So what is our excuse

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خالد بن وليد رضي الله عنه

لقد شغلني الجهاد في سبيل الله عن كثير من قراءة القرآن

تاريخ دمشق

Khalid bin Waleed رضي الله عنه would complain:

‘Jihad in the way of Allah has busied me from reading much Quran.’

Tareekh Dimishq

So what is our excuse?

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It is not even worth it…

الدنيا من أولها إلى آخرها لا تُساوي غمَّ ساعة ، فكيف بغمِّ العمر !؟ .

[الفوائد [٤٥٨

Ibn al-Qayyim Rahamtullahi said:

The Dunya (worldly life) from it’s beginning to its very end is not worth even an hour of sadness, then what of a life time of sadness?!

…your son was released before you, would you not then be pleased?

مات لرجل ولد فعزاه سفيان بن عيينة و آخرون و هو في حزن شديد حتى جاءه الفضيل بن عياض فقال: يا هذا أرأيت لو كنت في سجن و ابنك, فأفرج عن ابنك قبلك أما كنت تفرح؟؟ قال: بلى, قال: فإن ابنك خرج من سجن الدنيا قبلك, فسري عن الرجل و قال: تعزيت 

 تسلية أهل المصائب

A man’s child passed away, so Sufyan ibn Uyaynah رحمة الله عليه and others gave him condolences for he was in severe grief. Until Fudail ibn ‘Iyad رحمة الله عليه came and said: O you! Do you not see if you and your son were in prison and your son was released before you, would you not then be pleased? The man replied: Of course. Fudail said: ‘Then your son has left the prison of this dunya before you. The grief left the man, and he said: “You have given a (proper) condolence.”

The dunya is a place..


Below is a quote that is attributed to Ali RA. However, according to ibn Rajab in his master piece known as Jami’ Al-Uloom wal-Hikam, there is some discussion with regards to the strength of the chain (sanad). Yet, I felt it has some very interesting points that we can benefit from it. Allah knows best

الدنيا دار صدق لمن صدقها ودار غنا لمن تزود منها ودار نجاة لمن فهم عنها فهي مهبط وحي الله ومصلي

انبياء الله ومتجر اولياء الله ربحوا فيها الرحمة وأكتسبوا فيها الجنة

الدنيا دار صدق لمن  صدقها

The dunya is a place of truth for the one who is truthful to it

ودار غنا لمن تزود منها 

A place of richness for the one who taken his provisions from it.

ودار نجاة لمن فهم عنها

A place of salvation for the one who has understood it.

 فهي مهبط وحي الله

For it is where the revelation of Allah descended.

ومصلي انبياء الله

And the place of prayer for the Prophet’s of Allah.

 ومتجر اولياء الله
 
And the market place for the friends of Allah.
 
 ربحوا فيها الرحمة وأكتسبوا فيها الجنة
 
Wherein they gained Mercy and earned paradise.

Internet Porn: Worse Than Crack

Internet pornography is the new crack cocaine, leading to addiction, misogyny, pedophilia, boob jobs and erectile dysfunction, according to clinicians and researchers testifying before a Senate committee Thursday.

Witnesses before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Science, Technology and Space Subcommittee spared no superlative in their description of the negative effects of pornography.

Mary Anne Layden, co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy, called porn the “most concerning thing to psychological health that I know of existing today.”

“The internet is a perfect drug delivery system because you are anonymous, aroused and have role models for these behaviors,” Layden said. “To have drug pumped into your house 24/7, free, and children know how to use it better than grown-ups know how to use it — it’s a perfect delivery system if we want to have a whole generation of young addicts who will never have the drug out of their mind.”
Pornography addicts have a more difficult time recovering from their addiction than cocaine addicts, since coke users can get the drug out of their system, but pornographic images stay in the brain forever, Layden said.

Jeffrey Satinover, a psychiatrist and advisor to the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality echoed Layden’s concern about the internet and the somatic effects of pornography.

“Pornography really does, unlike other addictions, biologically cause direct release of the most perfect addictive substance,” Satinover said. “That is, it causes masturbation, which causes release of the naturally occurring opioids. It does what heroin can’t do, in effect.”

The internet is dangerous because it removes the inefficiency in the delivery of pornography, making porn much more ubiquitous than in the days when guys in trench coats would sell nudie postcards, Satinover said.

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), the subcommittee’s chairman, called the hearing the most disturbing one he’d ever seen in the Senate. Brownback said porn was ubiquitous now, compared to when he was growing up and “some guy would sneak a magazine in somewhere and show some of us, but you had to find him at the right time.”

The hearing came just days after a controversy over a sexually suggestive Monday Night Football ad that has many foreseeing a crackdown on indecency by the Federal Communications Commission.

It is unclear what the consequences of Thursday’s hearing will be since it was not connected to any pending or proposed legislation.
Brownback, a conservative Christian, is also scheduled to be rotated off the sub-committee in the next session.

When Brownback asked the panelists for suggestions about what should be done, the responses were mild, considering their earlier indictment of pornography.
Several suggested that federal money be allocated to fund brain-mapping studies into the physical effects of pornography.

Judith Reisman of the California Protective Parents Association suggested that more study of “erototoxins” could show how pornography is not speech-protected under the First Amendment.

The panelists all agreed that the government should fund health campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of pornography. The campaign should combat
the messages of pornography by putting signs on buses saying sex with children is not OK, said Layden.

However, as the panelists themselves acknowledged, there is no consensus among mental health professionals about the dangers of porn or the use of the term “pornography addiction.”

Many psychologists and most sexologists find the concepts of sex and pornography addiction problematic, said Carol Queen, staff sexologist for the San Francisco-based, woman-owned Good Vibrations.

Queen questioned the validity of the panel for not including anyone who thinks “pornography is not particularly problematic in most people’s lives.”
Queen acknowledges she can name people who have compulsive and destructive behavior centered on pornography, but argues that can happen with other activities, such as gambling and shopping.

Queen also criticized the methodology behind research showing that pornography stimulates the brain like drugs do, saying the research needs to take into account how sex itself stimulates the brain.

“There’s no doubt the brain lights up when sexually aroused,” Queen said.
Queen too would like to see more money devoted to research on sex, but thinks it is unlikely that researchers on either side of the divide are likely to receive large grants any time soon.

Studies intended to show the harmful effects of pornography must contend with ethical rules prohibiting harm to human subjects, while sex researchers have a hard time getting any funding, unless their study is specifically HIV-related, according to Queen.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:D1ofASBCSzYJ:www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2004/11/65772+congresswoman+says+porn+worse+than+drugs&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&source=www.google.co.uk

“Exposing Pornography” by Sh. Yassir Fazaga

 

Purification of the soul

For a number of reasons, this is a very important time to be writing a book of this nature. First, the concept of purification of the soul as a whole is and always will be central to the message of Islam and to the welfare of humans, both in this life and the Hereafter. Indeed, it was a main mission of the messengers and prophets themselves.

Second, there is a very strong need to shed light on the correct path of purification as delineated by the Quran and Sunnah- free of the foreign influence, deviations and heresies that have found their way into the realm of the religion and have caused a great deal of harm. The path described by the Quran and Sunnah is the only path that can result in a true purification of the soul. Indeed, it is the only path that is truly consistent with the purpose for which humans were created. Hence, any discussion of purification of the soul must rely heavily and exclusively on the Quran and Sunnah and what can be correctly derived from those two sources.

Third, many Muslims themselves are today being influenced by secular, materialistic psychology, leading them to neglect the spiritual side of humans and to ignore the guidance that Islam offers for the purification of the soul. This influence often occurs at a level wherein the person himself may not be completely aware that it is occurring.

Fourth, for some time now, there has been an Islamic revival spreading throughout the Muslim world. Upon closer inspection, it seems that this revival is somewhat tenuous and delicate, in the sense that for many Muslims it is more of an emotional phenomenon. In order for this revival to be truly successful and lead to what it needs to lead to, it must be guided by the comprehensive teachings of Islam. First and foremost among those teachings is what is related to the purification of the soul. Without the purification of the souls, the revival will only be on the outer shell and will, in fact, be a “deceptive” revival, in the sense that the inner consciousness will not have been reformed and the lapse back to the pre-revival times may be very close at hand. Indeed, without the purifications of the souls, the very goals of the revival from the outset may be wrong.

http://www.kalamullah.com/purification-of-the-soul.html

Revolutionize The Dunya

Trying to revolutionize the world and waking up for fajr are both things we must do. Allah knows best. Good vid none the less.

Doing exercise in a gym where there is music

 

What is the ruling on exercising in a gym where there is music? Please note that I have advised those who are in charge but they did not act upon my advice. Now I have started to use an mp3 player whilst I am exercising.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

It is not permissible to listen to music, whether in a gym or elsewhere, because of a great deal of evidence which states that it is haraam to listen to musical instruments. See the answer to question no. 5000.

Secondly:

The fact that there is music in the gym is an evil which must be denounced. It is not sufficient just to put on earphones to block the sound or distract oneself by listening to something permissible. Rather if denouncing it verbally does not work, there remains the option of denouncing it in one’s heart, which can only be achieved by going away from the evil and leaving the place where it is happening, so long as one is able to do that.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever among you sees an evil action, then let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of faith.”

Narrated by Muslim (49).

The fact that it is obligatory to leave the place where evil is being committed is also indicated by the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And it has already been revealed to you in the Book (this Qur’aan) that when you hear the Verses of Allaah being denied and mocked at, then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk other than that; (but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them. Surely, Allaah will collect the hypocrites and disbelievers all together in Hell”

[al-Nisa’ 4:140]

al-Qurtubi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The words of Allaah, “then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk other than that” mean, something other than kufr (disbelief). “(But if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them” – this indicates that it is obligatory to avoid people of sin if they are openly committing evil, because the one who does not avoid them is approving of their deeds, and approving of kufr is also kufr. Allaah says “(but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them”, so everyone who sits in a gathering where sin is committed and does not denounce them will share the burden of sin with them.

They should be denounced if they speak of sin or commit sin; if one cannot denounce them then he should leave them so that he will not be one of those mentioned in this verse.

It was narrated that ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez caught some people who were drinking alcohol, and it was said to him that one of the people present was fasting. He had the punishment carried out on him too, and he recited this verse: “(but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them”, i.e., approval of sin is also a sin. End quote.

Al-Jassaas said in Ahkaam al-Qur’aan (2/407): This verse indicates that it is obligatory to denounce evil to the one who does it, and part of denouncing it is showing one’s dislike of it if it is not possible to remove it, and not sitting with the one who does it, and leaving him until he stops it and does something else. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Denouncing in one’s heart is obligatory for everyone, which means hating the evil and leaving the people if one is unable to change it with one’s words or actions, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And when you (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) see those who engage in a false conversation about Our Verses (of the Qur’aan) by mocking at them, stay away from them till they turn to another topic. And if Shaytaan (Satan) causes you to forget, then after the remembrance sit not you in the company of those people who are the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers)”

[al-An’aam 6:68]

End quote from al-Durar al-Saniyyah fi’l-Ajwabah al-Najdiyyah (16/142).

To sum up, you must denounce this evil and advise those who are in charge of this gym. If they respond, then praise be to Allaah, and if they do not respond then look for another gym, and do not share in the sin.

And Allaah knows best.

Islam Q&A

http://islamqa.com/en/ref/84975/gym

Very good book

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