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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

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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]

Guantánamo: Six Years Of Injustice Need To End January 11, 2008

Posted by Muhajirah in Activism, Campaigns, Islam, Politics.
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by Andy Worthington

Six years ago today, one of the most depressing icons of the twenty-first century opened for business. On January 11, 2002, the first of nearly 800 prisoners arrived at a hastily erected prison in the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Leased from Cuba since 1903, under an extraordinary agreement that cannot be broken unless both countries agree to it, Guantánamo was specifically chosen because it was presumed to be beyond the reach of the US courts.

 

 

Camp X-Ray, January 11, 2002

 

It was here that the US administration unveiled its novel approach to justice in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Declaring that the prisoners – henceforth to be referred to only as “detainees” – were amongst the “worst of the worst,” President Bush insisted that he had the right to hold them not as prisoners of war protected by the Geneva Conventions, but as “unlawful enemy combatants,” who could be imprisoned indefinitely without charge or trial. Continue Reading

 

The thing is, I never learn… January 7, 2008

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Firstly, can I just say that Wikipedia rocks! Like i’m wondering if they had students in mind when they made it…

I’m also wondering if sticking a massive long bibliography – half of the books of which I didn’t even read or use, but have included them to make it look like I have- at the end of the my essay to add to my very lacking word count is a good idea.

I’m also trying to think of other ways to increase my word count. So far I have:

Ignored the fact that I have 3,000 word essay in for tomorrow, hoping that it’ll get written itself.

When I realised that wasn’t going to work I resorted to

Making stuff up

Blagging, until I can blag no more

Un-abbreviated all abbreviated words.

Any other suggestions? Cos i’m really struggling (can you tell?)

A Muslim Needs to Reflect… January 1, 2008

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The Virtues of the Day of ‘Arafah December 17, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Hadith, Hajj, Heart Softners, Imaan, Islam, Qur'an.
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Praise be to Allaah.

1. It is the day on which the religion was perfected and Allaah’s Favour was completed.

In Al-Saheehayn it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, there is an aayah in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [al-Maa’idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.”

 

2. It is a day of Eid for the people who are in that place.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Yawm ‘Arafaah (the day of ‘Arafaah), Yawm al-Nahr (the Day of Sacrifice) and Ayyaam al-Tashreeq (the 3 days following Yawm al-Nahr) are Eid (festival) for us, the people of Islam. These are days of eating and drinking.” This was narrated by the authors of al-Sunan. It was reported that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab said: “It – i.e., the aayah ‘This day I have perfected…’ was revealed on a Friday, the Day of ‘Arafaah, both of which – praise be to Allaah – are Eids for us.”

 

 

3. It is a day by which Allaah swore an oath.

The Almighty cannot swear by anything except that which is mighty. Yawm ‘Arafaah is the “witnessed day” mentioned in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“By the witnessing day [Friday] and by the witnessed day [the Day of ‘Arafaah].” [al-Burooj 85:3].

It was reported from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The promised day is the Day of Resurrection, the witnessed day is the Day of ‘Arafaah, and the witnessing day is Friday.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

It is the “odd” [i.e., odd-numbered, Witr] by which Allaah swore in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“And by the even and the odd” [al-Fajr 89:3]. Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “The even is the Day of al-Adhaa [i.e., 10th Dhoo’l-Hijjah] and the odd is the Day of ‘Arafaah [i.e., 9th Dhoo’l-Hijjah] This is also the view of ‘Ikrimah and al-Dahhaak.

 

4. Fasting on this day is an expiation for two years.

It was reported from Abu Qutaadah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah. He said, “It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” Narrated by Muslim.

This (fasting) is mustahabb for those who are not on Hajj. In the case of the one who is on Hajj, it is not Sunnah for him to fast on the Day of ‘Arafaah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not fast on this day in ‘Arafaah. It was narrated that he forbade fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah in ‘Arafaah.

 

5. It is the day on which Allaah took the covenant from the progeny of Adam.

It was reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah took the covenant from the loins of Adam in Na’maan, i.e., ‘Arafaah. He brought forth from his loins all his offspring and spread them before Him, then He addressed them, and said: ‘Am I not your Lord? They said, ‘Yes, we testify,’ let you should say on the Day of Resurrection: ‘Verily, we have been unaware of this.’ Or lest you should say: ‘It was only our fathers aforetime who took others as partners in worship along with Allaah, and we were (merely their) descendents after them; will You then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practised Al-Baatil (i.e., ploytheism and committing crimes and sins, invoking and worshipping others besides Allaah)?’ [al-A’raaf 7:172-173 – interpretation of the meaning].” Narrated by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani. And there is no greater day than this and no greater covenant than this.

 

6. It is the day of forgiveness of sins, freedom from the Fire and pride in the people who are there:

In Saheeh Muslim it was narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no day on which Allaah frees more people from the Fire than the Day of ‘Arafaah. He comes close and expresses His pride to the angels, saying, ‘What do these people want?’”

It was reported from Ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah expresses His pride to His angels at the time of ‘Ishaa’ on the Day of ‘Arafaah, about the people of ‘Arafaah. He says, ‘Look at My slaves who have come unkempt and dusty.’” Narrated by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

And Allaah knows best.

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

January 11th: Sixth Anniversary of Guantanamo December 10, 2007

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ARGH !! November 30, 2007

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Really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really [times a gazzilion] …

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Please pray that Allah gives me a brain and that somehow over night I become super duper clever, or at least clever enough to understand stupid politics and international relations, that i’m able to write this even stupidier essay that I have no clue about and that I get through this year without having a mental break down (oh, and actually pass aswell).

If you could actually just stop for a second now and make a dua I would be soo grateful…

JazaakAlllah khaire, may Allah grant all those who make dua for me firdaws al a’laa (=P)

Wa alaikum as salaam

So yeh, i’m back =( October 24, 2007

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As salaamu Alaikum

Insha’Allah you are all in the best of health and Imaan

I hope that you all have had a beneficial Ramadan. I checked around a couple of blogs, which haven’t really been updated for a while so I’m guessing that you guys spent it well. =)

A belated Eid greetings to you all, taqabal’Allahu minna wa minkum. Hope it went well and that you didn’t over do it with the food.

My Ramadan and Eid went amazing, especially since I spent it here:

 

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Only been back a few days. Just thinking that I was there, performed ‘umrah, did tawaf… me in the two holy cities in the month of Ramadan, well it just blows me away. I can’t thank Allah enough, for such a life changing experience.

I probably won’t be updating for a while, as I have so much to catch up on (sooo behind with uni work!), but once I get some time, I plan on writing about my trip insha’Allah.