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June 08, 2018, 08:49:28 pm Heba E. Husseyn: Leilatul Qadr 1439 (2018) on June 8. To learn about this great Night, read our posts on Leilatul Qadr @ this thread.
May 16, 2018, 04:03:41 am Ruhi_Rose: Ramadan Mubarak to u too brother and to everyone.  May Allah accept our efforts.  Ameen.
May 16, 2018, 04:01:41 am N. Truth Seeker: Ramadan 2018 Mubarak to all.  Just finished sahoor, getting ready for Fajr.  Alhumdulilah.
November 09, 2017, 04:26:36 am Heba E. Husseyn: Please pray for Rohingya children. As genocide in Buddhist Burma continues, many Rohingya children arriving in Bangladesh camps don't know where their parents are. May the Burmese murderer-terrorist Su Kyi rot in Hell.
June 21, 2017, 07:42:01 am Zeynab: Shukran sis Heba.  Allah Bless. Ameen.
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May 04, 2017, 05:35:01 am N. Truth Seeker: Alhumdulilah, Alhumdulilah.  Still 22 days left.  InshAllah we can thank Allah for granting us the opportunity to experience another of this blessed month for the betterment of our souls.  Thanks for mentioning Sister.
May 04, 2017, 05:20:37 am Ruhi_Rose: I can hardly keep track with the speed at which time flies.  Ramadan 2017 only 22 days away!
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 91 
 on: April 26, 2018, 03:46:24 am 
Started by Khadija_H - Last post by Khadija_H
Thank you for the welcome Sister. I'm happy to be here. It's indeed good to keep in mind that there is an afterlife. It makes it easier to deal with bad times, things we can't have, and when life doesn't go like we want it to in general.

 92 
 on: April 25, 2018, 04:10:28 am 
Started by Heba E. Husseyn - Last post by Zeynab


 Cheesy    Their wild guesses are often hilarious.  I had never heard of this.   It seems to be a copycat idea of Bukhari's distortion of the Quranic term "kausar" (Surah 108).

 93 
 on: April 25, 2018, 02:35:28 am 
Started by Khadija_H - Last post by Zeynab

Allah Almighty briefly summarizes the temporary nature of this fleeting world in Verse 3:185 so precisely and beautifully.


 94 
 on: April 25, 2018, 02:32:11 am 
Started by Khadija_H - Last post by Zeynab
Walaikum Salaam Sister Khadija. Welcome from me too. 


Waleikum Salam Sister. Thank you for the welcome. It is nice to be here. It's so true that in the end our earthly belongings stays behind, even our bodies. Sometimes I have a feeling that everything I have is borrowed and nothing is really truly mine, because it could dissapear at anytime either by death or other cirumstances. We thank Allah for giving us many blessings but He can take it all back anytime if He wants to including our souls.

Exactly sister, spot on.

 95 
 on: April 24, 2018, 01:22:25 am 
Started by Khadija_H - Last post by Khadija_H
Waleikum Salam Sister. Thank you for the welcome. It is nice to be here. It's so true that in the end our earthly belongings stays behind, even our bodies. Sometimes I have a feeling that everything I have is borrowed and nothing is really truly mine, because it could dissapear at anytime either by death or other cirumstances. We thank Allah for giving us many blessings but He can take it all back anytime if He wants to including our souls.

 96 
 on: April 23, 2018, 04:12:05 am 
Started by Heba E. Husseyn - Last post by Heba E. Husseyn


Rajab and Shaban are the 7th and 8th months of our Islamic (Hijra) calendar, respectively.  Though the Noble Quran does not tell us to fast on these two months, the traditionalist circles fervently encourage to fast in Rajab and Shaban, particularly Rajab.  Fasting in Rajab and Shaban comes exclusively from the fabrications of Hadith.   As a result, many Muslims are exhausted by the time Ramadan (the 9th Hijri month) arrives when fasting is obligatory as commanded in the Quran.  This is how our ulemas and sheikhs pull us away from the commandments of the Quran by the needless distractions of man-written stories.   Among the many preachings to push people to observe the non-obligatory fasts in Rajab, there is a hadith that circulates claiming 'Rajab' to be the name of a river in Jannat.   Quoting that hadith:  “Indeed, in Paradise. there is a river called Rajab river. It’s water is whiter than milk, sweeter than honey, whoever fasts a day in the month of Rajab, Allah will give him drinks from that river.”  Narrated by Abu Qasim At-Taimi in “At Targhib wa At Tarhib”.   This phony hadith is also commonly accepted by Shiia Muslims in the name of "Imam Musa Kazim."   While I have no idea who this Abu Qasim At-Taimi is, Imam Musa Kazim's name is surely forged for he was a man of repute and would not utter such falsehood. 

“At Targhib wa At Tarhib” perhaps means something like 'encouragement and warnings' (encouragement referring to zikr) by  Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani.   This book is basically a  conglomerate of ahadith.   For example I read one chapter posted on the website of The Islamic Text Institute.  In this chapter I couldn't find a single Ayat of the Quran.   Just hadith from start to finish.

Thus, beware of the false hadith on Rajab.  Fasting in the month of Rajab is not a Quranic commandment.  And the claim that a river in Paradise exists in the name of Rajab is a guesswork.
  


Related posts for readers' information & knowledge:

- How far would you agree with this perception of Rajab & Shaban?
- On fasting in Shaban & Rajab - the BIG MESS by Hadith and the imams!
- What exactly is Leilatul Raghaib?
- The term "Kausar" interpreted by Hadith compared to the Quran  (4 rivers of Paradise as stated by Allah in the Quran, mentioned in this post).
- Origin of name 'Ramadan' and 4 Sacred Months.



 97 
 on: April 22, 2018, 03:06:13 am 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Heba E. Husseyn


Many thanks brother TS.  I was researching this topic again tonight but your quote of Maududi's explanation sounds right to me.  And Allah knows best.

 98 
 on: April 19, 2018, 09:26:20 pm 
Started by Khadija_H - Last post by Heba E. Husseyn

As-Salam Alaikum Sister Khadija.   Nice to see you here.  Please don't worry about late response.    Allah bless you my sister.  You're absolutely right.   It's a waste of time talking to those who are not destined to believe.  Allah will never bestow guidance on them.  Allah Almighty says in Verse 56 of Surah Al-Qasas (28th Chapter):  "Indeed! you (O Muhammed) guide not whom you love, but Allah guides whom He wills.  And He is Best Aware of those who walk aright."
Some disbelievers also dispute on this point claiming if Allah has ruled out guidance from a person's fate then why should they be punished?  Again, as usual, they are unable to grasp the meaning because of the weakness of their own souls.  Allah guides whom He wills refers to those granted guidance who make themselves worthy of it through their own effort and humility; those who come to Allah with a contrite heart, not with a challenging spirit.  That's when their perception begins to sharpen, and then, the more they rise in wisdom .. the more Allah gives them.  Thus, it's humankind who must take the initiative to turn towards Him.  That's the first step.  Thus Allah says in Verse 13:11 (Surah Al-Rad) "Indeed! Allah changes not the condition of a folk until they (first) change that which is in their hearts;"   SubhanAllah.  So true. 

That quote you posted from the article is spot on, Alhumdulilah.  Human ability and comprehension has limits and we are shrouded with the unseen .. some of which we are destined to discover (by His will) and some not.  Those aspects which humans are unable to discover must humbly be accepted as the unseen.  But instead, whatever humans are unable to see or comprehend in accordance with their own power of reasoning (which is limited), they lapse into denial and ridicule towards The Creator.  Thus, their own arrogance puts them on the path of misguidance.  If they wake up at some point, Allah may guide them if He sees any good in them.  But most of them only grow in conceit and stubbornness until Allah decides to abandon them.  That's the ultimate failure for which such folks are themselves responsible. 

Guidance from The Almghty which strengthens our iman and elevates our conduct is the only wealth we will be carrying with us in our Final Journey.  Everything else will be left behind .... money, property, fancy cars,  costly clothes etc. etc. .... all of that in the next world (the permanent world) will be 'date-expired items,' no good.  So, I can imagine how much the disbelievers will be missing out on.  Alas, that's how humans ruin their own souls.



 99 
 on: April 19, 2018, 01:29:43 pm 
Started by Khadija_H - Last post by Khadija_H
I apologize for the late response sister. I read the linked article. It is indeed an interesting article to read and it indeed solidifies the point about humankind being limited in our ability to percvieve certain things. The author used the word veil in his article:

Quote: "So underlying all the forms of this world is the Truth and Power of commands that are veiled from us by the forms and limits of existence and by the boundaries of our perceptions and by the fact that all our instruments of perception operate within the limits of this universe."

It makes me think of the way Allah is hiding the truth and the guidiance from those he has not yet guided, or doesn't wish to guide certain people towards islam, by putting a veil over their eyes. No matter how you try to explain aspects about Islam to a non-beliver whom Allah has not wished to guide, you just can't get through no matter how politely, reasonable, or simple you explain it. I see the same concept in this topic about humankinds limits..those things we just can't percieve..and no matter how and how many times we flips it over in our minds, we are not closer to a headache than to an answer.  It's right there in front of us, right behind a veil, but we simply can't understand it or pecieve it simply because Allah doesn't want us to be able to.


 100 
 on: April 18, 2018, 08:04:32 pm 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Heba E. Husseyn

Alhumdulilah.  That's called guidance.  SubhanAllah.   May Allah Almighty reward you and your family.     I know of several Muslims who despite the advantage of self-employment are reluctant to shorten work timings in Ramadan for fear of losing that much business.

Ameen. Thanks my sister.   Yes, unfortunately many Muslims do that.  Though a slight drop of income for a single month does not put anyone in permanent financial hardship, and does help to make them richer in the Hereafter.





Ameen dear sis.  Please keep me in your prayers.

Absolutely dear sister.  No need to even remind me of that Smiley


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