Archive for November, 2007

November 30, 2007

MeccaOne: The Fast of Ramadan & the Furious Shaitan / Pt II

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Muhammad al-luhaidan

November 29, 2007

SubhanALLAH- amazing recitation of a short section in surah Alee Imran

Translation:

166. And what you suffered (of the disaster) on the day (of the battle of Uhud when) the two armies met, was by the leave of Allâh, in order that He might test the believers.

167. And that He might test the hypocrites, it was said to them: “Come, fight in the Way of Allâh or (at least) defend yourselves.” They said: “Had we known that fighting will take place, we would certainly have followed you.” They were that day, nearer to disbelief than to Faith, saying with their mouths what was not in their hearts. And Allâh has full knowledge of what they conceal.

168. (They are) the ones who said about their killed brethren while they themselves sat (at home): “If only they had listened to us, they would not have been killed.” Say: “Avert death from your ownselves, if you speak the truth.”

169. Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allâh as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision.

170. They rejoice in what Allâh has bestowed upon them of His Bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind (not yet martyred) that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve.

171. They rejoice in a Grace and a Bounty from Allâh, and that Allâh will not waste the reward of the believers.

172. Those who answered (the Call of) Allâh and the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) after being wounded; for those of them who did good deeds and feared Allâh, there is a great reward.

173. Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, “Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them.” But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: “Allâh (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us).[]”

174. So they returned with Grace and Bounty from Allâh. No harm touched them; and they followed the good Pleasure of Allâh. And Allâh is the Owner of Great Bounty.

175. It is only Shaitân (Satan) that suggests to you the fear of his Auliyâ’ [supporters and friends (polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh and in His Messenger, Muhammad SAW)], so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believer

May Allah reward the person who uploaded and put the translation of the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdObZFJ_4dA&feature=related

advice for the student of knowledge

November 19, 2007
  1. admin Says:
    November 19th, 2007 at 9:35 am Asalamu alaykum,

    N2KS:

    I would stongly encourage students in the West to utilize their local scholars and teachers to the max then think about traveling. This was the way of the scholars before us. As per studies I would also encourage students to focus focus focus on Arabic and Qur’an. Then, after some mastery focus on one of the four schools and learn a simple book of fiqh. In addition, I would focus, after having strong Arabic on Mantic (logic) by studying the Sulam of al-Akhdari or the famous text of al-Zarkhashi [may Allah have mercy upon them both]. Although some might agree with the study of Mantiq, it is almost impossible to study the classic texts without it.
    Finally, I would hope that all of the great brothers and sisters who are studying can formulate some type of institute that would:

    1. Provide services for them
    2. Help them establish institutions in the West for teaching Islam

    As for Azhar then know that it is not easy and, again, I don’t want people to make to much out of it. It is very difficult from and organization point of few and there are some teachers who are not up to par. Thus, it is your call. I would not settle for anything lower then the first year of highschool in the Azhari system.

    SDW

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November 19, 2007

Ahmed Bukhatir – Ya Adheem

Allah…

Peace sign for your handshake?

November 6, 2007

A sister and I were discussing the shaking hand issue with the opposite gender, and good/bad experiences we’ve had with regards to dawah. She told me about one time which she politely explained why she could not shake this man’s hand, and he verbally expressed his offense.

The day after this conversation I was on campus and I went to sign up for a club project outside the student union. I started speaking with one of the organizers, and after some time the lady wanted to introduce me to the man she was standing next to. He introduced himself and kindly put his hand out.

I saw his hand, and my mind flashed back to the conversation I had just had with the sister about handshakes and how offended the man was. but with Allah’s help, I met his handshake with a peace sign. I asked him, “Could I give you a peace sign in exchange for your handshake?” It took him a second took get it, but Alhamdullilah he was all for the idea once it clicked.

 I explained, “Out of modesty, we do not have much opposite gender physical interaction, so we give peace signs in exchange for handshakes.”

[if anyone has a better one-line explanation than that, please let me know.]
There were a couple of people around the table, including a cameraman who had been taping the whole handshake situation.  Once the cameraman saw that he commented, “that’s hecka cool!” Alhamdullilah we were in agreement: The Muslim peace sign is as cool as the handshake…if not cooler.

Anyway, I wanted to mention this story because we have a lot of interfaith/interclub, etc work we do through the MSA and I know it’s hard to assess every situation, but Alhamdullilah, I have found that giving something to someone- meeting them with a peace sign, makes them feel much more recognized than pulling your hand back.

Also, another idea that came to mind: you could keep chocolate or something with you, and when you know you might be in a situation where the handshaking comes up, give the individual something and explain that we give “chocolate in exchange for handshakes” or whatever the thing is.

Seriously, imagine if you wanted to shake someone’s hand and they gave you chocolate in exchange for shaking your hand. I’d want to know more about Islam…

It might be different, but, as the cameraman said, “it’s hecka cool.”

May Allah give us tawfiq.

How do we deal with domestic abuse?

November 5, 2007

Scenario 1:

SubhanAllah, watching this scene literally broke my heart.

 

In my justice studies class we watched a clip of a movie which portrayed what we are currently studying (intimate partner violence).

 

The background of the scene was that a brother and a sister of an abusive father had heard their mother being senselessly beaten by the father the night before. The following day the 15-year old son had a court date, and the mother had planned to come, but because of the way she looked, she told her 13-year old daughter to go with him. Neither child saw what the mother looked like.

 

Later, the daughter came home. Unbeknownst to the mother, the son was taken by the courts out of his parent’s custody. The daughter, for the first time, came into the room and saw her mother. Her mother was badly bruised; her left eye was so blown up and bruised that it had moved below the level of the right eye. She looked really bad. Her daughter, having seen this, ran up to her room. Her mother followed her and tried to comfort her.

 

She told her daughter, “I wanted to come with you, but you know I could not come looking like this. They would have taken him (the son) away.” And her daughter responded, “They did take him away, ma.” And when her mother was told this, she just started crying, and she said, “How could they just take a child away from their home like that? He should be at home with his family.” And the daughter tried to comfort her mother.

 

Perhaps the sadness does not penetrate though this summary, but really it was one of the most desperate things I have witnessed.

 

This middle-aged woman is stuck. She is with a physically and emotionally abusive husband, who is the father of her children. She is not independent, and she is tied by numerous factors to stay in her current situation. She is continually physically beaten, she has to deal with consistent emotional abuse and neglect, and she has parented children who have to deal with the reality of having an abusive father. And really, if anyone has studied this in just minimal depth, you know all of these things are much more complicated and permeating than the words used to generalize the effects of intimate partner abuse.

 

Scenario 2:

A woman went out with her friend, told her friend she would give her some extra wood she had in her home, she entered the home, her husband beat her so brutally that her friend lunged on top of the man, lifted her friend bodily out of the room, took her to the hospital, and her friend (the woman who was beaten) had to have her jaw wired shut and had lost all of her teeth because she was beaten so brutally.

 

But the man was not prosecuted at all. The DA’s office would not prosecute him, even though the woman had her teeth in her hands, had her jaw wired shut, and her friend was a witness to the beating.

 

In the 1980s, they did not feel this was not an issue tax payers should be supporting. If that had happened on the streets, would have been considered an assault, etc, and would have been prosecution. But this was a domestic case, so authorities did not get involved.

 

 

Reality:

 

One thing I feel blessed with throughout class is the fact that we have Islam, and the most blessed example of our beloved Prophet, peace be upon him, who treated women with utmost dignity, love, compassion and respect. Alhamdullilah, I am positive these things can be completely cured and controlled if individuals sought sincerely to seek Allah’s pleasure through following the example of the Prophet, peace be upon him.

 

But knowing this, what do we do to help those who are facing abusive situations? Some people really don’t care about the clear cures Islam has for all problems. I don’t really know what to do. Allah knows best how many sisters are also dealing with the reality of physical and emotional abuse. How many children are facing the terrorization of their fathers. Or even their mothers…

I can’t explain what it felt like to hear the mother say, “how could they just take a child away from his home like that?” while she was weeping and so badly bruised and beaten.

 

Seriously, what do we do? Single brothers, are you working on dealing with anger already, to be prepared with handling situations in a cool manner when you are married? What do we do?

 correction [Dec 13 07]: I learned later in the justice studies class that anger is not the issue…the issue is CONTROL.

 

Allah mustaan.

November 4, 2007

Allah Knows (full version) by Zain Bhikha

Ways to Get Closer to Allah

November 1, 2007

[from Sister A.H.]

 1. Reciting the Qur’aan while pondering over its meanings and what is meant by it.

 2. Getting closer to Allah by performing voluntary deeds after completing obligatory deeds. This is as is stated in a Hadeeth Qudsi: “My slave continues getting closer to Me by performing voluntary deeds until I love him.” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree]

3. Continual remembrance of Allah under all circumstances, with one’s tongue, heart and actions. The extent of one’s love of Allah is determined by this.

4. Giving precedence to what He loves over what you love when you are overtaken by your desires.

5. The heart being avid of Allah’s Names, and Attributes and the heart roaming in that garden of knowledge.

6. observing Allah’s kindness, goodness and bounties, both hidden and open.

7. And this is the most wonderful, the heart being soft, subdued and meek before Allah.

8. Being alone with Allah during the time when the Lord descends during the last portion of the night while reading His Book and ending that by asking for forgiveness and repenting.

 9. Sitting with the beloved and sincere, benefiting from the most fruitful of their speech. And not to speak unless speaking is more beneficial and you know that it will improve your state and be beneficial to others.

10. Remaining away from every cause that comes between the heart and Allah.

 

These ten causes take the lovers to the station of true love and bring them to their Beloved.