How can I change the world?

How can I change the world?

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits,
I dreamt of changing the world.

As I grew older and wiser,
I realized the world would not change
and I decided to shorten my sight somewhat and change only my country.
But it too seemed immovable.

 

As I entered my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt,
I tought to change only my family,
those closest to me,
but alas they would have none of it.

 

And now here I lie on my death bed and realize
(perhaps for the first time)
that if only I’d changed myself first,
then by example I may have implement my family
and with their encouragement and support,
I may have bettered my country
and who knows I may have changed the world.

 

Inna Allaha la yughayyiru ma biqawmin hatta yughayyiroo ma bianfusihim

Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls).(Quran: Surah Ar Ra’d 13:11)

by Uzma Saleem (Toronto)

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RECOMMENDED TIME OF DUA:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

How Duas are Answered? {Time of Dua}

As-salamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahe wa Barakatahu

(Mail continued from previous mails, it’s a bit long, but comprehensive, completing the discussion on Time of Dua)

RECOMMENDED TIME OF DUA:

a. Friday and Friday night

b. On Wednesday between noon and afternoon
c. Time of night prayer 
d. The first one sixth of midnight.
e. One third of the last hours of night
About recommended prayer after midnight, Imam Sadeq (AS) says:
“Don’t let your eyes fully enjoy sleep, for eyes are the least thankful to Allah.” 

In this connection, the Holy Prophet of Islam has said: 

“When a true believer rises up to please Allah with the recommended prayer after midnight, while slumber has overpowered his eyes, Allah speaks proudly to His angels saying: Do you see this servant of mine who has risen up to perform the prayer which is not obligatory! Therefore I take you as witness that I have forgiven his sins .”

f. Grand Night (Leylatolqadr)
g. Ahya Nights (spending night awake)
There are four nights during which keeping vigil is recommended.  These nights are:  

  1. The first night of Rajab  
  2. The night of fifteenth of Sha-baan.  
  3. The night of E’edul Fitr  
  4. The night of E’edul D’uh’aa  

It is related that:  
It was surprising for Imam Ali (a.s.) to be idle on such nights and not to pray.”(meaning he would spend all night in Ebadat)

h.  Araf day  
It is a day for prayer (Dua) and asking one’s need.  Hence although observing fast is highly recommended if one becomes too ill to pray, it is better to pray and not fast.  
i.  When wind is blowing  
j.  When call to prayer is made (Azaan)  
k. When it is raining  
l.  When the first drop of a martyr’s blood is dripped.  

Zeid shahham has quoted Imam Sadeq (AS) as saying:

“Pray on four occasions: When the wind is blowing, at noon, when rain is falling, and when the first drop of a believer’s blood drips, for at such times the gates of heavens are opened.”  

Imam Sadeq (AS) also has said:  

“When noon arrives, the gates of heavens will be opened and great desires will be fulfilled.”  
The Imam was asked how long?  The Imam said: 
“During a time one can perform a four-rakat prayer with tranquility.”  

m.  From dawn to sunrise  
Abol Sabak Kanani quotes Imam Baqer (AS) as saying:

“Allah answers the call of those servants of His who often pray (Dua).  Therefore, pray at dawns until sunrise, for the gates of paradise are opened at this time.  Daily food is distributed at this time and great needs are met.” 


Reference :

Oddatul Daee (The Asset of the Supplicant), Hadees 78 to 83

ADVANTAGES OF PARTICIPATING IN JUMU’AH:

There are  many advantages of attending and participating in the prayer of Jumu’ah.Some of them are as follows:

 

Responding to the command of Allah (SWT).

 

O you who believe, when the call to prayer is made on the day of congregation (Friday), hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave off all business, this is better for you, if you know.

                                                                                      (62:9)

 

Benefitting from the Khutbahs (sermons).

 

The Imam delivers two sermons before the prayer of Jumu’ah. In the first sermon, the congregation is reminded about TAQWA which means following the commands of Allah (SWT) and the second sermon serves as a reminder for TAUBAH which means sincere repentance. Both these sermons are ideal and very useful for one’s spiritual growth. In accordance with the needs of our time, issues and events affecting the Muslim Ummah at large,  are also addressed in the sermons by the Imam.

 

Meeting with fellow Muslims.

 

This fosters unity and brotherhood amongst the believers. S.V.Mir Ahmad Ali writes in the commentary of the Holy Qur’an;

 

The wise ordinances of Islam provide ample opportunities of social contact for the Muslims.Each individual remembers Allah five times everyday in the home or place of business or local Masjid. On Friday, in every week, there is a local meeting in the central Masjid of each local centre; it may be a village, or town, or ward of a big city.At the two Eids every year there is a local area meeting in one centre, the Eidgah. Once atleastin a life time, a Muslim, having sufficient means, joins the vast international assemblage of the world, in the centre of Islam, at Ka’bah. The primary purpose in all the obligatory and optional forms of worship is the remembrance of glorification of Allah, but they also create spirit of unity, brotherhood and collective understanding and provide opportunities for mutual consultation and action.

 

Preparing for the DHUHOOR (re-appearance) of Imam al-Mahdi (aj).

 

Imam al-Mahdi (aj) will re-appear on a Friday. This is what we recite in the ziyarat (salutation) of Friday:

 

…..and Friday is your day when your re-appearance is expected..

 

Leaving all the worldly activities aside and responding to the call of Allah on Friday infact trains and prepares one be to alert for the call of our living Holy Imam (aj) on this day.

 

Falaah (success) assured after Friday prayer.

 

And when the prayer is completed then disperse in the land and seek the grace of Allah, and remember Allah much, so that you may be successful.

                                                                                      (62:10)

 

MORAL STORY

 

Abu Abdir-Rahman Salmi was a tutor of the Holy Qur’an in Madinah.Many children would come to him to learn how to recite the Holy book.

 

One day he taught a son of Imam Hussayn (as) to recite Sura al-Fatiha.When the child recited the surah before his father, the Imam was so pleased that he rewarded the tutor with valuable gifts. Some people criticised this action saying it was not necessary to give so much in return for teaching one surah. In reply, the Imam (as) said,

 

“What comparison can there be between the gift I have given to the tutor of my child, and his teaching the Holy Qur’an, the gift which he has given to my child?”

 

The best gift which parents can give to their children is to teach them how to read the Qur’an, understand it, act upon its teachings and convey these teachings to others.

eleased by:


Mulla Mujaheedali Sheriff

mulla@almahdi.org.uk

 

HUBB AD-DUNIYA (LOVE FOR WORLDLINESS)

HUBB AD-DUNIYA (LOVE  FOR WORLDLINESS)

 

“Surely who do not rest their hope on their meeting with Us and are pleased with this worldly life and are content with it, and those who heed not Our signs.Their abode (ultimate residence)  is the fire (of Hell) because of what they earned”

 

                                                                      (Yunus:7-8)

 

“And what is the life of this world but goods (means) of deception”

 

                                                                      (Alhadeed:20)

 

The above verses from the Holy Qur’an point to us that hell-fire is the ultimate punishment for those whose sole aim of life is seeking worldly gains and pleasure and remaining contented with them.They neither think about life after death nor do they commit good deeds. They behave as though they do not have to ultimately stand before Allah (SWT) to account for what they do in this world.

 

We need to realize that many things in this worldly life are nets, set up to trap and deceive man hence we are warned to remain alert and cautious. We should not easily be attracted to everything we see in this life. We need to understand and judge what is good and what is bad for us.

 

The Holy Prophet (saw) has said,

“Love of wordly things is the root cause of every sin and the key to every evil and making useless of every goodness”

 

For the purpose of earning tremendous profits or gaining a high position in the society, one may be tempted to go through illegal ways or even harming or doing injustice to others. In order to earn a big profit, one may not take into account the great harm and loss to poor masses. He may offer bribes or drinks to high officers thus committing big sins because of his intense love for worldly goods.

 

The Holy Prophet (saw) has also said,

“The worldly things are like salty water. Every time one drinks (from it) it adds to his thirst”

 

The above means that the more one becomes attached to worldly things, the more he is dissatisfied and the more he wants to have.


Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as) has said,

“The world is like a snake whose body is immensely soft but in its mouth is killing poison.As such a sensible person is he who keeps away from it while an ignorant child inclines towards it”

 

In this saying, the attraction of worldly things is compared with the softness and tenderness of the snake’s skin and its multi-colours. On seeing it, one is naturally attracted but on coming close, he gets bitten with the hidden poison in its mouth.

 

Therefore, sensible and far-sighted is he who refrains from worldly attractions the same way as he runs away from a poisonous snake.

 

Readers are requested to recite Sura al-Fatiha for :

 

Marhum Mulla Asgher, Marhum Ahmed H Sheriff, Marhum Mulla Bashir Rahim and all the Marhumeen.

 

Released by:


Mulla Mujaheedali Sheriff

mulla@almahdi.org.uk

WHY WAS IMAM HUSAYN (A.S.) UPRISING?

WHY WAS IMAM HUSAYN (A.S.) UPRISING?

(Source: Imam Hussein and The Day of Ashura, Al-Huda Foundation., 1992)

“And think not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead, they are alive, (and) by their Lord well provided.” (3:169)

A host of political, social and religious factors made Imam Husayn (a.s) rise to challenge Yazeed bin Mu’awiya. Key factor was the violation of the principles upon which Islamic rule is based. Imam Husayn (a.s) had the following goals in mind when he started his uprising:

1. Paying due attention to the public opinion of the Ummah, and regularly consulting it in the conduct of affairs. Changing of the political conditions, the ruling system and the way of administering civil affairs, the treating the Ummah in accordance with the divine standard set forth by Islam:

“…. And consult them in the matter…” (3.159)

2. Law and principles stand above everyone. They are the standard according to which the ruler is evaluated. The legality of his position, and his right to exercise of power is similarly estimated. Awakening the political conscience of the Ummah and making a powerful oversight body out of it, lest the ruler deviate or neglect Islamic laws.

“…So judge between people with justice and do not follow desire..” (38.26)

” …Therefore judge between them according to what Allah has sent down.” (5.48)

3. Establishment of justice and equity between all the people, regardless of social status in the sphere of rights and obligations

“Surely Allah commands you to deliver trust back to their owner and when you judge between people you that you judge with justice..” (4:58)

4. Assuring the leader is both efficient and righteous so that he can discharge his responsibilities: The Holy Prophet (saww.) is reported to have said: “We are commanded to place people in their right positions”.

5. Equity in economic distribution ought to be firmly instituted:

“Whatever Allah has restored to His Messenger from the people of the towns, it is for Allah and for the Messenger and for the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, so that it may not be a thing taken by turns among the rich of you and whatever the Messenger gives you, accept it, and from whatever he forbids you, keep back and be careful of (you duty to) Allah; surely Allah is severe in retribution (evil).” (59:7)

Imam Ali (a.s.) is reported to have said: “Even if all of it was my personal property I would have distributed it equally amongst the needy and poor. Then what is the situation when the property belongs to Allah”

6. The right of criticizing, advising, guiding and discussing the policies of the leader should be respected and institutionalised. Emphasizing the legality of militarily opposing the unjust ruler.

“And from among you there should be a party who invite to good and enjoy what is right and forbid the wrong, and these it is that shall be successful” (3:104)

The Holy Prophet (saww.) is reported to have said: “The best of Jihad is that of a word of right spoken to unjust ruler”

Imam Husayn (a.s.) witnessed the deteriorating political and social situation and clearly recognized that the general policy of the authorities did not jibe Islamic principles. He was aware of the Ummah’s numerous and painful afflictions, and was determined to exercise his religious duty, being the duly sanctioned leader and central figure capable of restoring Islamic values. To re-educating the Ummah in line with Islamic laws and to rectifying deviation and putting in to practice the Shari’ah. Also, breaking the wall of fear and terror that was imposed on the Ummah and stirring the sprit of revolution and sacrifice in it.

Thus he rose. His revolt is rich in lessons and divinely inspired attitudes. Imam Husayn (as) embodied the sacrifice of self, money, family, social status and the challenge to terror and cruelty. He patiently traversed hundred of miles, moving both night and day. The epic protest he engendered come at the most critical political juncture. In fact, the prophet’s grandson had vowed to sacrifice himself.

Eventually he was killed along with his sons, most of his household and all of his companions. The bodies were mutilated and their heads were carried from Karbala’, to Kufa and finally to Damascus. His womenfolk were taken prisoners and marched across the desert. He himself was expecting all that, but did not budge an inch. He (as) is known to have said, “By Allah, I will never give you my hand like a man who has been humiliated, nor will I flee like a slave”

An uprising led by the noblest and best-respected personality in the entire Ummah is certainly one, which is uniquely distinguished as a movement, abounding with spiritual, moral and religious ideals. Due to the importance of this personality, we are honoured to remark the most outstanding incidents of the dynamic Husayni movement, which stands unequalled in its greatness and fills pages upon pages of history. Such a sublime revolution has to be studied, dissected and fully understood. Lessons should be drawn from it. Here we note that the backward and downtrodden nations must one day follow in the footsteps of Imam Hussein if they are to challenge the despots.

We beseech the Most High and Almighty to make our effort of enduring benefit and to help us in disseminating benevolence and guidance. He is the Hearing and Answering

IMAM AL-HUSSEIN (A.S)’S SEVERED HEAD:

An excerpt from “Karbala & Beyond”.

 

Yazeed ordered al-Hussein’s head to be brought to him. He put it in a gold washbowl. The women were behind him. Sukayna and Fatima stood and tried anxiously to steal a look at it as Yazeed kept hiding it from them. When they did see it, they burst in tears. He then permitted people to enter to see him. Yazeed took a rod and kept hitting al-Hussein’s lips with it saying: “A day for a day: this day is (in revenge) for Badr”.  The he cited these verses by al-Haseen ibn al-Hamam:

 

“To be fair to us our folks never did dare,

 so swords dripping with blood were to them fair;

 We split the heads of men dear to us,

 For they severed their ties and did oppress”.

 

Abu Barzah al-Aslami said,  “I bear witness that I saw the Prophet (saww) kissing his lips and those of his brother al-Hassan (a.s) and say to them: ‘You are the masters of the youths of Paradise; may Allah fight whoever fights you; may He curse him and prepare hell for him, and what an evil refuge it is!’”. Yazeed became angry and ordered him to be dragged out of his courtroom.

 

A Christian messenger sent by emperor Caesar was present there; he said to Yazeed: “We have in some islands the hoof of the donkey upon which Jesus rode, and we make a pilgrimage to it every year from all lands and offer Nadhr to it in as much regard as you hold your sacred books; So I bear witness that you are wrongdoers”. This statement enraged Yazeed who ordered him to be killed. The messenger stood up, walked to the head, kissed it and pronounced Kalimah. At that moment when that messengers head was cut off, everyone heard a loud and fluent voice saying, La hawla wala quwwata illa billah! (There is neither power nor might except in Allah).

 

The head was taken out of the court and hung for three days on the mansion’s gate. When Hind daughter of ‘Amr bin Suhayl, Yazeed’s wife, saw the head on her house’s door with divine light emanating from it, its blood still fresh and had not yet dried, and it was emitting a sweet fragrance, she entered Yazeed’s court without any veil crying, “The head of the son of the daughter of the Messenger of Allah is on our door!” Yazeed stood up, covered her and said, “Mourn him, O Hind, for  he is the reason why Banu Hashim are grieving. Ubaydullah ibn Ziyad hastily killed him”.

 

Yazeed ordered the heads to be hung on the gates and on the Umayyad Mosque, and his order was carried out. Marwan (ibn al-Hakam) was very happy about al-Hussein (a.s) being killed, so he composed poetry lines  and kept hitting al-Hussein’s face with a rod.  
 

 

Mulla Mujaheedali Sheriff

mulla@almahdi.org.uk

Know Zakir Nair by his Own lectures

Know Zakir Nair by his Own lectures

There is no compulsion in religion. Certainly, right has become clearly distinct from wrong. Whoever rejects the devil and believes in God has firmly taken hold of a strong handle that never breaks. God is All-hearing and knowing (2:256).

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We Strongly Condemn the recent Statment given by Dr.Zakir Naik during a liveprogramme telecasted recently on PEACE TV,about Saniha-e-Karbalaa,he was sayingthat Saniha-e-Karablaa is actualy a political movement not a war to defend islamand he also use word “Rehmatullah ALai” for Yazeed Ibn-e-Mauwiyaa(la

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