Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Hearts Love Knowledge and Aspiration

If the heart is not pure or honourable enough, and distance from every evil and malice, then it is unworthy to love, know and aspire to Allah. On the contrary, the lowest description of man’s heart is that he loves and aspires to this worldly life instead to Allah, the Almighty.

When man’s love, knowledge and aspiration is directed in this worldly way, the heart becomes narrow and gloomy as it is distant from the source of its revival and life.

[AL-FAWA’ID A COLLECTION OF WISE SAYINGS Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim]

Videos? Love em’ XIV

Salam Alaykum,

so here’s my belated favourite videos of the week, sorry again!

This week I mainly watched the subscription videos on Bayyinah.tv, they’re amazing whether it’s on learning Arabic or The Quran Translation in Flow (Cover-to-Cover), they just suck you in. So to be honest I haven’t watched much else, here however is what I have seen this week.

Islam

under 10 minutes:
Taking Off Your Hijab

Over 10 minutes:
Dunia Shuaib – Women Scholars of Islam

Manhood and Womanhood in Islam – Sheikh Yassir Fazaga & Sheikha Yasmin Mogahed


This is actually a video that I first watched around Ramadhan or shortly after it last year, it stayed with me for quite a bit and I actually wanted my last post to incorporate a lot of what is said here and what I’ve heard other Imams and dai’s say but it was getting to long anyway.

Youtube
Islam Is Not A Religion Of Peace

Shortfilm
Motion Graphics

Yes I know I know, not exactly Motion Graphics

That’s it folks I’m out for the day.
Jazakallahu khairan for reading,
Wa Salam,
Abdur-Rahman

Thoughts on my Teenage years + Childhood

Salam Alaykum,

my teenage years haven’t been over for that long I turned 20 just a few months ago. Meaning that I do remember what it was like being a teenage boy living in two countries, that are quite different but on the whole really the same. I thought I write a post a little about what it was like for me growing up as a Teenage Muslim.

This post came about through yesterdays prompt at the dailypost : Sweet Sixteen, write a post inspired by your sixteenth birthday.

 The gap between generations has been extensively talked, discussed, essayed, and researched about. While mentioned it really isn’t the main focus point of the following few paragraphs.

When we talk about our relationships to our parents, we often mention how they do not understand us or put in the effort to try and understand us. I’ve been blessed alhamdulillah, with parents that tried their best at all times to talk to us to try and discern what is going on with us and give us advice. That doesn’t mean I was never upset about them or they frustrated and angry with me, my parents are Nigerian, need I say more?

Still, this was and is a relationship between Muslim parents and Muslim children a relationship based on respect and love, where God and His messenger have the highest place. In Islam, parents deserve absolute respect, this is something we are raised with, especially as I come from a Nigerian background.  But the love to God and His Messenger is supposed to be more than that of the one between parents and children.

Everything in this world is a test, I have no doubt that I am and was a trial for my parents in terms of distraction for example as mentioned in the Qur’an. The same as I know that my relationship, my manners, my behaviours to my parents is a test.

Growing up, I guess we were like any other 08/15 German family. Both of my parents educated, my Dad working, my mother due to my sisters still studying. We children went to school then to an after school care centre till 4-6pm after which we were collected. The main differences were we only ate halal, prayed 5 times a day, fasted in Ramadan and as mentioned before went to the mosque on Friday evenings.

Due to my being one of the very few Muslims in my year group at primary school, (Montessori) my projects often had something to do with Islam. When we had a few weeks on the main religions in yr. 5, my schoolmates asked me questions upon questions, I never minded them asking though and still don’t. We visited a church, a synagogue and the sehitlik mosque, where I and the only other Muslim in my class (yr. 4,5,6) at the time prayed in front of the whole class. I mention all this to show that being a Muslim was not only part of my identity but also a defining factor, while also showing that my Nigerian-German upbringing also has a lot to do with the way I was in my teenage years as well as to how I am today.

This was also the time of my first crush, which I with nerves racking and a racing heart managed to tell my mother. Over the years I’ve taken this crush as a further excuse not to date. Something that has always been a concious decision of mine, of course based on my upbringing including the various talks with my mother and Islam, but most importantly because I could see what its effects were.

With 14-15 I had my first contact with drugs, a friend, who has since committed suicide, may Allah forgive him, brought them into the school showing them off, till now I’m not really sure if it really was cannabis. I was made aware of various gangs especially those made up of “immigrants” I often heard about various frays that had taken place.

At 14 years of age we moved not just houses but countries, I wouldn’t say I was clinically depressed but I did have bouts of it for quite some time. I just couldn’t make up with the fact that we moved away. Till this day almost 7 years after the fact I sometimes still find it kind of surreal that I’m sitting here in England looking out of the window instead of standing on the veranda in our old apartment staring out into the darkness.

The past 7 years seemed to have passed in a rush, it was only supposed to be a year then we were going to move to Africa. The company my dad worked for wanted to expand their business in Africa, in the end it took them 3 years to not go through with it.

So life went on, I went to a new school and made new friends. Friends that were in many ways quite similar to the ones I had in Germany. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to pass time with and be friends to all kinds of people. Friends that in some cases were and are total opposites of me and some of my other mates, and also people that I have a lot in common with. My friends were and are colourful in all kinds of aspects from their skin tone to their character, behaviour or their beliefs. I cherish them and thank you all for being there.

There were some people throughout my life that guided me through it, and some that got me off the path. May Allah Guide and forgive them and myself. All were and are important for me to be and become who I am, my many mistakes as well as the few things that I did correct.

While I did feel quite bitter about the move to England, and a lot of things happened that could be seen as a bad result of moving. I realised that things might still have been this way or worse had we stayed in Germany. That I should be and am grateful for the time I’ve been living here in England.

In the end I know and I always did know that in my heart that this all was and is a test, whether I passed or not I don’t know and won’t know until the end, until I take my last breath. I pray however that I will.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

#January – Being Thankful

Deeper Knowledge

ZohYM

 Read sister Zohayma’s post on Knowledge and learning by clicking on the picture.

Salam,

am still  writing the prompt for today, however I’ve reached a dead-end which is causing a delay in finishing it. I hope to finish it by tomorrow and either upload it then as a separate post or on Wednesday inshaAllah and then do another prompt to compensate for my tardiness.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Podcasts

Salam,

recently I’ve been interested in Podcasts, asking myself whether that’s still a thing. I mean I remember, when everyone changed from MP3 player to iPod, Podcasts were popular. Or at least I perceived them to be, so what about now? Do People still listen to them? Do you?

In my search, I came up on an article by Creative Muslims showcasing ten Muslim Podcasts. Which I found quite cool, however most of them are now defunct including the Podcast Muslimmatters had and Onelegacyradio which I quite enjoyed when I found it, also seem to be defunct now.

So here’s my list of Podcasts that I find interesting and will inshaAllah try to listen in on from time to time. Note: That they are listed here does not mean that I endorse them or agree with all of their views. 

WuduRoom

Wuduroom – “Trying to get purified”
At episode 89 at the time of writing one of the most interesting ones I’v come across and have been following regularly from episode 80 onwards.

Facebook | iTunes | Twitter

Fajr Reminders

Fajr Reminders 

A daily Podcast with important reminders, given by Sheikh Mirza Yawar Baig.

Facebook iTunes | Twitter

Ilm

The Ilm Show / Becoming A Better Muslim

Our motto is simple: “Live Islam. Change your life.”

Twitter | iTunes

Prophetic Guidance

Prophetic Guidance – Logical Progressions

A course now going into the 2nd year taught by Sheikh Abu Eesa Niamatullah. The online course is live every wednesday on the Prophetic Guidance website.

Facebook iTunes | Twitter

Bayyinah Podcast

Bayyinnah Institute

Enrichment and Education is what Bayinah is about, I also recommend Bayyinah.tv a subscription type video library featuring what is in my opinion the best resource in the english language about the Quran and learning of Arabic at the moment.

Facebook | iTunes | Twitter

Qalam Podcast

Qalam Institute

Qalam Institute provides Islamically based direction to provide relevant and successful solutions to issues facing individuals, families, and communities. Hosted by Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jangda.

Facebook | iTunes | Twitter

Hey! That’s my Hummus! –  “Blowing Things Up and Jacking Up Prices. Also? Not a cooking show.”

“If a Jew and a Muslim walked into a podcast you get, well… this podcast.”

Facebook iTunes

IslamPodcast –  “Islamische Inhalte hören und erleben.”

This is a podcast in the German language, unfortunately not many instalments are available as of now. (it might be on Hiatus)

Islam in Deutschland

Islam in Deutschland / Islamisches Wort

Was glauben Muslime – und wie prägt dieser Glaube das Leben der Gläubigen? Darüber geben muslimische Männer und Frauen Auskunft im “Islam in Deutschland”.

iTunes

The Deen Show

The Deen Show

While its podcast isn’t that updated anymore I thought I’d still share this show because of its Youtube channel.

Facebook | iTunes |

Qran Weekly

Quran Weekly

Quran Weekly’s vision is to become the primary contributor for enlivening hearts and enriching minds through Qur’anic advocacy. The iTunes library is put together by Muslim Central Media, I’ve enjoyed the Youtube Channel extensively.

Facebook iTunes | Twitter

wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

You are my Sunshine!

sunshine-award

Salam everyone,

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award by thatmadmuslimah! A shining light in all of the dross of exam revision, you made my day! May God reward you for that.

Here are the rules to accepting this award (as copied from thatmadmuslimah 🙂 ):

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. List 11 facts about YOU!
  3. Nominate 10 other blogs to receive the award.
  4. Announce the nominations to the nominees.

So 11 facts about myself, that’s so random why 11 why not 10?

  1. I love languages, one of my role models is Zayd ibn Thabit ra. who the Prophet saw. asked to learn Hebrew and Syriac, he did so fast and proficiently.
  2. I digg Animes
  3. I have a weakness for chocolate and cats
  4. I like playing football but “hate” watching it, I actually do support a football team but I have never (okay once) watched them play
  5. I love indomie noodles
  6. I like waking up early but quite often do not manage to do so (why did I read that fanfiction till 2am again?)
  7. I like reading fanfiction
  8. I do Parkour
  9. I’m running out of facts, my favourite number? 3 and not because I was born on the 3rd of November.
  10. Favourite colour? You see when I was young my siblings and I, at bed time, decided to split up all colours we could think of between ourselves. Till this day my favourite colour is green with yellow being a close second as we decided that night.
  11. I still don’t like coffee, will I ever? I don’t know, I kinda want to :/

The blogs that I nominate, hmm this is going to be a hard one. Decisions…

In no particular order:

  1. touchofinsanity
  2. Fajr Literary
  3. Meye
  4. Stoplistenandthink
  5. Cardboardboxoffice
  6. DiscovertheMuslimWorld
  7. Whensheikhacooks
  8. sherbet and sparkles
  9. Muslimah
  10. illustratedbites 

Hah. There we go, I chose to limit it to blogs powered by wordpress in one form or another, no idea if that’s a rule or not, as well as blogs whose last post is no later than my birthday date. Thank you again to thatmadmuslimah for the award I’ll let my nominees know as soon as possible. Check out hers and the other nominees blogs they’re all cool!

Peace,

Abdur-Rahman

Videos? Love em’ XIII

Salam,

well as you can imagine due to my exams I haven’t been able to watch many videos this week. Most I admit I watched over the last 2 hour while doing some last minute cramming for my next exam tomorrow. Should be alright inshaAllah, make dua’ for me! So here are just a few in a couple of categories.

Islam

under 10 min

over 10 min

Youtube

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Parkour

Next week everything will be back to normal inshaAllah, last exam is on Thursday, yay!Revision

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman