22 Jul Student – Athlete Spotlight: Humayun Ahmed

Humayun Ahmed is Sehet-e-Jismani’s first Student-Athlete Spotlight A dedicated, 21 year-old Khadim from Austin, TX, Humayun enjoys playing soccer recreation-ally and competitively, having earned his way into the Varsity soccer team when he was in high school. As both a successful student and devoted athlete, Humayun urges Khuddam to be determined toward their goals: “Work hard in what you are good at, even if you lose games it’s the effort that really counts.” Following his own advice, he began playing soccer in 8th grade and remained dedicated to the sport until high school, where he was awarded the Varsity Letter Award as a sophomore and junior. Humayun promises to continue playing this sport with friends for the rest of his life and encourages his fellow aspiring student-athletes to “go out there and play your heart out.”  ...

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19 Jul Pearls of Wisdom – Month of Ramadan

Following Hadith taken from "Gardens of the Righteous" : The Holy Prophet (Saws) related: An individual from a people before you having killed as many as 99 people inquired who was the most learned person on earth.  He was directed to a monk.  He went to the monk and said: I have killed 99 people.  Is there any chance of repentance left for me? The monk answered: No.  Then he dispatched the monk also and completed a full century of victims.  Then he inquired again: Who is the most learned person on Earth? and was directed to a savant, to whom he said: I have killed 100 people.  Is there a chance of repentance left for me?  The savant said: Yes.  What can stand between you and repentance? Proceed to such and such a land.  In it there are people who worship God.  Join them in the worship of God and do not return to thine own land, for it is...

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18 Jul Friday Sermon: The Merciful and Forgiving God

After tashhud, ta’awwuz and recitation of Sura Al-Fatiha, Huzoor Aqdas (may Allah strengthen him with His Mighty Help) recited the following two verses of the Holy Quran and gave their Urdu translation: Say, “O My servants who have committed excesses against their own souls! despair not of the mercy of Allah, surely Allah forgives all sins. Verily He is Most Forgiving, Merciful. And turn ye to your Lord, and submit yourselves to Him, before there comes unto you the punishment; for then you shall not be helped. (39:54-55) In the Holy Quran, Allah the Exalted, in various verses in the context of various topics has drawn the attention of His servants that He is Most Forgiving and Ever Merciful. These verses that I have recited, in the first of them, this same subject has been discussed. And in it there is a beautiful message for every such person who is fearful of the punishment of God for having committed sins and wishes to absorb the...

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13 Jul Khuddamul Ahmadiyyah’s Walk on Capitol Hill

On a bright and sunny morning two buses full of Khuddam made a historic trip to our nation’s capital, Washington DC on Friday, May 30 to meet with the American lawmakers under the special direction and approval of Khalifatul Masih V aba. Some two hundred khuddam delegates from 70 different chapters all across the United States arrived clothed in the same uniform: black cap, black vest, black pants, white shirt, and the traditional Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya scarf. The uniform captured the attention of many observers. The event, organized by Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry, was to meet with the local districts’ congressional leaders on Capitol Hill in order to inform them about MKA USA’s campaign of “Ahmadiayya Muslim Youth Fight Against Hunger in America” and seek their support to connect with other like‐minded organizations in our districts to achieve our goals. The Queens delegation comprised of Qaid Abubakr Rana Sahib, Omer Naseer Sahib and Zulfikar Sikder Sahib, who met with Congressman Gregory Meeks...

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12 Jul Pearls of Wisdom – Month of Ramadan

Following Hadith taken from "Gardens of the Righteous" : The Holy Prophet (saws) said: Take breakfast before the fast begins; there is blessing in breakfast. (Bokhari and Muslim) The Holy Prophet (saws) said: The difference between our observance of the fast and that of the people of the Book is the eating of breakfast. (Muslim)...

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11 Jul Friday Sermon: Ramadhan and The Holy Quran: The source of guidance and salvation

Huzoor based today’s Friday sermon on the significance and excellence of the Holy Qur’an. Huzoor started by reciting the following Quranic verse: ‘The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was sent down as a guidance for mankind with clear proofs of guidance and discrimination. Therefore, whosoever of you is present at home in this month, let him fast therein. But whoso is sick or is on a journey, shall fast the same number of other days. Allah desires to give you facility and He desires not hardship for you, and that you may complete the number, and that you may exalt Allah for His having guided you and that you may be grateful.’ (2:186) Huzoor said: Allah the Exalted has explained to us in the Holy Qur’an the significance and status of the Holy Qur’an, the need to put it in practice, how to put it in practice, for whom is the Qur’an a life-giving source, what effects it has on human life and many other...

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10 Jul Pearls of Wisdom – Month of Ramadan

Following Hadith taken from "Gardens of the Righteous" : The Holy Prophet (saws) said: [blockquote text='When a servant of Allah observes a fast for a day for the sake of Allah, He thereby repels the fire from him a distance of seventy years of journeying ' text_color='' width='' line_height='undefined' background_color='' border_color='' show_quote_icon='no' quote_icon_color=''] -Bokhari and Muslim The Holy Prophet (saws) was the most generous of men and he was at his most bountiful during Ramadan when Gabriel visited him every night and recited the Quran to him.  During this period the bounty of the Holy Prophet (saws) waxed faster than the rain-bearing breeze (Bokhari and Muslim) ...

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04 Jul Friday Sermon: The Essence of the blessed month of Ramadhan

‘O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may become righteous.’ (2:184) It is merely with the grace of God that we are currently experiencing yet another Ramadan; a month of limitless blessings. God states that fasting is made obligatory in this month not to simply remain hungry from morning till the evening but so that righteousness is adopted. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘A person who keeps fast should always have it in view that fasting does not simply signify remaining hungry. Rather such a person should engage in remembrance of God so that he can attain devotion to God and is able to forsake worldly desires.’ He said: ‘Fasting signifies this alone that man gives up one kind of bread, which is for physical sustenance and takes the other kind of bread which is a source of contentment for the soul. People who fast only for...

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02 Jul Thirty days

Thirty days may not seem like a long time, but for some, it isn't long enough. Muslims around the world are about to embark on a spiritual journey as the month of Ramadan is upon us. As an Ahmadi Muslim, I also plan on taking part in this month of fasting. During Ramadan, everyone experiences something different, but most can agree to one thing, a stronger connection to Allah. Fasting isn't something that you do for anyone but Allah. Although this may seem obvious, sometimes it is hard to remember, especially for those who are fasting for the first time. When it is the middle of the fifteenth day of fasting and we feel hungry, it may seem like more of a chore that we have to complete rather than an act we do to earn Allah’s pleasure. Personally, I don't think fasting is particularly easy. Eating is an essential portion of life, and as an 18-year-old young adult, I tend to...

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