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Hardship and suffering is a natural part of life

"Whoever wants to have everlasting peace and well-being with no affliction does not understand the meaning of Allah’s commandments, nor does he perceive the meaning of submission to Allah.
Every soul (either believing or disbelieving) shall inevitably taste suffering in this world, for this life is based on hardships. Man lives between comfort and suffering." -Imam Ibn al-Jawzi


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Don't ignore the new converts



Baba Ali gives some good advice in this video. Many Muslim converts have hurtful early experiences with the Muslim community. They feel lost and ignored. If we don't welcome them and let them feel at home in the community, who will?

We can help them by following up on them after they convert. We should call them, write to them and talk to them at the masjid. We should let them know we are here for them. We shouldn't give them biased information so that they follow our schools of thought. We should accept their mistakes with an open heart and not embarrass them by correcting them in public.

What I just said may sound easy to do in theory, but it is not. We have to actively monitor and control our behavior when we interact with them. Our normal automatic reactions don't work very well with them (as years of complaints by converts have proven).

The state of man

As-salaamu 'alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh,

Qatadah said: Allaah created angels with reason and no desires, animals with desires and no reason, and man with both reason and desires. So if a man's reason is stronger than his desire he is like an angel, and if his desires are stronger than his reason then he is like an animal.

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Uddat as-saabireen wa dhakhirat ash-shaakireen by Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

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quranclub's State of the Muslim Blogosphere - September 2009



Total number of English Muslim blogs: 504
Number of active blogs: 335 = 66% (they published at least one post in September).
Number of inactive blogs: 169 = 34% (they have posted nothing since August)

I know that this list shows only a fraction of the total Muslim blogs on the internet. If you want your blog to be added to the list please submit it here. You can also submit Muslim blogs that you do not own.

Disclaimer: I have found these blogs by digging through many blog lists. I haven't reviewed them and cannot say they all represent true Islam. quranclub is not responsible in any way for the content published in these blogs.

See the supplementary list of the 50 oldest Muslim blogs on the internet.

Amazing photos that compare the size of earth to other planets and stars











The vastness of Allah's creation [Daily Reminders]

One Step Closer To Khilaafah

Whenever people bring up the topic of khilaafah or 'one ummah', they usually loose the essence of the terms. All what they see is violence and bloodshed. A true khilaafah will never start this way. Here are some tips to pave the way:
  • Take out any type of arrogance or racism from your heart. Never look down upon a race.
  • Never keep stereotypes (i.e; Egyptians are wide, Pakistanis are stupid). Stereotypes keep mindsets that will never allow Muslims to peacefully embrace one another
  • Be open to other cultures
  • Never be too quick at correcting
  • If you've had many bad experiences with a lot of people from the same nationaity, never give up. New ones may open new doors to the culture you once thought was the worst on Earth
There is a lot more to this list. Feel free to add it in "Comments" and I'll add it in a new post.

One final advice:

Please invite a Muslim from a nationality (other than yours) over to your house for dinner or any other occasion. Whether you tell him or her you were told to do so by some internet maniac or whether you don't; that's up to you. Have a pleasant conversation on your two (or more) cultures. Complement things you have noticed are good about that culture. Let him or her know that you are brothers or sisters in Islam, and share your feelings about spreading general freindliness and openess among Muslims from nationalities.

Once that's done, come back here and let Quran Club know how it went!

We'd love to hear from the one who cares to share!

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Why you should attain Allah's love

"To love and to be loved is necessary for happiness. So what greater joy is there than to love and be loved by Allah Himself?"

Yasir Qadhi [Twitter]
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Increase your self-esteem by hiding your good deeds

"Do not do good deeds so that people mention you. The true believer hides his good deeds just as he hides his sins" - Bishr al-Hafi

Yasir Qadhi [Twitter]
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An apple a day is not so good

An apple a day still leaves you 2-4 servings short of your daily recommendations


If God exists, why does He allow horrible things to happen?

Some people solve this logical problem by saying God doesn't exist. They say surely if He existed, He wouldn't let bad people get away with what they do. But someone a bit brighter can find a new solution for this problem; there is an afterlife.

What seems horrible to us are not 'horrible' in God's eyes. God cares about our souls, which nothing can destroy. When a child is murdered, he or she wakes up in Paradise (think of Frudo waking up in bed in the end of LOTR). So is this really a bad thing?

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Biggest proof of the existence of Allah

"Rabi'a Al-Adawayah (a pious Muslim woman who lived around year 100 Hijri) was told, "Someone has written a thousand facts that prove the existence of Allah."
She smiled. "One proof is enough." She said.
"And what is that?"
"If you were passing through a desert, misstepped and fell into a well, and couldn't get out of it, what will you do?" She asked. They said they'd pray to Allah for help.
"And that is your proof." She said." -From the book, تعريف عام بدين الإسلام (A General Introduction to the Religion of Islam) by علي الطنطاوي (Ali At-Tantawi).

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Video for learning Suratul Fatiha (with transcriptions)


This recitation of Suratul Fatiha by Al-Minshawi the Third (Sheikh Muhammad Siddiq Al-Minshawi) happens to be my favorite recitation of this beautiful surah.

If you like it, you can download it as an MP3 file here.

Judgment day is not today?

I have been looking at the news, and at Twitter. Apparently nobody has spotted Jesus (alaihis salaam) yet. The world seems to be in its normal chaos so far.

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23 new quran buttons for your using pleasure

I have added 23 new buttons to our "I aim to read one juz of Quran everyday" buttons collection. Check them out. :)

How much do you love Allah?

"Constantly thinking about someone is a sign of true love - so how often do those who claim to love Allah remember Him?"

Yasir Qadhi [Twitter]
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We are not alone here in the West

"I once attended a gathering where a gentle sheik was speaking. A woman raised her hand and asked, ”In North America there are not many Muslims, should we move back to our home country to raise our children?” The Sheik paused for a moment and replied in a soft, kind voice, “You are not alone here, sister. Look outside; do you see the trees, plants, flowers, and all the nature? They are all souls of Allah SWT. In fact, you are the majority in this land, not the minority.” To this day, his words still penetrate my heart."

Deep Roots [Grow Mama Grow]
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Fruit of Paradise

Beautiful photo of an amazing fruit.

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Eid message from Mecca

"I wish everyone a happy and blessed 'Eyd! I pray that all the readers have their utmost fun on this joyful day. The sun never illuminated the Makkan sky the way it did today.

The rest of this story and the story of the first of Ramadhaan will inshaaAllaah be posted soon.
Now time for a nice refreshing drink for all my beautiful/handsome readers!" -Ismaeel Malik (aka Bin Muhammad), quranclub author.

Why you should never talk to law enforcement without an attorney



The Power Of A Strong Sahabah

"When his sword was broken while fighting, the Prophet (Sallallaahu 'Alayhi Wa Sallam) gave him a branch of date palm. He continued his attack on the enemy with this branch and in moments it became a sword" (About 'Ukaashah Bin Muhsin RadiyAllaahu 'Anhu)

Now before our imaginations start flying, I just want to clear something. The date palm branch didn't physically change into a sword, rather it became a substitute for a sword, and 'Ukaashah (RadiyAllaahu 'Anhu) used it as if it were a sword.

This shows the excellence of the as-haab of Rasoolullaah, and how they would make do with whatever was available.

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Answered Prayers




I asked for wisdom...
And God gave me problems to solve.

I asked for prosperity...
And God gave me brains and the strength to work.

I asked for courage...
And God gave me danger to overcome.

I asked for love...
And God gave me troubled people to help.

I asked for favors...
And God gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted.
I received everything I needed.

My Prayer has been answered.

More about supplication on QuranClub:

A Corrupted Soul

Al-Shams (The Sun)
Chapter 91: Verse 10

“And he fails who corrupts it.”



A Corrupted Soul…

The Arabic word al-khaibah has many aspects to it, including:

1) weakness in one’s soul, as the soul does not have the strength and courage to follow what it knows is the truth;

2) hesitation and confusion as every time it wants to do good, the soul drags it back down and fights it;

3) true psychological humiliation as he is worshipping something that has no benefit to it and it is not worthy of a human being to be worshipping something of that nature;

4) cowardice and stinginess as his soul knows that he is disobeying his Lord and he cannot look forward to anything positive; hence, he has to hang on to his life and everything that he possesses in the strongest fashion;

5) loss of modesty and dignity as his soul drives him to do shameless acts to the point that he accepts them, supports them and loses all shame concerning them.

This is all part of the reality that happens to him in this world. And that is all much less than the disgrace that he will face in the Hereafter.

“Purification of the Soul: Concept, Process and Means” - Jamaal al-Din M. Zarabozo, pp. 478, 475

What have you prepared for tomorrow?

"O you who believe! Fear God and keep your duty to Him. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for the morrow, and fear God. Verily, God is All-Aware of what you do ." [Quran, 59:18]

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You never stop working to be a better Muslim

Verily, I constantly renew my Islam until this very day, as up to now, I do not consider myself to have ever been a good Muslim.” -Ibn Taymiyyah (Narrated by Ibn al-Qayyim in 'Madarij as-Salikin'; 1/218)

I constantly renew my Islam [Islamic Quotes]

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'Eyd Mubarak From Makkah Al-Mukarramah

~'Eyd Sa'eed From The Holy City~


Beautiful Eid Mubarak graphic

Click here to view all of our selection of beautiful Eid Mubarak graphics at the Internet Islamic Art Database



Eid Mubarak [The Internet Islamic Art Database]

Tip for dealing with Satan when praying

“When Shaytaan comes to you whilst you are engaged in prayer and says “You are showing off”, increase it in length”. -Ibrahim an-Nakha’ee

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Listen to and memorize Quran at Harfkids.com


"While HarfKids.com Quraan is not nearly as complete as QuranExplorer.com it comes in a very close second at our home, especially for young children just beginning to memorize our Glorious Qur’an, for the following reasons:

1. Everything is on one single screen,
2. There is not an “Advanced Options” button to click and review.
3. It’s colorful, more fun to look at, and has cuter buttons.
4. For a verse translation, you click on “Explanation” for a pop-up box in English,
5. Just like in QuranExplorer.com you can determine which verses you want displayed, and if you want a continuous play of the reciter or pause in between each verse.
6. Shaikh AbdulBasit is the reciter, [Correction by quranclub: Actually Sheikh Muhammad Siddiq Al-Minshawi is the reciter, not Sheikh AbdulBasit.]
7. Made for those just starting to memorize the Qur’an, it lists Surah An-Nas (114) to Al-Qiyamah (75)"


Istiqaama (Steadfastness)

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَامُوا تَتَنَزَّلُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ أَلَّا تَخَافُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَبْشِرُوا بِالْجَنَّةِ الَّتِي كُنتُمْ تُوعَدُونَ
Verily, those who say: "Our Lord is Allaah (Alone)," and then they remain steadfast (and preserving), on them the angels will descend (at the time of their death) (saying): "Fear not, nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised!"1

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَامُوا فَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
Verily, those who say: "Our Lord is (only) Allâh," and thereafter Istaqaamoo (i.e. stood firm and straight on their Islaam), on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.2

Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta'aalaa) has given glad tidings to those who are steadfast in their religion. If you were neglectful in your prayers and started praying properly this Ramadaan, if you were neglecting the full requirements of the Hijaab and started observing proper Hijaab this Ramadaan, or if you started reading and understanding the Qur'aan better this Ramadaan make all the efforts to keep the same spirit after Ramadaan so that you can go out of Ramadaan with change for the better.

We ask Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta'aalaa) to guide us to what is best and grant us Istiqaama on the Straight Path.

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1 Surah Fussilat, 30
2 Surah al-Ahqaaf, 13
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Finished reading the Quran

Alhamdulillah for letting me read the Quran twice in this Ramadan. Tonight I'll start reading it from the beginning inshAllah.

If you own a blog, you can help us spread our Quran reading message by adding an "I aim to read one Juz of Quran everyday" button to your blog.

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Is Judgment day Friday the 25th? Christians are preparing for it. We might see Jesus

I've heard that Judgment Day will be on a Friday. The Call is a modern Christian movement, they have published this letter, asking Christians to focus their prayers on the 25th of September (when 50,000 Muslims plan to rally in DC) on the appearance of Jesus and the salvation of Muslims. They either intentionally or unintentionally misrepresent the Quran, saying that it commands Muslims to kill apostates.

The world is certainly corrupt enough today to be ready for its end. Here is a funny scenario: Jesus coming down and siding with the Muslims.

The She-Camel: A joke from Prophet Muhammad

"Anas ibn Malik radi Allahu anhu narrated that a man came to the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam and said, “O Messenger of Allah! I want you to give me a camel to ride upon.” The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “All that I can find for you is a child of a she-camel.”

The man turned around and walked away, disappointed that the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam wanted to give him a baby camel upon which to ride. The Prophet sal Alalhu alayhi wa sallam then called him back and said, ‘And is not every camel (be it old or young) the child of a she-camel! [Abu Dawood, Graded Saheeh by Albani in Saheeh Abi Dawood]"

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Let's not be among the regretful

"Every drop of sweat and every breath we take in life, if not taken for the sake of Allah, will lead to regret and sorrow on the Day of Judgment." -Ibn Al-Qayyim.

Warning!

Your home is tapped, your phone is tapped and your conversations are recorded by agents. These are agents from Allah;
ANGELS!

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Drive 'em away

وَسِيقَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا إِلَى جَهَنَّمَ زُمَرًا

"And those who disbelieved will be driven to Hell In groups"

May Allah سبحانه و تعالى save us all from the dying heart and keep our hearts alive with His remembrance. Our Nabi صلى الله عليه و سلم has stated:

مَثَلُ الَّذِيْ يَذْكُرُ رَبَّهُ وَالَّذِيْ لاَ يَذْكُرُهُ مَثَلُ الحَيِّ وَالمَيِّتِ

"The example of one who remembers his Lord and the example of one who does not remember Him is that of a living person and a dead person (respectively)."

May Allah سبحانه و تعالى give us all the inclination to glance towards the states of our hearts and hear its whining and cries. May He give us the strength and courage to reform and empower our hearts through His love. Aameen.

Pride and humility

"Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right." -Islamic saying.

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Following the Truth vs. Following your Desire

It is reported that 'Umar ibnu 'Abdil-'Azeez once said:

لا تكن ممن يتبع الحق إذا وافق هواه، ويخالفه إذا خالف هواه، فإذا أنت لا تثاب على ما وافقته من الحق، وتعاقب على ما تركته منه، لأنك إنما اتبعت هواك في الموضعين
Do not be of those who follow the truth only if it goes with their desire, but they reject it if it opposes their whims; for (by thus doing) you do not get rewarded for what you followed of the truth and will be punished for what you rejected of it since it was only your desire that you followed in both cases.*

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* Reported by Ibn Abil-'Izz in his commentary on the last chapter of al-'Aqeedah at-Tahaawiyyah

What happens to one who doesn't remember Allah often?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

36. And whosoever turns away from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (i.e. this Qur'ân and worship of God), We appoint for him a devil to be an intimate companion to him.

37. And verily, they [the devil companions] repel them from the Path. And the afflicted humans will think that they are guided aright!

38. Till, when (such a one) comes to Us, he says [to his devil companion] "Would that between me and you were the distance of the two easts (or the east and west)" a worst (type of) companion (indeed)!

39. It will profit you not this Day (O you who turn away from God's remembrance and His worship) as you did wrong, (and) that you will be sharers (you and your companion) in the punishment. [Quran, Surah Zukhruf, i.e. chapter 43]

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Can a menstruating woman spend the night of Qadr in worship?


Yes she can, just like everyone else. However, there are some limitations. Here is a list of permissible activites:
  • Reading Quran.
  • Reciting adhkar, like SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar.
  • Istighfar (asking for forgiveness from the heart, saying AstaghfirAllah)
  • Praying to Allah for anything good, such as getting into Firdaus (The best place in Paradise), guidance, and anything else your heart desires. A good Muslim's prayer is more concerned with the Hereafter than with this life. Saying "Allah give me money" isn't the best of prayers. Some good prayers are: "O Allah let me understand your Book better", "O Allah allow me to become more aware of Your presence.". Get creative!
For reference, when a woman is on her period she can perform any act of worship EXCEPT these:
  • Performing Salat.
  • Fasting.
  • Circumambulating the Ka'bah.
  • Staying at the mosque (I'tikaf).
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This Ramadan I read the Quran, went back to the start, now in Juz 23

The last time I wrote about my Quran reading was August 28. I started reading again after that and finished it on the first day of September (I read the whole Quran in 6 days, it was a good experience (: )

After that I started reading again but slowed somewhat. I am now at the 23rd Juz. I would like to finish it and start reading again before the end of Ramadan, inshAllah.

My goal is to inspire our smart readers to read more Quran when I write about my reading habits. Check out our Quran reading buttons if you still haven't!

How to: Block all internet ads without using any software [Windows XP]

Internet ads not only distract you from a website's main content, they slow down the site and most of the time advertise haram things. Ahlamdulillah my internet experience has been ad-free since last year by the virtue of this solution. I have made it into steps with pictures to make it easy for everyone to use it (it doesn't matter whether you use IE, FireFox or Chrome, you'll block ads for all of them at once):

1. Go to http://someonewhocares.org/hosts
2. Click on 'text file' on the right of the page to download a text file titled hosts.txt



3. Open the file.



4. Select all of the text in the file (one way is to go to Edit--> Select All) AND then copy it (right-click, copy).



5. Copy the text (Edit-->Copy or right-click and copy).



6. Go to this address on your computer: "C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc" . Double-click on the 'hosts' file.



7. A window will come up asking you to choose a program to open the file with. Choose NotePad and click OK.



8. Select all of the text in the file (like step 4).
9. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
10. Paste the text (that you copied in step 5).
11. Click 'Save' on the File menu.



12. Close the file.
13. You are done! Close your internet browser, then open it again. The ads will be gone :)
14. Every few months visit the link at step 1 to get an updated list. Updating the list will help block ads from new ad networks.

Don't delay your Salat

Praying outside"Men whom neither trade nor sale diverts them from the Remembrance of God (with heart and tongue), nor from performing As-Salât, nor from giving the Zakât. They fear a Day when hearts and eyes will be overturned.

That God may reward them according to the best of their deeds, and add even more for them out of His Grace. And God provides without measure to whom He wills." [Quran, 24:37-38]

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Improve yourself first

'When Thales was asked what was difficult, he said, "To know one’s self." And what was easy, "To advise another." ' -Diogenes Laërtius

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Study: Nobody knows what radical Islam actually is

Islamophobic press banner[qc: Detroit Muslim Examiner once wrote that the Radical Islam propaganda is a media campaign to outlaw all of Islam. This study supports that statement and shows how British media promotes stereotypes that make almost all Muslims easy targets for terrorism claims.]

"Mainstream media, which must find facts to report, struggles when few facts are available and security services may be slow to release information. The result is news coverage that ‘clusters’ different signs of radicalisation, often taken from eye witnesses who may be unreliable: “he suddenly grew a beard”, “she became much more religious”, “they always met after Friday prayers”. Since these ‘signs’ apply to large numbers of people, mainstream news coverage may inadvertently contribute to stereotyping, particularly of British Muslims."

"Dr Akil N Awan added, “The absence of rigorous academic study of causes and processes of radicalisation means that both journalists and news publics have been forced to appropriate the term with little understanding or interrogation of what it actually means. This of course can be enormously useful for governments, who can then employ this ostensibly self-explanatory term to explain the appeal of terrorism to young Muslim males, rather than address genuine structural causes or grievance.” "


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Don't judge your Islamic work by its difficulty

Mosque and sunThe Milestones blog has an inspiring post on the nature of work that will earn us the biggest rewards from Allah:

“So, the more beneficial an act and the more obedient its doer, the more virtuous it is. Actions aren’t virtuous due to their quantity. Rather, they are virtuous due to the effect they have on the heart.

This is why when the sister of ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amir made a vow to perform Hajj walking barefoot, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Indeed, Allah is not in need of your sister torturing herself. Have her continue while riding.” It was narrated that he had her slaughter an animal, and it was also narrated that he had her fast. The same applies to the hadith of Juwayriyah when she was performing tasbih using pebbles before noon, and he came back at night and found her sitting in the same position. So, he said to her: “I said four words three times that would outweigh all that you have said today.”

The point of all this is to know that Allah didn’t command us to do except what is beneficial for us, and He didn’t forbid us except from what is harmful to us. This is why Allah praises righteous acts and encourages righteousness and benefit, and discourages corruption and harm..."


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