Posts Tagged ‘Peace’

Do Not Laugh at Others

August 14, 2010

It is not permissible for a believer to laugh at another person because of their ethnicity, name, faith, racial backgrounds, wealth status, … etc. Allay says in the Holy Quran:

O ye who believe! Let not a folk deride a folk who may be better than they (are), not let women (deride) women who may be better than they are; neither defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. Bad is the name of lewdness after faith. And whoso turneth not in repentance, such are evil-doers. (11)

Quran 49:11

Laughing at a person because of their names or ethnicity implies racism. A person who has a tiny bit of arrogance in his heart is not a true believer. Allah says in the Holy Quran:

Turn not thy cheek in scorn toward folk, nor walk with pertness in the land. Lo! Allah loveth not each braggart boaster. (18)

Quran 31:18

Those who insult others because of their color or ethnic backgrounds are insulting the Creator. Such people should be advised to stop, and if they do not you must not be friends with them.

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Fasting of the Tongue

August 13, 2010

Fasting in Ramadan is not only limited to abstaining from food, drinks, and sexual relationships during the day. More important than fasting from food and drinks is to guard one’s tongue.

Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, said:

One who while fasting does not guard his tongue from telling lies and does not refrain from bad deeds, is not respecting his fast. Allah does not approve of mere abstention from food.

When you are fasting, you should not speak ill of anybody, nor should you be rough and noisy. If anybody speaks ill of you or tries to pick a quarrel with you, reply him not, but say to him that you are fasting.

Fasting can make a person rough, but it is a good test to observe the willpower of one’s soul to perfect itself.

Ward Off Evil

August 12, 2010

Fasting helps us not do bad and control our desires.

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

O ye who believe! Devour not usury, doubling and quadrupling (the sum lent). Observe your duty to Allah, that ye may be successful. (130) And ward off (from yourselves) the Fire prepared for disbelievers. (131) And obey Allah and the messenger, that ye may find mercy. (132) And vie one with another for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who ward off (evil); (133) Those who spend (of that which Allah hath given them) in ease and in adversity, those who control their wrath and are forgiving toward mankind; Allah loveth the good; (134) And those who, when they do an evil thing or wrong themselves, remember Allah and implore forgiveness for their sins – Who forgiveth sins save Allah only? – and will not knowingly repeat (the wrong) they did. (135) The reward of such will be forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide for ever – a bountiful reward for workers! (136)

Quran 3:130-136

Perfecting Your Character

August 10, 2010

I like the following Hadith about fasting quoted by ummsqueakster:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)”

And I like what she said:

Remember, dear sisters and brothers, that fasting is more than just abstaining food, drink and sexual relations. It is about perfection of good character. Why should we leave what is lawful for us, and then indulge in the haram? Watch your character and your tongue, lest you get nothing from your fast but hunger and thirst.

So, let us, Muslims and non-Muslims, take this opportunity and try to be good people in Ramadan. Let us purify our souls and taste being a good person in the inside and the outside!

Ramadan Mubarak!

The Greeting of Peace

July 28, 2010

When I arrive at my office I like to greet every person on my way with the greeting of peace: Peace be upon you. I wish them a good day and ask about their health and life. If they needed any sort of help, I promise them that I will assist.

Maybe some of my colleagues have noticed that I greet them even if they arrived late. But, I want them to behave like me, so when they arrive they greet every single person without ignoring any one.

I do not like to be mean, but there are some of my colleagues who come and greet some people and they ignore others. At work, we are like a community. We help each other, we sympathize, we share sweets, and we listen to each other’s concerns. A greeting can do a lot of things. It shows that you are concerned about others and that you have become a member of their group, like a family.

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:

The most miserable and most incompetent of men are those who cannot even pray. And the stingiest of men are those who do not greet others when they see them.

(Tabarani, Abu Hurayrah)

A Smile Makes Happy

July 15, 2010

Do not frown. It is not cute. Do you want to have an ugly face?

If you would like to test it, go ahead and frown really hard in front of a mirror. Stay like this for one minute, two and another minute. What? You got tired? Your face hurts so much? So, you felt the pain of an angry face!

Did you like your face? Did you think that you looked so weird? It was another person, you say? Have you noticed that ugly frown the other you just had? You do not want to show such a scary face in front of others, do you?

You know what, we all smile when we see others happy. When we are happy we smile, even a tiny smile can be felt in the heart. I am sure you have experienced it!

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Charity is prescribed for each descendant of Adam every day the sun rises.” He was then asked: “From what do we give charity every day?” The Prophet answered: “The doors of goodness are many…enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms–all of these are charity prescribed for you.” He also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.”

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98

Come on! Smile! Make others happy.

I Am Free!

July 14, 2010

You ask how? Here is an explanation of freedom as I see it:

I am not forced to get married. In fact, I do not like children and I believe that if I have some babies I will not raise them well to be good children. Simply, I am not interested in having my own family right now. This is one of my freedoms I have been given by my parents. They strongly believe in giving me the right to make my own choices.

The second freedom I am proud of is having the choice of living the way I feel right. I wear a Hijab (a Sheila to be exact), I wear an Abaya, I do not wear make-up (in fact I hate it!), and I help in house chores without being asked to do them, because I love cleanliness. Is not it a great quality? Also trying to be clean in the inside – to possess a clean soul, Amen!

I also am allowed to drive my own car. Also, my parents do not ask me to give them money from my salary. Honestly, I give them some from my salary every month in order to repay them. The love they showered me with all these years simply cannot be priced!

I am happy and glad that I was born a Muslim. Trying to be as good as I can, remembering that the way I live defines my fate and the life of others, feeling joy in living a sin-free life, Islam is truly a savior. I find protection in my family, I find happiness in feeling secured, I enjoy the many friendships I make every day, I feel content by believing in Allah, and I am mostly relieved that we are free from all the lowly false desires of this world.

I just cannot express the sweet satisfaction I am feeling right now in my heart!