By: Yasmin Mogahed
Many people try to solve the problem of heartbreak by hardening their hearts. But the hardened heart is the most distant from Allah. So by hardening the heart, you aren’t protecting yourself. You’re killing yourself. The heart that’s alive is by definition entirely soft, fragile, and vulnerable. It is by definition breakable. That’s why we are taught to surround it with layers upon layers of protection. Thikr (remembrance of God) works to protect the heart, while at the same time softening it. And the more we remember Him, the more protection we build for a softer and softer heart.
The last and final messenger sent to mankind has sad that “Verily spells, talismans and charms are shrik” [Abu Dawood and Musnad Ahmad]
It’s sad to see many people have fallen into this out of ignorance and a lack of knowledge but there is always hope in ISLAM, so if you have gotten caught up into this please turn to Allah (God) and seek forgiveness and only his protection, and here is a wonderful DUA that you can start reading inshaAllah.
“Remove the suffering O’ Lord of mankind, and heal it perfectly, as you are the True healer. There is no cure Except Your cure, a cure which is not followed by sickness! ” Prophet Muhammad (Abu Dawud)
In this weeks show we’ll be talking about the Student Loan crisis and how borrowers are finding themselves in a paralyzing predicament of repaying two, three or multiple times the original amount borrowed, with no bankruptcy protection, no cap on fees and penalties and no recourse to the law. Points covers in this show:
1.What Usury is and how it equals modern day Interest
2.Why charging Interest is unjust and is a form of great oppression.
3. How Charging interest is not only prohibited in ISLAM and the Quran but also in the Bible and Christianly
4. How Interest/Usury used to be outlawed.
5. How bankers took over the job of loan sharks
6. Solutions and tips on how to stay debt free and avoid being in- slaved to Interest/Usury, all this and more on this weeks show of TheDeenShow with Eddie.
Source: British Muslim Heritage Centre
The Prophet (SAW) made a promise to Christians. As Muslims we respect the precedent of the Prophet (SAW) and should therefore abide by promises he made to Christians in the name of all Muslims.
In 628AD, a delegation from St. Catherine’s Monastery visited Prophet Muhammad (SAW) seeking his protection. He responded by granting them a charter of rights.
(St. Catherine’s Monastery is located at the foot of Mt. Sinai and is the world’s oldest monastery. Its collection of Christian manuscripts is so vast that it is second only to the Vatican in this respect.)
Because jinn can see us while we cannot see them, the Prophet (sall Allahu alayhi wasallam) taught us many ways to protect ourselves from their harm. By seeking refuge of Allah from the accursed shaytan, reciting surat al-Falaq and surah An-Naas, Ayat al Kursi and reciting the words taught by Allah in the Qur’an. Allah Almighty says, “And say: My Lord! I seek refuge in Thee from suggestions of the evil ones. And I seek refuge in Thee, my Lord, lest they be present with me.” (Al-Mu’minun: 97-98)
Saying Bismillah (in the Name of Allah) before entering one’s home, eating or drinking and having intercourse will keep shayateen from entering the house or partaking with a person in his food, drink and sexual activity. Similarly, mentioning the name of Allah before entering the toilet or taking off one’s clothes will prevent the jinn from seeing a person in a state of undress or harming him/her. The Prophet (sall Allahu alayhi wasallam) said: “To put a barrier that will prevent the jinn from seeing the `awrah (part of the body which must be covered) of the sons of Adam, let any one of you say ‘Bismillah’ when entering the toilet.” (Reported by At-Tirmidhi)
Taqwa is an Arabic word which is explained as a shield against wrongdoing and further expounded as to be “conscious of Allah” or to have “fear of Allah” or to be “cautiously aware of Allah”.
The origin of the word Taqwa is from the Arabic root letters wa’ ka’ ya (meaning shield) and its verb is from the word “Ittaki”. Ittakimeans to be careful or to be protected or to be cautious. Taqwa is an internal compass on the path that leads towards Allah. The broader meaning and character of Taqwa is to develop one’s behavior, so as to be cautiously aware in the worship of Allah and attain nearness to Him and in so doing, perfect oneself.
This consciousness and fear of Allah is understood as a protection and a shield against wrongdoing. The abstention of evil through this fear, consciousness and establishing a cautious awareness of Allah, ultimately develops one’s love of Him.
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Official statistics from the Ministry of Information in Ramallah have revealed that 1,518 Palestinian children were killed by Israel’s occupation forces from the outbreak of the second Intifada in September 2000 up to April 2013. That’s the equivalent of one Palestinian child killed by Israel every 3 days for almost 13 years. The ministry added that the number of children injured by the Israelis since the start of the Second Intifada against Israel’s occupation has now reached 6,000.
“The International Day for the Protection of Children is on June 1,” said a spokesman, “but Palestinian children are still subject to attacks by the Israelis and Jewish settlers on an almost daily basis.”
Noting that 2012 saw an unprecedented rise in the number of children arrested by Israeli forces, the report pointed out that 9,000 Palestinians under 18 years old have been arrested since the end of September 2000. Almost half of the Palestinian population is under 18. Almost two hundred and fifty Palestinian minors are being held in prison by Israel; 47 of them are children under 16 years of age.
Suppose you find a watch in the middle of a desert. What would you conclude? Would you think that someone dropped this watch? Or would you suppose that the watch came by itself?
If your answer is, “That watch came by itself.”
I have no option but to call you a LUNATIC.
Of course no sane person would say that the watch just happened to emerge from the sand. All the intricate working parts could not simply develop from the metals that lay buried in the earth. The watch must have a manufacturer. If a watch tells accurate time we expect the manufacturer must be intelligent. Blind chance cannot produce a working watch.
The creator who gave us light, energy, protection and beauty the only one who deserves our worship. Yet some people insist that he does not exist. What would they think if they found a watch in the desert? An accurate, working watch? A beautifully designed watch? Would they not conclude that there does exist a watchmaker? An intelligent watchmaker? One who appreciates beauty? Such is God who made us.”