Imam Zaid Shakir

•March 28, 2006 • 2 Comments

We recently had Imam Zaid Shakir visit our school and give us a short lecture reminding us the importance of our relations with fellow muslims. Some points:

-the one who looks down upon his fellow muslim is degrading Allah’s creation.

-we are depicting the character of Iblis when we think that we are better than another muslim.
“So the angels bowed down, all of them. But Iblees did it not. He showed haughtiness and became a rejecter. God said: O Iblees, what stopped you from bowing down to the one whom I created with my hands? Was it your pride [that stopped you] or are you among the elevated ones? He said: I am better than him. You created me from fire while him you created from dust.” (Sa’d 39: 73 – 76) And we all know Iblis’ fate from there..

-The Prophet (saw) said it is sufficient for a person to be called a liar if they repeat everything that they hear.

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Great site to find the Qibla

•March 25, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Qibla Locator
Here's a great site that can be used to locate the direction of the Qibla from anywhere in the world. It's a really nifty little site, that especially comes in handy when you're travelling. And of course, I'm not just saying all this because my husband made the site… here's a big, proud, cheezy, 2 thumbs up, smile for him : D

Qibla Locator

More on Death

•March 15, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Everyone will die at their appointed time. It is reported that Umm Habiba, the wife of Rasulallah (saw) supplicated “Oh Allah give me pleasure by giving a long life to my husband, Rasulallah (saw), and to my father, Abu Sufyan, and to my brother, Mu’awiya.” Rasulallah (saw) told her “You are supplicating towards Allah in regards to fixures and counted days and ordained provisions that are already divided. If you would have asked Allah (swt) to save you from hellfire and to save you from the punishment of the grave, that would have been better for you.” (Sahih Muslim)
Rasulallah (saw) described death as the destroyer of pleasures. There is a period of preparation before death when the angels descend. Allah (swt) says in the Quran, “Until when death approaches one of you, our messengers take his soul and they never neglect their duty.” The messengers are the angels.

Rasulallah says in the hadith “if the believing servent is leaving this world and moving into al Aakhira, angles will descend from the heavens. White, bright faces like the sun. They have with them a coffin from Paradise and incense from Paradise. And then the angel of death will descend and he will sit next his head (the person entering into the aakhira), and he says “Oh you pure soul, come out to the forgiveness of Allah and His pleasure.” This soul will come out so easily, so smoothe, that is like a drop of water coming out of a jug.”

For the evildoer and the nonbeliever, if he is leaving dhunya and approaching aakhira, dark angels will come down and they are carrying with them coffins made of harsh material (it could be from hellfire). The angel of death will come and sit next to him and say “Oh you evil soul, come out to the anger of Allah (swt) and the wrath of Allah (swt) is waiting for you.” Rasulallah (saw) says when the angel makes this announcement, the soul will disperse in the body, running around, not wanting to leave. Then the angel of death will grab the soul and pull it out like a branch with many thorns pulled out of a ball of wet wool. Just as the wool would be torn apart, the soul will be tearing the muscles and the nerves of the person.

Yaaaaawn!

•March 10, 2006 • 1 Comment

Wow, it’s been a long time since i’ve blogged. I guess it was a combination of blogger’s block, sleepless nights spent studying for exams, and life getting too hectic all at once. Man, am I tired! Spring break’s here so I can finally chill-ax a bit…

On a related note to being way too tired for my own good… here are some hadith related to yawning- just as a reminder:

Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “Yawning is from Satan and if anyone of you yawns, he should check his yawning as much as possible, for if anyone of you (during the act of yawning) should say: ‘Ha’, Satan will laugh at him.” (Bukhari Volume: 4, Book Number: 54, Hadith Number: 509)

Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “Allah likes sneezing and dislikes yawning, so if someone sneezes and then praises Allah, then it is obligatory on every Muslim who heard him, to say: May Allah be merciful to you (Yar-hamuka-l-lah). But as regards yawning, it is from Satan, so one must try one’s best to stop it, if one says ‘Ha’ when yawning, Satan will laugh at him.” (Bukhari Volume: 8, Book Number: 73, Hadith Number: 242)

Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “Allah loves sneezing but dislikes yawning; so if anyone of you sneezes and then praises Allah, every Muslim who hears him (praising Allah) has to say Tashmit to him. But as regards yawning, it is from Satan, so if one of you yawns, he should try his best to stop it, for when anyone of you yawns, Satan laughs at him.” (Bukhari Volume: 8, Book Number: 73, Hadith Number: 245)

Hippo yawning

“Look Ma, I’m a Swan!”

•February 22, 2006 • 1 Comment

We had an interesting discussion today in one of my sociology classes today about beauty. We were talking about how beauty, rather than being universal, has sort of turned into a ‘social construction.’ The idea of what beauty is differs among cultures, changes over time, and most importantly, beauty perpetuates social inequatilty. For example, at a certain point in history, being as pale as possible was the highest standard of beauty. If you were pale, it showed that you didn’t have to work hard outside all day, that you had a leisurely lifestyle where you could just sit home, sipping iced tea and painting your nails all day. Nowadays people get tan to show that they have the time and the $$ to go on vacation. In the past, the waist lines of the aristocracy represented how much access they had to luxury foods. It’s all so arbitrary.

If you think about it, the so called “beautiful” people all look… the same. The same hair, the same nose, the same lips, body, etc. Like on the tv show The Swan, all these girls go in looking like themselves and through a magical process of cutting, stuffing, lipo-ing, and bleaching, they come out polished and manufactured as ‘swans.’ People chase this non-existent ideal standard of beauty and they’re never satisfied. Asian women are getting surgery on their eyelids to make their eyes look bigger (or more Caucasian some argue). Women are getting their toes surgically removed so they can wear fashionable, pointy high heels…

😮

Nice heels. . . . or my little toe? . . . . h e e l s . . . . or t o e?

Hmmm… tough choice, isn’t it? (Sarcasm).

Anyway, the whole discussion just really re-emphasized the importance of hijaab for me. If done properly, it wipes out all competition between women trying to be the most beautiful, it makes u focus on other things that are way more important than chasing some arbitrary ideal of beauty. That’s not to say I don’t have a ways to go still. It’s a constant work in progress.

Countdown til my husband comes home: 7 more lonely days to go.

He Said, She Said

•February 21, 2006 • 1 Comment

So I was on the bus today after class and this guy and girl come and sit right in front of me. For like 10 whole minutes they’re talking about the relationship between Person X and Person Y, who (from what i could tell) were a part of their group of friends. The whole time they were like “she says do this, and he does it right away- what’s up with that… i’m gonna talk to her… and then i got buzzed… and she was like ‘blah blah blah’ and then he said ‘OMG blah blah’… etc, etc. Anyway, it got me wondering why people have nothing better to talk about. Why are we always so concerned with other people’s lives? I personally feel as though I have more than enough to think about, worry about in my own life- who has the time to be all up in someone else’s biziness? Not to mention that backbiting/gossiping is a major sin… although, i’m pretty sure these peeps weren’t muslim… but when muslims do it too, it’s just a whole different story. The question is, what do u do when someone comes up to u and is constantly saying negative stuff about any (not one in particular) third party person? Do you just laugh it off and say “I don’t really care,” or do u get all up in their face and start reciting fatwa’s to them? or do u just ignore it?

On another note, today I decided that I’m the most indecisive person I know…
Is that an oxymoron?
:-l  (confused face)

. . . . must  s  t  u  d  y  .  .  .  .

on death

•February 21, 2006 • Leave a Comment

I’ve started taking notes on Anwar al-Awlaki’s lecture series on the Hereafter. I’m trying to keep it to the main points, but i’m pretty sure it’s going to get lengthy. It’s beneficial stuff though, inshallah.

-Belief in the aakhira is a pillar of our faith. Prophet Muhammad (saw) said “If you know what I know, you would cry a lot and laugh a little.” It is mentioned of Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra) that he said “It wouldn’t make a difference if I see jannah in front of me- I wouldn’t love it more. And even if I see hellfire in front of me I wouldn’t fear it more.” i.e., Ali (ra) had absorbed the meaning of Jannah so much that it wouldn’t make a difference if he saw it; He was living in this dhunya as if he was seeing Jannah and hellfire in front of him.

More to come inshallah.
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