Saturday, March 26, 2005

bismillah, walhamdulillah, wassolatu wassalamu 'ala rasulillah

'Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (radhiAllahu anhu) said,
"How many are deluded by the blessings showered on them; how many are tested by the praise heaped on them; and how many are duped into a sense of security by Allah hiding their sins."

--Preparing For The Day Of Judgment by Imam Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

assalamu`alaikum...

"when it rain, it pours..."

recently, we've had mad rain down in florida... so, our imam, shaykh monir, had combined the prayers (i.e. dhuhr & `asr or maghrib & `isha) at the masjid. there is khilaf among the `ulama with regard to this issue, as to the severity of the rain for this rukhsah/concession to be allowed. there's an opinion that states that the rain has to be severe that it may endanger one's life. there's another opinion that says that as long as the rain is hard enough to make clothing wet - if one was to step outside in the rain, the clothing will easily get wet. but then again, the khilaf among the `ulama itself is rahmah for the ummah. just wanted to share some info... do read more here.

http://www.islamonline.net/fatwa/english/FatwaDisplay.asp?hFatwaID=117417
http://63.175.194.25/index.php?ln=eng&ds=qa&lv=browse&QR=31172&dgn=4

*i'd like to have somebody pose this question to shaykh mokhtar, if possible, with regard to the rukhsah of combining the salaah during rain... can i get a volunteer, or do i have to ask somebody? hm... ;)


barakallahu feekum

Thursday, March 10, 2005

assalamu`alaikum ... top of the morning to ya!

a snippet from an old article...

"...
While some Latinas her age try to emulate the tight clothes and wiggling hips of stars like Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera, Ms. Pinet and others are adopting a more conservative lifestyle and converting to Islam. At this Union City, N.J., mosque, women account for more than half of the Latino Muslims who attend services here. Nationwide, there are about 40,000 Latino Muslims in the United States, according to the Islamic Society of North America.

Many of the Latina converts say that their belief that women are treated better in Islam was a significant factor in converting. Critics may protest that wearing the veil marks a woman as property, but some Latina converts say they welcome the fact that they are no longer whistled at walking down a street. "People have an innate response that I'm a religious person, and they give [me] more respect," says Jenny Yanez, another Latina Muslim. "You're not judged if you're in fashion or out of fashion."

Other Latina Muslims say they also like the religion's emphasis on fidelity to one's spouse and family.
..."

read the whole story at http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1227/p11s02-ussc.html

barakallahu feekum

Monday, March 07, 2005

Dosa

Ingatlah wahai orang yang mahu mendengar dan merenung..walaupun seluruh jin dan manusia ingin meninggalkan agama Allah, Darjah Allah tidak akan turun sama sekali pun. Walaupun seluruh jin dan manusia mahu memegang agama Allah Darjah Allah tidak akan naik walau sedikit pun.Pernahkah dalam setiap saat dan setiap masa seluruh makhluk Allah taat kepadaNya? Bahkan tidak pernah walau sesaat. Dosa tidak akan memudaratkan sesiapa bahkan diri sendiri. Malulah pada Allah terhadap dosa yang disengajakan. Dosa akan mengaburi hati mukmin untuk melihat kebenaran. Dosa akan menyebabkan hati tidak tenteram kerana Penciptanya sendiri akan mencampakkan rasa bersalah didalam hati itu. Dosa akan merosakkan cermin hati sehingga setiap cahaya kebenaran akan dipesongkan menghasilkan gambar yang tidak benar. Ingatlah balasan Allah sangat keras terhadap hamba-hambaNya yang sombong terhadap perintahNya. Setiap dosa akan dibalas baik sebagai balasan mahupun ujian bagi hambaNya yang bertaubat. Adakah mati tidak cukup menjadi peringatan kepada kita..? Mengapa kita mahu membangkang sedang dosa itu adalah mudarat dan tiada kebaikannya? Mengapa kita mahu merasa bangga dengannya sedang malaikat maut mengenal kita lebih dari Ayah kita.. ingatlah dimana saat nyawa di halkum disaat dipaparkan kedudukan kita disana barulah kita sedar betapa ruginya kita. Adakah setelah mengetahu hakikat bahawa hanya ada dua keputusan yang akan menantikan kita di sana tidak menggoncangkan hati kita?