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The Poem that Made Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) Cry

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
This poem made Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) cry, so much so that one of his students said that he almost perished due to him crying so much. “If my Lord Asks me, ‘Have you no shame in disobeying Me? You hide your faults from My Creation, Yet full of sin you come to Me’ So what will I answer?  O Woe to me! And who shall protect me, do you see? I keep forestalling my soul, With thoughts of hope from time to time, And forgetting what is to come after death, And after I am warped in the sheets of the dead, As if I have guaranteed living forever, And that death will not overcome me, Then the harsh drunkenness of death overtakes me, Who now will be able to protect me? I looked at the faces, is there not from amongst them Who will ransom me? I will be asked, What have I put forth in my life to save myself? So what will I answer, After I have been neglectful regarding my Diyn? O woe to me!  Did I not hear the, Speech of Allah Calling out to me? Did I not hear what has come in Qa…

Kareem Salama & a Land Called 'Paradise'

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Kareem Salama is an Arab-American musician.  He was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma in 1978.  Kareem has the distinction of being the first known American-Muslim country music singer.  His music is a hybrid of country and pop.  Kareem's parents immigrated to the United States in the late 1960s.  Kareem Salama, whose name literally means ‘Generous Peace’, used that as the title of his first album.

On the 09th May 2007, Kareem was interviewed on Fox News on his views on profiling, discrimination and his musical influences.
In December 2007, two thousand Muslim Americans were asked what they wished to say to the rest of the world.  Some of their answers were used in the video presentation.  Lena Khan used Kareem Salama’s song "A Land Called Paradise" and put out an independent video based on the various quotations received from the survey.  This is the video above.
Kareem Salama on Fox News

The Dowry of Sayyidatina Fathimah az-Zahrah (r.a.)

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
It is said that when Sayyidatina Fathimah az-Zahrah (r.a.) saw her father constantly saying, “My ummah,” out of his concern for them, she also wanted to do something herself for the benefit of the ummah. When Allah (s.w.t.) Ordered the Prophet (s.a.w.) to find a husband for his daughter, Rasulullah (s.a.w.) called his swahabah (r.a.).
The Prophet (s.a.w.) said that the one amongst them who was able to complete the recitation of the Qur’an the quickest, had his permission to ask for the hand of his daughter, Sayyidatina Fathimah (r.a.), with her consent.So, that night, the swahabah stayed at the mosque to khatm the Qur’an. All of them were there the entire night except Sayyidina ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.), who went home and slept after a short while.
Everyone, including the Prophet (s.a.w.), assembled in the mosque when Sayyidina Bilal ibn Rabah (r.a.) called the adzan for fajr. After performing fajr, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) asked, “Who finished …

A Supplication to Ease Anxiety & Depression

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
As recorded in the Musnad of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r.a.), it was reported from ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (r.a.) that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “No person suffers any anxiety or grief, and says:
Allahumma innii ‘abduka wa ibnu ‘abdika wa ibnu amatika, naaswiyatii biyadika, maadhin fiyya hukmuka ‘adlun fiyya qadhaa’uka.  As’aluka bikulli ismi huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw anlamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw anzaltahu fii kitaabika aw asta’tsarta bihi fiyya ‘ilmi al-ghaybi ‘indaka an taj’ala al-Qur’an rabbii’a qalbii wa nuura swadrii wa jilaa’a huznii wa duhaaba hammii
O Allah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your female slave, my forelock is in Your hand, Your Command over me is forever executed and Your Decree over me is Just.  I ask You by every Name Belonging to You which You Named Yourself with, or Revealed in Your Book, or You Taught to any of Your Creation, or You have Preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You Make th…

The Decline of the Befrienders Scheme

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Analysis of the Programme
The Befrienders Scheme was once one of the most phenomenally successful programmes at Darul Arqam Singapore.  At one time, it was the only consistently active volunteer programme running.  The legacy of the programme can be attested in the fact that a significant number of currently active volunteers, teachers, Council members and Executive Committee members are from this programme or were in some way involved in it.
The programme is actually a modified version of similar programmes found in churches and other volunteer organizations.  It was originally envisioned as part of a wider convert’s follow-up programme by Sheik Mustafa in that particular incarnation.  The pilot batch was a resounding success.  And the first few batches of volunteers were of good quality.
The current Befrienders’ Scheme is actually the 3rd incarnation of the programme by that name.  It has existed in some form or other in Darul Arqam Singapore for ma…

The Good Muslim

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
When I first converted, I attended Abdal Hakim Murad’s talk on ‘The Muslim Jesus.’  Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad was born Timothy John Winters in 1960.  He was educated at Westminster School, and graduated with a double-first in Arabic from the University of Cambridge in 1983.  He studied and taught the traditional Islamic sciences at al-Azhar for several years.  He also spent an equal number of years in Jeddah administering a commercial translation office.  He maintained close contact with Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad (q.s.).  He returned to England in 1989 and spent two years at the University of London concentrating on Turkish and Persian.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad is currently the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University, Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College.  He holds many positions in various Islamic institutions and is a renowned scholar of the Islamic sciences, both internal and ex…