By: Ayatullah Shaykh Husain Mazaheri
We have categorised waswasa (repeated, unfounded doubts and fears) into two kinds: waswasa of thought and waswasa of action. We have already dealt with the first category. Today we shall talk about waswasa of action.
Sometimes people get excessive doubts about the tasks they are doing. For example: while doing wudhu (ablution), performing the ritual bath (Ghusl),performing the prayers etc. They get doubts whether they have performed these actions strictly in accordance to the set norms or not. Such doubts are very harmful for homes. A person who nurses repeated doubts about his own actions becomes an outcast from the society. He can no longer feel love for his home. Those in the audience who have the tendency of doubting their own actions should give particular attention to this talk.
Imam Afroz Ali speaks about the importance of service in the religion of Islam. He stresses the importance of knowing our deen, as ‘Knowledge comes before action’. It is our manifested responsibility is to be people of Khidma (service). SO, it is the human being who can and should be the ‘distribution agency’ of Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He. This lecture was given during the SeekersHub Global, Sa’ada & Radical Middle Way UK Tour – Knowledge Without Barriers – in June, 2013.
Syrian refugees flee violence and bloodshed. “So called “Jihad” is far more than a threat to the lives of unsuspecting innocent people, both here in the West and in Muslim countries. It is a threat to our religion”
By: Imam Zaid Shakir
Those of us who have been speaking out against the menace of so-called “Jihad” must redouble our efforts. “Jihad” is far more than a threat to the lives of unsuspecting innocent people, both here in the West and in Muslim countries. It is a threat to our religion, in terms of how Islam is being represented by the advocates of “Jihad” and how it is being perceived by others. Muslim scholars cannot remain silent and allow this misrepresentation to go unaddressed.
By: Dave Kerpen
Today is National Coffee Day, but I’m celebrating differently than most–by telling you a little about my story.
Thirteen years ago today, I was the No. 1 sales rep in the country for Radio Disney. I was passionate, full of energy and drive, and committed to being as productive as I could each day. I was also hopelessly addicted to coffee. I began each morning with an extra large coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. Then at lunchtime I had a second large cup of coffee. On most days, I’d follow that up with a third large cup of coffee around 4 p.m. for the final sales push of the day.
After engaging more with the Muslim community through activities like da`wah (calling to Islam), conferences, and halaqat (study circles), I have observed something intriguing: there seems to be a fascination—even obsession—with the topic of marriage. Regardless of whether a particular lecture is dedicated to something other than gender relations, the topic of marriage somehow always creeps up.
By: Tyler Durden
May 13 2014 “ICH” – “ZH” – That Russia has been pushing for trade arrangements that minimize the participation (and influence) of the US dollar ever since the onset of the Ukraine crisis (and before) is no secret: this has been covered extensively on these pages before (see Gazprom Prepares “Symbolic” Bond Issue In Chinese Yuan; Petrodollar Alert: Putin Prepares To Announce “Holy Grail” Gas Deal With China; Russia And China About To Sign “Holy Grail” Gas Deal; 40 Central Banks Are Betting This Will Be The Next Reserve Currency; From the Petrodollar to the Gas-o-yuan and so on).
But until now much of this was in the realm of hearsay and general wishful thinking. After all, surely it is “ridiculous” that a country can seriously contemplate to exist outside the ideological and religious confines of the Petrodollar… because if one can do it, all can do it, and next thing you know the US has hyperinflation, social collapse, civil war and all those other features prominently featured in other socialist banana republics like Venezuela which alas do not have a global reserve currency to kick around.
Or so the Keynesian economists, aka tenured priests of said Petrodollar religion, would demand that the world believe.
However, as much as it may trouble the statists to read, Russia is actively pushing on with plans to put the US dollar in the rear view mirror and replace it with a dollar-free system. Or, as it is called in Russia, a “de-dollarized” world.
Voice of Russia reports citing Russian press sources that the country’s Ministry of Finance is ready to green light a plan to radically increase the role of the Russian ruble in export operations while reducing the share of dollar-denominated transactions. Governmental sources believe that the Russian banking sector is ”ready to handle the increased number of ruble-denominated transactions”.
According to the Prime news agency, on April 24th the government organized a special meeting dedicated to finding a solution for getting rid of the US dollar in Russian export operations. Top level experts from the energy sector, banks and governmental agencies were summoned and a number of measures were proposed as a response for American sanctions against Russia.
Well, if the west wanted Russia’s response to ever escalating sanctions against the country, it is about to get it.
The ”de-dollarization meeting” was chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Igor Shuvalov, proving that Moscow is very serious in its intention to stop using the dollar. A subsequent meeting was chaired by Deputy Finance Minister Alexey Moiseev who later told the Rossia 24 channel that “the amount of ruble-denominated contracts will be increased”, adding that none of the polled experts and bank representatives found any problems with the government’s plan to increase the share of ruble payments.
For the benefit of our Russian-speaking readers, the interview with Moiseev is below and the transcript can be found here.
Further, if you thought that only Obama can reign supreme by executive order alone, you were wrong – the Russians can do it just as effectively. Enter the“currency switch executive order“:
It is interesting that in his interview, Moiseev mentioned a legal mechanism that can be described as “currency switch executive order”, telling that the government has the legal power to force Russian companies to trade a percentage of certain goods in rubles. Referring to the case when this level may be set to 100%, the Russian official said that “it’s an extreme option and it is hard for me to tell right now how the government will use these powers”.
Well, as long as the options exists.
But more importantly, none of what Russia is contemplating would have any practical chance of implementation if it weren’t for other nations who would engage in USD-free bilateral trade relations. Such countries, however, do exist and it should come as a surprise to nobody that the two which have already stepped up are none other than China and Iran.
Of course, the success of Moscow’s campaign to switch its trading to rubles or other regional currencies will depend on the willingness of its trading partners to get rid of the dollar. Sources cited by Politonline.ru mentioned two countries who would be willing to support Russia: Iran and China. Given that Vladimir Putin will visit Beijing on May 20, it can be speculated that the gas and oil contracts that are going to be signed between Russia and China will be denominated in rubles and yuan, not dollars.
In other words, in one week’s time look for not only the announcement of the Russia-China “holy grail” gas agreement described previously here, but its financial terms, which now appears virtually certain will be settled exclusively in RUB and CNY. Not USD.
And as we have explained repeatedly in the past, the further the west antagonizes Russia, and the more economic sanctions it lobs at it, the more Russia will be forced away from a USD-denominated trading system and into one which faces China and India. Which is why next week’s announcement, as groundbreaking as it most certainly will be, is just the beginning.
As human beings we all possess a sinful nature. But as a Muslim we have to strive to step away from our nature by walking in the light of Islam. If we are not careful to resist ourselves from sin, it will weaken our souls and separate us from our Almighty Allah. On the necessity of self control, Allah says:
“And as for him who fears to stand in the presence of his lord forbids his own soul from its whims and caprices, then surely paradise is his abode”.
Consider these seven ways to control your sinful nature:
1. Know your enemy:
The most important strategy in warfare is to know the enemy. The more you know about your enemy the easier it makes your battle. Likewise, life is a battle against shaytan- The enemy of our souls- We need to study about him and his tactics he uses to lead people astray.
2. Always look to Allah for help:
Allah wants to help you and He is always with you. As Muslims we have direct access to Allah. When you wake up in the morning everyday ask Allah to protect you from evil temptations of this world. Make a habit to confess your sins and ask Allah for forgiveness before you go to bed.
3. Spend time with Allah:
A daily relationship with Allah is the basic principle to control our self from sins. Spend some time reading the Quran and indulging in Zikr. Make it a habit. It will help you to stay focused on Allah in your daily activities.
4. Avoid sinful situations:
A Muslim would be very careful to avoid sins and to avoid situations that are likely to cause sin. Sins often comes searching for you, so if you find yourself in a certain situation that you are more likely to fall in sin; it’s the time for you to walk away from that place.
5. Know the consequences:
Sin is a wall that separates us from Allah and it can enslave us and destroy our whole life. Countless lives have been ruined today because of pursuing things that Allah has forbidden. Remember that Allah has blessed with us with a healthy body and a sound mind, as a result being ungrateful for his gifts will draw severe punishments.
6. Fill your mind with Allah:
Thinking about something often can bring it to life; therefore avoid thinking about things that would arise evil temptations in your mind. Try to fill your mind with the remembrance of Allah.
7. Repent immediately when you fail:
If you fail and fall into sin, repent immediately. You should regret it and be determined never to indulge in any sinful behavior in the future.
A pessimistic person would probably come up with tons of arguments regarding the statement “nothing is impossible”. But optimistic people know that this statement doesn’t just simply end with a period. This statement continues with two more dots and two more words “with Allah ”. Faith takes us to heights that no man could ever reach alone.
“I don’t think I can do it”, “there’s nothing I can do about it”, “I’m just this and that”, and so on… These lines are clear indications that one does not believe in what he can do. If these words haunt you everyday and you are reading this, then it’s time that you reconsider what you think of yourself and what you are really capable of.
Here are few points you might want to consider:
- We are all gifted. Subhanallah, you should consider yourself really blessed that you are created in the best form as Allah said in the Holy Qur’an: “Verily, We created man in the best stature.”(95:4). To recognize how special you are, is actually the first step towards achieving what you dream of. If Allah the Most High said that you are the best, why else would other people’s opinion matter to you? No one else is you, and no one else could be like you. You are a born miracle.
- You are not a failure until you think you really are. Remember that your words reflect what you believe about your future. If you fail, it’s not the end yet until you quit trying. Keep in mind the phrase “failure is success if you learn from it”. Consider the man who tries to split a huge rock. It might take one hundred blows to make it happen but know that it wasn’t the hundredth blow that made the rock split. It is all the hundred blows that made it! That’s how life works. Success is never a surprise. It’s a product of continuous effort and prayer. Trust in Allah because He will never put your labor into waste. He will always givewhat you deserve.
- Strictly no room for regrets. If you are the kind of person who loves to cocoon himself in the corner and likes to reminisce all the horrors and regrets of yesterday, well, you really won’t achieve anything in there but bags of frustration. Moving on is like a marathon: you won’t be able to win if you keep on looking back. Remember that no matter how bad things were for you, there is always room for improvement. Your past is not a representative of your future. Leave it behind and move forward. Allah (S.W.T) is always there to comfort you, and remember that He always believes in you. Don’t act as if there is nothing to look forward to.
- Be grateful. Not believing in yourself can actually be a form of denying the blessings of the Rabbul ‘Alamin. You don’t want to be branded ungrateful by your Lord, do you? Allah has bestowed us so much favor. He gave us five wonderful senses and amazing faculty of thinking. If you think you can’t use them for anything that is productive, then you really don’t recognize the gifts He had given you. There is no place for ungratefulness in a believer’s life.
There is so much more about you. If you will make Dua and ask guidance from Allah, surely He will show you how special you really are. So what stops you from embracing all the gifts within you? Divorce your negativity and marry the positivity. Believe that you can do it. Go and catch your dream.
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