Friday, December 18, 2009
As the New Year dawns on us, I make Dua’a that you each of your dreams are fulfilled…
May happiness follow you, may your faith guide you…
May your heart be content and your life be filled with goodness…
May the Almighty bless you with bounties always…Inshallah ~ Aameen
Kindly remember the Ummah of Nabi (SAW), the sick, weak, oppressed, our Marhoomeen
as well as my family & I in your Dua’as, Jazakallah.
Let us all start our New Year with a clean slate Inshallah (If Allah wills) Aameen. This day I humble myself before you and with sincerity I ask of you that if in any way I may have a.. offended you or b.. oppressed you or c.. said something to offend to you in anyway, knowingly or unknowingly. Please to find it in your heart to forgive me for any of my shorthcomings. Indeed Almighty Allah forgives!
Jummah & Muharram Mubarak…
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
October is the month of breast cancer awareness, and with that in mind, I want you all to consider wearing a pink hijab this October 29th in solidarity and support of all the women who are batteling this horrible cancer.
The Pink hijab day initiative started in North America, but this year we can make it an international event. Breast cancer is an issue that can affect all of us, so lets fight it. No matter where in the world you are, put your pink scarf on October the 29th.
Please support the breast cancer research by making generous donations to your national cancer foundation.
URGENT! SA MUSLIMS TARGETED
The MEDIA REVIEW NETWORK wishes to alert the Muslim community of a concerted effort to tarnish the entire ummah of being complicit in a plot to plant "bombs" in our country.
Certain media have quoted "experts in Islam militancy" stating that "there will definitely be a bombing campaign...."
The prime culprit is Prof Hussein Solomon, former head of Centre for International Political Studies (CIPS) at the
Prof. Solomon has, for many years, been beating the drumbeat of "Islamic militancy” posing a danger to democracy in
The following are some of the rash and irresponsible statements Prof. Solomon made at the Conference:
- “…. you have various Muslim organisations, mosques, madressahs and Muslim Media …….psychologically preparing Muslims for terrorism, martyrdom operations.”
- “ There is this fact that military training is occurring in Muslim high schools.”
- “………….you find hundreds of South African Muslims going off to
Pakistan, Iranand for Islamic Instruction. They come back and occupy very powerful positions in terms of influencing young kids at Madressahs.” Saudi Arabia
Solomon was challenged on a number of occasions by the Media Review Network (MRN) in the media. He also faces charges for some of the statements above.
The MRN would also like to alert the Muslims of South Africa about the distinct possibility of local and foreign nationals working as undercover agents, under the guise of promoting Islam in various capacities.
This could be in the form of doing, for example, humanitarian work in
It is incumbent upon the Muslims to enquire from the credible and legitimate organisations in the forefront of the struggle against the enemies of Muslims, as to the devious claims of the so-called "experts".
Many of these unscrupulous villains are sophisticated, smooth-talking and articulate Muslims comfortably dining with their American and Zionist hosts, whilst possibly serving their own interests.
The ummah cannot remain inactive and silent in the face of dangerous, unsubstantiated allegations, allowing Solomon and his ilk to taint the entire SA Muslim community as sympathizers of "terrorists."
We urge the ummah to pressurise their leaders in the different areas to meet with the politically influential and demand that these allegations, unfounded as they are, be substantiated.
Dr. Firoz Osman
Media Review Network
Cell: 082 337 6976E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Friday, September 18, 2009
As-Salaamu-Alaikum Dearest One’s
May all your good deeds & Dua’as be accepted, wishes fulfilled and most of all your sins forgiven .May Allah grant us the strength to help those less fortunate in Allah (swt)’s name,
Have a splendid day!!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Where has the time gone to, it feels surreal that Ramadaan 1430 begin a short while ago...Whislt today I hear tha Eid preparations are being made as we speak!
At this Juncture let us approach Ramadaan by dedicating ourselves during these most auspicious days and nights to ﷲا
We hear of funerals of our Muslim brothers and sisters on a daily basis - some of us have buried our loved ones....use this as a lesson for each us!
The last ten nights of Ramadaan are special , in which it is reported That ﷲا accepts our Dua'as. Please make me Maaf and may ﷲا accept all our Dua'as - Kindly remember us in your Dua'as....
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
I was on facebook this morning and this is what I seen, so yes there is a group like this. There is another group that I joined this morning that is against this group and If they had reached a certain amount of people that joined the group will be closed, but unfortunately it has not been closed.
Here is the name of the group We want Facebook to close this group "koran toilet paper roll"
I have no idea how to get hold of facebook but I do think that we muslims should stand together in this matter, it is really upsetting to see this happening,
The choicest of Blessings, Salutations, Salaams and
Durood upon our Beloved Nabi Mohammed (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam),
All praise to Almighty Allah for granting us another Jumma so that we can make use of this
auspicious day to strengthen our Imaan and make dua in huge congregations around the globe.
On this Mubaarak day, Wishing you:
not just a smile but laughter,
not just happiness but pure joy,
not just wealth but Heavens treasures
and not just silence but Divine peace.
Make the remembrance of Allah (SWT) my garment, Ya Allah
Every utterance from my mouth be Your dhikr, Ya Allah
Instead of breath, It should be Your dhikr from my throat, Ya Allah
Let this Dhikr never leave me
And be the last thing on my tongue O Creator.
La iIlaha Illallahu Muhammadur Rasullulah
Read Salaah punctually, read it with care
On judgement day, we will be asked about prayer
That’s the first question, so take this advice
Salaah is the key to paradise
Salaah will separate Muslims from others
Salaah is a blessing which Allah swt gave
It will intercede and protect us in the grave
When it comes eventually, to the day of rising
The believer’s body washed by Wudhu will be shining
For the believers who are regular in offering Salaah
It becomes a light of guidance on the pul-siraat
Friday, August 21, 2009
I had an interesting conversation now...
It went as follows:
“With tonight Inshallah being the start of Ramadaan, for the next few weeks...such will be the abundance of food.
Which we do not have all year through...”
Is this what Ramadaan has been reduced to?
I sit and reflect what Ramdaan means to me – these are the glorious days in which the Almighty grants each belier the opportunity to do good which is multiplied tenfold. A time in which the Qura’an was revealed and can be used to reflect and
its message entrenched within our lives so that from here forth we can practise upon and become better Muslims...
it’s a time for when we reflect on our own lives, those of our Brethren and the Ummah alike...how do they feel with these pangs of hunger...are we cleansing our minds, bodies and souls yet feeding our bellies with no afterthought for the Aakirah....Will Allah be pleased with how we treat this blessed and beloved month of Ramadaan?
Help me Oh reader and share with me your thoughts...am I the only one who thinks Ramadaan is a month of taking stock and reflecting on our lives as Muslims....??
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
..something to think about...
Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 minutes later:
the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly.
The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time.
This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities. The questions raised: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One conclusion reached from this experiment might be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.... How many other things are we missing?
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Recently, in large French city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tanned woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said:
THIS SUMMER DO YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID OR A WHALE?
A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.
To Whom It May Concern:
Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans). They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales.
They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Barren Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.
Mermaids don't exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them not to mention how could they have sex? Therefore they don't have kids either. Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?
The choice is perfectly clear to me; I want to be a whale.
P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a coffee with my friends. With time we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy. Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think:
Good gosh, look how smart I am........
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
MULAYKAH BINT MUNKADAR RA
When Imam Malik Ibn Dinar was making Tawaaf (circulation of the Kaba) he heard a woman saying "My Lord! Have mercy on me; I have come from a very distant place to Thy House. My Lord! I have come hopeful of Your favours and beneficence. Do not make me dependant on anyone but you".
Having heard these words, the Imam and his companions asked her later in the day to speak to them some words of wisdom. Her speech was persuasive and it left a strong and good opinion on them. After some time she asked them to leave her alone as her talking began interfering with her worship.~ LEADING LADIES ~
Monday, July 27, 2009
This could not have been said more beautifully....Marshallah
"Allah is not kind to him who is not kind to people." [Hadith - Muslim & Bukhari ]
"Those who are kind and considerate to Allah's creatures, Allah bestows His kindness and affection on them. Show kindness to the creatures on the earth so that Allah may be kind to you." The Noble Qur'an - Al-Fath 48:29
Friday, July 17, 2009
Oh Allah, grant my friends and family what I wish for myself ….
Oh Allah! I ask for mercy from You by which You will guide my heart,
settle my affairs, remove my worries, protect me from what is unseen to me,
make my face radiant, purify my deeds, inspire me with wisdom,
avert calamities from me, and protect me from every evil in this world and the hereafter....Inshallah, Aameen
Take care & have a blessed day
Thursday, July 16, 2009
At first glance there don’t seem to be many destinations that South African passport holders can visit without the tedious (and expensive) process of acquiring a visa. Take a look at this list of the more popular (and some unusual) destinations where no visa is required.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans must have a valid passport, but no visa is required for stays of up to one month.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans must have a valid passport, but do not require a visa for a stay of up to three months.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans do not require a visa for touristic visits of up to 30 days. Those arriving at overland crossings will only be given visa free entry valid for 15 days.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South African passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Singapore for a stay of up to 30 days, providing a Social Visit Pass is obtained on arrival. Extensions are possible for a fee of S$40.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans must have a valid passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to 60 days for tourism or 90 days for business purposes.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans must have a valid passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.
As no one owns the Antarctic continent, no visitors require a visa or passport; however, a valid passport will be required for any stops en route, and visas and passports may be needed for points of departure. Most Western countries are signatories of the Antarctica Treaty and those wishing to visit Antarctica independently must obtain a permit.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans do not need a visa to visit Zambia for 90 days within a 12-month period, whether taken together or in sections. A valid passport is required.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South African nationals do not require a visa for a stay of up to two months.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans must have a valid passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.
Entry requirements for South Africans: A valid passport is needed, but no visa is required by South African nationals if travelling on holiday or business for up to 90 days from date of issue.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South African nationals must hold a passport, but no tourist or business visa is required for unlimited entries of up to three months each.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South African nationals must hold a passport valid for at least six months, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans must have a valid passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to 21 days.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South African nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 90 days. Extensions up to 30 days are possible. A valid passport is needed.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans must hold a valid passport. No visa is required.
This list is by no means exhaustive and does not contain destinations like Egypt where a visa is needed (but is free of charge) or the Seychelles where a visa is issued on arrival. and as visa requirements can and do change at a moment’s notice, it is always wise to double check the visa requirements with your travel consultant.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A Muslim is required to maintain a good relationship with his relatives. In Islamic terms, 'Silah-Rahimi' is used to denote 'good treatment towards the relatives'.
In the Qur'an Allah tells us:
"Give your relatives their due…" (17:26)
"Allah commands justice, kindness and giving to near relatives…." (16:90)
"…And show kindness to your parents and to near relatives…" (4:36)
The sayings of Allah’s Messenger Muhammad [Peace be upon him] are replete with virtues of joining the ties of relations and helping relatives We are encouraged to visit our relatives, inquire about their circumstance, spend on them, give them sadaqa (voluntary charity) if they are poor,assist them in any reasonable way and the most important is to show love and affection to them.
In the Quraan, where the Muslims are enjoined to show kindness to parents, they are also required to treat other relatives with love and sympathy and to pay due regard to their rights as well.
The foremost claim on a person is that of his mother, then of his father, and then grade by grade, of the other relatives. Therefore through relationship, the relatives' rights come after that of the parents.
Allah has declared, "I am Allah, I am Ar-Rahman (The Merciful), I have created the bond of kinship and named it Rahim,-which I have derived from the root of my name of Rahman. Thus, whoever, shall join it (ie. Rahim), I shall join him, and whoever will break it, I shall break him."
The Almighty has designed the system of birth in such a way, that whoever is born, is tied to the bonds of kinship-and these bonds carry certain claims and rights. Thus, whoever fufills these claims, by being kind to his relatives and treating them well, Allah will "join him" i.e. He will make him His own and bestow His favour and mercy on him. And whosoever will violate these claims, Allah will "break him" i.e. He will have nothing to do with him.
Fulfilling the Rights of Relatives
It is related by Anas (R.A.) that the Allah’s Messenger Muhammad [Peace be upon him] said "Whoever wants an increase in his sustenance and that the marks of his feet remain for a long time in the world (i.e. to live long) - he should be kind and helpful to his relatives."
Family quarrels, which generally arise from the disregard of the relatives' rights, affect a persons health and causes friction in homes and in the community at large. Those who treat their relatives well and are helpful to them, are free from tensions and they are happier and more peaceful.
Violation of Relatives' Rights
The Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has said "Whoever violates the rights of relatives, shall not go to Paradise."
It shows that the violation of the relatives' rights is so detested by Allah, that with its filthiness, no one can enter Paradise. It is only when a person (believer) has received his punishment or has been forgiven, that the gates of Paradise will be opened for him.
Showing Kindness to Those Who Severe Relations
Often,there are people who care little for the bonds of relationship and are rude and unjust in this respect. Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has enjoined to continue to treat them well and fufil the obligations, irrespective of what they do and how they behave.
Abdullah ibn Umar(R.A.) relates from the Prophet (S.A.W.), "He does not fulfill the claim of Silah-Rahimi[one who keeps the ties of relations] who shows no kindness in return for the kindness shown to him. The person who really fulfills the claim is he who treats his relatives well even when they are mean and unjust to him.”
A man asked: O Messenger of Allaah[pbuh], I have relatives with whom I maintain ties of relations, yet they cut-off from me. I treat them kindly, yet they treat me in an evil manner. And I am forbearing and patient with them, yet they behave rudely and ignorantly towards me. The Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
"If the situation is as you say, then it is as if you are filling their mouths with sand. And Allaah will continue to aid and support you as long as you continue doing what you are doing."
When the violation of the rights of relatives is returned in a similar manner, the evil will spread in the society -But if it is returned with kindness, it may lead to their correction and it will assist in the promotion of Silah-Rahimi, in the life of the community.
As we know, Islam enjoins us not only to be good to those who are good to us, but also to be good to those who are not good to us. This shows exemplary moral character according to the standard of Islam.
And the most important aspect of fulfilling the rights of relatives….It is a means to Allah’s happiness!!!!!!!!!!
Some practical Tips to Promote Family Relations:
- Visit them often- don’t wait for “occasions” e.g. deaths, marriages etc
- Invite them home
- Always show love even if your relatives do not do the same.
- Always make dua [pray] for them
- Give them gifts- Spend on them according to your means.
- Help them in need and sympathise with them on sad occasions
- Share happy moments and occasions with them
- Avoid backbiting- It’s the main cause of friction
- Always talk positively about them and don’t look down upon them
- Occasionally give them a call to enquire about their welfare
- Don’t compete with them in material pursuits.
- Always be a well-wisher of your Relatives
- Plan ways to improve and strengthen relations.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Marwa Sherbini is being hailed as the Shaheed (Martyr) of the Hijaab
The body of a Muslim woman, killed in a German courtroom by a man convicted of insulting her religion, has been taken back to her native
Marwa Sherbini, 31, was stabbed 18 times by Axel W, who is now under arrest in
German prosecutors have said the 28-year-old attacker, identified only as Axel W, was driven by a deep hatred of foreigners and Muslims.
Medics were unable to save Ms Sherbini who was three months pregnant with her second child. Her three-year-old son was with the family in court when she was killed. Axel W and Ms Sherbini and family were in court for his appeal against a fine of 750 euros ($1,050) for insulting her in 2008, apparently because she was wearing the Hijaab.
Oh ALLAH! Forgive us if we have been negligent in our duty towards you, forgive us if we have let down the Ummah out of laziness or complacency!
Oh ALLAH! Let there be from this Ummah those who stand up and defend the honour of the Muslims, let there be people who work to restore the dignity of our people, let there be people who make your word the highest.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The Prophet's Last Sermon
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful This sermon was delivered on the ninth day of Dhul Hijah, 10 A.H. (632 A.D.) in the valley of Mount Arafat . The contents of the message were collected from different narrations, and there are other parts to it that are not mentioned here. This sermon still needs the authenticity of all of its parts to be checked.
"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore, listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present today.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. Allah has forbidden you to take interest, therefore, all interest obligations shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer inequity. Allah has judged that there shall be no interest and that all interest due to Abbas bin Abdul-Muttalib (the prophet's uncle) shall henceforth be waived.
Every right arising out of homicide in pre-Islamic days is henceforth waived and the first such right I waive is that arising from the murder of Rabiyah bin Al-Harith (relative of the prophet). O Men, the unbelievers indulge in tampering with the calendar in order to make permissible that which Allah forbade, and to forbid that which Allah had made permissible. With Allah the months are twelve; four of them are holy; three of these are successive and one occurs singly between the months of Jumadah and Shaaban. Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain right with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never commit adultery.
O People, listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadhan, and give your wealth in zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to. All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black, nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim, and that Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to your selves.
Remember, one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Qura'an and my example, the Sunnah, and if you follow these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others, and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better that those who listen to me directly. Be my witness O Allah, that I have conveyed Your message to Your people."
Alahumma infa`ni bima `allamtani wa `allamni ma yanfa`uni!
OH ALLAH! Make useful for me what You taught me
and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me! (Aameen)
Guiding one soul to knowledge and faith is a momentous achievement.
It is what will earn us great blessings...