Petition to Preserve Historical Sites in Makkah and Madinah


https://www.change.org/p/king-of-saudi-arabia-custodian-of-the-two-holy-mosques-preserve-historical-site-in-makkah-and-madinah

To King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques,

Assalamu ‘Alaykum,

I hope and pray that you are well

In recent decades the Expansion of the Two Holy Mosques and the new Property and Infrastructure Developments in Makkah and Madinah has led to the destruction of many of the Historical Sites associated with the early Development of Islam in the region.

Sites such as the blessed House of Khadija (may Allah be pleased with her) in Makkah, the old House of Arqam (may Allah be pleased with him), the house of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) and the House of Hamza (may Allah be pleased with him) have all been destroyed to make way for the expansion and development of the areas surrounding Masjid Al Haram. Madinah faces the same fate with some of the historical Homes and Mosques around Masjid Al Nabawi either removed or marked for removal under future development plans.

Our request to the King and the Authorities in the Two Holy Cities are as follows:

1) Our leaders and governors from the early Islamic period up to the Ottoman period have all tried to preserve the Historical Sites associated with the early Development of Islam and associated to the Life of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). We respectfully request that you do the same and where possible preserve the sites that are known to have a historical significance so that future generation can see where some of the events from the Life of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) took place.

2) We appreciate that no every historical site can be saved from destruction and that due to the needs of the ever increasing population of pilgrims to the region that expansion and development have to take place to cater for this. However, we would recommend that where historical sites have to be removed or destroyed to make way for hotels, shopping complexes, roads and infrastructure projects that you place a marker in the place where those sites used to exist so that visitors can at least see where the old buildings stood and appreciate where historical events took place. This is done in many of the western countries where you will see markers on new buildings stating that here stood such and such an historical structure or here lived such and such an historical person. I do not see why this isn’t done as a matter of course in the Two Holy Cities.

There are many eminent scholars in your country that can help to identify and locate these historical sites and make recommendation for the markers.

We thank you for your consideration and pray that you can take seriously our recommendations above. Most modern cities are proud of their historical heritage and try to preserve as much of it as possible. We should be the same and preserve as much of our heritage as possible.

Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.

Abu Zaynah

Ramadan 2017 Day #29


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #29 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Do Something Nice for your Neighbours

“Jibril kept on recommending that I treat my neighbours well until I thought that he would order me to treat them as my heirs.” [Bukhari – Adab Al Mufrad] 

Prophetic Food of the Day: The Fig 

‘By the fig and the olive,’  [Qur’an 95:1]

Charity Spotlight: SKT Welfare

SKT Welfare is a UK-registered charity, founded in 2008, dedicated to the delivery of humanitarian aid and solutions regardless of race, political affiliation, gender or belief. Its aim is to help relieve the suffering of the world’s poorest communities.

Since its inception, the charity has accomplished several projects in the UK, Pakistan, India, Morocco, Somalia and more recently, Palestine. However, since 2011 and the onset of the crisis in Syria, SKT Welfare has re-oriented most of its efforts addressing the humanitarian fallout from this conflict, and has become instrumental in delivering aid to Syrians in need, both inside Syria and within refugee camps in neighbouring countries. The charity has evolved and adapted itself successfully to what is an extremely difficult conflict zone to function within, operationally and logistically.

The charity operates a 100% donation policy, and all of its work is carried out by experienced and committed volunteers, overseen by trustees, who are primarily from professional backgrounds. SKT does not outsource any aspect of its relief efforts whatsoever, and takes complete ownership for delivering projects itself, end-to-end. Currently, SKT Welfare has offices in the UK, USA, Sweden, Turkey, Palestine and Jordan.

You can support the cause by using the link below:

https://sktwelfare.org/donate/

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 29

 

Ramadan 2017 Day #28


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #28 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Avoid Doing Bad Deeds Whilst Fasting

“Perhaps a fasting person will get nothing from his fast except hunger and thirst, and perhaps a person who prays during the night will get nothing from his prayer except sleeplessness.” [Related by Imam Ahmad and Ibn Majah]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Watermelon

A’isha (RA) reports that, “The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) ate watermelon with fresh dates.” [Related by Al-Tirmidhi]

Charity Spotlight: Muslim Aid

Working in over 70 countries across Africa, Asia and Europe, Muslim Aid is striving to help the poor overcome the suffering endured due to natural disasters and lack of life’s basic necessities.

We work with all in need, regardless of their race, religion, gender, nationality or political opinion.

Whilst responding to emergencies is one of our major priorities, we also work on strategic programmes to eliminate poverty that focus upon:

  • Education
  • Skills training
  • Provision of clean water
  • Healthcare
  • Income generation projects

These projects ensure that individuals can have access to basic necessities and the skills necessary to generate an income so that they are not permanently dependent on aid agencies for food and shelter.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://www.muslimaid.org/donate/

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 28

Ramadan 2017 Day #27


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #27 bi’iznillah.

Deed of the Day: Visit a Sick Person

“The person who is strong is not strong because he can knock people down. The person who is strong is the one who controls himself when he is angry.” [Bukhari – Adab Al Mufrad] 

Prophetic Food of the Day: Vinegar

It was narrated that Jabir (r.a) said: “I entered the house of the Prophet with him and there was some bread and vinegar. The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Eat; what a good condiment is vinegar.’” [Sunan an-Nasa’i]

Charity Spotlight: Walou

Walou is a British registered charity (No. 1128951) and a member of the Consortium for Street children. We are dedicated to helping protect and care for children living in precarious situations in North Africa, through rehabilitation, reintegration and outreach programmes. Our current projects are in Morocco.

You can support the project by donating using the link below:

http://www.walou4us.com/page-donate-5.html

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 27

Ramadan 2017 Day #26


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #26 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Be Good to Your Parents

Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said, “If any Muslim obeys Allah regarding his parents, Allah will open two gates of the Garden for him. If there is only one parent, then one gate will be opened. If one of them is angry, then Allah will not be pleased with him until that parent is pleased with him.” He was asked, “Even if they wrong him?” “Even if they wrong him” he replied. [Bukhari – Adab Al-Mufrad] 

Prophetic Food of the Day: Dates

“Break your fast with a date, or with water because it is pure.” [Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi]

Charity Spotlight: National Zakat Foundation

Every Muslim community in the world needs a mechanism to uphold the pillar of Zakat, just as our mosques uphold the pillar of Salat. This is what we tasked ourselves with in 2011, when we launched the National Zakat Foundation (NZF) in the UK.

NZF is now the premier Zakat institution for the UK Muslim community, serving Zakat payers and recipients nationwide. By providing a complete Zakat service within the UK, NZF aims to achieve its vision of a faithful, confident, selfless and self-sufficient Muslim community in the United Kingdom.

It is the only organisation providing an end-to-end Zakat service, encompassing Education, Calculation, Collection and Distribution of Zakat funds for the benefit of local, deserving recipients. This group includes some of the most vulnerable members of the community, including the homeless, refugees, asylum seekers, single parents and the elderly.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://www.nzf.org.uk/Donate

Lessons from the Qu’ran: Juz 26

Ramadan 2017 Day #25


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #25 bi’iznillah.

Deed of the Day: Read!

‘Read with the name of your Lord who created (every thing), He created man from a clot of blood. Read, and your Lord is the most gracious, who imparted knowledge by means of the pen. He taught man what he did not know.’ [Qur’an 96:1-5]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Grapes

‘He is the One who sent down water from the heavens, of which you have your drink; and with it (you grow) plants on which you pasture your cattle. He causes the crops therewith to grow for you, and olives, and date palms, and grape vines, and all the fruits. Surely, in that, there is a sign for a people who ponder.’ [Qur’an 16:10-11]

Charity Spotlight: Muslim Hands

In 1993, a community in Nottingham, moved by the devastation of the Bosnian war, sprang into action. A small group of volunteers began collecting money, clothes and medicine for the people of Bosnia.

Muslim Hands, an international aid agency and NGO, grew from this grass roots movement and since these first efforts, we have responded to countless more emergencies, as well as establishing long term projects such as schools, healthcare clinics and livelihood programmes worldwide.

We are working in over 50 countries and have field offices in over 30 of these. By working closely with our partners and offices on the ground, we are able to distribute aid in an effective, efficient, transparent and wholly accountable manner and to make a lasting difference to the communities we work with.

Dedicated to tackling the root causes of poverty around the world, Muslim Hands is passionate about working beyond the provision of immediate relief, towards supporting communities over the long-term. – See more at: https://muslimhands.org.uk/about-us#sthash.ifjRNTFc.dpuf

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://muslimhands.org.uk/donate

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 25

Ramadan 2017 Day #24


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #24 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Make Abundant Dhikr of Allah

‘the ones who believe and their hearts are peaceful with the remembrance of Allah. Listen, the hearts find peace only in the remembrance of Allah.’ [Qur’an 13:28]

 

Prophetic Food of the Day: The Fig 

‘By the fig and the olive,’  [Qur’an 95:1]

Charity Spotlight: Children of Jannah

At Children of Jannah, we started with a mission and despite our rapid growth, that mission is still the same as it was the day we began.

Our mission is to meet the needs of grieving families in the UK and beyond by providing practical, emotional and spiritual support.

We believe that by educating families, friends and professionals we can raise awareness of loss and grief to better support those who have suffered the devastation of losing a child.

We continue to fulfil our mission from that very first phone call, to the amazing support network, resources and training that we offer today.

You can support the cause by donating using the link below:

https://childrenofjannah.com/donate/

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 24

 

Confessions of a Serial Cheater VII – Confession


-and those who, when they happen to commit a shameful act or wrong themselves, remember Allah, then, seek forgiveness for their sins-and who is there to forgive sins except Allah?-and do not persist in what they have done, knowingly.

[Qur’an 3:135]

Oh Allah I confess to you my sin, even though you are the All Hearing, All Seeing, in the hope that you will help me to get over what I have done. I confess my sin openly Oh Allah, even though I committed it in secret, seeking from you Your Grace and Your Forgiveness.

I have let myself down, but more importantly I have let me family down. I have let my wife down. I have let my children down. I have let down everyone that has shown me any love and compassion. And for this I am truly sorry. Truly, truly sorry!

I have let you down too my Lord by disobeying your commands and prohibitions. I have let you down by letting myself go astray. I have let you down by letting myself down. I am your unworthy servant, seeking to change his ways, Ya Rabb, please will you listen. Listen to the cries of this sinful soul.

I regret this affair oh Allah. I regret it very much. I now realise how wrong and blind I was to be involved in such a relationship, with such a woman, for such a long period of time.

If I was told that I only have one chance of going back in time to change just one aspect of my life, I would go back in time and ensure that I never met this person in my life. My life would have been so much sweeter without her in my life.

I take back what I did, and everything that I said. I take back the Du’as that I made I pray for you to erase this portion of my life from my records.

I promise never ever to go back to this person or this sin ever again. I would rather that you take my soul away, Ya Rabb, than for me to go back to my former ways. It has taken me 15 years to learn this lesson and it’s 15 years too late!

I have lost everything because of what I have done, I have lost everything because of her, and I would never to choose to go back to her again. I have lost my wife. I have lost my children. I have lost my family. I have lost my friends.

My plea to you is this Ya Allah. Have mercy upon me and find a means to forgive me. There may be something good that I have done in my life that was pleasing unto you. Use that as a means to forgive me Ya Rabb.

I also pray for you to forgive my family and bless them in their life in this word and the next. I was not able to give them the happiness that they deserved Ya Rabb, provide them that happiness to them in my place instead.

Bless my wife for the patience that she showed, the hardship that she put up with, and the heartache that she has suffered. I love her dearly and even though I am not able to express this to her anymore, I pray that you will guide and look after and fulfil for her all her hearts desires and wishes.

There is nothing that I would not give to be back in her arms. But I have lost that privilege due to my unfaithfulness.

Bless for me my children, and raise them as strong believers. Not as weak and feeble believers like I have been. Bless them to fulfil their life’s goals, and give me a chance to reunite with them soon in this world.

I will take whatever punishment that you throw my way, I know that I deserve it. But I also know that Your Mercy prevails over Your Wrath and therefore will continue to seek your forgiveness until my last breath.

Ameen

©Islamopdia – Written anonymously ‘Confessions of a Serial Cheater’ is a collaboration between Islamopedia and others to raise awareness of the issue of infidelity in marriage. Although the characters and the narrative are fictional, the story is based on true events and reflects the pain that many women (and men) have to suffer due to the selfish actions of one partner. The purpose of this series is to stop anyone engaged in such activity before it’s too late and deter anyone thinking of committing such a sin before they fall into it. NB: Anyone having trouble in their relationships should seek professional help from qualified scholars and counsellors.


 

 

Ramadan 2017 Day #23


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #23 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Visit friends and relatives and honour the guests that visit you

“Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should honour his guest. Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day, should maintain ties of kinship. Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day, should speak well or be silent.” [Agreed upon – Riyadh As-Salihin]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Olives

God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The likeness of His Light is as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass, the glass as it were a glittering star kindled from a Blessed Tree, an olive neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow forth [of itself], though no fire touched it. Light upon light. God guides to His Light whom He will. And God strikes similitudes for men; and God is Knower of all things.‘ [Qur’an 24:35]

Charity Spotlight: Charity Right

Charity Right is an international food programme providing regular meals to children and families in the most neglected parts of the world.

We focus on providing school meals to existing schools to encourage children to come to school and to stay there.

We promise to provide regular meals to ensure that we remove the hunger from their stomachs and the fear of hunger from their minds and hearts. This allows families to stop worrying about where their next meal will come from and start focusing on the things that matter.

We actively seek out vulnerable and isolated communities where other charities don’t operate. From refugee camps in Eastern Sudan to deserts in Pakistan, we ensure regular food is made available to schools in some of the world’s hardest to reach areas.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://charityright.org.uk/donate/

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 23

Ramadan 2017 Day #22


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #22 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Visit the Masjid Frequently

“Whosoever goes to the Masjid and returns back from it, purely for the sake of Allah, Allah the Almighty will prepare an abode in Jannah for every time he goes and comes back.” [Muslim] 

Prophetic Food of the Day: Lamb Shoulder Meat

Abu Ubayd reports: “I cooked something for the Prophet in a saucepan. Since he liked the shoulder, I handed it to him. He then said to me: ‘Give me the shoulder.’ I said: ‘Messenger of God, how many shoulders does a lamb have?’ He said: ‘By Him who holds my soul in His hand, had you complied, you would have given me as many shoulders as I would have asked for.’” [Related by Ahmad, Al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Saad]

Charity Spotlight: Muntada Aid

Muntada Aid has a Vision of a world where everyone is free to live without the reliance on aid or injustice and where everyone can lead healthy and secure lives.
Our Mission is to work with our partners to ensure that poverty is eradicated from the lives of the most vulnerable, whilst empowering them to create their own future.
Through our Values, we work to have a lasting impact on the lives of those we serve. Muntada Aid consistently works to become a more efficient, effective and collaborative organisation.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

http://www.muntadaaid.org/donate/#/

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 22