Ten Minutes and Thirty Nine Seconds to Change Your Life

September 24, 2011

As-salaamalikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakato,

Subhanallah I just got an email with this link at this time of the morning and the 10 min and 39 secs had a profound impact on me. We should keep this video and review it every so often (perhaps even weekly or monthly) to remind us what and where our ultimate destination will be. It is a good video for us ladies as we do not visit the graves!

I have been so busy purchasing household items at the moment and trying to make my villa “cozy”. We have been living in an empty shell for two and half years with bear minimum: enough to keep us going, not enough to have that cozy feeling though. I am nesting, but my main intention is to ensure that when my family visit (when the baby arrives insha’allah) they are comfortable in my home and will leave with a feeling of not wishing to.

I (cannot speak for you all) do forget in the normal hum drum of life the things I should be really preparing for. My ultimate permanent abode: I lack in this in so many ways. This video has come on a day when I had to witness so much fitnah on national day riding through Riyadh tonight (may Allah guide all the people I saw today). The music and dancing etc was just so alien to me now that I have moved away from the UK, but I really found the whole scene intrusive and got a little angry that my children had to witness it! May Allah protect us and our children.

This video will definitively move you.

I pray that you all use your time and energies to accumulate the good deeds, may Allah accept your deeds, may you do them for His sake only, may you reap the rewards, may He expand your graves until you all rise to meet your Creator. May we help each other as sisters in Islam to remind each other, help each other, guide each other to our Creator and insha’Allah Jannah Firdaws. Ameen

 

Pass this link on to those you know…….it is a great reminder.

 

Love you all

 

Fei Amaan Allah (always and forever)

 

Abidah

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Prepare for the Hearafter Before Tomorrow Never Comes

September 24, 2011

Subhanallah what an amazing video and a great reminder of our final home!  We are living in this life, running after worldly goods, worried about things and problems that really do not deserve our worry and attention .  Let us focus on the hear-after where only our deeds will follow us.  May Allah forgive our sins, strengthen us, guide us to do good and to repent to him before its too late.  Its a reminder that non of us knows when we will die and we go through life thinking that tomorrow will come while we have not prepared ourselves to meet our creator.  Tomorrow might come today.


THE SUN WILL EXTINGUISH

September 5, 2010

by  Nazir Noor Mahomed

September 1 , 2010

sunflare red glowing


The light of the sun is due to a chemical process on its surface that has been taking place continuously for the past five billion years. It will come to an end at some point of time in the future, when the sun will be
totally extinguished, leading to extinction of all life on earth. Regarding the impermanence of the sun’s existence, the Qur’an says:

“And the Sun runs its course for a period determined for it; that is the decree of (Him) the exalted in Might, the All-Knowing.” [Al-Qur’an 36:38]

The Arabic word used here is mustaqarr, which means a place or time that is determined. Thus the Qur’an says that the sun runs towards a determined place, and will do so only up to a pre-determined period of time – meaning that it will end or extinguish.

2.7) INTERSTELLAR MATTER
Space outside organized astronomical systems was earlier assumed to be a vacuum. Astrophysicists later discovered the presence of bridges of matter in this interstellar space. These bridges of matter are called
plasma, and consist of completely ionized gas containing equal number of free electrons and positive ions. Plasma is sometimes called the fourth state of matter (besides the three known states viz. Solid, liquid and
gas). The Qur’an refers to the presence of this interstellar material in the following verse:

“He Who created the heavens and the earth and all that is between.”
[Al-Qur’an 25:59]

It would be ridiculous for anyone to even suggest that the presence of interstellar galactic material was known 1400 years ago!

2.8) THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE
In 1925, American astronomer Edwin Hubble, provided observational evidence that all galaxies are moving away from one another, which implies that the universe is expanding. The expansion of the universe is now an established scientific fact. This is what the Qur’an says regarding the nature of the universe:

“With power and skill did We construct the Firmament: For it is We Who create the vastness of Space.” [Al-Qur’an 51:47]

blue space firmamentThe Arabic word musioon is correctly translated as ‘expanding it’, and it refers to the creation of the expanding vastness of the universe. One of the greatest astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, in his book, ‘A Brief History of Time’,says, “The discovery that the universe is expanding was one of the great intellectual revolutions of the 20th century.

” The Qur’an mentioned the expansion of the universe, before man even learnt to build a telescope! Some may say that the presence of astronomical facts in the Qur’an is not surprising since the Arabs were advanced in the field of astronomy. They are correct in acknowledging the advancement of the Arabs in the field of astronomy. However they fail to realize that the Qur’an was revealed centuries before the Arabs excelled in astronomy. Moreover many of the scientific facts mentioned
above, such as the origin of the universe with a Big Bang, were not known to the Arabs even at the peak of their scientific advancement. The scientific facts mentioned in the Qur’an are therefore not due to the Arabs’ advancement in astronomy. Indeed, the reverse is true: they advanced in astronomy, because astronomy occupies a place in the Qur’an.

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DU’A a DAY: INCREASE ME IN KNOWLEDGE

January 7, 2010

الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين أما بعد
 السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
 
 
“Allahumma infa’ni bima ‘allamtani, wa allimni maa yanfa’oni wa zidni ‘ilman, alhamdulillahi alaa kulli haal, wa a’odtho billahi min haali ahlil naar.”
 
O Allah, grant me benefit in what Thou hast taught me, teach me what will benefit me,
and increase my knowledge. Praise be to Allah in all circumstances.
I seek refuge in Allah from the state of those who go to Hell.”
(Al-Tirmidhi HadithHadith 2482 Narrated by)

  
 
سبحانك اللهم و بحمدك، اشهد أن لا إله إلا أنت
استغفرك و أتوب إليك
و السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
فِي أَمَانِ اللَّه
لبيبه صبري  
 
 

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Hadeeth: Three people’s du`aa are never rejected: the one who is fasting, until he breaks his fast; the just ruler and the one who has been wronged. Allah raises it above the clouds and the doors of the skies are opened for it, and the Lord says, ‘By My Honour and Glory! I will help you, even if it be after some time!'”
[Tirmidhi]

For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/A-DUA-A-DAY
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WORSHIP THE CREATOR, NOT THE CREATION

February 6, 2009

1Asking Allaah by the virtue of So and so

 

It is not permissible to ask Allaah by the virtue of anyone, not even by the virtue of the Prophets or Messengers or awliyaa or righteous people and NOT even by virtue of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh).

 No one can compel Allaah to do anything. It is NOT permissible to ask Him in any way except by His Names and Attributes, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allaah, so call on Him by them”

[al-A’raaf 7:180].

 With regard to saying to the occupant of a grave, “O So and so, help me,” this is obviously shirk, because it is a supplication to someone other than Allaah.

Asking by the virtue of someone is a means to shirk, and calling upon a created being is shirk in worship.

 And Allaah knows best. 

(islam-qa)

These behaviors are dangerous and relying upon anyone other than Allah swt is innovation.  Many people give the misnomer of Mohammedians to Muslims with the idea that we worship the Prophet, pbuh.  However the Quran is full of comands from Allah to not worship any one except HIM and that no one is of any avail except HIM.


Worship none but Allah. I fear for you the punishment of a painful day.’ (Qur’an, 11:26)

Say: ‘Do you worship, besides Allah, something which has no power to harm or help you when Allah is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing?’ (Qur’an, 5:76)

So do not call on any other god along with Allah or you will be among those who will be punished. (Qur’an, 26:213) Read the rest of this entry »


SUCCESS

October 10, 2008

 

 

Success is only Achieved by Performing Righteous Deeds, not Wishful Thinking


“It will not be in accordance with your desires, nor those of the People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), whoever works evil will have the recompense thereof, And he will not find any protector or helper besides Allah. And whoever does righteous deeds, male or female, and is a believer, such will enter Paradise, and not the least injustice, even to the size of a Naqir, will be done to them. And who can be better in religion than one who submits his face to Allah; and he is a Muhsin (a doer of good deeds)…” [Soorah an-Nisa (4): 123-125]

BIRD OF PARADISE

BIRD OF PARADISE

Qatadah said, ‘We were told that the Muslims and the people of the Scriptures mentioned their own virtues to each other. People of the Scriptures said, ‘Our Prophet came before your Prophet and our Book before your Book. Therefore, we should have more right to Allah than you have.’ Muslims said, ‘Rather, we have more right to Allah than you, our Prophet is the final Prophet and our Book supersedes all the Books before it.’ Allah sent down, ‘It will not be in accordance with your desires, nor those of the People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), whoever works evil, will have the recompense thereof,…’ [See, Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

Also, al-Awfi reported that Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) commented on this verse, ‘The followers of various religions disputed; the people of the Tawrah said, ‘Our Book is the best Book, and our Prophet (Moosa u) is the best Prophet.’ The people of the Injil (also) said similar (statements), the people of Islam said, ‘There is no religion except Islam, our Book has abrogated every other Book, our Prophet is the final Prophet and you were commanded to believe in your Books and adhere to your Books.’ Allah judged between them saying, ‘It will no be in accordance with your desires, nor those of the People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), whoever works evil, will have the recompense thereof.’ [At-Tabaree 9: 230]

This verse, thus, indicates that religion is not accepted on account of wishful thinking or mere hopes. Rather, the accepted religion relies on what resides in the heart (i.e. faith, sincerity) and which is made truthful through actions. Every person who claims to be on the truth is not considered as such or he does not attain the merit merely on account of his words, rather, the key lies in obeying Allah and following what He has legislated. This is why Allah said following this,’whoever works evil, will have the recompense thereof…’ Similarly, Allah said in Soorah al-Zalzalah, ‘So whoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it. And whoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it.’ [Soorah al-Zalzalah (99): 7-8] 

It was reported that when the above verses [Soorah an-Nisa (4): 123-124] were revealed, they became hard on the Sahabah y. Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Aa’isha (radhi allahu anha) said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! I know the hardest verse in the Qur’aan. He asked, ‘What is it, O Aa’isha!’ I said, ‘whoever works evil, will have the recompense thereof…’ He (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, ‘That is what strikes the believing servant, even the problems that bother him.’ [Abu Dawud]

Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) said, ‘When the verse, ‘whoever works evil, will have the recompense thereof…’ was revealed, it was hard on the Muslims. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said to them, ‘Be steadfast and seek closeness. Everything that afflicts the Muslim, even the thorn that pierces his skin and the hardship he suffers, will be an expiation for him.’ [See, Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

Thus, Allah will surely inflict punishment on His slaves as a recompense of evil actions; either in this life, which is better for him, or in the Hereafter (we see refuge with Allah from this end.) Aa’isha (radhi allahu anha) reported that the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) used to say, ‘O Aa’isha! Beware of the sins that are belittled, for verily, they will be taken account of by Allah.’ [Musnad Ahmad] and in another Hadeeth Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (radhi allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, ‘Beware of the sins that are belittled. For verily, they are gathered in a man until they destroy him.’ [Musnad Ahmad] Also, in another Hadeeth of Musnad Ahmad, Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) made an example of sins that are taken lightly by saying that they are like a people who settle in barren land. Then their leader orders them to go out at a time and bring back a stick each until they have gathered a large number of sticks. They then kindled a fire and burned everything that they threw into it
Allah says further, ‘and he will not find any protector or helper besides Allah.’ Ali Ibn Abi Talha reported that Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) said, ‘Unless he repents and Allah forgives him.’ [At-Tabaree 9: 239]

‘And whoever does righteous deeds, male or female, and is a believer, such will enter Paradise and not the least injustice, even to the size of a Naqir, will be done to them.’ Allah mentions His kindness, generosity and mercy in accepting good deeds from His servants, whether male or female, with the condition that they embrace the faith. He also stated that He will admit the believers into Paradise and will not withhold any of their good deeds, even the weight of a Naqir – speck on the back of a date stone. Therefore, ‘Do not under rate any good act, even if it is offering drinking water from your bucket to one, who is seeking a drink, or meeting your brother with a cheerful face.’ [Saheeh Muslim (4): 2026]

Allah then said, ‘And who can be better in religion than one who submits his face (himself) to Allah…’ meaning, performs the good actions in sincerity for his Lord with faith and awaiting the reward with Allah, ‘and he is a Muhsin’ i.e., He follows the correct guidance that Allah legislated on the tongue of His Messenger.

These are the two conditions, in the absence of which, no deed will be accepted from anyone, and they are – sincerity and correctness. The work is sincere when it is performed for Allah alone, and it becomes correct when it conforms to the Sharee’ah. Consequently, the deed becomes outwardly correct with following the Sunnah and inwardly correct with sincerity. 

When any deed lacks either of these two conditions, the deed becomes invalidated. For instance, if one lacks the pillar of sincerity in his work, he becomes a hypocrite who performs deeds to shows off. 

And the importance of Ittiba is manifest in the following narration. Narrated Anas Ibn Malik (radhi allahu anhu), ‘A group of three men came to the houses of the wives of the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) enquiring how the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) worshipped (Allah). When they were informed about that, they considered their worship insufficient and said, ‘Where are we compared to the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) since his past and future sins have been forgiven.’ Then one of them said, ‘I will offer the prayer throughout the night forever.’ The other said, ‘I will fast throughout the year and will not break my fast.’ The third said, ‘I will keep away from women and will never marry.’ Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) (upon hearing the incidents, summoned them and) asked, ‘Are you the same people who said so-andso? By Allah! Indeed, I am the one who fears Allah the most amongst you, and the most pious of you; yet, I fast and break my fast, I pray and I sleep, and I marry women. So, he who opposes my Sunnah, is not from me.’ [Saheeh al-Bukharee]


RAMADAN: THE ULTIMATE SIN-O-METER

September 22, 2008

 

 
RamadanThe Ultimate Sin-o-Meter
 
Want to know for sure something is a sin?
 
I don’t mean missing Fajr prayer, or back-biting. These are clearly bad.
 
No, I mean the things that you habitually do, that you kinda know might, perhaps, just maaaaybe wrong… but your mind somehow makes okay.
 
The litmus test: the month of Ramadan.
 
If you feel truly uneasy doing this deed in Ramadan, it’s most likely a sin.
 
If you have the self-control to give it up completely, masha’Allah, it’s 99.9999% likely a sin, or at the very least, a waste of your precious time.
 
So, really, let’s reflect on that for a moment. If the above is true, then we should ideally never resume committing those doubtful acts after Ramadan, right? I mean, what’s a sin in Ramadan, is still a sin on Eid day, and onwards still.
 
If gold, and diamonds, and oyster pearls are precious by their rarity alone, then it is clear that every moment we exist, every breath we inhale, then exhale after that, is pure gold dust, if only because they are all rarer than the rarest gemstones; never to be seen again, until the day that our deeds are played back to us on the ultimate cinematic, widescreen, surround sound, ultra high def experience of Yaum al-Qiyamah.
 
So what makes those acts that seem wasteful in Ramadan, suddenly become a good use of our time after the month has swiftly past through our fingers?
 
What validation do we put forth for our thinly veiled hypocrisy?
 
Weakness? Perhaps. We are made weak. But still… We have a month to train hard. To build up our spiritual muscles. Yes, you can get that emaan six-pack you always wanted – and in just THIRTY DAYS, insha’Allah!
 
So, take another look at that mental list you wrote; the one titled, “What I plan to give up during Ramadan”, and ask yourself: “If I can last 30 days without it… and with it, my Ramadan is tainted… is it really that important to me? And do I really want it back in my life ever again?”.
 
May Allah guide us to the true answer to those questions, and make it easy for us all to do the right thing. Especially me, now that I am extra accountable after writing this blog entry (eep). Ameen!
 
From Imam An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith collection:
Al-Nawwas bin Sam’an, radiyallahu ‘anhu, reported that the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “Righteousness is good character, and sin is that which wavers in your heart and which you do not want people to know about.” [Muslim]
 
According to Wabisah bin Ma’bad, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said: I came to the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, and he said: “You have come to ask about righteousness ?” “Yes,” I answered. He said: “Consult your heart. Righteousness is that about which the soul feels tranquil and the heart feels tranquil, and sin is what creates restlessness in the soul and moves to and fro in the breast, even though people give you their opinion (in your favour) and continue to do so.” [A good hadith transmitted from the Musnads of the two Imams, Ahmad bin Hanbal and Al-Darimi]

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