I love this poem by Saudi Arabian poet, Abdul Rahman al-Ashmāwi. His poems make me weep. When I first read the poem and when I came to the part where the moon says "و قال أتعني الرّسول الكريم؟ ، أتعني الصّدّيق، أتعني عمر؟" - "Do you mean tales of the gracious Prophet, Do you mean as-Siddique (Abu Bakr) or do you mean 'Umar?", my heart skipped a beat and the tears began to flow as I read on. This is … [Read more...]
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I asked my 8 year old students who knew the meaning of the word "simplicity", as we were doing a seerah lesson (describing the character of Muhammad- Rasoolullah (Sallallahu 'Alayhi wa Sallam). None of the children knew what it meant. Being one of the qualities of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu 'Alayhi wa Sallam), they thought it meant kind or helpful. Some said it mean to be a king. When I explained the meaning, their eyes widened in shock and … [Read more...]
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A man once came to Imām Ahmad bin Hanbal and asked him, “O Imām, what is your opinion on poetry?” He replied, “Which poetry is this?” to which the man responded by reciting the following couplets: إذا ما قال لي ربي اما استحييت تعصيني If my Lord asks me, “Have you shyness in disobeying me? وتخفي الذنب عن خلقي وبالعصيان تأتيني You conceal your sins from my creation … [Read more...]
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Our first term break has ended and it's back to work. Winter is fast approaching here in SA. You can feel the chill in the mornings and in the evenings. Hats off to those who wake for their Qiyaamul-Layl each day. May Allah keep us steadfast on our fardh and nafl salaah. We take so much for granted with regards of freedom of religion and expression in this country. It is really a bounty to be able to spread your religion without any one hampering … [Read more...]