QUR’AN LESSON 11 & 12- TAJWEED TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS!

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QUR’AN LESSONS- 11 & 12 TAJWEED TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS!


 Asalamu alaykum!

Let us renew our intentions and learn how to pronounce ض (Daad) with an Arabic accent:

 

Take a look at video 8 Tajweed rules:

 

This is your Tajweed lesson for Tuesday. Subscribe to our blog (see the box on the left hand side), or drop us an email to get regular Tajweed lessons sent to you for free. Look out for new lessons in sha Allah.

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May Allah help us all to be sincere for Him alone and to recite the Qur’an without mistakes in our recitation, as perfectly as the final prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam recited. Allah enable us to act upon the Qur’an. Allahumma salli alaa Muhammad wa alaa aalihi wa sahbihi ajmaeen! Amin.

Keep us in your dua’s.

Thurrock Muslims

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No more Easter Eggs? Why Muslims do not celebrate Easter…

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In the Name of Allah, The One True God


No more Easter Eggs? Why Muslims do not celebrate Easter?


It’s not about the chocolate.

It’s not about the bunnies.

It’s not about the eggs.

It’s about the origins.

It’s about principles.

 

What exactly is Easter?

In short, Easter is a Christian festival with remnants of Pagan traditions. Christians celebrate the alleged crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, this is the essence of Easter. The holiday has become rather commercial, with increase in sales of confectionary, chocolate and popular toys. (1)

Christians believe in the Trinity (father,son, holy spirit), which essentially means that they direct their worship to God, Jesus and the Holy spirit. So today, Christianity has polytheistic dimensions and is not a faith of complete monotheism.

 

Easter and Islam

Islam is absolutely Monotheistic. Muslims worship One God alone (Allah), without rivals. The Islamic narrative about prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) is simple. Jesus is not the son of God (as mentioned above, Christianity purports him to be). Muslims believe that God (Allah) is The Supreme Creator of all, The Self-Sufficient Master, He does not have children or a wife, and He does not need these things. It makes perfect sense, we are servants of The One Supreme Master- Allah. We go to Allah for all our needs, we don’t need any intermediaries! We need Allah, but Allah does not need us. That is the truth. And the truth makes sense.

 

We believe Jesus (‘Eesa) (peace be upon him) was a mighty prophet of God (Allah), born from the virgin Mary, who was pure and chaste. God does not need children. It’s the creation, humans and animals who need children. If God can create Adam without a father and mother, Eve without a mother, than surely it is easy for God to create Jesus without a father. Jesus’ story is mentioned in detail in Chapter 19 of the Qur’an, called ‘Maryam’.

 

If you remember the Christmas post a few months back and a few other blogs on Islam Explained, you’ll remember that as Muslims, we MUST believe in Jesus in order for our faith to be complete. Jesus never claimed divinity. Rather, Jesus peace be upon him was a messenger and prophet of Allah.

Jesus was not crucified, rather Allah (The One True God) took Jesus up to Him, while he was still alive, and another man was made to resemble Jesus and that man was killed. Jesus will return to earth, under Allah’s command, during the end times to fight the Anti-Christ (The Dajjal).(2)

Conclusion- Why Muslims don’t celebrate Easter

The Islamic narrative on monotheism and beliefs about Jesus are so markedly different to the Christian narrative. Thus, it’s no surprise Muslims do not commemorate a Crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, as these didn’t happen in the first place!

Incidentally, there are various members of society and other faiths who do not partake in such festivals either, each with their own reasoning.

Be wise and kind, there’s no need to offend or be offended. Let your peers know gently and respectfully, it’s not the diet that makes you turn down their chocolate treats, it’s your freedom of personal choice and more importantly, your religious belief which you must hold onto with integrity, because a Muslim must be truthful, first and foremost to Allah. Being truthful in word and deed is important in Islam.

Islamic monotheism is our focus, we worship Allah alone.

Just as we cannot force others to believe, we cannot be forced to disbelieve.

The truth is apparent, falsehood is apparent. May Allah guide us all to the truth. Amin.

Peace.

Thurrock Muslims

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10 things that bring about the Love of Allah – Ibn alQayyim

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Asalamu alaykum!


10 things that bring about the Love of Allah – Ibn alQayyim


1. Recitation of the Qur’an with reflection and understanding of its meaning.

2. Seeking closeness to Allah by performing voluntary deeds after obligatory ones, for that leads one to the highest levels of love.

3. Remembering Allah in every situation by one’s time, heart and deeds. One’s share of that love is to the degree of one’s share with that remembrance.

4. Preferring what He loves to what you love when your desires are strong.

5. Allowing your heart to reflect on His Names and Attributes.

6. Reflecting on His many favours and blessings both the apparent ones and hidden ones, for that leads to His love.

7. Having your heart soften as it is worshipping Allah.

love in the sand8. Being alone with Him in worship when He descends during the last third of the night. To invoke Him, to recite His speech (Quran), to stand with all sincerity (in prayer) and with good manners and good submission (humility) and to end that with repentance and seeking His forgiveness.

9. Sitting with those who are truthful in their love of Allah.

10. Staying away from all that creates barriers between the heart and Allah.

Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to mankind): “If you (really) love Allah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Qur’an chapter 3 verse 31]

May Allah enable us to be of those whom He loves and is pleased with, and those who practise what we preach, ya Salam, ya Rabb al alameen! Allahumma salli wasallim alaa nabiyinaa Muhammad!

(Jazakallah khair, courtesy of Sheikh Musleh Khan

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QUR’AN LESSON 9 &10- TAJWEED TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS!

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QUR’AN LESSONS- 9 & 10 TAJWEED TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS!


 Asalamu alaykum!

Let us renew our intentions and take a look at video 6 Tajweed rules:

And Tajweed video 7:

 

This is your Tajweed lesson for Tuesday. Subscribe to our blog (see the box on the left hand side), or drop us an email to get regular Tajweed lessons sent to you for free. Look out for a new lessons in sha Allah.

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May Allah help us all to be sincere for Him alone and to recite the Qur’an without mistakes in our recitation, as perfectly as the final prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam recited. Allahumma salli alaa Muhammad wa alaa aalihi wa sahbihi ajmaeen! Amin.

Keep us in your dua’s.

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Reminders from Ramadan Revival 2016- Special Thanks and Comments

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Reminders from Ramadan Revival 2016- Special Thanks and Comments


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Asalamu alaykum

Alhamdulillah in June 2016 we held a Ramadan Revival Event to bring the community together, to feed the fasting and to rejuvenate our faith, knowledge and obedience of our Creator, Allah.

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The event was held in Chafford Hundred, and our guests hailed from various towns, including Basildon, Grays, Romford and Leyton. Our guest speaker, graduate of Madinah university, Sheikh Muawiyah, touched on several pertinent subjects to prepare us for the last ten nights of Ramadan and beyond.

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A big jazakAllah khair to all those who participated and helped to organise it and spread the word about it and thank you to all those who cooperated. A special thanks to our families and our dear Shaykh Muawiyah, as well as our Dawah brothers, our hosts and co-ordinators and our volunteers. JazakAllah khair to our attendees for taking the time to come and benefit from the gathering where Allah was mentioned, may Allah place it on our scale of good deeds.  May Allah grant us all the best of both worlds amin

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Please accept our sincere apologies for any shortfall on the day, for any expectations we were unable to meet, and for any misunderstandings.Forgive us for the sake of Allah, since being human, as the son/daughter of Adam, we err. Yet the door for repentance is open. May Allah forgive us for He is the Oft-Forgiving, Oft-Pardoning. We hope you enjoyed the talks and the food! Keep us in your dua’s!

Alhamdulillah, we were privileged to spend the afternoon with you all, and hope in sha Allah you will join us for future events.

 

With love for the sake of Allah,

Thurrock Muslims