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Is organ donation permitted in Islam?

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Source: http://hadithoftheday.com/

By: Shaykh  Yusuf Badat

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Organ donation has been debated extensively in pre-modern and contemporary times. A number of Fiqh Academy’s across the globe such as the Islamic Fiqh Assembly of the Muslim World League in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, have concluded that organ donation is permissible to save a life. The organ can be donated from one that is alive or one that is deceased. There are a number of conditions attached to the permissibility of organ donation, such as the below mentioned:

· The process of organ donation must uphold the dignity and honour of the human body
· The donor should not be adversely affected in health and normal life by donating the organ
· The organ cannot be sold
· The donor must willingly give permission to donate the organ
· There must be a genuine need to save or restore life

(See: Fiqh al Ḥalāl wa al Ḥarām by Muftī Khālid Saifullāh Al-Raḥmānī)

And Allah knows best.

Nouman Ali Khan Interviews Mujahid Fletcher (VIDEO)

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info-pictogram1 Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan Interviews Mujahid Fletcher Founder of IslamInSpanish (http://www.IslamInSpanish.org) a non-profit organization specialized in producing Multimedia Audio and Video in the Spanish language to educate Latinos about Islam worldwide. After traveling to Mexico, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan found out about the great need for Spanish material to educate about Islam in Latin American which lead to the partnering of Bayyinah and IslamInSpanish to bring about awareness and support via IslamInSpanish’s Dallas Fundraising Banquet “Celebrating 10 Years of Service”. Check out the other 4 parts below:

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Why Do Police Need Military Vehicles? (Video)

info-pictogram1 MRAP’s (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle) are
made for the battlefield, but police departments across the U.S. are getting them for bargain prices from the Defense Department’s Defense Logistics Agency. Captain Gary Woodruff from the Lawrence, Indiana, police department tells AJ+ why it needs a MRAP and how it plans to use it. This is a hot topic in light of debate regarding the militarization of police in America, in part through vehicles.

“We had a beautiful life…now my situation is very bad”

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Source: http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/

When bombing killed Khansa’s husband, and two of her sons went missing, she took the rest of her family and fled Syria, seeking refuge in Lebanon. There, we’re providing her with vital aid, but she’s losing hope fast as she wonders whether life will ever return to normal for her children again.

Khansa Al-Hammady lived a normal life in Raqqa, north Syria, with her husband farming their land. Then the bombing started and their peaceful life changed forever. Khansa’s husband was killed in the bombing and her two elder sons suddenly disappeared. She still does not know whether they are dead or alive.

Khansa, fled her home with her three remaining sons and daughter towards Lebanon and found safety in the Bekaa Valley refugee camp.

 ”We had a beautiful life. We used to work in agriculture; everyone had their own land and we were all happy. Now my situation is very bad.”

In the camp, the family shares a tent with another family and they have very little food for the family. Khansa’s health has also deteriorated due to the difficult conditions that she has to endure. She is losing hope that her situation will ever improve and that her children will ever have a normal life.

“I am asking Allah to return us to our homes and give us a peaceful life – that’s all we need from Him.”

Islamic Relief is working in the Bekaa Valley camp, providing essential aid to thousands of families, such as food, shelter and blankets, which provide some comfort and hope for the future.

“Islamic Relief brought us things that we need like mattresses, blankets and hygiene,” said Khansa. ”May Allah bless them.”

Ten-Point Plan For What To Do On The Night Of Power

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Photo of a ray-less Sunrise, a sign of Laylat’l-Qadr the night before

Source: http://almaghrib.org/

We prepare ourselves so well for Laylat’l-Qadr in terms of what it means to us andwhen it will be, but when we get there many of us don’t know what to actually do on the night itself and achieve the success being offered!

So, we came up with a plan as gleaned from the actions of the blessed early generations:

1. Prepare a list before the evening starts listing all of the specific du‘ās you want to make. This is not necessarily a Sunnah of course – this is only because the Muslims of our generation are not so great at ritual worship and making long, detailed meaningful du‘ās by ourselves; thus we need help, direction and structure.

2. Pray ‘Ishā in Jamā‘ah – that’s half the night in prayer achieved as stated by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in Muslim, and that’s a portion of Laylat’l-Qadr achieved as stated by some of the Salaf like Ibn al-Musayyib and al-Shāfi‘ī.

3. Pray with the Imām, don’t leave him after 4 rak‘ah or 8 rak‘ah or whatever. Finish the Tarāwīḥ prayer with him and the Witr prayer as well, even if he prays it early in the night. You have now achieved the reward of praying the full night, which if it is Laylat’l-Qadr, then you’ve in sha Allah achieved the full reward of standingthe night of Laylat’l-Qadr as stated by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

4. Avoid setting up two night prayers, calling them Tarāwīḥ and Tahajjud.Either elongate one of them to last longer in the night, or just pray one of them completely with the Imam with Witr. This is the Sunnah of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in Ramaḍān: a single congregational prayer, not two separate ones, is the action of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

5. Make a HUGE amount of du‘ā during ALL the rest of the time available before Fajr starts.

6. If you feel the need to take little breaks in the night, only do the following in them:

a) Give plenty of Ṣadaqah, carefully and judiciously, to the highest-returning projects as possible, across as many fields and initiatives as possible, as varied as possible, as much as possible. Take advantage of the hugely multiplied rewards on offer. You can plan this in advance online to save time browsing on the night itself.

b) Read or reflect on something beneficial about Allah or read the Qur’ān itself. Focus on His Mercy. And then call upon that Mercy later in your du‘ā.

c) Keep your tongue busy with dhikr. Don’t waste a single second talking, watching or listening to anything from the dunya if possible. It’s just not worth it. It can wait one night.

7. If you want to bank on just one du‘ā to really focus on during this night then choose the best Prophetic one of:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Allāhumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuḥibbul ‘afwa, fa‘fu ‘annī

(O Allah, indeed you are the One who pardons, indeed you love to pardon. So please pardon me.)

8. Reduce the amount of food and time you will spend on eating Suḥūr so that you can spend more time making du‘ā. This night is about standing in prayer, yes, but if you’ve done the above, then that standing is sufficient. Now make the night allabout du‘ā.

9. Pray the Fajr prayer in Jamā‘ah with the Imām. You have just achieved standing the entire night in prayer as stated by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in al-Bukhāri. So that’s all of Laylat’l-Qadr in standing achieved if it was indeed that night. Doing this is like a double guarantee for the night

10. Finally, after your dhikr until Sunrise and your Shurūq prayer, get to sleep quickly so as to not to sleep too much during the day because there’s more ‘ibādah to be done on the 27th day too, to complete a successful night of al-Qadr as per the actions of the Salaf.

Ten Things You Need to Know About Gaza

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mehdi-hasan/gaza-10-things-you-need-to-know_b_2139356.html

As Palestinian militants in Gaza fire rockets into Israel and the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) bombard the Strip ‘in retaliation’, here are 10 things you should probably know about Gaza:

1) “PRISON CAMP”

David Cameron once referred to Gaza as a “prison camp” and “some sort of open-air prison”. 1.7million Palestinians are crammed into just 140 square miles; Gaza is one of the most crowded places on earth.

Israel, despite withdrawing its troops and settlers from the Strip in 2005, continues to control its airspace, territorial waters and border crossings (with the exception, of course, of Gaza’s land border with Egypt).

2) (UN)FAIR FIGHT

Remember: according to the Israeli human-rights group B’Tselem, in the last major conflict between Israel and Hamas – ‘Operation Cast Lead’ which kicked off in December 2008 – 762 Palestinian civilians were killed, including more than 300 children, compared to three (yes, three!) Israeli civilians.

We seem to be seeing a similar imbalance in bloodshed this time round: “More Palestinians were killed in Gaza [on Wednesday] than Israelis have been killed by projectile fire from Gaza in the past three years,” wrote Palestinian-American activist Yousef Munayyer on the Daily Beast website.

3) “COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT”

Why do they hate us, ask ordinary Israelis? Well, Gaza has been under siege since January 2006, after its residents dared to elect a Hamas goverment in free and fair elections. The subsequent economic blockade imposed upon the Strip by the Israeli government at one stage prevented the residents of Gaza from importing, among other things, coriander, ginger, nutmeg and, even, newspapers.

Most international lawyers, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC), consider the blockade to be illegal under international humanitarian law; in 2009, a UN panel, led by distinguished South African judge and self-confessed Zionist Richard Goldstone, accused Israel of imposing “a blockade which amounted to collective punishment”.

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Ramadan With the Homeless in Manchester, Piccadilly Gardens (Video)

Feeding the Poor: An Important Religious Duty of Muslims!!

info-pictogram1 The holy Quran has linked man’s salvation to the wellbeing of fellow human beings. One cannot find salvation without caring for the fellow human beings particularly those in distress, need and hunger. One of the acts of caring for the distressed is feeding them. This act of feeding the needy and hungry has been stressed in the Quran so many times and in such strong words that one might think that not feeding the poor regularly can even earn the wrath of God leading him to the torment of hell despite all his prayers, fasting and other good deeds.

Thus, the Quran envisions a society in which every member cares for the hungry, the distressed and the needy every moment of his being along with all his personal piety and righteousness. The rights of the neighbours have also been emphasised in the same sense so that a Muslim keeps the well being of his neighbours, especially those neighbours who are poor and needy. While stressing the right of the poor and hungry, the Quran does not specify the Muslims. It only stresses on the feeding of the hungry, suggesting that a hungry person may be a Muslim, a Hindu or even an atheist.

There are more or less seven occasions on which the Quran stresses on the feeding of the poor, the hungry, the orphans and the captives. Though some of the verses recommend the feeding of the poor as an act of penitence for some sins or skipping some religious injunctions like fasting or not keeping an oath, the other verses generally require Muslims to feed the hungry and the poor as a social duty regularly or whenever required. In fact, the stress with which the Quran instructs Muslims to feed the poor, makes it seem that feeding the poor should be one of the social habits of the Muslims. If not done, the Muslims may invite the wrath of God both in this world and in the Hereafter.

The Quran says:

“And (ask) of the Sinners: What led you into Hell Fire? They will say: “We were not of those who prayed; Nor were we of those who fed the indigent;
(Al Mudaththir: 41-44)

Thus feeding only to please God is the favourite acts of the believers:

“A Fountain where the Devotees of Allah do drink, making it flow in unstinted abundance. They perform (their) vows, and they fear a Day whose evil flies far and wide. And they feed, for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive,- (Saying),”
We feed you for the sake of Allah alone: no reward do we desire from you, nor thanks. (76: 6-9)

The Quran presents the picture of those who are thrown in hellfire because of not feeding the poor or the orphan while indulging in gluttony.

“This was he that would not believe in Allah Most High. And would not encourage the feeding of the indigent! (Al Haqqa: 33—34)”

In Surah Fajr, Quran lashes out at those who do not feed the hungry despite the fact that God has provided them with all the luxuries of life. It also suggests that Muslims should encourage the practice of feeding the poor and this way this practice should become a common and visible practice of the Muslims

“Nor do ye encourage one another to feed the poor!
(Al Fajr: 18)”

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Feed the hungry, visit the sick and set free the captives.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 552

“(The righteous are those) who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of God, saying: ‘We feed you for the sake of God Alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks.'” – The Holy Quran, 76:8-9

Please donate whatever you can to comfort them in their hour of need..

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There is no need to be angry, stand back & breathe in calmly, nothing will get resolved until you find your balance.

gb copy There is no need to be angry, stand back & breathe in calmly, nothing will get resolved until you find your balance.
es copy No hay necesidad de estar enojado, un paso atrás y respirar con calma, nada se resolverá hasta que encuentre su equilibrio.
nl copy Er is geen noodzaak om boos te zijn, een stapje terug en adem rustig, niets zal krijgen opgelost totdat u uw balans te vinden.
fr copy Il n’est pas nécessaire d’être en colère, prendre du recul et respirer calmement, rien ne sera résolu jusqu’à ce que vous trouvez votre équilibre.
de copy Es besteht keine Notwendigkeit, wütend zu sein, treten Sie zurück und atmen Sie ruhig, wird nichts gelöst bekommen, bis Sie Ihr Gleichgewicht zu finden.
CN67867 Yǒu méiyǒu bìyào shēngqì, fānshēn pāi bèi jí hūxī píngjìng, shénme yě bù huì dédào jiějué, zhídào nǐ zhǎodào nǐ de pínghéng diǎn.
Sweden Det finns ingen anledning att vara arg, stå tillbaka och andas in lugnt, kommer ingenting att få löst tills du hittar din balans.
rus7897 Там нет необходимости злиться, отойти в сторону и дышать спокойно, ничего не будет решен, пока не найдете свой ​​баланс.
4523turkey Eğer dengeyi bulmak kadar kızgın olmaya gerek yok, geri çekilin ve sakince nefes, hiçbir şey çözüldü alacak.
images Non c’è bisogno di arrabbiarsi, un passo indietro e respirare con calma, nulla si risolverà fino a trovare il vostro equilibrio.
indonesiaID Tidak perlu untuk menjadi marah, berdiri kembali & bernapas dengan tenang, tidak ada yang akan bisa diselesaikan sampai Anda menemukan keseimbangan.