Monday, October 31, 2005


Take the Test

I failed. I think I fell down on the pub question. *Rolls eyes*
Better start preparing my banana boat for a swifty exit then?

We like

our LeapPad here. In fact we like it so much we imbibe every utterance with an awe usually reserved for sacred scripture. What the Pad says is Truth; unalterable Truth. You are wrong; Pad is Right. When we talk about Pad we do not call it 'Pad' or 'LeapPad', but we give it the respect it is due by uttering, without fail every single time, it's full glorious title: LeapPad plus Writing Learning System. Conversations run something like this:

Boss: Look, here are some new books for my LeapPad plus Writing Learning System.

Me: Oh yea. Go and turn your Pad off it'll save batteries.

Boss: *click* I've turned my LeapPad plus Writing Learning System off mother ('mother'??? Where the hell did he learn that??)

Me: Good. What do you want to do now.

Boss: *Thinks...* I tink (think).... I tink... I tink so I would like to do my LeapPad plus Writing Learning System again.


Plus, we have no TV but sheesh what have I started by letting him watch "Finding Nemo" and "Piglet's Big Movie" on DVD?? Bad mummy. Now we are immitating fish and Tiggers and we have currently a child half boinging and half flapping right round the living room. Kids just *soak* this stuff up. He has learned half of Nemo verbatim... worrying.... especially as his favourite line is currently "Dat's not funny! ... and I know 'funny' - I'm a clown fish!!"

Anyway, I have to go blitz my house for Eid. This makes me dizzier than usual. Du'a please.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Liking this


Niqaabi 4 Ever

A heavy truth


Anyone who approaches Allah with this dhikr:

"There is no god but Thou. Glory to Thee, I was wrong!" 21:87
"La iilaha-illa anta, Subhanaka-Inni konto minaz-zalimeen."

Is sure to gain Allah's attention and is assured of his du'a being accepted. Some people offer 1,000 supplications everyday.

And Allah knows best.


Du'a for Waking up in the Morning
Alhamdulilahi alathi ahyaana baada ma am
ta na wa ilyheel nooshoor.
"All praise is for Allah who gave us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is the resurrection"

Du'a Before Going to Bed
Bismika allhumma amootoo wa ahyaa.
In your name O Allah, I live and die.

Upon Committing a Sin
Any servant who commits a sin and as a result, performs ablution, prays two rakat, and then seeks Allah's forgiveness, Allah would for give him/her.
Suggested Qur'anic passages dealing with forgiveness:
"There is no god but Thou. Glory to Thee, I was wrong!" 21:87
"La iilaha-illa anta, Subhanaka-Inni konto minaz-zalimeen."

"So say: Oh my Lord! Grant Thou forgiveness and mercy!
For Thou art the Best
Of those who show mercy!" 23:118
"Waqur-rabbi-gh-fir-Warham-wa anta Khayrur-rahimeen."

Du'a to say when in Debt
Allahumma Kfinee Bihalaalika an Haraamika, wa ahniee Bifadhlika a mman Siwaaka
O my Ilaah make me pleased with what You have made lawful and needless of what You have made unlawful, and make me pleased with your benevolence independent of all others.

When you see your sister/brother smiling.
Adhaakallaho sinnak
May Allah bring smiles to you.

What to say when you sneeze:
Al Hamdulillah
All Praise is Due to Allah

What to say when you hear someone sneeze:
May Allah have mercy on you.

The one who sneezed replies:
Yahdikumullaah wa yushlihubaalakum
May Allah guide you and improve your condition.

Thanking Others
Jazaaka Allaahu Khayran
May Allah reward you well

When one is told "I Love You"
Ahabbakal-lathi Ahababtani Lah
May He, for Whose sake you love me, love you also.

When Going to the Mosque
Allahumma 'al fi qalbi noora wafi basari noora. Wafi sam'i noora. Wa'an yamini noora wa'an yasiri noora. Wafaoqi noora. Watahti noora wa amami noora. Wakhalfi noora. Waj'al-li noora.
Oh Allah! Grant me light in my heart, ligh in my sight,
light in my hearing, light to my right, light to my left,
right above me, light underneath me, light before me,
light behind me, and grant me light.

After a Pleasant Dream
Al Hamdulillahil-lathi Bini'matihi Tatimmos-salihat.
Grace be to Allah through Whose blessings good things are accomplished.

Prayer for Small Children
Oeethoka Bikalimaatil-laahit-taammah, Min kulli-shaytaanin-Wahaammah
Wamin Kulli-aynin Laammah.
I seek refuge for you in the perfect words of Allah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every bad eye.

When Finishing a Meal
Alhamdu-lillah-il Lathi Atamana Wasaqana Waja alana Muslimin.
Praise be to Allah Who has fed us and given us drink, and made us Muslims.

Dua to Say Before Salams of the Prayer
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said toMu’aadh ibn Jabal: “O Mu’aadh, by Allaah indeed
I love you, and I advise you, O Mu’aadh, do not forget at the end of every prayer to say: Allaahumma a’inni ‘ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni ‘ibaaditika
O Allaah, help me toremember You, give thanks to You and worship
You in the best way.
(Narrated byAhmad, Abu Dawood, al-Nasaa’i, and others; it is saheeh)

Du'a for Shirk
If a person feels self admiration after doing something good or fears that he may show off, he should ward that off and resist it by seeking refuge with Allaah from it, and saying
Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika an ushrika bika wa ana a’lam,
wa’staghfiruka lima laa a’lam.
O Allaah, I seek refuge with you from knowingly associating anything with You, and I seek Your forgiveness for that of which I am unaware” as was reported from the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)

Daily Du'a
Astagh-firol-lahal-Lathi La ilaha illa howal-hayyal qayyoma w atoobo ilayh.
I seek forgiveness from Allah, there is no deity but Him, the living, the Eternal and I repent to Him. (3 times)

Du’aa’ may be Recited in the Final Tashahhud
It was also narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq a du’aa’ which he could recite during his Salaah, as was narrated by al-Bukhaari. Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq (may Allaah be pleased with him) said to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “Teach me a du’aa’ that I can recite during my salaah.”
He said: “Say:
Allaahumma inni zalamtu nafsi zulman katheeran wa laa yaghfir ul-dhunoob illa anta, faghfir li maghfiratan min ‘indaka warhamni, innaka anta al-Ghafoor al-Raheem
O Allaah, indeed I have wronged myself greatly, and there is none who forgives sins besides You. So grant me forgiveness from You and have mercy on me, for you are the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

When seeking guidance in decision-making (Istikharah)
Allahomma Inni Astakheeroka Bi3ilmik. Wa'astaqdiroka Biqodratik. Wa'as'aloka min Fadlikal3azeem. Fa'innaka Taqdiru Wala Aqdir. Wata3lamo Wala-a3lam. Wa'anta-3allamul ghuyoob.
Allahomma In Kunta Ta'lamu Anna (Hathal-Amra) Khayul-lee Fi Deenee Wama'ashi Wa'ajila Amri Wa'ajilah, Faqdorho lee, Wayassirho lee, Thomma-barik lee fih.
Wa'in Konta Ta'lamo Anna (Hathal-Amra) sharrul-lee Fi Deenee. Wama'ashi. Wa'ajila Amri. Wa'ajilaho. Fasrifho 'annee. Wasrifnee 'anh. Waqdur leyal-khayr Haytho kan. Thomma ardini Bih.
O Allah! I seek Your guidance (in making a choice) by virtue of Your knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power, I have none. And You know, I know not. You are the Knower of hidden things.
O Allah! If in Your knowledge, (this matter) is good for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs; immediate and in the distant, then ordain for me, make it easy for me and bless it for me. And if in Your knolwedge, (this matter) is bad for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs; immediate and in the distant, then turn it away from me, and turn me away from it. And ordain for me the good wherever it be and make me pleased with it.
1. The above du'a is to be recited when there is uncertainty about the advisability of taking a decision, provided it is Islamically permissable.
2. After performing wudu' (ablution), one should offer two rakahs (sunnah required for this purpose).
3. Before receiting the dua' it should be made sure that the person is not already inclined to a given decision; otherwise it will mean the person is not serious about seeking guidance from Allah (SWT).
4. In making this dua' the actual matter or decision concerning which divine guidance is being sought should be mentioned instead of the words (Hathal Amra) in transliteration or the words "this matter" in the translation above.
5. After reciting the dua' (immediately or later on), one may feel more favorably disposed toward one choice or the other.

Getting Dressed
Alhamdu lillahil-ladhi kasaani hadha (aththauba) wa razaqaneehi min ghairi haulim-minni wa la quwwatin.
Praise is to Allah who has clothed me with this (garment) and provided it for me, though I was powerless myself and incapable.
[Bukhari, Muslim,Dawud, Ibn Majah, At-Tirmidhi]

Getting Undressed
By the Name of Allah [At-Tirmidhi 2/505]

Before Eating
By the Name of Allah. [Ibn Majah 1/557, see also An-Nawawi, KitabulAdhkar 4/342]
If you forgot to say the above before eating, then say the following as soon as you remember:
Bismillahi fee awwalihi wa aakhirihi.
By the Name of Allah, in the beginning and in the end.
[Dawud 3/347, At-Tirmidhi 4/228]

Allahuma rizq barakallah
O Allah make this rizq/provision full of barakah

Brief Alertness During Sleep
(i.e. stirring in the bed, turning over in the bed)
La ilaha illallahul Wahidul Qahharu, Rabbus samaawaati wal ardi wa ma bainahumal Azeezul Ghaffaru.
There is no deity but Allah, the One, the Victorious, Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, the All-Mighty, the All-Forgiving.
[Al-Hakim, An-Nasa'i, see also Al-Albani]

Waking Up from a Bad Dream
A'udhu bikalimaatil lahit taammaati min ghadabihi wa 'iqaabihi, wa sharri ibaadihi, wa min hamazatish shayaateeni wa an yahdurun.
I seek refuge in the Perfect Word of Allah from His anger and His punishment, from the evil of His slaves and from the taunts of jinn and from their presence.
[Abu Dawud 4/12. See also Al-Albani]

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un
We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.
The Prophet as saying, "If any Muslim man or woman suffers a calamity and keeps it in his memory, even if it happened a long time ago, saying each time it is remembered,'We belong to Allah and to Him do we return,' Allah, who is Blessed and Exalted will give a fresh reward each time it is said, equivalent to the reward when it happened."
[Tirmidhi: Ahmad and Bayhaqi, in Shu'ab al-Iman, transmitted it.]

Meeting an Adversary or Powerful Ruler
Allahumma inna naj'aluka fee nuhoorihim wa na'udhu bika min shuroorihim.
Oh Allah, we ask you to restrain them by their necks and we seek refuge in you from their evil. [Dawud 2/89, Al-Hakim 2/142]
Allahumma Anta adudi, wa Anta naseeri, bika ajoolu, wa bika asoolu, wa bika oqaatilu.
Oh Allah, You are my strength and You are my victory. For Your sake I go forth and for Your sake I stand firm and for Your sake I fight. [Dawud 3/42, At-Tirmidhi 5/572]

Stricken by Setback
Qadarullahi wa ma shaa'a fa'ala.
What Allah decreed and what He wishes will be done. [Muslim 4/2052]

Last Words Before Dying
La ilaha illallahu.
There is no deity but Allah.
[Dawud 3/190]

When the Wind Blows
Allahumma inni as'aluka khairaha, wa a'udhu bika min sharriha.
Oh Allah, I ask you for the good of it and seek refuge in
You against its evil.
[Dawud 4/326, Ibn Majah 2/1228, See also Al-Albani]

When Hearing Thunder
Subhanalladhi yusabbihur ra'du bi hamdihi wal malaa'ikatu min kheefatihi.
Glory to Him whom tunder and angels magnify with their praise, who are before Him awestruck.
[Malik, Al-Muwatta' 2/992]

Before Marital Relations
Bismillah. Allahumma jannibnash shaitaana, wa jannibish shaitaana ma razaqtana.
By the Name of Allah. Oh Allah, cause the shaytaan to pass us by and cause the devil to pass by that which You provide for us [Bukhari 6/141,Muslim 2/1028]

When Looking in a Mirror
Allahomma-anta hassanta khaliqi fahassin khuliqi qaharrim wajhi 'alannar. AlHamdulillahi-llathi sawwa khalizi fa adalah wakarrama soorata-wajhi fa ahsanaha. Waja'alani minal-muslimeen.
O Allah! You made my phyical constitution good so make my disposition good too and keep my face safe from teh hellfire. Grace gbe to Allah Who fashioned and made me proportionate, and honored my face and made me of the Muslims.

Du'a for Illness
Allahumma, 'aafine fi badani.
Allahumma, 'aafine fi sam'ie.
Allahumma, 'aafine fi basari
Allahumma ashfeeni.
Oh Allah, cure me in my body.
Oh Allah, cure me in my hearing.
Oh Allah, cure me in my sight,
Oh Allah cure me", Aameen

Du'a for Pain
On the authority of Abi 'Abdullah Uthman bin Abi Al-As (raa) that he complained to the Holy Prophet (saws) of a pain in his body. The Messenger of Allah (saws) said to him: Put your hand on the aching part of your body, and say:
Bismillah (In the name of Allah) three times
and then repeat seven times:
I seek refuge with Allah and with His Power,
from the evil that afflicts me and that I apprehend.
Bismilla, A'oothoo be'izzatillahi wa qodratihi, min sharri ma ajido wa ohaathiro. (Muslim)

Du'a for the Sick
On the authority of Ibn 'Abbas (raa) that the Holy Prophet (saws) had said: He who visits a patient who is not on the point of death, and supplicates, at his place, seven times:
I beseech Allah the Glorious,
Lord of the Glorious Throne to cure your disease.
As alollaahal 'atheem, rabbal 'arshil 'atheem, an yashfeek.
Allah will relieve him of his sickness.
(Abu Dawud and Att-Tirmithi).

What the wife of ‘Imraan said when she gave birth to Maryam (interpretation of the meaning):
“Wa innee u’eedhuhaa bika wa dhurriyyatahaa min ash-Shaytaan ir-rajeem.
I seek refuge with You (Allaah) for her and for her offspring from Shaytaan, the outcast.”
Aal ‘Imraan 3:36

Daily Du'a
The Messenger of Allah said: "Whoever says:
L� 'il�ha 'ill� 'all�hu wahdahu l� shareeka lahu, lahulmulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa `al� kulli shay'in qadeerun
(There is no 'il�h except Allah, no partner does He have; his is the Kingdom, and to Him is all Praise, and He is ever-able to do everything.)
100 times would get the reward of manumitting ten slaves, one hundred good deeds would be written for him, one hundred sins would be remitted from him, it would be a shield for him from the Shaytan that day till night, and nobody would arrive with better than what he arrived with except for one that had done more than him."
Bukhari and Muslim

Du'a at the Beginning of Salat
When the Messenger of Allah would start his Sal�t he would be silent for a moment before beginning to recite. So Abu Hurairah said: O' Messenger of Allah! With my father, and my mother [I would sacrifice them for you], you know your silence between the takbeer and the recitation, what are you saying [during it]? He said, I say:
'All�humma b�`id baynee wa bayna khat�y�ya kam� b�`adta bayna 'almashriqi wal-maghribi, 'all�humma naqqinee min khatay�y� kam� yunaqq� 'ath-thawbul 'abyadhu min 'addanasi, 'all�humma 'ighsilnee min khat�y�ya bith-thalji wal-m�'i wal-baradi
O' my 'il�h make distance between myself and my wrong-doings as You have made distance between the East and the West, O' my 'ilah purify me of my wrong-doings as a white garment is purified of dirt, O' my 'il�h wash me of my wrong-doings with snow, water, and hail.
Bukhari and Muslim

Daily Du'a
Allahomma Inni. Asbahto minka Fi-Ni matiw-wa afiyatiw Wasatr. Fa atimma alayya ni mataka Wa afiyataka Wasitraka Fid donya-Wal-akhirah.
O Allah! I rose up this morning with blessings, strenght, and concealment (of my deficencies), all from You. So complete all the blessings and strength from you and the concealment for me in this life and in the hereafter. (three times)
In the evening the word Asbahto is changed to Amsayto.

Daily Du'a
Allahomma ma asbaha bi min niamatin Ao bi ahadin min khalkhika faminka Wahdak. La Sharika Lak. Falalkal-hamdu-Walakash-Sukr
O Allah! Whatever blessings I or any of your creatures rose up with, is only from You, You have no partner, so all grace anf thanks are due to You. (3 times)
Abu Dawood, An Nasai, Ibn Hibban.
In the evening the word Asbaha is changed to Amsa.

While making Wudu (Ablution)
Allahomma-gh-firli thanbi, Wawassi li Fi-dari Wabarik-li Fi rizqi.
O Allah! Forgive my sins and expand (bless my home, and bless my livelihood.

After Completing Wudu
Ash-hado Alla Ilaha Illal-Lah. Wahdaho La Sharika Lah. Wa ashhado Anna Muhammadan Abduhu Warasuluh. Allahommaj alni Minat-Tawwabin. Waj alni Minal Muttatahhirin.
I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, He is Alone. He has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. O Allah! Make me of thoes who are repentant and of thoes who purify themselves.

Daily Du'a
Ya rabbi Lakal-hamdu Kama Yanbaghi Laijalali Wajhika Wa Azeemi Sultanik
O my Lord! All Grace is due to You which is befitting to Your glorious presence and your Great Sovereignty. (3 times) Ahmad, Ibn Majah.

Upon Going Out of the Home
The Messenger of Allah said: Whoever says
Bismill�h, tawakkaltu `al� 'all�h, l� hawla wa l� quwwata 'ill� bil-l�hi ta`�la
I put my trust in Allah, there is neither might nor strength, except by Allah, the Most High.
upon going out of his home: it is said to him:
You have been sufficed, protected, and guided, and the shaytanwould move aside from him, then say to another shaytan: What access do youhave to a man that has been
guided, sufficed, and protected?"
Abu dawood, An-Nis�'ee , and At-Tirmithi

What the Imam Says Before the Prayer
Sawwoo sufoofakum la takhtalifu quloobukum
Straighten your rows [so that] your hearts do not differ.
Abu Dawood

On Seeing the First Fruits
Abu Hurairah (raa) said: "When people would see the first of the fruits they used to bring them to the Messenger of Allah , then if the Messenger of Allah would take it he woulld say: Allahumma barik lana fee thamarina, wa barik lana fee madeenatina, wa barik lana fee sa`ina, wa barik lana fee muddina.
(O my ilah put blessings in our fruit for us, and put blessing in our town for us, and put blesing in our sa` [unit of measure for grain], and put blessing in our mudd [Measure of variuos standards: Bushel, or two pints].)
then he would give it to the youngest of little children
that would come by.

Allahomma inni aootho bika minal-hammi walhazan. Wa a ootho bika minal ghammi wal kasal. Wa a ootho bika minal Jubni wal bukhl. Wa a ootho bika min ghalabatid
dayni Waqahrir riijal.
O Allah I seek refuge in You from worry and grief, from helpessness and laziness, from cowardice and stinginess, and from overpowering of debt and from oppression of men.
(3 times) Abu Dawood

Daily Du'a
Allahoma afini fi badani. Allahomma afini fi sam i. Allahomma afini fi basari.
O Allah! Grant health to my body, to my hearing and to my sight.
(3 times)Abu Dawood.

Daily Du'a
Allahomma inni a ootho bika minal Kufri Walfaqr. Allahomma inni ootho bika min athabil Qabr. La Illah Ill ant.
O Allah! I seek refuge in You from unbelief and poverty. O Allah! I seek refuge in You from punishment of the grave. There is no deity but You.
(3 times) Abu Dawood

Allahomma anta rabbi La ilha illa ant. Khalakhtani Wa ana Abdoka W ana ala ahdika Wawa dika mas tatat. Aootho bika min sharri ma Sana t. Aboo o Laka bini matika Alayya Wa boo o bithanbi faghfirli fa innaho La Yaghfroth thonooba illa ant.
O Allah! You are my Lord, there is no deity but You. You created me and I amYour slave-servant. And I am trying my best to keep me oath (of faith) to You and to seek to live in hope of Your promise. I seek refuge in You from my greatest evil deeds. I acknowledge Your blessings upon me and I ackowedge
my sins. So forgive me for none but You can forgive sins.
(3 times) Al Bukhari.

Astagh firlo lahal Lathi La ilaha ill howal hayyal qayyoma w atoobo ilayh.
I seek forgivness from Allah, there is no dity but Him, the living, the self Eternal and I repent to Him.
(3 times) Abu Dawood, At Tirmithi, Al Hakim.

This dua is recommended at the end of meetings. It atones for ones infraction during the meeting.
Subhanakal Lahomma Wabihamdik. Ash hado Alla Ilaha illa ant.
Astghfiroka Watoobo ilayk.
Glory be to You, O Allah and all Praise ! I testify there is no deity but You I seek Your forgiveness and to You do I repent.
(3 times) An Nasa i At Tabarani, Al hakima.

Confirmation of Faith
Qul Inni Omerto-an Abodallaha Mukhlisal-lahoddin. Wa omerto-il an Akoona-awwalal-muslimeen
Say: "Verily, I am commanded To serve Allah with sincere devotion;
And I am commanded To be the first of those who bow To Allah in Islam."
(Qur'an 39:11-12)

On the authority of Abu Sayed Al-Khudree (raa) the Messenger of Allah (saws) said:
Subhanaka 'allahumma wa bihamdika 'ash hadu 'alla 'ilaha 'illa 'anta 'astaghfiruka wa 'atuubu 'ilayka. Wa-Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatu Llahi
Whoever doesn't thank the people has not thanked Allah.
(Ahmed, at-Tirmidhi, ad-Diya')

Seeking Refuge in Allah from Evil
Narrated Ibn Masud that the Messenger of Allah said:
'A’oudhu bi kalimaat- illaahi al-taammaat allati laa yujaawizuhunna birrun wa laa faajir min sharri maa khalaqa wa dhara’a wa bara’a, wa min sharri maa yanzilu min al-sama’, wa min sharri ma ya’riju fihaa, wa min sharri maa dhara’a fi’l-ard, wa min sharri ma yakhruju minhaa, wa min sharri fitan al-layli wa’l-nahaar, wa min sharri tawaariq al-layl illaa taariqanbi khayrin ya Rahmaan.
I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah, through which no man, righteous or evil,
can penetrate, from the evil of what He has created and made, and from the evil of that which comes down from heaven, and from the evil of that which ascends in it, and from the evil of what He has created in the earth, and from the evil of that which emerges from it,
and from the evil of the trials of night and day, and from the evil of those who come at night, except for those who come for a good reason, O Most Merciful.”
(Reported by at-Tirmidthi and Nasa'i)

Du'a from Qur'an
Rabbana Aamanna-bima anzalta-wattaba narrasoola-faktobna Ma ashshahideen.
"Our Lord! we believe In what Thou hast revealed and we follow the Apostle; Then write us down Among those who bear witness."
Surat al-Imran 53

Du'a from Qur'an
Rabbona Rabbos-samawati Wal'ardi-lan-nad owa min doonihi-ilaha. Laqad-qulna ithan shatata.
Our Lord is The Lord of the heavens and of the earth: never shall we call upon any god other than Him: if we did, we should indeed have uttered an enormity!
Surat al-Kahf 14

Du'a From Qur'an
Amanna Wash had Bi anna Muslimoon
"We have faith, and do thou bear witness that we bow to Allah as Muslims'."
Surat Al-Ma'idah 111

Du'a From Qu'ran
Qul Atohajjunana Fil-lahi Wahowa Rabbona warabbokum walana Amalona Walakum A malukum Wanahno Lahoo Mukhlisoon
Say: Will ye dispute with us He is our Lord and your Lord; that we are responsible for our doings and ye for yours; and that we are sincere (in our faith) in Him?
Surat al-Bakarah 139

Du'a From Qur'an
Qul Hathihi sabeeli-ad oo Olal-lahi ala Basirain Ana- Wamanit-taba ani Wasubhanal-lahi Wa Ana-minal-Mushrikeen.
Say thou: "This is my way:I do invite unto Allah-
On evidence clear as the seeing with one's eyes,-
I and whoever follows me. Glory to Allah! and never
Will I join gods with Allah!"
Surah Yusuf 108

Glorification of Allah
Subhana-Rabbis-Samawati-Wal ardi Rabbil-Arshi-Amma Yasifoon.
Glory to the Lord of the heavens and the earth, The Lord of the Throne (Of Authority)!
(He is Free from the things they attribute (to Him)!
Surat az-Zukhruf 82

Du'a from Qur'an
Subhanal-Lahi- Amma Yushrikoon
Glory to Allah! (High is He) Above the partners they attribute to Him.
Surat al-Hashr 23

Du'a from Qur'an
Tabarakasmo-rabbika thil Jalali Wal-ikram
Blessed be the name of thy Lord full of Majesty, Bounty and Honour.
Surat-ar-Rahman 78

Du'a from Qur'an
Tabarakal-lathi-Ja ala Fis sama i Buroojaw waja ala Fiha
Blessed is He Who made constellations in the skies,
And placed therein a lamp and Moon giving light;
Surat-al-Furqan 61

Du'a from Qur'an
Ala Lahol-khalqo-Wal amr Tabarakal-laho Rabbol-alamin.
And to govern? Blessed be Allah, the Cherisher
And sustainer of the worlds!
Al A'raf 54

Seeking Beneficial Knowledge
Allahumma, innee as-aluka 'ilmaan naafiyaan wa rizKan tae'eban wa Amalan mutakabbalan.
The Prophet used to say after the Fajr prayer:
O Allaah! I ask you for the Knowledge which is beneficial and sustenance which is good and deeds which are acceptable (righteous).
[Sahih Ibn Majah 1/152]

Du'a From Qur'an
Fasabbih Bismi Rabbikal azeem.
So celebrate with praises the name of thy Lord The Supreme.
Al-Waqi'ah 96

Du'a From Qur'an
Fasabbih Bihamdi Rabbika Wakom-Minas sajideen.
But celebrate the praises of they Lord, and be of those who prostrate themselves in adoration.
Al Hijr 98

Du'a for Insomnia
Allahoma rabbas samawatis-sab'i wama azallat. Warabbal-ardina wama aqallat warabbash-shayatina wama adallat kun li faran min sharri khalqika ajma'een ay-yafrota Allayya ahadom-minhom. Aao ay-yatgha. Azza jarok. Watabarakas-mok.
Oh Allah! Lord of the seven Firmaments and whatever they cover, Lord of the seven earths and whatever they contatin, Creator of the devils and whoever they mislead. Be my protector from the evil of all Your creatures lest some of them may hasten with insolence against me or transgress the bounds. Honored is he who is in Your protection and blessed be is Your name.

What to Say to One Who is Leaving on a Journey
Astawdi' ollaha deenaka wa' amanataka wakhawateema 'amalik wa aqra'o 'alaykas-salam
Unto Allah do I commend your deen (Islam), your trust (family, property, etc...) , and the conclusions of your deeds, and I recite salam (peace) upon you.

When Bidding Farewell (by the traveler)
Astaodi' okallaha-allathi la tadee'o wada'i'oh
I commend you unto Allah Whose trusts are never lost.

When Breaking The Fast
Dhahaba dhamaa'a wabtallat al-urooq wa thabatal ajr insha Allah.
The thirst has gone and the veins have recovered and the blessing is established if Allah wills it so.

What to say at a Time of Disaster
Inna-lillahi wa inna ilayhi-raji'oon. Allahomma'indaka ahtasibu-museebati. Ra jorni fiha wa abdilini minha-khayra.
To Allah we belong, and to HIm is our return. Oh Allah! You suffice me in disaster. So reward me for it and replace it with something which is good.

Du’a said at the Start of a Gathering
In Al hamdulillah. Nahmaduh wa Nasta'eenuh wa Nastaghfiruh wa Natoobullaih. Wa na'udhu billahi min sharoor anfusina wa Sayyi'ati Amaalina. Man yahdi Allah fala muDili lan, wa man yudlil fala hadia lah. Wa ash-hadu an la ilah illallah
wahdahu la shareeka lah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan 'abduhu wa rasooluh.
All Praise is due to Allah. We worship Him, We seek His help and His forgiveness and we turn to Him in repentance. And we seek refuge in Allah from the evil within ourselves and our ill deeds. Whoever Allah guides cannot be lead astray and whomever He leads astray, for him there is no guide. There is no deity but Allah. He is alone, He has no partner and Muhammad (saws) is his servant and messenger.

Du’a said at the Conclusion of a Gathering
Subhannaka Allahuma wa Bihamdik Ash-hadu An La llahl lla Ant, Astaghfiruka wa Atoobu llaik
How perfect You are Oh Allah, and I praise You. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except You. I seek Your forgiveness and I turn to You in Repentance.

Upon Heading to the Mosque for the Morning (Fajr)Prayer
Allahumma jal fee qalbee nooran wa fee sam'ee nooran wa fee basaree nooran wa 'an yameenee noran wa 'an shimaalee nooran wa amaamee nooran wa khalfee nooran wa fauqee nooran wa tahtee nooran wa jal lee nooran.
O Allah make a light in my heart, and in my hearinga light; and in my vision a light; and on my right a light; and on my left a light; and in front of me a light; and behind me a light; and above me a light; and below me a light and make a light for me. (Muslim)

During Harship and Difficulties
Laa ilaaha illa-laahu-l-a Dheemu-l-haleem. Laa ilaaha illa-laahu rabbu arshi-l aDheem laa ilaaha illa laahu rabbu samawaati wa rabbu-l-ardi wa rabbu-l-arshi-l-kareem.
There is none worhty of worship except Allah, The Great, the Forbearing. There is none worthy of worship except Allah, the Lord of the Great Throne. There is none worhty of worship except Allah, Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth and Lord of the Noble Throne." (Bukhari)

During Harship and Difficulties
Laa ilaaha illa anta subhaanaka innee kuntu mina Dhaalimeen.
"There is none worthy of worship but You. Perfect are You. I was one of the wrongdoers." (Tirmidhi)

During Hardship and Difficult Times
Yaa hayyu yaa qayyoomu birahmatika astageeth
"O Living One, O Sustainer, in Your Mercy do I seek relief."

When one feels the disturbances of Satan while in Prayer,
reading the Quran and so forth
Aoothu bi laahi mina shaitaanir rajeem.
I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan.
Then he should blow out on his left side three times. (Muslim)

General Du'a
Allahumma, aj'al khaira 'amrina awakhiriha, wa khaira 'amaalina khawatimaha, wa khaira ayyamina yaum nalqaka.
O Allah, let our last days be the best days of our life and our last deeds be the best of our deeds, and let the best day be the day we meet You.

When it Rains
Allaahumma sayyiban naafian
"O Allah, (make it) a heavy beneficial rain." (al-Bukhari)

When Entering the Masjid
Bismillah. Allahomma salli 'ala Muhammad allahomaftah-li abwaba-rahmatik.
In the name of Allah. Oh Allah! Bless Muhammad Oh Allah! Open Your gates of mercy for me.

The Messenger of Allah (saws), when he broke his fast, used to say:
Dhahaba dhamaa'a wabtallat al-urooq wa thabatal ajr insha Allah.
The thirst has gone and the veins have recovered and the blessing is established if Allah wills it so. (Ahmad, Al-Baihaaqee)

When someone gives your 'Id greetings
Jubayr Bin Nufayr said: "When the companions of Allaah's Messenger met on
the day of 'Id, they would say to each other,
'Taqabbala 'llaahu minnaa wa mink
May Allaah accept from us and you.

Du'a After Salat
Say "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is Great) one time.
Say "Astaghfirllah" (I ask Allah to forgive me) three times.
Say "Allahumma antas salamu wa minkas salamu tabarkta ya zaljilali wal ikram."
(Oh Allah, you are the Peace, and you are the Source of Peace. You are blessed, O Possessor of Glory and Honor.)
Then say:
Subhannallah, Al Hamdulillah, and Allahu Akbar 33 times each and
"La illaha illa Allah. Wadaho la shareeka la. Lahol mulk. Wahowa hamd. Wahowa ala kulli shayin Qadir." one time.
(There is no deity but Allah. He is Alone. He has no partner. He is the sovereignty and grace. And He is Omnipotent.)

Du'a After Salat
Allahumma a'innee ala zikrika wa shukrika wa husni 'ibadatika.
Oh Allah, help me to remember You all the time, and to thank You, and to worship You perfectly. (Ahmad, Abu Dawud)
Then say:
Subhannallah, Al Hamdulillah, and Allahu Akbar 33 times each and
"La illaha illa Allah. Wadaho la shareeka la. Lahol mulk. Wahowa hamd. Wahowa ala kulli shayin Qadir." one time.
(There is no deity but Allah. He is Alone. He has no partner. He is the sovereignty and grace. And He is Omnipotent.)

Du'a for the Sick
Aisha narrated that the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) used the following du'a when family members were sick:
Allahumma Rabban-nas, adh-hibil-ba's, washfi, Antash-Shafee, la shifa'a, illa shifa'uk, shifa'an la yughadiru saqaman.
O Allah, Lord of mankind! Remove this disease and cure him. You are the Great Curer, there is no cure but through You that leaves behind no disease.
(Bukhari and Muslim)

General Du'a
O Allah, I ask you to raise my status, remove my burden, purify my heart, keep my chastity and forgive my sins. I ask You for the attainment of the higher degrees in Paradise. Ameen
Allahumma inni 'asaluka an tarf'a thikri, wa tad'a wizri, wa tutahir qalbi wa tuhsin farji wa tagfir li tumbi. Wa 'asaluka ad darajaat al'ula minal jenna, 'aameen.

Du'a for Salat
Hadith: Anas reported: "I was sitting with the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) in the mosque while a man was praying, and the man said,
Allahumma, inni 'as'aluka ya Allah bi inna lakal hamd La ilaha illa Anta [wahdaka laa sharieka lak] Al Mannaan, Ya Badi'us Samaawaati wal ard, Ya Dhal Jalaali wal Ikraam, Ya Hayyul Ya Qayyum Inni 'as'aluka [put your request such as "al jannah wa 'a'uthu bika minan naar]
'O Allah, I ask You because all praise belongs to You; there is no god but You, Most Generous [Al Mannaan], Originator of Heaven and earth [Badi'us Samaawaati wal ard], O Possessor of Majesty and Honor [Dhul Jalaali wal Ikraam], O Self-Sustaining [Ya Hayyul Ya Qayyum], I appeal to You.'
The Prophet,صلي الله عليه و سلم, said, 'He has supplicated Allah by His greatest name, which if He is called by it, He responds, and if He is petitioned by it, He gives.'"
[At Tirmithi, Abu Daud, An Nasaa'i and Ibn Maajah - sahih]

Du'a from Sunnah
Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) used to say:
'Allaahumma aslih li deeni alladhi huwa ‘ismat amri wa aslih li dunyaaya allati fihaa ma’aashi wa aslih li aakhirati allati fihaa ma’aadi w’aj’al al-hayaata ziyaadatan li fi kulli khayri w’aj’al al-mawta raahatan li min kulli sharr
"O Allaah, make me adhere properly to my religion, on which all my affairs depend; make this world good for me in which is my livelihood; make my Hereafter good for me, in which is my ultimate destiny; make my life increase in every good thing and make my death a respite from every evil", Aameen
Bukhairi and Muslim

After the Adhan is Completed
Allahumma rabba hathihid-da'watit tammah. Wassalatil-qa imah. Ati Muhammadan-il wasilata wal-fadilata. Wab'athho maqaman Mahmudan-il-lathi wa'adtah.
Oh Allah! Lord of this perfect call and the salah to be offered; grant Muhammad the privilege (of interceding) and also the eminence. And resurect him to the praised position
You have promised.

Du'a for when in Sujood
Allahumma inna nas'aluka ridaka waljannata, wa na'udhu bika min sakhatika wan-nar.
Oh Allah! We ask You to be pleased with us, reward us with the Paradise and we seek Your refuge from Your anger and the punishment of the Fire.

Du'a for when in Sujood
Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa 'fu 'anna.
Oh Allah! Forgive us because You loveforgiving and You are All Forgiving

Du'a for when in Sujood
Allahumma farrij hammal mahmumin, wa naffis kurabal makrubin, waqdid-daina 'anil madinin, washfi mardana wa mardal Muslimin.
Oh Allah! Relieve the distressed ones of their worries and the oppressed ones of their troubles. Settle the debts for the indebted persons and give cure to the sick, whether they be blood brothers or brothers in Islam.

Du'a for the Deceased
Allaahum-maghfir lahoo war hamhu wa aafihee wa fuanhu wa akrim nuzulahoo wa wassi madkhalah, waghsil-hu bil maa'i waththalji wal baradi wa naqqihee minal-khataayaa kamaa yunnaqath-thawbul-abyadu minad danas, wa abdilhu
daaran khayram min daarihee wa ahlan khayran min ahlihee wa zawjan khayram min zawjih, wa ad-khilhul jan nata wa a'ith min athaabil wa min athaabinnaar.
O Allah forgive him, have mecry on him, make him well, overlook his faults, make his place of rest a noble place and expand (the door of his entrance (into paradise) [Wink]
Sahih Muslim

Du'a for Distress
In al-Saheehayn it was reported from Ibn ‘Abbaas that the Messenger of Allaah (saws) used to say, when he felt distressed:
“La ilaaha ill-Allaah al-‘Azeem ul-Haleem, Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabbil-‘arsh il-‘azeem, Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb is-samawaati wa Rabbil-ard wa Rabb il-‘arsh il-kareem
There is no god except Allaah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allaah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne; there is no god except Allaah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.”

Du'a for Distress
It was reported from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) used to say, when something upset him:
“Yaa Hayyu yaa Qayyoom, bi Rahmatika astagheeth
O Ever-Living One, O Everlasting One, by Your mercy I seek help.”

Du'a for Distress
It was reported that Asmaa’ bint ‘Umays (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to me: “Shall I not teach you some words to say when you feel distressed?
‘Allaah, Allaah, Rabbee laa ushriku bihi shay’an
Allaah, Allaah, my Lord, I do not associate anything with Him.’”

Du'a for Distress
It was reported from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood that the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) said: “No person suffers any anxiety or grief, and says (below) but Allaah will take away his sorrow and grief, and give him instead joy.”
‘Allaahumma innee ‘abduka wa ibn ‘abdika wa ibn amatika, naasiyati bi yadika, maadin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadaa’uka, as’aluka bi kulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw anzaltahu fi kitaabika aw ‘allamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw ista’tharta bihi fi ‘ilm il-ghaybi‘andak an taj’ala al-Qur’aana rabee’ qalbi wa noor sadri wa jalaa’a huzni wa dhahaaba hammi
O Allaah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of
Your female slave, my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every Name belonging to You which You named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge
of the unseen with You, that You make the Qur’aan the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety
Al-Kalim al-Tayyib by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, edited by Shaykh al-Albaani, p. 72

During Harship and Difficulties
Laa ilaaha illa-laahu-l-a Dheemu-l-haleem. Laa ilaaha illa-laahu rabbu arshi-l aDheem laa ilaaha illa laahu rabbu samawaati wa rabbu-l-ardi wa rabbu-l-arshi-l-kareem.
There is none worhty of worship except Allah, The Great, the Forbearing. There is none worthy of worship except Allah, the Lord of the Great Throne. There is none worhty of worship except Allah, Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth and
Lord of the Noble Throne."

Du'a for when Entering the Toilet
Bismillah, Allahumma inni authu bika minal khubthi wal khabaa'ith
Bismillah, Oh Allah, I seek protection in You from the male and female jinn

Du'a for when Leaving the Toilet
I seek Your forgiveness.

the Prophet Muhammad (صلي الله عليه و سلم):
"Assuredly, women are the twin halves of men." (Sahih reported by Abu-Dawud (RA)
"To seek knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim."

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Updated Jaws' age at last and added a new block to the sidebar - health related things.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Decorations R Us

Welcome to my grotto. Roll up! Roll up! Penny a view, now don't be shy. Santa will be along shortly.

What do you mean "gaudy"... I'm insulted...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Quote of the Day

You know your son is obsessed with vehicles when you get this conversation out of him:

Boss: I have hubcaps *hic*

Me: Sorry?

Boss: I *hic* have hub caps

Me: You have hub caps?

Boss: *hic* Yes

Me: Hub caps??

Boss: *hic* Yes *hic* I said dat three times!

Me: You mean... "Hiccups"?

Boss: *hic* Yes hiccups. Dats what I mean. Silly my billy

Since when ...

... has Guy Fawkes Night been a three week extraveganza? Enough with the fireworks puh-lease.

Anyway, Jaws had an epiphany today. Well actually he had a bit of my "Rocket Lolly" this evening and boy was he mad when it ran out! I couldn't get it to my mouth without him leaning forward and chomping on it. Now he has realised that there are better things to taste than milk out there he has been shoving everything that isn't nailed down or on fire in his gob with a mad glint and intense drooling noises. What *have* I started?

Decorated for the last ten days of Ramadan = happy Boss. May post some piccies later insha'allah.

Sunday, October 23, 2005


Anybody got THIS?

Worthwhile or missable?

Just interested...

... if you have the time and can be bothered - anybody want to reveal just exectly why they chose to homeschool?

Just interested is all.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

What day are we on?

18th Ramadan or something like that? Hm... I still have 22 to make up from last year. And I need to make some salah up too. Good job I'm not Hanafi otherwise I'd have to add Witr in that calculation making the number of salah at least three years longer or something!

Was talking to my friend again and tentatively (yes, I can *do* tenetatively) asking if she was going to do at least one fast to see the blessing in it. She said she could if she wanted to but because she was Christian *they* do Lent. Right. So you fasted Lent then? No. Christians don't have to. God forgives them and lets them do whatever they want and He still will give them heaven. Okaaaaay. So you didn't do anything for lent then? No. Hm... I fasted Lent when I was a Christian.... oh well.

Allah says in Qur'an "Have you seen him who makes his own vain desire his god".

This looks like a good book. Anyone read it can give me a lowdown?

And A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam book in pdf. format for free.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Anybody know....

...about this Child Trust Fund thingy and how I can invest the £250 without all the riba that comes along with it. Or is that impossible. Or am I just crap with money. Or should I just shred the cheque up? Banks not helpful in answering questions - they just give you an info pack and say "all the questions are answered in there". They are wrong.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Pattern Blocks

We got this going on:

And in 3D too:

A road:

That's better:

Here's one I made earlier:

Got carried away with it:

Klingon theme?:

Pretty star:

Which quickly escalated into this:

And this... OK OK stop already

EDIT: Deleted piccie of Jaws... What was I thinking of??

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Eid meet up?

Eid will be either Thursday 3rd Nov or Friday 4th Nov. I was going to go to AWorld whatever day it fell on as I have nowhere else to go except in-laws if I don't get out of the house somewhere else.

Shall we, though, for the sake of argument for those who want to, meet up on the Friday anyway (dunno what I will do if Eid *is* Thursday!), about 10:30/11am ish? I will be there insha'allah ta'ala, so anyone who wants to join me will find me propped up against a wall in the toddler section insha'allah.

Forward planning eh? Whatever next... tsk tsk...


So. Got some things from Learning Resources today. Must remember to send them my right arm as payment *rolls eyes*.

Walked into town today. I'm trying to get into a habit of doing dhikr when I walk but this is next to impossible when you have a chattering 3 1/2 year old - Boss wittered away about "mummy M mummy" and when I actually stopped to listen to what he was saying he was pointing to a letter above a shop and saying "Mmmm for Mummy". And it was. Then he's been asking me what some words say. And he's been pretending to "read" to himself too. I also caught him counting things in a book using his finger - without being asked - and getting the number right! I think this is what the WTM calls "reading readiness" eh. So with that in mind I may try to learn him readin riting and rithmatic sooner than planned...

Purchased this for him. He likes it so much. It is basic so he can get on and do all the things himself while I wash up or do other chores - bonus.

Anyway. Been Eid shopping :) Boss is much more animated about Ramadan and Eid this year. I'm glad.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Quote of the Day

Me: M, this is Burghley House

Boss: *Without missing a beat, pointing to a clapped out old Citroen* Yes and diss is Burghley's car...

We don't get out much.


One of those days - you know, the one which starts out full of promise and ends up being, through nobody's fault, a complete disaster from every angle...

Went to Burghley today

the weather was beautiful - crisp and sunny. There were plenty of deer and other stuff to look at as well as a gymkarna for all to see. Technically it should have been a nice day. Sigh.

But then, and I think this was one of those moments that Maryam bangs on about when the inner self and relationship with Allah manifests itself into the material world, and the mess of our nafs emanates into physical reality - dunno if anyone knows what I am talking about - everything went just wrong. There was no barakah. We bickered. The camera was dropped and dented (hope not damaged as it was a generous gift and there is just no way we could ever have afforded it or another replacement). The atmosphere went sour and my little boy was just caught in the middle. Plus, Second-In-Command had not drank any milk since 7am and had no nap and was screaming like he was on FIRE...

Plus DH was hurting and didn't really want to go.

I just wanted a nice family day out. Why does it always have to be such a farse? Praying that we get barakah back, because something little that we do that displeases Allah can have far-reaching consequences even though we might be unaware of where the fitna emanates from. Do you know what I mean? I mean, you can do something and think nothing of it, but Allah thinks a lot of it, and by it it is a means which creates a barrier between you and Him.

You know, I was thinking this last night again, because we tend to forget it: that for every alhamdulillah we utter - that itself deserves another alhamdulillah, because it is only because Allah has turned to you, prompted dhikr in your heart, given you the strength to utter it all that you are able to even say it. Subhan'allah. Someone once asked Rabi'a "if ask Allah for forgiveness will He forgive me?" and she replied, "if He turns towards you and allows you to seek forgiveness then yes", to the nearest meaning. And there is the idea that if you seek forgiveness and offer repentence it is only because Allah ta'ala has already decided to forgive you and allowed you to utter "astaghfirullah", as anyone He intends to punish He does not allow to repent.

And this turns the western idea that all power is with the individual on its head - we think that, clever us, *we* are worshipping Allah, or giving charity, or whatever, but actually it is only because Allah *allows* us to do it at all since He intends to bring us closer to Him in the process. Subhan'allah. And we could never find guidance unless Allah, out of sheer grace, decides to guide us. And the sufis used to say that you cannot do anything better than endear yourself to Allah by inculcating beautiful character traits, such as kindness, humility, soft speech, generousity and remembering Allah often. We often think we can control our own destiny but when Allah decides to remove His barakah - what can you do about it then? You are at His mercy - literally. "And if you think you have any power at all then call back the soul of the dying man - We are nearer to him that you are, but you perceive Us not".

Just made me aware of that today when I saw it all go pear-shape. Had I been more centred and God-conscious I just knew that today would have been so different, since everything emanates from the self, and like Maryam reminded me of the beautiful verse of the Qur'an "We do not change a condition of a people until they first change what is in themselves". We bring our own destruction down on our heads by wilfully forgetting and centring ourselves on the source of all beauty - Allah.

And I know I talk about Allah alot and some of you may be rolling your eyes like I would if I was reading something by a born-again Christian, but I just have blog what's in my head...

Everything can change in one second. One of my husband's friends woke up one morning with no problems, rubbed his eye and it went black - he lost his sight. The Dr told him his eye has simply died. In one second our world can turn on its head - we are like people on a ship in a storm. We need Allah more than a drowning man needs air to breathe and were we to truly realise that we would "find" Allah. We are poor, whilst He is rich. We are in constant need, whilst He needs no thing. We are dependent, whilst He is independent. I can't help but feel frightened by the power Allah has over us, and at the same time immensely full of gratitude when I remember that He has made mercy binding on Himself making His mercy precede His wrath, being "Ar Rahman Ar Raheem" - "The Merciful, the source of Compassion" and that for anyone who turns to Him He turns also to them. In fact there is a beautiful Hadith Qudsi which states, "If my servant turns towards me, I turn towards him; ... and if he walks towards me I go towards him at speed". There is also another beautiful hadith were Muhammad (Saw) used to pray so much that his feet would swell and bleed, and he would weep in his salah. Someone once asked him, to the nearest meaning, 'why do you worship like this when Allah has already forgiven your past and future sins and guaranteed you Paradise'. Muhammad's (saw) reply was: "should I not then be a grateful slave?"

So much emanates from our state of gratitute (or lack thereof).

Anyway: moon cycle:

Double-sided tape is soooooooooooo much easier than glue!

Him and his dad are making a cake right now. Can't wait to "try" (read "finish") it.

Borg #2 on my knee - I have to go comply to his demands now. Resistance is futile...

Friday, October 14, 2005

OK so I got it

"One two three four five six seven eight nine ten twoteen threeteen fourteen..."

English is a stupid language honestly...

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Why do baby clothes have pockets? What do they keep in there? Fags? Keys? What?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

I have

been trying to talk to my friend about Islam. She thinks I'm just an odd-ball and has no interest in Islam beyond the historical interest. It's a sad case. I don't know why I converted to Islam and she just doesn't. I don't know why I think God is important but she prefers TV. I don't know why I consider the Creator of the entire Universe is worthy of worship whilst she prefers to ignore such a self-evidently important entity. *Shrugs* I don't get her just as much as she doesn't get me. But then, I've *been* her and after research, changed - the infuriating bit is that she doesn't want to even *read* about Islam.

Why should this bother me? Me to my religion and them to theirs? Fair do's. But Islam isn't about relativism. It isn't about taking the bits that suit you and hiding the rest behind your backs. It isn't about pick and mix spirituality and it isn't about the validity of everyone's whim and opinion. Islam is based on revelation - Divine Writ verbatim, and that is not up for negotiation. It is post-modern oddity that states that everyone can be right and no one can be wrong. This notion is an absurdity, and if pushed to its logical conclusions, also deeply hypocritical, because one thing which postmodernity does not tolerate is the undermining of its central tennet that anything can be knowable. Islam does not regard all paths as equal, and some are even considered non valid (such as those that state that there is more than one God or that He has a partner, son or associate).

You can't get to God on *your* terms, but only on His. If Allah ta'ala says hop on one foot for three hours a day then that is the yardstick by which we measure our actions - you either hop on one foot or you don't. You can't say "I don't consider hopping important" or "God will understand that I don't feel like hopping but He will forgive me just the same" or "I don't hop but I'm just as good as those who do". Clearly obedience and disobedience are not equal.

The sad part is that I think, like so many other people - Muslims included - that she has mixed ethnicity with religion and culture. So to be a white English person you necessarily must be Christian. Wasn't she shocked when she found out that there are Arab Christians. Very confusing to have her boundaries blurred. I am English and white - but I define myself through my beliefs, which have not merely been an accident of birth but of determined choice (and grace of Allah). This instinct to be Christian because we are British is very odd, not just because she doesn't actually know what it means to be a Christian anyway (in any variety).

Another thing which is sad is that it is the hijab/scarf that puts her off. But the five pillars of Islam are based on Shahada, five prayers, fasting, zakat and Hajj - not hijab!! Of course, every order of Allah is important, but surely it is better to be a struggling Muslim who is coming to terms with hijab/whatever than a rejector of faith altogether in Allah's eyes? And she does believe in One God, I just wish she could understand that these are weighty issues - not a question of life and death - much much more important than that. If something is True then it is True - you cannot barter with Truth if you hope for good.

She also has the idea that you have to be a saint to be a Muslim. I can't understand where she gets this notion from seeing as she has the friend that she has... Islam is meant for all people at whatever spiritual level they are on - some really love Allah and devote a lot to Him whilst others do the basics. "Yes, but the basics is too much"... five prayers a day?? ... "Yes... thats extreme".... Hmm... if someone told you that five times a day the bank would give everyone who turned up £1000 to keep you would go wouldn't you... "Oh Yes!!"... right. You'd make the effort to feed the animal self, but not for your soul and to please Allah. It isn't the effort that's the hard part - its the thing you worship that should change...

Rant over.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Ramadan is the month of the Qur'an. I need to read it!!

Assalamu alaikum again

Khadijah - been ringing to wish you Ramadan Mubarak... guess what... YOU'RE NOT IN. Having a life I expect. ... :S

Anyway, I hope your fasts are all going well (and being accepted by Allah subhana wa ta'ala, amin). It is such a wonderful time of the Islamic year.

Friday, October 07, 2005


Essentials of Ramadan

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those who preceded you; that perhaps you will be mindful of God. Al-Qur’an 2:183

We encourage everyone to be especially generous during this blessed month. Our beloved Prophet , was normally exceedingly generous. In Ramadan, he was even more benevolent.

Ibn ‘Abbas, May Allah be pleased with him and his father, relates: “The Prophet , was the most generous of people. He was even more generous in Ramadan when Gabriel would meet him and review the Qur’an with him. Gabriel would come to him every night of Ramadan to review the Qur’an. During these times, the Messenger of Allah , was more generous than the freely blowing wind.” Al-Bukhari and Muslim

We encourage everyone to read through the Qur’an at least once. Those who can read the Arabic script should do so in Arabic, even if they do not fully understand what they are reading. They should also try to read through the English translation. Those who are unable to read Arabic, should try to read through the entire English translation. Ramadan is, among other things, a celebration of the Qur’an. We should join the celebration by reading the Book of God much during this blessed month. Our Imams, Abu Hanifa, Malik, al-Shafi’i, and others, May God have Mercy on them all, would cease teaching Hadith and Jurisprudence during Ramadan and devote themselves exclusively to the Qur’an.

God says, concerning His Majestic Book: The Month of Ramadan in which the Qur’an was revealed, a guidance for mankind, [containing] clear proofs of guidance, and the criterion of distinguishing right from wrong. Al-Qur’an 2:185

We encourage everyone to refrain from all of the ruinations of the tongue during Ramadan. In his seminal work, “Quickening the Religious Sciences,” Imam al-Ghazali mentions them as the following:

Speaking in matters that do not concern one.

Excessive speech.

Speaking about sinful matters.

Disputation and contestation.


Excessively embellished speech.

Lewd, insulting, or crude speech.

Invoking the Curse of God on someone.

Singing indecent songs, or relating immoral poetry.

Excessive joking.

Sarcasm and ridicule.

Revealing secrets.

False promises.

Lying and false oaths.

Backbiting and slander.

Instigating tense relations between people.

Being two-faced.

Praising someone who is either undeserving, or unable to remain humble when praised.

Speaking about involved subjects and ideas one lacks the necessary knowledge or eloquence to adequately convey.

Ordinary folk speaking in subjects that are the domain of specialists.

May God spare us from these ruinations both during and after Ramadan.

The Prophet, Peace and Blessing of Almighty God be upon Him, said: “Whoever fails to leave off ruinous speech, and acting on it [during Ramadan], God does not need him to leave off eating and drinking.” Al-Bukahri

We encourage everyone to avoid all arguments, disputes, and unnecessary worldly entanglements during this blessed month. This is a time for deep devotion and dedication to Allah.

We encourage everyone to work to restore any severed relations or kinship ties they may be experiencing. This is a time when the gentle breezes of Divine Facilitation are blowing. Any good we endeavor during this blessed month will come to bear its proper fruits, Insha Allah.

We encourage everyone to eat simply during this month. One should try to make a vow to give up unnecessary, and generally unhealthy fare during this blessed month. Pizza, ice cream, fast food, pastries, and soda should all go. We should make our solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters in other lands real, and not something confined to speeches and pamphlets.

If one is in the habit of watching television, or listening to commercial music, one should also try to give these things up for Ramadan. They are things that divert us from the remembrance of God in any case. During this special month when every letter we recite from the Majestic Qur’an is tremendously rewarded, we should busy ourselves with recitation, and drop frivolous pastimes.

Married couples should encourage each other to engage in spiritual pursuits during this month, i.e. reciting the Qur’an, attending Tarawih, etc. Those in the habit of hosting extravagant dinners in Ramadan should try to avoid doing so, especially if they involve burdening cooks with long hours in the kitchen at a time when everyone should be increasing acts of worship. Usually, the womenfolk are disadvantageously affected in this regard. While it is certainly virtuous to provide the wherewithal for the believers to break their fast, dates, water, and simple, easily prepared dishes suffice.

Everyone should endeavor to pray the Tarawih Prayers. This is practice that should not be left without an excuse. The Prophet , mentioned, “Whosoever stands for prayer during the nights of Ramadan will have his/her prior sins expiated.” Al-Bukhari and Muslim

The prayer is the symbol of our devotional life. Ramadan is a great time to rediscover the power of the prayer, and to renew our commitment to our Lord through the prayer.


Ramadan Mubarak

I pray this blessed month brings all of you closer to Allah and that He showers His blessing on you and your families. Amin. Make the most of; it comes but once a year...

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