Archive for November, 2009

It’s Back!!!!

Alhamdulillah, I went to Ravi Kabob the other day- and GUESS what they were serving???



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عن موسى بن علي والإخبار في حديث وهب قال سمعت أبي أنه سمع عقبة بن عامر قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يوم عرفة ويوم النحر وأيام التشريق عيدنا أهل الإسلام وهي أيام أكل وشرب

‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir narrated that the Messenger of Allah, sallahAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: The day of ‘Arafah, the day of slaughtering and the days of Tashreeq are our ‘Eid – the Ahl of Muslim/Muslim People. They are days of eating and drinking. [Abu Dawud, see Irwa 130/4; classed as saheeh by al-albaani rahimahul-Lah see http://arabic.islamicweb.com/Books/albani.asp?id=12991%5D

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Its been almost 5 years now since I performed Hajj, and one scene I will never forget was the rain…..

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In Al-Saheehayn it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, there is an aayah in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [al-Maa’idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.”

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Having attended a number of conferences/speeches over the past decade+, one line that has traditionally been used when describing the Muslim experience in America has been to understand that its “our turn.” Meaning that, just like Native Americans and Black Americans before us, we too have to ‘earn our keep’ and struggle for acceptance in the melting pot.

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Concerning this point, Satan has many ways and means. It is recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari that the Prophet (peace [and blessings] be upon him) said,

“During your sleep, Satan ties three knots at the back of your [N[ecks. He breathes the following into them, ‘The night is long so keep on sleeping.’ If the person wakes and praises Allah, then one of the knots is unfastened. And if he performs ablution, the second knot is unfastened. When he prays, all of the knots are unfastened. After that he will be energetic and happy in the morning. Otherwise he would get up listless and grouchy.”

It is also recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim that he said,

“When one of you rises from your sleep he should make ablution. He should rinse his nose three times. For Satan stays in the upper part of one’s nose during the night.”

Al-Bukhari also records that the Prophet (peace [and blessings] be upon him) was asked about a man who sleeps until the morning comes, that is, after the time of the dawn prayer. He said,

“That is a man whom Satan has urinated into his two ears.”

What we have mentioned is from among the ways that Satan hinders the human from doing some actions. He also whispers into the human a love for laziness, postponing or procrastinating actions and thinking about what a long period of time one has for such and such action or work. Ibn al-Jauzi has written on this topic, stating, (more…)

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