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Bismillah, Was Salaatu Was Salaam Ala Rasool Allah:

Although I’m sure most people are well of this video series, for those who arent, know that Shaykh Muhammad AlShareef has been posting a lecture series he’s been doing on Perished Nations.  Here are the links for those interested:

Session 1


Session 2

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here’s a quick summary of what you missed…

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد الله و الصلاة و السلام على رسول الله

During the Texas Dawah Conference, Shaykh Yasir Fazaqa was telling us about this one time he had to travel out of town. He said that he was emailing his wife everyday, but on one occasion he chose to call her instead of emailing. His wife responded by asking why he didn’t send an email, and he was like ‘why do I have to send an email if I called you instead?’ She responded saying that when he calls her, she only gets to talk to him for a few minutes, but with an email, she can read it over and over for days…..Read the rest of this article here

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اللّهُـمَّ لَكَ رَكَـعْتُ وَبِكَ آمَـنْت ، ولَكَ أَسْلَـمْت ، خَشَـعَ لَكَ سَمْـعي ، وَبَصَـري ، وَمُخِّـي ، وَعَظْمـي ، وَعَصَـبي ، وَما استَقَـلَّ بِهِ قَدَمي .

Allahumma laka rakaAAt, wabika amant, walaka aslamt, khashaAAa laka samAAee, wabasaree, wamukhkhee, waAAathmee, waAAasabee, wamas-taqalla bihi qadamee.

‘O Allah, unto You I have bowed, and in You I have believed, and to You I have submitted. My hearing, sight, mind, bones, tendons and what my feet carry are humbled before You.’

 

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Eclipse Pictures

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“It is He Who made the sun a shining thing and the moon as a light and measured out for it stages that you might know the number of years and the reckoning. Allaah did not create this but in truth. He explains the Ayaat in detail for people who have knowledge.” [Yoonus 10:5]

The following pictures are of the phases of the eclipse from yesterday and the moon over the Dome of the Rock
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Salaatul Kusoof

Source: IslamQA by Shaykh Salih Al-Munajjad

Praise be to Allaah.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“It is He Who made the sun a shining thing and the moon as a light and measured out for it stages that you might know the number of years and the reckoning. Allaah did not create this but in truth. He explains the Ayaat in detail for people who have knowledge.” [Yoonus 10:5]

“And from among His Signs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. Prostrate yourselves not to the sun” nor to the moon, but prostrate yourselves to Allaah Who created them, if you (really) worship Him” (Fussilat 41:37)

  1. Salaat al-Kusoof is Sunnah mu’akkadah (a confirmed Sunnah) according to the consensus of the scholars. The daleel (evidence) for this is the Sunnah reported from the Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)

2. Eclipses are signs from Allaah by means of which Allaah makes His slaves afraid. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And We sent not the signs except to warn, and to make them afraid (of destruction)” [al-Israa’ 17:39]

3. When the sun was eclipsed at the time of the Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), he went out rushing nervously to the mosque, dragging his cloak behind him, and led the people in prayer. He told them that the eclipse was one of the signs of Allaah, with which Allaah makes His slaves afraid, and that it may be the cause of punishment coming upon the people. He commanded them to do that which could prevent the punishment, so he commanded them to pray when an eclipse happens, and to make du’aa’, seek His forgiveness, give charity, free slaves and do other righteous deeds so that the punishment would go away and not befall the people. So the eclipse is a reminder to people, making them afraid so that they will turn back to Allaah and pay attention to Him.

During the Jaahiliyyah, people used to believe that eclipses happened to mark the birth or death of a great person, but the Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) declared this belief to be false and explained the divine wisdom behind the occurrence of eclipses:

Imaam al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated that Ibn Mas’ood al-Ansaari said: “the sun was eclipsed the day Ibraaheem the son of the Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) died, and the people said, ‘The sun is eclipsed because of the death of Ibraaheem.’ The Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘The sun and the moon are two signs from Allaah, and they do not become eclipsed for the death or the birth of anyone. If you see that, hasten to remember Allaah and to pray.’”

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True Thankfulness

Bismillah, Walhamdulillah, Was Salaatu Was Salaam Ala Rasool Allah, Amma Ba’d.

“And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allâh, never will you be able to count them. Verily! Man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, – a disbeliever (an extreme ingrate, denies Allâh’s Blessings by disbelief, and by worshipping others besides Allâh, and by disobeying Allâh and His Prophet Muhammad ).” Ibrahim: 34

trailer.jpg I was reading today about the progress being made in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina and how for many people things are just beginning to return back to normal (or at least some semblance of normalcy). The picture to the right is an emergency shelter that was provided to Katrina victims in the aftermath of the hurricane by FEMA. Thousands of residents still live in those trailers and others have fled Louisiana altogether.
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