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  2. As-Salaam alaikum, In ayat 85 of Surat Bani-Isra'el of the Holy Qur'an (17:85), Allah Ta'ala says:-- "And they ask you concerning the ruh (spirit or soul). Say: the ruh (comes) by command of my Lord: of knowledge it is a little that is communicated to you, (O men!)." With this ayat, we come to understand that the ruh.. the spirit or soul in our body is one of those things that are of high spiritual mysteries, which cannot be explained in terms of our everyday human experiences. It is Allah's secret ocean..... an ocean from which you and I are able to look, feel, walk, touch, smell, speak, hold, hear, taste etc How is it that we are able to do all this, but yet we don not know how we are looking, smelling, hearing, walking, tasting, speaking? You may lift your hand up and let it fall down again; you may catch something, but you do not know how you are catching that thing. You are walking, but you do not know how you are able to walk!! Looking into ourselves, we see a perfect balance. There are 360 organs (internal and external) in our bodies... each has its own function. When one of them works, it does not prevent the other from working. So, it is not possible for you/us to understand about ruh more than this.... other than to acknowledge and/or declare: Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!! La-ilaha illallahu, Allahu Akbar Wa Lillahil-Hamd!!!
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  7. As-Salaam alaikum, Ayat 257 of Surat Baqra of the Holy Qur'an (2:257) reads:-- "Allah is the Wali of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness into the Light." Allah, may He be Exalted, says He is the Protective Friend of those who believe. Nu'uman Ali Khan explained that Allah Ta'ala did not use the word mu'minoon.. meaning 'the believers'. He said, "those who believed". Who are they? They are the people who have entered into imaan (faith) but it has not settled in their hearts yet. He is the Protective Friend of those people. Not the perfect ones, but the ones who struggle- those who are not there yet. And how is He a Protective Friend? He has the constant attribute of pulling them-- pulling us, those who go up and down in their faith-- out of darkness, and bringing them into Light. Not just one time, but over and over again. Just like He forgives sins over and over. He always has our back, Gafur-Raheem.
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  10. Ramadan Mubarak 1439, we started in Egypt May 17th. May Allah Support us to make optimal benefit of this unique month In sh a Allah.
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  12. As-Salaam alaykum, The Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Three (classes of people) are immune from Iblis and his hordes: those who constantly hold Allah in remembrance by night and day; those who seek forgiveness before dawn; and those who weep for fear of Allah (most Great and Majestic)." Narrated by Abul Shaykh in Kitab al-Thawab, on the authority of Ibn Abbas.
  13. As-Salaam alaikum, Says Allah, Azzah Wa Jallah, in the Holy Qur'an:-- "AND SEEK FORGIVENESS OF ALLAH. INDEED ALLAH IS FORGIVING AND MERCIFUL" (73:29) "SURELY, ALLAH LOVES THOSE PEOPLE WHO CONSTANTLY REPENT TO HIM" (2:222) Note that in above verse/ayat (2:222), Allah did not say, 'Allah loves the Taa'ibeen (those who repent), but He said, Tawwabeen, which means those who constantly... over and over, repent. As humans, we sometimes tend to strap off the path for a while. What should we do when we realize we erred ? How do we ensure that our repentance is sincere, consistent and successful? There are 3 main steps one must take in order to sincerely repent:-- (1) Deeply regret with a sincere heart for the sin committed. (2) Return to Allah Ta'ala for forgiveness: recite lots of Instighfar (3) Make a strong intention never to return to that same sin again. May Allah Ta'ala help us in returning to Him... always... ameen.
  14. As-Salaam alaikum, May I have the pleasure of reminding you/us to always:--- (1) Be scrupulous in all our affairs. Righteousness in the deen depends on Righteousness as the great Imam, Sidi al-Hasan Basri, Rahimahullah, said: "Ascend to Allah by means of your himma (efforts) since what was going to happen has happened and what is decreed will certainly come about. By Allah, turning to creation is hidden shirk. The Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: 'If someone devotes himself to Allah, Allah will spare him every burden and provide for him from where he does not reckon." Prefer Allah to all things since things are by their nature transitory and vanishing. 'All things are passing except His Face'. (27:88) (2) Keep your tongues still except in Zikrullah. The disasters of the tongue are many. A man may speak one word which he finds inconsequential, but because of it fall into the fire of Jahannam for 70 years, as is related. All words which are not Zikr are a distraction and there is no hour in which a person does not remember Allah, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala, which will not be a regret for him on the Day of Rising, as is related. So, beware of sitting with people of this world and socializing with except out of legal necessity. The Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: "Do not sit with the dead or your hearts will die." He was asked: "Who are the dead, O Messenger of Allah?". He answered: "Those who love this world and desire it." And Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, says:-- "So turn away from him who turns away from Our Remembrance and desires nothing but the life of this world." (53:29)
  15. As-Salaam alaikum, Ayat or verse 16 of Surat Sajdah of the Holy Qur'an (32:16) reads:-- "THEIR SIDES FORSAKE THEIR BEDS." This is in reference to those servants of Allah, Jallah-Jalalahu, who offer the voluntary night prayer, known as Tahajjud. It is the same Sallah about which the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Hold fast to night prayer, for it was the way of the righteous before you, a way of drawing closer to your Lord, an expiation for wrong deeds, and a shield from sin." [Tirmidhi]. 'Qiyam' literally means standing up, particularly after sleeping, just as we say... 'YUOM AL-QIYAMAH' for Day of Judegement as we rise to stand before Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, after much rest in our graves. That is why sleep is like a daily death, and Qiyam is to rise from it. Whoever stands in the night in prayer, Allah will make easy for him in standing on the Day of Judgement, as some of our 'Ulama observe. Sayyadi Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, also advised: "Whoever loves to find the long standing of the day of Resurrection less difficult should let him show himself to Allah in the darkness of the night prostrating ( in Sajdah) and standing, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for Mercy of his Lord. In view of this, we should all make it a regular habit to be offering the Tahajjud every day..every night.. of our life. Best Wishes.
  16. As-Salaam alaikum, Sayyadi Hassan al-Basri, may Allah be Merciful to him, relates that a group of individuals claimed to love Allah and so Allah tested their love by revealing the Ayat: "Say, If you love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you and forgive you your sins." (3:31) Al-Junaid Baghdadi, may Allah be Merciful to him, said: "No one has reached Allah except through Allah. And the path to reaching Allah is following the Chosen One, al-Mustafa, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam." Reaching Allah means attaining a state in which Allah is pleased with one. It is based on this perspective that the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:- "All of my community will enter paradise except those who refuse." It was asked, "O Messenger of Allah, who refuses?" He said:- "Whoever obeys me will enter Heaven. Whoever disobeys me has refused." [Bukhari, Vol. 6].
  17. "The one who tries to reach Me, knows Me The one who knows Me, wants Me The one who wants Me, seeks Me The one who seeks Me, finds Me The one who finds Me, serves Me The one who serves Me, remembers Me The one who remembers Me, I remember him with My Mercy". (Hadith Qudsi)
  18. As-Salaam alaikum, In a Hadith Qudsi, Allahu Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala said:-- "For Me, the most blessed of My Friends is the person of faith who is unburdened (by possessions), who takes pleasure in prayer, who carries out well his devotion to his Lord and eagerly serves Him in secret. He is concealed among the people; no one points him out. His sustenance is barely sufficient, and he is content with that. His death comes quickly, there are few mourners, and his estate is small." This Noble Hadith is included, with minor variations, in the canonical collections of Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Ibn Hanbal.
  19. As-Salaam alaikum, It is my pleasure to invite your attention to the attached booklet compiled by Sheikh Ali Qari, titled: 'MUKHTASAR HIZBUL A'AZAM'. It is a collection of various kinds of Du'as and/or Supplications covering almost every area of life in this world and the Hereafter. You are aware that through Du'a, we fulfill the Order of Allah that we should request, ask/appeal to Him, Jallah-Jalalahu, for all we need... all we want. Also, Du'a ia an expression of our servitude to Allah Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala.... as it indicates our utter poverty and absolute dependence on Him. It helps us recognize Him as Rabb (Lord) and Malik (Owner of Everything). Find time to peruse this booklet and use it in everyday life, and you will see/appreciate what we are saying above.. Best Wishes.. MUKHTASASR-Hizbul-Azam.pdf
  20. As-Salaam alaykum, Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "THERE ARE 2 PHRASES THE ARE LIGHT ON THE TONGUE BUT HEAVY ON THE SCALE OF REWARDS AND ARE DEAR TO (ALLAH) THE GRACIOUS ONE. THESE ARE SUBHANALLAHI WA BI-HAMDIHI [All Glory is to Allah and all Praise to Him]; and SUBHANALLAH AL-AZIM [Glorified is Allah, the Great]." [Muslim, Bukhari, Tirmidhi]. In view of this, we should include the recital of these 2 Noble Phrases in good numbers DAILY in our Zikr... when we come to remember Allah Ta'ala in the mornings and evenings. Many Regards.
  21. As-Salaam alaikum, In many places of the Holy Qur'an, notably Ayat 110 of Surat Ali-Imran (3:110) and Ayat 100 of Surat Tauba (9:100), Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, praised and showed His Pleasure for the Sahaba, the Companions of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam. They were a people whose actions and behaviors were all in accordance with the Islamic Shari'a... their sense of Generosity, Forgiveness, Justice and Selfless service to Humanity and Worship of Allah were highly exemplary Find hereby attached a compilation of 51 stories from a work titled: 'Companions Of The Prophet', for your perusal and use... as there are certainly lessons to draw therefrom. Best Wishes.. Companions of the Prophet.pdf
  22. As-Salaam alaikum, As a reminder, I wish to invite your attention to the following Ahadith.... all related from the Leader of Mankind and Jinn, Sayyadina Muhammad, the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, who said:-- ( 1) "Do not drink alcohol, for it is the key to all evil".- Ibn Majah (2) "The beauty of one's Islam requires his leaving what does not concern him".- Ibn Hibban (3) "Livelihood seeks a person out in the same way that his death seeks him out"- Ibn Hibban (4) "All the children of Adam are wrongdoers, but the best wrongdoers are those that repent"- al-Tirmidhi (5) "Feed the hungry, visit the sick and free captives."--Bukhari (6) "The key to Paradise is Sallah, and the key to Sallah is Wudu"- Tirmidhi.
  23. As-Salaam alaikum, When his companions asked: "O Messenger of Allah, what are the most excellent of actions?" The beloved of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, replied:-- "To gladden the heart of human beings, To feed the hungry, To help the afflicted, To lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and To remove the sufferings of the injured." [Sahih Bukhari ]. So, over to us all for guidance and necessary action accordingly.
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  26. The best way to learn about something unfamiliar is to experience it firsthand. If you've never been to a country with a sizable Muslim population, consider booking a trip. Here are 10 destinations that will give you a better perspective on Islam and will just generally make for an awesome trip. Image source: International Link Tours 1. Indonesia Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world — about 87% of the country is Muslim. Besides surfing in Bali, which is just one of Indonesia's more than 13,000 islands, you can explore one of its eight World Heritage Sites, hike in the rainforest, visit active volcanoes, see ancient human fossils and snorkel in the coral reefs. In addition to the Great Mosque of Demak, one of the oldest in Indonesia, you can also see Hindu and Buddhist temples and remnants of the Dutch colonial history. 2. India Although only about 14% of the country is Muslim, India has the second-largest Muslim population in the world. The Taj Mahal is a world-renowned example of Islamic art built during the Mughal Empire and just one of the hundreds of tourist sites in the country. Charminar in Hyderabad is a mosque believed to have one minaret, or tower, for each of the four earliest caliphs, or leaders, of Islam. Pilgrims often travel to visit some of the many Islamic holy sites in India, as well as the Hindu temples. 3. Malaysia About 60% of the population in Malaysia is Muslim. The Prophet Muhammad's birthday is a national holiday, along with the Chinese New Year, Deepavali (the Hindu festival of lights, also called Diwali) and Christmas. In addition to the twin Petronas towers, you can visit the Islamic Art Museum Malaysia, many mosques, caves, beaches and nature reserves, including an elephant orphanage. 4. Morocco Morocco's population is considered 99% Muslim and has the 11th largest Muslim population in the world. From buying all kinds of crafts in the souk, or market, in Marrakesh, to camping with Berbers in the desert, to enjoying the coastal views in Rabat and ancient architecture in the Atlas Mountains, as well as sampling traditional food cooked in a tagine (clay pot), Morocco is enchanting. 5. Oman Oman is 88% Muslim. Check out the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Royal Opera House and enjoy one of the most diverse environments in the Middle East. Oman has beaches, caves and even mountains. The capital, Muscat, was named one of the best cities in the world to visit by Lonely Planet, as well as the capital of Arab tourism in 2012. 7. Turkey Turkey has the seventh-largest Muslim population in the world. While the U.S. State Department has a travel warning issued for Turkey, Istanbul is at the crux of where East meets West. Turkey is home to breathtaking landscapes, such as the World Heritage Site of the fairy-like caves of Cappadocia, and the stunning architecture of the Hagia Sophia and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Cruise down the Bosphorus between two continents, eat delicious Mediterranean food and try the national liquor Raki, made from grapes and aniseed. here it is Best Muslim Countries for Holidays 8. Algeria Algeria has the ninth-largest Muslim population in the world — 98% of the population is Muslim. The Grand Mosque is one of North Africa's most significant Islamic landmarks. You can also see many sites of well-preserved Roman, Byzantine and Phoenician ruins such as Timgad, Djemilia, Tiddis, and Tipasa. Constantine, the "city of bridges," was named the Capital of Arab Culture in 2015. Explore the camel market, sand dunes and ancient Saharan towns historically closed to foreigners. 10. Egypt The land of the Sphinx, the Pyramids and the Nile, Egypt is 90% Muslim. It's also home to Mount Sinai, Al-Azhar University, the Mosque of Amr ibn al-As and the mausoleum of Imam Shafi, along with many more historical sites.
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