THURROCK MUSLIM COMMUNITY- WELCOME MESSAGE -THURROCKMUSLIMS.COM

THURROCK MUSLIM COMMUNITY- WELCOME MESSAGE -THURROCKMUSLIMS.COM


In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

Asalamu ‘alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam and Thurrock residents, welcome to ThurrockMuslims.com

We’re here to inspire, educate and unite everyone on goodness, peace, justice and the Truth, in sha Allah.

This is your space- Your place to learn about Islam from the authentic sources of the Islamic deen (religion/way of life). Here, you will benefit from reminders from the Noble book of Allah, Al-Qur’an, and from the Sunnah (practices and teachings of Allah’s final Messenger and Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.) We post updates of local activities and events, Mosque and Madrasah announcements, news and articles, videos and much more! Let’s stay connected .Sign up and follow us.

We would like to remind ourselves and you to remember our purpose in life:

Allah The Exalted said in surah Az-zariyaat (English interpretation):

 

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ – 51:56

 “And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship me (alone).”

[Qur’an, chapter 51 verse 56]

 

This is our noble purpose in life, to worship Allah alone. Therefore, let us serve the Ever-Living Creator of the universe, Allah. We need to worship Him and He doesn’t need us. Through obeying Allah we can attain happiness, for ultimately, we are preparing for the meeting with Him on the day of Judgement.

Let us strive for Allah’s pleasure, for the everlasting bliss in paradise, in sha Allah.

shahadah

 

Moreover, the Final messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said:

 “Actions are but by intentions, and each person will have but that which he intended.”

(Bukhari and Muslim)

Therefore dear brothers and sisters, let us strive to keep our intentions purely and sincerely for the sake of Allah alone, seeking reward from Him. Let us also perform the actions according to the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, for Allah commands us to obey him.

So, when we fast- we fast for the sake of Allah, when we pray- we pray for the sake of Allah, when we spend in charity, it is for His sake alone, and in accordance with the Sunnah.

May Allah bless you and us all with a prosperous Ramadaan and may He make us of those who sincerely submit to Him alone as He deserves, in accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah. May Allah abundantly bless His final prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Aameen.

We leave with you a powerful reminder from surah Al-Asr (Chapter 103 of Al-Qur’an):

jazaakumAllaahu khairan!

Keep us in duas.

If you want to be part of the ongoing charity/ sadaqah jariyah, go ahead and support us, write for us, or offer whatever you can for the cause of Allah, Get Involved

 Thurrock Muslim Community

Ramadan 1440AH

[original post Sha’ban 1435]

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KNOWLEDGE IS LIGHT- LESSON 2 PART 2

Bismillah, walhamdulillah, wasalatu wassalaam alaa rasoolillah!

Asalamu alaykum!

Hey there, we’re back for part 2 of the second lesson.

Previously, we discussed the antithesis of Tawheed, namely ‘Shirk’ (see the previous lesson).

It’s really important to know what shirk is exactly, since it’s the biggest sin, we need to know what it is so we can avoid it!

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Do you remember the categories of Tawheed (see part 2, part 3, part 4 of lesson 1) ? Well, here we will be discussing the categories of Shirk…


 

 The Antithesis or Tawheed: ‘Shirk’ and its categories


 

Shirk means to ascribe a partner/partners to Allah (The One True God), in His Lordship and/or worship.

  1. Shirk in Rububiyyah (Lordship): This occurs by: (a) association- that is, to associate a partner with God (Allah) in His Lordship, (b) negation– that is by denying the existence of God, by denying His Lordship.
  2. Shirk in Asma wa sifaat (names and attributes): This occurs by: (a) deification, that is, to believe that created beings possess similar attributes as God, thereby elevating others to the status of God, for example, believing that created beings are all-knowing, or Ever-living. (b) humanisation, that is to  assume that God took a human form, or to attribute characteristics of the creation to God.
  3. Shirk in Ibadah (Worship): To worship another besides Allah. Most of the shirk occurs in this category. This can be major and minor. For example, major shirk includes taking idols, humans, created things, others as intermediaries or partners with God. Minor shirk, on the other hand, includes showing off in acts of worship (riyaa).

May Allah protect us! ameen

Let us stay away from these types and all types of Shirk!

 

May Allah protect us from all types of shirk! May Allah, The One, The Compeller, grant us perfect Tawheed for His sake alone forever! May Allah forgive us for any error. Allahumma salli alaa Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wasallam. ameen!

 

Thurrock Muslims

 

Dear Reader…

Dear Reader,

You are reading this today, for a reason.

I want you to give me your answer to the question:

What is the purpose in life?

Write it down. Make a list if you want. Now scroll down to see what you may have come up with…

 

  • to be happy
  • to have fun
  • earn money
  • look good
  • get married
  • to be loved
  • to have a family
  • have kids
  • get famous
  • get educated
  • travel the world
  • to eat/drink/sleep
  • whatever else you added

 

These things are accepted by many as common pursuits of life. But are they really the purpose of our existence? Does failure to attain these imply that it’s not worth living anymore? Are people who cannot attain these worthless?

 

Let’s get real. Sure everyone wants to be happy, but sometimes we become sad. Does that mean we shouldn’t bother living anymore? No! Of course not!

The same can be said about having fun, life’s not always fun, is it? I’m just being honest.

Money…so what happens when you go broke? What about those in poverty or unable to earn?

And about looking good… well, define good-looking for a start… and then decide, is beauty and youth everlasting, or ephemeral? (Botox does not count, those who’ve been there and done that can tell you all about it!)

The same about everything else on that list. You may have it, you may lose it, you may never attain it, and if you do, it will not last forever. Ultimately, we do have an end. Agreed? That’s a nod.

 

So then, all these things are ephemeral pursuits in life. What’s more, they may not be attainable to everyone. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth living. Because life has meaning. It’s got to be far deeper than merely getting by before you die.

 

What is the purpose of life?!

Quite simply, this is the very question which many have failed to answer adequately.

But when the answer comes from the Supreme Creator of all existence, things become a whole lot clearer.

As Muslims, we believe in One Supreme Creator of the universe and all existence. You may say God, we prefer to use Allah- you can’t add gender or plurals to the latter.

Allah is The Supreme Creator of all. Everything has a beginning and an end. But Allah is The Ever-Living, The Self-Existing, The Originator.  Allah created you and me, and everything. Allah owns everything, including you and me. We belong to Allah. And we will return to Allah soon…

Allah informs us that we were created for a purpose, and that purpose is to worship none but Allah alone, without partners or associates.

“and I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship me (alone). [Qur’an, chapter 51: verse 56 (English interpretation of Arabic)]

I haven’t finished this letter yet. Thanks for your time though, I’m going to have to continue it soon, if Allah wills…

WELCOME MESSAGE

Asalamu ‘alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam and Thurrock residents, welcome to Thurrock Muslims blog!

This is your space- Your place to learn about Islam from the authentic sources of the Islamic deen (religion/way of life). In sha Allah, we will endeavour to inspire you with reminders from the Noble book of Allah, Al-Qur’an, and from the Sunnah (practices and teachings of Allah’s final Messenger and Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.)

With Ramadaan approaching fast, we would like to remind ourselves and you to remember our purpose in life:

Allah The Exalted said in surah Az-zariyaat (English interpretation):

 “And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship me (alone).”

[Qur’an, chapter 51 verse 56]

This is our noble purpose in life, to worship Allah alone. Therefore, let us serve the Ever-Living Creator of the universe, Allah. We need to worship Him and He doesn’t need us. Through obeying Allah we can attain happiness, for ultimately, we are preparing for the meeting with Him on the day of Judgement.

Let us strive for Allah’s pleasure, for the everlasting bliss in paradise, in sha Allah.

shahadah

 

Moreover, the Final messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said:

 “Actions are but by intentions, and each person will have but that which he intended.”

(Bukhari and Muslim)

Therefore dear brothers and sisters, let us strive to keep our intentions purely and sincerely for the sake of Allah alone, seeking reward from Him. Let us also perform the actions according to the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, for Allah commands us to obey him.

So, when we fast- we fast for the sake of Allah, when we pray- we pray for the sake of Allah, when we spend in charity, it is for His sake alone, and in accordance with the Sunnah.

May Allah bless you and us all with a prosperous Ramadaan and may He make us of those who sincerely submit to Him alone, in accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah. May Allah abundantly bless His final prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Aameen.

We leave with you a powerful reminder from surah Al-Asr (Chapter 103 of Al-Qur’an):

jazaakumAllaahu khairan!

 Thurrock Muslims Blog team

[Sha’ban 1435]