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The Elephant January 30, 2009

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Elephant

Yesterday my brother started making a poster for a Quran competition. He was searching the web for a good, non-cliche picture and searched “Quran” on Flickr. This was the first picture that came up. An elephant kneeling and listening to a boy reciting Quran. I loved it! I’m not sure if it’s altered or not, but it looks awesome 🙂

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this picture was Surah Fil. Can you imagine the desert people of Mecca running for their lives from Abraha, to the mountains of Mecca, leaving the Kaaba seemingly unprotected. Now imagine GIANT elephants; creatures you have never seen in your life marching towards your town; towards the sacred Kaaba. Then, right when the Kaaba is about to be destroyed, this giant creature of Allah disobeys his human master to obey his Ultimate Master.

There is no obedience to the creation, when their is disobedience to the Creator. I guess this even applies in animal’s lives.

Overall, a really nice picture.

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Snow January 28, 2009

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It’s been snowing and sleeting here since yesterday. I think this is the first “real” snowfall for this area. Schools were closed and everyone’s been working from home. Of course universities were open, but some professors canceled classes anyway, Alhumdulilla 🙂 Even though winter isn’t my favorite season and snow isn’t fun to clean up, it makes for some beautiful pictures, even from the indoors 😀

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What Others Say About Prophet Muhammad(saw) January 26, 2009

One of my friends had these pictures posted on her Facebook with quotes about Prophet Muhammad(saw) from notable historic figures. I find it interesting that these people say such honorable things about the Prophet (saw) and Islam , but refused to accept Islam. I guess it’s similar to how Abu Talib (the Prophet’s (saw) uncle) never became Muslim. AllahuAlam.

The font’s a little hard to read, but I’m sure everyone can manage 🙂

 

Trip to Texas January 20, 2009

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WOW this post is looooong overdue! SubhanAllah, we’ve been back from Texas for like a month! I started writing this post like a day after I got back, and have been so lack about finishing it! I was having trouble with uploading the photo album, but it’s working now Alhumdulilla!!

Over winter break my family was blessed with the opportunity to attend Texas Dawah Convention. This was our first visit to the convention and to Houston. How many miles are between the DC area and Houston, TX? According to Google Map we covered 1, 391 miles, which was ideally supposed to take 21 hours and 22 mins. Our trip was longer than that, but Alhumdulilla it was a good experience 🙂

It took us two days to drive, so we stopped over in Birmingham, AL. Alhumdulilla, while in Alabama, we got to attend Fajr at the Hoover Crescent Islamic Center. The masjid was converted from a church and Mash’Allah a nice facility. The Qir’aat was amazing and the whole feel of the Masjid was blessed. While praying I couldn’t help but think about how far Islam has spread around the world.

We also got to visit a masjid in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on our second day of driving. The Islamic Center of Hattiesburg was not as glamorous as the last masjid by any means.But Subhan’Allah, just knowing that Muslims were here, worshiping Allah,was really amazing. It’s hard to describe in words.

We arrived in Houston two days before the convention for “sightseeing.” I put that in quotes because our concept of sightseeing is a little different. We didn’t go the Gulf of Mexico, the NASA Space Center or the San Jacinto Monument.(In fact I’m not sure if those are tourist “hotspots,” I’m guessing) Instead we went “masjid hopping,” Alhumdulilla 🙂 The term “masjid hopping” refers to the act of going around to different masjids just for the heck of seeing masajids and Muslim communities 🙂

The first masjid we saw in Houston was the Adel Road Masjid, or Masjid Bilal. (AKA “Adil” Road Masjid to the local aunties) It was undergoing renovation, but Mash’Allah another magnificently built mosque. We went in and Alhumdulilla we hear children reviewing the Quran 🙂

Other masjids we visited included Masjid Hamza and Masjid El-Farouq. My brothers and dad also got a chance to visit the Stafford Masjid.

Both masjids were amazing! Masjid Hamza had been damaged by Hurricane Ike and was getting re-carpeted. There was a halaqa going on upstairs in Arabic.

Masjid El-Farouq made you feel like you had stepped into an Arab country. Mash’Allah I’ve never seen such a magnificent masjid in America. It was landscaped beautifully and was probably the cleanest masjid I’ve ever seen. The Qiraat there made your heart melt and it gave you an eman rush 🙂 It was right next door to Dar us-Salaam bookstore, which we also visited 🙂 I got a nice abaya from there 😀

We got to downtown a day before the convention started and got to visit the Islamic Dawah Center. I think it was nice to have a masjid right in downtown, Mash’Allah. The guy who worked there said it functioned more like a non-profit organization, instead of a masjid. So it wasn’t open for daily salah, it closed at like 5. It was converted from an old bank and one of the main proponents of the masjid was Hakeem Olajuwon, the retired basketball player. The vault in the basement had Islamic artifacts, definitely not the typical masjid.

The convention was in the George R. Brown Convention Center. Alhumdulilla, the convention was awesome. It was different than other conventions I have been to, because there was more of a focus on attending the lectures. The bazaar was definitely smaller than other major conventions. This was a good reason for people to go listen to the lectures, instead of loitering in the bazaar.

We got a chance to hear lots of speakers including Yasir Qadhi, Abdulbary Yahya, Ibrahim Dremali, Yaser Birjas, Nouman Ali Khan and Waleed Basyouni.

One of my favorite lectures would have to be Sh. Ibrahim Dremali’s. His topic was called “My Ummah, My Ummah.” He talked about how the Prophet (s) loved this ummah, and was worried about us getting into Jannah. He was so concerned for us and cared so deeply for us, it’s sad to see the Muslims throw Islam behind their backs and still claim to love the Prophet (s). It was a moving lecture; you had to be there. By the end of the lecture the whole auditorium had tears rolling down their eyes. In fact, he himself started crying while delivering the speech.

One thing which was unique from other conventions was the “Chai Chat.” This was a night session where Sh. Yasir Qadhi and Sh. Yaser Birjas discussed the meat issue. “The meet on meat.” It was good, and both Shaykhs gave alternative view points, mainly about eating chicken. However at the end, very few people ended up changing their minds about the meat they eat 🙂 On a side note, both shaykhs happend to wear the exact same shalwar khameez and that happened to be unplanned!

Another thing which was unique about this convention was the talent show. The winners were four cute kids who were really good at rapping! I didn’t catch the words the main “rapper” was saying, because it was waaaaay too fast. But Mash’Allah they were cute and invited back to perform the next day during the night show. Also during the talent show, someone accepted Islam, Alhumdulilla. He had left his family’s Christmas dinner to come to the convention center and take his Shahada, according to Sh. Yasir Qadhi 🙂

Alhumduilla, it was a fun trip and I definitely miss the weather a lot! 😦 Hope everyone likes the pics! 🙂

 

Revert Story January 12, 2009

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I love hearing stories about how people become Muslim. Whenever you see someone embracing Islam in person, it brings tears to your eyes. Tears of happiness of course :’) and tears of sadness. Sadness is only because you are reminded of how precious this deen is and how the Muslims are asleep. How you yourself are in dire need of improvement, how people around the world are SEARCHING for this deen which we have been blessed with.

One of the best stories I’ve heard from a revert would have to be Br. AbuBakr’s from Australia. His story literally sends chills down your spin and Subhan’Allah leaves you speechless. It also reminds us of our weak relationship with the Quran. Honestly, I wish I understood it more than just the English translation. Going to Bayyinah Institute for 10 days makes you feel like you don’t know this Book. I wish that the Quran would impact the Muslim Ummah the same as it impacts revert daily worldwide.

I’ve known about this video for a while now, and love hearing it over and over again! 🙂 Hope it inspires you and leaves you in awe.

 

“Free, Free Palestine!” January 11, 2009

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This is one of the things hundreds of people chanted as they walked down the streets of Washington, DC. A protest march was held today in DC starting at the White House (Lafayette Park) to the Hay Adams Hotel (where Barack Obama is staying). Cars were honking horns, police were silently monitoring and pedestrians were watching in awe as thousands of people marched down the streets of DC. Local news reports said that 10,000 people attended. This was the LARGEST march I’ve ever seen in my life! I met people from as far away as Michigan and heard that there were people from Florida as well! I hope my pictures give a good idea of the enormity of the march, although I doubt it. Some pictures are from the front of the protest while others are from the middle, taking pictures of both sides.

The protest march was sponsored by different organization including a few Muslim organizations: MAS (Muslim American Society), CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), American Muslim Task Force and American Muslims for Palestine. The best sign I saw had to be MAS’s main banner in the front: ” O you who believe, stand up for justice!” Sadly I missed getting a picture of it 😦

I hope it sent a message to the people in Washington that the world is watching. We want to know what actions the government will take to help alleviate the condition of the innocent Palestinians being slaughtered overseas.

Miss the protesting? Don’t worry, there’s still plenty you can do for the people of Gaza. First, remember them in your du’a. Remember, Allah’s help is indeed near. Also, donate generously to legit organizations. Attend an online seminar and fundraiser by AlMaghrib, partnered with Islamic Relief to help raise funds on Tuesday January 13 at 7:15 PM (EST) www.ilminar.com

May Allah alleviate the condition of the Muslims being oppressed all over the world. May Allah help them to hold on to His Rope and never lose hope. May Allah strengthen their eman and give them patience during this test. Ameen, Ya Rabbal Alameen.

 

Facts about War in Gaza January 5, 2009

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Please read the links to Muslim Matters that gives actual facts about the situation in Gaza and what happend.

The Facts about Israel’s War on Gaza

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