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Quote lovesakeenah Replybullet Posted: 06 April 2008 at 12:54am

As-salaam alaykum warahamatullah wabarakatuh

I honestly can't believe I missed this thread until now.Well,I actually stopped reading some of the other threads because of the controversy that surrounds it&the immaturity with which some members(who shouldn't have even had access to join IC in the first place,am not sorry to say) were posting some very disturbing topics.It really discouraged me&kille my interest.But this is a very wonderful thread that shouldn't be allowed to wane because of lack of participation by a handful of members.Pls,let's spread the word about this thread.I love the topics discussed masha Allahu&pray Allah reward the participants so far.

I might not be able to contribute regularly as I would have loved to,but would masha Allahu come here to increase my Islamic knowledge by reading.Please,revive the thread!!!!

 

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Quote deepblue Replybullet Posted: 28 April 2008 at 12:03am
 
Assalam alaikum,
 
"So what is more important in Taqwa, the act or the intention?"
 
Both is important. You cannot distinguish one from another because act will be meannigless without intention and if you dont plan to act then this time intention will be useless. Thats why, both has same importance I think.
 
Most of the time we are waiting for actions and most of the time we lose and we loose in our intentions so we cannot bring this two things together as it deserve... and this makes most todays muslims be back in this time. I think we no longer or we have a difficulty to understand and give enough importance to Taqwa.
 
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Quote Nausheen Replybullet Posted: 28 April 2008 at 1:20am
Auzubillahi minash shaitan ir Rajeem,
Bismillah ir Rahman ir Rahim
 
Originally posted by seekshidayath

As'Salamu Alaikum,

Here i have few notes to be shared related to Khushu wa Khudu in Prayers.

Khushu wa Khudu in prayers is inversely propotional to one's love of this life. The more one loves the latter , the less he will  be able to concentrate  in the prayers. It is also a barometer of one's love of Allah. Those who love him cannot stray away from Him, right when they stand before Him.

The above shud tell us something about how difficult it is to achieve it. The solution has little  to do with the momentous efforts at concentration but is all about one's attitude towards this earthly life and the nature of relationship  with the Creator. It  shud tell us why the earliest Muslims succeeded and why the "latest" Muslims fail. It shud tell us the rationale behind a Companion's decision to give away his entire orchard in charity for the reason that a bird caught up in his thickly treed orchard was fluttering about looking a way out - causing Abu Talha's diversion in Prayer.

While efforts are made towards decrease  in love of this worldy life, attempt shud be directed at acheiving momentary  concentration in the prayers. A method , as suggested  by Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi , and which might work - atleast for few moments - consists of bringing back the mind and heart to the prayer, as soon as one realizes that they have strayed. That shud go on, no matter how many times they stray during the Prayer. That is , bring back to prayer when they stray, and so, repeatedly, until the prayers lasts.

 
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah wa barkatuhu,
 
Masha Allah you have put it very correctly. One of the things I have learned is that one should try to bring to mind the favors of Allah (His blessings upon us) in all matters of life. This is an exercise we should be imposing upon our persons on a continous basis. It helps one in experiencing the love of Allah - which ultimately displaces the love of duniya. 
 
It can be said that this is a very slow process where one takes baby steps to begin with, but the effects can be realised within the soul in months to follow, insha Allah. Remember that everything that we have or we are, is a grace from Allah. Thus every blessings is a multitude of blessings in itself.
 
 
Wanu nazzilu minal Qurani ma huwa
Shafaa un wa rahmatun lil mo'mineena
wa la yaziduzzalimeena illa khasara.
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Quote lovesakeenah Replybullet Posted: 21 May 2008 at 2:14am
As-salaam alaykum warhaamtullah wabarakatuh
 
masha Allahu,beautiful discuss.I only wish that we will,as Muslims,outgrow 'race' issues&accept each other sincerely&wholeheartedly as brethren like the Ansaars did with Rasulullah(s.a.w).
There's still that gap&superiority complex.I think 'sisterhood/brotherhood is a very strong tool in passing across these messages.Without anyone looking down on another fellow Muslim as having lost faith,lower faith or the other being more pious because he/she's from a difference Continent.
May Allah help us from being our own enemies.......
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Quote Chrysalis Replybullet Posted: 11 June 2008 at 2:33am
Originally posted by lovesakeenah

May Allah help us from being our own enemies.......
 
Ameen.
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Quote lovesakeenah Replybullet Posted: 12 June 2008 at 4:35am

THE ENEMY FROM WITHIN

 

I SEEK REFUGE FROM THE ACCURSED SHAYTON.I BEGIN IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT THE MERCIFUL. MAY HIS PEACE AND BLESSING BE UPON OUR NOBLE PROPHET, MUHAMMAD, HIS HOUSEHOLD, HIS COMPANIONS AND ALL THOSE WHO FOLLOW HIS PATH UNTIL THE DAY OF RECKONING!

 

I had only being in this Country for a few months and was already feeling ‘empty’. The emptiness was not farfetched. I had no friends, had no programmers to attend; and my husband told me ‘women’ were not allowed to pray in the Mosques where he observes Jumaat.That wasn’t strange as I had experienced that before while in the UK. So, I asked him to enquire if per chance, there was any possibility that I could observe Jumaat.So, he came back with some’ positive’ news that there was a different section for females. What he did not know however was that, the place belonged to member of the congregation, who probably allows friends from other Muslim homes to observe Jumaat there. I was surprised but not uncomfortable, until I got in, performed the ablution and was about to observe nawafil.I just noticed the other women present, teenagers included, were not following the Imaam.I wasn’t sure what the routine was, so I asked a sister if she wasn’t praying and she replied that she had prayed. I was first to say the Tasleem when I gained entrance into the Household and rather than a cheerful respond that I expected, I was stared at and then some mumblings. I ignored that reception because I was there to observe ‘Jumaat’.I was hoping they’d warm up to me being a new person. I felt very uncomfortable afterwards. After realizing I was a’ different’ race. I observed what was more like a’Nawafil or Zhur’, not’Jumaat’; and left. If I refused to notice that I was been stared at, I would not be able to deny that they were far from friendly.

Prior and after that, I had been out, seen Muslim women in Ijab and had said the Tasleem to them. They just act as if they cannot comprehend what I say. It was always the same case, every time I saw a new Muslimah.

In addition, this once again, made me question what type of Islam we are practicing as Muslims. We are good at criticizing non-Muslims; talk so much about how the West classifies Islam. We get angry at the labels we receive from them and the mockery they make of our religion, their preconceived notions about Islam; and how ‘brainwashed we are’. The misconceptions that makes us feel ‘unwanted’ in our non-Muslim Communities really hit us hard.But, we fail to acknowledge the fact that, even within us, there are acts of racism, branding, discrimination ,tagging  and all sorts of chastisement from our fellow brethren.

This is the reason I chose to write on this issue  because topics like’ Reasons behind the acts of terrorism’,’ The Different Schools of Thought’,Jihaad for the sake of Allah’, have received an overdose of write-ups.

It is a case of’ practice what you preach’. And I consider this a very disturbing issue, which should not be neglected by any concerned Muslim.Like the saying goes,” Charity begins at home”. Many disgruntled Muslims are out there, wondering if the Islam they are taught permits such behaviours.Are we therefore not our own enemies? I wonder how we live with ourselves knowing, yet ignoring the fact that we make our fellow brother in faith feel’odd’.We utter the verses that speaks about doing good deeds, yet, we treat our brethren with disdain.

What is it with Muslims calling each other names, classifying people by their skin colour,judging their faith with the School of Thought they follow, labeling each other by being an”Ijabiite” or a”Niqaabi”(veiled Muslim women).How is it that an Arab thinks himself a better Muslim? The holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) set the black slave, Bilal free. And he gave him the privilege of being the first caller of Adhan.He was a ‘slave’ first, and secondly, a ‘Black man’! Surely, Rasulullah (p.b.u.h) could have given that privilege to a fellow Arab. This is the best exemplar for mankind we are talking about. He did not do that. Is it not hypocritical for us to claim we are following the holy Qur’an and practicing the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h), yet; neglect the spirit of unity? A man’s beliefs are meaningless unless his actions and behaviour are in accordance to his beliefs.

The holy Qur’an states,”Oh mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female. And made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other).Verily, the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah, is (he who is) the most righteous of you and Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)Suarh Al-Hujuurat Q49 verse 13.

We must have heard this verse countless times, but never truly examined the message it is passing across to us.

The holy Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) also said, None of you would have believed, until he loves for his brother what he loves for his own soul”-Bukhari.

I find it very saddening that I even read recounts of Pilgrims being treated like outcasts during the ‘Hajj Rites’. African Pilgrims have related the reception of Arabs as being very’racist’.That is not a recognizable word of a ‘believer’. What do we expect of non-believers?

 

A born-Muslim thinks himself better than a Revert. What right has he to judge him so? Piety is in the heart, and only Allah sees what lies in each one’s heart. Some brethren subjects fellow Muslims to scrutiny everyday, and we want to make the world believe Muslims are family.

Rasulullah (p.b.u.h) said, “A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He does not oppress nor wrong him. He does not fail him when he needs him. He does not lie to him. And he does not show contempt for him. Piety is here”-and he pointed to his chest three times. It is enough of evil for a person to hold his Muslim brother in contempt. All of a Muslim is sacred and inviolable to another Muslim: his blood, his wealth and his honour”-Muslim.

 

Knowing how much emphasis the holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) placed over caring for our neighbours, would we then live within Muslims of different race, ethnic, tribe and never relate with them? Would we rather be neighbours to non-Muslims? Would we prefer to be friends with Kufaars rather than our brethren in faith?

You walk into a mosque to observe Salaat, and discover they are all from the same race, should it matter to you that you are ‘physically’ the ‘odd’ one out? Obviously not, because we speak the same language as Muslims-Tasleem and feel at home. However, this is not the reality. You suddenly feel uncomfortable as you receive glances from all angles and they sure do not seem in need of your statistics to add up the number of their congregation. You observe your Salaat amidst uneasiness and return to your own community with news of how racist some Muslims are. What a shame!

Why don’t we stop fooling ourselves that our real enemies are out there? That we preach brotherhood and practice it? That true love exists amongst us as believers? We claim to be brethren, yet remain divided. We want to flag the banner of Islam, but cannot stop calling each other names. We are saddened by what we see on the TV everyday. We say the name of Rasulullah (p.b.u.h) is been dragged in the mud, but we cannot overlook our colour differences, to come together as one and proclaim the beauties of Islam. We say Islam is a simple religion and that there is no compulsion in it, but we cannot help criticizing our fellow brethren, who we claim are “too liberal”.What is the correlation between all these acts and the menaing of Islam?

The holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, “A believer to another believer is like a building whose different parts enforce each other. The Prophet then clasped his hands with the fingers interlaced (while saying that)-Narrated by Abu Musa.

It just never ceases to amaze me how we go about calling people to dawah yet, have a strained relationship with our fellow brethren. Whether you are from the Gulf, the Tropical of Africa or from the West, what unites us is Islam. And we should look out for our brothers in faith, not rebuke them. We should be our brother’s keeper. Return greetings with a smile and be there to assist a fellow Muslim in need irrespective of his origin. Allah (s.w.t) says in the Holy Qur’an,”The believers are nothing else than brothers. So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allah that you may receive mercy”,Surat Al-Hujuurat Q49 verse 10. Even a smile is charity, so did our Noble Prophet (p.b.u.h) teach us; and it does not cost a thing to give that.

We read these teachings over and over again. We even go as far as preaching it to people, but we refuse to recognize the message being passed across to us. We refuse to heed these warnings. Moreover, Allah keeps reminding us in the Holy Qur’an that we ‘believers’, are brothers.We should be cautious of trivializing the act of labeling because Allah goes further and says,”O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group; it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it to insult one’s brother after having faith as (O sinner or O wicked).And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed Zalimun (wrong doers).Surat Al-Hujuurat Q49 verse 11

I read this and cannot fathom how any believer would not be bothered with man’s disobedience to their Lord!

Whether a believer, according to our judgmental values, is following the path of Sunnah or just being a nominal Muslim,theonly way we could help such people develop is by getting close to them, knowing them, their backgrounds and knowing their personality. We would not achieve this by avoiding them or calling them names and making them feel inferior.

The holy prophet (p.b.u.h) was able to call people to Islam through his good character and deeds. He accepted everyone with open arms. He was approachable, accepting, warm, kind, and cheerful and non-judgemental.That is Allah’s attribute-Al-Hakam (meaning The Judge).He called people to Islam he taught and, guided them following his teachings by examples. He practiced what he preached. People walked up to him and asked him questions. He was not discriminatory in any way. We might not be able to lead the life he led in it’s entirerity, but we can at least try to be true believers by following his example as Allah has ordered.He, Rasulullah (p.b.u.h) again warned us, “And hold fast, all of you together to the Rope of Allah (i.e. the Qur’an) and be not divided among yourselves and remember Allah’s favour on you, for you were enemies to one another but he joined your hearts together. So that by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of fire, and he saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations) clear to you, that you may be guided.Quran 3 verses 103.

 

Allah warned us further, “And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment.”Qur’an 3 verse 105.

I for one believe we have made enough noise about how the West ‘blacklist us’, or how the world sees Muslims in general. It is high time we looked inside within our souls, amongst ourselves and how we relate with our fellow Muslims. We should ask ourselves,’ am I one of them’?

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the prophet (p.b.u.h) said.” Allah will ask you on the Day of Judgement: Where are those who loved each for the sake of My Glory? Today on a Day when there is no shade but Mine, I shall shade them with My shade”-Muslim.

So, before we judge anyone, before we scrutinize another Muslim because of the Small Ijab, that his skin his brown, that he is an Arab or a revert, we should pause and remember all these warnings.

May Almighty Allah strengthen the bond of goodwill in our Ummah.May He accept our simple acts of Ibaadat, ignore our little acts of ignorance and forgive us where we have erred.

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Quote john2906 Replybullet Posted: 09 November 2010 at 5:18am
. U support justice and forbid evil.

u trust in God.

Had the People accpted the Faith, it wud surely hv been better for them. Some are true belvrs, but mst are evil-doers.

u are the noblst commnity evr raised up...
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Quote ahmad668 Replybullet Posted: 04 December 2010 at 11:07am
Assalamualaikum,

Great discussion and i'm learning quite a lot about Islam. Thank you so much.
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