Prayers! Hayya ‘ala sollah?

This is written by, Asma bint Shameem ( taken from : http://www.amla.wordpress.com :jazakillahu khairan ukthee Ada =) )

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Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar!

The sound of the adhaan echoed throughout the neighborhood.

“Oh, its Asr already ?!” She absentmindedly thought in her head as she flipped channels with the remote. “I ‘ll pray as soon as this show is over,” she mumbled to herself, as she settled down to watch her favorite TV program. And before she knew it, it was another show and then yet another, when all of a sudden, she realized how late it was…..the light outside had turned yellowish orange…..the birds were chirping loudly…. …the sun was almost about to set.

She hurriedly got up, made wudu and did 4 quick rakahs of Asr as fast as she could, so that she could “get it over with“

Subhaan Allaah, how many of us are guilty of something like that ?

Okay, may be its not television for all of us. For some of us, its cooking and cleaning, ‘busy’ with the kids. And for some its video games and playstations; while for others it’s talking on the phone, chatting on the internet, shopping, sleeping, you name it. Or it may be for just no reason at all.

We delay our prayer …. and delay our prayer until the time for it is almost over and then we quickly peck the floor with our heads, thinking we are absolved of the obligation. In other words, we ‘just get it over with.

But, Brothers and sisters, do you realize what the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) called such a prayer? He called it the ‘prayer of the hypocrite’!

Anas ibn Maalik said, “I heard the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) say, “That is the prayer of the hypocrites, that is the prayer of the hypocrites, that is the prayer of the hypocrites. One of them will sit until the sun turns yellow, and is between the horns of the Shaytaan, or on the horns of the Shaytaan, then he will get up and peck out four (rakahs), in which he does not remember Allaah except a little.”(Abu Dawood).

And its not just Asr. We tend to do that with all our prayers, delaying it until its time is almost up for no valid reason, except that we are just plain old lazy.

Allaah says that laziness in prayer is a characteristic of the hypocrites.

“And when they stand up for al-salaah, they stand with laziness” [al-Nisaa 4:142].

“So woe unto those performers of Salaah (hypocrites) ;those who delay their Salaah” [al-Maoon 107:4-5]

In fact, do you know what the best deed in the sight of Allah is? Its prayer at its time.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) was asked: Which deed is best? He said: “Prayer done on time.” (al-Bukhaari, Muslim)

And yet we delay it, without thinking much of it. And obviously when we delay the prayer, we rush through it, not paying attention to the ruku or sujud or the proper etiquettes of prayer.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said: “The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer.”He said, “Messenger of Allaah, how can a person steal from his prayer?”™ He said, “By not doing rukoo and sujood properly.” (Ahmad and al-Haakim–saheeh by Albaani).

And he (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said: “The one who does not do rukoo properly, and pecks in sujood, is like a starving man who eats only one or two dates; it does not do him any good at all.” (al-Tabaraani- hasan by al-Albaani).

Subhaan Allaah ! And where are we with our Salaah ?

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) used to move at a measured pace during salaah, allowing every bone to return to its place with each movement. And he commanded those who were not doing their prayer properly to do the same.

Remember the hadeeth about the person who rushed through his prayer? The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) told him three times: “Go back and pray, for you have not prayed.” Then he told the man: “When you go to pray, say takbeer, then recite whatever you can of the Quraan. Then bow until you are at ease in bowing, then rise until you are standing up straight. Then prostrate until you are at ease in prostration, then sit up until you are at ease in sitting. Then do that throughout the entire prayer.” (al-Bukhaari, Muslim)

Obviously if we wait till the last few moments to pray, we will not be at ease or be able to pay attention to what the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) has instructed to do.

Obviously, we will end up ’stealing’ from the prayer.

And you know what, we may just rush through the Salaah, ‘getting it over with’, as some of us like to say, but who knows how much of it was even accepted by Allaah? For the reward that one gets for Salaah is in proportion to the degree of khushoo he has in the prayer.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said: “A slave may pray and have nothing recorded for it except a tenth of it, or a ninth, or an eighth, or a seventh, or a sixth, or a fifth, or a quarter, or a third, or a half.” ( Ahmad; Saheeh al-Jaami).

We, as Muslim must hasten to prayer and with khushoo, if we want to increase our Imaan and good deeds. This is one of the attributes of the believers whose hearts are attached to their prayers. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) would be attending to his familys needs, then when he would hear Bilaal give the adhaan, he would stop whatever he was doing and rush to pray.

He (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) used to say, “Let us relax with it [the prayer], O Bilaal.”

He did not say, “Let us get it over with. “

And he (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Five prayers which Allaah has made obligatory. Whoever does wudoo properly for them, prays them on time, does rukoo properly and has perfect khushoo, it is a promise from Allaah that he will be forgiven, but whoever does not do this, has no such promise. if Allaah wishes, He will forgive him, and if He wishes, He will punish him.” (Abu Dawood, Saheeh al-Jaami).

Those of us who are lazy and do not pray until the time is up for no valid reason…those of us who just want to “get it over with, should remember what our deeds will say to us when we are in our grave: “for the believers deeds will say to him in his grave: “By Allaah, I only saw you quick to obey Allaah and slow to disobey Him.” But in the case of the munaafiq (hypocrite) and faasiq (evildoer), his deeds will say: “By Allaah, I only saw you slow to obey Allaah and quick to disobey Him.” ( Ahmad; saheeh by al-Albaani)

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Warqah Buat Mu, Sisters ~soj~

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Salam’alaykum

Semalam, adalah satu pengalaman yang telah berlalu. Cuma, semalam tu berbeza sikit dengan hari2 yang lalu.. sewaktu usrah di rumah naqibah tersayang.. seperti biasa, kami di awali dengan tazkirah sebelum materi diberikan. Awalnya, tak fikir pun, ia akan memberi kesan, tapi bukan sahaja kesan, malah lebih daripada itu yang kite dapat!

Sibuk. Apakah kite semua nie sibuk? Yea, kite sibuk dalam :

  1. Aktiviti seharian yang tak bermanfaat
  2. Sibuk mengukur kelemahan orang lain
  3. Mengata pasal orang lain
  4. Mengeluh segala kesusahan yang di alami
  5. nak tahu gossip dan hal2 dunia

Pokoknya kita memang sibuk dalam hal2 yang sedikit pun takkan menguntungkan kita,malah mungkin yang akan membawa fitnah kepada kita.. nauzubillah min dzalik.. malu mengatakan diri ini dai’e tapi masih ada masa untuk mengukur kesenangan dunia.. kadang2, hati ini terasa hina dan rendah bila mengukur jasa diri ini pada jalan ini berbanding teman2  yang lain. Sejauh mana pengabdian diri ini?

Sejauh mana pengorbanan diri ini?

Bukankah Allah meminta hamba2 Nya untuk mengorbankan harta,masa dan tenaga untuk berjuang di jalanNya. Apakah aku telah melakukan semua itu? Hairan bila terkenangkan, kesombongan diri ini dengan mengabaikan amanah yang telah Allah berikan. Beradanya kita dalam jalan dakwah ni, bukanlah suatu yang kita pilih sendiri, melainkan Allah-lah yang meletakkah kita. Allah mengangkat derajat kita dengan memberikan iman dan Islam, dan kemudian ALLAH pandu kita pada lorong yang terang dan benar.. tapi, kita asyik refuse dgn segala pertolongan ALLAH… grrrr! sesungguhnya manusia tu jahil! termasuk diriku..

Sahabat2 ku, dear sisters.. betulkanlah diriku jika aku pernah berbuat salah. Ya pasti aku pernah berbuat salah, dan tentu ia melebihi amalku.. sahabat tegurlah aku kerana ALLAH, betulkan aku kerana ALLAH, sayangi aku kerana ALLAH, dan bencilah keburukan ku kerana ALLAH..

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Sebenarnya, banyak yang kite belajar daripada usrah ni, iya… namanya juga tarbiyah =) Alhamdulillah.. Thanks ALLAH for choosing me to be one on this path, and help me, guide me, so Ill be here, forever.. ameen – dan kepada my sisters, Jazakillahu khairan katheeran atas segala nasihat, dorongan, bantuan *hugs* hanya ALLAH sahaja yang dapat mambalas segala jasa baik, dan semoga ALLAH mengumpulkan kita bersama2 di akhirat nanti.. ameeeeeen !

Semoga Allah menetapkan iman, taqwa dan ihsar dalam diri kita – supaya kita bisa menjadi lebih tegar dan kuat =) InshaALLAH.. marilah sama2 membaiki diri kita dan sahabat kita, agar kita dicintai Allah, dan Rasul-Nya, inshaALLAH

Uhibbukifiilah ukthis – love u all – fe ALLAH bee ALLAH

Upload Photos. Do u think it’s safe?

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Salam’alaykum Warahmat ALLAH Wabarakatuh

Well, im not gonna talk abt FB, since someone said, Im bias! Am I? If yes, then I love it.(haha) okie this is a reminder for all sisters out there. Am sure, lots of u have some kinda network site or ur own blog, and must be u guys upload some of ur pics… but do u think its safe? If ur answer is “Yes” , then think again.

As ussual, im google-ing for any cheap gossips (nah, kidding) and i found an article ” No such this as ‘deletes’ on the internet” . So I start thinking to write an article abt this, because im sure lots of muslimahs (my special care is always for all my sisters out there) upload their pics for some certain uses. May be they dont know pro and cons due to their action. Remember as told by Uncle Newton, there is ALWAYS reaction to each action !

It’s always fun to write about research that you can actually try out for yourself.

Try this: Take a photo and upload it to Facebook, then after a day or so, note what the URL to the picture is (the actual photo, not the page on which the photo resides), and then delete it. Come back a month later and see if the link works. Chances are: It will.

Facebook isn’t alone here. Researchers at Cambridge University (so you know this is legit, people!) have found that nearly half of the social networking sites don’t immediately delete pictures when a user requests they be removed. In general, photo-centric websites like Flickr were found to be better at quickly removing deleted photos upon request.

Why do “deleted” photos stick around so long? The problem relates to the way data is stored on large websites: While your personal computer only keeps one copy of a file, large-scale services like Facebook rely on what are called content delivery networks to manage data and distribution. It’s a complex system wherein data is copied to multiple intermediate devices, usually to speed up access to files when millions of people are trying to access the service simultaneously. (Yahoo! Tech is served by dozens of servers, for example.) But because changes aren’t reflected across the CDN immediately, ghost copies of files tend to linger for days or weeks.

In the case of Facebook, the company says data may hang around until the URL in question is reused, which is usually “after a short period of time.” Though obviously that time can vary considerably.

Of course, once a photo escapes from the walled garden of a social network like Facebook, the chances of deleting it permanently fall even further. Google’s caching system is remarkably efficient at archiving copies of web content, long after it’s removed from the web. Anyone who’s ever used Google Image Search can likely tell you a story about clicking on a thumbnail image, only to find that the image has been deleted from the website in question — yet the thumbnail remains on Google for months. And then there are services like the Wayback Machine, which copy entire websites for posterity, archiving data and pictures forever.

The lesson: Those drunken party photos you don’t want people to see? Simply don’t upload them to the web, ever, because trying to delete them after you sober up is a tough proposition.

So, this as the article said ” there is no such delete on internet” be careful dear. Imagine if u have upload few personal pics and delete it later, with hope – the pic is gone – but the false hope wil amuse u. Be careful! Be smart!

-Facebook- A spell of Addiction?

face bookI know this gonna be lil boring. But lemme talk lil on Face-book history as “prior knowledge” =P Plus, hey its not wrong sharing information right?!   What is facebook? 

Facebook is a free-access social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. The website’s name refers to the paper facebooks depicting members of a campus community that some UScolleges and preparatory schools give to incoming students, faculty, and staff as a way to get to know other people on campus. Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook with fellow computer science major students and his roommates Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes while he was a student at Harvard University. Website membership was initially limited to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It later expanded further to include any university student, then high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. The website currently has more than 200 million active users worldwide. 

The media often compares Facebook to MySpace, but one significant difference between the two websites is the level of customization. MySpace allows users to decorate their profiles using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), while Facebook only allows plain text.

Facebook has a number of features with which users may interact. They include the Wall, a space on every user’s profile page that allows friends to post messages for the user to see,Pokes, which allows users to send a virtual “poke” to each other (a notification that tells a user that they have been poked), Photos, where users can upload albums and photos, and Status, which allows users to inform their friends of their whereabouts and actions. A user’s Wall is visible to anyone who is able to see that user’s profile, depending on privacy settings. In July 2007, Facebook began allowing users to post attachments to the Wall, whereas the Wall was previously limited to textual content only.

Over time, Facebook has added several new features to its website. On September 6, 2006, a News Feed was announced, which appears on every user’s homepage and highlights information including profile changes, upcoming events, and birthdays of the user’s friends. Initially, the News Feed caused dissatisfaction among Facebook users; some complained it was too cluttered and full of undesired information, while others were concerned it made it too easy for other people to track down individual activities (such as changes in relationship status, events, and conversations with other users). In response to this dissatisfaction, Zuckerberg issued an apology for the site’s failure to include appropriate customizable privacy features. Since then, users have been able to control what types of information are shared automatically with friends. Users are now able to prevent friends from seeing updates about certain types of activities, including profile changes, Wall posts, and newly added friends.

One of the most popular applications on Facebook is the Photos application, where users can upload albums and photos. Facebook allows users to upload an unlimited number of photos, compared with other image hosting services such as Photobucket and Flickr, which apply limits to the number of photos that a user is allowed to upload. In the past, all users were limited to 60 photos per album. However, some users report that they are able to create albums with a new limit of 200 photos. It remains unclear why some members have a 200-photo limit while others do not. Privacy settings can be set for individual albums, limiting the groups of users that can see an album. For example, the privacy of an album can be set so that only the user’s friends can see the album, while the privacy of another album can be set so that all Facebook users can see it. Another feature of the Photos applications is the ability to “tag“, or label users in a photo. For instance, if a photo contains a user’s friend, then the user can tag the friend in the photo. This sends a notification to the friend that they have been tagged, and provides them a link to see the photo.

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Facebook Notes was introduced on August 22, 2006, a blogging feature that allowed tags and embeddable images. Users were later able to import blogs from Xanga, LiveJournal, Blogger, and other blogging services.] During the week of April 7, 2008, Facebook released a Comet-basedinstant messaging application called “Chat” to several networks, which allows users to communicate with friends and is similar in functionality to desktop-based instant messengers.

Facebook launched Gifts on February 8, 2007, which allows users to send virtual gifts to their friends that appear on the recipient’s profile. Gifts cost $1.00 each to purchase, and a personalized message can be attached to each gift. On May 14, 2007, Facebook launched Marketplace, which lets users post free classified ads.Marketplace has been compared to Craigslist by CNET, which points out that the major difference between the two is that listings posted by a user on Marketplace are only seen by users that are in the same network as that user, whereas listings posted on Craigslist can be seen by anyone.

On July 20, 2008, Facebook introduced “Facebook Beta”, a significant redesign of its user interface on selected networks. The Mini-Feed and Wall were consolidated, profiles were separated into tabbed sections, and an effort was made to create a “cleaner” look.After initially giving users a choice to switch, Facebook began migrating all users to the new version beginning September, 2008. On December 11, 2008, it was announced that Facebook is testing out a new simpler signup process …okie so this is lil info that i copy-paste from Wikipedia (thanks wikipedia, love ya!)

Okie, lemme be honest why I choose “facebook” as my topic. Well, am kinda annoyed seeing people arround me talking abt FB 24/7. At first when they mentioned FB, i was monolog to myself  ”what is FB? is that new infection, or any drug name?” back home, I google “FB” and … gotcha! Its FaceBook! “bingo!” Well donno why to be honest, am not impressed with FB. I dont know why, but i feel it such a … ermm, “no x-factor”. Thanks Allah! Am kinda sad, seeing people around people who take FB as serious matter, and spend most of their times on FB. Well, for me its such a “Waste!” (yeakz!) – I dont know what made them, bacome a FB-Maniac. May be its kinda addiction, or may be they r “AVAILABLE JOBLESS” who need some networking site to keep them alive. Well, i dont say this to everyone, am saying this to only, to people who is addicted and spend whole day on FB.

Well, few days ago, I signed-up and try to “reveal” the hidden mysterious secret of FB, but I guess I failed! hehe =D Well, nothing really interesting, may be because I dont add much friends, infact I have no friend at all (haha! lmao!) so i rang my friend and asked her, abt her addiction into FB! she told me FB is the best site for “re-union” , “the best place – connecting people” and bla bla bla, extra dextra. Plus she told me this network site is thousand times better than others (sowwie i cant mention those sites) because it has wide facilities and more widgets..

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More over, lotsa cutie ( aww its dam cute (=^.^=) ) stuff that u can add, or sent to ur friends in order to make them happy (i prefer a glass of juice than this greenie-froggie) – yeah, what can i say, “this is what people need , today!” Well, for my my friends, never let anything drown u. Remember, this is not what we really looking for. Our journey is still far ahead. Im not being sarcasting, telling u what to do, and what not to do.. but spening 24/7 on FB is something really “idiotic” yeah take my word !

And its kinda pain in “brain” to see few girls in my campus [American next top model wanna-be] with their unlimited photos, and lotsa comment that they recieved for their pix. Am not jealous *sigh!* no way, but im thinking, is it really necessary? To let some stranger who u dont have idea, to comment on ur pix? And with some silly Questionaire, and by answering it, u may know who is ur future husband, or who is ur future so-called soul mate.. Well, lemme remind u again “its all ghozul fikri! ” yes ghozul fikri, which hold u, infront of ur pc and make u frozen, waste the whole day, and make sure u become the “zombie” of internet, which not gonna benefit u anything, here and hereafter. This is just a simple reminder from me, sisters…

Wallahu’alam bis sawwab

<3 Sisterhood In Islam <3

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Salam’alaykum Warahmat ALLAH Wabarakatuh

Few days ago, few sister from “M” came to pay a visit and at the same time we had halaqah(circle) and discussion. It was a wonderful moment, and this post, is specially dedicatedfor them, from bottom of my heart =)

As Muslims sisters strive to gain knowledge about their religion and endeavor to increase their Iman, there is one issue of importance that often seems to be neglected. This is the issue of Sisterhood in Islam.

Sisters may greet each other, spend time socializing, give gifts during happy occasions, cook for those who have a new baby, etc., but this is only the surface level of Sisterhood. To understand what this special relationship really means we must go much deeper than that. We need to go to the level of the heart from which the bonds of Sisterhood emanate. This relationship is very special because it involves a unique type of love; one that cannot be experienced in any other social connection. It is a feeling that is particularly extraordinary for those of us who are revert/converts to Islam. To really enjoy the beauty of this bond we need to completely comprehend the elements that are involved. A letter has been written to each of us to assist us in this endeavor, Insha-Allah. Let us put this knowledge in our hearts and we will begin to see the seeds of true Sisterhood grow into a beautiful, flowering plant, Insha-Allah.

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Baraktuh

My Dear Sister in Islam:
Insha-Allah, everything is well with you and those close to you. I am writing this letter to let you know how much I care and to help us both gain an understanding of what Sisterhood in Islam really means, Insha-Allah. I care about you because we share something that is more special than the whold world and all that it contains; we share the belief in the Onenesss of Allah (SWT) and the religion that He (SWT) has given to us. This is a gift that transcends any differences we may have in regard to race, color, nationality, culture or language. Being a sister in Islam is one of the many blessings that comes from acceptance of the true path of Allah (SWT). It is also a responsibility that we each have as members of the Muslim Ummah. To fufill our obligation, we first need to understand what is required of us.

This is what the bond of Sisterhood in Islam means to me, based upon the wisdom of Allah and his Prophet Muhammad (SAW), “…And lower your wing for the believers (be courteous to the fellow-believers).” (Al-Hijr 15:88)

The Prophet (SAW) said,
“None of you has Iman (faith) until he desires for his brother (or sister) Muslim that which he desires for himself (or herself).” (Bukhari and Muslim)

He (SAW) also said,
“The Muslims in their mutual love, kindness and compassion are like the human body where when one of its parts is in agony the entire body feels the pain, both in sleeplessness and fever.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

I love you for the sake of Allah (SWT)

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said,
“On the Day of Judgement, Allah, the Most High, will announce, ‘Where are those who love each other for the sake of My pleasure? This day I am going to shelter them in the shade provided by Me. Today there is no shade except My shade.” (Muslim)

I will be sure to tell you of my love, Insha-Allah …

The Prophet (SAW) said,
“If a person loves his brother, he should inform him of this fact.” (Abu Dawud and Tirmidi)

I will be merciful and compassionate toward you, Insha-Allah …

Allah (SWT) says,
“Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against the disbelievers, and merciful among themselves…” (Al-Fath 48:29)

The Prophet (SAW) said,
“Do not be envious of other Muslims; do not overbid at auctions against another Muslim; do not have malice against a Muslim; do not go against a Muslim and forsake him; do not make an offering during a pending transaction. O’ servants of Allah, be like brothers (or sisters) with each other. A Muslim is the brother (or sister) of another Muslim; do not hurt him (or her), or look down upon him (or her) or bring shame on him (or her). Piety is a matter of heart (The Prophet (SAW) repeated this thrice). It is enough evil for a person to look down upon his Muslim brother (or sister). The blood, property and honor of a Muslim is inviolable to a Musilm.” (Muslim)

I will keep company with you, Insha-Allah …

The Prophet (SAW) said,
“Keep company with a believer only, and let your food be eaten only by the righteous.” (Abu Dawud and Tirmidi)

He (SAW) also said,
“A person is likely to follow the faith of his friend, so look whom you befriend.” (Abu Dawud and Tirmidi)

I will help you when necessary and I will cover your shortcomings, Insha-Allah …

The Prophet (SAW) said,
“One who helps a fellow Muslim in removing his (or her) difficulty in this world, Allah will remove the former’s distress on the Day of Judgement. He who helps to remove the hardship of another, will have his difficulties removed by Allah in this world and in the Hereafter. One who covers the shortcomings of another Muslim, will have his faults covered up in this world and the next by Allah. Allah continues to help a servant so long as he goes on helping his own brother (or sister).” (Muslim)

I will encourage you to the right, Insha-Allah ..

Allah (SWT) says,
“The believers, men and women. are Auliya (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on people) Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamio Monotheism and all that Islma orders one to do), and forbids (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islam has forbidden); they offer their prayers perfectly (Iqamat-as-Salat); and give the Zakat and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His mercy upon them. Surely, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” (At-Tauba 9:71)

When the Prophet (SAW) instructed,
“Help your (Muslim) brother (or sister) when he commits a wrong and when a wrong is committed against him, someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah, I understand how I can help him if a wrong is committed against him, but how can I help him if he is himself committing a wrong?” At that the Prophet (SAW) answered, “Stopping him from committing the wrong is helping him.” (Bukhari)

I will fulfill my minimum duties and beyond, Insha-Allah …

The Prophet (SAW) said,
“A Muslim owes six obligations towards another Muslim: when you meet him (or her), salute him (or her) saying ‘Assalamu Alaikum; when he (or she) invites you, accept his (or her) invitation; when he (or she) solicits your advice, advise him (or her) sincerely; when he (or she) sneezes and praises Allah, respond with the supplication Yarhamuk Allah (Allah have mercy on you); when he (or she) falls sick, visit him (or her); on his (or her) death, join his (or her funeral).” (Muslim)

He (SAW) also said
“When a Muslim visits his (or her) Muslim brother (or sister) who is sick, he (or she) certainly gathers the fruits of Paradise until he (or she) returns (from visiting).” (Muslim)

You should understand, dear sister, that these are only some of the promises that I have made to you and to Allah (SWT), Insha-Allah. I will strive to fufill each of them to the best of my ability, Insha-Allah. Insha-Allah you will do the same for all of your sisters in Islam. This will not only enhance our bounds of Sisterhood, but will also strengthen the fibers of the Muslim Ummah as we acquire and utilize the wisdom of Islam, Insha-Allah. Our ultimate goal is to gain the pleasure of Allah (SWT), as well as His Mercy and Blessings, Insha-Allah. May we both find the true peace that comes with being a Muslim and attaing the highest of rewards: Paradise. Ameen!!!

With true love,

Your Sister in Islam

Walaikum Assalam Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh

Information From Al Jumuah Magazine Issue 4, Page 38 (with a few alterations)

 www.themuslimwoman.com

(=^.^=) meow meow!

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Sekarang saya dalam mood nak bela kucing.. ni sumer gara2 Ainaa and Zubi ler, tgk Snowy n Buncit teringin plak nak ada kucing, atleast adalah juger “housemate” utk dibawa peluk.. tp betul gak kate Ika, baru je dapat bronchitis, entah2 memper-parahkan lagi.. inshaALLAH , dalam minggu ni kidnap mane2 anak kucing, 2ekor nak bela

Bagi kawan2 yang prihatin, tlg kidnapkan mane2 kucing yer

Jazakallahu khairan =D

Sad Reality about Muslims On Chat?!!

Salam’alaykum Warahmat ALLAH Wabarakatuh

Well, im on chat since am 13. But may be before this i never give a “damn” or consider about Muslims behaviour on chat.

But lately, i try to enter few chatrooms, talks about Islam and discuss few things. And what I gain??

Let me tell u guys, what I’ve learn from chatrooms. 1st. Abusing 2nd. Insulting 3rd. Backciting 4th. Talking porns 5th. Be a shameless coward and extra dextra . My ALLAH ?! this is the reality of  today Muslim! I dont care if this phenomena happens, but I DO CARE if this happen among Muslim

Imagine, there r plenty people out there, wants to know Islam, and love to learn Islam. And these people, normally looking for someone to talk with, to understand Islam better. Yes for sure! U cant ask them to meet a scholar because its their “right” to choose the way to learn Islam. And if Muslims act like a “moron” in chat rooms, how can u impress them?

AbusersRealityHere, i would like to share, something which really *touched* me. A story of a sister, Mariam

I want to tell you about my reversion back to Islam. I will start at the beginning.

I am an American woman who has tried all different kinds of faiths. I was a Catholic, a Methodist and more recently a Mormon. I have searched for many years to find the truth. In my search I have come across some teachings of prophets, and some half mingled truths.

I had joined the Mormon Church at the request of my husband, and I tried to go faithfully for awhile, until I learned that some of the people found it more important to treat me with disrespect due to my own spiritual issues. I thought that if I tried hard enough that I could learn to believe in what they did, but I just couldn’t grasp all that they were teaching.

I went to church faithfully every Sunday, and I sat in the front row, and I led the choir, and helped teach some classes for children. As hard as I tried, I could never quite understand why I didn’t feel what they all felt. For awhile I stopped going to church and I avoided these people as much as I could. The hard part was that my husband was a very faithful Mormon, and he didn’t like that I had stopped going to church. I have read the Bible and found it to be a great source of understanding, but I still always felt like something was missing. 

A few weeks ago, I was online on the Internet and I met someone called Ahmad. I was very interested in speaking with him because he seemed to be very centered and well balanced. I must tell you that usually when I am online, I don’t usually discuss 2 topics for fear of offending someone: 1) Politics, and 2) Religion. At most times I have been successful, but as I listened to Ahmad speak, I could feel something warm and nice with his words. I couldn’t help but wonder what his beliefs were and why he was so confident, yet centered.

When he told me he was from Gaza, I was so impressed. I had never before spoken to anyone that was so far away, and who was so fun to just sit and talk. When he told me that he was a Muslim, and proceeded to explain some of his beliefs to me, at first I must admit, I was scared to even consider reversion. There were so many things that I didn’t understand, and yet I felt like I needed to know more.

We continued to speak for quite some time. Everyday, in fact, (even now). Ahmad sent me a lot of articles to read to learn more about Islam. Which I must admit that I had only heard the term “Muslim” once as a child, and never really knew it actually existed.

In 2 days, I had read everything he had sent me. I couldn’t sleep because I was so involved with all that I was reading. I always asked him to send me more and more to read because I needed to learn everything. I couldn’t get enough of it. I suddenly found myself searching the internet for other Muslims so that I could learn even more. At first it seemed like there was no other place I could go to get information, and after 2 days of trying to get into a chat room to speak with these people, I received a letter from a group that had accepted me into their room.

At first when I went in, I was shy and didn’t want to say anything, I just wanted to sit back and watch. That however, proved to be impossible. As soon as I entered the room I was greeted by men and women whose lives were filled with so much love. They immediately called me their sister, and asked me a lot of questions. I was a little intimidated at first, but it wasn’t long before I had relaxed enough to start asking questions.

 I was greeted by a man that we call Uncle Fareed. He asked me if there was anything special I wanted to know about, and at first I was mostly concerned about the way the women are to dress. I could never understand why the women had to be so covered.

He was very polite and explained at length that the reason was because it was improper for a woman to show her figure to anyone except the man with whom she is married. We spoke for several minutes, and then some other members came in and they also greeted me as their sister. One woman and one man in particular were very interested in my feelings towards Islam.

Stacey and Ehsan spoke to me online for several hours, and taught me what I wanted to know about. Soon Stacey and I were speaking alone. She explained to me that she had reverted herself only 3 years prior.  We talked more about the different things that I was to learn, and as I spoke to her, I started feeling like this woman had so much love and respect and I wanted to be a part of that. I told her at that moment that I wanted to revert. She said she was proud of my decision, and to give her a few minutes to call someone to help me take the Shahada.

A few moments later I was on the phone with Stacey and Ehsan. She was calling me from Massachusetts, and him from the United Kingdom. We spoke for almost 3 hours and I could feel how much these people believed in what they were saying and I knew then that I had to be a part of it. I told them that I wanted to take the Shahada, and Ehsan guided me through it.

Before I took the Shahada, my hands were shaking and my heart was racing because I was so nervous. When I had finished saying the words, (in Arabic even), my hands stopped shaking and I finally felt at peace. I began to cry for the joy that was in my heart. I had never before in my life had a feeling like this, and I was so happy.

Now I am a Muslim sister. My life to this day has been so much happier because I know that I have finally found the truth. I no longer speak to many of my old friends for they say that I was a fool to revert to this beautiful religion. The thing that I have learned the best, is that being a Muslim is not just words. It is an ACTION. I finally feel like I have a place where I belong, and I wouldn’t change that for anything. Allah be praised that I have finally found the true path….Ameen

Amazing right??? This is the use of internet. U can se internet wisely, for the right purpose. Use it, as the “right” media to spread islam

Innad – dina – indallahil islam =)

Spread the beauty of Islam…. spread it my friends 🙂

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