Monthly Archives: April 2017

Nassarawa Hospital Visit 

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Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem. 
Alhamdulillah, we had a very successful Hospital Visit. With the donations we received and dues from our members, we were able to raise N150,000 for the hospital visit. We budgeted N1500 for every patient. Initially, we wanted to buy items worth the N1500, but a sister suggested that we should buy items worth N1000 and give them the remaining N500 as they might have other needs best known to them. 

Each pack contained;

A box of Tea, (N140)

500g golden penny sugar (N250)

4 satchets of peak milk (N180)

4 satchets of ovaltine (N180)

4 satchets of klin (N100) 

250g Omo (N150) &

N500 cash. 

We made 100 of such packs Alhamdulillah. The packs went round and we were able to add more wards and give more patients. We were able to go to female medical, female surgical, Gynae , paediatric, male surgical and male observation wards Masha Allah; and We even had some left to give some nurses, cleaners and security! 

While we were going round, some of our members were also giving the patients reminders simultaneously. They spoke to them on being patient as they just were being tested by Allah, on the importance of salah even while sick and the various ways it can be performed while sick and also on the importance of Dua. 

The patients were really pleased Alhamdulillah, they thanked us abundantly and made Dua for us. I was by the window of one ward that were given the items and i overheard their happy exclamations as they opened the packs; when one of them say the N500 she said ‘Laa, har da dukiya a ciki😅’ (There’s even fortune inside). 

We’re very happy with the outcome of the hospital visit. We’d like to use this medium to thank all the people who made the hospital visit a success; those that donated, those that broadcasted our message and those that attended –  this wouldn’t have been a success without all of you, Jazakumullahu Khairan Kathiran !

May it be reflected on your scales of Good deeds on the day of judgement. May Allah increase you all in goodness and grant you success in all your endeavours, Ameen ya rabbi. We look forward to working with you again on our upcoming projects insha Allah. 

Deensisters. . .together for the pleasure of Allah. 

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Would You Rather?

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🍁 Poetic Saturday 🍁WOULD YOU RATHER?
Would you rather?
Would you rather party all night

Or wake up and pray two rakahs done right?
Would you rather spend 100 dollars on an Islamic class

Or 500 dollars for a University pass?
Would you rather listen to songs of love and cheer

Or read the words of the One that you fear?
Would you rather watch the latest movie thriller

Or understand how to perform the five pillars?
Would you rather read jokes online

Or look into the last day and its signs?
Would you rather kneel down in a long sujood

Or hurry and get food?


Would you rather dress like a clone

Or follow the One on the throne?
Would you rather fast for a day

Or have a picnic down by the bay?
Would you rather teach Islam to your daughters and sons

Or have them make money in tons?
Would you rather have your religion fit around your life

Or your life fit around your true strife?
Would you rather answer these questions in your head

Or be the one who makes these decisions instead?

Al-Khaliq

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Al-Khaliq

Al-Khaliq- The Creator

Allah calls Himself Al-Khaaliq— The Creator, or the Maker— on 11 occasions in the Quran. He is the One who creates everything from nothing. Al-Khaaliq invents and perfects according to His will and with the knowledge of what will happen!
Khaaliq or Khallaaq (intensification) comes from the root khaa-laam-qaaf which points to three main meanings. The first main meaning is to measure accurately or to proportion one thing according to another and the second is to create something based on a devised model or pattern. The third main meaning is to bring a thing into existence from non-existence and after making it exist, to change it to something else.
Linguistically, khalq refers to creating, making, and giving measurement. Al-Khaaliq is the One who created the material and time present in the universe, gave matter to its properties and set in motion its laws. He has total control over everything and manages all its affairs but is independent of all that He created. Allah alone is the creator and all the rest is creation.
Al-Khaaliq Himself says: He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names [Quran 59:24] Say, ‘Allah is the Creator of all things, and He is the One, the Prevailing.’ [Quran, 13:16] and That is Allah, your Lord, Creator of all things; there is no deity except Him, so how are you deluded? [Quran, 40:62]
Allah ‘azza wajal mentions in the Quran that He is ahsaanul khaaliqeen, the best of creators. This is meant metaphorically— there are no other creators. When we look at tawheed— our belief in the oneness of Allah— we see two aspects: the unity of Allah and the unity of the creation. They are not mixed in any way, the creation is the product of Allah Al-Khaaliq.

For example a chair: the cotton fabric comes from plants, the metal from rocks, and the wood from trees; all that people did is reassemble these sources into a piece of furniture. Human beings manipulate or reassemble that which already exists— we cannot and will never create anything.
Allah al-Khaaliq says: You do not see in the creation of the Most Merciful any inconsistency. So return [your] vision [to the sky] -don’t be content with just one look, look more times and see- are there any breaks [Quran, 67:3] And the earth – We spread it out and cast therein firmly set mountains and made grow therein [something] of every beautiful kind, Giving insight and a reminder for every servant who turns [to Allah]. [Quran 50: 7-8] 
As slaves of Al-Khaliq we must remember;

No evil eye, magic, or any force on earth can prevent what Al-Khaaliq has destined to come into existence. Firawn tried his best to prevent Musa ‘alayhi sallam from coming into being and growing up to destroy his kingdom, but when Al-Khaaliq decides to create something it will be! So ask Him for all your needs and wishes.
Don’t fear the creation, only fear the Creator. Stop fearing people’s opinions, poverty, failure, etc., and focus on pleasing Al-Khaaliq. He will suffice for your needs. Our problem is that we often try to please people while angering Allah ‘azza wa jall, like joining in backbiting to be “cool.” The Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: Whoever sought the pleasure of Allah though it was displeasing to the people then Allah becomes pleased with him, and will make the people pleased with him, and whoever sought the pleasure of the people though it was displeasing to Allah then Allah becomes displeased with him and will make the people displeased with him. [Ibn Hibban, At-Tirmidhee]

O Allah, Al-Khaaliq, we know that You are the Creator of all that existed, exists, and will exist. Lead us to unshakable belief in you as our Creator and let us never ascribe partners to You. Guide us to please You and to ask You for our needs and wishes, awaken us to reflect on the creation, and make us of those who are good in form and good in manners, ameen!

Posting Of Pictures Of Women

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Posting Of Pictures Of Women

What is the ruling on a woman putting her picture on her Facebook page, especially since some of our sisters who wear hijab believes that putting pictures of themselves in hijab is something that is not forbidden in sharee‘ah? Could you explain so that I can advise them?.
Published Date: 2012-06-27
Praise be to Allaah.
It is haraam for a girl to put a picture of herself on Facebook or in chat rooms or on other websites, for a number of reasons: 
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This is contrary to covering and concealment that is enjoined upon women in the Qur’aan and Sunnah. Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, says concerning the noblest of women and the furthest of them from suspicion, namely the wives of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him): 
“And when you ask (his wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen, that is purer for your hearts and for their hearts”
[al-Ahzaab 33:53] 
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e., screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever OftForgiving, Most Merciful”
[al-Ahzaab 33:59] 
And He forbade women to speak softly, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other women. If you keep your duty (to Allah), then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery, etc.) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honourable manner”
[al-Ahzaab 33:32]. 
So Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, enjoined the wives of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), and the believing women in general, to observe hijab, so as to purify the hearts of the believing women and to protect them from anything that may give rise to temptation or suspicion, and so as to preserve their chastity and that of His believing slaves. Once this is understood, it will become clear that for a woman to put her picture where it will be seen by righteous and evildoers alike on such websites is something that is contrary to Allah’s teachings. 
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That opens the door to fitnah (temptation) and evil for the woman and for those who see her. How often have we heard and read painful stories caused by such things. How many pure and chaste women have fallen into the traps of those who do not fear Allah, evildoers who have tempted them with sweet words and promises until, when they had had their way with them, they turned their back on them and abandoned them with nothing but regret and loss, and perhaps shame in this world and in the Hereafter – Allah forbid. 
How many evildoers have tampered with those images and reproduced them by modern means, putting the head of a decent woman on the body of an immoral woman, then there will be great regret for what she brought upon herself and her family when regret is to no avail.  
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With regard to what you have mentioned about some women who wear hijab believing that putting their picture in hijab is not forbidden according to Islam, if what you mean by hijab is proper shar‘i hijab that covers the face and does not show the face of the woman, then this kind of thing is not forbidden in Islam, especially when there is a need for it. But this is not what they meant, because there is no benefit in doing this. What is the point of putting a picture of a black shape in which nothing appears?! 
But if what is meant is putting a picture of a woman with her face uncovered, even if she has covered the rest of her body, then we have explained that this is what leads to evil consequences that are sufficient to deem it forbidden, even if we do not say that it is obligatory for the woman to cover her face; so how about if that is obligatory? The sin in this case is multiplied and the danger is greater. By doing that she has transgressed and what the believing women have been accustomed to doing for centuries. 
Al-Ghazaali (may Allah have mercy on him) said in Ihya’ ‘Uloom ad-Deen (2/53): Men throughout the ages have always had their faces uncovered and women have always gone out with their faces covered. End quote. It says something similar in Fath al-Baari, 9/337. 
Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy on him) said in Fath al-Baari (9/424): The custom of women in the past and more recently has been to cover their faces in front of non-mahram men. End quote.
Moreover, if everyone who has any common sense realises that the focal point of beauty and fitnah in women is the face, and this is what men want to see, and it is from this that it is judged whether a woman is beautiful or not, then publishing pictures in the manner mentioned opens the door to women for be tempted to be a source of temptation, and for them and their pictures to be treated disrespectfully, as they will be visible to anyone who wants to see them. 
And Allah knows best.
https://islamqa.info/en/165186

Ramlah Bint Abi Sufyan

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Ramlah Bint Abi Sufyan

 
Abu Sufyan ibn Harb could not conceive of anyone among the Quraysh who would dare challenge his authority or go against his orders. He was after all, the sayyid or chieftain of Makkah who had to be obeyed and followed.

His daughter, Ramlah, known as Umm Habibah, however dared to challenge his authority when she rejected the deities of the Quraysh and their idolatrous ways. Together with her husband, Ubaydullah ibn Jahsh, she put her faith in Allah alone and accepted the message of His prophet, Muhammad ibn Abdullah.
Abu Sufyan tried with all the power and force at his disposal to bring back his daughter and her husband to his religion and the religion of their forefathers. But he did not succeed. The faith which was embedded in the heart of Ramlah was too strong to be uprooted by the hurricanes of Abu Sufyans fury.
Abu Sufyan remained deeply worried and concerned by his daughter’s acceptance of Islam. He did not know how to face the Quraysh after she had gone against his will and he was clearly powerless to prevent her from following Muhammad(S.A.W). When the Quraysh realized though that Abu Sufyan himself was enraged by Ramlah and her husband, they were emboldened to treat them harshly. They unleashed the full fury of their persecution against them to such a degree that life in Makkah became unbearable.
In the fifth year of his mission, the Prophet, peace be on him, gave permission to the Muslims to migrate to Abyssinia. Ramlah, her little daughter Habibah, and her husband were among those who left.
Abu Sufyan and the Quraysh leaders found it difficult to accept that a group of Muslims had slipped out of their net of persecution and was enjoying the freedom to hold their beliefs and practice their religion in the land of the Negus. They therefore send messengers to the Negus to seek their extradition. The messengers tried to poison the mind of the Negus against the Muslims but after examining the Muslims beliefs and listening to the Quran being recited, the Negus concluded: “What has been revealed to your Prophet Muhammad(S.A.W) and what Jesus the son of Mary preached came from the same source.”
The Negus himself announced his faith in the one true God and his acceptance of the prophethood of Muhammad(S.A.W). He also announced his determination to protect the Muslim muhajirin.
The long journey on the road of hardship and tribulation had finally led to the oasis of serenity. So Umm Habibah felt. But she did not know that the new-found freedom and sense of peace were later to be shattered. She was to be put through a test of the most severe and harrowing kind.
One night, it is related, as Umm Habibah was asleep she had a vision in which she saw her husband in the midst of a fathomless ocean covered by wave upon wave of darkness. He was in a most perilous situation. She woke up, frightened. But she did not wish to tell her husband or anyone else what she had seen.
The day after that ominous night was not yet through when Ubaydallah ibn Jahsh announced his rejection of Islam and his acceptance of Christianity. What a terrible blow! Ramlah’s sense of peace was shattered. She did not expect this of her husband who presented her forthwith with the choice of a divorce or of accepting Christianity. Umm Habibah had three options before her. She could either remain with her husband and accept his call to become a Christian in which case she also would commit apostasy and – God forbid – deserve ignominy in this world and punishment in the hereafter. 
This was something she resolved she would never do even if she were subjected to the most horrible torture. Or, she could return to her father’s house in Makkah – but she knew he remained a citadel of shirk and she would be forced to live under him, subdued and suppressing her faith. Or, she could stay alone in the land of the Negus as a displaced fugitive – without country, without family and without a supporter.
She made the choice that she considered was the most pleasing to God. She made up her mind to stay in Abyssinia until such time as God granted her relief. She divorced her husband who lived only a short while after becoming a Christian. He had given himse lf over to frequenting wine merchants and consuming alcohol, the “mother of evils”. This undoubtedly helped to destroy him.
Umm Habibah stayed in Abyssinia for about ten years. Towards the end of this time, relief and happiness came. It came from an unexpected quarter. 
One morning bright and early, there was a loud knocking on her door. It was Abrahah, the special maid- servant of the Negus. Abrahah was beaming with joy as she greeted Umm Habibah and said: “The Negus sends his greetings and says to you that Muhammad(S.A.W), wants you to marry him and that he has sent a letter in which he has appointed him as his wakil to contract the marriage between you and him. If you agree, you are to appoint a wakil to act on your behalf.”
Umm Habibah was in the clouds with happiness. She shouted to herself: “God has given you glad tidings. God has given you glad tidings.” She took off her jewelry- her necklace and bracelets – and gave them to Abrahah. She took off her rings too and gave th em to her. And indeed if she had possessed all the treasures of the world, she would have given them to Abrahah at that moment of sheer joy. Finally she said to Abrahah: “I appoint Khalid ibn Said ibn al-Aas to act as wakil on my behalf for he is the clos est person to me.”
In the palace of the Negus, set in the midst of beautiful gardens and luxuriant vegetation and in one of the lavishly decorated, sumptuously furnished and brightly lit halls, the group of Muslims living in Abyssinia gathered. They included Jafar ibn Abi Talib, Khalid ibn Said, Abdullah ibn Hudhafah as- Sahmi and others. They had gathered to witness the conclusion of the marriage contract between Umm Habibah, the daughter of Abu Sufyan, and Muhammad(S.A.W). When the marriage was finalized, the Negus addressed the gathering: “I praise God, the Holy, and I declare that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger and that He gave the good tidings to Jesus the son of Mary.
“The Messenger of God(S.A.W) has requested me to conclude the marriage contract between him and Umm Habibah the daughter of Abu Sufyan. I agreed to do what he requested and on his behalf I give her a mahr or dowry of four hundred gold dinars.” He handed over the amount to Khalid ibn Said who stood up and said: “All praise is due to God. I praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness and I turn to Him in repentance. I declare that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger whom He has sent with t he religion of guidance and truth so that it might prevail over all other forms of religion even if the disbelievers were to dislike this.
“I have agreed to do what the Prophet, peace be upon him, has requested and acted as the wakil on behalf of Umm Habibah, the daughter of Abu Sufyan. May God bless His Messenger(S.A.W) and his wife.
 “Congratulations to Umm Habibah on account of the goodness which God has ordained for her.”
Khalid took the mahr and handed it over to Umm Habibah. The Sahabah thereupon got up and prepared to leave but the Negus said to them: “Sit down for it is the practice of the Prophets to serve food at marriages.”
There was general rejoicing at the court of the Negus as the guests sat down again to eat and celebrate the joyous occasion. Umm Habibah especially could hardly believe her good fortune and she later described how she was eager to share her happiness. She said: “When I received the money as mahr, I sent fifty mithqals of gold to Abrahah who had brought me the good news and I said to her: ‘I gave you what I did when you gave me the good news because at that time I did not have any money.’
“Shortly afterwards, Abrahah came to me and returned the gold. She also produced a case which contained the necklace I had given to her. She returned that to me and said: ‘The King has instructed me not to take anything from you and he his commanded the women in his household to present you with gifts of perfume.’
“On the following day, she brought me ambergris, safron and aloes and said: ‘I have a favor to ask of you.’ ‘What is it?’ I asked. ‘I have accepted Islam ,’ she said, ‘and now follow the religion of Muhammad(S.A.W) Convey to him my salutation of peace and let him know that I believe in Allah and His Prophet(S.A.W) Please don’t forget.’ She then helped me to get ready for my journey to the Prophet(S.A.W) 
“When I met the Prophet(S.A.W) I told him all about the arrangements that were made for the marriage and about my relationship with Abrahah. I told him she had become a Muslim and conveyed to him her greetings of peace. He was filled with joy at the news and said: ‘Wa alayha as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu and on her be peace and the mercy and blessings of God. ” 

Taking The Antidote After The Poison

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Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wa barkatuh. 
☆ Deen Reminder: Taking the antidote after the poison
Shaykh Sulayman Ar Ruhaylee:
The believer who sins hoping for forgiveness, is like the person who drinks poison hoping for the antidote after drinking the poison. You will not find a sane person getting some poison, drinking it, and then swallowing it. Then after he swallows it he says: ‘here is the antidote; I’m going to drink it.’ Because he could die before the antidote takes effect.
And you—O slave of Allah—do not know when you are going to die. You could die while you are sinning. And the people will be raised on the Day of Judgment according to what they died upon. Whoever dies reciting the Talbiyah (the call made by the pilgrims on Hajj) will be raised to life reciting the Talbiyah. Whoever dies praying will be raised to life praying. Whoever dies giving Dawah will be raised to life giving Dawah.
Whoever dies fornicating—and with Allah refuge is sought—will be raised to life upon this evil condition. Whoever dies lying will be raised to life upon this evil condition. Whoever dies backbiting will be raised to life upon this evil condition. Whoever dies intoxicated will be raised to life upon this evil condition. Thus the person does not know; he could die while he is sinning.


For this reason it is mentioned that one of the Salaf said while admonishing his student: ‘Whoever can guarantee me he will live to see tomorrow, I grant him permission to sin.’
Whoever can guarantee me that he will live until tomorrow, I grant him permission to sin. Meaning the one from amongst you who will stand and say, I will live to see tomorrow then I grant him permission to commit every sin. Who is able to guarantee this?
By Allah; a person will be strong and healthy and fall dead all of a sudden. How many healthy people have died without any illness! And how many sick people have lived for a long period of time!
Some people become sick, and others go to visit them while believing the person is going to die and they will pray over him. But the one who visits him dies before he does, and his death is announced. And death is sufficient as an admonition.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee

Updates From Halaqa

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Updates From Halaqa on 16th April 2017
(Friendly Islamic sisters circle)
Halaqa was opened as it is our custom, with a beautiful recitation from suratul Hashr by deensister hafsat.
Next speaker of the day; sister umm saalim took the stage and took us on the various checklists of forgiveness; Definition, levels, benefits, rewards.
~Forgiveness is not something for the selected few who has a good heart or as our people call it ‘farin zuciya’ but rather, something that Allah (swt) highly recommends and therefore ought to cultivate the habit of. 

~We should always remember our own sins that we are always hoping for Allah (swt) to forgive when we find it hard to forgives others as propounded by this marvelous verse  of the Qur’an” so forgive and pardon, don’t you want Allah to forgive you? Likewise,  Allah (swt) Has also stated the believers are but brothers so make reconciliation amongst yourself (Q). This makes it natural to fall out with one another atimes but as believer conscious efforts should be taken to reconcile ourselves. 

~A fascinating hadith of the prophet (saw) said: As believer it is evil enough to even hold your brother in contempt’. This closes doors to all dark thoughts towards one another ‘i just don’t like her’ i hate her because of so and so. 
Discussions began afterwards as refreshments were being shared. Another sister reminded us of Allah Himself asking us to forgive, not anybody but He Himself. And forgivessness is one attribute of Allah that we all depend on, almost on a daily basis, then how can we ourselves not forgive when offended. 
Sooner than later the discussion changed course to the favorite topic when sisters come together -hijaab! Sisters were asked to relate their hijab story. Sister halima told us of how series of events in her life increased her in eeman and taqwa and got her to embrace the hijab as a lifestyle immediately she came to know of it. Sister sadiya on the other hand was a muffler style non-hijabi but with the right type of friends in the university, she now not only wears the hijab but calls other sister to do the same. 
The most touching of all the stories was when a sister said she never gave any regard towards the hijab but after the last halaqa, she has made changes in her mode of dressing, alhamdulilah. 
May Allah (swt) continue to help us all wear the hijab in the right way.
We didn’t end until we touched on the issue of modesty as modesty is not only defined by our clothing but rather has many other aspects, most challenging of them being how we relate with our male counterparts.
At another sisters request, deensister hafsat gave us a closing recitation upon a before we finally closed as time was not on our side.
May Allah (swt) give us all the ability to  work with what we’ve learnt, and to hold many more friendly halaqas for the sake of the deen, ameen ya rabb.
“There are only a few things in life i love more than sisters halaqa” ~Umm muh’d