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Eid Mubarak and Thank You


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Assalamu Alaykum and Eid Mubarak to you and yours.

May Allah (SWT) accept all of our deeds and raise us from the righteous on the day of judgement.

First of all I would like to thank you all profusely from the bottom of my heart for supporting our campaign this Ramadan.

Thanks to your kind donations we achieved 30% of our target Alhamdu Lillah. This was no easy feat given the amount of campaigns that were seeking donations this Ramadan.

Although we haven’t reached our full amount we will continue to fundraise through launchgood and offline and insha Allah soon we will be in a position to commission work on the app.

We seek your Duas for success in these blessed days of Shawwal and ask you to to continue sharing our campaign with your contacts, friends and family.

Donation links as follows:

https://www.launchgood.com/project/box_of_good_deeds

https://www.paypal.me/JashimAli

May Allah reward you for all your love and support.

Have a wonderful Eid.

Wa Assalamu Alaykum

Abu Zaynah

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The Good Deeds App


Looking for a unique project to donate to this Ramadan?

Then why not consider #TheGoodDeedsApp.

Good Deeds App 1Help us to develop an app to help you carry out good deeds on the go – and get rewarded for it in the process.

“Whoever institutes a good practice in Islam will have its reward and the reward of whoever acts upon it without diminishing their rewards in the slightest,” said the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Continue reading The Good Deeds App

Review: Omar and Hana Cartoon Series


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Omar and Hana is a welcome addition to the ever increasing number of Islamic Cartoons and Programmes available online for Muslim Children.

The Malaysian based cartoon series is based around two siblings, Omar and Hana, and their parents who teach them about Islam. It also features other characters including their friends Sufi, Sara and Faris and their teachers Ustadh Musa and Miss Laila.

Their unique style, their use of high quality graphics, and the fun educational content of their songs sets them apart from the other Islamic Children’s Programmes that are available out there. What’s more is that you can watch all their Cartoons for free on their YouTube channel.

Their songs are educational and topics based, covering a whole array of topics including the Importance of Salah, Caring for Orphans, not wasting food or water, being good guests and hosts, sharing toys and playing together, fasting, going to the Masjid and a whole lot more besides.

They have very cleverly used popular nursery rhymes and converted them into Islamic Songs and songs with good morals and teachings. Take for example their version of Jack and Jill went up the Hill which is called Fasting is Fun, or their rendition of she’ll be coming through the mountains when she comes as Let’s go to the Masjid.

Another excellent feature of the cartoons is  the way in which each of their cartoons end with either a verse of the Qur’an or a Hadith of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) related to the topic of the cartoon / song. This helps to reinforce the message and teaching of each cartoon but also relates it directly back to the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Check out their latest collaboration with the famous Nasheed artist Zain Bhikha and American Comedian Omar Reghan.

These Cartoons are a great way of introducing young children to the teachings of Islam and I would highly recommend it to everyone.

 

Disclaimer: This is an impartial review and Islamopedia is not affiliated to the makers of Omar and Hana in any way  

 

Islamic Songs for Children


Assalamu ‘Alaykum,

As a parent I often look for Islamic based cartoons and songs for the little ones to watch during their allotted screen times. In recent weeks, thanks to my wife, I have come across some beautiful Islamic songs that will keep your toddlers occupied during those difficult meal times, or when you need to get away for a few minutes to do some tidying or household chores, or when you just need a moment for them to stay still for a bit.

I have linked them below in the hope that you will find them useful and enjoy them with your toddlers as much as I have. The only word of caution is that the songs do contain Music and therefore if you do not allow yourself or your children to listen to any sort of Music, then please do not click the links below:


UMMI Song Collection | ENGLISH | KIDS SONG | ISLAMIC SONG | 12 MINUTES by HudHud TV


Islamic Cartoons for Kids | Compilation | Loving Orphans and more | Omar & Hana by Omar & Hana – Islamic Cartoons for Kids


Twinkle-twinkle Syahadah (Alif & Sofia) by Mini Monsta – Cartoon for Kids


(Official) MV BISMILLAH (2013 Edition – ENGLISH) by Famille Musulmane

For older children, they may enjoy the Prophets Stories series by IQRA CARTOON . If you know of any others, feel free to share insha Allah.

[Guest Post] Dying and Death are Painful and Hard


Golam RobbaniInnalillahi Wainnailairajun – From Allah we come and to Him we return.

By: Eden Care Volunteer

I am 48 years old and started as a volunteer with Eden Care UK a few years ago. I took part in over 136 burials with the Muslim Burial Fund and supported 42 Grenfell burials. Today was the first time I witnessed a brother die in front of me. The experience left me feeling numb and emotional, that is the best way I can describe my feelings. The experience upset me so much that I seriously considered leaving Eden Care.

I’ve done lots of challenging things in my life e.g. having guns pointed at me, knife attack, gang mediation, sexual exploitation, sexual assaults on children in my capacity as a Social Worker and other roles.

But death and dying work is on another level. I am usually a people’s person, and am able to make friends quickly. I like to work with those reaching the end life of their lives , I like to add value to their time while they are alive. But when my friends die, I find it difficult to handle. Continue reading [Guest Post] Dying and Death are Painful and Hard

[Guest Post] 15th Night of Sha’ban


© By Sheikh Kazi Luthfur Rahhman – Imam and Kahteeb at London Central Mosque (Regent’s Park)  

From the great wisdoms of Allah the Almighty, he made some places more sacred than others and some moments more virtuous and meritorious than others. Human beings are created for nothing but to worship their creator. They have been created from weaknesses; yet they can achieve much in this world by the aid of their Lord. Allah the Almighty brings some moments throughout the year when he forgives the sins of his servants more generously and multiplies their rewards unaccountably.

Lailatun Nisf Min Sh’aban (15th Night of Sha’ban) which is known as Shab-E-Barat to many people is a virtuous moment of Allah which one should feel fortunate to be a part of. A number of Ahadeeth (prophetic statements) suggest the speciality and excellence of this great night. Even though most of the Ahadeeth that are related to the 15th Night of Sha’ban are considered as weak according to some Experts of Hadeeth; we still find a few Ahaadeeth which are considered authentic by early and contemporary specialists such as; Imam Ibnu Hibban, Imam Al-Baihaqi, Allamah Zafar Ahmed Uthmani and Sheikh Al-Albani Rahimahumullah (May Allah Shower his Mercy Upon Them).

Weak Hadeeth is a term used in the science of Hadeeth which comes in different categories. The criteria of Hadeeth specialists was extremely strict, to the extent that they would easily classify a Hadeeth as weak if they saw one of the narrators merely consuming food while walking. The reason for this may be that eating and drinking while walking is disliked in Islam unless it is a necessity. Hence it is not the weakness that one may think. Rather it is a term in the Science of Hadeeth which must be understood correctly.

Also, the scholars of Hadeeth have different opinions with regards to the application of a weak Hadeeth. According a big number of experts, the weak Hadeeth can be practiced and applied as long as it is there to support an already-established virtuous deed. However, it cannot be relied upon individually to derive any Fiqhi Ruling (Islamic Law) such as Halal or Haram.

Imam An-Nawai, a Great Shafi’e Scholar mentioned in his famous book Al-Majmoo’:

 قدمنا اتفاق العلماء على العمل بالحديث الضعيف في فضائل الأعمال دون الحلال والحرام.

Which means: we have presented the anonymous agreement of the scholars on the permissibility to act upon a weak Hadeeth related to virtuous deeds only without the issues of Halal or Haram.

Imam Ibnu Muflih, a famous Hanbali Scholar mentioned in his book Al-Adaab Al-Sharyi’ah:

والذي قطع به غير واحد ممن صنف في علوم الحديث حكاية عن العلماء أنه يعمل بالحديث الضعيف في ما ليس فيه تحليل ولا تحريم كالفضائل، وعن الإمام أحمد ما يوافق هذا.

Which means: what has been affirmed by more than one authored books in the Science of Hadeeth is that, it is permissible to act upon a weak Hadeeth related to virtuous deeds only and not the issues of Halal or Haram. Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal has also agreed to this.

Imam Muhammad Al-Hattab, a Genius Maliki Scholar wrote in his significant book Mawahib Al-Jalil Fi Sharhi Mukhtasar Al-Khaleel:

    اتفق العلماء على جواز العمل بالحديث الضعيف في فضائل الأعمال.

Which means: The scholars have agreed upon the permissibility of acting upon a weak Hadeeth that are related to Fadail Al-A’mal (Virtious Deeds).

There are a small number of scholars who preferred not to act upon a weak Hadeeth such as Imam Yahya Ibnu Ma’een, Imam Abu-Bakr Ibnul Arabi and Imam Ibnu Hazm Az-Zahiri. Interestingly, Scholars such Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal and Imam Abu-Dawud As-Sajistani consider the absolute permissibility of benefiting from weak Hadeeth wether in virtuous deeds or in deriving the Fiqhi Rulings.

Part of the honesty of a preacher is to mention the difference of opinions of the reliable scholars, especially in sensitive matters, while spreading the knowledge in order to minimise the confusion and division of the Muslims which is a primary cause of their sufferings today.

It is worth mentioning a term in the Science of Hadeeth known as “Hasan Li Ghairihi” which means when a weak Hadeeth that is narrated through many different chains of narrations can give it the strength of an authentic Hadeeth.

Virtues of 15th Night of Sh’aban which are mentioned in Prophetic Statements:

ما رواه البيهقي في شعب الإيمان عن أبي ثعلبة الخشني رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ” إذا كان ليلة النصف من شعبان اطلع الله إلى خلقه، فيغفر للمؤمنين، ويملي للكافرين، ويدع أهل الحقد بحقدهم حتى يدعوه” ورواه الطبراني، وحسنه الألباني- رحمه الله- في صحيح الجامع برقم 771

On the authority of Abu-Tha’labah Al-Khashani Radiallahu Anhu that, the Messenger of Allah PBUH said:

“Allah looks over at his creation and forgives all the believers on the 15th Night of Sha’ban except for the one who begrudges and hates. He leaves them in their enmity.”

[Narrated by Al-Baihaqi and authenticated by Sheikh Al-Albani Rahimahullah]

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ فَقَدْتُ النَّبِيَّ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ ذَاتَ لَيْلَةٍ فَخَرَجْتُ أَطْلُبُهُ فَإِذَا هُوَ بِالْبَقِيعِ رَافِعٌ رَأْسَهُ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ فَقَالَ ‏”‏ يَا عَائِشَةُ أَكُنْتِ تَخَافِينَ أَنْ يَحِيفَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْكِ وَرَسُولُهُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالَتْ قَدْ قُلْتُ وَمَا بِي ذَلِكَ وَلَكِنِّي ظَنَنْتُ أَنَّكَ أَتَيْتَ بَعْضَ نِسَائِكَ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ ‏”‏ إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَعَالَى يَنْزِلُ لَيْلَةَ النِّصْفِ مِنْ شَعْبَانَ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا فَيَغْفِرُ لأَكْثَرَ مِنْ عَدَدِ شَعَرِ غَنَمِ كَلْبٍ.

Sayeedah Aishah Radiallahu Anha said:

“I lost the Holy Prophet during one night and found him in Al-Baqee cemetery.” He said: “Were you afraid that Allah and His Messenger would deal unjustly with you?” I said: “Allah’s Messenger, I thought that you had gone to some of your other wives.” He (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “Verily Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, comes down to the heaven of the world on the 15th Night of Sha’ban and forgives sins even more abundant than the hair of the goats of Kalb.”

[Narrated by Tirmidhi, Ibnu Majah]

عن عائشة قالت: قام رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من الليل يصلي، فأطال السجود حتى ظننت أنه قد قبض، فلما رأيت ذلك، قمت حتى حركت إبهامه، فتحرك، فرجعت، فلما رفع رأسه من السجود وفرغ من صلاته، فقال: ” يا عائشة، أو يا حميراء ظننت أن النبي قد خاس بك ” قلت: لا والله يا نبي الله ولكني ظننت أنك قبضت لطول سجودك فقال: ” أتدرين أي ليلة هذه؟ ” قلت: الله ورسوله أعلم، قال: ” هذه ليلة النصف من شعبان، فيغفر للمستغفرين ويرحم المسترحمين ويؤخر أهل الحقد كما هم.

Aishah (Radiallahu Anha) said:

“The holy Prophet Mohammed (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) stood up in prayer during part of the night and made his prostration so lengthy that I thought his soul had been taken back. When I saw this I got up and went to move his big toe, whereupon he moved, so I drew back. When he raised his head from prostration and finished praying, He (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “O A’isha, O fair little one (Humayrah)! Did you think that the Prophet had broken his agreement with you?” She replied: “No, by Allah, O Messenger of Allah, but I thought that your soul had been taken back because you stayed in prostration for so long.” He said: “Do you know what night this is?” She said: “Allah and His Prophet know best.” He said: “This is the 15th Night of Sha’ban! Verily Allah the Glorious and Majestic look at His servants on the Middle Night of Sh’aban, and He forgives those who ask forgiveness, and He bestows mercy on those who ask mercy, and He gives a delay to the people of envy and spite in their state.”

[Narrated By Imam Al-Baihaqi]

Allamah Mufti Taqi Al-Usmani, a Great Contemporary Scholar of Hadeeth and Fiqh wrote the following statement in his famous article ” Sha’ban: Merits, Do’s, and Dont’s” after mentioning some of the Ahadeeth related to 15th Night of Sh’aban:

‘Although the chain of narrators of some of these traditions suffers with some minor technical defects, yet when all these traditions are combined together, it becomes clear that this night has some well founded merits, and observing this night as a sacred night is not a baseless concoction as envisaged by some modern scholars who, on the basis of these minor defects, have totally rejected to give any special importance to this night.’

Imam Ibnu Taimiyah Rahimahullah , another giant of Islam has mentioned in his famous book “Rasail Wa Fatawa Ibn Taimiya Fil Fiqh”:

‘As for the 15th night of Shabaan, there are many narrations and Athar (quotes from the sahabahs) regarding its virtues. It has been reported of the Salaf (pious predecessors) that they prayed on this night. Therefore, praying alone on this night, having precedence in the Salaf, is sufficient evidence and something of this kind cannot be denied.’

One should observe the 15th Night of Sha’ban individually by offering extra Nafl Prayers, Recitation of the holy Quran, Adhkaar (Rememberence of Allah) and Duaas (Supplication). Also, It is extremely important for a Muslim to refrain from any innovative and excessive activities such as offering a special prayer for that night, extra decoration and lighting, considering it as a night of celebration and spending the whole night in congregation in the mosque etc.

NB: If you follow the Wifaqul Ulama calendar then the night of the 15th of Sha’ban this year falls on Tuesday 1st of May 2018.  

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[Guest Post] Helping Those in Need


Helping Those in Need

by Lorna Havell

How Islam Helps Those in Need 1Helping others is a positive trait and something that we should all aim towards. Endeavouring to achieve a state of equilibrium with our friends and neighbours is something to be honoured and respected – only when we work together will we truly be able to create a better society and a brighter future for our children. By following the teachings of Islam and committing to work towards shaping ourselves into better people, we are able to do our bit to help those who are less fortunate than us.

As good Muslims, we must all follow our faith and endeavour to help the people around us as Allah (SWT) has helped us. Luckily, there are many different ways in which you can begin the process of helping the people around you, both in your local community and much further afield. After all, just because we may not be able to personally see the effects of poverty and other situations across the world, it doesn’t mean that these people don’t need our help and assistance. As we are in a position to be able to help, it is our duty to support our vulnerable or less fortunate brothers and sisters.

To help make sure that you are on the right track and to get started on helping others, here are some suggestions for ways that you can get involved and do your bit.

Charity Donations

Donating to charity is an excellent way to make sure that your generosity reaches the people who need it most. Whether you choose an Islamic charity or a local charity, being generous is a great way to share your good fortune with others. In addition, donations can range from monetary funding to donating your time through volunteering or similar schemes. This is great for those who want to do their bit but are limited by a lack of funding.

Even if it is just an hour a fortnight, for example, volunteering and donating a portion of your time can provide a real boost to vulnerable people in need. For instance, taking the time to organise a fundraising event or helping out at a local charity shop can help many people, whereas spending an hour simply chatting to a lonely elderly person can provide a significant benefit to one person in need.

Sharing your Good Fortune

How Islam Helps Those in Need 2In addition to donating your time or money, there are other ways in which you can share your own good fortune with others. Sharing wealth and food are great places to start – whether it is through donating your Zakat or Qurbani at the right time of year or simply helping to feed the hungry, there are always plenty of opportunities to commit to helping out the vulnerable both close to home and across the world.

For instance, even just helping to raise awareness by breaking a world record can provide a real positive impact, not to mention the added boost it can bring to vulnerable people. After all, breaking a world record such as making the largest samosa in the world may seem like a fun way to get involved with charity, but once the record has been broken, this samosa can then help to feed hungry people and the homeless – the people who are most in need of our help and support.

However you choose to help out, the most important thing is that you continue to support the people around you in any way that you can. Islam teaches us to be kind, caring and compassionate, and so, therefore, it is our duty to ensure that we uphold these values as best we can.

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Top Writing Tips by Muslim Authors #07


Our guest author for this week’s tips is the talented Papatia Feauxzar. She is the author of many books and articles online along with being one of the founders of Djarabi Kitabs Publications.

Papatia’s Tips for successful writing are as follows:

Tip 1: Strive to Get Beneficial Feedback

What am IFind a minimum of six trusted beta readers. They can also be critique partners (CPs). If you pick the right people, you will receive less bad reviews when your book is published insha’Allah. Beta readers and CPs are important because they will help you polish your work before editing. Don’t think, ‘They will steal my work or my ideas.’ If you’re meant to write that story, no one can take it from you.

Tip 2: Watch TV Occasionally

This tip can be a bit unconventional because TV can become a fitna if you don’t have a good handle on it. However, if you think about it, the movie scripts are written by writers. So watch TV like a writer. Pay attention to the major parts of the movie you will watch; the beginning, the climax of the movie, the ending, and everything else in between that got your attention. Later, ponder over it. Think about how it grabbed your attention or not. If it piqued your interest, how did the writer(s) make the movie in a way that it was hard for you to tune out. Then, try to write that way to make it hard for your reader to toss your book the minute they start it. You WANT your reader to keep turning pages. You also want to surprise them and weave in original twists!

Tip 3: Read and Review Books

The NannyYou can’t be a writer if you don’t read. The more you read, the more you stimulate your creative brains cells in my opinion. Reading makes you think of different ways a story line in a book you read could have gone. It also makes you think of other plot twists you would have wanted to read. And this triggers your own positive writing flow.

Reading also leads to reviewing a story mentally. It helps you become more critical of your own work in the process. You will catch yourself thinking for instance, ‘If I write my next story, I won’t write it this way. I’ll be more detailed or not. I’ll use first POV or not. Or I’ll try my hand at third-person close and see how I like it, etc.”

Above all, ask Allah to inspire you to write great stories which will be mubarak and beneficial to you and your audience, amen.

 

You can find Papatia’s books on her website and on Amazon,  both linked below:

www.djarabikitabs.com

https://goo.gl/xzcrRh

Bio: Papatia Feauxzar is an American author of West African descent living in Dallas, Texas with her son and husband. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. After working as an accountant for a corporate firm for almost five years, Feauxzar decided to pursue Accounting from home while homeschooling her son. You can visit her website at www.djarabikitabs.com.

#Giveaway V – We Love to Play Pray


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