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For the sake of Allah… April 28, 2006

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Islam, Random Musings.
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Asalaamu Alaikum
Insha’Allah you are all well.

For the sake of Allah, or not at all?

Sometimes, I’m a bit reluctant to say that, of course everything we do should be for the sake of Allah (swt) the creator of all that is in the heavens and in the earth. But should we abandon doing something, if we know that we are not doing it for the sake of Allah (swt)?

Example, observing hijaab for the sake of fashion is bad but its better than not observing hijaab at all. Saying that, there is no point in covering, if you’re intentions are not pure, you’re not getting any reward for it, and in fact you’re probably guilty of being a hypocrite.

Then again, how many of our actions are purely for the sake of Allah? How many of us strive to please our Lord, in everything we do? Islaam is a deen and deen is a complete way of life. So everything we do should be for the sake of Allah. When we eat, it shouldn’t be because we enjoy food and find pleasure in eating it, but because our body has to be maintained in order for us to fulfil our Islamic duties, because our body has a right over us and because it was given to us by Allah (swt) and we should look after it.

I suppose if we did eat for the sake of Allah (swt) we would be healthier, cos we would think before we eat junk food, in fact we would receive reward twofold because 1) we are eating for the sake of Allah, which in itself would get us reward, but 2) when eating for the sake of Alllah we would have to eat nutritious food and that means giving something up for the sake of Allah (i.e. all the junk food). I can just see. the level of diabetes and heart disease in the Asian population fall :D. As well as that, we would be happier (increased imaan and good health = happiness (?)). We would be able to pray better, work more efficiently… the list goes on.

Not bad eh? Or do I just have a big imagination? Hmm…

Wasalaam.

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Al-Lughah Al-Arabiyah April 16, 2006

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Asalaamu ’Alaikum
Insha’Allah you are all well,

Considering the majority of Muslims are non Arabs, it makes me wonder how many of us know the language of al-Qur’aan – Arabic. How many of are learning, or taking active steps to learn? How many of us even want to, or think that is important to learn this language?

Arabic is such a beautiful language. How can it not be, when the words of Allah (swt), Lord of the Worlds were revealed to the Prophet (saw) in Arabic? How can it not then be a superior to all other languages?

Imagine, if reading the translation of the Qur’aan can move us to tears, if by simply listening to the recitation of the Qur’aan can instil fear and love for Allah (swt) in our heart – this when we don’t understand what is being read, what will it be like when we comprehend the words of Allah? When we understand Al Qur’aan in its revealed language? Subhan’Allah, how much are we missing out on?

The Qur’aan, the greatest book on earth is in the Arabic language, why then are we not striving to learn Arabic? Not only are that but some of the greatest scholarly works are in Arabic. Ibn Kathir’s tafsir – yes we have an English translation, but it is an abridged version, al Bukhari and Muslim. Do the translations really do justice? Would we not benefit from studying hadith in Arabic? How many masses of great works are we deprived from because we don’t know Arabic?

Historians say that one of the reasons the Ottoman period faced so much disunity was because they didn’t make Arabic the official language of the Islamic state, and one of the reasons the earlier caliphates succeeded in uniting the Ummah was because they valued the Arabic language and along with the deen, Arabic was what tied the Arabs, Persians, Indians etc together.

I advise every Muslim, to learn Arabic, not only is it such a beautiful language to learn, but you will enjoy it so much and most importantly it will benefit you, with regards to your deen.

I pray that Allah (swt) gives me the chance to become fluent in the language of al-Qur’aan. That He (swt) increases me in knowledge and gives me greater understanding of the deen.

Wasalaam

Argh! April 10, 2006

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Asalaamu Alaikum
Insha’Allah you are all well.

Smokers are so flippin’ selfish!!

They come and start smoking right in ur face and you have to breathe in that filthy air. Go kill urself in private u sick ppl!!

Wasalaam

Thoughts… April 3, 2006

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Asalaamu’ Alaikum,
Insha’Allah you are all well.

So summer is here, which means clocks have moved an hour forward (yeh I no that was ages ago). Isha time will soon be at 11ish and I will have a legitimate excuse for staying up late. I have been waiting for summer for a long time, but sadly I have not seen much sun. Actually it’s been raining quite a bit. Today it seemed like a nice day, sun shining an all, but when I stepped outside it was freezing.

Sometimes I wonder how this Ummah can unite, when there are so many differences between us. I don’t think it is possible especially when these differences can’t be reconciled! I mean if we differed on a small matter, that would be one thing, but when we differ on key issues such as tawheed, what can we do then? It amazes me how some people have a total lack of understanding of tawheed – the foundation of our deen. Without it, there is no Islaam, simple. Upon tawheed, the rest of ur deen is built. Yet we still have people think that it is ok to call upon others, other than the All Mighty, it is ok to make sujood to graves etc and than call the ppl who reject this, wahabbis, extremist salafis etc.

The other night, I was in really bad pain. I was awake – cos I could feel the pain, but I was also half asleep. It’s kind of weird to explain, all I know is that I was up half the night. I had to force my self out of bed for fajr and each time I got up from sujood I was wincing in pain. I have experienced worse pain than that, but it really hit me. This is nothing compared to the torments of hell, where the mildest punishment will make your brain boil! Subhan’Allah!

Its times like that when my eemaan increases. It’s a bit weird, but it makes me realise how much I have to be thankful for and how much I am in need of Allah (swt)’s mercy. My fear of His punishment increases, my hope for His mercy increases, and my love for Him increases. Times of affliction are really a blessing in disguise.

May Allah (swt) guide us all, may He (swt) keep us all on the straight path. May He (swt) grant us the best of this dunya and the best of the akhirah. May He (swt) protect us all from the torments of hell and grant us the best of abodes – al Firdaws!

Wasalaam