Muslim Youth: Followers or Leaders?

Muslim youth growing up in the West face a variety of problems, issues and dilemma’s. Many deal with them by simply ‘going with the flow’ or by ‘following the crowd’. Often Muslims follow the youth in wider society despite the fact that they possess the true belief, Islam. The belief of Islam makes us different and worthy to be leaders of humanity rather than followers of people whose favourite pastime is getting drunk or high on a Friday night.

This book is a collection of articles relevant to Muslim youth in the West. It aims to provoke thinking to enable Muslim youth to realise their true identity as slaves of Allah ? and not slaves to pop stars,
sports personalities, movie celebrities or any human being.

 

The Sick Nation Of The Modern Age by Maulana Sayyid Abul A'ala Maududi

The whole of mankind—-Muslims as well as non-Muslims, and the peoples of the East as well as the West—-are today beset with a grave evil: their lives are governed by a culture that was born in crassmaterialism and as now totally steeped in it. The practical policies as well as the theory of this cultureare based on perverse and unstable foundations. Its philosophy and science, its ethical values and social system, its law and politics, in short every feature of this culture, made a wrong direction. And ithas now reached a critical stage of decline which is not very far from collapse and total ruin.

The Moral Foundations Of Islamic Culture by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

It is important to understand Islaam from a cultural point of view because the basis of much of the current turmoil within Muslim countries and conflict with their neighbors can be attributed to cultural clashes. Consequently, a clear understanding of culture and its derivatives is necessary to comprehend the relevance of Islaam to the civilization of Muslim peoples in the twentieth century and beyond. The word “culture” comes from the Latin cultura which is a derivative of the verb colere meaning “tending” or “cultivation.” It was first recorded in the Oxford Dictionary of English in 1510 as meaning: “training of the mind” or “manners.” However, culture in anthropological usage, may be defined as “the way of life of specific group.”

Niqaab According To Qur’an And Sunnah by Anonymous

The general understanding in Islam regarding Sunnah, is that if the Prophet or any of his wives (RA) or companions (RA) are recorded in authentic hadith to have engaged in an act that is not haram (prohibited) as defined by Qur’an or Sunnah, then the act is declared halal (permissible). If the companions engaged in an act that the Prophet was aware of and did not speak out against, it is halal.

It is well-known that the wives of the Prophet covered their faces any time non-mahram men were near. A woman named Asma, who was not a wife of the Prophet , was also recorded as covering her face. Easily, one can conclude that wearing veil is halal (permissible).

However, Muslims and Muslimahs across the world have been in “hot debate” for centuries, over the issue of whether or not covering the face is obligatory upon a Muslimah. Those who argue that it is not required, point to the use of the word khimar in the Qur’an, and explain that today’s modern khimar does not cover the face, and argue that khimar has never referred to the covering of the face, but only to that of the hair, neck, and bosoms. While one cannot deny the support of Hadith that indicate that the Prophet’s wives wore khimar, one must realize that they also covered their faces at all times in the presence of non-mahram men.

The group of scholars agree that it is a highly recommended act to cover the face. The scholars also agree that a woman must cover her adornment, yet some scholars argue that this does not include the face.

Child Education In Islam by Abdullah Nasih Ulwan

This book outlines the basic Islamic concepts in child education. The author has tried to coordiante the main ideas, as well as the basics precepts for raising Muslim children in all the different spheres of life. First of all, the importance of correct belief and faith cannot be inculcated in young children except through the teaching and example of their parents; and obviously, the role of the mature and religious mother is foremost. This state of harmony can only be achieved when matrimonial relations are relatively stable. Care is to be taken in providing young children with all the necessary elements in the fields of ethical, physical and psychological education. This cannot be overemphasized. It is established that the common ailments of human societies, personal as well as social, find their remedy in monotheism and justice. Therefore, emphasis on these two moral principles is essential. Muslim children must develop a clear understanding of the concept of the oneness of Allah, mainly through the performance of devotional acts of worship, to Him, and through developing a sense of justice in all personnel and social dealings. The author has briefly outlined these glorious concepts in this book. Through his deep understanding of Islam, and his eminent conviction and personal adherence to its glorious principles, he introduces this book to the readers, with all practical instructions, with the intention of helping to build up a Muslim nation, worthily to uphold the honorable tenets of the Glorious Qur’an and Sunnah.

Youth's Problem by Shaykh Muhammad Al-'Uthamyeen

In this unique and lucid booklet and revered contemporary scholar, Shaykh Muhammad al-‘uthamyeen addresses some of the ideological and sociological challenges faced by modern youth. Starting with an astute description of the state of contemporary young adults, he outlines major issues hindering their progress on the straight path of Islam. He not only covers current issues such as joblessness, estrangement between the young and their elders, and keeping good company but also discusses subjects predestination and the limits Islam places on individuals. In all instances al-‘uthamyeen draws on the Quran and the authentic Sunnah to offer tangible solutions and to inspire the hearts of young people. The simplicity and straight forwardness of this work make even complicated issues easy to grasp. The wise advice the author offers is not only well presented but practical and compassionate. This book will benefit not only the young of the society but their parents and educators as well.

 

 

Magic And Envy by Muhammad Mitwalli Ash-Sha’rawi

Magic, the temptation of the devil, and envy, the temptation of the ego has always been found in the societies of people. And therefore, naturally, these two threats to decency are being dealt with in the last revelation from Allah to His creation, and the last Messenger, may Allah give peace and blessings to all of them, similarly dealt with these topics in his advice to his contemporaries. Based on the two prime sources for muslims, Sheikh Sha’rawi guides us through a deeper and more profound understanding of the origin of these two evils, and gives us ways to deal with them.

Governing Yourself And Your Family by Husayn Al-Awayishah

The subject matter of this work has preoccupied and continues to preoccupy the minds of our nation’s members; yet in spite of this preoccupation, many people lack a correct understanding regarding it. Because the issues that fall under the subject matter of this work are so important, I decided to write this work, through which I hope to make plain the way to live and act according to what Allah has revealed. Contrary to what some may think, this work is relevant not just to leaders, but to every individual as well. Each and every human being is a leader and chief of sorts, for just as a ruler is responsible for the welfare of his state and citizens, each one of us is responsible for his flock — the members of his family and, more importantly, his own self…

Fataawa Regarding Tobacco & Cigarettes by Abdullaziz Bin Abdullah Bin Baz, Abdur-Rahman Bin Nasir as-Sadi And Muhammad bin Ibraaheem Aal-ish-Sheikh

3 Treatises concerning Tobacco and Cigarettes by the great scholars: Muhammmad bin Ibraaheem, as-Sadi, and bin Baaz.

Indeed we are living in a time of great confusion, where the truth is mixed with falsehood, in which non distinguish between the two except for those Allah given the criterion. Allah(SWT) says:

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ إِن تَتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ يَجۡعَل لَّكُمۡ فُرۡقَانً۬ا وَيُكَفِّرۡ عَنڪُمۡ سَيِّـَٔاتِكُمۡ وَيَغۡفِرۡ لَكُمۡ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ ذُو ٱلۡفَضۡلِ ٱلۡعَظِيمِ

O ye who believe! If ye keep your duty to Allah, He will give you discrimination (between right and wrong) and will rid you of your evil thoughts and deeds, and will forgive you. Allah is of Infinite bounty. [Surah al-Anfaal(8):29]

 

Fatwah Concerning Looking by Memphis Dawah Team

This small treatise is primarily based upon the book, “Fiqh of Looking” by Mustafa Abdul Al-Hayy, in which several fatawa and opinions from a large array of classical and contemporary Scholars including Muwafaq ad-Deen Abdullah Ibn Ahmad Ibn Qudamah, Mohyee-ad-deen An-Nawawi, Ibn Qataan, Muhammad ibn Muhammad Al-Hattaab, Shaykh Abdul-Aziz Ibn Baaz, Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al-Uthaimeen and others.