VIDEO: A Night of Praising the Prophet at Dar al-Mustafa

A night of praising the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) led by Habib Umar at Dar al-Mustafa.

Resources for seekers:

Zakat and Financial Transactions Class – Qurba Academy

Zakat and Financial Transactions – Qurba Academy

LAW1201 – Zakat and Financial Transactions
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Saturday November 27 2010 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday November 28 2010 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ryerson University
$99 CAD

Money is an inescapable part of life. You deal with money all the time, sometimes without even realizing it. In fact, you probably conduct hundreds of financial transactions every month, some more significant than others…

Your credit card bills are piling up. You may need to get a line of credit to get through the next few months. You’re not sure about the Islamic ruling behind bank loans, or even credit cards for that matter.You’re thinking about buying a house. You thought about renting, but it almost feels like throwing money away. You thought about getting an Islamic mortgage, but you’re not even sure what that means. You’re confused about whether you’re allowed to get a conventional mortgage or not.You don’t have enough money to pay your tuition. Everyone else seems to be getting OSAP, and apparently you don’t need to pay interest on it right away. You figure that since you’re not paying interest immediately, it’s probably okay.You’re earning money now. You’re confused about how much zakat to pay, and who to pay it to. In fact, you’re not even sure if you’re required to pay zakat.

These are just to name a few. Learn how to deal with these situations and more at:

Zakat & Financial Transactions

After taking this course, you will:
• Ensure your financial transactions are in line with Islamic Law
• Understand the distinguishing features of Islamic financial rulings
• Discover the key similarities and distinctions between Islamic finance and other economic systems
• Learn how to identify and avoid interest in all its forms
• Learn how to calculate your zakat payable quickly and efficiently
• Understand the source and purpose of material wealth
• Understand how to earn and spend money that pleases Allah Most High

Udhiya Qurbani Through Mauritania School Project

Udhiya Qurbani Through Mauritania School Project

As the month of Dhul Hijjah approaches and we all make our preparation for udhiya/qurbani, the Mauritania School Project wants to inform everyone that we will be offering udhiya services in Mauritania to help fulfill this sunnah of the Beloved Prophet (SA).

For $100 we will be slaughtering a lamb in Mauritania. The food will be distributed according to proper Islamic legislation, and Sh. Salek’s Dar el Salaam school will benefit at the same time.

In a Hadith narrated by A’isha (RA), the Prophet (SA) said:

“There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animalshall come on the Day of Judgment with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart” (Reported in Tirmidhi)

If you would like to fulfill the sunnah of udhiya through the Mauritania School Project, please contact us at mauritania.school.project[@]gmail.com and let us know what arrangements you would like made.

Checks should be made out to “Alalusi Foundation” with Udhiya written in the memo. Please do not make checks payable to Dar al Salam because this poses an issue with the bank. Checks can be mailed to the following address:

Alalusi/Dar al Salam

P.O. Box31

Hayward, CA 94541

Mahdara.com

Contentment, Reliance on Allah, and Pure Intention – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Contentment, Reliance on Allah, and Pure Intention – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Words of wisdom from Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

“What Allah subhana wa ta’ala really wants is good intention: pure hearted, sincere honest people. And when we make that the basis on which we create relationships with others than we will succeed- not is his aqeedah absolutely identical to myself.”

“There is too much judgment of others and not enough judgment of ourselves. There is too much self-righteousness and not enough self-knowledge. And one way in which we can heal that, is to remember that people’s weakness in this age is very much understandable.”

“The message for us if we have ridda and serene acceptance and we don’t just panic and bang at the cell doors, screaming to be let out, complaining about our situation, that Allah in His extraordinary omnipotence and power can turn our situation over, so that from being in the depths of a prison, we become second in command of the most powerful state in the world- which was the position of Sayyiduna Yusuf alayhi-salam. That’s one of the messages of that story.”

Click here to support the work of Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad and the Cambridge Mosque project.

Pause For Thought from journalist Abdul-Rehman Malik

Pause For Thought from journalist Abdul-Rehman Malik

Play Audio: Pause for Thought from journalist Abdul Rehman Malik – BBC Radio

The sheep bleated angrily from below. They had every reason to be annoyed. They were locked in the luggage hold of a rickety old bus winding its way through the hilly Anatolian countryside.

My friend and I were on our way to see a saint. In Islamic tradition, they are called the friends of God – who through rigorous piety and service to others have achieved such closeness to God that they become spiritual guides. Their tombs are places of blessing.

Our destination was the tomb of Yunus Emre, a 13th century mystic whose poetry, written in simple language, could be understood by peasants and paupers.

We arrived in the town bearing the poet’s name just before dusk. A lone passerby pointed us down a long road leading to a deserted tomb. We said a prayer.

Afterwards, we entered the adjacent mosque for evening prayers expecting many congregants. We found just three – including the Imam. His name was Ihsan and we later learnt he was also the cleaner, the handyman and the one with the keys.

We could hardly speak Turkish, but the language of the backpacker is universal. Soon we were marching through pitch dark fields to his home for dinner.

I’ll never know how he told his wife we were coming, but we arrived to a feast: steaming cabbage rolls, fragrant lamb stew and white rice, along with dripping honeycombs, and fresh cherry juice. It turned out Ihsan’s job at the mosque was unpaid – an act of love.

Through an elaborate mix of drawing pictures and broken Turkish we told him we were on a journey to visit the great shrines of the East. He beamed with pride – feeling at once part of our quest.

As we walked back into town to catch the only train of the day, he stopped to introduce us at the local cafe. He told our story as if he was the one travelling. His friends joined us at the station, tickets in hand. While with Ihsan, we were not to pay for anything.

As the train pulled in, we said thank you. He hugged us and said, “Thanks are never given to one’s brothers.”
As we pulled away, tears streamed down Ihsan’s face.

We came to visit one saint and found another.

“I am not here on earth for strife,
Love is the mission of my life.
Hearts are the home of the loved one;
I came here to build each true heart.”
-Yunus Emre

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Abdul Rehman Malik is programmes manager at The Radical Middle Way Project and contributing editor at Q-News Media.

Secrets of the Prophetic Chamber

Secrets of the Prophetic Chamber

A rare first-hand account of being inside the chamber housing the blessed body of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him).

The Conversations of Tears and Reverence

I still remember the conversations with the two old men in Mecca, while looking at their weaving. I was in Mecca, so I headed toward the factory of the covering of the Kaaba, and there I learned that the factory has another honor, for it produces also a covering for the Prophetic Chamber.

I met at that time- several years ago- with men who partook in the production and installation, and I didn’t want to waste that opportunity as their youngest was in his sixties and I feared that they would leave this world before I could document this work.

I recorded with them conversations that were mixed with tears and reverence; sometimes words would betray them, and at others, their emotions would choke them, as they spoke of their unique experience. Their limbs shook from just the memory- as if it happened yesterday- and not a quarter of a century ago.

Shaykh Muhammad Ali Madani, head of the automated weaving division of the factory at that time, was generous with me. I learned from him that he was one of those who took part in weaving and installing the covering of the Prophetic Chamber. I said to him, tell me about the covering and the Prophetic Chamber- describe them to me.

His sight wandered far, as if he was bringing those treasured memories before him. Then he answered: On that day, I felt a state of complete amazement take over me. It is a grand spot- of utmost grandeur. I do not know its exact circumference, but it seemed to me that the Prophetic Chamber was 48 meters in circumference.

The awe of the place was so overbearing that nothing attracted my attention. I was so dazzled that I only saw the lamps hanging from the chamber ceiling, which were old gifts that would be given to the Mosque of the Prophet in ancient times. I was told that there were some Prophetic relics that were kept in another place- I don’t know where- but I do know that some historical items were kept in the chamber of sayyida Fatima al-Zahraa- the same place that she lived in.

He added: the chamber covering is a weave made of pure silk, green in color, padded with a strong cotton cloth, and it is crowned by a belt similar to that of the covering of the Honored Kaaba, except that it is red in color. A quarter of its space is taken up by an embroidery of noble Quranic verses from Surat al-Fath, made of lines of cotton and wires of gold and silver…

The covering of the Prophetic Chamber is not changed every year like the covering of the Honored Kaaba, because it is kept inside the chamber and far from the hands of the people and of the elements, and so it is only changed when needed.

Then I met shaykh Ahmad Sahirty, head of the embroidery division of the factory. It was apparent to me – back then- how old he was, and how weak his vision. He took the initiative, saying: How can I speak to you about my feelings at the moment I entered the Prophetic Chamber… I can’t.. That is a speech above my abilities of speech, and I never thought that I would one day be asked about this experience. And I guarantee you that I will not be able to go through it again.

When the Doors Were Opened

He drew nearer to me and added: Look at the lenses of my spectacles- and he pointed at their thickness- and look at my white hair and the weight of the years that I carry. My age I do not count, but I’ve heard them say that I was born in the year 1333 A.H. (1917 C.E.). And in all those years, I did not know a single hobby other than the love of beautiful scents and perfumes. I’ve spent such a long period of time in those years that I’ve lived, trying to satiate that voracious appetite that is still with me; I traveled much and learned much, but I can tell you this with confidence: that I have my own special blends that you will not find with anyone else, and that no one else could ever make.

And I tell you this because I discovered my inability and the meagerness of my knowledge on that blessed night, when the doors were opened to us, and we entered the Prophetic Chamber, and I inhaled perfumes and scents that I have never known before, and have never known since. I still do not know the secret of its composition: it was a scent above scents, an aroma above and beyond aromas- something else that us people of expertise, the people of the trade, have never experienced before.

When I asked him to describe to me the Prophetic Chamber, a slight chill struck him and coursed through his body. And he said in a faint voice: I believe that the chamber is 11 meters in height. Below the green dome is another dome on which is written: “The tomb of the Prophet, the tomb of Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq, and the tomb of Umar ibn al-Khattab”. And I saw also that there was another tomb that was empty, and next to the four tombs was the chamber of sayyida Fatima al-Zahraa, which is the house in which she lived.

From our awe we didn’t know how to remove the special pieces made for the dome- our fingers would shake and our breaths would race. We stayed 14 full nights working from after the Isha prayer until the first adhaan of the Fajr, in order to finish our task. We kept removing the pieces, untying the knots of the old covering, and cleaning all the dust and pigeon feathers that were stuck in that pure place. This scene goes back to the year 1971 C.E., and the covering that we changed was old: it was 75 years old according to the date that was weaved on it, and had never been changed since.

I was the first to enter, with the Sayyid Habib, one of the notables of al-Madina al-Munawwara, As’ad Sheera the director of religious endowments of Madina at the time, and Habib Moghrabi from the factory management, and Abd al-Karim Flomban, Nasir Qari, Abd al-Rahim Bukhari and others. We were 13 men, I don’t remember most of them, for they have left unto the Mercy of Allah.

We were accompanied by the chief of the Aghas who kept the keys to the Prophetic Chamber, and a number of the servants of the Chamber. Whispering was our speech, and that was if signaling was not sufficient. I was, and still am, suffering from weakness of vision and these spectacles have not left my eyes since those days, but in that chamber I was another person… I felt it, and the difference was clear to me.

Strange Happenings

The shaykh Sahirti swore, saying: I used to put the thread into the hole of the needle without my spectacles, despite the dim light in which we worked. How do you explain that? And how do you explain the fact that I didn’t feel the allergy that I suffered – and still suffer- from? Because I cough severely from the slightest bit of dust. But that day, I was not affected by the dust of the chamber, or the sand flying into the air. As if sand was no longer sand, and as if the dust became a medicine for my ailment. I used to feel all during those nights that I was a young man, and that youthfulness had been given back to me.

Another strange thing happened to me whose secret I haven’t understood until today. We had to take out the old covering, and it was carried by whoever carried it. The embroidered band, 36 meters long, remained. I said to them wrap it and leave it. I went up to it, and despite my weakness, carried it over this shoulder. I went out of the Prophetic Chamber with it, without ever feeling its weight. But after that, they came with five young men to carry it from where I had put it down and they couldn’t.

The shaykh began to weep silently and continued, while sighing: Someone asked who carried it and brought it here. I replied saying: me. They didn’t believe me. I said to them: Ask Abd al-Rahim Bukhari, the famous calligrapher of the covering.

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And may Allah continuously whelm the Messenger and his family with Salawaats, Peace, Blessings, and Light, until the day in which his brother Messenger, Isa son of Mary, is buried in that fourth empty grave of the Prophetic Chamber, and yet even after that, and forever.

The Blessed Tree – Video Trailer

The Blessed Tree – Video Trailer

The rediscovery of the tree where as a child the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) met with Bahira, the Christian monk who foretold the Prophethood of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him).

The Blessed Tree – Trailer from AGCaustralia on Vimeo.

Some background:

Meeting with the Monk Bahira

The Prophet’s first meeting with a Christian occurred when he, as a young boy aged between nine or twelve, joined his uncle’s merchant caravan for a trip to Syria. The Christian whom the Prophet Muhammad encountered was the monk, Bahira, who was living in Bostra, a Roman colonial city. Monk Bahira was known for his belief that a prophet was soon to appear among the Arabs. Bahira had studied old manuscripts, where he had learned of the coming of a final prophet, and he was convinced that this prophet would appear in his own lifetime. He was particularly interested in the Arab merchants who visited Syria, to see if his conviction would come true.

Bahira’s attention was struck in particular by a caravan from Makka, which to his amazement, was shaded by a cloud that hovered closely above them. The cloud moved as the caravan moved, and did not go any further when they stopped; it was as if it were providing shade for a person or people in the group. When he also noticed that a tree lowered its branches over the caravan to provide further shade, he immediately realized that this caravan must contain an extraordinary person or persons. He invited all of the individuals in the caravan to a meal at his place, but none of their faces revealed the capacity of the expected Prophet. He inquired if there was anyone who had not joined the meal; the answer he received was that Muhammad had been left behind to watch the caravan. He was keen to see Muhammad; and when he actually saw him he realized that he carried all the signs that the awaited Prophet was to have, as described in his books. He told Muhammad’s uncle to take him back to Makka as soon as possible in order to guard him against potential enemies.

Taken from: Interactions between Prophet Muhammad and Christians

O You – Poem by Novid Shaid

O You
Novid Shaid, copyright, 2010

O You, who love to demonize
our Prophet, Nabi Muhammad,
know this:
that we love him more
than you love your own identities.

O You, who love to satirize
our master, Nabi Muhammad,
know this:
that just our eulogies of him
are enough to fill your libraries.

O You who seek to stigmatise
our leader, Nabi Muhammad,
know this:
however much you put him down
our Lord increases him in nobility.

Oh You who are horrified
by our devotion to Nabi Muhammad,
know this:
that he lives in our dreams
and appears before our very eyes.

Oh You, who love to vilify
the life of Nabi Muhammad,
know this:
that some of us shed tears
by just the mention of his memory.

Oh You, who love to trivialise
our mentor, Nabi Muhammad
know this:
that we instill his acts
we pay homage to his reality.

Oh You, who seek to criticise
our love for Nabi Muhammad,
know this:
that we are helplessly in love
indifferent to your modernity.

Oh You, who seek to neutralise
our love for Nabi Muhammad,
know this:
that were you to offer us immortality
just a glance of him would be our sufficiency.

Oh You, who will never rationalise
our love for Nabi Muhammad,
know this:
were you to wipe us off the face of the earth
our dust would drift to warm Madinah.

Love for Allah – Translation of Ishq-e-Ilahi – Written by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad

Love for Allah – Translation of Ishq-e-Ilahi – Written by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad

Love for Allah is the English edition of the Shaykh’s famous book, ‘Ishq Ilahi.’ The book discusses basic principles of our love for Allah based on the Quran, Sunnah, and the noble tradition of our great scholars. Of note are the dozens of poems translated from Arabic and Urdu, which highlight the concepts discussed.

To purchase this book or the actual Urdu book “Ishq-e-Ilahi”, please visit Faqir Publications. To view or download PDF  versions of sections of this book, click on the links below.

  • Love for Allah (complete book) Opens in a new window
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  • Chapter 3 – The Condition of the Lovers of Allah in this World Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 4 – A Comparison Between Love and Intellect Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 5 – True Love and Metaphorical Love Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 6 – The Condition of the Lovers of Allah When Dying Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 7 – The Condition of the Lovers of Allah in Their Graves Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 8 – The Condition of the Lovers of Allah on the Day of Judgment Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 9 – The Signs of a Sincere Lover Opens in a new window
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  • Chapter 11 – How to Attain Love for Allah Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 12 – The Difference Between a Murid and a Murad Opens in a new window

 

See: Love for Allah – Translation of Ishq-e-Ilahi – Written by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad

YouTube – Ramadan with the Beloved of Allah. 06. Prophet Taking Aisha’s Friends By the Hand

YouTube – Ramadan with the Beloved of Allah. 06. Prophet Taking Aisha’s Friends By the Hand

In Episode 6 of Ramadan with the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him), Shaykh Faraz Rabbani of SeekersGuidance (www.SeekersGuidance.org) explains the hadith of A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) that sometimes she’s be playing with her friends and the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) would enter. Her friends would run away, but he would take them by the hand and return them to her so they could continue playing.