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Salaam alaikum World,

Just a small reminder for everyone out there that I am finally going to be back pretty soon, agreed it had been a long absence but a rather eventful one dare I say.  Saw life through a different lens, understood greatly the gravity of Allah’s power over us humans – all just in a matter of few days!

Ending on a wonderful note – An email this morning made my Jummah even more wonderful, Was it due to some wacky December deals ?? Nay! Its the pleasure I felt to learn that MSA at UTSC has rightfully guided Christy (name changed to protect privacy) a Chinese christian back to where she belonged – Islam. Mashallah!

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Blue Mosque in Yerevan – Armenia

Faisal Mosque in Lahore – Pakistan (night)

Fatma Mosque in Kuwait

Great Mosque in Xian – China

Jamie Asr Mosque in Brunei (night)

Masjid Al Nabawi in Madinah – Saudi Arabia

Koutoubia Mosque in Marakesh – Morocco

Kul Sharif Mosque in Kazan – Russia

Larabanga Mosque in Ghana

Mosque in Akhaltsikhe – Georgia

Mosque in Bangladesh

Mosque in Bobo Dioulasso – Burkina Faso

Mosque in Gauteng – South Africa

Mosque in Kazkhstan

Mosque in Kyrgyzstan

Mosque in Matara – Sri Lanka

Mosque in Pattani – Thailand

The Underground Mosque in Malaysia

Wazir Khan’s Mosque in Lahore – Pakistan

Cyrstal Mosque in Kuala Terengganu – Malaysia (night)

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Once again Mahsallah its that time of the year when Muslims all over the globe are bonded together by the unseen thread of deity and worship. Its now in the month of Ramadan that Allah S.W.T’s mercy takes over his anger, the gates of Jannah (Paradise) are widely opened and the gates of Hell are closed; Iblis (Satan) is chained, no more allowed to pester believers with his evil whisperings.

It is believed that when a fasting believer supplicates to Allah S.W.T with pure heart and sheer dedication, his dua will be accepted by Allah S.W.T. Fasting does not just correspond to staying away from food and ill habits; but to gain a self control over oneself which is always encouraged and needed in Islam. As long as a believer fasts, he/she should absorb himself in Zikr of Allah S.W.T, in recitation and remembrance of Allah S.W.T with a humble heart.

Understanding the fact that blessed are we to live through yet an other month of mercy, we should try to gain as much as we can out of it. Seek forgiveness for yourself, as well as for your loved ones; ask for a better life here and in the hereafter; Beg for strength and courage; pray for good health and happiness; call for strong relations build solely on love; ask for pious and humble children; beseech for respect and humbleness and lastly, remember all your Muslim friends in your prayers.

Ramadan Mubarak .. wishing you all a blessed Ramadan !!!

A little something for those interested in knowing more about Ramadan and fasting. Attached is a booklet created by a sister in hopes of reaching more and more Muslims; May Allah bless her for her effort Ameen

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Looking back, Its been two years since I started a new journey altogether – my journey towards Allah slowly but steadily. I still have miles to cover and ample to change, nonetheless pleased with the change of events. Don’t quite remember the first book I laid my hands on, but do remember the ones that truly triggered my hunger and filled me with deep need to search for more. Here’s a list for those who would like to walk down the road to Sakinah (Tranquility)

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usStories of Prophets: One of the topics that always intrigued me was stories of our prophets. Their journey prior as well as after the divine message was sent down to them to lead their Ummah to the truth, Islam; coupled with trials and tribulations imposed on them by people of those times in spite of which they emerged as a winner by the aid and mercy of Allah. As a believer, It is very important that we believe in each and every prophet sent on earth by Allah, but do we consider only believing is enough or do we like to read about their life stories and learn from them is our call to make. For those who fall in the latter criteria, Here’s a little something for you. Having understood that everyone may not be able to buy it, I have searched for an online copy of it to read which click here and for those who would like to own a copy, do so by clicking on the image.

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Tafsir of Quran: This, I believe is a book that must be read by every Believer. Quran is a means through which Allah speaks to His disciples, warning us against the great trails and attractions in this world, the ways of which to protect ourselves from their spell, the great reward that lies with Allah for those who are indeed blessed and patient. Since as kids, we were told to continous recital of Quran; but for people like me (almost) illiterate when comes to Arabic have to rely on books like this to understand each word henceforth said. Once again, can click here to get an online version of this tafseer collection or can click on the image to place an order.

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Sahih Al Bukhari: While surfing the net quite awhile back, I remember reading on a blog about the great number of hadith which were tampered with and are posted on web for people to read in turn defacing their minds and faith with. Listed along with it were ways to identify such fabrication, which although was very helpful but was tedious to remember them all to really spot a difference at first place. The solution ? Trust the authentic collection of Hadith by Sahih Al-Bukhari. This 9 volume set is a collection of almost every hadith, characterized under different chapters touching every posiible topic. Ahadith are a great way to know more about Islam, concerning the topics discussed as well as the ones not-so discussed in Quran, What better than letting it guide our life on the basis of what our beloved prophet S.A.S once commented ??  Click here for the online version and on the image to buy it.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usFortress of The Muslims: A real treasure I believe to be owned by every Muslim. A great complication of daily dua’s in a pocket sized book, ranging from duas to be read on grave and important occassions to the ones to be recited daily the reward of which been so high that no muslim could practically afford to otherwise. Reserched and gathered by scholars from Quran and Sunnah, these duas are the ones suggested and recommended by Prophet S.A.S to his sahabis and Ummah. Here is a copy for those who would like to have a online one and for those who wishes to buy one, please click on the image to do so.

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Much happened this month in my life, an eventful month dareIsay of my life! It was one event that really did catch me off-gaurd and threw me off my comfort level in an instance. This summer I had the fortunate experience of working as a teacher in a summer camp, which provided me with ample experience and a little insight on how schools work here in Toronto; along with a little something I would have managed to exist without !!!

So, It was a friday which translates to an enjoyable all expense paid visit to either of cool places in Toronto. It doesn’t necessarily mean enjoyable to us too, keeping in mind how we literally have to hover around kids guarding and protecting them .. Anyways, I was sitting with a bunch of kids when one my class kids cracked a joke, a joke which did leave me laugh out loud .. And bam! Unknowingly, I seemed to commit a crime against mankind!! 😦

A little girl’s eye started at me, burning through my soul seemed to question something, I dint quite understand what when I decided to ask her and ‘Why did you just laugh’ came her question in a meek little but shrill voice. It took me some minutes to regroup myself and gather up before I asked ‘Why, Dint you just hear a joke?’ ‘Well! Of course I did but why did you laugh?’ Did I hear her right ??!! ‘What’s wrong with me laughing’ I asked ? ‘Teachers aren’t supposed to laugh’ she reported in her angry little voice, with sheer disapproval twined through it. What!!! was all that came to my mind ..’Of course we laugh, we are just humans like you remember?’ I answered, not quite trusting my voice .. She pouted and left me totally baffled and HURT!

This experience left me sad and heart-broken really 😦 , Whatever happened to the little respect that we are worth of ?? I am frankly so pissed and spiteful right now that I find myself questioning my career choice .. !!!

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The basic form of purification for prayer is called Wudu (ablution) which is encouraged to begin with uttering of ‘Bismillah’ (In the name of Allah) followed by Niyat (intention) to purify yourself in the heart.

Step 1: While making the intention for Wudu, pour water on your both palms and wash those up to the wrist and run finger through the fingers, by making sure that no part of hand remains dry.

Step 2: Rinse mouth thoroughly, then inhale water into the nose with your right hand and clean it with your left hand.

Step 3: Wash the face completely, making sure no part of the face remains dry. In length wash from the above part of the forehead to the below of the chin. And in width wash your face from the root of ear to the root of other ears.

Step 4: Wash your right hand including the elbow, again making sure no part of the hand remains dry. Then the same is done with the left hand.

Step 5: Wipe both your wet hands over your head, from front (forehead) to the back (nape of the neck) and from back to the front.

Step 6: Wipe inside of your both ears with your index finger and outside of both ears with your thumb finger.

Step 7: First wash your right foot thoroughly including the ankles and run finger through the fingers of foot with little finger of left hand from above to below, making sure that no part of the foot including the ankles is left dry. Repeat the same with the left foot.

*All actions of Wudu (exceot for wiping of the head and the ears) may be performed 1,2 or 3 times*

Dua after Wudu: Ashhadu ‘an la ‘ilaha ‘illallahu wahdahi la shareeka lahu, wa ‘ashhadu ‘annu Muhammadan abduhu wa rasooluhu. Allahummaj alni minat-tawwabeena waj’alni minal-mutatahhireen. (I testify that there is no diety worthy of worship except Allah alone and that Muhammad S.A.S is his slave and his Messenger. O Allah! Make me among those who repent and make me among those who keep themselves pure)

What nullifies Wudu: 1. Passing wind, urine, excrement

2.Deep sleep

3. Touching private parts without any cover

4. Eating camel’s meat

5. Loss of ones senses due to fainting or madness

All praises are due on Allah, of whom we are just humble servants.

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With ‘Slumdog Millionare’, a movie based on India bagging 12 Oscars, I should have been pretty excited. I don’t say I am not, but surely not as much as an I would have had been otherwise. I brainstormed a lot to figure out the reason and luckily I dint had to look around much. I figured its not the success of this movie that annoys me but not-to-success of the other ones that I believe were far more deserving.

Anyone ever heard ‘Lukka chuppi’ from Rang De Basanti or ‘Yeh jo des hai mera’ from Swades, understands my pain here. You pretty much find slums everywhere in India, Infact you probably wont even need to search for one, for they will be wherever you choose to look at; but what you would also find is deep patriotism running in each India’s heart, the wish to reform its country and take an intiative to help make a better tomorrow. And in what a  beautiful way is such India portrayed in movies like Swades and Rang De Basanti. I haven’t even for once been able to watch either of these movies without crying, Its hard not to when such sincerity and truth is a part of it. Not that I don’t like Solumdog millionare, I love it and mostly the work of A.R.Rahman of creating such beautiful tracks for the movie.

I bet you would cry listening to ‘Yeh jo des hai mera’ track from Swades no matter how many times you must have already heard it. The melodious tune, the heart touching lyrics, the believable plot itself which would melt each Indian’s heart, filling it with remorse, remorse of having leaving it at first place. A person away from home understands the importance of his home, much better than someone living in his own country. If I am to be asked if I would have felt the same attachment as I have towards these movies have I been living in India ?? The answer would be a blunt No !!! I have decided to stay here leaving India, the price for which I pay almost every day. Rang de basanti and Swades have been my favorites ever since, Simply loved their spirit: young people taking initiatives to fight against the hard-to-be-broken yet disgusting laws to make India the India we all would die to see and be a part of.

Would have been estatic to have seen these movies gain worlwide acknowledgment, as the situation applies not only to Indians, but every such soul who is far from his/her home country. Wouldnt you agree ?? *sigh*

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