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By Faraz Omar | Saudi Life

“You cannot fight them even when they are busy in Salah. You cannot unless they are weakened in their faith. So display all your riches and temptations, and even your women. And when they indulge in the dunya, then fight them.”

The Romans felt humiliated when Jerusalem had to be surrendered to the Muslims during the caliphate of Umar (رضي الله عنه). They were plotting to take back their lost glory by any means they could.

The advice was taken. They publicized their luxuries and paid their women to appear semi nude, especially on the pathways of the Muslim soldiers. “Everything” to them after all “is fair in love and war.”

The Companions of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) were powerhouses of faith. They lowered their gaze and none of them fell for the sleazy ploy. They did not desire the worldly riches. “It is Allah’s provision, He gives it to whomever He wills,” was their response.*

If we look into our history, we find that the strength of Muslims was always in their Imaan. The more Imaan we had the more Haya (modesty) we had in our societies.

Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Every religion has a distinct characteristic, and the distinct characteristic of Islam is modesty.” (al-Bayhaqi, Ibn Majah and Muwatta)

We not only personified Haya through exemplary examples – and the seerah is full of them –, but we also influenced this virtue – a natural disposition Allah created in humans – among people of different faiths.

For example, one of the famous fatwas Islamophobes like to quote is a scholar’s reply (some centuries back) to a letter complaining about how non-Muslim women in Egypt were imitating Muslim women by wearing the niqab and that it was becoming difficult to differentiate between the believer and the disbeliever.

Also, it is not strange to hear that when a non-Muslim family living in Saudi Arabia goes home on vacation, the father finds it difficult to freely interact with his female friends and the little son asks mom why she isn’t wearing an abaya anymore and then demands that she does.

And “even today,” my friend said in ~2007 while narrating about a small, backward Muslim town populated around a madrasah in south India, “a non-Muslim rickshaw driver will lower his gaze when burqa-clad customers approach him for a ride.”

It is quite sad therefore to note how Muslims today are losing this precious virtue of Haya and are becoming influenced by the promiscuity and shamelessness that has permeated our homes through satellite channels, Internet and the “global lifestyle”.

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Port Elizabeth

Uitenhage


Port Elizabeth:

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View Port Elizabeth Eidgaah in a larger map

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1. Eidgaah: Talk: 7:30 am. Salaah: 8:00 am

2. Korsten Eidgah: Talk: 8:00 am. Salaah: 8:30 am

Grounds opposite BP on Durban Road. At Musjid Huda in event of rain.

3. Musjid Taqwa: Salaah: 7:00 am. Talk follows

4. Rudolph Street: Talk: 7:00 am. Salaah: 7:30 am

5. Booysens Park: Talk: 8:00 am. Salaah: 8:30 am

6. Overbaakens: Talk: 6:30 am. Salaah: 7:00 am

7. Bloemendaal: Talk: 7:30 am. Salaah: 8:00 am

8. Saabireen: Salaah: 7:15 am. Talk follows

9. Pier Street: Salaah: 7:30 am. Talk follows

10. Salt Lake: Talk: 7:15 am. Salaah: 7:45 am

11. Awatif: Talk: 6:45 am. Salaah: 7:15 am

12. Grace Street: Salaah: 7:15 am. Talk follows

13. West End: Talk: 7:00 am. Salaah: 7:30 am

 

In the event of rain:

a. Darul Uloom: Talk: 7:30 am. Salaah: 8:00 am

b. Mansoor: Talk: 7:45 am. Salaah: 8:15 am

c. Fuqara: Talk: 7:15 am. Salaah: 7:45 am



Uitenhage:

View Uitenhage Eidgaah in a larger map

View Uitenhage Eidgaah in a larger map

Click on the star on Jubilee Park Sports Ground to get directions.


1. Uitenhage Eidgaah: Talk: 7:30 am. Salaah: 8.00 am

2. Qudama: Talk: 7:00 am. Salaah: 7:30 am


In the event of rain:

a. Mumineen: Talk: 7:30 am. Salaah: 8:00 am

b. Ibadur Rahman: Talk: 7:30 am. Salaah: 8:00 am

 

 

Port Elizabeth

Uitenhage


Port Elizabeth:

View Port Elizabeth Eidgaah in a larger map

View Port Elizabeth Eidgaah in a larger map

Click on star to get directions.


1. Eidgaah: Talk: 8:00 am. Salaah: 8:30 am

2. Korsten Eidgah: Talk: 8:30 am. Salaah: 9:00 am

Grounds opposite BP on Durban Road. At Musjid Huda in event of rain.

3. Musjid Taqwa: Salaah: 8:00 am. Talk follows

4. Rudolph Street: Talk: 7:00 am. Salaah: 7:30 am

5. Booysens Park: Talk: 7:00 am. Salaah: 7:30 am

6. Overbaakens: Talk: 8:00 am. Salaah: 8:30 am

7. Bloemendaal: Talk: 8:00 am. Salaah: 8:30 am

8. Saabireen: Salaah: 8:00 am. Talk follows

9. Pier Street: Salaah: 8:00 am. Talk follows

10. Salt Lake: Talk: 8:00 am. Salaah: 8:30 am

11. Awatif: Talk: 7:00 am. Salaah: 7:30 am

12. Grace Street: Salaah: 7:30 am. Talk follows

13. Central Jamaat Khana: Talk: 0:00 am. Salaah: 0:00 am

 

In the event of adverse weather conditions:

a. Darul Uloom Talk: 8:00 am. Salaah: 8:30 am

b. Mansoor Talk: 8:00 am. Salaah: 8:30 am

c. Fuqara Talk: 7:30 am. Salaah: 8:00 am

d. West End Talk: 7:30 am. Salaah: 8:00 am



Uitenhage:

View Uitenhage Eidgaah in a larger map

View Uitenhage Eidgaah in a larger map

Click on the star on Jubilee Park Sports Ground to get directions.


1. Uitenhage Eidgaah: Due to the winter cold, there will be no Eidgah. Eid Salaah will be at the various Masjids


a. Musjid Mumineen: Talk: 8:00 am. Salaah: 8:30 am

b. Musjid Ibadur Rahman: Talk: 8:00 am. Salaah: 8:30 am

c. Qudama: Talk: 7:00 am. Salaah: 7:30 am

 

 

Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage Eid ul Adha 1436 venues and times: Click here

 

“There is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its two wings but forms parts of communities like yourselves.” (6:38)

The animal world constitutes ‘a distinct community’ created for the benefit of man. Animals, like humans are one of the creations of Allah. Man as the viceregent of Allah on earth is obliged to discharge the rights of the diverse ‘communities’ placed under his care. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has said: “Fear Allah with regards to animals that cannot speak. If you ride them, treat them appropriately and if you [plan to] eat them, treat them fittingly.” (Abu Dawood) The inhumane treatment of animals is tantamount to flouting rights accorded to them by Allah. We should be particularly conscious of how we treat animals meant for the sacred act of Qurbani.

Confinement space

  • Animals must be kept in suitable pens that are well maintained and free of debris and potentially harmful objects. The confinement space must big enough to allow for adequate movement, shelter and ventilation.
  • Water must be provided at all times and animals kept longer than 24 hours must be fed timeously.
  • Larger pens must have multiple watering and feeding points to allow for ease of access.
  • Several smaller pens are preferable to one large pen as this minimizes stress associated with chasing animals.

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By: Maryam Hedayat
Source: MuslimVillage

As soon as we open our eyes in the morning, the first thing almost all of us do is to check our cell phones. At times, even before remembering God we stare at the mobile, whether there is a call, an email, or a message.

Cell phones lie at the center of our activity in daily life with applications such as reminders, to-do’s, contacts, and emails.

These electronic gadgets have already left a huge impact on our lifestyle; people of all ages use different types of gadgets. It is now practically impossible to imagine life without these items.

In fact, almost all our activities are controlled by gadgets and gizmos. No one can deny the fact that gadgets have not only simplified our lives but also made them more comfortable and luxurious. But on the contrary man’s dependence on them has increased so much that we just cannot do without them at all.

In an age when Internet devices are always on, meeting face-to-face is becoming increasingly rare as people prefer to meet screen-to-screen.

Almost all our interactions – and attending emotions such as, greeting each other, asking about the wellbeing of family and friends, expressing love and so on – are controlled by these innovative devices.

Perhaps the mechanical love and affection appears to be more trouble free and easier for some people.

While the use of electronic gadgets has its own advantage, persistent use of high-tech gadgetry can lead to a number of mental and physical health problems for the young and the old alike.

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Traditionally Muslims were semi-vegetarians.Meat is not a necessity in Shari'ah.Most meals of our Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) did not have meat in them.Meat was rarely eaten in the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him).In those days you had to personally sacrifice an animal before you had meat and so meat was usually only eaten when people were invited somewhere as guests.There was a companion of Prophet(peace be upon him) who was a vegeterian and our Prophet(peace be upon him) accepted this from him. Once Hazrat ‘Umar(Radiyallahu Anhu) saw a man buying meat everyday in the market and he rebuked him.During caliphate of Hadrat Umar(RA) he prohibited the eating of meat everyday. This is permissible for the Khalifah to do because it is only mubah (permissible) to eat meat everyday.

Imam Malik has a chapter called Bab Al-Lahm (The Chapter about Meat) in his collection of hadith entitled "The Muwatta". There are two hadith from in that chapter and they are both warnings about eating meat. In the old days most Muslims used to eat meat, like middle class once a week(on Fridays) or if they were poor (on the Eids.)

One of the conditions which Imam Sahl Al-Tustari stipulated, when he took students was that they eat meat only once a week.In Maliki Fiqh a rich woman is entitled to meat twice a week.We now have muslims who are eating meat three times a day and then we wonder why we have so many diseases.In most cases, it is our own appetite (nafs) that leads to heart conditions and we should really only blame ourselves.

Food is the foundation of our material existence. If we eat food in its right proportions, and if we eat good food, then it is going to be beneficial to the body. The opposite is also true. The worst thing you can do is to completely fill the body with food.

The Sunnah is to consume enough morsels to keep our backs straight, while filling one third of the stomach with food, one third air and one third with water, is the dispensation (rukhsa) given to us by the Prophet (peace be upon him). At the same time, we know that the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not encourage asceticism and he did not like going to extremes.We should have moderation in our diets.

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