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new month data

By Br Yasir Butt:

Announcement***

As expected the grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia corrected that the month of Muharram has to be corrected to make the fast of ashura 10th of Muharram this Tuesday 12-6-2011 Continue reading

apprecaite you sending this article

Comment: A good article on the difficulties reverts to Islam face (and how Muslims can help them): Continue reading

new muslim woman matters

Q: Salam Aleikum,

I am a college-aged female, raised in Utah and California.  I left the religion I was born into a few years ago, because I felt that it was a construed truth.
Then, about a year ago, I was introduced to Islam, praise be to God.  I have been Continue reading

‘list of snacks ‘

Note: Here is a list that has been to us by a senior member of the community. This list by no means gives an indication that all the items on this list are halal. This list makes reference to those products that do not contain pork. As Muslims there are many that wish to not only abstain from pork but other animal products that have not been slaughtered through what can be termed as religiously sanctioned methods. This list makes matters easy towards the added nudge of finding out a little more as to the halal nature of products prior to consumption.

A list of snacks without Pork Enzymes (sent to site.)

http://www.fritolay.com/your-health/us-products-made-without-porcine-enzymes.html

Time: Tuesday April 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm

May you and your family be always blessed, Ameen.

Wasalam

brain teasers for the one with brains

Click here for the world of illusions. Beats doing other things doing your break Continue reading

Can you spare just 45 Minutes a week for your benifit?

Arabic classes by a native speaker

When: Saturday 11:30 am to 12:15 pm

Where: Khateeja Musjid Continue reading

Added information to your (spritually) healthy eating habits

Here is a great article for meat eaters or folks that want to eat EVERYTHING. For example, what is the position of consuming spinal marrow within the parameters of the religion? Do people really eat spinal marrow? Some cultures may have a preference for it, thus a dialogue has occurred relating to it amongst the senior scholars of the past. Continue reading

point to think about

Advice from our pious predecessors: When you consume Haram (the forbidden), you will engage in sin whether you like it or not. Continue reading

Issues in Moon Sighting, Part 1

by S. Harbi, U of U student, Vice President MSA

هُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ الشَّمْسَ ضِيَاءً وَالْقَمَرَ نُورًا وَقَدَّرَهُ مَنَازِلَ لِتَعْلَمُوا عَدَدَ السِّنِينَ وَالْحِسَابَ مَا خَلَقَ اللَّهُ ذَلِكَ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ يُفَصِّلُ الْآيَاتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَعْلَمُونَ

[يونس 5 ]

It is He who made the sun to be a shining glory and the moon to be a light (of beauty), and measured out stages for it; that you may know the number of years and the count (of time). Allah has not created this but in truth. (Thus) does He explain His signs in detail, for those who understand. (10:5)

Glory be to Allah (SWT) who has made Islam an easy and accommodating religion for all of us. A conflict arises in many Muslim communities around the world. The debate has been over what methodology to utilize when determining the sight of the new Moon to begin the holy month of Ramdaan. Moon-sighting has been a controversial topic that has been clouded over by sheer ignorance. There are various factors that many Muslims utilize to seal the fate of their fast. Inshallah in this paper I will attempt to go over three of the main aspects:

  1. Astronomical calculations
  2. “Whatever the Sheikh of Saudi-Sudan-Pakistan-Indonesia-pick the country of your choice-says”
  3. Unification with other Muslim communities

Continue reading

Relationship with Parents (Part III of III)

by Ali Ibrahim

Over the last two weeks, we discussed our relationship with our parents as children in helpless infancy, and then as crafty teenagers entering true adulthood. One would think that as adults, our attitudes towards our parents would  evolve to a higher level of understanding, but it is too often true that such is not the case.  This week, we transition to the conclusion of our article, where we wrap up a few points you might have wondered about.

Throughout this entire discussion, subtly a point was being made: we only talked about the mother’s sacrifice for us…here is why: A man came to Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?’ Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?’ Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?’ Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Then your father. Now we can understand the magnanimity of this hadith in-depth. Ahādith and Ayahs are not to be taken by face value. Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم always have multiple reasons for saying a single sentence or verse.

We are only helping ourselves by being kind, respectful, and honoring our parents. Never mind the shame that we should all feel when we disobey our parents after all they have done throughout our lives, especially when we were young and vulnerable to the world. That is just an issue of common sense: “you scratch your back I scratch yours”…it’s funny how this principle is so hard to implement within our own families and with our own parents, but so easy with our friends and colleagues! Never mind that Allah is mentioning multiple ayahs like the one mentioned above regarding how to treat our parents. We all know that we do much more harm than a simple “Uff” towards them. Many of us use and abuse them on a daily basis with no remorse. Then we wonder why there is no peace and tranquility in our lives. Why is my spouse always fighting with me? Why are my kids so disobedient? Why do I not attain a higher level of peace in my prayer? Now we know why: what goes around comes around. This is Point 8.

If we want a life of Jannah not only in the next world but in this life, then logically, mentally, physically, emotionally, verbally, and spiritually, it makes sense to treat our parents to the best of our ability and knowing full well, that we can never ever pay them back for all that they have done for us, even if we gave a lifetime of service to them.

If we want barakah (blessings of Allah) in every aspect of our lives, whether it’s personal, professional, social, political, spiritual, etc. it is imperative that we create positive change in our lives…and it all starts with our homes. This is Point 9.

It is never too late to become better persons in our lives…especially with the unlimited mercy of Allah: where there is a will Allah provides a way. It is better to start today then before tomorrow, when our parents have passed away. There is no use weeping in front of a grave for a life that was wasted. “What-if-I-was-a-better-son/daughter” is something that we can continue to have remorse of…or it’s better to not live a life of not living. Therefore, if we belong in this final category, then we should adhere to the following advice: Abu Usaid Saidi (Radhiyallahu-Anhu) said: We were once sitting with Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) when a man from the tribe of Salmah came and said to him: O Messenger of Allah! Do my parents have rights over me even after they have died? And Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Yes. You must pray to Allah to bless them with His Forgiveness and Mercy, fulfill the promises they made to anyone, and respect their relations and their friends.

We gave gone from the cradle to the grave, showing examples from each stage of our lives. Bottom-line: do good to others and they will do good to you. Do good to your parents and Allah will do good to you. May Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) enable all of us to preach what we practice and practice what we preach. Insha’Allah, we will be rewarded with a bounteous and peaceful life not only in this short life (Dunya), but in the Hereafter (Akhirah) for forever as well. Ameen.

(This article is cross-posted on the author’s website.)

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Relationship with Parents Part III of III

Throughout this entire discussion, subtly a point was being made: we only talked about the mother’s sacrifice for us…here is why: A man came to Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?’ Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?’ Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?’ Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Then your father. Now we can understand the magnanimity of this hadith in-depth. Ahādith and Ayahs are not to be taken by face value. Allah and His Messenger

صلى الله عليه وسلم always have multiple reasons for saying a single sentence or verse.

We are only helping ourselves by being kind, respectful, and honoring our parents. Never mind the shame that we should all feel when we disobey our parents after all they have done throughout our lives, especially when we were young and vulnerable to the world. That is just an issue of common sense: “you scratch your back I scratch yours”…it’s funny how this principle is so hard to implement within our own families and with our own parents, but so easy with our friends and colleagues! Never mind that Allah is mentioning multiple ayahs like the one mentioned above regarding how to treat our parents. We all know that we do much more harm than a simple “Uff” towards them. Many of us use and abuse them on a daily basis with no remorse. Then we wonder why there is no peace and tranquility in our lives. Why is my spouse always fighting with me? Why are my kids so disobedient? Why do I not attain a higher level of peace in my prayer? Now we know why: what goes around comes around. This is Point 8.

If we want a life of Jannah not only in the next world but in this life, then logically, mentally, physically, emotionally, verbally, and spiritually, it makes sense to treat our parents to the best of our ability and knowing full well, that we can never ever pay them back for all that they have done for us, even if we gave a lifetime of service to them.

If we want barakah (blessings of Allah) in every aspect of our lives, whether it’s personal, professional, social, political, spiritual, etc. it is imperative that we create positive change in our lives…and it all starts with our homes. This is Point 9.

It is never too late to become better persons in our lives…especially with the unlimited mercy of Allah: where there is a will Allah provides a way. It is better to start today then before tomorrow, when our parents have passed away. There is no use weeping in front of a grave for a life that was wasted. “What-if-I-was-a-better-son/daughter” is something that we can continue to have remorse of…or it’s better to not live a life of not living. Therefore, if we belong in this final category, then we should adhere to the following advice: Abu Usaid Saidi (Radhiyallahu-Anhu) said: We were once sitting with Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) when a man from the tribe of Salmah came and said to him: O Messenger of Allah! Do my parents have rights over me even after they have died? And Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Yes. You must pray to Allah to bless them with His Forgiveness and Mercy, fulfill the promises they made to anyone, and respect their relations and their friends.

We gave gone from the cradle to the grave, showing examples from each stage of our lives. Bottom-line: do good to others and they will do good to you. Do good to your parents and Allah will do good to you. May Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) enable all of us to preach what we practice and practice what we preach. Insha’Allah, we will be rewarded with a bounteous and peaceful life not only in this short life (Dunya), but in the Hereafter (Akhirah) for forever as well. Ameen.