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‘Don’t forget your sisters,’
‘They’ll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.’ ‘Remember that ‘sisters’ means ALL the women… your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. ‘You’ll need other women. Women always do.’
Umar ibn Al-Khattab (RA) was asked: “O Umar, why don’t you clothe the kaaba with silk?” He said: “The stomachs of Muslims are a priority.”
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This is beautiful. The brother was asked to sing a song live on Tunisian TV. He sings an Islamic nasheed about the honour of being a Muslim and then criticises the secular Tunisian regime.
Mehdi Hasan blasts Islamophobes in Oxford University Debateby ABDULLAH AL ANDALUSI • JULY 4, 2013On the 23rd May 2013, the Oxford Union held a debate entitled ‘The House Believes Islam is a Religion of Peace’ between three speakers arguing for the motion, and three speakers arguing against the motion.The speakers spoke in this order:[For] MATTHEW HANDLEY, Student from St Hugh’s College, Oxford[Against] ANNE-MARIE WATERS – A prominent journalist and campaigner, and is a member of the Labour Party.[For] ADAM DEEN – Muslim Speaker and Debater[Against] DANIEL JOHNSTON – journalist and editor of magazine Standpoint[For] MEHDI HASAN – Britain’s most prominent Muslim journalist. Political editor of the Huffington Post.[Against] PETER ATKINS is former Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and now a fellow of Lincoln College.I watched the debate, and found Mehdi Hasan’s performance to be striking and compelling. He lambasts the Islam-critical opposition, and brings some common sense refutations of their misguided argument in his inimitable entertaining style. A good example of a Muslim engaging with Islamophobic critique and making a palpable case for Islam being a religion of peace. I’ve included the video of his part of the debate below (videos of the other speakers can be found on the same channel). Enjoy:
Many of us may know that Ramadan is a month of blessing, a month of reward and a month of fasting. However, many of us may not know that Ramadan was a month of victory in which Allah (swt) blessed the Ummah with conquests on the battlefield.
Why know the Ummah’s history?
– remember, reflect upon and learn from past examples
– Lessons for the future.
– An example for us.
Key events during Ramadan
Battle of Badr – 17th Ramadan 3 A.H
– The Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam and 313 of his companions set out to intercept a caravan of their own goods that had been left in Makkah.
– Led by Abu Sufyan ,50,000 dinars.
– Instead met by army of Quraish,
– Outnumbered three to one and appearing weak and unseasoned.
– Allah gave them a decisive victory on this day of Ramadan that would never be forgotten.
– First Battle of the Muslims. Won although outnumbered and out armed and fasting.
Wadi al – Qura 6 A.H.
– Zaid ibn Haritha was sent to Wadi al-Qura Fatimah bint Rabiah, the queen of that area.
– Fatimah had previously attacked a caravan led by Zaid and had succeeded in plundering its wealth.
– She was known to be the most protected woman in Arabia, as she hung fifty swords of her close relatives in her home.
– Fatimah was equally renowned for showing open hostility to Islam.
– She was killed in a battle against these Muslims in the month of Ramadan.
Opening of Makkah 8 AH
– The Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam set out with an army from Makkkah to Madinah.
– The city of Makkah was conquered without a battle, on 20 Ramadan.
– This was one of the most important dates in Islamic history for after it, Islam was firmly entrenched in the Arabian Peninsula.
– smashing the idols of Makkah,
– detachments were sent to the other major centres of polytheism and al-Lat, Manat and Suwa, some of the greatest idols of Arabia, were destroyed
The Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, passed through approximately nine Ramadans after the Hijrah. They were filled with decisive events and left us a shining example of sacrifice and submission to Allah.
Yemen 10 AH
– Ali ibn abu talib and Khalid bin walid went to Yemen to spread Islam, all the tribe of Hamadan on hearing Prophet Muhammad’s letter embraced Islam
13 AH Khilafah of Abu Bakr
– Persians fought against Muslims. Gathered in Al Buwayb in Iraq. Persian leader killed. Two further successful attacks.
31 AH Nubians
– Broke peace treaty. Muslims (Uthmaan) fought against Nubians in Egypt with an army of 20000, new treaty was signed which enabled spread of Islam in Eastern Africa
53 AH Rhodes Island
– Liberated by Muslims from Romans who had attacked.
– Became a base for Islamic navy, and as a result of its strategic position helped in conquest of Constantinople.
582 AH Salah ud Din victory against crusaders.
What can we learn?
– A month of striving, they continued to strive to implement Islam in all areas of their life during Ramadan.
– This included dawah, work within in their community, jihad, taking opportunities that came their way. They wouldn’t stop doing these things and only focus on their selves and individual ibadah because it was Ramadan
Drew from the blessings of Ramadan to gain victory.
– The Muslims knew since the duty of fasting was prescribed upon them, that if they behaved sincerely with devotion, He would grant them decisive victories beyond imagination.
-If a Muslim fights against his desires succeeds in defeating his instincts sincerely by the intention of pleasing God, it would be then logical that he would vanquish his enemy by the will of God
– Knew the importance of developing sabr through fasting.
: “… if there are twenty amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred. If they are a hundred, they will vanquish a thousand of the unbelievers: for these are a people without understanding.” (8:65)
The month of Ramadan in the time of the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam. It was a time of purification, enjoining the good, forbidding the evil and striving hard with one’s life and wealth. After the death of the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, Muslims carried on this tradition and Allah used the true believers to affect the course of history
Ramadan is a time of great trials and crucial events
What do we do today?
– Misconceptions about fasting and the activities of a fasting person.
– We go into a state of semi-hibernation, spending most time in bed or resting.
– Unnatural sleep = lazy, dull-witted and often cranky.
What should we do?
Ramadan is actually a time of increased activity.
The believer, now lightened of the burdens of constant eating and drinking, should be more willing to strive and struggle for Allah.
– Like the sahabah we should use the blessings or Ramadan to help us in our struggle to implement Islam in to all areas of our lives.
– Many of us get angry and irritable in Ramadan and expect people to understand.
– Expecting people to change for you because you are fasting, is not expecting reward from Allah, reward from people.
– The companions fought major battles in Ramadan shows that Ramadan is not a month of laziness.
– The companions became extra patience to achieve reward, these jihad required sabr and extra effort.
– Learn how to control your temper and control your tongue.
– Who are your friends? Nothing destroys your month of Ramadan and your life like an evil mate.
– Try to bring closer to you friends who remind you of Allah SWT.
– Feel the pain of the Ummah, what our companions went through, and what they are going through today, motivate you to worship Allah and allow you to think clearly how to serve Allah in the year to come.
– The Ummah needs you. We are responsible for them. Jihad with hand, but also with tongue, with money. Reward multiplied.
– Make dua Allah preserves you from plot of shaytan from man and jin.
– Stay away from extravagance even if it is halal.
– Our Victory in Ramadan is we learn how to patiently persevere. Then as Allah promises in the above verse, victory will come to us.
– In this month we do something which requires extreme will power and dedication, and would be unthinkable to most of us the rest of the year.
– Makes us realise what we are capable of.
– Makes us understand we do not have to be slaves to our nafs, but are able to have victory over our nafs.
Reality is not what you eat and what time. It is what you learn and what you gain from Ramadan.
– If we really want to make a change become victorious in month of Ramadan we need to take that plan after Ramadan.
The sign that Ramadan is accepted from you is that Allah makes you a better person in Ramadan. Even Just one trait.
Allah loves that which is small and constant.
This is what makes you successful and victorious in Ramadan.
In the light of recent events in Woolwich, as in the Boston bombings there have been many claims and counter claims of falsification, false flag ops, media manipulation and conspiracies.
So how do we process all of this information and come to our own conclusions of what we believe to be fact, and what we believe is fiction?
I feel we need to take a step back and go back to basics. Forget all this high tech mumbo jumbo that most of us are not qualified to comment on and don’t fully understand, as people who do understand it are just as easily able to manipulate us as anyone else.
Let’s look at History 101, evaluating sources as in the UK, contrary to popular opinion, our education system does actually teach us to think.
Some sources are more useful than others.
When reading/viewing a story, do we always believe what we read or see?
Obviously we shouldn’t. We make judgements on the reliability of the sources, in the same manner that we make judgements when told things by individuals in every day conversation.
Some people will have a hidden agenda,
Some people will be giving evidence for a specific reason,
Some people will leave out crucial pieces of information,
Some people will be repeating the words of others.
When studying history, newspaper articles and news broadcasts need to be examined using the same stringent methods as any other source. The official version of events is never beyond reproach, or above judgement.
We judge using simple analysis;
Purpose – why? what is the intent behind the piece of information.
Limitations – what? does it not tell you? What is missing? What would you like to know that is not apparent?
Author – who? made it, and what is their expertise, or involvement in event? what are the implications of this.
Content – what? Does it tell you
Type – Primary or secondary?
Is it informational, fictional, is it to attract people to a page or site, get more you tube hits? Is it to report an officially recognised and sanctioned version of events? Is it to propogate a particular ideaology? What are the authors motives? What was the intent behind it?
Could it have bias? Could it have information which is missed out, deliberately or otherwise? If it is a secondary source does it take in to account all of the primary information?
Who wrote it? Who produced it? what is their history of accurate reporting? Do they support a particular view or ideology? Are they free to speak?
What does it tell us? what new information do we learn from it?
Eye witness account, at the time or after?
– Intended audience, why are they telling who they are telling? who is it aimed at and how would that effect it?
– Tone, threatening, persuasive, conciliatory
– Action Does the source motivate action? why? Who benefits? what action?
I hope the above will be helpful when determining what to believe. It is a reminder for us all, firstly myself. Don’t believe a clip saying something is doctored if you dont know anything about film making, the same way you wouldn’t accept the official version without research.
May Allah guide us all to truth.