Surah Ad-Dhuha The Cure To Depression ¦ Tawfique Chowdhury

Surah Ad-Dhuha is the best cure to depression. Whenever you are depressed, start reading Surah Ad-Dhuah and you feel the love of Allah that reconnects you and your faith to Allah showing you the light at the end of tunnel. Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury has narrated it in very beautiful words in this video. Let’s reconnect with Allah Inshallah.

Surah Ad-Dhuha The Cure To Depression ¦ Tawfique Chowdhury

May Allah bless us all.

Is wearing Hijab oppression of a Muslim woman?

Every Muslim woman is required to wear a scarf or some sort of head covering and loose-fitting, modest attire. This is not a means of controlling a woman’s sexuality or suppressing her but rather, a means for protection. It implies by dressing this way she will not be seen as a mere sex symbol but will be appreciated for her intellect. Furthermore, it will not subject her to harassment. It is interesting to state the head covering for women is not an Islamic innovation but was also practiced by Judeo-Christian women centuries earlier, and yet is laughed at by the West today.

Naima Omar, a student of University of Western Sydney says “It is funny to say the same veil worn by catholic nuns for God is despised and presented as a symbol of subjection and domination when it is worn by Muslim women for the intention to protect themselves and devoting themself to God“.

Is wearing Hijab oppression of a Muslim woman?The term Islam means “submission to the will of Allah” and “peace”. Muslims believe Islam is the way of life and that is harmonious however the media portrays the opposite. Maria Moskovakis, 18, a Greek Orthodox says “yes of course Muslims are presented negatively in the news. An action by one Muslim is presented with so much bias. If one Muslim commits a crime, it is not the person but the religion presented that goes to trial. What we hear and see is all controlled.

Muslims have an obligation to fulfill which is to educate themselves, their children to gain knowledge which is ordained upon them regardless of their race, gender and marital status etc. A Hasan Hadith narrated by Ibn Majah in the Qur’an states: “Seeking knowledge is a duty on every Muslim” and therefore gaining knowledge is regarded as an act of worship. Only knowing our religion will help us to change the misconceptions non-Muslims have about Muslim women.

Source: http://www.linkmuslims.com/is-wearing-hijab-oppression-of-a-muslim-woman

The Blessings of Gratitude and Shukr in Islam

When we are grateful for the blessings given to us, we benefit much. Here are some important ones that we should recognize and use as a means to motivate that sense within ourselves.

Gratitude trains our minds to focus on the right things in life. It’s akin to walking in a room filled with various colored items and focusing only on items of a specific color. If you do so, your mind will be able to easily mask the other colors as you focus on items of that specific color. Our life is no different. When we let our minds look for problems, we see plenty of them. Instead, if we rather look away from problems and focus on possibilities and go for solutions, we will get those too. Let’s, therefore, use gratitude to motivate ourselves to find possibilities and solutions and not the negatives associated with problems.

Gratitude helps us to slow down and to enjoy what we have rather than always waiting for the next wish to come true. Gratitude can help us recognize that we already have enough of what many people have for long been yearning for. We must therefore tame our Nafs to understand that if we can’t find happiness in the blessings that we have today, then we won’t be happy with what we get tomorrow. Thus, gratitude is a sense of fulfillment that comes not from wanting more but rather from a sense of knowing that Allah has already blessed us with what we need.

Gratitude helps us recognize other people’s favors to us. The Prophet through his sayings made it quite clear that expressing our gratitude to Allah by thanking Him also involves that we thank people who do favors for us. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said as narrated by Abu Hurairah: “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi). He also said: “Whoever does you a favor, then reciprocate, and if you cannot find anything with which to reciprocate, then pray for him until you think that you have reciprocated him” Abu Dawood (1672). In another hadith, he said: “Whoever has a favor done for him and says to the one who did it,‘Jazak Allahu khayran,’ has done enough to thank him.” Let’s therefore ensure that we do our part to sincerely thank our families and those who have done good to us.

Gratitude isn’t about ignoring our problems. On the contrary, gratitude helps us to be patient, accepting of life’s challenges, and accordingly trains us to seek personal fulfillment with less. Gratitude thus makes us “low maintenance” in our demands and expectations. This trait reduces our burden on those around us, making our company more pleasing to others instead of leaving us always unhappy, more demanding, and impossible to please because of unending requirements.

Gratitude is going beyond words and instead thanking through our actions. We see this in the example of the prophet whose sins were forgiven by Allah although he continued to strive for His pleasure. It was narrated that Aa’ishah said: “When the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) prayed, he would stand for so long that his feet would become swollen. ‘Aa’ishah said: O Messenger of Allah, are you doing this when Allah has forgiven your past and future sins? He said: “O ‘Aa’ishah, should I not be a thankful slave?” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (4557) and Muslim (2820). Let’s, therefore, pray the extra nawafil as one way to thank Allah for His blessings.

Gratitude helps increase one’s blessings. Allah says: “And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: ‘If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings); but if you are thankless, verily, My punishment is indeed severe’” [Ibrahim 14:7] Let’s, therefore, make thanking Allah part of morning and evening remembrances (adhkars) to get more of Allah’s blessings in our lives.

Article by Imam Dr. Zijad, SNMC Ottawa

Source: http://newsletter.snmc.ca/?p=944

How to Establish Hyper-Connectivity with Allah?

These days with social media, FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, Texting, we all have become hyper-connected. But how do we establish hyper connection with God who created us and to whom we will all go back. God also loves that his best creation,each one of the mankind, gets hyper-connected with Him.

Five Digits to get connected with God, like always on Call with him:Establish worship at the going down of the sun until the dark of night, and (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn. Lo! (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn is ever witnessed [117.78]

Thus our creator has set times to break regularly from daily chores of life for a few minutes and worship him. First thing in the morning before we begin our day, angel witness recitation, as if we dial 2, in the middle of the day with the declining of the sun, at noon, as if we dial 4, in the late after noon at Asr we again dial 4, and in the evening at sun set, at Maghrib we again dial 3 and at night before we go to the sleep at Isha we dial 4. So we get hyper-connected with our creator 5 times a day, so our number for hyper connection with the creator is 24434.

Bathing 5 times in a River: The friend of God, Muhammed (SAS) thus stated, “What do you think, if there was a river by the door of any one of you and he bathed in it five times a day, would there be any traces of dirt let on him?. They ( companions R) replied, “ No trace of dirt would be left on him.” The Prophet (SAS) said,” This is like the 5 daily prayers, through which God erases in” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Creator is Near us to Answer our Call: He also stated when my worshiper calls me, I am very near to him and I answer when a person calls me and it is his duty to answer my call so that I can guide him to the right path

When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may be in the right way. (2. 186)

Creator is present in our meeting: There is no secret conference of three but He is their fourth, nor of five but He is their sixth, nor of less than that or more but He is with them wheresoever they may be; and afterward, on the Day of Resurrection, He will inform them of what they did. Lo! Allah is Knower of all things [58.7]

Monitoring and Observing:. He himself by his knowledge, wisdom, listening, hearing and observing is near to each one of us then our jugular vein. Indeed! there are above you guardians, (10) Generous and recording, (82.11)

Protecting Friend: Our Creator is our protecting friend, He brings us as faithful servant to light- right path from darkness of misguided deceiving false friends as well as bad companions and devil and his wicked plan and plot.

God is the Protecting friends of those who believe. He brings them out of darkness into light. As for those who disbelieve, their patrons are false deities. They bring them out of light into darkness. Such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein. (2.257).

Problems and Challenges in Day to day Life: We state problems and challenges bring new opportunities. The al-mighty created the angels who does not need for or shelter or has no desires unlike mankind, who needs food, shelter, etc.

Guide Book in 23 years: So he has sent us life guide , the Reading [Al-Quran] through his beloved friend Muhammed [SAS] who was unlettered by guided by Himself during long 23 years to solve our day to day life problems.

Musa (AHS) looking for guidance from Fire: Musa [AHS] who directly spoke with HIM, when he was returning from Median with his pregnant wife on his way back to his homeland Egypt, after working 10 years to pay dowry to get his beloved wife. On his way he was about lost his path and he alone suddenly saw a fire far off and told his family, I may bring you s brand or may find guidance at the fire. And I have chosen thee, so listen to that which is inspired. (13) Indeed! I, even I, am Allah, There is no God save Me. So serve Me and establish worship for My remembrance. (20.14)

What God commanded Muhamed (sas) Establish Connection with God: Let us see an example via Rasul Allah Muhamed (SAS), what He commanded us, And enjoin upon your family worship, and be patient and constant therein. We ask not of thee a provision: We provided for thee. And the good end is for righteous persons. [20.132]

Humble Minded with Patience and Prayer: When we face a problem in our life, we need to connect with God and be Patient: We have the remember the event or the problem is only 10%, how we handle or react is the 90%. So our creator commands us to connect with him for guidance and be patient and then work in a cool headed mind to find a solution to resolve. There is one door closed but 10 different alternatives doors to enter. Let us see what the creator commanded us: Seek help in patience and prayer; and truly it is hard save for the humble-minded, [2.45]

Try Multiple times with Patience: In another place he again stated he is with us, if we seek a solution to problem with patience and establish connection with him: We have to try multiple times with patience, until we get a correct solution, O ye who believe! Seek help in steadfastness and prayer. Lo! Allah is with the steadfast. [2.153]

Successful in this life and life Hereafter: An important factor in salah as we connect with God is the state of calmness and tranquility along with humility to be achieved with deep concentration. Let us see what the Creator commanded: Successful indeed are the believers (1) Who are humble in their prayers (23.2)

Prayer allows to enrich the spirituality and cultivate the soul’s right to love and worship the Creator. Prayer awakens and stimulates the soul. One reminds himself that the Creator is in charge of everything and as human being he is the faithful servant and the Creators pleasure is his aim in life.

Prayer Stop Bad Deeds and Brings him Close to God: In prayer we control our eyes from looking around, we should also control our eyes outside of prayer. Praying 5 times a day engages a person in constant remembrance of God and keeps him away from any unjust deeds and leads him only to deeds that will earn him pleasure of God. And establish worship. Indeed worship preserves from lewdness and iniquity, but verily remembrance of God is more important. And God knows what you do [29.45]

Everything for God: In this situation, a person feels and states, his worship, his sacrifice, living and dying are all for God. Say: Indeed! my worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Worlds. [6.162]

Finally he feels so close and connected to God, as the Prophet Muhammed (SAS) stated, My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks my protection (Refuge), I will protect him. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol.8, p.336).

God is pleased: But ah! thou soul at peace (in complete rest and satisfaction)! (27) Return unto thy Lord, content in His good pleasure! (28) Enter thou among My bondmen! (29) Enter thou My Garden! (89.30)

Source:http://newsletter.snmc.ca/?p=771

Hijab Wearing Muslim Women Facing Discrimination in USA

Many Muslim women practice hijab in accordance with their religious beliefs. It is also known as khimar and they wear it in public and in the presence of men who aren’t immediate family members. Some women cover most of their face as well with a niqab.

Women wearing hijabs face a lot of discrimination and prejudice when it should be okay for them to express their religious beliefs freely because, like every other human being has the right to practice their religion. This includes being treated equally and not harassed for wearing a hijab which indicates the religion they practice.

Civil rights complaints filed with a Muslim advocacy group rose by 674%, to 2,467 in 2006, from 366 in 2000. As a result of the visibility of headscarves, Muslim women are exposed to harassment since the aftermath of September 11th. In 2006, the same advocacy group reported 154 cases, in which the woman’s headscarf was what triggered the incident.

These infringements can occur in various contexts:

  • In some work places, Muslim women are not allowed to wear hijabs and can be fired if they refused to or will be asked to work in the back room where customers will not see them.
  • Girls that wear hijabs and go to school are often harassed, even their mothers that wear them. Wearing the hijab denies them of participation in athletic events, extracurricular activities or musical concerts.
  • In law enforcement contents, women are not allowed to wear headscarves in courthouse detention, jail, whilst working in or visiting someone in correctional institutions.
  • In some public places females wearing a hijab are denied access into places unless they submit to a male guard searching them or removing their headscarf entirely.
  • Muslim women have been denied drivers’ licenses, under one condition, to remover their head covering to take their photo. Even when also obtaining a passport.

Some employers and Correctional Settings demonstrated it is possible to recognize and accommodate them right to wear religious garb.

  • Police forces in 3 of the largest metropolitan areas, New York< Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as in Cook County, Illinois, accommodated officers that wish to wear religious garb.
  • In Maryland, the Montgomery County fire department accommodated a female firefighter to wear a headscarf on duty.
  • Correctional systems like the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Kentucky and New York state correctional departments have policies set to accommodate inmates that wear headcoverings.
  • Majority of the states make exceptions for those that don’t want to be photographed without headcoverings in their drivers’ licenses pictures.

Source: http://musliminc.com/muslim-women-facing-discrimination-for-wearing-a-hijab-in-the-usa-7625

5 Goals for Ramadan This Year

The blessed Ramadan is approaching fast and it is time to get prepared for it. You should try to achieve these 5 goals in this Ramadan as explained by Imam Dr. Zijad of SNMC, Ottawa. Here are the 5 goals for this years Ramadan. Are you ready?

1. Eat, drink and be moderate:

Let’s try to stick to the Prophetic rule on eating. Al-Miqdam (r.a.) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah saying: “No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Adam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath.”(Ahmad, Tirmidhi, An-Nasa’i, IbnMajah )

2. Memorize 1 new Surah each week of Ramadan:

Memorizing the Quran often seems like a daunting task. But the key is doing it in small bites. Since there are four weeks in Ramadan, try to memorize one new Surah a week. Start off with a short, easy one. Once you’ve started, you’ll build momentum and may even want to memorize a longer one the following week.

3. Stop swearing and/or backbiting – with a special box:

It’s hard not to shut our mouths off when someone upsets us. Whether we utter those indecent words or backbite about someone to our family and friends, we know this isn’t the God-approved way of letting off steam. In Ramadan, when we want to build our spirituality, we’ve got to wage Jihad against our bad habits. Try this: get a box and every time you catch yourself swearing/getting angry or backbiting put some money in it. It could be a buck or less. The point is to choose an amount that makes it feel like punishment. At the end of the month send the money to a charity or buy a gift for the person whom you’ve backbitten the most against.

4. Go on a technology diet:

Even if you work in the IT industry, you can do this. Avoid checking personal email and surfing the web constantly during your fast. After Iftar, instead of plopping yourself in front of the screen, go to Tarawih. The same goes for the television. The point is to try to give our full attention to spiritual elevation this month.

5. Forgive everyone who has hurt you:

Still got a festering wound from the fight with your friend last year? Still upset about something your spouse said during a heated argument? Or are you still bitter about the way your parents sometimes treated you as a kid? Let go of the anger and pain this Ramadan and forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiving someone is not only good for the body, but it’s also great for the soul.

And in Ramadan, ten days are devoted to Allah’s forgiveness…shouldn’t we human beings forgive too? If you find it very difficult to forgive everyone who gave you hard time, forgive at least three people.

Conclusion

Now when we know all of these facts, it is our obligation to plan and prepare for Ramadan so that we could achieve all the set GOALS in this blessed month.

Original sources: http://newsletter.snmc.ca/?p=1088