Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Bism Ilah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

I wanted to give some yummy joy to you; a little decadence for those special occasions and for those who are catering to a serious sweet tooth. I'm a serious baker, so I take basic recipes and then make them into what I have in my mind. What you will find below is a basic recipe with all the variations I have tried so far. Some of them are nothing short of dangerous, but they bring amazing smiles and ooh's of joy and satisfaction, mashaa'Allah!

Basic cookie recipe:

1 cup butter softened
1.5 cups organic sugar
2 organic or at least hormone-free eggs
2.5 cups organic wholewheat pastry flour (or King Arthurs White Wholewheat, but regular wholewheat will work as well, but use 2.25 cups)
1/2 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt

6 ounces of chopped up chunks of good quality  chocolate bar (beware of the ingredients, as many contain vanilla extract but Lindt, Cadburys, and Hersheys do not mashaa'Allah).
cut up chunks of chocolate caramels or other chocolates of your choice from a box of chocolates.

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Add dry ingredients. Add chunks of yum.

Make nice balls and smush them down a bit on the baking trays.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.

Now for the good stuff.

Milk Chocolate Cookies:

One fine day, I wanted a milk chocolate cookie. I knew the taste I wanted but didn't find a recipe. SO...I took the basic recipe, added

Add 1 teaspoon of organic vanilla (well it was a ground up vanilla bean, but you can use Trader Joe's alcohol free vanilla in glycerin base or the Frontier one or vanilla powder)

and substitute 1/4 cup organic cocoa for the same amount of flour.

Bake same at the basic recipe.

Now for the nutty stuff:

Peanut, Hazelnut, or Cashew Cookies:

I had some peanut cookies in Bahrain and also some cashew ones, and decided to make my own.

Take the basic recipe and add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and then after putting the dough balls on the tray,push down a bit and either stick the halved nuts well into the top of each cookie to cover it, or simply mix them into the dough and then smush down a bit to flatten.

Now for the truly irresistible:

The Peanut Butter Cup Cookie:

I found a recipe online that was quite good, but hard to manipulate. After a couple of times, I realized that the milk chocolate cookie dough would work better for the cookie. It is really excellent if you are a Reeses lover.

Use the Milk Chocolate Cookie recipe.

Make up some homemade or all natural peanut butter and use about 1/4 cup with 2 tablespoons of powdered organic sugar (I just stick regular sugar in the processor). If it isn't smooth enough to manipulate without crumbling, add a small amount of milk to make it smooth enough to roll into little balls.

Make a milk chocolate cookie dough ball of at least a tablespoon, make a big thumbprint in it and pop in the peanut butter ball. wrap the dough around to cover the peanut butter and flatten slightly on the baking tray.

I have also made these with the vanilla cookie dough (that I used for the nutty cookies) with the peanut butter inside - the brainy blond version, LOL.

These may need more time as they are thicker...perhaps 10-12 minutes but use your judgement.

These may be healthier than other versions, but they are not any less fattening. Just remember, Allah and His Messenger - salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam - love moderation in all things!

Barak Allahu feekum!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Healing Earth

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

Over the years, I have written about "My Dream of Sunnah Living," our plans to acquire land, and most recently in the "Mai in June" post, about the land we own (Healing Earth) and our plans for it. We have posted the following on the Madinah blog and the Facebook page, but I am also posting it here in the hopes it reaches a wider audience. It isn't easy seeking others who want to share a vision and truly strive for it, but if they are out there, then bi ithn Illah, we are making an effort to find them. Please pass this on, if you know of anyone who might seriously be interested. Barak Allahu feekum!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Who Allah Guides...

BismIllah wa as salaamu alaykum wa RahmatUllahi wa Barakatuh.

Sometimes you will find that people around you do not encourage you to complete reliance and trust (tawakkal) in Allah. However, you may in yourself feel sure that if you act in obedience to Allah, avoiding or giving up something for His pleasure, that He will take care of you. People will say, "You'd better take that job even if they say you can't wear your hijaab/ perform salat/keep your beard." You might even hear people tell you to overlook working in a place that sells alcohol or pork, has music and movies playing, or makes money from gambling or taking interest (ribaa). The "logical" arguments and justifications are often along the lines of, "Otherwise, how will you pay your rent and feed the children?" You may have a voice inside you thinking, "If I stick to obedience to Allah, then He will give me another way that is Halal and pleasing to Him to pay my rent and feed my children." You may believe that Allah will provide you with much better than what you give up for His sake, including halal income. However, there is usually contingent who will say you are being naive, or even foolish.

Which of these viewpoints will win in your mind and heart? When faced with the two roads, which one is walking on stable ground and which is a paved with quicksand? Well, the ones who said you should compromise your Islaam for worldly security would say that you were being responsible by taking that job. However, Allah tells us that the only security lies in obedience to, and total reliance on Him. It is in total obedience to your Creator - Allah: The Provider, The Sustainer, The Just, that you walk the secure path, paved with solid, stable ground. That is the responsible and guided decision. I'm sure you will find examples of this all around you, both in your own life and in the lives of others, where Allah proves His Truth. Please do share some of your inspiring true stories with us, inshaa'Allah.

I have faced many of these situations over the course of my life, and especially during the 24 years I have been a Muslimah, and what I have found is that the real truth lies in Allah's words:

"Wherewith Allah guides all those who seek His Good Pleasure to ways of peace, and He brings them our of darkness by His Will unto light and guides them to the Straight Way"  
[Surah Ma'idah, ayah16]

and the words of our beloved Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, in the oft repeated Khutbah Haajah:

"Who Allah guides, none can misguide and who He misguides, none can guide. 

May we be of those who Allah always Guides to His Siraat al Mustaqeem.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fa ayna tath-haboon?

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

How many of you know about tawheed and shirk, have perhaps studied Kitaab at-Tawheed, Usool ath-Thalaathah, Qawaa'id al-Arbaa, Saheeh al-Bukhaari, Sahih Muslim, Qur'aan with tafseer from Ibn Katheer or As-Sa'adi, Usoolul Fiqh, Fiqh, seerah, and other basic sciences or foundational Islamic texts? While some of you may say no, others will have studied at least some, and there will be some of you who have studied them all, and more, mashaa'Allah. However, even with the correct aqeedah, understanding, and knowledge, everyone needs to look at their road map of life. "Fa ayna tath-haboon?"[Surat at-Takweer, ayah 26] (Where are you going?) So much knowledge, and yet what are you doing? How do you justify your time? How to you justify your actions? No, not to yourself, to Allah. We are put on this earth for one thing - to worship Allah alone. "Wa maa khalaqtu al jinna wal insaa illa liya'budoon." [Surat adh-Dhariyyaat - ayah 56] (I have not created all of mankind and the jinn except to worship Me.)

Sometimes we cruise along life's journey, making all manner of detours, stops, and pleasure tours along with way, but are those stops beneficial for our aakhirah? It is so easy to start out the journey with good intentions, a detailed trip itinerary filled with benefit and with the intention and purpose to please and obey Allah, but our own desires (with the help of shaytaan, our arch enemy) get the better of us. We seek happiness, pleasure, and relaxation in following our desires, but the One Who knows us best, Who designed us and perfected our life map, tells us, "Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest." Not just in prayer or the Qur'aan, do hearts find rest, but all remembrance, because when you remember Allah in all aspects of your life and actions, you make choices with Him in mind. It's a part of taqwa. When your choices are made with Allah at the forefront of your mind, they are better ones, and your heart can feel at ease with your decisions and actions. So, remembrance of Allah might change your window shopping at the mall (and remember that the market is the most disliked place by Allah) to a walk out in nature, reflecting on and basking in the beauty that Allah has gifted us with on this Earth. It can change from hours on playstation to a a mind-stretching game for the whole family about what's mubah, makrooh, or mustahhab, exercising your bodies, or learning a new craft or skill. Allah will open your mind and horizons when you put Him in His rightful place - first and foremost.

It is always time for some honest soul-searching, inspection of our usage of time and productivity, active correction, fine tuning, and maintenance. If you lack strength or willpower, beg Allah for it and set up road blocks for yourself so that you cannot fall into the traps you usually succumb to. If you lack discipline, consider your agreements to be with Allah, rather than yourself, and try to make others more involved and reliant on your participation, so that you meet your goals and fulfill your promises. Seek solutions from Allah and strive!

Allah gives us a conscience; we know what is right and wrong. We know what meets His approval and what we would rather hide from the world. If you are driving somewhere and you find yourself on the wrong road, you check your map or GPS system and you turn around. That's what you need to do in life. Look at the road and see where you are going. If it isn't the straight road, the Siraatul Mustaqeem, along which you obey and please Allah, then stop in your tracks, reassess, and change direction...before it's too late.

May Allah guide us all to obedience and what He loves, and keep us firmly on His Straight Path - ameen.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Sad and Bad of "Sorry"

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

There are two main ways that I generally hear the word "sorry" being used. The first is as an apology for doing something hurtful, damaging, or mistakenly. Examples of this are, "I'm sorry I hurt your feelings."  "I'm sorry I hit you." "I'm sorry I broke your toy." This I call the "sad sorry," as it expresses, or is supposed to express, regret over doing something. The "sad sorry" is the one that can be avoided the majority of the time by thought before action, self control in the face of strong emotion, and consideration and respect of others and their property. The sad sorry is the fourth element required for tawbah (repentance) to be accepted. The first three are knowing what you have done is wrong and why, truly feeling regret and sorrow in your heart about doing such a wrong, and resolving never to do such a wrong again, followed by the fourth element, to apologize or remedy the wrong with the person(s) involved.

The second type of "sorry" is to show regret or commiseration with someone else over something that has befallen them. Examples of this are," I'm sorry to hear that your father died." "I'm sorry to hear that you've been so sick." "I'm sorry to hear that you lost your job." "I'm sorry that happened; it's just not fair." This I call the "bad sorry," as it expresses displeasure, disagreement, or nonacceptance of Allah's Decree. The "bad sorry" is extremely dangerous, as it negates at-tawheed. To believe that there is something better, more appropriate, or fairer than what Allah has willed, or to imagine that something has happened outside of Allah's will and control, is denying His Lordship, Names, and Attributes. This can possibly remove one from Islam, because if it isn't at-tawheed, then it is shirk.

General culture, not Islamic culture, has conditioned many to automatically say "sorry" as a commiserating response to anyone who faces a test or trial. However it goes against all that we know as Muslims, because if Allah LOVES you, He tests you. What befalls you was decreed and written in Al Lawh Al Mahfoodth literally thousands of years before you were created. We plan and Allah plans, but Allah's plan is the one that prevails and the one that is perfect.

Such is our misguidance, that should someone say they have terminal cancer and their brother or sister in Islam responds with, al hamdul'Illah or mashaa'Allah, they will be infuriated and offended. They think, "Where is the sympathy? Where is the anger at how unfair this is to me?"  However, to acknowledge that it is from Allah and that He has written it, and so it is accepted as His Qadr, is not only correct, but rewarded. It is important that we remind ourselves of that fact constantly in the face of all the tests and enormous trials members of our Ummah are put to. It is also da'wah, because in saying,"Al hamdul'Illahi 'ala kully haal," (All praises are due to Allah in every situation) and, "Qadr Allahi wa maa shaa fa'al," (It is preordained by Allah and He does as He wills) one reminds the other of the correct outlook and how they should respond and think if they want their test to be a blessing of expiation, elevation in rank in Jennah, or a life-saving lesson. Some of you will recall when I wrote about my miscarriages (13 total up to March 2012, mashaa'Allah) that whenever someone said they were sorry, I would say don't be sorry for it is Allah's special plan for me and there is nothing but gain and benefit in it for me.

Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said:

وإن أصابك شيء فلا تقل لو أني فعلت كذا لكان كذا وكذا لكن قل قدر الله وما شاء فعل

“…And if something (bad) befalls you, do not say, ‘Had I only done such-and-such, then such-and-such would have happened, rather say: Qadrullaahi, wa maa shaa’ fa’ala (This is from the Qadr of Allaah, and He does whatever He wills).” [Muslim]
So rather, in these situations, say, "Qadr Allahi wa maa shaa fa'al," and if the person is not in a good frame of mind about their test, remind them of the blessings in it. Give examples of times when they, or you, or someone else you mutually know has gone through a test and been rewarded with something far better afterwards. Remind them of the trials and hardships of our beloved Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, and the prophets Nuh, Ibraheem, Lut, and Ayoob alayhum as salaam, which put our small tests in perspective. Do a reality check and ask, "Are you upset with Allah's Decree?" Encourage others and remind yourself to embrace ALL that Allah sends you, to trust and know with certainty that it is for your own good and best end, and give thanks for it seeking the lessons, benefit, and rewards that it brings.

May our words acknowledge, honor, and thank our Creator, and may our hearts love Him for ALL He sends us - ameen.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Eid: Now and Then

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Another Ramadhaan completed and another flood of tears to mark my heartache at its end. Ramadhaan represents so much to me, with a complete change of focus and atmosphere in our household, mashaa'Allah. Simply the lack of having to prepare food during the day leaves me so much time for ibaadah and tarbiyyah, mashaa'Allah. Al hamdul'Illah for the blessing of another Ramadhaan and dua' for us all to see many more - ameen.

This morning I awoke at 2:45 a.m. and started readying the children to leave the house before fajr prayer. We were blessed with praying Fajr at Masjid al Quba, where the imam recited Surat ar-Rahmaan mashaa'Allah. Then we sat there afterwards reciting the takbeer, watching as hundreds of people arrived for the Eid prayer. We were offered sweets, dates, and water, mashaa'Allah. We watched the edges of the clouds turn pastel shades of marshmallow fluff as the sun rose, then we prayed and listened to the khutbah.  Afterwards, we returned home, and had juicy watermelon and hot tameez and adas (fresh tanoor-baked wholewheat bread and tasty lentils) for breakfast.  The children spent the morning looking at the books they were gifted for Eid and making crafts from them. They were given their tins and jars of homemade Eid goodies and spent the morning buzzing around excitedly as the adults took some rest. After Dhuhr prayer, a light lunch of homemade pita bread and sticky sweet rolls, with minted soft cheese and torshy (crisp pickled vegetables) was enjoyed. Afternoon tea is planned for after Asr and after Maghrib we will go out for dinner inshaa'Allah.  Tomorrow, after Fajr, we set off for Yanbu with its beautiful beach on the Red Sea, staying for the night until the third day of Eid. Everyone can enjoy the blue sea, fresh fish, and relaxing atmosphere inshaa'Allah. Such is my Eid now that I have a family - a husband, children, and as a special gift this year, my father.

It is such a contrast to the Eids gone by, when I was single and living in Bahrain. Initially, I found myself sitting at home after the Eid prayer all alone with nothing to do and no-one to visit. All my friends were married, busy with family and extended family on the days of Eid. I just didn't fit in. Then, one year I met an older sister, her daughter and her two small grandsons. I also met the same year three other sisters who were single and in a similar situation to me, just left hanging around with nothing to look forward to at Eid time. An idea came to me and, al hamdu l'Illah, it became a tradition that continued until my departure from Bahrain and marriage in 2002. I arranged to meet all the sisters (or take them if they weren't driving) at the Eid prayer. Then afterwards, I invited them to huge buffet breakfast in an hotel - sometimes the Sheraton, sometimes the Gulf Hotel. We would take a long, leisurely breakfast, which usually turned into brunch, and then go for a walk along the corniche. Before going our separate ways, I would give out plates of homemade treats and gifts. Eid went from being something dreaded to something anticipated and filled with barakah, mashaa'Allah. Still, over 10-15 years later, those same friends still send me e-mails telling me how much they miss those Eids, wa al hamdul'Illahi Rabbil aal ameen!

Must seem like I'm blabbering a bit today, but I guess what I want to point out and remember myself is that Eid is what you make it...not just for yourself, but for others. Now the days are gone when I have to find solutions for Eids alone, but they aren't gone for everyone. For those of you who are single, without Muslim family to celebrate or gather with, remember that there are others who are in the same boat. Plan something special together. It's not about how extravagant or expensive it is, it's about being together and enjoying the blessings of good companionship and support on these days that Allah has given us as a time to celebrate following Ramadhaan and/or Hajj. Eid is for everyone and everyone should FEEL Eid, bi ithn Illah.

As always, may Allah accept our fasting, our worship, our dua', and pardon our omissions and errors during this Ramadhaan and bless us to benefit and improve from many more - ameen.

Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 30 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 30 Questions

  1. What will the kuffar say on The Day?
  1. What ayah tells about the angels who take the souls of the people going to hellfire called (in Arabic).
  2. What about the angels that take the souls going to Jennah?
  3. Who is racing and for what?
  1. Who did the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam frown at?
  2. Who did he pay special attention to?
  3. Which ayah tells us that the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, can only give the message but not guide anyone to Islam?
  4. What will be on the faces of the disbelievers?
  1. What are the first 13 ayaat describing? 
  2. What does Allah mean when He asks, "So where are you going?"
  1. Which ayah tells us that the people of hellfire will stay there forever?
  1. What is the record of the wrongdoers in?
  2. What is the record of the righteous in?
  3. Who will have the last laugh?
  1. What does ayah 6 mean?
  1. Did the burning of the people of the trench happen during the time of Prophet Muhammad? Give your proof.
  1. Why does Allah tell us to leave the disbelievers for a while?
  1. What will the wretched one do?
  2. Who will succeed?
  1. What is unsuitable speech?
  1. Why did Allah send upon the Aad, Iram, Thamud, and Firawn great punishment? 
  2. What does it mean, that people use up inheritance, "devouring it altogether"?
  1. Who is the father?
  2. What is the difficult pass?
  1. Which ayah proves that we can tell what is bad and good in ourselves?
  1. What are the conditions of giving wealth so that it purifies you?
  1. What reminders does Allah give the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, that He has always taken care of him.
  1. What does Allah promise us? 
  2. What should we do when we have completed our daily tasks?
  1. What happens to man when Allah returns him to the lowest of low?
  1. What do the angels of Hell do?
  1. What is sent down on Lailat al Qadr?
  2. Which nights to we seek it?
  1. What was everyone commanded to do?
  1. Where will the people depart?
  1. What are man's bad qualities? How does he prove them?
  1. What do we do in our home to help us think whether our scales are heavy or light?
  1. What does it mean that we will be asked about pleasure?
  1. How can we avoid being in loss?
  1. Which ayah talks about being selfish and stingy?
  1. Who led the army with the elephant?
  1. What city is the home of the Quraysh?
  1.  Who are not really worried about their prayers?
  1. What is al-kawthar?
  1. What is the special benefit of reciting this surah?
  1. What victory is this surah talking about?
  1. Who was Abu Lahab? 
  2. Why is his wife going to be punished as well?
  1. Name two special benefits of this surah.
Al-Falaq & An-Nas: 
  1. Which times of day is it sunnah to recite these surahs? 
  2. Why do we recite them?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 29 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 29 Questions

Al Mulk:   
  1. Why did Allah create life and death?
Al Qalam: 
  1. Who did Allah forbid the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, to obey? 
  2. When the companions swore to cut the fruit in their garden in the early morning without exception, what does that mean?
  3. What is the situation of the people who didn't pray/prostrate to Allah in this life, on Yawm al Qiyamah?
Al Haqqah: 
  1. What is another name for Al Haqqah? .
  2. What does it mean when the one who is given his account in his left hand says he wishes his death had been the decisive one? 
Al Maarij: 
  1. Who will be in gardens honored? 
  1. What are the different ways that Nuh, alayhi salaam, invited his people to Islam? (These ayaat are scattered throughout the surah.) 
  2. What dua' did Nuh, alayhi salaam, make against his people? Why? 
  1. What did the Jinn do before the time of the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam? 

  1. Why is it better to pray at night (tahajjud)? 
  2. What does it mean, "loan to Allah a goodly loan"? 

  1. Who is Allah talking about when He says, Leave Me with the one I created alone."?
  2. What did he deliberate about? 
  3. What will Allah do to him? 

Al Qiyamah:   
  1. What etiquette do we learn about reciting Quran?.
  2. Which ayah/ayaat tell us that after the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam memorized the Qur'an, Allah made it's meanings clear to him? 
  3. Who does Allah say woe to? 

Al Insan: 
  1. What is this surah mainly telling us about? 
  2. When does Allah tell us to pray? 
Al Mursalat: 
  1. What is the main message of this surah? (Please do not write the ayah that repeats itself, write something in your own words - no more than one or sentences.) 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 28 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 28 Questions

  1. Is is liked by Allah for men to pronounce thihar (a type of divorce common before Islam) on their wives? If they take the pronunciation of thihar back, what do they have to do to make up for it?
  2. What do we learn about private conversations?
  3. What is the situation of people who take as companions and friends people Allah is angry with?
  4. What does it mean that the liars "think they are standing on something"?
  5. If you like people who are against Allah and the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, are you a real believer?  What if they are your family members? Give the proof.
  6. Who did Allah expel from their homes and why?
  7. What does Allah command the believers?
  8. Which ayah/ayaat in this surah, when recited in the morning or evening, have the reward of 70,000 angels praying for the reciter for the day or night?
  9. Can a Muslim woman be married to a non-Muslim man? Give your proof.
  10. Who are we told not to make our allies?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 27 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 27 Questions

  1. Why are we here?
  2. What did Allah advise the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam?
  3. Who brought the revelation (the Qur'an) to the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam? How is he described?
  4. Will the angels' intercession (asking Allah for forgiveness) help us?
  5. What does it mean, "And you laugh and do not weep, while you are proudly sporting" mean?
  6. What should we do?
  7. What ayah is proof against anyone who says it is hard to memorize the Quran?
  8. Do the salt and fresh water oceans mix?
  9. Do we get coral and pearls from the salt water sea or the fresh water sea?
  10. Why won't men and jinn be asked about their sin on that Day?
  11. If you want good, what do you have to do?
  12. Will many of us be forerunners?
  13. Will many of us have our account in our right hand?
  14. Will many of us have our account in our left hand?
  15. What will be the reward for each of the above categories of people?
  16. What do these names of Allah mean?  The Ascendant and The Intimate
  17. What is the life of this world?
  18. What should we compete with each other for?
  19. What is the reward for fearing Allah and believing in His Messenger, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 26 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 26 Questions

  1. What is the Prophet's - salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam - challenge to the unbelievers?
  2. What book from Allah came before the Qur'an?
  3. Who are the ones Allah will accept the best of their deeds and overlook their misdeeds? What dua' do those people make?
  4. What is the situation of those who say "uff" to their parents?
  5. What does Allah say about the people who are killed fighting for Islam? What is their reward?
  6. Why is it that some people sat with the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, and listened to him, but couldn't understand what he said?
  7. Who does Allah expose? How can we know those people? What will Allah do to them?
  8. What is Surah Al Fath about?
  9. What manners are we taught about speaking?
  10. What are the believers told to do if an unbeliever tells them some news?
  11. Why shouldn't we make fun of others?
  12. What are we told about calling people nicknames? Do you use follow Allah's command regarding this? Think of one example of a name you have called someone that isn't nice.
  13. What are we told about assuming bad things about someone else?
  14. What does it mean, when the two receivers receive?
  15. Do the angels only record what we do?
  16. What are the driver and the witness?
  17. What are some of the actions of the righteous?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 24 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 24 Questions

  1. When does Allah take our souls?
  2. What makes the hearts of the unbelievers turn away? What makes them happy?
  3. What does Allah tell the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, to tell the people who have done sins?
  4. What happens when the Horn is blown the first time? What happens when it is blown the second time?
  5. What do the Angels say to Allah about the believers?
  6. Will the wrongdoers be able to see the fire in their graves? Give your proof.
  7. Which was the bigger job, creating man or creating the heavens and the earth?
  8. What does Allah say to us all?
  9. If the unbelievers say that they believe in Allah after they see the punishment they will have, will it be accepted? Give your proof.
  10. What did Allah create in 4 days?
  11. How long did it take for Allah to create the seven heavens?
  12. Who is best in speech?
  13. How do we erase our bad deeds?
  14. How do we protect ourselves from, and repel, shaytaan?
  15. How do we know that the Quran is protected by Allah?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 23 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 23 Questions

  1. What did the man advise the People of the City?
  2. When the unbelievers face Allah, what will speak and tell what they did in their life?
  3. What happens the the companion of the believer who asked if they really believed they would be rewarded after death?
  4. The matter of the sheep, why did David (Dawood) seek forgiveness after ruling between the two men?
  5. What did Allah tell Dawood about judging?
  6. For what quality did Allah chose Ibrahim, Ishaaq, Yaqoob, Ismail, Elisha, and Dhul Kifl?
  7. What is the Quran?
  8. What are the two reactions and emotions of the believers to the Quran?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 22 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 22 Questions

  1. What does Allah command the wives of the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam?
  2. What were the manners for going to the home of the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, for a meal?
  3. Was anyone allowed to marry the wives of the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, after he died?
  4. Which ayah commands us to say, "salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam" after the Prophet's name?
  5. Who are commanded to bring down over themselves their outer garments? What does that mean?
  6. What is the "Trust"? Why is man unjust and ignorant? Why did Allah give man the Trust?
  7. Do the Jinn really know the unseen?
  8. Does Allah accept the intercession of the angels and the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, for everyone?
  9. If your father, mother, sister, brother, or child asks you to take the blame for some of their sins,  can you?
  10. Who can we warn?
  11. What advice did the man give to the people of the city?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 21 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 21 Questionss
  1. What is the example of those who take friends and helpers other than Allah?
  2. What does prayer do? Does it do those things for the people who don't believe or don't pray properly?
  3. What are some of Allah's signs? 
  4. What won't increase with Allah?
  5. What are the multipliers?
  6. What advice did Luqman give to his son?
  7. How does Allah describe only the believers? 
  8. What is the Prophet more worthy of that ourselves?
  9. What is the best example for us to follow? (copy the ayah) 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 20 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 20 Questions

  1. Describe the Day the Horn will be blown?
  2. How did Firaun plan to see Allah?
  3. What did the people who believed in Allah before Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam,  say when they heard the Qur'an?
  4. Did the Prophet, salla, Allahu alayhi wa sallam, guide people to Islam?
  5. Was Qarun a believer? Give your proof.
  6. What was the total number of years Nuh was sent to his people?
  7. What are the messengers supposed to do? Will they be blamed if their people don't believe?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 19 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 19 Questions

  1. What will the kuffar do and say on Yawm al Qiyamah?
  2. What did the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, say about his people? What does it mean?
  3. What are the full  descriptions of the servants of the Most Merciful?
  4. What is the Chamber?
  5. What punishment was sent to those who rejected Prophet Musa, alayhi salaam?
  6. What punishment was sent to those who rejected Prophet Nuh, alayhi salaam?
  7. What punishment was sent to those who rejected Prophet Lut, alayhi salaam?
  8. What punishment was sent to those who rejected Prophet Shu'ayb, alayhi salaam?
  9. When will the mujrimoon believe in the Qur'an?
  10. What does Allah say about those who don't believe in the hereafter?
  11. What was the dua' of Prophet Sulaiman, alayhi salaam?
  12. What was the Queen of Sheba's reaction, when Sulaiman sent her the letter of invitation to Islam?
  13. What did the Thamud think of Salih, alayhi salaam?
  14. What did Salih, alayhi salaam,  explain to them?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 18 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 18 Questions

  1. What did the rich people of Prophet Hud, alayhi salaam, believe about life?
  2. What did Allah tell His messengers?
  3. At the time of death, when the disbelievers ask Allah for another chance, do they mean it? Give your proof.
  4. What are the manners for visiting others?
  5. What does Allah mean when he says that the believing men and women should reduce some of their vision?
  6. The believing women are told not to expose their adornment. What is the meaning of "their adornment?"
  7. Who are the believing women allowed to show their beauty to?
  8. Do all Allah's creatures pray to Him? Give your proof.
  9. What do the true believers say?
  10. What are the three times of privacy for adults?  Who has to ask permission before entering your room/home at those times?
  11. When children have reached puberty, when do they have to ask permission before entering upon adults?
  12. What are the manners of the believers when they meet with the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam?
  13. What was Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, commanded by Allah to say to those who disbelieve in the Qur'an?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 17 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 17 Questions

  1. When new messages and reminders come from Allah, what is the reaction of most people?
  2. What has Allah done about all the cities who were unjust (didn't believe in his Message)?
  3. What did Allah make every living thing from?
  4. What was Ibrahim's lie?
  5. What did Allah give Lut?
  6. What did the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, say to invite mankind to Islam?
  7. What did he say to those who rejected his invitation?
  8. What will be the state of the people in the final Hour?
  9. What are the people of Jennah guided to in this life?
  10. During the time of which prophet was Hajj to the Ka'aba established?
  11. Who are the humble?
  12. What did shaytaan do whenever a prophet or messenger spoke?
  13. What did Allah do in response to shaytaan's actions? Why?(there are 2 reasons)
  14. Did Allah only call the followers of Prophet Muhammad Muslims? Give your proof.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 16 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 16 Questions

  1. Why did Khidr damage the poor men's ship?
  2. Why did Khidr kill the boy?
  3. Why did Khidr rebuild the wall without asking for any payment?
  4. Could Jesus (Isa, alayha salaam) speak when he was a baby?
  5. Which prophets (alayhum as salaam) named in this surah? Write them in the order they are written.
  6. Why did Allah send us the Qur'an?
  7. What did Allah command the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, about the Quran?
  8. What will happen to the person who turns away from Allah?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 15 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 15 Questions

  1. What does it mean when Allah tells us that for every person he has imposed his fate upon his neck?
  2. What will be said to us when we are given our record?
  3. What does it mean when Allah says, "Whoever should desire the immediate"? What do those people get in the end?
  4. Does Allah give to the people who want the enjoyments of this world and also the people who are striving for the hereafter (Jennah)?
  5. How should you treat parents?
  6. What does the expression "uff" mean?
  7. What is the dua' to make for parents?
  8. What does Allah say about the wasteful?
  9. What will Allah do to every city before the day of resurrection?
  10. Can shaytaan have any power over the true believers?
  11. What can those who pray at night (tahajjud) expect from Allah?
  12. Who did Allah command the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, to be patient with and who should not to obey?
  13. What happened to the man who thought his garden would stay alive forever?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 14 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 14 Questions

  1. When will the disbelievers wish they had been Muslims?
  2. What things has Allah given us so that we may be guided?
  3. Why did Allah send the Qur'an down to the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam?
  4. What ayaat in this surah tell us about milk and honey?
  5. Why did Allah give us hearing and vision and intellect?
  6. What does Allah order us to do and what does He forbid us to do?
  7. Is it better to punish someone who has harmed you or not? Give your proof.
  8. Who is Allah with?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ramadhaan 2012: Juz 13 Questions

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Juz 13 Questions

  1. Yusuf's parents prostrated to him. Are we allowed to prostrate to other people? Give your proof.
  2. Are the majority of people believers?
  3. Who will have a good result (consequence of) from this home? 
  4. What is "this home"? 
  5. Who are in extreme error?
  6. What is purulent water?
  7. What is the example of those who disbelieve in Allah?
  8. What will shaytaan say to all the people he led astray who will be thrown in the hellfire?
  9. Are we usually grateful for Allah's blessings and favors?