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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

Family thougths

I’ve always been a bit mature, I think…that’s what I’ve been told

Once (about school yr. 3-4) I was asked if I’d want to have kids when I was older. For me that wasn’t a valid question it was a certainty for me that I would at one point in my life have kids if God would let me live that long. I’ve loved babies probably since I was old enough not to be counted to be one anymore. In my family I got to witness both of my sisters as babies and growing up, one 14 the other 6 going 7 now, so I’ve had practice at how to hold a baby, care for them etc.

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#MyProphetTaughtMe

#MyProphetTaughtMe to be balanced in everything I do.

Not to, only have a fit body but a fit state of mind too.

To accept and respect everyone’s opinion, but make mine the middle path.

Listen. He thaught me,

to cry from the fear of the punishment and judgement of God

and also to sob and hope, that my hubb (my love) to God is enough to make up for the sins

that I commited while I benefited from His never-ending, Mercy and Love.

To laugh and smile often, but not to exaggerate. To celebrate, and live life to the fullest,

but not to forget death to the best of my ability.

To take care of the orphans and my actions.

To give to the less fortunate, whether I’m living it large or under a bridge.

To be strict and harsh, at times needed but lenient and soft especially when things get a little heated.

This, is just a small fraction of what MyProphetTaughtMe. What did he teach you?

Creative Juices

Salam,

Getting my Creative Juices going again, I’m a dead man walking.

Love coursing through my veins, my dreams gain virtual, sensual reality.

My Fingertips can’t stay still, they fiddle, they scribble, they create, they exterminate, they destroy, they’re not Scheu. (shy ger.)

To say, Soy creativo. (I am creative esp.)

Creative-Juices

I will try again and write again, regularly even if they are small posts, let me be your Host.

You are welcome to this party, be a bit arty and a good portion smarty.

Ehm yeah, let’s not, keep everything halal shall we.

Brain turned on. Thinking cap on. Like a don. Let’s do this and have some fun.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

 

 

 

Failure

failure

Salam,

I’m sorry for the last weeks inactivity, it does tie in with the content of todays post. On a personal level my Exam re-sit results came back Monday three weeks ago, unfortunately they were exactly the same as the last time. 25 IB points enough to pass just, but with only 11 points in the highers, Maths, Chem and English. A failure. I failed. I kind of felt like a failure at that point, having failed a second time. I told myself that I wouldn’t care about the results, I put a lot of work into it, I gave my best. The rest is in Allah swt. hand, to do with what he wills. I guess I didn’t put enough effort in it, I know now for certain that I need to change the way I revise.

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Repelling Evil

Today inshAllah I want to talk about countering a bad deed with a good deed. Allah swt. has promised a great reward for those who when encountering bad behavior, do good instead instead of answering with bad.

Good conduct, good behaviour has a very high importance in Islam, it counters the influence and outcome of bad behavior especially on the heart. When a person does something bad  to you and that constantly and return that with good, there can really only be a good outcome. If you remember when a woman constantly threw rubbish in front of the prophet Muhammad saw. whenever he passed her house. One day this didn’t happen because she was ill and he became worried about her even though she was trying to be aggravating, he saw. visited her and asked what was wrong with her. He made her some soup and got better soon after, she became a Muslim because of this incident. Imagine what our reaction would be to this, imagine our neighbour constantly throwing stuff at us, I know what my reaction would be I’d be angry. He however kept his cool and was even concerned enough to visit her when she didn’t do that once, not twice or trice.

Allah swt. says in the Qur’an in 23:96:

“Repel evil with that which is better”

 

and in verse 34, Surah 41

“Repel the evil with that which is better, then verily he, between whom and you there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a close friend.”

I’m sure you have had experiences and heard stories where two people who absolutely hated each other becoming the best of friends. Doing this constantly requires control of your ego and your anger. It takes a lot of self control to not retaliate or take revenge but those that can do that will be among those who Allah swt. raises in status.

 

Allah swt. also says in the Qur’an:

“But none are granted that except those who are patient.”

Remember that the Prophet saw. said: “The bankrupt person of my nation is he who comes on the Day of Judgement with prayer and charity. But he also comes after having cursed this person, accused that person falsely, usurped(or stolen) the property of this person, shed blood of that person and assaulted this person. Then this person will be given from his good deeds and that person will also be given from his good deeds, until he has no more good deeds in his book. He will the be given from their sins, and finally be thrown in the fire of Hell”

Auzu Billahi Min Ashaitanirajim, may Allah swt. protect us from this.

The message is clear do not accuse or slander in any way or method do not take others property, shed blood of the innocent or assault them.

Be patient with each other and the people around you and we look at the Prophet saw. as an example, and what an example he is. When a Bedouin man, who were known for being rough, constantly tugged at the clothing of the Prophet saw. so that a red mark appeared on the Prophet saw. as he was fair skinned. He still dealed with him in a calm and good way.

Or when in Ta’if, the Prophet saw. invited the people to Islam, but the people ordered their children to throw stones at him and Zayd ibn Harithah who was with him.  These caused the Prophet saw. to bleed so much that his shoes stuck to his feet. When the angel Gibrail as. came to him with the angel of the mountains he said that if Muhammad saw. wanted he would blow the mountains over the people of Ta’if. He saw. however asked for their forgiveness and said that it happened because of his own weakness. Subhanallah! What are we? What are we?

I end with verse 42 Surah 42:

“And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgiveness, that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah swt.”

 

May Allah grant you and me with the ability to be patient and seek forgiveness for others as well as us constantly. May He forgive us for He is the All-Forgiving the Most Merciful.

Amin.