Monday, January 4, 2010

Hadith of the week: Courtesy and Manners

He would not deny courtesy even to wicked persons. It is stated that a person came to his house and asked permission for admission. The Prophet (pbuh) remarked that he was not a good person but might be admitted.

When he came in and while he remained in the house, he was shown full courtesy. When he left Aiysha (ra) said, "You did not think well of this man, but you treated him so well."

The Prophet (pbuh) replied, "He is a bad person in the sight of Allah who does not behave courteously and people shun his company bacause of his bad manners."

(Bukhari, Sahih Bukhari)

The Prophet's (pbuh) last sermon

This week our theme is the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). So for our weekly article, we have decided to have his last sermon. In this short speech of his, he concludes with proclamations for human rights, values and justice to his followers. People give such great respect to other speeches such as Martin Luther King Jr's, Ghandhi or Castro; but the Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) last sermon is truly greater than any other speech given by previous leaders.

After praising, and thanking Allah he said:

"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.

O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon your deeds. ALLAH has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. Allah has Judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn 'Abd'al Muttalib (Prophet's uncle) shall henceforth be waived...

Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.

O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah's trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

O People, listen to me in earnest, worship ALLAH, say your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to.

All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.

Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.

O People, NO PROPHET OR APOSTLE WILL COME AFTER ME AND NO NEW FAITH WILL BE BORN. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the QURAN and my example, the SUNNAH and if you follow these you will never go astray.

All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O ALLAH, that I have conveyed your message to your people".

Modern Hijabi: 3


Here is this weeks top 3 modern hijabi outfit picks.
Modern and Modest is what we promote.
Tell us what you think!

***note that hijabs should cover the chest area and tops should be long***

This is a good spring summer or fall outfit:

This is a good winter outfit, and you do not need to open the jacket

This is a good spring or summer outfit, make sure you wear a t-shirt under, or tuck in the hijab to hide your chest.

Top 10: Facts about the Prophet (pbuh)

This week our theme is the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). So for our top 10, we decided to write 10 facts about him. Tell us charachteristics and facts you know about the Prophet (pbuh) :)

1) He was born in the year 570 CE and was soon orphaned. But he was raised by his uncle Abu Talib.

2) He was illiterate. And therefore Islams greatest miracle is the Quran, because a person who could not read or write would never be able to write something as profound as the Quran.

3) Before he became a Prophet, people used to call him "Al Ameen; The Trustworthy." Unlike other boys his age, he never drank or took part in immoral activities. He was reffered to as the Truthful and Trustworthy.

4) He received his first Wahi (revelation from God) in the year 610. The angel Jibraeel (Gabriel) appeared to him in the cave of Hira telling him to Iqra (read).

5) The first person he converted was his first wife Khadijah (ra). After seeing his distress she asked him what was wrong. When she found out, she did not hesitate to accept Islam for she was intelligent and knew that Muhammad (pbuh) was honest.

6) The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) always used to help clean up around the house and never left housework only to women.

"He used to keep himself busy serving his family and when it was time for the prayer, he would go for the prayer.” (Hadith)

"Cleanliness is half of faith….” (Hadith)

He used to say: "cleanliness is piety"

7) The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) used to joke (without lying).
“I guarantee a house in the surroundings of Paradise for a man who avoids quarrelling even if he were in the right, a house in the middle of Paradise for a man who avoids lying even if he were joking, and a house in the upper part of Paradise for a man who made his character good.” (Hadith)

8) The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was easy going and pleasant.

By the grace of Allah, you are gentle towards the people; if you had been stern and harsh-hearted, they would have dispersed from round about you. (Qur’an, 3:159)

“Make things easy for the people, and do not make it difficult for them, and make them calm (with glad tidings) and do not repulse (them).” (Hadith)

9) The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) cared for all living creatures.

The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?” He said, “(Yes) There is a reward for serving any living being.” (Hadith)

“If any Muslim plants any plant and a human being or an animal eats from it, he will be rewarded as if he had given that much in charity.” (Hadith)

10) He was very just and fair:

The Jews, in spite of their hostility to the Prophet (pbuh), were so impressed by his impartiallity and sense of justice that they used to bring their cases to him, and he decided them according to Jewish law. (Abu Dawud, Sunan Dawud)

In his fatal illness, the Prophet (pbuh) proclaimed in a concourse assembled at his house that if he owed anything to anyone the person concerned could claim it; if he had ever hurt anyone's person, honor or property, he could have his price while he was yet in this world. A hush fell on the crowd. One man came forward to claim a few dirhams which were paid at once. (Ibn Hisham, Sirat-ur-Rasul)

Tell us any facts you know of!