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There are many times and places where du’aa’ is answered. There follows a summary thereof:

1 – Laylat al-Qadar. It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah asked the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “If I know what night is Laylat al-Qadar, what should I say during it?” He said: “Say: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwan tuhibb ul-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me).”
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When starting school, one of the most difficult prospects was that of spending the blessed days of Ramadan stuck in classes or studying for an exam.  In fact, during my freshman year, I purposefully scheduled classes early morning so that I wouldnt have to deal with classes in the evening, and although I still got stuck with one evening class, I usually just took a snack with me, took a quick break for salah and then jetted out of class for taraweeh when class commenced.

It wasnt until my sophomore year in college that I began to understand that there was indeed a culture of Ramadan that existed on campus- the prayer area would routinely be filled, there was a more visible Muslim presence around the university, and best of all, there were daily iftars that many attended not only out of necessity, but preference.  It was amongst the most beneficial initiatives that the George Mason University MSA ever instituted, and it goes as far back as I can remember.

Every single night in Ramadan, Monday-Thursday, the GMU MSA provided Iftar for students on campus.  Between 150 and 300 students would come nightly (and continue to do so in Ramadan), and the cost for one night of iftar range between $1000 and $1400.  90% of the funding for iftars occured through fundraising, and traditionally that didnt necessarily pose a problem because the time between the start of the semester and the start of Ramadan provided the MSA with enough time to go out and elicit the requisite funding from students.

For this upcoming Ramadan, the school year will be starting after (or slightly before) Ramadan begins.  If you can, I HIGHLY encourage you to donate whatever you can to this cause, no matter how little it is.  Alhamdulillah, the GMU MSA has set up an online donation site through chip in and you can see how much has been raised up until now:

http://gmumsa.chipin.com/iftars-on-campus-2009

A little encouragement 🙂 :
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever feeds a fasting person will have a reward equal to that of the fasting person, without any reduction in his reward.”
[Related by Ahmad and Al-Nasai. Also verified by Al-Albani as sahih].

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So I received an email recently about Viva Palestina.  Upon receiving it, I thought to myself: “didnt that happen a while ago?”…and in fact, I was right, it did.  But that was European Viva Palestina- a group of concerned citizens around Europe banded together from Britian and formed a convoy headed to Gaza to deliver good and aid to the Palestinian people, walhamdulillah.

A few months back I attended a dinner that took place in Falls Church, VA in which the keynote speaker was none other than long-standing MP George Galloway.  At the end of the night, it was announced that Viva Palestina would be replicated, but this time it would be done with concerned citizens from the US traveling with critical aid and goods for the people of Gaza.

Alhamdulillah, not only has Viva Palestina US departed, but they’ve reached Gaza! why this has received little to no media coverage is beyond me (though I have my suspicions…), but I highly encourage everyone to keep up with the latest regarding this effort:

http://livetherevival.wordpress.com/
http://verbage.wordpress.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEJ_WNQq6mQ
http://www.thesitch.com/gaza-dispatches/

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A group of soldiers who took part in Israel’s assault in Gaza say widespread abuses were committed against civilians under “permissive” rules of engagement.

The troops said they had been urged to fire on any building or person that seemed suspicious and said Palestinians were sometimes used as human shields.
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Shaykh ibn Jibreen, has passed away.

A sign of the hadeeth of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam who said,

‘Abdullah b. ‘Amr b. al-‘As reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people but He takes away knowledge by taking away the scholars, so that when He leaves no learned person, people turn to ignorant as their leaders; then they are asked to deliver religious verdicts and they deliver them without knowledge, they go astray, and lead others astray. (Sahih Muslim)
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LOON!!!!

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Virtual Tour of Masjid Al Aqsa

SubhanAllah, I’ve never seen Masjid al-Aqsa and the virtual tour is pretty beast.

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