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.

Was Salam

Abu Zaynah

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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

Haytham Tamim 2

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


Mina

‘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

GEMS & STARS IN THE UK: SHEIKHA SELINA BEGUM ALI


Sheikha Selina Begum Ali

Source: http://www.giftofknowledge.net/index.php?page=trustees

Sheikha Selina graduated with a Bachelors degree (BEd) in Primary Education, CELTA and PTLLS from London. She also completed a Diploma in Arabic Language and a Bachelors degree (BA) in Usul-Ad-Din and Usul-al-Fiqh in Arabic medium from the European Institute of Islamic Sciences in France. While studying Shariah she also completed an intensive Tajwid course on Ibn al-Jazari, a classical Tajwid text, and studied Tajwid extensively under a number of male and female Tajwid scholars. In particular, Sheikh Said Bouhdifi who obtained Ijazah for 10 recitations (Qira’at) from Sheikh Ayman Suaid and from Sheikh Abdul Munim As-Shalati. She also studied under Sheikh Farid and Sheikha Reihab (who both obtained Ijazah in 10 Qira’at from Sheikh Ayman), as well as Sheikh Mabruk Sheikha Muna and Kawsar (who both obtained Ijazah from Sheikh Ayman).

Sheikha Selina had been teaching Tajwid, Aqidah, Fiqh and other Islamic Sciences in the UK in various courses. In particular, she has taught in the Tartil courses (Beautifying Recitation), Itqan courses (Perfecting Recitation), Nafar courses (Understanding Islam) and in Knowledgeseekers courses (Islamic Sciences) for the last 7 years. She also teaches at the Beacon Institute, of which, she is one of the founding directors.

She is currently teaching the Arabic for Life Long Learning Programme and Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Programme for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. She also delivers talks on education and on other various Islamic issues at university campuses, Mosques and Islamic Centres. She is married with 3 children.

Places to Visit in Makkah – Masjid Bay’ah


Masjid Bay’ah

Masjid Bay’ah is in ‘Aqaba, the nearest part of Mina to Makkah. It marks the place where the early Madinan Muslims came to give Bay’ah (Allegiance) to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) which led to the eventual Hijrah of the Muslims from Makkah to Madinah.

Photo Courtesy of Google Images
Photo Courtesy of Google Images

The first Bay’ah was given two years before the Hijrah with 12 people of Madina giving Bay’ah. The second Bay’ah took place one year before the Hijrah and was attended by 75 people from Madina who gave their Allegiance to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and pomised to protect him should he migrate to Madinah.

This was the catalyst for the momentous Hijrah which became the start of a new Dawn for the Muslims.

A Masjid was built here to commemorate the location and Alhamdu Lillah it’s one of the few structures that still remain today.

More details can be found in the link below:

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

Martial Arts – Article by Community Martial Arts News


Islamopedia:

Naziya Mahmood’s Blog for those that might be interested.

Originally posted on Naziyah Mahmood:

Hello again!
I apologise for my long silence (for anyone who may visit my page from time to time), I just seem to have been caught up in more things that usual lately.

In September, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Gareth Davies for the online Welsh Martial Arts Magazine – Community Martial Arts News.
I consider myself a novice in the field of martial arts, but it was such an honour to have had this article published by Gareth, who had contacted me after finding one of my sword photos online (as mentioned in the article).

Article: Naziyah Mahmood – Community Martial Arts News

The passage speaks a bit about my martial arts history, a bit about my own life, and about Sensei too.
I realise that some parts are a little muddled, but the gist of it is there! (I just hope it doesn’t come…

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House of Halimah (رضي الله عنها) where Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) spent his childhood


Islamopedia:

Stumbled across this post whilst searching for something else. Another one to add to the list of the many places one can do Ziyarah of when in the Sacred Land.

Originally posted on :

Allah has granted special privilege to things and places related to Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Hujrathu Shareefah (حجرة الشريفة), the small area where Rasoolullah’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) Qabar Shareef is located is described as the best place in earth. Area between Hujrathu Shareefah and Pulpit(منبر) of Rasoolullah’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is described as a garden among garden of the Paradise.

It is written in history with golden scripts about childhood of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) with Halimah (رضي الله عنها). It was a practice in that era that toddlers in city were nursed by villagers who folk the cities for that purpose. Birth parents of babies had found it a useful practice as their babies will gain better physical and mental strength once lived in villages. On the other hand villagers saw it as an opportunity to get some wealth.

Halimah (رضي الله عنها) accompanied by…

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