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Ya Ummah… March 28, 2006

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Heart Softners, Islam, Writings.
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Asalaamu’Alaikum

Insha’Allah you are all well,

Ya Ummah
I forgot to tell you
To never forget…

Oh my brothers and sisters in Islaam! Remember the Muslimeen in your adiyaat. Don’t forget their suffering because they suffer for this Ummah! When they hurt we should hurt because, this Ummah is one body!

Don’t forget the Mujahideen who fight fisabilillah, because they fight for this Ummah! They fight to establish the pure laws of Allah (swt), they fight against falsehood and oppression, and they fight for the honour of the Muslimeen world wide.

Don’t forget the brothers and sisters who are being locked up, because they are being locked up for this Ummah. They speak nothing but the truth, but they are rejected by the people of falsehood and even some within this Ummah. No matter what, the truth will prevail so don’t be afraid to stand with the minority for indeed the minority are al ghurabaa (the strangers) and for al ghurabaa is the promise of paradise.

Don’t forget the deen of Allah (swt) because without Islaam we are nobody’s, absolutely nothing. Without Islaam we are lost, without this beautiful deen we are losers. So stick to the Qur’aan and Sunnah, take hold of the rope of Islaam and cling to it as though your life depends on it. For indeed your life (in the hereafter) does depend on it.

Don’t forget my dear brothers and sister! Don’t forget this Ummah, for we are the Ummah of the beloved Rasool Allah (saw) and by Allah (swt)’s will, Islaam will prevail!

Wasalaam

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Al Ghurabaa’ – The Strangers March 22, 2006

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Asalaamu Alaikum

Insha’Allah you are all well,

This is the translation of the dua in Saad Al Ghamdi’s version of the Al Ghurabaa’ nasheed. Enjoy..

The stranger is not the one who empties the house and bids farewell now

But the stranger is he who is serious while the people around him play

And is awake while the people around him sleep

And follows the best path* while the people around him plot and plan in their misguidance

And truthful was the poet when he said:

My friend said to me, ‘I see you as a stranger

Amongst these people without a close friend.

I said ‘No! But the people are strange, I’m only in this world and this is my way.

This is indeed the stranger

Strange to those who mock from amongst mankind

But in the Sight of his Lord, he is at a Noble Station

*also means ‘narrow mountain pass’

Wasalaam

Hardest Aspect of Worship March 20, 2006

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The Hardest Aspect of the Hardest Act of Worship in Islaam
by Sheikh Dr. Abdullah Azzam ash-Shahîd
Extract from Nida’ul-Islâm vol.5 issue 22
Translated by Abu Zayd

From my looking at this Dîn and my long experience with its signs and acts of worship, I find that the most difficult act of worship upon the soul is Jihaad. Therefore (due to its difficulty) it is the topmost part of Islaam, and the bountiful rewards which Allâh has prepared for the Mujahideen are no passing coincidence.

In the Sahîhayn (al-Bukhari and Muslim) on the authority of Abu Dharr: I (Abu Dharr) said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, which is the best of deeds?’ He said, “Imaan in Allaah and Jihaad for His Cause.”

And in the Sahîhayn on the authority of Abu Hurayrah:

It was said: ‘O Messenger of Allaah, what deed is equal to Jihaad for the sake of Allaah (in reward)? He said, “You are not able to do it.” So he repeated it (i.e. the question) two or three times … every time, he – sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam – said: “You are not able to do it.” The he – sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam – said, “The likeness of a Mujaahid in Allaah’s Cause is like the one fasting, praying, being attentive of Allaah’s verses not breaking from his prayer nor his fast until the Mujaahid in Allaah’s Cause returns.”

And in the authentic hadîth with Ahmad and at-Tirmidhi: “Standing a period of time in the row of fighting is better than standing (praying) for sixty years.”

Therefore there is ijmaa, likewise, that there is nothing equal to the reward of Jihaad, and that ribât is better than being by the Ka’bah. In the Sahîhayn, on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet said: “That I make ribât for one night in Allaah’s Cause is better than that I stand (for prayer) in Laylatul-Qadr by the Black Stone.” (This report is also narrated as a statement of Abu Hurayrah)

And (similarly) in the Qur’aan:

“Do you consider the providing of drinking water to the pilgrims and the maintenance of al-Masjid al-Haraam (at Makkah) as equal to the worth of those who believe in Allâh and the Last Day, and strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allâh? They are not equal before Allâh. And Allâh guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers). Those who believed and emigrated and strove hard and fought in Allaah’s Cause with their wealth and their lives are far higher in degree with Allâh. They are the successful.” (Surah at-Tawbah (9):19-20)

It is stated in Sahih Muslim that the reason for revelation of this ayah was the ikhtilâf (differing) between the Sahabah regarding what was the greatest act of worship in terms of reward. Was it to give water to the pilgrims or maintaining the Masjid al-Haraam or Jihaad in Allaah’s Cause?

I found that the hardest thing in Jihâd was its waiting; making ribât for the battle is harder than the actual battle itself. Since the more the period becomes longer in making ribât, the more boredom begins to creep into the sedentary souls. The zeal begins to waste away day by day, if the soul does not find what preserves its ardour, burning flames and the fuel from the acts of worship, as well as what sparks the blaze for zeal and its setting alight the fire of its courage for the battle.

Those who live amongst the Mujahideen know this fact clearly, especially those who come to the Jihaad from afar, leaving the decor of worldly life and its treasures and the glitter and gloss of wishful dreams. Then the Shaytaan comes to tempt them to return to their worldly lives which they left. But he (Shaytaan) does not enter except through the door of “benefit” and “the weighing of benefits” and “balancing of the pros and cons”.

He does not immediately come to them through the door of abandoning the Jihaad, rather through the door that the place you left will cause their children to be neglected, and the Masjid that they left will fall short in its maintenance and the family which their souls tore away from, will (itself) be torn apart.

May Allah (swt) grant him (sh.Azzam) shaheed. Ameen

Wasalaam

Fair Trade Fortnight March 13, 2006

Posted by Muhajirah in Activism, General.
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Asalaamu Alaikum

Insha’Allah you are all well,

I’m a bit late in blogging about it, but last week was the beginning of fair trade fortnight. Two whole weeks of supporting the fair trade movement and from there making a habit of buying fair trade stuff (Insha’Allah).

I’ve been thinking about all this fair trade business for sometime now and i pray that Allah gives me the strength to support it. Sounds like a silly dua, but I tell you it’s not easy. Just think, if I got all fair tradey (?) I would have to stop eating all other chocolates (well I don’t eat chocolate neway – before u call me mad I am boycotting Israeli goods, and they happen to basically own the chocolate industry not to mention coffee as well) I would have buy stuff at 10x the price of a non fair trade items. I would have to search dozens of shops if I wanted a bottle of juice or something. And its not just food, what about clothes? How many shops sell fair trade clothes?

Why bother? Well read up on the subject. I swear all Muslims should get swotted up on capitalist companies and multi national corporations! MacDonald’s, goes to the Amazon or somewhere, destroys the rainforest to breed cows. Nike have factories in India and other Asian countries, where little kids slave away for 3p a day while they sell their products for £’s! Islaam is about fairness, equality and justice, so why do Muslims support these companies? Maybe we can’t commit ourselves to fully support fair trade, but shouldn’t we at least try?

I want to share with you something I read the other day… it’s sort of related.

Amount of money owed by the worlds poorest nations: $422 billion

Amount of money spent by Western nations on military every year:

$422 billion

Amount of money all African countries need for weekly foreign debt (interest only): $200 million

Amount of money the UN estimates is needed to curb Aids epidemic in Africa: $15 billion

Amount of money African nations pay to service their debts each year (interest only): $13.5 billion

Percent of debt the World Bank and IMF can afford to cancel: 100%

Percent of debt the World Bank and IMF agreed to cancel: 33%

Statistics – one dude once said there are lies, damn lies and statistics. I am slightly weary of the above but Subhan’Allah just look at the figures!!??!!

There are ppl in Africa that are dying every 3/4 seconds because of aids, poverty and starvation. These deaths can be prevented if western, developed countries would make trade more fairer, if they cancelled the debt (NB All indebted countries paid off their debt yonks ago, however due to interest they are having to pay back triple the amount of money they borrowed in the first place – Now do you now why Allah (swt) has forbidden riba?)

I pray that Allah (swt) returns this Ummah back to tawheed so we can strengthen and establish an Islaamic state. Only by Allah’s laws can the world work in harmony. Man made laws will destroy us both in this life and the next!

Wasalaam

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There’s no place like home March 7, 2006

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Qur'an, Random Musings.
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Asalaamu Alaikum

Insha’Allah you are all well.

I think back two years, when I made my trip back home, Al Bakistan, well Kashmir to be precise. I remember the beauty of the place, the amazing mountains, the blue skies and starry nights, the scorching heat in the morning and tranquil cool in the evening. I remember the beautiful adhaan blasting out through the streets and lastly how can I forget the ants, the billions of tiny (and massive) ants that were everywhere. It was a love hate relationship between me and them. There was times when I would sit for ages watching the way the tiny things would work, carrying things twice their size while at other times I admit they annoyed me so much I would squash them. May Allah (swt) forgive, I feel immense guilt now when I look back. The ants are very special creatures; I mean there is a Surah named after them!

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Did you know, an ant can carry 20 times its own wieght. Subhan’Allah

At length, when they came to a (lowly) valley of ants, one of the ants said: “O ye ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it.”

So he smiled, amused at her speech; and he said: “O my Lord! so order me that I may be grateful for Thy favours, which thou hast bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may work the righteousness that will please Thee: And admit me, by Thy Grace, to the ranks of Thy righteous Servants.” [27:18-19]

Recently I have really wanting to go back. I don’t know why, I mean I hated it there, and I know if I go again I wont like it but there is just this feeling. I miss it – allot! I just want to spend a couple of days there, maybe a week or two. I want to sit outside in the veranda at asr time waiting for the electricity to come back on. I want to pray my maghrib on the roof tops, surrounded by corn fields and mountains. I want sit in the darkness, just looking up at the beautiful starry sky. I just want to be away from here!

Kashmir I love that place man… almost as much as I hate it (or should I say the people) :D

Wasalaam

Surah Al Kahf March 5, 2006

Posted by Muhajirah in Islam, Qur'an, Uni.
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Introduction
Surah Al Kahf was revealed to Mohammad (saw) after the Jews, told the mushriks to ask the Prophets three things:

 

  1. Who were the Sleepers of the cave and what was their story?
  2. Who was Dhul Qarnain?
  3. What he (Muhammad) knows about the Ruh?

 

The prophet (saw) told them that he would tell them in the morning, hoping that he would get revelation from Gibraeel, however he did not. After fifteen days the mushriks returned, thinking they triumphed over the Prophet. He (saw) began to feel sad but the next day Gibraeel revealed to him (saw), Surah Al Kahf, which contained the answers of their (the mushriks) question.

 

The Surah can be divided into about seven sections and contains four main stories. They are as follows:

 

  • The Sleepers of the Cave

This is about a number of youths who because of their belief in Allah (swt) were driven out of their homes, and ended up in a cave. Here Allah (swt) made them sleep for a number of years (309 lunar years which is 300 solar years).They then awoke, when asked how long they had slept for they estimated a day or half a day. One of the youths went to the town to get some food. He disguised himself thinking that the people would recognise him and harm him. But when he got there he found himself amongst a different people. The people of the town were amazed at his strange clothes and old coins. They went to the cave and saw the youth. After leaving it is reported that the youth went back to sleep and Allah (swt) caused them to die. Allah (swt) knows best.

 

The Christian version of this story is known as ‘The Seven Sleepers of Epheus’, however the Qur’aan mentions not the number of those who were in the cave, rather Allah (swt) says:

 

(Some) say they were three, the dog being the fourth among them; (others) say they were five, the dog being the sixth,- doubtfully guessing at the unknown; (yet others) say they were seven, the dog being the eighth. Say thou: “My Lord knoweth best their number; It is but few that know their (real case).” Enter not, therefore, into controversies concerning them, except on a matter that is clear, nor consult any of them about (the affair of) the Sleepers. [18:22]

 

If the number of those in the cave had any importance or significance, surely Allah would have told us, we are told not to waste our time discussing such matters. The importance of the story is not how many men were in the cave, but the message that it carries.

 

The location of the cave is also not mentioned, except that Allah (swt) says:

 

Thou wouldst have seen the sun, when it rose, declining to the right from their Cave, and when it set, turning away from them to the left, while they lay in the open space in the midst of the Cave… [18:17]

 

Some scholars have said that the location of the cave is ‘Arajeeb’ in Jordan, according to the description given in the above verse. But again, the location of the cave is not mentioned in the Qur’aan and therefore bears no significance.

 

  • The Owners of the Two Gardens

This is a story about two men, one of whom had been given two gardens by Allah. He began to boast, forgetting to thank Allah (swt) for the bounties bestowed upon him. The second man warned him and told him to be thankful to Allah (swt) but he refused and so Allah (swt) destroyed his garden.

 

This story gives an example of the tests of wealth. Its shows that wealth is a temporary thing in this life, and just as Allah (swt) can give, He can also take it away at any moment He likes. The man had thought himself superior in terms of wealth; however this it is not the level of wealth that Allah (swt) will judge us by, but by our level of taqwa and Imaan.

 

  • Al Khidr

The full story of Al Khidr is mentioned in the following hadith:

 

Ubai Ibn Ka’b told us that the Prophet (PBUH) said: Once Moses stood up and addressed Bani Israel. He was asked who the most learned man amongst the people was. He said: “I.” Allah admonished him as he did not attribute absolute knowledge to Him (Allah). So, Allah said to him: “Yes, at the junction of the two seas there is a slave of Mine who is more learned than you.” Moses said: “O my Lord! How can I meet him?” Allah said: “Take a fish and put it in a large basket and you will find him at the place where you will lose the fish.”

 

Moses took a fish and put it in a basket and proceeded along with his (servant) boy, Joshua (Yusha Ibn Nun), till they reached the rock where they laid their heads (i.e. lay down). Moses slept, and the fish, moving out of the basket, fell into the sea. It took its way into the sea (straight) as in a tunnel. Allah stopped the flow of water over the fish and it became like an arch (the Prophet pointed out this arch with his hands). They travelled the rest of the night, and the next day Moses said to his boy (servant): “Give us our food, for indeed, we have suffered much fatigue in this journey of ours.” Moses did not feel tired till he crossed that place which Allah had ordered him to seek after. His boy (servant) said to him: “Do you know that when we were sitting near that rock, I forgot the fish, and none but Satan caused me to forget to tell (you) about it, and it took its course into the sea in an amazing way?” So there was a path for the fish and that astonished them. Moses said: ‘That was what we were seeking after.”

 

So both of them retraced their footsteps till they reached the rock. There they saw a man lying covered with a garment. Moses greeted him, and he replied saying: “How do people greet each other in your land?” Moses said: “I am Moses.”

 

The man asked: “Moses of Bani Israel?” Moses said: “Yes, I have come to you so that you may teach me from those things which Allah has taught you.” He said: “O Moses! I have some of the knowledge of Allah which Allah has taught me and which you do not know, while you have some of the knowledge of Allah which Allah has taught you and which I do not know.” Moses asked: “May I follow you?” He said: “But you will not be able to remain patient with me, for how can you be patient about things which you will not be able to understand?” Moses said: “You will find me, if Allah so will, truly patient, and I will not disobey you in aught.”

 

So both of them set out walking along the sea-shore. A boat passed by them, and they asked the crew of the boat to take them on board. The crew recognised Al-Khidr, so they took them on board without fare. When they were on board the boat, a sparrow came and stood on the edge of the boat and dipped its beak once or twice into the sea. Al-Khidr said to Moses: “O Moses! My knowledge and your knowledge have not decreased Allah’s knowledge except as much as this sparrow has decreased the water of the sea with its beak.” Then suddenly Al-Khidr took an adze and pulled up a plank, and Moses did not notice it till he had pulled up a plank with the adze. Moses said to him: “What have you done? They took us on board charging us nothing; yet you have intentionally made a hole in their boat so as to drown its passengers. Verily, you have done a dreadful thing.” Al-Khidr replied: “Did I not tell you that you would not be able to remain patient with me?” Moses replied: “Do not blame me for what I have forgotten, and do not be hard upon me for my fault.” So the first excuse of Moses was that he had forgotten.

 

When they had left the sea, they passed by a boy playing with other boys. Al-Khidr took hold of the boy’s head and plucked it with his hand like this. (Sufyan, the sub-narrator gestured with his fingertips as if he were plucking some fruit.) Moses said to him: “Have you killed an innocent person who has not killed any person? You have really done a horrible thing.” Al-Khidr said: “Did I not tell you that you could not remain patient with me?” Moses said: “If I ask you about anything after this, don’t accompany me. You have received an excuse from me.”

 

Then both of them went on till they came to some people of a village, and they asked its inhabitants for food but they refused to entertain them as guests. Then they saw therein a wall which was just going to collapse and Al Khidr repaired it just by touching it with his hands. Moses said: “These are the people, whom we have called on, but they neither gave us food, nor entertained us as guests, yet you have repaired their wall. If you had wished, you could have taken wages for it.”

 

Al-Khidr said: “This is the parting between you and me, and I shall tell you the explanation of those things on which you could not remain patient.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

The explanation of the events are in the Qur’aan:

 

“As for the ship, it belonged to poor people working in the sea. So I wished to make a defective damage in it, as there was a king after them who seized every ship by force.

 

“And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared lest he should oppress them by rebellion and disbelief. So we intended that their Lord should change him for them for one better in righteousness and near to mercy.

 

“And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was under it a treasure belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strength and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord. And I did it not of my own accord. That is the interpretation of those (things) over which you could not hold patience. [18:79-82]

 

Some scholars believe that the story is set around the Sinai peninsular, where Musa and the Israelites are said to have stayed.

 

According to hadith literature the slave boy, is called Yusha` bin Nun who became the leader of the Israelites after Musa (as)

 

Al Khidr is the name given to the man in the story. This is reported in Sahih Al Bukhari, in which the Prophet (saw) said that he (the man) was named Al Khidr (which means green), because he sat on a patch of withered vegetation and it turned green. It is debated whether he is a prophet or angel. According to ibn Kathir, those who say he was a Prophet of Allah (swt) base it upon the following ayah:

 

So they found one of Our servants, on whom We had bestowed Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught knowledge from Our own Presence. [18:65]

 

  • Dhul Qarnain

Dhul Qarnain was a righteous king, who travelled, west and east. The Qur’aan describes three of his journeys, the last being the most significant. He travelled to a place between two mountains where he met a tribe of people. They asked him to erect a wall between them and the tribes of Ya’juj and Ma’juj who caused mischief in the land. Dhul Qarnain agreed to do so.

 

Dhul Qarnain translates to the ‘Two Horned King’. The Qur’aan gives no information about who he was; however popular opinion identifies him as Alexander the Great. Others opinion is that he was an ancient Persian king, while some say he was a Himyarite king. This is refuted by many Muslims scholars who say he was a king, who lived at the time of Ibraheem (as)

 

The Qur’aan relates to us of 3 journeys that he takes, one to a western land:

 

“…Until, when he reached the setting of the sun, he found it set in a spring of murky water…” [18:86]

 

Here he found a nation of people, Allah (swt) gave him the choice to punish them or treat them kindly. Dhul Qarnain chose to punish those who persisted in kufr and treat the beleivers well

 

His second journey is to an eastern land:

 

“…Until, when he came to the rising of the sun, he found it rising on a people for whom We had provided no covering protection against the sun.”[18:90]

 

Where he found a people, who Allah had not provided with shade, i.e. they had no buildings or trees to keep them shade.

 

And lastly he travels to a land between two mountains:

 

“…Until, when he reached (a tract) between two mountains… [18:93]

 

Here, he met a people who asked him to build a barrier between them and the tribes of Ya’juj and Ma’juj.

 

Ya’juj and Ma’juj are from the progeny of Adam, i.e. they are human beings. Folklore has spread, claiming they are not human, or different from humans in some way. For example they are describes to have two large ears, one is used as a bed and the other as a duvet to cover themselves with. However this is false, as it is reported in a sahih hadith that they are the descendants of Yafith the son of Nuh (as).

 

Ya’juj and Ma’juj compromise nine tenths of mankind. This is according to the following hadith:

 

“Allah divided mankind into ten parts. Nine tenths constitute Ya’juj and Ma’juj while the remaining one tenth constitutes the rest of mankind.” [Abdullah-b-Amr/Fathul-Bari]

 

The whereabouts of the wall constructed by Dhul Qarnain is unknown. There have been many speculations. Some say it is the great wall of China, some say it is in Russia, however, Allah knows best where the wall is and when the Hour (the day of judgement) draws near, by Allah’s will the wall will be destroyed and the tribes of Ya’juj and Ma’juj will be set loose to cause havoc on the earth, destroying everything that they come across.

 

Virtues of Surah Al Kahf

 

Surah Al Kahf has many virtues. It is a Sunnah to recite this Surah every Friday. As well as this, it is reported in hadith, that whoever memorises the beginning of this Surah will be protected from the dajjal;

 

Whoever memorizes ten Ayat from the beginning of Surat Al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjal. [Muslim, Abu Dawud, An-Nasa’i and At-Tirmidhi]