Friday, December 29, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
So I tried uploading the pics from RIS5, it took forever so I did it in my xanga instead. Some of the images are blurry because of the digital zoom on the camera. Oh and my sister (believeress) took the pics, so credit goes to her.
So here's the link to the album. Those aren't all the pics, I've touched the uploading limit for this month, so inshaAllah next week I'll up load some more.
My xanga photoblog
Friday, December 22, 2006
Woman Puts Baby Through Airport Security X-Ray Scanner
As millions of people go millions of different places this holiday weekend, they have to watch out for different hazards at airports.
There are thieves, snowstorms, crowds, and the ever present threat of terrorism.
And in all that confusion, it's easy for something terrible to happen - like this.
Authorities in California say when a woman who was traveling to Mexico went through security screenings at Los Angeles International Airport, she misunderstood what agents told her.
The passenger, who speaks very little English, was asked to put her possessions in a tray so they could be X-rayed. But along with her keys, change and other items, the grandmother also put something else in the plastic bin - her one-month-old grandson...
Read the rest here
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Well I was right about being loaded with work. I have a Nahw test when I get back, I have to say all my sarf tables at once which is the easy bit compared to catching up with all the exercises, the duroos lessons (1-9) in book 2, and over 160 verbs for sarf.
I was actually jumping up and down when I got into my room, I missed my roomies, my fellow classmates/boarders, teachers and their kids. When I got there I felt like superman who after a long time of being trapped in some dark place with kryptonite ( kryptonite being shaitan in my case) finally gets energy from the sun when he escapes to it. Okay so I suck at metaphors, but give me a break people. I felt so good being back there, in the "learning ilm" environment. I don't know what the feeling was exactly, but whatever it was I'm truly grateful for it, alhamdulillah.
Every time I go back, there's like 50 dramatic stories/scenes/events that I miss. Everyone has some story to tell me about what went on while I was away. It's quite scary and amusing at the same time. I'll share some stories next time inshaAllah. Right now I gotta get ready to finally close off my unfinished business, I'm in desperate need of your du'as.
Well today will be the first day for RIS5 and it's like RIS4 was just a while ago... man time flies fast. InshaAllah I'll put up some pics or something once I get back from that.
Oh and the reason why Kalimataan is back, is because 3 people (you know who you are :P) wanted me to put it back, so here it is again.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Honestly, I feel like a kid going to Disney land, only the place I’m going to is a whole lot more Halal (in like a gazillion ways).
When I come back it’ll be RIS5, then holidays (but for me, it’ll be loaded with work and homework) and then Eid at the farm. Wohoooo
Remember me in your du’as all.
Oh and check out the flyer for Eid and what not here
as salamu alaykum :)
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Wiping the slate clean? Getting back to praying regularly
Answered by Shaykh Gibril F Haddad
Q.If someone I know used to pray regularly 5-times a day, but then over a period of time, started to get less and less motivated about salat to the point where they seldom pray, what practical advice could I give them that would help them pray regularly again? They get discouraged when they actually sit down and write down which salats they have to make up because the list gets so long. So what practical steps could this person take to start praying regularly again?
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim:
It is good to "count one's blessings" when one feels discouraged. Oftentimes the discouragement is not warranted and is lifted through certain mental habits that shoulder spiritual effects by permission of Allah.
Among these habits is to give thanks to Allah for creating us; to give thanks for creating us as a human being of sound mind and body; to give thanks for creating us as part of the last and best Umma; to give thanks to Him for cherishing and sustaining us at all times, even - or especially - in the depth of distress from which we call to Him.
Then to remember that this Religion is ease and good tidings. In difficulty, make istighfar and in ease give thanks. In other words, remember Allah at all times. The Qur'an calls the Torah and the sun a Diya', while it calls the Qur'an and the moon a Nur. The Ulema said, this is because the Diya' is a light that burns while the Nur is a gentle light. The Torah had harsh rulings while those of Islam are gentle and easy.
Another habit is to remember that a time may come when one's salat and fast will become physically difficult or impossible, through sickness or old age or "man-made" preventions; and that one's salat might be the last one, followed by death. What is the excuse for someone able, young, and strong who is offered millions of opportunities for success and happiness but insists on missing them all? We should strive not to be remiss then remiss then remiss before we face the grave. If we saw someone dear in such a situation we would shake them up by the boot-straps.
It is advisable to make istighfar so as to clear one's mind of worldly ties. 100x Astaghfirullah daily. Give sadaqa to the intention of lifting difficulties. Invoke blessings on the Prophet. These devotions will facilitate the above mental dispositions insha Allah.
We should also examine our daily routines for acts or habits that are unadvisable to someone who is trying to change. We should put those away and try and stay away from the people, places, and/or times associated with them, for example: smoking; staying up late at night; spending hours on the phone chatting; working endless hours; anything vacuous done to mindless excess.
In fact, one should seek excellent spiritual company at all times but at least once every week or month, to remember Allah together with others whom one meets for no other purpose. Such gatherings are an essential part of recharging one's spiritual batteries. The loner is an easy prey but the wolf keeps away from the group...READ THE REST HERE
Q&A from Sunnipath.com
Saturday, December 16, 2006
by Shakykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq
I pounded on the door of mercy as the world slept
And humbling myself before my Creator I wept
Hands raised high and head bowed I knelt
And dejectedly began to lament what I felt
With a torn heart I gave a tongue to my woes and fears
And in great anguish and sorrow I let flow my tears
With poignant emotions raging in me so fierce
I hoped that my prayers would the heavens pierce
Oh Maker of my destiny, Master of my fate I cried
Thou art the only refuge and succour for one so tried
'Tis before Thee alone that I bemoan
Sufferings of mine only to Thee known
Pains and torments that I can no longer bear
Hopes and wishes I can entrust only to Thy care
For 'Tis only the ocean of Thine infinite bounty that sustains all
And only Thy forgiveness that restores those that fall
'Tis to Thee alone Oh Benevolent that I extend my hands in plea
To whom besides Thee can this wretched soul flee
Forgive my sins and grant me my desires Oh Almighty
Reject me not, for nothing can redeem me save Thy mercy
Taken from beautifulislam.net
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Zhulhijjah is the last month of the Islamic calendar. Literally, it means "hajj." Obviously, this name of the month indicates that the great annual worship of "hajj" is performed in this month, which gives it special significance. Some specific merits and rules relevant to this month are mentioned below:
First Ten Days of Zhul Hijjah
The first ten days of Zhulhijjah are among the most magnificent days in the Islamic calendar. The Holy Prophet (pbuh), has said, "One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship in the "Lailatul-Qadr"(Tirmidhi).
Every Muslim should avail of this wonderful opportunity by performing during this period as much Iba'dah (acts of worship) to Allah as he or she can...
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Do we put ourselves in denial of who we are and why we’re here, in this dunya? We blind ourselves and convince ourselves to hold on to this materialistic world. In we fall deeper and deeper in this dream. Trying to live every detail of this momentary life. Sins above sins are committed and still we induce ourselves that we’ll be all right. We leave the Sunnah because “it’s only a Sunnah”. It is only our words, and no more our actions. The way of life leaves us in front of our very eyes. It leaves us slowly and painfully, but we have numbed the body, mind and soul. No more do we feel, speak, hear or see the truth, the way and the reality. Sincerity and steadfastness leaves us in our Ibadah, are we really worthy of Allah (swt)’s Mercy and Forgiveness? I sure hope and pray we are…
May Allah (swt), the All Merciful and the All-Forgiving, forgive our sins whether it is the size of the biggest mountain or the size of an atom. May Allah (swt) guide us to the straight path and keep us on it till our death. May Allah (swt) take us with the kalimah on our lips and as Mu’mineen. May He (swt) save us from the torments of the grave, the Day of Judgment and from the fires of Hell. May Allah (swt) have Mercy on our souls so that we may all live in Jannatul Firdaws forever and always.