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Another year, another Ilm Summit has gone by (Part I) August 11, 2009

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Asalaam O Alaykum,

Alhumdullilah, this year I had the opportunity once again to attend Ilm Summit, a two-week intense knowledge retreat hosted by Al Maghrib. The venue was none other than Houston, Texas (shout out to sister starbucks) where we stayed in a grand hotel, and I also got a nice view of the parking lot from my room =). I did not look outside much anyway.

When I came back to Toronto, everyone asked me that one infamous question, “how was Ilm Summit?” I’ve always had trouble properly defining Ilm Summit, surely one word cannot do justice to two weeks of amazing euphoria and learning Islam in ways one cannot imagine. All I could muster up was a word or two with the occasional stutter, “it was um…amazing…beyond amazing.”

In this post I will try to accurately describe my feelings; when I was preparing my self for this event, once I was there, and the returning journey. Insha’Allah.

When I applied for Ilm Summit, I was not expecting a really swift response. I did know they were accepting students in batches so I just kept my head up high, focused on the last few courses I had left for secondary school, and did lots of dua! Alhumdullilah, one day I was casually checking my e-mail and received the acceptance letter. Squeals of joy are an understatement as to what I was feeling when I found out I would be attending. I had already save up some money in my Ilm Summit travel funds box and was more than excited for July to come. I made sure I had all the proper equipment with me before I left and also made sure I was mentally ready. I knew that this year would be much more intense, which is why I told myself once I get there I would make a routine for myself in order to study hard and get good grades and be successful over all in retention of knowledge.

Journey of Faith July 11, 2009

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Asalaam O Alaykum!

What an exciting week it has been! MashaAllah, there was a flurry of activities taking place within Toronto catering to the Muslim community. First off, let me say, Journey of Faith was amazing! MashaAllah TabarkAllah. The organizers did a great job and the speakers were fantastic. It was such an emaan boost seeing a huge crowd of 10,000 people all under one roof for the sake of Allah. Alas, the conference was about our own journey to Allah (SWT). The points that were oft repeated were those of maintaing hope and fear of Allah, which would also at the same time equate to love. We just have to keep the goal in mind, the pleasure of Allah (SWT) and just remember that this life is extremely short. As stories have been floating in the media of celebrities dying, it seems as if people have failed to take this as a reminder. A reminder that death is sudden and inevitable.  They keep restating the fact that the person’s songs or movies have forever immortalized them, but nothing is immortal.  Only Allah is The Ever-lasting (Al-Hayy).

-Mankind Message

Give a little of yourself June 4, 2009

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What is charity?

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Every act of goodness is charity.” – Sahih Muslim

The importance of charity

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” – Al-Tirmidhi

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” – Al-Tirmidhi

Smiling is charity

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Charity is prescribed for each descendant of Adam every day the sun rises.” He was then asked: “From what do we give charity every day?” The Prophet answered: “The doors of goodness are many…enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms–all of these are charity prescribed for you.” He also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.” – Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98



Surah Al Fatihah-The Opening April 4, 2009

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بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

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الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).

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الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

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مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ

The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection)

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إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything).

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اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ المُسْتَقِيمَ

Guide us to the Straight Way.

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صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ المَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ

The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray.

Asalaam O Alaykum,

Surah Al Fatihah is the first surah to be revealed in its entirety with respect to chronology, and it is the first surah to be in the Qu’ran in respect to its placement. We recite surah Al Fatihah 17 times in our salah daily, it is the most recited Surah. Al Fatihah literally means ‘The Opening’. This Surah is opening the door of guidance for all.

Virtues of Surah Al Fatihah

Once the Prophet was traveling when he disembarked and began walking alongside a companion. He asked him, ‘Shouldn’t I tell you the best part of the Qur’an?’ then he recited ‘Alhamdu lillahi rabil alameen’ (Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds). (First verse in Surrah Al Fatiha (1:1) [Hakim]

Abu Sa’id ibn al-Mu’allaa said, “I was praying in the masjid when the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) called me and I did not answer. I said, ‘Messenger of Allah, I was praying.’ He said, ‘Did not Allah say, “Respond to Allah and to the Messenger when He calls you”?’ Then He said, ‘Shall I teach you the greatest sura of the Quran before you leave the masjid?’ He took my hand. When we were about to leave, I said, ‘Messenger of Allah, you said, “I will teach you the greatest sura of the Quran?’” He said, “Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds” are the seven mathaani and the “Immense Qur’an” which I was given.’” [Bukhari]

Return to the Source January 25, 2009

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The Prophet ﷺ said, ‘rejoice, for verily this Qur’an – one part of it is in the hands of Allah and the other part is in your hands. Therefore, hold on to it, for you will never be destroyed nor go astray after it!’ (Musnad Ahmad).

Is there any other book that can give us a connection to Allah if we hold onto it? If we read it? Holding the Qur’an not only physically but within our hearts and living the commands. Taking the Qur’an with us wherever we go, so we are recognized as Ahlul-Qur’an (people of Qur’an).

Where do we receive the untainted and pure guidance from?

The answer lies in returning to the source, Al Qu’ran Al Kareem

The End is the Beginning January 11, 2009

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I have completed my Taleem al Quran course. It was more then just sitting down and learning the tafsir of the Holy Book, it was feeding my soul with what it had always wanted, it was a journey of spiritual fulfillment. I had never expected it to be like this, my presumptions before and my thought process now are two different entities. I am a changed person. My heart beats, my limbs move, I do what I do for the pleasure of Allah.

One chapter of my life is closed, another begins. The knowledge I gained is now an obligation upon me to pass on. What I yearned to learn from the Quran, I should yearn to teach others in the same manner. This is the beginning of another road where I will come in contact with people from all walks of life, some who will accept the message, and some who may not.

In the Quran, within Surah Ash-Sharh V5-6 it says, “For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” With one hardship comes two eases. This is a truth in life, an example of this is an illness I suffered and in the end I came back fully recovered and with a fresh perspective on life. Allah will help, He helps all those who go out in His path and struggle for His Sake.

I hope Allah accepts all that we have done for His Deen and that Allah admits us into His mercy, Jannat Al Firdous.

True Students of Quran October 31, 2008

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This poem has been written by my very good friend Medihah.

True Students of Quran

The Prophet (saw) came with guidance for you and I,
So why is it we are allowing it to slip by?
Each day hearing Quran recited in the classroom,
Yet many faces are overshadowed with gloom.
There are many out there in the world,
To them the Quran is something unheard.

Harboring high hopes and dreams,
Yet we are ourselves struggling to grip the seams.
The knowledge won’t come out the books straight into our heart,
We must work hard to give it a quick start.
It is said what you love is easy to learn,
So what is it exactly for which our hearts yearn?

Gems and jewels to add to our decorated house,
A flashy car along with a millionaire spouse.
So where is it the Quran to fit in,
When there is no room for it from within?
This world is nothing but temporary wealth,
Yet over it we neglect our spiritual health.
Our souls whither and die of hunger,
Yet our physical bodies day by day grow stronger.

Each day we ask ourselves: Why won’t the Qur’an in my heart firmly stay?
But how can it when we are distracted in class each day.
Many giggling and chatting to one another,
While others pass notes from one to the other.
Vandalizing benches and others books,
Exchanging funny faces and amused looks.
A frequent flow of bathroom breaks,
Just a little self-control is all it takes.

The Quran has yet to touch our hearts,
Although we have studied 26 of its 30 parts.
Is it that our hearts are hard?
Or have they been temporarily barred?
The solution is to remember Quran is an emblem,
Each day we come and collect another gem.
Apply these to your daily lives and love what you learn,
In no time inshallah your hearts for the Quran will yearn.
Remember this divine book is Al Furqan,
So let us establish it in our hearts and become true students of Quran.

Autumn, teaching, and more… October 19, 2008

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Asalaam O Alaykum!

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while now, I’ve been super busy with school and an online English course I’ve taken, Alhumdullilah Ala’ Quli Haal (All praises are upon Allah in every state) .

So my favorite season is here! I love Autumn with all the crisp colors and the transition from greenery to fiery reds and oranges. SubhanAllah, it’s just amazing! Looking out the window I’m baffled by all the wonderful sights and sounds and I know this is only due to Allah (SWT)’s power and will.

The changing of seasons reminds me of our own life cycle; in spring the flowers bloom, in life a being comes into existence. As summer comes close, the person has reached the early stages of their life, living their youth to the best of their ability. Slowly as Autumn rolls in, the person starts showing signs of aging and less agility. Life is winding down and finally when the trees have shed their leaves and all signs of life are gone the person expires, b’ithnillah (with the permission of Allah). Sometimes a person does not even get to see all the seasons, a person can die in their early twenties or live to see a hundred, Allah knows best.

Weekend class

The reason why my blogging will be slow is due to the fact that I am an assistant teacher at Manar Al Islam classes for youth, which is held at Al Huda over the weekends. Yesterday was my first day with another sister teaching 8-9 year old boys. Might I add, they’re a quite a load to handle but Alhumdullilah very fun to teach!:) We covered the basics, talking about Allah and His attributes and group discussions, many of the kids were participating and had very good answers prepared.

With the Taleem Al Quran finishing in two months or so things are becoming very busy, which is why I will try to frequently update my blog but if I’m missing for a week or so, I’m likely studying for tests or doing poem critiques.

Speaking of poems, here’s a Haiku I would like to share which is quite deep:

drizzling…

tapping a large rice bowl

deaf-mute beggar

-Kobayashi Issa

A New Start *duff roll please* October 6, 2008

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Bismillah

Asalaam O Alaykum,

I am sure you all have been avidly waiting for the surprise and here it is…

Al Huda is starting a NEW TALEEM AL QURAN COURSE coming this January 2009 to Canada!!!

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for women. The course will also be supervised by Dr. Farhat Hashmi.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said; “The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.” [Bukhari]

~Join this course and inshaAllah you will be able to:

• Understand the Qur’an directly in Arabic
• Know the Tafseer (explanation) of the Qur’an
• Recite the Qur’an with rules of Tajweed
• Nurture love of the Prophet (s.a.w.) and follow his Sunnah in day to day life
• Perform Ibadah (worship) in its true spirit with love
• Develop the art of constructive pondering and reflection
• Acquire the necessary life skills for effective time, anger and stress management
• Learn Arabic Grammar
• Gain Arabic writing skills

Enroll Today! And you know what else is super awesome, if you are unable to attend on-site, you can take the course online!

For more information visit: www.alhudainstitute.ca

with best regards,

-Fatima

P.S: A duff is a large sized frame drum which is a halal (permissible) instrument

Eid Mubarak! October 1, 2008

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Asalaam O Alaykum,

EID MUBARAK!!!

Taqabbal Allahu minnaa wa minkum

May Allah accept (fast and worship) from us and from you.

This Eid has been one of the best ones I’ve had, Alhumdullilah. I hope everyone is enjoying themselves on this blessed day.

Walaykum Asalaam

P.S: This is not the surprise, just need a few more days for that:)