10 things every Muslim can do to make a difference
- 1 Sponsor an Orphan
- 2 Go to the Mosque at least once a week for Salat
- 3 Send your children to an Islamic School
- 4 Buy at least one book, audio or video per month
- 5 Become a host family to new Muslims
- 6 Keep extra Quran translations and literature handy
- 7 Invite your neighbors to your home for dinner
- 8 Make a big deal out of the family meal
- 9 Establish an Islamic culture in the home
- 10 Be a good example
Doesn't it seem like there's just too much that needs to be done and it is beyond me to do anything about this?
There is extreme poverty and hunger all around the world, (There are about 1 billion people who are living on less then $1 per day and about 2.8 billion people who live on less then $2 per day). A large part of the Muslim world is suffering under these conditions of poverty along with the pain and agony of war; the kings and dictators are plundering our lands; there is systematic and rampant misinformation about Islam that is consistently being propagated; our children are succumbing to a life of materialism and the nothingness of pop culture; some of our families have no interest in understanding and practicing Islam; the Islamic Center, Schools and Organizations need funds; a large part of the world and specifically the Muslim world is deprived of the process of acquiring knowledge...
Have you ever felt like the problems are just too great to solve? Have you ever blocked it out of your mind because if you really thought about it, you would become depressed? If so, then you're not alone. Of course, there are some people who will make one specific issue their focus and they'll work to help in that direction. For example, someone might make the support of the local Islamic Center his or her cause. Someone may make it their lifetime objective to share the message of Islam with humanity. Another person may adopt the mission to support and establish Islamic Schools and yet someone else may take on the task of providing relief to war and disaster victims. But most of us don't have time to do justice to those types of goals like we should.
But the alternative, sitting at home and watching TV is hardly worth our time when there are real people out there who need us, and a cause that we must support.
As Muslims we constantly need to understand the real meaning of submitting our selves to the will of God and practice the essence of humanity taught to us by the one who was sent to us as a mercy to the worlds, our beloved Prophet Muhammad .
So in view of all the variables that affect most of our lives in the modern world, following is a list of ten easy things that every Muslim family can do so that we can contribute to the betterment of our selves, the Muslim community and humanity at large.
Once you go through the list you can add your own things to do to this list.
Sponsor an Orphan
Before anything else, there are hungry children everywhere who have needs right now. There are several reputable programs that offer orphan sponsorship at very low monthly cost. We know that we can afford to do it. Supporting an orphan can make us close to the Prophet in Paradise. Click here for Orphan Sponsorship
Go to the Mosque at least once a week for Salat
Even if someone can not go to the local Mosque for the Friday prayers because of their job, then we can at least go for one Maghrib (evening prayer) once a week or for Zuhr (noon prayer) on the weekend. Whatever time is suitable we can at least take timeout for this once a week - with our family. This will help us and our family make the Mosque a center for activity and our children will develop ties to the community. If we don't like the way the Mosque is operated, we have an opportunity to make it better by getting involved. If someone lives in a remote area that does not have a Mosque, then pray together at home with all the family members.
Send your children to an Islamic School
If your children go to public school, and there is no Islamic school nearby, then make sure they either get into some Sunday school program, or, if the local Islamic Center doesn't run it right, then pool together with some like-minded families and run your own program at somebody's house every Saturday or Sunday and conduct it the way you think it should be done. This is the minimum requirement for not losing our children to materialism and other social ills.
Buy at least one book, audio or video per month
Have you ever wished that there were better items for you and your family's pleasure? Unfortunately, there is not enough support for writers and artists. People who write or produce for the Muslim market have a very difficult time sustaining them selves. That must change if you want to see wonderful products for ourselves and our children. Just buy one product per month. Collectively, this can encourage our creative and talented brothers and sisters to do more. Visit IslamiCity Bazar.
Become a host family to new Muslims
The convert experience is basically one of isolation and loneliness. You'd be surprised to know that most converts are often ignored by the people in the Islamic Centers. Beyond a few pleasantries and handshakes, they are usually never made to feel welcome or accepted. They are often cut off from their non-Muslim friends and relatives so they are doubly vulnerable. A new convert should be invited into various people's home for dinner as often as possible and especially on Islamic holidays. Get together with others and make sure you all put the new convert on your guest list for any sort of gathering.
Keep extra Quran translations and literature handy
You never know when you'll find someone interested who wants to know more. Besides, our children may only understand English. Encourage the children to read the translation and discuss the Quran with them. Quran and Quran study materials.
Invite your neighbors to your home for dinner
Most of the time we are so involved with our circle of friends, family and co-workers we forget the people who are living right next to us. To be good to your neighbor is an important example shown to us by Prophet Muhammad. So invite your neighbors to your house and get to know them and let them know you.
Make a big deal out of the family meal
The concept of a family meal is a dying trend. The dinner table is not only a place of sustenance and family business but also a place for the teaching and passing on of our values. Manners and rules are subtly absorbed over the table. Family mealtime should communicate and sustain ideals that children will draw on throughout their lives.
Establish an Islamic culture in the home
Make sure you and your family have cultural-type items in your home in abundance that are associated with Islam or Islamic culture. Everyone in your home should have prayer beads, prayer rugs, kufis, Hijabs, (even if they're worn only for prayer), gowns, posters, wall plaques, stickers, logo-shirts, Islamic screen-savers on the computer, and so on. You want to establish an identity in your home.
Be a good example
Face it: human beings learn and form opinions primarily through modeling. In fact, we can't avoid being an example and model to our family, children, friends, co-workers, neighbors and even strangers, whether good or bad. Being a good example, then, is probably our most important job.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. These are just some things that can be done, with minimal trouble and fuss, by each and every Muslim family. Through these ten points several aspects of Islam are being served and we can feel that we are doing something in an organized fashion to help promote a healthy and constructive way of life, at the same time we can fulfill our responsibility to our Creator. Give it a try and see how easy these things really are.
If you have other ideas about the things one should do to create harmony with God, within your self, your family, your neighborhood and humanity at large, please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Adapted from "Ten Things Every Muslim Must Do" by Yahiya Emerick
Topics: Activism Values: Charity, Compassion
The text was very-very relevant to the Islamic world.We have forgotten the real spirit of Islam and have been caught in mere rituals.The spirit of Islam as advocated by Quran and the prophet(pbuh)is totally missing from the personal lives of most Muslims today.We may praying namaz,zakat & roza as prescribed but we have made these rituals as the end and not the means to project an example for others.In the time of the prophet(pbuh)people used to convert by merely watching the characters of Muslims!Now they may be deterred.We can't fotce people to read the book unless they see the effect of the same on us.But look what we are doing.We are not patient,we are not persevering and consequenly are being bracketted as terrorists.I sometimes have a funny idea that others have assimilitad the highest values of Islam in there system and have gone ahead.Whereas we have strayed from it.Look at the various reform processes that heve changed the very face of various societis have in fact been inspired by Islam,Many just modern laws have their origin in Islam!We need to go back our roots in true spirit and not letter.We have to tell ourselves that namaz will purify us and have to be mentally ready only then we will bw true Muslims who by his shear character cinvert people .
practising the commandments of allah other than this whatever may confront us,we should overcome all those objectives,then only we obtain the pleasure of allah.pleas give important to deen ul islam that will lead you to jannath.otherwise we confront the unimaginable,woeful hell.My give some importanc to sunnah of muhammed(pbuh). This habit has brought pleasure of allah and it will
bring the SAFAT of apostle(sal).pleas be
steadfast in islam,otherwise no one can help us.
once the prophet has said his companien, who has the most intelligent person in the world,then he said,those who live in this for hereafter.this is not exact ahadith.
let them know the dangers involve in having pre
-marital sex, taking in drugs and indulging in
rubbery of any kind.
Just write a letter, email or telephone to defend Islam and also our muslim brothers and sisters who are suffering. Many are in prisons, others are in concentration camps like: Palestine, Chechnya and Kashmir.
If you see positive article in the Media write to them and praise it.
If you see a negative article in the Media write to them and defend Islam.
Make a habit of writing at least one letter a day.
When you can write a letter:
' When people put pen to paper to ask for the freedom of those held in Violation of their Human Rights, prisoners are released. Why curse the darkness when you can write a letter. '
2.Actions are juged acording to intentions.
3.Help one another.
4.Protect your religion.
5.Do not get angry.
6.Do everything for the sake of ALLAH.
7.Learn more about ISLAM.
8.Whatever happens to you good or bad is by the will of ALLAH.
9.Respect yourself,others would respect you.
10.ALWAYS TURN TO ALLAH FOR HELP AND GUIDANCE.
The most important thing is to indeed keep our islamic identity and not to be ashamed of it (why should we anyway?) Good muslim friendship is extremely important. Friends that remind you of your prayer time, of haram as well as halal. To make a real difference, social gatherings in the remembrance of Allah swt are very useful, because often, we tend to forget many aspects of islam, but if we are lucky, there'll be a sister or a brother around to remind us of our who we really are.
I'm here by thanking you for sending an article to me, and i need you to contineu. thanks Wassalamu Alaikum.
sister in islaam
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world, but the don't. it's not to their advantage.
first and foremost the population is ignorant. Educate the women, their world will be a better place.We should look at the works of Agha Khan
foundation, may be there is something to learn from his dedication and commitment and his constant pledge to educate the west on islam.Check the setup in Afghanistan. Not even the American can measure up to his work.Islam is too divided for them to make a differance and be respected by the west.Once there is unity and less dependency on others Islam can bloom again
and we can go forward.
Another idea is to ask your local mosque to
organize an inter-faith gathering to help
non-Muslim people in your community to
understand Islam. More than ever, people
need to understand and communicate, not to
hurt each other or feel isolated. About a year
ago, I wrote an article for this site "Islam is an
Expression of God's Love" about my first visit
to a mosque and the warm, welcoming
reception I received.
After my visit, I had a dream to organize a
gathering for non-Muslim people to learn
about Islam. It was more difficult than I
imagined to find a speaker, a meeting place,
etc. But finally I had a gathering on April 19
here in Paris, and with good attendance. A
Muslim couple from a local mosque spoke to
a small group of over 20 people (all religions
-- Christians, Jews, even some Buddhists and
agnostics-- all open-minded and interested in
learning). It was also positive to see several
teenagers in attendance -- don't forget to invite
older children and teens, and offer
age-appropriate learning activities for them,
too. Afterwards we shared a meal together
and had a wonderful evening of conversation.
As a thank-you gift, I gave the couple an Arabic
calligraphy poster with the words "Love and
brotherhood are the fruits of Peace." I readily
admit that organizing an event like this is not
easy, and you need people to commit time
and energy to make it happen. But the effort is
worthwhile and the personal and spiritual
rewards are great!
Yours in friendship,
Forget the bickering and tribal mentality as who said what. The writer is trying to give us views on what we should do in a foreign society and he is right in every sense as well meaning.
Islam has come to eradicate tribal mentality and in-house bickering. Grow up and face the challenges of your lives. Take lessons from what the Jews have done in the US. With such a minority they lead the US in all aspects of science, politics, arts, literature, etc. and with so much influence - could we not use such influence to our advantage and promote world justice instead of personal benefits.
Sure we may not like it, but if you have a better idea then apply it and by all means be better than them but only in good deeds - and when you do, you will make us all proud to be called muslims. I pray for that day as the Quran has called us, people of the middle of the road - not extremes. A just people. Let us do justice to this religion.
www.msa-national.org (of USA and Canada)
..they've helped organize massive demonstrations about Palestine. And organizations like them. There definitely needs to be a worldwide Muslim administration. For example if even half a billion people boycott US goods or millions don't go to work for a week every three months, etc. there is power there. Power to resolve the Mideast, power to get the message of Islam out, etc. Muslims need to learn from Ghandi, Doctor King, Prophets, etc. and stop with this red tape from hell that is stiffining up their minds. Kennedy proclaimed american Humans on the moon by decade's end, and with Allah's Allowance, that happened, the praise be to God.
Inshallah Muslims gifted, by God, in government will rise up and try to form such a government. This is a jihad that needs to be taken up. I get the feeling my jihad has to do with music so I'm not going to dedicate my life to such a movement.
Ya Allah the Glory to Thee.
1. Gratitude eg. daily see all the blessing Allah have given us, Islam,Health,knowledge,family,freedom and ease to perform religious obligation.
2. Charity eg. smile,doa,helping others
3. Forgiveness eg. daily prayers forgive people that have in a way or other hurt us, ask Allah to forgive them and give them prayers may Allah bless their life. Even to our enemy.
4. Daily prayers for our parent, religious teacher people the have in a way or another help us with our religion.
This is just my humble opinion. Please reply if you received the email and I am open to feedback.
Ismail Abdul Rahman
Even so, I can certainly vouch for the need to offer hospitality to muslim converts, as we cannot share special occasions such as Eid or Ramadhan with our families. On this "family" occasion, include friends who can't share the time with family of their own, whether because they live far from their homes or because their families don't share their beliefs. Invite them to breakfast in Ramadhan. Or before Eid ask "what are your plans after the morning prayer?"
On the subject of being an example - good or bad -remember that we are the face of Islam for our neighbours. My muslim friends' openness and willingness to provide information about their religion in response to polite and genuine interest was what lead me to a deeper searching and alhamdulillah to a new understanding of the world and my place in it. Don't see a casual enquiry as an intrusion. Be friendly and informative, and you may start another pagan on the road to the One God. At the very least, you will be promoting a better understanding of our wonderful religion and helping to counteract prejudice and bigotry.
I became more interested in Islam and started asking serious qustions primarily because of the shining example of one patient, tolerant, well-educated woman who had a deep love and knowledge of her religion. You can be the person who makes soneome start to think about Islam, just by bringing your duty to God into each aspect of your life. If you are fair in your dealings, acknowlege and apologise when you hurt someone, work hard when nobody is watching, try to be kind and tolerant of others' opinions, educate yourself, and above all build on the strong family and community values of our religion...people will notice and wonder: "what does he have that I don't?"
Assalum aleikum, and may Allah bless you in your efforts to se
Muslims could have a similar impact on other industries such as entertainment and meat packing - just by making it a simple matter of economics within such industries to offer products that are also acceptable to Muslims. The American entertainment industry is largely responsible for fashion trends set throughout much of the world. (Think about it.) Also, food products marked as "Halal" (on the package) would help to promote greater public awareness of Islam.
If you feel - instead - that you should boycott American products, well, then don't buy American products. If you don't watch any American movies (anyway) then don't worry about trying to encourage American producers to emphasize modest apparel and chaste behavior. However, if you DO buy American products - or if you DO watch American movies - then please consider trying to improve what gets produced in America (and elsewhere).
As Salaamu Alaikum.
I appreciate your ideas.They are very good and easy and good to try out too!Inshallah i will try to follow these 10 things.
Thank you very much for considering me and sending me this mail.I will await your reply and other mails too.
We all watch T.V and see the problems and situations in this time and think...what can I do. " I want to make a difference, but can I?" Were so worked up in this life that we dont think of the next. We get mixed up in our matters and forget that there are other people here. Our brothers and sisters and the future of this Ummah is hurting and the pain and tears should teach us a lesson. But were still in the same place. I my self want to make a difference and with Allahs help, I will succeed. And I will die shahid, inshallah. And i hope another Muslim will here of my death and also get that warm feeling inside and go out there and give their life to God. We dont know how long well be here, so make the best of it and of all things remember Allah
Please be careful not to give the wrong advice about the religion to suit our worldly affairs, because it is our worldly activities which will take one to heaven but ISLAM and adherence to it, as ALLAH will ask about your prayers and how you performed them, putting pursuit of worldly pleasure in form of riches should not be more important.
Please advice your readers on the importance of the 5 salat daily, put ALLAH and HIS prophet first not the world. The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said that this world is like a prison for the believer and heaven for the unbeliever.
Please give the right information and do not innovate or cut corners, as this is a terrible sin.
Before sleep in the bed make a little analysis ,what i did in the day sort out wrongs and once only try to promise ownself to try not to repeat.While doing it cut yourself off from other thoughts and pretend as you are answering to your lord,EVER ALL MIGHTY ALLAH,HIMS LOVES YOU 70 TIMES MORE THAN A MOTHER LOVES HER BABY,in this analysis last question must be.Did i replied to my ALLAH for HIMS favours and HIMS LOVE to me.
Before sleep in the bed make a little analysis ,what i did in the day sort out wrongs and once only try to promise ownself to try not to repeat.While doing it cut yourself off from other thoughts and pretend as you are answering to your lord,EVER ALL MIGHTY ALLAH,HIMS LOVES YOU 70 TIMES MORE THAN A MOTHER LOVES HER BABY,in this analysis last question must be.Did i replied to my ALLAH for HIMS favours and HIMS LOVE to me.
1- Read Islamic books specially Quran with explanation, everyday.
2- Join an Islamic Group like MAS or ICNA and work for Islam.
3- Propagate Islam with wisdom to workmates,
Place adverts in the news papers about Islam or buy air time on TV to show something about Islam.
4- Respond to any attack on Islam in Media by writing to them or calling them.(Subscribe to CAIR)
5- Take special care of your children with regards to tarbiyyah as the culture out there is very strong(Materialistic culture is an easy trap cuz one doesn't have to restrict himself for any sins)
6- As Quraan Commands Stop people from evil and promote virtues.
7- Always strive to increase your Imaan by reading or by attending/listening(audio) to Islamic talks.
8- Avoid commiting sins as much as possible, otherwise it will make us insensitive to maroof(Good).
9- Involve in community activities to serve the community and to empower them.
10- Become politically active and form a strong lobying group to effect the foreign policies.
Mentioning Allah is the best thing one can do to him/herself.AL-RAMAN,AL-RAHIM,AR-RAZAQ atleast after every Fardh prayer.
As I read the article entitled "10 Things", I noted some excellent suggestions. For example sponsoring an orphan and sending your children to Islamic schools, among others. I do however disagree with one statement. In point number 2 the author wrote:
#2 Go to the Mosque at least once a week for Salat. Even if someone can not go to the local Mosque for the Friday prayers because of their job,
We should go twice a week. If a person is not going to jumah prayer than he or she needs to do so. Muslim men are commanded to go to Jummah salat. Most companies have no problem letting their Muslim employee's go for Friday prayer. If they do, they need to be reminded that we have a religious obligation that we are required to meet, and practiceing our faith is protected by law here. It is not worth keeping that job if it hinders us from going to Jummah.
So as I do agree with the author, I also feel that Jumah prayers are not optional, they are mandatory. In that case we should try to make two prayer at the Masjid.
As I read the article entitled "10 Things", there where some excellent suggestions. I do however disagree with one. On point number 2 the author wrote:
One of Allah's most beautiful name is "As-Salam." Salam means peace and therefore Allah is the source of all peace. If we want peace in the world, our country, state, city and family we must first obey the source of all peace whose name is Allah.
By performing our daily duties such as prayers we are obeying Allah and in return we will have the peace we need in this world.
Before looking for answers from somewhere else, look inside yourself and ask the question of submition to As-Salam.
Do I pray my daily prayers, fast during Ramadan, pay zakat every year and performed or planning to perform Hajj in the future?
If not then work on it so that you may enjoy the salam and blessings headed your way.
After each salat, we must make dua that Allah is the seer and hearer of the unseen and unheard. May Allah strenthen us in our deen and make the Muslim Ummah be one.May He give us patience that we desparately need during these difficult times. May Allah protect the Muslims of Iraq and and the holy land.
Only holding on to our Iman will help us get thru these difficult times smoothly.
Try and make it a goal for one's self to read at least one surah per month whether it be really long or very short. Then think about it it can affect you in your life. I find that helps keep me inspired.
TABLIGH ( Call people towards Good things and stop them from doing bad deeds). That is the duty of every Muslim. We are suffering because we have left this work.
In a world where there seems less hope but muslim should never be hopeless because by the will of Allah, Truth will prevail. All we need to do is call Allah, call our creator to give us victory and to take us out of ignorance.
1.You shall have no other gods before Me.
2.You shall not make for yourself an idol.
3.You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
4.Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
5.Honor your father and your mother.
6.You shall not murder.
7.You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not give false testimony.
10. You shall not covet.(envy your neighbor)
Teach others the need for humility (do we need NIKE trainers, new cell phone/car?)
Listen to non-muslims and quietly talk to them of the piety of Islam.
Don't feed services that undermine Islam...investments,goods and labour.
Finally always remenber that everytime we do something it is should be in our concious and for a positive purpose.
Although I agree targetting innocent civilians is wrong and that it should not be done, you should ask who devised the term "All fair in Love and WAR" and "Collateral Damage". Before yo start pointing the finger at the actions of others and their reasoning you must ask yourself why do they find themslevles doing such desperate acts.
The US and the UK both used depleated Uranium shells in the last Gulf War and this Current conflict. The result of these deliberate actions has lead to the direct death of Thousands of Childrean due to cancer related illnessses.
In addition Cluster bombs were used in both conflicts which are simply airbourne land mines. These cluster bombs are very small and have caused more civilian deaths than military. Due to the re size and nature they have caused more damage to children, "MAMING and MURDERING".
To top this all of the UN sanctions on Iraq has lead to many more thousand deaths of INNOCENT children and civilians due to the deleberate actions of the US and the UK government blocking essential medical supplies. The head of the OIL for food program resigned in dissgust over such polcicies.
So therefore your so called DEMOCRATICALLY elected government has been responsible for the direct MURDER of innocent civilian and worst of Children, all for "A FIST FULL OF DOLLARS" please do not try and take the high moral ground, try and learn the facts not the Proparganda that your government pumps out.
ON your second point, your implication that Allah is sleeping or that your "God" may be better or stronger, PlEASE do not think that by winning a few battles you will win the WAR. Eventually ALlah's will, will prevail.
Point to remember, do not condemn other religions or beliefs'. Expose Islam by your actions and doings as a "MUSLIM"
-Be pleasant in daily transactions with others.(Some of us are so mean and do not realize how this affects others--especially people who may be already suffering and just need a simple smile)
-Return a greeting at least as pleasant as the one given you (as we are taught in Qur'an).
-Always be grateful for whatever Allah gives you.
-On your way to the grocery store, ask if
others who may not have transportation would like you to bring them something back.
-If you drive to the masjid, ask others who have no transportation if they need a way home from the masjid. Too often we pray next to people at Juma'ah, then drive directly past these same believers as they wait for hours at a bus stop just to get home. This encourages people to come to the masjid; to know that at least others are concerned that they get safely back home.
Many Muslims are fighting Jihad each day and they die each day and still their effort is futile. They die for nothing. They have tried to change things for years by murdering innocent people and yet the world grows even more resistant to these efforts. This should just go to show that the real God of creation does not approve of these cowardly ungodly men. To kill ones self in the name of religion is not required by God or this allah. Suicide has no honor or final result but seperation from God. These are mad men fighting a war in which there is no hope of final victory or redemption from their sin. To take innocent life is contradictory to any scripture in the Koran or the Bible so these crimes are contrary to the word of God and condemned by Him. These people are reserved to a devils hell from which they can never return. US soldiers send them there every day in Iraq. Muslim Jihad fighters will never learn for history has proven this fact. Peace is a universal desire of the world that will never come because true peace is only found in God fearing men but which Muslim Jihad fighters have no respect for God or His word. No true Chrisrian would blow himself up and take innocent life. Many men posing as Christians have committed attrocities in the name of God but these too have erred. Don't take this as a personal attack on you but look at the results of what the attack on America has brought about. Our Christian nation has defeated Al Quaeda and Iraq and all their Jihad soldiers. They and their God are defeated by the one and only true God. They boast their God will deliver them as they die by the hundreds.
Maybe their God is not listening to their prayers or He has gone to sleep while his people perish in their ignorance. Either way I'd find a new God with more power. Good luck on your jihad your going to need it. I don't think allah cares one way or the other.
Thanks and ma'asslam
As a muslim, I have been quite upset about the war in Iraq. I feel helpless: unable to do anything to help those who are suffering over there. I thought about what I could do;my own personal contribution.I feel that it is not much but at least it is something.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to start fasting Mondays and Thursdays. I used to fast on these days some time ago but I stopped because of my studies. However, I am back to fasting now(Alhamdulillah). I am finding it quite difficult but this gives me a better understanding of how those affected by the war feel.
In brief, what I am trying to say is that fasting is one of the things that a Muslim can do to make a difference.
May Allah help the Muslims in distress all over the world and May we strive to do better for the sake of Allah. Rabbana taqabbul du'a. Jazakummullah khair.
Those who associate others with God may reference a few common but "commonly questioned" passages of the Bible - in attempting to promote a polytheist doctrine. So why not in response refer to more "consistent sounding" passages - if doing so might help to open someone's eyes to the truth?
If God so wills, the following passages may be helpful in "liberating" someone from the sin of associating others (who were created) with God (who was not created):
1) Mark 10:18 (there is none good but God),
2) Quran 3:84-85 (no worship will be accepted, other than worship of God alone),
3) Quran 6:101 (the "Wonderful Originator" of our world - and of all the other worlds - has no son).
I apologize for any errors in the notes in parentheses for the references above.
As Salaamu Alaikum
-- Yahya Bergum
Be patient when dealing with others.
Point Number 12:
Be slow to judge. Search for the actual facts when coming to decisions/conclusions.
Point Number 13:
Share the knowledge of Allah with others. Do not hoard the blessings that He has given to us by withholding the principles of Islam.
This gives a wrong impression on the other religious that ,when girls are foursed to do things which they don't like this is the result.
Our girls have to be taught the ethics of wearing the burqha, so that they don't misuse and degrade it.
I would like to request to the Muslims arround the world that we all need to learn the meaning for the Quraa'n and practice the Sunnah of our last prophet Muhammad (pbuh), because if we do not follow the sunnah, simply we are living like animlas and knocking @ the doors of darkness and ignorenece. We all Muslim needs to study first about our religion and then just those hints about other religions where God has spoken abou the Islam and Muhammad (pbuh).
Yes, brothers and sisters it is true and i have all the prrofs that there is mentiong about Islam and prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in other religins please study all of them and share with others, so we can help other to understand the Islam.
Please love each others just for Allah, not for (money, woman, pleasure)etc,.
I know deep in my heart that if every single man and a woman gives priorty to Allah's command then to this world I sware by who has my life in His Hands, He can make us and this Islam like a SUN and the Sunnah of our prophet Muhammad(pbuh) as a sunshine, we need to ask him and,,,
only Muslim has a direct connection with Allah Al-Mighty, so please, , ,
cry to Him,
like a child, and he will answer ur prayers, cleane your heart like a milk and be with Muslim like a net,
Our Sheikh, Imam Al-Awzaaee, who was from the taabi'uun, said:
"The Companions of the Prophet (the best of generations) were upon 5 things:
1) Sticking to the Jamaa'ah
2) Clinging firmly to the Sunnah
3) Frequenting (or also building) Masaajid
4) The recitation of the Qur'aan
5) And Jihad in the Cause of Allah
In these 5 points we find the Hidayah to our Fitrah - Following the Qur'aan, and the authentic Sunnah, and the understanding of the Righteous Predessesors. If we do these things, we will be successful (1) within our ownselves, (2) with our families, (3) with our communities, and (4) as a global Ummah of Muslims. May Allah strengthen us all to give more of whatever resources we have at our disposal fee sabeelillah.
Muslims we forget the very message of Prophet
Muhummad peace be upon him, The Iraqi War is an eye opener to muslim world,its time we forget our
difference and gather on one platform and seek
guidance from Allah. Inshallah We would overcome
the enemies of Islam.
people would be flattered by such an
Thanks a lot! This really makes a difference!
possible. This will encourage them to make and keep
other Muslim children as friends and will help
cement the connection to their Muslim community
Have an Islamic community gathering/potluck dinner
once a month. One community in our area does this
during the summer with picnics at a local park and
during the rest of the year at a community center
that they rent out. You can take these opportunities
to introduce muslims from other areas and even
However, interfaith worship is not permissible according to the majority of ulama that I have heard from. It involves the allowance and sanctioning, of pray to other than Allah. Muslims cannot go to these gatherings with the mindset 'Pray to whoever you wish', not if you firmly believe in 'Laa Ilaaha Illallah' and place your trust in Him.
Lastly, we must declare the legitimacy and superiority of Islam, as Allah says in the Qur'an 'The religion with Allah is Islam'. However, it should not be declared with arrogance and contempt. We should respect other religions, be kind and generous to them, and give them da'wah, knowing that this deen is the only way. May Allah give us guidance and tawfeeq.
2. Make a habit of saying certain phrases like "Ma sha' Allah" "In sha'Allah" "Bismillah" and "alhamdullilah" in your home and with your kids for all kinds of occasions.
3. Let your kids know the importance of charity and make it a habit to give to the needy any form of sadaqat.
12.Go in Allah ,s path ,remind your brothers in Islam about the din of Islam,it does not matter whether they are practicing muslims or not.Visit the people who are sick or have a sick person in the family.
13.In the morning when we get out of the house to go work or otherwise ,we should put out your right foot out first and say this dua"bi-ismi-Allah tawakulto aal-Allah.wala-hola-wala qouwata-illa-bi-Allah -il-aali-il-azim".our entire day will be counted as aprayer.
How about getting all Muslims to meet once a week to discuss Islamic matters at work.
e.g. - Salaah facilities & Halaal catering etc.
I am a new muslim and my muslim name is Habibie.
I think that Islam is a beautiful religion but at this time it is the "Dark Ages of Islam" Majority of us are poor, and uneducated. So my idea is this; The RECOVERY of ISLAM is in EDUCATION. Those who live in a rich or western country should educate themselves as much as possible and take position in media and business. Those in rich countries should form groups 2-3 or more families and sponsor a gifted student from a poor muslim country and support him/her until the child graduates from a university and return home and thas help his country to prosper. Each mosque (or group of mosques) should have a chosen 3-rd world muslim country and concentrate on this country making sure there are students studing voriety of subjects that will enrich this country. The business Muslims of that Mosque should see if there is possibility to open an office or a factory in that country. The community of that Mosque should travel for a holiday to that muslim country and spend their money there. There should be a webside newsletter for all muslim to see the progress, needs and achievments of this venture.
The progress will be slow but surely going in the right direction. Allah will first help those who help themselves. Amin.
Muslim ideals should include attending the Mosque at least once a day for communal prayers instead of once a week. The more effort we make to engage ourselves in Islamic practices, the more reward Allah will give us Insha-Allah.
Also, start weaning your family away from the television. Removing this form of entertainment too quickly will result in rebellion and defiance. Television watching is one of the most destracting forces away from islam.
I pray that we take heed from all progressive suggestions Insha-Allah
'None has the right to be worshipped except You. How perfect You are, verily I was among the wrong-doers'
Laa 'ilaha illa Anta Subhanaka 'inni kuntu minn-al Thalimin
==Then Allah Says' We responded to him and saved him from his predicament or crisis , AND so we save the believers' The believers in Allah and in His Quraan and His promise and the power of this blessed Duaa that Allah will answer insha'Allah from he who is afflicted with sadness or disaster or crisis; there would be no stonger reason for despair and loss of hope than being in the stomach of a whale!! but Allah shows us the strength of faith and teaches us the Duaa that opens the doors of His mercy and the secrets of His kingdom. The Creator of the universe deals with it as He wills and is not bound by a natural law or the logic of our minds.
May Allah show us all the right path, Ameen.
2 bycout all western products
3 all Arab countries should take decision to say americans to exile from there lands
4 never allow any western company to do business in muslims lands
- Be kind to other human being irrespective of their belief, caste, creed and colour.
Just imagine if the leaders of countries such as Saudi, Egypt, Syria, Qatar, Pakistan and Bahrain were to unite against the war that is currently going on not just this particular war any war against the ummah by refusing to give out our airbases, unite there various armies to stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters in Iraq and terminate any current trading with America in other words switch off the oil taps as it has been ordered by Allah we should not involve in trading with countries we are at war with. Just imagine if this were to happen how then will America be picking and choosing and bombing us as they wish but it is a shame brothers instead our rulers the American agents are doing exactly the opposite of what they should be doing. Below is a link for brothers and sisters who may be wondering what I meant by working for the re-establishment of the khilafah. Feel free to visit the site if there is any questions please feel free to contact the site administrators. (www.1924.org).
Believe in their religion.
Know their religion.
1)Make dua for those who have little
2)Take action by giving money to the poor as often as you can
3) Read the Holy Quran as much as you can
4) Tearn away from such things that may make you forget about Allah ta'aalaa ( television, music)
5) Spread the knowledg that you have wheither your a teacher or a student
6) Never forget about Allah ta'aalaa
7)Show hospitality, kindness and generousity to all beings
8) Speak about the One All-Mighty in every gathering
9)Have a good character
10) Remember death as often as you can
We should think all the time how can we understand, follow, and propogate Islam with out making it difficult. This is in accordance to the saying of our beloved Prophet may peace be on him. May God bless you for your efforts.
to attend salat al jamaah (group pray at the mosque).There are many Mohmed Prophet(sala allah aleeh wasalam) Hadeeths advice us and some times order us to pray all 5 times pray at the mosque daily .Al hamdulelah (Thanks gud) some time Islam is flexible at emergences cases ,for example if a muslem can not pray at mosque in war times ,sick ,raining a lot,...,then he can pray at home. I believe that Muslim should do his best to pray at the mosque because of the rewards (hasanat) he is going to get is a lot (As Profit, sala allah aleeh wasalem, said that 1 pray at mosque equal 27 pray at home ).If we remember that hadeeth, where one Muslim came to Mohmed Profit ,sala allah aleeh wasalam, asking him for a permission to pray at home instead of praying at the mosque because he is a blind (can not see at all ),initially he allow him then he call him and ask him if he can hear the azan, this Muslim said yes, then mohmed break his permission and ask him to pray at the mosque.
Gazacum allah keher to pass the correct informations and Believes to all muslims worldwide .alsalam alekum warahmat allah wabarakateh .
Ya Allah, Subhanullah wa Tala, I pray for intellectual security concerning this. This is something between Thee and me, so only with Thine Permission would I consent to this veil being Dropped.
When you rise up after "Allah has Heard all who praise Him" make a flower in your mind for Allah and then say "Praise be to my Lord". The flowers will become more and more creative and spin and change color and soon be often replaced by birds and birdsongs and outer space and special poses, etc. Don't hold back your creativity, given to you by your Lord, trying to save it for the next raka.
You will Glorify Allah, The Truth, Most Kind, Most Beautiful, may His Divine Love Be on Muhammad. Muhammad is the Message, Hamd is the Message, Praise is the Message, soft hearted Muhammad is the Message, I don't feel worthy of uttering His Name. This is the Message or at least part of it, and Allah Knows Best.
Ya Allah Subhanullah Wa Tala, if Thou Wills, this e-mail will Go through and something hidden will be Revealed. I love You. Ameen.
this is one quality that does not belong to Allah and He likes most in His creations, and this is the reason why Allah created all.
every human being that thinks, reaches the same conclusion. some associate this to service of humanity, others to the submission to the dictates of His will. but all told and done, it translates into rising beyond self and serve His purpose. humanility not only makes one submit to the will of Allah but also help us find His creatures upon whom He bestows His favours.
this comment is submitted with the hope that all my brethern of the world in search of peace will give it a thought, and submit to the attainment of 'aaj'zee' to earn the love of their Creator, the one and only Allah.
While talking to our children, we better talk serious and with respect about other Islamic nations.
While going to sleep or waking up, we better have a few seconds or a few minutes of recitation (zikr), and to remind other family members of the same.
While driving we better get used to listen to the holy Quran instead of songs.
While teaching our children how to save money, we better remind them to keep out a very nominal portion for donations too.
I totally agree with your ten points,but before we go on to those points,we have to covince our selves that we wre muslims. Instead of fighting over insignificant things like saying "ameen" loudly or quietly, or "holding hands" over chest or at tummy level during salah,we should be tolerant,and make science our profession in order to counter act the threats of WMD. Wasalaam.
2.When you promise, make sure to honour the promise.
3.Make a habbit to help general people, whenever they need it and whenever we could.
4. Try to stay firmly on 5 pillars of Islam.
5. Always take care of parents.
Our group is open to all comers especially new converts or thouse seeking information about Islam. We have had many of our non-Muslim guests accept Islam through our Daw'ah and embrace Islam by saying their Shahadah in our home. May Allah bless them and contiune to guide their hearts.
We continue to meet through Ramadan starting with breaking fast together and enjoying Maghrib, Isa and tarweeh prayers together. Ramadan becomes a special time of the year as our gathering grows to more than 40 people with entire familes gathered to pray together and share their knowledge.
This has become a most rewarding experience for us and has made our home a focus of Islamic study, tradition and peace. Thanks be to Allah for allowing us the opportunity to share our home with our brothers and sisters.
2)Seek out those Muslims in our communities who are suffering from what is becoming popular injustice. Help them pursue legal recourse and hold the powers that be to account for the rights that they claim to uphold.
3) Unify this Ummsh. If you are a Shia than visit your Sunni neighbor, and vis versa. Know that there are subjets that should not be discussed, for the sake of peace, but make every effort to bring us together again.
4) Be instrumental in the dismantaling of the governments who are supressing our brothers and sisters.
5) Unify. Unify. Unify. It is crucial that we pool together our efforts. Welcome other movements/organizations and try to find common ground where we can work together.
6) Prepare for the day when you may have to fight. Today is fitna, it is hard to understand who really has the interests of the Muslims at hart. This will not always be the case. Prepare for the inevitabe.
11. Engage deeply in interfaith activities. Muslims accept all the Prophets, a.s., and that makes us ideal candidates to host interfaith prayers for Peace, for prosperity in the human family. It is extremely necessary that we share the legacy of of light of our sacred tradition with others who can appreciate it's subtlety and it's magnificence. Do not isolate in muslim ghettos and please don't do proselytism. Just humbly be the light of Islam for others to benefit and plese, do not declare it superior to other religions.
12. The muslim men can open themselves to the feminine energy of the Allah through sharing prayers with women intimately. That will soften their hearts so they will shine in expansion.
I also strongly think that unless we value ourselves and our kind as equals to those from the West, we will not deserve to be treated equally. In most Arab countries, a foreigner from any Anglo country is paid much more for a job than the same work done by someone from a Third world country or even a native. A native friend of mine at an international Big Five accounting firm located in the Middle East was paid $7,200 a year while his New Zealand colleague working in the same office on the same projects was paid $120,000 a year! Sadly this scenario repeats itself throughout many Muslim countries, where nationality plays a considerable part in determining salary. How can we be anything if we value each other and ourselves sub-standard, even while performing at the same level as those we look up too? At worst it is racism, at best it is self-hate.
I think we must also stick our heads out a little, especially for those of us who live in the West. Muslim and Arab parents encourage their children to stick with "safe" professions like medicine and engineering. There are very few Muslim lawyers, media personnel, politicians and other professions that have an influence in public life. We need to be a visible part of the communities we live in and build strong networks of our own.
We must also not give up on everything as being so hopeless, so we stop trying. We must have faith in Allah (SWT) even while it sometimes seems ble
1.BE COMPLETELY HONEST
2.STRIVE FOR THE HIGHEST EDUCATION/RESEARCH .
One thing every Muslim family should do is to make salat together at least once a day. Maghrib salat is usually the most suitable time. Then afterwards read only 2-3 hadith and explain them to your children. The benefits occur when it is done everyday.
You have mentioned in point no.2 that whoever cannot attend the Friday prayers must try to go
to the Mosque at least for one prayer in a week.
I think this point is against the teachings of
the Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH)
because Allah has already stated the importance of 'Juma'ah' in the Quran for which there is indeed even a separate chapter 'Surah Al-Juma'ah'. This Surah specifically asks the believers to hasten to the remembrance of Allah by leaving whatever work he is doing at the time of Juma'ah. So you cannot lay emphasis on the virtue of any other prayer in comparison with Jumah at the Mosque.
All those ten things are very important and will be very pleasing to Allah Subhan u Taala. However if we want empowerment of muslim Ummah then we have to emphasise to our young generation to excell in scientific education. They have to be skeptic in teir learning process and give up the learning by rote, which has been our characterstic for past several centuries. I am dismayed when I repeatedly here that cause of our backwardness is our lack of imaan. I am confident that state of our imaan is far better than other people of book. The main reason we are backward is because we have lagged way behind in modern scientific education, not beacause we are not praying as often.Korean and Cinese have progressed in last 50 years by acquiring education,both men and women. They dont even beleive in God. Our religious leaders have long fooled the masses by telling the lie that modern education is anti Islamic and we are paying the price. Unless we realize that the real cause of our backwardness is lack of education in our men and women we will not be able change our condition. It is a shame that out of somany Muslim countries there is not one Institute of Higher learning. My prayer is that Muslim will soon heed the advice of our beloved prophet PBUH and acquire knowledge.
M A Ansari
Also we must never underestimate the power of dua(prayer). We should aim to start and finish everything with dua. The is the only way we will ever become a more God concious society, is if we increase our connection and awareness of God.
Also we should fulfill everyone's rights over us so that on the Day of Judgement noone will have a real cause for grievance over us...and everyone does have a right over us, from your parents to a person you pass on the street.
1) Pray sincerely: We should pray to our creator and sustainer the Almighty Allah (swt) to bless our rulers with wisdom no matter which part of the world we live in.
2) Understand and follow true message of Islam: Let us struggle to study the deen of Allah(swt) and follow as such Allah(swt) Intended us to follow.
3)Be a good example wherever we are: If someone is a doctor let him/her be the best doctor in the
4)Correct the Image Problem: We are being stereotyped to be violent and intolerant. And to some extent some of the so-called Muslims has restored to that. And enemies of Islam have used that to tarnish our image.
5)Build the bridge of friendship with our co-workers and neighbors: We should not only talk
the talk but we should also walk the walk like
inviting them to our homes and sharing with them food and beauty of Islam.
6)Find out commonality and ignore the differences:
Find out from the fellow Americans who are gainst war or against drug or against domestic violence or against environmental pollution or against......and work with them. Make a common issue, the issue of the entire Humanity and not just the issue of Muslims.
7)Look beyond the current crisis: Let us not become the reactionary but work towards a larger goal. Set a long term goal and work towards it.
8)Be fair and honest towards others suffering: See how the people around the world are protesting against his war. There are fewer Muslims but the larger part of the people are non-Muslims. So whenever, we see the injustice we should speak against it, not only when it occurs against Muslim.
9)Establish educational institution/hospitals and
start scholarship programs: We really believe we should give 10% or more of our zakat to these institutions. We should establish Islamic Yale or Muslim Harvard, etc. open not only for Muslim but for people of all faiths.
10) Finally, remember that our
1).First priority to join and seek membership of
any muslim organisation and work with them with
sincere conviction to seek allah pleasure.2) Listen and try not to undermine the organization rather contribute. If you have any good idea according to quran and sunnah please donot hesitate to present with all humility and seek help of other fellow muslim brother and try to promote atmosphere of dailoge rather then arguments. Please show respect to other muslim brother and listen to him first rather then make comment without looking merits in his suggestion or his view. this is last comment but every import also search for those brother and sister
Who are not well to do provide help with whatever
muslim brother and sister need. There are other
suggestion but these are the most important. The
community which is not in harmony will not bring
any harmony to any other community.
Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and the Companions used to pray and then make duaa' whenever things gets tough!
A well-known and documented incident happened when the Prophet was in a very weak position, so he made duaa' and Gabriel came and asked him if he wants him to get the mountains around Mecca to tumble over the non-believers!