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.

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Arabic Months

Students discuss the months in arabic

Students discuss the months in Arabic

الشهور العربية

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم : ( إِِنَّ عِدَّةََ الشُّهوِر عِنْدَ اللهِ اثْنا عَشَرَ شَهْراً….) صدق الله العظيم . سورة التوبة . و المراد بالشهور ما تتألف منه السنة القمرية, إليكم الآن تلاميذ الصف الثالث في عرض جميل بصدد هذا الموضوع .

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Parents and Teachers, You Don’t Want To Miss This!

Parents and teachers, this ones important!

If you want to save yourself a ton of time, money and effort, and gain a lot more satisfaction, you’ll want to grab this free bonus quickly before it’s gone.  Check back often to catch it as soon as it arrives.

In the mean time, read Science Fair Secrets to learn more!


Visual Learners!

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A Life Lesson

According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington was recently faced with a unique problem.

A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom.

That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick, they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.

Every night the maintenance man would remove them, and the next day the girls would put them back.

Finally the principal decided that something had to be done.

She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man.

She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns from the little princesses).

To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.

He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.

Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

There are teachers … and then there are educators.

By Shahnaz Zafar


Science Fair Secrets

Youll want to read to the end...

You'll want to read to the end...

Glue.  Paint.  Sticks.  Cardboard.  Tape.  Aluminum foil.  Wires.  Hot glue.  Batteries.  Lemons.  Paper.  Wood.  Wood glue.  Markers.  Tubing.  Water.  Syringes.  Crazy glue.  Or, by this point is it just plain crazy?

One of the most challenging things for both parents and teachers is getting children to do excellent projects.  Not just put-a-bunch-of-stuff-together-and-use-four-kinds-of-glue-to-get-it-to-stick kinds of projects, but the ones that really allow them to learn something and stretch their thinking skills and imaginations.  Which ones accomplish this goal, but usually with a lot of stress, an expanding expense, and time that extends into the wee hours of the morning?  The king of all assignments – the Science Fair Project.

An exciting letter goes home with the children outlining the judging criteria and explaining when you can see all of the great things the students have done.  It sounds wonderful, but you know what’s coming.   No one can fool you.

As soon as someone mentions the dreaded words “Science Fair” a rock somewhat the size of Tennessee begins developing in the pit of your stomach.  (Is it igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic, I wonder?  Hmm… a project in the making perhaps?)  You automatically start thinking of items you can cut from your grocery list so that you’ll still be able to afford to feed your family while the masterpiece is in progress.  And you start wondering when you’ll be able to fit in a few afternoon naps so that you don’t fall asleep on your desk at work.

In all honesty though, Science Fair projects can really be quite astonishing.  As a former science teacher and an avid Science Fair coordinator and fan, it always amazes me what young children can do when they set their minds to it.  Did you know that there are actually people from big companies and organizations who scout out the projects at local Science Fairs to gather ideas for improving their own businesses?  That’s the power of creative thought in existence there.

But for those of you whose hands shake nonetheless as they read the school letter, or who have committed to the colossal task of helping their children become better people, or even who just love taking pictures of their children holding awards and wearing gold medals, there’s something coming for you.

As with anything in life, there is a right way and a wrong way to do things.  There is an easy way and a hard way, an effective way and a not-so-effective way. I’m guessing that if you had the choice you’d pick the right, easy, effective way, correct?

Now’s your chance.  There are secrets that the Science Fair insiders likely don’t want you to know because it makes their judges jobs ever so much more difficult.  But if you come back soon I’ll tell you them anyway.

Just keep your eyes peeled and check back often on this site.  You will definitely want to have this…

By Sonia Dabboussi

When Death is Real

A Very Dead End

It’s been the worst day of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1967. The scenes from there look like something directly out of a horror movie. Bodies without parts, parts without bodies. Hundreds are dead, and more than 800 are wounded as of the latest count.

This isn’t fake blood, or plastic mannequins that we’re seeing on the screens in front of us. These are real men, women and children, with real families and real homes. Or at least they used to be.

The question is, how do these things happen? And what are we as parents and educators to do?

Here are two steps we can take to begin making some change in our world:

Step 1.  Stress the commonalities among human beings. Let’s teach our children to focus on ways we are the same instead of ways we are different. When we see what connects us all as humans it quickly becomes much more difficult to hurt one another or think of others as enemies. By rehumanizing people instead of dehumanizing them, we can stop seeing one another as ‘targets’ and start finding our brothers, sisters, friends.

Step 2.  Reduce the violence our children are exposed to on a regular basis. Our children watch TV, go to movies, or play video games where aggression is the main objective, and then we wonder why they don’t feel anything when real tragedies occur. As a society we’ve allowed them to become desensitized to brutality, and many have now gained a false image about how hostility really turns out.   Unfortunately for many there’s a very blurred line between fantasy and reality. The ‘good guys’ don’t actually ride off into the sunset with hardly a scratch on them, and there is no reset button to press to start the game all over again when your guy dies.

There are many reasons for why our world is the way it is today. Let’s decide right now that we’re going to teach our youth to live better among one another than our generation does now. Together we can do it.

By Sonia Dabboussi

Begin Your Day in the Very Best Way

The first few minutes of the day set the tone for the next many hours you spend with your students, so it’s important to make them outstanding. Add blessings from the start with Suratul Fatihah (click on the image to read the verse in English, in Arabic or with transliteration).

Suratul Fatihah joins us together from the very start, reinforcing the unity among us. Sitting in a circle on the floor close to one another when we recite joins us physically and spiritually as well. These words are used to begin the Qur’an, so if Allah uses them to start what He has to say, shouldn’t we? We use these words to ask Allah to protect us and help us throughout the day. We ask Him to guide us to the right path and help us walk together as a team, strengthening one another.

Discipline problems melt away quickly just by reminding students of this surah and some related hadiths when children conflict with one another. In this way children go home happy at the end of the day and pass these positive feelings along to their parents and siblings, too.

And what better reward is there as a teacher to know that you have brought both your students and their families closer to Allah today?

By Ferial Daher