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September 10, 2004
ISRU's Guide to Honorable Survival

by Justoju

Welcome! Marhaba! Khushamdeed!

I would like to welcome all the new freshman and transfer students to Rutgers. Its wonderful to have you here! Here are some tips to help you adjust to the ISRU experience. Not heeding these tips might result in harm to your reputation and/or failure to find a marriage partner:

- If you are a guy, don’t look at the sisters.

- If you are a girl, don’t look at the brothers.

- Don’t sit anywhere where it might be assumed you are trying to look at the opposite gender.

- Walk with your head down lest someone thinks you were trying to look at the opposite gender.

- If you are a guy, grow a beard. The unbearded lose credibility.

- If you are a girl, stop wearing makeup. Women with makeup on are assumed to be trying to lure in hapless innocent brothers. Throw away all heels.

- Don’t linger outside of the meeting room. It is assumed you are trying to look at the opposite gender.

- If you are handsome or beautiful, be careful, others will assume you are not acting as conservatively as you should be acting in order to deflect the attention of the opposite gender.

- If you are a girl, start wearing a jilbab and a niqab. Unless you are ugly in which case you may go niqab-less. But ugliness is relative so just wear a niqab just in case.

- If you are a guy, wear a shalwar kamiz with the shalwar no longer than your ankles. Fashionable American clothing makes you seem like a gigolo.

- When you go to the masjid, don’t loiter outside. It is assumed that you are trying to check out the opposite gender and/or trying to get yourself checked out.

- If you are female, don’t speak in the meeting room. It will be assumed that you are trying to call attention to yourself.

- If you are male, don’t speak in the meeting room. It will be assumed that you are trying to call attention to yourself.

- If you are the Amir, don’t look in the sisters direction. It will be assumed that you are taking advantage of your position.

- If you are the Amir, don’t be funny. It will be assumed that you are trying to attract the sisters with your personality. That goes for all other brothers as well.

- Do not volunteer to be in a mixed committee. It will be assumed that you are trying to ‘get to know’ the opposite gender members of the committee.

- If someone is speaking during the meeting, don’t look at them. It will be assumed that you like them. It doesn’t matter if the person is the speaker/Amir/committee head.

- When you pray, don’t try to pray any extra nafl prayers. It will be assumed that you are showing off to win respect and admiration.

- If you go to a restaurant and see an ISRU member of the opposite gender sitting there, either sit out of viewing distance of the person or get your food to go. Failure to do this will cause the person (and/or others who witness) to assume you like the person.

- If you are a guy and get caught looking at a girl, don’t look at her ever again. If you look at her one other time (on any date, era, or dimension) she will assume that you like her.

- If you are a girl and get caught looking at a guy, its too late, he now thinks he is a sexy beast. Thanks a lot.

- If you have ISRU member(s) in your class, don’t talk to any Nonmuslims of the opposite gender. No one likes a hypocrite.

- If you are a female, dont ever stop off at the bathroom before going to a meeting or event. It is assumed that you are touching up your makeup or primping.

- If you are a male and you see that a sister is carrying a stack of heavy boxes/books/crates etc. and is about to fall over, dont offer to help or open any doors for her. It will be assumed that you like her. She shouldnt have been overestimating her strength and balance anyway.

Adhering to these tips will ensure a pleasant and honorable ISRU experience and will enable you to graduate with your reputation intact. AND you will be saved from the blazing flesh-roasting fires of Jahannum! Have a wonderful year, help yourself to some refreshments and a Welcoming Kit, and hope to see you at the next meeting!

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Brothers and sisters, what you see above is not a representation of present-day ISRU (Alhamdulillah wa shukrillah). What you see above is an example of what happens in an Islamic organization when benefit of the doubt is withheld and assumptions are made regarding the intentions of others. The result—fear and a feeling of discomfort and paranoia whenever one is in the company of members of the organization. Because it has left the sunnah of the Rasool (May Allah bless him and give him peace), the organization inevitably self-destructs and its absence eventually becomes the reason for many a muslim’s loss of iman.
Aoodhobillah.

* “And follow not that of which you have no knowledge (i.e. do not say anything, or do any thing, or bear witness to anything that you have no knowledge of). Verily the hearing, and the sight, and the heart will all be questioned (by Allah).”
(Surah Al-Israa: 36)

* Narrated by AbuHurayrah: Allah's Messenger (May Allah bless him and give him peace) said "A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He neither oppresses him nor humiliates him nor looks down upon him. The piety is here, (and while saying so) he pointed towards his chest thrice. It is a serious evil for a Muslim that he should look down upon his brother Muslim. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith; his blood, his wealth and his honour".
(Reported by Muslim)

* Narrated by Abu Hurairah: “Verily, a servant may say a word without thinking whether it is right or wrong (not understanding its repercussions), and he may fall down into Hell-fire because of it further than the distance between the east and the west.”
(Reported by Bukhari and Muslim)

* “Verily, the Believers are brothers. Then set matters right between your brothers and be conscious of Allah in order that you may obtain mercy. O you who believe, let not some people mock at other people, for they may be better than themselves, nor (let) women (mock) at women who may be better than themselves. And do not slander yourselves, nor revile by (offensive) nicknames; evil is a name connoting wickedness after believing; and whoever does not turn away (from doing this), those are wrongdoers.”
(49:10)

* "Avoid suspicion, for airing suspicion is the most lying form of speech."
(Reported by al-Bukhari and others.)

* "If you have a suspicion, do not pursue it."
(Reported by al-Tabarani.)

* Abu Haitham, the scribe of 'Uqbah bin 'Amir, a Companion of the Prophet (peace be on him) narrated,
"I said to 'Uqbah bin 'Amir, 'Some of our neighbors drink wine, and I am going to call the police and have them arrested.'
He said, 'Do not do so, but advise them and warn them.'
I said, 'I told them to stop it but they do not listen to me. I am therefore going to inform the police and have them arrested.'
'Uqbah then said, 'Woe to you! Do not do that, for I heard the Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and give him peace) say, “If one conceals the private affairs (of others), it is like reviving a girl who has been buried alive from her grave.”
(Reported by Abu Daoud' al-Nisai, Ibn Hibban in his Sahih, and al-Hakim. The wording is from Ibn Hibban.)

* “O you who believe, avoid (indulging in) much suspicion; truly some suspicion is a sin. And do not spy or backbite one another; would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would abhor that. And be conscious of Allah; indeed, Allah is Relenting, Merciful”
(49:12)

* Ibn 'Umar narrated, "Allah's Messenger (May Allah bless him and give him peace) mounted the pulpit and called out in a loud voice, O you who declare Islam with your tongues but whose hearts have not been reached by faith, do not annoy the Muslims nor seek out their faults, for he who seeks out the faults of his brother Muslim will have his faults sought out by Allah, and when Allah seeks out someone's faults, He exposes them, even though he should be in the interior of his house. “
(Reported by al-Tirmidhi, and Ibn Majah has reported something similar.)

* Mu'awiyah reported the Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) as saying, "If you seek out peoples' faults, you will corrupt them, or bring them very near to corruption"
(Reported by Abu Daoud and by Ibn Hibban in his Sahih.)

* Allah does not like the announcing of evil in public speech except by one who has been wronged; and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.
(4:148)

* The Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) said, If anyone defends his brother who is slandered in his absence, it will be (his) due from Allah to set him free from the Fire.
(Reported by Ahmad on good authority.)

* ” If anyone defends his brother's honor in this world, Allah will shield his face from the Fire on the Day of Resurrection.”
(Reported by al Tirmidhi on sound authority.)

* During the Farewell Pilgrimage the Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) addressed the assembly of Muslims, saying “Your lives, your honor, and your property are as sacred to each other as the sacredness of this your day, in this your month, and in this your city.”
(Reported by Muslim.)

* 'Aishah reported that the Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) said to his Companions, 'Do you know what the worst form of usury is in the sight of Allah?'
They said, 'Allah and His Messenger know best'
The Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) replied, 'The worst form of usury is the violation of the personal honor of a Muslim.'
He then recited, 'Those who harm believing men and believing women undeservedly have laid upon themselves a calumny and a manifest sin.' (33:58)
(Reported by Ibn Abu Hatim, Ibn Murdawai and al-Bayhaqi.)

* Narrated by AbuHurayrah: Allah's Messenger (May Allah bless him and give him peace) said "Beware of suspicion. Suspicion is the most untrue speech. Do not spy and do not eavesdrop. Do not compete with each other and do not envy each other and do not hate each other and do not shun each other. Be slaves of Allah, brothers."
(47.15 Muwatta)

* Imam Nawawi (Allah Most High have mercy on him) mentions, in the introduction of Sharh al-Muhadhdhab, that “it is obligatory for a student to give a positive interpretation to every utterance of his brothers that seems to be wrong until he has exhausted seventy excuses. No one is capable of this except a failure.”

* Abu Bakr once said, "Do not belittle any Muslim for the most insignificant Muslim is great in the eyes of Allah”


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Talal said

Ma sha Allah... that entire ending was some especially crazy goodness.

on September 10, 2004 4:24 PM
Justoju said

Just a word to students who are new to ISRU and might be a bit apprehensive after reading my article:

I repeat, the scenario in the article is NOT a representation of ISRU. Alhamdulillah, I have known ISRU since I was a junior in highschool and I have never felt that I wasnt welcome or that I was being judged in any way shape or form. So please do come to the meetings and the events and do not hesitate to get involved. My writing was only there to serve as a reminder to us (myself first and foremost) of the importance of thinking good of our brethren.

on September 11, 2004 5:38 AM
Talal said

A message from the Ameer ar-Rutgereeen
re: "If you are the Amir, don’t be funny"
Ouch. Very Ouch.

And from the Editor-in-Chief and Ameer, vote for the BEST LINE:
"If you are a girl and get caught looking at a guy, its too late, he now thinks he is a sexy beast."
True, oh so true.


on September 17, 2004 8:44 PM
Justoju said

"A message from the Ameer ar-Rutgereeen
re: "If you are the Amir, don’t be funny"
Ouch. Very Ouch."

Who said you were funny?

I kid. Time for disclaimer numero dos:

"The comments in this article do not apply to any person, living or dead, who has held the position of Ameer ar-Rutgereen. The article is only meant to make those who would assume unwarranted baseless falsities regarding the Ameer realize that they have no right to assume. Only very disturbed people would assume such things anyway and they would truly be in the minority. The Ameer has nothing to worry about inshaAllah."

The people are with you ya Ameer. Guide us to victory.

on September 18, 2004 2:46 PM
Nadia said

LoLoL. Sr.Justoju, can I please borrow some of your sense of humor? Maybe I need that in some of my articles.hehe

on September 21, 2004 6:58 PM
Justoju said

Are you kidding me, ukhti ur personality and articles are perfect just the way they are. Hidaya needs 'YOU'!

And I am glad someone enjoys the corniness that emanates from within my being. Please, please take it from me. Please free me.

on September 21, 2004 9:31 PM
Mohammed Irfan Shariff said

Insha Allah holding to the practices of Prophet Mohammed (saw) and activating his etiquette in our daily routines will help all us brothers from avoiding the fitnah of this dhunya and the fire of the akhira

on November 5, 2005 8:19 PM
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