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In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful.
Assalaamu Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatu
When I look upon this month it reminds me of the importance of the Sunnah which our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) bestowed upon our lives. Yes! it is the month of the birth of the Holy Prophet (saw), but it should be looked at as a reminder of what our beloved Prophet (saw) came to do for us. This Sunnah is the essence of our livelihood and should be implemented daily. In this Issue I have chosen to enlighten you about the early history of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) and to allow you to ponder over some of the wonderful characteristics of the people in his life. With this in mind we should all reflect upon the time we spend in the path of Allah (swt) and utilise some of that time attending classes and lectures provided by the GIYC Centre on a regular basis. For the latest ‘happenings’ check out our updated timetable on: www.giyc.com.au .
Rabi-Ul-Awwal and Rabi-Ul-Thani
abi-Ul-Awwal is the third month of the Islamic Calendar. The meaning of the word “Rabi-Ul-Awwal” is the first month of spring. It is the most significant month in the Islamic History, because humanity has been blessed in this month by the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) who was sent as a mercy for all and departed from this world 63 years later. Before the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), not only the Arabian Peninsula, but also the so-called civilized nations of Rome and Persia were drowned in the darkness of ignorance, superstitions, oppression and unrest. The Holy Prophet (saw) came with the eternal truth “Tawheed” (Oneness of Allah), the only faith which provides a firm basis for the real concepts of knowledge, justice and peace. It was this faith which delivered humanity from ignorance and superstitions and spread the light of true knowledge all over the world. Many other significant events took place in Rabi-Ul-Awwal such as:
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The Holy Prophet (saw) migrated from Makkah to Madinah Munawwarrah. The battle of Buwaat took place in the year 2 AH. Battle of Saf’waan also took place in the year 2 AH. Abu Bakr’ (ra) was appointed Caliph.
abi-Ul-Thani is the fourth month of the Islamic Calendar and is also known as Rabi-Ul-Akhir. The meaning of the word “Rabi-Ul-Thani” is the second month of spring. There is no significant happenings that have been mentioned during this month.
Issue 6 Apr – May 07
Liverpool Youth Cup
Futsal Fever. This is the competition of all competitions. To recognise Youth Week this televised event is not to be missed. We are calling all young male soccer players to come out of hiding and prove to yourself, if you have what it takes. It is a 5 on 5 competition with 3 courts and a maximum of 9 players per side. Celebrity appearances such as Anthony Mundine and Hazem El Mazri mark the event and spectators are welcome. Who: Young male soccer players 16yrs and over Date: Sunday 22nd April 2007 (Teams must register before Sunday 8th April) Where: Bonnyrigg Indoor Sports Centre Cost: $45 per player (includes rego, team shirt, shorts and lunch) To register:- email email@example.com or SMS your email address to: 0403 309 557. You have to be in it to win it.
Sponsored by Puma, GIYC, ABW Foods, Sydney Muslim Youth and Liverpool City Council
April School Holiday Program
Its that time of year when we wonder how we are going to keep our kids entertained during the school holidays. Well there’s no need to worry as we have set up two wonderful days full of exciting activities that the children will absolutely enjoy as well as the mums. 1st Day - Arts, Craft and Cooking Date: 12th April Where: GIYC Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm Ages: 5 to 12yrs. Cost: $5 per child. Supervision included Children need to bring a healthy lunch. 2nd Day - Picnic Date: 19th April Where: Mount Annan Botanic Garden Time: 10:30am Age: Cost: For mums and all children Free For registration and enquiries Please contact : Sister Mona on: 0405 301 482
Please bring a packed lunch.
Ladies 4th Annual Winter Warmers Party
The ultimate winter ‘Pyjama Party’ is back and it’s about time too. As winter approaches we gear you up for an unforgettable winter evening you'll ever have in your pyjama’s. Come along and find out why this event is our most popular. Lots of fun filled games and unlimited laughter. Date: Saturday 9th June 2007 Time: 6pm to 10pm Where: GIYC Cost: $30 per person Age: 12yrs and up. No children over 1yr. old
Madrassah Family Picnic
Date: 20th April 2007 A chance for all the Madrassah families to come together and enjoy a family day out, with lots of food and wonderful activities for the children. Picnic location is yet to be confirmed but further notices will be distributed closer to the time.
Issue 6 Apr – May 07
What’s been happening around the Centre?
2007 Ladies Rejuvenation Day
What a relaxing day it was! The Rejuvenation Day happens every year around this time and is purely a day set aside for ladies wishing to give themselves a break and unwind. We had such a wonderful time rejuvenating our bodies. The ladies enjoyed pampering sessions such as facials, foot spa’s and hand treatments as well as a visit from a top hairdresser. Not to forget we also had a henna applying specialist who gave the ladies a little something to take home to the husbands. The day was so relaxing that we couldn’t carry ourselves home. On behalf of the GIYC Ladies Shura “we would like to thank all the ladies” who contributed their services to this special day. Without your contribution this day would not have been as special as it was. For those who missed out, you really missed a great day. Hope to see you at 2008 Rejuvenation Day, Insha Allah.
Sheikh Feiz Fajr Classes
Sheikh Feiz Mohammad has been coming to us “live” from Lebanon, every Tuesday and Friday mornings after fajr salaah at the Centre. He communicates with us via ‘Internet Skype’ and has been lecturing about Funerals and Dthikr (Fiqh us Sunnah). He has shown his dedication to GIYC by continuing where he left off. Ladies are also welcome to attend this class. Lectures begins after fajr salaah and goes for approximately one hour. So come along and hear the Sheikh that started it all at GIYC.
Madrassah Pancake Day
On the 17th March the GIYC Madrassah held its very first pancake day. Children were ecstatic to start their day filled up on delightful pancakes. The morning was filled with laughter and fun. The Madrassah Staff would like to say “Jazak Allah Khairun” to all the mums and dads who contributed to the successful morning as well as all the supporters who bought and ate the juicy pancakes. Just a reminder: The last day of Madrassah: Term 1— Saturday 7th April.2007 Madrassah will resume: Term 2— Saturday 28th April 2007. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing you in Term 2, Insha Allah.
Every year at this time in Dubai there is a Expo named Dihad (Dubai International Humanitarian Aid Development). The purpose of this Expo is to give all Islamic and Humanitarian Organisations around the world a chance to meet other organisations as well as expose their own centres. The Administrator of GIYC Zunaid Moosa and fellow companions will leave on Saturday 31st March 2007 for Dubai to be part of this Expo. The purpose for this two week visit is to expose the GIYC around the world as well as try to obtain funding from other organisations. Our men will take this opportunity to gather information from leading Humanitarian Organisations and bring this information back to Australia to improve the GIYC in any way and Insha Allah succeed in building a new premises. We ask the community to make duah for these men that they may be successful in their efforts and we ask Allah (swt) to return them home safely Insha Allah.
Issue 6 Apr– May 07
Family & Lifestyle
Being the Month of Rabi-Ul-Awwal, the month of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) and to highlight the beginning of his life and the family around him, I thought will help you understand how the beloved Prophet came about.
Greek Salad [Serves 6]
150g fetta cheese 5 medium tomatoes 1 large red onion, chopped 2 small green cucumbers, thickly sliced 1 cup seeded black olives 1/2 cup olive oil
uhammad (saw) was born in She‘eb Banu Hashim in Makkah. It was a Monday morning in spring, in the month of Rabi-UlAwwal. The year being known as “Amm Al-Feel” (the Year of the elephant).
While Amina the mother of our beloved was pregnant she had a dream that a light was emitted from her lower body that illuminated the palaces of Syria. Abdul Muttalib (the grandfather of the Prophet) received the news of his grandson’s birth with joy. He took the newborn to the Ka-bah and invoked Allah’s (swt) blessings and gave thanks.
Believing his grandson would grow up to be highly praised, Abdul Muttalib named him Muhammad, which means “he who is praised”. In keeping with the Arab tradition, he then shaved the baby’s head and circumcised him on the seventh day. Abdul Muttalib then invited his fellow-Makkan’s to a feast. Hence we have the (Aqiqah—sacrifice of the animal). Muhammad (saw) was first nursed by his mother, then by Umm Ayman, (his fathers slave). Thuwaybah, the slave of Muhammad’s uncle Abu Lahab, also nursed the infant. At that time Thuwaybah was also nursing her own child, Masrooh, as well as Hamzah bin Abdul Muttalib and Abu Salamah bin Abdul Asad Makhzoomi. Hence these three men became foster brothers because they were nursed at the same breast. Haleemah Bint Abu Dhuwayub who was a Bedouin woman who took Muhammad (saw) from Abdul Muttalib so that he could be raised amongst the Bedouins. (This was a tradition amongst the Quraish as it was believed that the unspoiled, rugged dessert would make their children strong and hardy). Haleemah and her husband found that their lives changed the moment they took Muhammad (saw) home. They were given many blessings. Anas bin Malik (ra) relates that one day as Muhammad (saw) was playing with some children near Haleemah’s house, the angel Jibreel (as) appeared and made Muhammad (saw) lie down. He opened the boy’s chest, took out his heart, he then put Muhammad’s (saw) heart in a golden tray filled with zam zam water, washed it and replaced it in his chest. The other children ran to Halemah in fear crying that Muhammad (saw) had been killed. When they reached Muhammad (saw) they found him alive, his face pale from shock. Anas (ra) later said that he saw the scar on the Prophet’s (saw) chest where it had been sewn back together. In the wake of the supernatural event, Muhammad (saw) was carried back to Makkah, where he grew up under his mother’s care. When Muhammad (saw) was six, he accompanied his grandfather, mother and Umm Ayman on a journey back to Yathrib, where his mother’s family lived and his father lay buried. After a month in Yathrib, they began the long journey back to Makkah, but Amina fell ill on the way. She died at Abwa and was buried there. Muhammad (saw) was now left orphaned. He was then taken in by his grandfather Abdul Mutallib, on their return to Makkah. After his grandfather’s death, his uncle Abu Talib took the responsibility of raising him further. [‘When the Moon Split’ By: Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri]
Dressing 1/4 cup white vinegar 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano. Combine all ingredients in a bowl: stir until sugar dissolves.
Cut cheese into small cubes: cut tomatoes into wedges. Combine cheese, tomatoes, onion, cucumbers and olives in a bowl: drizzle with dressing, toss well.
DID YOU KNOW?
A tension headache is a condition involving pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. Tension headaches result from the contraction (tensing) of neck and scalp muscles. One cause of this muscle contraction is a response to stress, depression, head injury, or anxiety. Any activity that causes the head to be held in one position for a long time without moving can cause a headache. Such activities include typing or use of computers, fine work with the hands, and use of a microscope. Sleeping in a cold room or sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position may also trigger this type of headache. Enough sleep and rest, or massage of sore muscles can help reduce the chance that a headache will occur. Hot or cold showers may relieve a headache for some people.
Issue 6 Apr-May 07
Celebrating the Prophet’s (saw) Birthday
Praise be to Allah! Firstly, Muhammad (saw) is the Messenger of Allah who was sent to all of mankind, the one through whom Allah leads people from darkness into light, from misguidance to guidance. Secondly, acts of worship in Islam are based on an important principle being that no one is permitted to worship Allah in any way except for that which Allah has prescribed in His Book or which was taught by His Messenger Muhammad (saw) (the Sunnah). Whoever worships Allah by doing something that Allah and His Messenger have not enjoined, Allah will not accept it from them. The Prophet (saw) told us of this, as it was narrated in a hadith by ‘Aa’ishah’ (may Allah be pleased with her) that: The Messenger of Allah (swt) said: “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours [i.e., Islam] that is not part of it will have it rejected”. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, Kitaab al-Sulh, 2499) Acts of worship include festivals. Allah has prescribed two festivals or Eids for us to celebrate and it is not permissible for us to celebrate any others. The Prophet (saw) said: “Beware of newly-invented matters, for every newly-invented matter is an Innovation (bid’ah) and every innovation is a going-astray”. (Narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi and others) People must always follow the Quran and Sunnah, even when they do not entirely understand the issues of benefit and harm that are involved. There is nothing in the Quran to say that we should celebrate the birthday of the Prophet (saw). The Prophet (saw) himself (did not do this or command anyone to do it, either during his lifetime or after his death. Indeed, he told them not to exaggerate about him as the Christians had exaggerated about Jesus (ra). He said: “Do not exaggerate about me as the Christians exaggerated about the son of Maryam. I am only a slave, so say, “The slave of Allah and His Messenger”. (Al-Bukhaari). What has been reported is that the Prophet (saw) made the day of his birth a day of worship, which is different to celebration. He was asked about fasting on Mondays and he said: “That is the day on which I was born and the day on which I was entrusted with the Mission or when I was first given Revelation”. (Reported by Muslim, Al-Nisaa’i and Abu Dawood) Hence we do not celebrate this day, in obedience to the command of Allah (swt) who has commanded us to follow the commands of his Prophet (saw). Allah (swt) says (interpretation of the meaning): “And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad) gives you, take it; and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it)” [al-Hashr 59:7]. The Prophet (saw) said: “I urge you to adhere to my Sunnah [way] and the way of the Rightly-Guided Caliphas. Adhere to it and cling tightly to it, and beware of newlyinvented matters [in religion], for every newly-invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is a going-astray”. (Narrated by Abu Dawood, al-Sunnah, 3991; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, no. 3851) Conclusion: Brothers and Sisters in Islam, celebrating the Prophet’s birthday was NOT prescribed by Allah (swt) or by the Messenger of Allah (saw), so it is NOT permissible for Muslims to celebrate his birthday. We do this in obedience to the command of Allah and the command of his Prophet. Are you challenging Allah? In celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (saw), you are saying to Allah that the religion is not perfect. How is this so? You have added something to the religion which we were not informed about either through the Quran or Sunnah. In celebrating this day you are also saying to Allah that you know better as to how to show your love for the Prophet (saw). You are saying to Allah that you will follow tradition and your forefathers instead. The instructions are clear as Allah states in the Quran: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion”. [al-Maida 5:3] “He who obeys the messenger obeys Allah”. [alNisa 4:80] They say:“Nay we shall follow the ways of our fathers. What! Even though their fathers were void of wisdom and guidance?” [al-Baqarah 2:170] Origin of Moulood: Many Muslims do not realise that the origin of Moulood is from the Fatimites (357-567) in Egypt who actually celebrated the death of our beloved Prophet (saw). Excuses, excuses….that are NOT valid! Some people are afraid not to upset their family or to go against traditions. Aren’t you afraid of Allah? The most common excuses being: ‘We do it to show our love for the Prophet’; ‘It brings people together’; ‘Our parents and grandparents have been doing it for years’; ‘Many Muslims in all parts of the world practice it, how can so many Muslims be wrong’. You will be answerable to Allah, so you decide! We ask Allah (swt) to guide us to the Straight Path. And Allah (swt) knows best.
Issue 6 Apr – May 07
Step right up, read all about it. This is the time of the Islamic Calendar when we remember the Holy Prophet because of the time he was born. Do you know him as well as you think you do? If not the Book store has many wonderful books about the life of our beloved Prophet. So why not pick up a book and read all about his amazing life.
Book of the month: When The Moon Split (Biography of Prophet Muhammad) Compiled by: Safiur-Rahman Mubarapuri Cost: $20
O Allah! Do not seize us for our errors. Do not burden us with such heavy duties as has been placed on people who preceded us. Lord do not require us to bear a burden which is beyond our power. Overlook our sins, grant us forgiveness and have mercy on us. Ameen.
On wearing a beard.
I have a thick beard that grows quickly and profusely, a fact that prompts me to trim it from time to time. Is that lawful? I heard some people say that it is absolutely unlawful (haram) to cut even a slightest part of the beard. Please clarify this issue in light of the guidance of the Quran and Sunnah.
The beard is a beautiful and dignifying feature that Allah (swt) has bestowed upon man. Growing and wearing a beard is an act of worship if done in good faith and for the sake of Allah (swt). In addition, wearing a beard is an act of following the example of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). Seerah (Islamic History) tells us that the Holy Prophet used to wear a beard as well as asked those around him to grow it. There are several hadith, that instructs Muslim men to grow and wear a beard. Some of these hadith are: The Prophet (saw) said: “Do not become of the polytheists; spare your beards and trim your moustaches”. (Bukhaari and Muslim). “Cut your moustaches off and spare your beards” (Muslim). “He who doesn’t trim his moustache is not of us. [not following our tradition]. (Muslim) Scholars are in agreement that growing and wearing a beard is a legal obligation upon men, and that complete shaving of the beard is haram (unlawful) and a sinful act (that is if one shaves it for no excuse), except for illness or because of circumstances that are totally out of his control. The scholars are also in agreement that the command of wearing and growing a beard should not be construed to mean that one is to leave his beard to grow indefinitely and let it fall in disarray. This command entails that one should let his beard grow to a reasonable length and acceptable size. The Prophet (saw) said: “Do the opposite of what Al-Mushrikun do. Grow abundantly the beards and cut the moustaches short”. Whenever Ibn Umar (ra) performed Hajj or Umrah, he used to hold his beard with his hand and cut whatever remained outside his hold. (Bukhaari) They are also in agreement that the cheeks and neck are not part of the recommended beard, so it is lawful to shave the hair that grows on these two areas. Finally, I advise my brothers to reveres ones commands regardless of how insignificant they may appear, because this reverence, respect and obedience are indicative of one’s true faith in Allah (swt). Allah knows best. By Prof Houcine M Chouat
Issue 6 Apr – May 07
Teach Me a Hadith
Treating women nicely.
Narrated Abu Hurairah (ra) Allah Messenger (saw) said: “Treat women nicely, for a woman is created from a rib and the most curved portion of the rib is the upper portion. So if you should try to straighten it, it will break, but if you leave it as it is, it will remain crooked. So treat women nicely”. [Bukhari: volume 4 hadith 3331]
Makkah and Madinah
Narrated Anas bin Malik (ra): When the mountain of Uhud came in the sight of Allah’s Messenger (saw) he said: “This is a mountain that loves us and is loved by us. O Allah! Ibrahim made Makkah a sanctuary, and I make (the area) in between these two mountains (of Al Madinah) a sanctuary”.
[Bukhari: volume 4 hadith 3367]
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