Monthly Archives: June 2009

Jermaine Jackson – “And may Allah be with you Michael always. I love you.”

 

Speaking on behalf of Jackson’s family, his brother, Jermaine, said doctors had tried to resuscitate the star for more than an hour without success.

He added: “The family request that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time.”

“And Allah be with you Michael always. I love you.”

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Stem Cell Contact Lenses Cure Blindness in Less Than a Month

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Extraordinary (and funny) answers of Shaykh ibn Al-Uthaimeen

From MM

For me this is a great example of how becoming scholarly and more “religious” should cultivate and properly direct a person’s sense of humor, and not eradicate it completely. It’s very strange for me to see people getting more into Islam and becoming overly serious and having boring personalities. May Allah (swt) bless the Sheikh with the highest levels of Firdous. 

Extraordinary answers of Sh Al-Uthaimeen (Translated for MM by ibn Dhakir)

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Questioner: Shaikh, my question is: About the young lady who has not reached adulthood, what is the ruling with regards to the following three situations: covering the face outside the house? And wearing pants in any form, situation, or reason? And the khimar in the Salah?

Answer: This man is intelligent. He combined three questions in one, may Allah forgive us and him….

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Questioner: Is it allowed for a man to be with his female servant, and what can see of her?

Answer: If he marries her, then she can uncover her face in front of him, and this is the solution…. But I am afraid that if she becomes his wife, she will demand a female servant, and then this will be a problem!

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Questioner: Is it allowed for me to buy a rooster so that when it crows, I ask Allah of His bounty?

Answer: I don’t know about this! It’s ordained for a person that when he hears the crowing of a rooster that he ask Allah of His bounty, but I am afraid that your rooster will be silent! Alhamdulillah, you ask Allah for His bounty if you hear the rooster or not! Ask of His bounty always.

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Questioner: Shaikh, may Allah reward you with paradise. Many nights I see in my dreams as if I’m sitting in your class! I have certain questions, so I ask you and you give me the answer! So what’s the ruling with regards to those answers? [Questioner laughs]

Answer: I don’t remember this! I don’t remember this! I don’t notice in my sleep that you are asking me anything! [Shaikh laughs] Don’t depend on this. If you listen to a tape, that’s fine, but we don’t give lessons to those who are sleeping!

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Questioner: In the hadith: [There is no competition except in shooting arrows, foot-racing, or horse-racing] So what is your opinion if someone engages in rooster-racing or pigeon-racing?

Answer: Look, the Prophet SAWS said: [There is no competition except in shooting arrows, foot-racing, or horse-racing] , because these things are used in war. If your rooster is used in war so that you ride on it, then it’s allowed! Otherwise no….

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Question: What is your opinion about these duas which are put in the car, like the dua for riding, the dua for traveling, etc. What’s the response to those who say that they are amulets?!

Answer: Amulets! I say that whoever says they are amulets are telling the truth, if the car is sick! The duas are attached to the car, not the rider, and to put them in the car is fine since the remind the riders for the dua for riding or traveling. Everything that helps to do good is good. There is no problem, and they are not amulets! Unless if someone said to you: If the car is sick, attaching the duas to it will cure it by the will of Allah!

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On the issue of killing a locust at the Haram

The Shaikh asked a student about the issue of killing a locust at the Haram since Allah SWT said: [the compensation is an offering, of a domestic animal equivalent to the one he killed] {Al-Maida 5:95}.

So the Shaikh said to the student: What is the closest thing to a locust?

The student said: A camel! [The shaikh laughed and all the students laughed as well]

Then the Shaikh jokingly corrected the student saying: The horse is the closest thing to a locust. So if he killed four locusts, he must give a horse for each locust!

The students were all shocked [and the narrator of the story mentions he was shocked as well because he did not know that the shaikh would joke]

Some of the students said, surprised: He then has to give four horses.

Then the shaikh laughed, rahimahullah.

Then he described the ruling: “The scholars say that the locust is a game animal, and it is prohibited to hunt it. But it has no domestic animal similar to it, so the penalty for killing it in the Haram is its price. If its price is 10 Riyals, or even one Riyal, he must give that price in Sadaqa. And these days it has no price whatsoever.

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[The narrator mentions] :

I asked the shaikh about the ruling of a woman looking at a man. (His view was that it is allowed if there is no fitna). I debated with him for a long time on the issue, and afterwards when I wanted to leave he said: Where are you going? The question seemed a little strange to me, so I laughed and said I’m going out. He said: Wear a khimar so the women don’t see you!

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The shaikh mentioned in the book of Hajj, at the end of the chapter on Mawaqeet:

“If he travels in the air and comes parallel to the meeqat he must put on the Ihram. Shaikhul Islam Ibn Taymiya said that it is not allowed for someone in the airplane to put on the ihram or to delay the Ihram until he lands. He said that the individual must wear the Ihram when he is parallel to the meeqat”

The students were shocked at this statement and wondered how it could be possible.

The Shaikh said that he was speaking about the magicians who would lie to the people and say: We will have the angels carry you to Makkah in one day, and we will go to Arafah in one day. He said they would err because the shayateen would carry them above the meeqat while they would not put on the Ihram. And this is exactly the same issue as the airplane.

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Questioner: What is the ruling on killing an insect in the Haram?

Shaikh: Which?

Q: What is the ruling on killing an insect in the Haram?

S: Like what?

Q: Like anything harmful!

S: LIke what?

Q: Like birds!

S: Birds! Pigeons?! The questioner asked about the ruling on killing insects in the haram, and I wanted an example, but he was unable to answer! And he said birds! Hmm …

Q: Anything!

S: Anything? Humans?!

Q: Humans?!!

S: You’re asking me?! You said anything!!

Q: Killing insects!

S: Like what?!!

Q: Like ants!

S: Ants?! I have never seen an ant in the Haram!! [Everyone laughs]

Q: I want the ruling!

S: Be specific. Now look – You just taught us that pigeons are insects!! [Everyone laughs, including the questioner]

Q: I have an example!

S: Which is?

Q: A mosquito

S: Mosquito, good….

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Yasir Fazaqa: Marriage from an Islamic Perspective

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Ten Useless Matters

Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah

There are ten useless matters:

 

  1. Knowledge that is not acted on
  2. The deed that has neither sincerity nor is based on following the righteous examples of others
  3. Money that is hoarded, as the owner neither enjoys it during this life nor obtains any reward for it in the Hereafter
  4. The heart that is empty of love and longing for Allah, and of seeking closeness to Him
  5. A body that does not obey and serve Allah
  6. Loving Allah without following His orders or seeking His pleasure
  7. Time that is not spent in expiating sins or seizing opportunities to do good
  8. A mind that thinks about useless matters
  9. Serving those who do not bring you close to Allah, nor benefit you in your life
  10. Hoping and fearing whoever is under the authority of Allah and in His hand; while he cannot bring any benefit or harm to himself, nor death, nor life; nor can he resurrect himself.

However the greater of these matters are wasting the heart and wasting time. Wasting the heart is done by preferring this worldly life over the Hereafter, and wasting time is done by having incessant hope. Destruction occurs by following one’s desires and having incessant hope, while all goodness is found in following the right path and preparing oneself to meet Allah.

How strange it is that when a servant of Allah has a [worldly] problem, he seeks help of Allah, but he never asks Allah to cure his heart before it dies of ignorance, neglect, fulfilling one’s desires and being involved in innovations. Indeed, when the heart dies, he will never feel the significance or impact of his sins.

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President Obama Speaks to the Muslim World from Cairo, Egypt

Without a doubt one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard from any politician, whether he/she be American or from any other country

 

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Help Homeless Mother and her Triplets

Muslimah in her 20s abandoned by her husband when he found out she was pregnant with triplets. She was hospitalized during her pregnancy. She gave birth prematurely to triplets (3 daughters) in March alhamdulillah.

The babies are about 2 months behind developmentally and the mom is very sick and anemic.

She and the babies have no home – they have been moving in and out of friends’ houses.

The babies are in need of many items. Please help this mom and her babies.

For your convenience, FAITH has set up a baby registry at Babies R Us – registry # 78738708.

The registry is also set up under:

First Name: FAITH

Last name: Triplet Babies.

The registry shows which items are needed.

You can go online at http://www.babiesrus.com

OR

Find the registry information in the store

Items can be shipped to FAITH.

FAITH Social Services
795 Center St.
2A
Herndon, VA 20170

If you would like an alternative, please get gift cards. Please no used baby items. Your du’as are most appreciated.

 

Surah Al-Maun

1. Seest thou one who denies the Judgment (to come)?
2. Then such is the (man) who repulses the orphan (with harshness),
3. And encourages not the feeding of the indigent.
4. So woe to the worshippers
5. Who are neglectful of their Prayers,
6. Those who (want but) to be seen (of men),
7. But refuse (to supply) (Even) neighbourly needs.

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