Monthly Archives: February 2008

Worldwide Muslim Survey Challenges Western Beliefs of Islam

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – A huge survey of the world’s Muslims released Tuesday challenges Western notions that equate Islam with radicalism and violence.

The survey, conducted by the Gallup polling agency over six years and three continents, seeks to dispel the belief held by some in the West that Islam itself is the driving force of radicalism.

 …”Samuel Harris said in the Washington Times (in 2004): ‘It is time we admitted that we are not at war with terrorism. We are at war with Islam’,”….

…But the study, which Gallup says surveyed a sample equivalent to 90 percent of the world’s Muslims, showed that widespread religiosity “does not translate into widespread support for terrorism,” said Mogadeh, director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies…

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Barack Obama – “I’ve seen how politics can be used to … scapegoat … Muslims”

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Great speech by President Bara…..I mean Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

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Slow down, you are going to Fast

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“O you who believe fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you can learn Taqwa” (Quran 2:183)

In an age in which we are surrounded with easy access to knowledge, we clearly find some of us going too fast in simply mimicking the actions of others. Siyam, or fasting, is a perfect example of this. Fasting is such a simple act of worship, and so incredibly rewarding, yet it is misunderstood by a vast number of Muslims. It is one of the five pillars of Islam and a Sunnah of the beloved Prophet Muhammah (pbuh), so it can’t be understated how vital and imperative it is for Muslims to gain the proper understanding of its laws (fiqh) and practice. In addition, there exists a deep wisdom behind fasting, which I believe is the least understood aspect of it. It is a method by which Muslims gain God consciousness and self restraint in all aspects of one’s life. The prohibition of food and drink is arguablly the lowest form of fasting with the spiritual restraint from sin and desires far outweighing the temporary hunger.

Narrated Abu Huraira: “The Prophet said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink(i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)””  (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 31, Number 127)

When intending to perform acts of divine worship try not to go too fast, because remember you are going to fast.

Here is a great lecture by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi titled Fiqh of Siyam (Fasting).

In addition, contrary to the beliefs of some that fasting may pose health risks here is an article addressing the health and spiritual benefits of fasting.

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Obama’s Nice Fashion Taste

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(CNN) Feb 25, 2008— Barack Obama’s campaign accused Hillary Clinton’s team Monday of circulating a photo of the Illinois senator donning traditional attire – clothing worn by area Muslims – as a goodwill gesture during an overseas trip.

In a statement, the Clinton campaign called the charge “an obvious and transparent attempt to distract” voters from serious issues – but did not issue a denial.

The picture, which appeared on the Drudge Report this morning, was attributed to sources within the Clinton campaign – although the Web site did not reveal how many, or who, might have received the photo.

In a statement, Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, said Clinton’s campaign was engaged in “shameful, offensive fear-mongering,” though he did not point to any proof beyond the original item that appeared on Matt Drudge’s blog.

“This is part of a disturbing pattern that led her county chairs to resign in Iowa, her campaign chairman to resign in New Hampshire,” said Plouffe. “and it’s exactly the kind of divisive politics that turns away Americans of all parties and diminishes respect for America in the world.”

Earlier this year, some Clinton volunteers left her campaign in those states after circulating e-mails that falsely claimed Barack Obama was a Muslim……

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Saad Al-Ghamdi–Surah Ar-Rahman w/translation

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Wise Words From a Wise Man

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Story of Luqman Part I

Story of Luqman Part II

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Eclipse Prayer

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It is a well known fact that around the world at the time of an eclipse men turn into werewolves or zombie-like creatures and begin to dance in the middle of the woods. This has been well documented in both North America as well as in Southern India with rare footage of two separate, yet almost completely indistinguishable, events at the two links below.

North America: http://youtube.com/watch?v=AtyJbIOZjS8&feature=user

South India: http://youtube.com/watch?v=LbvP7dT3Dx0

Sike, just playing…

Inshallah this Wednesday evening there is predicted to be a total lunar eclipse for much of the world. I wanted to just spread some knowledge about the Islamic Eclipse Prayer, Salatul Khasuf, that was passed along to me by an anonymous source of light.

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 2: Salatul Kasuf, prayer of the solar and lunar eclipse

The scholars agree that the prayer of the eclipses is a sunnah mu’akkadah, a stressed one, which is to be performed by both men and women. It is best to pray it in congregation although the congregation is not a condition for it. The people are called to it by announcing as-salatu jami’ah “prayer in congregation.” The majority of the scholars hold that it is to consist of two rak’at and that in every rak’ah one is to perform two bowings (ruku’) instead of the customary one.

‘Aishah narrates: “There was a solar eclipse during the time of the Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam and the Prophet went to the mosque, and he stood and made the takbir, and he put the people in rows behind him, and he made a lengthy recital during the salah. Next, he made the takbir and made a long ruku’, but it was not as long as the recital. Following that, he raised his head, saying: ‘Allah hears him who praises Him. And to You, our Lord, belongs the praise.’ Afterward, he stood and made another long recital but it was shorter than the first one. Again, he made the takbir and made a ruku’ that was shorter than the first one. Then, again he said: ‘Allah hears him who praises Him. And to You, our Lord, belongs the praise.’ After this, he prostrated. He did the same in the next rak’ah and finished four ruku’ and four sujjud. The sun appeared again before he finished. Finally, he stood and addressed the people and praised Allah as He deserves it and said: ‘The sun and the moon are two signs from among Allah’s signs and there is no eclipse due to someone’s death or life. If you see them occurring, hurry to pray.'” This is related by alBukhari and Muslim.

Bukhari and Muslim also record that Ibn ‘Abbas said: “There was a solar eclipse during the life time of the Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam and he prayed with a long standing, similar to what it takes to recite alBaqarah. Then, he made a long ruku’. After which, he stood and made another long recital but shorter than the first one. Again he went into ruku’, but for a shorter time than in the first one. Following this, he made sajdah [twice]. Next he made another long standing (qiyam) which was also not as long as the first. After that, he made another lengthy ruku’ but it was not as long as the first one. Again, he made another long qiyam [and recital] but it was not as long as the first one. After which, he made another lengthy ruku’ but it was not as long as the previous one. Following this, he went into sajdah [and so on]. When he had finished, the sun had appeared. He concluded his prayer and said: ‘The sun and the moon are two signs from the signs of Allah, and there is no eclipse due to the death or life of anyone. If you see it, make remembrance of Allah.'” Grading these reports, Ibn Abdul Barr says: “These two hadith are the most authentic reports on this topic.”

Ibn al-Qayyim observes: “The authentic, clear, and prepondering sunnah concerning salatul kasuf is that the ruku’ is to be repeated [twice] in every rak’ah. This is based on the hadith from ‘Aishah, Ibn ‘Abbas, Jabir, Ubayy ibn Ka’b, ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas, and Abu Musa alAsh’ari. They all report that the Prophet repeated the ruku’ in one rak’ah. Those who mention the repeating of the ruku’ are more in number, weightier, and closer to the Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam than those who do not mention it.” This is the opinion of Malik, ash-Shaf’i, and Ahmad.

Abu Hanifah is of the opinion that salatul Kasuf consists of two rak’at, similar to salatul ‘id and jumu’ah, based on the hadith of An-Nu’man ibn Bashir who says: “The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alehi wasallam prayed the salatul kasuf with us like one of your prayers. He went into ruku’ and performed sajdah, praying two rak’at by two rak’at, and supplicated to Allah until the sun reappeared clearly again.”

In the hadith from Qabsah al-Hillali, the Prophet said: “If you see that [i.e., an eclipse], pray as you pray the obligatory prayer.” This is related by Ahmad and an-Nasa’i.

The reciting of al-Fatihah is obligatory in each rak’ah, and one may recite whatever one wishes to, after Al-Fatihah. It is allowed to make the recital audible or silent, but al-Bukhari says: “Audible recital is more proper. ”

Volume 2, Page 36: The time for al-kasuf is from the beginning of the eclipse until the eclipse finishes The prayer of the lunar eclipse is similar to that of the solar eclipse. Al-Hassan al-Basri reports: “There was a solar eclipse and Ibn ‘Abbas, the governor of Basra, went out and prayed two rak’at with two ruku’ in each rak’ah. Then, he mounted his mount and said: ‘I prayed as I have seen the Prophet praying.'” This is related by ash-Shaf’i in his Musnad.

Volume 2, Page 36a: It is preferred to make the takbir, supplications, to give charity, and ask Allah for forgiveness during the eclipse Al-Bukhari and Muslim record from ‘Aishah that the Messenger of Allah said: “The sun and the moon are two signs from among Allah’s signs and there is no eclipse due to the life or death of anyone. If you see that [an eclipse] supplicate to Allah, extol His greatness, give charity and pray.” They also record from Abu MusaBukhari and Muslim record from ‘Aishah that the Messenger of Allah said: “The sun and the moon are two signs from among Allah’s signs and there is no eclipse due to the life or death of anyone. If you see that [an eclipse] supplicate to Allah, extol His greatness, give charity and pray.” They also record from Abu Musa that there was a solar eclipse and the Prophet said: “If you see something of this nature, rush to the remembrance of Allah, supplicating Him and asking His forgiveness.”

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