The Three Kinds of Soil.

SHEIKH KHALID YASIN.

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “An example of the guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me is that of a rain that falls on different kinds of lands. One land is good; it accepts water and produces vegetation and grass in plenty. Another kind of land is dry with a solid bed that preserves the rain water so that people can drink and irrigate from it. The third kind of land is porous that can neither retain water nor produce vegetation. This is the example of those who acquire knowledge of the Deen and benefit from that which Allah sent me with, and of those who do not take heed and insist on rejecting Allah’s Guidance.” [Bukhari]

The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) likens the knowledge of Islam to rain, because both are causes of life. Rain is the cause of life for the body, while knowledge is the cause of life for the heart. Thus, just as there are three kinds of lands or soil, there are also three kinds of hearts:

1) The first is fertile land which accepts water and is ready to produce vegetation. When rain falls on it, it absorbs the water eagerly, giving rise to all sorts of pleasant vegetation. This is the example of a healthy, pure, and intelligent heart, which embraces knowledge, is guided by its intelligent nature, and thus blossoms wisdom and faith. It is eager to take knowledge, and ready to bear fruits. It is like a rich businessman who has experience and knowledge, which enables him to invest his wealth in that which brings the best profit.

2) The second kind of land is hard. It can hold water as a reservoir does and can be used to drink or irrigate from. This is the example of the heart that preserves knowledge so as to convey it accurately to others. But this person cannot extrapolate or derive conclusions from the knowledge himself. He is like a rich man who does not possess the ability to invest his wealth and increase it, but who knows how to preserve it.

3) The third kind of land is barren. It is incapable of producing vegetation or even holding water. No matter how much rain falls on it, it does not benefit by it. This is the example of the heart that does not accept any knowledge or wisdom at all. It is like a poor man who neither possesses wealth nor can he increase or preserve it.

The first of the above three examples applies to a learned man who teaches knowledge, and who calls people to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) with clear guidance; such are the inheritors of the Prophets. The second applies to one who preserves the knowledge and transmits what he hears precisely; he carries to other people precious goods that they can use for trade and investment. The third applies to one who neither accepts Allah’s Guidance nor benefits from it.

How To Win At Life…

Concepts… theories… and more stories. People have found “an easy-way-out”. Its not that easy AT ALL when it comes to follow your natural self. People in this world live for people; to impress them, to highlight them and to honor them and make themselves take a “soft corner” in others heart. However, that’s not what Islam teaches us to be in a state of mind. What Allah (s.w.t.) and His Messenger (s.a.w.w) has taught is more important and valuable to be followed rather than to to follow people’s smart ideas according to fashion, whatever they may choose. I believe there are people who fear Allah (s.w.t.) to this extent that they wont realize they have gone astray in creating a fuss out of religion that they follow. What fuss am I talking about? I’m talking about the same traditions, the same bida’aat, the same conspiracies that run within castes and more castes and further more castes. This Caste system would never end if WE on our own don’t follow just two things… the order of Allah (s.w.t.) in the Quran and the incredibly easy Sunnah of our Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w.). As easily said, its not that literally simple. This is what I believe one should follow, for the beginners, a small and decent start:

1. Faith (emaan): is the first and the foremost thing that would lead us to conquer every obstacle in our way. How? well, if you have faith in Allah (s.w.t) and His commands and faith in His already written destiny and the faith that whatever comes to you as a tear, or a fear, or a smile or a whine or anything that makes u angry or extremely happy- is purely and absolutely from Allah (s.w.t).

2. Patience (sabr): After you attained the believe in Allah (s.w.t) and His commands you wait for His answer. You begin showing signs of wisdom not by speaking or debating with others around you, but dealing with situations tactfully; no matter how bad they come along. Patience has its own types; to come to the point:

 a) Patience when someone your near dear dies or patience when you are hit by a calamity (the most valued patience and the most common concept of patience too).

 b) Patience during times of anger- flushing your face because someone really badly hurt you or made you hate him in some way.

 c) Patience during panic situations- When the world around you rushes everywhere and make you panic too but inside when you are calm, patient and preserved- then you will succeed (InshaaAllah!)

3) Humility: Something every human needs to differentiate himself from an animal’s way of living life. Burning the ego. Letting go and forgiving people. Respecting the elders as well as young ones. And ofcourse, humbly and kindly dealing with those who are rude and cruel to you and your family.

4) Forgiveness: An easy way to prevent life long medicines for heart, bones and depression. To forgive those who are the worst and to ignore their behaviour is a talent not every human being can have- rather its a harsh truth to accept. It make us believe in Allah SWT command and His authority. And eventually, we are left with no grudges that spin our head or weaken our bodies.

5) Prayer: Regarded as “the weapon of a believer” is actually a conversation between you and Allah SWT. Your way of asking Him, pleading Him, crying infront of Him like a baby and secretly admiring His presence is what makes Allah SWT loves you more than your mother does. Use your wisdom to ask Allah SWT for every single little or big, expensive or cheap thing you want. Ask Him, He replies back instantly!

6) Love: To love someone dearly and admire them means we are actually following what they do, how they dress, how they sleep, walk, talk, pray, etc. This love for anyone gets more enhanced and pure when it gets mixed with respect. This is the reason, why Allah SWT orders us to love Him and His Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) more than we love our spouses, family members, children, friends and neighbors.

When, eventually, people turn out to be practicing the above mentioned few of the many basic habits- they admire the way their life is being carried on. They not only enjoy true meaning of life, but also believe the life is temporary and start preparing for the Hereafter.

May Allah SWT grant us peace and make us one of the best in His eyes, inshaaAllah!

Ameen!

10 Lessons from Hajj

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19 SEP 2015

A Webinar, I attended for the first time in my life today, provoked me to spread the words and ideas of what Mohammed Faris thought about when he went for Hajj. He pondered upon the facts derived from events of Hajj …so, ponder with me as you read below… 🙂

Lesson 1:      The Power of Intentions.

* The word “Hajj” means a “journey with a purpose”. A person who goes to Hajj declares his intention loudly “Labbaik Allah humma labbaik!…” ( “I’m here, My Lord, I’m here..”). If we come to think about it, Hajj also symbolizes our life. The intentions that we make in the journey of our life; be it as big as to achieve a degree or be it as little to turn on the T.V and waste time there- every intention has a purpose.

*Allah declared the purpose of life to worship none other than Him, “.. I haven’t created mankind & Jinn except that they worship me..”

*Concept behind making of intentions is that we just make it for our Deen rituals- hoever, these intentions are to be implied upon our time spent in the day’s 24hrs… why do you go to work? why do you spent time on Facebook?

*Make your intentions clear as your intentions before Hajj are, in order to be a productive, progressing muslim.

Lesson: 2     Sanctity of Ihram.

* We are so careful while wearing Ihram, “make sure not to put on any perfume… cut hair/nail.. use a perfumed soap…” and ofcourse we know the consequences if we break the rules of Hajj, right? Similarly, the rules of Deen are to be applied in our routine practice.

*The two cloth of Ihram signifies that we are supposed to be presented to the Lord of the worlds very simply and decently, not forgetting to the white color and cloth also shows unison in the Muslim ummah. Rather, we love to dress up and make-up lavishly in the world when we have to be buried in just two cloth?

* By wearing Ihram, one also keeps the end in mind. It literally dawns upon oneself that he lives in a deception of this world and that he may drop dead anytime.

Lesson: 3   The Ka’aba: Our Permanent Address.

*Allah chose to say, “Baet(house)” to the Ka’aba in the Holy Qur’an. It is the first house put to mankind. A symbol of Tawheed (Oneness of Allah), a symbol of unity of Muslim Ummah, an icon of values and principles.. and the same values we need to apply as facing ka’aba five times a day makes us realize this, the day to day action should be applied to the concept behind which ka’aba was built upon.

Lesson: 4   The Sa’ee- A Struggle for Miracle

*Remember the story of Haajra (A.S)? when she ran from one mountain Safa to another mountain Marwa for quenching thirst of her son? ran for 7 times in the horrid heat- this is what made Allah sprout 12 beautiful and present day fountains of ZamZam water. What does this indicate? Do we get our wishlist fulfilled or rather our goals in life completed just by sitting ther and doing nothing or do we have to do hardwork? of course! great things happen with struggle.

*When it comes to Deen, the consistent hardwork persuades us to work for Deen and makes our focus just to set an example of ourselves to follow as we struggle for the Deen adn implement in our lives.

*Ponder on what are you struggling for? Why going school? Why working 9-5 or maybe even extra hours? think about goals and set Deen as your priority.

Lesson: 5     Minaa- The Womb of Humanity

*Since, Hajj is considered an event after which the Muslims are set free of their sins as new born babies are, the time before they are actually born is the womb. In Hajj, Mina is the womb where crowds of people gather from all around the globe- just for one purpose- to serve fellow human, serve the Ummah for the sake of Allah!

*Mina is where one learns to have unity, faith and generosity within oneself. The whole concept of “WE” as one solid Ummah then enhances and we then start enjoying being in company of those who serve, pray, deal nicely and kindly with others andd of course start practicing the skills there and then!

Lesson: 6   Arafaat- Day of Remembrance

*A day when we confess that the way we have been living; neglecting and taking for granted the blessings we were provided by Him. It feela like the Day of Judgement wheb every soul is after his own clearance, asking forgiveness and mercy from the most Beneficient.

*Arafaat makes us realise the promise every soul has done before being transferred to human body, and that was promised to be fulfilled.

*It makes us ask ourselves, “where are you headed?” “Are you being true servant of Allah?” And thus reflect on the purpose of our life. Reassessing ourselves without which we would be lost.

Lesson: 7   Muzdalifah- Sky is the limit!

*We are suppose to sleep under the beautiful black starry sky, with no tents or camps above us. The most beautiful feeling ever!

*After experiencing Arafah, deciding on your goal and focusing to become determined, your Lord tells you that the sky is your limit. You can be highly progressive as a Muslim if you tend to abide by the rules of Quran and Sunnah.

*Another chance to ponder upon your responsibilities in life and how you can fulfill them.

Lesson: 8 Jamaraat- Pelting the evil within

*Revising the incident once more here, remember what the Shaitaan told to Ibraheem (A.S)? He advised him to stop what he is doing and it can be a dream.. He did this at three places.

*After attending Jamarat ourselves, we tend to feel that this is the same evil withib us that we have to stop from spreading-an evil that may enrage us to fire of Hell eventually. The greatest jihaad is against our own soul, and this is true as when we stop being productive we become like zombies that either lie down watching t.v all day, or stalk facebook or gossip with friends.

*Think of killing your nafs (soul) when you are stoning the Shaitaan at that time. Apply this in your life forever.

Lesson: 9 Sacrifice

*People think killing animals is horrendous, however its a ritual that signifies some important aspects in mankind:

1)By killing these animals Allah has cleared the fact that we are superior to the animals, we can have them and slaughter them at our own will.

2)After the slaughtering is done, there is a big responsibilty upon us to carefully and accurately divide the amount that is shared with our family and friends and to the poor. Thus, creatibg a concept of sharing and not wasting or abusing them.

3)One of the most important lesson sacrifice teaches us is the mere thought of what are we ready to sacrifice for? Our ego, pride, money and as little as our words that may hurt anyone? Would we sacrifice our sleep to wakeup in the Fajr prayers? Our time to spend in way of doing dhikr? Our comfort to serve humanity?

Lesson: 10 The Farewell Tawaaf- ready to face the world!!

*Farewells are usually sad. This last ritual of Hajj is also a farwell, as well as a promise that whatever lessons we learned during our journey of Hajj we will simulate the same to other people and teach them by becoming an example of how a believer should be.

*As it goes, this journey of Hajj takes you back in time of Ibraheem (A.S) and his practices and Muhammad (S.A.W.W) and his last sermon preachings.

*Last farewell also reminds us there is always an end to somethibg that started. We will die, get resurrected on Day of Judgement and then enter Jannah to abide therein InshaaAllah!

Concluding the Webinar, the gist of what seemed to me, we have to implement these teachings and facts in our life first, become a good practicing muslim and so carry on with life.

Assalam o alaikum!