The Pride of Hijab


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Pride of the Hijab

Originally posted on GMB AKASH:

The wearing of the hijab reflects the modern Muslim woman’s independence, her new world attitude in which she has a choice in whether she follows this old tradition or not. Her hijab displays her confidence to live life on her own terms and communicates the message that she is respected, intelligent and pious person in her culture. She is also purposefully not drawing attention to herself vis-à-vis the male population in certain Muslim country such as Bangladesh.

Beside religious value, this piece of folded head scarf can tell much about a woman. So, what does your hijab say about you? The colour, the style, the adornments, if any, all refelcts the individual. There could be strips or flowers that represent the softness, the brightness. These choices allow a woman to express who she is. The hijab sends clear signals about a Muslim woman and her personality. The increasing trend of…

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‘Orange Generation’


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Orange Generation – This blog is very interesting masha Allah.

Originally posted on GMB AKASH:

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I grew up seeing my ancestors’ orange beards or hair. It is so common in our culture that I was hardly curious to know why older Muslim people colour their hair, beards or moustaches. With time I learned and found out that it was very natural to know  about the importance of henna in Muslim Culture.

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But for the first time I realized and wanted to know about the real motivation of different individual Muslim men and women for dyeing their grey hair. The first time I started asking the question was when many of my foreigner friends asked me about it frequently during their visits in Bangladesh. Then I started noticing that this colour is making this older generation different. So I started asking the Muslim older generation why they colour their grey beards or hair and what is it that they are so fond of?

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Dorset Community Association – Appeal


Dear Brother and Sisters,

Assalamu ‘Alaikum & ‘Eid Mubarak.

I hope and pray that you are well.

I come to you with an appeal for my local Masjid / Community Centre.

We have a small Masjid / Community Centre on the Ground Floor of our Housing Estate. It acts as a hub for the local community where we gather for the Five Daily Prayers, Jum’uah, Tarawih and ‘Eid Prayers. In addition to this we have a Childrens Maktab to teach Qur’an, Supplementary School to assist young people with their Education, Advice Surgery for people on Benefits and much more. Continue reading Dorset Community Association – Appeal

Samiul Alam Rajon (d. 08/07/2015)


Samiul Alam Rajon  – R.I.P

 

© JASHIM ALI – 15 July 2015

 

Words can’t describe

The way we feel

The hurt, the disgust

It’s so unreal

 

You begged for mercy

And they had none

You asked for water

And of you, they made fun

 

Tied to a pole

And beat with a rod

Sixty plus injuries

All this you endured

 

The news has shook the world

How humanity can sink so low

We will avenge your death

Let those perpetrators know

 

Your cries weren’t unheard

Cos now the Angels are your friends

The pain is no more

Cos you’re a martyr in the end

 

Rest in Peace my brother

You’re in a better place

May your family find Sabr

Knowing that you’re now safe

 

Justice will be served

For the world is now behind you

And let this be a lesson

For anyone else in their shoe

Ramadan – A Time for Devotion


Ramadan – A Time for Devotion

The following is the transcript of a talk that I was asked to give at the Weavers Community Forum Iftar gathering on Sunday 12 July 2015. Although the talk did not happen due to time restrictions and late coming of guests, I am sharing it here for all to benefit insha Allah. Continue reading Ramadan – A Time for Devotion

Ten tips for getting the best out of Ramadan


Islamopedia:

Updated and reblogging this post that I wrote a few years ago. I hope it’s of some benefit.

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Originally posted on Islamopedia:

Ten tips for getting the best out of Ramadan

by Abu Zaynah

1. Purify your Intention – Fast for the sake of Allah (SWT) only and not just because your family, your community and all the Muslims are fasting. Purify your intention and make sure it is sincere and it is solely for the sake of the One who has commanded us to fast.

“Actions are but by intention and every man shall have but that which he intended. Thus he whose migration was for Allah and His messenger, his migration was for Allah and His messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that for which he migrated.”

[Bukhari and Muslim]

2. Recite the Qur’an Often – This is the month of the Qur’an and therefore recite plenty of Qur’an. Try to complete a Khatm…

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GEMS & STARS IN THE UK: USTADHA IFFET RAFEEQ


Ustadha Iffet Rafeeq

Source:

http://www.khidma.org.uk/p201410web/4586463934

Ustadha Iffet Rafeeq completed her classical ‘Aalimah course in the UK, topping both male and female students in every exam she took! She gained bessings from part time courses under Sheikh Atabec Shukurov Nasafi and Shaykh Burhan. Whilst studying she was appointed a role as a teacher and spiritual counsellor for reverts by her Ustadh. After graduating she was 1 of 3 students gifted a scholarship for Al Azhar university in Cairo.

Once her Intense Arabic Grammar course was completed she returned to the UK to teach Islamic theology at City Hasanat College, whilst completing her Businesses Management diploma and also continuing to study under the guidance of Shaykh Zain ul Aqtab Siddiqui at the Suyuti Institute

She is a co-founder of Dust To Diamonds, a Da’wah and Counselling Organisation, which can be found on YouTube.

Ustadha Iffet has achieved so much in a few years; her only wish is to study, teach, and serve the Ummah of Rasulullah SallAllahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam.

GEMS & STARS IN THE UK: SHAYKH HAYTHAM TAMIM


Shaykh Haytham Tamim

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Source: http://www.utrujj.org/about_us.php & http://alqalam.org.uk/panel-members/shaykh-haytham-tamim/

Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the primary teacher at Utrujj, and its founder. He has studied Islamic law for over 20 years. He has accreditation in interpretation and sciences of the Qur’an, Prophetic sayings (hadith) and jurisprudence (fiqh) from the scholars of Lebanon and Syria. He served as a lecturer of comparative jurisprudence for many years at the Islamic University of Beirut. He has also served as lecturer of hadith and the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him) (seerah) at the Azhar Lubnan Academy, Lebanon.

As well as verifying over 20 books, his specialities include comparative jurisprudence, principles of jurisprudence (usool ul fiqh) and hadith. He is the director of the “Shariah Solutions Ltd” A consultancy firm in Islamic Finance and is on the Shari’ah supervisory board for Gatehouse Bank PLC (London), He has delivered numerous courses and lectures in Islamic finance including an annual conference with leading Islamic finance scholars.

He provides counselling and independent consultancy services for Muslim and non-Muslim organisations both in person and via the internet. He has appeared on both Islam Channel and Shari’ah TV channel. He has been a guest speaker on Islamic radio stations throughout the UK responding to questions on Islamic law and living Islam in the modern context. He has also delivered a range of seminars and courses on Islamic Finance.

Places to Visit in Makkah – Mina


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‘And remember God, during certain days numbered. If any man hastens on in two days, that is no sin for him; and if he delays, it is not a sin for him; if he fears; and fear God, and know that to Him you shall be gathered.’ [Qur’an 2:203]

Photo credit: Akram Abahre
Photo credit: Akram Abahre

Mina is the place where the pilgrims congregate during the Hajj and stay there on the 8th and then from 11th to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah during the days of Tashriq.

Mina is situated approximately 7 kilometres to the east of Makkah. The pilgrims come here after completing their Hajj Rites and sacrifice an animal and cut / shave their heads before coming out from the state of Ihram.

“And when he was old enough to walk with him, he said, ‘O my dear son, I see in a dream that I shall sacrifice you. So see what you think’. He said, ‘O my father do whatever you have been commanded. You shall find me, God willing, of the steadfast’. And when they had both submitted, and he had laid him down on his forehead, We called to him, ‘O Abraham! Verily you have fulfilled the vision’. So do We reward those who are virtuous. Truly this was indeed a clear test’. Then We ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice.” [Qur’an 37: 102-107]

It is here that Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be Upon Him) brought his son Isma’il (Peace be Upon Him) in order to sacrifice him following the dream that he had. It is also here that the Shaytan tried to tempt him away from his mission to sacrifice his son so he beat Shaytan with pebbles at three different locations. These are marked by the 3 large walls known as the Jamarat, where pilgrims to this day stone the walls in recognition of this act of Ibrahim (Peace be Upon Him). Finally it is here, in Mina, where the pilgrim sacrifice an animal in remembrance of Ibrahim’s (Peace be Upon Him) willingness to sacrifice his son, and how Allah sent a Ram in Isma’il’s (Peace be Upon Him) place, as a ransom for him.

Mina is also the place where Masjid Al Khayf and Masjid Bay’ah are located.

More details can be found in the links below:

http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/saudi/makkah/other/mina.html  

http://almiskeenah.com/archives/548

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