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    (Original post by The Green Manalishi)

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    aliyah :hugs:

    AS-Salam Alikum Muhiba!

    Everyone! :five:

    Yipee! Hi5 ayaz!

    (Original post by o0MorseyMan0o)
    If only Muhammad-Metwali Al-Shaarawy's lectures could be translated accurately, it will be GREAAAT. I sit down with amazement when I listen to his lectures, the way he explains verses in the Qur'an and link verses from different surahs together is amazing. His very extensive knowledge in arabic language helps him a lot in doing so.

    Assaalaamu Alaikum everyone!

    Morsey- Where can I find his lectures on the net?

    Prophet Mohammed

    (Peace Be Upon Him) Last Sermon:

    This Sermon was delivered on the Ninth Day of Dhul Hijjah

    10 A.H in the Uranah Valley of mount Arafat

    "O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I don't know whether,
    after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore
    listen to what I am saying to you carefully and take these words to
    those who could not be present here today.

    O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as
    Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred
    trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners.
    Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will
    indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds.
    Allah has forbidden you to take usury (Interest), therefore all
    interest obligation shall henceforth be waived...

    Beware of Satan, for your safety of your religion. He has lost all
    hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so
    beware of following him in small things.

    O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to
    your women, but they also have right over you. If they abide by
    your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in
    kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are
    your partners and comitted helpers. And it is your right that they
    do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as
    well as never to commit adultery.

    O People, listen to me in earnest, whorship Allah, say your five
    daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadhan, and give
    your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to. You know
    that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. You are all
    equal. Nobody has superiority over other except by piety and good

    Remember, one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your
    deeds. So beware, do not astray from the path of righteousness
    after I am gone.

    O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith
    will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my
    words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the
    Qur'an and my example, the Sunnah and if you follow these you will
    never go astray.

    All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and
    those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words
    better than those who listen to me direcly. Be my witness oh Allah that I have conveyed your message to your people."

    Narrated Abu Hurairah (r.a.): Allah's Messenger (s.a.s) said, "Allah has some angels who look for those who remember (glorify the Praises of) Allah on the roads and paths. And when they find some people remembering (glorifying the praises of) Allah, they call each other, saying, 'Come to the object of your pursuit.' " He added, "Then the angels encircle them with their wings upto the nearest heaven to us." He added, "[ After those people remembered (glorified the Praises of) Allah, and the angels go back to Allah], their Lord asks them (those angels) -though He knows better than them- 'What do my slaves say?' The angels reply, 'They say: Subhan-Allah, Allahu-Akbar, and Alhumdu lillah'. Allah then says, 'Did they see Me?' The angels reply, 'No! By Allah, they didn't see You.' Allah says, 'How it would have been if they saw Me?' The angels reply, 'If they saw You, they would worship You more devoutly and remember You (glorify Your praises) more deeply, and declare Your freedom from any resemblance to anything more often.' Allah says (to the angels), 'What do they ask Me for?' The angels reply, 'They ask You for Paradise.' Allah says (to the angels), 'Did they see it?' The angels say,' No! By Allah, O Lord! They did not see it.' Allah says, 'How it would have been if they saw it?' The angels say, 'If they saw it, they would have greater covetousness for it and would seek it with greater zeal and would have greater desire for it.' Allah says, 'From what do they seek refuge?' The angels reply, 'They seek refuge from the (Hell)Fire.' Allah says, 'Did they see it?' The angels say, 'No! By Allah O Lord! They did not see it.' Allah says, 'How it would have been if they saw it?' The angels say, 'If they saw it they would flee from it with the extreme fleeing and would have extreme fear from it.' Then Allah says, ' I make you witness that I have forgiven them.' " (Allah's Messenger (s.a.s) added " One of the angels would say, 'There was so-and-so amongst them, and he was not one of them, but he had just come for some need.' Allah would say, 'These are those peope whose companions will not be reduced to misery.' " [Sahih Al-Bukhari, 8/6408 (O.P.417)]

    Beware of Satan, for your safety of your religion. He has lost all
    hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so
    beware of following him in small things.

    Remember, one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your
    deeds. So beware, do not astray from the path of righteousness
    after I am gone.

    All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and
    those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words
    better than those who listen to me direcly. Be my witness oh Allah that I have conveyed your message to your people."

    Such powerful words! Subhanallah!

    Important Lessons From Ramadaan

    Allah – the Most High – said: "The month of Ramadaan in which the
    Qur’aan was revealed, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for
    the guidance of the Criterion between right and wrong. So whosoever
    of you sights the crescent for the month of Ramadaan, he must fast
    that month." [Soorah al-Baqarah 2:185]

    Allah’s Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, said:

    "Islaam is built upon five: Testifying that none has the right to
    be worshipped except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of
    Allah, establishing the Prayer, giving the Zakaah, performing Hajj
    to the House, and fasting in Ramadaan." (1)

    He sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said:

    "There has come to you Ramadaan, a blessed month, in which Allah
    has made it obligatory to fast. During it the gates of Paradise are
    opened and the gates of Hellfire are closed, and the rebellious
    devils are chained. In it is a night (Laylatul-Qadr) which is
    better than a thousand months. He who is deprived of its good truly
    has been deprived." (2)

    From the many important lessons to be learnt from fasting are:

    [1] Gaining Taqwaa

    Fasting has been legislated in order that we may gain taqwaa, as
    Allah – the Most High – said: "O you who believe! Fasting is
    prescribed for you, as it was prescribed upon those before you in
    order that you may attain taqwaa." [Soorah al-Baqarah 2:183]

    Talq ibn Habeeb (d. 100H) – rahimahullah – said:

    "When fitnah (trial and tribulation) appears then extinguish it
    with taqwaa." So he was asked as to what taqwaa was, so he replied:
    "Taqwaa to act in obedience to Allah, upon a light (i.e. eemaan,
    faith) from Allah, hoping in the Mercy of Allah. And taqwaa is
    leaving the acts of disobedience to Allah, upon a light from Allah,
    due to the fear of Allah." (3)

    This is one of the best definitions of taqwaa. For every action
    must have both a starting point and a goal. And an action will not
    be considered as an act of obedience, or nearness to Allah, unless
    it starts from pure eemaan (faith in Allah). Thus it is pure eemaan
    – and not habits, desires, nor seeking praise or fame, nor its like
    – that should be what initiates the action. And the [goal of the]
    action should be to earn the reward of Allah and to seek His good
    pleasure." (4) So fasting is a means of attaining taqwaa, since it
    helps prevent from many sins that one is prone to. Due to this, the
    Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said: "Fasting is a shield
    with which the servant protects himself from the Fire." (5) So we
    should ask ourselves, after each day of fasting: Has this fasting
    made us more fearful and obedient to Allah? Has it aided us in
    distancing ourselves from sins and disobedience?

    [2] Seeking Nearness to Allah

    The Prophet sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam said:

    "Allah said: Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, I shall be
    at war with him. My servant does not draw near to Me with anything
    more beloved to Me than the obligatory duties that I have placed
    upon him. My servant continues to draw nearer to Me with optional
    deeds so that I shall love him." (6)

    The Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said:

    "Whosoever reaches the month of Ramadaan and does not have his sins
    forgiven, and so enters the fire, then may Allah distance him." (7)

    So drawing closer to Allah – the Most Perfect – in this blessed
    month, can be achieved by fulfilling one’s obligatory duties; and
    also reciting the Qur’aan and reflecting upon its meanings,
    increasing in kindness and in giving charity, in making du`aa
    (supplication) to Allah, attending the taraweeh Prayer, seeking out
    Laylatul-Qadr (the Night of Power and Pre-Decree), a night which is
    better than a thousand months, attending gatherings of knowledge,
    and striving in those actions that will cause the heart to draw
    closer to its Lord and to gain His forgiveness. Our level of
    striving in this blessed month should be greater than our striving
    to worship Allah in any other month, due to the excellence and
    rewards that Allah has placed in it. Likewise from the great means
    of seeking nearness to Allah in this month is making I`tikaaf
    (seclusion in the mosque in order to worship Allah) – for whoever
    is able.

    Imam ibn al-Qayyim (d. 751H) – rahimahullah – said:

    "Allah also prescribed I`tikaaf for them, the objective being that
    the heart becomes fully preoccupied with Allah – the Most High –
    concentrated upon Him alone, and cut-off from being preoccupied
    with the creation. Rather, the heart is only engrossed with Allah –
    the Most Perfect – such that loving Him, remembering Him, and
    turning to Him takes the place of all the heart’s anxieties and
    worries, so that he is able to overcome them. Thus all his concerns
    are for Allah, and his thoughts are all directed towards
    remembering Him and thinking of how to attain His Pleasure and what
    will cause nearness to Him and what leads him to feel contended
    with Allah instead of people. This in turn prepares him for being
    at peace with Allah alone, on the day of loneliness in the grave,
    when there will be no one else to give comfort, nor anyone to grant
    solace, except Him. So this is the greater goal of I`tikaaf. (8)

    [3] Acquiring Patience

    Imaam Ahmad (d.241H) – rahimahullah – said:

    "Allah has mentioned sabr (patience) in over ninety places in His
    Book." (9)

    The Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said:

    "The month of Patience, and the three days of every month, are
    times for fasting." (10)

    Ibn `Abdul-Barr (d.464H) – rahimahullah – said:

    "What is meant by the month of Patience is the month of Ramadan …So
    fasting is called patience because it restrains the soul from
    eating drinking, conjugal relations and sexual desires." (11)

    He sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said

    "O youths! Whoever amongst you is able to marry, then let him do
    so; for it restrains the eyes and protects the private parts. But
    whoever is unable, then let him fast, because it will be a shield
    for him." (12)

    So fasting is a means of learning self-restraint and patience. With
    patience we are able to strengthen our resolve to worship Allah
    alone, with sincerity, and also cope with life’s ups and downs. So
    – for example – with patience we are able to perform our Prayers
    calmly and correctly, without being hasty, and without merely
    pecking the ground several times! With patience we are able to
    restrain our souls from greed and stinginess and thus give part of
    our surplus wealth in Zakaah (obligatory charity). With patience we
    are able to subdue the soul’s ill temperament, and thus endure the
    ordeal and hardships of Hajj, without losing tempers and behaving
    badly. Likewise, with patience we are able to stand firm and fight
    Jihaad against the disbelievers, hypocrites and heretics –
    withstanding their constant onslaught, without wavering and
    buckling, without despairing or being complacent, and
    without becoming hasty and impatient at the first sings of
    hardship. Allah – the Most High – said: "O Prophet, urge the
    Believers to fight … So if there are one hundred who are patient,
    they shall overcome two hundred; and if there be one thousand, they
    shall overcome two thousand, by the permission of Allah. And Allah
    is with the patient ones." [Soorah al-Anfaal 8:65-66].

    Thus, without knowledge and patience, nothing remains, except zeal
    and uncontrolled emotions, shouts and hollow slogans, speech that
    does not strengthen, but rather weakness, and actions that do not
    build, but rather destroy! So in this month, we should strive to develop a firm resolve for doing acts of obedience, and to adorn
    ourselves with patience – having certainty in the saying of our
    Messenger sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam: "And know that victory
    comes with patience, relief with affliction, and ease with
    hardship." (13)

    [4] Cultivating Good Manners

    The Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said:

    "Whosoever does not abandon falsehood in speech and action, then
    Allah the Mighty and Majestic has no need that he should leave his
    food and drink." (14)

    He sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam also said:

    "Fasting is not merely abstaining from eating and drinking. Rather,
    it is also abstaining from ignorant and indecent speech. So if
    anyone abuses or behaves ignorantly with you, then say: I am
    fasting, I am fasting." (15)

    These narrations point towards the importance of truthfulness and
    good manners. Thus, this blessed month teaches us not only to
    abstain from food and drink, but to also abstain from such
    statements and actions that may be the cause of harming people and
    violating their rights – since the Messenger sallallahu `alayhi wa
    sallam said whilst describing the true Believer: "A Muslim is one
    from whom other Muslims are safe from his tongue and his hand."
    (16) Thus it is upon us as individuals, to examine the shortcomings
    in our character, and to then seek to improve them – modelling
    ourselves upon the character of the last of the Prophets and
    Messengers, and their leader, Muhammad sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam
    – aspiring also for the excellence which he mentioned in his
    saying: "I am a guarantor for a house on the outskirts of Paradise
    for whoever leaves off arguing, even if he is in right;
    and a house in the centre of Paradise for whosoever abandons
    falsehood, even when joking; and a house in the upper-most of
    Paradise for whosoever makes his character good." (17) So by
    shunning oppression, shamelessness, harbouring hatred towards
    Muslims, back-biting, slandering, tale-carrying, and other types of
    falsehood, we can be saved from nullifying the rewards of our
    fasting – as Allah’s Messenger sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said:
    "It may be that a fasting person receives nothing from his fast,
    except hunger and thirst." (18)

    [5] Sensing Muslim Unity

    The Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said:

    "Fast when they fast, and break your fast when they break their
    fast, and sacrifice the day they sacrifice." (19)

    Imaam at-Tirmidhee (d. 275H) – rahimahullah – said:

    "Some of the People of Knowledge explained this hadeeth by saying:
    Its meaning is to fast and break the fast along with the jamaa`ah
    and the majority of people." (20)

    Thus, in this blessed month we can sense an increased feeling of
    unity and of being a single Ummah due to our fasting and breaking
    our fast collectively. We also feel an increased awareness about
    the state of affairs of the Muslims and of the hardships that they
    endure, because: "During the fast, a Muslim feels and experiences
    what his needy and hungry brothers and sisters feel, who are forced
    to go without food and drink for many many days – as occurs today
    to many of the Muslims in Africa." (21) Indeed, the unity of the
    Muslims – and their aiding and assisting one another – is one of
    the great fundamentals upon which the Religion of Islaam is built,
    as Allaah – the Most High – said: "And hold fast altogether to the
    rope of Allaah and do not be divided." [Soorah Aal `Imraan 3:103].
    Allaah – the Most High – also said: "The Believers – men and women
    – and friends and protectors of one another." [Soorah al-Tawbah

    Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728H) – rahimahullah – said: "The
    welfare of people will not be complete – neither in this world, nor
    in the Hereafter – except with ijtima` (collectiveness), ta`awun
    (mutual co-operation), and tanassur (mutual help); mutual
    co-operation in order to secure benefits, and mutual help in order
    to ward off harm. It is for this reason that man is said to be
    social and civil by nature." (22)

    Thus we see that Islaam lays great importance in bringing hearts
    together and encouraging ijtima` (collectiveness). This is not only
    reflected in the month of Ramadaan, but also in the other acts of
    worship as well. So, for example, we have been ordered by the
    Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam to pray the five daily Prayers
    in congregation, and that it has been made twenty-seven times more
    rewardful than praying it individually. (23) Likewise, this similar
    collective spirit is demonstrated in the act of Hajj (Pilgrimage).
    Even in learning knowledge and studying it, blessings have been
    placed in collectiveness, as Allah’s Messenger sallallahu `alayhi
    wa sallam said: "No people gather in a house form the houses of
    Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it amongst
    themselves, except that tranquillity descends upon them, mercy
    envelops them, the angels surround him, and Allah
    mentions them to those that are with Him." (24) Likewise, even in
    our everyday actions such as, eating, Islaam teaches us
    collectiveness. Thus, when some of the Companions of the Prophet
    sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said to him: O Messenger of Allah, we
    eat but to do not become satisfied. He replied: "Perhaps you eat
    individually?" They replied: Yes! So he said: "Eat collectively and
    mention the name of Allah. There will then be blessings for you in
    it." (25) Indeed, even in the etiquettes of sitting the spirit of
    collectiveness is demonstrated. So, one day the Prophet sallallahu
    `alayhi wa sallam came across the Companions who were sitting in
    separate circles, so he said to them: "Why do I see you sitting
    separately!" (26) Similarly, Abu Tha`labah al-Khushanee radiallahu
    `anhu said: Whenever the people used to encamp, they used to
    split-up into the mountain passes and valleys. So Allah’s
    Messenger sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said: "Indeed your being
    split-up in these mountain passes and valleys is from Shaytaan."
    Thereafter, whenever they used to encamp, they used to keep very
    close together, to such an extent that it was said: If a cloth were
    to be spread over them, it would cover them all. (27)

    Thus, Ramadaan is a time to increase our sense of unity and
    brotherhood, and our commitment to Allah and His Religion. And
    there is no doubt that this sense of unity necessitates that: "We
    work together as required by Islaam as sincere brothers – not due
    to hizbiyyah (bigoted party spirit), nor sectarianism – in order to
    realize that which is of benefit to the Islaamic Ummah and to
    establish the Islaamic society that every Muslim aspires for – so
    that the Sharee`ah (Prescribed Law) of Allaah is applied upon His
    earth." (28) So we must examine ourselves during the Ramadaan and
    ask: What is my role – and each of us has a role – in helping this
    precious Ummah to regain its honour, and return to the Ummah its
    comprehensive unity and strength, and victory that has been
    promised to it? Likewise, we should reflect upon our character and
    actions and ask: Are they aiding the process of unity and
    brotherhood, or are they a harm and a hindrance to it?

    So we ask Allah to grant us the ability to change ourselves for the
    better, during this blessed month, and not to be of those who are
    prevented from His Mercy and Forgiveness. Indeed He is the One who
    Hears and He is the One to Respond.

    Footnotes (summarized):

    1. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim
    2. Saheeh: an-Nisaa’ee, authenticated in al-Albaanee’s Takhreej
    3. Ibn al-Mubaarak in Kitaab uz-Zuhd and ibn Abee Shaybah in Kitaab
    4. Risaalatut-Tabookiyyah of Imam ibn al-Qayyim
    5. Hasan: Ahmad, authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheeh ut-Targheeb
    6. Al-Bukhaaree
    7. Saheeh: Ahmad and al-Bayhaqeee, authenticated by al-Halabee in
    Sifat us-Sawmin-Nabee
    8. Zaadul Ma`aad of Ibn al Qayyim
    9. Related by Ibn al Qayyim in Madaarij us-Saalikeen
    10. Ahmad and an-Nasaa’ee, authenticated by al-Albaanee in Irwaa
    11. At-Tamheed of Al Haafidh ibn Abdul Barr
    12. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim
    13. Saheeh: Ahmad, at-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer, authenticated by
    al-Hilaalee in as-Sabrul Jameel
    14. Al-Bukhaaree
    15. Saheeh: Ibn Khuzaymah and al-Haakim, who authenticated it.
    16. Al-Bukhaaree and
    17. Saheeh: Abu Daawood and al-Bayhaqee, authenticated by
    al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah
    18. Saheeh: Ahmad and ibn Maajah, authenticated in Saheeh
    19. At-Tirmidhee, authenticated by al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah
    20. Jaami`ut-Tirmidhee
    21. From the words of Shaykh Bin Baaz, as occurs in Majmoo`
    al-Fataawaa wa Maqaalat Mutanawwi`ah
    22. Al-Hisbah fil-Islaam of Ibn Taymiyyah
    23. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim
    24. Muslim
    25. Hasan: Abu Daawood, authenticated by al-Haafidh al-`Iraaqee in
    26. Muslim
    27. Saheeh: Abu Daawood and Ibn Hibbaan, authenticated by
    al-Albaanee in Takhreej ul-Mishkaat
    28. Suaalu wa Jawaabu Hawla Fiqhil-Waaqi` of Sh. Al-Albaanee

    (Original post by justfarhan)
    I agree

    As the biggest society on the whole of TSR, it should have the most active members as it's leaders, taking nothing away from the current ones. I know one or two of the current leaders will come and make excuses, but hey, it's a change for the good not bad

    This society needs new leaders and I'm sure most members of the society agree
    You're right. This society needs leader who will bear the torch of Islam and will as a representative for the Islamic community. Put simply, the three current leaders (including my fine self, of course) epitomise what the ISOC is all about (though I'm sure many would hasten to disagree).

    This society does not need leaders who will chat absolute nonsense and BS on what is supposed to be a place for Islamic and, sporadically, friendly discourse. Without perpetrating too much intellectual violence, I find it incumbent upon oneself to reprimand all those who have the temerity to enunciate such claims.

    I hope you all appreciate my objective. Jazakallah.

    I vote for Jamal. And Rashid :p:

    9 Things I Hate About Everyone

    1. People who point at their wrist
    while asking for the time.... I know where my watch is pal, where the
    hell is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask where the toilet is?

    2. People who are willing to get off
    their ass to search the entire room for the tv remote because they
    refuse to walk to the tv and change the channel manually.

    3. When people say "Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too". Damn right! What good is cake if you can't eat it?

    4. When people say "it's always the
    last place you look". Of course it is. Why the hell would you keep
    looking after you've found it? Do people do this? Who and where are
    they? Gonna Kick their asses!

    5. When people say while watching a
    film "did you see that?". No Loser, I paid $12 to come to the cinema
    and stare at the damn floor.

    6. People who ask "Can I ask you a question?".... Didn't really give me a choice there, did ya sunshine?

    7. When something is 'new and
    improved!'. Which is it? If it's new, then there has never been
    anything before it. If it's an improvement, then there must have been
    something before it, couldn't be new.

    8. When people say "life is short".
    What the hell?? Life is the longest damn thing anyone ever does!! What
    can you do that's longer?

    9. When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks "Has the bus come yet?". If the bus came would I be standing here, dumbass?

    Also, as a leader of the Paki Soc, I'm offering everyone my soc to carry out any conversations (un-Islamic) over there.
    This thread can be used for just Islamic references and discussion.


    Barakhallahu fihi brother!

    (Original post by A Y A Z)
    I vote for Jamal. And Rashid :p:
    Now how did i know that?



    From the P.M :p:

    that's right indeed!

    So what do you think guys? Interested in making this 'Islam exclusive'?

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