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[Printable Poster] As – Salaam – The Giver of Peace & Blessings

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Giving Zakat: To Whom It May Concern

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“As-Sadaqat (here it means Zakat) are only for the Fuqara (poor), and Al-Masakeen (the poor) and those employed to collect (the funds); and to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islam); and to free the captives and for those in debt and for Allah’s Cause (i.e. for Mujahideen – those fighting in a holy battle), and for the wayfarer (a traveler who is cut off from everything); a duty imposed by Allah And Allah is All Knower, All Wise.” (At Taubah 9:60)

Allah (swt) has declared 8-eight recipients of Zakat in the Quran as per the Ayah mentioned above. Following are their brief descriptions:

  1. Poor (Faqeer)

The poor is defined as someone who is dependent and needy – an individual who does not possess Dirham, Dinar, shelter, source of income, etc. He is desperately destitute. The question is not of whether he has less or more.

Once a man questioned Syedna Abdullah bin Amr bin Al Aas (rta): “Are we, the Muhajireen (immigrants) considered to be Faqeer?” Abdullah (rta) asked the man: “Do you have a wife with whom you dwell?” The man replied: “Yes, I have a wife.” Abdullah (rta) asked him next: “Do you have a house where you live?” The man responded: “Yes, I do have a house.” Abdullah (rta) commented: “Then you are among the rich and well to do.” The man added: “I have a slave too.” Abdullah (rta) finally stated: “Then you are among the royalty.”

  1. Needy (Miskeen)

This is an individual who is not able to make his ends meet. He may have a source of income, shelter, food, etc. But, his daily essential expenses exceed his earnings. However, he never asks others. The Quran describes them in the story of Khidr (as) and Musa (as), “As for the ship, it belonged to the Masakeen (poor people) working in the sea…” (Al Kahf 18:79)

This shows that these Masakeen owned a boat and earned a living which was not enough for their needs.

We need to identify them by close observations, encounters or via other common trusted friends who can relate about them without the Masakeen knowing.

  1. Those employed to collect Zakat (Amileen)

An Amil is a person who is responsible for collection, and account keeping of Zakat. Whether this individual is well to do or poor, he is a candidate for Zakat as per the Ameer’s decision.

Once Syedna Abdullah bin Saadi (rta) visited Omar (rta). Omar (rta) stated: “I have heard that you are involved in serving the people, and when you are offered remuneration against it, you dislike it.”

Abdullah (rta) replied: “I have wealth, horses and slaves; hence, I wish to offer my remuneration to other Muslims.”

Omar (rta) responded: “Do not do this. Once, I also decided likewise. When the beloved Prophet (sa) would offer me something, I would ask him to distribute it to someone who was more needy and dependent than I was. The Prophet (sa) advised: ‘Take this and become wealthy, and then give Sadaqah. If you receive wealth by such means that you did not desire it, and neither did you demand it, accept that wealth. And, if you are not offered any, then do not worry about it.’” (Bukhari)

  1. Those whose hearts are inclined towards Islam (Taleef e Qulub)

This allows to pay Zakat to the great enemies of Islam- to make their hearts tender and softer towards Muslims. If evidence shows that by accepting wealth- a disbeliever will change his course of action (enmity), will cooperate in the cause of Islam, and safeguard Muslim interests- he is legible for Zakat. This category also includes new converts to Islam to help them gain sure footing- as most of them are turned out of their families, may lose their jobs, or even sent to exile- as a result of embracing Islam in a non-Muslim community.

  1. Captives (Fi Riqab)

This portion of Zakat can be given for the release of captives in enemy prisons, or freeing of necks of slaves. Since, slavery has been banished for long; our challenge is primarily to secure freedom of captives in enemy territories. Many Muslim soldiers are subjected to humiliating lives in enemy prisons. Similarly, innocent victims thrown behind bars- who cannot prove their innocence due to poverty, and lack of resources- need to be bailed out or freed.

It is narrated by Abu Hurairah (rta) that the Prophet (sa) said: “Whoever frees a Muslim slave, Allah (swt) will save all the parts of his body from the (Hell) Fire, as he has freed the body parts of the slave.” (Bukhari)

  1. Debtors (Ghamirin)

The debtors, who are enslaved due to loans they cannot repay, can be helped by paying off their loans. A debtor maybe poor, needy, employed or unemployed- he is still a candidate for Zakat.

  1. Those who fight a holy battle (Mujahid)

This consists of Jihad Fi Sabeel illah. Zakat can be used to fulfill the needs of Jihad such as- buy weapons and other arsenal, train the soldiers, fund their need of clothing, health care, travelling, lodging, etc. These Mujahid are engaged in defending the frontiers of Islam day and night.

Mujahid (rta) said to Abdullah bin Omar (rta) “I want to participate in a battle.” Abdullah bin Omar (rta) gladly offered: “Then I wish to help you monetarily.” Mujahid (rta) replied: “By Allah’s (swt) Grace, I am wealthy.” Abdullah bin Omar (rta) stated: “Brother! Your wealth belongs to you. I just want to spend my money in the cause of Jihad.” (Bukhari)

  1. Traveler (Ibn Sabeel)

Zakat is payable to any traveler, rich or poor. If he needs financial assistance during his journey in order to reach his destination safely and honourably, the traveler is eligible for Zakat.

Syedna Abdullah bin Abbas (rta) confirms that Zakat can be used to help a believer perform his Hajj. Imam Hassan Basri also stated that Zakat can be paid to a pilgrim who has never performed Hajj to facilitate his expenses.

Allah (swt) knows best.

[Printable Poster] Ash Shakoor – The Appreciative

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Assuming he Understands!

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We all speak to our children. It’s either on the dining table, while curled up in bed, also when we’re on a drive or out shopping.

We do have conversations and we communicate!

But, we do not assure whether the words have traveled to the child’s ears, or whether they have bounced back unheard.

As a mother, I always failed at getting my kids to do what I wanted whenever I wanted. It was one of those failures that we all suffer during our parenting journey.


Every time promising not to yell out or falter as an excellent parent- but it just didn’t work.

Recent years have been a remarkable change, since I started trying the exact opposite of what I had been doing.

Earlier, when I would order my child, it would not affect him- rather leave my blood-boiling.
It was a constant drill, constant rumbling, exhausting chants and scolding.

Then, one day I realized that maybe there was something lacking; or maybe my method or my behaviour as a parent was at fault.

This is when I realized it was a total shift in the parenting strategy that was required, followed by a thought which somehow we tend to trash aside; kids are not robots programmed in a certain way, where failure to abide by the rules would crash the system.

Children are complete humans like us, regardless of age, they feel, sense, perceive.
How many of us would appreciate constant nagging and feel motivated by it.

Love and logic always play an effective role in our lives. Humans understand better when respected, loved and acknowledged.
On realizing these, I made some reforms;

  • No Ordering– when I wanted my child to clear up the mess in his room, I started telling him how I would feel happy if he did that for me.
  • Appreciating– I started praising my child for every little job well done- even if it was as small as putting his shoes back on the shoe rack.
  • No Comparisons– if you want to save yourself in parenting- never ever compare your child to other children. Your child must know that he’s the best.
  • Our-Time– if I deserve my space and time, kids deserve it too. We decided on how we all can schedule our time for something productive.
  • Options– we all love variety in everything. Giving your child options are a better way of avoiding unfavourable situations.
  • Awareness– making your child aware of good and bad, advantages and disadvantages, benefits and losses, broadens their perspective. It saves you from a lot of nerve racking arguments too.
  • Up-close-and-personal– our kids need to be sure that they can confide in us; that we are their real best friends, and no matter what happens we will support them.
  • Stop Assuming– most of the time, we assume that we are the best parents and our children understand what we want from them. Wanting is not a good thing anyway; rather we must facilitate our child as a complete being. Facilitate him emotionally, mentally, physically and accept him as a human and not a robot.
  • Understand– we always want children to understand what we want. Understanding what they want is more important in effective parenting.

[Printable Poster] Al-Hakeem – The Wise

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Evacuating Hypocrisy: A Road to Exit Deception

 

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ife is an experience provided to human beings by their Lord so they can access His commands and ensure compliance. Those who trespass and neglect are given warnings of utter doom and despair.

All set, no fret- Till He met!

We are all completely aware of the basic purpose of our Creation. Now, the question is:

Are we prepared to get this experience called life, and move on to the next stage of speculating meetings with our Lord? Do we have the courage to lie alone in the dark graves?

A very few people among us would be willing to exchange this gleaming world with accountability and odyssey towards Allah (swt). We do proclaim our faith and love for Allah (swt); however, only a few are all set to meet Him. This depicts our worldly-mindedness and absence of faith. These aspects arrive into the life of those whose lives are marred by illusions and falsehood.

The greed to attain satisfactions from materialistic possessions, and utmost desire to gain superficial respect from people only makes living more competent, and eventually too stressful. In comparison, the life offered by our Beloved Creator is far more serene and sustaining. Once, you taste the pleasure of connectivity with Your Lord, there is no worldly satisfaction that could gratify you to similar levels.

Allah (swt) said in Holy Quran (Ar-Rad 13:28),

الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُمْ بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ﴾﴿أَلاَ بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

“Those who believe, and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.”

Allah (swt) said,

(Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.) And surely, He is worthy of it.

It’s dire- the fire of desire!

In generic terms, we find two categories of people in our society, who are most prone to sway from the moral standards.

  • The Ones with Power.
  • The Ones struggling to obtain power or financial uplift.

It is an understood notion that leadership is the responsibility that comes with an immense load of dependence from the public. People who are being ruled have great expectations from their leaders which they desire to be fulfilled. However, this is also a customary human trait that leadership often departs a person from the accustomed ethical framework. Lust of power and greed for extravagant lifestyle, disables the leaders to think for the benefit of people or prosperity of the nation as a whole.

Another noticeable category of people belongs to those who would stoop to deeper levels of hypocrisy albeit all the values instilled within them by cultural and religious systems. These are the people who aim to get into the position of power. They may be the ones aiming for elevation in their financial status. They would get down to the acts like the backing of unjust personnel, faking identities, denying family values, and lying irresistibly in order to get their means.

Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (rta) used to say: “Whoever aids an oppressor or taught him an argument to nullify the right of an ordinary Muslims, has drawn upon himself the anger of Allah (swt).”

Powerology is the ideology!

There are times in our life when we speculate over how a person, or a powerful entity, could take blatant steps that are otherwise inconceivable for the human mind. For instance, the brutal acts of oppression taken against civilians in war-zoned countries like Syria or Iraq. The death of children, women and old civilians make us stop, and think of how a human being could descend to such levels of cruelty. Despite all the political explanations provided as a reason behind such aggression, their main motive is to obtain unparalleled levels of power. They value the worldly gains against all the warnings provided by religion or general morality.

This, in turn, has to be weighed against the transient living that is an undeniable actuality. Undeterred by all the debates presented by atheists about life being a one-time experience, the rationality of Islam enables us to widen our horizons. We firmly believe how life would eventually come to an end, and we will be held accountable for all that we did in this world.

This world’s a stage….

As a Pakistani nation, this belief has been reinstated within us throughout the past years. Deaths of legendary people like charity torch-bearer Abdul Sattar Edhi, and charismatic figure Junaid Jamshed- reinforced among us the fact that life is indeed, a momentary existence.

People whom we thought of having prolonged lives, transforming others’ lives, the ones whom we cannot fathom as dead, were gone in a blink and in the most unbelievable circumstances.

All that shine makes you blind

It is extremely vital for every Muslim man and woman to declare their faith in Allah (swt). Once this has been accomplished, comes the task of understanding the religion and serving Islam. That is supposed to be the main element of human life.

The dilemma of utter disregard being faced by the Muslim world is due to the fact that they have forgotten their creed, and lust for worldly means blinds them.

It is really vital for the Ummah to identify their weak spots; ensure that religious leaders target on the areas like sectarianism, and make efforts to rectify deeds of masses. On an individual level, the unworthy status of life has to be realized; each person has to make efforts for the amendment. This would mean instant repentance towards Allah (swt), and pledge to comply with all Divine commandments.

The two aspects of repentance and compliance would penetrate into a Muslim’s life when they find true guidance in the light of Quran and Sunnah

. It is highly recommended in the gloomiest times of this era that each person returns to the fundamental legislative given by Allah (swt). Make efforts and try understanding what Quran says to each person. It is then advised to preach the message of Quran far and wide through all possible means. Positive exploitation of social and print media could allow the Scholars, or even common Quran students to make the message of Allah (swt) reach across oceans. This may take many years to ripen and show results, but the journey has to begin at this very moment.

The expedition is thorny and tedious, however, the sluggish movement will be assisted by Allah (swt); His help would ensure rejuvenation of Muslim world. Along with, the efforts will also bring changes in individual behaviors where people would realize the unworthiness of life and recompense by liberating themselves from false desires of power or elevated social status.

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When Shaytan enters Heart

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The other beauty of this Ayah, Allah (swt) didn’t say, “Fee sudoo-rihim mara-dun”

He said: “Fee-quloo-bihim mara-dun.”

There is a big difference “Sudoo” and “Quloob”. Let me explain that to you. I think most of you know Surah An-Nas.

“Al-laz-ee yu was-wisu fee sudoo rin-nas.”

We don’t say “Al-laz-ee yu was-wisu fee quloobin nas.”

We say: “Al-laz-ee yu was-wisu fee sudoo rin-nas.”

If it said Quloob in Nas, you would have translated it as the one who whispers in the hearts of people. That is not what it says, it says, “The one who whispers in the chests of people.

Now, there is a difference between the heart and the chest. The chest is actually a place. The thing inside this place, the treasure inside this place is the heart. Shaytan has access, not to your heart; Shaytan has access to your chest. Think of the heart as your home, and think of the chest as the fence around your home; the front porch, the backyard. Shaytan has access to your property, but he can’t walk in until you open the door. You understand?

The heart is your home and that is locked, you can’t let him in. But he won’t come and knock: “Hey hey! You want to listen to something? I got something for you.”

Our job is to sense when Shaytaan is knocking on our hearts. Because he is close, he is in the chest.

And, he won’t whisper in the chest. When someone is knocking on the outside, can it be heard inside? Can it be? Yeah.

And, the thing is, sometimes when people knock, you can shoo them away; and sometimes, when people knock, you open the door.  If you open the door enough times, he moves in. He just moves in; and when an outsider moves in, they start redecorating the place. You understand that, right? And so, what happens is- if you don’t let him in, you have your own sense of what is beautiful. You have your own sense of what is good: which colors are nice, which furniture is nice. When you let the intruder move in, you come one day-  the walls are pink, and the furniture is green, and all the plates are purple. “What just happened here?”

“Well! This is my taste, this is what I like, you know. He has turned the kitchen into the living room and the bathroom into the guest room.” You are like: “What is going on here?”

Why am I telling you this? Because, if you let Shaytan inside your heart, inside that home; then, what used to be beautiful becomes ugly, and what used to be ugly becomes beautiful; and that is why Allah (swt) says, “Shaytan (Satan) made their deeds fair-seeming to them,.” (Al-Ankabut 29:38)

Shaytan cannot make anything ugly beautiful for you, until he is where? Inside of your heart. Now, if you don’t let Shaytaan in your heart, what is still in your heart? Iman.

“Allah has endeared the Faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts.” (Al Hujurat 49:7)

You understand this imagery? Now Allah (swt) says here,

“Fee-quloo-bihim mara-dun.”

“In their hearts, there is a disease.”

Oh oh! This is a problem. Because, it is not limited outside the chest, now it’s made its way into the heart. Now, if an intruder comes into your heart, into your home. What are you supposed to do? As soon as you realize this was a bad idea, now you are supposed to kick him out. So, sometimes, we do listen to Shaytan. Don’t we? Sometimes we do open the door.

And, the moment the realization hits, what are you supposed to do?

(A’oodthu billahi minash-shaitanir-rajeem)

You seek refuge. You kick him out, you push him away. That’s what you are supposed to do. But, if you allow him to stay in, and you allow him to cook his way, and you allow him to stink up the place. Then you know what? You are going to start getting sick. You are going to start feeling sick.

By the way, this whole imagery is going to come a full circle a few Ayahs later, we are going to find “Wa-iza khal-oo ilaa Shayateen-ihim.”

So, now there is a disease inside their hearts.

The thing is, though, Allah (swt) empowered every single human being:

“Inna ibadee layisa laka Alayhim sultan.”

Shaytan was told to his face, “My slaves, you will have no authority over them.” (Surah Al- Hijr 15:42)

He cannot force his way into your heart, and he cannot force his way to stink. The moment you say, “Get out!”- he has to get out.

So, if you let him in and you let him stay, that is not because he has control; that is because you never kicked him out. And, if you refuse, Allah (swt) gave you every tool possible to kick him out. Just say:

A’oodthu billahi minash-shaitanir-rajeem.

“In their hearts is a disease (of doubt and hypocrisy) and Allah has increased their disease.” (Surah Baqarah 2:10)

Just make Istighfar, he will be gone.

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[Printable Poster] Al-Hakam – The Judge

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[Printable Poster] Al-Khaliq – The Creator (Part 2)

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How to Change your Life?

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So let’s now talk in these few minutes we have together about how to at least practically build that solution.

We talk about reminders, we talk about grand things; then we talk about advice, I believe to talk about advice in a very practical- even minimalist point of view: things that you can practically do. And, that’s why I don’t like to share much personally, even though I read them for myself for inspiration. I don’t like to share the stories of the Tabi’oon and the Sahaba, the companions of the Prophet (rta) who prayed the entire night, or recited the whole Quran in a week, or made Dua. I don’t share them, you know why? Because, you know what happens to most of you when you hear them?

“Man, they were so awesome! I am so bad. Assalam-o-Alaikum.”

That is the end of that.

“Man. Sahaba were really cool. I am so going to hell.”

That’s it.

Let’s start little by little.

The Arabs have a saying; it is in many of our cultures too: “the first of the heavy rain is just a drop, and then it pours down.”

Discipline your life

Let it build little by little. The first thing you got to do is that you have to discipline your life people! I have to do it. You have to do it. You know what it means to discipline your life?

  • Sleep early

Go to sleep early. Pray Isha and go to sleep. Don’t go to Hookah joint until 12:30 a.m. Don’t go see a movie. Don’t hang out with your friends. Don’t watch Islamic lectures until 2 in the morning. Do not! It is not beneficial for you. Pray Isha, go to sleep and wake up early. Wake up before Fajr. Give yourself 30 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes. I know it seems impossible. It is only impossible because of Netflix at night. Okay? That’s the only reason it is impossible. Give the night life up. Let the night be for sleep.

  • Timely Pray Fajr in the Masjid

At least, you are not accumulating sin every night. At least, you are not burying your heart under more sin every night. At least, you are sleeping. At least, you are innocent for that much. Then you wake up and you pray. At least, start with praying Fajr on time. And the guys here, at least at least, once a week guys, make it to the Masjid for Fajr. I don’t ask you every day. Just one day a week, give yourselves one day a week. And, you don’t catch the second Rakah right before the Salam. Right? And, then after you finish, making it up-

“Ah! Masjid today. It’s right!”

Get to the Masjid early. Let me tell you something about Fajr in the Masjid: it has a spiritual impact that only people who go to it will experience, and it can’t be explained in the lecture.

When you go to prayer, and you sit there in the Masjid quietly, and you wait for the prayer to start. And, you sit there and recite the Quran; and you ask Allah (swt) to forgive you in those morning hours; and then, you stand next to other believers and countless armies of angels; and you stand and pray in front of Allah (swt) early morning, giving up your sleep which only happened because you gave up your night life. When you do that even once a week, the joy you will get out of it as you walk out of the Masjid, you will wish to yourself, you did that every morning. I swear to it, I guarantee it. You are going to walk out of that Masjid; you going to wish, “Man! I wish I could do this every morning.”

You really will. But start with once a week.

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Put Your Best Foot Forward

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By S. N. Jangda – Business student, novice chef, and self-proclaimed DIY beauty expert

Give yourself a pedicure in the comforts of your home, using ingredients that are readily available in the kitchen.

  1. Remove any nail polish. Fill a tub with warm water, adding in a squirt of shampoo, a spoonful of salt, and a few drops of both lemon juice and olive oil. Now soak your feet in it for 5-10 minutes.
  1. Rid your feet of dead skin and boost circulation, i.e., you need exfoliation. Here a few homemade scrubs you can try:
  • Mix olive oil, salt, and lemon juice in a 2:2:1 ratio for a quick scrub.
  • Mix egg and baking soda in a 1:2 ratio for a smoothening and brightening scrub.
  • Massage the scrub on your feet concentrating on the soles and toes, and then wash it off.
  1. Now that you are done with the scrub, it is time to apply a mask. You can use any of the following:
  • Mix olive oil and honey in a 1:3 ratio for a super softening effect.
  • Mix oatmeal, olive oil, honey, and lemon juice in 2:2:2:1 ratio for soft and bright feet.
  • Apply the mask and leave for 10 minutes; then wash with cold water.
  1. Now trim and file your nails. Cut your nails straight across and then file in your desired shape. Remember to file in one direction.
  1. Massage slightly warm olive oil (you can use a lotion instead) on your nails to soften the cuticles and then push them back with an orange stick.
  1. Moisturize your feet with your favourite lotion or olive oil.
  1. Wipe your nails with nail polish remover, and there you go!

Doing this once every two weeks would be good enough.