In the name of Allah; the entirely merciful; the especially merciful - بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Saturday, 31 March 2007

Ruling on Celebrating the Birthday of the Prophet

By Shaykh Sâlih ibn Fawzân al-Fawzân
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Celebrating the occasion of the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) is forbidden and is to be rejected for a number of reasons:

1 – It is not part of the Sunnah of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) or of the khalîfahs who succeeded him. Since this is the case, then it is a forbidden innovation, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) said: "I urge you to follow my Sunnah and the way of the rightly-guided khalîfahs after me; adhere to it and cling to it firmly. Beware of newly-invented things, for every newly-invented thing is an innovation (bid'ah) and every innovation is a going-astray." (Narrated by Ahmad, 4/126; at-Tirmidhî no. 2676).

Celebrating the Mawlid is an innovation introduced after the three best centuries in order to corrupt the religion of the Muslims. If a person does anything in order to draw closer to Allâh which was not done by the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) or enjoined by him, and was not done by the khalîfahs who succeeded him, this action implies that he is accusing the Messenger of not explaining the religion to the people, and that he disbelieves in the words of Allâh (interpretation of the meaning):

"This day, I have perfected your religion for you." [al-Mâ'idah 5:3]

Because he is adding something extra and claiming that it is a part of the religion, but the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) did not bring this.

2 – Celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) is an imitation of the Christians, because they celebrate the birth of the Messiah (peace be upon him). Imitating them is extremely harâm. The hadîth tells us that it is forbidden to imitate the kuffâr, and we are commanded to differ from them. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) said: "Whoever imitates a people is one of them." (narrated by Ahmad, 2/50; Abû Dâwûd, 4/314). And he said, "Be different from the mushrikîn." (narrated by Muslim, 1/222, no. 259) – especially with regard to things that are the symbols or rituals of their religion.

3 – Besides being bid'ah and an imitation of the Christians, both of which are harâm, celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) is also a means that leads to exaggeration and excess in venerating him, which even goes as far as calling upon him (making du'â' to him) and seeking his help, instead of calling upon Allâh, as happens now among many of those who observe the bid'ah of the Mawlid, when they call upon the Messenger instead of Allâh, and ask him for support, and sing qasîdahs (odes) of shirk praising him, like Qasîdat al-Burdah etc. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) forbade going to extremes in praising him, as he said: "Do not extol as the Christians extolled the son of Maryam. For I am just His slave, so say, the slave of Allâh and His Messenger." (narrated by al-Bukhârî, 4/142, no. 3445; al-Fath, 6/551), i.e., do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians exaggerated in praising the Messiah and venerated him until they worshipped him instead of Allâh. Allâh forbade them to do that when he said (interpretation of the meaning):

"O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allâh aught but the truth. The Messiah 'Îsa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was (no more than) a Messenger of Allâh and His Word, ("Be!" — and he was) which He bestowed on Maryam (Mary) and a spirit (Rûh) created by Him." [al-Nisâ' 4:171]

Our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) forbade us to exaggerate concerning him lest the same thing happen to us as happened to them, so he said: "Beware of exaggeration, for those who came before you were destroyed because of exaggeration." (narrated by an-Nasâ'î, 5/268; classed as sahîh by al-Albânî in Sahîh Sunan al-Nasâ'î, no. 2863).

4 – Observing the innovation of the Prophet's birthday opens the door to other kinds of bid'ah and being distracted by them from the Sunnah. Hence you find that the innovators are very active when it comes to bid'ah and very lazy when it comes to the Sunnah; they hate it and regard those who follow it as enemies, until their entire religion is innovated anniversaries and Mawlids. They have split into various groups, each of which commemorates the anniversary of its Imâm's birth, such as the births of al-Badawî, Ibn 'Arabî, al-Dasûqî and al-Shâdhilî. No sooner do they end the celebration of one birthday but they start the celebration of another. This results in exaggeration concerning these dead people and others, and in calling upon them instead of Allâh, believing that they can bring benefit and cause harm, until they deviate from the religion of Allâh and go back to the religion of the people of the Jâhiliyyah of whom Allâh says (interpretation of the meaning):

"And they worship besides Allâh things that harm them not, nor profit them, and they say: 'These are our intercessors with Allâh'." [Yûnus 10:18]

"And those who take Awliyâ' (protectors, helpers, lords, gods) besides Him (say): 'We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allâh'." [az-Zumar 39:3]


Shaykh Sâlih ibn Fawzân al-Fawzân
Member of the Committee of Senior Scholars, Saudi Arabia
Huqûq an-Nabî bayna al-Ijlâl wa'l-Ikhlâl, p. 139

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Be Careful Of What You Plant

Author unknown

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.
If you plant perseverance, you will reap victory.
If you plant consideration, you will reap harmony.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.
If you plant openness, you will reap intimacy.
If you plant patience, you will reap improvements.
If you plant faith, you will reap miracles.

But
If you plant dishonesty, you will reap distrust.
If you plant selfishness, you will reap loneliness.
If you plant pride, you will reap destruction.
If you plant envy, you will reap trouble.
If you plant laziness, you will reap stagnation.
If you plant bitterness, you will reap isolation.
If you plant greed, you will reap loss.
If you plant gossip, you will reap enemies.
If you plant worries, you will reap wrinkles.
If you plant sin, you will reap guilt.

So be careful what you plant now,
it will determine what you will reap tomorrow.
The seeds you now scatter will make life worse or better.
Yes, someday, you will enjoy the fruits,
or you will pay for the choices you plant today.


Taken from Sarah's Discovery

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

New Addition - Baby Boy


Alhamdulillah my little sister gave birth to her 4th child. Both mum and baby are well, alhamdullillah. Masha Allah, Allah has blessed her with 2 girls and 2 boys. Mabruk! May Allah make her a better mum (although she is a good mum, masha Allah) and her children good Muslimun. Ameen.

What Our Homeschooling Is Like On Tuesday

Tilawah - After Fajr we are do tilawah of the Qur'an and read its translation. We would focus on tajweed rules especially the maad because the girls sometime did not say it. They rushed in reading. Then we would discuss the ayah we were reading.

Arabic Language - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Alhamdulillah the girls have been doing Arabic nearly 6 years. Our aim for this year is to learn the qur'an vocabulary words, its meaning and spelling test. There is a nice easy way to understand qur'an that we use. My dream is that the girls understand what they read and put it into practise. We will keep on going for Allah sake.

K - Mental Math, Math, Grammar and Science.

H - Math, SOSE, English and Science.

As usually before Zuhr the girls have done all their secular work on their workbooks and textbooks. Masha Allah. If not we would stop for Zuhr then preparing the lunch between 12:30 to 2:00. After lunch and afternoon rest they will continuing their unfinished work.

Internet Time - They do research on our theme for this term which is Hajj and learn to do setting, posting and editing their own blog.

Theme for this term - Hajj.

English

Writing the procedure on how to make the Kaabah mosaic.

Listening to Lives of the Prophets by Anwar Al-awlaki. This term they study on Tape 4 The da'wa of Ibrahim to his people: Ibrahim and al-Nimrud, The hijrah of Ibrahim(as), Ibrahim in Harran, Ibrahim in Egypt, Ismail(as) Tape 5 Building al-Ka'bah: The virtues of Ibrahim(as). After listen to it, they will do comprehension based on the section they had listen to.

Here are some reading materials related to Hajj theme that the girls are doing this term:
MY HAJJ 2003 JOURNAL by The Imam's Daughter
The Hajj Muslim Pilgrimage To Makkah
Diary of A Haji: 21 Days for the Holy Land by Prof. M. Ishaq Zahid (Creator of Islam101.com)
Tell me about Hajj (for kids) These exciting historical events are presented in a simple, informative style, with beautiful illustrations, so that young people may understand and enjoy them.
TJ Hajj resources for educating children about the Hajj season.

Technology and Enterprise - This term our theme is Hajj and the girls were doing Kaabah mosaic. This activity will give the girls opportunity to work towards T&E outcomes. Masha Allah, they worked hard and what's important they learn heaps of thing like team work, patience, islamic art, cutting tile, grouting and having fun.

Hajj & Umrah Guide and Board Game with Flashcards - Download pdf file here

The Arts - Brief History of Islamic Art Essay on Architecture, Pottery, Carpet Making, Painting, Metal Working and Silks.
Islamic Floral Patterns and Geometry A Presentation of Islamic Art and Architecture.

Hifz - Before maghrib. They are doing surah Al Baqarah one page a week.

Monday, 26 March 2007

What Our Homeschooling Is Like On Monday

Monday

Tilawah - After Fajr we do tilawah of the Qur'an and its translation.

Qur'an Journal - The girls have been writing Qur'an Journal since last year. There are variety of way they can do. Mind mapping the whole surah is one of them. Writing a list from it. They would also write about their favourite ayah and some explanation why they like it and how the ayah effect their life or the life around them. Or they could do calligraphy whether in Arabic or English.

H - Math, English(Journal) and Science(Working Scientifically).

K - Math, Comprehension and Health

Usually before Zuhr the girls have finished all their secular work on their workbooks and textbooks. Masha Allah. If not they will stop for Zuhr then preparing the lunch between 12:30 to 2:00. After lunch and afternoon rest they will continuing their unfinished work.

Tuition- A lovely sister come for tutoring H and K on English and Math.

Karate - K is doing karate every Monday and Thursday at local community center with other muslim sisters

Hifz - Before maghrib. Alhamdulillah the girls are doing Al Baqarah this term. They are doing it a page a week reviewing the hifz after every 4 pages. Masha Allah, may Allah teach them and give reward to them abundantly. Ameen.

Tauheed - After Maghrib the girls are doing Islamic Studies in Tauheed section.
H is studying Islamic Studies Book 1 by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips while K is using Our Faith and Worship Textbook and Workbook by Dr Tasneema K Ghazi and Dr. Abidullah Ghazi.

Friday, 23 March 2007

What our homeschooling is like on Friday

Friday

Tilawah - After Fajr we do tilawah of the Qur'an and its translation.

Qur'an Journal - The girls have been writing Qur'an Journal since last year. There are variety of way they can do. Mind mapping the whole surah is one of them. Writing a list from it. They would also write about their favourite ayah and some explanation why they like it and how the ayah effect their life or the life around them. Or they could do calligraphy whether in Arabic or English.



Project - This term our theme is Hajj and the girls were doing Kaabah mosaic. Masha Allah, they worked hard and what's important they learn heaps of thing like team work, patience, Islamic art, cutting tile, grouting and having fun. It took them 3 week to finish it. Their current project is sewing their own designed schoolbag. The designed part has been very interesting. Then they made it with the newspaper first before using real material. H is also knitting for her Qur'an class a bag. Masha Allah, H is teaching K how to knit. Every now and then the girls are making jewellery using beads and wires.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the girls worksheets, workbook and textbook free day. Hooray!!!

Swimming - every now and then they do swimming at our backyard pool, off course after they finished their school work. The girls just love being in the water and it is therapeutic.

Hifz - Before maghrib. Alhamdulillah the girls are doing Al Baqarah this term. They are doing it one page a week. Masha Allah, may Allah reward their effort abundantly. Ameen.

Du'a /Dzikir - After Maghrib every week we learn new du'a or dzikir in Arabic with its meaning. The girls will choose and write it on the white board so all of us can learn.

Thursday, 22 March 2007

What Our Homeschooling Is Like On Thursday

Tilawah - After Fajr we are do tilawah of the Qur'an and read its translation. We would focus on tajweed rules especially the maad because the girls sometime did not say it. They rushed in reading. Then we would discuss the ayah we were reading.

Arabic Language - Every Tuesday and Thursday. Alhamdulillah the girls have been doing Arabic nearly 6 years. Our aim for this year is to learn the qur'an vocabulary words, its meaning and spelling test. There is a nice easy way to understand qur'an that we use. My dream is that the girls understand what they read and put it into practise. We will keep on going for Allah sake.

K - Mental Math, Math, Writing and SOSE.

H - Math, SOSE, English and Health.

Internet Time - They do research on our theme for this term which is Hajj and learn to do setting, posting and editing their own blog.

Hifz - Before maghrib. They are doing surah Al Baqarah one page a week.

Lives of the Prophets - After Maghrib, the girls listen to audio tape by Anwar Al-awlaki. This term they study on Tape 4 The da'wa of Ibrahim to his people: Ibrahim and al-Nimrud, The hijrah of Ibrahim(as), Ibrahim in Harran, Ibrahim in Egypt, Ismail(as) Tape 5 Building al-Ka'bah: The virtues of Ibrahim(as). After listen to it, they will do comprehension based on the section they had listen to.

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Melatonin, can improve ability to sleep

A few weeks ago, I have found out that my daughter sleeping problem has a name. It is call a delayed sleep phase syndrome. Meaning she would sleep later than she slept a day before and gradually each day. For example if she slept at 9 pm yesterday, tonight she would sleep at 11 pm then 12 pm tomorrow and 2 am the day after tomorrow. Usually she would sleep in between 1 to 2 hours later or no sleeping at all that night.

This is how I manage her sleeping problem. One hour before her sleeping time I would bath ber. Give her massage using the Misk Aroma Gentle Baby Oil which I make with Lavender and Chamomile essential oils. Get her dress and then put her to bed. I would off the light so she know that it is time to sleep. Light up the essential oil burner using Misk Aroma Help To Sleep with lavender and sage essential oils. Pat her while reading the 3 qul's surah.

As another way to manage her sleeping, I would keep her awake that day, when her pattern goes to not sleeping at all during the night and put her to sleep around 6 pm. It is not as easy as said. Sometime I was too tired, we ended sleep through out the day. Alhamdulillah, la hawla wala quwata illah billah.

Her occupational therapy and the other lady at sleep study from The Center of Cerebral Palsy recommended her to take melatonin.

First I beg for Allah to make me patience in caring and loving my daughter. I also ask him to help me in managing her sleep. Insha Allah we would try the melatonin and keep posting her progress.

I did some researched about the melatonin and here where I could refer back when I needed.

Researchers from the Divisions of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School have found in a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical study, that melatonin, taken orally during non-typical sleep times, significantly improves an individual's ability to sleep.

This finding is particularly important for rotating or night-shift workers, travelers with jet lag and individuals with advanced or delayed sleep phase syndrome.

To read more click here.

This is another article about melatonin which contains the following topics:
Overview
Uses
Available Forms
How to Take It
Precautions
Possible Interactions
Supporting Research

To read more about melatonin click on here.

Saturday, 17 March 2007

Life is a Fitnah

( Alif - Laam - Meem. Do people then think they will be left alone upon saying, "We believe in Allaah," and they will not be faced with fitnah? And verily we put those who came before them to trials, so that Allaah would make known those who have been truthful, and so that Allaah would make known the liars. )

Below are some of fitnah happen in our life:
The Fitnah of Disbelieving Parents
The Fitnah of Being in the Minority
The Fitnah of Seeing the Enjoyment of the Disbelievers
The Fitnah of Argumentation
The Fitnah of Passions and Desires
The Fitnah of Disobedience Upon Knowledge
The Fitnah of Argumentation
The Fitnah of the Dunyaa
The Fitnah of Safety and Security

There is an article from about fitnah at bakkah.net

Thursday, 15 March 2007

Islamic Text

And whenever you give your word, say the truth [surah al-An’am; 6:152]

And seek help in patience and prayer [surah al-Baqarah; 2:45]

And speak good to people [surah al-Baqarah; 2:83]

And fulfil the Covenant of Allah when you have covenanted [surah al-Nahl; 16:91]

Verily! Allah commands that you should render back the trusts to those to whom they are due [surah al-Nisa’; 4:58]

And let not your hand be tied (like a miser) to your neck, nor stretch it forth to its utmost reach (like a spendthrift) [surah al-Isra’; 17:29]

Eat and drink, but waste not by extravagance [surah al-A’raf; 7:31]

And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is al-taqwa (piety, righteousness) [surah al-Baqarah; 2:197]

And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty) [surah al-Talaq; 65:2]

And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him [surah al-Talaq; 65:3]

He who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah [surah al-Nisa’; 4:80]

By no means shall you attain al-birr (righteousness) until you spend (in Allaah’s cause) of that which you love [surah al ‘Imran; 3:92]

Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of Affairs (for us) [surah al ‘Imran; 3:171]

And walk not on the earth with conceit and arrogance [surah al-Isra’; 17:37]

And turn not your face away from men with pride [surah al-Luqman; 31:18]

And be moderate (or show no arrogance) in your walking, and lower your voice [surah al-Luqman; 31:19]

And give not a thing in order to have more (or consider not your deeds of obedience to Allah as a favour to Allah) [surah al-Muddaththir; 74:6]

[compiled by Mutmainaa]

Happy Moments

Happy Moments
-PRAISE ALLAH

Difficult Moments
-SEEK ALLAH

Quiet Moments
-WORSHIP ALLAH

Painful Moments
-TRUST ALLAH

Moment By Moment
"THANK ALLAH"

[compiled by Mutmainaa]
from warious sources

for more click here

Parents jailed for assaulting their disabled child

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu


news.com.au

From correspondents in London

February 09, 2007 07:54am
Article from: Reuters

AN English couple have been jailed for inflicting cruelty on their four-year-old disabled daughter that left her with horrific injuries.

The girl, who suffered from cerebral palsy, had boiling water poured over her hands, large clumps of hair ripped from her scalp, was kicked repeatedly in the groin and was locked naked in the toilet each night.

She was also forced to eat her own faeces.

Kimberly Harte, 23, was jailed for 11-and-a-half years, while her partner Samuel Duncan, 27, was given 10-and-a-half years when they were sentenced in London's Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court today.

Detective Sergeant Antony Smith, of the child abuse investigation unit, said it had been a "harrowing" investigation.

Her injuries, inflicted during February and March last year, were "quite appalling and horrific", he said.

Smith described the youngster as "young and fragile" when he interviewed her at hospital.

"She is doing a lot better now, and is being well cared for," he added.

Harte and Duncan, from Maida Vale, west London, admitted three charges each of acts of cruelty to a child or young person.

They were subsequently found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent.

The violence began just weeks after the helpless youngster was taken away by social services following domestic violence between her parents.

But she was later returned home to the couple despite concerns voiced by her foster carers.

The court heard the youngster was in constant agony until her horrified grandmother began to suspect what was going on and called in social services.

The little girl had suffered such "horrific injuries" that she would almost certainly have died without treatment.

The youngster, now scarred for life, was in such excruciating pain that she had to be examined under general anaesthetic.

When sentencing her parents today, Judge Paul Worsley QC told them: "You stand convicted by the jury of repeatedly injuring your child ... That child was loving and affectionate. That child had cerebral palsy. That child was your daughter."

"You harmed her in ways which, in my judgment, amounts to torture of that little girl.

"Your responsibility as parents was to protect, not harm her."

The judge said the case had been made all the worse by the fact both knew they were "under the eye of social services and had every reason to show more, not less, affection to that little girl".

But within four weeks of having been returned to them and "entrusted" into their care, Duncan broke her arm.

However, Harte conned medical staff by claiming that, while she was responsible, it had been an accident.

Later, however, she explained that Duncan was to blame.

Running through their offences, the judge continued: "On count two, you, Duncan, and you, Harte, scalped her.

"On count three, you, Duncan, and you, Harte, kicked her like a football so repeatedly and so severely in the groin that she had appalling bruising, internal bleeding, permanent liver damage.

"On count one, you, Harte, took her little hands and held them under the hot tap as you poured scalding water over them.

"Each of those injuries must have caused her excruciating pain and she must have shown her terror and agony at the time. And having witnessed that agony, both of you failed to secure for her the medical attention she so desperately needed.

"You failed to do so because in my judgment you feared discovery," he said.

While acknowledging that both defendants were still young and had had "difficult pasts", the judge said he was completely satisfied they had "deceived" social services into believing they were responsible parents.

"In my judgment you should never again be entrusted with the care of a young child.

"I can only hope with the passage of time you will mature and come to regret your appalling conduct to that little girl."

Her appalling suffering has led to urgent calls for a "full independent inquiry" into Westminster Council's handling of the situation.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

By The Time

Bismillahir Rahmanor Rahim
In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Assalamu 'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu

I would like to advice myself with surat al asr. By the time. Verily, man is in lost. Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds and recommend one another to the truth and recommend one another to patience.