Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said: "Your best friend is the one who seeing him reminds you of Allah, speaking to him increases you in knowledge, and his actions remind you of the Hereafter." (al-muhasibi)
From: Zammad Ahmad
Reported by Jabir bin `Abdullah (RA): Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Beware of oppression, for oppression will be darkness on the Day of Resurrection; and beware of stinginess because it destroyed those who were before you. It incited them to shed their blood and deem unlawful as lawful.'' [Muslim]
From: Hadith of the Day
Today I’m going to show you how to customize the Universal Search feature on your BlackBerry® 6 or BlackBerry® 7 OS smartphone to cut out unwanted search results. I’ll also show you how to disable the web suggestions and clear the search history.
If you are new to BlackBerry devices or would like to learn more about the Universal Search feature, check out our previous blog post that explains how to use Universal Search. For now, let’s get started by accessing the Search setting — from there we can begin customizing Universal Search:
Simply put, Search History displays your most recent searches in the Universal Search window. There are two options for Search History in settings: “Delete Search History,” which clears all previous search items from the device, and “Show Search History,” which allows you to disable this feature all together.
When you enter a search term into Universal Search, not only are results from your BlackBerry smartphone displayed but also search engine results from the web.
To disable this feature so only your device is searched, clear the check box next to Show Web Suggestions, then press the Menu key and select “Save.”
Each time you enter a search term, Universal Search looks though each one of these categories for matching results. Clear the check box next to any of the items you want omitted from the search. You can clear all the check boxes at once by pressing the Menu key followed by “Deselect All.” If you have previously cleared categories, you also have the option of choosing “Select All” to re-select them.
Note: Selecting “Deselect All” or “Select All” affects the Extended Providers category check boxes as well.
The categories listed under Extended Providers are apps which have their own search, selecting one of these items in Universal Search will provide results from that apps search feature. To exclude one of these apps from the search results simply clear the check box next to it, then press the Menu key and select “Save.”
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Considering the amount of information most of us carry on a daily basis on our BlackBerry® smartphones, I thought it would be a great idea to share some tips on how you can find specific information much faster on your BlackBerry smartphone. Since we are all about efficiency today, let’s dive right in.
1. Search for Contacts using Initials only
Looking for a method of finding specific people within the Contacts app on your smartphone? If so, instead of typing out their first name followed by last name, consider typing just their initials instead. Using my name as an example, instead of having to type “Ty Williams”, I can enter “T W” instead and get the same results.
2. Remote Messages Search
Something I consider a ‘must know’ tip is how to perform a remote search of your messages. This is very useful thing to know in the event you need to look for information that you know is in your inbox, but no longer contained on your BlackBerry smartphone. Provided your email accounts support this feature, I strongly recommend trying it out because I love it and I think you will too!
BlackBerry® 6 and BlackBerry® 7 OS
BlackBerry® Device Software 4.5 to 5
To help you get the most out of remote search, I recommend reviewing the BlackBerry Knowledge Base article “How to perform a Remote search for email messages“.
3. Universal Voice Search
For those using a BlackBerry 7 OS smartphone, in addition to performing a text-based Universal Search, did you know you also have the option of performing voice searches as well? All you need to do is select the Universal Search field on the Home screen followed by tapping on the microphone icon that appears on the right. Provided you have an active network connection and your device language supports this feature, you can start performing voice searches.
After performing several searches, hop into the BlackBerry smartphone device options and select the “Search” option. Here you’ll be able to customize what items appear when using Universal Search as well clearing your search history, disabling web suggestions, and customizing extended providers such as third-party applications. To learn more, check out our blog post on how to use Universal Search.
4. Search Shortcuts
For those that use a BlackBerry smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard such as a BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone, listed below are several shortcuts you can take advantage of to help you perform searches in various situations. Something to keep in mind is depending on the typing input language you are currently using on your BlackBerry smartphone, some of the shortcuts listed below might not be available.
Note: In order to perform searches while using the BlackBerry® Browser, Browser shortcuts must be enabled. While using the Browser, press the “Menu” key, select “Options” and check the box next to “Enable Keyboard Shortcuts”.
5. Using a QWERTY Device? Consider Home Screen Shortcuts
One of my favorite tips when using a BlackBerry smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard is enabling Home screen shortcuts. This allows you to use specific keys to open various apps such as:
What’s awesome about this is you can still use Universal Search. All you need to do is hit “S” – the shortcut for Universal Search – followed by entering your search query. For example, to search for tacos, from your Home screen hit S followed by typing “tacos”. Pretty easy and super efficient!
To learn more about this feature as well how to enable it, read our blog post on how to use shortcuts from the BlackBerry home screen.
Got a tip on performing efficient searches with your BlackBerry smartphone? Leave a comment and let us know!
The Dream Wedding
[Student: Madrassatus Sawlehaat]
It is perfectly natural for a young girl to dream about her wedding day, what it will be like, what she will wear, how she will bid farewell to her family, etc. Nikah is a vital part of our deen, and most girls do one day, want to settle down with that person whom Allah Ta'aala has destined them to be with.
But ask any girl the actual content of her dreams, or what she pictures her wedding day to be like, and one can expect to hear: "I'd like to arrive at the hall in a yellow BMW convertible", or "I'd want to have my wedding photographs taken alongside a pond." Most girls might even be able to tell you the size and the style of the wedding ring they are anticipating, how much they are willing to spend on a whitewedding gown, etc.
The sad part is most of these dreams are realised. What the young Muslim bride-to-be wants, her parents give her, and even if she doesn't want it, her parents still force it upon her.
So what we end up with is a young girl, about to embark on a most beautiful form of ibaadat, sitting on a stage, looking no different from a Christian bride, for a whole audience of males and females to stare at - at a time when it is vital that she be sitting on the Musallah, making dua, asking Allah Ta'aala to make her marriage a successful one. A young couple posing for photographs - hugging and kissing for hundreds of people to see.
Hours of music, followed by a five minute qiraat and dua, and then back to the music. And of course a camera-man moving about frantically capturing everything: the cutting of a four-tier wedding cake, the grand entrance of the bride to a confetti-welcome, the presentation of a bouquet, the groom's sister putting on jewellery for the bride .... the list is endless. Latest trends include the serving of grape juice in wine glasses what one wonders, is the intention behind this), the bride and groom and a (unisex) bridal party sitting and eating on the stage in full view of everyone, a special night set aside before the wedding for qawali music accompanied by dancing. Where - do we ever ask ourselves - do all these practices emerge from? Certainly not the Quraan, certainly not Sunnah.
If we really let ourselves think about the answer to this question we will have to admit that everything about the circus wedding we host - from the often crude and tasteless bridal showers hosted for the bride by her friends to the practice commonly known as "janha" wherein the groom's family has to present the bride with an expensive item of jewellery before the wedding, to the mehendi ceremony, to the engagement parties, to the wedding ring, to the white gown, the walking down the aisle, the brides-maids, to the bouquet, the cake, the videos and the photographs, basically everything besides the performing of the Nikaah itself has absolutely no validity in our beautiful and simple deen.
In fact the majority of these practices originate from other religions, and we have taken them, and practised them and advertised them, to such an enormous extent that they are now wrongfully been recognised as being part of the Muslim way of life. Our weddings have become virtually indistinguishable from the wedding of the kuffaar. And they shouldn't be. As Muslims, everything about us from our character to our dressing to our practices, should serve as an example to people. We should be trying to preserve our deen - with all its simplicity and beauty.
Nothing about the weddings we host makes any sense. Islamically it is not at all incumbent upon the bride's family to host any form of feeding before or after the Nikaah. (Yes, it is Sunnat for the groom's family to have a Walimah, after the marriage has been consummated but his too, should be a simple affair). Yet, thousands of rands go into the hosting of a bridal reception, with all its food, frills and fancies. At the end of the day, we are left with a series of complaints about the food, unnecessary family quarrels of the "why was I not invited?" Variety, a wasted ball gown that will probably never be worn again and huge debts.
Instead of throwing all this money away on a few moments of senseless sin, the bride's family could have unutilised it in a way which would be of some real benefit to her and to her prospective husband, e.g. by making some contribution to the setting up of a home for the couple. We should always remind ourselves of the marriage of Hadhrat Fatimah (Radiallahu 'Anha), the daughter of our beloved Nabi (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam).
The Wedding of Faatimah (ra)
By Moulana M. Saleem Dhorat
[with additional notes]
Faatimah (Radhiallaahu Anha) was the youngest daughter of our beloved Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). Out of all the children, she was the most beloved to him. He said, 'The Queen of the ladies in Jannat is Faatimah.' He also said, 'Faatimah is part of my body. Whoever grieves her, grieves me.'
When Faatimah (Radhiallaahu Anha) reached the age of fifteen, proposals for her marriage began to come from high and responsible families. But the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) remained irresponsive.
Ali (Radhiallaahu Anhu), who was 21 at the time, says: It occurred to me that I should go and make a formal proposal, but then I thought, 'How could this be accomplished, for I possess nothing.' At last, encouraged by the Prophet's kindness, I went to him and expressed my intention to marry Faatima (Radhiyallaahu Anha). The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) was extremely pleased and asked, 'Ali! Do you possess anything to give her in Mahr?' I replied, 'Apart from a horse and an armour I possess nothing.'
The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'A soldier must, of course, have his horse. Go and sell away your armour.'
So, Ali (Radhiallaahu Anhu) went and sold his armour to Uthmaan (Radhiallaahu Anhu) for 480 Dirham and presented it to Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). Bilaal (Radhiallaahu Anhu) was ordered by the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) to bring some perfume and a few other things and Anas (Radhiallaahu Anhu) was sent to call Abu Bakr, Uthmaan, Talhah, Zubayr with some companions from the Ansaar (Radhiallaahu Anhum).
When these men arrived and had taken their seats, the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) recited the Khutbah (sermon) of Nikaah and gave Faatimah (Radhiallaahu Anha) in marriage to Ali (Radhiallaahu Anhu). He announced, 'Bear you all witness that I have given my daughter Faatimah in marriage to Ali for 400 Mithqaal of silver and Ali has accepted.' He then raised his head and made Dua saying, 'O Allah, create love and harmony between these two. Bless them and bestow upon them good children.' after the Nikaah, dates were distributed.
When the time came for Faatimah (Radhiallaahu Anha) to go to Ali's (Radhiallaahu Anhu) house, she was sent without any clamour, hue and cry, accompanied by Umm Ayman (Radhiallaahu Anhu). After the Eesha Salaat, the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) went to their house, took permission and entered. He asked for a basin of water, put his blessed hands into it and sprinkled it on both Ali (Radhiallaahu Anhu) and Faatimah (Radhiallaahu Anha) and made Dua for them.
The Prophet gave his beloved daughter a silver bracelet, two Yemeni sheets, four mattresses, one blanket, one pillow, one cup, one hand-grinding mill, one bedstead, a small water skin and a leather pitcher.
In this simple fashion, the wedding of the daughter of the leader of the worlds was solemnised. In following this Sunnah method, a wedding becomes very simple and easy to fulfill.
This is the "dream wedding" which we should all be striving towards. It would be to the benefit of many if we start instilling this in the minds of our children, especially our daughters. We should encourage them towards totally following the Sunnah, and not just doing so selectively ie. by following whatever is easy to follow, and then emulating other people in others aspects of life.
By becoming the slaves of our nafs and Shaitaan, ie. by hosting unnecessary and elaborate functions, we are only hampering the Imaan and futures of our children: how can we expect them to embark on the ibaadat which nikaah is, when this ibaadat begins with a series of sins? It should be the pleasure of Allah Ta'aala which we hope to attain, not the pleasure of misguided family members and friends. Rather endure their displeasure, than face the displeasure of Allah Ta'ala.
SOME METHODS DERIVED FROM THE ABOVE MENTIONED MARRIAGE of Fatimah(R.A)
- "Engagements" are contrary to the Sunnah. A verbal proposal and answer is sufficient.
- To unnecessarily delay Nikah of both the boy and the girl after having reached the age of marriage is incorrect. (Note: But on the other hand, some parents pray day and night endlessly for a quick marriage to a good-looking, highly educated, well-off person who comes from a grand family of great repute...in the case of a groom, a groom with a high-flying job, etc. The minute we find such a groom or bride, we jump to grab him/her. But how many of us spend sleepless nights praying not for a speedy grand marriage but a marriage which is filled with love, happiness, blessings and piety?)
- There is nothing wrong in inviting one's close associates for the occasion of Nikah. However, no special pains should be taken in gathering the people from far off places. (Note: The money could instead be spent in charity, to gain the blessings of the poor.)
- If the father of the girl is an Aalim or pious and capable of performing Nikah, then he should himself solemnise the marriage.
- It is fallacy to think that one's respect will be lost if one does not hold an extravagant wedding and invite many people. What is our respect compared to that of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam)? (Note: We spend thousands of dollars to impress people. We are sentimental - "I want my daughter/son to have the best." However, think about it this way...the people you impress will forget the wedding after a few weeks, your daughter/son's marital happiness may float on the extravagance of her/his wedding for a short while but ultimately, it will depend on just one thing: God. What is the use angering and disappointing God when it is His blessings, and nothing else - not even the grandest, most impressive wedding, that will ensure your children are happy? Ask yourself, are you getting your children married so you can show off and enjoy a grand wedding or because you want your children to experience happy, guided and blessed married lives?)
- The present day practice of the intermingling of sexes is an act of sin and totally against Shariah. (Note: Teenagers and young adults, if prompted, will admit the level of flirting, 'checking out' and showing off that goes on during weddings, where everyone is dressed to put on a show, not to watch a wedding take place.)
- There is nothing such as engagement parties and Mehndi parties in Islam. (Note: Another source attests that a simple gathering of women and girls to apply mehndi or henna on the bride is allowed)
- Great care must be taken as regards to Salaat on occasions of marriage by all - the bride, the bridegroom and all the participants. (Note: On the contrary, the bride misses her prayer because her make-up will be washed away if she performs ablution...guests who are also dressed up delay their prayers for similar reasons. The couple and guests should perform ablution before going to the wedding and should perform their prayers there. The organisers of the wedding should also make arrangements for guests to perform their prayers. How can we expect our marriages to be successful and blessed if we abandon the first pillar of Islam, in pursuit of the perfect wedding?)
- It is un-Islamic to display the bride on stage. (Note: If she adorns herself and dresses up, it should be for her own satisfaction, her family's happiness and for her husband - not for hundreds of male wedding guests that will come to have a look at her. The bride should not be treated like a trophy - all dolled up, sitting quietly on a stage for all to see, pretending to be reserved and shy (as is the custom and culture) - this is demeaning for she is a thinking individual - not something to decorate and show off.)
- The unnecessary expenses incurred by the bride's family in holding a feast has no basis in Shariah. (Note: The big feast should only take place as the walima, which is the obligation of the groom's family. Sadly, often low-income parents of young girls delay getting their daughters married because they feel pressed by society to throw a big feast.)
- For the engaged couple to meet at a public gathering where the boy holds the girl's hand and slips a ring on her finger is a violation of the Qurãnic law of Hijaab. (Note: It is rather funny - in most cultures, a man and woman get engaged and they spend time together like they are already married. But as soon as the nikah takes place, they are told to stay separate and maintain 'modesty'. In many cultures, the nikah takes place in the morning and the wedding reception at night or several weeks or even months, later. Strangely, the same couple who was engaged and mixing freely, is not allowed to mix freely between the nikah and the wedding reception thrown by the bride's family. It is as ridiculous as the Western concept of mixing freely before and after the engagement but as soon as the bride puts on her wedding dress, it's bad luck for the groom to see her! In Islam, the engagement is not a licence to mix freely - the nikah is. It is as good as getting married and the couple can do everything together and have the wedding reception and the walima later.)
- Three things should be borne in mind when giving one's daughter gifts and presents at the time of Nikah:
- Presents should be given within one's means (it is not permissible to take loans, on interest for such presents);
- To give necessary items;
- A show should not be made of whatever is given.
- It is Sunnat for the bridegroom's family to make Walimah. In Walimah, whatever is easily available should be fed to the people and care should be taken that the is no extravagance, show and that no debts are incurred in the process.
In applying Western and Hindu methods sheepishly, Muslims have adopted many customs which are un-Islamic and frowned upon.
Some examples are:
- Displaying the bride on stage;
- Inviting guests for the wedding from far off places;
- Receiving guests in the hall; (Note: The Mosque is the center of life for true Muslims and weddings should be held there. According to the Tradition of the Prophet(S.A.W.) marriages performed in the House of Allah, immediately preceded and followed by prayers, will attract the maximum of Allah's Blessings. Obviously, people know very well that the mosque is no place for the unIslamic cultural practices they promote at their weddings and so make alternative arrangements.)
- The bride's people incurring unnecessary expenses by holding a feast which has no basis in Shariah. We should remember that Walimah is the feast arranged by the bridegroom after the marriage is consummated.
It is contrary to Sunnah (and the practice of some non-Muslim tribes in India) to wish, hope for or demand presents and gifts for the bridegroom, from the bride's people. We should always remember that our Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) did not give Ali (Radhiallaahu Anhu) anything except Dua. (Note: Unfortunately, the fathers of millions of daughters across the world, especially South Asia, incur debts and become poor and miserable because 'culture' pressurises them to give dowry to their future son-in-laws. Some girls are forced to remain single for years because they cannot afford the dowry - some commit suicide, as do their desperate fathers. In parts of South Asia, dowry-murders, among Hindu families, are commonplace whereby a new bride is tortured or murdered by her in laws because her family did not give a large enough dowry. This is completely UnIslamic - the dowry or Mahr is to come from the groom to the bride, not the other way around.)
"There is no blame on you if ye make an betrothal of hold it in your hearts. Allah knows that ye cherish them in your hearts: but do not make a secret contract with them except that you speak to them in terms honorable, nor resolve on the tie of marriage till the term prescribed is fulfilled". (Al-Baqarah, Ayah 235)
"And give the women (on marriage) their dower as a free gift; but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, take it and enjoy it with right good cheer". (An-Nisaa, Ayah 4)
"Marry women of your choice, two, or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them ), then only one". (An-Nisaa, Ayah 3)
"And marry not women whom your fathers married-except what is your past: it was shameful and odious- an adominable custom indeed". (An-Nisaa Ayah 22)
"Prohibited to you (for marriage) are: your mothers, daughters, sisters; father's sisters, mother's sisters: brother's daughters, sister's daughters: foster-mothers, foster-sisters: your wives' mothers: your step-daughters under your guardianship, born of your wives to whom ye have gone, no prohibition if ye have not gone in; (those who have been) wives of your sons proceeding from your wedlock at one and the same time, except for what is past; for Allah is oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful". (An-Nisaa, Ayah 23)
"Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your right hands possess: thus hath Allah ordained (prohibitions) against you: except for these, all others are lawful, provided ye seek (them in marriage) with gifts from your property, desiring chastity, not lust. Seeing that ye derive benefit from them, give them their dowers (at least) as prescribed; but if after a dower is prescribed; ye agree mutually (to vary it), there is no blame on you, and Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise". (An-Nissa, Ayah 24)
"Do not marry unbelieving women until they believe: a slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman. Even though she allure. Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe: a slave man who believes is better than an unbeliever even though he allure you". (Al-Baqarah, Ayah 21)
"(Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book, revealed before your time, when ye give them their dowers, and desire chastity, not lewdness, nor secret intrigues, any one rejects faith fruitless". (Al-Maidah, Ayha 5)
"Let no man marry guilty of adultery or forication marry any but a woman similarly guilty, or an Unbeliever: nor let any but such a man or woman: to the Believers such a thing is forbidden". (An-Nur, Ayah 3)
"Marry those among you who are single, or the virtuous ones among your slaves, male or female". (An-Nur, Ayah 32)
"Let those who find not the wherewithal for marriage keep themselves chaste, until Allah gives them means out of His grace". (An-Nur, Ayah 33)
If any body sends you a letter what will be your first reaction? Will you leave it closed and not read it? Would you not be interested to know what the other person has written? Well, the answer is you would not only be interested in finding out what is written in the letter, rather you will be curious to know it.
Now, suppose the letter contains some words difficult to understand, what would you do? Most likely you will go for a dictionary! But what if the letter contains entirely different language? Indeed, you will seek a person knowing the language to translate it for you.
Well, this was about the letter from a person, just another person out of billions of people in the world. How about the letter being sent to you by Allah? The one and the only, the Lord of the worlds. Would you not be inquisitive to know what this supreme entity has to say to you?
Quran is a letter of Allah to the mankind, which Allah has sent for its guidance. It contains the words of Allah, the message of God, which directly corresponds to every human being, to you, to me, to every one, irrespective of cast or color.
But how do we treat this letter? Do we read it? Do we try to find out what Allah wants to say to us, do we try to get guidance from it, or have we just kept it for respecting, kissing, and then putting it at some high place, wrapping it in beautiful covers.
Is this what it came for?
Some people read Quran in Arabic, and would not read the translation. Reciting Quran in Arabic no doubt, has its own fazeela, (importance and advantages), but along with this, it is very essential to go through the meaning, so that one can know what exactly the ayaats mean and what exactly Allah is saying to us.
There are people who say,
We would recite Arabic but we wont read the Translation, because it is very difficult to understand Quran. It is for the great scholars to understand the meaning of the Quran and not the normal people, therefore, we must avoid reading translation or else we can go astray.
My question to these people is, If Quran can make them go astray, then what in the world can take them to Hidaaya (the right path)? If anyone says that Quran is not for a normal person to understand, then He/she negates this Ayah,
And We have indeed made the Qur'an easy to understand and remember: then is there anyone that will receive admonition?
(Sura Al-Qamar, Ayah 40)
The people who think of understanding and pondering over the Quran as a job of scholars only, confuse Islam with other religions, in which, only the religiously high-cast people can read the religious scriptures, and it is forbidden for the lower-cast to do so.
Yet there is another group that says,
We wont read the translation, if we would, then we would become aware of what Allah has said to us, so then, it would become obligatory for us to follow the instructions.
I think for these people the two Ayahs of Quran are enough, (yet there are many more),
1:- We have sent down to you clear signs (ayat); and none reject them but
those who are wicked.
(Surah Al-Baqara, Ayah 99)
2:- Those who keep on being blind in this world will be blind in the
Hereafter, and yet most astray from the Path.
(Surah Al-Israa (bani-israel),Ayah 72)
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas
Narrated Anas bin Malik