Thursday, July 31, 2008

Night of Ascension, Shabe Meraj

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu

Last night was the night of Ascension in our side of the world and for others it will be tonight.

What is the night of Ascension you may ask...
Well it comes on the 27th of Rajab in the Islamc Calender, it is the night when the miraculous journey that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) experienced.Unlike what some people claim, that journey involved both the body and soul of the Prophet.

The main proof of the fact that the body of the Prophet was involved in the journey is that Almighty Allah began the first verse of Surat Al-Israa' by the word subhan, which means exalted and glorified. This word indicates that a miraculous event is about to be mentioned in the sequel.

This journey was a decisive stage of the Prophet's call in Makkah, because there were several cases of people embracing Islam and others leaving it after this incident. Abu Bakr, the Companion of the Prophet, received his title As-Siddiq (Arabic for the very sincere) after this incident. He was the first to believe in the truthfulness of all events of this journey as narrated by the Prophet.

On that night, Jibreel came to the Prophet and told him to circumambulate the Ka`bah seven times. At the Ka`bah, Jibreel told him that he (Prophet Muhammad) was going to Al-Aqsa Mosque, wherefrom they shall both ascend the seventh heaven to meet Almighty Allah.

In fact, you should prepare yourself for that day when you shall meet Him. Will you be happy on that day? Or will you be ashamed of what you did during your life?

Almighty Allah says,

[Glory be to Him Who took His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless, in order that We might show him some of Our signs; surely, He, only He, is the Hearer, the Seer [of all things].] (Al-Israa' 17:1)

The journey of Al-Israa' and Al-Mi`raj has a highly symbolic nature. After the Prophet circumambulated the Ka`bah, he found Al-Buraq, which was going to be his means of transportation during this great journey.

Anas ibn Malik narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) described Al-Buraq saying,

"I was introduced to Al-Buraq, a white and long animal that is larger than a donkey but smaller than a mule. It would place its hoof at a distance equal to the range of its vision." (Muslim)

From this hadith, one can get hold of the level of faith the Prophet's Companions had. They believed in the truthfulness of this journey whose turn of events was beyond the comprehension of humans. It is important to remember that this miraculous journey took place at a time when beasts of burden were the only means of transportation. However, with whatever means of transportation the human brain can engineer, the journey will always remain a miraculous event that goes beyond human perception.

Moreover, through the creation of Al-Buraq, Almighty Allah challenges humans and reminds them of His capability and power that always surpass theirs, no matter how advanced they become in science and technology until the Day of Judgment. So, people should never boast about their power or achievements. They should always remember that their power and knowledge are incomparable to those of Allah, Almighty, All-Knowing.

Fetter Your Own Buraq

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) described how Jibreel accompanied him along his journey saying, "And I set out with Jibreel" (Al- Bukhari). This refers to the importance of one's company. You should carefully choose friends who can help you in the journey of this worldly life.

The Arabic word Al-Buraq is derived from barq, which means lightning. It refers to the speed at which the creature traveled from one place to another. Likewise, only a good companion can push you forward with such speed. A few weeks before that journey, Prophet Muhammad was not able to move freely in Makkah and life was so suppressing on earth. However, during that journey, he was able to penetrate the whole universe.

When the Prophet and Jibreel reached Al-Aqsa Mosque, they landed near the wall of the mosque, whereupon the Prophet tethered the creature to a ring. This creature, Al-Buraq, had been brought to the Prophet as a means of transportation; it was not expected to run away, so why did the Prophet fetter it? This had a very important wisdom: Recommending one's soul to Almighty Allah does not mean that one should dispense with the causes or the means. Everyone should do their best to achieve their goals. Everyone must fetter their own Buraq.

Unity and Responsibility

Prophet Muhammad then entered the mosque. In the middle of the night, the mosque was expected to be void of people, yet it was amazingly full. All Prophets of Allah, starting from Adam (peace be upon him) and up until Jesus or `Isa (peace be upon him), were present. There was no place for a foot. They all came to welcome the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

Such a gathering of all Prophets in one place is a unique event. It had an important significance: unity of humans regardless of difference in time and place. At our present time, how can unity be achieved with the wars, hatred, and bloodshed we suffer all over the world? Islam calls for unity, coexistence, and dialogue of civilizations, not clash of civilizations.

Nevertheless, the presence of Allah's Prophets at the mosque had another implication. Prophet Muhammad was going to see them later during his journey in the seven heavens.

In the mosque, all the Prophets stood aligned for Prayer and waited for what Jibreel had to say. Jibreel told Prophet Muhammad to lead the Prayer, and they all prayed two rak`ahs.

As much as this incident came to honor Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), it was also a commitment: The Prophets handed over to him the banner of leadership of humankind. Accordingly, Prophet Muhammad became a witness over us, and so we became witnesses over other nations.

Do you feel that you are responsible? We, Muslims, constitute 20 percent of the world's population, yet we still learn and take from the remaining 80 percent. We stopped giving. We ceased to add to the heritage of humanity 200 years ago. Prophet Muhammad said, "The upper hand is better than the lower hand" (Al- Bukhari).Therefore, there is no way for us other than the way of revival. We are responsible for this earth now.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is where the Prophets gathered, where the ascension to the seven heavens started, and where the descent took place before the Prophet returned to Makkah. The fact that Prophet Muhammad Led the Prophets in Prayer has an important significance: It is known in Islam that a man is not to be led in Prayer inside his own home, so what can one say about Prophet Muhammad's and (and thus Muslim's) responsibility toward Al-Aqsa Mosque?

Anas ibn Malik's narration of the story of ascension continues. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

"I prayed two rak`ahs in it [i.e. Al-Aqsa Mosque] and then went out, and Jibreel brought me a vessel of wine and a vessel of milk. I chose the milk, and Jibreel said, 'You have chosen the natural thing.'" (Muslim)

Milk represents Allah's creation that is intact. On the other hand, wine is an example of human interference in the creation of Allah. It is produced by fermenting the juice of grapes and thus requires human interference. In many cases, such interference can spoil what Allah has created.

The Prophet's choice emphasizes that fitrah or pure nature of what Allah has created is one foundation for the Muslim Ummah. One must search for this pure nature within oneself.

Almighty Allah says,

[Glory be to Him Who took His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless, in order that We might show him some of Our signs; surely, He, only He, is the Hearer, the Seer [of all things]. We gave Musa (Moses) the Book and made it a guidance to the Children of Israel, commanding, "Take no guardian beside Me." [They were] the offspring of those whom We bore with Nuh (Noah); surely he was a grateful servant.] (Al-Israa' 17:1–3)

These verses talk about three generations in a descending chronological order: the generation of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), that of Prophet Musa (Moses) (peace be upon him), and that of Prophet Nuh (Noah) (peace be upon him). All three generations have a common bond: love for Almighty Allah, belief in the same message, and endeavor to achieve the same goal.

Also, it is worth mentioning that Prophet Muhammad passed by three important sites during his Night Journey: Mount At-Tur in Sinai, which witnessed a number of events mentioned in the story of Prophet Musa (Moses) and the Children of Israel; the city of Bethlehem where Prophet Jesus was born; and the road between modern-day Palestine and Makkah, which was trod by Prophets Ibrahim (Abraham) and Isma`il (Ishmael) in their way to the place where they built the Ka`bah.

Prophet Muhammad started his journey of ascension from Al-Mi`raj Rock. In company with Angel Jibreel, he reached the seventh heaven within seconds. Today, a spacecraft traveling at a speed of 7,000 KPH takes three years to reach the nearest planet.

In a hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari, Prophet Muhammad said,

"Then he [Jibreel] took my hand and ascended with me to the nearest heaven. When I reached the nearest heaven, Jibreel said to the gatekeeper of the heaven, 'Open [the gate].' The gatekeeper asked, 'Who is it?' Jibreel answered, 'Jibreel.' He asked, 'Is there anyone with you?' Jibreel replied, 'Yes, Muhammad is with me.' He asked, 'Has he been sent for?' Jibreel said, 'Yes.' So, the gate was opened and we went over to the nearest heaven, and there we saw a man sitting with some people on his right and some on his left. When he looked toward his right, he laughed, and when he looked toward his left, he wept. Then he said, 'Welcome! O pious Prophet and pious son.' I asked Jibreel, 'Who is he?' He replied, 'He is Adam, and the people on his right and left are the souls of his offspring. Those on his right are the people of Paradise, and those on his left are the people of Hellfire; when he looks toward his right, he laughs, and when he looks toward his left, he weeps.'"

Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) is the father of humanity. This confirms the idea of unity of humans everywhere. Anyone can easily notice the recurrent emphasis on this notion throughout the journey of Al-Israa' and Al-Mi`raj.

Now, why is Prophet Adam laughing and crying? He is happy with those who learned from his experience and, at the same time, sad for those who did not. As we already know, his experience with Satan resembles a mathematical problem that has a model answer; it is something that one has to learn to resolve similar problems. Although other problems may appear different, the idea is the same: Keep away from the whispers of Satan.

Prophet Muhammad continued the narration. He said,

"Then, we ascended to the second heaven. Jibreel (peace be upon him) demanded that the gate of heaven be opened, and he was asked who he was. He answered, 'Jibreel.' Again, he was asked, 'Who is with you?' He replied, 'Muhammad.' It was said, 'Has he been sent for?' He replied, 'He has indeed been sent for.' The gate was opened."

"When I entered, Jesus, son of Mary, and John, son of Zachariah (peace be upon them) — cousins from the maternal side, each is the son of the other's aunt — welcomed me and prayed for my well-being."

"Then, I was taken to the third heaven and Jibreel asked for the opening [of the gate]. He was asked, 'Who are you?' He replied, 'Jibreel.' He was asked, 'Who is with you?' He replied, 'Muhammad.' It was said, 'Has he been sent for?' He replied, 'He has indeed been sent for.' The gate was opened for us, and I saw
Yusuf (Joseph) (peace be upon him), who had been given half of [world's] beauty. He welcomed me and prayed for my well-being. Then, he ascended with us to the fourth heaven."

"Jibreel (peace be upon him) asked for the gate to be opened, and it was said, 'Who is it?' He replied, 'Jibreel.' It was said, 'Who is with you?' He said, 'Muhammad.' It was said, 'Has he been sent for?' He replied, 'He has indeed been sent for.' The gate was opened for us, and lo Enoch was there. He welcomed me and prayed for my well-being. Then, he ascended with us to the fifth heaven."

"Jibreel demanded that the gate be opened. It was said, 'Who is it?' He replied, 'Jibreel.' It was said, 'Who is with you?' He replied, 'Muhammad.' It was said, 'Has he been sent for?' He replied, 'He has indeed been sent for.' The gate was opened for us, and then I was with Aaron. He welcomed me prayed for my well-being."

"Then, I was taken to the sixth heaven. Jibreel (peace be upon him) asked for the door to be opened. It was said, 'Who is it?' He replied, 'Jibreel.' It was said, 'Who is with you?' He replied, 'Muhammad.' It was said, 'Has he been sent for?' He replied, 'He has indeed been sent for.' The gate was opened for us, and there I was with Musa (Moses) (peace be upon him). He welcomed me and prayed for my well-being."

"Then, I was taken up to the seventh heaven. Jibreel demanded that the gate be opened. It was said, 'Who is it?' He said, 'Jibreel.' It was said, 'Who is with you?' He replied, 'Muhammad.' It was said, 'Has he been sent for?' He replied, 'He has indeed been sent for.' The gate was opened for us, and there I found Abraham (peace be upon him) reclining on Al-Bayt-ul-Ma`mur [Arabic for the much-frequented fane], and there enter it 70,000 angels everyday; they never visit [this place) again." (Al-Bukhari)

But, where are the rest of the Prophets? Why didn't Prophet Muhammad meet Prophet Nuh (Noah)? The fact is that the presence of those particular Prophets in the seven heavens is symbolic.

Some prophets were ordered by Allah to construct new societies and this was what Prophet Mohammad was going to do when he immigrated to Madinah. Other prophets migrated from their homelands and returned, like Prophets Yusuf (Joseph) and Musa (Moses). In fact, this was a prediction of what Prophet Muhammad was going to do two years after immigration to Madinah.

Some other prophets were subjected to persecution, while others were even subjected to murder or attempts of murder by their people. It was as if Almighty Allah had selected a number of Prophets whose lives foreshadowed future events in the life of Prophet Muhammad.

Al-Bayt-ul-Ma`mur is a place in the seventh heaven. It is located exactly above the Ka`bah and is identical to it. We perform Tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah) on earth, and right above us, the angels perform Tawaf around Al-Bayt-ul-Ma`mur. Above both of these is Allah's throne. Those who visit Makkah for Hajj or `Umrah feel this. The Ka`bah is the holiest place on earth and a point directly connected to the holiest of places ever.

But, why is Prophet Abraham reclining on the wall of Al-Bayt-ul-Ma`mur? This is because he and his son, Isma`il (Ishmael), built the Ka`bah. The rule is that one reaps the fruits of his or her labors. He is leaning on it because he labored enough in his life, and now he can rest in the hereafter.

We should labor in this life so that Almighty Allah would allow us to rest on the Day of Judgment. That is life: We want to rest, but there is no comfort in it. Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal was once asked, "When does a person get to relax?" He replied, "It is the moment when he [or she] sets his [or her] foot in Paradise." There is no repose before that.

We should not let comfort be our purpose in life. We live this life to farm, learn, reform our societies, reproduce, worship Allah, help people, and take initiatives. Almighty Allah says,

[Verily, We have created man into toil and struggle.] (Al-Balad 90:4)

Thus, work, toil, and accept your destiny.

Prophet Muhammad said, "Seventy thousand angels enter into it [Al-Bayt-ul-Ma`mur] daily and, after they come out, they never return again." Can anyone imagine the number of angels? One cannot even compare the number of human beings to the number of angels. Look at this evocative hadith: Prophet Muhammad said,

"The heavens resound yearningly — worthy it is to sound yearningly and proudly — as no place in them is without an angel prostrate in adoration and worship before Almighty Allah." (Authenticated by Al-Albani)

However, Allah does not need our worship. We are the ones who need to worship Him to save ourselves from Hellfire. We need to kneel and prostrate ourselves before Him. The angels are many. Prophet Muhammad saw scores of them as he ascended through heavens. They are true worshippers who perform Prayer thoroughly. Now, can you see the kingdom of Allah? Do you understand what the Omnipotent, Almighty, Owner of the Kingdom, and Possessor of Majesty and Bounty mean?

The journey of Al-Israa' and Al-Mi`raj was a bounty and honor bestowed on Prophet Muhammad by Almighty Allah. It relieved his grief over the incident of At-Ta'if and the persecution of Quraish. Truly, Allah is Most Great and his kingdom is boundless.

* Excepted with modifications from the series "On the Path of the Beloved" available at

taken from

Monday, July 28, 2008

Feeling very tired

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Lately i've been feeling very tired it's been work and home for a long time, I need a serene break, a vacation...

Something like...

By the way what do you do on holidays?
I know silly question... everyone goes for a vacation some time or other.

Ya I've been on "Vacations" too... but it's like going to my parents country to visit relatives, and travelling from one city to another in a matter of 12 days. And most of the times we're sick with diarrhea.

Sometimes we're even scared to go shopping thinking what'll happen if u need the loo while shopping? If any of you have been to Asian countries you'll know exactly how "pleasant" the public bathrooms can be, that is to say if you're lucky enough to find one :P
The solution comes in the form of diarrhea inhibiting tablets, an overdose of them :D Believe me you can't survive without them!!!
Our vacations leave us feeling more tired than when we're not on holidays... but at least the change of scenery makes a difference.

That's enough of my story, do tell me how you like to spend your Vacations, I'd love to hear from you all.

Wa Salaam

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Basic crochet instructions - Lesson 1

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

I am learning to crochet, so I thought I'd share it with you, and if you want to learn with me you are most welcome :) I'd love the company, and advice from any of you who are good at crocheting.

Beginner Crochet Block

What you need:

- Worsted-weight yarn, any color or colors
- Size G crochet hook;
- Yarn needle with big eye
- Small scissors

How to begin

Step 1: Hold crochet hook in right hand and make a slip knot on hook.

Step 2: Bring yarn over hook from back to front and grab it with hook.

Step 3: Draw hooked yarn through slip knot and onto hook. This makes one chain stitch.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 in sequence 28 more times. You should have 29 chain stitches and one loop will remain on hook.

Step 4: Skip the first chain stitch.

Step 5: Insert hook into center of next chain stitch. Draw yarn through the chain stitch and up onto the hook. There are now 2 loops on hook.

Step 6: Bring yarn over hook from back to front, and draw it through both loops on hook. One loop remains on the hook, and you have just made one single crochet stitch.

Repeat Steps 5 and 6 in each of the remaining 27 chains--be sure to work in the very last chain. You have now completed one row of single crochet. Measure your work; it should be about 7" wide. If it is too wide, try again with fewer beginning chains. If it is too narrow, try again with more beginning chains.

Step 7: At the end of the row, make one chain stitch, then turn the work counter-clockwise, leaving the hook in the chain.

Now you can begin another row, working into the stitches of the previous row.

Step 8: Make one single crochet stitch in first stitch and in each remaining stitch of the previous row. Be sure to work into the last stitch. Chain 1, turn.

Repeat Step 8 until the block measures 9" long.

Finishing: Cut the yarn from the skein, leaving a 6" end. Draw the hook straight up, bringing the yarn through the remaining loop on the hook.

Thread yarn into yarn needle and weave back and forth through stitches to secure.

Here's a video on how to make a simple chain. The foundation of a pattern.
The lay in the video joins the ends to make a circle, this is done if you want to make something like a hat or a table mat.

and also an easier one

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Words of wisdom & Salatul Hajaat

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

The other day my uncle advised me with words of wisdom that will inshallah benefit all who read and follow this advice.

He asked me, why do u think people's prayers are not answered by Allah (SWT)?
I told him i'm not sure..
He replied it's because people are go such a rush to just finish their salaah and get on with their worldly life, and also because we have become used to reading duaa instead of actually making the duaa.

We need to ask Allah Taala for things that we need in a manner similar to that of a slave asking his master for something that he wants. he will pleed with his master, and because Allah (swt) is so Rehmaan and Raheem he will bestow on his sevants whatever he asks for.

Any duaa that is preceeded by Hamd (praise) of Allah (SWT) and Durood will Inshallah be accepted. The Following Duaa is recited with it.

Abullah ibn Abi Awfa (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Whoever has a need with Allah, or with any human being, then let them perform ritual ablutions well and then pray two Rakats. After that, let them praise Allah and send blessings on the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). After this, let them say,

"La ilaha illallahul Halimul karim
Subhanallahi Rabbil Arshil Azim, Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin, Asaluka Mujibaati Rahmatika Wa Azaa'ima maghfiratika Wal Ghanimata Min Kulli Birrin, Was salamata Min Kulli Ithmin, La Tada' Li Zanmban Illa Ghafartahu, Wa la Hamman Illa Farrajtahu, Wa la hajatan hiya Laka Ridhan Illa Qadhaitaha, Ya Arhamar Rahimeen."

There there no god but Allah the Clement and Wise.
There is no god but Allah the High and Mighty.
Glory be to Allah, Lord of the Tremendous Throne.
All praise is to Allah, Lord of the worlds.
I ask you (O Allah) everything that leads to your mercy, and your tremendous forgiveness, enrichment in all good, and freedom from all sin.
Do not leave a sin of mine (O Allah), except that you forgive it, nor any concern except that you create for it an opening, nor any need in which there is your good pleasure except that you fulfill it, O Most Merciful!”

(Related by Tirmidhi and Ibn Maja. The Hadith has some weakness, but it is slight: such Hadiths are acted upon for virtuous deeds (fada’il al-a`mal) by general agreement of the scholars)

Hakim has narrated a tradition in his famous Al Mustadrak which states, 'Uthman bin Hunaif narrates that a blind man came to the Prophet (S.A.S.) and said, 'supplicate to Allah to grant me relief'. The Prophet said, 'If you wish I would delay this and it would be better for you and if you wish, I will supplicate for you'. The man said, 'Supplicate'. The Prophet (S.A.S.) then ordered him to perform his wuzu in a good manner, then perform two rakaats and supplicate with this dua. He said, say, 'Allahumma inni As'aluka ………….'

Having quoted this hadith, Hakim states, 'This hadith is sound (saheeh) and it is in accordance to the conditions laid by Imam Bukhari and Muslim, but they did not narrate it. (Al Mustadrak Vol. 1 Pg. 424). Imam Tirmizi has also recorded it and said, 'This hadith is good and sound). (Tirmizi).

The hadith shows that the man had a need and he was told by the Prophet (S.A.S.) to perform wuzu, perform two rakaats and supplicate to Allah in the words taught to him.

Also let me mention here that Allah Ta'ala says in the Quraan:

"When My worshipers ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the supplication of the suppliant when he calls to Me; therefore, let them respond to Me and let them believe in Me, in order that they will be righteous." [al-Baqarah 2:186]

And Allah Ta'ala Knows best.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Salaah of the ECLIPSE

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

The topic of the Eclipse is a very interesting one. The eclipse in Arabic is called KHUSUF.

WHAT IS AN ECLIPSE ?:(scientific explanation)
Passage of an astronomical body through the shadow of another.

The term is usually employed for solar and lunar eclipses, which may be either partial or total, but also, for example, for eclipses by Jupiter of its satellites. An eclipse of a star by a body in the Solar System is called an occultation.

A SOLAR ECLIPSE occurs when the Moon passes in front of the Sun as seen from Earth, and can happen only at new Moon. During a total eclipse the Sun's corona can be seen.
A total solar eclipse can last up to 7.5 minutes. When the Moon is at its farthest from Earth it does not completely cover the face of the Sun, leaving a ring of sunlight visible. This
is an annular eclipse (from the Latin word annulus `ring´). Between two and five solar eclipses occur each year.

A LUNAR ECLIPSE occurs when the Moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, becoming dim until emerging from the shadow. Lunar eclipses may be partial or total, and they can
happen only at full Moon. Total lunar eclipses last for up to 100 minutes; the maximum number each year is three.

According to the majority of learned jurists, prayer(salaat) on the occasion of an eclipse is Sunnat.According to Abu Hanifa(R.A.) ,there are two rakaats of salaat for SOLAR ECLIPSE in congregation(jamaat) without any sermon(khutba),and two rakaats for LUNAR ECLIPSE without congregation.
According to Imaam Shafiee(R.A.),the salaat shall be said in congregation with a khutba(sermon).

Method of making this Salaah:

Salat al-kusoof (solar eclipse Prayer) is sunnah mu’akkadah (confirmed sunnah) for both male and female believers. It is better to offer it congregationally in the mosque. Its time is from the beginning of the eclipse till it clears away. There is no adhan for the Prayer, but it should be announced, as stated earlier, with “as-salatu jami`ah.”

According to the hadith, narrated by `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her), salat al-kusoof is two rak`ahs; however, the worshiper bows twice in each rak`ah instead of once.

In the first rak`ah, after al-Fatihah, one recites a long or short surah. One then says allahu akbar and bows down in a long bowing. As one rises up, one says: sami` Allahu liman hamidah, rabbana lakal-hamd.”

One then says Allahu akbar and bows down a second time but not so long. As one rises up one says, sami` Allahu liman hamidah, rabbana lakal-hamd.”

As one resumes standing straight, one says allahu akbar and then falls down in prostration. One begins the second rak`ah by saying allahu akbar The second rak`ah should be observed like the first one. After the Prayer, the imam may give a guiding sermon.

Salat al-khusoof (lunar eclipse Prayer) is the same as salatal-kusoof (solar eclipse Prayer). The recital of al-Fatihah may be performed aloud or silently.

Excerpted from:

SalatAl-Kusoof(The Eclipse Prayer)

Ruling: Most of the people of knowledge regard it as a confirmed sunnah (mu’akkadah). Imam Abu Hanifah said it was obligatory (wajib), while imam Malik regarded it as equal to salat al-jumu`ah (Friday Prayer) in importance.

Form: The eclipse Prayer consists of two rak`ahs. Various forms of the rak`ahs have been narrated, but the most authentic hadiths indicate that each rak`ahhas two standings (qiyam), two instances of recitation from the Qur’an (qira’ah), two bowings (ruku`), and two prostrations (sujud). This is the view of the majority of the people of knowledge, including Imams Malik, Shafi`i, and Ahmad. The number of ruku` in each rak`ah has also been narrated as three, four, or more; the Hanafi scholars prefer only one ruku`, just as for the daily Prayers. However, the most authentic hadiths support the majority view, given above.

Congregation: The sunnah is for the Prayer to be held in congregation in the mosque, although individuals who cannot reach the congregation may pray alone. Women may pray at home or attend the congregation.

Khutbah (sermon): The imam gives this after the congregational Prayer, based on the admonition of the Messenger of Allah, part of which is quoted at the beginning of this article. The sermon is recommended according to Imam ash-Shafi`i and the majority of the other imams of Hadith, while the Hanafi scholars say that the sermon is not part of the Eclipse Prayer. They regard the Prophet’s admonition as a general reminder and not a formal sermon. If delivered, the sermon should contain praise of Allah, the two testimonies of faith, and reminders about Paradise and the Fire.

Timing: The time for the Eclipse Prayer lasts throughout the eclipse. The Prayer must be started during the eclipse, although it can end after the eclipse is over. The sermon is delivered after the Prayer, whether or not the eclipse is still in progress. After the eclipse, the requirement and time for the Prayer no longer exists and therefore it is invalid to pray salatal-kusoof outside the time of the eclipse. Imams Abu Hanifah and Ahmad have stipulated that the Eclipse Prayer cannot be held during times when Prayer is normally reprehensible, i.e., when the sun is rising or setting over the horizon, or when it reaches its zenith. Other imams say that the recommendation of the Eclipse Prayer takes precedence over these discouraged times.

Length: The Eclipse Prayer should be longer than normal daily, weekly, or annual Prayers. The Eclipse Prayer performed by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was extremely long: it started soon after the beginning of the eclipse and ended after the eclipse was over. His Prayer included four instances of recitation from the Qur’an, with the first and longest of them being reckoned as “about as lengthy as surat al-Baqarah.” Further, the qiyam, ruku` and sujud were described as longer than any others seen performed by him. However, the imam should as always bear in mind the capabilities of his congregation, and the Prayer should not be prolonged excessively for the old and weak amongst them. There is no requirement to prolong the Prayer throughout the eclipse, nor to pray extra rak`ahs. The two-rak`ahs Prayer is made as long as is reasonable, and the remainder of the eclipse is spent in supplication, general mention and remembrance of Allah (including recitation of the Qur’an), and giving charity.

Detailed Description of the Prayer

1. There is no Adhan or Iqamah for the Prayer, although the Prayer can be announced by calling, “As-Salatu Jami`ah (“The congregation is gathering for Prayer”).

2. The imam begins the Prayer with takbir, as usual, followed by recitation of Surat Al-Fatihah and one or more further surahs. The recitation can be loud (majority view) or silent.

3. The imam does ruku` with takbir, as usual.

4. The imam rises from ruku` saying "Sami` Allahu liman hamidah," followed by the usual dhikr.

5. Remaining in the standing posture, the imam again recites Surat Al-Fatihah and one or more other surahs.

6. The imam goes into ruku` with takbir.

7. The imam rises from ruku` saying Sami` Allahu liman hamidah,” followed by the usual dhikr.

8. The imam performs the two prostrations as usual, except that the prostrations should be lengthy, as should be the sitting between them.

9. The imam rises for the second rak`ah, which is performed in the same manner as the first.

10. Hence there are a total of four of each of the following: standing straight (with recitation), bowing down, and prostrating. The sunnah is for each standing straight, bowing down, and prostration to be shorter than the previous one.

Excerpted, with slight modifications, from:

Hadith on eclipse:
Al-Mughirah ibn Shu`bah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the the sun eclipsed during the lifetime of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) on the day when Ibrahim, the Prophet’s son, died. Upon this the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said the following:
"Verily the sun and the moon are two signs among the signs of Allah. They do not eclipse on account of the death of anyone or on account of the birth of anyone. So when you see them (in a state of eclipse), supplicate Allah and observe the Prayer till it is over." (Reported by Muslim)

Please note everyone that it is the duty of the Muslim to shun all forms of superstitions from his life and to avoid linking the existence of this natural phenomena to certain physical calamities or disabilities that may happen to him.

The Muslim reaction to lunar and solar eclipses can be summarized as follows:

1. Solar and lunar eclipses are reminders of the Day of Judgment, when the sun, moon, and stars will all lose their light. [When the sight is dazed, and the moon is buried in darkness, and the sun and moon are joined together: Man will say on that day, ‘Where is the refuge?’] (Al-Qiyamah 75: 7-10)

2. Being a reminder of the Last Day, the eclipse is a time for Prayer, charitable acts, and generally remembering Allah and seeking His forgiveness.

3. To believe that heavenly bodies (sun, moon, planets, stars) have power over events and people’s fates and fortunes is to reject Allah by ascribing partners to Him. [And among His Signs are the night and the day, the sun and the moon. Prostrate neither to the sun nor to the moon, but prostrate to Allah who created them, if it is truly Him you worship.] (Fussilat 41: 37) Thus, one cannot worship God by worshiping creation—whether the devotions are offered to nature, heavenly bodies, idols, or human beings. The worship of something or someone created in whatever form, Muslims consider to be an underlying error of many groups active in the UK, from pagans, Druids and New Age cultures (for whom the eclipse is a sacred event) to the numerous Christian denominations. The popular but false, empty faith in astrology, so widespread in the popular press, is also condemned in Islam. Islam teaches people to constantly turn to the Source of all events: Allah.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Easy Dhikr

Bismil Laahir Rahmaa-nir Raheem.
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful,

Here are some easy duaas from the Quraan that can be read even while menstruating...

Rabbanaa aatinaa fi ad-dunya hasanatan wa fi al-aakhirati hasanatan wa qinaa adhaaba an-naar
(Our Lord, grant us good in this world and good in the next world and save us from the torments of the Hellfire).

Rabbanaa taqabbal minnaa innaka anta as-samee`u al-`aleem wa tub `alaynaa innaka anta at-tawwaab ar-raheem
(Our Lord, accept this work of ours, for verily You are All-Hearing, All-Knowing; and grant us repentance, for You are the Relenting, the Merciful).

More to follow Inshallah.

Wa Salaam

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Asma al-Husna, The most beautiful names of Allah (SWT)

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

أسماء الله الحسنى

Allah! there is no god but He! To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. (Qur'an 20:8)

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Verily, there are ninety-nine names of God, one hundred minus one. He who enumerates [and believes in them and the one God behind] them would get into Paradise."

(Sahih Muslim, Vol. 4, no. 1410)

To listen to the 99 Most Beautiful Names of Allah follow the following links:


This is a beautiful recitation found on YouTube with the meanings of the Beautiful Names

1. Allah

* Allah, He who has the Godhood which is the power to create the entities.

2. Ar-Rahmaan

* The Compassionate, The Beneficient, The One who has plenty of mercy for the believers and the blasphemers in this world and especially for the believers in the hereafter.

3. Ar-Raheem

* The Merciful, The One who has plenty of mercy for the believers.

4. Al-Malik

* The King, The Sovereign Lord, The One with the complete Dominion, the One Whose Dominion is clear from imperfection.

5. Al-Quddoos

* The Holy, The One who is pure from any imperfection and clear from children and adversaries.

6. As-Salaam

* The Source of Peace, The One who is free from every imperfection.

7. Al-Mu'min

* Guardian of Faith, The One who witnessed for Himself that no one is God but Him. And He witnessed for His believers that they are truthful in their belief that no one is God but Him.

8. Al-Muhaimin

* The Protector, The One who witnesses the saying and deeds of His creatures.

9. Al-^Azeez

* The Mighty, The Strong, The Defeater who is not defeated.

10. Al-Jabbaar

* The Compeller, The One that nothing happens in His Dominion except that which He willed.

11. Al-Mutakabbir

* The Majestic, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures and from resembling them.

12. Al-Khaaliq

* The Creator, The One who brings everything from non-existence to existence.

13. Al-Bari'

* The Evolver, The Maker, The Creator who has the Power to turn the entities.

14. Al-Musawwir

* The Fashioner, The One who forms His creatures in different pictures.

15. Al-Ghaffaar

* The Great Forgiver, The Forgiver, The One who forgives the sins of His slaves time and time again.

16. Al-Qahhaar

* The Subduer, The Dominant, The One who has the perfect Power and is not unable over anything.

17. Al-Wahhaab

* The Bestower, The One who is Generous in giving plenty without any return. He is everything that benefits whether Halal or Haram.

18. Al-Razzaaq

* The Sustainer, The Provider.

19. Al-Fattaah

* The Opener, The Reliever, The Judge, The One who opens for His slaves the closed worldy and religious matters.

20. Al-^Aleem

* The All-knowing, The Knowledgeable; The One nothing is absent from His knowledge.

21. Al-Qaabid

* The Constricter, The Retainer, The Withholder, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdomand expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.

22. Al-Baasit

* The Expander, The Englarger, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdomand expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.

23. Al-Khaafid

* The Abaser, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.

24. Ar-Raafi^

* The Exalter, The Elevator, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.

25. Al-Mu^iz

* The Honorer, He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.

26. Al-Muthil

* The Dishonorer, The Humiliator, He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.

27. As-Samee^

* The All-Hearing, The Hearer, The One who Hears all things that are heard by His Eternal Hearing without an ear, instrument or organ.

28 Al-Baseer

* The All-Seeing, The One who Sees all things that are seen by His Eternal Seeing without a pupil or any other instrument.

29. Al-Hakam

* The Judge, He is the Ruler and His judgment is His Word.

30. Al-^Adl

* The Just, The One who is entitled to do what He does.

31. Al-Lateef

* The Subtle One, The Gracious, The One who is kind to His slaves and endows upon them.

32. Al-Khabeer

* The Aware, The One who knows the truth of things.

33. Al-Haleem

* The Forebearing, The Clement, The One who delays the punishment for those who deserve it and then He might forgive them.

34. Al-^Azeem

* The Great One, The Mighty, The One deserving the attributes of Exaltment, Glory, Extolement,and Purity from all imperfection.

35. Al-Ghafoor

* The All-Forgiving, The Forgiving, The One who forgives a lot.

36. Ash-Shakoor

* The Grateful, The Appreciative, The One who gives a lot of reward for a little obedience.

37. Al-^Aliyy

* The Most High, The Sublime, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures.

38. Al-Kabeer

* The Most Great, The Great, The One who is greater than everything in status.

39. Al-Hafeez

* The Preserver, The Protector, The One who protects whatever and whoever He willed to protect.

40. Al-Muqeet

* The Maintainer, The Guardian, The Feeder, The Sustainer, The One who has the Power.

41. Al-Haseeb

* The Reckoner, The One who gives the satisfaction.

42. Aj-Jaleel

* The Sublime One, The Beneficent, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.

43. Al-Kareem

* The Generous One, The Bountiful, The Gracious, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.

44. Ar-Raqeeb

* The Watcher, The Watchful, The One that nothing is absent from Him. Hence it's meaning is related to the attribute of Knowledge.

45. Al-Mujeeb

* The Responsive, The Hearkener, The One who answers the one in need if he asks Him and rescues the yearner if he calls upon Him.

46. Al-Wasi^

* The Vast, The All-Embracing, The Knowledgeable.

47. Al-Hakeem

* The Wise, The Judge of Judges, The One who is correct in His doings.

48. Al-Wadood

* The Loving, The One who loves His believing slaves and His believing slaves love Him. His love to His slaves is His Will to be merciful to them and praise them:Hence it's meaning is related to the attributes of the Will and Kalam (His attribute with which He orders and forbids and spoke to Muhammad and Musa -peace be upon them- . It is not a sound nor a language nor a letter.).

49. Al-Majeed

* The Most Glorious One, The Glorious, The One who is with perfect Power, High Status, Compassion, Generosity and Kindness.

50. Al-Ba^ith

* The Reserrector, The Raiser (from death), The One who resurrects His slaves after death for reward and/or punishment.

51. Ash-Shaheed

* The Witness, The One who nothing is absent from Him.

52. Al-Haqq

* The Truth, The True, The One who truly exists.

53. Al-Wakeel

* The Trustee, The One who gives the satisfaction and is relied upon.

54. Al-Qawiyy

* The Most Strong, The Strong, The One with the complete Power.

55. Al-Mateen

* The Firm One, The One with extreme Power which is un-interrupted and He does not get tired.

56. Al-Waliyy

* The Protecting Friend, The Supporter.

57. Al-Hameed

* The Praiseworthy, The praised One who deserves to be praised.

58. Al-Muhsee

* The Counter, The Reckoner, The One who the count of things are known to him.

59. Al-Mubdi'

* The Originator, The One who started the human being. That is, He created him.

60. Al-Mu^eed

* The Reproducer, The One who brings back the creatures after death.

61. Al-Muhyi

* The Restorer, The Giver of Life, The One who took out a living human from semen that does not have a soul. He gives life by giving the souls back to the worn out bodies on the resurrection day and He makes the hearts alive by the light of knowledge.

62. Al-Mumeet

* The Creator of Death, The Destroyer, The One who renders the living dead.

63. Al-Hayy

* The Alive, The One attributed with a life that is unlike our life and is not that of a combination of soul, flesh or blood.

64. Al-Qayyoom

* The Self-Subsisting, The One who remains and does not end.

65. Al-Waajid

* The Perceiver, The Finder, The Rich who is never poor. Al-Wajd is Richness.

66. Al-Waahid

* The Unique, The One, The One without a partner.

67. Al-Ahad

* The One.


* The Eternal, The Independent, The Master who is relied upon in matters and reverted to in ones needs.

69. Al-Qaadir

* The Able, The Capable, The One attributed with Power.

70. Al-Muqtadir

* The Powerful, The Dominant, The One with the perfect Power that nothing is withheld from Him.

71. Al-Muqaddim

* The Expediter, The Promoter, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.

72. Al-Mu'akh-khir

* The Delayer, the Retarder, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.

73. Al-'Awwal

* The First, The One whose Existence is without a beginning.

74. Al-'Akhir

* The Last, The One whose Existence is without an end.

75. Az-Zaahir

* The Manifest, The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.

76. Al-Baatin

* The Hidden, The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.

77. Al-Walee

* The Governor, The One who owns things and manages them.

78. Al-Muta^ali

* The Most Exalted, The High Exalted, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creation.

79. Al-Barr

* The Source of All Goodness, The Righteous, The One who is kind to His creatures, who covered them with His sustenance and specified whoever He willed among them by His support, protection, and special mercy.

80. At-Tawwaab

* The Acceptor of Repentance, The Relenting, The One who grants repentance to whoever He willed among His creatures and accepts his repentance.

81. Al-Muntaqim

* The Avenger, The One who victoriously prevails over His enemies and punishes them for their sins. It may mean the One who destroys them.

82. Al-^Afuww

* The Pardoner, The Forgiver, The One with wide forgiveness.

83. Ar-Ra'uf

* The Compassionate, The One with extreme Mercy. The Mercy of Allah is His will to endow upon whoever He willed among His creatures.

84. Malik Al-Mulk

* The Eternal Owner of Sovereignty, The One who controls the Dominion and gives dominion to whoever He willed.

85. Thul-Jalali wal-Ikram

* The Lord of Majesty and Bounty, The One who deserves to be Exalted and not denied.

86. Al-Muqsit

* The Equitable, The One who is Just in His judgment.

87. Aj-Jaami^

* The Gatherer, The One who gathers the creatures on a day that there is no doubt about, that is the Day of Judgment.

88. Al-Ghaniyy

* The Self-Sufficient, The One who does not need the creation.

89. Al-Mughni

* The Enricher, The One who satisfies the necessities of the creatures.

90. Al-Maani^

* The Preventer, The Withholder.

91. Ad-Daarr

* The Distresser, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.

92. An-Nafi^

* The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.

93. An-Noor

* The Light, The One who guides.

94. Al-Haadi

* The Guide, The One whom with His Guidance His belivers were guided, and with His Guidance the living beings have been guided to what is beneficial for them and protected from what is harmful to them.

95. Al-Badi^

* The Incomparable, The One who created the creation and formed it without any preceding example.

96. Al-Baaqi

* The Everlasting, The One that the state of non-existence is impossible for Him.

97. Al-Waarith

* The Supreme Inheritor, The Heir, The One whose Existence remains.

98. Ar-Rasheed

* The Guide to the Right Path, The One who guides.

99. As-Saboor

* The Patient, The One who does not quickly punish the sinners.

"...There is nothing whatever like unto Him, and He is the One that hears and sees (all things). Qur'an [42:11]
(Arabic transliteration: Laysa Kamithlihi Shayun Wa Huwa As-Sami' ul-Basir)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Ten Minute make-up

Assalaamu alaikum!

Today i'll be presenting a ten minute make up regime perfect for a girls only party, or a girls get together.

1. Moisturize skin well

2. Apply liquid powder foundation. Dot on or smooth over. Blend well.

3. Apply eye liner near lashes

4. Mascara: apply a light coat to avoid smudges

5. Blusher: smile n quick sweep on each cheek

6. lipstick: Apply - blot again apply blot

7. Apply a layer of gloss onto the lipstick for some shine.

I found this company that sells organic make up. Here's the address:
The organic make up is the closest i got to finding halaal make up
I just love their name NVEY :D

I haven't ordered from the company, as i don't use a lot of makeup myself just sometimes. sometimes I use a kohl pencil and a lipstick made with castor oil, beeswax, or lanolin.
I have not tried mineral make up and i don't know if they're Halaal...


Please check out the following site: it's about how some makeup isn't tested and can be really harmful for your skin.
Please check your cosmetics before you buy!!!

If you buy the wrong cosmetics you could be left with pigmented skin, and dark patches!!!

That also reminds me a lot of girls bleach their skins to look lighter in coulour and more beautiful, some of these bleach creams can be extremely harmful for your skin so please watch out!!!.
A natural skin whitener is a bit of milk mixed with finely ground almonds applied to the skin as a mask after cleansing. Do remember to wash it off after a few minutes!!! ;D

oh ya.. as my Dear Mama always says... A beautiful person is the one who does beautiful deeds!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

anyone know any remedy for cold sores?

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullai wa Barakatuhu,

Every winter I have a tendency of getting cold sores both on my hands and my feet...
I keep them well moisturised, but this still this happens... hmmm...

Anyone know any remedies??

That also reminds me, the sun feels so wonderful in winter...that automatically one ends up saying Alhamdolillah...
Just imagine a winter without sun... it would be just terrible.....

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Three good islamic websites

Assalaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

There are a few good islamic websites that i like to visit and thought i'd share them with you all.

The first is this website contains info with what's currently happening in the world as well as question answer sessions. The questions are answered by qualified muslim people, and their answers are backed by Quraan and Sunnah.

The second website is On this site i've found some good articles on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and his family.

The third is they have a good collection of Quraan recitation by different recitors, as well as good audio lectures.

I'd like to know from you, what islamic websites do you like?

Monday, July 7, 2008


Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

The following is very inspirational and goes with any faith...

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path me his life there was only one set of footprints, he also noticed that it happened at the lowest and saddest times of his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. "Lord, you You said once I Decide to follow You, You'd walk with me all the way. But I Have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when i needed You most You would leave me. "

The Lord replied, "My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your tion of trial and depression when you only see one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you. "
Author unknown.

Sometimes we are so quick to judge Allah yet he's always by our side!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Sorry all i haven't posted for a few days... I've been going through a very rough patch, and today i'm feeling much better.

I came close to a total breakdown, and alhamdolillah through reading the duaa i mentioned in the previous post, I have been guided once again, and have the strength to be patient with all That Allah SWT puts me thru, knowing that inshallah he'll see me through this too as long as i don't let the shaytaan win.

Please remember me in your Duaas.

Jazakallah khairun

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A test from Allah

Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives, and the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.

And who say, when affected by calamity: 'To Allah we belong and to him is our final return' (Inna Lillahi wa inna elaihi Ra'ajeoon)

They are those on whom are blessings from their Lord, and mercy And they are the ones that recieve guidance.
Surah Baqarah v155- 157