As a woman, Islam tells me, I’m not here on display and my body is not for public consumption. I’m not to allow anyone to reduce me to an object. I am a soul, a mind, a servant of God. I don’t worship beauty standards, and don’t submit to fashion sense. My submission is to something higher. My worth is defined by the beauty of my soul, my heart, my moral character, and so when you look at me, that character is all you should see, not my body. With my veil I put my faith on display, rather than my beauty, because my value as a human being is defined by my relationship with god, and so I cover the irrelevant, and when you look at me, you view me only as what I am, a servant of the Creator.

 -Yasmin Mogahed

y 20 Great Tips in Helping New Muslims
1. You should give the new Muslim the feeling that Islam is a perfect religion, its source is divine, and it is totally inclusive. You have to emphasize that there is no truth but the truth of this religion. 2. You should clarify to the new Muslim that Islam erases every sin before it. Otherwise, he will keep thinking about his previous sins. You should make it clear for him that the moment he reverted to Islam, his records became clean, 3. Assure him that the only reference for Islam is quraan and sunnah, not the wrongdoings of Muslims. Only Qur’an and Sunnah can define what is right and what is wrong. 4. Advise the new Muslim to read Qur’an, Hadith and Serah as often as possible. 5. Advise him to take care of his personal cleanliness in all its types, (Ablution, Ghusl…etc.) 6. He should perform prayers in time, and you should point out the importance of praying in Jama’ah. 7. It is very important that the new Muslim lives in an Islamic environment. This will help him to obey Allah, mainly by keeping him away from sins, and wrongdoings. 8. Take the new Muslim to a nearby mosque. It is better to have someone from the neighborhood accompanying him and following his progress. 9. Let the Imam of the mosque know about this new Muslim, and remind the Imam to take special care of him. 10. Advise him to read and learn more about Islam. It is better if he can dedicate some of his time to do that, whether by himself, or with a group. 11. It is very important for the new Muslim to ask about everything he doesn’t know or can’t understand. He should try to contact scholars or at least ask anyone he trusts. 12. Try to know about his financial status, and help him as much as possible to make him feel friendlier. It will be more encouraging to have his salary raised a little, if you are in a position to make that possible. 13. You should make it clear to him, that his conversion to Islam would cause him some problems. Allah is testing his faith by these problems. He can always handle these problems by referring to Qur’an and Sunnah. 14. You should emphasize the importance of Monotheism and Islamic belief basics. You can provide him with a book that explains these important things in a simple way. 15. Try to keep him away from his previous atmosphere, and to involve him in an environment that suits, and helps his development as a Muslim. 16. Try to engage him in some Islamic activities, and provide him with important books and recorded lectures. 17. Try introducing him to group from his nationality. The communication between them will be easier; he can also have lessons with them. 18. He should feel that he is important and loved by everyone, because of his conversion to Islam. Giving him a gift would be a good start… 19. Make it clear to him that the problems he faces have occurred to every new Muslim, so they are expected. Try to follow-up with his problems, and help him solving them, so that he can handle them without doing something terribly wrong. 20. There should be a simple approach that helps him to learn Arabic language (reading and writing), In order to be able to read quran by himself and understand it.

20 Great Tips in Helping New Muslims

1. You should give the new Muslim the feeling that Islam is a perfect religion, its source is divine, and it is totally inclusive. You have to emphasize that there is no truth but the truth of this religion.

2. You should clarify to the new Muslim that Islam erases every sin before it. Otherwise, he will keep thinking about his previous sins. You should make it clear for him that the moment he reverted to Islam, his records became clean,

3. Assure him that the only reference for Islam is quraan and sunnah, not the wrongdoings of Muslims. Only Qur’an and Sunnah can define what is right and what is wrong.

4. Advise the new Muslim to read Qur’an, Hadith and Serah as often as possible.

5. Advise him to take care of his personal cleanliness in all its types, (Ablution, Ghusl…etc.)

6. He should perform prayers in time, and you should point out the importance of praying in Jama’ah.

7. It is very important that the new Muslim lives in an Islamic environment. This will help him to obey Allah, mainly by keeping him away from sins, and wrongdoings.

8. Take the new Muslim to a nearby mosque. It is better to have someone from the neighborhood accompanying him and following his progress.

9. Let the Imam of the mosque know about this new Muslim, and remind the Imam to take special care of him.

10. Advise him to read and learn more about Islam. It is better if he can dedicate some of his time to do that, whether by himself, or with a group.

11. It is very important for the new Muslim to ask about everything he doesn’t know or can’t understand. He should try to contact scholars or at least ask anyone he trusts.

12. Try to know about his financial status, and help him as much as possible to make him feel friendlier. It will be more encouraging to have his salary raised a little, if you are in a position to make that possible.

13. You should make it clear to him, that his conversion to Islam would cause him some problems. Allah is testing his faith by these problems. He can always handle these problems by referring to Qur’an and Sunnah.

14. You should emphasize the importance of Monotheism and Islamic belief basics. You can provide him with a book that explains these important things in a simple way.

15. Try to keep him away from his previous atmosphere, and to involve him in an environment that suits, and helps his development as a Muslim.

16. Try to engage him in some Islamic activities, and provide him with important books and recorded lectures.

17. Try introducing him to group from his nationality. The communication between them will be easier; he can also have lessons with them.

18. He should feel that he is important and loved by everyone, because of his conversion to Islam. Giving him a gift would be a good start…

19. Make it clear to him that the problems he faces have occurred to every new Muslim, so they are expected. Try to follow-up with his problems, and help him solving them, so that he can handle them without doing something terribly wrong.

20. There should be a simple approach that helps him to learn Arabic language (reading and writing), In order to be able to read quran by himself and understand it.

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

I’d like to apologize for the huge pile of asks that are still unanswered. They are literally in hundreds and I have a hard time getting back to each and everyone of you. Please be patient. I’ll try my best to answer your questions whenever I get free time.

One small notice, please do not ask for fatwas here. I’m not a religious scholar. If you are looking for a fatwa regarding some issue please either ask a knowledgeable family member, your local masjid’s imam or look it up at Islamweb or Islamtoday. Not anyone is qualified to issue fatwas so please, always get your fatwas from a credible source.

Thank you very much for your patience and understanding.

p.s.; For anyone who asked for permission to copy articles found on this tumblog, feel more than free to do so.

rooahy:

( من نطفة خلقہ فقدّره ۞ ثم السبيل يسرھ ۞ ثم أماتہ فأقبرھ )- آيات تختّصر الحياھ *

rooahy:

( من نطفة خلقہ فقدّره ۞ ثم السبيل يسرھ ۞ ثم أماتہ فأقبرھ )
- آيات تختّصر الحياھ
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thebeautyofislam:

salmoomah:

silentlydrawn:

Wow.This was pretty legit.Incredibly thought provoking, dignified, and direct. Well done. 

Perfect

One of our own administrators laying it down like it should be, Osama.

thebeautyofislam:

salmoomah:

silentlydrawn:

Wow.
This was pretty legit.
Incredibly thought provoking, dignified, and direct. Well done. 

Perfect

One of our own administrators laying it down like it should be, Osama.

in my calendar for the fajr prayer, i see jamaat and sunrise, when do i need to pray? is it the time shown for jamaat or teh time shown for sunrise? Please help — Anonymous

Jamaat means congregation. If you are praying fajr in your local mosque then that’s the time you should arrive at your masjid otherwise, you can pray Fajr from the moment the Athaan is called until a little before sunrise. The time for fajr is over as soon as the sun rises so you’ll have to pray it before that.

One of the three timings where offering prayers is forbidden at is sunrise so try not to postpone Fajr until then.

I hope this answers your question and please accept my apologize for the late reply.

Do Muslims date?

The most common question I get asked here revolves around relationships with the opposite sex and dating. Whether Muslims can date and “If they don’t date, how do they decide who is the right person for them to marry?”
I decided to make a post about this topic instead of replying individually so hopefully this answers your questions.

Dating” as it is currently practiced in much of the world does not exist among Muslims – where a young man and woman (or boy/girl) are in a one-on-one intimate relationship, spending time together alone, “getting to know each other” in a very deep way before deciding whether that’s the person they want to marry. Rather, in Islam pre-marital relationships of any kind between members of the opposite sex are strictly forbidden.

1. Allah subhana wa’tala says: "Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and protect their private parts….And tell the believing women to lower their gaze, and protect their private parts…” Surah al-Noor :30-31)

But Dating encourages people to deliberately look and stare and seek out the ‘one’ that you find attractive.

2. Allah orders the Muslim women not to talk unnecessarily or in a soft manner to strange men.
“….then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery) should be moved with desire” (Surah al-Ahzaab :32)

Even for the Sahaabah, Allah ordered them to screen themselves from the wives of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) when they need to ask them something. Who could be purer than the wives of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) and who could be higher in piety than the Sahaabah?

“And when you ask (the Prophet’s wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen, that is purer for your hearts and for their hearts. (Surah al-Ahzaab: 53)

Yet, in dating, you see young men and women who are absolutely not mahram for one another in any way whatsoever, going way beyond this prohibition. Not only are they talking to each other in a soft and flirtatious way, but they are right out expressing their ‘love’ (in reality, lust) for each other.

3. The Sunnah prohibits a man and a woman from being alone together at any time.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) said:
“Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day, let him not be alone with a woman who has no mahram present, for the third one present will be the Shaytaan.” (Ahmad — saheeh by al-Albaani)

But those who celebrate Valentine’s Day purposely seek to be alone with each other and go out on dates with each other while Allaah says:

“And come not near to unlawful sex. Verily, it is a Faahishah (i.e. anything that transgresses its limits: a great sin, and an evil way that leads one to hell unless Allaah Forgives him)” (al-Isra’ :32)

4. Islaam prohibits a man to even touch a non-mahram woman.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) said:
“If one of you were to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle, that would be better for him than his touching a woman who is not permissible for him.” (al-Tabaraani –saheeh by al-Albaani)

But Dating promotes more than just touching. It promotes hugging, kissing, cuddling and much more.

5. Islaam teaches us that real love between a man and a woman, that is acceptable and allowed by Allaah is only that between a husband and his wife.

“And of His signs is that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you might reside with them, and has put love and mercy between you. Surely, there are signs in this for those who think. (al-Room: 21)

But dating endorses haraam relationships between a non-mahram man and woman and encourages illicit love and un-Islamic affiliations.

6. Islaam tells us that Hayaa’ (modesty) and bashfulness are a jewel to be treasured.

It is a purity and innocence that is a virtue, regardless for a man or a woman. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) said: “Hayaa’ (modesty) is a branch of faith.” (Bukhaari)

On the other hand, dating and hanging out with opposite gender advocates nothing but shamelessness and immodesty.

The choice of a marriage partner is one of the most important decisions a person will make in his or her lifetime. It should not be taken lightly, nor left to chance or hormones. It should be taken as seriously as any other major decision in life – with prayer, careful investigation, and family involvement.

In short; dating is not permissible in Islam.

y Classic Islam art at the Alhambra, Granada - Spain.

Classic Islam art at the Alhambra, Granada - Spain.

y touba:

Folio from a Qur’an in Maghribi script, c. 1560. The verses are divided by motifs in gold, while the diacriticals and vocalizations are highlighted with color. 

touba:

Folio from a Qur’an in Maghribi script, c. 1560. The verses are divided by motifs in gold, while the diacriticals and vocalizations are highlighted with color. 

Prepare for your death

forthesakeofallah:

It is narrated that ‘Uthmân b. Áffân – Allâh be pleased with him – said in a sermon:

Son of Adam! Know that the angel of death who has been assigned to you has not ceased to pass you and move on to others, ever since you have been in this world. But it is as if he is about to pass someone else and move on to target you, so be careful and prepare for him (by correcting your deeds). And do not forget him, for he does not forget you. And know o son of Adam, if you are heedless about yourself and do not prepare, no one else will prepare for you. You must meet Allah the Mighty and Majestic, so take for yourself and do not leave it to someone else. Peace be on you.

[Abû Bakr Al-Daynûrî, Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawâhir Al-Ílm 2: 73, 74]

y forthesakeofallah:

“Don’t be sad, Allah is with us” [9:40]

forthesakeofallah:

“Don’t be sad, Allah is with us” [9:40]