October 2006


In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

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Just a reminder that from next week, jumu’a will be at p. 10 lunch on Friday. Zaahir will insha’ Allah be giving the khutba, so you should try to come because it’s his first 🙂 . I’m hoping that the week after we’ll be able to have a p. 9 halaqa as well, for those with p. 9 spares.

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Get your tickets now for the Broad Daylight Tour!
(yes I realize this video is horrible quality)
(also, ignore the bit about Islam Awareness Week – that was from last year)

 

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

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Eid Mubarak! May God accept your Ramadan, your fasts, and your prostrations, and bless you with increase. Uncle Alami wrote a nice Eid message:

Eid Mubarak my brothers and sisters!!!

Eid ul Fitr is a joyful celebration of the achievement of enhanced piety. It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory and peace, of congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity. Let’s clean our hearts in this beautiful occasion from ill feelings, hatred, envy and greed. Asking for forgiveness is recommended by our Allah… so please let ask each other for forgiveness and re-establish your relationship with your brother and sister… Life is very short. Let enjoy this celebration with a clean and committed heart.

Your Broher in faith

Abdul W Alami
Servan of Allah

Jazakum Allahu khairan, and please don’t come to school tomorrow. 🙂

Gateway Article on the MSA U of A‘s Fast-a-Thon
http://www.gateway.ualberta.ca/view.php?aid=6694

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

A few important announcements, insha’ Allah:

1) The MSA at the University of Alberta is having their Fast-a-Thon on this Wednesday, October 18, 2006. If you want to see what the Fast-a-Thon is and how it works, you should be there. If interested, meet me at the front doors of the school and we will either walk to the university or take the bus. It’s right before the awards ceremony, but you should have time to make iftar and leave.

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2) Amir Sulaiman and D.J. BeLikeMuhammad are set to begin their Broad Daylight tour immediately following Ramadan, insha’ Allah. Edmonton has been proposed as a stop on the tour and MAC Youth-Edmonton, along with other Muslim youth organizations, intends to host the event. On November 10, 2006, be at the Convocation Hall in the University of Alberta at 7:00PM for an unforgettable event.

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In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

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“The people are asleep, so that when they die, suddenly they become aware.” – Imam ‘Ali, may God be pleased with him.

Ramadan is a moment of awakening. Filled with blessings, it is unlike other times. As Muslims, we must use this opportunity by occupying our time wisely so that we can accomplish our purpose.

During this month, we need to be wary of our time. In Surat al-‘Asr, God reminds us (what can be translated as), “By the declining day: Lo! man is a state of loss, save those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to patience” (Qur’an, 103:1-3). Some scholars mention that every moment spent in other than belief and good works is lost and will be held against us. Ramadan will either be a proof for us or against us. If we make use of this trust, then we will taste its rewards and the sweetness of faith. But if we abuse it, then so much the worse, because this month is a blessing that so few of us are thankful for. These days are of God’s Forgiveness and Mercy, so that it is the best time to turn to Him sincerely. Most of us waste our lives in heedlessness, but Ramadan is a time of higher consciousness, of filling our lives with meaning.

Ramadan is our opportunity to wake up. The Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, commanded, “Consider yourselves already in the graves.” In other words, as Shaikh Hamza Yusuf notes, die before you die. Wake up before you die, because at death all awaken to spiritual realities, but it is too late to change. Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him, told us, “Fasting is a shield.” It preserves our humanity from our desires and animalistic characteristics. One goal of fasting is to attain samadiya, or steadfastness. as-Samad, or The Steadfast, is a Name of God and fasting helps us acquire some of this divine attribute. Following the sunna entails acquiring divine characteristics because the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him, embodied these virtues on Earth. We can only attain this awakening if we strive for it. Sitting through Ramadan and expecting to gain benefit from the blessings of the month is not enough.

Ramadan is our chance to draw closer to God. If we bring our time to account and use this bounty, then we will experience reward in this life and after. Remember that until death, change is never too late. The Qur’an encourages, “Say: O My slaves who have been prodigal to their own hurt! Despair not of the mercy of Allah, Who forgiveth all sins. Lo! He is the Forgiving, the Merciful” (39:53). Do not despair if thus far your Ramadan has been unfulfilling, because the door of Mercy is always open.