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Abiodun Oyewole: Something Beautiful (Video)

info-pictogram1 Legendary Last Poet Abiodun Oyewole wants to say something beautiful but bad feelings, bad thoughts and unresolved history seem to be getting in his way. Abiodun Oyewole is a founding member of The Last Poets who cleared a path for the birth of hip-hop.

How long do you need to memorize the Qur’an?

The people of the Qur’an are the people of Allah and His special servants


(An-Nisa’i, Ibn Majah, and Al-Hakim with a Hasan chain)

“The Qur’an is an intercessor, something given permission to intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise; whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.”

(An authentic hadith found in At-Tabaraanee, on the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood)“

Need something? Just ask Allah

By: Jinan Bastaki


“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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Is it hypocrisy to forbid something but then do it oneself?



Question: If I am exhorting my brothers and I warn them against some sins, but I fall into these sins myself, am I to be considered a hypocrite? Please advise me, may Allaah reward you with good.

It’s never easy to let go. Or is it?



Most of us would agree that there are few things harder than letting go of what we love. And yet, sometimes that’s exactly what we have to do. Sometimes we love things that we can’t have. Sometimes we want things that are not good for us. And sometimes we love what Allah does not love. To let go of these things is hard. Giving up something the heart adores is one of the hardest battles we ever have to fight. But what if it didn’t have to be such a battle? What if it didn’t have to be so hard? Could there ever be an easy way to let go of an attachment? Yes. There is. Find something better.



Bad things happen, yet every time something bad happens, it gives you a chance to show, just how good you really are.

gb copy Bad things happen, yet every time something bad happens, it gives you a chance to show, just how good you really are.
es copy Las cosas malas suceden, sin embargo, cada vez que algo malo sucede, te da la oportunidad de mostrar, lo bueno que eres en realidad.
nl copy Slechte dingen gebeuren, maar elke keer als er iets ergs gebeurt, het geeft je een kans om te laten zien, hoe goed je werkelijk bent.
fr copy De mauvaises choses arrivent, mais à chaque fois que quelque chose se passe mal, il vous donne une chance de montrer, à quel point vous êtes vraiment.
de copy Schlimme Dinge passieren, aber jedes Mal, wenn etwas Schlimmes passiert, es gibt Ihnen eine Chance zu zeigen, wie gut Sie wirklich sind.
CN67867 Bù hǎo de shìqíng fāshēng, dàn měi cì yǒu huàishì fāshēng, tā gěi nǐ yīgè jīhuì zhǎnshì, nǐ zhēn de shì duōme hǎo.
Sweden Dåliga saker händer, men varje gång det sker något dåligt, det ger dig en chans att visa, hur bra du egentligen är.
rus7897 Plokhiye veshchi sluchayutsya , no kazhdyy raz, kogda proiskhodit chto-to plokhoye , eto dayet vam shans pokazat’ , naskol’ko khorosho vy na samom dele.
4523turkey Kötü şeyler olur, ama kötü bir şey olur her zaman, o size gerçekten ne kadar iyi olduğunu göstermek için bir şans verir.
images Le cose brutte accadono, ma ogni volta che succede qualcosa di brutto, ti dà la possibilità di mostrare, quanto sei bravo davvero.
indonesiaID Hal-hal buruk terjadi, namun setiap kali sesuatu yang buruk terjadi, itu memberi Anda kesempatan untuk menunjukkan, betapa baik Anda sebenarnya.

Every individual has something better than you and you also have something better than someone else. Know your limits.

gb copy Every individual has something better than you and you also have something better than someone else. Know your limits.
es copy Cada individuo tiene algo mejor que usted y usted también tiene algo mejor que alguien más. Conozca sus límites.
nl copy Ieder individu heeft iets beter dan jij en je iets beter dan iemand anders ook. Ken je grenzen.
fr copy Chaque individu a quelque chose de mieux que vous et vous avez aussi quelque chose de mieux que quelqu’un d’autre. Connaissez vos limites.
de copy Jeder Mensch hat etwas besser als Sie und Sie haben auch etwas besser als jemand anderes. Kennen Sie Ihre Grenzen.
CN67867 Měi gèrén dōu yǒu de dōng xī bǐ nǐ gèng hǎo, nǐ yěyǒu yīxiē bǐ biérén gèng hǎo. Zhīdào zìjǐ de jíxiàn.
Sweden Varje individ har något bättre än dig och du har också något bättre än någon annan. Vet dina gränser.
rus7897 Kazhdyy chelovek imeyet chto-to luchshe, chem vas, i u vas takzhe yest’ chto-to luchshe , chem kto-to drugoy . Znayte svoi predely.
4523turkey Her birey senden daha iyi bir şey vardır ve siz de başka birinden daha iyi bir şey var. Sınırlarınızı bilin.
images Ogni individuo ha qualcosa meglio di te e hai anche qualcosa di meglio di qualcun altro. Conosci i tuoi limiti.
indonesiaID Setiap individu memiliki sesuatu yang lebih baik daripada Anda dan Anda juga memiliki sesuatu yang lebih baik daripada orang lain. Tahu batas Anda.