It happened soon after Muslims conquered Egypt in 20 A.H. A delegation of the local Copts approached the governor Umro bin al-a'as, Radi-Allahu unhu, with a pressing matter. While life in Egypt depended upon the Nile, the river itself demanded an yearly human sacrifice. To satisfy this requirement, on the 12th night of June a virgin girl was dressed as a bride then thrown into the river.
"My own feeling is that we've pushed women too far," says Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, the 80 year old Harvard University doctor who is frequently called "America's Pediatrician," in a recent interview in the Los Angles Times. "We've split them in two, and we have not given them back anything to support themselves on either end." He has witnessed what forcing the women into the workforce and the breakdown of the family have done to the American children. "I just think our country is in deep, deep trouble," he agonizes.
In all societies and at all times marriage has been considered an occssion for great joy. The word most used with "wedding" is "celebration." In fiction, which reflects our inner desires, they "lived happily ever after." Obviously seeking success in marriage has been a pre-occupation of all societies.
"And among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them and He has put love and mercy between your hearts: verily in that are signs for those who reflect."[Al-Rum, 30:21]
"Blessed be God King of the Universe that Thou has not made me a woman." [Jewish Man's Prayer]
In April President Clinton gathered an army of former presidents, state governors, city mayors and hundreds of prominent people from all 50 states to address one of the most pressing problems facing America today. He brought former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, to lead this army. Their task: Solve the problem of 15 million young Americans who are considered at-risk youth.
From among the numerous things that Muslims are required to observe, e.g., perform salaah, recite the Quran, observe the fast of Ramadaan, being kind and humble, etc., one such requirement is to give sadaqa. Allah Ta’ala loves the act of sadaqa (offering charity).
It is an undisputed fact that the responsibility for the protection and preservation of the noble Deen of Islam was handed over to an extraordinary and elite group of “stars” known as the Sahaba Kiraam (Radiyallahu ‘Anhum Ajmaieen). They were the closest to Nabi (Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) and learnt and understood the Deen directly from Nabi (Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam). It is indeed through their trials, tribulations, sacrifices and relentless actions that generation after generation will continue to enjoy and relish the sublime beauties of the chosen Deen-ul-Islam.
Quite often we tend to overlook the great importance and virtue of consuming halaal. The truth of the matter is, just one morsel of haram, that is carelessly eaten or drunk, can have devastating consequences.
Once Saad bin Abi Waqqas (R) requested Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam) to ask Allah to accept all his duas --- i.e. make him a Mustajãbud Dawaat, --- meaning a person whose duas are accepted.
Nabi replied: “O Saad! Be cautious in consuming only halaal and wholesome and Allah Ta’ala will make you a Mustajãbud Dawaat.”