Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Very Important Message at Present


Once Moosa (AS) asked Allah Subhaana'O'Ta'ala:

O Allah! You have granted me the honor and privilege
of talking to you directly, Have you given this privilege
to any other person? 
Allah Ta'ala replied, O!! Moosa during the last period I
am going to send an Ummat, who will be the Ummat
of Mohammed (SAW) with dry lips, parched tongues,
emaciated body with eyes sunken deep into their sockets,
with livers dry and stomachs suffering the pangs of hunger
will call out to me (in dua) they will be much much closer
to me than you O Moosa ! while you speak to me there are
70000 veils between  you and me but at the time of iftaar
there will not be a single veil between me and the fasting
Ummati of Mohammed (SAW) O!! Moosa I have taken upon
myself the responsibility that at the time of iftaar I will never
refuse the dua of a fasting person!

Humble Request: Please spread this Hadith as much as possible. We are in the last 10 Nights


How to Make your Wife Happy????????????

How to Make your Wife Happy
The following is part ONE of a summary of the book "How to make your wife happy" by Sheikh Mohammed Abdelhaleem Hamed.
1. Beautiful Reception
After returning from work, school, travel, or whatever has separated you:
* begin with a good greeting.
* Start with Assalamau 'Aliaykum and a smile. Salam is a sunnah and a
du'aa for her as well.
* Shake her hand and leave bad news for later!

2. Sweet Speech and Enchanting Invitations
* Choose words that are positive and avoid negative ones.
* Give her your attention when you speak of she speaks.
* Speak with clarity and repeat words if necessary until she understands.
* Call her with the nice names that she likes, e.g. my sweet-heart,
honey, saaliha, etc.

3. Friendliness and Recreation
* Spend time talking together.
* Spread to her goods news.
* Remember your good memories together.

4. Games and Distractions
* Joking around & having a sense of humor.
* Playing and competing with each other in sports or whatever.
* Taking her to watch permissible (halal) types of entertainment.
* Avoiding prohibited (haram) things in your choices of entertainment.

5. Assistance in the Household
* Doing what you as an individual can/like to do that helps out,
especially if she is sick or tired.
* The most important thing is making it obvious that he appreciates her
hard work.

6. Consultation (Shurah)
* Specifically in family matters.
* Giving her the feeling that her opinion is important to you.
* Studying her opinion carefully.
* Be willing to change an opinion for hers if it is better.
* Thanking her for helping him with her opinions.

7. Visiting Others
* Choosing well raised people to build relations with. There is a great
reward in visiting relatives and pious people. (Not in wasting time
while visiting!)
* Pay attention to ensure Islamic manners during visits.
* Not forcing her to visit whom she does not feel comfortable with.

8. Conduct During Travel
* Offer a warm farewell and good advice.
* Ask her to pray for him.
* Ask pious relatives and friends to take care of the family in your
absence.
* Give her enough money for what she might need.
* Try to stay in touch with her whether by phone, e-mail, letters, etc..
* Return as soon as possible.
* Bring her a gift!
* Avoid returning at an unexpected time or at night.
* Take her with you if possible.

9. Financial Support
* The husband needs to be generous within his financial capabilities. He
should not be a miser with his money (nor wasteful).
* He gets rewards for all what he spends on her sustenance even for a
small piece of bread that he feeds her by his hand (hadeith).
* He is strongly encouraged to give to her before she asks him.

10. Smelling Good and Physical Beautification
* Following the Sunnah in removing hair from the groin and underarms.
* Always being clean and neat.
* Put on perfume for her.

11. Intercourse
* It is obligatory to do it habitually if you have no excuse (sickness,
etc.)
* Start with "Bismillah" and the authentic du'a.
* Enter into her in the proper place only (not the anus).
* Begin with foreplay including words of love.
* Continue until you have satisfied her desire.
* Relax and joke around afterwards.
* Avoid intercourse during the monthly period because it haram
* Do what you can to avoid damaging her level of Hiyaa (shyness and
modesty) such as taking your clothes together instead of asking her
to do it first while he is looking on.
* Avoid positions during intercourse that may harm her such as putting
pressure on her chest and blocking her breath, especially if you are
heavy.
* Choose suitable times for intercourse and be considerate as
sometimes she maybe sick or exhausted.

12. Guarding Privacy
* Avoid disclosing private information such as bedroom secrets, her
personal problems and other private matters.

13. Aiding in the Obedience to Allah
* Wake her up in the last third of the night to pray "Qiam-ul-Layl"
(extra prayer done at night with long sujood and ruku'ua).
* Teach her what you know of the Qur'an and its tafseer.
* Teach her "Dhikr" (ways to remember Allah by the example of the
prophet) in the morning and evening.
* Encourage her to spend money for the sake of Allah such as in a charity
sale.
* Take her to Hajj and Umrah when you can afford to do so.

14. Showing Respect for her Family and Friends
* Take her to visit her family and relatives, especially her parents.
* Invite them to visit her and welcome them.
* Give them presents on special occasions.
* Help them when needed with money, effort, etc..
* Keep good relations with her family after her death if she dies first.
Also in this case the husband is encouraged to follow the sunnah
and keep giving what she used to give in her life to her friends and
family.

15. (Islamic) Training & Admonition
This includes
* The basics of Islam
* Her duties and rights
* Reading and writing
* Encouraging her to attend lessons and halaqahs
* Islamic rules (ahkam) related to women
* Buying Islamic books and tapes for the home library

16. Admirable Jealousy
* Ensure she is wearing proper hijab before leaving house.
* Restrict free mixing with non-mahram men.
* Avoiding excess jealousy. Examples of this are:
1- Analyzing every word and sentence she says and overloading
her speech by meanings that she did not mean
2- Preventing her from going out of the house when the reasons are
just.
3- Preventing her from answering the phone.

17. Patience and Mildness
* Problems are expected in every marriage so this is normal. What is
wrong is excessive responses and magnifying problems until a marital
breakdown.
* Anger should be shown when she exceeds the boundaries of Allah SWT, by
delaying prayers, backbiting, watching prohibited scenes on TV, etc..
* Forgive the mistakes she does to you (See item 18).
* How can you best correct her mistakes?
1- First, implicit and explicit advice several times.
2- Then by turning your back to her in bed (displaying your feelings).
Note that this does not include leaving the bedroom to another room,
leaving the house to another place, or not talking with her.
3- The last solution is (when allowable) lightly hitting  her. In this
case, the husband should consider the following:
- He should know that sunnah is to avoid beating as the Prophet
PBUH never beat a woman or a servant.
- He should do it only in extreme cases of disobedience, e.g.
refusing intercourse without cause frequently, constantly not
praying on time, leaving the house for long periods of time
without permission nor refusing to tell him where she had been,
etc..
- It should not be done except after having turned from her bed and
discussing the matter with her as mentioned in Qur'an .
- He should not hit her hard injuring her, or hit her on her face or
on sensitive parts of her body.
- He should avoid shaming her such as by hitting her with a shoe,
etc.

18. Pardoning and Appropriate Censure
* Accounting her only for larger mistakes.
* Forgive mistakes done to him but account her for mistakes done in
Allah's rights, e.g. delaying prayers, etc..
* Remember all the good she does whenever she makes a mistake.
* Remember that all humans err so try to find excuses for her such as
maybe she is tired, sad, having her monthly cycle or that her
commitment to Islam is growing.
* Avoid attacking her for the bad cooking of the food as the Prophet PBUH
never blamed any of his wives for this. If he likes the food, he eats
and if he doesn't then he does not eat and does not comment.
* Before declaring her to be in error, try other indirect approaches that
are more subtle than direct accusations
* Escape from using insults and words that may hurt her feelings.
* When it becomes necessary to discuss a problem wait until you have
privacy from others.
* Waiting until the anger has subsided a bit can help to keep a control
on your words.


To help strengthening the Muslim families and spread the teachings of Islam
in building families, the Muslim Students' Association at the University of
Alberta
prepared a extremely summarized translation for two books. The
books are Arabic by Sheikh Mohammad Abdelhaleem Hamed. An Egyptian scholar,
who graduated from the Islamic University of Al Madinah Al-Munawwarah in
Saudi Arabia. The two books are:

1- How to make your wife happy
2- How to make your husband happy

These are the best Arabic books I have seen on this subject. They exceed
the traditional presentation of stating rights and duties to the 'Adab (good
manners) and extend into application of these rights in daily life. The
above summary highlights mainly the responsibilities or examples of what
could or should be done. Every single item mentioned by the author is
supported by evidences from Qur'an, Sunnah or the actions of the companions,
but evidences are omitted in this translation. The above is the
translation of the FIRST book.

This translation is copyrighted to MSA at University of Alberta. Feel free
to repost it or reprint it by all means, provided that you do not make any
changes, additions, or omissions without permission.

Finally, please make Du'a for the writer; Sheikh Mohammad Abdelhaleem Hamed, for the translator brother Abu Talhah and for reviewer Br. Adam Qurashi. Remember this is not a perfect translation so forgive us our faults and correct our errors.
Muslim Students' Association
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada
February, 1999




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Saturday, 20 July 2013

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Indifference Towards Attacks On Muslims:War Battered Sri Lanka Could Ill Afford

 
Latheef Farook
Organized attacks on Muslims which began almost two years ago continue unabated while the government remains indifferent, impatient Muslims thinking of turning to streets to highlight their grievance and Muslims worldwide closely monitoring developments here.
Growing feeling within the Muslim community is that though these attacks look isolated, but they are well organized and coordinated with ulterior motive .The deliberate employment of few Buddhist monks in the forefront in these attacks is dangerous as, at some point that some Muslims may be provoked to react and trigger a calamity leading to unpredictable consequences.
However the country which has just emerged after a thirty year ethnic war cannot afford another catastrophe. Muslims suspect that this is what the racist provocateurs wanted, to implement their design to attack, loot, plunder and kill Muslims least bothered about the impact on the country.
The precarious situation prompted former Information Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar to ask” what are we waiting for? Are we waiting for a calamity to take place? Isn’t it time to drive sense into Buddhist extremists who are pushing the country towards yet another disaster?
In a recent interview with a Sinhala weekly Imthiaz  Bakeer Markar, a politician loved and respected by Muslims and Sinhalese alike, emphasized the need for immediate government action to stop these attacks on Muslims warning that failure to do so will inevitably lead to a mosque011catastrophe.
Growing feeling and fear among the besieged Muslim community who constitute almost 10 percent of the island’s population, is that the government’s refusal to bring these extremists   to book is viewed as providing patronage to them. So far all appeals from the Muslim community and the mainstream Sinhalese community to stop this hooliganism have fallen in the deaf ears.
Muslim politicians in general, sandwiched between their desire to cling on to position to enjoy perks and their obligations towards the community, betrayed the community and sold their souls. Divided into many splinter groups they were cleverly exploited as tools to serve the interest of the government. This is the reason why Muslims parliamentarians are not taken seriously by the government and the Muslim community as well.
As a result they have become a liability to the community. These Muslim politicians should either get the government to stop this senseless harassment of Muslims or resign if they have an iota of self respect or feeling for the community.
The question is that if Tamil National Alliance, TNA, parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran could  accuse the government of being behind attacks on Muslims what is preventing the Muslim parliamentarians from opening their mouths.
Shameful state of affairs was such that while Mr. Sumanthiran accused the government of   being behind the attacks on Muslims and had done nothing to protect Muslims, Muslim parliamentarian Faizar Musthapha defended the government claiming that it was “Bodu Bala Sena which was responsible for these attacks”.
dambullaHowever the prevailing view among Muslims is that “how BBS could function as a government within the government and openly violate laws, harass and humiliate Muslims without the government connivance”.
If Faizar Mustapha lives in the planet where we live he should know the pathetic plight of the Muslim community to which he belongs to. The problem with some of the Muslim politicians is that they compete with one another   in expressing their hypocritical loyalty to the power that is at the cost of the community. Some even say that it is time that they go for some tuition class to TNA on what is self respect and how to defend the community’s right.
The irony is that these extremists claiming from roof top that “ this is Sinhala Buddhist country” which has  no place for minorities who constitute one third of the total population  , have forgotten that  it was the firm  Muslim community’s stand against Tamil separatist struggle, sacrifice and sufferings  prevented the breakup of Sri Lanka .
Muslim were attacked and massacred in mosques, ethnic cleansed and their properties and belongings looted, their lands acquired, cultivation destroyed, livestock robbed, fishery industry crippled and virtually deprived of their livelihood throughout the ethnic war. Yet Muslims were steadfast in rejecting the LTTE call for separate Tamil Elam. Had the Muslims joined the LTTE in the early years when the island’s armed forces were very weak there wouldn’t have been a united Sri Lanka today?
The reward for this sacrifice today is organized attacks on Muslims all over the country.
These attacks on Muslims which began with the destruction of a Muslim shrine at Anuradhapura under the watchful eyes of the police around two years ago have now become almost a regular occurrence in one form or other.
For example last month a group of Buddhist extremists went on protest march from Kataragama to Temple Trees to submit a memorandum asking President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ban animal slaughter. Is there any need for a provocative march, aimed at whipping up anti Muslim sentiments, to submit a memorandum?  The irony is that these marchers who openly flout laws of the land were given police protection.
Days later, on June 30 night a Buddha statue was secretly placed at Azhar Vidyalayam playground in Batticaloa district. This has been the only play ground for students at Azhar Vidyalayam and Shaduliya Vidyalayam.
The playground is located adjacent to a Buddhist Temple and the monks in charge of the temple have demolished the partition wall on 1 March 2010 claiming that the playground belonged to the temple. A complaint was lodged at Valaichenai police followed by filing a case in the court which, in its 25 June 2013 verdict, stated that the playground belongs to the school.
Defying the court verdict, five days later, the temple authorities placed a Buddha statute in the centre of the playground. No one was taken to custody so far.
Ten days later Arafa Mosque in Mahiyangana was desecrated in one of most barbarous manners on Thursday 11 July 2013 .The most shameful aspect of this dastardly crime is that this was committed while Muslims observe the Holy Month of Ramadan Fast.
Muslims in the area left the mosque after the Ramadan night, Tharaveeh, prayers around 10 PM. Around 11.10 PM power supply was disconnected only to the area where the mosque is located. Little later six persons wearing masks arrived in three motor cycles with a bucket.
They attacked and threw chili powder on the face of the mosque trustee and businessman Seeni Mohamed who was standing in front of the mosque. Later they threw rocks and tried to break open the front door of the mosque. Unable to break open the front door they broke the windows and entered the mosque where they threw a slaughtered head of a pig, blood ,liver,intestines,legs and other such items all over inside the mosque demonstrating their mental frameworks and extreme hatred towards Muslims.
The tragedy is that this happening in a country known as the land of Dhammadipa, known for its 2500 year old Buddhism, Buddhist culture and ancient civilization? Even the aborigines Veddhas never stooped to this low level of barbarism. Do the perpetrators    understand the damage they are causing worldwide to the image of the mainstream Sinhala Buddhists?
AMS2Muslims in the area contacted Uva Province Minister Anura Gamage who promptly arrived together with the Mahiyangana Police at the scene within 15 minutes .On the advice of Mr Anura Gamage and the police top officers the mosque was cleaned up.
This mosque, built on lands belonging to Mahiyangana Ranmuthu Gold House owner Seeni Mohammad who arrived here 44 years ago from Kattankudi and settled down, has been functioning since 1991. During the past few months there have been repeated threats  demanding the trustees to stop Friday Juma prayers and remove the mosque.
As a result the Juma prayer on July 12 was conducted with police protection.
However, as usual, there were no reports so far of any one being arrested. Instead of   bringing the culprits to book they were rewarded when the mosque was forced to close down under threats on Friday 19 July. According to reports this was done under pressure   by Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena which is planning to hold a meeting shortly in Mahiyangana where the BBS reported to have been very active these days.
In a statement to the media Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem had this to state;
“The Mahiyangana Mosque has been targeted for over a week, in what appears to be the latest in an organized series of attacks carried out on mosques and the hate campaign against the Muslims in Sri Lanka by extremist Buddhist groups for many months. Such acts of intolerant especially during the Holy Month of Ramadan hurt the sentiments of the Muslims in the country contributing to further polarization of communities. On an earlier occasion when the mosque came under attack by extremists, evidently, no preventive had been taken.
flag-burnMinister also stated that he was reliably informed that Secretary General of Bodu Bala Sena.VenGalagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero is openly promoting a hate campaign in the area.
“The government’s impervious attitude to such rising crimes and non action in curbing such mounting hate campaign will be dangerously read as that of stimulating religious violence” added Minister Hakeem.
Within a week after the attack on this mosque there comes another attack-This time three Buddhist monks set fire to a Muslim owned lorry that had arrived at Baseline Road abattoir at Dematagoda to collect meat. These monks arrived around 1 am, parked their vehicle, threw petrol on the parked lorry, set fire and burnt it before getting into their vehicle and driving towards Dematagoda junction.
In an article in the Tamil daily Thinakkural the National Unity Alliance Chairman Azat Sally stated that this is a move to force Muslims to close down their meat industry and import meat from abroad by vested interests to cripple Muslim economy. Some suspect this also as a move to kick out Muslim traders from there and grab the valuable land. He reiterated that if these attacks are not stopped Muslims will be forced to turn streets to highlight their legitimate right to live in peace.

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Friday, 19 July 2013

Mr President Who is Key Player again Sri lankan Muslim.


Hamber Dates: A Racial Slur Now Has A Price Tag In Sri Lanka During Ramadan



At least thanks to Cargills, ingrained racism in Sri Lanka now has a price tag. 1kg of ‘Hamber’ dates costs Rs. 547. Surely, the ‘lowest price’ for the defamation of a community, ‘on your way home’, writes the Groundivews.


We were surprised to see, especially during Ramadan, ‘Humber’ dates for sale at Cargills Food City, which on the bill of sale comes up as ‘Hamber’ dates. We are told these dates are on sale at a number of Cargills Food City supermarkets across Colombo, and bought ours at the outlet down Duplication Road, the Groundviews said. The term‘hambaya‘ and its variant ‘hamba‘, in Sinhalese, is a well-known and highly derogatory term referring to Muslims
The word ‘Hamba’ or ‘හම්බ’ certainly smacks of a racist slur. It’s been used enough of times in recent hate campaigns by the Bodu Bala Sena and affiliated groups to bring it permanently out of the rather murky folds of history it had retreated to, giving way to the more civilized slur (if such a thing exists) ‘Thambiya’ , writes Abdul Halik .

“For one thing the spellings, ‘Humber’ smacks more of an English Lord than a coastal Moor. The ‘er’ at the end brings it. A packager’s attempt at adding some refinement to the brand perhaps? completely failing due to a lack of cultural awareness or utter ignorance? Or a sinister attempt at a subtle disguise and fallback? And Cargills hedging and dodging the matter could be a simple case of PR paralysis. Sri Lanka isn’t alien to those,” Abdul Halik wrote in his Blog Going Global .

When the Vikalpa.org called the Cargills seeking a clarification for the usage of the word ‘Humber’, but no clear answer was given. Listen here.

In the video below you can hear a Buddhist monk was making racist remarks against Muslims and Tamils. The Buddhist monk who threatened police officers and used ‘Sudda Sinhala filth’ including the word ‘Hambaya’ . The monk was identified as Kirulapona Nanda








The Benefits of Congregational Prayer

The Benefits of Congregational Prayer


If we knew about the excellence of congregational prayers and the offer help; in need of friendship- so that they can increase their bonds of caring… Secondly, praying in congregation improves our behavior, increases us in knowledge and also faith when we stay for short lectures or group discussions which invariably occur after prayers.
benefits it brings to us and our community we would rush to pray all of our prayers in the Masjid.   Praying together increases the bonds of brotherhood by meeting and greeting on a regular basis, provides the means of knowing the needs or conditions of our neighbors, and uplifts our soul by seeing other people who are performing ibada.  Imagine a person who prays all of his salat in his home, and he rarely goes out except to work.  How then shall his neighbors know he is sick -so that they can visit him; in need of support – so that they can
By joining congregational prayers we confirm our presence in the community, become aware of possible activities which our families may enjoy, or provide the community with our own skills and knowledge.  Recently, while looking for a home to purchase, my son made a comment about the house we had just seen, “one of the best selling points of the house is that is is close to a nice masjid.”  I quickly agreed happy that he had thought of this.  Instead of being happy with my comment my children laughed because they meant literally the selling points of THE HOUSE; however, isn’t location a selling point?  I ask that God create or increase the desire among the Muslims to attend masjid for all of their fard prayers especially fajr and isha.
Additionally, let us not forget some hadith about sunna prayers:
1.  Zaid bin Thabit (May Allah be pleased with him)reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “O people! perform your (voluntary) Salat (prayers) in your homes because the best Salat of a man is the one he performs at home, except the obligatory Salat.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].  This hadith shows us that we should offer our fard salat in the masjid and sunna prayers in the home.  This is done for a few reasons; to bless our homes by praying within them, to be an example to the rest of our household to offer salat, and also to prevent our hearts from showing off .
2.  Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Observe part of the [Nawafil (voluntary)] Salat (prayers) in your homes. Do not turn your homes into graves.”   [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].  Our homes become as dark graves with no plans of worship and the light which is brought by ibada as well as the blessings upon the home and those who pray within.
Finally, ”The distinguishing factor between kufr and Imaan is the deliberate neglect of Salaat.” (Muslim)  Let us be of those who pray on its time with khushoo (calm focus).

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The fact that both, the Qur’an and Sunnah, have laid great stress on the congregational prayer and described its unique excellence, shows that the fard prayer is meant to be offered collectively, and no one in the Islamic community should even think of observing it individually unless one has to do so on the account of a genuine reason. The Qur’an says:
“…and bend down in ruku with those who bend down in ruku.” [Al-Baqarah 2:43]
Arguing from this verse, the commentators are generally of the view that prayer has to be offered collectively. The importance of the congregational prayer in Islam is so great that the Muslims have been enjoined to observe it even in the battlefield where danger to life is extreme. The Qur’an has prescribed the following way:
” And when you, O Prophet, are among the Muslims and are going to lead them in salah (in a state of war), let a party stand behind you, carrying their weapons with them. When they have made their prostrations, they should fall back and let another party of them, who have not yet offered salah, say it with you and they too, should be on guard and keep their weapons with them.” [An-Nisaa 4:102]
The Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, also has greatly stressed the offering of prayer in congregation and described its unique merit and excellence. For instance, he said:
“Nothing is harder on the hypocrites than the Isha and Fajr prayer; had they known of the great rewards that Allah would bestow for those prayers they would never had missed them even if they had to come to the masjid on their knees.” Then he said, “I wish I should tell a Mua’dhin to pronounce the iqamah and appoint someone as Imam in my place, and I should myself go and set fire to the houses of those who do not come out even after hearing the adhan. (Bukhari, Muslim).
“Offering the prayer in congregation carries 27 times greater reward than offering it alone individually.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
According to Sayyidna Anas, Radi-Allahu anhu, the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said: “The person who offers his prayers continuously for 40 days without missing the first takbeer, is granted a two-fold immunity by Allah: immunity from Hell-fire and immunity from hypocrisy. (Tirmidhi)
boy praying with elders
According to Sayyidna Abdullah bin Masoud, Radi-Allahu anhu, the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said: “O Muslims! Allah has prescribed paths of right guidance for you among which is the offering of the daily prayers in congregation in the masjid, which is the offering of the daily prayers in congregation in the masjid; if you start saying your prayers individually at home, as so-and-so does, you will be forsaking the Sunnah of your Prophet, and if you forsake the Sunnah of your Prophet, you will certainly be going astray.” (Muslim)
According to Ubayy bin Ka’ab, Radi-Allahu anhu, the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said: “If the people come to know of the great rewards and benefits of the congregational prayer, they would never stay back but would rush to the masjid for it. The first row merits the highest reward. Two persons praying together merit greater reward than the same praying individually, the rule being that the bigger the congregation the higher its worth in the Sight of Allah.” (Abu Dawud)
“Give good news to those who go to the masjid in the darkness of the night to offer the prayer in congregation that on the Day of Judgement they will be provided with a perfect light.” (Tirmidhi)
Sayyidna Usman, Radi-Allahu anhu, has reported that he heard the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, say: “The person who observes the Isha prayer in congregation, will have the reward and blessings of staying up half the night in prayer, and the one who observes the Fajr prayer in congregation will have the reward and blessings of staying up the whole night in prayer.” (Tirmidhi)

Regulations for Making Rows
Utmost care has to be exercised to keep the rows straight and balanced. The Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, has instructed: “Keep your rows straight and balanced in the prayer, for proper alignment is a necessary condition of observing the prayer well.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
The front rows should be filled and completed first. The followers should stand behind the Imam in a balanced way, equally on the right and left, keeping him in the middle in front.
If there is a single follower, he should stand on the right of the Imam with his heels a little behind the Imam. It is undesirable for a single follower to stand behind the Imam in a separate row.
If the followers are more than one, they should invariably stand behind the Imam; it is undesirable for two or more followers to stand beside the Imam on his right or left.
If at the beginning of the prayer, there is only one follower and later on one or more follower joins in, they should either pull the first follower back in the row, or the Imam should step forward and let the followers make a row behind him.
If the front rows are complete, and there is no room for a late comer, he should avoid standing alone behind, but should pull a person back from the front row and make a separate row at the back.
If there is room for a late comer to stand in the front row, it is undesirable for him to stand alone at the back.
If a person who has offered a fard prayer alone, finds that the same fard prayer is being offered collectively, he should join the congregation, unless it is the Fajr, or Asr, or Maghrib prayer; the reason is that no prayer is valid after the Fajr or Asr prayer and Maghrib having 3 rak’ahs cannot be counted as a nafl prayer, for the prayer offered in congregation by the person will have nafl status and not fard, because he has all ready offered his fard prayer individually.
If a person is offering a fard prayer and than finds the same prayer being held in congregation, he should abandon his prayer and join the congregation. If, however, it is the Fajr prayer and he has performed the sajdah of the second rak’ah, or in case of other prayers the sajdah of the third rak’ah, he should complete his prayer independently. If at the end he finds that the congregational prayer is still in progress, he may join it provided it is the Zuhr or Isha prayer only.
If a person had started a nafl prayer and than finds a fard congregational prayer due to begin, he should pronounce salutation after two rak’ahs and join the congregation.
If a person has started the first four sunnah of the Zuhr or Friday prayer, and then finds the Imam standing up for the fard congregational prayer, he should pronounce salutation after two rak’ahs and complete them after observing the fard prayer in congregation.
When Imam has stood up for a fard prayer, the sunnah prayer should not be started. However, in view of the great importance of the sunnah rak’ahs of the Fajr prayer, one may offer them even if there is a hope of gaining a single rak’ah of the fard prayer.
If a fard congregational prayer is in progress, one may observe the sunnah rak’ah, if one so likes, in a place outside the masjid; if this is not possible, one may observe them in a corner of the masjid, away from the congregation; if this is also not possible, the one should join the congregation instead, for it is undesirable to offer a prayer independently in a place here a congregational fard prayer is in progress.
If due to some reason, one is late for a congregational prayer and has no hope of gaining the prayer, one should hasten to the masjid because it is expected that Allah will not deprive rewards and blessings of congregational prayer. Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, has said: “The person who preformed his wudu well, then went to the masjid, and found the prayer to have been preformed already, he will get the same reward from Allah as those who were tended as observed the prayer in congregation without any decrease in there rewards.”
The person who joins the Imam in the ruku position is deemed to have gained that rak’ah; if he joins later, he will have to complete the rak’ahs that he has missed, independently.
For a congregational prayer to be valid, there has to be at least one follower beside the Imam. In the Friday prayer, however, there should be at least two followers beside the Imam.

Benefits of Worship and Remembrance of God

Benefits of Worship and Remembrance of God

June 14, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
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In remembrance of allah hearts find rest
Recently life has sent me many blows, one after the other, and seeking guidance and mercy from God became a daily action.  It is often said that in ease we forget our worship and in hardship we turn to God.  Unfortunately this is true for many of us.  So during my hours of seeking relief and to ease my heart I came across very nice paragraphs in a book of supplications.  I would like to share this with you now, hoping that you will also benefit from these points.
The well known scholar Ibn Al Qaiyim in his book of athkar mentioned many benefits of supplications.  The process of prayer and dua drives away Shaytan, pleases God and replaces pain and sorrow of the heart with peace, happiness and contentment.  It strengthens the heart and body, illuminates the countenance and heart, and leads one to prosperity.  Thikr, or remembrance of God nurtures the love of Allah in the hearts of the believer and draws him or her closer whereby God opens the doors of understanding.
Thikr invigorates the heart, cleanses it, washes away transgressions, and it closes the gulf between the worshiper and the Creator.  Worship and supplication cause a feeling of assurance and well being – sakinah- as the angles sit with those who quietly recite the praises of God…. There is a want and a need of the human heart that can not be satisfied except with Thikr.  It brings order out of chaos, relieves the believer of the twin burdens of anxiety and wrong doing, relieves the indolent heart, and restrains the tongue from gossip and idle chatter.  There is a knot in the heart which is undone by making supplication and giving thanks to the Creator and is a balm for the heart and a cure for its ailments.  Nothing can bring blessings nor deflect affliction like it.  It smooths out difficulties and eases hardship, lightens burdens and banishes fear and anxiety.  Thikr, or remembrance of Allah nurtures confidence and reliance upon Allah and eliminates pessimism and cynicism.  It supports the believer with the stamina and strength to do what would other wise be difficult.
Finally, thikr is a mighty barrier between the believer and the fire of Hell.  The angels seek forgiveness on behalf of those who rehearse the praises of God.  It is a mighty fortress against the trials and tribulations of this world and the hereafter.
Adapted from Al Wabil As-Saiyib, Ibn Al Qaiyim.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

‘Buddhists Becoming Minority’: Buddhist Excuses For The Genocidal Activities

Habib Siddiqui
Recently, after the publication of the Time Magazine’s cover page article on Wirathu, the Buddhist terrorist monk of Myanmar, I came across an article in whichthe Buddhist writer stated that the magazine got it all wrong about Wirathu and that the pogroms against Muslims, which was disingenuously called ‘Buddhist nationalism’, are a ‘last resort’ to preserve Buddhist ‘heritage, religion and country to ensure history is not repeated.’ He says the violence against Muslims in Buddhist majority countries must be understood under the context that Buddhists are now a minority in some of the former Buddhist-majority countries.
Such apologetic writings and views are widely shared today by many Theravada Buddhists of Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, they belie history and twist facts and provide the kind of criminal justification for ongoing violence against a targeted minority. For example, consider Sri Lanka, which is currently a Buddhist majority country. But was it always that way? Surely, not! After all, Buddhism came around 247 BCE while the history of Sri Lanka is much older, believed to be at least 30,000 years old. The forefathers of today’s Sinhalese people were not the aborigines of Sri Lanka. They came from Bengal (today’s Bangladesh and West Bengal state of India) and Orissa (of today’s India). Popular Sinhalese legends claim that Vijaya (543 – 505 BCE), the exiled Bengali prince, supposedly born of a mythical union between a lion and a human princess, became the father of the Sinhalese people, after being seduced by Kuveni, a demon (Yakkhas) queen. The two then exterminated the demons and drove others away from the island. Subsequently Kuveni was betrayed by Vijaya. When she returned with her two children to her people they later killed her for her betrayal.
Even if one were to overlook the fallaciousness of such make-belief stories, the fact remains that in the 6th century BCE Sri Lanka was inhabited by other people, e.g., the Veddas (who has close physical resemblance with people of South India), with different set of beliefs than Buddhism. [It is all possible that those mythic demons of the Hindu/Buddhist folklores were actually human beings who were despised and dehumanized.] The same is the case for every country in which Buddhism later spread by supplanting older beliefs and customs. Vijaya and his 700 followers were colonists and not the first settlers of Sri Lanka. The Tamil speaking people of Sri Lanka, who are mostly Hindus, trace their roots to at least the second century BCE. Sinhalese Tamils claim that they are the original inhabitants of the island. Before European annexation, parts of the island were ruled by Sinhalese Buddhists and Tamil Hindus. In the early 15th century, the island even came under Chinese rule when it was conquered by Muslim Admiral Zheng He of the Ming Dynasty. [Zheng He is also credited with discovering the Americas before Christopher Columbus.]
Even in India, before the Aryan invasion (ca. 1800 BCE) the original people, the Dravidians with darker complexion, had sets of beliefs that were different than caste-ridden Hinduism. This invasion led to migrationof many of the surviving Dravidians to South India. Vedism as the religious tradition of Hinduism under the priestly elites was marginalized by other traditions such as Jainism and Buddhism in the later Iron Age. The same is the case with Burma and parts of Thailand where dark complexioned Indian-looking people lived before the Tibeto-Mongoloid peoples moved in from outside. Their religious traditions were later marginalized by Buddhism. In the former Kushan territories of today’s northern Afghanistan, Peshawar of Pakistan and Kashmir, Zoroastrianism and belief in a pantheon of gods were popular amongst the people before Buddhism made an inroad. [Some Indians claim that the Kushan invasion in the first century CE in the northwest led to the migration of Indians toward Southeast Asia.]
People have been on the move since the first man walked on earth. There is a plethora of reasons why they moved. Sometimes they migrated voluntarily, e.g., to better their lots and at other times they migrated involuntarily, e.g., because of war and politics. As they settled in newer territories, they absorbed newly encountered systems/ideas and/or implanted their own ones depending on the strength and acceptability of those ideas. However, not every culture has adopted a settled lifestyle. There are still small groups that maintain a nomadic existence, moving from territories to territories selling goods and services or grazing cattle and staying wherever they are not unwelcome. They pass along their traditions to succeeding generations, rarely integrating into mainstream society. They speak their own archaic languages, teaching their children themselves. Though often persecuted, many of these groups are protected by laws with the intent of preserving their rare heritage.
In this continuous flux of human activities, it is, thus, not difficult to understand how new traditions, cultures, beliefs and ideas have replaced the old ones, and how sometimes the old ones have also successfully resurrected itself from oblivion or extinction. There were also cases of much synthesis between cultures and traditions. In the context of Muslim-ruled India, historian William Dalrymple says, “This cultural synthesis took many forms. In Urdu and Hindi were born languages of great beauty that to different extents mixed Persian and Arabic words with the Sanskrit-derived vernaculars of north India. Similarly, just as the cuisine of north India combined the vegetarian dal and rice of India with the kebab and roti of central Asia, so in music the long-necked Persian lute was combined with the Indian vina to form the sitar, now the Indian instrument most widely known in the west. In architecture there was a similar process of hybridity as the great monuments of the Mughals reconciled the styles of the Hindus with those of Islam, to produce a fusion more beautiful than either.” [Guardian, March 19, 2004]
It is simply inane to suggest that Buddhism has been integral to places where it has become marginalized today. It is the people who make the difference as to what they choose to believe or reject. As history has repeatedly shown forced conversion does not work in long term. Whenever the fear factor is gone, people opt out to choose what suits them. And that has been the history of mankind since the beginning of history. Rulers could not make permanent believers of the subjects if the latter did not like what was forced upon them.
In contrast to popular myths propagated by anti-Muslim zealots, Islam was not spread by sword. Had it been by sword, Islam would have been a majority religion in India, and Hinduism and other smaller faiths would have vanished. After all, Islam first came to India at the dawn of the 8th century CE with the conquest of Sindh by Muhammad bin Qasim and Muslim power have ruled its vast territories for nearly a millennium. Not a single Muslim military expedition took place in south-east Asia. And yet, there are countries in south-east Asia where Muslims are a majority.
The history of the geographical region commonly known as the South Asia and South-east Asia has no one beginning, no one chronology, no single plot or narrative. This gargantuan fact is recognized by all great historians – Professors David Ludden, Abdul Karim, Richard Eaton, Romila Thapar, R.S. Sharma and many others – who spent their lifetimes to study the region. To these unbiased and genuine historians of the ancient world, the region did not have a singular history, but many histories, with indefinite, contested origins and with countless separate trajectories that multiply the more we learn about the region.
What is promoted by ultra-racist and bigot monks like Wirathu of Myanmar, and ultra-nationalist and chauvinist revisionist politicians and their fanatical followers, and pseudo-historians as the single tree of their culture, rooted in their racial and religious myths, is actually more like a vast forest of many cultures filled with countless trees of various sizes, shades, ages, colors and types, constantly cross-breeding to fertilize one another. The profusion of cultures blurs the boundaries of the forest. According to Professor Ludden, ‘the so-called cultural boundaries of our time are more like an artifact of modern national cultures than an accurate reflection of pre-modern conditions.’
Obviously, such an understanding and analysis of history is unpopular and loathsome with communal, racist, xenophobic regimes and their propagandists and vanguards. The latter bigots would rather have it their way in which the minority ethnic and religious communities or the have-nots in power simply did neither exist nor mattered. To them, the affected persecuted people like the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar just appeared in the recent scene through mere accident of history like those possible through a magic lantern! That is the level of their disgusting chauvinism, which is often reflected through the claims and counter-claims of pen-pushing polemicists as was once again evident in the writing of the admirer of terrorist monk Wirathu.
Nearly a decade ago, Professor Neeladri Bhattacharya of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, commented about Hindu extremist BJP’s attempt to rewriting history textbooks: “When history is mobilized for specific political projects and sectarian conflicts; when political and community sentiments of the present begin to define how the past has to be represented; when history is fabricated to constitute a communal sensibility, and a politics of hatred and violence, then we [historians] need to sit up and protest. If we do not, then the long night of Gujarat will never end. Its history will reappear again and again, not just as nightmare but as relived experience, re-enacted in endless cycles of retribution and revenge, in gory spectacles of blood and death.”
What is happening in Myanmar with Muslim minorities there is worse than what happened in Gujarat. It would be the greatest tragedy and worst crime of our time to find Buddhist excuses for the genocidal activities there. To remain silent is simply is shameful and inexcusable!
*This article first appeared on 07th July in the Eurasiareview under the title; When History Is Twisted, Humanity Loses

‘Zamzam is best water on earth’

JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS
Wednesday 17 July 2013
Last Update 17 July 2013 1:57 am
Makkah’s Zamzam Well has the best drinking water on the face of the earth. Pilgrims at the Grand Mosque make sure they drink as much as possible and buy containers to take home to friends and family.
There is abundant Zamzam water despite huge consumption by Haj and Umrah pilgrims over the years.
The water was a gift from Allah to Prophet Ismail, peace be upon them, when he cried of thirst as his mother Hajar looked for water by running between the hillocks of Safa and Marwa.
She did this until Allah, in His graciousness, ensured that water started gushing out from under his feet, and Hajar started moving the sand to protect the water, saying “Zamzam, Zamzam, Zamzam, Zamzam,” according to a report carried by the Saudi Press Agency.
Since then, it has become a tradition to protect the well, to ensure it continues to supply residents, pilgrims and visitors.
This is the function today of the project set up by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in the Kadi area in Makkah.
The project provides 5,000 cubic meters of Zamzam water and 200,000 plastic 10-liter containers on a daily basis.
The plant was built at a cost of SR 700 million in Ramadan 2010 and has 42 distribution points running from its headquarters. As a result, Zamzam water containers are available on a 24-hour basis.
The project’s state-of-the-art system can produce up to 5 million liters of water through a linear filter.
It has a principal storage tank with a capacity of 10 million liters, with four pumps to the Grand Mosque's square through a 200 mm stainless steel line.
The production factory was built on 13,405 square meters and consists of several buildings with air compressors, a warehouse and production lines.
It has 10MW electrical generators and works on the SCAD system, which allows for control and monitoring of all phases of the project including pumping water from the well and packaging.
The project also has a central warehouse with air conditioning and warning and fire systems worth SR 75 million. There are 15 levels of storage and distribution of 1.5 million 10-liter containers. The factory is linked through lines and bridges to ensure easier production and distribution between buildings.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

China enforces Ramadan prayer and fasting restrictions on Muslims



By: Kim Wall
Rights groups are calling on the central government to lift restrictions that they say have been preventing Uygurs in the region of Xinjiang from observing Ramadan since the Muslim holy month began on Tuesday.
They say Beijing’s security crackdowns after recent outbreaks of violence in the restive region have discouraged Muslims from praying at mosques and interfered with their requisite daytime fasting.
World Uygur Congress spokesman Dilxadi Rexiti said yesterday that government officials had entered Uygur homes to provide them with fruit and drinks during daylight hours, when Muslims were supposed to abstain from food, drink and sexual activity.
Meanwhile, authorities have banned organised study of religious texts and placed religious venues under close watch, including an “around-the-clock” monitoring of mosques in the northern city of Karamay, the Karamay Daily reported.
Dr Katrina Lantos Swett, of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), said such moves would not alleviate ethnic unrest.
“Launched in the name of stability and security, Beijing’s campaigns of repression against Uygur Muslims include the targeting of peaceful private gatherings for religious study and devotion,” Lantos Swett said. “These abuses predictably have led to neither stability nor security, but rather instability and insecurity.”
Xinjiang Autonomous Region spokesman Luo Fuyong denied yesterday that the government had imposed restrictions on Ramadan observations.
“We respect [Uygur] religious beliefs and customs – we’re very clear on this,” Luo said. However, he acknowledged that Uygur pupils, especially those in elementary school, “are discouraged from fasting during Ramadan” for health concerns.
In the USCIRF’s annual report, Uygur Muslims continue to serve prison terms for engaging in independent religious activity and government employees, professors and students are fined if they observe the fast.
Another report by the Washington-based Uygur American Association (UAA) in April cited a Uygur restaurant owner from Hotan as saying while Ramadan is an opportunity for Muslims to handle repairs and redecoration in their businesses, any restaurant closing for repairs during the month may be fined.
“The extremely aggressive and intrusive religious restrictions even into the private lives of Uygurs by the Chinese state will only further provoke the anger of the Uygur people,” UAA president Alim Seytoff said. “Violence may erupt again due to such systematic repressive measures.”
Dr Reza Hasmath, an Oxford researcher with a focus on China’s ethnic minorities, said that struggle with the government over religious freedoms had become a symbol of the Uygur identity. “These measures will only solidify the distance between the ethnicities in Xinjiang,” he said.
Other experts warn that the situation in Xinjiang is more than a localised security issue.
“China needs to manage its minorities better,” said Ronan Gunaratna, head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore. “At this point, threats to the government comes primarily from its ethnicities.”
For now, the response from Beijing has frequently been to crack down further on dissidents and tighten security, occasionally blaming other countries such as the United States and Turkey for instigating what it calls religious extremism and terrorism.
“Over the past few weeks, the central leadership has had only one idea – to use as much security as possible,” said Kerry Brown, director of Sydney University’s China Studies Centre. “And it’s a very questionable strategy.”
He said the current approach was a “vicious circle” that only created more resentment. “The government has a paranoid mindset, but this is a real problem that has nothing to do with outsiders,” he said.
He added that resource-rich Xinjiang – which now has roughly as many Han Chinese as Uygurs – may be especially prone to a mass uprising with potential to spill over on a regional, or even national, level.
“China could explode anywhere, but Xinjiang is at the forefront,” said Brown. “It’s the perfect storm.”