By Dr. Fatima Arafa
In Surat al-Kahf Allah tells us of a miraculous incident that involved a group of youth that lived in a Middle Eastern village called Al-Raqeem. The area at the time was ruled by a dictator, one who forced people into idol worship through torture and imprisonment. This special group of youth was dedicated to worshipping Allah (swt) alone, and was not persuaded by the dictator’s tactics. They were threatened by torture and persecution.
They had strong faith in Allah (swt) and decided to run away before the next sunrise. They headed north to escape the village, and after walking for some time they became exhausted and stopped in a nearby cave for rest and protection. In the meanwhile, their guard dog stood near the entrance while the youth went to sleep.
Allah teaches us many valuable lessons for us to reflect upon. The following lessons should be noted regarding this event:
* People should be faithful to Allah (swt) alone.
* One should not fear the people at the cost of disobeying Allah (swt)
* Life and death are in the Hands of Allah (swt) alone.
* Faithfull youth of the past are great role models for the youth of present.
We ask that Allah makes us stronger Muslims, dedicated towards Him alone, strong in the face of temptation and oppression, and that we continue to help nurture our youth into becoming great role models like those from Surat al-Kahf.Read More
by Zuhair Shaath
“If you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail.”
The companions of the Prophet peace be upon him would famously prepare for Ramadan 6 months in advance by asking Allah to allow them to witness it. I also ask that Allah allow us to witness this upcoming Ramadan.
Most people don’t properly plan for Ramadan in the sense that they don’t plan out specific goals that they want to accomplish by the end of Ramadan.
This year, I want you to have the BEST RAMADAN you have EVER had. I want you to start TODAY in increasing your worship. I want you to set goals to accomplish BEFORE Ramadan begins. I want you to have goals that you can accomplish by the end of Ramadan. Lastly, I want you to have goals for where to go after Ramadan ends, insha’Allah.
If you would like any help or guidance, or simply want someone to look over your goals, please feel free to let me know. During this month we will be hosting many talks on this upcoming month so that we can, as a community, have an amazing Ramadan.
They say “One is too small a number to achieve greatness” and I wholeheartedly believe that. Your input is not just wanted, but needed. Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts on the direction our community is moving towards.Read More