Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ever Wonder why?

Jew Why a Jew can grow his beard and he is just practicing his faith and he has his freedom?
But when Muslim does the same, he is an extremist and terrorist! Muslim
Nun Why a nun can be covered from head to toe and she is respected for devoting her self to God?
But when Muslimah does the same she oppressed and they are reactionary! Hijab
Western Women When a western women stays at home to look after her house and kids she is respected because of sacrificing herself and doing good for the household?
But when a Muslim woman does so by her Will, because Islam don't prevent Muslim women from work they say, "she needs to be liberated"! Muslim Women
Anything Any girl can go to university wearing as she need and have her rights and freedom?
But when Muslimah wears Hijab they prevent her from entering university! Hijab
Subject When a child dedicates himself to a subject he has potential.
But when he dedicates himself to Islam he is hopeless! Islam
Question When a Christian or Jew kills someone religion is not mentioned, but when Muslim is charged with a crime, it is Islam that goes to a trial! Question
Hero When someone sacrificing himself to keep others life, he is a noble one and all respects him.
But when a Palestinian do that to save his son from being killed, his brother's arm being broken, his mother being raped, his home being destroyed, and his mosque being violated. He gets the title of terrorist! Why? Because he is Muslim! Terrorist
Question When there is a trouble we accept any solution? Only if the solution is in Islam, we refuse without having a look at this solution. Question
Car When someone drive a perfect car in a bad way no one blame the car.
But when any Muslim make a mistake or treat people in a bad manner - people say "Islam is the reason"! Islam
Newspapers Without looking to the tradition of Islam, why people believe what the newspaper say.
But question what the Quran say! Quran

When human trying to limit their number

Assalamualaykum jami'un!

“ It is He (Allah) Who has made you (His) Khalifah (vicegerents), inheritors of the earth : He has raised you in ranks, some above others : that He may try you in the gifts He has given you; for your Lord is quick in punishment; yet He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Surah Al-An-am 6 :165

From this verse, Allah told us, that we are the Khalifah on earth that must alive the world in a right way. It certainly appears to be true, that the concept and the role of Khalifah is the whole purpose of our existence, that human beings and the universe and everything in it would not exist if we were not to be Khalifah of Allah, and that on the Day of Judgement we are essentially judged how well we carried out our role as Khalifah of Allah.

In 2009, the Unite Nations estimated the population to be 6,800,000,000, while current estimates by the United States Census Bureau put the population at 6,830,200,000 and due to the world population clock, human population at this moment is 6 828 769 769. Human population increased rapidly over the course of the 20th century and we name it as overpopulation. This word raised so much attention especially for developed country.

Base on this fact, they're trying to control the birth rate at their country in order to lesser the population. As the policy implemented for a couple of decades, the impacts now have been obviously appeared. The national birth rate has dropped from 6.2 children per household to a mere 2.2 within a generation. Who's to blame for such sharp declining? Japan is among the countries that facing the crisis of population. They have lack of children and teenager that would lead the country in future.

In an article titled, "Japan Steadily Becoming a Land of Few Children," the Washington Post writes:

Japan, now the world's second-largest economy, will lose 70 percent of its workforce by 2050 and economic growth will slow to zero, according to a report this year by the nonprofit Japan Center for Economic Research.

This is what happen when human trying to control their population. As for muslims, we have our manual and reference (Quran and hadith) for each problem arise, and we believe that every single action that we take would be ask by Allah. The question is: Is family planning allowed in Islam? From the Islamic perspective, children are a gift and a blessing from Allah. Allah mentions some of the bounties that He has bestowed upon mankind in the following verse:
"And Allah has made for you spouses of your own kind and has made for you, from your wives, sons and grandsons, and has bestowed upon you good provisions." (al-Nahl 72)
Allah also said: "Wealth and children are the adornment of the life of this world." (al-Kahf 46)
The only true provider for all mankind is Allah. If Muslims follow what Allah has prescribed for them, Allah will provide for them. Allah has warned about killing one's children out of fear of poverty for either parents or the child. Allah says: "Kill not your children because of poverty - We provide sustenance for you and for them" (al-Anaam 151)
Allah also says: "And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We shall provide for them as well as for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin" (al-Isra 31)
Hence, Muslims should never abort or kill their children out of fear of poverty. It is Allah who provides for them.
Based on the above points and numerous others, the scholars who participated in the research on matter came up with the following resolution:

  • It is forbidden to "permanently" end a man's or a woman's ability to produce children, such as by having a hysterectomy or vasectomy, as long as that is not called for by circumstances of necessity according to its Islamic framework.

  • It is not allowed to enact a general law that limits the freedom of spouses in having children

  • It is permissible to control the timing of births with the intent of distancing the occurrences of pregnancy or to delay it for a specific amount of time, if there is some Shariah need for that in the opinion of the spouses, based on mutual consultation and agreement between them. However, this is conditioned by that not leading to any harm, by it being done by means that are approved in the Shariah and that it not do anything to oppose a current and existing pregnancy.

Islam is neither ritual nor a heritage, but Islam is the way of life. Islam has a solution for each matters. It just depand on us whether to use the manual or not, but it would not benefit you if you didn't use it just like a computer that you bought and then you let it on the desk, never touch or use it. There's a point to ponder and reflect.



Tips on teaching children to pray

Children just like a blank piece of cloth, the parents play an important role as a designer on decorating the cloth. For a muslim, pray is a pillar of Islam, its the most basic but crucial pillar that we must teach the children.
Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-Asr, narrated that the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) said,
“Command your children to make salah when they become seven years old…” Abu Dawud
This does not mean that parents can only start teaching their children how to perform it when they reach the age of seven. Rather, informal instruction should start when a child starts to show an interest in salah, which usually occurs around the age of two. It is only human nature that children love to imitate their parents. In fact, this is one method that Allah has provided us for teaching our youth.
Here are some quick tips:
  • Informal teaching should start when child starts to show interest usually occurs around the age of two.
  • Let them pretend to make salah.
  • Invite them to pray along side and join the family jemaah prayer.
  • At a young age, children usually imitate what they see, so it is important to always pray in front of them
  • One of the first steps is to learn al-Fatihah which should begin around the age of three or four. Break down the instructions by using reasonable number of verses or small segments.
  • The practice session should only last between 5 to 15 minutes. At this age consistency is more important than length of practice.
  • Remind them that they are praying to Allah to thank him for all He has given them
  • Important to remember that not all children are ready at the same time and that not everyday will the child be ready to learn new materials.
  • Educational products can assist parents in achieving success with their children because children generally learn in different ways therefore introduction of material through different format (video, coloring book, going to the masjid) will help ease and reinforce the learning process.
  • One of the most important thing that a parent should do is to praise the child for each accomplished task and encouragement to achieve more success.
In a hadeeth narrated by Abdullah ibn Qart the Messenger of Allah (saws) said,
“The first act that the servant of Allah will be accountable for on the Day of Judgment will be salah. If it is good, then the rest of his acts will be good. And if it is evil, then the rest of his acts will be evil.” (Tabarani).

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Baby, Its all good

What do you see when you look at me
Do you see someone limited, or someone free
All some people can do is just look and stare
Simply because they can't see my hair
Others think I am controlled and uneducated
They think that I am limited and un-liberated
They are so thankful that they are not me
Because they would like to remain 'free'

Well free isn't exactly the word I would've used
Describing women who are cheated on and abused
They think that I do not have opinions or voice
They think that being hooded isn't my choice
They think that the hood makes me look caged
That my husband or dad are totally outraged
All they can do is look at me in fear
And in my eye there is a tear

Not because I have been stared at or made fun of
But because people are ignoring the One up above
On the day of judgment they will be the fools
Because they were too ashamed to play by their own rules
Maybe the guys won't think I am a cutie
But at least I am filled with more inner beauty
See I have declined from being a guy's toy
Because I won't let myself be controlled by a boy

Real men are able to appreciate my mind
And aren't busy looking at my behind
Hooded girls are the ones really helping the Muslim cause
The role that we play definitely deserves applause
I will be recognized because I am smart and bright
And because some people are inspired by my sight
The smart ones are attracted by my tranquillity
In the back of their mind they wish they were me

We have the strength to do what we think is right
Even if it means putting up a life long fight
You see we are not controlled by a mini skirt and tight shirt
We are given only respect, and never treated like dirt
So you see, we are the ones that are free and liberated
We are not the ones that are sexually terrorized and violated
We are the ones that are free and pure
We're free of STD's that have no cure

So when people ask you how you feel about the hood
Just sum it up by saying, 'Baby its all good'.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Do hearts have connections to one another?

Do hearts have connections to one another?

Sometimes, a person happens to meet someone whom he or she immediately loves and spontaneously develops some sort of affinity with. The reverse can apply when the same person meets up with another person. The point is one does not know the reason why one feels good toward some people and feels bad toward others. Is there some sort of connection between their souls?

`A'ishah, the Prophet's wife, narrated a hadith, thatshe heard from the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), which gives us a glimpse of the nature of the soul and clears some of the vague feelings that we might find:

"Souls are like conscripted soldiers; those whom they recognize, they get along with, and those whom they do not recognize, they will not get along with" (Al-Bukhari).

Also Abu Hurairah reported Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying,

"Souls are troops collected together and those who familiarized with each other (in the heaven from where these come) would have affinity, with one another (in the world) and those amongst them who opposed each other (in the Heaven) would also be divergent (in the world)." (Muslim)
Sometimes the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) gives us a glimpse of insight into the realm of the soul, which we know very little about. The important thing to remember in this connection is that Allah has chosen not to give us a detailed knowledge of the soul. We should also remember that whatever He has chosen to withhold from us would not affect our role on earth and the fulfillment of the task assigned to us in this life. Therefore, we limit ourselves to what is outlined in the Qur'an and what the Prophet has given us in authentic hadith.

Almighty Allah says,
(And they ask you about the soul. Say: The soul is one of the commands of my Lord, and you are not given aught of knowledge but a little.)(Al-Israa' 17: 85)
However, people continue to try to explore the realm of the soul and come up with all sorts of ideas to show that they have special knowledge that is denied to others. All such claims are false, because they do not rely on any confirmed knowledge imparted to us by Allah through His messenger.

This hadith has several versions with different chains of transmission, all of which are authentic. This makes it highly authentic. One version that throws some light on its meaning mentions that a woman —known to have a sense of humor and to play tricks — from Makkah traveled to Madinah where she was a guest of a woman of similar qualities. When `A'ishah heard of that, she said, "My beloved husband always told the truth (and she quoted the hadith)."
What this hadith means is that Allah created souls and gave them their qualities. Those of similar qualities will easily be friends when they meet in this life, while those who have different natures are likely to be in conflict. This in fact accounts for endless cases of people getting along together when their apparent circumstances should have kept them well apart. Moreover, it tells us something about what brings good people together and what allows evil ones to flock together and even trust one another, when they know that they are evil at heart.
Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy on him) said in his commentary on the hadith "Concerning the phrase 'Souls are like conscripted soldiers…',

This may refer to their similarity as regards good or evil, righteousness or corruption. Good people are inclined towards other good people, and evil people are similarly inclined towards other evil people. Souls feel affinity with others according to the nature in which they were created, good or evil. If souls' natures are similar, they will get along, otherwise they will not be on good terms with one another. It could have happened in the beginning of creation in the realm of the unseen when souls were created before bodies, and used to meet one another. When souls have entered bodies (come to the physical realm) they may recognize one another from the past, and may be on friendly terms or otherwise based on that past experience
Al-Khattaabi also commented this hadith,

This getting along with one another has to do with what Allah decreed from the outset about the ultimate destiny of souls, whether they will be among the blessed (in Paradise) or the doomed (in Hell). Souls are of two opposing kinds, and when they meet in this physical world, they will either love or hate one another depending on the way they were created. Good souls will be inclined towards other good souls, and evil souls will be inclined towards other evil souls.
Thus, the souls of righteous people have connection as if they are recruited due to the purification in their hearts; on the contrary, the souls of devils — both humans and Jinn — have connection since they have the same evil thoughts.

That is why Allah says about the believers, (And (moreover) He hath put affection between their hearts.) (Al-Anfal 8:63)

But when talking about the devils of Jinn and human beings, Almighty Allah says,
(Shall I inform you (of him) upon whom the Shaitans(devils) descend? They descend upon every lying, sinful one.) (Ash-Shu`araa' 26: 221-222)
The Almighty also says,

(And thus do We make some of the iniquitous to befriend others on account of what they earned.) (Al-An`am6:129)

That is why when a believer meets wrongdoers or corrupt people, he or she does not feel at ease and finds it difficult to get along with them because of their sinful deeds; their souls act like oil and water that never mix

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