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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It is only by the Will of Allah.

A day of Peace. Serenity. Calmness. At ease.
Resignation to Allah’s plan.
Knowing that it is for the best.
It is only a part of my life by the Will of Allah.
It is not meant to overcome me.
It is a test.
A test from the Almighty.
Reactive or proactive?
It is my choice.
What do I gain by reacting negatively?
A destructive, all-consuming feeling which affects only me.
I let it go.
Allah is the best of planners.
It is only by the Will of Allah.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ramadhan Realisations

This Ramadaan has been particularly special for me. Having moved to the UK from South Africa 8 months ago, this was my first Ramadaan in this new place we have chosen for our Hijra - and how much we have learnt by moving away from home and experiencing a new city, a new country and starting a new life, Alhamdulillah I realise now how Islam is all about what YOU make it to be, how you create an Islamic "feeling", how you create an atmosphere of Islam and take it wherever you go - in your heart, thoughts and behaviour. Maybe back home it was so easy, and a sense of Islam was always there so I forgot. I forgot how I have to work hard to bring it alive so that I feel it wherever I go, Inshallah. I realise now how Ramadaan is all about what you make of it. Working in a corporate environment, being out the whole day, you could almost miss the Ramadaan spirit - unless your spirit at home captures it. Its what you create in your space that makes a Ramadaan. I used radio stations to create the atmosphere, and cooking our family favourites also reminded me what Ramadaan was like growing up. I also continued my usual Ramadaan praying habits and tried to make my hectic schedule work around my ibaadah- but you could use anything - its just that YOU have to create it and make it work for you, Inshallah I realise how time is indeed so short, and all we have to do is sacrifice for 1 month, 4 weeks, 30 days. I tried as much as I could to put some things in my life on hold, like extra work stuff or reading novels - just for this short month InshallahI realised how we can spend our time in so many better ways than watching movies and TV. I cant believe how I didnt miss it at all, Alhamdullilah..makes you think! Alhamdulillah, Allah has blessed me to with these Realisations this Ramadaan, and with His will these Realisations can translate into firm Resolutions :)
Taskeen Jamal KarimMuslimah 4 Life

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

‘Love Your Sister for the Pleasure of Allah’ programme

‘Love Your Sister for the Pleasure of Allah’ programme seeks to unite the Ummah Sana Ebrahim

“Sisterhood is the foundation of a successful Ummah.” This was the message at the 3rd Annual Love Your Sister for the Pleasure of Allah programme held at the NMJ Hall on 29 August. Coordinated by a group of concerned sisters from Durban, the programme incorporated 300 very special sisters from the Verulam Islamic Da’wah Centre (VIDC), Isizwe, World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) and Refugee Centre, as well as sisters from the community. The theme, Surah Hujurat (The Chambers), encompassed a qirat by the Isizwe sisters, as well as a slide presentation of the verses and meanings. In the true spirit of sisterhood, the programme was arranged such that the sisters sat in groups; each made up of sisters from the various organisations and sisters from the community. The result: getting to know a new sister purely for the pleasure of Allah. Sister Zeenat Kader used case studies to uncover aspects of identity (Who am I? Am I different? Do I stand out? What do I want to do with my life? What do I really want to be? What skills do I have/ need?), unity, and sisterhood. Anger management and the importance of shukr and sabr were further emphasized. Guest speaker, Muallimah Shamiela of Channel Islam International (CII) discussed some of the obstacles facing sisterhood, like gossiping, being disrespectful, intolerant, and overly judgmental and suspicious of others. She called on us to realise our purpose in this life, with the following dua: ‘We ask Allah for a heart and mind that is pure of all bad thoughts; for purity in our speech; for a body that can make the `ibadah of Allah (SWT); for a mind that is cognizant of Allah at all times, and for us to remain totally in control of what is uttered at all times.’ The programme closed with a hearty iftar and presentation of gifts to the less privileged sisters from the various Islamic organisations. Gift bags contained a full outfit for Eid and special treats that will insha’ Allah add excitement and joy to their Eid.

-- Sana Ebrahim
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Monday, September 7, 2009

A Calming Remedy

Sleep evades me
This afternoon’s sleep which I so enjoyed is my downfall
I lie in bed
Thinking about the concept of counting sheep
Repetition leading to boredom leading to sleep?
I choose to engage in Zikr
Did I even get to Allahu Akbar?
I can’t remember
Not because of boredom
But because of the calming properties of the Zikr of Allah
And it was only on awakening I realised that I had a good night’s sleep
Shukar to Allah.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fajr Salaah

The Start Of A Muslim’s Day
A day begun in worship
Worship, praise and seeking guidance

The first act of the day
Signifies its’ importance
Shaping the rest of the day

A spiritual dimension
Before the interference of the material world

A return to the land of dreams thereafter
Yet on awakening, a feeling of contentment arises
Knowing that I had started my day, in the right way.