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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ramadan Mubarak!!!

Ramadan Mubarak!!! May Allah (swt) shower us all in His Mercy during this most blessed month! May Allah accept all of our acts of worship and may he ease the suffering of all our fellow brothers and sisters throughout the world who are suffering as a result of war, poverty and any other issues! 


Friday, May 22, 2015

TV Drama Series



Image by Korry Benneth via Openphoto

Disclaimer: This post is purely my personal opinion and it was not written with the intention of offending anyone. This is primarily targeted towards readers living in predominantly Muslim nations and perhaps even channel broadcasters working in these nations. This is in no way a reflection of my opinion on any particular ethnic group.


Nowadays with the widespread use of computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets a wide range of entertainment options are at the tip of the fingers of users. However, in many parts of the world the television is still the primary means of entertainment for those of us who are blessed with the financial means to purchase one. 

Based on one's geographic location many different entertainment options may be available on local TV stations. Perhaps one can say that in many majority Muslim nations in the Middle East and other parts of Asia currently Turkish Drama series's are one of the most popular forms of entertainment. In the last few years these Turkish drama series's have become extremely popular and they have almost completely taken over a market that was once largely dominated by Indian drama series's. 

Before stating my personal opinion on this change I would like to point out that many of these nations such as Egypt, Pakistan and Iran (among many others) have and continue to make drama series's that are widely distributed on a local and even international level. However, unfortunately, I have not seen enough of these dramas to form an opinion on them so this post will primarily focus on Indian and Turkish drama series's. Furthermore, any particular Islamic issues regarding watching TV or spending time watching these drama series's are beyond the knowledge and scope of this humble writer. Please be warned that this is only an opinion peace and you are highly encouraged to contribute your opinion in the comments below. 

As a big fan of both Turkish and Indian drama series's I have watched a number of different series from both of these great nations. Based on one's particular tastes one may prefer one type over the other. The majority of both Turkish and Indian drama series's are primarily focused on some sort of a love story and the difficulties that the characters face as a result of their families, society's or other factors. Overall, Indian drama series tend to strongly adhere to normal cultural and religious traditions whereas Turkish shows aim to reach an increasingly wider audience thus they tend to be more "westernized" but they do adhere to some lovely Turkish customs such as showing respect to their elders by kissing their hand. Moreover, these dramas can be a great way of getting a glimpse of the beautiful natural scenery and historical sites present in Turkey and at the beautiful cultural traditions of the Turks especially their hospitality and delectable cuisine. 

Overall, Turkish drama series's tend to be much more liberal than their Indian counterparts. They usually contain their fair share of somewhat explicit intimate scenes. Aside from this overall liberal nature the problem with Turkish drama series's is that they very blatantly and on a consistent basis show their characters drinking wine and other alcoholic beverages. Furthermore, premarital relations are also very common in these shows. 

Premarital relations does exist on Indian TV series's but they are often no where near as explicit as they often are on Turkish drama series's. Also, alcohol is usually rare on Indian series's and when it is consumed it is often on rare occasions, completely accidental, or consumed by the evil villain whom nobody likes.  Perhaps one of the greatest negative aspects of Indian drama series's is that they, as mostly Hindus, often show their characters worshiping an Idol/s. 

My Opinion 
As mentioned earlier in many Muslim nations these Indian dramas have been largely replaced by their Turkish counterparts. There could be many reasons for this transition. For example, in Afghanistan many religious scholars asked the TV stations to remove these drama series's because they blatantly showed people committing shirk by worshiping idols. In my humble opinion I think that this transition has not been for the better and with due respect to everyone I truly feel that Indian dramas are the "lesser evil" or potentially less harmful. Please don't get me wrong I fully agree and understand that shirk is a great zulm and it is an unforgivable sin.  However, any mature somewhat learned Muslim viewer will most likely not be tempted to commit shirk (Astaghfirullah) after watching these series. However, after spending a significant amount of time watching Muslim characters engaging in premarital or even extramarital relationships and constantly drinking alcohol as if it were water the viewer is likely to view these sins as not being such a big deal or in the worst case the viewer may even start committing these sins themselves. 

I know that these may sound like exaggerated claims. However, as a student of Psychology I also know that watching specific content on TV for a significant amount of time can have an impact on the viewer especially for the young child or adolescent viewer.  In short, I believe that between the two if a channel has the opportunity they should broadcast more Indian shows and perhaps censor or delete the scenes that show any act of shirk. 

Once again, these were just my humble views on this topic and I certainly hope that I have not offended anyone! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Summer is almost here

As-Salaam Alaikum dear readers,

First of all, I would like to sincerely apologize to all of you because I have been so very busy with school and other responsibilities that I haven't been able to post very much on this blog. However, Alhamdulillah I have finished this current semester of college and I am currently on summer break for the next few months and Inshallah during my especially long summer this year I would like to post on this blog more often. With the help of Allah (s.w.t.). I would like to post more about topics that are related to everyday life of course, often these will include an Islamic element as well. I am hoping that I will be able to post about some topics that are of interest to you my dear readers so please feel free to leave comments on what topics you would like to read about.

Jazakallah khair for your support :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Islam as a Religion of Peace

Please forgive any errors that occur in this post because I wanted to quickly post it in response to the tragic current events.

Unfortunately, today I awoke to the very tragic news of Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar where the overwhelming majority of the victims were innocent children. First of all, I send my sincere condolences to the families of all of the innocent victims and Inshallah Allah s.w.t provides them with sabr jameel or beautiful patience. 

My heart breaks for the innocent victims and their families but I am also deeply angered that this cruel and inhumane act of terror is committed in the name of the peaceful religion of Islam. These so-called Muslim Taliban are going completely against the teachings of the holy Quran and the Prophet (p.b.u.h). 

The reality is that the term Islam comes from the root slm which is related to peace. The greeting shared by all Muslims As-Salaam-alaikum literally means "peace be with you". Furthermore, the holy Quran, contrary to what many people believe, is a strong proponent of peace and it strongly emphasis the sanctity of human life. As it is often quoted the Quran teaches us that if you kill one person it is as if you have killed all of humanity and if you save the life of one person it is as if you have saved all of humanity. The only time the Quran allows any form of violence is only as an act of self-defense and as a final resort when all other options are blocked. The holy prophet (p.b.u.h) was a Mercy to all of mankind. One of the greatest examples of this is the conquest of Makkah. After decades of facing inhumane persecution and torture and being forced to leave their homeland the Prophet and his companions eventually became victorious and they returned to Makkah as the leading side. At that moment the Prophet had the opportunity to  punish all of those who had done wrong unto him and his family and companions. Yet, being the merciful prophet that he was he forgave all of his opponents. Not only did he pardon them but he appointed the house of Abu Sufyan (one of his strongest opponents) a safe haven for all those who desired to seek refuge in it.  

Perhaps what makes this particular act of terror especially tragic is that the majority of victims were innocent children. It is especially tragic that such a crime against children has been committed in the name of Islam. Whereas the reality is that the holy Prophet (p.b.u. h.) consistently emphasized and demonstrated his affection towards children. He enjoined his followers to respect their elders and to show kindness and love towards the children. He himself demonstrated his love towards his beloved grandchildren by taking an extra long time in prayer sujood (prostration) while they were on his back. In another instance he showed disapproval to a man who had ten children yet he had never kissed or showed affection to any one of them. 

As mentioned earlier the only time Islam allows any form of violence is during an act of self-defense. Even in such conflicts the Prophet (p.b.u.h) ordered his companions to avoid harming non-combatants such as the elderly, women, and children. It is even a sin to harm the nearby environment. 

The Taliban, ISIS, al-Qaeda, and all other terror groups acting in the name of Islam are not Muslims at all because they do not follow the core teachings of the Holy Quran and Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h). Being Muslim simply means to submit to the teachings of Allah as mentioned in the Quran and the authentic sunnah of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.). These are the teachings that promote belief in the One Almighty and Merciful creator. These are the teachings that promote goodness to all of mankind, the teachings that promote peace and serenity and the teachings that strongly prohibit acts of aggression and violence. 


Monday, December 15, 2014

Apology

As-Salaam alaikum dear readers,

I would like to sincerely apologize for not updating this blog for several months. Unfortunately, I have been busy with my college studies and other personal responsibilities. Currently, I am on a three week winter vacation in which I intend to Inshallah bring some minor updates to this blog and perhaps at least one new post. First of all, I created this blog a few years ago with the intention of consistently contribuing to it on a daily basis and unfotunately I have not been able to keep up with my original intentions. Furthermore, I am mostly waiting and working hard to finish my studies and Inshallah receive my bachelors degree so that I will be a credible and more informed writer and blogger. So I sincerely hope that all of you my beloved readers will wait for me and continue to visit this blog on a regular basis. Jazakallah Khairan!  
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Quote of the Day

Reported by Jundub bin Sufyan (RA): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “He who offers the dawn (Fajr) prayers will come under the Protection of Allah.” [Muslim]

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Quote of the Day

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his family) has said: “The look of a child towards his parents out of love for them is an act of worship.”

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Quote of the Day

“(This is) a Book which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.”[38:29]

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ramadan Kareem !!!

Ramadan Mubarak!!! May Allah (swt) accept all of our fasts and other acts of worship!!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Quote of the Day

Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said: "The Messenger (p.b.u.h.) used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha'ban." (Bukhari and Muslim). According to a report narrated by Muslim, "He used to fast all of Sha'ban, he used to fast all but a little of Sha'ban."

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Quote of the Day

“And when the two companies saw one another, the companions of Moses said, ‘Indeed, we are to be overtaken!’ [Moses] said, ‘No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.’” (Qur’an 26:61-62)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Quote of the Day

“When I love [them] I am [their] hearing with which [they] hear, [their] seeing with which [they] see, [their] hand with which [they] strike and [their] foot with which [they] walk.” (Bukhari)1

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Quote of the Day

Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) said, "Let anyone tell me; if a stream flows by the house of any person and he baths in it five times a day, whether any dirt will remain on his body." The companions replied that no dirt would remain in such a case. He said, "So is the case with prescribed prayers. Allah forgives men's sins (minor) on their account." (Bukhari, Muslim)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Quote of the Day

Abu Darda (R.A.) said: My beloved master, Rasulullah advised me to spend upon my family according to my means."

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Two eyes will not be touched by Hellfire: An eye that cries from the fear of Allah, and an eye that spent the night in a guard post in the path of Allah (Jihad).” [Tirmidhi]

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Quote of the Day

“And yet there are some people, who replace Allah with rivals, loving them as Allah is loved. But the believers love Allah more intensely” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:165) 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Quote of the Day

Narrated Aisha: I asked Allah’s Apostle about the plague. He said, “That was a means of torture which Allah used to send upon whomsoever He wished, but He made it a source of mercy for the believers, for anyone who is residing in a town in which this disease is present, and remains there and does not leave that town, but has patience and hopes for Allah’s reward, and knows that nothing will befall him except what Allah has written for him, then he will get such reward as that of a martyr.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 7 Hadith 616

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Quote of the Day

Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet (peace be upon him) passed by a woman who was weeping beside a grave. He told her to fear Allah and be patient. She said to him, “Go away, for you have not been afflicted with a calamity like mine.” And she did not recognize him. Then she was informed that he was the Prophet. So she went to the house of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and there she did not find any guard. Then she said to him, “I did not recognize you.” He said, “Verily, the patience is at the first stroke of a calamity.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 23 Hadith 372


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Quote of the Day

Allah Almighty says, "Whoever has taqwa of Allah, He will give him a way out and provide for him from where he does not expect." (65:2-3)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Quote of the Day

`Umar ibn Abdul Aziz wrote to one of his governors and said, “Do not punish at the time of anger. If you are angry with any man, keep him in detention. When your anger is appeased punish him in proportion to his crime.”

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Quote of the Day



"We have instructed man to honour his parents." (29:8)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Quote of the Day




The strong person is not the good wrestler. Rather,the strong person is the one who controls himself when he is angry.
(Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 73, #135)”

Friday, May 30, 2014

Quote of the Day

“Among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves, in order to have tranquility with them and He put love and mercy between your (hearts) : verily in that are signs for those who reflect.”


[Surah Ar-Rum 30:21]

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Quote of the Day

Narrated Anas bin Malik: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “Allah said, ‘If I deprive my slave of his two beloved things (i.e., his eyes) and he remains patient, I will let him enter Paradise in compensation for them.’”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 70 Hadith 557


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Quote of the Day

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Give each other gifts and you will love each other.

Thursday, May 22, 2014



 
Narrated Anas bin Malik: saw Allah’s Apostle when the ‘Asr prayer was due and the people searched for water to perform ablution but they could not find it. Later on (a pot full of) water for ablution was brought to Allah’s Apostle. He put his hand in that pot and ordered the people to perform ablution from it. I saw the water springing out from underneath his fingers till all of them performed the ablution (it was one of the miracles of the Prophet).

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 4 Hadith 170
 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


 

Narrated Masruq: We were sitting with ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr who was narrating to us (Hadith). He said, “Allah’s Apostle was neither a Fahish nor a Mutafahhish, and he used to say, ‘The best among you are the best in character (having good manners).’ ”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 73 Hadith 61

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Yahya related to me from Malik from Salama ibn Safwan ibn Salama az-Zuraqi that Zayd ibn Talha ibn Rukana, who attributed it to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘Every deen has an innate character. The character of Islam is modesty.’

Al-Muwatta – Hadith 47.2.9

Monday, May 19, 2014


Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The person who participates in (Holy battles) in Allah’s cause and nothing compels him to do so except belief in Allah and His Apostles, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward, or booty (if he survives) or will be admitted to Paradise (if he is killed in the battle as a martyr). Had I not found it difficult for my followers, then I would not remain behind any sariya going for Jihad and I would have loved to be martyred in Allah’s cause and then made alive, and then martyred and then made alive, and then again martyred in His cause.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 2 Hadith 35

Sunday, May 18, 2014


 

Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) said, “Any Muslim whose three children died before the age of puberty will be granted Paradise by Allah because of His mercy to them.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 23 Hadith 463

Saturday, May 17, 2014


 

Narrated Anas: Haritha was martyred on the day (of the battle) of Badr, and he was a young boy then. His mother came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! You know how dear Haritha is to me. If he is in Paradise, I shall remain patient, and hope for reward from Allah, but if it is not so, then you shall see what I do?” He said, “May Allah be merciful to you! Have you lost your senses? Do you think there is only one Paradise? There are many Paradises and your son is in the (most superior) Paradise of Al-Firdaus.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 59 Hadith 318

Friday, May 16, 2014


Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The first group (of people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like the moon when it is full. They will not spit or blow their noses or relieve nature. Their utensils will be of gold and their combs of gold and silver; in their centers the aloe wood will be used, and their sweat will smell like musk. Everyone of them will have two wives; the marrow of the bones of the wives’ legs will be seen through the flesh out of excessive beauty. They (i.e. the people of Paradise) will neither have differences nor hatred amongst themselves; their hearts will be as if one heart and they will be glorifying Allah in the morning and in the evening.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 54 Hadith 468

Thursday, May 15, 2014


Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall. When He created him, He said to him, “Go and greet that group of angels, and listen to their reply, for it will be your greeting (salutation) and the greeting (salutation) of your offspring.” So, Adam said (to the angels), As-Salamu Alaikum (i.e. Peace be upon you). The angels said, “As-salamu Alaika wa Rahmatu-l-lahi” (i.e. Peace and Allah’s Mercy be upon you). Thus the angels added to Adam’s salutation the expression, ‘Wa Rahmatu-l-lahi.’ Any person who will enter Paradise will resemble Adam (in appearance and figure). People have been decreasing in stature since Adam’s creation.

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 55 Hadith 543

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


 

 

Narrated Anas: When ‘Abdullah bin Salam heard the arrival of the Prophet (peace be upon him) at Medina, he came to him and said, “I am going to ask you about three things which nobody knows except a prophet: What is the first portent of the Hour? What will be the first meal taken by the people of Paradise? Why does a child resemble its father, and why does it resemble its maternal uncle” Allah’s Apostle said, “Gabriel has just now told me of their answers.” ‘Abdullah said, “He (i.e. Gabriel), from amongst all the angels, is the enemy of the Jews.” Allah’s Apostle said, “The first portent of the Hour will be a fire that will bring together the people from the east to the west; the first meal of the people of Paradise will be Extra-lobe (caudate lobe) of fish-liver. As for the resemblance of the child to its parents: If a man has sexual intercourse with his wife and gets discharge first, the child will resemble the father, and if the woman gets discharge first, the child will resemble her.” On that ‘Abdullah bin Salam said, “I testify that you are the Apostle of Allah.” ‘Abdullah bin Salam further said, “O Allah’s Apostle! The Jews are liars, and if they should come to know about my conversion to Islam before you ask them (about me), they would tell a lie about me.” The Jews came to Allah’s Apostle and ‘Abdullah went inside the house. Allah’s Apostle asked (the Jews), “What kind of man is ‘Abdullah bin Salam amongst you?” They replied, “He is the most learned person amongst us, and the best amongst us, and the son of the best amongst us.” Allah’s Apostle said, “What do you think if he embraces Islam (will you do as he does)?” The Jews said, “May Allah save him from it.” Then ‘Abdullah bin Salam came out in front of them saying, “I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah.” Thereupon they said, “He is the evilest among us, and the son of the evilest amongst us,” and continued talking badly of him.

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 55 Hadith 546

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


 

Narrated Sahl bin Sad: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Paradise has eight gates, and one of them is called Ar-Raiyan through which none will enter but those who observe fasting.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said, “If a person spends two different kinds of something (for Allah’s cause), he will be called from the gates of Paradise.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 54 Hadith 479

Monday, May 12, 2014


 

Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There is a tree in Paradise (which is so big and huge that) if a rider travels in its shade for one hundred years, he would not be able to cross it.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 54 Hadith 474

Sunday, May 11, 2014


Narrated Ali: While the Prophet (peace be upon him) was in a funeral procession, he picked up something and started scraping the ground with it, and said, “There is none among you but has his place written for him either in the Hell Fire or in Paradise.” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Shall we not depend upon what has been written for us and give up deeds?” He said, “Carry on doing (good) deeds, for everybody will find easy to do such deeds as will lead him to his destined place for which he has been created. So he who is destined to be among the happy (in the Hereafter), will find it easy to do the deeds characteristic of such people, while he who is destined to be among the miserable ones, will find it easy to do the deeds characteristic of such people.” Then he recited:

“As for him who gives (in charity) and fears Allah, and believes in the best…” (92.5-10)

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 60 Hadith 474

Saturday, May 10, 2014


Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “The generous man is near Allah, near Paradise, near men and far from Hell, but the miserly man is far from Allah, far from Paradise, far from men and near Hell. Indeed, an ignorant man who is generous is dearer to Allah than a worshipper who is miserly.”

Tirmidhi transmitted it.

Al-Tirmidhi – Hadith 1869

Thursday, May 8, 2014


 

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amribn al-’As: A man came to the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) and said: I came to you to take the oath of allegiance to you on emigration, and I left my parents weeping. He (the Prophet) said: Return to them and make them laugh as you made them weep.

Sunan of Abu-Dawood – Book 14 Hadith 2522

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


 

Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar: When we were with the Prophet (peace be upon him) on one of his expeditions he came upon some people and asked who they were, to which they replied that they were Muslims. A woman who had a son of hers with her was kindling a fire under her pot, and when the heat increased she moved him away. She then went to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and asked, “You for whom I would give my father and mother as ransom, tell me if Allah is not the Most Merciful of those who are merciful.” He replied that He certainly was. She asked, “Is Allah not More Merciful to His servants than a mother to her child?” and when he assured her that He certainly was, she replied that a mother does not cast her child into the fire. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) then bowed his head and wept, and afterwards raised it, looked at her and said, “Allah punishes only those of His servants who act audaciously towards Him and refuse to say that there is no god but Allah.”

IbnMajah transmitted it.

Al-Tirmidhi – Hadith 756