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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله وحده

و الصلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Always All Merciful.

All Praise is for Allah Alone.

And may the peace and blessings be upon him whom there is no prophet after.

Sitting in a halaqah–in a khutbah–in an AlMaghrib class, learning about the deen of Allah– the emanrush, your heart just flutters with tranquility. With satisfaction. With humility. With peace.

Why do we only feel this way in these gatherings?

Allah azza wa jal provides the answer:


He says in Surah Ra’d ayah 28:

الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ أَلاَ بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوب
Those who have believed and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, it is the remembrance of Allah which provides tranquility to hearts.

The true believers are those who find peace in the remembrance of Allah. Their hearts find rest. Their hearts are still. Their hearts find satisfaction. When dhikr (the mention of Allah) is made in their presence, their hearts find assurance and security. Dhikr, in this verse, can be the Qur’an or any deed that includes the remembrance of Allah. The Qur’an is the most effective dhikr because it is a shifaa’, a cure, for any illness in our chests.

The believers in this verse are those who remember Allah, recognize His ayaat, and are conscious of their emaan. Their hearts are the ones that find peace and security in the remembrance of Allah.


Why do their hearts find rest?

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Bismillah

http://khalidalifund.wordpress.com/donate-now/

“This week, a Muslim family in Ottawa lost their home in a fire. There were 7 children in the family, and as the mother tried to round them up to escape, the youngest, Khalid Ali, got confused and ran in the opposite direction. Baby Khalid did not make it out of the fire, he was 2 and a half years old. The father was at work, and checked in on his family that evening before the fire. This family has nothing left. They escaped with the clothing on their backs. Please donate anything you can for this family. The mother is in shock and is not able to speak or respond when spoken to. The father is trying to be strong for his 6 children.”

If you live outside Canada, you have the following options:

1) Write a cheque payable to Khalid Ali Family Fund and mail it to the following address:

Khalid Ali Family Fund
TD Canada Trust
Bank branch 0229, account number 5215301.
Address: 1596 Bank Street, Ottawa ON, K1H 7Z5

2) Donate via paypal account by visiting this site, set up by Qabeelat Nurayn 
“He who removes from a believer one of his difficulties of this world, Allah will remove one of his troubles on the Day of Resurrection; and he who finds relief for a hard-pressed person, Allah will make things easy for him on the Day of Resurrection; Allah supports His slave as long as the slave is supportive of his brother…” [Muslim]

If anyone fulfils his brother’s needs, Allah will fulfil his needs; if one relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve his troubles on the Day of Resurrection…” [Bukhari and Muslim]

Note: The funds goal from local students was $10,000 by April 20. update says over $9,000 raised already in less than 72 hours, Alhamdullilah. The new goal: $35,000, minimum.

Bismillah, wa hamdullilah, wa salatu wa salam ‘ala Rasoolullah.

It’s our first weekend after Heavenly Hues, and while reading Zulander’s post, I was reminded of the hadith of our beloved Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam. He stated that, “the Shaytaan continually pursues humans as a wolf pursues sheep. The wolf only dares to attack those sheep which have separated from the rest of the flock and are standing alone…” (Imam Ahmad). I think this is such an awesome hadith. It challenges our conventional understanding of will power and inner strength. It emphasizes that the essence of the individual is, in all aspects of his being, dependent on his community. Dependent on his brothers and sisters to safeguard his life, his iman, and his link to Allah. It’s this trust and reliance that has me coming back to Al Maghrib seminar after seminar after seminar. The protection of my heart is in the hands of my brethren, and within Qabeelat Nurayn that I feel my heart is most safe; amongst a group of Muslims who strive to please Allah subhanhu wa ta’ala, who strive to implement the sunnah, and who struggle to be believers. This last seminar is a testament to our efforts. Through our mutual goal of bettering ourselves, we were able to provide nearly 180 students a clear understanding of the Quran. It’s our collective efforts, by Allah’s permission, that are allowing us develop and sustain a thriving community. That’s so impressive, maashaAllah! I truly feel blessed to be part of the revival, the New Reign within Nurayn 🙂 Mariam 3:36 said it best- being part of Nurayn has redefined friendship. And subhanAllah, between a flock of sheep and a loner, friendship could mean your life.. Written by Little Bo Peep

‘baaaaaa’

Bismillah

Alhamdulillah the Heavenly Hues exam date is fast approaching! Important information regarding the exam is below:

Exam Date: Sunday April 20th 2008, Locations in MD and VA are TBA inshaAllah. (Most likely at ADAMS and Dar-us-Salaam inshaAllah)

Why take the exam? Well, there are a lot of reasons J Firstly: To Please Allah azza wa jal. Secondly: It’s Fardh! Thirdly: We want to be among Al-Muhsineen and strive for excellence in all of our affairs–taking the exam will help us reach this inshaAllah. Lastly: PERFECT PRESENCE!! InshaAllahu ta’ala.

Study Groups:

Sisters Sessions: have already begun.  please contact projects.nurayn@almaghrib.org

Brothers Session:Sunday, April 13th
11:00am – TBD
Johnson Center, GMU – Meet near the mu’salla (prayer area)

Insha’Allah here is the info for the brothers’s Heavenly Hues study session. insha’Allah we will be going over the main topics and reviewing, not details. Please study till then, and in the mean time check with others to fill your notes.  yeah get crackin, insha’Allah the exam is a little over 2 weeks from now, may Allah increase you in knowledge, make it beneficial, and cause it to not be forgotten, ameen!  Please email services.nurayn@almaghrib.org for more information.

Please spread the word by email and word-of-mouth to VA/MD/DC to sisters and brothers who may be interested.

Bismillah

A great new khutbah by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi. Jazakum Allahu khayran to Qabeelat Wasat for sharing.

(PS- This is NOT about marriage. Sorry to disappoint.)

Bismillah

Alhamdulillah

was Salaatu was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasulillah,

Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “If a Muslim dies and forty Muslims, who do not associate anything with Allah, join in the Salatul Janazah, Allah accepts their prayers for him.” [Muslim]

Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: ” Who ever attends the Janazah until it is finished, will earn a Qirat, and who ever stays until the burial, will earn two Qirats. Someone asked, “What does Qirat mean?” The Prophet answered, “It means rewards as big as great mountain” [Bukhari & Muslim]

Abu Huraira narrates that the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “Who began this day fasting?” Abu Bakr said: “I did.” The Prophet said: “Who participated in a funeral procession (Janazah) today?” Abu Bakr said: “I did.” The Prophet said: “Who fed a needy person today?” Abu Bakr said: “I did.” The Prophet said: “Who visited a sick person today?” Abu Bakr said: “I did.” Then, the Prophet said: “These things cannot all meet in a single person but that they will enter Paradise.” [Muslim]

InshaAllah our objective is to provide the community with updates on janazahs in the area, so that everyone may strive to do the four qualities above (with the Permission of Allah) and sincerely pray on our deceased brothers and sisters before the day comes when the community will pray upon us. InshaAllah we will also send out special opportunities to fast, visit the sick, or feed the poor.

InshaAllah if you would like to receive up-to-the-minute news on Janazahs in our area to your phone as a text message, visit our page here and enter your information in the contact form. Or if you would rather receive email updates only, please join the google group here. InshaAllah you can receive both txt messages and an email, please just specify it in the contact form.

Jazakum Allahu khayran. May Allah ta’ala place barakah in our time, and may He ta’ala make us among those who race to do good deeds, and may He ta’ala forgive the deceased and living Muslims. Ameen.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله وحده

و الصلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

Allah azza wa jal says in the Qur’an,

 كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُوْلُوا الْأَلْبَابِ

“(This is) a Book which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, so that they may ponder over its verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [38:29] (linguistic explanation of the word yaddabaroo is in the comments)

It is the science of tafseer which is the fruit of ‘pondering over its verses’. Tafseer comes from the root letters fa seen ra, or fassara and means to explain, to discover, elucidate, to disclose (a hidden thing), and to interpret. In Uloom al-Qur’an (the sciences of the Qur’an), tafseer is defined to be, “the science by which the Qur’an is understood, its meanings explained, and its rulings derived.” It is the crux of Uloom al-Qur’an, even though Uloom al-Qur’an comprises many other branches.

Many Muslims assume that learning the science of tafseer is not part of learning the Qur’an, when in fact tafseer is crucial to properly understanding the Qur’an itself. Without knowledge of tafseer, we can easily misunderstand the Qur’an. The science of tafseer is meant to explain to mankind the Book that has been revealed to them from Allah.

Imam as-Suyooti rahimahullah gives three simple reasons on why tafseer is important:

1) Allah uses the most clear, eloquent and concise language, and in doing so the meaning is clear to those who are well-grounded in the Arabic language, but not so clear to those who are not.

2) The Qur’an does not always mention the events or references for which each verse was revealed, but these must be known for the verse to be fully understood.

3) Some words may have multiple meanings, and it is the job of the person who does tafseer to explain what is meant by the word.

Many scholars of the past shed light on the importance of tafseer as well. My favorite parable was given by Iyaas ibn Mu’aawiyah rahimahullah who said Read the rest of this entry »

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله وحده

و الصلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده    

 

و عن ابي امامة عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: من غدا الى المسجد لا يريد الا ان يتعلم خيرا او يعلمه كان له كاجر حاج تاما حجته 

رواه الطبراني في الكبير باسناد لا باس به 

On the authority of Abu Umaamah that the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: Whoever goes to the masjid, not desiring except to learn or teach what is good, has the reward of a pilgrim who completed hajj. [at-Tabaraani, Authentic according to Albani]

This is a bushra (good news) to those who attend the classes in our masajid, and to those who teach in our masajid that your reward is with Allah azza wa jal.

InshaAllah this post is dedicated to raising awareness to the classes in our masajid, so post them in the comments inshaAllah.

Most of you all know, but I have to promote br Safi’s classes at Dar-us-Salaam on saturdays. Alhamdulillah our brother ayunas will be posting his lectures for those who cannot make it inshaAllah on his podcast website (check the Media Library for the link). Also another great teacher in our community is Imam Karim at PGMA, many people do not know about him but he does classes every day wa lillahil hamd they are also posted online (check Media Library for the link).

InshaAllah I hope this is more of an incentive to begin our study groups after Thematic Tafseer in the masajid.  

Please contribute to this list of classes, so we may all receive the reward of a hajji inshaAllah!

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

الحمد لله وحده

و صلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

Humans go to great lengths to try and prevent negative future consequences; we fear the future because we have no idea what it holds for us, so we try to remedy the fear by taking precautions.  For example, a father will start a trust fund for his newborn son in an attempt to ensure that he will have enough money for college; a sick person will go to the doctor to receive medication and ensure his symptoms will not become worse; before any one of us drives, we put our seat belts on, and the list continues. These are the precautions we take in this dunya, but what about the precautions needed to prepare you for the akhirah?

The punishment of the grave is a torment of the akhirah and we need to take precautions now.  From the complete and ultimate Mercy of Allah azza wa jal, He has given us a way out of this torment, Alhamdulillah.  

عن أبي هريرة عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” إن  سورة من القرآن ثلاثون آية شفعت لرجل حتى غفر له وهي  سورة تبارك الذي بيده الملك ” .

 وابن ماجه والشيخ الألباني في ” صحيح ابن ماجه ” 3053

Abu Hurayah radi Allahu anhu narrated that the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: Verily, a Surah from the Qur’an consisting of thirty ayat (verses) interceded for a person until he was pardoned (by Allah), and that was Tabarakal-lathee Biyadihil Mulk (Surah Al-Mulk). (Ibn Maajah, graded authentic by Shaykh AlBaani in Saheeh ibn Maajah)

عن عبد الله بن مسعود قال : من قرأ تبارك الذي بيده الملك كل ليلة منعه الله بها من عذاب القبر ، وكنا في عهد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم نسميها المانعة ، وإنها في كتاب الله  سورة من قرأ بها في كل ليلة فقد أكثر وأطاب

رواه النسائي ( 6 / 179 ) وحسنه الألباني في صحيح الترغيب والترهيب 1475

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Mas’ood, may Allah be pleased with him, who said, “Whoever recites “Blessed is He in Whose control is the entire dominion’…” (Tabaarakal-lathee biyadihil mulk- Surah 67 Al-Mulk) every night, Allah the Exalted and Majestic will protect him through it from the punishment of the grave. And in the time of the Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam we (the Companions) used to call this surah, “The Preventer” (al-maani’ah). And furthermore, it is a surah from the Book of Allah, the Exalted and Majestic, that whoever recites it in a night will have accomplished much and will have done something very good. (Good-Narrated in Nasaa’i)

SubhanAllah, here is a precaution that is guaranteed to save whoever fulfills its conditions in the akhirah. Not only can one be saved from the torment of the grave, but Allah ta’ala will also accept the intercession of this surah until its companion enters Jannah! Furthermore, the one who reads this surah will also receive 10 rewards for each letter (30 ayaat, someone can do the math and post it in the comments inshaAllah)…how much easier do you want it?

Also we must remember that reading this surah, or the Qur’an in general involves three things:

1-read with proper tajweed

2-understand the verses

3-implement the verses

Allah ta’ala has indeed made this deen easy upon us, and has made the Qur’an an easy remembrance.

References

Al-Jibaly, Muhammad. Life in al-Barzakh. Lebanon: Al-Kitaab & as-Sunnah Publishing, 1999.

Shehata, Ali. The Trade Which Shall Never Fail. Houston: Hedaya Publications, 2007.