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November 29th, 2008

liliths_diary @ 09:09 pm: Perhaps a silly question, but...
Someone told me that it is somehow a sin in Islam to dance if you have any food in your mouth.

I mean, it is not like it is a regular occurance to take a big bite of something and start dancing around the room, but it has been known to happen. ^_^

Could someone please clarify/explain this to me?

Thanks and Selam,

"Lilith"

PS: If this isn't actually a rule in Islam, then I am guessing it has something to do with Turkish culture. If so, are there any Turks here who could explain to me why it is looked at so badly?

Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Yusuf Islam : Tala'a Al-Badru 'Alayna

September 10th, 2008

hushdawg @ 11:02 pm: To Allah we send thee, our dear brother and Imam...
On September 9, 2008 one of the brightest lights for the Muslim-Amerian Ummah returned to the Creator of All Things.

The honorable Imam Warith Deen Muhammad turned a massive number of Afro-Americans away from the perverted teachings of the Nation of Islam following his father's death in 1975 (his father was Elijah Muhammad).
Because of Imam W. Deen Muhammad hundreds of thousands of people embraced the true path of Islam.

I had the blessing of meeting this man last summer very briefly in Chicago.  At the age of 73 (at that time) he was energetic and positive.  Always looking for the brighter future and always seeking the best for the unification of all people from all nations under the grace and mercy of Islam.  I shook his hand and saw in his eyes the same passion, devotion, dedication and drive that I would hope people one day see in mine.  He is an inspiration for all Muslim-Americans to shake off the stereotypes and push forward, to break away from what we know is wrong and corrupt around us and forge into the justice that is Al-Islam.



May Allah accept all his deeds and elevate his status in Jannah.
May he be granted a place in the eternal garden and be praised by the Angels for all the work he has done to bring worship and praise toward Allah and to seek the improvement of Mankind.

O Allaah, forgive and have mercy upon him, excuse him and pardon him, and make honorable his reception. Expand his entry, and cleanse him with water, snow, and ice, and purify him of sin as a white robe is purified of filth. Exchange his home for a better home, and his family for a better family, and his spouse for a better spouse. Admit him into the Garden, protect him from the punishment of the grave and the torment of the Fire.
O Allaah, forgive our living and our dead, those present and those absent, our young and our old, our males and our females. O Allaah, whom amongst us You keep alive, then let such a life be upon Islaam, and whom amongst us You take unto Yourself, then let such a death be upon faith. O Allaah, do not deprive us of his reward and do not let us stray after him.
O Allaah, our beloved brother Warith Deen Muhammad is under Your care and protection so protect him from the trial of the grave and torment of the Fire. Indeed You are faithful and truthful. Forgive and have mercy upon him, surely You are The Oft-Forgiving, The Most-Merciful.
O Allaah, Unite him with the righteous believers, place him under the care of Ibraaheem, and protect him by Your mercy from the torment of Hell.

Ameen.

September 6th, 2008

kashkool @ 04:22 pm: Ramadhaan!!

"You mean you can't even drink water?" a friend asked me this question with a bewildered look on her face, she couldn't believe that fasting during the month of Ramadan meant I would not drink or eat from sunrise to sunset for an entire month.
As my friend stood there looking bewildered, I thought, is it really that hard to believe that Muslims refrain from food and drink during the fast? We fast the whole day knowing that we will be ending our fast with the setting of the sun, and in the context of a world where many live in poverty, where hunger and thirst for many become a way of life, our fasting really is a simple duty. This is the spirit of Ramadan, it is about understanding the feeling of hunger, it is about building empathy, self-restraint and piousness.


Why We Fast in Islam ?
for all devout Muslims, Ramadan holds such deep teachings; it is not a month about food, or about socialising in the evenings in Ramadan tents, or watching Ramadan shows on TV, Ramadan is about learning compassion, it's about "cultivating our piety".
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar (hijri calendar), we consider it to be the most holy and spiritually-beneficial month of the Islamic year. Ramadan is the month when the first verses of the holy Quran were revealed.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, and all Muslims who are mentally and physically able and that have reached puberty are required to fast during this month.
Those who are sick, travelling, pregnant, menstruating or nursing women, are not required to fast, however, those who are unable to fast for these reasons must make up the days they missed fasting upon recovery or return, or after weaning.
In the month of Ramadan, we begin the fast with the sunrise and end the fast with the sunset, or with the fourth Muslim prayer of the day (maghrib prayer). The fast is ended each evening with a meal called iftar and the last meal we have is in the morning right before dawn which is called suhur.
Spiritual experience
The fast of Ramadan is not about physical deprivation, it is meant to be deeply spiritual experience. In the holy Quran it is stated that the purpose of the fast is to develop a quality which in Arabic we call taqwa.
Taqwa can be defined as, "worshipping God as if you see Him, because if you don't, He sees you". Taqwa is about cultivating an awareness that God is always watching. For example, when I fast nobody but God knows if I actually have observed the entire fast or if I secretly cheated. So in order to resist the temptation to cheat during the fast, I must remember that God is always watching and will see any lapse.
This sense of taqwa is carried over into other areas of our lives, hence by fasting we foster a habit of piousness, self-restraint, and an inner-balance. For devout Muslims Ramadan is a month of worship; prayer and recitation of the Quran during this month are pivotal, and it is common practice during this month to provide food/iftar to others especially the poor on a daily basis. 

 


September 5th, 2008

thecunningbison @ 02:20 pm: Own a Nokia Phone - here's a few Ramadhan gifts from the Middle-Easter section of corporate giant :)
http://mea.nokia.com/english/ramadan/


Bit annoying they've been restricted to Nokias only (being a coder myself I'd imagine there's no particular Nokia features being exploited.) The applications look _really_ good too!

Spread the word!





As for other java phones:
Loads more Islamic software here: http://gallery.mobile9.com/c/softwares/1/?fi=41&st=3 - one of my favourites is Mahmoud Gangat's Mobile Quran - really nice scalable fonts and integral translation. His website appears to be down so if anyone has any versions later than v0.9 let me know!


Quran Reader is another really nice freebie - http://www.guidedways.com/mobile/download_mobile.php?ref= - again, featuring integral translations. Presentation is really nice, however fonts aren't scalable so they're a little small on my 2.2" screen. While you're there checkout their other free software.


Tigerlily Digital offer Quran Audio Lite - featuring Audio playback of the small suras of the Quran on J2ME enabled phones here: http://www.td2go.com/islam/ - I've emailed them regarding the full audio of the Quran but nobody replied :( Still - nice to have a few suras recited.



And if all else fails, there's the tried and trusted no-frills "Pocket Quran" - http://www.pocketquran.com which should work on most phones!

July 30th, 2008

liliths_diary @ 12:09 pm: Ramadan
Salaam everyone!

Could someone perhaps give me a link that contains all the details of Ramadan and Sawm? I have read about it on wiki and such, but I would like a link that I know is 150% correct.

Shukran!
"Lilith"

Current Music: The Tea Party : Mantra

July 27th, 2008

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July 26th, 2008

ahimsa422 @ 07:04 pm:  I have another question; this one concerns male hijab. I know the general rules of male hijab, but I don't know why Muslim men are not allowed to wear silk or gold and Muslim women are. What is the reason for this?

July 25th, 2008

ahimsa422 @ 03:36 pm: I have a question concerning meat and Islam. Why is pork forbidden in the Islamic faith? And why are other meats okay?

June 30th, 2008

ahimsa422 @ 09:01 pm:  I am aware that Muslims don't "date" in the sense that Americans do. For Muslims in America, how are potential marriage partners determined? Does the process deviate at all from the Islamic courtship rituals of the Middle East? Do some Muslims choose to reject matrimony and courtship altogether in the United States?

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