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Mission #7: Truth
BrKhalid
09/30/02 at 08:32:35
Asalaamu Alaikum ;-)

Asalaamu Alaikum Madina Citizen ;-)

Your mission this week, should you choose to accept it, is to complete the following questionnaire:

25. To me, Islam is _____

26. Name something in someone else that really inspired you, and how.

27. If you had to pinpoint a single thing, what was it that made you make the change to want to practice Islam (of course, ultimately it was by the Guidance of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ))?

28. One story in the press concerning the affairs of my Ummah that tore me apart was ____

29. If only Muslims would _____!

30. I could quite easily cry when I think about _____

31. I wish I spent less time ____  

32. I wish I spent more time ____  

33. One issue that I really donít think I quite understand (at all, properly, or fully) yet is ____

34. Iíd like to seek more knowledge about ____

35. The area of Sacred Knowledge that Iím most passionate about.

36. I used to think Islam was ____ but then I came to realize it is ____

37. I think Muslims who portray Islam as if it is _____ do a disservice to the Deen.

38. I dislike it when I read/hear the words of Muslims that reflect _____

39. Something that seems obvious to me that I have noticed seems less obvious to others


As always, should you, or any member of the Madina fail in your mission, the Madina will disavow all knowledge of your actions.  

This post will self-destruct in five seconds. (or be moved to the ARK soon)  


PS Deadline for this week's Mission will be Sunday midnight EST

And yes I do know the questions start at #25 but then again there's a good reason for that ;-)
Re: Mission #7: Truth
Barr
09/30/02 at 10:41:22
Wa'alaikumussalam warahmatullah :-)

[quote]And yes I do know the questions start at #25 but then again there's a good reason for that [/quote]

errr... this sounds soooo suspiciously familiar... reminds me of one of AbuKhaled's questionaire ;)
09/30/02 at 10:41:46
Barr
Re: Mission #7: Truth
Kathy
10/01/02 at 08:40:15
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My opinion only,

There are way too many questions! Can we narrow it down a few?
Re: Mission #7: Truth
BrKhalid
10/01/02 at 10:07:19
Asalaamu Alaikum ;-)

[quote]There are way too many questions! Can we narrow it down a few? [/quote]

Indeed a tough Mission but I'm sure you're up to it ;-)
Re: Mission #7: Truth
Kathy
10/02/02 at 09:22:14
ÔĽŅ [slm]

25. To me, Islam is my salvation.

26. Name something in someone else that really inspired you, and how.
A scholar admitting that he did not know the answer to a question. Since then I was not afraid to say...‚ÄĚI don‚Äôt know.....‚ÄĚ

27. If you had to pinpoint a single thing, what was it that made you make the change to want to practice Islam (of course, ultimately it was by the Guidance of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ))?
Prayers- especially the prostrating.

28. One story in the press concerning the affairs of my Ummah that tore me apart was a pictorial of an Afgani man beating a woman with a rod. What bothered me was the faces of glee on the boy children who were watching.( The next generation...)

29. If only Muslims would unite and stop bickering over sect differences!

30. I could quite easily cry when I think about the little boy Muhammad in Palestine that got killed with his father trying to shield him from behind a barrel. The look of terror in the boys face just before he died continues to tear me apart.

31. I wish I spent less time doing school functions.

32. I wish I spent more time teaching my son.

33. One issue that I really don’t think I quite understand (at all, properly, or fully) yet is insurance.

34. I ‚Äėd like to seek more knowledge about loving Prophet Muhammad pbuh.

35. The area of Sacred Knowledge that I ‚Äėm most passionate about. Tauheed.

36. I used to think Islam was foreign but then I came to realize it is universal.

37. I think Muslims who portray Islam as if it is cultural Islam do a disservice to the Deen.

38. I dislike it when I read/hear the words of Muslims that reflect enmity towards each other.

39. Something that seems obvious to me that I have noticed seems less obvious to others is that we are slowly losing the variety of cultures at our masjids.


10/02/02 at 09:24:20
Kathy
Re: Mission #7: Truth
sofia
10/02/02 at 16:44:14
25. To me, Islam is natural.

26. Name something in someone else that really inspired you, and how.  
A sister I met years ago who, to me, was/is the epitome of mujaahidah, mashaíAllah. She has more ďotherĒ responsibilities than I do, yet she has no problem fitting in extra Ďibaadah into her schedule and encouraging others to do so with her. Sheís the type of person that could be transported to another time or another place and still be the kind of person that she is, mashaíAllah.

27. If you had to pinpoint a single thing, what was it that made you make the change to want to practice Islam (of course, ultimately it was by the Guidance of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ))?  
Canít really pinpoint, was a bunch of factors. Making a decision at certain ďforks in the roadĒ and seeing the results of making those choices, etc, in addition to people like the sister mentioned above.

28. One story in the press concerning the affairs of my Ummah that tore me apart was (all ďpressĒ stories that tell lies or half-sided stories, really) the Imam Jamil Al-Amin case. Heís one of the last few pioneers of the civil rights movement remaining in the US and heís locked up under false charges, mainly because brothers like him are a threat (for his influence among the Muslim and non-Muslim community, for standing up for social causes even if itís against the ďauthorities,Ē etc). May Allah grant him and his family Sabr.

29. If only Muslims would wake up for fajr (ie, pray on time) and pray in jamaía/congregation!  

30. I could quite easily cry when I think about (unfortunately, not a big ďcrierĒ but issues that can make me cry are) any serious affliction to my family or the ummah, the Hellfire, etc.

31. I wish I spent less time at work. Or worrying about conspiracy theories against the ummah.  

32. I wish I spent more time in extra Ďibaadah and acting upon the solutions for this ummahís problems.

33. One issue that I really donít think I quite understand (at all, properly, or fully) yet is (actually, a lot of things, but one thing is) the fiqh of Hajj (havenít gone yet but would like to study it more in depth before I do, inshaíAllah).

34. Iíd like to seek more knowledge about well, Hajj (see above) and to learn to speak Arabic fluently, inshaíAllah.  

35. The area of Sacred Knowledge that Iím most passionate about is anything related to fiqh (donít even have a drop in the ocean). Everything about it is confirming of Allahís infinite wisdom. Of course, an interest in it doesnít necessitate ďexpertiseĒ or the authority to discuss it in depth (obviously, my bad). And you kind of have to know Arabic (see above) to really get into it.

36. I used to think Islam was difficult but then I came to realize it makes more sense than any other ideology known to man. I mean, who would logically come up with the trinity? or the evolution theory? You donít have to be convinced of belief in One God, to be good to your kin and neighbors, to seek knowledge, to do unto others as you would have done unto you, to give charity, to stand up for the oppressed, etc. It just makes sense. Belief is one thing, and acting upon it is another, but once you gain more knowledge and yaqeen/certainty, it gets easier (and becomes ease), inshaíAllah.

37. I think Muslims who portray Islam as if it is exclusive, difficult, or ďforeignĒ from what the average human can/should adhere to, do a disservice to the Deen.  

38. I dislike it when I read/hear the words of Muslims that reflect ignorance, doubt in this deen, and/or being apologetic for not conforming to kaafir ways of thinking.

39. Something that seems obvious to me that I have noticed seems less obvious to others
[Not sure, since Iím usually the oblivious oneÖ] That Masjid Al-Aqsa is not the big, golden Dome of the Rock they keep showing in the news/magazines when they refer to the Masjid Al-Aqsa? Thereís a reason for that, as most of you probably already know (bloody conspiracies!). But Allah is the best of Planners.
NS
Re: Mission #7: Truth
AyeshaZ
10/02/02 at 19:45:44


Waliakum asalam,

Masha'Allah awesome answers (hmm i have nothing really to say now  8) )

25. To me, Islam is truly submission to the will of God in every aspect of your life.
26. Name something in someone else that really inspired you, and how.  
* There are sooo many things good in people, he he if i could just pick and choose but I would have to say, one of my closest friends is just an amazing person. I have honestly never seen a frown on her face. If only I could greet all my sisters with a smile all the time no matter what is going in my life.  
   
27. If you had to pinpoint a single thing, what was it that made you make the change to want to practice Islam (of course, ultimately it was by the
Guidance of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ))?  
* I think it was just the dignity in the sisters that I hung around with made me wanna be like them. ( hehe but i have looooonngggggggggg way to go)
   
28. One story in the press concerning the affairs of my Ummah that tore me apart...
A muslim sister here in our community was forced to take her hijab off in jail b/c it was against thier policy, alhamdullilah the policy in now changed but it was heartbreaking.  
   
29. If only Muslims would  learn to appreciate the difference of opinion!!!
   
30. I could quite easily cry when I think about  how merciful Allah(SubHana Wa Ta`ala) is...
   
31. I wish I spent less time talking about useless "stuff".
 
32. I wish I spent more time  reading the Qur'an.
   
33. One issue that I really donít think I quite understand (at all, properly, or fully) yet is..hmm i dunno , i don't understand anything quite fully except tauheed..
   
34. Iíd like to seek more knowledge about  the companions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
   
35. The area of Sacred Knowledge that Iím most passionateabout is Tajweed.    
36. I used to think Islam was only about rituals but i realized its the spirit and rituals together.. :-[
   
37. I think Muslims who portray Islam as if it is all about rituals do a disservice to the Deen.  
   
38. I dislike it when I read/hear the words of Muslims that reflect ignorance about our scholars. :o
   
39. Something that seems obvious to me that I have noticed seems less
obvious to others  *its always the other way around*(hehe sis readagain would testify to this)  but if muslims could just put all our differences aside and work together truly as one ummah...

:-)[u][/u]Re: Mission #7: Truth
Muneerah134
10/03/02 at 15:29:24
[slm]

Let's see:

25. To me, Islam [u]is the key to this life and the hereafter.[/u]

26. Name something in someone else that really inspired you.
-a close friend whose life and work are for Allah (SWT) and no matter how difficult her life becomes, her adab and ibadat are an example. I learn something useful everytime I am with her.

27. If you had to pinpoint a single thing, what was it that made you make the change to want to practice Islam (of course, ultimately it was by the Guidance of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ))?  
-the ease and strength it gave me while major life changes were occuring. Full time work, full time college, a divorce, I moved to a new house, and I watched the lingering, painful death of the dearest person to me, my grandmother. Allahu Alim.

28. one of the many Sisters in Palestine who was attacked on the way to the hospital to have a baby. In this attack her husband was killed, her father was killed and it just still tears my heart out. I see her face even now.

29. If only Muslims would [u]learn their religion.[/u]

30. the misconceptions, half-truths and lies that are told about us.

31. I wish I spent less time [u]worrying.[/u] I have, alhamdullillah become much, much, much better at not worrying. I trust Allah, period.

32. I wish I spent more time [u]praying.[/u]

33. the complexity of the Qur'an; tafsir, language, and the order of revelation.

34. I'd like to seek more knowledge about [u]shar'ia, Islamic Law, and the history of women scholars, judges and teachers in Islam.[/u]

35. and that I want to learn more about is tasawwuf - the deep spiritual aspect of Islam.

36. I used to think Islam was all [u]rules[/u] and then I came to realize that it was [u]not.[/u]

37. I think Muslims who portray Islam as if it is [u] difficult [/u]do a disservice to the Deen.  

38. - that they haven't studied and are not sure of what they are saying and say something that sounds like a fact/truth, especially in the media, or to non-Muslims. It is better to say you don't know the answer, or that you are giving an opinion than to state something incorrectly as fact. I have seen this happen quite frequently lately and in front of cameras for International Television.  MashaAllah.

39. - that we must study and study is an enjoyable endeavor (although if you are my age, a sometimes tough endeavor, especially Arabic, which keeps me constantly praying  :'( and crying!) Seeking knowledge brings great rewards not the least of which is increased iman (faith) and better ibadat (worship.)

:-) Muneerah  []
Re: Mission #7: Truth
Maliha
10/04/02 at 08:21:17
[slm]
The agent that has arisen from the dead:) Okay, i know i haven't really participated in these missions :(, but this one piqued me interest:)

[quote author=BrKhalid link=board=special;num=1033389156;start=0#0 date=09/30/02 at 08:32:35]

25. To me, Islam is _____
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Surrender, struggle, life.

[quote]
26. Name something in someone else that really inspired you, and how.
[/quote]
Our Predecessors...Their struggles, their selflessness, their renunciation of this world, so wholly for the sake of Allah only...It strengthens me, and drives me to want to do more for the deen. I pray Allah will bestow on us the Imaan to rise up to our true destinies.

[quote]
27. If you had to pinpoint a single thing, what was it that made you make the change to want to practice Islam (of course, ultimately it was by the Guidance of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ))?
[/quote]
I had reached a point of no return. i lost a lot of what I thought i loved, including almost losing me mind:( But Alhamdullillah... I am grateful for all that happened, since it was the beginning of me journey *conscientiously* toward Allah.

[quote]
28. One story in the press concerning the affairs of my Ummah that tore me apart was ____
[/quote]
I remember when we first heard they bombed Afghanistan (after 9/11). We were at the Islamic center, right after sunday school, preparing to go to a community barbeque...when we heard..my heart just fell to the ground... i headed straight home in tears. Although it wasn't unexpected, or surprising, but it really affected me deeply...and knowing just how much they had already been through and how much more suffering they would be exposed to...broke my heart.

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29. If only Muslims would _____!
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Practise their deen!

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30. I could quite easily cry when I think about _____
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When I think about the state of our ummah. When I think about how far we have digressed, how much confusion and humiliation we are facing, and how minute we have become despite our large numbers, and how we can't seem to agree and unite...and how much suffering we are facing...I pray Allah rises us back to our heights and guides us back as a whole to the straight path, where the drum beats of Jihad will be clear again and the sun will shine with the glory of Islam over the darkness of this dunya.

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31. I wish I spent less time ____ †
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Scattering my energies around.

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32. I wish I spent more time ____ †
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Focusing. Cant' quite explain this...just that it seems i am running around and days are passing so fast and I just wish i was more *insert right word here*

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33. One issue that I really donít think I quite understand (at all, properly, or fully) yet is ____
[/quote]
Arabic *sigh* i wish i could speak fluently:(

[quote]
34. Iíd like to seek more knowledge about ____
[/quote]
Memorization of the Quran, Tajweed, Fiqh and Arabic:) Okay, just more knowledge about the deen :P

[quote]
35. The area of Sacred Knowledge that Iím most passionate about.
[/quote]
Tasawwuf, although i am still learning about it.

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36. I used to think Islam was ____ but then I came to realize it is ____
[/quote]
i used to think Islam was mere rituals but then I came to realize it is a lifestyle with a deep dimension of spirituality in all that we do.

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37. I think Muslims who portray Islam as if it is _____ do a disservice to the Deen.
[/quote]

Muslims who portray Islam as if it is Nonexistent in their lives, do a disservice to the deen.

[quote]
38. I dislike it when I read/hear the words of Muslims that reflect _____
[/quote]
Ignorance or proper articulation of our state/needs/ etc.

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39. Something that seems obvious to me that I have noticed seems less obvious to others
[/quote]
The gradual changing face of Islam....A lot of Muslims from different cultures are coming into Islam, while "born" Muslims are straying further away from the deen.
Re: Mission #7: Truth
Madinat
10/04/02 at 21:44:42
[quote author=BrKhalid link=board=special;num=1033389156;start=0#0 date=09/30/02 at 08:32:35]Asalaamu Alaikum ;-)

Asalaamu Alaikum Madina Citizen ;-)

Your mission this week, should you choose to accept it, is to complete the following questionnaire:

25. To me, Islam is _____ anything, if not everything

26. Name something in someone else that really inspired you, and how. truthfulness.  my young cousin admitted to wrongdoing, in spite of the punishment she received, and i have been motivated to do the same ever since.

27. If you had to pinpoint a single thing, what was it that made you make the change to want to practice Islam (of course, ultimately it was by the Guidance of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ))?  finally realizing the "american way" of college students (particularly men)

28. One story in the press concerning the affairs of my Ummah that tore me apart was ____ the sentence of amina lawal to death by stoning for adultery when her daughter's father is released from even the responsiblity of caring for his daughter

29. If only Muslims would _____! UNITE!!!!!!! no more india/pakistani sections of the mosque!

30. I could quite easily cry when I think about _____ my childhood

31. I wish I spent less time ____ † sleeping

32. I wish I spent more time ____ † learning about islam

33. One issue that I really donít think I quite understand (at all, properly, or fully) yet is ____ islam

34. Iíd like to seek more knowledge about ____ islam

35. The area of Sacred Knowledge that Iím most passionate about.  "sacred knowledge?" what is this?

36. I used to think Islam was ____ but then I came to realize it is ____ rules, freedom

37. I think Muslims who portray Islam as if it is _____ do a disservice to the Deen.  something to do on friday

38. I dislike it when I read/hear the words of Muslims that reflect _____ hatred

39. Something that seems obvious to me that I have noticed seems less obvious to others--america colors people's opinions of what is right and wrong.  muslims and nonmuslims.  you have to be a VERY strong person in this country


As always, should you, or any member of the Madina fail in your mission, the Madina will disavow all knowledge of your actions. †

This post will self-destruct in five seconds. (or be moved to the ARK soon) †


PS Deadline for this week's Mission will be Sunday midnight EST

And yes I do know the questions start at #25 but then again there's a good reason for that ;-)
[/quote]
Re: Mission #7: Truth
Red
10/05/02 at 10:56:47
25. To me, Islam is the answer to all my questions.

26. Name something in someone else that really inspired you, and how.
what can i say? the first thing that come to my mind is my parents. they have inspired me beyond my imagination, they have seven children, mashallah, are wonderful muslims, struggled with hard work, and have seen much sorrow in their life. their inability to not give up and trying to live islam to its fullest has inspired me.

27. If you had to pinpoint a single thing, what was it that made you make the change to want to practice Islam (of course, ultimately it was by the Guidance of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ))?
this is kind of hard, because i really can't remember! even when i started wearing hijaab, i truly did not understand islam. i think it was two or three years ago, when i realized that even though i had been studying the quran my whole life i was not able to say it correctly or understand my prayers or what i was saying. i realized i was only doing the motions in my prayer without understanding what i was saying. when i was reading quran before, i was only doing it because my mom was asking me to, and i was not reading it for myself.

28. One story in the press concerning the affairs of my Ummah that tore me apart was  seeing little children in palestine walking in the ruins of houses.

29. If only Muslims would respect each other, and not think that they are better than another muslim.

30. I could quite easily cry when I think about  the day of judgement.

31. I wish I spent less time watching tv and movies.

32. I wish I spent more time reading quran and about all the prophets.  

33. One issue that I really donít think I quite understand (at all, properly, or fully) yet is  the will a person makes before they die, to give out inheriantence. its a bit confusing to me how everything is given to the people in a persons family  after they die.

34. Iíd like to seek more knowledge about reading and understanding arabic. i still have a real hard time trying to reading the quran and understanding quran.  

35. The area of Sacred Knowledge that Iím most passionate about.
i am not really sure what to say about his  ??? but i really enjoy reading
hadith's, because they are so helpful in everyday life.

36. I used to think Islam was to  hard to practice but then I came to realize it becomes natural once you try incorporating it in your life(meaning completing all prayers on time..etc..)

37. I think Muslims who portray Islam as if it is something they are forced to do, instead of something they truly believe do a disservice to the Deen.

38. I dislike it when I read/hear the words of Muslims that reflect their dislike for other muslims (like disrespecting another muslim because they paki or arab).

39. Something that seems obvious to me that I have noticed seems less obvious to others life goes by really quickly.
Re: Mission #7: Truth
hijabi4L
10/06/02 at 00:03:39
[slm]
Just gotta say mashallah this is one of the best/toughest missions yet!

25. To me, Islam is a perfect, fulfilling way of life that will bring any and all to happiness.

26. Name something in someone else that really inspired you, and how:  
A speaker I listened to the other day, who had been through a rough life and faced many struggles in his day, but yet came thru to be mashallah a very educated and knowledgable man.  He really inspired me to pursue greater things, and stop taking things for granted.
27. If you had to pinpoint a single thing, what was it that made you make the change to want to practice Islam (of course, ultimately it was by the Guidance of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ))?  I think just realizing how short life was, and how important my actions in this life really are made me want to change for the better.

28. One story in the press concerning the affairs of my Ummah that tore me apart was of a sheikh who was prosecuted and sentenced outrageously and unfairly, leaving behind his wife and four children, simply because he exercised his opinion as a muslim leader.

29. If only Muslims would realize that the materials in this dunya will get us nowhere, and we need to start focusing on what really matters to please Allah SWT!

30. I could quite easily cry when I think about the difference between the Muslims of today compared to the Muslims at the time of the Prophet SAW

31. I wish I spent less time doing pointless waste of time things.

32. I wish I spent more time learning about my deen and memorizing qur'an.

33. One issue that I really donít think I quite understand (at all, properly, or fully) yet is the palestine conflict.

34. Iíd like to seek more knowledge about the history of islam.

35. The area of Sacred Knowledge that Iím most passionate about is hadith.

36. I used to think Islam was very strict and didnt know why but then I came to realize it is actually the most beneficial way of life.

37. I think Muslims who portray Islam as if it is a modern religion do a disservice to the Deen.  

38. I dislike it when I read/hear the words of Muslims that reflect negative ideas of what they think Islam should be.

39. Something that seems obvious to me that I have noticed seems less obvious to others is the fact that our religion is so simple and easy to follow, and yet others make it seem like the most difficult task they face.



Re: Mission #7: Truth
Abd_al-Rashid
10/06/02 at 02:19:19
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25. To me, Islam is the peace that comes with submission to Allah swt

26. Name something in someone else that really inspired you, and how.  

My best friend, his piety and patience in the face of trials really inspires me.  His family is real cultural and frown upon beard, frequent visit to masjid, warning against bidah...but yet he keeps a happy face and continues to establish the ibadatullah...we often talk about how every believer is tried and the hadith about Islam going back to being something strange.  So him being patient is a real inspiration for me.

27. If you had to pinpoint a single thing, what was it that made you make the change to want to practice Islam (of course, ultimately it was by the Guidance of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ))?  

My first Ramadan was a couple of months after taking Shahadah, so just being in that environment of constant worship was the spark.  Some days I would go to a brother's house (who I didn't know existed 6 months ago) and break fast, pray, and eat.  Just that feeling of everyone following the command of Allah and doing it according to the Sunnah was overwhelming, I thought to myself that I had been missing out on this for years.  After this it became real natural for me, learning arabic, eating with right hand, establishing 5 daily salat.  Not that I've been perfect ever since but I just look back now like Subhana'allah, Allah has guided me and I would hate to go back to kufr.

28. One story in the press concerning the affairs of my Ummah that tore me apart was the Jenin massacre.  I couldn't believe it, murdered in broad daylight and those close to them didn't even lift a finger.  I was really angry at the so-called "leaders" who can't say a word without asking Bush first.  I saw a picture of one of the signs at the demo that summed it all up "Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab had more honor than these puppets"

29. If only Muslims would stop mixing their culture with the deen!

30. I could quite easily cry when I think about all the sins I've commited

31. I wish I spent less time on the net!

32. I wish I spent more time memorizing Qur'an!

33. One issue that I really donít think I quite understand (at all, properly, or fully) yet is the rules of inheritance.  Specifically, how it applies to kafir relatives.

34. Iíd like to seek more knowledge about seerah of the wives of the prophet  [saw] and the companions may Allah be pleased with them all.  

35. The area of Sacred Knowledge that Iím most passionate about is Tawheed.  It's basically the only thing I talk about when giving dawah.  

36. I used to think Islam was for the Arabs but then I came to realize it is for all of humanity.

37. I think Muslims who portray Islam as if it is cultural do a disservice to the Deen.  Mixing in cultural norms is not the way to go!

38. I dislike it when I read/hear the words of Muslims that reflect seeking to please the disbelievers.  "Jihad is against the self only" "beard/hijab is optional" "hooris are metaphorical" "polygamy/slavery no longer applies" "Shari'ah should be updated/modernized"

Meanwhile, Allah swt told us already that "they will never be pleased with you until you follow their religion"  

39. Something that seems obvious to me that I have noticed seems less obvious to others is to act and speak upon only about what you know.  I've noticed some brothers have "scholar complex"  and instead of saying "I don't know" they'll say "I think..." or "I heard..." and that's a dangerous thing to say.  

[wlm]
Re: Mission #7: Truth
Barr
10/06/02 at 07:11:57
Assalamu'alaikum

25. To me, Islam is [color=blue] the biggest ni'mah that Allah has given me.[/color]

26. Name something in someone else that really inspired you, and how. †

[color=blue]The sight of Allah's signs in my mentor-teacher, inspired me.
I find that he is able to see things at a deeper level. He heart is so much with the ummah. I admire his strength to remain in istiqamah (steadfastness), when I reflect the many things that he is doing, and the tests that he faces. †One of the most soft and gentle hearts that I know, mashaAllah... and when he speaks, he speaks from his heart.
Though I only know him for about 2 years, he has inspired me a lot more, mashaAllah.[/color]

27. If you had to pinpoint a single thing, what was it that made you make the change to want to practice Islam (of course, ultimately it was by the Guidance of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ))? †

[color=blue] Surah Al-Fatihah. I attended an usrah(study circle), and we discussed it. It is as if it is the first time, I know the surah existed. It is the opening surah to my heart... for it opened the door to my heart, mashaAllah[/color]

28. One story in the press concerning the affairs of my Ummah that tore me apart was [color=blue]the recent commentary by a journalist that the US may implement urban warfare to Iraq.[/color]

29. If only Muslims would [color=blue]look at what really matters[/color]! †

30. I could quite easily cry when I think about [color=blue]*too embarrassed to fill in*[/color] †

31. I wish I spent less time [color=blue]on the net[/color] † †

32. I wish I spent more time [color=blue]with the Quran[/color]

33. One issue that I really donít think I quite understand (at all, properly, or fully) yet is [color=blue]Islamic Finance.[/color]

34. Iíd like to seek more knowledge about [color=blue]tarbiyatul awlad(bringing up/ educating children)[/color] †

35. The area of Sacred Knowledge that Iím most passionate about. †
[color=blue]Qur'an[/color]

36. I used to think Islam was [color=blue]just rituals[/color] but then I came to realize it is [color=blue]living[/color] †

37. I think Muslims who portray Islam as if it is [color=blue]irrelevant and dead to progressive living[/color] do a disservice to the Deen. †

38. I dislike it when I read/hear the words of Muslims that reflect [color=blue] a coarse and harsh heart[/color] †

39. Something that seems obvious to me that I have noticed seems less obvious to others
[color=blue]I don't think this is less obvious to others... but I feel that to taste the sweetness and feel the Qur'an, is when we're walking in the "shoes" of the Qur'an.[/color]

Allahua'lam :-)
10/06/02 at 07:15:50
Barr
Re: Mission #7: Truth
BrKhalid
10/07/02 at 05:27:07
Asalaamu Alaikum ;-)

I'm extending the deadline until midnight on Tuesday for those of you who still want to post a reply.
Re: Mission #7: Truth
an
10/07/02 at 13:07:31

Your mission this week, should you choose to accept it, is to complete the following questionnaire:

25. To me, Islam is life.

26. Name something in someone else that really inspired you, and how.
† † †
† † †Prophet Muhammad †[saw]'s personality & character.
I still can't believe that only 1500 years ago, this man-who has an exalted character-walked among the people on this very earth.


27. If you had to pinpoint a single thing, what was it that made you make the change to want to practice Islam (of course, ultimately it was by the Guidance of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ))?
My finding out that the Qur'an is truly the word of Allah.
† † †
28. One story in the press concerning the affairs of my Ummah that tore me apart was
a racist story by an Australian newspaper reporter on Muslims.

29. If only Muslims would follow the Qur'an!!!

30. I could quite easily cry when I think about my past, my parents, my sins and Allah's blessings on me.

31. I wish I spent less time worrying.†

32. I wish I spent more time asking Allah's forgiveness.†

33. One issue that I really donít think I quite understand (at all, properly, or fully) yet is why people have so much hatred towards Islam?

34. Iíd like to seek more knowledge about so many things on Islam, on being a better person, learning Arabic and my other interests- graphic design, travelling, science, etc.

35. The area of Sacred Knowledge that Iím most passionate about. †The secrets of life as revealed in the Qur'an.

36. I used to think Islam was nothing more than a ritual but then I came to realize it is full of beauty .. Allah's gift to mankind.

37. I think Muslims who portray Islam as if it is something to be ashamed of, do a disservice to the Deen.

38. I dislike it when I read/hear the words of Muslims that reflect arrogance.

39. Something that seems obvious to me that I have noticed seems less obvious to others is ...

I've realised how Muslim women have been given so much by Allah in terms of dignity and other things compared to our counterparts in the West or other places. I've seen many ads that exploit women. E.g. how the marketers use women's beauty or body to attract consumers, even for simple things like chocolate. Or how women fall in the endless trap pursuing fashion or continually beautifying themselves purely to look good .. for men. Is this the freedom they meant?

I've noticed how western culture slowly influences the Muslims minds, especially the youth. How the customs of the West take precedence over the word of God. How saddening it is to see many muslims take pride on being 'hip', 'sexy', or 'Westernized'. There are good things that we can learn from the West but there are also many things that we just have to be aware and careful of.
10/07/02 at 14:15:57
an


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