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Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said ” Allah is beautiful and loves beauty

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This BBC documentary tells the little-known story of three English gentlemen who embraced Islam at a time when to be a Muslim was to be seen to be a traitor to your country. Through personal journeys of still surviving relatives, the programme looks at their achievements and how their legacy lives on today.

The Fajr prayer is the first of the five daily Muslim prayers. (Fajr means dawn in the Arabic Language) The five daily prayers collectively form one pillar of the five Pillars of Islam.

The call to Fajr prayer marks the beginning of the obligatory daily fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Katharine (Katie) Redford, is a human rights lawyer and activist who is credited with spearheading a movement to hold international companies accountable for overseas abuse in their home court jurisdictions in the Western world, and in doing so, opened up new possibilities in human rights law. She is the co-Founder and US Office Director of EarthRightsInternational(ERI), a non-profit group of activists, organizers, and lawyers with expertise in human rights, the environment and corporate and government accountability.

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Patience

Posted: July 23, 2013 in Islam, Wisdom
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There are 4 Levels of patience:

  1. Patience with ibada (worship).
  2. Patience with avoiding sins.
  3. Patience with tribulations and we show this by being content with the decree of Allah.
  4. Patience with blessings, we show this by thanking Allah for all the blessings He has given us.

When things get really bad, know that things will get better.

The Sahaba (companions) of the Prophet sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam used to say that when they were in trepidation, they knew bad/hard things will be coming their way, and when bad things happened, they knew that good things will be coming their way.

If someone commits to the practice of surrendering and sabr (patience), over time the tribulations become easy and they no longer feel the tribulation.

‘We will test you until we see who is patient’- to see what you are made out of. The struggle and patience go together. The best attitude to have is patience.

Patience takes time and effort. Over time you can acquire this natural state.

– Shaykh Hamza Yusuf (Summarized ) from the 2011 Rihla

In Arabic, the word ‘Athaan’ (or Azan) is to call or to inform. Religionsly, it is a call made to inform people that the time of the prayer has begun. It is obligatory for the congregation in the mosque while for individuals praying alone at home, for example, it is a highly preferred act. It begins by proclaiming the greatness and oneness of Allaah and the denial of disbelief and polytheism, testifying to the messengership of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and then calling to a prosperity which is everlasting, pointing to the return to Allaah.

The ‘Iqaamah’ is the second and final Call to Prayer and is uttered immediately before the beginning of the obligatory prayer indicating that it is actually time to perform the prayer.
Source: http://www.islamweb.net/

When the month of Ramadan begins, Muslims enter into a period of discipline and worship: fasting during the day, and praying throughout the day and night. During Ramadan, special evening prayers are conducted during which long portions of the Qur’an are recited. These special prayers are known as taraweeh.

The word taraweeh comes from an Arabic word which means to rest and relax. The prayer can be very long (well over an hour), during which one stands upright to read from the Qur’an and performs many cycles of movement (standing, bowing, prostrating, sitting). After each four cycles, one sits for a brief period of rest before continuing — this is where the name taraweeh (“rest prayer”) comes from.

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