Battle of Tabook

This is the first of a series of PowerPoint presentations done by the Grade 8 class at Al-Hijra School about various Islamic topics.

Enjoy!

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By the class of Sr. Nadia Hammoud

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Never Cry

Never cry for any relation in life
Because the one for whom you cry does not deserve your tears and the one Who deserves them
Will never let you cry………

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you, not because they are not nice but because you are nice…….. ……… ……

Never search for your happiness in others
Who will make you feel alone;
Rather search for it in yourself – you will feel happy
Even if you are left alone……. ……… ……

Happiness always looks small when we hold it in our hands.  But when we learn to share it,

We realize how big and precious it is!……… …..

Love one another for the sake of Allah (SWT)

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This particular topic was discussed in one of the weekly ‘Halaqas’ for the teachers and as always I was very much impressed by the knowledge of Shaikh Abdullah, our Imam and founder of Al-Hijra School. Inspired by the discussion, I have compiled a few additional topics here for the sake of our readers. Hope everyone will be benefitted by it.

(Br.) Zafar M. Momin

There are three things, that whoever attains, will find the sweetness of faith: If Allah and his messenger are dearer to him than anyone else; if he loves a person solely for the sake of Allah; and if he would hate to return to disbelief (kufr) after Allah has rescued him from it, as much as he would hate to be thrown into fire.” [Bukhari & Muslim]Our love for each other for the sake of Allah implies a willingness to sacrifice our needs for the sake of our fellow Muslims’ needs in a manner that far outweighs normal sacrifice for the sake of friendship. This pure love is crucial to maintaining Muslims’ faith, if Muslims don’t have strong relations with each other, their faith will automatically decrease.

Loving for the sake of Allah means to love Allah and to show loyalty to Him by following His Shariah. It means to love all that is good and permissible in the Quran and Sunnah. This type of love requires one to defend Allah’s deen and to preserve it. It is to love those who are obedient to Allah and to defend and assist them. These are the party of Allah.

Support one another
“The relationship between believers is like a wall, parts of which support other parts.”[Muslim]

A Muslim should not forsake or abandon his brother, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “There should be no breaking off of ties, no turning away from one another, no hating one another. Be brothers, as Allah has commanded you.” [Muslim]

Loved by Allah (SWT)
It is mentioned in a hadith Qudsi “My love is incumbent upon those who love one another for my sake, those who exchange visits for my sake, those who sit with one another for my sake, and those who put themselves in the service of one another for my sake”. It is the loyalty of those who love one another not for worldly benefits but only in the cause of Allah. Those are the ones for whom Allah’s love is incumbent.

Shaded by Allah (SWT)
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Prophet (SAW) said, “Seven are (the persons) whom Allah will give Shade of His Throne on the Day when there would be no shade other than His Throne’s Shade: A just ruler; a youth who grew up worshipping Allah; a man whose heart is attached to mosques; two persons who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man whom an extremely beautiful woman seduces (for illicit relation), but he (rejects this offer by saying): `I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand does not know what the right has given; and a person who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes well up”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah, the Exalted, will say: `Where are those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory? Today I shall shelter them in My Shade when there will be no shade except Mine”[Muslim]

Seated on pulpits of light
Mu`adh (bin Jabal) (RA) reported: Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: `For those who love one another for the sake of My Glory, there will be seats of light (on the Day of Resurrection), and they will be envied by the Prophets and martyrs”. [Tirmidhi]

On one occasion the Prophet (SAW) finished the prayer and turned toward the people and said, “O people, listen and understand. Allah has slaves who are neither prophets nor martyrs, but both the prophets and martyrs envy them for their closeness to Allah.” A bedouin stepped forward, pointed to the Messenger of Allah and said, “O Messenger of Allah, tell us about these people.” The Prophet was pleased with the bedouin’s request and said, “They are from various peoples and tribes who have no ties of relationship between them. They love each other purely for the sake of Allah. On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will present them pulpits of light for them to sit on. Their faces will be light and their clothes will be light. The people will be scared on the Day of Resurrection, but they will not be scared. They are the friends of Allah who will not have any fear upon them nor will they grieve. [Ahmad and Abu Ya’la with a hassan chain]

Acts of love for one another
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Prophet (SAW) said, “A man set out to visit a brother (in Faith) in another town and Allah sent an angel on his way. When the man met the angel, the latter asked him, “Where do you intend to go?” He said, “I intend to visit my brother in this town”. The angel said, “Have you done any favour to him?” He said, “No, I have no desire except to visit him because I love him for the sake of Allah, the Exalted, and Glorious.” Thereupon the angel said, “I am a messenger to you from Allah (to inform you) that Allah loves you as you love him (for His sake)”. [Muslim]

“If a man loves his brother in faith, he should tell him that he loves him.”[Abu Dawud]

Anas bin Malik (RA) reported: A man was with the Prophet (SAW) when another man passed by and the former said: “O Messenger of Allah! I love this man (for Allah’s sake)”. Messenger of Allah (SAW) asked, “Have you informed him?” He said, “No”. Messenger of Allah (SAW) then said, “Tell him (that you love him)”. So he went up to the man and said to him, “I love you for the sake of Allah;” and the other replied, “May Allah, for Whose sake you love me, love you.” [Abu Dawud].

“Two men who love each other for the sake of Allah, meeting for that reason, and parting with this love (still cherished by both of them) will enjoy Allah’s shade.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

So let’s all show affection towards our family, friends and muslim brothers and sisters for ALlah’s sake….Indeed every good act is a good deed and it will surely be rewarded.

Self-Esteem and Islam – Part 3

Islam has the Solution

Islam Has the Solution

Since self-esteem requires doing the right thing, it takes courage to defy personal temptations and the social norms.  It is only when you have a positive self-esteem or self-regard that you can restrain your self from debasing or shameful conduct/actions/behaviors.

The Islamic concept of responsibility for our own actions and knowing that we will be held accountable for our beliefs and actions instills a sense of reality and control.  It teaches that if I want a good end I have to be responsible for myself… regardless of how life or others may treat me.  It helps eliminate the ‘blame and shame’ game that leads to conflicts and misery.

Sûrah al An’âm 6.164
Say: “Shall I seek for (my) Cherisher other than good, when He is the Cherisher of all things (that exist)? Every soul draws the meed of its acts on none but itself: no bearer of burdens can bear of burdens of another. Your goal in the end is towards God: He will tell you the truth of the things wherein ye disputed.”

The Islamic concept of life as a test and fate also helps you learn to accept life, as is, whatever the condition we might be in, since it is from Allah (swt) for a reason and a purpose.  Islam teaches us that life is meaningful and purposeful.  Everything that happens is for a reason and we are to accept it with patience, faith and a good attitude… with the belief that everything that Allah(swt) creates in our life is for a better outcome.  This is a powerful belief if we can internalize it since it gives one a sense of peace and confidence.  With this belief we don’t fall apart at any misfortune that may come in our path.

Islam explains individual differences as a means of getting to know each other, as created by Allah so we can appreciate His creativity and as a means of testing us.  Differences in religion, wealth, social status, intelligence, colour, gender, nationality, age, etc. are not to be used to belittle, ridicule, discriminate or abuse anyone.  These are meant as a test for our ability to be fair and just toward everyone.

Sûrah Al Hujurât 49:11
“Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames.”

Finally, the concept of mutual responsibility toward the well being of everyone in the community and world is the most powerful test for us.  Justice is a theme that runs throughout the Qur’ân and we have been asked to be just and fair without discrimination… a person with a low self-esteem will be unable to do that.  So to meet this criterion we have to learn to overcome our own insecurities and weaknesses.

Islam teaches that the ultimate responsibility of mankind is toward God, and that we fulfill this through being just, fair and responsible toward His creation. It instills a belief of life being meaningful and purposeful, which instills a sense of positive self-worth and self-esteem.

By Amanda Adhami


Self-Esteem and Islam – Part 2

And the Qur'an says...

The principles of Islam nurture the development of positive self-esteem as it corrects our thoughts, feelings and actions, teaching us to elevate ourselves from the ‘lowest of low’ to developing a sense of discernment and inclining toward the most ‘ihsan’ (beautiful) way of being. Islam decreases the discrepancy between the ideal and the perceived self. The goal of tazkîyah (self-purification) is to make one be and do the right thing in the best of ways and to strive for excellence, with the belief that you are doing it for the pleasure of God.  It encourages you to realize your potential of becoming the representative of God, toward which aim mankind was created.  This belief is powerful enough to make you develop a positive self-esteem.

The Qur’ân tells us that mankind has been created with dignity, honor and with the potential ability of being the ‘highest of highs’:

Sûrah al Isrâ 17.70
“Now, indeed, We have conferred dignity/honor on the children of Adam.”

Sûrah at Tîn 95.4
We have indeed created man in the best of moulds.”

Though human beings can become “the lowest of the lowest,” the Qur’ân declares that they have been made “in the best of moulds”, having the ability to think, to have knowledge of right and wrong, to do good and to avoid evil.

The Qur’ân teaches us that the only criteria for measuring worth is righteousness and piety with the resulting sense of peace and contentment.

Sûrah al Hujurât 49. 13
“O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous of you”

According to Islam right belief and right action go hand in hand, one without the other doesn’t cut it.  It is only when action follows belief that you feel right.  There are more than 100 verses in the Qur’ân that associate right belief and good acts together.

Sûrah Maryam19.96
“On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, will (Allah) Most Gracious bestow love.

Sûrah al Ankabût 29.7
“Those who believe and work righteous deeds, – from them shall We blot out all evil (that may be) in them, and We shall reward them according to the best of their deeds.”

Sûrah Sâd 38.28
“Shall We treat those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, the same as those who do mischief on earth? Shall We treat those who guard against evil, the same as those who turn aside from the right?”

Sûrah Ghâfir 40.58
“Not equal are the blind and those who (clearly) see: Nor are (equal) those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, and those who do evil. Little do ye learn by admonition!”

Sûrah al Bayyinah 98.7
“Those who have faith and do righteous deeds, – they are the best of creatures.”

From the Islamic perspective, right thoughts/beliefs followed by right/good actions makes one feel good, peaceful, content… ie: positive self-esteem.

(Now on to Part 3…)

By Amanda Adhami


I’m not the Best…. But I’m not Like the Rest!!!

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Teaching Value

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a Rupee 500 note. In the room of 200,

He asked, “Who would like this Rupee 500 note?”

Hands started going up.

He said, “I am going to give this note to one of you but first let me do this.”

He proceeded to crumple the note up.

He then asked, “Who still wants it?”

Still the hands were up in the air.

“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?”

And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty.

“Now who still wants it?”

Still the hands went into the air.

“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson.

No matter what I did to the money.

You still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth Rupee 500/-.

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless.

But no matter what has happened or what will happen.

Never lose your value.

You are special. Don’t ever forget it! Never let yesterday’s disappointments overshadow tomorrow’s dreams.

“VALUE HAS A VALUE ONLY IF ITS VALUE IS VALUED”

Shahnaz Zafar

Self-Esteem and Islam – Part 1

Who am I?

Self-esteem is a realistic respect for or favourable impression of oneself, or simply self respect.  Having a high self-esteem comes with great responsibility as a muslim trying to live up to Islamic morals and attain high Islamic characteristics and behaviours. 

Self-esteem is misunderstood as how one feels about him/herself based on their personal achievments, their beauty, their social status and the like, rather than basing it on how their thoughts and actions towards themselves and others are associated to making them feel good about themselves.

There is a difference between high self-esteem, arrogance and pride.

Arrogance is a negative trait in which one thinks highly of oneself, compares oneself with others and believes he is better than others.  Arrogance is a false sense of self-worth.  It is when you think you are better than others based on what societies standards, — ‘I am wealthy so I am better than you’ or smarter, taller, prettier, etc.  There is a discrepancy between who they are and who they perceive themselves to be.  A truly grounded or healthy person has no need to be arrogant.

Pride can be both negative and positive; negative pride is the same as arrogance. Positive pride, on the other hand implies a sense of responsibility toward everything that you aim at doing, that you try your best in whatever you does.  Taking pride in something is about trying to excel in what you do, to improve yourself, to make whatever you do better, to do your best; and to feel good when you have achieved that goal; in this sense it is similar to the concept of ihsân in Islâmic terms.

Self-esteem can be negative (low/unhealthy) or positive (high/healthy); at the positive end of the spectrum it is a sense of feeling at peace with yourself when you have done the right thing in the best possible manner; when you have lived up to your expectations and according to your high values.  There is no discrepancy between who you are or who you believe to be.

However, at the negative/low end of the spectrum it manifests itself in two ways… either as a sense of worthlessness or the flip side of it, as arrogance. 

High self-esteem is can be characterized by you being: tolerant, patient, respectfull, responsible, honest, seeking to improve whatever you do (ihsân), self-motivated, willing to take risks, loving and lovable, kind, generous, helpful to others, and takes responsibility and control of their lives. 

Low self-esteem can be characterized by behaviors that exhibit insecurity, victim mentality, weakness, lack of confidence and self-absorption; since worth is believed to be an external quality that comes to one if one possesses something, e.g. wealth, education, etc.  Low self-esteem is due to a discrepancy between the guiding self-ideal (how I would like to be) and the perceived self (how I am).  And it is to cover up the discrepancy that one acts arrogantly.

(There’s more to come in Part 2!)

By Amanda Adhami