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From every thousand… May 30, 2008

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O mankind! Fear your Lord and be dutiful to Him! Verily, the earthquake of the Hour (of Judgement) is a terrible thing. The Day you shall see it, every nursing mother will forget her nursling, and every pregnant one will drop her load, and you shall see mankind as in a drunken state, yet they will not be drunken, but severe will be the Torment of Allah.

[Surah al-Hajj, 22:1-2]

At-Tirmidhi recorded from Imran bin Husayn that when this verse was revealed, the Prophet was on a journey, and he said:

“Do you know what Day that is?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said: That is the Day on which Allah will say to Adam, “Send forth (those of your progeny) who are to be sent to the Fire.” He will say, “O Lord, how many are to be sent to the Fire” He will say, “From every thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine will be in the Fire and one will be in Paradise.” The Muslims started to weep, then the Messenger of Allah said:

Be close in your rank and be straight forward, for there was never any Prophet but there was a time of ignorance just before his advent, so the number will be taken from that time of ignorance, and if that is not enough, it will be made up from the hypocrites. A parable of yours in comparison to the other nations is that, you are like a mark on the foreleg of an animal, or a mole on the flank of a camel. [Taken from Tafsir ibn Kathir]

Unfortunately we don’t have the Prophet here to reassure us; neither can we be compared to the Sahabah. So what makes us think that from every thousand we’re going to be the one going to Jannah?

The Benefits of Remembering Death July 21, 2007

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Ata’ Ibn Raba’ said that there are three benefits of remembering death:

You would hasten to repentance: If you are always thinking about death, you are thinking about the akhirah and you would prepare for it and repent to Allah.

Content with a little: You would be satisfied with whatever Allah has given you, no matter how little. This is because you know this dunya is a temporary residence and so it is not of much concern to you.

You will not fight and compete with the people of this world over this world: And this would cause you to have tranquillity in the heart, because what makes people anxious is competing over material things, as this world is small and our desires are big. The Prophet (saw) said, “If the son of Adam had a valley of gold he would ask for another one and nothing would please him, except dirt (qabr) which terminates all his desires”

Taken from the Hereafter lecture series by Anwar al Awlaki (May Allah hasten his release)

The Destroyer of Pleasures July 5, 2007

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Think O’ you who are deceived by this world, of death and its agonies, how difficult and bitter a cup it is. What a true promise death is! How fair a judge it is! Death is enough to fill the heart with fear and the eyes with tears, to separate people, destroy pleasure and put an end to all worldly hopes.

Have you given any thought, O’ son of Adam, to the day when you will die and will be taken out of your place? When you will move from the spaciousness (of this world) to the confines (of the grave), when friends and loved ones will let you down, and brothers and friends will desert you? When you will be taken from your bed and placed in a hole in the ground, and instead of a soft blanket you will be covered with dust and earth? O’ gatherer of wealth, O’ industrious builder, by Allah you will have nothing left of your possessions except shrouds, and even they will be destroyed and will vanish as your body disintegrates and turns to dust.

Where is the wealth that you amassed? Will it save you from these terrors? No indeed, you have left it behind for those who will not praise you, and you have come with your burdens (of sin) to the one Who will not excuse you.

Tadhkirat al Qurtubi, p.9

Taken from The Minor Resurrection by ‘Umar S. al Ashqar

Bankruptcy… June 10, 2007

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Abu Hurayrah relates in Sahih Muslim:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked us: “Do you know who is bankrupt?”

We replied: “The one among us who is bankrupt is someone who has neither gold nor silver nor any provision.”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said: “Among my people, the one who is bankrupt is the one who – after praying, fasting, and paying charity – arrives on the Day of Judgment having cursed one person and slandered another, assaulted another, and misappropriated the wealth of someone else. Then those people will be given of his good deeds, and if his good deeds run out before redress is made, then some of their sins will be taken from them and put upon him. Then he will be cast into Hell.”

 

Race one with another in hastening towards Forgiveness from your Lord… May 29, 2007

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum

I was sorting out my stuff out when I came across a card that was given to me by a friend a couple of years ago. When I opened it up it had the following verse written in it:

Race one with another in hastening towards Forgiveness from your Lord, and towards Paradise, the width whereof is as the width of heaven and earth, prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers. That is the Grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He pleases. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty. [Surah al Hadid, Verse 21]

Reading it, all I could think was Subhan’Allah what an amazing verse! So I opened up my Qur’an and read it together with the previous ayah:

Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children, as the likeness of vegetation after rain, thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw. But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment (for the disbelievers, evil-doers), and (there is) Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the believers, good-doers), whereas the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment. [Surah al Hadid, Verse 20]

In these two ayaat, Allah it telling us that this life and all that it contains is nothing. All the material things we compete for are worthless. They appear to be beautiful and beneficial but in reality they aren’t, because they are all temporary. It is the hereafter that will be everlasting. Rather than competing for this dunya, Allah is telling us to compete with regards to seeking forgiveness and why is that? Because the path of forgiveness is the path to Jannah

O mankind! Fear your Lord… March 20, 2007

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O mankind! Fear your Lord! For the convulsion of the Hour (of Judgment) will be a thing terrible!

The Day ye shall see it, every mother giving suck shall forget her suckling-babe, and every pregnant female shall drop her load (unformed): thou shalt see mankind as in a drunken riot, yet not drunk: but dreadful will be the Wrath of Allah.

Surah al-Hajj, Ayaat 1-2

 

Woe to you… March 10, 2007

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Woe to you, and woe!

Then woe to you, and woe!

Does man think that he will be left neglected?

Surah Qiyamah, 75:34-36

Ten Useless Matters March 2, 2007

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By Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah

There are ten useless matters:

  1. Knowledge that is not acted on
  2. The deed that has neither sincerity nor is based on following the righteous examples of others
  3. Money that is hoarded, as the owner neither enjoys it during this life nor obtains any reward for it in the Hereafter
  4. The heart that is empty of love and longing for Allah, and of seeking closeness to Him
  5. A body that does not obey and serve Allah
  6. Loving Allah without following His orders or seeking His pleasure
  7. Time that is not spent in expiating sins or seizing opportunities to do good
  8. A mind that thinks about useless matters
  9. Serving those who do not bring you close to Allah, nor benefit you in your life
  10. Hoping and fearing whoever is under the authority of Allah and in His hand; while he cannot bring any benefit or harm to himself, nor death, nor life; nor can he resurrect himself.

However the greater of these matters are wasting the heart and wasting time. Wasting the heart is done by preferring this worldly life over the Hereafter, and wasting time is done by having incessant hope. Destruction occurs by following one’s desires and having incessant hope, while all goodness is found in following the right path and preparing oneself to meet Allah.

How strange it is that when a servant of Allah has a [worldly] problem, he seeks help of Allah, but he never asks Allah to cure his heart before it dies of ignorance, neglect, fulfilling one’s desires and being involved in innovations. Indeed, when the heart dies, he will never feel the significance or impact of his sins.

When will we ever relax? February 27, 2007

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In this life of poverty, hardship and trials, Abdullah asked his father [Imam Ahmad] one day, “Abi when will we ever relax?”

His father, one of the greatest revivers of the Sunnah, a role model for all Muslims, looked him in the eye and said, “With the first step we take into Jannah.”

I came across this quote a while back and it blew me away, and each time I read it, it has the same affect on me.

Don’t expect anything from this dunya. Don’t expect comfort or ease or luxury. Don’t expect an easy life, with no tests or trials. This dunya is nothing, so how can we become so attached to it, longing for its false splendour, forgetting that which is everlasting? How can we be satisfied when Allah has promised us Jannah? Great lush gardens and lofty palaces…

Fight falsehood with truth and greet hardships with patience. It’s only once you enter Jannah that you have achieved and gained success. So until then, don’t even think of relaxing…

Remembering the Destination of Mankind in the Hereafter November 12, 2006

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Remembering the Destination of Mankind in the Hereafter – a Cure for Weak Iman

Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah

 

When one’s mind is clear, he will be able to see clearly, thus giving such a person a light in his heart that will allow him to almost witness the Warning and the Promise, Paradise and Hell, and what Allah has prepared in this (Paradise) For His Awliyaa` (loyal friends) and in that (Hell) for His enemies. He will then witness people rushing out of their graves following the call of the Truth (Resurrection). The angels in the heavens will descend and will surround them (creation). Allah will then come to judge (between creation) and His Kursi (literally a footstool or chair) will be raised. The earth will shine with the Light of its Lord (Allah, when He comes to judge between His creation), the Book (of Records) will be opened and the Prophets and the witnesses will be brought forward. The Mizan (Scale) will then be established, the books of (individual) records will fly around and the foes will converge, each holding to its foe. Al-Houdh (the pool that runs outside the gates of Paradise from a river inside it) will then appear and its cups will appear close by. Thirst will intensify, but those who are allowed to drink are few. Al-Jisr (the bridge over Hell that everyone must pass over into Paradise) will then be laid (over Hell) so that (mankind and the Jinn) can pass over it (as for the disbelievers and those whose sins outweigh their good deeds, they will fall into Hell, where only the disbelievers will reside for eternity). People will then be gathered in its direction. The Fire (Hell) will appear, each part harshly consuming the other parts beneath it. Those who fall into it are far more than those who are saved from it. Then, an eye will be opened in his (the man who is thinking about these scenes) heart with which he will be able to see clearly. His heart will then witness some scenes of the Last Life, along with imagining the various stages of the Last Life which will last for eternity, as compared to this Dunya (the life of this world) and its briefness.