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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 Fathimah az-Zahrah (r.a.)

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
It is said that when Fathimah az-Zahrah (r.a.) saw her father constantly saying, “My ummah.”  She 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.) and said to them that Allah had Ordered him to tell them that whoever was able to recite the entire Qur’an in that night tonight quickest had the permission to marry his daughter, Fathimah, with her consent.  That night, the swahabah stayed at the mosque to khatm the Qur’an.  All stayed at the mosque the entire night to finish except ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.), who went home and slept after less than an hour.
Everyone, including the Prophet (s.a.w.), assembled in the mosque when Bilal ibn Rabah (r.a.) called the adzan for fajr.  After performing fajr, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) asked, “Who finished the Qur’an last night?”  None were able to answer; it is very diff…

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…

The Story of Onan

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
In the Book of Genesis, Onan was the second son of Judah (r.a.), and the younger brother of Er.  Er was married to Tamar.  Tamar eventually had a son, Perez, who was the ancestor of David (a.s.).
Genesis 38:8-10 8 Judah, therefore, said to Onan, his son, “Go in to your brother’s wife and marry her, that you may raise seed to your brother.”  9 He, knowing, that the children should not be his, when he went in to his brother’s wife, he spilled his seed upon the ground, lest children should be born in his brother’s name.  10 And, therefore, the Lord Slew him, because he did a detestable thing:
“Judah”, the Qur’anic “Yahudh”, means “Give praise to God” in ancient Hebrew.  This was the same Judah (r.a.) who sold his brother Joseph (a.s.) into slavery.  “Onan” means “the virile one”.  “Er” is a pun since, in Hebrew, spelt backward, is their word for “evil”.  “Tamar” means “date palm”.
Er was somehow unable to do his duty, and get Tamar pregnant.  In any case,…