Saturday, 26 February 2011

Children of Al Quds Page

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Children of Al Quds page added to the blog.
I think this page could be the breaking of my heart :(.
Allahul musta'aan.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Israeli Settlers chop down 220 Olive Trees from Palestinian Farm

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It seems these settlers have taken heart from the US' stance on the latest UN resolution on illegal Israeli settlements.  Not only content to steal his property, the armed assailants also assaulted the Palestinian farm owner's wife.  In Al Quds Today now.

Sulayman (Solomon)

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Sulayman (as) was the son of prophet Dawood (as).  He became the king and prophet of Banu Isra'il after his father.  Allah says in the Quran:

"Solomon succeeded David. He said, ‘People, we have been taught the speech of birds, and we have been given a share of everything: this is a clearly a great favour.’ " (Surah An-Naml: 16)

Like his father, Allah blessed Sulayman (as) with special favours not given to anyone else before him.  As well as these, Sulayman (as) enjoyed the same ability to understand the speech of birds and even other animals which was given to his father Dawood (as).  One incident mentioned in Quran relating to an ant refers to this blessing:

"Solomon’s hosts of jinn, men, and birds were marshalled in ordered ranks before him, and when they came to the Valley of the Ants, one ant said, ‘Ants! Go into your homes, in case Solomon and his hosts unwittingly crush you.’  Solomon smiled broadly at her words and said, ‘Lord, inspire me to be thankful for the blessings You have granted me and my parents, and to do good deeds that please You; admit me by Your grace into the ranks of Your righteous servants.’ " (Surah An-Naml: 17- 19)

The next post will inshaAllah cover some of the unique blessings given to Sulayman (as) by Allah S.W.T.

Monday, 21 February 2011

US vetoes UN resolution on Israeli settlements

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Nearly half a million Jews live in more than 100 settlements built since Israel's 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. They are held to be illegal under international law.

The UN's latest draft resolution on the issue of Israeli settlement building has been vetoed by the US, despite all other members of the Security Council voting in favour.  Read about it in the Al Quds Today page.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Gaza- The World's Largest Prison

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SubhanAllah, the plight of more than a million depicted in an animation one minute audio/video now.

Gaza Children bear Scars of War

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Video report on the impact of Israel's actions on the children of Gaza.  In the audio/video page now.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Dawood continued: The Brothers in the Masjid

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This post will cover the incident I referred to at the end of my last post on Dawood (as).  The incident occured when Dawood (as) was in Masjid Al Aqsa.  ***However, it is important to note that when I refer to Masjid Al Aqsa in this post I am not referring to the black domed masjid we refer to as 'Al Aqsa' today (shown above); that building did not exist in the time of Dawood (as)***.  Instead the term is used to signify the equivalent place of worship in the time of Dawood (as).

In Quran Allah refers to the blessing of wisdom which He granted His prophet Dawood (as).  It was important for Dawood (as) to have sound and decisive judgement as king of Banu Isra'il so he could arbitrate fairly in their disputes.  On one occasion Allah sent some angels to test the judgement of Dawood (as).  The story of this test is told in Surah Sad:

“Have you heard the story of the two litigants who climbed into his private quarters?  When they reached David, he took fright, but they said, ‘Do not be afraid. We are two litigants, one of whom has wronged the other: judge between us fairly- do not be unjust- and guide us to the right path.  This is my brother. He had ninety-nine ewes and I just the one, and he said, “Let me take charge of her”, and overpowered me with his words.’” (Surah Sad: 21- 23)

Dawood (as) had his own chamber in Masjid Al Aqsa where he retreated to make remembrance of Allah in private.  On one occasion he was surpised by the sudden appearance of two men, who were actually angels sent by Allah to test Dawood (as).  When one 'brother' complained about the other taking his single ewe, Dawood (as) passed his judgement:

“David said, ‘He has done you wrong by demanding to add your ewe to his flock. Many partners treat each other unfairly. Those who sincerely believe and do good deeds do not do this, but these are very few.’ [Then] David realized that We had been testing him, so he asked his Lord for forgiveness, fell down on his knees, and repented: We forgave him [his misdeed]. His reward will be nearness to Us, a good place to return to.” (Surah Sad: 24- 25)

As soon as Dawood (as) judged in favour of the brother whose ewe had been taken both of the men disappeared and it was then that Dawood (as) knew it had been a test from Allah.   Dawood (as) realised that as the arbitrator of the dispute he should have listened to both sides of the story before passing judgement.  His repentance to Allah was not only accepted, but Allah also honoured Dawood (as) in the next verse by confirming that Allah had given him authority in the land:

 “‘David, We have given you mastery over the land. Judge fairly between people. Do not follow your desires, lest they divert you from God’s path: those who wander from His path will have a painful torment because they ignore the Day of Reckoning.’ ” (Surah Sad: 26)

This incident reveals the sanctity of Al Quds by giving an example of a prophet who had a private chamber in Masjid Al Aqsa dedicated to the worship of Allah.  May Allah give the believing men and woman the tawfeeq to follow in this sunnah, aameen.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Reflections of War

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Reflections of War documentary now posted in Audio/Video page.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Dawood (David)

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I mentioned in my last post on the story of Talut that Dawood was a young man in the army when Banu Isra'il fought their enemies the Philistines.  The post ended by revealing that Dawood, despite his youth and simple weapon (a slingshot), killed the ferocious leader of the Philistines, Jalut.  Allah went on to reward Dawood with both prophethood and kingship over Banu Isra'il.

Dawood (as) is mentioned in the Quran in numerous places and the context of these ayaat (verses) is normally to reveal the blessings bestowed upon Dawood (as) by Allah.  The first few posts of this blog covered how the land of Al Quds is a blessed land for all people and all times and it is not surprising to discover that Allah chose to bless His prophets even more so than others in this blessed place.  Indeed, the Quran reveals that some of the blessings given to Dawood (as) and his son Sulayman (as) were like none that anyone before them had ever seen or experienced.  The remainder of this post will share several verses from the Quran which detail some of the blessings of Allah given to His prophet Dawood (as).

Allah gave Dawood hikmah (wisdom):

"... David killed Goliath, and God gave him sovereignty and wisdom and taught him what He pleased...” (Surah Al Baqarah: 251)

Allah revealed the Zabur (Psalms) to Dawood:

“We have sent revelation to you [Prophet] as We did to Noah and the prophets after him, to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon- to David We gave the book [of Psalms].” (Surah An Nisa: 163)

The birds and mountains would join in with Dawood's remembrance of Allah:

“...Remember Our servant David, a man of strength who always turned to Us: We made the mountains join him in glorifying Us at sunset and sunrise; and the birds, too, in flocks, all echoed his praise." (Surah Sad: 17- 19)  

The ability to mould iron with his hands (to make armour):

"We graced David with Our favour...We softened iron for him, saying, ‘Make coats of chain mail and measure the links well.’ ‘Do good, all of you, for I see everything you do.’" (Surah Saba’: 10-11)

The above are some (but not all) of the blessings which Allah bestowed upon His Prophet Dawood (as).  There is one particular episode regarding Dawood (as) and Masjid Al Aqsa which is mentioned in the Quran.  InshaAllah the next post will be dedicated to covering this incident.  Then, inshaAllah, I will move onto Prophet Sulayman (as), the son of Dawood (as).

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of His Prophets and Messengers.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

It's been over a month....

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....since I posted.

My bout of inactivity has been due to a recent death in the family and what has ensued.  Truly to Allah we belong and truly to Him we shall return.  I intend to put up the next post in a day or two, if not tomorrow inshaAllah.

I'll also be posting up links to a youtube documentary on Israel's 2009 War on Gaza (Operation Cast Lead) in the 'Al Quds Today' section of the blog; essential viewing to try to comprehend something of the horror that Gazans and the Palestinians generally are constantly enduring so please check that out when it's up inshaAllah.

May Allah ease the affairs of every member of this ummah, aameen ya Rab aameen.