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Who else can you call upon?


يا رب إن عظمت ذنوبي كثرة - فلقد علمت بأن عفوك أعظم
أدعوك ربي كما أمرت تضرعاً - فإذا رددت يدي فمن ذا يرحم
إن كان لا يرجوك إلا محسن - فمن الذي يرجو المسيء المجرم
مالي إليك وسيلة إلا الرجا - وجميل عفوك ثم أني مسلم



Oh my lord if my sins are great in multitude, then I know your forgiveness is greater

I call on you lord as you have commanded in humility, so if you reject my hand who will have mercy on me?
If only the righteous have hope in you, then in whom should the transgressing criminals hope in?
I have no path to you except hope, and your beautiful forgiveness, and that I am a Muslim.

-Four verses found under Abu Nuwas' pillow when he died..

Why is doing the right thing so hard and can hurt so much sometimes?

Best Answer - Chosen by voters:
Mahatma Gandhi once said the good that war does is temporary--the evil is permanent. This may not be the same thing, but the same concept is still true when you reverse it; the evil truth does is temporary--the good is permanent.

Source: Y! Answers.
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Start your journey to Paradise

"No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." -Source unknown.

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Simple tip to attain Allah's love

'Say (O Muhammad to mankind): "If you really love God then follow me and God will love you."' [Quran, 3:31]

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Got an Itch?

One of the salaf related how sinning is like an itch. Shaitan and the Nafs are like mosquitoes that bite your soul and make you itch. Scratching that itch is sinning. It is better to resist the incredible desire to scratch, bear the torture, and try to remedy by applying an ointment (good deeds). If you start scratching, you will have to go on scratching until you wound the area.



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Allah will make sure of it

"Ultimately, an evil plot harms none except its makers." [Quran, 35:43]

Saturday the 22nd of August is the First day of Ramadan 2009-1430

The countries Saudi, Qatar, the Emirates, Kuwait, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian lands, the Sunni areas of Iraq, Tunis, Malaysia, and Indonesia have announced that Saturday, the 22nd of August is the first day of Ramadan.

Source: Aljazeera.net.

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An example for some

"Indeed in the Messenger of God (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow, for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) God and the Last Day and remembers God much." [Quran, 33:21]

Death of the Heart

No, not the stroke; but forgetting about our Creator:

أَوَ مَن كَانَ مَيْتاً فَأَحْيَيْنَاهُ وَجَعَلْنَا لَهُ نُوراً يَمْشِي بِهِ فِي النَّاسِ كَمَن مَّثَلُهُ فِي الظُّلُمَاتِ لَيْسَ بِخَارِجٍ مِّنْهَا كَذَلِكَ زُيِّنَ لِلْكَافِرِينَ مَا كَانُواْ يَعْمَلُونَ

"Is he who was dead (without faith by ignorance and disbelief) and We gave him life (by knowledge and faith) and set for him a light (of belief) so that he can walk among people, like him who is in the darkness (of disbelief, polytheism or hypocrisy) from which he can never come out? Thus it is made fair­seeming to the disbelievers that which they used to do."*

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* Surah Al-An'aam, verse 122

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Ramadan - A Way of Life

This is a beautiful lecture by Dr. Bilal Philips about Ramadaan and fasting. He mentions, among other subjects, some of the errors that are done with regard to eating in Ramadaan. The second part of the video is a questions and answers session. You can watch them online at the following Google Video links, or download them from the "Download video - iPod/PSP" link available in the video's page in Google Video:

Part 1





Part 2

Do you fit the description?

"It is guidance and mercy for those who like to do good things." [Quran, 31:3]

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The Nature of the Qur'aan: Created or Uncreated?

Allah is the Creator; He wasn't created. Allah's book, the Qur'aan, is an attribute of Allah, thus it is not a created thing. Those who have claimed the Qur'aan to be a created thing have been thoroughly rebuked in the books of 'Aqeedah.

Recently for the second time I came across a beautiful explanation of the nature of the Qur'aan by Imaam Abu Haneefah (radhia Allaahu 'anhu). In it he says:*

وصفاته في الأزل غير محدثة ولا مخلوقة ومن قال إنها مخلوقة أو محدثة او وقف او شك فيهما فهو كافر بالله تعالى
"And His attributes have always been (existent), not new, and not created. And whoever says that they are created or they are new, or (he) stops to (re)think about them or doubts them, then he is a disbeliever in Allaah, the Most High."


والقرآن كلام الله تعالى في المصاحف مكتوب وفي القلوب محفوظ وعلى الألسن مقروء وعلى النبي عليه الصلاة والسلام منزل ولفظنا بالقرآن مخلوق وكتابتنا له مخلوقة وقراءتنا له مخلوقة والقرآن غير مخلوق
"And the Qur'aan is the Word of Allaah, the Most High, written in books, memorized in hearts, recited on tongues, and revealed to the Prophet (salla Allaahu 'alayhy wa sallam). Our recitation of the Qur'aan is created, our writing of it is created, and our reading of it is created, but the Qur'aan (itself) is not created."


وما ذكره الله تعالى في القرآن حكاية عن موسى وغيره من الأنبياء عليهم السلام وعن فرعون وابليس فإن ذلك كله كلام الله تعالى إخبارا عنهم وكلام الله تعالى غير مخلوق وكلام موسى وغيره من المخلوقين
"And what Allaah, the Most High, mentioned in the Qur'aan relating from Moses and others among the messengers (peace be upon them), from Pharaoh, and from Iblees then all that is the Word of Allaah telling (us) about them and the Word of Allaah is not created while the words of Moses and the others are created."


والقرآن كلام الله تعالى لا كلامهم وسمع موسى عليه السلام كلام الله تعالى كما في قوله تعالى (وكلم الله موسى تكليما)ا
"So the Qur'aan is the Word of Allaah, the Most High, not their words. And Moses (peace be upon him) heard the Word of Allaah, the Most High, as Allaah mentioned in the Qur'aan (And indeed Allaah spoke to Moses.)"


وقد كان الله تعالى متكلما ولم يكن كلم موسى عليه السلام وقد كان الله تعالى خالقا في الأزل ولم يخلق الخلق فلما كلم الله موسى كلمه بكلامه الذي هو له صفة في الأزل وصفاته كلها بخلاف صفات المخلوقين
"And Allaah had the attribute of speaking before He spoke to Moses (peace be upon him) and He was the Creator before He created the creation. So when He spoke to Moses, He spoke to him with the attribute of speaking that He had always had and His attributes are not like those of His creation."


يعلم لا كعلمنا ويقدر لا كقدرتنا ويرى لا كرؤيتنا ويتكلم لا ككلامنا ويسمع لا كسمعنا ونحن نتكلم بالآلات والحروف و الله تعالى يتكلم بلا آلة ولا حروف والحروف مخلوقة وكلام الله تعالى غير مخلوق
"He knows not like our knowledge, He has power not like our power, He sees not like our sight, He speaks not like our speaking, and He hears not like our hearing. We speak by (speech) apparatus and letters while Allaah speaks not by apparatus and not by letters. The letters are created while the Speech of Allaah is not created."

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* Al-Fiqh al-Akbar, the chapter of Al-Qawl fil Qur'aan (regarding the Qur'aan), and partially quoted in Sharh al-'Aqeedah at-Tahaawiyyah

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Islaam Up Your Computer

A nice computer or laptop should have at least 30-100 gigabytes of memory. With this amount of memory, people store media files, documents, pictures, and programs. Have you ever checked how much your "Qur`aan" folder (if you have one) uses of this memory? Compare it with your "Movies" or "Music" folders. Some results may cause fainting. But not to worry! There's always a way to brighten the day!

Watching a nice video of Shaykh Maahir leading taraaweeh may not be every one's Friday night plans, but hey, I'm not saying there's no other way to "Islaam up your computer".

Change the sound scheme! Click Start on the bottom left corner of the screen. Why are you shivering? I already told you what we're doing...now lightly click "Control Panel". Harshly click the "sounds" category, then find the sound scheme. Change everything. That's right, change everything. For exclamation, put a recording of you saying "Astaghfirullaah!". For start up, nothing's more peaceful than Shaykh Mishaari 'Efaasi reading Surah Ikhlaas. If you want to go far with this, then for "Critical Battery Alarm" put a recording of your best friend on a roller coaster shouting, "ALLAAH! SAVE ME! I PROMISE I'LL FAST EVERYDAY AND I'LL STOP TALKING TO MY GIRLFRIEND..." It always brings a chuckle to a soul in fear of Computer death.

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Ozone layer

"And we made the sky a protective ceiling, but they turn away from our signs." [Quran, 21:32]

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Are you protected?

"Indeed, God protects those who have believed in Him." [Quran, 22:38]

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Cherry-picking in Islaam

Pronouncing the Shahaadah by a Muslim includes the implication that whatever Allaah has ordered then that is the ultimatum. There is no room for debate in what has been ordered by Allaah. One aspect of negligence here is picking what you like of the religion and ignoring that which doesn't appeal to your taste.

I feel this to be somewhat prevalent in my society and probably also in other parts of the world. The male abides by Islaamic law in getting twice the share of the female. But then he doesn't provide for his wife and children as he should. When his mother gets ill, he makes his sister pay an equal amount to provide medical care for their mother. The sister then thinks "He got twice my share, but now I have to spend even that?!" And that, unfortunately, has made certain women to choose the "legal" (as is called in my city) rather than the Islaamic method of dividing the inheritance so that both the male and the female get the same share.

Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta'aalaa) relates to us the story of some Jewish tribes who would break the law of the Torah in driving out other Jewish groups from their homes but then abide by the Torah in receiving ransom for releasing the captives. He (subhaanahu wa ta'aalaa) then tells us about the seriousness of such act:

أَفَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِبَعْضِ الْكِتَابِ وَتَكْفُرُونَ بِبَعْضٍ فَمَا جَزَاء مَن يَفْعَلُ ذَلِكَ مِنكُمْ إِلاَّ خِزْيٌ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَيَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ يُرَدُّونَ إِلَى أَشَدِّ الْعَذَابِ وَمَا اللّهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ


"Do you then believe in part of the Book and disbelieve in the rest? The penalty for those who do this among you is but disgrace in this world, and on the Day of Resurrection they will suffer the most severe punishment for Allaah is not unaware of what you do."*

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* Surah al-Baqarah, verse 85

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The price of turning away from Him

'And whoever turns away from remembering Me will have a difficult, pointless life and on the Day of Judgment We will summon him (or her) as a blind person. He will say: "My Lord, why have you summoned me as a blind person when before I was sighted?" He will say: "Thus did Our verses come to you, and you forgot them; that is why you have been forgotten today.' [Quran, 20:124-126]

Do you know anyone else who is like Him?

"He is the Lord of the skies and the Earth and everything in between, so worship Him and be consistent in your worshiping, do you know anyone else who is like Him?" [Quran, 19:65]

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Do women really receive lower wages than men? The Feminist "Wage Gap" farce

"Feminists claim that women are only paid 74 cents for every dollar a man makes. This angers a lot of women. The figures themselves are correct, but they are not presented truthfully. The numbers represent men and women as a whole, NOT comparing a man and a woman in the same company with the same seniority, same experience and education. Men as a whole will always make more than women as a whole because there are stay at home Moms, wives who only work part time, and women who take time off to have babies. Men also work more overtime and more of the dangerous and higher paying jobs. It is against the law to pay a woman less than a man for the same job, and qualifications...so anyone who believes this feminist lie is not very bright." -Pook, Feminism on Trial.

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Takfeer of Iblees

Have you ever thoroughly thought about why and when did Iblees become a Kaafir?* First we have to establish from the Qur'aan that he indeed is a Kaafir. Allaah describes him as such in Surah al-Baqarah:

وَإِذْ قُلْنَا لِلْمَلاَئِكَةِ اسْجُدُواْ لآدَمَ فَسَجَدُواْ إِلاَّ إِبْلِيسَ أَبَى وَاسْتَكْبَرَ وَكَانَ مِنَ الْكَافِرِينَ


"And (remember) when We said to the angels: "Prostrate yourselves before Adam.". And they prostrated except Iblîs, he refused and was proud and was one of the disbelievers."**

Now let us think about the reason of his disbelief. If we say that he is a disbeliever just because he disobeyed Allaah, then every single human being will also be a disbeliever. If it is because he did not repent, we say that even major sins (excpet for Shirk) do not make one a disbeliever and that is our 'Aqeedah. It is the Khawaarij who said (and the neo-s may still say) that major sins make one a disbeliever but this is is not our 'Aqeedah.

Some may say he became a Kaafir because he thought himself superior to Aadam. Superficially, this answer is also insufficient because I think that everybody may feel superior to somebody else even if it be once in their life. The reason indeed may lie in his feeling of superiority to Aadam not due to the feeling itself but what it implied at that moment.

Allaah had commanded the angels ('alayhym as salaam) and Iblees to bow down to Aadam. When Iblees refused to do so, his justification was that he was superior to Aadam. But what did this really imply? It implied that Iblees was basically saying to Allaah that He made a mistake in asking Iblees to prostrate to somebody whom Iblees thought was lower than himself, ta'aalaa Allaahu 'an thalika. When he [i.e. Iblees] attributed a mistake to Allaah and placed his wisdom and thinking higher, that, I believe, was the turning point of his disbelief. He then made it worse by not repenting and also putting forth a challenge that he will misguide every human being on earth except that he won't be able to sway the believers.

This is an important issue of 'Aqeedah that many people are not aware of today. This same principle applies to every ruling that is made by Allaah. If somebody doesn't pray, then their reason determines whether they have indeed apostated or not. If they are not praying because they are lazy but still admit that praying is obligatory, then we cannot say that they have become disbelievers; rather we say that they are committing a major sin and they have no guarantee with Allaah. If, however, and this seems to be more common in my city, they do not pray because they believe that praying is not necessary although they know it has been commanded by Allaah, then they are indeed doing the same thing that Iblees did.

And Allaah knows best.

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* This was mainly inspired by one of the lectures of Dr. Bilaal Philips.

** Surah al-Baqarah, verse 34

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The Passerby under the Tree

The Messenger (salla Allaahu 'alayhy wa sallam) said, replying to some companions who offered him a softer and more comfortable bed:

مَا لِي وَمَا لِلدُّنْيَا مَا أَنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا كَرَاكِبٍ اسْتَظَلَّ تَحْتَ شَجَرَةٍ ثُمَّ رَاحَ وَتَرَكَهَا

"Why should I desire this world?! I am just like a passerby who took some rest under a tree then went away and left it."*

This is very powerful. The recent death of my neighbor led me to come across this in a book. I believe we can sometimes get too immersed in this world and death is a good reminder to get us back to the surface.

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* Narrated by at-Tirmithee in his Sunan (2299), Ibn Maajah (4099), and Ahmad (2608, 3525, 3991), among others, and the wording is of at-Tirmithee. Abu 'Eesaa said at the end "This is a Hasan (good) Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth" and al-Albaanee agreed with him (As Silsilatul Saheehah, 438).


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