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::Take me

By Sheikh Dr Yasir Qadhi from the USA.
In Ghana, a reporter for a Turkish newspaper was taking some video footage with a drone when it mistakenly landed in front of a poor man’s house. The man was delighted. He picked the drone* up and as he was returning it to the journalist, he asked,”Do you have one large enough to take me for Hajj*?”
The reporter laughed. He took a photo of the man and posted the following image and the man’s question onto his Twitter page.
SubhanAllah*!
The tweet* went viral* and many people got to know about the man’s wish. All the readers saw was the sincere man’s photo and the story. The story touched many hearts indeed. In one short question, the man was able to express a thought and desire that must have been growing inside of him for many decades.
Lo and behold, Allah* soon answered the needy man’s du’aa*! Allah enabled Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, some charities and sponsors to come forward. They donated money to the man whose name we now know. He is called Al-Hassan Abdullah. And, guess what? Al-Hassan Abdullah will perform the Hajj this year. Alhamdulillah*!
Moral:
Just imagine the dream that Al-Hassan Abdullah had. Can you picture how often and how sincerely he would have requested Allah to make this journey possible. He must have made many, many du’aa to Allah, asking Allah to make him go to Hajj. It must have seemed impossible for Al-Hassan Abdullah, but he did not give up making du’aa. He had no money, no passport, no means to get out of his village. And yet, out of nowhere, a small aerial* messenger came and landed in front of his house, a harbinger* of bigger news.
This story reminds us of a quote from the Quran,“…And whoever fears Allah –
He will make for him a way out.
And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him...”
(Quran; 65:2 and 65:3)
Whoever puts his trust in Allah, Allah will provide for him from where he never suspected. Du’aa is the weapon of the believer. The believer uses it to fight each and every battle, even those that seemed unwinnable. For when Allah wishes victory for you, no one can possibly defeat you. Allah will create armies for you. Allah will bring the world’s people and money to your doorstep to answer your call.

:: Muslim Food Bank Success Stories "The Power of Loving Support"

How a Caseworker Helped Lift a Newly-Arrived Refugee Family’s Spirit
Farhad Ahura was 28 when his life turned upside down. A judge in his hometown of Isfahan found him guilty of gathering people in his home and preaching Bahaaism. His punishment was going to be death by hanging. Bahiism is a religion that was founded in Iran by Bahaiullah in 1863.
Bahaiullah claimed to be the manifestation of God on earth. The Iranian government has deemed proselytizing this faith a punishable crime. Farhad knew this but hoped that the government won’t get a wind of his doings.
On a cold winter’s day, Farhad managed to get released from prison on bail. That night,
Farhad, his wife Aarizu and their six-year-old son walked miles to find a safe haven. The first month of their escape was the toughest. Little did Farhad know that his flight was going to last six long years which would take them first to Turkey, then to Canada. In Turkey, Farhad volunteered and
helped interpret for Iranians like himself.
Farhad and his family moved to Canada thanks to Canada’s refugee asylum program. Soon after their arrival, they visited the Muslim Food Bank to receive help with figuring out the first steps in their new home country. In the initial meeting, caseworker Parvin Rouhani allowed Farhad and Aarizu to pour their hearts out. Farhad detailed the struggles he and his family had to endure over the past several years. It was clear to Parvin that this family suffered from a great deal of trauma and the best way she could help them was by providing emotional support.
“It was really hard for them to find themselves,” Parvin recalled. “Speaking about their pastbrought tears to their eyes.”
The first year in Canada was bittersweet for Farhad. On the one hand, he was celebrating his wife’s pregnancy. On the other hand, he was told by skin specialists in Vancouver that the skin deformities that were dismissed by Turkish doctors were in fact cancer. Though Farhad had sleepless nights worrying about his health prospects, he requested Parvin not to tell Aarizu about his condition because he didn’t want to worry her.
To help with her pregnancy, Parvin connected Aarizu with Sheway, a support organization for pregnant women which provided Aarizu with prenatal vitamins as well as a gift card. Parvin helped interpret for Aarizu and drove her back to her home.
Parvin also answered many of Farhad and Aarizu’s questions ranging from
weather-appropriate clothing to checking bus timing to even how to cross the street. SometimesParvin answered questions they hadn’t even asked.
Parvin went the extra mile to bring out a positive flare within this family. She often spoke to Farhad and Aarizu about ways to distress themselves by using nature as a means of therapy.
“I didn’t just help them with integration and life skills, I also helped them adopt a positive outlook on life,” Parvin said. “I said to them that just having an open mind will
ensure that you receive what the universe has in store for you.”
One of the most memorable experiences for Parvin was when she was in the car with
Farhad, his wife and their 12-year-old son. Emotions were high as Farhad recounted the battles they fought to get to this point in their lives. Parvin wanted to break the ice so she asked Farhad to sing.
Farhad used to sing in Persian and Turkish before life took a toll on him. At first, Farhad was hesitant but after Aarizu insisted, he started his serenade.
“I’d never experienced anything like that before,” Parvin recalls. “Believe it or not, all of us, including Farhad, broke down hearing him sing.” Though Farhad is still fighting his cancer, he is now hopeful that life will give him and his family another chance.
These are real stories where our volunteers have an impact on members of our community helping them progress in their lives. InshaAllah next week we will bring you another story. Please join us to have a purpose in your life to make a difference in the lives of your brothers and sisters by coming to our events and registering as a volunteer or
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::Malala Attends Oxford University; 20 Year Old Nobel Laureate’s Journey So Far
By: Maitree Baral
‘5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford,’ tweets Malala.
Ever since Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, has joined her first lectures at Oxford University on Monday (9 October 2017) twitter has not stopped for a while, even, to congratulate the 20 year old. Malala (meaning grief-stricken), shot to international fame when she was nearly killed by Taliban in 2012; an anonymous diary written by her under the pseudonym Gul Makai caught attention and she was only 11 years old. In October 2012, 15 years old then, she was shot in head by Taliban gunman. After the nearly fatal attack her crusade for girls’ education got a global recognition. In 2013 she was named in TIME magazine’s most influential people and in 2014 she became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winne, On 17 August 2017 more than a month after she joined Twitter, Malala took to the social media platform to reveal that she has been accepted into the Oxford University and will be studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics. ‘So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students - the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!,’ she tweeted.
Post treatment in UK, she relocated to Birmingham where she attended Edgbaston High School and completed her schooling in July 2017. Earlier this year, she has been named as the youngest UN Messenger of Peace.
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::Shaheer Niazi — teenager who put Pakistan on science map
LAHORE: “No one has ever achieved much from staying within the confines of a system...you need to create your own path.” At the risk of sounding a tad affected, these sagely words from a seventeen-year-old student of A-Levels are an attempt to explain how he had managed to achieve a goal most of his cohorts would find unthinkable at their young age, and the message he wants to give students aspiring to build a career in science.
Age, for Muhammad Shaheer Niazi, is a mere number that should never have to hold anyone back. The bespectacled curly-haired student from the Lahore College of Arts and Sciences (LACAS), Johar Town, A-Level Campus, got published a research paper in the journal, Royal Society Open Science, based on research he had conducted for the International Young Physicists’ Tournament in Russia last year.
Speaking to Dawn, Shaheer recalls that while preparing for the tournament at the laboratories at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Dr Sabieh Anwar, who leads the PhysLab initiative, handed him a thermographic camera. Like most 17-year-olds, he began by taking his own pictures, but also caught on camera temperature differences on the surface of a layer of oil in an electric field between a pointed electrode and a flat one (a honeycomb pattern appears on the layer of oil when high voltage is passed through). He used shadowgraphy to image the ion stream. This had not been done before.
The team representing Pakistan at the International Young Physicists’ Tourna­ment was given the electric honeycomb phenomenon to present on and Shaheer’s twin sister, Khadija Niazi, was the team captain. He decided to write a paper on his findings but little did he realise what an arduous process it would be to make it publishable. The process of peer review, for example, took time.
Professor Troy Shinbrot at the Rutgers University says, “I read Mr Niazi’s paper and thought it was really lovely work, but he needed help writing the manuscript in a publishable form. This was I think just a matter that the work was good, but the presentation needed polishing to strengthen his case. In the end, I referred him to a colleague, Dr Tapan Sabuwala, and the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology, who generously agreed to spend the time working with Mr Niazi doing the necessary polishing. I’m very glad to see the work published.”
Similarly, Dr Sabieh was all praise for Shaheer’s work. His website www.physlab.org carries the stories of all the team members who prepared for the tournament over three months and worked on solutions to “mind-baffling physical phenomena” including: electric honeycombs, hot water geysers, rollers on rollers, magnetic trains, ultra-hydrophobic water, acoustic metamaterials and mechanical machines to generate random numbers.
Smiling broadly, Shaheer says it was his mother’s dream for he and his sister to get papers published in journals. He received an acceptance letter for his paper shortly before his birthday last month. His sister Khadija Niazi got her paper published in the journal, NRC Research Press — a division of Canadian Science Publishing — last year. Her paper — Solving core issues of early physics education in Pakistan — addresses the problem of paucity of women interested in careers in pure physics and sciences, while discussing novel ways to reach a wider audience.
“I see both of my children developing careers in research,” says Ayesha Ahmad, their mother. The twins are candid about how their mother was central to cultivating their interest in science and in pushing them to broaden their interests. Neither of the two wants to limit themselves to a single field. Shaheer, for example, is planning on conducting research into plant perceptions, which he admits is a controversial subject, but fits neatly with his interests in gardening and horticulture.
Khadjia, on the other hand, believes that strict career lines and specialisations only inhibit one’s intellectual curiosity. She is interested in bringing together seemingly immiscible disciplines (in her case, it is physics and journalism) to create something novel and get an increasing number of students in Pakistan interested in subjects that aren’t usually taught at schools.
The twins are all praise for the help LACAS gave them to pursue their research interests — from providing a portion of funding for the tournament, to allowing Shaheer to wreak havoc in the labs. “Mother used to tell us to think big and think ahead,” Khadija says. “She made us brilliant.”
::Marriage: A Safe Haven

By: Naima Shaikh  
After witnessing countless unsuccessful or tumultuous marriages amongst family and friends I decided to write an article about marriage. What is marriage? On the Facebook site: Lessons learned in life Inc. It states the following quote: “A relationship should be a safe haven not a battle zone.” That is my definition of marriage a safe haven.
A good example of this definition comes from Prophet Muhammed’s marriage with hazret Khadijah when the prophet first received wahi the first person he confided what he had witnessed was to his wife Khadijah who comforted him and reassured him that he wasn’t going crazy and that he had in fact been chosen by God to carry out his work.
In western media one of the main frictions in marriage is cited as money. In Islam it says in the Qur’an 4:34 “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means…”
But what happens when the husband does not have money or has very little money. Again we turn to the Prophet’s life for example. On one occasion the Prophet’s wives demanded money and goods to which the Prophet responded by saying if they want money and goods he is willing to divorce them and will personally find rich men and marry them off to them. The wives responded by retracting their demand for money and goods and chose to stay married to him.There is also the example of Khadijah who was a very wealthy lady and the Prophet’s wife she spent her money generously on the Prophet and the cause of Islam.
There is also example of Hazret Aisha and other wives of the Prophet who went without food for days but remained steadfast partners for the Prophet.
There is also the example of Hazret Asiya (Prophet Ayoub’s wife) she shared a rich prosperous life with Prophet Ayoub but when difficult times struck in the form of poverty and sickness she worked in people’s houses and supported Prophet Ayoub in every way, mean and manner she could.
But in the face of adversary not all women respond like Hazret Khadijah and Hazret Asiya. Prophet Ayoub had several wives when difficult times came namely poverty and sickness they all left him except Hazret Asiya who was a very pious lady.
Life has its ups and downs when looking for a spouse husband or wife in my opinion one should keep this in mind and look for a spouse on the basis of their religiosity not for someone who is only going to be there for the good times and is nowhere to be found when difficulties arise. Or turns into a hideous monster when poverty or sickness strike.Living in this day and age where social ills are rampant I strongly urge everyone whether single or married to read Prophet Muhammed’s biography and biographies of other Prophets such as Ayoub and Yusuf and Yaqub to gain insight and inspiration from their lives and how to deal with various difficulties in life especially marital life.
Please Note: The article though meant for both men and women focuses more on the role of women in marriage and monetary issues http://www.islamicity.org/

 

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