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I found a poem that was posted on one of the myspace communities that I'm in. I thought it was very beautiful so I thought I would share!

"The Scarf
By: Nura Alia Hossainzadeh

They stand there with shorts, so short, excessively short,
shorts that so deceptively capture from them all they know
of modesty...

...and I proudly pull my scarf over my hair

They stand there, face lost in a sea of make-up,
make-up that so ruthlessly captures from them all they know
of freedom...

...and I proudly pull my scarf over my hair

They stand there, hair raining with gels, colors -
chemicals that so menacingly capture from them all they know
of purity...

...and I proudly pull my scarf over my hair

They stand there, so close, so very close to their "lover",
devoted to them, the devotion that so mercilessly captures
from them all they know of individuality...

...and I proudly pull my scarf over my hair

And they stand there, talking of getting new shorts, new gels
and colors, new boyfriends, materialistic things
that so wrongfully capture from them all they know
of God and love...

...and I proudly pull my scarf over my hair

For my scarf is my protector, my lover, my devotion,
my pureness, my beauty, my rememberance of God,

And I proudly pull it over my hair knowing that when I wear it,
I so rightfully thrust away all the things that the devil
brought about,

And when I put it on, I am

Free..."

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Polygamy and the Wisdom Behind the Prophet's Plural Marriages

Polygamy or plural marriage of men (polygyny) in Islam is limited only to a maximum of four with a condition that husbands are able to treat their wives with justice. Otherwise, the rule in Islam is monogamy.

“If you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphan girls, marry (other) women of your choice, two, three, or four. But if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or that which your right hands possess (captives and the slaves). That will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice.” (Qur'an 4:3)
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In line with polygamy, most enemies of Islam center their biased criticisms on the Prophet’s plural marriages, which exceeded more than four as allowed in the Qur’an. They branded the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) as a “sexually obsessed man” for marrying more than four. Read more...Collapse )

By Dr. Norlain Dindang Mababaya
From her article Some Misconceptions on Islam

http://www.wefound.org

Learning and Acquiring Islamic Knowledge


Abu Darda (r.a.) narrated that Kathir ibn Qays said, "I was sitting with Abu Darda in the mosque of Damascus. A man came to him and said, "Abu Darda, I have come to you from the town of Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.s.) for a tradition that I have heard you relate from Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.s.). I have come for no other purpose." He said, "I heard Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.s.) saying: 'If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge, the inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man. The superiority of the learned man over the devout is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave neither dinar nor dirham, leaving only knowledge, and he who takes it takes an abundant portion..'" (Abu Dawud 3634)

'Abdullâh ibn 'Amr (r.a.) narrated that Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said, "Knowledge consists of three things: the decisive Verses (the Qur'an), authentic Ahadith and prescriptions rightly deduced from the two. What is beside them is superfluous." (Ibn Mâjah 1/54 and Abu Daud 2879)

Abu Hurairah (r.a.) narrated that Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said, "Verily what a believer continues to receive (in the form of reward) for his action and his virtues after his death is the knowledge which he acquired and then disseminate; the pious son that he left behind him, or a copy of the Qur'an which he left as a legacy, or the mosques that he had built, or the inn that he had built for the wayfarers, or the canal that he caused to flow, or a sadaqah which he gave out of his property in the state when he was healthy and alive. (These are the acts of goodness the reward of which) reaches him even after his death." (Tirmidhi 254 and Ibn Majah)

Hajj & Martyrdom

Narrated Abu Hurairah (r.a.): Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W.S.) said, “Five are regarded as martyrs: They are those who die because of plague, abdominal disease, drowning or a falling building *etc., and the martyrs in Allah’s Cause.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

عن أبي صالح عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه: أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلّم قال: الشهداء خمسة: المطعون، و المبطون والغرق، و صاحب الهدم، و الشهيد في سبيل الله. (صحيح البخاري)

Narrated Anas bin Malik (r.a.): The Prophet (S.A.W.S.) said, “Plague is the cause of martyrdom of every Muslim (who dies because of it.).” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Narrated ‘Aisha, the mother of the faithful believers, (r.a.): I requested the Prophet (S.A.W.S.) to permit me to participate in Jihad, but he said, “Your Jihad is the performance of Hajj.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

* Muslim pilgrims who have died in a stampede or suffocated while performing Hajj purely and sincerely for the sake of pleasing Allah alone will Insha Allah be among the martyrs, and Allah knows best.

It is Sunnah for the non-Hajj-pilgrims to fast on Yawm 'Arafah

Fasting on the Day of 'Arafah

The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah (the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar) is the day of 'Arafah. It is the day when pilgrims stand on the plain of 'Arafah to pray. On this day, Muslims all over the world who do not witness the annual hajj should spend the day in fasting, in preparation for the three days festivity following 'Eid ul-Adha (the celebration marking the end of the hajj commemorating the Prophet Ibrâhîm's willingness of sacrifice).

Abû Hafsah, may Allâh be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet (May Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

"Fasting on the day of 'Arafah absolves the sins for two years: the previous year and the coming year, and fasting on 'ashûra, (the tenth day of Muharram) atones for the sins of previous years." [Reported by all except al-Bukhârî and Tirmidhî]

In another saying the Prophet's wife Hafsah, may Allâh be pleased with her, said:

"Four things the Messenger of Allâh never neglected: Observing fast on the day of 'ashûra, 'Arafat, three days every month, and offering fajr sunnah prayers early in the morning." [Muslim]
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Source:http://www.sunnahonline.com/library/hajj/0004.htm

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Goodly Loan

 

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Al-Muzammil (The Mantled One)
Chapter 73: Verse 20 (Partial)

 

"Lend unto God a goodly loan. Whatever good you shall forward on your behalf you shall find it with God, as better and richer in reward."

WHATEVER you give or spend in the way of Allah will be returned to you in manifold increase. Be generous, therefore, for whatever you spend on yourself is only for your temporary sustenance while whatever you spend in the way of Allah is an investment in your future for which you will be provided everlasting sustenance. Seek to invest in others, for your own benefit, with whatever Allah has endowed you.

Sadaqa or charity, of course, is not compulsory. What is obligatory, however, is Zakat, a fixed percentage of your halal or lawful savings which is meant to purify your wealth by recognising that the needy has a right over a portion of it. Indeed, the very meaning of the term Zakat signifies purification.

Love for worldly possessions is primarily a disease of the heart while the purpose of sadaqa is to act as its antidote or cure. Sadaqa serves as a form of dhikr to remind us that all forms of wealth come from Allah and what we possess is simply a short term loan for which we will be held accountable when our contract expires. This loan is meant to cater for our personal needs and family needs and those of the wider society.

Source:
"In The Early Hours" - Khurram Murad, Chapter 7

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