Thursday, May 27, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Any act by which someone is hurt, or his person, possession or dignity are subjected to any loss is absolutely forbidden; it is forbidden in the same way as is pork, alcohol or usury.
Indeed, while some leniency may be shown when unlawful food is consumed in extreme cases of emergency, no such mitigation on account of extraordinary situations is possible in case of violating such prohibitions as not to usurp others' property, nor backbite nor defame nor slander. The punishment for these is only hellfire. Even worse would be the fact that Allah would not talk to such offenders, nor cleanse them of their sins. (Al-Imran 3: 77)
There is no pardon from Allah in cases where personal rights have been violated: forgiveness may only come from the person aggrieved - either directly or when Allah makes it possible for that person to grant such pardon. Just save yourself from such acts. And if you were to violate others' rights, obtain their forgiveness here in this world or else you'll be left absolutely destitute and bankrupt on the Day of Judgment.
Source: "Dying and Living for Allah" - Khurram Murad
Monday, May 17, 2010
The iPhone and iPod Touch are currently the hottest gadgets to be carrying around. Apple has well over 100,000 downloadable apps and has recently hit 3 billion downloads worldwide. Whether you are a book nerd, sports fan, or a digital nomad, chances are that there's an app that suits your interests.
I decided to make a list of some useful applications currently available in the iTunes Store that may come in handy for Muslims living in non-Islamic countries.
Invocations from the Qura'an & Sunnah
This app allows the user to search for the right du'a to say for a particular situation. For example:
- When leaving home
- When entering a mosque
- When going to sleep
- When feeling pain
- When seeking guidance (istikharah)
- When breaking one's fast
The Arabic and English translation of each du'a are included."
Quick Mosque Finder
"With an embedded map built in, the Mosque finder app allows you to quickly and easily locate mosques near you.
Mosque coverage in this app includes:
- 1000+ USA mosques
- 770+ UK Mosques
- 140+ Australian mosques
- 90+ Canadian mosques
This app instantly finds your location and then its only another touch to find your nearest mosque.
An integrated search bar makes locating mosques easier than ever
If you are always on the move Mosque Finder is a tool you can’t go without."
Qibla Compass and Global Prayer Times
- Real Qibla Compass for 3Gs devices
- Daily prayer times schedule
- Push Notification + Athan Alarm
- Six beautiful Arabic backgrounds
- Seven different Calculation Methods
With only a single click you can set the Athan Alarm, which will be activated through the new Push Notification service on the iPhone. It has a real Qibla Compass that works on the iPhone 3Gs and on Android Phones. When you move to another location or rotate your mobile phone the compass will automatically point to the right direction.
It also contains a prayertimes screen. The Islam prayer times are calculated using the actual GPS coordinates of the phone. You can plan future prayers by sliding the screen with your finger or open a date picker to show the prayer times of other dates."
"alQuran enables you to read the Holy Quran as well as translation and commentary in all the supported languages. Listen to the recitation & search the entire Holy Quran text, translations and commentary. Other features include bookmarking, references to verses, verse by verse recitation and much more.
- Searchable Holy Quran
- Over 100 translations in more than 30 different languages and adding..
- Bookmarking and References to verses
- Easy scrolling
- Recitation of many famous reciters
- Easy to use interface design"
Complete Collection of Hadith Books
"Complete Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawud , Malik's Muwatta and Hadith Qudsi in the form of authenticated english translation by Mohsin Khan.
- Classical and Topical views of Books.
- Mark your favorite hadiths and revert back with a single touch.
- Contextual Bar that keep you aware of your current position with in a certain book or chapter.
- Notes taking option provides you the ability to write your notes, comments,questions along with any Hadith for quick reference later.
- Integration of Social Connect(TM). You can now share any Hadith through email or facebook with your friends and connections and be part of spreading Islam and guidance,"This article is from HilalSpark.com
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A: Tawakkul means that a person should put their trust in Allah (may He be Exalted) Alone.
Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta`aala says:
Whoever relies on Allah (has Tawakkul), He is sufficient for him (At-Talaaq 65:3)
Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta`aala says: "Do they not see the birds above them with wings outspread and [sometimes] folded in? None holds them [aloft] except the Most Merciful. Indeed He is, of all things, Seeing." [Qatar 67:19]
The Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam said: "Were you to put your complete trust in Allaah, He would provide for you as He provides for the birds. They issue forth hungry in the morning and return filled in the evening." [At-Tirmithi] Did the birds remain in their nest waiting for Allaah's provision? Of course not! Did they claim that since they were engaged in Tasbeeh (praising of Allaah), they would not have to strive for their subsistence? Of course not! So praised is Allaah Who inspired the birds to set forth to seek provisions for themselves and for their little ones. Praised is He Who taught them Tawakkul so they would not expect provision but from Him.
Friday, May 7, 2010
1. "We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth" (46:15).
2. "Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: ‘My Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood' "(17:23-24).
3. "We have enjoined on man and woman kindness to parents; but if they (either of them) strive (to force) thee to join with Me anything of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not'" (29:8).
4. "We have enjoined on man and woman (to be good) to his/her parents; show gratitude to Me and to thy parents; to Me is (thy final) Goal. If they (parents) strive to make thee join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration) and follow the way of those who turn to Me (in love)" (31:14-15).
1. The Prophet Muhammad said, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him: Your Heaven lies under the feet of your mother (Ahmad, Nasai).
2. A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your father. (Bukhari, Muslim).
3. Abu Usaid Saidi said: We were once sitting with Rasulullah when a man from the tribe of Salmah came and said to him: O Messenger of Allah! do my parents have rights over me even after they have died? And Rasulullah said: Yes. You must pray to Allah to bless them with His Forgiveness and Mercy, fulfill the promises they made to anyone, and respect their relations and their friends (Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah).
4. Abdullah ibn Amr related that the Messenger of Allah said: The major sins are to believe that Allah has partners, to disobey one's parents, to commit murder, and to bear false witness (Bukhari, Muslim).
5. It is narrated by Asma bint Abu Bakr that during the treaty of Hudaibiyah, her mother, who was then pagan, came to see her from Makkah. Asma informed the Messenger of Allah of her arrival and also that she needed help. He said: Be good to your mother (Bukhari, Muslim).
We Muslims should celebrate Mothers and Fathers day 365 days not just specifically one day and disrespect them others days or put them in Nursing homes when they enter old age.