Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rejected Actions

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever does an action that we have not commanded shall have that action rejected.” [Sahih Muslim]

Abdullah ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) narrated: “We would come with Abdullah ibn Masud to the Masjid. One day Abu Musa al-Ashari came, looking worried, and asked whether Abu Abdur-Rehman (Ibn Masud) had come out. We said ‘No,’ so he also sat waiting. When Ibn Masud came out Abu Musa said, ‘Just now I saw an innovation but it looks good in seeing.’ Ibn Masud said, ‘What did you see?’ Abu Musa said, ‘I saw a group sitting in a circle waiting for us. They had pebbles in their hands. In every circle there was a man who said, ‘Say Takbeer one hundred times’ so they said Takbeer (Allahu Akbar) one hundred times. Then he said, ‘Say Tahleel one hundred times’ so they said Tahleel (Alhamdulillah) one hundred times, and likewise they said Tasbeeh (SubhanAllah) one hundred times.’ Ibn Masud said, ‘Then what did you say?’ Abu Musa said, ‘I did not say anything and I waited for you.’”

Friday, June 17, 2016

Prayer for Fulfillment of a Need

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When someone seeks fulfillment of a need from Allah or man, he should first carefully perform ablution, say two Rakahs of superoragatory (Nafl) prayer and then offer thanksgiving and praise to The Lord; afterwards, he should invoke peace and blessings of Allah on the Prophet, and finally utter this prayer to Allah: La ilaha illallahul-halimul-karim. Subhanallahi rabbil-arshil-azeem. Wal-hamdu lillahi rabbil-alameen. As’ aluka mujibati rahmatika wa azaaimi maghfiratika wal-ghanimata min kulli birrin was-salamata min kulli ithmin la tada li dhanban illa ghafartahu wa la hamman illa farrajtahu wa la haajatan hiya laka ridan illa qadaitaha ya arhamar-rahimeen.” [Tirmidhi]

Monday, June 13, 2016

Prophet's Khutba for Ramadan

Ibn Khuzaima reported on the authority of Salman al-Farisi that the Prophet (saaw) delivered a Khutbah on the last day of Sh'aban saying: "O people: You are about to enter the shadow of a great blessed month. A night therein is better than a thousand months. Allah (swt) made fasting during this month an obligation and encouraged people to perform extra prayers. during its nights. Seeking nearness to Allah (swt) through a good deed would be considered like performing an obligatory  act of worship. In turn, performance of an obligatory act of worship during this month would be rewarded seventy times more than during any other month. It is the month of patience, and the reward for patience is Jannah. It is the month of comforting others, and the month during which believers would enjoy plentifulness. The Prophet (saaw) went on to say:" Make sure you frequently do four things, two of which would please your Lord and the other two are indispensable for your salvation in the Hereafter. As for the two things that would please your Lord, they are: testifying to  the  oneness of Allah (swt) and seeking repentance. And the other two are: asking Allah  the favour of entering Jannah and seeking refuge in Him from the Hell Fire."
And here is another hadith worth keeping in mind, inshaAllah. The Prophet said, "Whoever does not give up false statements (i.e. telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (fasting)." Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.83, Narrated by Abu Huraira.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Muhammad Ali Jenazah prayer service

 thousands packed the Kentucky Exposition Center's Freedom Hall for a traditional Islamic Jenazah Prayer Service honoring Muhammad Ali. 

A Jenazah prayer service was held Thursday for Muhammad Ali at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center in Louisville. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Muhammad Ali’s funeral to be watched worldwide by billions on TV

Los Angeles, June 5 : Muhammad Ali’s funeral is set to be one of the biggest events in TV history with a worldwide audience of billions expected to watch the boxing legend’s final journey.
The three-time world heavyweight champion, who battled Parkinson’s disease for 32 years, died in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday after being admitted to hospital with a respiratory condition.
His funeral will take place later on Friday in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky, where flags have been flying at half-mast in tribute to him since his death was announced.
His body will pass the Muhammad Ali Centre, travel along Muhammad Ali Boulevard and through his former neighbourhood. The funeral procession will end at Cave Hill cemetery for a private family ceremony, reports mirror.co.uk.
Eulogies will be led by former US president Bill Clinton, actor Billy Crystal and American sportscaster Bryant Gumbel. The service will also be shown online.
Family spokesman Bob Gunnell said: “Muhammad Ali was truly the people’s champion and the celebration will reflect his devotion to all races, religions, and backgrounds.”
“Muhammad Ali’s extraordinary boxing career only encompassed half of his life. The other half was committed to sharing a message of people and inclusion with the world.”
“Following his wishes, his funeral will reflect those principles and be a celebration open to everyone.”—IANS

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Are people like computers?

 Are people like computers?

Just a thought, are we humans a bit like computers.

1] The box that houses the computer comes in all shapes, sizes and colours. Just like humans.

2] We have a hard drive, it’s called a brain and it resides in our skull. The brain controls most of the essential functions of the body. Doing so without us even thinking about them. Just like the main processor in the hard drives operating system.

3] We see, hear, touch, taste and smell by the use of our external sensors, The computer receives information from its external sources. We do have the extra advantage of having the use of logic, gut feeling and some might say a disadvantage the feelings of guilt and compassion.

4] Most computers use the same operating system [I know that is not strictly true] but most humans use the operating system given to them by their creator [whatever you want to call him/her]

Now comes the tricky bit, whilst we all have basically the same bodies and brains, our programming differs greatly. We are all of us influenced by our parents, grand parents and siblings initially. [basic programming] Then we go to school/university were we receive intermediate programming. Has we go to work, meet other people, some are friends, some are work colleagues who influence our thinking.

Oh God, we seek your Mercy!

Oh God, we seek your Mercy!
This world is full of 
war and blood
This world is full of 
hatred and ignorance
This world is full of
Betrayal and brutality 
This world is full of 
Falsehood and hypocrisy
A new world full of 
love and harmony 
A new world full of 
humanity and brotherhood
Where children and women are safe
Where knowledge is free for everybody
Where equality is practised 
irrespective of colour, cast and creed
Can only give us peace and tranquillity. 
Oh God Almighty, we seek your Mercy!
# Sangam Abdul Kader.

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