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    Imaam ash-Shaafi`ee (rahimahullaah) said: "O my soul! It is not, except a few days of patience; As if the extent were but a few dreams.O my soul! Pass quickly on through this world; And leave it, for indeed life lies ahead of it."
  1. Al-Jiddawi! Asalaamu Alaaikum, Masha'Allah very nice to see a familiar name. :) Insha'Allah you're well Brother. Take care, Ma'Salaama

  2. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Asalaamu Alaaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu Insha'Allah you are all well! I wanted to share this article with you. Word on the street is, it's by an MM old-timer. Sister talks about some things that changed her life for the better, amongst them online Muslim Forums. <3 What do online forums and candy shops have in common? For one sister, they both represent happy ways to satisfy a craving for something sweet! Kid in a Candy Shop: Support, Knowledge and Hijab My journey of Hijab began early in life. I was 12 and in the seventh grade when I first observed full Hijab. My mother always encouraged me to cover even before that. She would say in the sweetest way, "You are growing now, you have to start dressing more modestly; you have to start wearing Hijab." (Back then I understood Hijab to mean only the scarf.) This might seem like a very young age, but after reading later in life I found out a Muslim woman should start to observe Hijab when she hits puberty. So in fact it was the perfect age! My family is also very traditional, as some would say 'conservative Muslims'. All throughout elementary, even though I didn't wear a khimaar (scarf) over my head, I still dressed modestly. All the women in my family only wore skirts, dresses and on occasion salwar kameez, and I did the same. I remember the last time I wore 'jeans' and a shirt was in the first grade. So you can say I was used to covering my body, but adding the khimaar was a big step for me. I thought, "Isn't it enough that I dress differently from every girl, now I have to stand out even more?!" I "negotiated" with my mom, and we agreed as soon as I went to middle school I would start wearing Hijab. My intention? Well, I wore it because everyone in my family did, I wore it because I loved my mother and never refused anything she told me; I wore it for many reasons but not for the sake of Allah. Middle school began and so does my observing of Hijab. Middle school was a really rough period for me. I was one of only three Muslims in the school and the only one who observed full Hijab. Oh yes! I got the dirty looks, the whispers as I passed and sometimes the very rude remarks. I also got the strange questions like: "Do you always wear that… thing? Do you take a shower with that on? Are you bald? Are you allowed to grow your hair? What's under there?" My khimaar got nicknamed many things like "rag," "thing," "bandanna," etc. I always responded after being asked why I wore it that "It's my religion." Nothing more. I couldn't come up with a better answer. It wasn't easy going to school each day. My old elementary friends told me I became withdrawn and quiet. I didn't make an effort to "fit in," really; I just kept to myself and a close group of friends. This worked for me to some degree until I entered high school. High school was a nightmare. I always tell my siblings, "Parents don't know it, but high school is like a battlefield… they just throw you in there and expect you to come out alive!" Ok, it wasn't that bad! But it was really hard dealing with so much pressure and influence from every "clique." The rockers, the punks, the preps, etc. I didn't fit in with any of them. In addition to this, I only had my siblings to relate to. I never really had other Muslim friends other than family to give me support. I found that support I was looking for in the most unlikely of places: online forums. I remember one in particular; I used to visit it every day. I bonded with other Muslims who were going through the same things I went through; it really filled the void I was feeling. There were so many types of Muslims there. Some were very deen-driven, masha'Allah and others were just concerned with fun and games. I looked up to the former. I looked up to one sister in particular; she actually wore Niqab, masha'Allah. She was so strong, I just wanted to be like her so much. To have as much confidence and love for Islam as she did. I loved everything about this sister, the way she talked (or "typed" actually), how every post she had increased me in knowledge and love for my deen. I was on this forum for almost 2 years. It was during this time that I fell in love with my deen. Madly, deeply in love! This love led me on a search for more knowledge. I read everything I could get my hands on. I was a bookworm already so I loved reading the books, pamphlets and online posts I came across. I downloaded lectures and filled up my mp3 player; I would fall asleep to them because I didn't want to turn them off. I would get so excited when I found a new lecturer; it was almost like I was a kid in a candy shop. Through these lectures and reading, I learned about the true purpose of Hijab. Not for culture, not for subjugation of women (as many said to me); rather it was a liberation for women. It was a sign of obedience to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala over anyone else. It was a way to protect and preserve us, it was a sign that we are honored Muslim women. I also learned that Hijab wasn't merely a covering of the head but a modest covering of the whole body. I gained knowledge about Hijab, but more than this I started to have confidence in my Hijab. I started to love myself and how I chose to represent myself: a Muslimah fully hijabified for the sake of Allah. How can I describe this feeling, this confidence and happiness with Hijab? I simply can't. Not in words. But I know many sisters can relate. Alhamdulilah, I'm now 21, and I observe Hijab fully and happily for the sake of my Rabb. I look back and am so thankful for the online support and encouragement I received from Muslims. They probably don't know it, and thanks is due to Allah, but they changed my life. They helped me to fall in love with my deen, seek knowledge about not only Hijab, but many other topics, and they helped me become the person I am today. Alhamdulilah! I hope insha'Allah that my story motivates you my Beloved Sisters in Islam. I truly love you all for the sake of Allah, even if I have never met you. I love you because you are my Sister! I want for you what I want for myself. So, my Beloved Sister, if you do not observe Hijab, please take the first steps. Seek knowledge. Talk with Sisters. Get support, yes even online! Take the first steps and may Allah bless you! If you do observe the Hijab, take the time now to refresh your intentions, my Beloved Sister. Make it so that every time you step out of the house in full Hijab it's only for the Pleasure of Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, and not for any other reason. May Allah reward you for reading. Ameen. Any good I have said is from Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala, only the mistakes are mine. May Allah subhanahu wa ta'la send his peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad salla Allahu alayhi wasallam, his family, companions and all those who walk the path of righteousness until the Day of Judgment. Ameen! All praise and thanks are due to Allah, Lord of all that exists. ------ Hope you found benefit in it. May Allah reward all MMers with the best in this life and the next. Truly, this place feels like my second home and I can't stay away for too long. Love you all for the sake of Allah! Take care Wa'alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu
  3. misses MM! Insha'Allah you're all well and in good imaan/health.....:)

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    Tune up your soul with Halal Tunes

    Neat, BarakAllahu Feek
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    "This flame is nothing ..."

    "This flame is nothing ..." Qari Muhammad Qayyam (may the mercy of Allah be upon him) related that a great deal of fighting and bloodshed had started prior to the Indo-Pakistan partition of 1947. He said that a very beautiful daughter of a very rich man in a certain community stepped out of her house to visit her aunt, who lived no more than a few streets away. Suddenly a riot erupted as she had gone halfway and she found herself trapped with apparently nowhere to go. She saw a mosque nearby and quickly went inside, sitting in the women's section. The rioting continued late into the night and this girl did not know what to do. The custodian of the masjid was a very young student there and late at night when he walked through the masjid before locking up he noticed this beautiful young lady. He was a respectful young man who feared Allah and so politely asked her to leave, saying that if she was found there then both would be dishonored and thrown out. She pleaded with him because of the extreme danger outside and so he agreed that she could spend the night, and sat down to study at the opposite end of the masjid. The girl was unable to sleep with the events of the day in her mind and so watched the young man sitting studying by candle light at the opposite end of the masjid. She kept watching him and was very surprised at something she saw. From time to time this young man would extend his hand and keep it over the open flame, only withdrawing it when the flame obviously became unbearable. He then would resume his studies and continued this throughout the night until the dawn broke. The young man called the adhan and asked the girl to leave before the congregation started coming to pray since now everything was calm outside. She agreed on the condition that he tell her why he was placing his hand on the candle flame throughout the night. The young man said that that was his own business and so the girl refused to leave until he told her what she wanted to know. The young man gave in and said, "I am at the age of youth and strong desire. We were alone and my desire was increasing, and although I was studying the shaytan would occasionally put temptation in my heart. Hence whenever I would feel any temptation I would put my hand on the flame and my fingers would burn. I would say to myself that this flame is nothing compared to the fire of Hell." The girl left the masjid and reached home, calming her parents' fears as to what had happened to her. She also confided in her mother that she wanted to marry the custodian of the mosque near their house. She related the night's events to her parents and said that only such a man with true fear of Allah in his heart can be true to his wife. Only such a man who truly fears Allah can fulfill a wife's rights properly. Hence the poor custodian of the mosque earned the daughter of a rich household in marriage. He received this honor not because of his looks but because of his character. Everything disintegrates and turns to dust but character remains strong. Honor is not bestowed because of handsome clothes or beautiful jewelry but because of what is in the heart. Knowledge is only beneficial when it is captured within the heart, and not merely written in books.
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    How NOT to be a Two-face

    Sheikh Syed Ramadan-Double Faces/Lives Part 1 & 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAx52MM9FJ0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBgdvkckTkk
  7. Bismillah Asalaamu Alaiakum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuu Whoever abandons something for the sake of Allaah, He will replace it for him with something better than it. The teacher of our teachers,[1] the great scholar and historian, Shaikh Muhammad Raaghib At-Tabbaakh, rahimahullaah, mentioned the following story in his book "I'laam an-Nubalaa bi-Taareekh Halab ash-Shuhabaa" (7/231): "Shaikh Ibraaheem Al-Hilaalee Al-Halabee – a pious and noble scholar – traveled to Al-Azhar University in search of knowledge. While seeking knowledge, he became very poor and used to rely on charity. One time, several days passed by and he did not find anything to eat, so he became extremely hungry. So he came out of his room in Al-Azhar to ask for some scraps of food. He found an open door from which a pleasant smell of food was coming out of. So he entered the door and found himself in a kitchen with no one around. There he found some tempting food, so he grabbed a spoon and dipped it in, but when he lifted it to his mouth, he held himself back from eating it, since he realized that he had not been given permission to eat from it. So he left it and returned to his room in the dormitory of Al-Azhar, still hungry and starving. But no less than an hour passed by, when one of his teachers, accompanied by another man, came into his room. And his teacher said to him: 'This noble man came to me seeking a righteous student of knowledge to choose for marrying his daughter, and I have chosen you for him. So rise and come with us to his home where we can complete the marriage contract between you and his daughter and you can become part of his household.' So Shaikh Ibraaheem struggled to get to his feet, obeying the command of his teacher and went with them. And behold they took him to the very same house he had been to,and which he had entered and dipped the spoon into the food! So when he sat down, the girl's father married her to him and the food was brought out. It was the same food he had put the spoon into before and which he abandoned. But now he ate from it and said to himself: 'I withheld from eating it when I had no permission, but now Allaah has given me this food with permission.' Afterward, this righteous wife went back with him to Halab, after he had finished his studies. And she bore righteous children for him." So this is the fruit of patience and this is the result of having taqwaa, as Allaah says: "*And whoever has Taqwaa of Allaah, He will make a way out for him (from hardship), and He will provide for Him from places He never imagined*." [surah At-Talaaq: 2-3] But as for those who are hasty – those who do not distinguish between the truth and falsehood, seeking after the transitory vanities of this worldly life – they will never experience anything but grief and sorrow in their hearts, for they will never attain the worldly life nor will they ever achieve Religion. This is because they forget – or perhaps neglect – the saying of Allaah: "Is not Allaah sufficient for His servant?" [surah Az-Zumar: 36] As for those who are patient and firm and who have Taqwaa, they will gain ascendancy in this life and glory and honor with their Lord on the Day of Judgement. And Allaah says: "*So give the glad tidings to the patient ones*." [surah Al-Baqarah: 155] And He says: "*Verily, the patient ones will be given their reward without any reckoning*." [surah Az-Zumar: 10] -------------------------------------- Footnotes: [1] Translator's Note: He is referring to Imaam Al-Albaanee, who was a student of Shaikh Muhammad Raaghib At-Tabbaakh. Published: June 11, 2004 | Modified: June 11, 2004 Source: AUTHOR: 'Alee Hasan al-Halabee, Al-Asaalah Magazine (Issue 31, pg. 60-61), , Al-Ibaanah.com *~*~* Wa'alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmautullahi wa Barakatu
  8. Asalaamu Alaaikum, What?? Sheikh Feiz explaining/lecturing on Kitab At-Tawheed (The Book of Monotheism). The most well known and AUTHENTIC book on Tawheed, which is the most important branch of our deen!! When? Sheikh Feiz started the course of Tawhid on the 27th of January in the room: “FaithOverFear” in Paltalk. & It will be held simultaneously every Second Sunday at 5pm Mekkah time for about 5 months. Where? 1. Paltalk.com for the Tawheed lectures & 2. Dhikrullah.com for discussions, downloads, notes and Q & A with the Sheikh! How to enter ChatGroup?? (Go to paltalk.com. Then “browse rooms”, then “religion and spirituality” and then “Islam” and then “FaithOverFear”) and Inspeak (go “Groups”,then “sensitive - Islam” and then “FaithOverFear”) More info, and how to enroll (it’s free!): please join: FaithOverFear Yahoo Groups and Dhikrullah Forums Insha’Allah please sign up to the forum and to the class! Don’t miss this oppurtunity insha’Allah to learn about the core and essence of our deen: TAWHEED!! Wa’alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmatullah See you there
  9. Asalaamu Alaaikum wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu Inna Lillahi wa inna ‘ilayhi raji’oon. Indeed, From Allah we come, and it is to Him we shall return. Saddened to write that two Scholars have passed away, in only the timespan of one week. SubhanAllah. ‘Abd-Allâh ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas said: “I heard the Messenger of Allâh (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) say, ‘Allâh does not take knowledge away by taking it away from people’s (hearts); He takes knowledge away by taking away the scholars (i.e., when scholars die), and when there is not one scholar left, the people will turn to ignorant leaders who, when they are consulted, will give fatwas without knowledge. They are misguided and they misguide others.’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 98). Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd passed away on Tuesday in Riyadh Read about him here: http://muslimmatters.org/2008/02/05/shaykh...yd-passes-away/ Dr. Saleh as-Saleh (from Understand-Islam.net),passed away on Friday in Masjid an-Nabi in Medinah. Read about him here: http://muslimmatters.org/2008/02/08/dr-sal...eh-passes-away/ May Allah swt forgive both of their sins, May Allah swt lighten their graves and encompass them with His Mercy!! ameen! May Allah make their final destination Jannatul Firdaus with the Anbiya, Malaika and the Siddiqeen. Ameen ya Rabb! May Allah swt give us more scholars in their place, ameen Wa'alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu! Your Sister Anisa...
  10. Asalaamu Alaaikum brothers and sisters, Just dropped by with a quick request for duas: "There is a user at youtube by the name of tasnimoo, her real name is Hiba. please make dua for this sister that she gets better. What happened was she got tricked by some evildoers (pretending to be her friends) May Allah punish them. She was drugged by them with Class A drugs,they mixed it in her drink. When taken to hospital, she was even pronounced dead. Now by the Mercy of Allah SWT she is alive, her heart beating again, but she is still in critical condition, fighting for life and is need of everyone's duas here. She is from London btw. Remember we are all one family, if one of us hurts the rest of us do too. So just imagine if this were your real blood sister in this state, please make dua that Allah SWT gives her shifa, and allows her to make it through this great trial!" After Salah, make dua for this sister, and if you are up at night for qiyamal layl, make dua for her too. May Allah swt give her shifa. ameen! Wa'alaykum Asalaam!
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    Asalaamu Alaiakum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu.... KeeKee, that is muy awesome that you are going. Insha'Allah one day hope to go. As for me, i'm taking a very looooong MM break insha'Allah. I don't when,[if],i'll be back. But just wanted to say to each of you that i really benefitted from being in your company Alhamdulilah for this past year or two, you are all great brothers and sisters. And i can offend sometimes (hey i'm humanl!) so if i have ever offended you, then i ask you to pleasssee forgive me insh'Allah i leave here with no grudges against anyone lol, insha'Allah you remain my brothers and sisters in islam forever. had an awesome time here, love you all for the sake of Allah (super cheesy wohoo!). May Allah swt gather us all in jannatul firduas al ala, ameen hope to meet you all there iA JazaakAllahum Khair Wa'alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmatullah
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    Ohhh.... i was like hmm what Eid?! Umm, probably the same thing I did the last one, go out with family insha'Allah,
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    Sunni/shia annoyance

    wa iyyaki i think you are talking about this: Sorry for the length, more here: http://www.islamweb.net/ver2/archive/artic...E&id=138446
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    It's a rug folded up Or it's a jinn praying Will we ever know which it truly is? Probably not Allah Knows Best comments are whack though
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    MM Qiraat competition?

    Yep sounded a lot younger. I liked the al ahzab rec, why does it remind me of this qari's: Sheikh Murtada meh never mind, not that much alike, but both good