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And proclaim to the people the Hajj… November 10, 2008

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And proclaim to the people the Hajj [pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass [Surah al-Hajj, 22:27]

Hajj Resources:


Hajj Coach: Site run by al-Maghrib’s Muhammad al-Shareef

IslamQA: Pilgrimage: IslamQA’s hajj section

Kalamullah: Hajj Resources: Download Hajj e-books and lectures

True and Good Words: How to Perform Hajj and Umrah: A number of useful resources to prepare you for Hajj

Islam House Hajj Resources: A mass of e-books and audios

If you have any more useful links please post them in the comments section insha’Allah.

Do you fear Allah? July 29, 2008

Posted by Muhajirah in Heart Softners, Imaan, Islam, Reflections.
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Just something to think about:

al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyyad said: If you are asked whether you fear Allah, do not reply; for if you say ‘Yes’, you would be lying and if you say ‘No’ it would mean you do not believe in Him.

From The Purification of the Soul, compiled from the works of Ibn Rajab, Ibn al Qayyim and al-Ghazzali.

From every thousand… May 30, 2008

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O mankind! Fear your Lord and be dutiful to Him! Verily, the earthquake of the Hour (of Judgement) is a terrible thing. The Day you shall see it, every nursing mother will forget her nursling, and every pregnant one will drop her load, and you shall see mankind as in a drunken state, yet they will not be drunken, but severe will be the Torment of Allah.

[Surah al-Hajj, 22:1-2]

At-Tirmidhi recorded from Imran bin Husayn that when this verse was revealed, the Prophet was on a journey, and he said:

“Do you know what Day that is?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said: That is the Day on which Allah will say to Adam, “Send forth (those of your progeny) who are to be sent to the Fire.” He will say, “O Lord, how many are to be sent to the Fire” He will say, “From every thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine will be in the Fire and one will be in Paradise.” The Muslims started to weep, then the Messenger of Allah said:

Be close in your rank and be straight forward, for there was never any Prophet but there was a time of ignorance just before his advent, so the number will be taken from that time of ignorance, and if that is not enough, it will be made up from the hypocrites. A parable of yours in comparison to the other nations is that, you are like a mark on the foreleg of an animal, or a mole on the flank of a camel. [Taken from Tafsir ibn Kathir]

Unfortunately we don’t have the Prophet here to reassure us; neither can we be compared to the Sahabah. So what makes us think that from every thousand we’re going to be the one going to Jannah?

al-Mukhbitun May 16, 2008

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…And give glad tidings to the Mukhbitin. Whose hearts are filled with fear when Allah is mentioned; who patiently bear whatever may befall them; and who perform al-­Salat, and who spend out of what We have provided them. [Surah al-Hajj, 22:34-35]

Salaat al-Fajr March 10, 2008

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The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa salam) said: “There is no prayer more difficult to attend for hypocrites than Fajr and ‘Ishaa. And if they knew what they contain (i.e. good reward) they would attend them even if they had to come crawling.”

[Narrated by Bukhari]

 

Related Links:

Are you neglecting the Fajr prayer?
Sleeping and Missing Salaat al-Fajr by Shaykh Salih al Munajjid

 

 

Pensiveness February 25, 2008

Posted by Muhajirah in Random Musings, Reflections.
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I’m really bored at the moment. I could go to sleep or do some work, but I think I’ll remain bored for a while longer.

Its ages since I blogged, and the only reason I’m blogging now is cos I’m bored.

Just watched a programme about this sex change sickness that’s going on in Iran. I was horrified!

I was listening to some Qur’an earlier (surat al-Munafiqun, recited by Sh. Mahir al-Mu’ayqali). I understood a couple of ayaat and it really hit me! Reading the translation is absolutely nothing compared to understanding the arabic. It just affects you in a different way.

I hate people who can speak arabic but are arrogant about it and/or don’t realise how blessed they are.

I miss Makkah

…I miss Medina more.

Sometimes when I’m listening to Sh. Mu’ayqali’s recitation I can almost imagine myself back there. I just close my eyes and picture it in my head. It makes me feel better, at least until I open my eyes again.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people and it’s really hard not to feel angry/bitter/resentful about it, but you just have to put your trust in Allah and accept it.

I wanna do so many things in my life but none of them seem possible.. I should either be more realistic, or find the courage to realise my dreams.

Something that cheers me up is being around good people. Thing is there’s not many of them around.

Today someone made my day by making dua that Allah grants me a 1st (though i would have much preferred it if they asked Allah to grant me Jannah).

I should tell my friends how much they mean to me but I don’t.

I should thank Allah more as well, but I don’t…

Why do you say that which you do not do? February 25, 2008

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Qur'an and Tafsir, Reflections.
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O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do?

Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do.

 

[Surat as-Saff, Ayah 2-3]

The Destroyer of Pleasures July 5, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in Heart Softners, Hereafter, Imaan, Islam, Reflections.
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Think O’ you who are deceived by this world, of death and its agonies, how difficult and bitter a cup it is. What a true promise death is! How fair a judge it is! Death is enough to fill the heart with fear and the eyes with tears, to separate people, destroy pleasure and put an end to all worldly hopes.

Have you given any thought, O’ son of Adam, to the day when you will die and will be taken out of your place? When you will move from the spaciousness (of this world) to the confines (of the grave), when friends and loved ones will let you down, and brothers and friends will desert you? When you will be taken from your bed and placed in a hole in the ground, and instead of a soft blanket you will be covered with dust and earth? O’ gatherer of wealth, O’ industrious builder, by Allah you will have nothing left of your possessions except shrouds, and even they will be destroyed and will vanish as your body disintegrates and turns to dust.

Where is the wealth that you amassed? Will it save you from these terrors? No indeed, you have left it behind for those who will not praise you, and you have come with your burdens (of sin) to the one Who will not excuse you.

Tadhkirat al Qurtubi, p.9

Taken from The Minor Resurrection by ‘Umar S. al Ashqar

Nostalgia… June 18, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Random Musings, Reflections.
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When I was a kid, during the summer I spent my whole day outside, playing with friends. I would wake up in the morning and rush straight outside, only coming back in when my mum called me in to eat, then I’d be back outside again until late.

I remember our games of hide and seek, football and rounders. We had massive (and I mean massive) water fights, played (our own version of) gladiators, knock a door run, and other dumb games. We’d tell each other ghost stories, made treasure trails and catch insects, bees and wasps in a jar just for fun. We’d stick a drinking bottle or an empty can of coke at the back of our bikes (where the back tyre is), so it’d make a loud noise (like a motorbike) when we rode it, then we’d stay out till late riding our bikes, not thinking that we might be disturbing people’s sleep. I actually remember my first bike, I can’t remember where I got it from, but it was this tiny mashed up little thing with only one stabaliser on. While the rest of my friends played hide and seek or something I would ride around my street on my own, again and again and again…

We dug holes in our gardens looking for treasure. We’d crush berries and leaves mixed in mud to make a ‘stew’ and then serve it on leaves. We’d snap branches off trees and make bow and arrows out of them. We’d burn our names onto a leaf using a magnifying glass. We’d jump up and down in my garden and then watch the ants come out from the crack in the paving. We crawled in bushes, sometimes for fun and sometimes cos we’d hit our tennis ball in them and would end up spending half a day looking for it. We did some stupid stuff like light small fires (and I mean very small just in case ur thinking we were arsonist lol), we would go and collect all the rubbish in our street to burn – at least it cleared our street of any rubbish! Sometimes, we’d just sit and do nothing, just talk or watch others play.

It was a good, I had fun. These days it’s just plain boring. I’d love to just go out and have a game of footy or crawl in them bushes once again. But alas I’m too old for that now. Sometimes I wish I was a kid again, but then again kids these days are boring gits, who sit in front of the telly all day so maybe not.

Bankruptcy… June 10, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Hadith, Hereafter, Islam, Reflections.
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Abu Hurayrah relates in Sahih Muslim:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked us: “Do you know who is bankrupt?”

We replied: “The one among us who is bankrupt is someone who has neither gold nor silver nor any provision.”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said: “Among my people, the one who is bankrupt is the one who – after praying, fasting, and paying charity – arrives on the Day of Judgment having cursed one person and slandered another, assaulted another, and misappropriated the wealth of someone else. Then those people will be given of his good deeds, and if his good deeds run out before redress is made, then some of their sins will be taken from them and put upon him. Then he will be cast into Hell.”