June 14, 2013
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.
January 30, 2012
In few days time, Muslims prepare to celebrate the Mawlid (the birthday) of our Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam. However, is such a celebration permissible or forbidden? To know the answer of this question, we have to ask a number of other questions and answer them. Did the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam celebrate his own birthday which was as some say on the 12th of Rabe’e Al Awal?
The companions who loved him most, did they celebrate it? Those who came after them, did they celebrate it? If the best 3 generations didn’t celebrate it, is it possible that we know more than them? What was not part of our religion then, can never be part of our religion today as it is an innovation. ~ Shaykh Assim Alhakeem
February 3, 2009
Consider yourself and how you perform your prayers. What level do you REALLY fit into? What excuses do you have? It does not take so much time out of our life to perform wudu carefuly and stand in prayer with kushu, or sincere concentration, seeking the blessings and guidance from Allah. We are the ones who benefit from prayer, so let us make a more sincere effort.
Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said: And mankind, with regard to their performance of prayer are in five levels:
The First: The level of the one who is negligent and wrongs his soul: He is the one who falls short in performing wudhoo properly, performing the prayer upon its time and within its specified limits, and in fulfilling its essential pillars.
The Second: The one who guards his prayers upon their proper times and within their specified limits, fulfils their essential pillars and performs his wudhoo with care. However, his striving (in achieving the above) is wasted due whisperings in his prayer so he is taken away by thoughts and ideas.
The Third: The one who guards his prayers within the specified limits, fulfils their essential pillars and strives with himself to repel the whisperings, thoughts and ideas. He is busy struggling against his enemy (Shaytaan) so that he does not steal from the prayer. On account of this he is engaged in (both) prayer and jihaad.
The Fourth: The one who stands for the prayer , completes and perfects its due rights, its essential pillars, performs it within its specified limits and his heart becomes engrossed in safeguarding its rights and specified limits, so that nothing is wasted from it. His whole concern is directed towards its establishment, its completion and its perfection, as it should be. His heart is immersed in the prayer and in enslavement to his Lord the Exalted.
The Fifth: The one who stands for the prayer like the one mentioned above. However, on top of this, he has taken and placed his heart in front of his Lord Azzawajall, looking towards Him with his heart with anticipation, (his heart) filled with His love and His might, as if he sees and witnesses Allaah. The whisperings, thoughts and ideas have vanished and the coverings which are between him and his Lord are raised. What is between this person and others with respect to the prayer, is superior and greater than what is between the heavens and the earth. This person is busy with his Lord Azzawajall, delighted with Him.
The First type will be punished, the second type will be held to account, the third will have his sins and shortcomings expiated, the fourth will be rewarded and the fifth will be close to his Lord, because he will receive the portion of the one who makes his prayer the delight and pleasure of his eye. Whoever makes his prayer,the delight and pleasure of his eye, will have the nearness to his Lord Azzawajall made the delight and pleasure of his eye in the hereafter. He will also be made a pleasure to the eye in this world since whoever makes Allaah the pleasure of his eye in this world, every other eye will become delighted and pleased with him
Prayer is an essential pillar of islam and is also what differentiates between a mu’min and a kaafir. May Allah (SWT) aid us in perfecting our salaah (ameen).