Look to yout friends..

The Messenger of Allah said:
“A person is upon the way of his friend. So, let one of you look to whom he keeps as a friend.”
 
[‘Sahih al-Jami” (3545) and ‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’ (927)]
 
Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi said:


[‘Mukhtasar Minhaj al-Qasidin’; p. 126-132]

“Know that not everyone is suitable to be your friend. You must verify that this potential friend has the necessary characteristics that make friendship with him something to be desired. The one you seek to befriend must have five characteristics:
 
* He must be intelligent, as there is no good in befriending an idiot, as he will only harm you when he wants to benefit you. By intelligent, we mean one who understands things as they are, either on his own, or if they are explained to him;

* He must have good manners, and this is a must. One who is simply intelligent might be overcome by anger or desire, and obey his desire. Thus, there would be no benefit in befriending him;
 
* He must not be a fasiq, as such a person would not fear Allah, and whoever does not fear Allah cannot be trusted;

* He must not be an innovator, as his abundance of innovation is feared from befriending him;
 
* He should not be eager for the dunya.”

 

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Israel admits to organ thefts

Israel has admitted that it harvested organs from the dead bodies of Palestinians and Israelis in the 1990s, without permission from their families.

The admission follows the release of an interview with Jehuda Hiss, the former head of Israel’s forensic institute, in which he said that workers at the institute had harvested skin, corneas, heart valves and bones from Israelis, Palestinians and foreign workers.

In the interview, which was conducted in 2000 when Hiss was head of Tel Aviv’s Abu Kabir forensic institute, he said: “We started to harvest corneas … Whatever was done was highly informal. No permission was asked from the family.”

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who conducted the interview, told Al Jazeera on Monday that Hiss had said the “body parts were used by hospitals for transplant purposes – cornea transplants. They were sent to public hospitals [for use on citizens].

Guidelines ‘not clear’

“And the skin went to a special skin bank, founded by the military, for their uses”, such as for burns victims.

The practice is said to have ended in 2000.

The interview was also reported on Israel’s Channel 2 television, which quoted an Israeli military statement that said: “This activity ended a decade ago and does not happen any longer.”

Israel’s health ministry said in the Channel 2 report that at the time the guidelines for transplants “were not clear” and that for the last 10 years “Abu Kabir has been working according to ethics and Jewish law”.

Scheper-Hughes, who is a professor of anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley, said that she made the interview public because of the controversy last summer over allegations of organ harvesting made by a Swedish newspaper.

In August the Aftonbladet newspaper ran an article alleging that the Israeli army had stolen body organs from Palestinian men after killing them.

Israel denied the claims, calling them anti-Semitic, and the incident raised tensions when Sweden refused to apologise for the article, saying that press freedom prevented it from intervening.

‘Conflict deaths’

Donald Bostrom, the journalist who broke the story in Aftonbladet, told Al Jazeera: “UN staff came to me and said that you have to look into this very serious issue. Palestinian young people were disappearing in the areas and five days later they appear back in the villages with an autopsy done on them against the will of the families.

“We need to know who are the victims. Mothers need to know what happened to their sons.”

Bostrom said that there is no proof that people were killed for their organs but that an investigation is needed to find out whether there was a policy in place or if the bodies used were random.

Bostrom added that Hiss is the “main key” to solving such unanswered questions, but that there would also be other people involved who could help uncover the truth.

Scheper-Hughes said that some of the dead Palestinians from whom organs were harvested were killed during military raids.

“Some of the bodies were definitely Palestinians who were killed in conflicts,” she told Al Jazeera.

“Their organs were taken without consent of families and were used to serve the needs of the country in terms of hospitals as well as the army’s needs.”

‘Technically illegal’

She said that Hiss told her “that the people who did the harvesting were sent by the military. They were often medical students”.

“He did it informally and without permission, and it was technically illegal,” she said.

The military establishment gave their “sanction and approval” to the procedures, according to Scheper-Hughes.

During his interview with Scheper-Hughes, Hiss said that the eyelids of bodies were glued shut to prevent the removal of corneas being found out.

Hiss was dismissed as head of Abu Kabir in 2004 over irregularities in the use of organs, but charges against him were eventually dropped. He still holds the position of chief pathologist at the institute.

Israel admits to organ thefts

Ten fire crews were called to Cradley Heath Mosque and Islamic Centre in Plant Street

Ten fire crews were called to Cradley Heath Mosque and Islamic Centre in Plant Street, Cradley Heathe, near Dudley in the West Midlands, on Boxing Day.

But they could not save the mosque building, which was completely destroyed in the attack. It is the second time the hall has been targeted in recent years.

The Islamic education centre next door was also burned out during the attack at 10.15pm on Boxing Day. Fire crews said the fire was started deliberately and police are now investigating.

Around 400 worshippers regularly use the mosque. Leaders now face a challenge to find a replacement meeting place.

“This is not the first time we have been targeted,” said Vasharat Ali, secretary of the mosque and Islamic centre. “There was a similar attack four or five years ago.

“The building is completely destroyed and all the books that we use with the children in the education centre next door have been damaged by the water.”

http://www.hizb.org.uk/hizb/news-watch/identity/mosque-burned-to-the-ground-by-arsonists.html

“None spoke in the cradle except three:

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah – may Allaah be pleased with him – who said that the Prophet – صلى الله عليه وسلم – said:

“None spoke in the cradle except three:Abu Hurayrah – May Allaah be pleased with him – said: ‘It is as if I can see Messenger of Allaah – صلى الله عليه وسلم – right now, as he is illustrating the scene of the baby’s suckling with his forefinger in his mouth.’
He continued: “They passed by a slave girl who was being beaten by people who were accusing her of committing fornication and theft.’

  • ‘Eesa the son of Maryam,

 

  • Jurayj’s companion; Jurayj was a man of worship, he had a place of worship and while he was in it, his mother came in and called upon him. He said to himself; ‘My Lord, my mother or my prayer?’ So he continued praying and she left. The next day she also came and called upon him while he was in prayer, he said to himself; ‘My Lord, my mother or my prayer?’ So he continued praying and again she left. The following day she came again and called upon him while he was in prayer, he said to himself; ‘My Lord, my mother or my prayer?’ So he continued praying.
    She said: ‘O Allaah, do not allow him to die until he sees the faces of prostitutes.’

The Children of Israel knew of Jurayj and his worship. There was a very beautiful prostitute who offered to seduce him. She attempted to do so but he did not pay her any attention to her. She then approached a herdsman who used to seek refuge in his place of worship, she offered herself to him and he slept with her. She became pregnant, and when she gave birth she claimed that it was the child of Jurayj. They went to him, invoked curses over him, destroyed his place of worship and attacked him.
He said: ’Why are you doing this?’
They responded: ‘You fornicated with this woman and she bore you a child.’
He said: ‘Where is the child?’
So they brought him the child.
He said: ‘Leave me until I pray.’
When he finished praying he came to the boy and poked him in his stomach. He said: ‘O child, who is your father?’

The baby boy responded: ‘So and so the herdsman.’
So the people turned to Jurayj, kissing him and asking him for forgiveness. They offered to rebuild his place of worship in gold, but he refused and asked them to rebuild it from mud just as it was before, and so they did.

There was also a baby who was being breast fed by his mother when a rider in fine garments passed by on an agile animal.
His mother said: ‘O Allaah, make my child like him.’
The baby stopped suckling and looked at him, he said: ‘O Allaah, do not make me like him.’
He then continued suckling…”

She was saying: `Sufficient is Allaah is for me, and the best of Guardians He is’
The mother said: `O Allaah, do not make my child like her.’
Again the baby stopped suckling, looked at her and said: ‘O Allaah! Make me like her.’

At this point they spoke to each other, the mother said: `A good looking man passed by and I asked Allaah to make my child like him, you asked Allaah not make you like him. We passed by this slave girl while she was being beaten and being accused of fornication and theft, I asked Allaah not to make my child like her, and you asked Allaah to make you like her.’

The child said: `That man was a tyrant, so I asked Allaah not to make me like him. They were accusing the girl of fornication, while she did not commit it, and they were accusing her of theft, while she did not steal, so I asked Allaah to make me like her”
 

[Collected by both al Bukhaaree and Muslim.]
 
http://www.subulassalaam.com/articles/article.cfm?article_id=102

“Satan Hinders the Slave from Acting by Means of Procrastination and Laziness”

“Satan Hinders the Slave from Acting by Means of Procrastination and Laziness”

by Dr. `Umar Al-Ashqar

Concerning this point, Satan has many ways and means. It is recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,


“During your sleep, Satan ties three knots at the back of your Decks. He breathes the following into them, ‘The night is long so keep on sleeping.’ If the person wakes and praises Allah, then one of the knots is unfastened. And if he performs ablution, the second knot is unfastened. When he prays, all of the knots are unfastened. After that he will be energetic and happy in the morning. Otherwise he would get up listless and grouchy.”

It is also recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim that he said,

When one of you rises from your sleep he should make ablution. He should rinse his nose three times. For Satan stays in the upper part of one’s nose during the night.”
 

Al-Bukhari also records that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked about a man who sleeps until the morning comes,

that is, after the time of the dawn prayer. He said,

“That is a man whom Satan has urinated into his two ears.”
What we have mentioned is from among the ways that Satan hinders the human from doing some actions. He also whispers into the human a love for laziness, postponing or procrastinating actions and thinking about what a long period of time one has for such and such action or work. Ibn al-Jauzi has written on this topic, stating,
How many of the Jews or Christians have considered in their hearts love for Islam. But Iblees always hinders them. He says to them, “Do not be hasty. Look closer into the matter.” And they postpone their conversion until they die as unbelievers. In the same way the one who is disobedient to Allah postpones his repentance. He sets his sights on his desires and he hopes he will repent later. But, as the poet said, “Do not rush to perform the sins you desire and think about the period of repentance beforehand.” How many are determined to do something and then they postpone it. Perhaps a scholar is determined to return to his study. Satan says, “Rest for a while.” Or a servant is alerted to the prayer at night and he says to him, “You have plenty of time.” He will not stop making people love laziness and postponing of actions and he makes the person rely on hopes and dreams.

It is necessary for the energetic person to take matters into his own hand and act upon his energy. The energetic finds the time to do things and does not procrastinate and he turns away from just dreaming. The one who has a real fear of Allah does not feel safe of punishment. The soul never stops in its dispute about evil and facing the good. But it always expects that it will have plenty of time to complete the good. One of the early scholars said, “Beware of procrastinating. It is the greatest of the soldiers of Satan.” The serious, non-procrastinating person and the one who rests on his hopes and puts off working are like two who are passing through a city while journeying.

The serious, energetic one buys his provisions early and waits for his traveling out of the city. The procrastinator says, “I will wait, as perhaps we will stay here a month,” and continues to put off buying his provisions and preparing for his departure, until the last minute wherein he becomes rushed and mistake prone. This is how people are in this world. Some of them are prepared and alert. When the angel of death comes, he is not sorrowful. Others are deceived by thinking they can procrastinate and they will despair when the time to move on comes. It is part of one’s nature to love laziness and dreams but then Iblees comes and builds upon that. This makes it difficult to struggle against him in that matter. But the one who is alert knows that he is in the middle of a battle. He knows that his enemy does not rest. And if it seems that he is resting, it is actually just part of his strategy…
 

Ibn al-Jauzi, Talbees Iblees, p. 458

Died a Martyr’s Death In Her Own Home

Umm Waraqah the Woman Who Died a Martyr’s Death In Her Own Home

The Righteous Sahaabiyyah “Umm Waraqah Bint Nawfal al-Ansaariyyah” May Allaah be pleased with her, when the prophet went for the ghazwah of Badr she said,”Grant me permission to go with you, i can treat the sick and maybe Allaah will grant me Matyrdom”, the prophet said to her:”Stay in your home, for Allaah will give you martyrdom”, and she was therefore called “the Shaheedah”!She May Allaah be pleased with her used to read the Qur’an so she asked for permission from the Prophet to have a Mu’athin in her house, and he gave her permission.

She Had two slaves (a male and a female) that would be freed when she died. They got up one night, covered her and strangled her until she died (because they wanted to be freed quickly) and ran away!

The news reached the khaleefah of the muslims Umar Ibn al-Khattab May Allaah be pleased with him, he stood up and said to the people:”Who have knowledge about these two, or the one who saw them, bring them.”

They were captured and Umar ordered them to be crucified, and they were the first to be that in madeenah.

in another narration she said to the Prophet ” if you give me permission i would go with you and treat the sick and wounded! and maybe Allaah will give me martyrdom”,The Prophet said to her:” O Umm Waraqah stay in your home , and Allaah will give you the martyrdom in your house”!And the prophet would visit her in her home and he made a mua’thin for her! He said:”She had a male and a female slave that would be freed when she died, so they got up to her, covered her and killed her!

When Umar got up he said,”By Allaah, i didnt hear the recitation of my aunt Umm Waraqah last night!” he entered the house and later he saw her covered in a sheet in the side of the house. so he said,” The prophet said the truth!” he got up to the minbar and mentioned what happened and said, “bring them to me”. when they came he asked them and they confessed that they killed her, so he ordered them to be crucified in madeenah.”

[‘al-Isaabah fee tamyeez as-Sahaabah’, by Ibn Hajr al-Asqalaani 8/331]

 
http://www.subulassalaam.com/

This is how they feared thier lord

The great ascetic Shaqîq Al-Balakhî – Allâh have mercy on him – was once asked, “What is the mark of [true] repentance?” He replied, “Continued crying over past sins, deep fear of falling into them again, staying away from bad company, and keeping the company of good people.”

Abû Bakr Al-Daynûrî, Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawâhir Al-‘Ilm article 2645.

It is reported that Bashr b. Al-Hârith said, “I was once with Al-Fudayl b. ‘Ayyâd in Makkah. He sat with us until midnight, then went and did tawâf until the morning. I said, ‘Abû ‘Alî! Won’t you sleep?’ He replied, ‘Woe to you! And is there anyone who hears a mention of the Fire and then feels like sleeping!?’”

Abû Bakr Al-Daynûrî, Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawâhir Al-‘Ilm, article 723.

It is reported that Abû Ayyûb Al-Ansârî – Allâh be pleased with him – said, “A person might do a single good deed, rely on it and forget sins that he regards insignificant, but then meet Allâh (on the Day of Judgment) with those sins surrounding him. And a man might commit a sin, but never stop fearing its consequences, until he meets Allâh safe and sound.”

Al-Hâfidh Ibn Hajr, Fath Al-Bârî, references this narration to Asad b. Mûsâ’s Al-Zuhd. A slightly different wording is reported by Ibn Al-Mubârak in Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqâ`iq Vol.1 p170.

Abdullah b. Mas’ûd – Allah be pleased with him – said:

The believer sees his sins as if he is sitting at the foot of a mountain fearing that it might fall on him, while the sinner (fâjir) sees his sins as a fly that lands on his nose, he just waves it away.

Al-Bukhârî, Al-Sahîh, The Book of Supplications, Chapter on Tawbah.

Ibn Hajr quotes in his commentary, Fath Al-Bârî:

Ibn Abî Jumrah said, “The reason for this [fear] is that the heart of a believer is illuminated; so when he sees from himself something that goes against what he illuminates his heart with, it is very distressing to him. The wisdom behind giving the example of a mountain is that a person might find some way to escape from other dangers, but if a mountain falls on a person he does not survive. In short, the believer is dominated by fear (of Allah) due to the strength of îmân he has; he does not therefore feel falsely secure about being punished because of his sins. This is the way of the Muslim: he always fears and checks on himself, his good deeds are little to him and he fears even the small bad deeds he has done.”

Bilâl b. Sa’d – Allah have mercy on him – said:

Do not think about how small the sin is, but think about who you have just disobeyed.

Ibn Al-Mubârak, Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqâ`iq Vol.1 p150

Yûsuf b. Asbât – Allah have mercy on him – reports that whenever Sufyân remembered the hereafter he would urinate blood.

It is also reported that Sufyân – Allah have mercy on him – said:

I sometimes see something I feel I am obliged to speak out about, but when I don’t say anything I urinate blood.

And in another report:

I sometimes see an evil being done, but if I don’t speak out about it I urinate blood.

 

Al-Dhahabî , Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ` in his biography of Imâm Sufyân Al-Thawrî .

Masrûq – Allah have mercy on him – said:

Sufficient as knowledge for a person is that he fears Allah, and sufficient as ignorance for a person is that he feels impressed with the knowledge he has.

Al-Âjurrî in Akhlâq Al-‘Ulamâ’ no.40

Khutbah: “Who Are the People of Taqwa?” by Br. Nouman Ali Khan

Abel Xavier becomes Muslim

Former Portuguese international Abel Xavier will now go by the name of Faisal Xavier after quitting football at the age of 38.

In converting to Islam the ex-Liverpool and Everton man has stated his regret at leaving the sport behind, but has also claimed that he is happy with his new-found faith.

“While it’s an emotional farewell, I hope to participate in something very special as I enter a new stage of my life.

“In times of trouble, I have found comfort in Islam. Gradually I learned of learned a religion that professes peace, equality, freedom and hope. These are extremely important.”

Xavier further stated that he is to now undertake humanitarian work with the United Nations while working in the American film industry.

The Mozambique-born defender last played for the Los Angeles Galaxy, following a career that saw him ply his trade in Portugal, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, England, Turkey, Germany, and the USA.

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=goal-abelxavierquitsfootballandc

Britain’s High Class Flocking to Islam

Authentic research has shown that over 14,000 Brits have converted to Islam after having lost hope in the style of life the West is offering.

“Amongst the converts there exist many famous personalities which is a great booster for the Muslims who have become a prey to accusations of terrorism and are living in fear” in the words of Muslim leaders.

The Muslim Council has appointed the former health minister’s son Ahmed Dobson as chairman of their new committee which is striving to explain the reality of Islam to the whites living in the United Kingdom.

Yahya Britt (Jonathan Britt) the former BBC director has researched thoroughly the data of Christians converting to Islam and concluded that the total number of new Muslims in Britain was 14200. In his statement of conversion to Islam last week, Britt stressed the point that Britain also needed a leader to bring whites more easily into Islam, just as Malcolm X had done for the blacks of America and to make Islam a more national religion rather than the strange one it is at present. Furthermore, he explained how Islam’s balanced system, strong beliefs and spirituality gave him that hearts contentment.

Herbet Scott’s great grand daughter, Emma Clark has also accepted Islam as a way of life, a former designer for the gardens of the Prince of Wales is now involved in designing a mosque’s garden. She stated to the press a few days ago that “I accepted Islam after detesting the doubt standards of Western values and to lee from the filth that surrounds it. Her great grandfather who was the prime minister of Britain in 1908-1916 led his people to the lines of victory in the First World War.

Most new converts have been greatly influenced by Charles Eaton’s book, Islam and the Destiny of Man. He states that I’ve receives thousands of letters informing me that we have lost hope in today’s Christianity which is following the whims and desires of people and are searching for such a religion which does not have this.

The earl of Yarbrough who is the owner of over 28,000 acres of land in Lincolnshire told the press, “I have changed my name to Abdul Mateen and would only like to say that “Study Islam and you shall see its beauty.”

Her Majesty has given full permission for Muslim staff working in Buckingham Palace to take time off to perform their Friday prayers.

The above were examples of people who were directly connected to the kingdom, whose grandparents were the bearers of knighthoods and lordships, who used to sit in the houses of Parliament, wealthy people, from a nation who has never been ruled. But what happened to these people’s progeny? There was no slavery or force on them to make them accept Islam; “it was solely the unexplainable hearts contentment we found which compelled us.”

After all this I see not the reasons of my shyness, my regret, my inferiority complex that is stopping me from even performing my Jumu’ah Salaat amidst my colleagues at work only because of the fear of what will people say and that my business may lose important profits, yet the kingdom headquarters, Buckingham Palace, has such facilities.”

http://muslimmedianetwork.com/mmn/?p=4660

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