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Saturday, May 28, 2005

The Scientific effects of saying ALLAH...Truely amazing!

Vander Hoven, a psychologist from Netherlands, announced his new discovery about the effect of reading the Qur'an and repeating the word ALLAH both on patients and on normal persons. The Dutch professor confirms his discovery with studies and research applied on many patients over a period of three years. Some of his patients were non-Muslims, others do not speak Arabic and were trained to pronounce the word "ALLAH" clearly; the result was great, particularly on those would suffer from dejection and tension.'Al Watan,' a Saudi daily reported that the psychologist was quoted to say that Muslims who can read Arabic and who read the Qur'an regularly can protect themselves from psychological diseases. The psychologist explained how each letter in the word "ALLAH" affects healing of psychological diseases. He pointed out in his research that pronouncing the first letter in the word "ALLAH" which is the letter (A), released from the respiratory system, Controls breathing. He added that pronouncing the velar consonant (L) in the Arabic way, with the tongue touching slightly the upper part of the jaw producing a short pause and then repeating the same pause constantly, relaxes the aspiration. Also, pronouncing the last letter which is the letter (H) makes a contact between the lungs and the heart and in turn this contact controls the heart beat.
What is exciting in the study is that this psychologist is a non-Muslim, but interested in Islamic sciences and searching for the secrets of the Holy Qur'an. Allah Ta'alah says," We will show them Our signs in the universe and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (Qur'an) is the truth ." (Holy Qur'an 42:53)
[Translated from the Qatari "Arraya" Daily Sunday, 24 March, 2002]

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

All Day Event--Sat. June 4th

The continued "Becoming Closer to Allah" Event series.
An all day event for everyone. Please come and bring your families. Scholars from all around the world will be joining us. Allah (swt)' s Mercy is attracted to gatherings of those who remember Him, and to those who love and obey Him. Consequently, the path to Allah's love becomes an easy road to travel if one comes in the company of and spends his life in the service of those who seek Him. In this program, authorized traditional scholars and senior students of sacred learning will be addressing the seekers of their Lord Almighty, Allah (swt).
Saturday June 4th, 2005
Hadrat Hafidh Shaykh Zulifiqar Ahmed(DB)
will be joining as well as many of his senior students
Islamic Center of Long Island
835 Brush Hollow Road
Westbury, NY 11590
Time: 10:30AM-8:30PM
Click here for more information.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Allah's Grace

Allah Ta'ala says in the Qur'aan, 'Should you attempt to count the bounties of Allah, you shall be unable able to do so. '

The graces of Allah are innumerable. You may lose track of numbers but still the bounties will not terminate. He created you in the wombs of your mothers, he sustained you in the darkness of those wombs, delivered you softly into this world and nurtured you in infancy. Every breath is a bountry, every second wherein we are able to see, to hear, to smell is a bounty. It is narrated from Abdullah ibn Mas'ood (Radhiallaahu Anhu), 'On the day of Qiyaamat, 3 courts will be convened: In the first court, the virtues will be accounted, i.e. the good deeds, viz. fasting, Zakaat, Hajj, etc.; in the second court, the bounties of Allah shall be accounted for and in the third the sins shall be accounted. On the day of Qiyaamat, one will be questioned about the bounties of Allah.

It is stated from Hadhrat Ibn Abbaas (Radhiallaahu Anhu) that one shall be reminded about the health of his body, his eyes, his ears, etc.
"The hearing and the sight and the heart. Each one will be questioned."
Everyone will be required to render account for the proper use of eyes, ears and heart. Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said, "The bounties regarding which one will be questioned include peace of mind, which is a great blessing as well as physical health." In the Tafseer commentary on this Aayat, Mujahid has stated, 'Every worldly pleasure is a bounty for which one will have to account.'
It is stated in one Hadith, Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'Among the bounties to be questioned first on the day of Qiyaamat, is physical health and the second being cold water.' Cold water in itself is such a great blessing of Allah, our condition is such that let alone thanking Allah, never do we even acknowledge it to be such.

Once Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallaahu Anhu) came across a Leper who was blind, deaf and dumb. He asked his companions, 'Do you seen any bounties of Allah in this person?' They replied, 'Apparently none.' Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallaahu Anhu) said, 'Can he not urinate properly?' i.e. Even the ability to relieve oneself comfortably is among the bounties of Allah. That is why on exit from the toilet, we recite the Du'aa:
"I beg your forgiveness. All praise to Allah who has removed from me this discomfort and granted me relief."

This shows that a man is duty bound to show his gratitude to Almighty Allah for His unlimited favours at all times and under all conditions. Therefore, we should strive to our utmost to earn as many virtues as possible and should not rest content at any stage as on the day of Qiyaamat only will a person realise the amount of sins committed unknowingly through his eyes, ears, nose, and other parts of the body. Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'Every one of you will come face to face with Allah. There shall be no curtain, nor any lawyer or an to advocate your cause. Deeds shall be heaped on either side and the fire of hell will be before you and therefore ward off this fire in any way you can.'

It is stated in the Hadith, "On the day of Qiyaamat, first shall you be reminded of the blessing of good health and being granted cold water to drink. You will not be allowed to move from the court of Allah Ta'ala until you have answered 5 questions: a) How did you spend your life, b) How did you utilise your youth, c) How did you earn your wealth, d) How did you spend it, e) How did you act upon your acquired knowledge."
May Allah(SWT) make it easier for us....

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Days of Couch Potatoes

By Khalid Baig
Posted: 26 Rajab 1425, 11 September 2004

Probably one of the most prominent, pervasive, and powerful products of this age is the media, and especially the television. Its control over our thoughts and actions is mind boggling. Among its corrosive effects is that on physical health. In April 2003, for example, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported results of a six-year Harvard study: watching four hours of television a day increased risk of obesity by 50 percent and of diabetes by 30 percent. It referred to the couch potato syndrome, the damaging combination of junk food diet and inactivity, which is a serious public health hazard.

But the television produces couch potatoes not just physically but also mentally and intellectually. It entertains, it captivates, and it dictates what we will think and talk about. And like superbly programmed robots, we act on its cues. We worried about Somalia when the media talked about famine there, although that was a couple of years after the famine had set in. And we forgot it the day it was replaced by other hot news. We worried about Bosnia and Kosova when they were in the headlines. Not a day before or after. Afghanistan concerned us when the media producers decided it was important and to the extent they dictated. Atrocities in Afghanistan did not provoke the same reaction as those in Iraq; the difference was not in the seriousness of the atrocities but in the cues issued by the media machine.

And even when we do focus on the latest hot spot, what do we do beyond talking about it? Do we work on solutions for any of the problems about which we are so eager to get the latest reports? If that were the case, just one day's news might be sufficient to keep us busy for a whole year. But every day we are ready to receive another batch of headlines, while quietly trashing yesterday's reports like stale produce in a grocery store. Imagine a company president who receives reports about problems throughout his company and about changes in the economy that will affect him. He reads them with interest and talks about them with passion but does nothing. Every day. Of course such a president will not survive in a business. But are we not doing the same thing? We seek the latest news but the question, what we will do with that news, does not bother us. As a result of this divorcing of "information" from the possibilities of action, our interest in it is so superficial. Fickle. Here now, gone the next hour with the next headline. The modern media machine has turned life into a spectator sport.

But life is not a spectator sport and it is a terrible mistake of incalculable proportions to treat it as such. Information is valuable but only if it is sought for action. Ultimately the value of our life is to be determined not by the "information" we gathered but by the actions we performed. The Qur'an says: "He has power over everything, the One Who created death and life that He may test which of you is finest in action." [al-Mulk, 67:1-2] This is a central message of Islam and it changes our entire outlook on this life.

But life is not a spectator sport and it is a terrible mistake of incalculable proportions to treat it as such.

Further, we must remember that every one of us is responsible for his or her own actions and inactions. We will not be able to blame others for our failure to act. Nor shall we get credit for actions in which we had no part. "That no bearer of burden shall bear the burden of another- And that man shall have nothing but what he strives for." [an-Najm 53: 38-39]

The above verse also establishes a fundamental principle which dictates that no one can be punished for the crimes of others. It has serious legal implications. For example, the practice of capturing family members of a criminal, let alone a suspect, remains clearly prohibited in Islamic law. The jahilya societies of yesterday and today, on the other hand, are distinguished by violating this essential principle of justice. However in the Hereafter no one will be able to shift blame or steal credit. We will be facing our own actions.

This has far reaching consequences for us here as well. The paramount question then becomes, what are we doing to change the situation? Did we do everything we could? Or were we too busy complaining about the darkness to light our own little candle? For the Qur'an says: "We do not impose on any soul a duty except to the extent of its ability." [al-Araf, 7:42] It also assures us that we cannot fail when we do the right thing regardless of what everyone else is doing. "O you who believe! take care of your souls. No one who goes astray will harm you, provided you are guided." [al-Maida, 5:105].

A million gripes will not remove darkness but a single candle will. Inaction breeds frustration and despair. Initiative, personal responsibility, and action, on the other hand, can dramatically change our condition. Consider the issue of education in the Muslim world. There is concerted effort to remove any traces of an Islamic identity and replace it with secular and anti-Islamic messages. The response, though, has been of feeble protests. Yet so much could be done. In the USA, for example, when some parents felt a similar problem, they started home-schooling. Private schools were established and textbook publishers produced books that reflected their values.

All this and more could be done in Pakistan, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia. Parents groups could organize to meet with book publishers and school officials asking them not to publish, sell, or use the recently introduced poisoned books. Alternate textbooks could be published privately and private schools established. In fact the Muslim tradition is a bright one. Ibn Sirin said: "This knowledge constitutes your religion so be careful whom you take your religion from." How can those guided by this face the corruption of their education system with resignation?

Imam Hasan Basri, Rahimahullah, said: "O son of Adam. You are a collection of days. When a day passes, a part of you passes away with it." None of us knows how many days are left in us. Can we afford to live another of those days living the miserable life of a couch potato?"


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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Hardships of this World


According to some narrations, it appears that the hardships of this world are a mercy of Allah, full of virtues. It is narrated in the Hadith that the most difficult hardships come upon the Ambiya, alayhi salam, thereafter upon the Awliya Rahimahumullah, etc. according to their stages.

Apparently contradictory to this, it appears in many ayat and ahadith that the hardships of this world are due to our sins. According to some Ahadith, it is a sign of Allah's wrath.

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani Rahimahullah has given a beautiful explanation of it as narrated by Allamah Ibnul Jauzi Rahimahullah:

"Shaikh Jilani Rahimahullah says that there are three aspects of difficulties and hardships. In some cases it is a punishment and the wrath of Allah, in some cases it is a compensation for sins and in some cases it raises the status. The condition of each difficulty can be determined as follows:
If the recipient gets angry on the taqdir [predestination] of Allah and complains about it, then it is a sign of the wrath of Allah and His punishment.
However, if the recipient practises restraint [sabr], then it is a sign of compensation of his sins.
And if with patience, the recipient is also happy and experiences contentment, then it is a sign of his status being raised."

From the above, it is related that the difficulties of the Ambiya and the Awliya Rahimahumzillah is of the third type. The difficulties of the general Believers [Mu'min] is of the second type. The first type is that of non-believers.
May Allah Azza wa Jal save every Muslim from this first type. Amin.

-Mufti Muhammad Shafi
Published by: Madrasah Arabia Islamia P.O. Box 9786, Azaadville 1750, Krugersdorp

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Nasheed heard on the streets of Mecca and Madinah

Muhammad Nabeena

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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Let Go Of Your Worries

Let go of your worries
and be completely clear-hearted,
like the face of a mirror
that contains no images.
If you want a clear mirror,
behold yourself
and see the shameless truth,
which the mirror reflects.
If metal can be polished
to a mirror-like finish,
what polishing might the mirror
of the heart require?
Between the mirror and the heart
is this single difference:
the heart conceals secrets,
while the mirror does not.
-Maulana Rumi
The Divani Shamsi Tabriz, XIII

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Becoming Closer to Allah Event Series- May 6th

"Becoming Closer to Allah (swt)" is a series of programs started in December 2004 in New York to arrange gatherings of sacred learning. Allah (swt)' s Mercy is attracted to gatherings of those who remember Him, and to those who love and obey Him. Consequently, the path to Allah's love becomes an easy road to travel if one comes in the company of and spends his life in the service of those who seek Him. In these programs, authorized traditional scholars and senior students of sacred learning address the seekers of their Lord Almighty, Allah (swt).

A program for both Brothers & Sisters
Shaykh Hafidh Sohail Irfan (db)
Friday-May 6th, 2005
8:00pm Maghrib Prayer
8:30pm Bayan & Dua by Shaykh Hafidh Sohail Irfan (db)
9:30pm Dinner
Venue: Elk's Lodge 901 Lakeville Road New Hyde Park ,N.Y- 11040

For more information please contact:
Br. Husain- 631.974.1823
Br. Muhammad- 516.353.8394

Email: aassny@gmail.com

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