Posts Tagged ‘death’

Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

There’s one news story that has ripped the heart of the UK at the moment and I echo the feeling of remorse and sadness at what has happened to April Jones. This five year old girl was abducted and the search continues to find her. I sincerely hope that she will be found alive but the fact that the police have now charged Mark Bridger with her murder, is a bleak outlook. For any parent, this is a heavy burden to bear and the pain is unfathomable. My hopes are with her parents and family that there is some good news for them.

As painful as it will be, if April has been murdered, there is comfort in the knowledge that all children, all those who do not reach puberty, go straight to Paradise. They will be spared the pains of this world and be enjoying wonders that we cannot even imagine.

And if Mark Bridger has murdered April, then I cannot understand what drives a man to do something as heinous as this. It’s hard to think what might make up for this crime, if this is what has happened.

May Allah Have Mercy on us all.

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Stand Up 4 Islam!

Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

Just when you think that an attack has taken place that DOESN’T link to Muslims, it’s been revealed that Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind the bombing in Oslo and the massacre at a youth camp in Norway, had links to the English Defence League (EDL) and carried anti-Muslim views.

Daily Express: Killer was advisor to the EDL on Islamic hatred
BBC: Norway attacker profile

Clearly the hatred which is being carried by people like Anders, knows no bounds and can be unleashed against innocent people. In this case, 93 people have been killed. Anders appeared briefly on YouTube, in a 12-minute anti-Muslims video called Knights Templar 2083. He was against Muslim immigration into the country and it seems that his attacks were directed at the policies of the Norwegian government.

We are all threatened by hatred like this. It gets bottled up and eventually needs to be vented somewhere, usually at the expense of other people. It’s time to stamp out this hatred and groups that nurture and feed off this. Freedom of speech is a nice idea but not when it results in tragedies like Norway. Hate needs to be kept in check and any group which is propogating the hatred of Muslims and Islam needs to be dealt with and stopped, fairly and legally. It’s not good enough for governments to sit back and allow this to happen. Unless they want it to happen?

Speak out against groups like this, against terrorists like Anders Behring Breivik. The problem isn’t Islam. It’s anti-Islam.

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

I’m not one to dwell much on celebrities who have passed away and it doesn’t matter what I say about the celebrity because their fate is now well beyond us and they are having to deal with life after death. But what I am concerned with is those who are affected with this death. Amy Winehouse was found dead at her home in London, on Saturday 23rd July 2011. She was 27. Like many celebrities before her, people are mourning her death and remembering her life.

She was no different to any other human being – she had her qualities, she had her downsides and it is a sad time for her family and loved ones.

Many people look at her as a role model. But is she the role model that we should be fashioning ourselves after? If you’re looking for music and freedom without boundaries, then maybe. If you’re looking to live a God-Fearing life, then no. That may be hard for some people to swallow and I do not wish to offend but this is the reality of things. People are born and die. But Allah is Alive and will never die.

How we should live our lives is far from that of Amy Winehouse and other celebrities. Allah Has Guided all of mankind with how we should live. We find this Guidance in the Qur’an and the Character and hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). So while the death of a celebrity like Amy Winehouse is tragic, remember that one day we all will die and how we have lived our lives will be Judged by Allah. Turn to role models like the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his companions: Umar (ra), Abu Bakr (ra), Uthman (ra), Ali (ra) and others. If you’re not Muslim, then you could do far worse with your life than looking into Islam and becoming Muslim. Don’t wait for death to overtake you.

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Islam Misconceptions med

Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

I have quickly written about some common misconceptions about Islam – if you would like me to expand and explain any one of these statements, please leave a polite comment to let me know and I will do my best to answer.

Islam is NOT… Forced Marriages
… but it is about Arranged Marriages that are agreed upon by the spouses-to-be and it’s not about relationships outside marriage.
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Islam is NOT… praying to the dead and at graves for help
… but it is about praying to Allah for Help at least 5 times a day.
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Islam is NOT… about celebrating birthdays (not even the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, peace be upon him)
… but it is about preparing for the Hereafter, which nears every moment of the day.
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Islam is NOT… about dancing (like the sufi mystics do, or ANY kind of dance)
… but it is about avoiding the temptations and misguidance of Shaytaan.
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Islam is NOT… about music
… but it is about reciting the Qur’an, which is the height of any poetry available in the world and at any time.
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Islam is NOT… oppressive to women
… but some men do abuse their positions (as in ALL societies and religions).
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Islam is NOT… about freedom of speech
…without taking responsibility for your actions and the impact you have on others!
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Islam is NOT… about inequality to women
… but it is about recognising the differences between men and women on a lot of levels – physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically.
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Islam is NOT… about killing innocent people
… but it is about standing up for the truth and defending those who are being opressed from reaching the truth.
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Islam is NOT… a backward and out-of-date religion
… but it is about tackling the weaknesses of mankind, which haven’t changed from day one!
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Islam is NOT… about worshipping any of the creation; not man, not beasts, not the sun, not animals, not any form of creation
… but it is about worshipping the Creator of all things, My Lord and Your Lord (even if you reject belief in Him); it is about worshipping Allah!
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Islam is NOT… about having no fun and living a miserable life in servitude
… but it is about knowing your place in life, which in itself is liberating to no end, and the start of enjoying life in this world and the Hereafter.
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Islam is NOT… about a lack of love and kindness
… but it is about being the best that human character can offer, including love, kindness, charity, help and assistance, caring and other such qualities.
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Islam is NOT… about integrating with other religions at the expense of our deen and responsibility to Allah
… but it is about engaging with people from other religions so that they know about Islam and the truth. It is about having an understanding about other religions so we can educate them about Islam. But we do not suport the things that other religions do wrongly against Allah. (By integrating I mean that we compromise our deen and hide things away to please the disbelievers rather than talking the truth about Islam).
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Islam is NOT… about men using women for their own desires
… but it is about men being responsible, providing for them and protecting them and guiding them and being partners for them.
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Islam is NOT… the terrorism that is reported so unfairly in the media and spread across the world
… but it is about enlightening everyone in the world with the TRUTH of things, with clear evidences and proofs.
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Islam is NOT… about following man-made rules and laws
… but it is about following and accepting divine guidance, which can clearly be distinguished from man-made rules and laws.
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Islam is NOT… about celebrating Christmas, nor Easter, nor Diwali, nor any other celebration from another religion
… but it is about showing a better way to celebrate what has been Blessed to us by Allah.
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Islam is NOT… about degrading women
… but it is about liberating women, giving them their high status and freeing them from their depiction of being sexual objects, as apparent in advertising, movies and general culture in places like US, UK, Europe and many other places around the world.
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Please learn about TRUE Islam and not what you hear in the media.

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