Wednesday, November 26, 2008

For we walk by faith, not by sight

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of Passage?

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold.

It would be the only way he could become a man! Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm. We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, Allah is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

Moral of the story: Just because you can't see Allah, doesn't mean He is not there. 'For we walk by faith, not by sight.'

Funny isn't it?

Funny isn't it?? (Click image to enlarge)

Quite true don't you think? Theres always time and money for doing something else besides Islam!!! When doing something for Islam it takes alot of time and effort and scheduling. But for anything's almost instant! We must try to change our attitudes inshAllah..for our own benefit. :)

Benefit of ozone gas at Dawn (fajr)

Besides the amount of rewards we would get from waking up for Fajr prayers, what benefit does waking up at that time (dawn) have on our body? Did you know, that the highest proportion of ozone gas (O3) in the atmosphere is registered at dawn. Thereafter it starts to fade away and completely disappears by sunrise.

What does this ozone gas do to us? This gas is very important and beneficial for our nervous system as it vivifies the brain and energises the muscles such that when a person inhales the beautiful breeze at dawn, known as the SAABA wind, they will experience a pleasure that is unparalleled at any other time of day or night.

Amazing right? Now why would anyone want to miss out on this great benefit! That will benefit us in this life and the next! Wow mashAllah, lets not miss out on these beautiful bounties Allah has given us! So lets set our alarms, and get ready to awaken our mind and body!!

Who wouldn't want Paradise?

Paradise.. Jannah..Heaven! It seems like a dream...but its reality! Just as we were born...there comes life..then comes death..followed by the eternal life! Now, tell me, who wouldn't want eternal life...not only life..but happiness?? Here we are in this temporary world, which comes along with sadness, happiness, anxieties, stresses and all sorts of ups and downs, and in which we live in for only about 70yrs or 80yrs if were lucky. And what is our purpose of living this life?? How often do you think about it during a typical day? Is it always at the back of your mind that at the end of the day, everything you do will be judged by Allah...who will then make the decision of whether we should go to Paradise or Hellfire based on our rewards and sins. Just as we would study so much until our brains pop to ace an exam, we should do the same for the best reward we could ever have..eternal happiness! And when you really think about it..its not so hard! We have the instructions and guidance all in the Quran and Sunnah.

Its like having an open book test! Now thats not so hard! Not only that, but if we follow the Quran and Sunnah, it will benefit us both in this world and the next! Alhamdulillah! Allah has given us everything..he has given us another day to do good..given us another chance to gain Paradise! Imagine having an open book test and given the chance to do it until a certain which the mistakes we did the previous day is erased if we make it up by doing really good in something else. This is what this life is all about...even if we make mistakes, we can ask for forgiveness and Allah the Almighty is Al-Ghaffar (the Ever Forgiving)!

Now, let me give you an insight to what Paradise is like ( only the tip of the iceberg..and nothing our human mind can even imagine!)

When Mu'min will enter into Jannah, it will be announced

1. You will remain healthy forever, disease will never come.

2. You will remain alive for ever, death will never come.

3. You will remain in bounties which will never be finished.

Jannat is made with Bricks of Gold and Silver.

Its cement is of perfumed Musk. Its chips are pearls and Yaqoot.

Its sand is Zafraan.

There are eight doors of Jannah. These are eight grades of Jannat:

1. Jannatul Mava

2. Darul Maqaam

3. Darul Salaam

4. Darul Khuld

5. Jannat-ul-Adan

6. Jannat-ul-Naeem

7. Jannat-ul-Kasif

8. Jannat-ul-Firdous

Food of Jannah

They will eat foods and fruits continuously up to 40 years. Every bowl will have a new taste. They will take eructation which will digest the food and there will be perfumed sweating for the digestion of water. There will be no urine and stool.

Place Name

There will be gardens in Jannah. Every garden will have the length of about 100 year's journey. The shadow of these gardens will be very dense. Their plants will be free of thorns. The size of their leaves will be equal to ears of elephants. Their fruits will be hanging in rows.

Jannatul Mava is in the lowest,

Jannat-ul-Adan is the middle & Jannat-ul- Firdous is on the highest.

Those who love each other for the sake of Allah will get a pillar of Yaqoot, On which there will be seventy thousand (70,000) rooms. These will shine for the residents of Jannah as the sun shines for the residents of Duniya. There will be rooms in Jannah in such a way that every room will have seventy thousand (70,000) dinning sheets. On every dinning sheet 70,000 types of foods will be served.

For their service 80,000 young boys will be moving around looking like beautiful scattered pearls. One bunch of dates will be equal to the length of 12 arms. The size of a date will be equal to the big pitcher. These will be whiter than milk, sweeter than honey and softer than butter and freeOf seeds. The stem of these plants will be made up of gold and silver. There will also be gar dens of grapes. The bunches of grapes will be very big. The size of a single grape will be equal to a big pitcher.

Someone asked, ya Rasulullah (Sallalahu alaihi wasallam): Will it be sufficient for me and my family. It was answered, it will be sufficient for you and your whole tribe.

The Dresses of Jannat

The dress of Jannah will be very beautiful. One will wear 70 dresses at a time. These will be very fine, delicate, weightless, having different colors.These dresses will be so fine that the body even the heart will be visible. And the waves of love in the hearts will also be visible.These dresses will never become old, never be dirty and will never tear.

There will be four canals in every Jannah.

1. Water

2. Milk

3. Honey

4. Sharabun Tahoora.

There will also be three fountains in Jannah:

1. Kafoor

2. Zanjabeel

3. Tasneem

Qualities of People of Jannah

In Jannah, height of every Mo 'min, will be equal to the height of Hazrat Adam (Alaihissalaam) 60 arms (90 feet). Beauty will be like that of Hazrat Yousuf (Alaihissalaam). Age of youth will be like that of Hazrat Esa (Alaihissalaam) 30-33 years).Sweetness of voice will be like that of Hazrat Dawud (Alaihissalaam). Tolerance will be like that of Hazrat Yaqoob (Alaihissalaam)Patience will be like that of Hazrat Ayyub (Alaihissalaam). Habits will be like that of Sayyaduna Muhammad (Sallalahu alaihi wasallam)

NOTE: If a person makes Du'a for Jannah three times,Jannah requests Allah that O, Allah; make his entry into Jannah.

And if a person makes Du'a for safety from Jahannum three times,
The Jahannnum requests Allah that "O, Allah, save him from Jahannum".

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mothers rights in Islam here I am, looking through my facebook events..and I come across an event called "Bring my children back". It was an event to bring back a well known Muslim mother's 3 beautiful daughters, who were taken by their father to Algeria without their mother knowing anything as they have been separated for 6 months.

These stories make me so upset. Islam isn't an oppressive religion to women (mothers,daughters etc). A mother has a right over her children and it is clearly written in a Hadith narrated by Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him): “A man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and said:
‘O Messenger of Allah, who among the people is most deserving of my good companionship?’ He said, ‘Your mother.’ He asked, ‘Then whom?’ He said, ‘Your mother.’ He asked, ‘Then whom?’ He said, ‘Your mother.’ He asked, ‘Then whom?’ He said, ‘Then your father.’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 4/13, and Muslim, 2548).

So what makes this supposedly practicing Muslim father think he has the right to take his children away from the most important person in a child's life, their mother! There is a big misunderstanding out there that whatever a man says goes. Islam has given rights to both genders. And no one is more supreme than the other. Everyone is equal and is judged by their piety. As most people know, "Paradise lies under the feet of the mother". Is this man trying to take away Paradise from his children? A mother has gone through all the pain of carrying the child for 9 months and long labour and it doesnt end there. Why are there still people out there who think that Islam is just about 1 gender? How dare he feels that he has the power to take away the children! Does he think that he is more supreme than Allah ?(Astaghfirallah!). Or maybe he thinks that those Hadiths and Quranic verses don't apply to him.
Imagine what those children feel, hundreds and thousands of miles away from their mother, the one who raised them. I can't even begin to imagine what life would be without my mother! The most important role model in my life! Imagine how the mother would feel, it would be like a part of her is missing! She was the one that fed her children, bathe them, clothed them, read to them and taught them things they didn't know, she is closely bonded to her child!
Well I can't judge, but I will make Dua that 1 day InshAllah Allah will make this man understand!

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What it would be like inside a muslim hospital! With muslim nurses!

A muslim hospital?

Aha! I have my first question I would love to get feedback on...what do you think of a muslim nurse/doctor?? Do u think more muslims should get into this profession and maybe one day..who up a muslim hospital?? some people may be thinking whats the difference between the muslim hospital and a normal times of sickness muslims feel they want to get closer to Allah (God)..and from experience when I visited the hospital there isn't much privacy and the radio is on 24/7..not to mention the Christian station this point in time muslims would want to hear Quran which psychologically has a great effect on their makes them feel at ease and peaceful.
So...think about it..if we opened up a muslim hospital, all the beds would face the Holy Ka'bah, and we would have wash basins near each bed..and when they want to make wudhu they just call the nurses and the nurses would help them make wudhu.
There would be Dua's in nice frames up on the walls..Quran and nasheeds playing all day and all night long..maybe a nice tasbih on the little drawer beside them as well as a Quran...maybe someone who comes in to talk about Islam..especially in the pediatric ward for the teenagers on topics such as youth in Islam and nasheed bands could come in once in a while to perform! And they could have Islamic activities such as Islamic crossword puzzles or quizzes during the day if the patient is not so sick! Muslim women nurses could attend to the muslim women patients and vice versa...the nurses could remind them to make dua before they eat...and before they maybe I am getting carried away!! But from my opinion..I would love to see a muslim hospital being open in a non muslim society...with the best muslim doctors and nurses and other health professionals!!!

First time user!

Salam to all!!! Well, this is my first time making a I don't quite know what to expect!!! I am on my holiday break from uni..its 5pm and I am bored out of my mind! I was reading other muslim blogs and decided to make my I just love reading different peoples thoughts of different things...I love debates...hehe!!!