"Islam began as a stranger and will go back to being a stranger just as it began, so give glad tidings to the strangers."

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ramadan Mubarak!

Assalamu Alaikum,
First off, I'd like to start off this post with gratitude to Allah (swt) for letting us all be granted with yet another Ramadan. (The Shaytaan's locked up! Yaaayyy!!)All throughout the year, we wait patiently for a month in which we feel the utmost humility to Allah (swt). What many don't know is that we shouldn't wait for Ramadan to help us increase our worship; but we should increase our worship in all times of life.
There is no excuse for a living person to not worship his lord at his utmost capabilities. While Allah (swt) has blessed us with life, we should make the best of it. I want you all to do something special this Ramadan. Actually I DARE you all to do it. Set yourself a certain goal for Ramadan; something tough and occasionally done, and complete it. Then continue on it after Ramadan. My goal for instance is to pray 20 Raka'ahs Taraweeh every night of Ramadan, and to read the Qura'n three time or just one time and finish two surahs, to give a lot of Sadaqah, to make a positive difference in someone's life, and to help my ummah. For you, this may be nothing, but again we all have different capabilities. Then if you have completed Ramadan with your goal accomplished, leave me a comment and let me know your success story, though it is between you and Allah (swt).
Ramadan: (wikipedia.org) Ramadan or Ramadhan or Ramazan (Arabic: رمضان) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
Wow! Wikipedia has no clue of the essence this one month can have!
Ramadan is Shaytaan-free, prayerful, almost sinless, and duaa' packed. But here's the catch.
Did you know that almost all new music CDs come right before Ramadan?
Did you know that TV programs have the best ideas around Ramadan?
Did you know that almost half the Muslim population is led astray by these two things?
Did you know that the Shaytaan is actually smart (in leading us astray)?
Did you know he gives people these supposedly 'awesome' ideas before he gets locked up so that people would do more sins in Ramadan?
Did you know that the Shaytaan got Adam out of Jannah? And he will aim to get us out too?
Did you know that we should destroy his plans and show him who really is better than the other?
Then ignore him. Do all duaa's against him. Don't let him get to you Ever. Don't watch a lot of TV (preferably none at all). Don't listen to music. Don't follow the Shaytaan and the way of the disbelievers.
Get Jannah. Aim high. Enjoy Ramadan. Make duaa' for me!

-Veiled Knight


zainab1 said...

As salaamu alaikum ukhti, ramadan kareem to you. I loooooove this post , it is soooo inspiring, and such great ideas. very good facts you've posted . shukrn , for this sister. May you have a blessed ramadan , Ameen ( smiles)

Veiled Knight said...

zainab1: Wa'Alaikum Assalam, Jazaki Allahu Khairan for your kind comment. As for the shukran part; I am honored to please you and help you all on the right path. I wish you a happy Ramadan and a noble life Bi'Ithn Allah.

Veiled Knight said...

salaam...hey sis..sorry dont know you, but just wondering what made you choose veiled knight as your ID..ive had it for about...hmm..since 2004..just curious? shukran o nice blog mashaAllah

Veiled Knight said...

Veiled Knight: Wa'Alaikum Assalam, It's nice to get to know another Veiled Knight.
Oh Ya allah! I'm soo sorry! I really didn't mean to copy anything off you at all. Actually me and my friends made this little group called , the "Veiled Knights" after Khawlah bint al-Azwar (RadiyaAllahu 3anha). Her name remained greatly unknown, until the battle of Ajnadin, not far from Jerusalem, where Derar lost his spear, fell from his horse, and was taken prisoner. She disguised herself as a male knight, took her arms and rode her horse through the Roman ranks, using her sword skillfully against whoever tried to stop her. The Muslim soldiers, and their leader Khalid Ibn-Al-Waleed (RadiyaAllahu 3anhu), watched her with great admiration, presuming that she was a man. The 'man' had a green shawl wrapped around 'his' waist and covering whatever part of 'his' dress that was tight.

Veiled Knight said...

That knight broke through the Roman ranks as an arrow. Khalid and the others followed him and joined battle, while the leader was wondering about the identity of the unknown knight.

Rafe' Bin Omeirah Al Taei described how that knight scattered the enemy ranks, disappeared in their midst, reappeared after a while with blood dripping from his spear. He swerved again and repeated the deed fearlessly, several times. All the Muslim army was worried about him and prayed for his safety. Rafe' and others thought that he was Khalid, who had won great fame for his bravery and genius military plans. But suddenly Khalid appeared with a number of knights. Rafe' asked the leader: “Who is that knight? By God, he has no regard for his safety!"

Veiled Knight said...

Khalid answered that he didn't know the man, though he greatly admired his courage. He called on the army to attack as one man and to make sure that they protect their hero(ine). They were fascinated as they watched the knight appear with a number of Roman knights chasing him. Then he would turn around and kill the nearest before resuming his attacks.
The Romans eventually lost the battle and fled, leaving many dead and wounded in the battlefield. Khalid looked for the knight until he found him. By then he was covered in blood. He praised his bravery and asked him to remove his veil. But the knight did not answer, and tried to break away. The soldiers wouldn't let him do that. And everyone asked him to reveal his identity.
When the knight found that there was no way to avoid that, he replied in a feminine voice: "My prince, I did not answer because I am shy. You are a great leader, and I am only a woman whose heart is burning."

"Who are you?" Khalid insisted.

"I am Khawlah Bint Al Azwar. I was with the women accompanying the army, and when I learnt that the enemy captured my brother, I did what I did."
Khalid ordered his army to chase the fleeing Roman army, with Khawla leading the attack, looking in all directions for her brother, but in vain. By noontime, the victory was decisive. Most of the Roman soldiers were killed.
Knowing that the prisoners had to be somewhere, Khalid sent Khawla with a number of knights to find them. After a hot chase, they managed to catch up with a Roman detachment that was taking the prisoners to their headquarters. Another fight took place, the Roman guards were all killed and the prisoners saved.

Veiled Knight said...

In another battle in Ajnadin, Khawla's spear broke, and her mare was killed, and she found herself a prisoner. But she was astonished to find that the Romans attacked the women camp and captured several of them. Their leader gave the prisoners to his commanders, and ordered Khawla to be moved into his tent. She was furious, and decided that to die is more honorable than living in disgrace. She stood among the other women, and called them to fight for their freedom and honor or die. The others were enthusiastic to her plan. They took the tents' poles and pegs and attacked the Roman guards, keeping a formation of a tight circle, as she told them.
Khawla led the attack, killed the first guard with her pole, with the other women following her. According to Al Waqidi, they managed to kill 30 Roman knights, while Khawla was encouraging them with her verses, which in fact caused their blood to boil.
The Roman leader was infuriated by what happened, and led a detachment of his knights against the women, though he tried first to tempt them with many promises. He told Khawla that he planned to marry her and make her the first lady of Damascus. But she answered him calmly and with great contempt: "I wouldn't even accept you to be a shepherd of my camels! How do you expect me to degrade myself and live with you? I swear that I'll be the one to cut off your head for your insolence."
In the ensuing battle, the ladies proved their mettle, kept their grounds for some time, encouraging each other and driving off the attackers with their long poles. Suddenly, Khalid and the army reached the battlefield. In the ensuing fight, over 3.000 Romans were killed. The women who took part in the fighting were proud to say that Khawla killed five knights, including the leader that insulted her.
In another battle, the Muslims were overwhelmed by a much bigger Roman army. Many soldiers fled away, but not for long. Khawla and the other women met the fleeing soldiers, questioning their claims of bravery and forced them to return to the battle. The men were stunned when they saw Khawla drawing her sword and leading a counter-attack. They turned their horses and joined the battle, which was eventually won.
One of the knights present that day said: "Our women were much harsher with us than the Romans. We felt that going back to fight and die was much easier than facing the fury of our women later on".
Following his succession as the fourth caliph, Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) married Khawla. She became a legend during her life and remains a legend to this day. Khawla set an example to men and women alike that one should fight for what he or she believes in, and never accept defeat.

Yeah, so thats the story of the lady I pen-named myself after. She is a great women, and I'm sorry if I offended you in any way.

Veiled Knight said...

You know what?! I'll just make a post about this. :) It will be much easier to read, Insha'Allah!

Veiled Knight said...

walaykumasalam warahmatullah
LOL... that was why i chose her name too! SubhanAllah been waiting to see who in blogistan knew exactly who i was talking about. :)

Take care, Eid Sa'id :)
your duaas are requested
Walaykumasalam wa rahmatullah

Veiled Knight said...

Veiled Knight: LOL, 'blogistan'. Yeah it's sad how people usually remember the pop stars and celebs and forget about the REAL VIPs. Insha'Allah I'll make duaa' for you. Eid Sa'eed!!!
Assalamu alaikum (waves at the computer!)

Sana A said...

Lol. This post is so inspiring. :D