Yemen Situation

February 10, 2010

Bismillah Wa Hamdulillah Wa Salatu Was Salaam ala RasulAllah

For those who have been keep up with the news or have contacts may know the situation thats going on in different places including Yemen. I didnt want to post anything based on just “hearing/reading off the internet and blogs/groups”, rather i needed to know in person from a trustworthy source.

So anyways as we know the visas are no longer being issued at the airports, now its just like the requirements that many countries have of applying through your home country etc. The mahad is also not issuing visas, someone whom i do not know informed that only employers and children school that can offer visas are still giving visas/iqamas.

One family also confirmed that they were in sana from dammaj due to the war and were waiting to go back.

This does not mean that you give up hope or change your plans, just have trust in Allah and be patient and see what happens InshaAllah.

May Allah make it easy for me, you and all the muslim ummah that would like to make hijra only for HIS sake. Ameen

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Yemen stops issuing visas at the airport

January 23, 2010

Bismillah Wa Hamdulillah Wa Salatu Was Salaam ala RasulAllah

Here’s the latest:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8471768.stm

Qadr Allahu Wa Mashafala

updates

January 12, 2010

Bismillah Wa Hamdulillah Wa Salatu Was Salaam ala RasulAllah

I apologize the readers for not updating the blog as i have been busy with family, classes and other things. For those keeping up with the news around the world may know that things have been changing from place to place rapidly as well as new laws are being implemented, it is hard to give input on hijra due to that and a lot of people are also moving from place to place.

InshaAllah i will post as something comes up.

JazakAllahKhair

Eid coinciding with Friday?

November 25, 2009

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah  may Allah be pleased with him, “The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace upon him, said, ‘Eid prayer and Friday prayer have fallen on the same day, today. Whoever prays ‘Eid prayer, Friday prayer is not obligatory on him. As for us, we are going to pray Friday prayer’ (Abu Dawood Classed as authentic by Sheikh Albaani)

On the authority of ‘Ataa Abi Rabaah, “Ibn Zubayr led us in ‘Eid prayer early one Friday morning. [Later that day] we went out to pray Friday prayer, but we didn’t see Ibn Zubayr!? Therefore, we prayed by ourselves; and when that happened, Ibn ‘Abbaas was in Ta’if.

So when we saw Ibn ‘Abbaas, we asked him (Ibn Abbaas) about Ibn Zubayr not praying Friday prayer with us. Ibn ‘Abbaas answered by saying, ‘What Ibn Zubayr did (not praying Friday prayer) was in accordance with Prophetic Tradition.”

If the day of Eid coincides with Friday, then whoever prays Eid with the imaam does not have to attend Jumu’ah (it is not obligatory on him); in his case it becomes Sunnah. If he does not pray Jumu’ah, he has to pray Zuhr. This is in the case of people other than the imaam. As for the imaam, he has to be present for Jumu’ah and lead those Muslims who attend the prayer. The Jumu’ah prayer should not be forsaken completely on this day.

 

Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan

Virtues of Dhul-Hijjah

November 18, 2009

Alhamdulillah, all praise is due to Allah Swt for guiding us and allowing us to make it to the blessed month of Dhul Hijjah. InshaAllah i’m going to summarize a few important matters pertaining to this month and pertaining to the udhiya i.e the sacrifical animal for the day of Eid.

The texts and others indicate that these ten days are better than all the other days of the year, with no exceptions, not even the last ten days of Ramadaan. But the last ten nights of Ramadaan are better, because they include Laylat al-Qadr (“the Night of Power”), which is better than a thousand months.

 

You should know, my dear brothers and sisters in Islaam, that the virtue of these ten days is based on many things:

 

Allaah swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great

benefit.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “By the dawn; by the ten nights” [al-Fajr 89:1-2]. Ibn

‘Abbaas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujaahid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah. Ibn Katheer said: “This is the correct opinion.” (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 8/413)

 

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 2/457).

So my dear brothers and sisters we must realize the importance of this month and make the most when it comes to worship and doing good deeds.

Some of the things that the The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded us is to recite a lot of Tasbeeh (“Subhan-Allaah”), Tahmeed (“Al-hamdu Lillaah”) and Takbeer (“Allaahu akbar”) during this time.

 

The Takbeer may include the words “Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, la ilaaha ill-Allaah; wa Allaahu akbar wa Lillaahi’l-hamd (Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, there is no god but Allaah; Allaah is Most Great and to Allaah be praise),” as well as other phrases.

 

There is sound evidence that Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with them) used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them. The idea behind reminding the people to recite Takbeer is that each one should recite it individually, not in unison, as there is no basis in Sharee’ah for doing this.

 

My dear brothers and sisters not only during this time but in other times as well it is upon us if we know of a forgotten sunnah then we must revive it, for verily Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):

 

“Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their reward.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 7/443; this is a hasan hadeeth because of corroborating asaaneed).

 

And one of the forgotten sunnah of this time are some of the prohibitions upon the one offering the sacrifice. The Sunnah indicates that the one who wants to offer a sacrifice must stop cutting his hair and nails and removing anything from his skin, from the beginning of the ten days until after he has offered his sacrifice, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When you see the new moon of Dhu’l-Hijjah, if any one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, then he should stop cutting his hair and nails until he has offered his sacrifice.” According to another report he said: “He should not remove (literally, touch)

anything from his hair or skin.” (reported by Muslim with four isnaads, 13/146)

 

The Prophet’s instruction here makes one thing obligatory and his prohibition makes another haraam, according to the soundest opinion, because these commands and prohibitions are unconditional and unavoidable. However, if a person does any of these things deliberately, he must seek Allaah’s forgiveness but is not required to offer (an extra) sacrifice in expiation; his sacrifice will be acceptable. Whoever needs to remove some hair, nails, etc. because it is harming him, such as having a broken nail or a wound in a site where there is hair, should do so, and there is nothing wrong with that. The state of ihraam is so important

that it is permitted to cut one’s hair if leaving it will cause harm. There is nothing wrong with men or women washing their heads during the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) only forbade cutting the hair, not washing it.

 

The wisdom behind this prohibition of the one who wants to offer a sacrifice from cutting his hair etc., is so that he may resemble those in ihraam in some aspects of the rituals performed, and so that he may draw closer to Allaah by offering the sacrifice. So he leaves his hair and nails alone until the time when he has offered his sacrifice, in the hope that Allaah will save him in his entirety from the Fire. And Allaah knows best.

 

Other acts of worship include:

 

Among the good deeds which the Muslim should strive to do during the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah are:

 

Fasting. It is Sunnah to fast on the ninth day of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) urged us to do good deeds during this time, and fasting is one of the best of deeds.

 

Allaah has chosen fasting for Himself, as is stated in the hadeeth qudsi: “Allaah says: ‘All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except for fasting, which is for Me and I am the One Who will reward him for it.’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 1805).

 

Performing Hajj and ‘Umrah.

 

Sincere repentance. One of the most important things to do during these ten days is to repent sincerely to Allaah and to give up all kinds of disobedience and sin.

 

“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it,

And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it.”

[al-Zalzalah 99:7-8]

Shaddaad ibn Aws (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best prayer for seeking forgiveness is to say: ‘Allaahumma anta rabbi la ilaaha illa anta, Khalaqtani wa ana ‘abduka wa ana ‘ala ‘ahdika wa wa’dika ma astata’t. A’oodhu bika min sharri ma sana’tu, aboo’u laka bi ni’matika ‘alayya wa aboo’u laka bi dhanbi, faghfir li fa innahu laa yaghfiru’l-dhunoob illaa anta (O Allaah, You are my Lord. None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise (to You) as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobodycan forgive sins except You).” Whoever says this during the day, having faith in it and dies before the evening comes, will be among the people of Paradise, and whoever says it during the night, having faith in it, and dies before the morning comes, will be among the people of Paradise.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari,5831).

 

If you have been lapsing in being good to your neighbors and family now is the time, hurry to seek the pleasure of Allah Swt.

Beginning of Dhul-Hijjah

November 18, 2009

All praise is due to Allaah alone, praise and salutations be upon the Messenger of Allaah,his household, Companions,and all those who follow them in goodness.

Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia…

Just a short time ago, Fatwa-Online was informed of the official decision and announcement of the High Judiciary Council (HJC) of Saudi Arabia regarding the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah.

The 1st of Dhul-Hijjah 1430 will be tomorrow, Wednesday 18 November 2009, and the Muslims performing Hajj will be in ‘Arafah on Thursday 26 November 2009 (9 Dhul-Hijjah 1430), and the Muslim Ummah shall be celebrating ‘Eed al-Adhaa on Friday 27 November 2009, (10 Dhul-Hijjah 1430), inshaa.-Allaah.

Mahad Medina Price Update

November 9, 2009

Bismillah Wa Hamdulillah Wa Salatu Was Salaam ala RasulAllah

Following are the new prices thats i’ve been informed about for the visa renewals:

Sisters who are accompanied they will pay $100 instead of $150 and children $50 instead of $100 Brothers’ is $200.

 

Mahad Medina Contact info

October 23, 2009

Aassalamalaikom Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

a lot of people have been asking about how to contact mahad medina and their website being down, following is what brother yusuf from the mahad had posted on the comments here:

yusuf
administration@m-al-m.com
82.114.160.34

salaam alaykum
yes our website is down and would be back soon but the email is working effectively therefore any intending student could communicate with us
we ask your pardon for the delays
baarakallahu fik

Studying in Egypt Q & A

October 7, 2009

Bismillah Wa Hamdulillah Wa Salatu Was Salaam ala RasulAllah

1) What are the recommend (Salafi) places to study/seek knowledge in egypt?

There are a few individuals in Egypt that you can study with, there is Shaykh Hassan al-Banna, he is the eldest and probably the best person to sit with, he gives weekly classes in a Masjid nearby from where i live, then there is a young brother by the name of Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem depending on where you will live at he is quite far away, a good 45 mins. to and hour from Hayy al-‘Aashir, and then there is Shaykh Muhammad ibn Sa’eed Raslaan in Moonafiyyah, probably the most organized place with regards to studying the deen.
2) If choosing to stay within city are there any jobs or does the masjid give money/food for support?
Jobs are available if you are able to juggle between studies and work, but my advice is come to Egypt with enough money to hold you above water for at least 6 months or so, i personally did not search for jobs but i do know brothers that work and it seems the number 1 field is teaching english, the masjid does give food to poor people, i don’t know how it works though.
3)How does one stay there legally after the entry/visit visa expire..whats the cost involved and duration?

Assuming you have the US passport this issue is quite simple, once you arrive at the Airport you will purchase an entrance Visa which will give you 30 days time in order to acquire a proper visa, which will be done in Tahrir at what they call the “Mugama’a” you simply go down there with your families passports and the apps. and they’ll give you a vise for how ever long you chose to stay.
4)How much is the rent, average cost of cheap food and utility bills?
Now this varies considerably, it really depends how you want to live, you can find a apartment unfurnished, and when i say unfurnished i mean, there is nothing in it, not even closets, you can find an apartment like that for about a 100 bucks, it all depends which neighborhood you go to, so you kinda have to plan that out for yourself and see how you want to live. Utilities are cheap, you probably end up paying 20 pounds a month for electricity which is about $4.50.Gas i don’t know because i dont use it, but those are the only two things you’ll be paying unless you want internet at home, which is about 120 pounds, that’s about 20 bucks.
5) For those who are not rich and won’t have any financial support while being there, do you know much about villages where some sheikh’s teach such as sheikh raslan and the likes?
Villages are probably a cheap option, there is a lot of brothers who move from the city to live with Shaykh Raslaan. That’s really the only village i know about where bros. are going to live and study.
6) How has your personal experience been in Egypt?
As for my experience in Egypt then it was quite a trip, it took me a while to somewhat get used to the people and they way they do things, let’s put it this way, if you come for the people then you will be really disappointed but if you come for Allaah then you can benefit tremendously with regards to the language in a short period of time. So clear your niyyah constantly. You will need a lot of patience, so bring a lot of that with you.
That is my advice barakAllak feek.
May Allaah make it easy for me,  you and the entire Muslim ummah aameen.

Life after Ramadan

October 4, 2009

Bismillah Wa Hamdulillah Wa Salatu Was Salaam ala RasulAllah

It’s been several days since the month of Ramadan went by, Alhamdulillah all praises are due to Allah Swt for giving me and the muslim ummah that made it to it  a chance to live through this blessed month, may Allah accept my, yours and other Muslim brother and sisters ibadaat done during this month and on others times only for His sake. Ameen

The schedule of daily routine changes during the month of Ramadan however things are slowly getting back to the usual routine including the islamic center’s and mosques that hold regular duroos and activities.

Now as far as fasting is concerned then one should fast 6 days of shawwal rite after eid, they do not have to be done consecutively but one should hasten to do good deeds.

Abu Ayyoob (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadaan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, that is the fasting of a lifetime.” Narrated by Ahmad, 5/417; Muslim, 2/822; Abu Dawood, 2433; al-Tirmidhi, 1164.

And there are other reports too regarding the virtues of fasting the 6 days of shawwal.

One thing that is sad which is noticed after Ramadan is the people turning up less in the mosques for regular salaat. During the month of Ramadan the mosques were filled up with people, rows of people, kids, recitation of Quran and dhikr; now rite after Ramadan it is as if the mosques had visitors that left all of a sudden.

May Allah Swt accept our Ramadan and gives us a chance to make it through more of the upcoming blessed month’s of Ramadan with our eeman being at it’s peak. Ameen