Monday, November 21, 2011

"If the prayer is started do not run...

Narrated Abu Huraira:

I heard Allah's Apostles (p.b.u.h) saying,
"If the prayer is started do not run for it but just walk for it calmly and pray whatever you get, and complete whatever is missed. "

Brothers, please learn from the above Hadith please. Often, in the Musjid, when the 'Jamaat' has started, the Imaam has lowered himself in the Ruku, you may find a brother who has just entered the Musjid, he is witnessing the Imaam lowering himself in the Ruku poisition with the namazee brothers behind him; and this brother feels just MUST catch the Ruku position so he doesn’t miss a Rakaat, and therefore you can hear him 'sprint' towards the row , 'thud thud' along the musjid floor, his distinguished sprint , just so that he doesn’t have to read another rakaat after the Jaamaat has finished!

Hence, please, take a chill pill, when you enter the Musjud and the Imaan is in the Ruku position; if you make it fine, but hey, don’t end up getting all flustered about it such that you need to all of sudden take a sprint! "
ZZZooooooooooooom !! "

And those overweight brothers, you don’t do yourself justice, because your sprint towards the line where we are all standing, all we can hear is you 'puffing and panting' when you do stand in line with the jaamat, trying to get a hold of your breath!... Not good brothers!

Take it easy. Salah is suppose a time for YOU to connect with Allah swt, to stand in front of your Creator, in awe and obedience, to deliver all the necessary actions of Salah in a manner of ease, lowering yourself gently into the Ruku, and then lowering yourself back and forward in ease , especially at Sajdah, where the servant of Allah swt is most closest to his Master, and he pauses in the Sajdah position for a 'dua' to be whispered from the very core of his heart.

Take it easy brothers, chill out and relax.. Salah is not a race, its a time to be in control of yourself, to take the Worldly burden off your shoulders and to spend time with Allah swt, a time which you cant imagine is essentially very very precious.

And Allah swt knows best.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Basic Islamic Hygiene, by Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah)

Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan said:
[1]: Cleaning One's Teeth: Using the siwaak (2) is a highly recommend Sunnah. There are many aḥaadeeth that mention the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) encouraged the use of the siwaak. The siwaak cleanses the mouth and removes foul odors. Usingit is from Islamic etiquette.
The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: If it wasn't for the fact that I do not want to cause hardship on my nation, I would have ordered that the siwaak be used for every wuḍoo. [Bukhaaree]
[2]: Moisturizing One's Hair: It is recommended to moisturize one's hair every other day, just as the Messenger (salallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) would do. (3)
[3]: Looking at One's Self in the Mirror: It is recommended to look at one's self in the mirror when he finishes cleaning and beautifying himself. One looks in the mirror because there is a possibility that something needs to be adjusted or tweaked. Thus, one looks in the mirror before going out to meet people. This is the Sunnah. The Messenger of Allah (salallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) used to look in the mirror (4).
[4]: Using Delightful Fragrances (5): This is done because all of the Prophets did so. It is also done so that a person's scent is pleasant, not offensive. So, he applies fragrances when he generally goes to prayer, and specifically when he goes to Friday prayer (al-Jumu'ah). He also uses delightful fragrances in the circles of remembrance and when he goes to gatherings.
[5]: Shaving the Pubic Area: It is recommended to remove the hair from one's pubic area. This can be done by any means that serves the purpose. This is also from the ways of the Prophets.
[6]: Trimming the Mustache Closely: So, one does not let his mustache grow long. Likewise, he does not shave it completely because that is considered a form of disfigurement. He leaves its origin. This is because the Messenger (salallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) did not command us to shave it completely; rather, he ordered us to trim it closely (6). This is a form of beautification for men.
[7]: Trimming One's Nails: From the way of the Prophet is to trim one's fingernails and toenails, they are not to be left long. Leaving them long is considered ugliness and a resemblance to predatory animals.
[8]: Removing One's Underarm Hair: One also removes the hair from his underarms by any means that serve the purpose. This is because leaving hair to grow under the arms is ugly, and it causes an unpleasant odor.
Translated by: Abū Ādam Jamīl Finch, Umm al-Qurā University, College of Sharī̄’ah
Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dhūl-Ḥijjah 21, 1432/November 17, 2011
(1) Ṣālih al-Fawzān, Explanation of Akhṣar al-Mukhtaṣirāt, vol. 1, pp. 75-83, abridged in places, [Dār al-‘Āsimah]
(2) [TN]: Likewise, a toothbrush
(3) Abdullāh b. Mugaffal narrated: “The Messenger of Allāh, prayers and peace upon him, prohibited us from tending to our hair, except for every other day.” [Abī Dawūd #4159, Authenticated by: al-Albānī]
[TN]: Faḍālah b. ‘Ubayd, narrated: “The Messenger prohibited us from too much luxury.” [Abī Dawūd #4160, Authenticated by: al-Albānī]
(4) Ibn ‘Abbās narrated: “When the Messenger of Allāh, prayers and peace upon him, looked in the mirror, he would say: ‘All praise is due to Allāh, He who beautified my figure and adorned on me that which was not adorned on others.’ ”  [Musnad Abī Y’alā vol.4/pg. 487]
(5) [TN]: Women do not wear fragrances in the presence of foreign men.
(6) Ibn ‘Umar narrated: The Messenger of Allāh, prayers and peace upon him, said: “Trim the mustaches closely and grow the beards.” [Bukhārī and Muslim]


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What does HALAL means to Non-Muslims?‏

What does HALAL means to Non-Muslims?

What is Halal? why Muslims are so specific about "Halal" of their food, what are the benefits of Halal? And will it benefit me?

Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. The opposite of halal is haram, which means unlawful or prohibited , this term restrict only for food but it carries varies range of areas such as Finance, Market, Dressing, etc... Here are focusing to learn what is Halal food and what does it mean to Non-Muslims.

All foods are considered halal except the following (which are haram):

  • Swine/Pork and its by-products [Read more on WHY PORK IS PROHIBITED ]
  • Animals improperly slaughtered or dead before slaughtering
  • Alcoholic drinks and intoxicants
  • Carnivorous animals, birds of prey and certain other animals
  • Foods contaminated with any of the above products
Choosing an animal for slaughtering

The animals that have the following defects cannot be slaughtered

- Blindness in both or one eye.
02-A third or more of an ear cut off.
03-Total lameness of one or more legs. (However, if the animal is partially lame or the leg is not so severely injured and it is able to walk with it although limping, then the animal is valid for sacrifice.)
04-An extremely emaciated and weak animal.
05-The majority of teeth have fallen out. If the of teeth which have fallen out are greater than the number of remaining teeth, the animal is not valid for sacrifice.
06-An animal born without ears.
07-A horn broken off at the base or root. if the horn is only partially broken off, the animal is valid for sacrifice.

The Life of the Animal

The kind of treatment and feed an animal receives during its life is important. It should be not be abused, mistreated or caused any pain. It should not be confined to an area where it cannot move or walk normally or get fresh air. It should be fed clean water and food that is appropriate and absolutely never fed another animal or products that contain the by-products of other animals.

The Sacrifice of the Animal

· As an animal should be treated well during its life, it should also be treated well at the time it is sacrificed for us.
· The slaughter should never be done in the presence of other animals and the animal should be made comfortable as it is positioned for the sacrifice.
· The act of the sacrifice should be done with a sharp object, so as to accelerate the process and reduce the pain suffered by the animal as much as possible.

Read more:
Scientists Prove that the Islamic method of slaughtering Animals feel no pain

Healthier Food
(Afterwords) the blood should be completely drained from the animal. It is the blood that carries toxins, germs and bacteria and when left inside the body of the animal, could potentially make people sick. At the very least, it could make the cooked meat quite tough. An amazing result of cooking and consuming halal meat is a healthy meat in which the resulting texture is tender and the meat delicious. Some people say they can “taste the difference”.

In short: Halal Food means to Non-Muslims
For an animal to go from farm to table as halal food, it must have lived a pure life from the very beginning, finishing a cycle of life that is permissible in accordance with Islamic standards. It must have eaten well, been treated well, and been sacrificed well.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Inviting Towards Allah And Conveying His Message

Allah SWT says:

By the time,
Verily! man is in loss,
except those who believe, and do good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth,
and recommend one another to the patience. Al- Asr 103: 1-3

Note: For salvation there are four essential requirements. 1. Iman, 2. Good Actions, 3. Recomending one another to the truth, 4. Recommending one another to patience.

In this Surah Muslims have been given very great guidence; Which is this, that just as it is necessary to correct ones's own Iman and Actions, so also it is equally important to struggle for the improvement of the Iman and actions of other Muslims. In particular one's immediate family and relatives. Correcting one's own personal Iman and actions is not enough. For this reason in the light of Quran and Hadith it is obligatory (Fard) to order to good and forbid evil to the extent of one's capacity. In this matter not only the ordinary Muslim but many religious Muslims are negligent and think that one's personal actions are sufficient; being totally in different to what their children and family do.

May Allah give all of us the strength to act on the guidence given in this Surah. Amiin.

(Ma'aariful Quran)


What is Tabligh?

Tabligh' is the work done by Muslims to call others to Allah. It is the same work that was done by the prophets and messengers (May Allah's peace upon them and His blessings), to their people like Nuh, Lut, Ibrahim, Ismail, Ishaaq, Yaqub, Musa, Isa, Muhammed, etc. (May Allah's peace be upon them all.) Since Muhammed (May Allah's peace upon him and His blessings) is the final prophet and messenger, it becomes a duty on every muslim to invite and call people to Allah.

Who is the founder of 'Tabligh'?

It is Abu AlQasim (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him), also known as Muhammed ibn Abdullah ibn Abdul Muttalib ibn Hashim, who is not the father of any man and the seal of the prophets. After receiving the messengership, Muhammed (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) conveyed the message of truth to His companions (called the Sahabah), who then brought the message to the rest of the world. It is this work that is, by the grace of Allah, alive and active today. It is by their efforts, May Allah be pleased with them and have mercy upon them, that we are Muslims.

Who are the 'jamaat tabligh'?

It is a great Mercy from Allah (All glory is due to Him the Most High) that this work has been revived in many places throughout the world. It is also a great Mercy from Allah (All glory is due to Him the Most High) that people doing this effort are able to organize together and support and help each other out in doing this work.

The ways that are followed are what Allah has revealed in the Quran, and according to the traditions of Muhammed (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him.)

It is inappropriate for people to call people that do this work as the 'jamaat tabligh'. It is out of ignorance, and the works of the shaitan, to divide the Muslims. The Muslims are one Ummah (Nation), and amongst them are some that are foremost in good works, some that wrong their souls, and some that follow a way between the two. It is every muslim's duty to convey the message given by Muhammadh (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him). It is the responsibility of every Muslim to first convey the message to himself/herself, by learning more about Islam, then conveying the message to his/her family, and to the people around them.

What are the benefits?

First, Allah the One that controls all the events of this universe, makes the person's life much better. The Shaitan makes people think other things control the events that surround them. It is Allah that controls them. Allah, the One that Created this universe Certainly knows about it. Allah did not make this universe in randomness or in chaos. Everything happens for a reason. Allah created This universe, and all the events that occur in the HAQ (TRUTH). Of course a person that follows the guidance of Allah will be better off, and will not have any fear or grief. Allah will put the Barakah (blessings) in the persons life.

Also Allah has prepared a beautiful repayment for the people that strive in His way, in the Akhira (after life). The Akhira is far better than anything a person can achieve in this world's life. The Akhira (after life) also lasts much longer than this world's life. It is eternal.

The Sahabah before us made huge sacrifices for this effort; many of them sacrificed their whole life. It is appropriate for us to also make some sacrifices for conveying this message. Allah is well aware of all the things that people do, and Allah will repay everyone according to the efforts that they do.

Allah Commands us to do tabligh

Allah commands all of us to do tabligh. Allah says in the Quran:
061.014 O ye who believe! Be ye helpers of God: As said Jesus the son of Mary to the Disciples, "Who will be my helpers to (the work of) God?" Said the disciples, "We are God's helpers!" then a portion of the Children of Israel believed, and a portion disbelieved..

Allah makes this command to all the believers. We must be helpers of Allah and convey the message that Allah gave to His final messenger (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him). Muhammed (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) fulfilled his duty by conveying this message to his sahabah, its now for us to convey it to others.

Also in Bukhari hadith:

4.667: ------- Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: The Prophet said, "Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it were a single sentence, and tell others the stories of Bani Israel (which have been taught to you), for it is not sinful to do so. And whoever tells a lie on me intentionally, will surely take his place in the (Hell) Fire."

In the above hadith from Bukhari, Prophet Muhammad (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) commands us to convey the message. In arabic the word for convey is baligh. That is what is tabligh. This command is for everyone. The prophet (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) orders us to convey the message even if it were a single statement. The prophet (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) also commands us to relate the stories of Bani Israel, and whoever says a lie about prophet Muhammad (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) will find his seat in the hell fire...