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Jazakum Allahu khair! August 7, 2008

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Bismillah. Alhamdulillah. Was-salatu was-salamu ala Rasulillah.

The purpose of this blog was to get myself and others closer to Allah. If you have benefitted, then alhamdulillah, and let’s pray that Allah keeps us sincere to Him. A few closing remarks..

I remind myself and my brothers and sisters in Islam that we have duties to fulfill towards Allah (al-fara’id: obligatory duties), worshipping Him in sincerity. Let’s maintain our 5 daily prayers and our other obligations to Allah. We ask Allah to give us sabr to maintain consistency and to forgive us for our shortcomings. Also, I advice myself and you to maintain a normal schedule for ibaadaat (acts of worship), however small they may be, in order to get closer to Allah and gain knowledge of His deen. For example, 30 minutes before every Asr prayer, you will read 1/2 juz of the Qur’an or it’s translation, or you will read a few pages of Riyadus Saliheen and the translation.

Next, I would like to encourage myself and you to make the following du’a everyday after Fajr, as a reminder and asking for Allah’s assistance in this:

“O Allah! I ask You for knowledge which is beneficial and sustenance (rizq) which is good (tayyib; pure), and deeds which are acceptable.”

If a person were to memorize 1000 ahadith and not strive to act upon the knowledge gained, or if a person were to pray 1000 nawafil and not strive to have sincerity of intention, then these would be a source of regret on the Day of Judgement. Even the 40 ahadith of Imam an-Nawawi (ra) contain sufficient enough advice to benefit from. We will have shortcomings, but we ask Allah to keep us sincere and always trying to better ourselves.

Also, we should seek help from Allah with salatul-istikharah for important decisions we want to make, and if things get tough in life or we come across a difficulty to say the following du’a, continue to work hard and put our trust in Allah’s plan as long as we fulfill our duties towards Him:

“To Allah we belong and unto Him is our return. O Allah, recompense me for my affliction and replace it for me with something better.”

And Allah has promised to replace it with something better.

Also, in addition to fulfilling the rights towards Allah (and the rights that our body has on us, e.g. to keep ourselves healthy and strong), we should remember to have good akhlaq/character/behavior towards other people (i.e. the creation of Allah) and we will be accountable on the Day of Judgement with regards to our behavior with others. And I want to take this time to ask forgiveness for any wrongs I’ve done or said.

It really and truly scares me to be giving this advice because I am aware of my many shortcomings, but I hope we can be a support for each other to act upon the good and refrain from evil. And once a teacher and friend of mine told me: “The best way to learn is to teach.” Therefore, at times we’re not the best to give the advice, but it pushes us to improve ourselves.

Be a benefit to Islam through whatever service you can contribute. You don’t have to be a carbon copy of another, sit and think about what you can do and who you can reach out to. Give da’wah and be patient, as Luqman advised his son:

“O my son, establish prayer, enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong, and be patient over what befalls you. Indeed, [all] that is of the matters [requiring] determination.”
[Luqman: 17]

I just wanna say jazakum Allahu khair to all the viewers for the past few months. There will be no regular posts for now.. stay tuned for future productions.. until next time, inshaAllah! And Ramadan Mubarak to you, inshaAllah!

Wa sallAllahu ala sayyidinaa Muhammad wa ala aalihi wa sahbihi wa sallam.

Your brother in Islam,
Khalil ibn Ibrahim

Upcoming AlMaghrib Classes (NJ & NY) August 7, 2008

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Qabeelat Durbah (NJ) Presents:

Seerah: The Shephard’s Path

October 10-12 & 17-19, 2008
Fridays: 7pm-10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am-7pm

Qabeelat Tayybah (NY) Presents:

Torch Bearers: Scholars of Islam

October 31 – November 2, 2008
Fridays: 7pm-10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am-7pm

The Secret of Happiness August 7, 2008

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So important is the concept of ‘happiness’ in our lives that many people – even dating back to the days of the Greek philosophers – considered its pursuit to be the very purpose of existence.

Indeed, the Qur’an itself speaks of happiness as being one of the rewards of those whom Allah chooses to admit to Paradise. He says of the martyrs in Aal-’Imraan, verse 170,

فَرِحِينَ بِمَا آَتَاهُمُ اللَّهُ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ
They rejoice in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His Bounty

And of the reward of the pious believers [al-Insaan, verse 11],

فَوَقَاهُمُ اللَّهُ شَرَّ ذَلِكَ الْيَوْمِ وَلَقَّاهُمْ نَضْرَةً وَسُرُورًا
So, Allah saved them from the evil of that Day and gave them a light of beauty and joy.

What becomes immediately apparent upon reading the Arabic text (but once again obscured in the translation) is that two very different words have been used to convey the idea of happiness: فَرِحِينَ fariheena, which is conjugated from the noun فَرَح farah, and سُرُور suroor, and this is prevalent throughout the Qur’an. This is because there are two very different types of happiness being referred to.

فَرَح farah generally refers to transitory delights or pleasures, as is the case in bodily or worldly pleasure. For this reason, most times that فَرَح farah appears in the Qur’an, it is being censured, as in the story of Qarun [al-Qasas, verse 76],

إِنَّ اللهَ لا يُحِبُّ الَفِرحِينَ
Indeed, Allaah does not like the fariheen

But when the source of the farah is specified in the Qur’an, as in the verse from Aal-’Imraan mentioned above, the meaning becomes restricted (muqayyad) and it is no longer censured.

But perhaps a greater distinction between the two lies in the manifestation of the happiness. Whereas the expression of farah is external and with clear outward signs, suroor refers to the expansion of one’s heart with delight or pleasure wherein is quiet or tranquility, and as such it has no external sign. This is indicated by the root from which the word stems – س ر seen raa’ – the same root as the word سرّ sirr, or secret. So suroor is a secret happiness, known to one’s heart but not always seen by others, as Ibn ‘Abbas said in reference to the above verse from al-Insaan, “The نضرة nadrah is on their faces, and the سرور suroor is in their hearts.”

Such distinctions exemplify yet another example in which the translation fails and the original prevails.

Source: Arabic Gems

Surah al-Insan – Mishary Rashid August 7, 2008

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And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive, [Saying], “We feed you only for the countenance of Allah . We wish not from you reward or gratitude. Indeed, We fear from our Lord a Day austere and distressful.”

So Allah will protect them from the evil of that Day and give them radiance and happiness.

[Insan: 8-11]

Shaykh Bin Baz – “This man did not belong to this century!” August 4, 2008

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Courtesy of www.studentofislam.com

In a unique evening session, Shaykh Waleed Basyouni discussed the life of one of his greatest teachers, the late Shaykh Bin Baz. Personally, I often learn more from the adab and personal lives of scholars and people of knowledge than their books and formal lectures. And so this session was for me. Lasting well into the night and chock full of personal stories, anecdotes and personal details, Shaykh Waleed gave a perspective of the shaykh that can never be obtained from reading about him nor reading his books and listening to his lectures.

My intent here is not to present the notes in there entirety, but I was struck by a number of things about the esteemed late Shaykh. I shall share two here.

1. His attachment with the people:

Known as “Samaahatul Waalid” (Dear Father) among the people, he was a person who belonged to the common people and treated those around him with great care and concern. He rarely dined alone, and for 30 years of his life he established an open-house policy during lunch time: his door was open to all to dine with him, and so you would find scholars, students of knowledge, government officials and janitors sitting side by side eating lunch in his house. Ordinary people were known to come up to him and complaint to him, including women. He would receive letters from all over the world from common people as well as dignitaries, and he would try to answer each one, often sending help and monitary assistance.

2. His concern for the global Islamic movement and affairs of the ummah:

He was truly a global personality and has a significant role and hand in Islamic work and dawah all over the world. He invited scholars and dignitaries from all over the globe and hosted them, even those he disagreed with. He graciously hosted Shaykh al-Sha’rawi from Egypt in 1972 and introduced him and praised him. He had close, positive interactions with others, including Allamah Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the late Shaykh Muhammad al-Ghazali , Shaykh Tantawi and others. He was among those who invited the late Syed Maududi to serve on the Advisory Committee which prepared the scheme for the establishment of the Islamic University of Madinah and placed him on its Academic Council ever since the inception of the University in 1962.

He once approached one of his students Shaykh Abdullah Gu‘ud with a sealed letter and a plane ticket, telling him “You are going to Pakistan.” He was to deliver this letter to the president of Pakistan, none other than the late general Zia ul-Haque. Shaykh Abdullah, unaware of the contents, arrived in Pakistan, where General Zia was expecting him. The general read the letter and said, “Give our greetings to Shaykh Bin Baz and tell him that inshallah he will hear what he loves.” Shaykh Abdullah came back and informed Bin Baz, who thanked him and said, “Perhaps Allah will bring some good through you.” A few days later, Bin Baz approached him again, this time elated, rejoicing and thanking Allah repeatedly while saying, “Allah has indeed brought immense good through you, Shaykh Abdullah.” He then informed him that the letter was a personal request to General Zia to intercede with the president of Turkey to release Najmuddin Erbakan, the architect of the Islamic movement in Turkey, from prison and impending execution. Erbakan was released.

Shaykh Bin Baz had a keen awareness and concern for the affairs of the ummah. He had a great role in assisting the Afghan resistance against the Soviet invasion, helping the people of Bosnia, Kosova, Kashmir, Africa and everywhere else Muslims were suffering. Contrary to what is generally attributed to him, even during the Iran-Iraq War, he personally appealed to the leaders of both countries to end the war. He had a letter drafted for this purpose by none other than Shaykh Taha Jabir Alwani.

This was the esteemed Allamah Ibn Baz, a true scholar of and for the ummah. His janazah was performed in the Haram and in absentia throughout the world in every major masjid, making him perhaps the only person in our entire history to have as many people pray for him.

Unfortunately, some cultish, sectarian groups have hijacked his name for their narrow, limited agenda, but the life of the Shaykh is too expansive and free from that. He was a man who lived for and left an impression on the entire ummah. In the words of Shaykh Qaradawi : “If I were to change my opinions for any man, it would be for Ibn Baz,” and the late Shaykh al-Albani: “If anyone is a muhaddith, it is Shaykh Ibn Baz.” Shaykh Waleed himself narrated that he heard the late Shaykh Abdurrazak al-‘Afeefy say about him, “This man did not belong to this century!”

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Surah Ale ‘Imran – Mishary Rashid August 4, 2008

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1:18:45

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They receive good tidings of favor from Allah and bounty and [of the fact] that Allah does not allow the reward of believers to be lost – Those [believers] who responded to Allah and the Messenger after injury had struck them. For those who did good among them and feared Allah is a great reward –

Those to whom hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, “Sufficient for us is Allah , and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.” So they returned with favor from Allah and bounty, no harm having touched them. And they pursued the pleasure of Allah , and Allah is the possessor of great bounty.

That is only Satan who frightens [you] of his supporters. So fear them not, but fear Me, if you are [indeed] believers.

[Ale ‘Imran: 171-175]

Increasing Faith – Shaykh Bin Baz August 4, 2008

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Question: I begin my question by seeking your advice that I may benefit from you with regards to how I may increase my eemaan (faith?)…

Answer: We advise you to recite the Qur’aan frequently and that you increase in your hearing of it and in your recitation of it. Reflect and consider its meaning to the best of your ability and what you do not understand of it, then ask the people of knowledge of your country about it, or write to those outside of your country from the Scholars of Sunnah (Prophetic guidance).

We also advise you to increase in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah with such remembrances and supplications that are authentically related, such as saying laa ilaaha illallaah (that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah), or saying subhaanallaah wal-hamdulillaah wa laa ilaha illallaahu wallaahu akbar (declaring Allaah free from all imperfections, praising Him and declaring that none has the right to be worshipped except Him and that He is greater), and their like. For this purpose, we urge you to refer to books such as al-Kalimut-Tayyib of Ibn Taymiyyah, al-Waabilus-Sayyib of Ibn al-Qayyim, Riyaadhus-Saaliheen and al-Adhkaar both by Imaam an-Nawawee, and their like. This is because the remembrance of Allaah increases eemaan (faith) and causes hearts to attain tranquility, as Allaah – the Most High – said: “Indeed in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find tranquility.” [Soorah ar-Ra`d 13:28].

Also preserve your five daily Prayers, your Fasting and the rest of your obligations – along with hoping in Allaah’s mercy and forgiveness and relying upon Him in all your affairs. Allaah – the Most High – said: “The Believers are only those who, when Allaah is mentioned, feel a fear in the hearts, and when His Verses are recited to them, it increases their eemaan (faith), and they put their trust and rely upon Allaah alone. They are those who perform the Prayer and spend out of that which We have given them, they are Believers in truth. For them are grades of dignity and nobility with their Lord, and also forgiveness and generous provisions.” [Soorah al-Anfaal 8:2-4]

Fataawaa Lajnatud-Daa’imah lil-Buhoothul `Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa, 3/185-187
Al-Istiqaamah Newsletter, Issue No. 2, Safar 1417
Call to Islam, UK

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Poetry (VI) – The Forty Nawawi Hadiths August 1, 2008

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The Forty Nawawi Hadiths (The Matn)
by Ammar, Ameer Qabeelat Tayybah (NY)

1 Know that all actions are by intentions
2 And the deen was taught by angelic interventions
3 Islam is built on five pillars of might
4 And the angels in our mother’s wombs did write
5 The deen rejects all types of innovation
6 And the heart is the limbs temptation or salvation
7 The religion is based all on advice sincere
8 And the sanctity of a Muslims blood is severe
9 We don’t ask about that which is obscure
10 And Allah only accepts that which is pure

11 We leave things that are doubtful and suspect
12 And things that don’t concern us, we don’t inspect
13 And to love for you, what I would love for me
14 And blood to never be spilt, except for three
15 And to speak only good, if not, then refrain
16 Anger is from the heat of hell, avoid its flames
17 Everything is to be done in an excellent fashion
18 Fear Allah everywhere, treat people with compassion
19 Everything that happens is only by Allahs permission
20 Hayaa was forever written, as every prophets vision

21 Believe in Allah and be steadfast
22 Perform halal, avoid haram, pray, and fast
23 Purification is equal to one half of our Iman,
24 And oppression was forbidden to Allah and man,
25 Everyone has something they can give in charity
26 Even picking up litter, a selfless rarity
27 sin is what makes your heart feel resistance and unease
28 Upon us is the Sunnah, in times of difference and disease
29 The tongue is the most common catalyst to the fire
30 About those things kept silent, we should not inquire

31 Show indifference to the world, you shall be of the Zuhaad,
32 There’s no initiating harm, or reciprocating harm to add,
33 Evidence is to be brought forth by the accuser,
34 And who sees munkar, must be its remover
35 Be the servents of Allah, all together as brothers
36 Allah is in your service, so long as you are for each other
37 And every good deed Allah takes and multiplies
38 And He is for His awliya, their hearing, hands and eyes
39 He has forgiven us duress, mistakes and what we forget
40 We are strangers in this world, don’t settle just yet

41 Perfection occurs, when passions fall in line with the Divine
42 And Allah will forgive all sins, and He will not mind

Surah Yusuf – Mahmood Khalil al-Husary August 1, 2008

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(57:09)

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“And I have followed the religion of my fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And it was not for us to associate anything with Allah. That is from the favor of Allah upon us and upon the people, but most of the people are not grateful.”

[Yusuf: 38]

Tajweed Podcast in English August 1, 2008

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MashaAllah, pretty cool website..

http://tajweedinenglish.com/