You ask; He gives. You cry; He listens. You call; He answers. You repent; He forgives.  You knock; He opens. You attend; He welcomes. You nag; He hears. You request; He accepts. You question; He solves. You plea; He resolves. You insist; He grants.

Everything you do, is about you.. and everything He does, is about you..

So “which of Allah’s favours can you deny?” (Qur'an 55:18)

5 Mosques mentioned in the Qur'an

They are:

1. Masjid-e-Haram in Mecca [(“The Sacred Mosque”) is the largest mosque in the world. It surrounds the Kaaba, the place which Muslims worldwide turn towards while performing daily prayers and is Islam’s holiest place. The mosque is also known as the Grand Mosque.]

2. Masjid-e-Aqsa in Baitul Muqaddas, Palestine [(“The Farthest Mosque,”) is the third holiest site in Islam. Muslims believe that Prophet Mohamed (SAWS) was transported from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to al-Aqsa during Al-Israa we Al-Miraaj. Prophet Mohamed (SAWS) led prayers towards this site until the seventeenth month after the emigration, when God directed him to turn towards the Ka'aba.]

3. Masjid-e-Quba in Madina [The oldest mosque in the world. Its first stones were positioned by the Islamic prophet Muhammad on his emigration from the city of Mecca to Madina and the mosque was completed by his companions.]

4. Masjid-e-Nabawwi in Madina [Also called: “Prophet’s Mosque.” As the final resting place of the Prophet Muhammad, it is considered the second holiest site in Islam by Muslims (the first being the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca) and is one of the largest mosques in the world.]

5. Masjid-e-Zarar in Madina [Allah (SWT) ordered in the Qur'an to destroy (demolish) Masjid-e-Zarar. This mosque was built by the hypocrites (Munafeqeen) the enemies of Muslims.)]

Is Dating Haram?

Let me start by explaining that the word “haram” means forbidden. For something to be forbidden, it has to be either stated clearly in the Qur’an or by Prophet Mohamed (PBUH.) However, that does not mean that it is not wrong. Anything could be either wrong or right. It depends on the way you use it. Is watching television haram? It wasn’t stated in the Qur’an, so does that mean that it is ok no matter how inappropriate the content is? Of course not. It depends on how you use (or abuse it.) If you watch inappropriate stuff which is infact haram, then yes it is. Music, television, and the internet are all means of leading you to haram. But is it not infact haram.

Do you understand that part?

Islam encourages Muslims to marry persons for whom they have special feelings and are comfortable with. Thus, Islam recommends that potential marriage partners see one another before proposing marriage. Explaining the reason for such a recommendation, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “That would enhance/foster the bonding.”

However the prospective couple shall not meet in private, this might lead to extremely unwanted situations, as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Whenever a man is alone with a woman, Satan is the third among them?" (Reported by At-Tirmidhi).

At all times, Muslims should follow the commands of the Qur'an "Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them.”

In conclusion, Islam lays its social structure on the basis of a permanent relationship between a man and a woman in the form of a family.

Consequently, to preserve this marital relationship, it forbids all forms of temporary relationships between a man and a woman. Pre-marital relationships in Islam are not considered respectful for neither the man nor the woman, nor is it constructive for the concept or the building the family or the Islamic society.

Anything that I may have said that is correct, is from Allah (SWT) and all praise and glory is for Him and for Him alone. Anything that I may have said that is in error, is mine and I pray for forgiveness and to be led to the truth. InshaAllah!

Hijab.. Why not?

1. I’m not convinced of Hijab:

Can I ask you sister that, who are you? You may reply: I’m a Muslim. What is the meaning of Muslim? The one who completely submits himself totally to Allah for achieving peace, am I right? Sister, Hijab is a clear commandment of Allah (swt) and Muhammad (saw). How we can disobey them and deny what Allah and His Messenger have given to us? Prophet Ibrahim (as) had to sacrifice his son and even he didn’t understand why he had to do such a thing. Does not it teach us how to submit our will to Allah?

2nd Excuse:

The women who say that the most important thing is what is inside, that her intentions are always good, and she is a good person, and the Hijab is the Hijab of the heart. And these women say that they pray 5 times a day, pray the night prayers, pray the voluntary prayers, gives charity. However, she feels that this is enough worship for her. Remember the holy verse of Al-Quran:

“……….Then do you believe in a part of the Scripture and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do so among you, except disgrace in the life of this world, and on the Day of resurrection they shall be consigned to the most grievous torment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do. Those are they who have brought the life of this world at the price of Hereafter. Their torment shall not be lightened nor shall they be helped. [C: 2, V: 85-86]

The Third Excuse:

The Hijab is not comfortable. And really difficult to maintain in some countries especially in tropical countries. A woman can complain that she loses her hair when she puts on the Hijab, because of the heat. So come on, do you want me to lose my hair and get bald? I won’t put it on because my hair falls off. Sister, Allah (saw) said:“Say that the Hell fire is stronger than the heat of the world.”

The Prophet (saw) said:“Hell is surrounded by our desires, and Jannah is surrounded by the good things.”

Is it still difficult for you to put on the Hijab? But you’ll take GREAT deeds for following Allah’s command!

The Fourth Excuse:

The women say that they knew many ladies who wore Hijab and they have the worst of manners, and do the worst of things. So I don’t want to put the Hijab on because I don’t want to be like them. Okay, I agree with you sister. But there are many people who pray, but do bad deeds too. Does it mean we shouldn’t pray? Some people go to Hajj so that they can hide under the title of Hajj and that they can do bad things. Does that mean we shouldn’t go to hajj? So sister, the wrong is not in the religion, but in the people themselves. So is the Hijab bad or the person who wears the Hijab?

5th Excuse:

Allah has not guided me yet. I will put on the Hijab, but Allah hasn’t guided me to do so now. So, when I will be 50 years old and I have enjoyed my life, I’ll put on the Hijab. No sister, this excuse is totally wrong. Allah said:“Allah does not change a people’s situation unless they change what is within themselves.”You will not put the Hijab on until you change what is within yourself and work towards putting on the Hijab. It’s not acceptable for you to say that Allah has not guided you- no, he has guided you and the proof is that you are listening to these words. The reason you are listening to these words is; Allah has opened the journey of guidance to you. So, it is up to you to obey Him or to not.

6th Excuse:

When I will get married I’ll put on the Hijab.

So let me tell you, a lot of men look for the pious, religious woman who respects herself with her Hijab, more than those men who look for the other women. And Allah has written whom you will marry anyway! So you won’t marry anyone else except for that person that Allah has chosen for you. Don’t be afraid; put your trust in Allah. Allah will give you the pious husband. So when you marry, marry someone who will love you for your righteousness in spite of your physical beauties.

Once a man came to a scholar and asked him: If I’m going to marry my sister to someone, who should it be? The Scholar replied: marry her to a man who is a servant of Allah, so if he loved her, he will respect her, and if he hated her, he will not treat her badly. Marry the man that will protect you and be happy that you are a wearing the veil.

7th Excuse:

I’m still too young to maintain Hijab.

Do you know when you’ll die sister? The death rate for youths is increasing! I want to give you an example of a girl. I have taken the following story from an Islamic Site:“This is a true story that really happened in Egypt, Alexandria last year in Ramadhan. The man was telling me that his wife wears a veil. Living in front of them was a young girl who was not wearing the veil. And the girl has good things inside her heart, like many of our sisters in Islam. However, she doesn’t understand the meaning of the veil and the meaning it has in Islam. So he said that his wife had good relations with this girl. She didn’t ignore her just because she doesn’t wear the Hijab. They were friends. So one day the young girl had come to ask the wife if she’d come shopping with her to buy some jeans. So the intelligent wife (who knows that she has to call the girl towards Allah) agreed to go shopping with her, but under one condition: the girl comes with the wife to an Islamic circle that was going to start. The girl agreed.

So they went to the circle which was about repentance to Allah. The girl was so inspired by what was being said, and started to cry until she kept repeating one sentence over and over again: I’ve repented Allah, please someone cover me. The people told her: okay, let us take you home and you can put the Hijab on. But she refused, wanting to be covered right at that moment with the Hijab; she couldn’t go out without it. So they got her a scarf and a dress, and she left the building with it on. And as soon as she left to cross the road, a car hit her and she died.

She died after she had repented. She is lucky that she repented before she died. So never give the excuse that you are still young, because you never know when you will die.”

8th Excuse:

I want to follow fashion and if I wear the Hijab I’ll be out of fashion.
Isn’t Allah dearer to you than fashion? I swear when you put the Hijab on you’ll have light shinning from within you, and you’ll be more beautiful with your Hijab.

9th Excuse:

I want to follow the Westerners:

Who respect the woman more? Islam or those people who can’t even sell matches without painting a half-naked woman on it? Are they the ones who have respected the woman or exploited the woman? Or Islam, who has respected the woman and covered her and liberated her from exploitation? Do you want respect from Islam or from those apostles? The choice is yours..

10th Excuse:

I don’t want to because I’m afraid of taking it off. Sister, why don’t you put it on with firm faith and ask Allah (swt) to always protect you and let you never take it off. Of course I’m not saying that taking off the Hijab isn’t a sin. Taking off the Hijab is the biggest sin because you would be encouraging other women to do the same. Never ever do this please. Allah (swt) would hate that. Wear the Hijab and do these three things to make sure you will never take it off:
1- Have good religious friends

2- Attend and listen to Islamic lectures

3- Make duaa (supplications) to ask God to keep your Hijab on and strengthen your faith.

Okay, the last excuse:

I’m shy and embarrassed from what my friends and relatives will say if I put the Hijab on. Sister, won’t you be ashamed of yourself from Allah (swt) on the Day of Judgement? Won’t you be embarrassed when you see the Prophet (saw) on the Day of Judgement?
On the Day of Judgement you will be thirsty and the Prophet (saw) will be giving water to everyone. And you will run to him, but two angels will stop you going further. The Prophet will say, leave her! She is from my nation. The angels will say: we cannot Prophet Muhammad, for she did not obey Allah’s command. So the Prophet would say, go away, far away, I do not want to have anything to do with you because you didn’t listen to Allah’s command.

And who will be embarrassed in that day? The one who is showing her body to every one or the one who is respecting and covering it? The Prophet (saw) said:Grab Islam with your hands and teeth!

A Call to my Muslim Sisters:

Sisters in Islam, remember that you are an example to all the Muslim and non-Muslim women. With your manners, worship, smile, even when you are walking down the street, you are an example to everyone and you will indeed inspire many people, without even saying a word. You purify your society! Your good deeds are extreme of value to Allah. You will guide your sisters in Islam. You are our example, our ambassador of Islam. Please, please do not let us down.

8 ways to boost your spirit for Ramadan

1. Dua
Ask Allah to make this the most awesome, spiritually uplifting Ramadan you’ve ever had. Only He can make it happen and relying on Him completely is one step in boosting our spirits.

2. Quiet your mind, turn off the…
TV, internet, radio, cell phone, pager, iPod, etc. No, not all day, but for at least 10 minutes a day. Find a quiet place, close your eyes and connect with God. At first, your mind will swirl with the useless and not-so-useless info in your head. But force it to think of three things in these few minutes:
1. Allah
2. Your purpose in life
3. Are you living your life on purpose?
Do this every day of Ramadan if you can. If that’s not possible, try it at least three times a week.

3. Learn about great Muslims
Even if you’ve read it before, read or listen to Abdul Wahid Hamid’s Companions of the Prophet again this Ramadan. Read about or listen to the story of a Companion daily. Well-written and short, this is a wonderful way to see how other Muslims retained their strength of faith against incredible odds. A sure-fire spirituality booster.

4. Connect to the Quran
The Quran is God’s way of talking to us. It’s one of the most important keys to spiritual upliftment. This Ramadan, connect to the Quran in a new way. If you already read Quran regularly, perhaps you can choose a new theme to focus on or select a Surah you haven’t read in a while. If you don’t read Quran regularly, maybe you can read just two minutes of Quran a day, reading only from the first page you encounter when you open up the Book.

5. Take care of others
Whether it’s someone who’s away from their family, a person who’s having problems with a spouse or their kids or a fellow student struggling with their grades, make an extra effort this Ramadan to help others out. The spiritual boost you get in return is well worth it.

6. Feed the hungry
While your stomach shrieks in protest, give that panhandler some change, volunteer at a soup kitchen, get involved with your local food pantry or make a couple of bag lunches to give to the hungry you meet on your way to school or work.

7. Give up one lifelong bad habit
Ask yourself what some of your defining traits are. Then decide which is the worst of them. Is it a hot temper? Apathy? Laziness? Impatience? Whatever it is, use this Ramadan to put an end to it. Practice the opposite of your bad habit every day until the end of the month. By then InshaAllah, you’ll look back and be amazed at what a change you’ve made for the better.

8. Use those Nights of Power
The last ten nights or Ramadan aren’t called the Nights of Power for nothing. Use these precious times for deep, heartfelt Dua (supplication), self-analysis, reflection and serious thought.

Ramadan is superior to other months in four things:

 1. In it there is the best night of the year, which is Lailatul Al-Qadr. Worship on this night is better than worshiping for a thousand months. 

2. In this month was revealed the best of Books to the best of the Prophets (peace and blessings be upon them all). 

 3. In this month the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are shut, and the devils are chained up. 

4. There are many kinds of worship in Ramadan, such as fasting, praying Qiyam Al-Layl (Night Vigil Prayer), feeding the poor, performing i`tikaf (religious retreat), giving charity, and reading the Qur’an.

O Allah, I ask forgiveness of You for the injustice I committed against Your servants. Whatever of Your male or female servants whom I have hurt, physically or in their dignity or in their property give them of Your bounty which lacks nothing. And I ask You to honor me with Your mercy which encompasses all things. I am in great need of Your mercy, O Most Merciful of the merciful.
Fasting on Mondays & Thursdays

If you’ve never fasted on a Monday or Thursday and wonder why some people do, here is what Prophet Muhammad PBUH said about that:

“Deeds of people are presented (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays. So I like that my actions be presented while I am fasting.”

It is also said that he used to fast on those days because the first was the day he was born and the second was the day he had revelation. To support this argument. This is the hadith that was reported to have been said by our prophet (PBUH): “That is the day on which I was born and the day on which I received Revelation.”

Therefore it is sunnah to fast on those particular days. :)

The Qur'an

The last Book from Allah (SWT), which was revealed to our Prophet Mohamed (SAS), is most commonly known as the Qur’an. It is the book of complete guidance. It has all of the wisdom contained in the previous books and more. It is the book that Allah (SWT) promised to protect from changes and harm. No human being or jinn can write a book like that.

The Qur’an has many names like “The Kitaab (Book)” because the Qur’an is written as a book. “The Furqaan (Criterion)” is another common name. A “criterion” is something that separates between truth and falsehood, and this is exactly what the Qur’an does. The Qur’an is the Zikr (message or reminder). It is a message from Allah (SWT) to his creation, and it reminds them of what they are supposed to do in this life.

Here are some qualities of the Holy Book:

* The Qur’an is a book of cure and mercy. It cures the diseases of the soul. It even cures some of the diseases of the body. It is from Allah (SWT) who created us and knows what is best for our souls and bodies. It is also a mercy from Allah to the believers, because it helps them and protects them in different ways.

* The Qur’an is a book of guidance and admonishment (warning). It also gives good news to the believers. It gives news of victory and success, and news of a wonderful life in Heaven. It warns people from Allah’s anger, punishment, and Hell.

* The Qur’an contains strong proof that shows us why the wrong is so bad and why the right is so good. It is a clear light that helps us see our way in the darkness of this life.

* The Qur’an made the Qur’an easy to understand and made it possible for the Muslims to memorize it. We see that there are countless people on Earth who know and memorize the Qur’an. They are far more than those who memorize any other book.

* The Qur’an is the best book. It agrees with the earlier books and has new and better things that were not in the books before them. 

Qur’an is the book of guidance. It invites to think about Allah’s creation and power. It tells is the difference between Halal (allowed) and Haram (Prohibited) matters. It invites us to do good and avoid evil. So, basically it calls for the best of all things.

The guidance of the Qur’an is of three different types:

The Qur’an guides us to the correct beliefs that we must have, such as the belief in Allah, His angels, His messengers, and the Last day.

The Qur’an guides us to the correct ways of worshiping Allah (SWT). It teaches us what actions please Him so that we do them, and what actions anger Him so that we would not to them. For example, it commands us to pray and fast, and tells us not to drink or gamble.

The Qur’an guides us to good manners. It teaches us how to purify our souls. It also teaches us how to have a good relationship with the other people and how to have a strong brotherhood with the believers. It guides us to truthfulness, patience, mercy, and kindness.

Because of the power and greatness of the Qur’an, no one can write a book similar to it. No one is like Allah. And nothing is like His Book. 

 His book is so great but most people are blinded from seeing its true beauty and power. If they could see the truth, they would know that even a mountain would break down to pieces from the power of the Qur’an.

The Qur’an has 114 soorahs (chapters). It starts with Al- Fatiha and ends with An-Nas.

The Qur’an will always be a miracle that no one can imitate. And the Qur’anic miracle will always bring more believers into Islam than any other miracle. May Allah (SWT) make us of those who recite the Qur’an frequently, memorize it, and follow its teachings. Ameen. 

“Every day the sun rises it calls upon us, “Oh people! I am a new day; I am an observer of your actions. Take advantage of me for I will not return until the Day of Judgment.” “Oh, son of Adam you are nothing but a few breaths. Once one breath goes out, part of you goes with it. In the same way that part of you has gone, soon all of you will go.” -Al-Hasan Al-Basri
Three Qualities of Faith

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever possesses the following three qualities will have the sweetness (delight) of faith:

1. The one to whom Allah and His Apostle becomes dearer than anything else.

2. Who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah’s sake.

3. Who hates to revert to Atheism (disbelief) as he hates to be thrown into the fire.”