Archive for January, 2009

Mufti Advises the Muslims Concerning Gaza

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12, 2009 by Abu Caribbee

Mufti Advises the Muslims Concerning Gaza

Shaykh Abdul-Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh

Reference: Khutbah delivered by the Shaykh on Friday 9 January, 2008
Category: Scholars Advice

Second part of the Khutbah

…after the opening of the Khutbah:

O Muslim; from the wisdom of Allaah in the life of this world, is the struggle between truth and falsehood, and the overpowering of the people of disbelief and misguidance over the people of faith and piety. It is a perfect wisdom, and Allaah has wisdom over what he decrees and brings to pass.

However, the true believer believes in Devine Decree, he believes in the good of it and the bad of it, the sweet of it and the sour of it. He has firm faith due to his knowledge that Allaah is all Wise in what He Decrees, no matter how great the calamity and severe the catastrophe. The believer thinks well of his Lord, and knows that whatever Allaah decrees due to His wisdom, then the consequences thereof, their knowledge is with Allaah.

You may hate something and Allaah decrees a lot of good in it, how much do people hate calamities and how much good happens due to them in the future. Allaah the Elevated knows and you know not:

{…and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allâh knows but you do not know.}

There is no doubt that what our brothers in Gaza are going through is a tremendous trial, hearts are strained in pain and sorrow when witnessing such extreme images, which indicate immense spite and a wide-spreading evil. But Allaah is all Wise over them, and Allaah is more merciful to His servants than a mother is to her child.

So it is upon the Muslims to be steadfast and patient, and hold fast to this religion, to be patient in the face of calamities and not break down. They must be fully attached to and have trust in Allaah, seeking victory from the Lord of the worlds.

It is upon the Muslims to rush, all of them, in provide aid to the wounded, and the great good that this country has given in aid, there is no doubt that this is evidence that there is mercy and compassion in the hearts of the rulers for the Muslims, may Allaah grant them success in practicing what Allaah loves and is pleased with.

However, these efforts must be multiplied, and we must supplicate to Allaah during the last part of the nights and during the day, that Allaah alleviates the calamities from them, and to turn His wrath upon the humiliated enemy, which is not prevented from a criminal people.

We ask Allaah to rectify the affairs of the Muslims, and to unify their hearts upon goodness and piety. Know that what is important, is that we think good of our Lord, and we do not say `why is this happening?` This is Devine Decree, and Allaah is the all Wise over them, a servant does not know of the consequences of events.

Allaah the Elevated said to His Messenger during the battle of Uhud, when he and his companions were afflicted with calamities, such as the death of his companions and other issues, Allaah revealed:

{When a single disaster smites you, although you smote (your enemies) with one twice as great, you say: “From where does this come to us?” Say (to them), “It is from yourselves.” And Allaah has power over all things.}

And Allaah says:

{And don`t be weak in the pursuit of the enemy; if you are suffering (hardships) then surely they (too) are suffering (hardships) as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allaah (for the reward, i.e. Paradise) that for which they hope not; and Allaah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise.}

So it is upon the Muslims to be steadfast and patient:

{O you who believe! When you meet (an enemy) force, take a firm stand against them and remember the Name of Allaah much (both with tongue and mind), so that you may be successful. And obey Allaah and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength departs, and be patient. Surely, Allaah is with the patient. And be not like those who come out of their homes boastfully and to be seen of men, and hinder (men) from the path of Allaah; and Allaah is encircling and thoroughly comprehending all that they do.}

And know, may Allaah have mercy over you, that the best of speech is the Book of Allaah, and the best of guidance, is the guidance of Muhammad – صلى الله عليه وسلم – and the worst of affairs are the innovated matters…conclusion of Khutbah with Du`aa.

Translator: Nadir Ahmad, Abu Abdul-Waahid

Islamic Relief USA Needs Your Help

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 5, 2009 by Abu Caribbee

Palestine Humanitarian Crisis

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Current Situation

On the morning of December 27, 2008, massive air raids were launched in the Gaza Strip that still continues to take place.

“We are short of rooms and supplies, we are up to our necks,” said a surgeon at Gaza’s main Al-Shifa Hospital. Added the doctor, “The buildings are falling on the heads of the patients.”
“The situation is absolutely disastrous.” – United Nations official (CNN)
• The death toll of the attacks has risen to 410, with over 2,100 injured.
• These numbers are expected to rise with the continuation of the strike and the inability of the Gaza medical capacity to cope with the overload of causalities.
• According to the BBC, this attack is considered to be the bloodiest day in Gaza in over 40 years.
In addition to the urgent medical needs for the victims, the short supply of food is another worry for those trying to survive.
• Islamic Relief’s aid worker on the ground, Hatem Shurrab, who is writing about the situation for BBC News, has said, “I’ve met families who are resorting to boiling weeds that they’ve dug out from the ground in order to feed their families.”

• “What makes the food situation even worse is that Gazans were already facing difficulties with food over the last year – now they are on the brink,” said Shurrab.
International aid organizations have claimed the current humanitarian conditions in Gaza to be the worst in three decades (CNN).
• 50% of the hospitals’ ambulances are depreciated due to lack of spare parts and the amount of fuel available.
• All services have been affected and one and a quarter million people receive piped drinking water less than once a day as a consequence.
• The humanitarian situation is deteriorating by the day. There is a severe shortage of cooking gas. Families are relying on gasoline burners or small generators, the prices of which have increased six-folds in the market.
• The majority of families rely on candles for lighting due to power blackouts. For the fifth consecutive week, there is no fuel for standby generators or transportation.
• Water and sewage services continue to be severely constrained by shortages of fuel, chemicals for sterilization and spare parts.
“The children are terrified. Adults are unable to provide them with security or warmth. Hospitals are stretched out of the limits. We need blood and medicine and surgical equipment.” -Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, Head of Gaza’s Mental Health Program

Your support has helped save lives. The people of Gaza are still in desperate need, please continue your help.

https://www.irw.org/donate_now/

Al-Islam 2009 Event in Paterson, NJ

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2009 by Abu Caribbee

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Masjid Ansar as-Sunnah

Presents…

Al-Islam 2009
Where we’ve been…Where we’re going.

Building Fundraiser

Speakers:
Taalib Abdullah
Shadeed Muhammad
Abu ‘Iesa Hamzah Abdus Salaam
Abu Muhammad al-Maghribee

Telelinks with the Major Scholars
Speakers to be confirmed

Time/Location:

February21, 2009
10:30am to 7:30pm

YWCA of Paterson
185 Carrol Street
Paterson, NJ 07501

$10 Suggested Donation at the Door

Vending Opportunities!
For more information contact Ahmed Scott at ahmedscott_ahmedscott@yahoo.com or (973)876-3616

Lunch and Dinner will be sold

Parking available onsite

Heated Amusement Tent for the children

For more information contact Masjid Ansar as-Sunnah at admin@ansarasunna.com