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Contents June 2010 Editor's Letter………………………………………………Page 4 Islamic words explained for the Non-Muslim………………Page 6 Beauty and How We See It………………………………..Page 8 Trapped…………………………………………………..Page 11 Exclusive Interview with Sister Shayistha…………………Page 20 Garden of Knowledge…………………………………...Page 24 Hakim and Leila - Remember Allah………………………Page 25 The Prophet, The Teacher………………………………...Page 27 For Our French Readers………………………………….Page 29 Turn Off…………………………………………………..Page 33 The Islamic Perspective on DNR…………………………..Page 36 Interview with Author N.H. Senzai………………………..Page 39 The Great Women of Islam………………………………Page 44

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Khadijah (RA) by Zehra…………………………………..Page 45 Khadija Bint Khuwaylid (RA) by Aminah………………….Page 46 Khadija (RA) By Omar…………………………………Page 48 The Faith of a Muslim…………………………………….Page 50 10 Tips for Getting an Internship………………………...Page 54 Southern Recipes…………………………………………Page 58 Qur'an Challenge………………………………………...Page 67

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From the Bism Allah Al-Rahman Al-Raheem. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatu. May the peace & mercy of Allah Subhana Wa Ta‘ala be on you. Dear MBM Readers, The theme of this issue is the beauty of Islam. Since there is no doubt that this topic is never ending, this editor‘s letter will focus on what I think is a very important aspect when discussing the beauty of Islam: the relationship between Allah SWT and His worshipper. Take a moment and think about your relationship with your Creator. Is it not beautiful? While we all have a different relationship with Allah SWT, there is no doubt that it is the most sacred relationship for all of us. After all, no one knows us better. Just like any other relationship, it needs maintenance . We can maintain and strengthen our relationship with Allah SWT includes prayer, thikr (remembrance of Allah) and constant dua. These elements are absolutely crucial to maintaining this beautiful relationship. A very beautiful part of this relationship is the concept of Tauba (repentance). It is amazing how merciful Allah SWT is. It is a huge misconception that Islam is a religion of fear. While fear is definitely an element of our Iman (faith), it is not everything. We must have a huge immense sense of love for Allah SWT. We must put our whole trust in Him. Going back to the idea of Tauba, it is very important to realize the mercy of Allah SWT. No matter what we have done, as long as we come to the point of realization that He is the ONLY One worth worshipping, we have an opportunity to be forgiven for anything we have done. However, we must remember that the forgiveness only comes by means of a sincere heart. Photograph: Vladimir Mucibabic | Dreamstime.com

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Allah SWT tells us in the Qur‘an that His door of mercy will be open until the Day of Judgment. Every bit of mercy we receive in this Dunya (this life) is from Allah SWT. Even when we receive mercy from other people, that mercy is coming from Allah SWT. It can not get any more beautiful than this. A person who makes sincere Tauba (repentance) after a sin is better than the person before making the sin. This is why it is very important to strengthen our relationship with Allah SWT, even when we commit sins. Because Allah SWT knows we will commit them. He created us this way. Allah SWT tells us that if we were not capable of committing sins, he would create a new group of people who would sin and then seek his repentance. Even though we are created with fault, we must still strive to improve and work our way up. Often, when we commit a sin, it is very common for us to feel unworthy of getting close to Allah SWT. This is a huge psychological trap from the Shaytain! It is during these times where we must hold on tightly to the beautiful relationship with Allah SWT. Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu, Sister Yasmin

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The quote ―Beauty is in the eye of the beholder‖ while simple in its description, usually lends to deeper thought. There are common attributes one may use to express their version of what is beautiful to them. Just as every human being is unique, so is There isn‘t a corner of this world, no their definition. For me, beauty is much matter how heavily populated or more than the physical qualities… desolate, which does not unveil the vast wonders of Allah (swt) for all to behold. Today‘s cutting edge technology allows us to remain connected to one another, I have always lived in cosmopolitan despite our global boundaries. cities. For me, the artistic and cultural displays were all around me. My appreciation and love for nature was as equally important as the latest exhibit openings. I used to enjoy spending quiet weekends at the cabin. The only sounds were the birds and the occasional deer walking through the woods. For me this Have you ever wondered why most vawas the closest experience to paradise on cations are spent…doing absolutely earth! nothing? Alhamdulillah the mere thought 8


of serene crystal ocean waters releases a sense of tranquility to our minds and soul. We recharge our bodies, promising to keep this send of calm always…and return to living our lives insha‘Allah.

Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (AS) has said:

Even if we owned all the riches of this life, we would never be completely satisfied. Something inside us would seek to have more. It often may feel as if we are going in circles.

The void remains empty, because it is not our reason for existence. Our purpose in this world is entirely to serve our Creator.

Our obedience as Muslims is the ground work for our true reward. A reward that is far greater than the human mind can comprehend. When I think of Islam, the things which are most dear are the daily commitments to our Creator. Seeing a father talking his children to the Masjid for Jummah, or watching a daughter imitate her mom as she puts on her hijab…these actions are what makes Islam so beautiful.

There is no value that can be placed upon the blessings we receive everyday. Starring up at the night sky blanketed with stars. The serenity of the mornings that insha‘Allah we spend in prayer to Nonetheless the beauty of Islam will Allah. Water…when used for wudu, only be experienced by the believers! It washes away our sins with each single embraces far more than outward appeardrop Subhan Allah! ances. Sincere and everlasting beauty is nourished from inside the heart. As much as I would love to fully express all that is beautiful in Islam, I could never do it justice. While my mind tries to imagine the most perfect scenario…it falls short.

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The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: ―When those deserving of Paradise would enter Paradise, the Blessed and the Exalted would ask: Do you wish Me to give you anything more? They would say: Hast Thou not brightened our faces? Hast Thou not made us enter Paradise and saved us from Fire? He (the narrator) said: He (Allah) would lift the veil, and of things given to them nothing would be dearer to them than the sight of their Lord, the

Mighty and the Glorious. He then recited the verse: ―For those who do good is the best reward and even more.‖ [Sahih Muslim] I said at the beginning of this article, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is limited only to the human sight and imagination. May we all witness the magnificence and splendor of Jannah AlFirdaus, where the beauty of Islam lives and exists throughout eternity!

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By Mariam Al-Kalby The Qu’ran must have slipped off the bed Daoud’s lap when he went to sleep because it was spread open onto the floor before him, like arms outstretched for forgiveness as the white curtains beat against the windowpanes in reprimand. Because the pages flapped violently from the wind, Daoud woke up from the rustling. Throwing the faded bedspread aside, he stretched his lean legs out in front of him and quickly picked the Qur’an off the floor and put it on the bedside table. He heard some mumbles in the room beside him. Another dream, he thought, and brought himself to his feet and headed toward the little bathroom his mother tried so hard to fix to make it more cozy two years before she slipped in the bathtub and broke her hip. As he was squeezing the toothpaste onto his toothbrush, he heard his mother cough and clear her throat. Pause. Then he heard her cough some more and said: “Daoud? Can you give me some water? I’m awfully thirsty.” “Yes, Mama. I’ll be right there.” He placed the toothbrush onto the sink and quickly walked into the kitchen. The walls were painted yellow over twenty years before and the dried paint curled into fingers. He poured a glass of water and drank it, then rinsed it. Then he poured an-

other glass for his mother. “Daoud? Are you coming?” His mother’s voice permeated the air with her impatience. “Yes.” Daoud sighed and walked to the bedroom. Propped up on monstrous pillows, his mother forced a smile when she saw him holding a glass of water out to her. Her hip was stabbing her again, like steak knives jammed up her side poking and shredding the meat up. “What took you so long? You know I would do it myself if it wasn’t for my hip.” She placed the glass on her lips and tipped her head back like she was taking a swig of some terrible cough medicine. Daoud watched her as she drained the glass and thought how tired she must be resting in that bed of hers. He took te glass from her and gingerly kissed her wrinkled forehead. Her forehead showed the life she had lived. Married for forty-five years, lost her husband to colon cancer, and now her body was crumbling away while her worries and complaints cemented into concrete. “You need to get married. You’re good looking and smart. Women love men like that.” Daoud’s mother leaned her hunched back against the rose printed pillows and folded her small hands on her lap. She was Photograph: Paul Benit | Dreamstime.com

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getting ready to roll out another session of Daoud-is-so-great-he-needs-toleave-mother-and-enjoy-life. “Mama, I will get married. But right now I need to make sure you’re doing fine.” Daoud stroked his mother’s white hair that curled over her right eye and continued, “I thought you wanted to find the right girl for me? You’re very good with first impressions.” “You’re right about that. I can smell a bad girl from here to Quik Mart across the street. You can never be too sure until I see her,” she tapped a short finger on her temple, “I would know if she wants to take care of my habeebee or not.” Her voice changed as she remembered something. “That Adab, she came yesterday while you were gone.” She picked at the fuzzy lint on the bedspread. Daoud shifted in his seat and swallowed. His eyes looked past his mother’s suspicious face and instead, concentrated on the headboard and said, “That’s nice. She must’ve wanted to check on you while I was gone.” “You know, I don’t like this Adab girl too much. There’s something about her.” Daoud’s mother looked at him and tried to see his reaction. He just sat there and blinked at her. Unsatisfied, she continued, “I

feel she’s hiding something,” she sighed, “but I don’t know what it is.” Daoud grabbed her hand and patted it. “Her father is like you. Tired and needs help. I don’t think there’s anything she’s hiding.” She continued, “Maybe it’s because she’s from Sudan, and I want you to stay away from her. She’s not to be trusted, especially the colorful clothes she wears and those dark hands of hers.” She shook her head and then leaned towards Daoud’s face. The smell of dried peaches hit his nose as his mother came close to him and she whispered, “She’s too black.” Daoud forced a smile and asked, “Do you need anything, Mama? I’m going to get ready and go to school.” “No, just make sure you lock the door behind you, I don’t want anyone to slip in on me all by myself.” “Of course.” Daoud shut the door behind him and went back to brushing his teeth. ~ Two years before After the death of Baba, Daoud felt that both his mother and himself needed a change. Cooped up inside the house where Baba had suffered the most with his cancer, something new would do them some good. Searching for a month for a place to move into, Daoud found 12


The Honeysuckle Apartments, where he felt his mother could forget the death of his father. Adab floated into the scene. On the second day of the move, heat was emanating like an oven while Daoud was grabbing boxes from the UHaul truck. Someone spoke behind him and he turned around. Adab smiled at him. “Asalamualikum brother. I’m your neighbor, I live next door.” She broke into a smile and said, “Adab.” The rings on her hand sparkled violently against her mahagony skin while she fixed her cherry red hijab. “Daoud.” Still holding one of the boxes in his hands, his forehead began to form drops of perspiration. “I made umfittit and wanted to bring it to you and your mother? Usually that’s what people of my culture do when people move in.” “Jazakum allhu khair. That’s really nice of you.” Daoud still held the box and looked up at the living room window. The curtains he had just hung yesterday now flapped from the wind. His mother’s skeptical eyes peered down on them. “My mother’s upstairs if you want to take it up to her.” “Okay. Well welcome. If you need anything, give me a ring.” Adab left as the sound of her heels clicked the pavement, and the tail of her fiery

hijab flapped in the breeze. Climbing up the stairs, Daoud heard his mother’s voice talking to someone. As he reached the final steps, he saw his mother holding a large casserole dish while Adab stood in front of her, at least six inches taller. “Oh, Daoud I was just talking to your mother. She’s a nice woman.” Her brown eyes sparkled as she smiled, baring all of her white teeth. “You’re lucky to have a mother like her.” His mother stood there in her pink slippers and flowered nightgown. She looked like a dried daisy, her hair spitting out of its bun, the creases around her eyes. “Yes, my son, he’s a good boy. He always takes care of his mother.” Her mouth was shaped into a smile but Daoud could see in her eyes how much she was struggling to be as sweet as she could be. “I’m sure your mother is a better cook than I am but I wanted to share a dish with you both.” Adab grinned. “InshAllah you’ll like it Auntie.” “Yes of course. We will like it.” Daoud said this eagerly and stiffly. From the side of his eye he saw his mother’s lips turn down at the sides. This bad habit created more creases around her mouth. “We will like anything you try to 13


make.” Daoud’s mother said this while she looked down at the foiled dish. Her nose wrinkled slightly as she struggled to maintain her smile from sagging. Daoud said, “Jazakum allhu khair.” He nodded for his mother to say her good-bye as he exhaled his breath he did not know he had held in. After they had closed the door behind them, Daoud���s mother lifted the foil off the dish and sniffed it; it was sheep lungs and liver, a Sudanese appetizer. She held it out like a dead rat and said, “This woman doesn’t know how to cook. Didn’t her mother teach her?” “Here let me take it, Mama.” Daoud tried to help his mother and take the dish but she backed away and gave him a look that made roses wilt and dogs whimper. She limped over to the kitchen and opened the cabinet beneath the sink. Pulling out the trashcan she said, “What was she thinking sending her neighbors food that even dogs would run away from?” “Mama, she was just trying to be nice. It’s just like back in Syria, you know how you used to make those oozie pastries and hand them around the buildings?” Daoud bit the inside of his cheek as he observed her in the cold kitchen. The fluorescent light buzzed like a swarm of flies as she

mumbled on and on. “Yes,” she hissed, “at least I offer people food that is worth eating.” “It’s worth eating. It’s food.” Daoud said this firmly while he ran his fingers through his sweaty curls. She looked up at him and paused. Then she said with an emphasis on each word, “Not this African mess.” He watched her as she scraped the appetizer into the garbage. He gritted his teeth and held his tongue. His mother began furiously scrubbing the Pyrex dish with a yellow sponge and said, “I’ll show her good cooking.” ~ After he dressed into a nice pair of clean jeans and rolled the sleeves up to his elbows, Daoud slipped his fingers through his dark curls and opened the front door. He closed the door gently behind him when he heard keys jingling. Turning around, he forgot to lock the door and looked towards the sound. The sound became louder as each shuffle of sandals got closer to him. Daoud’s body tensed as he smelled the familiar smell of some foreign musk wafting in the air, tickling his nose and his heart. He rustled in his backpack as he tried to look like he was searching for something into the depths of it before the woman approached him. 14


“Asalamualikum wa rahmatallahe wa barakuto.” Adab placed a dainty hand on her hip and jingled the keys with the other as she waited for Daoud to answer. “Wakumasalam,” Daoud said stiffly. He finally looked up and nervously smiled. Slowly he brought himself up to his feet and threw the backpack over his thick shoulder. “How is your mother? I heard she wasn’t feeling well.” Adab jingled the keys some more while she fumbled with the mail in her other hand and continued, “I came by yesterday to see if she wanted anything and she told me that you were going to leave her all day by herself.” She paused and stopped fiddling with her keys. Then she peered down at her sandals like they were interesting. “Yes, well she gets lonely. Her friends try and visit her but sometimes they get busy with their own grandkids.” Daoud played with his father’s old watch on his wrist and then stuck his hands into his pockets. He didn’t want to seem nervous. The words felt thick and forced when he said them. He cleared his throat. Adab stepped back and tucked a black hair beneath her purple hijab and said, “Well if you ever need help, I’m always here.” She stood there balancing her weight on one foot then switched it to the other.

“Thanks. That’s nice of you. How’s your father? Has he gotten over that cold that seemed to wear him out?” Daoud studied Adab’s hands as she played with the keys. A Qu’ran key chain glinted as it swung in her hands. He never noticed that before. “He’s doing fine. He gets tired a lot and I have to make sure he gets the attention he needs.” Adab paused and slowly said, “After my mother died, he isn’t the same anymore. He always needs someone to sit next to him and read. Sometimes I can’t go out all day because I feel bad to leave him and go anywhere.” She leaned against her front door and smiled wearily, “But I’m thankful to have him; I don’t mind being the daughter to take care of him. Only Allah knows what’s best.” “That’s the way I feel with my Mom. I can’t just leave her. It’s funny though, you learn plenty just by taking care of your parents. It tests your patience.” Daoud ran his fingers through his hair and abruptly said, “Well, I’ll see you.” He waved and descended the steps as Adab watched him disappear. ~ Daoud walked down the store in search of plump tomatoes. He had finished his classes in chemical engineering early and decided to roll by 15


the store to grab a couple of items before he went back home to study. The wheels of the cart rolled down the tiles, clanking away while he scanned the rows of vegetables until he saw the section of blooming red. He reached for a tomato and turned its body in his hands, checking for any bruises. When Daoud finally had a pound in a plastic bag he looked up and saw Adab in the cheese section, her head over the numerous varieties, her teeth pressed hard on her bottom lip. He tried to swallow and felt his face flush as he remembered he forgot to ask her if she needed anything from the store when he spoke with her earlier in the day. He wiped his sweaty hands on his jeans and let his fingers fly through his hair as he turned away from Adab’s view. He steered the cart around and pushed it all the way to the bakery section of the store and remembered he needed French bread. Mama liked French bread after all, even if she was supposed to cut down on it. As he rummaged through the basket of bread, he smelled the foreign musky scent that made his chest burst from cherry blossoms to cherries. “Salam brother! What are you doing here?” Adab smiled and her dark eyes glimmered as she said this.

She changed her hijab this time. It was a bright blue one. “I’m just trying to get a couple of things for the house. And you?” Daoud couldn’t help smiling so he looked at the tomatoes and thought of how juicy and delicious they must taste. One of them had a bruise on it and he wondered how he could have missed that. “My father loves celery dipped in peanut butter so that’s what my mission is. Sometimes he likes apples dipped-” “In peanut butter too?” Daoud grinned and looked at Adab’s face. She was grinning back. “Yeah, in peanut butter too. Our parents are so American.” ~ Daoud’s smile just could not be scrubbed off of his face. He walked up the three flights of stairs carrying the two bags of groceries and placed them before the door. The door stood wide ajar. Daoud thought he locked the door behind him when he left and walked inside of the apartment. His engineering books scattered the floors, papers littered the room and chairs and tables were knocked over. The tulips that stood on a table now spilled across the carpet and the vase was broken into tiny pieces. “Mama? Mama?” Daoud rushed through the hall and stumbled to his 16


mother’s bedroom. The door was open. He quickly walked over the bed and found his mother sitting upright. She had pulled the covers up to her chin and stood staring out the window, her eyes never shifting towards Daoud’s anxious face. “Mama, Mama, what’s wrong? What happened? Are you okay?” He grabbed his mother’s slumped shoulders and shook her. She still didn’t respond. Instead she closed her eyes and sniffed. Her eyes puffed out and were red. “What happened? Did anybody hurt you?” Daoud sat on the edge of the bed and brushed the hairs from his mother’s face. It was like a tornado had slapped his mother against her head and caused her hair to stick out every which way. He reached over and hugged her fragile body as he felt her shake beneath his suffocating embrace. “How could you leave me? How did he come in? How could you have forgotten to lock the door, Daoud?” Her mouth dragged at the sides, and her hands were clasped tightly on top of the bedspread. Daoud reached over and stroked his mother’s face. She swatted his hand away like a fly. He pulled his hand back and looked at her bewildered. “I don’t understand Mama. What happened?” He dug his nails in

his scalp as he brushed his hair with his fingers. He didn’t understand his mother’s reaction. “You never forget to lock the door. You never were an irresponsible person.” She sighed and looked to the ceiling as though it would give her some answers to her son’s carelessness. “I know you’re tired of caring for me. I know you think of me as some old lady ruining your life. I know. I know.” Fresh tears slid down her wrinkled face. She clutched the blanket and squeezed it. Her head rested against the headboard and closed her thin eyelids. “What are you talking about Mama? What has gotten in to you?” Daoud stood up and walked to the window. He had gotten used to his mother’s complaining and self-pity. A couple walked on the sidewalk while they held each other’s hands. They were smiling. Daoud watched them as the man rubbed the woman’s back as she placed her head on his shoulder. It’s all my fault, he thought. I

shouldn’t have stayed so long outside. “I knew you have changed ever since we have moved to these apartments.” “What?” “I’m tired of being quiet and acting like nothing has changed. But it has.” His mother’s voice was getting shrill. Each word knocked against 17


Daoud’s head like a hammer against wood. “I’m a mother without a loving son.” “Stop this talk Mama.” His chest began to tighten and his fingernails dug into his palms. “I really wouldn’t need you if I hadn’t broken my hip.” She grimaced and adjusted her feet beneath the blanket. “Stop.” “You can go and have that Adab of yours.” She stopped and waited here. “Stop. This.” Daoud banged his heavy hand against the window. He finally turned around and looked at his mother. “She is mine.” His mother’s mouth bottom lip bled, the drops dripping onto her tired nightgown.

There are many things that can be learned from the story. Daoud’s mother backbites about Adab; she says inappropriate things about Adab’s cooking, clothes, and race. In Islam this in not allowed because the mother is saying things that Adab would not like to hear.

“And spy not neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear God, verily, God is the one who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.” (49: 12) Daoud failed in this specific situation because he was supposed to stop his mother from engaging in bad talk but instead chose to stay quiet. He thought he didn’t want to upset or disrespect his mother but in Islam, we are supposed to stand up for what is right no matter whom we are talking to. Daoud could have spoken to her in a modest and humble way. Whether or not she listens to him is another matter but Daoud would have completed his duty for Allah’s sake. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by hating it and feeling that it is wrong] – and that is the weakest of faith" (Muslim). The mother in the story is an ungrateful person who complains and talks too much. She complains about the food even when the Prophet specifically told us not to turn our heads away to something small. 18


serve his chastity.” She could have been grateful and not eat it if she didn’t like it but the mother refused to try it and dumped it in the garbage. She also had arrogance because she said she would she Adab that she had better cooking skills. Malik related to me from Zayd ibn Aslam from Amr ibn Muadh alAshali al-Ansari that his grandmother said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'O trusting women! Let none of you despise giving to her neighbour even if it is only a roasted sheep's trotter.' (Malik Al-Muwatta) The mother’s flaw is that she is confusing her son. She wants him to get married and at the same time when there is a girl who might be interested, she wants to prevent her son in pursing that. Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, related that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “There are three people whom it is mandatory for Allah to help: someone who does jihad in the way of Allah, a slave who has been given a contact to free himself and desires to fulfill it and someone who marries out of the desire to pre-

So far in the story, Adab seems to be a well-mannered and caring neighbor. The mother however is just observing the physical aspects of Adab instead of really focusing on Adab’s inner qualities that so far in the story seem Islamically appropriate. The Prophet said, “A woman is married for four reasons: for her wealth, for her fame, for her beauty and for her religion. So marry one for her religion and you will win.” (Bukhari & Muslim) Daoud’s mother falls into suspicion of Adab and the Prophet mentions that suspicion is not a good thing to have. Allah (swt) says in Surah Al-Hujuraat: O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, indeed some suspicions are sins. These characters are humans and all humans commit sins; it is just realizing it and trying to change for the sake of Allah (swt). May Allah (swt) grant that ease for us.

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Exclusive Interview with Sister Shayistha, founder of Are We Prepared?

Assalamu Alaykum Sister Shayistha. Please introduce yourself to MBM readers. Walaikum Assalam sister Yasmin. I am a Business Graduate by profession and presently a house wife. Apart from my household chores, I regularly attend classes at Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ilm Path, AlMaghrib Institute and Al Kauthar Institute. I love to share the knowledge and Alhamdulillah that‘s what we aim to do at AWP as well. Can you tell us about Are We Prepared (AWP)? How often do we think about the Hereafter? Are we prepared for the Day of Judgment? Are we prepared to face our Lord? AWP (Are We Prepared) is a website that aims at helping ourselves to prepare ourselves for the Hereafter by helping us gain more knowledge on how to live a life as Allah commands us to do so. AWP has a wide range of categories which covers major aspects which a Muslim should be aware of.

How did you get the idea to start such a great endeavor? It all started with my experience after giving birth to a stillborn baby boy, Sahl Ozman. During my postpartum period, my friend Saira suggested this idea to me. Within a few days Alhamdulillah AWP was officially launched on February 13th, 2009. Even before starting the website I had a mailing list where I used to send daily hadiths, articles and materials from the classes I attend. Can you speak a little bit about the importance of preparing ourselves for the akhirah? Also let me say that I really think this is a great cause, mashaAllah. JazakAllah Khairan sister. Yes, indeed it is a very important subject which we all need to focus on. All of us get so involved in this busy world that we forget to think and prepare ourselves for the Hereafter. Allah tells us

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in the Holy Qur‘an: Everyone shall taste death. And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. And whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception (a deceiving thing). (3:185) What are current goals for Are We Prepared? What about long-term goals? Insha Allah AWP is going to host its first webinar on June 26th. The details about the webinar can be found on page number 16 of the MBM magazine. Insha Allah we are planning to host more webinars through which our viewers can highly benefit and help themselves in becoming better Practising Muslims. We are currently planning on adding more categories on the website, through which everyone can benefit. As of today, the website is viewed by 114 countries AlhamduLillah, so Insha‘Allah we pray that Allah helps us reach out to viewers from more widespread countries. 6) How can MBM readers get involved? At present, AWP has a mailing list where couple of emails are sent weekly, Qur‘an Reminder Series as well as a series of related facts called as ―Did You Know‖. Those who wish to be a part of these mailing lists can email me

at Shayistha@arweprepared.ca . The readers who would like to receive an email when a new post is published can subscribe to the website at www.areweprepared.ca Additionally, viewers who are seriously passionate about writing/editing articles, creating graphics, marketing, web designing, etc are always welcome at AWP and will be granted the opportunity to showcase their talents using the AWP platform and work towards this noble cause Insha‘Allah. We also have a facebook group; the readers can join and participate at http://www.facebook.com/group.php? gid=233567701388&ref=ts

JazakAllah khair sister. Do you have any final comments? Alhamdulilah, The team of AWP would like to thank MBM magazine for this opportunity of helping us dynamically reach out to the MBM readers and others. Kindly send us your valuable feedback and suggestions, as they always help us plan new things! We also ask the readers to participate and share the website, so that everyone can learn, implement and share the knowledge with others, Insha Allah.

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The Prophet, The Teacher

By Kanika Aggarwal of Habibi Halaqas

Narrated Abu Huraira: While the Prophet was saying something in a gathering, a Bedouin came and asked him, “When would the Hour (Doomsday) take place?” Allah’s Apostle continued his talk, so some people said that Allah’s Apostle had heard the question, but did not like what that Bedouin had asked. Some of them said that Alllah’s Apostle had not heard it. When the Prophet finished his speech, he said, “Where is the questioner, who enquired about the Hour (Doomsday)?” The Bedouin said, “I am here, O Allah’s Apostle.” Then the Prophet said, “When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour (Doomsday).” The Bedouin said, “How will that be lost?” The Prophet said, “When the power or authority comes in the hands of unfit persons, then wait for the Hour (Doomsday.)” [Sahih Bukhari] The above hadith (statement of the prophet (saws) has been taken from a book called Sahih Bukhari. Sahih Bukhari is the most authentic book for Muslims after the noble Qur’an. It is a collection of authentic narrations from the prophet (saws) and was compiled by the great scholar, imam Bukhari. In this short article, I intend to derive multiple lessons from the above quoted hadith to emphasize one point in particular: The Prophet (saws) as a teacher. The first lesson that we derive from this hadith is that our knowledge of the world of the unseen is limited. In particular, one of the matters of the unseen that we have no knowledge of is the time when the final hour would take place. The hadith also promotes becoming a part of circles of knowledge and to learn from people who are more knowledgeable than us. Observe that the bedouin was questioning prophet (saws) because he was eager to learn from him. This shows that it is our responsibility to seek knowledge and we should request it from people who have authority to speak in religious matters. This hadith comes in the beginning of Sahih Bukhari in a chapter called ‘The book of knowledge’. The intention of Imam Bukhari behind placing this hadith in the beginning of the book was to show us the etiquettes of

seeking knowledge. He wanted to emphasize that we are responsible to seek Islamic knowledge but we must do so by following proper etiquettes, especially while addressing the speaker for questions. Now, we will talk in detail about prophet (saws)’s teaching method according to this hadith. Prophet (saws) was addressing a gathering when he was interrupted by the bedouin’s question. The prophet (saws) continued talking and ignored the question. Some of the companions thought that the prophet (saws) did not hear the question. While the other companions thought that the prophet (saws) heard the question but he disliked it so decided to ignore it. Both of these claims are not true because the prophet (saws) called the bedouin back and eventually answered his question. The correct reason due to which the prophet (saws) did not answer was because he was in the midst of a gathering and did not want to interrupt his lecture to answer the bedouin. Not answering a question is also a method of teaching a lesson to others. Once the prophet (saws) was finished with his talk, he called the bedouin back to give him an answer. However, note the mannerism of the prophet (saws). He did not get angry at the bedouin, he did not tell him that his question was asked at an inappropriate time or that he was responsible for interrupting a gathering of knowledge etc. This tells us that as a speaker/ teacher we need to be gentle with our audience and make them realize their mistakes in a subtle manner. Finally, prophet (saws) did not give the bedouin the exact time of the final hour since that is from the knowledge of the unseen that we are not supposed to possess. However, he gave him all that he knew about the topic – the signs of the final hour. A practical application of this lesson: So the next time your (grown-up) child interrupts your conversation with friends, husband, family etc. you pretend as if you did not hear the question but later gently answer them after your conversation is over. (A note of caution: do not try this with toddlers!)

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A Litte R&R:

Roles & Relationships Meet Tayyaba Syed Tayyaba S. Syed is a wife, mother, and writer. She is also a certified substitute teacher and teaches on a part-time basis. She has written for numerous publications including the *Chicago Crescent Newspaper*, *Azizah Magazine*, and *Muslim Quarterly Magazine*. She has been featured on air with National Public Radio's "Speaking of Faith" program as well as Soundvision's Radio Islam. She also does public speaking on marriage and family for Muslim women. She is a lead volunteer for the Refugee Assistance Program (RAP) as well as Camp Busy Bees in Illinois. She finds inspiration for her work through her wonderful family and community.

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Turn Off By Tayyaba Syed

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Have you ever found yourself in the company of someone who is more interested in talking to another person on his/her cell phone rather than you? Or have you been guilty of carrying a better conversation with a caller on your cell phone than with the person sitting right next to you? What if the person you are ignoring is your spouse, your mother, your father, or your child? We have all been victim to being neglected, but worse, we are all guilty of neglecting someone else at some point or another.

Did you know that 85 percent (or almost nine out of ten) adults carry a cell phone? http://www.accuconference.com/blog/CellPhoneStatistics-2.aspx

Recent studies have shown that

It gets even better.

cell phone usage in the America has increased from 34 million to 203 million in the last ten years. http://www.accuconference.com/blog/CellPhoneStatistics.aspx

Means of communication have increased drastically, and yet people feel more disconnected now than ever, especially within the family unit. With the advancement of technology, it seems that relationships are regressing rather than progressing. In this digital and social media age, we can connect with anyone from around the world, but in actuality, we have found excuses to distant ourselves from the ones nearest to us.

In the United States, about 2/3 of all children have cell phones. ww.articlesbase.com/computers-articles/statistics-and-cellphones-538109.html#ixzz0od5iqUo8

Take a look around you, and notice families driving together in a car. Is the driver who is most likely the parent on the phone? Is the child talking on the phone, texting (side note: 1 billion text messages are sent every day), or watching a movie in the car? Is anyone even talking to each other?

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1 billion text messages are sent every day. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2006/Americans-and-their-cell-phones/1Data-Memo-Findings/09-Men-and-women-and-their-mobile-world.aspx?r=1

Does this happen to be you and your family?

Du’a: Oh Allah! I seek refuge in

There is a lack of effort on our part in keeping our relationships in tact. We have surrounded ourselves in a virtual reality bubble and are too distracted to notice what is actually there: each other. This ―escape‖ into the digital world is very dangerous and harmful to us and those around us. We are not valuing our relationships properly or treasuring our moments with our loved ones. For example, if the phone rings at the dinner table, we should be mindful of those who are sharing the meal with us first and foremost. The caller can wait. If we choose to spend time with someone, we should give them our 100 percent attention. Soon time will be up, and we will have to leave this physical world without our cell phones, laptops, and iPods. Imam ibn Al-Qayyim said, ―Wasting time is worse than death, because death separates you from this world, whereas wasting time separates you from Allah.‖ By not appreciating the blessing of our company, we are losing the opportunity to please Allah. We must realize that every moment that passes by ignoring our loved ones is an opportunity gone. We all know the saying that you do not miss something until it is gone. Time is of the essence, so turn off all that digital nonsense and enjoy the company and reality around you and always remember Allah. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, ―Allah said, ‗The offspring of Adam abuse time, (even though) I am Time.‘‖

You from sorrow and distress, and I seek refuge in You from disability and laziness.

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Why this book? Islam was forced into the middle of political and cultural turnmoil, and while the majority of Muslims are angered by what is claimed and what is done in the name of Islam, some others in the rest of the world are incensed by what they hear and see through the "commercial" Media for the first time - about Islam. With that in mind and with all of my personal beliefs and certainties, I, on the contrary, took on this project for a completely different reason. As a Muslim American I see a huge divide being relentlessly dug between my American people and 1.2 billion Muslims, a divide that can only lead to a road of hatred, confrontation and already bloody conflicts. The easiest thing for casting some light through the darkness of such a divide, was to defend the religion and analyze the false claims in details, claims which are so baseless and plenty, however, I chose the most honest, unbiased, and to the point approach. I chose you! I gathered a cross section of the prophet's entire quotations covering as many aspects of Islam and life as possible. I chose the quotations that covered the heart of matters, with minimal need of explaining historical events or local customs through which it may have been required for a message of other quotations to be understood. You will read the words of the prophet about Islam exactly, as they were said 1500 years ago, translated in a simple and as accurate as humanly possible language, most importantly, they are written directly from him to you.

Then it's you. Then it's you who will decide for yourself, whom the

prophet really was, what is Islam about, in all matters of perspectiveness. Whatever your opinion will be, it will be purely yours, with nothing between you and Islam, the prophet or the prophet teachings....even me. If I succeeded in spreading the truth, helping to close even on inch of the divide of delusional fear and ignorance, or even help save one piece of hair from being hurt on either side of the widenting divide, I would have succeeded tremendously.

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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

As Salaam Alaikum brothers and sisters, My name is Morium Akthar and I am a resident doctor in NJ and also hold a bachelor’s degree in science.. Enjoy my very first article MBM. Inshallah, I hope to continue discussing medicine in Islam, and bring you more medical information in the future. The Islamic Perspective on “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) \By Morium Akthar, MD

Alhamdulillah, we can pick up an Islamic book any time and learn the steps that are to be carried out after a Muslim has died. But what may not seem so straightforward, is what we can do when a Muslim is likely going to die, i.e. as in the intensive care unit or hospital setting. Most of the information presented here is from various articles on Islamic bioethics which were extracted from the Quran, Hadith, Islamic Law, and consensus from Islamic scholars. It is a very saddening and frustrating time when we find ourselves in a situation when a loved one falls ill, and we do not know whether s/he will survive, and live a quality life afterwards. The same situation can progress further into one in which the patient is on a ventilator(breathing machine), and has a very low chance of surviving, and we are faced with the option of ‚taking the tube out,‛ thus the person’s life ends. (Remember that a person can still die even if on the ventilator, i.e. the heart can stop or brain death can occur). When faced with this situation, a Muslim family can make dua for guidance from Allah(SWT) in

making decisions easier for us, ask him to forgive the patient’s sins, and to lessen the patient’s pain and suffering. We should keep in mind that Allah(SWT) will do whatever it is that is best for us and for the sick person, and that: No soul can die except by Allah’s(SWT) permission(The Glorious Quran 3:145). In Islamic law, a person is considered to be dead when the heart and breathing stop completely and doctors decide they cannot be restarted or when all of the functions of the brain irreversibly stop completely, and the brain has started to disintegrate., This is also the definition of death, in medicine in general. In addition, more and more hospitals these days have Imams on staff, in addition to other religious leaders, who can also help a patient and his/her family by making duas and carrying out tawbah(repentance) at the patient’s bedside. What is a DNR? A DNR is an order written by a physician, or requested by a patient, health care proxy, or his/her advanced directive/living will, so cardiopulmonary resuscitation will not be initiated on a person for cardiac or respiratory arrest. A health care proxy is a person Photograph: Mustafa Konuksever | Dreamstime.com

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The Islamic Perspective on ‚Do Not Resuscitate‛ (DNR) by the patient who makes medical decisions on behalf of that patient, if the patient becomes incapable of doing so by him or herself. A DNI, which means do not intubate, forbids putting a patient on the ventilator. A person can be one or both. Remember that a DNR and DNI do not mean the physical, psychological, or spiritual abandonment of the patient.

should seek medical treatment and call an ambulance. If not, then this is considered euthanasia, which is haram(prohibited) and illegal. Euthanasia, also known as mercy killing, is a deliberate action undertaken with the intent to end a person’s life, when modes of treatment are likely available that can treat the person’s condition.

What happens if a person becomes terminally ill and has an active DNR order? When a person has an active DNR/DNI status, then he/she will be treated with hospice or palliative care. What this means is that the patient can still be treated for infections and other treatable conditions, fluids and nutrition can be given, pain medications can be given, and comfort care is included among other therapeutics. In some cases, this can be in the patient’s home instead of the hospital. For example, this can be the case for a person battling cancer for a long time, for whom chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery did not help. This is why a new term for DNR has recently started being used- AND, Allow Natural Death.

2. When there is doubt as to the benefit of the treatment, then seeking remedy becomes optional5(i.e.: one

To DNR or Not to DNR? The Islamic theory of ethics is based on Five Purposes of Islamic Law(maqasid al-sharia). These are: Protection of religion(al-din), life(al-nafs), progeny(alnasl), intellect(al-‘aql), and resources(al-mal). One must keep these in mind when trying to decide whether to continue with certain treatment modalities, especially in terminal conditions. In addition, remember that Allah(SWT) judges us on our intentions. To make it easier to categorize scenarios, you can follow four basic principles when it comes to medical treatment decisions.

1. In accordance to Islamic Jurisprudence, it is wajib (imperative) for everyone to seek medical treatment in life-threatening situations. For example, if a person has a cough and cold, you should seek treatment to alleviate the symptoms and prevent it from progressing to a pneumonia. If a person is having a heart attack, you

must weigh the benefits, risks, outcomes, quality of life afterwards, futility, and come to a decision). Seeking treatments for these cases, is mubah(permissible), meaning it may or may not be done. It is in these circumstances where an advanced directive becomes helpful. In addition to naming a health care proxy, a person can outline what he/she does and does not want to be done when in a situation where the benefit of treatment is doubted. For example, some cases of metastatic cancer lead to slow and painful deaths, for which a treatment has not been found yet. A person can opt not to be intubated or resuscitated when his/her heart or breathing stop, and instead be made comfortable, such as being given oxygen, pain medications, etc.

3. However, if it is known that the side effects or harm of a treatment are more than the expected benefits, then it becomes makruh(discouraged) to seek or continue treatment.5 4. If the treatment is futile(useless), or the person reaches a vegetative state, then it is also makruh(discouraged) to continue such treatment.5 A Patient’s Condition Can Change Even if a patient, has already been intubated, and it is then agreed that it is highly unlikely that is person will survive, has reached a vegetative state, or has met the criteria of death, then there is general consensus among Islamic scholars that withdrawal of life support is acceptable. Inherent to this, is the concept of certainty(of the treatment and outcome). Absolute certainty(yaqin) is difficult to achieve, so the next level of certainty in Islam, predominant conjecture or ghalabat al-zann(the practical level at which decisions can be made) is used. 37


On the other hand, what if, on a rare occasion, a patient was deemed to be terminally ill with very little chance of surviving, and then the patient’s course takes a drastic but positive turn, and it seems like s/he will survive with a good quality of life? Remember that a doctor, patient, or family can revoke or nullify a DNR, after a person has a DNR order written. But these must be done after thought and discussion, with consent from the appropriate person. The success of CPR once cardiac and respiratory arrest has occurred is very low. This is basically because once the heart and respiration have stopped, it is very difficult to restore these. If they can be restored, they can stop again soon after. There have been plenty of cases where CPR has saved lives, but again, this all depends on all of the person’s pre-existing condition and illnesses, and the cause of the need for CPR. For example, CPR done for an allergic reaction or drowning may have higher rates of survival versus if a person’s heart and breathing stop due to slowly spreading cancer or whole body infection. Television shows unrealistically give the impression that almost everyone survives after CPR. Overall, a DNR is Islamically valid if it is highly likely that CPR would not have a net benefit to the patient and the patient would succumb soon after.6 In other words, a DNR order is encouraged in the case of terminal illness. Speaking from experience, I have seen many people who have a both DNR and DNI status that covers any situation in which his/her heart or breathing stops. There may be a few situations in which putting a patient on a ventilator is only temporary, and may lead to recovery. Thus, you can see why Islam encourages Muslims to try recognized therapies, which is all depending on a case by case basis, given there is a reasonable chance of recovery, and opt for a DNR in cases of illness that are terminal. Discussing Advanced Directives It is important for a person to lay out in his/her wishes in an advanced directive, if he/she was given the chance before becoming ill. But, we can never be sure when a person will die, or become so ill, that we are deemed incompetent to make any decisions. Alhamdulillah, in Islam, family has a pivotal role in daily life. Illness of a friend or family can bring everyone closer, so

everyone can take time to make dua, help take care of, and spend time with the sick. In most cases, the family knows this patient the best, is acting in the person’s best interest, and would be making the decisions in cooperation with the doctor. However, it is difficult to make literal, life and death, decisions with a clear mind in these emotional settings. Therefore, it is helpful if everyone can discuss things in a collected manner. In many cases, doctors will call for a family meeting. It helps if there is one main person who is the contact/voice for the family. It also is of great assistance to the doctor, when family can furnish a legitimate will or advanced directive which the patient wrote beforehand outlining basic measures s/ he wanted to be carried out. If there comes a scenario, where a family thinks they have major differences, intentions, or cannot reach an agreement with a physician, they can request a transfer to another physician. I end with this from The Prophet Muhammad(SAW): "O my Lord! Forgive my sins and my ignorance and my exceeding the limits of righteousness in all my deeds and what you know better than I. O Allah. Forgive my mistakes, those done inten tionally or out of my ignorance or without or with seriousness, and I confess that all such mis takes are done by me. O Allah! Forgive my sins of the past and of the future with I did openly or secretly. You are the One Who makes the things go before and You are the One Who delays them, and You are the Omnipotent." If you have any questions, relating to this topic, or any other medical topics please feel free to email me: at aktharm1@yahoo.com. Questions may be answered via person-to-person email or anonymously in the next issue of MBM. Sources Islam-QA.com. http://www.Ilsam-qa.com/ar/ref/115104 Islamam-QA.com. Cases in which it is permissible not to use resuscitation equipment. http://www.Islam-aq.com/en/ref/115104 Ahmad, Wahaj. On DNR Orders. J Islam Med Assoc. 2009; Vol. 41. Issue 3: 108 Kasule, OH. Biomedical Ethics: An Islamic Formulation. J Islam Med Assoc. 2010; Vol. 42. Issue 1: 38-40 Saiyad, S. Do Not Resuscitate: A Case Study from the Islamic Viewpoint. J Islam Med Assoc. 2019; Vol. 41. Issue 3: 109-113. Kasule OH. DNR: An Islamic Formulation. J Islam Med Assoc. 2010; Vol. 42. Issue 1: 36 -37

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Behind the Scenes With

Interview with Yasmin Essa Assalamu Alaykum Naheed. Alhamdulilah, I am so happy to have this chance to interview you. Before we discuss your wonderful book, can you give us some background information on yourself? I grew up speaking two languages, balancing life lived on the edge of two cultures, and, happily, two cuisines—tandoori chicken and hot dogs, grilled side by side on the 4th of July. I got on a plane for the first time at two months, in Chicago, IL, where I was born, and have been travelling ever since. I grew up in San Francisco, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, and attended boarding school in London, England where I was voted ―most likely to lead a literary revolution‖ due to my ability to get away with reading comic books in class. I‘ve hiked across the Alps, road-tripped through Mexico, swum with barracudas in the Red Sea, taken a train across the Soviet Union, floated down the Nile, eaten gumbo in New Orleans and sat in contem-

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plation at the Taj Mahal. Somewhere along the way I attended UC Berkeley and Columbia University and now I‘m back home in San Francisco where I live with my husband, a professor of political science, my son, and a cat who owns us. During the day I can be found working for a consulting firm that helps companies with their inventions and patents. When did you first know you loved and had a talent for writing? Growing up in the middle of the desert in Saudi Arabia, my school library became a refuge from the heat. Mrs. Murray, my librarian introduced me to the wonders of reading and I fell in love with the written word. I started writing short stories and poetry in the fifth grade and our school had a literary contest where I won a few of the awards. In the eighth grade my language arts teacher, Mrs. Cochrane, formed a novel writing club and it was there

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that I started my first book. I never set out to be a writer; I just knew that I liked to write. My goal was to finish a book, and if it was a book someone wanted to read – that was all the better! I have not read Shooting Kabul yet, but certainly plan to inshaAllah. Can you give us a good insight for those planning to read it? How about for those readers who have never heard of it? SHOOTING KABUL was inspired in part by my husband‘s experience fleeing Soviet controlled Afghanistan in 1979. The story is about a boy, Fadi, who never imagines he‘d start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles away from home in Kabul. But, here he is, half a world apart from his missing six year old sister who‘s been lost because of him, as they'd fled Afghanistan. Adjusting to life in the United States isn‘t easy for Fadi‘s family and as the events of September 11th unfold, the prospects of locating Mariam in a war torn Afghanistan seem slim -impossible. Desperate, Fadi tries every harebrained scheme he can think of to find her. When a photography competition with a grand prize trip to India is announced, Fadi sees his chance to return to Afghanistan and find his sister. But can one photo really bring Mariam home? What is the significance of the title? Did it come to you right away? Is there a story behind it? The ―shooting‖ in SHOOTING KABL has a double meaning as it relates to taking pictures because photography plays a huge role in the book and that fact that Fadi is ―shooting‖ or

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aiming to get back to Kabul. Did you ever experience writer's block? How long did it take you to complete the book? You know, I‘ve never experienced writers block! My friends have always told me that I‘m a repository of random, interesting information that floats around my head, generating new ideas. It took me six months to write the SHOOTING KABUL, which is pretty fast for me. Usually it takes me a year to write a book. What was your favorite part of completing this project? The favorite part was writing the last line of the book- it feels great to look at your manuscript, from beginning to end – it gives you a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. What are the top three goals you wish to communicate with this story? The story deals with hope, love and perseverance – my main character, Fadi, keeps failing in his quest to find his sister, Mariam, and I wanted to show my readers that if you have hope, love, and are persistent for your goals, you can succeed. The book covers many sensitive issues – terrorism, Afghan culture, life for American Muslims post 9/11 and Islam. I have tried to deal with each of these topics in a thoughtful and sensitive manner that challenges common perceptions about Islam, Afghanistan and its people, in a way that is accessible for both children and adults. This is especially important at a time when the United States is deeply engaged with Afghanistan, yet most Americans know little to nothing about Afghan society or culture.

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Who were you targeting in terms of your reader?

Do you have any plans for future books or projects?

The book is a middle grade novel, targeted at readers from 9 to 14, but I feel that the subject matter lends itself to readers of all ages.

Yes, I am working with my editor on another novel, about which I can‘t reveal much now.

Where can MBM readers find out more about your book inshaAllah?

JazakAllah khair for taking the time to share your book with our MBM readers. Do you have any last comments inshaAllah?

You can find out more about the book at my website –

Thanks so much for the opportunity to tell MBM readers about SHOOTING KABUL.

www.nhsenzai.com

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The great women of Islam This brand new column in MBM was inspired by Sister Arifa from NJ. Sister Arifa teaches 4th grade Islamic studies at the ISCJ Weekend school. Sister Arifa had her 4th graders write about Khadijah (RA). Out of all of her students, three students who had the best papers in the class. These three essays are published on the next few pages. Also, thanks to Sister Arifa and her fourth graders, the new column “The great women of Islam” is now a regular part of MBM. May Allah SWT reward them. Below, you will see a list of the women of Islam that were promised Jannah. In each issue, there will be a spotlight on each one of these extrodinary women. The next issue will focus on Sister „Aishah (RA). Jazakum Allah Khair. Khadijah (RA) Saudah bint Zam‟ah (RA) „Aishah (RA) Hafsa bint „Umar (RA) Zainab bint Khazeemah (RA) Umm Salamah (RA) Zainab bint Jahash (RA) Jawayriah bint Harith (RA) Safiyyah bint Huyayee (RA) Umm Habibah Ramlah bint Abi Sufyan (RA) Maimoonah bint Harith Al-Hilaliah (RA) Fatimah bint Muhammad (RA)

Fatimah bint Asad (RA) Umm Rooman (RA) Summaiyah bint Khabat (RA) Umm Haram bint Malhan (RA) Asma bint Abu Bakr Siddique (RA) Umm Sulaim bint Malhan Ansariah (RA) Umm Ammarah Naseebah (RA) Ar-Rabee bint Mauwth (RA) Faree‟ah bint Malik (RA) Umm Hisham bint Harithah bint Nu‟man Umm Salamah Asma bint Yazid bin Sakan Ansariah (RA) Umm Sa‟d Kabshah bint Rafi Ansariah (RA)

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Khadijah (R) By Zehra Ali

Khadijah (R) was a fine woman who came from a very rich family. Her father, Khuwaylid, was a merchant and a successful businessman. When he passed away, Khadijah (R) took over his business. Khadijah (R) got married and a few years later, her husband died. She married again and became a widown for the second time. Khadijah (R) did not want to marry again because she did not want to feel sad by losing another husband.

of any sort of protection. For those who were weak and oppressed, Khadijah (R) used to visit her husband at the cave with her children to bring him food and spend time as a family. One day, Muhammad (SAW) received the message of Allah through Jibreel. He ran home frightened. Khadijah (R) comforted him by saying, "O Muhammad, you are a good man.You are kind to slaves and to the poor. You love orphans and comfort widows. You always tell the truth and you keep your promises. Allah loves such people. Surely, Allah will protect you. He will never let any harm come to you."

Khadijah (R) never traveled with her trade caravans. She depended on an agent to trade her goods. In 595 A.D., Khadijah (R) hired Muhammad ibn Abdullah (SAW) to become her Khadijah (R) became the first agent to travel to Syria. Khadijah (R) sent her slave, Maysarah, to assist Muhammad (SAW) and female Muslim. to be his bookkeeper. Maysarah told Khadijah She was patient while the small amount of (R) that Muhammad treated him kindly. Maysarah Muslims were persecuted. She sacrificed all of said he was treated like a brother. her wealth for Islam. After Khadijah (R) died, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to say that AlSoon, Khadijah (R) fell in love with Muham- lah had not given him someone better than her. mad (SAW) and wanted to marry him. Khadijah (R) believed in him when others did not. She held him truthful when others called him a liar. She sheltered him when others abandoned She loved him for his him. She comforted him when others shunned him. trustworthiness and his good Allah granted him children with her, not with his other wives. Khadijah (R) was one of the four character. most perfect women for all mankind. We should Khadijah (R) askd her friend, Nufaysa always remember her. (daughter of Umayyah), to arrange a marriage between Khadijah (R) and Muhammad (SAW). Ameen. Muhammad (SAW) agreed, happily. While they were married, Khadijah (R) was used to her husPhotograph: Alexmax | Dreamstime.com band staying at the Cave of Hira for meditation. SOURCE: He tried to get away from witnessing his society http://www.al-islam.org/biographies/khadija.htm becoming lawless with low morals and absence

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Khadija Bint Khuwaylid (R) An Inspiration For All Mankind Do you know by learning and following the life of Khadija, you can become a better Muslima? The life of Khadija is a great inspiration for all mankind to follow. Her contributions to Islam, devotion to Prophet Muhammad (SAW), and support for needy Muslims made her a great woman of Islam. By Aminah Dar Devotion to Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Khadija was known in Mecca as a woman of good character. As a wealthy widow, she heard that Muhammad was alSadiq (the truthful) and al-Amin (the trustworthy), and hired him to do trading for her. After being impressed with his work, Khadija proposed to Muhammad and they married when she was forty and Muhammad was twenty five years old. It was a loving and happy marriage and they had four daughters: Zainab, Ruqayya, Ummu Kulthoom, and Fatima. Prophet Muhammad loves Khadija very much. Khadija used to send Muhammad food and bring his children for visits when Muhammad would meditate in the cave of Hira. After he received his first revelation (Surat alAlaq), he felt shaken and feverish. He ran home and told Khadija about his experience asking her to ―cove me.‖ Khadija comforted him by saying ―Oh Muhammed, you are a good and generous man. You are kind to slaves and to the poor. You love orphans and comfort widows. You always tell the truth and keep your promises. Allah loves such people. Surely Allah will protect you. He will never let any harm come to you.‖ Khadija became the first woman to accept Islam. Even after Khadija‘s death, Prophet Muhammad would remember her very much and talk about her.

On one occasion, he spoke of Khadija to his wife Aisha, and he said ―she believed in me when all others disbelieved; she held me truthful when others called me a liar; she sheltered me when others abandoned me; she comforted me when others shunned me; and Allah granted me children by her while depriving me of children by other women.‖ This showed the love of Prophet Muhammed for his wife Khadija. Contributions to Islam

As the first woman to accept Islam, Khadija was very important to the Prophet in spreading Islam in Mecca. She had earned the title of al-Tahira, the Pure One, due to her personality, values and good character. Khadija lived at a time when Muslims were weak and suffering a lot for their beliefs in Mecca. Many of the early Muslims were poor and Khadija helped them with her generosity giving them food, shelter, money and guidance. As a good Muslima and a supportive wife, she sacrificed her wealth to promote Islam, helping the poor and the needy seeking Allah‘s pleasure. Khadija also freed slaves with her money. By her death, she had gone from one of the wealthiest people in Mecca to one who had spent all her wealth. But she had earned Allah‘s reward. Allah sent Angel Jibreel to Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) to covey His regards to her; ―O Muhammed! 46


Khadija is bringing a bowl of foodl when she comes to you, tell her that her Lord greets her and convey my greetings, too, to her.‖ This shows her high status in Islam.

use our money to help the poor and the orphans. As a successful business woman, she is a model for other women to get education and be successful in life.

Importance to us

Khadija was a very special woman and a very important person to the life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). She was a very important to the spread of Islam in Mecca. As a supportive wife, and a mother of four children, she sets a good example for all women to follow. Her faith in Islam and sacrifice in spreading the religion earned her the pleasure of Allah (swt) and as one of the four great women in Jannah.

Khadija was one of the four most perfect of all woman of mankind. She is a perfect role model and an example for us as a woman, wife, and as a leader. Young people can learn a lot about good character and good actions. Her life is an inspirational story that teaches that with hard work and sacrifice, all young girls can make a difference during their life. Just as Khadija, we should

Radi ‘alahu ta’ala anha May Allah’s blessings be upon her.

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Khadija (RA) By Omar Singer First I will start by giving facts about Khadija‘s history; where she came from and how she gained her wealth. Then I will share her importance to Mohammed (SAW) to Islam and to Muslims. Khadija is the daughter of Khuwalyid who is the clan of Banu Hashim. Her clan was a very powerful one. She gain her wealth because her dad was a successful business man; a merchant who owned a very large caravan. She got her wealth when her father died and she inherited his wealth. Khadija knew Mohammed (SAW) as Al Sadiq Al Amin, so she hired him to trade her merchandise. Khadija is important to Mohammed (SAW) because Mohammed was running away from the cave of Hira to his house Khadija covered him and confronted him. When Khadija comforted Mohammed (SAW), she said ―Allah will protect you. The first person to accept Islam was Khadija (R). Khadija was important to early Islam because she spent her wealth to help and promote Islam. When she died, all her wealth went to Islam.

Khadija is important to us in today’s Muslim world because she is an example of a good Muslim. She was one of the most perfect woman in Islam. Khadija is a good example so we should follow her footsteps. Khadija died before Mohammed (SAW) after they had been married for 25 years. Mohammed dug her grave and buried her in Mecca.

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By Kyle Smith

Often times, many individuals, do not understand why certain things are so important to a Muslim. InshaAllah (God-wlling) in this article I plan to explain why these things are so important to a Muslim. A Muslim‘s Iman (faith/belief in God) is the driving force, which motivates Muslims to do things. Many Muslims have very strong Iman. Many different factors contribute to a Muslim‘s Iman. These factors include, how Islam coincides with science, how the Quran is the verbatim word of God that has never been altered in over 1400 years, and the Sunnah (teachings) and high character of the Prophet SAW. The list goes on and on. Often times, a Muslim‘s actions reflect their faith. Therefore, if Allah SWT (God, Exhaulted and Glorious is He) instructs a Muslim to do something often times they do it, because they believe in Allah SWT without a shadow of a doubt. When a Muslim believes in Allah SWT, they appreciate every single thing that he has given them. As a result, a Muslim obeys Allah SWT because they love him. Allah SWT is all knowing and has no limitations, meaning that He can see whatever we do. Therefore, a Muslim knows that he/she will be held accountable on the Day of Judgment for any sins that they committed. Therefore, a Muslim also obeys Allah SWT out of fear. Alhamdulilah, ever since I took my shahadah (declaration of faith) one year ago, my Iman has constantly been growing. I truly believe 100% without a shadow of a doubt that Islam is

the truth. InshaAllah, I plan to relate some of the things I have been saying to some of my real life experiences. One time, after I came out of the bathroom, my brother asked me ―What were you doing in there? Praying to Allah‖? His remark had negative connotations though, as he used it to make fun of me. His remark really offended me. However, I did not get into an argument with him. I simply just told him in a nice way that it is offensive, as Muslims do not pray in bathrooms. The point in which I am trying to make is that my brother does not fully understand why my Iman is so strong. This is very understandable, as he is not me and he is not Muslim. Now my goal in this article is not to use ayats (verses) from the Quran (Muslim holy book) or ahadeeth (teachings) from the Prophet SAW to explain a Muslims Iman.

Rather I will be explaining from my personal experiences.

As I said before, it offended me when my brother made remark. This is because praying is very important to me. Praying is a time where a Muslim can connect with their Creator. When praying in a group, prayer brings my Muslim brothers and I together, as it is an opportunity to spend 5-10 minutes together doing something that we all love/are so passionate about. Prayer also creates an opportunity to get to know a fellow Muslim better. An example was while I was at the gym, I knew of another Muslim brother that was there. I did not know him that well. While working out one day, as Maghrib prayer came in, I asked him if he wanted to pray with me, so we did. Photograph: Ioana Grecu | Dreamstime.com

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Prior to this, I had spoken to the brother several times, but after we prayed together, we immediately got closer to another as we talk more often now. Furthermore, I love everything about praying at the mosque in group. It is such a good feeling when I greet my brothers with peace after we pray with another. Additionally, prayer is a time in which I connect with Allah SWT. For that 5-10 minutes I get to block out all the other stresses from the world and focus on Allah SWT. During this time, I worship Allah SWT and thank him for everything he has given me. Also, I use this time to ask Allah SWT for anything. On so many different occasions, I have cried during prayer. Prayer is really a special time for a Muslim.

Muslims are motivated to pray through a couple of reasons. One reason is because of fear. As stated earlier, Muslims will be held accountable on the Day of Judgment. In fact, prayer will be the first thing they will be asked about. Another reason is out of love for Allah SWT. In the previous paragraph, I discussed how much I love worshipping and thanking my Creator. Things that Muslims do such as praying may be hard for someone to understand. I know that I did not totally understand it, before I was a Muslim. Nevertheless, I hope this article helped in understanding why a Muslim does certain things.

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Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate all-American comfort food. I've added crème frâiche to make it a bit creamier (who doesn't love that?) and my new favorite spiced mustard to give it an extra kick.

Serves 6

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1 pound of your favorite pasta, preferably penne pasta  2 teaspoons unsalted butter  1 cup fresh bread crumbs  8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (2 cups)  ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese  3 ½ cups whole milk  ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour  ½ teaspoon minced garlic  1 teaspoon spiced mustard  ½ teaspoon sea salt  ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper  2 tablespoons crème frâiche

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1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. 2. Butter a shallow 3-quart rectangular baking dish. 3. Cook the pasta according to package directions, just until done but not longer than that. Drain well and set aside. 4. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the bread crumbs. Cook and stir until browned and crisp, about 3 minutes. 5. Transfer to a small bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the Cheddar and half of the Parmesan cheese. 6. Return the saucepan to medium-high heat and add the milk, flour and garlic. Whisk to combine.

7. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining Cheddar and Parmesan. Add the mustard, salt and pepper. 8. Add the cooked pasta and turn the mixture into the prepared dish. Dollup the crème frâiche in various places throughout the dish. 9. Sprinkle the bread crumb topping over the pasta and mix well. 10. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and the crumbs are golden brown.

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 1 large carrot, peeled and diced 1 small potato or four fingerling potatoes, diced  1 small yellow onion, diced 1/2 of an entire leftover chicken, meat pulled and bones removed  2 Tb. unsalted butter  2 Tb. unbleached all-purpose flour  salt, to taste  ground pepper, to taste  2/3 cup heavy cream  1 cup fresh or frozen green peas  cooking spray  4 ready-made pie-crusts, defrosted and cold  1 egg, beaten 

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1. Preheat the oven to 400Âş. 2. In a medium saucepan, boil the carrot, potato and onion until soft (not mushy), about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. 3. Meanwhile, use another medium saucepan to heat the butter over medium-low heat. Add the flour, salt and pepper and whisk to combine for about 2 minutes or until gold in color. 4. Add the heavy cream and whisk to blend. 5. Add the chicken and cooked and strained vegetables. Add the peas and use a large spoon to combine. Set aside. 6. Roll out two pie crusts and place each in a pie baking dish. 7. Spoon half of the chicken, cream and vegetable mixture into each of the baking dishes. 8. Roll out the other two pie crusts and place one on each of the chicken-filled pies. 9. Fold and press the top pie crust edges into the bottom one to make a pretty edge around the pie. Cut three slits in the center of the pie-dough to allow steam to escape when baking. 10. Brush the top of each pie with the beaten egg, using a pastry brush to evenly spread the egg wash. 11. Cover the edges of each pie with aluminum foil or edge covers to prevent burning. Place each pie on its own baking sheet to catch any bubbling over of the pie's contents. 12. Bake in the heated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top is a beautiful golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving.

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I always wanted to make Red Velvet Cake without the use of artificial red food coloring, which is typically how it's found on supermarket shelves in a box and the only way I've ever tasted it before. I finally found a recipe in the cookbook, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea, by Martha Hall Foose. Because I used a dark Mexican chocolate (has added cinnamon and almonds) in this recipe, it resulted in a darker (less red) color, but an absolutely delicious moist cake. Hence, the name Brown Velvet Cake. One other change I made was to make my own corn syrup. I did this for several reasons. For those of you who are frequent readers of My Halal Kitchen, you may know that I am particularly averse to high-fructose corn syrup and genetically-modified foods, one of which is typically corn and corn-based products. The 'corn syrup' in this recipe is actually a simple sugar syrup, but works just as well to make a delicious frosting that fits well with this southern style cake. Cake Serves 8-10

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Corn Syrup recipe makes 2 cups

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1 tablespoon cocoa powder 1 cup buttermilk 1 3/4 cup brown sugar 5 oz. Mexican dark chocolate (spiced with cinnamon & almonds) 3 large egg yolks 1 stick butter (1 cup), softened 1 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teasopoon baking soda 3 large egg whites    

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1. Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F. 2. Using softened butter, wipe an entire 9-inch springform pan with the butter, then dust it lightly with cocoa powder. Set aside. 3. In a medium saucepan over very low heat, combine 1/2 cup of the buttermilk, 3/4 cup of the brown sugar, and the Mexican chocolate. Cook and stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool. 4. Add one of the egg yolks and cook and stir until the mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl. 5. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and remaining 1 cup brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. 6. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup buttermilk. 7. Add the flour, alternating with the buttermilk mixture, beating at low speed. Mix until just combined. 8. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture. 9. Dissolve the baking soda in 1 tablespoon of warm water and fold gently into the mixture. 10.In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites to soft peaks. If you are doing this by hand, it will take a very long time. Try to use an electric mixer instead, making sure the egg whites actually turn to soft, white peaks. 11.Fold the whites into the chocolate batter. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes. 12.Run a thin knife around the sides of the pan. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove the sides of the pan and cool completely.

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Add all of the ingredients to a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover for 3-4 minutes. Remove lid and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Allow to cool. To store, add mixture to a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Label and date it. It should keep for approximately 2 months.

1. In a large metal bowl set over a saucepan filled with 2 inches of simmering water, combine the egg whites, sugar, 5 tablespoons water, the cream of tartar and corn syrup. 2. Whip for 7 minutes with a hand-held electric mixer, scraping the sides often with a rubber spatula. The frosting is almost done when it has a nice spreading consistency. Stir in the vanilla at this point. 3. When the cake has cooled completely, frost it all around with the warm frosting. Do not refrigerate the frosting or it will be too hard to spread. 4. After frosted, allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes before serving.

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Resources & Information These recipes were adapted from the cookbook, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea by Martha Hall Foose.

To learn how to make your own crème frâiche, please visit www.myhalalkitchen.com

I recommend using the Cabot brand Extra-sharp Cheddar cheese because it is halal-certified. They can be found at most Costco stores, as well as online at: http://www.cabotcheese.coop/

To find a great spiced mustard without the addition of alcohol, try Lars Spicy Brown Mustard, which can be found at Ikea stores or online at: www.larsown.com

I recommend using Trader Joe's brand ready-made pie crusts. They are made with the most natural ingredients I've been able to find on the market and contain no impermissible ingredients of which I'm aware.

The Mexican chocolate used in the cake recipe was the El Popular brand, which can be found at most ethnic supermarkets or online at: http://elpopularchocolate.com/

The corn syrup recipe in the cake recipe was found at: http://recipezaar.com

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Bismi Allahi alrrahmanialrraheemi 1. By the heaven, holding the big stars . Waalssama-i thatialburooji 2. And by the Promised Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection); Waalyawmi almawAAoodi 3. And by the witnessing day (i.e. Friday), and by the witnessed day [i.e. the day of 'Arafat (Hajj) the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah]; Washahidin wamashhoodin 4. Cursed were the people of the ditch (the story of the Boy and the King). Qutila as-habu alukhdoodi 5. Fire supplied (abundantly) with fuel, Alnnari thatialwaqoodi 6. When they sat by it (fire), Ith hum AAalayha quAAoodun 7. And they witnessed what they were doing against the believers (i.e. burning them). Wahum AAala ma yafAAaloona bialmu/mineena shuhoodun 8. They had nothing against them, except that they believed in Allah, the AllMighty, Worthy of all Praise! Wama naqamoo minhum illa an yu/minoo biAllahi alAAazeezi alhameedi 9. Who, to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth! And Allah is Witness over everything. Allathee lahu mulku alssamawatiwaal-ardi waAllahu AAala kulli shay-in shaheedun 68


10. Verily, those who put into trial the believing men and believing women (by torturing them and burning them), and then do not turn in repentance, (to Allah), will have the torment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the burning Fire. Inna allatheena fatanoo almu/mineena waalmu/minati thumma lam yatooboo falahum AAathabujahannama walahum AAathabu alhareeqi 11. Verily, those who believe and do righteous good deeds, for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise). That is the great success. Inna allatheena amanoo waAAamiloo alssalihati lahum jannatun tajreemin tahtiha al-anharu thalika alfawzu alkabeeru 12. Verily, the Grip (Punishment) of your Lord is severe. Inna batsha rabbika lashadeedun 13. Verily, He it is Who begins (punishment) and repeats (punishment in the Hereafter) (or originates the creation of everything, and then repeats it on the Day of Resurrection). Innahu huwa yubdi-o wayuAAeedu 14. And He is Oft-Forgiving, full of love (towards the pious who are real true believers of Islamic Monotheism), Wahuwa alghafooru alwadoodu 15. Owner of the throne, the Glorious Thoo alAAarshi almajeedi 16. He does what He intends (or wills). FaAAAAalun lima yureedu 17. Has the story reached you of the hosts, Hal ataka hadeethu aljunoodi 18. Of Fir'aun (Pharaoh) and Thamud? FirAAawna wathamooda

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19. Nay! The disbelievers (persisted) in denying and his Message of Islamic Monotheism). Bali allatheena kafaroo fee taktheebin 20. And Allah encompasses them from behind! (i.e. all their deeds are within His Knowledge, and He will requite them for their deeds). WaAllahu min wara-ihimmuheetun 21. Nay! This is a Glorious Qur'an, Bal huwa qur-anun majeedun 22. (Inscribed) in Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz (The Preserved Tablet)! Fee lawhin mahfoothin

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