Mosques of Europe

unnamed-16By Ahmed Krausen,

Mosques have been visible in the European landscape for centuries, starting with the Moors in Spain, followed by the Ottomans in the Balkans and the Tatars in the Baltic region. More recent additions have been made due to the arrival of migrants and refugees from Muslim countries. European engineers and architects have declared mosques some of the most beautiful architectural wonders in the world. This presents opportunities to add aesthetic value to the European cultural heritage. However, it is of critical importance the design of European mosques fits in with the European cultural heritage. Continue reading “Mosques of Europe”

Participate in Good

Narrated Ayyub that Hafsa bint Sirin said, “We used to forbid our young women to go out for the two Eid prayers. A woman came and stayed at the palace of Bani Khalaf and I went to her. She said, ‘The husband of my sister took part in twelve holy battles along with the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), and my sister was with her husband in six of them. My sister said that they used to nurse the sick and treat the wounded. Once she asked: ‘O Allah’s Messenger! If a woman has no veil, is there any harm if she does not come out (on Eid Day)?’ The Prophet said, ‘She should cover herself with the veil of her companion and should participate in the good deeds and in the religious gathering of the Muslims.’” Continue reading “Participate in Good”

Her Hijab no deterrent, this IAS officer determined to work for marginalised sector

By Shafeeq Hudavi,,

Kozhikode: It’s a long pending dream come true, not only for her but for the entire Muslim community in Kerala, especially the Muslim women.

Atheela Abdulla is not the first woman IAS officer in the state, but what makes her special is the fact that she has emerged as the first civil servant in Hijab. “There is an option to wear or not to wear it. I opted the choice of wearing it. As a civil servant, I am obliged to not raise such question and do justice to my duty and post,” Atheela says.

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Currently, she is posted as the Sub Collector and Additional District Magistrate in Malappuram, the district with second largest Muslim population in the country after Murshidabad in West Bengal. Continue reading “Her Hijab no deterrent, this IAS officer determined to work for marginalised sector”

Most Beloved

Abdallah ibn Amr (radi Allahu anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was never immoderate or obscene. He used to say, ‘Among those of you who are most beloved to me are those who have the finest character.’” [Sahih Muslim]

The character of Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was the best of all humankind and testified to by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Therefore, if we would like to be among the most beloved to Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), and also most beloved to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), we must make his character our model, as it was displayed in the masjid, in the market place, in the battle field, in his home and everywhere. Continue reading “Most Beloved”

Lawful Sustenance

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu), the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “O people! Allah is Pure and, therefore, accepts only that which is pure. Allah has commanded the believers as He has commanded His Messengers by saying: ‘O Messengers! Eat of the good things, and do good deeds.’ (23:51) And He said: ‘O mankind! Eat of what is lawful and goodly in the earth.” (2:168) Then he (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) spoke of “a man on a long journey, wild-haired and dusty, who raises his hands up to heaven, saying, ‘Lord! Lord!’ yet his food is unlawful, his drink unlawful, his clothes unlawful and his nourishment unlawful: how, then, shall his prayer be answered?” [Sahih Muslim]

For the fulfillment of dua it is essential that one’s earning be through honest means. Once, Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) ate something given to him by his servant. ‘Do you know what that was?’ the boy asked him, and Abu Bakr said, ‘What?’ ‘In the Jahiliyya (Age of Ignorance before Islam),’ he said, ‘I was a soothsayer; something which, in fact, I did not know how to do, but I deceived a man, who met me just now and gave me what you ate.’ Abu Bakr put his finger into his throat, and vomited all that was in his stomach. [The Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith by Imam al-Bayhaqi] Continue reading “Lawful Sustenance”