"Let there be a community among you, who call to the good, enjoin the right and forbid the wrong. They are the ones who have success."
(Surah Al-'Imran, verse 104)

The Price of Iman

>> Saturday, January 17, 2009

Several years ago an Imaam moved to London. He often took the bus from his home to the downtown area. Some weeks after he arrived, he had occasion to ride the same bus. When he sat down, he discovered that
the driver had accidentally given him twenty pence too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, you better give the twenty pence back. It would be wrong to keep it.

Then he thought, oh forget it, it’s only twenty pence. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company already gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a gift from Almighty Allah and keep quiet.

When his stop came, the Imaam paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the twenty pence back to the driver and said ‘ Here, you gave me too much change.’

The driver with a smile replied ‘ Aren’t you the new Imaam in this area? I have been thinking lately about going to worship at your mosque. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much
change.’

When the Imaam stepped off the bus, his knees became weak and soft. He had to grab the nearest light pole and held for support, and looked up to the heavens and cried ‘Oh Allah, I almost sold Islam for
twenty pence!’

Remember, we may never see the impact our actions have on people.

Sometimes we are the only knowledge of Quran someone will read, or the only Islam a non-Muslim will see. What we need to provide, Insha Allah is an example for others to see. Be careful and be honest everyday,
because you never know who is watching your actions and judging you as a Muslim.



my special thanks to:

Noor Mu'alimah
http://anneesa.wordpress.com/2008/04/14/the-price-of-iman/

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Daily Dua'

>> Sunday, January 11, 2009



Here are some of the Dua's we need to understand, memorize and recite in our daily lives as a muslims...

Dua' for Sneezing

Sneezing
Thanks and all praise be to Allah (or) Thanks and all praise be to Allah under all conditions.

Alhamdulillah! (right graphic) / Alhamdulillahi 'alaa kul-li haalin (left graphic).
Translation: Thanks and all praise be to Allah (or) Thanks and all praise be to Allah under all conditions.


Praising
Dua' for Praising: Praise be to Allah, many, pure, blessed praises. Another man commenced with this, to which he SAW said: I saw 12 angels competing as to which of them would take it up. [Muslim Abu Awaanah]

Alhamdulillah hamdan khatheeran taiyyiban mubaarakan feehi
Translation: Praise be to Allah, many, pure, blessed praises. Another man commenced with this, to which he SAW said: I saw 12 angels competing as to which of them would take it up. [Muslim Abu Awaanah]


Thanking Allah
Thanking Allah:Allah is the Greatest, very great. Praise be to Allah, again and again.

Allahu akbar kabeeran wal hamdulillahi katheeran wa subhaanallahi bukratan wa a seelaa
Translation: Allah is the Greatest, very great. Praise be to Allah, again and again.
Glorified is Allah SWT morning and evening - one of the Companions commenced with this, to that the Messenger SAW said

Remembrance of Allah
Remembrance of Allah: You are my Lord (Allah SWT) and I am Your slave

Anta rabbee wa anaa 'abduka
Translation: You are my Lord (Allah SWT) and I am Your slave


Taking off clothes
Dua' for Taking off clothes

Bismillahi allazee laa ilaaha illaa huwa
Translation: In the name of Allah besides whom there is no other worthy of worship. [Ibn Sunni]
The Prophet Muhammad SAW said,
"If one does not ask Allah, He will get angry with him". [Saheeh al-Jami` no.2414]


In wearing clothes
Dua' In Wearing Clothes

Allahumma innee as aluka min khairihi wa khairi maa huwa lahu wa a u'oozubika min sharrihi wa sharri maa huwa lahu
Translation: Allah! Verily, grant me the goodness of this clothing and the goodness it delivers, and I ask Thy protection from the evil of this clothing and spare me from the evil that it may cause.[Source: Ibn Sunni]

Before eating
Dua' Before Eating

Allhuma baa rik lanaa feemaa razaqtanaa wa qinaa azaaba al-naar
Translation: O Allah! Bless us on everything You give us, and avoid us from Hellfire. And with the name of Allah. [Source: Ibnu Sunni]


After eating
Dua' after Eating

Alhamdulillahillazee at 'amanaa wa saqaanaa wa kafaa naa wa awaa naa
Translation: All Praises be to Allah, who provides us food, drink, satisfaction and protection


Starting ablution
Dua' for Starting Ablution: In the name of Allah
Bismillah
Translation: In the name of Allah

Abdullah ibn as-Sunnabiji stated that the Messenger of Allah SAW said,

"When a slave makes ablution and rinses his mouth, his wrong deeds fall from it. As he rinses his nose, his wrong deeds fall from it. When he washes his face, his wrong deeds fall from it until they fall from beneath his eyelashes. When he washes his hands, his wrong deeds fall from them until they fall from beneath his fingernails. When he wipes his head, his wrong deeds fall from it until they fall from his ears. When he washes his feet, his wrong deeds fall from them until they fall from beneath his toenails. Then his walking to the mosque and his prayer give him extra reward."
[Maalik, Nasaaie, Ibn Majah and Haakim.]

Completing ablution
Dua' for Completing Ablution

Ashadu an laa ilaaha illallah wa ashhadu an na muhammadan 'abduhu wa rasooluhu
Translation: I testify that there is no god except Allah, the One Who has no partner, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger

Wisdom
Dua' for Wisdom

Allahummaftah lee hikmataka wan shur 'alaiyya rahmataka min khazaa ini rahmatika yaa arhama ar-raahimeen.
Translation: O Allah, bless us with wisdom and mercy, O Allah the most Merciful.


When angry
Dua' When Angry

A'uoozubillahi minas shaitaanir rajeem
Translation: I take refuge with Allah (SWT) from the accursed devil. [Bukhari and Muslim]

Asking forgiveness
Dua' Asking Forgiveness

Allahumma in nee as aluka yaa Allah (wa fee riwaayatin: billah) [al waahidu] as samad allazee lam yalid wa lam yoolad wa lam yakun lahu kufuwwan ahad- an taghfira lee zunoobee inn naka antal ghafoorul raheem
Translation: "O Allah! indeed I ask of You, O Allah (in one narration: by Allah), the One, the Only, the Absolute, Who begets not and nor is He begotten, and there is none like Him, that You forgive me my sins; indeed You are the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. On this, he SAW said, He has been forgiven, he has been forgiven. [Abu Daawood, Nasaaie, Ahmad Ibn Khuzaimah; Haakim declared it saheeh and Dhahabi agreed]

Asking for success
Dua' Asking for Success

Rabbanaa a tinaa fid dunyaa hasanah wa fil akhirati hasanatan wa qinaa azaaban naar
Translation: Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the life to come and keep us safe from the torment of the Fire[Al-Baqarah :201]

Increasing success
Dua' for Increasing Success

Rabbee zidnee 'ilman war zuqnee fahman
Translation: O Allah, bless me with more knowledge and true understanding


Zikr
Zikr

"Subhaanallahi wal hamdulillahi wa laa ilaaha illallahu wallahu akbar wa la haula wala quwwata illa billahil 'aliyil 'azeem".
Translation: Allah the Most Exalted, praise be to Allah, there is no God but Allah, and there is
no help except from Allah, the Almighty and the Great.


Glorify Allah
Dua' for Glorify Allah

Allahuakbar kabeeraa
Translation: Allah is the Greatest, Very Great.


Remembrance of Allah
Remembrance of Allah

Laa ilaaha illallah
Translation: There is no true god except Allah

Upon leaving the house
Dua' Upon Leaving the House

Allahumma innee a'uoozubika an adhilla auw adhalla auw azilla auw uzalla auw azhlima auw uzhlama auw ajhala auw yujhala 'alaiyya
Translation: O Allah, I take refuge with You lest I should stray or be led stray , or slip or be tripped, or oppressed, or behave foolishly or be treated foolishly [Source, Abu Dawood, Tirmizi]


Upon entering the house
Dua' Upon Entering The House

Bismillahi walajnaa wa bismillahi kharajnaa wa 'alaa rabbinaa tawakkalnaa
Translation: In the name of Allah we enter and in the name of Allah we leave and upon our Lord we place our trust. [Source: Abu Dawood with saheeh Isnaad]

Avoiding sins
Dua' for Avoiding Sins

Allahumma innee a'oozubika min sharri maa 'amaltu wa min sharri maa lam 'a mal [ba'd].
Translation: "O Allah! truly I seek refuge with You from the evil of what I have done, and from the evil of what I have not done (i.e. from the evil of the bad actions I have done, and from the evil of not doing good actions)[yet].


Avoiding hellfire
Dua' for Avoiding Hellfire

Allahumma in nee a'ouuzubika minal dhaiqi yaumal hisaab
Translation: O Allah! I seek refuge with You from the distress of the Day of Account (ten times).
[Ahmad, Ibn Abi Shaibah, Abu Dawood Tabaraani]


Waking up from sleep
Dua' for waking up from sleep

Alhamdulillahi lazee ahyaanaa b'ada amaatanaa wa ilaihil nushoor
Translation: Thanks be to Allah who awoke us after our death and He is the only one that can resurrect us.


Seeing bad dreams
Dua' for Seeing bad Dreams

Alhamdulillahi lazee ahyaanaa b'ada amaatanaa wa ilaihil nushoor
Translation: Thanks be to Allah who awoke us after our death and He is the only one that can resurrect us.


Leaving mosque
Dua' for Leaving Mosque

Bismillahi wassolaatu wassalaamu 'alaa rasoolillah Allahumma innee as aluka min fadhlika Allahumma i'isimnee minaa shaitaanir rajeem
Translation: In the name of Allah,and parayers and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah. O Allah, I askYou from your Favour. O Allah, guard me from the accused devil. [Abu Dawood, Saheeh al-Jaami' # 4591]


Entering mosque
Dua' for Entering Mosque

Allahummaghfirlee zunoobee waftah lee abwaaba rahmatika
Translation: O Allah! Pardon all my sins and open your doors of blessing to me


Walking to the mosque
Dua' for Walking to the Mosque

Allahummaj'al fee qalbee nooran wa fee lisaanee nooran waj'al fee sam'iee nooran, waj'al fee basaree nooran, waj'al fee khalfee nooran wa min amaamee nooran waj'al min fauqee nooran wa min tahtee nooran . Allahumma i'itinee nooran.
Translation: O Allah, please put light into my heart. Turn my hearing into light. Let there be light in front of me, above, and below me/ O Allah, grant me light. [Source: Muslim]

Visiting the sick
Dua' for Visiting the Sick

As alullah al-'azheem rabb al-'arsh al-'azheem an yashfeeka
Translation: I ask Allah the Supreme, Lord of the magnificent throne to cure you


When there is bodyache
Dua' When There is Bodyache

Aoozu bi'izzatillaahi wa qudratihi wa sultaanihi min sharri maa ajidu.
Translation: I seek the protection of Allah's Prestige, His Power, His Dominance and His Kingship from the evil of my pain.[Hasan and Tirmizi]


Asking Al-Jannah
Dua' Asking Al-Jannah

Allahumma in nee as aluka bi anna lakalhamd, laa ilaaha illa anta [wahdaka laa shreeka lak], [al-manaan], [yaa]badee' as samaawaati wal ardh, yaa zal jalaa li wal ikraam, yaa haiyyu yaa qaiyyoom [in nee as aluka]
[al-jannata wa a'oouzubika minar naar]
Translation: "O Allah! Indeed, I ask of You, by the fact that to You belongs all Praise; there is no (true) god except You, [You alone, You have no partners;] the Bestower of Favours; [O] Originator of the Heavens and the Earth; O One that is Full of Majesty and Honour; O Living One, O Eternal One; [indeed I ask of You] [the Garden, and I seek refuge with You from the Fire].


Asking for firmness of iman
Dua' asking for firmness of iman

Rabbanaghfirlanaa zunoobanaa wa israafanaa fee amrinaa wa thabbit aqdaamanaa wan sur naa
'alal qaumal kaafireen

Translation: Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and the lack of moderation in our doings, and make firm our steps and succour us against those who deny the truth. [Ale Imraan: 147]

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InshaAllah we will add some more Dua's in the future...

special thanks to: http://islamic-world.net/

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We Face One Direction ,The Quibla

>> Wednesday, January 7, 2009

If our homes are very far from mosque and you wanted to pray but you are unsure of the direction, the quibla, and there's no one near you to guide you? This might help... I found a free site that would point your location to Quibla.

I tried it myself...the picture above shows my home and the red line points to the direction or the Quibla...it is very easy to use and its free.
the instruction is this:
Start by entering the name of your city and country. For some european, american and japan cities, you can even enter your street address. The qibla direction will be automatically calculated and displayed on the map. You can also browse the map, zoom it in and out, to find your interested location and then click the desired place. A line will be drawn to indicate the direction of Ka'bah in Makkah. Below the map, a compass will indicate the qibla direction as an angle relative to TRUE North (not compass North).

you can visit the site yourself and try it, just refer to the bottom of this blog for the address:

but before that...do we know what does Quibla means?

Al-Quibla:
Al-Quibla means simply the “direction”, the “end station” or the “way”. To know Al-Quibla is to know your way, your goal and your direction. Al Ka'baglossary was chosen to symbolize that direction or that way. This choice conveys a message that reveals itself partly and gradually for people who took it as their direction.

A Unified Direction:
In the Holy Qur’an, the guidance to The Prophet (PBUH) came as follows:

We see the turning of thy face (for guidance) to the heavens: now shall We turn thee to a Quibla that shall please thee. Turns then thy face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque: wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their Lord, nor is Allah unmindful of what they do. (HQ 2:144).

Reflecting upon this verse, al-Quibla seemed to be “the direction” that provided security and serenity for The Prophet (PBUH) who was turning his face to Heaven, trying to found base for attachment with Allah. The Divine guidance came to support The Prophet (PBUH) in his search. The sacred mosque was the chosen symbol that points to that direction.

That choice must have been for wisdom, and conveyed several messages to The Prophet (PBUH) and to his followers. Some of these messages can be seen and observed directly. For example, the direction Quibla, when is defined, stresses the meaning of unity among The Prophet's followers. Al-Quibla, symbolically points also to the one direction which seekers of Truth search for. There is then an underlying message here that is sent to the followers of Muhammad (PBUH), as well as to the whole world. That is, regardless of their different affiliations, those who seek the truth have one goal and one direction.

Al-Quibla is the symbol
of the One Primordial Religion:

The choice of al-Ka'ba is significant.

"The first Home appointed for humankind was that at Bakka; full of blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings. In it are Signs manifest; the Station of Abraham; whoever enters it attains security; pilgrimage thereto is a duty people owe to Allah, those who can afford the journey; but if any deny faith, Allah stands not in need of any of His creatures (HQ 3:96-97).glossary

Remember We made the House a place of assembly for men and a place of safety; and take ye the Station of Abraham as a place of prayer; and We covenanted with Abraham and Isma'il, that they should sanctify My House for those who compass it round, or use it as a retreat, or bow, or prostrate themselves (therein in Prayer). (HQ 2:125)

And remember Abraham and Isma'il raised the foundations of the House (with this prayer): "Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us: for Thou art the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. (HQ 2:127).

From these verses, we know that this House is related to Abraham (PBUH) who was commanded by the Divine to raise its foundations, and purify it. Because Muhammad's Call is the revival of Abraham’s, to take this House as Quibla is a symbolic way for linking between the one Call of the Primordial Religion that Muhammad (PBUH) carried and that which had appeared with Abraham (PBUH), reviving the Path of Adam and Noah. Certainly, the House here does not mean the building; rather it was used metaphorically to point to the message of Abraham (PBUH)or the Primordial Religion. Abraham (PBUH) represents the authentic Call out of which Moses (PBUH) and Jesus (PBUH) came with their messages. Reviving the path of Abraham (PBUH) through Muhammad (PBUH) was meant to remind people of this authentic path.glossary The Quibla is a symbol that stands to represent a continuous reminder of that Path.glossary

Baytu'llah is an abstract concept that emphasizes the impersonalized Divine guidance. For Muhammad's followers, Baytu'llah is a symbol of Muhammad's message. Yet that message did not come exclusively to those who follow the rites as they were revealed to Muhammad (PBUH), this message is a universal one in the sense that it reveals the authentic unity between the messengers of Allah. As we mentioned in the previous point (al-Shahada), "the messenger of God" is an abstract concept that is connected to the Divine message on earth, which was carried out by all spiritual Teachers. The emphasis of directing oneself to the Quibla, Baytullah is to be always sure that the Divine message is on earth, and that there are Master guides who carry that message.

Al-Quibla is then an abstract concept that is expressed symbolically by Baytullah, it is the common term that can gather the whole world, and turn it to a big family. Expressing the Divine Call through Baytullah, provides the seekers of Truth worldwide with sense of intimacy and attachment. Al-Quibla, as introduced in Islam as revealed to Muhammad (PBUH), addresses not only those who are following his creed, but the whole world to unify their direction, by making the Truth their goal. At the same time, the choice of certain place to represent that direction, does not give that place a scared dimension as a concrete building, but it is the underlying message which is sacred. That is, the seekers of Truth should search for a Divine source of light through following Master guides that appear in different places on earth and in different cultures to serve the same Primordial message. Even if a person does not meet one of the teachers of humanity, s/he should be assured that the source of light on earth would reach her/him. Having a metaphorical place for this spiritual force conveys that message permanently.

To say it briefly, followers of Muhammad (PBUH) are unifying their direction by taking al Ka’ba their focus, that is, their Quibla. The believers also can interact with this symbol by taking The Prophet (PBUH) as her/his Master guide and observe him as manifest within those spiritual teachers who represent his continuous existence. By giving her/himself the chance to the knowledge of the heart, s/he revives her/his very inner being, and knows that within her/his small existence lays the ultimate reality. As such, they have one direction Quibla as a symbol of the Divine Truth. This Quibla, metaphorically, is a central point on earth that identifies the permanent existence of the Divine Light. By introducing the concept of Quibla, the teachings of The Prophet (PBUH) brought to the attention that there is one goal for all revelations.

special thanks to:ESSCR

al Quibla pointer site: http://al-habib.tripod.com/qibla-pointer/

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