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The Muslim Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto presents: "On the Verge: What is Islamic Chaplaincy?" which discusses the Prophetic method of pastoral care and the roots of Islamic Chaplaincy within the Prophetic Way.

Embrace. Engage. Empower.

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Group Badr : L9lob A3mat - Ecouter et Telecharger music mp3 2011

A beautiful traditional Arabic poem describing the journey and experience of someone setting out on the path of love for God. This rendition is more recent and catchy. For those who speak Arabic, pay attention to the words - they will inspire you!

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Shaykh Abdul Basit sending peace and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad. Wish this happened more often in mosques. Beautiful!

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Hijab: a Male Perspective

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين

وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم

"There are men among the believers who honored their pledge to God: some of them have fulfilled it by death, and some are still waiting. They have not changed in the least." (Qur’an 33:23)

There is no doubt that, as of late, many Muslim women have decided to remove their head-scarves, despite a consensus among scholars that hijab is required. Oftentimes, when modesty as a virtue is discussed within our communities, the discussion almost always exclusively surrounds the modesty of Muslim women. Personally, I feel that when discussing modesty (both character (inward) as well of clothing (outward)), a greater focus needs to be put on men as contributors to the decline of modesty within the community. Although there are many factors that play into Muslim women’s decisions to remove their head-scarves, that is not part of this particular discussion. It is my belief that many of the causes in the decline of modesty are based mainly upon the lack of modesty amongst Muslim males (and the double standards they tend to enjoy). Through reviving Prophetic chivalry and masculine modesty within themselves, Muslim men can more effectively contribute to sustaining modesty within the Muslim community. 

In a profound noble prophetic narration, the Messenger of God (peace and blessings be upon him) gives us an understanding of communal modesty and chastity which places the greater (but not exclusive) responsibility upon men. He says (peace and blessings be upon him, "Be kind to your parents, and your children will be kind to you; be chaste, and your women will be chaste." [Tabarani - classified as hasan]

The first half of the Prophet’s statement (God bless him and grant him peace) is general, whereas the second half of the narration is directed specifically at men. One way of understanding this prophetic narration is that if Muslim men implement modesty and chastity within themselves, their virtuous character will spread and positively influence women as well. By extension, the opposite is also true: if men lose their sense of chastity, their immorality will negatively influence women within society. If one takes a moment to reflect on the way this plays within society, they will see its truth, especially in today’s world. It suffices to say that the pornographic industry which essentially turns women into sex-slaves is largely run and sustained by males.

The fact of the matter is that we live in a hyper-sexualized world obsessed with appearances, and this presents severe challenges upon the Muslim spiritual psyche. We are bombarded with immodest images (oftentimes against our will) of the human body that affect us consciously and unconsciously, making it an uphill battle to be a chaste and modest human-being. Nevertheless, the definition of a righteous Muslim is one who fights against their lowly desires and purifies their souls from the tarnishes of this world. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and mercy be upon him) said, "Islam began as a stranger and it will return to being a stranger as it once was. Therefore, blessed are the strangers who remain virtuous when everyone else becomes corrupt." [Muslim, Tirmidhi].

Regardless of what we are surrounded by, Muslim men must hold themselves to a higher standard of morality and virtue. Once Muslim men take their piety, education, and character seriously, our noble female counterparts will recognize and appreciate that within us. We must abolish the double standard that exists in our communities - not by lowering the standard of feminine modesty, but rather by demanding Muslim men live up to standards of modesty already given to us by God and His Messenger. When Muslim males gawk at half-naked women (whether in public, on television, or on the internet), act and speak lewdly, and show a greater appreciation for immoral women, then what kind of message does that send to Muslim women who attempt to maintain their dignity inwardly and outwardly? Oftentimes, when Muslim women see so many Muslim males acting this way, they lose hope in finding a righteous husband and sometimes ask themselves why they even bother to wear the head-scarf. If Muslim men held themselves to a higher standard, acted like gentlemen, and appreciated the greater qualities within women such as mercy, trustworthiness, loyalty, and modesty - then Muslim women would feel more appreciated for their struggle to be modest, or at the very least feel that Muslim men can relate.

Being a male does not make you a man. A man is made through uprightness, dependability, and virtuous character. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and mercy of God be upon him) was the greatest human being and the greatest man to ever walk this earth, and one of his most outstanding virtues was his intense modesty. He is our standard; he is our master; he is our model - may God bless him and grant him peace! We have to hold ourselves to higher standards and not unjustly place the entire burden of communal modesty upon our sisters’ shoulders. When men step up and take greater responsibility in their own modesty, it will show our care for and solidarity with our Muslim sisters, and create a sense of cooperation between the believing men and women. When Muslim men show greater appreciation towards the struggles of Muslim women by being upright men, it will make our sisters feel truly appreciated and create a sustainable moral environment within our communities.

As the great poet, Amir Sulaiman once said, “When a man is truly a man, it makes a woman comfortable to truly be a woman.” 

And success is from God.

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Bliss!

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"Believers, respond to God and His Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life. Know that God comes between a person and their heart, and that you will be gathered to Him." (Qur’an 8:24).

"Believers, respond to God and His Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life. Know that God comes between a person and their heart, and that you will be gathered to Him." (Qur’an 8:24).

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Prayer of Light

O God! You are light, and from You is light. Place light in my heart and on my tongue and in my eyes and in my ears and in front of me and to the right of me and to the left of me and behind me and in my presence. Place light in my nerves and in my bones and in my flesh. Make me live in light; grant me light; give me light; make me light.

—the Prophet Muhammad, peace and mercy of God be upon him.

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The Hilye of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and mercy be upon him.

The Hilye of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and mercy be upon him.

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The Prophet’s Night Journey and Ascension

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين

وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم

On the 27th of Rajab, before the Migration to Madinah, the Prophet Muhammad peace and mercy be upon him was taken on a Night Journey and Heavenly Ascent (Al-Isra’ wa Al-Mi’raj). Below are excerpts from the Qur’an, Hadith, and scholarly insight regarding the miraculous events:

"Glory to Him who made His servant travel  by night from the sacred place of worship to the furthest place of worship, whose surroundings We have blessed , to show him some of Our signs: He alone is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing." (17:1)

"By the star when it sets! Your companion has not strayed nor is he deluded; he does not speak from his own desire: indeed it is nothing less than a revelation that is sent to him. It was taught to him by one of might powers and great strength, who stood on the highest horizon. Then he drew near and came down until he was two bow-lengths away or even closer, and He revealed to His servant that which He revealed. The [Prophet’s] heart did not lie in seeing what it saw. Are you going to dispute with him what he saw? A second time he saw him: by the lote-tree beyond which none may pass, near the Garden of Restfulness, when the tree was covered in nameless [splendor]. His sight never wavered, nor was it too bold, and he saw some of the greatest signs of his Lord.”(53:1-18)

Excerpt below taken from Sayyid Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki’s "The Prophet’s Night Journey and Heavenly Ascent" trans. Gibril Fouad Haddad (Aqsa Publications, 2006):

The Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him, was taken up to a point where he heard the scratching of the Pens [writing the Divine Decree]. He saw a man who had disappeared into the light of the Throne. He said: “Who is this? Is this an angel?” It was said to him, no. He said: “Is it a Prophet?” Again the answer was no. He said: “Who is it then?” The answer was: “This was a man whose tongue was moist with Allah’s remembrance in the world, and his heart was attached to the mosques, and he never incurred the curse of his father and mother.”

Then the Prophet, peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, saw his Lord, the Most Glorious, the Exalted, and he fell prostrate. At that time his Lord spoke to him and said: “O Muhammad!” He replied: “Twice at your service, O Lord!” Allah the Exalted said: “Ask (sal)!” The Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him, said:

You have taken to Yourself Abraham as an intimate friend (khalil), and You have given him an immense kingdom. You have spoken to Moses directly, and have given David an immense kingdom and softened iron and subjugated the mountains to him. You have given Solomon an immense kingdom, and subjugated the jinn and men and devils to him, as well as the winds, and You have given him a kingdom the like of which no one may have after him. You have taught Jesus the Torah and the Evangel, and made him heal those born blind and the lepers, and raise up the dead with Your permission, and You have protected him and his mother from the cursed devil so that the devil had no path by which to harm them!

Allah said: “And I have taken you to Myself as My beloved and intimate friend (habiban wa khalila).” Allah continued:

I have sent you for all people without exception, a bearer of glad tidings and a warner.

I have expanded your breast for you and relieved you of your burden and exalted your name, as I am not mentioned except that you are mentioned with Me. 

I have made your Community the best Community ever brought out for the benefit of mankind. 

I have made your Community a mean and a middle. 

I have made your Community in truth the first and the last of all Communities.

I have made public address (khutba) impermissible for your Community unless they first witness that you are My servant and Messenger.

I have placed certain people in your Community with Evangels for hearts.

I have made you the first Prophet created and the last one sent and the first one heard in My court.

I have given you Seven of the Oft-Repeated which I gave to no other Prophet before you.

I have given you the last verses of Surat Al-Baqara which constitute a treasure from under My Throne which I gave to no other Prophet before you. 

I have given you Al-Kawthar.

I have given you eight lots: Islam, Emigration (hijra), Jihad, Charity (al-sadaqa), Fasting Ramadan, Ordering Good, and Forbidding Evil; and the day I created the heavens and the earth, I made obligatory upon you and your Community fifty prayers: therefore establish them, you and your Community. 

Allah’s Messenger, peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, said:

My Lord has preferred me over everyone else (faddalani rabbi).

He has sent me as a mercy to the worlds and to all people without exception, a bearer of glad tidings and a warner. 

He has thrown terror into the hearts of my enemies at a distance of a month’s travel.

He has made spoils of war lawful for me while they were not lawful for anyone before me.

The entire earth was made a ritually pure place of prostration for me. 

I was given the words that open, those that close, and those that are comprehensive in meaning.

My Community was shown to me and there is none of the followers and the followed but he is known to me.

I saw that they would come to a people that wear hair-covered sandals.

I saw that they would come to a people of large faces and small eyes as if they had been pierced with a needle.

Nothing of what they would face in the future was kept hidden from me.

And I have been ordered to perform fifty prayers daily.

Taken from Shaykh Abdur-Rahman as-Sulami’s "The Subtleties of the Ascension: Early Mystical Sayings on Muhammad’s Heavenly Journey" trans. Frederick S. Colby (Louisville: Fons Vitae, 2006):

When the Real desired that His pure one and lover should become the furthest of creatures in mention, the greatest of them in nearness, the loftiest of them in glory, the most noble of them in ability, and the most famous of them in rank, He caused him to ascend to the heavens and He ennobled him above the angelic realm. 

He beautified him with the necklace of the approach, causing him to approach the carpet of nearness which the angels and prophets lacked the strength [to approach]. [He did all this] in order to extol his mention in his heavens just as He raised his mention on His earth.

What was was, what happened happened, the lover said to the lover what a lover says to a lover, He kindly favored him with a kind favor of a lover to a lover, and He divulged to him what a lover divulges to a lover. The two concealed and did not disclose their secret to any but themselves. For that reason He said, "He revealed to his servant what He revealed,"and no one knew what he revealed except the One who revealed [it] and the one to whom it was revealed.

"We appointed not the vision which We showed you but as a test for mankind." (17:60)

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'I shall ordain My mercy for those who are conscious of God and pay the prescribed alms; who believe in Our Revelations; who follow the Messenger—the unlettered prophet they find described in the Torah that is with them, and in the Gospel—who commands them to do right and forbids them to do wrong, who makes good things lawful to them and bad things unlawful, and relieves them of their burdens, and the iron collars that were on them. So it is those who believe him, honor and help him, and who follow the light which has been sent down with him, who will succeed.'
Qur’an 7:156-157

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Physical Description of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Absolutely beautiful.

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Friday Gift

In the spirit of Friday and sending God’s peace and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad, here is a form of doing so that is very beautiful. Enjoy and prosper:

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَالأَصْحَاب

   صَلاةً وَسَلامًا تَرْفَعُ بِهِمَا بَيْني وبَيْنَهُ الحِجَاب

 وَتُدْخِلُنِي بِهِمَا عَلَيْهِ مِنْ أَوْسَعِ بَاب

 وَتَسْقِينِي بِهِمَا بِيْدِهِ الشَّرِيفَةِ أَعْذَبَ الْكُؤُوسِ مِنْ أَحْلَى شَرَاب

O Allah send Your prayers and blessings upon our Master Muhammad and the family of our Master Muhammad and upon the Companions; prayers and peace by which You lift the veil between us and him, and through which [the prayers and peace] You enter me into his presence through the widest door, and give us to drink from his noble hand the sweetest of drinks.

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