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We often learn about the importance of reciting Qur’aan with properly pronounced letters as changing one letter may change the meaning of the word.

However, completing your vowels (harakah) is as important when it comes to preserving the word.

For e.g. the word حمر
If you read it as Humr (no vowel on م) it means to redden, or to turn red.
If you read it as Humar (with fatHah on م), it means asphalt
If you read it as Humur (with dhammah on م), it means donkeys!

The letters or their orders did not change at all in this word. The only thing changed was how we read the middle letter.

It gets more interesting when you change either one of the harakah of a three-lettered verb and you can come up with many variation in meanings and even create sentences!

For e.g. the word حَمِرَ. Any guesses what it means?
Feel free to share similar examples with vowels

Birds and communication

I really wonder how birds communicate with each other. One bird will find something and somehow the rest of them get a signal and they all come within seconds to join their friend.

SubHaanAllaah, such amazing communication skills. It probably goes like this:

Bird 1 (the scout): I see some water down there. I am going to go check it out.
Bird 1 comes to the water, sees no danger, calls them all over (HOW?!!) and they all come within seconds.
There is so much trust in their relationship.

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Real Oppression

Bismillaah

Islam is a blessing and you can see it practice by those who are being oppressed and killed due to their Islam. I look at the Muslims in the Muslim lands and they amaze me.

WAllaahi they are oppressed physically, but we Muslims in the West are oppressed spiritually.
To the Muslims living in the West, when have you seen Islam as a blessing and not a burden?

How many sisters complain, “I can’t wear Hijaab because I won’t find a good job.”
You are oppressed by your nafs.

How many youth don’t pray 5 times a day because they don’t want to be judged by their friends.
You are oppressed by your nafs.

How many parents don’t wake up their children for Fajr or teach them about Islam because they think it’s not important.
You are oppressed by your nafs.

How many brothers don’t attend the salah in the Masjid or seek halal options for work.
You are oppressed by your nafs.

Can you not see what makes the Muslims so strong? Do you not desire to be like them?
Learning the deen is so convenient in our times. You can even obtain a B.A. in Islamic Sciences for free!

Stop being oppressed by your nafs my dear brothers and sisters and learn about deen.
Here are some resources to get you started.

Learn Tajweed and how to recite Qur’aan:
http://www.jazriyyah.com

Tafseer of the whole Qur’aan and other courses (Jan 2015):
http://alhudainstitute.ca/

Learn Arabic:
http://www.bayyinah.com

B.A. in Islamic Sciences:
http://www.islamiconlineuniversity.com/

May Allaah make the path of seeking knowledge accessible to you. 

Du’a of Traveling

Bismillaah

I recently taught this du’aa to my students while teaching the Adab of Traveling. It is such a beautiful du’aa and very easy to memorize if you memorize it in chunks. My students finished memorizing it in 3 classes, walHumdulillaah.

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ، اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ، اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ

سُبْحَانَ الذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ فِي سَفَرِنَا هَذَا الْبِرَّ وَالتَّقْوَى، وَمِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تَرْضَى، اللَّهُمَّ هَوِّنْ عَلَيْنَا سَفَرَنَا هَذَا، وَاطْوِ عَنَّا بُعْدَهُ، اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِي السَّفَرِ، وَالْخَلِيفَةُ فِي الأَهْلِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَعَثَاءِ السَّفَرِ وَكَآبَةِ الْمَنْظَرِ وَسُوءِ الْمُنْقَلَبِ فِي الْمَالِ وَالأَهْلِ،

وَإِذَا رَجَعَ قَالَهُنَّ وَزَادَ <<آيِبُونَ تَائِبُونَ عَابِدُونَ لِرَبِّنَا حَامِدُونَ» رواه مسلم

 “Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest,
How perfect He is, The One Who has placed this (transport) at our service, and we ourselves would not have been capable of that, and to our Lord is our final destiny.
O Allah, we ask You for birr (righteousness) and taqwa (God-conscious) in this journey of ours, and we ask You for deeds which please You. O Allah, facilitate our journey and let us cover it’s distance quickly. O Allah, You are The Companion on the journey and The Successor over the family, O Allah, I take refuge with You from the difficulties of travel, from having a change of hearts and being in a bad predicament, and I take refuge in You from an ill fated outcome with wealth and family.”
Upon returning the same supplication is recited with the following addition (We return, repent, worship and praise our Lord.)

 

You can also hear the audio and transliteration on this page

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Ibn Hazm ad-Dhahiri, one of the great scholars of Al-Andalus/Islamic Spain, states in one of his books matters about the relationship between men and women in words to this effect:

“Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has created men and women from each other. He placed in between them a wall which segregated the two genders. Behind this wall is ‘mercy” whereas the front portion of this wall is torment. In between the wall there is a door. So whoever wishes happiness, comfort, benevolence, and mercy from the opposite side of this wall, then he/she has to go through the door, and the door is marriage. And whoever tries to go to the other side through another way by knocking out the wall or breaking it, or by stealing some of pleasures of the opposite side, then he/she will have pain, worry, illness, and disgrace as his/her companions in this worldly life, and will have Hell fire awaiting him/her in the hereafter.” 

[Tawq al Hamamah of Ibn Hazm al Andalusi]

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Bismillaah

This ayah comes after the ayah of Sabbath in suratul A’raaf (Chapter 7, verse 163)

The people of this village were divided into three groups: a group that committed the prohibition (catching fish on the Sabbath), another group prohibited them from transgression and avoided them. A third group neither prohibited them, nor participated in their action.
The third group said to the preachers, “Why do you advise [or warn] a people whom Allah is [about] to destroy or to punish with a severe punishment?”

The third group was more of the bystander group. Saw evil happening, Allaah’s boundaries being broken and they knew there was punishment coming but felt there was no benefit in forbidding them ya’ni why should we lose our breath?

So the group of ‘preachers‘ said – “In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah),” `for we were commanded to enjoin righteousness and forbid evil’ (this was commanded to them in Suratul Baqarah) 

Or – there could even be a win-win situation: 

(“and perhaps they may fear Allah”) for on account of our advice, they might stop this evil and repent to Allah.

وَإِذْ قَالَتْ أُمَّةٌ مِنْهُمْ لِمَ تَعِظُونَ قَوْمًا اللَّهُ مُهْلِكُهُمْ أَوْ مُعَذِّبُهُمْ عَذَابًا شَدِيدًا قَالُوا مَعْذِرَةً إِلَى رَبِّكُمْ وَلَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَّقُونَ

And when a community among them said, “Why do you advise [or warn] a people whom Allah is [about] to destroy or to punish with a severe punishment?” they [the advisors] said, “To be absolved before your Lord and perhaps they may fear Him.”
Now this is the part I can’t stop thinking about:

When the punishment came, Allaah subHaanahu wa ta’aala rescued those who advised and took those who committed evil with His punishment.  أَنجَيْنَا الَّذِينَ يَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ السُّوءِ وَأَخَذْنَا الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُواْ

But what about the passive group? The bystanders? What happened to them? What was their end?

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There could only be two possible outcomes: a) They were rescued along those advised OR b) They were punished with those who committed the prohibition. 

What do you think might have happened to them?

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