Friday, June 13, 2008

DEEN INTENSIVE IN MAURITANIA. They call it Jawla


Allahu akbar. Masha Allah, we have heard several wonderful news and plannings but I doubt if you have heard of this. Indeed, it is the first of its kind that should be experienced by all.

How nice will it be that you are among the first set of people to participate in a deen intensive in the wonderful and blessed desert of Mauritania?

Indeed, many of us have heard of the beauty and the way knowledge is been preserved and transmitted in this ancient country known and respected for Islamic scholarship. Many wish to come and have share of their blessings from this land of thousands poets as the Mauritanians call it but fear some conditions that may not allow them stay for a long time.

This is indeed a very wonderful opportunity to grab because you won't have to spend too much time but indeed benefit from the scholars to be invited from abroad, the Mauritanian shuyukh and also the programmes to be covered like the books to be read, places to visit, foods to eat and to learn the Mauritanian methodology in seeking knowledge. A documentary of the deen intensive will also be made as one of the organisers said.

Ya Lateef, I can't wait to hear when it will be announced publicly and see how it happens. Indeed, it will be very nice to see how it goes.

One of the deen intensives is called Rihla, we hear of the Dowra in Yemen then JAWLA in Mauritanian-- meaning the same meaning like the above mentioned.
WHAT IS NEXT?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

MASJID PROJECT.


MAHDHARA of SHAYKH MUHAMMAD FAAL BIN ABD'LLAH aka SHAYKH BAH.

Recently, I was speaking to the son of the Shaykh of the school where I presently study here in Mauritania (NABBAGHIYYAH). While he was asking me about a group of brothers from the UK that are interested in assisting some of the students of the mahdharah (school) financially and bookwise, he raised the issue of the state of the school mosque. He told me the history behind the mosque: its cost and the reason why the building starting. It was very sad to hear about the history but alhamduliLLAH, with ALLAH all is well.

Rear view of the new Mosque

He mentioned to me that some Qatari charity organisations came on a visit to the Shaykh and to get themselves acquainted with the state of the school. Seeing that the school has a mosque that is small and doesn't suffice the number of students while been tutored by the Shuyukh, they proposed that a new masjid should be built on their own account.

But before they will start by assistance, the school itself has to start the project after which they will give their support. Unfortunately, since the commencement of the construction of the mosque, these people have refused to turn up to the aid of this school. They left them alone to start a very big project that accomplishing it is like getting a water from a mirage. Although, they have really tried their best in sourcing for some money, building the mosque to a very considerable level but the problem of completion still sleeps with them like a nightmare.

Interior view of the new mosque

Buying of cements and iron rod from the city center is very expensive and transporting them to the desert is extremely difficult and costs so much money. This mahdharah is one of the best you can find in Mauritania with a very organised system. The numberof Shuyukh in the school is higher than any other mahdhara you can find in Mauritania. The Shaykh who is indeed a spiritual in the village takes care of the students by providing them with food and accomodation. He has with him seven (7) other Shuyukh teaching the students different sciences of the deen.














The present school mosque where lessons take place and behind is the new mosque

It is in this light that the son of the Shaykh who is indeed a wonderful and humble teacher requested from me that since I have friends in some parts of the world that, I should kindly assist them in using this means of the internet to call for donations in completing this mosque project. We beg you all, wonderful brothers and sisters in Islam to assist this school in putting up a mosque which will serve as a teaching center and also a place of ibadah for Muslims.

Whoever donates to the cause of building the house of ALLAH will surely be blessed with a house in paradise as said by the best of Mankind (SAW). As you all know that when a Muslims dies, everything seizes to count for him except three. One of them is his/her sadaqah (charity) that people benefit from continiously. My fellow brethren, how nice will it be for you and I to enjoy uncountable blessings in our graves just because people pray and obtain knowledge from the mosque where we put in our halal income.

I beg you all brothers and sisters who love the deen, who really want the deen to stand, who want people to benefit from good services to assist this poor people and student of knowledge in contributing generously for the completion of the house of ALLAH and a center for seeking beneficial knowledge.

If you have any donation, do see bank details below:
Account Owner: Mahadra Des Sces Isla De Nbaghya,
Account Number: 01506271401
Banque al Wava Mauritanienne Islamique,
BP 650 Nouakchott,
Swift: BAAWMRMR
Key: 64
If you have anything for the school or have made any transfer, you can email or give me a phone call with the number I have provided: as_abdulng@hotmail.com 00222 4458162

More info about the school and its village can be gotten from the blog of one of the foreign students who studies there presently http://www.nabbaghiya.blogspot.com/

May ALLAH increases us all in Iman and taqwa.
Was salaamu alaykum warahmatULLAH.

A FRIEND

A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest. A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself.

A simple friend has never seen you cry. A real friendhas shoulders soggy from your tears.

A simple friend doesn't know your parents' firstnames. A real friend has their phone numbers in hisaddress book.

A simple friend comes to attend your party.A real friend comes early to help you cook and stayslate to help you clean.

A simple friend hates it when you call after he hasgone to bed. A real friend asks you why you took solong to call.

A simple friend seeks to talk with you about yourproblems. A realfriend seeks to help you with yourproblems.

A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when youhave an argument. A real friend calls you after youhad a fight.

A simple friend expects you to always be there forthem. A real friend expects to always be there foryou!

Amongst these two people, where do we fall into? Let's try to be the best to our friends and with
this, we will definitely create harmony. What do you think?

WHY HAVE A BLOG/WEBSITE or DISCUSION FORUM?

BismiLLAH.

Was Salaatu was salaam ala Rasul al Kareem.

The internet in few years back have really made so many things easy. For me, I see it as a very big place but I still call it a small village. A small village in the sense that, you get everything that you need at your finger tips: either good or bad. Many have benefitted from it positively and likewise its opposite. Although the major turning point that I see in the use of the internet is the aftermath of the 9/11 crisis.

This accident really made so many people to be frequently clued to their PCs. In as much as there have been demerits on how Islam is been portrayed in the various media specifically internet, it has also help immensely in the promotion of da’awah and getting Muslims and non-Muslms to understand issues on Islam. My friend once told me about how a Polish brother reverted to Islam by getting information about Islam from the internet.

Still as there have been praisworthy and commendable things on the use of internet to promote our beautiful deen, there have been so much flaws amongst the Muslims’ use of it. I say this because I recognise the fact that I love reading from discussion forums, blogs and websites controlled by Muslims, so many of which are used in ill-ways.

Many will agree that some of us use this medium to transfer our knowledge of ignorance by issuing internet-based fatwas of issued that should only be touched by learned scholars thereby assigning ourselves as self-styled Muftis in our praiseworthy ignorant capacity. Some even go further to use their blogs, websites, discussion forums, etc as a place where our noble Shuyukh are slandered, people spread gossips and backbite to the point of leading people astray.

Due to the above mentioned reasons, I have been scared to start a blog of my own that I want to use as a place of knowledge exchange within its acceptable limit, an avenue to share thoughts, ideas and opinions between people. On the other thought, I still ask myself, why start a blog/website when you have Sheikhynotes.blogspot, livingislam.org, and their likes.

Despite all these, I still fear that I may still be a victim of the internet ill-use if Shaytan whispers to me to post pages that shouldn’t be read. Anyone reading this may now ask why have I decided to start using this blog after creating it over a long time. My answer is not far: while I was speaking to the son of the Shaykh in the mahdhara where I presently study, he asked me if I have a blog as he knows my friend controls two blogs. I only told him that I had no much time for it as my excuse.

His respone was direct: you have to be using it because it is important. Almost everything have turned to IT so make use of it. Imagine, this was said to me by someone who lives in the desert. From his words, I deemed it fit to start posting on it as long as I seek ALLAH’s guidance not to fall a prey like those who have decided to use their pages to commit and spread fitna instead of benefitting others with relevant informations and transfer of knowledge.

From the statement of the son of the Shaykh, hence my start to post with this first post. I believe in his words, there is barakah and I start this in the name of ALLAH Azza wa Jall.