Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Subhan'Allah - All Praises are due to the Almighty!

On one of the Arabic channels a speaker said that Muslims are never disorganized; they just need to be CONVINCED.


The American man was so amazed of how crowded is the Masjid, more than 3 million Muslims were there at the last nights of the holy month of Ramadan, so crowded, so disorganized.

The Shaikh asked the Non-Muslim man: How long do you think they'll take to organize themselves in rows and start the Salaah?

He answered: at least 2-3 hours.

The Shaikh said: but the Masjid (HARAM) of Kaaba is 4 floors!

The man said: OH, this will make it about 12 hours then.

The Shaikh said: put in your mind that they are from countries all over the world with different languages.


Then the Salaah time came, and the Imaam, Shaikh Sudais of Makkah stood up and said (ESTAWOO)=Arrange yourselves

And within seconds, the whole scene changed and the crowd of 3 million Muslims arranged themselves in well-organized rows in NO TIME !!

The American man stared at the TV screen for a moment, and then said:


(I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but ALLAH, and I bear witness that Mohammad is His Servant and Messenger)

Indeed Islam is a beautiful Religion...May Allah always make us Steadfast upon our Salaah, Aameen!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mothers of Palestine | فلسطين

Mothers of Palestine فلسطين


May 8, 2011 While a great part of the world is celebrating “Mothers Day”, special attention for the women of Palestine for they have not much to celebrate. Instead of receiving flowers and gifts of their children…. Palestinian women put flowers on the graves of their children.

This post is a tribute to the Mothers of Palestine, never giving up, enduring occupation, suffering the loss of their husbands, children, killed by occupation. I Salute the Lionesses of Falasteen. A compilation of photography of brave women who have to endure more than nations in a lifetime. May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala ease it for them and increase their blessings, for Dunyah and ‘Akheera. Allahumma Aameen ya RabbilAlameen.

Another child, killed by the abhorrent crimes of Israel during Cast Lead. A Future destroyed, another child martyr and another mother's heart broken for a lifetime

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How much more, do Palestinians and mothers need to suffer. How many more women, need to loose their children, husbands and even their own lives. How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all?

Let us read and make Dua'a for these brave Palestinians - Allah (swt) grant them victory from the Kufr oppressor's, Aameen

First Muslim Model Agency Opens in New York

Fashion insiders believe that this agency can help remove the stigma heaped upon Muslim women

The launch of the world's first Muslim model agency, in New York's fashionable Tribeca district, offered an interesting alternative to the options presented at New York Fashion Week a few blocks uptown. A coming-together of a particularly stylish segment of the Islamic community in this cosmopolitan city, the event on Saturday night played host to everyone from a fully veiled woman in black abaya to dramatically coiffed fashionistas (and fashionistos) curious about a groundbreaking project.

The founder of the Underwraps agency, Nailah Lymus, is a born-and-bred New York Muslim with a love of fashion and a mission to prove Islam's worth and tolerance to a city whose inhabitants remain, in many cases, emotionally fragile and somewhat suspicious of Islam more than a decade after the tragic September 11 terrorist attacks.

"It's just always been about contradicting a lot of the negative stereotypes and misunderstandings about Muslims and our religion, as well as about Muslim females; there's a whole lot of other negative stereotypes that go with that," says Lymas at the launch, in the Rare salon on Church Street. "We can walk on the runway, we can wear colours, we can do things independently of our husbands ... It breaks down so many misunderstandings, even regarding nationalities of Muslim women; it's a religion that's international."

In fact, arguably, much of the fashion that has been shown so far in New York for autumn/winter 2012 would be perfectly at home on a Muslim model, with hats, high necks and long sleeves all crucial trends. One guest at the event, Ismail Sayeed, a Harlem-born blogger and artist otherwise known as The Calligrafist, argues: "Those things are incorporated into western fashion. People who are not Muslim can cover and still be fashionable. If you look at the runway a lot of models are covered, and designers especially play with veils."

The owner of Rare, Fatima Sheikh, agrees. "When I met Nailah, I didn't even realise she was wearing hijab. It just looked so hot that I was like, I love what you've got going on!"

Sheikh runs a monthly "hijab night", during which she blocks off the windows on the premises, allowing local Muslim women to enjoy the benefits of a beauty salon in the privacy required by their beliefs. A practising Muslim herself, she was attracted to Lymus's project from the start, and was happy to offer her salon for the buzzy event.

"We met and everything she was talking about, the femininity and mysteriousness, that there's more to being feminine than being naked all the time, I agreed with. Anything I can do to help out each other [in Muslim fashion] I'm down to do."

Judging by the eclectic crowd that gathered on Saturday night, there are plenty of people with the same approach: some were there out of curiosity, some were bloggers looking for the next big story and many were Muslim fashionistas wanting to be part of a bigger movement.

Mohammed Shariff, a New York-based fashion and entertainment lawyer, was there to support his fellow New York Muslims, but he also saw a business opportunity. This was, he thought, just the tip of a future iceberg. "When I saw this I thought it was a perfect fit for Muslims and non-Muslims who don't want to be so revealing. I know we're going to start catering for this international market in America, whether it's at Neiman Marcus or JC Penney," he argues. "It's happening."

Shariff also points out the issue that has been troubling for so many of those who would like to be Muslim models - and those who would employ them. "I work with models and modelling agencies," he says. "I do see Muslims in modelling agencies who suffer from the assignments; they feel that they compromise who they are for it."

Sayeed has a similar experience. "I personally know many Muslims who want to model but they don't want to take anything off; they want to stay within their faith. People have their different views on it, but if you look around the world, Muslims dress differently. Culture plays a big part in how Muslims dress."

It's nevertheless a thorny issue for Lymus, who inevitably finds herself "representing" the Muslim world in fashion. How has she dealt with the doctrinal and religious issues?

"I've spoken to two imams, and they seemed to be supportive of it as long as I'm representing the religion properly, once I explained the direction I'm going in, which is really to bring awareness to a fashion forum. The models know that I'm devout in my religion." Still, if, as she suggests, the agency does start to cater for an international market ("I would love for my girls to walk Lincoln Centre during New York Fashion Week"), there are going to be some serious backstage issues, in a world in which it is completely normal for models to change in front of a whole room of men and women.

"Our contracts are really detailed, to make sure everything is understood," she says. "I'm even in the process of designing a portable fitting room for the individual model, because we can't have men dressing us, and I don't want it to be a burden or inconvenience to designers who might want to use our models."

Whether the madness that occurs backstage at a mainstream fashion show will support such measures remains to be seen.

The Illusion of Human Rights

The Illusion of Human Rights

In the last few decades, the world has seen an escalation in calling for equal human rights. World leaders, in order to appease the masses, allocate a day here and there, for the people to shout out their pains and thus cool their fervour. Arise the next morning and its business as usual.

Infringement and usurpation continues from the side of those in power while the masses feel really proud of themselves for standing up for the oppressed nations of the world.

Yet Palestine remains under brutal occupation, Afghanistan rages under the fires of war, innocent victims languish in prisons, and the unwary masses sleep easy, content that they have stood up for Human Rights.

When Allah's Beloved Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam came into this world, it was ablaze with every tyranny, corruption and evil that man is capable of. Yet when He Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallampassed away, His legacy of Sahaabah Radhiyallaahu Anhum, showed the world such an exemplary code of rights, that even a non-muslim citizen had the right to take on the Muslim ruler in the court of law.

Rights and justice were tangible realities in glaring contrast to the hollow sentiments they represent today. This Ummah was created to personify and vividly display the meaning of justice and fairness to mankind. But as the poet laments, we have strayed very far from our purpose.

Wither have you gone O Muslim, the world laments,

Where are the beacons, the lanterns of spiritual intent?

Arise from your slumber and sincerely repent,

For the oppressed are crying and the tyrants hell-bent.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Intercession of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam

Intercession of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam
Abu Hurayrah radhiyallahu anhu said, “We were with Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam attending an invitation. He picked up the leg (portion of meat), which he liked, and ate some of it. He said, “I will be the master of people on the Day of Qiyaamah. Do you know what that will entail? Allah will gather the first and the last on the same plain so that an observer will be able to see them and a speaker make them hear. The sun will be brought near to them and people will experience such sorrow and distress that they will not be able to bear or endure it. They will say, “Do you not see what a state you are in and what has come to you? Why do you not look for someone to intercede with your Lord on your behalf?” People will say to one another, “Your father Adam!” They will come to him and say, “O Adam! You are the father of mankind. Allah created you with His hand (power) and breathed His spirit (life) into you and He ordered the angels to prostrate to you. He made you dwell in Jannah. Will you not intercede with your Lord on our behalf? Do you not see what we are suffering and what has happened to us?” He will say, “My Lord is angry today with such anger as has never existed before nor will again. He forbade me the tree and I disobeyed. O my soul! My soul! My soul! Go to someone else. Go to Nuh.”

“They will go to Nuh and say, “O Nuh! You are the first of the Messengers to be sent to the people of the earth and Allah called you a thankful slave. Do you not see what we are suffering and what has happened to us?” Will you not intercede with your Lord on our behalf?” He will say, “My Lord is angry today with such anger as has never existed before nor will again. I made a supplication on behalf of my people. O my soul! My soul! My soul! Go to someone else! Go to Ibrahim.”

“They will go to Ibrahim and say, “O Ibrahim! You are the Prophet of Allah and His close friend among the people of the earth. Intercede with your Lord on our behalf. Do you not see what we are suffering?” He will say to them, “My Lord is angry today with such anger as has never existed before nor will again. I told three lies. O my soul! My soul! My soul! Go to someone else. Go to Musa.”

“They will go to Musa and say, “O Musa, you are the Messenger of Allah. Allah preferred you with His message and His Word above all other people. Intercede with your Lord for us. Do you not see what we are suffering?” He will say, “My Lord is angry today with such anger as has never existed before nor will again. I killed a soul which I was not commanded to kill. Go to someone else. Go to ‘Isa.”

“They will go to ‘Isa and say, “O ‘Isa! You are the Messenger of Allah and the one who spoke to Allah which He granted to Maryam and a spirit from Him. You spoke to people while in the cradle. Intercede with your Lord on our behalf. Do you not see what we are suffering?” ‘Isa will say, “My Lord is angry today with such anger as has never existed before nor will again,” and he did not mention a sin. “O my soul! My soul! My soul! Go to someone else. Go to Muhammad.”

In one variant, “They will come to me and say, “O Muhammad! You are the Messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets. Allah has forgiven you your past and future wrong actions. Intercede with your Lord on our behalf. Do you not see what we are suffering?” I will go and arrive under the Throne and fall down in prostration to my Lord. Then Allah will inspire me with some words to praise and laud Him with which He will have inspired no one before me. Then it will be said, “O Muhammad, raise your head. Ask and your request will be granted. Intercede and your intercession will be accepted. Lift your head!” I will lift my head and say, “O my Lord, my Ummah! O my Lord, my Ummah!” It will be said, “O Muhammad, bring in by the right-hand gate of the gates of Jannah those of your Ummah who will not be subjected to any reckoning, and the rest of your community can share the other gates with other people.” Then he said, “By the One in whose hand my soul is, the distance between the two gateposts of the gates of Jannah is as far as between Makkah and Hajar or Makkah and Busra.” (Bukari & Muslim)

Jummah Mubarak

A Beautiful Dua'a....

O اللَّه , help me to say words of truth in the face of the mighty....
And to refrain from speaking ill in order to gain the applause of the weak...
And do not let me accuse my adversaries of treachery because their opinions oppose mine...

O اللَّه , should you give me wealth, do not take away my happiness...
And should you give me might, do not take away my wisdom....
And should you give me success do not take away my humility...
And should you give me modesty do not take away my sense of dignity...

O اللَّه, teach me to love others as I love myself...
And teach me to judge myself as I judge others...
And teach me that forgiveness is one of the greatest step towards strength...

O اللَّه , do not curse me with arrogance should I be successful...
And neither with despair and hopelessness should I fail...

O اللَّه, remind me always that failure is the trial that precedes success....
Should you take away my wealth, do let me keep my hopefulness...
And should I fail, do let me keep the power of determination...
And should you take away the blessing of good health do let me keep the blessing of faith...

O اللَّه , should I have harmed others give the courage to apologise...
And should others harm me, do bless me with the courage to forgive...
And should I forget you Ya اللَّه I beg that you should not exclude me from your compassion and clemency...

For you are the Greatest, the Vanquisher, the all Powerful on all things....

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Gardens of Paradise

The Gardens of Paradise

Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) said, “When you pass the gardens of Paradise, graze to your heart’s content.” Someone asked, “O Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), what is meant by the gardens of Paradise?” he replied, “Gathering for performing Zikr.”

What is meant is that if somebody is lucky enough to get access to such gathering, he should take full advantage of this, as these are the gardens of Paradise on this Earth. The words, “graze to your heart’s content”, signify that, just as an animal grazing in a green pasture or garden does not give up grazing in spite of being driven or beaten by its owner, similarly a Zakir (one who practices zikr) should not get pulled away from the gatherings for Zikr by the worldly anxieties and hindrances. The gatherings for Zikr are likened to the gardens of Paradise, because just as there are no worries in the paradise, similarly gatherings of Zikr are safeguarded against every kind of calamity.

It is stated in one Hadith that the zikr of Almighty Allah cures all diseases of the mind, such as arrogance, jealousy, malice, etc. the author of ‘Fawaid fis Salaat wal Avaid’ has stated that constancy in Zikr is a sure safeguard against all kinds of calamities. According to another Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) has said, “I enjoin in a fort against a strong enemy. One who practices Zikr is as it were in the company of Almighty Allah.” Can there be any benefit greater than that of being in the company of the Almighty Lord? Moreover, it leads to satisfaction of the mind; it enlightens the heart and removes its callousness. In addition, there are many other material and spiritual benefits, which are enumerated, up to a hundred, by some Ulama.

A man came to see Hazrat Abu Amama (Radhiallaho anho) and said to him, “I saw in a dream that whenever you went or came out, or sat or stood up, the angels prayed for you.” Abu Amama (Radhiallaho anho) replied, “if you wish you can also earn their prayers.” and recited the Ayat: “O you who believe! Celebrate the praises of Allah and do this excessively and glorify Him morning and evening. He sends blessings on you, as also his angels that He may bring you out from the depths of darkness into light, and He is full of Mercy to the believers.”

This Ayat was quoted to show that the Mercy of the Almighty Lord and the prayers of the angels can be earned through Zikr. The more we remember Allah, the more He remembers us.

Source: Fadhaail Zikr by Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (Rahimahullah)

Discomfort is a blessing for a believer

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Any type of discomfort that afflicts a believer becomes a means of his status being elevated in the Aakhirah and his sins being forgiven, even if it is a headache or the prick of a thorn” (Bayhaqi, Shu’abul Imaan, Hadith #: 9409, Narrated by Abu Sa’eed)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Missing the Point

Missing the Point

Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason,the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought 25 trees.

“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!” Very motivated by the boss’ words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day,but he only could bring 15 trees. The third day he try even harder, but he only could bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.

“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked. “Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees.”

Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t take time to sharpen the axe.In today’s world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever, but less happy than ever. Why is that? Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay sharp?

There’s nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But we need not get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life. We all need time to relax, to think and meditate, to learn and grow.

If we don’t take time to sharpen the axe, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness. So start today. Think about the ways by which you could live your life more effectively and add more value to it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Club 99


Some time ago, there lived a King. This king should have been contented with his life, given all the riches and luxuries he had. However, this was not the case! The King always found himself wondering why he just never seemed content with his life. Sure, he had the attention of everyone wherever he went, attended fancy dinners and parties, but somehow, he still felt something was lacking and he couldn't put his finger on it.

One day, the King had woken up earlier than usual to stroll around his palace. He entered his huge living room and came to a stop when he heard someone happily singing away... following this singing... he saw that one of the servants was singing and had a very contented look on his face. This fascinated the King and he summoned this man to his chambers. The man entered the King's chambers as ordered. The King asked why he was so happy? To this the man replied: "Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but I make enough of a living to keep my wife and children happy. We don't need too much, a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummy. My wife and children are my inspiration, they are content with whatever little I bring home. I am happy because my family is happy." ………………

Hearing this, the King dismissed the servant and summoned his Personal Assistant to his chambers. The King related his personal anguish about his feelings and then related the story of the servant to his Personal Assistant, hoping that somehow, he will be able to come up with some reasoning that here was a King who could have anything he wished for at a snap of his fingers and yet was not contented, whereas, his servant, having so little was extremely contented.

The Personal Assistant listened attentively and came to a conclusion. He said, "Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been made part of The 99 Club." "The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?" the King inquired. To which the Assistant replied, "Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, you will have to do the following... place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant's doorstep, you will then understand what The 99 Club is."

That very same evening, the King arranged for 99 Gold coins to be placed in a bag at the servant's doorstep. Although he was slightly hesitant and he thought he should have put 100 Gold coins into the bag, but since his assistant had advised him to put 99 that is what he did.

The servant was just stepping out of his house when he saw a bag at his doorstep. Wondering about its contents, he took it into his house and opened the bag. When he opened the bag, he let out a great big shout of joy...Gold Coins... so many of them. He could hardly believe it. He called his wife to show her the coins. He then took the bag to a table and emptied it out and began to count the coins. Doing so, he realized that there were 99 coins and he thought it was an odd number so he counted again, and again and again only to come to the same conclusion.. . 99 Gold Coins. He began to wonder, what could have happened to that last 1 coin? For no one would leave 99 coins.

He began to search his entire house, looked around his backyard for hours, not wanting to lose out on that one coin. Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to make up for that 1 Gold coin to make his entire collection an even 100 Gold Coins. He got up the next morning, in an extremely horrible mood, shouting at the children and his wife for his delay, not realizing that he had spent most of the night conjuring ways of working hard so that he had enough money to buy himself that gold coin.

He went to work as usual - but not in his usual best mood, singing happily - as he grumpily did his daily errands. Seeing the man's attitude change so drastically, the King was puzzled. He promptly summoned his assistant to his chambers. The King related his thoughts about the servant and once again, his assistant listened. The King could not believe that the servant who until yesterday had been singing away and was happy and content with his life had taken a sudden change of attitude, even though he should have been happier after receiving the gold coins.

To this the assistant replied "Ah! But your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club." He explained: "The 99 Club is just a name given to those people who have everything but yet are never contented, therefore they are always working hard and striving for that extra 1 to round it out to 100! We have so much to be thankful for and we can live with very little in our lives, but the minute we are given something bigger and better, we want even more!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Perfect Girl


A friend asked a gentleman how it is that he never married.

Replied the gentleman, "Well, I guess I just never met the right woman... I guess I've been looking for the perfect girl."

"Oh, come on now," said the friend, "Surely you have met at least one girl that you wanted to marry."

"Yes, there was one girl... once. I guess she was the one perfect girl... the only perfect girl I really ever met. She was just the right everything... I really mean that she was the perfect girl for me."

"Well, why didn't you marry her," asked the friend.

"She was looking for the perfect man," he said.

MORAL: None of us are perfect, so it is counter-productive to look for someone who is. What we should be looking for in a marriage is where each person elevates the other to reach his or her true potential. This happens when you love each other, respect one another, share common values and inspire each other.