united ummah

There are three things in Ramaḍān through which one of them alone Allah forgives all previous sins: fasting, voluntary night prayer and voluntary night prayer on Laylat-ul-Qadr. Whoever accomplishes all three, the means of forgiveness for him are greater.

ثلاثة في رمضان يُكفّر الله بالواحد منها ما تقدم من الذنوب (الصيام) و(القيام) و(قيام ليلة القدر) ومن أكمل الثلاثة كانت أسباب المغفرة له أعظم

—  Sheikh Abdulaziz al Tarifee

Oh Allah,

You are Ar-Rahman and Al-Ra’uf, please help the suffering ummah around the world. Help the oppressed and destroy the oppressors. End the pain and suffering. Unite the ummah and forgive us for not doing enough for our brothers and sisters.

Ameen.

medium.com
UK Must Demolish All Wahhabi Mosques – Younus AlGohar – Medium
Quran justifies it.
By Younus AlGohar

When a mosque can be demolished upon the decree of God in Medina, why can you not destroy a mosque in London? When it is clear these mosques are not mosques?

Is it time to remove your hijab and "blend in"?

When we witness another brother or sister getting lynched because of their faith.. because they were so visibly muslim and when your parents.. your loved ones ask you to remove your hijab or shave off your beard. So, that you may blend in.. So, that you may live a little longer, live to see another day and not meet a painful fate.

In moments like these instead of abandoning your values and “blending in” we should hold onto them even more tightly and become the best Muslim you can.

I ask Allah (swt) to give us all the strength and perseverance to do our best. This is the time to forget all our internal conflicts over frivolous things and strive as one united ummah.

Eid Mubarak! 💟
50 Duas For Arafah!

1. Ya Allah Al Wali - The Protecting Friend, protect us from hearts that are not humble, tongues that are not wise, and eyes that have forgotten how to cry.
2. Ya Allah make me and my family from amongst the sabiqoon you mention of in Surah Al Waqi'ah. Let the light of our eeman emanate from our chest and from our right hand side.
3. Ya Allah, Grant me and my loved ones a blessed death. Let me utter the shahada before I die. Grant me the intercession of Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). Ya Raheem make my last moments the best moments of my life. Let me die a shaheed in madina with my head in sujood and with my eyes shedding tears because of the love I have for you.
4. Ya Allah grant me the companionship of Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), his family and the Sahaba’s in Jannathul Firdous al 'aala.
5. Ya Allah save my non Muslim friends from the Fire. Guide them to Islam and righteous in the most beautiful of ways.
6. Ya Allah, reunite me in Jannathul Firdous with those whom I love for Your sake alone. Please make me a means of protecting and transferring my friends from hellfire into jannah because the love I have for them and because I will miss them in Jannah and would want the same for them.
7. Ya Rabb, perfect my Deen and my Worship. Save me from Faahisha and let me complete half of my Deen with someone whose heart is attached to you.
8. Ya Allah accept my good deeds and increase me in reward and Your Mercy. Wipe away my sins and pardon me completely. Shower your Mercy upon me and save me from disgrace on the Day of Reckoning.
9. Ya Allah, when I die, let my soul and my record of Deeds be with the Illiyeen. Grant me and my loved ones shade under your throne when there will be no shade but yours.
10. Ya Allah grant me, my parents, family and children guidance, steadfastness and increase in Imaan and taqwa. Keep me and my loved ones miles away from major and minor sins and from everything that earns your displeasure.
11. Ya Allah, make me of the few You love, You Pardon and You shade on a Day when there is no shade but from Your Majestic Arsh (Throne).
12. Oh my Lord, increase me in Yakeen and Tawakkul in you. Let there be no doubt in my belief in Your Oneness, Your Majesty and Power.
13. Ya Allah increase me in my love for You and Your Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).
14. Ya Allah forgive me and increase me in Your Blessings and Provisions.
15. Ya Allah lead me to more opportunities to do good and seeking Your Pleasure. Help me expand my dawah with sincerity and ikhlas.
16. Ya Rabb, Purify my intentions for Your Sake alone and let me not show off or take false pride. Save me from arrogance, pride, showing off and reminding of favors.
17. Oh my Creator and Sustainer, do not leave me alone. Bless me with a righteous spouse and children who will be the coolness of my eyes. And please help every brother and sisters who is aiming towards the same goal. Bless us with spouses who will guide us towards your pleasure and with whom we will spend an eternity and more in Jannatul firdous al'aala.
18. Oh my Lord, make me of those who are patient and obedient to You and to my parents.
19. Save me from the Fitnah of Dajjal. And please save me from becoming a fitna for others. Save me from being the source of trail for others.
20. Save me and my loved ones from the punishment of the grave and the punishment of the Hell Fire.
21. Ya Allah, increase me in Sadaqa -e - Jariya. May the legacy of my good deeds be never-ending.
22. Ya Allah, bless me with good health, so I can make sajdah with ease till my final breath.
23. Ya Allah, protect me and the Muslim Ummah against wicked oppressors. Save us from Fitnah and give us ease in our times of trial. Ya Allah unite our Ummah.
24. My Lord, bless me with the best in this world, the best in the Hereafter and save me from the fire. I am indeed in need of the good You have in store for me.
25. Ya Allah increase me in gratitude towards You alone.
26. Oh my Rabb, save me from hypocrisy. Save me from cheating others, save me from giving people false promises and hopes, save me from bad language and save me from destroying someone’s trust in me when they entrust something.
27. Ya Allah, let me and my spouse be among the pilgrims to perform Hajj in 2017
28. Ya Allah protect me against Evil Jinns and Spirits. Safeguard me from their evil incitements and plots. Save me from every evil that you have created
29. Ya Allah forgive and have Mercy upon my parents, as they looked after me when I was young. Ya Allah Al Mannan make my parents proud of me in this world and in the hereafter.
30. Ya Allah, I pray and beg of you for the guidance of the Muslim Youth and Ummah. Save us all from Kufr, Despair, Misdeeds, bidah and Shirk. Keep us away from confusion of different sects and keep us on siratul mustaqeem.
31. Ya Allah grant me the strength to battle laziness and sleep, so I may wake up for Tahajjud and Fajr daily.
32. Ya Allah grant me Ultimate Success -safety from the Fire and entry into Jannathul Firdous al alaa.
33. Ya Ghafoor make me from amongst the True slaves of Ar Rahman you mention in Surat Al Furqan who are protected from Hell fire.
34. Ya Allah help single mothers and sisters who have lost their husbands and guardians. Be their Wali and ease their hardships. Provide them with finance and help them take care of those under them.
35. Ya Allah Al Shafi cure everyone who is suffering from chronic diseases and those suffering from Cancer.
36. Ya Allah keep us away from people who want to cause us harm. Ya Allah make my enemeies my friends and make my friends my best friends. Surround me with people who remind me of your and about the akhirah.
37. Ya Allah help me become a hafidh and let me marry a hafidha of Qur'an and give tawfeeq for my entire progeny to be huffadh of Qur'an. Those who have Qur'an in their hearts and on their tongues. Men and women from my progeny who will be walking Qur'ans like our beloved Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).
38. Ya Allah make me from amongst the best. Those who learn Qur'an and teach Qur'an.
39. Ya Allah, please grant my parents strength, health and happiness. Please make me a light in their life, make me a source of laughter and smile, just as they have been for me. Guide them to the straight path, and keep them away from worries and grief.
40. Ya Allah uplift the men of our Ummah. Make them men of true honour and deen. Make them our protectors and those who help us and guide us. Keep us away from men and hypocrites who might destroy us, our peace of mind and our eeman.
41. Ya Allah allow us intercession of Qur'an. Ya Allah let Surah Baraqah and Al Imran come as clouds over us on the day of judgment.
42. Ya Allah always keep us financially secure and content with what we have. Keep us away from arrogance and worldly competition.
43. Ya Allah make Qur'an the light of my heart and the dispeller of my worries. Help me Increase my khushoo in Salaah.
44. Ya Fattah grant me wisdom and awareness, keep me away from foolishness and pretension, grant me a share in every blessing You send down, by Your generosity, O the most Generous.
45. Ya Allah strengthen me in carrying out Your commands, let me taste the sweetness of Your remembrance, grant me, through Your graciousness, that I give thanks to You. Protect me, with Your protection.Place me among Your righteous and obedient servants, and place me among Your close friends, by Your kindness.
46. Ya Rabbi let me have mercy on the orphans, and feed [the hungry], and spread peace, and keep company with the noble-minded. Make me, among those who rely on you.
47. Ya Allah make me patient over events that are decreed, grant me the ability to be pious, and keep company with the good, open for me the doors of the heavens, and lock the doors of Hell from me, help me to recite the Qur'an fluently and please send down tranquility upon my heart.
48. Ya Hayyum Ya Qayyum do not raise me blind on the day of judgement, let me have the honor of seeing your face and let me meet you with Qalbun Saleem.
48. Ya Allah Al Azeez keep shaytan miles away from me and my loved ones. Help me be sincere, strong, truthful. Do not let me be oppressed and do not make me an oppressor.
49. Ya Wakeel I entrust my affairs in your hands do not leave me incharge of my affairs even for a blink of an eye, please rectify for me all of my affairs. Purify my heart and clear the dark spots on sin. Bless my heart with your Noor.
50. Ya Allah to you we belong and you is our return. Have mercy on us and forgive us and guide us towards things that lead to your pleasure and keep us miles away from things that lead to your displeasure. Please accept all our duas and protect us from hardships.
Ameen ya rabbul alameen.
This is my small dua collection. Please feel free to tweak it the way you want. Add duas to this list or delete duas from this list. We cannot make enough dua during Arafah.
Please make sure you sit down before breaking fast and make dua atleast for half an hour.
May Allah accept all your duas and give you all more than you deserve.

In deep thoughts right now?

But really, what was the first thing that came to your mind? Be really honest.

I know some might say, I’m a doctor now, engineer, architect and all those beautiful professions that Allah Azza Wa Jall made us achieve by His Permission, right?

It’s okay, it’s a beautiful achievement, but let’s face it, in this dunya unless you are amongst those who use it in propagation for Islam, because let’s be honest to ourselves, this world will perish and so will the knowledge that we gained except for that of the knowledge in deen. 

When we ask someone about this, it’s sad how we don’t [to ourselves] immediately say like I have memorized the Qur'an by heart or that I pray 5 times a day or that I know the language of the Qur'an, or anything that is in relation to our deen. This just shows how we put Islam in our lives, we put it on the end, just like how some put Allah Azza Wa Jall as the last resort, when things get worst, then that’s the only time they call upon Allah. Astagfirullah.

O my dear brother and sister in Islam, today, I want to tell you something about the Qur'an because if you are among those people who tend to set aside his or her obligation upon Allah and set aside the will of learning the Qur'an then this is for you. 

When I did my hifdh, my shaykha asked about the history of the Qur'an [tho my experience may differ to other hifdh students because I was homeschooled] and I couldn’t answer her, all i knew was that it was revealed to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam by the angel Jibrail Alaihi Salaam, that these were the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall. 

My shaykha said I was correct but she told me to go deeper, because that is the beauty of Qur'an, it lies within deeper meanings, goes beyond what we perceive it looks or sounds like, that when you study more about it you will realize how glorified Allah is and how limited our knowledge and understanding is without the blessings of Allah Azza Wa Jall.

So now, I am sharing to you some things that I have discovered and studied about the history of the Qur'an. 
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Did you know that when we talk about Qur'an, the name of ‘Uthman Ibn Affan Radiyallahu Anhu cannot be left behind? Yes, it’s because uniting the ummah with a single mushaf [quran] was his greatest achievement.

I will do my best to be brief on this, since I do not want to make it too lengthy so let me explain it by bullet form.

There were three stages in writing down the Noble Qur'an.

• First stage was during the time of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam

The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam enjoined the writing down of the Qur'an that was revealed to him through scribe or scribes that wrote. 

On this stage one Companion was known and acquired the nickname Kaatib Al Nabi [Scribe of the Prophet] because he specialized in writing down the Wahy [Revelation] and he was Zayd Ibn Thabit Radiyallahu Anhu.

When the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam died, the entire Qur'an was written down, but it was not all put together as the scribes wrote the verses on palm leaves and flat stones and was memorized in the hearts of men.

Even though it was preserved on pages and in people’s hearts, Jibrail Alaihi Salaam still reviewed the Qur'an once every year, and he reviewed it with the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wassalaam twice in the year in which he died.

• Second stage was during the time of Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu

We all know that in the Battle of Al Yamaamah, Muslims who joined the caravan of the shuhada [martyrs] were mostly among the huffadh [people who memorized the Qur'an].

With this tragedy, Abu Bakr with consultation with 'Umar complied the Qur'an by collecting it from the skins, bones and palm leaves on which it was written as well as from the hearts of men.

Hence we find the story of Zayd Ibn Thabit with Abu Bakr and 'Umar. [which I have written in a separate article]

The pages that were compiled then were kept with Abu Bakr during his lifetime, until he died, then with 'Umar until he died, then with Hafsah Bint 'Umar.

• Third stage was during the time of 'Uthman Ibn Affan Radiyallahu Anhu

When Hudhayfah Ibn Yamaan came to 'Uthman when he was on a campaign with the people of Syria and the people of Iraq in the conquest of Armenia and Azerbaijan, he became very alarmed by the differences in their recitation, so he told 'Uthman:

“O Amir ul Mu'mineen, save this ummah before they differ concerning the Book as the Jews and the Christians did." 

'Uthman then sent a word to Hafsah saying, "Send us the manuscript so that we may make copies of it, then we will return it to you.”

After this, 'Uthman ordered Zayd Ibn Thabit, 'Abd Allah Ibn Az Zubair and Sa'eed Ibn Al'As with 'Abd Ar Rahman Ibn Al Haarith Ibn Hishaam to make copies of it, and told them: “If you and Zayd differ concerning anything of the Qur'an, then write it in the dialect of Quraish, for it was revealed in their dialect." 

[In another narration, the ones whom 'Uthman ordered to write the Mushaf were twelve men, among them were Ubayy Ibn Ka'b and otheres from among Quraish and the Ansar.]

So it was done until they made many copies, then 'Uthman returned the manuscript to Hafsha, and he sent a copied mushaf to every region and ordered that all the other Qur'anic material, whether it was mauscripts or entire copies, be burnt, so it couldn’t cause differences anymore.
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Some point to clarify and highlight:

1) During the Prophet’s Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam time, the Qur'an was written and scattered on pages, flat stones, palm leaves, stones and other materials and the chapters were not all compiled in one place. 

2) On the second stage, during the time of Abu Bakr, the Qur'an was written with every chapter having its verses put in order, in pages that followed the order of the verses as they had memorized from the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. 

So Zayd Ibn Thabit wrote what had been written at the time of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam on pages with the chapters and its verses in order in which they had been revealed.

Also, the reason it was compiled was to have the Qur'an preserved as the incident that happened during the Battle of Al Yaamamah endanger the preservation of the Qur'an with the death of many huffadh.

3) During the third stage, with the danger of creating differences, 'Uthman Ibn Affan then was motivated to compile the Qur'an even though it had been compiled in the proper order during the time of Abu Bakr because of the alarming differences between Muslim reciters in their recitations. 

As Hudhayfah didn’t want the Qur'anic text to be tampered with and distorted as to what happened among the Jews and Christians where each community was divided against itself with regard to its Book. 

It was during this stage also that the Qur'an was compiled in a manuscript and was put together and sewn with one thread.
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These are just brief information about the history and evolution of the Noble Qur'an, these are summarized and some are paraphrased as to how I have read and understood them, so please if there is difference in opinion kindly refer to the dalil I have cited at the end of this article. in sha Allah.
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So now, you have read how scrupulously and thoroughly the Qur'an was made to reach our generation, how it was protected and preserved by great people that came before us, how much effort and time they have given for this [some with their lives] just so we, who sit in our houses like there is nothing to do, could benefit and know the beauty and importance of this Noble Book.

'Uthman had such a wonderful achievement in his life, now, you who read this, what have you done for your deen?

Because by Allah, as a Muslim, your life is all about Islam. 

I’m not gonna tell you there’s more time, but I’m telling you everyday death chases you, and with every day that you let pass without feeding your soul with the knowledge of Qur'an is a day wasted. 

So get up now, make wudhu and do your best to read the Qur'an and I’m not saying just read but reflective reading, ponder and reflect after every verse! Let the wisdom of this Book fill your hearts and souls, let us develop that amity for the Qur'an and may our lives be lived in accordance to it!
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And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall gives us the tawfiq to learn and understand the Qur'an in order that we develop love and increase the knowledge we have for the deen so we just like 'Uthmaan can achieve something so great for Allah, our own and our deen. Amin.

Zohayma
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Stories were taken from the following:

• Al Bukhari, Kitab Fadaa'il Al Qur'an, no. 4686
• Hurub Al Riddah wa Bina'al Dawlah Al Islamiyyah,Ahmad Sa'eed,p. 145
• Al Bukhari, no. 4986
• Al Madinah An Nabawiyyah Fajr Al Islam wa'l Asr Al Raashidi, 2/241
• Al Bukhari, Kitaab Fadaa'il Al Qur'an, no. 4987
• 'Uthmaan Ibn Affan, Saadiq Arjun, p. 171

So when Kurds want to seek independence, we’re “too nationalistic” and it’s “haram”.
But Arab nationalism is totally okay. Arab nationalism is “good for the Ummah”.

This idea and notion of “one, united Ummah” is nonexistent. Please understand that. It’s good for ARAB UNITY.
Arab nationalism = great for the Ummah.
If you’re a pro-Kurdistan Kurd, you’re not a real Muslim.
If you’re African and you want to liberate and unite, you’re not a real Muslim.

The only way you can be a real Muslim and contribute to this delusion of the oneness of the Ummah is to fight for Arab nationalism. Fight for Arab causes and struggles. Forget about your own because they’re not doing anything good for the Ummah. So, guys, in conclusion: Unless you are an Arab who fights for Arab nationalism, you’re not a true Muslim. And unless you are an Arab who fights for Arab nationalism, you are harming the Ummah with your non-Arab nationalism.

Try mentioning other struggles that are not Arab-related and you will be shut down. 
“There are worse things happening in the Middle East.”
Or, you receive fake pity just to shut you up.
“Oh, it’s horrible what’s happening to you guys!!!”
Yet, never do I see these same people who think it’s “horrible” fight for that particular cause. Never do I see these people fight and advocate a cause that ISN’T Arab-related.

And if this post offends you, realise that YOU are the problem. The Muslim community, who pretends to be united for the sake of the West, MUST be criticised. That’s the only way things will change and progress. Sitting here and pretending to avoid any backlash from the West is so dangerous and so lethal and it is the reason why we have so much racism within. It’s not okay.

Abu hurayrah  رضي الله عنه narrates that the prophet ﷺ  said,  Avoid the seven sins that doom inte to Hell, They said; O Messenger of Allah, what are they? He said:

Associating others with Allah (shirk), Witchcraft, Killing a soul whom Allah has forbidden us to kill, except when its lawful, Consuming Riba, Consuming the orphan’s wealth, Running away from the battlefield, and  Slandering chaste, believing women who never even think of anything touching their chastity
—  [al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, an-Nasaa’i]

And his horse was called Sabhah.
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We may hear a lot of things about this particular sahabi, but I wanted to point out one of the most noteworthy contributions he had given to Islam, and this was during the Battle of Badr.

But first, let me tell you something about Al Miqdad Radiyallahu Anhu, he wasn’t a native of Makkah. He suffered continuous torture from the hands of the Quraish yet he never renounced his Islam.

He was the seventh person to openly proclaim his Islam, but that doesn’t mean he was the seventh person to accept Islam. He was among the few companions who made both migrations, to Al Habashah and to Al Madinah.

These are just brief things about Al Miqdad but what makes his name stand out is of this incident that happened during the Battle of Badr.

With a Makkan caravan headed by Abu Sufyan, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam set out of Al Madinah with more than 300 of his Companions but Abu Sufyan was able to flee, but the people of Makkah had already set out in order to defend their caravan.

This unexpected turn of events called for an imprtant decision and quick resolve, for the Muslims had not come out to fight.

The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam consulted his Companions, saying “O people, give me your counsel.”

Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu stood and spoke well, and then ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu stood and spoke well. The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam then repeated his request, saying, “O people, give me your counsel.”

This is when Al Miqdad Ibn 'Amr came forth, and he was the only Companion who was riding a horse at the time.

He then said: “O Messenger of Allah, execute that (plan) which Allah has shown to you, for we are with you. By Allah, we will not say to you as the children of Israel said to Musa: "So go you and your Lord and fight you two, we are sitting right here.” Instead, we say to you, 'Go you and your Lord and fight: we are with you and will fight.’ And by the One Who sent you with the truth, if you led us to Birkul-Ghimad (a place on the outlying regions of Yemen)- we would fight alongside with you against those who come before it (and there were many tribes separating Al Madinah and Birkul-Ghimad), until you reached it. And we will indeed fight from your right, from your left, from before you, and from behind you - until Allah makes you victorious.“

On this firm and brave stance, the eminent Comapnion, 'Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud Radiyallahu Anhu said, "I witnessed a situation with Al Miqdad Radiyallahu Anhu which made his companionship more beloved to me than anything similar to it.” -it was that speech of his.

According to come narrations, that speech made the Prophet’s Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam face shine, so pleased was he with Miqdad’s words. 

Indeed, in speaking such words, he showed not only his bravery, but his wisdom as well, for his speech prompted others to express similar commitments of loyalty and bravery, which were especially wanted from the Ansar, who had pledged to protect the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam from attacking enemies, but not to go out and initiate battle.

As soon as Al Miqdad finished speaking, one of the leaders of the Ansar came forth and expressed similar sentiments on behalf of his people.
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Allahu'akbar! This incident never fails to make me cry. Just look at the sincerity, love and bravery of Al Miqdad! There is so much assurance in his speech that in situations like that, such assurance were needed. Indeed, the companions were handpicked by Allah Azza Wa Jall. such people embodied such qualities that are just right and perfectly qualified for them to be called the Companions of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.

At times, where Muslims are now divided into so many groups, disunited with so many “misunderstandings”, such stories of this kind are needed, look at how united the Muslims were during the days of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.

How encouraging the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum were, how the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam who could just give the command would still sit and talk and ask for the counsel of his people. Allahu'akbar.

I still pray for the Ummah of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam to reunite and disregard the differences of each other, rather unite and regard the blessings, guidance and brotherhood that Allah Azza Wa Jall has gifted them.

I still hope for an Ummah so strong, an Ummah united, not fighting each other but fighting for each other.

I still believe in this Ummah.
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And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall helps us reconnect with our brothers and sisters in deen in a way that we do not regard our tribe or our race more than our worship or deen. 

Amin.

Zohayma


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Story was taken from:

• pp. 12-15 وزراء حول الرسول 
• Sahih Bukhari: 3952
• Ahmad 5/259

When asked the question, Sunni or Shia?

I will always answer that I am shia.
I don’t hide my beliefs nor do I say just Muslim.

Because anyone asking that question already knows you are Muslim and second this notion that we should all follow one ideology to unite the ummah is counter productive.

I am shia and you are Sunni we don’t need to further explain why, we are both Muslim, and if we want to unite the ummah we should teach acceptance not blind faith.

anonymous asked:

I have very similar experiences of being the outsider in an "Arab mosque"... You say ignore it yet everyone's always pushing for a united ummah. Frankly I'd rather practice in the comfort of my own home and distance myself from the ummah.

First of all, I’m going to talk to you like my little brother or sister, because well… I feel like it and I love you guys, so sucks for you.

Now, did I say ignore it? That’s not what I said at all, actually.

I said that you are always going to feel like an outsider in any space at a certain point, and even if you do feel like an outsider, you need to make sure you’re there, because what if someone else comes in to that Mosque and if you were there, you’d be able to be their little support, thire little safe zone, the thing that you always wanted?

And quite frankly, what does “practice in the comfort of your own home” when mean?

Islam is a religion that must inform your every day interactions. You don’t want to go to the Mosque? Great, fantastic, distance yourself from the Ummah, hooray, first class choice. 

But your Islam is primarily defined by your manners, your tone of voice, your effort in helping others, your every day, mundane actions.

The problem is that you can say “distance myself from the Ummah” but I’m sure you are part of some other groups. You associate yourself with some activist group of some sort (I mean, c’mon, you’re sending anonymous messages on Tumblr, you gotta be) and we don’t let people dissuade us nearly as much from those groups as we do with Muslim organizations.

Now, I understand, believe me, that you want to feel safe in a Muslim environment, but the thing is, if people like you or I do not continue to put the effort, show our faces, and persevere, and be that safe zone for those who feel like outsiders, then what are we learning when we worship in private? When we read The Qur’an? What have we actually taken away from The Revelation of God?

The Prophets, all of them, are defined by struggling to change people, and I’m not telling you to be Malcolm X, I’m saying we need to extend our Islam through patience, otherwise change won’t happen, otherwise our Ummah will be fragmented to a bunch of people “practicing in private” because we are all waiting for someone else to make the environment that we are charged with creating as Muslims: a welcoming one.

So yeah, we have to have a united Ummah, but we can’t have one when people are waiting for comfort. Change isn’t comfortable, and we can only become united if we deal with our issues and turning away won’t solve it. It might feel better, but progress won’t be made. I want progress, not some warped sense that I’m superior because I’m detached from the work of others, even if it is flawed, because what am I offering? Nothing.