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Live, Learn & Inspire
Editorial It is time for a change! The Dawah Project charity was established in 2007 and now we are in 2013 with a new approach.
The Dawah Project Who are we?
Reflection The Mother of Islam: Balancing Family Life, Work and Faith.
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It is time for a change In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Compassionate. Editorial Human beings are always changing and by the Permission of Allah, The Almighty, changing for the better. The Dawah Project too is going through changes. Alhamdulillah, so many of our wonderful subscribers send us feedback commenting on the work we produce and give thought provoking advice on how we can improve it. The Dawah Project charity was established in 2007 and now we are in 2013 with a new approach. We want to interact with our subscribers a great deal more. The newsletter has been transformed into a short magazine; fun, informative and certainly interactive. Ilma Magazine inspired by the word “Ilm”, which means ‘knowledge’ provides reflective writings on the various aspects of life for Muslims and non-Muslims. Not only that, we have revamped The Dawah Project website!
Website Designer, Ruhel Amin from Imagine8 Media has been working on the website for the last 6 months and All Praise be to Allah, it is now live with a fresh new look. Go to
www.thedawahproject.com These continuous small changes result into achievements and with Allah’s Permission and Grace it is happening due to a hard working team at The Dawah Project and Islam Channel and you, the reader will see more positive changes to come insha’Allah. Email us your thoughts on the Ilma Magazine: ‘Live, Learn & Inspire’ and the renewed website at firstname.lastname@example.org Jazakum Allahu Khair The Dawah Project Team
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Since the launch of this ambitious project in April 2012 we have raised ÂŁ116,000. Since 2007, The Dawah Project has been funding the Religious Programming on Islam Channel, which includes some of your favourite programmes such as The Final Legacy, IslamiQA, Live Hajj Coverage, Footsteps of Ibrahim series and many more. Islam Channel being broadcasted in English aims for its varied programming to appeal to both Muslims and
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non-Muslims. Ultimately, conveying Islam to curious non-Muslims and to further educate Muslims. Many viewers have said that Islam Channel has reinvigorated their faith and drawn them much closer to Allah, The Most High. Whether it is Islamic History or the Islamic perspective on a moral issue the channel is covering it. Islam Channel is available in over 135 countries and is also available globally online at their website
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Reflection The Mother of Islam: Balancing Family Life, Work and Faith “She believed in me when none else did, she embraced Islam when people disbelieved me; and she helped and comforted me when there was none to lend me a helping hand.” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Sahih Al-Bukhari.
This was the woman whom Allah (The Bestower of Honour) selected to accompany the Prophet (peace be upon him) in his struggle to carry on the message of “Tawheed” (doctrine of Oneness of God) at its most vulnerable stages.
In this June Issue reflecting on the theme of women in early Islamic History; we pay tribute to Khadijah bin Khuwaylid (may Allah be pleased with her). She was the first wife of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and his closest confidant, supporter and the first person to embrace Islam. She is regarded as one of the most inspiring women of 7th century Arabia by Muslims and non Muslims. Khadijah bin Khuwaylid (may Allah be please with her) is the epitome of a Muslim woman balancing family life, work and faith.
Khadijah, whose name means “the pure woman”, married Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) whose name is defined by his character “the honest and trustworthy” one. Indeed a match made in heaven! Khadijah was moved by the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) beautiful manners ans characteristics. The character report done by Khadijah’s servant Maysarah from a business trip to Syria, he noticed a “cloud in the sky” that was following the Prophet (peace be upon him) “wherever he went and stops when he stops” (Bhukari). Khadijah was intrigued as she had prior knowledge before about a Prophet who was Khadijah, whose name means “the pure woman”, married expected to arise Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) whose name is at that time in Makkah. She learned defined by his character “the honest and trustworthy” one. that from her cousin Waraqa, who was Khadijah was a successful business woman a prominent Christian scholar. Khadijah became amongst the Quraysh tribe and having been marpreoccupied by the issue of our beloved Prophet ried twice with children this did not stop her from Muhammad (peace be upon him); she observed expanding her business empire that she inherited his personality and beliefs, and came to the confrom her father. The most respected lady in the viction that this is the man she wanted to marry. pre-Islamic Makkan society known for her beauty, It is remarkable to know that she did not distress decency and wisdom was not looking again for her over the fact that the Prophet (peace be upon him) “naseeb” (one’s share in life). Our beloved Prophcame from a lower socio-economic background in et Muhammad (peace be upon him) came from a comparison to her luxurious life. She had faith in poor background; a shepherd and a trader workthis marriage believing that it would complete each ing for Khadijah. Little did they know that they were other. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was 25 destined to be together and share a journey filled years old at that time and Khadijah (may Allah be with love, respect and Islam. Khadijah had a sharp pleased with her) was 40 years old; not to mention intuition enabling her to see through people and the age gap is still a current taboo! It is only with events. More significantly it was unusual to know Khadijah, the Prophet (peace be upon him) had that she never worshiped idols during the time of children being blessed with four daughters Zayignorance. nab, Ruqayya, Umm Kulthum and Fatima (may
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Tips for a Blissful Marriage
1. Enter the Marriage with the Right Intention and Renew this Often 2. Remember that Your Spouse is also Your Brother or Sister in Islam 3. Do Not Hold Unrealistic Expectations
Allah be pleased with all of them). The peaceful union lasted for 25 years. Their marriage grew stronger due to an incident that changed their lives forever. When it was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in Mount Jabal al-Nour that he is a Messenger sent from Allah, The Most Great. He was stunned by what he was hearing from Angel Jibril. He described the experience being painful and coming close to death. This terrifying experience made him confide to Khadijah, “Cover me! Cover me!” (Bhukari). The Prophet (peace be upon him) feared he was going mad or being possessed. Khadijah put all his fears to rest: “Do not worry,” she said, “for by Him who has dominion over Khadijah’s soul, I hope that you are the Prophet of this nation. Allah would never humiliate you, for you are good to your relatives, you are true to your word, you help those who are in need, you support the weak, you feed the guest and you answer the call of those who are in distress.” (Great Women of Islam by Mahmood Ahmad Ghadanfar). Those words of Khadijah were a source of great comfort to him as she sincerely admired and loved his character and believed that Allah, The Watchful One, also agreed with her judgment. She accepted his message of the first revelation and embraced Islam. After his Prophethood began, and the opposition of his people became oppressive, Khadijah was always there to support her husband sacrificing all of her wealth for the cause of Islam. When they were banished to the hills outside of Makkah, she went there with him, and the three years of hardship and deprivation eventually led to her death. Khadijah died in the year of 619 CE, entitled as the ‘Year of Sorrow’ by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is after Khadijah’s death that Allah,
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4. Emphasize the Best in Your Spouse
5. Be Your Partners Best Friend 6. Spend Quality Time Together
7. Express Feelings Often 8. Admit to Mistakes and ask for Forgiveness
9. Never Bring up Mistakes of the Past
10. Surprise Each Other at Times 11. Make Each Other Laugh
The Merciful, introduced the 5 daily prayers for Muslims to perform in order to seek peace, protection and guidance from their Lord. We reflect upon this aspect of history and it can be said that their love story is exemplary, real and the greatest. Khadijah was a source of immense love, strength, and comfort for the Prophet (peace be upon him) that even after her death he would send food and support to Khadijah’s friends and relatives out of love for her. May Allah (The Guardian) bless and protect every marriage union in this life and the Hereafter, Ameen.
Reminder “A man dreams of a perfect wife whilst a woman dreams of a perfect husband yet they don’t realise that they’ve been created to complete one another.” Mufti Ismail Menk
“Our Lord! Grant that our spouses and our offspring be a comfort to our eyes, and give us the grace to lead those who are conscious of You.” (25:74) Wa ‘allaziina yaquluun rabbnaa hab lanaa min azwaajnaa wa zurreyaatnaa qurrah a yun wa ijalnaa li al muttaqiin ‘imaam(an)
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Published on Sep 11, 2013
The very first Ilma Issue, looks into the life of a powerful woman Khadijah (ra). The woman who showed us how to balance faith, family life...