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1  Islam / Islamic Websites / i'tikaaf in the haramain and striving in the path of allah on: August 21, 2011, 10:33:12 AM
asalam alaykum,
this website that wanted to share is a forum with some inspiring posts masha allah. the first one link is on i'tikaaf and the 2nd  link will take you to an inspirational message about striving in the way of allah. allah tells us in the qur'an that in order to gain closeness to him we can use striving in his path as a waseela. so pls take a look  at the links, the forum must have other nice messages too insha allah.

http://forums.alkauthar.org/showthread.php?p=51393#post51393

http://forums.alkauthar.org/showthread.php?p=51069#post51069

jazakumallah khair
2  Islam / Islamic Websites / ramadhan tv on: August 21, 2011, 10:19:42 AM
asalamu alaykum, we only have a few days of ramadhan left, may allah swt help us to make the most of it and accept our efforts and reward abundantly allahumma amin.

if some brothers and sisters see this message after ramadhan 2011 then may allah swt help them to tune in to this website next year amin. also channel 843 on SKY is "ramadhan t.v" channel, but its only in ramadhan i think so insha allah watch it next year if you already have a Sky box. if you dont have a Sky box then i dont think anyone should put the effort in into buying one as i think its bought with interest on top (ribaa, which is a major sin)

anyways the website is this : http://ramadan.tv/
jazakumallahu khairan
3  Islam / Ask a question on Islam / Re: RAIN WATER on: August 20, 2011, 04:13:15 AM
asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,
today i came across something on facebook subhan allah about asking allah for children maybe it will benefit you insha allah, i have to retype it cos i dnt know how to copy and paste the photo, i cant retype it exactly the same, but its the message that counts insha allah. pls do read the surahs that the quotes are from the the stories that allah swt narrates to us are inspirational and His ayat give us hope of his mercy and provision al 7amdulillah:

" 'o my lord, grant unto me from thee a progeny that is pure, for you are He that heareth prayer" quran 3:38

"o my lord, leave me not without offspring and you are the best of inheritors" quran 21:89

Allah the exalted, accepted these duas from Zakariyya alayhis salam while he was in extreme old age and his wife was barren. Allah the Exalted, bestowed him with a pious child Yahya alayhis salam, and gave him such a unique name that no one had his name beore. masha allah.  "

jazkumallah khair
4  Islam / Ask a question on Islam / recitation in salah on: June 30, 2011, 10:40:41 AM
asalamu alaikum,
i am confused about how loud our voices should be when we are recitiing during salah, because we are supposed to whisper quietly so that only we can hear our own recitation, however we also supposed to recite with tajweed. i know that when i whisper i dont make the correct sounds of the arabic language and neither does anyone else.
so does it matter if we dont pronounce the words properly becuase we need to whisper, wouldnt it nullify our salah?
jazakumallahu khairan
5  Islam / Ask a question on Islam / blood on meat on: June 30, 2011, 10:08:34 AM
asalamu alaikum
allah tells us in the quran that dead animals meat is haraam for us, but no matter how much we wash meat bfore we cook it, some blood always comes out while frying it and contaminates the oil or stays inside it once its cooked.
is it halal for us to eat the blood that stays on the meat and use the other foods that the blood contaminates?
another sister i know boils the meat bfore she cooks it with other food so that she can remove the blood from it, but is that neccasary?
also some meat is all blood so would we have to avoid them?
jazakumallah khair
6  Islam / Ask a question on Islam / vinegar on: May 07, 2011, 05:20:27 PM
asalamu alaikum
is it permissible to consume vinegars like barley malt  vinegar or ther vinegars apart from ones that have an alcohalic name. im asking this question because of the hadith when the prphet saw said that the orphans shouldnt make vinegar.
 jzk
7  Islam / Ask a question on Islam / considering somene for marriage on: March 08, 2011, 01:43:38 PM
salam alaikum,
theres a sister who is looking to get married, alhamdulillah recently shes found a suitable brother who seems to be a good muslim with good character, however her family didnt want her to take the step of loking into marriage because of culture she was supposed to sit and wait, also if she married someone her family reccomendend then he might not have been as practising as she wants her husband to be. is it lawful for a sister to be looking into marriage without the permission of her parents?
also the brother is insisting on having a meeting with her but she can not as she doesnt havee a mahram that would be willing to go with her. the brother argues that he needs to see if they will be a suitable match for eachother, also that it is permissible for the sister to choose an imam whom she trusts as her wakil if her dad or any other mahram would stop her from choosing a righteous spouse, is this correct?
please give me saheeh evidence jazakumallahu khairan.
8  Islam / Islamic Article Discussion / Re: who is looking to get married?-heres some advice. on: February 07, 2011, 04:16:25 PM
wa alaikum salam wr wb
and may allah swt purify our intentions and our diseased hearts, cause he is the best curer amin,
when we look to get married we must constantly renew our intentions and remember if we get any suitors whether we should turn them down for the sake of allah or accept them for his pleasure, may allah swt help us all in making the best decision amin.
9  Islam / Islamic Article Discussion / who is looking to get married?-heres some advice. on: January 31, 2011, 04:57:25 PM
asalam alaikum, heres some good advice i found from the website  www.messageinternational.org
alhamdulillah

One day, a young pious man by the name of Thabit had no food to eat. As he was walking, he came across a garden with an abundance of apple trees. Although the garden was fenced, the trees were so mature that their apples were hanging over the fence. Innocently, he took an apple and started to eat from it. After he finished that apple, he felt an extreme sense of shame and guilt as he did not take permission from the owner of that garden. The guilt drove him to go and apologize to the owner and ask him what he could do to pay for the apple. To his surprise, the owner said “The only way you can pay me back is by marrying my daughter.” On the surface, it seemed like a pretty good deal. Then the owner said, “But you must know that my daughter is deaf, dumb (unable to speak), and blind.” Thabit pondered upon this but not too long as he sensed that he had committed a great crime by eating the apple that didn’t belong to him. So he agreed to marry the man’s daughter to absolve himself of the sin. As he entered upon her, to his surprise the woman was beautiful and returned his salaam. He looked at her and said “But your father said that you are deaf, dumb, and blind!” She smiled and responded “I am deaf to all forms of backbiting, gossip, and lying, dumb to any thoughts that are displeasing to Allah, and blind to that which Allah has not permitted me to look at.” It had become clear that Allah (swt) had rewarded Thabit for his sincerity, good character, and honesty with a pious woman. Through that woman, Allah would bestow upon Thabit a son by the name of Nouman, otherwise known as Imam Abu Hanifa (RAA).

I open with this story for the purpose of discussing the magnificent words of Allah (subhanauwata’ala):

“Women impure are for men impure, and men impure for women impure and women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for women of purity; these (pure men and women) are not affected by what people say; for them there is forgiveness, and anhonorable provision.” (SuratNur, Ayah 26)
It should be noted that the mufasiroon (interpreters) of the Noble Quran offered different interpretations of this verse. Some of them understood that Allah was referring to words and actions rather than women when He (subhanahuwata’ala) used the words “khabeethat” and “tayyibat.” They opined that the message being delivered was that men of honor and purity only speak and act in honorable ways and the opposite also holds true.  However, the opinion of AbdulRahmanIbnZaydIbnAslam (rA) and many others was that this verse was referring to pure men being for pure women and vice versa. In fact, they stated that this verse was revealed in connection to the slander against the mother of the believers, Ayesha (rA), as a proclamation of her innocence. As Al Baghawi (rA) states, it was to say that those who were accusing Ayesha (rA) of being unchaste were closer to being so themselves as Ayesha (rA) was a pure woman and was married to the purest of men, the Messenger of Allah (salAllahualayhiwasalam). For this reason, some of the scholars restricted the meaning of this “purity” to chastity. Abdullah Ibn Abbas (rA) in his explanation stated that “never did the wife of a prophet commit an act of adultery.” The evidence for this meaning is that we find that the wives of some prophets, as in the case of Nuh and Lut(alayhimussalam), despite being disbelievers, never committed adultery. Other scholars, such as As-Saadi (rA), understood the words “pure” and “impure” in a general sense rather than restricting them to chastity.  This means that men who lead honorable lives are for women wholead honorable lives, and these men and women act and speak in an honorable fashion.

The problem that many people find with this meaning is that we sometimes see in our communities very pious women who end up with impious men and vice versa. Would that mean that Allah (subhanahuwata’ala) has broken a promise or stated something unrealistic? The answer is that the general rule is that upright men and women end up with uprightspouses, whereas corrupt men and women end up with corrupt spouses. There are, however, instances in whichan upright individual is tested by Allah (subhanahuwata’ala) with a corrupt spouse. A similar instance is when righteous parents are tested with a disobedient child. Although that is sometimes an unfortunate reality, it would be unreasonable to suggest that regardless of the behavior of parents, there is always an equal chance of having an obedient ordisobedient child. Likewise in the case of marriage, your morality and righteousness are bound to have an effect on who Allah (subhanahuwata’la) grants you as a spouse.

It is too often the case that young Muslims will indulge in disobeying Allah (subhanahuwata’ala) by experimenting with many forbidden things during their high school and college years but then all of a sudden expect to be granted spouses with piety.  Experimenting with forbidden things is, in part, due to the unreasonable academic, professional, and cultural expectations sometimes placed by Muslim parents upon their children.This can make marriage seem like a distant and unreachable aim to many youth. That does not, however, absolve anyone from the responsibility to demonstrate restraint with regard to forbidden relationships or condemnable actions.

This is a situation in which the “I’ll get religious later” mentality can prove particularly deadly.  One might just find that when he/she decides to get “religious” and live an upright life, the person who they hoped to be the ideal spouse turns out to be just as shallow as them. They would soon discover that their“best of both worlds” gimmick didn’t go as planned.Things begin to unravel and their newly beloved’s past turns out to be just as dark as theirs.

It is a sad that any Imam will confirm that this is very common in our communities. I appeal to my unmarried brothers and sisters to realize that you yourself have to be what you hope for and expect in your future spouse because your Lord will ultimately grant you what you are deserving of.  If you stay true to your Islamic beliefs and convictions and Allah decides to test you with someone who is not to your level, then Allah will compensate you for that in the hereafter, and Allah is the best of Compensators. If you are living in disobedience and think that you’ll be able to bury it in the past without sincere repentance, know that you can fool a human’s perception, but Allah knows well your secrets.Guard your prayers, your gaze, your purity, and place your hope in Allah and you may just find the best of both worlds; not the gimmicky “best of both worlds,” but the best of this dunya and the best of the hereafter. As the messenger of Allah (salAllahualayhiwasalam) said “This world is all temporary pleasures and the best of the temporary pleasures of this world is a virtuous wife”(Muslim). I ask Allah (subhanahuwata’ala) to make us virtuous and make our spouses virtuous, and to grant us from our spouses and offspring the coolness of our eyes. Ameen

by Imam Omar Suleiman

10  Islam / Inspirational Islamic Stories / Re: SHAYTAN FACES THE MUSLIM GIRL on: January 26, 2011, 02:33:46 PM
salaam alaikum, subhanallah that was a good story! may allah give us tawfique in this dunya and a righteous life and  make us all inhabitants of jannatulfirdose amin! jazakallahkhair for the post.
11  Islam / Ask a question on Islam / Re: bleeding outside/bfore mentrualcycle-urgent pls on: January 21, 2011, 03:25:39 PM






taken from isamqa:
Types of Istihaadah
If a woman bleeds so much that it is istihaadah (non-menstrual vaginal bleeding), how should she pray?.
Praise be to Allaah.
Istihaadah means three things:
1 – The woman had a regular period before she experienced istihaadah. In this case she should refer to the regular period that she used to have, and during that time she should stop praying and she is subject to the rulings on menses, and anything other than that is istihaadah, and she is subject to the rulings on istihaadah at that time.
For example: A woman used to get her period for 6 days at the beginning of each month, then she began to experience istihaadah and she bleeds all the time. So her period is the first six days of every month, and everything else is istihaadah, because of the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) according to which Faatimah bint Abi Hubaysh said: O Messenger of Allaah, I am experiencing istihaadah and I never become pure; should I stop praying? He said: “No, that is a vein. But stop praying for the number of days that you used to menstruate, then do ghusl and pray.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari. In Saheeh Muslim it says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to Umm Habeebah: “Stop praying for the number of days that your menses used to last, then do ghusl and pray.” Based on this, the woman who is experiencing istihaadah should stop praying for the number of days that her period used to last, then she should do ghusl and pray, and not worry about the bleeding at that time.
2 – If she did not have a regular period before the istihaadah, rather she has been experiencing istihaadah since the first time she got her menses, then she should distinguish between different types of blood. Her menses is when the blood is dark or thick or has a distinctive odour, and she is subject to the rulings on menses at that time. Anything other than that is istihaadah and she comes under the rulings on istihaadah.
For example: A woman sees blood when she first starts to menstruate, and it is continuous, but for ten days it is dark and the rest of the time it is red. Or she sees that it is thick for ten days and thin for the rest of the time. Or she notices that for ten days it has the odour of menstrual blood and for the rest of the time it has no odour. So her menses is the dark blood in the first case, the thick blood in the second and the blood that has an odour in the third. Everything apart from that is istihaadah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to Faatimah bint Abi Hubaysh: “When it is menstrual blood it is dark and recognizable, so when it  is like that, then stop praying, and when it is otherwise, do wudoo’ and pray, for that is from a vein.” Narrated by Abu Dawood and al-Nasaa’i; classed as saheeh by Ibn Hibbaan and al-Haakim. Although the isnaad and text of this hadeeth are subject to further discussion, the scholars (may Allaah have mercy on them) followed it, and that is better than trying to make her follow the pattern of the majority of women. 
3 – If she does not have a regular period and cannot distinguish it properly because the istihaadah is ongoing from the first time she saw the blood, and her blood is all the same or its characteristics are varied but it cannot be menstrual blood. This woman should act on the basis of what is the usual pattern among women, so her menses is six or seven days each month, and she should start from the first time when she saw blood; everything apart from that is istihaadah.
For example: if the first time she saw blood was on the fifth of the month, and it continued with no change to distinguish menstrual bleeding by colour etc, then her period is six or seven days of each month starting from the fifth of the month, because of the hadeeth of Hamnah bint Jahsh (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said: “O Messenger of Allaah, I bleed a great deal all the time. What do you think – should I stop praying and fasting?” He said: “I suggest you use a piece of cotton, for it will absorb the blood.” She said: It is more than that. In this report he said: “That is a kick from the shaytaan, so count your menses as six or seven days, which is something between you and Allaah, then wash yourself and when you see that you have become pure and you are certain of it, then pray for twenty-four or twenty-three days, and fast.” This hadeeth was narrated by Ahmad and Abu Dawood, and narrated and classed as saheeh by al-Tirmidhi. It was narrated that Ahmad classed it as saheeh and that al-Bukhaari classed it as hasan.
The words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “six or even days” does not mean that one has the choice, rather it is for the purpose of ijtihaad, so the woman should look at those whose situation is closest to hers in terms of physical resemblance, age and relationship, etc., and see whose cycle most closely resembles hers. If the closest one has a six-day period then she should regard her menses as six days, and if the closest is seven days then she should regards her menses as seven days. End quote.
Risaalah fi’l-Dima’ al-Tabee’iyyah li’l-Nisa’ by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him)
At the time when she decides that the blood is menstrual blood, then she is menstruating, and at the time when she decides that the period has ended, then she is pure and she should pray and fast, and may have intercourse with her husband


Her period comes twice a month – should she stop praying and fasting each time?
I have some health problems and my period comes twice each month, and lasts for seven to ten days each time. How should I fast in Ramadaan, and how should I pray?.
Praise be to Allaah.   
The ruling depends on the reason for it; if the reason is present, the ruling applies. If there is menstrual blood which is known by its characteristics and colour, then the woman must follow the rulings on menstruation, and prayer, fasting and intercourse are forbidden at that time, even if it happens more than once in a month and even if it lasts more than the usual number of days each month.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about a woman whose period came, then she became pure and did ghusl, then after she had prayed for nine days, she started to bleed again, so she did not pray for three days, then she became pure and prayed for eleven days, then her period came again as usual. Should she repeat the prayers she offered during those three days or should they be regarded as part of her period?
He replied:
When the period comes it is hayd (menstruation) regardless of whether a long time or a short one has passed between it and the previous period. If a woman has her period then becomes pure, then after five days, or six, or ten, her period comes again, she should stop praying because this is hayd. This applies all the time. Every time she becomes pure then her period comes again, she has to stop praying etc. But if she bleeds continually and it only stops for a short while, then she is mustahaadah (one who suffers from istihaadah or non-menstrual vaginal bleeding), and in that case she should only stop praying for the duration of her normal menses.
Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 11 Shawwaal 230.
And Allaah knows best
12  Islam / Ask a question on Islam / bleeding outside/bfore mentrualcycle-urgent pls on: January 17, 2011, 06:26:24 PM
salam alaikum,
for a couple of days a sister has been bleeding, about 10-14 days bfore her due date for period at first it was not even much so she ignored it, but then it started to increase and become darker but still its not as much as normail period its not alot of bleeding. also there was back pain at first but now theres none and her aching pain was not like period pain on her abdomen area.
the question is whether this actually is her menses, in the begining she offered salah but now the blood has remained dark also a little clotty as well, should she pray or not. shes worried about missing her fardh salah becuase this happend to her bfore but that only lasted about 2 days
what are the clues that it is her period
jazakallahkhair
13  Islam / Inspirational Islamic Stories / just say alhamdulillah on: January 02, 2011, 12:21:22 PM
salam alaikum, this is beautiful poem that makes us realise that outer appearance is not important, and our character is what allah azza wa jal  will jugdes us by in aakhira

i got it from the website muslimahsource.org

By a sister called Umm Salihah


I thought eyes
of brown were sweet,
though blue was sharp,
and green;
my newly sightless friend said, longing:
“The prettiest eyes
can see.”
I decided
skin was fine
(in all my
favorite shades);
a leper passed and then I knew:
the best skin is
without disease.
I declared
long curly hair the
fairest of them all;
my bald friend, wistful, said it slow:
“It would be nice
to have any hair
at all.”
The next time you look in the mirror, remember to say: “Oh Allah! You have perfected
my person, thus perfect my character.” –(Ibn Hibban; Ad-Darimi)
Share with others!

14  Islam / Inspirational Islamic Stories / Re: IBLEES SPEAKS on: December 27, 2010, 10:24:40 PM
wa alaykum salam warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu
jzk for the post , may allaah help us all to remember it in times of ignorance and becomeof the successful ones, amin.
also just a reminder brother, after every prophet we shoould say alayhis salam e.g adam alayhis salam :second last verse of sura albaqara (285) ...they(the believers) say we make no distiction between one another of his messengers and they say "we hear and we obey"
the prophet s.a.w said whoever recites the last two verses of sura albaqara at night that will be sufficient for him (sahih albukhari)
15  Islam / Ask a question on Islam / urgent answer needed please! (travelling) on: July 26, 2010, 01:33:51 PM
salam alaikum a sister wanted me to this question for her please answer with sahih evidence jazakumallahu khairan.

I am a sister who lives with her elder sister and mother and has NO MAHARAMS living with her in the house or who lives in the same country as her; the only relatives she has in her country besides her mum and sister are 2 other women. Her mum and sister want to go on holiday to New York to see a sick uncle (mum's brother) who is suffering from kidney failure however with no maharam is it haram to travel to New York with the intention of seeing a sick uncle?

Also, if I decide not to go on holiday with them if its haram to travel without a maharam is it permissible for me to stay alone in this country or would i have to go with them as well? My mum says that our 2 female relatives won't take me in if i stay here as one is very sick at the moment and the other just wouldn't want to in general! If one of my women relatives are able to take me in would i have to stay here then? My mum and sister 100% wants to go and if i don't go my family will say i'm being rude, anti-social, disrespectful to my uncle and my grandma, just making excuses and also my mum says that she can't leave me alone in this country alone. Please provide an answer with daleel jazakAllah khayr for your efforts!
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