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“Slap her!”: children’s reactions (Video)

info-pictogram1 What happens when you put a boy in front of a girl and ask him to slap her? Here is how children react to the subject of violence against women.

Ustadh Majed Mahmoud: Dua To Pay Off Your Debts (Video)

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Need something? Just ask Allah

By: Jinan Bastaki

Source: http://www.suhaibwebb.com/

“Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him…” (Qur’an, 27:62)

For whatever problem we have, whatever difficulty we find ourselves in, we have the most powerful weapon to ward off the pain that plagues us. It is the weapon of du`a’. We know with certainty that Allah is Al-Mujeeb (The Responsive). We have read many articles telling us about the importance of du`a’, but in order for our du`a’ to be truly meaningful, we must accompany that du`a’ with a certain brokenness in the heart. This brokenness is the feeling of utter need, submission and surrender to Allah, and realizing that truly it is only He who can get us out of our state. In a beautiful hadith qudsi, Allah says:

“O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another.

O My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance of Me and I shall guide you,

O My servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food of Me and I shall feed you.

O My servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you.

O My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you.

O My servants, you will not attain harming Me so as to harm Me, and will not attain benefitting Me so as to benefit Me.

O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as pious as the most pious heart of any one man of you, that would not increase My kingdom in anything.

O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as wicked as the most wicked heart of any one man of you, that would not decrease My kingdom in anything.

O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have, any more that a needle decreases the sea if put into it.

O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you and then recompense you for, so let him who finds good, praise Allah, and let him who finds other than that, blame no one but himself.” (Muslim)

Subhan’Allah (exalted is Allah), this hadith requires us to read it more than once to truly grasp its meaning. In essence, Allah is telling us that everything is from Him – He possesses this whole world and all that is in it, therefore we should seek all of our needs from Him.

Allah has named Himself Al-Mujeeb, which means the One who responds. Just as we are certain that the Qur’an is true, we must be certain that Allah, Al-Mujeeb, will answer our call. We should never think that Allah will not answer, because by feeling so, we are denying this attribute (siffat) of Allah. Whenever we are feeling down, we should not hesitate to ask Him over and over again, and to go into sujood (prostration) and plead because that is the closest that we are to Him. If we realize this, the doors of mercy have been opened for us, because the Prophet ﷺ said, “For whoever the door of du`a’ opened, for him the doors of mercy are opened.” (Tirmidhi).

Your du`a’ is deposited with Allah, and as was narrated from the Prophet ﷺ, your du`a’ does something. Either Allah will speedily answer your du`a’ or He will save it for you until the Hereafter, or He will avert something bad equal to the value of the du`a’ (Ahmad). So we should never leave du`a’. The Prophet ﷺ told us, “Do not stop making du`a’, because nobody who makes du`a’ is forsaken.” (Hakim)

Insha’Allah, you will be answered. The Prophet ﷺ said, “Verily your Lord is Generous and Shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him (in supplication) He becomes shy to return them empty.” (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi)

Remember: our Lord is not forgetful. Sometimes you might even forget that you once made du`a’ for something, but He might give it to you years later.

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Brother Nouman Ali Khan Explains his Favourite Dua in Quran! (Video)

info-pictogram1 Brother Nouman Ali Speech. Recorded at the Sunday, July 4, 2010 at the MSA National Continental Conference in Chicago, IL.

Our Lord! Bestow on us from our spouses and our offspring who will be the comfort (Literally: the coolness) of our eyes, and make us leaders for the righteous” – Surat Al-Furqān 25:74.

Questions to ask your pro-Israeli friends

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By: Paul Kinzelman

Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said that you’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. However, one of the reason that genuine dialogue and finding a solution to the Gaza conflict are so elusive is because the two sides can agree on very few facts thanks to the perfection of propaganda campaigns featuring selective recall, rewriting of history, and the constant repeating of lies…

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Greatest goal at FIFA World Cup in Brazil (Video)

info-pictogram1 Organizing a massive dawah effort for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, bringing together over 20 Islamic organizations on an international level, and mobilizing dozens of volunteers originating from 6 continents is a task of epic proportions. With the help of Allah and the assistance of the local Brazilian community, the Islamic Circle of north America (ICnA)’s WhyIslam Project was able to take on the challenge. Starting June 10, 2014, a team of daees arrived in sao Paulo kicking off the World Cup by asking soccer fans, “What is your goal?” After some meetings with local volunteers and logistics coordinating, they began hitting the streets of sao Paulo on June 12th, which marked the beginning of the World Cup soccer matches.

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Q&A: What Will the Grave Be Like?

Question and answer details
Name of Questioner: Khan
Reply date: 2014/07/07
Question: I had a discussion with my friend about punishment in the grave (adhab al-qabar). He quotes Surat Ya-Sin, the verse that says what means: {They will say who arose us from our peaceful sleep?} He says that if the dead receive punishment in their graves then how can they sleep in peace? If rewards or punishments are given in graves then what about the Day of Judgment? Is adhab al-qabar mentioned in the Quran?
consultant: Waleed Ahmed Najmeddine

Salam Dear Khan, 

Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.

Regarding this verse, which says what means:

{They will say: “Woe to us! Who has raised us up from our place of sleep?”}

Ibn Kathir says:

This does not contradict the fact that they will be punished in their graves, because in comparison to what is to come afterwards, that will seem like a nap. Ubayy ibn Ka`b (may Allah be pleased with him), Mujahid, Al-Hasan, and Qatadah said, “They will sleep before the Resurrection.” Qatadah said, “That will be between the two trumpet blasts, they will say, ‘Who has raised us up from our place of sleep?’ When they say that, the believers will respond (as theayah mentions). This was the view of more than one of the Salaf (early generation).”

Ibn Kathir has not mentioned the word “peaceful” in his interpretation of thisayah.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has been quoted in many hadiths that inform us about what is in store for people in their graves. He (peace be upon him) mentioned that “sleep is the brother of death.” This is an excellent way of looking at what we will experience in our graves.

Sleep may be restful and peaceful or it may be frightening and tormenting as in a nightmare. The grave we reside in after death will be similar. It is understood among the scholars that the grave will either be a pleasant experience or it may be a frightening one, depending on our beliefs and deeds in this life.

There are minor rewards in the grave in that, for the believer, it will be spacious and well lit. Our deeds in this life will appear to us in the form of a kind companion who will keep us company until the Day of Judgment. We will be shown our place in Paradise, in sha’ Allah, through an opening in the side of the grave.

For those who were not believers or led a sinful life, their deeds will appear to them in the form of an ugly and mean companion who beats and torments them until the Day of Judgment. The grave will be dark and constricting, and the punishments will be minor compared to what is waiting for them in the Hellfire, their place in which will be shown to them through an opening in their grave.

The real rewards and punishments will be reserved for Hellfire and Paradise. The Day of Judgment is a fixed point in time in the future, the exact date of which is known only to Allah. Those who have gone to their graves before us are presently waiting in their graves for that Day.

The grave is really a resting place, either comfortable or not, until that time. We can seek Allah’s help by following the Prophet’s example. He informed his followers that they can make du`aa’ (supplications) just before finishing their prayers with the words that mean the following:

“O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the Hellfire, and from the torment of the grave, and from the trials of life and death and from the trials of the Dajjal (False Messiah).”

I hope this helps you with your question. Thank you and please keep in touch.

Salam.

Source: http://www.onislam.net/english/ask-about-islam/faith-and-worship/islamic-creed/166243-what-will-the-grave-be-like.html

Q&A: What are the 5 best tips for a successful and happy marriage?

Question:

What are the 5 best tips for a successful and happy marriage?

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Thank you for your question.

1. Make the Quran and Sunnah your source, foundation, and judge in all of your affairs.
2. Focus on the things you love about your spouse and do not focus on flaws.
3. Healthy communication! Don’t be afraid to healthily voice your concerns to one another.
4. Worship Allah together. A family that prays together stays together because love for Allah unites the hearts.
5. Don’t air your dirty laundry. When you have issues try to resolve internally instead of embarrassing your spouse.

And Allah knows best.

Answered by Shaykh Omar Suleiman
Hadith of the Day Imam
Director – Islamic Learning Foundation

Never forget Al-Quds and the plight of the Palestinian People!

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By: Abdullah Hakim Quick

As the world witnesses one of the most brutal assaults on a civilan population of the 21st century, we have to ask ourselves: Can we not do something to relieve the suffering? Are they not human beings? Symbols of resistance need to spring up all over the planet!
Here is a new “Masjid Al-Quds” being built in a place on the other side of the world from Palestine!!! Where is it? How can we be part of the solution and not the problem?”
Surely Allah will reach His purpose and He has made a measure for all things.” (Qur’an: 65:3)