Saturday, October 27, 2018

"Glimpses of True Beauty from the Lives of Pious Women " (Book Review)

This book teaches us
Modesty, Selflessness, Bravery, Sacrifice, Compassion, Forgiveness, Generosity, Simplicity, Taqwa & Sabr (amongst alot of other things)...
It teaches us that you don't need to go to school or have any kind of degree to be intelligent..
The women mentioned in this book were more intelligent then most of us are today with all our years of education...
They knew how to deal with situations in such a way that it caused no conflict, they resolved their matters with such Hikmah (wisdom)..
It teaches us that by developing true love for Allaah, Following and loving the way of Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم as well as love for the Qur'aan is the most beneficial knowledge & wealth for both Dunya and Aakhirah...
It teaches us that you don't need wealth to be happy... Most of the women mentioned in the book lived in poverty most if not all of there lives, some started of wealthy but eventually distanced themselves from all things of the dunya and chose poverty over wealth...
They chose Deen over Dunya..
The women in the book teach us how we should be, how we should conduct ourselves as Daughters, Sisters, Mothers, Wife's, Daughter in Law and most importantly slaves of Allaah...
Just like the titles says, it gives us glimpses of True Beauty...
It teaches us that True beauty has nothing to do with how you look or what you wear but rather it has everything to do with your inner self, what you fill your heart with and how you act towards others..
The book teaches us priceless lessons that if we follow will undoubtedly lead us down the road of success in both Dunya and Aakhirah (May Allaah grant me first!! and every one of us the ability to practice)...
It is also an excellent book to be reading to our daughters from small (even before they can understand), it will plant the seeds of love for Allaah and Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم in their little hearts and minds, it will teach them from a tender age that practicing on Deen will lead you to success and happiness in both worlds even if outwardly you don't have alot of Dunya.. And they will grow up with the correct role models & heroes in mind, as they grow older they will then understand the stories more and also Insha'Allah begin to strive to amulate what they hear and have been hearing from as far back as they can remember...
The book has been compiled without any big or difficult to understand words and is easy to read and absorb, Making it the perfect book for women / girls of all ages...
It is a must read for all Muslim women ❤️
I absolutely love it...
I also love the cover, its so bright, pretty and eye catching... Makes me happy just looking at it Masha'Allah...

✍🏼 Binte Ashraf Ali 
Picture attached below with contact details of stockists of the book. 


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"Get Married in Safar"

With the month of Safar almost upon us, Ulama are exhorting the Muslim public to let go of superstitious baggage regarding the upcoming month that they say has its roots in the Days of Ignorance.
In years gone by, Cii Radio has witnessed that there are still comparatively fewer Nikahs being performed in the months of Muharram and Safar, and it is often speculated that this is the case due to a perception that still sees these months being characterized as periods of mourning, grief and ill omen.

In the days of Jahiliyyah (prior to the appointment of the Prophet SAW as the Messenger of Allah), the pagans used to believe that the month of Safar would bring evil omens; but the matter was sufficiently clarified by the Messenger of Allah who made it absolutely clear that no day, no week, no month, and no year brings along with it evil omens.

In a Hadith narrated by Al Bukhari, Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم said, : (There is) no ‘Adwa (no contagious disease is conveyed without Allah’s permission), nor is there any bad omen (from birds), nor is there any Hamah, nor is there any bad omen in the month of Safar, and one should run away from the leper as one runs away from a lion.”

Commenting on such superstitions that some still harbour regarding Safar, senior Ladysmith based Aalim Moulana Salim Kareem says the main panacea is to acquire full trust that all conditions – good or bad – come from Allah SWT.

Belief in Taqdeer(Predestination) is essential to our faith. Once the Messenger of Allah SWT asked the Sahaba رضى الله عنه if they are true Muslims. They replied in the affirmative. The Messenger of Allah SWT then probed them further asking how could they prove such a contention. They replied citing three qualities: Their gratefulness for Allah SWT’s bounties upon them; their patience on calamities than befell them; and their belief in Taqdeer.

The Sahaba رضى الله عنه questioned Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم on many things(on behalf of the entire Ummah) during his lifetime. One of them was the superstition that clouded the month of Safar. Answering them, Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم clearly negated the superstition that Safar was a month of bad omens.

The sad thing is that, in spite of this lots of people still believe that the first 13 days of this month are particularly calamitous, especially for menfolk. And lots of people would shut their homes on the 13th of Safar and proceed elsewhere bevieving that some form of evil is about to descend.

These are very dangerous beliefs that come very close to Kufr and Shirk.

Allah SWT teaches us in the Quraan, Surah Hadid Verse 23:

“No disaster strikes upon the earth or among yourselves except that it is in a register before We bring it into being – indeed that, for Allah , is easy”

So if any evil actually touches us, we learn from this Ayah that it may actually be coming to us due to our own sinful actions.

To combat superstitions, evil thoughts and ward off potential calamities from our lives try to read the following Dua mentioned in the Hadeeth of Sayyidina Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم often:

“بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ”.

Bismillaahil-lathee laa yadhurru ma’as-mihi shay’un fil-’ardhi wa laa fis-samaa’i wa Huwas-Samee ‘ul- ‘Aleem .

In the Name of Allah, Who with His Name nothing can cause harm in the earth nor in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. (Recite three times in Arabic).

Reference:
“Whoever recites it three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity before evening, and whoever recites it three times in the evening will not be overtaken by any calamity before morning.” Abu Dawud 4/323, At-Tirmithi 5/465, Ibn Majah 2/332, Ahmad. Ibn Majah’s chain of transmission is good (Hasan).

This Dua with full faith can serve as a shield from all calamities and evil, not only in Safar, but on every day and night of our lives.

Always maintain good thoughts of Allah SWT, and Allah SWT will treat you accordingly.

So to be clear, there is absolutely no sin getting married in the months of Muharram and Safar and there is nothing to be perturbed about regarding the specific day of the 13th Safar.

So whoever intends getting married in this period, don’t even for a moment think it is a month of bad luck or a month unsuitable for marriage or travel etc.

taken from jamiat.org.za

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