"Verily, all praise is due to Allah. We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil in our own souls and from our sinful deeds. Whoever Allah guides, no one can mislead. And whomever Allah allows to go astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, the One, having no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and a Messenger of Allah".
Assalamu alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu...
Having fully complied with all of the IOU examination center requirements, this Center has been added to the official IOU global network of approved examination centers for the invigilation of its bi-annual examinations.
We conduct week-long exhibits at Schools/Universities with the theme: DISCOVER ISLAM - Awareness, Appreciation, Enlightenment and Understanding on What is Islam and Who are the Muslims... We hold exhibits, as per schedule, at Phil. Normal University - Taft Ave., Manila; Polytechnic University - Sta. Mesa, Manila; School of St. Anthony - Lagro, Fairview; Marist School - Marikina City; Central Luzon State University - Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija; Bulacan State University - Malolos, Bulacan; College of St. Benilde - Dela Salle University... Along with the exhibit is symposium or classroom lectures... we distribute Islamic reading materials to participants at the end of the program...
Non-formal Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) Program, under the supervision of ALS - DepEd (Alternative Learning System) of the City of Mandaluyong at Correctional Institution for Women - City of Mandaluyong every Monday & Friday, conducted by Mariam Ramirez-Molina.
Provide assistance to the religious needs of Muslims serving sentence inside the Jail - Islamic Lectures/sharing, etc.
Every Wednesday to Saturday & Khutbah on Fridays
Medical Missions at the Jails, in cooperation with the UP-PGH Muslim Medical Practitioners, Medical Action Group and Dept. of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD).
DA’WAH THROUGH RADIO PROGRAM THROUGH ISLAMIC SONGS is aired every Sunday at 7:00 to 8:00 pm @ DWBL 1242 kHz. It can also be heard worldwide through Yahoo Media Player at website: http://dwbl-am.mellow947.fm
In coordination with different NGO's and government institutions, Billah Islam distribute relief goods to victims of calamities ... such as the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy...
The Shelter for an-Niswah wal Yatim was finally inaugurated, as well as the new office of Billah Islam last Feb. 28, 2010. The shelter will be established as a child welfare center out of deep conviction of the members of the organization to meet the needs of the abandoned and neglected Muslim children, with guidance from Prophet Muhammad, salallahu alayhi wa salam, who said, “Have compassion on those who are on earth so that the One Who is in Heaven will have mercy on you.”
A Tribute to all
BILLAH ISLAM VOLUNTEERS !!!
You are protectors and defenders,
With gentleness you strengthen, With courage you defend,
With compassion you nurture the ones who need it most.
You are individuals donating your time, Giving your heart,
You are groups coming together to help, You are organizations lending support
And you are vital for the survival of our society
Because the empathy for others, The spirit of volunteerism,
And the hope and dignity engendered; By giving, are all linked together,
To form a circle of compassion And in the centre are you, the volunteers
But such is the spirit of giving that it enriches,
Not only those who receive, But all those who give,
Because through the art of giving, We also gain so much,
And by adding to the sum of human kindness and happiness,
Volunteers and givers also increase their own.
Thank you for all the hours, the days,
The nights, the weeks, the months and the years of giving,
And know that gratitude and appreciation Are always with you.
May Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, accept our sacrifices and grant us Paradise in the Hereafter. Ameen...
Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best. He also loved the 3rd wife very much and was always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another. He also loved his 2nd wife. She was his confidant, and was always kind, considerate and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult times.
The King’s 1st wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her! One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short. He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, “I now have four wives with me, but when I die, I’ll be all alone.”Thus, he asked the 4th wife, “I have loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”
“No way!” replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart.
The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, “I have loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No!” replied the 3rd wife. “Life is too good! When you die, I’m going to remarry!” His heart sank and turned cold.
He then asked the 2nd wife, “I have always turned to you for help and you’ve always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?” “I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!” replied the 2nd wife. “At the very most, I can only send you to your grave.” Her answer came like a bolt of lightning, and the King was devastated.
Then a voice called out: “I’ll leave with you and follow you no matter where you go.” The King looked up, and there was his first wife. She was so skinny as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved, the King said, “I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!”
In truth, we all have 4 wives in our lives: Our 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it will leave us when we die.
Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others.
Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.
And our 1st wife is our Soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go.
By: Professor Abd Al-Haleem Uwais
Nowadays, a Muslim is faced with many negative situations in which Islam is ridiculed, derided, disrespected, or flat out attacked. And while this is not very uncommon from non-Muslims, many Muslims may do the same either unknowingly or dismissing it as not serious. It is thus important to outline the forms of this disrespect and to clarify Islam’s stance on the issue.
The scholars regard sayings, actions, and beliefs as possible venues of disrespecting religion. Such venues include, but are not limited to, ascribing a demeaning attribute to Allah, taking Allah’s commands lightly, carrying on an action that shows disrespect to Allah such as drawing a portrait or sculpting a statue and claiming that they represent Allah.
And it is very important to realize that there is no difference between such actions when carried out with malice or when carried out for fun. Disrespecting Allah exits one from Islam. Allah said: “If you ask them (about this), they declare: We were only talking idly and joking. Say: Was it Allah, and His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, signs, revelations, etc.) and His Messenger that you were mocking? Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had believed.” [9:65-66]
Similarly grave is the disrespect of Prophets, whether by ridicule, taking their message lightly, putting them down, cursing them, accusing them with false accusations, or ascribing degrading attributes to them. And what makes such actions even worse is the publication thereof, for the shameful deed is then perpetuated. Allah said: “Verily, those who disrespect Allah and His Messenger, Allah has cursed them in this world and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating torment.” [33:57]
Many scholars equate disrespecting the Prophets, especially Muhammad; [saws], with forsaking Islam. No repentance is accepted from such perpetrator and many scholars rule that he is to be condemned to death, once he is proven guilty in the offense.
Among the serious acts of disrespect is the slander of Aisha, the wife of the Prophet, [saws], of which Allah acquitted her. Allah said: “Verily, those who accuse chaste women, who never think of anything touching their chastity and are good believers – are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter, and for them will be a great torment.” [24:23]
Disrespecting Angels, in any way, shape or form is disrespectful of Islam. The same goes for the Qur’an. A Muslim does not disregard the teachings found therein, does not disbelieve the narration and the stories, does not ridicule the verses, and does not take Qur’anic commands lightly. A grievous form of disrespecting Qur’an is to claim that it is not complete, has been tampered with, or has been altered.
Another serious offense in this regard is to claim that any of the authentic Ahadeeth of the Prophet, [saws], is illogical, old-fashioned, or backwardly. A Muslim should know that whatever the Prophet, [saws] said, with respect to religious teachings, was guided by Allah. Allah said: “Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only a Revelation revealed.” [53:3-4]
One blasphemous form of disrespecting Islam is to deride the religious obligations, such as salah and fasting, or to ridicule the penal laws in claiming that they are not suitable for the civilized society. Allah said: “… and whosoever honors the Symbols of Allah, then it is truly, from the piety of the hearts.” [22:32]
It is wise, therefore, for all Muslims to pay the utmost attention to any signs of disrespect of Islam; involuntary, habitual or funny. One should avoid deriding, ridiculing, making fund of, putting down, disrespecting, or regarding lightly any command, belief, or symbol of Islam; for fear that such an action might lead to eternal condemnation. Allah said: “… And whosoever of you turns back from his religion and dies as a disbeliever, then his deeds will be lost in this life and in the Hereafter, and they will be the dwellers of the Fire. They will abide therein forever.” [2:217]
Reference: Prof. Abd al-Haleem Uwais
Al Jumuah Magazine Volume 14 Issue 2