Monthly Archives: March 2013

A series of events

It is Wednesday the 27th of March, until this evening everything was fine, no problems at all, everything ran smoothly like a smooth milkshake down my throat. Then my sister comes downstairs and tells me my “Ntldr is missing, press crtl+Alt+del to restart.” I promptly chase after her a tickling fight ensues. After which I check on my laptop, and find my “Ntldr is missing” indeed not just that my Operating System can’t be found either.

OS can't be found

 

Turns out the computer can’t find my hard drive though the bios does, it means that there actually is a chance of fixing it but I’ve given up finding the solution. From Knoppix and testdisk to a dos flash usb  and a bios update that doesn’t execute. So anyway, long story short, I’ve tried a lot of things. Didn’t get much sleep and the sleep I did get was on my brothers mattress which he switched out for mine when I was in Bradford…it hurts.

Then tonight the 28th, I had the bright idea to go to Hell Night, well it turned out to be one I called out to Allah a couple hundred times, I felt so sick. Well let me explain first. Hell Night is one night during the week filled with muscle and strength training for a solid three hours.

Well having not taken part in a Hell Night in about half a year I was quite a bit rusty and overdid it from the start so that about ten minutes in I was ready to throw up, felt dizzy and needed to sit down.

So I did ten  minutes resting I felt okay again wanted to at least do some things so I got into a routine of one exercise and about 20 minutes of resting. That went on until I had a bright Idea again, to do the chicken walk that we all have a love/hate relationship with. Across a distance of around 30-50 meters and then a set of stairs up.

At around the middle of that step I couldn’t go on stood up nearly fell backwards and sat down, got down from the raised step onto the ground on top of the stairs and laid down till I nearly froze took some time getting some heat back into my body. Alhamdulillah I survived. Need to make sure to eat the right thing and take it slow.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Attack!

Attack!

Attack!

Attack that Nafs,

the beast with fasts.

Attack that Nafs,

with something that lasts, with prayers which fires our hearts.

Attack that Nafs,

the beast with fasts.

Attack that Nafs,

with reminders of the past, of castles destroyed of pastures of lands in arrid circumstance.

Attack that Nafs,

with wudhu, that cast rain on our hearts. Cleanse our Hearts.

Attack that Nafs.

 

State of the Ummah

One thing I’d like to mention though, after the result of the elections were announced emotions ran high, I heard one of the guys rooting for the opposition shout out “yes we beat you!”.

Something I did not realize, was the absolute hate there was amongst some against Muslims. That in itself is nothing new, but to me seeing it at work this week, the rumors that were spread and also the outright attacks against the personality and honour of a convert brother who was running, brought it all home.

That night I saw a repeat of what is happening to us throughout the world.

We as Muslims, as an Ummah at this point in time are so terribly weak. Our standing as the just, the truthful, the fair is gone. Our character is gone. That is something we have to build up again. The Prophet saw. was know as Al-Amin (the trustworthy) and As-Sidiq (the truthful) before the revelation even came. So it is our duty each and every one of us to try to be exactly that. What an impact that would have on our society as a whole.

I am speaking to myself, and this is a reminder to myself first and foremost.

How often have we missed prayers, or delayed them for something stupid? Do we even understand, internalize and apply to our life that what we are reading in the Quran? Are the stories of the prophets as. inspiring us, enabling us within our communities to be the best we can be despite difficulties and providing us with halt and the realization that the prophets as. went through more hardships than we ever will and therefore carry on, on our middle path? Or are they just Stories in a book?

These are questions we have to ask ourselves over and over again.

Going back to that night what I will probably remember forever. Was the sense of unity, brotherhood and sisterhood I felt at that point. To cheer some of the candidates up we sang an arabic “song/chant” (don’t know what it is called, to do with the person being loved by all/thousands). We were discussing whether we should pray right there in the Student Union but decided that it could be interpreted by the staff and everyone else as some form of a protest. So what did we do? We loudly chanted our way to the prayer room lol

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Promo Discover Islam Week 2013

 

On this Journey

On this journey called life

we seek the light to guide us through the stress and the strife,

the light that stays with us through times of sadness and laughter.

What is this thing called hereafter, that you chase after?

While I chase the money, the fame and all I care about is I, I mean me me me…

All I see is the depression around me.

by moi

 

Surah Al-Anam Ayah 38

“All the creatures that crawl on the earth and all those that fly in the sky are communities like yourselves. We have missed nothing out of the record. In the end they will be gathered together.”

Surah Nur Ayah 35

“Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His light is a niche, and in it a lamp. The lamp inside a glass, a glass like a glittering star, fueled from a blessed olive tree. From neither east nor west. Whose oil almost gives light, even when no fire touches it. Light upon light. Allah guides to his light whomever he wishes. Allah draws parables for mankind. And Allah has knowledge of all things.”

Nasheed is Travelling light by Talib al habib

Jazakallahu khairan for watching

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Entry II

A lot has happened over the last few weeks…

Among the major events were the Discover Islam week and the elections at the University. The Discover Islam Week started on the 26th of February with a Discover Islam Exhibition, unfortunately I couldn’t help out much, because I had lectures all day. It was followed by a talk on the linguistic miracles of the Quran at 6pm. The talk was okay, when I proposed the idea for this talk I was thinking of something on the lines of how Nouman Ali Khan reveals these little tidbits of just amazing structures and use of words in the Quran. Just today I was watching a video of him, about how it says in the Quran, paraphrasing here, Allah swt. surely has not placed two hearts in the body of a man. I’ll let him explain.

The DIW talk, was unfortunately not as amazing, but alhamdulillah lots of people said they liked it sooo..

On Wednesday we had a Meet the Isoc day in the prayer room, I heard it went well for the sisters, it didn’t go so well for us. : P However I think that is quite normal, having some experience in that from the Open Mosque day every year in Germany on the 3rd of October. It is quite often so that there are more women interested in something like that.

We had a talk on Animal Rights on Thursday, which was quite well received although we started late. Muslim standard time like always.

On March the 1st we had our biggest event, one I actually didn’t even get a ticket for as they were sold out quite quickly, imagine that. The talk was titled “Walking in the light of the Quran” by Mufti Ismail Menk and Sh. Abu Bakr Al Shatri, imagine that. Lucky I was one of the volunteers and a committee member then, huh? A lot of work went into it and alhamdulillah we pulled it off quite well, I heard that Mufti Menk was also quite pleased and that he like Bradford uni and would like to return so yes Alhamdulillah.

Well then the elections, I begin with Alhamdulillah.

Bradford University is a uni with over 6000 Muslim students we are in the majority, as such what goes on in and with the student union is very important to us as ISOC and representative of most of the Muslim Students on campus. Quite a few of us were running for positions and others (me inc.) were helping in the campaigning. Unfortunately for all positions, that really mattered, we lost. In the sight of Allah swt. at least we hope that we won.

“Strange is the affair of the mu’min (the believer). Verily, all his affairs are good for him. If something pleasing befalls him he thanks (Allah) and it becomes better for him. And if something harmful befalls him he is patient (sabr) and it becomes better for him. And this is only for the mu’min.”
We’ve got a lot of work to do next year, I don’t yet know if I’m going to be with them next year,  but I wish them all the best if I’m not.
Wa Salam,
Abdur-Rahman