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Book Review

Thanks to Saima Faisal, an amazing blogger, for giving a review of this book! Do visit her blog for fabulous and practically useful blogs!  Islam is a complete way of life; it indicates to us the entire and proper system of our every day lives and we Muslims know that following each and every of its principles and obligations will lead us to a successful life in this world and an even brighter one in the Akhirah!
Author Shumaysa Faruqi has, in this book, Every Day Islam, talked about how exactly we can inculcate an Islamic lifestyle and has narrated numerous Hadith and Verses related to every day activities such as waking up, going out, going to bed and so on. The book is a gem; for surely it contains a vast collection of Dua’as and short incidents as they occurred in the life of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). These incidents guide us to what exactly must be done if we were to encounter a similar situation.

Changing Times...

It has been narrated on the authority of Hudhaifa b. al-Yaman who said: People used to ask the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) about the good times, but I used to ask him about bad times fearing lest they overtake me.  I said: Messenger of Allah, we were in the midst of ignorance and evil, and then God brought us this good (time through Islam). Is there any bad time after this good one? He said: Yes. I asked: Will there be a good time again after that bad time?  He said: Yes, but therein will be a hidden evil.  I asked: What will be the evil hidden therein?  He said: (That time will witness the rise of) the people who will adopt ways other than mine and seek guidance other than mine. You will know good points as well as bad points.  I asked: Will there be a bad time after this good one?  He said: Yes. (A time will come) when there will be people standing and inviting at the gates of Hell. Whoso responds to their call they will throw them into the fire.  I said: Messenger of Allah, describe th…

Story of two souls...

She was a good friend of mine. We had been together all through high school and later during our college days as well. After college she got busy with her higher studies and I got married and moved to another city. We were literally out of touch for a long period of time.

During the year 2004 my father was diagnosed with bone-cancer and was completely bed-ridden. I had an opportunity to visit and serve him during his last days. I was at my parents' home when I came to know that my friend too was diagnosed with blood-cancer and was under treatment for a long time then, going through chemotherapies etc. I wanted to visit her but was told that since I had small children I should not visit the hospital or the patient. But I regretted why I did not plan visiting her leaving my kids at home with the other members of family.

One morning. when my father woke up from his sleep. he told me that he saw one of my friends in his dream telling him that he should not worry about anything and th…

Festivals of Charity

Islam has given its followers many beautiful days to celebrate the blessings of Allah. Each day a Muslim celebrates his Faith by being thankful to His Lord and by offering prayers that bring happiness and tranquility to his heart. Even when a Muslim is feeling low, going through pain or hardships, he is given the glad tidings of help and reward from Allah if he turns only toward Him for help and tries to be patient in the difficult times.

Further, each Friday is a day of minor eid for those who submit themselves to the Will of Allah. They are required to bathe, apply perfume, wear good clothes and gather in the Masajid to offer congregational prayers.

Everyday a muslim is expected to give charity by whatever means he is able. If he is too poor to give anything then only his smiling face can be a charity, his offering the voluntary noon prayer can be a charity from each of his limbs, his removing any harmful thing from the path is also counted as charity from his side.

To sum it up, a…