Posted by: Aboo Redundant | May 22, 2008

You better watch out for them Skinnywah’s

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن تبعهم إلى يوم الدين وبعد

So it was an iftaar and the Local MSA at this community college had decided to have an “Imaam” of a local Masjid speak. The Imaam himself was a revert of African American Origin. His arabic was terrible yet he was the head of the “Luga” foundation of the strain of Masaajid in the area as he said. Yes he said “luga”. His Arabic was so bad that even the non-Muslims at the table laughed. One time he tried reciting Surah ar-Rahmaan and butchered the beautify of it. But this time… SubhaanAllaah someone asked a question about what is a Fatwa.

He replied:

“A Fahtwah?” “You better watch out for them Skinnywah’s! HA-HA-HA”

A few courtesy laughs. Me and the brothers were struck by such a horrid response that we didnt know whether to laugh at the stupidity of the speaker or get angry at his vile attempt at Da’wah or throw things at him to get him off the stage.

To top the foolishness off, there was one big Indian guy with a slight beard and a comb over indian hair cut that took the mic. His mother introduced him so proudly saying he was going to sing a song about Hijaab.

Then it started. He began to sing. Some brothers couldnt hold it. They ran out of the room screaming in laughter. And the laughter outside could be heard. I held it in biting my tongue so I was more in pain than a humorous feel. I calmly stood and walked away to a secluded area where I laughed and later felt upset at how decrepit the state of the Muslims are, that their da’wah is now laden with bad-jokes from fools who have no knowledge but are heads of knowledge-based institutes and singers and entertainers.

Allaahul Musta’aan.

Posted by: Aboo Redundant | May 22, 2008

Why am I mentioning his excessive glandular structure?

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن تبعهم إلى يوم الدين وبعد

I had made Wudhu successfully and donned my Ihraam for the first time in 5 years. We were in the Meeqaat near Taa’if, where I usually go since we used to come in from Riyadh. Little has changed, except now I notice more how disrespectful and dirty people are. The place was a mess, people threw things every where without a care in the world. Not even the fact that they’re starting their ‘Umrah by polluting the Meeqaat and making life unpleasant for others.

The government built designated showers for those who want to shower, which is not an obligation as they can make wudhu. But everyone wants to shower and will go to any lengths to do so.

There was a fat obese light skinned hairy pakistani guy with some of his like-structured friends near to where I changed into my Ihraam. Why am I mentioning his excessive glandular structure? Well it’s necessary to the story but I thank Allaah that his bulging stomach covered his private parts, because the sirwal (the pants under the thobe) was not doing its job of covering his rear. You see… this man decided to take a shower… except not in the designated showers but in the place we make our Wudhu. In these taps which are very low to the ground.

So he showered underneath these taps and flooded the area… such regard for your fellow Muslims eh? I wanted to go say something to him but his unsightliness kept me away.

Here’s the tough part… “now where are you going to change O foolish fat man?” I thought. Well that didnt stop him… he waltzes into a room with his friend and two towels and the door slams shut… the sign on the door is a skull looking drawing and a large sign saying “DANGER HIGH VOLTAGE”.

SPLASH goes the soaked sirwal as he throws it over the door and water flies in every location. I expected to see blue sparks and glows and smell fried chicken but Allaah had Mercy upon these two fools.

This is common sense, why do people lack it so much? Why are people so inconsiderate? No they didn’t clean up the flooded water so when a little kid runs by he might slip and shatter his teeth. Or causing his ‘awrah to be exposed to tens of people, male and female walking by really not wanting to lose the little breakfast they ate before arriving. Or to endanger himself and the lives of others by walking fully soaked splashing water everywhere inside a High Voltage room which is restricted access.

Allaahul Musta’aan.

Posted by: Aboo Redundant | May 16, 2008

A lonely walk to Salaatul Fajr

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن تبعهم إلى يوم الدين وبعد

Friday, May 16th 2008

Today was the first time I walked to Jaami’ al-Hidaayah for Fajr. It’s a 7 minute walk, that doesnt seem far but considering that the closest Masjid to me is about 2 minutes away and the next closest is about 5 mintues, it’s farther from me. I never noticed the loneliness during this time. I usually go to this Masjid for Ishaa since the recitation is really one which causes you to feel the Khushoo’ (humility) in your Salaah.

But this time, it was empty on the way there. I didnt see a single person walking outside, a few cars but that’s about it. I came to this sad realization that many people don’t go to the Masjid for Jamaa’ah yet the Masjid is right there! Whichever direction you walk there is a Masjid. The streets were so empty that you could cross without even looking left or right (which is still stupid to do). Usually you’ll play frogger trying to cross the street.

In the Masjid there was about 2 full lines (which will probably fill one regular size Masjid in America). But compared to the population surrounding the Masaajid, it’s quite a shame.

You can start to see why the best time for standing in the Salaah (qiyaam al Layl) is before the Fajr, every one is too busy sleeping in this time where the Du’aa is raised to Allaah.

Posted by: Aboo Redundant | May 14, 2008

Fountains from the life of Imaam Ahmad

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن تبعهم إلى يوم الدين وبعد

I say this is one of the best things I’ve ever read:

“Fountains from the life of Imaam Ahmad” by Shaykh Saaleh Aal ash-Shaykh

http://almuttaqoon.com/index.php?showtopic=655

And if you’re too lazy to read then listen (in Arabic and English):

http://www.masjidtawheedchicago.org/lectures/000013/00000034.asx
Let’s hear some comments? I hope this really affected you and changed your perspective of your Islaam in comparison with this great Imaam of Sunnah.

Posted by: Aboo Redundant | May 10, 2008

“I don’t want to eat from the Haraam”

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن تبعهم إلى يوم الدين وبعد

I stepped out of the baggage claim into the lounge and a man asked me “Taxi?” and I said “yes I’m looking for a taxi”. My lapse of common sense led me to actually talk to this guy when I should have gone outside and grabbed a street taxi. I told him the hotel and he said “70 Riyals” I said “What?? 70?? No 50!” he said “WHAT? 50? Outside the taxis will charge 80!” I said “Ok then 60?” (My bargaining skills have far improved since I blundered by saying this) and he said “no!” I said “ok” and turned to walk away, and he said “No no come!!”

In the LONG ride we had a talk, the guy “seemed” sincere to me talking about Allaah and how he lived a pious life and never drank and smoked. I said MashaAllaah and conversed with him. I noticed the trip was taking WAY too long. He stopped at the hotel and I asked him “How far to the Markaz at-Tijaaree?” he said “Oh that’s very far, near the airport, if you want me to wait until you check i’ll give you a discount, all together 100 Riyals”. I said “Let me check in first”. I ask the Hotel clerk and he says “It’s only 10 minutes, I say 10 riyals by taxi”. I knew this guy was a crook. I gave him the 60 Riyals (which I write off alhamdulillaah).

This ability to write off my taxi rides for work gave me an insight into the different types of taxi drivers here. I summarize them into three:

1) The Liar

2) The bargainer

3) The honest & humble one

The liar is like the guy I described above. I’ll give another example, any taxi driver in Saudi who turns the Meter on when you get in and judges by the meter is RIPPING YOU OFF. NO one goes by the meter here, the meter is a designated rip off. We took a taxi from the Sheraton by the corniche to my dingy hotel on the unnamed street (the street has no name but everyone knows the dingy hotel) and the Ma’roof (known) taxi ride is 15 Riyals… at MAX 20. The meter said 40. This guy who had the outward appearance of being religious (meaning he had his beard) had started to say “La la Akal Haraam, Ma Abghaa Akal haraam” in his defense of the 40 Riyals when we quoted 20. He was saying “No No, I dont want to eat from the Haraam” when we told him that he’s charging us too much. He points to the meter and says “Hada hukoomah” (this is the legislated price) so we say that the known price is 20 and he throws a 10 at as as if it’s charity and says “ok 30”. We argue with him on this for 10 minutes whilst we knew he was lying to our faces and trying to cheat us.

This mentality is well-known and you learn it from the honest drivers. One driver told us that he charged us 20 riyals only because the location was the Sheraton, besides that the cost would be 10.

The bargainer is the guy who will try argue with you about the price but the moment you walk away he’ll call you back and agree, he knows he charges too much. Or he’ll try bluff you and drive off, most of the time this is what happens.

The honest guy, and i’ve met a few of these, will give you the standard discount price off the bat. He doesnt play games with you. And sometimes you’ll get the “You choose”. One guy mashaAllaah he said to me “You give me whatever you want even if it’s one riyal”. Usually I dont like this, because i’m stuck in a spot… I might not know the standard price. But if I do, I just quote the standard and they never argue.

I dont mind the Bargainer or the honest fellow, but the liar… those people I cannot stand, if I detect a person is lying to me by saying something like “No this is the standard” when it’s clearly not, I wont even waste my time with him, if he doesnt accept my quote I close the door and walk away.

Allaahul Musta’aan.

Posted by: Aboo Redundant | May 3, 2008

What has happened to us?

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن تبعهم إلى يوم الدين وبعد

In light of my previous post I want to mention something I saw that’s really strange yesterday at the mall.

I usually avoid going to malls, it’s not the place for me. I don’t like the things that go on in malls concerning the youth. The west… well the malls there are nothing but fitnah. But then what you see at malls you see in college or you see on the street or in wal-mart. Women wear Air as their clothing there.

But in Saudia, it’s not something you like to see. Sisters are generally covered up but it doesnt mean they cover because they fear Allaah. Some fear their parents and the government more than Allaah so you find that with their physical covering, they dont observe an actual covering by their behavior or they’ll expose something from their covering.

I remember one time in Jumu’ah in America, I came out of the Masjid and saw a young teenage Egyptian girl wearing a Hijaab and a short skirt exposing her legs. An utter contradiction of Hijaab, do they think they fool Allaah when they do this?

Yesterday I was looking at a donuts stand contemplating whether I should get something to drink from there or not and two girls walked up. They were not in Niqaab so I assumed that most likely they were not Sa’udiyyaat. Usually the Sa’udiyyaat wear Niqaab. But I could be wrong, some don’t wear it. But I know for a fact that they were Khaleejiyyaat. Either ‘Emiraati or Bahraini by their faces, from growing up in the Khaleej it’s easy to tell a Khaleeji from a non-khaleeji.

I didn’t really pay attention to the girls until one of them walked across my vision. Her Hijaab was just thrown over her head so her hair showed but I’ve seen this done often with some of the Khaleejiyyaat from Bahrain usually. Her ‘Abaaya was open, which is not something strange. The strange part is that she was wearing short shorts underneath that ‘Abaaya. So everything from the middle of her thigh to her ankles was showing. Allaahul Musta’aan. I averted my vision within a few seconds of seeing this and felt this feeling of sadness come over me. What has happened to us?

Many of our parents have failed in the Tarbiyyah of their children. Are these the same people talking about the liberation of Palestine? The same people who talk about how the Kuffaar over power the Muslims? Where’s the fear of Allaah O Muslims?

Posted by: Aboo Redundant | May 2, 2008

“They wear the air as their clothes”

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن تبعهم إلى يوم الدين وبعد

After Dhuhur yesterday a Saudi brother at the Masjid invited me and this American brother to his house to just sit and talk. So we sat in his house with him, his son in his senior year of high school and another friend of his from South of Saudia near Najraan.

The American brother made a statement which we so often hear from American Brothers…

“There’s so much fitnah in the west”

(I’m translating the conversation)

American Brother: SubhaanAllaah, the fitnah is worst in Florida and California, the girls…

The South Saudi Brother: Allaahul Musta’aan, alhamdulillaah we’re protected here, we have a saying that their clothing is in not wearing clothing.

American Brother: See it’s so hot in those areas that women dont wear clothes that fully cover themselves

The High school kid: They wear the Air as their clothing

The South Saudi Brother: They wear the sky as their clothing, no shame.

Well they’re right about that part… they wear air as their clothing

Posted by: Aboo Redundant | May 1, 2008

“The pigeon refused to fly…”

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن تبعهم إلى يوم الدين وبعد

There’s plenty to write about animals and inshaAllaah a brother expressed to me that he wants to put up a blog about animal hilarity in Saudia. Animals here behave a lot like the people. One phenomenon that we noticed here is that the cats act just like the locals.

A brother told me that one time he was walking with a thobe but he looked a bit funny, he wasnt dressed right with his Smagh and not only were the people looking at him but the cats stopped and stared at him with the “man what you wearing” look. Now some of you will say “well cats always stare”, no not here they dont. They look at you and go back to whatever they’re doing. I remember walked back from Ishaa and a cat was walking in front of me. I took a step real loud and the cat jumped startled and looked at me and gave me a “oh it’s just you” look and just walked off. These cats have personality so when they look at you, you can relate something to their expressions.

This brother told me about when him and some brothers were on the higher floor of the Haram al Makkee and they were looking down on the roof of one of the turkish expansions. There is no real access for it but they spotted a cat stranded there. How’d the cat get up there? no one knew. But it turned and looked at the brothers and was pleading for help going “Meow Meow” as if it was saying “help me help me”.

So one brother spots a ladder and points to it and says “Meow Meow!!” and the cat turns and looks at the ladder then looks back at the brothers in a “man you crazy, i can’t climb down that” look and said “Meow!”.

Things become more fun when you apply a personality to these cats and animals. People in the west must be thinking “man these guys are fools… talking about how cats have personality”. But we dont dress up our cats and dogs like people and take them to salons to get their hair done.

It’s not uncommon to see a cat lazing about on the edge of the garbage can. It lifts its head, looks up at you and goes back to sleep, you aint a threat.

Some cats (like one cat did to me today) will grill you as you walk by, like they want to start something with you.

Have you ever tried scaring two cats about to fight? They stare at each other making battle cries and then you just yell BOO and they both jump and forget they were fighting.

A brother told me that a rooster started messing with him because the rooster didnt like that he walked too close to his hen.

It’s funny when this brother described how in Makkah there are only two dogs, they live in the same part of the city but on the opposite ends of town… but they dont know each other.

The birds… they something else. Ever seen pigeons fall (fly) down? Well outside this small window we see these pigeons “falling” straight down flapping their wings and making a funny sound as they do.

Then comes the hilarious 10 minutes I stood watching this little kid chasing a pigeon who refused to fly. Seeing a pigeon run from a boy with a hanger is sad yet hilarious. I was standing there outside the masjid laughing at the kid while he tried everything he could to catch this bird. The bird ran and hid under a car and this kid was crawling under it to catch it. Finally the bird got fed up after 10 minutes and just flew away.

Yea there are a lot of funny animal stories here. I’ve summarized enough here.

I might have to add more cat stories, but I’ll let the brother post his experiences instead.

Posted by: Aboo Redundant | April 30, 2008

The rude fool

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن تبعهم إلى يوم الدين وبعد

The feeling of Khushoo’ shot threw my bones as I stood in Salaatul ‘Ishaa. The words of Allaah echoed through the entire masjid, and the meaning hit me as if a careless construction worker dropped a pile of bricks on me as I walked past his construction site. The sad recitation brought tears to my eyes and caused my joints to tremble. One cannot describe the feeling of the immense fear of Allaah during the Salaah, something rarely felt by us who do not feel the effects of sins upon our hearts. As the beautiful speech of Allaah caused my heart to tremble and me to realize all which I owe to my Creator… I hear beside me: “BURRRRPPP” and then the smell of this mans digesting dinner pollutes the air.

Ok… a minor distraction… back to the Salaah after holding my breath for a few seconds. Then I hear “YAAAAWWWWWWNNN” and from the corner of my eye I see what reminds me of a Hippopotamus opening it’s mouth wide and making a loud noise. I was surprised that the sound didnt reach the microphone considering I was right behind the Imaam.

Ok… another minor distraction… But it started a snow ball effect for that Khabeeth Shaytaan. Suddenly it seemed like everyone had become sick during the Salaah. It sounded like I was in a hospital ward filled with dying patients. Then it seemed that everyone happened to be receiving a call at the same time.

Why are people so inconsiderate of others during the Salaah? When I was sick and kept coughing I would hold my cough as much as I can until after the Salaah as to not distract the people around me. Why don’t people silence their cell phones even though there are big signs informing us to keep our phones OFF during Salaah. And if it DOES go off, why dont people turn it off or hang that call up? I’ve watched people let their phones ring with the voice of Shaytaan and they wont even reach to hang that call up.

I remember one time praying in a Masjid in America during Jumu’ah and someone’s nextel accepted a call and as we went into Sujood we heard a girl yelling at the person to pick up the phone. What struck me was that no one said anything about this after the salaah. Alhamdulillaah here when a phone went off with the voice of Shaytaan the Imaam said: ((يا صاحب الجوال اغلق جوالك هذا أفضل لك O Owner of the Phone, turn your phone off, this is better for you))

Posted by: Aboo Redundant | April 29, 2008

“Why don’t you cycle to work?”

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن تبعهم إلى يوم الدين وبعد

So what we should do is get you a job here and buy you a bicycle so you can cycle to work“, he said to me.

I kept thinking… “Why doesnt HE cycle to work?” but I didnt want to start anything.

Days go by with him pushing the same thing: “You can get a job here and cycle to work you can get good experience“.

I said: “It’s not safe to cycle out here, I’d rather take one of those taxis

He started to get mad and talk about me just not wanting to work and all that.

Look if I wanted to work for experience I would have accepted the other offer making $75,000 a year with full benefits and not have to cycle to work, I’m not going to work for $400 a month and risk my life cycling to work

Why did he push the issue of cycling to work?

We had an argument in the van about the Ulemaa and the Environment. He kept saying “What are your Ulemaa doing about the serious issues? About the environment?

I said: “They’re educating the people about what will save them from the Punishment in the Next Life

He said: “What about the environment, what do they do about that?

Well they dont drive gas guzzler SUV’s like you do, if a person understands Islaam, then they will be more respectful to the environment as that’s a part of the religion

He gets angry and tries to argue some more but my aunt tells him to calm down.

So then I heard today that his son’s father in law asked him why he doesnt cycle to work (rather than drive… and “pollute the environment”)

He replied: “Well it’s not safe to cycle the streets here

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