So what has this year wrought? Recently, we (Youngest, NOS, BD and I) went to the newly beautified (and gentrified?) Batts Rock beach. Down the hill and to the right. On Barbados’ Gold Coast. Walked along the frequently police-patrolled tree lined beachy area from Batts Rock to almost Paradise Beach, bathed in the slightly rocky-bottomed ocean (bathed, not swam), and frolicked in the sun-kissed waves.
In January (yes, Gregorian calendar), BD & I joined the rest of the ladies group and a bevy of youngsters in the first activity for the group in 2017. Ice breakers and levity on the grassy flats behind the memorial stone pictured above. I saw the words just before I departed before the close of the event – and learnt some more history. It was a timely reminder of a verse my late father frequently quoted:
“Naught is the life of the world save a pastime and a spot. Better far is the abode of the Hereafter for those who keep their duty (to Allah). Have ye then no sense?“
Surah 6 Ayah 32, Al-Qur’an
Quite some time has passed since I last posted (or truth be told, I felt any muse move me to put fingers to keyboard) on this blog. Much has passed, and I have a plethora of past-time(s) to memorialise here.
Mu’aath bin Jabal, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet said: “A person will not move on (on the Day of Judgment) until he has been asked about four things: his life and in what he spent it, his knowledge and what he did with it, his wealth, from where he acquired it and on what he spent it, and his body and how he wore it out.”
Of the Independence monument on November 30, 2016, inclusive of a massive flag, and the sinking of a time capsule. On the night of Independence Day, after the almost islandwide flooding of the previous day, and with fireworks on the Garrison Savannah. A sister participated in the sinking of the time capsule, and a brother’s book was included in the contents.
Again, Youngest’s school participated in another activity – the Flags and 50s competition – using the flag and the 50 logo to create – voting was via likes on facebook & his school emerged winner, with a student then chosen to recite the pledge at the Independence Parade.
Growing up in Trinidad, with lots of East Indian context to Islam, we all talked about qurbani. So the question posed in the interactive discourse on the Virtues of Hajj (see previous post) was: “What does qurbani mean?” I stopped my hand from shooting up, because, usually, when a question seems easy to answer, there is usually a twist. (Confession: I really thought it meant sacrifice in urdu or hindi and I may not be wrong).
Qurbani comes from ‘qurb’. Meaning ‘to near, to approach, to draw near’. Huh? What does that have to do with udhiya/sacrifice on Eid ul Adha?
Sura 22 Ayah 37:
“It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him.”
The real aim of sacrificing an animal is to fulfill the order of Allah swt and show that one fears Allah swt and to attain Allah’s consent and to wish to approach Him. A person who sacrifices an animal approaches Allah and attains His consent through it.
Forget about reverse order – it’s more random order. It is sunnah to refrain from eating on Eid ul Adha until such time as your udhiya has been performed. However, if you do partake (that’s Tim Horton’s hot cocoa btw):
Asalamualaykum readers, we hope your Ramadan is going well. Today’s post is regarding a very important topic, without it the believer doesn’t really taste the sweetness of faith. May we all be amongst those who perfect their Salah/prayer. Ameen
Today I come to you with a very simple act…… an action which we do every day……
I noticed many of us go to Rukuu or Sujoud and raise up so fast, some don’t even take the time to say “Subhana Rabi Al Adheem” 3 times…and say it only once!!!!
Well, I have good news for you today…… I have news that will make you from today onwards go to Rukuu or Sujoud with a different feeling and different timing.
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم:
( إن العبد إذا قام يصلي أتي بذنوبه كلها ، فوضعت على رأسه وعاتقيه ، فكلما ركع أو سجد تساقطت عنه(
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You fast from dawn to dusk in a single month of the year in obedience of your Lord’s command. Do you hunger?
Others fast too during this month. For longer than dawn to dusk. And for many more months than just Ramadan. Visit this World Food Programme page .
Are you still hungry now?
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Feed the hungry, visit the sick and set free the captives.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 552
“(The righteous are those) who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of God, saying: ‘We feed you for the sake of God Alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks.'” – The Holy Quran, 76:8-9
Dua for Entry/Exit of Home. Jazakallah to the Sisters who gifted me with this!
Today, (this was written March 18th and never completed, sigh) masha-Allah, we experienced drama and delight when a teenager broke a 1995 athletic record locally, and qualified for the Olympics.
Last month, I watched as Youngest, following a stamina run with Number One Son and a fall down a hill, surpassed his own expectations and placed 1st in 3 relays, and 1st in his sprint, in his primary school sports. He was last leg in 2 of the relays.
The Prophet s.a.w.s. himself participated in swimming, archery, running and horseback riding, and was said to have encouraged parents to involve their children in these sports.