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Kerala mosque breaks 1,000-year-old tradition, opens its doors to women

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

 

Kerala mosque breaks 1,000-year-old tradition, opens its doors to women

Image:The 1,000-year-oldJuma Masjid is a mosque situated at Thazhathangady, one of the Heritage Zones of Kerala, in Kottayam town.

For the first time in its history, the 1,000-year-old mosque at Thazhathangady in Kottayam, Kerala famous for its rich architecture and wood carvings, has thrown open its doors for Muslim women.

Women were allowed to enter the mosque on Sunday to take a look at its famed architecture.

Thousands of Muslim women, including tourists, flocked to the mosque from various parts of Kerala and abroad. The move comes at a time when the demand for permitting women at places of worship is gaining ground.

“This is a 1000-year-old mosque. Our women had not seen it so far and had a great desire to visit the holy place. So the mosque committee decided to allow women to visit it on April 24 and May 8,” Advocate Nawab Mulladom, president of the mosque committee said.

The mosque was not opened for “any celebrations or for offering prayers. It was only to allow women to see the place”, he said, adding the men were asked to leave the mosque before the women were allowed in.

Muslim women wore their traditional attire during the visit.

Fathima, one of the lucky ones to enter the holy place, said, “Standing before many historical mosques, I had always wanted to enter and offer worship. But I was afraid of even expressing that desire. I am happy that such an opportunity has come now”.

The Juma Masjid is a mosque situated at Thazhathangady, one of the Heritage Zones of Kerala, in Kottayam town.

Situated on the banks of the Meenachil river, the mosque is famous for its rich architecture, wood carvings and beauty.

The mosque, considered the oldest in India, is also known as the ‘Taj Juma Masjid’.

It has a square inner courtyard, an exquisitely carved wooden gabled roof, a traditional bathing area and lovely latticed windows, making it resemble a king’s palace.

Article source   http://www.rediff.com/news/report/kerala-mosque-breaks-1000-year-old-tradition-opens-its-doors-to-women/20160425.htm

Women allowed in Masjid

Proof from Sahih Hadith that Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam
permitted women to be part of the Jamaath during Salaah

Narrated by Anas bin Malik and

Abdullah bin Abi Qatada
Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam said,

“I stand up for Salaah intending to prolong it.
In the meantime, I hear the wailing of a baby
and I have to shorten my prayer, being apprehensive
lest my recitation of a long verse may tell upon the baby’s mother.”

Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Numbers 675, 676, 677, 678

Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam said:
“The best rows for women are the last ones and the worst are the front ones.”  Sahih Muslim
Women have been encouraged by the Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam to pray at home, making it more convenient for them to harvest multifold reward while managing their homes and families.  However, they are allowed to come to the Masjid and should not be hindered if they desire to do so and are properly veiled.

It is better but not necessary for Masjids to have separate areas for women, so that there is no mixing of men and women anywhere.

If the women must be in the same hall as the men, they are required to form their rows (Saff) behind the men and as far away from them as possible.

While greater reward for men is in the leading of Salaah.

When Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam had permitted women to be part of the Jamaath, then why do we, current day Muslims, prevent our women from entering our Masjids ?

Are we not going against the Sunnah of Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam ?

Let us reflect on this.
في امان الله

Your brother in Islam,
A Shabbir Ahmed

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How is Acne caused and how does good skin care prevent Acne ?

How is Acne caused and how does good skin care prevent Acne ?

These are a few causes which lead to Acne which further ends up in scarring and blemishes which include extensive use of chemical-based beauty products. Too much exfoliation can lead to Acne too as the epidermal layer, which protects the skin, is washed away due to over-scrubbing. Another factor is oil that gets trapped in pores halting the skin’s respiration process which gives rise to pimples. External factors such as air-pollution, exposure of skin in excessive sunlight for a long period of time cannot be ruled out as these together attack the skin causing break-outs and acne. Good skin care acts as safety mechanism for the skin. Clearing off the dirt that gets accumulated on the surface and unclogging the pores, the skin is detoxified and cleansed helping in proper oxygenation of the skin cells preventing acne, blemishes and further skin irritations.

How does Neem fight Acne and fade away scars ?

Azadirachta indica or the Neem tree is found in many parts of Southeast Asia. Neem is an evergreen tree and is often called the ‘pharmacy of villages’ in praise of its medicinal properties. Neem Leaves are rich in Vitamin-E, fatty acids & emollients which combine to soothe cracked skin, moisturize it from within and revive the skin’s natural elasticity, making it supple. An excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent, Neem cures post-acne scarring. Neem makes the skin visibly clearer and prevents further breakouts. Neem cleanses the skin from within and helps in proper regulation of blood, thus preventing pre-mature aging. Fine Lines and wrinkles fade away in no time.

What is Tea Tree Oil and how does it treat Acne ?

Found in New South Wales, Australia are Melaleuca Alternifolia trees from the leaves of which Tea Tree Oil is extracted. An effective germ killer with antiseptic and antibacterial properties, Tea Tree Oil proves to be unfailingly useful for the treatment of Acne. Tea Tree Oil opens up clogged pores and removes the dead cells accumulated on skin surface. It is mild and hence doesn’t damage the skin. Tea tree Oil is a natural skin toner as it gently removes the blemishes and fine wrinkles and takes you a step ahead in skin care. Tea Tree Oil regulates the production of sebum which prevents bacterial activity on the skin. This helps in further curtailing acne and skin eruptions.

We highly recommend this product if anyone is facing an issue with Acne or excess oil on skin.

Anjali Iyer – Face Care Expert from Vaadi Herbals

Keeping Ties with God and Trusting Him

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Keeping Ties with God and Trusting Him

Keeping Ties with God and Trusting Him

Keeping faith in God and strengthening ties during hard times is imperative even when it means taking the first step when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Deana Nassar

Life is a journey down smooth paths, rocky roads and extremely treacherous terrain.

While joy comes naturally during the easy times of life, it takes effort to find moments of happiness during adversity.

It’s easy to get caught up in our own stress and anxiety, and I for one plead guilty of this, however, I try to remember that our life is short and temporary, and that the everlasting life is in the Hereafter. This will to some extent help put our worries in perspective.

Losing a valuable family member recently, I have been jolted to recognize our belief in the transitory nature of the life of this world remembering that whatever difficulties, trials, anxieties, and grief we suffer in this world are something we will only experience for a short period of time. More importantly, if we remember to handle these tests with patience, God will reward us for it.

By remembering God in the way He has taught us to, we are more likely to gain acceptance of our prayers and His Mercy in times of difficulty. When our heart feels heavy with stress, worry or grief we must communicate with the only one who not only hears and knows all, but who can also change our situation and give us the patience to deal with our difficulties.

The Quran reads:

{Remember Me, and I shall remember you; be grateful to Me, and deny Me not.} (Al-Baqarah 2: 152)

And

{If you are grateful, I will give you more.} (Ibrahim 14: 7)

As believers, we must be aware of the fact that the trials we encounter are there so that God can develop and strengthen our character. They remind us of our limitations as human beings and our complete need of God and His guidance.

remember me

At times we may feel our faith wavering through difficult phases in life. It’s hard to still believe that we can look forward to God’s blessings when we feel everything tumbling around us. Keeping faith in God and strengthening ties during these h times is imperative even when it means taking the first step when you don’t see the whole staircase.

God says in a sacred hadith:

“Whoever comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.” (Al-Bukhari)

We should try to live in the moment. Without doubt there are moments of joy in even the most painful times of life and we should make every effort to look for them. We must open our heart to these moments, rest in them and ultimately turn to God.

It is impossible for us to turn to God, and He rejects us. We are replete with hadiths which demonstrate this. One such hadith reads:

“Allah is happier when a servant of His repents to Him than a man who was on his camel in a waterless desert and the camel escaped from him with his food and water. When he has lost hope of finding it, he retired to a tree and lied down under its shade. As he was there, the camel suddenly appeared in front of him. He took hold of its halter and said in his state of excessive joy: ‘O my Lord You are my servant and I am Your Lord.’ He uttered this erroneous statement as a result of his being overjoyed.” (Muslim)

Counting our blessings not only helps us to be grateful for what we have, but also reminds us that we are so much better off than many others, whether that is in terms of our health, family, financial situation, or other aspects of our life. Being grateful for all we have helps us maintain a positive attitude in the face of worries and challenges we are facing almost daily. Taking the time out to thank God for His blessings will not only overwhelm us because we will never be able to enumerate them, but will truly help us recognize God’s undeniable presence in our life.

God says:

{And remember when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you in favor.} (Ibrahim 14: 7)

Do You Trust God?

Now that we have acknowledged the significance of turning to God and remembering Him during difficult times we must also grasp how reliance or tawakul on God is just as important.

With the blessed months of Rajab, Sha’ban and Ramadan we are living, what better time to strengthen our resolve to leaving things to God and putting our faith in that He knows what’s best for us even if at the time they seem incomprehensible. The Divine works in ways too sophisticated for our minds, just reading chapter Al-Kahf with Moses (peace be upon him) and Al-Khidr reveals many instances of our limitations.

Developing and maintaining this reliance and ties with God requires time, effort and the desire for closeness. Just as relationships with other people take work and devotion, so does a relationship with God. Putting forth that effort often leads to a greater sense of self-worth, inner peace, compassion and love. Choosing to pursue this relationship and keep it strong is something we must all work on to improve ourselves and our outlook on life.

In light of this, we should definitely take time to develop our relationship with God and reap the rewards and the peace it brings. By thanking Him we also recognize and appreciate Him. The more we thank, the more we will see how He has blessed us, and again realize His presence in our life. This in itself will truly create a certain soothing of the heart. Prophet Muhammad said:

“Remember Allah during times of ease and He will remember you during times of difficulty.” (At-Tirmidhi)

God says in the beautiful hadith:

“O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind.

O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you.

O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as its.” (Ahmad)

As mentioned above, the blessed months we are living leading up to Ramadan is a perfect chance for us to reevaluate, strengthen and develop our relationship with God. By depending on and trusting God fully you will realize how much simpler life can be.

This can be realized when reading:

{And He will provide him from sources he could never imagine. And whoever puts their trust in Allah, and then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Indeed, Allah has set a measure for all things.} (At-Talaq 65: 3)

And:

{He is the Most Gracious Allah in Him we believe, and in Him we put our trust. So, you will come to know who it is that is in manifest error.} (Al-Mulk 67: 29)

put trust Allah

While knowing that our responsibility for what happens is limited and comforting instilling in us an enormous amount of peace and contentment, we must understand that our success depends on our sincere efforts to the best of our abilities. Take for instance the popular hadith in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said to the Bedouin who had left his camel without tying it, to tie your camel and place your trust in God.

By ‘tying the camel’ we have done the best that can be done as humans, what happens after that is up to God for He knows best. We have utilized all our means without simply waiting for a miracle to as they say ‘drop from the sky’.

Our reliance though shouldn’t be mistaken with giving up our efforts thinking that somehow our challenges will get resolved. It means however striving and working with the attitude that God will take care of our affairs and will help us in getting through our trials remembering all the time that this too shall pass. This full conviction will be reached when we work on building a solid relation with God while leaving the overall results to Him.

What we all want from life is continuous and genuine happiness and while it seems impossible, it can be reached simply by acknowledging and trusting that God is All-Knowing, He is our sustainer.

We must make God a priority in our life. To help improve our bond with God we should surround ourselves with good positive friends who will pray for us, encourage us and share with us their testimony and how they have made it through the bad times in their life by putting trust in and tawakul or reliance on God in turn strengthening our faith and renewing the right spirit within us.


Article source  http://aboutislam.net/

في امان الله

Your brother in Islam,
A Shabbir Ahmed

Islam is simple, don’t make it complicated – by Deana Nassar

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Islam is simple, don’t make it complicated – by Deana Nassar

The Qur’an says: “We have sent down the Book to you which manifests the truth about all things and as guidance and mercy and good news for Muslims.” (Qur’an, 16:89)

It reminded me of a post I read on Facebook recently and I thought how true this is, but easy to forget. Society is often so focused finding complicated solutions when the answers are already in front of us. Muslims in particular have a lesson in it.

God intends for you ease

The religion is easy, beautiful and simply perfect. Why make things hard? The Qur’an reads: “Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship.” (Qur’an, 2:185)

This verse explains that Islam is easy to follow and rather encourages us to create ease in religion. Unfortunately some Muslims, including some reverts, are under the misconception that the more stringent they are in following religion, the more pious they become. This is totally in contradiction to what our religion teaches us. The misconception is a result of lack of understanding of religion and at times drives some people away from religion, mainly because of the way it is presented to them.

Some people have aimed at causing religion to deviate from its essence, preventing religion from being practiced by attempting to add on many difficult practices and superstitions to it. Such practices have sadly resulted in people deviating from Islam. However from the information set forth in the verses in the Qur’an and the replete stories and Hadiths by the Prophet (peace be upon him), we can ascertain that it is easy for sincere Muslims to be good Muslims.

In this life we are tested and according to the morals and faith we show in this world God determines where our real life will be lived, that being Hell or Heaven. The test is quite easy; God wishes for us simply to live the life that brings happiness and peace in this world; in short to live our life in moderation.

Don’t go to extremes

It is known in fact that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) always resisted any tendency toward religious excessiveness. He once said to his close companion Abdullah ibn Amr: “Have I heard right that you fast everyday and stand in prayer all night?” Abdullah replied: “Yes, O Messenger of God”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Do not do that. Fast, as well as, eat and drink. Stand in prayer, as well as, sleep. This is because your body has a right upon you, your eyes have a right upon you, your wife has a right upon you, and your guest has a right upon you.” (Al-Bukhari, 127)

This Hadith indicates that it is significant to maintain a delicate balance between the various obligations that demand our attention; between our obligations to God, our obligations toward others and our obligations toward ourselves. This is also demonstrated in many verses in the Qur’an illustrating that God is both merciful and kind.

Confucius once said: “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” This deeply resonates as we read stories of how people strayed away from Islam because they failed to realize its beauty and were intimidated by restrictions feeling their life would be unhappy with Islam’s boundaries. There indeed is a need to clarify such misconceptions, and encourage and remind both born Muslim and reverts to question where did their beliefs originate from. Was it from the Qur’an and Sunnah or a tradition they have been following without knowing its origin?
In all reality, God created us and in turn He knows what’s best for us and those who do not know these truths feel they may lead happier and more comfortable lives when the limits are removed. God says in the Qur’an to pray for both the good in this world and the good in the Hereafter.

It also speaks about the enjoyment of life: “O children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer, eat and drink but waste not by excess, for Allah loves not wasters. Say: ‘who has forbidden the beautiful gifts of Allah which He has produced for His servants and the things clean and pure which He has provided for sustenance.” (Qur’an, 7:31-32)

Concerning matters of practice in Islam we have been taught that the rule is that you are expected to follow the truth as much as is possible. God has promised that His expectations are simple. However, in order to follow them we need to understand; in turn allowing that this strategy would ensure things are kept simple.

In sharing the message of Islam with people, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was advised in the Qur’an: “It is part of the mercy of Allah that you deal gently with them. If you were severe or hardhearted, they would have broken away from you’.” (Qur’an, 3:159)
It is on this note that when the Prophet sent his companions to teach Islam to the people he advised them: “Facilitate religious matters to people and do not make things difficult. Obey each other and do not differ amongst yourselves.” (Al-Bukhari, 69)

God has created a natural balance between what is easy to follow for humans and what is the minimal requirement needed to be a morally, ethically and spiritually pious person. This can be shown for example when we increase the price of a commodity, or make things more stringent, as mentioned earlier, in religion we will find lesser people wanting to buy that commodity.

However, we must remember that easiness in religion has to be done in the way that God wants us to do it. It should not be mistaken for casualness. This is simply a reminder for all including myself as sometimes Satan attempts to divert us from religion, from God’s commands and good morals and even uses negative force on faith.

By insinuating unfounded suspicions in our thoughts, suggesting faithlessness or through actions and speeches, Satan tries to divert us from Islam and or its simplicity setting up many different traps for us. In short, Satan is our enemy, as mentioned in the Qur’an which narrates: “You who believe enter Islam totally. Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan he is an outright enemy to you.” (Qur’an, 2:208)

A Balanced Religion

One of the main features of Islam is that it is a balanced religion. It is known that whenever the Prophet had to choose between two options, he always chose the easier, unless it was explicitly forbidden. This again proves the beauty of Islam and God’s mercy toward us.

While aiming to reach the aforementioned balances between human spiritual needs and material needs I have personally come to realize it can be done by simplifying our life and lightening our material baggage by focusing more on our spiritual and mental needs.

While I am not suggesting making vows of poverty, I support the idea of reducing our quest for material possession as one easy and balanced form of working in this world and doing good deeds for the next world.

I have learned one form of getting closer to God and obeying one of Islam’s pillars may be accomplished as we offer charity bringing happiness to those less fortunate. We must raise our children and remind ourselves that we can only keep what we have, by giving it away; somewhat like paying it forward, but for the afterlife if you may say so.

Balancing between individual rights and responsibilities, we find that as life continues to bring us down many familiar journeys, one of those being a quest of living, we must work toward making everything simpler including our worships if we are to continue on our steady pace toward our ultimate goal, Heaven.

Bear in mind we must allow others to influence us positively whenever we are going wrong. After all, God has promised that He is not going to make any soul accountable for anything more than what his potential is, promising that He will forgive those who repent.

Deana Nassar is a published writer. As a mother of four, in her home she’s the sole expert on all things related to marriage, children’s psychology, motherhood and creative survival. She loves charity work, reading and writing poetry, and is mostly known for writing articles discussing family and social issues, faith, freedom, and purpose that comes through God.

Article courtesy: http://aboutislam.net/


في امان الله

Your brother in Islam,
A Shabbir Ahmed

Save water in this state at least

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Vote for nota

தெரியுமா.‼⁉

இப்போ இருக்கிற எந்த கட்சிக்கும்  ஓட்டு போட விருப்பம் இல்லையா ….❗

கவலை படாதீங்க  உங்களுக்காக தான் இருக்கவே இருக்கு நோட்டா (49ஓ) ….✅✅✅

நீங்க நோட்டாவுல ஓட்டுப் போடுங்க…👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻

அப்படி நோட்டா என்ன பெரிய இதுனு நீனைக்கிங்களா….

✅இருக்க சொல்ரேன் கேளுங்க….

இப்போ சட்டமன்ற தேர்தல்ல 35% க்கும் மேல் நோட்டால ஓட்டு பதிவாகி இருந்தால் போதுங்க நீங்க நினைக்கிறது நடக்கும்…❗❗

✅அதாங்க அரசியல்  சுத்தமாகும்னு சொல்றேன்…. ‼😯😯💪🏻💪🏻
நோட்டா 35% க்கும் மோல் பதிவாகி இருந்தால் இந்த தேர்தலில் எந்த கட்சி வெற்றி பெற்றிருந்தாலும் அது செல்லாது …
✅மேலும் தற்போது தேர்தலில் போட்டியிட்ட எந்த அரசியல் கட்சியும் மீண்டும் அரசியலில் ஈடுபட முடியாது……
✅அதுமட்டுமின்றி அவர்களின் வாரிசுகளும் அரசியலில் ஈடுபாடு கொள்ள முடியாது…
📦அதன் பின்னர் ஆறு மாத காலம் குடியரசு தலைவர் ஆட்சி அமல் படுத்தப்படும் …..
📦அதன் பின்பு மீண்டும்  தேர்தல் நடைபெறும் அதில்  புதிய அரசியல்வாதிகள் தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்படுவார்கள்
✅பின் நல்லாட்சி நடைபெறும் ……

📦இந்த அரசியல் சட்டம் தெரியாமல் நாம் இருக்கிறோம் ….

✅உங்களுக்குத் தான் நான் சொல்லிட்டேன்ல …
💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻…மற்றவர்களுக்கும் தெரியப்படுத்துங்கள்…..‼‼
     ………இப்படிக்கு ……
               
      …..உங்களில் ஒருவன்………

A view on health

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A view of law

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