Monthly Archives: April 2015

Menk quote – what do we spew?

There were copious amounts of foodstuff at the Muslim Fair this weekend – biryani, gyros, burgers, pizza, samosas, wraps, barbecue, fries, sweetmeats galore, ice cream, lattes, chillers, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cone (pic to be posted later), even lamb hot dogs (new for me and untried since although I have come a long way in now being able to cook them touch them and even smell them without hurling the entire contents of my stomach (7 intestines and all), I really cannot get them into my mouth – ooh, I feel like throwing up right now….) – all halal.

Menk: “We spend so much time being ultra careful over what we put into our mouths (halal) but we do not devote any time at all to what comes out of our mouths (haram)”.

The Pledge

Menk posed 2 double faceted questions to the crowd on Saturday:

“How many of you prayed fajr today? How many of you will pray fajr tomorrow?”

“How many of you have read the entire Quran in English? How many of you will pledge to read the Quran in english before a year is up?”

Insha Allah.

And because I have numerous numerate mathematicians in my family I leave to them the task of calculating how many verses we need to read every day and remind them that females invariably have to have one week off per month so that that margin has to be accommodated. Hmmmm, didn’t I post some numbers on the Quran last year? Search this blog and post the link in a comment! You might find more than you expected.

Menk say….

On Saturday and Sunday, Mufti Ismail Menk spoke at the Muslim Fair put on by ROU, Trinidad at the Manny Ramjohn (or Rum-John to hear Menk say it) Stadium. The topic was ‘transformation’.

In his usual inimitable style (and quite suited for ADD inclined persons), he addressed the chain of social interactions which we execute almost daily. Sample: your want an iphone 7 because so and so has it, but you don’t realise that china had dual sim phones before Korea, and that in an effort to be romantic but not lie, this husband responded to his wife’s question about how much did he love her, the husband paused and said “I am a phone and you, you are my sim’, leaving wife very pleased; later husband relays story to friends saying that what wife didnt realise was that he had a 4 sim phone. Do you see it – envy, oneupmanship, romance, spousal relations, knowledge.

Who are the people in your neighbourhood?

So I realized that my last post (of that totally scrumptious looking chocolate & caramel cake) may have been under the triviality bar, and thought back to the springtime tea affair which my neighbour hosted over the weekend, and then ….I googled.

From the islamawareness website, I found the following hadiths on neighbours:
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“He will not enter Paradise whose neighbor is not secure from his wrongful conduct.”

– Sahih Muslim, Hadith 15

Yahya related to me from Malik from Zayd ibn Aslam from Amr ibn Sad ibn Muadh from his grandmother that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ”

O trusting women, none of you must consider even a roasted sheep’s trotter too small to give to her neighbour.”

– Malik Al-Muwatta, Volume 49, Number 25

Malik related to me from Zayd ibn Aslam from Amr ibn Muadh al-Ashali al-Ansari that his grandmother said,

“The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘O trusting women! Let none of you despise giving to her neighbour even if it is only a roasted sheep’s trotter.’

– Malik Al-Muwatta, Volume 58, Number 4

Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

The best friend in the sight of Allah is he who is the well-wisher of his companions, and the best neighbour is one who behaves best towards his neighbours.

Transmitted by Tirmidhi. – Al-Tirmidhi, Number 120

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said,

“The best companion in Allah’s estimation is the one who is best to his companion, and the best neighbour in Allah’s estimation is the one who is best to his neighbour.”

Tirmidhi and Darimi transmitted it, Tirmidhi saying this is a hasan gharib tradition. – Al-Tirmidhi, Number 1287


The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“If you are kind to your neighbor, you will be a believer. If you like others to have what you like for yourself, you will be a Muslim.”

– Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1334


The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever believes in God and the Last Day should be generous to his neighbor.”

– Al-Muwatta, Volume 49, Hadith 22


The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“If anyone is pleased to love God and His Messenger or to have God and His Messenger love him, he should speak the truth when he says anything, fulfill his trust when he is put in a position of authority and be a good neighbor.”

– Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1289

A man once asked the Prophet:

“How can I know when I do well and when I do ill?” The Prophet replied: “When you hear your neighbors say you have done well, you have done well; and when you hear them say you have done ill, you have done ill.”

– Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1288

One intestine or more………. (to be or not to be….a glutton)

We love food. Any gathering, any conversation, any culture revolves around food. Healthy, unhealthy, fat free, fat filled, trans fat, gluten free, sugar free, taste free, organic, the lists go on and on.

For those of you who used to watch ALF, the tv show featuring the burping ET who had 8 stomachs, you can identify with the following hadiths sent to me:

“A man who burped in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) and he said

‘Keep your burps away from us, for the one who eats his fill the most Continue reading One intestine or more………. (to be or not to be….a glutton)

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “If I Had a Hammer.”

David Rudder, Trini calypsonian extraordinaire, had a song: “Where de Man wid de hammer gone, tell me, tell me where he gone” in tribute to late pannist Rudolph Charles. Steelpans, reputed to be invented in Trinidad & Tobago circa World War II, were hammered into shape (and sound). The Oxford online dictionary defines steelpan as:”a percussion instrument originating in Trinidad, made out of an oil drum with one end beaten down and divided by grooves into sections to give different notes. Also called pan (esp. by players).”

Rudder’s music at that time was influenced greatly by the Shango Baptist spirituals. And where does all of this roundabout talk lead me?

This morning, I read part of Sura Yunus (‘Yunus’ being the Arabic for Prophet Jonah s.a.w.s). There are only two verses in that sura that mentions Yunus specifically by the way. But in the sura were the following ayahs (Yusuf Ali translation quoted):
“Verily your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and is firmly established on the throne (of authority), regulating and governing all things. No intercessor (can plead with Him) except after His leave (hath been obtained). This is Allah your Lord; Him therefore serve ye: will ye not receive admonition?
To Him will be your return- of all of you. The promise of Allah is true and sure. It is He Who beginneth the process of creation, and repeateth it, that He may reward with justice those who believe and work righteousness; but those who reject Him will have draughts of boiling fluids, and a penalty grievous, because they did reject Him.
It is He Who made the sun to be a shining glory and the moon to be a light (of beauty), and measured out stages for her; that ye might know the number of years and the count (of time). Nowise did Allah create this but in truth and righteousness. (Thus) doth He explain His Signs in detail, for those who understand.”

I think of a hammer as an instrument of creation, and would love to be a metal artist……………

Lord of All the Worlds – Praise and Prayers (amidst sargassum seaweed)


This Sunday, we started tafsir of Sura Fatiha – The Opening. Amongst its seven ayahs is the verse:
“All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds” – Tafsir: Allah deserves to be praised for the perfection of His qualities, material gifts, and spiritual blessings. Therefore, people should praise Him for everything He has given them. He alone deserves it. He is the Lord of the worlds, meaning He made everything that exists, maintaining it at every moment. He is the Lord who nourishes the believers with faith and good works.

The first 3 verses are verses of praise, the last 3 verses are verses of prayer, and the middle verse is a blend of both.

This Saturday, we travelled to Atlantis Restaurant, Bathsheba, on the East Coast, near to the famous soup bowl (surfers). The photo is one taken from the deck of the restaurant where we had a ‘spot’ of tea (well Great-Aunt and I did, the children had iced coffee with whipped cream and chocolate sauce). And there, in all of its splendour was this little boat out on the Atlantic Ocean, framed by swaying coconut trees and mats of sargassum seaweed.