Monday

Guide us to The Straight Path

Enjoy the gift of today. Let the message below challenge, inspire, and spark something inside of you.

New Releases from Believer’s Path Institute

Alhamdulillah. There is no power except with Allah’s permission.

We are thrilled to announce the unveiling of our new course

“Guide us to The Straight Path”.

Do you sometimes feel that your Salah (prayer) is not quite having the effect it is supposed to have on you and your life? Have you ever considered that perhaps it is because we are not giving it its due justice? It seems we have lost (or were never taught) that ability to *connect* in Salah that makes all the difference in its effect on us.
Consider the following examples of those who came before us:
It was said that when Ali washed in preparation for prayer, he always went pale and trembled with anxiety as he thought of himself about to stand before his Lord.
Another companion needed an amputation. He requested that it be performed while he was engaged in Salah.
An entire wall collapsed in the mosque that one companion was praying in, but he was too engrossed to realize what happened till his prayer was completed.
How did they attain that level of pleasure, sweetness of Iman and inner peace that Salah is meant to inspire? Is it possible for us to reach that level too?
I want to taste this sweetness and I wish for you the same. I have prepared a video course to learn how to taste the true beauty of Salah!

Wednesday

Muhammad (pbuh) said...

I was receiving so many mails regarding the protest against the film, “Innocence of Muslims”, which speaks badly about our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wassalm. People were asking my opinion about this shameful act and what Muslim should do about it. So, I felt like sharing my thoughts and response.

Here is my response.
http://www.muhammadsaid.org/

The best defense of our Prophet sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam and the best way to honor him is to follow his teachings, apply them in our lives and instill them within others through our speech, actions, conduct and dealings and this is the sign of one who truly loves the Prophet sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam.

Every day of our life is a test. Allah tests each one of us. Take it as a test. We need to take lessons from what we face. Indeed, we will get a lesson, if we ponder the meaning of the test!

We say ' I love Islam' ' I love Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wassallam, 'I love Allah' Alhamdlillah; it is in words; it is in our hearts. Is it in ACTION?

How many of us are really showing it in ACTION?

Very few!!

You don’t need to be a scholar or wait to finish your Islamic course, and you don’t have to go miles away to seek knowledge, Alhamdulillah everything is at your desktop.

I have been working on a project in defense of our beloved Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam and am very excited to share it with you today.

Our new project is “Muhammadsaid.org." We have put together the ahadith from authentic books of ahadith, in a series of posters about the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wassallam. Please share it on your Facebook pages, Google+, twitter and on your websites to spread the awareness about his sallallahu alahei wassallam’s character and teachings.

http://www.muhammadsaid.org

Our hearts are filled with love for our Prophet Muhammad may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him and this love of the Messenger of Allah is an asset for us. Love and respect for a person depends upon the benefits we get from him. As the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam is the greatest benefactor of humanity, every Muslim has the deepest love for him therefore, every deed during his life is to be followed by every individual of the Muslim Ummah by learing about it, acting upon it and spreading the knowledge to others.

Please share these posters with others and help us to spread the teaching of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu alaihe wassallam.

We ask Allah to give us strength and means to work on other projects in the cause of Islam. Amin!

Wassalam
Zakia Usmani
Founder, Believer’s Path Institute
http://www.muhammadsaid.org

“Muhammadsaid.org" is the project of Believer’s Path Institute.

Thursday

Positive and Negative Parental Behaviours - Part 2


Islam promotes respect in all relationships; it is very important part of the Muslim personality. However, our children are surrounded by a culture that does not promote respect. Our children are affected by this culture and may sometimes respond to their parents and to other elders in the community in a disrespectful way. Parents have to correct this behaviour. If they correct it in the proper way, using a positive parenting behaviours it will have a positive effect on their children.

Parenting takes a lot of patience and fortitude. We must make positive comments in response to positive behaviours or actions from our children. We should not simply praise our children continuously if the child has not made any effort. We must take advantage of specific events or actions that our children do.

If you want to work with your 4-12 year old child so that they become a happy, healthy, well-adjusted teenager or young adult, start early in their life to apply these parenting tips. It's never too late to start applying positive parenting techniques.  
  • Keep a positive attitude - When our children have behaved, spoken, or decided something that we did not like, we must check our attitude at that time. For example suppose your son is helping you set the table and he accidentally drops a glass, and you say, “You are always clumsy like that.” This is a negative behaviour. In order to have the greatest influence with our kids, we should be thinking good things about them in order to project our love and concern for them at all times (Yes, even when we have to hold them accountable, we want to make sure they know that we still love them).
  • Remember to say please and thank you - Treating our kids politely is the best way to encourage them to behave politely with us and others. Using "please" and "thank-you" with them will get them into habit of using these words with us, with each other, and with people outside the family. Remember modeling "good" behaviour is much better than just talking about it.
  • Talk about what you want rather than what you don't want - For example instead of saying: ‘Don't spill that milk!’ use ‘Please be careful with that glass’ or ‘Don't forget to do your homework.’ Replace it with ‘Remember to do your homework’.  ‘Don't slam the door!’ replace it with ‘Please close the door rather than slam it.’ Using positive statements get much better results.
  • Replace "but" with "and" -  Rather than say "You've done a great job with vacuuming the carpet, but you missed this spot." Try this: "You've done a great job vacuuming the carpet, and there's one little spot over here that needs some more attention." "But" negates everything before it, and it usually precedes a critical or negative comment. "And" ties two thoughts together without the negative connotation.  
  • Be clear about your real objective - Be careful to focus your disciplinary approach on teaching the lesson you want your child to learn and not on expressing the depth of your hurt or anger. If you focus too much on your feelings, you run a major risk of having them miss the whole point of your disciplinary choice. They might take your efforts as evidence of you "punishing" them rather than "holding them accountable" or "teaching them a valuable lesson."

Venting your hurt, fear, or anger can do relational damage that you'll have a difficult time overcoming.

Train your children frequently practice the correct behaviour in the proper way, with your guidance. Do not expect that, by following these steps once, the child will behave appropriately all the time and not repeat the mistake. You need to repeat the process each time the child repeats the mistakes or behaves in an unacceptable way. And remember training and practice make things perfect.