August 7, 2011 Leave a comment
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August 6, 2011 Leave a comment
The month of Ramadhan is one that most of us look forward to. Sometimes we anticipate its commencement as soon as the month of Rajab is ushered in and at other times, we feel the nervous excitement dawing and only once we’re a few days into Ramadhan do we remember exactly why this wonderful, sacred month is so beloved to us.
For a major part of the year, we are all caught up in the drama of our lives – the highs and lows. There are times when we feel giddy with excitement and others where our days are darkened with minor or major calamities. Our spiritual states aren’t always at a peak and we find ourselves engaged in a host of activities that continue to drain at our connection to Allah, leaving us frazzled and out of sorts. Often we are unaware of this and seek cures in various other avenues, not knowing the true reason for our unrest.
The intrinsic nature of a human being is to be at harmony with Allah. To embrace ones spirituality, not just stipulate it to a certain day or a certain time period but to fully live each day with the awareness of Allah. This is how we thrive, mentally and physically. Alas, it is easier said than done and that’s why when Ramadhan comes around, we are given an excuse to try to achieve that. For an entire month, we are focused on Allah and in strengthening our bond to Him, the bond of Creator and creation, Master and slave, one that is forged through love and loving submission.
For me, going into Ramadhan is like entering a protective cocoon, where my starving, spiritually bereft and ravaged soul is given an opportunity to heal. I feel safe and loved. I feel at peace and calm. Ramadhan affords me the ability to experience the benefits of a pure lifestyle.
I wish you all a joyous Ramadhan and I make duaa that Allah Ta’ala grants you and I the ability not only to make the most out of it but to keep with us all of the goodness that we’ve attained throughout the year.
August 6, 2011 Leave a comment
What’s eating the ummah? Ramadan does not equate starving, it is a means feed your soul and ground yourself back to Islam.
There are so many social, moral and psychological issues plaguing the ummah, yet by the mercy of Allah SWT we find ourselves blessed with another Ramadan, a chance to repent, to ground ourselves in deen and aspirations to be better muslims. On a day to day level, as people, we are afflicted with so many challenges. Everyone is at a different point in their imaan actualization. Some individuals are very strong and steadfast. Some individuals are struggling to establish their salah, some are struggling with hijab, and some are finding Ramadan to be a huge challenge and unable to annihilate ones nafs. Sometimes we need to shed our issues and confusion and go back to basics, by internalizing the fundamentals of Islam.
For Ramadan and beyond we need to with conviction, attempt to fulfill the rights of being Muslim.
Fasting is a pillar of faith, but being Muslim is more than just fasting.
The 5 pillars of islam are the fundamentals. These points of obligation cannot be stressed on enough.
Daily we should recite our shahada and pray our 5 salah.
Most people opt to give out their zakah during the month of ramadan.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is obligatory unless one is exempted from it,
Also a large point of focus, for the sisters mostly, is dressing – Muslimahs should dress in accordance to the shariah, and not only cover themselves in ramadan but for the other 11 months as well, Insha-Allah. Alot of sisters struggle with the hijab. This ramadan, put it on with conviction to gain the full blessings of Allah (SWT) and it will be a step in the right direction insha-Allah. Alot of sisters make a cocerted effort to wear the scarf from Ramadan onwards to reap the full blessings of living in obedience to Allah SWT.
In addition to fasting, try to maximize ones ibaadah, control ones anger as well as partake in as many good deeds as possible. There are many guidelines available on Ramadan.co.za
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Originally posted on Ramadan.co.za
August 5, 2011 2 Comments
There are moments in life, when despairing of hope and frustrated by the circumstances we are in or the hardships we face, we sit on our prayer mat overcome with tears. It is that moment that we are closest to our Allah. For Allah is pleased when His slave begs of Him (Ta’aala). This begging, laying bare of our worries is a clear manifestation of dependance on Allah. At this time we are testifying that no human has the ability and power to assist us. We are testifying the Greatness of our Powerful Lord.
Allah Ta’aala says in the Holy Quraan: And your Lord says: Call upon Me, I will answer you.” (40:60)
In another verse:
“And when my slaves ask you (O Muhamed) concerning me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright” (2:186).
“I have headed towards the door of hope, while people were sleeping and I started to put my complaints before my Lord.
I said: You, my hope in calamaties, on whom I depend to keep harm from me. I complain to You about things You know and which I can no longer tolerate. I have extended my hands in a state of humiliation and poverty to You, The best to whom hands have ever extended. Do not return my hands with nothing. Your sea of generosity can accomodate all those who are thirsty.”
July 27, 2011 Leave a comment
Ibn ‘Abbaas (R.A) says that Rasulullah (S.A.W) used to say: ” Choose white clothing, as it is the best clothing. White clothing should be worn whilst living, and the dead should be buried in white.”
Shumael Tirmizi Jild: 1 Hadith Number 63
Should we be wearing black? i’m a non-conformist in my perceptions – i don’t like the black abaya. I wear it out of convenience most times. i’m stil in the process of finding a balance with the hijaab dressing and niqaab.
Initially i wanted to wear black abayas that were as plain as plain can get, then i wanted the pretty ones with stones. I moved away from this and wore colorful flimsy scarves, now i’ve found my signature drape style to suit my personality and my dressing, done in under 5 minutes, no choking hazard. I’ve explored with teal, white, purple abayas, white long dress style abayas… still doesn’t feel quite right. It doesn’t suit/fit my personality. i can put together a well co-ordinated outfit and i dont end up dressed like a collage :P
Recently attending an islamic event/course left me (literally) cornered by a lady requesting my nationality as i did not fit the stereotype of black abayas.
In hindsight i should have just told her i’m South African and excused myself. FAIL!
The conversational opportunity took a turn of her trying to brainwash me – attempting to convince me that i should be wearing BLACK with my niqaab. My earthy toned flowing skirt, according to her, can be found in black. *dramatic eye-roll*
After much going in circles, i looked her square in the eyes and said: ‘was nice meeting you’ accompanied by a BIG smile and i walked off. She was startled to say the least. VERY uncomfortable!
For one, it was an older woman and I didn’t want to be disrespectful.
Secondly, where on earth do people come up with these viewpoints?
Needless to say, and i’m certain, this will not be the first or the last time this happens.
July 20, 2011 4 Comments
The Muslim community of the leafy suburb of Houghton, Johannesburg, recently held their official opening weekend of Masjid-ul-Furqaan. The Houghton Muslim Association provided separate opening days for men and women so that all members of the community could tour the facilities freely.
After beautiful renditions of Urdu Nazm’s and recitation of Quraan, Moulana Sulaiman Ravat, the keynote speaker, addressed the importance of Muslim women in the community and as the facilitators of Deen in their homes. He stressed the importance of seeking success in all aspects of our lives, yet always trying to persevere for success in the Hereafter. This was a very apt topic as the
evening to come was the night of Laylatul-Baraat, the Night of Emancipation.
After a brief prayer, the ladies took a tour of the beautifully constructed facilities. The architecture is simple, yet elegant. The use of natural light illuminates the décor and areas of the Masjid in a subtle fashion. A water feature was supposed to be built in the centre of the Masjid, but many thought it might prove to be hazardous for children, so the idea was cancelled. The ladies prayer area is
situated behind the main salaah hall, is easy to find and is of an adequate size. There are quite a few classrooms that have been built for the use of Islamic education for the growing Muslim community. After the tour, refreshments were provided and enjoyed by all.
The Masjid is 90% complete, and there are a few issues that do need to be addressed, for example, a lot of ladies were not pleased that the salaah facilities did not cater for women to follow with the fardh salaah of the Jamaah. However, the Imam of the mosque did mention that this is one issue that is still under consideration. As a Muslimah that enjoys the sukoon (tranquility) and happiness that
performing salaah with the congregation brings, I do hope that this issue is given serious thought and that all members of the Muslim community can benefit from using the Mosque, InshAllah.
May Allah allow Masjid-ul-Furqaan to serve as a means of enlightenment in the
Muslim community and beyond, Ameen.
Contact the Houghton Muslim Association, or visit Masjid-ul-Furqaan via
52 Second Avenue, Houghton, Johannesburg, 2198
P.O. Box 1274, Houghton, 2041
Fax: 086 659 9194
E mail: email@example.com
July 17, 2011 15 Comments
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July 15, 2011 Leave a comment
Truly An Epic Journey, topics covered ranged from Importance & Duties to parents and other blessings from Allah to How to deal with Jealousy and controlling ones nafs. Some great Pearls of Wisdom from various students for your benefit InshaAllah!