"My dad hated Muslims so much & It forced me to find more about Islam. I ended up converting"
Trying hard to control how upset I am. In the middle of writing my bar exam, the proctor interrupts me to give me this note. I spent Monday getting authorization to wear a head scarf. I was already bothered Massachusetts even required such a formal process for wearing it. Still I did. And made three phone calls to make sure I was all set. Still, they decide to take up the matter WHILE I’m taking the exam instead of waiting until the break. I then had to spend part of my lunch hour calling the Bar office to convince the proctors I was all set. Fun times living in the stone age.
Leave that which makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt.
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to make dua saying, “O Allah, I ask You for good actions and for leaving what is disapproved of and for love of the poor. And if You wish to try people, then bring me to You without being tried.”
A Palestinian boy sprays woman with a water pistol at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Palestine. (AP)
Out of reverence for God and the knowledge of what is due to Him, you should not complain about your pain, or mention your misfortune.
Muslims are among Britain’s most generous givers, topping a poll of religious groups that donate to charity, according to new research.
Muslims who donated to charity last year gave an average of almost £371 each, with Jewish givers averaging just over £270 per person.
Nearly one in ten of Jewish givers donated more than £1,000. Among Muslim givers, most donated between £300 and £500.
Atheists, by contrast, donated an average of £116 when they gave to charity, with Roman Catholics giving slightly more than £178, other Christians slightly less than £178 and Protestants £202.
“When you do fast, do not think that fasting is simply leaving off eating, drinking, and martial relations, for verily the Messenger of Allah said, “How many, indeed, are those who fast yet get nothing out of fasting save hunger and thirst" (Ibn Maja). A complete fast entails restraining every part of the body from what Allah Most High dislikes. You must protect the eye from looking at things that are disliked, the tongue from uttering what does not concern you, the ear from listening to what Allah, the Magnificent and Majestic, has forbidden - for verily the listener is a participant with the speaker, and he counts as one of the two backbiters [the speaker being the other one.]
You must restrain all of the limbs, just as you restrain the stomach and the private parts, for a narration tells us, “Five things break the fast: lying, back-biting, tale-bearing, the false oath, and looking with lust." (Daylami).
And the Prophet said, “Verily fasting is a shield, so if any of you is fasting, he should not engaged in obscene talk nor behave foolishly. Then, if a person is hostile toward him or insults him, he should say, “I am fasting” (Bukhari).
Moreover, you must make every effort to break your fast with lawful food, and not eat so much that you end up eating more than you normally eat every night. There is no difference if you end up eating the same amount, whether you do that in one meal or two. The purpose of fasting is to break your desire and weaken your appetite, so that you can have the strength to increase your taqwa.
If you eat in the evening as much as you missed eating during the late afternoon, then there is no benefit in your fasting, and you have placed a burden on your stomach. There is no container that Allah dislike more than a stomach filled with the lawful.
Now that you understand the meaning of fasting, fast as much as you can, for it is the foundation of acts of worship and the key to that which one draws near to Allah.”
— Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazālī, from his book, Bidaya-tul Hidayah (The Beginning of Guidance).