The True Character of the Prophet

In light of the occurrences around the world as a result of the latest film that completely denigrates the character of our beloved Prophet (SAW) I decided to repost a post that appears on IQRASENSE and which reminds us of his truly beautiful character and of that which we are meant to emulate as Muslims.

There have been many biographies written and speeches given on Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) that have provided a glimpse of his life, the role that he played as a Messenger of God, and the message that he brought for mankind. However, the speech delivered by Ja‘far bin Abi Talib to the Christian king of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in the 7th century to date is referenced as one of the most succinct and eloquent speeches that captured the moments of that era, and expressed the message of Islam concisely and clearly.

The speech was delivered in the fifth year of Muhammad’s Prophethood. As we recall from the early days of Islam when Muslims were tortured, persecuted, and humiliated in many ways, a few Muslims emigrated to take refuge in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) that was ruled by Ashamah Negus (also known as al-Najashi), a Christian king. The prophet had known him as a fair ruler and thus had permitted the followers of Islam to take refuge in his kingdom.

Makkah’s Quraish, who at the time were amongst the foremost in persecuting the new Muslims could not tolerate the Muslims living peacefully in the Christian kingdom. Hence, they made a last ditch effort to get those Muslims extradited to Makkah and sent two of their strongest envoys to demand their extradition. Those envoys were Amr bin Al-As and Abdullah bin Abi Rabia (the two embraced Islam a few years later). The two envoys took valuable gifts for the king and his clergy in the hopes of convincing the king to return the new Muslims. The pagan envoys demanded the Muslims’ extradition on grounds that they had abandoned the religion of their forefathers, and their leader (Mohammad) was preaching a religion different from theirs and from that of the king.

On hearing the claims against Muslims that the envoys had presented, the Christian king summoned the Muslims to his court. The Muslims selected Jafar bin Abi Talib to speak on their behalf. With silence in the court, Jafar bin Abi Talib stood up and addressed the king in the following words:

“O king! we were plunged in the depth of ignorance and barbarism; we adored idols, we lived in unchastity, we ate the dead bodies, and we spoke abominations, we disregarded every feeling of humanity, and the duties of hospitality and neighborhood were neglected; we knew no law but that of the strong, when Allah raised among us a man, of whose birth, truthfulness, honesty, and purity we were aware; and he called to the Oneness of Allah , and taught us not to associate anything with Him. He forbade us the worship of idols; and he enjoined us to speak the truth, to be faithful to our trusts, to be merciful and to regard the rights of the neighbors and kith and kin; he forbade us to speak evil of women, or to eat the substance of orphans; he ordered us to fly from the vices, and to abstain from evil; to offer prayers, to render alms, and to observe fast. We have believed in him, we have accepted his teachings and his injunctions to worship Allah, and not to associate anything with Him, and we have allowed what He has allowed, and prohibited what He has prohibited. For this reason, our people have risen against us, have persecuted us in order to make us forsake the worship of Allah and return to the worship of idols and other abominations. They have tortured and injured us, until finding no safety among them; we have come to your country, and hope you will protect us from oppression.” [Reference: Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum]

It is quite obvious from the speech that it has stood the test of time and delivers the message of Islam today just as effectively as it did more than 1400 years ago. The eloquence of the speech leaves no doubt regarding the strength of the faith and clarity of the new Muslims’ understanding of Islam and the message brought by Allah’s messenger. This speech also serves as a reminder not just for us Muslims but also for those who are still struggling to get the message that Muhammad (peace be upon him) brought for mankind.

The question for Muslims today is whether they are living that message? Share your thoughts below.

In the mean time, let’s gets the message to whoever we can.

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Akhlaq follows Tawheed… Good manners follows the True Understanding of Allah

The Characteristics of the believer is to have akhlaq after acknowledging Tawheed (the oneness of Allah SWT). We are told to walk humbly on this earth and to do good to all people, including the non muslims. We are told to have patience, humbleness, kindness and thankfulness.

The benefits of Akhlaq are many.. Sh Yasir Qhadi mentions the benefits and the characteristics of good Aklaq.

Our Prophet SAW said.. The ONLY reason I have been sent it to perfect good aqhlaq..

1. The constant theme of the Quran is to perfect our character.. He told Muadh to follow up a bad deed with a good deed

2. Be firm in the way you walk and when you deal with people be good to them

3. Pour water into your brother’s well not only draw your own.. don’t trivilse good deeds

4. Smile at your brother ..

5. If he accuses you of a fault that you don’t have, don’t point out the mistakes he does have.

6. Never curse or speak ill of any person.

7. The best blessing anyone can be given in this world is that of good aqhlaq.

8. You cannot beautify yourself with anything better than good akhlaq.

9. Through good akhlaq the believer can reach the level of someone who prays all day and night

10. The believer who tries to bridge the gap between believers.. he is like one who is continually fasting.. he is fulifilling the command to look out for the needs of our brothers in Islam

11. Aqlaq is the sign of good imaan .. he may pray and do the obligatory .. but he is not a good muslim if his character is not good.

12. The Mumin’s are those who are best in their aqhlaq.

13. The best of you are those of you are the best to his wives. .. it’s easy to show good akhlaq to those you don’t spend most of your time with.. when you show it to your wife.. then you have really reached the heights of high aqlaq. When the man shows good akhlaq to those under them.

14. The Mumin is friendly and responds in friendliness and patience .. he is genuninely friendly in his heart.

15. Good aqhlaq is loved by Allah in the believer. He loves noble aqhlaq. He hates, dispises bad aqhlaq.

16. The containers of the mercy of Allah are the servants of Allah .. the ones who are have soft hearts and gentle natures. Allah hates the vulgar, crude speech of people

17. Good aqhlaq is the heaviest deed on the scale of good deeds. You cannot get anything better than good aqhlaq. It is easy and difficult at the same time .. it means we keep a

18. The better a person’s aqhlaq, the closer he will be on the day of judgement to Prophet Muhammad SAW. The ones are furthest from him are the ones with the worst akhlaq.

19. Akhlaq is one of the primary factors that will cause people to enter Jannah. To have the taqwa of Allah and Akhlaq.. Our duty to Allah and our duty to others.

The height of Imaan is to combine knowledge and Akhlaq.. and the best of believers are those with these characteristics.

Akhlaq is of three types

1. Towards Allah.. Love, Fear, Hope .. how much do you love Allah, fear Allah and hope in Allah.

2. Towards Creation.. Muslims, Non Muslims family and nature including animals and the land

3. Towards Self …. Your body .. physical and spiritual have rights over you.. and you MUST give them the right they have over you.

The only reason I have been sent is that I might perfect good Akhlaq

Why Muslim Women Cover: A Woman’s Perspective

As Muslim women we are often asked about why we wear hijaab. Some think we are forced to wear it and others who realise that we wear it by choice and desire wonder how much we need to wear it and when we need to wear it.

Some of the questions are answered by this sister, other’s will answer themselves when you listen to this video. The simple answer to all questions is that we wear Islam for four main reasons

1. In obedience to our Lord’s command to cover ourselves
2. To preserve our beauty for our husbands eyes only
3. To help protect other brothers from sinning with their eyes .. in Islam to look at a woman with lust is called adultery just like it is in Christianity where Jesus is reported as saying if a man looks at a woman with lust in his heart he has committed adultery.
4. To protect ourselves from danger.

No.. we don’t have to wear it around our homes and we don’t need to wear it in all women’s gatherings. We love to dress up and look beautiful in our homes and with our friends

No.. we don’t wear the hijaab in the shower or to bed as we are sometimes asked

Yes.. it can get hot under the hijaab.. but then do you notice that when people are hot, they instinctively cover their heads to help cover themselves from the sun? We have lovely skin because our skin is protected from the harsh sun .. we always are “sunsafe” in our hijaab.

We lead normal lives just like you do.. we love, laugh, cry and enjoy our family and our friends.. we are your neighbours and love to be neighbourly. Meet a Muslim woman today and feel free to ask her questions about her coverings.. she’ll love to tell you why she wears it!!

Sisters.. please feel free to leave your personal thoughts about how wearing hijaab makes you feel below..

Allah Jameel, yuhibul jamal .. Allah is beautiful and loves beauty.

Sometimes even non muslims can say and do things that we know are found in the Quran and Sunnah

Audrey Hepburn once wrote

“For attractive lips.. speak words of Kindness.”

“For lovely eyes, Seek out the good in people.”

“For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.”

“For Poise, Walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone”.

“People, even moe than hangs have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. Never throw anyone out.”

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you have one at the end of your arm.”

“As you grow older, you will discover you have two hands. One for helping yourself and one for helping others.”

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”

“The beauty of a woman is not a facial mole, but true beauty is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.”

And the beauty of a woman, with passing years, only grows.

Faith in Action

Courtesy of “Working Muslim” .. for Muslim Women .. faith work balance

Have you ever thought about the impact you could have on other people’s lives? All you have to do is be THE pebble that when it is dropped in the ponds, the ripples have the effect. What the effect is when the ripples end and join the ripples of another pebble you don’t know. All you know is that you have the responsibility to be the pebble. If you have done your bit you can be confident and ready for judgment day.

Your faith is tested in action. Allah says ‘Oh you who believe. . .’ if you just say you believe that is not enough. All our ibadas, are in action. Prayer is not sitting in a corner and passing life by and hoping that you will have success. You take fasting, take hajj, take zakat, these are faith in action. They are not static. So faith is tested in your actions. And the timeframe that we have in this world is to be active. What area you decide to focus on is for you to reflect on. What purpose has Allah has sent you here for? What has Allah given you? How will you be a pebble?

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Have you looked at a rose bud lately?

This morning my mother in law and I were talking in the kitchen. She was in a wonderfully happy mood, almost glowing. I mentioned to her how her happiness was infectious and she reminded me that some days we can want to share our happiness with those around us.. it bubbles out we can’t hold it in and other days, we are reflective about it inwardly and feel like saying “go find your own happiness”.

Not in a negative way, but in the sense of I am quietly thankful for the blessings God has given me today and I want to hold them in me as a way of reminding myself about the blessings He gives me every day.

Then we moved onto how we find happiness. where do we look. We talked about how a beautiful rose bud can be the source of happiness, especially when we perhaps realise that rose bud wasn’t there yesterday. It’s Allah’s gift for today and it is likely gone tomorrow. If we don’t take the time to look at the bud today but rushed past that rose bush as we so often do, we would miss that gift of a rose bud given for our appreciation today. Masha’Allah.

Out talk this morning as we greeted the New Year of 2011, remnded me of my duas after Mahgrib Salat a couple of days ago. I was praying and as I was thanking Allah for a couple of blessings I remembered.. so one after the other came other reminders of other blessings. I remember finishing my dua and Salat with a big smile on my face. I was literally bubbling with happiness.

Count your blessings.. Name them One by One…

Don’t let today pass without thanking Him SWT for the Rose Buds in your life today. They may not be there tomorrow!!

The Last 10 days of Ramadhan.

“When the night is completely dark, it finds them [the people of taqwah] staying up in the night; fear has chased away their sleep, so they stay up, while those who feel secure in this life quietly sleep on.”

— Abdullah ibn Mubarak

With two thirds of Ramadan over, and the last ten nights almost here, it’s more important than ever for us to take our relationship with Allah to new heights. Aisha radiya Allahu anha narrated (as recorded by Bukhari and Muslim) that when the last ten days of Ramadan came, the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam would stay up at night and would wake his family up, and would abstain from marital relations. In another narration in Muslim, we’re told that he used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadan as he never did at any other time.

And with Laylat al-Qadr, the night better than a thousand months, falling on one of these last ten nights, we can’t afford to do anything other than follow in his footsteps, salla Allahu alayhi wasallam. One of the best acts of worship we can engage in at this time is the night prayer. The night prayer is a beautiful act of worship that encompasses the other kinds of worship – reciting Qur’an, remembering Allah and praising Him in dhikr, making du’aa – all as you stand and bow and prostrate before His Majesty.

We’ve handpicked a few resources on qiyam to help you (and us!) prepare for the blessed nights to come. Please take the time to read through them all, and more importantly, put in the effort to pray and worship during these coming nights.

Courtesy of “http://www.igotitcovered.org/2010/08/29/when-the-night-is-dark/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+igotitcovered+(I+Got+It+Covered+-+Online+Hijab+Community)&utm_content=FaceBook