Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Year 2014

Salam Alaikum,

2014 is almost upon us, I’ve taken it upon myself to blog everyday of this new Year of 2014 insha Allah. The past two months I’ve tried myself at it and found I didn’t do too shabby, I did miss a few days especially towards the last few days. I think however that with a plan in place, and being ready for any unforeseen circumstances by preparing posts in advance as well as having a few emergency posts on my laptop, Online and on my phone, I might survive this, just.

But first things first. I’ve read a few articles on New Years Resolutions, the Metro for example has an alternative list, that suggests to invent a new language than learn a new language which would according to them save time. Mashable suggests keeping in touch with your parents and giving to charity more and TED, has a list of TED-inspired New Years Resolution, the first of which is to “Make time to make art”.

While as Muslims  we do not celebrate New Years as such, having resolutions for a new year I think is something to be encouraged. As Muslims we should constantly strive to be better everyday. While turning a new leaf isn’t as simple as making resolutions that we don’t keep more than a few days, we should work towards it.

Indeed, your Lord knows, [O Muhammad], that you stand [in prayer] almost two thirds of the night or half of it or a third of it, and [so do] a group of those with you. And Allah determines [the extent of] the night and the day. He has known that you [Muslims] will not be able to do it and has turned to you in forgiveness, so recite what is easy [for you] of the Qur’an. He has known that there will be among you those who are ill and others traveling throughout the land seeking [something] of the bounty of Allah and others fighting for the cause of Allah . So recite what is easy from it and establish prayer and give zakah and loan Allah a goodly loan. And whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah . It is better and greater in reward. And seek forgiveness of Allah . Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

[Quran 73:20]

Repentance is the ingredient to turning a new leaf, to ask God for forgiveness, turning back towards Him and then doing everything possible not to fall in sin again. We will continue to slip up from time to time, but every time we do so we should return back to Him. We should always be concious of Him, aware that He watches us, that He witnesses what we do. In Islam with everything that we do we should say Bismillah (with the Name of Allah swt.) before doing that thing. There are many prayers that are recommended to be said upon doing a certain act. So whether we are waking up or going to sleep, we are eating or entering the toilet, having sexual relations with our spouse or leaving the house we mention the name of God, the Most High.

We need to constantly remind us that He is the Most Merciful the Most forgiving, so if we sincerely do turn to Him then we are assured that He will forgive us, even if our sins amount to a mountain.

The Hijra, the migration to Madinah was marked as the first year of the Muslim Calender, it was a change in the Status Quo of the Muslims being tortured and oppressed to a status of being welcomed and the Prophet saw. being the head of state.

The Prophet saw. said “Take benefit of 5 before 5, your youth, before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before your preoccupation and your life before your death.”

Islam is geared towards action, knowledge is gained so that we may act on it, so that we may teach it, so that we may be role-models.

5 of my Resolutions this year were:

  1. Complete memorisation of Juz Amma’
  2. Taking a Surah each Month, reading its Tafsir and act on what I can.
  3. Reading more books (My Goal is a fifty over the year)
  4. Deal with my obsessions and addictions better (this incl. fasting every Monday and Thursday at least)
  5. Volunteering for a Charity

 

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

 

Preview: The Noble Quran in Motion

Salam,

Alhamdulillah I’ve received my camera, a Canon 600D last week. I’m currently trying to get familiar with it, its different modes, learning about setting the aperture, ISO and focal length and generally getting a feel for it.

I’ve had some previous experience with Adobe After Effects, but now with high quality equipment I want to professionalise my skills. This is a 7 second preview of a Work in Progress, it will be around a minute in lenght once it’s finished inshaAllah.

 

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Reblog: Inspired

Nature

 

Inspired by Muhammad ﷺ | Day 7/7

May Allah prevent us from the wastage of resources/food and make us understand the value of what we have been blessed with. Remember Allah dislikes ‘Israaf’

Love the environment and do not harm it. Let’s take a lesson from our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

With this insha Allah we bring an end to this short but beautiful series – Inspired by Muhammad ﷺ

but…

Stay Tuned for an update regarding this series – Inspired by Muhammad ﷺ

Insha’Allah. We’ve got something really amazing to announce Insha’Allah.

www.lionofAllah.com

Videos? Love ’em X

Salam,

little late in the day ehm night….

Here we go:

Islam

under 10 minutes:
Hatorade

Racism & Arrogance

Over 10 minutes:
Difference between Gates of Paradise and Hell

Ferid Heider – Al-Haya (Die Schamhaftigkeit)

Youtube

Halal Burger in Köln – 3h’s

YouCon 2013 – My Islamic Way of Life

Paul Piff: Does money make you mean?

 Shortfilms

 Parkour

 

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

 

Cherish life

Cherish life, forget the strife

leave sadness be, leave anger be

let the moment live, free from all restraints

let the soul rejoice

Cherish it.

Let it hoist you to heights unknown

A moment with your loved ones

the warmth, the peace, the bonds kept

The green leaves, the trees, the hot sun

The sights to see. The things to learn. The Links you make.

The friends with you. Cherished forever.

With a single breath,   Alhamdulillah.

(All praise and gratitude is for Allah)

Random Act of Kindness

Today’s daily prompt at the dailypost is Random Act of KindnessTell us about the time when you performed a secret random act of kindness — where the recipient of your kindness never found out about your good deed. How did the deed go down?

This is actually something we are discouraged from doing in Islam, to tell people about something that you did in secret. First we try to do everything we do for the sake of God, to please Him. Islam can, according to some scholars, be reduced to two essential things, which is recurring in all Abrahamic faiths, that is to worship God and to serve humanity.

We always try to live by these maxims, everything we do should first have the right intention. We’re not doing this to please someone else, or please ourselves. This removes from us a degree of subjectivity, it doesn’t matter who the receiver of this random act of kindness is. It might be my mother or my sworn enemy. We do it because we try to earn God’s pleasure above all.

Secondly, because we do it for the sake of God, it should stay between us and Him. We’re not trying to look good in front of other people, saying we did this or that, gave this amount of money to a charity etc. No one else needs to know, especially the recipient of that act. Why  would you tell the recipient of an anonymous £1000 check that you were the one that sent it? No such things in my opinion should stay secret.

So rather than telling you about some random act of kindness I may have done, I’d like to tell you about something I’ve been following over the past few days. The Project for Awesome (P4A), a project to decrease world suck, which takes place on December 17-18 every year.

How it works, is that Online Creators create videos about their favourite charity which are then promoted and money is raised for these charities. The top ten of these videos as voted by the viewers will then receive the money. Currently  $794,601 has been raised and money is still trickling in 2 days after the live event.

Last year Aiman Azlan did a video which I found cool.

As Muslims we should continuously do good, and encourage goodness. I just received a Press release by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) titled “Help Britain get through this winter!” 

Reminding us that the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) instructed Muslims: “Whoever believes in Almighty God and the Last Day let him treat his neighbour well.” He further explained that “He is not a believer, he who eats to his fill, whilst his neighbour besides him goes hungry.” Encouraging Muslims across the UK to serve their communities this winter and giving practical tips on how to do that.

Practical things you can do to help this winter:
  1. Support the Age UK ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign.
  2. Keep checking on your neighbours, particularly the elderly and vulnerable – offer to do their shopping for them if need be.
  3. Give out food (especially hot food) or invite your neighbours to your house.
  4. Come together and contact your local council for materials (snow shovels, grit) and help clear the snow if and when it arrives

Wa Allahu ‘Alam,

wa Alaikum Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

PS: Saying that we’re  not doing it for ourselves, also implies we’re not doing something so we can feel good about having done it.

Also there might be situations where you’re telling you did something, to encourage other people to do the same, that is fine.

Der Weltuntergang

Im neuem Jahr 2014 gibt es nach Wikipedia gleich zwei Weltuntergangstheorien, die erste aus der Altnordischen Mythologie. Als ich mir die Liste durchlas, fand ich es doch etwas interessant wie einige “Muslime” einen Weltuntergang mit Datum prophezeien.

Einer dieser “Muslime” ist Louis Farrakhan und nur kurz am Rande, obwohl die Nation Of Islam in den letzten Jahren Annäherungen zum Orthodoxen Islam gemacht hat sind sie noch nicht da. In 1991 sah er den Golf Krieg als Armageddon. Eine Kolumnistin der NOI hatte auch so eine Prophezeiung gemacht diese im Jahr 2001 basierend auf den Code-19 den Rashad Khalifa im Quran gefunden haben soll. Er prophezeite selber, dass die Welt im Jahr 2280 untergehen wird.

Sheikh Nazim, Sheikh und Führer des Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi Ordens machte so einige Vorhersagen und auch Said Nursi machte für 2129 eine.

Es ist etwas bedauerlich zu sehen, dass doch einige solche Prophezeiungen machen oder daran glauben. Die Islamische lehre dagegen ist, dass keiner außer Gott weiß wann die Letzte Stunde schlägt. In Sahih al-Bukhari, gibt es ein Hadith der besagt, dass ein Beduine den Propheten saw. nach der letzten Stunde fragte. Er sagte, “Es wird sicherlich wahr werden. (In einer anderen Übersetzung in eng. Wailaka, Woe to you!) Was hast du dafür vorbereitet?” Der Mann sagte “O Gesandter Allahs, Ich habe nur wenig vorbereitet (mit Bezug auf das Gebet und guten Taten), aber ich liebe Allah und Seinen Gesandten.” Der Prophet saw. sagte, “Du wirst mit denen sein die du liebst.” Die Muslime  waren noch nie so sehr erfreut, als sie diesen Hadith hörten. [Ibn Kathir]

Ja, der Prophet saw. hat uns von Allah swt. Zeichen mitgeteilt, diese waren aber aus meiner Sicht nicht dazu da irgendwelche Daten zu Prophezeien, sondern um uns anzuspornen dafür bereit zu sein. So gibt es große und kleine Zeichen die uns zeigen, dass der Jüngste Tag immer näher rückt, aber ob es schon morgen oder in tausend Jahren oder mehr ist wissen wir nicht.

Die Großen Zeichen

  1. Der Mahdi
  2. Der Anti-Christ [Maseeh ud-Dajjal]
  3. Die Herabkunft Isa as. (Jesus as.)
  4. Yajooj and Maajooj
  5. Die drei Versenkungen (Erdbeben) der Erde
  6. Das Auftreten von Rauch im Himmel
  7. Das Reisen der Sone vom Westen
  8. Das Biest der Erde [Daabbat ul-Ard]
  9. Das Feuer dass die Leute versammelt

Die Gelehrten sind uneins über die Reihenfolge der Zeichen, aber dies sind die Großen Zeichen die überliefert worden sind. Wobei von den kleineren viele schon eingetreten sind.

Nahegerückt ist den Menschen ihre Abrechnung, während sie sich in Unachtsamkeit abwenden.
[Al-Anbiya 21:1]

Was haben wir also für den Tag zurück gelegt? Leben wir ohne uns im Klaren darüber zu sein, dass wir schon im nächsten Augenblick sterben könnten? Sind wir vorbereitet? Den von dem Moment  an wo die Seele unsere Kehle verlässt, die Sonne im  Westen aufgeht und in die Trompete (Horn) geblasen wird,  ist es zu spät.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

PS: Den Hadith in Ibn Kathir habe ich aus dem Englischen übersetzt, möge Allah mir für möglich Fehler verzeihen.

Sorry ist etwas spät, Donnerstag ist um.