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It is He who sends down rain from the sky June 12, 2006

Posted by Muhajirah in Islam, Qur'an.
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Asalaamu Alaikum
Insha’Allah you are all well,

Today I got caught in a down pour, which isn’t unusual cos that’s the great British weather for you! Considering it’s been very hot the past couple of days, it was expected that we would soon see rain. Only today I had no coat and so I was completely soaked. But rather than filling this post full of complaints I decided to do a bit of reflection instead. Subhan’Allah we should be grateful for every drop of water that falls. Only by Allah’s mercy does He send down water for us to drink and for plants to grow. Look to Africa and other places where there is drought and famine, where water is scarce and people are dying. Yet we sinful souls are blessed!

It is He who sends down rain from the sky, from it ye drink, and out of it (grows) the vegetation on which ye feed your cattle. With it He produces for you corn, olives, date-palms, grapes and every kind of fruit: Verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought. He has made subject to you the night and the day; the sun and the moon; and the stars are in subjection by His Command: Verily in this are Signs for men who are wise. [16:10-12]

When Allah mentions the blessings of cattle and other animals that He has granted mankind, He then mentions how He has blessed them by sending rain down from the sky above, which has been fulfilling the needs and bringing joy to people and their cattle. Allah says:

“…from it you drink…”
Meaning, He made it fresh and pure so that they can drink it, not salty and undrinkable.

“…and from it (grows) the vegetation on which you send your cattle to pasture…”
Meaning, from it He raised plants on which your cattle graze. Ibn `Abbas, `Ikrimah, Ad-Dahhak, Qatadah and Ibn Zayd, all said that this refers to grazing animals including camels.

“…With it He causes crops to grow for you, olives, date palms, grapes, and every kind of fruit.”
Meaning, with this one kind of water, He makes the earth sprout plants with different tastes, colours, scents and shapes.

For this reason He says,

“Verily, in this there is indeed an evident proof and a manifest sign for people who give thought.”
Meaning, this is a sign and a proof that there is no god besides Allah, as He says:

Is not He (better than your gods) Who created the heavens and the earth, and sends water down for you from the sky, from which We cause wonderful gardens full of beauty and delight to grow You are not able to cause the growth of their trees. Is there any ilah (god) with Allah Nay, but they are a people who make equals (to Him) [27:60]

“And He has subjected the night and the day for you, and the sun and the moon; and the stars are subjected by His command. Surely, in this are proofs for people who understand. And all He has created of varying colours on the earth for you. Verily, in this is a sign for people who reflect.”

[Taken from Tafsir Ibn Katheer]

Wasalaam

Why? June 5, 2006

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

Allah, Lord of the Worlds, not a leaf falls without Your knowledge. You know all that was, is and will be. Compared to You my knowledge is nothing; a grain of sand in a desert, a drop of water in a never ending ocean. Then why do I think I know… I know nothing.

And it is You, ya Rabb who guided me. Who took me out of the darkness, who led me from the path of destruction to the path of guidance. Without Your light I would be lost, stuck in my jahil ways. Without Your mercy I have no hope of attaining Jannah and hell without a doubt will be my final abode. Then why am I proud… I have nothing to be proud of!

And it is You, ya Rabb, who allows me to increase in ajr as you give reward to those who do good and it is you who forgives sins and gives hope to lost souls. And it is You who sends down blessing and allows me to live a life of ease, who does not burden me with trials, more than I can bear. Then why do I think myself superior… when everything that I have is from You

And it is You, ya Rabb who is the most powerful. Who is able to do all things. On the appointed day you will cause the earth to be levelled, great mountains to be turned into dust and mankind will be resurrected for judgement. Then why do I think I have strength… I have no strength at all.

And it is You, ya Rabb who created all that is in the heavens and the earth and it did not cause You any tiredness in the slightest. You give life and cause death. It is you who turns the day into night and the night into day. Then why do I think I have achieved… I have achieved nothing.

And the only way I can obtain knowledge is by reading the Qur’aan and superiority is only measured in terms of Taqwa. And pride? Pride is only for the dwellers of hell. And only by lowering myself, bowing my head on the dust can I gain strength…. Strength of Imaan. And only when I enter Jannah will I have achieved.

So my Lord, help me to remember You always. To be humble, to realise I am a nobody. Rid my heart of pride, hypocrisy and arrogance. Make me a better person. Increase my Imaan. Only by your mercy will I enter Jannah so have mercy on my soul. Take easy account on me and grant me gardens beneath which rivers flow.

Finito …!! June 1, 2006

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

Alhamdulillah! Exams are over = uni is over = a whole summer of pure relaxation… well not quite. I would think that I would be quite happy, but not really. I don’t know what I’m going to be doing over the summer. Parents, elder siblings are wanting me to get a job and I wouldn’t mind one, but there is no-where ‘halaal’ to work if you get me. For a student with no experience the options are a shop or a call centre. Both are not my type of jobs cos of the sorta stuff they would involve. Shops = selling haraam stuff, be it alcohol, haraam food or skimpy clothing. And call centres are places for dossers (no offence to anyone working in one).

Anyhow, after my exam, I decided to go shopping with my two niqaabi friends, which was boring, cos I hate shopping. We were just walking when this idiot looks at my mate and shouts OH MY GOD! What the heck… spaz and a half! Just cos someone wears a veil doesn’t make them some sort of alien being. I swear I hate this place.

Hehe… I make it sound as tho it really annoyed me, it didn’t. At the time I just laughed thinking what a prat. But I don’t think my friend was too pleased. Thinking back to it has annoyed me though. I’ve been thinking about niqaab for a long time and this is yet another thing on the ‘obstacles’ list. Being a non niqaabi I find it amusing when my mates get stick from the kuffar… not in haha you got dissed amusing, but the haha they are so scared of you amusing. Cos that’s what it is all about, they feel insecure around niqaabis and feeling insecure leads to fear which is why they make dumb comments. Anyhow this (plus other incidents when around with niqaabi friends) has made me stop and think. Would I have the same reaction if I was the one who was at the brunt of the stupid comments, constant stares? Would i find it amusing then? I really don’t know.

May Allah allow me to make hijrah from this place, may he increase my imaan and keep me away from all kufr and deviancy.

Remember me in you duas. Jazaak Allah Khaire

Wasalaam