Archive for June, 2009

subhanAllah, with the recent passings of many celebrities as well as a few janazah’s the past few days and coming up for various people, I’ve been thinking about Islam and our concept of life and death in the deen.  Perhaps I’ll post an article or something if I can find it insha’Allah, but for the time being I think this hadith is sufficient as a reminder.

Al-Baraa ibn ‘Aazib: While we were with the Messenger of Allah (sal-Allahu alayhi wa sallam), he suddenly looked towards a group of people and said,”For what reason have they gathered here?” It was said: In order to dig a grave. So the Messenger of Allah became alarmed and startled and he quickly went ahead of his Companions until he reached the grave, then he knelt upon it, and cried until the earth became wet with his tears, then he turned to us and said O my brothers Prepare for a day like this [Bukhari]


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May Allah help our sisters in France and the rest of the world.  Ameen. 

“The issue of the burqa is not a religious issue, it is a question of freedom and of women’s dignity,” Sarkozy said.


By Estelle Shirbon Estelle Shirbon – 8 mins ago
PARIS (Reuters) – Burqas are not welcome in France because they are a symbol of the subjugation of women, President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday.

In his first public comments on an issue fuelling passionate debate, he backed a group of French legislators who expressed concern last week that more and more Muslim women were wearing the garments that cover the face and body from head to toe.

“The issue of the burqa is not a religious issue, it is a question of freedom and of women’s dignity,” Sarkozy said.

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Videos show how Palestinians are humiliated
Hisham Abu Taha | Arab News

JERUSALEM: Israeli border guards have posted videos online in which they humiliate Palestinians, including ordering a young man to sing and slap himself, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported.

In one video clip posted on YouTube the man is ordered to repeatedly slap himself in the face while chanting “I love the border police” as off-screen border guards laugh and cheer him on.

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Quran Chapter 74:verses 1-7:
“O you (Muhammad(SAW)) enveloped (in garments)! Arise and warn! And your Lord (Allah) magnify! And your garments purify! And keep away from the idols. And give not a thing in order to have more (or consider not your deeds of Allah’s obedience as a favour to Allah). And be patient for the sake of your Lord (i.e. perform your duty to Allah)!”

“These verses suggest
that to live to oneself is quite easy, but it has been decided that you have to shoulder this heavy burden; consequently sleep, comfort, and a warm bed are items decreed to be alien in your lexicon of life. O Muhammad, arise quickly for the strife and toil awaiting you; no time is there for sleep and such amenities; grave responsibilities have been divinely determined to fall to your lot, and drive you into the turmoil of life to develop a new sort of precarious affinity with the conscience of people and reality of life.”  -Excerpt from The Sealed Nectar, Biography of the Prophet(SAW)

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Needs vs. Wants

A long time ago, when Shaykh Muhammad AlShareef was still on the AlMaghrib Lecture circuit in the US (may Allah preserve him), I sat in Enterprise Hall Room 80 at GMU listening to the Tafseer of Suratul Baqarah (awesome seminar fyi).  At some point in the seminar, Shaykh Muhammad spoke about the dichotomy between people’s wants and their needs and how these two easily get confused.  The example he provided famously went on to be known as ‘apples vs. donuts’, which stated that most people, when given the choice between an apple and a donut, will likely choose the donut.  The thought is that people get confused by the sweetness of the donut and its taste, and in the process lose track of the affect that the donut has on your health vs. the apple.

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by Kamal El Mekki

O Muslim, lawful things have good attributes

Where is the good in singing, dancing and listening to flutes?

Can we compare the words of singers and sounds of Musicians

To the Glorious Quran, its lessons, wisdoms and admonitions?

How many singers do you know and give admiration,

And how many do you know of the companions and the following generation?

How much do you spend on singers from your dollars?

Compared to how many you know of Islamic Scholars.

Do you see how much is memorized of Music songs?

While you ignore the book to which memorization belongs?

How much do you memorize of these incantations?

And swayed back and forth in intoxication?

Have you not seen those who follow the misguided?

And increase the loudness of the Music, when they should hide it?

And who writes their songs? thinkers, or men of academia?

Or maybe scholars, like Ahmad, Malik or maybe ibn Taymiyah.

O you who listens to music..

Don’t you see that All the songs of the world and all the lyrics you’ve seen

Wouldn’t compare in reward to Alif Laam Meem

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