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Issue 1 IN THIS ISSUE...
Reviving the Sunnah in today's corrupt society
CONTROLLING YOUR FINANCE IN CONSUMER SOCIETY
Revival of the heart The journey to purify our dead hearts The Strangers – the struggle of the believers
DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR IFTAR
The SunnahFollowers Team
Managing Director: Laila Nasheeba
Editor In Chief: Ayan Ali Assistant Editor: Amy Huia
Islamic Consultant: Laila Nasheeba Sheikh Morsy
Contributors: Laila Nasheeba Mercy Cruz (Umm Malik) Haleemah Harris Faiza Sharif Amira.D.Rahim Amira Larhrisi Hamza Christina Martin Mukhtar Sheikh Jamel Christy Crouse
Design and Layout: Ayan Ali DryIcons Amy Huia 2
In the name of Allah the most Merciful, the most Gracious. Verily All Praise is due to Allah. We praise Him, seek His aid, and ask for His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and from our bad deeds. He whom Allah guides, there is none to misguide him, and he whom He leaves astray; there is none to guide him! I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but Allah alone without partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. For many Muslims living in today’s modern society, we find that learning Islam in its truthfulness is a task that involves great hardships and tribulations . We find many Islamic institutes which claim to be teaching Islam according to the Quran and Sunnah, far from that, rather for many it is a means of making a living. Not only have those students of such institutes invested large amounts of money, sadly they also lack the understanding of this religion, making the knowledge they have gained of no benefit.
On the other hand we see those who believe that their Islam is in their hearts and therefore do not require searching and learning the essence of this religion. Thus as an Ummah we range from the two far extremes. However here at Sunnahfollowers we as students can truly attest to the beneficial knowledge taught by renowned, dedicated scholars such as our beautiful Sister Laila Nasheeba. Indeed few are the true scholars in today’s corrupt society; however we at SunnahFollowers are truly blessed to be taught by such great teachers. Many of us come from different background ranging from staunch Catholic Christians, to Hindus, and other factions of Muslim groups. While many of us have little or no similarity between us, what binds the black African American and former white racist skin-head is the character and personality set by our beautiful Prophet Muhammad (saw). Thus learning his sunnah and reviving it in this society is of great importance and need, which we greatly lack in today’s society. May Allah reward our dedicated teachers, especially our Sister Laila Nasheeba whose ongoing struggle and determination has made SunnahFollowers what it is today. May Allah grant her a peaceful, serene, and high status in Jannah where she can see the fruits of her labour. May he too reward our other scholars of SunnahFollowers abundantly.
Ali 5 .M. and make for them a path towards his paradise. and my mother for her assistant in the making of this magazine. relax and enjoy our first edition of SunnahFollowers magazine! Ayan. may Allah greatly reward the students of SunnahFollowers for their contribution.Lastly but not least. Ameen Now sit back.
Contents The Revival Of the Sunnah My Hero 21 22 8 10 20 Revival Of the Fittest Confessions of a Revert The Strangers 26 A Reminder of Death 32 Shaykh Al Islam Ibn Taymiyyah Learning Islam & the Internet 40 The Drive to Hope 46 6 .
Contents Time 53 54 Q&A The Revival Of the Heart 60 66 Coming back to the Sunnah Living in an Interest Society 74 78 Self Defense What’s For Iftar 84 7 .
By doing this. The Prophet (sa) warned of t h e s e d a ys wh e n h e said: "There w ill come a time when the best property of a man will be his sheep which he will graze on the tops of mountains and the places where rain falls escaping to protect his religion from afflictions. what is it we can change about ourselves? Sister Laila explores how we muslims living in the west and back home can revive the sunnah. so what is the solution to prevent this calamity from striking again. By: Sister Laila Nasheeba A s Mu s l i m s W h e n we look at the world a r o u n d u s we f i n d o u r s e l ve s l i vi n g a m o n g s t m a n y a ff l i c t i o n s s u c h a s : wa r.The Revival O In this day and age when the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) is lost and forgotten. f a m i n e . the pers o n t h u s s a ve s h i ms e l f f r o m f a l l i n g vi c t i m t o wh a t i s a r o u n d h i m a n d 8 . in a society where corruption prevails." Bukhari W ha t h e m e a n t i n t h is h a d i t h i s t h a t wo r l d l y a ff l i c t i o n s wi l l b e s o m a n y t h a t o n e wi l l n o t be able to escape t h e m u n l e s s h e li t e r a l l y s h u t s h i m s e l f o ff f r o m t h e r e s t o f t h e wo r l d a n d e ve r yt h i n g i n i t . We find the Muslim world in uproar and calamity. a n d oppression.
Of the Sunnah in that they den y (the revelation) which Allah has sent down. wh a t i s t h e c a u s e o f t h e s e a ff l i c t i o n s ? W el l t h e a n s we r i s s i m p l e abandonment of the Sunnah. Look have sold their souls. h o w many Muslim i n t u r n h e s a ve s h i s r e ligion. b u t o n e m i g h t a s k . And humiliatA ff l i c t i o n s c a n b e a i n g i s t h e p u n i s h m e n t test.F a i t h . in insolent envy that Allah of his Grace should send it to an y of his servants He pleases: Thus have they drawn on themselves wrath upon wrath. 9 . “Miserable is t h e b u t m a n y Mu s l i m s t o price for which the y day ignore this. but for many they of those who reject a r e t h e wr a t h o r p u n . ” Q u r a n 2 : 9 0 i s h m e n t o f A l l a h wh i c h he sends whenever p e o p l e d e vi a t e a wa y W e h a ve b e e n c o m from him. A gutsy hadith to pond e r. As stated in manded by Allah to t h e i n t e r p r e t a t i o n o f t h e o b e y h i m a n d h i s Me s senger and take them meaning: as the judge in all our disputes and dealings.
s o wh a t c a n we d o t o c a u s e t h e s e a ff l i c t i o n s t o s t o p ? Th e a n s we r i s s i m p l e . s o d o e s r e l i g i o n v a n ish w ith one by one abandoning the Sunnah. Ma n y d o n o t p r a y a s t h e y s h o u l d a n d t h e M o s q u e ‘s h a ve b e e n r e p l a c e d b y t h e i n t e r n e t ." 10 .Quran 33:36 S o t h u s . As stated in Al Darimi: “The loss of the religion starts with the abandonment of the Sunnah.” .Tu r n back to the sunnah. W h a t m ak e s t h i s e ve n wo r s e i s t h a t t h e s e Mu s l i m s wh o r e f u s e t o o b e y A l l a h a n d h i s Me s s e n g e r wi l l e ve n g o s o f a r a s t o s a y t h a t t h e y h a ve a c h o i c e t o n o t d o t h e s e things. L o o k h o w m a n y Mu s l i m m e n r e f u s e t o we a r t h e b e a r d . A n yo n e w h o d i s o b e ys A l l a h a n d H i s messenger is clearl y misguided. As stated in the interpretation of the meaning: ―When Allah and His messenger have decided something it is not for any man or woman of the believers to have a choice a b o u t i t . d i s o b e d i e n c e t o a n d d e vi a t i o n a wa y f r o m A l l a h a n d h i s Me s s e n g e r i s wh a t l e a d s t o a ff l i c t i o n s .a s t h e y s h o u l d . Just as a rope b r e a k s f i b e r b y f i b e r.
By Sister Laila Nasheeba 11 . W h e n we e a t we s h o u l d c h e c k t o s e e i f w e f o l l o w t h e e t i q u e t t e s o f e a t i n g g i ve n t o u s b y o u r P r o p h e t . t h e n S un n a h f o l l o we r s i s h e r e t o help. a c o m p l e t e r e vi va l o f l i vi n g I s l a m i s wh a t i s n e e d e d t o d a y t o l e s s e n t h e a ff l i c t i o n s f a c i n g t h e Mu s l i m s . I n o t h e r wo r d s . E ve n wh e n we d e a l wi t h o n e a n o t h e r we s h o u l d check to see that are dealings are as the p r o p h e t ( s a w) d e a l t w i t h o t h e r s . A r e yo u r e a d y f o r t h a t r e vi va l ? I f s o .S o t h u s we n e e d t o c h e c k o u r s e l ve s a s Mu s l i m s a n d a s s u r e t h a t we a r e l i vi n g I s l a m a s t h e p r o p h e t ( s a w ) a n d h i s c o m p a n i o n s d i d . W he n we p r a y we m u s t a s s u r e o u r s e l ve s t h a t we p r a y a s t h e P r o p h e t ( s a w) t a u g h t u s .
we ture of this ummah fall into the ety. and she could care less what fashion critics considered what was attractive. One morning. lims and improve our situation 12 . Aishah loved wearing her headscarf. and what was not! She felt strong in her faith. and she loved to study the life of the prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessings be upon him) and his companions. She loved to reflect on the words of Allah. Sister Halee in this article how we as you and also the older generation. back to the origins of our iden mah.Aishah Hasan was an intelligent girl. in fact she wore nothing but the Islamic dress. and she knew the importance of making good use of her time and health. Although Aishah seemed to be the definition of an ideal muslimah. she soon found out that one particular test in life. By: Sister Haleemah Harris Living in a society where Shayta ceived us into falsehood. many of us see that we ha identity as muslims. would be one that she would never forget. Aishah decided to go out and sit on her porch so that she could gaze upon Allah's beautiful creation and reflect upon it.
she saw men and women openly fornicating. Aishah decided to go for a walk. Take a look around my muslim brothers and sisters. right? Yet again Aishah was disappointed as she saw men and women airing their dirty laundry and exposing their sex scandals to the public. but was disappointed time after time. her concentration was abruptly broken. What do you see? Do you see what Aishah Hasan has seen? 13 . cursing. In a society as such. Although she had experienced weakness before. . she saw people fighting everywhere. and alone. Aishah decided to go back inside and watch some television. Annoyed. can return ntity as mus- n as an um- As she was staring at the swaying trees and the singing birds. neither was the day after that. Her eye's caught two young women dressed in skimpy clothing. Aishah felt strange. she saw extreme groups handing out flyers ranting and raving. this time her weakness was much more overwhelming. Aishah noticed that no one seemed to care about being righteous and doing what is right. Aishah began to feel depressed. as she heard loud music blasting throughout the neighbourhood.aan has desee the fu- evils of soci- ave lost our emah details ung muslims. the next day wasn't any different. surely she could find something beneficial on television. and talking loudly about trivial things (such as boyfriends). and so society continued to indulge in evil.
with each word you hear. and music! What do you hear? Do you hear the foul language being used regularly amongst people? How about the useless gossip we are surrounded by. and with each look you take. and their actions. and you will find that most people dream about money. and the opposite sex. materialistic things.? A world full of sex. Most people live for their desires. it's not hard to figure out that most people are misguided! Who are these people that Aishah saw? Some will say that it was the non-believers that she observed. but those "some" would be wrong! We as Muslims already know what to expect from the unbelievers. Aishah's weakness came from observing her Muslim brothers and sisters in Islam! 14 . drugs. cars. is that what you hear? Ask yourselves. what do people dream about? Pay attention to the people around you.
Others know Allah's commands and they know the prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) Sunnah. and truly it when it comes to being is hard save for the successful in this world humble minded. and Allah's way within our hearts is crucial to our success not only here on earth. Although we live in a world filled with people who are driven by their evil desires. and keep our hearts purified. These people neglect the fact that the Qur'an itself tells us to follow the prophet (pbuh)! of the fittest.”(2:45) it's all about the survival 15 . it is about the revival of the fittest. Many muslims twist the Sunnah and become extreme or negligent. choosing only to follow the Qur'an. while others believe the Sunnah has no importance at all. Many have deviated and have made up their own rules in Islam. but in the hereafter as well. we must be patient and turn to Allah. but their desires have become top priority. that and prayer.We are living in a time where the Sunnah of the prophet (pbuh) has been forgotten by many. we oh Muslims must not give up to revive the Sunnah in our hearts. Instead for us. The Qur'an says: “ Seek help in patience Most people say. The revival of the Sunnah. but for us Muslims this is wrong.
that the true believers are few. and that there is no easy ticket to Paradise. the Prophet (pbuh) knew his purpose. experienced great trials that none of us can ever bear. Despite the trials. and was determined to continue to 16 . and depressed. sister Laila Nasheeba often reminds her students.Even though you may be feeling like Aishah felt. and he saw that the majority of the people wanted only to follow their own desires. mock. The wrongdoers were very determined to silence the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to the extent they would plot to kill. An excellent teacher and scholar of Islam. be patient and ask Allah to give you strength. The prophet (pbuh) in his years of prophet hood. he looked around and saw what we see today! He saw idol worshippers. lonely. sad. or belittle the people who chose to live the way Allah had commanded. He experienced his uncles plotting to murder him. he saw the lewdness and vulgarity of the people around him.
and ing to music? How can your heart feels weak. that we see going astray on a daily basis! How When the trials. enjoined it upon you. and we won't follow the example that Allah provided in the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)? The So let us be like the Prophet (pbuh) said. Allah tells us in the Qur'an. and how can we say we love Allah and His Messenger (pbuh). that “ Indeed we have in His Messenger a beautiful pattern of conduct (38:21). if we are too busy following our own desires.and there is nothing lah Alone.fulfil his purpose no matter what! What a beautiful example we have in the prophet (pbuh). which is to worship Al. we guard our chastity if revive it with the Sunwe are too busy worrynah of the prophet Muing and lusting over the hammad (saw). and "there is nothing that persevere putting our will take you closer to trust in Allah and reparadise but that I have membering our purpose. prophet (pbuh).” true brotherhood and sisterhood. that will take you closer to Hell but that I have We have to fight hard not to be like the weak warned you from it". opposite sex? ? How can we come together in 17 . and can we read Qur'an if tribulations of the world we are too busy listenbecome too much. if we won't even accept all of Allah's commands.
Look at the prophet's (saw) struggle.. even if it be with your teeth. When the temptations of the world feel like they are getting stronger. so cling to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided caliphs after me. The prophet (pbuh) says: ". has taught us how to obtain Paradise. and through Allah's Mercy and Will. Ameen.. 18 . seek refuge from it. knowing that Allah will never test you beyond your scope. a man who by Allah's leave.." May Allah bless you oh believers in this journey of the revival of the fittest. and study how he handled his struggles.you will live to see great difference. Know that Allah has blessed us all with the example of the prophet (pbuh). has taught us all how to get closer to Allah.
he was not a stranger He was a human being.My Hero He is the star of all stars Special of all special ones. I have learnt how to control my anger Changing my personality. referring to him as my example Always being gentle. that was His decree He was a father. just like you and me God chose him as a messenger. that no man can surpass His name is Muhammed (saas). my perfect example. my hero Yearning to emulate him – I gaze into the mirror He is the man with the best manners From him. a teacher with pure mind God sent him as a mercy for mankind The more I read about this special man The more I realise my insight has just begun He is humble and never greedy Always thinks of the orphans and the needy He is my teacher. kind and patient to all people He brought me from darkness into the light And that from a man who couldn’t read nor write Loving him and following the perfect example of my teacher Is my guiding principle for the future 20 . sent as a messenger Everyone knew him.
May Allah give us strength. Ameen.Confessions of a Convert” – by A. As we fulfill our obligations to Allah ta’ ala. Our thought-process when dressing is not. 21 . I carry a badge of honor not just on my body. pastels. and peers. But for those of us who are steadfast in our observance of Allah’s commands. So. I know that my hijab sets me apart from my co-workers. “What will so-and-so think when they see me?” Instead. Will our Rabb compliment us on the Day of Judgment? Such is the fretful consciousness that drives us to cover our bodies properly while seizing advantage of our right to express our individuality. And the compliments? Who needs them! But.” smile and reflect on the best shade of all: the shade of Allah. femininity. we hijabi’s sure look fly doing it! Subhanallah. we do not consider trading in our jilbabs for jumpers even for a second! When I step outside. patience. and light. Prints. a Muslimah can find herself caught in the chaos. family. and inner strength. and polka dots are just some of the many options for a Muslimah desiring to be distinct yet true to herself and her Din. I love my night black hijab. pashminas. Muslimah # 1: I Love to Hijab! In an era in where the headscarf is a national voting issue. when some bloke asks you “Are you hot in that. for we epitomize elegance. we must constantly strive to purify our hearts. but the next day I may feel inspired to wear my pink jilbab and a matching scarf. the true hijabi wonders what does Allah Al-Basir (The AllSeeing) think. even non-Muslims admire our style of dress. And to make it even better. but in my heart.
and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange. ings of the prophet (sa) is the fol. culture and values.The Strangers By: Sister Laila Nasheeba One of the most daunting say. what is daunting life that propagated equality 22 . In this setting.one must understand the hadith lowing hadith: itself. . It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Islam initiated as something strange. The fall of Rome and the Renaissance marked this era ―The ―Dark Ages‖. so good tidings for the stranger.about this hadith? To answer. and people around the world lost hope as they witnessed the collapse of their societies.Muslim Islam occurred during an era in which the world experienced its most bleakest moment . word began to travel of a strange new way of One might ask.
wonder. and kind treatment towards the poor and orphans. of Islam grow in numbers. much as how they were glued there in it was in the past. It was this strange ideology that aroused not only the curiosity of the rest of the world. due to the deviants who misrepresent it.and values with them. And no the past due to hope. even more so at the death of the scholar of Islam. rights to slaves. Islamic values begin to diminish. Dark Ages replaced by an era of ―Digital Technology‖.so does Islamic knowledge sentation by deviant extrem. Sheikh So thus Islam began as Albani. but also hope and values deemed lost forever. Islam experienced the lost of three of its best learned men. Sheikh Uthaymeen and Sheikh Bin Bazz. At the beginning of this era. within what seemed to be months apart. unlike fears and anxieties. Islam has become the second largest religion of the So thus as the learned die. Islam now for many epitomizes terror. leavists. all eyes are glued to the ing the people alone to their middle east in terror. Saleh as Fourteen centuries after the Saleh who was a keen advoadvent of Islam. This something strange… year alone the Islamic world took another great loss with Fast forward to the present. As these deviants 23 .amongst the sexes. we find the cate of true Islamic values. for Islam‘s Prophet Muhammad said it would come to be: Once considered a way of life epitomizing peace and justice for all. the death of Dr. world. and due to misrepre.
Bukhari Narrated Anas: I will narrate to you a narration which nobody will narrate to you after me. I heard the Prophet saying. O Allah's Apostle?" He replied by beckoning with his hand indicating "killing. and the drinking of alcoholic drinks will be 24 ." .Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said. "(Religious) knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious scholars) ignorance (in religion) and afflictions will appear. "From among the portents of the Hour is that the religious knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious scholars) and general ignorance (of religion) will appear. and the drinking appear. "What is Harj. and Harj will increase." It was asked.
May Allah make us all of those strangers. all epitomes of a dark age. afflictions. Sticking to the original teachings of Islam they uphold the rights of the sexes. They live their lives enjoining what is good and forbidding that which is evil. Ameen! By: Sister Laila Nasheeba 25 .Ignorance. peace and hope. poor and orphaned. there are some followers who remain true to its original ideology. terror. yet not all is completely lost. For those followers who continue to adhere to Islam's original values. Despite the deviants of Islam. for them are the ―good tidings‖ of support from their prophet. and for those followers who continue to advocate hope during these most trying times. while advocating justice.
a s i t u a t i o n we a s an Ummah can relate to today in the twenty first c e n t u r y.Shaykh Al Islam Ibn -Taymiyyah . Th e r e vi va l o f t h e S u n nah is a mission that bears a lot of responsib i l i t y. a n d t h e Mu s l i m wo r l d i s i n c h a o s .A truly great Scholar By: Sister Laila Nasheeba It is the fourteenth cent u r y. Mu s l i m s a r e a t t a c k i n g Mu s l i m s! ! ! A n d the Ummah cries out to A l l a h f o r t h e a r r i va l o f a l e a d e r wh o wi l l g u i d e them back to the true path. Th i s wa s t h e s i t u a t i o n o f the Ummah before the a r r i va l o f I b n Ta ym i yya h . thus it is not surprising to learn that those who revived the Sunnah we r e p e o p l e o f g r e a t s t r e n g t h . i s b e i n g c o r rupted by Philosophers t r yi n g t o e xp l a i n k n o wl e d g e o f t h e u n s e e n . Th e Muslim military and lands are also in great t u r m o i l . Th e pure essence and foundation of Islam ( Ta wh e e d ) . a n d i t t r u l y i s a task of great hardship. k n o wl e d g e a n d 26 .
one of these being the female scholar Zaynab Bint Ma k k i . 27 . I t i s n o t a s u r p r i s e t h a t t h e yo u n g I b n t a ym i y ya h f o l l o w e d t h e s t e p s h i s f a t h e r h a d be g a n . I b n Ta ym i y ya h ‘s f a m i l y h a d m o ve d t o D a m a s c u s d u e t o t h e Mo n g o l i n v a sion during that time. Not any person can attain such a status and position. I b n Ta ym i y ya h h a d learned from the greatest scholars of his time. Ma n y p e o ple know this great man. i n c l u d i n g h i s father Shihabuddeen 'Abd al-Haleem ibn Ta y m i y y a h . wh y i s i t h e h a s b e e n g i ve n t h e t i t l e o f ‗ S h a yk h A l i s l a m ‘ – t h e scholar of islam ? Shaykh Al Islam Ibn Ta ym i y ya h wa s b o r n i n t o a we l l k n o wn K u r d i s h f a m i l y o f Th e o l o g i a n s . h i s f a m i l y c o n s t i t u t e d o f we l l k n o wn r e p u t a b l e m e n o f k n o wl e d g e . it wa s h e r e t h a t I b n Ta ym i yya h ‘s f a t h e r b e g a n t o d e l i ve r s e r m o n s f r o m t h e p u l p i t o f t h e U m a y ya d Mo s q u e . wh o w a s a t e a c h e r o f t h e H a n b a l i S c h o o l o f l a w. but wh a t i s i t t h a t h a s m a d e t h i s m a n d i s t i n c t i ve t o other knowledgeable m e n . f r o m wh o m h e learned hadith.d e e n i b n Ta y m i y y a h al-Hanbali. and thus Allah prepares certain men to f u l f i l t h i s t a s k . O n e s u ch m a n i s S h a yk h A l i s l a m i b n t a ym i y ya h . we k n o w h e i s a g r e a t scholar of Islam. and his grandfather Abu alB a r k a t Ma j d a d .u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f I s l am .
Ibn Ta ym i y ya h wa s f a c e d wi t h t h e s t r u g g l e t o r e vi ve t h e S u n n a h i n a s o c i e t y wh e r e t h e r e we r e m a n y d e vi a n t groups. as he learned jurisprudence f r o m h i s f a t h e r. Ibn Ta ym i y ya h g r e a t l y r e futed the ‗recourse to k a l a a m t o wa r d s u n d e r standing the Asma Wa S i f a a t ( D i vi n e N a m e s and Attributes)‘. I b n t a ym i y ya h became a representative of the Hanbali school of thought. H a vi n g p u r s u e d k n o wl edge of Islam.A s a yo u n g m a n h e d e vo t e d h i s t i m e t o l e a r n ing secular and religious sciences of his t i m e . H e e xt e n d e d h i s studies to learning Arabic literature and calligr a p h y. a n d S u f i s m ( wh i c h h e came to refute later on in his life). I b n Ta ym i y ya h a r g u e d t h a t i t wa s n o t c o r r e c t to use philosophical methods in order to 28 . he continued his search of learning to acquiring k n o wl e d g e o f t h e Q u r a n and hadith. I n r e f e r e n c e t o learning the sciences of r e l i g i o n . bec a u s e i t wa s n o t t h e wa y i n w h i c h t h e s a l a f came to understand it. E ve n though he became fully d e vo t e d t o t h e H a n b a l i school of thought. P h i l o s o p h y. in addition to this he also studied t h e o l o g y. One such struggle came especially in the understanding of the names and attributes of Allah.
if the it n a m e s wi t h o u t r e s o r t i n g t o t h e wa s t h e Ta ym i y ya h have from the we n t early as far and attributes of Allah.Asscholars for blindly ac. Ibn the people of authority especially j u r i s t s . C o n s e q u e n t l y i t i s n o t of m a n y h a d b e g u n t o a c . 29 the out against . s u c h a s t h e N a m e s a nd rather he disliked and Attributes of Allah acspoke the cording to the Salaf. wa s t h e s a m e a s Ta y m i y y a h s R a b b i s a s t h e i r g o d s b es t r u g g l e h a d b e g u n wi t h s i d e A l l a h .Saleeh (the first 3 gencepting from early jurists erations of Islam). Quran and Sunnah. Ibn S a l a f wo u l d h a ve a g r e e d a s s a yi n g t h a t a c c e p t i n g and to wo u l d to jurists also resorted t h i s wi t h o u t h a vi n g t o r e s o r t method of Allah.g r e a t a s t o n i s h m e n t t h at c u s e h i m o f b e in g a n.I b n Ta ym i y ya h h a d b e e n t h r o p o m o r p h i c . and def o l l o w t h e b e l i e f s t h a t f e n c e o f t h e u n d e r s t a n dwe r e t h e n o r m s o f s o c i . N o t o n l y i m p r i s o n e d o n s e ve r a l wa s I b n Ta ym i y ya h d i s .understand because to it.i n g o f c e r t a i n i s s u e s e t y d u r i n g h i s t i m e . Thus understand to the Quran and Sunt h e J e ws wh o t o o k t h e i r t h e n a m e s a n d a t t r i b u t e s n a h .o c c a s i o n s d u e t o h i s o u t l i k e d b e c a u s e h e d i d n ot s p o k e n n e s s .
H e struggled greatly in eliminating other misg u i d i n g s e c t s s u c h a s t he K a s r a wa n S h i ‘ a i n L e b a n o n . t h e r e f o r e going through any other form of intermediate is a form of shirk (associating p a r t n e r s wi t h A l l a h ) . in a society that c o r r u p t e d I s l a m .I b n Ta ym i y ya h r e vi ve d the Sunnah by dispelling t h e p r a c t i s e s o f g r e at bid‘ahs (innovations) s u c h a s t h e p r a c t i s es of m a k i n g g r a ve s a p l a c e o f wo r s h i p a n d s u p p l i c a t i o n . and we can only mention a few things accomplished by a m a n o f g r e a t s t a t u s . I b n t a ym i y ya h s a i d t h a t wh e n a Mu s l i m s t a t e s t h e t e s t i m o n y o f f a i t h ‗ Th e r e i s n o g o d b u t A l l a h ‘ . A l l a h h a d s e n t t h i s m a n t o r evi ve t h e Q u r a n a n d S u n nah. h a d d r i ve n h i m t o d i s pe l t h e s e n e wl y i n ve n t e d i n n o va t i o n s . I bn Ta ym i y ya h wa s a m a n of u n i q u e i n t e l l e c t . b u t h i s g r e a t k n o wl e d g e a n d u n d e r standing of the Sunnah. Th e s t o r y o f I b n Ta ym i y ya h i s o n e o f g r e a t length and detail. Besides the field of Islamic knowledge. Ibn Ta ym i y ya h wa s a l s o i n vo l ve d i n t h e r e s i s t a n c e a g a i n s t t h e Mo n g o l i a n i n va s i o n o f D a m a s c u s . Th i s wa s a g r e a t p r a c t i s e d u r ing the time of Ibn Ta ym i y ya h . t he Mu s l i m t e s t i f i e s t h a t A l l a h i s t h e o n l y o n e wo r t h y o f wo r s h i p . a n d e n s u r e that instead the Sunnah wa s r e vi ve d i n a l l a s p e c t s o f wo r s h i p . t h e R i f a ‘ I S u ff i o r d e r a n d t h e I t t i h a d i ya h School. t h o u gh 30 . a n d his p u r p o s e a n d g o a l wa s a l ready set before this man became the great p e r s o n a l h e i s n o w.
and exile from my town is but a chance to travel” B y: S i s t e r L a i l a N a s h e e b a 31 . wherever I go it goes with me. execution is my opportunity for martyrdom. though the chall e n g e wa s o n e t h a t t o o k m u c h s t r e n g t h f r o m h i m . For me. W it h t h i s I wo u l d l i k e t o e n d wi t h t h e wo r d s t h e g r e a t S c h o l a r. i n a s o ciety that corrupted Islam. I b n Ta ym i y ya h l i ve d b y: “What can my enemies possibly do to me? My paradise is in my heart. prison is a place of (religious) retreat. inseparable from me.m a n t o r e vi ve t h e Q u r a n a n d S u n n a h . I b n Ta ym i y ya h d i d n o t h e s i t a t e i n a n y wa y t o e n s u r e t h a t t h e S u n n a h wo u l d b e e n f o r c e d i n e ve r y wa y a n d m e a n s p o s s i b l e e ve n i f t h i s meant spending in most of his life behind bars.
And only on the day of Judgement shall you be paid your full recompense. For the life of this world is but good and chattel of deception. Only he who is saved far from the fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object of Life.” By: Sister Faizah Sharif 32 .Reminder Of A Death “Every Soul shall have a taste of death .
for is to taste death… absolutely nothing is hid- The topic of death is one den from Allah.Sooner or later everyone no hiding from it. pretation of the meaning In the moments of every “every soul shall taste dying person agony is death” [3:185]. There is of death comes in truth. The life of this world is of Allah are clear as we witness many passing away.experienced Allah says in ality is that everyone will the interpretation of the die at a time and a place meaning “and the agony that is only known by the most high. So many wonder. Allah says in the interthem in the grave? The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) has told us what will happen to the dying person. and that is what you 33 . only temporary and de.what will happen to ceiving. there is no escape nor is there any turning back. The re. The signs that we should all take heed and ponder upon. When Allah decrees for you to die.
Aishah (radhiAllaahu 'anha) related: “Allaah's messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) had a small vessel of water placed before him. The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: “verily. Shaytan comes to you at all circumstance…” 34 . The human being is a weak creature that will go through pain at the moments of death. The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) has told us that at the time of death and its agonies.wish to avoid” [50:19]. He said: There is none worthy of worship except Allaah. Indeed death brings with it agonies! Then he raised his hand up and kept repeating. 'In the most exalted company' until his soul was taken and his hand fell limp” [Bukhari]. Even our beloved Prophet. He began to dip his hands in the water. Shaytan will come to us. (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) experienced agony. and wiping his face with them.
they will yearn to be placed in their grave. so the body of the disbemany weak Muslims give liever is being taking in to the whispers of Shaytan. covered in dirt.. The heavy.At these moments Shay. they will be questioned „where are you taking me?…where are you taking me. lifeFor those who believe in Allah and obey His command. life comes to an end. As belief in Allah. But as for the believer.less body is then tan will do everything to wrapped in a shroud buried in the ground get us to denounce our alone. Today. the trials of the grave will be eased . How will it be for them when death approaches them? Will they easily give in to the away for burial. whispers of Shaytan and Allah for a second take their seat in the punishment of Hell? 35 .. When the angle of death is commanded by Allah to take the soul and the soul reaches and passes the throat.?‟ and will fear to be placed in their grave and plead chance.
mumble „I don‟t know.Lord‟ With hesitation lieve in Allah and disobey and an expression of sorHis commands.‟ It will then be asked „what is your religion?‟ the hypocrite will say „Huh? The torment of the grave for the hypocrite is severe. The angels will reply „we knew that you would say that.‟ For every wrong answer the hypocrite is hit with an iron bare. but I don‟t know about him. Alone and covered in the earth.‟ Then it will be asked „what did you used to say about this man (Muhammad) ?‟ The hypocrite will reply „I heard the people saying something about this man.‟ An opening is made for him 36 . the hypocrite will shall they earn what they deserve. for them row. the torment of the grave.who are black and blue in color named Munkar and anNakeer will inquire the dead asking „how is your Humm…I don‟t know. The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) told us that when the dead person is buried two angles .But for those who disbe. no sound do they hear but the foot steps of those leaving the burial.
In paradise and it will be said to him „look at what Allah has refused you from.‟ And another opening will be made in the direction of the fire and will be told „this is your place, you lived upon it.‟ So the hypo-
When the two angels Munkar and Nakeer approach the believing Muslim, they will be told to sit up and will be asked “Who is your Lord” With firmness the believer will reply „Allah will be asked „what is
upon doubt and you died is my lord.‟ And then it crite‟s grave will be made your religion?‟ The benarrowed for him. It will liever will reply „my rebe said to the earth, „crush him.‟ And the ligion is Islam.‟ And then will be asked „what did
hypocrite will be crushed you use to say about this over and over again. The man (Muhammad) ?‟ and cry will be heard by eve- the believer will reply rything that comes near it except for man and jinn. The hypocrite will remain in this state of Judgment. “Muhammad, the messenger of Allah come to us with clear signs from Allah…” Then an opening of the fire and it will be
torment until the Day of is made in the direction
said to him „look at what each day is our last. Each Allah, the exalted has saved you from.‟ And then another opening will be made from the the believer will be told „this is your place.‟ Due the believer gives, the grave will be widened and illuminated with and every one of us needs to take the time and ask: What have I done to prepare for for my sins? Have I performed my five daily debt? Have I made amends with all those whom I hurt with my
direction of paradise and death? Have I repented
to the firm answers that prayers? Do I own any
light. Then it will be told tongue or my hands? Do to the believer, „sleep, as I have any grudges tothe newly married sleeps.‟ And the believer will remain in this state from his place of sleep. wards anyone? Have I been sincere to Allah, the one who created me? obeyed His messenger like He commanded me? In conclusion, as Muslims we should live our lives as The prophet (sallallaahu
until Allah raises him up Have I followed and
to say the following supplication when completing the last tashahhud saying: 'O Allaah, verily I seek refuge in you from the punishment of the Hellfire and the torment of the grave; from the fitnah of life and of death; and from the evil fitnah of the false messiah.‟[Muslim]
We all want salvation and that is attained by obeying Allah and following the says and example of His messenger.
Learning Islam & the Internet
By: Sister Laila Nasheeba
Seeking knowledge of Islam in the twenty-first century can be easy due to the many available Islamic resources. For example when it comes to learning the sunnah; thanks to the works of early scholars such as Imam Bukhari and Muslim, all one has to do is read the right books. And when it comes to learning Aqeedah, works from renown scholars such as Ibn Tamiyyah have been translated from Arabic into other languages. But of all the resources available, the greatest and most powerful is the internet. Through it one can log onto the digital world of cyberspace; connect and then share with Muslims worldwide. However as delightful as this may seem, there are many dangers awaiting the unsuspecting Muslim who relies on the digital world for knowledge of Islam. In this article I will list some of those dangers.
and the title of “Sheikh”.“ Al-Tirmidhi Hadees No: 2216 41 .1. including a scholar of Islam. Also Sheikh means “old man” and many are the old men of cyberspace. Just throw a few Arabic terms around. Beware of Internet Schools that sell Scholar Tawheed for a miserable price. let him ask a reward for it from Allah. for the reward of Muslim men is found there. few. While the internet scholars call to cyberspace. not on the internet. Beware of the Internet 2. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed they are (no better than) unbelievers. manipulate words. All that is needed is a good speaking voice. for people will arise who will recite the Qur'an and ask a reward for it from men. and now you are a scholar of Islam! The seeker of knowledge must not be duped by the title of “sheikh” and he must understand that the true scholars of Islam are rare. “ Quran – ( 5 : 44 ) Also the prophet (sa) said: "When anyone recites the Qur'an. Few indeed are its scholars of Islam. the true scholar's call to the Masjid. and busy. If you speak Arabic that makes it even easier. The digital world allows anyone to hide behind a computer and be whatever he wants to be. Allah says in the interpretation of the meaning: “Therefore (O! People) fear not men but fear Me (Allah) and sell not My Signs (verses of the Quran) for a miserable price. the ability to manipulate words.
In fact the title “scholar” is not something bought and paid for. then they are asked to deliver religious verdicts and they deliver them without knowledge. Sadly there are many “Islamic schools” on the internet that teach the basics of Islam. and thus they make their living offering Islamic degrees in exchange for money. al-'As reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “Verily. knowing that a piece of paper does not make one a scholar. The best scholars of this nation did not possess secular degrees. so that when He leaves no learned person. Also the best way to learn Islam is the way the prophet (sa) learned and taught it. Many of these schools are operated by individuals who are aware of how weak and vulnerable this Ummah can be. 'Amr b.” 42 . rather than investing in a piece of paper that lacks scholarship and monetary gain. and the people turn to ignorant ones as their leaders. The seeker of knowledge must understand that a person would do better taking his money and investing it in a technological degree so he can support his family. 3. Quran. Instead it is something “earned” and “given” to an individual by his peers. and that is by sitting directly with the people of knowledge and learning from them.These are the days in which we are living. going astray and leading others astray. (Tawheed. Hadith). yet they charge hundreds of dollars. Beware of Fatawah online websites Imam Muslim narrates in his sahih that Abdullah b. Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people but He takes away knowledge by taking away the scholars.
so thus we find many muslims living out their „wannabee‟ scholarly dreams with the help of these question and answer websites. The Internet Can Never Replace the Mosque “In houses which Allah has ordered to be raised high in them his name is remembered.The seeker of knowledge must beware. and their rewards lie with Allah in the mosque. The digital age is an age wherein anyone can make a website. 43 . but also quickly make slanderous websites attacking you. It is quite sad to see. beware. and there are hundreds of them. A great number of these sites are owned by teen aged children who are not only quick to issue Islamic verdicts. Even during the most holy month of the year. afternoons and evenings” Quran 24: 36 The seeker of knowledge must realize that the mosque is the house of Allah and it cannot be replaced by a digital house. if you dare to oppose their decisions. 4. That would be better than consulting with unknown individuals from the internet. when they need to be at the Masjid. Muslim men sitting on the internet when they should be spending that time in the Masjid. If truly searching for an answer to an Islamic issue. They glorify him in mornings. I recommend the seeker of knowledge to consult with his or her local Imam. The seeker of knowledge must understand that issuing Islamic verdicts is a serious job to undertake and not all are qualified to do this. we find these men sitting on the internet claiming to give dawah. beware of the Fatawah online websites. Muslim men must understand that they cannot pray behind an Imam online.
That path is best found by sticking with a good community of Muslims in the real world. which can lead one down an unending path of doom. advisor. certainty and light. Allah commands us to follow the straight path which is a path footed upon true guidance. May Allah keep us all upon the straight path…Ameen 44 . not the „wanabee‟ dreamers of the digital world. uncertainty and doubt. and comforter for the Muslim. for a good Masjid has a good Imam and a good Imam is a counselor. Cyberspace is filled with much deviance.I strongly encourage the seeker of knowledge to attach himself or herself to a good Masjid and make that the center of his/her life.
The Drive to By: Sister Christina Martin Mukhtar 46 .
the reasons. to busy lady with a simple Dupata or Shayla that seems to have been tossed around her head with little thought. Depending on where you are in Texas. from the Niqabi complete with black gloves. The real reason was because I was nervous about a decision I had made. and live But I knew these were not however you want. Forget what you hear about Texas being the epitome of all things redneck. say. We 47 . two piece Hijab. just for this reason. or wear whatever you want. “Many of the people I grew For the first time. all other many years. but living in denominations are doomed Houston Texas. Or maybe it was because I was more than happy to leave the hectic movement of Houston behind for a few days. you are free to do. Maybe it was because I was ready for the slight break I would get from the baby. with its large to hell. Maybe it was because I was excited to see my family again after such a long time. Arkansas seemed much longer than usual. narrow and unbending views on religion. to the modern girl in jeans and long shirts with a snug.” and diverse Muslim community. to the point that if one goes to a I have been Muslim for Baptist church. even those be wearing my Hijab in the younger than me have very small town of Hope. I would up with.The drive to Hope. there is little reason to fear wearing the Hijab. as his happy grandparents spoiled him even more rotten. I love living in Houston. exist in all stages.
A seven hours drive north. And that‟s just the other Christians! Imagine what happens to a non-Christian!! A person who is not “saved” is pitied by all. Hope. are all the same. or.” The Klan keeps a low profile. Arkansas. The people. along with the rest of the South. and maybe only. you would not fair well with the locals. to the point that if one goes to a Baptist church. all other denominations are doomed to hell. have very narrow and unbending views on religion. is a strong and proud believer in the slogan “These Colors Don‟t Run” which was introduced soon after 9/11. Arkansas is almost proud of how small and “country” it is. Not only would you be totally isolated from the nearest Muslim community (two hours away in Little Rock). It‟s highest. born and raised there. for that matter. but it is very much alive. die there. A person who 48 . go to church there. even those younger than me. Repent. and even he moved away when he was about five years old. Every effort and opportunity will be used to convince this person to go to church. Many people in Arkansas view the world as being US and THEM. Few of them can tell you where Iraq or Afghanistan is on a globe. but it doesn‟t matter because “they ain‟t US. achievement is being the birthplace of former President Bill Clinton. anyone who did not go to one of the mainstream Protestant churches. and be born again. though friendly. Hope would not be easy for a Muslim. and so is the sinner‟s family. Many of the people I grew up with.
she went to church camp and bible school every summer. Yoking a believer to a nonbeliever. she had twelve years of perfect attendance in Sunday School. My husband had nothing to do with my conversion to Islam. a non-Christian. they must have failed God in some way. as the bible says. how could you let Tina go off and do such a thing? She used to sing solos in church. I was worried not only for myself about wearing this foreign piece of cloth on my head. I was getting more and more nervous as the mile markers ticked off the miles. How can such people ever set foot in church again? These thoughts were running through my head as our trip wound down. of course. She leaves the faith and becomes lost just like him! All these ridiculous accusations are totally groundless. I had always been involved in church activities but in reality they had gotten me no where. Yes. how his mother must cry for his lost soul! They must not have raised that child in church. what shame has this person brought to his parents! Oh. This is what happens when you let your daughters marry a foreigner. which was why I was involved in all of them always looking for something 49 . but also for my family.walks away from the faith altogether. Would they be embarrassed to be seen with me? Would they ask or tell me to take it off before going out with me? Would people start berating them with questions once I left.
take a deep breath and say. just outside of Hope: “A‟udhubillah min ash-shaytan nir-rajim. When it came time for me to get saved (the second time.” Driving through Every once in a while. Never once did God or Jesus speak to my heart. “A‟udhubillah min ash-shaytan nir-rajim. I would hear shaytan nir-rajim. I am “born again?” at Texarkana. you can do it next time.” that familiar little voice in my head. it‟s I would make the same du‟ah okay.” When we passed the truck weigh station.” lah. however.else to try. “Ya Alyou‟ll be stronger next time. “Just take it off. And always test. on this Hope: “A‟udhubillah min ashtrip to Hope. I was looking for God in “feel good” campfire songs and car washes to raise money to go to Six Flags. whenever I heard that voice.” When we passed the Flying J at Mandeville: “A‟udhubillah min ash-shaytan nir-rajim. but I never felt like I was there. because the first time didn‟t “work”) I had just repeated the simple prayer of a visiting revival preacher who didn‟t know me from Eve. on this only You can help me.” I saw it as no coincion trips before. many times that week. I am relying on You to get The same voice I had heard so me through this week. I would finally dence that Laila Nasheeba had give into the voice at the just days before given a lecstate line. I would close my eyes. only same highway. going to the You can get me through this same destination. and suddenly.” When we passed Fulton: “A‟udhubillah min ashshaytan nir-rajim. And many times before. I was in church every time the door was open. On this trip. which we crossed ture during the Tawheed class 50 .
” I walked in and kept my head up. I went to our favourite catfish place outside of Hope. But once again.” This lecture spoke directly to me.Tawheed Class on “Reliance on Allah. After so many years of being afraid to wear it in my home town. I took a deep breath. . I went to Hot Springs with my mom. I had expected it to be hard. and I looked everyone in the eye 51 to make sure they knew I was not going to take it off for anyone. Alhumdulillah. the ultimate test for any Muslimah. But alhumdulillah. I went to the Hope Wal Mart. alhumdulillah. I had expected that I would be too scared or shy to speak or even to look anyone in the eyes. I closed my eyes. I suddenly found that wearing hijab-MY hijab-was not difficult at all. rude comments of ignorant people keep me from following Allah‟s command. and even my husband didn‟t want me to go. and I knew that Allah had put it on her heart to give it right before I went to Hope. and I am sure that it had also touched many of the other students in different ways as they try to deal with their own tests in life. I wore my hijab the whole time I was there. I realized I had been I was no longer going to let scared for nothing! I was the potential glares and suddenly proud to wear it. once again I felt Allah‟s protection and my fear gave way to determination. “A‟udhubillah min ash-shaytan nir-rajim. Every single person I knew in Hope could possibly be there.
alhumdulillah. there was another 18 year old country girl.And I realized something else-I had been ignorant as well! All these years I had been afraid of what people might say. I had never prayed that du‟ah before then. I was representing my religion. Ar- kansas. no matter where you are. I had never really given then a chance to say anything at all! All those years I could have been wearing hijab. 52 . maybe she realized that wearing the hijab isn‟t as bad as it may seem. I had never relied on Allah before. I had failed this test so many times. I was under Allah‟s protection. and now. And maybe she saw me wearing hijab. I had never asked Allah to help me to remain strong. Who knows? Maybe. I was following His Command to cover. not living as a hypocrite. I felt totally indestructible! No one could harm me. no one could hurt me. but I had just assumed it would be difficult. following Allah‟s command. I was showing the world who and what I really was. and maybe I was the first Muslimah to ever wear hijab in Hope. reading about Islam for the first time or maybe she is wondering if it is really possible to live as a covered Muslim woman all of the time. proudly.
As Muslims. We should allow no time to pass. Reflect and thank Allah for the countless blessings He has bestowed upon you. evaluating. regardless of how short it is. These are just some tips you can do to use your time in a beneficial way. Learn and memorize hadith and follow it up with action.Time The usage of time is very essential in Islam. and inquire what are my deficiencies and how can I improve them. Glorify him by saying SubhnaAllah. Take the time to sit down with yourself. Read the Quran with understanding and take heed to the words of Allah. we should invest our time in those things that will bring benefit to us in both this life and in the hereafter. Alhamdulillah. am I obeying Allah and His messenger? Supplicate to Allah: Sincerely repenting for your major sins Seeking knowledge from those who are qualified to teach. Here are some brief tips on how to spend our free time. Ask yourself are you on the road to paradise or are you on the road to the Hellfire? Reflect and assess yourself. Remember and reflect upon Allah: His names. Am I involving myself in activities which will bring me closer to Allah or activities that will distant me for Him? Ask yourself. Allahu Akbar. His attributes. Put your priorities in order… By: Sister Faiza Sharif 53 . ponder upon His Creation. Reflect upon the Hereafter.
54 . but not practicing Islam and in some cases preventing them or giving them hard time in fulfilling the commands of Allah. but my husband refuses to practice. Answered by. All praises are due to Allah and peace be upon the prophet Muhammed (SAW) In answer to a question concerning sisters guided to the path of Allah. My husband and I have been married for 10 years. Jamel Ben Ameur Al Hamdulillah wassalatu Wassalamu Ala Rasulillah. Alhumduliallah he has guided me to SunnahFollowers and now I am doing my best to be the best Muslim I can be. What can I do to help my husband to start practising and living Islam. I became Muslim to marry him but we never practiced Islam before.Ask the Scholar ? Dear Sheikh. and living with a Muslim husband.
She chose the real luxurious life. or submit to the tyranny of Pharoah to save herself from being killed. I would like first to remind you the story of one of the greatest women in the history of human kind. follow directives that Insha‟Allah help to face the issue mentioned in the following pages: 55 . of the wife of Pharoah when she said: My Lord! build for me a house with Thee in the garden and deliver me from Pharoan and his wrongdoing. However with the blessing of Allah she chose Islam. she could keep her status of a queen and live in the most luxurious life style. the wife of Pharoah : “And Allah sets forth an example. The wife of Pharoah is a role model for all the believers male and female and her story is guidance and mercy to us and especially for those sisters who are encountering difficulties within the household. and deliver me from the unjust people” Quran The wife of Pharoah was confronted to a tremendous trial: hold onto the deen of Allah. Aasiyah. to those who believe. In consideration of this great story of the wife of Pharoah.I say with the help of Allah and His Tawfeeq. O! sisters in Eman. By doing so.
3. Peace. and He is Merciful to the believers.Eman is the greatest gift that has been given to you. Know that the highest priority for every believer is to submit to Allah by fulfilling His command in his lifetime. 56 . And know that Eman is a gift from Allah as Allah said : “And it is not for a soul to believe except by Allah's permission.Purification actions: 1-Let the starting point be the classification of your priorities in life in order to know how to act. He it is Who sends His blessings on you. “O ye who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. Keep reminding yourself of this great bounty from Allah by doing a lot of remembrance of Allah.41 to 44. and (so do) His angels. and He has prepared for them an honourable reward.No obedience to any one when he calls to the disobedience of Allah as the prophet (saws) instructed us. Therefore this rule constitutes the foundation for any action of the believer in his life. 033 . Their salutation on the day that they meet Him shall be. This is in fact the purpose of life of every believer. And glorify Him morning and evening.” (10:100) 2. that He may bring you forth out of utter darkness into the light.
Imply that this started with the coming back to Allah.Show extra care and kindness and make it clear that this better behavior is the result of the practice of the deen. 5. But show that your eagerness for him to repent is an expression of your love to him. 57 . 6. the sweetness you feel and the tranquility you have.Specify that you are still the same person he knows. 8. but what changed is a gift you got from Allah that you wish it will encompass the whole family. 9.Show pride and express that independence will not harm you as long as Allah is with you. by kindness not dispute.Express the happiness you live.First seek correction within the household by advice not insult.Communicate to him that real happiness goes into the eternity and that you want to share this together. And express to him that your great wish is to live together this great experience. 7.Conciliation actions: 4.
10. 11. In fact. 58 . The best time to do that is the last third of the night. and whoever trusts in Allah.Make Dua for him in all the prayers and make special prayers. Allah indeed has appointed a measure for everything. living with someone that puts obstacles between you and Allah does contradict with the purpose of your life. He is sufficient for him. And give him sustenance from whence he thinks not. In this case separation is required to save your deen which is your life.” 65-3&4. then remember your priority which is to please Allah. Allah says: “And whosoever keeps his duty to Allah. Allah will appoint a way out for him.If this will not work. surely Allah attains His purpose.
we must get rid of the effects of such poisons and should guard ourselves against them. there are four which are widespread and have the greatest effect to the heart. which causes its sickness and destruction. As its sickness worsens and increases. These four poisons are: Unnecessary talk Failure to lower the gaze Excessive eating 60 . And if ever taken any of the poisons by mistake. and doing good deeds to expiate our sinful actions. Falling victim to the poisons of the heart will gradually result in having a hardened heart. Of all the acts of disobedience which are all poisons of the heart. it thus leads to deviation from the path of Allah. In order to protect the health of our hearts.The REVIVAL Of the HEART By: Sister Mercy Cruz (Umm Malik) All acts of disobedience are poison to the heart. we should hasten to clean ourselves from its bad effects by immediately turning to Allah in repentance.
Lets It has been related that the hear what the Prophet prophet (s.a. and his heart is not put Him. There is a connection between the eyes and the heart. imprinting the When we mention unnecesimage in our heart. from Shaytan.‖ (Tabarani) right until his tongue is put right. Whoever lowIt is reported in al-Musnad. obscene and misdamage to our hearts.a. it leads us to become attracted to the image.w) once said (s. we learn that in order fast.a. When we fail to protect what we see.Engaging in any of these four will cause serious damage to the heart. lower the gaze.‖ Shaytan enters the heart In the hadith mentioned with the glance. He makes what we see to correct our faith we must appear to be more attractive first correct our tongues.w) said: ing sweetness which he will ―The faith of a servant is not find in his heart on the day with put right until his heart is put t h a t h e m e e t s right. He will on the authority of Anas. ers his gaze for Allah. thus making the heart hard and unhealthy. and consary talk we are referring to sequently causing severe backbiting. building for us an idol for We also mentioned failure to 61 . for he travels above. showing off or debating in any form. leading talk. as well as lying and mockery. than what it really is. that bestow upon him a refreshthe Prophet (s.w) had to say about the words to the effect: ―The heart and how unnecessary glance is a poison arrow talk is effected by it.
Then he starts to whisper false promises.a. and fuels it with wood of forbidden actions. 8/1488) 62 . Due to excessive eating worship and obedience become difficult to do because of the heaviness of the body. which we would have not engaged in if it was not for this distorted image. As a result of extensive eating. A few morsels should be enough for him to preserve his strength. then he should allow a third for his food. the remembrance of Allah. it deprives us from earning the love of Allah by preventing us from doing good deeds throughout our day. As a result. Al-Miqdam Mad ibn Yakrib said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (s. Small amounts of food guarantee us tenderness of the heart.w) say: ―The son of Adam fills no vessel more displeasing to Allâh than his stomach. a third for his drink and leave a third empty for easy breathing.‖ (Tirmidhi) Excessive eating makes the heart incline towards disobedience to Allah. which is why it is so often said: ―Restrict the pathways of Shaytan by fasting. strong intellect. it causes the heart to be distracted and forgetful of our main concern.the heart to worship.‖ (al-Ghazzallis al-Ihya. If he must fill it. humbleness. Excessive eating results us to become in opposition to all of these praiseworthy qualities. lights the fire of evil desires with it. and gentle behaviour. It becomes an easy task for Shaytan to deceive one who has filled his or her stomach with too much food and drink.
w). In keeping such company we can find the roots of loss. be careful of whom you associate with. since they are very necessary and essential to keep a soft and healthy heart: Remembrance of Allah: Allah says (in the interpretation of the meaning): ―…for men and women who guard their chastity and for men and women who engage much in Allah‘s praise― for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward. Thus. Now.a.w) said: Man is influenced by the faith of his friends.w. both in this life and in the hereafter. and become heedless to the commands of Allah (s. acts of obedience are indispensable to the well being of the heart. In an authentic Hadith. controlling them will only bring the pleasure and reward of Allah. the question is how can we revive our hearts and soften them? The same way all of the above mentioned poisons of the heart make us deviate away from obedience to Allah.a.And lastly. as wrong company can cause us to deviate. It is worthwhile to mention the following acts of obedience.t) and the Prophet (s. but not the least important poison of the heart.‖ (33:35) 63 . Unnecessary companionship is a chronic disease that causes much harm. is the keeping of bad company. Prophet Muhammad (s. Therefore. making our hearts ill with evil desires and actions.
‖ (40:60) Allah says (in the interpretation of the meaning): ―O you who believe! Turn to Allah in sincere repentance! It maybe that your Lord will remove your evil from you.Making Du‘a: brance of Allah. And remembers the Name of his Lord. I will respond to your (invocation). behold. If His servant tion. in the Remembrance of Allah ―Verily your Lord is Generdo hearts find satisfacous and Shy. those who are too arrogant to worship Me will surely enter enter Hell in humiliation!..‖ (87:14-15) Allah also says: ―Those who believe. and it increases the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers) nothing but loss‖ (17:82) Seeking forgiveness from Allah: Allah says: ―Implore Me.. and prays.empty. Tirmidhi) We send down of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism and act on it). ―He is successful who purifies himself.Also. Surely. Abu Dation of the meaning): ―And wood. and whose hearts find comfort in the remem.‖ (13-28) raises his hands to Him (in supplication) He becomes Recitation of the Quran: shy to return them Allah says (in the interpreta.‖ (66:8) 64 .‖ (Ahmad.
w) also said: ―For one who sends blessings upon me once. and mercy upon Muhammad. 65 . may He keep us in the straight path always and may He send peace. Ameen.a.‖ (33:56) The Prophet (s. blesings.Sending Blessings Upon the Prophet (saw): Allah says (in the interpretation of the meaning): ―Lo! Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. May Allah keep our hearts pure and clean from any evil. Allah will send ten fold blessings in return‖ (Muslim and others). O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation. May He help us to recognize our faults and immediately turn to Him in repentance.
But what if you found out that all along you had been following something of great deviance. and Sunni. it was the only difference was that Allah who guided me. why I am no longer Shia. I always thought it was not up to me. begging him submissively to guide me. internet that I learned about the difference between Shia First let me start by saying. I Sunnis pray with their arms poured my heart out to Allah up while Shia prays with their arms down. 66 . Sister Zanooba details her journey to her path back to the Sunnah and the effect it has had on her. Many of us declare that we follow the Sunnah to its truthfulness. and what the difference is in how I practiced Islam then.Coming Back to the Sunnah In this article Sister Christy Crouse a student of SunnahFollowers shares her experience of her journey coming back to the Sunnah. A while ago I was asked. I will attempt to answer those questions in this article insh It wasn‟t until I got on the Allah. and I was determined that I would not allow arrogance to accompany me in my journey for knowledge. and how I practice now.
If the prophet loved his companions who was I to hate them? “Narrated Abdullah: The Prophet pbuh said. He loved his companions and considered them the best amongst mankind. and asked me for my proof. Omar. and then those who will follow the latter.” We can determine by the Quran and Hadiths that we have to follow the prophet and his companions. Abu Sufyan and Muawiya r. Uthman. "The best people are those living in my generation. I argued against Sunni‟s and did not even know what they believed from their own sources.a. he informed me that in Islam there are no opinions and we have to have proof for everything. When I asked for proof I was pointed to Shia books and given emotionally motivated stories. During the life of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) there were countless sahabahs that had surrounded him. Ali. He asked me what books I had studied from. I was so arrogant to think I could teach when I myself had no knowledge. just to name a few were. and then those who will follow them. 67 . I decided to get the proof but all I really got were people‟s opinions of the historical facts.On yahoo chat I met with many different kinds of Muslims and argued about religion. all I could say was that my knowledge came from what I had heard through people. Abu Bakr. Feeling defeated. all my information was from the mouths of my Shia teachers and friends. One day as I was arguing with a former shia I was made aware of my arrogance and lack of knowledge.
so orClearly the first example af. 'If is in the way the Ummah Abu Bakr stood at your was governed following the place.Allah has told us in the Holy Quran about the duty of Prophet Mohammed pbuh in the interpretation of the meaning. that ye may ob. Shia have was an allegation of the prophet‟s intentions while he was on his death bed.be able to hear him be hammed." mother of believers) Allah's Apostle during his fatal ailment said." be able to hear him because of his weeping. The prophet made it clear in regards to who should succeed him by re"And We have sent down questing that Abu Bakr lead unto you the Message." He again should follow is the example said. to lead the people in "And obey Allah and the prayer. "Will The basis of the Shia beliefs you say (to the Prophet). The only proof the 68 .der 'Umar to lead the peoter the Quran that we ple in prayer. "Order Abu Bakr to of the prophet Mohammed lead the people in prayer " (pbuh) Then I said to Hafsa." I said. so orAli should have been the der 'Umar to lead the peofirst caliph but there was no ple in prayer?" Hafsa did proof of this. the people will not death of the prophet Mo. that the prayer As is evident in that you may explain the authentic Hadith : clearly to men what is sent for them. and that they Narrated 'Aisha: (The may give thought. "If Abu Bakr Messenger. The Shia believe cause of his weeping. the people will not tain mercy. "Order Abu Bakr Allah also says.stood at your place (in prayers. as a matter of so. fact the proof is to the contrary.
An alleged incident ensued after the death of the prophet Mohammed regarding his beloved daughter Fatima *May Allah give her the highest level in paradise*. "If you should not find me." Furthermore every human who is living will die. the shia claim that Abu Bakr. not the least harm will he do to Allâh. and Allâh will give reward to those who are grateful Allah also warned us against elevating the prophet Mohammed pbuh but the shia have raised the Prophet and their Imam‟s to a level of infallibility making him perfect and following his lineage. he has mentioned that people should come to Abu Bakr r.a 69 „Muhammad pbuh is no more than a Messenger. She said. "What if I came and did not find you?" as if she wanted to say. but (he is) the Messenger of Allah. Omar and Uthman marched over to Ali‟s r. and Allah the exalted said about the prophet Mohammed (pbuh): believers)? And he who turns back on his heels.Although the prophet did not make any clear statements that Abu Bakr should be the reigning Caliph.a if the prophet was not available one example of that is below: Narrated Jubair bin Mutim: A woman came to the Prophet who ordered her to return to him again. "If I found you dead?" The Prophet said. go to Abu Bakr. and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things. But Allah clearly told us in the interpretation of the meaning. will you then turn back on your heels (as dis- . and indeed (many) Messengers have passed away before him. Muhammad is not the father of any of your men. If he dies or is killed.
' By Allah! I will not bring any change in dealing with the Sadaqa of the Prophet (and will keep them) as they used to be observed in his (i. onefifth) of the Khaibar booty. 70 . booty gained without fighting)." Then he (i. "O Abu Bakr! We acknowledge your superiority. and I will dispose with it as Allah's Apostle used to do. wealth assigned for charitable purposes) of the Prophet at Medina. The incident was said to have occurred because of Fatima‟s resistance to give up the property of fadak. causing her to have a miscarriage which eventually led to her death. Allah's property. and whatever we leave is Sadaqa. and what remained of the Khumus (i. but Muhammad's Family can eat from this property. 'We (Prophets)." and added. then kicked in her door. He would have stood on the highest pulpit and announced the injustice done to the Prophet‟s daughter.e. but they have no right to take more than the food they need.e. 'Ali) mentioned their own relationship to Allah's Apostle and their right. She asked for the Sadaqa (i. "Allah's Apostle said. nor did he announce to anybody that he should have been the reigning caliph and his continuous friendship with Abu Bakr was proof that this was an outrageous lie.a would have never stood by silently. If this were actually the case Ali r. and Fadak. “Narrated 'Aisha: Fatima sent somebody to Abu Bakr asking him to give her her inheritance from the Prophet from what Allah had given to His Apostle through Fai (i." Then 'Ali said. and that Muhammad is His Apostle. the Prophet's) life-time. i.e.e. But he did not. threatened Fatima with burning down her house. "I testify that None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.house.e. our property is not inherited..e. Abu Bakr said.
if you are no good to his family you are not good to him).a to relinquish her own inheritance when he should pass away. on one looking for at least the word hand the Prophet pbuh in. in order to cause unity Narrated 'Aisha: Fatima in the Ummah. then Ha Sin Ya Nun Apostle rather than to my which spelled Ali. claiming their inheri. I immediately stopped praying and grabbed the Abu Bakr was put in an im. and as a from Khaibar. and what.couldn‟t read those words ever we leave is to be but I took an Arabic class given in charity.Abu Bakr then spoke saying. As I take their sustenance from stood in prayer I concenthis property. But the and learned to put letters family of Muhammad can together forming words. and even Aisha . and Al'Abbas came to Abu Bakr. and Husown Kith and kin. 'Our property is written on it. putting would love to do good to the letters together. at first I not inherited.” structed him that none shall inherit from him which meant he had to refuse inheritance to Fatima.' By Allah. I love to do good to the relatives of Allah's Apostle rather than to my own relatives" Abu Bakr added: Look at Muhammad through his family (i. I trated on the rock.rock further investigating it possible position.ALLAH to appear but it 71 . "By Allah in Whose Hands my life is. and even instructed Aisha r.e. "I heard the Prophet tablet with Arabic words saying. He was steadfast in his decision though as to not deviate away from the will of the prophet.Another point of guidance tance of the Prophet's land for me was when I was prayof Fadak and his share ing in the mosque. Alif the Kith and kin of Allah's Lam Ya . Abu Bakr Shia I prostrated on a clay said." sain .
I recalled the story of the Arab pagans worshipping idols formed from clay. I no longer add Ali‟s name in the Azan.e morning. Allah has given me many blessings. and most importantly I adhere to Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) Since I started following the true Sunnah. During the tashahud (which is the last part of the prayer while sitting on ones legs) I recite the Ta h i y a t (greetings) differently as well. From Darkness to Light. since accepting the Sunnah. afternoon and evening. I also pray five separate times a day instead of combining the five prayers to three times i. As I stood there with tears flowing down my face begging Allah to forgive me. I put my hands on my chest when I pray instead of 72 . I no longer wait until its almost Isha prayer time to break my fast. a healthy baby. Allah is the best of planners and the one who guides. The sad thing is many Shia pray on this rock not knowing the significance or that it is associating partners with Allah. a wonderful teacher. it wouldn‟t have mattered anyway because Allah is not a clay tablet. Allah guides whom My life has changed so much he wills to his light. Alhamdoolilah. good friends and a large Muslim community. He has given me a pious husband.wasn‟t there. at my side. unless of course I am traveling.
t. as well as “the money just can‟t be found.w. “Businesses can‟t afford new investments because of high cost of borrowing”.Living in an Interest Society By Sister Amira Larhrissi The Muslim population is growing at a steady pace here in the United States. Allah s. a country who are in times of economic hardship. We hear daily on the news “We need to reduce the deficit”.” We as Muslims are living in a society of the buy now pay later while we watch this country sink deeper and deeper in debt. tells us in the Quran about interest: 74 .
t knows best when he tells us “DON‟T DEVOUR USURY!” We as Muslims need to take heed of this command and not take on the typical attitude of I live in the USA so therefore I have no choice. and then get into your car that is yet again bought on interest driving down a road that was paved in government debt. we put on our clothes that was placed on that credit card that you have your precious cats picture placed on it. O you.. But if you remit it by way of charity.. fear Allah and give up what remains of your demand for usury. for He loves not any ungrateful sinner. [Surah al Baqarah. If you do it not.. who believe. We shower in the home that we bought on interest paying monthly for the next 30 years. we wake up daily in our bed that we bought on 90 days same as cash. grant him time till it is easy for him to repay. The daily life in the western world revolves around interest. Allah will deprive usury of all blessing. That is because they say: Trade is like usury: but Allah has permitted trade and forbidden usury. The question is how as Muslims living in the United States do we avoid interest when we are surrounded by it? Think with me a moment.. deal not unjustly.w. if you are indeed believers. Allah s. that is best for you if you only knew. verse 275-280 ]. That is only an excuse.. you shall not be dealt with unjustly.Those who devour usury will not stand except as stands one whom the devil by his touch has driven to madness.. but will give increase for deeds of charity. 75 . take notice of war from Allah and His messenger. but if you repent you shall have your capital sums. And if the debtor is in difficulty.
The key to getting out of debt is “BUDGET”. a sick child. Af.brothers if you need to work mined to not deal in it and more than one job then DO to help my brothers and sis. This one day I found myself is a must before even trying drowning. Many put money in the bank and swipe the credit card with every purchase not knowing if what they just purchased was the power bill or maybe the money needed for that emergency car repair or worse. ters escape from it.Save aged me most my life until $1. I can attest to future. a sick child. Learn to The first step to getting out manage money or it will of debt is preparing for the manage you.The key to getting out of debt is “BUDGET”. Many put money in the bank and swipe the credit card with every purchase not knowing if what they just purchased was the power bill or maybe the money needed for that emergency car repair or worse. You pay grave for those who lived in minimums on all debts.000 out of debt.happen. that emergency WILL this because my money man. We all must learn that money is active. I learned the 3 to tackle your debt.IT.bill?” You will be surprised ter reading in Sahih Bukari at how much you blow eatin the book of funerals. I ing out and spending on unread the punishments of the necessary things. Step one.000 for emergencies. sell this life dealing in interests things you don‟t need and and it made me more deter. 76 . Many key points of getting out of ask “How do I do that when I debt and 11 months later I can‟t even pay my water was $22. We all have the inner child inside us that say „I want it now‟ Many of us are living pay but we must learn to say check to pay check with NO! debts growing more and more.
I worked two jobs for two years on my debt free journey and it paid off. Learn to live below your means. Writing everything down you pay for and put a dollar to every category until your budget zeros out. Allah s. because they are patient. Step two. budget. Once you write out your budget and you put an amount by that category then this is what you have to spend for that pay period. Beans and rice will replace that Big Mac Super Size Meal.t tells us in many verses of the Quran to give and he will meet our needs. For example Allah s. If we Muslims would take these three things save. and spend out of what we have provided them. Start eliminating the unnecessary spending.t. This is the one thing that truly changed my life. Step Three is Charity. gave us the perfect and complete way to live as Muslims even in a corrupt society.w. 77 .t said in Surah Al-Qasas verse 54. and repel evil with good. [Surah Al-Qasas verse 54] For example if you have $250 for groceries you cannot spend more than that amount and once its gone its GONE until next pay day. Take heed and live as he prescribes and we can all live in the western society without devouring usury.w. The budget is the key to getting out of debt. These will be given their reward twice over.The written budget. Charity is the key to rewards twice over. and repel evil with good. and charity and put them in place we can learn to save for what we need and live as Allah s. save for what you need.w.t. because they are patient. commands. Write everything you spend money on from Star Bucks coffee to that prescription you fill. Allah s. These will be given their reward twice over. pay cash and give to others. and spend out of what we have provided them.w.
78 . However in this day and age. swimming. therefore we do not turn our other cheek. The muslims is advised to be always equipped and ready to whatever circumstances they may be put in.Self Defence During the time of the prophet Muhammad (saw). the sahabahs expanded their skills to many areas. the prophet encouraged his companions to gain all sorts of different skills. In this article Brother Hamza shares some skilful tactics we could use. Of them all is the skill of self defence. As muslims we should accept reality. It is of great importance that the muslim. especially the muslim sisters. know how to defend themselves if ever put in a situation where they are in danger of harm. From archery. and wrestling. if ever put in a situation whereby we need to defend ourselves. we as an ummah seem to lack in simple life skills.
murder. This form of attack is very common in domestic assaults and rapes so its extremely important for Muslimahs to learn how to defend against this type of attack. and inactive because we are muslims. As a matter of fact our noble prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has told us that Allah loves the strong muslim more than the weak muslim. I'm putting together this article and insha Allah more in the future to teach you a few basic techniques to use against common street attacks. fearful. and other violent crimes run rapid. Rape. a faith upon the middle path.But like everything else in life we do everything in our own power and we rely on Allah. I know statistically here in America a woman is violently attacked every 6 seconds. What I will be addressing in this issue is an attacker choking you with both hands around your throat. Since those numbers are so staggering I encourage all muslims and especially the muslim sisters to learn some form of self defence. Since many of us do not have the time or money to receive martial arts training.Islam is the true religion. assaults. We are neither extreme in violence nor do we go to extremes with peace. We are living in a time period when no human being is safe from the hands of another. 79 . . We have the right to defend ourselves from aggressors. We should not be weak. Our deen does not require us to become cowardly. As Muslims we understand protection and security comes from Allah.
Once your comfortable with the movements then you can pick up speed and your training partner can begin increasing the amount of force used when applying the choke. If this is done correctly his grip should already be breaking down. Remember when you train with these techniques start out slow and with little resistance.Here in photo 1 it shows my attacker applying the choke. In photo 2 I'm stepping back with my dominant leg and keeping weight on my front leg. Next in the third picture I am raising both my arms up and in between his arms until my elbows are above his forearms. 80 . This prevents the aggressor from knocking me off balance.
The reason it is safer is because if you hit your attackers teeth and cut open your forehead. After breaking his grip I am driving both my thumbs into his eye sockets in the fourth picture.Trying to play nice and by the rules only cripples your techniques and puts you at a disadvantage. blood could leak into your eyes impairing your vision while a cut on the side of ones head will not bleed into the eyes. Although I am utilizing my forehead in this picture its much safer to use the side of your head when hitting someone with a head butt. Remember when you train eye gouging with a partner put your thumbs on your partners eyebrows instead of their eyes so as not to injure them. they are not very concerned about your personal well-being either . To some this may seem a little extreme but in reality if someone' is choking the life out of you.Immediately after this in photo 4 I am driving both of my elbows down and out. 81 . In photo 5 I am grabbing the back of his head and smashing him in the face with a head butt. By now his grip should be completely broken.
Finally in picture 7.Now in the sixth photo I am pulling my attackers head down and driving my knee into his face. Note how I am putting all of my body weight into this last blow. which in turn exposes the back of his neck for my next strike. I 82 . I am destroying the back of his neck with a forearm strike.
g vanilla) 3/4 cup 7-Up 84 . Well here at SunnahFollowers we have our own collection of home made food recipes to help you out in the kitchen. Enjoy your iftar! Want to slap your mum seven up cake ? Ingredients: 3 Sticks of butter (not margarine) 3 cups of sugar 5 eggs 3 cups of cake flour (not al purpose flour) 2 tabs of your favourite extract or flavour (e. many of us have a hard time deciding what to cook for Iftar. especially for families.With Ramadan here.
Add eggs one at a time and beat well. To ensure the cake is baked well. Add flour beat in the chosen extract or flavour.Instructions to cook: Cream butter and sugar together. Pour batter into well greased and floured Jumbo cake pan. This seven up cake by Sister Ameenah of our website is sure to make your day! 85 . Bake at 325 º for 1 hour and 20 minutes. and beat until light and fluffy. beat well. and also the 7-up. be sure to test with a tooth pick.
Chicken Soup We all know that whenever the Prophet (saw) heard a person going through a calamity. Al-naturale. here we have our own beautiful Sister Laila‘s fabulous home made chicken soup. Well. Al-ref 86 . enjoy! Ingredients: 3 skinless chicken breasts 1 cup chopped onions 3 celery stalks chopped 3 carrots chopped Salt to taste Pepper to taste Thyme to taste Saffron—a little 1 can cream of mushroom soup Garlic to taste 1 cartoon of fat free chicken broth 1 stick fat free butter 1 bag fat free noodles Fruit Smoothie With Ramadan around t own Sister Amy has co combination of fruits and Favourite Fruit Combina Kiwi Fruit Oranges Banana Fruit Juice Yoghurt Milk Honey With: A few minutes before ifta Quick. he would make them a pot of home made soup. which will surely cure you of your distress. Here goes.
Instructions to cook: In a large pot sauté the onions and carrots and celery in a little bit of olive oil for about 3 minutes Now add the chicken breasts and let them brown a bit on both sides. garlic. the corner. Here are some of our favourites! ation: ar blend it in a blender and serve straight away. and other spices along with the chicken broth. freshing. you choose your d flavours. many of us notice that we miss out A LOT on fruit. tasty and filling!! 87 . Our mpiled a series of different fruits into smoothies. Then add salt. Put a lid over and leave it to cook until the chicken is done.
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