Archive for May, 2009

I often tell people that I’m a creature of habit. If I like a certain item on the menu of a restaurant, chances are that I’ll order that item every single time I’m there, just to make sure I know what I’m getting. My daily schedule runs like clockwork (work-masjid-home-sleep, lol), and aside from the occasional break from routine, I’d say that I’m fairly predictable.

But I don’t think I’m alone. The more I observe people in their lives (Steve Irwin Style sans sting ray attack), the more I’ve come to notice that people are generally habitual in their own lives. They establish certain norms as part of their day, from their sleep schedule to eating schedule, and very rarely do they stray from what they are accustomed to doing.


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Dr. `Umar Al-Ashqar

The Day of Resurrrection in the Light of the Qur’an and Sunnah
Chapter, “State of the People on the Day of Resurrection: The State of the Pious”
© 2003 IIPH

One of the greatest things that will relieve a person’s distress on the Day of Resurrection is his efforts in this world to relieve the distress of those who are in distress, and to help those who are in need, and to make things easy for those who are in difficulty, and to overlook the mistakes of those who err. In Muslim it is narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Whoever relieves a believer of distress in this world, Allah will relieve him of some of the distress of the Day of Resurrection. Whoever makes things easy for those who are in difficulty, Allah will make things easy for him in this world and in the next. Whoever conceals (the faults of) a Muslim in this world, Allah will conceal him (his faults) in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah will help the slave so long as the slave helps his brother.” [Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 1/71, hadith no. 204.]

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My boy wannabe informed me yesterday that Swine Flu has finally hit the Fairfax area and a staff member at GMU has been diagnosed with it.  That’s just too wild.

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by Amer Haleem

SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION professor Phillip E. Hammond, himself the son of three generations of Methodist ministers, made the following observation about the apparent revival of Christian tradition in the fabled “morning-in-America” Reagan days:

“Everyone can ‘affirm’ family values, of course, but divorces are not likely to decrease, birthrates are not likely to increase, women’s participation in more and more arenas outside of the house is not likely to be reversed, and children are not likely to find home an adequate substitute for the technical training required to live in this modern world. Traditional family values can be affirmed, therefore, but they are doomed to be elusive in reality.”

Hammond’s unsentimental foresight has been both obviously and devastatingly dead on.

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Interesting read the other day in- of all media outlets- GQ Magazine regarding Pentagon Reports produced during the Bush Administration.  The article cites a number of reports and memo’s sent out containing passages from the Bible in the midst of the Iraq War which intimated that the war was a holy war.  Apparently a Muslim employee in the pentagon was offended along with others who felt that these reports transgressed the secular boundaries that they were supposed to be operating within.

Anyways, take a look for yourself:

And He Shall Be Judged

Pentagon Reports No Longer Quote Bible

As of last Monday, the Pentagon said that reports will no longer quote the Bible on the cover page of the daily intelligence briefings it sends to the white house…

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by Tariq Sohrab Ghazipuri

Doing service for humanity is one of the greatest ways we can show our devotion to Allah. All of the revealed scriptures place great emphasis on helping others. In Islam, helping others and solving their problems is not only an important virtue, it is also a profound act of worship. It is a means of righteousness that promotes peace on Earth and allows us to earn Allah’s eternal reward in the Hereafter.

Allah likes it so much when we help others that He forgives us our sins for something as simple as moving some thorns out of the path where people walk.

Abû Hurayrah quotes the Prophet (peace be upon him) as saying: “A man was going on his way when he saw brambles in the path. He moved these out of the way. Allah so esteemed his virtuous act that He granted him forgiveness.” [Sahih Muslim]

In another narration of the same hadîth, Abû Hurayrah relates that the Prophet said he saw a man strolling in Paradise. The deed that he had performed was to cut down and removed a tree from the path that was causing trouble to passers by.

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Cool Quote

Shaykh al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullah) said “By Allah, sins effect the security of a land; they effect its ease, its prosperity, its economy; and they effect the hearts of its people. Sins cause alienation between people. Sins cause one Muslim to regard his Muslim brother as if he were upon a religion other than Islam.

But if we sought to rectify ourselves, our families, our neighbors, and those in our areas, and everyone we are able to rectify, if we mutually encouraged good and forbade evil, if we assisted those who do this with wisdom and wise admonition- then it would produce unity and harmony”

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