Monday, 24 November 2014

Poem by Na'ima B. Robert

You try
To excise
Circumcise
The part of you
That loves too strongly,...
The part of you that still has tears to weep,
The part of you that still loses sleep,
The part of you that still holds on,
The part of you that must be strong,
The part of you foolish enough to cling to hope
In the face of hopelessness.

Cut it out,
Shred it,
Watch it shrivel and die.
Bury it,
Mourn it,
Emerge with dry eyes.
Hard,
Calloused,
Deathly triumphant.
Alone,
Aloof,
Though that dull ache is constant.
For you have killed the love
And, with it, a part of you,
But you feel that it is worth it,
For you know this to be true:
Walking away is but the easy road,
Sometimes it hurts too much to care.
Sometimes it's safer to bury that love you feel
Than to see your soul stripped bare.
Maybe, for once, you want to give up,
For once, you're not the hero,
For once you agree to fail the test,
For once you let that last chance go.
Maybe you'll throw up your hands
And admit defeat
And wish for the eternal sleep
To sink, unhindered,
Into the abyss,
The abyss of dark forgetfulness.
Maybe.
Or maybe, my sister,
You will cry those tears
And rise, in spite of all your tears,
Rise, rise upon broken wings
Knowing that He hears everything
Knowing that He hears your pleas
And His Promise is true: with hardship, comes ease.

*For every mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Keep Walking by Yasmin Mogahed

Keep Walking
By: Yasmin Mogahed

Every day I get closer to our Meeting.
I feel like I’ve been walking this path for a thousand years
towards You…
and yet I’m still not there.
So close, and yet so far still
But I keep walking,
despite the tears,
despite the wind,
despite the skinned knees and broken bones,
despite the bruises and scars that make this heart what it is today,
I keep walking…
toward You.
There’s only one direction,
one direction:
towards You.
From You, to You.
I have nothing else.
Nothing.
That is my poverty.
I keep walking
because behind every sun’s setting is a rising,
Behind every storm is a Refuge,
Behind every fall is a rise,
Behind every tear is a cleansing of the eyes.
And in every spot you’ve ever been stabbed, is a healing,
and the creation of skin stronger than it was.
I keep walking
because wallahi I have nothing but Your mercy.
I have nothing but Your promise
Your words
Your promise
that:

84:6
“Oh mankind, indeed you are ever toiling on towards your Lord- painfully toiling,- but you shall meet Him.” (84:6)

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

AR-RAYYAAN SADAQAH PROJECT: THE QUR'AAN PROJECT!

AR-RAYYAAN SADAQAH PROJECT: THE QUR'AAN PROJECT!: Asalaamualaikum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatuhu We at Ar-Rayyaan Sadaqah Project have come up with an initiative to help aid our brothers &a...

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ramadan 2014: A dua for the Ummah in Ramadan - From Stand Up 4 Islam

Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)
 
Yet another Ramadan in which the unscrupulous and barbaric Israelis turn to bombing Muslims in Palestine!
http://www.foa.org.uk/news/palestinian-killed-two-injured-by-army-missile-in-southern-gaza

I make dua that Allah Punishes the oppressors
I make dua that Allah Protects the Muslims
I make dua that Allah Unites the Ummah in this time of need, where the world just watches Israelis methodically kill Muslims in Palestine
I make dua that Allah Gives Strength to the scholars to speak out against oppression, instead of performing khutbas that do not address the needs of the Ummah
I make dua that Allah Helps the Muslims to see past their bickerings and wake up to the fact that Islam is under attack, so bickering doesn’t help
I make dua that Allah Strengthens the Ummah with righteous leaders
I make dua that Allah Opens the eyes of the Ummah to putting Islam first
I make dua that Allah Exposes the hypocrites who would lull the Ummah to sleep
I make dua that Allah Replace corrupt leaders with those who are filled with justice
I make dua that Allah Admits into Paradise those killed in the unlawful attacks by the Israelis
I make dua that Allah Increases our Imaan so we can help the Ummah and our brothers and sisters in Islam who are in need
I make dua that Allah Makes us not of those who are cowardly
I make dua that Allah Puts Compassion and Conviction in our hearts so we do not merely condemn wrong actions from the comfort of our armchairs
I make dua that Allah Answers my duas for His is the best Answer.
Stand Up 4 Islam!

From Stand Up 4 Islam

Friday, 18 July 2014

Look at the concern our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had for the Muslims....


Our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him.) even asked forgiveness for the oppressors too:

Abdullah ibn Kinanah ibn Abbas ibn Mirdas (r.a) narrated from his father that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) prayed for forgiveness for his nation one evening at `Arafat, and the response came, “I have forgiven them, except for the oppressor, with whom I will settle the score in favour of the one whom he wronged.” He said, “O Lord, if You will, then grant the wronged one from Paradise (a compensation) and forgive the oppressor.” No response came (that evening). The next day at Muzdalifah he repeated the supplication, and received a response to what he asked for. He (the narrator) said, “The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) laughed,” or he said, “He smiled. Abu Bakr and ‘Umar said to him, ‘May my father and mother be ransomed for you! This is not a time when you usually laugh. What made you laugh? May Allah make your years filled with laughter.’ He said, ‘The enemy of Allah, Iblees, when he came to know that Allah answered my prayer and had forgiven my nation, took some dust and started to sprinkle it on his head, uttering cries of woe and doom, and what I saw of his anguish made me laugh.’”  (Ibn Majah #3013)

Monday, 23 June 2014

A Father's Tears - Warning! Distressing News From Ummah Welfare Trust In Syria



 
A FATHER'S TEARS

Yesterday we were speaking to the coordinator for the Syrian Orphans Programme.

He told us he had paid a very heavy price for supporting the orphans of those who were killed innocently during the revolution.

His 4 year old son was kidnapped and killed because of his relief work supporting our innocent brothers and sisters in Syria.

I asked him what made him so sure his son was... killed?

He said his son was made to phone him before he was killed. He then broke down in tears and wept bitterly.

May Allah have mercy upon our brothers and sisters in Ash-Shaam

Mohammad Ahmad in Syria,
Ummah Welfare Trust,
25th Shaban 1435https://www.facebook.com/Ummahwelfaretrust

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Examples Of The Love That Aisha (r.a.) And Her Husband Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) Had For Each Other


One day, a person gave Rasulullah (s.a.w.) a few dates as a gift, which have been mentioned in Hadeeth to have numbered 9 or 11. Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.) and Rasulullah hadn't eaten for a number days but despite her intense hunger Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.) did not eat the dates and kept them for Rasulullah (s.a.w.) When he returned home then Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.) presented the dates to him. Rasulullah (s.a.w.) ate the dates but later enquired "Aisha! Did you eat anything?" Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.) replied "O Rasulullah (s.a.w.) the pleasure of my Rabb is sufficient for me." Rasulullah (s.a.w.) understood that this meant she had not eaten anything and was saddened by this. He said to her, "You should have also eaten from the dates." Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.) smiled and asked lovingly. "Has Rasulullah (s.a.w.) eaten?" Rasulullah (s.a.w.) was moved by her affection and supplicated to Allaah, "O Allaah! Reward Aisha abundantly for her patience." Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.) asked "O Rasulullah! Ask Allah Ta'ala to make me your wife in Jannat as well." Rasulullah (s.a.w.) replied, "If you seek my company in Jannat then be patient and abstinent. Do not collect provisions for tomorrow and spend in Allaah's path whatever exceeds you needs."

After hearing this advice of Rasulullah (s.a.w.) Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.) practised upon it throughout her life with her heart and soul.  (Mustadraak Haakim)




On one occasion an Iranian neighbour of Rasulullah (s.a.w.) invited him to partake of meals at his home. Rasulullah (s.a.w.) replied that he would accept the invitation on condition that Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.) could also accompany him. The Iranian declined and Rasulullah (s.a.w.) said, "In that case I cannot accept your invitation."

The reason for Rasulullah (s.a.w.) declining the invitation was that at that time Rasulullah's (s.a.w.) household was in poverty and were suffering from the pangs of hunger. This is why Rasulullah (s.a.w.) did not think it appropriate to indulge himself in a meal while his beloved wife was suffering from hunger at home.

The Iranian returned again and invited Rasulullah (s.a.w.) to join him for meals. Rasulullah (s.a.w.) again requested permission for Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.) to accompany him and when the Iranian declined, Rasulullah also declined the invitation.

The host returned for the third time and again invited Rasulullah (s.a.w.) to join him for meals and when Rasulullah (s.a.w.) requested permission for Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.) to join him, this time the host granted him permission. Rasulullaah (s.a.w.) then joined him for meals accompanieds by Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.).

The neighbour declined the first two times because meals had been prepared for one person only and on the third, preparations had been made to accommodate Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.) as well. (Muslim)

(From 'Hundred Stories of Hadhrat Aisha (r.a.)' By Moulana Shuaib Saror)

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Seven Scattered Pearls

Abu Dharr (r.a.) related: My beloved friend (Allah's Messenger s.a.w.) has commanded me to do seven things:

1. To love the poor and the needy and to be close to them.
2. To look towards those who are of a lower standing than me regarding worldly goods and not towards those who are of a higher standing than me in this regard.
3. To strengthen the ties of kinship, even if my relatives try to sever them.
4. Not to ask anything of anyone.
5. To speak the truth under all circumstances, even if it might be bitter (for him who hears it).
6. Not to fear the reproach of anyone when it comes to bidding good and forbidding evil.
7. To recite Laa hawla wa la quwwata illa billah often as these words are a part of the treasure beneath the Mighty Throne.  (Ahmad)

(From Scattered Pearls vol.8)

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Three Easy Ways to Enter Paradise

Abu Saeed Al Khudri (r.a.) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said: "A person who eats only from what is lawful, and acts according to my Sunnah, and from whose harm others are safe, shall enter Paradise." One man said: "O Messenger of Allah! This applies to many people." The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) replied: "Yes, and this shall be so even in the coming generations." (Tirmidhi)

(From 'Scattered Pearls' vol.8)

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

A Strong Believer

Abu Hurairah (r.a.) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said:

“A believer who is strong is better and more beloved to Allah than the one who is weak, although both bear goodness. Aspire for what benefits you, and seek help from Allah; and do not give up. And if any adversity befalls you, do not say if I had done this or that, it would have resulted in such and such. But say, Allah so destined and did it as He desired. For verily (the word) "if" opens the way for the work of Shaitan.”   (Muslim)


Saturday, 15 February 2014

The Most Beloved of People

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

"The most beloved of people according to Allah is he who brings most benefit, and the most beloved of deeds according to Allah the Mighty, the Magnificent, is that you bring happiness to a fellow Muslim, or relieve him of distress, or pay off his debt or stave away hunger from him. It is more beloved to me that I walk with my brother Muslim in his time of need than I stay secluded in the mosque for a month. Whoever holds back his anger, Allah will cover his faults and whoever suppresses his fury while being able to execute it, Allah will fill his heart with satisfaction on the Day of Standing. Whoever walks with his brother Muslim in need until he establishes that for him, Allah will establish his feet firmly on the day when all feet shall slip. Indeed, bad character ruins deeds just as vinegar ruins honey." [Tabarani, Hasan]

Monday, 13 January 2014

Worse Than The Sin Itself .....

Ibn Abbas (r.a.) said:

"O you who are given to sin! Don't deem yourselves safe from the evil consequences of your deeds! The sin is usually accompanied by things which are even worse than the sin itself. While you commit a sin, you're not feeling ashamed of the angels on your right and on your left, and that is even worse than the sin itself. You don't know how Allah is going to deal with you, and yet you are laughing. This laughter of yours is even worse than the sin itself. And if you succeed in committing a sin, you are happy about it. Your happiness is even worse than the sin itself. And if you could not commit a sin, you feel sad. This sadness is even worse than the sin itself. If a gust of wind moves the curtain that screens you while you commit a sin, you feel scared, but the fact that Allah is watching you does not frighten you. This condition is even worse than the sin itself."

(Hayatus Sahabah 3/588)