Family

The most sacred and blessed days of the year have begun. Take advantage of them – one never knows which year will be one’s last.

In particular, we are encouraged to increase our dhikr (takbīr, tahmīd, tahlīl, etc.); Quran; charity; fasting (especially the 9th of Dhul Hijjah); qurbanī; and each and every good deed possible, as in these days, the blessings and rewards are magnified.

Of the most neglected of good deeds: being good to one’s family. Call up your relatives, visit your parents, and make an extra effort to fulfill the Islamic duties of the ties of kinship.

And of course, the single greatest deed that can be done in these days is the blessed pilgrimage to the House of Allah.

I will be beginning my journey for Hajj in a few hours insha Allah; in all likelihood my Facebook posts will not be as frequent during the next ten day.

May Allah accept our good deeds, cover up our faults, and forgive our sins!

What is the value of these trips? All of us are volunteers. None of us were paid a cent by Helping Hand to be out here. The fact that these youth decided to take from their summer vacations to be here is so admirable. This is my 3rd time volunteering with Helping Hand, and seeing the way that these young people leave transformed every time is a true thing of beauty. They don’t just leave with new perspectives on the refugee crisis, but with new perspectives on life in general. There are many times that the groups get overwhelmed and need an hour long crying session before they can get back to work. But every one of them would tell you that these trips are absolutely worth it. I’ve noticed a fascination with traveling to great historical sites around the world, which is a positive thing as we need to connect to our history. But lets also connect to our present.

Humanitarian trips make us more human. Support organizations like Helping Hand for Relief And Development, Islamic Relief USA, Shaam Relief, etc. that are doing great work here and beyond. Expose yourselves and your families to these beautiful stranded human beings around the world. Spend your next vacation with people who could only wish to have a home like you.

Look out for some trips to Kenya and Mali next year. Congratulations to the young brothers and sisters that took part this year!

Now off to Madinah insha’Allah.

In 2008, we had to come together in New Orleans to repudiate David Duke’s boys burning crosses on black families lawns. In 2017, he has a President he’s proud of. This is unbelievable.


Listen.

White supremacists are already coming out to proclaim how much they love the off-script press conference that Donald Trump just gave.

Listen – it was the clearest embrace of bigotry and white supremacy from a President I have ever seen with my own eyes. No American President in generations has ever embraced it like Trump just did in this press conference.

It was one of the most disturbing moments of his presidency.

Let the phone blitz begin! Call the Dallas city council members below. No excuses!

Omar Suleiman

Dallas call to action (do not ignore) READ, ACT, SHARE:

Monday morning, I need you to call these city council members and tell them you want the confederate monuments gone. Do not get lazy or make excuses for yourself. One by one, call and tell them we’re ready to move forward. We need you all to help us as we’re pushing this for the September agenda. Unless they hear from you nonstop, we can only do so much.

Make this a family activity and explain to your kids why you’re doing this. If you need to brush up on why this is so important, read our open letter: bit.ly/bringthemdowndallas

Here are the city council members who have given us their support:

Philip T. Kingston for Dallas
Casey Thomas
Adam Medrano
Scott Griggs
Omar Narvaez
Mark Clayton

Here are the names and numbers of those we are waiting for:

Dwaine Caraway 214-670-0781
Rickey Callahan 214-670-4052
Kevin Felder 214-670-4689
Tennell Atkins 214-670-4066
Adam McGough 214-670-4068
Lee Kleinman 214-670-7817
Sandy Greyson 214-670-4067
Jennifer Gates 214-670-7057

Do this and SHARE this message widely. Lets flood their lines tomorrow and let them know how we feel about these monuments. As we get confirmed support, we will update the names accordingly.

Dallas call to action (do not ignore) READ, ACT, SHARE:

Monday morning, I need you to call these city council members and tell them you want the confederate monuments gone. Do not get lazy or make excuses for yourself. One by one, call and tell them we’re ready to move forward. We need you all to help us as we’re pushing this for the September agenda. Unless they hear from you nonstop, we can only do so much.

Make this a family activity and explain to your kids why you’re doing this. If you need to brush up on why this is so important, read our open letter: bit.ly/bringthemdowndallas

Here are the city council members who have given us their support:

Philip T. Kingston for Dallas
Casey Thomas
Adam Medrano
Scott Griggs
Omar Narvaez
Mark Clayton

Here are the names and numbers of those we are waiting for:

Dwaine Caraway 214-670-0781
Rickey Callahan 214-670-4052
Kevin Felder 214-670-4689
Tennell Atkins 214-670-4066
Adam McGough 214-670-4068
Lee Kleinman 214-670-7817
Sandy Greyson 214-670-4067
Jennifer Gates 214-670-7057

Do this and SHARE this message widely. Lets flood their lines tomorrow and let them know how we feel about these monuments. As we get confirmed support, we will update the names accordingly.


In this Jumu’ah Khutbah, Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi explains the importance of family ties in Islam, including how this Ayah can be interpreted in 2 ways by our scholars.

In the First Verse of Surah An-Nisa, Allah(SWT) says:

“O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Indeed Allah is ever, over you, an Observer.”

1) Have Taqwa in Allah, in whose name you ask people to give you things, It could mean that you ask for help from within the family or in the name of the family, and it is also a reminder portraying how family takes care of each other.

2) Be conscious of the rights of Allah, and be conscious of the rights of the family.

Both of these interpretations are valid in the Qur’an and what they imply is that the family has a high privilege, second to Allah(SWT). The reality is that the rights of the family, comes after the rights of Allah, and from within the family, the parents have the most rights.

Watch the Video for the Full Explanation: https://youtu.be/thr55U4UO0Q

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A masjid and Islamic school has been targeted with an explosive device in Minnesota, while the Shaykh and community were in prayer.

Alhamdulillah the Shaykh was not in his office at the time of the blast, and no one was injured.

I was at that masjid earlier this year, visiting one of the gentlest and kindest and erudite scholars who lives in this land, and someone whom I consider a teacher (and who graciously granted me ijaazahs in Hadith): Sh Waleed al-Minneesi.

We need to be cognizant that the America many of us grew up in and used to live in is no longer the America of today. The rise of Islamophobia, and the phenomenon of Donald Trump, are symptoms of a far greater problem that always existed but is only now rearing its ugly face to the Muslim community. That problem is the problem of xenophobia; a feeling that ‘we’ (in this case, a large demographics of this land, predominantly white, nominally Christian, typically middle and lower middle class) are better than ‘you’ (that’s anyone other than the majority : Latinos, immigrants, Muslims). That, coupled with the fear and lies being maliciously spread against Islam, makes it possible for people to bomb houses of worship believing that they are somehow doing a good deed.

We have no choice but to rise to this challenge. We need to do what we can to protect ourselves and our families, and to fight this bigotry and hatred with education and the best of manners.

And Allah is the only source of protection, and in Him we put our trust.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/08/05/bloomington-islamic-center-blast/

FBI Investigating Explosion At Bloomington Islamic Center

Federal investigators are in Bloomington Saturday after a reported explosion at an Muslim community center.


The Diet of the Prophet ﷺ
Full Talk: http://akacademy.org/prophets-family-life/
In one hadith of Bukhari Umm al-mu’minīn Aisha says, “For two whole months the fire in the hearth of the home of The Messenger of Allah ﷺ would not be lit because there was no solid food to cook and occasionally we would receive a gift of milk.”
The Prophet ﷺ loved meat, but never would he overindulge and consume it regularly. We live in a time where meat and good food are plenty, often leading to overindulging lifestyles with disregard to our physical health. On the other hand there are some of us who count the amount of calories we consume to monitor our diet and try to live a healthier lifestyle by choosing the food we eat.
The Prophet ﷺ remains a prime example of how we should live our lives on a daily basis. His routine would balance the perfect lifestyle to keep himself physically, mentally and spiritually fit.
Find out in this short excerpt what the Prophet ﷺ would eat and how much meat he would consume when he was invited to a meal.
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The Diet of the Prophet ﷺ

Full Talk: http://akacademy.org/prophets-family-life/

In one hadith of Bukhari Umm al-mu’minīn Aisha says, “For two whole months the fire in the hearth of the home of The Messenger of Allah ﷺ would not be lit because there was no solid food to cook and occasionally we would receive a gift of milk.”

The Prophet ﷺ loved meat, but never would he overindulge and consume it regularly. We live in a time where meat and good food are plenty, often leading to overindulging lifestyles with disregard to our physical health. On the other hand there are some of us who count the amount of calories we consume to monitor our diet and try to live a healthier lifestyle by choosing the food we eat.

The Prophet ﷺ remains a prime example of how we should live our lives on a daily basis. His routine would balance the perfect lifestyle to keep himself physically, mentally and spiritually fit.

Find out in this short excerpt what the Prophet ﷺ would eat and how much meat he would consume when he was invited to a meal.

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A beautiful anecdote about our Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) playing with children:

Ya`la reported, “Once, we were invited to a dinner, and we went with the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam). We came across Husayn playing in the streets, so the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) rushed ahead of us and opened his arms [to embrace him]. But instead, Husayn ran away, trying to escape, and [the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam)] went here and there, laughing, until he finally caught him. He placed one arm under his chin, and the other over his head [meaning: the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) grabbed Husayn from behind] and hugged him, and said, ‘Husayn is from me and I am from Husayn. May Allah love the one who loves Husayn. Husayn shall be [like a] tribe of the tribes (sibṭ min al-asbāṭ)”

Reported by Imam al-Bukhari in his al-Adab al-Mufrad (# 364).

From this Hadith, we can derive the following benefits:

– The eagerness of the Companions to invite the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) to their houses, and his gentle nature in agreeing to go and making them happy.

– The simple life of the people of Madinah – here the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) is walking in the alleyways, there Husayn is playing as a child his age (probably 5 years old at the time) would.

– The playful and loving nature of the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam), for him to not be embarrassed to demonstrate his love for his grandchildren, and to run around in the streets, in front of his Companions, in a ‘catch me if you can’ type of routine with Husayn.

– The noble status of Husayn, radi Allah anhu, and the high regard that the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) had for him.

– The prediction that Husayn shall have many children and that his lineage will continue after him, like the descendants of Ibrahim (as). The term ‘sibṭ’ is also used in the Quran to describe the children of Yaqub, the grandson of Ibrahim.

Note: The love of the Family of the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) is established as a fundamental of theology in all circles of Sunnī Islam. Sadly, some have gone to extremes in this regard, in both ways. So, at times, when the blessings of the Family of the Prophet are mentioned, as per authentic Hadith, some ignorant people become uncomfortable and feel that the speaker has deviated to another sect! And on the other extreme, some groups have given mystical and even semi-divine characteristics to the Family of the Prophet, claiming that they control the creation, or that the creation was made for them, or that the creation should be ruled by them.

Our Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) was the best human, and his family is the best family. Just as we love him, we love his family (which includes his children but also his wives), and we love his Companions.


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The Leniency of the Prophet ﷺ

Full Talk: http://akacademy.org/prophets-family-life/

The Prophet ﷺ was known for his forbearance and patience to the extent that he would often remain silent when one of his family members would argue with him. In this excerpt we learn of instances where the wives of the Prophet ﷺ argued in his presence and how the sahabah (often their fathers) would intervene and reprimand the behaviour of their daughters. This should not distract us from the fact that all of the companions of the Prophet ﷺ revered him as a Messenger of Allah.

Find out in this excerpt the leniency displayed by the Prophet ﷺ and how he would behave with those closest to him.

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An op-ed in the left-wing liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz is worth reading. It discusses the motivations of a Palestinian, Omar al-Abed, who killed members of an occupier’s family.

From the op-ed:
“Without denying the horror of his terrible deed, every Israeli must pay attention to Abed’s words and draw the unavoidable conclusions. The entire West Bank, and the Gaza Strip too, of course, will turn into Omar al-Abed, there’s no telling when. Anyone who thinks it could be otherwise should look to history. This is what occupation and resistance to it look like: massive, pointless bloodshed…. What could an Israeli say to a desperate young Palestinian who indeed has no future, no opportunity for change, no hopeful scenario, a man whose life is one long humiliation? What would you have told him?”

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.802858

وشهد شاهد من أهلها…

Why you should read the Palestinian assailant’s last will and testament

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Ayman Mohyeldin

This morning western media organizations around the world flashed variations of the headline “Palestinians kill Israelis” and once again the point of departure for the coverage of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict begins with an attack by Palestinians on Israelis. And while this attack deserves coverage and attention, it would be a disservice if we don’t try and understand the context of what is happening on the ground day in and day out, and not simply when western media decides to cover it.

The screens, airwaves and feeds have been filled with reactions from Israeli officials, videos of the heinous attack, the names of the victims and the grief their families and nation are experiencing. Our ability in the US to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict depends on a lot of things, among them, the way the conflict is portrayed in the media. In large part that depends on who the public sees as the victims and who it sees as the aggressors. The purpose of this post is not to debate that… god knows that won’t get us anywhere in resolving this conflict where both Israelis and Palestinians claim to be perpetual victims.

Instead, the purpose of this post is to question why the media for the most part neglected to cover, with the same rigor and intensity the killing of three Palestinians by Israeli forces earlier in the week as it covered the killing of two Israelis by Palestinians on Friday. If we are to try and understand this conflict so that one day leaders, diplomats and the public may be able to solve it, then everyone must have a better understanding of what is happening on the ground daily and if they are relying on the media for that portrayal, then based on the coverage we have seen this week, they are being deprived of important context to understand what is actually happening. We must do better.

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There is just so much happening in the world, and in our personal lives, that at times it’s almost impossible not to get our spirits down. The craziness, bloodshed, hatred, and chaos of the world, coupled with our own personal problems related to family, wealth and health, are at times overwhelming.

That’s why we constantly need the One Being who will always bring hope to us. The One connection that we can always depend on. The One entity from whom all good is sought, and who is the refuge of all evil.

Our Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Worshipping Allah during times of trial and bloodshed is similar to emigrating to me [in Madinah]’ (Sahih Muslim).

Meaning: when all else is chaos and bloodshed, turning to Allah, and worshipping Him, will bring the peace, comfort and security that the beautiful city of Madinah had during the blessed time of the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam).

Never be lazy in your prayer. Always make du’a. Keep your tongue busy in praising Allah morning and evening. Practice ihsan and perfect your adab with your family and friends.

And remember that no matter how difficult life gets, our goal is ahead of us, the life Hereafter, and it is there, and only there, where ultimate peace and happiness will be found. May Allah make us amongst those who are blessed with it!!

#DallasStrong Yesterday we jumped from one memorial to another throughout the day. Encountering the families of the officers gunned down in last years shootings as well as the families of some of the victims of police brutality since then only furthers our commitment to ending this cycle. It was a tough night as we stood there at the exact same time as the shooting began last year and could almost hear the gunshots and screaming again as we observed complete silence. We need to do better. We need to do it for Cameron the son of Alton Sterling, Dae’anne the daughter of Philando Castile, Odell the father of Jordan Edwards, and Emily the widow of Brent Thompson. We need to do it for our children that are growing up in a society plagued with racism and xenophobia. Memorials are not enough if the present represents no departure from our past mistakes. I hope and pray that we’re able to be part of crafting a new course forward. #FaithForwardDallas

Starting in a little over an hour at Thanks-Giving Square. Let’s come together Dallas. #DallasStrong On Friday, July 7th our community will pause to remember the tragic events that took place in Dallas one year ago with great loss of life. The world was watching as we came together in thoughtful prayer to make our community whole again.

Please join us at 10:00 am at Thanks-Giving Square to remember, reflect and pray together for those individual lives and for our community that will never be the same. During this last year Faith Forward Dallas has been addressing some of the elements that contribute to re-building the soul and strength of the community. They have done this through marches, vigils, cross cultural dialogues, and bridge building initiatives.

The program will include reflections from faith leaders, city officials, police, families of the fallen, and community members.

http://www.thanksgiving.org/home/event-calendar/upcoming-events/

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Attention Houston,
Get your tickets for this weekend’s class before it’s too late!
My class, “Silver Linings: Rising Above The Storm” is coming to Houston this Saturday, July 8, inshaAllah!
In this class I cover essentials of healing, coping, and then rising above our struggles and pain. Please bring your friends and family and share.
Sign up at: almaghrib.org/houston

It’s been 1 year since this happened and this weekend will be filled with memorials and tributes. These were my thoughts immediately after the shooting but I’m not sure they were fully developed then. Truthfully, I was numb. I will never forget the gunshots and the sights of that night. But we have to remain committed to ending the violence and injustices that keep robbing families of their loved ones.


Minutes before the shooting. Still trying to process what happened in #Dallas last night. I’m grateful for my life as I’ve never experienced before last night what it’s like to run for your life as gunshots are constantly being rattled off. I’ve never experienced being holed up in a hotel lobby while people pray that a gunman doesn’t walk in which is exactly what happened minutes after. I’m deeply saddened by the loss of innocent police lives that were there to protect this peaceful demonstration against police brutality. Those people killed had nothing to do with the actions of those who wore the same uniform as them as they took innocent lives, just like the murderers last night have nothing to do with the thousands of peaceful protestors marching. I went last night to show solidarity. I listened to mothers who lost their children to police brutality speak of their pain. I listened to the father of the young girl in McKinney who was brutalized by an officer on video last year speak of his pain. I listened to my colleague and friend from Faith Forward Dallas, Dr. Michael Waters, remind people of how to channel that pain. I was reminded once again of the despair that so many of our black brothers and sisters have in a broken system that has failed them for so long. I’ve been to many of these events in the past, but yesterday was different. We marched and chanted #BlackLivesMatter because the world needs to hear it. For too long, they have not in this country and in many parts of the world. But violence is never the answer. Violence breeds more violence. Clearly these attackers coordinated this before the protest, and carried out their attacks just as the protest ended. They have nothing to do with us. We marched for peace and for the end of senselessness that deprives children of their parents, not to deprive the children of those innocent officers killed last night of their own.

A beautiful story that reminds us that, despite all the negatives and problems, there are still good people in the world!

And I can attest to this myself as well. Once, many years ago, I was driving a famous Shaykh between two cities in Texas, and the time came to pray. So we stopped over at a rest stop, and pulled out a prayer rug, and the both of us prayed jama’ah. There were some truck drivers with there 18-wheelers in the distance, and I saw them talking and pointing at us. I became worried, as there was no one at that stop besides us two and those truck drivers. But I put my trust in Allah (and yes, during prostration, I made a special dua to protect us!!)

When we finished praying, I saw one of them walk in our direction. I couldn’t help but increase my duas!! But lo and behold, he came up to us with a genuine smile, and said, ‘I just wanted to say that your prayers really touched me, and if everyone in the world would stop and just pray to God every once in a while, the world would be a much better place!’

😀

http://ilmfeed.com/heavily-armed-stranger-protected-family-prayed/

Heavily Armed Stranger Protected My Family As We Prayed

“I’m going to keep watch over you all while you pray. If anyone is disrespectful to you, or harasses you, I’ll be right here. I’m heavily armed.”

One year from Friday, our city of Dallas was forever changed. We’re asking the entire community to come out for a day of remembrance. Please share and be present. Thank you On Friday, July 7th our community will pause to remember the tragic events that took place in Dallas one year ago with great loss of life. The world was watching as we came together in thoughtful prayer to make our community whole again.

Please join us at 10:00 am at Thanks-Giving Square to remember, reflect and pray together for those individual lives and for our community that will never be the same. During this last year Faith Forward Dallas has been addressing some of the elements that contribute to re-building the soul and strength of the community. They have done this through marches, vigils, cross cultural dialogues, and bridge building initiatives.

The program will include reflections from faith leaders, city officials, police, families of the fallen, and community members.

http://www.thanksgiving.org/home/event-calendar/upcoming-events/

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Looking forward to teaching in Malaysia insha’Allah in a few weeks! This is the story of one man’s struggle to find the truth. From a Zoroastrian priest, to a dedicated Christian, and finally as the Companion of Rasulullah (saw).

Imam Omar Suleiman is BACK in Kuala Lumpur for an exclusive IlmNight, ‘Through the Fire: The Journey of Salman Al-Farisi (ra)’ with AlMaghrib Institute.

RSVP online: http://almaghrib.my/ilmnight/

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★ STRUGGLES IN SEEKING TRUTH

Every path to truth is met with obstacles. Most experience just one or two, whereas Salman (ra) has encountered them all. He brought with him insight and experience strange to the Arabs of the time:

~ Intimate view of the Persian and Roman empires of the time
~ Time spent in Persia as a Zoroastrian fire keeper
~ Experience with the dying strands of early Christianity
~ Entered Madinah recognizing it as prophesied city of the Prophet
~ Powerful moment of meeting the Prophet ﷺ for the very first time!

These are lessons for anyone with:
~ An inquisitive mind
~ A friend asking critical questions about Islam
~ A family member coming back to religion
~ A convert community trying to transition
~ And anyone struggling with the truth

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★ SPEAKER

Omar Suleiman is the President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a lecturer of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. He is also the resident scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center, and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith alliance for peace and justice.

Omar has taught Islamic Studies at the university level since 2008 with Mishkah University and the Islamic Seminary of America. As a valued AlMaghrib Institute’s speaker, Omar developed one of the most successful seminars “Behind the Scenes: An In-Depth Study of the Spiritual Practices of the Best Generations”. He also is one of the main features at our annual conferences and retreats: IlmFest and IlmSummit.

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★ THE VENUE

Multipurpose Hall,
Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan,
Jalan Duta, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Waze / Google Maps: Masjid Wilayah
Nearest Train Station: KTM Komuter Segambut (3.2 km away)

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SATURDAY
22 JULY 2017
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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EARLY BIRD
RM90/person
Until Friday, 21 July 2017

NORMAL / ONSITE
RM100/person
Saturday, 22 April 2016

FREE
1) Children age 10 years and below
2) Guests of other faiths

Book online @ http://almaghrib.my/ilmnight/

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Call (office hours) – 013.399.8837 or 03.7772.3156

Email – malaysia@almaghrib.org

Website – http://almaghrib.my/ilmnight/

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