The Red Sea speaks to Me

Standing on the seashore of The Jeddah Corniche. I watch the foam floating ashore, as white as milk, bubbles like soap, moistening the hot sparkling desert sand, and pulling back with its debris. It brings with it shimmering sea shells, taking sand and debris in return, as if  sealing a trade. I look up. I see the gleaming yellow-gold sun setting in the horizon, streaking pinks, reds, and yellows throughout the sunset sky, almost like a painter’s canvas- each color carefully splashed on, each shade gently blended to give it a sense of belonging. The Sun showering its sparkles as if to show its pleasure, the waves dancing gracefully back and forth in glee and harmony. Years of Geo class remind me it’s the Red Sea, it must be.



Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet- Book Review 5

Medicine of the Prophet2Title: Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam

Author: Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jauziyah

Pages: 428

Published by Darussalam

With our unhealthy lifestyles today, filled with junk food, fast food, all-you-can-eat food and can’t-resist-the-temptation food, we search frantically for the foolproof diet to slash the calories. All you girls know exactly what I’m talking about. But what we fail to realize is the importance of eating healthy and taking preventative measures  from sickness and disease. Before we turn  to our family physician or Dr. Google for medical advice, why not consult the wise words of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam revealed from above. Medicine of the Prophet is one book that should be in every Muslim family’s library. Packed with natural remedies and prophetic guidance for ruqyah, everything is supported with authentic ahadith. Ibn Qayyim rahimahullah managed to write an extensive book on human health centuries before microscopes were even invented.

The Darussalam publication has been divided into 4 parts which make it a convenient family reference book. The topic of Prophetic medicine is introduced with a detailed section on the several kinds of diseases out there with emphasis on the hadith “For every sickness, there is a cure”. The two main sections of the book are “Using natural medicines prophetic-style” and “Prophetic Ruqyah”. A handy alphabetical  index at the end of the book allows you to easily skim through numerous foods and herbs mentioned in Ayat and Ahadith wit their benefits and remedies. From fevers to tonsillitis and even sorcery, the advice of Rasulullah salla Allahu alaihi wasallam for our health and wellbeing will be forever treasured by those who apply it to their fast-paced, fast-food based lifestyles of the 21st century.



The Balancing Act

Tightrope wobbleMirette set her eyes straight forward and ignored the cheering crowds behind her.  Her concentration and balance were most vital at this critical moment. A single slip and she’d fall flat on the ground. She breathed in deeply, let her joints relax, and took her first step on the wire. Her arms wobbled slightly but her balance was maintained. She carefully slid her foot forward at a steady pace. The crowds roared beneath her and the loud speakers boomed above her, cheering her name. Just one more step and she’d hit home. One more step and her dream to cross the high wire would become true. As easy as it seemed, this one last step led to her downfall. As overconfidence hit its target, a gush of strong wind set her off balance causing her arms to waver and her left foot to slide off. She fell downwards. The crowd booed.


Chapter on the Kohl of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam


باب ما جاء في كحل رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إن خير أكحالكم الإثمد، يجلو البصر وينبت الشعر

(حديث صحيح)

Chapter on the Kohl of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

Ibn Abbas Radi Allahu ‘Anhuma related from the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) that he said:

“The best of your Kohl is Ithmid (antimony), because it clears the sight and causes the eyelashes to grow.”

(Hadith Saheeh)

Benefits from the hadith:


The Deserted Desert

A believer is a guardian over himself: he accounts himself for Allah. Those who take account of themselves in this world will be audited lightly in the Hereafter. Those who take this issue lightly will find their auditing very difficult. (Al-Hasan Al-Basri)


The view from my bedroom window on the fourth floor of a typical Jeddah building is breathtaking-the first of it’s kind for me. The severe weather conditions would not permit me to venture out to Makkah today. While that means a full day’s worth of classes missed, I am learning my very own lifelong lesson right here, in the midst of one of Jeddah’s finest sandstorms. The horrifying howls of the wind, like sturdy metal chains clashing together, are blowing whirlwinds of sand in all directions, fogging all sights and blinding the eye. I could easily see myself in a hurricane scene from the Wizard of Oz, as trees bow this way and that, imitating windshield wipers of a car on a rainy day.
Birds circle the sky and screech warning calls, alarmed. In this commotion I sense hidden messages, speaking to me, catching my attention to be heard. The incessant wailing of the wind only intrigues the thought and seems to strike its gusts against my soul. Its pleas force me to check where I stand, to grade myself with a degree, to label myself with a category. If death were to come as sudden as this sandstorm, rather with more intensity, would I be ready? Would I embrace death with joy and relief to depart from this world, and see the Exalted face of my Lord?? Or would my soul race around my body in panic, attempting escape from the Angel of death, begging for a second chance to amend?? I shake my head in self-reproach and could only wonder at my fate. 

أفأمنوا أن تأتيهم غاشية من عذاب الله أو يأتيهم الساعة بغتة وهم لا يشعرون؟

Then do they feel secure that there will not come to them an overwhelming [aspect] of the punishment of Allah or that the Hour will not come upon them suddenly while they do not perceive?

How wise were the words of Umar bin Al-Khattab Radi Allahu ‘Anhu! If only I knew what he knew, I would never find the courage to read over the ayahs of warning without assessing its graveness and shivering – in fear and hope.

حاسبوا أنفسكم قبل أن تحاسبوا، وزنوها قبل أن توزنوا، فإن أهون عليكم في الحساب غداً أن تحاسبوا أنفسكم اليوم، وتزينوا للعرض الأكبر، يومئذ تعرضون لا تخفى منكم خافية

“Call your souls to account before you are called to account and weigh your souls (i.e. your actions) before you are weighed for it will make the accountability easier for you tomorrow if you call your selves to account today.” [Reported by Ahmad in his Musnad]

The alarming question still pounds in my head for an answer, “Have I filled my vast desert of records with good deeds  or left it deserted?

-The Sahara Bloggers  (Niqabinja)

The Day of Sacrifice


Part six of lessons in ‘Aqeedah

دروس عقدية مستفادة من الحج

Excerpts from The Teachings of Hajj by Abdul Razzaq ibn Abdul Muhsin


One of the glorious days of Allah is Yawm An-Nahr (The Day of Sacrifice), the tenth day of Dhul Hijjah, and the blessed day of ‘Eid Al-Adha. It is called the Day of Sacrifice because during it the Muslims seek nearness towards Allah by sacrificing designated animals. On this day, those performing Hajj sacrifice their Hady, and the Muslims in all other parts of the world sacrifice their Udhiyah-all seeking nearness to Allah by their deed. More specifically, the objective is not the mere act of sacrifice. Rather, He has prescribed for you to sacrifice these animals in order that you mention His name at the time of sacrifice, because He is truly the Creator and Provider. It is not done so that any part of the meat or blood reaches Him, since He is in no need of anything. “But it is Taqwa from  you that reaches Him,” and this refers to having a sincere intention behind the act and hoping for reward from Allah.

فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ

“So  pray  to  your  Lord  and  sacrifice  [to  Him  alone].” (Kawthar:2)

Make your prayer and sacrifice sincerely for Him. The Mushrikun used to worship idols and sacrifice to them, so Allah commanded the Prophet to oppose them, disavow their practices, and, instead turn to Allah with a sincere, pure intention and resolve. Sacrifice is among the venerated acts of worship by which the Muslims seek nearness to their Lord. It can take the form of Hady, Udhiyah, Aqeedah, Nathr, and others as well. It is impermissible to devote this worship to other than Allah, as is the case with any other act of worship. Every act of sacrifice to other than Allah is Shirk, even if the offering is as worthless as a fly or something of that nature. We ask Allah, the Most Noble, to protect us all from committing Shirk in any form, and to make our deeds sincerely done seeking His Noble Face, and conforming to the Sunnah of His Prophet Muhammad salla Allahu alaihi wassallam. (End of Excerpt) 


On a personal note, I feel that Yawm An-Nahr is a day full of lessons for us. It recalls the mountainous sacrifice done centuries ago by our father Ibrahim alaihi salaam- a sacrifice that reduces all others to dust. A lesson of complete obedience shines when Ibrahim alaihi salaam readily responded to a command he saw in his dream – to sacrifice his only son, his most prized possession in this world. It was enough of a test to leave his son in the barren land of Makkah at infancy, knowing that he would be deprived of the love and care of a father due to the far distances between them. Once agian, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala tested both father and son and they instantly proved their strong Iman and sincere love for Allah without any hesitation. Further contemplation on their sacrifice leaves us in extreme awe and shame. We are commanded to do much easier tasks that would never amount to the sacrifice of a son, yet we search frantically for excuses and short-cuts. I ask Allah to make of those who love for HIS sake and hate for HIS sake, and give for HIS sake and withhold for HIS sake.

As a reward for his complete submission, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala made Prophet Ibrahim’s action a compulsory ritual of Hajj that would be emulated until the end of time by millions of Muslims from all corners of the globe.


إِنَّ اللَّهَ اصْطَفَىٰ آدَمَ وَنُوحًا وَآلَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَآلَ عِمْرَانَ عَلَى الْعَالَمِينَ

Allah chose Adam, Nuh (Noah), the family of Ibrahim (Abraham) and the family of ‘Imran above the ‘Alamin (mankind and jinns) (of their times). (Aal-Imran 3:33)

اللهم صلي وبارك على محمد وعلى آل محمد كما صليت على إبراهيم وعلى ال إبراهيم إنك حميد مجيد

-The Sahara Bloggers (Niqabinja)