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  1. Asma

    LOVE

    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu How abt we all write a story or hadith that could either increase our love for Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) or make us realize how much love He has for his servants. Because by having that true love for our Creator and realizing His value which obviously is beyond our imagination, InshAllah khair it could make us successful believers. Heres a very interesting point that a brother made during a speech at school once… Would u ever give a very expensive and valuable gift to a stranger? Of course you would only give it to someone you truly love and care for. If someone gave u such a gift would u understand its high value, use it and then throw it back on the person’s face once you got tired of it…wouldn’t u rather show your appreciation and show ur love in return? This example is kind of similar to how Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) has given us the gift of deen and Islam, out of love. Would it be right to understand the value of this deen and then neglect it….neglect the love that came with it? Shouldn’t we show our appreciation and be grateful for being so lucky to receive such a gift. Shouldn’t we be taking care of that gift with all we got? I don’t know if everyone understood but it was way more touching when I heard it On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (r.a.) that the Prophet (s.a.w.), from among the things he reports from his Lord, is that he said: A servant (of Allah’s) committed a sin and said: O Allah, forgive me, my sin. And He (s.w.a.) said: My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for them. Then he sinned again and said: O Lord, forgive me, my sin. And He (s.w.a.) said: My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for them. Then he sinned again and said: O my Lord, forgive me my sin. And He (s.w.a.) said: My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for sins. Do what you wish, for I have forgiven you. (Muslim) SubhanAllah! My mother, who loves me more than any other human being, loses patience when i do the same mistake more than twice! Truly He is Ar-Raheem!!
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    Taqwa

    Here’s the story of this one girl I met in my AlMaghrib class. She just recently got interested in Islam eventhough she was born Muslim. Basically she was a beginner when she took the AlMaghrib class. At the same time she was desperately looking for a job which seemed almost impossible. This was basically the low point in her life since in Toronto she used to have an amazing job and once she moved here things changed. So the first weekend of AlMaghrib we spoke about Zakaah and of course this lead to interest and how its haraam in Islam. After that weekend she got an interview at CIBC, the same company for which she worked in Toronto, thus she knew that she had good chances of getting the job. When she came back the second weekend some of the girls asked her what happened with the interview and she told them that it was CIBC who had interviewed her and she also told them how she was 100% sure that she would get the job because the interview went amazing and she was soooo happy abt it. Suddenly one of the girls told her in a very polite manner that maybe it wasn’t the best choice because the position they were offering her had to do with riba and basically by working there she would be encouraging it. Something of that sort, im not really sure the EXACT reason as to why it wasn’t right for her to work there coz im the worst person when it comes to finances and banks and whatnot. All I know that it definately had to do with riba and that was the same reason. So yeah ppl don’t get on my back asking me why it isn’t permissible and all I don’t know the answer!!! Anyway just to confirm this, she went to the Sh. Muhammad Alshareef and asked him if it was true and he told her that it was and explained the whole thing to her. Now here’s the amazing part…after the course was over she got a call from CIBC to let her know that she had gotten the job and they wanted her to come and work right away. Apparently she got there half way through and then stopped and returned back home. She just couldn’t….and she didn’t get out of the house the whole day because she knew if she did she would get tempted to go there. Then I called her one day and asked her what happened with her job and she told me the whole story. SubhanAllah I was amazed at this girl’s taqwa. A simple Muslimah who just recently started learning abt Islam…and she has more taqwa then some of the more knowledgeable ppl in this world. She told me “Asma I personally think insha Allah ill get something better because of my decision. If not then there’s always the reward in the hereafter” And to top it all off, she didn’t even think of it as a big deal. She didn’t quite understand why I was soo happy. It proved to me that when someone does something out of real taqwa, they don’t think of it as something big because they know this is their duty to please Allah subhanahu wa ta’Ala and they know that what they did is something normal that should be done on a regular basis. Another thing that got me real happy is to see someone taking riba so seriously. I mean apparently the job position that she was offered with was very very attractive. Even more attractive for a person who has already worked there and who loved it in the past. Riba is something very serious in Islam however nowadays the society makes it seem like a small issue. If ppl do know about the seriousness of it, they just tend to ignore it thinking that Allah subhanahu wa ta’Ala will forgive them because everyone else is doing it too. Now this girl proved to be a real student of knowledge…a student who learns something and then applies it in her life right away. No matter how hard it may be. Like Sh. Muhammad Alshareef mentioned at the RIS…people look at the life at the sahabi radhiyAllahu’anhum and say “I can’t be like them….these ppl were just exceptional” No, it is possible! You’re just not doing it the right way. Some examples are right in front of you, among this generation. Look at this girl and tell yourself, if an ordinary person (although I wouldn’t really consider her to be ordinary) like her was able to do it, why cant you? People, you gottta race for Jannah. When you’re in a race, everything around you seems insignificant…all that matters is that medal which is waiting for you. You’re running eventhough it hurts and there are times when your legs are in pain but you tell yourself just a little bit more. Anyway you guys get the point right…ima shut up now…once I start I just don’t stop eh. But really guys remember Islam is really not complicated, its just a test. You want to know why, because the same girl who gave up her job for the sake of Allah ‘Azaa wa Jal found another job now alhamdulillah…and she is happy and satisfied with it. Finally just wanted to add one of my gems from AlMaghrib class which perfectly relates to this story: A person with real taqwa is the one who is concerned about the smallest issues just as much as the biggest issues
  3. Asma

    nice speeches

    http://beconvinced.com/en/main.php?action=showcat&catid=07
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    Zakaat

    Was reading about zakaat and realized that almost in every aayah in the Qur'an zakaat is stated as a command right after salaat. I just felt that nowadays ppl are starting to forget its importance. So was just wondering if im right or wrong. Please be honest
  5. Remembrance & Prayer The Way of the Prophet Muhammad By Muhammad Al-Ghazali Translated by Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo I loved the supplications mentioned in this book eventhough they were in English. I can only imagine how profound these supplications must be in arabic subhanAllah. Insha Allah ta'Ala, I'll try posting some of them every once in a while Ali ibn Abi Talib radiAllahu 'anhu related: And when he assumed the ruku' (the bowing) position, he would say: 'O My Lord, for You I have bowed down, and committed myself. My ears, my eyes, my marrow, my bones and my sinews have humbled themselves before You.' When he raised his head from the ruku' position he would say: 'May Allah listen to those who praise Him. Our Lord, may Your praises fill the heavens, and fill the earth, and fill everything between them, and fill whatever else remains to be filled after that.' When he assumed the sajdah position (prostrating himself) he would say: 'Our Lord, for You I have made sajdah, and in You I have placed my faith, and to You I have committed myself. My face lies prostrated before the One who created it, and fashioned it, and opened within it its sense of hearing and its sight. Blessed be Allah, the Best of Creators.' (Ahmed, Muslim, Abu Da'ud, Tirmidhi)
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    Tahajjud

    I was listening to a lecture by Muhammad Alshareef. SubhanAllah he mentioned something that was to really think about. Often times you will see non-Muslims having parties that last all night long until 4 to 5 am…. even longer maybe. These ppl indulge themselves with music alcohol and all sorts of other haraam actions. Do you see them complaining throughout that night? They happily and actively, wide awake, do what they have to do to please shaytaan. These ppl are up all night, doing whatever shaytaan wants them to do. And they do it open heartedly. These non-Muslims can stay up all night pleasing Shaytaan and we Muslims can barely sacrifice one or two hours of our night pleasing Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala), the One who truly deserves this worship! For the ones who can do this, masha Allah whomever you may be, I pray that you get an amazing reward for doing such an action. For the ones who can’t stay up for Qiyamul lail its time for us to wake up! We should be ashamed of ourselves. If the kuffars can stay up all night, why cant we??? We Muslims are the ones who are supposed to sacrifice our sleep. We Muslims are the ones who are supposed to fight laziness to the core. Are we doing that? Are we proving ourselves as Muslims? Why are the kuffars doing a better job than us when it comes to staying up during the night when everyone else is sleeping? Why are they able to fight that laziness and we’re not? The kuffars know exactly what are the worldly consequences for staying up all night worshipping shaytaan by commiting are sorts of sinful actions yet they don’t care now do they? One gets laid while he/she is completely drunk then regrets it the next morning. The other has a horrible hang-over the next morning that causes him/her to sit next to the toilet bowl for the first few hours of the morning….so on and so forth. Then the worst….these ppl get the real punishment which is the anger of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala). What do we get? The night spent in the worship of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) firstly strengthens our ability to fight laziness and sleep. It makes you feel awesome from the inside. Like Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says in the Qur’an “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah, do hearts find rest” [surah Ar-Ra’d/28]. And that is something undeniable. I can’t really think of any worldly benefit. It’s more spiritual if u ask me…but hey…we as Muslims are here for a reason…and this act is what keeps us in constant remembrance of Allah (subhaahu wa ta’ala), which in turn reminds us of the purpose of life and the hereafter. So I guess it is a worldly benefit. We learn to be responsible and understanding. Qiyamul lail teaches us sacrifice. Anyway the list goes on and on but most importantly….we’re pleasing our Master (‘azza wa jal)!! What could be more awesome then that. Just the thought of it should please us. (…) but the greatest bliss is the good pleasure of Allah: This is the supreme felicity. Qur'an [surah At-Taubah /72]
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    Slander

    The following is the revelation that was sent down for A’isha (radiyAllahu ‘anha). For the ones that are not familiar with this story, its about the time when she was falsely accused of an action which caused Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) to send down a revelation to the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) in order to prove her innocence and warn others of the danger behind slandering and believing those lies. For the ones who want to read the entire story they can refer to Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol 6, book 60, hadith 274 Those who brought forward the lie are a body among yourselves: think it not to be an evil to you; On the contrary it is good for you: to every man among them (will come the punishment) of the sin that he earned, and to him who took on himself the lead among them, will be a penalty grievous. “Why did not the believers - men and women - when ye heard of the affair,- put the best construction on it in their own minds and say, "This (charge) is an obvious lie" ? Why did they not bring four witnesses to prove it? When they have not brought the witnesses, such men, in the sight of God, (stand forth) themselves as liars! Were it not for the grace and mercy of God on you, in this world and the Hereafter, a grievous penalty would have seized you in that ye rushed glibly in to this affair. Behold, ye received it on your tongues, and said out of your mouths things of which ye had no knowledge; and ye thought it to be a light matter, while it was most serious in the sight of God. And why did ye not, when ye heard it, say? - "It is not right of us to speak of this: Glory to thee (Our Lord) this is a most serious slander!" God doth admonish you, that ye may never repeat such (conduct), if ye are (true) Believers. And God makes the Signs plain to you: for God is full of knowledge and wisdom. Those who love (to see) scandal published broadcast among the Believers, will have a grievous Penalty in this life and in the Hereafter: God knows, and ye know not. Were it not for the grace and mercy of God on you, and that God is full of kindness and mercy, (ye would be ruined indeed). (surah An-Nur/ 11-20) Doesn’t this incident sound very familiar? Slander is something so common nowadays. Whats sad is that a lot of us will end up believing whatever we hear. Maybe we might not go around and speak about it to others, but just the fact that we believe something without any proof….without the witnesses, that’s bad enough. As true believers, when we hear such things, we should defend the person if there is no proof to it. We should know that we are not the ones to judge, only Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is the real Judge. A’isha’s (radiyAllahu ‘anha) story was sent as an example so we could understand and follow it. The fact that even the Prophet (sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had doubt, shows that its human nature, but that’s why Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) revealed this so we can know that only He knows the truth so we shouldn’t try to assume anything. Before marrying a person for example, a lot of ppl will enquire about the person they are about to get married or about the person they want to get married to. The minute they hear something bad about that person or some story that was nothing but rumour, they will automatically assume the worst of the person and will run away and look for someone "better". How many would turn to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) in that situation so they could get guidance from the One who is All-Knowing instead of just findind someone else? How many ppl would give the person the benefit of the doubt and give it some time so they could be shown the right way by Allah (Subahanhu wa ta'ala) Anyway I could go on forever but basically yeah... next time you hear something about someone, say Allahu alam and leave it there. Don’t start doubting, don’t start being suspicious and don’t start having ideas and assumptions. ALLAHU ALAM! Once again, this is a reminder to myself first and then to others.
  8. I took out a part of the article because it was major gheeba in my opinion. ========================================================================= [Muslims must boycott the TV series "The Little Mosque on the Prairies" and here is why:] The other night I received a phone call: "Br. Meer, are you watching the TV? There is something you need to watch, I just happened to be flipping channels and I saw this horrible thing.." - the caller then gave me the channel number and said "Please watch it quickly before it ends". It is not unusual for me to get phone calls like this. As a freelance writer, my readers let me know if there was a debate or a documentary worth watching, which I appreciated. I asked him "Tell me quickly what is it about?" He said "The Imam is vulgar! The Little Mosque on the Prairie imam! Watch it! Be quick!" and, he hung up. I turned on the TV right away and tuned in to the channel he had mentioned. There was Zaib Shaikh, the chap who acts as the imam in the CBC series, "The Little Mosque on the Prairie", but this time, he was not in a mosque, quoting Qur'an, but in what looked like a smoke filled, bawdy house, with other happy men, uttering profanities, one four letter word after another, and sipping beer. Then I froze in my chair, after what I saw next. Two other happy men stripped and started performing vulgar sexual acts on Zaib Shaikh whose naked upper torso was gyrating in some kind of an ecstasy. Later I realized, it was an "R" rated happy / lesbian TV series. That's all I could take. In disgust I turned off the TV. When the "Little Mosque on the Prairies" series began, many of my readers had written to me to find out my views on it. I had only seen a few episodes and frankly, while it is good to be able to laugh at ourselves once in a way, I thought there was nothing much in it which was going to boost the image of Muslims. So, I simply wrote : "Today, when Muslims are reeling under so many Islamophobic attacks daily, this is just a non-life threatening stab on our sides". That is, until, I had the misfortune of seeing the so called "imam", playing such a disgusting, vulgar role which would be revolting not only to Muslims, but to any family oriented respectable Christian, Jew, Hindu or a Sikh as well. For those of us, in whose mind, the image of Zaib Shaikh was a 'former lawyer, turned imam', finding out his roots were in vulgar sleazy, happy skinflicks, was not only heart-breaking, but quite an insult as well. If the CBC really wanted to hurt the pride of Muslims and their honour, it couldn't have found a worse character than Shaikh, as, I am sure there are many decent Muslims who could have been chosen to play this role. The woman behind this series, Zarqa Nawaz, was apparently the one who invited Shaikh to play the role of the imam. Obviously, she must have known he was an actor and what kind of a morally sordid actor he was. Having watched her previous 'documentary' - "Me and the Mosque"- in which she was attempting to create a problem out of a non-issue, portraying Muslim men as mindless overlords and anti-women, a problem otherwise typical to the Muslim society only, (despite the fact that, in other societies women are treated sex-slaves, and servile, and are murdered by the millions each year), making a mountain out of a mole hill, a story which would have pleased those who loved watching and hearing negative stories about Muslims, especially the media, and obviously the CBC had fallen for her ideas and provided the parasite the nourishment it needed. Sadly, many Muslim countries are now going to show this obnoxious character portrayed as an 'Imam" by purchasing rights to show the series in their countries. This is quite normal, as Muslims have stopped thinking centuries ago. They bow slavishly to every thing of Western origin, they do no research of their own, and they are willing victims, and I frankly think they deserve the daily insults which they suffer. The Jews wouldn't have tolerated such a third class vulgar character being portrayed as a rabbi, and, for sure the Hindus and Sikhs would have put a stop in their own ways. The foolish Muslims are paying money to watch the most precious image of an imam, being trashed and dishonoured. Dear Reader: If you are a sincere Muslim with taqwa, love of Allah and His Prophet and fearful of the Day of Judgement, consider this as a duty and obligation upon you: Post this article on every Muslim e-group to which you subscribe, take copies of this and distribute at mosques, and at any other gatherings of Muslims, give copies to the imams ask them to deliver a khutbah advising Muslims to boycott this series. Let us show our aversion in a dignified and civilized manner. Engr. Meer Sahib
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    Muslim Models

    Interesting article. I think if Muslim women want to do modelling, they're responsible for their actions...but not right to go around saying that its alright in Islam to expose your body and that there's nothing wrong with it Islamically edit: AWRAH WARNING
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    Good times

    Hey there les amis, assalamu 'alaikum wa rahmatullah, soooooo, white-rose asked me just a few hours ago why i stopped posting on MM? I had completely or maybe partially forgotten about these forums. Thought i'd visit them for a bit. It's beena while. I feel like a stranger yet once again on these forums. So what did i miss?? Looks like nothing...and hamzah you still haven't posted any new article! Asma p.s., Most of you probably don't even know who i am
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    Good times

    Oh wow someone remembers me alhamdulillah. Awesome...now 1 down, 4000 more to go
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    Homesexuality And Islam

    Within the past year only, i've met way too many homosexuals. meeting such people did change my view to a certain level. It made me understand things in a bit of different way. It's a taboo in the Muslim communities but alhamdulillah it's starting to be discussed more often than not. Read the following, along with the comments. http://muslimmatters.org/2009/04/13/dealing-with-homosexual-urges/
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    New board changes 3.0

    Ye kiya ho raha hai?!?
  14. well well look who's coming back to montreal!

  15. hey hey wa'alaikum assalam! u still remember me? hehe

    I'm awesome alhamdulillah..just ding last min school work. how about u. Hows the little one doing?

  16. What happened to your good old monthly articles beta? And what hapened to these forums....there's more bakwaas than ever before. I'm such a pessimist :o

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    True colours

    Wow, what have these forums turned into over the years... Big change
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    NHL '09

    The habs miraculously made it to the playoffs...? Gotta love them for their spontaneity.
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    The Dehijabization Phenomenon

    one sin doesn't justify another. If you think that you're committing major sins, then it does not make it any more acceptable to dismiss the act of wearing the hijab. One of the things that stuck to me the most from AlMaghrib's tazkiyah class is that Allah ta'Ala doesn't tell you not to follow shaytaan. Allah ta'Ala tells you not to follow the footsteps of shaytaan. Thinking that you're not ready for the hijab because you are doing many other things that are considered inappropriate for the one who wears hijab is, in my opionion, a trick of shaytaan. Lilmonsta, you said it well. At the end of the day, it's not about what you should or should not do as a mahajjaba, rather it's about what you should or should not do as a Muslima. I really believe that when you take that step closer to Allah, Allah will come closer to you and make your path easier. Of course with it comes responsiblity...but life is always full of responsiblities and there's no way to run away from that. And Allah knows best
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    How NOT to be a Two-face

    r-z makes a good point. What's the definition of being two faced? When you say two faced, do you consider that person to be a hypocrite? Is being two faced always bad? I cant seem to find the exact source but if you can find it, read up on the story of Handala (sp?) who told the Prophet sal Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam that he had turned into a hypocrite because when he was wit the Prophet and the companions at the masjid he acted differently than he did when he was at home with his family. However, the Prophet sal Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam didn't condemn him as a hypocrite for that and din't tell him that what he was doing was wrong nor was he given advice on how he could change that. There is a time for everything. Our personlaities change depending the people we are with. I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing. For example, there are certain people with whom i can talk to openly about anything and i'm not afraid to tell them what i think, while there are others in front of whom i tend to stay quiet. The first person might think that i'm very outgoing and outspoken while the second one might think that i'm extremely shy and quiet. I just develop different personalities with different people depending on my level of comfort when being with them. I don't consider it wrong. If one is sinning when with one person, and is being pious when in the company of another, then i don't believe the goal should be to get rid of the two facedness. The goal should be to stop sinning altogether. Building the concept of Al-Muraqqaba within ourselves is a good way to ensure there is somewhat of a consistncy in our actions.
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    good cake?

    Ok i have a regular cake mix and i need to make something good within two hours. So how can i make my regular vanilla cake look good and taste awesome? Oooh and i don't have cake icing but i do have fruits...
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    The cute things that kids say...

    I had boxes of Jello of different fruit flavours so i started playing a guessing game with two 4 year olds. The first one smelled the box and said it was strawberry. The other looked at the box and said "No, it's apples-on-a-stick flavour!"
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    good cake?

    ^ I ended up making nothing. I spend too much time brain stormig and then never actually follow up wih my ideas
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    5 cent candies

    ahaha only u could come up with topics like these...you and a few other MMers answer to ur question...fuzzy peaches
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    ummahfilms

    http://ummahfilms.blogspot.com/ i don't know if its alreayd been posted before...nevertheless, enjoy
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