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EID FEATURE: Youth Club’s Celebrations

This Eid ul Fitr 2017, Youth Club Blog decided to catch up with the Presidents of Youth Club’s various chapters to know what is the significance of Eid in their lives…

1. Best Eid Moment?

Raja Zia ul Haq, CEO YC: Driving back from the masjid with my whole family, talking about how amazing the khutbah was and looking forward to a great breakfast that’s waiting at home, Alhamdulillah. We recall how every day of Ramadan we stopped ourselves from eating because of the command of Allah; and today we eat because of the command of Allah.

Fiza Khan, President (female wing) YCI: Meeting everyone right after Eid Salah. It’s like a sudden shift into another mode and world, all smiles and happiness…

Mohammad Ali, President YCL:  Coming back from the mosque and meeting the family, hugging them, eating with them. It gives so much energy.

Asma Inayat, President (female wing) YCL: For me, it’s the Eid prayer. The whole family makes an effort to get ready early morning and go to Eidgaah (prayer place). I look forward to that time two to three days before Eid.

Ishaq bin Sadiq, President YCK: Praying Eid Salah, which gives the sense of brotherhood and unity… Standing feet to feet… Shoulder to shoulder…

2. Favourite Eid Dish?

Raja Zia ul Haq: For me, it has always been the classic “Channa Chat” with imli sauce!

Fiza Khan: Channa chaat! That I eat every time I serve the guests. By the time it’s lunch hour, there’s no space for anything else!

Mohammad Ali: Sheer khurma

Ishaq bin Sadiq: Kabab Paratha, probably…

3. Any Funny Incident Related to Eid?

Raja Zia ul Haq: I remember a crazy story from Eid ul Adha once, where our bakras somehow got loose and my cook and other helpers were running after them all over the place. The scene reached its climax when one of my siblings, who was fleeing for their life (being terrified of goats obviously) came inside the house, only to have one of the bakras follow them in. Seeing so many people, the bakra panicked, jumped up on the coffee table and made quite a big mess of things. The reaction of my family members was priceless!

Fiza Khan: All those times I slept with my mehndi-fied hand under my face and had a pretty print on my face the next day..

Mohammad Ali: My cousin and I used to set out on a mission to gather Eidi from all the relatives. We used to go to every single relative, close or distant, greet them and sit and wait for Eidi. It used to be a funny and awkward situation..

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 4. How Do You Make Your Eid Special?

Raja Zia ul Haq: We get lots of gifts for everyone. Since we don’t celebrate any other days throughout the year, we make a massive campaign-style effort for Eid. This includes setting up camp in the living room at night where we all laugh, play, share stories and even sleep; my kids love this experience… We even decorate the living room with streamers, banners and buntings just to add a bit more flavour!

Fiza Khan: Being a girl, that question is already answered, no? 🙂

Mohammad Ali: By meeting people who have felt neglected.

Asma Inayat: Being Lahori, I think it’s the food that makes the Eid special 😀
Preparations start a day or two before Eid. My family is a desi food lover so nihari, halwa puri, biryani, chicken dishes are the things on my mind when I jot down my things to do list for Eid..

Ishaq bin Sadiq: By meeting my brothers in Islam and having breakfast with them.

5. How can Eid be made enjoyable for poor people?

Raja Zia ul Haq: We should make it a point to visit those less fortunate than us during the Eid holidays. Whether it is an orphanage or an old people’s home or a village environment etc. We encourage our kids to handover presents to the orphans with their own hands so that they can feel for these children, who are spending their Eid without their families.

Fiza Khan: There’s so much of happiness to share. Starting off by giving monetary gifts to including them in your smiles and moments; honouring them by serving them what you serve other guests. Especially​ before Eid, getting them bangles, mehndi, arranging barber trips for the young boys etc.

Mohammad Ali: We should give them charity before Eid and distribute gifts. We can start from helping those near us like our maids, servants, driver, guard, society guard, etc.

Asma Inayat: Our tiny little empathetic acts create a big difference by the end of the day. Even if there’s just one poor person whom we can help out with food in Ramadan and provide him with Eid clothes, it will have an immense impact over the society at large. Along with the food and clothing, if we take out time to share Islamic knowledge with him, we can help him with not only dunya but his aakhirah too..

Ishaq bin Sadiq:  By visiting them and giving them gifts, organizing a party for street boys of your area.

6. What Special Thing Do You Do for Your Family over Eid? 

Fiza Khan:  I like to make some Eid treats for whoever I can…

Mohammad Ali: Take them to meet other family members. That’s special in this age of social media.

Ishaq bin Sadiq: I give Eidi 😉


Do YOU have any Eid stories to share with us? Do tell us in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 30: The Waning Dusk (series)

Chapter 30: The Waning Dusk (series)

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It’s the time that’s killing us.

I (swear) by the Time, Man is in a state of loss indeed, Except those who believed and did righteous deeds, and exhorted each other to follow truth, and exhorted each other to observe patience. (103:1-3)

There can be no fitting ending to this series than Surah Al-Asr, the summary of the entire Quran. I started off with a post that made a reference to it and I will converge everything here too. It’s a whole comprehensive chapter in itself and according to Imam Shafa’i, it can substitute for the whole Quran and suffice everyone. There can be no greater lesson to be picked from Ramadan. That if nothing else, we have learnt how quickly time flies by. And that tiny tinge of regret, that state of loss that it leaves us with– it’s going to be amplified when life leaves us for real. And with each passing day we are heading towards the end of our timeline. Not a day goes by when you aren’t getting closer to death, or your friends aren’t nearing their ends; some faster than others. Now that you know what loss feels like, don’t let another day pass by without making the most of it.

Allah starts with swearing by Time that is running out to make a point that we are drowning in a state of loss. But that’s not it. Allah did not just swear by time. He used all the emphasis in the second verse to make the thunderous statement. And He made the emphasis thrice! Now you don’t normally do that– unless you’re mad or Shakespeare (as Sh. Abu Abdissalam puts it). So if there’s one thing you’ve got to get out of Surah Al-Asr– it’s respect for time.

And those who believe and doing righteous deeds are the only ones not losing out. The word Saalihaat implies a handful of good deeds. Not a lot. And we can’t even do a lot after Ramadan. So Allah is not asking for much either. Except a few good deeds and a constant show of support to encourage people on the track and pulling in back those who are losing track. Find good company to check up on you and do something productive with the free time slots you’ve got.

Nothing damages faith more than free time. It’s when you decide to watch a film, play video games and go on a heedless spree. Keep yourself busy with things. Either study something interesting, memorize portions of the Quran, learn new skills or find a job. Just don’t be idle. Time is all you’ve got now. As Hasan Al-Basri had said, “Son of Adam is but a number of days…”

Chapter 29: The Waning Dusk (series)

Chapter 29: The Waning Dusk (series)

Tahajjud

Myth: Keeping Qiyam-ul-Layl for Ramadan only

Last iftar of Ramadan 2014 was one of those moments when you wanted time to stop. Watch read 7:20 pm and you wanted the world to stay still, just for a moment. The seconds ticked by and you squeezed in all of your duas in that frame, both stupid and meaningful and whatever came to your head. And when you heard the call for azan go up, there was some odd finality in the cry like fates being sealed, barakah being lifted and the heavens being restored to their natural order. It does feel off when you break your last fast. Like you’re holding on to last magical moments and they are being gently pried apart from your fists. Gone is a sad word.

But nothing is supposed to change. Ramadan was here to make you accustomed to long qiyaam and to put you on constant vigilance of your actions all day long. Those habits are to stay. I found these verses to be the most beautiful when it comes to establishing prayer in the closing of the night. Though it was obligatory upon the Prophet (pbuh) to perform them daily, tahajjud prayers are the next best thing after our five fard and they are a special fragment from the spell of Ramadan too that you can hold on to, in a way that Allah Himself descends down in the last quarter of every night to give you all that you ask for–

Stand at night (for prayer) except a little –Half of it, or make it a little less, Or make it a little more; and recite the Qur’an clearly with tartil (in a distinct and measured tone). We are going to send down to you a weighty discourse. Truly, rising by night (for prayer of tahajjud ) is the most effective way to subdue (one’s base self) and to make speech more upright. Surely, in daytime, you have a lengthy work to do. And remember the name of your Lord, and devote yourself to Him with exclusive devotion. (73:2-8)

So it’s not just in Ramadan that you get special attention. The blessings continue if you seek them out. Now that our routine will shift back to what it used to be before, there’s all the more reason to integrate qiyam-ul-layl in our lives. As the verses suggest, they help us be upright, and are a source of barakah in our work and time during the day. “Hectic” routine will feel a shade lighter, you’ll find yourself adept at multitasking and most importantly, your conduct throughout the day would be better. Before the habit slips away, set your alarms, call it a day and sleep early so you manage to seize the night!

My Ramadan Diary: Those People Again!

My Ramadan Diary: Those People Again!

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By Umm Ibrahim

Ramadan has ended. Eid is here. Eid Mubarak! May Allah accept from us and you all!

Allah is the Greatest. There is no God but Him. And to Him belongs all Praise and Gratitude.

Many of us have been privileged to go through the entire Quran this month either on our own, in Taraweeh, or in a halaqah. When one reaches the end of the Quran, one is forced to think over the fact that the last Surah that Allah places in the Quran is an-Naas (Mankind). The last word of the Surah, and hence the Quran, is also an-Naas.

After you’ve gone through the entire Quran, with its perfect wisdom in its halal and haram, laws and stories, promises and threats, Allah reminds us at the end how vulnerable we remain to the whispers of those who whisper evil thoughts in our hearts. We are reminded that we desperately need to seek Allah’s protection from the devils from among the jinns and the humans (an-Naas).

The devils that had been chained have now been released. And yes, there are definitely devil’s agents from among the people, even among our own families and friends, those who detract us even after we have clearly seen the truth and decided to follow it. Their weapon is often words. And words hurt.

Consider some of these statements. Have they ever been hurled at you or uttered about you?

Are you trying to make fun of us?
You’ve fallen in plain error. This is absolutely wrong
You’re so foolish
You are just a liar. Allah doesn’t want us to do this.
Why don’t you just leave the city? After all, you’re so pure and holy
You’re going to be an outcast in society if you don’t return to our lifestyle.
This is all hocus-pocus and magic
You’re a loser if you follow these maulvis
Whatever proof you bring to us, we will never believe in you.
This is outdated stuff. It’s not for these times.
Your so-called religion has deceived you
That’s the way it’s always done in our family. Do you want to turn us away from it now?
You only want to be Mr. High-and-Mighty or Ms. Goody-Two-Shoes.
There is no evidence. You just forged it
Is your prayer teaching you to do all this?
Oh ya, you’re the only one with a brain?

All the above and much more was said to the Messengers. There is little or no chance that the people will say something hurtful to you that was not already said to the Messengers.

The Prophets were ridiculed and mocked by mobs. They were called misguided fools, big liars, magicians, soothsayers, and madmen. They were threatened that they would be given a painful punishment, stoned to death or exiled from the land. It didn’t stop at words. They were actually pelted with stones and thrown in pits of fire. Yet, it only made them stronger. It did not decrease them in their honour and prestige.

In comparison to all this, what the people will say to you is just child’s play.

Even then know that Allah knows it hurts.

“We do indeed know how thy heart is distressed at what they say.
But celebrate the praises of your Master, and be of those who prostrate themselves.
And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (death).” (Surah al-Hijr: 97-99)

See, He knows it hurts. He teaches you how to cope too.
And among the descriptions of the Jannah that He promises you, He often mentions this blessing to you:

Wherein they will hear no unsuitable speech. (Surah al-Ghashiya: 11)

Once again: Eid Mubarak! May Allah accept from us and you all!

Allah is the Greatest. There is no God but Him. And to Him belongs all Praise and Gratitude!

The Barbecue Pit

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Bismillah.

I was standing by the barbecue pit, staring at the juicy tikkas (pieces of meat) and the glowing coals. As the fat from the skewers dripped on the coals, the flames roared and rose higher. At that moment, the fire looked angry and scary, crackling more brightly with each fat dripping. A strange visualization came to me for a fleeting instant and my mind envisioned those pieces of fat as human skin. The more it burned, the more the fire blazed…

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No, I’m not crazy to be thinking of such vampirish thoughts right on Eid day, the day of joy and celebration. It is something that we’re never supposed to be heedless of yet tend to forget, and so Allah reminds by such scenes. Harsh though it may sound, but such an end might be awaiting us forever and ever.

Allah says in the Quran,
“Indeed, those who disbelieve in Our verses – We will drive them into a Fire. Every time their skins are roasted through We will replace them with other skins so they may taste the punishment. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted in Might and Wise”. [An-Nisa 56]

Right below the human skin is the layer of fat. Just like any oil or fat of this world, maybe that is what will ignite the fire of Hell. As Allah says, “…  then fear the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers.” [Al-Baqarah 24]

The question then is, am I living my life such that I’m offering myself as fuel for that Big Fire? Do I disbelieve in His verses and commands? Do I disobey Him? Do I become heedless of Him on occasions of festivity? Or do I repent and turn to Him every moment?  What have I learned this Eid?

Wassalam.

P.S. Here’s an interesting story that relates to this post.

Sacrifice, Sacrifice- Why bother?

Sacrifice, Sacrifice- Why bother?

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Did you hear-?

With the hundreds of popular ‘styles’ doing their rounds amongst us, be it in dress or living, the one quickly going out of fashion from our circles is the Sunnah style. We were to love him, Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam, more than our family and sons, yet today we hardly know him…

I can vividly remember how it started last year. ’Eid ul-Adha was approaching, dividing people into three clear groups like always. The best of them know what the festival brings with it; however the other two are unaware of its demands upon us. It was to be so that I learnt of the latter from a very close standpoint.

Firstly, there are those who take animal sacrifice in its physical sense to epic proportions, however low they may be falling on the sincerity scale. They do not allow themselves to think of their pocket, nor do they consider other fard obligations that they are responsible for, before Allah asks them if they fulfilled the sunnah of animal sacrifice. The second group however, consists of the unfortunate who find this act unnecessary in and of itself. These are two miserable extremes.

It was October 2008, and northern Pakistan suffered a massive quake. When Zulhijjah came around, a friend suggested that we should be giving away this money to stabilise our brothers and sisters in plight; come next year, we can celebrate ‘Eid along with them. In view of the emergency situation in the country, the idea did have its merit. (Many scholars have declared the sacrifice to be a Sunnah Muakkadah (confirmed Sunnah), and not Fard (obligatory).)

Another year passed, and it was ‘Eid ul-Adha again. The same person was now found to declare, “This time I had to sacrifice because Mum was too insistent, but I have decided and my (older) sister too; next year onwards we’re going to just give away this money in charity…it is a Sunnah for us anyway”.

Do you realize what is wrong with the latter scenario? We have put the spirit of the act away in the dark recesses of our mind, never to be accessed again -let it rot there until we can find better things to replace it with. Allah’s sole purpose that we do sacrifice was not so we can help the needy eat meat. It is but a secondary aim, something which will come naturally to us insha Allah, if only we were to understand the primary purpose – that of laying down our lives for His sakes if need be; that of doing away with what we love for the greater Love, His; that of remembering the submission of Ibrahim AS and Isma’el AS to Allah’s will. Ibrahim AS was ready to give away his only son, and an obedient and excellent son at that, in Allah’s way, without a second glance! He was ready to do the deed himself – do we understand even an iota of the kind of submission and love that it entails?? Allah says in the Quran:

فَلَمَّا بَلَــغَ مَعَهُ السَّعْيَ قَالَ يٰبُنَيَّ اِنِّىْٓ اَرٰى فِي الْمَنَامِ اَنِّىْٓ اَذْبَحُكَ فَانْظُرْ مَاذَا تَرٰى ۭ قَالَ يٰٓاَبَتِ افْعَلْ مَا تُــؤْمَرُ ۡ سَتَجِدُنِيْٓ اِنْ شَاۗءَ اللّٰهُ مِنَ الصّٰبِرِيْنَ    ١٠٢؁

And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.” He said, “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast.” (As-Saffaat: 102)

Soon after, Allah further elevates the status of Ibrahim AS: Indeed, he was of Our believing servants. (As-Saffaat: 111), and gives him glad tidings of a righteous son.

Considering the other extreme (that of exaggerated and ostentatious sacrifices), never does Allah promise that you exceed beyond measure in show and He shall relieve us of our obligations. The rights of Allah, and those of His creation- we are to fulfil both. He explains it beautifully in His Book:

لَنْ يَّنَالَ اللّٰهَ لُحُوْمُهَا وَلَا دِمَاۗؤُهَا وَلٰكِنْ يَّنَالُهُ التَّقْوٰي مِنْكُمْ  ۭ كَذٰلِكَ سَخَّرَهَا لَكُمْ لِتُكَبِّرُوا اللّٰهَ عَلٰي مَا هَدٰىكُمْ  ۭ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُحْسِنِيْنَ  37؀

Their meat will not reach Allah , nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and give good tidings to the doers of good. (Al-Hajj: 37)

Piety or taqwa (God-consciousness) – can it ever allow man to forget about his blood relatives in need, a brother who requires financial help etc.? Let us pray for guidance that we may be able to perform the rites of worship with sincerity and hope, and that we may grow in love and submission to Him.

Ramadan Dip

By Nasser Ijaz Moghal

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There was this guy in a wheel chair who wanted to make a statement that even people in wheel chairs are capable. So he decided to enter into a marathon. He noticed something very interesting about the race that he was running. He noticed that there were many people at the beginning of the race and many people at the end of the race but all throughout the middle he was by himself. The only people present in the middle of the race are the participants. It has been my personal observation that the same wheel chair marathon happens in Ramadan. As soon as the moon is sighted people get all excited about Ramadan and flock to the Masjid and at the end particularly the 27th people come flocking back to the Masjid but somewhere in the middle of Ramadan people drop off. The ratio that I have devised for this is 5:2:4 ratio. Meaning there will be 5 rows in the Masjid at the beginning of Ramadan, 2 in the middle and 4 at the end. This phenomenon is the Ramadan Dip.

Now Ramadan is a training camp in which people can boost their Imaan at record levels and survive the rest of the coming year. It is essential that we find a way to overcome this Ramadan dip.

On the night before Ramadan I went to get a haircut. As my hair was being trimmed I thought wait this is a Dawah opportunity. So I started a conversation:

“What’s your name bhai?”

“Afaaq”

“Afaaq?”

“Yes,  Afaaq.”

“Afaaq bhai.  So…..what do you plan to do for this Ramadan?”

In a totally casual manner he answered

“Well…..keep fasts, pray 5 time Salaat in the Masjid but I will miss the Taraweeh prayer because of the job but no biggie. That’s all”

SubhanaAllah. He has something planned but then again we should be doing all these even if it weren’t Ramadan. What about Quran? Any plans for Quran? No! What about feeding people or sitting for Aitekaaf? No.

You know when your exams are near, some students quit their time wasters like watching series, net surfing, etc and really open the books and study. Then when they are done with the exams  tranquility and sweetness descends upon them and they truly feel freedom from all the hard work .Then again they are some to whom it doesn’t matter exams or no exams they are going to do whatever they want and so they don’t truly feel the sweetness of being free after exams. Such is the case with Ramadan those who work hard and take maximum benefit from Ramadan will truly enjoy Eid while those who were sleeping in Ramdan they will be sleeping on Eid too.

Have big intentions. Make a connection with Quran, ponder over its meaning, and memorize some Surahs. Go and feed people. I don’t mean have Iftaar parties. I mean take some good food to the Masjid and hand it out to people. Remember Ramadan is a month of feeding not eating. Don’t be fooled by all what you see on billboards; FAST and FEAST (McDonald’s Ramadan theme).

The only purpose of fasting is that you may adopt Taqwah. “What is Taqwah?” you may ask. Well…..look at it this way. Imagine there is a mouse and it comes out of its hole but as soon as it hears something in the distance it immediately scurries back into its hole. Then once again it comes out looking for food and again it runs back into the hole on hearing the slightest sound.  See? The Mouse is afraid and very cautious. Similarly the word Taqwah comes from the root letters Waqiya which means to take a shield and so Taqwah means to protect yourself from the punishment of Allah by following His commands and refraining from all those actions that bring about his wrath and displeasure. Some people do a lot of good in Ramadan but they don’t stop doing evil. Wallaahi this is not Taqwah. Both, committing of good and restraining yourself from evil is Taqwah.

I remember my most memorable Ramadan was not the one in which I went to the finest dining places for Iftaar or slept throughout the day but rather the one in which I read the Quran everyday understood it and when the Imaam recited the Quran in Taraweeh prayer it felt as if the Ayaat of Allah were being revealed on my heart.

How are you going to make this Ramadan memorable? So that at the end when it’s Eid you are like

“LOOK AT ME NOW! I MADE IT! I HAVE TAQWAH! ALLAH HU AKBAR”

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Arabic Vocabulary used:

Imaan: Faith

Wallaahi: By Allah (I swear by God)

Eid: Muslim festival celebrated at the end of Ramadan

Iftaar: Breaking of fast (includes variety of traditional meals)

Taraweeh: Optional prayer that Muslims offer at night in congregation

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