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    Assalamu Alaykum W W. Voters List details required for 2019 Government Schools Admission for Grade One (I.e. From 2013- 2017) could be obtained from below link of Elections Department : http://eservices.elections.gov.lk/myVoterRegistration.aspx
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  • This could be your last Ramadaan
    REMEMBER the beginning of Ramadan last year: the festive supermarkets with their jampacked aisles, the makeshift roadside stalls outside restaurants selling crisp sambusas and subiya, the sounds of Adhan emanating from Masajid... My house overlooked a Maghsalat-Al-Amwaat Al-Khairiyyah (a charitable organization which prepares bodies for burial in the Islamic manner), and as I walked home from the neighborhood supermarket laden with packages of food and other essentials in preparation of the next day’s fast, I caught sight of a family accompanying a bier in a hearse. The women huddled together, sobbing quietly, while the men stood at a distance in somber silence. It struck me: While I was going home to the comfort of my home and the company of my family, this person was being dispatched alone, to answer the stern questioning of the grave....
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  • Facebook staff to learn Sinhala insults after Sri Lanka riots
    Three months after Sri Lanka was rocked by deadly anti-Muslim riots fuelled by online vitriol, Facebook is training its staff to identify inflammatory content in the country’s local languages. The social network has been seeking penance in Sri Lanka after authorities blocked Facebook in March as incendiary posts by Buddhist hardliners fanned religious violence that left three people dead and reduced hundreds of mosques, homes and businesses to ashes. Until the week-long ban, appeals to Facebook to act against the contagion of hate speech had been met with deafening silence, at a time when the California-based tech giant was reeling from unprecedented global scrutiny over fake news and user privacy. “We did make mistakes and we were slow,” Facebook spokeswoman Amrit Ahuja told AFP in Colombo. The dearth of staff fluent in Sinhala...
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  • Time-tested bond of Sinhala-Muslim Friendship
    The Muslims of Sri Lanka, since ancient times have been in peaceful coexistence with the other communities of the Island and has proved to be an integral and inseparable component of the Sri Lankan society.



    According to ancient chronicles, traders from countries like Rome, Greece, Persia( Iran ), China, India etc visited Sri Lanka on trade missions. Arab merchants having maintained friendly relationship with natives, had ventured into the interior and coastal areas of Ceylon for trading, even before the advent of Islam. Arabs were only interested in trading and commerce in Sri Lanka in an honest and a just manner The present day Muslims of Sri Lanka, could therefore be considered the descendants of many of these Arabs, Persians, Indians, and Malays etc.  

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  • ‘වඳභාවය ඇති කළ හැකි පෙත්තක් මෙතෙක් සොයාගෙන නැහැ‘

    (ශාන්ත රත්නායක)

    බටහිර වෛද්‍ය ක්‍රමය අනුව වඳභාවය ඇති කළ හැකි පෙත්තක් සොයා ගෙන නැති බව ප්‍රජනන වෛද්‍ය විද්‍යාව පිළිබඳ මහාචාර්ය චන්දිකා විජේරත්න මහත්මිය අද (15) ශ්‍රී ලංකා වෛද්‍ය සංගමයේ මාධ්‍ය හමුවක දී පැවසීය.

    ආහාර සමඟ වඳ පෙති මිශ්‍ර කිරීමෙන් වඳභාවය ඇති කළ හැකි බවට අනියත බියක් සමාජ වෙබ් අඩවිවල ඇතිව තිබෙන හෙයින් ඒ ගැන...
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  • ආණමඩුව හෝටලයට ගිනි තැබු 7 දෙනා රිමාන්ඩ්
    ජුඩ් සමන්ත

    ආණමඩුව නගරයේ පිහිටි  මදීනා හෝටලයට පෙට්‍රල් බෝම්බ තබා ගිනි තැබීමේ සිද්ධියට සම්බන්ධ සැකකරුවන් 7 දෙනා මෙම මස 19 වැනි දා දක්වා රිමාන්ඩ් කිරිමට ආණමඩුව වැඩබලන මහේස්ත්‍රාත් සුනිල් ජයවර්ධන මහතා අද (13) නියෝග කළේය.

    මෙලෙස රිමාන්ඩ් ගත කරන ලද්දේ ආණමඩුව සහ ඒ අවට පදිංචිව සිටි තරුණයින් 7 දෙනෙක් වේ. ඔවුන් වයස අවුරුදු 18 - 22 වියේ...
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  • ජීවිත බියෙන් දිව ආ මුස්ලිම් පවුල් පන්සලේ හංගාගෙන නවාතැන් දුන් ගොමගොඩ හාමුදුරුවෝ
    ජීවිත බියෙන් දිව ආ මුස්ලිම් පවුල්
    පන්සලේ  හංගාගෙන නවාතැන් දුන්
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  • මහසෝන් බලකා කාර්යාලයෙන් ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වයේ වැලගිය මුලගිය තැන් හමුවෙයි
    මහනුවර ප‍්‍රදේශයේ ඉකුත් මාර්තු 4 වැනි දා සිට  මේ දක්වා සිදු වු සියලූ ප‍්‍රචන්ඩ  කි‍්‍රයාවන්ට මුලිකව කි‍්‍රයා කළ  බව කියන සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන රැඳවුම් නියෝග මත සිටින මහසොන් බළකායේ  ප‍්‍රධානී බව කියන විදානපතිරණයේ අමිත් ජීවන් වීරසිංහ නැමැති සැකකරුට අයත් මහනුවර නත්තරංපොත කුණ්ඩසාලේ පිහිටි කාර්යාලය අද (13) සෝදිසියට...
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  • UN condemns anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka
    2018-03-12 11:10:35 4 2109 The UN's political chief on Sunday condemned anti-Muslim violence that has targeted mosques and businesses in Sri Lanka as he wrapped up a three-day visit to Sri Lanka. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman urged the government to bring the perpetrators of the violence and hate speech to justice. Feltman, who met with Muslim leaders to show solidarity during his visit, "condemned the breakdown in law and order and the attacks against Muslims and their property," a UN statement said. Sri Lanka has been rocked by a week of violent riots by Sinhalese mobs who have attacked 11 mosques and at least 200 Muslim-owned businesses, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency. Three people have been killed and 20 wounded in the anti-Muslim attacks. On Sunday a Muslim-owned...
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University Course Guidance Programme 2016/2017

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Assalamu Alaykum W W

Muslim Majlis of University of Peradeniya has organized a University Course Guidance programme for the students who obtained at least
three simple pass in any stream , which is scheduled to be held on,

Date: 28/01/2017 (Saturday)
Time : 7.30am- 1.00pm
Venue : Faculty of Engineering,University of Peradeniya.


The programme will be conducted mainly in tamil.

Please Contact: 075 7281413 / 077 8267556 / 077 6713410

Jazakallah Khair

 

What’s my Value? By Abu Umaymah

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What’s my Value?

By Abu Umaymah


Allah Ta’ala has created every person beautiful, unique and precious. Often this value is neither recognized nor appreciated by the person or society. Society determines a person’s worth according to its own preconceived values and standards. This  opinion of people generally determines how an individual perceives himself or herself.

 

A little boy went to his old grandpa and asked, "What's the value of my life?" The grandpa gave him one stone and said, "Find out the value of this stone, but don't sell it."

 

The boy took the stone to an Orange Seller and asked him what its cost would be. The Orange Seller saw the shiny stone and said, "You can take 12 oranges and give me the stone." The boy apologized and said that the grandpa has asked him not to sell it.

 

He went ahead and found a vegetable seller. "What could be the value of this stone?" he asked the vegetable seller. The seller saw the shiny stone and said, "Take one sack of potatoes and give me the stone." The boy again apologized and said he can't sell it.

 

Further ahead, he went into a jewellery shop and asked the value of the stone. The jeweler saw the stone under a lens and said, "I'll give you a million for this stone." When the boy shook his head, the jeweler said, "Alright, alright, take a few 24 karat gold necklaces, but give me the stone." The boy explained that he can't sell the stone.

 

Further ahead, the boy saw a precious stone's shop and asked the seller the value of this stone. When the precious stone's seller saw the big ruby, he lay down a red cloth and put the ruby on it. He thereafter examined the ruby. Then he walked in circles around the ruby and for a long time and then fixed his gaze on the ruby. "From where did you bring this priceless ruby from?" he asked. "Even if I sell whatever I own, and my life, I won't be able to purchase this priceless stone." Stunned and confused, the boy returned to the grandpa and told him what had happened.

 

"Now tell me what is the value of my life, grandpa?" Grandpa said, "The answers you got from the Orange Seller, the Vegetable Seller, the Jeweler & the Precious Stone's Seller explain the value of our life...

 

You may be a precious stone, even priceless, but, people will value you based on their financial status, their level of information, their belief in you, and their motive behind entertaining you, their ambition, and their risk taking ability.

 

But don't fear, you will surely find someone who will discern your true value. Respect yourself and don't sell yourself cheap. You are rare, unique, original and the only one of your kind. You are a masterpiece because you are MASTER'S PIECE. No one can replace you!

 

Indeed our true value can be only realized if we enter the Court of our Creator who is indeed the  Most Honest Valuator. He has manufactured us with such beauty and precision and only He knows our true value.

You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. You aren't an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman!

To realise your “TRUE VALUE”...  bow in worship and obedience to Him!

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Sri Lanka Muslim Council objects to Justice Minister's statement on Muslim community

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Sat, Nov 19, 2016, 11:12 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 19, Colombo: The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has strongly objected to the statement made by the Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe in Parliament regarding the Muslim community.

Justice Minister told parliament Friday that information has been uncovered on 32 well-educated Sri Lankan Muslims of 4 families joining the Islamic State in Syria.

Issuing a statement today, MCSL president N M Ameen said Minister's statement implies that 32 Muslims have joined the ISIS recently.

"We strongly object to this misplaced statement. The facts given by the Honorable Minister were reported in the media more than one year ago when a Sri Lankan combatant died fighting with ISIS," Ameen said.

"There have been no new reports of any others involved since this was reported last year," he pointed out.

"It is believed that one family had gone to Syria to provide humanitarian support to the war wounded and refugees. Some of the men are alleged to have joined or forced to join the fighting forces of ISIS. The Muslim community, including the Muslim Council, Jamiathul Ulema and other organizations cooperated with the government in identifying the families to provide the necessary support for the intelligence agencies to investigate. Those who have gone to Syria as quoted by Hon. Rajapakshe include women and children." he said.

Ameen said the Minister's statement comes at a very opportune time to certain extremist elements bent on tarnishing the image of the Muslim community for reasons only best known to them. The Thableeq Jamath, Sunnath Jamath, Thowheed Jamath and Jamaithe Islam and several other organizations are all Muslim religious and social service organizations.

"They do not promote any form of violence as implied by Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakshe. Certain parts of his statement are verbatim of the hate speech spewed by the extremist priest Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero."

"The Muslims of Sri Lanka has a long history of peaceful co-existence and have stood with the Sri Lankans at good times and at times of adversity. The entire Muslim community has condemned the un-Islamic comments of the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath, Abdul Razick. Twenty-three Muslim Religious and Civil Society organizations headed by the All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulema issued a statement condemning the speech made by SLTJ�s secretary.

"A little known fact that did not attract any media attention in July 2013 was that the All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulema and Muslim civil society intervened in court in support of Ven. Soranathota Chandrarathana Thero who filed action and pleaded with the magistrate to sentence Abdul Razick and six others with maximum punishment. This is something that we would do irrespective of race or religion as we would expect from our governments in power.

"As alleged by the Hon. Minister, no Muslim international school invites extremists to indoctrinate its children with fundamentalism. Such has been the language of certain countries who created terrorists out of Madrasas in Pakistan to achieve their own ends. We urge Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakshe to provide the evidence and take immediate action against anyone may have violated the laws of the land irrespective of ethnicity or religion.

"The Muslim community is seriously alarmed about the re-emergence of the racist campaign that was carried out by extremist Buddhist monks since the end of the war in 2009. Many youth too have started social media campaigns against the Muslim community. The statements made by the Hon Minster would only help to disturb peace and promote the interests of certain vested interests to destroy our country.

"We urge the Hon Minister and the Government to investigate this and take appropriate action. We urge the government to take immediate steps to halt all form of extremism and restore peace and harmony for all Sri Lankans," the MCSL President said.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_16B/Nov19_1479534136CH.php

 

 

Rajitha contradicts Wijeyadasa

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While rejecting Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakse's recent statement in Parliament that some 32 Sri Lankan youths had joined the IS, Cabinet spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne today said that the statement was completely incorrect and misleading. Addressing the weekly cabinet press briefing in Parliament, Minister Senaratne said according to the armed forces intelligence reports, only four Muslim youths had joined the IS but they have joined the militant group from abroad. “I have reliable intelligence reports that the information given to Minister Rajapakse was not correct. But unfortunately, the statement made by Minister Rajapakse in Parliament recently has created a confusion and anxiety among the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Someone has given him misleading information. Not a single Muslim youth joined IS directly from Sri Lanka,” Minister Senaratne said. He said the government must create confidence among the Muslim community as 90% of Muslims are a moderate and passive community and only 10% of Muslim youths are prone to fall into extremist ideologies and added whoever comes to Sri Lanka with the ruse that they are coming here to propagate Muslim, they are screened by the NIB (National Intelligence Bureau). Minister Senaratne said some 30 shocked and distressed Muslim organizations over the remarks made by Minister Rajapaksa representing the entire Muslim community in Sri Lanka had sought a discussion with him to sort out the issue and he would meet them shortly after briefing President Maithripala Sirisena. He charged that the joint opposition was in a dastardly move to create communal disharmony by inciting Muslims and Tamils in the South, East and North with the sinister motive to block Muslim and Tamil votes for the SLFP or the UNP in a future election as they think they could win elections only from Sinhala Buddhist votes which will be their waterloo. Responding to a journalist on the military conspiracy theory suggested by Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardane, Minister Senaratne said it was the most malicious and vengeful statement made by a Sri Lankan politician ever.

 

http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Rajitha-contradicts-Wijeyadasa-119599.html

 

An Open Letter to the Minister of Justice Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakshe

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19 Nov 2016

Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakse

Minister of Justice

Colombo

An Open Letter to the Minister of Justice Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakshe

Minister Rajapakse,

The Muslim community takes serious exception to the censorious remarks made by you in Parliament on 17th Nov 2016.  You juxtaposed selected irrelevant issues to implicate and malign several respected Muslim organisations and the Muslim community. Your fearmongering remarks are increasing the degree of tension among all communities thereby jeopardising nascent peace emerging in the country.  The impact of your statement is not confined to the Muslims alone as it affects the whole country at a time when the President and the Prime Minister are forewarning the nation that anti-government saboteurs are scheming to bring Buddhist-Muslim clash as a strategy to bring down the government. Your statement strengthened the hands of the extremist racists of the country and the aftermath ensuing racist demonstrations in Kandy etc unwittingly places you as the initiator of the collapse of the government by sheer coincidence, which I hope not.

You being a responsible Minister and an erudite Presidential Council, it is unbecoming for a person of your calibre to make sweeping generalization of irrelevant stories put together under the cover of parliamentary immunity. You are making statement in the august house of Parliament to the peoples’ representatives. It is their right to know precise facts and figures, dates and places and names so that they can contribute to find solutions to the problems to which you are seeking to address. Your generalised naming of respected legitimate Muslim organisations and with sweeping generalization of Muslim internationals schools alleging extremist indoctrination by foreign scholars, about infighting between different sects and groups and referring to an isolated story of a person marrying a young girl  and that it can be a cause for communal riot and racial disharmony. All these topped with the story of ISIS, alleging that four families consisting of 32 people men women and small children, at a time that the ISIS is at its death throes and the world has come to know who trained, funded, marketed and operated them to destroy Syria to protect Israeli interest. This is public knowledge, a common phenomenon experienced by many countries and created by the geopolitical realities at the hand of their handlers. I also draw your attention regarding the ISIS matter that you are not updated. Way back in 2015 when the ISIS issue cropped up in the media, the Prime Minister convened a meeting with major Muslim organisations to which senior ministers, The Defence Secretary, the three Service Chiefs, the IGP and the Intelligence Officials participated. I participated on behalf of the National Shoora Council amongst others. We settled these issues at the highest levels of consultation, coordination and communication. We give credits to the government, the military and the law enforcements agencies and the intelligence community for their professional handling of this issue and allaying our concerns.

You will realise that in these statements, you failed the august chamber to give precise intelligible facts to inform the peoples’ representatives. Instead your collection of irrelevant, outdated and fabricated facts are of no use to the peoples’ representative but are becoming handy tools to the racist trouble makers in the country hell bent on destabilizing the nation. Do you know how many potential investors to the country your statement and the aftermath would have shooed out resulting in loss to the country. Do you know how your statements are derailing the struggling government’s development initiatives? Do you know how you are making despondency and frustration to set in the country? Do you know how your statements are scuttling reconciliation initiatives of the country? Or is this the prelude to the enactments of Counter Terrorism Act by artificially creating tension and fearmongering in the country as a strategy?

We would like to know what was the rationale behind sensationalizing something past and irrelevant in a fast changing society seeking social harmony, rebuilding, reconciliation and rejuvenating of the economy as priorities of the Yahapalana Government. We fail to understand your logic of why you did chose to make this statement impromptu. We believe that you are not updated about the issues that you talked about with concrete facts, figures and dates. Whoever shared information with you has failed the test of due diligence thereby making you to speak something not in keeping with your stature as a legal luminary if not a Minister. We sympathise with you and shall be prepared to work with you corroborating with facts and figures, inshallah (God willing), for the sake of building Mother Lanka.

Thank you,

Sincerely

Tariq Mahmud President National Shoora Council

http://nationalshoora.org/open-letter-to-misinter-wijedasa/

 

Pearls of Wisdom: No.49 “Food for the Soul” SUBJECT: HEALING IN THE QUR’AN

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“Food for the Soul”

SUBJECT: HEALING IN THE QUR’AN

Allah, The Most Exalted, says:

“And We reveal of the Qur’an that which is a healing and a mercy for Believers( Qur’an 17: 82)

 

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said:

“There is no disease that Allah has sent down except that He also has sent down its treatment.” (Hadith – Bukhari )

Note: The Quran is not only guidance for humanity but Allah has also made it a spiritual cure and healing for all types of ailments. This includes treatment of all worldly problems, physical and psychological ailments, and spiritual. The Creator has clearly told us that the words of the Quran are a “shifa” (healing) for all and, therefore, when used with real belief in one’s heart, this form of treatment can bring miraculous cu re to all forms of ailments

Islam does not discourage the use of treatments available to us through medical and other sciences. On the contrary, the use of such treatments is encouraged by the teachings of the Noble Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) who sought the treatment of illnesses and diseases for himself and urged his followers to do the same.

 

Pearls of Wisdom: No.48

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Pearls of Wisdom: No.48

“Food for the Soul”

SUBJECT: SHAITAAN(SATAN): “Our open enemy!”

Allah, The Most Exalted, says:

“O You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam). Do not follow in the footsteps of satan. He is an outright enemy to you.” (Quran: 2:208)

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said:

“Shaitaan places his throne upon water; then sends detachments (for creating dissension); one of them comes and says: I did not spare so and so until I sowed the seed of discord between him and his father or between him and his mother or his brothers. Then he (Shaitan) says: you did nothing. They will be made up with one another. Another one comes and says: I did not spare so and so until I sowed the seed of discord between him and his wife. The Shaitan goes near him and says: ‘You have done well. And He then embraces him and says: You are so and so.” (Hadith Muslim)

Note: Shaitaan’s master plan is to distract us from obedience to Allah Ta’ala. Shaitaan’s attacks comes in various forms from leading one disbelief, committing shirk (associating partners to Allah), introducing innovations in Islam and committing sins. Allah the Most Exalted has however granted us various means of protection f rom the evil of Shaitaan in the form of du’as (prayers) of protection and seeking His refuge from Shaitaan. Don’t ever feel despondent on being led astray by Shaitaan as he would hope you would give up and fail. If you have been deceived then repent and return to Allah Ta’ala.The next time he reminds you of your past, remind him of your future!

 

The Eternal Delight of Repentance!

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By Sister Jamine Khan

When Allah created us, Allah pointed out the path of righteousness, and also the path which will lead to Allah’s displeasure. In addition, Allah gave us free will, in other words, we have a choice as to which path to follow. When we choose the path of sin we are turning away from our Creator. We are all born in a state of purity, with a natural predisposition to obey Allah. We enter the world in a state of submission to the divine known as the Fitrah. To return to our natural state we should turn away from doing what is wrong, and repent.

With true repentance we dedicate ourselves to correcting our behaviour, it enables us to turn away from sin and return to the path of Allah. Allah’s infinite mercy has given this as a means by which we can strive for purification and thus return to our original sinless state of the Fitrah. True peace, tranquillity and contentment can only be obtained from the remembrance of Allah.

“Without doubt, it is in the remembrance of Allah that the hearts find rest” (Quran: 13:28)

The greatest tragedy occurs when we turn away from the remembrance of Allah. This causes us to degenerate into a slave of our own base desires. Real repentance should begin at the point that one becomes Allah conscious.  Among the qualities by which Allah describes those whose repentance is accepted is that of

“Those who having done something shameful or (having) wronged their own souls, remember Allah and immediately ask forgiveness for their sins” (Quran: 3:135).

Repentance is a very intimate and personal act between the sinner and Allah, therefore reflection is vital. Most of us have the tendency to go through life believing that we are aware, yet not fully conscious of how Allah works in our life. When we are aware of the many blessings Allah pours into our lives, even when we occasionally stray, we will be grateful and long to return to Allah’s favour.  This is the time to reflect upon where we have wronged ourselves as a divine creation of Allah. This is when the longing to make amends take hold.

The temptations of the world are very seductive, and it is easy to succumb. However, Allah’s mercy is infinite. Allah is pleased when we turn to Him in repentance because we have been created with a tendency to make mistakes so that we will repent and be forgiven from Allah’s mercy.

With repentance we embark on an act of worship so great that we can be totally absolved of our sins. When we are forgiven, Allah’s divine attributes of mercy and forgiveness are manifested.  The process of doing wrong, being aware of it and then repenting also serves as a channel for our spiritual growth. It develops our love for the Almighty and increases our respect and consciousness of Allah.

Allah forgives anyone who turns to Him, repentant. When we commit a sin by disobeying the commands of Allah, we are responsible before Allah for that sin. We have to take responsibility.  When we turn to Allah in repentance we are in fact fulfilling Allah’s wish as well as a part of the reason for our creation. Repentance then becomes an act of righteousness and worship greatly pleasing to Allah. 

“Surely Allah loves those who constantly turn to Him in repentance  And those who keep themselves pure”(Quran: 2:222)

However, as with all things, repentance requires certain conditions. The repentance must first be acceptable to Allah. The guidelines represent the necessary conditions which must be met in order for the act of worship through repentance to be valid. Repentance has been commanded by Allah but Allah does not need our repentance, we need Allah’s remission.

Tawbah (repentance) has been legislated primarily for our benefit; for our spiritual growth through rising above sin and the remembrance of Allah. Ideally repentance should take place immediately, although do not despair that Allah will not forgive sincere repentance even if time has elapsed.

“Surely Allah will forgive those who do sins in ignorance and soon turn in repentance. These Allah will forgive, for Allah is all-Knowing, all-Wise” (Quran: 4:17)

Some important points to note when turning to Allah in Repentance:

· An immediate abandonment of the sin for which forgiveness is sought must take place. One should not repent and then commit the same offence again.

· If the sin for which repentance is sought involves the violation of the rights of others, these rights must be restored for absolution to be granted.

· A feeling of sorrow and regret must be present. Remorse is the foundation of the act of Tawbah. Without it repentance becomes a meaningless ritual devoid of any sincerity and substance.

· True Tawbah is not only expressed in feelings from the heart and words on the lips but also in the penitent individual’s actions. He should be driven by his desire for absolution to correct whatever wrong he has done and make amends.

“If any of you does evil in ignorance, then repents And makes amends, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”(Quran: 6:54)

True peace, tranquillity and contentment can only be obtained from the remembrance of Allah.

“Without doubt, it is in the remembrance of Allah that the hearts find rest” (Quran: 13:28)

Repentance must be done strictly for the pleasure of Allah alone, for only He can pardon the sins of man. The act of Tawbahmust be performed while maintaining full consciousness of Allah throughout. For acts of worship done in a purely ritualistic manner, wherein words are uttered quickly, limbs moved reflexively and mindlessly, are unacceptable to Allah and are of no benefit to man. Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Noble Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) emphatically stated this point as follows:

“Call on Allah in prayer confident that it will be answered. But know that Allah does not answer the prayer of an unmindful, inattentive heart.” (Hadith)

When one is aware of one’s actions, they become deliberate and can be directed correctly, but in an unconscious state they become meaningless.

May Allah grant us all consciousness, for true Allah Consciousness leads to contentment, Insha’Allah!

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Pearls of Wisdom: No.47

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“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!

 

Anytime Resolutions…5 Easy Tips!

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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? Is there something about you that you wish to improve? No human is perfect!

As Muslims we should ideally and additionally be setting goals for not only our material well-being but more importantly for our spiritual self. That is not to say that we should not set goals for this material life, by all means go ahead but let us not forget the journey that lies ahead once our eyes close from this temporary abode.

Yes set high goals both for our Spiritual and Material progress.

The Holy Qur’an says: Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the life to come and keep us safe from the torment of the Fire” (Quran:Al-Baqarah:201).


Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Holy Quran; “…And I created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me..”(Quran 51:56)

5 Easy Tips To Get You Started…

REACH FOR THE STARS! AIM HIGH:

So indeed there is no harm in achieving good in both materially and spiritually. The most important is to note that all resolutions, hopes, ambitions and dreams etc are entirely dependent on Allah Ta’ala, The Most Wise, for their fulfillment. So making Dua (asking Allah Ta’ala) is the most essential ingredient for achievement. When making dua “reach for the stars” i.e. ask Allah Ta’ala for the best, in fact ask for everything good. Don’t leave out anything. Allah, The Most Wise, says: “Invoke Me, (and ask Allah for anything) I will respond to your (invocation/dua)…” (Quran: 40: 60)

ELIMINATE TRANSGRESSIONS:

Most businesses refuse to grant more credit to a bad debtor or nonpayer, likewise how can we expect Allah Ta’ala to grant us good if we continuously sin and transgress? To get the Help of Allah Ta’ala we need to remove sin from our lives. We are not perfect and as humans we often err. But the least we can do to show our sincerity to Allah Ta’ala is to intend to abandon ALL forms of sins from our lives. Allah is Ar-Rahman, the Most Compassionate, and Ar-Raheem, the Most Merciful. Allah Ta’ala reminds us of the greatness of His Forgiveness and Mercy so that no one w ould despair due to the amount of sins he or she may have committed.

“O My servants who have transgressed against their own souls, despair not of the Mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an: 39:53)

MAKE ISLAM THE BIGGER CIRCLE:

Until now we may have made our material (worldly) desires the Bigger Circle in our life and Deen (Islam) the inner Smaller Circle that occupies a very small insignificant place in the Bigger Circle. Now resolve to make Deen(Islam) the Bigger Circle and make everything else fit into the Bigger Circle. If it does not conform to Deen, no matter what it may be, leave it out of the Bigger Circle!

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: "None of you can be a true Muslim, unless his desires are subject to the deen (religion) that I have brought." (Hadith).

SET SPECIFIC GOALS:

Leaving our intentions vague and general is not wise. Make specific intentions and set targets. Cover each aspect of your life which you would like to improve upon and set targets that are easily attainable. Don’t leave it open ended. He who fails to plan, plans to fail!

BE EXTENSIVE AND SYSTEMATIC:

Yes, let the list be extensive, realistic and systematic. Dedicate time with family to make these resolutions. Make your family part of it and set goals together. In addition, it helps to write down intentions and to regularly review those intentions in order to achieve those commitments.

Finally the most important resolution is that My Creator Allah Ta’ala must be pleased with me. So whatever I desire, do, say, want, etc must be only to please my Lord!

May Allah Ta’ala make this Islamic Year 1438 Hijrah the most spiritually rewarding year for the Ummah and may He grant ease and relief to those that are suffering and oppressed throughout the world.…Ameen

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The Month of Muharram

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With 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 the fasts of the month of Muharram are not obligatory, the one who fasts in these days out of his own will and choice is entitled to a great reward by Almighty Allah.

THE DAY OF AASHURA (10TH MUHARRAM)

Although the month of Muharram is a sacred month as a whole, the10th of Muharram is the most sa cred among all its days. The day is named 'Ashurah'. It is one of the most important and blessed days of Allah Ta’ala in the Islamic calendar.

FASTING ON AASHURA

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) has exhorted and encouraged his Ummah to fast on this day. He said:

"This fast is a compensation for the (minor) sins of the past year." (Hadith:Muslim)


"Observe the fast of Aashora and oppose the Jahood. Fast a day before it or a day after."(Hadith:Baihaqi)


Hence, it is important to either fast on the ninth and the tenth or the tenth and the eleventh of Muharram. To fast only on the day of Aashora is Makrooh(undesirable).

BEING GENEROUS

One should be generous on one's family and dependants and spend more on them than what is normally spent.


Rasulullah (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) said: "One who generously spends on his family on the day of Aashora, Allah will increase (his provision) for the whole year."(Hadith:Baihaqi)


These are the actions supported by Ahadeeth. Let us observe this great Month according to the ways of Rasulullah (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) and the Sahabah (Radhiyallahu-Anhum), and refrain from all actions which deprive us of the blessings from Almighty Allah.

May Allah guide us all upon the Straight Path and save us from every act which brings His displeasure.Ameen.

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Pearls of Wisdom: No.45

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“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, “Feeding others and making of salaam(greeting) to those whom you know and those whom you do not know.” (Hadith - Bukhari, Muslim and others)

Note: Islam is full of teachings on loving and not causing any hurt to feelings, inconvenience or injury to one another. Greeting each other creates a bond of love and unity even when people are strangers!  Don’t wait to be greeted but be the one to initiates the greeting as The Messenger (pbuh) is reported to have said “The one who is the first to greet is free from pride!”

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My Creator & Designer!

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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 the sun to give us heat and sustain the earth just as it is ALLAH who has created the water. The giver and taker of life is ONE. ONE ALLAH! Everything happens through HIS will and HIS will alone.

“It is HE Who gives Life and Death: and when HE decides upon an affair, HE says to it : Kun Faya Kun (Be and it is)” (Qur’an Surah Al Mumin: 68)

I think to myself just how Powerful and Almighty the Creator of this universe truly must be. There is no equal. There is no comparison. HIS greatness far exceeds that which my mind could even begin to comprehend.

Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If the sea were ink for (writing) the Words of my Lord, surely, the sea would be exhausted before the Words of my Lord would be finished, even if we brought (another sea) like it for its aid.” (Qur’an Surah Kahf: 109)

There are millions of creatures, many unseen as yet by any human, living in the depths of the oceans whose shape and form are beyond the comprehension of any human mind. I realize just how limited we are. I smile...rather, how limitless my Creator is!

I know without a doubt that my Creator cannot be contained in any form. HE can never be a stone or an animal for all things are created by HIM. I worship my Creator alone, not that which is created by HIM.

I realize just how small a part of this vast universe I am. I ponder on my Creator. Can I even begin to understand HIS wisdom? HE amazes me. I am overwhelmed by HIM. I love HIM for HIS is most Merciful and I fear HIM for HIS wrath.

I repent and I take comfort in the fact that my ALLAH’s mercy surpasses HIS wrath.

I begin to feel insignificant in this world. Then I consider that in all HIS wisdom, when HE was creating all these magnificent things in this world, the stars, the earth, the trees, flowers, animals and oceans, HE thought of creating me. How can I then be small and insignificant?

HE has created me to worship HIM and HIM alone. No other is worthy of worship.

“ And I(ALLAH) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).” (Qur’an Surah Az-Zariyat: 51:56)

“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him…” (Qur’an Surah Al-Isra’ 17:23)

I sit here in awe of HIM. How can one not worship such Greatness?

I ponder about my life. My problems seem too insignificant right now. It is ALLAH who has created everything that we can see and that which we cannot see. HE has created me, my very being, my mind, my consciousness, my body, and my unique features. I have no doubt that if I humble myself and ask of HIM to help me to solve my problems regardless how big or how small it may be, HE will surely help.

“When My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me, let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me, that they may walk in the right way” (Qur’an Surah Al Baqarah: 186)

I read somewhere that the shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between a forehead and a musallah (prayer mat). The solution lies in turning to Him for the fulfillment of every need. The pleasure and comfort found in prostrating before the Creator can only be felt by a true believer.

As I sit here on the shore gazing at HIS magnificent universe, I feel the same pleasure and comfort in losing myself in mere thoughts of HIS greatness…and now all that I need  during my temporary sojourn on earth is to submit to Him and Him alone!

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Pearls of Wisdom: No.46

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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 sources it is confirmed that there are many benefits in the Dhikr (remembrance of Allah Ta’ala).  Remembrance of Allah brings the Pleasure of Allah and induces the love of Allah. It is a means of keeping away Shaytaan(Satan) and relieves the mind of worries and anxieties. It is the food for the heart and soul, cleanses the heart of its rust and opens doors of Ma’rifat ( Recognition of Allah). Unfortunate is a heart that is devoid of it and blessed is a heart that is overawed by it!

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