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Today is the 1st celebration of #MuslimWomensDay ! A day to celebrate the diverse, strong, Beautiful, fierce and unapologetic Muslim women around the world ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻✊️

Happy Day my Dear Sistas, keep the faith ! May we all continue to learn and strive to become better Muslims, Inshaallah ✨ May God bless us and protect us all 🙏🏾

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Oh you who drinks alcohol, does drugs, commits zina, and everything else. Don’t feel hypocritical or too ashamed to pray. Don’t feel hypocritical if you want to go to the masjid or come to Allah and do deeds to make up for when you’ve fallen. Don’t lose hope in Allah’s mercy. The people judging you are not Allah. Shaitain is cunning and will make you feel you’re too far gone, that you’re not good enough to do these things. No one is perfect, not the most “religious” of “religious” person. Allah knows you, He created you, and this struggle you are going through is not in spite of Him, it’s actually from Him. He dropped you to rock bottom maybe so that you’d remember that no one else but He can help you. So you’d turn to him and put your head on the ground and beg for help. Falling down time and time again and pleading to Allah that you’re doing your best but you need his help because you keep screwing up is not hypocrisy. That’s jihad and repentance, two things Allah loves.
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Are you sinless?

Don’t you have a single trace of flaw in your life? Have you not done something you knew had displease Allah?

I will tell you something, YOU ARE NOT PERFECT! 

You sin and you do things that you know have displeased Allah yet you have the will to take and spend so much time connecting the dots just to find fault on someone else’s life not even thinking that you yourself have flaws that need repentance!

Are you so perfect? Do you have a medal or badge where it gives you the right to go over other people’s lives and say this and that about them and judge them even when all you have collected were just a pile of hearsay? 
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I am always fascinated at the amount of time spent by someone who says he or she is a believer of Islam but does all possible connections just to bring down and talk ill of his/her brother or sister in faith.

Are the sins we have inculcated not enough for us to think for a moment that “hey I can’t do this, I have my sins as well.” or that “I know I have my own sins, how would I feel if someone would go and spread and tell people about my sins as well?”.

We do not fear nor do we think twice of hurting our fellow believer these days, we just want to go and spread rumours not thinking how such rumours can impact people.

Everyone is going onto a struggle that we do not know of, yet they are still striving to be better Muslims. Why can we not do the same?

Let me remind you about this part when the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was telling the people about his Isra wal Miraj.

Anas ibn Malik  Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that;

The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said:

“When my Lord took me up into heaven, I passed by some people who had nails of copper with which they were scratching their faces and chests.

I said: ‘Who are these, O Jibreel?’

He said: ‘These are the ones who used to eat the flesh of the people and impugn their honour.’”
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O slaves of Allah, As Salaam! Remember that as a believer of Islam and a Muslim, one must guard his tongue and avoid things that have been forbidden.

Know that gheebah [backbiting], buhtan [slander] and nameemah [malicious gossip] are things that are amongst those that have been forbidden!

If you are to spend hours on connecting the dots of someone’s life, then do so for your own! Spend hours practicising Al-Muhasabah [self-inventory] so you may know where to place yourself, so you may improve yourself!

You are not perfect, you are a sinful slave of Allah and know everyone of us  are sinners, but the best of sinners are those who repent often! So repent as much and be sincere in your repentance.

You will die alone, you will be placed in your grave alone! Only your deeds will be with you to help you, so make sure your deeds will be done in sincerity and solely for Allah!

O slave of Allah, Al Kareem! Do not let your bag of deeds be of those weary and weak or be taken away from you on the day of Reckoning, refrain from talking ill of your brother in faith or else your good deeds will be taken away from you while the bad deeds of those you speak ill of in this world will be burdened by you!

Speak good or remain silent!

Let this be a reminder for the mindful! 
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May we all learn to be careful of what we say and remain silent if our words would just cause hatred and chaos amongst our brothers and sisters in faith.

Amin.

Zohayma

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Hadith was taken from Sunan Abu Dawood

Muslimah goals...💕

THE MUSLIM WOMAN AND HER LORD ❀

  • She worships Allaah alone
  • She regularly prays 5 x a day
  • She prays sunnah and nafl prayers
  • She performs her prayers properly
  • She pays Zakah on her wealth
  • She fasts during the day and prays during the night in Ramadan
  • She observes nafl fasts
  • She performs Hajj and Umrah
  • She is obedient to the commands of Allaah
  • She wears correct Hijaab
  • She does not sit alone with, freely mix with or shake the hands of strange men
  • She does not travel except with a mahram
  • She accepts the will and decree of Allaah
  • She turns to Allaah in repentance often
  • Her main concern is seeking the pleasure of Allaah
  • She understands the true meaning of being a servant to Allaah
  • She works to support the religion of Allaah (Islaam)
  • Her loyalty is to Allaah alone
  • She enjoins what is good and forbids what is evil
  • She reads the Qur-aan and ponders over its meaning often

❀ THE MUSLIM WOMAN AND HER OWN SELF ❀

Her body…

  • She eats and drinks in moderation
  • She exercises regularly
  • Her body and clothes are always clean
  • She takes good care of her skin, teeth and hair
  • She does not go to extremes of beautification or make a wanton display of herself

Her mind…

  • She takes care of her mind by actively pursuing knowledge
  • She is aware and learns from women’s achievements in the field of knowledge
  • She is not superstitious
  • She never stops reading and studying
  • She uses her time wisely and does not fill her mind with soap operas and things that do not benefit

Her soul…

  • She performs acts of worship regularly to purify her soul
  • She keeps company with righteous people and attends religious gatherings
  • She frequently repeats du’aa described in the Qur-aan and Sunnah

❀ THE MUSLIM WOMAN AND HER PARENTS ❀

  • She treats them with kindness and respect
  • She recognizes their status and knows her duties towards them
  • She is kind and respectful towards her parents even if they are not Muslim
  • She is extremely reluctant to disobey them
  • Her mother comes first, then her father

❀ THE MUSLIM WOMAN AND HER HUSBAND ❀

  • She chooses a good husband
  • She is obedient to him and shows respect
  • She treats his mother and family with kindness and respect
  • She endears herself to him and is keen to please him
  • She does not disclose his secrets
  • She stands by him always and offers her advice
  • She encourages her husband to spend for the sake of Allaah
  • She supports him to call others to the religion of Islaam
  • She helps him to obey Allaah and makes it easy when she can
  • She fills his heart with joy
  • She beautifies herself for him
  • She is cheerful and grateful when she meets him
  • She shares his joys and sorrows
  • She does not look at, sit with, freely converse with or shake the hands of other men
  • She does not describe other women to him
  • She tries to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility for him
  • She is tolerant and forgiving
  • She is strong in character and wise

❀ THE MUSLIM WOMAN AND HER CHILDREN ❀

  • She understands the great responsibility that she has towards her children
  • She uses the best methods in bringing them up
  • She raises them upon tawheed and teaches them to obey Allaah and be conscious of Him from a young age
  • She demonstrates her love and affection for them
  • She treats her sons and daughters equally and does not discriminate in her love, affection and care
  • She does not invoke against her children
  • She is alert and aware of everything that may influence them
  •  She instills good behavior, manners and attitude in them

❀ THE MUSLIM WOMAN AND HER SONS/DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW ❀

Her daughter-in-law…

  • She knows how to make a good choice in selecting a daughter-in-law
  • She knows her place
  • She gives advice but does not interfere in their private life
  • She respects her and treats her well and makes herself approachable

Her son-in-law… 

  • She knows how to make a good choice in selecting a son-in-law
  • She respects and honours him
  • She helps her daughter to be a good wife to him
  • She is fair and never biased in favour of her daughter
  • She deals with the problems wisely

❀ THE MUSLIM WOMAN AND HER RELATIVES ❀

  • She upholds the ties of kinship according to the teachings of Islaam
  • She maintains the ties even with non-Muslim relatives
  • She maintains the ties even if her relatives fail to do so and understands the broad meaning of upholding ties of kinship

❀ THE MUSLIM WOMAN AND HER NEIGHBOURS ❀

  • She is kind and friendly towards her neighbours
  • She adheres to the Islamic teachings regarding the good treatment of neighbours
  • She likes for her neighbours what she likes for herself
  • She treats her neighbours well even if they are not Muslim
  • She puts up with her neighbours mistakes and bad treatments and understands that a bad neighbour is a person who is deprived of the blessing of faith

❀ THE MUSLIM WOMAN AND HER FRIENDS/SISTERS IN ISLAAM ❀

  • She loves them as sisters for the sake of Allaah
  • She knows the status of the two who love each other for His sake
  • She does not forsake or abandon her sisters
  • She is tolerant and forgiving towards them
  • She meets them with a smiling face
  • She is sincere, kind and faithful towards them
  • She does not gossip with or about them
  • She avoids arguing, hurtful jokes and breaking promises
  • She prays for her sisters in their absence
  • She is generous and honours them

❀ THE MUSLIM WOMAN AND HER COMMUNITY/SOCIETY ❀

  • She has a good attitude and treats others well
  • She is truthful and avoids giving false statements
  • She gives sincere advice
  • She guides others to do righteous deeds
  • She does not cheat, deceive or stab in the back
  • She is characterized by shyness
  • She does not interfere in that which does not concern her
  • She does not beg
  • She refrains from slandering the honour of others and seeking their faults
  • She does not show off or boast
  • She is fair in her judgements, even to those whom she does not like
  • She avoids suspicion, backbiting and the spread of malicious gossip
  • She avoids cursing and foul language
  • She is gentle and kind, compassionate and merciful - she does not make fun of anybody
  • She strives for people’s benefit and seeks to protect them from harm
  • She helps to alleviate the burden of the debtor
  • She does not remind beneficiaries of her charity
  • She is patient, easy going and does not bear grudges
  • She is not envious
  • She avoids boasting and seeking fame
  • She is friendly and likeable, light hearted and has a sense of humour
  • She tries to make people happy
  • She is not over-strict
  • She is not arrogant or proud - rather she is humble and modest
  • She is moderate with regard to her clothing and appearance
  • She loves noble things and strives to aim high
  • She honours her guests
  • She prefers others over herself
  • She frequently checks that her habits and customs are in accordance to Islamic guidelines
  • She follows Islamic manners in the way she eats and drinks
  • She spreads the greeting of salaam (assalaamu alaykum)
  • She does not enter a house other than her own without permission
  • She does not converse privately with another woman when a third is present
  • She avoids yawning in a gathering as much as she can
  • She follows Islamic etiquette when she sneezes
  • She chooses the work that suits her feminine nature
  • She does not imitate men
  • She calls people to the truth, and enjoins good and forbids evil
  • She is wise and eloquent when giving da’wah
  • She strives to reconcile between Muslim woman
  • She mixes with other woman and is tolerant with their shortcomings
  • She repays favours and shows gratitude
  • She visits the sick

I highly, highly recommend the book “The Ideal Muslimah” by Muhammad Ali Al-Hashimi to all my Muslim sisters. May Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’aala make us from amongst the best of women, ever.

As Muslims striving on the Straight Path, in adherence to the methodology of the noble Salaf-us-Sālih (Pious Predecessors), it is upon us to denounce all forms of terrorism – whether that is the actions of White Supremacists in defence of a heinous ideology or those of the Khawārij Renegades in the horrifying Barcelona attacks.

Our blessed religion al-Islām commands that we enjoin the good and forbid the evil, to the best of our abilities, in every time, circumstance, and place. And so, we leave no stone unturned when it relates to the condemnation of extremism and the twisted ideologies it perpetuates.

I ask Allāh to protect us from the tribulations of the Khawārij / extremists, to destroy them, and to aid us in upholding the truth at all times, Ameen.

You guys I don’t see enough of these posts on here so I just want to take a second and say; I love and support ALL Muslim girls!! I love Muslim girls who wear the hijab, and those who don’t. I love Muslim girls with Niqab, I love Muslim girls in short skirts. I love desi Muslim girls and white Muslim girls and arab Muslim girls and black Muslim girls and east-asian Muslim girls and latina Muslim girls. Muslim girls are so strong and so beautiful and so pure. I love my sisters who converted, and I love the ones born into Muslim households. I love Muslim girls who pray five times a day, I love those who are 100% sure of their faith. I love Muslim girls whose faith is often tested, the ones who find themselves doubting. I want them to know they are strong and beautiful and InshaAllah will find their standing. I love my LGBTQ+ Muslim girls. I love my Muslim girls out there doing amazing things; winning oscars, doing olympic sports, my sisters in the White House, my sisters in the courtroom, leading fashion designers, top chefs, scientists, artists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs. I love Muslim girls and women who stay at home to take care of their families. I love my Muslim girls giving it all up to become mothers, and I love my Muslim girls who put their careers first, and may or may not want to ever have kids. I am here for my Muslim girls who don’t want to get married, but feel socially pressurized and obligated to. You are not alone. You are strong, and beautiful, and Allah has great things planned for you. I absolutely love my bicultural Muslim girls, who find it difficult finding the balance between religion and various sociopolitical aspects. I adore my Muslim girls who constantly have to prove to their Western counterparts that they are not oppressed, and have to ardently work to fight stereotypes every single day. I am here to support every Muslim girl who feels suffocated under cultural and familial pressure and the warped ideals of “Islam” imposed on them by various forces. So much time and energy is spent trying to prove to foreign onlookers that we are not oppressed, that the internal problems of the Ummah and the fraction of those who are oppressed often go overlooked. All of you girls who are conflicted about Surah Al-Nissa, or shed tears when they reflect on Surah Al-Rehman, or recite Surah Al-Fatiha every day, I am here for you all. I am here for my Muslim girls who grow up in cultures where male dominance is the zeitgeist; those who are undermined by their older brothers, told that they are a burden to their fathers, taught that they are to be subservient to their husbands. I love Muslim girls who spend their whole lives struggling against that, and those who are forced to submit to it; Allah sees you. I love Muslim girls who feel invalidated or isolated from the Ummah due to their clothing, due to their queerness, due to their “Western ideals” or the color of their skin and the internal colorism in their community. I love Muslim girls who drink, and those who order orange juice while everyone else takes shots. I want to personally apologize to every Muslim girl who sees the problems in her community but is shunned when she voices how to fix them. Every Muslim girl who converted and will never feel “Muslim enough.” Every Muslim girl who is told by society that her religion constricts her in any way. Allah sees you, Allah sees you, Allah sees you. Muslim girls are strong and beautiful and pure. I cannot say this enough, they are so strong. They are so beautiful. They are so pure. This is for every Muslim girl who feels judged by her community for not being religious enough. Every Muslim girl who feels judged by non-Muslims for being too religious. Every Muslim girl who has to abstain from doing things that will “dishonor” her family, while she watches male after male get away with the same things and more. Muslim girls who are made to feel like they are worth less than they are actually worth. Muslim girls who suffer abuse, who live in poverty and have to struggle to survive. My beautiful, beautiful Muslim girls who are bombed, and forced to flee their homelands, who lose loved ones and lose limbs and lose the will to live, yet continue striving and carry on living. SubhanAllah. Every teenage Muslim girl who feels insecure about her clothing, about her looks, about her weight. Every Muslim girl who prays for things to be different, every Muslim girl who doesn’t pray at all. Every Muslim girl, living, breathing surviving; carrying themselves with the utmost elegance and grace, while dodging bullet after bullet and having shit hurled at them from all directions. Every Muslim girl tackling Islamophobia, watching people whisper about her Hijab as she passes them; dealing with internalized Islamophobia, striving against Muslim male privilege and misogyny. Allah sees you. Remember, you are the nation of a Prophet (pbuh) who taught legions of men to avert their eyes out of respect for you. A Prophet whose wife mounted a camel and commanded an army into battle. A Prophet who arose in respect every time his daughter entered the room, and declared his women queens of his household. Always remember your status. Always remember how beautiful you are. Always stay strong, always love everything about yourself. Allah sees you. You are beautiful, my babies. I love you all.

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Photography and interview by Samra Habib

Who: Shima, Toronto

I was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran. My family and I moved to Canada about three years ago after living in Malaysia for a while. We left Iran before my brother was forced into military training and to escape the increasing pressure my father faced from the Islamic Republic government. Aside from being a defence lawyer, my father held workshops teaching human rights. Because of him, I developed an awareness and sensitivity towards social injustice around me.

Growing up in Iran was a contrast of happiness and anxiety. I had sunny days in gardens eating pomegranates and reading poetry with my large and colourful family, all of whom loved me dearly. But I also had mullahs lecturing me on how I should be covered when I was a child.We travelled often and spent a lot of time with extended family and family friends. I was a defiant kid but I was studious and mostly happy.  

I was brought up mostly secular and encouraged to think for myself.  I slowly came to terms with respecting and being fond of some aspects of Islam while being critical of others. I knew my Islam wasn’t that of my teachers. Like most other Iranians who have a hard time with Islamic governance, my family’s relationship with Islam is a complicated one. I remember my mum giving my dad the stink eye when he’d say blasphemous things. To him God is in everything but my mum had a more traditional view of the religion. She has since become a lot more secular and open minded. They sometimes make fun of me for calling myself a Muslim, maybe because they think Islam doesn’t have a place for people like me.

Today, Islam is a source of solace for me. An identity I get to define on my terms. At 11, I picked up the daf and studied under a great master. Exploring Tasawuf has been the spiritual introspection I yearn for.

As a kid I day dreamt of being suited up and kissing my wife goodbye like the white couples on TV did. As a preteen, I cut my long hair short to look masculine because I thought of masculinity as being synonymous with having power and liking girls.  

Roller derby is my favourite past time. In roller derby, I have found a community that accepts me for exactly who I am and encourages me to better myself. I did speed in line rollerblading in Iran and have been doing all kinds of skating (sans ice) my whole life. I started derby because I wanted to skate and become fearless. Derby offers the kind of queer space that isn’t focused around drinking or sex which I am very grateful for.

I picked up skateboarding two years ago and found out that it is much more convenient and fun than walking. I enjoy going to metal and punk shows and dream of being a good enough daf player to start a taqwa core band.

In my opinion, stigma and misplacement are some of the biggest challenges facing Queer Muslims today. Islam is incredibly misunderstood and the queer conversation is only just beginning. We can be rejected by both queers and Muslims. The supposed juxtaposition of Islam and queerness is only made more complicated by the North American hostility towards Muslims in a climate where Muslims strive for acceptance and visibility.

I hope to be able to return to Iran and help make things better for little girls who feel what I felt. I hope to help move Iran towards acceptance and support of its queer people. I dream of the smell of orange blossoms and sunny mountains of Shiraz.

Imagine, entering Jannah, knowing Allah is pleased with you. Imagine Allah asking you “Ya ‘abdii, what do you want from Me?”

Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Strive oh muslim, so you may be among the successful.

Learn Surah Fatiha | Sheikh Khalil Al-Hussary | w/ Transliteration & Translation

Surah Al Fatiha (The Opening) is a fundamental chapter of the Holy Qur'an. it consists of 7 verses which includes the Basmala. It is something that all muslims should strive to learn and memorise as it needs to be recited for each of the five daily prayers.

Shaykh Khalil Al-Hussary is by far one of the greatest reciters to have ever lived, and his recitation is commonly used to help muslims learn and memorise parts of the Qur'an. This video is aimed at newly practicing muslims and those who need to revise this amazing chapter. It contains transliteration and translation to make it easy on the listener to learn and memorise.

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anonymous asked:

1. I realized that even the Muslim friend I had in college that was "nice" and "moderate" would still talk shit about western people and white people whenever she got the chance. 2. How do you think individuals can fight back against everything being "islamophobia" and innact change to make our countries safer?

This is the problem we have. Obviously not all Muslims want to blow people up but even the moderates hold views that are incompatible and highly concerning. You look at the numbers and answers in my last post, they were answers from moderate Muslims living in Britain. Moderates still believe punishment is necessary for anyone who questions the Quran. Maybe not the kind of punishment terrorists strive for but moderate Muslims are the ones pushing for prison sentences, fines, being expelled from school and fired from work for anyone who disagrees. They are the ones creating all of these fake hate crime hoaxes in order to give their “Islamophobia” narrative substance which then gives them justification to shut down opposition. They don’t advocate jihadism but they also don’t condemn it. Most of them haven’t read or studied their Quran and they try to deny any link exists between jihadism and Islam without realizing there’s over 100 scripts in the Quran that call for jihad. The mosque in Manchester near the location of the attack have even come out to say that “It was merely a response to the war against Islam.” They have not moved on from the 15th century, they are brought up to believe that they are under attack and to never trust non-believers, generation after generation. They are against most Western customs such as music, sports and dancing and as you prove with your friend, they simply don’t like Western people and white people in general even though they could be the nicest people ever.

We fight back by speaking out and making it clear that there’s an issue, something they have gone to great lengths to keep us from doing. Just like feminism screams sexism, black lives matter screams racism, we have to brush off the Islamophobia nonsense that was created specifically to shut down vitally important discussion. Even former head of the Commission for Racial Equality who was the first to use the term “Islamophobia” confesses he got it entirely wrong. “Liberal opinion in Britain has, for more than two decades, maintained that most Muslims are just like everyone else. Britain desperately wants to think of its Muslims as versions of the Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, or the cheeky-chappie athlete Mo Farah. But thanks to the most detailed and comprehensive survey of British Muslim opinion yet conducted, we now know that just isn’t how it is. We predicted that the most lethal threat to Muslims would come from racial attacks and social exclusion but we completely failed to foresee the atrocities in Madrid, Paris, Istanbul, Brussels and London. For a long time, I too thought that Europe’s Muslims would become like previous waves of migrants, gradually abandoning their ancestral ways, wearing their religious and cultural baggage lightly, and gradually blending into Britain’s diverse identity landscape. I should have known better.” Now the word he popularized, Islamophobia, is today being used against him. 

We can longer be scared to speak out, demand change, share the truth about what is going on, keep factual and educated and share to everyone the disgraceful state our countries are in and how they are refusing to make us safe, they are refusing to learn from these deaths and they are devaluing the life of so many all to protect the feelings of a few who we are told must never be criticized otherwise it will be our fault when they kill us. All we can do is get our voices in the open, that’s the first change, the second and most crucial changes can only come when they are heard. The naivety to believe that we can prevent terrorism by holding hands and singing kumbaya instead of making physical and no-nonsense changes to our country’s policies and procedures is astounding. Saying we will move on and learn nothing from the attacks is only going to get more people killed. It’s not empowering, it’s not inspiring, it’s blinded naivety and it’s welcoming terrorists to try harder next time. It has to stop. 

It’s just sad.

It’s just sad that sometimes we get into a masjid that is less taken care of. Let alone the cleanliness of it but actually the people who come to pray to that masjid.

A masjid is a place of prayer, a place where worshippers need peaceful atmosphere, solemnity and silence that they may concentrate and remain focused on their prayers.

How many of us nowadays find people who come to the masjid to have that pep talk or talking about one certain person? Astagfirullah.

And we cannot deny that, we do see people who come to the masajid with loud voices, or that they talk as if its their own houses.

Not to mention the way some of us arrange our slippers, sandals and footwear at the doorstep of the masjid, it’s just chaos or that we hear phones ringing while the khatib is making khutbah or during the prayer itself. Why?

Why do we do such things in a place of worship? 
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Did you know that ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu used to forbid people from raising their voices in the Masjid?

And we all know how 'Umar Radiyallahu Anhu was. Here’s a bit of story.

As Saaib Ibn Yazzed Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that once while he was standing in the masjid, a man suddenly began to throw some peebles at me [in order to draw my attention to him]. 

So As Saaib Radiyallahu Anhu looked around and saw 'Umar IBn Al Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu.

'Umar then told him to go and bring back those two men and when he returned with them, 'Umar asked them, “Who are you? (or perhaps he said, Where are the two of you from?)

They replied, "We are from the inhabitants of At Taif”. Umar then said, “Had you been from the inhabitants of this city [Madinah], I would have inflicted a painful punishment upon you, for the two of you are raising your voices in the masjid of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.”

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We strive to be better Muslims, and we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall helps us on this but also we need to make effort on being one, and being mindful of our action especially when we are in the masajid is but one of the ways we can better ourselves as followers of the sunnah.

Try to begin by arranging the footwear we use whenever we enter the masjid, I am not saying arrange all the footwear there but you yourself should put aside that footwear of yours in a proper way that it doesn’t become a barrier between a person who will enter the masjid.

Then when you are inside the masjid, remember the reason why you are there, you are there not to have a chit chat with your friends, but you are there to worship Allah Azza Wa Jall, do not leave your niyyah at home as you leave for the masjid.

Next time you come to masjid, remember the very purpose why you are actually going there.
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And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall forgives our shortcomings and help us become better Muslims. Amin.

Zohayma 

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Story was taken from Al Fath, 1/668

“You can’t be Muslim and part of a global political movement for women’s rights, you should only combat misogyny using the principles of Islam.”

Black Muslim women should be able to join a global movement where they can discuss police brutality against black women with Muslim and non-Muslim women alike. 

Muslim women with physical disabilities should be able to join a movement where they can discuss their issues with other women with physical disabilities Muslim and non-Muslim alike. 

Muslim women with mental health issues should be able to discuss the stigma of mental illness with other women struggling with mental illness Muslim and non-Muslim alike. 

Muslim women who have suffered abuse should be able to have dialogue about tackling victim-blaming with other abuse victims/survivors Muslim and non-Muslim alike. 

Muslim women should be listening to Christian and Jewish women living in the Middle East who face religious persecution from Muslims.

We should be able to do this and should be having dialogue with non-Muslim women too without being told we’re not “real Muslims”. Striving for justice doesn’t suddenly stop applying when the oppressed isn’t a believer of Islam nor should we be isolating minorities within our ummah who want dialogue and support beyond their Muslim communities.

ISLAM 101: Superiority of the First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

The excellence of these ten days have been mentioned in the Qur'an and the Sunnah.

1. Allah says in the Qur'an:

“By the dawn and by the ten nights … ” [Al-Qur'an 89:1-2]

Ibn Kathir said that “the ten nights” referred to here are the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, and this opinion was also held by Ibn Abbas, Ibn az-Zubair, Mujahid and others.

2. The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said:

“There are no deeds as excellent as those done in these ten days.” They (the companions listening) said, “Not even Jihad?” He, peace be upon him, said, “No, not even Jihad except a man who goes forth endangering his life and wealth and does not return with anything.” [Recorded by Imam al-Bukhari]

3. Allah says:

“ … and remember the name of Allah in the appointed days.” [Al-Qur'an 2:203]

Ibn Abbas and Ibn Kathir said this means in the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

4. The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said:

“There are no other days that are as great as these in the sight of Allah, the Most Sublime. Nor are there any deeds more beloved to Allah then those that are done in these ten days. So increase in tahlil (to say la illaha illallah), takbir (to say allahu akbar) and tahmid (to say alhumdulillah).” [Reported by at-Tabarani in al-Mu'jum al-Kabir]

5. With regards to the noble companion Sa'id bin Jubair, when the days of Dhul-Hijjah began he would strive to increase in good actions with great intensity until he was unable to increase anymore. [Reported by ad-Darimi]

6. Ibn Hajar says in Fath al-Bari:

“The most apparent reason for the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah being distinguished in excellence is due to the assembly of the greatest acts of worship in this period, i.e. salawat (prayers), siyam (fasting), sadaqah (charity) and the Hajj (pilgrimage). In no other periods do these great deeds combine.”

What are the Recommended Acts in these Days?

1. Prayer - It is highly recommended to perform the obligatory acts at their prescribed times (as early as possible) and to increase oneself in the superogatory acts, for indeed, this is what brings a person closer to their Lord. The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said:

“Upon you is to increase in your prostration to Allah, for verily you do not prostrate to Allah with even one prostration, except that He raises you in degrees and decreases your sins because of it.” [Reported by Muslim]

2. Fasting - This has been mentioned as one of the acts of righteousness where Hanbada ibn Khalid reports on the authority of his wife who reports that some of the wives of the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “The Prophet, upon whom be peace, would fast on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, the day of Ashura and three days in every month.” [Recorded by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nisa'i and others]

Imam an-Nawawi said that fasting in these ten days is extremely recommended.

3. Saying allahu akbar, la illaha illallah and alhamdulillah - It is found in the aforementioned narration of Ibn ‘Umar:

“So increase yourselves in saying la illaha illallah, allahu akbar and alhamdulillah.”

Imam al-Bukhari, may Allah have mercy on him, said:

“Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with them both, used to go out to the markets in the ten days saying the takbir causing the people to follow them in this action.”

He also said:

“'Umar ibn al-Khattab used to say the takbir in his mimbar in Mina, whereupon the people of the mosque hearing ‘Umar, would start to say the takbir as would the people in the markets until the whole of Mina was locked in glorifying Allah.”

Ibn 'Umar used to say the takbir in Mina during these ten days and after prayers, whilst on his bed, in his tent, in his gathering and whilst walking. What is recommended is to say the takbir aloud due to the fact that 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, his son and Abu Hurayrah used to do likewise, may Allah be pleased with them all.

Strive with us O Muslims in reviving this sunnah that has become lost in these times and it was almost forgotten, even amongst the people of righteousness and goodness all of which is unfortunately in opposition to what the best of generations were upon (preserving and maintaining the superogatory acts).

There are a number of ways of making takbir that have been narrated by the companions and their followers and from these ways is the following:

Allahu akbar, allahu akbar, allahu akbar kabirun.

Allahu akbar, allahu akbar, la ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar, wallahu akbar, wa lillahil hamd.

Allahu akbar, allahu akbar, allahu akbar, la ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar, allahu akbar wa lillahil hamd.

4. Fasting on the day of 'Arafah - Fasting has been affirmed on the day of 'Arafah, where it has been confirmed from the Prophet, peace be upon him, that he said regarding fasting on the day of 'Arafah:

“Be content with the fact that Allah will expiate for you your sins for the year before (the day of 'Arafah) and the year after (the day of 'Arafah).” [Reported by Muslim]

However, whoever is at 'Arafah as a pilgrim then fasting is not expected of him, as the Prophet, peace be upon him, stopped at 'Arafah to eat.

Hey, do you have a job?

See, i have a work offer for you, but the salary isn’t money, can i have little of your time?

I would like you to listen to me and think about my offer, in sha Allaah.

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Do you want to earn something beyond any money could buy? Do you want to have a palace that no man in this earth could ever build? or lets say do you want to stay young in a life that has no end?

Aha, i’m getting you, right? ma sha Allaah.

This work is extraordinary that is why it also bears such an extraordinary salary. You start today, it becomes endless, and in sha Allaah you’ll get your salary at time of your death.

Okay, wait, i’m not scaring you. I’m bringing you to reality.

Ever since Islam came, it offered a work that is life long, endless that even death couldn’t end it, as long as someone living shares what you have shared to them, it comes back to you and saves you again in your grave, continuously.

This job has no standard requirements, you don’t have to have such a high degree in college, or a son or daughter of a tycoon or any high status in the society so you get hired. You just need to be a person with imaan and taqwa.

Why? because if you have taqwa it only means you have imaan and if you have imaan you have taqwa, and so every action you do will reflect from that.

I warn you tho, its not an easy job, you might get enemies, you might even get bashers or people who will humiliate you but as long as you stay firm on what you believe then in sha Allaah He will protect you and help you.

Good character doesn’t always come from people who have good education, don’t get me wrong, but if you would just try to see, where do big stories come from? Isn’t it from small people, those we think have no role in the society? Harsh, but this is reality. People use them for their own sake, this job will make you see what is the value of human of every single soul, even the value of animals and the value of nature itself.

Imagine, if these “small” people were not in good character, wouldn’t be there chaos in this world? Wouldn’t they kill for food?

This work I’m offering you will change the perspective of people about money, luxury, beauty and all these lustful desires of humans, and of course your own perspective.

You might not get money from this but believe me I know someone who does the same work and everytime Allaah Azza Wa Jall sends out His Help to this person.

She would have a lecture event prepared, and she would have tawwakul, the money she would have would be short, but few days before the lecture or the day before and day of the lecture itself, Allaah Azza Wa Jall would send something for her, something enough to cover the whole event or sometimes more than what she needed.

Subhan'Allaah. Allaah Azza Wa Jall will help you, as long as you do purely something for His Sake. He will provide for you as long as you stay firm to Him and as long as you believe in Him.

This work i’m offering you is called Dawah, it doesn’t need props or things to call people in, it just needs your character, you showcasing the sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wassalaam, the words of the Qur'aan and the values and teachings that Islaam gives you.

Indeed, the best form of dawah is one’s character. Sometimes, people do not need to hear this and that, but what they need is to see what your deen teaches you.

Remember ‘Am Radiyallahu Anhu who was one of the great enemies of Islaam, but when Jaffar Radiyallahu Anhu spoke in the incident they had in Abyssinia, his heart melted, but it was not before he saw the value and tolerance Jaffar Radiyallahu Anhu had that it awaken his heart to enter the fold of Islam, and it went for years.

Or Khalid Ibn Al Walid Radiyallahu Anhu who was one of the great enemies of Islaam as well, the one the Muslims have battled with in the Battle of Uhud and the Muslims were defeated, it was through the tolerance as well of Bilal Radiyallahu Anhu that was the turning point for him to ride to Madinah and seek Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi wassalaam to come and enter the fold of Islaam.

Subhan'Allaah, this is the reward that ample actions of ours can do.

Yes, the work offer is for both women and men, but for women, you can do the dawn face to face with a sister as well, do refrain from mingling with the opposite sex even if its for dawah purpose, you can direct it to a sister that a brother has. Let us not use dawah as an instrument so we can speak and mingle with men.

This is one of the reasons why this work is extraordinary, it also preserves and protects the woman, and is done with the value of modesty both for men and women.

Dawah is but a life long work towards the high gates of Jannah, but remember that not all people will accept it by first hand, not all people will say yes immediately, okay? but then again, all people were made to be accepting that they will eventually learn to adjust and adapt. So this work needs a lot of patience and tolerance.

When you give to a sister or brother, do not expect her to wear the hijab, him to grow the beard or them to pray immediately after one talk, Islam didn’t propagate in one jihad, nor did people accept it one time.

Dawah is a continuous work, make it a job for you that even when death has come upon you, you leave to these people a great reminder of how a Muslim should strive to be, that even without your presence, your character and the values you’ve shared will continue to live in their hearts.

So, what do you say? Or shall I say when can you start?
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and we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall makes every Muslim in this dunya a means for others to come and realize the beauty that this religion has and may He also bestow upon us proper guidance to be able to practice what we preach and speak of what is haqq.

Amin

Zohayma

al-Ḥasan al-Baṣri:

“We used to be amongst a group of people (i.e., the Companions) who would never do any act in public if they could do so in private. And those Muslims would strive in making their du’aa, and not a sound would be heard from them! For they used to whisper to their Lord.”

[Report by at-Tabari in his Tafsir 5/514]

Lowering the Gaze - Shaykh Abdurrazaaq

The one that uses this favor [eyes and being able to see] by looking at things that are Haraam. This is especially present in our times, and has become a cause of tribulation for many people. They are sitting for long hours behind broadcast channels and websites, looking at the lowest and filthiest of the people and the most worthless of the world. They look at them with their eyes and it is as if they don’t remember that this sight is a favor of Allaah upon them.

We ask Allah that He guides all and that He blesses all eyes and ears.

Be very careful about that which some of them call “modern seclusion”. And it is the seclusion of many young men and women with (certain) channels that are broadcasted or on websites. When the young man or woman sits alone in the room, then he looks across and sees that the door is closed and he says [to himself]: “No one sees me”.

Then he starts looking and viewing what is on those channels of filth and worthlessness. And he forgets that the Lord of the worlds sees him.

If you spent (some) time of the day in seclusion.. Then do not say “I was alone”, but say “I had One that was watching me”. Say to yourself “Allah is watching and looking at me. He sees me, there is nothing hidden from Him of what I do. He sees how I use my ears. And how I use my eyes”.

So he [ought] to fear Allah and strive against himself in protecting his eyes and ears, by having taqwa for his Lord. So as to have a blessed hearing and his sight to be blessed. And that the servant becomes one who fears Allah with regards to the things he listens and looks at.

And that he is mindful that Allah will ask him on the day of judgment as to everything he listened to a looked at. All of that will He ask him about.

“Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart - about all those will be questioned.” [Surah Isra]

You will be asked about the things you looked at and listened to. All of that… [the Shaykh starts crying] will Allaah ask you (about)… [the Shaykh continues to cry]

And he (the author) said: “And bless us in the things we hear and see.”

So the blessing of sight is by that. That a Muslim strives against himself while fearing Allah while protecting his sight. Especially in these times of ours, which is a time of many tribulations.

Especially in many countries where the people of good, religion and virtue are being tribulated by many Fitan. Even to the point that some of them say while being grieved, and mentioning his situation with grieve. Saying, “Where should I leave my sight? Where should I leave my sight? If I go out my house I only see naked thighs, breasts and great Fitan, and I am a young man!”

After this the Shaykh started crying again…

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anonymous asked:

Assalam o Alaikum, Umm Umar Khalid. I just read about your mother. I know how you feel because my father(39) passed away 9 years ago and my sister(only 19) passed away a couple weeks ago. I loved them so much. May Allah bless you and your family.

Wa’alaikomissalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I ask Allah Azza Wa Jall to bless you for your kind soul, and for messaging me such a beautiful reminder that indeed death can come upon anyone anytime.

Let this love for them become a fuel of inspiration for you to become a better Muslim, strive hard to become a sadaqah jariya of your father, it’s the best we can do for our parents. May Allah Azza Wa Jall accept it from us. Amin.

With this, I want to share to you a piece of advice that my mother Allah yer7ama told me few days before she returned back to Allah. “Pray. If you want us to see each other again, then never leave your prayer.”

Zohayma