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Al Hidaayah Fundraising Event 2011

Friday, February 18th, 2011
Al Hidaayah Fundraising Event 2011 Tickets Now on sale

Al Hidaayah Fundraising Event 2011 Tickets now on sale

Al Hidaayah Foundation (Keighley) Presents Fundraising event 2011
Enjoy an evening of Inspiration with short speeches, Qiraat and Naats to enlighten the audience, followed by charity fundraising auction, ending the night with food.

Date: Sunday 13th March 2011
Time: 5pm
Venue: Victoria Hall, Hard Ings road, Keighley, BD21 3JN

Special Guest:
Sheikh Abu Bakr Ash Shatri

Many more famous quran and nasheed reciters will be present at this event including

  • Qari Saad Makda
  • Maulana Imtiyaz Sidat
  • Hafiz Maqbool Patel
  • Maulana Hasan Kara
  • Haifz Muhammed Navsarka
  • Hafiz Mizanur Rahman
  • Hafiz Musa Rawat
  • Hafiz Zafar Mullah
  • And many more local students.

Also attending the event are prominet scholars:

  • Mufti Saiful Islam – Bradford
    Maulana Ahmed Sidat – Blackburn
    Mufti Abdul Hamid – Blackburn
    Maulana Yusuf Shabbir – Blackburn
    Mufti Rafiq Sufi – Blackburn

This event was professionally recorded and should be made available on DVD soon inshallah.

 

Few samples of Sheikh Abu Bakr Ash Shatris recitation and video from his last visit:


Moulana Mohammad Navsarka – he is one of our guest on the 13 March 2011

Moulana Imtiyaz Sidat – he is one of our guest on the 13 March 2011



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Christmas Lessons: Prophets Birthday

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011


“Say O People of the Book! Exceed not in your religion the bounds of (what is proper), trespassing beyond the truth. Nor follow the vein desires of people who went wrong in times gone by, — who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from the even Way.” [Al-Maidah, 5:77]

Both Muslims and serious Christians can learn a lot from Christmas, the annual celebration of the victory of paganism over the religion of Prophet Isa (Jesus Christ), alayhi salam.

No one disputes that the event and all its symbols came from pagan religions; it has nothing to do with the birth or teachings of Jesus Christ. For one thing, no one knows with certainty the date of birth of Jesus Christ. “In fact, dates in almost every month in the year were suggested by reputable scholars at one time or another,” notes The American Book of Days. For another, the celebration of birthdays is itself a pagan idea, never promoted by any Prophet or Book of God, including the Bible. Early Church leaders opposed it strongly. As late as 245 CE African Church father and philosopher Origen wrote that it was sinful even to contemplate observing Jesus’s birthday `as though he were a King Pharaoh.”[The American Book of Days].

But the pagan world did have prayers and celebrations during the winter season. Those who worshipped the sun god because of its apparent power, used to become concerned about the fate of their god, in a world of many gods, as days became shorter and air very cold. It looked like the sun was being defeated by the god of snow that brought death and misery with it. “… in Rome, the sun in its winter solstice was at its weakest on December 25 and had to be born anew with the help of bonfires, lights, processions and prayer.” [Reader’s Digest Book of Christmas]. The Roman pagan celebration was called Saturnalia. The Persians also had similar celebrations for Mithras, their sun god.

The evergreens, holly, ivy, and mistletoe plants, which remained green even during this wintertime, were similarly considered by the pagans to have magical powers. The Druids, whose Stonehenge temples can be seen in England, regarded mistletoe with reverence and used to burn it in sacrifice during the solstitial festivities. They also used to hang it in their houses. When you don’t know the One True God, even leaves and plants can become god. They thought it brought good luck, fertility, and protection from witchcraft, and was an antidote to poison. Mistletoe is used even today, although the U.N. might consider banning it if the fertility claim proves true!

In 1822 a Dr. Clement Moore, professor of divinity, wrote a poem titled “The visit of St. Nicholas.” The poem became popular and Santa Claus was born. The reason for popularity? “… the time was ripe. A myth was needed, and the recreation of `old Christmas’ was well in the wind.”[William Sanson, A Book of Christmas]. Some decades later The New York Sun answered an 8 year old’s question: Is there a Santa Claus? The answer has become classic and is worth noting. “Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.” So Santa Claus is divine, and judging from the Christmas celebrations, certainly more important than Jesus Christ himself.

Early church leaders wanted to Christianize the pagan festivities, but their operating principle became: When you can’t beat them, join them. For as Pope Gregory declared in 601 CE, “… from obdurate minds it is impossible to cut off everything at once.” It was a license for another pearl of “wisdom”: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

And so they did. First slowly and then rapidly. The Son of God replaced the sun god. Saturnalia was replaced by the ceremony for Christ or Christ Mass, which later became Christmas. For several centuries it was solely a church anniversary, observed by religious services. “At Christmas, men and women were not, repeat not, to dress up or mime; there were not to be auguries, such as superstitions about fire; houses were not to be decorated, no presents given, no well-laden tables, and a strict watch was to be kept on drink.” But false religion drives out true religion. Consider Christmas gifts, a carryover from the Roman practice of giving dolls as gift in lieu of their earlier barbaric custom of offering human sacrifices. “The early Church frowned on gift giving as a pagan custom. But the people enjoyed it too much to abandon it, and so finally the Church accepted the idea and sanctioned it.” [Barbara Rinkoff, The Family Christmas Book]. Evergreens? “The early church forbade the use of them, but here again the custom was too deeply rooted and the ban was ignored. Finally the church accepted the use of evergreens for decoration.” And on and on. Now consider this portrait of Saturnalia and contrast it with the original don’ts mentioned above: “… a fortnight of near riot, of drunkenness, noise and games, naked slaves singing, men dressing up as animals and behaving with less dignity, sex, often with perversion.” [Reader’s Digest Book of Christmas]. Anyone can see which picture represents today’s Christmas more closely.

With the advent of Capitalism, the old pagans got a new supporter in the form of the adman. George Bernard Shaw observed: “Christmas is forced on a reluctant … nation by…shopkeepers and the press.” This is how they can serve God, and make money at the same time. This in itself is a pagan idea and it is alive and well today.

This defeat of Christianity at the hands of paganism must be contrasted with Islam’s resounding victory over it. Before Islam, Arabia was a pagan country–big time. But none of the pagan customs survived after Islam. None whatsoever. There was no such thing as `the people wanted it very much so the church allowed it.’ Islam completely eradicated not only the beliefs but also the practices and the symbols of paganism. This in itself is a miracle that serious students of comparative religions must reflect upon. Here is a living proof of the authenticity of the last Messenger, Salla-Allahu alayhi wa sallam.

The success continued throughout the centuries. The secret of this great success lies in what Stuart Brown (The Nearest in Affection, see book review), deplores as Muslim “antipathy to innovation.” The first Khalifah, Abu Bakr, Radi-Allahu anhu, had declared in his first address as the new ruler, that he was a follower not an innovator, thereby setting the tone for all successors.

Throughout Islamic history there have been attempts to introduce bida (innovation) as innocent good practices, but unlike Christianity, there have always been rightly guided ulema who fought them strongly. The struggle continues today. Yes, Muslims can learn from Christmas. Those of us who may be wondering what is wrong with Milad Nabi celebrations may do well to realize that Christmas also started as Milad for Jesus Christ.

By Khalid Baig

Source: Al-balagh

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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

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The Lives Of The Noble Caliphs

Monday, February 14th, 2011
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The Lives Of The Noble Caliphs

Translation of the portion of Imam Ibn Kathir’s al-Bidayah wa al-Nihayah which deals with the Lives of the rightly guided Caliphs: al-Khulafa’ al-Rashidun.

Regarded as one of the most authentic works on the subject.

A complete and unabridged translation by Rafiq Abd al-Rahman.

# Cover: Hardback
# Author: Imam Ibn Kathir ad-Dimashqi
# Publisher: Darul Isha’at
# Pages: 488
# Size: 25 x 19 cm

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Hadeeth For Beginners

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Hadeeth For Beginners

Hadeeth For Beginners

This is a concise Hadeeth book authored by Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam. He has compiled forty hadeeths that relate to basic worship and moral etiquettes in Islam accessible to wider readership. Each hadeeth has been presented with the Arabic text, its translation and brief commentary to enlighten the reader, its meaning and application in day-to-day life.

It is hoped that this concise work will instill eagerness for young students to study hadith further. The hadeeths recorded are short so as to facilitate memorisation.

# Cover: Paperback
# Author: Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam
# Publisher: JKN Publications
# Pages: 63
# Size: 21 x 15 cm

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Women In Islam – Challenging Narratives

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Women In Islam - Challenging Narratives

Women In Islam – Challenging Narratives

Many conflicting narratives exist regarding women in Islam and this subject is the cause of much criticism from the West levelled against Islam as a religion. The discrepancies between Islamic religious discourse and the practice of Muslim communities are often disregarded.

Women In Islam – Challenging Narratives intends to address certain misconceptions about women in Islam and dispel some common myths. At the same time, this book also challenges the accepted narrative that women in modern Western cultures are emancipated.

The chapter titled ‘Women in Islam’ provides a more accurate represntation of the lofty position conferred to women within the Islamic tradition, which is often illusive in Muslim communities around the globe.

A final analysis of feminist discourse scrutinises the impact of the feminist movement on setting new ideals for women that negate their roles within the family and home, and assesses whether this has created greater challenges for women in the modern era.

Ismail Adam Patel is a writer and campaigner. He is chairman of Friends of Al-Aqsa, a UK based NGO dedicated to campaigning for a free Palestine. He has lectured widely on a number of political and social issues affecting Muslim, and has authored books and articles on an array of subjects. He also acts as an advisor for several other organisations including the Conflicts Forum and Clear Conscience. A graduate of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and technology, he is an Optometrist by profession.

# Cover: Paperback
# Author: Ismail Adam Patel
# Publisher: Viator Books
# Pages: 166
# Size: 21 x 14 cm

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Tajweed Untangled

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Tajweed Untangled

Tajweed Untangled

Tajweed Untangled is the clear-cut guide to learning the art of Quran recitation. The beauty of this book extends beyond its attractive layout and design and permeates to the way it fundamentally reviews the teaching methodology of this noble skill.

The chapters in Tajweed Untangled begin with real examples from the Noble Quran demonstrating a rule in action. After listening to the examples, readers are encouraged to reflect and decipher the rule for themselves. Rules are the explained clearly and rendered in a salient layout for easy revision. Written tasks and practice lines then follow to help reinforce the application of the rules.

The clarity and effectiveness of both the methodology and layout make Tajweed Untangled an enjoyable and beneficial experience for children and adults alike. Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels.

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Tajweed Untangled

Tajweed Untangled

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Potions For The Heart

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Potions For The Heart

Potions For The Heart

Potions For The Heart – A translation of Dawa-e-Dil

A collection of spiritually charged speeches by Shaykh Zulfiqar Naqshbandi. Transcribed by Salahuddin Saifi Naqshbandi. English translation eidted by Umar Ahmad.

Contents:

1. Purify Your Heart
2. Become a Sincere & Active Alim
3. Allah’s Message To Humanity
4. The Importance of Self-Purification
5. The World Is Not a Place of Entertainment
6. The Effects of Dhikr
7. The Sweetness of The Qur’an
8. Allah’s Love For The Sinners
9. Preparing For The Hereafter
10. Behind Every Successful Muslim Man Is a Woman
11. How Can One Attain Piety
12. Fear of Allah

# Cover: Hardback
# Author: Salahuddin Saifi Naqshbandi
# Publisher: Maktaba-tul-Faqir
# Pages: 329
# Size: 22 x 14 cm

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Connection of Divinity

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Connection of Divinity

Connection of Divinity

A guide for the student of tasawwuf to attaining a special connection or relationship, nisbat, with Allah Most High.

English translation by Omar Ahmad Naqshbandi.

Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi

Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad is one of leading shaykhs of Tasawwuf in the present era. Formally granted authorization (ijazah) in the Naqshbandi spiritual path (tariqah), he retired from his position as an electrical engineer at the age of forty to devote himself entirely to the service of Islam. He regularly travels to more than thirty countries transforming the lives of people all over the world. A testament to his deep love for Allah, his uncompromising dedication to sunnah of the blessed Prophet , and his firm adherence to Islamic Law (shariah) is that thousands of religious scholars and students of Islamic learning are among his students (murids). Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad regularly delivers lectures in both English and Urdu across the world. Furthermore, he has written dozens of books many of which have been translated into several languages. Online versions of both talks and writings are availalbe at the links on the left.

Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad’s spiritual chain traces back through a series of authentic teachers all the way to the Holy Prophet .

# Cover: Hardback
# Author: Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi
# Publisher: Maktaba-Tul-Faqeer
# Pages: 269
# Size: 22 x 14.5 cm

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The Mothers Of The Believers

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
The Mothers Of The Believers

The Mothers Of The Believers

English rendering of a classical work on the lives of the virtuous wives of the Noble Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant hime peace). Also found in this book is the rights and dues afforded to the Mothers of the Believers, their rank, the homelife of the Noble Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant hime peace), the Wisdom in his marrying multiple women, and the ruling of hijab. Mention is also made of other women related to the Noble Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant hime peace) such as his daughters, grand-daughters etc.

The author: He was Imam Hafiz Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Ibrahim, Shaykh of Hijaz. he was known as Muhibuddin and his kunyah was Abu Ja’far or Abu ‘Abbas. He was born in Makkah, however his ancestral land was Tabaristan, and therefore, his ascription was both Tabari and Makki. He followed the Shafi’i school. Born in 615 AH, he studied and grew up in Makkah to become a great and commanding scholar. He has many valuable books to his name. He raised aloft the standard of learning till his death in 694 AH. He died and was buried in Makkah.

# Cover: Hardback
# Author: Imam Mohibbuddin Tabari
# Publisher: Darul Isha’at
# Pages: 264
# Size: 23 x 15 cm

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