust particle that settles upon him whilst on that journey.”
    May Allah( swt ) bless your efforts to be close to Him and get an education.
    The above article is not a fatwa.If you need specific advice tailor made to your personal circumstances please speak to as scholar.

  • To my people in my village..

    Bismillah_2lailahaillallah1i feel extremely sorry for my village Muslims, who leads life in an ordinary way, where there is no significant amount deen or sunnah in their life.

    1) A Muslim has to say salam to one another who would be identified by their appearance. when someone hides his identity, how can i recognize him as my fellow Muslim and salam them? his appearance is absolutely not like a Muslim.

    2) i hardly found people in mosque, and not willing to spend money over it. pity.

    3) i do not know how far they follow of what they know of deen, but fighting for their jamath such as sunath, tableeq, tawheed and etc. sick ppl.

    4) Allah swt given wealth to them out of which they hesitate to spend on the way of islam. poor ppl.

    5) i never heard or seen that a group of youngsters in my village discussing about deen and fearing allah, but of-course i have seen them drink together, play together and almost every other useless things doing together. useless peoples.

  • 6) if anyone try to bring some activity of deen in the village or mosque, the so called funding ppl who work in gulf by the mercy of allah swt, puts barrier to them. they should fear allah swt.

    7) i really do not know how many people spending time to read quran/hadith, or atleast listening bayans. when one has no knowledge over something, he would never involve in doing that.

    8) i did not find the jamath heads are so effective, if they dont care, they should bring another effective president to the jamath so that in a way they are not being obstacles for the deen life of village people. they are answerable to allah, not to us.

    9) wa allah, full of egos, full of proud, full of jealous, full of careless in their heart, i pray to allah swt to show them right path.patience is not at all a factor that they have.

    10) fearing like aything to give DAWA to the non-muslims, even to the one who is interested, wa allah emasculated people.

    listen my fellow muslims from my village, fear allah, if you are ignorant, he would not hesitate to destroy you and bring another sincere believers.

    islam is not a cast or just a religion, its a only way to reach jannah, its the duty of every muslim to tell the message to the non-muslims, but its your hiqma to tell them without rising issues.

    alhamdulillah, i had a chance to see and mingle with outside muslim world, where i learnt lot of Islam, and understood what islam really is..

    Islam is treasure, which will give you a lot if u are dedicated to it, otherwise it’ll make u rust and put you down to the hell.

    being a Muslim is just an admission in a reputed collage, there are number of test and a final exam which decides whether you pass or not.

    Islam will win with you or without you, its u who has to decide whether gonna be part of it or not.

    wake up.. or answer to allah swt..

    asalamu alaikum wa rahmathullah.

    Rafeequl Islam TRafeequl Islam T

  • How to Gain Wisdom

    The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah Most High says, ‘He who is hostile to a friend (Wali) of Mine I declare war against. My slave approaches Me with nothing more beloved to Me than what I have made obligatory for him, and My slave keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary works until I love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he seizes, and his foot with which he walks. If he asks Me, I will surely give to him, and if he seeks refuge in Me, I will surely protect him.’” [Sahih Bukhari]

  • Allah’s friends are those who are constant and sincere in obedience to Him. A friend (Wali) of Allah is one who is close to Him because of his devotion to Him, through obeying His commands and shunning the acts which he has forbidden. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) declares war against those who harass people because of their Islam. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says that He will fight such people Himself. And whoever such a thing should happen to, should expect only the worst to happen to him.

    This Hadith also tells us that the obligatory deeds (Faraid) are the most beloved to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Nothing makes Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) happier than performance of Faraid and keeping away from the forbidden deeds (Haraam). This is what makes a person a friend of Allah’s. We should also keep the performance of obligatory (Fard) and recommended (Sunnah/Nafl) deeds in perspective. It is said that the recommended deed amounts to but one-seventieth of the value of an obligatory deed. [Reliance of the Traveller by Ahmad ibn Naqib Al-Misri]

    This Hadith is also a metaphor for Allah’s help and assistance. By Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) becoming someone’s hearing or sight or hand what is meant is that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) helps the Momin to perceive what He wants him to perceive and do through his limbs what He wants him to do.

    If you want to gain ultimate wisdom and behave with the utmost wisdom then obey Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). When you stick to His obedience He will bless you with this wisdom from Himself.

    This hadith has been sent to me by dailyhadith.adaptivesolutionsinc.com

  • Sources of Islamic Sharia

    Islamic lawIslamic Sharia’ is the set of laws which are needed to be followed by the Muslim Ummah. It has been set compulsory for Muslims to live their life according to these defined rules. People who put allegations on Islam for being a limited religion, and call it a religion of past, will be enlightened about the versatility of the same Religion.

    There are two sources of Islamic Sharia, one being the primary while the other being secondary. Secondary, in no way means that it can be skipped. Infact, It is the one which is needed in current world to resolve many issues being faced by Ummah.
    Primary Sources

    Primary sources are the ones which were given to us through Holy Prophet(PBUH). Holy Quran was revealed on Holy Prophet(PBUH). Hadith are the sayings and response of Holy Prophet(PBUH) to different actions of people. Allah(SWT) in Holy Quran says.

  • ‘Whatever the Prophet gives you take it and whatever he forbids avoid it.’ (Hashr: 7) It tells us to take everything from Holy Prophet seriously and orders us to do those actions which should be based on sayings and doings of Rasul Allah(SAWW)

    1) Holy Quran

    Importance of Holy Quran can be concluded from the following verse

    ‘Allah did confer a great favour on the believers when he sent to them an Apostle from among themselves, reciting unto them the verses of Allah, purifying them and teaching them the book and wisdom. While before that they were surely in error.’(Aale Imran: 164)

    2) Hadith

    Holy Prophet on an event said

    ‘Pray as you see me praying.’

    In Holy Quran, We have been told to pray five times a day but the way of prayer has not been discussed.The above hadith was for sure a message of Holy Prophet(PBUH) that you won’t find thlearn Qurane details of everything in Holy Quran, You will have to follow by actions too to understand the religion.Importance of Hadith can be understood by the foretold reason.

    Holy Prophet(PBUH) said.

    “The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn Quran (link is external) and teach it.”.
    Secondary Sources

    Although, primary sources of sharia solves much of the problems of Ummah and in a true sense, lays the foundations of Islam clearly but there still was a need of few other sources so that Islam should not be a time bound religion. These other sources were clearly mentioned in Hadith too.

    1) Ijma

    Ijma means ‘consensus’. When Muslim Scholars unite on an issue and give some opinion, upon which all are agreed, it is called as Ijma. A hadith of Raul Allah(SAWW) is

    “My Ummah will not unite upon error.” [Reported by at-Tirmidhee and Haakim – Sahih]

    So, according to hadith e mubaaraka, Once Scholars develope a consensus on some specific issue. It becomes obligatory for Muslims to foolow the orders.

    2) Ijtehad

    Term Ijtehad means ‘Independent Reasoning’. In Ijtehad, a Scholar through his/her hardwork, research and knowledge gives a fatwa -It is not mandatory to give fatwa on ijtehad-. His decision can be followed on free will.

    3) Qiyas

    When a decision is taken from Holy Quran and is applied to someother case in the contemporary world, it is called as Qiyas.

    Secondary sources of Sharia are the ones which clearly depicts the versatility in the religion. Through secondary sources, almost all the problems of Ummah can be solved, for which, representatives of major school of thoughts will have to sit on a table with patience and a motivation to unite Ummah.

  • Terrorism Has No Religion!

    Quotation-Manmohan-Singh-religion-terrorism-friends-Meetville-Quotes-132014Holy war, suicide bombings, fighting for faith, and killing in the name of God—from Crusaders to terrorists, from sacred shrines to New York City, history is tainted by a grave disease afflicting humankind. While all the known religions of the world call for LOVE, PEACE, TOLERANCE, FREEDOM OF BELIEF AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING, many of the terrorists’ acts are committed in this world by people who call themselves religious, and attribute their horrendous and evil acts to the religion. However, God condemns their acts in the scripture. The true religion of Islam forbids the killing of innocent people, irrespective of the cause—religious, political or social beliefs. This is stated in the Quran, the holy book of Muslims.

  • [Quran 6:151] “…You shall not kill — GOD has made life sacred — except in the course of justice. These are His commandments to you, that you may understand.”

    The laws of the scriptures that apply to the Christians and Jews are repeated and emphasized for the Muslims also.

  • [Quran 5:32] “…we decreed for the Children of Israel that anyone who murders any person who had not committed murder or horrendous crimes, it shall be as if he murdered all the people. And anyone who spares a life, it shall be as if he spared the lives of all the people. …”
    All Religions Condemn Terrorism

    The religion of Submission (Islam in Arabic) should not be confused with what these terrorists have done. The terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaida who kill innocent people are actually, by the definition of the Quran, not Submitters (Muslims), but plain murderers. Who would like to describe Hitler or the likes of Ku Klux Klan as good Christians? We should not let our emotions overcome our logic and understanding. There is no religious scripture that does not condemn terrorism. Every righteous person in any religion would condemn such actions regardless of terrorist’s race, country or religious background.
    True Islam

    What is the ideal of Submission (Islam)? The term “Submission” (i.e., Islam) is not a name that defines you as better than your neighbor or rewards you a special status with God. The name itself is an Arabic word derived from the meaning to surrender or submit. It means submission to God’s will. It is a way of life that guides your actions and forms your character. Submission is a state of awareness and appreciation of God’s boundless attributes. As your soul submits, you are able to practice the meaning of peace, compassion, love, forgiveness, and charity that are recommended by God. The shades of superiority, prejudice and judgment fade as the world comes into focus with the eyes of your soul. In Islam, the best among us in the sight of God is not the white or the black, the male or the female, a person who calls himself or herself Christian, Jew, or Muslim, but rather, the one who is the most righteous.

    Submission to God alone is a way of life encouraged from the time of Abraham by Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, messengers who have followed Abraham. The one who is able to surrender the soul is called a Muslim in Arabic, or Submitter. There are Submitters to the Creator in every faith. They are those who place no limits on their belief in the Unseen and impose no judgments on the different forms of striving towards attaining God’s mercy. This common striving encourages unity within a diverse group of people who advance their personal strides by learning from one another.
    Righteous People in All Religions

    Thus, the love of God is not reserved for people of religious sects or denominations that cling to an exclusive belief of guaranteed “salvation.” God’s infinite love flows to the charitable, righteous, benevolent, equitable, and the just: Those who recognize their accountability and work towards being good.

    [Quran 2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who believes in GOD, and believes in the Last Day, and leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
    from: Kalam Kader