Friday, 30 April 2010

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

:: Epistemology ::

Assalam Alaikum,

I was doing my assignment and I've got to research on Epistemology... Basically, it is the philosophical study of knowledge on 
  • What is knowledge? 
  • How is knowledge acquired? 
  • What do people know?
  • How do we know what we know?
Also, methodology is the study of theories and how it deals with the general principles of the formation of knowledge.

Both are just like a tool for self-reflection...

The speaker was comparing bible and science (Timing 4:44)... And how there is no knowledge in trying to combine both together... But we have it in Islam! Yay! =) Isn't Science a logical study of what Allah(Swt) has given us in nature?

Okay, not to bore you with my explanation, this is something really worth watching! =) Though it might be something abstract, it's enriching! 

Enjoy!!! =D


W'salam,
Khadijah C.



:: 40 Animated Hadith ::


:: Children's Right to a family ::


Monday, 26 April 2010

:: 10 Things to hand down to your daughter ::

Taken from 10 Things to hand down to your daughter

1. Knowledge of and love for Allah and the Deen
This is one of the most precious and enduring gifts you can pass down to your daughter, one that will benefit her in this life and the next.

2. Memorisation of the Qur’an
No matter how little you have memorised yourself, push your daughter to memorise as much she can. Encourage her and help her to revise. It will stand her in good stead in her life and will be a source of reward for you after your death as well.

3. A good example of Muslim womanhood 
Most girls look to their mothers for guidance. Embody the characteristics of a strong, faithful Muslimah and she will be inspired to follow your example.

4. A sense of self-worth and self-esteem 
Instill a sense of confidence in your child by encouraging her skills, talents and personality to develop. Make her feel secure in her identity and show her that she is loved and appreciated. This will have a positive impact on her future relationships and how she interacts with the world.

5. A sense of modesty 
Instill a love for hijab in your daughter and encourage her to be modest, never boastful or conceited, in all areas of her life.

6. Your language 
If you speak Arabic, be sure to teach it to her so that she has the key to the understanding of the Qur’an. Also, if you have a mother tongue or speak a second language yourself, pass it on: a second or third language is always an asset, whether in a study, work or social environment.

7. A skill that you have 
If you are an avid gardener, knitter or love painting, pass your skill onto your daughter. With so many ‘traditional’ skills being lost in today’s fast-paced world, you owe it to her to share your knowledge and pass it on to the next generation.

8. Your favourite recipes 
Yes, teach your daughter how to cook! Be it from a cookbook, an original recipe or passed down from your mother or even your grandmother, we all have our own trademark recipes: pass them on to your daughter and encourage her to develop some specialities of her own.

9. Housekeeping skills 
Instill good housekeeping habits in all your children and encourage them to take pride in a neat and tidy home. Pass any tricks or shortcuts on so that your daughter is well-equipped when she has a home of her own.

10. Your family history 
Give her a sense of her roots and heritage by sharing your family story with her. Acquaint her with her family tree and teach her the lessons learned by the different generations. Hopefully, she will do the same with her children, insha Allah.

:: Taken by Angel of Death ::

Assalam Alaikum,

Just a video to reflect how vulnerable life is~
Just gotta do good and make use of our precious time wisely~

W'salam,
Khadijah C.



:: The Ethics of Chivalry ::

Assalam Alaikum,

I came upon this article and would like to share with everyone~
Below is just an excerpt from the article, The Ethics of Chivalry
Just a reflection for all singles~ hee~ =D

W'salam,
Khadijah C.

A related question would be, “Why are so many of our brothers so hesitant to marry strong, independent and intellectually astute women?” Many women in the West lack the support of extended family networks, which is increasingly true even in the Muslim world. Therefore, they must seek education or professional training to be in a position to support themselves if necessary, or to assist their husbands; an increasingly likely scenario owing to the nature of work in postindustrial societies.

This sociological fact leads to women in the West generally manifesting a degree of education and independence that might not be present among women in more traditional societies and times – even though such societies are rapidly disappearing.

Many Muslim men will pass over talented, educated women who are willing to put their careers and education on hold, if need be, to commit to a family. The common reason given is that such women are too assertive, or they are not the kind of women the prospective husband’s mother is used to. As a result a significant number of our sisters, despite their beauty, talent, maturity, and dynamism are passed over for marriage in favour of an idealised, demure “real” Muslim woman. The social consequences of this practice are extremely grave for our community.

Again, we can ask ourselves, “To what extent does this practice conform to the prophetic model?” Our Prophet was surrounded by strong, assertive and independent women. His beloved Khadija, who we have previously mentioned, was one of the most successful business people in the Arabian Peninsula, and her wealth allowed the Prophet to retreat to the Cave of Hira where he would receive the first revelation.

Ayesha, despite her young age was an assertive, free-spirited, intellectual powerhouse who would become one of the great female scholars in history. The foundation for her intellectual greatness was laid by the Prophet himself who recognised her brilliance. Zainab bint Jahsh ran a “non-profit” organisation. She would make various handicrafts, sell them in the market and then use the proceeds to secretly give charity to the poor people of Medina. Umm Salamah had the courage to migrate from Mecca to Medina, unescorted, although she was ultimately accompanied by a single rider. She also had the vision to resolve the crisis at Hudaybiyya.

These were all wives of the Prophet. To their names we could add those of many other strong and dynamic women who played a major role in the life of the fledgling Muslim community.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

:: Common goal in life ::

Assalam Alaikum,

hee~ Sorry about the title... =D
I just want to show that this is something which we should work for! 
No matter where we are, no matter who we are with... 
We should have the same goal in life!
Well, in here, it's dancing~ Beautiful! =D

W'salam,
Khadijah C.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

:: Man is in loss ::

Assalam Alaikum,

Just wanting to share this because it leaves me with a deep impact~ I guess other muslims who are starting to learn Islam once more would be feeling the same too~

I was once lost and now, 
Subhan'Allah~ I'm guided... 

By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
Verily, man is in loss,
Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.
( سورة العصر , Al-Asr, Chapter #103, Verse #2)

W'salam,
Khadijah C.

:: Materialism ::

Thursday, 22 April 2010

:: My name is... ::




:: A reflection before it's too late ::


For those who respond to their Lord, are (all) good things. But those who respond not to Him,- Even if they had all that is in the heavens and on earth, and as much more, (in vain) would they offer it for ransom. For them will the reckoning be terrible: their abode will be 
hell,- what a bed of misery!  
(  سورة الرعد  , Ar-Rad, Chapter #13, Verse #18)



Sunday, 18 April 2010

:: Being Smartie ::

Assalam Alaikum,

This is a video which Dr. Mamdouh Mohamed reminded us how to be a smartie muslim... Just 2 components...

1) Remembrance of Allah(SWT) in all situations
2) Reflect upon the creation of Allah(SWT)

But these are done through acquiring necessary knowledge (It's a shortcut to paradise! yoOoohoOoo!!! Subhan'Allah!)

Happy viewing! =D

W'salam,
Khadijah C



:: Toad is telltale for impending quakes ::

Assalam Alaikum,

I loOoovVvveeEeee how Allah(SWT) runs his creation!!! I read before that other animals could 'feel' the coming of disasters too~ That's why animals were seen running off to the higher ground when they feel the coming of a tsunami~

We should just keep animals in our houses and donate those funds for building sophisticated machines to needy children and families~ haa~ Well, the thinking of a simple-minded follower~

News like this just makes me recite the surah with increasing faith~ Yay!!! =D

Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
And there is none like unto Him.
( سورة الإخلاص , Al-Ikhlas, Chapter #112)

W'salam,
Khadijah C.


Taken from http://sg.news.yahoo.com/afp/20100331/tts-science-quake-toads-c1b2fc3.html

PARIS (AFP) - – For ages, mankind has craved a tool that can provide early warning of that terrifying moment when the earth begins to shake.

But if a scientific paper published on Wednesday is confirmed, we may at last have found one.
The best hope yet of an earthquake predictor could lie in a small, brown, knobbly amphibian, it suggests.

The male common toad (Bufo bufo) gave five days' warning of the earthquake that ravaged the town of L'Aquila in central Italy on April 6, 2009, killing more than 300 people and displacing 40,000 others, the study says.

Biologist Rachel Grant of Britain's Open University embarked on a toad-monitoring project at San Ruffino lake, 74 kilometres (46 miles) north of L'Aquila, 10 days before the 6.3-magnitude quake struck.

Her two-person team observed the site for 29 days, counting toad numbers and measuring temperature, humidity, wind speed, rainfall and other conditions.

By March 28, more than 90 male toads had mustered for the spawning season, but two days later, their numbers suddenly fell, Grant reports.

By April 1 -- five days before the quake -- 96 percent of the males had fled.

Several dozen ventured back on April 9 for the full moon, a known courtship period for toads, although the tally was some 50-80 percent fewer than in previous years.

After this small peak, the numbers fell once more, only picking up significantly on April 15, two days after the last major aftershock, defined as 4.5 magnitude or higher.

In addition, the number of paired toads at the breeding site also dropped to zero three days before the quake. And no fresh spawn was found at the site from April 6 until the last big after-tremor.

Grant says the toads' comportment is a "dramatic change" for the species.

Once male toads hole up at a breeding site, they usually never leave until the annual spawning season is over, she notes.

Eager to answer the riddle, Grant obtained Russian measurements of electrical activity in the ionosphere, the uppermost electromagnetic layer in the atmosphere, which were picked up by very low frequency (VLF) radio receivers.

The toads' two periods of exodus both coincided with bursts of VLF disruption.

Previous research has attributed perturbations in the ionosphere to releases of radon, a radioactive gas generated underground, or to gravity waves prior to a quake, although much about this phenomenon is unclear.

In the quest to find an earthquake predictor, elephants, horses, wolves, snakes and fish have all been variously put forward.

This study, though, is exceptional. It puts the flesh of data and first-hand observation on the bones of anecdotal evidence, even if there is no confirmed explanation as to why the toads bolted as they did.

"Our study is one of the first to document animal behaviour before, during and after an earthquake," says Grant.

"Our findings suggest that toads are able to detect pre-seismic cues such as the release of gases and charged particles, and use these as a form of early warning system."

The paper is published in the Journal of Zoology by the Zoological Society of London.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

:: What are children being exposed to? ::

Assalam Alaikum,

I came upon this video while browsing...
Okay, got to be prepared that these are disturbing scenes... And before you think I'm going crazy, I just got to state clearly the reason for posting these videos~ I just wanna show that media (Esp. internet!) is a very very scary thing because it can easily manipulate one's mindset, especially young children~ If I can find such video online, I'm sure there will be children out there, being exposed to such videos too~ Really got to beware of what children are watching...

I'm really clueless about the situations in the middle east and I really have no comment about what people are thinking and doing... But surely I know it's painful for these children~

UrghHhhhh....

Again, children are the innocent and they are being made used of~ The world is getting scarier with these children, growing up to be adults... Pray pray pray for these children to see the light one day~ 


W'salam,
Khadijah C.

Friday, 16 April 2010

:: Chinese girl chooses Islam ::

Assalam Alaikum,

Just watched this video on the reasons why a Chinese Muslimah revert to Islam~

It's always enlightening to hear and see reverts' stories~ A source of motivation! Yay! =D


W'salam,
Khadijah C. 

:: Interesting welfare zone ::

Assalam Alaikum,

WOW!!! Something interesting in the Welfare Zone... Guess what? It's SHAG week, which means, it's Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance week! Surely, the contents of the 'SHAG fact' are surely VERYyyYYyyy 'guiding'!!! Oh man...

Alright~ Enough of making such a fuss... 

Still!!! Why are these in the welfare zone board? What has it got to do with welfare of a uni student? And know what? This board is just right outside the library where everyone will see it~ Why make it soOoo public?

What message is it sending? hmMmmm...

Alright, I'm a stranger in such strange society I am in now~ Alhamdulliah! =D



W'salam,
Khadijah C.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

:: Listening & obeying through intuition ::

Assalam Alaikum,

I was reading posts in forum and I came upon this inspirational story~ Sometimes, there's just no explanation for the work of Allah(SWT), till the result is evident~ Meanwhile, just gotta be obedient and be on the right path~ =D


W'salam,
Khadijah C.


INSPIRATIONAL STORY
Taken from http://www.shelfari.com/groups/14212/discussions/69793/INSPIRATIONAL-STORY

A young man had been to Wednesday Night Class of Quranic Studies. The Mualim had shared about listening to Allah and obeying Allah through intuition. The young man couldn't help but wonder, 'Does Allah still speak to people through intuition?' After Lessons, he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed the message. Several different ones talked about how Allah had led them in different ways and that at the end you'll know it was Allah(SWT) Who has directed you.

It was about ten o'clock when the young man started driving home. Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, 'Allah...If you still speak to people, speak to me. I will listen.

I will do my best to obey.' As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk. He shook his head and said out loud, 'Allah is that you?' He didn't get a reply and started on toward home. But again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk came into his head. 'Okay, Allah, in case that is you, I will buy the milk.' It didn't seem like too hard a test of obedience. He could always use the milk. He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward home.

As he passed Seventh Street , he again felt the urge, 'Turn Down that street.' This is crazy he thought, and drove on past the intersection. Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street .. At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh. Half jokingly, he said out loud, 'Okay, Allah, I will.'

He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he should stop. He pulled over to the curb and looked around. He was in a semi-commercial area of town. It wasn't the best but it wasn't the worst of neighborhoods either. The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the people were already in bed.

Again, he sensed something, 'Go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street.' The young man looked at the house. It was dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were already asleep. He started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat.

'Allah, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake them up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid.' Again, he felt like he should go and give the milk.

Finally, he opened the door, 'Okay Allah (SWT), if this is you, I will go to the door and I will give them the milk. If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be obedient. I guess that will count for something, but if they don't answer right away, I am out of here.'

He walked across the street and rang the bell. He could hear some noise inside. A man's voice yelled out, 'Who is it? What do you want?' Then the door opened before the young man could get away. The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt. He looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on his face and he didn't seem too happy to have some stranger standing on his doorstep. 'What is it?' The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, 'Here, I brought this to you.'

The man took the milk and rushed down a hallway. Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen. The man was following her holding a baby. The baby was crying. The man had tears streaming down his face. The man began speaking and half crying, 'We were just praying. We had some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn't have any milk for our baby. I was just praying and asking Allah (SWT) to show me how to get some milk.'

His wife in the kitchen yelled out, 'I ask him to send an Angel with some. Are you an Angel?'

The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him and put in the man's hand. He turned and walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his face. He knew that Allah (SWT) still answers prayers.

Moral: Allah swt always waits for us. He is ready to forgive us and answer our prayers. However it is us who need to get closer to Him. He is always there for us and waiting for us to ask for anything, yet we choose to do things on our own. Remember that He is the Creator and the Rabb of the universe and is willing to help you in your time of need. I believe it is time that we finally open our hearts and mind and submitt ourselves to His will. This is a reminder to myself and to everyone else.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

:: Wisdom, Excellent admonition & Best manner ::

Assalam Alaikum,

It's time that I do serious research on how I should break my reversion news to my family and friends... Just gotta read what is the necessary to say and what to say~ I took this from the Tasfsir in searchtruth.com... Might not be the full meaning in English translation, but it's enough for me to know what I should say and how I should say to everyone back home~

I'm not really inviting people to the religion but in order to explain my reversion, I gotta state all the reasons why Islam is the best~ Indirectly, I'm also inviting those who are chosen to be guided, but yet to receive the "sparks to light up their candles"~

Anyway...

Keywords I've picked out from these ayats...
1) wisdom 
2) excellent admonition
3) Best manner

It sounds good on theory but in practice... erRrr... Based on personal experiences, it's HARD to tell people something which they are soOoo used to, but are wrong all this while~ Surely, they'll jump! AHHH!!! I need guidance and help from the Almighty!!! Pray pray pray!!!

So, here it is... If you have any comments or suggestions, I'm opened to them all! hee~ =D


[16:125] O Prophet invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and excellent admonition

One should keep in view the intelligence, capability and circumstances of the addressees and convey the Message in accordance with the requirements of the occasion. 

One should refrain from applying one and the same method to each and every person or group but should first diagnose the real disease of the addressee and then cure it by appealing to his head and heart.

One should not be content with convincing the addressee with arguments alone but should also appeal to his feelings. 

One should not confine oneself merely to arguments in condemning evils and deviations but should try to convince the other of their repugnance that lies embedded in the human nature. 

One should also warn of the worst consequences of those evils. 

One should not only try to convince the addressee rationally of the soundness and excellence of guidance and righteous deeds but should also create in him interest and love for them. 

One should administered admonition in such a manner as to show sincere concern for and the welfare of the addressee. 

One should not create the impression that the admonisher is looking down upon him and taking pleasure in his own feeling of superiority. On the contrary, he should feel that the admonisher is filled with the strong desire for his reform and welfare.


[16:126] and discuss things with people in the best manner.

One should have a sweet tongue, show noble character and give reasonable and appealing arguments, and refrain from indulging in polemics, argumentation and controversies. 

One does not resort to accusations, crooked arguments, taunts, nor makes fun of the opponent in order to defeat him and to win applause for his own superiority in argument. For these things will produce obduracy and obstinacy. 

One should try to convince the other in a simple and humble way, and when he feels that the other person has come down to crooked arguments, he will leave him alone lest the other should go further and further astray in his deviation.

And of course, after doing all these, one should remember that the one should administered admonition is just sending a message, not trying to bring others on the right path... That is the job of Allah(SWT)... And be patience whatever the outcomes are~

[16:127] Your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Way and He knows best who is rightly guided. And if you retaliate, let your retaliation be to the extent that you were wronged, but if you endure it with patience, it is indeed best for those who endure with patience. O Muhammad, go on performing your mission with fortitude-and you can practice fortitude only with the help of Allah-do not be grieved at their doings and do not distress yourself at their intrigues, 

[16:126] for Allah is with those people who fear Him and adopt the righteous attitude.

"Allah is with those who fear Him" because they scrupulously refrain from evil ways and always adopt the righteous attitude, for they know that their actions and deeds are not determined by the evils others do to them but by their own sense of righteousness; so they return good for evil."


W'salam,
Khadijah C.

:: Life journey in a video ::

Assalam Alaikum,

Assignments!!! That's what I've been doing... erRrrr... Trying to concentrate actually... hehehe~ I am thankful that at least I've got what I've always been wishing for! Just that... You know, the process of doing assignments... hmMmmm... Anyway, I'm the fortunate ones! (Great psychological push for myself eh? hehehe~)

Well, I just wanted to share with video, which my friend sent me~ 

It shows the process of Muslims going through fulfilling their obligations of 5 pillars in Islam~ It just makes me think... I gotta do this in my life, Insha'Allah~ Well, at least I'm in my second stage now... Yay!!! =D

Now that I see the video, I remembered the times when I was in the plane, getting over the middle eastern land... I was thinking when will I ever land in Mecca to perform my obligation~ And I was thinking that since I'm high up in the sky, I'm nearer to Allah(SWT)... hahaha~ Just my silly thinking in the beginning... Of course not, He's nearer to us than our jugular vein~

And indeed We have created man, and We know what his ownself whispers to him. And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein (by Our Knowledge). 
(
  سورة ق  , Qaf, Chapter #50, Verse #16)
When I see that there are soOooo many many muslim performing Hajj, a thought came into my mind... What happened if one gets lost? Then again, on the day of resurrection, it's only ourselves on the journey, right? 

Just taking life as an overview, it's nothing much really, except it's between individual us and Allah(SWT)... We came to this earth empty-handed and alone... and we shall die empty-handed, alone too~ 

There's no such thing as companion in the journey of death, is there? Well, when we see our loved ones suffering, we cannot take their sufferings away, can we? We have no power to do so as it's all in the hands of the Almighty~

At this stage in life where I get guidance from Allah(SWT), I learn not to be fully reliant on other human beings, but He himself that I should go to in time of needs and help~ Sounds easy but it takes a lot of self-restraint and strong belief to do so~

Maybe that explains why some people can continue their lives when their closest ones passed on, while there are some who could not take it and just give up their lives totally~ hmMmmm...

Life's a process; a discovery process... Every incident, every pain and sorrow, every joy and happiness are opportunities to learn about ourselves and our lord, right?  

Well... This is just a simple reflection from an emo girl... hee~ =D

Back to assignments! =D


W'salam,
Khadijah C.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

:: Ghuraba ::

Assalam Alaikum,

To the anomynous reader of mine, Jazakallah Khair for sharing this video with me! =D

The video is about the pious muslim being Ghuraba-s (strangers), in this worldly life because of how different they live, compared to the majority~

I googled it and trying to find its significance and I came to this website.

"The Ghuraba' are strange to their religion in the sense that they become strange simply because they are holding on strong to al-Haq and are istiqomah with it. They are strange because their ratio of existence amongst the society are very rare. Their insights, ideology, activities, and even appearance perhaps are deemed as abnormal, hence strange. So it could be said that the Ghuraba' are the crème de la crème of the ummah."

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange. so good tidings for the stranger. (Book #001, Hadith #0270)

Personally, I find the video 'too harsh' with its literal words like, 'soldier','battle'... But I'll take it from the softer side of its meaning... Then again, when I looked at other videos, they are more disturbing with people holding weapons and stuff... Can see soOoo much hatred and oppression in them~ (Maybe it's propaganda of the nortorious "T" group) ScCcccaAarRryYyyy~

We muslim should showing less violence and more soft feelings, like compassionate and forgiving... That was how Prophet Yusuf and Prophet Muhammad would react... They have soOoo much moral in them that they would rather forgive than to go into violence... They did not go into war, with their own wish and thinking, right? It was commanded by Allah(SWT) himself~

Oh well, then again, we are living in this era that Islam is a "strange" religion again... It's not that we are strange... It's the human thinking and psychology that are getting "stranger"...

I know, we do not have our dearest Prophet Muhammad (SAAW), but we have more muslims followers than his time... It's just that we need more quality, not quantity now~

Again, it's just a point of view~ =)


W'salam,
Khadijah C.



Saturday, 10 April 2010

:: Being considerate ::

Assalam Alaikum,

I read this story and thought it would be great to share around~ 

Masha'Allah~ Sis Zabrina is such an amazing storyteller! 

This story illustrates the difference between inhabitants in hell and heaven... Being considerate is one of the qualities that differentiate them apart~


~ Life Storyteller : Motivational and Inspirational Stories for You and Me ~:
The Story of Long and Short Spoons



Enjoy the story!


W'salam,
Khadijah C.

Friday, 9 April 2010

:: Poverty, desperation and desires ::

Assalam Alaikum,

They were the headlines, 'Yemeni child bride dies of internal bleeding', and 'Helping Afghan child labours' that caught my attention in CNN...

Has poverty, desperation and desires really makes a human stood to its lowest, comparable to animals? I really have no answer and comment on this because I have never been in that situation of being soOoo poor... 

But I know, I am indeed blessed to be where I am now~

It hurts to see people not educated, people following their desires, people forced by their situations to do negative things... What can we do to help them? The culture is soOoo much embedded in them that it would take a long long time to educate them... Unless money solves the problems...

So, we think that the most we could do is through financial means... But even so, donations might not reach the victims, as stated in the videos~

I remembered the similar situation during the asian tsunami in 2004. I went for a volunteering trip to Sri Lanka and the NGOs there told the same story.... Funds were not really reaching them and if they were, they are not reaching them as fast as they should because of the political redtapes... haizZzz...

What is the world coming to? Why are the children suffering because of their pure innocence to the cruel world they are in?

Indeed, we are the fortunate ones...

If opportunities arise, I would love to work in UNICEF, Insha'Allah~ Something to go with education and children~ hmMmmm... That's a thought for now... Just gotta see where Allah(SWT) will lead me to next year when I graduate~ =D


W'salam,
Khadijah C.

:: Raising children in Islam (For everyone!) ::

Assalam Alaikum,

This is another video on how to raise children, starting from choosing a good, pious spouse to when the child is born. Enjoy watching~

W'salam,
Khadijah C.





:: A man cried for us ::

Assalam Alaikum,

I was watching PeaceTV and Br. Dawud Wharnsby was singing this with the children~ Makes me go weak listening to it, making me emotional~ haa~

Even before my parents are worrying about me, Prophet Muhammad was already worrying about me and his ummah, 1400 years ago!!! The picture of him crying for us makes me feel like as if I've disappointed him somehow, after all those difficult tests which he had gone through from Allah (SWT)...

This is seriously something which we need to reflect on ourselves~ Better start following our dearest Prophet Muhammad... An act a day does really make a difference in long term~


W'salam,
Khadijah C.


Thursday, 8 April 2010

:: Saying Salam to non-muslim ::

Assalam Alaikum,

My friend and I were talking about this topic of returning the greeting of the non-muslim if they were to greet us 'Assalam Alaikum'... I didn't know that we are not supposed to say back 'Wa Alaikum Salam'... Just gotta say 'Wa Alaikum', translated 'and upon you'

Well, I decided to find out myself~

Prophet Muhammad is just such a smartie!!! He knew how to answer cleverly, in reply to cursing from the disbelievers! He's kind and lenient too! We gotta learn from him! Read more Hadiths... Read read read~

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According to Qadhi Abu Bakr ibn al-Arabi (Allah have mercy on him), he states:

“The word Salam is one the good names of Allah Almighty and ‘Assalamu Alaykum’ means: Allah Almighty is your guardian and caretaker. (Ahkam al-Qur’an). Therefore, due to this aspect of Salam, it is generally impermissible to use this form of greeting for non-Muslims.
(Taken from http://www.central-mosque.com/fiqh/salam1.htm)

Narrated Anas bin Malik: A Jew passed by Allah's Apostle and said, "As-Samu 'Alaika." Allah's Apostle said in reply, "We 'Alaika." Allah's Apostle then said to his companions, "Do you know what he (the Jew) has said? He said, 'As-Samu 'Alaika.'" They said, "O Allah's Apostle! Shall we kill him?" The Prophet, said, "No. When the people of the Book greet you, say: 'wa 'alaikum.'"
(Book #84, Hadith #60)

Narrated 'Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) A group of Jews entered upon the Prophet and said, "As-Samu-alaikum." (i.e. death be upon you). I understood it and said, "wa-alaikum As-Samu wal-la'n. (death and the curse of Allah be Upon you)." Allah's Apostle said "Be calm, O 'Aisha! Allah loves that on, should be kind and lenient in all matters." I said, "O Allah's Apostle! Haven't you heard what they (the Jews) have said?" Allah's Apostle said "I have (already) said (to them) "And upon you!"
(Book #73, Hadith #53)

Narrated 'Abdullah bin Mulaika: 'Aisha said that the Jews came to the Prophet and said, "As-Samu 'alaikum" (death be on you). 'Aisha said (to them), "(Death) be on you, and may Allah curse you and shower His wrath upon you!" The Prophet said, "Be calm, O 'Aisha ! You should be kind and lenient, and beware of harshness and Fuhsh (i.e. bad words)." She said (to the Prophet), "Haven't you heard what they (Jews) have said?" He said, "Haven't you heard what I have said (to them)? I said the same to them, and my invocation against them will be accepted while theirs against me will be rejected (by Allah). "
(Book #73, Hadith #57)


W'salam,
Khadijah C.