Friday, August 14, 2009

Ramadhan Checklist

I came across this checklist by chance, unfortunately I do not know whom to give the credits for it, but I thought I might share it with the readers of this blog.

1. Make a resolve to win the maximum favour of Allah: perform extra voluntary prayers (Nawaafil), make frequent Du'a and increase remembrance (Dhikr).

2. Try to recite some Qu'ran after every Prayer. In fact if you read 3-4 pages after every Prayer you can easily finish the entire Quran in Ramadan! Study the Quranic Tafseer (commentary) every morning.

3. Invite a person you are not very close with to your home for Iftar, at least once a week. You will notice the blessings in your relationships!

4. Bring life to your family! Everyday, try to conclude the fast with your family and spend some quality time together to understand each other better.

5. Commit to an Islamic study circles to enhance your Islamic knowledge and practice. Plan to complete reading a book on Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) life in these 30 days.

6. Donate generously to the masajid, Islamic organizations, and any where people are in need. "This is a month of sharing!"

7. Seek the rare and oft-neglected rewards of 'the night better than a 1000 months', Laylatul-Qadr.

8. Weep in private for the forgiveness of your sins: It is the month of forgiveness and Allah's Mercy! It's never too late.

9. Learn to control your tongue and lower your gaze. Remember the Prophet's warning that lying, backbiting, and a lustful gaze all violate the fast! Abandon foul language forever.

10. Encourage others to enjoin and love goodness, and to abandon everything evil. Play the role of a Da'ee (one who invites to Allah) with passion and sympathy.

11. Experience the joy of Tahajjud prayers late at night and devote yourself purely and fully to Allah in the I'tikaf retreat during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

with thanks: Sarah

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Concepts, facts and ideas that can be derived from the Story of Adam (A.S)

1. The great value Islam assigns to man, his role on earth and his position in the universal system as well as the values by which he will be judged.

2. The high regard in which man is held in God’s universe is manifested in the divine will to declare man a vicegerent on earth and in the symbolic gesture of ordering the angels to prostrate themselves before him, and the subsequent condemnation of Iblīs who refused to join them.

3. Elevates man above all other beings and forbids his subjugation or humiliation for the sake of material achievement

4. Achievements must not come at a price that would undermine fundamental human values, or at the expense of man’s dignity or integrity.

5. Man, rather than the means of production or distribution, is the force of change on this earth; he influences and alters the course of all life on it.

6. This view of man is easily distinguished from, and vastly superior to, the feeble and negative role assigned to him by materialistic philosophies.

7. Islam aims to always guide man towards a decent and moral life.
Production, consumerism and the satisfaction of man’s carnal instincts and desires are not all that life is about.

By Syed Qutub Shaheed (R.A) in Fi Zilaal ul Qur'an

Friday, June 12, 2009

Quranic Definition of Taqwa

Allah (swt) has defined Taqwa in The Glorious Qur'an in a very clear cut manner.
According to Verse no. 177 of Surah Al-Baqarah, Taqwa is:

1. To believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers.
2. To spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves
3. To be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity
4. To fulfil the contracts which ye have made
5. To firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of conflicts.

Put yourselves on this scale and measure your level of Taqwa

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Seeking Forgiveness From Allah

"Say: O Ibadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful" (Quran 39:53)

"And those who cry not unto any other god along with Allah, nor take the life which Allah hath forbidden save in (course of) justice, nor commit adultery - and whoso doeth this shall pay the penalty; (68) The doom will be doubled for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein disdained for ever; (69) Save him who repenteth and believeth and doth righteous work; as for such, Allah will change their evil deeds to good deeds. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful. (70) [Quran 25:68-70]

Allahuma innaka 'afuwwun karimun tuhibbul 'afwa fa ‘afu anni
(O Allah! You are the Most Forgiving and Most Gracious! You love to forgive, so forgive my errors and sins)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The seven secrets of Success!

And the Quran Says:
By the time!
Lo! Man is in a state of loss;
save those who have faith and do righteous deeds, and counsel each other to hold on to truth and counsel each other to be steadfast.
Surah Asr 103 : 1 - 3
Br Sadiq Pasha sent me this photo with an inspiring message. Jaza kallah, Sadiq!

Read : A poem on success and perseverence.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What is Zuhd..???

Ibn Taymiyyah said: Zuhd is to leave alone those things which will not benefit you in the next life.
Sufyaan Ath-Thawri said: Zuhd is to have limited amount of expectations: it does not mean eating poor or inadequate foods as many think or wearing a cheap gown or cloak.
Ibn Ja’laal said: Zuhd is to know that life is a temporary one that will pass away; it should not be magnified in ones heart, nor should much focus be placed on it. Rather one should turn away from it; it is said Zuhd means to refrain from this world, without showing off.
Al Ju’nayd said: Zuhd means to free the heart from always wanting
Ahmad Ibn Hanbal said: Zuhd is not to have too many expectations.
Ibn Mubaarak said: It is having trust in Allaah and being content in times of poverty.
Abdulwaahid Ibn Zaid said: Zuhd can be practised by a person even if he only possesses one dinaar or dirham.
Ad-Daa’rani said: Zuhd means to leave those things that distract you from Allaah the exalted and high.
Hassan Al-Basri said: Zuhd is not that you make the permissible (things) impermissible or by wasting ones money. But, rather Zuhd is that you acknowledge that what Allaah the exalted has (destined for you) is better than what you have.
Madaarij As-Saalikeen by Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

An Intelligent Muslim

The intelligent person is the one who constantly performs self-assessment on his deeds, and ensures that all his actions are geared for his life after death. On the other hand, a careless person is one who follows his wanton desires, but at the same time wishes all good rewards from Allah.
-Muhammad (saw), narrated by Imam Tirmidhi

The hadith mentions the two traits of an intelligent Muslim. First, he always does self-accounting on his past deeds.

Second, he ensures that all his actions are not only for this life, but for his life in the Hereafter.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Umar (R.A) in The 100

"It may occasion some surprise that Umar - a figure virtually unknown in the West- has been ranked higher than such famous men as Charlemagne and Julius Caesar. However, the conquests made by the Arabs under Umar, taking into account both their size and their duration, are substantially more important than those of either Caesar or Charlemagne.”
- Michael Hart in The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History

Monday, April 27, 2009

Do you waste food!!!!

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace of Allah be upon Him) Said:"Shall I tell you the very worst among you? Those who eat alone, and whip the slaves, and give to nobody. "

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Obedience At Its Best

"When he (Isma'il) grew enough to work with him, he (Ibrahim) said, "My son, I see in a dream that I am sacrificing you. What do you think?" He said, "O my father, do what you are commanded to do. You will find me, GOD willing, patient."(Al-Saffat, 37:102)

This event is the example of Islam in its highest essence. The affection of the father was severely tested, when Abraham was called to sacrifice his son, and not stand by and watch others sacrifice his son. He had to subdue his own sense of affection, mercy, love, and any loving attachment-sentiments which reside in every father towards his only and beloved child.

On the other hand, Ismael's love for himself was also challenged. The faith of both was challenged. And this dared them to respond to the subjection of one's affections for one's own child (Abraham), and the killing of one's feelings towards himself (Ismael). They both succeeded in this.

Is it possible to emulate this submission and obedience?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Balanced Life

He [Nuh (a.s.] said. “O my people, Indeed I am to you a clear warner, [saying], ‘Worship Allah, fear Him and obey me’…” [Nuh: 3]

The heart is the focal point of a human body. And it is in the heart where Taqwa resides, which is displayed through good actions.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “At-Taqwa Haahunaa [Taqwa is here]” pointing towards the heart. Similarly, if we imagine a balance, Taqwa would be its central part. And the two sides would be the practical manifestation of Taqwa - Worship of Allah and Obedience of the Messenger. Both these aspects go hand in hand and develop in a person the quality of Allah consciousness - Taqwa. It also brings about balance in a person’s life. Therefore, it is necessary for a person who opts for this quality to worship Allah the way He taught His servants in the Qur’an and Sunnah, and to follow the way of the Messenger ﷺin the true sense.

with thanks - Fruit of Knowledge

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Repent, For Allah is Merciful

From Anas, radiyallahu 'anhu, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, say:

"Allah the Almighty has said: 'O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me, and hope in Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds in the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I shall forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with an earthful of sins and were you then to face Me, without having associated anything with Me, I shall grant you an earthful of pardon."

[Recorded by Al-Tirmidhi, who said that it is a good and sound hadith]

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Final Judgement

Thus then, if he be of those Nearest to Allah,
(There is for him) Rest and Satisfaction, and a Garden of Delights.
And if he be of the Companions of the Right Hand
(For him is the salutation) “Peace be unto thee”, from the Companions of the Right Hand.
And if he be of those who treat (truth) as Falsehood, who go wrong
For him is Entertainment with Boiling Water,
And burning in Hell-Fire.
Verily, this is the Very Truth and Certainty.
So celebrate with praises the name of thy Lord, the Supreme. (Al-Waqi'ah : 88-96)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spending in the Way of Allah

The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower. (Al-Baqarah:261)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Reality of Life

Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children, as the likeness of vegetation after rain, thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw. But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment (for the disbelievers, evil-doers), and (there is) Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the believers, good-doers), whereas the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment. (Surah Al-Hadid:20)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ten Things We Waste

1. Our Knowledge

Wasted by not taking action with it.

2. Our Actions:

Wasted by committing them with out sincerity.

3. Our Wealth:

Wasted by using on things that will not bring us ajr. We waste our money, our status, our authority, on things which have no benefit in this life or in akhirah.

4. Our Hearts:

Wasted because they are empty from the love of Allah, and the feeling of longing to go to Him, and a feeling of peace and contentment. In it’s place, our hearts are filled with something or someone else.

5. Our Bodies:

Wasted because we don’t use them in ibadah and service ofAllah.

6. Our Love:

Our emotional love is misdirected, not towards Allah, but towards something/someone else.

7. Our Time:

Wasted, not used properly, to compensate for that which had passed, by doing what is righteous to make up for past deeds.

8. Our Intellect:

Wasted on things that are not beneficial, that are detremental to society and the individual, not in contemplation or reflection.

9. Our Service:

Wasted in service of someone who will not bring us closer to Allah, or benefit in dunyaa.

10. Our Dhikr:

Wasted, because it does not effect us or our hearts.

Nice Words of Umar (RA) to Khalid (RA)

"You have done deeds which no-one has done, but people do nothing, for Allah is the Doer."
(Ibn Kathir, Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah, Dar Abi Hayyan, Cairo, 1st ed. 1416/1996, Vol. 7 P. 19.)


Source: In the early hours by Khurram Murad

1. Tazkiya -Your Personal Responsibility
You must accept that tazkiya is a highly personal process and that it demands taking personal responsibility for carrying it forward. You can only see the results of tazkiya through your own realisation, your own personal efforts and your own exertions.

2. Genuine Effort
In order to succeed, you must have a deep desire to make a genuine effort to fulfill your obligations as a Muslim. With desire, of course, come actions.

3. Sustaining Willpower
To achieve the ultimate goal in life requires a sustained determination to do so, a willpower that is forever responsive and strong. In Quranic terminology this is called irada.

4. Reliance on Allah
Self-confidence is borne from the Believer's intimate knowledge and understanding that Allah is ever ready to assist those who strive and struggle in His way. Self-confidence comes from depending upon Allah and knowing that He is there to help you, protect you and shower His mercies upon you.

5. The Best Use of Time
Time is not money or gold; it is life and it is limited. You must begin to appreciate every moment of your life and always strive to make the best use of it.

6. Tazkiya -All-embracing Process
Tazkiya must encompass our entire life - the privacy of our thoughts as well as their social manifestations in our daily life. Everything must be in conformity with Allah's will.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Best Example

When asked about the Prophet's character, Ayesha (r) said: “ Don't you read the Qur'ân?

The character of the Messenger of Allah was the Qur'ân”
“fa-inna khuluqa nabiyyi-LLâhi kâna -l qur'âna”

Sahîh Muslim, Kitâb al-salât, hadith no. 1623

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Alhamdullilah Sehroza Dawat is now officially online.. The design of the website is very nice and very user friendly.
You can read Sehroza Dawat in e-paper format. Also, you can subscribe to by providing you e-mail id on the homepage. The best thing about the website is it gets regularly updated in evry 3-4 days.
The link for the website is:

For English readers, there is a blog with selected news from Sehroza Dawat in English.

May Allah reward the people in this effort in best manner and provide strength to the truthful voice. As Allah has promised:

"The Truth has arrived and falsehood has vanished; indeed falsehood had to vanish."(Bani Israeel:81)


Do you intend to enter into Paradise?

Assalamualaikum all...
I have got the following piece of valuable information from a poster in the masjid outside my office.
Thought of sharing with you all...

Do you intend to enter into Paradise?
Mind your tongue
Speak the truth Al Qur'an 3:17
Speak straight Al Qur'an 33:70
Speak justice Al Qur'an 6:152
Speak kindly Al Qur'an 2:83
Speak politely Al Qur'an 17:53
Speak fairly Al Qur'an 17:28
Speak gently Al Qur'an 20:44
Speak graciously Al Qur'an 17:23
Speak not in vain Al Qur'an 23:3
Speak no lie Al Qur'an 22:30
Speak not to backbite Al Qur'an 49:12
Speak not without proof Al Qur'an 2:111
Speak no slander Al Qur'an 33:58


Monday, March 30, 2009

One Ummah - Muslim Unity

A Dua'

‘O Allaah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.’

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The three dimensions of a personality..!

I want to share with you an insight which I got from Moulana Muhammad Farooq Khan.

Moulana Muhammad Farooq Khan is the member of Majlis-e-Numaindgan (central council of representatives) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. He is one of the old vanguards of the Tahreek-e-Islami and resides in Delhi. He has written a lot of books in Urdu and Hindi. He is well versed in both the languages. He has translated Quran in Hindi. But his magnum opus is Kalam-e-Nubuwat, a collection of Ahadith in five, six volumes. He could be easily termed as the living legend in the field of Islamic literature.
I have met him on two occasions. Once when he delivered a lecture in an all India SIO meet. Next in his room in the second storey of an non-descript building in Old Delhi. It was a brief meeting but It was a memorable evening.

What he said could be summed up as the following:

There are three essential needs which mould a personality. Without fulfilling this needs one cannot become a wholesome personality.
The three needs are as follows.
First, You ought to have something to DO
One cannot remain idle. It is not human nature to remain idle. Man has to do something. Idle mind is devil's workshop. Men do various things. Men get engaged in various occupations to keep themselves occupied. The list of trades, professions, crafts, jobs and careers never ends.
But the best thing to do is to do dawah. The best career option is to get engaged in Dawah.

Second, You ought to have something to LOVE
One cannot live with profession, job or business alone. Day in and day out you do a lot of things. But that is not sufficient to nourish your inner soul. Your heart longs to love and to be loved. Naturally men love. Their love knows no bounds. Men love their wives, their sweet little children, their apparels, their face, their language, their organisation, their country, their matinee idol and the list goes on.
But the best of them is the love towards God. Love of God is the supreme thing in life. It is the ultimate. You have to research and find out whom does God love? And strive to become one. Besides you should love your Creator more than anything and everything in this mundane life.

Third, You ought to have something to HOPE
Man exists because of his hope. He may do a lot of things. He may love his job. He may be passionate about many things. But still he needs something to hope. Why does he work? Why does he go to faraway lands? Why does he do so many things? Because of Hope. Because of hope that one day he would get a beautiful palace overlooking the sea shore. Of hope that he would be driving in the latest model of car. Of hope that his offsprings would get decent education. The list of hopes and dreams is simply endless.
But the best thing to hope is hope of falah in the Hereafter.

I still remember the day when Moulana Farooq Khan Sahib conveyed this message in his own style; in his own choice of sweetest, chaste words in Urdu. Br Shabeer Ahmed, present Ameer-e-Halqa and Br Muhammad Yahya of AIITA were with me. I remember the haste with which I jostled down the words in an old diary.

Moulana gave me the diary as I asked him paper to take notes. The diary with notes is with me. I will share with you the other notes, some other day, Insha Allah.

Also read : Oh..! those were the days...!
read this too: Moulana Syed Ahmed Urooj Qadiri
read : The rise of lady Islamists in Islamic Movement

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Maladies of Heart

The heart gets sick as the body does andits cure is in asking for forgiveness and protection.
It also becomes rusty like a mirror does andit is polished by remembering Allah.
The heart can also be naked like the body and can lose its dress and decoration, which is piety,
And it can feel hunger and thirst like the body does, and its nourishment is knowledge, love, trust, and offering service to Allah
- Ibn Al-Qayyim al Jawziyyah

نَارٌ حَامِيَةٌ

فَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلُواْ وَلَن تَفْعَلُواْ فَاتَّقُواْ النَّارَ الَّتِي وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْكَافِرِينَ

But if ye cannot- and of a surety ye cannot- then fear the Fire whose fuel is men and stones,- which is prepared for those who reject Faith. (Al Quran 2:24)

لَهُم مِّن جَهَنَّمَ مِهَادٌ وَمِن فَوْقِهِمْ غَوَاشٍ وَكَذَلِكَ نَجْزِي الظَّالِمِينَ

For them there is Hell, as a couch (below) and folds and folds of covering above: such is Our requital of those who do wrong (Al Quran 7:41)


إِنَّهُ مَن يَأْتِ رَبَّهُ مُجْرِمًا فَإِنَّ لَهُ جَهَنَّمَ لَا يَمُوتُ فِيهَا وَلَا يَحْيى

Verily he who comes to his Lord as a sinner (at Judgment),- for him is Hell: therein shall he neither die nor live (Al Quran 20:74)

إِذَا رَأَتْهُم مِّن مَّكَانٍ بَعِيدٍ سَمِعُوا لَهَا تَغَيُّظًا وَزَفِيرًا

When it sees them from a place fAr off, they will hear its fury and its ranging sigh (Al Quran 25:12).

Monday, March 23, 2009

AR Rahman, Oscar and an open letter

Sirajul Hasan has done it.
I always believed, hoped and expected that he alone could do it.
Siraj Bhai, Siraj Sahib, Sirajul Hasan as he is affectionately called by everybody is the chief editor of Samarasam Tamil Fortnightly.
He is a prolific writer in Tamil and master player of words. Over the years he has developed his own style of conveying his thoughts. It could be described as simply endearing. He is in the field for the past three decades. He was groomed by late Moulana M. A. Jameel Ahmed. He has written three books and a collection of short stories. He is the most soft spoken man in the earth. But he is very shrewd in equal measure. Measure your words when you speak with him.
Now what has he done?

He has written an open letter to A. R. Rahman, the music wizard of Chennai. He has lauded ARR for his achievement. He has expressed his joy, pleasure in his own way. A.R Rahman had declared "Yella pugazhum Allahvukke" (All glory be to Allah!!) at the dias of Oscar arena.
Sirajul Hasan has lauded this spontaneous reaction of the Music maestro. Then he explains the significance of Alhumdulillah...!
Slowly and steadily he has woven the web and highlighted the drastic consequences of Shirk-Inai vaippu.
A.R. Rahman is known to be very particular in offering Namaz in time. Sirajul Hasan mentions this and praises the enthusiasm shown by ARR in offering Namaz. Then he goes on elaborating the significance and importance of the ultimate success - the success in Hereafter.
The final appeal from Siraj is what makes your heart melt.
His words are:
isai vazhiyil payaniththu immaiyin sigarangalai ththottu vitteergal
irai vazhiyil payaniththu marumaiyin vetrigalai pera muyalungal.
It could be roughly translated as "You have reached the zenith of glory in the path of Music.
Next, in future, Please try to get success in Hereafter"

Oh! I miss Br P. H. Shafeeq Ahmed, the lanky lad from the dusty town of Tirupattur. He is also a gifted writer. Shafeeq writes in English.
More than a decade ago, Ace director Manirathinam produced a stupendously stupid film "Roja" depicting Muslims in a very bad light. At that time too Sirajul Hasan wrote an open letter to Mani Rathinam. The finishing lines of that letter are still embedded in my mind "Today what you have in your hands is a stone..! I pray and hope that a day will come when the stone would be replaced by a flower"
Br Shafeeq translated the letter in English and it was published in Radiance Views weekly, Delhi.
I wish I had Shafeeq at my side. He would have translated the piece in English in no time.
As my hands are full I could not do it by myself. If somebody reading this, wishes to translate in English, he is most welcome.

Four Traits

“Four traits lift a person to the highest ranks, even if their works and knowledge are little:
(1) Forbearance (hilm)
(2) Humility (tawadu`)
(3) Generosity (sakha’)
(4) Good character (husn al-khuluq)–and this is the perfection of faith.”
[Ghazali, Ihya' `Ulum al-Din]

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Deeds Most Liked by Allah

'Abd Allah Ibn Mas'ud (May Allah be pleased with them) said, I asked the Messenger of Allah (May Peace be upon Him)
"What deeds are most liked by Allah?
He said: 'The prayer on its time.'
I said:'Then what?'
He saide:'Jihad in the path of Allah.'
I said: 'Then what?'
He said: 'To be dutiful to parents.'

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Monday, March 16, 2009

Loosers and Gainers

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

By the sun and its brightness; By the moon as it follows it (the sun);
By the day as it shows up (the sun's) brightness; By the night as it conceals it (the sun);By the heaven and Him Who built it; By the earth and Him Who spread it, And by Nafs (Adam or a person or a soul), and Him Who perfected him in proportion;

Then He showed him what is wrong for him and what is right for him;

Indeed he succeeds who purifies his ownself (i.e. obeys and performs all that Allâh ordered, by following the true Faith of Islâmic Monotheism and by doing righteous good deeds)

And indeed he fails who corrupts his ownself (i.e. disobeys what Allâh has ordered by rejecting the true Faith of Islâmic Monotheism or by following polytheism or by doing every kind of evil wicked deeds).

-- Feel the intensity and power of truth.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mastering Yourself.

Small heroes master their enemies. Big heroes master themselves – Rumi

Life is an opportunity to courageously take up Jihad, or struggle to master ourselves so that we comply with the will of Allah. This is the route to fulfillment wherein we may lift up our hands in order to worship Allah, receiving His blessings and eternal mercy. Those of us who choose to master ourselves while trusting in Allah have nothing within this world or beyond it to fear.
As Muslims we tend to forget what the title entails, that of “Muslim” – what does it mean? And why is the definition so important to remember?
A Muslim is one who peacefully submits his or her will, his or her ‘self’ to God. We surrender ourselves to God, giving up attachments that take away from loving and worshipping Him as best as we can.
What better Jihad is there than that against what detaches you from Allah?

We all say we love Allah, but are we showing Him – are we truly struggling to free ourselves from selfish attachments?

Prophet Muhammad (saw.waw) teaches that, “For everything there is an appropriate way of polishing. The heart is polished through zikr-the remembrance of Allah.”

Allah has declared that He is, “close to the thought that My servant has of Me. I am with him whenever he recollects Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I remember him in Myself. If he approaches Me by as much as on hand’s length, I approach him by a mile. If he stumbles towards Me, I run toward him.”
Wherever you find yourself, whether in worship or in an ordinary moment of your daily life, remember Allah.
Our hearts shall only find complete peace in the remembrance of Allah, so we should seek Him not just during our most trying moments, but even in our most happiest.

There is nothing greater than the struggle to stay close to Allah in worship and devotion – we all commit ourselves to an array of unimportant things during our daily lives, yet when was the last time we devoted time to remember Allah?
Prayer is a given for any Muslim who prays, but what else have we done to remember Allah?; to master ourselves against what separates us from Him.
Embarking on Jihad does not always involve a weapon of manmade qualities but ones of a more spiritual nature – replacing a glistening bullet with the sword of Tawheed and an ear shattering cannon with the volcanic eruption of Zikr.
We must learn to transform our everyday lives into adventures of spiritual awakening – the greater Jihad “against the lower self”.

Waste no time in struggling against what detaches you from Allah,
Waste no time in fighting off the toxins of the world – money,greed,envy,lust
Waste no time in striking the enemies of worship who consume you for even brief moments

Do it now, while you are still able,
While you are blessed with your sight – by which you can read His perfected revelation
Before your eyes grown dim and barren.
While you are blessed with your strength – by which you may defeat the enemies of worship
Before your body grows weak.

Do it now, while you are still able
Because sleep is a silent death each and every night,
And when your eyes are blessed with the ability to flutter in the early morning
Rise with the awareness that you will not live long.

Question of the week:
How do you gain awareness of Allah during your daily routines?/What actions (physically or mentally) have you committed to doing that will help you struggle against your ‘nafs’ (self)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Love Prophet Mohammed Follow His Path

Its our beloved Prophet Mohammed's (May peace be upon Him) birthday today. He was by far the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this earth. He preached a religion, founded a state, built a nation, laid down a moral code, initiated numberless social and political reforms, established a dynamic and powerful society to practice and represent his teachings, and completely revolutionized the worlds of human thought and action for all times to come.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Sall-Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam

The current month of the islamic calender is Rabbi ul Awwal, this is the month our beloved Prophet Mohammed (May Allah's Blessings and Peace be upon him) was born.

I request all the authors of 1mschool to post entries related to Prophet, his teaching, seerah etc.,

"Lo Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation." [Al-Ahzab, 33:56].

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Answer to Fitna Movie.

Tahallum and Hilm

To bear something displeasing with displeasure is called Tahallum (pretending to be tolerant). And to bear displeasure with pleasure is true Hilm (tolerance).”
[Moulana Maseehullah Khan]
Undeniably, one of the hardest things to do is display patience and moreover smile through circumstances of pain and even anger. But therein lies the reward.
With thanks:

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Dastaan Iman Faroshon Ki

Dastan Iman Faroshon Ki (Series) by Inayatullah Iltumish is about Sultan Salahuddin Ayubi, the person who for twenty years braved the storm of the Crusaders and ultimately pushed back the combined forces of Europe which had come to swarm the Holy Land.

You can download the book (5 Parts) in pdf format from the below links
Dastan Iman faroshon Ki (Part -1)
Dastan Iman Faroshon Ki (Part -2)
Dastan Iman Faroshon Ki (Part -3)
Dastan Iman Faroshon Ki (Part -4)
Dastan Iman Faroshon Ki (Part -5)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Quran is Not(only) sent for hearing it in beautiful voices(qirat) and admiring its language, rhythm, grammer and beauty. Rather it is sent

  • As a manual for life As a constitution for country

  • As a law for courts As a syllabus for students

  • As a document to be followed in finance and trade sectors

  • As a tool for carving out state's interior and forign policies

  • As a guideline principles for military and wars,

  • And in short as a Imam (leader) in all avenues of life.
We must understand this true reason of Almighty Allah's sending His beautiful word to His favorite and greatest human being (may peace and blessings of Allah swt may shower on him), and therefore we must try with all our energies and capital to have this Quran implemented in all avenues (government and domestic) of life.
[Syed Qutub(may Allah swt grant him mercy)]

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Qualification Test

Test. The word itself rings an alarm in the back of the mind that something/somebody is under some kind of analysis to make it/him qualify for the requirement under consideration. I bought a mobile and tested the clarity of sound, quality of picture, user friendliness, battery backup, memory space and the most important is the comments and experience of the user who have already used it. It is not just in case of mobile, when we decide to do or believe something we take all sort of measure be it buying a home, going to movie, planning a tour each and everything.

One fine day when I was in my imaginary world I decided to sort out the criteria to test the God. I wanted to see whether the God whom I believe is cable of being God? Is he really be worshiped as God? I tried to sort out the test criteria from the experience of the ancestor, the various philosophers, the religious books then I have selected the best of the test from all the above and it was from the Guiding Quran. Why I call Quran as a Guide because it perfectly guided me to phrase the test to test someone who claims to be God.

The test is..

1. He should be one.
2.He Should be Absolute.
3.He Should not have an Start nor an End (Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten)
4.No one should be equal to him.

Anyone who claims to be a God should pass all these four question then only I will consider him as a God and Worship him.

The Guiding Quran Answers all the above four questions in Sura Ikhlaas 112

1. Proclaim, "He is the One and only GOD.

2. "The Absolute GOD.

3. "Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten.

4. "None equals Him."

" There is no God but God(ALLAH). Muhammad is the Prophet of God "

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Universal Code of Superiority.

The Messenger of ALLAH Muhammad peace be upon him said in his last sermon of Hajj.

"O’ Ye people! Allah says, O’ people We created you from one male and one female and made you into tribes and nations, so as to be known to one another. Verily in the sight of Allah, the most honored amongst you is the one who is most God-fearing. There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab and for a non-Arab over an Arab, nor for the white over the black nor for the black over the white except in God-consciousness"

Ahhh!!!!!! ALLAH the only Lord of the worlds has given a fantastic Universal Code to humanity but lot of people don't know.......

In this point of time the root cause of all problem the humanity is facing today is based on either caste,color,region,power or thinking being superior than other. If each and every human being of this world follow the universal message of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, then definitely all the problems will fade away as the darkness of night fades when the sun signals of its raise.

I pledge today to follow this universal code of superiority by Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Anas bin Malik reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Allah is more pleased with the repentance of a servant as he turns towards Him for repentance than this that one amongst you is upon the camel in a waterless desert and there is upon (that camel) his provision of food and drink also and it is lost by him, and he having lost all hope (to get tbat) lies down in the shadow and is disappointed about his camel and there he finds that camel standing before him. He takes hold of his nosestring and then out of boundless joy says: 0 Lord, Thou art my servant and I am Thine Lord. He commits this mistake out of extreme delight. [Sahih Muslim - 6618]

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Tragedy of Kerbala

Corresponding to 10th October 680 AD, Imam Husain with 72 family members and disciples were martyred in the scorching desert of central Iraq on Friday 10th Moharram, 61Hijri.

Historians rightfully state Imam Husain and his companions to have braved severe hunger and thirst for three consecutive days before facing inhuman atrocities by armies of Yazid bin Muaviya, emperor of the Islamic State at the time (680-683 AD). Thus the prevailing fact is, when conscience, consciousness and conviction preponderate over material being, physical discomfiture and needs, cease to affect human kind.

Imam Husain with an enlightened heart, sincerely refuse to acknowledge Yazid and his abettors’ conspicuous licentious and sinful activities. Later, amidst thousands of adversaries, he expostulated by initiating and appealing for re-adopting conventional ethical and religious norms people had deviated from.

Apparently, it is such victory of spiritual righteousness over material falsehood that Imam Husain procured in Kerbala, which has largely been an inspiration for mankind.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Day of 'Ashura'

'A'ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, reported:the Quraish used to fast on the Day of 'Ashura' in the pre-Islamic days and the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) also observed it. When he migrated to Medina, he himself observed this Fast (of 'Ashura') and commanded (others) to observe it. But when fasting during the month of Ramadan was made obligatory he said: He who wishes to observe this Fast may do so, and he who wishes to abandon it may do so. [Sahih Muslim 1897]

Ibn ‘Abbas, (RA), reported: “The Prophet, came to al-Madinah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of Ashura. He asked them about that”. They replied, “This is a good day, the day on which Allah rescued Bani Israel from their enemy. So Moosa observed fast on this day.” The Prophet said, “We have more claim over Moosa than you.” So the Prophet, observed fast on that day and ordered (the Muslims) to observe fast (on that day).” [Saheeh al-Bukhari, Muslim]

Ibn ‘Abbas also reported, “The Messenger of Allah fasted on the day of Ashura and ordered the people to fast on it. The people said, “O Messenger of Allah, it is a day that the Jews and Christians honour.” The Prophet, said, “When the following year comes - Allah willing - we shall fast on the ninth.” The death of the Prophet, came before the following year.” [Saheeh Muslim, Abu Dawood]

So it is recommended to fast on the 10th of Muharram and the 9th along with it as well.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Let's not be silenced, Palestine needs our voices and prayers

Hundreds dead, thousands injured and displaced
Report, Al Mezan, 2 January 2009 4:40pm Gaza Time (+2 GMT):

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) has continued its military operation -- code-named "Cast Lead" -- against the Gaza Strip for the seventh consecutive day. Air raids and attacks from ground forces and naval vessels have continued to target civilian objects. There has been an increase in the air raids targeting houses of resistance members. The number of people who have been killed in IOF's attacks has reached 353, including 59 children and 14 women. This figure reflects only the cases which Al Mezan Center has been able to verify, and is expected to rise as many casualties were buried by their families without being registered at hospitals and others remain under the rubble of destroyed buildings. Many attacks targeted open fields, though not far from urban areas. IOF also targeted another rescue team in Deir al-Balah.

At approximately 2:40pm yesterday, Thursday 1 January 2008, Israeli aircrafts fired heavy missiles at the house of Nizar Rayyan, a leader in the Hamas movement, in the Jabaliya refugee camp, causing massive destruction in the camp and killing 16 of its residents, 11 of whom were children.

At approximately 11:35pm on the same day, Israeli aircraft raided the al-Khulafa Mosque, which is located near Rayyan's house, destroying the mosque completely and damaging tens of houses in the area, some for the second time on the same day.

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights expresses its outrage over the continued inaction of the international community in the face of IOF's continued violations of the international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights in the Gaza Strip. The failure to take any action continues despite the enormous amount of information about the consequences of Israel's conduct towards human life and well being in the Strip, which have been heavily reported by the media and human rights organizations in the Strip. Reports also indicate that the health system is close to collapse as hospitals and clinics suffer a very high case load while there are shortages in medical supplies and personnel. The high numbers of casualties resulting from Israeli attacks has added enormous pressure on the health system.

Al Mezan Center asserts that according to its continuous monitoring of the situation in Gaza, Israel has been perpetrating grave breaches of IHL, amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity, by deliberately targeting civilian premises in highly dense areas without observing the principles of proportionality, distinction and military necessity. In doing so, Israel is showing despicable disregard to civilian life.