Saturday, September 26, 2009

India vs Pakistan - Live scoreboard



Talk about a lousy end of innings.. :'(
*scowl*

Updated at the end of Pak-India match -- We won :D CoooooL...Alhamdulillah! Now this is a live scoreboard of all the matches :)

So long!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A little confusing...

Assalamualaikum

I hope I would not be creating confusion here. It's more like I'm seeking a solution. Maybe its right there, and only my "heart's desire" that is preventing me from accepting this.

The hadith I read today is narrated by Ahmed, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi and Ibne Maajah)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) has stated, "It is not lawful for a woman, who has firm faith in Allah and the Day of Judgement, to undertake a journey for three or more days (48 miles or more) unless she is accompanied by her father, son, husband, brother or a Mahram."

Mahram: anybody she is not allowed to marry --

Now this ruling shows (and Saudis implement this very strictly I've heard), that a woman isn't allowed to travel without a mahram for NO NECESSARY reason. Necessities are always exceptions... but for unnecessary reasons, this ruling seems to be very clear. Er, it is very clear.

Unnecessary reasons may include traveling (just for fun), entertainment or sight-seeing. But what about travel for studies? And therein lies my dilemma. I had made big plans of studying abroad ...(and they're still part of my plans).. but .. but.. if its not necessary..(and sure its not necessary..because I CAN study here too -- heck I AM studying here too ...) then this means that even I am supposed to obey this ruling and stay well away from this.

People say that hello! In today's world, distances have shrunk! And due to the modern aircraft, distances that were HUGE at the time of the Holy Prophet (saw), basically because travel was done via camels, and it took many days.. and many crimes could be committed in the dead of the night if a woman was alone, HENCE this hadith. In modern times, it is not applicable because there isn't that great a journey time. Um, yeah. Even with transits and all. Then this hadith is also quoted, that :
(I can't find its narration line.. if somebody does, please do tell. Its quite a famous hadith)..

We can understand this from the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) when he promised `Adi ibn Hatim At-Ta’iy (may Allah be pleased with him) three signs when he accepted Islam: that Islam would reach the east and the west; that the companions would obtain the treasures of Kisra, the king of Persia; and that peace would be spread all over the world when Islam reached the east and west so that a woman would be able to travel alone from Yemen to Hadramout not fearing anything but Allah and the wolf, meaning she would fear nothing.

From the Fatwa of a famous Da'í Zaienub Mustafa taken from islamonline.net

This fatwa states that it is permissible to travel with specific reasons like education.

Now these are two conflicting views. If a hadith (saheeh) is present today. It means something today. If it had a weak source, then there wouldn't have been such a consensus among scholars that it is not permissible for women to travel without a mahram (and I'm not just talking about Saudi scholars). Not to mention the aspect of "living alone."

Its hard to decide. Both views are presented here. It's hard because the nafs begs to differ with a "hardline" approach, whereas the zameer warns that "there may be an element of truth in the scholars' unanimous decisions"

Only Allah Knows best, and yes, may He Guide us in the best possible manner. Ameen.

PS: The distance between Karachi and London is 3927 miles :S:S:S *troubled soul*


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A really lovely piece of recitation

A blessed month, and Eid :)

Assalamualaikum

Writing in this post box actually feels NEW. It's been so long (one month to be exact) since I last posetd on my blog. There is so much to tell, so much to pen down before I forget all the good things I learned during the Holy month. I am seriously thinking about changing the theme, layout, title and contents of this blog. Let's see what I can come up with...(with my laziness and everything :S).

Ramadan was a mixture of events. Some extremely spiritually satisfactory, some rather like huge trials etc.


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The spiritual satisfaction came from .. of course, reading the Holy Quran. I was sadly sadly out of touch with the Holy Book. It would be long periods of time between reading one or two rukuhs with translation and tafseer. But in Ramadan... Alhamdulillah :) That's the beauty of this month. It brings opportunities, for the soul to lean more towards the side which seems outwardly difficult... but where it actually finds rest.

The taraweeh was a little different this time. Er, no. A LOT different this time. We were attending the kind of taraweeh, where they offer Isha prayers first, then sit and read/discuss the translation of the portion of Holy Quran that is to be recited next in the taraweeh. This way, when we actually get up to offer the 4 rakahs, (or 8), its like.. we're communicating directly to Allah... in the real sense of communication. (not just lip movement, body actions and assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah, now run)... Nopes.

It was amazing. Absolutely totally utterly superb. The duration was long. Starting from 9.30, it went on till 2.00 am. We were almost never able to attend the whole thing.. because I was to drive back with Mum, so er, Dad was a lil strict here. But those 12 rakahs of taraweeh were the best, most meaningful offered ...ever. :)

I miss it. :S


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There were periods of trials. Small ones to hugely difficult ones. I dont want to dwell on the negativities, but I'll just write in point form..(i'm human... bound to make mistakes.. couldn't have hoped for a 100% perfect month now could i) :S

1. Houswork became a trial when it was Asr time, I was dead... and had to go to the kitchen. Temper short, time less... glares quite a few! May Allah Forgive me for the rudeness which emanated from me occassionally at this time.

2. There were times i couldn't give 100% concentration to the Holy Quran ... and other books I tried to read. I tried. It didn't work.

3. I didn't study at all. The worry nearly drove me crazy. But I hope to start tomorrow. Midterms and GAT coming up ... only Allah can Help me here... it's terrible. But I didn't find even 10 minutes!

4. Slept late. Like till 1.00 to 2.00 pm kinda late .. :S Got quite a few scolding on that too.

5. Hurt one or two people quite deeply. It was not intended. But it happened. Here, I can only send out a virtual plea for them to find it in their hearts to forgive and forget, and of course, to God to somehow Overlook the many mistakes I have managed to make in these not-quite-three decades of my life.


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Point number 5 actually prevented me from sleep at night, so consumed I was with guilt.

The last ten days were marvelous ... :) It was a pleasure to stay awake nights (odd) of the last ten days, and er, also because nights are very short. So counting taraweeh return time , which was like 2.00 (on those nights), and one hour of dinner, this leaves only er, 2 hours till sehri... :$. So I know, I know. No biggie.

Now the aims .. (man, I can get boring) :D..


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1. Will Insha Allah aim to have the same authority over the Holy Quran, as I kinda have with... *blushes very deeply*... Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows :S.. kis chapter main kia hay... kis paragraph main kia kaha hay...etc. Its shameful beyond shameful. But we neglect the One Book we shouldn't neglect quite easily.

2. Will try my best to learn Arabic.

3. Will try to join/form a group of people with similar interests. If there is something I have learned, its that ibadah and learning can't be done alone...(it can, but not with the same effectiveness).

4. Oh yeah, concentrate on my MS as well.

Do remember me in prayers.

Allah hafiz and peace and blessings of Allah (SWT) be on you all. :)

Eid Mubarak!


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