Archive for September, 2006
Yeah I try to stay away from videos in Ramadan, but this video is amazing you should watch it (more like listen to it but yeah..) Once you get around ayah # 23 you’ll hear what I’m talking about and why this reciter will impact you ♥. Anyone know who the reciter is?
Have you ever realized how much Ramadan gets people together? I mean people you would never expect to go to Masjid go, people you never knew before go, and ever year in this month we meet these new people and new friendships are made. It’s really a very happy thought. In the month of Ramadan I try real hard to not get angry or upset over anything. I juss try to let it all pass, and hoping that inshaAllah my patience will increase.
Taraweeh prayer is all ways, for me, the most interesting part of Ramadan, basically because you get to see everyone together. One thing about this that I can talk about from my own experience is of course about us Afghan’s. You see Afghan’s juss have this thing, like they go to only ‘Afghan Masaajids’ its really weird. I know a lot of Afghans from different families, backgrounds, almost all of them are different in their own unique way, but most of them have this thing that they have to go to an Afghan Masjid; I mean of course we all know that we are all Muslims but for some reason they feel the necessity to go only to an Afghan Masjid. But you see in the month of Ramadan, they (well most of them) put this feeling aside and they go to their local Masjid (Afghan or not) and ‘hamdulillah I mean the more I think about it, the more it amazes me. SubhanAllah, in one month there are like Muslim’s pouring in form all over the place, its like “raining Muslims” now, they are all over the place, my friend and I describe it as whole bunch of Muslim’s that begin coming out of a black hole or something, subhanAllah its like the best thing in the world. Then you also get this sense of Muslim pride all over the place, when your in Masjids you see kids that are incredibly happy to be there, you see adults incredibly happy, the month of Ramadan juss radiates happiness :), it seriously does.
I would also like to address the questions, and remarks that were given to me when I originally posted this post. For those of you who had told me that I am being hypocritical because all of a sudden I am having posts on Islam and that I have no right to analyze these kinds of Muslims–May Allah forgive me and i appologize, that really wasn’t my intention of hurting anyone’s feelings, or whatever it may have been I really truly am sorry if it came out the wrong way. Apparently I am not that much of a strong writer and I really do have to be careful with this blog and how I word thing’s or how I present them. Once again I truly am sorry and may Allah fogive me for any wrong I may have done. Well I guess jumping off of that, my blog is fairly new, and I really do make an effort to try to make posts about Islam, but I also like to have posts about the world around us, and the present day events that go on as well. But the reason I have some random posts of me rambling (much like this one) was because I felt that maybe if I put thing’s that have occurred in my life, may someone out there who is reading this, maybe it can help them. Maybe there is someone who is reading my blog, and they can reflect upon it and that by reading my blog they could get some feed back and not have to go through the mistakes that I have been through, AllahuAlam, maybe it actually is helping someone out there, inshaAllah it is helping someone. I actually do like it when people make remarks like this, because it gives me more reason to reflect upon myself about what ever the case may be and these little thing’s can help me improve as a person, or even better yet it can help me become better in my Deen (InshaAllah)
Well I hope that your are all taking advantage of this blessed month and doing as many extra’s of anything and everything. Please keep the Ummah as a whole in your du’aa’s, please try to keep me in your du’aa’s, and of course make sure you keep yourself in your du’aa and inshaAllah our du’aa’s will be accepted by Allah. I hope that this blessed month passes us with us knowing that we have not wasted our time but filled it with the most amount of worship and good deeds that we feel that we could have done, and may you all be reading this in the best state of health, and in the most joy full state, InshaAllah.
A Silent Du‘a
All praises are for You Allah
How I know that You are there
For sinful though I surely am
Your displeasure I cannot bear
Never till this moment
Did I realize how much I’ve strayed
Never was I more conscious
Of the times I should have prayed
Ya Allah! Forgive me
Save me from the fire of Hell
Forgive me as You did my ancestors
From Jannah though they fell
Ya Allah! Protect me from all evil
For my soul is frail and weak
Let me not falter ever
For Jannah’s the abode I seek
My actions once were guided -
By my faith which once was strong
Ya Allah! Please give me guidance
What happened? What went wrong?
Each footstep that I used to take
I took with You by my side
The Qur’an was my close companion -
My healing and my guide
Ya Allah! Please help me
For I don’t understand and thus, I fear
What happened to all those days
When I never doubted You were near?
I sit here and I wonder Oh Allah,
Why did I fall so low?
What happened to my faith Allah?
Where did my Iman go?
How I yearn for those days Allah
For I know that the Day comes near
When each soul receives its just rewards
And Truth stands sparkling clear
In this short life of ours
So often does sin seem right
Falsehood seems to be the truth
Like day confused with night
Life is like a spider’s web Allah
We get caught in its tricky snare
So often are we disillusioned
Time for prayer we cannot spare
We are sinful creatures Allah
So please forgive us when we wrong
For the road to Jannah is rocky
And the journey seems arduously long
Ya Allah! Our Creator,
Have mercy on us on Judgement Day
Please guide us with our steps in life
And let us not ever lose our way
All praises are for You Allah
I know that You are near
I know that You have read my heart
And my words I know You hear
Alhamdullilah, I love Ramadan and its almost here! Well here are juss some stuff about Ramadan: (Note: the following information was mostly taken form Faza’il-e-A’maal and some random lectures, any mistakes made is my own fault/misunderstanding of the context and may Allah(SWT) forgive me, InshaAllah.)
- In Ramadan fasting is Fard by day, and Taraweeh is Sunnah by night.
- In Ramadan performing a Nafl act is equivalent to the reward of Fard act.
- In Ramadan performing a Fard act is equivalent to 70 Fard acts any other time.
- This is the month of patience.
- Show sympathy to one another.
- The first 10 days of Ramadan bring’s Allah’s mercy.
- The next 10 days of Ramdan bring’s Allah’s forgiveness.
- The Last 10 days brings emancipation from the fire of Jahanam.
- Allah turns to us and sends us his special mercy.
- Allah forgives our faults, accepts our prayers.
- Allah boasts to his Malaa’ikah about us.
- Try to recite Kalima Tayyiba.
- Make Istighfar (to please Allah)
- Beg for entry into Jannah.
- Seek refuge in Allah from Jahanum (these we can not do with out)
- The fish in the sea seek forgiveness for the fasting person on their behalf until the person breaks their fast.
- The smell from the mouth of a fasting person is sweeter to Allah than the smell of musk.
- Allah prepares and decorates a special garden in Jannah everyday and says to it “The time is near when faithful servants cast aside the greatest trials of the world and come to you.”
- Angel Jibrael said to Prophet Muhammed(صلى الله عليه و سل)”Woe to him who found the blessed month of Ramadan and let it pass without gaining forgiveness,” and Prophet Muhammed(صلى الله عليه و سل) said “Ameen!”
- The du’aa of a fasting person is not rejected until he breaks his fast.
- Allah and his Malaa’ikah send mercy upon those who eat suhoor.
- Dailey recitation of the Qur’aan.
- Try to stay in Wudhu at all times.
- Respect to all Adults(***especially children to parents***)
- Fasting is a protective covering for a man as long as he does not tear that protection.
Also, Perform Salat-tu-Tasbeeh, this Salah can be reported once a day, every Friday, once a month, once a year, or at least once in a life time(Its been reported that the reward for this Salah is forgiveness for all sins,whether committed knowingly or unknowingly, minor or major.) I know that many people that tell me that they aren’t familiar with Salat-ut-Tasbeeh so here’s juss some quick notes about how to perform it:
- Make niyyah for 4 rakaats Nafl Salat-ut-Tasbeeh.
- After Takbeer Tahrima recite Thana.
- Recite the 3rd kalima 25 times.
- Recite Surah Fatiha.
- Go into ruku and recite the 3rd kalima 10 times (while in ruku)
- In qaumah recite the 3rd kalima 10 times.
- First sajdah read 3rd kalima 10 times, repeat for second sajdah.
- Continue above steps, when you are done the 3rd kalima will have been read 300 times, Alhamdulillah
My friends and I have been getting so worked up about school lately, and we’ve made many points about our school specifically; and then the American school system as a whole. First off, colleges are driving us insane, like we are all seriously going insane, and the one’s who are in the IB program with me know exactly how much worst it is. The major stress comes with SAT’s, we have to make sure that we get like the best score otherwise the school will assume your not good enough to be in there. Then it’s the money issue. If you do get into college how are you going to pay for it? I mean between tuition, books, and if you dorm the food and all the other little things that mommy and daddy usually buy, well all of them add up. I have friends who have graduated and the problem was that they weren’t qualified for financial aid because they were on the ‘border line’ and they couldn’t go to that college. Can you imagine working hard your whole life, and then getting accepted to a school that you’ve dreamed about and then oh yeah you can’t afford it and that’s it you cant go!
Another thing we’ve been discussing, I think they should start to teach kids more. You see one of the good thing’s about my family is that there are 4 of us, my oldest sibling is in college, I myself am in high school, my younger brother is in middle school, and my youngest brother is in elementary school, so I can see what’s going on in each school. My youngest brother is in first grade, and there like not teaching him anything at all. I mean when your in first grade aren’t they supposed to be teaching you how to read and write actual sentences, add and subtract; but yet he’s still tracing letters and numbers. He’s also in ESL, anh what truly amazes me is how everyone looks down upon ESL but yet he’s learning more stuff in his ESL class than in his normal school class, a but ironic huh? And then there’s all ways some people,(well I know this exists in my school for a fact since I witness it), the people who all ways make rude remarks like “If there going to com to our country they should know English to begin with why should we stoop down to there level and have to teach them?” Ok when I hear that, it definitely makes me angry. I mean there are some kids that are just coming to our high school so that they can get some education get a job and then get back to there country, what kind of impact do you think you will have on them, how do you think they will describe our country when they go back after coming into contact with these kinds of people, I mean obviously you don’t expect them to go back and be like “Oh dey lubbed me, dey vere zo nice to me” And you all say that they should know our language, how do you think other countries feel when we have
In the IB program that I’m taking, my teachers have been tell us how the grades in the U.S. are usually lower than the other countries in the world that take IB, and how our essays aren’t really all that good compared to the other schools. There are a series of essays that we have to write for the program,we all aim for an A, but our teachers are telling us that a C will be good for our standards, uhm that makes sense…?!?
Towards the end of the summer I took one of Br. Nouman’s class (Al-Baquara : Grammar &Translation) and he told us one of the days that he was telling us how if he could chose he would give all of the money to Education and the Law, because when one is educated you will be more wise and have a better positive outlook on things, and the money for the Law’s would be for our security, even if you just simply look at the thought it makes sense, and then the more and more you think about the concept the more sense it makes.
Lebanon now faces another problem, unexploded bombs. About 50% of the villages are contaminated with these unexploded bombs and they are trying to get rid of them as soon as possible. Some people began to return their ‘homes’, well at least whatever is left, and some have found unexploded bombs still in their homes. The people of Lebanon have gone through so much, lost so much and have seen so much pain. Keep them all in your du’aas, may some of their hardships be reduced, and may there be some light in their future and never have to go through something like this again. I posted some pictures some are old some are recent, I can’t even imagine what they are truly going through, Alhamdu lillahil ladhi ‘afanee mimmabtalaka bihee wa faddalaniye ‘ala katheerim mimman khalaqa tafdeeylan (InshaAllah I’ll learn how to type better in Arabic and the I wont have to use transliteration which I really am not a fan of.)
Another Article to Read –>another country that hasn’t seen peace for so long, make du’aa for Afghanistan too<3
Yeah I know the video is pretty old any way. I’d also like to appologize that I haven’t posted like an actual real post in a while but I’ve just been so busy lately and I’ve had so many things to do. I can’t wait till I graduate high school inshaAllah, please keep me in your du’aas that I get into a good college, preferably that I get into the college of my choice but AllahuAlam what is the best thing for me. So yeah you make du’aa for me and I will make du’aa for my whole Ummah good deal eh? Well that’s actually something that we should all be doing all the time making du’aa for each other and “du’aa-ing” for the best for our brothers and sisters. Oh and Alhamdullilah my favorite time of year is coming up so yeah I’m maddd excited for Ramadan!!! !!! Speaking of Ramadan I saw someone’s blog who had a pretty good idea click on this link and check it out, it’s a pretty cool idea and I’d like to see the results.
… so here’s juss a lil old video that I decided to post:
Yeah well this is a little cute story that all ways makes me smile:
“The Cookie Thief”
” A woman was waiting at the airport one night
With several long hours before her flight
She hunted for a book in the airport shop
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop
She was engrossed in her book, but happened to see
That the man beside her, as bold as could be
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between
Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene
She read, munched cookies, and watched the clock
As the “ghastly cookie thief” diminished her stock
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by
Thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I’d blacken his eye!”
With each cookie she took, he took one too
When only one was left, she wondered what he’d do
With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh
He took the last cookie and broke it in half
He offered her half, and he ate the other
She snatched it from him and thought, “Oh brother,
This guy has some nerve, and he’s also so rude
Why, he didn’t even show any gratitude!”
She had never known when she had been so galled
And sighed with relief when her flight was called
She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate
Refusing to look at the “thieving ingrate”
She boarded the plane and sank in her seat
Then sought her book, which was almost complete
As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise
There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes!
“If mine are here,” she moaned with despair
“Then the others were his and he tried to share!”
Too late to apologize, she realized with grief
That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief! “
“US President George W Bush has said that the presence of late al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq before the war was evidence of a link. Opposition Democrats are accusing the White House of deliberate deception.“
““Saddam Hussein was distrustful of al-Qaeda and viewed Islamic extremists as a threat to his regime, refusing all requests from al-Qaeda to provide material or operational support,” it said. The Senate report added that the Iraqi regime had repeatedly rejected al-Qaeda requests for meetings.“
“Even though it is well-established that Saddam Hussein was no ally of al-Qaeda, nor did he possess weapons of mass destruction, the original justifications for the invasion for Iraq linger on, often in ways that have strangely mutated on their journey through politics and media.“
I just read this article on BBC Imam Syamsi Ali (well that’s how they spelled it someone feel free to correct me), an Imam that I find has all of the great qualities, and an Imaam that I’m all ways hoping will be the one leading ju’mah because of his amazing qu’raat, was recently interviewed in this article.
“The imam, Syamsi Ali, says he wants to bind people to the US, training young people who he hopes will become leaders in the law, medicine or engineering.“
Yes I know it may seem quite shocking to some/many of you that a Muslim leader is encouraging youngsters to get involved with the law, medicine or engineering. Your probably think what is this, I have figured this out from school from our many hot topic debates that this is one of the top topics and it is the one that basically just pisses me off, and it bothers me the most when they simply say “Yeah right just look at you guys on T.V.” Look at us on T.V., Look at us on T.V., Look at us on T.V.!!! Well I guess then the only good people according to the T.V. are white people? And the only Black people steal? All Hipanic people take a little trip and jump the border? All Muslim’s are psychos/terrorists? Damn for being the “land of the free…” the public is well incredibly gullible and believes anything the press will tell them and well there goes all of the Blacks, Hispanics, and Muslim’s freedom down the drain. Did you know that after 9/11 we had so many people convert to Islam? I go to “Islamic Center of Long Island” (ICLI/westbury masjid) and I went to the qu’ran class/hifz program there and honestly I was maddd scared going back to the masjid considering that I felt that the whole country hated Muslim’s. That’s what I felt as I walked the supermarket with my mom and the usual people that gave me smiles had the nastiest faces and sometimes a curse or two would be uttered. Yeah Muslim’s after 9/11 never got the coverage of how they were treated cruely for something that they did not do. The article tell us of how masjids have inter-faith meetings, see we are willing but are you all willing to listen to us? It is easy to call an entire group of people a certain thing and not care of the impact it may have on that group, you know as long as your life is all happy and dandy then I guess its all good for you guys huh. I think it was Ali in Ummah Films who had said something like, “A religion should not be judged by its misguided followers, a religion should be judged by its teachings.” Yeah well that’s a statement that should get out into public and try to follow it as well. Anyone who sees me is like ‘Oh snap a He Jobi, shes one of them crazy Muzlims‘ (ok well maybe not the Oh snap part I juss threw that in there) Ok first of all why do you guys say Muzlims, get it right if you gunna talk about us every two seconds at least say it right its Muslims yes learn it Second it aint no He Job, its a Hijab ok say it right and learn some respect for it too Third who the hell are you calling me crazy, I mean your the one standing there sounding really weird pronouncing words incredibly wrong thinking you all smart and thinking you all tough and yet your completely wrong, what makes you think you have the right to call me crazy? Yes I know once again too much of my ramblings, I apologize but I had to get it out. If you would like please read the rest of the article here.
“All the same, it only takes one alienated Muslim youth to act on his anger and then all the goodwill of thoughtful, active Muslim leaders in New York will count for little.”