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Sep 26, 2011

Thank You For Asking



by Raima Amin
“Where are you from?”

I sigh, exhausted. I am not tired physically; my shift has only begun, but I’m worn out by these persistent four words, posed as a question, which seem to follow me everywhere without reprieve. Where do I begin this time?


“Oh, I was born and raised here.” I try to appear as if the question surprised me, to make them doubt whatever prompted them to ask. Sometimes, if I say these words just right, or if the patient is already disoriented due to age or illness, I’ll catch a look of embarrassment cross their faces.

“Oh, I’m sorry,” they’ll say. “For some reason, your skin just looked a little dark to me.” I smile sympathetically, as if I have no idea what they’re talking about. I hope that my response will let the moment pass, that it will allow me to do my job without entertaining any follow-up questions of what a brown, hijabi girl like myself is doing here in Montana.

Most of the time, however, I’m not so lucky. “So what nationality are you?” is almost bound to come next.

“American.” I raise my voice slightly and look them directly in the eye to ensure my words are clear. This is typically the forking point in the conversation. Some will find it an appropriate moment to end their inquiries, but most are left unsatisfied. What I have suggested is unthinkable, and their minds simply won’t allow them to accept it. The idea that I am an American. That I was born and raised in Bozeman, and thereby, also qualify as a Montanan, even a Bozemanite. No, somehow this idea is too foreign to allow. After all, this is Montana. Rural, under-developed, Montana. There may be diversity in places like New York or California, but Montana? No, this place is for 3rd and 4th generation cowboys and ranchers, with skin that is as white as white can be. I’m often amazed by how this deeply ingrained idea can allow people to supersede the most basic pretenses of common sense.

“So…how long have you been here?”

I’m tempted to frown and raise my eyebrows. Didn’t I just say I was born here? Now you take a guess. Instead I respond calmly. “Well, I’ve lived here my whole life, so…it’s been about twen-ty…”

My audience watches anxiously. I realize they won’t be satisfied until I spell it out completely. “Twenty years.” I smile again, for that is all I can do to hide my frustration.

“Wow, that’s longer than I’ve been here!”

Yup, that’s what I figured. It is so often the case.

“Great place to live, huh?”

“Yeah, I love it! Anyway, I’m here to draw some blood from you…”

“Oh that’s right. Sorry about that.”

Finally. I am allowed to do what I came here for. Draw some blood, perhaps do an EKG, and promptly get out of their way. I am not paid to display my brown-ness, my hijab, or entertain questions from curious patients. Those come unsolicited. It’s not that I don’t mind answering. I could not be more proud of who I am, and I’m honored to be an ambassador for my faith. But sometimes, I just wish I could go unnoticed. It grows tiresome to constantly be the center of attention. Sometimes, I want only to elicit the same feelings of dread and discomfort that is prompted at the sight of other phlebotomists, my coworkers. Instead, my presence seems to trigger unending curiosity and a long train of questions. The “Where are you from?” questions are often followed by another series, with the related theme of “Why do you look that way?” It usually goes something like this.

“So, if you’re an American, then why do you dress that way?”

“Oh, that’s because I’m Muslim.” I want to tell them more, but phlebotomy is not the most ideal setting in which to engage in long theological discussions. I glance down at my hand-held “Mobilab”, displaying several other room numbers spread across the hospital where blood draws are due. I know if I don’t move quickly, my pager will begin beeping incessantly. I really don’t have time to stand here and play 20 Questions.

“Does your husband require you to dress that way?” I know they’re trying to be polite, but these questions are shocking nonetheless. Now I feel obligated to answer, to correct their misconceptions, to show them how far off they are.

“Well, I don’t have a husband,” I begin, as I tell them about the true motivations behind my choice of dress. I try to explain, in as few words as possible, the wisdom behind my modesty and the free will in all my choices. When I’m finished, I’m glad I took the time to share. My audience, often times consisting of the patient and several family members or friends, have a look of new-found respect. They finally understand, Alhamdulillah.

“That’s beautiful,” they say. “How long is your hair?” I think they realize that this isn’t entirely appropriate, but they take a chance anyway. “Oh I don’t know. Medium, I guess,” I have no idea what that means, and I hope they feel the same way. What I really want to explain is why they should never ask that of a hijabi, but I leave the message to be understood by my body language, my unspoken words.

“Well, it was nice to meet you!” I wave and dispose of my gray gloves now sticking to my hands with sweat, an indication that I have already been here too long. I close the door as I exit. I sigh, this time with satisfaction.

In all honesty, I’m glad they ask. I’d rather answer them myself than have them seek out answers from other sources that are untruthful or misleading. But at the same time, it feels like a cumbersome task, and I don’t know if I’m equipped to handle it. I’ve always been a quiet person, much more comfortable as a listener than a speaker. And yet, more and more, I’ve found that my commitment to Islam has increasingly pushed me into the spotlight. I thought wearing hijab would be a personal journey, part of a larger struggle to follow my religion as it was prescribed, in hopes of benefiting from its infinite wisdom and blessings.

However, I soon realized that practicing Islam, although a personal experience, requires many outward involvements. Unless I choose to become a hermit, I cannot expect to follow Islamic principles and go unnoticed by others. It’s impossible to pray five times a day, every day, all within the privacy of my own home. As a result, I’ve grown accustomed to praying behind bookshelves in my school library, where fellow patrons unknowingly come upon my location. During the month of fasting, I am often offered food during the day, obliging me to explain myself, explain Ramadan, and educate others about Islam. Considering this, it seems foolish to expect that I can wear hijab and not be questioned for it. Not in Montana, where strangers wave to each other in the streets and pass friendly greetings to those they have never met before. Perhaps I am lucky. I’ve never had the option of “blind faith,” because even if I don’t question why I practice Islam, there will always be others around me who will ask, compelling me to seek out answers to explain my faith. I don’t believe Montanans are unusually ignorant about Islam. Maybe they are just unusually curious. They are not satisfied to accept the rampant stereotypes when presented with the perfect opportunity to find out for themselves. When I knock on patient doors to draw blood, I present such an opportunity, and they embrace it. Instead of being frustrated for standing out, perhaps I should be grateful for their good nature. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by their questions, perhaps I should appreciate their curiosity for having helped me to further understand myself.

Thank you for wondering, for demanding the truth, and thank you for asking. I’m happy to answer.

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Sep 21, 2011

Why Modesty Is More Important Than Ever Before





By Jenn Fawzy

Fashion often dictates what we choose to wear each morning. Halter tops, Capri pants and spaghettis are just a few styles that women like to wear because they have nice cuts and sleek designs. Sometimes we choose our clothing based upon the seasons or occasions. As religious women, are we choosing clothes that reflect what we believe or what is popular in magazines?

Modesty is a virtue that is disappearing in our society. We see men and women dressed in clothing that still makes them look almost nude. No one even seems to notice anymore as miniskirts and shorter shorts has become the norm. In fact, when we see women who are covered up, it looks out of place or almost odd. We have a duty as women of faith to separate ourselves from secular society not only in action but in the fashion world as well.

Muslim women also feel like they have to justify why they dress modestly to non-Muslims. Societies that are not familiar with Islamic doctrine think that somehow modesty has to do with culture. It was customary for women in all societies to dress modestly, but over time, that has changed.

The sexual revolution in the USA in part caused women to shed their respectable garments for more sexy and revealing attire proclaiming that women can be as sexual as men, and that their bodies are beautiful creations that they should not be ashamed of. While this statement holds true, it is used in the wrong context usually. A woman can wear whatever she wants at home with her family or even alone. Why does she have to showcase herself to people that she does not know outside the home? Why can’t she wear what she likes instead of what fashion experts want her to wear?

These days, women are judged for how skinny they are, or how sexy they look instead of more important characteristics. Instead of liberating women to truly act equally as men, we are now reduced to sexual objects only desired for their bodies. How often do you see men parading about in a halter top or see through shorts?

The media uses female sexuality to sell everything from food to cars reducing it to a sales pitch instead of something that God has ordained to be protected. The West hardly thinks of sex as something that is sacred. Sex has devolved into an act that you can do randomly with strangers just for fun. It is no longer a physical expression of love that you share with your spouse.

The real issue at hand is how to maintain your modesty. It is difficult to find appropriate clothes in many shopping malls and clothing retailers. The fashion industry wants you to bare your arms, legs and bosoms because they realize the one thing that you do not. The more skin you show, the more naked you become. I understand that arms and legs are not sexual organs and their function is not to reproduce, but they are parts of your body that deserve the same level of respect as the more private parts do. Just because your arms and legs are not sexual organs does not mean that they are not beautiful and sensual.

The beauty industry knows that a woman’s body is beautiful. This is the reason that there is a product that exists for every part of a woman’s body from her eye lashes to her toe nails and earlobes. Men do not have such products that accentuate their beauty, but women do. There is nothing wrong with being sexy and beautiful, but we as women have to keep it from becoming excessive.

We have to be mindful of how we dress because it is a display of how we think of ourselves and how we want people to treat us. If we are dressed in revealing clothing, men may treat us in such a way that is offensive. Women are not responsible for the actions of such men, but choosing proper clothing will help us to divert negative advertisement of ourselves.

Dave Chappell (a comedian) actually addressed this issue on one of his shows in an indirect way. He said, “If you dress up as a police officer, I will treat you like a police officer. You are wearing a police officer’s uniform. Even if you are pretending to be an officer, I would not know the difference because I am treating you based on how you look.” People do that! It is natural. We know a dog is a dog based on how it looks, barks, and wags its tail. I am sure that some people thought a wolf was a dog, but again there are exceptions, but exceptions do not change the rule.

Modesty reasserts our God given equality to men. Men pay more attention to their visual senses, while women heed more to what they hear. Men find women beautiful and when they see our skin, it is arousing to them. If we cover our skin, a man is able to focus on the task at hand instead of becoming distracted by our looks. We do not have to give up our femininity to be treated equally as men. By giving up our femininity we actually become more masculine, and this is not being equal to a man, it is becoming one.

You can still be a fashionable, beautiful woman even if you are covered up. There are so many prints and colors that you can try along with layering your clothes. I am sure people will say, “Layering clothing will make you become hot” or “I live in the desert” and that is okay. Cotton is lightweight and allows air to circulate through, so you can wear more light colored cotton fabrics.

To truly be modest on the outside, you have to be modest on the inside as well. Pray for God to help you with your modesty, and don’t give up. It may be difficult at first, but all things in life that are worth the fight are. May God bless you and your efforts.

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Sep 17, 2011

We Are But a Moment in Eternity


by Nai'ma Mompoint

"Have they not traveled in the land, and have they hearts where with to feel and ears wherewith to hear ? For indeed it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts, which are within the bosoms, that grow blind." -the Holy Quran (22:46)
We are but moments in Allah’s eternity. Sometimes, it is hard to remember this but we are only a small parts of his grand scheme and the understanding of this should be enough for us to put all of our trust and faith in Allah, subhana wa ta ala. He has drafted its blueprint and is the master worker of existence.

Eeman is not limited to the extent of our physical eyes’ perception. True perception of Allah’s greatness begins within a pure heart. Miracles start with Allah , as he is the source of everything, and a pure heart in this dunya is truly one of his many miracles. “These are they into whose hearts He has impressed faith and strengthened them with a spirit from Him.” -Al Quran (58:22)

The questions at hand are, what is a pure heart and how does one’s heart receive Allah’s purification. How do we know if our hearts are pure? What are some characteristics of the pure at heart? What lies ahead for those of clean heart? How can I become a pious person?

On the authority of Abu 'Abdullah al-Nu'man bin Bashir, radiyallahu 'anhu, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, say:

"Truly, what is lawful is evident, and what is unlawful is evident, and in between the two are matters which are doubtful which many people do not know. He who guards against doubtful things keeps his religion and honour blameless, and he who indulges in doubtful things indulges in fact in unlawful things, just as a shepherd who pastures his flock round a preserve will soon pasture them in it. Beware, every king has a preserve, and the things Allah has declared unlawful are His preserves. Beware, in the body there is a flesh; if it is sound, the whole body is sound, and if it is corrupt, the whole body is corrupt, and behold, it is the heart." [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
Many atheists would argue that they will never worship that which they cannot see. They don’t see anything because of the condition of their hearts. "Such are they whose hearts and ears and eyes God hath sealed. And such are the heedless.” -Al Quran (16:108) When the heart does not perceive anything, it is sick. This heart is often referred to as dead or diseased. This dark heart is one with no eeman and the reason for this lack of eeman is it’s condition.

Some characteristics of a people with pure hearts are obedience to Allah and to what has been conveyed through the messenger of Allah sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam and modesty. This modesty includes modesty in worship. They worship Allah is public as well as in secret and do good deeds solely for the sake of Allah. A conditioned hearted individual loves for the sake of Allah and Allah alone, worship Allah alone with no partners, cling to what is good, and keep themselves free from what is evil.

"Verily in the remembrance of God do hearts find rest." - Al Quran (13:28). The pure heart is in constant remembrance of Allah because it is able to perceive him. “Most surely there is a reminder in this for him who has a heart or he gives ear and is a witness.” - Al Quran (50: 37) If one is seeking purification of his/her heart, they should go to Allah. In turn for this remembrance, Allah places compassion and mercy within them. "And places compassion and mercy in the hearts of those who followed him." -Al Quran (57:27)

"He it is who supporteth thee with His Help and with the believers. And (as for the believers) hath attuned their hearts." - Al Quran (8: 62-63) Thus, it is the remembrance of Him that causes paths to illuminate and the people who hearts Allah has fine tuned with His mercy, are the people who are rightly guided to a beautiful abode and the highest of destinies.

"And the Garden is brought nign for those who kept from evil, no longer distant. (And it is said): that is that which ye were promised, (it is) for every pertinent and heedful one, who feareth the Beneficent in secret and cometh with a contrite heart." -Al Quran (50: 21-33)
Faith and Belief begin in the heart. The more pure our hearts become the stronger our eeman grows. And the stronger our eeman becomes the purer our hearts grow. Remember Allah,. He is the gardener of these blossoming flora.

"And whosoever believeth in God, He guideth his heart. And God is knower of all things." - Al Quran (64:11)

Sep 15, 2011

We are hiring! Habibi Halaqas is looking to fill following positions!


By the mercy of Allah, Habibi Halaqas has expanded faster than all of us imagined, alhumdulillahi rabbil alameen and we are looking to doing bigger and better things inshaAllah! I hope you will join us and our vision of taking this dawah project to much greater heights!

As a Habibi Halaqas Director, you get immense ajr from Allah, limited monetary perks and professional descriptions for your position (s) to place on your resume/biodata inshaAllah.

Habibi Halaqas is looking to fill the following positions. If any of the titles interest you, please email hr.habibihalaqas@gmail.com for more detailed descriptions inshaAllah. [Please include which role(s) you are interested in, in the subject line of your email]

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Sep 12, 2011

Three Words That Make Relationships Better


Three-Word Phrases, can be tools to help develop every relationship.

There are many things that you can do to strengthen your relationships. Often the most effective thing you can do involves saying just three words. When spoken sincerely, these statements often have the power to develop new friendships, deepen old ones and even bring healing to relationships that have soured.

The following three-word phrases can be tools to help develop every relationship.

~ Let me help:
Good friends see a need and then try to fill it. When they see a hurt they do what they can to heal it. Without being asked, they jump in and help out.

~ I understand you:
People become closer and enjoy each other more when the other person accepts and understands them. Letting your spouse know - in so many little ways - that you understand them, is one of the most powerful tools for healing your relationship. And this can apply to any relationship.

~ I respect you:
Respect is another way of showing love. Respect demonstrates that another person is a true equal. If you talk to your children as if they were adults you will strengthen the bonds and become closer friends. This applies to all interpersonal relationships.

~ I miss you:
Perhaps more marriages could be saved and strengthened if couples simply and sincerely said to each other “I miss you.” This powerful affirmation tells partners they are wanted, needed, desired and loved. Consider how important you would feel, if you received an unexpected phone call from your spouse in the middle of your workday, just to say “I miss you.”

~ Maybe you’re right:
This phrase is very effective in diffusing an argument. The implication when you say “maybe you’re right” is the humility of admitting, “maybe I’m wrong”. Let’s face it. When you have an argument with someone, all you normally do is solidify the other person’s point of view. They, or you, will not likely change their position and you run the risk of seriously damaging the relationship between you. Saying “maybe you’re right” can open the door to explore the subject more. You may then have the opportunity to express your view in a way that is understandable to the other person.

~ Please forgive me:
Many broken relationships could be restored and healed if people would admit their mistakes and ask for forgiveness. All of us are vulnerable to faults, foibles and failures. A man should never be ashamed to own up that he has been in the wrong, which is saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

~ I thank you:
Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy. People who enjoy the companionship of good, close friends are those who don’t take daily courtesies for granted. They are quick to thank their friends for their many expressions of kindness. On the other hand, people whose circle of friends is severely constricted often do not have the attitude of gratitude.

~ Count on me:
A friend is one who walks in when others walk out. Loyalty is an essential ingredient for true friendship. It is the emotional glue that bonds people. Those that are rich in their relationships tend to be steady and true friends. When troubles come, a good friend is there indicating “you can count on me.”

~ I’ll be there:
If you have ever had to call a friend in the middle of the night, to take a sick child to hospital, or when your car has broken down some miles from home, you will know how good it feels to hear the phrase “I’ll be there.” Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give. When we are truly present for other people, important things happen to them and us.

We are renewed in love and friendship. We are restored emotionally and spiritually. Being there is at the very core of civility.

~ Go for it:
We are all unique individuals. Don’t try to get your friends to conform to your ideals. Support them in pursuing their interests, no matter how far out they seem to you. God has given everyone dreams, dreams that are unique to that person only.

Support and encourage your friends to follow their dreams. Tell them to “go for it.”

~ I love you:
Perhaps the most important three words that you can say. Telling someone that you truly love them satisfies a person’s deepest emotional needs. The need to belong, to feel appreciated and to be wanted. Your spouse, your children, your friends and you, all need to hear those three little words: “I love you.” Love is a choice. You can love even when the feeling is gone.

Which one is your most favorite? and Can you think of more?

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Sep 5, 2011

Practical Advice: Ibaadah You Can Do in 1 Minute !


Indeed, in one minute, one may do much good and obtain a great reward. One single minute could extend your life, increase your acts of obedience, your understanding, your memorization (of the Quran), and your good deeds. If you know how to spend one minute, it can be added to the book of your good deeds (on the Day of Judgement).

"Beware of every hour and how it passes, and only spend it in the best possible way, do not neglect yourself, but render it accustomed to the noblest and best of actions, and send to your grave that which will please you when you arrive to it." [Imam Ibn Al-Jawzee]




The following are some investments which you can do in one minute:

1- In one minute, you can recite chapter Al-Faatihah (the opening chapter of the Quran) silently. Some scholars, may Allaah have mercy upon them, stated that a person gets more than 1400 good deeds for reciting it once. If one recites it 7 times, one gets 9800 good deeds in one minute.

2- In one minute, you can say ''Astaghfiru Allaah'' (I seek forgiveness of Allaah) more than 100 times. The virtue of seeking forgiveness is well-known, it is a reason of obtaining forgiveness, entering Paradise, having good provisions, increasing one's strength, repelling harm, having affairs facilitated, the descent of rain, and increasing in wealth and children.

3- In one minute, you can read a part of the Quran.

4- In one minute, you can memorize a small verse of the Quran.

5- In one minute, you can say ''Laa ilaaha illa Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa 'ala kulli chay'in qadeer'' (None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah Alone, He has neither partners nor associates, to Him belongs sovereignty and praise and He is over all things wholly capable) 20 times; its reward is setting 8 slaves free for the sake of Allaah from the children of Ismaa'eel (Ishmael), may Allaah exalt his mention.

6- In one minute, you can say ''Subhaana Allaah wa bihamdihi'' (How perfect Allaah is and all praise be to Him) 100 times, and whoever says this, his sins will be forgiven even if they were like the foams of the sea.

7- In one minute, you can say ''Subhaana Allaah wa bihamdihi, Subhaana Allaah Al-Adheem'' (How perfect Allaah is and all praise be to Him, how perfect Allaah is, The Supreme) 50 times, and these are two expressions which are easy to say, but they are very heavy on the scale of good deeds, and they are beloved to Allaah. [ [Bukhari: Hadith No:673, V:8] and [Bukhari, B:9, V:93, Hadith 652]].

Prophet Muhammad (sallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said, "There are) two words which are dear to the Beneficent (Allah) and very light (easy) for the tongue (to say), but very heavy in weight in the balance. They are: Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azim (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise)'.

8- The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: ''If I were to say: ''Subhaana Allaah, wal hamdu lillaah, wa laa ilaaha illa Allaah, wallaahu Akbar'' (How perfect Allaah is, all praise be to Allaah, None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, and Allaah is the greatest.) it is better for me than the whole world.'' [Muslim]. In one minute, you can say all the above words 18 times, and these words are the most beloved words to Allaah, and the best of all speeches, and their weight on the scale of good deeds is very heavy, as reported in authentic narrations.

9- In one minute, you can say ''la hawla wa laa quwwata illa billaah'' (there is neither might nor power except by Allaah) more than 40 times. This is a treasure among the treasures of Paradise, as reported by Al-Bukhaari and Muslim, may Allaah have mercy upon them. It is also one of the major reasons of bearing difficulties and hardship.

10- In one minute, you can say ''Laa ilaaha illa Allaah'' (None has the right to be worshipped but Allaah) approximately 50 times, and it is the greatest word, as it is the word of Tawheed (Oneness of Allaah), a good word, and a firm statement, and whoever says this expression as his last words before breathing his last, he will enter Paradise; the above expression also has other virtues.

11- In one minute, you can say: ''Subhaanah Allaah wa bihamdihi, 'adada khalqihi, wa ridha nafsihi, wa zinata 'arshihi, wa midaada kalimaatihi'' (How perfect Allaah is and all praise be to Allaah, by the number of His Creation and His Pleasure, and by the weight of His Throne, and the ink of His Words) more than 15 times. This statement equals multiplied rewards of ordinary legislated mention of Allaah, as confirmed by the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam.

13- In one minute, you can give a short summarized speech which could be very beneficial for the listeners.

14- In one minute, you can exalt the mention of the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, by saying ''Sala Allaahu 'Alayhi wa sallam'' (may Allaah exalt his mention) 50 times, for which Allaah will exalt your mention 500 times, because one exaltation is multiplied tenfold.

15- In one minute, you can think about the creation of the heavens and the earth, as a result you will be considered among the people of understanding whom Allaah mentioned in the Quran.

16- In one minute, you can think about being grateful to Allaah, loving Him, fearing Him, hoping for Him (His Mercy) and longing to meet Him; by doing so, you would have achieved great acts of worship while you may be lying down on your bed or walking in the street.

17- In one minute, you can read more than two pages from a beneficial book which is easy to understand.

18- In one minute, you can keep ties with your kinship by phoning them.

19- In one minute, you can supplicate with general supplications.

20- In one minute, you can greet (by saying Salaam to) a number of people and shake hands with them.

21- In one minute, you can forbid evil.

22- In one minute, you can enjoin good.

23- In one minute, you can advise a brother.

24- In one minute, you can intercede in doing good for a person.

25- In one minute, you can comfort a distressed person.

26- In one minute, you can take off an obstacle from the road.

27- By benefiting from one minute, you will preserve and benefit from other times.

Therefore, according to your sincerity and being conscious that Allaah is always watching you, your good deeds and reward may be multiplied.

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You should know that most of the actions do not necessitate anything from you, you do not need to be in a state of purity and they do not cause you any hardship.




You may do the above deeds while walking on the road, or being in a car, or while lying down, or sitting, or waiting for someone. In addition to this, these actions are the best reasons for achieving happiness, being content and overcoming problems and difficulties.




Finally, I suggest that you keep this paper in your pocket in order to remember these actions and to read it over to your Muslim brothers. By doing so, you will help them to benefit from their time and you should not underestimate any good deed. Indeed the person who enjoins others to do good is as if he did those good actions himself [he will get their reward without diminishing anything from their own reward].




What other "1 minute" good deeds can you think of ? Post them below in comments:

Sep 4, 2011

Advice To The Beginners by Imam Shafi'i

Let time pass by, and do as it wishes;
Be strong when the decreed is delivered to you.
Wail not for your afflictions in the night
For, worldly miseries are not everlasting
When calamity strikes, face up like a man
And let your traits be that of forgiveness and fidelity
If your flaws are plenty and are manifest
And your wish is that they be concealed Know, that Forgiveness hides every fault
And how many flaws are veiled by generosity!
Neither does agony abide, nor happiness
And neither bad-times nor times of joy and comfort
Never should you seek to humiliate your enemies
Because the desire to disgrace them is in itself a malady
Do not expect forgiveness from a miser,
The parched do not quench their thirst from fire
Your sustenance will not diminish by neglect,
And it will not increase by exertion or by more toil
When you have a heart that is satisfied, content -
You will be like the one who owns the whole world
And those who have entered the sphere of death
The earth cannot hide them nor heavens
Surely, the land of Allāh is vast, but -
When misfortune strikes, the air becomes stifling
Let the world betray and deceive every moment -
No matter what; there is no escape from death.


Dīwān ash-Shāfiýī p.111; Khazānatu’l Adab 2/426; Jawāhiru’l Adab p.665

Sep 2, 2011

SPECIAL Invitation to Post Ramadan Program with Muhammad Alshareef


Assalamalaykum! 

We all witness our energy and productivity go down drastically after Ramadan. How can we keep up our momentum? ---> http://bit.ly/postramadan

This is a SPECIAL invitation for YOU to Post Ramadan program with Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef (read details below). 


I have been a part of this program for past 2 years and once again I will be enrolling in it this year, inshaAllah! Below is my personal testimonial for this program:

"Assalamalaikum Shaykh ... I wish to say Jazzak Allah khair to you for this program...The program was so beneficial its hard to describe in words...its like a veil of negativity was lifted from my eyes and I can think more clearly and see things in a more positive light. Its time to BRING IT ! Jazzak Allah khair" - Kanika, Chicago


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Program Details:

What: Bring It! 3.0 - An All-Out Post-Ramadan No-Nonsense 10 day "Get it Done" Boot Camp
When: Starts Sept 12 (see below)
Where: www.PostRamadan.com
Why: Because this is one of most crucial times to move forward with your life.

REGISTER NOW! ---> http://bit.ly/postramadan


  • Same content is conducted twice LIVE each day from 4pm-6pm NY time and 10pm-12am NY time
  • You don’t have to travel anywhere, because the entire program is conducted online
  • Each day’s audio, powerpoint, and resources will be provided to you so that you can keep it forever and relive the experience every Ramadan, any time you want.


10 day program divided over the whole Ramadan Year. Check out the dates:

Post–Ramadan 2011: (6 Days)
September 12 – 14 2011 Monday to Wednesday
September 19 – 21 2011 Monday to Wednesday

The New Year: (2 Days)
February 28 – 29 2012 Tuesday & Wednesday

Pre–Ramadan 2012: (2 Days)
July 3 – 4 2012 Tuesday & Wednesday



REGISTER NOW! ---> http://bit.ly/postramadan

If you have ANY questions regarding the program, please feel free to email me at habibihalaqas@gmail.com! I really hope to see you in the program, inshaAllah :)

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Kanika Aggarwal
Founder, http://habibihalaqas.org