Anytime Resolutions…5 Easy Tips!Anytime Resolutions…5 Easy Tips! By Abu Muhammad Yusuf The Islamic New has recently begun and people generally ponder about on how to approach this New Islamic Year and their work, health and relationships etc. In reality we don’t need a New Year or special occasion to make a resolution for doing or achieving good. It can be done instantaneously! Common resolutions include cutting down on chocolate/weight, quit smoking, getting in shape, etc. A lot involves benefits to the health and/or improving lifestyle. Others include giving more to charity, being closer to family which boosts a personal level of satisfaction etc. But this we as Muslims should be doing regardless.
What about us? Have we set a goal or targets for ourselves? If so, was it because it was a New Year? Did you have to wait for the New Year to set it?...
The Month of MuharramWith the sighting of the new moon, the Islamic New Year 1438 is ushered in. The first month Muharram, is a month of great reward and virtue. Muharram itself means `sacred' and is from those months which have been mentioned as sacred in the Holy Qur’an. Almighty Allah states in the Holy Qur’an: "Four of them ( Zil-Qadah, Zil-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab) are sacred."(Qur’an Surah At-Tawbah:36) From out of the four sacred months, Muharram has been blessed with certain specific virtues: The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) said: "The best of fasts besides the month of Ramadhan is the fasting of Allah's month of Muharram."(Hadith-Muslim) "The one that keeps a fast in the month of Muharram will receive the reward of thirty fasts for each fast (in this sacred month)."(Hadith:Tabraani) Although...
Pearls of Wisdom: No.45“Food for the Soul” SUBJECT: GREETINGS Allah, The Most Exalted, says: “When ye are greeted with a greeting, greet ye with a better than it or return it. Lo! Allah taketh count of all things” (Qur’an 4:86) “When you enter houses, greet (with peace) one another with a salutation from Allah, blessed and good. As such Allah makes clear to you His verses so that you understand.”(Qur’an: an-Nur: 61) The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: “You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I not tell you about something which, if you do it, you will love one another? Spread salaam (greetings) amongst yourselves” (Hadith Muslim) A man asked the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him): “What is the best thing in Islam?” He said,...
My Creator & Designer!By Fiona Essop The night falls and darkness envelopes as I hear the sound of the rhythmic waves crashing on the sea shore. I look up and gaze at the millions of stars in distant galaxies. I imagine just how immense this universe is and we, just a minute part of it here on planet earth. I try desperately to imagine what lies out there. What lies far away beyond the Milky Way? Is my Creator watching me from up there? No! HE is omnipresent. I look quickly to my side. I cannot see HIM yet I feel HIS presence around me. I feel safe. Who can harm me when my ALLAH is with me? I look upon the ocean and see the water crashing rhythmically against the shore. Life giving water? Surely I cannot be that naïve. Water does not give life. The sun is given the status of sustaining life on earth. Is it really the sun? No! It is ALLAH who has created...
Pearls of Wisdom: No.46“Food for the Soul” SUBJECT: REMEMBRANCE OF ALLAH Allah, The Most Exalted, says: “Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest!” (Qur’an 13:28) “Remember Me and I will remember you.” (Qur’an 2:152) The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: "Almighty Allah says, I treat my servant according to his expectations from Me, and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in his heart, I remember him in My heart; if he remembers Me in a gathering, I remember him in a better and nobler gathering (i.e. of angels). If he comes closer to Me by one span, I go towards him a cubit's length, if he comes towards Me by a cubit's length, I go towards him an arm's length, and if he walks towards Me, I run unto him." (Hadith – Bukhari and Muslim)&nb sp; Note: From authentic...
GOOD COMPANIONSHIP - Pearls of Wisdom: No.44Pearls of Wisdom: No.44 “Food for the Soul” SUBJECT: GOOD COMPANIONSHIP Allah, The Most Exalted, says: “O you who Believe! Fear (the punishment of) Allah (by doing good and abstaining from sin) and stay (associate) with the Truthful” (Qur’an-SurahTawbah:119) The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: “The example of a good companion and a bad companion is like that of the seller of musk, and the one who blows the blacksmith’s bellows. So as for the seller of musk then either he will grant you some, or you buy some from him, or at least you enjoy a pleasant smell from him. As for the one who blows the blacksmith’s bellows then either he will burn your clothes or you will get an offensive smell from him.” (Hadith Bukhari and Muslim) Note: Imaan (Faith) is our greatest wealth...
MAKING THE MOST OF THE MONTH OF ZIL HIJJAHMAKING THE MOST OF THE MONTH OF ZIL HIJJAH By E ISLAM TEAM Importance of First 10 Days of Zil Hijjah Maiking the Most of the 10 Days! The Takbeeraat of Tashreeq Fasting on the day of Arafah(9 Zil Hijjah) Qurbani / Udhiyya IMPORTANCE OF FIRST TEN DAYS OF ZIL-HIJJAH The first ten days of Zul Hijjah are among the most magnificent days in Islamic calendar. The Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days." (Hadith -Bukhari) Almighty Allah Ta'ala says, (By the dawn; by the ten nights) (Quran-Al-Fajr 89: 1-2). Ibn `Abbas, ibn az-Zubayr, Mujahid and others of the earlier and later generations are of the opinion that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Ibn Kathir said: "This is the correct opinion."...
தேசிய ஷூரா சபையின் சகவாழ்வை இலக்காகக் கொண்ட பள்ளிவயில்கள் ஊடான செயற்றிட்டம்தேசிய ஷூரா சபையின் சகவாழ்வை இலக்காகக் கொண்ட பள்ளிவயில்கள் ஊடான செயற்றிட்டம் அண்மைக் காலமாக இஸ்லாத்துக்கும் முஸ்லிம்களுக்கும் எதிரான விஷமப் பிரசாரங்களும் வம்புக்கு இழுக்கும் செயல்பாடுகளும் தீவிரமடைந்து வருகின்றன. இவற்றைக் கட்டுப்படுத்தாது விட்டால் நாட்டு மக்கள் அனைவரும் பயங்கரமான விளைவுகளைச் சந்திக்க வேண்டி...
Rising Hindutva fascism against minorities under Modi Bound to divide communities and destabilise IndiaRising Hindutva fascism against minorities under Modi
Bound to divide communities and destabilise India By Latheef Farook Ever since Narendra Modi waselectedPrime Minister two years ago theRSS,Rastriya Swayam Sevak, began implementing its fascist Hindutva agenda against Muslims, so called low caste Hindus called Dalits and Christians. Under the guise of protecting cows, RSS thugs calling themselves” Cow Vigilante”have unleashed medieval style barbarityonMuslims ,cruelty towards Dalits and death for Hindus converting to other religions. Theseracist thugs haveModi governmentpatronage and police protection. In the latest of these attacks on Muslims, RSS gangs beaten up, kicked and punched two Muslim women last week on suspicion of carrying beef. This...
Muslim Brotherhood candidate and president-elect in victory speech vows to unite the country and stand up for democracy.
The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi has officially won Egypt's presidential election and will be the country's next president, the electoral commission has announced.
Morsi picked up 13.2 million votes out of just over 26 million, giving him about 51 per cent of the vote. His competitor, Ahmed Shafik, the final prime minister under Hosni Mubarak, received 12.3 million. More than 800,000 ballots were invalidated.
The president-elected delivered a victory address on Sunday night. He spoke on state television, long a medium which demonised him and the Muslim Brotherhood. He thanked the Egyptian people for their votes, calling them "my family" and "my beloved," and promised to work to "restore their rights."
"I have no rights, only responsibilities," Morsi said. "If I do not deliver, do not obey me."
He also reached out to the army, the police, and Egypt's intelligence services, thanking them for their work in protecting the country, and promised to "preserve" the military.
Congratulations from abroad
Tens of thousands of people flocked to Tahrir Square to celebrate Morsi's victory, where they waved Egyptian flags and chanted "God is great" and "down with military rule."
Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's military ruler, congratulated Morsi on his victory, state television reported. Reactions also trickled in from around the region: The governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the Palestinian Authority congratulated the winner.
Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said in a statement that he "respects the outcome" of the election, and "expects to continue cooperation with the Egyptian administration". Morsi made an oblique reference to Israel in his victory speech, when he promised to "keep all international treaties," a vow which would include the 1979 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt.
The White House also congratulated Morsi, and urged him to "advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and constituencies."
Bishop Pachomius, the caretaker pope of Egypt's Coptic Church, issued a short statement congratulating Morsi. The Coptic community makes up about 10 per cent of Egypt's population, and some were worried by Morsi's candidacy, fearing that his government would restrict their personal freedoms.
Gehad el-Haddad, Morsi's campaign spokesman, said in an interview shortly after the results were announced that Morsi would work to be a "president for all Egyptians".
The president-elect is expected to take his oath of office later this month in front of the country's supreme court - though a spokesman said on Facebook that Morsi would take the oath in front of parliament, the "only elected institution" in the country.
The Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement that Morsi had resigned his positions in both the Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party, fulfilling a campaign pledge.
There was no immediate reaction from Shafik's campaign.
Political uncertainty ahead
Morsi's victory caps off more than a week of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the Brotherhood and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). He claimed victory just hours after last week's runoff election, based on unofficial numbers tallied by the Brotherhood, but the commission delayed its official announcement until Sunday.
In the intervening days, Khairat al-Shater, the Brotherhood's political boss, met generals from SCAF at least once. Sources say they were negotiating exactly what powers the president will have.
Despite Morsi's victory, many of those questions about his power remain unanswered.
"This is not the end of the game, it's a start of a huge responsibility," el-Haddad told Al Jazeera.
"It comes with more challenges, turning from being the largest opposition group in Egypt to leading the country with its national front."
Shortly before the polls closed last week, the generals issued a decree sharply limiting the powers of the new president. It permitted him to declare war, for example, only with the approval of the military council.
SCAF will also keep control of legislative power, and the budget, until a new parliament is elected. Egyptians went to the polls in November to elect a legislature, which was dominated by the Freedom and Justice Party, but it was dissolved earlier this month after a high court ruling found parts of the electoral law unconstitutional.
Saad el-Katatni, the speaker of the now-dissolved parliament, also met with officials from SCAF, and told them that the Brotherhood would not accept the court ruling or the election-night decree. But it is unclear whether the Brotherhood ultimately accepted those decisions in exchange for the presidency.
Either way, the military council - which has promised to hand over power to a civilian government on June 30, in a "grand ceremony" - will remain a powerful force in Egyptian politics, despite the election of a civilian president.
Courtesy: Al Jazeera
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