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Hamza Masjid’s Youth Retreat: The Tales of Trials

May 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Hamza Masjid (Valley Stream, NY) ran their yearly youth retreat yesterday, this time on “The Tales of Trials.” It was a really good program mashaAllah, fully loaded with extremely knowledgeable scholars. The program was done by Mufi Farhan’s organization, Child941293_380115038772607_1751607299_nren of Adam. I love their idea of full day “retreats,” because they provide a solid overview of one topic.

The day’s topics included stories of Surah Kahf, People of the Cave, Prophet Musa (as), Dhul Qarnayn, as well as discussions on halal and haram and the trials of wealth, youth, and power. All of the lectures can be viewed here: http://www.livestream.com/masjidhamzany or http://www.youtube.com/user/masjidhamzany

Here are some random quotes to give you a glimpse of the talks:

“Today we will eat anything, anything is an excuse for us to eat something. A friend just has to say ‘Yeah, yeah, it’s ok’ and we eat it.”

“Benefits of halal: Clean and sanitary meat, accepted dua, blessed life, spiritual efficiency, rewards, accepted salah…Jannah”

“Will you choose McDonalds, Subway, Taco Bell, or will you choose Allah?”

“Value yourself and value the orders of Allah” 

“Who is the man who apologizes for something definitely knowing he is right? A husband” (haha)

“The greater the test is, the greater the reward.”

“Today we ask people for dua so cheaply, ‘Oh, make dua for me.’ The elders used to say, ‘Don’t ask for dua, earn it!'”

“Every word, every syllable, in the Quran ties into our purpose” 

The thing about Hamza Masjid that I must point out because it is a cause for concern is their two large televisions in the women’s section that show the male speakers. Just like men, women too, have been commanded to lower their gaze. By putting up TVs, isn’t the masjid transgressing the lines of modesty established by the Quran?

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Eid Mubarak!

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

 

الله أَكْبَر الله اكبر لا اله الا الله والله اكبر الله اكبر ولله الحمد

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La Ilaha Illallahu, Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillahilhamd.

There is no God but Allah and Allah is great, Al­lah is great and to Allah belongs all praise.

Please see Mufti Taqi Usmani’s “Islamic Months”

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Thoughts

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Sometimes we think we’ve mastered the art of benign musing, but no thought is benign. Seemingly inconsequential thoughts soon become ideas, and they have a way of enveloping you. Without realizing what you’re doing, you’ve invested a significant amount of time on something you’d like to brush of as “just thoughts.” Emerson once said, “A man is what he thinks about all day.”

Thoughts are powerful, I’m just now realizing how not to let my brain get the best of me. I’ve found that nothing except the remembrance of Allah Almighty can give us the highest control over our thoughts and desires. The people described by Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ as having wisdom are  those who “Remember their Lord standing, and sitting, and lying on their sides.”

Hope you enjoyed this somewhat cryptic post. Think smart.

Eid Mubarak!

November 6, 2011 Leave a comment

May you all have a blessed and happy Eid!

Beginning from the Fajr of the 9th Zulhijjah up to the ‘Asr prayer of the 13th, it is obligatory on each Muslim to recite the Takbir of Tashriq after every fard prayer in the following words.

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,

La Ilaha Illallahu, Wallahu Akbar,

Allahu Akbar wa lillahilhamd.

(There is no god but Allah and Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest and to Allah belongs all praise.)

http://www.albalagh.net/general/zulhijjah.shtml#Takbir-ut-tashriq

 

Detriment to the Eyes

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

I don’t know where I heard this story but its worth hearing (/reading). There were two teenage type boys and they wanted to go see a movie. They went to their father to seek permission and the father inquired about the movie, the boys said that the movie was just a regular movie, it may have one or two inappropriate scenes but it will be over quick and they will just look away. So the father replied no. The boys actually kept asking until one time the father didn’t give a response. The boys figured that this was a good sign since he said no before. The boys went to their room and soon the father bought brownies for them, they smelled good and they looked good. The boys were surprised and started to take some, then the father said, “Before you eat these brownies, know that I added a miniscule amount of feces to them.” The boys were shocked and asked why. The father replied,”These brownies are much like your movie, even a small amount of impurity in them will ruin everything.”

Subhan’Allah just like these brownies would be a detriment to the taste buds, so too are movies/tv a detriment to the eyes. There are practically no movies/tv shows that are appropriate to watch for the respectable Muslim. And even if there is such a program, how then can we rationalize staring at the opposite gender for hours?

Even if you cancel your cable service, the internet is really the main issue these days. It poses a constant temptation as everything is free and easily accessible. I’ve heard Shaykh Husain tell us to seriously watch our internet usage in multiple lectures, and he did it very sternly. His reasons definitely included watching things, but also because we tend to waste great amounts of time on it. He recommended very minimal usage or leaving it altogether.

I’ve learned that breaking a habit is a lot harder than starting one. So instead of trying to break a habit of watching television, it’s best to implement different habits in place of it. Try knitting? No seriously. It’s so hard that attempting it will likely send you into a deep depression that will kill your desire to watch anything.

Connection

June 9, 2011 Leave a comment

I just recently heard a little talk by Junaid Jamshed (I think it was on his naat CD), and he made a really good point. He was supposed to go on this show and his friends/people he knew told him to talk about Islamic manners. They said that most people are already doing their worship/praying/fasting etc. but not everyone is exhibiting Islamic character. People don’t care when they backbite, or when they lie, when they get angry, when they don’t give other people their rights, when they cause family problems, etc.

Junaid Jamshed started off by saying that these things are really hard to change in a person. These are not small problems. We love to think of ourselves as better than others, we love to judge them and say something bad about them, so we can put ourselves higher. But then what he said was, if we have a true connection with Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ then these things will be nothing. The person who recognizes that there is an Allah and He’s there watching me, that one day I will have to answer for the things I did, then that person will always stop himself before he engages in these sins. It is all about making that connection, that true connection, where your aware of Him.

Whenever some difficulty arises in life, the person who hasn’t made that connection with Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ will always engage in sinfulness, when he’s in a tight spot the first thing he’ll do is lie, when something doesn’t go his way, he won’t hesitate to yell at and blame others. The qualities of true character won’t manifest in a person that doesn’t recognize the reality of Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎, the reality of paradise, the reality of hell. The issues of Islamic character are a much later thing, an individual first has to make that connection.

I was thinking that being the humans we are, we sometimes forget that Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ is watching‎. Once we truly recognize this fact, we have to always be working on it.

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Quotes on Hayaa (Modesty)

June 4, 2011 1 comment

Quotes from the Retreat:

  • Abdullah bin Umar (ra) narrates that the Prophet ﷺ said: “Modesty and Imaan are intertwined with each other. If one leaves, the other leaves by itself” (Haakim)
  • “Hayaa only produces goodness”
  • “From the words of the previous Prophets that people still find are: If you feel no shame, then do as you wish”
  • Umar bin Khattaab (ra) said: “Whosoever loses Hayaa loses Taqwa (Essentially fearing God, more complexly it means to struggle to avoid sin), whosoever loses Taqwa, his heart dies”
  • Salman Al-Farsi (ra) said: “When Allah intends the destruction of a slave, he strips him of Hayaa”
  • Ali bin Abi Talib (ra) said: “The one who clothes himself with Hayaa, the people will not see his faults”
  • “Hayaa is part of Imaan and Imaan is Paradise. Lewdness is part of hardness of the heart and hardness of the heart is in the Fire”
  • “Lewdness does not appear in anything except that it blemishes it. And Hayaa does not appear in anything except that it beautifies it”
  • Abdullah bin Masood (ra) said: Imaan is bare, its adornment is Taqwa, and its garment is Hayaa”

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