I teach a Qur’an class, and today’s lesson was on Surat Qasas, and there were two ayat that hit me. I’ve read and listened to this Surah many times, alhamdulilah, but it’s amazing how certain things just leap out at you.
For those who do not know, Musa’s (Moses) mother was…
i’m throwing myself off of a cliff
wtf! Since when falafel is an Israeli food!??!????
They’re trying so hard to fit themselves in the land it’s pathetic.
"israel’s national snack" go to hell
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…
Fajr Adhan. The morning call to prayer. Unbeknownst to many, Muslims pray 5 times a day. The prayer is the means for a person to connect with their Lord, the One who created and blessed each and every one of us. (for more info. on the Muslim method of praying, click this link.) The first prayer is the pre-dawn (fajr) prayer, which for most of the year is before 5am. It is currently at 5.30 in this part of the world (London).
People are ‘called’ to each prayer with these words, which we call the Adhan. Each call to prayer is the same, with the following words (below)-however the words ‘As salatu khayram minan nawm’ (Prayer is far greater than sleep) are only said for the morning prayer. It reminds the Muslim (the one who submits to God) that there are bigger things in life than rest and sleep, and so one must wake up-no matter how difficult it may seem-in order to achieve something greater; peace and tranquility and obedience to God.
Above is a video of the call to the morning prayer, and below is a transcript of what is being said:
الله أكبر ,الله أكبر
Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar (twice)
God is the greatest (or greater than all), God is the greatest,
أشهد أن لا اله إلا الله
Ash-hadu an-la ilaha illa Allah (twice)
I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah.
أشهد أن محمدا رسول الله
Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan-Rasulullah (twice)
I testify that Muhammad is the messenger (of God)
حي على الصلاة
Hayya ʿala s-salat (twice)
Come to Prayer
حي على الفلاح
Hayya ‘ala l-falah (twice)
Come to Success
الصلوة خير من النوم
As-Salatu Khayrun minan Nawm (twice)
Prayer is far greater than sleep
الله أكبر ,الله أكبر
Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar
God is the greatest, God is the greatest
لا اله إلا الله
La ilaha illa Allah
There is none worthy of worship except Allah.
Genes predispose obesity but it’s fullness that makes you fat
A genetic predisposition to weight gain and obesity in later life can in part be explained by a lack of feeling full after eating, according to a new study in JAMA Paediatrics. Although there has been some study of why some people appear more likely to gain weight, researchers from UCL and King’s College London were interested in how 28 of the 34 identified “obesity genes” affected children. They found that although someone might be predisposed to becoming obese, it was also due to a tendency to eat more. In other words, predisposition doesn’t mean growing large is inevitable, and recognising it may help avoid overeating. “Our findings suggest that satiety responsiveness [how full we feel after eating] is one of the mechanisms through which obesity genes influence weight,” Clare Llewellyn, research associate in the Health Behaviour Research Centre at UCL and a co-author of the study said. “Obesity genes influence satiety responsiveness, and through influencing satiety responsiveness, they indirectly influence your weight … This study indicated that the reason why some people feel full and other don’t is due to differences in our genes.” The paper is based on the participants to the Twins Early Development Study – a long-term study into more than 16,000 pairs of twins born in the UK between 1994 and 1996. But rather than compare siblings, the researchers chose to study 2,258 participants who weren’t related. The average age of participants was nine. And they used a polygenic (multiple genes) risk score (PRS), which adds up the number of genetic variants someone has that puts them at increased risk of obesity. (via Genes predispose obesity but it’s fullness that makes you fat)
Anonymous asked: Muslim feminist? There is no such thing as feminist in islam tbh its male dominant religion.
A few rights given to women in Islam, a good 1,400+ years ago, when women were viewed as completely subservient to men, and people practiced female infanticide:
- Owning, Managing, and Maintaining Property
- Custody of Children
- Access to Education
- Choice of Spouse
- Keeping One’s Maiden Name After Marriage
- Equal Participation in the Political Process
- Spiritual Equality
The United Nations granted women these rights in the Declaration of Human Rights. In 1948. When many countries still had not given women the right to vote. In fact, over a thousand years after the death of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), in 1586, French Catholics were still debating whether or not women possessed souls.
I’m so sick and tired of people who don’t practice Islam telling me about my religion. You really think millions of women have been coerced into believing in a tradition that views them as subservient? Get real.
THIS IS WHY I LOVE HER SO.
If God supports you, none can defeat you. And if He abandons you, who else can support you? In God the believers shall trust.
[Qur’an 3:160, Rashad Khalifa translation]
Remember that your trust in God is a commandment, not an option.
There’s been a trend in recent years in the American Muslim community of people invoking “Don’t judge” when they see fellow Muslims questioning certain speech and behaviors as being outside the Islamic bounds. In my anecdotal observations, the major swath of those primarily invoking this phrase come from the “Unmosqued,” meaning those who have a connection to Islam without necessarily having an attachment to institutions based upon inadequacies within their structures and/or behaviors of their members. While there is a tendency among too many Muslims to expect a monolithic understanding or practice of Islam, “Don’t judge” has also been used as a phrase to minimize certain matters that have been Divinely legislated in which there have always been consensus and as a means of paradoxically painting those who do not agree with their whims as being intolerant.
People are judges, but not the Ultimate Judge
“We judge with the outward while Allah is connected to non-apparent matters” – Prophet Muhammad (prayers & peace be upon him and his family).
We are not supposed to make judgments to assess persons’ human value, their intentions and their after-lives. Allah (Mighty & Sublime) gave all humans intrinsic dignity upon their creation; thus, none should dehumanize others. He (Mighty & Sublime) is also the All-Knowing who fully knows matters of the hearts, which are secrets between His servants and Him in which (wo)men can not totally ascertain. People also don’t know the status of others’ after-lives, for they can’t even be 100% sure of their own status once being lowered into their own graves.
We, however, are to make individual judgments as a natural function of intellect in order to advance, in a healthy manner, our own individual selves, families, groups and society as a whole. Likewise, we are to make judgments in order to keep ourselves safe from personal injury and that which causes harm to the common good. All societies have judges to enforce the law when people step outside of the boundaries of what has been legislated by governments compromised of (wo)men. These judges have criterion in which there are parameters that differentiate right from wrong.
Al-Qur’an, Prophetic Statements and Absolute Consensus of Early Muslim are Criterion
And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, they are from the ingrates – [Al-Qur’an 5:44]
And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, they are from the wrongdoers – [Al-Qur’an 5:45]
And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, they are from the transgressors – [Al-Qur’an 5:47]
The three ayaat stated above directly refer to the People of the Book but are also warnings for Muslims. Those who decided to act upon their own whims while ignoring or covering up what Allah (Mighty & Sublime) revealed are referred to as “Al-Kaafireen,” “Al-Thaalimeen” and “Al-Faasiqeen.” The word “Al-Kaafireen” or ingrates means those who covered the Divine truth given to them; therefore, they showed a lack of gratitude for that which was revealed to guide them towards success. “Al-Thaalimeen” or wrong-doers means those who have committed wrong because they took matters out of their proper places in which they were ordained to be. All three of these groups mentioned were those who professed belief in One Deity and had “religious” affiliations yet were spoken of in these terms. In these are signs that we can go astray from the path by not judging matters by what was Divinely revealed.
It is not befitting for a believing man or believing woman that when Allah and His messenger decree a matter that they have an opinion about it, and whoever disobeys Allah and His messenger have clearly gone into manifest error – [Al-Qur’an 33:36]
Oh you who believe! Obey Allah, obey the messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it back to Allah and the messenger if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is better and is the most excellent interpretation -
Though there is much room for interpretation on some issues, there are specific matters that are not subject to reinterpretation of permissibility, which have been made clearly unlawful in Al-Qur’an, by the Prophet (prayers & peace be upon him and his family) and agreed upon by his pious family and descendants and righteous companions. Those who believe in Al-Qur’an are obligated to obey the Prophet (prayers & peace be upon him and his family) on that which can be authenticated through sound transmission, which does not contradict Al-Qur’an. Similarly, the absolute consensus of the early community of how specific matters were understood that agree with these two are confirmation. It is only natural that the Muslims who recognize these authorities will base what is correct and incorrect within these parameters.
The Folly of Moral Relativism in Post-Modernity
“Don’t judge” is influenced by the post-modernist trend of moral relativism, meaning that individuals can claim that everyone has the right to individual “truths” and that these constitute a singular truth. In other words, everyone can have independent “truths” and to negate others’ “truths” is being dogmatic and judgmental. Hence, for those who state that anything that clouds judgment for non-medicinal purposes such as marijuana is forbidden according to Islam and should not be legalized, these are considered closed minded people. For those who say that they are not in favor of same-sex marriage because Qawm Lut received the greatest punishment including the wife of Lut (AS), who was a monotheist that did not take issue with that sexual behavior and lifestyle, these people are incorrectly labeled as homophobes. Thus, those who uphold the sacred, which does not jibe with particular worldviews based upon obtuse individualism’s right to define what “truths” should be accepted are deemed as being judgmental and intolerant people. This postulation is complete nonsense, for even those who put forth such claims make judgments about those who don’t accept their worldviews.
One of the greatest challenges to American Muslims is the erosion of particular values due to many of us compromising Islamic mandates and seeking to be accepted by the status quo and/or coming under the influence of secular post-modernism. Enjoining right and forbidding evil is a non-negotiable part of the Islamic faith, which is an individual obligation (fard ‘ayn) as well as a community obligation (fard kifaayah). We are not to desist from our morals and ethics due to changing public opinion polls and the rise of intellectual currents that seek to eliminate the sacred from the public socio-political discourse. We are to present an intellectual discourse based upon our text absent of hostility and harshness. This should be non-negotiable for all of us.
So a family friend called us a few days ago because he said he had to tell us this crazy story. Apparently,he has a friend living in Kurdistan who’s son recently got kidnapped. The thieves were asking for ransom, but this man was already very poor; he had nothing to give. So he…
On the verge of starvation, a Palestinian refugee boy in Yarmouk Camp, Damascus (Syria) milks a dog. The crippling siege by Assad’s forces continues …