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