purpleteal

LIVE LOVE STRIVE

Mujhe poems nahi aate. — November 28, 2011
You never know what Angels can be…!… —

You never know what Angels can be…!…

Hamalat al-‘Arsh Those who carry the ‘Arsh (throne of God)
Jibraaiyl The angel of revelation, who is said to be the greatest of the angels. Jibraaiyl is the archangel responsible for revealing the Qur’an to Muhammad, verse by verse. Jibrayil is widely known as the angel who communicates with (all of) the prophets and also for coming down with Allah’s blessings during the night of Laylat al-Qadr (“The Night of Destiny”).
Israfeel Who will blow the trumpet twice at the end of time. According to the Hadith, Israafeel is the angel responsible for signalling the coming of Qiyamah (Judgment Day) by blowing a horn. The blowing of the trumpet is described in many places in Qur’an. It is said that the first blow will bring all to attention. The second will end all life,  while the third blow will bring all human beings back to life again to meet their Lord for their final judgement.
Mikaa’eel Who provides nourishments for bodies and souls. Mikaa’eel is often depicted as the Archangel of mercy who is responsible for bringing rain and thunder to Earth. He is also responsible for the rewards doled out to good persons in this life.
‘Izraa’eel The angel of death. He is responsible for parting the soul from the body. He is only referred as malak al-maut, meaning angel of death, in the Qur’an.
Hafaza  (The Guardian Angel)
(i) Kiraman Katibin (Honourable Recorders) Two of whom are charged with each human being; one writes down good deeds, and the other writes down evil deeds.
(ii) Mu’aqqibat (The Protectors) Who keep people from death until its decreed time and who bring down blessings.
Munkar and Nakir They are two angels whose main responsibility is to interrogate each deceased person in the grave. Their eyes are like a pot, teeth are like horns of steer and his voice is like a thunderstorm.
Darda’il (The Journeyers) Who travel in the earth searching out assemblies where people remember God’s name.
Maalik the chief of the angels who govern Jahannam (Hell)
Zabaniah 19 angels who torment sinful persons in hell.
Ridwan The angel who is responsible for Jannah (Paradise).
Just a piece of info:-) —

Just a piece of info:-)

A’RAAF It is the waiting station for those people who are not qualified to enter Paradise or to be dumped in Hell. They are to stay there till forgiveness id given to them through the mercy of Allah. (Chapter 7 in Qur’an)
BARZAKH Literally, it means a place that separates two things from being mixed together. In specific, it means the place that the souls are to be stored after departure from their own flesh. They will stay there till the Day of Judgment where they will join the newly born flesh of each individual.
‘ILLIYOON A registered Book for the deeds, actions and intentions of every person. It is in a high, respected, and safe place.
NAWM Sleeping. During sleeping the soul gets out of the flesh of the individual. Sleeping is considered a small death.

 

Tips for the Grave :-l —

Tips for the Grave :-l

In the grave, people cannot do any more good things for themselves. Their deeds and actions would be over. Hence, it is recommended that they do something good while they are alive before they go to the grave. There arecertain items that they can do while alive which follow them in the grave. These good deeds aill supply them with reward while they will be in the grave. Some of these good things are ropored in this hadith as narrated by Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) sayin that the Prophet (SAW) said :

When a child of Adamdies, his deeds are over except through three things : perpetual charity, u useful knowledge, or a good child to pray for him.

Since all of us are to die and we have to live inside the grave, it is better that we help one another now and later. The following is a partial list of what we can do for one another:

  1. Make du’a’ of forgiveness and mercy for deceased.
  2. Give charity (sadaqah) and zakat on behalf of the deceased.
  3. Perform Hajj (pilgrimage) on their behalf.
  4. Perform extra salat on their behalf
  5. Give water to the thirsty people on behalf of the deceased.
  6. Fast any number of days outside the month of Ramadan for the deceased.
  7. Read Qur’an on their behalf.
  8. Teach Qur’an or request someone to teach Qur’an on their behalf.
  9. Spread knowledge through TV, radio, books and other literature on their behalf.
  10. Remember the good deeds of the deceased. Remind yourselves about the good achievements of the deceased. We are not to remember or even to mention their mistakes.

All of us are in need of these while we are in the graves. Otherwise, we may be penalized daily. We may cry for help nut in vain. Allah may allow the soul of the deceased to come over in our dreams to remind us of their needs for our du’a’ and other good deeds on their behalf. I hope and pray that we do something good for the deceased before we ourselves go to our graves.

By Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr

Islam is to be preached, not slammed in the face! —

Islam is to be preached, not slammed in the face!

(THIS IS BAD)

Governmental enforcement and bans

A map showing the prevalence of the Hijab[citation needed]

Some governments encourage and even oblige women to wear the hijab, while others have banned it in at least some public settings.

Some Muslims believe hijab covering for women should be compulsory as part of sharia, i.e. Muslim law. Wearing of the hijab was enforced by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and is enforced in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Islamic Emirate required women to cover not only their head but their face as well, because “the face of a woman is a source of corruption” for men not related to them.[24] While some women wholeheartedly embrace the rules, others protest by observing the rules in an inconsistent fashion, or flouting them whenever possible. Sudan’s criminal code allows the flogging or fining of anyone who “violates public morality or wears indecent clothing”, albeit without defining “indecent clothing.”

Turkey, Tunisia, and Tajikistan are Muslim-majority countries where the law prohibits the wearing of hijab in government buildings, schools, and universities. In Tunisia, women were banned from wearing hijab in state offices in 1981 and in the 1980s and 1990s more restrictions were put in place.[25] In 2008 the Turkish government attempted to lift a ban on Muslim headscarves at universities, but were overturned by the country’s Constitutional Court.[26] Though in December 2010, the Turkish government ended the headscarf ban in universities.[27]

On March 15, 2004, France passed a law banning “symbols or clothes through which students conspicuously display their religious affiliation” in public primary schools, middle schools, and secondary schools. In the Belgian city of Maaseik, Niqāb has been banned.[28] (2006)

On July 13, 2010, France’s lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban wearing the Islamic full veil in public. There were 335 votes for the bill and one against in the 557-seat National Assembly.

(THIS IS EVEN WORSE!!!)

Non-governmental

Non-governmental enforcement of hijab is found in many parts of the Muslim world.

Successful informal coercion of women by sectors of society to wear hijab has been reported in Gaza where Mujama’ al-Islami, the predecessor of Hamas, reportedly used “a mixture of consent and coercion” to “‘restore’ hijab” on urban educated women in Gaza in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Similar behavior was displayed by Hamas itself during the first intifada in Palestine. Though a relatively small movement at this time, Hamas exploited the political vacuum left by perceived failures in strategy by the Palestinian factions to call for a ‘return’ to Islam as a path to success, a campaign that focused on the role of women.[30] Hamas campaigned for the wearing of the hijab alongside other measures, including insisting women stay at home, segregation from men and the promotion of polygamy. In the course of this campaign women who chose not to wear the hijab were verbally and physically harassed, with the result that the hijab was being worn ‘just to avoid problems on the streets’.

According to journalist Jane Kramer, in France, veiling among school girls became increasingly common following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, due to coercion by “fathers and uncles and brothers and even their male classmates” of the school girls. “Girls who did not conform were excoriated, or chased, or beaten by fanatical young men meting out Islamic justice.”[32] According to the American magazine The Weekly Standard, a survey conducted in France in May 2003 reportedly “found that 77% of girls wearing the hijab said they did so because of physical threats from Islamist groups.”

In Srinagar, India in 2001 an “acid attack on four young Muslim women … by an unknown militant outfit [was followed by] swift compliance by women of all ages on the issue of wearing the chadar (head-dress) in public.”

In Basra, Iraq, “more than 100 women who didn’t adhere to strict Islamic dress code” were killed between the summer of 2007 and spring of 2008 by Islamist militias (primarily the Mahdi Army) who controlled the police there, according to the CBS news program 60 Minutes.

Islamists in other countries have been accused of attacking or threatening to attack the faces of women in an effort to intimidate them from wearing of makeup or allegedly immodest dress.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hijab

Virtues of reciting Surah al Mulk —

Virtues of reciting Surah al Mulk

Surah Al-Mulk (The Sovereignty)

  • The Prophet said, ‘There is a surah in the Qur’an which is only thirty verses. It defended whoevere\recited it , until it puts him into paradise ‘ i.e.Surah al Mulk[Fath al Qadir 5/257, Sahihul Jamiea 1/680, Tabrani inAl-Awsat & Ibn Mardawaith]
  • The Prophet said, ‘Surah al Mulk is the protector from the torment of the grave ‘[Sahihul Jamiea 1/680, Hakim 2/498 & Nasai]
  • Jabir (radiAllahu anhu) said it was the custom of the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam not to go to sleep until he had read Tabarakalladhi Biyadihil Mulk and Alif Laam Meem Tanzeel. [Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Darami]
  • Anas (radiAllahu anhu) reported Rasulullah (sallallahu alaiyhi wasalam) as saying, “There is a Surah which will plead for its reciter till it causes him to enter paradise” (Tabarakalladhi Biyadihil Mulk). [Tabrani]

http://www.islamicinformation.net/2008/09/rewards-and-virtues-of-surah-yasin-al.html

Virtues of reciting Surat Yā-Sīn —

Virtues of reciting Surat Yā-Sīn

  • The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, ‘Surely everything has a heart, and the heart of the Qur’an is Yasin. I would love that it be in the heart of every person of my people’[Bazzar]. (S.Muhammad Ali Sabuni, Tafsir-al-SabuniVol.2)
  • The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, ‘Whoever recites Yasin once Allah will record the reward of reciting the Qur’an ten times.’[Maqal, Tirmidhi 2812/A & Dhahabi]
  • It has been reported by Aisha (radiAllahu anha)that the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said that there is a surah in the Qur’an that intercedes for its reciter and forgive its listener. Know! It is Surah Yasin. It is called ‘Mu’amma’ in the Torah. It was enquired, what is Mu’amma? The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, ‘it embraces the person with the goodness of this world and removes the dismay of the Hereafter’[Hashiya of Tafsir Jalalalayn , pg 368].
  • The Prophet said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Yasin in the night seeking Allah’s pleasure, Allah would forgive him’[Ibn Hibban, Darimi 3283/A, Abu Yala, Tabarani, Baihaqi & Ibn Mardawaih]
  • Ma`qil ibn Yasar (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, his family, companions, and followers) said,”Ya Sin is the heart of the Qur’an. No one reads it intending thereby Allah and the Next Abode except that Allah forgives them. Recite it for your deceased ones.” [Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i (this wording is his), and Hakim, who deemed it rigorously authenticated (sahih)]

http://www.islamicinformation.net/2008/09/rewards-and-virtues-of-surah-yasin-al.html

Believing crowd probably :-) — November 27, 2011
Masjid al-Quba — November 26, 2011

Masjid al-Quba

The Quba Mosque (Quba’ Masjid or Masjid al-Quba, Arabic: مسجد قباء) in the outlying environs of Medina in Saudi Arabia, is the oldest mosque in the world. Its first stones were positioned by the Islamic prophet Muhammad on his emigration from the city of Mecca to Medina and the mosque was completed by his companions. Muhammad spent more than 20 nights in this mosque (after migrating) praying qasr (a short prayer) while waiting for Ali whose house was behind this mosque.

Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil was commissioned, in the 20th century, to conceive a larger mosque to replace the old mosque, he intended to incorporate old structure into his design. But the old mosque was torn down and replaced with a new one.

The new mosque consists of a rectangular prayer hall raised on a second storey platform. The prayer hall connects to a cluster containing:

• residential areas,

• offices,

• ablution facilities,

• shops, and

• a library

Six additional entrances are dispersed on the northern, eastern and western façades. Four minarets mark the corners of the prayer hall. The minarets rest on square bases, have octagonal shafts which take on a circular shape as they reach the top.

How can ‘you’ not trust ‘Allah Subhana Wa Tala’? — November 23, 2011

How can ‘you’ not trust ‘Allah Subhana Wa Tala’?

I asked my friend this evening how many times he prayed nafl on behalf of his father ever since I told him. He said none except Jum’ah. Then he told me that he knows he’s wrong but he doesn’t feel like praying. He doesn’t trust Allah any more. He prayed for 2 years of his life and he didn’t get what he prayed for.

If Allah had to give everyone what they asked for just because they prayed for it, no one can imagine what the world would be like today. We’re not doing Allah a favour by praying to Him. We are only favouring ourselves. We’re saving ourselves from the Fire of Hell. Allah gives people only that what is right for them as He knows what we don’t. Any way how can you expect Allah to give you what you want when you don’t give Allah what He wants? It’s a different thing that Allah still gives as He is the Provider, most Merciful, and most Gracious. But we still don’t see how much He’s giving us every day, every second. If he wishes we would be poor on the streets this very minute or even rule a kingdom. It’s completely his wish. We need to thank Him for what he has provided us with. We need to take care that we do not make Him angry by questioning his giving. If you don’t trust Him, then why take what He gives? Everything is given by Him. If we become impatient in such short period, then what about all our Prophets (PBUT)? Not everybody was a king!

The Prophet Ayyub (PBUH) was Well Off:

The Prophet Ayyub (PBUH) was a prosperous man with firm faith in Allah. He possessed vast farms, enormous wealth, many cattle and valuable property but these things did not make him arrogant. His wealth provided him with a medium by means of which he sought Allah’s grace.

The Prophet Ayyub (PBUH) Displays Patience:

The Prophet Ayyub (PBUH) was a pattern of humility and faith in Allah. He was very patient. He suffered from a number of calamities but did not utter a single word of complaint. One day his big farm was attacked by the thieves. They killed many of his servants and carried away forcibly all his cattle. The Prophet Ayyub (peace be upon him) did not feel sorry at this loss and thanked Allah. After some time the roof of the house fell down and many members of his family were crushed. The Prophet Ayyub (peace be upon him) was much shocked but he held fast to his faith in Allah. He neither shed a tear nor heaved a sigh. He prostrated before the Almighty. He remarked that possessions and children were the gifts from Allah. If He had taken His things, it was useless to lament over their loss.

After a few years Prophet Ayyub (peace be upon him) suffered from skin disease. His parts of body were covered with loathsome sores. He had many ugly looking ulcers on his face and hands. The sores were full of worms. It is narrated that he picked up those worms which fell from his abscess and praised Allah for creating them. Above all, his false friends attributed his calamities to his sins. They ridiculed and looked down upon him. All the persons deserted him with the exception of his faithful wife, Rahima. She also grew tired of him in the long run and prayed for his death. She cursed her husband for retaining integrity in Allah. When Prophet Ayyub (peace be upon him) was in an extremely pathetic condition he prayed:

“Truly adversity has afflicted me and You are Most Merciful of all who show mercy.” (21: 83)

Allah accepted his prayer. The Holy Qur’an affirms:

“Then We heard his prayer and removed that adversity from which he suffered, and We gave him his household and the like thereof along with them, a mercy from Our store and remembrance for the worshippers.” (21: 84)

The Prophet Ayyub Recovers and Prospers:

Allah turned to him with mercy. He was commanded to strike the earth with his foot. He complied with the order and water from the spring gushed forth. He took a bath with the water and got cured from his evil disease. After this he was restored to prosperity. The Prophet Ayyub (peace be upon him) knelt and prayed expressing a deep sense of gratitude to Allah. He never forgot His favors, mercy and love.

The Prophet Ayyub (peace be upon him) was one of the celebrated Prophets. His example illustrates: that those who remain patient under the stress • of all circumstances, art never deprived of high rewards. The Holy Qur’an affirms:

“And surely we try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and crops, but give glad-tidings to the steadfast, who when a misfortune befalls them, say lo! we are Allah’s (possession of Allah) and to Him shall we surely return. • Such are they on whom are blessings from their Lord, and mercy. Such are the rightly-guided.” (2: 155-157)