Archive for December, 2009

Jinn Fear the Believers Most


Yaa Shaykh may Allaah Preserve you. Is it true that the jinn/shayateen are repulsed by frankincense (bakhoor) and the angels are attracted to it? Do angels accompany cats and do jinns occupy vacant places and if a person moves into a house that has been vacant for a period of time are there any procedures that the Muslims should take to free the house of jinns/shayateen?
Answered by: Shaykh Muhammad al-Maliki (more…)


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December 24, 2009
A Muslim boxer banned from the ring for wearing a beard is at the centre of a row that some see as splitting hairs and others as a dispute about religious beliefs.

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This evening, as I “dutifully”* folded a few items of clothing, a thought occurred to me.  The topic: in Islam, a married woman keeps her maiden name.  On the surface that seems simple, but symbolically there is so much more to a name than mere letters scribbled on a sheet of paper.  A name is an identity.  It is the right to stay a “Ms. Jones” instead of becoming a “Mrs. Smith”; to wear a green apron even if the other Mrs. Smiths wear purple aprons; to have pierced ears even if the other Mrs. Smiths only pierce their eyebrows; to cook brownies like your mom (from a box) even if all the other Mrs. Smiths bake their brownies from scratch and put butterscotch pieces in them!  SubhanAllah, it’s a protection of our individual identity that is rarely afforded in contemporary society (whatever religious tradition you label “contemporary society” with).  Admittedly, there is something to be said about the virtues of pleasing one’s husband in Islam, but even in that very regard we (Muslim women) still keep our names (our INDIVIDUAL identities), and subhanAllah there’s more freedom in that than one can truly account for!

* Dutifully was not placed in quotes to signify sarcasm; the quotes were intended to play off traditional stereotypes–and for the record, the clothes were almost all my own, so it really was a necessary duty that had to be done.

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In a time of new-age pizzerias and diverse appetizer options, it is crucial for the average customer to prioritize their appetite needs.  For example, if you are at a steakhouse (thabiha of course), it would be unwise to overindulge in the sampler platter or salad bar as you run the risk of losing your appetite for the impending steak.  Similarly, when going to a pizza restaurant, you must ask yourself whether or not its worth ordering an appetizer, and if so, which one.

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Cute Sheep

you gotta admit this is pretty cute…..

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‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:

Allaah has not bestowed any blessing upon His slaves then taken it away and replaced it with patience, but what He has compensated them with is better than what He has taken away.

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For far too long, we have avoided the topic.  ‘Too taboo’ perhaps, but no topic has been given less attention as of late, and required more.  It is absolutely imperative, for both the scholar and laymen alike, to understand.  It is a topic that is quick to draw partisan lines, and in our context, we have to rise above petty politicking and objectively assess the correct way to go.

Yes, I am speaking of Pizza Hut’s Breadsticks versus Cheesesticks.  InshaAllah the post will be entitled ‘a Comparative Analysis: Breadsticks versus Cheesesticks’.  As of right now, research is still being conducted and thoughts are being exchanged.  Feel free to comment if you have anything to add to the discussion.

Consider yourselves warned 🙂

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