Saturday, December 24, 2011

What Makes Islam And Quran So Inspirational To People?

Salam everyone,

This is another article written by Hijab al Faisal. She is working at Quranreading.com as a Web Content Writer teaching Quran to students living in the USA, Canada,and the UK. According to Hijab, Quran Reading is the largest Online Quran Academy, where they have taught more than 5000 kids and parents to Read Quran online with Tajweed. 

Masha Allah!

Please visit their website for more details. :)

(Note: YMP is not in anyway related to any of our the guest author's organization. We only publish the articles submitted to us once it has been approved by our Co-Editors. If you are interested to write on our blog, please submit your draft to adam.alhabshi@gmail.com and shazeea@gmail.com)

In the West, we find a huge majority of people who have a very distorted and diminished image of Islam, thanks to the expertise of popular (but rogue) media. The fact of the matter is that the masses do not find time and have enough interest to investigate into the truth and the reality of issues by themselves. Ultimately they become a victim to the disinformation disseminated by media.

In fact, not only particular to the West but also anywhere in the world, if you can manipulate popular media to your motives, you can get a lot of people to believe whatever is being fed to them, at least in the beginning.

Thankfully, not everyone is going to believe what they are told to accept as true. There are many people who are driven to expose the truth behind the scenes by what they see in the media. This is more common after the 9/11 atrocity which caused more than 3000 lives to perish.

Though almost all of influential Western media did their best to churn the story and hold Islam and Muslims the culprit of this painful event, which in itself is against the true teachings of Islam, but on their way to plan this, they undermined the influence of individual decisive power. Much to their dismay, this went against all their ill-intentioned plan.

And the result? Instead of hating Islam and Muslims, a significant number of Westerners (particularly the Americans) started to convert to Islam. Now, the reality is that Islam has turned into the most popular religion of the world, with largest number of people turning to it, particularly from the Western world.

The fact of the matter is that truth cannot be forsaken; it will reveal itself, sooner or later.

There are definitely more facets to this mass conversion of people from West to Islam, but discussed below are some of pretty simple but important points that can help a person understand the causes behind this phenomenon.
  •         Islam is the truest of religions that Allah Almighty, the Mighty Creator of the whole universe, declares mandatory for anyone who wants his/her way to guidance. Look what Quran, the religious Scripture of Islam, says about it:

Aal-e-Imran [3:19] the Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His will): nor did the People of the Book dissent there from except through envy of each other, after knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of Allah, Allah is swift in calling to account.
  •          It is a religion that teaches about peace, harmony, and coherence among humans, while focusing on finding common grounds with other religions in the process to guide them about the ultimate truth and reality about Allah Almighty, prophets, and this life, etc. The following verse is just one example of Quran teaching in this regard:

Ash-Shura [42:13] The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah--that which We have sent by inspiration to thee--and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: namely, that ye should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions therein: to those who worship other things than Allah, hard is the (way) to which thou callest them. Allah chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn (to Him).
  •          The true concept of Islam lies in utter submission to the might of Allah (SWT), and one who does so, becomes owner of a character that inspires others rather than repelling them, and this is what exactly serves to be the biggest motivation of people in converting to Islam.


May Allah Almighty lead every soul truly searching for Quran Education and Islam guidance, much to His liking and countless benefits of the person. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Lounging With Muslim Belal

YMP Proudly Presents:

LOUNGING WITH MUSLIM BELAL

This Thursday, 22nd December 2011
At the Annexe Gallery, Central Market
From 8.00pm to 11.00pm

Join us for a night of a flurry sounds of rhythm and beat, made solely with the power of words. Join us for a night of spoken word and poetry.

Muslim Belal, “The Street Muaddhin”, grew up in south London with his Jamaican mother and spent his youth mixed up in gang culture. He reverted to Islam in 2002! The former rapper has spent the past year touring the country delivering his story “From The Streets 2 Islam” In a unique poetic style, which will leave you inspired and amazed.

Check out the following Youtube videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAgepDlB3P8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i95zGnLP4Es
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzW3GRbUd2w

**Entry by RM 10 donation**



Don't miss it! :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Young Muslims Project at TEDx MMU!

Salam! Alhamdulillah we are happy to announce that our member and Head of our Community Service Initiative wing, Zuhri Yuhyi, will be speaking tomorrow at TEDx MMU! Zuhri will be speaking about the volunteer work and charity initiatives Young Muslims Project is involved in.

We are so proud of Zuhri and can't wait to share a video of his speech. We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Allah (swt) for the blessings He has given us for being able to get to this place.

If you don't know what TED is click here.

http://www.tedxmmu.com/event/speakers/

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Faith Fridays - The 40 Hadith by Imam al Nawawi by Ammar Al Shukry [VIDEO]

Salam everyone.

Have you ever wondered the effort it takes to memorise Qur'an or hadith and to quote it like it's at the tip of the tongue? There are techniques of course to memorisation but a lot of hard work goes into it.

Ever wonder how easy it is for us to remember the lyrics to our favourite song?

Ammar Al Shukry is a poet who uses poetry as a means to memorise and express his faith. In the video below he memorises Imam al-Nawawi's 40 hadith and condenses it into a poem, thereby making it easier for all of us to learn and memorise inshaAllah.

If you haven't heard any of his poetry before please check out his website, his Facebook page and his YouTube channel (and make sure you watch his poem on Jannah!). Ammar and Boona Mohammad also run a regular online open mic poetry contest called Lyrical Art where people from around the word submit poems and perform them in front of an audience that listens in (through Skype and audio streaming). You can find out more by joining Ammar's mailing list on his website.

For those of you who are interested Boona Mohammad will be in KL as part of Mercy Mission's Family Festival Conference that will be held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre on the 24th and 25th of December. Find out more here.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gotong-Royong at Titian Kaseh!

Salam everyone.

For some time now Young Muslims Project has been teaching English to children at an orphanage in Kuala Lumpur by the name of Rumah Titian Kaseh. This weekend a group of dedicated volunteers are going over to clean their premises.

Let's spruce up their home and  make it clean and beautiful for the new year (Gregorian or Hijri calendar, your pick!)

Please see our Facebook event page for more details or if you're not on Facebook contact Gaelle Linard at 016 679 2483 or email her at gaelle [dot] linard [at] gmail.com.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Beauty of Jannah by Dr Reda Bedeir [VIDEO]

Young Muslims Project recently hosted Dr Reda Bedeir for a talk on Jannah. Below is a recording.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Faith Fridays - Fasting on Ashura by Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

Salam everyone!

We've been missing for a few weeks and we ask for your forgiveness.

Muharram is upon us. Happy New Year! I'm sure we've heard of the day of Ashura and that it is recommended to fast.
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: The Prophet came to Medina and saw the Jews fasting on the day of Ashura. He asked them about that. They replied, "This is a good day, the day on which Allah rescued Bani Israel from their enemy. So, Moses fasted this day." The Prophet said, "We have more claim over Moses than you." So, the Prophet fasted on that day and ordered (the Muslims) to fast (on that day). [Bukhari]

Listen to Shaykh Waleed Basyouni as he explains the fast of Ashura and why the companion Ibn 'Abbas wouldn't miss it even if he was travelling (he would not fast when he traveled during Ramadhan and would make the fast later, but Ashura to him was different).

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Beauty of Jannah by Dr Reda Bedeir

Jannah! Waterfalls! Rivers of milk and Honey! Palaces of Gold! The possibility of seeing the Face of Allah!

Ever wondered what lies on the other side if we've been good in this world! What our reward from Allah, the most Merciful will be inshAllah! Are the 72 virgins a myth or a reality? Ever though about a Return on Investment for your good deeds! Find out the everlasting return in our talk by Dr Reda Bedeir, visiting from freezing Canada. Dr Reda is a personal development Life Coach, Marriage Officer and a Community Counselor!

More about Dr Reda here.

**Please note the venue is only tentative. We will notify you should it change.**

Facebook page here.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Reflections on last weekend’s Open Circle event with Wardina Safiyyah

By Jane

Last Sunday YMP hosted a sisters-only Open Circle entitled "Falling in Love Again with Islam". Here are some (brilliant brilliant) thoughts by someone who attended.

Life seemed surreal last Sunday. Like many at the event, I hadn’t even contemplated the existence of such a welcoming and intellectual group of sisters gathering for the purpose of self betterment. It was lovely and I, for one, was deeply touched by everything—from Kak Wardina’s advice and insights all the way to the chocolate chip cookies that probably loaded me with oxytocin, since I was especially excited to meet and mingle with every single person—which isn’t typical of this introverted self .

There seemed to be two recurring themes in that day’s discussion, one of which was hardships—getting through them. There wasn’t a person in the room that I didn’t seem to admire, especially among those who joined the discussion. I admire the sisters who are struggling to don the hijab and keep it on. I admire the sisters who are struggling to make it in male dominated professions and environments. I admire the sisters who are struggling to do anything because they have established that it would please Allah swt. I admire anyone who is struggling for (cliché alert) the sake of Allah. We should all admire these people.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

YMP Paintball!!!

Salam All,
Please join us to shoot each other just for fun! :)
Bring your friends, neighbour, colleagues and acquaintances!
Call the number below to confirm your attendance. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Falling In Love Again - [A Sister's Only Event]

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Understanding Qur’an As An Instrument Of Guidance Than An Instrument Of Swearing

Salam everyone,
This is another article written by Hijab al Faisal. She is working at Quranreading.com as a Web Content Writer teaching Quran to students living in the USA, Canada,and the UK. According to Hijab, Quran Reading is the largest Online Quran Academy, where they have taught more than 5000 kids and parents to Read Quran online with Tajweed. 
Masha Allah!
Please visit their website for more details. :)

(Note: YMP is not in anyway related to any of our the guest author's organization. We only publish the articles submitted to us once it has been approved by our Co-Editors. If you are interested to write on our blog, please submit your draft to adam.alhabshi@gmail.com and shazeea@gmail.com)




The Holy Quran, the final word of Allah, still preserved in its original condition, without traces of a mistake, not even a full stop, serves to be the absolute guidance, not only for Muslims, but for any human being who desires to escape the darkness of negligence and illiteracy

Yunus [10:57].  O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (i.e. the Qur'an, enjoining all that is good and forbidding all that is evil), and a healing for that (disease of ignorance, doubt, hypocrisy and differences,) Which is in your breasts, - a guidance and a mercy (explaining lawful and unlawful things) for the believers.

This verse not only confirms the fact that Qur’an is the best piece of advice Allah the Almighty ever awarded to human beings, but also points to the fact that Quran does not serve any particular group of people, but instead serves all of the humanity. The usage of the “O mankind” makes this fact very much clear.

Swearing – A Not So Good Societal Norm
A study of history reveals the fact that in every society, there seems to surge some not-so-good societal norms, which pose more harm than good. Swearing is one of them. It is considered to be an oath, mostly in the form of a factual statement or as a promise, usually calling upon an authority much higher in status than the parties involved (usually God), in order to bear witness in favour of the oath maker. In other words, swearing in its usual form, is considered as taking an oath or making a solemn vow.



Friday, October 28, 2011

Faith Fridays - Your 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah by Imam Khalid Latif [VIDEO]

Every Friday we hope to bring you a khutbah or short lecture in English that we feel may be of benefit to you. Think of it as a weekly khutbah from a different perspective. All you need to do is spend 30 minutes (or less) a week to learn something new.

If you have any suggestions on a video that we should share please send us an email via "Write for Us".

Remember that Ramadhan feeling? That feeling you got everyday knowing that you were striving for Allah's sake and nothing else? And then remember when Ramadhan ended and you felt sad and you wondered if you could keep up all the things you were doing?

And of course it's hard. But Allah knows the human heart better than we do and then He gives us the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

"The days are better than anything else for us," Imam Khalid Latif explains. He explains how we should make a commitment to strive to go for Hajj but also that for those of us who remain behind the only thing stopping us from reaching a higher state of God consciousness (taqwa) is ourselves.

These days are better than all other days in the year, including the days in Ramadhan. There are even opinions that they are better than the last ten nights of Ramadhan (you know, the ones where you make sure you go to the mosque and try to get up early for Qiyam?) and yet in most years they just pass us by.

So spend some time to listen to Imam Khalid and let him motivate you from your core to reap the benefits of this short period that has come before us.


Imam Khalid Latif is the Imam of the New York University Islamic Centre and the New York Police Department (!). He is the first imam (Muslim chaplain) at New York University and was also the first imam at Princeton University. He can be found on twitter @KLatif

Monday, October 10, 2011

Lounging With Peter Gould - Friday 14th October 2011- 8pm @ Annexe Gallery, Central Market, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur


Ladies and Gentlemen,

YMP Presents:



WoW!!!  This is too cool to be missed. Seriously. 

Do You Have ADD - by Vivy Yusof

Salam all,


Were you there at KGPA earlier last week for the ADD (Akhirah Deficit Disorder) talk by Imam Suhaib Webb? We hope you were there because Masha Allah, it was awesome as usual.

One of our committees stumbled upon this post that was written about the talk. Alhamdulillah, the author has allowed us to re-post her thoughts here. Hope you enjoy it.

[P/S: her website is www.proudduck.com]

Do you have ADD?

I just cannot sleep before I blog about tonight. I’m so excited, I feel bad if I don’t share this with you guys. It’s a pretty lengthy post, so just take whatever you guys can la k.
I just came home from a talk by Imam Suhaib Webb.
He is like THE BEST speaker ever and whenever there’s a talk by him, the hall is always full. True enough, I had to sit on the floor tonight.
And some of the guys actually had to sit on stage because even the floor space was full! But it was cool, cos I had such a good view of him and I listened better.
So the topic tonight was DO YOU HAVE A.D.D.?
ADD would normally mean Attention Deficit Disorder, but tonight it was “Do you have Akhirat Deficit Disorder?”
And for most of us who went tonight, the answer is a big fat yes. Everything that matters now is usually the worldly stuff and the hereafter is like “we’ll cross the bridge when we get there” kind of thing. Everyone’s chasing for the ease in the world, but what about the ease in the hereafter? We hear these things all the time and it’s not like we don’t know, but it’s important to be reminded a lot.
Imam Suhaib starts off by saying that when he was in KL, he saw a lot of Sweet Charity posters and advertisements everywhere. Almost everywhere he went he was reminded of Sweet Charity and how they have a concert coming up here. So he acknowledges the point of advertisement and how it’s just the nature of human beings to forget. Then he related that to akhirat and life hereafter. How we always forget about the akhirat because we don’t see advertisements of it everywhere. If there was a “Hell is Hot” sign on every streetlight on the street, we’d all be amazing Muslims.
But actually, there IS advertisement of akhirat! He says that on every page of the Quran, the word hereafter is mentioned. Every single page of the Quran will remind us of the hereafter, so if only we read it, we’d remember akhirat all the time and not have “ADD”.
He reminded us the this world we live in, this dunia, is all a means, but should not be an objective. Our objective in life as a Muslim is to go to heaven, that is the only pure objective. And this worldly things surrounding us is a means to achieve our objective. Someone who has a lot of means, like money or fame, but doesn’t use it to achieve the objective is not a successful person.
I whispered to Asma’ who was beside me and pointed to her gorgeoussss Loubotin shoes. (We took off our shoes while sitting on the floor cos it got uncomfortable)
“Dude, remember, those are just means, not objective”
“Shut up and listen to the talk.”
So to be successful in life and not have ADD, one needs to know their direction in life. For one to have that, one needs NIAT. Niat is your direction, niat will let you focus on what you want to do. So have a good niat in everything you do, and everything will make sense and your life will be more meaningful.
He added that as Muslims, we should be inspirations to others. We should be creative and be proactive. Even our Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. had non-Muslim “fans” and one wrote poems about him during his time. He inspired even his enemies and we should be inspired by this. As Muslims, we should not breed insecurity or fear to live or be so restrictive. He gave the example of a dog. Yes, Muslims can’t touch wet dogs etc, but in Egypt he said, they build water troughs for dogs! They used charity money to care for these dogs by giving them a place to drink water, because dogs are Allah’s creations too and they would feel responsible and answerable to God if these dogs died of thirst! See how creative they were??
Then he said something that really made me want to cry.
He said this.
In the Quran, there’s a lot of “We” in God’s words. We will protect you, We will comfort you. And that just goes to show how strong this intimacy between Muslims and God is. It’s like saying “We got your back, dude.” Like if we struggle in life, trying to uphold what’s right, trying our best to stay away from gossip, trying our best to cover ourselves, trying hard to pray 5 times a day, trying hard to memorise the Quran, trying hard to balance work and family, trying hard to stay away from the destructive pleasures in life. If we struggle in the dunia for Allah, Allah’s got our backs in the hereafter. He, of all things, knows what we go through in order to become better humans and He acknowledges all we do, even if no one else cares. If there are ever times we find it hard to do what’s right, don’t worry, Allah’s got our backs. If not now, He’ll reward us in the hereafter.
I was holding back tears, I don’t know why! And Ice Queen Asma’ also looked down. Ajjie was whatever la. She was nodding the whole time concentrating like mad.
It’s just so beautiful; Islam. It only asks you to do good things, but sometimes it’s hard. When no one else knows how we feel, we just have to know Allah’s there every step of our way. Allah cares. He’s got our backs. So all He asks in return is for us to care for Him too and live in the way of Islam. Why do we expect Allah to be there for us if we’re not there for Him?
It’s simple and it’s only humans who make it hard. I have to constantly remind myself everyday and really try to overcome my struggle, especially in the case of covering my aurat. Insyaallah, I won’t take that long.
So to summarise, he says the best thing to overcome ADD is the Quran and sunnah.
Where to start?
1) Baby steps – never stop learning everyday. Read the Quran’s meaning, learn the sunnah. Don’t read the Quran just as how it is revealed to you. Be proactive, he said. Actually find out the meaning and read it as if you’re walking along with the ayat.
2) Surround yourself with good friends - seriously, once your niat is right, suddenly good friends will just surround you! Suddenly you’ll find good people around you who come out of nowhere. My mom was right all along. CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS. Don’t waste your time with friends who take you further away from good deeds.
3) Attend educational talks and discussions – feed that brain, don’t be arrogant thinking we know it all. To keep myself updated, I “liked” theYMP Facebook fanpage or go to alkauthar.org website.
4) Be good to your parents – Imam Suhaib said that he had so much trouble memorising the Quran. When he went to his teacher, the teacher asked “How do you treat your mother?” Imam Suhaib’s mom is a non-Muslim and so Imam Suhaib wasn’t that close to her. So the teacher called him a fool. And Imam Suhaib started being nice to his mother, treated her nicely, helped her with housework. His mother was pleased with him and slowly, he started seeing that he could memorise the Quran, page by page. So never underestimate the power of mommy and daddy.
5) Be good to people in general. Respect people, be helpful, be kind, be beneficial to others.
Whatever we do, always have the hereafter in mind. Chase all the goodness we can find in this world, make something out of ourselves right now, have a career, get rich, be ambitious! But never neglect that book in the corner and the meaning it carries. Don’t be deceived by the ease and pleasure of this world, because they’re all temporary.
We all want a good ending in the end, so whenever it gets hard, just keep our eyes on the prize; Jannah.
Ok, baby steps now. Bismillah.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Faith Fridays - Danger by Amir Sulaiman [VIDEO]

Every Friday we hope to bring you a khutbah or short lecture in English that we feel may be of benefit to you. Think of it as a weekly khutbah from a different perspective. All you need to do is spend 30 minutes (or less) a week to learn something new.

If you have any suggestions on a video that we should share please send us an email via "Write for Us".

In anticipation of next week's event, Lounging with Peter Gould, that's going to be about artistic expression and Islam we're doing something unorthodox today.

Meet Amir Sulaiman, a Def Jam poet and a servant of Allah. Amir began writing poetry at the age of 12 and his poems always exude raw emotion. In "Danger" he talks about some of the injustices that the Muslim community faces and how we should respond.

You can find him at AmirSulaiman.com or his YouTube page.



I am not angry; I am anger.
I am not dangerous; I am danger.
I am abominable stress, eliotic, relentless.
I'm a breath of vengeance.
I'm a death sentence.
I'm forsaking repentance,
to the beast in his hench men.

Armed forces and policemen
that survived off of oils and prisons until there cup runneth over with lost souls.
That wear over-sized caps like blind-folds
Shiny necklaces like lassoes
Draggin’ them into black-holes
And I may have to holla out to Fidel Castro
To get my other brothers outta Guantanimo

And the innocence on death row?
It’s probably in the same proportion to criminals in black robes
That smack gavels
That crack domes
That smack gavels
That smash homes

Justice is somewhere between reading sad poems and 40 oz of gasoline crashing through windows
It is between plans and action
It is between writing letters to congressmen and clocking the captain
It is between raising legal defense funds and putting a gun to the bailiff and taking the judge captive
It is between prayer and fasting
Between burning and blasting
Freedom is between the mind and the soul
Between the lock and the load
Between the zeal of the young and the patience of the old
Freedom is between a finger and the trigger
It is between the page and the pen
It is between the grenade and the pin
Between righteous and keeping one in the chamber

So what can they do with a cat with a heart like Turner
A mind like Douglass
A mouth like Malcolm
And a voice like Chris?!

That is why I am not dangerous; I am danger
I am not angry, I am anger
I am abominable, stress, Eliotic relentless
I’m a death sentence
For the beast and his henchmen
Politicians and big businessmen
I’m a teenage Palestinian
Opening fire at an Israeli checkpoint, point blank, check-mate, now what?!
I’m a rape victim with a gun cocked to his cock, cock BANG! Bangkok! Now what?!
I am sitting Bull with Colonel Custard’s scalp in my hands
I am Sincay with a slave trader’s blood on my hands
I am Jonathan Jackson and a gun to my man
I am David with a slingshot and a rock
And if David lived today, he’d have a Molotov cocktail and a Glock
So down with Goliath, I say down with Goliath

But we must learn, know, write, read
We must kick, bite, yell, scream
We must pray, fast, live, dream, fight, kill and die free!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Faith Fridays - Faith and the Cubicle by Imam Suhaib Webb [VIDEO]

Every Friday we hope to bring you a khutbah or short lecture in English that we feel may be of benefit to you. Think of it as a weekly khutbah from a different perspective. All you need to do is spend 30 minutes (or less) a week to learn something new.

If you have any suggestions on a video that we should share please send us an email via "Write for Us".

One of our favourite imams is back in town. That's right, Imam Suhaib Webb is gracing YMP with his awesomeness and will talking about whether we have ADD. Not "attention deficit disorder" but "akhirat deficit disorder"! RSVP here.

In preparation for next week's talk we bring to you a recent sermon of his where he expertly advises us on how to live our Islam and how to let it shine through everything that we do.

Enjoy.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Guess who's back in town?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Faith Fridays - Fajr Reminders with Sheikh Bilal Ismail [VIDEO]

Every Friday we hope to bring you a khutbah or short lecture in English that we feel may be of benefit to you. Think of it as a weekly khutbah from a different perspective. All you need to do is spend 30 minutes (or less) a week to learn something new.

If you have any suggestions on a video that we should share please send us an email via "Write for Us".

Salam.

If you haven't already heard YMP will be hosting an event with Sheikh Bilal Ismail this Friday 23r September entitled "How to be a Good Buddy?". As such this week's video will be introducing Sheikh Bilal.

This two part video was taken at Al Kauthar's Knowledge Hive 2010 in Kuala Lumpur (which I heard was really good). In it Sheikh Bilal validates the feeling that we have sometimes that being a Muslim is tough. Sometimes our ritual worship, prayers, Ramadhan, saving money and going for Hajj, are really difficult.

But Allah says "For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease", surah ash-Sharh verses 5-6. It is surely impossible for us to imagine life without our daily prayers, without fasting, without Qur'an, without Islam.

And in the difficulty of waking up to pray fajr, in the difficulty of foregoing food, drink and all our desires, in the difficulty of striving to worship Allah there is beauty and joy. Joy when we accomplish what we set out to do beauty in the knowing that there is unity in this ummah because we all proclaim there is no God but Allah. And of course, ultimately and most important of all there is tranquility in knowing that we seek only to please Allah.

This is one of the best reminders I have ever received.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Tips For Becoming More Active In Mosques

Salam everyone,
This is another article written by Hijab al Faisal. She is working at Quranreading.com as a Web Content Writer teaching Quran to students living in the USA, Canada,and the UK. According to Hijab, Quran Reading is the largest Online Quran Academy, where they have taught more than 5000 kids and parents to Read Quran online with Tajweed. 
Masha Allah!
Please visit their website for more details. :)

(Note: YMP is not in anyway related to any of our the guest author's organization. We only publish the articles submitted to us once it has been approved by our Co-Editors. If you are interested to write on our blog, please submit your draft to adam.alhabshi@gmail.com and shazeea@gmail.com)



For a Muslim society, the mosque serves as a founding stone. It is also a place where Muslims gather to offer prayers in congregation and meet other Muslim brothers to share problems and find solutions for each other. It serves as a center for knowledge, wisdom and remembrance of Allah. It also serves as a place from which Muslims raise their voices to acknowledge and prove their belief in the Oneness of Allah Almighty.

The Importance of Mosques in Islam

Although mosques are specifically made to worship Allah and read the Holy Quran, they also serve as a center point for gathering all Muslims and encouraging them to socialize. Praying in congregation with other Muslim brothers is therefore considered a social activity that enables Muslims to get to know their Muslim brothers.

It is for this reason that becoming active in mosques is important for all Muslims. They should not only use the mosque as a place to worship Allah, but should also use it as a center for education, training, learning and other activities. Some tips to become more active in the mosque are given below.

Tips for Becoming Active in the Mosque

If you are a Muslim and have the desire to be active in the mosque, you may be able to find numerous ways to play your part. It is the responsibility of Muslims to ensure that the mosque is not only treated as a place to worship Allah, but it is also used as the center for education, learning and discussions on various aspects.

1.   Be Socially Active:

     Muslim mosques are a center for all kinds of social activities. This is evident from the fact that the Prophet (PBUH) used Masjid-e-Nabwi not only for worshipping Allah, but also as a place for all kinds of Muslim activities. Deputations that came from other places were also received at Masjid-e-Nabwi. Therefore, Muslim mosques should be increasingly used as the hub for cultural, political and social activities. Therefore, it is your duty to be socially active in the mosque. You can do so by simply encouraging people to stay a little longer after the evening prayers and discuss matters. You may also use this opportunity to share any Islamic knowledge with your Muslim brothers during the gathering.
2.     
    Teach Quran:
     You may also use the mosque to teach Quranic teachings to Muslim children. Quran learning in the mosque will create the habit of visiting mosque regularly in young Muslims. After teaching the holy book to these children, you may also encourage them to participate in all kinds of work required by the mosque. This will imply the importance of mosques in the hearts of these individuals from a very young age.
3.     
     Donate Regularly: 
    
    Another important way to be active in the mosque is by donating regularly in the mosque. The mosque is the place where so many Muslims belonging to different backgrounds meet and worship Allah in congregation. Therefore, it is your duty to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of the mosque. Therefore, donate for the mosque, even if it is a small amount. Additionally, donating to mosques also increases the love of Allah in the hearts of donors.
Moreover, when Muslims gather in mosques on a daily basis, they can identify the needy people and can therefore help them in their hour of need.


Keep the Mosque Clean:
4.      
      Since a mosque is the center for worshipping Allah, it is essential to keep it clean and tidy. If you want to gain rewards, you should help in the cleaning of the mosque. According to a narration, the Prophet (PBUH) persisted Muslims to pray on the grave of an individual who helped clean the mosque.

Additionally, it is also important that parents inculcate Quran teachings in the children. Parents may also register children to online Quran schools for that purpose.

Conclusion

Most of the times, people ignore such teachings of Islam. However, it is important that all Muslims understand the importance of Islam. Only then can they become active in the mosques. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Faith Fridays - Give Back to Allah by Imam Siraj Wahhaj [VIDEO]

Every Friday we hope to bring you a khutbah or short lecture in English that we feel may be of benefit to you. Think of it as a weekly khutbah from a different perspective. All you need to do is spend 30 minutes (or less) a week to learn something new.

If you have any suggestions on a video that we should share please send us an email via "Write for Us".

It's very easy to say "alhamdulillah" but part of praising Allah is being grateful for what we have and part of being grateful of what we have involves moving beyond acknowledgement into using what we have been bestowed for Allah and in His cause.

Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who always packs a mean punch when he talks, reminds us about being thankful for what we have and about giving it back to Allah.

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