Tuesday, 21 December 2010

:: Towards Solving the Marriage Dilemma ::

Assalam Alaikum,

Sh. Alaa Elsayed is funny! hahaha~ He has a lot of expressions to go with his speech! =D

Marriage sounds so complicated in our society... Why can't we do it like during Prophet's time?

Anyway, he gave suggestions at the end of his speech [31:53] on the procedure of getting someone for marriage~ Good for those who are looking! hee~ =)

Khadijah C.

:: 'what Allah, then so and so, willed' ::

by Lives of the Salaf on Tuesday, 21 December 2010 at 00:49

It is forbidden to say the following expressions:
Had it not been for Allah and you!, I have no one but Allah and you!, I begin in the name of Allah and your name! etc.

Narrated Hudhayfah: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: do not say: "what Allah wills and so and so wills," but say: "what Allah wills and afterwards so and so wills. (Sunan Abudawud Book #41, Hadith #4962)

Scholars say: it is permissible to say, "Had it not been for Allah then so and so". But, "Had it not been for Allah and so and so", is not permissible to be said.

What is the difference between "and" and "then" in these expressions?

The conjunction "and" suggests comparison and equality. So, one who says: "What Allah and you willed", compares the Will of Allah and the will of the slave, and puts them on equal terms.

Whereas, he conjunction "then" suggests subordination and following. So, one who says: "What Allah then you willed" , he declares that the will of the slave is subordinate to and follow the Will of Allah Almighty. Almighty Allah says in His Glorious Qur'an,

But ye will not, except as Allah wills; for Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom.
( سورة الإنسان , Al-Insan, Chapter #76, Verse #30)

Khadijah C.

Monday, 20 December 2010

:: Pray For What's Best ::

Assalam Alaikum,

I couldn't agree more with Sis. Lisa! Pray for what's best for us, for this life and the next! =D

Khadijah C.

:: Simple marriage ::

Assalam Alaikum,

hehehehe~ I love the way they talk about marriage! SoOooo innocently cute!

In children's term, marriage is all about kiss and hugs... And according to Grover, married couples are friends who live with each other and helping each other!

In summary, marriage is when two friends come together to live together, to help each other and kiss and hugs! hee~ That's what simple marriage is about! 

Simple... If the suitable other half is given and efforts are put in~ =)

Khadijah C.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

:: Love and Appreciation ::

Assalam Alaikum,

Okay okay, I get it... Gotta show appreciation appreciation for husband and love for wife! I shall keep it in mind! InsyahAllah! =D

BaBaAli is as great as ever! =)

Khadijah C.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

:: Answers from Imam of Prophet's Masjid ::

Assalam Alaikum,

Muhammad Alshareef was sharing the answers he got from the Imam of Prophet's Mosque on the 2 questions he asked:

1) What should the youths who memorise the whole Qur'an do?
2) How does the Prophet's grave looks like?

He sounds like an eager boy, excited to share the replies he got! 

Khadijah C.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

:: Being in good health ::

Assalam Alaikum,

To see Sh. Ibrahim Dremali giving little lecture in his state of health makes me ponder seriously about what I have now... Good Health~

What have we done today with our good health? hmMmmm...

Khadijah C.

:: It's A'shura ::

Assalam Alaikum,

It's gotta be 10th of Muharram, 'Ashura, tomorrow! Another opportunity to collect good points and hopefully sins of the preceding year will be atoned~

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: The Prophet came to Medina and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ashura. He asked them about that. They replied, "This is a good day, the day on which Allah rescued Bani Israel from their enemy. So, Moses fasted this day." The Prophet said, "We have more claim over Moses than you." So, the Prophet fasted on that day and ordered (the Muslims) to fast (on that day). (Sahih Bukhari Book #31, Hadith #222)

Narrated 'Aisha: The people used to fast on 'ashura (the tenth day of the month of Muharram) before the fasting of Ramadan was made obligatory. And on that day the Ka'ba used to be covered with a cover. When Allah made the fasting of the month of Ramadan compulsory, Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever wishes to fast (on the day of 'ashura') may do so; and whoever wishes to leave it can do so." (Sahih Bukhari Book #26, Hadith #662)

...he (the Messenger of Allah) said: The observance of three days' fast every Month and that of Ramadan every year is a perpetual fasting. I seek from Allah that fasting on the day of 'Arafa may atone for the sins of the preceding and the coming years. and I seek from Allah that fasting on the day of ashura may atone for the sins of the preceding year. (Sahih Muslim Book #006, Hadith #2602)

Khadijah C.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

:: Owh so Muslim! ::

Assalam Alaikum,

I wanna share this website, Owh So Muslim!, with everyone!
Lovely reminders with cute cartoon drawings! =)
Especially good for children~
Just an example here... CuUutTtteEeee...

Khadijah C.

:: Sorcerer's Plot ::

Assalam Alaikum,

This video shows the works of the sorcerer, what they do, how they do and what they use...

I recommend you to watch this... There are things used which are familiar~ And as I continued watching, I have a mixed feeling of happiness and fear~ Happiness in getting the precious guidance from Allah(SWT) and fear for those who are not getting this guidance from Him~

Something came into my mind too...

As stated in the Ayats, we human are loss except those following what Allah(SWT) has commanded us~ And indeed, we are the fortunate ones...

You know, there are people who are loss and does not know about the beauty of Islam, so they do not have anywhere to look for help and that's when they are lured by Shaytan~ If only they have Islam as a comparison to their 'religion', (May Allah(SWT) gives them mercy and guides them), they would be regretting following the devils...

Indeed, we are blessed to be muslim...

By Al-'Asr (the time).
Verily, man is in loss,
Except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth [i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma'ruf) which Allah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar which Allah has forbidden], and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allah's Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism or Jihad).
( سورة العصر , Al-Asr, Chapter #103, Verse #1-3)

Khadijah C.

:: Angels attacking the Jinns ::

Assalam Alaikum,

There's a meteor display for two days, Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park on Geminid meteor watch, and just as I remembered reading something about meteors in Hadith before, I've decided to search it out and taRah! Here it is... =) 

'Abdullah. Ibn 'Abbas reported: A person from the Ansar who was amongst the Companions of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) reported to me:

As we were sitting during the night with Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him), a meteor shot gave a dazzling light. Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: What did you say in the pre-Islamic days when there was such a shot (of meteor)?

They said: Allah and His Messenger know best (the actual position), but we, however, used to say that that very night a great man had been born and a great man had died,

whereupon Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: (These meteors) are shot neither at the death of anyone nor on the birth of anyone. Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, issues Command when He decides to do a thing.

Then (the Angels) supporting the Throne sing His glory, then sing the dwellers of heaven who are near to them until this glory of God reaches them who are in the heaven of this world. Then those who are near the supporters of the Throne ask these supporters of the Throne: What your Lord has said? And they accordingly inform them what He says. Then the dwellers of heaven seek information from them until this information reaches the heaven of the world.

In this process of transmission (the jinn snatches) what he manages to overhear and he carries it to his friends. And when the Angels see the jinn they attack them with meteors. If they narrate only which they manage to snatch that is correct but they alloy it with lies and make additions to it. (Sahih Muslim Book #026, Hadith #5538)

So, now you know what is happening when the meteor comes! Should just look at them and imagine those angels chasing after the Jinns! hee~ It's a smiling thought to think about! =)

Khadijah C.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

:: he who has Allah(SWT), has everything ::

Assalam Alaikum,

This is a very good lecture on how we look at the tests in our lives~
Are we tested on our wealth?
Are we tested on our calamities? 

I like the way he took us on the 'driving test' (07:25) to see how we react to the qadar of Allah(SWT)... He has a very good way of relating the test and makes you feel it INSTANTLY! 

In summary, this is the gist of the test...

1) Imagine you are driving the car all by ourselves.
2) Time to park! So...
3) We get into the lot, checked and there's nothing in front or behind the car
4) While adjusting, you realised you hit something.
5) What is your reaction? What will you say?

Imagine, if Allah(SWT) decided to take your life away at that moment... You'll leave this Duniya with that last word of yours... Ouch!

So, what would you say? 

I would say, "Oh man!"

But I guess I gotta change now...  
"Inna Lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon (Verily to Allah we belong and unto Him is our return)"

And he also shared a very inspiring story, "It's not how we live our lives in this world, but all about how we will be raised in front of Allah(SWT)... Whatever we die upon, is how we shall be raised upon...So, let our last deeds be our best one"

A very nice lecture as a reminder on our perspective in our lives... =)


Khadijah C.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

:: Returning to Allah(SWT) ::

Assalam Alaikum,

Nouman Ali Khan's videos always inspire me to learn Arabic so that I can appreciate what Allah(SWT) has for me! He always 'dissect' the words in the ayats, which brings more meaning to the message of Allah(SWT).. 

Anyway, he's talking about the below aya in this video~

Say: "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah. for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. 
(  سورة الزمر  , Az-Zumar, Chapter #39, Verse #53)

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

:: European Scientist converts to Islam ::

Assalam Alaikum,


When we believe wholeheartedly, we wouldn't ever want to be a disbeliever again~
Never ever... =)

Khadijah C.

Monday, 6 December 2010

:: Salam Maal Hijrah ::

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

All praises be to Allah, Lord of all Universe. Praises be to Prophet Muhammad saw, his family and his companions.

Oh Allah, we raise our hands to You during the day and night and we seek the generosity of Your Bountiful wealth through your beautiful names and at this time when we are deep in love for You and all love that projects Your Greatness.

Oh Allah. The New Year is near as you how you had planned it be as qada and qadar in Loh Mahfuz. As your creation who constantly seeks your blessings. The coming of the New Year has given us yet another opportunity to raise our hands in prayer asking for Your Mercy. We seek only from You. We seek your continued guidance and knowledge just like how you have guided us throughout our life time. 

You have perfected our life and livelihood with your bountiful provisions. Please make us, our hearts as well as our physique strong just like how you have given strength to those whom you have chosen. Through this strength, we hope it be guard us against ill doings be it physically or spiritually. 

Oh Allah Al Mighty, we implore to your to grant us intellectual strength, peace, strength in our confidence, steadfastness in upholding our religion and goodness for ourselves and those amongst us.

Oh Allah, please protect us from anything that troubles us, thoughts that confuses us, experience that saddens us and narrows our hearts. Please safeguard us from all ill doings, harm and confusion. Oh Allah, we seek your Bounty to give what we have sought for, 

Oh Allah, Lord of those who gives assistance, please help us. Oh Protector of all harm, please protect us from harm and turmoil. Most Gracious, Most Merciful, please open this New Year with success, peace for us and all Muslim brothers who are working in your Cause. Please make the coming years with beautiful experience so that we can taste the nikmat in living. Let us be the happiest people with You. 

Oh Allah, please forgive us for all our wrongdoings and please accept our good deeds. Please bless our our actions and how we spend our time.

Peace and blessings to Prophet Muhammad saw.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Friday, 3 December 2010

:: Signs from Pompeii Town ::

Presented by National Museum of Singapore, and organised by Melbourne Museum and Soprintendenza Speciale per i beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei

Venue Exhibition Galleries 1 & 2, Basement
Date SAT 16 OCT 2010 - SUN 23 JAN 2011 | 10:00 am 6:00 pm
For more information visit National Museum of Singapore

Assalam Alaikum,

My tutor came back from Singapore and he said that this exhibition is worth going for! I decided to google the story behind this city and, indeed, Allah(SWT) makes his Ayat clear to us so that we may be guided...

And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur'an), and be not divided among yourselves , and remember Allah's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided.
( سورة آل عمران , Aal-e-Imran, Chapter #3, Verse #103)

So, the story of Pompeii... hmMmm... Similar to the story of Prophet Lut...

And We turned (the cities) upside down, and rained down on them brimstones hard as baked clay. Surely! In this are signs for those who see (or understand or learn the lessons from the Signs of Allah).
( سورة الحجر , Al-Hijr, Chapter #15, Verse #74-75)

In 79CE, the cosmopolitan city of Pompeii and much of its surrounding area were buried under volcanic ash and pumice following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy. It was not until the mid-18th century that this city was slowly revealed to the world through archaeological excavations...

Khadijah C.

:: The Chef Yusuf Show ::

Assalam Alaikum,

Just happen to stumble upon this site, The Chef Yusuf Show~
I like the way he explains about almost everything in the process of cooking! From how to use the knife, to hadiths about food, to cooking food! =)

Just something for a person who's clueless about the art of cooking! Like me! haa~ =D

Khadijah C.