Friday, January 25, 2008

My Opinion and Rant....

Im really sick and tired of people in the Muslim and Arab world blaming the westerners for their shortcomings in their religion and mistakes. Everytime we see a girl not covering correctly or a guy drinking alcohol or having a girlfriend or someone wearing tight western cloths or acting a certain way it is blamed directly on western influence.

People wake up! Its your OWN fault if you make mistakes or we could say whispering from the shaytan, NOT Westerners!

We have the choice to say yes or no to any given situation. What you choose is up to you! There is not a westerner holding a gun to your head telling you to do something wrong!

For example when a guy goes to a western country to study in university and comes back to his country and has picked up some bad habits like partying and drinking or sleeping with girls. This is then blamed on western influence in his life, not him for his bad decisions.

He had the choice to either go to a club or stay home and pray or go to the masjid and pray or just resist his temptation to go to a club and seek refuge in Allah with prayer and fasting! Its HIS choice that will either be good or bad....

We know, as Muslims, what is halal and what is haram, so any mistakes we make are our own, not anyone else's!

Wake up and take responsibility for your own stupidity when you do something haram!

Living in the Middle East as a Muslim is cannot deny that fact!

Living in the USA for example is going to be harder because there is more temptation to do wrong and etc. BUT, you still have the choice to say yes or no to situations.

Look at the Arab who lives in the Middle East and he blames western influence for his behaviour and bad choices, meanwhile, there is a revert in USA who is surrounded by bad things daily YET chooses to live his life Islamically even with all these hardships!

All I'm trying to say is Muslims wake up and blame yourself for your bad deeds, not westerner influence! Its YOUR choice to follow your religion or not to follow it!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A selection of Ayats and Ahadith from the Quran and the Prophet Muhammed(sallalahu alayhi wa sallam)

“and [Allaah] has not laid upon you in religion any hardship” [al-Hajj 22:78].

“Were they created by nothing? Or were they themselves the creators?
Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay, but they have no firm Belief”
[al-Toor 52:35]

"And whatever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatever he forbids you, leave it. And fear Allah: truly Allah is severe in punishment. " [Qur'an 59:7]

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to us: “If one of you attends the mosque, let her not put on perfume.” Narrated by Muslim (443).

  • If the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade women to go out to the mosque wearing perfume, because men will usually smell some of the fragrance because of close proximity and there being no barrier between men and woman, then it is more likely that women are not allowed to go out to the marketplace and gatherings wearing perfume, although it is not regarded as a major sin, rather it is something that is clearly haraam.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Quran (10:24) Present Life


YUSUFALI: The likeness of the life of the present is as the rain which We send down from the skies: by its mingling arises the produce of the earth- which provides food for men and animals: (It grows) till the earth is clad with its golden ornaments and is decked out (in beauty): the people to whom it belongs think they have all powers of disposal over it: There reaches it Our command by night or by day, and We make it like a harvest clean-mown, as if it had not flourished only the day before! thus do We explain the Signs in detail for those who reflect.

PICKTHAL: The similitude of the life of the world is only as water which We send down from the sky, then the earth's growth of that which men and cattle eat mingleth with it till, when the earth hath taken on her ornaments and is embellished, and her people deem that they are masters of her, Our commandment cometh by night or by day and We make it as reaped corn as if it had not flourished yesterday. Thus do we expound the revelations for people who reflect.

SHAKIR: The likeness of this world's life is only as water which We send down from the cloud, then the herbage of the earth of which men and cattle eat grows luxuriantly thereby, until when the earth puts on its golden raiment and it becomes garnished, and its people think that they have power over it, Our command comes to it, by night or by day, so We render it as reaped seed; produce, as though it had not been in existence yesterday; thus do We make clear the communications for a people who reflect.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Punishment in Islam for Cruelty to Cats

Hadith - Bukhari 3:553, Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar [Also in Muslim, Narrated Abu Huraira]

Allah's Apostle said,

"A woman was tortured and was put in Hell because of a cat which she had kept locked till it died of hunger." Allah's Apostle further said, "(Allah knows better) Allah said (to the woman), 'You neither fed it nor watered when you locked it up, nor did you set it free to eat the insects of the earth.' "
***I think I need to print this on billboards in my neighborhood. All my neighbors are Muslims, yet everyday i see their children running after cats and kittens with big sticks ready to knock them dead. Two days ago "someone or something" killed one of two sibling kittens I care for and feed from the street. I found him, dead, in his favorite sleeping spot. His brother is all alone now. They were inseparable since birth. Its a shame and very sad. His home now is with me and my other 2 cats for the time being, inshallah it will be permanent if my female cat ever accepts him as part of the family!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

A Situation I Faced Today

Today as I was in the elevator going down from the 16th floor to the GF, the elevator stopped on the 7th floor and a man got in. I was the only person with him in the elevator and I had this really big feeling I should walk out of it when he walked in, but, i didn't, I hesitated.

When I got home, I looked up this problem on Islam Q&A to see what their opinion was on this issue, and this is what I found below...Now, some people wont agree with what they have written and others will, BUT, for me, now i know next time I'm in that situation I should get out of the elevator and wait until I can get in again with other women present or alone...

Is it permissible for a woman to travel in an elevator alone with a non-mahram man?

Question:It allowed to go in a lift if there is a man who is a non mahram in it?(ie if there are just the two of you) Is there a separate ruling for open and closed lifts which have doors?.

Answer:Praise be to Allaah.
Allaah has forbidden a man to be alone with a woman who is not his mahram. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No man is alone with a woman but the shaytaan is the third one present.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (1171); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

Al-Bukhaari (1862) and Muslim (1341) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No man should be alone with a woman unless her mahram is with her.”
Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) narrated in Sharh Muslim (14/153) that there is scholarly consensus that it is haraam for a man to be alone with a non-mahram woman. This was also mentioned by al-Haafiz in al-Fath (4/77).

What is meant by a man being alone with a woman is that they are alone together in a place with no one else present.

This meaning applies when a woman travels in an elevator with a man who is not her mahram and there is no one else with them, whether it is open or closed.

Based on that, it is not permissible for a woman to travel in an elevator on her own with a non-mahram man. If there is one or more other women with her, then there is nothing wrong with her travelling on the elevator in that case, because then she is not alone with the man.

If there are both men and women with her, there is nothing wrong with her travelling on it if the elevator is spacious, and she will not be forced to touch or rub against the men. But in this case it is safer for the Muslim woman to walk up the stairs, and seek reward with Allaah for the difficulty that she encounters by doing that, because she is only doing that so as to avoid that which Allaah has forbidden and to avoid fitnah and its causes.

And Allaah knows best.

Islam Q&A

Thursday, January 3, 2008

My Thoughts

Don't make a Dua "against" someone,

forgive them,

make a Dua FOR them and leave the justice to ALLAH...

When a person makes Dua after prayer for someone the Angels say Ameen after the person does. So, whatever Dua you are making for someone whether good or bad you are also making on yourself, because, the Angels say Ameen on the Dua you made against someone FOR YOU...

Ex...a Mother in law makes a dua AGAINST her Daughter in law asking God to never give her children or happiness with her son in their marriage...This is horribly WRONG!

Ex...A sister in law goes to MAKKAH and makes Duas against her sister in law asking God to make her not able to bear children and to let her brother divorce his wife....This is even MORE HORRIBLE...

We should always try our best to give our muslim brothers and sisters second chances to be better Muslims, we should conceal their flaws and try our utmost to guide them to the straight path inshallah....Never give up trying to spread a good word and good deeds. Inshallah Allah will reward the patient and the ones who guided others to Islamic monotheism and Islamic lifestyle and Ideals...Do your best to give a good example of yourself and show kindness to non Muslims, you never know how much that might influence their opinion on Islam and it may even help them to become a Muslim and that could be because of you!