Saturday, 2 November 2013

I love Islam

The beauty of our deen is in its application. Easy like the wind.  Do not force it or else it will not last.  Its too relaxed and you will not taste its true essence.

Talking excessively

The Worst People Of This Nation

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ : شِرَارُ أُمَّتِي الثَّرْثَارُونَ ، الْمُشَّدِّقُونَ ، الْمُتَفَيْهِقُونَ ، وَخِيَارُ أُمَّتِي أَحَاسِنُهُمْ أَخْلاقًا.

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "The worst of my community are those who speak a lot, those who are diffuse in speech and those who fill their mouth with words. The best of my community are the best of them in character."

Scholarly comments for this subject:

"Those who speak a lot" refers to the people who constantly talk about things of no importance in Islam.[1]

"Those who are diffuse in speech” This applies to the person who constantly chatters and idly gossips without prudence.[2]

"Those who fill their mouth with words…" This refers to a person who talks at great length.[3]

"The best of my community are the best of them in character.” This was mentioned with those who speak a lot, because the one who perfects his character weighs his speech and actions. He rarely speaks about things that don’t concern him. He protects himself from talking too much, gossiping, and talking at great length. The only people described  with these traits are those with bad character, those who are arrogant, and those who make themselves look good at the expense of making others look bad.[4]

[1] Ibn Qayyim in Madraj As-Salikeen( 2/307)
[2] Ibn Athar in An-Nihiyah(1/595)
[3] Al-Amir As-Sanani’ Sharh Jami As-Saghir (6/496)
[4] Ibid

Friday, 25 October 2013

Monday, 14 October 2013

True Religion


True Religion shines in the face of the Believer & impresses itself on others widout words. It's subsequently followed by words that are Uplifting & Beneficial.

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:
"The believer is like a prisoner in this lowly world, who tries to free himself from its shackles and chains, never feeling secure in it, until the day he meets his Lord."
~Az-Zuhd by Ibn al-Mubaarak

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Calamity Strikes - It serves as an opportunity to come closer to your creator

Ibn Taymiyah said: 'A calamity that makes you turn to Allah is better for you than a blessing which makes you forget the remembrance of Allah.'

Thus in our times of trouble, when we go through pain and suffering and in our times of loss, we need to trust Allah Azzawajjal. We need to keep in mind that as long as we fear Him and try our best to obey Him, He will never do us wrong. He will protect us and guide us and do the best for us, no matter what the situation apparently looks like.

Allaah Azzawajjal says in a hadeeth Qudsi:
'I am as my slave thinks of me and I am with him whenever he remembers me.' (Agreed Upon).

Surah Taha

Good Replaces Bad

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “No man does a wrong action then performs Wudu and does his Wudu well, then performs two Rakaat and seeks Allah’s forgiveness, but that He will forgive him.” [Ahmad]

Similar is Allah’s promise in the Quran: “Except the one who repents and believes and does good deeds, then Allah will replace the evil deeds of such people by good deeds, and Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.” [Surah Al-Furqan, Ayat 70]

A true repentance will not only remove the bad deed from your record, but will actually convert it into a good deed. Once you have realized your mistake, make Wudu properly and then pray two Rakaat seeking Allah’s forgiveness.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Don't give up!

Something I read this morning which made you think that anything is possible with passion and dedication.

"Muhammad (saw) was an orphan but it never made him despondent. 

Imam Al Burkhari was born blind but his mother never gave up duas.

Usama was the son of a slave but it never held him back. Ibn Baz was blind but he didn't sit and cry. 

Ibn Taymiya was jailed but he never gave in. 

Al Nawawi also had 24 hours in a day like everyone else but milked it for its worth. 

Muadh Ibn Jabal died young but will lead the ulama in the hereafter.

Mandela was jailed for 27 years and came out and led a nation. 

Musa (as) had the water in front of him and firoun behind him but never gave up. 

Yusuf (as) was in a dark well but later sat on a throne."

Do not give up. Seek Ilm don't make excuses.  Look at those before you and do small but frequent deeds and build up.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Identical Actions : Different Intentions

This is an article from Islam21C I have come across which made me ponder on the numerous examples of guidance to mankind that comes from Kitab Allah (Al Qur'an).

Outwardly speaking, we can at times engage in identical actions to one another yet our inner motives can be dramatically different.

The more one analyses the behaviour of human beings and ponders over their varying activities in life, the more one realises the accuracy of this observation.

So accurate, so real and so stark of an observation it is that in Surat Al-Layl, Allah SWT takes an oath to draw your attention to it, rather three oaths!Ponder .. Allah says:

“By the night when it covers”                                 
“And by the day when it appears”
“And by He who created the male and female”

Three consecutive oaths in the opening of this Surah to draw your attention to something paramount that He’s about to declare, which is?

 “Indeed.. your efforts are diverse”[1]

Yes ... Our motives and efforts in life are incredibly different! Reflect at the sight of passengers sat on a bus, train or aeroplane. They’re all sat down, travelling in the same direction as they ride the same vehicle. The streets display something of the same kind as well, as people walk; they look so similar to one another.

Outwardly speaking, they’re identical, engaging in the exact same act. But when intentions and purposes are assessed, the differences become clearer than day and their individual reward or punishment from Allah is thus just as different. 

You’ve read the story before but perhaps you haven’t observed it under this lens. The story of Prophet Yusuf (Joseph PBUH). Do you remember how the wife of the ‘Azeez locked the doors and seduced him to commit the impermissible? How did Prophet Yusuf PBUH react? Allah says:“And they raced with one another to the door!” [2]

She ran towards him as he ran away from her. At this moment, they are both engaging in the exact same activity, they are bothrunning, they are both trying to get somewhere .. But think for a moment how different the motives are .. One of them is running towards the pleasure of Allah .. whilst the other runs towards the fury of Allah .. One of them is immensely rewarded for his running .. and the other is tremendously sinful for her running ..
Outwardly, they are identical .. but tell me about their motives? Their Intentions? The consequential outcome of their running in the eyes of Allah? Were they the same? 

Subhan’Allah    ... detrimentally different Apply this to yourself, apply it to your sleeping, for example.

Individual A sleeps because s/he is bored, has nothing better to do, wishes to “kill time”. This person has not recognised who Allah is, has overlooked their purpose in life and belittled their potential to engage in useful work .. and so this person sleeps whilstearning the anger of Allah for wasting his/her precious life! 

Individual B sleeps as well. But s/he sleeps for a different motive. This person’s day has been filled with productivity, with the seeking of Islamic knowledge, with the advising of others, with an attempt to learn about their Creator and religion, with an attempt to balance between the rights of their Deen and Dunya. Thus this person’s intention by sleeping is to give their body a chance to recover from a hard day’s work and regenerate energy in preparation for another day of planting good deeds. Thus this person sleeps whilst earning the pleasure of Allah. Yes, you’re right, the activity is the same, they both slept, but the fruits of it were so different. 

Another example, apply this to your weeping for we all cry. 

Individual A cries, but cries because he wasn’t able to get his hands on a potential girlfriend or as he listens to a musical track and reflects over the missed opportunity .. or for any other impermissible cause. The tears of such a person are wasted, devoid of any reward.   

Individual B cries as well, but for a different reason all together! S/he was, for example, alone and remembered the power of Allah, a thought which drew tears from his eyes, or pondered over a verse from the Qur’an, or remembered the agonies of death, or craved a meeting with the messenger PBUH, or pictured the standing in the court of The King on the Last Day .. and started to weep. Such tears were droplets which bring with them the pleasure and forgiveness of Allah. The activity was the same, crying, but the fruits of it, again, can were so different. We all eat, drink, marry, work, study, hit the gym, author, dress up, stress .. but as Allah SWT says:Say, "Each works according to his intention” [3]  

Notes: Source: www.islam21c.com
[1] Al-Qur’an, Surah 92, ‘Ayah 4
[2] Al-Qur’an, Surah 12, ‘Ayah 25
[3] Al-Qur’an, Surah 17, ‘Ayah 84

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Pride and Arrogance

Pride is something that has become the norm and backbone of society especially in the developed world. I say this having been fortunate to travel to many places around the globe. 

I can say the most humblest of people and most giving are those that have the least.  Now, what does that tell you of mankind?

Pride, arrogance and greed are fuel to the fire. We all have elements of this and that's why its ever so important to cleanse one's heart and lower soul (nafs al lawwama).

May Allah guide us and make us noble servants and keep us away from pride, arrogance and greed. Ameen.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Being human

This being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival.A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor.Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably.He may be cleaning you out For some new delight.The dark thought, the shame, the malice,meet them at the door laughing,and invite them in.Be grateful for whoever comes,because each has been sent as a guide from the beyond.
            -Rumi-

Imitating Women

Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) reported that once a eunuch, who had coloured his hands and feet with henna, was brought to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked who this person was. People told him that he imitates women. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) ordered that he be exiled from Madinah.” [Abu Dawud]Ibn Abbas narrated that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) cursed the men who adopt the looks of women, and the women who adopt the ways of men; and that he asked us to throw them out of our homes. [Bukhari]It is clear from the above Ahadith that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) utterly disliked men who wear ladies clothes and behave effeminately, as well as women who wear men’s clothes and behave like men.The Islamic Shariah has given separate and specific commands to men and women for governing themselves which are sensible and in harmony with their natures. But today, we choose not to follow the Shariah of Islam. Instead, we follow the models provided to us by non-believers. We blindly adopt their fashion and dresses and, in doing so, consider ourselves modernized and respectable, even if such behavior brings us the curse and displeasure of Allah. May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) give us the wisdom and courage to follow the guidance of His beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). Whatever Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and His Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) have given us is entirely for our own benefit.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Saturday, 4 May 2013

What the Eyes don't see...be careful

Great advice. One we all forget and do without even raising an eye lid.

With media via sit coms and soaps full of rife with this type behaviour,  what are we learning when we are in front of the old box?  PLUS if in the company of people who engage in this, advise and if it still doesn't impact them then move away from them.

Musk or Coal...what smell do you prefer?

Thursday, 2 May 2013

The Best Deed of Women

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The best deed of the women of my Ummah is contentment and withdrawal from men.” [Shara’i Hijab]Contentment and withdrawal from men are linked. Contentment with whatever Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has bestowed on one is required in order to keep away from mingling with men. Why does the need to unnecessarily mingle arise? It arises out of a desire for the things of this world. What are the attractions of this world? They are money (the luxuries and recreation it buys) and fame. We really need to ask ourselves how much shopping and recreation is necessary. After all, isn’t there an eternity in Jannah for this? When it comes to work, we need to ask ourselves whether it is to fend off starvation or to maintain a certain standing in society by being associated with a particular career.For a woman to fully guard herself from the eyes of men she needs to keep her focus on the ocean of Akhirah and suppress her desires for this drop of a world. If she can rein in her desires for the things of this world, she will not feel the need to go out so much.

Eeman is like an airplane ride, the higher up you go, the smaller the things of this world seem. When my Eeman is high enough the things of this world will become invisible to me and I won’t notice what others are wearing and showing off, let alone want them for myself. But till I get to cruising altitude I’ll be burning a lot of fuel. It’s hard work, but the burning fuel is another name for Taqwa: the more I have of it, the higher my level in Jannah, inshaAllah.

Friday, 26 April 2013

E - Man or He Man?

What do you do when no matter how much you try to do good actions it is never enough from those around you. 

I never thought the day would come where my own flesh and blood would hang me up to dry making comments and judgements about my deen and saying it's pointless learning as I am not practicing. Other members of my family making grave calls about my actions being a means to "killing" my dear mother.  I can't write anymore as it hurts thinking about this.

The last few months have been a real challenge.  My wife went into labour  two months ago and delivered our first born after an emergency cesarean which followed by a further operation within a space of a week. Wife and baby remained in hospital for two weeks and I went in everyday staying on occasions sleeping on a make do chair. 

Further more having come back home after a few weeks my fathers health deteriorated.  He failed to talk freely which after a few weeks progressively became worse.  Even with me having a new baby to deal given my wifes recovery from 2 operations, it was again me taking full care of my father even when other siblings where around.  It was I who notified the Gp got the rapid response team involved to check dad out day in day out for over a week now. 

Whilst all this was going on. In parallel mum was also unwell and she mentioned chest pains to my siblings. And then after mentioning to me on one occasion which due her history I immediately called the gp and furthermore notified emergency services.  In summary she experienced heart failure and its almost two weeks that she remains in hospital.   I have been going almost everyday to visit her and speaking to the a doctor's about the status of her condition.

Yet with all this going on I have also tried to look for a job as I my role was made redundant over 3 months ago.  I have been getting very little support upto now and really been trying to support others new baby wife mother and father.  Also keeping my eyes on maintaining the home keeping up to date with the shopping and bills which I am fully responsible for getting absolutely no support from those siblings working.

With all this going on my siblings still have the nerve to say I am not doing enough for my parents.   Making astonishing comments and holding me to a barrell reminding me of sins I have done over 20 years ago as a means of playing ball.

Now what do I do my faith is dwindling.  I continue to pray and read Qur'an and attend lectures and courses.  But now feel really disheartened and very disappointed with my siblings.  Feel my emaan is taking a dive and I am reaching out to anyone a cry of help this you may say...