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

True Reliance

Trust in Allah

Trust in Allah

TRUE RELIANCE…..

They scream……They cry….They’re hurt…They’re maimed….They’re killed….They are Silent!

The atrocity that we and the world are witnessing that is happening in Ghaza has grasped the attention, the feelings, the hearts and lives of each and every one of us. We have responded with rallies, petitions, candlelight vigils, meetings, sermons, bulletins, prayers, cries, anger, and silence.

I have been asked from my own dear students what they can do, and I have told them to pray in every prayer and at each opportunity that they have and it saddened me to hear one reply, “But we are and nothing has happened….”

My advice to her and the others who supported the statement with a muffled, “Ya”, was “Don’t stop, don’t give up, put your full trust in Allah, the Creator , the One and Only who sees all and Knows all.”

What would have happened if the mother of Prophet Musa didn’t put her full trust in Allah SWT? Would she have cast her small infant into the river, allowed for fate to take place, and her son to be granted a great position for the sake of Allah?

Tawwakul is true reliance on Allah and is the attitude of a true believer. It reflects a strong trust in Allah and yet it also requires the Muslim to ask Allah for help and do his part as well.

Allah SWT says, “And in Allah therefore let the believers put their trust.” (64:13)

We tend to say we have full trust in Allah, yet the sad thing is there is always a “but” at the end of that sentence showing that we have some doubts or weakness in that trust. A believer must strengthen his faith with remembrance of Allah and his great attributes and put our full one hundred percent trust in Him.

When Prophet Musa (as) was faced with the Pharoun’s army, one of his follows who were impatient and nervous said, “In front of us is this impassable barrier, the sea and behind us the enemy; surely death cannot be avoided!”

Musa (as) replied, “Nay verily my Lord is with me and He will guide me!” 26:62

Prophet Musa (as) didn’t give up he put his trust in Allah, and Allah provided a way for them to escape the enemy.

When Prophet Muhammad (s) was in the cave of Tawr, Abu Bakr whispered, “O Prophet of Allah, if one of them would look into this cave they will see us.” Prophet Muhammed (s) said with full confidence in Allah, “O Abu Bakr what do you think of the two with whom Allah is the third?”

These are only a couple of the great examples of putting ones’ full trust in Allah, SWT, and if it weren’t for this full trust we can only imagine where our faith would be at this point.

Witnessing the massacres that are happening in Ghaza and being so far from being able to help in other direct means is disheartening, discouraging, frustrating, and many times even maddening, so what can we do to keep focus and to help our brothers and sisters in the best way possible?

We support our actions of doing what we can in letting our voices be heard and standing forth upon the truth of letting it be known to one and all. Even if all we can do is a simple prayer, we must put our trust in Allah. We must not stop these prayers or small supplications because of what we are seeing, but we must put our trust in the One and Only, Allah.

Allah the Almighty commands us, “And put your trust in the Ever Living One who dies not.” 25:58

And they said, “Allah is sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs.” 3:173

“Allah loves those who put their trust in Him.” 3:159

Prophet Muhammad (s) said, “If all of you were to rely upon Allah in the manner He deserves from you, then He would certainly grant you provision as He provides it to the birds that depart hungry in the morning, and return with a full belly at dusk.” (At-Tirmithi)

I remind my myself, my students, and all my brothers and sisters around this world to keep speaking the truth, keep standing in support, keep helping, keep giving, keep praying, never give up and above all, in anything that you do, put your True Reliance upon Allah and you will be victorious!

Remember upon leaving his house Prophet Muhammad (s) used to say “In the name of Allah; I trust in Allah; there is no might and no power in Allah.”

Sr. Nadia Hammoud

Paralysis is Certain

Limiting Beliefs

I had a student a few years back who was deathly afraid of red pens.  Not exactly in the phobia sort of sense, but if you happened to touch his page with a red pen while you were pointing out a correction he would yell and cry.  He’d panic, and then stop everything he was doing and focus all of his attention on that dot.  He’d struggle to erase it or draw on top of it so no one would see it.  Life wouldn’t go on for him until the red was no longer visible.

Why?  Because he needed to be certain that he was doing the right thing.  He needed to know that his answers were correct, and red pen marks made him unsure.  And this child was only six years old.  If he remained that way as he grew, what would the rest of his life be like?

The story below is one I wrote a while back that you can share with your students.  Perhaps it will help some, like my red pen friend, to take a few risks and reach out beyond themselves to be, do and have more in life.  Perhaps you can help your children get past certainty-paralysis to really see, and explore, the possibilities life has to offer.

Rock Solid?  

Imagine this… You have passed back through the ages to the time of the Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. You have traveled on your camel for days in search of the knowledge that this one man possesses, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.

Upon arriving at your destination, you meet a generous family who is willing to open its doors to you and provide you with food and shelter for as long as you wish to remain in the city, alhamdu lillah. When you reach their home, you are directed as to where you can allow your camel to rest during your stay. You dismount, exhausted and famished from your long journey, and begin carefully gathering rocks from the ground around you. One by one, feeling them heavier and heavier as you collect them, you stack them on top of one another in a large square until they stand as tall as you. Finally, with your camel securely within his stone wall, you enter the family’s safe haven to gain some much desired food and water.

Huh?

As strange as the ending of this story may sound, we often find ourselves doing, in essence, the very same thing in our lives. We want certainty to such a great extent that we are willing to do things that don’t even make sense in order to get it. Just as this person wanted the security of knowing that his camel would remain in the same place until his return, we want the security of knowing that our decisions and choices in life will produce the results we want.

So what do we do? We plan and plan but never act. We fill our days with tasks that don’t move us forward but keep us securely where we are now, even though that may not be where we want to be. We delay making choices, waiting for the perfect, and certain, opportunity to arise. But of course it doesn’t.

We need certainty and predictability in our lives because in its absence we are left with only chaos, but at the same time we need variety and ‘spice’ to keep our lives in motion. And that spice comes from taking steps forward when the way is not 100% certain.

One day our beloved Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the Bedouin, “Why don’t you tie down your camel?” The Bedouin answered, “I put my trust in Allah.” The Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, then said, “Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah” (Tirmidhi).

We have to do our part, for ourselves, our loved ones, and for our communities. And sometimes that means not knowing completely what the outcome of our actions will be when we take them.

As we move forward, we may feel that the path in front of us is perhaps scary and unknown, but seeking Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala’s guidance and trusting in Him gives us the certainty of knowing that He will be there with us all the way.

By Sonia Dabboussi

Take it to heart…read, understand, implement

Islam and You

I begin with greeting you with the greeting of Islam, Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu.

We seem to read so much information these days and don’t always have time to understand it, and with regards to implementing, that’s almost non- existent. From exercise routines, to stress reducers, to the most popular diet tips of the year, month or day, we seem to be bombarded with do’s and don’ts of everything. Let’s put aside all the materials and information outlets on hold for a just a few moments and focus on the following bit of advice.

Reading a hadith of our beloved Prophet(pbuh) and trying to adhere to his teachings can be as easy as one, two, three, or reading it, understanding it, and implementing it.

Take a look at the following hadith where the Messenger (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “The rights of one Muslim on another are six” it was said: What are they O messenger of Allah (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)? He (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “When you meet him greet him, and when he invites you accept, and if he seeks your advice then give it. And when he sneezes and says al-hamdulillah then say yarhamak Allah, and when he is sick then visit him, and when he dies follow his funeral” (Bukhaarie & Muslim).

I look at the simplicity of this hadith and think how easy they are to implement but how great the responsibility truly is behind the action. I look at what these simple actions are and how we must make a conscious effort to uphold the responsibility behind the trust.

If these are rights of a Muslim, then that means they are a trust and a duty upon us all.

First, when you meet him you greet him. A simple right, but how should that greeting be; a smile, a word, a hug, a nod, and what if you’re not in the mood?

Second, if he invites you accept, but what is the occasion, the time, the date, the place, and is it for or against the sake of Allah?

Third, if he seeks your advice then give it, and we all know its human nature to love to give your opinions about everything. Right or wrong we enjoy telling someone what “we” would do in certain situations and why “we” wouldn’t make the other decision. Are you giving your opinion or sincere and well thought out advice that you yourself would adhere to before anyone else?

Fourth when he sneezes and says, alhumdullah then say yarhamakAllah. Do we take the time to reply or feel silly in paying attention to his bodily function? Are we paying attention that we are actually making a prayer that Allah has mercy upon them or snicker at the sneeze itself?

Fifth, when he is sick then visit him. There are times when we are sick and think we want to be left alone but when someone stops by for even a moment to drop a greeting, or ask how we’re feeling, we forget the sickness altogether. Are we paying attention to the action that we will bring happiness to the one who is sick and remember that we too can ask for them to pray for us knowing that the prayer of the sick is answered?

Sixth, even as one departs this world they have a right upon us to follow their funeral. This is a final opportunity that will bring peace and blessings of Mercy for the deceased who is prayed for by all who attend. We in turn will be reminded of the rights that this person had upon us when they were alive and whom this will be our last opportunity to give them their rights and be relinquished of our responsibility to them.

With rights come responsibilities. With responsibility rights are protected. As we touch all the lives that we do on a day to day basis in the jobs that we perform and even within our own families, we must remember to uphold their rights and take on the responsibility. If we can take one hadith of information a day, read it, understand it, and implement it, we can truly make such a difference in our own lives as well as all those around us.