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Blog Love: Trust in Allah but tie your camel

Another lovely blog post from:

http://www.chillyoislamyo.com/trust-in-allah-but-tie-your-camel/

(copied in entirety – all credit due to original author, linked above!)

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Well in today’s world, it would be more like lock your car, guess it depends on where you live.

If you got a camel then you don’t need to worry about gas prices, haha.

Basically the point of this post is to remind you and myself that it’s easy to say “it was meant to be” when things go wrong, but we need to remember that we should always try our best with what Allah swt has given us, then if it doesn’t work out then Alhumdulilah it’s all good. Allah swt is the best of planners and we should be conscious of that.

If Allah swt wills something then it will happen, but like Mufti Abdul Rehman ibn Yusuf says ” You do your best, and Allah swt will do the rest”.

For example if you call some guests over to your house to eat dinner and you don’t cook, the food isn’t going to drop from the sky or if you don’t study for a test on purpose and you fail you can’t blame it on the Qadr. The person who failed to prepare or put some effort in has no one to blame but themselves.

The reason I bring this issue up is because I often notice people do a poor job on something and the finished product or outcome is a failure and then they say ” it was meant to be”, sorry Allah swt says in the Qu’ran:

{And that man can have nothing but what he strives for.} (An-Najm 53:39)

In conclusion, there is a balance in everything. Of course we should always have in our heart that without the will of Allah swt nothing will occur, but Allah swt gave us the ability to raise our standards in everything we do and most importantly tie our camel.

Once you tried your hardest with all the resources you had available to you provided by Allah swt (and only you know what that is), then you can see what arises from the situation.

I end with a hadith by our beloved Prophet:

One day Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it and he asked the Bedouin, “Why don’t you tie down your camel?” The Bedouin answered, “I put my trust in Allah.” The Prophet then said, “Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah” (At-Tirmidhi).

May Allah swt give us the ability to maximize our potential in life and give that which is only best for us in this world and for the hereafter, Ameen!

Blog Love: ChillYoIslamYo

I’ve really got to give this guy kudos.. A brother after my own heart!

Here’s his post called: ‘Grow the Beard – How to Give Dawah and Not Scare Muslims Away’

http://www.chillyoislamyo.com/grow-the-beard-how-to-give-dawah-and-not-scare-muslims-away/#comment-31570

This is another great one: ‘Trust in Allah but Tie Your Camel’

http://www.chillyoislamyo.com/trust-in-allah-but-tie-your-camel/

Blog Love: Birthdays = bid’ah?

The image and text below are taken from:

http://www.chillyoislamyo.com/is-it-haraam-to-celebrate-birthdays/#more-1236

I’d recommend you visit his blog – he has a lot of great stuff. 🙂

Is it Haraam to Celebrate Birthdays?

Salam yo,

So since it’s my birthday, I decided to do a post about birthdays.untitled.png

Yea I’m getting old! Chill old is gold, anyways like the pharmaceutical companies say “your only as old as you feel”.

I often come across Muslims who say celebrating birthdays is absolutely impressible in Islam and it’s haraam and blah blah because your imitating the disbelievers.

Now I’m not a scholar so I decided to do some research on this and clarify some misconceptions. I’m tired of hearing people make their own rulings without backing it up with proof.

It’s important that we be very specific when we talk, if a brother or sister wants to go eat at a halal restaurant on his/her birthday with some friends, there is nothing haraam with that, come on!

Now what I discovered was it all comes down to intention, now outwardly it may seem wrong to celebrate birthday since the disbelievers do it also, but it depends on how you practice it.

Obviously if you engage in direct haraam practices on your birthday, then that’s now allowed. In terms of what’s allowed and what’s not, that’s clear like windex.

So it comes down to what exactly we mean by the word “Celebrate”

Go to chucky cheese, not the bar.

I was able to come across the legal rulings from renowned scholars, Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah and Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari:

Get your pen and pad ready, I was able to get a clear anwser from the fatwa bank at Islamonline.net in which a group of muftis said: ” Islam supports the celebration of birthdays if it is an expression of gratitude to Allah for His bounties, sustenance and blessings in man’s life, as long as that celebration does not include anything that may displease Allah, the Almighty.”

Here is what the other scholars say:

My man the renowned scholar Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah (May Allah swt preserve him and all the rightly guided scholars) said:

“The holidays which are forbidden [for Muslims] to observe are those with religious overtones [such as Christmas and Easter*] not the festive gatherings people observe due to certain events. Therefore, people are allowed to celebrate wedding anniversaries, birthdays or any occasion as such celebrations are not related to religious holidays. It is imperative that we work to remove the confusion surrounding this misunderstanding and the doubts that have affected many people [regarding this issue]. [Because of this misunderstanding] people find hardship and difficulty in their religion. Especially when a religious minded person holds [such non religious celebrations] to be from the major sins or rejected acts when, in fact, they are not.

Moving forward, below is a response from Mufi Muhammad

If the origins of birthday celebrations are connected to a particular faith, then there is no doubt in its impressibility. If, however, it has no connections with the faith of the non-Muslims, then (and Allah knows best) it seems that it would be permissible to celebrate it (provided the evils mentioned above are avoided).

If one thanks Allah and shows gratitude for being blessed with one more year of his life, thus expresses happiness and joy, then there is nothing wrong with that. (See: al-Fatawa al-Rahimiyya (urdu), 6/320).

Mufti Muhammad also mentioned if the birthday involves specific practices and adaptations of customs from the disbelievers like The lighting of candles on a cake that number the years of one’s life and then blowing on them(Allah swt knows best about the candles), playing of music, singing, extravagant and lavish spending, showing off, etc are all unlawful and forbidden practices. Thus, if birthdays are celebrated by adopting the above-mentioned customs, it will not be permissible.

Check the full reading here

Anyways, it all depends on what you do on your birthday, what’s the purpose and most importantly what intentions you have. If you don’t want to do anything on your birthday, then it’s all good.

At the end of the day, everyone needs to make their own decisions.

Pass the ice cream cake yo, just make sure it doesn’t have no haraam marshmallows in it, ha.

May Allah swt guide us to the straight path, Ameen.

Article Share: The eco-halal revolution

A growing number of Muslims are calling for a more transparent and environmentally sound approach to the production and supply of halal meat that reflects broader issues of sustainability and environmental friendliness backed by Islamic concepts.
By Nadia Arumugam, December 4, 2009
New York, New York
Greener turkeys

On a brisk November day, Zaid Kurdieh is busy ensuring his chickens are comfortable. With temperatures well below freezing and snow on its way, Kurdieh — an organic farmer in the upstate New York town of Norwich — is moving his flock from open pasture to a heated greenhouse.

“They will simply collapse under the weight of the snow,” he says, with the concern of a worried father.

Raised on organic feed supplemented with organic vegetables, greens, and what they find scurrying through the pasture, the chickens may miss the bountiful surroundings of warmer months. But with the icy spell and frozen ground, they no doubt appreciate the toasty environment of their new home.

With the birds safe inside, Kurdieh turns to his next task. Tomorrow is market day, and he still has to prepare chickens for sale at the Union Square farmer’s market in Manhattan. In the slaughtering facility on his 35-acre farm, Kurdieh lifts chickens collected by his workers the previous day and places them into a series of metal cones. They hang upside down with their wings folded back, their heads and their necks exposed.

Up till now, Kurdieh’s routine has been similar to those of other small-scale organic chicken farmers. But his next action sets him apart. With a razor-sharp knife, he slits the birds’ necks one by one with a single, decisive cut, each time quietly reciting a blessing.

Kurdieh is Muslim, and the chickens he slaughters are halal, or slaughtered according to Islamic tenets. Meat sold as halal is permissible for Muslims to consume. If a meat product is free from pork, which the Koran forbids, and if it has been ritually slaughtered in the zabihah way — a process governed by a set of precise rules set down by Islamic law and tradition — it meets the basic criteria for being halal.

Most Muslims believe that consuming meat that meets this requirement fulfills the onus placed on them by their religion toward this part of their diet. Where the meat comes from and how it was reared is largely considered irrelevant.

But not for Kurdieh. He interprets Islam in a way that renders the environment and the manner in which an animal is raised from birth until death paramount. For him, it’s not enough that the meat is emblazoned with a halal certification stamp. He believes that food should be produced according to the the complex and often neglected Islamic principle of tayyib, which he defines as meaning “wholesome” and “pure.” (cont..)

To continue reading, please visit the original article at:

http://www.altmuslim.com/a/a/a/3442

Kudos!: Arse About Fez

Has anyone else ever visitied this website?

If not – you absolutely must! It’s a hilarious blog of one guy’s life in Turkey, seen through Western eyes.

Check it out here: http://www.arseaboutfez.com/