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Washing The Dead (Warning: Not For Everyone To Read):

I remember the first time in my 6 year term as Imam in Masjid Abu Bakr in New Orleans having to conduct the ritual washing of a dead body. It wasn’t my first time participating, but it was my first time having to lead it. The brother was an immigrant from Nigeria found in his apartment 8 days after his death due to unknown causes. He was alone in this country without a single relative or close friend. As I walked in the room to wash him, the stench of his almost decomposed body made me vomit and almost pass out. It took me about half an hour to walk back in the room and start again. As we washed his body, I couldn’t help but reflect on the transient nature of life. This body once held a soul with dreams and emotions. A soul that surely longed for what many of us long for. But now that soul was elsewhere, and this worldly vessel was left behind to dwell in a condition that is only fitting to the reality of the material. For the next 6 years, I regularly had to be a part of these washings. I felt the condition of my heart and my perspective grow with every last one. Sometimes it was an infant who was the dream of it’s parents, sometimes a close friend whose laughter and company I once enjoyed, sometimes an unknown individual whose lifeless body would leave the nature of the life they left behind to my imagination. Sometimes it was a mangled body due to a car accident, sometimes a body drained by cancer or a similar illness, sometimes a body intact that looked like it was merely asleep. But the reality of death was reinforced each time.

I don’t get to wash the dead like I used too, but I shouldn’t need to look further than my own worldly condition to remember it’s inevitability. Don’t be distracted by the allure of this world, or else you may merely become of it. Focus on bettering the future which you cannot escape, rather than the present that you cannot dictate. Focus on the interview with the One who needs no resume, rather than the judgements of those who are just as disposable as you.

We are souls with bodies, not bodies with souls.

I have been leading tours to Masjid al-Aqsa for a few years now. Not only is Aqsa one of the holiest and historic sites in the world, our Palestinian brothers and sisters need to see that the rest of the world has not forgotten them.

Our trips to Jerusalem are always iman-boosting; and we see first hand the political and economic and social difficulties of that region.

If you are able to join me for my next trip, in the first week of January 2018, please register ASAP at www.darelsalam.com/yq. (Only a few spots left….)

If you are not able to come on this trip, please do try to go at least once in your life if you are able to do so.

PS. The Umrah package in the last weak of Dec is sold out, but if you wish to do umrah as well, register and if any spots open up you will be contacted.

During the period of the Spanish Inquisition, after the expulsion of the Muslims of Andalus post-1492, it became illegal for Spanish Muslims to possess copies of the Quran, and to pray in public or private.

I thought these types of bans were things of the past. Sadly, it appears that the Chinese government wishes to revive those lessons, and are attempting to replicate the tactics of the Spanish Inquisition.

They are demanding that all mosques and houses of the Xinjiang province (a majority Muslim province, also known as East Turkestan) turn over their Qurans; and they are confiscating all prayer rugs. This is a part of the crackdown that the Chinese authorities have been engaged in for many years.

How evil, and yet also how foolish!

Do they not know that the Quran is protected in the hearts of every Muslim, and that there are millions upon millions of Muslims, in China and elsewhere, who do not need a copy of the Quran to recite it, but rather can recite it from memory?! And are they not aware that our Prophet (salla Alllahu alayhi wa sallam) told us that Allah has made this whole earth a masjid for me, so whoever amongst us needs to pray can pray where he is?

You can’t wipe Islam away by confiscating books and prayer rugs. Rather, this move will only result in a stronger revival for the next generation insha Allah.

Allah’s help and mercy be on those persecuted in that region, and everywhere! Ameen.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/xinjiang-banning-quran-china-asks-muslims-turn-holy-book-prayer-mats-face-severe-punishment-743805

Nail on the head Shaykh Abdul Hameed like and share : )

Shaykh Abdul Hameed

We name mosques after great women of the past (Masjid Aisha) yet dont allow women to attend. We name mosques after great black men (Masjid Bilal) yet refuse committee members from other ethnicities. Lectures are dedicated to young companions, but we ban children from attending. We over invest in physical infrastructure, yet pay Imams minimal salary then complain why the masses are absent. We are desperately in need of strategic leadership. If the mosque facilitates change, it could be our lasting legacy to preserve the faith of future generations.
#SaveOurMosques #SaveOurFuture


Why are our children not getting Islam? A short reminder by your brother Yusuf Chambers – thanks to Surbiton Mosque.
Watch more:-
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgngC8FefZo1dqtJf4YFWXA

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A beautiful soul has left the world, please make lots of dua for him, Allah grant him highest rank in jannah, Ameen. An amazing humble brother we helped with a lot of the painting The City Retreat at the refurbishment stage please attend funeral if possible TODAY

*FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT*
Innahlillahi elayhee rajeoon

In sha allah the janazha namaz for *Marhoom Hanif Abdul Rehman (AKA Zanzibari) of Leicester will be :-

*on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at 18:00

Saffron Hill Cemetery Stonesby Avenue Leicester LE2 6TY.

Gathering for ladies is at central mosque, conduit street, Leicester, LE2 0JN at 15.00.

Thank you for all your kind donations towards the funeral & alhumdullilah we will not be needing any further funds however if you still wish to give please put it in2 sadakah jaariya in the deceased name in’sha’Allah.

Finally please make dua for the marhoom for the highest place in jannatul firdous and to forgive their sins and may Allah give Sabar to all the family and friends he has left behind Ameen jzk

It is Sunnah to recite Takbeer, Tahmeed, Tahleel and Tasbeeh…
during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah!!!
Saying these words out loud in the mosques, homes, streets and every place in which it is permissible to remember Allah, to perform this act of worship openly and proclaim the greatness of Allah.
Join iERA by simply making a donation here: http://bit.ly/2rIMg2F
And Spread the Dhikr, Hamd and Knowledge of Allah SWT across the globe!!!

To believe in Him is to love Him. To love Him is to long for Him. When everything around you is chaotic, all you have to do is look up and call upon Him. Tranquility is found when you can instantly connect to Him wherever you are. When even in a crowd, you always feel like it’s just you and Him. When even when alone, you know that you are never truly alone.

Oh turner of hearts, let our hearts be forever turned to you. Let your magnificence overwhelm us in a way that causes all of our troubles to wither away.

(Photo taken from rooftop of masjid nabawi last night at Maghrib)

THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF DHUL HIJJAH
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IMPORTANCE OF FIRST TEN DAYS OF ZIL-HIJJAH

The first ten days of Zul Hijjah are among the most magnificent days in Islamic calendar. The Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” (Hadith -Bukhari)

The Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, has said, “One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship of “Lailatul-Qadr”.(Hadith-Tirmizi)

Every Muslim should avail oneself of this wonderful opportunity by performing as much Ibadah (acts of worship) as he or she can during this period.

THE TAKBEERAAT OF TASHREEQ

It is Wajib (incumbent) for every adult to recite the Takbeeraat of Tashreeq after every Fardh Salaat-performed with Jamaat or individually from the Fajr of the 9th of Zul-Hijjah to the Asr of the 13th of Zul Hijjah. The Takbeeraat should be recited once only.

The words of the Takbeeraat of Tashreeq are as follows:

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ لَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ وَاَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْدُ

Transliteration: Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar laa ilaha illallahu wallahu akbar. Allahu Akbar walillaahil hamd.

Translation: “Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. There is no deity besides Allah and Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest and all praises belong to Him Alone.”

FASTING ON THE DAY OF ARAFAH (9 ZIL HIJJAH)

It was reported from Abu Qutaadah that the Messenger of Allah(peace be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah ( 9 Dhul Hijjah). He said, “It atones for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” (Hadith-Muslim)

QURBANI / UDHIYYA

Zaid bin Arqam (R.A.) reports that the Companions of Rasulullah (Sallalaho alihe wassallam) asked him:

‘‘ Oh Prohpet of Allah (pbuh), what is this sacrifice?” He said: “It is the way of your forefather Ibrahim(AS) .” They asked:“What (reward) is for us therein?” He replied: “There is a reward for every hair (i.e. the reward for meat and useful parts of the animal’s body will be very lofty in merit, but there will also be a great reward for the parts which are useless and thrown away such as the hair).” They asked: “For the wool, Ya Rasulullah?” He replied: “There is one reward for every strand of wool.” (Ahmed, Ibn Majah)

Ten Blessed Days

By His wisdom, Allah Ta’ala gave preference to some places and times over others. Friday is the best day of the week, Ramadan is the best month of the year, “Laylat al-Qadr” is the best night in Ramadan, the day of “Arafah” is the best day of the year. Likewise the first ten days of the month of “Dhul-Hijjah” are the most blessed days.

On the merits of the first ten days, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” (Al-Bukhari)

In what follows are suggested ideas on how to make the best use of the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah:

Repent to Allah

Make a sincere repentance to Allah Ta’ala and promise Him that you will not do bad deeds again. This may be your last chance. You are not sure if you will live till next year.

Observe Fasting in the First Nine Days

Abu Sa`id al-Khudri said: I heard the Prophet saying, “Indeed, anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s Pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years.” (Muslim)

Fasting the Day of Arafah

On the day of Arafah, non-pilgrims are highly recommended to maintain fasting. It is reported that the Prophet was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah, whereupon he said: “It expiates the sins of the preceding year and the coming year.” (Muslim)

He also said: “There is no day in which Allah frees a greater number of His slaves from the Hellfire than the Day of Arafah.” (Muslim)

Supplications (duaa) on the Day of Arafah

The Prophet said: “The best supplication is that of the Day of `Arafah, and the best thing that I and other Prophets before me said, is: La ilaha illa allahu wahdahu la sharika lah, lahu al-mulku wa lahu al-hamdu wa huwa `ala kulli shai’in qadeer (There is no Allah Ta’ala but Allah alone. He has no partners. To Him belong the sovereignty and all praise. He has power over all things.) (Al-Tirmidhi)

Reciting the Takbir

It is an act of Sunnah to say “Takbir” (Allah is the Greatest) in the first ten days.

The “Takbir” should be pronounced as much as possible in the mosque, at home, in the streets, etc. It is reported that: “Ibn `Umar and Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with them) used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, reciting Takbir, and the people would recite Takbir when they heard them.” (Al-Bukhari)

There are many forms of Takbir, but the most common one is: Allahu akbaru, Allahu akbaru, Allahu akbaru, la illaha illa Allah, Allahu akbaru, Allahu akbar, wa lillahi al-Hamd.

I pray to Allah to accept our good deeds in these days of Dhul-Hijjah and throughout the year.

WHAT TO DO AT THE TIME OF SOLAR ECLIPSE

…So whenever you see these (eclipses), offer salāh and make du‘ā till the eclipse has cleared. (Al-Bukhārī)

…So when you see the eclipse, make du’ā to Allāh and say takbīr, perform salāh and give sadaqah… (Al-Bukhārī)

…He (the Prophet sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) went to the Masjid (on the occasion of solar eclipse) and offered the salāh with the longest qiyām, rukū‘ and sujūd that I had ever seen him doing. (Al-Bukhārī)

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7 hate crimes per hour!!! this is insane? is this official statistic?

This is the moment a naked man invades a mosque and hurls racist abuse.

New figures show spikes in hate crime following terror attacks, and in total seven happen every hour in England and Wales.

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Bab alMardum and one of the mosques of Toledo (now known as the Mosque of the Light of Christ).

I just found out that the people STILL call this structure a ‘mosque’ and it’s in the name, because it was a masjid, but it is now a functioning Church.


The gates of the city of Toledo and its mosque (now a church)


The remnants of the Grand Mosque of Granada and its Madrassa


The Wudhu room built by al-Mansur over a thousand years ago for the Grand Mosque


Replica of the Grand Mosque of Córdoba housed in the Museum of Callahorra (قلعة حرة)


A mosque in Minnesota was bombed – no one was injured

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.

This morning, someone threw a firebomb through the Imams office of one of the biggest mosques in Minnesota during the morning prayers. Thankfully, the Imam was in the prayer hall when that happened.

The Imam is Sh. Waleed Al-Meneesy, who is one of the most knowledgeable and noble scholars I know. The man always has a smile on his face. Had the perpetrator ever met the Imam, he would have never been able to hate him. I am grateful that he wasn’t in his office and that no one is hurt.

Praying for the protection of our people, and the sanity of this nation.

Police investigate blast at Minnesota mosque; nobody hurt

Authorities are investigating a reported explosion at mosque in a Minneapolis suburb. WCCO-TV reports that police say no one was injured in the Saturday blast at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. Bloomington police tweeted that the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol,…