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Thursday, April 27, 2006

'Amr bin Al-'Aas - Conqueror of Egypyt

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim
I apologise for the lack of updating on this blog, I have exams on the way so most of my time will be spent studying for those. However I have taken some time out to post about the famous Sahabaa 'Amr bin Al-'Aas radiAllahu ta'ala anha, he was the conqueror of Egypt (Masr) and established a stronge Islamic state there.

Before his acceptance to Islam
Before his acceptance to Islam, 'Amr bin Al-'Aas was one of the most bitterest enemies of Islam. He would use all his time and effort to tease the muslims and create hardships for them in Makkah. He was from a very wealthy background and known to have shown signs of being clever from a young age in his society; he also had several close relationships with governors and Kings around the Arabian Peninsula.
When he heard of the muslims settling in Al-Madinah he threatened their business' and decided to attack them. He gathered an army of 1000 men organised with the help of the Quraish with the intention of getting rid of Islam and all the muslims. He lost all his shrewdness and cunning when he was in battle, and was defeated by the muslim army at the Battle of Badr.
During the Battle of Khandaq (aka Battle of the trench) he gathered all the people that disliked the muslims and raised an army of 10,000 soldiers. He led the army and found a wide trench to prevent him from entering the town of his enemies. His army spent several days trying to enter the city over the trench, however they failed and left in humiliation.

Submission
'Amr bin Al-'Aas tried all efforts to abolish Islam and the muslims, however it was through the Mercy of Allah subhana wa ta'ala that this did not happen. After the Battle of Khandaq 'Amr bin Al-'Aas felt that Islam was not something that had been created by Muhammad salialahualay hi wassalam, and felt that he wanted to change his mind and join the muslims, however his arrogance detained (for a while). He confided in the King of Abyssinia about his situation and was astonished to learn that the King has embraced Islam. After he left Abyssinia he realized that Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam was proclaiming the truth. When he returned to Makkah he saw how trustworthy and honest the Beloved Prophet of Allah really was. He wanted to seek the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's help, and repeatedly asked himself why he had kept himself from Islam.
He made the decision to migrate to Al-Madinah and on his way there he found Khalid bin al-Waleed and Uthmaan bin Talhah, he understood that they too were ready to embrace Islam. He arrived in Al-Madinah on the ninth of Safar on 8th Hijrah. As soon as they arrived, they went to the mosque where the Prophet of Allah salialahualayhi wassalam was preaching to his followers. He advanced towards the prophet salialahuakayhi wassalam and was afraid, however the prophet salialahualayhi wassalam warmly embraced him. He ('Amr bin Al-'Aas radiAllahu tala anha) embraced Islam there in the presence of the Propeht of Allah salialahualayhi wassalam. 'Amr bin Al-'Aas radiAllahu ta'ala anha felt humiliated and asked the Prophet salialahualahi wasslam to pray to Allah for forgiveness, however he learnt the being a new muslim erased his past sins. He was shown how to pray by the Sahabaa radiallahu ta'ala anhum. During his time spent with the Beloved Messenger of Allah salialahualayhi wassalam his heart was filled with warmth, love and admiration for him.

Journey to Egypt
Under the rule of 'Umar bin Al-Khattab radiallahu ta'ala anhu, 'Amr bin Al-'Aas radiAllahu ta'ala anhu was very interested in conquereing Egypt, and encouraged him to march there. 'Umar bin Al-khattab gave him permission and sent an army of four thousand soldiers and prayed that Allah to make the aid him in making the right choice. He successfuly conquered Egypt and established the city of Al-Fustat(south of Cairo) as the base of his rule. He expelled the Romans who had treated the people of Egypt unjustly and instead the people with justice and kindness. These acts of kindness made people accept Islam and he was ordered to rule Egypt. He did his best to develop the country and the way of life of people. He built many cities, developed agriculture, paved roads, water facilities and built many mosques. He built the first mosque in Egypt and can be seen below. He put alot of his wealth into spreading the message of Islam and considered his wealth to be a blessing from Allah subhana wa ta'ala. He tried to make sure that the peasants who had been treated harshly by the Romans should receive land that the Romans had exploited from them.
pic: 'Amr bin Al-'Aas mosque in Cairo, the first mosque ever to be built in Egypt:









Please keep me in your humble duaas, wassalamualaykum warahmatullah.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Rumi's words of wisdom

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu

I thought I'd share some words of advice with you that one of my friends(May Allah reward her well insha'Allah) quoted from Maulana Rumi rahimatullah alayh:

Sometimes in order to help He makes us cry.
Happy the eye that sheds tears for His sake.
Fortunate the heart that burns for His sake.
Laughter always follows tears.
Blessed are those who understand.
Life blossoms wherever water flows.
Where tears are shed divine mercy is shown

Please keep me in your duaas.

Wassalamualaykum warahmatullah.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Kindness

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim.

Forgive me for not keeping this blog updated, my studies have kept me pre-occupied and I am going to be abroad for a couple of days next week and the week after, however when I return I will be insha'Allah updating more often. This post is dedicated to one of my dearest friends whom I will never forget, and will always be in my duaas. May Allah grant her family and herself Janatul Firdous. Ameen.

The Beloved Prohet salialahualayhi wassalam said:
"Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith."
Subhana'Allah this Ahadeeth holds great importance in the way we treat others. Kindness is something that was present in the character of our Beloved Prophet salialahu alayhi wassalam and it is mentioned numerously in Ahadeeth and in the Quraan to act with it in our hearts. Kindness is a quality that we should strive to have in our akhlaaq and as muslims this should be part of our character. Kindness shows our compassion for one another and a selfless attitude, and it is kindness towards one another that helps us establish a good relationship with those around us.

There are many ways in which a person can behave kindly, going out to help someone in need, listening to someone who is distrested, helping your mother in the kitchen, helping your children out with their homework, talking politely to someone, and even smiling is a kind act, these are just a few of the ways in which one can be caring. To be kind to someone can make a big difference to their lives and it should be us who are always willing to do that.

Here is a story of how important kindness is:

The angry woman
It was the month of Ramadan, when all good Muslims were trying very hard to keep the fast. This meant that they did not eat anything during the hours of daylight. From sunrise to sunset no food must pass their lips. Fasting is difficult, especially when it is a hot day. It was on such a hot day that Muhammad sat down to rest. He had not eaten since it was dark, and the sun was now high in the sky. He wanted a few moments of peace.

Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam had only been sitting down for a few moments when the peace was broken. Someone was shouting loudly, just a little way down the street. A woman was obviously very angry. Her voice was loud, and the angrier she became the louder and shriller her shouting became. Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam decided to investigate.

As he came closer, he saw one of the richest women in the town, berating a servant for something he should have done, but had not. She was furious. Her face was red, she was shaking her fist, and it seemed as if she was fit to burst. The servant was standing uncomfortably, his head bowed low, not daring to move or reply. The woman was so busy with her anger that at first she did not notice Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam standing beside her.

Slowly she became aware that someone was standing beside her. She turned, saw that it was the Prophet Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam, and calmed down a little. “Why don’t you go indoors, and have something to eat?”

The woman was shocked. She did not know what to say. She always kept the fast. She wondered if Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam realised what he was saying. “But I always keep the fast,” she said. “I have not eaten anything today.”

The prophet salialahualayhi wassalam spoke quietly. “If you were keeping the fast properly,” he said, “you would be kind to others. You would be trying hard to do Allah’s will. Getting angry with your servant is as bad as eating during the fast. You might as well go and eat.”

In this story we saw that the woman was not kind to her servants and this led to her breaking her fast, which shows us that being kind to one another is essential and part of out faith.

May Allah give us the ability to be kind to one another and treat others the way we wish to be treated. Ameen wa thuma ameen.

Wassalamualaykum warahmatullah.