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The Wednesday Circle Bag Miracle


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The Wednesday Circle Bag Miracle

This is the ‘Wednesday Circle’ bag. In it I carry the excercise books and the small batch of materials that I use at the Circle every week. The bag is usually left in the boot of my car.

Last Saturday Night (15/03/14) my car was broken into. I discovered the break in on Sunday and upon inspecting the car I noticed that nothing had been taken. My SatNav was still there, as were all my CDs, my in car mobile phone charger and my portable car vaccum. It seems that the thieves broke in and must have been apprehended by someone and therefore left in a rush. There was however one thing taken that I didn’t realise at the time.

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I went ahead and boarded up the window with cardboard and black bags and thought about how to get the car repaired and what it would cost.

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The following Wednesday (19/03/14) I made my way to the Wednesday Circle as per usual. I got out of the car and went to the boot to get the Wednesday Circle Bag out. Guess what, it wasn’t there. I had another look just to be sure, and it was definitely not there. I thought for a second whether I had taken it out and left it at home. I didn’t think I had. Then it dawned on me, the break in that weekend. Those thieves must have taken the bag.

My brother in law, who is one of the students at the Circle, was with me at the time. As we walked the short distance from the car to the Community Centre where the Circle is held, I told him bow the thieves had taken the Circle Bag and that we have lost all their work from their exercise book. I was pretty gutted as the kids do put in a lot of hard work taking notes at the Circle. Oh well, I thought, it is the Qadr of Allah.

I walked into the Community Centre hoping to explain to the kids what had happened and that I would buy some new exercise books for them for the following week. I was planning to continue with the Circle as usual, the topic of this week being the Fara’id, Sunnas and Mustahab of Wudu. However, as I walked in, I saw the Wednesday Circle Bag on the floor next to the couches at reception with a little old lady sitting by the bag.

The caretaker of the Centre was in reception as we came in. He saw me and asked if that was my bag. I told him that it was, assuming that I had left it behind the week before and he found it and kept it for me. I asked him where he found the bag. He said that he hadn’t, but that this little old lady had brought it in.

We all then turned to the little old lady as she explained how she came across the bag. She said that she had found it outside where she lives on Queensbridge Road in Hackney (a good distance away from where my car was broken into) behind a set of railings. The bag looked important so she looked through it it to see if she could find any reference as to who it belonged to.

It is probably worth noting here that there was nothing in the bag that mentioned any names or contact details of anyone related to the Circle. There was also nothing else in there to easily suggest that the bag was part of the Circle. For someone picking the bag up randomly it would have been difficult to ascertain who the bag belonged to other than to guess that it belonged to some form of a religious/Islamic class.

The lady continued telling her story and stated that she rummaged through the bag and found a letter in the bag. At the footer of the letter it stated that the letter was from the Wednesday Circle and mentioned the day, time and venue of the Wednesday Circle. From that she deduced that the bag must belong to someone from the Circle and therefore came on the Wednesday at 7:30pm to the Community Centre to return it to us.

We were all amazed at how the only thing taken from the car was this bag, how this lady randomly found it outside her home, and how she went through the bag to find a footnote mentioning the Circle which she used to find us and return the bag to us. For us this was not just a coincidence, it was nothing short of a miracle.

I thanked the lady profusely and then went on with the Circle. It was reassuring to know there are still good people out there who upon finding something in the street go the extra mile to find the owners and return the goods back to them. My only regret is that I didn’t take down the lady’s details, otherwise I would have sent her some flowers as a token of my gratitude.

The fact that Allah returned the bag to us, for me, showed that there is a level of Acceptance from Him above of the Circle and the things we do. Those exercise books contained the hard work and notes of the students and I believe Allah did not want all that work to go to waste.

Anyone who knows me well will know how much I care about this Circle. It was a Circle that I attended when I was a youth and now I am the one teaching in it. I have always said that I will try my best and ensure the Circle continues to run even if we only have one person attending. And we have kept our word and have continued to do the Circles week in week out even when it was only two students coming.

May Allah guide her to Islam and accept this deed from her and make this a means for her salvation. May Allah bless the Wednesday Circle, those who teach in it, and those who attend the lessons. May Allah accept it from us and make it a means of good for us in the world and the hereafter.

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Gems & Stars in the UK: SHAYKH IBRAHIM OSI-EFA (HAFIZAHULLAH)


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Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa (Hafizahullah)

Source: http://www.unityfoundation.co.uk/adult-classes-current-book-numbers.htm

Shaykh Ibrahim was born and raised in Liverpool, England. He was blessed with the opportunity to study several classical disciplines at the hands of some of the holders of the tradition such as Murabit al-Haj, al-Habib Umar b. Hafiz and Shaikh Hassan al-Hindi. Initially studying for three years in Syria and Mauritania, Shaykh Ibrahim was then blessed with the opportunity to spend over six years in the illuminated city of Tarim, Hadramaut where he studied under the qualified hands of teachers such as al-Habib Kazim al-Saqqaf, al-Habib Ali al-Jifri and al-Shaikh Umar Husain al-Khatib.

‘Shaykh Ibrahim is one of the most remarkable and dynamic scholars and teachers in the West.’ [Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Educational Director, Seekers Guidance]

http://vimeo.com/m/56583462

Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa was one of the founders of several Islamic initiatives including the Ibn Abbas Institute, Starlatch Press, Badr Language Institute and the Greensville Trust. Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa currently resides in Liverpool, England with his wife and two children.

Gems & Stars in the UK: Shaykh Mawlana Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullah)


Assalamu ‘Alaikum,

As part of a regular series on the Gems & Stars in the UK, I shall be posting short biographies of the Scholars and Du’aats mentioned in our Gems and Stars page.

They will be in no particular order and the first person that I have picked to mention is Shaykh Mawlana Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullah) of Leicester.

Shaykh Mawlana Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullah)

Source: http://islamiceventsuk.blogspot.co.uk/p/scholars-brief-biography.html?m=1

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat was born on the 7th of November 1962 in Bhoria; a small, rural village in India and from a very young age displayed the signs of piety, trustworthiness, zeal for knowledge and concern for humanity for which he is now well known.

Shaykh Saleem Dhorat arrived in England in 1973 at the age of 11 with his mother and siblings to join his father, Hafiz Ibraheeem Dhorat rahmatullahi alayh. Shaykh’s father was serving as an Imam in Leicester.

Watch “[ENG] Shaykh Saleem Dhorat – Changing Your Heart” on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eusbKUbJkko&feature=youtube_gdata_player

In 1980, Shaykh Saleem Dhorat enrolled to study Islamic Theology at Darul Uloom Al Arabiyah Al Islamiyah which is based in Bury, Lancashire and at that time it was the only institute of its kind in the United Kingdom.

Shaykh Saleem Dhorat after Graduation After graduating with honours, Shaykh Saleem Dhorat remained at the Darul Uloom for a further five years as a lecturer: a testimony to his academic brilliance and capability. He taught books such as Usulus Shashi, Hidaayatun Nahw, Mirqaat, Hidaayah and the well known book of Hadeeth, Riyaadus Saliheen.

In 1991 Shaykh Saleem Dhorat founded the Islamic Dawah Academy to help people, especially the young, undertsand the teachings of Islam. Initially starting from his home, the Academy has now grown to provide religious guidance, information and courses, advice services, da’wah amongst non-Muslims, youth activities and publications. It regularly holds talk and tours for visiting luminaries from around the world and is recognised for it’s monthly English journal, Riyadul Jannah.

Shaykh’s regular discourses throughout the UK and around the world attract huge audiences and many of Shaykh’s thought provoking lectures are recorded and available via a range of media. Perhaps the reason for Shaykh’s widespread appeal and acceptance is because he has a keen awareness of what is going on in our world and he understands what we experience in our day to day life.

Shaykh Saleem Dhorat’s beneficial lectures, talks and programmes can be heard on the Islamic Dawah Academy website ( http://idauk.org )

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Our Prophet Muhammad (SAW)


Our Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

© By Mahboob Roshid (Age 7), from the Wednesday Circle, edited and arranged by Abu Zaynah

Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
Was a Messenger
He wasn’t a bad person
He was the best Believer

He worshipped Allah
He was the best drawrer
He was a very strong man
He was a forgiver

He is not a changer
He was the first to say Bismillah
He is a role model
He always prayed to Allah

He was the last Prophet
He was the best of Prophets
He battled his way through in Makkah
Then he lived in Madina

He was our Prophet
He prayed in the Night
He taught us
Not to fuss and fight

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Poem: You were sent by Allah


You were sent by Allah

© By Hamza Hussain (Age 10), edited and arranged by Abu Zaynah

You were sent by Allah
You were named Al Amin
You were born in Makkah
In the year of Al Fil

You are the last Messenger
Who was sent from Heaven
You lived a tough life
With no blood brethren

You learnt the Qur’an
At 40 years old
And through the Angel
The Qur’an was told

You taught mankind
How to live right
You are a guide for us all
In how to live life

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A poem about the Prophet


A Poem About the Prophet (peace be upon him)

© By Mamun Roshid (Age 10) from the Wednesday Circle

Muhammad (SAW) is our role model
Not Messi, not Ronaldo
Live your life as a Muslim
Not like a troll

He was born in Makkah
Battled his was through
He was very smart
For him knowledge was easy
Like one plus one which is two

The Qur’an was revealed to him
When he was forty
In Mount Jabal Nur
Through the Arch Angel Gibril
And during the Hijra
He hid in Mount Thur

He came with Islam
His enemy was Shaytan
He taught people from far far lands
And walked on the very hot sand

His face was like a gem
His companions were women and men
He always did his best
And never did he rest

So let this be an example
And a lesson to you
Follow him (SAW)
And be nobody’s fool

The Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Monks of Mount Sinai


Originally posted on Covenants of the Prophet:

The Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Monks of Mount Sinai 

[By the Prophet Muhammad]

[Translated by John Andrew Morrow in 2013]

In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.

(A copy of the manuscript of the covenant [‘ahd] written by Muhammad, the son of ‘Abd Allah, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, to all the Christians.)

This covenant [kitabun] was written by Muhammad, the son of ‘Abd Allah, the proclaimer and warner [bashiran wa nadhiran], trusted to protect Allah’s creations [wadi‘at Allah fi khalqihi], in order that people may raise no claim [hujjah] against Allah after [the advent of] His Messengers [rusul] for Allah is Almighty, Wise.

He has written it for the members of his religion [ahl al-millatihi] and to all those who profess the…

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