Daily Guidance on Facebook

Bismillah.

This is an excellent intitiative on Facebook: a Facebook fan page that provides reminders from the Qur’an and Sunnah. It’s called Daily Guidance, click to check it out.

Some of the things that I really like about this idea:

1. Mailing lists/forwards get really annoying since they are often unwanted. Daily Guidance uses the fan page updates, which show up on the Facebook homepage, so I can read the reminders at my convenience.

2. There is a limit on the characters in Facebook fan page status updates. So you don’t have to read a lot to get a good reminder.

3. Let’s face it: there is a lot of time wasting and fitnah on Facebook. Being reminded of Allah and His Messenger really helps in this situation.

4. Spreading the khair is easy! Just click “Like”. The khair actually spreads virally.

WAllahu Alam.

Help Your Brothers and Sisters

Bismillah.

This is really sad. There are Muslim refugee families in Houston that are in the following conditions:

1- Families going without food for days.
2- Families who get eviction notices and are left on the street.
3- Teenagers taking the role of the bread earners.
4- Kids going in a state of depression.
5- Families 14 of them living in a 2 bedroom apartment.
6- Doctors, engineers (even PhD’s), and businessmen who lost everything and are trying to start their lives all over again at gas stations!
7- Widows crying out of thankfulness when they receive some aid.
8- Families giving up their religion because Churches offer them support in exchange of their religion!

Yes, this is in America! Don’t believe me? Watch the video below

A very good organization called Al-Amanah are trying to help get these families back on their feet. And our friends at HalfDate are having a drive to support Al-Amanah.

Please help the Muslim refugees by making a dua and posting it in the comments section on HalfDate (a sister will donate 1 Canadian dollar when you do so), blogging about it (someone from HalfDate will donate $5 for each post, just put a link in the comments section on HalfDate) or by donating as much as you can.

Remember that the Prophet said,

اِتّقُواْ النَّارَ وَلَوْ بِشَقِّ تَمَرَةٍ
فَمََََنْ لَمْ يَجِدْ فَبِكَلِمَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ

“Save yourselves from the Fire by giving charity even if it is with half a date, and if that is not possible, with a good/kind word”.

[Bukhari]

Don’t let this opportunity slip. Remember that these people are OUR brothers and sisters. Would you ever leave your blood brothers and sisters in such a situation?

A Great Da’wah Initiative: Gift Bags for New Muslimahs

Bismillah.

I got this in an email from an Imam in Toronto. Please try to help out in any way you can (spreading news about it, donating, etc.) Remember that its from the sunnah of the Prophet to help out new Muslims, especially those in need, like Salman Al-Farsi.

General Idea

As support of new Muslimahs in the Toronto area, the team have created gift bags for them. In a gift bag, they include items such as hijabs, musallahs, a Quran with English translation, a book on how to pray salaah, a book about women in Islam, a book of duas, and a book of guidelines for new Muslims.

Some History

The team made 100 bags last year which were all distributed throughout the year. The sisters really found them useful and practical.

How to Help

Contact the sister leading the project at saarauddin [at] gmail [dot] com.

Remember that, “Whosoever intercedes for a good cause, will have the reward thereof; and whosoever intercedes for an evil cause, will have a share in its burden. And Allah is Ever All-Able to do everything.” [AlNisa:85].

Making Interest-Free Student Loans a Reality

Bismillah.

I had written about bringing interest-free student loans to Canada before. Now its time to make it a reality.

Team RICE, which includes members of the MSA, has been selected as a potential finalist for the RBC Challenge Competition to bring Interest-Free, 100% Islamically Compliant student loans to Canada. This project is endorsed by Dr. Azeemuddin Subhani of Islamic Finance Advisory Board. The proposal summary is available below and on the website link. If this Team is voted in, we might be one step closer to interest-free financial products being offered by mainstream banks in Canada.

Please click here and vote for Team 3. You can vote once every day up to Jan. 21st!

Please also share this news on Digg, StumbleUpon, Facebook and Reddit.

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Napoleon: A Thug’s Life

Bismillah.

Many of us have heard the story of our brother Mutah Beale (formerly Napolean of Tupac Shakur’s famous Outlaws). Now, the Canadian Dawah Association is publishing his story in high quality DVD.

This is one of the most important dawah projects undertaken by the Canadian Dawah Association. A couple of years ago, I wanted to play Mutah’s interview in our main university hall in front of a primarily non-Muslim audience (it didn’t materialize due to logistical issues). I thought that Mutah brought up some outstanding points that relate to University students – both Muslim and non-Muslim.

For example, he greatly emphasized how money, fame and women alone do not bring satisfaction in life. You need that spiritual connection with God that material gains just cannot provide. This coming from someone like Mutah – someone who tasted all the material delights – carries so much weight.

Here’s the amazing trailer for the DVD:

Please support this project and buy the DVD when it comes out. For the University MSAs, consider playing this in a central student location on a projector screen in your universities. Plan an event and make it happen, in sha Allah.