Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Prophet teaching us Taqwa and how to prepare for the Day of Resurrection

The Command to have Taqwa and to prepare for the Day of Resurrection.

Imam Ahmad recorded that Al-Mundhir bin Jarir narrated that his father said, "While we were in the company of the Messenger of Allah in the early hours of the morning, some people came there who were barefooted, naked, wearing striped woolen clothes, or cloaks, with their swords hung (around their necks). Most of them, nay, all of them, belonged to the tribe of Mudar. The color of the face of the Messenger of Allah underwent a change when he saw them in poverty. He then entered (his house) and came out and commanded Bilal to pronounce Adhan. Bilal pronounced Adhan and Iqamah, and the Prophet led the prayer. He then addressed them, first reciting,
 (O mankind! Have Taqwa of your Lord, Who created you from a single person... ) (4:1), 
The Prophet teaching us Taqwa and how to prepare for the Day of Resurrection

until the end of the Ayah. Then he recited the Ayah that is in Surat Al-Hashr:
(and let every person look to what he has sent forth for tomorrow,'')
 He then said, "A man donated his Dinar, his Dirham, from his clothes, from his Sa` of wheat, from his Sa` of dates'' -- until he said -- "even if it was half a date.'' Then a person among the Ansar came there with a moneybag, which his hands could scarcely lift; in fact, his hands could not lift it. Then the people followed continuously, until I saw two heaps of eatables and clothes. I saw the face of the Messenger radiate with pleasure, like gold. The Messenger of Allah said,

(He who sets a good example in Islam, there is a reward for him for this (act of goodness) and reward of that also who acted according to it subsequently, without any deduction from their rewards. Whoever sets in Islam an evil example, there is upon him the burden of that evil and the burden of him also who acted upon it subsequently, without any deduction from their burden.)'' Muslim recorded this Hadith via the chain of Shu`bah. Therefore, Allah's statement,

(O you who believe! Have Taqwa of Allah), ordains the Taqwa of Allah which pertains to obeying what He ordered and staying away from what He forbade. Allah said,
(and let every person look to what he has sent forth for tomorrow,) 
meaning, hold yourselves accountable before you are recompensed, and contemplate what you have kept for yourselves of good deeds for the Day of your return and being paraded before your Lord,
(Have Taqwa of Allah), again ordering Taqwa,

(Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what you do.) Allah asserts that surely, He knows all of your deeds -- O mankind -- and actions. Nothing that pertains to you ever escapes His observation, nor any matter of yours, whether major or minor, is ever beyond His knowledge,

(And be not like those who forgot Allah, and He caused them to forget themselves.) meaning, do not forget the remembrance of Allah, the Exalted, otherwise, He will make you forget to perform the good deeds that benefit you in your return, because the recompense is equated with the action. This is why Allah the Exalted said,

(Those are the rebellious.) referring to those who rebel against obedience to Allah, who will earn destruction on the Day of Resurrection and failure upon their return,

(O you who believe! Let not your properties or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. And whosoever does that, then they are the losers.)(63:9)
Quran Tafsir Ibn Kathir

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Why We Should Pray The Witr Prayer ?

Today we are going to mention the importance of pray Witr and why we should perform this prayer. Also, we are going to list some of its significances.

Why We Should Pray The Witr Prayer ?
Witr prayer is one of the greatest acts of worship that draw one closer to Allaah. Some of the scholars even thought that it is one of the obligatory prayers, but the correct view is that it is one of the confirmed Sunnah (Sunnah mu’akkadah) which the Muslim should observe regularly and not neglect intentionally which is a disobedience to the Prophet as such sinful.

Imam Ahmad (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Whoever neglects Witr is a bad person whose testimony should not be accepted. This indicates that Witr prayer is something that is confirmed.
Its timing:
It starts when a person has prayed ‘Isha’, even if it is joined to Maghrib at the time of Maghrib, and lasts until dawn begins, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah has prescribed for you a prayer (by which He may increase your reward), which is Witr; Allaah has enjoined it for you during the time between ‘Isha’ prayer until dawn begins.” Narrated by Imam al-Tirmidhi, 425.

The number of rak’ahs:
The minimum number of rak’ahs for Witr is one rak’ah. If a person limits himself to praying one rak’ah, then he has performed the Sunnah which may be added to the two sunnah rakaat after Isha or after Tahajjud salaat. But Witr may also be three or five or seven or nine etc.

Why We Should Pray The Witr Prayer ?

If a person prays three rak’ahs or more of Witr this may be done in two ways, both of which are prescribed in shari'a: To pray two then sit to recite tashahhud then stand to add one then Tashahhud and Tasleem. If 5 or more rakaats then you offer 2 sit to recite tashahhud and tasleem then do the same for other two but without tasleem so that you add one last one with tashahhud and tasleem.

May Allah aid us in His obedience. Aameen Yaa Quddus !!!

Monday, November 6, 2017

The most inspirational Muslim Women In 2017

Today, we are introducing a list of the most inspirational Muslim women. The aim of giving this list is to show our sisters that there is nothing called impossible and you can achieve whatever you want. with effort and hard work, you will find your position in this world. 

Also, it shows that being a Muslima woman women will not represent a hardship in your way. Hijab is your identy, and you can reach whatever you wish or take anything as your profession. Women in Islam is honored and have a high position.
1. Ilhan Omar  

1. Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar is a Minnesota House Representative and the highest elected Somali-American in the United States. 

2. Saufeeya Goodson 

Saufeeya Goodson
Saufeeya Goodson is an international content creator and Influencer. Goodson has been featured in teen vogue and she is the co-owner of @hijabfashion a fashion page on Instagram.

3. Ibtihaj Muhammad 

Ibtihaj Muhammad
 Ibtihaj Muhammad is an African American fencer and Olympian. She is the first Muslim American woman to compete in the 2016 Olympics while wearing the hijab and the first Muslim-American woman to win a medal at the Olympics. 

4. Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour
 Linda Sarsour is a Palestinian-American Civil Rights Activist. Sarsour made her mark this year when she co-organized the Women’s March on Washington which was estimated to draw over 400,000 people. One of the goals of the Women’s March on Washington was to make the world understand that women’s rights are also human rights.

5. Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain
  Nadiya Hussain is a British-Bangladeshi Baker and author. Nadiya was the winner of the sixth season of The Great British Bake Off and was named one of the 500 most influential people in UK by Debrett’s. She has a BBC documentary titled, The Chronicles of Nadiya.

6. Ruma

Ruma is a fashion blogger who was recently featured on H&M’s twitter page for her unique sense of style.

7. Halima Aden 

Halima Aden
 Halima Aden is a Somali-American model. She is known for being the first Somali-American Muslim to compete in the Minnesota USA pageant and become a semi finalist while wearing hijab. Her first runway appearance was in Kanye West’s Yeezy season 5 fashion show. 

8. Basma K. 

Basma K
Basma K. is a fashion blooger and she runs a small fashion boutique called, The Basma K collection. The collection mainly sells scarves and different floral prints.

9. Yumnah Najah

Yumnah Najah
 Yumnah Najah is an African-American Muslim woman who started her own business at the age of 17 years old. She runs a hand painted jewelry business with beautiful Afrocentric and multicultural prints. She has had high profile people such as Elle and Kyla Pratt wear her designs.

10. Shahd Batal  

Shahd Batal
Shahd Batal is a youtuber and vlogger. Her videos usually focus on tips for healthy skin and makeup.

11. Aisha Ibrahim 

Aisha Ibrahim
 Aisha Ibrahim is a fashion and beauty blogger based in London. Aisha has had features in galore and buzzfeed.

12. Alishah Malik 

Alishah Malik
Alishah Malik is an aspiring fashion designer who is working on making clothing for all women. Her pieces are inspired multicultural African prints. Her signature is making scarves to match with hijabs.

13. Sagal Ibrahim 

Sagal Ibrahim
Shire Sagal Ibrahim is a British-Somali based in the UK. Sagal is a fashion and lifestyle blogger. 

14. Dr. Jamila Karim 

Dr. Jamila Karim
Dr. Jamila Karim is the first Muslim professor of religious studies at Spelman college. She is an award winning author and earned her doctorate degree from Duke University. Her debut book is titled, American Muslim Women.

15. Carolyn Walker 

Carolyn Walker
Diallo Carolyn Walker Diallo was sworn in on the Quran as a New York City Civil court judge in December 2015. Diallo received backlash for swearing in as a judge on the Quran but her action is inspirational to many people around the world.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Catherine Houlihan.. through Jesus I found Islam

I Became Muslim Because Of Jesus
I am feeling at home as a Muslim of Irish-Catholic descent.Love anchored me. Sincerity guided me.

I was born with an unshakable inquisitiveness that caused me to question everything, but there was one thing I never questioned, and that was the existence and power of God. My mother sometimes reminds me that as a young child my response to her requests for me to clean my room or brush my teeth was oftentimes, “You can’t tell me what to do; only God can tell me what to do!” And I meant it—even at the age of five.

I was raised in an Irish-Catholic family; home is where a Claddagh hangs over the door, sounds from my mother’s bodhran or fiddle resonate from the living room, and questions are returned with questions by my Jesuit-educated father.

What I know now is this: I was never able to fully accept Catholicism as my faith. I wanted so desperately to follow and honor both God and Jesus, but I couldn’t sincerely do that by being Catholic. To my surprise and over the course of 13 years, I found that Islam provided me the opportunity do both.

Catherine Houlihan through Jesus I found Islam

Over time, with equal parts reluctance and fervor, I learned that Islam supported my faith in ways that Catholicism could not. This is my conversion story.

My doubts pointed me towards new convictions.I scrutinized many details about my assigned religion of Catholicism.

First, I never could bring myself to believe that Jesus was God. Yes, I love Jesus, and I wholeheartedly believe that we should proactively seek to obtain the extraordinary human qualities that he possessed, but in my eyes, there is only one God, and a man could never be God.

Secondly, I was unable to ever accept the concept of original sin (that newborns entered this world carrying sins that could be forgiven through the Sacrament of Baptism). I perceived this as an initiation ritual into Christianity; it felt more political than spiritual.

These doubts left my foundation as a Catholic impermanent, but I knew that I could never desert my eternal love for God and my ceaseless admiration for Jesus. I remained Catholic, while I searched for a place that allowed me to preserve what I would not abandon and provide me clarity for what I could not accept.

Where that was, I wasn’t sure. I genuinely hoped that it existed somewhere. Saint Thomas More and Malcolm X gave me the courage to pursue the truth.

My chosen patron saint as a teenage Catholic was Saint Thomas More; he chose death over abandoning his faith—his loyalty to God remains an invaluable inspiration to me.

I was also inspired by Malcolm X. In my freshman year of college, I was introduced to the concept of Islam for the first time in the Autobiography of Malcolm X. It wasn’t the religion that grabbed my attention; it was the way Malcolm X used Islam to quench his continuous thirst for truth.

If Saint Thomas More’s dogged loyalty to God inspired me throughout my childhood, then it was Malcolm X’s unwavering search for truth that further inspired me in college. Taken together, it became a bit clearer to me that if I kept searching, I could possibly find a source for both connecting with God and finding the truth that I was seeking.

Catherine Houlihan through Jesus I found Islam

I discovered Islam’s Jesus in West Africa. After college, I volunteered with an international nonprofit in West Africa. One afternoon, I was sitting outside in the sweltering heat with a Ghanaian volunteer. To avoid getting sunburned, I wrapped my favorite orange pashmina over my head.

Then, I heard my friend say: “You look beautiful in hijab.”“Are you Muslim?” I asked him. He nodded, and with some prodding, revealed to me that Muslims both recognize and honor Jesus as a prophet. That detail caught my attention and got me thinking: Could Islam be the source of clarity that I was seeking? I wasn’t sure, and I wasn’t quite ready to explore the possibility just yet.

I resettled into metropolitan Miami life quite well. Years passed. Life was so easy and oh-so fun! I felt incredibly blessed, but just beneath the surface, I was very lonely, and far too often, I fell asleep with tears in my eyes and a growing heaviness in my heart, so I turned to my father for guidance. He listened to me intently and made one simple suggestion: Read.

When I started reading, Islam found me.I used my alone time to explore books about philosophy, psychology, poetry, and religion. Little by little, I began gravitating towards books about Islam. The more I read about Islam, the more I realized that it was more than just a beautiful concept; it was a way of life.

I sought out a mentor who could show me what that life entailed, and I eventually found one. She was an established career woman, with a loving and supportive husband and two incredible children, and most importantly, she had an insatiable love for Islam. She was the kind of woman who I aspired to become.

We met weekly. She shared stories about Prophet Muhammad and his closest companions. She reiterated Islam’s belief in the prophhethood of Jesus and its denial of original sin. She showed me how to pray and gave me my most beloved copy of the Quran.

Then, my mentor lent me a CD series called Purification of the Heart by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. I listened to those CDs daily, deeply connected with its messages, and felt these incredible reverberations in my heart when the shaykh recited passages from the Quran in Arabic. I even felt the same reverberations in my heart when I recited the first chapter of the Quran, syllable-by-syllable. As I listened and I practiced my Arabic, I felt as if I was strengthening my communication with God.

As I prayed and fasted during my first Ramadan, I felt this magnificent closeness to an essence that I had never encountered before, and consciously nurturing that essence filled me with immense bliss. It was in those moments that I felt the most connected to myself; it was in those moments that I felt the most connected to God. I knew then that I was ready to accept Islam as my chosen faith.

Through God’s tremendous grace and my mentor’s tenacious planning, on the 27th day of Ramadan 2016, I found myself sitting alongside the scholar whose words in both English and Arabic transformed my heart into a Muslim one: Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. He led me through my Testimony of Faith, which were the sincerest words that I had ever spoken.

I nervously stumbled through it. Then, he asked me if I had been raised Christian. I confirmed that I was indeed raised Catholic. He responded by asking me to repeat these words: “Wa Ash’hadu Ana Issa Rasulullah Wa Kaleematahu. Wa Mariem Sadiqqah...I testify that Jesus is a messenger of God and his logos and that Mary is his righteous servant.”

My heart gleamed in those moments. For as long as I could remember, I searched for a place that felt like home, and as I sat next to Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, I realized that I had finally found it within Islam.

Over a decade has passed since I was first introduced to Islam, my true path.
What anchored me then, still anchors me now. The only difference is that I now have a place that allows me to honor my past, while I continue to seek truths from our greatest sources.

As a Muslim of Irish-Catholic descent, I’m not quite sure where I fit in just yet. But in the early morning hours, right before dawn, and as I pray alone, facing Miami’s Biscayne Bay, I feel right at home. For me, that’s all that matters right now.