A pray from a lonely traveler


 Oh dear God
Wash my hands
So as to cleanse the filth they contain
Let me feast and be sustained by your bounty
Cause my eyes to take pleasure in your pleasure

Let my lonely walks
Challenge me to think of you

The human condition causes me to rot and decay
But with every despair it is to you I pray:
Dear lord forgive me of my sins

Capture me with the light of your deen
Cause me not to worry about this passing world
Focus my heart on remembrance of you
Cause me not to cry over the losses of this world
Help me to be happy in your pleasure
Help me to disdain sin in every measure

When I looked at the moon last night
I knew I understood
You were with me
Guiding me my Lord

Walking through the streets like a loner
On concrete roads
I never felt your presence more sincerely


"Don't grieve for Allah is with us"

Narrated Al Bara bin Azib (ra)

Abu Bakr (ra) came to my father who was at home and purchased a saddle from him. He said to 'Azib (ra). "Tell your son to carry it with me." So I carried it with him and my father followed us so as to take the price (of the saddle). My father said, "O Abu Bakr! Tell me what happened to you on your night journey with Allah's Apostle (Muhammad peace be upon him) (during Migration)." He said, "Yes, we travelled the whole night and also the next day till midday,when nobody could be seen on the way ( because of the severe heat) .

Then there appeared a long rock having shade beneath it, and the sunshine had not come to it yet. So we dismounted there and I levelled a place and covered it with an animal hide or dry grass for the Prophet to sleep on (for a while). I then said, 'Sleep, O Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him), and I will guard you.' So he slept and I went out to guard him. Suddenly I saw a shepherd coming with his sheep to that rock with the same intention we had when we came to it. I asked (him). 'To whom do you belong, O boy?' He replied, 'I belong to a man from Medina or Mecca.' I said, 'Do your sheep have milk?' He said, 'Yes.' I said, 'Will you milk for us?' He said, 'Yes.' He caught hold of a sheep and I asked him to clean its teat from dust, hairs and dirt. (The sub-narrator said that he saw Al-Bara' striking one of his hands with the other, demonstrating how the shepherd removed the dust.) The shepherd milked a little milk in a wooden container and I had a leather container which I carried for the Prophet (peace be upon him)to drink and perform the ablution from.

I went to the Prophet, hating to wake him up, but when I reached there, the Prophet (peace be upon him) had already awakened; so I poured water over the middle part of the milk container, till the milk was cold. Then I said, 'Drink, O Allah's Apostle!' He drank till I was pleased.

Then he asked, 'Has the time for our departure come?' I said, 'Yes.' So we departed after midday. Suraqa bin Malik followed us and I said, 'We have been discovered, O Allah's Apostle!' He said, Don't grieve for Allah is with us.' The Prophet (peace be upon him) invoked evil on him (i.e. Suraqa) and so the legs of his horse sank into the earth up to its belly. (The subnarrator, Zuhair is not sure whether Abu Bakr (ra) said, "(It sank) into solid earth.") Suraqa said, 'I see that you have invoked evil on me. Please invoke good on me, and by Allah, I will cause those who are seeking after you to return.' The Prophet invoked good on him and he was saved. Then, whenever he met somebody on the way, he would say, 'I have looked for him here in vain.' So he caused whomever he met to return. Thus Suraqa fulfilled his promise."

Sahih Al-Bukhari 4.812

They seek to extinguish the Light of Allah with their mouths , but Allah will perfect His Light...

They seek to extinguish the Light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His Light, much as the unbelievers may dislike it. It is He Who has sent His Rasool with the guidance and the religion of truth so that he may proclaim it over all religions, much as the Mushrikin (idolaters) may dislike it. O believers! Should I tell you of a bargain that will save you from a painful punishment? It is to believe in Allah and His Rasool and strive your utmost in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your persons. That is best for you, if you but knew it. He will forgive you your sins and admit you to gardens beneath which rivers flow, and will lodge you in beautiful mansions in the gardens of Eden, which will be a supreme achievement. And yet another blessing which you love: help from Allah and a speedy victory. So O Prophet, give this good news to the believers. O believers! Be the helpers of Allah, just as Isa (Jesus) the son of Maryam said to his disciples: "Who will be my helper in the cause of Allah?" And the disciples responded: "We will be your helpers in the cause of Allah." Then a group from the children of Israel believed in him (Isa) and another group disbelieved. We aided the believers against their enemies, so they became victorious. The Holy Quran , Surah: 61 Verses : 8-14


Athkaar of the Morning&Evening

assalamu alaikum,

Athkaar for morning and evening:

اللهم بك أصبحنا، و بك أمسينا، و بك نحيا، و بك نموت، و إليك النشور

Allaahumma bika ‘asbahnaa, wa bika ‘amsaynaa, wa bika nahyaa, wa bika namootu wa ‘ilaykan-nushoor

O Allah by you we enter the morning and by You we enter the evening, by you we live and by you we die and to you is the final return.

[u][b]When you say this in the evening then you should say:

اللهم بك أمسينا و بك أصبحنا و بك نحيا، و بك نموت، و إليك المصير

Allaahumma bika ‘amsaynaa, wa bika ‘asbahnaa wa bika nahyaa, wa bika namootu wa ‘ilaykal-maseer

O Allah by you we enter the evening and by You we enter the morning by you we live and by you we die and to you is our fate.

At-Tirmithi 5/466 and see Sahih At-Tirmithi 3/142

It is reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said: Whoever says this four times four times in the morning or in the evening, Allah will spare him from the fire of Hell.

اللهم إنى أصبحت أشهدك وأشهد حمله عرشك، وملائكتك وجميع خلقك، أنك أنت الله لا إله إلا أنت وحدك لا شريك لك، وأن محمداً عبدك ورسولك

Allaahumma ‘inee ‘asbahtu ‘ush-hiduka wa ‘ush-hidu hamalata ‘arshika, wa malaa’ikataka wa jamee’a khalqika, ‘annaka ‘anta Allahu laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa ‘anta wahdaka laa shareeka laka, wa ‘anna Muhamadan ‘abduka wa rasooluka.

Oh Allah I have entered a new morning calling upon you and upon the bearers of your throne , upon your angels and upon all your creation to bear witness that surely you are Allah, there is no one worthy of worship but you alone, You have no partners and that Mohamed is your slave and your messenger.

Note: If you say this in the evening then you should say اللهم إنى أمسيت (Allahumma ‘innee ‘amsaytu…, Oh Allah I have ended another day…..)

reference:Abu Dawud 4/317

اللّهُـمَّ ما أَصْبَـَحَ بي مِـنْ نِعْـمَةٍ أَو بِأَحَـدٍ مِـنْ خَلْـقِك ، فَمِـنْكَ وَحْـدَكَ لا شريكَ لَـك ، فَلَـكَ الْحَمْـدُ وَلَـكَ الشُّكْـر .

Allahumma ma asbaha bee min ni'matin, aw bi-ahadin min khalqika, faminka wahdaka la shareeka laka, falakal hamdu wa lakash shukru.

reference:Abu Dawood 4/138 , Ibn Hibban no2361.Its chain of narration is good (Hassan)
اللّهُـمَّ عافِـني في بَدَنـي ، اللّهُـمَّ عافِـني في سَمْـعي ، اللّهُـمَّ عافِـني في بَصَـري ، لا إلهَ إلاّ أَنْـتَ
اللّهُـمَّ إِنّـي أَعـوذُبِكَ مِنَ الْكُـفر ، وَالفَـقْر ، وَأَعـوذُبِكَ مِنْ عَذابِ القَـبْر ، لا إلهَ إلاّ أَنْـتَ

Allahumma 'aafini fee badani, Allahumma 'aafini fee sam'i, Allahumma 'aafini fee basari, la ilaha illa Anta.
Allahumma inni a'udhu bika minal kufri, walfaqri, wa a'udhu bika min 'adhaabil qabri, la ilaha illa Anta .

Oh Allah, preserve for me my health. Oh Allah, preserve for me my hearing. Oh Allah, preserve for me my sight. There is no God but You. Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You from disbelief and poverty and I seek refuge

(Say it three times in Arabic )

Please note : in the evening, say ''Allahumma ma amsa bee min... and the rest of the dua' ''

‘O Allah, what blessing I or any of Your creation have risen upon, is from You alone, without partner, so for You is all praise and unto You all thanks.’

reference: Abu Dawud 4/324 ; Ahmad 5/42, An-Nasa'i 'Amal Al-Yaum wal-Lailah (n0 22), Ibn As Sunni (n0 69), Al Bukhari Al-Adab Al-Mufrad. Its chain of transmission is good (Hasan). Ibn Baz, p.26

These athkaar can also be found in Hisnul Muslim http://www.islamhouse.com/p/39062

To Listen to The MorningAndEvening Athkaar(which are really recommended) recited by Mishary al Afasy go here:

Morning Athkaar




Evening Athkaar





Praisest thee

Oh dear God
My love to thee who is the merciful and kind indeed
Fair and mighty he judge us by deed
Not my color does he care
Or the texture of my hair
It is not the shoes I wear
Nor the language which I speak
For he judge me by my deed

He created one man so long ago
And taught him the knowledge from himself
Bow to Adam so he said
But the Jinn stood tall and proud
And before his lord refused to bow
The Jinn was ungrateful arrogantly so
And fell from grace
To be abhorred

But quietly not he left he promised to make mischief in the land
And behind our ears he whispers thought
But never take our hand in action
We make the choice to follow true
Or fall to lies and pay our due

The righteous shall do whats right
The wrong shall be punished with great might
They well ask for second chance
But will be granted nothing of the sort

The prophets came to them indeed
So why not follow them in heed
To love thy lord what makes you not
Is it that you just forgot

The blessing are abundant so
The food we eat the plants we grow
The children we have
The friends we love
His glory be in what we know

The little things both good and bad
Show you all you need to know
To give you chance
To repent your soul

Frolic upon beauty so bright
But only if thee do what right
Though the pressure great and strong
T'was what call them to stray away

Darkest nights
And brightest sun
All create by the one
The grass that grows
The trees that shade
Should cause man to stop and think

Not one could cause a plant to grow
Though the think they causest so
But if it be that you are
Then try to give the blind man sight

Or try to stop a human death
Or try to go right when he command you left
Control the time with your hand
Make food grow upon destitute land

Then ye know the truth indeed
Understand the will of God
None is better then our lord
He is better to be adored

Upon my rest
I'll think of thee
The one you save me from my self
The one who strengthens me with health
You rest me down to sleep
And bring me live from the dead

Please lord bless me one more night
To forbid what's wrong
And do what's right
So I be among heaven sent
And not among the burning dead

Let's Read How Our Creator Introduces Himself.

" 95. Verily it is Allah who causes the seed-grain and fruit-stone (like date-stone) to split and sprout. He brings forth the living from the dead, and it is He Who brings forth the dead from the living. Such is Allah, then how are you deluded away from the truth ?

96. He causes the dawn to break. He has appointed the night for resting, and the sun and the moon for reckoning. Such is the measuring of the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing.

97. It He Who has set the stars for you, So that you may guide your course with their help through the darkness of the land and the sea. We have (indeed) explained in detail Our Ayat (Proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, Revelations etc.) for people who know.

98. It is He Who has created you from a single person (Adam), and has given you a place of residing (on the earth or in your mother's wombs) and a place of storage (in the earth or in graves)
Indeed, We have explained in detail Our revelations (this Quran) for people who understand.

99. It is He Who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it We bring forth green stalks, from wich We bring forth clustered grain. And out of the date-palm and its spathe come forth clusters and dates hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily ! in these things there are signs for those who believe.

100. And they make the jinn associates with Allah, while He created them (the jinn), and they attribute falsely without knowledge sons and daughers to Him. Be He Glorified and Exalted above all that (evil) they attribute to Him.

101. He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. How can He have childrens when He has no wife?

He created all things and He is the All-Knower of everything.

102. Such is Allah your Lord! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshiped but He), the Creator of all things.

So worship Him (Alone), and He is the Wakil (Trustee, Disposer of affairs, Guardian) over all things

103. No vision can grasp Him, but He grasps all vision, He is Al-Latif (the most Subtle and Courteous), Well-Aquainted with all things.

Verily, Proofs have come to you from your Lord, So whoever sees, will do so for (the good of) his ownself, and whoever blinds himself, will do so to his own harm, and I (Muhammad peace be upon him) am not a watcher over you.

105. Thus We explain variously the verses so that they (the disbelievers) may say : "You have studied" (the books of the people of the scripture and brought this Quran from that).

And that We may make the matter clear for the people who have knowledge.

106. Follow what has been revealed to you (O Muhammad peace be upon Him) from your Lord, La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshiped but He) and turn aside from the polythiests.

The Holy Quran
Chaptor #06 Al-Anaam
Verses 95 To 106

Who is Muhammad (PBUH)?

Who is Muhammad (PBUH)?

By: Laura Cosse'

Who is Muhammad (PBUH)?

Muhammad (peace be upon him) is, without a doubt, the most controversial figure in world history.  No other personality throughout time has conjured up such overpowering emotion from the masses.  On the Muslim side he is absolutely the most venerated and beloved man ever, a mercy sent to the entire world from God and the final prophet to all of mankind.  The western view, however, has been anything but philanthropic.  Rather, there has been a continuous “smear campaign” raged against this man from the very onset of the revelations and throughout the Middle Ages, perhaps most notably in the times of the Crusades.  Accusations abound, some saying he copied the Bible, some saying he had hallucinations in the throws of an epileptic fit, and still others claiming that he was receiving false revelations from Satan himself.

So who was this man who today has more than 1.6 billion followers?  Who was this man that Michael Hart named as the “most influential person in history” in his 1978 book, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History?   What is it about him that continues to inspire so many people today in the west and afar, causing Islam to be the fastest growing religion in the world?  Why is Muhammad the most common name in the world today?

Of course the answer is too broad to attempt in this short article, but perhaps we can have a brief introduction to this great prophet of God.  His name was Muhammad ibn Abd Allah ibn Abd al-Muttalib, which means Muhammad (PBUH) the son of Abd Allah the son of Abd al-Muttalib.  He was born into the tribe of Quraysh and the family of Banu Hashim in Mecca around 570 CE, to a family standard that could be described as “upper middle class.”  His father died before he was born and his mother died when he was around six years old.  The young orphan was then sent to live with his paternal grandfather, Abd al-Muttalib.  When he was just eight years old, his grandfather also died and Muhammad (PBUH) was cared for by his uncle, Abu Talib, who continued to support and protect him for the next 40 years.  

Mecca was a thriving commercial center and the home of the Ka’aba which is believed to have been built by Abraham and his son Ishmael.  Even in that era of pre-Islam the Ka’aba was a holy site of pilgrimage for all of Arabia, but at that time it was filled with idols that were thought to be intermediaries between the worshipper and Allah.  In pre-Islamic Arabia Allah was recognized as the Supreme Being, but the paganism and idolatry had corrupted the true religion that was originally brought to the Arabs by Ishmael.

It is known that Muhammad (PBUH) never partook in idol worshipping and was greatly disturbed by it.  He was known to retreat for weeks at a time to a cave where he would pray to God alone and ask for guidance.  At some point in his late teens he began to accompany his uncle to Syria with the trading caravans, giving him the knowledge to become a successful merchant.  Among the people of Mecca he was nicknamed “Al-Amin” which means “The Trustworthy” due to his honesty and integrity displayed in every aspect of his life.  This reputation attracted a 40 year old widow named Khadija who proposed marriage to Muhammad (PBUH) while he was in his mid twenties.  They were happily married for more than twenty years and had 6 children together, however his sons died in their early childhood.

So, Muhammad (PBUH) was well-loved and respected by his family and friends before the revelations of the Qur’an began.  The most famous incident in his life before Islam was his arbitration between four major clans in Mecca that were near taking up arms against each other.  There had been a flash flood that destroyed part of the Ka’aba and each of the four major tribes were helping to rebuild the holy structure.  The last stone to be placed was the black stone of the corner and each of the tribes wanted the honor of putting the stone back in its place.  They decided that the next person who walked through the doors of the mosque would decide which tribe would have the honor of replacing the black stone.  When they saw Muhammad (PBUH) walk in they were overjoyed, for here came Al-Amin, and they were confident he would find a just solution.  Muhammad’s solution was to place the black stone on a cloak and have one member of each of the four clans hold a corner to lift it up, and Muhammad (PBUH) himself put the stone in place.  Everyone was happy with this solution and fighting was averted.

Not lost

Dear Lord,
I'd thought I'd forgotten you
But you pulled me back
You pulled me back
Dear lord,
I'd thought you' forgotten me
I was blinded
By worldly deities
Dear Lord,
I thought I was angry with you
But you treated me with love
Dear Lord I cursed the rain, and the struggles, and the heartaches of life
But you showed me mercy
You showed me compassion
Dear Lord,
I'd forgotten the little things
Which where not little at all
I turned my face from you
I'd given up on you
I thought I could make it through
But I was a liar
And I found out all to soon
That their was no good that could come without you
Oh Shaitan, how he called himself my friend?
Oh my whims and desires that begged me to go off
Without a care in the world I strayed
But this world laughed at me
Laughed at me!
They call me in only to laugh at me
Made me their slave only to laugh at me
And still the whispers stayed in my mind
allah ...........allah ...................allah
Until it became louder
Allah ..........Allah .........................Allah
Then it screamed at me
ALLAH ....................ALLAH ......................ALLAH!
Was it you? my conscious? my soul?
I could not bear it
I came running back
Without a care
Leaving possessions behind
I found you once again
And found that you had never lost me
And found that the highest ranking I could ever be
Was to bow my face in the dirt as your slave for eternity


What is the Qur'an?

Islam 101- What is the Qur'an?

By: Laura Cosse'

Islam 101

What is the Qur’an?

Islam is a misunderstood and often vilified religion here in the west.  One of the most common ways of attacking the religion is by taking quotes from the Qur’an, the primary source of religious knowledge for Muslims, and trying to prove from a single verse that the entire religion is violent or hateful.  Unfortunately, when a person who wants to attack Islam pulls a random verse from the Qur’an as “proof,” they do not take into account the context that the verse was given in, or the verses that come before and after it.  Thus, they are often successful in making a benign verse seem  barbaric and terrifying.

So what exactly is the Qur’an?  Who wrote it?  What does it teach?  These are very common questions and I will attempt to give a brief overview of the Qur’an with the hope of being able to delve into further details at a later date…watch for those articles.

The word Qur’an is an Arabic word that means “recitation” or “something to be recited.”  It is only in its pure form if it is in the Arabic language, any other language is only a translation of the meaning of the Qur’an, but not Qur’an itself.  There is only one version of the Qur’an in the world, every single Qur’an from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia to the United States is exactly the same in the Arabic text, however, different word choices may have been used in the translation of that text.  This is very different than the Bible which has the King James version, the Catholic version which include the Apocrypha, the Revised Standard Version which deletes such important verses as John 3:16 because it is an interpolation that was added hundreds of years after the Bible was written, and so on.  The Qur’an has never had a single letter of the original Arabic changed, so it is still in its pure form, the only religious text in the world that can honestly make that claim.

The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) began to receive the revelations of the Qur’an when he was 40 years old.  Muslims believe that the Qur’an is the literal word of God, as taught to the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by the angel Gabriel, the angel of revelation.  Muslims do not believe that it was written by a man, it is the actual word of God spoken directly to the prophet via Gabriel.  Muhammad (PBUH) was an illiterate man who was not known for poetry or for having read any other religious scriptures.  He was, however, well known for his honesty and truthfulness even before the first revelation was ever received, and was nicknamed “al-Amin” or “The Trustworthy.”  He was always very religious and concerned about the Paganism that ruled Arabia in his time.

During the month of Ramadan in the year 610 CE, Muhammad (PBUH) had retreated to a cave outside of Mecca for meditation and prayer.  It was here that the angel Gabriel first descended from Heaven and delivered the first Qur’anic verses, “Recite! In the name of your Lord who has created (all that exists).”  The prophet later said that it felt as though he were being squeezed very hard so that he could hardly breathe.  The word “Iqra” in Arabic can mean either “read” or “recite.”  Muhammad (PBUH) replied to the angel that he could not read.  The angel squeezed him harder and told him “Iqra!” and the first lines of Qur’an issued forth from the mouth of Muhammad (PBUH).

The Qur’an was revealed over a period of 23 years before it was completed. To fully understand the Qur’an it is important to know Islamic history since many of the verses were given in respect to various situations that the Muslims were faced with at a particular time.  For instance, one of the most often maliciously misquoted verses in the west is from Surat at-Tauba, Ch. 9:10 which says, “Then when the sacred months have passed, then kill the non-Muslims wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush.  But if they repent and perform the prayer and pay charity, then leave their way free.  Verily, Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

If you only read this one verse without taking the context of it, you will think Islam is a barbaric religion which commands Muslims to fight non-Muslims at all times.  But, if you go back to the beginning of the chapter to verse 1, you will see that Allah is talking about fighting the Meccans who unilaterally broke the peace treaty that was in place with the Muslims.  Therefore, because they broke the peace treaty, they will be given four months to travel the land freely and then they should expect that there will be a war with the Muslims.  The next verse is amazing, it continues to say, “And if any of the non-Muslims seek your protection, then grant him protection so that he may hear the Word of Allah, and then escort him to where he can be secure.”

The verse is speaking about war, and a specific war at that.  I believe that the most generous military general in the world today might say that if an enemy soldier in the battle field wants to surrender then let him go, but can you imagine any general today that would actually escort the enemy to safety?  That is very noble indeed.  So, I think you can see by this example how easy it is for someone, who is looking for something to support their negative assumptions, to misquote or quote out of context to prove their point.  And surely this is true for any religious text, and possibly any text at all.

The Qur’an is different than the Bible or Torah when you read it.  Rather than being written in the third person narrative, it is all the literal word of God being revealed directly to the reader.  When you read the Qur’an it feels as though God is speaking directly to you, it is extremely powerful.  It is broken up into “Suras” which is roughly “chapter,” and “Ayas” which is roughly verse.  The word Aya in Arabic actually means “sign”, so the Qur’an is a book of signs for mankind.

Another major difference between the Qur’an and any other book is that it is not arranged in chronological order.  Rather, it is basically arranged with the longer verses in the beginning and the shorter verses in the end, and this is not the order that they were revealed.  Each year in Ramadan the angel Gabriel would have the prophet recite what had been revealed of the Qur’an so far.  The year the prophet died Gabriel had the prophet recite the entire Qur’an twice and in the order that we find it today.


A sign to them is.....

"And a sign to them is the dead earth: We give life to it and bring forth from it grain so that they may eat of it.

And We make therein gardens of palms and grapevines and We make springs to flow forth from it,

That they may eat of the fruit thereof, and their hands did not make it; will they not then be greatful?

Glory be to Him Who created pairs of all things, of what the earth grows, and of their kind and of what they do not know.

A sign to them is the night: We draw forth from it the day, then lo! they are in the dark; and the sun runs onto a term appointed for it; that is the ordinance of the Mighty, the Knowing.

And (as for) for the moon, We have ordained for it stages till it becomes again as an old dry date palm branch.

Neither it is allowable to the sun that it should overtake the moon, nor can the night over strip the day; and all float on in a sphere.

And a sign to them is that we bear their offspring in the laden ship.

And we have created for them like of it, what they will ride on.

And if We please We can drown them, then there shall be no succorer for them, nor shall they be rescued.

But (by) a Mercy from Us and for enjoyment till a time."

Meanings of The Quran, Chapter: Ya Seen, Verses 33-44

O people of the Book! Let us get together.....

There came the time when angels said: "O Mary! Surely Allah has exalted you purified you, and preferred you for His service over all the women of the worlds.[42]
O Mary! Be obedient to your Lord, prostrate and bow down in worship with other

O Muhammad, this is the news from the Unseen which We are revealing to you. You were not present with them when priests of the temple cast their pens to decide which of them should be the guardian of Mary; nor were you with
them when they argued about it.

When the angels said "O Mary! Allah gives you the good news with a Word from Him that you will be given a son: his name will be Messiah, Jesus (Jesus Christ) the son of Mary. He will be noble in this world and the Hereafter; and he will be from those who are very close to Allah. [45] He will speak to the people in the cradle and in his old age and he will be among the righteous."[46]
Hearing this, Mary said, "O my Lord! How can I have a son when no man has ever
touched me?" He replied, "Even so, Allah creates however He wants; whenever He decides to do anything, He only says to it, 'Be,' and it is![47]

Allah will teach your son the Book, the Wisdom, the Torah, and the Gospel[48] and send him forth as a Messenger to the Children of Israel with this message: 'I have brought you signs of my appointment from your Lord. I will make for you the likeness of a bird from clay; I will breathe into it and, with Allah’s leave, it will become a living bird. I will heal the blind and the lepers, and raise the dead to life, by Allah's leave.

Furthermore, I will tell you what you have eaten and what you have stored in your houses. Surely these are the signs to convince you if you are believers.[49] I am appointed to confirm that which is before me from the Torah and to make lawful to you some of the things forbidden to you. Now I have brought you the signs from your Lord, therefore fear Allah and obey me.[50]

In fact, Allah is my Lord as well as your Lord, therefore,
worship Him; this is the Right Way.'"[51]

When Jesus found out that they (most of the children of Israel) had no faith, he
asked: "Who will help me in the cause of Allah?" The Disciples replied: "We will help you in the cause of Allah. We believe in Allah. Be our witness that we are


Favors of Allah (God) upon Isa (A.S) (Jesus peace be upon him)

109 On the Day of Resurrection when Allah gathers the Rasools (Messengers) and asks: "What response were you given from your addressees?" They will say: "We have no knowledge, only You have all the knowledge of the unseen."

110 Then Allah will ask: "O Isa (Jesus) son of Maryam  (Mary)! Recall my favor upon you and to your mother, how I strengthened you with the Holy Spirit, so you could speak to the people in cradle and in old age, how I taught you the Book, Wisdom, the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel). How you were able to make the figure of a bird out of a clay, by My permission, how you breathed into it and changed it into a real bird, by My permission. How you could heal the born-blind and the lepers by My permission. How you could bring the dead body back to life by My permission. How I protected you from the violence of the Children of Israel when you came to them with clear signs and the unbelievers among them said: "This is nothing but a clear sorcery." 

111 Remember when I inspired the disciples to have faith in Me and My Rasool (Messenger) and they said: 'We believe and bear witness that we have become Muslims." 
11 How when the disciples asked: "O Isa son of Maryam! Can your Rabb (Lord) send down to us from heaven a table spread with food?" And you said: "Have fear of Allah if you are true believers." 


A watered path

I know two paths that I can take
One is narrow, long and straight
The other is fast and crooked with bumps
Which one should I take?

One will take me across in seconds
Where more disaster waits
The other will take me to a holy and beautiful place
But this path will take me a lifetime to cross
Which one should I take?

One will take me no where in life
Though I may enjoy the ride
The other will cause me great pain and great strife
But will bring me
Great joy in the end
Which one should I take?

On one path is teachings of Quran and Sunnah
On the other lays the lies of the dunya
Which path should I take?

On one path I see scholars crying in remembrance of their Lord
On the other path I see thieves crying
Over a lost grain of salt
Which path should I take?

Oh sweet taste of jennah
Be like my tea
Both calm and comforting to me
Oh my Lord do not forget me
When I am weak and forget thee
Oh my Lord send down angels to be
guardians on to me

Oh my Lord open my eyes
When I am so blind that I can't see
The path that is so obvious for me
Grab me like Gabriel did Ahmed and show me to read

For when the human heart feels the truth
His eyes over flow
With wells of water

And maybe we'll cry so much
That our tears will become like rivers
And make our journey smooth
and easy

Overcoming tests from Allah

Allah, Glory be to Him, says in the Quran: "Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, 'We believe,' and that they will not be tested? We did test those before them, and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false" (Quran, 29: 2-3).

By virtue of being created as human beings, we will be tested. We will be thrown into countless trials, into situations that may arise unpleasant and awkward, and into times of difficulty when it seems as though there is little reason to hope.

Tests will come at us from every direction; events will test the very core of our character and the strength of our beliefs. And these are the tests we cannot afford to fail. And Allah, Glory be to Him, has not left us empty-handed.

Building our knowledge and our characters as Muslims is the only way to overcome the mild to the severe trials we will face every day until we die. He says: "Have you not seen how Allah has given the parable of a beautiful word like a beautiful tree whose roots are firmly established, and whose branches tower in the sky? It gives its fruits at all times by the permission of its Lord, and Allah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember" (Quran, 14: 24-25).

A "beautiful word" in this verse refers to the Islamic statement of belief: la illaha ill Allah (there is no being worthy of worship except Allah). And the verse goes on to refer to a beautiful tree, which illustrates the character of a believer.

According to this verse, a believer is one whose Iman, or faith, is unwavering and firmly established. He or she cannot be swayed from the straight path by the winds of trials, no matter how fierce the storm. Knowing and believing that there is no being worthy of worship except Allah, Glory be to Him, and following His commandments provides a believer with the stability and confidence he or she needs to succeed.


Islamic Poetry

Poems Written by Nuriddeenk (Team Member of The Guiding Friends)

Following Two Poems Are from www.ModernReligion.com :

Poem Shared by Shabnam Ahsan: (Former Team Member of The Guiding Friends)

Stages of Human Creation

[Characteristics of true believers]
1 Indeed successful are those believers 2 who are humble in their Salah (prayers), 3 who avoid vain talk,
4 who are punctual in the payment of Zakah (charity), 5 who guard their private parts. 6 except with their spouses or those who are legally in their possession, for in that case they shall not be blamed 7- however those who seek to go beyond that in lust are the ones who shall be the transgressors 8 - who are true to their trust and covenants, 9 and who are diligent about their Salah (prayers). 10 These are the heirs 11 who will inherit paradise; and live therein forever.

      [Stages of human creation]
12 Indeed We have created man from an essence of clay, 13 then placed him as a drop of semen in a firm resting place, 14 then changed the semen into a leechlike mass, then leechlike mass into a fetus lump, then
fetus lump into bones, then clothed the bones with flesh, and then We brought him forth as quite a different creature from the embryo - so blessed is Allah, the best of all creators. 15 Then after living for a while you shall all die, 16 then most surely you shall be raised to life again on the Day of Resurrection. Allah has made the heavens, vegetation, trees and Animals for the benefit of human beings

17 We have made seven avenues (heavens) above you; and We are never unmindful of Our creation. 18 We send down water from the sky according to a due measure, then We cause it to settle in the soil - you should know that if We please, We can certainly take it away 19 - then with it We cause to grow gardens of palm trees and grapes for you; yielding abundant fruit for you to eat, 20 and also a tree which grows on Mount Sinai which produces oil and relish as a food for those who like to eat it. 21 In cattle, too, there is a lesson for you: from within their bodies We produce milk for you to drink, besides this you gain numerous other benefits; some of them you eat, 22 yet on others as well as on ships you ride.

Sura Al-Muminun, Al-Quran

The Creation and the Purpose of Human Life

1 Alif L'am M'im Suad.
2 This Book is revealed to you; let there be no hesitation in your heart about it so that you may thereby warn the unbelievers and remind the believers.
3 Say: "O people, follow what has been brought down to you from your Rabb (Sustainer) and do not follow other patrons besides Him." Yet little do they take admonition.
4 How many towns have We destroyed for their sins? Our scourge took them all of a sudden at night or while they were taking their afternoon rest,
5 and when our scourge fell upon them, their only cry was: "We have indeed been wrongdoers."
6 On the Day of Judgement We shall question those to whom Rasools (Messengers) were sent and We shall also question the Rasools (Messengers) about Our message and its response.

7 Then We shall tell their whole story as an eye witness for We were never absent at any time or from any place. 8 On that Day, the scale of justice shall be established. Those whose scale of good deeds will be heavy, they are the ones who will attain felicity, 9 and those whose scale is light, they shall find themselves in loss for they had done injustice to Our revelations.

{Story of Adam and Iblees (Shaitan) and Shaitan vowed to mislead Adam and his descendants}

10 We are the One Who established you on earth, and provided you means of your sustenance therein: yet little it is that you pay thanks. 11 Indeed We created you, then We fashioned you, then We asked the angels: "Prostrate yourselves before Adam." They all prostrated accordingly except Iblees (Shaitan) who did not join those who prostrated.

12 Allah said: "What prevented you from prostrating when I commanded you?" He replied: "I am better than he; you created me from fire and him from clay." 13 Allah said: "Get down from here. You have no right to brag here of your superiority. Get out, henceforth you are of the petty ones."

14 Shaitan requested: "Give me respite till the Day of Resurrection." 15 Allah said: "The respite you requested is hereby granted."

16 Shaitan declared: "Since You let me deviate, now I will lie in ambush for mankind on Your Right
Way. 17 I Will come upon them from the front, from the rear, from the right, and from the left, and You will not find most of them to be grateful." 18 Allah said: "Get out from here, you despicable outcast; I will certainly fill hell with you and all of them who follow you."

{Shaitan cunningly seduced Adam and Eve to disobey Allah and Their repentance and Allah's conditional acceptance}
19 Allah said: "O Adam! Dwell with your wife in paradise and eat any fruit you please; but never approach this tree or you shall both become wrongdoers." 20 But Shaitan tempted them so that he might reveal to them the private parts of their bodies which they had never seen before. He told them: "Your Rabb has forbidden you to approach this tree only to prevent you from becoming angels or immortals."

21 And he swore to them both: "I am your sincere adviser." 22 Thus he cunningly seduced them, and when they ate from the tree, their shame became visible to them and they began to cover themselves with the leaves of the garden. Then their Rabb called out to them: "Did I not forbid you to approach that tree, and did not I warn you that Shaitan was your open enemy?" 23 They both replied: "Our Rabb! We have wronged our souls. If You do not forgive us and have mercy on us, we shall certainly be of the losers."

24 Allah said: "Go down, some of you are the enemy of others. The Earth will be your dwelling-place and your means of livelihood for a fixed term." 25 He further said: "Therein you shall live and therein you shall die, and therefrom you shall be raised to life."
{Children of Adam are warned not to fall into the trap of Shaitan like Adam and Allah never commands what is shameful}
26 O children of Adam! We have sent down to you clothing to cover your nakedness and as an adornment, however, the best clothing is the clothing of piety. This is one of Allah's revelations so that the people may learn a lesson. 27 O children of Adam! Let not Shaitan seduce you in the same manner as he seduced your parents out of paradise through stripping them of their clothing in order to expose their nakedness. He and his tribe watch you from where you cannot see them. We have permitted the shaitans to be the guardians over the unbelievers.

Surah Al-Araf  1-27 Al-Quran

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