Syrian Refugee Bullied in School

This video shows an Islamophobic attack on a Syrian refugee schoolboy in the UK

A video circulated on Twitter has shown a young Syrian refugee, Jamal, being violently attacked by a fellow student. The video shows Jamal being tackled, choked, and ‘waterboarded’ with a bottle of water by the student, as onlookers stand by and watch.

Jamals attacker is a supporter of a number of far-right groups in the UK, including Britain First and the English Defence League. His brother was arrested and imprisoned in 2015 for violence during an English Defence League demonstration.

One of the most tragic things about the incident is Jamal and his family’s background. Originally from Homs, Syria, Jamal’s family was targeted by the Assad regime with kidnappings, torture and murder, before fleeing to Lebanon and living in poverty. They eventually were able to resettle in the UK, where within months of joining their new school, Jamal and his sister began being bullied.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support Jamal and his family as they struggle to deal with the attacks and abuse.

 

Everything you should know about the birth of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Everything you should know about the birth of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  

How familiar are you with the birthday of the noble Prophet of Allah, Muhammad ﷺ? Here are some facts that you should know about this tremendous day in the history of Islam.

The Prophet ﷺ was born on a Monday

When the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was asked about fasting on Mondays. He replied, “That is the day on which I was born and the day on which I received Revelation.”

Sahih Muslim

He was born in the year of the elephant (Approx 570CE)

This year was named after the event whereby Allah protected the Kabaah from an invading Abyssinian army. This incident is related in the Chapter of the Elephant (Quran Ch. 105).

Al-Muttalib bin ‘Abdullah bin Qais bin Makhramah narrates from his father, who narrates from his grandfather, that he said:

“I and the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, were born in the Year of the Elephant”

Tirmidhi (Sahih)

He was born in Rabi Al-Awal

Many of the scholars agree that the Prophet ﷺ was born in Rabi Al-Awal, the third month of the Islamic Calendar, the exact date of his birth is debated among scholars

He was born in Makkah

The Prophet ﷺ was born in Makkah in close proximity to the Kaabah. The place of his birth is now a library today.

Many miracles happened at his birth

A 1000 year old fire, which was being worshipped, was extinguished in Persia.

(Al Raheeq Al Maktum)

The lake of Sawah, which was also worshiped, dried up at the Prophet’s birth.

(Hani al-Makhzumi)

His mother, Aminah, mentioned that she did not suffer any of the usual pains of pregnancy as with other women.

(Ibn Ishaq)

Prior to his birth, she also dreamt that she gave birth to a tremendous light that extended to the Palaces of Busra in Syria.

(Ibn Ishaq)

On the night he was born it was reported that an immense light immersed from her that lit up the entire house.

(Ibn Hajar Fath Al-Bari)

May Allah send His peace and blessings upon the noble Prophet, Muhammad ﷺ and allow his light to shine across the globe.

Common mistakes in Jumuah

Common mistakes in Jumuah

Jumuah is a congregational prayer that Muslims hold every Friday instead of the Zuhr prayer.

These are some of the most common mistakes in Jumuah

Speaking during the khutbah

The Prophet ﷺ warned us that one should not speak during the Khutbah even if it is to tell someone to be quiet.

Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said,

“When the Imam is delivering the Khutba, and you ask your companion to keep quiet and listen, you have done something wrong.” –

Bukhari

Being distracted during the sermon

The Prophet ﷺ warned us that being distracted during the sermon will nullify our rewards, one should keep quiet and listen attentively when the Imam speaks.

“One who distracts himself with pebbles during the Khutbah will not get the (Jumu’ah) reward”.

[Muslim]

Working during the Friday Prayer

A common obstacle we face when trying to attend the Friday prayer is our responsibilities at work. Allah ﷻ commands us in Surah Al-Jumuah to stop working and attend prayer when the adhan is called.

O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu’ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew. (

Quran 62:9)

Arriving late

Shot of brother 2 arriving late to the masjid, he runs into the masjid looking at his watch. Shot of him running to prayer from behind people praying.

The Prophet ﷺ said whoever performs Ghusl, arrives early, gets close to the khatib and listens, there will be a reward of a year of fasting and praying for every step he takes.

[Tirmidhi]

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “On every Friday the angels take their stand at every gate of the mosque to write the names of the people chronologically (i.e. according to the time of their arrival for the Friday prayer) and when the Imam sits (on the pulpit) they fold up their scrolls and get ready to listen to the sermon.”

[Bukhari]

As well as being fard (obligatory) Jumuah is a means of forgiveness of sins.

Allah’s Messenger said:

“The five prayers, and Al-Jumuah (the Friday prayer) to Al-Jumuah are atonement for what is between them, as long as the major sins have not been committed.”

Not wearing your best and cleanest clothes

The Prophet (saw) always wore his best and cleanest clothes for Jumuah and advised others to do so.

O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid (Quran 7:31)

“There is nothing wrong with any one of you, if he can afford it, buying two garments for Friday, other than his daily work clothes.”

[Sunan Ibn Majah]

Let’s try our best to avoid these mistakes this Jumuah.

Haji Abdul Wahab – A beloved scholar has just passed away

Haji Abdul Wahab The leader of one of the biggest Muslim movements in the world

Haji Abdul-Wahab, the leader of one of the largest Muslim movements, the Tablighi Jama’at, has just passed away.

Haji Muhammad Abdul-Wahab was a beloved scholar and caller to Islam who was born in pre-partition India.

At the age of 21, he joined the school of Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi in Nizamudeen. After 6 months, he quit his job as a civil servant and dedicated his life to the Tablighi Jama’at, being one of the first 5 people in Pakistan to do so.

Under Haji Abdul-Wahab leadership, the followers of the Tablighi Jama’at now number between 12 and 150 million followers, with their annual gathering, called the Ijtema, being the second largest gathering of Muslims after the hajj pilgrimage.

He was ranked as the 14th most influential Muslim in the world in the annual “Muslim 500” report.

The passing of Haji Abdul-Wahab was greeted with sadness by many around the world, with the President of Pakistan, Imran Khan, tweeting:

May Allah reward Haji Abdul Wahab for his many works, have mercy on him, and elevate him to the highest stations of paradise!

How NOT to treat your workers

How you should NOT treat your workers

This short skit is a hilarious look at how you should never treat your workers in the workplace.

When it comes to the rights of workers, Islam has always been very clear on how they should and shouldn’t be treated. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ always emphasised the importance of looking after those who are under your authority, and the employee is definitely no exception.

Many narrations of the Prophet stress the importance of paying your workers on time, avoiding overburdening them, treating them with respect and of course being lenient when need be.

Abdullah ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, said,

“Pay the worker his wages before his sweat has dried.”

Sunan Ibn Majah (Sahih)

Jabir bin Abdullah reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

“May Allah have mercy on a person who is lenient when he sells, lenient when he buys, and lenient when he asks for payment.”

Sunan Ibn Majah

When we look at the treatment the Prophet ﷺ showed towards those under his authority, we see he displayed the epitome of gentleness and mercy.

Anas Ibn Malik narrates that “I served the Prophet ﷺ for ten years, and he never said to me,

“Uf” (a minor harsh word denoting impatience) and never blamed me by saying, “Why did you do so or why didn’t you do so?”

Sahih Al Bukhari

Kind and fair treatment, of course, extends to both the employee and employer. It is important that both parties are just in their dealings with one another and uphold the trust that exists between them both.

As Allah mentions in the Quran

“Those who are faithfully true to their Amanat (all the duties which Allah has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts etc.) and to their covenants”

Holy Quran 23:8

May Allah allow us to embody the principles of honesty, trustworthiness, and uprightness in the workplace in all our dealings.

Gerard Butler faces criticism for supporting Israel

Gerard Butler faces criticism after supporting the IDF

Actor Gerard Butler has faced a swarm of criticism from Palestinian activists after posting images of his severely damaged house on social media. His house was burnt following the tragic California Fires that have been ravaging the state for the past weekend.

The criticism is predominantly due to his support of the Israeli Defense Force in a recent fundraising Gala dinner. Many online users pointed out the hypocrisy of Butler in shedding light on the destroyed homes in California, yet simultaneously supporting an army which systematically destroys Palestinian homes year on end.

Earlier this month, Butler along with many other Hollywood celebrities including Pharrell Williams, joined hands to help the Israeli Defense Forces raise $60 million. The fundraiser was hosted by the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) and took place in Los Angeles in an attempt to provide

“A rare and exclusive opportunity to pay tribute to the state of Israel and its brave men and women in uniform.”The organisation stated that the money collected was to be used to “support the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)”.

Butler has always been vocal in his support of Israel and has also expressed his apathy towards any potential criticism in the past. In one interview he stated

“All I know is I love Israel and I don’t worry about any criticism, pro or negative views”.

He ironically also made this statement last month to Walla! News, in reference to his support of Israel:

“I’ll ask someone to burn my house down in Los Angeles so I won’t have anywhere to go back to, and I won’t have any choice but to stay in Israel.”

While we definitely do not derive any pleasure in watching someone go through a loss, especially in such tragic circumstances, it’s important that Gerard Butler is held to account for his support of the Israeli Defense Force. His hypocrisy also needs to be called out and his standing as as a person of influence, necessitate that he is more vigilant in his choices.

One Instagram user said it best, when he said

“I take no joy in this and am sorry you lost your home. I want you to understand tho (sic), this is what Palestinians have suffered for 70 years. Yet you just helped raise another 60 million for the IDF, who brought the same to them. Do you understand their pain now? Unfortunately they are not rich like you so it’s not easy for them to rebuild their homes”.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those that are suffering in Palestine as a result of the Israeli Army’s aggression, particularly in Gaza. We also hope more celebrities and social influencers will be more vigilant before advocating any support for the IDF.

Our deepest condolences are also with all those battling the Californian fires and our prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy. We also pray that all those who have lost their homes, whether in California or Palestine, will have a speedy return.

This political dog-whistling needs to stop

The Bourke Street tragedy was horrific, but blaming the Muslim community is irresponsible

Last Friday, Melbourne’s Bourke Street saw another unspeakable tragedy, this time at the hands of a young man whose family and religious teacher have confirmed was afflicted with mental illness. Hassan Khalif Shire Ali stabbed three people, killing the beloved Melbourne community figure Sisto Malaspina before being shot dead by police.

As the nation came to grips with the tragedy, some Australian media outlets and politicians took the opportunity to score some cheap political points. The Home Affairs minister wasted no time in announcing potential changes to immigration laws, and our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison went as far as to “call out” what he said was the “real problem”, which was “radical, violent, extremist Islam that opposes our very way of life.”

This reaction bears comparison with a similar incident that occurred on the same street in 2017, when James Gargasoulas drove his car into a crowd of people, killing 6 and wounding 30. Since the incident, Gargasoulas has had continuous coverage about the impact of mental illness on his crime, none of which was declared a “lame excuse” by Scott Morrison, as he said on Monday in response to a statement by Shire Ali’s family.

The responses by the Prime Minister, the Home Affairs Minister, and the numerous media outlets who took the opportunity to dog-whistle about the Muslim community has been roundly criticised by Muslim leaders, with the Australian National Imams Council and the Islamic Council of Victoria both releasing statements expressing their condolences to the family of the victim, and condemning both the horrific attack, and the irresponsible response.

In their statement, the ICV said,

“the religion of Islam had nothing to do with the attacks last Friday. To insinuate otherwise is absurd.”

Locusts in the Quran

Miracles in the Quran – Locusts in The Quran

The Quran is filled with numerous miracles and features that all attest to its authenticity as the book of God. Amongst these features is the Quran’s remarkable use of language when describing certain occurrences and events.

For instance, many have noted the Quran’s remarkable usage of the word “علقة” (clinging, leech-like substance) to describe embryonic development. The word has left scholars around the world dumbfounded when considering its accuracy in describing the human embryo 1400 years ago.

Another example is the Quranic choice of words to describe the resurrection of mankind.

There eyes humbled, they will emerge from the graves as if they were scattered locusts.

Quran 54:7

In this verse, Allah likens the resurrection of man coming out of their graves to the emergence of locusts. At first glance, it may seem quite ordinary, yet this is not until one actually observes the activity of locusts.

At the beginning of their lives, locusts emerge from the ground after hatching. After their emergence, they then gather in large groups that densely occupy an area in their millions. Such a dense swarm of insects is a rare sight that often amazes filmmakers for its uniqueness. A desert locust swarm can expand to almost 1200 square kilometers in size and pack between 40 and 80 million locusts into a square kilometre. To put this into perspective, this is approximately the size of Sydney and its surrounding areas.

In fact, such is their immense quantity that they are responsible for many agricultural disasters that occur all over the world and throughout history. They are also considered pests that feed off of farmers crops.

Allah, in fact, makes mention of locusts being used as a tool to destroy the land of the tyrant Pharoah.

So We sent upon them the flood and locusts and lice and frogs and blood as distinct signs, but they were arrogant and were a criminal people.

Quran 7:133

Having an extremely large population emerging from under the ground and engrossing an extremely immense section of the Earth’s surface is a sight that distinctively compares to our resurrection. No doubt, the example of locusts is a remarkable metaphor that uniquely describes the Day of Judgement in a manner like no other.

May Allah allow us to ponder over the Quran and benefit from its extraordinary reminders.

Source:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/locust-insect

Suicide is a growing problem in our community

Suicide in the Muslim community is a real problem

Talking about mental health issues is a very difficult thing to do in the Muslim community. Whilst national data around deaths by self-harm do not indicate the race or religion of those deceased, many doctors, social workers and mental health professionals have noted a worrying increase in Muslims self-harming and attempting to take their own lives.

This is by no means only a Muslim issue. In 2017 intentional self-harm was a leading cause of premature mortality in Australia. While intentional self-harm accounts for a relatively small proportion (1.9%) of all deaths in Australia, it accounts for a high proportion of deaths among younger people. Suicide accounted for over one-third of deaths (36%) among people aged 15-24 years of age, and over a quarter of deaths (30.9%) among those aged 25-34 years. There were 108,081 years of life lost to intentional self-harm in 2017.

For Dr Mohamed Helmy, an academic lecturer and mental health clinician at South West Sydney Mental Health Services, one of the major pathways towards suicidality can be found in drug and alcohol abuse.

“We’ve seen many people who have reached the stage of ‘drug-induced psychosis’, which means they have consumed illicit drugs and alcohol excessively. Their mental world becomes deteriorating rapidly, and the also become disconnected from reality. At that point, anything can go, and that’s where see a lot of suicide.”

One major factor around suicide in the Muslim community is the religious prohibition of the act of taking one’s life. According to Dr. Helmy, this is a major deterrent for many Muslims, who may engage in self-harming but do not go so far as to take their own life due to the religious teaching.

However, the prohibition has also resulted in strong resistance to and discomfort when talking about the issue. “That feeling of shame actually may drive the person to and other family members and friends to mask those feelings rather than getting them address,” says Dr. Helmy.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with these issues, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or visit beyondblue.org.au.

How Islam saved the lives of Women

How Islam saved the lives of Women

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Pre-Islamic Arabia was brutal in its treatment of women. Women were not viewed as people with essential, independent value.

From the time of their birth, they were already in danger. One of the most horrific practices of Pre-Islamic Arabia was the custom of burying infant girls alive.

But the advent of Islam brought a paradigm shift.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ fully understood where his society’s disregard for women had come from and addressed the root of the problem to completely revolutionize the treatment of women:

He ﷺ demonstrated women’s inherent value since birth through the way he treated his own daughters.

When his beloved daughter, Fatima, would walk into his home, he ﷺ would stand up to receive her, kiss her on the forehead, and seat her in the place he had been sitting.

He said of her, “She is a piece of me.”

He fully reversed the negative cultural implications attached to daughters by saying: “Whoever raises two daughters and does well with their upbringing will be with me in paradise like these two fingers (holding together his index and middle finger).”

The new outlook transformed the role of a father to daughter(s) to one of serious responsibility.

And the Prophet ﷺ demonstrated by example how the Shari’ah flatly invalidates a marriage conducted without the woman’s consent, whether expressed or implied, by giving the choice to several women to anul the marriages they had been forced into by their fathers previously.

By recognizing the inherent value of a daughter, the Prophet ﷺ was recognizing the inherent value of a woman since birth, a total upheaval of the status quo that carried through generations.

So whenever someone would complain to him about having daughters, the scholar Ahmad b. Hanbal would say: “The prophets were fathers of daughters.”

Read more in “We Used to Have No Regard for Women”: Gender Equity & the Advent of Islam by Maryam Al-Dabbagh, Omar Suleiman, Roohi Tahir and Mohammad Elshinawy