Sunday, September 23, 2007

Update!

Alhamdulilah! All Praise is due to Allah swt! Faten has been found and she is with her family.

Alhamdulilah!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Missing! Please Help




I'm interrupting my "sort of" blogging break to post this:

Faten Mawyah was last seen at 8.00PM on Sunday, September 16th at a 7-11 on Sudley Road West in Manassas, Virginia. She is five foot seven inches tall, has medium length curly black hair and dark eyes. She drives a four door 2005 gold Chevy Impala Virginia registration number KAF-7223. She was a student a George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

If you have any information concerning Faten Mawyah or her whereabouts please contact Marah at 202-230-7297 or 540-428-2393 or contact your local police station. Thank you.

She is Manal's (wife of Abu Sinan, two dear and lovely people) sister. Please, help if you can, otherwise just pray that insha Allah she is safe and returned to her family soon.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Most Special Time of the Year


Ramadan Mubarak to all!

Insha Allah, I'm taking a blog break during Ramadan, so I won't be posting or commenting.

May Allah swt grant you a wonderful and blessed month of growth and an increase in our iman and taqwa.

May He accept our fasting and all other acts of worship that we perform.

May Allah swt enable us to focus on Him and thus draw closer to Him.

May we become filled with appreciation and gratitude for all we have and endeavour to help those who have so much less.

Finally, May Allah swt purify our hearts and let this purity shine through into our actions.

Ameen.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Muslims on the internet

I love the internet. I can remember the first time I ever used the internet (It was in South Wales, in 1998) and thinking that this was the start of a big love affair. All that information, just a few clicks away!

When I became Muslim, I used to search endlessly for information about Islam and Muslims generally.

People might mock "Mullah Google" and talk of the perils of getting your religion from the internet, but lots of us have done it and still do.

For many the interent is a place we feel we can discuss issues freely. Still I think it's important, before typing a response, to think: "Would I go up to that person and say it to their face?".

Muslims are meant to have excellent manners/adab. We even have an example to follow, our beloved Messenger of Allah, the Prophet Muhammed, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

To point about reading about Islam, spending virtual time with Muslims, should be to bring you closer to Allah swt.

So why do I feel like I've been hit in the abdomen with a baseball bat by some of the things I've read?

It's easy to forget that lots of people live quite happily without having an "online life". The other day, I over heard someone asking what a blog was.

It's Ramadan soon, insha Allah and Alhamdulilah for this blessing.

I am seeking humility and purity. I want this month to matter, to have a lasting effect.

Examining how I spend my time, or rather how I waste it. What I can be doing to bring myself closer to Allah swt.

A while ago, Bint Will (a regular commenter on Umar Lee's blog) said that she wasn't sure if she is a better person since becoming a Muslim.

Her question resonated with me - am I a better person? I don't know, but I know that I want to be.

A big step I am currently taking is looking at what enters my ears and my eyes. Is it beneficial? Is there better things I could be doing. Insha Allah, the internet is one of those areas.

As always, if anyone has any advice or thoughts on this, please feel free to leave a comment or email me (my address is in my blog profile).

If anything thing good is in this blog post, it is from Allah swt, if anything bad is here, it's from me.

May Allah guide and protect you all.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Non-stick


If you ask, I will tell you: "I am a Muslim".

That is what I call myself. No prefixes, suffixes or hyphens in any way.

There are certain things I follow within Islam, but still, I am a Muslim.

I am not better or more knowledgeable then you.

Any blessings or good qualities I have are from Allah swt and I am thankful to Him and to Him alone for them.

When I look at myself, I see many weakness, and much work I need to do and I pray insha Allah to have the life available to do it.

When I look at you, I say:

"Asalaam Alaikum wa rahamatullah wa barakatu"