Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Importance of Salah with Jamat

We all know Salah is a pillar of Islam and on the Day of Judgement the account for theprayers will have to be rendered first. But what is said regarding the performance of salâh at home as opposed to performing it at the mosque with the congregation? 
The Divine instruction is, “And bow your head with those who bow (in worship)” 
(Surah Baqarah 43)
The message in this verse is crystal clear, that perform the salâh with congregation. Prayer surpasses the love of the lone man’s prayer by twenty-seven ranks in excellence.
(Sahih Bukhari & Muslim)
The Holy Prophet . has also stated: “It better to join another person and pray than to pray alone and it is more superior in the company of two men and the bigger the congregation the more liked it is by Allah.”
(Abu Dawûd)
The Holy Prophet . says in another tradition: “He who attended the congregation for Isha prayer, he received the reward of half the nights worship and he who attended both Isha and Fajr prayer with the congregation he received the reward of the whole nights worship.”
The Prophet ., himself never omitted even a single congregational prayer. Even in his sickness, it was strenuous for him to walk; nonetheless, with the aid of two of his companions he came (while his auspicious feet were dragging on the ground) to the mosque and prayed with the congregation.
Once the Holy Prophet . was constrained to say: “I intend to tell the Muazzin (person who calls the Azaan) to call out the takbir and ask someone to lead the prayer and I myself set the house of that person on fire who did not attended the congregational prayer.”
(Bukhari & Muslim)
The merciful Prophet . proposes a punishment for those who do not attend the congregational prayer at the mosque, even though they perform them at home. One should ponder and be warned as regards to those who do not attend the congregational prayer at the mosque.
Shah Waliullah Muhaddith of Dehli says: “By establishing this divine purpose is nothing but that Allah’s superiority may be established and no other faith on the surface of the earth may be superior to the Islamic faith. But this can be conceived only when it may be the Ummah regular practice that the elite as well as the common run of the city folk as well as the villagers and the young as well as the old assemble daily for that worship which is the greatest sign of the faith and the most famous among all the devotions.”
An eminent American Sociologist and Physiologist, Mr Denison has written in his book ‘Emotion as the basis of civilization’, “Historians have wondered at the phenomenal success of Islam in conquering the world and have attributed it to the unity and solidity Islam has engaged among its adherents, but no historian he says could solve the riddle as to how this came to pass.”
Mr Denison says that he has no the least doubt that a great and very effective means of this is the congregational prayer.
We can deduce from this, that if the Muslim masses were performing prayers with the congregation regularly we would not be in the sorry state that we find ourselves in today.
We should try and pray all our five times Salâh with the congregation in the mosque, and if possible we should try to be as close to the Imâm as possible, because the first row is superior to the second and thereafter.
The Holy Prophet . states in the Hadith: “If you were to know the reward in performing the prayer in the first row, you would fight amongst yourselves to stand in the first row.”
Hence, we can see why it is necessary that we perform the five times daily prayers with the congregation in the mosque.
May Allah give us all the ability to perform our prayers with the congregation in the mosque

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Ex-Christian-Now Muslim,Alhamdulillah!

I was in a bad place in my life, what you'd call 'rock bottom'. A day came where I knew something had to change and I had to make a choice, or stay stuck where I was, destined to repeat the same mistakes. That night I went into the back bedroom of a friends place to go to sleep. I turned the light off and lay on the bed, suddenly I had this sinking, dreadful feeling that I was trapped. I got up panicked and tried to find the door to get out, felt every wall, there was no door. I was always agnostic, only prayed when I was desperate, so I started to pray. I used to pray like this "Dear God, angels, devils, whoever can help me", I prayed like that, begging to not be trapped. Suddenly a light came from nowhere and a voice said "Jae you don't need to pray to all those things... Just one!". I knew straight away, so I prayed to God. "Please dear ‪#‎God‬ help me, I don't want to be trapped". A few other things were said to me "when you feel alone Jae, know you are never alone", "everything happens for a reason", "try to be good, find a good balance, wait... and everything will be ok". Then the door opened, and I left that life behind and never looked back.
I naturally wanted to know more, and the truth about God who had just saved my life. What seemed coincidence at the time, I caught up with a friend I hadn't seen for 19 years, she was ‪#‎Catholic‬ when I knew her, so I asked her what she knew, and she told me she wasn't Catholic anymore, she was a Muslim. I knew nothing about Islam, so she just handed me her‪#‎Qur‬'an, and said "have a read if you want". The rest is history, I knew the truth when I read it, and it brought me ‪#‎peace‬ and answered something in me every time I read from it.
I've been a Muslim for 2 years now, it has been a tough journey, but the best one, and I'm a completely different person now.Alhamdulillah for Islam!

Can you shake hands with Queen Elizabeth?

A British man came to Sheikh and asked: 
Why is not permissible in Islam for women to shake hands with a man?

The Sheikh said: 
Can you shake hands with Queen Elizabeth?

British man said: Of course not, there are only certain people who can shake hands with Queen Elizabeth.
Sheikh replied: our women are queens and queens do not shake hands with strange men. !!

It really makes me think about becoming a Muslim

'It really makes me think about becoming a Muslim': Liam Neeson considers converting to Islam following trip to Istanbul - Turkish Restaurant
He may have been named after the local priest in his Irish hometown but Liam Neeson could be leaving his Roman Catholic beliefs behind.
The 59-year-old actor is said to be considering converting to Islam following a working trip to Istanbul.
According to The Sun, Neeson admitted that Islamic prayer 'got into his spirit' while he was filming in Turkey.
The call to prayer happens five times a day, and for the first week, it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit, and it's the most beautiful, beautiful thing,' he said.
'There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning, and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim.'
Neeson was raised in Northern Ireland as a devout Roman Catholic due to his parents beliefs.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

I’m 24 years old and live in Melbourne Australia

My name is Sarah, I’m 24 years old and live in Melbourne Australia. I'm baptized Christian-Anglican, I absolutely love Hijab and give my full support to all Muslim women. I think the belief of Hijab is wonderful, I wore Hijab for one day recently and I felt comfortable beyond belief because people were focusing on the person I am and not so much on what I look like! Don't ever let anyone make you feel as though you shouldn't wear Hijab, so much respect to all Muslim women out there who rock the Hijab and look absolutely stunning! I fully intend to support World Hijab Day by wearing Hijab and who knows, maybe I won't take it off. - Sarah Louise (Australia)
Please Share your hijab experience with us using the following link: #WorldHijabDay #Feb1

Thursday, 23 October 2014


You would have supposed them to be awake, whereas in fact they were asleep. We moved them to the right and to the left, and, at the entrance, their dog stretched out its paws. If you had looked down and seen them, you would have turned from them and run, and have been filled with terror at the sight of them. (Qur'an, 18:18)
The above verse refers to the People of the Cave, who remained asleep for hundreds of years. In addition, Allah also reveals that He moved their bodies to the left and right. The wisdom of this was only discovered in recent times.
People who remain lying down in the same position for long period of time encounter serious health problems, such as circulation difficulties, sores, and blood clotting in that part of the body in contact with the surface on which they lie.164
The resulting sores are known as "bed sores" or "pressure sores." Due to the constant pressure on one part of the body when one is not moving for a long period of time, the blood vessels become constricted and can close altogether. As a result, the oxygen and other nutrients carried by the blood fail to reach the skin, and the skin begins to die. This leads to the appearance of sores on the body. Unless these sores are treated, fat and muscles can also die.165
These sores, which form under the skin or tissue, can assume serious dimensions unless treated. If they become infected, they can even lead to death. The healthiest thing to do, therefore, is to change the position of the body every 15 minutes in order to reduce this pressure. Patients who cannot move themselves therefore receive special care and are moved every 2 hours by other people.166 The fact that these medical facts, only discovered in the last century, are referred to in the Qur'an is yet another of its miracles.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

ﺍﯾﮏ ﻧﻮﺟﻮﺍﻥ ﻧﮯ ﺍﯾﮏ ﺑﺰﺭﮒ ﮐﯽ ﺧﺪﻣﺖ ﻣﯿﮟ ﺣﺎﺿﺮ ہوا اور بولا

ﺍﯾﮏ ﻧﻮﺟﻮﺍﻥ ﻧﮯ ﺍﯾﮏ ﺑﺰﺭﮒ ﮐﯽ ﺧﺪﻣﺖ ﻣﯿﮟ ﺣﺎﺿﺮ ہوا اور بولا ﺁﭖ ﻓﺮﻣﺎﺗﮯ ﮨﯿﮟ ﮐﮧ ﺑﺪ ﻧﻈﺮﯼ ﺳﮯ ﭘﺮﮨﯿﺰ ﮐﺮﻭ ، لیکن ﻣﺠﮫ ﺳﮯ ﺍﭘﻨﯽ ﻧﻈﺮﻭﮞ ﮐﯽ ﺣﻔﺎﻇﺖ ﻧﮩﯿﮟ ہوپاتی ﮐﯿﺎ ﮐﺮﻭﮞ؟

ﺑﺰرگ ﻧﮯ ﮐﮩﺎ ﮐﮧ اچھا یہ ﺩﻭﺩﮪ ﮐﺎ ﭘﯿﺎﻟﮧ فلاں ﺑﺰﺭﮒ ﮐﻮ ﺩﮮ ﮐﺮ ﺁﺅ ، ﻟﯿﮑﻦ ﺷﺮﻁ ہے ﮐﮧ ﭘﯿﺎﻟﮯ ﻣﯿﮟ ﺳﮯ ﺩﻭﺩﮪ ﺑﺎﻟﮑﻞ ﻧﮧ ﮔﺮﮮ اور ﺍﯾﮏ ﺁﺩﻣﯽ ﺗﻤﮩﺎﺭﮮ ﺳﺎﺗﮫ ہو گا- ﺍﮔﺮ ﺩﻭﺩﮪ ﮐﺎ ﺍﯾﮏ ﻗﻄﺮﮦ ﺑﮭﯽ ﮔﺮﺍ ﺗﻮ ﻭﮦ ﺗﻤﮩﯿﮟ سب کے سامنے ﺟﻮﺗﮯ ﻟﮕﺎﺋﮯ ﮔﺎ-

ﻧﻮﺟﻮﺍﻥ ﻧﮯ ﺍﺣﺘﯿﺎﻁ ﺳﮯ ﻭﮦ ﭘﯿﺎﻟﮧ دوسرے ﺑﺰﺭﮒ ﮐﻮ ﭘﮩﻨﭽﺎﯾﺎ ، ﺍﻭﺭ واپس آکر ﮐﮩﺎ ﮐﮧ ﺣﻀﺮﺕ ﻣﯿﮟ ﻧﮯ ﭘﯿﺎﻟﮧ ﭘﮩﻨﭽﺎ ﺩﯾﺎ ﮨﮯ-

ﺑﺰﺭﮒ ﻧﮯ ﭘﻮﭼﮭﺎ ﯾﮧ ﺑﺘﺎﺅ ﮐﮧ ﺟﺎﺗﮯ ﮨﻮﺋﮯ ﮐﺘﻨﯽ ﺷﮑﻠﻮﮞ ﮐﻮ ﺩﯾﮑﮭﺎ ﻧﻮﺟﻮﺍﻥ نے کہا ﮐﮧ ﺍﯾﮏ ﺑﮭﯽ ﻧﮩﯿﮟ- ﻣﯿﺮﺍ ﺳﺎﺭﺍ ﺩﮬﯿﺎﻥ ﭘﯿﺎﻟﮯ ﮐﯽ ﻃﺮﻑ ﺗﮭﺎ ﮐﮧ ﮐﮩﯿﮟ ﺩﻭﺩﮪ ﻧﮧ ﮔﺮ ﺟﺎﺋﮯ اور ﻣﯿﺮﯼ ﺭﺳﻮﺍﺋﯽ نہ ﮨﻮ ﺟﺎئے،

ﺑﺰﺭﮒ ﻧﮯ ﮐﮩﺎ ﮐﮧ ﯾﮩﯽ ﺍﻟﻠﮧ ﻭﺍﻟﻮﮞ ﮐﺎ ﺣﺎﻝ ﮨﻮﺗﺎ ﮨﮯ ﮐﮧ ﻭﮦ ﮨﺮ ﻭﻗﺖ ﺍﭘﻨﮯ ﺩﻝ ﮐﮯ ﭘﯿﺎﻟﮯ ﭘﺮ ﻧﮕﺎﮦ ﺭﮐﮭﺘﮯ ﮨﯿﮟ کہ ﺍﮔﺮ ﮔﻨﺎﮦ ﮐﯽ ﻭﺟﮧ ﺳﮯ ﭘﯿﺎﻟﮧ ﭼﮭﻠﮏ ﮔﯿﺎ ، ﻧﻈﺮ ﺑﮩﮏ ﮔﺌﯽ ﺗﻮ ﻗﯿﺎﻣﺖ ﻭﺍﻟﮯ ﺩﻥ ﺳﺐ ﮐﮯ ﺳﺎﻣﻨﮯ ﺭﺳﻮﺍﺋﯽ ﮨﻮ ﮔﯽ ﺍﻟﻠﮧ ﮐﺎ ﺧﻮﻑ ﺍﻭﺭ ﺭﻭﺯ ﻗﯿﺎﻣﺖ ﺭﺳﻮﺍﺋﯽ ﮐﺎ ﺍﻧﺪﯾﺸﮧ ﮨﻮ ﺗﻮ ﮐﺒﮭﯽ ﺑﮭﯽ ﺑﺪ ﻧﻈﺮﯼ ﻧﮧ ﮨﻮ گی

Monday, 15 September 2014

Allah is One, with no partner

"Allah is One, with no partner. There is nothing like Him. Nothing renders Him incapable. Nothing has the right to be worshiped besides Him. He has no beginning and He has no end. He does not perish. Nothing happens except that which He wills. He does not resemble the creation. He is the Creator without any need. Provider without any difficulty. Just as He has always possessed His Attributes, He will likewise always possess them forever. Every affair is easy for Him. He has no need of anything. He commanded the creation to obey Him and forbade them from disobeying Him."

Friday, 15 August 2014


Miracles of the Quran ...
The word “Qamar,” referred to as a heavenly body in the Qur’an and meaning “Moon” appears 27 times. The elliptical orbit of the Moon around the Earth also takes 27 days. But this is not a number that someone looking from Earth could determine. Because since there is a 29-day between full moons, it used to be thought it took the Moon 29 days to travel around the Earth. The fact is, however, that as the Moon revolves around the Earth, the Earth is also travelling round the Sun. Because of the movement of the Earth, the Moon completes its orbit with a 2-day delay. This is another reference in the Qur’an consistent with modern astronomical findings. (Allah knows the truth.)
Number of times the word "Moon" appears in the Qur’an = 27
Time it takes the Moon to travel round the Earth (in days) = 27

Monday, 11 August 2014

Former Church going Christian brother Jeremy Davidson accepts Islam

My name is Jeremy Davidson (now Bilal Muhammed) from Ontario, Canada. I will attempt to be as brief as possible as I explain my journey to Islam and my experience throughout approximately the last 32 months.
As a child I grew up in a Christian household, went to Church every Sunday, and lived a relatively normal life. While that may not be the thrilling story everyone wants to hear, it surely is the truth (or to what I found to be normal). I remember my first interest in the news was in the fifth grade, the 9/11 attacks on the world trade centers happened and I could not understand much of what was going on. I tried reading articles in the newspaper about it and came across a page that had been covered in scribbles of ink and scratched into shreds. I did not understand the extent of what happened on the day of 9/11 but my dad told me the guy he had cut up the picture of from the newspaper was a very evil man. I remember seeing the words of ‘Islam’ and ‘Muslim’ appearing on many news channels as well as papers, but with the innocence of my age I did not make the connection of these words to what was seen as the terrorists. I have always grown up being taught by my mother there is no such thing as a bad person, only their actions are bad. Evidentially this somewhat changed once I heard that these were bad people. It had always been a side thought, but nothing I was ever concerned about. People (even within my churches) have stated that Muslims are terrorists or even just dangerous people. I listened to this for many years; never fully accepting or rejecting these statements.
By August of 2002 my parents had decided to get divorced, I remember of me and my two sisters I was the only one who went and cried when I heard the news. I remember being so young and as immaturity brings about irrationality, I was so upset I had actually thought of killing myself. These thoughts came and went but thank-God they were never feelings strong enough to drive me to such a point. As a child, I was the one who struggled the most with my parent’s divorce. I used to build things up, never tell anyone how I felt about anything. For grade six my mother, two sisters, and I moved into my grandma’s attic for a year. These years from grade six until part way through high school were a blur. I did not get to see my dad too often, it began as every Sunday, then every other week, then sometimes months in between, but when I did see him this was the only time we would go to church now. I didn’t like going to church because it took away almost half of the day I had to spend with my dad. It was not until grade 10 that I actually started going to church with my own initiative.
By the end of grade 6 and throughout grade 7 I began to hang out with the druggies at my different schools. I myself had never touched any drugs but I felt I was hanging around the ‘cool kids’. My friends were the type who were constantly in trouble with the police whether it be for stealing, drugs, breaking into vehicles, arson, spray painting, ‘eggings’, etc. I would hang around as they did such things and it was entertaining to watch but at least my morals told me not to participate. By the end of grade 7 I had angered two of my friends for being the ‘middle-man’ between their arguments and came to school one day where I was knocked to the ground, hit and kicked. I went into the school shaking and had to sit part way through the national anthem because it hurt so much with my knee black and swollen. The teacher asked why I was sitting and I explained to her the reasons, which she did very little for. After weeks the two of them only had been suspended for approximately a week. Grade 7 also earned me a stab in the back of the neck with a pen (once again the teacher did nothing), and several head bashings off the lockers…all by ‘friends’ who I would go and be nice to by the next break. Stuff like this I have hidden from my mother, I did not want her to see the bruises. I decided to change schools and go to an alternate one where I do not remember much of the year other than being alone, one kid getting others to call me gay, being threatened to be killed with peanuts (sounds odd but I have a ‘deathly-allergic’peanut allergy), skipping classes so I wouldn’t have to be in this place that made me feel so horrible. I brought lunch to school but always left to the river, outside an old church, or sneak into my grandmother’s backyard and sit on the ground and eat. For second semester I went back to the other school I was at in grade seven which was relatively good with new friends (most other friends were required to change schools). This semester also brought many arguments over girls and other immature arguments.
I was always thankful for having such a great family, I preferred spending most my childhood around family rather than friends. I spent grade 9 living back at my grandmothers again, I grew accustom to living here as it was much preferable than any other place. Grade 9 I cannot recall much of but actually had some decent friends who were against drugs and alcohol (who are currently druggies or alcoholics). The only issue with grade 9 was having a teacher laugh at my peanut allergy then blew into my face after having a Reese’s pieces (which nothing was done for once again). Also, the one part that stung the most was friends stating that I would grow up to be a serial killer because I am so shy and tend to stare a lot. This enraged me quite a bit but it was better to keep quiet.
Grade 10 I remember the least of, I had absolutely no friends, only people I spoke with. Grade ten I considered my career path to be leading me to joining the army. Nothing eventful happened in grade 10 as far as I am concerned. However, this is when I first started drinking with the intent of getting drunk. I also began going to church and youth group once again as earlier mentioned.
From Peterborough, Ontario we moved to London, Ontario for grades 11 and 12. These grades never had any bullying of any sort, but I did begin to drink and get drunk at many more parties. I made many friends in these grades but our form of entertainment usually involved alcohol regardless of where we went. I couldn’t wait to go out and get drunk with friends because it allowed me to be more free and often heard that I was more fun when I was drunk. Drinking led to many mistakes; from girls, loss of morals, riding on top of cars, drinking so much I don’t remember getting home, blowing things up in the woods, and many other stupid acts. Once again the church activity became limited to when I went to my fathers (although I still went and drank there). Friends were more important than any religion or future though (but the one thing I really hated was when people made fun of Christianity). With friends, many racist jokes were constantly made and jokes about Islam and Muslims were notorious.
As I was unsure as to what I wanted to do with my future I had decided to take an extra year in high school (in Newmarket, Ontario) which had turned out to be a life-saving decision. I only took a few courses and began going to church again on a regular basis. Since most of my life was in ignorance as I grew up mostly in ‘white’ cities, I knew very little of Islam. I still had the concept I had from when I was in grade 5 and had grown to add parts to over time (such as hearing of ‘Muslim’ men beating their families and killing others, ‘Muslims’ were the people our countries were fighting against so they must have been bad people right? I constantly heard how Muslims are scary people, how it is barbaric, male-dominated, women are oppressed, your regular Islamic stereotypes. I must say, I am sure I was an Islamophobe myself. The one thing that began to change my perception was a ‘sister’ who was in my classes both semesters who wore a hijab. Due to this (something I rarely ever saw) I began to ask many questions and state my assumptions about Islam. I attempted to push my belief in Christianity upon her but here responses were surely more logical. I constantly rejected what she had stated and said that this is what Christians believe, this is what we follow, and this is what is normal.
I had a copy of the Qur’an which I opened a couple times but disregarded anything within it. I only had this due to a bunch of free.books I was given when cleaning out an elder German man’s house. I continued to go to church and asked people from church what they thought of Islam and this information was surely biased. It was portrayed to me in such a poor manor, but the one thing that stuck with me was the fact that Muslims followed the rules and laws they were prescribed by God. I had never known Islam of all religions was also another Abrahamic religion. I accepted the Christian statement that Jesus is God but never really comprehended how this could be logical. In my heart I had always wondered why Christians reject the old testament (where many rules are), and that my sins were forgiven by a human being. I grew up a Protestant Christian so the rules were fairly liberal as well. Had I known what I know now about Islam I would have desired to become a Muslim many years ago. I still rejected everything that was given to me about Islam and repeated to this sister that it does not make sense that Jesus is only a prophet, he has to be God. I continued to reject such ideologies for the rest of grade 12 (in 2010).
Once Ramadan began I decided I was going to fast for each of these days as well to see what exactly it was like that everyone else was doing during this time. I would fast during the day but come time to break the fast I still ate pork and drank beer. People often laugh when I tell them this part but my intent was to see what the fasting was like. I fasted during the day, ate alone at night, did not realize people woke up to eat and drink before starting to fast again, and had absolutely no problem making it through any of these days during Ramadan. I began University in September for my degree in Business, and the most unexpected events occurred. It is weird to look at a school picture of myself when I was young and say, “This kid right here will grow up to be a Muslim”. I never expected that within the first month of University that I may find who I truly am, that I may find the truth of Islam that I was soon to become a Muslim. There had been a brother who was outside on Dundas square, Toronto daily handing out free books on Islam and free copies of the Qur’an. I walked by him daily and after about two weeks I grabbed a copy of the Qur’an (I had lost my other older copy) and a couple books on Islam. I brought them home and set them on my headboard (at this point living at my aunt and uncle’s house) and they remained there barely opened a crack. In high school I would take passages from the Qur’an and ask how this makes any sense, or take parts completely out of context. I had kept the Qur’an and a copy of the Bible in my locker. Only about two weeks later I began asking the brother basic questions about Islam to clarify my various concerns or doubts and actually get the perspective from a Muslim person (which I learned now to ask these questions to Maulanas and not ask many Muslims the same thing in my heart told me I needed to. I kept walking by him daily and one day once I got to school I felt such a strong feeling telling me to turn around and go speak with him because at that moment there was absolutely nothing more important than this. I hesitated and kept walking but the overwhelming feeling persisted and caused me to go back. I spoke with him for three hours with the above mentioned details. Three hours standing in the street speaking to this Muslim brother (who has since become a good friend). Three hours is what it took for me to finally ask the question…”How do I convert to Islam?”. I thought it may require many rituals like a majority of other religions. Had I known how to convert, and the requirements for the belief of a Muslim I surely would have done so before Ramadhan. When told what was required to convert I became so happy on the inside, but the outside did not show it. On this September 29th of 2010 I left Christianity and became a Muslim. The words I recited were “Ashhadu Alla Ilaha Illa Allah Wa Ashhadu Anna Muhammad Rasulu Allah” or “I bear witness that there is no deity other than Allah and that Muhammad is his servant and Messenger”.
The background information was stated as more of a general upbringing towards finding my faith. I grew up with some poor choices, but considered myself Christian. I was never what would be considered a bad child according to Canadian standards. I was actually a pretty well behaved child for the most part. I came to Islam after realizing that everything I was doing, everything I was following, it was leading me nowhere. I am the one who had boldly stated to the sister in my last year of high school that I would never convert to Islam and that I would always be Christian. I am so thankful to have a family that tried their hardest to allow me to grow up in a better environment than many in their households. The reason the different events in school was mentioned was because despite the minor bullying I have felt or experience is only what makes you stronger. Several times in the past have I contemplated suicide but It is the thought of God that keeps me grounded. I have to remember to thank God at every possible moment I can, for giving me the life he has given me, and for revealing me his words of guidance. Sometimes it feels hopeless in what you are doing and everything you try turns out wrong, but no matter how often you are down…at some point God will pick you back up and give you a fresh start. Never will you be put through more than you can handle, if you have faith in God you can never be tried more than your limits can bear.
This is a brief excerpt of what has led me to Islam with so many details left out that are probably very important to explain everything that has occurred in my life. The thoughts that flow through your mind as you write are on such a large scale that they could never possibly all be written in the way you remember your life. While this may not explain exactly why I became Muslim to the extent that I personally know, I hope it allows for a grasp of the idea of what has brought me here. It is a completely different story for my experiences in Islam after this point but this would lead to many more pages. Jazak Allah khair for all of those who have helped me before I reverted to Islam and to all of those who have helped me since this date.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

We have delayed our Night Prayers for too long

We have delayed our Night Prayers for too long. Let’s not forget where Victory comes from.
"Only those believe in Our verses who, when they are reminded by them, fall down in prostration and glorify the praises of their Lord, and they are not arrogant.
Who forsake their beds to cry unto their Lord in fear and in hope, and spend of that which We have bestowed on them.”

I reverted to Islam about 7 months ago.

"My name is Amanda, I reverted to Islam about 7 months ago. I just recently started wearing the hijab. I have always had so much love and respect for the Muslimahs that covered themselves for the sake of Allah. I always wished that I could be as strong as them some day, and alhumdulillah now I am. I am so happy that I started wearing hijab and dressing more modestly, it has changed my perspective on a lot of things. I hope to only get closer to Allah. Inn sha Allah."

Monday, 14 July 2014

Husband and wife should discuss and communicate with wisdom

Husband and wife should discuss and communicate with wisdom with each other to convey what they like and dislike of each other to do or not to do. Do NOT give commands or instructions like he's your servant. “They are garment to each other”
[Surah Baqarah, 2:187]
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Monday, 7 July 2014

About her defining moment when she decided to revert to Islam

About her defining moment when she decided to revert to Islam she says: ‘When I found that the Muslim people I knew and the masjid that I often went to offered me so much more kindness and peace than any other people or place that I’d been before.

John Fontain was raised as a Christian but always believed in the concept of One God

John Fontain was raised as a Christian but always believed in the concept of One God. In 2006 he started looking into Islam after coming in contact with Muslims in West Africa. Having researched the religion he finally embraced Islam in 2008, in Cairo, Egypt. Since then he has been actively involved in Da’wah work (inviting people to Islam). John also runs his own charity organisation “Volunteer Sierra Leone” which helps support over 65 Muslim schools throughout Sierra Leone. After researching extensively some of the oldest scriptures of the Bible he discovered some key points that will ultimately change the way Muslims and Christians view Jesus and his Message.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Saeed Anwar, is busy visiting various tents at Hajj

Saeed Anwar the world -class Pakistani batsman commit himself to propagating Islam , is busy visiting various tents at Hajj here to lecture on Islam. 

On Sunday night he chose tent  at the Mina-Muzdalifa boundry to address around 300 Indians and Pakistanis.

"A day or night spent in the way of Allah is better than any other worldly activity," 

said Anwar, now sporting a long beard and hardly recognizable as the face that made the front pages for heroic cricketing deeds for his century in his key day [though he did not make a brief appearance on the world stage when he returned to serve his country at the World Cup in South Africa last year].

Dressed in the Pakistani Shalwar Kameez outfit, Anwar captivated his audience with a narration on how he was able to attract his Pakistani team co-player Saqlain Mushtaq to the light of spiritual guidance.

For the past couple of years, Saeed Anwar has associated himself with Tabligh Jamat (an Islamic propagation party) whose religious scholars goaround Pakistan and abroad to attend various Islamic conclaves.

Anwar said his talk that he was able to convince Saqlain Mushtaq to spend half a day with the Jamat, offering prayers in mosque and taking a round of one's own residential area and calling the people to prayers (which is called gasht in Tabligh parlance). Saqlain joined us after Friday prayers. We had food and after a session of religious teachings we asked Saqlain to do the gasht in his residential area and call people to offer prayers.

In the company of religious scholars later, Saqlain offered obligatory prayers, listened to the sermons, had dinner with group, offered Isha prayers and went to sleep. "The next morning Saqlain came to me and said, 'What was this dose that you gave me last night?' 

Earlier I used to toss in bed all night and would not be able to sleep till 8 in the morning. I needed sleeping pills. What dose did you give me? I slept after Isha prayers and just woke up. And I feel damn hungry, get me some food...."

Saqlain's life changed that morning. He took that course for three days. Ten days later, he came back and asked to spend three more days in the Jamat, Anwar said.

Tabligh Jamat has been their job for the last 40 years. The jamat exhorts non-practicing Muslims to reckon the importance of worshipping Allah, understand the teachings of Islam, implement them in one's life and propagate Islam among non-muslims.

Anwar explained how Saqlain's inclination toward his Faith was met with a furor in his family, especially his wife. But later things changed....and now Saqlain's wife wears a Hijab. My father, who was a practicing Muslim but used to listen music etc., now he has changed too. My mother who was initially furious about my father attends Jamats (religious conclaves), later transformed herself and Allah has guided her to the right path....she now wears complete Hijab....and my three sisters, brother-in-law, two maternal uncles and five paternal uncles have returned to the Straight Path as well, Anwar said.

Before my travel for the Haj, Saqlain visited me and said he and his wife would be attending religious seminar together. If people work for the cause of Allah, He makes ways for them to gain ground and audience, Anwar said. 

Quoting one of his acquaintances who had returned to Pakistan from England recently, Anwar said that he saw famous Indian Film actor-actress Dilip Kumar and Saira Bano at a 15-day Jamat in London. It was stunning to see Saira Bano observing full Hijab. Anwar quoted his friend as saying.

Anwar went on to explain Jamat experience. "When you are sick, the doctor gives you the right kind of medicine and tells you what to eat and what not to eat..this is what we do to the people", he said about spiritual treatment. But that drew questions from the audience about how an ordinary man can ever attend to the Jamat when he has to work every day to make both ends meet, unlike Saeed Anwar who is already wealthy from his cricketing success.

Ninety-nine percent of the people working for the Jamat are not well-to-do financially. There are very few well-heeled people attached to the Jamat, Anwar replied. He said that even people with meager incomes, once they understand the purpose of their life, have undertaken local as well as foreign tours in Jamats.