Pearls of Wisdom: No.47“Food for the Soul” SUBJECT: KINDNESS Allah, The Most Exalted, says: “And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah” (Qur'an 42:43) The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: "Allah is not kind to him who is not kind to people” (Hadith Bukhari & Muslim) Note: Kindness is indeed a great virtue and a distinctive feature of good character. It is trait that every noble soul possesses. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted or goes unnoticed in the sight of Allah Ta’ala. Kindness is a gift that everyone can afford to give and it has a ripple effect. It is the language which deaf can hear and blind can see. Be kind and kindness will be shown to you!Read More...
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...
By Sister Shahnaaz Bemath
Thinking positive can work miracles. You may have been told to “guard your thoughts”, but felt the advice to be pointless. After all, your thoughts are private. How can they possibly affect someone else? The fact is, thoughts do seem to boomerang in some mysterious ways. Science has not found a way to measure them as they have invisible sound waves. In order to understand how positive thinking works, and how to use it efficiently, it is important to understand the power of negative thinking.
“Negative thoughts and tensions are like birds. We cannot stop them from flying near us but, we can certainly stop them from making a nest in our mind.”
After abandoning his far-right party to embrace Islam, a former colleague of Dutch politician Geert Wilders has visited the holy lands in Saudi Arabia to perform his first `Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in his life.
“If any person told me that I will visit the land of the two holy shrines, I would have told him that he must be insane,” Arnoud Van Doorn told Al-Madinah newspaper.
“Finding Islam is a dream came true,” a tearful Doorn added.
Doorn, a member of the far-right Freedom Party (PVV) has embraced Islam earlier this year after an extensive study into the religion.
He was among party leaders who helped produce an offensive film titled Fitna that linked Islam and the Qur’an to violence.
This write-up appeared in LANKADEEPA local news paper on 19th December 2012.
Vol - XLVII No. 22, June 02, 2012 | Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri
Nirmal Ranjith Dewarsiri is with the department of history, University of Colombo.
The recent attack led by Buddhist monks on the Khairya Jumma mosque located in the so-called “sacred zone” of the Dambulla rock temple in the central province is important even though it did not develop into a larger scale clash between the Buddhist and Muslim communities of Sri Lanka. The Dambulla Khairya Jummah mosque had been in existence for over 60 years and the mosque trustees have legal documents regarding its construction. On Friday the 20th of April 2012 a tense situation arose as regular Friday prayer at the mosque was prevented by a gang led by Buddhist monks who claimed that it was an illegal construction built on sacred Buddhist ground.
Many view this incident as an isolated event led by a group of extremists; an event which was easily quelled as it did not represent the sentiments of the majority Buddhist populace. Although this may be true, this line of thinking conceals some of the realities of the inter-religious relations in Sri Lanka within which the Dambulla incident could be located. In this short piece, I attempt to highlight existing problems in the religious setting in the Sinhala-Buddhist south of Sri Lanka giving special attention to the Dambulla incident.
Qadijah Irshad (Colombo Courier) / 11 May 2012
Almost three weeks after the vandalisation of a mosque in the Dambulla district by a 2,000 odd mob led by some Buddhist clergy, a Buddhist organisation called the Buddhist Protection Foundation held a protest march and a campaign on Monday in Kalutara demanding the removal of the in Dambulla.
Addressing media, the Executive Director of the Foundation Priest Puliyadde Sudhamma Thero said that the protest was just “a beginning of a series of protests against the Muslim mosque in Dambulla.”
A common question among many who possess a little knowledge of Islam is, why no non-Muslims allowed in Makka and Madina, two most sacred cities of Islam. The instant answer, that goes usually is, what business do they have in these cities? Picnic? Leisure? Official? Religious visit? Absolutely no need exists for a non-Muslim to travel to these cities. In the first place, they have never been tourist attractions, neither for Muslims nor for others. And for that matter, Muslims never travel there for the purpose of merry-making. They are meant for pure and focused worship of Allah alone.
by Usthad Rasheed Hajjul Akbar
Holy lands are indeed sacred and they exist on this earth as sites that are respected and that should be respected, not only by the people who believe in the particular faith but by every one in the civilized world. As people who live by Islamic faith, we have sensitivity over this delicate subject because Islam too has its own proclaimed sacred places. These places belong to every Muslim in world and it is their refutable obligation safeguarding and cherishing those places. The countries that have those sacred places within their geographical areas cannot proscribe Muslims coming to their countries for just about any reason.
Terror war: The thunder, blunder and the plunder
By Ameen Izzadeen
Sri Lanka's road to peaceful co-existence
The intent to demolish Dambulla mosque tears at wounds of ethnic violence which are in the process of healing
By Tariq A. Al Maeena
Following a protracted and violent civil war that lasted for more than 26 years costing thousands of lives and destruction of property, it would have been natural to assume that Sri Lanka would set itself on the path of healing through national reconciliation with all its peoples; Buddhists, Tamils and Muslims.
Yet, within many Tamils there exists a widespread belief that the Sri Lankan government is trying to wipe out their Tamil culture and religious identity by constructing Buddhist temples in Tamil areas. Now many of another ethnic minority feel recent moves have taken another dimension.
He also added that "If the places of religious worship of the minorities are being attacked while the police and army are idly watching, it implies that they are
Asad Sally, chairman of the Islamic Solidarity Front (ISF) and former deputy mayor of Colombo, stated that "it is misleading to say that the mosque was in existence for two years as it has been there for more than 65 years. We have all the documents to prove that it is a legally constructed mosque under the Waqf Act. Therefore the statement by the prime minister claiming that the unauthorised construction of the mosque has been stopped is totally false. The land on which the mosque was located was bought by a Muslim lady in Jaffna from Englishmen. This mosque has existed since then.
"Later the adjacent land too had been bought by mosque authorities in 1995. This statement by the prime minister is misleading the Buddhists in the country. The prime minister should not make such irresponsible statements as the Waqf Board comes under him and he is contradicting his own statement. Besides statements like Muslims will not have a place to urinate are not only irresponsible but very dangerous too."
Though the leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremasinghe is yet to make a public statement on the tense situation, his deputy Sajith Premadasa described the prime minister's order as "law of the jungle and nothing to do with Buddhism". Sajith wondered "how could we develop the country when the prime minister's
Some public figures deplored the political pandering of the prime minister to a few Buddhist thugs, stating that in any civilised society one would expect unruly elements who vandalise places of worship to be arrested and brought to justice. Instead they have been rewarded in violation of all principles of human decency.
Courtesy: Gulf News
Riza Yehiya (Courtesy: GroundViews.Org)
The storming of the Dambulla Mosque on Friday the 20th April and chasing away of the Muslim worshippers attending Friday prayers by a mob led by Buddhist priests is epoch making in modern Sri Lankan history. The majority of the people of all communities are shocked and incensed by the way Buddhist priests lead this violent and destructive mob against the Dambulla Mosque.
By Hameed Abdul Karim
According to Western public discourse there are two types of Muslim. One is a ‘fundamentalist’ the other is a ‘moderate’ Muslim. The former is one who wants to be independent from Western hegemony and the latter is one who cozies up to the Western agenda, wittingly or unwittingly. But now there is a new kid on the block. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Rand Corporation Muslim. ‘Who the heck is he’, you might ask and quite rightly so. Well, for starters he or she is a Muslim or, more appropriately, one who wears the ‘Muslim’ name tag and one who is trained and financed by America’s Rand Corporation to dilute Islam to a point where its adherents will no longer be a stumbling block to the empire’s plans for total world hegemony. And Manzoor Ahamed, writing under the title ‘China, Pakistan and the Iranian Bomb’ (Ceylon Today’ Sat. 24 March, 2012) fits the description of a ‘Rand Muslim’ like a glove going by his vilification of Pakistan’s much maligned nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan who gave his country its ‘Islamic bomb’.