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  1. Salaam, The first step in my opinion is to understand why you're praying in the first place. Once you know exactly why and what you are saying when standing before Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, the rest becomes clear. The moment you know what you are reciting is the moment you will conquer those evil thoughts. Read this post, maybe it helps Insha'Allah.
  2. Salaam, Yes, I agree with your statement. I have personally witnessed people who are always on the defense when it comes to little things like this, or even wudhu. This is merely the act of shaitan implementing their minds, making them over-emphasise small matters. Our religion can in fact be simple to follow, so long as we allow ourselves to do so. Imam al-Sadiq (as) said, 'Iblis [satan] said, 'There are five types of people against whom I have no stratagem, whilst I have the rest of people firmly in my grasp: he who clings fast to Allah with a true intention and relies solely on Him in all his affairs, he who is in constant and abundant glorification of Allah day and night, he who pleases for his brother in faith whatever he pleases for himself, he who does not feel anxious about an affliction when it befalls him, and he who is satisfied with whatever Allah has allotted to him and does not worry about his sustenance.’[al-Khisal, p. 285, no. 37]
  3. (bismillah) I begin in the name of Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, without whom, nothing would be. All praise is due to the almighty. I would like to start off with a hadith from the prophet (pbuh); "salat is a means of spiritual elevation (me'raj) for the believer." Brothers and sisters, in our time and age many youth, even most adults go about not fully understanding the importance of Salaat (prayer), to the extent that it has become a mindless ritual. Only movement of the lips, while our minds are thinking about what we should have done with so and so, and what's going to be for lunch. To understand completely how greatly salaat affects our lives, I would have to sit here and write you a book. However, I find it will be easier just to mention a couple of adverse forces which come in the way of us performing our prayers correctly, and how to deal with them so that we may gain that "spiritual elevation" and earn a higher merit in Allah's (swt) ranking system. Firstly, it is mesntioned in the holy qur'an (114 : 4-5); "Shaitan influences our inner self, diverting our attention away from Allah (swt) to the multitude of worldly thoughts that creep into our minds during the course of our salaat." The other dominant and more dangerous force within our own selves are our worldy preoccupations and materlialistic worldly desires (nafse ammarrah) - Qur'an. 12 : 53. So, technically anyone who frees himself from the materialistic world and whole heartedly submits himself to Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, only then has he succeeded in his duty for the hereafter. Now as I mentioned in the first paragraph, we need to break this ritualistic prayer and actually keep our minds focussed instead of zoning out. Have you ever lost your keys or a wallet? You keep tracing back your steps and still can't find it, but as soon as your salaat starts, your mind goes back to your missing object again, and all of a sudden you remembered where you left it! Now arises the question; "How am I supposed to prevent myself from having these thoughts during salaat?" Well my friend, it's simpler than you think. One of the most important inner disciplines of your prayer is to have presence of mind throughout your salaat. Such a focus is only possible when we understand what our actions and recitations mean. If you're simply mumbling words without thinking, what worth does this have? In a way, we are mocking Allah (swt) by doing this. Do you think Allah (swt) is dependent on our prayers? No my friend, we are the ones in need, and I will explain why in the next paragraph. So in order to keep our focus, we must first understand what we say, in doing so, one of the advantages of worshipping anf having a strong conviction in the faith is that it greatly strengthens a person's will to continue. After doing so, our mind is able to overcome the adverse forces of our nafse ammareh and resist against the strong influences od shaitan. With that said, there might be someone out there saying "ok, I know Allah (swt) doesn't need my prayers, and in fact it is I who will benefit from praying, but so what, who cares if my mind isn't with the prayer, I'm still performing it and that should be enough on my behalf.." That's where you're wrong my friend. Some people claim that they perform their salaat yet sins still attract them and they don;t feel "a change". The holy Qur'an (29 : 45) says; " The salaat prevents sexual indecencies and immoral and vicious practices..." Salaat is that which lights the torch in our minds that guides us to Allah's obedience and total submission to him. If you are praying with the knowledge of what you are saying, and having the intentions of becoming closer to Allah (swt) then you would not face such occurences. If you pray your salaat on time, yet see no positive difference in yourself, then you are lacking the actions mentioned above. It's still not too late to fix this problem, from a younge age we pray without seeing the spiritual guiding light anf instead perform a ritualistic prayer full of memorization and no thoght behind what we say. Holy Qur'an (45 : 29) on the last day Allah says; "this, our record book, speaks about you with truth. We have, surely, recorded all that you did." Holy Qur'an (19 : 39) "and tell them of the day of regret when the matter shall have been decided." We still have the opportunity, don't wait too long, it will cease to exist when we die. Many times, shaitan tricks us with the false hope that we can continue on with the way we've always been living in the hopes that Allah (swt) is all forgiving and most merciful. As a result, people ignore the fact that part of the mercy of Allah (swt) is that he sent prophets and their devine succesors to guide mankind. We ignore all this that contributes to the mercy of Allah (swt) by our constant disobedience, causing us to become distant from the very mercy that we hope to gain. The Holy Qur'an (5 : 98); "know you, that verily, Allah is most severe in punishing (evil), and that Allah is indeed, oft-forgiving and most merciful." To conclude, presence of mind in salaat is the most important element in the iner discipline. When salaat is prayed correctly, it will have a pwerful inherent quality. When performed 5 times a day, it will give us the thrust we need to gain the spiritual elevation, this is the stage that imam Ali (as) says; "the soul remains suspended in the air betwen the earth and the sky, ready to join the "Mala'e A'ala" at the devine call when death comes to the physical body." May Allah(swt) help us in our efforts to increase the degree of concentration in our prayers. Please take the time and read over the meaning of the prayer, it makes all the difference. I was inspired to write this after reading a book on Salaat. I hope that Insha'Allah I have helped someone out there, and it would be great to get this information out there, especially to the youth. Peace and blessings always. Join our group on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/127950010614711/ Also join us on YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/alhujjahfilms Sites related to the subject; NAFS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nafs Understanding Salaat: http://www.praytime.info/tutor.html
  4. (bismillah) Salam respected bros & sis', I wanted to share with you our latest vid from Al-Hujjah Films. Please help spread the word and promote us, Insha'Allah we can spread the word of Islam to a greater audience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfKboWZdOH8&feature=youtu.be Please join us on our facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/127950010614711/
  5. (bismillah) (salam) Just a quick post, I'm living in Toronto, Canada, and I'm in search of a Qur'an teacher who will teach me one-on-one lessons, Tajweed if possible, but anything is fine really, just as long as I properly learn to read the quran. I have already asked around in my community and had no luck in finding a private tutor. If anyone is living in Canada's Toronto region and knows of a tutor, it would be much appreciated if you could let me know! Imam Ali (as) said, ‘Good-doing is incumbent upon you, for it is the best cultivation and the most profitable commodity.’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 6112]
  6. It's funny how you overlooked the entire video to point out that the guy doesnt have a thick beard. What's even funnier is how you make up your islamic principles of Hijjab, in the first 3 minutes he tells you that hijjab is something used "to cover". Then he reads the quranic verses in surah an-noor which tells people exactly how hijjab is mentioned in the holy quran, meaning there is no mention of a beard. Not only have you taken the time to be negative towards someones efforts, but you have made up your own islamic principles of Hijjab and completely disregarded the whole meaning of the video.
  7. (bismillah) (salam) Salaam respected brothers & Sisters. The concept of hijab is a broad topic. Al-Hujjah films is proud to present a short lecture on the concept of hijab in today's society. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNiNqSxIEq0 Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0mVPpz_nkI For those who are in Canada, please feel free to join these weekly lectures and discussion sessions at our masjed located in Toronto: 7340, Bayview Avenue, L3T 2R7. Remember to check out our youtube channel and subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/alhujjahfilms Also help support us by joining our facebook group! http://www.facebook.com/groups/127950010614711/
  8. (bismillah) Salaamun Alaykom brothers and sisters in Islam, I posted once before about a group my friend and I have made (Al-Hujjah Films) http://www.facebook....27950010614711/ If you don't already know, Al-Hujjah (meaning “the proof” [of Allah’s Justice]) Films, is a Muslim based entertainment group, spreading the word of Islam to both Mulims and non-Muslims. Through the use of entertainment, Al-Hujjah Films acknowledges that it is possible to reach out to the English-speaking world and educate them on Muslims and Islam. The sense of urgency of educating people about Islam especially after 9/11 and the backlash against Muslims and Islam is one of the main driving factors for Al-Hujjah Films. We focus on Islamic topics and present them to the youth to various youth groups in mosques around Toronto Canada. Our youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/alhujjahfilms and we have released our very first short film. Please help us spread the word of Islam and the ahlulbayt (pbut). Help us attract the youth and lead them on the path of Allah (swt) through our videos. Don't forget to join our Facebook group and subscribe on youtube! Short Film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRpptnSZZYo
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  10. The Reality of Sin Sin – the Arabic equivalents of which are ithm and 'isyan – signifies disobeying the injunctions of the Lord and the failure to comply with His wishes. In other words, the committing of an action which is displeasing to the Lord, the Creator, (due to the harm it entails) or to avoid an action that has been obligated by Him (due to the benefit it entails). Hence, sin is contradictory to the spirit of obedience. In essence, the sinner has deposed the rightful king of his faculties – in wit, reason – and has supplanted it with desire and anger, which should be in the service of reason. When desire and anger have taken power as the rulers of the soul, they will be the sinner's beloved. Thus, whatever he wishes to do must be pleasing either to desire or to anger, and it is for this reason that he commits sin. Sin: The Snare of Satan In the narrations related from the Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them), material attachments and sins are described as snares of Satan. That is, sins are traps with which Satan hunts human beings and ropes with which he enthralls them. Of course these ropes are multitudinous, colorful, and come in different sizes. Satan lures every person in a special way. Some he entraps with wealth, some with positions of power, and others by exploiting their sexual drive. The flames of Hell are intertwined with sinful and lustful pleasures; that is, the interior of the snare is fire and the exterior is pleasure, and the human being falls in the trap in the vain attempt to reach the apparent pleasures. (Nahjul Balagha, Sermon 176) The Consequences of Sin The consequences of sin can be divided into those that befall the individual and those that pertain to society. The consequences of sin for the individual are: It contaminates and pollutes the soul. The sinner neither enjoys a beneficial sleep in which he would attain any knowledge in the form of a truthful dream, neither does he acquire any gnosis in his waking life, nor does he find the opportunity to benefit others by teaching them something useful to them. Therefore, if the soul – the soul which Allah designated as the recipient of Divine revelation and by which He swears in His book – is darkened, many secrets would be withheld from it. If it is said that the spiritual journeyer should be reticent and careful of what he eats, it is so that he would be able to hear the Divine afflatus, for if one desires to hear the inner voice, he must himself keep quiet. When one pledges allegiance to Satan, submitting to his temptations, his heart gradually metamorphoses into the dwelling of Satan, becoming his host; and this is a reality expressed by the Qur'an. (26:221-222) The heart of a liar is the abode of Satan. But he who is honest in his knowledge and is also faithful in the financial trusts that are made to him, the heart of such an individual is too pure to host Satan. Sin is a veil that prevents self-knowledge. The human being forgets Allah as a result of his sins, and this forgetting of Allah obstructs the acquisition of self-knowledge. (58:19) When one capitulates to corruption, he has forfeited his life eternally and has enthralled himself, after which nothing, not even the flames of Hell, can emancipate, for although fire has the potency to melt metal, but if the metal is fiery – that is to say, if it is fire solidified – then nothing can melt it. Another entailment of sin is that the sinner is deprived of enjoying the pleasures of worship, and so he always wishes that he could enjoy his worship, but due to his sins and hardheartedness, he has extirpated the capacity of his heart [for such spiritual joys]. Shaikh as-Saduq narrates in his valuable work al-Tawhid that the eighth Imam, Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Ridha (peace be upon him) was on one occasion asked, "Why is Allah veiled?" The Imam replied, "He is not veiled. That you do not see Him is due to the excess of your sins, which like a veil, blinds your heart to witnessing [Allah]." (Al-Tawhid) In the corpus of narrations, the topic of the veiling of sins is abundantly treated. For instance, in one hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) is narrated as having said, "When one commits a sin, a black speck appears on his heart. If he disowns it and repents, his heart will be purified. But if he repeats the sin, the spot spreads, until it overtakes the entire heart." (Tafsir al-Qurtubi) In another hadith, he is recorded as having said, "The excess of sins destroys the heart." Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (peace be upon him) says, "There is nothing more destructive to the heart than sin. Sin affects the heart and eventually overwhelms it." (Al-Kafi) Another hadith related from the latter reads, "I advise you to be pious, to abstain from sin, and to be diligent in the course of worship. Be aware: worship without abstaining from sin is futile." (Al-Kafi) A Prophetic advice addressed to Abu Dharr reads, "O Abu Dharr, the crux of religion is abstaining from sin, and the secret of religion is obedience to Allah. Beware that should you pray to the extent that your back bends like a bow and fast until you are as thin as an arrow – such worship would not avail you unless it is coupled with abstaining from sin. O Abu Dharr, those who have relinquished the forbidden pleasures of this world and have taken up ascetic lives, they are indeed the friends of Allah." (Bihar al-Anwar) The Denial of the Hereafter. Sin obstructs the knowledge of the hereafter from taking effect. That is, it is possible that one is certain of the hereafter, but that certainty is buried under multitudinous layers of lustful pollutions, such as that would render that certainty futile. (45:23) In Sura al-Mutaffifin, the Qur'an mentions those who utterly deny the hereafter; then it says, "Woe to deniers on that day, who deny the day of retribution; and none denies it except every sinful transgressor. When Our signs are recited to him, he says, 'Myths of the ancients.' No indeed their hearts have been sullied by what they have been earning." (83:10-14) It can be clearly inferred from these verses that sin ruins the luster of the heart, such that spiritual truths are not reflected in that originally Divine mirror. Otherwise, the signs of the Truth, especially in regard to the Origin and the Destination are clear and obvious. The Social Effects of Sin Sin leads to social decadence and the increase of crime. It hinders even the activities of the effective individuals of society due to the far-reaching consequences of sin, thus obstructing the progress of that society. The Cause of Sin: Ignorance and Obliviousness The most effective of weapons of an enemy and the quickest way for the enemy to infiltrate is by heedlessness. If Satan succeeds in making human being heedless, then there is no need for him to make the extra effort of deceiving the human being by compound ignorance. If by Satan's temptations, the righteous thought is effaced from one's mind, Satan will be at ease. Ignorance is the fountainhead of the spreading of corruption. The verses pertaining to the story of Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him) illustrate that sinful love and sexual perversion stem from ignorance: ignorance of the existential values of humanity, of the valuable results of sexual purity and moderation, of the repercussions of sin and ultimately ignorance of the injunctions of Allah. The Way of Redemption from Sin Several methods may be mentioned for extrication from sin: Repentance and pleading for forgiveness. Tawbah (repentance) literally means "to return". When a servant returns to his master, it is said that he has done tawbah. The Most Sacred Essence in the Qur'an exhorts all believers to repent. Remembering one's sins The remembrance of Allah The human will factor
  11. Fixed link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2xz9re5AJY Stay subscribed to our YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com/Alhujjahfilms We have a short film coming out this week!
  12. (bismillah) (salam) Salaamun Alaykum Brothers & Sisters, after posting our first seminar on our youtube channel, we felt it was only right to make an official introduction of Al-Hujjah Films. In case you guys are wondering what we're all about and what plans we have for the coming months, take a look at this introduction video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub4Wk25pxtw
  13. (bismillah) (salam) Salaam respected brothers and sisters in Islam, My friend and I have created a group called Al-Hujjah Films. Every month we give lectures in our local Masjed pertaining to Islam and important topics which arise in Islam. We have a facebook group page http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_127950010614711 , and have recently released our first seminar lecture (The Influence of Media on Today's Youth: an Islamic Perspective) on YouTube. Please help support our group for the sake of Allah and for spreading the word of what Islam is truly about. Please tell your friends about our group and help spread the word. Its only with your help that we may clear the steriotypes and false misconceptions and inform our fellow Muslims and non-Muslims. Youtube Page: http://www.youtube.com/Alhujjahfilms About the Group: Al-Hujjah (meaning “the proof” [of Allah’s Justice]) Films, is a Muslim based entertainment group, spreading the word of Islam to both Mulims and non-Muslims. Through the use of entertainment, Al-Hujjah Films acknowledges that it is possible to reach out to the English-speaking world and educate them on Muslims and Islam. The sense of urgency of educating people about Islam especially after 9/11 and the backlash against Muslims and Islam is one of the main driving factors for Al-Hujjah Films. Our First Seminar: Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgvnrGDS79w&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tLpLTdZgxg&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwGqZ6CDJws&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
  14. (bismillah)(salam) This book is excellent, I heard about it a few weeks ago and downloaded the PDF version of it in English http://www.e-resaneh.com/articlefiles/202105819.pdf I'm going to read it this summer. I appreciate the audio files, they are very good. I encourage everyone to read this book! (wasalam)
  15. Wow..what a poem...what a poem!

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