Inspirational Incident: Homeless Outreach

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Last night, in the freezing cold, this gentleman had no socks on. All we saw were shivering feet. A voluntary took his off and gave them to him.

Quoted from –  As-Suffa Homeless Outreach Facebook Page –  http://goo.gl/xY9dcs

Subhana’Allah !

Insha’Allah the Revive A Sunnah Team are hoping to with your du’as to start a similar project to this in the the NE/Yorkshire region.

Any volunteers who are interested, please WhatsApp +447825986289.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

Allah (mighty and sublime be He) will say on the Day of Resurrection: O son of Adam, I fell ill and you visited Me not.

He will say: O Lord, and how should I visit You when You are the Lord of the worlds?

He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so had fallen ill and you visited him not? Did you not know that had you visited him you would have found Me with him? O son of Adam, I asked you for food and you fed Me not.

He will say: O Lord, and how should I feed You when You are the Lord of the worlds?

He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so asked you for food and you fed him not? Did you not know that had you fed him you would surely have found that (the reward for doing so) with Me? O son of Adam, I asked you to give Me to drink and you gave Me not to drink.

He will say: O Lord, how should I give You to drink when You are the Lord of the worlds?

He will say: My servant So-and-so asked you to give him to drink and you gave him not to drink.

Had you given him to drink you would have surely found that with Me.

[Muslim]

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ:
” إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يَقُولُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ: يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ، مَرِضْتُ فَلَمْ تَعُدْنِي(1) قَالَ: يَا رَبِّ كَيْفَ أَعُودُكَ وَأَنْتَ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ؟ قَالَ: أَمَا عَلِمْتَ أَنَّ عَبْدِي فُلَانًا مَرِضَ فَلَمْ تَعُدْهُ؟ أَمَا عَلِمْتَ أَنَّكَ لَوْ عُدْتَهُ لَوَجَدْتَنِي عِنْدَهُ. يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ: اسْتَطْعَمْتُكَ فَلَمْ تُطْعِمْنِي، قَالَ: يَا رَبِّ وَكَيْفَ أُطْعِمُكَ وَأَنْتَ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ؟ قَالَ: أَمَا عَلِمْتَ أَنَّهُ اسْتَطْعَمَكَ عَبْدِي فُلَانٌ فَلَمْ تُطْعِمْهُ؟ أَمَا عَلِمْتَ أَنَّكَ لَوْ أَطْعَمْتَهُ لَوَجَدْتَ ذَلِكَ عِنْدِي. يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ: اسْتَسْقَيْتُكَ فَلَمْ تَسْقِنِي، قَالَ: يَا رَبِّ كَيْفَ أَسْقِيكَ وَأَنْتَ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ؟ قَالَ اسْتَسْقَاكَ عَبْدِي فُلَانٌ فَلَمْ تَسْقِهِ، أَمَا إِنَّكَ لَوْ سَقَيْتَهُ لَوَجَدْتَ ذَلِكَ عِنْدِي”
رواه مسلم

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The Ummah is Dying !

“The Ummah is dying, what are we doing about it?”

If this question was posed to you, it is probably safe to say that your initial assumption would be to think of Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan or any other war torn Muslim nation. If this was to be the case, your reaction would be a logical one, for it is in those countries and nations that the physical blood of Muslims is being shed.

It would be illogical if, for instance, you were to think automatically of your own children in your home, your neighbours on your street, your Muslim colleagues at work or the shop keeper at your local newsagent.

Similarly, it would be illogical and irrational of me to assert, contrary to physical evidence readily available on the news and via social media, that these lands are currently the safest places to be in the world.

If I was to make this argument, you could refute it by displaying to me pictures of mutilated bodies, burnt carcasses, demolished homes and run down masjids. And I would be forced to concede.

But, what if I was to say that ‘safety’ and ‘security’ are not a roof over one’s head and the absence of tyranny and corruption, but the safety of one’s Iman and an unwavering submission to Allah Will?

What if I was to say that the death of the Ummah is not a physical bleeding, but a spiritual self-mutilation and loss of vitality?

What if I was to point out the mass graves for the spiritually dead that our homes have become, the abandoned masjids and the harm inflicted upon Muslims by Muslims through ill-advised speech and morally corrupt and baseless action – not in Syria, Palestine or Iraq, but in our own country, would you then agree with me that “the Ummah is dying”, here in the UK, and we need to do something about it?

Would you agree with me that the tormented and the oppressed in Palestine and Syria, with their chants of “Allah is sufficient for me and the best of protectors”, are worthy of our envy as well as our grief? Whilst they hold firm to their faith, even in the face of utter destruction and hopelessness, we are bartering our tickets to Paradise for a place in the fast lane.

Every day, Muslim children born and educated in the UK, raised and nurtured to worship and love their Lord, are tearing from their bodies their Muslim identity because for them, to be a Muslim is to carry a burden that is too heavy, to be a Muslim is to be shackled: to be a Muslim is something they are no longer comfortable with.

With each passing day, we move further and further away from the ideals of our faith, we unshackle ourselves from the laws of God and assert our freedom to behave how we want. We have all succumbed to diseases of our own making and those manufactured to weaken and destroy our strength.

Our earning is no longer halal, what we consume is no longer halal, our character and behaviour is no longer halal and it is killing us. The spirituality that is our life’s blood is being drained and with each generation we move closer and closer to self-destruction.

This orphaned Ummah is coming apart at the seams; the family is being torn to pieces.

“What are you doing about it?”

How do you heal a mutilated body and piece together its skeleton? With our hands. With every hand of every Muslim in the UK rising up and feeling the injured body that is the Ummah, examining the pain, the wounds, the broken bones and the charred flesh in order to see what they can do in their individual capacity to bring about a collective healing.

We need to feel those wounds in order to heal the wounds. By recognising that it hurts, where it hurts and why it hurts we can all play a role in the healing process.

In our individual capacities as teachers, parents, students, Imams, scholars, leaders, politicians, journalists, community activists, councillors, lecturers, congregants and campaigners we need to understand what we can do better in our areas of our expertise to bring us back to good health.

How can you work harder to fill up your empty masjid and engage your congregants?

How can you as a parent nurture your child better so they never waver from their faith in Allah?

How can you as a teacher better educate your student so that they are confident, active and ethical members of their communities and confident in their faith identity?

These are the questions that need to be answered if we are to “do” something about our dying Ummah.

Health Benefits of Figs

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Figs are one of six fruits mentioned in the Quran by name. In fact, there’s a whole chapter named after this amazing fruit! Now is the perfect time to eat some fresh figs because they’re in season during late summer and fall.

Health benefits:

     • Figs are very high in fiber, which is good         for multiple reasons, including;
          – Helps regulate the body and relieves constipation
          – Helps with weight loss by making you feel fuller
          – It is soluble fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol

     • Boosts the antioxidants in the body

     • High in flavanoids, which may prevent colon cancer

     • A good source of magnesium and potassium, and may help control blood pressure

     • Helps with anemia because…

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Reviving The Eid Gah

The sun ablaze in an urban surround

Feet in flight on tarmac ground

Words of tashreeq from lips in flight

An ocean of brothers before my sight

And who would have thought this day would come

The gathering crowd in the morning sun

Rows upon rows to praise Allāh

And revive the sunnah of Rasullullāh

Thoughts rewind to a Ramadhān ago

Conversing friends of a history we know

Of a time so pure, in the land Taybah

When the Prophet led the open Eidgāh

That day courage engulfed our hearts

To ‘Revive a Sunnah’, we made a start

Today a memory emerges in burst

A hearty smile, as we recall the first

When posters home made were rushed around1st Poster

And speakers, though wired, failed in sound

A ladder of steps, in a pulpits place

And a kind gentleman who brought some dates

That, was the gathering for our first Eid

With it grew, a hope to succeed

Though limited support and resources too

The numbers amounted to quite a few

Fifty we thought would prostrate that land

But a hundred arrived with prayer mats in hand

As Eids rushed past, new challenges we note

The cold of autumn brought brothers in coatsAutumn

And on that day to warm those souls

Pots of tea; from where? No one knows

Those bearing souls bravely remained

As Eid upon Eid the numbers gained

And with it support of Ulamās vast

And resources flooded a revival to last

Tashreeq in flow the crowds have arrived

This year, this sunnah, feels truly revived

Barefooted steps on grass in sun

TAKBIR! We praise the Almighty One

The archer’s delight standing for all

With a pulpit that’s true and charity stalls

Through smiles we gaze at rows to pray

Fifteen hundred! At the Eidgāh this day

All praise to Him who guides our aim

May the Eidgāhs to come continue to gain

And with it revive the Master’s way

This prayer, Ya Allāh! We beg this day.

 

(Muhamad Ibne Ahmad)

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Hijama The Forgotten Therapy: Cure for the Mind, Body & Soul

All praise be to Allah the lord of the Worlds the living, the absolute of whom The Prophet Ibrahim described:

“And when I am ill it is He who cures me” (Ash-Shu`ara` 26:80)

the one who  sent down the diseases as well as the remedies in order to teach people to seek knowledge and to place their confidence in His Superior.

“The best medicine with which you can treat yourselves is Cupping, or it is one of your best medicines” (Al Bukhari & Muslim)

Cupping also known as ‘Hijama’ is derived from the Arabic word ‘Hajm’ which means ‘Sucking’, refers to an ancient practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup.

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The Great Prophet Mohammed (saw) also advised in about 28 holy instructions.

He said “Healing is to be found in three things:  drinking honey, the blade of a cupper and cauterisation by fire but I forbid my Ummah (nation) from cauterization (branding with fire).”

[Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5681), Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3491)]

What is striking is the complete agreement of the sayings of the prophet mohammed (saw) with modern scientific data and even more so as he was neither a physician nor a scientist, yet it is unthinkable that a man like Mohammed (saw) who was illiterate could have quoted these instructions.

The publications of many physicians corroborate the regulatory and enhancement effect of cupping to the immune system and also its ability to speed up healing of many diseases, many have reported the most important action in cupping is the improvement in balance and in the body’s ability to fight against foreign pathogens helping the immune system.

Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available, it has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, when the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, it draws up the underlying tissues causing superficial local congestion and localized healing takes place through allowing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, veins arteries and capillaries.

When wet cupping, a small amount of blood letting is done first, using a sterile blade, and then the cup is applied over the site. This technique is said to promote blood circulation, remove stasis, and alleviate swelling and pain.  It is employed especially when there is a toxic heat syndrome and for a variety of acute ailments.

Cupping therapy offers many therapeutic benefits. It has been used for thousands of years to treat painful symptoms e.g. sciatica, back pain, and clearing congestion in the chest which can occur with colds and flu, but has recently gained popularity for its ability to release toxins (i.e. helps tissues to release toxins), enhance blood circulation, stimulate the immune system, and reduce stress as it releases chemicals in the brain that reduce stress and depression.

The prophet (saw) used cupping on his head for migrane and his honourable hip joint and the back of the neck, lateral sides of the neck and between the shoulders, and said:

“Cupping on the back of the neck treats seventy two illnesses” (At-Tabarani)

Anas (radiAllahu anhu) said:

‘The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used to apply cupping on the two jugular veins and the upper part of the back.’ [Abu Dawood, at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Ahmad and al-Hakim]

‘The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used to apply cupping on three areas, his upper back area and the two jugular veins.’ [al-Bukhari and Muslim]

One of the main purposes of cupping therapy is to encourage a sufficient supply of nutrition to the affected tissues. Cupping is believed to stimulate the flow of blood and lymph to the affected area. Thus it improves blood and lymph flow of the corresponding organ, activates its function and at the same time provides rough clear diagnosis through skin discolouration.

Cupping the corresponding organ points is used in internal medicine disorders to add help to the main stream medicine. Cupping helps in treating disorders such as liver or kidney problems, respiratory diseases, digestive disorders and some gynaecological disorders.

Usamah bin Shuraik narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

‘O servants of Allah! Seek treatment, Allah did not create a disease without creating a cure therefore, except one disease (which is) death.’  [at-Tirmidhi]

Abdullah ibn Abbas y reported that the Messenger said:

“I did not pass by an angel from the angels on the night journey (meraj) except that they all said to me: Upon you is cupping (hijama), O Muhammad.” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3477)].

In the narration reported by Abdullah ibn Mas’ud; the angels said:

“Oh Muhammad, Order your Ummah (nation) with cupping (hijama).”  [Saheeh Sunan Tirmidhee (3479)].

Cupping can also be used as a preventative medication as seen in the following hadiths

Anas ibn Maalik y reported that the Messenger said:

“Whoever wants to perform cupping (hijama) then let him search for the 17th, 19th and 21st day (of the Islamic, lunar month) and let none of you allow his blood to rage (boil) such that it kills him.” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3486)].

Anas ibn Maalik y reported that the Messenger said:

“When the weather becomes extremely hot, seek aid in cupping (hijama). Do not allow your blood to rage (boil) such that it kills you.” [Reported by Hakim in his ‘Mustadrak’ and he authenticated it and Imam ad-Dhahabi agreed (4/212)].

When choosing a cupper ensure they have the right qualifications with insurance and a waste disposal licence as these are prerequisite in the uk. They also need to use disposable equipment to avoid cross contamination. A lot of people believe that cupping can be painful due to the incisions. If the cup is placed on the area in advance this should makes the area numb, therefore when the scratches are made the pain is very limited. Also if done properly there should be no marks left within a week or two.

 

(If you are interested in this sunnah theraphy see the details below or  visit http://www.alternatetherapy.co.uk/)

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Batley Eid Gah 2014

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On Monday 28th July, in a small Yorkshire town of Batley under a bright sunny summer morning, nearly 1500 Muslims came together to perform their Eid Salah at the Batley Cricket Club.

In general Muslims in U.K perform their ‘Eid Salah in the Masjid and consider this to be the recommended practice. The Sunnah is to perform it in an open field outside the inhabited area of the town or city, which is known as a Musalla (or ‘Eidgah).

Alhumdulillah the ‘Revive A Sunnah’ team based in Batley has been working towards reviving this forgotten sunnah, with the grace of Allah this was the fifth occasion an Eid gah was held in Batley.

One of the purposes of holding the ‘Eid prayer at the Musalla (EidGah) is to gather the largest possible number of Muslims in one place.

Many local scholars and learned elders joined us this year; people started arriving as early as 7.30am! and as far as Manchester.  The prayers and sermons on the day were performed by local Batley based scholars.

One of the ‘Revive A Sunnah’ team volunteers says regarding the day that “I looked up the street and saw masses of people coming towards us with prayer mats in their hands, Masha’Allah it was heart-warming and an amazing sight”

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A young teenager from the community who attended also shared his experience “I feel it brings the wider community together and feels amazing sat in the open listening to the bayaan and khutbah, Insha’Allah it continues for many years to come.”

The atmosphere on the day was heart-warming, with plentiful smiles all around, stalls were also available on the day, with one of the highlights been a little boy who was running his own sweet stall to raise money for Gaza, he managed to raise over £200, with all the money going towards Gaza.

The day was capped off with free archery lessons for children and adults.

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The ‘Revive A Sunnah’ team would like to thank all the businesses that sponsored and supported the EidGah and all the people that attended.

May Allâh give all the Muslims the ability to revive this Sunnah as well as to practise upon each and every aspect of the Sunnah.

The Solution To Gaza

The Solution To Gaza

It’s time for everyone to stop pussy-footing about and just call it as it is: the problem is US and the solution is US.
No, that doesn’t say the United States. Or the United Nations. Or all the nuclear bombs in the world. Or all the banks in the world. Or all the public empathy in the world.
I mean us. We. Ourselves. The Ummah.
Every single catastrophe at the moment is being treated with short-acting pain killers, and yet few are trying to cure the disease itself *causing* the pain.
We are people who claim to practice this Deen, yet we don’t. Not even 10% of the Deen. By not even 10% of the Ummah. And yet we want 100% results just because of a title called “Muslim.”
This sounds similar to another group of people we’ve been told about in the Qur’an (I wonder why?) who expected similar results. For doing nothing. And claiming exclusive victory and salvation. Hmm.
People don’t talk too much about this because:
(a) they don’t want to lose support with their followers because this isn’t a very politically correct thing to say
(b) the “don’t judge me” crowd has become a huge festering pain in the backside of the Ummah, and they pretty much dictate the narrative in the da‘wah today
(c) scholars think it is so obviously correct that it doesn’t need mentioning because we can’t all be that stupid and heedless. Well, guess what?
(d) the only people who have been given the responsibility to save the Muslim world are the Muslim/Arab leaders apparently – however criminal or not they may be – and we ourselves have some kind of green card on individual responsibility
(e) scholars are afraid of being labelled as secular Muslims, or those who are apolitical or those who don’t work with the asbāb i.e. those who use modern methods and political realities etc
As you can pretty much imagine, I couldn’t give a monkeys about all the above. Let’s call a spade a spade and say that it doesn’t matter what we do, share, call for, get involved with and get help from, we will never *ever* solve our problems if we primarily and fundamentally don’t repent to Allah for our pathetic attempt at fulfilling our obligations to Him and showing Him that we deserve His help.
Allah jalla wa ‘ala says:
“O you who believe, if you give victory to Allah, He will give victory to you and make you stand firm.” (47:7)
Meaning: Allah has *obligated* upon Himself to support those who “support” His Deen by following the Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and practising His Deen properly in all of its requirements.

Meaning: as this is what is called a “conditional sentence” in Arabic, we now know that if we do not practise this Deen properly, we will *never* get victory. Whatever happens. Meaning that it will 100% definitely *not* happen.
And vice versa, if we *do* practise this Deen properly, then Allah promises that He will help and give victory. Whatever happens. Meaning that it will 100% definitely happen.
Meaning: that as we are clearly not being supported by Allah at the current time with loss after loss, we are clearly not practising this Deen properly.
Al-Shinqīti (raḥimahullāh) stated in his tafsīr:
“This proves that those who doesn’t fully establish the prayer, or pay the Zakāh, and do not command to good, and do not prevent evil, will not have a promise of victory from Allah at all whatsoever.
Their example is like an employee who doesn’t do his obligatory tasks as requested by his boss, and then comes to him later requesting payment!
Thus, those who call themselves Muslims and yet are involved in sin in all its ways, and then say “Allah will help us” are just fooling themselves. That is because they are not from the party of Allah who have been promised His victory, as is blatantly obvious.” (Aḍwā’ al-Bayān, 7:252)
Folks, there is a consensus of all the scholars on this point. And you might be thinking, “But that is blindingly obvious.” Well, I say to you: it blindingly isn’t!
Look at all the calls to action and all the focus on your newsfeeds: it’s *almost* exclusively to boycott this, or protest that, or lobby this, or educate that, or spread this, or hack that, or ask for help from X, or praise celebrity Y and so on, and so on.
All of the above must be done yes, and good, and should continue and needed from us wherever or whenever we can and might even help a little. Maybe. But it should never *ever* be the focus. It should never *ever* be our primary concern. And we should never *ever* let up for even a second – however non-PC it is in the da‘wah industry and however judgemental it comes across – calling the masses to repent to Allah for their sins and lack of closeness to Allah internally and externally.

All the million man protests and celebrity endorsements and UN resolutions in the world cannot help us in Syria and Gaza and everywhere else, as much as achieving the pleasure of Allah by actually proving to Him that we *deserve* His help through our daily sacrifice of worshipping Him properly.
Once that is achieved, we enter a whole next level crazy zone where ajeeb things happen that we would never ever believe usually, but we all certainly do believe as told to us in the Qur’an & Sunnah when it happened before with our Prophets and Companions! Yes, that’s when Angels start appearing on your side, and that’s when you have the Animals fighting for you, and that’s when the weather comes under your control in a way that makes Storm eat her heart out, and that’s when their “Release the Kraken” moment releases jack squat, and that’s when their entering their nuclear football key codes fail and goes into self-destruct instead, and and and.

This is why He said jalla wa ‘ala:
“How often a small force has defeated a large army with Allah’s permission! And Allah is with those WHO ARE STEADFAST.” (2:249)
True victory will come once we all truly submit to His Will. Until then, we will continue to get slapped about like we are and we can keep deluding ourselves that just because many folks have become Shuhadā’ themselves and/or expiated their sins through their trials and tribulations, that *we* as an Ummah, as a whole, are actually still winning.
We’re not. And we have to change the status quo immediately before we become condemned forever like those who are doing the killing at the moment.
That’s why our primary du‘ā is always to seek forgiveness for our deficiencies to Him.
Thus, that is why I said:
The Ummah did not just fail Palestine.
The Ummah failed in its covenant with Allah.
Thus, the Ummah failed ITSELF. All of us. Everywhere.
‪#‎FreePalestine‬
‪#‎FreeOurselves‬

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