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

Review – Khadijah: Mother of History’s Greatest Nation


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By Fatima Barkatulla

Published by Learning Roots

‘Khadijah: Mother of History’s Greatest Nation’ retells the story of one the greatest women in the history of Islam, and by extension probably one of the greatest women in the history of humanity.

She was the mother of the believers and the first wife of our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). She was the first to accept Islam and supported the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) during the difficult early years of Islam under the persecution of the Makkans and the Quraysh. Continue reading Review – Khadijah: Mother of History’s Greatest Nation

Pearls of the Faith


Ian Whiteman

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A book that recently left my desk to the printers after sitting in my computer for over ten years is the book illustrated above: Pearls of the Faith by British Victorian journalist and traveller Sir Edwin Arnold. First published in 1884 it was an attempt to present Islam in an appealing and intelligent manner to a world steeped in prejudice and colonial disdain for Islam. When I first saw the text ten years ago it seemed archaic and written in a kind of verse that reminded me of the stories of Rupert Bear, an illustrated childrens’ story book told in verse form which I had grown up with. I didn’t really understand Hamza Yusuf’s motives in wanting to republish it but after ten years and a now very different world that we live in, it actually makes a lot of sense to re-present it to the public. After careful editing involving many spelling changes and the addition…

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Julaybib – The Dwarf Companion


His name was unusual and incomplete. Julaybib means “small grown” being the diminutive form of the word “Jalbab “. The name is an indication that Julaybib was small and short, even of dwarf-like stature. More than that, he is described as being “damim” which means ugly, deformed, or of repulsive appearance.

Even more disturbing, for the society in which he lived, Julaybib’s lineage was not known. There is no record of who his mother or his father was or to what tribe he belonged. This was a grave disability in the society in which he lived. Julaybib could not expect any compassion or help, any protection or support from a society that placed a great deal of importance on family and tribal connections. In this regard, all that was known of him was that he was an Arab and that, as far as the new community of Islam was concerned, he was one of the Ansar. Perhaps he belonged to one of the outlying tribes beyond Madinah and had drifted into the city or he could even have been from among the Ansar of the city itself.

The disabilities under which Julaybib lived would have been enough to have him ridiculed and shunned in any society and in fact he was prohibited by one person, a certain Abu Barzah of the Aslam tribe, from entering his home. He once told his wife:

“Do not let Julaybib enter among you. If he does, I shall certainly do (something terrible to him).” Probably because he was teased and scoffed at in the company of men, Julaybib used to take refuge in the company of women.  Continue reading Julaybib – The Dwarf Companion

Gems & Stars in the UK: Sarah Joseph OBE


Sarah Joseph OBE

Source: http://www.emelmediagroup.com/company/sarahjoseph

Sarah Joseph is Editor & CEO of emel media. Having grown up in one of the world’s top model agencies, Sarah converted to Islam at the age of 16. A powerful and popular public speaker, she has lectured on Islam globally for over 20 years. 

Sarah was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2004 for her services to interfaith dialogue and the promotion of women’s rights. She is listed as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University and the Royal Jordanian Strategic Studies Centre.

Her founding and editorship of emel in 2003 was a turning point in Muslim media. It created a paradigm shift in the way Muslims were portrayed and were marketed to.

Sarah’s Facebook page, which has a large global following, declares her passion “to get people to recognise their shared humanity, and our common responsibility to this Earth.” She manages this through her work with emel Media Group, but also through other avenues, including her regular ‘Pause for Thought’ on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show – Britain’s most popular radio show.

Sarah’s work in the Muslim community and with emel Media Group means she has a wealth of knowledge and expertise which she uses to great effect to advise on the needs of Muslims to government and corporate bodies, as well as public and private institutions. Through these endeavours Sarah has become a leading expert on the Muslim Lifestyle market.

A self-confessed perfectionist who absolutely loves her work, Sarah is the proud mother of three young children; she keeps chickens, and supports Tottenham Hotspur.

 

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