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Take your provisions in this world… January 31, 2007

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تزود من الدنيا فإنك لا تدري ***** إذا جن ليل هل تعيش إلى الفجر

فكم من عروس زينوها لزوجها ***** وقد نسجت أكفانها وهي لا تدري

وكم من صغار يرتجى طول اعمارهم*****وقد ادخلت اجسادهم ظلمة القبر

وكم من سليم مات من غير علة ***** وكم من سقيم عاش حينا من الدهر

وكم من فتى يمسي ويصبح لاهيا ***** وقد نسجت أكفانه وهو لايدري

وكم من ساكن عند الصباح بقصره ***** وعند المسا قد كان من ساكن القبر

فكن مخلصا واعمل الخير دائما **** لعلك تحظى بالمثوبة والأجر

وداوم على تقوى الإله فإنها ***** أمان من الأهوال في موقف الحشر

 

Take your provisions in this world, for you know not,

If the night encompasses, shall you survive until dawn,

For how many brides were adorned for their husbands,

And her shroud was sown out for her, while she knew not

And how many of the young hoped for the longevity of their lives,

And their bodies entered the darkness of the grave,

And how many of the healthy died without illness,

And how many of the ill lived to a long appointed age,

And how many children slept and awoke with haste,

And their shroud was sown out for them, and they knew not,

And how many inhabitants of palaces in the morning,

Found themselves at night, inhabitants of graves,

So be of the sincere, oft-workers of righteousness,

Perhaps you shall be fortunate to reap bounty and reward,

And be constantly vigilant upon consciousness of The Lord, for it is,

Security from the difficulties in the station of The Gathering

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Tajweed 2: Isti’adha January 28, 2007

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Meaning: To seek refuge with Allah from the shaytaan

When you read the Qur’an you must begin with isti’adha, as it is a command in the Qur’an:

When Thou dost read the Qur’an, seek Allah’s protection from Satan the rejected one. [Surah Nahl 16:98]

Ibn Kathir comments on this ayah in his tafsir:

This is a command from Allah to His servants upon the tongue of His Prophet, telling them that when they want to read Qur’an, they should seek refuge with Allah from the cursed Shaytan. The Hadiths mentioned about seeking refuge with Allah (Isti`adhah), were quoted in our discussion at the beginning of this Tafsir, praise be to Allah. The reason for seeking refuge with Allah before reading is that the reader should not get confused or mixed up, and that the Shaytan would not confuse him or stop him from thinking about and pondering over the meaning of what he reads. Hence the majority of scholars said that refuge should be sought with Allah before starting to read.

﴿إِنَّهُ لَيْسَ لَهُ سُلْطَانٌ عَلَى الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَلَى رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ ﴾

(Verily, he has no power over those who believe and put their trust only in their Lord.)

Ath-Thawri said: “He has no power to make them commit a sin they will not repent from.” Others said: it means that he has no argument for them. Others said it is like the Ayah:

﴿إِلاَّ عِبَادَكَ مِنْهُمُ الْمُخْلَصِينَ ﴾

(Except Your chosen servants amongst them.)[﴿15:40]

 

﴿إِنَّمَا سُلْطَـنُهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ يَتَوَلَّوْنَهُ﴾

(His power is only over those who obey and follow him (Shaytan))

Mujahid said: “Those who obey him.” Others said, “Those who take him as their protector instead of Allah.”

﴿وَالَّذِينَ هُم بِهِ مُشْرِكُونَ﴾

(and those who join partners with Him.)

means, those who associate others in worship with Allah.

﴿وَإِذَا بَدَّلْنَآ ءَايَةً مَّكَانَ ءَايَةٍ وَاللَّهُ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا يُنَزِّلُ قَالُواْ إِنَّمَآ أَنتَ مُفْتَرٍ بَلْ أَكْثَرُهُمْ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ – قُلْ نَزَّلَهُ رُوحُ الْقُدُسِ مِن رَّبِّكَ بِالْحَقِّ لِيُثَبِّتَ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَهُدًى وَبُشْرَى لِلْمُسْلِمِينَ ﴾

(101. And when We change a verse in place of another – and Allah knows best what He reveals – they (the disbelievers) say: “You (O Muhammad) are but a forger.” Rather, most of them know not.) (102. Say (O Muhammad); “Ruh-ul-Qudus has brought it (the Qur’an) down from your Lord with truth.” for the conviction of those who believe, and as a guide and good news for the Muslims.)

Rulings on Isti’adha

The most common way of seeking refuge with Allah is to say:

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

I seek refuge with Allah, from the accursed shaytaan

Should isti’adha be said out loud or silently?

Majority opinion is that you should follow your normal style of recitation, i.e. if you read Qur’an out loud then say isti’adha out loud and vice-versa.

Isti’adha must be said before you begin to read the Qur’an and if you stop or take a break then you must repeat isti’adha before you continue reading.

There is no need to say Isti’adha when you move onto the next surah.

More information regarding Isti’adha here

 

The Best Way to Memorise the Noble Quran according to my Personal Experience January 27, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in Hifz, Islam, Qur'an.
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By Dr. Yahya al-Ghouthani, Jeddah (world leading Quranic recitation authority)

Translated by Abu Muqatil – may Allah be forgiving to him and his parents

In light of the principles which have passed us by in the previous section, I say to whoever wants to memorize a page from the Noble Quran from any chapter that I hope that you will stay with me so we can read the following steps together at ease paving the way to apply it precisely.

1. Obtain a good mus-haf

Try to obtain a good copy of the Quran whose size is according to your need and never ever replace it so that you will be strong in memorising the parts of the pages and the lines. The mus-haf al-huffaaz (the memorisers’ codex) [i.e. the text of the popular green edition from Madina written by the world famous calligrapher, Ta Ha Uthman] is preferred which starts with the verse at the start of the page and finishes with the last verse, and it is divided up well, whereby the Quran being thirty juz` (parts), every juz` has 20 pages and every page has 25 lines. The King Fahd organization in Medina al-Munawwarah has built a printer for this copy and I advice getting it as it is the most accurate contemporary print.

 

2. Set the scene

Setting the scene for memorization according to the following:-

i. Self-composure – Have the correct intention in mind and a desire for reward from Allah

ii. Wudoo` (ablution) and complete purity – Do not take the easy option of those who give a fatwa (legal edict) for its opposite as that goes against what befits high regard of the Speech of Allah and good manners with it.

iii. Comfortable setting – Sitting in a place where you feel at ease, and there is no more sacred place than the mosque.

iv. Free of distractions – It is preferred that it is a place without many pictures, carvings, decorations and distractions. The more enclosed the place is – with all due regards to fresh air – the better, compared with open space, trees and gardens. Even if some may differ with me, but I say this based upon experience not from abstract thinking. The atmosphere for light reading is different from the atmosphere for focused memorization, as wide spaces, sceneries and trees distract the mind and focus. Whatever is suitable for light reading is not needed for genuine work and focus, as mentioned in rule 4.

v. Face the Qibla – (direction of prayer towards Mecca) and sit in a state of submission, tranquillity and respect.

 

3. “Warm up”

Begin the “warm up” process (for want of a better expression). It is the preparation where you read a few pages of the Quran before starting the memorization process, whether from memory or looking.

Recite nicely, listening to yourself without haste or delay.

This is a fundamental component in preparing the self. You will find many successful memorization teachers do not allow the student to memorize before getting them to revise the previous session and letting the sheikh hear. This is to prepare him psychologically and spiritually for memorization, whilst the student may be totally unaware of the teacher’s aim.

4. Be controlled in recitation

Beware of your voice’s beauty from distracting you at this point. The sweetness of your tone encompasses you in the atmosphere of chanting. So you start thinking that you’re so-and-so, the famous reciter, then you assume his persona and start to recite with deliberation and perfecting the letters. You repeat it and recite it again like some of the reciters. Perhaps it all goes over the top and you bring out a microphone and recording equipment. Time will pass by whilst you are unaware, and you become like that young man who really wanted to memorize the Quran but every time he sat down to memorize he opened the Quran at 7-rah Y-suf and began to chant it until the time passed him by and he memorized absolutely nothing.

5. “Feel that urge…”

About 10-15 minutes of the warm up exercise and personal preparation you will feel a strong desire in yourself to memorize, with that it is possible for you to start with a new page you want to memorize.

6. Focus

Here begins an important stage, you really have to doubly focus on the verses. Imagine that your eye is a camera lens, and that you want to film the page with sound and image. Be careful not to shake the camera.

7. “Action!”

Open your eyes well. Free your mind from any distraction. Read by looking at the first verse at the top of the page in an audible voice with tajw5d [the correct rules of recitation]. Read correctly with concentration. Lets use an as example His statement, the Most High:

 

سيقول السفهاء من الناس ما ولاهم عن قبلتهم التي كانوا عليها قل لله المشرق والمغرب يهدي من يشاء إلى صراط مستقيم

 

The fools among the people will say, “What has turned them from their prayer direction to which they were used to face in prayer.” Say, “To Allah belong both, east and the west. He guides whom He wills to a Straight Way.” [2:142]

Read three or more times until your mind takes it all in, then close your eyes and picture in your mind the places of the words and read them. If you succeed in reading them completely without any mistake, don’t get excited but instead repeat two, three or five times.


8. Repeat

Then open your eyes a second time. Read the same verse from the book to confirm the correctness of your memorization. If you are certain that you’ve memorized it correctly, don’t get excited. Instead close your eyes and read another time. With this you have chiselled in your mind an engraving that is impossible to disappear with the permission of Allah, the Most High. Try the steps carefully, you will definitely find this approach sound.

Note: During the process of recall and repetition, be careful not to divert your gaze to the things around you such as written notices distributed upon walls, posters, artwork, or décor. Do not follow a whirling fan. Do not be concerned about the type of furniture or coverings you’re sitting on. Be careful of excessively looking out of the windows, perhaps your eyes will chance upon something that will not please you, or perhaps you will be distracted by the scene of people in the street, or the scene of cars as happens to students during their revision for their exams. One of them stands at the window with the excuse of getting fresh air, then there he takes a census of cars based upon make and model, and in this manner time passes him and is wasted whilst he hasn’t benefited a single thing.

You have no business with these distractions, my brother. You have put yourself forward as someone from the people of the Quran and from its memorizers, and that requires motivation, perseverance, focus and an absence of distractions.

9. Next verse

After that move to the verse immediately following it:

 

وكذلك جعلناكم أمة وسطا

Thus we have made you a middle nation…[2:143]

 

 

 

and begin with the same steps we outlined with the previous verse. If you think the verse is long, then divide it into several parts corresponding to correct and sound stops and normal meanings. Then repeat and repeat many times until it is engraved deeply in your memory.

10. Connection process

Begin now with the connection process which I mentioned in the eighth rule of memorization. That is by opening the book and focusing on the last part of the first verse – for example – إلى صراط مستقيم …and read it with an audible voice then connect it quickly without any stop with the first part of the second verse وكذلك جعلناكم أمة وسطا. Repeat this process many times but no less than five times.

After reading these steps – if you like them – begin implementing them straight away and record in a special notebook the date of beginning memorization. Contact someone you love and trust, and then tell them that you have found a technique in memorizing the Quran that you began applying today, so that you can be someone who guides to good.

One of the benefits of contacting someone like this is that it will be an encouragement for you in memorization and continuation, as it reflects an increased conviction in oneself with what you’ve read.

This is what is confirmed in psychology, if a person does something and he convinces someone else about it, then it is like taking a firm stance without retracting from it and his behaviour increases his conviction in what he does.

It is possible to summarize this method in the following steps:-

1. Personal composure

2. Warm up

3. Concentration

4. Repetition

5. Connecting

Result = a strong memorization with the best method.

Source: Kayfa Tahfaz al-Qur`aan al-Kareem (“How to Memorise the Noble Quran”)

The fruits of laziness… January 18, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Random Musings, Uni.
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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum,

Insha’Allah you are in the best of health and Imaan.

So I have an essay to hand in on Monday, but things are not going so well:

  1. I don’t have a clue what to write about. Seriously I have absolutely no idea

  2. There is only ONE book that can be used for this essay – but its totally useless if you don’t know what your writing about. Not that I have this book with me, because there are only two copies of it in the library, one of which is taken out and the other one being a reference.

  3. I have been sat here since about 1, but so far I only managed to open my essay. I look at it and have a quick read through it about every 15 minutes but that’s about it. The rest of the time is spent randomly going through my folder, checking my mail, re checking my mail, checking if anyone interesting is on msn, re checking 5 minutes later. Surfing the net, getting bored, eating a clementine, praying dhuhr, watching Newsnight on youtube , praying asr and finally blogging about how I’ve just wasted 3 hours of my life!

Anyway back to my essay…

Do you feel like crying? January 15, 2007

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I do…

 

أتدري متى تبكي على نفسك ؟

ابكِ على نفسك

عندما ترى المنكر ولا تنكره، وعندما ترى الخير فتحتقره

عندما تدمع عينك لمشهد مؤثر في فيلم، بينما لاتتأثر عند سماع القرآن الكريم

عندما تبدأ بالركض خلف دنيا زائلة، بينما لم تنافس أحد على طاعة الله

عندما تتحول صلاتك من عبادة إلى عادة، ومن ساعة راحة إلى شقاء

عندما يتحول حجابك إلى شكل إجتماعي، ومن لباس يسترك إلى أمر تجبرين عليه

إن رأيت في نفسك قبول للذنوب، وحب لمبارزة علام الغيــــوب

عندما لا تجد لذة العبادة، ولا متعة الطاعة

ابك على نفسك

عندما تمتلأ نفسك بالهموم وتغرقها بالأحزان، وأنت تملك الثلث الأخير من الليل

عندما تهدر وقتك فيما لا ينفع،، وأنت تعلم أنك محاسب فتغفل

عندما تدرك أنك أخطأت الطريق، وقد مضى الكثيـــر من العمر

بكاء المشفق

التائب

العائد

.الراجي رحمة مولاه

وأنت تعلم أن باب التوبة مفتوح ما لم تصل الروح إلى الحلقوم

Which translates as:

Do you know when you should really cry over yourself?

Cry over yourself

When you see evil and don’t forbid it, but see good and despise it,

When you shed a tear from seeing an emotional scene in a movie, but are not affected to the least when listening to the Holy Quran,

When you start running after a fleeting Dunya, but don’t compete with anyone for obeying Allah,

When your prayer changes from an act of worship to habit, from a moment of rest to one of misery,

When [in your mind] your Hijaab turns into a social norm; when it changes from protective garment to something that is forced upon you,

When you see in yourself an acceptance of sin, and a love for combating the Lord of the Unseen, but don’t find in yourself the sweet taste of worship, or the joy of obedience

[Then you should]

Cry over yourself

When your [life] is filled with problems and you drown yourself in sorrow even though the last third of the night is at your disposal

When you waste your time in that which does you no benefit knowing all to well that you will be taken into account, but you [still] do not take heed

When you realize you have lost your way, and so much of your life has already past

[Then cry]

Tears of pity,

Tears of repentance,

Tears of return,

And tears of hope in Allah’s mercy

Knowing that the door of repentance is always open as long as the soul hasn’t reached the throat


Dua by Mishari Rashid al ‘Afasy January 14, 2007

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum
Insha’Allah you are in the best of health and Imaan…

Why do some people become ugly? January 10, 2007

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By Shaykhu-l-Islâm Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728 AH / 1328 CE)

Have you ever wondered why so many people who were bright and beautiful as children, however, as they grew older their innocence and beauty eluded them? Well, wonder no more – Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) explains to us:

“The person who is righteous and honest, his honesty is manifest from the radiance on his face, and his honesty can be known from the glow that is on his face, likewise the (opposite for the) sinful one and the liar. The older a person gets, the more this sign becomes apparent. Thus a person as a child would have a bright face, however if he becomes a sinful person, adamant on committing sins, at the older stages in his life, an ugly face would manifest that which he used to internalise, and the opposite is also true. It has been narrated that Ibn Abbaas (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) said, ‘Indeed righteousness illuminates the heart, radiates the face, strengthens the body, increases provision, and produces a love in the hearts of the creation for that person. Whereas sinfulness darkens the heart, greys the face, weakens the body, and produces hatred in the hearts of the creation for that person.’

It is possible that a person may not intentionally lie; he may even be a person who makes great effort in ibaadah and has zuhd (abstains from pleasures of this life that are lawful). However he has false, incorrect ‘aqeedah regarding either Allaah, His deen or His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) or His righteous servants. And what is on the inside affects what is on the outside. Thus, this false, incorrect ‘aqeedah that he thought was true and correct reflects on his face, and his face would be dark in accordance with the level of falsehood he possesses. As it has been narrated that ‘Uthmaan ibn Affaan (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) said, ‘No one ever hides evil within themselves except that Allaah makes it manifest from his facial outlook and the statements his tongues utters.’ Hence some of the salaf used to say, ‘If a person of innovation were to dye his beard every day, the dye of innovation would remain on his face.’ On the Day of Judgment this would be very clear as Allaah says,

“And on the Day of Resurrection you will see those who lied against Allaah their faces will be black. Is there not in Hell an abode for the arrogant ones?” [Sooratuz-Zumar, 39:60]

He ta’ala also said,

“On the Day when some faces will become white and some faces will become black; as for those whose faces will become dark (to them will be said): “Did you reject Faith after accepting it? Then taste the torment for rejecting Faith.” [Soorah Aali-Imraan, 3:106]

Ibn Abbaas and others have said regarding this verse, ‘The bright faces will be ahlus-sunnah, and dark faces will be the people of bid’ah and division.’”

‘Aj-jawaab as-saheeh’ (Vol.4, pg. 306-307)

Sabr or Shukr… January 6, 2007

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Sabr or Shukr – The Worry Stops Here!

Muhammad al-Shareef

Aasiyah, the wife of Fir’own (Pharoah). Her Eeman in Allah thrived under the shadow of someone that said, “I am your Lord, Most High!” When news reached Fir’own of his wife’s Eeman he beat her and commanded his guards to beat her. They took her out in the scalding noon heat, tied her hands and feet and beat her perpetually. Who did she turn to? She turned to Allah! She prayed, “My lord, build for me a home with you in Paradise and save me from Fir’own and his deeds and save me from the transgressing people.”

It was narrated that when she said this, the sky opened for her and she saw her home in Paradise. She smiled. The guards watched astonished, she’s being tortured and she smiles? Frustrated, Fir’own commanded a boulder to be brought and dropped on Aasiyah, to crush her to death. But Allah took her soul before the boulder was brought and she became an example for all the believing men and women till the end of time:

And Allah has set forth an example for those who believe: the wife of Fir’own – when she said, “My Lord, Build for me a home with You in Paradise, and save me from Fir’own and his deeds, and save me from the transgressing disbelieving people.” [Qur’an 66:11]

In the Hadeeth of Jibreel [the Angel Gabriel], when he came to the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam (May Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him), and asked him about Islam, Eeman, and Ihsaan, the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said about Eeman, “Eeman is to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His Messengers, the Final Day, and the divine decree, the good and the bad thereof.” For the past few weeks we have been reflecting on this Hadeeth, only glimpses. Today we shall conclude with the last article of Eeman: to believe in the Divine decree, the good and the bad thereof.

As you and I travel though life we find ourselves in one of two situations. Either something good is happening in our lives and in which case – as Muslims – our role is have Shukr (to thank Allah for the blessing). Or something bad is happening to us, something we dislike and our role here is to have Sabr (patience). This is the formula for a happy life, a life cruising towards the pleasure of Allah. Sabr or Shukr, the worry stops here.


The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
“Strange is the affair of the Mu’min (the believer), verily all his affairs are good for him. If something pleasing befalls him he thanks (Allah) and it becomes better for him. And if something harmful befalls him he is patient (Saabir) and it becomes better for him. And this is only for the Mu’mmin.”

Ibn Al-Jowzee said, “If this Dunya was not a station of tests it would not be filled with sicknesses and filth. If life was not about hardship, then the Prophets and the pious would have lived the most comfortable of lives. Nay, Aadam (Adam) suffered test after test until he left the Dunya. Nuh (Noah) cried for 300 years. Ibrahim (Abraham) was thrown into a pit of fire and later told to slaughter his son. Ya’qub (Jacob) cried until he became blind. Musa (Moses) challenged Fir’own and was tested by his people. Iesa (Jesus) had no provision except the morsels his disciples provided him with. And Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam met poverty with patience, his uncle – one of the most beloved relatives to him – was slain and mutilated and his people disbelieved in him…And the list of Prophets and the pious goes on and on.”

What happens to us happens by the will of Allah. It is an article of our Eeman in Qada’ and Qadr that we are pleased with Allah’s choice, Good or seemingly bad it is all the test of this Dunya. How could we imagine that we shall not be tested when those who were better than us suffered what they suffered? They however came away with the pleasure of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala (How far from imperfection is He and He is the Most High).

Al Hasan ibn Arafah narrated, “I visited Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal after he was whipped and tortured. I said to him, “O Abu Abdillaah, you have reached the station of the Prophets!” He said, “Keep quiet. Verily, I saw nothing more than people selling their Deen. And I saw scholars that were with me sell their Faith. So I said to myself, ‘Who am I? What am I? What am I going to say to Allah tomorrow when I stand in front of Him and He asks me, “Did you sell your Deen like the others did?”? So I looked at the whip and the sword and chose them. And I said, “If I die I shall return to Allah and say: ‘I was told to say that one of Your Characteristics was something created but I did not.’ After that, it will be upto Him – either to punish me of be Merciful on me.”

Al-Hasan ibn Arafah then asked, “Did you feel pain when they whipped you?” He said “Yes, I felt the pain up to 20 lashes then I lost all feeling (They whipped him over eighty times). After it was over I felt no pain and that day I prayed Dhurhr standing.”

Al-Hasan ibn Arafah started weeping when he heard what had happened. Imaam Ahmad questioned him, “Why are you crying? I did not lose my Eeman. After that why should I care if I lose my life.”

They were better than us but this was how they were tested.

Let us discuss some facts about these tests of life, the good and the bad that befalls us:

* Much of what befalls us – the hard times – is the direct result of our own sins.
Allah, ta’ala (The Most High), says:

And whatever misfortune befalls you it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much. [Qur’an 42:30]

Muhammad ibn Seereen used to say when his debts piled up and he felt sad, “I know that the cause of this sadness is a sin I committed over 40 years ago.”

 

*People understand that when something bad happens it is a test from Allah. But dear Brothers and Sisters, the good things that happen to us are also a test.

Allah, ta’ala, says:

And we tested them with good (blessings) and evil (calamities) in order that they might turn back [Qur’an 7:168]

Abd al-Malik ibn Ishaq said, “There is no one that is not tested with health and prosperity to measure how thankful he is (Shukr).”

And the Companion – Abdur Rahman ibn ‘Awf, radhiAllaahu ‘anhu (May Allah be pleased with him), said, “We were tested with hardship and were patient. And then we were tested with prosperity and we were not patient. Because of this Allah states:

O ye who believe! Let not your wealth or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. And whosoever does that, then they are the losers. [Qur’an 63:9]

* Patience must happen from the beginning, not three days later or one day later, at the first news of the calamity, when it first happens. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Verily patience (is only Sabr when practiced) at the first hit (of news).”

* There are things that contradict Sabr. Tearing ones shirt, for example, slapping ones face, slapping hands, shaving ones head, and cursing and wailing. Umm Salamah narrates: I heard the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam say, “Any Muslim that says when a calamity befalls him that which Allah commanded him: To Allah we belong and to him we return. O Allah reward me in this calamity and give me better then it – (any Muslim that says this) Allah will grant him better than (that which he lost).” [Muslim]

* These tests and hardships wash our sins. ‘Aaisha radhiAllaahu ‘anha said, “Verily fever sheds sins like a tree sheds leaves.”

* The hardships that befall us distinguish the believers from the insincere. Shumayt ibn Ajlaan said, “The pious and the ungrateful are hidden by health. Yet when calamities befall the two men are separated (by how they react).”

Allah says in the Qur’an:

Alif/Laam/Meem. Do people think that they will be left alone because they say, “We believe,” and will not be tested? Indeed We tested those who (lived) before them [Qur’an 29:1-3]


Part II: Towards Sabr

Ali radhiAllaahu ‘anhu said, “Verily Sabr is to Eeman what the head is to the body. When the head is cut off, the body falls. (He then raised his voice) Verily there is no Eeman for he who has no Sabr (patience).”

There are three types of Sabr that the Muslim must have:


a. Sabr in the obedience of Allah. For example, One must be patient and perform their Fajr at it’s time.

b. Sabr in not disobeying Allah. Like someone might say, “I have to listen to music in the car.” No you are command by He who gave you those ears to not listen to those lullabies of the Devil. And you must have Sabr in not disobeying Allah.

c. Sabr in what Allah Decrees on us. For example, if our child was to pass away we should be patient and seek the reward of Allah in our patience and say only that which is pleasing to Allah.

There are two keys. If we understand them we shall open the door to Sabr in our lives:

The First Key: Know that our souls, families and wealth do not belong to us, they belong to Allah. He gave it to us as a loan to see what we would do with it. And when he takes it back He is taking back what belongs to Him. We had nothing before the blessing and we’ll have nothing after it. We did not create the blessing from nothing, so how can we claim that it belongs to us.

The Second Key: We are on a journey and the destination is the hereafter – Paradise or Hell. We’ll be leaving the Dunya behind us and we’ll come back to Allah by ourselves. This is what needs our focus. And if Allah is pleased with us then no worry. If He is not pleased with us then all worry.

Let me draw your attention to a verse. Listen carefully. Allah revealed:

Guard strictly the (five obligatory) prayers, especially the middle Salaah (prayer) and stand before Allah in obedience. [Qur’an 2:238]

The verses before this deal with divorce. The verses after it deal with divorce. Why was this verse placed in the middle? The Ulama’ (Islamic scholars) have suggested, Wa Allaahu a’lam (and Allah knows best), that in the hard times that a person goes through they should not forget the remembrance of Allah, the Salaah. And it is that Salaah coupled with Sabr that will pull them through.

O you who believe! Seek Help in Patience and Salaah. Truly, Allah is with those that are patient. [Qur’an 2:153]

There is good news for those who intend to act on their Sabr. Allah promised them three things: His prayer for them, His Mercy, and their guidance.

Who, when afflicted with calamity say, “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” They are those on whom the Salawat (the blessing and forgiveness) of their Lord is upon them, and who shall receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones [Qur’an 2:157]

Allah says:

And We made from among them leaders, giving guidance under Our Command, when they were patient. [Qur’an 32:24]

Sufyan ibn Uyaynah commented, “i.e. When they took hold of the leading issue, we made them leaders!”

 

Global Peace & Unity 2006: Yvonne Ridley January 4, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in Audio and Media, General.
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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum

Insha’Allah you are in the best of health and Imaan

Though I don’t really approve of GPU, I came across this vid on kalamullah and thought i’d share it. May Allah reward the sister and continue to guide her.

Oh Misguided Fool… January 2, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in Islam, Poetry, Writings.
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Oh misguided fool,
slave of the nafs!
Why sell eternal pleasure,
for pleasure that will not last?

Oh weak minded abd,
whose soul is so lost.
You find enjoyment in this world,
but at what cost?

You live today,
not thinking of death tomorrow.
When the laughter will be replaced by cries
and the joy with sorrow.

You remember that of the past,
memories that bring a smile upon your face.
Yet forgotten is that of the future,
a day full of disgrace.

A day, when the disbelievers will cry,
the torments driving them insane.
When the world full of gold would not be enough,
as a ransom to relieve the pain

So seek guidance from your Rabb,
And take heed of the words of the Qur’aan.
Worship Allah with humility
And beware of the whispers of Shaytaan.

For he makes evil seem good,
and wishes to misguide,
the people on the haq,
who for the sake of their deen, strive.