Confessions of a Serial Cheater I – Life as He Knew It


“The servant will continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sin.”

[Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2398, Grade: Sahih]

It’s 4:30pm on a Friday afternoon. I have just come off the phone to a counselling service. I never thought I would ever need the assistance of a counselling service in my life. I always saw myself as a jolly old fellow who didn’t let the worries of the world get on top of him. But this was different. This wasn’t a worry that was bothering me. This was an addiction that was killing me. Killing me inside, slowly. Killing my soul and breaking down all of the defence barriers that it has to ward off such evils from oneself.

On the way home that evening there was only one thought on my mind. That thought was my wife. The only woman in my life that has stood besides me through all of my trials, through sun, rain and snow, through thick and thin. She has remained faithful to me in spite of all the pain that I have caused her. I love her dearly but I fear the day that she decides she has had enough and decides to leave me. That will be the day that the world ends for me as there will be no purpose to live any longer. What good is a life without your lover beside you, your partner being there to hold your hands, your companion to share your days and nights with? Continue reading Confessions of a Serial Cheater I – Life as He Knew It

Young Explorers’ Adventures in Madinah – An Excerpt


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In aid of World Book Day 2017, below is an unedited excerpt from our forthcoming title the ‘Young Explorers’ Adventures in Madinah.’

The end of the journey was near and it was slowly dawning on our young explorers how they would have to leave the city of Madinah very soon. They had just over a day left in the city and there were still a lot of places to try and squeeze into their visits before they departed for home.

That morning after the Fajr prayers they sat in the Masjid quietly reflecting on their trip and all of the places that they had visited and all of the landmarks that they had seen. In the distance they could see the elderly gentleman who they saw earlier in the week. His long white thobe, immaculate and uncreased, adorned his body. His white turban sat neatly perched on his head. His deep black eyes had this piercing gaze about them.

He turned around to face them, momentarily smiling as he got up and started walking towards our explorers.

“I wonder what he wants,” whispered Ali to the other two. “Maybe he is coming to say Salam,” replied Zaynah as she moved closer to her sister.

Uncle Hamza stood up and greeted the old man as he approached the place where our travellers were sitting. “Wa Alaykum As Salam,” replied the old man as uncle Hamza embraced him like he’d found a long lost friend.

“I am Musa,” said the old man as he gently sat beside our travellers. “Musa Binyamin Ali, and I look after the sacred chamber in which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his companions are buried,” he added.

“You work here?” asked Ali excitedly. “I do indeed my son. I am one of the few remaining Eunuchs that are employed to look after, guard and maintain the sacred chamber.”

“Wow!” cheered Maryam and Zaynah.

“I have been watching your group for the past few days. Seeing how you have taken in interest in the Mosque and its surroundings,” said Musa.

“We are here on a special mission,” added little Zaynah, “here to explore the historical sites of the city,” she said.

“How interesting!” replied Musa with a smile. “I thought as much and have come to offer my humble services,” he added.

“That would be really nice,” replied uncle Hamza as he informed their new friend of the sites and places that they had already visited.

“I can teach you about the houses of the companions that were located in and around the Masjid,” said Musa as he got up to leave again. “And if you’re really lucky, you may even get a chance to have a sneak preview inside the Scared Chamber!” he said with a glimmer in his eyes.

“We would love that!” exclaimed Maryam, Zaynah and Ali, excited at the prospect of being invited inside the Sacred Chamber.

“Meet me here after the ‘Esha prayers,” whispered Musa as he walked away and disappeared behind one of the many hidden doors of the Masjid.

“What’s a Eunuch?” thought Ali aloud, as our travellers got up to begin their day of exploring. “You can ask him when you see him later,” replied Zubair as they walked towards the exit gates of the Masjid.

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Book review: Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah.


Another review of our book the Young Explorers Adventures in Makkah. Thank you to Tiny Twinkle blog for the review.

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Book name: Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah.

Author: Abu Zaynah.

Recommended audience: I would say ages 7-8 and above.

What’s it about: This book is about a family making a journey to Makkah for an Umrah trip. It takes you on their journey and is like a fun companion, giving you information on what you need to do to perform umrah and all the places you can visit.

Why I think it’s great: I think this book is great as it gives you the knowledge and understanding you need when making your trip to Makkah. There are great images and illustrations in the book. It is also a story. I think children would love it, especially if they make the trip there as you can use this book as a reference. Children can see objects and places mentioned in the book and use them to spot the real thing! So…

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Small Deeds that are Overlooked


small-deedsConclusion from yesterday’s Wednesday Circle:

Find one Small Deed that you can carry out on a daily basis for the rest of the Year and make a determined effort to complete that deed every day.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “The most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are most consistent, even if it is small”. [Bukhari and Muslim]

The Deed can be anything from reciting a particular Dua or Adhkar every day to trying to pray all your Sunna prayers every day to reciting a page of the Qur’an every day or anything else. The key is to ensure that it is ‘Small’ and easy enough for you to be able to carry out on a daily basis.

Stuck for which small deeds you can do? Not to worry. Check out our list of 99 Small Deeds from the attachment in the link below. Choose any one of those deeds that is easy for you and complete it every day for the next year.

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Remember,  it’s all about the ‘Small Deeds that are Overlooked’.

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New Years #Giveaway


Assalamu ‘Alaykum,

We are hosting a #giveaway of our book on our Instagram Page. Please check us out on @islamopedia for details on how to enter.

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This is our first ever #giveaway and therefore would be grateful if you could enter and also help promote it for us.

JazakAllahu Khair as always.

Was Salam

Abu Zaynah

 

DIY – Make Your Own ‘Box of Good Deeds’


box-of-deeds-2Here is something good to kick off the new year and to give you a host of new deeds to complete every day for as long as you wish.

Make your very own ‘Box of Good Deeds’ for the home, workplace, school, prayer room, masjid or any other space that you like.

Follow the simple steps below to get going:

  1. Buy a medium sized gift / storage box (or for the more creative amongst us, make your own using an old card board box). Label it ‘The Box of Good Deeds’. You may also use a jar, a pot or anything else that you can get your hands into.
  2. Print out the following document – box-of-good-deeds
  3. Cut out the squares with the good deeds noted within.
  4. Fold up each square and place it in your ‘Box of Good Deeds’
  5. Place the ‘Box of Good Deeds’ in an accessible location in your chosen space.
  6. Use it everyday to take out a square, read and note the deed, carry out the deed, and repeat the same steps the following day, taking out a different random square each day.

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box-of-deeds-3Share the blessing by sharing this post with your friends, family, and contacts.

Also share with us photos of your ‘Box of Good Deeds’ via social media tagging them with the hashtag #boxofgooddeeds and #islamopedia. You can also tag us by using our tag @islamopedia on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You may also email us your photos on islamopedia@gmail.com.  (Depending on the number of entries, there may be a prize on offer for the most creative entry)

Remember, anyone who completes a good deed due to you sharing this with them, you will also get a reward equivalent to the reward that they get.

box-of-deedsThe Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“He who inaugurates a good sunna in Islam earns the reward of it and of all who perform it after him without diminishing their own rewards in the slightest. And he who introduces a bad sunna is guilty of the sin of it and of all who perform it after him without diminishing their own sins in the slightest.”

[Sahih Muslim]

Get creating, get doing and get sharing. Let’s make this go viral for the sake of Allah, seeking by it only His Pleasure and His Reward.

Reflection: Celebrity Deaths in 2016


2016 will be remembered as the year in which many famous celebrities passed away. Some reports suggest that up to 50+ famous people died this year. And even though we don’t know any of these people personally, the fact that they lived in the public domain and were ‘famous’ means that their death still hits us a little, particularly if we were a fan of that person.

This impact is felt more so when that public personality happens to be a Muslim, the likes of the boxer Muhammad Ali or the singer Junaid Jamshed or the philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi , whose deaths touched the hearts of millions of people worldwide.

However, the questions that we have to ask ourselves is, are we going to learn anything from these deaths? Or we are we just going to read about it in the press and on social media and then let it pass without any thought or pondering? Continue reading Reflection: Celebrity Deaths in 2016

Review – The Savvy Muslim Youth Manifesto


Title: The Savvy Muslim Youth Manifesto  savvy-muslim-youth-manifesto-cover-1880x2500

Author: Amina Edota

Published by: www.YouthlyHub.com

As far as manifestos go, the Savvy Muslim Youth Manifesto is one of a kind. It’s not full of the bold promises that never materialise in manifestos devised by political parties. Nor is it full of exaggerated claims and boastfulness found in manifestos of large organisations and companies. Rather it has within it gems from the Qur’an and Sunnah and practical tips to help navigate the personal and social spheres of our lives.

The 11 point Manifesto covers topics that range from being a True Servant of Allah and Life Long Learning to Managing Your Time and Involving Yourself in the Community. Written in an easy and readable language, the Manifesto is designed to empower us to live with purpose, passion, purity, patience, persistence, positivity and inner peace. It is designed as a guide to teach us how to live a productive and purposeful life. Continue reading Review – The Savvy Muslim Youth Manifesto

Do Good Box – Help


HELP – ACTION ALERT

Having been inspired by the ‘Do Good Box’ in the picture below, I would like to set up my own ‘Do Good Box’ for the home, my local masjid and the Wednesday Circle. I would like to have within it 365 good deeds that people can pick up everyday and try to complete it within the day.

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In order to do this I need to collate 365 good deeds that we can do as Muslims, based on a specific Ayah of the Qur’an or a Hadith of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

This is where I need your HELP. Please can you share in the comments box on our Facebook Page  any small actions from the Qur’an and Sunnah that I can include in my ‘Do Good Box’.

I will of course share the end results with you all.

Thanking you in advance.

JazakAllahu Khayr wa Assalamu ‘Alaykum

PS: Please share this post with others that might be able to help collate the list of deeds.

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Review – Bangladesh Diaries


Bangladesh Diaries

By Salam Jones

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Bangladesh Diaries is a photographic journal of Salam Jones’ travels in Bangladesh. It is a product of over three months of travelling in the densely populated nation of 150 million people taking photographs of their way of life.

With over 300 pages covering towns and districts spanning from Kushtia to Dhaka to Sylhet, the book captures life as it is in this tiny country, featuring the places, the people and the foods of Bangladesh – all things that make up the culture of a country.

It captures the men, women and children of the country. It features husbands, wives, students, workers, farmers, rickshaw drivers, beggars to name just a few of the categories of people presented in the book. Continue reading Review – Bangladesh Diaries

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