Monday, January 28, 2008

LivingHalal Practical Advice for Brothers

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakato

You are invited to the LivingHalal teleconference series!

Show # 2 in this series is about practicing Islam in public for brothers living in America.

Call in at 3 PM (EST/New York time) on Sunday, Feb 3rd, 2008!
Phone Number: 712-432-3900
Conference Access Code: email livinghalal (at) g m a i l

Our guest speaker will be Br. Mutah Napoleon and other brothers, who will be covering topics such as:
- Figuring out how to pray outside of home.
- Beard-related issues.
- Shaking hands with non-Mahram women.
- Traveling as a Muslim :)
- Hanging out with men instead of women :)
- Lowering your gaze in the gym
- Attending events that have alcohol

We will have a short discussion for 20 minutes, and then we will open up the floor for questions from the audience either by phone, or through the comments of this post.

Looking for some practical tips to make your life easier? Join in on the call!

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Milk from Clones: Is it Tayyeb?

Alhamdulillah that Muslims care a lot about consuming halal food, but other than halal, Allah also asked us to consume good and healthy food, i.e. Tayyeb.

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ كُلُوا مِمَّا فِي الْأَرْضِ حَلَالًا طَيِّبًا وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ

O ye people! Eat of what is on earth, lawful and good; and do not follow the footsteps of the Evil One, for he is to you an avowed enemy. [2:168]

Just like milk from cloned cows, is it tayyeb or based on changing the good nature of Allah's creations?

لَعَنَهُ اللَّهُ وَقَالَ لَأَتَّخِذَنَّ مِنْ عِبَادِكَ نَصِيبًا مَفْرُوضًا

وَلَأُضِلَّنَّهُمْ وَلَأُمَنِّيَنَّهُمْ وَلَآمُرَنَّهُمْ فَلَيُبَتِّكُنَّ آذَانَ الْأَنْعَامِ وَلَآمُرَنَّهُمْ فَلَيُغَيِّرُنَّ خَلْقَ اللَّهِ وَمَنْ يَتَّخِذِ الشَّيْطَانَ وَلِيًّا مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ فَقَدْ خَسِرَ خُسْرَانًا مُبِينًا

يَعِدُهُمْ وَيُمَنِّيهِمْ وَمَا يَعِدُهُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ إِلَّا غُرُورًا

Allah did curse him, but he said: "I will take of thy servants a portion marked off;

"I will mislead them, and I will create in them false desires; I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and to deface the (fair) nature created by Allah." Whoever, forsaking Allah, takes Satan for a friend, hath of a surety suffered a loss that is manifest.

Satan makes them promises, and creates in them false desires; but Satan's promises are nothing but deception. [4:118-120]

So, next time before you get something down your pipes, make sure it's tayyeb.

Additional Resources About Food from Clones:

FDA Cloning Myth
The Center For Food Saftey
NPR Story: FDA Finds Meat, Milk from Clones Safe to Eat

Tags: Halal milk, milk from clones, cloned milk, food from cloned animals, organic food, organic milk, Muslim for organic, don't spoil what Allah has created.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Got Quran?

The best way to read Quran anytime is to read it from your heart by memorizing it. But, in case you need a physical Quran and can't get hold of it, or you are in a state that you can't touch the Mushaf (the physical copy). No, problem, these online versions come handy!

Tags: Free Quran, Electronic Quran, digital Quran, softcopy Quran, Koraan, Koran, Qura'an, قران قرآن


For Sisters: Working From Home

HireMyMom is a site created by non-Muslims. So if you believe that there is a need for moms to stay at home, read on.

Assalaamu alaikum bro...

I know YOU aren't a mom, but you know lots of families with stay-at-home moms. If you can just pass this information along, maybe it will help somebody. I got a part time work-from-home job as a healthcare recruiter (hiring nurses) from a job listing on this website:

HireMyMom is just a job board for moms who want to work from home, and all the jobs are posted by businesses who want to hire somebody to work from home. So it's like but much more specific.

Instead of posting their jobs online for everyone to see, HireMyMom emails them to you directly once you pay to subscribe. You pay them a fee because they screen out all the scam jobs and fake business schemes etc., so you can find a real job working from home. I've seen ads for lawyers, web designers, journalists, and all sorts of stuff.

It's $29.95 for 3 months or $99 a year.

I hate to sound like a commercial. I promise I'm not on their advertising board. :) I just thought it was a good opportunity for legitimate work for women.

Jazak Allah khair!

Sister A.

Disclosure: After receiving the above note from our reader Sister A, LivingHalal has signed up for the affiliate program of HireMyMom, so if you click that link and sign up, you are ALSO helping us with some sales commission, may Allah reward you.

If you like the service of HireMyMom, you can sign up for affilate program or pass on this link

Jazakum Allahu khaira


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Practical Advice for Sisters

Dear Sister,

Assalam alaikum

Looking for some practical tips to make your life easier?

Join in on the call!

You are invited to the LivingHalal teleconference series!

The first topic in this series is about practicing Islam in public for
sisters living in America. The purpose of this call is to simplify
common dilemmas faced by sisters living in the West.

Call in Sunday, January 27th, 2008
at 3 PM (EST/New York time) 12 Noon (PST/Los Angeles time)
Phone Number: 712-432-3900
Conference Access Code: (email livinghalal at gmail to get the access code)

Our guest speaker will be sister Umm Abdurrahman, who will be covering
topics such as:

-Figuring out how to pray outside of home.
-Hijab-related issues, ranging from dealing with people who stare to
finding hijabi clothes.
-Shaking hands with non-Mahram men.
-How to get a haircut as a hijabi…
…as well as other fascinating topics plaguing Muslim sisters in America!

We will have a short discussion for 20 minutes, and then we will open
up the floor for questions from the audience either by phone, or
through the Facebook LivingHalal group

Mark your calendar, THIS SUNDAY 3PM (EST), in-sha-Allah


Click here for the recording,

Or, here is the full recording

Tips for practicing Islam in public in America.


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Saturday, January 19, 2008

SISTERS Magazine

This magazine sounds just like LivingHalal :)

Do you want to earn some rewards without having to put the efforts in setting up a magazine on your own? Simply, spread the message, subscribe for the magazine, and share the articles with friends and families.

Want to subscribe for free? Email us.

Disclosure: After finding out about SISTERS magazine, we have signed up for their affiliate program and may promote them in the future. This way, so we can support the on-going cost of LivingHalal programmings. May Allah help us all.

Help yourself and help SISTERS

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Friday, January 18, 2008

LivingHalal in Action: From Sandra to Salma

CBC broadcasted this story, a good balance to the tragic story of Aqsa Parvez.


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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

LivingHalal Teleconference Series

In-sha-Allah, the first teleconference session will be about sister practicing Islam in public, you will get a notice for the time once we finalize it with the speaker.

We are launching a LivingHalal teleconference series, so what kind of topics you are interested in?
Having a Halal Business
Getting Married
Getting Healthy
Practicing Islam in public (school/work)
48 votes total


Monday, January 07, 2008

EatingHalal: In Defense of Food

A nice NPR story about eating better.

Author Michael Pollan summarized it nicely, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

Eat Food: As Muslims, when we eat, it's not just about Halal, but it has to be good too. As mentioned in the Quran.

[16:114] So eat of the sustenance which Allah has provided for you, lawful and good; and be grateful for the favours of Allah, if it is He Whom ye serve.

Not Too Much: Most of us know the statement of the Prophet (peace and prayer be upon him): "There is no worst container a person can fill other than his stomach. It's enough for one to eat a few bites, but if you have to eat/can't resist, then 1/3 for your food, 1/3 for your drink, and 1/3 for your breath." -Collected by Ibn Majah.

Mostly Plants: We can learn this from the story of Ibrahim/Abraham (peace be upon him) when he supplicated for the food of Makkah. In the authentic narration collected by Al-Bukhari, the Prophet (peace and prayer be upon him) said, if people only eat meat, they will get sick, except in Makkah (because of the supplication of Ibrahim (peace be upon him).

قال اللهم بارك لهم في اللحم والماء قال النبي ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏ولم يكن لهم يومئذ حب ولو كان لهم دعا لهم فيه قال فهما لا يخلو عليهما أحد بغير ‏ ‏مكة ‏ ‏إلا لم يوافقاه

The author also mentioned about eating animals that consume green/pasture. Notice that in Islam, we can't eat meat/milk from animals that consume filthy diet (e.g. ground dead animals like the one being used in today's industrial farming).

So, the bottom line, if you want to eat better, follow Islam!

Here is the book cover of "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan.


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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Hajj of Br. Brother

Hajj trip experience1428/2007

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