Assalamualaikum wrt wbt..

This blog is for anyone , especially mualaf like me who wants to learn more about Islam.I will be posting what I think is beneficial for me and others from various resources..InsyaAllah.( If you would like to share anything, please email me at knelly05@yahoo.com) Thanks!



Sunday, May 30, 2010

The most amaizing fact about AZZAN

The most amaizing fact about AZZAN
Amazing as it sounds, but fortunately for the Muslims of the world, it is an established fact.

Have a look at a map of the world and you will find Indonesia on the eastern side of the earth. The major cities of Indonesia are Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Saibil. As soon as dawn breaks on the eastern side of Saibil, at approximately 5:30 am local time, Fajar Aazaan begins.

Thousands of Muazzins in Indonesia begin reciting the Aazaan.

The process advances towards West Indonesia. One and a half hours after the Aazaan has been completed in Saibil, it echoes in Jakarta. Sumatra then follows suit and before this auspicious process of calling Aazaan ends in Indonesia, it has already begun in Malaysia.

Burma is next in line, and within an hour of its beginning in Jakarta, it reaches Dacca, the capital city of Bangladesh. After Bangladesh, it has already prevailed in western India, from Calcutta to Srinagar.It then advances towards Bombay and the environment of entire India resounds with this proclamation. Srinagar and Sialkot (a north city in Pakistan) have the same timing for Aazaan. The time difference between Sialkot, Quetta, and Karachi is forty minutes, and within this time,Fajar Aazaan is heard throughout Pakistan. Before it ends there, it has already begun in Afghanistan and Muscat. The time difference between Muscat and Baghdad is one hour. Aazaan resounds during this one hour in the environments of Hijaaz-e-Muqaddas (Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah), Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq.

The time difference between Baghdad and Alexandria in Egypt is again one hour. Aazaan continues to resound in Syria, Egypt, Somalia and Sudan during this hour. The time difference between eastern and western Turkey is one and a half hours, and during this time it is echoed with the call to prayer.

Alexandria and Tripoli (capital of Libya) are located at one hour's difference. The process of calling Aazaan thus continues throughout the whole of Africa. Therefore, the proclamation of the "Tawheed" and "Risaalat" that had begun in Indonesia reaches the Eastern Shore of the Atlantic Ocean after nine and half hours. Prior to the Aazaan reaching the shores of the Atlantic, the process of "Zohar Aazaan" has already started in east Indonesia, and before it reaches Dacca, "Asr Aazaan" has started. This has hardly reached Jakarta one and half hours later, the time of "Maghrib" becomes due, and no sooner has "Maghrib" time reached Sumatra,the time for calling "Isha Aazaan" has commenced in Saibil!

When the Muazzins of Indonesia are calling out "Fajar Aazaan", the African Muazzins are calling the Aazaan for Isha.

If we were to ponder over this phenomenon thoughtfully, we would conclude the amazing fact that there is not even a single moment when hundreds of thousands of Muazzins around the world are not reciting the Aazaan on the surface of this earth. Even as you read this material right now, you can be sure there are atleast thousands of people who are hearing and reciting the Aazaan!!

Source:islamic-prayers.com

Saturday, May 29, 2010

a new alternative for social network

Facebook rival launched in Pakistan after 'blasphemous' Prophet images published

Web developers in Pakistan have launched a version of Facebook for the Muslim world after the social networking site was blocked for showing “blasphemous” images of the Prophet Mohammed.

By Rob Crilly in Islamabad
Published: 4:06PM BST 28 May 2010


IT professional Omer Zaheer browses MillatFacebook.Photo: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Six young IT experts in the city of Lahore have set up MillatFacebook – using the Urdu word for nation – which they hope will become a hub for Muslims around the world.

Omar Zaheer Meer, one of the founders, said the site was launched on Wednesday and had already attracted 8,000 users.

The aim, he said, was to register their disapproval of the images of the Muslim prophet and to offer an alternative to a site that has also been criticised for its lax and confusing privacy controls.

"We are saying that we are technologically independent and that you can't make money from us and then not respect our views," he said.

Thousands of people in Pakistan have demonstrated against the US-based social networking site for hosting a contest calling for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

The country's courts ordered internet service providers to block the social networking site last week, along with others that featured sacrilegious content. YouTube, Wikipedia and hundreds of other pages have all been subject to temporary bans.

Muslims argue that any representation of the Prophet Mohammed is blasphemous.

The Facebook ban has led Pakistanis to find alternative ways of keeping in touch with friends.

Many have joined other social networking sites - Rehman Malik, the country's interior minister, has even signed up to twitter. Others have found proxy servers that get around censors and allow access to Facebook

MillatFacebook's designers hope the site will attract people of all faith, and admit it shares some of the same features as its better-known template. In fact, from the blue navigation panel to the map of the world, the login page bears a remarkable similarity to Facebook.

"Millatfacebook is Pakistan's very own, first social networking site. A site for Muslims by Muslims where sweet people of other religions are also welcome," the website tells people interested in signing up.

However, tech reviews in the local media have criticised its homemade feel.

The Express Tribune said: "The quality of user experience is so abysmal that it does not merit the humble title, 'Facebook clone.'"

But its technological shortcomings do not seem to have deterred web-literate young Pakistanis.

Rana Adeel, a 21-year-old law student in Lahore, signed up after receiving invitations via SMS and email from friends.

"In two days, I got more than seven friends. If the Facebook ban is lifted, I'll keep networking on both," she said.

Source:telegraph.co.uk

*How about it?at least now we have another alternative.What I like best are the terms.

Terms of Usage

“ Only Terms of using this website are:
1) You must respect Humanity
2) You must respect Believes of all People
3) No Disrespect to anyone
Thanks,
millAtfacebook Team ”

to register, go to www.millatfacebook.com
I already did...

Friday, May 28, 2010

Miracles of the Qur'an

THE TSUNAMI EFFECT IN THE PROPHET MOSES (PBUH)'S
PARTING OF THE SEA


So We revealed to Moses, 'Strike the sea with your staff.' And it split in two, each part like a towering cliff. (Surat Ash-Shu'ara', 63)

The Egyptian monarchs known as the pharaohs regarded themselves as divine in the polytheistic, superstitious religion of ancient Egypt. Allah sent the Prophet Moses (pbuh) as an envoy to the people of Egypt at a time when they preferred their own superstitious beliefs to the true faith and when they had enslaved the Israelites. However, despite the Prophet Moses (pbuh)'s invitation to the true faith, the ancient Egyptians and Pharaoh and his court in particular, refused to abandon their pagan beliefs. The Prophet Moses (pbuh) told Pharaoh and his court the things they ought to avoid and warned them of the wrath of Allah. But they rebelled and falsely accused the Prophet Moses (pbuh) of madness, sorcery and mendacity. Although various tribulations were inflicted on Pharaoh and his people, they still did not submit to Allah; they refused to accept Allah as the one and only God. They even held the Prophet Moses (pbuh) responsible for what had befallen them and sought to exile him from Egypt. At this, Allah told the Prophet Moses (pbuh) and those with him to leave where they were:

We revealed to Moses: 'Travel with Our slaves by night. You will certainly be pursued.' Pharaoh sent marshals into the cities: 'These people are a small group and we find them irritating and we constitute a vigilant majority.' We expelled them from gardens and springs, from treasures and a splendid situation. So it was! And We bequeathed them to the tribe of Israel. So they pursued them towards the east. (Surat Ash-Shu'ara', 52-60)

As revealed in the Qur'an, when the two peoples came together at the end of this chase, Allah rescued the Prophet Moses (pbuh) and the believers with him by parting the sea, while destroying Pharaoh and his people. Allah's assistance to the believers is revealed as follows in the Qur'an:

So We revealed to Moses, 'Strike the sea with your staff.' And it split in two, each part like a towering cliff. And We brought the others right up to it. We rescued Moses and all those who were with him. Then We drowned the rest. There is certainly a Sign in that yet most of them are not believers. Truly your Lord is the Almighty, the Most Merciful. (Surat Ash-Shu'ara', 63-68)

The Arabic word "idrib," translated as "strike" in verse 63 of Surat ash-Shuara, also means "to open, divide or separate." In the light of this expression and what happened subsequently, the verse may be a reference to the formation of tsunami waves. (Allah knows best.) Since tsunami waves cause large amounts of water to shift and thus give way to the emergence of earth on shallow grounds. In the time of the Prophet Moses (pbuh), as with the tsunami waves the waters might have pulled back some hundreds of meters and this might have caused the parting of the sea. (Allah knows best.)



In addition, the waters are compared to mountains in the above verse. The waters collected in a tsunami form a giant peak1 and resemble a mountain seen from below. As with mountains, the base of the tsunami is very broad and strong. In tsunamis, the depth of the water declines while the mass of the wave expands and rises in height. Tsunamis may be up to 30m high.2 It is therefore very significant how the waters are likened to a mountain.



Tsunamis are very different to the waves we are familiar with, and are a movement of the entire depth of water. This is not generally restricted to the surface, and may stretch for several kilometers. They thus possess high levels of energy and move very fast.3 Scientific statements say this about tsunamis:

In fact the tsunami crest is just the very tip of a vast mass of water in motion...Wind-driven waves and swells are confined to a shallow layer near the ocean surface, a tsunami extends thousands of feet deep into the ocean…. Survivors of tsunami attacks describe them as dark "walls" of water. Impelled by the mass of water behind them, the waves bulldoze onto the shore and inundate the coast...

... The contours of the seafloor and coastline have a profound influence on the height of the waves -- sometimes with surprising and dangerous results. During the 1993 tsunami attack on Okushiri, Japan, the wave "run up" on the coast averaged about 15 to 20 meters (50 - 65 feet). But in one particular spot, the waves pushed into a V-shaped valley open to the sea, concentrating the water in a tighter and tighter space. In the end, the water ran up to 32 meters (90 feet) above sea level, about the height of an 8-story office building. 4

The way that the past events described in the Qur'an are in complete agreement with present-day historic evidence and scientific advances, is without doubt one of the great miracles of the Qur'an. The way the waters parted when the Prophet Moses (pbuh) and his companions needed to cross and how they closed again over the heads of Pharaoh and his army are clear instances of the way Allah assists believers. Indeed, the Prophet Moses (pbuh) displayed an excellent example of proper moral values by trusting in Allah in that most difficult moment:

And when the two hosts came into sight of one another Moses's companions said, 'We will surely be overtaken!' He said, 'Never! My Lord is with me and He will guide me.' (Surat Ash-Shu'ara', 61-62)



The force applied to the sea floor causes mountainous waves to form by causing the water to rise up vertically.

Tsunami Formation:



Stage 1—Beginning: If the tsunami acts like an earthquake, the sea floor is moved up or down. As a result the mass of water moves up or down.



Stage 2 —Separation: Within a few minutes, the tsunami that starts to form divides in two, one part moving toward the depths of the ocean, the other reaching the coast.



Stage 3—Elevation: The tsunami wave reaching the shore rises up like a huge wave when it reaches the land.



Stage 4- Wave impact: The leading wave becomes pointed and appears to rise even higher. The first part of the wave to hit the land is convex in shape, which is why the water initially seems to be pulling away from the land.

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsunami
2. http://www.eies.itu.edu.tr/sumatra/sumatra.htm
3. http://www.crystalinks.com/tsunami.html
4. http://www.wnet.org/savageearth/tsunami/index.html


Source:miraclesofthequran.com

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Prophets' Names Appear in the Ebla Tablets

Prophets' Names Appear in the Ebla Tablets,
1500 Years Older Than the Torah


Dating back to around 2500 BC, the Ebla tablets provide very important information regarding the history of religions. The most important feature of the Ebla tablets, discovered by archaeologists in 1975 and which have been the subject of much research and debate ever since, is that they contain the names of three prophets referred to in holy scriptures.

The discovery after thousands of years of the Ebla tablets and the information they contain is extremely important from the point of view of clarifying the geographical location of societies revealed in the Qur'an.

Around 2500 BC, Ebla was a kingdom covering an area that included the Syrian capital Damascus and south-east Turkey. This kingdom reached a cultural and economic peak but later, as happened to a great many civilizations, it disappeared from the stage of history. It was apparent from the records that were kept that the Kingdom of Ebla was a major cultural and commercial center of the time. (1) The people of Ebla possessed a civilization that established state archives, built libraries and recorded commercial contracts in written form. They even had their own language, known as Eblaite.

The History of Buried Religions

The true importance of the Kingdom of Ebla, regarded as a great success for classical archaeology when first discovered in 1975, came to light with the finding of some 20,000 cuneiform tablets and fragments. This archive was four times greater than all the cuneiform texts known to archaeologists over the last 3,000 years.

When the language used in the tablets was deciphered by the Italian Giovanni Pettinato, an epigrapher from the University of Rome, the scale of their importance was better understood. As a result of this, the finding of the Kingdom of Ebla and this magnificent state archive became a matter not just of archaeological interest, but one of interest to religious circles, too. That was because as well as the names Michael (Mi-ka-il) and Talut (Sa-u-lum), who struggled alongside the Prophet David, they also contained the names of prophets mentioned in the three holy books: The Prophet Abraham (Ab-ra-mu), the Prophet David (Da-u-dum) and the Prophet Ishamel (Ish-ma-il). (2)

The Importance of the Names on the Ebla Tablets

The names of the prophets identified in the Ebla tablets are of the greatest importance as this was the first time that they had been encountered in historical documents of such age. This information, dating back to 1500 years before the Torah, was most striking. The appearance in the tablets of the name of the Prophet Abraham recorded that the Prophet Abraham and the religion brought by him had existed before the Torah.

Historians analyzed the Ebla tablets from this perspective, and this major discovery regarding the Prophet Abraham and his mission became the subject of research with regard to the history of religions. David Noel Freedman, an American archaeologist and researcher into the history of religions, reported, based on his studies, the names of such prophets as Abraham and Ishmael in the tablets. (3)

Other Names in the Tablets

As stated above the names in the tablets were those of prophets referred to in the three holy books, and the tablets were far older than the Torah. In addition to these names there were also other subjects and place names in the tablets, from which it can be seen that the Eblaites were very successful traders. The names Sinai, Gaza and Jerusalem, not too distant from Ebla, also appeared in the texts, showing that the Eblaites enjoyed commercial and cultural links with these places. (4)

One important detail seen in the tablets was the names of the areas of Sodom and Gomorrah, where the people of Lot lived. It is known that Sodom and Gomorrah was a region on the shore of the Dead Sea where the people of Lot lived and where the Prophet Lot communicated his message and called people to live by religious moral values. In addition to these two names, that of the city of Iram, which appears in the verses of the Qur'an, is also among those in the Ebla tablets.

The most noteworthy aspect of these names is that apart from in the texts communicated by the prophets, they had never before appeared in any other text. This is important documentary evidence showing that reports of the prophets who communicated the message of the one true religion at that time had reached those areas. In an article in Reader's Digest magazine it was recorded that that there had been a change in the Eblaites' religion during the reign of King Ebrum and that people had begun to add prefixes to their names in order to exalt the name of Almighty God.

God's Promise Is True…

The history of Ebla and the Ebla tablets which came to light after some 4,500 years actually point to one major truth: God sent messengers to Ebla, as He did to every community, and these called their peoples to the true religion.

Some people adhered to the religion that came to them and thus attained the true path, while others opposed the message of the prophets and preferred a wicked life. God, Lord of the heavens, the earth, and all that lies between, reveals this fact in the Qur'an:

We sent a Messenger among every people saying: "Worship God and keep clear of all false deities." Among them were some whom God guided but others received the misguidance they deserved. Travel about the earth and see the final fate of the deniers. (Qur'an, 16: 36)



1) "Ebla", Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopaedia, © 1995 Funk & Wagnalls Corporation, Infopedia 2.0, SoftKey Multimedia Inc.
2) Howard La Fay, "Ebla: Splendour of an Unknown Empire," National Geographic Magazine, December 1978, p. 736; C. Bermant and M. Weitzman, Ebla: A Revelation in Archaeology, Times Books, 1979, Wiedenfeld and Nicolson, Great Britain, pp. 184.
3) Bilim ve Teknik magazine (Science and Technology), No. 118, September 1977 and No. 131 October 1978
4) For detailed information, please see Harun Yahya's Miracles of the Qur'an.

Source:miraclesofthequran.com

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Panduan solat musafir

Memandangkan musim cuti sekolah kian hampir,sudah pasti ramai diantara kita akan merancang untuk bercuti ke beberapa tempat.Di bawah adalah sekadar panduan ringkas untuk bersolat semasa dalam perjalan dan setelah sampai di destinasi masing-masing.

Hukum harus meringkaskan(qasar)solat itu ditegaskan oleh firman Allah.s.w.t.:
Maksudnya:"Apabila kamu mengadakan perjalanan di atas bumi (di daratan mahupun di lautan)maka tidak ada halangan bagimu untuk memendekkan solat."An Nisa:101

ِApa maksudnya Musafir?
Musafir ialah perkataan Arabic, Persian, Hindi dan Urdu bermaksud pelancong.Bahasa Malaysia untuk musafir juga adalah musafir.

Apa itu Solat Qasar?
Solat Qasar adalah solat bagi seseorang musafir.Qasar bererti solat fardhu yang mempunyai 4 rakaat dipendekkan menjadi 2 rakaat:
a)Fardhu Zohor
b)Fardhu Asar
C)Fardhu Isyak
*Fardhu Subuh dan Maghrib tidak boleh qasar.

-Jarak perjalanan sekurang-kurang 2 marhala (91km atau 56 batu) atau dua hari berjalan kaki.Ini berdasarkan keterangan hadis Rasulullah s.a.w yang bermaksud:-
Dari Atha ra:Sesungguhnya ia pernah berkata: Bertanya seseorang kepada Ibnu Abbas r.a.: Apakah aku boleh mengqasarkan(dalam perjalanan jauh )ke Arafah?Maka Ibnu Abbas menjawab: "Tidak." Maka orang itu bertanya pula ke Mina? Ibnu Abbas menjawab:"Tidak tetapi ke Jeddah dan ke Usfan dan ke Thaif."
As Syafi dan Baihaqi.


-Perjalanan bermusafir itu bukan untuk melakukan maksiat.

-Memelihara niat solat.Seseorang yang hendak mendirikan solat qasar,hendaklah memelihara niatnya dari sebarang perkara yang berlawanan dengan niat qasar.Sekiranya ia ragu-ragu samada ia telah berniat atau tidak maka ia tidak harus mengqasarkan solatnya.

-ketika mengerjakan solat qasar hendaklah ia mengetahui bahawa ia masih dalam bermusafir.

-Tempoh yang harus mengqasarkan solat tidak melebihi 3 hari penuh(tidak termasuk perjalanan pergi dan balik).Jika kita berniat bermukim di tempat yang dituju lebih dari 3 hari,maka mukim itu harus gugur.

-Imam Syafie membolehkan seseorang mengerjakan solat qasar sehingga 18 hari,jika orang yang bermusafir itu tidak dapat meneruskan urusannya yang rumit atau urusannya itu hanya boleh diselesaikan di dalam beberapa hari yang tertentu.Apabila lebih dari 18 hari maka hendaklah ia solat dengan sempurna rakaatnya.

-Sebaliknya jika ia telah berniat untuk bermukim selama 4 hari atau lebih(tidak termasuk hari pergi dan balik)maka tidak dikira musafir dan tidak harus menqasarkan solatnya.

Apa itu Solat Jamak?
Solat Jamak ialah solat yang dihimpunkan seorang yang sedang bermusafir diharuskan juga menghimpunkan dua solat(Zuhur dan Asar,Maghrib dan Isyak)di dalam satu waktu.

Solat Qasar dan Jamak Takdim.
(Jamak takdim bererti 2 solat fardhu yang dijamak pada waktu solat pertama.

Niat:
"Sahaja aku solat fardhu Zohor 2 rakaat qasar kerana Allah Taala".
"Sahaja aku solat fardhu Asar 2 rakaat qasar jamak takdim kerana Allah Taala".


1)Waktu Zohor
Zohor-2 rakaat dan salam + Asar-2 rakaat dan salam.
2)Waktu Maghrib
Maghrib-3 rakaat dan salam + Isyak-2 rakaat dan salam.

Solat Qasar dan Jamak Takkhir.
(Jamak Takkhir bererti 2 solat fardhu yang dijamak pada waktu solat yang kedua.)

Niat:
"Sahaja aku solat fardhu Asar 2 rakaat qasar kerana Allah Taala".
"Sahaja aku solat fardhu Zohor 2 rakaat qasar jamak takkhir kerana Allah Taala".


*Jamak Takkhir:Boleh mulai dengan Asar atau Isyak ataupun sebaliknya.

1)Waktu Asar
Zohor-2 rakaat dan salam + Asar-2 rakaat dan salam.
2)Waktu Isyak
Mahgrib-3 rakaat dan salam + Isyak-2 rakaat dan salam.

Source:en.wikipedia.org,kamus.com,Panduan solat musafir,Perkim.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Names that are preferred, and that are undesirable

The name given to the child must be meaningful, lovely and good. On the Day of Resurrection, a person will be called by his name and the names of his parents. Therefore, a good name must be selected. (Abu Dawood) Allah, the Exalted, likes best the names Abdullah and Abdur Rahman. (Muslim)

Those names must not be given to the child, that affect his personality or become a cause of ridicule. The Messenger of Allah, (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) always changed names that were derogatory (Tirmizi) The name of one of the daughters of Sayyidna Umar was Asiyah (meaning, disobedient), the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) changed it to Jamilah. (Tirmizi and ibn Majah) Besides, the Noble Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) changed such names as Aziz, Utlah (hardness, thickness), Satan, Hukm, Ghurab (crow), Habab (snake, Satan). (abu Dawood) He also changed the names, Harb (war) into Silm (peace), Muztaja' (one who lies down) into Mumbais (one who is prepared, ready), Banu az-Zania (the product of adultery) into Banu ar-Rushdah (good people) Banu al-Maghwiyah (one who misleads) into Banu ar-Rushdah.

We must not give names that intimate to ill omen or bad character. The grandfather of Sayyidna Sa'id bin al Musayyab presented himself before the Noble Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) asked him his name "Hizn" was the reply (meaning, hard ground, surliness). He said, "Your name is Sahl (easy) . He replied, "How can I change the name given to me by my father?" Sayyidna Sa'id says that from then on hardness of character is found among us. (Bukhari) Sayyidna Yahya bin Sa' id says that Sayyidna Umar asked a person his name. He replied, " Jamrah" (live coals "And the name of your father?" ' Shihab (meteor). "With whom are you connected? He replied, "Harqah" (burning). Sayyidna Umar asked him, "Where do you live?" "Harrat un-Nar" (heat of fire). "Where is it?" "Zat Lazza" (flames of fire). Sayyidna Umar e (Radhiallaho Anho) said to him, "Go home, quickly! The people of your house have perished from burning". It turned out so truly (Malik in Muwatta)

The name selected for the child must be other than a name of Allah; thus, it should not be Ahad, Khaliq or Razzaq. It is permissible, however, to name the child Abdul Ahad, Abdus Samad or any other name of Allah compounded with Abdul.

When Sayyidna Hani came to Madinah with his people, they called him Abu Hakm. The Messenger of Allah, (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam), said, "Only Allah, the Exalted, is Hakm. He alone is the One Who decides. Why do they call you Abu Hakm?" He replied, "If a dispute arises among my community, they ask me to decide between them. Both the parties are happy with my decision". He said, "This is commendable. We must settle the disputes of our folk. Say, do you have any son?" "I have three sons, Sharih, Muslim and Abdullah." "Who is the eldest?" "Sharih is the eldest." The Prophet said, "Your kuniyah (title) is Abu Sharih.( abu Dawood)

According to a hadith, on the Day of Resurrection, the worst of all persons in the eyes of Allah and liable to punishment will be he whom people will call Shahinshah (King) Only Allah, the Exalted, is Shahinshah (meaning, King of the monarchs) and kingdom belongs to Him alone. (Muslim)

We must not give names to our children that indicate good fortune. Suppose the names to be Aflah (successful) Nafe' (profitable), Ribah (beneficial), Yasr (easy). if in a gathering, someone calls out a person by such a name and he is not there, the answer "not here" might imply that this characteristic is lacking in that assembly. Ahadith says: Allah, the Exalted, likes most four phrases subhaan Allah, wal. hamd u lillah, wa la ilaha ill Allah and Allah u akbar.

Do not give your sons the names of Yasar, Najeeh or Aflah. You will ask for them. If they are not there, the person replying would say 'not here'. These are four names; do not refer to me after adding to these names (abu Dawood, Tirmizi)

While naming their children, parents must ensure that the names they select signify servitude to Allah alone and to no false deity. They may not associate or bondage even to the name Nabi. Certain forbidden names include Abdul Uzza, Abdul Ka'bah, and Abdun Nabi. Similarly, parents must not give names to their children that emphasize love and romance. Some of these names are: Hiyam, Beef'a, Nihau, Sosan, Miyadah, Gadah, Ahlam. These mean 'violent love', 'slim waist', 'large bosomed', 'fragrant flower', 'walks swinging to and fro', 'soft and delicate woman', 'dream'. Islam envisages Muslims as a people of remarkable attributes. When parents select vulgar and romantic names, they risk tainting the character of the child.

The Messenger of Allah,(Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) has encouraged his follower (Ummah) to call their children with meaningful names. He has suggested names of the Noble Prophets, (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) Abdullah or Abdur Rahman. This, because they may stay the best of Ummah and fulfil their duty diligently in guiding humanity to Islam and truth. The words of a hadith are: Keep the names of the Noble Prophets,(Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) Allah, the Exalted, loves most the names Abdullah and Abdur Rahman. The most truthful names are Harith and Humam. The most disliked names, and vulgar too, are Harb and Murrah (respectively, war and bitter.

Source:IslamCan

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Doa wuduk

Doa sebelum berwuduk
الحمد لله الذي جعل الماء طهور
Alhamdu lillaahilladzii ja'alal maa-a thahuuroo.
Segala puji Allah, yang menjadikan air itu dapat untuk bersuci.

Doa ketika wuduk
اللهم اغفرلي ذنبي ووسع لي في دراي وبارك لي في رزقي
Allaahummaghfir lii dzanbii wawassi' lii fii daarii wabaarik lii fii rizqii.
Ya Allah!Ampunilah dosaku, dan lapangkanlah rumahku,dan berkatkanlah rezekiku.

Doa sesudah wuduk
اشهد ان لا اله الا الله وحده لا شريك له واشهد ان محمد اعبده ورسوله اللهم ا جعلني من التوابين واجعلني من المتطهرين
Asyhadu an laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahuu laa syariikalahu,wa asyhadu anna Muhammadan 'abduhuu warasuuluh, Allaahummaj 'alnii minattawwaabiina waj'alnii minal mutathohhirin.
Saya mengaku bahawa tidak ada Tuhan selain Allah tidak ada sekutu bagiNya, dan mengaku bahawa Muhammad itu hambaNya dan Utusan Nya, Ya Allah jadikanlah aku dari golongan orang-orang yang bertaubat dan jadikanlah aku dari golongan orang-orang yang bersuci.

Source:101 Jenis doa serta terjemahannya

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Antara sahabat dan ikhwan

Pada suatu hari terjadi percakapan di antara Nabi s.a.w. dengan Abu Bakar Sidiq. Sahabat-sahabat yang lain pun ada mendengarkannya.

"Wahai Abu bakar,begitu rinduku hendak bertemu dengan saudara-saudaraku (ikhwan),"berkata Nabi s.a.w.

"Wahai Rasulullah,bukankah kami ini teman-teman engkau?"jawab Abu Bakar.

"Bukan!"jawab Nabi.

"Kamu ini adalah sahabat-sahabatku,"selanjutnya Nabi berkata,dan menegaskan.


Keterangan Nabi itu sungguh menghairankan Abu Bakar,juga sahabat-sahabat lain yang hadir.Apakah bezanya antara sahabat dan ikhwan,siapakah yang dimaksudkan Nabi s.a.w.itu dengan penuh kerinduan?Demikian persoalan bermain dalam fikiran mereka dan suasana percakapan menjadi lebih serius kerana masing-masing ingin tahu mengenainya,malahan ini persoalan yang belum pernah mereka dengar dari Nabi s.a.w.

Nabi segera memahami suasana yang ada bila keterangan baginda mengejutkan Abu Bakar dan sekalian sahabat yang ada di majlis itu.Maka segeralah baginda menghuraikannya.

"Ikhwan(saudara-saudara)ku."

"Mereka belum pernah melihat aku,tetapi mereka beriman dengan aku sebagai Rasulullah dan mereka mencintaiku. Aku dicintai melebihi dari anak dan orang-orang tua mereka."

"Ya Rasulullah,bukankah kami ini ikhwan engkau?"bertanya sahabat baginda.mereka masih merasa hairan dan ingin tahu penjelasan Nabi s.a.w selanjutnya.

"Kamu semua adalah sahabat-sahabat aku,"jelas Nabi.

"Wahai Abu Bakar,adakah engkau tidak akan merindui kepada ikhwanku itu kerana mereka juga mencintai engkau kerana engkau sahabatku?" Demikian Nabi memperjelaskan perkara itu.


Begitulah Nabi s.a.w menerangkan bahawa mereka itu umat sesudah wafatnya baginda.Mereka itu beriman kepada Allah dan Rasul-Nya walaupun mereka tidak pernah bertemu dengan baginda.Mereka membaca Qur'an dan Hadits dan kerana itu mencintai Nabi sebagai Rasul Allah yang penghabisan.Mereka juga mencintai Abu Bakar Sidiq dan sahabat-sahabat Nabi yang berjuang pada menegakkan Islam.

Dalam suatu waktu yang lain,baginda membicarakan kepada sahabat-sahabat tentang kemurniaan iman ikhwan dan sekali lagi mereka menjadi kehairanan.

"Siapakah makhluk Allah yang paling ajaib imannya?"demikian Nabi s.a.w. bertanya kepada sahabat.

"Malaikat,"jawab mereka.

"Bagaimana Malaikat tidak beriman dengan Allah sedangkan mereka sentiasa hampir dengan Allah?"jawab baginda.

"Para Nabi,"jawapan mereka lagi.

"Bagaimana para Nabi tidak akan beriman sedangkan wahyu diturunkan kepada mereka?"Nabi s.a.w. membantah jawapan mereka.

"Kami,"jawab sahabat lagi.

"Bagaimana kamu tidak akan beriman sedangkan aku berada di tengah-tengah kamu?"jawab Nabi s.a.w.


Betapa hairannnya para sahabat mendengarkan jawapan-jawapan Nabi s.a.w. itu dan mereka sudah cukup dapat memahaminya.Manakala Nabi sedia maklum betapa mereka amat ingin mengetahui siapakah makhluk ini,yang paling ajaib imannya.

"Makhluk yang paling ajaib imannya ialah mereka yang hidup sesudah aku.Mereka membaca Qur'an dan beriman dengan semua isinya."

Nabi s.a.w. pernah menegaskan lagi tentang kemurniaan iman ikhwan ini dalam sabdanya:

"Berbahagialah orang yang dapat berjumpa dan beriman dengan aku.Dan berbahagialah tujuh kali orang-orang yang beriman dengan aku,tetapi tidak pernah berjumpa dengan aku."

Demikian Nabi s.a.w. mencintai ikhwan itu.

Source:Kisah ringkas kehidupan Rasulullah S.a.w.(Nawawi Dusuki)

Wahai Anakku Muhammad

Allah melimpahkan berkat
pada engkau,
wahai anakku dari Ibu,
yang sedang menghadapi maut.
Engkau,
diutus Allah kepada manusia
dalam lingkungan Halal dan Haram.
Engkau dibangkitkan Allah
membantu tauhid dan Iman
agama nenek engkau Ibrahim.
Allah melarang engkau
tidak boleh mendekati berhala,
jangan bersama golongan itu.

(Cukilan sajak Aminah binti Wahab, Ibunda Nabi Muhammad s.a.w sewaktu akan wafat meninggalkan Muhammad yang berusia 6 tahun dan sedang bermain-main di sampingnya.)

Source:Kisah ringkas kehidupan Rasulullah SAW(Nawawi Dusuki)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Arabic Alphabets

Arabic Alphabets

ء hamzahtun
ا alifun
ب ba-un
ت ta-un
ث tha-un
ج jee-mun
ح ha-un
خ kha-un
د da-lun
ذ dha-lun
ر ra-un
ز za-yun
س see-nun
ش shee-nun
ص swa-dun
ض dwa-dun
ط twa-un
ظ zwa-un
ع 'ayn-un
غ ghainun
ف fa-un
ق qa-fun
ك ka-fun
ل la-mun
م mee-mun
ن noo-nun
و wa-un
ه ha-un
ى ya-un

Source:Arabic made easy(by Abul Hashim)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Friendly Note From Your Muslim Neighbor

"A Friendly Note From Your Muslim Neighbor..."
(The following text, prepared by Paul Findley, is not copyrighted. It may be copied and distributed to your non-Muslim neighbors and colleagues, with or without attribution.)



“Muslims have much in common with Christians and Jews.

Muslims, like Christians and Jews, worship the One God, Creator of the Universe. Allah is the Arabic word for God.

Muslims, like Christians and Jews, consider themselves spiritual descendants of Abraham.

Muslims, like Christians and Jews, pledge themselves to prayer, peace with justice, harmony, cooperation, compassion, charity, family responsibility, tolerance toward people of other faith traditions, and respect for the environment.

All three faiths have spread worldwide. Because of geographic dispersal, within each faith exist several sects with slightly different interpretations of politics, family, dress, and social life.

We Muslims want you to know that -

Islam and democracy are compatible and complementary. Both rest on accountability, consultation, open discussion, delegation, and consensus. The opening words of the U.S. Declaration of Independence express deeply felt Islamic sentiments.

Muslims honor Biblical prophets, accord special esteem to Jesus and his mother, the Virgin Mary, and recognize as sacred the scriptures revealed to Moses and Jesus, namely the Torah and the New Testament.

Muslims are united in Islam, which means submission and peace. Submitting to the will of God and doing good define piety. The Quran is the final divine revelation, providing a complete guide for human behavior. Its text was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad between 610 and 632 A.D. Though revered by Muslims as the last of God’s prophets. Muhammad is not worshiped.

Muslim women, like men, have the right to obtain an education, own property and engage in business, professions, and public life. Both women and men wear modest dress out of respect for public morality. If a society oppresses women or discriminates against them, it is in spite of Islam, not because of it.

The Muslim husband has the primary responsibility for family support, his wife for the household and children. Divorce is discouraged. Procedures vary by country, but either husband or wife may petition to dissolve a marriage. Polygamy, which was widely practiced in Biblical times, is subject to precise Quranic restrictions and is now seldom practiced, rarely where it violatei public law, as in America.

Muslims assume personal responsibility for relatives and others in need. In Islam, a woman or elderly person is almost never obliged to life alone.

Muslims are committed to rules. Sadly, some people who say they are Muslims - like some professed Christians and Jews - grossly violate these rules and the fights of others. In doing so, they do not act as Muslims. It is erroneous to call them Islamic fundamentalists, a term unknown in Islam and used mostly in fake stereotyping.

Jihad has two meanings: one, non-violent struggling within oneself for a life of virtue; the other, fighting for justice, a supreme goal in Islamic teachings. Islam eulogizes moderation and abhors extremism, terrorism, fanaticism, oppression and subjugation.

Muslims are proud to be Americans. They wish to be good citizens and neighbors by practicing their commitment to tolerance, charity, work, cooperation, and interfaith activities for comm betterment.

- Paul Findley, Silent No More
Fmr US Congressman

Source:welcome-back.org

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Glorious Qur'an

Translator's Foreword

The Qur'an cannot be translated.That is the belief of old-fashioned Sheykhs and the view of the present writer.The book is here rendered almost literally and every effort has been made to choose befitting language.But the result is not the Glorious Quran,that inimitable symphony, the very sounds of which move men to tears and ecstasy.It is only an attempt to present the meaning of the Qur'an - and peradventure something of the charm - in English.It can never take the place of the Qur'an in arabic, nor is it meant to do so.

Source:The meaning of The Glorious Quran(by Muhammed Marmaduke Pickthall)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Holy Quran and the story of Pharaoh Ramses II (Firaun Mummy) Miracle of Islam

Holy Quran and the story of Pharaoh Ramses II (Firaun Mummy) Miracle of Islam



A miracle, by definition, is a supernatural event beyond the laws of science; it is fulfilled only by Allah's will and power. It has significance and can be confirmed only by those who directly witnessed the event in time.

When Francisco Mitra became the president of France in 1981, France requested from the Egyptian government to host the mummy of Pharaoh. For the purpose of running laboratory and archeological examinations on the mummy of the most notorious dictator ever lived on earth. Upon arrival, very royal attendants were there including the French president himself and all ministers who bowed in honor for the Firaun Mummy.

When the ceremony ended, the mummy was carried to a specially-designed section at the Archeology Centre of France. Were it started to be tested by the greatest French archeological and anatomical scientists in order to discover more about such a great Firaun Mummy.

The scientists were headed by Professor Maurice Bucaille. The scientists were trying to restore the mummy while Professor Maurice Bucaille was mainly concerned with how did this mummy died? The final report of the scientists was released late at night which states that the remaining salt in the mummy is an overt evidence that it was drawn in the sea, and the body was rescued very shortly where it was immediately embalmed to be saved.

An amazing thing was still confusing Professor Maurice Bucaille is that how could this body possibly be safer than any other mummy despite being taken out of the sea up until this time. Professor Maurice Bucaille was writing his final report on what he thought would be a new discovery about saving Pharaoh's body immediately after his death and embalming it.

Note: The picture shown above is the dead body of Ramses II, the Egyptian King in the era of Prophet Moses (pbuh). Its age is approximately 3000 years old and it was found by the Red Sea, at the place called Jabalain, and is now on display in the Royal Mummies Chamber of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

And there, someone whispered to him that Muslims claim to know something about the drowning of this mummy. Yet Professor Maurice Bucaille firmly denied such thing saying that it's impossible to discover this without the development of science and without using his high-tech and complicated laboratories and computers.

To his surprise, he was told that Muslims believe in a book called "Holy Quran" and this Holy Quran narrates the story of Pharaoh's drowning and ensures the safety of his body after his death as to be a Sign to mankind.

Professor Maurice Bucaille couldn't believe his own ears and started to wonder: How can a book existed 1400 years ago speak about the mummy that was only found 111 years ago, in 1898? How can that be possible while the ancient Egyptian heritage was discovered only a few decades ago and no one knew about it before?

Professor Maurice Bucaille sat down pondering on what he was told about the book of Muslims, Holy Quran while his Holy Book (The Bible) narrates only the drowning of Pharaoh without saying anything about his body.

"Is it possible that this mummy in front of me is the one who was chasing Prophet Moses?" "Is it possible that Prophet Muhammad knew this 1400 years ago?"

Professor Maurice Bucaille couldn't sleep that night till they brought him the Old Testament where he read: "And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. (Exodus 14:28) But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalm 136:15) For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the Children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea. (Exodus 15:19)"

Professor Maurice Bucaille was surprised that the Holy Book (The Bible) didn't mention about the destiny of the body and that it will be saved.

When the scientists were done with the mummy, France retuned it to Egypt, but Professor Maurice Bucaille couldn't rest for a moment since he was told that Muslims know about the safety of the body from Holy Quran. So, he decided to travel and meet anatomy Muslim scientists and there he spoke about his discovery of the safety of the mummy after its death in the sea and so on.

One of the Muslim scientists stood up and simply opened Holy Quran and pointed to the Professor at one verse: "We brought the Children of Israel across the sea and Pharaoh and his troops pursued them out of tyranny and enmity. Then, when he was on the point of drowning, he (Pharaoh) said, I believe that there is no god but Him in whom the Children of Israel believe. I am of those who submit (to Allah in Islam). What! Now! And indeed you disobeyed before and you were of the mischief-makers. This day shall We save you in your body, that you may be a Sign to those who come after you! But verily, many among mankind are neglectful of Our Signs." (Holy Quran 10:90-92)

Professor Maurice Bucaille was struck when he read that and immediately stood in front of the crowd and said loudly: "I believe in Islam, I believe in Holy Quran."

Then he went back to France with a different face he traveled with. In France, he dedicated 10 years investigating the scientific discoveries and comparing them with Holy Quran and trying to come up with one scientific contradiction with Holy Quran. Finally he quoted one verse from Holy Quran to be his conclusion:

"No falsehood can approach it (this book) from before or behind it: it is sent down by One Full of Wisdom, Worthy of all praise." (Holy Quran 41:42)

As a result of all years of his research, Professor Maurice Bucaille wrote a book that shook all Europe, especially the scientists there "The Bible, the Quran and Science: The Holy Scriptures Examined in the light of Modern Knowledge."

Source:ezsoftech.com

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Quotes

"It (Islam) replaced monkishness by manliness. It gives hope to the slave, brotherhood to mankind, and recognition of the fundamental facts of human nature."

Canon Taylor, Paper read before the Church Congress at Walverhamton, Oct. 7, 1887; Quoted by Arnoud in THE PREACHING OF ISLAM, pp. 71-72.

Source:mostmerciful.com

Islamic video for kids



this video is great for kids to watch...very educational and definitely will not corrupt the little minds..

this is one of the videos by global ummah

to watch more..just go to youtube and search for globalummah

Friday, May 14, 2010

Selepas memberi salam dalam solat

Istifar
1. Asta'firul-lah hal azim - 3 kali
atau
Asta'firul-lah hal azim
Allazi la ilaha illa huwal haiyul qaiyumu wa -atubu ilaih - 3 kali
2. La ilaha ilal-lah,wahdahu la sharikalah,lahul mulku walahul hamdu yuhyi yumittu wahuwa 'ala kulli shaing -qadir. (10 kali-subuh &bmaghrib)(1 kali-zohor,asar & isyak)

Wirid
1. Subhanal-lah - 33 kali
2. Alhamdulil-lah - 33 kali
3. Allahu akbar - 33 kali
4. La ilaha ilal-lah,wadahu la sharikalah,lahul mulku walahul hamdu yuhyi yumittu wahuwa 'ala kulli shaing -qadir.

Cara Berdoa
Bismillahir rohmanir rohim
Alhamdullilahi robbil'alamin,
Allah humma solli 'ala Muhammaddin
Wa-'ala alihi wa-ashabihi ajmain Allah humma ya Allah....(bahasa sendiri)

Penutup Doa
Subhana robbika robbi 'izzatii amma yasifun,
wasalamun 'alal mursalin,
wal-hamdu lillahi robbil 'alamin.

Solat-solat fardhu yang diiringi oleh sunat solat sunat
Subuh
Sebelum-2 rakaat
Selepas-tiada

Dzuhur
Sebelum-2/4 rakaat
Selepas-2/4 rakaat

Asar
Sebelum-2/4 rakaat
Selepas-tiada

Maghrib
Sebelum-2 rakaat
Selepas-2 rakaat

Isyak
Sebelum-2 rakaat
Selepas-2 rakaat

Source:Perkim

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Yusuf Estes



One of the best speaker of Islam (in my opinion)
checkout more of his videos,,just search his name.(Yusuf Estes)

Source:Youtube(MuslimReverts)

Cara-cara mendirikan solat

CARA-CARA MENDIRIKAN SOLAT

1. Niat.

2. Takbirotul Ihrom
Allahu Akhbar

3. Doa Iftitah

4. Ta'awuz
A'uzubillahi minash syaitoo nir rojim

5. Surah Al-Fatihah
Bismillah hir-rohmaa nir-rohim.
Alhamdu lilahi robbil'alamin.
Ar rohmanir-rohim.
Maliki-yawmiddin.
Iyaka na'budu wa-iyaka-nast'ain.
Ihdinos sirothol mustaqim.
Sirothol-lazina an'amta 'alaihim.
Gh'oiril ma'dhubi 'alaihim
walad-dhollin.
Amin

6. Takbir & 'ruku'
Allahu Akbar
Subhana robbiya; 'azim - 3 kali

7. Bangun dari 'ruku' (I'tidal dan thoma'ninah)
Sami allahu liman hamidah -1 kali
Robbana walakal hamd - 1 kali

8. Takbir & sujud pertama
Allahu Akbar
Subhanaa robbiyal'alaa - 3 kali

9.Takbir & & duduk antara dua sujud,
Allah humma'firli warhamni wajburni wahdini warzuqni - 1 kali

10. Takbir & sujud kedua
Allahu Akbar
Subhanaa robbiyal 'alaa - 3 kali

11. Takbir & berdiri

12. Attahiyat/Tashahud (Untuk rakaat kedua dan terakhir sahaja)
Attahiyatul mubarokatus solawatut toibatu-lillah.
Assalamu-'alaika aiyuhan nabiyu waroh matullahi wabarokatuh.
Assalamu-'alaina wa-'ala ibadil lahis solihin.
Ash-hadu alla ilaha illal-lah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadar rosulullah.

13. Salawat nabi serta keluarga.
Allah humma solli 'ala Muhamad wa-'ala ali Muhammad,
Kama sollaita 'ala Ibrohim-wa-'ala ali Ibrohim.
Wabarik 'ala Muhammad wa-'ala ali Muhammad,
Kama barokta 'ala Ibrohim wa-'ala ali Ibrohim.
Fil 'alamina innaka hamidum majid.

14. Salam dirakaat terakhir
Assalamu'alaikum warohmatullah.


Source:Perkim

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Azan

AZAN

1.ALLAHU AKBAR,ALLAHU AKBAR - 2 kali
2.ASH-HADU ALLA ILAHA-ILLAL-LAH - 2 kali
3.ASH-HADU ANNA MUHAMMADAR ROSULULLAH - 2 kali
4.HAIYA'ALOS-SOLAH - 2 kali
5.HAIYAH'ALAL-FALAH - 2 kali
6.ASSOLATU KHOIRUM-MINAN NA-UM - 2kali(untuk solat subuh sahaja)
7.ALLAHU AKBAR,ALLAHU AKBAR
8.LA-ILAHA-ILAL-LAH

CARA-CARA MENJAWAB AZAN:

1.Allahu Akbar,Allahu Akbar
2.Ash-hadu Alla Ilaha Illal-lah
3.Ash-hadu anna Muhammadar Rosulullah
4.lahawla wa laquwata ila Billah
5.lahawla wa laquwata ila Billah
6.Wa lahawla wa laquwata ila Billah
7.Allahu Akbar,Allahu Akbar
8.La Ilaha Illal-lah

DOA SELEPAS AZAN

Allah humma robbaha zihid da'watit tammah
Wassolatil Qa-imah
Ati muhammad danil wasilata wal fadhilah
Wab-athu maqamam mahmudal lazi wa-'adtah

Source:Perkim

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Surah Al Fatihah :1-7



1. In the name of Allah,the Beneficent,the Merciful.
2. Praise be to Allah,Lord of the Worlds,
3. The Beneficent,the Merciful.
4. Owner of the Day of Judgement,
5. Thee(alone) we worship;
Thee (alone) we ask for help.
6. Show us the straight path,
7. The path of those whom Thou hast favoured;
Not(the path)of those who earn Thine anger
nor of those who go astray.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing all the mothers in the world a happy mother's day.... the toughest job in the world and still loving every second of it:)

Happy mother's day to my mom and mom-in-law!

In a famous incident, a man came to the Prophet (SAW) and asked:

"O Messenger of Allah! to whom should I show kindness? He replied: Your mother, next your mother, next your mother, and then comes your father..." (Sunan Abu Dawud)

The Quran also discusses the immense honor and respect due to both parents, and especially to mother:

"And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years give thanks to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final destination." (Luqman 31:14)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

quotes

"But Islam has a still further service to render to the cause of humanity. It stands after all nearer to the real East than Europe does, and it possesses a magnificent tradition of inter-racial understanding
and cooperation. No other society has such a record of success uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity, and of endeavours so many and so various races of mankind . . . Islam has still the power to reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. If ever the opposition of the great societies of East and West is to be replaced by
cooperation, the mediation of Islam is an indispensable condition. In its hands lies very largely the solution of the problem with which Europe
is faced in its relation with East. If they unite, the hope of a peaceful issue is immeasurably enhanced. But if Europe, by rejecting the cooperation of Islam, throws it into the arms of its rivals, the issue can only be disastrous for both."
H. A. R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM, London, 1932, p. 379.

Source:mostmerciful.com

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Junaid Baghdadi and Love for Allah

Junaid Baghdadi and Love for Allah

Once at the time of Hajj, there was a gathering in Mecca of some friends of Allah;
the youngest among whom was Junaid Baghdadi (ra).
In that gathering, there was a discussion on the subject of 'Love for Allah' and as to who is the lover of Allah. Many of them expressed their views on the subject, but Junaid (ra) kept quiet. He was pressed to say something.

With his head bowed down and tears in his eyes, he said,

"The lover of Allah is he who forgets his own self, remains engaged in Allah's remembrance with due regard to all its requirements; sees Allah with the eyes of his heart, which is burnt by the heat of Allah's fear; Allah's remembrance affects him like a cup of wine, he speaks the word of Allah as if All-Mighty Allah speaks through his mouth; if he moves, he does so under the command of Allah; he gets peace of mind only through the obedience of Allah; and when such a stage is reached, his eating, drinking, sleeping, awakening and, in short, all his actions are for the pleasure of Allah; he neither pays heed to the worldly customs, nor does he attach any importance to unfriendly criticism by people."

Source:IslamCan.com

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wuduk

WUDUK
Dari segi bahasa wuduk bererti kebersihan manakala dalam istilah ilmu fiqh, wuduk bererti: 'Kebersihan yang dilakukan dengan cara tertentu setelah berlakunya hadas kecil, bagi membolehkan kita melakukan solat atau ibadah-ibadah lain'.

Rukun Wuduk
1. Niat
'Sengaja aku mengambil wuduk kerana Allah Taala'.
2. Membasuh muka
3.Membasuh kedua-dua belah tangan hingga kedua-dua mata siku
4. Menyapu kepala
5. Membasuh kedua-dua belah kaki hingga kemata kaki (buku lali)
6. Tertib (mengikut susunan yang telah dinyatakan)

Sunat-sunat wuduk
1. Menghadap kiblat
2. Membaca 'Bismillah'
3. Berkumur-kumur dan menggosok gigi (siswak)
4. Membasuh kedua-dua tangan hingga ke pergelangan tangan dan menggosok celah-celah jari.
5. Memasukkan air kedalam hidung dan menghembuskanya keluar
6. Mendahulukan anggota yang kanan dari yang kiri
7. Menyapu seluruh kepala
8. Menyapu kedua-dua telinga
9. Menggosok-gosok celah janggut dengan jari ketika membasuh muka
10. Mengulangi basuhan hingga tiga kali
11. Menjimatkan penggunaan air
12. Membasuh anggota wuduk dengan melebihi sedikit daripada batasnya
13. Menggosok-gosok anggota wuduk(Tadlik)
14. Menggerak-gerakkan cincin
15. Muwalah(berturut-turut)

Perkara-perkara yang membatalkan wuduk
1. Keluar sesuatu dari dua jalan (qubul atau dubur) seperti kencing,wadi,mazi,tahi,kentut dan lain-lain.
2. Menyentuh kemaluan (qubul atau dubur) dengan tapak tangan.
3. Tertidur yang tidak tetap kedudukan pinggulnya.
4. Hilang akal (mabuk,gila,pengsan atau pitam)

DOA SELEPAS WUDUK:
Ash-hadu alla ilaha-ilal--lah, wadahu la syarikalah.
Wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan 'abduhu warosuluh.

Source:Perkim

Monday, May 3, 2010

Aminah Assilmi

I wish to share with you this beautiful story and biography of Aminah Assilmi



"One of the world's 500 most influential Muslims"-Georgetown University
"I am so very glad that I am a Muslim. Islam is my life. Islam is the beat of my heart. Islam is the blood that courses through my veins. Islam is my strength. Islam is my life so wonderful and beautiful. Without Islam I am nothing, and should Allah ever turn His magnificent face from me, I could not survive." Aminah Assilmi.
Her story......

It all started with a computer glitch.

She was a Southern Baptist girl, a radical feminist, and a broadcast journalist. She was a girl with an unusual caliber, who excelled in school, received scholarships, ran her own business, and were competing with professionals and getting awards – all these while she was going to college.
Then one day a computer error happened that made her take up a mission as a devout Christian. Eventually, however, it resulted into something opposite and changed her life completely around.

It was 1975 when for the first time computer was used to pre-register for a class in her college. She was working on her degree on Recreation. She pre-registered for a class and then went to Oklahoma City to take care of a business. Her return was delayed and she came back to college two weeks into the class. Making up the missed work was no problem for her, but she was surprised to find that the computer mistakenly registered her for a Theatre class, a class where students would be required to perform in front of others. She was a very reticent girl and she was horrified to think about performing in front of others. She could not drop the class for it was too late

Failing the class was also not a choice, for she was receiving a scholarship that was paying for her tuition and receiving an ‘F’ would have jeopardized it.
Advised by her husband, she went to her teacher to work out some other alternative to performing, such as preparing costumes, etc. Assured by the teacher that he would try to help her, she went to the next class and was shocked by what she saw.
The class was full of Arabs and “camel jockeys”. That was enough for her. She came back home and decided not to go back to the class anymore. It was not possible for her to be in the middle of Arabs. “There was no way I was going to sit in a room full of dirty heathens!”

Her husband was calm as usual. He pointed out to her that God has a reason for everything and that she should think about more before quitting. Besides, there was the scholarship that was paying her tuition. She went behind locked doors for 2 days to think about. When she came out, she decided to continue the class. She felt that God gave her a task to convert the Arabs into Christianity.

Thus she found herself with a mission to accomplish. Throughout the class, she would be discussing Christianity with her Arab classmates. “I proceeded to explain to them how they would burn in the fires of hell for all eternity, if they did not accept Jesus as their personal savior. They were very polite, but did not convert. Then, I explained how Jesus loved them and had died on the cross to save them from their sins. All they had to do was accept him into their hearts.” They still did not convert, and so she decided to do something else: “I decided to read their own book to show to them that Islam was a false religion and Mohammed was a false Prophet”.

At her request, one student gave her a copy of the Qur’an and another book on Islam. With these two books she started on her research, which she was to continue for the next one and half years. She read the Qur’an fully and another fifteen books on Islam. Then she came back to the Qur’an and re-read it. During her research, she started taking notes that she found objectionable and which she would be able to use to prove that Islam was a false religion.

Unconsciously, however, she was changing from within which did not escape the attention of her husband. “I was changing, just in little ways but enough to bother him. We used to go to the bar every Friday and Saturday, or to a party, and I no longer wanted to go. I was quieter and more distant.” She stopped drinking and eating pork. Her husband suspected her of having an affair with another man, for “it was only for a man that a woman changes”. Ultimately, she was asked to leave, and she soon found herself living in a separate apartment

"When I first started to study Islam, I did not expect to find anything that I needed or wanted in my personal life. Little did I know that Islam would change my life. No human could have ever convinced me that I would finally be at peace and overflowing with love and joy because of Islam."

Throughout these times, she continued studying Islam and although she was changing subtly from within, she remained a devout Christian. Then one day, there was a knock on her door. It was a man in traditional Muslim robe, who appeared to her as a “man in a long white night gown with a red and white checkered table cloth on his head”. His name was Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheik and he was accompanied by three other men in similar dress. She was very offended by Muslim men coming to her in nightgowns and pajamas. She was further shocked when Abdul-Aziz told her that he understood that she waited to be a Muslim. She replied that she was a Christian and she did not have any plan to become a Muslim. However, she had some questions to ask if they had the time.

At her invitation, they came inside. She now brought up the questions and objections that she noted down while she was researching. “I will never forget his name”, she said of Abdul-Aziz who proved to be a very patient and soft-mannered person.
“He was very patient and discussed every question with me. He never made me feel silly or that a question was stupid.” Abdul-Aziz listened to every question and objection and explained it within the proper context. “He explained that Allah had told us to seek knowledge and questions were one of the ways to accomplish that. When he explained something, it was like watching a rose open – petal by petal, until it reached its full glory. When I told him that I did not agree with something and why, he always said I was correct up to a point. Then he would show me how to look deeper and from different directions to reach a fuller understanding.”
It would not be long before she would externally submit to what she had already been submitting to internally during the last one and half years. Later in that same day, this Southern Baptist girl would declare in front of Abdul-Aziz and his companions: “I bear witness that there is no god but God and Mohammed is His Messenger.”


It was May 21, 1977.
Conversion to Islam, or to any other religion for that matter, is not always a simple thing to do. Except for a few fortunate ones, a new Muslim usually face consequences. The convert may face isolation from family and friends, if not pressure to go back to the family faith. Sometimes, a convert may even face sever economic hardship, as in the case of those who are asked to leave the house because of converting to Islam. Some converts are fortunate to continue to be well respected by family and friends, but most of them face minor to severe hardship especially during the first few years after the conversion.
But the difficulty that Aminah Assilimi had to go through and the sacrifice that she had to make for the sake of her conviction and faith is almost unheard of. There are few who could rely so much on Allah as she did, standing firm and meeting the challenges, making sacrifices, and yet maintaining a positive posture and influencing people around with the beauty of what she found and believed in.
She lost most of her friends, for she was “no fun anymore”. Her mother did not accept her becoming a Muslim and hoped that it was a temporary zeal and that she would soon grow out of it. Her “mental health expert” sister thought that she lost her mind. She attempted to put her in a mental health institution.
Her father was a calm and wise man. People would come to him for advice and he could comfort anyone in distress. But when he heard that his daughter became a Muslim, he loaded his double-barrel shotgun and started on his way to kill her. “It is better that she be dead rather than suffering in the deepest of Hell”, he said.
She was now without friends and without family.

She soon started wearing hijab. The day she put it on, she was denied her job. She was now without family, friends, and job.
But her greatest sacrifice was yet to come.
She and her husband both loved each other very much. But while she was studying Islam, her husband misunderstood her for her apparent changes. She became quieter and stopped going to the bar. Her changes were visible to him and he suspected her of having affair with another man, for whom she must have been changing. She could not explain to him what was happening.
“There was no way to make him understand what was changing me because I did not know.”
Eventually he asked her to leave and she started living separately.
After she openly accepted Islam, it went worse. A divorce was now inevitable. This was a time when Islam was little known, much less understood for what it is. She had two little children whom she loved dearly and whose custody should have rightfully be given to her. But in a grave violation of justice, she was denied their custody just because she became a Muslim. Before giving the formal verdict, the judge offered her a harsh choice: either renounce Islam and get custody of the children, or keep Islam and leave the children. She was given 20 minutes to make a decision.
She loved her children very dearly. It is perhaps the worst nightmare that a mother can have: asked to willfully leave her child - not for one day, month, or year, but forever. On the other hand, how could she keep the Truth away from her children and live as a hypocrite?
“It was the most painful 20 minutes in my life”, she said in an interview. Those of us who are mothers and fathers, especially of young children, little imagination is needed to feel the pain and torment that she must have passed every second in those 20 minutes. What added further to her pain was that according to doctors, she could never bear another child because of certain complications.
“I prayed like I had never done before … I knew that there was no safer place for my children to be than in the hands of Allah. If I denied Him, there would be no way in the future to show my children the wonders of being with Allah.”
She decided to retain Islam. Her two dear children – one little boy and one little girl – were taken away from her and given to her ex-husband.
For a mother, is there a sacrifice greater than this – a sacrifice that is done for no material reason but only for faith and conviction?
“I left the court knowing that life without my babies would be very difficult. My heart bled, even though I knew, inside, I had done the right thing” . She found comfort in the following verse of the Qur'an:

There is no god but He,-the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) before or after or behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except as He willeth. His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory). (Quran 2: 255)
Perhaps the air of Colorado was too thin for justice. Or perhaps there was a plan in Allah’s greater scheme of affairs. Aminah Assilimi later fought back and took her case to the media. Although she did not get custody of her children again, a change was made in the Colorado law that one cannot be denied child custody on the basis of his or her religion.


Indeed Allah’s love and mercy engulfed her so much that, as if, she has been granted the touchstone of Islam. Wherever she goes, people are touched by her beautiful words and Islamic manners and become Muslim.
By accepting Islam, she became a changed person, and a much better person. So much so that her family, relatives, and people around her started appreciating her mannerism and the faith that brought about such changes in her. Despite her family’s initial reaction, she remained in touch with them and addressed them with respect and humility, just as the Qur’an enjoins the Muslims to do. She would send cards to her parents on different occasions, but she would always write down a verse from the Qur’an or the Hadith without mentioning the source of such beautiful words of wisdom. It was not long before she started making a positive influence among her family members.
The first to become Muslim was her grand mother. She was over 100 years old. Soon after accepting Islam, she died. “The day she pronounced Shahada, all her misdeeds had been erased, while her good deeds were preserved. She died so soon after accepting Islam that I knew her “book” was bound to be heavy on the good side. It fills me with such a joy!”

Next to become Muslim was her father, the one who wanted to kill her after she became Muslim. Thus he brought alive the story of Umar ibn Khattab. Umar was a companion of the Prophet who persecuted the early Muslims before he converted to Islam. When he heard one day that his sister became a Muslim, he went out with an open sword to kill her. But upon hearing some of the verses from the Qur’an that his sister was reciting, he recognized the truth and went straight to the Prophet and accepted Islam.
Two years after she (Assilmi) accepted Islam, her mother called and said that she appreciated her faith and hoped that she would keep it. Couple of years later, she called again and asked her about what one would need to do to become a Muslim. Assilmi replied that one had to believe that there is only One God and Muhammad was his Messenger. “Any fool knows that. But what do you have to do?”, she asked again. She replied that if that is what she believed, then she was already a Muslim! At this, her mother said, “Well … OK. But let’s not tell your father just yet”.
She was not aware that her husband (Assilmi’s step father) had the same conversation with her a few weeks earlier. Thus the two lived together as Muslims for years in secret without knowing that the other was also a Muslim.
Her sister who wanted to put her in mental institution accepted Islam as well. She must have realized that becoming Muslim is indeed the most healthy and sound thing to do.
Her son, upon becoming adult, accepted Islam. When he turned 21, he called her and said that he wanted to become a Muslim.
Sixteen years after the divorce, her ex-husband also accepted Islam. He said that he had been watching her for sixteen years and wanted his daughter to have the same religion that she had. He came to her and apologized for what he had done. He was a very nice gentlemen and Assilimi had forgiven him long ago.
Perhaps the greatest reward for her was yet to come. Assilmi later married another person, and despite the doctors’ verdict that she could never conceive another child, Allah blessed her with a beautiful boy. If Allah (swt) makes a gift to someone, who can prevent Him? It was truly a wonderful blessing from Allah (swt), and so she named him “Barakah
The sacrifice that Assilmi made for the sake of Allah (swt) was tremendous. And so Allah (swt) turned in mercy to her and rewarded her with enormous blessings. Her family discarded her after she accepted Islam, and now by Allah’s mercy, most of them are Muslim. She lost her friends because of Islam, and now she is being loved by so many. “Friends who loved came out of nowhere”, she said. Allah’s blessings came upon her so much that wherever she goes people are touched by the beauty of Islam and accept the Truth. Both Muslims and non-Muslims now come to her for advice and counseling.

She lost her job because of wearing hijab, and now she is the President of the International Union of Muslim Women. She delivers lectures nationwide and is on high demand. It was her organization that successfully lobbied for the “Eid Stamp” and had it approved by the United States Postal Service, but it took many years of work. She is now working on making the Eid Day as a national holiday.
She had tremendous trust on Allah’s love and mercy and she never looses faith on Him. She was once diagnosed with cancer some years ago. Doctors said that it was in an advanced stage and that she would live for another year. But her faith in Allah (swt) remained strong. “We must all die. I was confident that the pain I was experiencing contained blessings.” As a brilliant example of how much one can love Allah, she mentions about a friend of her named Kareem Al-Misawi who died of cancer when he was in his 20’s:

"Shortly before he died, he told me that Allah was truly Merciful. This man was in unbelievable anguish and was radiating with Allah’s love. He said: “Allah intends that I should enter heaven with a clean book.” His death experience gave me something to think about. He taught me of Allah’s love and mercy."

Aminah Assilmi, a national Muslim community activist, scholar and leader who died 6th March 2010 in a car accident outside of Newport, Tenn. She was returning with her son from a speaking engagement in New York. Her son, who was injured in the accident, was taken to a hospital in Knoxville.
Source:famousmuslims.com