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Honoring a guest

He who believes in Allaah and the Last Day should honor his guest. (Saheeh Al-Bukhaari)
As Muslims, it is our duty to honor our guests whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims. Every little step towards good makes a huge difference...

May Allaah give us the power and strength to work for good, and may Allaah make our intentions pure.

Give a Quran to your neighbour

Quran with Indonesian translation
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Written for QuranClub by Abdullah from Islam, My Family and Me

As Salaam Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Allah, The Most High, commands us in His Quran to be good to our neighbours:
Worship Allah and join none with Him in worship, and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, Al-Masakin (the poor), the neighbour who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess. Verily, Allah does not like such as are proud and boastful. [4:36]

Whether our neighbours are Muslim or non-Muslim, they have rights over us. We must respect their privacy, refrain from gossiping about them or spying on them, and we should make sure that they are secure from both our tongues and our actions. When they are in need, we must share our food with them and shelter them from poverty. We should congratulate them on happy occasions and give them condolences on days of loss.

Yet, while we smile at our neighbours and share bowls of sugar with them, we fail to offer our non-Muslim neighbours the thing that they desperately need; Imaan in Allah.

How can we consider ourselves to be good neighbours without ever trying to save them from falling into the abyss? How can we consider ourselves to be good neighbours, if we are unwilling to share with them the joy of true belief in the oneness of Allah?

Invite your neighbours to Islam by giving them a copy of the Quran; the holy, illuminating, immutable, unmatchable and uncreated speech of the Almighty. Give others the chance to experience the contentment and delight that fills your heart when you read that sublime and glorious Kitab.

If they accept your invitation, congratulate them and welcome them into the Islamic brotherhood. If they reject your invitation, increase your kindness towards them and be content in the knowledge that you have been better than the best neighbour.

May Allah reward the pious callers to Islam, who show kindness and politeness to their neighbours.

Creating a good impression


Making a good impression is not something "useless". As a believer of Islaam, it is crucial that when interacting with non-Muslims (or sometimes even Muslims), one must keep in mind that he or she is not only representing his or her own self, but he or she is also representing one's family, country, culture, but at UTMOST importance, a Muslim represents Islaam.

Don't freak out if you're excluded at Immigration or your neighbors give you bad looks. Other people's actions should never effect yours. You're a Muslim, thus a believer of the Qur'aan and of all the suwar (Surahs) in the Qur'aan, including Surah Fussilat (AKA Surah HaaMeem Sajdah) and Ayaat 33 through 35:
(33) The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend. (34) But none is granted it save those who are steadfast, and none is granted it save the owner of great happiness. (35) And if a whisper from the devil reach thee (O Muhammad) then seek refuge in Allah. Lo! He is the Hearer, the Knower.

Color language

أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ اللَّهَ أَنْزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً فَأَخْرَجْنَا بِهِ ثَمَرَاتٍ مُخْتَلِفًا أَلْوَانُهَا وَمِنَ الْجِبَالِ جُدَدٌ بِيضٌ وَحُمْرٌ مُخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهَا وَغَرَابِيبُ سُودٌ (27) وَمِنَ النَّاسِ وَالدَّوَابِّ وَالْأَنْعَامِ مُخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهُ كَذَلِكَ إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاءُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ غَفُورٌ

27. See you not that God sends down water (rain) from the sky, and We produce therewith fruits of varying colours, and among the mountains are streaks white and red, of varying colours and (others) very black.

28. And of men and Ad-Dawâb (moving living creatures, beasts, etc.), and cattle, in like manner of various colours. It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear God. Verily, God is All-Mighty, Oft-Forgiving. [Holy Quran, 35:27, 28]
In my opinion, we do not appreciate colour until we see its importance in the animal kindgom. If it was not for 'Colour Language' many animals would be extinct.

A mother bird is able to recognise whether her chicks need food or not from the colour of their gapes. And for many organisms the colours that exist on formations such as skin, scales and fur play an important role in the continuity of life due to their characteristics of absorbing or diffusing heat.
تُسَبِّحُ لَهُ السَّمَوَاتُ السَّبْعُ وَالْأَرْضُ وَمَنْ فِيهِنَّ وَإِنْ مِنْ شَيْءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَلَكِنْ لَا تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ حَلِيمًا غَفُورًا
The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein, glorify Him and there is not a thing but glorifies His Praise. But you understand not their glorification. Truly, He is Ever Forbearing, Oft-Forgiving. [Holy Quran, 17:44]
The language of colours is truly fascinating and clearly the backbone of most beautiful things. Even if one is not able to see colours, they can be told of its significance as one of the many blessings of Allah (SWT) upon all living beings.

WasSalaamu Alaykoum

Good intentions...

At the supermarket the other day, I ran into an old teacher of mine from high school. This teacher would always tell me I had "so much potential," which confused me because I was an A+ student and stayed out of trouble. What could I possibly improve on according to her limited knowledge of me? Only later did I learn what she really meant was that I could be doing so much more, if only I didn't allow my religion to hold me back.

Her perception was that Islam was oppressive and in her own kind-hearted way, she thought that if she could demonstrate to me this 'truth', I would be all the better for it. She consistently encouraged me to mingle with boys, even recommending a classmate by name for me to date, and frequently advise me to 'let loose sometime'. Upon learning that I would not be dressing up for Halloween as other students do, she insisted that I "at least trick-or-treat" around her neighborhood which is "safe". Yes, she had the best of intentions, but...there's a big 'but' involved.

Her first mistake was believing that deep-down I felt oppressed by my religion. The second was believing that I would be effectively swayed by her quasi nagging suggestions to "let loose!". Could those who enjoy having another's beliefs pushed onto them and being manipulated, please raise their hands (note-A quick perusal of the crowd concludes that no hands are raised.)

Judging by the brief encounter in the store yesterday, she hasn't changed much in this area unfortunately. After our quick embrace, she gave my black abaya the once over and struggled to conceal her disappointment.

But I can't exactly blame her, can I? What Muslim ever told her lovingly, "Hey, I'm happy wearing hijab and, occasionally a black abaya. I feel protected and respected, honored and dignified. I dance with glee, I'll sing the Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang if I want; in the safety and loving atmosphere of my home is 100% fine with me. Thanks though..."

Ten things we waste

(By Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah)

1. Knowledge:
Wasted when not taking action with it.

2. Actions
Wasted when we do anything without sincerity. Intentions count.

3. Wealth:
Wasted when used on things that will not bring us âjr (reward). We waste our money, our status, our authority, on things that have no benefit in this life or in âkhirah (The Hereafter).

4. Hearts:
Wasted when empty from the love of Allah, and the longing for Him/Her, and devoid of peace & contentment.

5. Bodies:
Wasted when we don't use them in ibâdah (worship) and service of Allah in serving humankind.

6. Love:
Wasted when our emotional love is misdirected, not towards Allah, but towards something/someone else.

7. Time :
Wasted when not used properly, by not doing what is righteous.

8. Intellect
Wasted on things that are detrimental to society and the individual, not in contemplation or reflection.

9. Service:
Wasted when in service of someone who will not bring us closer to Allah.

10. Dhikr
Wasted when it does not have an effect on our hearts.

The Price of Imaan

Several years ago an imaam moved to London. He often took the bus from his home to the downtown area.

Some weeks after he arrived, he had occasion to ride the same bus. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him twenty pence too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, you better give the twenty pence back. It would be wrong to keep it.

Then he thought, oh forget it, it's only twenty pence. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company already gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a gift from Almighty Allah and keep quite. When his stop came, the Imaam paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the twenty pence back to the driver and said "Here, you gave me too much change."

The driver with a smile replied,
Aren't you the new Imaam in this area? I have been thinking lately about going to worship at your mosque. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change.
When the Imaam stepped off the bus, his knees became weak and soft. He had to grab the nearest light pole and held for support, and looked up to the heavens and cried,
Oh Allah, I almost sold Islam for twenty pence!
Remember, we may never see the impact our actions have on people. Sometimes we are the only knowledge of Quran someone will read, or the only Islam a non-Muslim will see. What we need to provide, Insha Allah is an example for others to see. Be careful and be honest everyday, because you never know who is watching your actions and judging you as a Muslim

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