Month: October 2015

Quit Expectations From The World

 

If we come to think of a moment when we are severely depressed about something, want attention to our problems, crave for some easy way out or even thinking alot about why we got hurt- thats actually the moment when your relation with Allah becomes so evident you dont want to meet anyone else.
But this happens to few.
Its not important that you make wudhu, spread the prayer mat and start praying to establish a connection between your Creator and yourself. Just pray silently. Within yourself. Discussing every tiny bit of worries to Him as you would like to discuss it with your mum.. Then see miracles happen.
Come to think of it!! Isn’t it just so beautiful that you are allowed to pray without any formalities to the King of the kings? He says you can ask me for even a shoe sole that you want and I may provide..

But it is sad to learn that people-including me- sometimes yearn for His forgivesness and mercy and solution of problems during our problems.. While once we are out, we are happy and shining in those blessings.
As easy as it is for Allah to solve your problems- from knowing the unsaid to any big crisis of your life- its is simple for Him to know how strong we are in keeping our relation with Him.
I’ve witnessed people who bend towards the Shirk concept of relation- amulet, visiting graves of some old scholars to ask for interceding on their behalf, trying out palmistry, doing magic to turn tables in their vote- whats the end result? Ask them, are you even happy about it? Satisfied in this world with what you have while the world would be perished one day? No amulet or scholar would come to save us – except for our a’amaal?
They have no answers.

I have also witnessed people who learn deen, but are not so enthusiastically practising when it comes to their problems.. Like if you are betrayed but you decide to pay them back! Or if you got scolded but you get so angry! Even if your friends plan to go out without you was it that important to make a havoc out of it! Was it necessary to not ask welfare of your neighbour if they havent ask your in months? Ofcourse not.
If we just bear in mind the mere thought that those things/event/person that cause distress in our lives are in actual a reason to make us closer to our Lord- then what would we prefer?
Lets think about it clear our minds of filth against our problems-which are there to make us His chosen ones.
Alhamdulilah!

Never Judge A Book By Its Cover…

Following are some of the amazing examples I came across just recently on a social website. Worth remembering and sharing!

Example # 1:

A man in Jeddah saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in a dream. He heard him say that he should go to Makkah to a certain area and find a man by such-and- such a name and tell him that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loves him. Upon awakening he wrote down what he saw in his dream and was able to Makkah two weeks later. He went to the area and asked around but failed to find the man. Two weeks later, he went again and was directed to the man. He looked at him and was taken aback; the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said he loved him, so he figured the man must be a scholar or some righteous looking man, but this man was simple and looked like an average person without any outward ‘signs’ of piety and was washing his car. He asked the person who directed him if he was certain and he affirmed that this was indeed the man.

He approached and asked if he was so-and-so and the man confirmed that this was his name. He said he wanted to see him about something. The man asked to him wait a while until he was done washing his car. They then went into the man’s home. The man from Jeddah said, ‘Listen, neither do I know you nor do you know me, but I need to know what your story is.’ The man said he had no story. So he asked him, ‘Is there some righteous deed between you and Allah?’ He responded that there was nothing, that he was like anyone else, he prayed and fasted and there was nothing special or extra. He asked why he was asking. The visitor responded that he saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in a dream and he told him to inform him the he loved him. The man was taken by surprise and cried. He fell prostrate before Allah and then asked the man if he was serious. He assured him he was and reminded him that they were strangers to one another. The man again asked if there was anything special he did. He responded that he was just an average person and that he was shy as he didn’t feel he was deserving of the Prophet’s love. He said this was so heavy on him and now he wanted to do whatever good he could.

To cut the long story short, here’s what turned out to be his deed. The man in Makkah had a neighbor who had died fifteen years ago. From the day this neighbor died, he split his salary between himself and the neighbor’s family every month, that’s it, that’s all, no big deal!!!
SubhanAllah! No big deal, he said?!

Think about that for a moment. This is another reason why we really need to hold back before judging people by their appearances. That neighbor or street cleaner we may look down on may be one whom Allah and His Messenger love for doing something we are clueless about.

Example # 2
A wise old man was sitting at the river bank when he saw a cat that had fallen into the water, flailing around, trying to save itself from drowning.
The man decided to save the cat. He stretched his hand out but was scratched by the cat. He pulled his hand back in pain.
However, a minute later he stretched his hand out again to save the cat, but it scratched him again, and again he pulled his hand back in pain.
Another minute later he was yet again trying for the third time!!
A man, who was nearby watching what was happening, yelled out: “O wise man, you have not learned your lesson the first time, nor the second time, and now you are trying to save the cat a third time?”
The wise man paid no heed to that man’s scolding, and kept on trying until he managed to save the cat.
He then walked over to the man, and patted his shoulder saying: “My son.. it is in the cat’s nature to scratch, and it is in my nature to love and have sympathy. Why do you want me to let the cat’s nature overcome mine !?!!
My son: Treat people according to your nature, not according to theirs, no matter what they are like and no matter how numerous are their actions that harm you and cause you hurt sometimes.
And do not pay heed to all the voices that loudly call out to you to leave behind your good qualities merely because the other party is not deserving of your noble actions.
When you live to give happiness to others, Allah Ta’ala will send you those who will live to give happiness to you.
“Is the reward for good anything but good?” -Qur’an 55:60
Be beautiful in character and hearts will love you.
So never regret the moments you gave happiness to someone, even if that person did not deserve it.
And suffice in the fact that you have a Lord Who will reward you for good with good.

Example # 3

Dr. Nabulsi relates the following:

Long, long ago, in Masjid Al-Ward in an old area of Damascus, the Khateeb of the masjid (who was also the Mufti at the time) saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in a dream. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told this Khateeb to inform his neighbour so-and-so that he will be his neighbour in Jannah. Obviously the Khateeb was affected; he had knowledge, he had tajweed, he was a mufti, he was, he was, and his neighbour was only a grocer. So he went to the neighbour and said, I have glad tidings for you from Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him), but I swear, I won’t tell you until you inform me of what is between you and your Lord. The man said nothing, but after a lot of insistence and coaxing, the man finally spoke.

The man said he got married to a woman and five months into the marriage, from what was apparent, his wife was actually nine months pregnant (ready to give birth). He could have divorced her, exposed her or taken her to court; the law would be on his side, the Sharee’ah would be on his side and even her family would be on his side. But the man wanted to encourage her and bring her to repentance. That night his wife gave birth; he then took the child and hid it under his cloak and stood outside the masjid. He waited until the Imam was about to begin the prayer (so nobody could see him), then entered and placed the child behind the door and joined the prayer. After the salah, the baby cried and people circled around it. He made sure that most people were around the baby, then went and joined them. He asked them what the story was; they said, look, a lost/abandoned child. Immediately, the man said, ok, I’ll sponsor him, I’ll look after him. Subhanallah! He made sure that the largest number of people witnessed this so he could conceal the fault of his wife.

This is Ihsan at work. He showed compassion and kindness that not many could show. He could have had her stoned to death and exposed her; but he chose to conceal her and, as a result, the woman repented and was from among the righteous

These are some little, little things we often forget in our daily life’s routine. What we lack is not the wisdom behind it but the time to understand and properly implement these things in our lives. May Allah makes us those who cherish and take very seriously every word of the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W for in him lies the best example for mankind!

Believe. Pray to Allah… Forget.

 

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“Ya Allah! Please give me the best in this world and hereafter!”
“Ya Allah please grant me best of the best ..”
“Ya Allah please promote me …”
“Ya Allah, please grant me Jannatul firdaus!”

How often do we pray like this? Everyday almost! We believe we have sent our message to Allah what we want and how we want.. In what state it has to be and till what time we want..
But these are just the presumptions in actual that we make. What we lack is the wisdom behind Allah’s “not now, but later” idea.
Allah says in Surah Waqiah, ayaah 63-64
“And have you seen (the seed) that you sow? Is it you who grows it or are We the grower?”

And also, surah Yunus, ayaah 61,
“…….  And  not  absent  from  your  Lord  is  any  [part]  of  an  atom’s  weight  within the  earth  or  within  the  heaven  or  [anything]  smaller  than  that  or  greater  but  that  it  is in  a  clear  register”

What does these ayaah tell us?
1. Allah is all powerful
2. Allah knows how and when to produce things.
3. Allah is aware of what will happen next in our lives.
4. We are weaklings, who dont’t even have the power to blink an eye without His permission.
5. We can never predict the future.

You may carry on with the list of what we can derive here.. But the emphasis i want to put here is basically that we can never predict the future. And since we can never ever predict the future we should always leave our problems with Allah. No matter how much hardwork we have done.. No matter how long it must have taken.. No matter how many nights we woke up to solve our problems.. Leave it  upon Him.

Another thing people often ask is why should we pray then if its already been decreed? Why should we work hard if we know what would be the result? Dear brothers and sisters, consider this, if we want to give our children a kitkat or a gummy bear if they get done with their homework on time and obey our commands properly without any tantrums wouldnt we feel please? Wouldnt we give them their reward plus shower them with love? When Allah says He loves us 70 times more than a mother does.. What makes you think you are not loved and considered upon? What makes you think that asking our Lord to give us something we want would not end up  getting something much better? Better for us, even if it gets delayed. Allah plays silently and calmly with us, testing us- saving us from thorns in path of life and equally increasing ranks in jannah- if we believe.

Allah also says, in surah Al ankabut, ayaah 2,
“Do  the  people  think  that  they  will  be  left  to  say,  “We  believe”  and  they  will  not  be  tried?”
Our aim in this life is to pass every test that will actually promote us in the hereafter.  If we ask for jannatul firdaus it is quite evident we are often followed up with a series of tests in our lives.. Allah says He would test us with “wealth ..health.. and offsprings” whether it is in a manner of blessings in which we are tested for remembering Allah.. or it comes as a sadness/ hurt/ failure in which we have to do sabar and tawakkul (patience and believe).
So basically, test is a test- which is in real terms that ticket Allah wants us to have for Jannatul Firdaus!

Tawakkul, believe, is something that doesnt really pops up instantly in everybody’s life. It might take one event.. It might take years. But Allah wants us to keep asking Him.. Pleading Him like a child. And if we dont get what we desire- He wants us to believe in Him that He will give us something waaaaay better than what we asked for.. Because He is the best of Planners who planned each life’s story wisely and sophiticatedly.

The dunya is a place of deception. No matter how much we need it, we should believe it is to be finished in the hereafter.. Are we to be finished with it? YES. Are our  health, children, friends, spouses, grades, empires and wealth intercede for us ? NO. But then again, if we want the dunya, we go for it and Allah leaves us into it with pleasures and lavishness of its secrets. The choice is ours.

AGAIN- remember its not of any benefit to Him but to us that we may attain peace and tranquilty in this world and hereafter. May we all be the one guided to the correct path of Imaan and may Allah makes us among the chosen one. Ameen. 🙂

Let Go

Simply beautiful! ❤

Muslim Words

Just TWO WORDS, but their IMPACT on life will tear you apart from the inside-out. And I just learned this the hard way i.e. by losing some of my beloved friends. I know you’re probably thinking ‘friends’ can “come & go”.

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Not Greater Than Allah’s Mercy!

Whenever we find ourselves either intentionally or unintentionally comitting a sin, yet a time comes we believe the sin is so great it might become a barrier between our prayers being accepted. Sometimes, people go with the extreme guilt that the leave prayers or stop reciting Quran, “I cant face my Lord with this burden of sins with me…” We think that is the solution? While these people exist, there are yet many thousands who dont care even after disobeying Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Still, Allah is there for every breath they take, every little perfect metabolism and every big decision in their lives. He is there.. Waiting. Maybe His servant will come back to Him in repentance so He would forgive. I came across a beautiful explaination by AbdelRahman Murphy as described in his own words below:

Someone once asked Hasan Al Basri, “shouldn’t one feel too shy to commit a sin, then ask Allah for forgiveness, then commit that sin again, then ask Allah for forgiveness again?”

Hasan Al Basri [r] responded, “this is precisely the attitude that Shaytaan wants us to have. Don’t ever tire of asking or be to shy to ask for forgiveness.”

From a young age, our lives are filled with lessons and directions as to what is permissible and what is impermissible, with motivation to do former and abandon the latter.

In Surah Zumar, Allah gives us a unique prohibition, “…Oh my servants who have wronged themselves (by sinning): don’t ever ever ever! despair in the mercy of Allah – verily Allah can forgive all sins, ever!” It is impermissible to lose hope in Allah’s mercy!

While it’s true that certain actions are damaging to someone’s faith, and that we should avoid and compassionatelyand wisely help others avoid those actions, we often forget that one of the most damaging things a person can do to their faith is think that their mistakes are too great for Allah to forgive. It’s simply not true.

Your mistakes, my mistakes – they’re absolutely dwarfed by Allah’s mercy and His ability, willingness, and want to forgive. The despair and guilt we might feel for committing a sin – perhaps repeatedly – should motivate us to change, but should never cause us to despair and completely lose hope – and we should never ever lose hope in others, or be the reason that someone else feels this despair! Rinse your heart with the soothing and cleansing water of tawbah, and continue on your way to and down the straight path.

Allah’s ability and willingness to forgive is – and will always be – greater than our mistakes and ability to sin.

🙂