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“It was eerily silent and dark when he finally reached home after a long tiring journey.He eagerly entered his house, relieved to be home after so long. As he took off his shoes,he heard some strange noises in his room. Could it be a burglar… he thought, as he tiptoed into his room.But when he entered the dimly lit room, he was shocked to see his wife with another man,doing the unthinkable!”
If you read this in a news paper you would know what happened next. He picked up his axe or a bat or a gun or whatever he could find and he killed them both to save his honor. A typical case of honor killing so prevalent in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Not only is it a brutal violent crime, but the name of Pakistan is maligned and my beautiful religion of Islam is dragged down into the mud as well. As if Islam is to blame. As if Islam promotes this kind of revenge or honor killing! As If Islam wants to kill women.
So today lets just see what Allah Subhanawa tala The Most Wise,The Most Merciful has to say to say about it.
It so happened that such a case was brought in front of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). A man came to him and said that I returned home at night and saw my wife with another man. I heard with my own ears and saw with my own eyes (their act of fornication).
At that time only the verses related to fornication had been revealed. In order to punish someone,four witnesses ( who saw them in the act) were needed. If four witnesses were not produced, then the one accusing would be punished by lashing. (for accusing a chaste person without proof).
So when the man came to him, Prophet Muhammad (s) was going to have him flogged (due to lack of witnesses) but then Allah Subhana Watala revealed the following verses:
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ أَزْوَجَهُمْ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَّهُمْ شُهَدَآءُ إِلاَّ أَنفُسُهُمْ فَشَهَـدَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ أَرْبَعُ شَهَـدَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الصَّـدِقِينَ – وَالْخَامِسَةُ أَنَّ لَعْنَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الْكَـذِبِينَ – وَيَدْرَؤُاْ عَنْهَا الْعَذَابَ أَن تَشْهَدَ أَرْبَعَ شَهَادَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الْكَـذِبِينَ – وَالْخَامِسَةَ أَنَّ غَضَبَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهَآ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الصَّـدِقِينَ – وَلَوْلاَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ حَكِيمٌ
And for those who accuse their wives, but have no witnesses except themselves, let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies by Allah that he is one of those who speak the truth.) (7. And the fifth (testimony); invoking of the curse of Allah on him if he be of those who tell a lie.) (8. But she shall avert the punishment from her, if she bears witness four times by Allah, that he is telling a lie.) (9. And the fifth; should be that the wrath of Allah be upon her if he speaks the truth.) (10. And had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy on you! And that Allah is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, the All-Wise.
Al Quran: Surah Nur: Verse 6 – 10
The following is the event described in detail from Tafsir Ibn Kathir.
Hilal bin Umayyah came back from his lands at night and found a man with his wife. He saw with his own eyes and heard with his own ears, but he did not disturb him until the morning. In the morning he went to the Messenger of Allah and said, `O Messenger of Allah, I came to my wife at night and found a man with her, and I saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears.’ The Messenger of Allah did not like what he had said and got very upset. The Ansar gathered around him and said, `We were being tested by what Sa`d bin Ubadah said, and now the Messenger of Allah will punish Hilal bin Umayyah and declare his testimony before people to be unacceptable.’ Hilal said: `By Allah, I hope that Allah will make for me a way out from this problem.’ Hilal said, `O Messenger of Allah, I see how upset you are by what I have said, but Allah knows that I am telling the truth.’ By Allah, the Messenger of Allah wanted to have him flogged, but then Allah sent revelation to His Messenger . When the revelation came upon him, they knew about it from the change in his face, so they would leave him alone until the revelation was finished. Allah revealed the Ayah:
﴿وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ أَزْوَجَهُمْ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَّهُمْ شُهَدَآءُ إِلاَّ أَنفُسُهُمْ فَشَهَـدَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ أَرْبَعُ شَهَـدَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ﴾
(And for those who accuse their wives, but have no witnesses except themselves, let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies by Allah…,) Then the revelation was finished and the Messenger of Allah said,
«أَبْشِرْ يَا هِلَالُ فَقَدْ جَعَلَ اللهُ لَكَ فَرَجًا وَمَخْرَجًا»
(Rejoice, O Hilal, for Allah has made a way out for you.) Hilal said, `I had been hoping for this from my Lord, may He be glorified.’ The Messenger of Allah said:
(Send for her.) So they sent for her and she came’
The Messenger of Allah recited these Ayahs to them both, and reminded them that the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe than the punishment in this world. Hilal said, `By Allah, O Messenger of Allah, I have spoken the truth about her.’ She said, `He is lying.’ The Messenger of Allah said,
(Make them both swear the Li`an.) So Hilal was told, `Testify.’ So he testified four times by Allah that he was one of those who speak the truth. When he came to the fifth testimony, he was told, `O Hilal, have Taqwa of Allah, for the punishment of this world is easier than the punishment of the Hereafter, and this will mean that the punishment will be inevitable for you.’
He said, `By Allah, Allah will not punish me for it, just as He has not caused me to be flogged for it.’ So he testified for the fifth time that the curse of Allah would be upon him if he was telling a lie.
Then it was said to his wife, `Testify four times by Allah that he is telling a lie.’ And when his wife reached the fifth testimony, she was told, `Have Taqwa of Allah, for the punishment of this world is easier than the punishment of the Hereafter, and this will mean that the punishment will be inevitable for you.’
She hesitated for a while, and was about to admit her guilt, then she said: `By Allah, I will not expose my people to shame, and she swore the fifth oath that the wrath of Allah would be upon her if he was telling the truth.’ Then the Messenger of Allah separated them, and decreed that her child should not be attributed to any father, nor should the child be accused, and whoever accused her or her child, they would be subject to punishment.
He also decreed that ﴿Hilal﴾ was not obliged to house her or feed her, because they had not been separated by divorce, nor had he died and left her a widow. He said,
«إِنْ جَاءَتْ بِهِ أُصَيْهِبَ (أُرَيْسِحَ) حَمْشَ السَّاقَيْنِ، فَهُوَ لِهِلَالٍ، وَإِنْ جَاءَتْ بِهِ أَوْرَقَ جَعَدًا جُمَالِيًّا خَدَلَّجَ السَّاقَيْنِ سَابِغَ الْأَلْيَتَيْنِ، فَهُوَ لِلَّذِي رُمِيَتْتِبهِ»
(If she gives birth to a red-haired child (with skinny thighs) and thin legs, then he is Hilal’s child, but if she gives birth to a curly-haired child with thick legs and plump buttocks, then this is what she is accused of.) She subsequently gave birth to a child who was curly-haired with thick legs and plump buttocks, and the Messenger of Allah said,
«لَوْلَا الْأَيْمَانُ لَكَانَ لِي وَلَهَا شَأْنٌ»
(Were it not for the oath that she swore, I would deal with her.)’
SubhanAllah! He saw his wife in the dead of the night fornicating with another man. Imagine the utmost patience he displayed. He waited till the morning to come to Prophet Muhammad (s) and see Allah’s mercy … He revealed in His guidebook, guideline for the extreme of the cases. SubhanAllah! So many lessons from this case of this Sahabi (ra).
So in an extreme case, where a man himself sees his wife with another man, even then he is NOT allowed to take the law into his own hands. He can not harm or kill them.He will not fly into a rage and do as he pleases. He will bring his wife to the judge. There he will take an oath in Allahs name four times that he saw what he saw. Then his wife is allowed to declare her innocence (or accept the crime if she fears Allah). She also takes oath four times that her husband is lying. In the fifth oath she will invoke Allah’s curse on her own self incase she is lying. After this , they are divorced and she is also given her due mahr. She is not labelled as a fornicator. She is considered innocent.
Such is the care and justice for women in Islam. She is protected and given benefit of doubt whether she is guilty or whether she is innocent. Such is Allah’s mercy.
Who says women have no rights in Islam?? and for all those who scream that a woman’s testimony is not equal to a mans’ in Islam… read the verses again. In this case, her testimony ALONE suffices for her. SubhanAllah Allahu Akbar.!
All that honor killing and the karo kari nonsense that you hear and read about is NOT ISLAM. In many parts of our country, even if a girl is seen speaking to a boy , she is killed in the name of honor. If a man, even as much as suspects his wife of having an affair, he kills her in the name of honor. If daughters have boyfriends.. the parents think they have the option of honor killing! NAY that is NOT SO. Honour killings have nothing to do with Islam. It is cultural.It is murder, pure and simple and on the day of judgement, the first crime Allah will account will be murders. Please do not confuse culture with Islam. Everything thing that occurs in a so-called-Muslim-Country is not according to the Quran.
May Allah guide us and our nation towards understanding the Quran and implementing it in our lives. Ameen.
Read the details of these verses in Tafsir Ibn Kathir here.
Daura-e-Qur’an arranged by Huma Najam’s Al Ilm Institute
Speaker Aiasha Amir In Urdu
Duration:1st Ramadan to 27th Ramadan – 7 days a week
Time:11:30am to 1:30pm. IA.
Venue: Naziha’s, 3A/2, 2nd North Street, Phase.1, DHA.
Contact: 0300 2513002
(Note: Huma Najam herself is not doing this Dawrah e Quran)
Dawrah e Quran by Safiya Khan
At D.H.A Creek Club, Mehran Hall
Time: 10:00 – 12:30
A very creative Ramadan Activity Book by an 11 year old Pakistani Homeschooler.
Originally posted on The Homeschool Buzz:
Here is a small gift from us – an activity book for children 5-7 years which will in sha Allah help them in learning about Ramadan, fasting etc.
This is Hadi’s work at 11 years. May Allah make her use her abilities seriously in His cause as she grows up.
Download: RAMADHAN BOOK
This was one of the first stories I narrated to my daughter when she turned 3. I kept the story simple and to the point. My focus is on Allahs love and mercy therefore I refrained from mentioning death. After hearing this story a number of times, soon she memorized the names of all the important personalities in the life of our beloved Prophet Sallallahu alayhe wasallam and also the first few verses of Surah Alaq.
I wrote down what I narrate to her and this is for the parents to read and narrate in their own words. Add lots of emotions and voice variations to make the story interesting and capture the imagination of the young child. Make sure to recite the Quranic Ayahs with proper tajweed and soon your little one will memorize it too.
May Allah accept this small endeavour from me and make it beneficial to all Muslim parents out there.
Just for inspiration and some laughs (you will know why when you listen) I am sharing this voice clip of me narrating this story when Aaminah was 3 years old.
I have been narrating Stories from the Quran to my daughter since she was 3 years old. She is 4.5 now MashaAllah.
I used to narrate story of the Ashab e Kahf to her on fridays. I also love this Surah and tremendously enjoy its recitation by Mishari Rashid. I love to recite it as well. Recently I started including actual verses of the Quran into the story of Ashaab e Kahf.
She enjoyed the story tremendously MashaAllah and quickly memorized the dua of Ashab e Kahf. I decided to write down the story I narrate to her so other parents can benefit from it as well InshaAllah. May Allah accept from me.
Instead of the usual long long time ago beginning, i decided to narrate it as a Seerah event.How Prophet Muhammad sallalahu alayhe wasallam was asked about Ashab e Kahf by the Makkans. This will InshaAllah result in developing a strong attachment and love for Muhammad sallahualayhe wasallam.
This story is meant to be narrated by the parent. It would be best for the parent to read this story, memorize the verses and narrate them in their own words, full of emotions. If the child is young, some details can be skipped. I hope you will find the story beneficial.
Download pdf: The Ashaab e Kahf
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I wanted to teach Aaminah about the Moon Phases last Ramadan, but I could not find anything simple and age appropriate. She was 3 and a half last Ramadan. So I made the Moon Phases myself. and I updated the file this year and we did the moon phases again. Aaminah really enjoyed the activity. She now knows the names of a few phases of the moon MashaAllah. She explained the moon phases to her father after we did the chart. At night we also used a torch and balls to understand why the moon has phases.
These are the pics from last year.
Here are the pics from this year.
You can download the pdf file for the Moon Phases here :SimpleMoonPhasesChart
You have the option to print out a colorful Earth or a black and white one to color in. You can also skip printing the sun and make one large sized one yourself.
MOON PHASES CARDS
Will be doing an activity soon using these Moon Phases Cards
After Aaminah turned 3, I started narrating to her bed time stories of the the Prophets. I did not use any book, but just made it up myself to make it age appropriate. In the beginning I would keep it very short with minimum details and then add more and more details considering her age . She is 4.6 now Masha Allah and she knows the basics of the stories of Adam,Nooh,Younus,Ibrahim,Yaqoob and Yusuf ,Musa, Haroon,, Esa alayhim salam and Muhammad (sallalahu alayhe wasallam). I plan to add more and more details as she grows up and introduce other Quranic stories and stories of the Sahaba later.
Before I started narrating the stories, she was already aware of Who and Where Allah SubhanaWatala is. Allah is our Rabb..Who created us, who gave us eyes and hands and feet, who provides us with food and water and all delicious things to eat, Allah makes us grow big, from being a little baby to a big girl. He is our creator, provider and sustainer.
I began with the story of creation of how Allah created everything out of nothing and he created the angels from light and jinns from fire then he created Adam from clay. Then how iblees did not bow down and then how they all were sent down to earth.
A few days ago, while we were eating , I was telling Aaminah some story and we were discussing Jannah and how all the Prophets will be there and we will see Allah InshaAllah.. all of a sudden Aaminah blurted out… I am shy. I asked her shy of what…she said “shy of going up!”
While a few Fridays back ..Aminah came to me and said “Mama….can I have the Quran?” Why…I ask. “I want to teach huzaifah” comes the reply.
While just this Friday while reading Surah Kahf, she came up to me and said I also want to see,so I recited Surah Kahf for her and then tried to simply explain to her what it meant. I pointed out various words… Kahf, she already knows the story of the people of the cave, so I recited the ayahs explained that to her again. When I reached the part about DhulQarnain, I told her that he was a King, but he was a Muslim who did good deeds so he helped others. So explained that some people called Yajuj Majuj would come down the mountains and destroy everything so DhulQarnain built a very very big strong wall. SubhanAllah.. she said they can break it with a hammer! I then explained to her that when night comes they would get tired and say we will do it tomorrow, but they did nott say InshaAllah.. so Allah covers up the hole in t he wall and so the next day they have to try and break it all over again.
Story of Ashab e Kahf in Arabic (Flash) here
Story of the Seven Sleepers on Kids Land
Another must visit place in Medina. It is located to the north of Masjid e Nabawi in a building known as Dawoodiah Centre . It is around 20 minutes walking distance from Roza e Rasool sallallahu alayhe wasallam. It has an amazing miniature model of the present day Masjid e Nabawi showing the exact no of pillars, the name of the important pillars as well as the location of the mimbr and the mehrab and the Riadh ul Jannah. It also displays what it is like inside the Green Dome, showing the walls, the lead underground barrier in the shape of a circle as well as the location of the Roza e Rasool, Abu Bakr and Umar (ra)
This centre also contains a beautifully detailed model of the battle of uhud and trench so absolutely amazing that you will feel like you are right there in the battle field. It also has models of the original design of the Masjid Nabawi as it was in the first year of hijra, after change of qibla and after the expansion. However these models are very simple clay models, unlike the beautifully detailed models in Darul Medina Museum. This museum is a MUST visit. It is an enlightening time travel experience!
Another important model was that of Jannatual Baqi. There was some models of the important Masajids as well.
Outside the Medina Media Gallery… aka Centre for Research and Studies in Al Medina
Chart showing the inside of the sacred chamber - the Roza e Rasool (s)
Another chart showing the out side grill and the location of the resting place of Prophet Muhammad s, Abu Bakr and Umar (r). In order to keep it different from the square shaped Kabah, Umar bin Abdul Aziz had a wall made around it with a triangle at the bottom side, so it does not stay in the shape of a square, resembling the Kaabah.
Miniature model of the current Masjid e Nabawi, showing the out grills of the sacred chamber, the room of Fatima to the left, the mimbar, the mehrab, and the pillars.
Have you ever wondered how Makkah was when Ibrahim (AlahisSalam) left Hajar all alone there. How was the masjid Nabawi, the first time it was made by our Prophet Muhammad sallalahu alayhe wasallam and the Sahaba? How and where were the hujurat and rooms of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad? How was the masjid re-done after the Qibla was changed from Jerusalem to Makkah….
If so, then be ready for an unforgettable journey back in time, witness the Seerah of Prophet Muhammad unfold in front of your own eyes. Live and breathe as if you were living in the era of Rasool Allah salllhu alayhe wasalam.
This mega city, which is still in its initial stages of development, is located 5km from masjid e nabawi.
However, it is not close by and you will have to hire a Taxi. Another problem was that no taxi driver knew about this place, as it is recently developed and add to that that they do not understand any other language except for Arabic. So.. what I did was to write down the address of the Museum on paper and then asked the taxi driver to take you there. It will be a very desolated area with not many buildings at all… so you should be able to see the ‘fancy’ dome shaped building of the Knowledge Economic City and its signboards and logos. Don’t depend on the taxi driver to take you,instead have a good look at these photos and the KEC Website, copy their address and make a lot of dua that the Taxi driver is able to take you there. InshaAllah
Secondly, it has an entry fee as well. I have forgotten how much it was.. but I think it was around 20Riyal.
Inside the KEC main building, there was a beautiful gallery of enlarged photos of the two harams as well as beautiful miniature models of the houses and villas being constructed there called the dar al Jewar. We were only interested in seeing the Museum but we reached there at 9:00 and the Museum opens at 10:00. So we spent one hour looking at the beautiful gallery and the models of the villas displayed there.
The Masjid was built on a land opposite to the house of Abu Ayub Al Ansari. RasulAllah s paid 10 gold dinars for purchasing the land. Some amount was also contributed by Abu Bakr As Siddiq r.
As you can see, this model is beautifully done with exceptional detail with trees, palm leaves roof and sand and pillars. In the first year of Hijra, the Qible was Baitul Muqaddas, which is to the north of Medina. So the Masjid was constructed with the prayer are to the north ( the large shed made of leaves and supported by palm tree trunk pillars. The Ashab e Suffah area was to the south and on the south right side you can see two rooms. The first belonged to Aisha r and the one next to it belonged to Fatima (ra)
There were 3 doors, one to the south, one to the west called Bab e Rehma and one to the east through with Prophet Muhammad s entered. The original mosque was a rectangular enclosure of 30 m × 35 m (98 ft × 115 ft) at a height of 2 m.
The columns were made of Palm tree trunks and roof of palm branches which was later covered by mud to prevent rain water from leaking in.
This Ramadan I wanted to focus on good behaviour and the Quran. For the Good Behaviour I made some simple basic house rules for every day reminder. I wanted positive reinforcement and not a bad behaviour list…I used symbols to illustrate the good behaviour since Aaminah is just beginning to read and can not read a lot of text. I printed and stuck them to a house shaped construction paper. The text in blue is the mafhoom of hadiths or ayahs. Since ramadan is coming up, it will give us ample opportunities to practice.
I cut out the rules and Aaminah put the glue and all this while I explained to her what we were doing. I explained what is Darul ul Islam.. a house of peace a house of Salam, where everyone is happy and peaceful and lives according to the teaching of Islam. Dar ul Taqwa – house of Allah conciousness – a house where we are aware that Allah is always watching us. Darul Quran – A house of Quran.. where we read, listen and live by the Quran.. so on and so forth. Then went on to explain each rule. I am making a seperate ‘bad behavior chart’ which will illustrate the bad behaviour which will not be tolerated in this house.
This is not just a reminder for the children , but for me as well.. to remember to be kind and forgiving when the kids wreck up the house! :-)
If you would like to use these in your home, here is a pdf file for you to print out. Please use and share and remember me in your duas.
However much to my dismay,Aaminh is still not very keen to read and kept asking me to read out the book to her.she read a few words from a few pages,but not much interested in reading the whole book. I am not going to force her as I don’t want her to ‘hate’ reading and i don’t want her to use her sight memory as well.
When we push young children to read and they only have access to their right hemisphere for reading, we create learning problems for them in the future.
Read about the dangers of forcing children to read .. before their brain is fully developed..here
I Have been trying to do various reading activities with aminah but she does not seem to be too interested in reading and at times deliberately reads wrong . I KNOW she can read and has read many words but at times she just goes crazy and reads even the letters wrong. We tried to do movable alphabets an copying words but after two words she was tuned out. Maybe i should go very slow or just leave her alone for the time being.
However her Arabic progress is going good Alhamdulilah and while playing with smartmax she made various Arabic letters..
Yesterday was a miracle day alhamdulilah. Aminah was playing her reading game on the tablet in which she always guessed the 3 letter word which she had to match with a picture, but yesterday i realized that she was not guessing but was selecting using the ending sound. She would get it right if there was no similar ending sound but would get it wrong if there were words with the same ending sound.eg for cat picture if there was cat and bat. I took over to explain the beginning sound and lo and behold she got how to blend two letters Alhamdulilah.
After playing the game for a while, we did some reading , I wrote two letter words on paper
and we did some reading . MashaAllah she got it! It was a breakthrough day for me. She still loses her focus and starts doing her own writing as you can see her doodles and her jeem as we are also doing Arabic, but its okay and I don’t push her if she does not want to do something. So we probably did this for may be just a minute or two and then she we went off doing her own coloring etc.
Today we did some more reading on the blackboard and she was able to read two letter words such as on off go an at etc etc. However at times she is still confused if she should read from left to right or right to left.
Later during the day we read level Pk of the Emaan reading series and she read the simple words in the book such as see fun
and then we moved on to three letter word picture match puzzle by jolly phonics! MashaAllah she got most of them correct except for mug and pin.
It is such a wonderful day for me and I am extremely happy. It may mean nothing to parents whose children can read, but for me its a huge milestone in homeschooling. Even though she has been recognizing alphabets since she was 2.5 but she just was not able to get the concept of blending. So I totally quit trying to teach her to read, specifically because I did not want her to use her short term memory for reading and because of the many other reasons which I wrote in this blog post. ‘Homeschooling the not so still’. The only thing we were doing was read aloud. We read almost every day,various kinds of books, simple ones to downright high level ones – which i knew she was not understanding much, but she still insisted me to read those to her. Currently I began teaching her Arabic letters and their sounds and doing some Arabic vocabulary. Also formally began the Qaida and memorizing the Quran. This is what we were focusing on these days and lo and behold she began to read
Anyways, she turned 4 in Januray and still no sign of understanding blending or her trying to read and I began to have doubts and fears of my ability to homeschool successfully. I though she was going to stay illiterate and would eventually have to be put into a school. And behold in two days time she has began to read 3 letter words – which is exactly what her peers in school are doing. I asked a friend whose daughter attends school and is Aaminah’s age and she is also doing three letter words. So even though I DID NOT do anything to teach her how to read – any activity or exercise or worksheets but MashaAllah she is reading and is not behind – which I had thought might be the case since I am homeschooling and not doing much!