An act of forgiveness like no other

Father of slain victim forgives man involved in his son’s murder

The father of a slain victim has forgiven the man involved in his son’s murder.

Abdul-Munim Sombat Jimtoud hugged the man who was sentenced for being complicit in his son’s murder, saying that forgiveness is “the greatest act of charity in Islam”.

His son, Salahuddin Jimtoud, was killed in April 2015 after delivering pizza to an apartment complex in Lexington, Kentucky.
The defendant, Trey Alexander Relford, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 31 years in prison. He told the Jitmoud family, “There’s not much I can really say. I’m sorry about what happened that day. I cannot do nothing to give that back to you.”

Jimtoud said he found comfort knowing that “Whatever happens to you is from Allah. Let the believer put their trust in Him.”

He also gave reference to the 51st verse of the ninth chapter of the Quran that states that “Never will we be struck except by what Allah has decreed for us; He is our protector.’ And upon Allah [God] let the believers rely.”

After the sentencing, Jimtoud whispered into Relford’s ear to let him know that Allah is extremely forgiving and that he should aspire to do good deeds well into the future.

Forgiveness is no doubt a highly regarded act in Islam, whereby God Almighty who is Himself “The Most Forgiving”, instructs the believers to pardon one another and forgive others.

“The believers are those who spend in charity during ease and hardship and who restrain their anger and pardon the people, for Allah loves the doers of good.”

Quran 3:134

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ also taught that “No one forgives, except that Allah will raise his honour”.

Sahih Muslim

May Allah accept this noble and virtuous act by Jimtoud and allow it to be a means of inspiration for others to follow in his footsteps.

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Cycling from London to Makkah, the Hajj Ride.

Muslim Cyclists Cycling from London to Makkah for Hajj.

These Muslims cyclists from the UK are riding from London to Makkah!

It’s all part of the official “Hajj Ride” set up to raise money for the suffering in Syria. The ride will cross through 8 different countries, stretching over 3500 km within 6 weeks.

This includes England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The journey will be completed through the performance of the Hajj pilgrimage, the fifth pillar of Islam.

They hope their charity ride will help let the world know the true beauty of Islam and also help raise awareness about the suffering of the Syrian people.

 

To find out further information please visit their website. www.hajjride.com or find them on Facebook.

 

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6 things every Muslim should learn from the street fight video.

6 things every Muslim should learn from the street fight video.

The world was taken by storm when Ibn Ali Miller, who is a Muslim, intervened in a street fight involving two youths in Atlantic City. The original video has been viewed thirty-five million times and has since inspired people from all around the world.

Ibn Ali Miller was also recently interviewed on the Steve Harvey show and was able to open up further about the incident. Despite the well-deserved praise that he has perceived this far, there are actually many important points surrounding Ibn Ali’s approach that Muslims should take note of. We have compiled a short list for everyone to benefit.

1. The importance of being involved in your community.

In his interview, Steve Harvey noted that in the original video, Ibn Ali can be heard telling one of the onlookers “I know your family… your dad is doing life”. This is evidence that Ibn Ali’s intervention wasn’t a spur of the moment decision, but rather he has been involved in his community. He knows very well who he is talking to and this is why he was effective.

2. The importance of speaking to people at their level.

In his interview, Ibn Ali Miller presents himself in an incredibly eloquent manner, yet in the viral street fight video, he was speaking very informally E.g. “Y’all are men yo. Look yo.” This highlights the importance of speaking with people at their level and in their own language for maximum impact.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is recorded himself to have spoken in different dialects according to the people or tribe he was conversing with.

3. Don’t be a bystander in the face of wrongdoings.

Let’s face it, it’s not easy to intervene in a street fight, but Ibn Ali Miller did so. It’s not only courageous but it’s a noble practice taught to us by the Prophet Muhammad.

The Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said

Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by hating it and feeling that it is wrong] – and that is the weakest of faith

(Muslim)

4. The importance of reconciling between two opposing people.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has informed us of the great virtue of rectifying between two people in this incredible narration:

“Shall I not tell you something that is better than the status of (voluntary) fasting, prayer and charity?” They said: “Yes.” He said: “Reconciling in a case of discord…” (Tirmidhi).

In another narration, the Prophet also informs us that

He is not a liar who seeks to reconcile between people and says good things.

(Bukhari)

5. The importance of being proud of your religion.

One of the standout features of Ibn Ali Miller throughout this entire process is his unapologetic attitude towards his religious belief and faith. He has appeared on National TV on many occasions wearing an unambiguous Islamic garment and head covering. This is a great example of someone being proud of representing their religion, especially in the face of doing good.

6. The importance of staying humble.

Ibn Ali Miller became famous overnight, yet that didn’t make him arrogant nor boastful, throughout the entire process he would repeat the message that he doesn’t need to be thanked, but rather he is doing what every human being should do. This humility is a true characteristic of a Muslim that everyone should strive to embody.

We ask Allah to bless our brother Ali Miller in his community work and his family. May we all learn to follow the footsteps of our beloved Prophet Muhammad and become ambassadors of the Islamic faith.

Ameen.

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The Muslim man looking after children no one else would

Mohamed Bzeek is a 62 year old Libyan American Muslim who looks after terminally ill children in Los Angeles.
He fosters these children despite knowing very well many of them will die during his care due to their illness.
Up to ten children have died under his care including some in his arms.
He currently looks after a 6 year old girl who is deaf, blind and also paraplegic in her arms and legs.
This is a true example of Prophetic mercy we are seeing today.
The Prophet Muhammad taught us of the great virtue of one who looks after the orphan and children that need care.
He said in an authentic narration “”I and the person who looks after an orphan and provides for him, will be in Paradise like this,” putting his index and middle fingers together.

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