Daily Archives: March 9th, 2010


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What would you do if you knew that there is someone watching you on his CCTV camera?

Your actions would obviously be changed!

Have you ever realised that Allah, your Lord Who has created you is not just watching you 24/7, but also listening to every single word that you utter openly or in secret, and understands every single thought that passes through your mind?

They may hide (Their crimes) from men, but they cannot hide (Them) from Allah, seeing that He is in their midst when they plot by night, in words that He cannot approve: And Allah Does compass round all that they do. {Holy Qur’an, 4:108}

What would you do if you saw someone filming you?

Again, your actions/attitudes would be a lot different from the normal!

Have you ever realised that the two appointed angels on your shoulders are constantly recording your actions, which will be presented to you on the Day of Judgement?

It will be either FOR you or AGAINST you.

Behold, two (guardian angels) appointed to learn (his doings) learn (and noted them), one sitting on the right and one on the left. They know (and understand) all that you do. {Holy Qur’an, 50:17/82:12}

So, my dear brothers and sisters, we should be very careful about what we do, what we say and what we think, openly or in secret, because it is all being recorded in the book of our deeds, and we will be rewarded or be punished according to that.

Whoever acts righteously, whether male or female, and is a believer, We will surely give him life with a good life, and We will surely give them their reward in accordance with the best of what they used to do… (Holy Qur’an, 16:97)

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whatever you’re saying, whatever you’re thinking, openly or in secret, just remember that.. "ALLAH IS LISTENING & WATCHING OVER YOU".

Does man think that he will be left uncontrolled, (without purpose)? {Holy Qur’an, 75:36}

Allah has such complete Knowledge as to be able to Know all things past, present and future in all places at exactly the same time. The same can be said for His absolute Hearing and Seeing. In this way, His Knowledge, His Hearing, His Sight is everywhere simultaneously.
In this regard, the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, told us He is as close to us as our jugular vein. He also explained Allah is "with us" when we are in sincere worship to Him and in times of need. Naturally, this would not compromise His existence outside of His creation.

Allah, subhanahu wa taa’la, says in the Qur’an:

"And know that Allah knows what is in your minds, so fear Him." [Holy Qur’an, 2:235]

Know they not that Allah does know their secret (thoughts) and their secret counsels, and that Allah knows well all things unseen? {Holy Qur’an, 9:78}

..Allah knows well the secrets of your hearts {Holy Qur’an, 5:7/84:23).

"And Allah is Ever a Watcher over all things." [Holy Qur’an, 33:52].
Knows he not that Allah does see? {Holy Qur’an, 96:14}

"And He {Allah} is with you wherever you may be." [Holy Qur’an, 57:4]

…Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what you do. (Holy Qur’an, Surah al Hashr :18)

…Not a leaf does fall but with His knowledge: there is not a grain in the darkness (or depths) of the earth, nor anything fresh or dry (green or withered), but is (inscribed) in a record clear (to those who can read). {Holy Qur’an, 6:59}

They may hide (Their crimes) from men, but they cannot hide (Them) from Allah, seeing that He is in their midst when they plot by night, in words that He cannot approve: And Allah Does compass round all that they do. {Holy Qur’an, 4:108}

"So, by your Lord (O Muhammad) We shall certainly call all of them to account for all that they used to do." (Holy Qur’an, Surah al Hijr: 92-93)

It was We Who created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him: for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein. {Holy Qur’an, 50:16}.

Behold, two (guardian angels) appointed to learn (his doings) learn (and noted them), one sitting on the right and one on the left. They know (and understand) all that you do. {Holy Qur’an, 50:17/82:12}

Not a word does he utter but there is a sentinel by him, ready (to note it) {Holy Qur’an, 50:18}.

And the stupor of death will bring Truth (before his eyes): "This was the thing which you were trying to escape!" {Holy Qur’an, 50:19}.

And verily, We shall recount their whole story with knowledge, for We were never absent (at any time or place). {Holy Qur’an, 7:7}

We shall set up scales of justice for the Day of Judgment, so that not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least, and if there be (no more than) the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it (to account): and enough are We to take account. {Holy Qur’an, 21:47}.

And he who does an atom’s weight of good will see it. And he who does an atom’s weight of evil will see it. Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy,- they will attain salvation: But those whose balance is light, will be those who have lost their souls, in Hell will they abide. {Holy Qur’an, 99:7-8 /23:102-103}

"Then as for him who will be given his Record in his right hand will say: `Take, read my Record!”’ (Holy Qur’an, 69:19).

So those on the Right Hand (i.e., those who will be given their Records in their right hands) how (fortunate) will those be on the Right Hand! (As a respect for them, because they will enter Jannah). And those on the Left Hand (i.e., those who will be given their Record in their left hands) how (unfortunate) will those be on the Left Hand! (As a disgrace for them, because they will enter Hell).” (Holy Qur’an, 56:8-9)

Whoever acts righteously, whether male or female, and is a believer, We will surely give him life with a good life, and We will surely give them their reward in accordance with the best of what they used to do… (Holy Qur’an, 16:97)

As for whoever exceeded the limits and preferred the life of this world, surely his abode will be the Fire; and as for whoever feared to stand before his Lord and restrained the desires of his self, surely his abode will be the Garden. {Holy Qur’an, 79:39-40)
What can Allah gain by your punishment, if you are grateful and you believe? Nay, it is Allah that recognises (all good), and knows all things. {Holy Qur’an, 4:147}

“Oh you who believe! Enter into Islam fully and whole-heartedly and follow not the footsteps of Satan, for he is to you an avowed enemy,” (Holy Qur’an, 2:208)

Satan makes them promises, and creates in them false desires; but satan’s promises are nothing but deception. {Holy Qur’an, 4:120}
Verily Satan is an enemy to you: so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his adherents, that they may become Companions of the Blazing Fire. {Holy Qur’an, 35:6}

(Their allies deceived them), like the Evil One, when he says to man, "Deny Allah: but when (man) denies Allah, (the Evil One) says, "I am free of you: I do fear Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!" {Holy Qur’an, 59:16}

O you Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you, in the same manner as He got your parents {Adam & Eve} out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to expose their shame: for he and his tribe watch you from a position where you cannot see them: We made the evil ones friends (only) to those without faith. {Holy Qur’an, 7:27}

If a suggestion from Satan assail your (mind), seek refuge with Allah. for He hears and knows (all things). {Holy Qur’an, 7:200}


Tips for Muslim Youth

Why should you, a young Muslim, be helping to bring your friends closer to Allah?

After all, you’ve got your own struggles to deal with: trying to explain why you pray to hostile teachers, Hijab discrimination, standing up in class when the professor attacks Islam, dealing with parents who think you’ve gone nuts because you’re growing a beard, or all the other difficulties faced by a number of practicing Muslim youth?

Islam was never meant to be an individualistic faith, reserved for the "chosen few". Muslims have a duty to spread the Deen, and practicing Muslim youth, whether beginners, activists or leaders have a crucial role to play.

"Allah has put them in a position that perhaps no one else is in," notes Sheema Khan, former Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) advisor for eastern Canada. "They have the means to communicate with their peers, they have an understanding of what they’re going through plus they have the guidance of Islam."

Who is your childhood friend, who would rather spend Fridays at MacDonald’s than the Masjid, or your classmate who is Muslim in name and only knows that "Muslims don’t eat pork" going to listen to: the nice Imam of the Masjid who would freak out if he saw the way they were dressed and talked or you who may have grown up with them, joked with them, or see them everyday in school?

The answer is obvious: you.

Don’t panic. Here are some tips and advice which can help from other Muslims, many of whom have been there and done that:

Tip #1: Make your intention sincere

All work we do should ideally be for the sake of Allah. That includes the task of bringing someone closer to Allah. That of course means this should not be connected to arrogance, thinking you’re the teacher and everyone else should be lucky you’ve embarked on a crusade to save them. Guidance is from Allah. Make Dua and make sincere efforts and remember Allah can also misguide you if He wills (we seek refuge in Allah from that).

Tip #2: Practice what you preach

Not practicing what you preach is wrong and you will lose the confidence of anyone, young or old, once they figure you out. Don’t do it.

Tip #3: Use the Qur’an and Seerah (biography of the Prophet) as Dawa guides

Read and understand those chapters of the Qur’an which talk about how the Prophets presented the message of Islam to their people. Read the Seerah (for some good Seerah books) to see especially how the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) brought Islam to so many different people, including young people.

As well, talk to Dawa workers, and check out books that have been written on introducing dawa to non Muslims

Tip #4: Talk to people as if you really don’t know them

Don’t assume you know someone just by looking at them. You don’t know that the Muslim girl in your homeroom who walks through the school’s hallways as if they were fashion show catwalks is not someone you can talk to about Allah because she looks like a snob. Or that the Muslim guy who you’ve never seen at Jumah at your university is a "bad Muslim". Maybe he was never really taught Islam and has no idea what importance Friday prayers have in Islam, especially for Muslim men.

Tip #5: Smile

Did you know the Prophet was big on smiling? But many "practicing" Muslims seem to have "their faces on upside down" as one speaker once said-frowning and serious.

Smiling, being polite and kind are all part of the manners of the Prophet, which we must exercise in our daily lives. If we want to approach others with Islam, we have to make ourselves approachable. Smiling is key to this.

But note that being approachable does not mean being flirtations with the other gender. There are Islamic rules for how men and women should deal with each other which have to be respected. Dawa is no excuse to have long and private conversations and meetings with the other sex, for example. Set up a system where someone expressing an interest in Islam is referred to someone of the same sex.

Tip #6: Take the initiative and hang out with them

Take the first step and invite someone you may have spoken to a couple of times to sit at lunch together, to check out a hockey game or invite them over for Iftar in Ramadan. Also, share difficulties, sorrows and frustrations. Help with homework, be a shoulder to cry on when depression hits, or just plain listen when your friend is upset, discuss common problems and KEEP THEIR SECRETS. There are few things as annoying as a snitch and backstabber. But an important note: if the problem is of a serious nature, (i.e. your friend is thinking of committing suicide or is taking drugs), notify and consult an adult immediately.

Tip #7: Show them Islam is relevant today, right here, right now

Young people may think Islam is too "old fashioned" and not in tune with the modern age. Prove this wrong. Show how Islam is really about relating to Allah, which any human being can do, anywhere, anytime. Allah is always closer to you than your jugular vein and He hears and knows everything. Encourage friends to ask Allah’s help during tests, exams, and in dealing with problems at home with parents and siblings. Also point out how Islam relates to teenagers: Islam gives you focus and an understanding of who you are and where you are going, which most of "teen culture" does not.

Tip #8: Get them involved in volunteer work with you

If you are already involved in the community, get your friend to help out. Ask them to make a flyer for one of your youth group’s events or brainstorm for ideas about activities to hold this school year. This involvement makes them feel part of the Muslim community and deepens your friendship, since you are now working together on something beneficial for both of you. Make sure you thank them for their contribution.

Tip #9: Ask them 4 fundamental questions

As your friendship develops, you will notice the topics you discuss may become more serious. You may be discussing, for instance, future goals and plans. Khan recommends four questions to ask that can steer the topic to Allah and Islam:

a. Where am I going in life and what would make me really happy deep down inside?
b. What do I believe?
c. Who should I be grateful to?
d. Did I get to where I am today without the help of anyone?

Tip #10: Emphasize praying five times a day before any other aspect of Islam

A person’s main connection with Allah, on a daily basis, is through the prayer five times a day. Don’t emphasize any other aspect of Islam until your friend starts making a real effort to pray five times a day. Emphasize the direct connection one has with Allah in prayer. If they are facing a problem, tell them to pray, and to ask Allah for help in Salah and outside this time. When possible, make it a point to pray together during your "hang out time". If your friend begins to pray, that is the first step to other aspects of Islam like giving up swearing, treating parents with respect or dressing Islamically.

Tip# 11: Help instil confidence in adults

Adults, like Bart Simpson’s dad Homer, are considered bumbling idiots in the eyes of "teen culture". Your job as a young Muslim is to help turn the tables on this false and unIslamic belief. All you have to do is this: when a Muslim adult does something good (i.e. saving someone’s life, donating money to a worthy cause, the Imam gives a good speech, taking good care of his/her family) bring it up in the course of your conversations with your friend and praise the adult in question. Doing this regularly may not only change your friend’s perspective, but could lead to them seeing their own parents in a more respectful way.

Tip #12: Support them even when they become more practicing

Remember, just because a person starts practicing Islam more regularly, this does not mean everything will be okay from this point onwards. There will still be hard times, difficulties. There may be times when your friend may have doubts about his or her newfound practice of Islam. Be there to reassure them.