Bismillah is something we all say numerous times a day, we say it in Salaah, when our children fall down, or when we pick them up or put them down, before we start something, before we eat, but how much importance do we actually give to this word? Is it only out of habit that we say it?
asalaam alaykum wa rahmutallah wa barakatu
Bismillah hir Rahman nir Raheem
alhamdulillahi Rabbil aalameen
Ar Rahman nir Raheem
Iyyaka naa budu wa iyyaka nasateen
ihdinas siratal mustaqeem,
siratal ladhhina an amta alayhim
ghayril maghdubi alayhim wa daaleenAmeen
“siratal Mustaqeem” This is what this blog is about inshallah.
What do we want out of life? Where do we want to go? What path have we chosen?
As muslimahs we have inshallah made the choice to go down the straight path, the siratal mustaqeem, path of those who Allah has favoured.
But sometimes in life walking straight down the road can be easier said then done. There will be obstacles and tests and hurdles in the way. We can be attracted by the bright lights of dunya be blinded by darkness and stray of the path. We need constant help and reminders, spiritual lifts and imaan boosters to direct our travel through this life so that we reach our desired destination.
As well as that we need ilm, awareness, understandiwhilst realisation, which are granted by Allah swt.
The posts on this blog should be viewed as signposts, guiding us in the right direction, reminding us to keep on the path.
All the posts are firstly a reminder to myself. I will be aiming to post regularly. three to four times a week.
Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think!
All the good is from Allah and the mistakes are my own, may Allah forgive me for them.
may this blog have Barakah in it for all who read and may it benefit us all.
Please come and join us at this sisters fundraising event in Aid of The London School Of Janazaa Funeral fund for those who cannot afford burials or have no families to bury them and Newham Islamic Learning Centres Human Aid Syria Appeal for Human Aid UK Orphan Village.
Contact Naila 07852882428 for tickets and info
Today I went to visit sister Lucia in Brixton. You may have seen the video of her reversion. She is terminally I’ll and with a few weeks to live decided to take her shahadah Allahu akbar.
The house was very peaceful and warm. There were around 7 sisters who were there to visit her today. The sisterhood could be felt MashaAllah. Her room was filled with Islamic literature, Quran, dawah booklets, flowers. All gifts from sisters.
She is very tired but also determined alert and aware. She said little bit what she did say touched the hearts of all there. She spoke of Islam being love and her thankfulness in embracing islam and her love for her muslim husband who had been so patient with her all these years. A sister offered to cook and she said she liked her husbands cooking Alhamdulillah.
You could see her attachment to Quran. She held it looked after it read the English translation. When we prayed salaah and recited there was joy in her face. She went to sleep to recitation if Abu Bakr Shatri surah Yasmin as we were leaving.
Her and her husband are in need of help. Practical help to give him a break. Someone who could come in and help with household chores and caring.
Also we are collecting for a charity fund which will be given in her name.
Don’t let hassanat pass you by.
Don’t forget that which is certain.
Our death and our judgement.
May Allah make it easy for her and her family.
May Allah strengthen the ummah and the ties of sister hood.
“The believer to the believer is like a solid building, one part supporting the other” Bukhari 481 Muslim 2585
Let us support each other.
The Children Inspire Project started in February 2014. It is based on an idea by a mother and her young son. The project is a Children’s Research and Creativity Project which aims to increase awareness and understanding of Islam in a way that is fun, creative and inspiring for children. Each month we aim to set a project theme or topic on Islam. We hope children will participate in the project by working with their family and friends on a project theme or topic. We want the children who take part to learn more about Islam whilst interacting with their family and friends. We hope the learning experience is fun, creative and inspiring! Once the project is completed, the children with their parent’s help can submit their project work to be judged by a panel of judges. Winners get a prize and the opportunity to share their work here. Wishing all of the children a good, learning experience with their family and friends.
A – ALLAH. Best way to start any good deed is to remember that we do this purely for His pleasure. There are many ways to gain the pleasure of our creator and master. By helping His creation you will become one of those that are beloved to Him. With this firmly in our hearts and minds we say Bismillah (In the name of Allah) and start our journey. A journey that will have many challenges and our intentions will be challenged especially when the ummah sees and hears about your efforts. We must remind ourselves that we long for the love of Allah and have the greatest pleasure of seeing him in the hereafter.
ACTION – From this moment till your last breath make 2 rakats of nafl prayer every night before going to sleep then make dua asking Allah to use you for this work of deen.
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Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Common Dreams
Congressional No-Show at ‘Heart-Breaking’ Drone Survivor Hearing
In “historic” briefing, Rehman family gives heartbreaking account of drone killing of 65-year-old grandmother… to five lawmakers
– Lauren McCauley, staff writer
The Rehman family waits to testify at the Congressional Briefing on drone strikes Tuesday, October 29. (Photo: @akneerudh/ Twitter)
Despite being heralded as the first time in history that U.S. lawmakers would hear directly from the survivors of a U.S. drone strike, only five elected officials chose to attend the congressional briefing that took place Tuesday.
Pakistani schoolteacher Rafiq ur Rehman and his two children—9 year-old daughter Nabila and 13 year-old son Zubair—came to Washington, DC to give their account of a U.S. drone attack that killed Rafiq’s mother, Momina Bibi, and injured the two children in the remote tribal region of North Waziristan last October.
“I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer grey skies. Drones don’t fly when sky is grey.” –Zubair Rehman, 13-year-old drone victim
According to journalist Anjali Kamat, who was present and tweeting live during the hearing, the only lawmakers to attend the briefing organized by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), were Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.).
Before the handful of reporters and scant lawmakers, however, Rafiq and his children gave dramatic testimony which reportedly caused the translator to break down into tears.
In her testimony, Nabila shared that she was picking okra with her grandmother when the U.S. missile struck and both children described how they used to play outside but are now too afraid.
“I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer grey skies. Drones don’t fly when sky is grey,” said Zubair, whose leg was injured by shrapnel during the strike.
“My grandmother was nobody’s enemy,” he added.
“Nobody has ever told me why my mother was targeted that day,” Rafiq wrote in an open letter to President Barack Obama last week. “The media reported that the attack was on a car, but there is no road alongside my mother’s house. Several reported the attack was on a house. But the missiles hit a nearby field, not a house. All reported that five militants were killed. Only one person was killed – a 65-year-old grandmother of nine.”
“But the United States and its citizens probably do not know this,” Rafiq continued. “No one ever asked us who was killed or injured that day. Not the United States or my own government. Nobody has come to investigate nor has anyone been held accountable.”
some survivors speak at congress
He concluded, “Quite simply, nobody seems to care.”
The purpose of the briefing, Grayson told the Guardian, is “simply to get people to start to think through the implications of killing hundreds of people ordered by the president, or worse, unelected and unidentifiable bureaucrats within the Department of Defense without any declaration of war.”
The family was joined by their legal representative Jennifer Gibson of the UK human rights organization Reprieve. Their Islamabad-based lawyer, Shahzad Akbar, was also supposed to be present but was denied a visa by the US authorities—”a recurring problem,” according to Reprieve, “since he began representing civilian victims of drone strikes in 2011.”
“The onus is now on President Obama and his Administration to bring this war out of the shadows and to give answers,” said Gibson.
Also present was U.S. filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who first met Rafiq when he traveled to Pakistan to interview the drone strike victims for his documentary Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars. Before the briefing, Greenwald told the Guardian that he hoped the briefing “will begin the process of demanding investigation. Innocent people are being killed.”
today the girls all learnt how to write their names in Arabic, and their homework is to research the meaning and history of their names!
Fatima Barakutullah is not a nobody, if she says something silly on TV, there are thousands of us who will know, for me this is the first time I have seen her in niqab!
Is niqab something that has been imported? Is it due to “Wahabism” and the influence of wahabi oil money? Does it matter? If it is choice does it matter who influenced the choices.
Yasmin saying the meaning is women are dangerous and must be covered for sake of society? Women don’t want to incite passions against men.
The woman who used to wear niqab, trying to teach Fatima Barakutallah about theology! SubhanAllah she is the daughter of a scholar and has studied more then we can hope to in our lives!
She wore niqab for 3 years and was a nobody! Well Fatima Barakutllah is not a nobody! lol, the sisters who run Newham Dawah Team are not nobodies! They interact quite fine.
“We do not connect with the outer, we connect with the inner”. The majority of the communication I do in the day is done without seeing peoples faces!
As a Muslim you should know that you have a responsibility to wider society! Well man niqabis I know are involved, the ones on the panel are involved!
Yasmin says niqabis are betraying Islamic culture? Women fought and were burnt to remove veil? So others cannot wear it? Freedom to take it off, but not to put it on?
if you dont watch all at least watch this bit
For me its real, this is what I’ve come from, what I care about…There’s going to be a revolution, it is going ot happen, this is the end, it is time to wake up, I remember seeing you on that programme where you look at your ancestors, your gramdmother who…. got f*** up by the aristocrats, you cried because you knew it was unfair and unjust, that was over a century ago, I have just come from a woman who is being treated like that….today, if we can engage that feeling instead of a moment of sentimentality trotted out on the TV for people to pour over emotional porn, if we can engage that feeling and change things, why wouldn’t we?why is that naive, why is that not my right? I am taking that right, I do no need it from you, I’m taking it”
Is it not all of our rights?
Should we not all take this right??