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!

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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! ❤

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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.

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So, what did you learn?

Sometime back, I attended a lecture on “How to cope up with difficulties and trials- in a guided way”… And it actually changed the way we look at life with such fragile concepts.

The lecturer started by saying there are two kinds of difficulties people face:

  1. Man-made: that which people create for themselves and even for others around them.
  2. Those trials inflicted by Allah SWT.

–> To overcome both difficulties one should believe in Allah’s SWT will. That’s the first “hard fact”, as people tend to pity themselves and cry their heart out on the trials when they face it. The blame game begins. The thoughts that, “If only this would not have happened.. If only I hadn’t done this or that” crosses your mind. Makes you more vulnerable to be mentally as well as physically ill. But as soon as you realize it’s from Allah SWT and you believe He is there to make you cross every hurdle that come over you and you believe that He is testing you to upgrade your rank in Jannah-you get relaxed miraculously!

–> The second very common thought that arises in one’s mind is “Why me??” Here we need to learn from the Seerah of our Prophets. Ayub (A.S), afflicted with the worst kind of disease that necrosed his full body and the only thing remaining in proper condition was his heart and his tongue with which he recited,

“And Ayub, when he cried to his Lord, (saying): Harm has afflicted me, and Thou art the most Merciful of the merciful”

-Surah Al-Anbiya, Ayaah 83-84.

And the time when Yunus A.S got trapped inside the tummy of the whale. Went into the darkest of the dark- because a whale sets itself into the deepest bottom of an ocean and the darkness gets darker considering the stomach of the whale. Even then, Yunus A.S didn’t play the blame game and recited,

“… he cried through the depths of darkness (saying): “There is no God but You, Glorified be You! Truly, I have been of the wrongdoers.”(Surah Al Anbiya, Ayaah 87)

Sulemaan A.S, the most powerful of all the human beings ever existed on this earth. Given the powers to control Jinn, listen to all animals, had control over clouds and wind- this power became a mere test for him. Yet he was prepared to thank Allah SWT,

“…. he (Sulayman) cried out: “This is by the grace of my Lord so that He may test me whether I give thanks for (His Bounty) or act with ingratitude. Whoever is grateful is so to his own good; and whoever is ungrateful, let him know that my Lord is Immensely Resourceful, Most Bountiful.” (Surah an-Naml, Ayaah 40)

…and ofcourse, how may I not discuss my idol, the brave and the most tolerant  Muhammad SAWW. Who was tortured 24/7 by the non-believers, stoned till his shoes filled with blood, harmed during Sajdah, threw upon a can of trash, stricken with immense hunger, mocked upon and taunted- yet, he stood in night hours to ask forgiveness from Allah SWT and praise Him and thank Him for all the blessings.

So now.. Pay attention. Is your trial more hard than Ayub (A.S)? More dark than Yunus A.S ? Are you more powerful human than Sulemaan A.S Are you being tortured 24/7?

Even to the reply of “Why Me?” Allah SWT replies,

“Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried?. But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars”.

Surah Ankabut, Ayaah 2-3.

This is the second hard fact. Allah SWT tests us to separate good and bad between us. More the sacrifices you make, you are equally upgraded in Jannah, which is the true and eternal success. But ofcourse you have to pass through a military training to enter the “elite” members of Jannah. You have to be tested on what goes against your will.. While those who whine and self pity get much lesser rewards.

–> Another concept people have is that they inquire, “If Allah is merciful, then where is He right now?” The minute we get hurt by a calamity (major/minor) we tend to consider negative aspects of it. Here, the positive aspect is hidden. Allah SWT shows us His mercy by:

* Forgiving our sins. A gist of Hadeeth follows that Allah SWT removes the sins of a person afflicted with a disease/ worry such like the leaves that fall off a tree.

* You will get compensated thereafter for every single affliction, your tasks in life will become easier than before and you will realize this difference soon after.

* Allah SWT choses His servants and never afflict burden greater than what His servant could tolerate. You realize this when you are met with people around you in similar situations but with many other tests going on in their lives.

*As Allah SWT stated, with every difficulty there is ease, clearly mentioned and and it is always applied practically by Him.

–> Now come the essence of the lecture. The coping skills. What to do as soon as a trial begins.. Whether its a person who hurt you, whether you lost a job or lost a dear one , or maybe you got hurt by your children behavior or you are diagnosed with an illness..

  1. Believe: this is from Allah SWT, He wrote my fate and He is the best of Planners. Never curse your fate. Never say the word “IF”.
  2. Recite “Inna lillahe wa inna ilaihi raje’oon”: Yes! Its not just a dua to be recited in time of someone’s death. Its a declaration that you believe in returning back to your Lord.
  3. Pray: Always. Always. Always pray! The weapon of the believer!! Every dua will get compensated, either in this world or hereafter. Just ask Allah, for He loves when you ask even for little things.
  4. Recite Quran: DAILY. Like every product comes with a manual, for us our manual is the Quran. Read the Arabic+ translation. Double the reward! You will recieve solutions for your every day to day problems. It talks to you when you recite it. That’s why its called “An-Nuur” The Light.
  5. Never degrade the one in trials: Don’t whine on their faces, calling them “Poor Souls/ haaye bechari!” Instead, tell them the reward they will recieve by Allah’s will and ask them to pray for you as they are MORE closer at that time to Allah SWT than you are !!
  6. Learn from the spider: Its home get destroyed, yet it spindles a new much stronger and beautiful home again. Keep trying and failing then trying again.
  7. Your health, wealth and children are the greatest of trials you face. A believer is always in win-win situation.
  8. Never let the past pile up in your memories. This is Shaitaan who reminds you of your some 10 year old grudge against someone or the worst to create doubts between husband- wife. For this, do this exercise: Every night Forgive and Forget. Save yourself from mental and physical torture.
  9. Always look those under you. Learn from them. And do sabr and shukar for that’s what Allah loves for His slave.
  10. Accept your problems and believe that Allah SWT knows the best. Ask Him to steer you to what He considers is best for you.

Alhamdulilahe A’ala kulle haal!

(Praise be to Allah upon every condition!)

“Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, “Be!” – and it is! “

Assalam o alaikum!
It’s typically a miracle when we realize, if we ponder, how we breath, how we blink, how our heart beats and how the system of our body works- so involuntarily and peacefully. Yet, we tend to label “miracles” those events that occurred so spontaneously, totally out of the man’s wisdom and reach. I came across a similar miracle that Allah Subhana hu wa ta’ala showed during Hajj this year.The basic aim behind sharing this miracle is not just the awareness that indeed, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala is able to do what He wants and whenever He wants, but also I want to emphasize the power of Dua sincerely done with 100% believe in what you are asking will be true!  trust me, you are asking the Lord of the worlds, Rabbul A’lameen- it’s worth it !

The link below shares the words of the lady who regained her eyesight miraculously when doc’s had given up and she was declared blind for life.
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/mobile/index.cfm?method=sphome.spcon&contentid=20131020184082

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.