Historic Events During Ramadhan
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An exceptional effort all around!!!
By Ustadh Sa'id Hunafaa
Alhamdullilah, Ramadan 2014 was truly a blessed month where many individuals, families, masjids and communities came forth to serve the Muslim community and volunteer for different projects throughout Ramadan. Different…More...
Madinah Food Pantry Winter Food Drive
Madinah Food Pantry will be collecting food items from November 1st thru December 31, 2015 for families in need of food. Please review the following items needed if you would like to donate food:
- Milk (2%, almond or soy milk or lactaid)
- Foods high in protein such as canned meats (i.e., tuna, and salmon) and canned or dried beans (assorted types)
- Halal meats (goat, lamb, beef, and hand slaughtered chicken)
- Foods high in nutrients, such as canned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar)
- Whole-grain foods such as brown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta and crackers
- Soups, chilies and stews (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat and organic types)
- 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
- Oatmeal, sooji (cream of wheat), pancake mix, grits and syrup
- Sauces (spaghetti, tomato, and salsa/hot sauce)
- Jams and jellies (strawberry, apple and grape) and some sugar free for diabetics
- Tea (black, green and herb), hot chocolate and coffee
- And other nutritious, “healthy-choice” foods (preferably with reduced fat, sodium and sugar) (example: granola bars, fruit bars, Horizon snacks, raisins, nuts).
Madinah Food Pantry can't accept the following items to ensure food safety:
Alhamdullilah, we would like to thank everyone who donated EID gifts for Eid ul Adha. There was an exceptional effort made by sisters from Marietta, Alpharetta and Johns Creek who made goody bags for children and teens (60 or more), as well as donated gift cards for older teens. The goody bags were delivered to many Muslim families living in the metro Atlanta area during the EID.
We would also like to thank Ilm Academy’s first grade class located in Roswell, GA. for their donations for children. May Allah Subhanahu wa ta ’Ala bless and reward everyone for all of their time and efforts in serving the Muslim community and making the EID a joyous event for others.
Concerning the Special Qualities of the Month of Muharram and Yawm ul ‘Ashura
An Excerpt from Al Ghunya lit Taalibi Tariqal Haqq
Of Sayyidinaa Shaykh Abdul Qadir al Gilani [Quddus us Sirrahoo]
Narrated Sayyidatunaa 'Aisha Radhi Allahu ‘anha:
Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) ordered (the Muslims) to fast on the day of 'Ashura', and when fasting in the month of Ramadan was prescribed, it became optional for one to fast on that day ('Ashura') or not.
[Sahih Al Bukhari]
حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو الْيَمَانِ، أَخْبَرَنَا شُعَيْبٌ، عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي عُرْوَةُ بْنُ الزُّبَيْرِ، أَنَّ عَائِشَةَ ـ رضى الله عنها ـ قَالَتْ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَمَرَ بِصِيَامِ يَوْمِ عَاشُورَاءَ، فَلَمَّا فُرِضَ رَمَضَانُ كَانَ مَنْ شَاءَ صَامَ، وَمَنْ شَاءَ أَفْطَرَ.
Sayyidinaa Abu Qatadah narrated that:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: "Fast the Day of Ashura, for indeed I anticipate that Allah will forgive (the sins of) the year before it." [Tirmidhi]
Each year Muslims throughout the world anticipate the coming of the New Year, welcoming the sacred month of Muharram. Within it is a day like no other, the Blessed Day of Ashura. Below is an excerpt from Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth, by Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani detailing these many blessings of Muharram and Ashura.
As we are reliably informed by Shaikh Abu Nasr Muhammad ibn al-Banna, Allah's Messenger once said: If someone observes a day of fasting during Muharram, for every such day he will be credited with thirty days.
According to another traditional report, transmitted by Maimun ibn Mihran on the authority of Ibn Abbas (May Allah Ta'ala be pleased with him and his father), Allah's Messenger also said: If someone fasts on the day of Ashura in Muharram, he will be granted the spiritual reward of ten thousand angels. If someone provides a believer with a meal to break his fast on the night of Ashura, it will be just as if the entire community of Sayyidinaa Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had broken fast as his guests, and had filled their stomachs to capacity. "O Messenger of Allah", his listeners exclaimed, ' it would seem that Allah ta' ala has given preference to the day of Ashura over all the other days!' "Yes," said he as he went on to explain: Allah (Exalted is He) created the heavens on the day of ' Ashura'. He created the mountains on the day of ' Ashura. He created the oceans on the day of ' Ashura'. He created the Pen on the day of Ashura. He created the Tablet on the day of Ashura. He created Adam (peace be upon him) on the day of 'Ashura', and He caused him to enter the Garden of Paradise on the day of Ashura. Abraham (peace be upon him) was born on the day of 'Ashura, and Allah Ta' Ala delivered him from the fiery furnace on the day of Ashura, then He redeemed his son from being sacrificed on the day of Ashura. He caused Pharaoh to drown on the day of Ashura. Allah (Exalted is He) relieved Job [Ayyub] (peace be upon him) of his trials and tribulations on the day of Ashura. Allah [Exalted is He] relented toward Adam (peace be upon him) on the day of Ashura. Allah [Exalted is He] forgave the sin of David [Dawud] (peace be upon him) on the day of Ashura. Jesus [Isa] (Peace be upon him) was born on the day of Ashura. The Day of Resurrection will occur on the day of Ashura.
According to another version of this report, likewise transmitted on the authority of Ibn Abbas (may Allah have be pleased with him), “If someone strokes the head of an orphan with his hand on the day of Ashura, for every hair on the orphan's head, Allah ta' ala will promote him by one degree in the garden of Paradise.
Once again Insha Allahu ta 'ala Madinah Food Pantry will be picking up and distributing Qurbani meat to Muslim families in Northeast Georgia and metro Atlanta. This year our targeted distribution is at least 75 families.
If you would like to donate meat or know someone that would like to donate, or wish to make a referral for a family in need of Qurbani meat, please contact us as soon as possible.
Jazak Allah Khairan.
The Blessings of the First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah
Alhamdulillah, Once again Allahu ta ‘ala has blessed us to see the approach of the blessed month of Dhul Hijjah and the blessed first ten days. With these blessed ten days comes another opportunity to seek Allah’s forgiveness and mercy. So too another opportunity for self-purification. In these cycles of sacred times, we find the heavenly gift of a renewed chance to replenish our souls and seek Allah’s reward and proximity.
Among the reports transmitted regarding the sanctity of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, the following has been related on the authority of Sayyiduna Ibn Abbas (Radhi Allahu Anhu):
حدثنا هناد حدثنا أبو معاوية عن الأعمش عن مسلم هو البطين وهو ابن أبي عمران عن سعيد بن جبير عن ابن عباس قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ما من أيام العمل الصالح فيهن أحب إلى الله من هذه الأيام العشر فقالوا يا رسول الله ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله إلا رجل خرج بنفسه وماله فلم يرجع من ذلك بشيء وفي الباب عن ابن عمر وأبي هريرة وعبد الله بن عمرو وجابر قال أبو عيسى حديث ابن عباس حديث حسن صحيح غريب
The Messenger of Allah (Sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa ‘Aalihi wa sallim) said: “There are no days in which actions are superior than in these days.” It was asked, “Not even fighting for the sake of Allah?” He replied, “Not even fighting for the sake of Allah, except that a person sets out with his life and his wealth and returns with neither.” [Musnad al-Imam Ahmad,Vol. 1, Page 346]
On the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (Radi Allahu Anhu), the Messenger of Allah (Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim) said: “There are no days more beloved to Allah that He be worshiped in them than the ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Each day of fasting in it is equivalent to the fast of an entire year. And each night standing in prayer is equivalent to standing in prayer on the Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr).” [Jaami' al-Tirmidhi, Vol. 3, Hadith 758]
Also due to the stature and merits of these days, Allahu ta ‘ala swore by them when He said: “By oath of the (particular) dawn. And by oath of ten nights. [al-Fajr: 1-2],” and in them, He bestowed many of His bounties on His Prophets.
Sayyiduna Ibn Abbas (Radi Allahu Anhu) relates that in the ten days of Dhul Hijjah, Allah accepted the repentance of Prophet Adam (‘Alaihi salaam), and in it Prophet Ibrahim (‘Alaihi salaam) became the intimate friend (khalil) of Allah “…And Allah made Ibrahim His close friend. [al-Nisa: 125].” Hence, he submitted his wealth to the two noble guests (i.e. the angels sent to the people of Lut [Hud: 69-79]), his soul to the flames, his son to sacrifice, and his heart to the Most-Merciful One (al-Rahman). In it the Prophet Musa (‘Alaihi salaam) was also honored with the following call, “Said Allah, “O Musa! I have chosen you from mankind by (bestowing) My messages and by My speech; so accept what I have bestowed upon you and be among the thankful.” [al-A'raaf: 144],”and Prophet Dawud (‘Alaihi salaam) was granted forgiveness, “We therefore forgave him this; and indeed for him in Our presence are, surely, proximity and an excellent abode. [Saad: 25].”
It is said that the chief of all the months is Ramadan and the most sanctified of the sacred months (Ash'hur al-Hurum) is Dhul Hijjah and the most beloved days of this month to Allah is the first ten. Good works in them are multiplied. It is also said that whoever honors these ten days, Allah honors him with ten bounties: blessing in his life, increase in his wealth, protection of his family, atonement for his sins, multiplication of his good deeds, ease in his last days of life, light for his darkness, weight on his scale, salvation from descending , and ascension into.
It is reported that al-Awza'i said: “It has reached me that good works in the ten days have the worth of fighting for the sake of Allah. Fasts its day and worships during its night, except that Allah records for him martyrdom for the sake of Allah.”
For this reason, it is encouraged for one to strive to worship and perform good deeds during these days; including acts such as fasting, prayer, remembrance (dhikr), visiting the sick, showing kindness to orphans, attending gatherings of knowledge, and turning one’s focus towards Allah. It is also reported that Sayyiduna Umar bin al-Khattab and Ibn Abbas (Radhi Allahu Anhumma) used to go out to the marketplace and exalt Allah through saying Takbir and that the people used to join them in their exaltation of Allah. Among the distinct days of these ten, is the eighth of Dhul Hijjah known as the Day of “Watering” (Yawm al-Tarwiyah) because on this day the pilgrims in Makkah al-Mukarramah are given drink and they fill their vessels in preparation for the Day of 'Arafah.
By Hakimah Raziya A. Mumin: In America, 67 million peoples have been diagnosed with hypertension, and the number is climbing. Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. There many causes of this disease, the main one is poor nutrition. A few others are over eating, age, sleep apnea, hormonal disorders, kidney disease, drugs, and lack of exercise. High blood pressure is a reaction to the waste that is inside of blood vessels. This excess sludge that is on the walls of blood vessels causes the heart to work harder. High cholesterol can clog the arteries. Excess cholesterol can also damage the heart and blood vessels. The blood pressure is a natural function that Allah Ta Ala has create which sustains life. So what is blood pressure actually? It is the amount of force exerted in the blood stream as it passes through the arteries. When the heart contracts or squeezes down it forces blood into the arteries. This is called systolic pressure (the top number on the diagnostic reading).
Diastolic pressure happens when the heart is at rest or relaxing in between beats. At this time the heart is filled with blood and pressure against the artery wall drops. This is the bottom figure in the diagnostic reading. If you have a reading of 120/80 this is considered normal. A reading of 140/85-90 is considered border line and as the numbers increase the problems may occur. As we age our blood pressure does rise a little. Heart attack is one of the major killers in America. Every 34 seconds someone passes of a heart attack or stroke. Understanding how the heart works and what it needs helps you take care of it better. There many herbs, exercises, and foods that help reduce blood pressure. Modern living has cause many illnesses. Fast food, processed, high fat content, refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup are the main villains in this fight for health.
Some of the best herbs to have in your cabinet to lower blood pressure are; hawthorn leaves berries (cardiac herb), kelp (reduces H.B.P and high cholesterol), valerian (nervine tonic, tranquilizer sedative), fenugreek (dissolves mucus and fatty substances), parsley (diuretic blood cleanser), ginger (dilating), dandelions (diuretic), these are all very helpful.
By Hakimah Raziya A. Mumin:The thyroid is a little butterfly shaped gland in your neck. Which has an enormous job to play in how your body works. The endocrine system (also called the glandular system), has many important functions in the body that affect our well-being. The thyroid gland makes, stores, and releases hormones into the blood. These hormones affect, mood, temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, almost every living cell in the body, and helps control body functions. The thyroid takes its orders directly from the brain and spinal cord. They have the vital job of regulating our bodies which in some situations could be life threatening. There are many toxins in our world today that compromise glandular health. These toxins are in every day house hold product and in the food we eat. It is essential that we keep our thyroid glands in the best of health. Here we will look at two glandular illnesses that are sky rocketing out of proportion.
Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, which are similar in the fact that they are both glandular disorders. They are however opposites, one disorder produces too much thyroid hormone hyperthyroidism, and the other produces too little…. hypothyroidism. Both illnesses cause major problems within the body. Hyperthyroidism, or Graves’ disease is the most common form of hyperthyroidism. It is caused by anti-bodies that mistakenly stimulate the thyroid gland to produce too many hormones. As a result the pituitary gland overrides the thyroid glands normal instructions. A goiter, which is a term used to describe any enlargement of the thyroid gland, is often caused by iodine deficiency. Hyperthyroidism also causes problems with the body metabolizing food. It is an illness that can go undetected for years. Many people attribute these same symptoms to just getting older. It is estimated that over nine million people in the United States have it. What cause this illness? Here are a few possible answers;
1. Bisphenol-A- (BPA), a synthetic compound with hormone like qualities. It disrupts the normal functions of the thyroid gland, you can find it in milk cartons, all plastic bottles, and many other products.
“The National Institutes of Health's National Toxicology Program recently reaffirmed its findings that current research supports concerns over BPA's effects on the developing brains and endocrine systems of infants, children and adults. The National Toxicology Program has no ability to regulate the chemical, however, and can only make recommendations to the EPA and FDA.” An excerpt taken from Science Daily.
Madinah Food Pantry and Family Services will again be collecting and distributing Zakat and Sadaqah Fitr this year. Sadaqah al Fitr should be given for distribution before going to the Eidgah or the Masjid for Salaatul 'Eid. Arrangements can be made to have your Zakat or Sadaqah al Fitr (Fitrana) collected from your home. Sadaqa al Fitr can be donated by way of dates, raisins, grain such as rice, wheat etc. It may also be donated in the form of cash. Please contact us as soon as possible.
What is Sadaqah al Fitr?
Sadaqah al Fitr is what is donated to those eligible to receive it, in the form of dates raisins, barley, wheat etc.. or its' equivalent in cash before the "Eid al Fitr Salat on the first of day of the month of Shawwal. This is Wajib (compulsory) on anyone who one is in posession of personal items equal to the value (Nisaab) requiring one to pay Zakat. The current valuation for Nisaab asof July 9th 2015 is $3461.55 Unlike Zakat these items do not have to be in ones's posession for one year but are in ones' posession at the time the Eid salaah approaches.
The great Hanafi jurist Ibn al-Humaam Rahmatullahi 'alaihi mentions,