Saturday, December 23, 2006

Is This Halal Restaurant?

A: Is this Halal restaurant?

B: Do you mean no-pork halal, because-a-waiter-said-its-halal halal, the-joint-has-a-halal-sign halal, the-owner-is-a-muslim halal, sometimes-zabihah-other-times-not-so halal, all-muslims-are-eating-there halal, or certified-halal-with-outdated-certificate halal?

Tag: Halal standard, certification, Muslims standards, Zabiha

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

LivingHalal Brainstorming: Gift Ideas

One brother from Bangladesh, he has this idea of making poor families self-sustained. So instead of giving them one time money, he wants to buy them a goat or a cow and help them to raise it, use it, sell it, etc. The animal is giving as a loan, meaning if the project is successful, he would later take another animal from the family or its equivalent in cash to give the same to another poor family... and so on... so the project will sustain itself.

Are there any Muslims projects like this? If you know any, please post them in the comment section.

Here is a story of such a giving organized by Heifer International, a woman in American gave cow on behalf of her children (as gift) to a poor family in Romania Giving a cow giftcard.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Hajj & Ummah Supplications

Nothing but authentic Hajj and Umrah Supplications/Duas

To ask a live question, go to HalfDate Hajj Drive

If you want to download the mp3 file, right click on the supplication's name, e.g. "Talbiyah"

This clip contains:
Talbiyyah for `Umrah for Mutamati': "labbaikallaahumma bi-`umrah"
Adding condition: "allaahumma mahillee haithu habastanee"
Not for showing off or seeking reputation: "allaahumma haadhihi hajjah, laariyaa'a feehaa wa laa sum'ah"
Talbiyah: "labbaikallaahumma labbaika labbaika laa shareeka laka labbaika-innal hamda wan na'mata laka wal mulka-la shareeka lak"
Talbiyah addition: "labbaika ilaahal haqq"

Entering Masjid

This clip contains:
Two supplications for entering any masjid:
"allallhumma salli `alaa muhammadin wa sallim - allaahumma aftah lee abwaaba rahmatika"

"a'oodhu billaahil `azeemi wa biwajhihil kareem wa sultaanihil qadeemi minash shaitaanir rajeem."

Tawaf 1

This clip contains:
The verse: "Rabbanaa aatinaa fid-dunyaa hasanatan wa feel aakhirati hasanatan wa qinaa 'adhaaban naar" [2:201]

Tawaf 2

This clip contains:
The verse: "Wattakhidhoo min-maqaami ibraaheema musalla" [2:125]

Saaee 1

This clip contains:
The verse: "Innas-safaa wal marwata min sha'aa'irillaahi faman hajjal baita 'awi`tamara falaa janaaha 'alaihi an yattawwafa bihimaa wa man tatawwa'a khiran fa'innallaaha shaakirun 'aleem" [2:158]

Supplication: "Nabda'u bimaa bada'allaahu bihi"


"Allaahu akbar allaahu akbar allaahu akbar - laa illaaha illallahu wahdau laa shareekalahu - lahul mul ku wa lahul hamdu - yuheeu wa yumeetu wa huwa 'alaa kulli shai'in qadeer"

"laa ilaaha illallahu wahdahu laa shareekalahu - anjaza wa'dahu wa nasara ' abdahu wa hazamal ahzaaba wahdah"

Saaee 2

This clip contains:
Supplication: "Rabbighfir warham innaka antal a'azzul akram"

Saaee 3


"Allaahu akbar allaahu akbar allaahu akbar - laa illaaha illallahu wahdau laa shareekalahu - lahul mul ku wa lahul hamdu - yuheeu wa yumeetu wa huwa 'alaa kulli shai'in qadeer"

"laa ilaaha illallahu wahdahu laa shareekalahu - anjaza wa'dahu wa nasara ' abdahu wa hazamal ahzaaba wahdah"

Exiting Masjid

This clip contains:
Supplications for exiting any masjid:
"allallhumma salli `alaa muhammadin wa sallim - allaahumma iftah lee abwaaba fadlik"

Mina & Arafah


This clip contains:
Supplication: "Laa ilaha illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu lahul mulk wa lahul hamdu wa huwa 'alaa kulli shay'in qadeer"
Supplication: "Innamaal Khairu Khairul Aakhirah"


Stoning Jamarat

Slaughtering Qurban/Udhiyah

This clip contains:
Supplication: "Bismillaahi Wallaahu Akbar Al-Laahumma Inna Hadha Minka Wa Laka Al-Lahumma Taqabbal Minnee"

Stoning Jamarat the remaining days

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Supplication of Sacrifice

In the name of Allah,
and Allah is the greatest

O Allah, indeed, this is from you and for you

O Allah, accept from me

Alhamdulillah, it's Eid Adha time again, and one of the best deed to do in this season is .... EATING... Yes, as the prophet (SAW) said, "These days (Eid and the following three days) are days for eating and drinking." So enjoy your feast (but don't over eat!)

Tags: Eid Adha, Hajj, Qurban, Qurbani, Kurban, Udhiya, Udhiyah, Odhiya, Sacrifice, Festival of Sacrifice, prophet Ibrahim (AS) willingness to sacrifice his son, Sunnah, Dua, Supplication, Zabiha

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Monday, December 04, 2006

LivingHalal in Action: Never Miss Your Prayer

This story of LivingHalal in Action is clipped from Washington Post. May Allah reward this Muslim Taxi driver, and may Allah make his action a reason for people to know the true Islam.

I already was in a bad humor as I watched the taxi meter click away on my trip home from Dulles one recent Sunday afternoon. My bag had gone astray on the way home from South Carolina.

I read the notice about the increase in fares to $2.80 for the first quarter-mile and wondered if the decrease in gas prices would reverse the fare hike.

My driver apologized after receiving a call on his cellphone. I asked him what language he spoke, and he replied "Urdu, or a branch of Urdu called Punjabi."

He explained that Punjab is located between Pakistan and India and was divided in half. He was from the half that went with Pakistan at the time of the great division. Later, he got another phone call -- "the wife," he said. And we both acknowledged that he had to take that call. When we turned on to the Clara Barton Parkway, I asked him if he knew who Clara Barton was. He didn't, so I told him what I knew about her. He had a couple of questions about her that I couldn't answer, and that ended our conversation.

After we pulled up to my house and I paid him, he popped the trunk. I asked why he opened the trunk because I didn't have any bags. He replied by asking if he could use a corner of my drive to say his prayers.

I was surprised, but even an agnostic, which I am, would not deny a person a place to pray. He spread his rug, faced east and began to pray. I observed him from the house. First he stood and then he kneeled, and I was surprised at how touched I was.

It seemed like such a formal but human thing to do, and right on my driveway. I was very proud that he trusted me to ask and that I trusted him and gave my permission. My experience that evening seemed so starkly different from what I hear on the news each day.

-- Lee Gough, Bethesda


Friday, December 01, 2006

DIY: Halal Chicken

Halal Chicken, Homemade, Convection oven, want halal do it yourself, livinghalal