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The lofty status of remembrance (dhikr)

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Dhikr of Allah is the most excellent act of Allah’s servants and is stressed over a hundred times in the Holy Qur’an. It is the most praiseworthy work to earn Allah’s pleasure, the most effective weapon to overcome the enemy, and the most deserving of deeds in reward. It is the flag of Islam, the polish of hearts, the essence of the science of faith, the immunization against hypocrisy, the head of worship, and the key of all success.There are no restrictions on the modality, frequency, or timing of dhikr whatsoever. The restrictions on modality pertain to certain specific obligatory acts which are not the issue here, such as Salat. The Shari`a is clear and everyone knows what they have to do. Indeed, the Prophet said that the People of Paradise will only regret one thing: not having made enough dhikr in the world! Are not those who are making up reasons to discourage others from making dhikr afraid of Allah in this tremendous matter?

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Good Advice for New Muslims

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By: Brother Alex

1. Practice Islam as much as you can

“He who loves my Sunnah has loved me, and he who loves me will be with me in Paradise.”

-The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (Tirmidhi)

As a new Muslim, you will have trouble keeping up with prayers every day, fasting during Ramadan, and the many other practices in this religion. The struggle that we face, with such a radical change in lifestyle, is difficult and will take some time. Awkward moments are bound to happen, don’t fret. You are not expected to wake up at 4am every morning to pray tahajjud (extra night prayers). If you have problems with certain practices, then gradually work yourself into the mindset of worship. A counsellor once told me when I was young, “How do you eat an elephant? Just One bite at a time.” Think of it as one step at a time. Pray to Allah and ask for Him to make it easy for you and the rest will come naturally.

Keeping up with your devotional practices is something that will strengthen your faith immensely. Read the Qur’an whenever possible. Find a collection of hadith, such as Riyadh us-Saliheen, and read it often. You will start to feel a connection to Allah and you will become used to Islam as a religion and way of life.

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Ali Hammuda: Keep Your SINS a Secret & Do Not Publicize Them (Video)

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info-pictogram1 The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “All of my Ummah (Nation) may be forgiven for their sins, except for those who publicize them.

WHY OUR PRAYERS FOR GAZA MAY NOT BE ANSWERED

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By: Muhammad Wajid Akhter

Source: http://muslimmatters.org/

The hands are up, the tears flow and the “Ameens!” vibrate around the room. “Oh Allah, save the people of Gaza! Oh Allah help them! Oh Allah protect them!” the imam continues to beseech fervently. This was a scene played out in practically every mosque in the world this Ramadan. And last Ramadan. And the Ramadan before that.

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And yet, when we get home and turn on the TV – more deaths, more heartbreak and more injustice. Every single time. In fact, each time – things seem to be getting worse.

So what is going on? How come our duaas are not answered?

There is a possibility that we are being impatient and that maybe Allah is accepting our duaas and fervent prayers, but He is doing so in ways that we cannot see or understand. Maybe Allah is helping us and the situation would have been so much worse otherwise. Perhaps.

Or maybe, just maybe – He is not answering our prayers because there is something fundamentally wrong with us. The thought should chill us to the bone. Here are a few reasons why this might be the case:

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Is Islam a violent religion?

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By: Farhanah Ali

Source: http://www.muslimsarenotterrorists.com/

God (Allah) says in the Holy Qur’an, “. . . if anyone slew a person . . . it would be as if he slew the whole of mankind; and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind” (5:32). It is a sad reality when we consider the violence different social groups face around the world from the beginning of time to the present. It is something we all hope can be changed for the future.

Throughout history, we have seen devastating outcomes to large numbers of people due to the actions of others. The world has seen numerous lives unjustly taken; it seems that the war against each other because of race or beliefs is an ongoing one. Today Muslims face similar, if not the same, threats as did the Jews in the Holocaust and the African slaves beginning in the seventeenth century. A few extreme individuals that call themselves Muslims and commit acts of violence coupled with ignorance about what Islam is about have caused global hostility through the media towards true Muslims today when they are truly a peaceful nation.

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Abdullah Hakim Quick: Quiet No More! – Explain Islam (Video)

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Every Day is Mother’s Day

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“The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Paradise lies at the feet of Mothers.” So people should be especially good to their mothers every day. For Muslims: as long as our Mothers continue to sincerely pray to Allah for our success in these difficult times, we have hope. Despite all of the lies and distortions about Islam and Muslims in the Daily Media, the light of Allah will never be put out!!! It’s like a fool blowing at the sun. Can he put out its light, even if he gathered all of humanity!!! May Almighty Allah answer the prayers of the suffering women all over the planet, bring back our lost and kidnapped children and accept the sacrifice of those who have fallen in His path. ( Here is Prayer in Masjid Istiqlal, Jakarta, Indonesia.)

By: Abdullah Hakim Quick

Words Of Wisdom of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

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The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Here are some sayings of the Prophet Muhammed (Hadith)  that help us understand his inspirational character…

  • “A Muslim who plants a tree or sows a field, from which man, birds and animals can eat, is committing an act of charity.” (Muslim)
  • “There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah.” (Bukhari)
  • “What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” (Bukhari)
  • “The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self.” (Bukhari)
  • “If you put your whole trust in Allah, as you ought, He most certainly will satisfy your needs, as He satisfies those of the birds. They come out hungry in the morning, but return full to their nests.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “Allah will not give mercy to anyone, except those who give mercy to other creatures.” (Abdullah b. Amr: Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi)
  • “Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people.” (Baihaqi)
  • “Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.” (Muslim)
  • “When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less.” (Muslim)
  • “If you do not feel ashamed of anything, then you can do whatever you like.” (Abu-Masud: Bukhari)
  • “It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words.” (Bukhari)
  • “Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms.” (Muslim)
  • “Whoever is kind, Allah will be kind to him; therefore be kind to man on the earth. He who is in heaven will show mercy on you.” (Abu Dawud: Tirmidhi)
  • “It is difficult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path, that leads to bliss.” (Muslim)
  • “The best of you are those who are best to the women.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “Whoever loveth to meet God, God loveth to meet him” (Bukhari)
  • “Once a man, who was passing through a road, found a branch of a tree with thorns obstructing it. The man removed the thorns from the way. Allah thanked him and forgave his sins.” (Bukhari)
  • “Who are the learned? Those who practice what they know.” (Bukhari)
  • “Allah has revealed to me, that you must be humble. No one should boast over one another, and no one should oppress another.” (Iyad b. Hinar al-Mujashi: Muslim)
  • “A true Muslim is thankful to Allah in prosperity, and resigned to His will in adversity.” (Muslim)
  • “A Muslim who meets with others and shares their burdens is better than one who lives a life of seclusion and contemplation.” (Muslim)
  • “Serve Allah, as you would if you could see Him; although you cannot see Him, He can see you.” (Umar: Muslim)
  • “Allah does not look at your appearance or your possessions; but He looks at your heart and your deeds.” (Abu Huraira: Muslim)
  • “The best richness is the richness of the soul.” (Bukhari)
  • “Keep yourselves far from envy; because it eats up and takes away good actions, like a fire eats up and burns wood.” (Abu Dawud)
  • “Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these.” (Bukhari)
  • “Verily, Allah is mild and is fond of mildness, and He gives to the mild what He does not give to the harsh.” (Muslim)
  • “Once the Prophet was asked: “Tell us, which action is dearest to Allah?” He answered: “To say your prayer at its proper time.” Again he was asked: “What comes next?” Mohammad said: “To show kindness to parents.” “Then what?” he was asked, “To strive for the cause of Allah!” (Ibn Masad: Bukhari)
  • “When two persons are together, two of them must not whisper to each other, without letting the third hear; because it would hurt him.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
  • “Verily, it is one of the respects to Allah to honor an old man.” (Bukhari)
  • “I command you to treat women kindly…” (Bukhari)
  • “All Muslims are like a foundation, each strengthening the other; in such a way they do support each other.” (Abu Musa: Bukhari & Muslim)
  • “Strive always to excel in virtue and truth.” (Bukhari)
  • “You will not enter paradise until you have faith; and you will not complete your faith till you love one another.” (Muslim)
  • “He, who wishes to enter paradise at the best gate, must please his father and mother.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
  • “I am leaving two things among you, and if you cling to them firmly you will never go astray; one is the Book of Allah and the other is my way of life.” (Last Sermon on the Mount)
  • “Allah is One and likes Unity.” (Muslim)
  • “The best of alms is that, which the right hand gives and the left hand knows not of.” (Bukhari)
  • “The perfect Muslim is not a perfect Muslim, who eats till he is full and leaves his neighbors hungry.” (Ibn Abbas: Baihaqi)
  • “He is not of us who is not affectionate to the little ones, and does not respect the old; and he is not of us, who does not order which is lawful, and prohibits that which is unlawful.” (Ibn Abbas: Tirmidhi)
  • “No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that, what he desires for himself.” (Abu Hamza Anas: Bukhari & Muslim)
  • “To strive for the cause of Allah from daybreak to noon and sunset is better than the goods and enjoyment of the whole worldly life.” (Bukhari)
  • “Be not like the hypocrite who, when he talks, tells lies; when he gives a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he proves dishonest.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
  • “The proof of a Muslim’s sincerity is, that he pays no heed to that, which is not his business.” (Abu Hureira: Tirmidhi)
  • “Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.” (Muslims & Bukhari)
  • “Conduct yourself in this world, as if you are here to stay forever; prepare for eternity as if you have to die tomorrow.” (Bukhari)
  • “The human being does not fill up any vessel worse than his stomach.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “The worldly comforts are not for me. I am like a traveler, who takes a rest under a tree in the shade and then goes on his way.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “Women are the twin halves of men.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “A father gives his child nothing better than a good education.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “The strong person is not the one who can wrestle someone else down. The strong person is the one who can control himself when he is angry.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
  • “The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.” (Tirmidhi)

Let us know in the comments section below which is your favourite saying of Prophet Muhammad  – Peace be upon him and all the Prophets.

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