“If Allah’s Name was mentioned, they would sway like a tree…”

I’m currently reading a book called Minhaj al-Muslim by Abu Bakr Jabir Al-Jaza’iri that was given to me as a gift and I found an extremely powerful paragraph that I just have to share:

‘Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, was once talking about the Companions of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him). He said: “By Allah, I witnessed the Companions of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and I do not see anyone similar to them. In the morning they would be disheveled, covered with dust, yellowish in skin. They had spent the whole night in prostration and standing (in prayer), reciting the Book of Allah, spending their time between standing on their feet and being with their foreheads on the ground. If Allah’s name was mentioned, they would sway like a tree sways on a windy day. Their eyes would cry to the point that their clothing would become wet.”

Source: Page 178 of the book mentioned above.

I can’t imagine myself or anyone being in such a state worshiping Allah so much. May Allah make us like them as much as possible.

Assiya Rafiq – A great Mujahidah

After being kidnapped at the age of 16 by a group of thugs and enduring a year of rapes and beatings, Assiya Rafiq was delivered to the police and thought her problems were over.

Then, she said, four police officers took turns raping her.

The next step for Assiya was obvious: She should commit suicide. That’s the customary escape in rural Pakistan for a raped woman, as the only way to cleanse the disgrace to her entire family.

Instead, Assiya summoned the unimaginable courage to go public and fight back. She is seeking to prosecute both her kidnappers and the police, despite threats against her and her younger sisters. This is a kid who left me awed and biting my lip; this isn’t a tale of victimization but of valor, empowerment and uncommon heroism.

“I decided to prosecute because I don’t want the same thing to happen to anybody else,” she said firmly.

Assiya’s case offers a window into the quotidian corruption and injustice endured by impoverished Pakistanis — leading some to turn to militant Islam.

“When I treat a rape victim, I always advise her not to go to the police,” said Dr. Shershah Syed, the president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Pakistan. “Because if she does, the police might just rape her again.”

Yet Assiya is also a sign that change is coming. She says she was inspired by Mukhtar Mai, a young woman from this remote village of Meerwala who was gang raped in 2002 on the orders of a village council. Mukhtar prosecuted her attackers and used the compensation money to start a school.

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The Pakistani police and the thugs who raped her are cowards. Do they not fear the wrath of Allah? Do they not fear the hellfire? I pray that Allah delivers justice. I pray to Allah that those who forbid the evil and promote the good are victorious. Ameen!

Scientists discover that people’s faces “glow” – Is this the “noor” on the face?

The human body literally glows, emitting a visible light in extremely small quantities at levels that rise and fall with the day, scientists now reveal.

Past research has shown that the body emits visible light, 1,000 times less intense than the levels to which our naked eyes are sensitive. In fact, virtually all living creatures emit very weak light, which is thought to be a byproduct of biochemical reactions involving free radicals.

(This visible light differs from the infrared radiation — an invisible form of light — that comes from body heat.)

To learn more about this faint visible light, scientists in Japan employed extraordinarily sensitive cameras capable of detecting single photons. Five healthy male volunteers in their 20s were placed bare-chested in front of the cameras in complete darkness in light-tight rooms for 20 minutes every three hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for three days.

Read more here. Actual academic paper on the research here.

Farid – Qiyam and Witr – T-pain song Haramtender to Halalmix – Funny

Warning – contains musical instruments (percussion).

With all due respect to the lyrics, I find the entire song hilarious. Taking something extremely haram and adding halal lyrics, doesn’t make it any better to me, but the brother can sing (with the help of auto tunes).

As we know, T-Pain is a Muslim (may Allah guide him). I wonder what his reaction will be if he hears this. InshaAllah may Allah guide him and us all.

Visiting the Rihla 2009 in Maryland – Real Students of Knowledge, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf the Football Player

Alhamdulillah I had the honor of visiting Imam Zaid Shakir with a few brothers from Al-Madina Institute at the 2009 Rihla Deen Intensive program to discuss the United Against Malaria event and other items. I was very impressed at the calmness and collective coolness of everyone present. It was probably around 150 total people that I saw there. The organizers didn’t harass us or check for any name tags. In fact when we entered, no one really questioned us. We asked to pray since we arrived just after they had finished praying Salat-ul-Maghrib. No one else had them on but you still can recognize people who’ve been part of the program for a week and then 4 random brothers walking in looking all around like it was their first time (which it really was). A brother showed us a room. We later found out that he was one of the main organizers.   Respectable adab (character, etc.) is a clear sign of a true student of knowledge. These are hard to come by today. You only find them at programs like this.
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Baba Ali’s new game – Kalimaat

Respect to Baba Ali and all those responsible for the professional video, professional design and professional website set up. Muslims are stepping up and imitators need to step up their quality. Let’s get some halal competition amongst the Muslim businesses and entreprenuers.

For more information and how to order the game click here.

Check out the funny commericals:
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