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highway_trekker
07-21-2007, 02:13 PM
Asslaamu-alaykum wa rahmatullaah,

The summer holidays….

For some of us, the thought of hours, days and weeks of free time can sometimes be a little daunting. This is particularly so for those of us who have parted with our friends for a short while and enjoy the exciting activities schools can offer. Everyone likes a break but what exactly can we do with all this time? As students, we are used to the structured nature of our day and the summer holiday makes us appreciate the benefit of study and keeping our mind occupied with useful things.

Apart from spending time on these forums, what else can we do, to make this time as constructive and beneficial as possible? And Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “verily by time man is in loss…”. This time can especially be difficult for those of us who dwell upon things that get us down. Time can become a torturous enemy (for some of us) and for others it can be a wasting journey. However, others have excelled in making good use time balancing both our Deen and the things we do in the dunyaa.

Inshaa’Allaah, it would be nice to share what we have in mind for the next five or six weeks (in the UK) in hope to benefit youngsters on this forum who are a little apprehensive in how exactly they are going to spend their time and are worried about the suffocating and overpowering nature of time…

Jazaak’Allaahu Khayran

“And Allaah helps a man as long as he helps his brother…”
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sevgi
07-21-2007, 02:22 PM
as a uni student, especially one studying english literature, u can imagine how much reading i must do within semesters.

these take up alot of time..i find myself neglecting my islamic literature...so i spend a lot of time reading quran and other islamic texts to fill in the gaps.

choose urself a good text...one which u can fuel up with....

...thats my advice.
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highway_trekker
07-21-2007, 02:24 PM
choose urself a good text...one which u can fuel up with....
Excellent advice masha'Allaah...
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Star
07-21-2007, 02:26 PM
Originally Posted by highway_trekker
Asslaamu-alaykum wa rahmatullaah,

The summer holidays….

For some of us, the thought of hours, days and weeks of free time can sometimes be a little daunting. This is particularly so for those of us who have parted with our friends for a short while and enjoy the exciting activities schools can offer. Everyone likes a break but what exactly can we do with all this time? As students, we are used to the structured nature of our day and the summer holiday makes us appreciate the benefit of study and keeping our mind occupied with useful things.
i'm sooo sad now that the summer holidays have started, :cry: , i miss my friends, one in particular, worse thing is cnt even get in touch with them, i spent most of friday crying, i feel depressed, plus the weather doesnt really help much all it ever seems to do is rain, but i do have some stuff to do in da holz, 1st being COURSEWORK, which im not gunna even botha looking @, and secondly im trying to learn arabic, so that should occupy my time, insha'allah the holz will whizz by.

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highway_trekker
07-21-2007, 02:34 PM
i'm sooo sad now that the summer holidays have started, , i miss my friends, one in particular, worse thing is cnt even get in touch with them, i spent most of friday crying, i feel depressed, plus the weather doesnt really help much all it ever seems to do is rain, but i do have some stuff to do in da holz, 1st being COURSEWORK, which im not gunna even botha looking @, and secondly im trying to learn arabic, so that should occupy my time, insha'allah the holz will whizz by.
May Allaah make it easy for you ukhtee Star..yes we miss our loved ones...but Allaah will make us unite with them soon. Learning Arabic sounds like a brilliant idea-wise young one-Masha'Allaah! And yeh coursework...well rather you than me!!! And you are right...the holidays will whizz by...just don't stare at the clock.........................
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sevgi
07-21-2007, 02:38 PM
dont resort to consumption therapy...youll put on alot of weight that way...jst warning ya...

maybe get together wit ur frends and do something...a movie nite evry friday or something.the next six weeks dnt have to be torture.
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highway_trekker
07-21-2007, 02:38 PM
i miss my friends, one in particular, worse thing is cnt even get in touch with them
Star...If this is any consolation...Ibn Taymiyyah rahimullaah said in one of his letters (from prison) to his mother...

"Yet it was not our choice to be far from you. Had birds been able to carry us, we would have come to you. But the absent one has his reason..."

Until the birds carry you back...make your reason for spending your time the way you do, as beneficial as possible Inshaa'Allaah... :-)
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Star
07-21-2007, 02:38 PM
Originally Posted by highway_trekker
May Allaah make it easy for you ukhtee Star..yes we miss our loved ones...but Allaah will make us unite with them soon. Learning Arabic sounds like a brilliant idea-wise young one-Masha'Allaah! And yeh coursework...well rather you than me!!! And you are right...the holidays will whizz by...just don't stare at the clock.........................

jazakillah khayrun ukhtee, one problem i do though is i spend a lot of time looking out my window, watching cars go by, its just as bad as watching the clock, time seems to pass so slowly....:cry:

:w:
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highway_trekker
07-21-2007, 02:43 PM
one problem i do though is i spend a lot of time looking out my window, watching cars go by, its just as bad as watching the clock, time seems to pass so slowly....
Don't watch the cars...walaahi time will pass soooo slowly...instead let the thought of meeting your friends again encourage you to get up...and do something...like your Arabic...like spending time on here...like coursework (sorry had to bring that one in *winks*)

You are in my duas, Star...

and sister Sumeyye, Good advice again!
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Star
07-21-2007, 02:50 PM
Originally Posted by highway_trekker
Star...If this is any consolation...Ibn Taymiyyah rahimullaah said in one of his letters (from prison) to his mother...

"Yet it was not our choice to be far from you. Had birds been able to carry us, we would have come to you. But the absent one has his reason..."

Until the birds carry you back...make your reason for spending your time the way you do, as beneficial as possible Inshaa'Allaah... :-)

jazakillah khayr for this, it helps a lil.

if i was an optimistic person, then it would b soo much better and easier 4 me, unfortunately im generally pessimistic, but none the less, im detemined not to spend the holz wallowing in my own self-misery, im going to have sum fun *i think*.

:w:
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Star
07-21-2007, 02:53 PM
Originally Posted by sumeyye
dont resort to consumption therapy...youll put on alot of weight that way...jst warning ya...

maybe get together wit ur frends and do something...a movie nite evry friday or something.the next six weeks dnt have to be torture.
i've already resorted to consumption therapy, im a sporty person, play some sports, so i wont put too much weight on, rather im determined to lose some.

i would meet with my friends only neither i or my friends have the freedom to do so, strict parents, but we'll live, theres always textin and e-mail.

jazakillah khayr ukhtee,

:w:
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highway_trekker
07-21-2007, 02:56 PM
Wayaa'eeki Star...

What a beautiful username btw...I saw a bright star last night too! Stars are generally optimistic, 'the future is bright' Inshaa'Allaah. Optimism has to be self-taught. It is shaped by positive thinking. Think positively and drive out (not block) negative thoughts. I'll leave you with some good quotes for now...


An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

An optimist is the human personification of spring.

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.


Keep reading this thread for hopefully, some more brilliant ideas from the users on this forum...In your hands sister...but you are never alone :-)
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Star
07-21-2007, 03:00 PM
jazakillah khayrun for all your advice ukhtee, it really does help, may allah reward you.

:w:
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highway_trekker
07-21-2007, 03:00 PM
i would meet with my friends only neither i or my friends have the freedom to do so, strict parents, but we'll live, theres always textin and e-mail.
And ukhtee Star...maybe there is good in not seeing all your friends (i mean if your parents may not always approve of it)...perhaps they may make you more down than you are. And if there is good in it and you're parents still don't allow it, then Allaah will never let your patience and obedience be wasted. Just imagine the reward that you are piling Masha'Allaah.


And Allaah tells us in the Qur'aan, that perhaps we love a thing a it is bad for us and we hate a thing and it is good for us...

Keep shining Star!
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highway_trekker
07-21-2007, 03:02 PM
jazakillah khayrun for all your advice ukhtee, it really does help, may allah reward you.
That is what we are here for...Muslims love and carry one another in their times of need. Do not worry...it will work out bi'idnillaah :-)
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highway_trekker
07-21-2007, 04:02 PM
Some things that we could do in our free time...(taken from a website)

Reading file. Clip magazine articles or print out good articles or reports for reading later, and keep them in a folder marked “Reading File”. Take this wherever you go, and any time you have a little chunk of time, you can knock off items in your Reading File. Keep a reading file on your computer (or in your bookmarks), for quick reading.

Goal time. Take 10 minutes to think about your goals, personal and educational. If you don’t have a list of goals, start on one. If you’ve got a list of goals, review them. Write down a list of action steps you can take over the next couple of weeks to make these goals a reality. What action step can you do today? The more you focus on these goals, and review them, the more likely they will come true.

Exercise. Never have time to exercise? 10 minutes is enough to get off some pushups and crunches. Do that 2-3 times a day, and you’ve got a fit new you.

Research. This is a daunting task for me. So I do it in little spurts. If I’ve only got a few minutes, I’ll do some quick research and take some notes. Do this a few times, and I’m done!

Get prepped. Outlining is one way to prep for longer work, but there’s a lot of other ways you can prep for the next task on your list.

Log. If you keep a log of anything, a few spare minutes is the perfect time to update the log. Actually, the perfect time to update the log is right after you do the activity (exercise, eat) but if you didn’t have time to do it before, your 5-minute break is as good a time as any.
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Star
07-21-2007, 04:22 PM
i've started doing the 1st 1, but im too lazy to do the others,

jazakillah khayr ukhtee,

:w:
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glo
07-21-2007, 04:29 PM
Originally Posted by highway_trekker
Asslaamu-alaykum wa rahmatullaah,

The summer holidays….

For some of us, the thought of hours, days and weeks of free time can sometimes be a little daunting. This is particularly so for those of us who have parted with our friends for a short while and enjoy the exciting activities schools can offer. Everyone likes a break but what exactly can we do with all this time? As students, we are used to the structured nature of our day and the summer holiday makes us appreciate the benefit of study and keeping our mind occupied with useful things.

Apart from spending time on these forums, what else can we do, to make this time as constructive and beneficial as possible? And Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “verily by time man is in loss…”. This time can especially be difficult for those of us who dwell upon things that get us down. Time can become a torturous enemy (for some of us) and for others it can be a wasting journey. However, others have excelled in making good use time balancing both our Deen and the things we do in the dunyaa.

Inshaa’Allaah, it would be nice to share what we have in mind for the next five or six weeks (in the UK) in hope to benefit youngsters on this forum who are a little apprehensive in how exactly they are going to spend their time and are worried about the suffocating and overpowering nature of time…

Jazaak’Allaahu Khayran

“And Allaah helps a man as long as he helps his brother…”
How about doing some volunteering or some charity work? There are many good causes out there!

Or how about look after your younger siblings (if you have any)? Or the neighbour's children?
Make jam.
Plant a herb garden.
Offer to take the neighbour's dog for a walk. Or to get their shopping.
Or (my favourite!) ... learn how to knit! :D

Whatever you do, enjoy the summer!

peace
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highway_trekker
07-21-2007, 04:34 PM
Wayaa'eeki,

and the fact that you are a 'little lazy' is just the fact that you a a typical kid (i hope you are a kid)! :D Don't worry bout it!

Some more realistic and life-changing tips...(from a website)

1. Remember you are a khalifa on earth
Both men and women are appointed by Allah as His khalifa (trustees) on earth (Qur'an 33:72-73). We have been given this amana (trust) from Allah, and it is our responsibility to care for it. We must not forget that we will all be asked on the Day of Judgement what we did with our time. What did we do for the sake of Allah while we were alive? How did we spend our time, wealth, health, knowledge and other resources Allah has entrusted to us as a gift. How have we tried to make our ummah stronger? Will we make the grade?


2. Make your intention for the sake of Allah
Where does success really come from? It's from Allah. But without the correct intentions and methods, success at home and work won't happen.

"Actions are but by intentions," said Prophet Muhammad said in a Hadith in Bukhari and Muslim. Make your intention to please Allah first and foremost. This is the first and most important thing no matter what type of activism you get involved in.


3. Make Du'a (supplication)

Who can really answer your prayers and help you? Allah, of course. Ask only from Allah. Ask Him for Guidance, understanding, and a straight intention. Ask Him to accept your efforts for His cause.

Then watch as Insha Allah, He helps you throughout your work for His Cause.


4. Seek knowledge, a path to Paradise and power
Once your intention is clear, how do you know what the right method is to contribute to Islam in America? The key is knowledge. Specifically, knowledge of the Qur'an and Sunnah. This is not necessarily the knowledge you may have picked up in the Muslim country or community you grew up in. We're talking about knowledge based on original sources — the Qur'an and Sunnah.

"For him who follows a path for seeking knowledge, Allah will ease for him the path to Paradise" said the Prophet in a Hadith in Muslim.

For starters, one simple thing you can do is to read a translation of the Qur'an in a language you feel most comfortable with. This is not to say that translations will give you a complete understanding of the Qur'an. What it will provide though, is a basic overview.

Sincerely seek the truth. Remember that your goal as an ordinary Muslim at this point, is not to "reinterpret" the Qur'an. It is simply to expose yourself to Allah's Message in a way that you can understand.


5. Learn about your rights and duties and change who you are accordingly
Is knowledge meant to just fill our heads? Of course not. If we want to work for Islam in the West or anywhere else, we've got to start with ourselves first.

This not only means to know but to practice what we know. We must work from the inside out. We must fix our character first, then work with our families, neighborhood and further out within the community.


6. Raise good Muslim sons and daughters
Who raised those brothers who won't let sisters come to the mosque? Mostly women. For all the talk of Muslim women going out to change the world, we tend to forget about the one place where women have the most control: as mothers. Use this power.

It's mothers who can perpetuate notions of what a woman's place is, and they also can perpetuate a lot of the misguided notions about the position of women in Islam. Think through what messages you are giving your children. For example, how many mothers spoil their sons by not insisting they clean up their own room, put away their own dishes after dinner, help clean up the house or fold the laundry? Mothers can and should challenge gender stereotypes in their own homes.
This may be considered a small step for mums, but it leads to big steps for Muslim brothers.

With regards to daughters, mothers must orient them in the right direction on a personal level as Muslims, then at the academic and career levels. Not to forget but mothers are their daughters first role model. Be an example for her of a solid, strong Muslim.


7. Speak out against injustice
Feeling powerless against the Muslim men who won't let you come to the mosque? At least speak out against it. Did a speaker say something insensitive about sisters? Speak out against it. Use your knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah to challenge gender-unfriendly spaces and positions in the Muslim community.

Too often, the status quo is maintained because Muslim women do not speak up.
And don't just speak out against the bad. Ask questions and comment with wisdom as well.


8. Don't underestimate the power of social activities
Do you think organizing social activities such as dinners for sisters is just a waste of time? Not if you know the reality of the Muslim community here in the West.

While many sisters have families they can easily turn to for company and support, there are many who don't. Our communities have plenty of sisters who are new to Islam, or sisters who are students from abroad, or who recently immigrated here with their families but who are hungry for companionship.
What better companionship than that of Muslim sisters for the sake of Allah?

Organizing weekly dinners, teas, Halaqas are all small practical steps that Muslim sisters can take to help each other not only cope with loneliness, but more importantly become closer to Allah, if He wills. This creates a much-needed social network.


9. Go into professions that are needed in the community
Often, we encourage our children to go into professions that are seen as prestigious or that will ensure them financial security. These may not, however, be professions that are most needed by the Muslim community. Identify what the needs are and encourage young women to pursue careers in these fields.

For example, there is dire need for Muslim community advocates, social workers, therapists, family counselors, and other support resources. The shortage of such professional skills within the community forces Muslims to go to non-Muslims who are often insensitive to our religious values.

Another field where Muslim women are needed is law. Marriage, divorce, custody of children, and inheritance are all issues which directly affect Muslim women, and for which they will rarely find a Muslim advocate. There is a need for sisters who know Islamic law and the local law to help Muslim women deal with issues like these with sincere, sound advice, as well as sympathetic support.

Is there a Muslim woman doctor in the house? For the most part, the answer is no. It is no cliche to say that there is a crying need for women in the medical field. Sisters are especially needed in sensitive fields like obstetrics and gynecology, fertiltiy specialists, etc.

These are among many areas where women, especially Muslim ones, feel most comfortable discussing exclusively with other women who will understand where they are coming from.


10. Teach in Islamic weekend schools
Does getting an education degree sound too far-fetched? If so, consider helping Islam in America by teaching at the local Islamic weekend school. This is where a number of Muslim kids (most of whom attend public school) find their only Islamic environment throughout the whole week.

The presence Muslim sisters as mentioned above, is not just in imparting knowledge but it's also in being a positive role model.
As well, teaching in Islamic weekend schools provides you with the opportunity to clarify the position of women in Islam, to clear it of the cultural baggage so many Muslim parents tend to pass down to their kids.


11. Enjoin the good and forbid the evil
The Prophet said: If one of you sees something evil he should change it with his hand. If he cannot, he should speak out against it, and if he cannot do even that he should at least detest it in his heart, this being the weakest form of faith.
[Muslim]

Enjoining the good and forbidding the evil is not the domain of Muslim brothers alone. Sisters are also required to do this, whether it is on an individual or community level. Look for opportunities and build your strength to do this.

Not only will you be fulfilling a religious duty, but you will become stronger and Allah willing, gain the strength to speak out against wrong regardless who is doing the wrong.

12. Promote and appreciate sisters doing good work
How many of us spend time to appreciate the work Muslims sisters do to promote the cause of Islam?

Whether a sister has given an inspiring speech, written a useful article, established a fantastic program for the mosque, a number of sisters tend to beat each other down instead of trying to build each other up.

Promoting and appreciating sisters who are doing good work will not only serve as encouragement for them, it will also pinpoint acceptable role models for young Muslim women. This is important when many or our young girls look up to women who are models, actresses and singers, as opposed to those making a positive contribution to society.


13. Support other sisters in need or difficulty
Do you know a sister who takes care of her own kids, plus an ailing mother-in-law? Or a sister who needs a night out with her husband after a frustrating week juggling work and home responsibilities? Give her a break. Offer to babysit for a night, or take her kids to the park so she can have some free time to herself. These small gestures give a big boost to sisterhood and Muslim community support, not to mention support for a Muslim family.


14. Get sympathetic speakers and scholars invited to the community
Who are the top five speakers in your community? What is their understanding of Islam and especially the role of women? Do they speak out against injustice? Or do they promote the status quo?

Sisters can encourage community leaders to invite speakers to shed light on Muslim women's issues, and who can address problems from an Islamic perspective in a wise and sensitive way.


15. Teach sisters how to deal with discrimination
How many sisters know how to respond effectively to discrimination and harassment? It seems that most will tend to ignore it. Others may respond with a rude remark of their own. But neither of these approaches is usually appropriate.

Muslim women can help here by developing an effective strategy in consultation with Imams and community leaders. Informing and enabling Muslim women on how to seek legal recourse if they so choose is another needed service.


16. Become journalists and media professionals

Do you think the ability to write well and communicate effectively has no effect on others?
You're wrong. A knowledgeable, practicing Muslim woman who can write and speak well is a powerful weapon against those who say Islam oppresses women, or that women can't come to the mosque for instance.

The media is an unavoidable tool in the spread of Islam amongst Muslims and non-Muslims and sisters should not avoid this field of study.


17. Use what you have
If you're already a working Muslim woman, how can you contribute without necessarily changing careers? Use your professional skills for the community.

If you can write well, establish a well-written, organized and attractive community newsletter. If you're in business, establish a community fundraising project for the local mosque's expansion. Use what you've got. It'll take some thinking and planning, but you're almost bound to find a way you can contribute, if Allah wills.


18. Know and teach women's history
Do you think women's history means learning exclusively about Western feminists? Think again. Muslim women have their own heroes. Aisha, Khadijah, Maryam, Asiya (may Allah be pleased with all of them) are our role models. Remember that Muslim women's history does not start and end with these four righteous women. Muslim history is full of women who have made positive contributions. We also need to recognize and know the efforts of the pioneering Muslim women who came to North America and worked in partnership with men to establish the various Muslim institutions now flourishing in the West.

Know the history of the first generation of Muslim women as well as those who established the Muslim community in the West and the rest of the world.

Read to your daughters the stories of the great female companions of the Prophet in books like Abdul Wahid Hamid's Companions of the Prophet.


19. Understand the issues of the day

Do you know what your kids are learning in school? Is there a sex education class promoting unIslamic ideas? What are you going to do about it? Do you participate in your child's Earth Day activities at school?

Muslims sisters have to know the issues of the day in order to make an impact. Whether it's sex education, drunk driving or rape these and other issues should be of concern to us as well, and not just non-Muslims. Being vocal, and most importantly, knowing and advocating the Islamic position on issues of the day affords you the opportunity to stand up for justice and to make Da'wah. Don't pass it up.


20. Volunteer!
There are many organisations and businesses - both Muslim and non-Muslim, which are in need of people who can spare a few hours a day, week or month.
Charities, masjids, and play groups are some to name a few. This is an excellent opportunity for Muslimahs to benefit and aid the community as well as gain the blessings from the Lord of all the Worlds.
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highway_trekker
07-21-2007, 04:38 PM
How about doing some volunteering or some charity work? There are many good causes out there!
Masha'Allaah a sparkling idea...

Or how about look after your younger siblings
*smiles*

Offer to take the neighbour's dog for a walk.
Thanks, but no thanks!!!

Or to get their shopping.
Masha'Allaah, tabarak'Allaah!

Whatever you do, enjoy the summer!
You too Glo!
Thanks for your brilliant suggestions
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highway_trekker
07-21-2007, 04:40 PM
i've started doing the 1st 1
Ukhtee Star and you said you were a pessimist!?!:hmm: Masha'Allaah, keep it up! :happy:
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highway_trekker
07-22-2007, 01:23 PM
...Another thing that can be done during the summer break is learning about the lives of the companions of the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wassallam....Inshaa'Allaah, each story has something which we can use to inspire our day-to-day life. It would be beneficial to write out the lessons of each story and then use them as a weekly theme in our personal lives...

...or learn one period of the Seerah such as the time between pre-Arabiyyan Makkah and the Hijrah to Madinah...once again, the battles and treaties of Islaamic history offer a great deal of inspiration which we can apply and use to improve the quality of our lives bi'idhnillaah....
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<nasira>
07-22-2007, 05:31 PM
Originally Posted by sumeyye
dont resort to consumption therapy...youll put on alot of weight that way...jst warning ya...

maybe get together wit ur frends and do something...a movie nite evry friday or something.the next six weeks dnt have to be torture.
movie nyt?!?! i apologise buh i dnt think u shud advise towards sin...
amr bil ma'roof (encourage good deeds)
nahee anil munkar (discourage bad deeds)

plz dnt jumble da 2 up!! :giggling:

oh yea, and ur ryt about d food thing tho....;D
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chand
07-22-2007, 05:41 PM
:sl:

voluntary work is good i do some and it really keeps me busy, my parents are strict too even though they let me work..wierd i know..so i wont see my friends as well anyway harry potter books out just spend time reading that...its wiked..ukhtee star why are you learning arabic if you dont mind me asking?

:w:
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highway_trekker
07-22-2007, 10:44 PM
amr bil ma'roof (encourage good deeds)
nahee anil munkar (discourage bad deeds)
Absolutely ukhti Nasira

ukhtee star why are you learning arabic if you dont mind me asking
Can't really speak for ukhtee Star but possibly why most Muslims learn Arabic, as it is seen as highly important, even fardh...to understand and appreciate the Qur'aan in its original form...

Yes sister Chand, reading is a good thing to do...though I suppose you need to get your head into the right sort of books. But you could spend hours reading...its quite addictive!
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Star
07-22-2007, 11:26 PM
:sl:

Originally Posted by chand
:sl:

my parents are strict too even though they let me work..wierd i know..so i wont see my friends as well anyway harry potter books out just spend time reading that...its wiked..ukhtee star why are you learning arabic if you dont mind me asking?
:w:
lol ukhtee my parents r jus lyk urs, they're quiet strict, so my freedom is limited, but when it comes to gettin a job they're all for it... i jus finishd reading the harry potter book, it's great, the last chapter was a bit typical tho, and ur question why am i learning arabic... ukhtee highway_trekker has kindly answered for me.

Originally Posted by highway_trekker

Can't really speak for ukhtee Star but possibly why most Muslims learn Arabic, as it is seen as highly important, even fardh...to understand and appreciate the Qur'aan in its original form...
plus i want to be able speak the language, its something i've always wnted to do, so im going for it, plus i reckon it'll come in handy in the future.

:w:
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