Saturday, June 17, 2006

A Message!

By Ibrahim S.

Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatu Brothers and Sisters in Islaam
(I hope that the sister who is in charge of this site and the readers who read these articles will forgive me for writing such a long blog. I felt that this is a very important message for the Ummah to read so it took the length of 3 pages to write. May Allaah reward you all for your patience and time, aameen!)

O Muslims! I heard the Seerah ( Biography) Of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam presented by Imaam Anwar Al-Awlaki (May Allaah preserve him) from his work “The Makkan Period”; and in this wonderful, beautiful and compassionate study, the Imaam brings to us powerful messages for all of us to think tremendously about; regarding the importance of studying Our Beloved Prophet’s sallallahu alayhi wa sallam biography, and knowing that the Enemies of Islaam are trying to cut off our history’s roots in order for us to lose our true Muslim identity. Here is an excerpt taken from the Imaam’s work, “The Makkan Period” starting from track 6, 3:27 CD #1 the Imaam says,

( Quote )

“Brothers and Sisters. There is a Global Culture that is being forced down the throats of everyone on the face of the earth. This global culture is protected and promoted. Thomas Freedman, is a famous writer in the U.S., he writes for the New York Times. He says, “The hidden hand of the market cannot survive without a hidden fist. Mcdonalds will never flourish without Mcdonald Douglas, the designer of the F-15s. In other words, we’re not really dealing with a global culture that is benign or compassionate. This is a culture that gives you no choice. You either accept Mcdonalds otherwise Mcdonald Douglas will send their F-15s above your head. It’s a very intolerate culture that cannot co-exist with anything else. It uproots any other culture from the face of the earth. It just cuts the roots of it.”

And you have a quote here by Alexander Sulizitsen who is a famous Russian historian writer, he says,

“To destroy a people you must first sever their roots.”

Imaam Anwar continues by saying,

“So its really a destruction of the people of the earth because every other culture is being demolished. So this is not a global culture that will co-exist with others, it will replace others. And the only ideology that is standing up to this global culture is Islaam. But still as Muslims and especially Muslims living in the west, we are suffering from a serious identity crisis. I mean, you will find that even though the brother or sister would be practicing Islaam but, the Identity itself, the Islamic identity itself is lost. I mean, the person would have more in common with a rock star or a soccer player than they would have with a Companion of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). You would find that our youth know more about pop stars than they know about the Sahabah(i.e. Companions) of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. In fact even, sometimes even more than the Anbiya ( i.e.The Prophets). How many of our youth know the names of all of the Anbiya of Allaah?? How many of our youth know the names of the Sahabah radia Allaahu anhum? But ask the same person to name the soccer players on their favorite team or their best basketball players and they’ll go down the list! So there is serious identity crisis that is going on among Muslims. And the way we can counter that, the way we can develop a Muslim identity,

#1. By having a strong study of Islaamic History. Which is made up of the lives of the Prophets of Allaah, the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the lives of the Sahabah radia Allaahu anhum and then learning in general the Muslim history after that. So that’s #1. You develop an Identity by having an attachment with history. Because History is our umbilical cord, that is our lifeline, we are an extention of an Ummah. We’re not separated, we’re not severed from our roots. We are a part of a Glorious Ummah that we need to study about.

#2. By being part of the World Wide Muslim Ummah. Our Local identity should not override our Muslim Identity. So my identification with Britain, or America, or Pakistan or Kuwait, or any other country, should not override my Islamic Identity. See this nation-state concept is something that Islaam came to abolish. We have our loyalty to Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala and to our Religion. And we are a part of a World Wide Ummah. Therefore we need to study, we need to learn about our Muslim brethren all over the world. What happens in Falesteen should concern everybody who is a British Muslim. What happens in Kashmir should concern every American Muslim. What happens in every corner of the Muslim World should concern me as if it is happening within my own house.

(My Note (Ibrahim))- Narrated An Numan bin Bashir Allah's Apostle said, "You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness (insomnia) and fever with it." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 8.40) [End Note]

So these are the 2 important elements in building an identity. #1. Having a deep understanding of your history. And #2 being a part of the Ummah and caring about the Ummah. And again this saying of Alexander Sulizitsen,

“To destroy a people you must first sever their roots”

We don’t want our roots to be severed, we want our roots to be deep.
(End Quote from the Lecture)

O Muslims ! Please ponder over the Imaam’s words because they are a reality. Do not let your nafs(self) tell you otherwise. I will leave you with a hadeeth from the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a poem and a short supplication in relation to the issue mentioned in the lecture insha’Allaah.

“The Nations are about to gather upon you (inviting each other to kill you and plunder your lands), just as people who are dining call one another to their Qis’ah (a tray that can accommodate ten).” Someone said, “At that time, will we be few in number?” He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,” Rather, you will be many at that time, but you will be like the scum of a flood(i.e. all the foam and filth that it carries). And Allaah will indeed remove from the breasts of your enemy the awe they have for you, and He Subhanahu Wata’ala will indeed cast into your hearts Wahn (Literally, weakness).” A questioner asked, “ O Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and what is the Wahn?” He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “The love of the world and hatred of death.” (Related by Abu Dawud and others; Refer to al-Sahihah (958)

O, when will the Ummah wake up from the delusion

When the Mountain erupts, the people become attentive and full of righteouness

But when it remains still and unspoken

The vultures linger

The people practice unrighteousness and sleep well till they become lifeless, loving the duniya(the world)

Forgetting the great Bounty that was bestowed upon them

So what is left but a carcass?

Allaahu Akbar, Allahu a’azzu min khalqihi jammee’an, Allaahu a’azzu mimmaa akhaafu wa ahtharu, a’uthu billaahil-lathee laa ilaaha illa Huwa, al-mumsik is-samaawaatis sab’I an yaqa’ na ‘alal-ardhi illa bi’ith-nihi, min sharri ‘abdikha[name of person], wa junoodihi wa atbaa’ihi, minal-jinni wal-insi, Allaahumma kun lee jaaran min sharrihim, jalla thanaa’uka wa ‘azza jaaruka, wa tabaarakasmuka, wa laa illaaha ghairuka.

Allaah is the Greatest, Mightier than all His creation. He is Mightier than what I fear and dread. I seek refuge in Allaah, Who there is none worthy of worship but Him. He is the One Who holds the seven heavens from falling upon the earth except by His Command. [ I seek refuge in you Allaah] from the evil of your slave[Shayton] and his helpers, his followers and his supporters from among the jinn and mankind. Oh Allaah, be my support against their evil. Glorious are Your praises and mighty is Your patronage. Blessed is Your Name, there is no true God but You!

(Al-Bukhari, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad (no. 708). Al Albani graded it Authentic in Sahih Al-Al Mufrad (no. 546).

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Today after long I am actually writng a blog myself, and inshaAllah you will know some techniques that our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used in order to teach people and to make them understand concepts that they needed to learn.

The lesson comes from a series of lectures that I downloaded from Audio Islam and are titled 'Humanity's Teacher' by Muhammad AlShareef. I have listened to four parts and loved them. I took notes of it and here you will see an overview of what I learnt. At the same time I also highly recommend you to benefit from them by yourself, alhamdulilah the teacher has tried his best himself to practice those techniques in his lesson. So you listen to them part by part, you will enjoy as much as i did inshaaAllah. Best thing is, they are not long and boring but brief and to the point (probably very unlike what this blog is going to make them into :p )

Should I start? Wait! the teacher has given us a very valuable tip before starting. Do you take small notes while reading a book, magazine etc.? I never do, just so that my book stays clean and 'unblemished'. But what l have learnt to do now is that it is important that we make small notes, put special marks etc. while reading and we come across things that really strike us, or that we need to remember later.

So always take notes, this may save you from re reading the whole stuff all over again, because you will definitely not remember it all just as you read it first time and understood WHILE you were reading.

Those notes can be written in small points at the side margins of the text, can be symbols like stars, etc, or can be small abbreviations like APOI (Amazing Piece of Information), or Gem where you think you have read something you should treasure forever, or is a lesson for your whole life. It can be anything, any symbol that you can come up with. These were as examples given by this teacher.

You will find it amazing the next time when you are going to go through the same book, and then build up your understanding further from those points, or you can prepare a lecture, article etc. quickly from that.

But, the teacher reminds us, not to forget using our memory at the same time, do not completely rely on your notes, do excercise your memory. (we know there were people and still are who read books and keep all in their head, they have whole books memorized).

We come now to our beloved Prophet's (peace be upon him) techniques for teaching.

Technique no. 1.


It is narrated that when the Prophet (peace be upon him) spoke, you could count his words on fingers. That is why many times we can just memorize the hadiths automatically, because of the shortness, directness and clarity of his words.

When the Prophet pbuh spoke it was never a marathon lecture, going on for hours and hours.

In the book of Prophet's (pbuh) saying [Sahih al-Bukhari] there is even a chapter titled 'Being moderate when teaching'.

We know from those hadiths, how when everytime the Prophet (pbuh) spoke it was a special occasion.

Same was practiced later by his companions. Ibn Masood (ra) used to teach only on Thursdays, and people wished that it was everyday. Prophet (pbuh) and also his companions took extra care in trying not to make people burdened by their speech or lessons etc.

That was the Prophet's (pbuh) way. How do we tell if someone's bored; well we all know, you may see the other person is sleepy, trying to stop yawning, reading something else, looking away, looking at the clock, or just simply looking bored by what you are saying.

The lecture or the lesson/ talk should not be a boring, consistant thing. There can be a lot done to make it interesting, e.g by making it paired with something special, like having a powerpoint presentation relevant to the topic, or some other special event.

One more thing as suggested by this teacher is to not to have repeat letures, becaue that way people always think of missing one where they can take another later. So one can make it as a special talk that is going to be only once, and if someone has missed, its like thay have missed the train. This keeps the people's interest.

More I m going place later inshaAllah, in the meantime you also have 'Humanity's Teacher'. I also would love to have your comments on this, especially if anyone of you who teaches and particularly teaching little kids and would like to share on this.

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PS i hope that you have been benefitting from brother Ibrahim's articles, he will be writing more here inshaAllah, may Allah reward him, aameen.

Monday, June 05, 2006

"Spend and I Shall Spend On You"

Al-Kareem, Ar Raheem
The Most Generous, The Most Merciful

by Ibrahim S.

Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatu Brothers and Sisters.

Surely all praise is for Allaah. We praise Him and seek His assistance. We seek His forgiveness and we seek refuge in Him from the evil of our own souls and from the wickedness of our deeds. Whomever He guides shall never go astray, and whomever He allows to stray shall never find guidance.

I bear witness that no one has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, alone, Who has no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and upon his family and his Companions and upon those who follow them in piety until the Day of Judgment. To Proceed;

I hope that this short lesson reaches all of you in the best of health and Emaan(Faith). I opened the book called Al-Hadith Al Qudsiyyah and within this book are Ahadeeth(plural for Hadeeth i.e. sayings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) Qudsi which hold great virtue. This particular hadeeth that I will quote shows us the great Mercy which Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala provides His creatures with. At the same time, there are lessons for ourselves to gain and that is to learn to be grateful for the great favors Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala has bestowed upon all of us. In an authentic hadeeth collected by Imaam Bukhari it states,

Abu Harayra radia Allaahu anhu narrated from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that Allaah said:

O son of Adam, spend and I shall spend on you!

The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
Allaah’s Hand is full; spending does not diminish it. He bestows as generously as a rain cloud, both day and night. Then he said: Do you realize how much Allaah has spent since He created the Heaven and earth, when His Throne was on the water and His Hand held the Scale? The spending has not diminished what was in His Hand.
{Bukhari, Al-Hadith Al Qudsiyyah Chapter 15 pg.86 Hadeeth # 46:}

The wording that I would like to emphasize is when Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala says,

“O son of Adam, spend and I shall spend on you!”

- Look at how generous Allaah is to His creation. “ O son of Adam spend,,” – Spend on what has been bestowed on you on yourself, your families, jihaad, the poor, the orphan, the building of Islamic schools, Masjids etc in a honorable manner. Then Allaah says “..and I shall spend on you!” – Glory be to Allaah! If you spend for the Sake of Allaah, He will spend on you. It will return to you multiplied for your own benefit. Look at Allaah’s Help and Support. He provides the Sustenance (rizq) for the person in the first place in order to spend on others while at the same time He is returning the reward to the spender.

Allaahu Akbar(Allaah is the Greatest)! just look at this phrase from the reverse to really see what I am trying to explain. Allaah says, “..and I shall spend on you!” ……then….. “ O son of Adam spend,,”………Allaah the Most Exalted has already spent on the spender by allowing the spender to spend in order for you to give to others with the plan of rewarding you for your effort. Is this not the work of One Who is The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful?? Doing good deeds will help all of us out in the long run if they are full of sincerity(Ikhlas) and done according to the Sunnah of Rasulullaah(sallallahi alayhi wa sallam)

Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala says in Soorah(Chapter) Al-Jathiyah(The Kneeling) ayat(verse) 15,
“Whosoever does a good deed, it is for himself, and whosoever does evil, it is against (himself). Then your Lord you will be made to return.”
Ibn Kathir, May Allah have mercy upon him,( A leading Scholar in Qur’anic explanation i.e. Tafseer) says about this verse,

“meaning, you will all return to Allaah on the Day of Resurrection, when you and your actions will be displayed before Him. Then, He will recompense you for your deeds, good for good and evil for evil.”{Vol 9. pg. 24}

We know that we must strive our utmost to Please Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala. He has given us hearing, vision, smell, taste, touch, intelligence, life; yet we are still ungrateful to Our Lord. Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala says in Soorah(Chapter Al-Mulk(Dominion) verse 23,

“Say it is He Who has created you, and endowed you with hearing (ears) and seeing(eyes), and hearts. Little thanks you give."
Will we not remember the hadeeth collected by Imaam Bukhari which shows the dedication that we lack but was, and is a true example of love for Rabbil Alameen(Allaah) through the beautiful example of Our Beloved Nabi(Prophet), sallallahu alayhi wa sallam?

Narrated Al Mughira

The Prophet used to offer night prayers till his feet became swollen. Somebody said to him, "Allaah has forgiven you, your faults of the past and those to follow." On that, he said, "Shouldn't I be a thankful slave (of Allaah)?"{Sahih Bukhari Vol 6. 360}

Allaahu Akbar ! ( Allaah is the Greatest). Indeed Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is and will be the best worshipper to Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala ever. I will conclude with a question for all of us to really ponder upon, and that is, are we trying our best to be grateful to Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala after all He has done for us; after all He has planned for us!? Truly the comfort in the dark wombs of our mothers was not scheduled by us but by One Who is Most Kind, Most Merciful! Shouldn’t we be more thankful to our Rabb(Lord)?

Soorah 100 Adiyat(Those that Run)verse 6, Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala says
“Truly Man is to his Lord ungrateful”

May Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala forgive us all for our shortcomings and help us to be better, more thoughtful of the favors which He Subhanahu Wata’ala has bestowed upon us in order for us to attain success ameen!

Allaahuma maa asbaha bee min ni’matin aw bi-ahadin min khalqika faminka wahdaka laa shareeka laka, falakal-hamduwa lakash-shukru.

Oh Allaah, whatever blessing has been received by me or anyone of Your creation (1) is from You alone, You have no partner. All praise is for you and thanks is to you.(2))

Astagfirullaaha wa atoobu ilaihi.

I seek the forgiveness of Allaah and repent to Him(Recite one hundred times in Arabic during the day.)( 3)

Supplications taken from the Book Hisnul Muslim -Fortress of the Muslim

( 1.) When you say this in the evening, you should say: Allaahummamaa amsa bee…”Oh Allaah, as I….enter this evening…..”

(2.)”Whoever recites this in the morning, has completed his obligation to thank Allaah for that day; and whoever said it in the evening, has completed his obligation for that night,”{Abu Dawud 4/318, An-Nasa’i ‘Amal Al-Yawm wal-Lailah (no.8, Ibn As-Sunni (no.41), Ibn Hibban (no. 2361). Its chain of transmission is good (Hasan), Ibn Baz, p.24}

(3.) Al Bukhari, cf. Al-Asqalani, Fath Al-Bari 11/101, Muslim 4/2075

Thursday, June 01, 2006

"And there are some among men who take for themselves objects of worship other than ALLAH, loving them as they should love ALLAH. But believers are stronger in their love for ALLAH. And if those who transgress could now see the time when they shall see the punishment, they would realize that all power belongs to ALLAH and that ALLAH is severe in punishing.

Quraan: 2:165