I've gone for college......I hope to go to Jannah.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When a man says something, then glances left or right, his words are a confidence to be kept.” [Hasan hadith. Tirmidhi]

Imam Nahlawi says: “Telling a secret means to inform others of a remark, action, or state which one learns of from someone who wants it to remain hidden, whether it be good or bad. This is hurting him, and hurting others is unlawful.”

“Whenever people meet, it is obligatory to keep secret any act that occurs, any word spoken, or any state attributable to someone, when these concern something one would normally wish to remain confidential.” [al-Durar al-Mubaha fi al-Hazr al-Ibaha, quoted in “Reliance of the Traveller” by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri]

In Islam, there is no need to tell a Muslim 'Promise you won't tell'. It becomes a duty in front of Allah (SWT) to maintain the secret once it is evident that the speaker does not want it to be shared with anyone else. You should only share the secret if concealing it hurts the rights of someone that Allah (SWT) gave them.

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “My entire nation is safe, except al-Mujahirin (those who boast of their sins). Among the Mujaharah is that a man commits an (evil) act, and wakes up in the morning while Allah has kept his (sin) a secret, he says: “O so- and-so! Last night I did this and that.” He goes to sleep while Allah has kept his (sin) a secret but he wakes up in the morning and uncovers what Allah has kept a secret!” [Saheeh al-Bukhari]

If you become aware of another's flaws, keep it a secret. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “He, who relieves a hardship of this Dunya (world) for a believer, Allah will relieve (from him) a hardship of the Day of Resurrection; he who makes easy an indebted person, Allah will make it easy for him in the Dunya and the Hereafter; he who covers a Muslim (meaning his mistakes and shortcomings), Allah will cover him in the Dunya and the Hereafter …” [Sahih Muslim]

Friday, December 17, 2010

"I don't smoke but I keep a match box in my pocket. When my heart slips towards a sin, I burn a match stick and heat my palm. Then I say to myself, 'Ali', you can't even bear this heat, how would you bear the unbearable heat of hell?" - Muhammad Ali

May Allah bless him with jannah. Ameen!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

70 Sins You Should Never Do

01. Associating anything with Allah
02. Murder
03. Practising magic
04. Not Praying
05. Not paying Zakat
06. Not fasting on a Day of Ramadan without excuse
07. Not performing Hajj, while being able to do so
08. Disrespect to parents
09. Abandoning relatives
10. Fornication and Adultery
11. Homosexuality(sodomy)
12. Interest(Riba)
13. Wrongfully consuming the property of an orphan
14. Lying about Allah and His Messenger
15. Running away from the battlefield
16. A leader's deceiving his people and being unjust to them
17. Pride and arrogance
18. Bearing false witness
19. Drinking Khamr (wine)
20. Gambling
21. Slandering chaste women
22. Stealing from the spoils of war
23. Stealing
24. Highway Robbery
25. Taking false oath
26. Oppression
27. Illegal gain
28. Consuming wealth acquired unlawfully
29. Committing suicide
30. Frequent lying
31. Judging unjustly
32. Giving and Accepting bribes
33. Woman's imitating man and man's imitating woman
34. Being cuckold
35. Marrying a divorced woman in order to make her lawful for the husband
36. Not protecting oneself from urine
37. Showing-off
38. Learning knowledge of the religion for the sake of this world and concealing that knowledge
39. Bertrayal of trust
40. Recounting favours
41. Denying Allah's Decree
42. Listening (to) people's private conversations
43. Carrying tales
44. Cursing
45. Breaking contracts
46. Believing in fortune-tellers and astrologers
47. A woman's bad conduct towards her husband
48. Making statues and pictures
49. Lamenting, wailing, tearing the clothing, and doing other things of this sort when an affliction befalls
50. Treating others unjustly
51. Overbearing conduct toward the wife, the servant, the weak, and animals
52. Offending one's neighbour
53. Offending and abusing Muslims
54. Offending people and having an arrogant attitude toward them
55. Trailing one's garment in pride
56. Men's wearing silk and gold
57. A slave's running away from his master
58. Slaughtering an animal which has been dedicated to anyone other than Allah
59. To knowingly ascribe one's paternity to a father other than one's own
60. Arguing and disputing violently
61. Witholding excess water
62. Giving short weight or measure
63. Feeling secure from Allah's Plan
64. Offending Allah's righteous friends
65. Not praying in congregation but praying alone without an excuse
66. Persistently missing Friday Prayers without any excuse
67. Unsurping the rights of the heir through bequests
68. Deceiving and plotting evil
69. Spying for the enemy of the Muslims
70. Cursing or insulting any of the Companiions of Allah's Messenger

Monday, December 13, 2010

Abdullaah ibn Abbaas (RA) said, “do not sit with the people of innovation, for verily their sittings are a sickness for the hearts” [ash-Sharee'ah pg 65 of al-Aajurree (d.360)]

Mu’aadh bin Jabal (RA) used to say, whenever he sat in a circle of knowledge, “and I warn you of what is innovated, for all that is innovated is misguidance” [ash-Sharee'ah pg.55, also Abu Dawood with similar wording]

Abdullaah ibn Mas’ud (RA) said, “follow the sunnah of Muhammad and do not innovate, for what you have been commanded is enough for you.” [ad-Daarimee]

Hudhayfah bin al-Yaman said, “every act of worship that the Companions did not do, do not do it” [Abu Dawood]

Beware of made up duaas because while they have blessings, if you say them all the time instead of, say, the athkar that the prophet (S) said every day and night, you are missing out on far better blessings and forgetting the sunnah.
Ibn al-Mubarak said: I have seen wrong actions killing hearts, and their degradation may lead to their bcoming addicted to them. Turning away from wrong actions gives life to the hearts, And opposing your self is best for it.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

13 tips to memorize the Qur'an

Realize that memorizing the Qur'an is a spiritual and physical project. It's a miracle and blessing from Allah that we are able to memorize the Qur'an. If we want to take advantage of this blessing, we should be in a position to receive it. Therefore, let's strive physically to achieve it and spiritually to get the maximum benefit. Here are 13 tips for memorizing the Qur'an

1. Sincerity
The first matter we must pay attention to is our intention. If we intend good we will get good. Make sure that the intention is for the sake of Allah alone. With this memorization, hope for Allah's reward in the hereafter. It is not to show off in front of others that you have memorized a lot of the Qur'an. Sincerity is not a one time thing. It's a continual battle that we always have to renew.

2. Consistency
The more frequently you memorize, the easier it becomes. It is very essential to be consistent, and not to skip even one day. There is no week-end in worship. The minimum that one should memorize is three lines – five is ideal. If we are consistent, Insha Allah, we will be able to be memorize the whole Qur'an within 5-6 years.

3. Timing
The first thing we should do in the day is memorize. Do this even before breakfast because this is our spiritual breakfast. The best time to memorize is right after Fajr.

4. Atmosphere
Go to a secluded place. Memorize in a place that is quiet. We can't memorize properly with distractions, so turn off all your devices (like cell phones).

5. Familiarity
Start at the same time, at the same place and use the same mushaf (copy of the Qur'an) every day. We need to have our own mushaf, it will later become very dear to you.

6. No magic trick
Repeat, repeat, and repeat over and over again. It is only repetitive recitation and/or listening that will help us memorize with perfection.

7. Memorize with the meaning
Read the translation of the meaning before you start and try to match the Arabic words with their meanings.

8. Listen to recitation, always
Listen often to the Qur'an. Before you start to memorize, listen to what you are about to memorize from good reciters.

9. Find a companion
Get a friend, a family member or someone you know who will listen to the recitation every day. Ideally, find someone who is also memorizing the Qur'an to create a peer pressure system.

10. Revision
Recite daily in your Salah what you have memorized. If you forget one portion, you will immediately rush towards the Qur'an and correct your mistake and you will never do this mistake again.

11. Triple daily dose
Everyday, before you start memorization of new verses, revise the recitation of the previous seven days because it's easy to forget new memorization. Moreover it will be good connector between where you left previously and the new verses that you will begin with. At a later time of day, revise what you memorized before the last seven days. One should at least revise 4-5 pages every day.

12. Do not jump around
Be consistent. Don't try to go to another surah if you find a particular one difficult. Stick to the order. That way, you will have the satisfaction of having completed a juz rather than leaving some portions here and there.

13. The three chunks
Start from the back. Shorter surahs will bring you a big boost. Divide the memorization of the Qur'an in three parts: a) Juz 28, 29, 30 or just Juz 29, 30; b) Surah Al-Kahf till Juz 28; c) Surah Al-Baqara to Surah Al-Kahf.

- Muslim Matters

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The pious offspring who casts a single look of affection at his parents receives a reward from Allah equal to the reward of an accepted Hajj.” The people enquired: “O Prophet of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), if someone casts a hundred such glances of love and affection at his parents, what then?” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Yes, indeed, even if one does so a hundred times a day, he will get a hundred fold reward. Allah is far greater than you imagine and is completely free from petty narrow mindedness.” [Sahih Muslim]

Kiss a parent today! It doesn't have to be your own, if you are unable to. Kiss your aunt, your grandmother. Show affection for someone your parents loved.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Al-Harith Bin Qays (Allah have mercy on him) said: “When intending to do something good, do not delay it until tomorrow. When involved in something to do with the hereafter, keep yourself involved as long as you can. When involved in some worldly matter, put your mind to it (so as to get it done). And if you are praying and Shaytan whispers, ‘You are showing off,’ then make your prayer even longer.”
Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) said: "The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) deputised me to keep (guard over) Sadaqah of Ramadan. Someone came and started taking handfuls of the Sadaqah quickly. I took hold of him and said, 'By Allah, I will take you to the Messenger of Allah.' He said, 'I am needy and have many dependents.' I released him, and in the morning the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked me, 'What did your prisoner do yesterday?' I said, 'O Messenger of Allah! The person complained of being needy and of having many dependents, so I pitied him and let him go.' The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, 'Indeed, he told you a lie and he will return.' I believed that he would return again as the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) had told me that he would return. So I waited for him watchfully. When he returned and started stealing handfuls of foodstuff I caught hold of him again and said, 'I will definitely take you to the Messenger of Allah.' He said, 'Leave me, for I am very needy and have many dependents. I promise I will not come back again.' I pitied him and let him go.

In the morning the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked me, 'What did your prisoner do?' I replied, 'O Messenger of Allah! He complained of his great need and of too many dependents, so I took pity on him and set him free.' The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, 'Verily, he told you a lie and he will return.' I waited for him attentively for the third time, and when he came and started stealing handfuls of the Sadaqah, I caught hold of him and said, 'I will surely take you to the Messenger of Allah as it is the third time you promise not to return, yet you break your promise and come.' He said, 'Forgive me and I will teach you some words with which Allah will benefit you.' I asked, 'What are they?' He replied, 'When ever you go to bed, recite Ayat al-Kursi: 'Allah – There is no God but He, the Living, the Everlasting', till you finish the whole verse. If you do so, Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you and no devil will come near you till morning.' So, I released him.

In the morning, the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked, 'What did your prisoner do yesterday?' I replied, 'He claimed that he would teach me some words by which Allah will benefit me, so I let him go.' The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked, 'What are they?' I replied, 'He said to me, ‘When ever you go to bed, recite Ayat al-Kursi from the beginning to the end: ‘Allah – There is no God but He, the Living, the Everlasting.’ He further said to me, ‘If you do so, Allah will appoint a guard for you, who will stay with you, and no devil will come near you till morning.’ The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, 'He really spoke the truth, although he is an absolute liar. Do you know whom you were talking to, these three nights, O Abu Hurairah?' Abu Hurairah said, 'No.' He said, 'It was Shaytan (the Devil).'" [Sahih Bukhari: Book of Wakalah]

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Abd Allah ibn Ahmad (Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal's son) said: "I heard Abu Zur`a [al-Razi] say: ‘Your father had memorized a million hadiths, which I rehearsed with him according to topic."

Ibrahim al-Harbi said: "I held Ahmad as one for whom Allah had gathered up the combined knowledge of the first and the last."

Harmala said: "I heard al-Imam al-Shafi`i say: ‘I left Baghdad and did not leave behind me anyone more virtuous (afdal), more learned (a`lam), or more knowledgeable (afqah) than Ahmad ibn Hanbal.’"

`Ali ibn al-Madini said: "Truly, Allah reinforced this Religion with Abu Bakr al-Siddiq the day of the Great Apostasy (al-Riddah), and He reinforced it with Ahmad ibn Hanbal the day of the Inquisition (al-Mihna)." This is referrring to the lies that were said about the Quran being a creation of Allah (SWT).

Abu `Ubayd said: "The Science at its peak is in the custody of four men, of whom Ahmad ibn Hanbal is the most knowledgeable."

Ibn Ma`in said, as related by `Abbas [al-Duri]: "They meant for me to be like Ahmad, but by Allah! I shall never in my life compare to him."

Muhammad ibn Hammad al-Taharani said: "I heard Abu Thawr say: ‘Ahmad is more learned and more knowledgeable than al-Thawri."

Al-Dhahabi concludes: "Al-Bayhaqi wrote Abu `Abd Allah’s biography (sîra) in one volume, so did Ibn al-Jawzi, and also Shaykh al-Islam [`Abd Allah al-Harawi] al-Ansari in a brief volume.
"He passed on to Allah’s good pleasure on the day of Jum`a, the twelfth of Rabi` al-Awwal in the year 241, at the age of seventy-seven. I have two of his short-chained narrations (`awâlîh), and a licence (ijâza) for the entire Musnad."

Al-Dhahabi’s chapter on Imam Ahmad in Siyar A`lam al-Nubala’ counts no less than 113 pages.

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal had many teachers, the most prominent was Imam Shafiee (RA) whom he met on several separate occasions and each time he took full benefit of the opportunity. Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal commented, ‘Only after sitting in the Majlis of Imam Shafiee (RA) did I understand and comprehend nasikh and mansukh hadith.’ even though by this time he was very knowledgeable in uloom-al-hadith.

It was only at the age of forty, in 204 A.H., the Imam began formally teaching hadith. Whilst his teachers were still alive he refused to teach and narrate hadith out of humility and respect for them. Imam Ahmad was acknowledged by the Ulama of his time as Imam ul Hadith. May Allah (SWT) have mercy on him.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A'isha (Radiya Allahu Anha) reported that Jibreel (peace be upon him) made a promise with Allah's Messenger (salla allahu alayhi wasallam ) to come at a definite hour; that hour came, but Jibreel did not visit him. And there was in his hand (in the hand of Allah's Messenger) a staff. He threw it from his hand and said: Never has Allah or His messengers (angels) ever broken their promise. Then he cast a glance (and by chance) found a puppy under his cot and said: 'A'isha, when did this dog enter here? She said: BY Allah, I don't know.
He then commanded and it was turned out. Then Jibreel came and Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to him: You promised me and I waited for you, but you did not come, whereupon he said: It was the dog in your house which prevented me (from coming), for we (angels) do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture.

[Sahih Muslim : Book 24, Number 5249]

Lesson learned: keep the dog outside, and do not hang the picture in your house.
In the statement of Al-Fadheel ibn 'Iyaadh in relation to the meaning of Allah's statement: [That He might test you, which of you are best in action.] Qur'an 67;2, he said:

"The most sincere and the most correct." It was said to him: "O, father of Ali, what is the meaning of the most sincere (of actions) and the most correct?" He said: "Verily, any action, though it may be correct, which is not done with sincerity, is not accepted; if it is done with sincerity, but is not correct, it is also not accepted, until it is done both with sincerity, and is correct. The sincere action is the one done purely for the sake of Allah, and the correct action is the one which is in accordance with the sunnah."

It has also been narrated by Ibn Shaaheen from Sa'eed ibn Jubair that he said: "No statement is accepted without action. And no statement and action is accepted without (pure) intention. And no statement and action and intention is accepted unless it is in accordance with the sunnah. This statement has also been narrated from Al-Hassan Al-Basry who used the word "is not valid" instead of "is not accepted".

http://www.java-man.com/pages/books/alhisba.html#THE MEANING OF SUBMITTING ONE'S FACE TO ALLAH

Monday, November 22, 2010

“Like all the Islamic virtues, zuhd is a golden mean between two extremes; in this case the extremes of worldliness and of monkery."

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal defined zuhd as not being pleased when given the things of this world, and not being sorry when they are taken away.

He, RahimahuAllah, also taught that there are three degrees of zuhd:
that of the common people, which involves avoiding what is forbidden (haram),
that of the elite, which is to avoid what is permissible (halal) but unnecessary,
and that of the highest elite, which is to avoid everything which distracts one from God.”

[Abdal-Hakim Murad, translator, The Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith p.56]

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Those who are most aware of death and prepare themselves for it, are the wisest of people. (Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 4, Number 13)
On the authority of Abdullah ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with them both), he relates that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) once held my shoulders and said:

“Live in this world as (if you are) a wayfarer or a stranger.” And Abdullah ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with them both) used to say: “If you live till night, then do not wait for the next day (i.e. do not have hopes that you will live to the next day), and if you wake up in the morning do not have hope that you will live till the night. And take (advantage) from your health before your sickness and take advantage of your life before your death (i.e. do every possible obedience in your life before death comes to you for then no deeds can be performed.)”

[Bukhari and Tirmidhi]

And a traveler carries with him only the the really basic needs. Get rid of jealousy, envy, hatred, disobediance, bad memories, bad habits, sins, and travel light.
Also, Rasulullah (S) advised, "Fear Allah wherever you are, and follow up a bad deed with a good one and it will wipe it out, and behave well towards people." From the 40 nawawi ahadith.
so all these bad deeds that are worrying you can be replaced by good.

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "Save yourselves from the fire of Hell even if it be by giving away a bit of a date, or by uttering a good word." [Sahih Bukhari]

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) encouraged us to do good deeds, even if they appeared to be very small. He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "Do not look upon any good work as insignificant, even if it be emptying a bucket into the vessel of one asking for water, or receiving a brother of yours with a pleasant face." In an advice to women he said: "O Muslim women, no woman should look upon sending a gift to her neighbor as mean, even if it be the hoof of a goat." [Sahih Bukhari]

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It was from the duaa of Rauslullah (Salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) to say:
"Oh Allah, I ask you to increase me in useful knowledge and I seek refuge in you from knowledge that is not useful."

Useful knowledge is that which:

makes you grow in the fear of Allah
increases you in awareness of your defects
deepens your knowledge of the worship of your Lord Most High
decreases your desire for this world
increases your desire for the life to come
an opens your eyes to the defects of your actions so that you guard against them
-Imam Ghazali

Abu Musa (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said,
"The guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me are like abundant rain which fell on a land.
A fertile part of it absorbed the water and brought forth profuse herbage and pasture;
and solid ground patches which retained the water by which Allah has benefited people, who drank from it, irrigated their crops and sowed their seeds;
and another sandy plane which could neither retain the water nor produce herbage. Such is the similitude of the person who becomes well-versed in the religion of Allah and receives benefit from the Message entrusted to me by Allah, so he himself has learned and taught it to others; such is also the similitude of the person who has stubbornly and ignorantly rejected Allah's Guidance with which I have been sent.'
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Mu`awiyah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (S) said, "When Allah wishes good for someone, He bestows upon him the understanding of Deen.'
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Al Qabr

Abu Hurayrah (radiya Allahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
“The grave is more horrifying than any horrible scene I ever saw.”
[Tirmidhi, Bayhaqi, regarded as Hasan]

"Once you are carried to the graveyard you are brought close to the ground so that you dwell in a small, dark lonely hole. The nearest of kin and the most beloved to you will lower you into your grave, where you will rest placed on your right side, with the top of the shroud on your face untied and a stone placed on the hole (Lahd) inside your grave.

Then, soil is thrown into your grave and when the task is completed, one of the people will say, “Invoke Allah for forgiveness for your brother and for making him firm (so that he affirms to the angels Munkir and Nakir that Allah is his Lord, Islam is his religion and Muhammad is the Messenger he followed), for he is now being asked.”
[Silent Moments: The Description of Before and After Death Aspects by Abdul-Malik Al-Qasim]

Whenever Uthman (radiya Allahu anhu) stood next to a grave, he used to weep until his beard became wet. He was asked, “You mention Paradise and do not weep, but you weep from this scene?” He said, “The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The grave is the first in the stages of the Hereafter. If one is saved from it, what is afterwards is even easier. If one is not saved from it, what comes after that is even harder.”
[Az-Zuhd, Page 189. Hasan hadith collected by Tirmidhi, Bayhaqi, Hakim.]

Imam Malik Ibn Anas saw the Death Angel in his sleep, and the Imam asked him: "How much left for me to live?" The Angel pointed to his five fingers. Then the Imam asked him: " Does that mean 5 years, or 5 months, or 5 days ?" Before the Imam had a chance to get an answer back, he woke up.

The Imam went to someone who would interpret dreams. That man told him: "Imam Malik, when the Angel pointed to his five fingers he didn't mean 5 years or months or days, but the Angel meant that your question 'how much left for me to live' is among 5 matters that only Allah (SWT) knows about, and he recited the following verse from the Qur,an:

" Verily, with ALLAH alone is the knowledge of the Hour. And HE sends down the rain, and HE knows what is in the wombs. And no soul knows what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul knows in what land it will die. Surely, ALLAH is All-Knowing, All-Aware." 31:34

Fear death, but do not hate it, prepare for it, but do not dread it.

Friday, November 19, 2010

I want to make my blog better

I have been reading so many blogs and I just realized my blog really sucks. I mean, really, half the things that I write are just quotes from other internet sources, and at the same time I don't want to bore anyone with my daily rantings about how hard life is.

So my idea is this: my blog should bring benefit to mankind and take away harm. I also want it to benefit me, so I should have a theme. I am thinking I could talk about what I love the most---Islam. So I will try every time I write a post to do some research and teach myself something new about my deen, the one thing that will benefit me even after I die.
So for today, to motivate myself to start, I am going to talk about my first Islamic topic: tawheed.
This is based on what I learned in the khutbah I attended today.
Tawheed is divided into three categories: look them up and make sure you get them thoroughly.
Also, plants do NOT have souls. They do not get judged on anything on the day of judgement. Yet, that does not mean they are to be ignored, rather they are still a test for us. To care for them is a good deed. The prophet (S) said that if the day of judgement begins and any of us have a seed in their hand, they should plant it. Reflect on that. You know that it would never grow or do anything, because that is it, the day of judgement has come, but you still know that you would get ajr for it, even if it never grows.

for a first attempt....well, yeah, I hope to do better next time.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

We are not a Minority

Today, I was thinking about how all the non-Muslims must be judging our crowd because we are a minority in the country and we represent all Muslims. And then I tried to look at the positive side: that we have other Muslims in this country.
Imagine if you were the only Muslim(ah) in the entire country and you could find no one to support you, correct you, take the heat with you. We are not really minorities if we can see people of our faith in the lane next to us or in our public library. We are so blessed alhamdulillah.

Eidukum Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak
Eid Sa'eed
Eid Kareem

Kul aam wa antum bi khayr
Kul Sana wa antum Tayyibeen

Happy Eid oh people of planet Earth!!
(p.s it is 4 days this time)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Taste Paradise in This World

If you were in paradise what would you be doing? What would you be feeling?

In this world you may not be able to do what you want to do in paradise, but insha Allah you can at least feel that way.
"Indeed in this world is a paradise and who ever does not enter the paradise of this world will not enter the paradise of the hereafter. "
This is referring to the sweetness of Iman. If you do not taste it in this world you will not reap its fruits in the hereafter. What are some signs of sweetness of Iman that you want to strive for:
1- To love Allah and His messenger beyond all else.
2- To love and want to be loved for Allah's sake alone.
3- To hate to return disbelief just like you would hate to be thrown into the fire.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

For those who think it's extreme to keep asking, "Is it showing any details?"

It has been narrated by Usaamah ibn Zayd (radhi-yAllaahu 'anhumaa) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) clothed me with a thick white linen garment which had been gifted to him by Dahiyyah al-Kalbee, so I clothed my wife with it, and he said: «What is the matter with you, you do not wear the thick white linen garment?» So I said: I have clothed my wife with it, so he said: «Be sure that she wears a ghilaalah underneath it, for indeed I fear it (the thick white linen garment) accentuating her body and bones», transmitted by ad-Dhiyaa al-Maqdasee in "al-Ahaadeeth al-Mukhtaarah", and Ahmad, and al-Bayhaqee in "as-Sunan al-Kubraa", and al-Albaanee declared it hasan in "Jilbaab al-Mar.ah al-Muslimah".

And a ghilaalah is a fine textured and light shirt-like gown which is worn underneath a garment to prevent accentuating her body.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I want to be a hajj coach!

How can a person become a hajj coach?
“Who is better in speech than one who calls humankind to God, works righteousness and says, “Verily, I am of those who have surrendered themselves to God”?
The Noble Quran, 41:33

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "The mo'min dies with his sweat on his brow (i.e. with labour and hard work)." [Tirmidhi, Nasai]

A mo'min's work is never done. If a conscientious student is sitting for a three hour exam and gets done in two and a half hours, he/she will go over their work making sure that they did not miss anything or make any mistakes. Moreover, if an exam has been designed for three hours, it is meant to take around three hours to finish.

Our lifespan should likewise be fully utilized to make sure we have not left anything undone that we could have earned Jannat with. This is the only chance we get; there will be no exams after this, only results. Therefore, we have to give this one exam our best shot.

If somebody is sitting around with nothing to do, it means that they have not understood the purpose of life, what Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) gave it to us for! There is no time to waste, no moment to lose. As long as we are alive we can keep earning sawaab. A mo'min, therefore, keeps working to please Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) before death overtakes him, and his exam paper is taken away from him.

-recieved in an e-mail
The Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “When a morsel of any of you falls, he should pick it up and remove any of the dirt on it and then eat it, and should not leave it for Shaytaan...” [Sahih Muslim]

How humble is that? Salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam.
Today, quite annoyingly, I read about two South Africans that pedaled their way to Saudi Arabia for Hajj. I was like 'ugh, why didn't I think of that?" then I realized I have a whole lot more than Africa in my way, and that bicycles don't float on water. I'll have to keep thinking...

Control your anger

As our times progress so must the way we show restraint. Especially when it comes to e-mails, text messages, and social networking it's important not to be impulsive. Life is filled with many trials and will often not go the way we plan, but why make things worse by doing something we will regret (and more than likely apologize for later on...Come on, you know you always end up apologizing, we all do!). So here is a nice tip for you. Next time you're angry and have the urge to tweet or respond to an email, try this instead:
Open up a word document and type up what you want to say. Wait 12 hours, 24 would be best, reread what you wrote. If you still feel like sending it then, and more than likely you won't, then go ahead. If not you can now adjust the message to something that is well thought and more likely to get you the results you desire.

Shaykh Navaid Aziz

past vs. future

Do you know why a Car's WIND-SHIELD is so large & the Rear-view Mirror is so small?
Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. Look Ahead and Move on
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

And if you read this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.

Also ......

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day .
If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation . You are ahead of 700 million people in the world.

If you can attend a Masjid without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people
in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married ...you are very rare.
If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair.

There is plenty to be thankful for. Alhamdulillah.
"‏اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ رَبَّكُمْ وَصَلُّوا خَمْسَكُمْ وَصُومُوا شَهْرَكُمْ وَأَدُّوا زَكَاةَ أَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَطِيعُوا ذَا أَمْرِكُمْ تَدْخُلُوا جَنَّةَ رَبِّكُمْ". أخرجه الترمذي

Fear Allah your lord
and pray the 5 prayers
and fast your month (Ramadan)
and give zakah
and obey your authority
you will enter the jannah of your Rabb.

Narrated by Al-Tirmithi

So people, it is from your deen to stop at a red light and buckle your seat belt and follow the rules of your nation.

10 best days ever!!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakatuhu

I had this genius idea to actually copy and paste the post that I wrote here last year about the 10 days of Dhul-hijjah. But then I knew I would get caught (and it was too long anyway and probably no one read it all) so here is my ....

Dhul-Hijjah Cheat Sheet (cheating is haram):

In the first ten days of Dhul hijjah, you should increase your

fasting: fast every day if possible
salah: pray every day if possible (no, seriously :))
sadaqah: give in silence and secrecy and also in public
Takbir: say takbir whenever you can!
Religion is good character: be on your best behavior!
Smile: smiling in a brother's (or sister's) face is charity.
Advise: Religon is to give good advice. Enjoin what is good. Give the naseeha for the sake of Allah (SWT).
Remove harms from the path of people
Help others complete their needs: help a neighbor, help a relative.
perfect your actions
qiyam al-layl: which, according to a saheeh hadith, can also cure your body from sickness. Subhanallah.
reading Quran: remember how much you used to read Quran in Ramadan? yeah, like that.
Duaa: Turn to Allah (SWT)
Sacrifice: only on the 9th on Eid

I know this will keep you busy. Alhamdulillah for that.

A Reminder

God does not burden any soul with more than it can bear."
The Holy Quran, 2:286

Dinaar al-'Ayaar

There is an interesting story related about Dinaar al-‘Ayaar. Dinaar had a righteous mother who would constantly advise him to repent for his wayward, sinful existence, but as much as she tried, her words had no positive effect on him whatsoever. Then, one day, as he was walking by a graveyard, he stopped to pick up a bone. He was shocked to see how it crumbled and turned to dust in his hand. The sight of that bone had a profound effect on Dinaar. He began to think about his life and his past sins, and he then exclaimed, “Woe unto you, O Dinaar, you are going to end up like this crushed bone, and your body will turn into dust.” All of his past sins then flashed before his eyes, and he made a firm resolve to repent. Turning his gaze towards the sky, he said, “My Lord, I now turn to you in complete submission, so accept me and have Mercy on me.”
With a completely changed heart and state of mind, Dinaar went to his mother and said, “Mother, what does a master do when he captures his slave who had run away from him?” She said, “[To punish him] the master provides him with coarse clothing and low-quality food; and he ties his hands and feet so that he does not make another attempt to escape.” Dinaar said, “Then I want a garment made of coarse wool, low-quality barley, and two chains. Mother, do with me that which is done with a runaway slave. Perhaps my Lord will, upon seeing my humiliation and humility, have mercy on me.” Seeing that her son was adamant and resolute in his request, she complied.
At the beginning of every ensuing night, Dinaar would begin to cry and wail uncontrollably. And he would continue to repeat to himself the words, “Woe unto you, O Dinaar, do you have the power to withstand the Hell fire? How brazen you have been to have led a life that has made you deserving of the anger of the All-Mighty!” He would continue upon that state until the morning.
Turning wan and pale, Dinaar’s body slowly wasted away. Not being able to bear seeing him in that pitiable state, his mother said, “My son, be easy on yourself.” He answered, “My mother, let me remain tied for a short while, so that perhaps I can achieve long-term comfort later on. For tomorrow, I will be waiting a long time before my Majestic Lord, and I do not know whether He will order me to go to places of beautiful shade or to places of unspeakable horror.”
She said, “My son, at least rest for a while.” He said, “It is not present rest or comfort that I am seeking out. Mother, it is as if I see you and other people being led tomorrow towards Paradise, while I am being led towards the Hell-fire along with his inhabitants.” She left him then, and he returned to crying, worshipping, and reciting the Quran. One night, as he was reciting the Quran, he came across these verses:

فَوَرَبِّكَ لَنَسْأَلَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِين عَمَّا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ َ

So, by your Lord [o Muhammad], We shall certainly call all of them to account, for all that they used to do.

[al-Hijr : 92-93]
As he contemplated the meanings and implications of these verses, he cried with such intensity that he fainted. His mother rushed to him and tried very hard to revive him, but he wouldn’t respond. She thought he had died. Looking into the face of her son, she said, “O my beloved one, O the joy of my heart, where shall we meet again?” In fact, Dinaar still had some life left in him, and hearing his mother’s words, he answered with a faint voice, “My mother, if you do not find me on the wide plains of the Day of Resurrection, then ask Maalik, the Custodian of Hell-fire about me.” He then made a croaking sound and died.
After she finished washing his body, Dinaar’s mother prepared him for his funeral. She then went out and made the announcement, “O people, come to the funeral prayer of one who has been killed by [fear of] the Hell-fire.” People began to come from all directions. It is said that during that era, no greater gathering came together and no amount of tears were shed as much as on that day.
On the same night that his funeral was held, one of Dinaar’s friends saw him in a dream, attired in a green robe. Dinaar was prancing around in Paradise, all the while reciting the verse:

فَوَرَبِّكَ لَنَسْأَلَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِين عَمَّا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ َ
So, by your Lord [o Muhammad], We shall certainly call all of them to account, for all that they used to do.

During the dream, his friend heard him say, “By His Might and Majesty, He asked me [about my deeds]. Having mercy on me, He forgave me and pardoned me [my sins.] Lo! Convey news of this to my mother.”

I do not know the authenticity of this story.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

“To You, My Lord, I complain of my weakness, lack of support and the humiliation I am made to receive. Most Compassionate and Merciful! You are the Lord of the weak, and You are my Lord. To whom do You leave me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy to whom You have given power over me? If You are not displeased with me, I do not care what I face. I would, however, be much happier with Your mercy. I seek refuge in the light of Your face by which all darkness is dispelled, and both this life and the life to come are put on their right courses against incurring Your wrath or being the subject of Your anger. To You I submit, until I earn Your pleasure. Everything is powerless without Your support.”

The duaa of Rasulullah (S) as he was fledding at-Ta'if
If you have not memorized the duaa for istikhara yet, memorize it right now!
We live in a society where the youngest among us, the most inexperienced, are given all the attention. The world revolves around youthfulness and strength and impulsiveness and beauty. What happened to wisdom, experience, tolerance, and knowledge? Our elders are ignored, until one day we will realize that all those who knew more than us have passed, and all that is left is us--with significantly less knowledge :(

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

And if My servants ask you about Me, I am near, answering the calls of those who call to Me. So let them respond to Me and believe in Me that they may be guided.

Friday, October 29, 2010

To memorize the Quran

Today, I remembered when I asked my mother some time ago for advice that would help me memorize the Quran.

She replied, "And restrain yourself along with those who pray to their Lord morning and evening, seeking His pleasure; and let not your eyes fall on anything besides them, desiring the beauty of the life of the world."

Surat Al-Kahf, Ayah 28





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orange juice




fusulia (dont know what its called in english)



Signs of having a weak Iman

‎1.Committing sins and not feeling any guilt.

2. Having a hard heart and no desire to read the Quran.

3. Feeling too lazy to do good deeds, e.g. being late for salat
4. Neglecting the Sunnah.

5. Having mood swings, for instance being upset about petty things and bothered and irritated most of the time.

6. Not feeling anything when hearing verses from the Quran, for
example when Allah warns us of punishments and His promise of glad tidings.

7. Finding difficulty in remembering Allah and making dhikr.

8. Not feeling bad when things are done against the Shariah.

9. Desiring status and wealth.

10. Being mean and miserly, i.e. not wanting to part with wealth.

11. Ordering others to do good deeds when not practising them ourselves.

12. Feeling pleased when things are not progressing for others.

13. Being concerned with whether something is haram or halal only; and not avoiding makroo (not recommended) things.

14. Making fun of people who do simple good deeds, like cleaning the mosque.

15. Not feeling concerned about the situation of Muslims.

16. Not feeling the responsibility to do something to promote Islam.

17. Being unable to deal with calamities, for instance crying and
yelling in funerals.

18. Liking to argue just for the sake of arguing without any proof.

19. Becoming engrossed and very involved with dunya, worldly
things, i.e. feeling bad only when losing something in terms of
material wealth.

20. Becoming engrossed and obsessive about ourselves.

Monday, October 25, 2010

My lab partner wants to make hajj...

Today, my lab partner was asking me about Hajj. I got excited and started to tell her all about it and she was amazed by the retreat aspect of it. At the end of class, she said, "It sounds so amazing. I want to go there and try it out." She began to ask me more about the location of it.....I didn't have the heart to tell her that she couldn't do it.

The Mercy of God

"And ordain for us good in this world's life and m the hereafter, for surely we turn to Thee. He said: (As for) My chastisement, I will afflict with it whom I please, and My mercy encompasses all things"
surat al A'raaf, ayah 156

One of the mashaayikh I was listening to used to make this duaa, "Oh Allah, if I am not from those who deserve your mercy, then your mercy deserves to reach me for you are the sayer :"And my mercy encompasses all things," and I am a thing. Faghfir lee ya arhama ar-Rahimeen"

Sunday, October 24, 2010



Make a list of the deeds you do in public
Make a list for those done in private
Check your life: are you showing off? Are you doing things for people or for Allah?

Another sign of showing off and arrogance is that you will avoid doing good things for fear that people will see you and think that you are showing off or for fear of arrogance. Try to find a balance people!!

p.S. I want to write a book soo bad. What should I write about?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Mom!!

My mother, may Allah preserve her in this life and in the next, JUST CONFISCATED MY CELL PHONE because I was talking on it! So now, with all PATIENCE, I ask you, my dear beloved mother, what else did you expect your obedient daughter to do with a cell phone if not to speak into its holes and listen to her friend?

ohhh...dear...I am very confused...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Allah(swt) gives and forgives,Man gets and forgets.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Quick Post

Assalamu Alaikum!!

Today is a very beautiful, very hot Tuesday. Alhamdulillah that we have another day to live.

I'm trying to organise a Breast Cancer Awareness event on the 27th of October. Any suggestions anybody about what to actually do to get people interested and educated?

The importance of having a goal!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allah

As usual, not much time to write. For one thing, I plan to get 9 hours of sleep tonight and I was supposed to be asleep 11 minutes ago...oh Well, somethings never happen.

But I wanted to say that the saddest thing about students (of anything) is their lack of motivation to learn. "What will get me the A?" or "When will this be over?" does not exactly serve the purpose of expressing your innermost love for learning. I love learning. And I realized recently that I am one of the few who feels that way. A conversation I had with a friend a week ago

me: "Don't you just love school?"
friend: "No...who does?"

Ya Allah! No! No! No! That thinking will get you no where!! Make a goal today!!
TEll yourself and Allah and anyone else who will listen to you:

"Whatever I do today, I will do it with my utmost perfection. I will keep perfecting what I do until either I die or my actions become perfect."

That's a trick....because you will never do perfect actions...but you can get very close. My goal: don't make my posts too long like the last one. So I don't bore you! Ok, toodle-do...

Oh God It's Monday

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Death and many beautiful ahadith

http://hadithoftheday.wordpress.com/category/death/ I love this blog!

This hadith was narrated by Umm al-'Ala', an Ansari woman [of Madina] who made the pledge to the Prophet. She narrated the following hadith: At the death of Abu Sa'ib 'Uthman ibn Maz'un, she said, "O Abu Sa'ib, I testify that God has enobled you." The prophet said, "How do you know that God has enobled him?" So I [Umm al-'Ala'] said, "May my father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of God! Whom does God enoble?" Then the Prophet said, "As for him, [the] certainty [of death] has indeed come to him, and by God, I hope the best for him. By God, I do not know--even though I am the messenger of God--what will be done with me." She said, "By God, I never attested to anyone's piety after that." (Bukhari, Sahih al-Bukhari, vol. 1, p. 419-20; M. M. Khan, v. 2, p. 189-90 Jana'iz, bab 3, #2 (#334); Ibn Hajar, Irshad al-sari, vol. 2, p. 376-77).

Say (O Muhammadr to the people)! If you all love Allah then follow me.” AL IMRAN 31

The Prophet (S) said: “Whoever holds fast to one sunnah; at the time of prevailing corruption of this ummah; will earn the reward of a hundred martyrs.”BAIHAQI

“His (a martyrs) sins will be forgiven before his blood touches the ground.” TIRMIDHI

Anyone who befriends another or
makes an enemy, gives or withholds,
has perfected his faith if what he
does is done for the sake of Almighty.


When the Prophet Muhammadr was
asked by Amr ibn 'Abasah what was meant by
faith, he replied 'Self-restraint and gentleness”


One who is willing to accept
God as his Lord,
Islam as his religion
and Muhammadr as God's Messenger
has savoured the taste of faith.


Simplicity, too, is a part of faith. HADITH OF ABU DAWUD ON THE AUTHORITY OF ABU UMAMAH

A man without trust is a man without faith.
And a man who does not fulfil his
promises is a man without faith.


Greed and faith can never co-exist in the human heart. HADITH OF AN-NASA'I ON THE AUTHORITY OF ABU HURAYRAH

God loves those believers who labour to earn a living through lawful means. HADITH OF AT-TABARANI ON THE AUTHORITY OF ABDULLAH IBN UMAR

When you face people who praise you, throw dust in their faces. HADITH OF MUSLIM ON THE AUTHORITY OF MIQDAD IBN ASWAD


One who says his prayers (salaah) with
great propriety when he is in the
presence of others, but does so without
proper reverence when he is alone, is
committing an act of contempt for his Lord.


When a person repents, God's pleasure at this
is even greater than that of one who dismounts
from his camel, loses it in the desert and
in a state of despondency finds it again .


Volume 8, Book 75, Number 418:
Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ash'ari:

The Prophet started ascending a high place or hill. A man (amongst his companions) ascended it and shouted in a loud voice, "La ilaha illal-lahu wallahu Akbar." (At that time) Allah's Apostle was riding his mule. Allah's Apostle said, "You are not calling upon a deaf or an absent one." and added, "O Abu Musa (or, O 'Abdullah)! Shall I tell you a sentence from the treasure of Paradise?" I said, "Yes." He said, "La haul a wala quwwata illa billah,"

I love you for the sake of Allah <3

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I am putting this link here to remind myself that this is where i have to be next year


also, totally gonna take the almaghrib class!! insha'allah!! The prophet's smile!! I can't wait to smile the prophet's smile on October 15. Also, I miss you guys, and i wish i can write every day. I want to get closer to Allah, but I don't see that in my life. Rather, it is a very up-down-up-down relationship. But when I am doing a sin that I know is wrong, I feel like there is no hope for me to ever enter jannah. When I do a simple good act, I feel like smiling soo wide because I can't wait till I meet Allah (SWT) and tell Him (and he, glorified, knows it) all the good that I did just for him and for no one else. I love Allah! I hate my nafs...

Friday, October 1, 2010

Seek knowledge the right way

Imam ibn AbdulBarr (rahimahullah) said,

“Seeking knowledge is in consecutive levels and ranks, it does not befit that they should be bypassed. Whoever bypasses them at once, then he has bypassed the path of the salaf. Whoever bypasses them intentionally will go astray and whoever bypasses them with sincere effort will fall into error.”

Sufyan Ath-Thawri (rahimahullah) said: “The excellence of knowledge is due only to the fact that it causes a person to fear and obey Allah, otherwise it is just like anything else.”

The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) narrated to us that, “The two feet of the servant will not cease (from standing before Allah) on the Day of Judgment until he is asked about four things: about his life and how he spent it; about his knowledge and what he did with it; about his wealth and where he earned it and how he spent it; and about his body and in what way he utilized it.” [Saheeh, reported by At-Tirmidhi] Shaykh Husayn Al-Awaa’ishah said in regards to this hadeeth, “Check yourself before you try to seek increase through reading and listening to lectures and convert the knowledge that you already have into actions that accompany you as you live.” Imam ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullah) stated, “And the miskeen (poor person), the true miskeen is the one who wasted his life learning what he does not practice, thus he loses the pleasures of the dunya and the goods of the aakhirah. (In addition to) coming forth bankrupt (on the Day of Judgment) with strong evidences against himself.”

This was hilarious though I have never seen it:

Even women are a huge fitnah for the aspiring student of knowledge. The respected males in western culture are the ones who get all the girls. For many of such aspiring ‘students’ the girl factor is definitely a big plus in the path of seeking knowledge. It doesn’t help, of course, to go to a conference, and have sisters sending up questions like “are you looking for a second wife?” in the Q/A portion of the talk to the Shaykh. Many think that by becoming a ‘student,’ marriage prospects will flow forth without end and they will somehow be forced to struggle to narrow themselves down to only 4 lucky women.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wasallam) said:
"None of you becomes a believer until I'm dearer to him than his children, his parents and all mankind"
[Bukhari and Muslim]


How can one make the Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wasallam) dearer than his own children if he does not know the Prophet, how he behaved and interacted with his family, friends, and adversaries?

To love the Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wasallam)is to also love his noble character, way of living, and to love that which he loved.

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Not only a Prophet and Messenger, he (salla Allahu alayhi wassalam) was also

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a loyal friend,
a charismatic leader,
a wise general,
a patient teacher,
and above all, a mercy to mankind.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

How are you doing?

I kept delaying when to write on my blog again, because I want my post after all this time to be special. But then, I told myself that is from the shaytaan, and here I am writing to benefit humanity. I want bubble gum right now...

I miss you all. I have done lots since my last post
  • Went to college!!
  • went to Egypt!!
  • went to ColdStone's!
  • went to the Masjid 100 times!

Ramadan this year was my best Ramadan so far. Even though I wasn't allowed to do i'tikaaf this year. I realized there is a beauty to being by yourself in your room, talking to only Allah, without having to worry about things like, "Is there riyaa' in my intention?" Wallahi, I am only sharing this to tell you that if you are the type of person who spent Ramadan in the masjid and only doing your best ibadah in the masjid, then you should try one night to not go to the masjid the whole day, but to act just as dedicated. See if you can do it.

I loved Misr. It was awesome. I loved it. When I came back, I felt really really nervous...I'm not sure why. I felt more concious of how different I am from, say, my classmates, or my neighbors. I actually felt scared. Then, I realized how friendly people were, and how many Muslims there are here. Yesterday, some time before Maghrib, I went to my Quran class and then my ride called to tell me to wait for her outside the complex. I went out, waiting on the curb. I was standing for maybe 1 minute. And then, immediately, a car with 2 women riding in it stopped for me. One wasn't wearing hijab, and the other had the sort of hijab that slips off every time you move your head. So basically, I didn't recognize them as Muslims, but they were, and they wanted to give me a ride and waited for me till my ride came, and it was soo sweet, and I felt safe. I don't know why I feel the way I do. I have to figure it out.

I want to blog every day, though my classes are getting very challenging. I have to decide my major and I can't decide. I want to go into law really badly, but it wouldn't be halal, or at least would be a doubtful matter, and I can't stop thinking about that. I really really want to go into criminal justice. Insha'Allah, Allah will guide me to that which is best. I stopped watching TV....and began to watch online instead, which is worse, because everything is available. I also got this really bad virus that took over my life for 2 weeks until I took my laptop somewhere to be fixed. Lesson learned: don't watch things online....(think I could do that?)

Let me know what major accomplishments happened in your life recently..

I love Allah (SWT) and ask Him to love meeting us and to forgive our sins, what we are concious of and what we are not. May Allah bless this ummah with honesty and modesty. And may He (Subhanah) enter us into Jannah, for that is our utmost goal. Uhibbukum fi Allah, wassalamu alaikum wa rahamtuAllahi wa barakatuhu

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What you would get if you e-mailed my sister

Assalamu alaikum,

my wonderful sister has done it again (God lengthen her life); beat me at my own game! i send her an e-mail (some meaningless forward) and here is what i got back! I copy-and-pasted it below:

Bismillahi AlRahmaan AlRaheem
In the name of Allah, the most Beneficient, the Merciful

Assalaamu Alaikum warahmat Allahi wabarakatuh my dear sister or brother,

This February, I have done a decision that I consider extremely harsh on myself (Fine...I admit I AM addicted to checking my email aboutevery 5 minutes every day..); but it is to prove to myself that I can and will live without checking my email for thirty days inshaAllah ta'aala. I hope you can also help me by not pressuring me to check my email as many of you have done before. :)

If I remain alive after thirty days, I promise you that inshaAllah Iwill check my email and reply to any necessary email. If I'm by any means online during this certain period of time, please remind me to go offline for that's what a true friend would do. I pledge to memorize as much
Qur'an as I can during this time, do as much extra activites, beneficial deeds, help others, and volunteer more. This way, my Lord will help me through every hardship and calamity I endure later on. If there is an urgent request, you can call me. Keep me in your duaa's,

------- -----

P.S. Usually a slave is someone who is ashamed to live a life of dedication to another being. But me...I stand proud. By Allah, I am His slave.

Remember Him and He will remember you,
Bint Khaled :D

So you tell me, has my sos (i mean, sis) done it again?

10 reasons why

Islam is getting popular

first of all, assalamu alaikum warahmatu arraheem (likey?)

newa, 10 reasons why everybody loves Islam:

  • When you meet a Muslim, the first thing you hear out of their mouth is a prayer for you
  • When you are feeling sad and down, you have more than 1 billion "brothers" and "sisters" by your side, ready to comfort you
  • Muslims actually respect all the prophets and pray for them when they are mentioned, instead of accusing them to be drunk and immoral, wal iyaathu billah.
  • If a Muslim lady lives in a rainy region, she doesn't have to worry too much about her hair getting wet.
  • If you shake a Muslim's hand, the sins of both "shakers" are dropping from your hand until you separate.
  • We really like holidays, we even have two Eids!
  • The more you give, the more you get.
  • We are a smiling nation. if you dont want to give a charity financially, smile, and you'll get the reward.
  • The book that was sent down by god more than 1,430 years ago is the same exact one that we read today in 2010.
  • If you are a non-arab Muslim, you get the plus of an extra language, most of the time, not by choice.
  • Every Muslim will go to jannah, god willing.

Ok, i admit it, that was eleven, but i was hoping you wouldn't notice. i originally wanted 100 reasons why, but ill stick to 10 because of my homework (i am yet to find someone who loves geometry, not including my teacher)

i gotta go, so salams.

add on if you want. maybe we could make them 100!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our Social Life is NOT Getting better

assalamu alaikum

ok, so u know how all these people now have a cell phone on them 24/7 and a personal e-mail they check daily (my bf checks it 3 times a day) and a bunch of "followers" on twitter and blogger and myspace, and "friends" on youtube, and you get the point. Newa (anyways), whenever you talk to any of these guys and gals about getting outside, getting a life, interacting with people for a change, all you get is a "Dude, i don't need a social life, i already have too much goin' on in my life. 2300 subscribers, 54 friends, 68 followers, and..." whatever.

Thats not a social life. can you go to any of them for help? support?Do you have a shoulder to cry on if needed? Then, its not real. its all virtual. and you dont need a virtual life. you need to get a real one. i wrote this one essay for my college about this and i found interesting statistics:

ok, so there are more than 60 million active users (im not one of them btw). 60 million human beings have all these virtual friends. About every six months, these users double in number (you do the numbers) More than 60% are between 18-34, that means grown adults, parents, with families. More than 35%, however, are teens, that should be using these years to make connections, real connections! More than half of the active users check it daily! Most users are from the USA (yay?) For youtube, every MINUTE, 10 hours of video are uploaded, which is a LOT (masha'allah) it is more frequently used in the summer times (guess why)

in the UK, it is as common to have a myspace as it is to have a dog (lol) 10 billion "friends" and 300,000 new users come everyday. go now and make them 300, 001! lol, thats if you dont already (again, i dont)
for more eye-watering statistics, visit

and i leave you in the hands of God, as i found you His hands

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

To Those Who Like to Cry

If you want to cry, read the last 2 ayahs of Surat Luqman:

O mankind! Keep your duty to your Lord and dread a Day when the parent will not be able to avail the child in aught, nor the child to avail the parent. Surely the promise of Allah is true, therefore let not this world's life deceive you, nor let any deceiver deceive you about Allah.
Verily the knowledge of the Hour is with Allah (alone). It is He Who sends down rain, and He Who knows what is in the wombs. No soul knows what will it earn tomorrow, and no soul knows in which land it will die. Verily with Allah is full knowledge and He is acquainted (with all things).
(31: 33-34)

Listen to it at http://www.mp3quran.net/media.php%20file=


wal hamdu lillahi rabbi al-alameen

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


assalamu alaikum

i love islamic e-mails. here is an e-mail that i translated from Arabic so you can read it. i hope my friends read this because i know if i sent it to them as it is, even the arabs will delete it (u know who you are) any way:

The restrictions on joking in islam:
  1. Must not be at the expense of our religion (who would do that? ISLAM ROCKS!)
  2. Must be true (bukhari: the prophet used to never joke except that he spoke the truth)
  3. Must not make anyone afraid [especially people who joke around with knives (OR WORSE!)]
  4. Must not be at the expense of anyone or to put ANY HUMAN down (I owe a million presidents sincere apologies)
  5. It must not be excessive (you know, every other word)
  6. Choose the right people. Don't go to a homeless person who can barely cover his awrah and joke about someone's wardrobe (yes its out of style, but at least its there)
  7. To be the proportion of salt in food (Jokes: Total conversation as Salt: Meal)
  9. Choose the right times, for God's sake! Dont wait until everyone is mourning for a guy that just died then decide to prepare for a career of stand-up comedy.

BTW, these guidelines make stand-up comedy haram because the jokes are excessive and stand up comedy is almost always at the expense of others and is not like salt in food. Wallahu a3lam. I love you people of God.


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Im trying to stay innocent but how can i?

i am writing this out of great frustration

first of all, Assalamu alaikum wa rhamatu Allah

im not supposed to know about all the aspects of marriage or why boys like girls or why girls wear makeup outside even though they dont touch it at home (or maybe they do if the window is open). im not supposed to know about the bad stuff a guy can do to a girl (and woman) who is walking home alone. i shouldnt know any bad words and i should not be peer pressured to show my body and laugh in that high-pitched way and shake my hips in the street and smoke and deal with drugs and laugh when a person near me burps (or even worse) and
now i have to go because we are invited somewhere at 7 (lol, maybe in an hour we will get there) but i know that on the way, i will be thinking about how i could have been innocent, but i didnt get to enjoy innocence for a long time because....
i live in America.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Thoughts that Infuriate me

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu lahi wa barakatuhu

Before ungratefuly nagging about all the fitan in my life like i was planning to do right now, I would like to mention the Fiqh of Love class taught by Sheikh Waleed Basyouni (his wife is the owner of the blog "Desired Remission") It is a double weekend degree seminar (which means you can actually get a degree in Islamic Studies if you take it along with other degree classes). It is actually aimed at an audience of 17+, people who would probably be looking for partners or already married. I'm sure they didn't have me and my sister in mind, but with Allah's will, we'll end up there anyhow. starting from feb. 12-14 and the next weekend. Friday is free! if you register before feb 1st, its 135$. but after that, it's like 175 or something. yes, there are scholarships. a lot of accomadations if you're coming from out-of-town. God, i love Almagrib so much, im offering free advertisements on my blog. Anyway, that was the nice part (see almaghrib.org)

now the "Thoughts that Infuriate me"
  1. No matter how much more peanut butter and protein i consume, i shall probably remain this short forever. or atleast, until i get to jannah...heh heh, then ill get back at people who made fun of my height. or maybe by then, ill be too happy to care about any of them. yeah, thats probably it. (PB actually makes u taller, said my grandfather)
  2. if a month ago was my chance to wear niqab, i blew it.
  3. i dont appear to be at all related to America (from the outside and inside) but trying to convince "khalas" "aunties" and "tantus" that I am a purebred masry is NOT working.
  4. my 82+ neighbor could actually die anyday now, and I still haven't gotten around to telling her about Islam.
  5. Does wanting to go to a movie theater for once even though i know it's haram make me a bad person? my dad would nod enthusisastically if he read this. my mom'd be like "habibty, there's good in everyone. no one can be all bad" which doesn't really answer the question.

Random hadith:

The Prophet Muhammad once said:
"Allah the Almighty has said: 'Whosoever acts with enmity towards a close servant of Mine (wali), I will indeed declare war against him. Nothing endears My servant to Me than doing of what I have made obligatory upon him to do. And My servant continues to draw nearer to Me with supererogatory prayers so that I shall love him. When I love him, I shall be his hearing with which he shall hear, his sight with which he shall see, his hands with which he shall hold, and his feet with which he shall walk. And if he asks (something) of Me, I shall surely give it to him, and if he takes refuge in Me, I shall certainly grant him it." (Al-Bukhari)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I have a LOT to say, subhanallah

peace be upon all u peoplz!

5 top things right now:
-my bff told me recently that she is actually following my blog (reading it!) and i realized that if i want to impress her, i should at least write more than once a month.
-i read this awesome book called "The Gospel According to Larry" and i got soo many ideas about my blog and i still have to think about how im gonna start.
-the digital alarm clock on my bedstand-thingy is 4 minutes ahead (that explains why i am starting to get to places on time for a change)
-i finished all my 60 hours of community service in 2 months (well..68.5 hours) and now resemble Mother Teresa (my dad said that and im still trying to "get it")
-my computer applications teacher is a mrs. "youngblood"

now five things i have to change about myself by same time next week:
  1. remember to read ayatul kursi after every salah
  2. sleep early
  3. finish surat al naml
  4. register for fiqh of love (even though im not 17) before feb. 1st
  5. convince my parents that its ok for friends to hang out at a mall (though i doubt ill have much luck-or qadar, whichever is more islamically right)

ok then, this is helping me get my thoughts out. after reading the aforementioned book, i decided that my blog should have a message to it. A certain slogan or motto that i stand by: a purpose. so far it has been one of the hundreds of things i have to squish in my not-so-busy 12-hour days. it should be more than that. it started off a whole "not afraid to show who i really am" type of thing. now, its a little different. i think i might actually be afraid to show who i really am. inside. deeep down. i have a question for you guysos-who-never-comment-on-my-blog (excluding those who actually comment of course):

SO FAR, WHAT DO YOU FEEL HAS BEEN THE OVERALL MESSAGE THAT MY BLOG GIVES? i wanna know how you gals think of me. so yeah. ok, i think Isha time came in already. or maybe its already out. i dont know. its still dark outside. lol. just kidding. did you know that the later you pray Isha, the more thawab you get, insha'allah? Thanks again, sheikh Yasir.

9-ty night (i know that doesnt make sense probably, but im too tired to explain) see you soon! wait...see you soon...jannah?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

i have 3 mins to write this


hope to write this really fast so i might make some mistakes so just forgive me peoples.
first od all wanted to say that there are two websites that i want you guiyz to lake a looka at ok?


amazing article loved it laughed from it. hope you like it too

really helps if you are anywhere in highschool, near a highschooler, aor anything. just plain nice. quite interesting. so my minutes almost up mught have to stop out of nowhere so just be prepared for that ok and know thay i am writinf reall fast now so dorry about it all. time almosy up/

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2010 and 2012

Assalamu alaikum

Several things i wanted to mention. wait..first, I want to change the font. Much better. I hope. Anyway, has anyone watched the movie 2012? My friend watched it for me and she was telling me how the idea was pretty similiar to Islam. Like, the idea is that everything is destroyed (almost yawmil qiyammah) and there was nothing left of anything. Then she was like, there was one thing that stayed up-and that was the ka'bah. Everything got destroyed except for the ka'bah which stayed in it's place. That got me thinking about what they meant by that and whether the people who made the movie had a certain idea in mind. i might never find the answer to that.

Also, I wanted to share this hadith that I found at this link: and it says how the ka'bah will actually be destroyed sometime before yawmil qiyamah:

The Ka'bah will retain its present structure until it is destroyed by "Dhus-Suwayqatayn" from Ethiopia as mentioned in Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (ra) who said the Prophet (saws) said: "The Ka'bah will be destroyed by Dhus-Suawayqatayn (that is literally, a man with two lean legs".2
There is also another narration on the authority of 'Abdullah Ibn 'Amr Ibn al-'As (ra) who said: "I heard the Prophet (saws) : 'A man from Ethiopia with two lean legs will destroy the Ka'bah, take away its treasures and remove its covers. As if I were looking at him, he is a bald man with crooked arms and legs who is attacking the Ka'bah with his iron shovel and pickaxe."3
this will occur after the appearance of "Ya'juj and Ma'juj" (Gog and Magog) as mentioned in Sahih al-Bukhari quoting Abu Sa'id al-Khudri (ra) that the Prophet (saws) said: "the people will continue performing Hajj and Umrah even after the appearance of Gog and Magog".4

1 Sahih (al-Bukhari 1/44, 491, 3/197, 4/412; Muslim 4/99-100; at-Tirmidhi 1/66 and Ibn Majah,2955. See al-Albani's As-Sahihah 1/43).
2 Sahih
3 Sahih (al-Bukhari and Muslim. See al-Mishkat, no. 2721)
4 Sahih

It saddened me that the kabah will actually be destroyed again. :( I hope I don't have to witness that. Also, there is an awesome Ilminar (it's an AlMaghrib thing where you attend a free class online. Online seminar with ilm (knowledge) is ilminar).

It is about the fiqh of food and clothing. Just amazing, masha'allah. You guys can listen to it too. more info at this link (the teacher is the best!)


salams for know, I wanna have breakfast.