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I found the following article by Shaykh Salman Oudah (hafithahullah) really informative on the entitled issue. Enjoy 🙂

Humrân relates that `Uthman asked for water to perform wudû’. He then washed his hands three times. Then he rinsed his mouth and inhaled and exhaled water. Then he washed his face three times. Then he washed his right forearm to the elbow three times, then the left as well. Then he wiped upon his head. Then he washed his right foot to the ankles three times, then the left as well. Then he said: “I saw Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) perform wudû’ just like this wudû’ of mine.”
It is an authentic hadîth related by al-Bukhârî and Muslim, among others.
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This evening I have been reflecting on the importance of honesty in Islaam.  Sadly, it appears (and Allah knows best) to be a characteristic that is often neglected in our everyday evaluation of priorities.  I must qualify that statement with the addition of a disclaimer that I am not a faqeeh–in fact I am no where near even needing to disclaim it because I am so far from it–but when we think about the example of our prophet sallahAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and the fact that he sallahAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was known among his people (even before revelation began) as as-saadiq (the truthful) al-ameen (the trustworthy), and then we juxtapose that with our everyday experience in interacting with others, it’s very disheartening how little emphasis we appear to place on truthfulness and honesty.  waAllahu ta’aala a’alem.  I truly ask that this rant is of benefit to those who read it (and does not merely come across as the venting of a Muslim sister).  I ask Allah to make these reminders of benefit to me and to the ummah at large.  Ameen.  The following excerpts are from two different sources (the only edits I have made are formatting and the occasional addition of salawat after the prophet’s name sallahAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).  The source of each set of excerpts is provided above each compilation of excerpts.

From: Encouraging truthfulness and warning against lying, by Imâm al-Madîna al-Munawarrah ‘Alî Abd-ur-Rahmân al-Hudhaifî (given on Rajab 11, 1422/ September 28, 2001), as translated and transcribed at http://islaam.net/main/display_article_printview.php?id=410

Truthfulness reveals man’s upbringing, pure mind and good nature while lying reveals man’s filthy mind and bad conduct. Truth saves while lying destroys. Truth is loveable intellectually and naturally. The Prophet (sallahAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) enjoined saying the truth when he said,
‘Be truthful for truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. (more…)

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By ROBERT WIELAARD, Associated Press Writer Robert Wielaard, Associated Press Writer – Fri Apr 16, 6:45 am ET
ANTWERP, Belgium – Chances of seeing a burqa in Belgium are only a little better than spotting a liquor shop in Saudi Arabia. Yet Belgium soon may be the first European nation to outlaw the burqa and other Islamic garb that completely hides a woman’s body and face.
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May Allah have mercy on him and forgive him his sins.  Ameen.

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LAHORE: The veteran religious scholar Dr. Israr Ahmed has passed away here at his residence early on Wednesday morning, Geo news reported.

According to family sources, he was suffering from back-pain and heart disorders for long time.

His funeral prayer will be said at Khalid Market Ground on Wednesday, sources said.

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Having spent a substantial amount of time in the blogosphere, friends of mine occasionally question me about why I blog.  Historically, the response has been straightforward- once you do it, you’ll know why.  Blogs present a venue for articulating thoughts and benefiting hundreds if not thousands of other people through your words.  As the famous hadith goes, a goodly word is indeed charity.

Over time, my confidence in the aforementioned position has waned….at times I still feel that there’s much to gain online and at other times I become disenchanted by not only blog culture, but by reading statements that lack even the most basic adab.  Almost every semi-popular blog is filled with negativity in the comments section, and one can only wonder how entrenching onesself in the cesspool of argumentation affects the heart.  Thats probably a blanket generalization, but its my experiences so take it or leave it.

Then again, addressing critical issues in our time is bound to rile up some feelings.  And expecting no argumentation, cursing, and hostility on an apparatus that hosts people from different backgrounds and upbringings is perhaps a bit too pollyannaish….

I also get worried about slipping up….how many ahadith and ayaat warn about the dangers of one’s tongue? May Allah forgive us all for our sinful statements, both verbal and written.  Ameen.

I’ll probably be blogging far less often, and it may be that I change my position again- only Allah knows.  For the time being I’m not ‘retiring’ per se, but the road I’m on tends to lead that direction.  And Allah knows Best.

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Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Sherman Jackon

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