Monday, July 30, 2012

Life is beautiful - from Guzaarish

Life is very short, my friends
But it is long enough if you live with all your heart
So, go on break the rules
Forgive quickly
Love Truly
Never regret anything that made you smile

It is a bit sweet
It is a bit bitter
100 gram of this bitter-sweet life
I have spent with utmost care

Life is good
Life is wonderful
Life is pain
It is all part of the game

It is pure
It is defective
It is too small to spend crying

It stitches joys with a thread
It is a tailor
Life is beautiful

by mail from Buhari

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

History of Makkah and Madina

History of the Holy City of Makkah
 In its long history Makkah has also been known as Bakkah. In ancient times, Makkah was chiefly notable as a staging post on the trade route linking the spice producers of the east with Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean. Makkah lay about midway between Marib, one of the main cities, perhaps the capital, of the kingdom of Sheba (Yemen) and Petra (in Jordan), a city founded by Nabatean Arabs around the 6th century CE and which became a thriving center with commercial interests spreading into Syria. The religious significance of Makkah was established long before Islamic times. It was in Makkah that Allah commanded Ibrahim to leave Haajar and his young son Ishmael; it was in Makkah that Allah brought forth water from the Well of Zamzam which saved the life of Ishmael and his mother and then allowed Makkah to develop as a habitable place; it was in Makkah that Allah instructed Ibrahim to build "the House of God" (the Holy Kaaba).

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According to Islamic tradition, the history of Mecca goes back to Ibrahim who built the Kaaba with the help of his eldest son Ishmael in around 2000 BCE when the inhabitants of what was then known as Bakkah had fallen away from the original monotheism of Abraham through the influence of the Amelkites.
Medina [Al Madinah, Yathrib] is the second most important holy city of Islam, Prophet Muhammed is also buried in Madina. Noted for its mosque enclosing the tomb and its palaces and fountains, the city was the refuge of Muhammad after his flight from Mecca. The Arabic word for city, medina, connotes the center of political or economic power.

Considered to be the second most important holy city of Islam, the city of Medina is located in a well-watered oasis 110 miles (180 km) inland (east) of the Red Sea. Much fruit and some grain are raised in and around the city. The chief building is the large mosque.

O' Woman

 Whom do I go to, whom should I ask
For earning my equality
And saving my dignity
Is such a daunting task

I told her soon 'My Dear'
What is that you fear ?
There's nothing to cry and beg
Even if that they always try to take

The dignity and equality you search
To find it you don't need no torch
These gifts you were born with
When you began to breathe

Know this O Woman, O bearer of life
Alike in peace & moments of strife
Never for a moment go to ask
And set yourself on a daunting task

When that you search is not elsewhere to be found
It courses in your veins & your voice's sound
Know your worth under brutal wrath
On rosy gardens and thorny path

Like the light of the sun
Like the white of moon
Like the flow of a brook
Like seeds of a fruit

You were created with pride
Never to confine at someone's side
But go and seize what you wish
Pay no heed to any man made leash


Tuesday, July 24, 2012



You’ve heard it over and over again: “Just look at those hands! Wash them!”

Sure. You get tired of hearing it. And you probably tired of washing up so often.

But if you knew — and if grown-ups knew — exactly why it’s so important, handwashing would be “number one” on everyone’s list of things to do.

You say you washed you hands this morning after you woke up? That’s good. But now it’s lunchtime. You mean you haven’t washed your hands again? Once a day just isn’t good enough — not if you want to keep harmful bacteria and other germs away!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ramadan fasting is good for the heart: Study by American Hospital, Dubai

The study revealed the month-long fast can reduce bad cholesterol and benefit health long-term

A recent UAE study spearheaded by the lead cardiologist at American Hospital Dubai revealed that fasting during Ramadan could reduce the risk of heart disease.

Last year’s study saw 37 adult volunteers participating, with positive changes in cholesterol levels indicating a healthier heart at the end of the research.
The findings were presented at the World Cardiology Conference in Dubai earlier this year.

Health indicators

During the month-long Ramadan fast, significant changes in eating patterns and habits have the potential to lead to changes in the body that also impact health.

Rewarded both Places if Pure of Shirk

Rewarded both Places if Pure of Shirk

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah does not deal unjustly with the believer with regard to his Hasanaat. He gives him things in return for it in this world and will reward him for it in the Hereafter.” [Muslim]

A believer is rewarded for his/her good deeds in this world as well as in the Hereafter. This is the case for those who truly believe in Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and submit to His commands. Many of the Kuffar in all ages, including the Prophet’s time, believed in Allah but they did not obey Him or follow His Messenger. In order for your good deeds to be rewarded your beliefs and deeds need to be pure of Shirk.

Shirk (associating others with Allah) cancels out good deeds. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says: “If you join others in worship with Allah, (then) surely, (all) your deeds will be in vain.” [Quran: Surah 39, Ayat 65]

Shirk is of four types:

1. Shirk in Allah’s Lordship. Tawheed is to believe that Allah is the Creator, Sustainer and Cherisher of all that exists. For example, believing that “nature” or “natural law” operates independently or outside of His Will and Control is to do Shirk in Allah’s Lordship (make “nature” a God along with or in place of Allah.)

2. Shirk in Allah’s Names and Attributes; to believe that anyone or anything shares any of Allah’s attributes, e.g. to believe that anyone besides Allah is “Knower of the Unseen” – as Shiah claim about their Imams.

3. Shirk in Allah’s Sole Right to Legislate; to believe that anyone has the right to make laws against what Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has legislated or outside of the limited spheres in which Allah has allowed us to legislate e.g. modern parliaments make laws on the basis of what the majority allow disregarding what Allah has allowed or forbidden.

4. Shirk in Allah’s Right to Alone be Beseeched for Help; to pray to any entity other than Allah, such as to idols, or pious people in graves, or at shrines.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Is Ramadhan Taraweeh 8 or 20 Rakat by Dr Zakir Naik

Dear brothers and sisters just to clarify, if you choose to pray 8 rakat taraweeh this refers to the whole parayer and not just 8 out of 20.

The Family of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

By: Imaani Aslam

What do we actually know about the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when it comes to his family? Who were the Prophets’ grandparents, parents, children and wives? How can we follow or even relate to someone if we don’t know much about their life?

 Now let’s talk about the family of the Prophet (pbuh)…


The parents of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) were noble and pious people. They were free from all the evils of their society and never worshipped idols.

Abdullah, the Prophet’s (pbuh) father, belonged to a very famous tribe in Makkah called Quraysh. Shortly before the Prophet's (pbuh) birth while Abdullah was on a trade journey he fell ill and passed away.

Aminah, the Prophet’s (pbuh) mother, came from the Banu Zuhra tribe in Yathrib (Madinah). Whilst on a journey to take her young son to visit his father’s grave Aminah fell ill and passed away also. The Prophet (pbuh) faced both deaths at just six years old.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Muhammad (SAW) Peace be Upon his Soul

Muhammad (SAW) Peace be Upon his Soul
Zain Bhikha Lyrics" Praise To The Prophet Saw "

Amid the confusion, the chaos and the pain
A man emerged and Muhammad was his name
And walking with nothing but Allah as his aid
And the mark of a prophet between his shoulder blades
In a cave in mount hira, the revelation came
Read o Muhammad, read in Allah's name
May the blessings of Allah be on al-mustafaa (the selected one)
None besides him could have been al-mujtabaa (the chosen one)

Muhammad, peace be upon his soul
The greatest of prophets, Islam was his only goal
Muhammad, salla Allahu ' alayhi wa sallam
From among all the prophets, Muhammad was the last
As his was a mission of the greatest task
There was only moral degeneration
People clung to idol adoration
For all nations, he was al-mukhtaar (the preferred one)
So was he praised by Allah, al-ghaffaar
The bearer of glad tidings, al-basheer
Leading into light, as-seeraj-al-muneer (lamp of Radiance)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

When is Ramadan 2012 (Friday 20 July?)

When is Ramadan 2012 (Friday 20 July?):
According to this impressive scientific website Ramadan 2012 is due to start on Friday 20 July inshallah. The Fiqh Council of North America are respected scholars who use scientific calculations to determine July's new Moon.

However, therein lies the proverbial difficulty with we Muslims because sadly the Fiqh Council website uses the dreaded words Science and astronomy which frankly old fashioned Muslims don't understand. As a result, rather than acknowledging the wonders of Science & Algebra Muslims gave the world sadly we now have to rely on some old Brother in Saudi or Pakistan verifying for himself with the naked eye sighting of a new moon before Ramadan is officially confirmed.

Still in doubt, well how about a science lesson on the validity of Astronomy in determining moon sighting. What is it with our Ulema who seem so bereft of intelligence and understanding about the basic concept of Science which enables us now to verify and establish the dates of Ramadan up to and including 2020.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

10 Daily Life Food Items Which Have Poisonous Varieties

When we look around we can see the land and sea to be full of flavors and food available in various forms. Man can tantalizingly treat his taste buds from all the food available.  Over the years, mankind learned to cook and assemble each food in the best way possible. There are many food items which we use in our daily meal and they are high in nutritional value but they may either have poisonous varieties or they need to be treated or cooked properly in order to avoid the poisoning. I thought to gather some information on such food items and list down a few of them.

10. Raw Cashew Nuts

                                                                Cashew Nuts
Cashew nuts are delicious and the most desired of all the nuts. They are “Nature’s Vitamin Pill”. They are rich in zinc and good fat. These mouth watering nuts are related to poisonous ivy and poisonous oak. Urushiol is a skin irritant present in the shell of the raw unroasted cashew nuts. The cashew nuts when eaten or brought in contact with the skin when raw and not roasted cause skin itching, rash and allergy. There is a liquid present on the inner surface of the shell of the cashew nut.  This liquid poisons the nut, if accidentally comes in contact with the cashew nut while breaking the shell.

9. Kidney Beans

                                                                Kidney Beans
Legumes have amazing nutritional qualities and are a part of balanced diet. They are high proteins, minerals, dietary fibers and complex carbohydrates and have low fat and cholesterol. We use legumes in our daily life but we are unaware that some legumes contain a toxin known as phytohemagglutinin (PHP) which is very high in kidney beans. One raw kidney bean contains around 70,000 hau and only few raw kidney beans have serious health hazards depending on the sensitivity of the person eating them. This toxin effects the cell metabolism and agglutinates most red blood cells. It attacks epithelial cells lining of the intestine and disables it. Only 5 raw kidney beans can cause reaction within 3 hours including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Recovery occurs in 4 to 5 hours. This doesn’t mean that one should stop eating the beans. The beans should be treated and cooked properly to bring the poison to a safe level. If cooked incorrectly the poison increases by many folds. They should be soaked in water for a long time before cooking. Then after throwing that water they should be boiled in fresh water at 100 degrees for 10 minutes or more.

8. Stone Fruits (Peach, Apricot, Almond etc.)

Stone fruits include fruits like peach, apricot, almonds and cherries. They have excellent and exotic taste and high nutritional value. Stone fruits contain poisonous hydrocyanic (prussic) acid (HCN) in the pits and foliage. Since the poisonous cyanide is combined with one or more sugars, these molecules are referred to as cyanogenetic glucosides. HCN poisoning can be fatal. The cells stop absorbing oxygen and thus die from lack of oxygen even though oxygen is plentiful in the blood. Only 0.06gram is enough to cause death in many people. To avoid this, the seeds of the stone fruits should never be eaten. Almonds are the exception.

7. Berries

                                                                  Doll’s Eye

There are many berries like honeysuckle, wild strawberry, yew, holly, American bittersweet, elderberry, doll’s eye and jerusalem cerry among many other which may fool anyone by their looks and fragrance but care should be taken in eating berries because they may be poisonous in nature. Wild strawberry is so difficult to identify from the farmed strawberry. They look identical but differ in taste. The wild one is not as sweet as the farmed one. Only 3 pieces of holly, yew and many other berries cause nausea, sickness, vomiting and diarrhea. Rule is that we should avoid eating wild berries and if one eats a wild poisonous berry by mistake, one must immediately throw out.
6. Ackee/Vegetable Brain/Akee/Akee Apple


The fruit of the ackee is from an evergreen tree. This fruit is from the family of lychee and longan. The fruit is poisonous in nature and has a high content of fatty acids, zinc, proteins and vitamins. Only the inner, fleshy yellow arils can be consumed after proper cleaning and cooking. Raw ackees and the inner red tissue of the ripe ackees contain potent alkaloid toxins. These toxins cause fatal hypoglycemia after vomiting and seizures. This is known as Jamacian vomiting sickness. To avoid poisoning from the fruit, it must be harvested and cooked with care and in a proper way. The farmers must allow the pods of the fruit to ripen and open naturally in the tree. Picking should be done only after the pods are open.  Careful cleaning of the fruit is done before cooking. The fruit must be boiled for at least 30 minutes and the water is discarded.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Traditions of Ramadan

Ramadan is a period of reflection, generosity, and sacrifice observed by all Muslims at the same time, all over the world. ... Because the Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles, fixed times for the fasting month change from year to year.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Do you know " Women Who Refuse to Die" ?!

Women Who Refuse to Die

We follow four survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre as they look to the future despite the pain of their past.

Filmmaker: Mohamed Kenawi "When they took away my children in 1995, they also killed me - in the most brutal manner. This is not life .... I had my family and in just one day I'm left without them, without knowing why. And every morning I ask myself why, but there is no answer. My children were only guilty of having the names they had and their names were different from their killers. It was not only my children killed on July 11, 1995; thousands of other innocent children were murdered in the bloody genocide in Srebrenica .... I no longer have anything to lose; the criminals killed all I had, except for my pride." Hatidza Mehmedovic In July 1995, an estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys - sons, husbands and brothers - were dragged away never to be seen again. The Srebrenica massacre marks a particularly inhumane and brutal act within the tragedy and bloodshed of the 1992 to 1995 Bosnian War. This film follows four survivors of the massacre as they look to the future despite the pain of their loss and the angst of trying to make sense of the past.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Nidur Ali நீடூர் அலி

JazakAllah Khayr : جزاك اللهُ خيراً‎ "Allah will reward you [with] goodness." S.E.A.Mohamed Ali (Jinnah)B.A.,B.L.,
Indeed all the praises are due to Allah, we praise him and we seek his assistance and forgiveness, and we seek refuge in Allah.

What Killed Arafat?

DrEman Altahawy

After the First Intifada (1987-1993), the PLO and Israel negotiated the Oslo Accords - intended to be a framework for future talks - which allowed Arafat to return to Gaza in July 1994. The deal established the Palestinian Authority, of which Arafat became president in 1996

Video from Aljazeera EXCLUSIVE Part 1 What killed Arafat?

In part two of our documentary, Suha Arafat calls for her late husband's body to be exhumed
 Courtesy of the Palestinian Authority/GALLO/GETTY
Arafat died on November 11, 2004, after falling ill the previous month. For many, Arafat remains a powerful embodiment of the Palestinian cause, which he spearheaded for almost four decades..


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ways of winning your husband’s love

This list, mostly contributed by Muslim women at the blog, is all about winning your husband’s love.

1. Behave like a female, i.e. with all the tenderness of a female.

2. Dress pleasantly and attractively. If you are a home-maker, don’t stay in your sleeping suit all day.
3. Smell good
4. Don’t lay out all your problems on your husband as soon as he walks in. Give him a little mental break.
5. Don’t keep asking him ‘what are you thinking?’ because unlike women, men’s thoughts are as random as the results of a google search. Women on the other hand have thoughts as organized as a labeled file-cabinet!
6. Stop nagging non-stop before Allah gives you something really to complain about.
7. Absolutely no talking about your spousal problems to anyone you meet under the pretense of seeking help, even if you are the victim. If you think you want to solve legitimate marital issues then go seek counseling with the right person.
8. Be kind to your mother-in-law the same way you would like your husband to be kind to your own mother.
9. Learn all the rights and obligations of each other in Islam.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Different types of Hijab / Vocabulary

Please note that the use of these terms varies from area to area and sometimes even among sisters in the same area! The aim is to give a basic idea about the names insha’Allaah. Images are from Islamic Boutique .
One-Piece Dresses
head style abayaThe Saudi Abayah is probably the most famous example of a one piece hijaab / outer garment. It covers a woman from head to toe. The most common colour for this dress is black. It can also be called ” head-style ” abaya as it comes down from your head.
Many sisters prefer this type of dress as it is very simple and easy to use. And it gives you full coverage.
There is also a one-piece dress similar to the saudi abayah – it comes down from the head but from the front it looks as if it has two pieces.
Two-Piece Dresses
This guide calls an outfit with an overcoat and a headcovering a two-piece dress.
jilbabJilbab - this is and overcoat with buttons or zipper in the front (half-way or all the way down). This is the most common type outer-garment among Muslim Women all over the world.
[please note that in the Shopping Section of Muslimah Connection there are housedresses that are called jilbabs - do not mix them with this outer-garment!]
Djellaba - these are common in Morocco. Unlike Jilbab, it does not have buttons or zipper, it is pulled over your head. It has a hood. There are models both for men and women.
Abaya - abayas exist both as head-style abayas (as above) and shoulder-style abayas. Shoulder-style abayas come down from your shoulders. It can have velcro closure on the shoulder. It can be also without any closures – closed from the front and it is pulled over the head like djellaba.
There are other styles too that are common in specific countries but the above mentioned overcoats are common among Muslim Women all-over the world.
hijaab square scarf
Hijab, hijaab, hejab - this word is commonly used of the headscarf of a Muslim Woman. But actually it refers to the whole dress. Usually it is used to refer to the square scarf.
hood khimar
Khimar - Sometimes used to refer to any headscarf but in many online stores especially this word refers to a long, cape-shaped “scarf” / headcover. Usually these cape scarves come with a small under scarf. Lenght varies from waist till ankles.
Al-Amira - Two-piece head covering (sometimes the part covering forehead is attached to the “hood” part, this is better as underscarf or for children), shorter than a khimar. This one is very good for children. Sometimes it has a lace/embroidery at the edge. Al-Amira without a lace is sometimes called buknuk.
shaylaShayla - a long rectangular shape scarf.
Niqaab - this word is used when refering to almost any type of face-veil. Some use this word when talking about the half-face veil. The half-face niqaab is worn under the scarf if it has an elastic band. It can also have ties, snaps or velcro closure.
Boushiya - covers all the face. Some models have layers that can be lifted.
Burqa - sometimes means same thing as the above. Burqa can also refer specifically to the Afghan Burqa that covers everything (head, face, hands..).
You can also wrap your square or shayla scarf so that it covers your face.

Glorious Quran On Good Manners

Compiled by Muhammad Latif Chaudhery

01. Respect and honour all human beings irrespective of their religion, colour, race, sex, language, status, property, birth, profession/job and so on. [Holy Quran - 17/70]

02. Talk straight, to the point, without any ambiguity or deception. [33/70]

03. Choose best words to speak and say them in the best possible way. [17/53, 2/83]

04. Do not shout. Speak politely keeping your voice low. [31/19]

05. Always speak the truth. Shun words that are deceitful and ostentatious. [22/30]

06. Do not confound truth with falsehood. [2/42]

07. Say with your mouth what is in your heart. [3/167]

08. Speak in a civilised manner in a language that is recognised by the society and is commonly used. [4/5]

09. When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against a relative. [6/152]

10. Do not be a bragging boaster. [31/18]

11. Do not talk, listen or do anything vain. [23/3, 28/55]

12. Do not participate in any paltry. If you pass near a futile play, then pass by with dignity. [25/72]

13. Do not verge upon any immodesty or lewdness whether surreptitious or overt.[6/151]

14. If, unintentionally, any misconduct occurs by you, then correct yourself expeditiously. [3/134]

15. Do not be contemptuous or arrogant with people. [31/18]

16. Do not walk haughtily or with conceit. [17/37, 31/18]

17. Be moderate in thy pace. [31/19]


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