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Ramadan Challenge: Facebook to Dawah-book

By Zahra Nayyer

Imagine hearing a “ping” on your mobile, it’s a reminder that your favourite event is round the corner. It brings a smile to your face and your heart skips a beat. Now imagine if that same “ping” sound signalled a reminder that the Day of Judgement is near or that you have been slacking off in your prayer. How would you feel?  Is that even possible you may ask and my answer is: yes!

Our Facebook profiles are customized to receive different notifications and our newsfeed shows us what we want to see. We may be keen to share our milestones and important events in our lives but not keen on sharing reminders that can benefit us and those around us. We don’t want to cause discomfort by talking about grim things like, life of the hereafter and the grave. But what if your reminders are the very wake-up call someone needs to change their ways and become better Muslims? Would we still shy away from sharing such vital information?

Let’s first get one thing straight, what is our motivation towards sharing reminders about our Deen? Who or what are we calling people towards?

Say (O Muhammad ﷺ): This is my way; I invite unto Allaah (i.e. to the Oneness of Allaah — Islamic Monotheism) with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me (also must invite others to Allaah, i.e. to the Oneness of Allaah — Islamic Monotheism with sure knowledge). And Glorified and Exalted be Allaah (above all that they associate as partners with Him). And I am not of the Mushrikoon (polytheists, pagans, idolaters and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah; those who worship others along with Allaah or set up rivals or partners to Allaah)” [Yoosuf 12:108] 

It’s good to remind ourselves why we need to develop the habit of reminding others about this beautiful religion Allah has blessed us with, which at times can be a daunting task due to which we shy away from reminding, and the verse above does just that in a powerful way.

 I have realized that Facebook is indeed a powerful tool. One that can destroy lives with endless hours of scrolling, “liking” posts and commenting on photos. Or it can be used to spread the message of Allah and reviving sunnahs that have long been lost under the cloud of innovations and traditions.

There really is no end to what you can share; quotes from the Quran and sunnah in the form of scenic images and beautiful text, reminders to attend upcoming events in your city and short videos about various topics related to Islam etc.  You don’t need to be a scholar to share Islamic information because the Prophet ﷺ told us; “Convey from me even if it is one ayah (verse)” (Bukhari)

Calling towards Islam is really the most noble of actions a person can do, it is reviving the legacy of the Prophets and the great scholars of our time. It is a huge blessing and honour for us that now we can share a wealth of information from the comfort of our homes when in the past this same knowledge used to take days and many months to reach people in different parts of the world!

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While sharing information, be sure to keep the etiquette in mind to make this process beneficial for you and those reading your posts:

Cite the Source

Don’t share everything you read and that “sounds nice” rather always aim to share authentic information that is backed up by references from the Quran and sunnah.

Forget the “Likes”

Don’t check for the number of likes on your posts for it could be that pretty soon your intention changes from pleasing Allah to pleasing people and all the reward is then lost.

Keep out of Facebook Battles

People may not always like what you post , in case this happens remind yourself that the Prophets too faced much criticism but they didn’t take it personally and tried to cater to the people’s mindsets in a humble and polite way and we too should aim to do the same and avoid arguments.

Keep Learning and Sharing

As you aim to share more reminders through your Facebook profile and other social networking sites, make sure that you make time to improve on your own knowledge about Islam whether it’s through regular classes or reading books. Whenever you learn something or are yourself reminded of something, share it on your page or profile. It will not only help you retain the knowledge but also be a source of guidance for others and you never know just who might benefit. So keep sharing because the reminder benefits the believer!

 

Chapter 28: The Waning Dusk (series)

Chapter 28: The Waning Dusk (series)

haramMyth: Let the “Haraam” game begin

O Prophet, why do you ban (on your self) something that Allah has made lawful for you, seeking to please your wives? And Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful. (66:1)

Though the story behind this verse is different, the gist is the same– declaring something haraam upon yourself when it might not be. People, in particular Facebook users, have a lot of time on their hands. There’s some sort of “this-brand-is-haraam campaign” going on over Facebook, usually flaunted by low-res, shoddily photoshopped images of widely-consumed products telling people to freeze chewing candies midway.

Breathe.

Before you are compelled by your moral obligation to hit ‘Share’ just because the picture has haraam written on it– stop. Just pause for a moment and do your own research. It does not befit an educated Muslim to fuel a rumor mill without verifying sensitive information before spreading panic and mass hysteria all over the place. It is the position of the scholars and relevant organisations to give their stamp of approval or disapproval. Run your info through them. When you are done with your background check, list your sources and cite your references if indeed something is haraam and not in common knowledge. Make your information easily verifiable and authentic with sound proofs instead of a hybrid between spam and baseless E-911 jargon.

That said, happy sharing. Stuff could be halal or haraam for all we know. But on principle– verify it before freaking out.

My Ramadan Diary: What’s the time?

My Ramadan Diary: What’s the time?

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By Umm Ibrahim

Every year, Ramadan is either 696 hours or 720 hours. From the first Maghrib of the month to the last, that’s all it is. That’s all each one of us gets after waiting for a year. The real resource we have is time. Whatever good we can earn in this month, we have to earn in these limited hours.

Allah says about Ramadan:

Ayyamam Ma’doodaat– “A fixed number of days”

With our routines changing drastically in Ramadan, time management can become a problem for many people. Here are a few simple, tried and tested ways you can benefit from:

1- Make a timetable for yourself, where every hour of the day is accounted for. Don’t just drift in and out of the days and nights.

2- Take advantage of the hours after Fajr. Don’t sleep immediately after Fajr. Make abundant zikr and dua’, and read the Quran. If you feel sleepy, take a quick shower or go for a walk until your body becomes tuned to this routine.

“O Allah, bless my ummah in the mornings.’ [Abu Dawood, Al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah]

3- Take full advantage of other blessed times such as the hours before Iftar and Suhoor time, when duas are accepted. Make sure your heart is connected strongly to Allah during this time, even if your body has to be busy with eating and serving food.

4- Keep remembering Allah throughout the day, even while you are doing your chores or working in the kitchen. Whenever you forget, bring your focus back towards him. Allah says in the Quran:

“..And remember your Lord when you forget..” (Surah al-Kahf: 24)

5- Identify and leave off the time-wasters that are not benefiting you such as TV, long and pointless phone calls etc. Ramadan is the best time to kick them out of your life.

6- Regulate your Social Media usage. Be strict with yourself in this matter. There can be no doubt that this is Time-Waster and Distracter # 1 for today’s youth. Just fix an hour of the day where you are connected online, and you can relax as well as sift through all mails, updates, messages and other important matters. For some people, this might prove to be a tougher test than leaving off food and drink! But, sometimes to connect to Allah, you need to disconnect from the trivial and mundane.

7- Don’t ignore snippets of time. Little drops make an ocean. Even if you get 5 minutes to spare, you can easily read a page of the Quran or any beneficial book in it. Keep your Mushaf with you and stay in a state of wudu as much as possible. You can use your travelling time to listen to Quranic recitation or any beneficial audio series

8- When you feel lazy, remind yourself of the virtues of Ramadan, and remind yourself how little of it is left, and make the Prophetic dua’:

“O Allah! I seek refuge in You from sorrow and distress, and I seek refuge in You from disability and laziness.”

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“Best Post of the Week” Competition | Facebook

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So just to spice things up a bit, there’s a little competition that we’ll be having on our groups every week inshaAllah: “Best Post of the Week“.

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Anyone can participate. Separate groups for brothers and sisters (links below).
  2. Each Friday, we’ll announce the theme (in the form of a hash-tag) on which you’ll have to write. You’ll be given a week to write something creative on it and post on the respective group with the hash-tag.
  3. Winners of “Best Post of the Week” will be announced on Friday as well. One from the brothers’ side, and one from the sisters’ side. The decision would be made based on the number of likes and/or Jury’s decision (which would include the YC senior writers). Jury’s criteria: relevance, creativity and authenticity.
  4. Winners’ posts will be shared on our Facebook page and Blog with their names inshaAllah.

P.S. Remember that the competition is to encourage everyone to share good things, not to get likes or a title. Keep the intentions pure inshaAllah!

JOIN OUR GROUPS TO PARTICIPATE AND TO STAY UPDATED!

Brothers’ group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/388485707847380/
Sisters’ group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/384575858239392/

THEME FOR WEEK ONE WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 INSHAALLAH!

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