Monday, 27 June 2011

:: Omar Mukhtar ::

Assalam Alaikum,

A movie must watch to know what happened in Libya in the early 20th century (History is repeating itself now!) and the strength of an old man to protect his homeland~ 

Inspiring movie!

Khadijah C.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

:: Smoking ::

And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good.
( سورة البقرة , Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #195)

:: Whoever believes in Allah (Sahih Bukhari) ::

Whoever believes in Allah, should...

1) take good care of the women
2) not hurt (trouble) his neighbor and should serve his guest generously
3) talk what is good or keep quiet
4) unite the bond of kinship

Narrated Abu Huraira: the Prophet said, "Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should not hurt (trouble) his neighbor. and I advise you to take care of the women, for they are created from a rib and the most crooked portion of the rib is its upper part; if you try to straighten it, it will break, and if you leave it, it will remain crooked, so I urge you to take care of the women." (Sahih Bukhari Book #62, Hadith #114)
Narrated Abu Huraira: the Prophet said, "Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should not hurt his neighbor and Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should serve his guest generously and Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should talk what is good or keep quiet." (Book #73, Hadith #158 and Book #76, Hadith #482)
Narrated Abu Shuraih Al-Ka'bi: Allah's Apostle said, Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should serve his guest generously. the guest's reward is: To provide him with a superior type of food for a night and a Day and a guest is to be entertained with food for three Days, and whatever is offered beyond that, is regarded as something given in charity. and it is not lawful for a guest to stay with his host for such a long period so as to put him in a critical position." (Book #73, Hadith #156)
Narrated Abu Shuraih Al-Khuza'i: My ears heard and my heart grasped (the statement which) the Prophet said, "the period for keeping one's guest is three Days (and don't forget) his reward." It was asked, "What is his reward?" He said, "in the first night and the Day he should be given a high class quality of meals; and Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should entertain his guest generously; and Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should talk what is good (sense) or keep quiet." (Book #76, Hadith #483)
Narrated Abu Huraira: the Prophet said, "Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should serve his guest generously; and Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should unite the bond of kinship (i.e. keep good relation with his Kith and kin); and Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should talk what is good or keep quiet. " (Book #73, Hadith #160)

:: Along with every hardship is relief ::

Have We not opened your breast for you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم)?
And removed from you your burden.
Which weighed down your back?
And have We not raised high your fame?
Verily, along with every hardship is relief,
Verily, along with every hardship is relief.
So when you have finished (your occupation), devote yourself for Allah's worship.
And to your Lord (Alone) turn (all your) intentions and hopes.
( سورة الشرح , Al-Inshirah, Chapter #94, Verse #1-8)

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

:: Do the people think that they will be left alone? ::

Surah Al Ankabut (The Spider)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[1-3] Alif. Lam. Mim. Do the people think that they will be left alone after they have once said, "We have believed," and they will not be tested?1 The fact is that we have put to test all those who have gone before them.2 Surely, Allah has to see3 who are the truthful and who the liars.


1 When this thing was said, the conditions prevailing in Makkah were extremely trying. Whoever accepted Islam was made a target of tyranny and humiliation and persecution.

If he was a slave or a poor person, he was beaten and subjected to unbearable tortures; if he was a shopkeeper or artisan, he was made to suffer economic hardships, even starvation; if he was a member of an influential family, his own people would tease and harass him in different ways and make life difficult for him.

This had created an atmosphere of fear and fright in Makkah, due to . which most people were afraid of believing in the Holy Prophet although they acknowledged him to be a true Prophet in their hearts; and some others who believed would lose heart soon afterwards and would submit and yield to the disbelievers when they confronted dreadful persecutions. Though these trying circumstances could not shake the determination of the strong-willed Companions, naturally they also were sometimes overwhelmed by an intense feeling of anxiety and distraction.

An instance of this is found in the tradition of Hadrat Khabbab bin Arat, which has been related by Bukhari, Abu Da'ud and Nasa'i. He says, "During the time when we had become sick of our persecution by the mushriks, one day I saw the Holy Prophet sitting in the shade of the wall of the Ka`bah. I wen up to him and said, `O Messenger of Allah, don't you pray for us !' Hearing this his face became red with feeling and emotion, and he said, `The believers who have gone before you had been subjected to even greater persecutions. Some one of them was made to sit in a ditch in the earth and was sawed into two pieces from head to foot. Someone's joints were rubbed with iron combs so as to withhold him from the Faith. By God, this Mission will be accomplished and the time is not far when a person will travel without apprehension from San`a' to Hadramaut and there will be none but Allah Whom he will fear."

In order to change this state of agitation into forbearance, Allah tells the believers, "No one can become worthy of Our promises of success in the world and the Hereafter merely by verbal profession of the Faith, but every claimant to the Faith will have to pass through trials and tribulations so as to furnish proof of The truth of his claim. Our Paradise is not so cheap, nor Our special favors in the world so low-priced, that We should bless you with all these as soon as you proclaim verbal faith in Us. The vial is a pre-requisite for them. You will have to undergo hardships for Our sake, suffer losses of life and property, face dangers, misfortunes and difficulties; you will be tried both with fear and with greed; you will have to sacrifice everything that you hold dear for Our pleasure, and bear every discomfort in Our way. Then only will it become manifest whether your claim to faith in Us was true or false." 

This thing has been said at every such place in the Qur'an where the Muslims have been found placed in hardships and difficulties and obsessed by fear and consternation. In the initial stage of life at Madinah, after the migration, when the Muslims were in great trouble on account of economic hardships, external dangers and internal villainy of the Jews and the hypocrites, Allah said:

"Do you think that you will enter Paradise without undergoing such trials as were experienced by the believers before you? They met with adversity and affliction and were so shaken by trials that the Prophet of the time and his followers cried out, `when will Allah's help come?' (Then only they were comforted with the good tidings:) "Yes, Allah's help is near!"'
( سورة البقرة , Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #214)

Likewise, when after the Battle of Uhud, the Muslims again confronted a period of afflictions, it was said:

Did ye think that ye would enter Heaven without Allah testing those of you who fought hard (In His Cause) and remained steadfast?

( سورة آل عمران , Aal-e-Imran, Chapter #3, Verse #142)

Almost the same thing has been said in Al-i-'Imran: 179, Taubah: 16 and Surah Muhammad: 31

Allah in these verses has impressed on the Muslims that trial is the touchstone by which the pure and the impure are judged. The impure is turned aside by Allah and the pure is selected so that Allah may honor them with His favors which the sincere believers only deserve.

2That is, "This is not a new thing which you alone may be experiencing. The same has been happening before also. Whoever made a claim to the Faith was made to pass through trials and tribulations. And when the others were not given anything without the trial, you are in no way any special people that you should be favored and rewarded merely on verbal profession of the Faith."

3Literally, "It is necessary that Allah should find out." A question may be asked: "When Allah already knows the truth of the truthful and the untruth of the liar, why should He put the people to the test for the sake of these?" 

The answer is: Until a person has manifested his potential and capability to do a thing in practical terms, justice requires that he neither deserves any rewards nor any punishment. One man, for example, is capable of being trustworthy and another man of being un-trustworthy. Unless both are tried and one manifests trustworthiness and the other the lack of it practically, it will not be justice on the part of Allah that He should reward one for trustworthiness and punish the other for the lack of it only on the basis of His knowledge of the unseen. 

Therefore the knowledge Allah already possesses about the capabilities of the people and about their conduct in the future is not enough to satisfy the requirements of justice until the people have manifested their potentialities in practical ways. 

Justice with Allah is not based on the knowledge that a person possesses a tendency to steal and will commit a theft, but on the knowledge that he has actually committed a theft. Likewise, Allah does not bestow favors and rewards on the basis of the knowledge that a person has the potential and capability to become a great believer and fighter in His way, but on the basis of the knowledge that the person concerned has practically proved by deed and action that he is a sincere believer and a brave fighter in His way. That is why we have translated the words of the verse as: "Allah has to see..."