What Do You Think When You Look At Me?

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Sister Dalia gives an enlightening speech hosted by TED. There is closed captioning (CC) and an interactive transcript for those who require it. What Do You Think When You Look At Me?

Interesting facts:

  1. More women than men revert to Islam, debunking the myth that Islam is an oppressive religion for women…

“The reason why women why women are turning to Islam must certainly have something to do with the honor that Islam gives them and the equality with which it deals with people, not only in gender, but also in terms of race, nationality, class etc. However, the overriding reason why I and so many others like me were attracted to Islam was because Islam answered the most important question which I had ever asked: ‘Why am I here on this earth?’ So I crossed the divide and managed to see what lies on either side…Alhamdulillah I chose Islam.” (Why Women Are Coming to Islam, Ad-Da’wah ilAllah – A Womens’ Islamic Magazine, Zawaj.com)

Related video, “Women Are Converting to Islam More Than Men”

2. There was an increase in Islamic reversion after 9/11…

“Muslim American reports in the Arab press indicate that Muslim proselytizing efforts have been unusually successful since the September 11 attacks. ‘Alaa Bayumi, Director of Arab Affairs at the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), wrote in the London daily Al-Hayat that “non-Muslim Americans are now interested in getting to know Islam. There are a number of signs…: Libraries have run out of books on Islam and the Middle East… English translations of the Koran head the American best-seller list… The Americans are showing increasing willingness to convert to Islam since September 11… Thousands of non-Muslim Americans have responded to invitations to visit mosques, resembling the waves of the sea [crashing on the shore] one after another… All this is happening in a political atmosphere that, at least verbally, encourages non-Muslim Americans’ openness towards Muslims in America and in the Islamic world, as the American president has said many times in his speeches…” CAIR chairman Nihad Awad told the Saudi paper ‘Ukaz that “34,000 Americans have converted to Islam following the events of September 11, and this is the highest rate reached in the U.S. since Islam arrived there.” (Al-Hayat, London, November 11, 2001, Excerpts from “Muslim American Leaders: A Wave of Conversion to Islam in the U.S. Following September 11” © Middle East Media & Research Institute, Sultan.org)

Further reading of an old article I wrote, “The Muslim Woman”

FiAmanAllah,

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Pic Of Bilal’s Masjid In The Year 1880

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Have you ever seen the masjid of Bilal ibn Rabah (may Allah be pleased with him)? Bilal was the first person to make the adhan (call to prayers).

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Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: When the Muslims arrived at Medina, they used to assemble for the prayer, and used to guess the time for it. During those days, the practice of Adhan for the prayers had not been introduced yet. Once they discussed this problem regarding the call for prayer. Some people suggested the use of a bell like the Christians, others proposed a trumpet like the horn used by the Jews, but ‘Umar was the first to suggest that a man should call (the people) for the prayer; so Allah’s Apostle ordered Bilal to get up and pronounce the Adhan for prayers. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book #11, Hadith #578)

Narrated the merits of Bilal bin Rabah the freed slave of Abu Bakr. The Prophet said (to Bilal), “I heard the sound of your shoes in Paradise just in front of me.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book #57, Hadith #97)

(52) Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: Umar used to say, “Abu Bakr is our chief, and he manumitted our chief,” meaning Bilal. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book #57, Hadith #98)

Scene from the movie, The Message, Bilal giving the first call to prayer…

Photo Credit: Islamic Landmarks

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Examples Of Charity Masha’Allah

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Click the links to read the articles. May Allah grant them a generous rizq ameen.

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Muslim Man Gives His Shoes To Barefoot Passenger In ‘Random Act Of Kindness’ On Surrey, British Canada Bus

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Saudi Citizen Places Refrigerator In Front Of House For Food Leftovers For The Needy

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Saudi School Boy Who Gave His Lunch Money To Charity To Be Honored

Non-Muslim Views About Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)

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They realized the greatness of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the truth that he propagated…ISLAM. But did they submit and become MUSLIM?

“And whoever seeks a religion other than Islâm, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” (Surah Aali ‘Imraan 3:85)

“By the One in Whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, there is no-one of this ummah, Jew or Christian, who hears of me then dies without believing in that with which I have been sent, but he will be one of the people of Hell.” (Reported by Muslim in al-Saheeh, 153).

Allah knows best about their fate!

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Islam Will Be Number One…Islam IS Number One

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The “World Is Changing” video embedded within this post will make you so happy to be in the fold of Islam. The Muslim ummah is witnessing unprecedented hardship throughout the world. We are humiliated, scapegoated, shunned, abused and killed. One wonders how we can survive this calamity. But we will bi’idhnillah. So erase that frown of worry and revel in the glad tidings that no matter what is happening and what is going to happen, Islam will be number one. No…it IS number one and the Catholic church admits that:

“For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us,” Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.” (Muslims “Overtake” Catholics, Become Largest Religion)

photocreditministryofhajjI know in my heart and see with my own eyes that the Muslim ummah is increasing every year. The annual performance of Hajj is one such visual example. To keep up with the mass exodus of pilgrims, the Saudi government has been in the process of expanding al-Masjid al-Haram (link will show pictures dated August 2013).

No doubt al-Masjid al-Haram will continue to be expanded in order to accommodate billions or even trillions of Muslims. I’m confident and optimistic that Muslims the world over will NEVER decrease because Allah has promised this and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) prophesied it:

Allah said,

﴿هُوَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلَ رَسُولَهُ بِالْهُدَى وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ﴾

(It is He Who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth.) `Guidance’ refers to the true narrations, beneficial faith and true religion that the Messenger came with. `religion of truth’ refers to the righteous, legal deeds that bring about benefit in this life and the Hereafter.

﴿لِيُظْهِرَهُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ﴾

(to make it (Islam) superior over all religions) It is recorded in the Sahih that the Messenger of Allah said,

«إِنَّ اللهَ زَوَى لِي الْأَرْضَ مَشَارِقَهَا وَمَغَارِبَهَا، وَسَيَبْلُغُ مُلْكُ أُمَّتِي مَا زُوِيَ لِييِمنْهَا»

(Allah made the eastern and western parts of the earth draw near for me ﴿to see﴾, and the rule of my Ummah will extend as far as I saw.) Imam Ahmad recorded from Tamim Ad-Dari that he said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah saying,

«لَيَبْلُغَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرُ مَا بَلَغَ اللَّيْلُ وَالنَّهَارُ، وَلَا يَتْرُكُ اللهُ بَيْتَ مَدَرٍ وَلَا وَبَرٍ إِلَّا أَدْخَلَهُ هَذَا الدِّينَ، يُعِزُّ عَزِيزًا وَيُذِلُّ ذَلِيلًا، عِزًّا يُعِزُّ اللهُ بِهِ الْإِسْلَامَ وَذُلًّا يُذِلُّ اللهُ بِهِ الْكُفْر»

(This matter (Islam) will keep spreading as far as the night and day reach, until Allah will not leave a house made of mud or hair, but will make this religion enter it, while bringing might to a mighty person (a Muslim) and humiliation to a disgraced person (who rejects Islam). Might with which Allah elevates Islam (and its people) and disgrace with which Allah humiliates disbelief (and its people).) Tamim Ad-Dari ﴿who was a Christian before Islam﴾ used to say, “I have come to know the meaning of this Hadith in my own people. Those who became Muslims among them acquired goodness, honor and might. Disgrace, humiliation and Jizyah befell those who remained disbelievers.” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir: Islam is the Religion That will dominate over all Other Religions, Surah Tawbah 9:33)

Allahu akbar! Now watch the video and smile 🙂

Once you’re done with that, you may like to watch RT News reporting that “Christianity loses ground in UK, as Islam enjoys rapid rise” (4:08 minute video).

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By the way, remember when I asked readers to vote For Bader Alomary’s Integrating A Million People Through Sign Language (مبادرة دمج مليون أصم في المجتمع)? He won the 500,000SR award masha’Allah tabarakAllah! Many thanks to everyone who voted.

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