The Middle Path Volume 4 Issue 4 Newsletter Date: Friday 1st January 2010 15th Muharram 1431 Hijra

The Middle Path
"Those on whom Allah has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, the Siddiqun (those followers of the prophets who were first and foremost to believe in them, like Abu Bakr As-Siddiq ), the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!" (Surah An-Nisa, verse 69)
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Reflections on Surah Fatihah
Reciting surah Fatihah as we all know is an essential part of our daily prayers. It was narrated by Ubada bin As-Samit that Allah's Messenger (salla llaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, "Whoever does not recite Surat Al-Fatihah in his prayer, his prayer is invalid". (Bukhari). This motivates every Muslim to understand the deep meanings behind the words of this surah. Consequently, this helps us in keeping khushoo while standing in front of Allah in our prayers.

PEARLS OF WISDOM:
Entering into a conversation: Imam Shafi (rh)

In this surah we start by praising Allah the Lord of mankind, jinns and all that exists, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful, and the only Owner of the Day of Recompense. Then we declare that we worship Him alone, and from Him alone we ask for help. Then we ask Him to guide us to the straight path. In his book "Al-Madaarij As-Saalikeen ", the great scholar Ibn Al-Qayyim (rh) points out three levels of guidance. First, guidance of bayaan, "clarification". This does not happen except through Allah's prophets whom He sends to explain to mankind the essence of His message and to show them the way to the straight path.

There are four types Second, guidance of tawfeeq, "success" (on the straight path). In this level we ask Allah to open our hearts to his religion and to of people in this be steadfast upon it; by this it becomes the most precious thing in our lives. world who enter a conversation / Although these two levels of Guidance are separate, reaching the straight path would not be achieved except by them both. discussion: These two levels include gaining the knowledge of what we did not know about the truth and becoming anxious to follow it openly and secretly, the ability to fulfil our duty through our sayings, actions and intentions, and to ask Allah to keep us firm on this path till we die. 1. One who knows Some people would ask why do we need to ask for guidance while we are already guided; we know Allah and we believe in not, and himself Him? We need to believe without doubt that we all are always in need to ask for guidance because the things which we do not knows he knows not, know are more than the things which we know. The things which we do not do due to our carelessness or laziness are much is a student. Teach more than the things which we do, the same can be said about the things which we are incapable of doing. Those of us who do that person. not see any lack for concerning their knowledge or practice need to ask the guidance from Allah to keep them in this state till they die. 2. One who knows, and others know he knows, is a teacher. Learn from that person. The third level of guidance would be the guidance in the Day of Judgement to the way which leads to Paradise. Whoever is guided in life to Allah's path according to what He sent His messengers with, would be guided to the straight path in the Hereafter.

If we want to know how we are going to pass the straight path above Hell in the Hereafter we have to examine the way we are passing Allah's path in this life. We are going to walk there the same way we walk here. Some people would pass like a glimpse, some would pass like the wind, some would walk slowly and some would creep and others would be stuck and then would be thrown in hell fire. So let each one of us examine the way we will pass there from the way we are passing here. And let us 3. One who knows, examine carefully the things which are holding us from passing the straight pass whether they are our desires or confused and himself knows not that he knows, is ideas. These things are like chains which delay or stop our movement on the straight path. It is really fearful to say that if these chains are many, solid and heavy here in life they are going to be the same when we are going to pass the straight pass above humble. Encourage him. Hell. When we ask Allah in surah Fatihah to guide us to the straight path we ask Him to put us with those whom He has bestowed His Grace on. Here we need to ask two questions. First, who are those people? Second, if we choose to follow the straight path which leads to Allah why do we need to be accompanied with those people? Ibn Al-Qayyim (rh) explains that the one who wants to follow the straight path in this life finds that the majority of people around him or her do not want to follow the same path. And because the human soul normally looks for a companion, Allah (swt) pointed out the importance for having a company on this road. Allah (swt) defined this company by saying in Surah An-Nisa verse 69:

4. One who knows not, and himself knows not that he knows not, is stupid. Avoid that person. *

In any dialogue keep these in mind, and "Those on whom Allah has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, the Siddiqun (those followers of the prophets who were first and foremost to believe in them, like Abu Bakr As-Siddiq ), the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these you shall be guided, companions are!" Insha'Allah to productive If sometimes we feel lonely when passing Allah's path we need to think of those who passed or are passing the same path, to discourses. know that they are our company and to make our best to follow their steps. At the same time we should not pay any attention to those who do not want to choose the same path and should be strong enough so we do not let them detain us. [* refers to a person
who himself thinks he knows, but does not know that he does not know - usually due to arrogance mixed with ignorance.]

One of salaf said: "Stick firmly to the path of truth and do not feel lonely because of the few number of people who would join you, and be aware of the path of misguidance and do not be mislead with the large number of the destroyed." And from Allah is all help sought...
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Indeed successful are the believers who perform prayers with complete devotion
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Indeed successful are the believers who perform prayers with complete devotion
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PRAYER TIMETABLE
Muharram 1431 | January 2010

FAJR
Islamic month

ZUHR
Jamat Sunrise Start Jamat Start

‘ASR
Jamat

MAGHRIB
Sunset Jamat Start

‘ISHA
Jamat

Jan’

Day

Start

15 16 17

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st

Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun

6.29 6.29 6.29 6.29 6.29 6.28 6.28 6.27 6.27 6.26 6.26 6.25 6.24 6.23 6.23 6.22 6.21 6.20 6.19 6.18 6.17 6.16 6.14 6.13 6.12 6.11 6.09 6.08 6.06 6.05 6.03

7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00

8.09 8.09 8.09 8.09 8.09 8.08 8.08 8.07 8.07 8.06 8.06 8.05 8.04 8.03 8.03 8.02 8.01 8.00 7.59 7.58 7.57 7.56 7.54 7.53 7.52 7.51 7.49 7.48 7.46 7.45 7.43

12.16 12.16 12.16 12.17 12.17 12.17 12.18 12.18 12.18 12.20 12.20 12.20 12.21 12.21 12.21 12.22 12.22 12.22 12.23 12.23 12.23 12.24 12.24 12.24 12.24 12.24 12.24 12.25 12.25 12.25 12.25

1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00

2.16 2.17 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.30 2.32 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.38 2.40 2.41 2.42 2.44 2.46 2.47 2.49 2.51 2.53 2.55 2.57 2.58 2.59 3.00

2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.15 3.15 3.15 3.15 3.15 3.15 3.15 3.15

4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.14 4.15 4.17 4.18 4.20 4.21 4.23 4.25 4.26 4.28 4.30 4.31 4.33 4.35 4.37 4.38 4.40 4.42 4.44 4.46 4.47

4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.19 4.20 4.22 4.23 4.25 4.26 4.28 4.30 4.31 4.33 4.35 4.36 4.38 4.40 4.42 4.43 4.45 4.47 4.49 4.51 4.52

5.27 5.28 5.29 5.31 5.33 5.34 5.35 5.37 5.38 5.39 5.40 5.41 5.43 5.45 5.46 5.48 5.49 5.51 5.53 5.55 5.57 5.58 5.59 6.01 6.03 6.06 6.08 6.10 6.11 6.13 6.15

7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15

AL-JALAL MASJID ACTIVITES FOR JANUARY 2010
- Children Madrasah: Monday to Friday-5.00 pm to 7.00 pm - Quran classes for adults: Every Tuesday & Wednesday after Zuhr Jamat, 1.30 pm - Women Circles (in Bengali): Every Wednesday at 11.00 am - Riyadh Us Saliheen Reflections: Every Wednesday after Isha jamaat

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- The Great News to Mankind: TAFSEER JUZ AMMA
“a comprehensive study of the final 36 surahs of the Glorious Quran” A 10 week course to be taught by Ustadh Murtaza Khan (Tayyibun Institute) For more information or to register visit www.aljalalmasjid.org Open to brothers only.

- January event: Dates & Time to be confirmed. (Please check our website and/or announcements in the Masjid)

Open to brothers & sisters.

For further information please check our website: www.aljalalmasjid.org We welcome suggestions, advice and general comments. Our aim is that the Masjid meets the needs of the local community. Please feel free to contact us - Email: info@aljalalmasjid.org Al Jalal Masjid, 314. Biscot Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU3 1AZ. Tel: 01582 411744
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