I opened the Qur'an Al Kareem
I opened the words of Al Adheem
I seek protection in ALLAH, from the cursed devil
In the name of ALLAH, The Beneficent, The Merciful...
I read the stories of An Nabiyyeen
And the stories of As Sadiq, Al Ameen
I learnt of the wisdom of Al Hakeem
And the mercy of Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem
I realised the power of Al Qawiy, Al Mateen
And the compassion of Al Adl, Al Haleem
I thanked ALLAH, Al Aleem
ALLAH The greatest has certainly spoken the Truth.
I closed the Qur'an Al Majeed
I closed the words of Ar Rasheed
And I was a contented person
I was a happy person.
Salaam Bint Abdul Khaliq:
Jazak Allah Khair for submitting a short but wholesome article about Qur'aan Al-Kareem, and the many Ayaats and lessons that Allah has revealed for all of us in it.
Masha'Allah, very nice! Short, but very well done. :)
For everyone on Hidaya:
Rami's second part of his poem was supposed to be up this weekend but, for those who don't know, he has left for Egypt and will soon leave for Saudi to perform Hajj. He sends his Salaams to everyone and I'm sure he will remember you all in his duas. :)
Salaam Amani San:
How come you are not doing the same as Rami, that is visiting Egypt and going to Makkah for Hajj? Perhaps, you may be busy with school or work.
By the way, have you done Hajj already? I havent. and am intending to do it next year, Insha'Allah. Hopefully, together with my wife by then...Ameenon January 9, 2005 9:37 PM
Interaction between Men and Women on the Internet – Some Guidelines
by: Sheikh Salman al-Oadah
There are many interactive forums on the Internet, including chat sites and online communities. We need to address the critical question of how Muslim men and women should conduct themselves when they come into contact with one another while participating in these forums.
The following guidelines should be observed by Muslim men and women when interacting with one another on the Internet:
1. Never display photographs under any circumstances.
To start with, photographs are simply not necessary. The written word is more than sufficient. We must also appreciate how photographs can become a great opportunity for Satan to tempt people and make their foul deeds seem fair to them.
Some people might consider such caution misplaced. However, those who understand how people are seduced and tempted and who have experience in dealing with these problems, know that nothing is far-fetched. Moreover, some people who have a sickness in their hearts manage to deceive themselves and others that something which is completely wrong is instead something that is good and that is motivated by the sincerest and noblest intentions.
2. Use typing and avoid audible means of communication.
If, for some reason, using audible media becomes necessary, then we must adhere to Allah's command: “Be not too complaisant of speech, lest one in whose heart is a disease should be moved with desire; but speak a speech that is just.” [ Surah al-Ahzab : 32]
This verse was revealed concerning the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him). If this was the case for them, we can appreciate how much more it must apply to us. Moreover, that was during the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) while we are living in the age of permissiveness and promiscuity.
3. Maintain a serious tone and focus in conversation.
We must not get involved in talking at length about things that are unnecessary and unjustified. In truth, many people get a thrill out of merely speaking with the opposite sex, regardless of what the subject might be. Some men just like to hear a pretty voice. Likewise, since women are indeed the full sisters of men, they also find pleasure in speaking with men.
Our tone should be serious. We should avoid all that is superfluous and frivolous.
4. Remain vigilant at all times.
Those who we meet on the Internet are, for the most part, apparitions. Men come online posturing as women and women often misrepresent themselves as men. Then, there are so many things we do not know about the other person. What is his ideology? What is his background? What country is he from? What is his line of work? What are his real intentions? All of these things are unknown.
I wish to call the attention of our honored sisters to the dangers that experience has shown us to be ever present in these situations. Many young women are quick to believe what others tell them and are very susceptible to sweet words. Such people are easy victims for the predator who lays out his trap. One moment, he is a sincere advisor, another the victim crying out for someone to save him, then he is the lonely man looking for someone with whom to share the rest of his life, the next moment he is the sick man looking for a cure…
5. Muslim women who work with the Internet should keep in close contact with one another.
They need to develop strong channels of communication so they can lend a degree of support to each other in this important and possibly dangerous field of endeavor. They need to cooperate closely and share their experiences and expertise. A person standing alone is weak, but standing with others she is strong.
Allah says: “By time! Surely the human being is at loss. Except for those who have faith and do righteous deeds and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to patience.” [ Surah al-`Asr ]
Abu Mulaykah al-Darimi narrates: “It was the practice among the Prophet's Companions, that if two of them met, they would not depart from one another without one of them reading Surah al-`Asr to the other. Then one of them would greet the other with peace.” [ al-Mu`jam al-Awsat (5120) and Shu`ab al-im an (9057)]
I also advise our Muslim sisters to focus most of their attention and their efforts on calling other women to Islam and enjoining them to righteousness. They should use this valuable medium to assist and serve their sisters and to reform them. This should be done indirectly, subtly, and with wisdom. Too direct an approach, when giving advice, often causes the other party to become angry, confrontational, and obstinate. This is because the person giving advice comes off as seeming high-handed and arrogant, while the one being advised feels shamed and belittled. Therefore, be gentle in your choice of words, good-natured, attentive, and forbearing. This makes the receiving party more conductive to receiving your advice and less likely to spurn it.on January 10, 2005 8:08 AM
The phrase that is every muslimah's best friend:
"None of your business"on January 10, 2005 8:21 AM
Ministry Joins Tsunami Response, Bringing Physical, Spiritual Aid
By Chad Groening
January 7, 2005
(AgapePress) - A Virginia-based missions ministry has dispatched teams to several of the Asian countries devastated by the December 26th tsunami and is helping to fulfill disaster victims' needs even as it works to fulfill the Great Commission.
Advancing Native Missions (ANM), based in Charlottesville, was already doing work in many of the countries hardest hit by the tsunami. Therefore, according to ministry representative Oliver Asher, it was easy to dispatch teams to the affected areas. "Right now, we have teams that are in India, helping out there, teams in Sri Lanka and teams in Indonesia," Asher says. "So we do have folks on the ground." ANM also has teams in the somewhat less devastated areas, he adds, such as in Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Thailand.
ANM's Christian workers are among those on the front lines of the disaster response, Asher says, and they have been instrumental in helping to get material aid to people in desperate need of it. However, he points out that his people are doing far more than that.
"When they're passing out a bottle of water, a blanket, a lantern, a candle, they're passing out gospel tracts with them," the ministry spokesman says. "So they are definitely taking this opportunity to be a witness of the love of Jesus Christ to the Hindus, to the Muslims, to whoever was affected, certainly fulfilling the commandment to take the gospel to everybody."
Although it is too early to tell just how many people may be led to Jesus through the work of missionaries in devastated South Asia, Asher expects Christians involved in the relief effort will encounter vast numbers of people that are seeking God in the midst of tragedy. He says ANM is striving to meet both the physical and spiritual desperation in the tsunami's wake with a comprehensively Christ-centered response -- not only offering material relief and comfort, but sharing Christ's love with those in need as well.
(c) 2005 AgapePress all rights reserved.
Some Christian groups spread supplies - and the word
They see disaster relief as an opportunity to create converts. Other evangelical groups disagree.
By Jim Remsen
Inquirer Faith Life Editor
As Western humanitarian organizations unleash an armada of relief supplies and workers into Asia's crisis zone, some evangelical Christian groups aim to bring the Gospel to the victims, as well.
Religious groups promise to be a major presence in the massive relief and reconstruction effort. InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based nongovernment organizations, reports that of its 55 member agencies providing tsunami aid, 22 are faith-based.
Most of the religious players, including the Red Cross, the American Jewish World Service, and Lutheran World Relief, have rules against proselytizing.
At the same time, though, evangelical groups active in Asia, including the Southern Baptists' International Mission Board, Gospel for Asia, and the Christian and Missionary Alliance, say the Bible always impels them to create converts to the faith.
"This [disaster] is one of the greatest opportunities God has given us to share his love with people," said K.P. Yohannan, president of the Texas-based Gospel for Asia. In an interview, Yohannan said his 14,500 "native missionaries" in India, Sri Lanka, and the Andaman Islands are giving survivors Bibles and booklets about "how to find hope in this time through the word of God."
In Krabi, Thailand, a Southern Baptist church had been "praying for a way to make inroads" with a particular ethnic group of fisherman, according to Southern Baptist relief coordinator Pat Julian. Then came the tsunami, "a phenomenal opportunity" to provide ministry and care, Julian told the Baptist Press news service.
In Andhra Pradesh, India, a plan is developing to build "Christian communities" to replace destroyed seashore villages. In a dispatch that the evangelical group Focus on the Family posted on its Family.org Web site, James Rebbavarapu of India Christian Ministries said a team of U.S. engineers had agreed to help design villages of up to 400 homes each, "with a church building in the center of them."
Not all evangelicals agree with these tactics.
"It's not appropriate in a crisis like this to take advantage of people who are hurting and suffering," said the Rev. Franklin Graham, head of Samaritan's Purse and son of evangelist Billy Graham.
Samaritan's Purse is rushing $4 million in sanitation, food, medical and housing supplies to its teams in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. But Graham, in a phone interview from his North Carolina headquarters, said there were no plans to hand out Christian literature with the relief.
"Maybe another day, if they ask why I come, I'd say I'm a Christian and I believe the Bible tells me to do this," Graham said. "But now isn't the time. We have to save lives."
As Graham knows, laws and customs in non-Christian lands also can inhibit proselytizing. Plans by Samaritan's Purse and other evangelical groups to join postwar reconstruction efforts in Iraq in 2003 raised concerns that they would violate Muslim bans on proselytizing and undercut U.S. efforts to improve ties with the Islamic world.
Yohannan said Sri Lankan officials are "extremely angry" with Christian missionary work and want to outlaw proselytizing. Some states in southern India have anti-conversion laws that bar "fraudulent manipulation," he said, adding: "I cannot tell you there is a hell awaiting you because it can be interpreted as a fear tactic." But one of the states, Tamil Nadu, recently repealed its law, and others don't enforce theirs, Yohannan said.
Indonesia, a major arena of relief work, does not ban evangelizing, said Riaz Saehu, spokesman for the Indonesian Embassy in Washington.
Though the country has a Muslim majority, Saehu said, it accords official status to Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism and Buddhism, and "people can do whatever to try to influence others."
Grassroots resistance may be a greater impediment to evangelists. Saehu said residents of the hard-hit Aceh province are strict Muslims who "couldn't accept [missionary] activities regardless of the law." Yohannon said Hindu and Muslim extremists have burned Bibles and beaten pastors from his churches in the past.
"It's a very sensitive issue," Saehu said.
The U.S. government has said it hopes American tsunami aid improves its image abroad, particularly with Muslims. At the same time, it has not tried to impede evangelical efforts, nor has it received complaints about them, State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez said.
"We can't control them," Vasquez said. "They are free to do what they're going to do."
Meanwhile, other religious relief groups eschew evangelizing. Many are signatories of a Red Cross-Red Crescent code of conduct that requires, among other things, that aid "not be used to further a particular political or religious standpoint."
Church World Service, the humanitarian arm of the National Council of Churches, is among the signatories.
"We carry out our work as a calling as Christians, but it's not carried out based on any form of proselytization," said Rick Augsberger, director of the agency's emergency-response program. Faith issues might be shared informally, he said, "but not as an objective."on January 10, 2005 10:21 AM
Salaam Brother Gillette San:
Welcome Back...nice to hear from you..Alhamdulillah.
Man this place was a mess without you guys, but all will be fine, Insha'Allah.
You just confirmed my suspicion that christian charities will use this incident as an excuse to spread christianity within the affected victims.
BUT, I think it may be a blessing in disguise, or (lesser of the two evils). How so?
Well, I am pretty sure that the folks in worst affected area of Bande Aceh where overwhelming muslims and the the messages of these christian charities wont do didly squat! I read the article posted by justoju san about Bande Aceh and it reflected a muslim community that are using this incident as a reminder from Allah and that it has invoked new resolution in them to be better muslims, Insha'Allah...Ameen...so telling someone like that to become christians wont fly.
But what is the bright side of christians preaching to the Indians, Sri Lankans and the other non muslims is that atleast they may accept christianity as their religion from their current beliefs..and that may not be the Best thing for them (i.e. Islam) but it is any day better than being a Hindu or a Buddish where they worship idols and demi gods. They will become part of ahle kitaab.
Especially, the lower caste hindus who are neglected and kicked off the refugee camps by the higher caste members of their religion, they are probably the most likely to accept another religion which brings them hope and salvation...Its rather sad that Muslims & Islamic charities are not doing dawah so the only active folks on the ground are the christians and evangelists who may reap the benefit...
Just my thoughts...on January 10, 2005 2:49 PM
Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,
This poem is a great reminder, especially to myself, of how the Qu'ran is sent as a guide for all our problems...all our troubles and worries ...all that we need help to find guidance and become closer to Allah subhanna wa taala.
Interesting how we read Hidayaonline, the newspaper, and textbooks more than we actually sit down and pick up the Qu'ran to read. We look for guidance in fatwas and articles from sheikhs but we don't turn straight to the Qu'ran for our answers and for our guidance.
I was told once as a child that when you are in the grave and questioned by the angel of death about 'What is your book?' that it will be the one that you read the most. Or perhaps the one you use the most.
As a very very masha Allah kind of information I learned today in just a five minute radio tafsir of Qu'ran, talking about what the qu'ran teaches us of wisdom: Prophet Luqman (aleyhi Salaam) was given wisdom by Allah and wisdom contains many parts....the first of which was the Wisdom to give shukr to Allah, subhanna wa taala. That is the most important wisdom. This is something that only Qu'ran can teach us.
May Allah help us to make the Qu'ran our book, and give us the wisdom to thank Him as he gave to Luqman (Aleyhi Salaam).
Wasalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarkatuon January 10, 2005 7:36 PM
AMEEN, AMEEN, SUMMA AMEEN...Ya Akhi!!!
True Wisdom is only from Allah...and there is NO Source, ABSOULTELY NO Tangible Source for this Wisdom other than the Absoulte Word of Allah in Quraan.
on January 10, 2005 8:03 PM
Everything else falls as interpretations...and nothing more.
Has classes started for you guys (especially, in ISRU)? If it is the case, then the frequency of articles posted by the writers and the comments made by the "noisemakers" will dwindle to quiet a few from what it was back during winter break.
Perhaps, I can start writing here regularly, provided my articles are 'kosher' enough for general postings...and as I am not a religious scholar, not even a student of a religious scholar so my articles are going to touch the practical aspects of life, career, marriage/divorce and so on...and not necessarily religious in tone...I am not sure if Hidayaonline is especifically aimed for islamic discussions or that it has flexibility to welcome all pertinent issues that face our muslim bro/sis today in the western world.
I would like to hear comments on this...especially those of the editors.
Jazak'Allah Khairon January 11, 2005 7:37 PM
ummm..I guess i will stick to comments only....:)on January 11, 2005 10:27 PM
All the more reason for us to support Muslim aid initiatives.
Contact me for more details, medical professionals and cash needed for MUSLIM medical services in Aceh.on February 18, 2005 5:27 PM