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


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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


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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.

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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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Book Launch: Makkah to Madinah – A Photographic Journey of the Hijrah Route


'If ye help him not, still Allah helped him when those who disbelieve drove him forth, the second of two; when they two were in the cave, when he said unto his comrade: Grieve not. Lo! Allah is with us. Then Allah caused His peace of reassurance to descend upon him and supported him with hosts ye cannot see, and made the word of those who disbelieved the nethermost, while Allah’s Word it was that became the uppermost. Allah is Mighty, Wise.' [Qur'an 9:40]

I was privileged to be at the book launch of ‘Makkah to Madinah – A Photographic Journey of the Hijrah Route’ on the evening of Friday 27 March 2015 at the Royal Geographic Society in Kensington.

The Photobook by Dr Abdullah Al Kadi documents in great detail the  Hijrah Journey that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, took from Makkah to Madinah.

Left to RIght: Peter Sanders, Dr Abdullah Al Kadi, Bettany Hughes
Left to RIght: Peter Sanders, Dr Abdullah Al Kadi, Bettany Hughes

The event was chaired by historian Bettany Hughes with presentations from Dr AlKadi and Photographer Peter Sanders. The evening closed with a reception and book signing with Dr AlKadi.

Dr Abdullah AlKadi‘Dr. Alkadi is the Vice Rector for Studies, Development and Community Services, as well as being a Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Dammam in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. He is the author of several books covering diverse topics such as the use of GIS applications on social development in urban areas, to analysis of the planning characteristics of urban mosques at the time of the Prophet in Madinah. Currently, Dr. Alkadi continues to explore and expand his research not only on the Hijrah Route, but other ancient pathways as well.’

I arrived late at the event due to unforeseen circumstances that afternoon on a return journey from Bognor Regis. As a result I missed a good chunk of Dr AlKadi’s presentation. What I did catch was him documenting through pictures the difficulty he and his team had to endure to find and detail all the places that the Prophet, peace be upon him, and Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased him, trekked through on their momentous journey from Makkah to Madinah.

They uncovered many new milestones that marked the way, reaching some areas that were only accessible by foot, and hand digging various milestones and artefacts from underground. Along the way they uncovered ancient writings on rocks that predate even the Islamic Period in Arabia.

Dr AlKadi has  had all of his new findings documented with the relevent Tourism and Archeology department within the Government of Saudi Arabia.

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Dr. Alkadi explains: “Makkah to Madinah is the culmination of several years of research driven by the simple desire to determine as precisely as possible the exact route of the Hijrah. In the course of this study, I have conducted dozens of field expeditions, collecting data, recording GPS coordinates, identifying landmarks, calculating distances, and covering as much as possible the entire route by foot. I have also examined every available resource from Hadith and Seerah literature and narrations, to historical documents, maps from the eighteenth century to the present. I have also conducted extensive interviews with local residents to glean information handed down through generations.”

“After analysing, synthesising, and cross-checking the information from this research, I have by the grace of Allah realised my original goal: to determine as precisely as possible the exact route of the Prophet’s Hijrah.”

After Dr AlKadi Peter Sanders took to the stage. He mirrored what Dr AlKadi had said and stated that in all his years of travelling to and photographing Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Sites, he could not believe that the sites uncovered by Dr AlKadi actually existed.

Although he was only on the journey for part of the way he found the whole experience spiritually uplifting knowing that they were walking on the exact same path that the Prophet, peace be upon him, had trodden.

Peter also mentioned the sites that were hard to reach and had to be gotten to on foot and commended Dr Al Kadi’s commitment and vigour in completing those journeys on foot. Peter summarised that the landscapes that they visited and saw was like seeing the Artistry of Allah in His creation.

IMG_20150330_191239Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, who was also present at the launch, wrote the forward to the book.  It was through Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and his audio tapes in the 90s that I first heard of Dr AlKadi, and I was glad that I finally got a chance to meet him in 2015! Alhamdu Lillah. He writes in his forward to the book:

In a just world, this exaustive effort would be seen as a groundbreaking masterwork, and would be discussed and celebrated by historians of humanity worldwide. But our world is far from just, and Shaykh Abdullah may have to wait for the Hijrah to that truly just world for his work to be acknowledged and rewarded. For now, may our gratitude suffice.

After the presentations was a brief Q&A conducted by the chair which was followed by the reception and book signing.

Dr AlKadi signing my copy of his book with the inscription: 'Preserving History for the Future Generations.'
Dr AlKadi signing my copy of his book with the inscription: ‘Preserving History for the Future Generations.’

The book can be purchased from all good bookstores and online through Amazon and the publisher’s own website: http://orient-east.com/buy

I would like to end by thanking brother Masud Ahmed Khan for posting the details of the event on his Facebook feed, without which I would not have known of the event. I would also like to thank Helen Lewis of literallypr.com for extending the invite to me and giving me the opportunity to meet such great personalities from the Islamic World.

GEMS & STARS IN THE UK: SHAYKH ABDUL AZIZ AHMED FREDERICKS


Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ahmed Fredericks (Hafizahullah)

Source: http://aynacademy.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=27:abdulaziz&catid=3:teacher&Itemid=33

Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ahmed Fredericks was born in Nottingham in the United Kingdom where he completed his schooling before moving to Leicester for University studies. He completed a BEd degree in primary education specialising in Language Arts. He then went on to carry out post-graduate studies in Education in various universities including London University Institute of Education, Strathclyde University and the Open University. Continue reading GEMS & STARS IN THE UK: SHAYKH ABDUL AZIZ AHMED FREDERICKS

GEMS & STARS IN THE UK: SHAYKH AHMED SAAD AL-AZHARI


SHAYKH AHMED SAAD AL-AZHARI (HAFIZAHULLAH)

Source: http://www.ihsaninstitute.co.uk/Home/Founder

Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Saad Ash-Shafi’ie Al-Azhari Al-Hasani was born into a family of scholars whose lineage goes back to the Prophet (salla Allahu alayh wa sallam) through his grandson Al-Hasan ibn Ali (radia Allahu anhu) in the northern Egyptian governorate of Monofiyyah, in the Nile Delta. The land of Monofiyyah is known to be the cradle of great scholars of Islam including people like Shaykh Al-Islam Ibrahim Al-Bayjouri, Imam Tajuddin As-Subki and Taqiyuddin As-Subki, Shaykh Al-Islam Ash-Shanawani, Shaykh Nour Ad-Din Al-Mihi, Shaykh Hasan Al-Quwaysini, Shaykh Ash-Shurunbilali and many others. As the custom of the family was to memorise Qur’an at an early age, Sheikh Saad completed the memorisation of the Holy Qur’an at the age of ten at the hands of his father and studied basic Arabic and Islamic sciences with focus on the sciences of Arabic language (‘Ulum Al-‘Arabiyyah) before enrolling into Al-Azhar system of schools where he studied from 1988 to 2004 graduating with a B.A. Honours in Islamic Studies in English and finishing his post graduate years. Continue reading GEMS & STARS IN THE UK: SHAYKH AHMED SAAD AL-AZHARI

Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World


In his book ‘Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World’ author Johann Christoph Arnold stands up for children and the rights of childhood.

He advocates for the preservation of the innocence of children in world where children are constantly exposed to adult themes. He talks of the pressures applied on children from a very young age to excel academically without having had the chance to learn through play and interpersonal interactions with other children and adults. He talks of children that our sidelined and outcast, bereft of opportunities because the system doesn’t know how to cope with them. He mentions the dangers of the media and the exposure that young children have to magazines, satellite television, the internet and so on and how these are shaping the way they think and behave moreso than the teaching they receive at home or in school.

The author brings anecdotal examples from his experience as a teacher, mentor, educator, counsellor and a father to show how, with a little consideration, love and gentleness, we can give children the wonderful childhood that every child deserves.

He implores adults to see the world through a child’s eyes and to learn from their innocence, their genuineness, their sincerity, their curiosity and so on. He asks us to see each child as a unique miracle of God and to nurture the special qualities that they possess.

Below are some quotes from the book that I have shared previously on our Facebook Page:

‘Experts inform us that overpopulation is destroying earth. I disagree: greed and selfishness are ruining the planet, not children.’

‘Obviously, it is impossible to live without money and material goods, and every household must have its provider and its plans for the future. But ultimately it is the love we give our children, and not the material things, that will remain with them for life.’

‘As a teenager, I grumbled about the never-ending chores, but my parents had no pity. And in retrospect I am grateful. I see now how their insistence taught me self-discipline, concentration, perseverance, and the ability to carry through – all things you need to be a father.’

‘If we are going to protect innocence in a child, we need to cleans our own hearts of pollution.’

Children are the generation of the future and therefore if we can make a positive change in the children of today than tomorrow will be a better day.

The book is available for free in the UK from the following website. I think that every parent, educator, mentor and anyone involved with young people should read it. I found it to be a very insightful read.

http://www.communityplaythings.co.uk/learning-library/training-resources/their-name-is-today

Abu Zaynah

06.03.2015

Muslim Parents – Online Resources for the Upbringing of Children


Assalamu ‘Aliakum,

I hope and pray that you are all well.

I am in the process of compiling a list of websites and blogs that might be of benefit in regards to the upbringing of children. I will add to the list as I discover more, but below is what I have found useful so far (to be updated as I discover more).

If you know of any that may be of benefit to others, please share in the comments box below.

JazakAllahu Khair

Abu Zaynah

* Please note that Islamopedia can not be held responsible for the content of external sites. 

Links:

Muslim Mommy:

http://muslimommy.com/category/parenting/

Learning Roots, I want to be Like:

http://www.iwanttobelike.com/

Productive Muslim:

http://productivemuslim.com/tag/parenting/

Seekers Hub:

http://seekershub.org/blog/2010/04/raising-your-children-with-deen-dunya-radio-interview-with-hina-khan-mukhtar-seekersguidance-islamic-parenting-course/

Simple Tips 4 Moms: 

http://www.simpletips4mom.com/?cat=17

Read Little Muslims:

http://www.readlittlemuslims.com/free-resources/little-deen-explorers/

Islamic Playground:

http://www.islamicplayground.com/Scripts/default.asp

Muslim Kidz:

http://www.muslimkidz.com/

Al Islah Kids:

http://alislahkids.com/index.php

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