“Go green” is the current buzz-word to encourage people to protect the environment and conserve natural resources. While the rest of the world woke up fairly recently to the reality that the natural resources that we have been blessed with should not be wasted, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught the Ummah more than 14 centuries ago the lesson of conservation and of totally avoiding israaf.
Worshipping Allah Jalla Shaanuhu and being obedient to the laws of Allah (Jalla Shaanuhu) generates noor (light). The opposite is equally true, committing a sin drowns one in gloom, grief, darkness and depression. Ah, just ponder about the condition of insaan if only he cultivates a deep desire to:
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).