Tricks of Shaytaan: Procrastination & Laziness Thursday, Mar 27 2008 

This is a nice reminder from As-Sunnah Newsletter.

Shaytaan attempts to make people negligent or exaggerate in the religion;
and causes them to be lazy and delay performing good deeds

Shaytaan attempts to either make people negligent or exaggerate in their religion: 

Ibnul-Qayyim said, ‘There is nothing that Allah has enjoined, but Shaytan has ways of dealing with it, either by inclining (people) towards falling short and being negligence or excessive and exaggeration. He does not care which of these two mistakes a person makes. So he may come to a person’s heart and check it out, and if he finds that he is lazy, negligent and looking for concessions, then he goes along with that. He holds him back and stops him from doing things; he makes him lazy, indifferent and negligent, and encourages him to seek alternative interpretations and hope for forgiveness etc., until a person may give up doing all things that have been enjoined.

However, if he finds that a person is cautious and serious, and that he is enthusiastic and capable, he despairs of succeeding with him on that front. So he urges him to strive to excess, and makes him think that this is not sufficient and that he has higher ambitions than that, and that he has to do more than others do. So he tells them, do not go to sleep, when they go to sleep; do not break your fast when they break their fast; do not flag when they flag; if one of them washes his hands and face three times, then you should wash them seven times; if he does Wudhu for every prayer then you should do ghusl for it, and other kinds of exaggeration and excess.

He makes him go to extremes and go beyond the straight path, just like he makes the first person fall short and not come anywhere near it. His aim in both cases is to steer both of them away from the straight path, one by not letting him approach it or come anywhere near it, and the other by making him go too far and overstep the mark. In this way, most people have been tempted and nothing can save a person from that except deeply rooted knowledge, faith and power to resist him (Shaytan) and adherence to the middle course. And Allah is the One Whose Help we seek.’ [al-Wabil as-Sayyib, p.19]

Shaytaan causes people to procrastinate, be lazy and delay performing good deeds: 

One of the ways in which Shaytan does this is mentioned in the hadeeth recorded in Saheeh al-Bukharee from Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu), who said that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said,

‘Shaytan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, ‘The night is long, so stay asleep.’ When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart.’ [Saheeh al-Bukharee (21/243)]

Shaytan causes people to forget the truth and the Commands of Allah. ‘Shaytan has overtaken them. So he has made them forget the remembrance of Allah. They are the party of Shaytan…’ [Soorah al-Mujadilah (58): 19] But as soon as we remember, we should strive to leave that which distracted us from the remembrance of Allah and His Commands as the Qur’aan commands us, ‘If Shaytan causes you to forget, then do not sit after the remembrance in the company of the wrong-doers.’ [Soorah al-An’am (6): 68]

Ibn Jawzi (rahimahullah) mentions how Shaytan makes one procrastinate and lazy, ‘…he makes sinner put off repenting, and he keeps him indulging in his desires, telling him that one day he could repent… Perhaps, a faqeeh intends to revise some topic, but he says, ‘Rest for a while,’ or he sees a worshipper waking up at night to pray, and he tells him, ‘You have plenty of time.’ He keeps on making people like being lazy, or put off doing good deeds, and he deceives them by telling them that they have plenty of time and a lot of hope.

So the one who wants to do some good deed should carry out his action with determination and resolve. Resolve means not wasting time and not delaying things. He should forget about the idea of having plenty of time because the one who has been warned (of the punishment of Allah) should not be assured. What you miss, you cannot make up for it. The reason for every shortcoming or inclination of evil is the belief that there is plenty of time and a lot of hope, because man keeps thinking of giving up evil and turning towards good, but delays. No doubt, whoever thinks that he has the whole day ahead of him will take his time, and whoever has the hope that he will still be there in the morning will do very little during the night, but the one who thinks of death as imminent will strive harder.’ [Talbees Iblees, p.458]

Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter – http://www.qsep.com  As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 11

 

Ladies’ Man: Bilawal Bhutto! Friday, Feb 1 2008 

For long Imran Khan’s reputation has been played around with. An allegation was constantly used, without any sufficient proof, to disqualify him from being able to lead Pakistani people. Regardless of how much he has changed, his past is continued to be thrown at his face whenever needed!

If that standard is kept in mind, then I wonder what makes Bilawal Bhutto so different. The 19 year old is made the leader of the leading party of Pakistan, but what about running a check on his personal life??

This is from Daily Mail:

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His antics at Oxford University would shock people in Pakistan awaiting Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s return to take over the political dream shaped by his murdered mother Benazir. The 19-year-old’s preparation for his role in one of the world’s strictest Muslim states has certainly been unconventional. Orthodox Muslims will be surprised to see the new leader of the Pakistani People’s Party with his arms slung casually around two girls, one of whom declares herself as “bisexual” on a social networking website. (more…)

When Tawakkal (Reliance) is Misplaced… Wednesday, Jan 30 2008 

The problem with certain Western Muslims is that they have put too much emphasis on their ‘brain power’ believing their finite brains can have infinite abilities to understand what is beyond any human intellect. Just on the contrary, the problem with Pakistani Muslims is that they have preserved their brains believing that the usage of this muscle may open their eyes to the reality of their situation and so they have managed to exist in—ignorance.

As much as I enjoyed my recent visit to Pakistan (with all the family and food!), I was quite disappointed to see how mass majority blindly trust the so-called ‘peers/faqeers’ and the high status they have among the people. I am not going to discuss the ‘theological’ wrong with this practice. If one wants to learn that then it is best to read Bilal Philp’s “Fundamentals of Tawheed” or better yet register in AlMaghrib’s course of Aqeedah 101 with Sh. Yasir Qadhi.

However, it must be realized that not only most of these ‘peers’ charge a fortune to write amulets (It is funny how they have an amulet for every problem that people approach them with), but many indulged in heinous crime of raping women—an obvious evil that comes out of an inherently wrong belief that the ‘peers’ have solution to every difficulty!

Let me outline the ‘difficulties’ most of these peers are approached with:

  1. Infertility or the desire to have a ‘son’: the woman goes to get a special ‘amulet’.
  2. A girl cannot seem to be getting married/ or refuses to get married to the one her parents wants her to marry, so her family believes that she is under a spell or possessed and she must be treated by an ‘amulet’.
  3. A wife cannot get along with her husband and in her effort to make her husband love her she tries to get the (guess again!) miraculous ‘amulet’!

Have these people ever heard of ‘DUA’! In all honesty, the people who approach these peers with this blind faith are not any less blameworthy for the evil that befalls them. However, my heart cries for those girls who are forced to go to these peers by their parents and end up becoming their toy.

This video below with no audio (for those who cannot read Urdu) is taken from GEO program ‘GUMNAM’ where an unknown man records these incidents with a hidden camera. Apparently the first lady was being treated for infertility and when no amulet worked out for her, she agreed with the “peer” to get inseminated by him!

The second girl, however, was forced to go to the “peer” by her mother who thought that the girl was possessed. This “peer” conveniently gets rid of the mother by telling her that he has to treat the girl alone, rapes her, and then threaten her to keep quite!

What is wrong with these people? Do they not fear Allah? They sit at the mausoleums claiming that they are the ‘closer’ ones to Allah…

May Allah azzawjal protect us from this fitan, and guide us all to what will truly bring us closer to Him.

What Everybody Has Done With PAKISTAN Wednesday, Jan 30 2008 

Quaid-E-Azam:

Islamic Republic Of Pakistan

Ayub Khan:

Developed Republic Of Pakistan

Bhutto:

Peoples Republic Of Pakistan

Yahya Khan:

What So Ever Divided By 2 Pakistan

Zia-Ul-Haq:

Klash-Un-kove(AK-47) Republic Of Pakistan

Ghulam Ishaq Khan:

ISI Republic Of Pakistan

Moeen Qureshi:

Taxation Republic Of Pakistan

Benazir Bhutto:

Zardari Republic Of Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif:

Abba Jee & Sons Republic Of Pakistan

Gen. Pervez Musharraf:

Pakistan (Pvt). Ltd.

People Of Pakistan:

Immigration From Pakistan

Author: Unknown

 

Trip to Pakistan Sunday, Jan 20 2008 

It’s been a while since I posted anything here. I’d been out of town, or actually out of the country!

I along with my family left for Pakistan right around the time when Benazir had died and apparently a chaos had broke out. However, when we arrived, situation was very calm in Lahore. People had pretty much retained their normal life. We all were jet lagged especially my little one. Then we got busy with my brother in law’s nikkah. It was nice and the kids had a lot of fun.

Light goes off a lot here. Sometimes there is no light for 7 hours! Sometimes the light was available only for a couple of hours in the whole day. People spend more money in buying generators and installing UPS systems in their homes to get electricity. I honestly believe that the amount of money they spend in getting all this, had they have put it all together and donate they can easily build a whole new dam!

Of course we are enjoying the maid-system here. I don’t have to do anything. I wake up and fresh breakfast is availble for me on the table. I don’t have to make my bed, clean, cook or do anything. Not only my laundry is done for me but the maids even iron and hang my clothes and even my kid’s!!

My favorite thing to do these days is to sit in the front yard (lawn) which is a part of the house within the boundaries, so i don’t have to wear my hijab there. We all sit there for hours and even eat and pray there. Of course, we are eating too much here and becoming lazy, but I think it is okay once in five years! 🙂

More later inshaAllah!

EID MUBARAK Tuesday, Dec 18 2007 

EID MUBARAK

Taqabala Allah Mina Wa Minkum Ajma’in

[May Allah Accept From Us and You All]

 

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Eid-ul-Adha. Enjoy and have fun and dont’ eat too much! 🙂

Here is some beneficial information for the Eid day from Islamqa.

 

 

Ettiquettes of Eid


1 – Doing ghusl before going out to the prayer. (mustahabb- encouraged)

2 – Eating after the prayer on Eid al-Adha:

But on Eid al-Adha it is mustahabb not to eat anything until one comes back from the prayer, so he should eat from the udhiyah if he has offered a sacrifice. If he is not going to offer a sacrifice there is nothing wrong with eating before the prayer.

3 – Takbeer on the day of Eid

Saying takbeer when coming out of one’s house to the prayer place and until the imam came out was something that was well known among the salaf (early generations).

Eid al-Adha, the takbeer begins on the first day of Dhu’l-Hijjah and lasts until sunset on the last of the days of tashreeq.

Description of the takbeer:

It was narrated in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah with a saheeh isnaad from Ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) that he used to recite takbeer during the days of tashreeq:

Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar, Allaah akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd (Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is most Great, there is no god but Allaah, Allaah is Most great, Allaah is most great, and to Allaah be praise).

It was also narrated elsewhere by Ibn Abi Shaybah with the same isnaad, but with the phrase “Allaahu akbar” repeated three times.

Al-Mahaamili narrated with a saheeh isnaad also from Ibn Mas’ood: “Allaahu akbaru kabeera, Allaahu akbaru kabeera, Allaahu akbar wa ajallu, Allaahu akbar wa Lillaah il-hamd (Allaah is Most Great indeed, Allaah is Most Great indeed, Allaah is most Great and Glorified, Allaah is Most Great and to Allaah be praise).” See al-Irwa’, 3/126.

4 – Offering congratulations

The etiquette of Eid also includes the congratulations and good wishes exchanged by people, no matter what the wording, such as saying to one another Taqabbala Allaah minna wa minkum (May Allaah accept (good deeds) from us and from you” or “Eid mubaarak” and other permissible expressions of congratulations.

5 – Adorning oneself on the occasion of Eid.

So a man should wear the best clothes that he has when going out for Eid.

With regard to women, they should avoid adorning themselves when they go out for Eid, because they are forbidden to show off their adornments to non-mahram men. It is also haraam for a woman who wants to go out to put on perfume or to expose men to temptation, because they are only going out for the purpose of worship.

6 – Going to the prayer by one route and returning by another.

It was narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: On the day of Eid, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to vary his route. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 986.

It was said that the reason for that was so that the two routes would testify for him on the Day of Resurrection, for the earth will speak on the Day of Resurrection and say what was done on it, both good and bad.

All the Women should Attend:  

Narrated Um ‘Atiya: We used to be ordered to come out on the Day of ‘Id and even bring out the virgin girls from their houses and menstruating women so that they might stand behind the men and say Takbir along with them and invoke Allah along with them and hope for the blessings of that day and for purification from sins. [al-Bukhari]

Narrated ‘Abdur Rahman bin ‘Abis: Ibn Abbas was asked whether he had joined the Prophet in the ‘Id prayer. He said, “Yes. And I could not have joined him had I not been young. (The Prophet came out) till he reached the mark which was near the house of Kathir bin As-Salt, offered the prayer, delivered the Khutba and then went towards the women. Bilal was accompanying him. He preached to them and advised them and ordered them to give alms. I saw the women putting their ornaments with their outstretched hands into Bilal’s garment. Then the Prophet along with Bilal returned home. [al-Bukhari]

(This is a condense version to see the entire article go to: http://www.islam-qa.com)

Giuliani’s Marriage of Convenience Friday, Nov 16 2007 

I am not much in politics, but with all the hype of election and who to vote for made me curious to find out who all are running for election and their views and values. I thought who could be worse then Bush right now, but guess what! After reading this and the article below and several others, I suppose there can be someone!

This reminds me of the hadeeth of the Prophet, sallallahu alihi wasalam, that in later times believers will be tested with fitan after fitan, and with each fitnah they will think that nothing could be worse then that yet to find the next fintah even bigger then the previous one. So as Bush leaves us, I hope and I pray that the next one is not a bigger fitnah then him.

I seek Allah’s refuge and His protection from the fitan, what is apparent of it and what is hidden, amin.

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Giuliani’s Marriage of Convenience
Linda Heard, sierra12th@yahoo.co.uk
I used to think of former New York mayor and presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani as a capable, benign Mr. Nice Guy; a fairly ordinary man who faced an extraordinary calling on 9/11 to put his shattered city to rights. I now know I was wrong.

Giuliani’s open countenance and wide grin belie a ruthlessly ambitious individual unashamedly using that fateful day as the headline on his presidential resume. He is even shown himself willing to forge a marriage of convenience with one of America’s best-known anti-Islamic bigots Pat Robertson to garner the sizable evangelical vote.

Scarily, Giuliani’s “go after the terrorists” strategy appears to be working even at a time when many candidates avoid the “war on terror” like the plague, concentrating instead on how to win hearts and minds and improve America’s worldwide standing.

Giuliani is currently leading the Republican race and is neck-and-neck with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. If he manages to take the White House he’ll be akin to Bush on steroids, remarked Democratic runner John Edwards. It may have been said tongue in cheek but Edwards is right. People in our part of the world may even be pleading: “Come back Bush, all is forgiven”.

From the perspective of this region a Giuliani-Robertson union will be one manufactured in hell in the event the former mayor gets the top job and for sure the hands on the Doomsday Clock will be moved even closer to midnight.

In many respects they’re a veritable odd couple. Certainly they hold very different views on gun control, abortion and gay rights. But Robertson has decided to forgive Giuliani’s propensity to swap wives for girlfriends as well as some of his more liberal stances. “To me, the overriding issue before the American people is the defense of our population from the bloodlust of Islamic terrorists,” said Robertson.

Secondly, both men are passionately pro-Israel albeit for different reasons. Both do not support a Palestinian state; Giuliani because such a state would “support terrorism” and threaten US security, and Robertson because his messianic beliefs support the ushering in of Armageddon as a prerequisite to the “Second Coming”.

In 2006, Robertson suggested Ariel Sharon’s illness was a punishment for his policy of “dividing God’s land” – a remark that no doubt referred to the Israeli pullout from Gaza prompted by the former Israeli prime minister.

When the Israeli daily Ha’aretz assembled a panel of eight US election pundits Giuliani was pronounced the best presidential candidate for Israel.

Earlier this year, Robertson announced with certainty that Iran had nuclear weapons and quoted religious texts to back up his belief there would be a war where “states in that region” would join “to move against Israel. “It’s amazing that Iran has come to the fore as it has with a president who says Israel should be wiped off the map” and “who now has atomic weapons”, he said, warning that Israel is entering “the most dangerous time of its existence”.

Giuliani has admitted he wouldn’t hesitate to use military force against Iran’s nuclear program, while his senior foreign policy adviser Norman Podhoretz said, “None of the alternatives to military action – negotiations, sanctions, provoking an internal insurrection – can possibly work”.

The fact that Giuliani would hire the author of “World War IV: The Long Struggle against Islamofascism” as an adviser is eyebrow raising of itself but there’s worse.

Another member of his advisory team is director of the pro-Israel neoconservative think tank Middle East Forum Daniel Pipes who has backed the profiling of Muslims and their scrutiny as members of law enforcement, the diplomatic corps and the military.

Daniel Pipes is also the founder of Campus Watch, an organization that monitors US academia so as to stifle any criticism of Israel.

The fact that Giuliani wholeheartedly welcomed the Robertson anointment is particularly worrying. The latter is known for controversial and bigoted comments as well as calling for the assassination of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

Robertson also fancies himself as a man of prophecies and regularly appears on Fox News making dire warnings such as major US cities are destined to suffer mass terrorist attacks post-September 2007 that would end the lives of millions of Americans.

But Robertson reserves his most hate-laced comments for Islam and its followers.

He says the “goal of Islam” is “world domination” and has characterized Muslims as “crazed fanatics, while labeling the religion as “satanic” and “motivated by demonic power”.

His new best friend Giuliani recently castigated those Democratic nominees who avoided using the term “Islamic terrorism” during four public debates, which Giuliani says is taking political correctness to extremes.

However, there is a chink of light. Whereas Giuliani will certainly reap a proportion of the evangelical vote now that he’s hugged Pat Robertson such a partnership isn’t likely to go down well with secular conservatives, many of whom view Robertson as a nut job.

We used to plead “anyone but Bush’. Given Giuliani’s stance on this region and the horrible company he keeps, I would sincerely say to the American voters “Please…please…anyone but Rudy“.

http://www.arabnews.com

Paradoxes of Our Times Thursday, Nov 8 2007 

Nice Reminder…

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Today we have bigger houses
and
smaller families.

More conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees,
but less common sense.

More knowledge, but less judgment.

We have more experts, but more problems.

More medicine, but less wellness.

We spend too recklessly;

Laugh too little,

Drive too fast,

Get too angry too quickly,

Stay up too late,

Read too little,

Watch TV too much,

And pray too seldom!

We’ve multiplied our possessions,
but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too little,
and lie too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living,
but not a life.

We’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We have taller buildings,
but shorter tempers;

Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but have less.

We buy more, but enjoy it less.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet our neighbors.

We’ve conquered outer space,
But not inner space.

We’ve split the atom,
But not our prejudice.

We write more, learn less; plan more, but accomplish less.

We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.

We have higher incomes, but lower morals.

We build more computers
to hold more information,
to produce more copies,
But have less communications.

We are long on quantity,
But short on quality.

These are the times of
fast foods and slow digestion;

Tall men and short characters.

More leisure and less fun;

More kinds of foods, but less nutrition.

Two incomes, but more divorces.

Fancier houses, but broken homes.

That’s why I propose, that as of today,
you don’t keep anything for special occasions,
because every day you live is a special occasion.

Search for knowledge. Read more. Sit on your front porch and admire the view without paying attention to your needs.
Spend more time with your family and friends.
Eat your favorite foods and visit the places you love.
Life is a chain of moments of enjoyment,
not only about survival.
Use your crystal goblets. Don’t save your best perfume, use it every time you feel you want it.
Remove from your vocabulary phrases like
“one of these days“ and “someday”.
Write that letter you’ve thought about writing.
Tell your family and friends how much you love them.
Don’t delay anything that adds laughter and joy to your life.
Every day, every hour, and every minute is special.

Author Unknown

The Annual Muslim Fashion Show called Eid Prayer Saturday, Oct 20 2007 

My Eid prayer was not as bad as the sister is describing in her article below. Mainly because I prayed Eid in a different city and it was relatively a very small community compared to hers. But I can totally understand her frustration because once I used to be in her city too, and no doubt, it used to be ‘fashion show’!

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by Asma bint Shameem

Subhaan Allaah! Eid seems to be becoming more and more bizarre with each passing year!

You can’t help but notice that when you look at everyone who shows up for the annual (well, actually twice yearly) Muslim fashion show, also known as the ‘Eid prayer!
Just one look at the sisters and you’ll know what I mean….beautifully made up faces, salon done hair, shimmering clothes and glittering jewelry, not to mention the sleeveless shirts, stilettos, and waves after waves of perfume!
Subhaan Allaah!
Is this what Eid is all about??!!
(more…)

Ramadan Project Friday, Sep 14 2007 

I hope and pray that this Ramadan brings many blessings for everyone and that we all increase and strenghten our Imaan.

I have assigned a Ramadan Project for my Friday class and hope to discuss the outcome of that project here. I hope that inshaAllah it helps everyone in the class and anyone who reads about it here.

Basically,  we all made a firm commitment, inshaAllah, to improve our ‘ikhlaaq’ (manners) to such an extent that everyone around us feel and notice a change in us. Since, our family members are the closest people to us and are the first ones to notice a change in us, I told my students that I will be calling their mothers and ask them if they noticed any positive change in their daughters. So be prepared, here goes the list:

1.  Parents: Absolutely no talking back to parents. Show them utmost respect and no matter what happens and what they ask for, the answer must be positive and respectful.

2. Siblings: Treat the siblings with love and respect. If they are older, be respectful and if they are younger be kind to them. No rude answers!

3. Teachers: Be respectful to your teacher at school. YES to your teachers girls!

4. Neighbors: Do something special for them. Cook/Bake something and take it to them especially to the mean ones!

5. Language control: no bad words, mean words or even silly words. Absolutely no usage of stupid, pissed off, idiot etc. etc. (I think I only allowed silly and dumb).

6. Tongue in Check: No back biting, period. Just don’t talk about others.

7.  Anger Management: It is obvious that we cannot stop ourselves from getting angry but our reaction in anger must be different. No fights, bad mouthing, screaming etc. Whatever we do, it must be different then our usual reaction i.e. come up with some positive way to release your anger.

8. Smile: Just keep the two ends of your lips a little more extended then their usual place. It is this simple. This is not limited to Muslims only but everyone that you see!

All this may seem hard to accomplish, but keep in mind that it is only for 30 days. Just THIRTY.

Lets get busy and let us know how it works out everyday.

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