How many of us do this?

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islamic religion). So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy.

Surah Al-Hujuraat: 49-10

ولا تظنن بكلمة خرجت من امرئ مسلم شرا وأنت تجد لها في الخير محملا

Umar (Ra) once said:

“Do not think evil of anything that comes from your brother, Muslim’s tongue, whenever there is a way to interpret it in a good way.”

Al-Farq bayna an-Naseehah wat-Ta’yeer [English: The Difference between Advising and Condemning]

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As I walked out one evening…

As I walked out one evening,

Walking down Bristol Street,

The crowds upon the pavement

Were fields of harvest wheat.

And down by the brimming river

I heard a lover sing

Under an arch of the railway:

‘Love has no ending.

‘I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you

Till China and Africa meet,

And the river jumps over the mountain

And the salmon sing in the street,

‘I’ll love you till the ocean

Is folded and hung up to dry

And the seven stars go squawking

Like geese about the sky.

‘The years shall run like rabbits

For in my arms I hold

The Flower of the Ages

And the first love of the world.’

But all the clocks in the city

Began to whirr and chime:

‘O let not Time deceive you,

You cannot conquer Time.

‘In the burrows of the Nightmare

Where Justice naked is,

Time watches from the shadow

And coughs when you would kiss.

‘In headaches and in worry

Vaguely life leaks away,

And Time will have his fancy

To-morrow or to-day.

‘Into many a green valley

Drifts the appalling snow;

Time breaks the threaded dances

And the diver’s brilliant bow.

‘O plunge your hands in water,

Plunge them in up to the wrist;

Stare, stare in the basin

And wonder what you’ve missed.

‘The glacier knocks in the cupboard,

The desert sighs in the bed,

And the crack in the tea-cup opens

A lane to the land of the dead.

‘Where the beggars raffle the banknotes

And the Giant is enchanting to Jack,

And the Lily-white Boy is a Roarer

And Jill goes down on her back.

‘O look, look in the mirror,

O look in your distress;

Life remains a blessing

Although you cannot bless.

‘O stand, stand at the window

As the tears scald and start;

You shall love your crooked neighbour

With your crooked heart.’

It was late, late in the evening,

The lovers they were gone;

The clocks had ceased their chiming

And the deep river ran on.

W.H. Auden

Your lord is Munificent and Generous….

إن الله حيي كريم يستحيي إذا رفع الرجل إليه يديه أن يردهما صفرا خائبتين

“Your lord is Munificent and Generous and is ashamed to turn away empty the hands of His servant when he raises them to Him.”

Tirmidhi

Advise or advice?

A question sent in by  Jose Rodriguez asking about the difference between ‘advise‘ and ‘advice‘:

is “advice” correctly spelled or is it “advise“, or both are correct but have different meanings in the United States? which is it? please advise or advice🙂

Advice‘ is a noun: you can give someone a ‘piece of advice‘. For example, let me give you some advice about travelling in China.

Advise‘ is a verb: He advised me to always keep my passport on me when I was in China. His advice was very useful.

Another example: She was asked to advise (verb) the government on immigration. Her advice (noun) was used to prepare the new programs.

http://74.125.153.132/search?q=cache:5kfNHPxupyAJ:english4today.blogs.com/english/2006/05/advise_or_advic.html+advise+advice&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

Useful book: The.Penguin.Guide.to.Punctuation.

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More sound advice from Hassan Al-Basari..


وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلَا مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْرًا أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ وَمَن يَعْصِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا مُّبِينًا

It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.

Surah Al-Ahzab 33:36


إن الله لا ينظر إلى أجسامكم ، ولا إلى صوركم ، ولكن ينظر إلى قلوبكم

“Verily Allah does not look to your bodies nor to your faces but He looks to your hearts,”

(Sahih Muslim)

قال الحسن البصري رحمه الله: اعلم انك لن تحب الله حتى تحب طاعته

Al-Hassan: ” know that you shall never truly love Allah until you love obeying Him.”


قال الحسن البصري رحمه الله : داو قلبك فإن حاجة الله إلى العباد صلاح قلوبهم

Al-Hassan: “Cure your heart for Allah desires that His slaves should purify their hearts.”


Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wal Hikam

Even in their youth…


“From his youth, Yaha al-Nawai was not attracted to sports or playing. Indeed, the other children chided him for this. From an early age, he turned his attention to his studies. He hated any activity that would take him away from memorizing the Qur’an. On one occasion, the children forced him to play with them and he cried because of the time he was wasting.”

The original quote is from:

Ahmad al-Haddaad, al-Imaam al-Nawai wa Athaaruhu fi al-Hadeeth wa Uloomih

Translation extracted from: Zarabozo’s sharh of Imam Nawai’s Forty Hadith.

Ibn al-Jawzi Rahimahullah said:

“Many of the favours bestowed upon me are not due to my own doing; rather they are the Sublimes plan for me, I do not recall myself except with a lofty & strong resolve – even when I was a mere boy of six years and associating with older children. I was bestowed with intellect and I would read profusely as a child. I do not ever recall playing in the street with other children nor laughing openly, when I was approximately 7 years old I would search for the circle of the Muhaddith, and he would relate easy things to me so I would memorise all that I would hear, then go home and write it down.”

Tarikh Ibn Kathir 13/29

http://feesabeelillah.blogspot.com/2009/05/i-do-not-recall-playing-in-street-with.html

Taqwa is not praying during the late night and fasting during the day…


قال عمر بن عبد العزيز

ليست التقوى قيام الليل وصيام النهار والتخليط فيما بين ذلك ولكن التقوى أداء ما افترض الله وترك ما حرم الله فإن كان مع ذلك عمل

فهو خير إلى خير


Umar Abdul Aziz said:

Taqwa is not praying during the late night and fasting during the day and mixing [between permissible and impermissible] between those two. But Taqwa is to fulfill what Allah has obligated and avoid what Allah has forbidden. If, in addition to that, there are some [good voluntary deeds, it is goodness upon goodness.”

“The one who attains the most in our sight is not the one who has the most prayers or fast…..”

فإذا استنصح رجل أخاه فلينصح له

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

“If a man seeks sincere advice (Naseehah) from his brother, he should give him sincere advice.”

Ahmad.

ما أدرك عندنا من أدرك بكثرة الصيام والصلاة ؛ وإنما أدرك عندنا بسخاء الأنفس وسلامة الصدور والنصح للأمة

Fudhail ibn Iyaadh said:

“The one who attains the most in our sight is not the one who has the most prayers or fast. but the one who has attained the most in our sight is due to the generosity of the soul, the heart being free of [unjustified hatred and rancor] and the sincere conduct to the Muslim nation.”

Jaami’ al-Uloom wal-Hikam

Fears over non-Muslim’s use of Islamic law to resolve disputes..

Muslim Arbitration Tribunal reports 15% rise in non-Muslims employing sharia law in commercial cases

Campaigners have voiced concerns over a growing number of non-Muslims using Islamic law to resolve legal disputes in Britain despite controversy over the role of sharia law.

A spokesman for the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal (MAT) said that there had been a 15% rise in the number of non-Muslims using sharia arbitrations in commercial cases this year. Last year, more than 20 non-Muslims chose to arbitrate cases at the network of tribunals, which operate in London, Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester, Nuneaton and Luton. “We are offering a cheap and effective service for Muslim and non-Muslims,” said MAT spokesperson Fareed Chedie.

“95% of the people who come to us for arbitration do not feel they need legal representation.” Chedie said that tribunals deal mainly with civil and commercial cases, including mosque disputes referred by the Charity Commission. But the tribunals have also continued to hear cases in the field of family law and divorce, Chedie said.

“We are increasingly dealing with reconciliation and mediation in marriage,” said Chedie. “Many of these are cases where women have petitioned because they have a difficult marriage and want some guidance and direction. If they then want to terminate the marriage then we can help with that.”

The increase in marriage and divorce cases comes as one law firm has begun offering advice on civil Scots law and sharia law, making it the first in Britain to offer both civil and Islamic law as part of one service.

Glasgow law firm Hamilton Burns says that it is responding to a greater demand from Muslim clients who want advice on sharia law alongside civil advice under Scots law. It has teamed up with Shaykh Amer Jamil, a Muslim scholar who specialises in Islamic family law.

“We hope that by incorporating sharia family jurisprudence against a background of domestic Scottish legislation, we can provide our clients with as much relevant information as possible,” said Niall Mickel, a solicitor advocate and managing partner at Hamilton Burns.

But some groups have criticised the move by the Scottish firm, arguing that the recognition of sharia law decisions in Britain is regressive and harmful to women.

“We have a petition signed by more than 22,000 people saying that all religious tribunals should be prevented from operating within or outside the legal system,” said Maryam Namazie, a spokeswoman for the One Law for All Campaign, which campaigns against sharia law in Britain. ” I have spoken to women who are losing custody of their children in the sharia councils – under sharia law custody of a child goes to the husband after a certain age, irrespective of the welfare of the child.

There are cases of domestic violence where women have dropped criminal charges and the sharia councils have sent the husbands on anger-management courses. That is just not how we deal with domestic violence in this country,” Namazie said.Many Muslim lawyers have challenged criticism of sharia law in Britain as “islamophobic”, arguing that there is a distinction between sharia councils – which largely operate outside the law – and arbitration tribunals, which are subject to the Arbitration Act passed by parliament.

“The media get this out of context and hyped up,” said Dr Saba Al-Makhtar, from the Arab Lawyers Association. “Under English law there is room to settle disputes on any ground that it is acceptable to the parties involved, provided it doesn’t conflict with English law .… it is an extremely good idea.

“Critics deny that the campaign against sharia law is targeted specifically against Muslims, however.

“Our campaign is focusing on sharia but we are against all religious tribunals including the Jewish beth din,” said Namazie. “Human rights are non-negotiatble and religious tribunals puts religion before people’s rights and their freedoms. Law based on any religion – whether the Bible, Torah or the Quran – is completely antithetical to rights woman have in this day and age. Many of the rights women have now result in the UK is the result of a hard fight to wrestle control out of church hands.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/14/non-muslims-sharia-law-uk

Sahl ibn Abdullah al-Tustari was asked: “What is Imaan?”

كَمَا سُئِلَ سَهْلُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ التستري عَنْ الْإِيمَانِ مَا هُوَ ؟ فَقَالَ : قَوْلٌ وَعَمَلٌ وَنِيَّةٌ وَسُنَّةٌ لِأَنَّ الْإِيمَانَ إذَا كَانَ قَوْلًا بِلَا عَمَلٍ

فَهُوَ كُفْرٌ وَإِذَا كَانَ قَوْلًا وَعَمَلًا بِلَا نِيَّةٍ فَهُوَ نِفَاقٌ وَإِذَا كَانَ قَوْلًا وَعَمَلًا وَنِيَّةً بِلَا سُنَّةٍ فَهُوَ بِدْعَةٌ

Sahl ibn Abdullah al-Tustari was asked:

“What is Imaan?” and he answered, “It is statement, action, intention and following the way of the sunnah. This is because if Imaan is only a statement without action proper intention, it is hypocrisy. If it is statement, action and intention, without following the way of the sunnah, it is heresy.”

Ibn Taymiyyah: Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa
Volume 7
Page 171

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