Reproach For Not Adding “In Sha’ Allah” When Making a Promise

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Reproach For Not Adding "In Sha' Allah" When Making a Promise "And never say with regard to anything, 'I will certainly do so tomorrow. Unless (you say), 'By Allah's Will.' Remember your Lord when you forget, and say, 'I have the hope that my Lord will guide me to what is closer thereto in direction.'" - Surah Kahaf 18:23-24 Ibn Kathir reports that the Quraysh sent Nadhar bin Haarith and Uqba bin Abi Mu'eet to Madinah (before the Hijrah) to ask … [Read more...]

Fulfillment Of Promises

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Fulfillment Of Promises Allah, the Exalted, says: "And fulfill (every) covenant. Verily! The covenant will be questioned about." (17:34) "And fulfill the Covenant of Allah (Bai`ah: pledge for Islam) when you have covenanted.'' (16:91) "O you who believe! Fulfill (your) obligations.'' (5:1) "O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do.'' (61:2,3) Abu … [Read more...]

THE STORY OF HAZRAT UMAR AND THE ROMAN ENVOY

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"I have seen many great Kings in this life And have been the companion and confidant of many Rulers. Never have I any fear for any King. But the awe and fear I feel for this one Dressed in such tattered clothing is causing my senses to depart. This person without any weapons and without any forces sleeping   here alone on this ground. What is it that causes my whole body to shake and tremble in awe of him? Even if I had seven bodies, … [Read more...]

The Purpose of Ramadan

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The Purpose of Ramadan The month of Ramadhan is not like any other month; its purpose is to rid man of those habits which he has accumulated throughout the rest of the year. It is a month that prepares man for the remaining eleven months by teaching him discipline and self control. Thus, Allah has made some acts which are beloved to man, like eating, drinking and fulfilling one’s desires, Haraam. If man can control these desires in this … [Read more...]

BALANCED COOKING AND IBAADAT IN RAMADHAAN

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"0 Allah, for You I have fasted and with Your provisions do I break my fast" The blessed month of Ramadhan is fast approaching and many of us are busy making preparations to make this a special time for our families. Ramadhan is a time for voluntary acts of worship, sharing with those who are less fortunate, and reflecting on the message that Allah has given to us. Overall, the goal of this month is to develop ourselves spiritually and to become … [Read more...]

A COMMUNAL SPIRIT: STRIVING FOR ALLAH’S REWARD

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The one image etched in Ramadan's mind from his childhood days is that of all the villagers of Alsawati, men and children, coming together for Salatul maglirib and bringing food with them for iftar. After salah, they would all sit in clusters of four to five people in the Masjid's courtyard having iftar together. The women would gather at neighbors' homes. "Everyone would bring food. It was like a potluck iftar. That is an image I can never … [Read more...]