Benefits of Worship and Rememberance of God

June 14, 2013

In remembrance of allah hearts find rest

Recently life has sent me many blows, one after the other, and seeking guidance and mercy from God became a daily action.  It is often said that in ease we forget our worship and in hardship we turn to God.  Unfortunately this is true for many of us.  So during my hours of seeking relief and to ease my heart I came across very nice paragraphs in a book of supplications.  I would like to share this with you now, hoping that you will also benefit from these points.

The well known scholar Ibn Al Qaiyim in his book of athkar mentioned many benefits of supplications.  The process of prayer and dua drives away Shaytan, pleases God and replaces pain and sorrow of the heart with peace, happiness and contentment.  It strengthens the heart and body, illuminates the countenance and heart, and leads one to prosperity.  Thikr, or remembrance of God nurtures the love of Allah in the hearts of the believer and draws him or her closer whereby God opens the doors of understanding.

Thikr invigorates the heart, cleanses it, washes away transgressions, and it closes the gulf between the worshiper and the Creator.  Worship and supplication cause a feeling of assurance and well being – sakinah- as the angles sit with those who quietly recite the praises of God…. There is a want and a need of the human heart that can not be satisfied except with Thikr.  It brings order out of chaos, relieves the believer of the twin burdens of anxiety and wrong doing, relieves the indolent heart, and restrains the tongue from gossip and idle chatter.  There is a knot in the heart which is undone by making supplication and giving thanks to the Creator and is a balm for the heart and a cure for its ailments.  Nothing can bring blessings nor deflect affliction like it.  It smooths out difficulties and eases hardship, lightens burdens and banishes fear and anxiety.  Thikr, or remembrance of Allah nurtures confidence and reliance upon Allah and eliminates pessimism and cynicism.  It supports the believer with the stamina and strength to do what would other wise be difficult.

Finally, thikr is a mighty barrier between the believer and the fire of Hell.  The angels seek forgiveness on behalf of those who rehearse the praises of God.  It is a mighty fortress against the trials and tribulations of this world and the hereafter.

Adapted from Al Wabil As-Saiyib, Ibn Al Qaiyim.

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The Greatest Thing That Can Save A Person

February 24, 2013

Such a wonderful short lecture on how a believer should be truthful between himself and God


Lessons of the Day #2

June 22, 2012

In the name of Allah the Compassionate, the Merciful

  

                   

                                       

 

Ayahs of the day:
Satan threatens you with poverty and compels you to indecencies, whereas God promises you divine forgiveness, and grace. And God is all-embracing, all-knowing. [2: 268]
Hadith of the day:
He whose heart contains as much as a mustard seed of arrogance will not enter Paradise. [Muslim]

Wise quote of the day:
All humans are dead except those who have knowledge, and all those who have knowledge are asleep except those who do good deeds, and all those who do good deeds are deceived except those who are sincere, and those who are sincere are always in a state of worry. [Imam al-Shafi’i]
Guidance of the day:
Strive for presence with God, reflect on the meanings of what you say, and do your best to acquire the behavior He likes and avoid that which He dislikes. Concentrate on your inward aspect. Confirm your words with your acts, your acts with your intentions and your sincerity, and your intentions and sincerity by purifying your inward and reforming your heart. For the heart is the essential thing upon which everything else depends. Therefore it is a duty to attend to it and concentrate on making it sound and upright. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]
Food for thought:
A room without books is like a body without a soul. The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all. Some books are to be tasted; others swallowed; and some to be chewed and digested. The one who does not read good books has no advantage over the one who can’t read them. Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. 

Lessons for Today

June 22, 2012

One of my good friends is a lovely lady who had converted to Islam years ago and has since raised a family of respectful boys.  She was always a bit outspoken and never feared to let her opinion be known yet she was never pushy and always the neighbor there when you needed one.  Recently I found out that she is ill with the same kind of disease my husband died of.  Yet through her trials and medications, pain and tiredness she still finds time to sit on her computer to pass on valuable and often uplifting lessons for her dearest friends.  So in an effort to share these wonderful tidbits that we can read in a minute or less, I am asking Allah to bless her soul with sadaqa jareeya (charity that continues in ones record even after death such as passing on knowledge, building a well, a masjid or school).  So when you have completed reading these lessons, please make dua for this sister and all those who suffer from harsh diseases that God may give them patience and heal them.

                             
busy ants
                                           

 

 

 

 

 

In the name of Allah the Compassionate, the Merciful

Ayahs of the day:

God gives wisdom to whomever God wishes; and whoever is given wisdom has indeed been given much good. But no one takes heed except those with understanding. [2: 269]
Hadith of the day:
He is sagacious who brings his soul to reckoning and works for what comes after death; and he is inadequate who follows his passions and harbors (illusory) hopes in God. [Tirmidhi, Ibn Maja]
Wise quote of the day:
Meet people in such a manner that if you die, they should weep for you, and if you live they should long for you. [Ali radi Allah anhu]
Guidance of the day:
Do your very best to come to your Lord with a heart that is free of idolatry, hypocrisy, heresy, and reprehensible traits of character such as arrogance, ostentation, jealousy, deceitful behavior toward Muslims, and so on. Seek God’s help and be patient. Strive in earnest and repeat often,“Our Lord, do not cause our hearts to swerve after You have guided us; and bestow upon us mercy from You, for You are the Bestower “(3:8). For this is how God has described those of His believing servants who are firmly steeped in knowledge. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]
Food for thought:
It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is what are we busy about? Whoever admits that he is too busy to improve his methods has acknowledged himself to be at the end of the rope. And that is always the saddest predicament which anyone can get into. What we hope to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence

Does Islam Have a “Golden Rule” ?

June 22, 2012

From ISLAMTODAY.NET, we are given many different hadith and ayat from the Quran which support and prove that Islam promotes brotherly love and compassion and actually Brotherhood in Islam is not a simple matter. There are many rules and rights of our neighbors upon us and only through the true spirit of Islam can we come to understand the importance of remembering the needs of our neighbors. ( Another link from Icna offers excellent information regarding Brotherhood in Islam).

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Anas relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]
The importance of this hadith:

Al-Jurjânî says about it: “This hadith is one of the foundations of Islam.”

It is a most eloquent summary of how a Muslim is supposed to conduct himself with others. Al-Nawawî relates to us that Ibn Abî Zayd, the leading jurist in Morocco of his time, said: “All the etiquettes of virtue can be derived from four hadith – ” Then he mentioned the following statements of the Prophet (peace be upon him):

1. “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should say something good or remain silent.”

2. “ From the perfection of a person’s Islam is his leaving alone what does not concern him.”

3. “Do not get angry”

4. “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”

This hadîth shows how people are supposed to relate to each other. It negates base emotions such as envy and establishes the vision of a society based on mutual responsibility and caring.

None of you truly believes…

This hadith is not saying that a person becomes an unbeliever for failing to hold in his heart such love for others. It is merely stating that his belief is deficient.

This is made clearer by a narration in Musnad Ahmad that reads: “A worshipper does not attain the truth of faith until he loves for the people what he loves for himself of good.” Read the rest of this entry »


Remember These Points When You Are Being Tested

March 3, 2012

Subtle Reflections 

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The brothers of our prophet Yoosuf ‘alayhis-salâm wanted to kill him (but he didn’t die)!! 

أراد إخوة سيدنا يوسف أن يقتلوه ( فلم يمت ) !! 

Then they wanted to erase him from existence

(so his fame increased instead)!! 

ثم أرادوا أن يمحى أثره     ( فارتفع شأنه ) !! 

Then he was sold as a slave (and this made him become a king)!! 

ثم بيع ليكون مملوكا     ( فأصبح ملكا ) !! 

Then they wanted to erase his father’s love for him (but it increased instead)!! 

ثم أرادوا أن يمحو محبته من قلب أبيه     ( فازدادت ) !! 

… So don’t stress the plots of man, for Allah’s will is above everyone’s will …

  ( فلا تقلق من تدابير البشر   فإرادة الله فوق إرادة الكل) 

When Yoosuf ‘alayhis-salâm was in prison, they all testified that he was the best of them:[Indeed, we see you of those who do good](Yoosuf: 36)

عندما كان يُوسف في السجن ،   كان يوسف الأحسن بشهادتهم” إنا نراك مِن المُحسنين ” .. 

yet Allah let them out before him!! Despite being distinguished in his virtue, he still[remained in prison several years] (Yoosuf: 42).

لكن الله أخرجَهم قبله !!   وظلّ هو – رغم كل مميزاته – بعدهمفي السجن بضعَ سنين !! 

The first came out to become a servant, the second came out to be executed, and Yoosufwaited and waited for a long time…!!

  (الأول خرج ليُصبح خادماً) ، (والثاني خرج ليقتل) ، ويوسف انتظر وانتظر كثيرا !! 

but he came out to be the king of Egypt, to be reunited with his parents, and to be as happy as he could be.

لكنه .. خرج ليصبح ” عزيز مصر ” ، ليلاقي والديه ، ليفرح حد الاكتفاء .. 

To all our dreams that have delayed in their arrival:

“Go ahead, decorate yourself further, for we see you as a good omen – like that ofYoosuf ‘alayhis-salâm.”

إلى كل أحلامنا المتأخرة:

” تزيني أكثر ، فإن لكِ فأل يوسف عليه الصلاة والسلام  

To all the superb believers whose wishes have delayed for several years more than everyone around them… Relax… 

إلى كل الرائعين الذين تتأخر أمانيهم عن كل من يحيط بهم بضع سنين ، لا بأس .. 

You know that announcing who took 1st place is always at the end of the celebration!

دائماً ما يبقى إعلان المركز الأول ..   لأخر الحفل !! 

If those around you have outraced you, then know that you will be given in exchange what is beyond your wildest dreams!

إذا سبقك من هم معك ، فاعرف أن ما ستحصل عليه .. أكبر مما تتصور؟!! 

Be sure that Allah never forgets, and [that Allah never allows to be lost the reward of those who do good] (Yoosuf: 90). 

تأكد أن الله لا ينسى ..   وأن الله لا يضيع أجر المحسنين 

So be amongst them

فكن منهم 


How to Deal With Sadness and Loss of Loved Ones

December 9, 2011

Allah Ar-Rahman

By Abida Aura Mustafa

Whether through death, loss, or disagreement, when we lose someone or something dear to us, we become overwhelmed by the pangs of grief; the pain of loss feels overbearing as though it would never end. Having to face the consequences of detachment can be a traumatic experience. All we can think of is the pain enshrouding our hearts and consuming our minds. With tears streaming down our faces, our faces contorted with emotion and our hearts too feeling as though a heavy burden has landed—the misery takes a hold of us and, blinded by our tears, we fail to see the light.

But there is a light; a light to behold even in the darkest corner of the earth, even in the murkiest depths of the ocean. We don’t have to drown in the quicksand of trauma. Nothing and nobody by Allah’s Will subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) has the ability to overpower the underlying depth of:

Inna lilLahi wa inna ilayhi raji`oon.

Verily, unto God do we belong and, verily, unto Him we shall return.

When we actually give some time and thought to reflect upon the words which constitute this statement, we come to realise that there is an extremely powerful and truthful message behind it—an answer to all our questions, grief and emotions.

This profound phrase captures the essence of our entire existence; it encapsulates where we came from and also where we are headed:

Allah

Understanding the statement has the ability to eradicate regrets and past events. It holds the key to finding contentment during those times when we think, ‘Why did that have to happen?’ We can become immersed in questioning, and drown in the misery of relentless searching for the answer…Or we can discover patience by asserting that regardless of whatever has occurred, we will indeed return to Allah (swt).

When we truly understand the meaning of inna lilLahi wa inna ilayhi raji`oon, we find that no sadness will last forever, and that we shouldn’t destroy ourselves by holding even the slightest bitterness or anger within us. By understanding that Allah (swt) is the One, the only One to Whom we belong, we should be able to move on from painful moments in our life (which we should assert as not being able to occur except that Allah (swt) Willed for it to be) and strive for our goal of meeting Him.

There should be no space for bitterness or anger when one truly comprehends the deep truthfulness of this phrase, and we should be able to forgive those who have intentionally or unintentionally wronged us because we know that Allah (swt) alone holds all sovereignty and that even our emotions belong to Him. By forgiving ourselves and others, by showing sabr(patience) in the face of death or loss, and by aspiring for Allah’s Mercy and Judgement, we open ourselves to a whole new level of understanding ourselves in the context of space and time. We can understand by His Will that Allah (swt) is all that matters, and everything else in this dunya (current life, world) is a means for us to reach Him because we want to be able to See Him at the end, for without a doubt we will have to return to Him.

‘Inna’ meaning ‘verily’ tells us that with certainty we belong to Allah (swt), that is, He Created us and bestowed on us our beginning without a doubt. ‘Inna’ occurs twice in this phrase, providing an emphasis on the certainty of Allah’s Ever-Lasting existence, emphasising the certainty of our beginning AND our end. So Allah (swt) is Al-Awwal (the Beginning, the First) and Al-Akhir (the End, the Last). Al-Awwal ul Akhir (The Ever-Lasting) is the source of light in every single moment of despair, hardship, and difficulty where our tears and grief blind us. Instead of allowing or hearts and souls to become blinded by the darkness of sadness, we can train ourselves in times of positive feelings and negative feelings to find contentment in Allah’s Decree, for nothing happens without His Decreeing it.

Allah (swt) tells us in Surah Baqarah, verses 155-156:

 And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirun (the patient). Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Verily! To Allah we belong and verily, to Him we shall return.” (Qur’an 2:155-156)

This is our Lord, the One Who Created us when we were nothing, telling us in His Divine Book—tanzil (sent down) to humans and jinn as a dhikr (reminder)—that He will definitely test us with trials, but that He has Promised reward for those who are patient.

And how do we be ‘patient’ in the face of turmoil?

Just as Allah (swt) has created tests involving struggle, risk and loss, Allah (swt) has also told us how to approach these tests; He has revealed to us that the patient are those who, when afflicted with calamity, say, “Inna lilLahi wa inna ilayhi raji`oon.” In His infinite Mercy, Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala has allowed for relief to accompany difficulty. This also shows us that the losses and difficulties won’t last forever, and that everything which we regard as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in the dunya is of temporal nature.

No pain or grief or disagreement can last forever, but with certainty, Allah (swt) lasts forever and from Him we came to be and it is to Him we will with certainty return.

This means that the events which take place in this dunya are mere moments. We become so consumed by our grief that we fail to see that al-Qahhar (the Conqueror, the Ever-Dominating) has provided us with light and that even in the most difficult times, Allah (swt) provides ease with hardship. Read the rest of this entry »


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