Allah says “When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me”. [Surah al-Baqarah/02, v:186] Du‘ā or supplication or invocation, is an essential part of the faith, as all Muslims would agree. However, a large number of Muslims do not seem to realise the full significance of du‘ā and the necessity for a believer to call unto Allah as often as … [Read more...]
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Most men have a hard time understanding women. Even a woman they’ve been married to for years. One minute she’s perfectly fine, the next, she’s crying like a baby. She complains about something but when we offer advice on how to fix it, she still isn’t satisfied. After several years of marriage (and counseling) we should learn to not worry so much about what the wife says. Instead, we should worry about what she doesn’t say. 1. Above … [Read more...]
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Eid was nearing and I felt it was necessary to get my Mother a new Abaya(Cloak or Jilbab)as her other Abayas were frail and worn out. I stopped by on Saturday morning and told my mum to come along as I have a surprise for her. I don't normally like to go shopping and I'm not a patient person, but we set off for the mall together. We visited nearly every Islamic Clothing Store that carried ladies' Abayas, and my mother tried on many. We were so … [Read more...]
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So remarkable is this incident that it has always had an inspirational impact on all those that ever came to hear of it. The story is of Umme Sulaym (radhiallahu anha) – the mother of Hazrat Anas (radhiallahu anhu) the blessed companion who served the holy Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam) for ten years in Madinah Munawwarah. After the death of her first husband Umme Sulaym (radhiallahu anha)remained a widow for some time to devote herself … [Read more...]
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Peer Pressure By Khalid Baig What will the people say? Will they approve of it? Will they laugh at it? It seems that such concerns influence our actions --especially our public conduct-- more than anything else. Social pressure is a powerful force. It works by appealing to our desire not to be insulted, ridiculed, or criticized. In a righteous society it could also be a force for good, as some people will avoid a bad name more than they … [Read more...]
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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...]