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Israeli schoolgirl’s story highlights growing violence by Jews

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — A shy 8-year-old schoolgirl has unwittingly found herself on the front line of Israel’s latest religious war.

Naama Margolese is a ponytailed, bespectacled second-grader who is afraid of walking to her religious Jewish girls school for fear of ultra-Orthodox extremists who have spat on her and called her a whore for dressing “immodestly.”

Her plight has drawn new attention to the simmering issue of religious coercion in Israel, and the increasing brazenness of extremists in the insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

“When I walk to school in the morning I used to get a tummy ache because I was so scared … that they were going to stand and start yelling and spitting,” the pale, blue-eyed girl said softly in an interview with The Associated Press Monday. “They were scary. They don’t want us to go to the school.”

The girls school that Naama attends in the city of Beit Shemesh, to the west of Jerusalem, is on the border between an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood and a community of modern Orthodox Jewish residents, many of them American immigrants.

The ultra-Orthodox consider the school, which moved to its present site at the beginning of the school year, an encroachment on their territory. Dozens of black-hatted men jeer and physically accost the girls almost daily, claiming their very presence is a provocation.

Beit Shemesh has long experienced friction between the ultra-Orthodox, who make up about half the city’s population, and other residents. And residents say the attacks at the girls’ school, attended by about 400 students, have been going on for months. Last week, after a local TV channel reported about the school and interviewed Naama’s family, a national uproar ensued.

The televised images of Naama sobbing as she walked to school shocked many Israelis, elicited statements of outrage from the country’s leadership, sparked a Facebook page with nearly 10,000 followers dedicated to “protecting little Naama” and a demonstration was held Tuesday evening in her honor. As the case has attracted attention, extremists have heckled and thrown eggs and rocks at journalists descending on town.

“Who’s afraid of an 8-year-old student?” said Sunday’s main headline in the leading Yediot Ahronot daily.

Beit Shemesh’s growing ultra-Orthodox population has erected street signs calling for the separation of sexes on the sidewalks, dispatched “modesty patrols” to enforce a chaste female appearance and hurled stones at offenders and outsiders. Walls of the neighborhood are plastered with signs exhorting women to dress modestly in closed-necked, long-sleeved blouses and long skirts.

Naama’s case has been especially shocking because of her young age and because she attends a religious school and dresses with long sleeves and a skirt. Extremists, however, consider even that outfit, standard in mainstream Jewish religious schools, to be immodest.

“This is a phenomenon that contradicts Jewish tradition and the spirit of the Bible,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday evening, “with one of the most central and important among them being: Love your neighbor as yourself,”

The abuse and segregation of women in Israel in ultra-Orthodox areas is nothing new, and critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye.

The ultra-Orthodox are perennial king-makers in Israeli coalition politics — two such parties serve as key members of the ruling coalition. They receive generous government subsidies, and police have traditionally been reluctant to enter their communities.

The ultra-Orthodox Jews make up 10 percent of Israel’s population. In the past, they have generally confined their strict lifestyle to their own neighborhoods. But they have become increasingly aggressive in trying to impose their ways on others, as their population has grown and spread to new areas.

“It is clear that Israeli society is faced with a challenge that I am not sure it can handle,” said Menachem Friedman, a professor emeritus of Bar Ilan University and expert on the ultra-Orthodox, “a challenge that is no less and no more than an existential challenge.”

Most of Israel’s secular majority, in cities like Tel Aviv and Haifa, is not directly affected, but in a few places like Beit Shemesh — a city of 100,000 people that include ultra-Orthodox, modern Orthodox and secular Jews — tensions have erupted into the open.

At the protest, Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni said, “It’s not just Beit Shemesh and not just gender segregation, it’s all the extremist elements that are rearing their heads and are trying to impose their world view on us.”

Last week, a young Israeli woman caused a nationwide uproar when she refused a religious man’s order to move to the back of a bus.

In Beit Shemesh, parents in Naama’s school take turns escorting their daughters into school property to protect them. The parents, too, have been cursed and spat upon.

Hadassa Margolese, Naama’s 30-year-old Chicago-born mother, an Orthodox Jew who covers her hair and wears long sleeves and a long skirt, says, “It shouldn’t matter what I look like. Someone should be allowed to walk around in sleeveless shirts and pants and not be harassed.”

City spokesman Matityahu Rosenzweig condemned the violence but said it is the work of a small minority and has been taken out of proportion. “Every society has its fringes, and the police should take action on this,” he said.

For Margolese, the recent clashes — and the price of exposing her young daughter — boil down to a fight over her very home.

“They want to push us out of Beit Shemesh. They want to take over the city,” said Margolese.

“Many people have asked me if I intend to leave,” Margolese said at the rally Tuesday evening, “and my answer is absolutely not,”

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The Best Days of this World

The Virtues of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijja:

1. Ahadith of the Prophet (s):

قال النبي –صلى الله عليه وسلم-( مامن أيام العمل الصالح فيها أحب إلى الله من هذه الأيام قالوا يا رسول الله : ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله قال ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله إلا رجل خرج بنفسه وماله فلم يرجع من ذلك بشئ) رواه البخاري

The Prophet (s) said: “There are no days in which good deeds are more beloved to Allah than during these days. The Sahaba said: Oh Rasul Allah, not even jihad in the path of Allah? He (s) said: Not even jihad in the path of Allah except for the man who goes out in the path of Allah with his life and his wealth and returns with neither of them.”

وقال ( أفضل أيام الدنيا أيام العشر) رواه البزار وصححه الالبانى.

And he (s) said: “The best days of this world are these ten.”

2. Allah swears by these 10 days in the Qur’an:

قول الله تعالى: ((وَالْفَجْرِ، وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ)) سورة الفجر (1-2)، قال ابن كثير رحمه الله: المراد بها عشر ذي الحجة

Allah says: “By the dawn, and by the 10 nights” [Qur’an, 89:1-2]. Ibn ‘Abbas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujahid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Ibn Katheer said: “This is the correct opinion.”

قال تعالى: ((وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ)) سورة الحج(28)، قال ابن عباس: أيام العشر

Allah says: “…and mention the name of Allah on appointed days…” [Qur’an, 22:28] Ibn ‘Abbas said these are the ten days.

3. These ten days are better than Ramadan:


قال المحققون من أهل العلم: أيام عشر ذي الحجة أفضل الأيام، وليالي العشر الأواخر من رمضان أفضل الليالي.

Most scholars adopt the opinion that these days are better than the last ten days of Ramadan. However, what holds the last ten days of Ramadan at a higher status is the Night of Power (Laylat ul-Qadr) which is equivalent to one thousand months (83.33 years).

تضاعف فيها الحسنات قال ابن عباس”: العمل فيهن بسبعمائة ضعف”

The rewards are multiplied in these days. Ibn ‘Abbas said: “(The reward for good) deeds are multiplied seven hundred times in these days.”

قال الاوزاعى: “بلغني أن العمل في أيام العشر كقدر غزوة في سبيل الله يصام نهارها ويحرس ليلها إلا أن يختص امرء بشهادة”

Al Awzaa’i said: I was informed that good deeds during the ten days are the equivalent (in reward) to a battle in the path of Allah, in which the day is spent in fasting and the night in safeguarding, except if one is bestowed with martyrdom.”

In Ramadan doing good deeds and struggling in worship, especially during the last ten nights, is easier than during these days for a few reasons. Firstly, the atmosphere of the month of Ramadan, whether culturally, spiritually, or traditionally, makes it easier to focus and strive. Secondly, the shayateen are chained. So, to get that drive and direction we had in Ramadan, is much harder when we have most likely fallen out of “Ramadan mode.” However, since the `ibada is more difficult, the reward is greater. So let’s keep this in mind and get ready to really work hard.

The Plan of Action for these 10 days:

1. Really feel this blessing and realize that it is an opportunity of a lifetime, because none of us know if we will witness these 10 days again.

كان خالد بن معدان يقول( إذا فتح لأحدكم باب للخير فليسرع فاءنه لا يدرى متى يغلق عنه

Khalid bin Mi’dan used to say: “If the door for good is opened for one of you, then rush (to take advantage) because you don’t know when it will close.”

2. Have high aspirations in your worship and use the examples of the ijtihad of the saliheen as motivation.

3. Take advantage of the opportunities to get the reward of hajj while being elsewhere.

قال-صلى الله عليه وسلم-( من صلى الفجر في جماعة ثم قعد يذكر الله حتى تطلع الشمس ثم صلى ركعتين كانت له كأجر حجة وعمرة تامة تامة تامة

The Prophet (s) said: “Whoever prays fajr in congregation and then sits in remembrance of Allah until the sun rises, then prays two rak’aat, he has the full reward of hajj and `umrah.”

4. Perfecting the fara`idh (obligatory actions):

Often times we become busy trying to do extra deeds, but neglect the fact that perhaps maybe what is obligatory upon us is not at the level it should be. There is no way for a person to become close to Allah other than through the obligatory actions, as is apparent in the famous hadith qudsi in which Allah says: “My servant does not become closer to me by anything more beloved to me than what I have obligated upon him.”

Reasonable Goals:

1. Khatm of Qur’an: equivalent to more than half a million hasanaat during these days. Let’s try to complete the recitation of the Qur’an during these days, ending by ‘Asr time on the day of ‘Arafah and spending from ‘Asr to Magrhib in du’aa.

2. Qiyam al-Layl:

Rasulallah (s) said: “Whoever stands in prayer, reciting 1,000 verses is written among the muqantareen.” A qintar is equal to 70,000 dinar. The recitation of the last two ajzaa` of the Qur’an is equivalent to 1,000 verses.

3. Extra Salah during the day: The Prophet (s) said: “There is not a Muslim who prays twelve raka’at per day, other than the obligatory prayers, except that a palace is built for him in paradise.”

4. Dhikr: The best form of worship to do in these ten days as apparent in the hadith:

Ibn `Umar said that the Messenger of Allah (s) said, “There is no day more honorable in Allah ’s sight and no acts more beloved therein to Allah than those in these ten days. So say tahlil (There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah: La ilaha illAllah), takbir (Allah is the greatest: Allahu akbar) and tahmid (All praise is due to Allah: alhumdulillah) a lot.” [Ahmad, 7/224]

The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The best du`a’ is du`a’ on the day of `Arafah, and the best thing that I or the Prophets before me have said is ‘There is no god but Allah, alone, without any partner’ (La ilaha illa’llah, wahdahu la sharika lah)” [Muwatta, Malik].

7. Reviving the Sunnah of Takbir:

Ibn `Umar and Abu Hurairah (ra) used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, reciting takbeer, and the people would recite takbeer when they heard them.

8. Fasting:

The reward of fasting is great, so imagine how much that reward would be multiplied in these days. If one can’t fast all of the 9 days, then at least on the day of `Arafah as it is the greatest day.

Abu Qatadah reported that the Messenger of Allah (s) said, “Fasting on the day of ‘Arafah is an expiation for two years, the year preceding it and the year following it. Fasting the day of `Ashura is an expiation for the year preceding it.” [This is related by “the group,” except for al-Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi]

The Prophet (s) said “There is no day that Allah will free people more than the day of `Arafah.”

`Ali (ra) used to advise people to say “Oh Allah free my neck from the fire” on the day of `Arafah.

9. Du`a’:

Especially on the day of `Arafah, but also at anytime. Keep in mind the times where du’aa is more likely to be accepted and ask during those times.

* The last third of the night
* Between the adhaan and iqaamah
* During the rain
* In sujood
* Friday
* While fasting

10. Sadaqa (charity):

Give sadaqa during these days, since the reward is multiplied tremendously.

11. Tawba (asking for forgiveness):

Continually renew repentance.

12. Establish ikhlas in `ibada.

13. Check and renew intentions at all times

The Day of `Eid

On the greatest day, remained focused as it is still part of the first 10 days which are the best days of the year! Try not to get too caught up in celebrating that you stop doing the worship that you were doing the first 9 days.

The day of ‘Eid: a day for visiting family and performing the sacrifice for one who is able.

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The Prophet Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam has said, “Whoever is the first to give another person the news about the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the fire of hell is Haraam for them”. Is this Hadeeth authentic? If it is not, could you explain the warning for those who circulate fabricated Ahadeeth?

We have not come across a Hadeeth in which it is mentioned that the fire of Hell is Haraam upon the first person who gives the news about Rabi’ul Awwal.

If this Hadeeth is fabricated and was not mentioned by Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, the person who fabricated the Hadith as well as all those who convey the Hadeeth are deserving of the severe warning of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “To fabricate my words is not like fabricating any other person’s words. The person who fabricates my words should prepare an abode for himself in the fire of hell.” (Sahih al Bukhari, Hadith #: 1291).

Unfortunately, due to wide spread ignorance, e-mails containing false information and fabricated Ahadeeth are widely circulated. The creators of such e-mails as well as those who forward them to others should take heed of the severe warning of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. It is therefore imperative that one exercises caution when one receives e-mails of such a nature wherein there is no authentic reference mentioned. Such e-mails or pieces of information should be referred to reliable and learned scholars for verification.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best.

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In The name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most gracious

TERRORISM

The word terrorism was first time used in 1970s during the french revolution!! It was used to describe the french regime!!

Starting with the 19th century!!

hardly any terrorist attacks have been done by Muslims!!

I would just mention some attacks!!

Year:1881

Tsar Alexander2 was assassinate in a bullet proof carriage.

location: st peter’s berg street

innocent people killed: 21

involvement: Ignacy (non muslim)

Year:1886

Bomb blast took place during the labout rally.

location:Haymarket chicago

innocent people killed: 12

involvement: 8 anarchist(not Muslims)

20th century..

Year:1901 (6 sept)

US president William McKinley was assassinated.

involvement: Leon (anarchist not Muslim)

year:1910 (1st October)

Bomb blast in Los angles newspaper building.

Location: Los angles

innocent people killed:21

Involvement:James and Joseph (Christians)

year:1914 (28th june)

Archduke of Austria and wife were assassinated which precipitated the world war 1.

Involvement:young Bosnia(terrorist group),who were serbs(non Muslims).

year:1925 (16th April)

Bomb blast in st.Nedelya church

Location: Sofia (capital of Bulgaria)

innocent people killed: more than 150 (more than 500 injured)

Involvement: Bulgarian communist party (non Muslims)

year:1934 (9th October)

King Alexander1 of yugoslavia was assasinated.

Involvement:Vlada Georgeiff (non muslim)

Year:1961

The first American plane hijacked.

Involvement:Ortiz (non Muslim)

year:1968 (28th august)

The US ambassador to Guatemala was assassinated.

Involvment: non Muslims.

year:1969 (30th july)

The US ambassador to Japan was assassinated.

involvement: non Muslim Japanese.

year:1969 (3rd september)

The US ambassador to Brazil was kidnapped.

Involvement: Non Muslim Brazilian.

year:1995 (19th April)

Federal building was bombed.

Location:Oklahoma city

innocent people killed: 166

Involvement:Initially the media showed in the news “Middle east conspiracy”and created a hype later we came to know it were 2 right winged activists Timothy and terry(Christians) who were responsible but the media just showed it for a couple of days!

year:1941-1948 (after world war)

259 terrorist attacks were conducted by Jewish terrorists.

involvement:  Ignun, stern gang, Hegana (terrorist organizations)

eg:

year:1946 (22nd july)

Bombing of king david hotel

involvement:Ignun (leader menachem Begin)

innocent people killed: 91(28british 41 arabs 17jews 5 others)

The person responsible “menacham begin later on became the president of isriel aftr som more years.he gets a nobel prize for peace lolzz!!

Before 1945 Israel did not exist these Jewish groups kicked the Palestinians and formed Israel and now when Palestinians r fighting for there land they say Palestinians are terrorists !!

year:1968-1992

Baader meinhoff gang killed hundreds of innocent ppl.

location: Germany

killing of hundreds of people.

kidnapping of the prime minister of Italy and killing him.

Location:Italy

involvement:Red brigades (non Muslims)

year:1995 (20th march)

tried to kill thousands by the nerve gas in Tokyo subway.

Location: Tokyo (japan)

innocent people killed:12 (more than 5000 injured)

involvement: Aum shinrikyo ( Budhdhist)

The IRA Irish republican army is conducting attacks in UK for 100 yrs they are Catholics but they are not called catholic terrorists but only IRA.

Year:1972

3bomb blasts were done.

innocent people killed: 1st attacks-7,2nd-11 . 3rd-9.

Location:UK

Involvement:IRA

Year:1974

2bomb blasts were done.

Location:Guild for club,Birmingham club.

Innocent prople killed:5 killed (more than 40 injured), 21 killed (182 injured).

Involvement:IRA

year:1996

a bomb blast wa done!

Location:London

Innocent people killed:2 (more than 100 injured)

Involvement:IRA

year:1996

bomb blast in shopping center.

Location:Manchester

innocent people injured: 206

Year: 1998 (august)

Banbridge bomb blast

People injured:35

Year: 1998 (august)

Omag bomb blast

Innocent people killed:29 killed (more than 330 injured)

In Spain and France Terrorist organization is ETA conducted more than 36 attack!

In Africa there are many terrorist groups but the most dangerous is the “Lord’s salvation army” (a christian group) they train young children to do terrorist attacks.

In sri lanka we have LTTE (tamil tigers, hindus) supposed to be the most notorious most violent.but no one calls them Hindu Terrorists.

In India we mostly hear of  Kashmir militants, people only know the Muslim terrorist, no one knos the other groups, Why?? because of the media!!

In India there are almost terrorist organizations of every religion!!

Sikh organisation-brindan vala group.

Indra gandhi was assasinated by a sikh…Rajiv gandhi was assasinated by hindus!!

If you go on “south asian terrorism portal” largest website on terrorism(run by non muslims) you will find muslim Terrorist attacks in minority.But that is nevr highlited in the media.

North east India:

ATTF(all tripura tiger force) christian group.

NLFT(national libration front o tripura)christian

they have killed hundreds of hindus

Year:2004 (2nd october)

innocent people killed:44 Hindus

Involvement:christian groups

In Assam

Ulfa(Hindu group):From 1990 to 2006 have conducted 749 terrorist attacks.(trained to target Muslims) But in the news paper we just come to know about the Kashmiri militants..

The Moists (biggest terrorist in India)

In nepal:Moists have conducted 99 terrorist attacks in seven years(1999-2006), they are present in 150 districts o India and have conducted attacks in 1/3 parts o India.

Times of India report: 875 rockets and 30 rocket launchers which were supposed to be supplied to the moists were intercepted by the police.

Martin Luther King was assianated By NON muslim..

“Hitler” Who was a christian killed 6 million jews.

“Joseph stalin also called Uncle joe” who is a christian has killed 20million people including 14 million who were starved to death.

“Mao Tse Tsung” in china has killed more than 15 million people.

The brutality on millions of black pplz and making them slaves, treating them more worse than animals,, was done by NON muslims..

“Benito Mussolini” has killied around 400,000 people in italy.

“Maximilien Robespierre” after whom the french revolution is named has starved and killed more than 200,000 people and executed more than 40,000.

“Ashoka” in the battle of kalinga alone killed more than 100,000 people.

“George Bush” the Biggest terrorist has killed Half a million children in Iraq and millions of more in Iraq Afghanistan etc.

These are just a FEWWWW examples…!!

IF terrorism mean terrorising innocent human beings then no muslim shud be a terrorist because it is prohibited in islam.

Quran, ch5 v32 :If any human being kills another human being(muslim OR non muslim both) unless it be for murder or for creating corruptionm in the land it is as though he has killed the whole of humanity.

and If you save a single life it is as though you have saved the whole humankind.

And

act righteously with parents, and also with your relatives and the orphans and the needy and the neighbors who are related to you and [also] the neighbors who are not related to you, and the companions by your side and the travelers…” (Al-Nisa’ 4: 36)

It must be noted that the Qur’an has directed us to act righteously with all those that have been mentioned in the verse without any qualification of their religion or beliefs.

see,,

Islam is against HATE AND terrorism.!!

Jihad (Fighting for the Cause of GOD Almighty) started with the Bible..

“All who would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, were to be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman. (From the NIV Bible, 2 Chronicles 15:13)”

– *IM*

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In The name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most gracious

What Quran says about Quran?

Who Sent Quran?

And this Quran is not such as could be forged by those besides Allah, but it is a verification of that which is before it and a clear explanation of the book, there is no doubt in it, from the Lord of the worlds.”

[10. Surah Yunis: Ayah 37]

“Do they not then meditate on the Quran? And if it were from any other than Allah, they would have found in it many a discrepancy.”

[4. Surah Nisaa: Ayah 82]

On Whom Quran is Descended?

“Surely We Ourselves have revealed the Quran to you revealing (it) in portions.”

[76. Surah Dahr : Ayah 23]

“And thus have We revealed to you an Arabic Quran, that you may warn the mother city and those around it, and that you may give warning of the day of gathering together wherein is no doubt; a party shall be in the garden and (another) party in the burning fire.”

[42. Surah Ash-Shura : Ayah 7]

“Say: What thing is the weightiest in testimony? Say: Allah is witness between you and me; and this Quran has been revealed to me that with it I may warn you and whomsoever it reaches. Do you really bear witness that there are other gods with Allah? Say: I do not bear witness. Say: He is only one God, and surely I am clear of that which you set up (with Him).”

[6. Surah Al-An’am : Ayah 19]

For Whom Quran is Descended?

“A Book of which the verses are made plain, an Arabic Quran for a people who know.”

[41. Surah Fussilat : Ayah 3]

“Therefore remind him by means of the Quran who fears My threat.”

[50. Surah Qaaf : Ayah 45]

When Quran is Descended?

“The month of Ramazan is that in which the Quran was revealed, a guidance to men and clear proofs of the guidance and the distinction; therefore whoever of you is present in the month, he shall fast therein, and whoever is sick or upon a journey, then (he shall fast) a (like) number of other days.”

[2. Surah Al-Baqarah : Ayah 185]

Why Quran is Descended?

“We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an, in order that ye may learn wisdom.”

[12. Surah Yusuf : Ayah 2]

“We have not revealed the Quran to you that you may be unsuccessful. Nay, it is a reminder to him who fears.”

[20. Surah Ta-ha : Ayah 2-3]

“And it is a Quran which We have revealed in portions so that you may read it to the people by slow degrees, and We have revealed it, revealing in portions.”

“Surely this Quran guides to that which is most upright and gives good news to the believers who do good that they shall have a great reward.”

[17. Surah Bani Israel : Ayah 106,9]

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In The name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most gracious

Where there is du’a, there is hope

Tuesday the 4th of February was a day, which changed my life, my thinking and my spirit irreversibly and forever. It will always be my pot of shining gold at the end of the rainbow, my hope in times of despair, my silver lining in every dark cloud…

Ya rabI often relate my magical little story to people, and more often than not, I can hear the disbelief in their voices, and see the doubtful expressions on their faces. But I cannot blame them for this, for, had someone told me the same story a few years ago, I, too would have probably thought it was fabricated, or at the very least, exaggerated.

You see, I had always thought that each individual has his/her own preferences in terms of the form of ibaadah he/she gravitates towards. Some people prefer standing in supererogatory prayers for long hours, others prefer reciting Qur’an, some enjoy dhikr others prefer du’a…

And I had resigned myself to the fact that du’a just didn’t seem to be something which I could put my heart into. Perhaps it was lack of faith on my part, or perhaps it was sheer laziness. Or perhaps I didn’t know how to ask, or when to ask. For whatever reason, du’a was always something ritualistic in my day-to-day life – a few lines of memorized Arabic words at the end of fardh salah, no tears, no smiles, no emotions, and that was it. In fact more often than not, I would leave it out.

Until Ramadan, two years ago. I was going through an extremely tough time – sadly most of us are when we decide to ask Allah – when I received an e-mail from a mailing list I subscribe to. The brother who had sent the mail reminded readers of the assured acceptance of du’a made on the Night of Qadr (Laylatul-Qadr). He said that since this night, in all probability, occurred on one of the last ten days of the month, and since nobody knew exactly which night it was, everyone should make a list of the things which they really wanted, and on each of the last ten nights, they should fervently and passionately cry out to Allah, asking Him to give them those things. This way, the brother said, everyone would have made du’a on each and every one of the last ten nights, and hence they would be sure that they ‘caught’ the Night of Qadr, and if Allah willed, their du’a would be assure of acceptance.

I took great inspiration from this mail, more so, because the brother spoke of how he had done this during a previous Ramadan, and how his du’a had been accepted. And so my journey of discovery of began… I would accompany my brother to the mosque for Tarawih salah every night, and we would always arrive a little early.

I would throw my head on the ground and cry my heart out, asking Allah, like I’d never asked Him before: I asked for all the things which were missing in my life, I asked Him to remove my grief, to Bless me with what I always wanted. I finally put all the theories I had heard and read about du’a in lectures, articles and books, into practice: I acknowledged that I was weak, and my virtues, if existent at all, were few, I mentioned a few of my good deeds to Him, and asked if He would reward me for them, small though they were. I told Allah that I loved Him – and wondered why I had never bothered to tell Him this before. I told Him that I believed He could do anything – and wondered why I had never believed this before.

That Ramadan, in those few nights, I spoke to Allah, and ask of Him, as if He was my friend, as if I truly believed He could help me, as if I was there, listening. And quite honestly, I don’t think I had done that before. And He responded. I got what I had wanted; I got what I had asked for.

It didn’t come all at once, but it came. It didn’t come with great ease; there were many difficulties on the way, but I knew, that if I had asked Allah, then I had to have faith in Him, and if I had faith in Him, then I had to have faith in His Words: “Verily with difficult comes ease.” [Surah Al-inshirah]

I shared this little story with a few of my friends, because I felt it was blessing which other people could benefit from, and I found that I wasn’t alone.

There were people out there who had realized the sheer power of du’a long before I had, and they inspired me further. These people made du’a for everything they wanted, no matter how big or small it seemed. There was a sister who was certain she would fail an exam, she hadn’t studied for it all – the night before her paper, she realized that there was one thing she could do for herself: make du’a! And so she did. And she passed that paper.
Then there was another who would even make du’a to lose weight, and she said it worked. I might have laughed at her five years previously. But who was I to laugh now? A person can make du’a for he/she wants, as long as it is not haram, for e.g. asking for a premarital affair to work out, or impossible, for e.g. to be turned into an animal. And why won’t the One who says, in Surah Al-Baqarah: !When My servants ask you concerning me, I am indeed close to them: I listened to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls unto me…! Accept it? And nothing convinced me of this like February 4th 2003 did…

My brother and I had been for Hajj in the year 2000. We desperately wanted to return, but finances never allowed it. Then shortly before Ramadan 2002, I heard of an all – expenses paid Hajj, which the Saudi Royal Family offered to journalists, wanting to gain insight into the background happenings of Hajj. I called the Saudi ambassador to South Africa, Dr Saud Zedan, who told me that there weren’t any places available for this Hajj, but that I should apply to go as a guest of the Ministry. He told me that I should fax our details to a sister called ‘Amal’ and I did so the next day.

That Ramadan, I was faced with another test. Alhamdulillah, the previous Ramadan, I had learnt that du’a was the answer to finding my ways passing such test. So I made my list, and high up, of course, was that Allah would take me and my brother for a second Hajj. I called a close friend of mine’s, and asked her to make the same du’a.

I kept calling the embassy to ask if my application had been successful, and I was always faced with the same answer: “We don’t know yet.” January came – we would know towards the end of the month, Amal told me. The list of applicants had been faxed to Saudi Arabia, and the selection would be made there, and the names would then faxed to her. She asked me to call back on a Monday. Even today, thinking back, I can almost feel my sinking heart when I heard her words. “Dr Zenden says to tell you he is very sorry, and that in sha Allah, next year, you and your brother will be his personal guests.” I called Dr Zenden for his efforts, and he had already heard the news. “It’s Allah’s decision,” he said.

I was heart broken. I thought to myself, “if I truly believed in Allah and His Power, then I will practice on that belief.” So I made Wudu, and thanked Allah for His Decision, and I told Him that I understood that He knew of some good, in this outcome, which, I as a human being was unaware of. But I couldn’t help asking Him too, if He could somehow reverse the Decision. I told my close friend the bad news, and all she said was, “I am still making du’a.”

A week passed, and I heard the last flight of Hujjaj had left South Africa that weekend. I spent all weekend reminiscing and feeling sorry for myself, because I wasn’t on that flight. I felt that asking for Hajj now, was like asking for something impossible, so I didn’t include it in my du’a anymore.

Monday the 3rd of February was a devastating day. Something terrible – too personal to talk about – happened, and I felt this time, I couldn’t go no. At 3am on Tuesday I was speaking to a friend, and last words of advice I heard were, “Fatima, make wudu and pray.” So I prayed. After a restless sleep, the memory of what had happened the previous night woke me up at 8am. I made wudhu again and I sat down, raised my hands and asked Allah to help me. Barely five minutes had passed and my cell phone rang. The Pretoria dialing code flashed on my screen. “Fatima?” it was Amal’s voice. “You are going for Hajj on Friday. I need your passports.”

Until today I am not sure of the hows and whys – Dr Zenden was surprised when I told him that I had been accepted; he asked me if I was sure, and he said didn’t know how my name had found its way back onto the list. “Its Allah’s Will.” He reminded me.

I later heard that my brother and I had probably been replacement for a couple who had decided not to go at the last minute, but in my heart, I know that this was probably Allah’s way of answering my du’a.

My friend and I have spent long hours on the phone speaking about the power of du’a. It’s like a treasure, which I have started to, and continue to, discover. And I want to share it with the world.

Talk to Allah, in times, of need and in times of happiness. Ask Him and thank Him. Ask from your heart. And if you do not get what you wanted, know that He is giving you something better, if not in this world, then in the Akhirah. Where there is du’a there is hope. Believe this.

Fatima Asmal

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