Shbakia is fried dough drizzled with honey (or more likely just syrup) and covered in sesame seeds. It’s one of my (many) favorite foods in Morocco. It holds a special place in the Ramadan ftur table. It’s not very healthy, but I figure I’ll limit myself to eating it only during Ramadan. I can do that, right? Mumkin… (Maybe)

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Surah Ta Ha was revealed at approximately the same time period. It is reported that Umar ibn Khattab read part of this chapter when he discovered his sister reading from the Quran and interrogated her about it. Against all odds, his heart softened and he embraced Islam. Most of the chapter is dedicated to the story of Prophet Musa (Moses), peace be upon him. The Arab tribes were familiar with and accepting of Moses as a prophet, and relating this story shows the continuity in Allah’s message and methods of bringing guidance to His people. This chapter also emphasizes the importance of salaat (prayer) in strengthening the faith and hearts of believers.

Surah Taha 1 to 135

  • [20:14] Always be busy in remembrance/dhikr of Allah. Perform your prayers on time. This was the message given to Prophet Musa (‘alayhissalam).
  • [20:25] Learn Prophet Musa’s du’a:
 رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي…

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Maryam, the mother of Jesus is the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran, and this next chapter is named after her. The first part of the chapter relates the stories of John and Jesus, peace be upon him, from the Islamic perspective. The story of Prophet Abraham, peace be upon him, is also mentioned both to show the unified origin of the message of Islam, and to console the Muslims who were facing persecution or migration to Abyssinia. In the last part of the chapter, the disbelievers of Makkah are heavily criticized for their unjust behavior. The believers are given hope that they will one day prevail. As mentioned above, many of these verses were shared with the King of Abyssinia, a devout Christian, and influenced his decision to offer protection to the Muslim refugees at the time.

Surah Maryam 1 to 98

  • [19:3] Surah Maryam opens with…

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Excited about making a new migration to Allahﷻ and His messengerﷺ.

Marhaba Ya Mustafaﷺ

Aisha (RadiAllahu Anha) tells of the time when her father Abu Bakr (RadiAllahu Anhu) was sick on his deathbed. She expressed the excitement that her father felt at being reunited with his only friend, the Blessed Prophet ﷺ.

“One day when my father was on his deathbed, he asked: “What day is it today?”
“Monday”, we told him.

“If I die tonight do not let me wait until tomorrow (to be buried). Because for me, the dearest of days and nights is that which is closest to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ (that is the moment when I will be reunited with him as soon as possible)’(Ahmad, I, 8).

After the Prophet ﷺ passed away, Abu Bakr (RadiAllahu Anhu) ever felt like a stranger in the world. Now that he was about to die he felt excited about making a new migration to Allahﷻ and His messengerﷺ.

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Evidence prohibiting free-mixing of men and women

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Q) My husband and I wanted to know if it were permissible to take Arabic classes at a college where the classes are mixed (men-women). We understand that there is no mixing between the sexes, but confused about the definition of “mixing”. Please tell us what is permissible, what is not and give proof

A) Praise be to Allaah.

The meeting together, mixing, and intermingling of men and women in one place, the crowding of them together, and the revealing and exposure of women to men are prohibited by the Law of Islam (Shari’ah). These acts are prohibited because they are among the causes for fitnah (temptation or trial which implies evil consequences), the arousing of desires, and the committing of indecency and wrongdoing.

Among the many proofs of prohibition of the meeting and mixing of men and women in the Qur’aan and Sunnah are:

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Ruling on women wearing pants/jeans under a short garment

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Q) Is it permissible to wear wide pants with a garment that covers the entire body and comes a handspan above the ankles, with no slits in the garment, and the garment is not see-through or tight?

A) Praise be to Allah.

The clothing in which a woman appears before non-mahram men must meet eight conditions:

1-      It should cover the entire body, including the face and hands. The evidence for that has been discussed in the answer to question no. 11774.

2-      It must be wide and loose, not showing the size of her limbs or the shape of her body.

3-      It should not be thin, showing the colour of her skin.

4-      It should not be an adornment in and of itself, such as clothing decorated with embroidery.

5-      It should not be perfumed.

6-      It should not resemble the clothing of men.

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Surah Al Kahf  75 to 110

  • [18:82] Musa’s (alayhissalam) story teaches us that the outer appearance of things usually fools us…only Allah knows what situation is best for any individual. A problem is not always a problem. Only Allah knows better how that specific problem is going to be beneficial for a person. Similarly, we complain about a certain system or problem in the DUNYA…but then it’s according to Allah’s Plan and His wisdom. He created the dunya and the creatures in it…how can we doubt about His decision for us? Soon when the veils of the unseen will be lifted then we will know and be sure that what happened was right for us…and we couldn’thave chosen a better destiny for ourselves. Sometimes it so happens that we fail to get the things we really want but many years down the road we realise that what happened was best for us…not…

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