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A great scholar, Imam Ibn Taimyah, said that the heart thirsts for Allah more than the stomach thirsts for drink and food. So some of us have come here with that thirst; how can we quench that thirst and then move forward?

One of the ways is to talk about the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), our leader and example. How incredible it is to have someone like that as our teacher!

So, let's try to take this important moment of celebrating the mercy and talking about the Prophet more beyond than emotional connection. We want the tears that stream from our faces are going to be followed by the actions of our lives. Let's try to actualize this mercy in our lives so that we can be standard bearers of mercy.

The Prophet said that Allah is merciful to merciful people. He commanded us to be merciful to those on the face of the earth so that Allah Almighty will be merciful to us.

I just want to share with you some ideas on one verse of the Qur'an that talks about the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). In the Qur'an, Allah Almighty talks about the Prophet in a number of places. In one verse in particular the way that He talks about the Prophet is so powerful. I hope my weak English-language will be able to express to you the power of this verse. Allah says about the Prophet in the chapter called Al-Qalam (The Pen): {And verily, you (O Muhammad) are on an exalted standard of character.} (Al-Qalam 68:4)

In Arabic the word `ala or "on" in the above translation, can only be applied to something tangible. So I could say, "I left the Pepsi on the table," or, "I climbed on the mountain." But `ala (on) in Arabic is not used for something that is intangible like concepts: e.g. love, mercy, character, etc.

Yet, here in this verse of the Qur'an, Allah says that you are on good character. When my teacher from Al-Azhar University, Dr. Abdulrahman Hijazzy, a great teacher and someone who had a great influence on me, explained this first to me, literally I almost melted. My heart was so overcome by the way he explained it to me and I hope I can share that with you.

The Prophet’s Care for Children

He said to me that this verse is talking about the Prophet's character as though he ascended…he was ON good character. This is used in rhetoric to show as though if you were to look at all of the noble characters that you know; if you are to look at all of the wonderful examples of people you would find that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) on the top. If these examples are like a mountain, the Prophet is the summit of good character. That's the secret behind the usage of on `ala in this verse.

This is just one verse talking about the Prophet; look how powerful is; look how meaningful it is; how it touches your heart; how it pierces all the sorrows, all the sins, all the difficulties we find ourselves in and gives a sense of upliftment.

So, as I finish I want to encourage you to do the following:

1. Don't let this talk be a proof against you but let it be a proof for you. Make a commitment from this point on in your life that you will do your best. I also will make that commitment that we will try our best, all of us. Don't think I'm just speaking down to you; I also have a number of mistakes and problems just like you do. But the point is that from this day forward, let's try to seriously change our relationship with our Creator and with the creation.

Prayer Is Better Than Sleep

2. Let's look after our prayers. The mercy comes from following the Prophet's injunction and he (peace and blessings be upon him) said on his deathbed, "As-Salah, As-Salah!" That means, "Be mindful of your prayers. Look after your prayers!"

The Prophet once asked his Companions if one took a bath five times a day, would he be dirty?

His Companions answered, "No"

So, he said that such was the example of the five daily prayers. That prayer is the body of mercy that the Prophet left to us.

3. We should try to start programs in our community that benefit the people who live around us. We can no longer tell non-Muslims that Islam means peace; we have people blowing up and killing people in the name of Islam. We can no longer tell people that Islam means peace while they see these radicalized elements on television. What we have to do is counter these bad acts with noble. One of the best things that we can do is to look after the people in our community.

Thank you for your time. May Allah bless you! I love you all.

Was-salamu `alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Nov 21, 2012 | Mohammed Ahmed, from Facebook 
ሁነኛ የሆነ ትዳር ትፈልግ ስለነበረች እህታችን ላወጋችሁ ነው ። መድረኩን ለባለ ታሪኳ ልልቀቅና ከእኔ ጋር < ከአፍታ ቆይታ በኋላ ተመልሰን እንገናኛለን ! > ( ነው የሚባለው አይደል ? ቂቂ ) … ለማንኛውም ማይኩን ለእህታችን እንስጣት - ይኸው ፡- 
“ በግብፅ ዋና ከተማ ቃሂረህ (CAIRO) ከሚገኝ አንድ ከፍተኛ የትምህርት ተቋም በከፍተኛ ማዕረግ ከተመረቁ ተማሪዎች መካከል አንዷ ነበርኩ ። ወደ ስራ ዓለም ከመቀላቀሌ በፊት የትዳር ጥያቄዎች ለጉድ ይጎርፉልኝ ነበር ። ነገር ግን የእያንዳንዱን ጥያቄ መንፈስ በሰከነ ሁኔታ ሳጤነው ለእኔ የሚበጀኝ ሆኖ አላገኘሁትም ። በዚህ መሃል ሳለሁ ወደ ስራው ዓለም ገባሁ ። የስራው ሁኔታ ሲባዛ ውጥረት የበዛበት ነው ። ለእኔ ዕረፍት ማለት ብርቅ የሆነ ነገር ነበር ። ስጋዊም ሆነ መንፈሳዊ ፍላጎቴን በወጉ ማጣጣም የምችልበትን እድል የማይፈጥር ስራ ።ጊዜው እየነጎደ ፤ እድሜየም እየጨመረ መጣ ። የትዳር ጥያቄዎቹም እንደወትሮው አልሆኑም ፤ እየረገቡ መጡ ። ከዩኒቨርሲቲ ስመረቅ በሃያዎቹ አጋማሽ የነበርኩት ልጅ ዛሬ ሰላሳ አራት ዓመት ሆኖኛል ። በዚህ የእድሜ እርከን ውስጥ መግባቴን እና ትዳር አለመያዜን ስረዳ ያኔ ይቀርቡልኝ ከነበሩት የትዳር ጥያቄዎች መካከል በሃሳብ ማማረጥ ያዝኩ - አሁን ላይ ሆኖ መምረጡ ግን ትርጉም የሌለው ምርጫ ነው ። የብቸኝነት ስሜት ይሰማኝ ገባ ። ስለመጪው በማሰብ እረበሻለሁ ። ውስጤ ይቆስላል ። ጨቅላ ህፃናቶችን ስመለከት < የኔ በሆኑ > በሚያሰኝ ምኞት እራሴን ሩቅ ተሻግሬ አገኜዋለሁ ።ጥንዶች በየጎዳናው ሲጓዙ ስመለከት የእኔ ጉዞ መቼ ይሆን እያልኩ ጥያቄውን ለራሴ በራሴ አቀርበዋለሁ - < አንድ ቀን ! > በሚል የውስጤ ስሜት መልስ ይሰጣል ። ይህን የብቸኝነት ድባብ ሊያወድም የመጣ የሚመስል አንድ ወጣት እያደነኝ መሆኑን በውል አልተገነዘብኩም ነበር ። ዕድሜው ከእኔ በሁለት ዓመት ይበልጣል ። ሰላሳ ስድስት ዓመት መሆኑ ነው ። የእርሱም የስራ ሁኔታ እጅግ አስቸጋሪ ነበር - ፋታ የማይሰጥ አይነት ስራ ። ነገር ግን በዚህ ሰዓት ይህን እድል ማራቅ ማለት ቀጣይ ህይወቴ የሀዘን እና የትካዜን ተራራ ተሸክሜ የምኖርበት እንዲሆን እንደመፍቀድ ሆነብኝ ። የልጁን ጥያቄ በክብር ተቀበልኩ ።ኢስላማዊውን ሸሪዓህ በምንም መልኩ በማይፃረር ሁኔታ የሁለታችንም ወገኖች በአካል ባሉበት ቃልኪዳን እንዲፈፀም ወሰን ። ቃል ኪዳኑ እንዲፈፀም የሚያስችል ለመታወቂያ የሚሆን ሁለት ጉርድ ፎቶግራፎችን እንዳመጣ የወደፊት ባለቤቴ ይሆናል ብየ ካሰብኩት ወጣት መልዕክት ደረሰኝ ። ላኩለት ። ይህንን ካደረኩ ከሁለት ቀናት በኋላ የልጁ እናት በአስቸኳይ እንደሚፈልጉኝ በስልክ ነገሩኝ ። ተገናኘን ። በእጃቸው ከያዙት ጥቁር ቦርሳ ውስጥ የእኔ ፎቶ ግራፍ የሰፈረበትን መታወቂያ አውጥተው አሳዩኝ ። “ ለመሆኑ እዚህ መታወቂያ ላይ የሰፈረው እድሜ በስህተት ነው ወይስ ትክክል ነው ? ” ብለው ጠየቁኝ ። “ አዎ ! ትክክል ነው የእኔ እድሜ ነው ” አልኳቸው ።

Apr 4, 2013 | IqraSense.com 

Weakness of faith (eeman) is a common complaint among many Muslims. Those who are aware and conscious of it struggle to find ways to overcome it. Faith, as we know, is directly connected with the heart. Allah (SWT) has warned us against the heart that is hardened, closed, sick, blind and sealed. The spiritual health of our hearts determines the strength of our faith. When our faith is weak, we can see it in our actions.

When our faith is weak, we are more likely to fall into sins until we completely get desensitized to their ghastly nature. The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) described the heart ravaged by weakness in the sahih hadith by stating: “The heart will be subjected to trial after trial, and there will appear a black stain on any heart that is affected, which will spread until the heart is completely black and sealed, as it were, so that it will not recognize any good deed or denounce any evil, except whatever suits its own desires.” (Reported by Muslim, no. 144)

To improve this condition we need to know the symptoms of weak faith so we can work to cure them. The following highlights some of the symptoms of weak faith.

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In the Netherlands the hijab (headscarf) has been the subject of many discussions. The question remains whether it is representative, safe to wear during sports activities or opposed to women’s rights. Many native Dutch people feel that wearing the hijab symbolizes oppression of women. In the Western world, wearing a hijab was in vogue in the ‘50’s and early ‘60’s. Since the arrival of Muslim women in the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s, due to the immigration of foreign labourers, the hijab has become a taboo.

The Dutch designer Cindy Van Den Bremen, represents the brains behind Capsters. The history of Capsters starts in the graduation project of Van den Bremen at the Design Academy Eindhoven back in 1999. The concept was based on the idea to give Muslim girls and their gym teachers in the Netherlands an alternative to the traditional hijab to wear during gym classes. The designs were realized in close co-operation with Muslim girls and an Imam. Due to positive publicity, orders started coming in and soon the brand Capsters® was born.

In 2001 the first sports series were launched and has eversince been sold worldwide. Not only have the Muslim women showed interest, but other women and even men as well. For several years now Capsters have served an international and diverse clientele.