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Study Circles are forming in Kissimmee/South Orlando! Find out more by listening to this podcast or reading the post below. 

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What questions do YOU have about Islam?

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Asalaam o alaikum Brothers and Sisters!

I recently had a meeting with the imam of Masjid Taqwa in Kissimmee. He has agreed to teach us based on the topics we’re interested in, starting this year in Ramadan, insha allah.  Either he or another qualified teacher will be teaching us.  

I’ve taken the initiative to put together a syllabus for our halaqa — but I need your help! We can’t conduct a halaqa(s) until the imam knows what we’re interested in learning about.

Whatever you’re interested in or have questions about — whether that be salah, wudu, hijab, hajj, aqeedah, the attributes of Allah (SWT), the prophets (PBUH), the sahaba, hadith, arabic, tafseer, please comment on this post and list it below. It can be in the form of questions or a bulleted list — whatever you’re more comfortable with. 

Once we’ve compiled a list of topics/questions online, I will take it, delete all the duplicate topics and send the imam one list, with the topics put into categories (salah, quran, arabic, etc) so we can put together a series of halaqas over the course of a few months that will insha allah benefit all of us. Then I will send you a schedule of times, classes, what will be discussed, where, and when so you can join us at your convenience. All in all, our goal is to become ‘ilm seekers for the pleasure of Allah (SWT).  May Allah (SWT) accept our efforts!

WHAT NEXT?

Write your list of topics/questions in the comment section.  Please leave your email address so I can send you the completed syllabus.

If you’re on Facebook — just leave your comment below, underneath this note. 

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Jazakallah khairun for your input! I’ll keep you updated about the study circles insha allah!

- Sr. Mariam R.  (@ mariemerald on Twitter)

Kissimmee

razamjr@gmail.com

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Poem: Eternal Ink

Here is a poem that helps answer the sometimes nagging question the Muslim mind faces: Is there really someone or something writing down EVERYTHING we say and do? Enjoy!

Eternal Ink

I dreamed I was in heaven where an angel kept God’s book.
He was writing so intently I just had to take a look.
It was not, at first, his writing that made me stop and think
But the fluid in the bottle that was marked eternal ink.

This ink was most amazing, dark black upon his blotter
But as it touched the parchment it became as clear as water.
The angel kept on writing, but as quickly as a wink
The words were disappearing with that strange eternal ink.

The angel took no notice, but kept writing on and on.
He turned each page and filled it, till all its space was gone.
I thought he wrote to no avail, his efforts were so vain
For he wrote a thousand pages, that he’d never read again.

And as I watched and wondered that, this awesome sight was mine,
I actually saw a word stay black, as it dried upon the line.
The angel wrote and I thought I saw a look of satisfaction.
At last he had some print to show for all his earnest action.

A line or two dried dark and stayed as black as black can be,
But strangely the next paragraph became invisible to see.
The book was getting fuller, The angel’s records true,
But most of it was blank, with Just a few words coming through.

I knew there was some reason, But as hard as I could think,
I couldn’t grasp the significance Of that eternal ink.
The mystery burned within me, And I finally dared to ask
The angel to explain to me Of his amazing task.

And what I heard was frightful As the angel turned his head.
He looked directly at me, And this is what he said…
I know you stand and wonder, At what my writing’s worth
But Allah has told me to record, The lives of those on earth.

The book that I am filling, Is an accurate account
Of every word and action, And to what they do amount.
And since you have been watching I must tell you what is true;
The details of my journal, Are the strict accounts of YOU.

Allah asked me to watch you, As each day you worked and played.
I saw you as you went to the masjid, I saw you as you prayed.
But I was told to document, Your life through all the week.
I wrote when you were proud and bold, I wrote when you were meek.

I recorded all your attitudes Whether they were good or bad.
I was sorry that I had to write The things that make Allah sad.
So now I’ll tell the wonder Of this eternal ink,
For the reason for its mystery Should make you stop and think.

This ink that Allah created To help me keep my journal
Will only keep a record of Things that are eternal.
So much of life is wasted On things that matter not
So instead of my erasing, Smudging ink and ugly blot.

I just keep writing faithfully and Let the ink do all the rest
For it is able to decide What’s useless and what’s best.
And Allah ordained that as I write Of all you do and say
Your deeds that count for nothing Will just disappear away.

When books are opened someday, As sure as heaven is true;
Allah’s eternal ink will tell What mattered most to you.
If you just lived to please yourself The pages will be bare,
And Allah will issue no reward For you when you get there.

In fact, you’ll be embarrassed, You will hang your head in shame
Because you did not give yourself In love to Allah’s Name.
Yet may be there will be a few Recorded lines that stayed
That showed the times you truly cared, Sincerely loved and prayed.

But you will always wonder As you enter heaven’s door
How much more glad you would have been If only you’d done more.
For I record as Allah sees, I don’t stop to even think
Because the truth is written With Allah’s eternal ink.

When I heard the angel’s story I fell down and wept and cried
For as yet I still was dreaming I hadn’t really died.
And I said: O angel tell Allah That soon as I awake
I’ll live my life for Allah- I’ll do all for His dear sake.

I’ll give in full surrender; I’ll do all He wants me to;
I’ll turn my back on self and sin And whatever isn’t true.
And though the way seems long and rough I promise to endure.
I’m determined to pursue the things That are holy, clean and pure.

With Allah as my helper, I will win lost souls to Thee,
For I know that they will live with Allah For all eternity.
And that’s what really matters When my life on earth is gone
That I will stand before Allah And hear Him say, well done.

For is it really worth it As my life lies at the brink?
And I realize that Allah keeps books With His eternal ink.
Should all my life be focused On things that turn to dust?
From this point on I’ll serve Allah; I can, I will, I must!

I will NOT send blank pages Up to Allah’s majestic throne
For where that record’s going now Is my eternal home.
I’m giving all to Allah I now have seen the link
For I saw an angel write my life With Allah’s eternal ink.

Source: Islamic Poems @ http://www.islamicpoem.com/?q=node/126

Work: A Poem by Henry Van Dyke

Work

by Henry van Dyke

Let me but do my work from day to day,
In field or forest, at the desk or loom,
In roaring market-place or tranquil room;
Let me but find it in my heart to say,
When vagrant wishes beckon me astray,
"This is my work; my blessing, not my doom;
"Of all who live, I am the one by whom
"This work can best be done in the right way."

Then shall I see it not too great, nor small,
To suit my spirit and to prove my powers;
Then shall I cheerful greet the labouring hours,
And cheerful turn, when the long shadows fall
At eventide, to play and love and rest,
Because I know for me my work is best

Source: Poem Hunter

Poem: Quran and the TV Guide

Quran And The TV Guide

They lie on the table side by side
The Holy Qur’an and the TV Guide
One is well worn and cherished with pride
Not the Qur’an, but the TV Guide
One is used daily to help folks decide
Not the Qur’an, but the TV Guide
As the pages are turned, what shall they see?
Oh what does it matter - turn on the TV
So they open the book in which they confide
No, not the Qur’an, but the TV Guide
The Word of Allah is seldom read
Maybe a verse before they fall into bed
Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be
Not from reading the Qur’an - from watching TV
So then back to the table side-by-side
Lie the Holy Qur’an and the TV Guide
No time for prayer, no time for the Word
The plan of worship is rarely heard
But forgiveness of sin, so full and free
Is found in the Qur’an - not on TV!

Please comment below and tell me what you think!

Source: http://islamicpoems.blogspot.com/2007/03/quran-and-tv-guide.html

Quran and the TV Guide

A poem about the personal struggle to give time to the book of Allah (SWT)

As of 5/23/2010 AlMaghrib Florida’s Banu Noor has finally attained qabeelat status! It will now be offered four classes as year, alhamdu lillah!

As of 5/23/2010 AlMaghrib Florida’s Banu Noor has finally attained qabeelat status! It will now be offered four classes as year, alhamdu lillah!

Ms Latifah, a poet, a fellow Muslim woman, with a powerful message.

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This is Saad Ghamdi reciting Surah 61 of the Quran entitled “As-Saff (The Rows)”.  I taught the 14 ayahs of this surah in my Islamic Studies class this week and have decided to study it because it flows so well, mashallah.  I’m already familiar with many Arabic phrases in it.  For example, “Praise be to Allah,” “Oh you who believe,” “When Musa (Moses) said,” and “underneath which rivers flow.”

Furthermore, it talks about many topics important to me. One, it speaks about Jesus (AS)’s announcement that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is coming, as the the final messager of Allah — a prophecy still in the Bible today, in John Chapter 2.  The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is referred to as the Comforter or Holy Spirit.  Two, Surah As-Saff discusses the idea that no matter how many lies people make about the religion of Islam, the truth will reveal itself.  Finally, three, it mentions the hawariyy - the close friends of Allah (SWT) who lend a hand to the messengers in spreading His message — like the twelve disiples of Jesus (AS).  These people are promised defense from Allah (SWT) against the disbelievers.  

It’s a beautiful surah, full of wisdom.  Now that I’ve studied its meaning with my students, it’s even more beloved to me.  So, I think I can memorize it. Why? Because I know so many phrases in it, it’s only about 2 pages long, and it has a flowing rhythm that’s pleasant to the ear. In the past it’s taken me about about a month to memorize a two-page surah, so insha allah with my knowing so many phrases it’ll take me a little less than a month.  Inshaallah.  However, with my busy teaching schedule, during the week, plus on Sundays, I don’t have much time to memorize — especially along with my other studies like Arabic and English Grammar/Writing.  I’ll probably download it to my iPod, then listen to it on my 25-minute long rides to and from work.  I have no time during the weekdays, so I’ll probably end up memorizing on the weekend — and making lots and lots of dua! I’ll need to rely more on my duas than my own energies given my busy schedule! But that’s just the way it is, I guess.  Alrighty, I guess I’m out for now — gotta so study — happy listening!

Br. Nouman Ali Khan is from New York and the founder of Bayyinah, an Arabic studies institute. Mashaallah, he has a way of talking about the Quran that just reels you right in.  He’s often popular with young people, and he’s one of my favorite speakers and teachers.  This video was a talk he gave at AlMaghrib’s IlmSummit and is directed at religious youth, and how we tend to forget the other Muslim youth who are either totally lost and immersed in their respective culture(s), out of the realm of Islam, or interested in their deen but don’t know how often to live Islam — part or full time.  Here he presents a really cogent and clear talk for religious youth who are interested in their deen, love being involved in the deen, but within all that enthusiasm forget the other youth around them.